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House Session - September 16, 2014

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:01:30 AM

    MRS. BLACK

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, STANDING IN THIS HALLOWED CHAMBER OF DEMOCRACY,…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, STANDING IN THIS HALLOWED CHAMBER OF DEMOCRACY, WHERE LAWS ARE DEBATED, AMENDED AND PASSED, ONE MUST STAND IN AWE OF OUR COURAGEOUS FOREFATHERS WHO CREATED THIS INSTITUTION. IN FACT, 227 YEARS AGO WHEN OUR CONSTITUTION WAS CREATED AND SIGNED BY 39 BRAVE MEN, IT CREATED THE FIRST GOVERNMENT OF ITS KIND, A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE. THESE MEN, WELL AWARE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF ALL THE POWERFUL EUROPEAN MONARCHIES, CREATED A DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, EACH WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE ROLE. THE BRILLIANCE THAT THESE MEN INSTILLED IN THIS DOCUMENT IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL TILL THIS DAY. AS WE WATCH EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT PERFORM ITS ROLE, KEEPING CHECKS AND BALANCES ON THE OTHERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IS OBEYED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS CONSTITUTION DAY, LET US GIVE THANKS TO THESE WISE AND BRAVE MEN WHO BIRTHED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC AND OUR NATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:02:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES…

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GALLEGO, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. GALLEGO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS MORNING I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF THE REALLY INTERESTING TOWNS OF WEST TEXAS AS WE CONTINUE THE JOURNEY THROUGH THE 23RD DISTRICT WHICH ENCOMPASSES NEARLY 24% OF THE LAND AREA OF TEXAS, NEARLY 800 MILES FROM ONE INDEPENDENT OF THE DISTRICT TO ANOTHER. WITH

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  • 10:03:08 AM

    MR. GALLEGO

    OF TEXAS, NEARLY 800 MILES FROM ONE INDEPENDENT OF THE DISTRICT TO…

    OF TEXAS, NEARLY 800 MILES FROM ONE INDEPENDENT OF THE DISTRICT TO ANOTHER. WITH THE POPULATION OF OVER 800 PEOPLE, SANDERSON WAS ORIGINALLY NAMED STROBRIDGE AND IT WAS KNOWN AS A SWITCHING POINT FOR THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD. IN 1882 A ROUNDHOUSE WAS BUILT THERE AND THE NAME OF THE TOWN WAS NAMED TO SANDERSON, AFTER THOMAS SANDERSON, WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE CONSTRUCTION. IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR IN 1883 A POST OFFICE OPENED IN SANDERSON. IN TEXAS, THERE IS A PERSON NAMED AS ROY BEAN WHO WAS KNOWN AS THE LAW. JUDGE ROY BEAN OPENED A IS A LOAN IN SANDERSON IN THE EARLY 1880'S, BUT HE COULDN'T COMPETE WITH CHARLIE WILSON'S COTTAGE BAR IS A LOAN. AFTER BEAN OPENED HIS IS A LOAN, WILSON ALLEGEDLY SPIKED THE WHISKEY WITH COAL OIL AND JUDGE BEAN SOON HAD TO MOVE EASTWARD AND SANDERSON WAS DUBBED AS BEING TOO MEAN FOR BEAN. THOSE WERE THE YEARS OF RAILROAD WORKERS AND COWBOYS WHICH FILLED THE AREA. AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY IN 1905, THE ONCE UNRULELY SANDERSON BECAME THE COUNTY SEAT OF CARROLL COUNTY AND IT REMAINS THE SEAT TILL THIS DAY. SANDERSON STARTED LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE A TOWN ON THE MOVE, BUT AS TIME PASSED, SANDERSON LEFT BEHIND ITS WILD WEST ORIGINS AND BECAME A CROSSROAD, A MIDPOINT, IF YOU WILL, BETWEEN SAN ANTONIO AND EL PASO. THE COURTHOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1906 AND NEAR THE COURTHOUSE SOME YEARS LATER IN 1931, AN ART DECO-STYLE HIGH SCHOOL WAS BUILT AND SANDERSON POPULATION CONTINUED TO GROW TO ABOUT 3,000 PEOPLE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY. SHEEP AND GOATS BECAME THE MAIN GOODS AS PART OF THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY AND THEY'RE STILL MAIN COMMODITIES OF THE AREA TODAY. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 1970, OVER A MILLION POUNDS, OVER A MILLION POUNDS OF WOOL AND MOHARI WERE SHIPPED OUT OF SANDERSON. IN 1965, SANDERSON WAS DEVASTATED BY A FLASH DRIVE. THE SANDERSON CREEK OVERFLOWED AND CLAIMED 24 LIVES. AFTER THE TRAGIC EVENT, 11 FLOOD CONTROL DAMS WERE BUILT AROUND SANDERSON BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. SANDERSON WAS BUILT AROUND THE RAILROAD, AND ITS STATE HAS LARGELY BEEN DETERMINED BY THE RAILROAD IN A SERIES OF DECISIONS ALTERED DECISIVELY SANDERSON'S GROWTH. DURING THE 1970'S, THE NEW CONSTRUCTION OF INTERSTATE 10, I-10, BYPASSED HIGHWAY 90 AND LEFT SANDERSON OUT OF ITS PATH. IT HAD A DETRIMENTAL AFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY BUT TODAY SANDERSON FIGHTS TO MAINTAIN ITS RICH HISTORY IN THE TRADITION OF RAILROADS, COWBOYS AND WEST TEXAS. SANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL, KNOWN AS THE SANDERSON EAGLES, THEY PRODUCE A LOT OF INCREDIBLY TALENTED KIDS WHO GO TO UNIVERSITIES FROM RICE TO MY OWN ALMA MATER IN ALPINE. IN FACT, MANY OF THE KIDS THAT I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH WERE FROM SANDERSON, TEXAS AND MANY OF THEIR TEACHERS HAVE THEIR DEGREES THERE. IN MORE RECENT TIMES, SANDERSON HAS PUT OUT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE, MY IMMEDIATE PREDECESSOR IN THE LEGISLATURE, JUDGE HARRISON, WAS FROM SANDERSON, AND FLORES, THE FIRST LATINO JUDGE WHO IS SERVING NOW. SO IF VISITING THAT AREA, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO AN EXTENSIVE VARIETY OF MEMORY ARE A BIEL AIA AT THE TAYLOR COUNTY MUSEUM AND THIS IS STILL THE CACTUS CITY. I WANT YOU TO STOP BY SANDERSON IF YOU EVER STOP IN THE 23RD DISTRICT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:07:36 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN,

  • 10:07:49 AM

    MR. WALBERG

    WANT TO DEDICATE THIS TO MEN WHO HAVE -- DEDICATE THIS TO COACH CRABTREE…

    WANT TO DEDICATE THIS TO MEN WHO HAVE -- DEDICATE THIS TO COACH CRABTREE FOR HIS DEDICATION, LOYALTY AND INTEGRITY. THROUGHOUT THE LAST FOUR DECADES AT SALINE HIGH SCHOOL, COACH CRABTREE HAS LEFT LASTING IMPRESSIONS ON HIS STUDENTS, HIS PLAYERS AND IZZ STAFF. IN THE CLASSROOM, HE -- AND HIS STAFF. IN THE CLASSROOM HE TAUGHT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT THROUGH HIS HISTORY, ECONOMICS CLASSES. IN FACT, MY STAFF HAS BEEN BLESSED BY THE IMPACT OF ONE OF HIS FORMER STUDENTS. AS HEAD OF THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, COACH CRABTREE EMPHASIZED THE VALUE OF WORKING HARD UNTIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS. BUT HE CERTAINLY IS MOST WELL-KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY FOR DEDICATING A LARGE PART OF HIS LIFE TO FOOTBALL. AND UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP CREATED THE STORIED FOOTBALL TRADITION WHICH EXISTS TODAY AT SALINE HIGH SCHOOL. IN 1988, COACH CRABTREE'S SUCCESS ON THE FIELD WAS AFFIRMED WHEN HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH'S HALL OF FAME. HOWEVER, JACK CRABTREE HAS BEEN MORE THAN JUST THE FOOTBALL COACH FOR THE COMMUNITY OF SALINE, MICHIGAN. HE ALWAYS KNEW THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAY ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD WAS THE NEXT ONE. AND HE PASSED ALONG HIS FOCUS AND PERSEVERING SPIRIT TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN SALINE THROUGHOUT HIS FOUR DECADES AS TEACHER, COACH AND MENTOR. HIS DEDICATION TO HARD WORK, DISCIPLINE AND INTEGRITY HAS SHAPED AND MOTIVATED THOUSANDS OF HIS STUDENTS AND PLAYERS TO ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS IN THEIR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CAREERS. JACK CRABTREE EMBODIED HIS PERSONAL CREDO THAT IN THE LONG RUN, A MAN'S DEDICATION IS THE ONLY TRUE MEASURE OF HIS GREATNESS. I'M GRATEFUL TO COACH CRABTREE FOR HIS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY OF SALINE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HIS MANY YEARS OF SERVICE AND I YIELD BACK,

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  • 10:10:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, IN MURPHY,…

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, IN MURPHY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:10:17 AM

    MR. MURPHY

    I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE ALARMING SURGE OF ANTI-SEMITIC…

    I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE ALARMING SURGE OF ANTI-SEMITIC DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE. SPARKED BY THE LATEST CONFRONTATION BETWEEN OUR GREATEST ALLY, ISRAEL, AND HAMAS TERRORISTS, SYNAGOGUES AND HOLOCAUSTS MEMORIALS HAVE BEEN VANDALIZED, JEWISH STORES HAVE BEEN ATTACKED, ISRAELI PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN BOYCOTTED AND THE ISRAELI AND AMERICAN FLAGS HAVING DESECRATED AND EMBLAZONED WITH SWASTIKAS. THESE COWARDLY ACTS ARE IN DIRECT CONTRAST TO OUR DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY AND EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW. WITH A FRIGHTENING NUMBER OF SUCH DESPICABLE ACTS BEING REPORTED ACROSS EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICAN AMERICA, OUR NATION MUST -- LATIN AMERICA, OUR NATION MUST SPEAK OUT AGAINST THESE CONDEMNATIONS AND MUST BE A GLOBAL LEADER OF STOPPING THE SURGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM MAKING IT CLEAR TO OTHER NATIONS THAT SUCH INTOLERANCE AND HATRED HAVE NO SUCH PLACE IN OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. BY ALLOWING ANTI-SEMITISM TO FLOURISH, NATIONS RISK FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH VIOLENCE CAN GROW IN IMPACT, NOT ONLY JEWS, BUT ALL RELIGIONS, ETHNIC AND OTHER MINORITY GROUPS. THAT IS WHY I'M PROUD TO BE WORKING WITH MY GOOD FRIENDS, MR. DIAZ-BALART, AND MR. DEUTCH OF FLORIDA AND MR. KINGSTON OF GEORGIA IN LEADING A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF OVER TWO DOZEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON CALLING ON THE UNITED STATES TO CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS IN COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM, ESPECIALLY IN THE WAKE OF THIS TROUBLING RISE IN SUCH DEMONSTRATIONS. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND OUR LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRUCIAL ISSUE, WHICH REMAINS AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR COMMUNITY. PARTNERING WITH SEVERAL OTHER LOCAL AND NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, ALL WELL RESPECTED FOR THEIR WORK ON COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM, THEY WILL BE HOSTING A FORUM IN THE DISTRICT I AM SO PROUD TO REPRESENT REGARDING THIS GROWING CRISIS. I APPLAUD THEIR CONTINUED WORK, STANDING UP AGAINST BIGOTRY AND RAISING AWARENESS, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD, OF THE THREAT OF RISING ANTI-SEMITISM. MADAM SPEAKER, WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO STEM THE RISE OF ANTI-SEMITISM WHEREVER IT OCCURS AND HELP FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT MORE CONDUCIVE TO LONG-TERM PEACE THROUGHOUT OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:12:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 10:12:45 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE CLEAN WATER ACT WHICH…

    SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE CLEAN WATER ACT WHICH WAS PASSED IN 1972 AND WAS DESIGNED AS A STATE AND FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP. THE LAW'S SUCCESS CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE RECOGNITION THAT STATES HAVE THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF REGULATING AND PROTECTING WATERS WITHIN THEIR INDIVIDUAL BOUNDARIES. FOR THE PAST FOUR DECADES, THIS FRAMEWORK HAS SERVED TO IMPROVE POLLUTION CONTROL AND CONTINUES TO BE SUPPORTED BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. UNFORTUNATELY, A RECENT PROPOSAL BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES, WOULD UNDERMINE ITS PARTNERSHIP AND INTRUDE UPON STATE AND LOCAL PREROGATIVES RELATED TO LAND USE AND PLANNING, ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS PAST WEEK, THE HOUSE PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT H.R. 5078, THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATORY OVERREACH PROTECTION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION PROHIBITS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS MISGUIDED PROPOSAL AND PROTECTS OUR FARMERS, OUR LANDOWNERS AND LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES BY UPHOLDING THE FEDERAL-STATE PARTNERSHIP THAT'S YIELDED SUCCESS IN PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND ENHANCING WATER QUALITY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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  • 10:14:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER,…

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:14:29 AM

    MS. BONAMICI

    AS WE PREPARE TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND THE…

    AS WE PREPARE TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH DECEMBER, I RISE TO URGE THAT THE HOUSE STAY IN SESSION UNTIL WE CAN ALSO TAKE UP SEVERAL ISSUES THAT ARE NOT RESOLVED IN THE LEGISLATION WE WILL BE VOTING ON. THINGS OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE STRUGGLING EVERY DAY, UNEMPLOYMENT, ADEQUATE SUPPORT FOR OUR SENIORS, COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE. THESE ISSUES DESERVE OUR ATTENTION AND THE TOLL IT TAKES IS IN DISTRICTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. FOR MILLIONS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO FIND A JOB, EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WAS THEIR LIFELINE. AFTER NUMEROUS PLEAS TO CALL FOR A VOTE WHEN UNANSWERED, MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE NOW UNABLE TO FILL UP THEIR GAS TANK OR PAY THEIR RENT. FOR SOME ON THE PRECIPICE OF HOMELESSNESS, THIS IS THE TIPPING POINT. THESE PEOPLE CAN'T MOVE ON WITHOUT THE SUPPORT PROVIDED BY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, SO LET'S SEND A SIGNAL THAT WE HAVEN'T ABANDONED THEM AND TAKE UP A BILL TO EXTEND THESE CRITICAL BENEFITS. AND LET'S NOT FORGET HOW MANY PEOPLE COULD GET BACK TO WORK IF WE WOULD SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND PASS A LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL AND A COMPREHENSIVE OVERHAUL OF OUR TAX CODE. ENOUGH OF THESE POLICIES THAT INCENTIVIZE BUSINESSES TO GO OVERSEAS. WE NEED POLICIES THAT KEEP THEM BRINGING JOBS BACK HOME. WE SHOULD ALSO THINK OF OUR SENIORS, THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT CHANGED THE WAY OUR SENIORS AGE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT CONTAINS SOCIAL AND NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS THAT HELP THEM LIVE FULL, INDEPENDENT LIVES, BUT THE ACT EXPIRED MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO. MEANWHILE, THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS TURNING 60 CONTINUES TO GROW. I INTRODUCED A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND UPDATE THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT SO SENIORS CAN AGE WITH DIGNITY AND NOT IN POVERTY. HOWEVER, THE HOUSE HAS YET TO CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT BILL. . HOME HEALTH CARE, AND PROTECTION FROM ELDER ABUSE. MY BILL IS CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISED INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND IT DESERVES CONSIDERATION. LET'S NOT FORGET THE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING TO COLLEGE CAMPUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS FALL. THE COST OF COLLEGE IS LEAVING TOO MANY OF THEM WITH MASSIVE DEBT AND DECADES-LONG REPAYMENT PLANS. THAT'S A DRAG ON OUR ECONOMY. WE NEED LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO REFINANCE THEIR CURRENT LOANS JUST LIKE PEOPLE CAN REFINANCE THEIR MORTGAGE TO GET A LOWER RATE. WE MUST ADDRESS THE RISING COST OF COLLEGE. HIGHER EDUCATION NEEDS TO BE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. WE SHOULD NOT CREATE BARRIERS BY MAINTAINING A SYSTEM IN WHICH HIGHER EDUCATION INVOLVES EXORBITANT STUDENT LOAN DEBT. FINALLY, THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE CONTINUES TO LOOM. THIS, TOO, IS A CONCERN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD, BUT IT'S PARTICULARLY ALARMING TO MY COASTAL AND AGRICULTURAL PORTIONS OF THE DISTRICT. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS ARE A RECORD HIGH, LEADING TO A WARMING PLANET, MELTING GLACIERS, AND RISING SEA LEVELS. FARMERS, FISHERS, AND OTHERS WHO RELY ON OUR NATURAL RESOURCES ARE ALREADY FEELING THE STRESS. WE MUST HAVE A SERIOUS DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE CAN CURB INCREASING CARBON EMISSIONS. LET'S MAKE THIS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP NEW AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT CAN REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS WHILE GROWING AND ADVANCING OUR ECONOMY THROUGH THE CREATION OF CLEAN ENERGY JOBS. LET'S DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. LET'S NOT WAIT. YET IF CONTINUING RESOLUTION WILL CONTINUE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR A SHORT TIME. IT WILL PREVENT ANOTHER DISASTER AND A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BUT IT'S A SHORT-TERM FIX THAT LEAVES NUMEROUS IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS UNADDRESSED. WE MUST DO BETTER FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. THEY WILL BEAR THE RAMIFICATIONS OF OUR INACTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SETASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO FIND SOLUTIONS OUR CONSTITUENTS DESERVE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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  • 10:18:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:18:50 AM

    MR. BYRNE

    RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MY DEAR FRIEND, JUDGE MICHAEL MCMACON,…

    RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MY DEAR FRIEND, JUDGE MICHAEL MCMACON, A LONG TIME DISTRICT JUDGE FROM MOBILE COUNTY AND A TRUE SERVANT LEADER. HE WAS BORN IN OKLAHOMA IN 1947. THE SON OF AN ARMY OFFICER, HE GREW UP ON VARIOUS ARMY POSTS AROUND THE WORLD. HE ATTENDED COLLEGE AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY IN INDIANA AND LATER RECEIVED HIS MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND HIS LAW DEGREE FROM MY ALMA MATER, THE LAW SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. A TRUE OUTDOORSMAN WHO ENJOYED HUNTING, FISHING, SCUBA DIVING, AND ALMOST ANY SPORT, JUDGE MCMACON ALWAYS WANTED TO LIVE ON ALABAMA'S GOLF COAST. HE GOT THAT CHANCE WHEN HE MOVED TO MOBILE TO SERVE AS AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY. FOR THEM MOBILE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND NOW PRESIDING CIRCUIT JUDGE, CHARLIE BRADDOCK. WHILE WORKING IN THE D.A. OFFICE, HE TAUGHT CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA. HE EVENTUALLY WENT ON TO PRIVATE PRACTICE UNTIL BEING ENCOURAGED BY MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING ME, TO RUN FOR DISTRICT JUDGE IN 1986. AFTER WINNING HIS FIRST ELECTION, JUDGE MCMACON WOULD GO ON TO SERVE AS A DISTRICT JUDGE IN MOBILE COUNTY FOR 25 YEARS. HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CREATION OF THE MOBILE COUNTY DRUG COURT, WHICH HELPS GIVES THOSE STRUGGLING WITH DRUG ADDICTION, OPPORTUNITIES TO BEAT THEIR ADDICTION AND BETTER THEMSELVES. THAT DRUG PROGRAM BECAME A MODEL FOR OTHER COUNTIES IN ALABAMA AND ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF THE UNITED STATES. OUTSIDE OF THE COURTROOM, JUDGE MCMACON WAS A FORCEFUL ADVOCATE FOR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. HE WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE MOBILE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER, WHICH HELPS CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN PREYED UPON BY PEOPLE WHO WOULD DO THEM HARM. HE ALSO SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF GOOD WILL EASTER SEALS. HE WAS ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH THE BOY SCOUTS PROGRAM IN ALABAMA, AND A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNOR'S DRUG ADVISORY COUNCIL. JUDGE MCMACON RETIRED FROM THE BENCH IN 2012, BUT REMAINED VERY ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. IN THE LATE 1980'S, AROUND THE SAME TIME HE AND HIS WIFE WERE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD, JUDGE MCMACON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA. HE FOUGHT THIS DREADFUL DISEASE FOR OVER 25 YEARS. NEVER RELENTING IN HIS CRUSADE FOR JUSTICE OR HIS PUBLIC SERVICE. HE NEVER LET THIS DISEASE BEAT HIM DOWN. SADLY ON SEPTEMBER 7 JUDGE MCMACON FINALLY SUCCUMBED TO THIS DISEASE. MIKE IS SURVIVED BY HIS LOVING WIFE, KATHY, AND TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN, IN ADDITION TO A NUMBER OF COUSINS AND MANY, MANY CLOSE FRIENDS. MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE MOBILE COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE BROOKS SAID IT BEST, HE SAID THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE I KNOW HOW RARE IT IS TO MEET SOMEONE LIKE MIKE. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. WHAT MATTERS MOST IS NOT WHAT YOU TAKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD, BUT RATHER WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND. JUDGE MCMACON LEFT BEHIND A LEGACY OF COMPASSION, JUSTICE, COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY. THE CITY OF MOBILE, MOBILE COUNTY, AND THE ENTIRE STATE OF ALABAMA, WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF JUDGE MCMACON AND FOR HIS REMARKABLE CAREER THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY. WE EXTEND OUR GREATEST CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:22:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER,…

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

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  • 10:22:45 AM

    MR. HOYER

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

    CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HOYER: MADAM SPEAKER, SADLY THE MAJORITY IS PRESSING FORWARD LATER THIS WEEK WITH TWO PARTISAN MESSAGING BILLS CLOAKED IN THE RHETORIC OF CREATING JOBS AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 10:22:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE RHETORIC OF CREATING JOBS AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY.

  • 10:22:51 AM

    MR. HOYER

    IN THE RHETORIC OF CREATING JOBS AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY. BILLS THAT…

    IN THE RHETORIC OF CREATING JOBS AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY. BILLS THAT ACTUALLY DO NEITHER. WE WILL TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR THE MOST PART, I THINK, PROCEED ON A BIPARTISAN FASHION. WHERE WE'LL HAVE VIEWS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT AGREE AND THAT DISAGREE. WITH THE ACTIONS WE WILL TAKE ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. AND THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED TO GIVE AUTHORITY TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO TRAIN AND EQUIP. -- EQUIP THOSE WHO ARE CONFRONTING ISSEL. HOWEVER -- ISIL. HOWEVER, AFTER WE HAVE CONSIDERED THAT, WE WILL PROCEED AGAIN ON THE PARTISAN MESSAGING BILLS OF WHICH I SPOKE. THIS UNFORTUNATELY, HAS BEEN THE PATTERN THROUGHOUT THE 112TH AND 113TH, THIS CONGRESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE RIGHTFULLY DISGUSTED. IN SOME CASES DISPAIRING. AND CERTAINLY TIRED OF THE PARTISAN GAMES THAT LEAD ONLY TO GRIDLOCK. THAT HAVE MADE THIS CONGRESS THE MOST UNPRODUCTIVE CONGRESS IN WHICH I HAVE SERVED. THIS IS MY 17TH CONGRESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF WATCHING THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WALK AWAY FROM THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO GOVERN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THEY ARE TIRED OF REPUBLICANS WALKING AWAY FROM OUR MIDDLE CLASS WHEN THEY REFUSED TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE. WHICH HAS A MAJORITY OF VOTES ON THIS FLOOR FOR PASSAGE. THE MINIMUM WAGE TODAY, IF IT WAS IN 2014 DOLLARS AND 1968 LEVELS, WOULD BE $10.77 CENTS. THAT MEANS THOSE AT THE LOWEST RANKS OF EARNERS IN AMERICA HAVE SEEN THEIR BUYING POWER DEGRADED BY OVER 40%. SINCE 1968. AND YET WE WON'T EVEN BRING IT TO THE FLOOR -- WHEN I SAY WE, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, WON'T EVEN BRING IT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. AND IT HAS MAJORITY VOTES IF MY OPINION. IT WON'T BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT ENSURES EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK. EVERY WOMAN IN THIS HOUSE AND EVERY MAN IN THIS HOUSE, EXCEPT FOR THE LEADERSHIP, ARE PAID EXACTLY THE SAME THING. IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR GENDER. AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE CAN'T GET A BILL TO THE FLOOR . WE NEED TO MAKE HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE, STUDENT LOANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE REFINANCED JUST AS MORTGAGES COULD BE REFINANCED. WE CAN'T GET SUCH A BILL TO THE FLOOR. THEY ARE TIRED OF REPUBLICANS' OBSESSION WITH UNDOING THE PATIENT PROTECTIONS AND COST SAVINGS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. WE SPENT FOUR YEARS PRETENDING THAT WE WERE GOING TO REPEAL IT AS OPPOSED TO FIXING THAT WHICH COULD BE MADE BETTER ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY ARE TIRED OF WATCHING REPUBLICANS WALK AWAY FROM EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AS THEY DID WITH THE BIDEN TALKS, THE BOEHNER-OBAMA NEGOTIATIONS, THE SUPERCOMMITTEE COMPOSED OF AN EQUAL NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. WALKED AWAY FROM AVERTING THE SEE QUESTER, SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. AND SEVERAL -- SEQUESTER, SHUST DOWN THE GOVERNMENT, AND SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE FISCAL STABILITY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DISTRESSED, DISMAYED, AND INDEED ANGRY AT THE CONGRESS. ALL OF US BECAUSE THEY SEE THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH NOT WORKING. THEY ARE TIRED OF REPUBLICANS' FAILURE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BIPARTISAN COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. THAT AGAIN HAS THE VOTES ON THIS FLOOR. TO PASS. BUT THEY DON'T BRING IT TO THE FLOOR. THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEIR MESSAGE TO AMERICA IS YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. YOU'RE NOT EARNING ENOUGH MINIMUM WAGE, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. YOU LOST YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. SANDY COMES AND VISITS THE ATLANTIC KATRINA, VISIT IT, AND WHAT DID WE DO ON SANDY, WE SAID YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS, OVERWHELMINGLY, VOTED AGAINST HELPING THOSE WHO WERE STRUCK BY SANDY. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, A BUSINESS THAT'S TRYING TO EXPORT GOODS, GETTING A LITTLE HELP. YOU'RE BEING COMPETITIVE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. WHAT DOES THIS CONGRESS SAY? YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. YES, WE ARE GOING TO EXTEND IT FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, BUT THERE ARE A MAJORITY OF VOTES ON THIS FLOOR TO EXTEND IT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, WHICH WILL GIVE CONFIDENCE TO THE ECONOMY AND EXPORTERS, AND LENDERS, THAT IT WILL BE IN PLACE. BUT WHAT HAVE WE SAID? YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. WANT TO BUY A HOME? WELL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WANTS TO ELIMINATE FANNIE AND FRED QUI AND SAY, YES, YOU'RE -- FREDDIE AND SAY, YES, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. NEED TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE TO BUILD AND GET A LOAN, COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION? IT'S NOT ON THE FLOOR. YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE UPSET WITH US, AND RIGHTFULLY SO. I'M UPSET WITH US. THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT'S ABOUT POLITICAL MESSAGING AND NOTHING ELSE. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID TO WOMEN HAD WHEN THEY VOTED AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT. AN ACT WHICH HAD PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WHEN IT WAS ADOPTED AND WHEN IT WAS RE-AUTHORIZED. BUT THIS CONGRESS COULD NOT GET A MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS TO VOTE FOR IT. IT PASSED AFTER EIGHT MONTHS OF DELAY BECAUSE DEMOCRATS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY FOR IT. FOR WHAT THEY SAID TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHEN THEY VOTED AGAINST THAT SANDY RELIEF, AND IT'S WHAT THEY TOLD UNEMPLOYED WORKERS WHEN THEY VOTED NOT TO EXTEND EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT. HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE USING SEPTEMBER TO CONTINUE SENDING MESSAGING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE TALKING ABOUT LIFTING UP THE MIDDLE CLASS, GIVING A JUMP-START TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. THIS MONTH WILL BE ONE OF SHARP CONTRAST. YES, NEXT MONTH. AND YES, NOVEMBER. THERE ARE CHOICES TO BE MADE, SHARP CONTRAST, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FOR EVERY ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I JUST MENTIONED. POLL AFTER POLL AFTER POLL SHOWS THEM TO BE SO. THERE WILL BE A CONTRAST BETWEEN OBSTRUCTION AND PROGRESS. BETWEEN REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE SAID THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS WINNING AN ELECTION, AND DEMOCRATS WHO WANT TO WIN THE BATTLE FOR ECONOMIC QUALITY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. . THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT IS ON THEIR SIDE, AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE DOING WHAT IS NEEDED TO JUMP-START OUR MIDDLE CLASS, CREATE GOOD JOBS AND OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. JUMP-STARTING THE MIDDLE CLASS MEANS HELPING MORE OF OUR BUSINESSES MAKE IT IN AMERICA AND CREATE JOBS THAT PAY WELL. WE, BY THE WAY, PASSED YESTERDAY MAKE IT IN AMERICA LEGISLATION, GOOD LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. IT WAS DONE ON A VOICE VOTE. THE REASON IT WAS DONE ON A VOICE VOTE IS BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME CONCERN THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS MIGHT VOTE AGAINST IT. THAT WOULD BE A BAD VOTE FOR THEM SO WE PASSED IT ON A VOICE VOTE. IT MEANS EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK AND GREATER ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE. IT MEANS ENABLING MORE AMERICANS TO OWN A HOME, SAVE FOR RETIREMENT AND KNOW WITH CERTAINTY THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE BETTER OFF THAN WE ARE AND THAT THEY WERE. THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO DO. IT'S SO SAD WE HAVEN'T BEEN DOING IT. IT'S SO SAD WE CANNOT HAVE THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL, WHICH IS, OF COURSE, WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SAID IN THEIR PLEDGE TO AMERICA . THAT'S WHAT THE YOUNG GUNS TOLD US THEY WERE GOING TO DO. WE'VE HAD MORE CLOSED RULES THAN ANY CONGRESS IN WHICH I'VE SERVED. THAT MEANS THAT IDEAS CAN'T BE PUT FORWARD. MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN STARK CONTRAST OF WHO'S ON THEIR SIDE. LET'S HOPE THE NEXT CONGRESS IS A CONGRESS OF WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN BE PROUD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR

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  • 10:32:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MRS. WAGNER: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE

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  • 10:32:33 AM

    MRS. WAGNER

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES, AN EVIL THAT IS SO BARBARIC AND RUTHLESS THAT IT CAN'TING IGNORED BUT ONLY DISMANTLED AND DESTROYED. MADAM SPEAKER, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND LEVANT, ALSO KNOWN AS ISIL. MANY OF YOU -- MANY OF ALL OF US HAVE WATCHED IN HORROR AS TWO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS, JAMES FOLEY AND STEPHEN SOTLOFF, AND A BRITISH CITIZEN, DAVID HAYNES, WERE GRUESOMELY MURDERED BY ISIL. AS A MOTHER AND AS AN AMERICAN, MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES AND TO ALL THE VICTIMS OF THIS VIAL TERRORIST GROUP. MADAM SPEAKER, ISIL IS THE MOST RUTHLESS AND WELL-FINANCED TERRORIST GROUP IN THE WORLD. THEIR GOAL IS SIMPLE. KILL THE INNOCENT AND ULTIMATELY TARE RISE THE UNITED STATES OF -- TERRORIZE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION, ONE THAT HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE TO STOP THIS BARBARIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BEFORE THEY STRIKE US AT HOME. MADAM SPEAKER, WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER, STAND TOGETHER AS A NATION, A PEOPLE, A UNIFIED BIPARTISAN FASHION TO STOP ISIL ONCE AND FOR ALL. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WE ARE AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM. ISIL MUST NOT HAVE A SAFE HAVEN IN SYRIA OR ANYWHERE ELSE WITH THE TIME AND THE SPACE TO OPERATE AND CARRY OUT ATTACKS AGAINST OUR ALLIES AND OUR HOMELAND. THEY MUST BE DESTROYED. OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS ASKED FOR THE TOOLS TO DEFEAT ISIL, AND, MADAM SPEAKER, I WILL SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT IN OUR EFFORT TO COMPLETE THE MISSION AND TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY, BUT I DO REMAIN CONCERNED THAT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE THE LONG-TERM VISION AND THE WILL TO COMPLETE THE MISSION. AS AMERICANS, WE SHOULD WANT THE PRESIDENT TO SUCCEED. THE COST OF FAILURE IS FAR TOO GREAT. HOWEVER, THE COST OF NOT ACTING IS EVEN GREATER. THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC MUST MATCH HIS ACTIONS AND HIS RESOLVE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT MUST ANSWER THE CALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE TOOLS THAT HE'S ASKED FOR WHILE PROVIDING RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT AND REQUIRING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE DURATION OF THIS MILITARY CAMPAIGN. WE MUST COMPLETE THE MISSION. I, FOR ONE, STAND READY TO WORK WITH ANYONE TO DEFEND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE

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  • 10:35:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. DEUTCH: MADAM SPEAKER, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS WORKING IN FLORIDA FOR A VERY SIMPLE REASON, NO ONE WANTS TO BE UNINSURED, PEOPLE WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE.

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  • 10:36:01 AM

    MR. DEUTCH

    BE UNINSURED, PEOPLE WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. FLORIDA ENROLLED…

    BE UNINSURED, PEOPLE WANT AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. FLORIDA ENROLLED MORE PEOPLE IN HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE THAN ANY OTHER STATE USING HEALTHCARE.GOV. THIS ONLY ILLUSTRATES JUST HOW HIGH THE DEMAND THERE IS FOR AFFORDABLE COVERAGE IN OUR STATE. DURING THE FIRST OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD, SOME 983,000 FLORIDIANS SIGNED UP, MORE THAN 90% WERE ELIGIBLE FOR SOME TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE LAW WHICH DROVE PREMIUMS DOWN TO AN AVERAGE OF $79 A MONTH IN FLORIDA. IN THE SPAN OF A FEW MONTHS, OUR STATE'S UNINSURED RATE DROPPED FROM 25% TO UNDER 20% AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT WHEN OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS AGAIN THIS FALL EVEN MORE FLORIDIANS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET COVERED. UNFORTUNATELY, MADAM SPEAKER, THERE ARE 1.06 MILLION NIANS WHO WON'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY -- FLORIDIANS WHO WON'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. THEY DON'T -- THEY'VE DENIED -- THEY'VE BEEN DENIED THE MEDICAID COVERAGE THAT THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR BY GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND BY OUR G.O.P. STATE LEGISLATURE. HEALTH CARE REFORM WAS DESIGNED TO HELP MORE AMERICANS AFFORD PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE AND PROVIDE BASIC COVERAGE FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE THROUGH MEDICAID. TO DO SO, THE LAW EXTENDED ELIGIBILITY FOR MEDICAID TO PEOPLE EARNING UP TO 138% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. TALKING IN TERMS OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL SEEMS ABSTRACT BUT FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WORKING HARD FOR LITTLE INCOME, THE HARDSHIPS THEY FACE ARE VERY REAL. EARNING 138% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL MEANS BARELY MAKING ENDS MEET. FOR A FULL-TIME MINIMUM WAGE WORKER, IT MEANS SCRAPING BY FOR LESS THAN $16,000 A YEAR. FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR, IT MEANS MAKING LESS THAN $32,000 A YEAR, STRUGGLING TO BUY FOOD AND OTHER BASIC NECESSARY ITS. IN FLORIDA, IT MEANS GOING UNINSURED. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE IN 2014 WHEN THERE'S A FEDERAL LAW IN THE BOOKS THAT SAYS THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE. AND UNFORTUNATELY, AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE MEDICAID EXPANSION CAUCUS HERE IN CONGRESS, UNFORTUNATELY, I FIND MYSELF IN POSITION WHERE I HAVE TO ASK GOVERNOR SCOTT AND MY FORMER COLLEAGUES IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE JUST A FEW QUESTIONS. ARE TWO YOUNG PARENTS WORKING FAST FOOD JOBS IN MIAMI LESS DESERVING OF PRIMARY CARE VISITS THAN A COUPLE WORKING AT THE SAMEBURGER CHAIN IN COLORADO? -- SAME BURGER CHAIN IN COLORADO? ARE THE CRONICS ACHES OF A HOME CLEANER WORSE THAN -- ANY LESS WORT WORTHY OF TREATMENT IN VIRGINIA? ARE THESE 1,060,000 LESS WORTHY? THESE ARE THE MOST HARDWORKING PEOPLE IN OUR STATE. THEY'RE PROUD MOMS AND DADS. THEY'RE CASHIERS, OFFICE CLERKS, LANDSCAPERS. THEY ARE VETERANS OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THEY'RE ADULTS WHO'VE GONE BACK TO COLLEGE TO FURTHER THEIR CAREERS. OUR DESIRE TO GIVE FLORIDA FAMILIES THE SAME SHOT AT LEADING A HEALTHY, PRODUCTIVE LIFE AS AMERICANS IN ANY OTHER STATE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO COMMIT -- CONVINCE GOVERNOR SCOTT TO CALL THE STATE LEGISLATURE BACK INTO SESSION TOMORROW TO GET IT DONE. TO PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH ISN'T ENOUGH, ECONOMISTS HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT NO OTHER STATE HAS MORE TO LOSE BY REJECTING MEDICAID EXPANSION, BY REJECTING MEDICAID EXPANSION THAN FLORIDA. JUST THIS MONTH, MCCLATCHER ANALYSIS OF THE URBAN INSTITUTE DATA CONCLUDED THAT THE FLORIDA'S DECISION TO DENY MEDICAID TO 1,060,000 WILL COST OUR STATE AN ASTRONOMICAL $66.1 BILLION BY 2022. FLORIDA'S HOSPITALS ARE EXPECTED TO LOSE $22.6 BILLION OVER THAT SAME PERIOD AND WILL CONTINUE TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF PROVIDING EXPENSIVE EMERGENCY ROOM CARE TO UNINSURED PATIENTS FOR NOTHING IN RETURN. THE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AT STAKE FOR FLORIDA THROUGH MEDICAID EXPANSION WILL DO MORE THAN EXTEND BASIC COVERAGE TO MORE THAN THESE PEOPLE. IT WOULD GENERATE NEW GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT FLORIDA'S ECONOMY. THAT'S BECAUSE WHEN HOSPITALS ARE ACTUALLY PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES, THEIR BALANCE SHEETS IMPROVE, THEY HAVE MORE ROOM TO INVEST AND TO EXPAND. WHEN THEY BUILD A NEW SURGERY WING, THEY PUT MORE -- THEY PUT TO WORK MORE ENGINEERS AND CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS, AND THEY HIRE NEW STAFF AND THEY CREATE GOOD, WELL-PAYING JOBS IN OUR STATE. THE ECONOMIC GROWTH INJECTED INTO FLORIDA'S ECONOMY WOULD DELIVER ABOUT 63,000 NEW JOBS BETWEEN NOW AND 2017. MISSING OUT ON THAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR OUR STATE AND FAILING TO COVER THOSE 1,060,000 FLORIDIANS WOULD NOT DELIVER REAL SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS IN THE LONG RUN. IT'S TIME FOR GOVERNOR SCOTT AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO VOTE LESS ON POLITICS AND MORE ABOUT HELPING FLORIDIANS, PARENTS, STUDENTS, VETERANS AND WORKERS GET THE COVERAGE THEY DESIRE AND THAT THEY'RE ENTITLED TO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:41:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. CARTER: THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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  • 10:41:37 AM

    MR. CARTER

    SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF FIVE COMMONSENSE BILLS THAT WILL HOLD…

    SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF FIVE COMMONSENSE BILLS THAT WILL HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE IT WAS CREATED TO SERVE. IT'S AMAZING THAT WE HAVE AN INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE TO WHICH WE HAVE SURRENDERED ALMOST UNLIMITED POWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF COLLECTING REVENUES OF THIS COUNTRY. ARGUABLY, AMERICAN CITIZENS WILL TELL YOU THAT THE I.R.S. HAS CONTROL OVER THEIR LIVES, THEIR LIBERTY AND THEIR PROPERTY AND SOME WOULD ARGUE WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW. YOU DON'T TELL YOUR TAX MAN I'M NOT GOING TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, I'M GOING TO TAKE THE FIFTH, BECAUSE IMMEDIATELY IT WILL SEIZE YOUR PROPERTY. AND YET WE WITNESSED ON TELEVISION AS WE FOUND OUT THAT THE I.R.S. WAS BEING LOOKED INTO FOR BEING INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT AND MAYBE THE MOST INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT FEDERAL AGENCY IN THE COUNTRY AND THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY OUT INVESTIGATING GROUPS WHO WERE VOICING THEIR ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR OPINION IN THE POLITICAL ARENA AND THE RIGHT TO GATHER AND MEET, WHICH IS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION BUT, NO. THE FIRST THING WE GET FROM THE PERSON IN CHARGE IS I'M GOING TO TAKE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT. AS YOU -- AS MANY CAN SEE, WE HAVE BEEN BATTLING IN THE COMMITTEE PROCESS IN CONGRESS OVER AND OVER WITH THE I.R.S. THEY HAVE ABUSED OUR TAX SYSTEM TO TARGET CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND THIS ABUSE HAS TO BE STOPPED AND THEY HAVE TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. OF COURSE, WHEN WE'VE ACTUALLY HAVE SOMEONE THAT WE SEE IS RESPONSIBLE, THE QUICKEST SOLUTION FOR THE I.R.S. IS TRANSFER THEM SOMEPLACE ELSE. WELL, I'M PROUD THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN ACTION TO CURB THE POWER OF THE I.R.S. BY STREAMLINING THE REMOVAL OF FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS WHO'VE ENGAGED IN MISCONDUCT OR DESTROY FEDERAL RECORDS. YOU KNOW, FEDERAL DISTRICT COURTS, YOU TRY DESTROYING FEDERAL RECORDS TO BRING BEFORE THEM AND SEE WHAT THAT FEDERAL JUDGE WILL DO TO YOU. WE'RE ALSO VOTING TO PROHIBIT THE I.R.S. INDIVIDUALS FROM USING PERSONAL EMAILS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS, PUTTING FAIRNESS BACK INTO THE APPEALS PROCESS AND ENSURING TAXPAYERS KNOW THE STATUS OF AN I.R.S. INVESTIGATION. THIS IS NOT MUCH TO ASK, JUST TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON. THESE BILLS ARE IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS A LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN UNWILLING TO TAKE. THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION. IT SETS OUR BUREAUCRATS STRAIGHT. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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  • 10:44:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR.…

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES MR. DUNCAN: MR. SPEAKER --

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  • 10:45:06 AM

    MR. DUNCAN

    VOTED FOR THE FIRST GULF WAR ABOUT THE GREAT THREAT AGAINST SADDAM…

    VOTED FOR THE FIRST GULF WAR ABOUT THE GREAT THREAT AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN. AND THEN I WATCHED THOSE SAME ELITE TROOPS TO -- AND I REALIZED THEN THAT THE THREAT HAD BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED. A FEW YEARS LATER WE RUSHED TO WAR AGAINST WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT WERE NOT THERE. THE THREAT AT THE TIME OF THE SECOND GULF WAR WAS GREATLY EXAGGERATED AND I'M GLAD THAT I VOTED AGAINST GOING TO WAR THAT TIME. . AFTER THE HORRIBLE BEHEADINGS OF TWO AMERICAN CITIZENS I FELT WE SHOULD RESPOND AND I PUBLICLY SUPPORTED LIMITED AIR STRIKES. I HOPE WE CAN AT SOME POINT IF NOT DOING SO ALREADY SEND IN A SPECIAL OPERATION TEAM OR TEAMS TO GET THOSE WHO COMMITTED THOSE BEHEADINGS JUST AS WE DID OSAMA BIN LADEN. HOWEVER DO I NOT SUPPORT THOUSANDS OF YOUNG AMERICANS AS COMBAT TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS WARS. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR FIGHTING OVER THERE SHOULD BE UP TO THE COUNTRIES IN THAT REGION. AND I DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD HAVE SOME FAKE COALITION WHERE MOST OF THE FIGHTING AND MOST OF THE FUNDING COME FROM THE U.S. MILITARY AS IN THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS. WHILE ISIS OR ISIL, IT'S BEEN REFERRED TO AS BOTH, AS A THREAT, WE HAVE FACED FAR GREATER THREATS AT OTHER TIMES IN OUR HISTORY. SOME OF OUR LEADERS CLAMOR FOR WAR TO PROVE HOW TOUGH THEY ARE. SOMEONE TO BE LITTLE CHURCHILLS. MANY BELIEVE THEY DON'T SUPPORT THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE ACTION THEY ARE AFRAID THEY'LL BE BLAMED IN SOMETHING HAPPENS. HOWEVER BOTH OUR PRESIDENT AND HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY SAID OUR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS HAVE NOT EVIDENCE OF ANY CREDIBLE THREAT AGAINST THE US US AT THIS POINT. IN ADDITION WE HAVE SENT $716 BILLION ON HOMELAND SECURITY SINCE 9/11 JUST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. NOT COUNTING THE BILLIONS SPENT BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES. JUST ONE COMPANY, FEDEX, TOLD ME A COUPLE YEARS AFTER 9/11 THAT THEY HAD SPENT $200 MILLION ON SECURITY THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE SPENT HAD 9/11 NOT HAPPENED. ON TOP OF ALL THAT, WE SPEND MUCH MORE ON DEFENSE EACH YEAR THAN THE NEXT TOP 10 NATIONS COMBINED. AND ALMOST MORE THAN ALL NATIONS COMBINED SINCE THE POOR NATIONS SPEND VERY LITTLE ON DEFENSE. IF WE DEVOTE OUR ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET TO THE MIDDLE EAST WE CANNOT STOP ALL THE FIGHTING OR SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS OF THAT REGION. IF WE SPEND OUR ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET ON HOMELAND SECURITY, WE CANNOT MAKE OUR COUNTRY 100% PERFECTLY SAFE. SOME RADICAL ISLAMIC FANATIC MAY AT SOME POINT DO SOMETHING BAD IN THE U.S., BUT WE ARE ALREADY SPENDING ALL WE CAN AND DOING ALL WE CAN IF WE ARE GOING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR OWN PEOPLE. THE FIRST OBLIGATION OF THE U.S. CONGRESS SHOULD BE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SOLVE MOST OF THEIR OWN PROBLEMS ON THEIR OWN. WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR THE AUTHORITY TO TRY TO RUN THE WHOLE WORLD. AND WE CERTAINLY SHOULDN'T PANIC OR OVERREACT TO THIS THREAT FROM ISIS. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THEIR NUMBERS WERE SUPPOSEDLY BETWEEN 5,000 AND 10,000. NOW WE HAVE THEM UP TO 20,000 TO 31,000. BUT WE HAVE OVER ONE MILLION IN OUR MILITARY AND SUPPOSEDLY MANY OTHER NATIONS ARE GOING TO HELP AGAINST ISIS. AND THE LEADERS OF ISIS HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE COWARDS BY BEHEADING UNARMED DEFENSELESS MEN IN FRONT OF CAMERAS IN UNDISCLOSED LOCATIONS. WE FOUGHT AGAINST AL QAEDA IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND WITH AL QAEDA IN LIBYA. A YEARING A OUR HAWKS WANTED TO TAKE OUT ASSAD IN SYRIA. NOW WE WANT TO HAVE HIM WITH US AGAINST ISIS. I AGREE WITH WHAT JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO WROTE A FEW DAYS AGO, QUOTE, WHAT SHOULD CONGRESS DO? IT SHOULD DECLARE ONCE AND FOR ALL THAT WE WILL STAY OUT OF THE MUSLIM CIVIL WAR OF SHIIA VERSUS SUNNI. WE HAVE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF IT. EACH SIDE IS BARBEROUS. IN THE 1980'S WE HELPED THE SUNNIS. NOW THE SHIIAS. LAST YEAR MR. OBAMA OFFERED TO HELP THE ISLAMIC STATE BY DEGRADING THE ADVERSARIES. WE HAVE SQUANDERED INNOCENT AND SQUANDERED FORTUNES IN AN ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE TEMPORARY MILITARY VICTORIES THAT NEITHER ENHANCE FREEDOM NOR FORTIFY SAFETY. WE'LL ONLY HAVE PEACE WHEN WE COME HOME. WHEN WE CEASE MILITARY INVENTION IN THE AREA OF THE WORLD NOT SUITED FOR DEMOCRACY IN WHICH WE ARE ESSENTIALLY DESPISED, UNQUOTE. I AGREE WITH JUNG NAPOLITANO. TSH-JUDGE NAPOLITANO. FINALLY, MADAM SPEAKER, I SAY AGAIN WE CANNOT TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE AND OUR OWNTRY IF WE ARE PERMANENTLY AT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR FIVE

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  • 10:49:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.…

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MILLION LAMALFA: --

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  • 10:49:55 AM

    MR. LAMALFA

    SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT IN THE TOWN OF WEED, CALIFORNIA, MY OWN FIRST…

    SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT IN THE TOWN OF WEED, CALIFORNIA, MY OWN FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, OVER 100 OF MY CONSTITUENTS' HOMES WERE DESTROYED OR DAMAGED BY FIRE, ALONG WITH AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND TIMBER MILL, ONE OF THE AREA'S LARGEST EMPLOYERS. THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS ARE UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS AND THE FIRE'S NOT YET CONTAINED. ASIDE FROM THIS TRAGEDY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FORESTS HAVE BURNED SO FAR THIS YEAR. IN FACT, THE COMBINED IMPACT OF THE FIRES IN MY DISTRICT IS ALREADY LARGER THAN LAST YEAR'S RIM FIRE NERO SEM AT THIS. UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE THE RIM FIRE RECEIVED NONSTOP NEWS KVERAGE LAST YEAR, MOST OF AMERICA'S PROBABLY UNAWARE OF THIS YEAR'S CALAMITIES. THE UNFORTUNATE TRUTH IS THAT RURAL CALIFORNIA AND MUCH OF THE WEST EXPERIENCE MASSIVE WILDFIRES LIKE THESE EVERY YEAR. OVER THE PAST DECADE, WILDFIRES IN THE WEST HAVE ONLY GROWN IN SIZE AND SEVERITY. MR. SPEAKER, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WE KNOW WHY OUR FORESTS ARE BURNING DECADES OF MISMANAGEMENT CAUSED BY FEDERAL BUREAUCRACIES, EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS, AND RED TAPE. THEY HAVE AN ATTITUDE IN MANY CASES OF JUST LET IT BURN. WE SUFFER FROM THESE ROAD CLOSURES, INACCESSIBILITY TO OUR FORESTS, POOR MANAGEMENT, EARN CERTAINLY THE ABILITY TO STOP FIRES WHEN THEY ARE -- AND CERTAINLY THE ABILITY TO STOP FIRES WHEN THEY ARE STARTED BECAUSE OF THESE POLICIES. OUR FORESTS ARE NOT MANAGED OR THEY ARE NOT EVEN POORLY MANAGED. THEY ARE ENTIRELY UNMANAGED. AS A RESULT, ARE OVERGROWN, UNHEALTHY, AND READY TO BURST INTO FLAME ANY TIME. I AM HE' SUPPORTED SEVERAL MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS AND LAST NIGHT'S EVENT CREATE MORE EMERGENCY FOR THIS CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION TO ACT. I AM A CO-SPONSOR OF A BILL TO RESTORE COMMON SENSE FOREST MANAGEMENT TO REQUIRE THE FOREST SERVICE TO MANAGE AND REDUCE FUEL LOADS AND IMPROVE FOREST HEALTH. IT'S HIGH TIME THE SENATE ACT ON THIS MEASURE OR PRODUCE ITS OWN SO WE CAN NEGOTIATE A FINAL PRODUCT. THIS WOULD BE AS PART OF THE NOW 384 HOUSE BILLS LANGUISHING OVER IN THE SENATE THAT NEED ACTION. THE CHAIRMAN'S BILL, H.R. 3992, ANOTHER MEASURE I'M SUPPORTING AND CO-SPONSORING, WILL END THE DIVERSION OF FOREST MANAGE THE FUNDING TO FIREFIGHTING BY TREATING FIRES LIKE OTHER DISASTERS, ALLOWING FLEXIBLE WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING. THE FOREST SERVICE IS INCREASING USE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT FUNDS FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION MEANS WE ARE NO LONGER IN THE BUSINESS OF MANAGING FORESTS. INSTEAD OF JUST PUTTING THEM OUT OR TRYING TO WHEN THEY BURN. THIS DESERVES A HEARING IN THE COMMITTEE AND ACTION ON THE FLOOR BEFORE THE SESSION ENDS. MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT ACTION ON THESE BILLS, OUR FORESTS WILL CONTINUE TO BURN. OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THEIR HOMES AND LIVELIHOODS DESTROYED, AND RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE WEST WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER. THE ACTIONS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING HERE IN THE HOUSE THIS YEAR, WE HEAR ABOUT DO-NOTHING CONGRESS. WE HEAR ABOUT THE LEAST PRODUCTIVE CONGRESS. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS BEEN DOING ITS JOB. WE HAVE 384-PLUS BILLS SITTING OVER IN THE SENATE LANGUISHING, WAITING FOR ACTION, THAN ITS MISNOMER THAT ACTION IS NOT GOING ON IN THE HOUSE. INDEED IT'S A DO-NOTHING SENATE. THE PEOPLE OF THE WEST, THE PEOPLE IN LINE OF THESE FIRES, THE PEOPLE SUFFERING, DEMAND ACTION OF THEIR GOVERNMENT. WHEN THEY ARE NOT GETTING IT, THEN THEY ARE THE VICTIMS. MADAM SPEAKER, WE LEAVE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR TO -- WE NEED FOR THE HE END OF THIS YEAR TO TAKE SERIOUS ACTION ON THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS AND ALLOWING TIMBER TO BE CUT, PROCESSED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE FOREST HEALTH. WE HAVE AN OVERLOAD OF INVENTORY IN OUR FOREST WHICH IS MUCH MORE THAN CAN BE SUSTAINABLE ON THE NUMBER OF TREES PER ACRE, ON WHAT'S SAFE AND HEALTHY FOR THE TREES AS THEY COMPETE FOR A LIMITED WATER SUPPLY UNDER GROUND. THEREFORE STRESSING THE TREES, CAUSING THEM TO BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO BE MORE IF DANGER OF INSECTS THAT WEAKEN AND KILL THE TREES, THEREBY A SELF-PERPETUATING PROPHECY OF FORESTS THAT ARE WEAK AND BURN. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S HIGH TIME AS MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE SUFFERED FOR WEEKS AND NOW STARTING LAST NIGHT A WEED, CALIFORNIA, SUFFERING FROM THIS MISMANAGEMENT. THE NONMANAGEMENT, THE INCOMPETENCE EVEN WHAT SOME PEOPLE FEEL CRIMINAL TREATMENT THEY ARE GETTING FROM THEIR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. BECAUSE OF INACTIVITY. MADAM SPEAKER, IT'S HIGH TIME WE PASS THESE MEASURES AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE OUR FORESTS HEALTHY, SAFE, AS WELL AS HELP THE ECONOMIES OF THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE CERTAINLY IN THIS PLACE, IN CONGRESS AND GOVERNMENT, WE CERTAINLY USE A LOT OF WOOD AND PAPER PRODUCTS. WHY SHOULD THEY NOT COME FROM CALIFORNIA OR OUR WESTERN STATES? MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES

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  • 10:54:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR.…

    YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:55:11 AM

    MR. GARRETT

    RECOGNIZE HER MOTHER AS WELL, ROSEMARIE. FOR HER TIRELESS DEDICATION TO…

    RECOGNIZE HER MOTHER AS WELL, ROSEMARIE. FOR HER TIRELESS DEDICATION TO VICTIMS RIGHTS AND CHILD SAFETY. IT WAS BACK IN 1973 THAT JOAN WAS SEXUALLY MOLESTED AND MURDERED BY HER NEIGHBOR, JOSEPH MCGAOEN. AFTER SHE SIMPLY WENT TO HIS HOUSE TO DELIVER GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. JOAN'S BODY WAS FOUND SOME THREE DAYS LATER ON EASTER SUNDAY IN NEW YORK STATE'S HARIMAN'S STATE PARK. JOSEPH WAS LATER CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. JOAN WAS 7 YEARS OLD BACK WHEN SHE WAS MURDERED. AND THIS MONTH SHE WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HER 49TH BIRTHDAY. SO IN THE FOUR DECADES SINCE JOAN'S DEATH, HER MOTHER, ROSEMARIE, HAS USED THIS TRAGEDY OF HER DAUGHTER'S DEATH AS A MOTIVATION TO ENSURE THE PROTECTION OF OTHER CHILDREN. ROSEMARIE HAS MOUNTED SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS TO KEEP HER DAUGHTER'S KILLER BEHIND BARS, AND SHE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO STRENGTHEN LAWS AGAINST CHILD PREDATORS. BACK IN THE 1990'S THAT ROSEMARIE LAUNCHED A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT TO PASS WHAT IS CALLED JOAN'S LAW. THIS LEGISLATION IMPOSES A LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE SENTENCE ON ANYONE CONVICTED OF MOLESTING AND MURDERING A CHILD UNDER 14. GOVERNOR CHRISTIE TODD WHITMAN SIGNED THE BILL INTO LAW IN 1997 AND PRESIDENT CLINTON SIGNED A FEDERAL VERSION OF THIS LAW IN 1998. BUT EVEN WITH THESE SUCCESSES ROSEMARIE CONTINUES, CONTINUES TO DO EVEN MORE. EARLIER THIS YEAR SHE UNVEILED A BUTTERFLY SCULPTURE AND GARDEN IN HILLS DALE, NEW JERSEY. THIS SCULPTURE REALLY IS A TRIBUTE TO JOAN'S LIFE AND IT ALSO SERVES AS A REMINDER TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO BE DILIGENT ABOUT KEEPING OUR OWN CHILDREN SAFE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME, TO COME TOGETHER IN REMEMBERING JOAN'S BIRTHDAY. BUT MOREOVER THAN THAT, I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN THINKING AND THANKING ROSEMARIE FOR ALL THAT SHE HAS DONE TO PROTECT COUNTLESS OTHER CHILDREN. WE WILL NEVER FULLY UNDERSTAND THE GRIEF THAT ROSEMARIE HAS SUFFERED ALL THESE YEARS, BUT WE HOPE, WE REALLY DO HOPE SHE FINDS COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT SHE TRULY HAS INSPIRED BY HER OWN DETERMINATION TO MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:58:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 12:01:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 12:01:52 PM

    MR. WOLF

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

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THE SPEAKER: THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 12:02:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT…

    REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RISE?

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    FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:02:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY FAVORITE MONTHS OF…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF MY FAVORITE MONTHS OF THE YEAR, INITIATED IN 1991 BY CONGRESS, SEPTEMBER IS KNOWN AS NATIONAL RICE MONTH WITH THE HEALTHY ATRIBUTES, IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE TYPICAL AMERICAN WILL CONSUME 25 POUNDS OF RICE THIS YEAR.

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    SURPRISE THAT THE TYPICAL AMERICAN WILL CONSUME 25 POUNDS OF RICE THIS…

    SURPRISE THAT THE TYPICAL AMERICAN WILL CONSUME 25 POUNDS OF RICE THIS YEAR.

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  • 12:02:37 PM

    MR. CRAWFORD

    LARGEST RICE PRODUCING DISTRICT IN AMERICA AND CO-CHAIR OF THE…

    LARGEST RICE PRODUCING DISTRICT IN AMERICA AND CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RICE CAUCUS. I'VE SEEN FIRST HAND THE HARD WORK OF PUTTING IN THE CROP THAT FEEDS US HERE AT HOME AND COUNTLESS OTHERS ACROSS THE WORLD. AS WE STOP AND CONSIDER ALL THE PRODUCTS HERE AT HOME WE'VE COME TO ENJOY THAT INCLUDE RICE, LET US ALSO REMEMBER THAT OUR RICE PRODUCERS EXPORT OVER THREE MILLION METRIC TONS OF RICE TO MARKETS OVER THE WORLD THIS YEAR. THEY ARE FEEDING US HERE AT HOME, MR. SPEAKER, AND THEY'RE ALSO FEEDING THE WORLD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 12:03:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:03:22 PM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    WILL WELCOME AN ALLY AND A FRIEND. WHEN UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT, PETRO…

    WILL WELCOME AN ALLY AND A FRIEND. WHEN UKRAINE'S NEW PRESIDENT, PETRO POROSHENKO, ADDRESSES A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS ON THURSDAY, HE WILL DO SO AT A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN HIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY. UKRAINE IS FACING AN -- A THREAT AGAINST RUSSIAN'S AGGRESSION. PRESIDENT'S PUTIN'S ARMING OF SEPARATEST -- PRESIDENT PUTIN'S ARMING OF SEPARATIST REBELS MUST STOP. I WILL PUSH FOR EVEN TOUGHER SANCTIONS IF PUT PUTIN CONTINUES TO DISREGARD UKRAINIAN SOVEREIGNTY. THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE ARE FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY. THE UNITED STATES STANDS BEHIND THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS. LET THIS WEEK'S ADDRESS ONLY STRENGTHEN THE LONG-STANDING ALLIANCE AND FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OUR FRIEND, UKRAINE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:04:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO…

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DO YOU RISE? MR. WOLF: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE

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  • 12:04:24 PM

    MR. WOLF

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO…

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. WOLF:

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  • 12:04:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. WOLF: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. WOLF: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A STATEMENT ON MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE TROUBLING INCREASED ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE, HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

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  • 12:04:28 PM

    MR. WOLF

    EUROPE, HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. THE…

    EUROPE, HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES. THE COAL MINE OF A NATION'S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND TOLERANCE, MEANING THE JEWISH POPULATION IS THREATENED, SO, TOO, WILL OTHERS IN TIME. FOR THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, THE SAFETY OF ALL PEOPLE, WE MUST SPEAK OUT AGAINST THESE DISTURBING TRENDS AND ANTI-SMETIC ACTS AROUND THE WORLD. I'M CALLING -- ANTI-SEMITIC ACTS AROUND THE WORLD. I'M CALLING FOR AN UPDATE ON ANTI-SEMITISM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES TO REVIEW RECENT TRENDS AND LOOK AT WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS, IF ANY, FIRST BASE IMPLEMENTED. -- HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR

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  • 12:05:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 12:05:26 PM

    MS. HAHN

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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  • 12:05:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:05:32 PM

    MS. HAHN

    TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN BY ITS PLAYERS. IF THE LEAGUE WERE…

    TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN BY ITS PLAYERS. IF THE LEAGUE WERE SERIOUS, IT COULD USE ITS SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT AND HELP CHANGE HOW SOCIETY VIEWS THE ISSUE. JUST AS TEAMS HAVE RAISED MONEY AND AWARENESS TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER. BUT I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT THE NFL COMMISSIONER, OWNERS, COACHES AND PLAYERS WANT TO CHANGE. ARE THEY SINCERE OR JUST DOING DAMAGE CONTROL BEFORE CONTINUING BUSINESS, BY THE WAY, A VERY PROFITABLE AND TAX-EXEMPT BUSINESS? I BELIEVE THE BIG, NOT JUST THE BIG BUCKS, STOPS WITH THE COMMISSIONER. BECAUSE HE'S FAILED, I BELIEVE THAT GOODALL MUST RESIGN OR BE OUTED BY THE OWNERS. MY COLLEAGUES AND I WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE IF THE NFL TRULY REFORMS AND WE WILL BE REVISITING CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND LEGISLATION RELATED TO THE NFL.

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  • 12:06:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK…

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

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  • 12:06:34 PM

    MR. WILSON

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WILSON:…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WILSON: MR. SPEAKER, IN LAST WEEK'S "WASHINGTON POST," A COLUMNIST SAID BEYOND THE STRATEGY'S HALF-HEARTED SUBSTANCE, OBAMA'S RELUCTANCE AND APPLE BIFF LENS ARE OBVIOUS. THIS IS A

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  • 12:06:40 PM

    MR. WILSON

    SUBSTANCE, OBAMA'S RELUCTANCE AND APPLE BIFF LENS ARE OBVIOUS. THIS IS A…

    SUBSTANCE, OBAMA'S RELUCTANCE AND APPLE BIFF LENS ARE OBVIOUS. THIS IS A MAN DRIVEN TO GIVE THE SPEECH BY PUBLIC OPINION. IT SHIFTED RADICALLY WITH THE TELEVISED BEHEADING OF TWO AMERICANS. EVERY POLL SHOWS THE AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY WANT SOMETHING TO BE DONE, SOMEONE TO LEAD THE DOING, END OF QUOTE. ISIL'S CONQUEST IN IRAQ AND SYRIA IS THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILED POLICIES THAT DO NOT ACHIEVE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. THE PRESIDENT IGNORED EVIDENCE OF INCREASING TERRORIST SAFE HAVENS ACROSS NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, CENTRAL ASIA AS THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS NOW POROUS. THE UNITED STATES MUST EFFECTIVELY DEFEAT ISIL TO STOP ATTACKS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT SHOWS REAL LEADERSHIP AND TAKES EFFECTIVE ACTION TO ACHIEVE VICTORY OVER THOSE WHO VOW MASS MURDER OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD TAKE ACTION, REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 12:07:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. JOHNSON TO REQUEST THE BODY FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:07:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:07:56 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE HOUSE TO STOP THE FREE FLOW OF EXCESS…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO URGE THE HOUSE TO STOP THE FREE FLOW OF EXCESS DEFENSE DEPARTMENT MILITARY WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. OUR NEIGHBORHOODS NEED TO BE PROTECTED BUT AMERICANS OPPOSE BLURRING THE LINE BETWEEN THE POLICE AND MILITARY. WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT USING MILITARY EMRATS ON MAIN STREETS, OUR COUNTRY IS NOT A WAR ZONE AND SHOULD NOT FEEL LIKE ONE. THAT IS WHY REPRESENTATIVE RAUL LABRADOR AND MYSELF ARE INTRODUCING THE STOP MILITARYIZING ACT. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE AND BIPARTISAN BILL TO UPDATE THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 1033 PROGRAM TO STOP THE FREE FLOW OF EQUIPMENT FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS DIRECTLY TO THE STREETS OF AMERICA. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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  • 12:08:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    >>

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:09:14 PM

    MR. OLSON

    SOON PROPOSE A NEW LOWER OZONE STANDARD. WE'VE MADE IMPORTANT GAINS IN AIR…

    SOON PROPOSE A NEW LOWER OZONE STANDARD. WE'VE MADE IMPORTANT GAINS IN AIR QUALITY, BUT THIS NEW PROPOSAL IS SO LOW THAT MOST OF AMERICA, INCLUDING ALL BUT FIVE NATIONAL PARKS, WILL BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE. THIS NEW RULE WILL MEAN LOST JOBS AND LOST OPPORTUNITIES. IT MEANS NO NEW PERMITS FOR MOM AND POP AND THEIR AMERICAN DREAM. THEY WILL STRUGGLE TO GROW. THAT'S WHY TOMORROW BOB LATTA OF OHIO AND I WILL BE INTRODUCING THE CLEAN AIR STRONG ECONOMY ACT. THIS COMMONSENSE BILL REQUIRES E.P.A. TO PROTECT HEALTH AND CONSIDER WHETHER A NEW RULE CAN BE MET. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP US BALANCE CLEAN AIR WITH A STRONG ECONOMY AND AMERICAN JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:10:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. VEASEY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS

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  • 12:10:27 PM

    MR. VEASEY

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

    CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS

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  • 12:10:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. VEASEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE…

    SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. VEASEY: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO QUAL ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP -- CALL ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AND START GOVERNING. WE ARE

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  • 12:10:34 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    LEADERSHIP -- CALL ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES…

    LEADERSHIP -- CALL ON HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AND START GOVERNING. WE ARE SCHEDULED TO DEBATE 36 BILLS THIS WEEK BUT MANY ARE JUST REPEATED FAILED ATTEMPTS THAT WENT NOWHERE BEYOND THIS HOUSE BECAUSE THEY WILL DO NOTHING TO CREATE JOBS OR STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF PASSING -- INSTEAD OF WORKING TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM OR RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE OR DECREASING INCOME DISPARITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN, WE ARE INSTEAD REPACKAGING AND REPASSING PARTISAN TALKING POINTS AND SPECIAL INTEREST HANDOUTS. THIS CONGRESS IS ON TRACK TO BE THE LEAST -- THE LEAST PRODUCTIVE IN U.S. HISTORY. WE'VE SEEN VALUABLE TIME AND TAX DOLLARS WASTED IN TRYING TO SUE THE PRESIDENT, OVER 50 FAILED ATTEMPTS TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE ACT AND ATTEMPTS TO LEGITIMIZE FLIMSY CONSPIRACY THEORIES. HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL STAND READY TO WORK WITH HOUSE REPUBLICANS. WE'RE READY TO JUMP-START OUR ECONOMY, MAKE IT IN AMERICA, REUNITE FAMILIES AND BRING BACK JOBS FROM OVERSEAS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR

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  • 12:11:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

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

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  • 12:11:46 PM

    MR. POE

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

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

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  • 12:11:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. POE: MR. SPEAKER, EVIL ISIS HAS ARROGANTLY BEHEADED…

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. POE: MR. SPEAKER, EVIL ISIS HAS ARROGANTLY BEHEADED YET ANOTHER WERNER. THIS TIME A BRITISH

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  • 12:11:52 PM

    MR. POE

    HAS ARROGANTLY BEHEADED YET ANOTHER WERNER. THIS TIME A BRITISH AIDE…

    HAS ARROGANTLY BEHEADED YET ANOTHER WERNER. THIS TIME A BRITISH AIDE WORKER, DAVID HAYNES, WAS EXECUTED. HIS ASSASSINS WITH AN ISIS MASKED OUTLAW WITH A BRITISH ACCENT. ISIS HAS BEEN TURNING THOSE IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. THESE AMERICAN PASSPORT HOLDERS ARE PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SINCE THEY CAN EASILY SLIP BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY UNDETECTED AND BRING ISIS' REIGN OF TERROR TO OUR HOMELAND. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED THE F.T.O. PASSPORT REVOCATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD AUTHORIZE THE REVOCATION OR DENIAL OF PASSPORTS AND PASSPORT CARDS TO INDIVIDUALS WHO FIGHT WITH FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THE BENEDICT ARNOLD TRAITORS WHO HAVE TURNED AGAINST AMERICA SHOULD LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO RE-ENTER THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT LOCATE THESE INDIVIDUALS OVERSEAS BY PREVENTING THEM FROM TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY SO THEY CAN BE CAPTURED AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. ONCE AMERICANS CROSS OVER TO THE DARK SIDE AND GO TO WAR AGAINST US, THEY ARE NOT WELCOMED BACK UNLESS THEY'RE IN HANDCUFFS, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. FUDGE

    BALLOTS BUT THE SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST THE G.O.P.-LED GENERAL…

    BALLOTS BUT THE SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST THE G.O.P.-LED GENERAL ASSEMBLY, OHIO VOTERS WOULD NOT HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. ACCORDING TO A LAWYER'S COMMITTEE ON CIVIL RIGHTS REPORT, AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS MADE UP 78% OF ALL EARLY VOTING BALLOTS IN THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE PEOPLE WORKING IN EVERY STATE TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR CITIZENS AND PARTICULARLY PEOPLE OF COLOR TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. THAT IS WHY IT IS CRITICAL FOR EACH OF US TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT IT. I SUPPORT THE VOTING RIGHTS AMENDMENT ACT OF 2014, AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA…

    GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. BROOKS

    URGE ALL AMERICANS TO BE DISASTER PREPARED. ACCORDING TO FEMA, LESS THAN…

    URGE ALL AMERICANS TO BE DISASTER PREPARED. ACCORDING TO FEMA, LESS THAN 40% OF ALL AMERICANS HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN. THIS STARTLING FACT IS A REMINDER THAT OUR NATION MUST CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR ALL TYPES OF DISASTERS. AS CONGRESSIONAL CO-CHAIR OF NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, I HOPE ALL MEMBERS WILL JOIN ME IN PROMOTING THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPAREDNESS. THE FIRST 72 HOURS AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER OR A TERRORIST ATTACK ARE CRITICAL. THIS SEPTEMBER, URGE YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND FAMILIES TO TAKE ACTION BY CREATING AN EMERGENCY KIT THAT INCLUDES THINGS LIKE WATER, NONPERISHABLE FOOD, PHONE CHARGERS. FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE COMMUNICATIONS PLANS AND DESIGNATE A MEETUP POINT IN CASE THEY GET SEPARATED. LASTLY, WE SHOULD FOLLOW OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND RED CROSS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. TAKING THESE KINDS OF STEPS CAN SAVE LIVES WHEN DISASTER STRIKES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, LET'S PLEDGE TO BE DISASTER-AWARE AND TAKE ACTION TO PREPARE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT

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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?

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

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

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    AS CHILDREN'S CARDIOMYYOPTHI AWARENESS MONTH. IT'S A CHRONIC DISEASE OF…

    AS CHILDREN'S CARDIOMYYOPTHI AWARENESS MONTH. IT'S A CHRONIC DISEASE OF THE HEART MUSCLE AND INCREASES THE RISK OF SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST. SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST CLAIMS ALMOST 300,000 LIVES IN THE U.S. EVERY YEAR. IT'S A LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS OF C.P.R. AND HOW TO…

    CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE LIFE-SAVING SKILLS OF C.P.R. AND HOW TO USE AN A.E.D. RECENTLY I INTRODUCED THE SAFE PLAY ACT TO HELP ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ATHLETES. SOME OF THEM HAVE CARD -- CARDIOMYYOPTHI AS WELL. IS AN ISSUE FACING PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. I URGE PARTICIPATION IN THE FIRST A.E.D. HUNT ON THE HILL TOMORROW, AND CO-SPONSORING THE TEACHING CHILDREN TO SAVE LIVES ACT BECAUSE TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    PREVENT T.S.A. USING NOTICE TO APPEAR FORMS AS I.D.:

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    MR. MARCHANT

    DENYING -- AS I.D. MR. MARCHANT: AFTER FIRST DENYING IT TO THE PRESS, THE…

    DENYING -- AS I.D. MR. MARCHANT: AFTER FIRST DENYING IT TO THE PRESS, THE T.S.A. ADMITTED THEY ARE

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    MR. MARCHANT

    IT TO THE PRESS, THE T.S.A. ADMITTED THEY ARE USING NOTICE TO APPEAR…

    IT TO THE PRESS, THE T.S.A. ADMITTED THEY ARE USING NOTICE TO APPEAR FORMS. THOSE WHO VIOLATE OUR LAWS SHOULD NEVER BE HELD TO A LOWER SECURITY STANDARD THAN LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS TASMS SERIOUS SECURITY RISK, IT IS UNFAIR TO HONEST AMERICANS, AND IT MUST STOP NOW. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. T.S.A. MUST STOP GIVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SPECIAL TREATMENT. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE…

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COHEN: THIS IS CONSTITUTION WEEK, THE WEEK WE HONOR OUR CONSTITUTION, DRAFTED IN 1787, SEPTEMBER 15, AND SIGNED ON THE 17TH. I SPOKE TO A

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    MR. COHEN

    DRAFTED IN 1787, SEPTEMBER 15, AND SIGNED ON THE 17TH. I SPOKE TO A CLASS…

    DRAFTED IN 1787, SEPTEMBER 15, AND SIGNED ON THE 17TH. I SPOKE TO A CLASS ABOUT IT IN MEMPHIS AND I LOOKED AT THE CLASS, WHICH IS ALMOST ENTIRELY AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION HAVING IN IT SLAVERY -- SLAVERY AND NOT HAVING IN IT A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO VOTE. THEN I WATCHED WHEN TURNS' "THE ROOSEVELTS" AND THOUGHT ABOUT HOW TEDDY ROOSEVELT WOULD THINK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. TEDDY ROOSEVELT SAID THE CONSTITUTION WAS FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT THE PEOPLE FOR THE CONSTITUTION. AND HE PUT RIGHT FIRST AND HE FOUGHT THE TRUSTS AND HE LOOKED AFTER LABOR AND HE LOOKED AFTER THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKER. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN REPELLED AT THE IDEA OF THE NOT HAVING A VOTING RIGHTS ACT. AS HE HAD BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN, INTO THE WHITE HOUSE. HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS CONGRESS IS DOING TODAY AND THE PROSPECT OF WAR AND OUR POWER TO DECLARE WAR AND NOT ACTING, NOT EXERCISING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL PREROGATIVES. KEN BURNS' SERIES IS A TRIBUTE TO TWO GREAT MEN, A GREAT FAMILY, TEDDY AND FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, THAT MADE AMERICA BETTER. I WISH THIS CONGRESS WOULD DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    CO-SPONSORED THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LATER TODAY, H.R. 24, THE…

    CO-SPONSORED THAT THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER LATER TODAY, H.R. 24, THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT. AS THE CREATOR OF U.S. MONETARY POLICY, THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL INSTITUTIONS IN OUR GOVERNMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS ALSO MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE MOST SECRETIVE INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT. THIS ACT WOULD REQUIRE THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM TO SUBMIT ITSELF TO A FULL, FAIR, AND OPEN AUDIT PROCESS. PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN FROM THE GREAT SHOW-ME STATE, ONCE SAID THAT SECRECY IN A FREE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT -- AND A FREE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT DON'T MIX. IN ALL OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE FEDERAL RESERVE, OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE ABLUTELY REQUIRED. HUNDREDS OF MY FELLOW MISSOURIANS HAVE CONTACTED ME ASKING TO FULLY AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE IN THE FIRST 15 MONTHS I HAVE BEEN IN OFFICE. MR. SMITH: IT'S TIME TO AUDIT THE FED.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE FED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED, WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. MORAN: WE ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN A VERY IMPORTANT AND DIFFICULT DEBATE AND BOTH SIDES HAVE STRONG, CREDIBLE ARGUMENTS.

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    MR. MORAN

    BOTH SIDES HAVE STRONG, CREDIBLE ARGUMENTS. BUT I WOULD URGE THOSE WHO ARE…

    BOTH SIDES HAVE STRONG, CREDIBLE ARGUMENTS. BUT I WOULD URGE THOSE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SUGGESTED TO OFFER THEIR OWN ALTERNATIVE. BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM AS THOUGH, WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN A BAD OPTION, IT'S THE BEST OF ALL THE ALTERNATIVES. AND THAT'S THE DIFFICULTY. ISIS IS EXPANDING EXPONENTIALLY IN TERMS OF THE SIZE OF ITS FORCE, ITS FINANCIAL AND MILITARY WHEREWITHAL. IF ISIS WAS, FOR EXAMPLE, TO BE ABLE TO LAY SIEGE TO BAGHDAD, WHERE WE HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL PRESENCE OF AMERICAN PERSONNEL, WHAT DO WE DO THEN? CLEARLY WE WOULD HAVE TO BE MILITARILY ENGAGED. THIS IS A DIFFICULT DEBATE. BUT I WOULD URGE THOSE WHO CHOSE ANY OF THE CREDIBLE REASONS FOR VOTING AGAINST IT TO TELL US WHAT THEY WOULD DO INSTEAD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    BY THE CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES ON ADOPTION. THEY ARE PARENTS OF SIX CHILDREN,…

    BY THE CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES ON ADOPTION. THEY ARE PARENTS OF SIX CHILDREN, FOUR OF WHOM THEY ADOPTED. MR. DAVIS: THEY MADE THE DECISION TO ADOPT THAWS BAY UNDERSTOOD THAT COUNTLESS CHILDREN WITHOUT -- ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE WITHOUT A FAMILY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    COUNTLESS CHILDREN WITHOUT -- ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE WITHOUT A FAMILY. AFTER…

    COUNTLESS CHILDREN WITHOUT -- ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE WITHOUT A FAMILY. AFTER THE BIRTHS OF THEIR FIRST TWO CHILDREN, THEY BEGAN LOOKING INTO ADOPTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. THEY ADOPTED JOSEPH FROM INDIA, AND WHEN THEY LEARNED HIS BROTHER WAS -- NEEDED TO BE ADOPTED THEY ADOPTED HIM AS WELL. ADOPTION IS A SELFLESS ACT OF KINDNESS AND IT IS TRULY AN HONOR TO HAVE THEM IN MY DISTRICT. THEIR DEDICATION AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT ARE UNPRECEDENTED AND WE SHOULD TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THOSE WHO ADOPT BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

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

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

    FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION.

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    RISE IN SUPPORT OF PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS. THERE ARE NO EARLY…

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS. THERE ARE NO EARLY DETECTION METHODS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER AND TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE LIMITED. OVER 300 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM CHRONIC DISEASES. LIKE PANCREATIC CANCERMARK HAVE NO CURES AND LIMITED TREATMENT OPTIONS.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    GET CURES AND DREAMS TO PATIENTS MORE QUICKLY. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO…

    GET CURES AND DREAMS TO PATIENTS MORE QUICKLY. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO SUFFER FROM CANCER, INCLUDING THE NEARLY 50,000 WITH PAN CRY -- PANCREATIC CANCER, WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS INITIATIVE. I HELD TWO ROUND TABLES IN MY DISTRICT IN AUGUST TO HEAR FROM PATIENT, PATIENT ADVOCATES, RESEARCHERS, CLINICIANS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES. PANCREATIC CANCER ADVOCATES PARTICIPATED AS WELL. TOGETHER WE CAN RAISE AWARENESS AND FIND CURES AND TREATMENTS FOR CHRONIC AND DEADLY DISEASES LIKE PANCREATIC CANCER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE IT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    HEAD OF CORNERSTONE ADVOCACY SERVICE. HER WORK BEGAN IN 1989 WHEN IT WAS…

    HEAD OF CORNERSTONE ADVOCACY SERVICE. HER WORK BEGAN IN 1989 WHEN IT WAS JUST A FEW VOLUNTEERS WORKING IN A CHURCH IN BLOOMINGTON. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP AND VISION FOR PREVENTING DOMESTIC ABUSE IT'S GROWN TO 80 EMPLOYEES WHO PROVIDE AROUND THE CLK CRISIS COUNSELING, EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING TO 10 CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTY. I SPENT TIME AT CORNERSTONE MYSELF AND HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIZED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THE IMPACT OF CORNERSTONE'S SUCCESS IS A REFLECTION OF SUSAN'S HARD WORK, HER DEDICATION AN HER PASSION. MR. PAULSEN: I'D LIKE TO THANK SUSAN FOR HELPING SAVE LIVES, FOR SERVING OUR COMMUNITY AND CONGRATULATE HER ON HER TENURE AT CORNERSTONE AND WISH HER THE BEST IN HER RETIREMENT.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WEATHER -- WITHOUT…

    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WEATHER -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    LET PARENTS CHOOSE WHERE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. LET'S MAKE IT…

    LET PARENTS CHOOSE WHERE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. LET'S MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO SAVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. LET'S GIVE EVERY KID IN AMERICA ACCESS TO A GREAT SCHOOL. OUR CURRENT EDUCATION SYSTEM WORKS FOR MANY BUT IT'S FAILING TOO MANY OTHERS.

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  • 12:26:33 PM

    MR. MESSER

    THAT. MY BILL, L. 5477 -- MY BILL, H.R. 54 7, LETS FEDERAL EDUCATION…

    THAT. MY BILL, L. 5477 -- MY BILL, H.R. 54 7, LETS FEDERAL EDUCATION DOLLARS FOLLOW STUDENTS. IT LETS PARENTS USE EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNT ON PRE-K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION. IT COVERS ELIGIBLE SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALLOWS FUNDS TO BE USED FOR HOMESCHOOLING. SOME MAY SAY OUR CURRENT SYSTEM IS THE BEST WE CAN DO BUT DEEP DOWN WE ALL KNOW THAT WE MUST DO BETTER. LET'S GIVE ALL STUDENTS A CHANCE, NO MATTER WHE THER LIVE. LET'S PASS THE ENHANCING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT AND MAKE THAT DREAM A REALITY FOR EVERY CHILD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE OUR…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE OUR NATION'S CASE MANAGERS AND THE ROLE THAT CASE MANAGEMENT PLAYS IN OUR HEALTH CARE AND OUR SOCIAL SERVICES SECTORS.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    OUR HEALTH CARE AND OUR SOCIAL SERVICES SECTORS. OCTOBER 12 THROUGH 18…

    OUR HEALTH CARE AND OUR SOCIAL SERVICES SECTORS. OCTOBER 12 THROUGH 18 MARKS CASE MANAGEMENT WEEK. DURING THIS TIME WE RECOGNIZE THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS ABOUT HEALTH CARE OPTIONS ACROSS A CONTINUUM OF CARE. WHILE ALL TOO OFTEN OVERLOOKED, CASE MANAGERS ARE CRITICAL IN IMPROVING HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES FOR INDIVIDUALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, PROMOTING QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR PATIENTS. AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT WAYS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN AMERICA, LET US NOT FORGET THE ROLE CASE MANAGERS PLAY IN COST EFFECTIVE OUTCOMES FOR PATIENTS. TODAY I OFFER MY THANKS AND PRAISE FOR OUR NATION'S CASE MANAGERS. DURING THIS UPCOMING CASE MANAGEMENT WEEK, LET US ALL RECOGNIZE THE VALUE THAT CA NAGE NT BRINGS THETO HEALTH CARE A' IN A. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.…

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION. THE CLERK: THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

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    THE CLERK

    2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK…

    2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, AT 11:09 A.M., THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITHOUT AMENDMENT, H.R. 5134. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAWES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECK SNIGS? --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECK SNIGS? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    RESOLUTION 722 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL…

    CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION AS AMENDED SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION AS AMENDED ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AS AMENDED AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES IF OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCKEON OF CALIFORNIA OR HIS DESIGNEE, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR SIX HOURS, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCKEON OF CALIFORNIA AND REPRESENTATIVE SMITH OF WASHINGTON OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, SECTION 4-C OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 567 IS AMENDED BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING NEW PARAGRAPH. SEVEN, THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPHS F-1 THROUGH F-12 OF CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 11 SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE WRITTEN RULES ADOPTED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE AS THOUGH PURSUANT TO SUCH CLAUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. COLE

    30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. SLAUGHTER,…

    30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MY GOOD FRIEND, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. COLE

    ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK…

    ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS . THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. COLE:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. MR. COLE: MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND…

    SO ORDERED. MR. COLE: MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES.

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    MR. COLE

    FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 124, THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS…

    FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 124, THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS RESOLUTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015. THE RULE IS A STRUCTURED RULE WHICH PROVIDES FOR A CONSIDERATION OF A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION, KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED UNTIL DECEMBER 11, 2014. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. IN ADDITION, MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR THE ADOPTION OF A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT BY CHAIRMAN ROGERS. THAT AMENDMENT PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN COORDINATION WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO TRAIN AND EQUIP APPROPRIATELY VETTED ELEMENTS FOR THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION AND OTHER APPROPRIATELY VETTED SYRIAN GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS. THIS AMENDMENT, THE RULE PROVIDES SIX HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BY CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH. THE RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE CORRECT A TECH NABLINGE -- TECHNICAL ERROR AND PUTS IN RULES REGARDING MEDIA ACCESS TO THE HEARINGS AND MEETINGS OF THE BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROGERS, FOR BRINGING A BILL TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN TO THE HOUSE. AS A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, IT'S FRUSTRATING THAT WE ARE FORCED INTO ACTING ON A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHEN WE SPENT MUCH OF THIS YEAR BOTH IN COMMITTEE AND ON THE FLOOR UPDATING CONGRESSIONAL FUNDING PRIORITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015. THIS HOUSE HAS DONE ITS WORK. I WISH I COULD SAY THE SAME FOR THE OTHER BODY. WHEN THE SENATE HAS CHOSEN NOT TO PASS EVEN ONE APPROPRIATIONS BILL ON THE FLOOR, THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED SEVEN. AND WHILE THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS PASSED EIGHT OF THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED ALL BUT ONE. AND IF THE SENATE WOULD WORK WITH US, I BELIEVE WE COULD PASS ALL OF OUR BILLS ON TIME. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION -- THE C.R. WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS A CLEAN BILL, CONTINUING THE FUNDING OF GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AT LEAST YEAR'S LEVELS AND INCLUDES ONLY 26 SO-CALLED ANUMBER LEASE, ALL WITHIN THE TOTAL -- ANOMALIES ALL WITHIN THE TOTAL LEVEL OF FUNDING. THIS IS TO ADDRESS CURRENT IMMEDIATE NEEDS, LIKE ADDRESSING THE EBOLA CRISIS, THE AGGRESSION TOWARDS UKRAINE AND OTHER FORMER SOVIET UNION COUNTRIES AND FUNDING TO ENSURE APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF VETERANS AND CONTINUED OVERSIGHT OF THE V.A. IN ADDITION, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL EXTENDS THE EXPORT IMPORT BANK THROUGH JUNE 30 -- EXPORT-IMPORT BANK THROUGH JEAN 30, 2015. I KNOW SOME OF MY FRIENDS WILL DISAGREE WITH ME, BUT I BELIEVE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK PROVIDES A VITAL SERVICE. IN AN ERA WHEN FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS ARE SUBSIDIZING THEIR INDUSTRIES, OUR COMPANIES ARE IN NEED OF A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. I BELIEVE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK DOES THAT. IN MY HOME STATE OF OKLAHOMA SINCE 2007, FINANCING PROVIDED BY THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK HAS SUPPORTED OVER $1.1 BILLION OF SALES BY U.S. COMPANIES THAT WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED OTHERWISE. IN ADDITION, THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK HAS RETURNED OVER $2.6 BILLION TO THE UNITED STATES TREASURY SINCE 2008. FINALLY AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, THE MCKEON AMENDMENT WOULD PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT WITH THE AUTHORITY HE'S REQUESTED TO TRAIN AND EQUIP APPROPRIATELY VETTED ELEMENTS OF THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. THE AMENDMENT ENSURES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING DETAILED PROGRESS REPORTS ON A PLAN, A VETTING PROCESS AND PROCEDURES FOR MONITORING UNAUTHORIZED END USE PROVIDED TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT. IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO REPORT ON HOW THIS AUTHORITY FITS WITHIN A LARGER REGIONAL STRATEGY. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE LOOK BACK ON WHAT BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT, THERE ARE AT LEAST THREE SIGNIFICANT FAILURES WE CAN POINT TO. FIRST, FORMER IRAQI PRIME MINISTER MALIKI WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A MULTIETHNIC, MULTISECTARIAN, INCLUSIVE STATE OF IRAQ BUT INSTEAD HE SQUANDERED IT. SECONDLY, PRESIDENT OBAMA DIDN'T INSIST FORCEFULLY ENOUGH TO KEEP A RESIDUAL AMERICAN PRESENCE IN IRAQ. AND THIRD, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN ISIL EXPANDED OUT OF SYRIA INTO IRAQ, BOTH PRIME MINISTER MALIKI AND PRESIDENT OBAMA WERE SLOW TO RESPOND. IT FLEW TO ISIL, THEIR INDECISIVE LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGED THIS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION TO SURGE ITSELF IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MR. SPEAKER, THE ASAILING DISCUSSION IS NOT ABOUT THE PAST AND HOW WE GOT HERE BUT RATHER ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WHAT WE MUST DO NOW. I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT ISIL REPRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, CONFRONTED AND DESTROYED, AND I AM WILLING TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY AND THE FUNDS NEEDED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS MISSION. THIS AMENDMENT GIVES THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE'S REQUESTED WHILE MAINTAINING AN APPROPRIATE ROLE FOR CONGRESS. BUT I DO DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT ON SEVERAL IMPORTANT ISSUES. I DON'T BELIEVE HE HAS THE INHERENT AUTHORITY TO USE MILITARY FORCE IN SYRIA AND NOTHING IN THIS AMENDMENT AUTHORIZES HIM TO DO SO. AND I BELIEVE THAT GOING TO WAR ON THE AUTHORIZATIONS THAT WERE PASSED IN 2001 AND 2002 WHICH DEALT WITH VERY DIFFERENT TIMES, PLACES AND PEOPLES IS SHAKY AT BEST. IN FACT, MR. SPEAKER, A VAST MAJORITY OF MY COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING MYSELF, WERE NOT EVEN HERE IN CONGRESS WHEN THOSE AUTHORIZATIONS WERE APPROVED. WHEN WE RETURN IN NOVEMBER, I HOPE WE REPEAL THE 2001 AND 2002 AUTHORIZATIONS AND REPLACE THEM WITH ONES THAT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THIS CONGRESS, NOT THE CONGRESS OF THE LAST DECADE. ADDITIONALLY, I DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S CHOICE OF TACTICS. REGARDLESS OF WHETHER HE INTENDS TO USE THEM OR NOT, I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WAS FAR TOO QUICK TO RULE OUT OPTIONS AND TOOLS THAT HE IN FACT MAY NEED LATER. WAR IS THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE OF ALL HUMAN ENTERPRISES. HISTORY SHOWS THAT IT'S VITAL FOR A COMMANDER TO MAINTAIN AS MUCH COMPLEXIBILITY AS -- FLEXIBILITY AS POSSIBLE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THE AUTHORITIES AND RESOURCES THAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED WILL NOT BE NEARLY ENOUGH TO ACHIEVE THE MISSION HE OUTLINED. IT'S GOING TO TAKE FAR MORE FROM OUR COUNTRY, OUR ALLIES AND OUR FRIENDS ON THE GROUND TO DESTROY ISIL THAN ENVISIONED IN THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT CAN SUCCEED IN THE EFFORT TO DESTROY ISIL WITHOUT BIPARTISAN POPULAR SUPPORT, AND I HOPE HE WILL TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD ON THAT. IN WAR, WE ARE NOT REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS BUT AMERICANS FIRST, AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS ASKED FOR OUR SUPPORT IN THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. HE SHOULD GET IT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE EXCELLENT REPRESENTATIVE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE EXCELLENT REPRESENTATIVE OF OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS TIME AS HE SHE WISHES TO COB CONSUME. MS. SLAUGHTER: WHEN JAMES MADISON…

    AS TIME AS HE SHE WISHES TO COB CONSUME. MS. SLAUGHTER: WHEN JAMES MADISON DECLARES THE CONGRESS THE POWER OF THE PURSE IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, I FEAR WE HAVE ACHIEVED DISHONORABLE STAGNATION. RATHER THAN

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I FEAR WE HAVE ACHIEVED DISHONORABLE STAGNATION. RATHER THAN COMING UP…

    I FEAR WE HAVE ACHIEVED DISHONORABLE STAGNATION. RATHER THAN COMING UP WITH A LONG-TERM FIX FOR OUR NATION, WE HAVE RESORTED ONCE AGAIN TO SHORT-TERM MEASURES. IN THE FOUR YEARS SINCE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, NOT A SINGLE REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILL HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. INSTEAD, WE'VE HAD MANUFACTURED CRISIS, BRINKSMANSHIP, FISCAL CLIFFS, NEAR DEFAULTS ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, MASSIVE OMNIBUS BILLS AND GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. NOW, THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION MAY AVERT A NATIONAL CRISIS IN THE SHORT TERM BY FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT UNTIL DECEMBER 11 OF THIS YEAR, BUT ITS FURTHER DEMONSTRATION HOW THE HOUSE MAJORITY HAS FAILED TO DO ITS MOST BASIC JOB. IT SUED THE PRESIDENT, INVESTIGATING A NONEXISTENT SCANDAL IN BENGHAZI AND HELD MORE THAN 50 VOTES TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY HAVE NOT FUNDED THE GOVERNMENT. IT'S CLEAR THAT UNDER THE CURRENT HOW MAJORITY, THE POWER OF THE PURSE HAS TURNED INTO DISHONORABLE STAGNATION. NOT ONLY HAS THE HOUSE MAJORITY FOUND NEW WAYS TO PROCRASTINATE ON FINDING LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS, THEY INSIST ON PASSING THE MOST CLOSED RULES IN A SINGLE CONGRESS EVER. IN FACT, JUST LAST WEEK THEY CELEBRATED THE 75TH CLOSED RULE, WHICH MAKES THIS THEIR DIAMOND JUBILEE. THEY CONTINUE TO PASS CLOSED RULES WHICH STIFLE DEBATE AND IMPEDS THE WORK OF THIS -- IMPEDES THE WORK OF THIS CHAMBER. AND THROUGH THIS TACTIC, HALF OF THE COUNTRY'S REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN SILENCED BY THE HOUSE MAJORITY. EVEN THOUGH DEMOCRATS RECEIVED OVER A MILLION MORE VOTES THAN REPUBLICANS DID FOR THE HOUSE IN THE 2012 ELECTION, WE ARE SHUT OUT. OUR NATION'S DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN SO GERRYMANDERED OUR REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY HAVE BEEN SKEWED BEYOND RECOGNITION. I ALSO IMPOSE THE INCLUSION OF SECTION 2 IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THAT PROVISION, WHICH FURTHER EXCUSES THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI FROM ADOPTING WRITTEN RULES TO GOVERN ITS WORK DOES NOT BELONG IN A RULE FOR A MUCH-PASSED FUNDING BILL. RATHER, THE BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE, JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE, SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MEET, DEBATE AND VOTE IN OPEN SESSION ON ITS BASIC RULES AND PROCEDURES THAT WILL GOVERN ITS WORK. THE HOUSE MAJORITY PREVIOUSLY TRIED TO FREE THE BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE FROM ITS RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT PASSED H.RES. 567 AND ESTABLISHED THE COMMITTEE LAST MAY. A MONTH LATER THEY REALIZED ON THE EVE OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE'S FIRST MEETING THAT H.RES. 567 WAS NOT ADEQUATE, AND SO THEY INSERTED AT THE LAST MINUTE A PROVISION THAT RATHER IRONICALLY NOW EXCUSES THE SELECT COMMITTEE FROM EXPRESSED REQUIREMENT CONTAINED IN CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 11 FOR COMMITTEES TO ADOPT WRITTEN RULES TO ENSURE THAT MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC MAY BE COVERED BY AUDIO-VISUAL WHICH IS, QUOTE, INCONFORMITY WITH ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF DIGNITY, PROPRIETTE AND DECORUM, -- PROPRIETY AND DECORUM, END QUOTE. WHEN H.RES. 567 WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE IN MAY 186 DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST IT. LET ME REITERATE THAT WHAT THIS BILL WAS DOING IS EXCUSING THE SELECT BENGHAZI COMMITTEE FROM HAVING WRITTEN RULES LIKE EVERY OTHER COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUIRED TO DO. NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN JOINED US IN VOTING AGAINST THIS BILL VERSION -- WHAT WE NORMALLY DO. AND MANY OF US SUBJECTED THE CREATION OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI IN THE FIRST PLACE AS A PARTISAN PURSUIT. BECAUSE SEVEN DIFFERENT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES ISSUED NINE SEPARATE REPORTS THAT ANSWERED THE KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WENT WRONG IN BENGHAZI. MANY OF US BELIEVE THAT TO THE EXTENT ANY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS REMAIN, THE STANDING COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, ALONG WITH SELECT COMMITTEES ON INTELLIGENCE, ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF ADDRESSING THOSE AND OVERSEEING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEEDED REFORM. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT NOT EVERYONE SEEMS TO HAVE THE SAME CONFIDENCE IN THE WORK OF THEIR COLLEAGUES. WE ALSO OBJECT IT BECAUSE H.RES. 567 SKEWS THE PROCESS BY FAILING TO EQUALIZE MAJORITY AND MINORITY REPRESENTATION AND RESOURCES AND BY SEEKING TO EXCUSE THE SELECT COMMITTEE FROM FOLLOWING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE REQUIRED FROM THE OTHER COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE. BASICALLY, THAT SAYS WE HAVE ON THE MINORITY SIDE BEEN SHUT OUT AGAIN, NO GUARANTEES, NO DISCUSSIONS, NO OPENNESS, EITHER IN RESOURCES, ABILITY TO SEE DOCUMENTS OR TO ASK -- CALL FOR WITNESSES. I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO ADDRESS MANY OF THESE CONCERNS, BUT THE EFFORT FAILED. AFTER MUCH DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER EVEN TO PARTICIPATE IN SELECT COMMITTEE'S WORK, DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ULTIMATELY AGREED TO DO SO IN THE HOPE THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD FULFILL THEIR PROMISES OF A BIPARTISAN, FAIR AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. JUST AS WE WERE GUARANTEED AN OPEN PROCESS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM, WE HAVE BEEN HAD YET ONCE AGAIN. INSERTING A LAST-MINUTE PROVISION IN THE RULE ON THIS MUST-PASS FUNDING BILL WILL ALLOW THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO AVOID NEGOTIATING OVER OR ADOPTING THE BASIC RULES AND PROCEDURES, AND IT DOES NOT HONOR THE PROMISE OF OPENNESS. IT WILL NOT WIN THE PUBLIC'S TRUST. YOU CANNOT CONTINUALLY SHUT OUT HALF OF THE CONGRESS. BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE, LIKE EVERY OTHER COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MEET, DEBATE AND VOTE IN OPEN SESSION ON THE GROUND RULES THAT WILL GOVERN ITS INVESTIGATION. WHAT THE C.R. DOES IS FUND THE GOVERNMENT AND THE RULE FOR IT SHOULD NOT BE THE MEANERS IN HOUSE MAJORITY TO CHANGE THE LANGUAGE REGARDING THE HIGHLY POLITICAL BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE. PROGRAMS AND SERVICES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY CANNOT CONTINUE TO RUN, AS WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ASK THEM TO DO, ON A MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS. THEY NEED CERTAINTY AND RELIABILITY WHICH THEY CLEARLY AREN'T GETTING. INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND MEDICAL RESEARCH, THE MAJORITY LURCHES FROM STOP-GAP TO STOP-GAP AND NOW THE STRATEGY HAS CAUGHT UP WITH US. RUNNING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN THREE-MONTH TRAUNCHES IS A TRUE RECIPE FOR DISASTER. THE C.R. DOES EXTEND FUNDING FOR OPERATIONS OF ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES UNTIL DECEMBER 11 OF THIS YEAR AND PROVIDES FUNDING AT THE CURRENT ANNUAL RATE OF JUST OVER $1 TRILLION. HOWEVER, IT DOES INCLUDE CHANGES TO EXISTING LAW THAT ARE NEEDED TO PREVENT CATASTROPHIC, IRREVERSIBLE, OR DETRIMENTAL CHANGES TO GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, SPECIFICALLY TO ADDRESS CURRENT NATIONAL OR GLOBAL CRISES. REGARDING UKRAINE, THE C.R. CONTINUES THE CURRENT FUNDING FLEXIBILITY WITH STATE DEPARTMENT AND USAID TO RESPOND TO THE ONGOING CRISIS IN UKRAINE. CONGRESS AND THE UNITED STATES MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE CREW YAINIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR FIGHT FOR FREE AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY. IT IS -- THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR FIGHT FOR FREE AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY. IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR WE INVITE THE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO OUR CHAMBER LATE THEY ARE WEEK. WE MUST CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE CLAIMS ABOUT MEDICAL CARE AND WE ALL AGREE WHEN OUR TROOPS COME HOME, THEY DESERVE THE BEST MEDICAL CARE AND THIS INCREASE IN FUNDING WILL HELP ENSURE WE PROVIDE JUST THAT. FINALLY, REGARDING OUR INVOLVEMENT IN CONFRONTING THE RISING THREAT TO THE ISLAMIC STATE, ISIL, WHILE I'M DISAPPOINTED IN THE PROCESS THAT LED TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, I DO AGREE THE HOUSE MUST DEBATE AT LEAST ONE PORTION OF THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. WE AS REPRESENTATIVES NEED TO DEBATE IF AND HOW WE ARM REBEL FORCES IN SYRIA AS WELL AS OTHER TACTICS IN A BROADER EFFORT. HOWEVER, I HAVE DEEP CONCERNS ABOUT THE EVER-LOUDER DRUM BEAT AGAINST WAR. THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 6,640 OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. AND IT CRITICALLY WOUNDED 50,450. 50,450 COME HOME TO AN ALREADY STRESSED V.A. SYSTEM. THAT CANNOT ADEQUATELY CARE FOR THEM. THE TRUE COST OF A WAR IS NOT JUST IN DOLLARS, BUT IN LIVES TAKEN AND THE STROYED AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE PATH BEFORE US. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AVOID SHORT-TERM CRISIS. BUT IF WE CONTINUE TO POSTPONE THE FUNDAMENTAL WORK OF CONGRESS, THE NATION'S ECONOMY WILL BE AT RISK. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    NEW YORK RESERVES HE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH…

    CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. COLE:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. COLE: THE REALITY IS,…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. COLE: THE REALITY IS, THIS HOUSE MAJORITY HAS REPEATEDLY BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND MOVED THEM ACROSS THE FLOOR.

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    MR. COLE

    REPEATEDLY BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND MOVED THEM ACROSS THE FLOOR.…

    REPEATEDLY BROUGHT BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND MOVED THEM ACROSS THE FLOOR. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CO--- TO DO THAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON. IT'S HARD TO HAVE AN APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS WHEN THE UNITED STATES SENATE WON'T BRING A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO THE FLOOR, LARGELY BECAUSE THE MAJORITY ON THAT SIDE IS EVIDENTLY AFRAID OF VOTING ON ANY SORT OF AMENDMENTS TO AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE RECORD IN TERMS OF WHO HAS BEEN OPEN AND WHO HASN'T, I REMIND MY FRIENDS THAT THE DEMOCRATS' 2006 MANIFEST TOE, A NEW DIRECTION FOR -- MANIFESTO, A NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA, STATES, BILLS SHOULD COME TO THE FLOOR UNDER A PROCEEDA -- PROCEDURE THAT ALLOWS FULL AND OPEN DEBATE THAT OFFERS THE MINORITY A CHANCE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVES INCLUDING A SUBSTITUTE. THE FACT REMAINS, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE THEY DID JUST THE OPPOSITE. THROUGHOUT THE 111TH CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS, IN THE FINAL TWO YEARS OF REPRESENTATIVE PELOSI'S TIME AS SPEAKER, THE HOUSE NEVER CONSIDERED A SINGLE BILL UNDER AN OPEN RULE. THAT'S THE DEFINITION OF A CLOSED PROCESS. ON THE CONTRARY, UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL, THE HOUSE HAS RETURNED TO CONSIDERATION OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS UNDER AN OPEN PROCESS WITH 22 OPEN RULES. THIS YEAR ALONE, THE HOUSE HAS CONSIDERED 404 AMENDMENTS DURING THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, 189 OF WHICH WERE OFFERED BY OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES. CONTRAST THAT TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHERE THAT PROCESS HAS NOT HAPPENED AT ALL. WHEN YOU COMPARE THE RECORD OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO THE MOST RECENT DEMOCRAT MAJORITY, ANY FAIR ANALYSIS WILL SHOW REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING A MUCH MORE OPEN, TRANSPARENT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. LET ME ALSO IF I MAY, MR. SPEAKER, TURN TO THE ISSUE OF THE BENGHAZI SELECT COMMITTEE. I KNOW THAT'S CAUSED CONSIDERABLE CONCERN. I THINK LARGELY BASED ON MISUNDERSTANDING. CLAUSE 2-G-1 OF RULE 11, WHICH APPLIES TO ALL STANDING COMMITTEES AND THE SELECT COMMITTEES, MANDATES THAT THE MEETS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING THE PRESS, UNLESS THERE'S A VOTE CONDUCTED IN OPEN SESSION TO CLOSE SUCH A MEETING. THE RULE TODAY ONLY ENSURES THAT THE LOGISTICS FOR MEDIA COVERING THE HEARING FOLLOW THE STANDING RULES OF THE HOUSE. THERE'S NO CHANGE TO THE RULES GOVERNING PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE MEETS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE. MIGHT I JUST FOR THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, READ THE RELEVANT PORTION OF THE RULES HERE. QUOTE, NUMBER SEVEN, PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH F-1 THROUGH F-12 OF CLAUSE 4 OF RULE 11 SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE WRITTEN RULES ADOPTED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE AS THOUGH PURSUANT TO SUCH CLAUSE. ESSENTIALLY, APPLYING TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE OUR OWN RULES. THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT'S BEING DONE HERE. IT'S A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT, CERTAINLY NO EFFORT TO SHORT CIRCUIT THE PROCESS OR MAKE IT LESS TRANSPARENT SYSTEM OF WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: LET…

    FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: LET ME YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I KNOW WE HAD

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I KNOW WE HAD THIS DEBATE BEFORE AND THIS DISCUSSION…

    MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I KNOW WE HAD THIS DEBATE BEFORE AND THIS DISCUSSION BEFORE, BLAMING EVERYTHING ON THE SENATE, BUT THE FACT IS WE HAVE NOT DONE OUR JOB HERE IN THE HOUSE. THERE WERE SEVERAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THAT HAD COMMITTEE APPROVAL BUT NONE OF US HAD A CHANCE TO VOTE FOR THEM, THEY WERE NEVER BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS A VALUED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, MR. MCGOVERN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCGOVERN: THANK

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  • 12:52:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE…

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCGOVERN: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT ON SYRIA THAT WILL BE OFFERED LATER TODAY AND VOTED ON TOMORROW. IF

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  • 12:52:53 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    BE OFFERED LATER TODAY AND VOTED ON TOMORROW. IF IT WAS A BAD IDEA BEFORE…

    BE OFFERED LATER TODAY AND VOTED ON TOMORROW. IF IT WAS A BAD IDEA BEFORE TO GET INVOLVED IN SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR, WHY IS IT NOW A GOOD IDEA? IS IT ONLY BECAUSE ISIL HAS EXPANDED ITS OPERATIONS OVER A FLUID BORDER INTO IRAQ? HOW LONG WILL WE SUPPORT THE SYRIAN FREE ARMY? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? WHAT HAPPENS IF AND WHEN OUR WEAPONS FALL INTO THE WRONG HANDS? WHAT ARE THE COUNTRY -- WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES -- WHAT ARE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION OFFERING IN TERMS OF SUBSTANTIVE SOLUTIONS? WHAT IS THE CLEARLY DEFINED MISSION? HOW DOES THIS END? DO WE HAVE ANSWERS TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS AS WE PREPARE TO VOTE? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WAR, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN YOU DROP BOMBS ON PEOPLE, THAT'S WAR. AND WE CAN TALK ALL WE WANT ABOUT SO-CALLED BOOTS ON THE GROUND BUT UNLESS SOME OF OUR SOLDIERS WEREN'T GIVEN SHOE, WE ALREADY HAVE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT THAT WE HAVE TRAINED AND EQUIPPED IRAQI SOLDIERS FOR OVER A DECADE AND FOR WHAT? TO WATCH THEM SHED THEIR UNIFORMS AND TO TURN THEIR WEAPONS OVER TO ISIL? IS THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER? IF THE REAL PURPOSE OF U.S. MILITARY OPERATION IN SYRIA IS TO BRING THE KILLS OF THE TWO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS TO JUSTICE, THEN PERHAPS GOOD INTELLIGENCE AND A WELL PREPARED SPECIAL FORCES OPERATION COULD DO SO. JUST LIKE WE HUNTED DOWN OSAMA BIN LADEN. AND IMMATERIAL TO BE PERFECTLY CLEAR ON ONE OTHER POINT. ANY AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE AUTHORITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN OPPOSITION FORCES MUST NOT BE SEEN IN ANY WAY AS AN AUTHORIZATION FOR U.S. ARMED FORCES TO ENGAGE IN HOSTILITIES IN IRAQ OR SYRIA. IT MUST NOT BE SEEN AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR SPECIFIC CON GREGS -- CONGRESSIONAL ACTION. AUTHORIZATION TO CARRY OUT SUSTAINED MILITARY ACTIONS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE STUCK INTO A CONFERENCE REPORT. THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING BACK DOOR ABOUT IT. THAT WOULD BE AN INSULT TO OUR UNIFORMED MEN AND WOMEN, AN INSULT TO THEIR FAMILIES, AN INSULT TO THIS HOUSE, AND AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON JULY 25, THIS HOUSE VOTED 370-40 -- 370-40 IN FAVOR OF MY RESOLUTION TO REQUIRE SPECIFIC CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION FOR SUSTAINED COMBAT OPERATIONS BY U.S. ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ. YET SINCE AUGUST 8, THE U.S. NAVY AND AIR FORCE HAVE FLOWN MORE THAN 2,700 MISSIONS AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ, INCLUDING 156 AIR STRIKES. THESE AIR STRIKES HAVE OCCURRED ALMOST DAILY OVER THE PAST SIX WEEKS. LAST WEEK, THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THAT THOSE OPERATIONS WILL ESCALATE AND LIKELY EXPAND INTO SYRIA. THIS MORNING, THEY EXPANDED TO TARGETS NEAR BAGHDAD. IF THAT DOESN'T QUALIFY AS SUSTAINED COMBAT, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW WHAT DOES. SO IF THIS HOUSE IS SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT IT SAID IN JULY, THEN WE SHOULD DEMAND A VOTE THIS MONTH ON CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION FOR U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. ANYTHING LESS WOULD CONSTITUTE YET ANOTHER FAILURE ON THE PART OF THIS HOUSE TO CARRY OUT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES. ANYTHING LESS WOULD MAKE A MOCKERY OF THAT VOTE THAT THIS HOUSE TOOK IN JULY. BUT IF THIS LEADERSHIP GETS ITS WAY, WE WILL LEAVE WASHINGTON FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS WITHOUT SUCH A VOTE. I EXPECT, I THINK WE ALL EXPECT, THAT DURING THAT TIME U.S. COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA WILL EXPAND AND ESCALATE. I KNOW THIS IS A HARD VOTE. I KNOW IT'S POLITICALLY DIFFICULT. BUT WE WERE NOT ELECTED TO DUCK THE HARD VOTES. WE WEREN'T ELECTED TO AFFORD -- WE WERE NOT ELECTED TO AVOID DIFFICULT CHOICES. WAR IS A BIG DEAL. WE NEED TO DO OUR JOBS. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WILL VOTE NO ON THIS RULE AND I WILL VOTE NO ON THE SYRIAN AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 12:57:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. COLE: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. COLE: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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  • 12:57:07 PM

    MR. COLE

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • 12:57:12 PM

    MR. COLE

    FIRST I WANT TO RESPECTFULLY ONCE AGAIN DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW…

    FIRST I WANT TO RESPECTFULLY ONCE AGAIN DISAGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK ON THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. THE REALITY IS, WE BROUGHT BILL AFTER BILL TO THIS FLOOR. EVERY MEMBER HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER ANY AMENDMENT ON SEVEN DIFFERENT BILLS AND TO VOTE YES OR NO IN THEIR FINAL DISPOSITION. THE SENATE HASN'T BROUGHT ANY AND AT SOME POINT THE SENATE'S FAILURE TO DO ITS JOB BEGINS TO IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO DO OURS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET TIME ON THE FLOOR AND USE IT, KNOWING THERE'S NOT ANYTHING GOING ON ON THE OTHER SIDE. THAT'S JUST THE REALITY OF IT. SO IF MY FRIENDS CAN TALK THE SENATE INTO BEGINNING TO MOVE, I THINK THEY WOULD ACTUALLY FIND THE HOUSE WHICH IS ALREADY FAR AHEAD OF THEM, WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM AND WE WOULD ACTUALLY BEGIN TO PASS BILLS. BUT UNTIL THE SENATE WILL BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR OF ANY KIND FOR AN APPROPRIATION, VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO GET OUR WORK DONE OVER HERE. NOW I WANT TO ADDRESS MYSELF IF I MAY, TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. MCGOVERN. THERE IS MUCH IN WHAT HE SAYS THAT I AGREE WITH. FRANKLY, I THINK HE IS CORRECT WHEN HE SAYS THAT WE NEED AT SOME POINT A FULL AUTHORIZATION, A FULL DEBATE, FULL DISCUSSION. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. AND I WANT TO COMMEND HIM FOR THE ACTION HE TOOK IN HIS AMENDMENT ON IRAQ IN JULY THAT WE VOTED ON, I WAS HAPPY TO VOTE FOR IT. IN SUBSTANCE, I FIND VERY LITTLE TO DISAGREE WITH IN WHAT MY FRIEND HAS TO SAY. I DO POINT OUT A COUPLE OF THINGS, THOUGH. FIRST, AND I THINK MY FRIEND IS AWARE OF IT, THE SPEAKER HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN THE POSITION THAT WE NEED A FULL AUTHORIZATION DEBATE AND DISCUSSION. AND I AM TOLD THAT HE CONVEYED THAT TO THE PRESIDENT. AND ACTUALLY SAID, YOU KNOW, HE THOUGHT THIS INSTITUTION, OR COUNTRY, WHICH I KNOW IS WHAT WE CARE ABOUT SUPREMELY AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF WOULD BE BETTER OFF UNDER SUCH A DISCUSSION. THAT IS A VIEWPOINT THAT I AGREE WITH. AND I THINK MANY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WITH BOTH POINTS OF VIEW ON THE ISSUE ALSO HOLD THAT OPINION. SO THIS IS ACTUALLY A DECISION THAT'S BEEN LARGELY MADE IN A SENSE BY THE PRESIDENT. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO RESPOND IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED US TO DO. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER IN THIS. THIS IS NOT A FIGHT ON THIS FLOOR BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS OR EVEN FOR PROPONENTS. I THINK IT IS, AT ANOTHER LEVEL A DIFFERENCE IN PERCEPTION ABOUT WHAT THE AUTHORITY THE PRESIDENT HAS, HIS VIEW VERSUS PROBABLY CONGRESS' VIEW ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND I THINK IT'S, YOU KNOW, A CHALLENGE IN TERMS OF TIMING. IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR THE LEADERS OF EITHER CHAMBER TO LOOK LIKE THEY'RE UNDERCUTTING THE PRESIDENT IN A TIME OF DANGER AND WHEN HE'S COME WITH THIS REQUEST. SO IT'S MY HOPE THAT AGAIN, WE SET SIX HOURS OF DEBATE ASIDE FOR A REASON. THE PRESIDENT'S ORIGINAL REQUEST WAS TO DROP THIS MEASURE IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, TO HAVE NO VOTE AND NO DISCUSSION AT ALL. OUR SIDE, AND YOUR SIDE, INSISTED IT BE PULLED OUT AND THAT DISCUSSION OCCUR. I WOULD HOPE WHEN WE COME BACK, AND AGAIN I SHARE MY FRIEND'S OPINION, I'D BE PREPARED TO DO IT BEFORE THE ELECTION, I SEE NO PARTICULAR NEED IN WAITING, BUT I DON'T GET TO MAKE THAT DECISION. I WILL YIELD IN JUST A SECOND. BUT AT THE ENT OF THE DAY -- AT THE END OF THE DAY, AGAIN, WE'RE GIVING THE COMMAND FOR THE CHIEF, WHAT HE'S ASKING FOR. SO WITH THAT, I THINK WE'RE TRYING TO BE BOTH RESPONSIBLE AND HELPFUL. WE'VE ACTUALLY CURTAILED CONSIDERABLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. WE NOTED SPECIFICALLY THAT THIS DOES NOT AUTHORIZE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IN SYRIA. WE'VE REQUIRED REVIEWS. I SUSPECT WE WILL BE REVISITING THIS ISSUE AGAIN. I CERTAINLY WOULD HOPE SO. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY FRIEND TO MAKE SURE WE DO. WITH THAT, I YIELD MY FRIEND TIME FOR QUESTION. MR. MCGOVERN: THANK YOU, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I

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  • 01:01:19 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THE GENTLEMAN. I APPRECIATE HIS WORDS ABOUT HIS VIEW THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN. I APPRECIATE HIS WORDS ABOUT HIS VIEW THAT WE OUGHT TO HAVE A VOTE HERE IN THE CONGRESS WITH REGARD TO AUTHORIZING ANY KIND OF MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. I APPRECIATE HIS COMMENTS LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. I THINK WHAT HE IS SAY, WHAT I'M SAYING, REFLECTS THE SENTIMENT OF MOST DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. . THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT, THE PIECE WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY IS NOTHING TO DO WITH BOMBING IN SYRIA OR IRAQ, BUT YET THAT CONTINUES. THAT HAS ESCALATED. MY CONCERN IS THAT WE MAY VERY WELL ADJOURN BY THE END OF THIS WEEK AND NOT COME BACK UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS, AND THAT INVOLVEMENT IN BOTH THOSE COUNTRIES WILL HAVE DEEPENED. AND WE MAY NOT -- WE HAVE NOT YET BEEN PROMISED THAT WE WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THAT VOTE. I THINK MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES WOULD FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE RELIEVED IF, IN FACT, THE SPEAKER WOULD GIVE US AN IRONCLAD PROMISE THAT THERE WILL BE A VOTE ON AN AUMF.

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  • 01:02:26 PM

    MR. COLE

    TO SPEAK FOR THE SPEAKER. I KNOW WE HAVE THIS VOTE LARGELY BECAUSE THE…

    TO SPEAK FOR THE SPEAKER. I KNOW WE HAVE THIS VOTE LARGELY BECAUSE THE SPEAKER WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD A VOTE. I KNOW THE REQUEST THAT HE MADE OF THE PRESIDENT. LOOK, I'M NOT CONDEMNING THE PRESIDENT IN THIS, EITHER. I UNDERSTAND ALL EXECUTIVES TRY TO TELL YOU THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO EVERYTHING THEY WANT. OURS DO WHEN WE HAVE A REPUBLICAN. DEMOCRATS DO. SO ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE HAVE A ROBUST DEBATE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER OPINION. BUT I WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY FRIEND AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE PRECISELY THE KIND OF DEBATE AND DISCUSSION AND VOTE THAT HIS OWN AMENDMENT IN JULY ACTUALLY ENVISIONED. I THINK MY FRIEND IS CORRECT. I THINK THIS IS AN ISSUE OF CONSTITUTIONAL PROPRIETY. I THINK IT'S AN ISSUE ULTIMATELY OF WAR AND PEACE AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO VOTE ON IT. I WOULD BE HAPPY IF WE DID IT BEFORE THE ELKS. I'LL WORK WITH MY FRIEND TO MAKE SURE WE DO IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:03:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.…

    GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: LET ME GIVE MYSELF 30 SECONDS BECAUSE I CAN'T RESIST IT. WE CAN'T REALLY BLAME

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  • 01:03:25 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    SECONDS BECAUSE I CAN'T RESIST IT. WE CAN'T REALLY BLAME IT ON THE SENATE…

    SECONDS BECAUSE I CAN'T RESIST IT. WE CAN'T REALLY BLAME IT ON THE SENATE THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE OUR WORK OVER HERE. THE HOUSE WAS ABLE TO FIND TIMES TO VOTE -- TIME TO VOTE 55 TIMES TO KILL THE HEALTH CARE BILL WHICH IS PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AMERICANS, EIGHT MILLION OF THEM, WHO DIDN'T HAVE IT BEFORE. FOR GOODNESS SAKES WE COULD DO THAT ONCE A WEEK, BUT WE COULDN'T DO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELSH.

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  • 01:03:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. WELCH

    ON THIS QUESTION OF DEVELOPING A FREE SYRIAN ARMY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE…

    ON THIS QUESTION OF DEVELOPING A FREE SYRIAN ARMY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE DECISION THAT CONGRESS WILL MAKE ON THAT QUESTION IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE BECAUSE IT, IN FACT, IS A MESSAGOR ESCALATION IN U.S. INVOLVEMENT. THERE IS COLLECTIVE REVULSION AT WHAT ISIS DID IN THE BEHEADING OF TWO YOUNG AMERICANS. AND THERE IS A GOOD -- GOOD PEOPLE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE PARENTS SAW THE POSSIBILITY OF THEIR OWN SON BEING IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE. EVERYTHING IN ALL OF US WANTS TO REACT TO THAT. THE QUESTION IS, IS THE PROSPECT OF CREATING A FREE SYRIAN ARMY THE GOOD STEP AT THIS TIME. THE ADMINISTRATION IS BRIEFING US. ALL OF US ARE DOING ALL OF THE CONSIDERATION WE CAN. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THAT. I WANT TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT TO US TO COME TO A CONCLUSION. FIRST, I WANT TO COMPLIMENT PRESIDENT OBAMA. HE DID USE AIRPOWER TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT CIRCUMSTANCE. HE HAD GROUND FORCES, THE PESHMERGA, AND RELIABLE ALLY IN THE KURDISH GOVERNMENT. NUMBER TWO, THE PRESIDENT WAS WISE NOT TO BOMB WHEN THEY WERE THREATENING BAGHDAD BECAUSE HE SAW RIGHTLY THAT THE PROBLEM WAS MR. MALIKI, WHO HAD CREATED SECTARIAN DIVISION AND HAD REALLY UNDERCUT THE CAPACITY OF HIS ARMY BY PUTTING CRONIES IN INSTEAD OF GOOD LEADERS. THIRD, THE PRESIDENT HAS EXERCISED GREAT RESTRAINT ABOUT NOT HAVING US BE INVOLVED IN THE MAELSTROM OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR. THAT IS A SUNNI-SHIIA CIVIL WAR THAT IS ACROSS THE ENTIRE BELT OF SYRIA AND IRAQ. BUT WHAT DO WE DO? OUR ALLIES WHO ARE IN THE REGION, QATAR, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO CONTRIBUTE WHEN THEY ARE THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF THIS THREAT? THEY HAVE OVER 1,000 PLANES AMONG THEM. THEY HAVE ARMIES. WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT. SECOND, THE VETTING PROCESS. HOW ON A PRACK TECHAL LEVEL WILL THAT WORK? 30 MORE SECONDS? -- PRACTICAL LEVEL WILL THAT WORK? 30 MORE SECONDS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WELCH: WE

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  • 01:06:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. WELCH: WE WANT THE MODERATE SYRIAN REBELS. IN FACT WE ARE

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    MR. WELCH

    REBELS. IN FACT WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH EGYPT, WITH SAUDI ARABIA,…

    REBELS. IN FACT WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH EGYPT, WITH SAUDI ARABIA, THEY WOULD NICS MUST -- NIX MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD PARTICIPATION. THEY WANT EXTREME FOLKS WHO SUPPORT THE REGIME, THE VERY CONCERN FOR THE REGIME IN THE SAUDI ARABIA. WE ARE CREATING A VERY PRACTICAL DILEMMA IN THE POTENTIAL SUCCESS OF THE SO-CALLED FREE SYRIAN ARMY. FINALLY, IS THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE HERE ONE OF MILITARY LEADERSHIP OR IS IT ONE OF POLITICAL RECONCILIATION BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIIA? IS THAT A PROBLEM THAT CAN BE SOLVED BY OUR MILITARY? OR IS IT A PROBLEM, AGE OLD CENTURIES OLD IN THAT REGION, THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIIA? WHEN I CONSIDER THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES MADE TO IRAQ WHERE THEY THROUGH OUT SADDAM HUSSEIN AND THEY -- THREW OUT SADDAM HUSSEIN AND CREATED STABILITY AND GAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THAT COUNTRY TO DECIDE TO LIVE CIVILLY TOGETHER OR IN CIVIL WAR FOREVER, WE GAVE THEM THE CHANCE THEY DESERVED. WE GAVE THEM THE CHANCE THAT THEY CAN GRASP.

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  • 01:07:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. WELCH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. COLE

    THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, FELLOW MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATION…

    THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, FELLOW MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE, AND FELLOW SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN,

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  • 01:07:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. KINGSTON

    WANTED TO MAKE THREE POINTS ABOUT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. NUMBER ONE,…

    WANTED TO MAKE THREE POINTS ABOUT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. NUMBER ONE, AS AN APPROPRIATOR I WOULD BE REMISS IN MY DUTY IF I DID NOT SAY WE DO NOT LIKE CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS BECAUSE WE ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HAVE WORKED HARD TO PASS OUR BILLS. WE PASSED SEVEN OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND THE SENATE WAS UNABLE TO MOVE ONE SINGLE BILL. AS A RESULT SHUT DOWN THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. BUT THE REASON WHY MEMBERS SHOULD BE ATTUNED TO THIS IS, DURING AN APPROPRIATION PROCESS YOU FIND OUT ABOUT A LOT OF PROGRAMS THAT NEED TO BE DISCONTINUED. SOME THAT NEED TO BE MODIFIED. SOME THAT NEED TO BE ENHANCED. SOME THAT NEED TO BE ELIMINATED ALL TOGETHER. WE PASSED THOSE BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THROUGH A VERY VIGOROUS AMENDMENT PROCESS AND THAT IS A SUPERIOR WAY TO HANDLE APPROPRIATIONS COMPARED TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION METHOD WHICH JUST CONTINUES PROGRAMS AND REALLY EMPOWERS MORE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVER THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I BELIEVE THAT CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND SPEAKER BOEHNER HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO RETURN THIS BODY TO THE REGULAR ORDER PROCESS OF 12 DIFFERENT APPROPRIATION BILLS. WE WERE WELL ON OUR WAY TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN WHEN THE HARRY REID SENATE SHUT DOWN THE PROCESS. THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE WITH THE C.R. TODAY. HAVING SAID THAT, I'M HOPEFUL WE CAN GO BACK INTO THESE BILLS AND IMPROVE ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. I DO STAND IN SUPPORT OF IT. NUMBER TWO, LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THE BILL. IT HAS APPROPRIATE AND IMPORTANT FUNDING TO TAKE ON THE EBOLA VIRUS THAT IS -- HAS BROKEN OUT IN WEST AFRICA. THIS BILL PROVIDES $88 MILLION. $30 MILLION FOR THE C.D.C. TO PUT STAFFERS ON THE GROUND AND TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS THERE. AND THEN $58 MILLION TO THE BIOMEDICAL ADVANCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WHICH IS WORKING ON POSSIBILITY OF 12 DIFFERENT VACCINES FOR EBOLA. THEY ARE NOT IN THE MARKETPLACE RIGHT NOW. WE DO NOT HAVE A VACCINE. WE NEED TO DO THIS RESEARCH. THAT'S WHY THIS AMENDMENT HAS BEEN PUT IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT ALL MEMBERS SHOULD BE ATTUNED TO. I WANT TO REMIND THE SPEAKER THAT 2,500 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY DIED BECAUSE OF EBOLA, AND THE NUMBER WHO HAVE BEEN INFECTED IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 3,800, AND MAY BE AS HIGH AS 4,500. MAYBE HIGHER. GETTING THE NUMBER ITSELF IS DIFFICULT TO DO. THIRDLY, LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THE USE OF FORCE IN THE MCKEON AMENDMENT WE ARE HAVING. I THINK MEMBERS DO DESERVE TO HAVE A SEPARATE VOTE ON THIS. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE DISCUSSION AND THE DEBATE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. EVEN THOUGH AS I LOOK AT THE 2001 AND THE 2002 AUTHORIZATIONS FOR MILITARY FORCE, I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT -- WOULD THE GENTLEMAN YIELD ANOTHER -- MR. COLE: YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 01:11:02 PM

    MR. COLE

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

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

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  • 01:11:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. KINGSTON: I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS…

    FOR ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. KINGSTON: I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS PROBABLY RIGHT. I

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  • 01:11:06 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    PRESIDENT IS PROBABLY RIGHT. I HAVEN'T COME TO A 00% CONCLUSION ON THAT,…

    PRESIDENT IS PROBABLY RIGHT. I HAVEN'T COME TO A 00% CONCLUSION ON THAT, BUT -- 100% CONCLUSION ON THAT, BUT I BELIEVE HE DOES HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER OFF FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE A SEPARATE VOTE. I'M HOPING WE CAN HAVE THAT HAPPEN SOONER THAN LATER. IN THE MEANTIME THIS VOTE IS VERY SIGNIFICANT. MEMBERS NEED NOT FOOL THEMSELVES THAT THE MCKEON AMENDMENT DOES HELP MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD. I WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT P WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AIR STRIKES ONLY AND TRAINING ONLY, AND WE HAVE MADE THIS DECISION NOT TO HAVE GROUND TROOPS, WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER HALF PREGNANT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IF IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO FIGHT, IT'S IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO WIN. WE NEED TO GIVE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF ALL THE RESOURCES THAT HE NEEDS TO HAVE THIS VICTORY. PEOPLE OFTEN SAY, AIR STRIKES WILL GET THE JOB DONE. AND THEY POINT TO THE NATO OPERATION IN YUGOSLAVIA IN 1999. 1,000 AIRCRAFT, 38,000 COMBAT MISSIONS, 2,300 MISSILES. THE REALITY IS THAT WAR ONLY ENDED WHEN THE PRESIDENT TOOK THE NEXT STEP, AND THAT WAS TO COMMIT GROUND TROOPS. THAT'S HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. WITH THAT -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:12:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED.

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    MR. COLE

    SECONDS. MR. KINGSTON: I WANT TO BE SURE MEMBERS LOOK BACK BECAUSE THAT IS…

    SECONDS. MR. KINGSTON: I WANT TO BE SURE MEMBERS LOOK BACK BECAUSE THAT IS THE EXAMPLE WHERE PEOPLE SAY AIR STRIKES ALONE ARE SUFFICIENT.

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  • 01:12:33 PM

    MR. KINGSTON

    BECAUSE THAT IS THE EXAMPLE WHERE PEOPLE SAY AIR STRIKES ALONE ARE…

    BECAUSE THAT IS THE EXAMPLE WHERE PEOPLE SAY AIR STRIKES ALONE ARE SUFFICIENT. WHEN THEY POINT OUT THE OPERATION IN YUGOSLAVIA THAT WAS FROM MARCH 24, 1999 TO JUNE 10, THAT EVEN THOUGH WE DID NOT HAVE GROUPED TROOPS, WHAT THE SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER IN EUROPE, GENERAL WESLEY CLARK SAID, HE WAS CONVINCED THAT PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR GROUND INTERVENTION IN PARTICULAR PUSHED MILOSEVIC TO CONCEDE. WE NEED TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL AND MINDFUL ABOUT THIS. IF IT'S WORTH FIGHTING, IT'S WORTH WINNING. IF IT'S SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO WIN, WE NEED TO GIVE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF ALL THE TOOLS THAT HE NEEDS TO HAVE A VICTORY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:13:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.…

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 01:13:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 01:13:36 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    THE MIDDLE EASTERN TRAGEDY IN WHICH THIS RESOLUTION WILL FURTHER ENTANGLE…

    THE MIDDLE EASTERN TRAGEDY IN WHICH THIS RESOLUTION WILL FURTHER ENTANGLE AMERICA IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE WHOLLY UNNECESSARY BUSH-CHANEY -- CHEN YEA INVASION OF IRAQ. HAVING LEARNED SO LITTLE FROM THAT CONFLICT, THE CONGRESS NOW APPROVES GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN A SYRIAN CIVIL WAR THAT HAS ALREADY TAKEN ALMOST 200,000 LIVES. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AFFIRMED THIS VERY DAY THAT WHAT IT'S TALKING ABOUT IS DEFINITELY A WAR, A DECLARATION OF WAR WHILE IT SEEKS TO AVOID THIS CONGRESS DECLARING THAT WAR, A CONGRESS IN WHICH TOO MANY OF THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES FEAR MAKING A DECISION TODAY ON WHETHER TO DECLARE WAR. INSTEAD, WE VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT HERE TO AUTHORIZE THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO WHAT IT'S ALREADY DOING IN JORDAN WHILE DECLINING TO CONSIDER A VOTE ON WHAT IT SHOULD NOT DO WITHOUT SPECIFIC CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION. RELIANCE ON THE RESOLUTIONS APPROVED BY THIS CONGRESS ON THIS FLOOR OVER A DECADE AGO IN 2001 AND 2002 IS VERY INSTRUCTIVE. FIRST, IT SHOWS THE DANGERS OF OPEN-ENDED AUTHORIZATIONS. SUCH A RESOLUTION AS WE HAVE TODAY WILL LIKELY GOVERN NOT ONLY THE ACTIONS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA BUT OF FUTURE PRESIDENTS. SECOND, ONCE BEGUN, THIS CONGRESS, EVEN UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, HAS SHOWN LITTLE ABILITY TO CONTAIN WAR. AND THIRD, DESPITE BILLIONS EXPENDED AND WITH COURAGEOUS AMERICANS ON THE GROUND, THE RESULTS OF MORE THAN A DECADE OF TRYING TO SUCCESSFULLY TRAIN IRAQIS AND AFGHANS ARE NOT PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING, INDEED THE REALITY IS AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HAVE BEEN COMPELLED TO PAY FOR THE ARMS FOR OUR ENEMIES AS WELL AS FOR OUR ALLIES. . NOR DO WE HAVE ANY EXPLAIN -- EXPLANATION TODAY AS TO HOW TAKING A FEW SYRIANS FOR TRAINING IN SAUDI ARABIA, A COUNTRY WITH ITS OWN BRUTAL HISTORY OF REGULAR BEHEADINGS, FINANCING EXTREMISTS AROUND THE WORLD AND OPPOSING DEMOCRACY MOST EVERYWHERE, HOW THAT WILL WORK BETTER THAN OUR PREVIOUS TRAINING ON THE GROUND WITH AMERICANS, REJECTING THE RESOLUTION TODAY DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE SHOULD DO NOTHING. WHEN AMERICANS ARE BRUTALLY MURDERED, THE PRESIDENT ALREADY HAS THE NECESSARY AUTHORITY WHICH HE SHOULD USE FORCEFULLY TO GO AFTER THESE BARBARIC MURDERERS. THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONFRONTING THE SAVAGERY OF ISIS AND INITIATING A MULTIYEAR WAR IN THE REGION. WITH A STEADILY GROWING NUMBER OF U.S. MILITARY ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ NOW APPROACHING 2,000 AND RECURRENT DEMANDS FROM THE SAME PEOPLE THAT LED US WRONGLY INTO IRAQ IN THE FIRST PLACE, THAT WE ADD EVEN MORE ON THE GROUND, THE DANGER OF ESCALATION IS VERY REAL.

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  • 01:16:54 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. PL DOGGETT: AND NOW --

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    MS. PL DOGGETT

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    MR. DOGGETT

    THEIR ENEMIES IN THEIR CENTURIES-OLD CONFLICT AS WE WILL KILL. THEY WOULD…

    THEIR ENEMIES IN THEIR CENTURIES-OLD CONFLICT AS WE WILL KILL. THEY WOULD LET THE AMERICANS DO ALL THE BLEEDING AND ALL THE PAYING FOR THIS CONFLICT. A PHOTO OP WITH 40 COUNTRIES DOES NOT AN ARMY MAKE. ULTIMATELY, THIS RESOLUTION, LIKE OUR PREVIOUS UNWISE INVASION, WILL MAKE OUR FAMILIES LESS SECURE, NOT MORE SECURE. AND THAT SHOULD BE THE ULTIMATE TEST OF OUR ACTIONS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 01:18:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. COLE

    AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: I WANT TO NOTE, I AGREE WITH A GOOD DEAL OF WHAT…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: I WANT TO NOTE, I AGREE WITH A GOOD DEAL OF WHAT MY FRIEND HAS TO SAY. I

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  • 01:18:11 PM

    MR. COLE

    AGREE WITH A GOOD DEAL OF WHAT MY FRIEND HAS TO SAY. I DO WANT TO CORRECT…

    AGREE WITH A GOOD DEAL OF WHAT MY FRIEND HAS TO SAY. I DO WANT TO CORRECT HIM ON ONE ITEM. THE AMENDMENT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS NOT LIKE THE AUTHORIZATIONS OF 2001 AND 2002. MOSTLY BECAUSE IT IS VERY FINELY TAILORED TO LIMIT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. IT ACTUALLY RUNS OUT ON DECEMBER 11 OR EARLIER IF WE ACTUALLY PASS A NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND DEAL WITH IT, THE SYRIAN ISSUE NEW YORK THAT CONTEXT SYSTEM OF IT'S -- ISSUE IN THAT CONTEXT. SO IT'S VERY LIMITED IN TERMS OF TIME, VERY LIMITED IN SCOPE. IT SPECIFICALLY STATES IT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, I WOULD SUGGEST MOST OF MY FRIEND'S DISAGREEMENTS ARE WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION. THEY ARE LARGELY DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE PRESIDENT. THE SPEAKER IS DOING WHAT HE CAN FOR US TO DEBATE AND EXPRESS THAT IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND I'LL WORK WITH MY FRIEND TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FULLER, MORE ROBUST DEBATE, BECAUSE I THINK THE COUNTRY DESERVES THAT AND I THINK MY FRIEND IS RIGHT TO DEMAND IT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:19:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT MAKES TWO CHANGES. FIRST IT

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  • 01:19:23 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT MAKES TWO CHANGES.…

    QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT MAKES TWO CHANGES. FIRST IT WOULD STRIKE A SPECIAL WAIVER FOR THE BENGHAZI SPECIAL SELECT COMMITTEE THAT LETS THEM AVOID THE TRANSPARENT AND DELIBERATIVE PROCESS OF DEBATING AND VOTING ON THEIR OWN WRITTEN RULES FOR MEDIA ACCESS WHICH EVERY OTHER COMMITTEE HAS TO DO AND SECOND, WOULD BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE HECK'S BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK FOR SEVEN YEARS, FREEING -- BRINGING CERTAINTY AND STABILITY TO AN AGENCY THAT HELPS TO CREATE JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON,

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  • 01:20:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. HECK: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. HECK: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT I MIGHT INDEED OFFER H.R. 4950, TO

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  • 01:20:07 PM

    MR. HECK

    PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT I MIGHT INDEED OFFER H.R. 4950, TO RE-AUTHORIZE…

    PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT I MIGHT INDEED OFFER H.R. 4950, TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK FOR SEVEN YEARS, INSTEAD OF WHAT THE UNDERLYING CONTINUING RESOLUTION WOULD DO, RE-AUTHORIZE IT FOR NINE MONTHS. I DO SO FOR TWO REASONS. YOU WERE IN ONE, THE ARGUMENT OF CERTAIN -- NUMBER ONE, THE ARGUMENT OF CERTAINTY. HERE'S THE TRUTH, NINE-MONTH EXTENSION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IS NOT CERTAINTY. HERE'S THE TRUTH. WE ARE ALREADY LOSING BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THE CLOUD OF THE DEBATE THAT HANGS OVER THIS CHAMBER WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTINUATION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK AND THAT'S DOCUMENTED, I MIGHT ADD. SO WE NEED CERTAINTY. EVERYBODY WHO COMES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS MADE THAT ARGUMENT ON THIS FLOORISM COME FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, I MAKE THAT ARGUMENT. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS HERE IS THE TRUTH. THE NUMBER ONE ADVOCATE FOR ELIMINATING THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK LIKES THE IDEA OF A NINE-MONTH EXTENSION BECAUSE IT PLAYS INTO HIS HANDS OF GETTING RID OF IT. NOW I TAKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA AT HIS WORD. I KNOW HIM TO BE A GENTLEMAN OF HONOR AND INTEGRITY. AND I APPRECIATE DEEPLY HIS WORDS OF SUPPORT OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. BUT THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK WILL BE WEAKENED WITH THIS LANGUAGE AND WILL BE SUBJECT TO TERMINATION AT THE END OF JUNE 30, WHEN IT IS ISOLATED AND LEFT ALONE. ONE OF THE ARGUMENTS THAT'S OFFERED FOR NINE MONTHS IS TO GIVE TIME FOR AN EFFORT TO DEVELOP A REFORM PROPOSAL. I KNOW OF ONE SUCH EFFORT UNDER WAY, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. FINCHER, AND HE IS OPERATING IN GOOD FAITH. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN MY MIND HE'S WORKING HARD TO GET THERE. THERE'S EQUALLY NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT THE EFFORT TO EXTEND THE EX-IM, WE DO IT FOR JUST NINE MONTHS, WILL BE SEVERELY WEAKENED. SEVERELY WEAKENED. THERE'S NO ASSURANCE. THERE'S NO CERTAINTY THAT IT WILL GO BEYOND. WE HAVE A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD DO THAT THAT HAS 201 SIGNATURES ON IT AS CO-SPORE SO -- CO-SPONSORS, I MIGHT ADD. THE SECOND REASON, THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK MAKES AMERICA STRONGER. IT CREATED 205,000 JOBS LAST YEAR. IT REDUCED OUR NATION'S DEFICIT BY $1 BILLION IN OCTOBER. WHEN THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE U.S. TREASURY. IT CREATES JOBS. IT CREATES GOOD-PAYING JOBS, MANUFACTURING JOBS. IT ENABLES AMERICA TO COMPETE IN AN INCREASINGLY GLOBAL ECONOMY. MOST PEOPLE LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT JUST SINCE THE YEAR 1980, GLOBAL TRADE HAS INCREASED FIVE-FOLD. I BESEECH THE HOUSE, DO NOT UNILATERALLY DISARM. HERE'S THE TRUTH. 59 OTHER, VIRTUALLY EVERY DEVELOPED NATION ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, HAS AN EXPORT CREDIT AUTHORITY. AND MOST OF THEM ARE LARGER THAN OURS, EXPRESSED A EITHER IN TERMS OF ABSOLUTE DOLLARS OR PERCENTAGE OF THEIR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. FOR US TO ALLOW THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK TO EXPIRE IS TO UNILATERALLY DISARM IN AN INCREASINGLY GLOBAL TRADE DRIVEN ECONOMY. FOR TAOS RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK FOR NINE MONTHS IS TO TEE IT UP FOR ELIMINATION. YOU KNOW THIS IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW THIS IN YOUR HEART BECAUSE THE ADVOCATE FOR DOING AWAY WITH IT THINKS THIS IS A GOOD IDEA AND HAS AS MUCH SAID THAT IT TEES IT UP FOR ELIMINATION. THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IS GOOD FOR AMERICA. IT MAKES AMERICA STRONGER. IT CREATES JOBS. IT CREATES GOOD-PAYING JOBS. AND IT ENABLES TAOS COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. I ASK YOU, DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE MIGHT OFFER A LONGER TERM RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. MR.

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  • 01:24:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. COLE: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. COLE

    AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COLE

    FROM WASHINGTON FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH HIM ABOUT…

    FROM WASHINGTON FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH HIM ABOUT THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. I THINK IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT INSTITUTION THAT OUGHT TO BE RE-AUTHORIZED AND I INTEND TO WORK WITH MY FRIEND TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS WHEN THE TIME COMES. I DON'T THINK AS A RULE RE-AUTHORIZATION IN A CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS A GOOD IDEA. I THINK IT'S MUCH MORE APPROPRIATE, PARTICULARLY FAR MAT THEY ARE CONTROVERSIAL AND THIS SERIOUS -- FOR A MATTER THIS CONTROVERSIAL AND THIS SERIOUS, AND I AGAIN AGREE WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT MY FRIEND SAYS THAT WE GO THROUGH A NORMAL COMMITTEE PROCESS AND COME TO THE FLOOR AND HAVE A NORMAL DEBATE. THIS ISN'T THE VEHICLE FOR THAT. WHILE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY FRIEND ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, I DOUBT IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ON THIS FAMILIAR VEHICLE. HOPEFULLY IN THE NEW CONGRESS, AS WE MAKE PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS, AS MY FRIEND HAS ADVANCED, WE'LL FIND THAT WE GET THE BROAD, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WE NEED TO DO THAT RE-AUTHORIZATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY

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  • 01:25:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: MAY I…

    OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUES IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR.

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  • 01:25:21 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. COLE: I'M…

    HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. COLE: I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS. THE SPEAKER

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  • 01:25:28 PM

    MR. COLE

    WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY HAS FOUR…

    WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING. MS.

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  • 01:25:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING. MS. SLAUGHTER: THE MAJORITY'S INSISTENCE ON…

    HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING. MS. SLAUGHTER: THE MAJORITY'S INSISTENCE ON BRINKSMANSHIP AND SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS THREATENS THE NATION'S ECONOMY AND REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH FISCAL CLIFFS, TEMPORARY STOP-GAP MEASURES, MASSIVE OMNIGUS BILLS AND GOVERNMENT -- OMNIBUS BILLS AND GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS.

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  • 01:25:35 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    BILLS AND GOVERNMENT -- OMNIBUS BILLS AND GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. IT IS TIME…

    BILLS AND GOVERNMENT -- OMNIBUS BILLS AND GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. IT IS TIME THAT WE WORK TO PROVIDE STABILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONENT -- CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD, ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, IT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

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  • 01:26:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, IT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    PREVIOUS QUESTION, VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    PREVIOUS QUESTION, VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:26:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED…

    GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SEVEN MINUTES.

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  • 01:26:24 PM

    MR. COLE

    MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO REVISIT IN CLOSING THIS ISSUE OF APPROPRIATIONS AND OPENNESS. I

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  • 01:26:29 PM

    MR. COLE

    IN CLOSING THIS ISSUE OF APPROPRIATIONS AND OPENNESS. I WANT TO REMIND MY…

    IN CLOSING THIS ISSUE OF APPROPRIATIONS AND OPENNESS. I WANT TO REMIND MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF SOME RECENT HISTORY. 2010, WHEN MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES CONTROLLED THE HOUSE THEY ONLY CONSIDERED TWO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AT THAT TIME, BY THE WAY THEY ALSO HAD CONTROL OF THE SENATE. SO I PRESUME IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER FOR THEM TO COOPERATE WITH A DEMOCRATIC SENATE THAN FOR US, BUT PERHAPS NOT BECAUSE THEY ONLY GOT TWO APPROPRIATIONS BILLS DONE THE LAST YEAR THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY. MY COLLEAGUES DEVIATED FROM THE LONG-STANDING PRACTICE OF OPEN RULES FOR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS BY MAKING IN ORDER ONLY 40 AMENDMENTS THAT YEAR. YOU HEARD THAT CORRECTLY. DEMOCRATS CONSIDERED TWO OF 12 BILLS WITH ONLY 40 AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER. REPUBLICANS THIS YEAR HAVE CONSIDERED SEVEN OF 12 BILLS, CONSIDERING 404 AMENDMENTS, 189 OF THEM WHICH WERE OFFERED BY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES. I'LL LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SIDE WHO HAS THE BETTER RECORD IN ACTUALLY BRINGING APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND OPENING THEM UP FOR FULL CONSIDERATION BY THIS HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF THOSE WHO SPOKE TODAY FOR THE SINCERITY AND THE THOUGHTFULNESS OF THE DEBATE. I PARTICULARLY KNOW THAT WE PROBABLY FIND OURSELVES ON COMMON GROUND ON WANTING TO MAKE SURE THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T SHUT DOWN, PASS THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION, IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT WAS NOT THE SUBJECT OF A GREAT DEAL OF CONTENTION SO I WOULD HOPE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT BRINGS US TOGETHER. SOMETHING CERTAINLY THE SPEAKER WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH. BUT THE PRESIDENT AND THE MAJORITY LEADER WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AS WELL SO SURELY WE CAN FIND A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT FOR THAT. OBVIOUS THE GREAT ISSUE OF THE DAY AND THIS WEEK IS GOING TO BE THIS DISCUSSION OVER THE SYRIAN MATTER. AGAIN, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH THEY'RE APPROACHING THIS. I THINK WE'VE ALL LEARNED SOME VERY HARD LESSONS IN THE LAST 13 YEARS AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE AMENDMENT WE'RE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR, AN AMENDMENT THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T PARTICULARLY WANT, JUST RECALL FOR THE RECORD, THE PRESIDENT WANTED THIS AUTHORIZATION FOR TITLE 10 AUTHORITY FOR HIM TO TRAIN SYRIANS TO SIMPLY BE DROPPED INTO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT WAS THE SPEAKER AND THE -- WITH THE SUPPORT OF DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP AS WELL, THAT WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD A SEPARATE VOTE AND DISCUSSION ON THIS ISSUE. I THINK THAT'S A VERY GOOD THING. I'M -- I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, I WOULD PREFER A MUCH MORE ROBUST AND FULLER DISCUSSION AND I HOPE WE REACHED THAT POINT. I THINK THAT'S EXACTLY THE COURSE THAT THE SPEAKER RECOMMENDED TO THE PRESIDENT, I THINK THE INSTITUTION THAT I PRESIDE OVER WILL BE BETTER SERVED, I THINK YOU WILL BE BETTER SERVED, I THINK THE COUNTRY WILL BE BETTER SERVED IF WE HAVE THAT DEBATE. I KNOW THE SPEAKER MADE EVERY EFFORT TO GET TO THAT POINT. OTHERS HAVE A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW. I EXPECT THE PRESIDENT, LIKE MOST CHIEF EXECUTIVES, HAD TO -- TAKES A VERY EXPANSIVE VIEW OF HIS AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. SOME PEOPLE, FRANKLY, ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING THIS VOTE AHEAD OF AN ELECTION. PERSONALLY, I WOULD PREFER TO DO IT AHEAD OF AN ELECTION. BUT I DON'T GET TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. I THINK THE SPEAKER HAS DONE THE BEST THAT HE CAN DO IN RECK RE-CON SILING ALL ALL THE CONFLICTING OPINIONS BETWEEN THE SENATE, THE HOUSE AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND HAS MANAGED TO BRING US AT LEAST SOMETHING THAT IS A SERIOUS DEBATE AND WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE COUNTRY. MOREOVER, I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT MY CHAIRMAN, MR. SESSIONS, ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MADE SURE WE WILL HAVE NOT A CURSORY DEBATE, BUT SIX HOURS OF DEBATE. IF ANY MEMBER WANTS TO VOICE THEIR OPINION, SIX HOURS IS AN AWFUL LOT OF TIME. I SUSPECT THEY'LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME DOWN HERE AND DO THAT, AND I HOPE THEY WILL. I THINK WHAT WE'LL SEE IS PROBABLY A BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. FRANKLY, IN ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE THAT'S PROBABLY THE BETTER WAY FOR US TO PROCEED. SO I THINK IT'S A CHALLENGING SITUATION, BUT I THINK ALL CONCERNED ARE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND PRESENT CLARITY AND I WANT TO GO ON RECORD ONCE AGAIN PERSONALLY AS HOPING THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THAT WE COME BACK, THAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR BROAD AUTHORITY, THAT WE REPEAL THE 01 AND 02 RESOLUTION, SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED US TO DO BEFORE, THAT WE WORK TOGETHER AND PRESENT THE MORE PRECISELY DEFINED RESOLUTION THAT GIVES HIM THE AUTHORITY TO ACT ROBUSTLY IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY, TO PUNISH PEOPLE WHO COMMIT THE BARBAROUS ACTS WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT WEEKS AND TO DO THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY WITH THE FULL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF CONGRESS TO SECURE THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, THE MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION UPHOLDS THE RESPONSIBILITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEPTEMBER US HERE TO DO. ENSURING THE CONTINUED FUNDING OF THE GOVERNMENT. WHILE NOT MY FIRST CHOICE, PASSAGE OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION IS BETTER THAN ANY ALTERNATIVES. ADDITIONALLY IT PROVIDES THE PRESIDENT THE ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY HE HAS REQUESTED TO DEGRADE AND DESTROIL ISIL. I WOULD URGE -- DESTROY ISIL. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE

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  • 01:32:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO THE RESOLUTION. SO…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION TO THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, NOES HAVE IT. MS. SLAUGHTER: MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER

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  • 01:32:26 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED.…

    YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR

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  • 01:32:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A REQUEST FOR -- VOTING FOR THE YEAS AND…

    ARE REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A REQUEST FOR -- VOTING FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION IF ORDERED AND SUSPEND THE RULE AND PASSING S. 2154. 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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  • 02:03:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 188. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 224. THE NAYS ARE 188. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MS. SLAUGHTER: MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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  • 02:03:44 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING -- YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE…

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

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  • 02:12:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    221. THE NAYS ARE 19. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    221. THE NAYS ARE 19. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA MR. PITTS TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 2154 ON WIT THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: SENATE 2154, AN ACT TO AMEND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAMS.

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    THE CLERK

    EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN PROGRAMS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. 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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  • 02:20:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE NAYS ARE FOUR. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE…

    THE NAYS ARE FOUR. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 4197, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO EXTEND THE PERIOD OF CERTAIN AUTHORITY WITH RESPECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW OF MERIT SYSTEM PROTECTION BOARD DECISION RELATING TO WHISTLEBLOWERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER

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  • 02:20:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    PROTECTION BOARD DECISION RELATING TO WHISTLEBLOWERS AND FOR OTHER…

    PROTECTION BOARD DECISION RELATING TO WHISTLEBLOWERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. AND CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:22:06 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    PURSUANT TO H.RES. 722, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 124 AND ASK FOR…

    PURSUANT TO H.RES. 722, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 124 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THE CLERK: HOUSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THE CLERK: HOUSE JOINT…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THE CLERK: HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 124, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS, THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 722, THE…

    MEMBERS, THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 722, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 113-600 IS ADOPTED, AND THE JOINT RESOLUTION, AS AMENDED, IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OF APPROPRIATIONS. AFTER ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION, AS AMENDED, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 113-600. IF OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, OR HIS DESIGNEE, AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR SIX HOURS DIVIDED EQUALLY AND CONTROLLED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. ROGERS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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  • 02:23:44 PM

    MR. ROGERS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLEAR THE CHAMBER OF YOUR CONVERSATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    CLEAR THE CHAMBER OF YOUR CONVERSATIONS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.J.RES.

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  • 02:23:57 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.J.RES. 124. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.J.RES. 124. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. ROGERS:

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  • 02:24:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

    OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:24:09 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRESENT H.J.RES. 124,

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  • 02:24:13 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    TODAY TO PRESENT H.J.RES. 124, A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP…

    TODAY TO PRESENT H.J.RES. 124, A SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE DOORS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPEN AFTER THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 30. H.J.RES. 124 IS A CRITICAL MEASURE THAT ENSURES THAT HARDWORKING AMERICANS CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND THE SERVICES THAT THEY RELY ON AND HELPS AVOID THE UNNECESSARY UNCERTAINTY AND ECONOMIC HARM CAUSED BY THE THREAT OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THE BILL CONTINUES GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AT THE CURRENT RATE AT $1.012 TRILLION INTO THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR AND LASTS UNTIL DECEMBER 11, 2014. THAT LEVEL IS IN LINE WITH THE RYAN-MURRAY BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT THIS HOUSE APPROVED LAST YEAR. MY COMMITTEE SOUGHT TO DRAFT A RESPONSIBLE RESTRAINED BILL THAT DOES NOT HAVE CONTROVERSIAL RIDERS AND DOES NOT SEEK TO CHANGE EXISTING FEDERAL POLICIES. HOWEVER, IT DOES MAKE SEVERAL VERY LIMITED ADJUSTMENTS TO PREVENT CATASTROPHIC OR IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO CRITICAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS PRESSING GLOBAL CRISES THAT HAVE SURFACED IN RECENT MONTHS OR TO ENSURE GOOD GOVERNMENT. THESE ARE CHANGES I BELIEVE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES CAN AND SHOULD SUPPORT. THESE INCLUDE PROVISIONS, MR. SPEAKER, ONE THAT INCREASES FUNDING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO HELP DEAL WITH THE DISABILITY CLAIMS BACKLOG AND FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO WAIT LIST ALLEGATIONS. TWO, TO BOOST FUNDING FOR EBOLA RESEARCH AND RESPONSE. THREE, TO PROVIDE SOME FUNDING FLEXIBILITY WITHIN THE C.P.B. AND I.C.E. TO MEET BORDER SECURITY NEEDS. AND TO CONTINUE A SURGE IN FUNDING FOR STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP COUNTERREGIONAL AGGRESSION AGAINST UKRAINE AND OTHER FORMER SOVIET STATES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS FUNDED WITHIN THE TOTAL DISCRETIONARY FUNDING LEVEL OF $1.012 TRILLION. THE C.R. WILL ALSO EXTEND AUTHORITY FOR CERTAIN LAWS CURRENTLY IN PLACE SUCH AS THE INTERNET TAX FREEDOM ACT FOR THE DURATION OF THE C.R., AND THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK THROUGH JUNE 30 OF NEXT YEAR. LATER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THIS BILL TO ADDRESS THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR THE AUTHORITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN REBELS TO FIGHT ISIL. THIS CRITICAL AMENDMENT WILL ADDRESS AN ISSUE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ATTACHING IT TO THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WILL ALLOW ITS ENACTMENT WITHIN A SWIFT TIME FRAME. IT DOES NOT INVOLVE ANY NEW OR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THESE ACTIVITIES, AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE WILL SUPPORT THE ADOPTION OF THAT AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL, BUT WE CANNOT ADDRESS EACH AND EVERY ASPECT OF FEDERAL AGENCY BUDGETS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF A CONTINUING RESOLUTION LIKE THIS ONE. THESE LINE-BY-LINE BUDGET DECISIONS MUST BE MADE IN FULL YEAR REGULAR APPROPRIATIONS LEGISLATION. I'M VERY PROUD, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE HOUSE MADE GREAT STRIDES TOWARD COMPLETING THIS VITAL WORK WHICH IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. BY APPROVING 11 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IN COMMITTEE OUT OF THE 12 AND SEVEN OF THEM ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, ALL BEFORE THE AUGUST RECESS, DEALING WITH SOME 400 AMENDMENTS TO THOSE SEVEN BILLS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE MADE A GOOD-FAITH EFFORT TO COMPLETE ALL OF THESE BILLS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE SENATE HAS FAILED TO APPROVE A SINGLE APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE AT THIS POINT TODAY IN TRYING TO PASS A CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S HIGH TIME THAT THE SENATE LEADERSHIP ALLOWS US TO COMPLETE CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO FUND THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN AN UP-TO-DATE LINE-BY-LINE WAY AND REGULAR ORDER. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WILL ALLOW US THE TIME, HOPEFULLY, TO DO JUST THAT. HOWEVER, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT CONTINUE TO FALL BACK ON STOPGAP FUNDING BILLS LIKE THIS ONE. THESE LURCHING SHORT-TERM BILLS ONLY POSTPONE THE TOUGH BUDGET DECISIONS, HEIGHTEN OUR NATION'S MISTRUST OF CONGRESS AND CAUSE UNCERTAINTY WITHIN OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE ECONOMY. AT THIS POINT, THOUGH, THE BEST WAY TO AVOID CAUSING SERIOUS DAMAGE TO THE COUNTRY IS TO PASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S OUR MOST CLEAR PATH FORWARD. IT ALLOWS US THE TIME WE NEED TO DRAFT BICAMERAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT REFLECT OUR REAL AND URGENT BUDGETARY REQUIREMENTS AND UTILIZE OUR NATION'S TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN THE MOST RESPONSIBLE REPRESENTATIVE WAY. BEFORE I CLOSE THESE REMARKS, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SERVICE AND HARD WORK OF THE STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. BUT I ESPECIALLY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SERVICE AND HARD WORK OF THE CLERK OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE, TOM MCLEMORE, OVER HIS YEARS ON THIS COMMITTEE, HE'S BEEN AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF THE STAFF. NO MORE SO THAN HIS TIME AS DEFENSE CLERK. . SADLY, THIS WILL BE HIS LAST BILL BEFORE HE MOVES ON TO GREATER PASTURES. WE'LL MISS HIM A GREAT DEAL. I WANT TO THANK TOM FOR HIS SERVICE TO THIS COMMITTEE AND TO THE NATION. WITH THAT SAID, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS LEFT UNTIL THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 30, SO I ASK THAT THE HOUSE PASS H.J.RES. 124 TODAY WITHOUT DELAY. I ALSO URGE THE SENATE TO PASS THIS BILL AND SUBMIT IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME.

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  • 02:31:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS…

    RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. LOWEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHILE IT WAS MY

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  • 02:31:24 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    SPEAKER. WHILE IT WAS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE COULD HAVE COMPLETED ACTION…

    SPEAKER. WHILE IT WAS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE COULD HAVE COMPLETED ACTION ON ALL 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS BEFORE THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR, I UNDERSTAND CHAIRMAN ROGERS' DESIRE TO QUICKLY PASS THE C.R. AND PREVENT ANOTHER DISASTROUS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION GIVES THE HOUSE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES ROUGHLY THREE MONTHS TO REACH AGREEMENTS ON EACH OF THE DISCRETIONARY BILLS AND THE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THEY FUND. OF GREAT IMPORTANCE IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE THE FUNDING LEVELS IN THE LABOR-HEALTH-AND HUMAN SERVICES AND EDUCATION BILL. UNFORTUNATELY, IT HAS THE DUBIOUS DISTINCTION OF BEING THE ONLY ONE NOT EVEN BROUGHT TO THE FULL COMMITTEE FOR MARKUP. DENYING MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER AMENDMENTS AND HAVE A FULL OPEN DEBATE ABOUT THESE CRITICAL PROGRAMS. YES, TODAY RANKING MEMBER DELAURO AND ALL THE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE INTRODUCED OUR VERSION OF THE BILL THAT WE HOPE WILL HELP CLARIFY OUR PRIORITIES FOR THE PROCESS IN THE COMING MONTHS. THE C.R. PORTION OF THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE CONTAINS MUCH NEEDED FUNDING TO ADDRESS URGENT CRISES, INCLUDING THE SPREAD OF EBOLA, ENSURING CRITICAL WORK CONTINUES TO DEVELOP AND MANUFACTURE TREATMENT THERAPIES AS WELL AS WORK ON A VACCINE. HOWEVER, I DO REGRET THAT THE MAJORITY'S PROPOSED C.R. RESORTS TO ONE OF THE WORST LEGISLATIVE MECHANISMS TO REDUCE SCORING AND ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT. THIS TYPE OF PROVISION SHIRKS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS COMMITTEE, MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS ABOUT PROGRAM LEVELS. IT IS MISLEADING TO THE PUBLIC AND CREATES AND ILLUSION THAT PROGRAM LEVELS REMAIN AT LAST YEAR'S LEVEL WHEN THEY ARE IN FACT LOWER. I ALSO HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE LENGTH OF THE EXTENSION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THE PRESIDENT SPOKE FORCEFULLY ABOUT THE THREAT OF ISIL LAST WEEK. THERE IS A CLEAR NEED FOR AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO EXECUTE AN AGGRESSIVE, TARGETED STRATEGY AIMED AT DEGRADING ISIL AND LATER THIS AFTERNOON THE HOUSE WILL BEGIN DEBATE ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S REQUEST FOR NARROW TITLE 10 AUTHORITY. LASTLY, THE RULES OF THIS C.R. ADDED THREE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE UNDERLYING TEXT THAT WERE NEEDED AND WHICH I SUPPORT. ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE WAS NEEDED ON THE EBOLA FUNDING, ON THE LIHEAP MONEY, AND ON RECREATION FEES. MR. SPEAKER, OBVIOUSLY NO APPROPRIATOR EVER WANTS A C.R., BUT NONE OF US WANT TO REPEAT LAST YEAR'S SHUTDOWN. IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT IF THIS C.R. IS ENACTED WE CAN USE THE COMING MONTHS WISELY TO CRAFT AGREEMENT ON ALL 12 BILLS BY DECEMBER 11. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO PUNT OUR RESPONSIBILITIES INTO THE NEW YEAR AND NEW CONGRESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 02:35:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: I YIELD

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    MR. ROGERS

    THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    I THANK THE CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. WE MUST PASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPENED AND OPERATING FOR TAXPAYERS. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS YOU KNOW THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES FUNDING TO PAY OUR TROOPS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OPERATIONS, FOR DEFENSE, MAINTENANCE, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND PROCUREMENT AT FISCAL YEAR 2014 LEVELS. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION TO MY COLLEAGUES, WE HAVE HEARD A GREAT DEAL OF TALK LATELY ABOUT -- FROM SOME QUARTERS ABOUT EEVENTUALLY EXTENDING THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF NEXT YEAR, 2015. THAT WOULD BE A VERY BAD IDEA FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND MANY OTHER IMPORTANT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS. WHILE THIS APPROACH MIGHT HOLD THE LINE ON SPENDING IN OTHER AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS, A YEAR-LONG CONTINUING RESOLUTION HAS PROVEN TO BE TERRIBLY COSTLY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. FUNDING UNDER A C.R. PROMOTES BUDGET UNCERTAINTY THAT MAKES DEFENSE PLANNING AND MANAGING PROGRAMS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. IT'S DAMAGING TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, OUR MILITARY READINESS, OUR DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE, AND OUR DEFENSE POSTURE AS WE FACE CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD. IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PACIFIC, AFRICA, OR EUROPE. AND CONSIDER ADDITIONAL ACTIONS IN IRAQ AND ALSO SYRIA. THREE MONTHS AGO OUR FULL COMMITTEE AND OUR DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE PRODUCED A STRONG BIPARTISAN FISCAL YEAR 2015 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. WE HOPE THE SENATE WILL NOW JOIN US TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS OF ALLOWING US TO FULFILL OUR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND YOUR STRONG EFFORTS AND THAT OF THE STAFF. URGE SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION. BEFORE I TO, YIELD BACK -- MAY I ALSO JOIN WITH CHAIRMAN ROGERS IN SALUTING TOM MCLEMORE, THE CLERK TO THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS FOR HIS YEARS OF HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF ALL MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, STRONG WORK ON BEHALF OF A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE FOR HIS WORK WITH ME AS -- IN MY BRIEF TENURE AS CHAIRMAN, BUT FOR THE MANY YEARS OF LOYAL SUPPORT HE GAVE TO OUR LATE CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSMAN BILL YOUNG OF FLORIDA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:37:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, A…

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, A MEMBER OF THE LABOR-HHS AND FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEES OF APPROPRIATION.

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  • 02:37:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MS. LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK OUR RANKING…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MS. LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR HER UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP ON OUR COMMITTEE ON SO MANY ISSUES.

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  • 02:37:58 PM

    MS. LEE

    MEMBER FOR HER UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP ON OUR COMMITTEE ON SO MANY ISSUES.…

    MEMBER FOR HER UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP ON OUR COMMITTEE ON SO MANY ISSUES. THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY. LET ME THANK ALSO OUR CHAIRMAN FOR CONTINUING TO TRY TO HELP US WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO BRING A REAL LABOR-H BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, IT CONTAINS, YES, CRITICAL AND MUCH NEEDED FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE EBOLA CRISIS IN AFRICA. IT ALSO, THOUGH, INCLUDES ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUTS WHICH WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, ALL OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, AND COUNTLESS HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS AMERICA. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS C.R. INCLUDES TWO DIFFERENT CUTS TO THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM. IT INCLUDES A $14 MILLION REDUCTION IN THE TANF CONTINGENCY FUND, AND A $15 MILLION REDUCTION THAT WILL ELIMINATE TANF RESEARCH FUNDS, FUNDS THAT ARE USED, MIND, -- MIND YOU, BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TANF PROGRAMS AND IMPROVING EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES AMONG TANF RECIPIENTS. THESE CUTS ARE UNNECESSARY AND COME AT A TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY LIVING ON THE EDGE. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE PASSING SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILLS THAT UNDERFUNDED PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS, WE ARE NOW PROVIDING OVER $80 BILLION IN WAR FUNDING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT CONGRESS TO CREATE JOBS, TO STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, AND TO ENSURE THAT OUR SECURITY FUNDS ARE WISELY SPENT. WITH CUTS LOOMING, IT'S TIME WE FOCUS THAT SPENDING HERE AT HOME. FINALLY, LET ME ADDRESS THE UPCOMING DEBATE AND VOTE ON ARM AND TRAIN SYRIAN REBELS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES SHOULD NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT TO FUNDING THE GOVERNMENT. NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS BODY THINKS THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD STAND IDLE WHILE ISIS WREAKS HAVOC IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS IS A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR WHERE THE USE OF FORCE AND ARMING AND TRAINING REBELS WILL PLACE US IN THE MIDDLE OF A WAR WHERE MOST RECOGNIZE THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION. SO BEFORE WE EXPAND THE AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ AND TO VOTE TO PROVIDE WEAPONS AND TRAINING TO REBELS IN SYRIA, CONGRESS MUST HAVE A THOROUGH AND ROBUST DEBATE ON THE LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF TAKING SUCH ACTION. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS? THANK YOU. I HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE SPECIFIC PROPOSAL TO ARM AND TRAIN THE SYRIAN FREE ARMY WHICH WILL BE VOTED ON TOMORROW BY THIS HOUSE. AND I INTEND TO ADDRESS THIS FURTHER DURING THE DEBATE ON THE MCKEON AMENDMENT. HOW CAN WE ASSURE THE U.S. WEAPONS AND TRAINING DON'T END UP IN THE WRONG HANDS? HOW IN THE WORLD WILL WE KNOW WHEN OUR OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN MET AND WHEN ISIS HAS BEEN CONTAINED OR ELIMINATED? HOW WILL WE AVOID GETTING EMBROILED IN THE CIVIL WAR? CONGRESS MUST WEIGH ALL THE OPTIONS BEFORE US, NOT JUST THE MILITARY ONES, BEFORE WE MAKE ANY DECISION ON ATE COMMITTING THE U.S. TO YET ANOTHER LONG-TERM WAR. THIS IS THE TYPE OF DEBATE WE FAILED TO HAVE IN THE WAKE OF 9/11 AND WHICH RESULTED IN THE PASSAGE OF AN OVERLY BROAD AUTHORIZATION THAT CONTINUES TO BE USED TODAY. SO WE MUST ASK HARD QUESTIONS. NOT ONLY ABOUT THE CURRENT PROPOSAL TO ARM AND TRAIN SYRIAN REBELS, BUT ABOUT THE ENTIRE STRATEGY. 10 SECONDS MORE? FINALLY, LET ME JUST SAY WE CANNOT BECOME EMBROILED IN ANOTHER WAR. THE COST AND CONSEQUENCES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AND TO OUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO NATION BUILD HERE AT HOME MUST BE LAID OUT TO THE PUBLIC. THAT'S OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY.

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  • 02:41:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. LEE

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 02:41:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROGERS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY,

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  • 02:41:56 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY, RANKING MEMBER…

    TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY, RANKING MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATION SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 02:42:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. VISCLOSKY: I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR…

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. VISCLOSKY: I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 02:42:10 PM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO ADD MY VOICE TO THOSE WHO ARE…

    GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. ALSO WANT TO ADD MY VOICE TO THOSE WHO ARE COMPLIMENTING MR. MCLEMORE ON HIS DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE IN HIS RETIREMENT AS CLERK OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE. I WOULD TELL MY COLLEAGUES THAT DESPITE THE STRONG LEADERSHIP AND VERY BEST EFFORTS OF CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, I AM ABJECTLY DISAPPOINTED WE AGAIN FIND OURSELVES IN THE POSITION OF CONSIDERING ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. TIPPING RESOLUTIONS ARE NO WAY TO RUN A NATION. WE CANNOT EXPECT GOOD GOVERNMENT IF WE ARE INCAPEABLE OF PROVIDING APPROPRIATIONS IN A TIMELY AND PREDICTABLE MANNER. AS IMPORTANTLY, I'M GREATLY CONCERNED ABOUT PROVIDING ANOTHER AUTHORITY FOR CONDUCTING MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. LETTERS TO CONGRESS THE PRESIDENT HAS CITED THE POWERS GRANTED TO HIM IN ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AS THE LEGAL BASIS FOR SOME OF THE ACTIONS ALREADY TAKEN. IN RECENT BRIEFINGS AND PUBLIC STATEMENTS, THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO INDICATES THAT THE AUTHORIZE THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE RESOLUTIONS PASSED IN 2001 AND 2002 REMAIN THE LEGAL FOUNDATION FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS. HOWEVER, THESE AUTHORITIES WERE APPROVED BY THE CONGRESS IN A DIFFERENT TIME. AND FOR DIFFERENT CONFLICTS. AND WITH A VERY DIFFERENT MEMBERSHIP. THE TIME HAS COME TO RATIONALIZE THE AUTHORITIES WITH THE NEEDS OF THE CURRENT CONFLICT AND FOR THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE BODY TO WEIGH IN ON THIS MATTER OF WAR AND PEACE RATHER THAN TO RELY ON AUTHORITIES INTENDED FOR SADDAM HUSSEIN AND OSAMA BIN LADEN. I APPRECIATE THE PRESIDENT'S HONESTY IN POINTING OUT THAT THE EFFORTS TO COMBAT ISIL WILL EXTEND INTO THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION. SO WHY AFTER THREE YEARS OF CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA ARE WE INCLUDING THIS AUTHORITY IN A CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR LESS THAN THREE MONTHS? PROVIDING A FLEETING AUTHORITY FOR WHAT WE ALL WILL ANTICIPATE WILL BE A PROTRACTED EFFORT. FURTHER, THIS APPROACH FAILS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE LONG-TERM FINANCIAL COSTS OF CONDUCTING THIS MISSION WHICH HAS BEEN ESTIMATED TO COST UP TO $500 MILLION A YEAR. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS AN INHERENT FLAW IN THIS STRATEGY, TRAINING AND EEQUIPPING NONSTATE ACTORS AS THE MAIN EFFORT IN COMBINING A THREAT TO THE REGION AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE UNITED STATES INVESTED LIES AND INKNUBLE RABBLE INJURIES AS WELL AS A GREAT DEAL OF NATIONAL TREASURE TO TRAIN AND EQUIP THE IRAQI ARMY, ONLY TO SEE THE RESULT OF THAT PROFESSIONAL FORCE COLLAPSE IN THE MIDST OF SERIOUS CONFLICT. WHY, THEN, TO WE EXPECT THE NEXT FORCE WE TRAIN TO BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY? WE MUST ALSO ASK OURSELVES IF WE CAN TRULY VET THESE REBEL GROUPS BEYOND THEIR KNOWN AFFILIATIONS AND ENSURE WE ARE NOT ARMING THE NEXT EXTREMIST THREAT TO THE REGION. I WOULD NOTE THAT RECREPTLY SOME OF OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS IN THE REGION HAVE MADE COMMITMENTS OF EQUIPMENT, TRAINING AREAS, AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES, I BELIEVE FAR MORE WILL ULTIMATELY BE REQUIRED OF THEM, INCLUDING LEADERSHIP AND TROOPS OF THEIR OWN TO TRULY DEGRADE AND DEFEAT ISIL. THE TASKING OF FIGHTING ISIL IS COMPLICATED. . I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE COMPLEXITIES WE FACE WHILE ENSURING THE SAFETY OF OUR FORCES. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE OFFERED BY CHAIRMAN MCKEON, AND I WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: MR.…

    HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, A VERY HARDWORKING MEMBER, MR.

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    MR. ROGERS

    APPROPRIATIONS, A VERY HARDWORKING MEMBER, MR. DIAZ-BALART. THE SPEAKER…

    APPROPRIATIONS, A VERY HARDWORKING MEMBER, MR. DIAZ-BALART. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. DIAZ-BALART:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. DIAZ-BALART: THANK YOU,…

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. DIAZ-BALART: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TOO

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TOO TO SUPPORT THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING…

    YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TOO TO SUPPORT THIS SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS C.R. SIMPLY KEEPS THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED AT THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR RATE WHICH IS BY THE WAY IN LINE WITH THE RYAN-MURRAY BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS LAST YEAR UNDER THE STEADFAST LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ROGERS OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND CHAIRWOMEN AND THE OTHER RANKING MEMBERS, THE HOUSE IS DOING ITS WORK. THE HOUSE HAS DONE ITS WORK. WE'VE PASSED 11 OF THE 12 BILLS OUT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. AND SEVEN OF THOSE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS HAVE BEEN HERE UNDER REGULAR ORDER THROUGH IMMENSE DEBATE HAVE ACTUALLY PASSED THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. AND YET THE SENATE HAS PASSED HOW MANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS? MR. SPEAKER, NOT EVEN ONE. SO THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE ONCE AGAIN WITH THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. OUR RECORD SHOWS, VERY CLEARLY SHOWS UNLIKE THE SENATE, THE HOUSE IS COMMITTED TO ACTUALLY DOING THE HARD WORK. TO GO LINE BY LINE TO FIND -- TO FIRST FUND THE VITAL PROGRAMS AND TO LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES TO ELIMINATE WASTE AND TO REDUCE SPENDING. AGAIN, WE'VE DONE OUR WORK. NOW, WE NEED A WILLING PARTNER, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE OTHER SIDE IN THE SENATE. TO DO THEIR PART SO WE CAN THEN GO TO CONFERENCE AND THEN NEGOTIATE THE DIFFERENCES. THAT'S NOT IN OUR HANDS. THAT'S IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOW AT THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID AND JUST COUPLE WEEKS AWAY AND IT'S KEY THAT WE CAN THEN PASS THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP GOVERNMENT RUNNING. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE WEEKS AHEAD AND, AGAIN, CONTINUING GOING LINE BY LINE, AGENCY BY AGENCY LOOKING FOR WASTE, MAKING SURE THAT WE WERE DOING WHAT HAS TO BE DONE. AND I ALSO KNOW THAT ONCE AGAIN THE HOUSE WILL DO ITS JOB. AGAIN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN, THE MEMBERS OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. LET'S GET THIS DONE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER,…

    BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN,…

    PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN, THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE AND SENIOR MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MORAN: I THANK MY VERY GOOD…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MORAN: I THANK MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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    MR. MORAN

    THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WANT TO JOIN WITH CHAIRMAN ROGERS…

    THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WANT TO JOIN WITH CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND THE SHOUT OUT TO TOM MCLEMORE. I TRUST, AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, HE'S GOING ON TO GREENER PASTURES. HE DESERVES TO. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE CONGRESS IS AN IMPERFECT BODY. OUR CONSTITUENTS REMIND US OF THAT ON ALMOST A DAILY BASIS. WE CERTAINLY KNOW THAT THIS IS AN IMPERFECT PROCESS WITHIN WHICH WE HAVE TO OPERATE. AND THE BILL BEFORE US IS AN IMPERFECT BILL FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE AND I SUSPECT FROM THE MAJORITY'S PERSPECTIVE. BUT THAT'S THE WORLD WE LIVE IN . WE HAVE TO CHOOSE THE BEST OPTION. OFTENTIMES AMONG A HOST OF DIFFICULT OPTIONS. SO THIS IS THE BEST OPTION TO VOTE YES ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. IT'S THE MOST RESPONSIBLE THING TO DO. TO VOTE NO WOULD SAY THAT WE ARE WILLING TO LET THE GOVERNMENT BE SHUT DOWN, UNFUNDED. SO WE DON'T HAVE A RESPONSIBLE OPTION BUT TO VOTE YES ON THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION, AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT CHAIRMAN ROGERS, THE CHAIRS -- RANKING MEMBER LOWEY, CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES HAVE PUT IN TO MAKING IT AS GOOD AS WE COULD UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ALSO HAVE AN IMPERFECT OPTION WITH REGARD TO THE EX-IM BANK. IT OUGHT TO BE EXTENDED FOR FIVE MORE YEARS. IT GENERATES A LOT OF MONEY TO THE UNITED STATES, AND WE OFFER FEWER SUBSIDIES THAN OUR ALLIES DO TO MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. BUT TO NOT EXTEND IT AT LEAST UNTIL JUNE 30 IS IRRESPONSIBLE. SO, AGAIN, IT'S THE BEST OPTION WE HAVE FOR US. AND SIMILARLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, WITH REGARD TO THE MCKEON AMENDMENT THAT WOULD PROVIDE $500 MILLION TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN SOLDIERS TO FIGHT ISIS, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE A BETTER OPTION. I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES, PARTICULARLY WITH COLLEAGUES WHO I AM SO FOND OF, SUCH AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO VOTE NO WE OUGHT TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. WHAT WOULD WE DO UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES? AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT BETTER ALTERNATIVE THERE IS. ARE WE GOING TO IGNORE WHAT ISIS IS DOING IN IRAQ? ARE WE GOING TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE DEATH TOLL OVER THE LAST YEAR HAS BEEN ALMOST 10,000 PEOPLE, 9,826, EXCLUDING DEATHS FROM THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR? 17,000 HAVE BEEN EXECUTED IN TIKRIT. 650 WERE EXECUTED IN MOSUL JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE NON-ARABS OR NON-SUNNI MUSLIMS. WITH ETHNIC CLEANSING ON AN HISTORIC SCALE, NOW 20 JOURNALISTS ARE MISSING IN SYRIA. MANY OF THEM ARE HELD BY THE ISLAMIC STATE. THE U.N. ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED BY VIOLENCE IN IRAQ THIS YEAR ALONE. SO IT'S SERIOUS, GIVEN WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, AND PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT ISIS IS GOING EXPONENTIALLY. I REMEMBER WE GOT A FIGURE OF ABOUT 12,000, AND THEN LAST WEEK IT WAS ABOUT 20,000. THIS WEEK IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE OVER 30,000. THEY'RE RECRUITING FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. 15,000 FOREIGN FIGHTERS, 2,000 OF WHOM ARE WESTERNERS WHO HOLD PASSPORTS WHERE THERE IS A VISA WAIVER, WHERE THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE UNITED STATES. SOME OF THEM ARE AMERICANS. THEY'RE MAKING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A DAY IN REVENUE FROM OIL AND KIDNAPPING AND SO ON. THEIR ASSETS ARE ESTIMATED ABOUT $2 BILLION. SO THIS IS THE WEALTHIEST, MOST LETHAL EXTREMIST, TERRORIST GROUP THAT HAS YET TO PRESENT ITSELF ON THE PLANET. CAN WE TURN AROUND AND DO NOTHING? THE REALITY IS SINCE THE UNITED STATES HAS THE LARGEST, MORE CAPABLE MILITARY, LARGER, MORE CAPABLE THAN ALL THE OTHER MILITARIES IN THE WORLD COMBINED, THE RESPONSIBILITY FALLS ON OUR SHOULDERS TO LEAD. AND SO WHAT WE ARE DOING IS LEADING BY TRAINING, BY SAYING, TOO, WHILE THERE WILL BE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, WON'T BE PRIMARILY AMERICANS IN THOSE BOOTS. IT WILL BE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THE TERRITORY, KNOW THE LANGUAGE, KNOW THE CULTURE AND HAVE BEEN VETTED. WE WILL PROVIDE INTELLIGENCE AND AIR SUPPORT. THIS IS THE BEST OF A LONG LIST OF BAD OPTIONS. SO MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE NEED TO VOTE AYE AND ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO PROCEED ON THIS POLICY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    FROM VIRGINIA WHO MADE AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. MAY I INQUIRE OF THE…

    FROM VIRGINIA WHO MADE AN EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. MAY I INQUIRE OF THE TIME REMAINING?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS 15 1/4. MR. ROGERS: I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROGERS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER,…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, A

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    MRS. LOWEY

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR,…

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOREIGN OPTIONS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. CUELLAR

    YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF PASSING THIS LEGISLATION…

    YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF PASSING THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS, AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING WOMAN, MRS. LOWEY, FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO PRODUCE THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION WILL MAINTAIN VITAL FUNDING FOR THE FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT PROVIDE SERVICES TO TAXPAYERS. CONGRESS HAS TWO MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES. THAT IS TO PASS A BUDGET AND TO PAY OUR BILLS ON TIME. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT WHILE THE HOUSE AND SENATE WILL PASS THIS APPROPRIATION BILL, PROBABLY IN THE FORM OF AN OMNIBUS BILL AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WE NEED TO PASS THIS C.R. ADDITIONALLY, THIS C.R. WILL CONTAIN MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS TO RESPOND TO THE EBOLA OUTBREAK, RE-AUTHORIZATION AUTHORITY FOR THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, AND PROVIDE THE ADMINISTRATION FLEXIBILITY TO DEAL WITH UNACCOMPANIED MINORS AT THE BORDER. YOU KNOW, TOMORROW WE ALSO WILL HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO HELP FIGHT THE ISIS THREAT, AND WE MUST STAND TOGETHER WITH OUR PRESIDENT TO FIGHT THAT THREAT. I KNOW IT'S A COMPLICATED SITUATION, BUT DOING NOTHING IS CERTAINLY NOT AN OPTION. LAST YEAR, OUR FAILURE TO UPHOLD THE BASIC RESPONSIBILITY OF CONGRESS RESULTED IN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, AND WE MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. WE DO NEED THE C.R. BUT, AGAIN, WE MUST GET BACK TO REGULAR ORDER, PASS FULL APPROPRIATION BILLS, GO TO CONFERENCE AND GET OUR JOB DONE. AND I THINK IF WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE WE DO THE HARD JOB THAT WE'RE SENT UP HERE. WE'RE NOT SENT UP HERE TO DO THE EASY DECISIONS. AGAIN, THIS IS DIFFICULT DECISIONS BUT THIS IS THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONGRESS. AGAIN, I DO WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, I DO WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND, AGAIN, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE C.R. AND THE AMENDMENT THAT WILL BE COMING IN TOMORROW TO FIGHT THE THREAT THAT WE SEE WITH ISIS. AT THIS TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MRS. LOWEY: MR.…

    TO RESERVE HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR,

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    MRS. LOWEY

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR,…

    PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK OUR VERY…

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. KAPTUR: I THANK OUR VERY CAPABLE RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY

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    MS. KAPTUR

    RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. AND I…

    RANKING MEMBER, MRS. LOWEY OF NEW YORK, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. AND I ECHO THE DISAPPOINTMENT ALREADY EXPRESSED THAT ONCE AGAIN THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR HAS COME AND RATHER THAN THIS HOUSE COMPLETING ITS WORK ON THE 12 APPROPRIATIONS BILLS WE ARE SCRAMBLING TO PASS NOW ANOTHER CONTINUING RESOLUTION. THIS IS A CLASSIC DEFINITION OF DYSFUNCTION, KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, SHIRKING OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ADDRESS THE PRIORITIES OF OUR NATION THROUGH A CLEAR 2015 DEPARTMENTAL FUNDING LEVEL AND DECISIVENESS, DECISIVENESS. WE GET THE REVERSE OF THAT, UNCERTAINTY. IT HURTS JOB GROWTH. IT HURTS ECONOMIC RECOVERY. WE MUST REVERSE THIS REGRESSION AND INERTIA. CONGRESS MUST MAKE THE DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT ALLOWS OUR REPUBLIC TO FUNCTION WITH CERTAINTY AND DISPATCH AGAIN. IN THE ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE WE TOOK GREAT STRIDES TO SET SUCH A PATH FORWARD. WHILE DID I NOT AGREE WITH SOME PARTS OF THE BILL, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE DID ITS JOB TO FUND CRITICAL JOB CREATION IN WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS, SUPPORT SCIENCE ACTIVITIES, NECESSARY FOR AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH, FUND WORK ON CRITICAL NATIONAL DEFENSE PRIORITIES, NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION AND OUR CLEANUP EFFORTS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS CONTINUING RESOLUTION STALLS THAT WORK. CONTRACTS CANNOT BE LET AND LEAVES US MIRED IN THE PATH. WHILE OUR BILL ADDRESSES A LIMITED NUMBER OF IMMEDIATE NEEDS, INCLUDING FLEXIBILITY FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CONTINUE ONGOING CLEANUP AT THE DIFUSION PLANT, AMERICA NEEDS A FIRMER PATH FORWARD, AND I PLEA WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS INSTITUTION TO DO THAT. IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT THE SHORT-TERM CONTINUING RESOLUTION PROVIDES THE NECESSARY TIME TO PASS FULL-YEAR MEASURES SO THAT CONGRESS MEASURES UP TO WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT OF US AND THAT IS TO DO OUR JOB. 2015 FUNDING LEVELS SHOULD MATCH REAL REALITIES, NOT POLITICAL STUNTS SIX WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION. I YIELD BACK ANY TIME I MAY HAVE REMAINING TO THE GENTLELADY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. ROGERS

    OF MY COLLEAGUE IF SHE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? MRS. LOWEY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I…

    OF MY COLLEAGUE IF SHE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? MRS. LOWEY: MR. CHAIRMAN, I DO -- MR. SPEAKER, I

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    MRS. LOWEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. ROGERS

    TO CONTINUE THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. BUT THAT IS…

    TO CONTINUE THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE END OF THE FISCAL YEAR. BUT THAT IS CAUSED BECAUSE WE ATTEMPTED ON THE HOUSE SIDE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO PASS ALL 12 OF THESE INDIVIDUAL APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO PASSING ALL OF THEM UNTIL THE SENATE DECIDE THEY WEREN'T GOING TO TAKE ANY OF THEM UP, AND THEY HAVEN'T. SO IT LEFT US NO CHOICE BUT TO ASK FOR A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT LIGHTS ON UNTIL DECEMBER 11, BY WHICH, HOPEFULLY, WE'LL BE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER, COBBLE TOGETHER AN OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL FOR ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT, FOR ALL OF NEXT YEAR. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. WE REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE. I DON'T THINK EITHER SIDE WANTS TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. CERTAINLY ON THIS SIDE, WE DO NOT. SO THE NECESSITY IS THAT WE PASS THIS BILL. NOW THE AMENDMENT COMING UP ON GIVING THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH TRAINING BASES AND EQUIP FIGHTERS IN SYRIA IS ALL IMPORTANT. AN AMENDMENT THAT I CERTAINLY SUPPORT. AND WELCOME INTO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. SO MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. LOWEY, FOR HER HARD WORK ON THESE BILLS ALL YEAR LONG, AND ALL OF THE STAFF AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WE ARE A COMMITTEE THAT JAB HORS CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS, YET WE'RE FACED WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO TRY TO PASS ONE SYSTEM OF I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. MCKEON

    THE DESK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE REPORT 113-600, OFFERED BY MR. MCKEON OF CALIFORNIA. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    HOUSE REPORT 113-600, OFFERED BY MR. MCKEON OF CALIFORNIA. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 722, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, AND THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 722, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, AND THE…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 722, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL THREE HOURS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:07:02 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 124, TO PROVIDE…

    SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 124, TO PROVIDE AUTHORITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP APPROPRIATELY VETTED ELEMENTS OF THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION IN ORDER TO DEFEND THE SYRIAN PEOPLE FROM ATTACKS BY ISIL AND TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES. ISIL IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT THREAT TO OUR ALLIES ACROSS THE NORTHEAST AND TO THE UNITED STATES. -- ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST AND TO THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR THIS AUTHORITY BECAUSE NONE OF THE EXISTING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TRAINED AND EQUIPPED PROGRAMS FIT THE CIRCUMSTANCE. SPECIFICALLY, THE PRESIDENT HAD -- HAS REQUESTED THE ABILITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP NONGOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES FIGHTING IN NON-U.S. LEAD OPERATIONS IN SYRIA. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT ANY STRATEGY TO DEFEAT ISIL MUST CONTAIN A SYRIA COMPONENT. I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE OPTIONS TO DEFEAT ISIL IN SYRIA SHORT OF A MAJOR U.S.-LED COMBAT OPERATION. THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS CLOSING. THAT'S WHY I'M SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND AGREED DRAFT AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION BASED ON A MODIFIED VERSION OF THE ADMINISTRATION' INITIAL PROPOSAL. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND THE SUSTAINMENT OF THE VETTED OPPOSITION. THE PROVISION IS INTENDED TO AUTHORIZE ACTIVITIES NECESSARY TO FACILITATE SUCH TRAINING AND EQUIPING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATE MODIFICATION OF EXISTING FACILITIES AND ESTABLISHMENT OF EXPEDITIONARY FACILITY SUITABLE FOR SUCH TRAINING AND ACCOMMODATION AS WELL AS PAYMENT OF STIPENDS TO TRAINEES. THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST DID NOT SPECIFY THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR THIS EFFORT, AND CONTAINED FEW OVERSIGHT REQUIREMENTS. THEREFORE, MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRENGTHEN CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING DETAILED REPORTS. INCLUDING PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE PLAN, THE VETTING PROCESS, AND THE PROCEDURES FOR MONITORING THE END USE OF THE TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT. IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO REPORT ON HOW THIS AUTHORITY FITS WITHIN A LARGER REGIONAL STRATEGY. THIS AMENDMENT DOES IN THE -- DOES NOT AUTHORIZE ADDITIONAL FUNDS. HOWEVER, IT WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO SUBMIT REPROGRAMMING REQUESTS TO CONGRESS, SHOULD THE PRESIDENT REQUIRE FUNDS TO EXECUTE THIS AUTHORITY. IT ALSO PERMITS THE SEC RETEAR OF DEFENSE TO ACCEPT FOREIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. LASTLY THE AMENDMENT WOULD STATE THAT NOTHING IN THIS BILL BE CONSTRUED TO CONSTITUTE A SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES INTO HOSTILITIES. THERE MAY BE A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO HAVE AN AUMF DEBATE BUT THIS IS NOT IT. THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT ASKED FOR SUCH AN AUTHORITY. MY AMENDMENT IS NARROWLY FOCUSED ON TRAINING AND EQUIPING SYRIAN OPPOSITION FIGHTERS TO COUNTER ISIL. THIS LANGUAGE WAS DRAFTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CHAIRS OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COMMITTEES AND SHARED WITH THE MINORITY. ADDITIONALLY, THE LANGUAGE FOR THIS AUTHORITY HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. LASTLY, LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT THIS TRAINED AND -- THIS TRAIN AND EQUIP AUTHORITY IS A NECESSARY PART, BUT ONLY ONE PART, OF WHAT SHOULD BE A LARGER STRATEGY. IT MUST BE PART OF A LARGER EFFORT IN SYRIA, IN IRAQ, AND ACROSS THE REGION. LET'S ALSO REMEMBER THAT IT WILL BE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO WILL BE CONDUCTING THIS TRAINING. WE CONTINUE TO ASK MORE AND MORE OF OUR MILITARY, YET THEIR FUNDING CONTINUES TO BE CUT. THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, AND MUST BE ADDRESSED. AGAIN, ISIL IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR INTERESTS. MY AMENDMENT IS A NECESSARY STEP TO SUPPORT WHAT SHOULD BE A LARGER STRATEGY BY THE PRESIDENT TO DEFEAT ISIL. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I YIELD…

    CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. SMITH

    I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    OF THIS AMENDMENT. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT ISIL -- I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT…

    OF THIS AMENDMENT. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT ISIL -- I TOO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT, I THINK THAT WITHOUT QUESTION, AS THE CHAIRMAN LAID OUT, ISIL IS A CLEAR THREAT TO OUR INTERESTS. THEY'RE A THREAT IN TWO CLEAR WAYS. NUMBER ONE, A LARGE NUMBER OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS ARE GOING OVER TO SYRIA AND IRAQ TO SUPPORT THEM. SOME OF THOSE FOREIGN FIGHTERS, ESTIMATES ARE SW SOMEWHERE IN THE 100 RANGE HAVE COME FROM THE U.S. AND THOUSANDS ARE HAVE COME FROM WESTERN EUROPE. MANY OF THOSE HAVE RETURNED TO THAT HOME COUNTRY AND THEY PRESENT A CLEAR THREAT. AS LONG AS ISIS AND ISIL ARE THERE, ISIS OR ISIL IS THERE TO THREATEN US, THE FIGHTERS THAT FIGHT WITH THEM WILL BECOME A THREAT TO THE REST OF US. BUT IN A BROADER SENSE IF ISIL IS ABLE TO CONTROL TERRITORY IN IRAQ AND IN SYRIA AND HAVE A SAFE AND SECURE HAVEN, THEY WILL WITHOUT QUESTION PLOT AND PLAN ATTACKS. THEY'VE ALREADY SAID THAT'S THEIR PLAN. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WHEN AL QAEDA HAD SAFE HAVEN IN AFGHANISTAN. DENYING ISIL SAFE HAVEN IS CLEARLY IN THE UNITED STATES' SELF-INTEREST. I THINK THE HUMANITARIAN ASPECT OF THIS IS ALSO WORTH STATING. AS WAS NOTED BY EARLIER SPEAKERS ON THE C.R. DEBATE, YOU CANNOT IMAGINE A MORE VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS AND JUST HE DONISTIC GROUP OF PEOPLE. THE NUMBER OF FOLKS THEY HAVE MURDERED IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, BRUTALLY AND SOLELY BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS IN THEIR TWIST -- AND THEIR TWISTED VIEW OF THEIR RELIGION, THIS IS A GROUP THAT MUST BE STOP THE SAD FACT IS, THE UNITED STATES MILITARY CANNOT STOP THEM ON OUR OWN. THIS HAS TO BE PRIMARILY A LOCAL FIGHT. THE FOLKS IN THE REGION HAVE TO TAKE UP THIS BATTLE. AND I BELIEVE THEY HAVE STARTED TO IN IRAQ, BUT WE NEED TO OPEN A FRONT IN SIRIA. BECAUSE THE PROBLEM IS, IF ISIS CAN HOLD THEMSELVES OUT AS AN ORGANIZATION FIGHTING AGAINST WESTERN IMPERIALISM THAT BRINGS SUPPORTERS TO THEM. IF ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY ARE, AS THEY CLEARLY ARE, A GROUP OF MURDEROUS THUGS WHO ARE KILL MANAGER MUSLIMS THAN ANYBODY HAS KILLED IN A VERY LONG TIME, WE CAN BUILD SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL POPULATION, FROM THE SUE NOAH POPULATION, TO OPPOSE THEM. WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN SOME SUCCESS IN THIS IN IRAQ AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TO TAKE HIS TIME IN IRAQ AND WAIT FOR A COALITION TO WORK WITH. IF THE U.S. HAD COME IN OVER THE TOP, RIGHT OFF THE BAT, AND STARTED BOMBING ISIS, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN PERCEIVED AS CHOOSING THE SHIA SIDE IN THE SHIA-SUNNI CIVIL WAR AND WOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED ISIS. BY INSISTING THAT PRIME MINISTER MALIKI BE REPLACED AND THAT IRAQ START SOME SORT OF POWER SHARING WITH THE SUNNIS, WE WERE ABLE TO BUILD SOME SORT OF COALITION. WE COULD BE IN SUPPORT OF THEM FIGHTING ISIS AND PUSH THEM OUT. THE GREAT FLAW IN THIS THEORY IS THE BORDER BETWEEN IRAQ AND SYRIA IS NONEXISTENT, AS FAR AS ISIS IS CONCERNED. THEY CAN GO BACK AND FORTH ACROSS IT. IF WE DON'T HAVE ANY WAY TO GET AT THEM IN SYRIA, IT GIVES THEM AN ENORMOUS ADVANTAGE IN SYRIA. WE FACE THE SAME DILEMMA IN SYRIA AS IN IRAQ. THE DOMINANT ISSUE THAT STARTED EVERYTHING SYRIA WAS OPPOSITION TO THE ASSAD REGIME A REGIME VERY MUCH WORTH OPPOSING. AS THE PRESIDENT AND MANY ON THE FLOOR HAVE SAID, ASSAD MUST GO. HE IS AN ILLEGITIMATE LEADER. IF WE WERE TO COME IN AND APPEAR TO BE PLAYING THE ROLE OF ASSAD'S AIR FORCE IN SYRIA, THAT WOULD DRIVE SUNNIS AND THE ANTI-REGIME ELEMENTS FROM SYRIA INTO THEIR ARMS. WE NEED A PARTNER IN SYRIA WE CAN SUPPORT THAT IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO ASSAD AND AN ALTERNATIVE TO ISIS. RIGHT NOW, WE DON'T HAVE ONE. WE HAVE A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT WE'VE BEEN SUPPORTING IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT WE NEED THAT GROUP TO GROW. WE NEED TO HAVE A PARTNER TO SUPPORT IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO HOPE TO CONTAIN ISIS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO START. I'VE HEARD A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS, PEOPLE SAY, ARE THERE REALLY ANY MODERATES OUT THERE, ARE THERE ENOUGH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WHAT IF THEY SWITCH SIDES? THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF YOU BELIEVE WE HAVE TO OPEN A FRONT IN SYRIA TO STOP ISIS, AND I DON'T SEE HOW YOU CAN BELIEVE OTHERWISE, TO GIVE THEM SYRIA AND SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU THERE I THINK MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO EVEN SIGNIFICANTLY DEGRADE THEM AND CERTAINLY TOVER DEFEAT THEM. WE NEED TO OPEN A FRONT. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? YOU CAN'T OPEN A FRONT UNLESS YOU START THE PROCESS AND THAT'S WHAT MR. MCKEON'S AMENDMENT DOES, IS STARTS THE PROCESS. IT GIVES THE ABILITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP A FORCE THAT WILL BE OPPOSED TO ASSAD AND OPPOSED TO ISIS. I KNOW AMERICANS -- I WOULD PREFER THIS AS WELL -- WE WOULD SAY, LOOK, WE'LL WIN THIS WAR AND WIN IT IN 100 DAYS. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG PROCESS. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN QUICKLY. IT'S SIMPLY THE NATURE OF THE CONFLICT IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD THAT WILL TAKE TIME TO FIND PEOPLE, TRAIN THEM AND EQUIP THEM. IF WE DO NOT TRY THEN ISIS WILL SIT IN SYRIA UNCHALLENGED, CONTINUING TO BRUTALLY MURDER CIVILIANS OF ALL STRIPES AND CONTINUING TO SPREAD THEIR UNIQUE IDEOLOGY OF HATRED AND VIOLENCE. WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. I THINK THIS AMENDMENT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO START SOMEWHERE. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE THAT I LIKE THE FACT THAT THE AMENDMENT IS ONLY EFFECTIVE UNTIL THE END OF THE C.R. AND SAYS THAT THIS SHOULD BE CONTAINED IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZING ACT. THIS IS AN AUTHORIZING ACTION. IT SHOULD BE DONE IN AN AUTHORIZATION BILL. THE SENATE HAS NOT ACTED SO WE DON'T HAVE THE NDAA YET. BUT WE WILL IN THE NEXT MONTH OR TWO, AND I THINK WE CAN THEN PUT THIS LANGUAGE INTO THE NDAA AND MAKE IT MORE LONG TERM IN TERMS OF THE AUTHORIZATION. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I ALSO FEEL, AS THE CHAIRMAN DOES, THAT CONGRESS SHOULD DO A BROADER AUMF ON THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS, ON WHAT WE'RE DOING IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. WE LAUNCHED, I THINK, WELL IN THE HUNDREDS OF BOMBING MISSIONS AGAINST ISIS. THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE CONGRESS SHOULD ACT. THE ONLY AREA OF DISAGREEMENT I HAVE, THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO ASK FOR IT. WE ARE THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I HEAR ALL THE TIME, THE PRESIDENT IS OVERSTEPPING HIS AUTHORITIES, IS HE IGNORING THE LAW? WHY DOES HE HAVE TO ACT? IF THIS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO, WE'RE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, THE LEGISLATIVE OUGHT TO ACT. I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT IN SAYING HE'LL DO WHAT HE BELIEVES HE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO UNDER ARTICLE 2 TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY BUT CONGRESS SHOULD ACT. WE SHOULDN'T WAIT FOR HIM TO ASK. WE SHOULD PUT TOGETHER AN AUMF TO BROADLY AUTHORIZE THIS. BUT IN THE SHORT TERM, WE NEED TO START A FRONT AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA, AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO BUILD A LEGITIMATE LOCAL FORCE THAT CAN BEGIN THAT FIGHT. TRAIN AND EQUIP IS THE FIRST STEP, I BELIEVE, IN THIS PROCESS THAT REGRETTABLY WILL NOT BE QUICK. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE

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  • 03:18:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR.…

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE -- COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR.

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    MR. MCKEON

    COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: I THANK AND CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN AND MR.…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROGERS: I THANK AND CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. SMITH FOR

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    MR. ROGERS

    CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. SMITH FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE. AND…

    CONGRATULATE THE CHAIRMAN AND MR. SMITH FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S BECOME URGENT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE MAKE SERIOUS STRIDES AGAINST ISIL. AND WE MUST ACT QUICKLY TO CURB THEIR INFLUENCE AND TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST TERRORISM OF THE MOST BRUTAL SORT. CHAIRMAN MCKEON'S AMENDMENT, WHICH PROVIDES THE AUTHORITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN REBELS TO FIGHT ISIL IS THE RIGHT APPROACH. I SUPPORT ITS INCLUSION ON THE FRUTION. OVER THE PAST WEEK -- ON THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. OVER THE PAST WEEK, THE HOUSE HAS DONE DUE DILIGENCE TO ENSURE THIS AMENDMENT LANGUAGE IS APPROPRIATE, SUPPORTING LIMITED YET ADEQUATE EFFORTS TO DEGRADE AND DESTROY ISIL. WHILE PROVIDING OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF WITH THE TOOLS HE HAS REQUESTED FOR THE NEAR TERM, LANGUAGE IS ALSO INCLUDED TO PREVENT AN OPEN-ENDED BLANK CHECK FOR THESE EFFORTS. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT CONGRESS MAINTAINS FUNDING AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT OVER TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND THE USE OF OUR MILITARY FORCES. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF MR. SMITH WHO JUST SPOKE, WHO GAVE A VERY ELOQUENT AND FULL EXPLANATION OF WHERE WE ARE. I SUPPORT HIS STATEMENT. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL AMENDMENT AND THEN THE UNDERLYING RESOLUTION TODAY OR TOMORROW. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 03:20:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 03:20:33 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MORAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MORAN

    FROM WASHINGTON STATE, AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH HIS REMARKS AS…

    FROM WASHINGTON STATE, AND I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH HIS REMARKS AS WELL AS THE REMARKS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. ALL THREE LEADERS HAVE PLAYED A CONSEQUENTIAL ROLE OVER THE LAST MANY YEARS IN ESTABLISHING UNITED STATES MILITARY AS THE LARGEST, MOST CAPABLE, BEST FUNDED MILITARY IN THE WORLD. IN FACT, LARGER THAN ALL THE OTHER MILITARIES COMBINED. SO IT'S NO WONDER THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD TURNS TO US FOR LEADERSHIP. BUT THAT'S NOT THE MAJOR REASON THEY TURN TO US FOR LEADERSHIP. THEY TURN TO US BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND OUR PROFOUND BELIEF AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND INCLUSIVE SOCIETY. NOW, ISIS VIOLATES EVERYTHING WE BELIEVE IN. THEY'RE OPPOSED TO RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. THEY'RE OPPOSED TO DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND CERTAINLY TO AN INCLUSIVE SOCIETY. THAT'S NOT THE REASON WHY WE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE LIKE THAT, BUT IN THE JUDGMENT OF OUR MILITARY, ISIS IS EXPANDING AT A RATE THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED, THAT HAS TO BE STOPPED. ISIS IS EXPANDING IN NUMBERS EXPONENTIALLY. THEY WERE $2 TRILLION. THEY ARE THE BEST FUNDED, MOST LETHAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THAT WE'VE EVER SEEN IN MODERN HISTORY. SO WE CANNOT TURN OUR BACKS ON THIS. AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE SUBSTANTIAL ASSETS AND PARTICULARLY PERSONNEL IN BAGHDAD. THEY WILL BE TARGETING BAGHDAD AS SOON AS THEY'RE CAPABLE OF IT. WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE CAPITAL OF IRAQ. WE NEED TO CONTRIBUTE TO STABILITY IN THAT REGION BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO STAY STATIC. IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE OR GET BETTER, AND SO THE PROPOSAL BEFORE US IS NOT TO PUT AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND BUT TO USE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE, TO USE AMERICAN TRAINERS, TO USE AMERICAN EQUIPMENT AND TO PREPARE SYRIANS, PARTICULARLY, TO DO THE JOB THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THEIR REGION OF THE WORLD. THEY KNOW THE GEOGRAPHY. THEY KNOW THE LANGUAGE. THEY UNDERSTAND THE CULTURES, AND WE ARE GOING TO PREPARE THEM TO BE THE BEST EQUIPPED AND BEST TRAINED TO CARRY OUT A MISSION THAT THEY MUST SHARE WITH US. ISIS, IF IT IS NOT CONFRONTED, IT WILL GROW, IT WILL BECOME A GREATER THREAT. THAT'S WHAT WE HEAR FROM OUR MILITARY. THAT SEEMS TO ME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OUR MILITARY HAS EARNED RESPECT FOR THEIR JUDGMENT. THEY KNOW WHAT -- HOW TO PROVIDE THE KIND OF SECURITY THAT SO MANY AMERICANS ARE ABLE TO TAKE FOR GRANTED. IF THEY SAY THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AT THIS POINT IN TIME SEEMS TO ME THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THEM. SO I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. MCKEON

    AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE…

    AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. ROYCE: THANK…

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. ROYCE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. TODAY WE FACE, AS WE KNOW, A…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. TODAY WE FACE, AS WE KNOW, A GREAT AND GROWING THREAT FROM ISIL. NEVER HAS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION CONTROLLED SO MUCH TERRITORY, A SAFE HAVEN, AS WELL, TO PLAN FUTURE ATTACKS. NEVER HAS ONE HAD ACCESS TO VITAL NATURAL RESOURCES. NEVER HAS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION POSSESSED THE CASH, THE HEAVY WEAPONRY, THE PERSONNEL THAT ISIL POSSESSES. AND WE'RE LATE IN RESPONDING. AT LEAST TWO YEARS AGO THE PRESIDENT HAD A PROPOSAL ON HIS DESK TO ARM THOSE UNDER THREAT INSIDE SYRIA. IT WAS BACKED BY HIS SECRETARY OF STATE, BACKED BY HIS DEFENSE SECRETARY, BACKED BY GENERAL PETRAEUS, THEN HEAD OF THE C.I.A. IF THE PRESIDENT HAD ACCEPTED THIS RECOMMENDATION COMING FROM HIS ENTIRE NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM YEARS AGO, WE MIGHT BE IN A DIFFERENT POSITION RIGHT NOW. BUT WE ARE WHERE WE ARE, AND THE QUESTION IS -- SYRIA CONTINUES TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL, ASSAD HAS HUNG TO POWER AND ISIL HAS RISEN FROM A TERRORIST GROUP TO A TERRORIST ARMY, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. AND CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE HAS BEEN THE CIVIL SOCIETY TYPES, THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM THE BARREL BOMBS COMING DOWN FROM ABOVE FROM ASSAD WHILE AT THE SAME TIME TRYING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM ISIL ATTACKS ON THE GROUND. THEY'VE BEEN LEFT TO FEND ON THEIR OWN, AND THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS. I'LL REMIND YOU FOR THOSE THAT REMEMBER THE TAPES, WHO REMEMBER THE PROGRAMMING AT THE TIME CHANTING "PEACEFUL, PEACEFUL," AS THEY WERE PROTESTING THE ASSAD REGIME, ASSAD SOLDIERS OPENED UP WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS FIRE ON THEM IN THE STREETS OF DAMASCUS. AFTER ASSAD BEGAN THIS SLAUGHTER THEY TOOK UP ARMS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. THE QUESTION IS, WILL WE GIVE THEM THE WHEREWITHAL TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE ISIL ATTACKS THAT ARE RIGHT NOW ON THE BORDERS OF ALEPO? IN JULY, THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM A SYRIAN ARMY DEFECTOR NAMED CAESAR. HE SHOWED OUR COMMITTEE PICTURES OF THE ATROCITIES. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TORTURED. MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN BY ASSAD. ASSAD HAS KILLED OVER 200,000 PEOPLE NOW. AND THE FACT IS THAT ASSAD IS A PROTECTOR OF NO ONE EXCEPT HIMSELF. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. AND WHERE ISIL OPERATES, THEY'VE GONE ON A HORRIFYING RECLAIMING MY TIME PAGE, KILLING, BEHEADING. SOME OF YOU HEARD ABOUT THE CRUCIFIXIONS THERE. SO IN THE MEANTIME, ASSAD IS NO FOOL. HIS REGIME HAS PURSUED A STRATEGY TO AVOID CONFRONTATION WITH ISIL, FOCUSING HIS EFFORTS ON WIPING OUT THESE REBELS IN ALEPO THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SUPPORTING, WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIL. INDEED, THE ASSAD REGIME CONTINUES TO PURCHASE CRUDE OIL FROM ISIL, GIVING THEM READY CASH, AN AVERAGE OF $2 MILLION DAILY FOR THAT TERRORIST GROUP. HIS STRATEGY IS TO PRESENT THE WORLD WITH A CHOICE BETWEEN THE REGIME AND THE ISIL EXTREMISTS. FRIENDS, WE DO NOT HAVE TO PLAY HIS GAME. WHAT WE CAN DO, WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS GIVE THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION WHAT THEY DESPERATELY NEED, TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT. WE'RE LOOKING TO AID THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RISKED THEIR LIVES TO COMBAT THE ASSAD REGIME AND TO COMBAT THE ISIL TERRORISTS THAT THEY'RE FIGHTING TODAY. BUT THESE FIGHTERS AREN'T STARTING FROM SCRATCH. THEY'VE BEEN IN THE FIGHT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. OUT OF SHEER COMMITMENT AND DETERMINATION, THEY'VE HUNG ON, BUT WITH GREATER U.S. TRAINING AND SUPPLIES THEY WILL BE BOLSTERED. AS AN ULTIMATE BOOST, THIS FORCE WOULD BE SUPPORTED BY U.S. AND COALITION AIRPOWER AND THAT PUTS REAL SPYING INTO A FIGHTING SUPPORTS WHICH WILL BE NEEDED TO CONFRONT AND DEFEAT ISIL. OUR MILITARY HAS PROVIDED THIS TYPE OF TRAINING AROUND THE WORLD FOR DECADES. LET'S DO IT HERE. LET'S GO ON OFFENSE AGAINST ISIL. I ASK FOR THE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 03:28:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 03:28:28 PM

    MR. SMITH

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. SCHIFF: MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 03:28:35 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ISIL POSES A THREAT OF EXTRAORDINARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. ISIL POSES A THREAT OF EXTRAORDINARY SIGNIFICANCE TO THE UNITED STATES IN ITS SIZE, ITS WEALTH AND BARBARITY, IT IS IN FACT A THREAT TO CIVIL SOCIETY. WE FIGHT THE ONGOING ISIL AND THAT IS THE TRAINING AND EQUIPPING OF THE OPPOSITION IN APPROXIMATE SYRIA. -- OPPOSITION IN SYRIA. IT PALES IN COMPARISON TO THE LARGER QUESTION FACING CONGRESS AND THE NATION AND THAT IS, SHOULD WE AUTHORIZE THE PRESIDENT TO USE OUR ARMED FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ? UNFORTUNATELY, IT APPEARS WE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERING THAT LARGER CONSIDER BEFORE WE LEAVE TOWN IN ADVANCE OF THE ELECTION. THIS, I BELIEVE, IS A MISTAKE OF CONSTITUTIONAL DIMENSION. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN WE'RE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON AMOUNTS TO WAR AND WILL LIKELY LAST YEARS. IF CONGRESS' POWER TO DECLARE WAR MEANS ANYTHING, IT MUST US COMPEL US TO ACT UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS THESE. IF WE SIT ON OUR HANDS, WE SET A PRECEDENT FOR FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS THAT THEY MAY WAGE WAR WITHOUT CONGRESS APPROVAL AND THE DECLARATION CLAUSE IS NO MORE THAN EXCESS VERBIAGE IN OUR CONSTITUTION FROM A BYGONE ERA. THE PRESIDENT HAS BROAD AUTHORITY TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES. AS ONE FORMAL CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR AND THEN-SENATOR BARACK OBAMA SAID IN 2007, THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE POWER UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO UNILATERALLY AUTHORIZE A MILITARY ATTACK IN A SITUATION THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE STOPPING AN ACTUAL OR IMMINENT THREAT TO THE NATION. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT ISIL DOES NOT YET POSE AN IMMINENT THREAT. NONETHELESS, IT HAS ASSERTED IT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO ACT BASED ON THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE AGAINST AL QAEDA. PASSING THE DAYS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11. THIS REASON -- THIS REASONING IS TENOUS AT BEST. THAT AUTHORIZATION ADDRESSED TO A DIFFERENT ENEMY AT A DIFFERENT TIME AT A DIFFERENT PLACE DOES NOT PROVIDE THE LEGAL FOUNDATION FOR A WAR ON ISIL, AN ORGANIZATION THAT ITSELF IS AT WAR WITH AL QAEDA. TODAY I'VE INTRODUCED A TAILORED AND NARROWED RESOLUTION THAT DOES NOT DEPLOY GROUND TROOPS. IT INCLUDES AN 18-MONTH SUNSET CLAUSE SO CONGRESS CAN INSIST ON ITS OVERSIGHT RULE. IT ALSO IMMEDIATELY REPEALS THE RULE TO USE NO, SIR IRAQ AND PROVIDES THE SAME 18-MONTH SUNSET FOR THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE, TO HARR MONOIZE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY WE PROVIDE TO WAGE WAR AGAINST ANY FOE AND TO ENSURE THAT NO FUTURE PRESIDENT CAN CLAIM TO USE IT AS A BASIS FOR UNILATERAL ACTION. IN MATTERS OF WAR, CONGRESS IS NOT SOME SUITOR THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED BY THE PRESIDENT TO DANCE. REQUESTED OR NOT, CONGRESS MUST EXERCISE ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO SEND THE NATION'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO WAR. WE SHOULD NOT GO TO WAR, LET ALONE ADJOURN, WITHOUT A VOTE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE

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  • 03:32:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:32:12 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    SPEAKER. TO RESPOND TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE ADJOINING…

    SPEAKER. TO RESPOND TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE ADJOINING DISTRICTS AND WE AGREE ON MANY THINGS, WE DISAGREE ON A FEW THINGS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I AGREE WITH YOU. THIS IS SOMETHING THE CONGRESS SHOULD ADDRESS. FOR 20 YEARS, I'VE BEEN HERE 22 YEARS, WHENEVER A PRESIDENT HAS ASKED FOR THIS, WE'VE ADDRESSED IT. WE HAVE NOT ADDRESSED IT WITHOUT HAVING THE REQUEST FROM THE PRESIDENT. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAD QUITE A DEBATE A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT WHAT PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE OR NOT DONE AND WHAT SHORTS THEY HAVE OR DON'T HAVE. AND SOME OF IT HAS NOT BEEN DECIDE BY THE SUPREME COURT. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE HAS THE AUTHORITY HE SAYS HE NEEDS THIS ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY TO HELP IN SYRIA. THAT'S THE QUESTION WE'RE ADDRESSING HERE TODAY. I THINK THAT WE'RE BOUND TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION. I KNOW THE SPEAKER WANTS TO HAVE IT. MR. SMITH SAID HE WANTS TO HAVE IT. I WANT TO HAVE IT. I THINK ONE THING WE SHOULD REALLY PROBABLY CONSIDER IN ALL OF THIS, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A ONE-MONTH OR TWO-MONTH, PROBABLY EAVEP ONE-YEAR OR TWO-YEAR COMMITMENT THAT WE'RE MAKING HERE. ISIL IS VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS AND WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THIS FIGHT, AS WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST, FOR A LONG TIME. AND IT IS A NEW COMMITMENT. SO I'M THINKING THAT AS CLOSE AS WE ARE TO THE ELECTION, THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF NEW MEMBERS HERE THAT ARE GOING TO BE LIVING WITH THIS DISCUSSION, DEBATE THIS VOTE POTENTIALLY FOR A LONG TIME. I THINK THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT PROBABLY SHOULD MAKE THAT DECISION IN JANUARY OR AS CLOSE AS THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE TO HAVING THAT DEBATE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAME OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. FRELINGHUYSEN: I THANK THE…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MR. FRELINGHUYSEN: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT BUT WITH…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT BUT WITH SERIOUS RESERVATIONS, RESERVATIONS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SUBSTANCE OF THE AMENDMENT. I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN MCKEON FOR HIS DILIGENT WORK TO CRAFT AN AMENDMENT IN RESPONSE TO OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S PROPOSAL TO ADDRESS THE VERY REAL, SERIOUS THREAT WE FACE IN A THOUGHTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE MANNER WHILE PRESERVING CONGRESS' CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY AND OVERSIGHT IN THESE MATTERS. LET ME BE CLEAR, THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SIR -- IN SYRIA POSES A SERIOUS THROAT THE UNITED STATES, OUR HOMELAND AND FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED HE BE GRANTED AUTHORITY TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUPS AND HOPE THEY'LL USE THEIR TRAINING AND TURN THEIR WEAPONS ON ISIS, A TRULY SAVAGE AND CRUEL CULT OF EXTREMISTS. WE ALL WATCHED THE PRESIDENT'S TELEVISION ADDRESS LAST WEEK. THAT ADDRESS LEFT THIS MEMBER AND MANY CONSTITUENTS WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. THE STRATEGY THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED IS NOT SO MUCH A STRATEGY AS A CONTINUATION OF A COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY THAT RELIES ON OTHERS TO BE ON THE FRONT LINE TO PROTECT UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS WHEN THEIR MOTIVATIONS, INTERESTS, AND CAPABILITIES MAY OR MAY NOT ALIGN WITH OUR INTERESTS. I HAVE TO STATE HERE AND NOW THAT I'M CONCERNED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS FIRST OF ALL VERY LATE. SECONDLY, MAY BE BASED ON UNREALISTIC ASSUMPTIONS. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THERE'S A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY AND A MULTINATIONAL COALITION OF THE WILLING -- THAT ARE WILLING TO FIGHT THE TERRORISTS WHO HAVE GAINED MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF GROUND IN BOTH SYRIA AND IRAQ. TODAY -- TO DATE, NEITHER THE CONGRESS NOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TOLD ALL THE DETAILS ON THAT STRATEGY OR HOW IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. THE PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY CLAIMED THERE WILL BE NO AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND BUT OUR CONSTITUENTS SHOULD NOT BE MISLED. THERE ARE AMERICAN BOOTS ON THE GROUND CURRENTLY IN IRAQ AND THERE'S A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THERE MAY BE BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA AND IN THE SKIES ABOVE, PLANES AND THOSE WHO FIGHT WILL REMAIN IN HARM'S WAY. THE WHITE HOUSE IS RELYING ON SO-CALLED MODERATE REBEL GROUPS TO FIGHT ISIS, GROUPS THAT DO NOT AND WILL NOT EXIST IN ANY GREAT NUMBERS, WHOSE PRIMARY TARGET IS THE SYRIAN DICTATOR, PRESIDENT ASSAD. HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THOSE COMPETING GOALS? INDEED, THERE ARE MANY COMPLICATED QUESTIONS, IT'S A COMPLICATED REGION OF THE WORLD WITH EVER-SHIFTING ALLIANCENESS AND LOYALTIES. BUT THIS IS WHERE THE TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO DO US HARM HAVE TAKEN HOLD. DESPITE RESERVATIONS AND QUESTIONS, WE MUST TAKE ACTION. THE THREAT IS REAL AND ISIS MUST BE CON FRONTED NOW. I SUPPORT THE MCKEON AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WILL PROVIDE THE EXPERTS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE THE AUTHORITY THEY NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A CLEARLY DEFINED AND REALISTIC STRATEGY AND ADDRESS UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FOR BOTH THIS CONGRESS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS. THAT, HOWEVER, DOES NOT, AND MUST NOT MEAN THAT CONGRESS WILL CEDE ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS. WE MUST EXERCISE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT A BLANK FISCAL CHECK. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN MCKEON FOR RECOGNIZING THAT CONGRESS MUST BE INFORMED AND A FULL PARTNER WITH THE ADMINISTRATION. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE ADMINISTRATION WITH A BLANK CHECK THEY ORIGINALLY SOUGHT. IN THIS MEASURE, WE PROVIDE AUTHORITY FOR A LIMITED TRAIN AND EQUIP PROGRAM WITH STRONG CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT THIS DOES NOT ALLOW ANY FUNDS, APPROPRIATED FUNDS OR FOREIGN PARTNER FUNDS, WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDARD REPROGRAMMING PROCEDURES. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT, I REPEAT, DOES NOT PROVIDE AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. INDEED THE AMENDMENT INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR THAT THIS TRAIN AND EQUIP AUTHORITY IS NOT AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. I ASK THE CHAIRMAN FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 03:38:38 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    ISIS NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED AND SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. HOWEVER, IN THE…

    ISIS NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED AND SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. HOWEVER, IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME THIS HOUSE MUST USE ITS OVERSIGHT POWERS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION TO MONITOR THE STRATEGY AND DEMAND CHANGES WHEN AND IF IT FAULTERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:39:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    MR. SMITH

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    CHAIRMAN. I LISTENED WITH CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE EXPOSITION JUST…

    CHAIRMAN. I LISTENED WITH CONSIDERABLE INTEREST IN THE EXPOSITION JUST GIVEN BY OUR COLLEAGUE AND I FIND MYSELF IN AGREEMENT WITH MUCH OF WHAT WAS SAID, PARTICULARLY THE CONCERNS. THE UNKNOWNS. AND THE FACT THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS GOING TO WIND UP IN A C.R. AND WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON THE C.R. AND THE AMENDMENT WHETHER WE LIKE THE AMENDMENT OR NOT OR WE SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT THAT CAUSES ME GREAT CONCERN. MY REAL CONCERN IS BEYOND JUST THIS AMENDMENT. LIMITED AS IT IS, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR MAKING THIS AS LIMITED AND SOMETIME IN DECEMBER, I THINK DECEMBER 11, THAT'S GOOD. THE FACT THAT THE REPORTING IS THERE, THAT'S GOOD. THE FACT THAT WE ARE GOING TO FIND OURSELVES RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR THAT'S GONE ON FOR THREE YEARS AND THE PREVIOUS THREE WE COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHICH SIDE WE WANTED TO BE ON AND WHO WE WANTED TO WORK WITH, APARENTLY WE NOW KNOW WHO WE WANT TO WORK WITH, OR WE'LL FIND OUT WHO WE WANT TO WORK WITH. A LOT OF UNKNOWNS HERE. A LOT OF CONCERNS. THE BIG CONCERN IS THIS. THAT IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION PRESENTLY DOES NOT INTEND TO HAVE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES CARRY OUT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DECLARE WAR OR NOT. THEY HAVE FIGURED OUT A WAY TO AVOID HAVING THE CONGRESS DEAL WITH THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL OF ISSUES. THEY CLAIM THAT THE 2001-2002 AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN AND IN IRAQ IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY ON WHAT MAY BE AN UNENDING WAR IN IRAQ AND QUITE POSSIBLY IN SYRIA. THE WAR POWERS ACT HAS BEEN PUSHED ASIDE, WE DON'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THAT, SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION. WE DON'T HAVE TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY HAVE THESE OTHER TWO AUTHORIZATIONS TO USE FORCE STILL IN EFFECT. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. S THAT NEW WAR. A CONTINUATION OF THE PROBLEM THAT'S EXISTED IN THIS AREA FOR MORE THAN 1,400 YEARS. SO NOW IT'S IN FAR DIME, WE'RE GOING TO BE IN FOR MANY, MANY DOLLARS AND MANY, MANY PEOPLE. MY PLEA TO THE CONGRESS MY PLEA TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES, IS, THIS IS NOT THE STEP. THIS IS BUT ONE SMALL LITTLE MOVEMENT TOWARD A MUCH LARGER AND WILL WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO CARRY OUT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TAKE UP THE LARGER ISSUE OF WHAT TO DO WITH AIR STRIKES AND BEYOND. FOR ME, WE OUGHT TO BE VOTING ON THAT LARGER ISSUE AND I I BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION IS DEAD WRONG IN SING THEY DON'T NEED TO COME BACK TO CONGRESS FOR A LARGER ISSUE OF AN AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE. WITH THAT, I YIELD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 03:42:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE

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    MR. MCKEON

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE VICE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED…

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE VICE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    SUPPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN'S AMENDMENT. I AM VERY MUCH IN SYMPATHY WITH THE…

    SUPPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN'S AMENDMENT. I AM VERY MUCH IN SYMPATHY WITH THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED HERE ON THE FLOOR THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A LARGER DEBATE ABOUT THE AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. THAT IS NOT, HOWEVER, WHAT IS BEFORE US WITH THE CHAIRMAN'S AMENDMENT. AND I UNDERSTAND SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE FOR IT TO BE. BUT WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US HERE IS A SPECIFIC REQUEST THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE FOR TRAIN AND EQUIP AUTHORITY FOR CERTAIN SYRIANS TO HELP PROVIDE GROUND FORCES AGAINST ISIL. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN TRAINING AND EQUIPING SECURITY FORCES IN OVER 40 COUNTRIES. WE HAVEN'T GOT INTOON A WAR IN ALL OF THOSE THIS IS SOMETHING WE KNOW THOUSAND DO AND WE DO IT COMPETENTLY ALL AROUND THE WORLD. BUT I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THOSE WHO SAY THIS IS A VERY COMPLEX, VOLATILE SITUATION. AND THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE DOUBTS ABOUT WHETHER THE PRESIDENT'S APPROACH IS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND THERE ARE ESPECIALLY DOUBTS ABOUT WHETHER HIS POLICY WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITH A SERIOUSNESS OF PURPOSE AND A PERSEVERANCE THAT IS REQUIRED AGAINST SUCH A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT. AND I CONFESS, I SHARE THOSE DOUBTS. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, TWO FACTS SEEM CLEAR TO ME. ONE IS THAT ISIL IS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT. IT'S NOT THE JUNIOR VARSITY. IT'S THE BEST EQUIPPED, BEST TRAINED, BEST FINANCED TERRORIST ORGANIZATION AND HAS SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE WITH WESTERN PASSPORTS THAT ARE A PART OF IT. SECONDLY, THAT A THREAT LIKE THIS WILL NOT BE ELIMINATED FROM THE AIR. AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF FORCES FROM THE GROUND. SOME OF THEM NEED TO BE THE KURDS. SOME OF THEM NEED TO BE IRAQIS. BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF COMPETENT GROUND FORCE IN SYRIA AS WELL OR ELSE IT BECOMES A SAFE HAVEN. AND SO THAT'S WHERE THIS TRAIN AND EQUIP AUTHORITY TO HELP DEVELOP THAT COMPETENT GROUND FORCE INSIDE -- FROM SYRIA IS IMPORTANT. BUT IT IS ONLY, AND I THINK EVERYBODY ACKNOWLEDGES THIS, IT IS ONLY ONE SMALL PART OF WHAT NEEDS TO BE A MUCH BROADER STRATEGY. MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE ALL THE DOUBTS AND CONCERNS, HAVING A COMPETENT GROUND FORCE INSIDE SYRIA WITH WHOM WE CAN TALK, WITH WHOM WE CAN WORK, WHATEVER THE COURSE OF EVENTS THERE, HAS GOT TO BE A USEFUL THING. BUT FOR THE MOMENT, BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 11 OR SO, GIVING THE PRESIDENT THIS AUTHORITY THAT HE'S ASKED FOR SO HE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME OFFERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SO HE CAN BEGIN THE PREPARATION NRS TRAINING, SEEMS TO ME TO MAKE SENSE. WE GIVE HIM THIS AUTHORITY WITH ALL THE CHECKS AND OVERSIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AND ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WE GIVE HIM THIS AUTHORITY AND IT'S UP TO THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE IT WORK. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA

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  • 03:45:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: THANK YOU. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.

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  • 03:45:43 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. RANGEL

    CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. RANGEL: LET ME THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS…

    OBJECTION. MR. RANGEL: LET ME THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS. I

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    MR. RANGEL

    GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS. I THINK TODAY AND TOMORROW MAY…

    GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THIS. I THINK TODAY AND TOMORROW MAY BE RECORDED IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS DECISIONS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS HAD TO MAKE. PERSONALLY, I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH TO SEE WHERE THE PRESIDENT NEEDS AUTHORITY TO DO WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO ALLOW HIM TO DO BECAUSE OF THE THREAT TO THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I HAVE TALKED WITH EVERYONE THAT'S WILLING TO LISTEN TO ME IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, AND THEY HAVE GIVEN ME A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS THAT THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT. BUT I HAVEN'T COME CLOSE, AS MUCH AS THEY LOVE THIS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CONVINCING THEM THAT TRAINING PEOPLE OVERSEAS THAT WE DON'T KNOW TO FIGHT ISIS IS IN THEIR BEST NATIONAL INTEREST. THE POINT THAT I ASK TO COME TO THE FLOOR IS THAT IT'S SO EASY TO TRY TO BRING JUSTICE TO A SITUATION THAT DOESN'T CAUSE YOU ANYTHING OR ANY INCONVENIENCE -- COST YOU ANYTHING OR ANY INCONVENIENCE. ALREADY WE LOST OVER 6,000 LIVES IN THIS AREA AND I DON'T THINK WE HAVE YET TO DECLARE WAR. WHAT I'M SUGGESTING, DRAFTING LEGISLATION, IF IT DOES REACH TIME THAT THIS HONORABLE BODY IS PREPARED TO DISCUSS ALL OF THE ISSUES AND DETERMINE WHOO ANY ENEMY IS A THREAT -- WHETHER OR NOT ANY ENEMY IS A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND WE ARE GOING TO GO TO WAR WITH THEM, THAT WE SHOULD ATTACH IT AT TWO PROVISIONS THAT WOULD FORCE EVERY AMERICAN TO EVALUATE WHETHER OR NOT THEY BELIEVE THEY'RE PREPARED TO MAKE SACRIFICE. ONE OF THEM, OF COURSE, IS A WAR TAX. THESE LAST WARS, THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE SUFFERED WERE THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAD BOOTS ON THE GROUND OR THOSE PEOPLE THAT KNOW PEOPLE OR THOSE PEOPLE THAT WENT TO THE FUNERALS. CERTAINLY THOSE THAT HAVE GAINED PROFIT BECAUSE WE NEED IT, THEIR SERVICE IS OVERSEAS, THEY HAVEN'T MADE ANY SACRIFICES. WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, WHAT I CONSIDER A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS OUR FAILURE TO PROVIDE MONEY FOR RESEARCH, FOR DEVELOPMENT, FOR EDUCATION, FOR JOBS, FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT IF WE ATTACH THE TWO THINGS TO ANY BILL WHERE WE'RE PREPARED TO DEBATE OR DETERMINE WHETHER OUR GREAT NATION IS BEING THREATENED, THEN I DON'T THINK IT'S ASKING TOO MUCH OF AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO SAY, YES, AND WE'RE WILLING TO PAY TAXES FOR IT AND, YES, WE'RE READY TO HAVE MANDATORY RECRUITMENT OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE PREPARED TO SAY IF OUR NATION'S IN TROUBLE WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING. BUT ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS I THINK IT'S NOT THE STANDARD THIS AUGUST BODY SHOULD HAVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 03:49:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR.…

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.

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  • 03:49:47 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, BETTER KNOWN AS ISIS. I'VE BEEN TO THE…

    ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, BETTER KNOWN AS ISIS. I'VE BEEN TO THE BORDER OF TURKEY AND SYRIA AND MET WITH REFUGEES WHICH NOW TOTAL MORE THAN TWO MILLION PEOPLE AND I'VE SEEN THE RAMIFICATIONS OF STANDING ON THE SIDELINES OF THIS CONFLICT. SUCH AS INCREASED RISK TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTEREST, REGIONAL INSTABILITY AND IMMENSE HUMAN SUFFERING. ISIS POSES A SERIOUS AND GRAVE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES, AND IT MUST BE DESTROYED. THIS ACTION ALONE WILL NOT TOPPLE ISIS, BUT IT IS A FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENT OF ANY BROAD EFFORT TO ROOT OUT THIS BARBARIC TERRORIST ARMY AND PREVENT ITS FOLLOWERS FROM TAKING FURTHER HOLD IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN ONE DAY AS THEY HAVE THREATENED TO DO, BRING THEIR BRUTALITY HERE TO OUR HOMELAND. ONGOING EFFORTS BY THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR U.S. MILITARY IN COORDINATION WITH REGIONAL PARTNERS HAVE BLUNTED ISIS' TERRITORIAL GAINS IN IRAQ AND HAVE GRANTED SOME REPRIEVE TO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AND OTHER ETHNIC MINORITIES. BUT FULLY DESTROYING ISIS WILL REQUIRE STRIKING AT ITS CENTER OF GRAVITY, WHICH INCLUDES ELIMINATING SAFE HAVENS AND BASES OF OPERATION IN SYRIA. SUPPORTING THOSE IN SYRIA WHO ARE ALSO COMMITTED TO THIS FIGHT IS A NECESSARY STEP. I BELIEVE TODAY'S AMENDMENT DOES ESTABLISH STRICT PARAMETERS AND RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THAT TRAINING AND EQUIPPING SYRIAN OPPOSITION FORCES DOES NOT AID THE ASSAD REGIME OR UNDERMINE THE MISSION TO DESTROY ISIS. RECENT EVENTS HAVE REMINDED US ALL THAT BARBARITY, EVIL, UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS IN THE WORLD. ISIS IS THE LATEST FRONT TO THE CIVILIZATION'S STRUGGLE AGAINST RADICAL EXTREMISTS AND NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE, TOO, THAT WE BRING TO BEAR THE WEIGHT AND MIGHT OF OUR STRONG NATION IN COOPERATION WITH OUR PARTNERS TO DESTROY ISIS AND THE THREAT IT POSES, UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MUST CONTINUE TO REQUEST AND RECEIVE MORE SPECIFICS ON HOW THESE EFFORTS WILL BE PROSECUTED. THIS RESOLUTION, I MUST REMIND FOLKS, DOES NOT AUTHORIZE THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE, ONLY THE TRAINING AND EQUIPPING OF THESE FORCES. IT IS THE FIRST STEP OF MANY STEPS IN WHICH CONGRESS MUST BE INVOLVED IN ADDRESSING THIS THREAT. THAT IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. TODAY'S EFFORT IS THAT FIRST STEP, BUT WE MUST NOT FORGET THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO REMAIN INVOLVED AS A CONGRESS IN THE FUTURE EFFORTS THIS NATION TAKES AGAINST THIS EXTREMIST THREAT AND OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 03:53:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS RIGHT NOW. SO I WANT TO

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  • 03:53:06 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS RIGHT NOW. SO I WANT TO ADDRESS ONE ISSUE. I…

    I DON'T HAVE ANY SPEAKERS RIGHT NOW. SO I WANT TO ADDRESS ONE ISSUE. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 03:53:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SMITH: ON THE SUBJECT OF BOOTS ON THE GROUND,…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SMITH: ON THE SUBJECT OF BOOTS ON THE GROUND, IT CAME UP.

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    MR. SMITH

    ON THE GROUND, IT CAME UP. I THINK THIS IS REALLY AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR…

    ON THE GROUND, IT CAME UP. I THINK THIS IS REALLY AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR WHY THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN SO DIVISIVE. SO MANY PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ACTION. I THINK WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS WE WANT TO CONFRONT THE THREAT THAT IS ISIS THAT HAS BEEN WELL DESCRIBED. THE VIOLENCE THIS GROUP HAS PERPETRATED ON PEOPLE IN THEIR REGION AND FOREIGNERS IS UNIMAGINABLE. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, IF THEY'RE ALLOWED TO SPREAD THAT VIOLENCE, BUT THERE IS CONCERN ABOUT THE U.S. AGAIN GETTING ENGAGED IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD BECAUSE OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES RAISED THE ISSUE, GOSH, WE PUT 150,000 TROOPS IN IRAQ, WE LEFT AND TWO YEARS LATER IT HAD FALLEN APART. WE'RE IN AFGHANISTAN. THERE'S STILL A RAGING VIOLENCE, WAR GOING ON THERE. HERE WE GO AGAIN, BASICALLY. HAVE WE NOT LEARNED OUR LESSONS? AND I BELIEVE THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND COMMENT SHOWS IN AN ODD WAY THAT WE HAVE LEARNED OUR LESSON. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO A FULL-SCALE MILITARY COMMITMENT TO IRAQ. NOW, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE AGAINST ISIS. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE MISTAKE THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT NOT SO MUCH BECAUSE IT WOULDN'T WORK BECAUSE WE JUST DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY AND RISK THE LIVES. THAT'S REALLY NOT THE CASE. THE REASON WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO A FULL-SCALE U.S. MILITARY COMMITMENT IS BECAUSE THE LESSON WE LEARNED IN THE LAST 12 YEARS IS THE LIMITATIONS OF THE ABILITY OF THE U.S. MILITARY TO BEND CULTURES IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD TO THEIR WILL. IT DOESN'T WORK. THAT'S WHY WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEND IN THE U.S. MILITARY, BECAUSE THEN YOU SET UP A SITUATION WHERE YOU HAVE A FIGHT BETWEEN IN THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD, THE EVIL WEST AND ISLAM. IF YOU SET UP THAT DYNAMIC, WE CANNOT WIN. NOW, THAT MEANS THAT WE CAN'T DO THE FULL-SCALE MILITARY COMMITMENT, BUT WE CAN DO IS WE CAN ENABLE PARTNERS. I KNOW THERE'S CONSIDERABLE CONCERN ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY, SUPPOSEDLY, ENABLING PARTNERS IN IRAQ. WHEN ISIS CAME ROLLING ACROSS THE BORDER OF SYRIA, THEY SIMPLY MELTED AWAY. NOW, TWO THINGS. NUMBER ONE, I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THEY MELTED AWAY BECAUSE OF WHAT THE MALIKI GOVERNMENT HAD DONE TO ALIENATE THE ENTIRE SUNNI POPULATION. IT WASN'T THEY COULDN'T FIGHT. IT'S THEY CHOSE NOT TO BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO FIGHT ON BEHALF OF WHAT WAS ESSENTIALLY A SECTARIAN, CORRUPT SHIIA GOVERNMENT. THE SUNNIS WOULD NOT FIGHT ON BEHALF OF THEM. I POINT OUT WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY TRAINED MILITARIES AROUND THE WORLD. YOU LOOK AT THE HORN OF AFRICA AND THE THREAT WE FACED IN SOMALIA. WE TRAINED ETHIOPIA AND KENYA AND UGANDA. ACROSS THE RED SEA IN YEMEN, WE'VE TRAINED THEM AS THEY CONFRONT AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA, NOT CLEARLY AS EFFECTIVE AS WE HAD IN THE HORN OF AFRICA BUT NONETHELESS THEY CONTAINED THE THREAT. ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE I WAS IN THE PHILIPPINES BACK WHERE WE TRIED TO CONTAIN VARIOUS THREATS DOWN THERE. IT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE. JUST BECAUSE IT WASN'T EFFECTIVE IN IRAQ DOESN'T MEAN IT CAN'T BE EFFECTIVE TO TRAIN AN INDIGENOUS FORCE TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT THE FIGHT WE WANT THEM TO FIGHT. BUT IT CAN'T JUST BE THE U.S. MILITARY. NOW THE FINAL POINT ON THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND ISSUE THAT I THINK IS MISLEADING, WE'RE ALL SEARCHING FOR THAT CLEAR-CUT WAY TO SAY, WE'LL DO THIS BUT WON'T DO THAT. WE DON'T GO THAT FAR TO MAKE US A BIG MILITARY ENGAGEMENT. THERE IS NO WAY TO DEFINE THAT. THERE'S NO WAY TO SAY, OK, IF WE STEP ACROSS THIS LINE, THEN THERE'S NO GOING BACK. IN FACT, I HEARD THE CONCERN RAISED, WEAR SENDING IN ADVISORS AND, GOSH, WE SEND IN ADVISORS AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU HAVE 5,000 TROOPS AND 70,000 SOLDIERS DEAD. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN VIETNAM. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND ISSUE I THINK IS RELATIVELY SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. WE ARE IN SOME INSTANCES GOING TO -- WE ALREADY HAD BOOTS ON THE GROUND BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE THIS A U.S. MILITARY-LED FIGHT BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE. IT WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL IF IT WAS. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EFFORT TO TRAIN AND EQUIP AND ADVISE, TO BUILD A FORCE THAT CAN CONFRONT ISIS. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IN SYRIA, IT'S THE CHOICE BETWEEN ASSAD AND ISIS FOR TOO MANY PEOPLE. DON'T READ INTO THE FACT THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE JOINING ISIS, THE BELIEF THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY ALIGNED WITH THEM. THEY OPPOSE ASSAD. ISIS IS IN MANY CASES THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN. WE NEED TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER OPTION. A SUNNI-LED INDIGENOUS FORCE THAT WE TRAIN AND EQUIP TO HELP BEGIN THE PROCESS OF GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN BE A LEGITIMATE FORCE. IT WILL NOT BE A SHORT PROCESS. IT JUST WON'T. IT WILL TAKE TIME. ISIS NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED. THIS IS THE FIRST NECESSARY STEP IN DOING IT. WE CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT LOCAL PARTNERS TAKING THE LEAD. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP. I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE

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  • 03:58:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MCKEON

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL SPEAK FROM THE WELL. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'LL SPEAK FROM THE WELL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY WHO SUPPORT THIS…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY WHO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THERE ARE MANY

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  • 03:58:34 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    ARE MANY WHO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THERE ARE MANY WHO FEEL LIKE IT'S NOT…

    ARE MANY WHO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. THERE ARE MANY WHO FEEL LIKE IT'S NOT ENOUGH. I'D LIKE TO JUST RELATE A COUPLE OF INSTANCES. I JUST RETURNED FROM THE MIDDLE EAST. I MET WITH LEADERS OF ISRAEL, JORDAN, EGYPT, MOROCCO, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND THE PEOPLE -- THE PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS WHO ISIL IS. IN ABOUT 600 A.D., PEOPLE MOVED, ARAB PEOPLE MOVED INTO THE AREA THAT THEY CALLED LEVANT. THEY CONTROLLED THAT AREA, TOOK THEM ABOUT 50 YEARS TO CONCUR IT AND THEY CONTROLLED IT -- CONQUER IT AND THEY CONTROLLED IT FROM 650 A.D. TO ABOUT 1,500 A.D. WHEN THEY WERE DEFEATED BY THE OTT MON EMPIRE. THAT -- OTTOMAN EMPIRE. THAT AREA COMPRISED WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS PART OF EGYPT, ISRAEL, LEBANON, JORDAN, IRAQ, IRAN. IT WAS A HUGE AREA. AND ISIL WANTS TO GO BACK TO THAT SAME AREA. THEY WANT TO CONTROL THAT SAME AREA. THEY WANT TO SET UP A CALIPHATE THAT THEY CAN THEN EXPORT TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD, AND THEY'RE GOING TO BE BRUTAL ABOUT IT. THEY HAVE GREAT DESIGNS. THEY ARE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING IT TAKES TO WIN THAT. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE -- THE PRESIDENT, IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN HE TALKS, THE FIRST THING HE SAYS IS NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND. AS WAS JUST MENTIONED BY THE RANKING MEMBER, THERE ARE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. WE HAVE OVER 1,000 FORCES RIGHT NOW IN IRAQ. IRAQ, AS HE EXPLAINED, THEIR ARMY KIND OF WILTED FOR THE REASONS THAT HE GAVE, BUT I TALKED TO GENERAL PETRAEUS THE OTHER DAY AND HE SAID THEIR ARMY WILL FIGHT, BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THEY NEED THAT ONLY WE CAN PROVIDE AND THAT'S WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE WITHOUT ENTERING INTO THE COMBAT, WITHOUT PUTTING IN WHAT I GUESS THE REFERENCE TO BOOTS ON THE GROUND IS A CERTAIN NUMBER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT NUMBER IS BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT SAYING WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, IT'S KIND OF NOT BEING TOTALLY TRUTHFUL WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE ARE BOOTS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. THEY WILL PROVIDE TRAINING. THEY WILL PROVIDE LEADERSHIP. THEY WILL PROVIDE I.S.R. THEY WILL PROVIDE THE INTELLIGENCE, THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE IRAQIS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN PUSHING ISIL OUT OF THE GROUND THAT THEY HAVE CONQUERED AND THEY HAVE TAKEN, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE IT BACK. WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE ABILITY TO GO IN AND TRAIN SYRIAN FORCES SO THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE BACK TERRITORY THAT THEY'VE LOST IN SYRIA, AND BY DOING SO, THAT WILL DEPRIVE ISIL OF HAVING A SAFE HAVEN SO AS THEY'RE PUSHED OUT OF IRAQ, THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO GO INTO SYRIA. WE NEED TO ENVELOP THEM AND THEIR MISSION RIGHT THERE, DON'T LET THEM GET INTO LEBANON AND JORDAN AND THESE OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND, DON'T LET THEM SQUEEZE OUT INTO THOSE COUNTRIES. WE NEED TO STOP THEM NOW. THE LEADERS IN THAT AREA TOLD ME HOW BIG THIS THREAT WAS. THEY SAID, DON'T THINK THE OCEANS ARE GOING TO PROTECT YOU NOW. THEY WILL NOT. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT ONE OF THE BIG THREATS OVER THERE IS FOREIGN FIGHTERS ENTERING INTO THOSE -- INTO THIS FIGHT AND A LOT OF THEM HAVE PASSPORTS AND WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER BACK INTO EUROPE OR COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND DO A LOT OF SERIOUS THINGS WE DON'T WANT TO SEE HAPPEN. WE WOULD RATHER FIGHT THEM THERE THAN HERE. AND THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS AMENDMENT AND THE THING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW. SO ISIL IS A DANGEROUS THREAT RIGHT NOW AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THEM RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE GROWING VERY RAPIDLY. VERY WELL FUNDED. WELL LED. THEY'RE FIGHTING AS AN ARMY, NOT A LITTLE TERRORIST, RAGTAG GROUP. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THEM THAT WAY. WITH THAT, I WOULD YIELD AT THIS TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ARIZONA, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES, MR. FRANKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. FRANKS: I

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  • 04:03:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. FRANKS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN…

    FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. FRANKS: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIS

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    MR. FRANKS

    YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, LAST JANUARY,…

    YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. MR. SPEAKER, LAST JANUARY, ISIS RETOOK FALLUJAH. EIGHT MONTHS LATER, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TOLD AMERICANS, QUOTE, WE DON'T HAVE A STRATEGY YET, UNQUOTE. IT WAS SEVEN YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, THAT GEORGE BUSH WARNED THAT, QUOTE, TO BEGIN WITHDRAWING BEFORE OUR COMMANDERS TELL US WE ARE READY WOULD MEAN SURRENDERING THE FUTURE OF IRAQ, UNQUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE RIGHT. IF YOU DELETE ALL THE THINGS MR. OBAMA SO VERY UNWISELY SAID, HE WOULD NOT DO, MOST OF WHAT REMAINS OF HIS PLAN IS IN KEEPING WITH THE BUSH DOCTRINE. MR. SPEAKER, I SINCERELY BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA OWES GEORGE BUSH AND APOLOGY ALONG WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FREED IRAQ AND WATCHED THEIR BLOOD-BOUGHT GAINS EVAPORATE WHILE THIS ADMINISTRATION STOOD BY AS WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE BEHEADED, CRUCIFIED, RAPED AND SOLD INTO SLAVERY. WE MUST MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, MR. SPEAKER. IT WAS THE VACILLATION AND THE TEPID AND INEPT LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA THAT BROUGHT US WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AND NOW, EVEN THOUGH THIS ADMINISTRATION IS STILL INEXPLICABLY UNWILLING TO ADMIT IT, WE DO INDEED FACE A JIHADDIST ENEMY THAT'S MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER AND IT'S NOW MORE VITAL THAN EVER THAT THIS CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COMMIT OURSELVES TO DOING WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO DESTROY THIS ENEMY BEFORE ITS INSIDIOUS HAND REACH INTO THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION,

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  • 04:05:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL CONTROL…

    YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.

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  • 04:05:21 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN.…

    ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LAMB BORN

    OF APPROPRIATELY VETTED MEMBERS OF THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. I BELIEVE THAT…

    OF APPROPRIATELY VETTED MEMBERS OF THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. I BELIEVE THAT CHAIRMAN MCKEON HAS CRAFTED LANGUAGE WHICH STRIKES THE APPROPRIATE BALANCE BETWEEN GIVING THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY HE HASST REQUESTING WHILE ALSO ENSURING THAT CONGRESS MAINTAINS OVERSIGHT OF OUR EFFORTS TO COMBAT ISIL. HOWEVER, LET ME BE CLEAR. WE ARE ONLY HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WEAK AND FAILED LEADERSHIP. MY CRITICISM OF THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOUT PARTY POLITICS OR ABOUT HIS STYLE OF LEADERSHIP, BUT -- BUT IS BASED SIMPLY ON HIS FAILED FOREIGN POLICY. SYRIA IS A CASE STUDY IN OBAMA'S FAILED POLICY HE DREW AN ARBITRARY RED LINE AND SPECTACULARLY FAILED TO ENFORCE IT. WE ALSO LOST THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT MODERATE DISSIDENTS IN SYRIA WHEN IT WOULD HAVE DONE THE MOST GOOD. NEXT DOOR IN IRAQ, PRESIDENT OBAMA RACED FOR THE EXIT FOR POLITICAL REASONS INSTEAD OF RECOGNIZING THAT THE THREAT FROM ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS COULD QUICKLY RETURN WITHOUT SOME SORT OF COUNTERWEIGHT HE DIDN'T END THE WAR IN IRAQ HE, MERELY ABANDONED IT. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT ISIL WAS A REGIONAL THREAT THAT'S METASTASIZED INTO A THREAT TO OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION, INCLUDING ISRAEL, AND TO US HERE AT HOME. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT'S FAILED FOREIGN POLICY IS NOT ISOLATED TO ISIL. THE PRESIDENT'S RESET WITH RUSSIA WAS WORTHLESS. OBAMA'S LEADING FROM BEHIND INTERVENTION IN LIBYA HAS CREATED ANOTHER HAVEN FOR TERRORISTS THERE OUR ALLIES IN YURP ARE THREATENED BY RUSSIA AND OUR ALLIES IN AIR FORCE BASE ARE THREATENED BY CHINA. IRAN DOESN'T SEEM TO BE SLOWING ITS EFFORTS TO DESTROY ISRAEL. NONE OF THESE ARE EASY PROBLEM BUS PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE CLEAR AND STRONG AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN EACH CASE AND IN EACH CASE, AMERICA AND THE WORLD ARE WORSE OFF AS A RESULT. LET'S PROVIDE TRAINING TO MODERATES WHO WILL FIGHT ISIL AND HOPE THE PRESIDENT'S SLOWNESS OF ACTION HASN'T MADE IT TOO LATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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  • 04:07:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. MCKEON

    TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND -- WE'LL RESERVE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. GARAMENDI: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON.

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  • 04:08:04 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    SPEAKER. TODAY IS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY. TODAY THE HOUSE IS DEBATING ON A…

    SPEAKER. TODAY IS A VERY IMPORTANT DAY. TODAY THE HOUSE IS DEBATING ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION AND ALSO AN AMENDMENT TO THAT RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD AUTHORIZE THE -- UNDER TITLE 10 -- THE EXPENDITURE OF $500 MILLION TO TRAIN MODERATE SYRIAN OPPOSITION . THIS IS NOT AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. IT'S JUST SIMPLY FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE WHICH I JUST STATED. BUT I FEEL COMPELLED TO GO INTO -- OR GO A LITTLE BIT FURTHER AS TO WHY IT'S NECESSARY THAT WE BE IN FAVOR OF THAT AMENDMENT. TO THE C.R. AS WELL AS THE C.R. ITSELF. IF WE DO NOTHING AGAINST THE ISIL THREAT, WE CHOOSE TO BE ISOLATIONISTS AND TAKE A WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE, THEN THE CHANCES ARE GREAT THAT THE SITUATION WILL GET WORSE. WHEN IT GETS WORSE, THAT MEANS ISIL GETS MORE POWERFUL. THEY HAVE BEEN ON A RUN LATELY. AND THEY HAVE GOTTEN MORE POWERFUL. NOW I KNOW PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL SAY THAT IT'S THE PRESIDENT'S FAULT THAT ISIL GOT THIS STRONG. BUT ISIL WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THIS STRONG HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE INSTABILITY THAT WE CREATED OURSELVES WHEN WE WENT INTO IRAQ. AND WENT TO WAR FOR AN ILLEGITIMATE PURPOSE SYSTEM OF WE DISRUPTED THE STABILITY IN THAT REGION AND WE'RE STILL RECOVERING FROM IT NOW SYSTEM OF WHAT DO WE DO NOW? I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT'S THOUGHTFUL, DELIBERATE, CAREFUL, AND MODERATE IN TERMS OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE THAN TO HAVE A TRIGGER-HAPPY, SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LATER TYPE OF PRESIDENT. WE'VE SEEN WHAT THAT GOT US. SO OUR PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN A VERY REASONABLE, MODEST APPROACH AND WE HAVE NOT PUT MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ARMAMENTS IN SYRIA THAT COULD NOW BE BEING USED AGAINST US. HE WAS SMART ENOUGH NOT TO DO THAT BUT NOW WE HAVE THE SITUATION WHERE DUE TO A NUMBER OF FORCES OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL, ISIL HAS GOTTEN BIGGER, GOTTEN MORE MENACING, HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND IT IS A THREAT, A DISTANT THREAT TO OUR HOMELAND, BUT IT IS A THREAT. SO WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WOLF IS CRYING OUT? WELL, ACTUALLY, BARKING OUT, SAYING, I'M COMING TO GET YOU? WHAT DO YOU DO? CAN I GET ANOTHER MINUTE? MR. GARAMENDI: I YIELD ANOTHER MINUTE. ONE

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  • 04:11:39 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

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

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

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  • 04:11:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR AN IDECISIONAL MINUTE. -- AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON: WHAT DO…

    FOR AN IDECISIONAL MINUTE. -- AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WOL SAN FRANCISCO IN FRONT OF THE DOOR? DO YOU MOVE BACK FROM THE DOOR AND KNEEL DOWN AND PRAY AND HOPE EVERYTHING IS OK OR DO YOU TAKE SOME ACTION? NOW IN THIS KIND OF SITUATION, THE WOLF IS NOT AT THE DOOR YET BUT THE WOLF IS COMING. THE WOLF

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    MR. JOHNSON

    DOOR YET BUT THE WOLF IS COMING. THE WOLF HAS TOLD YOU THAT I'M COMING. SO…

    DOOR YET BUT THE WOLF IS COMING. THE WOLF HAS TOLD YOU THAT I'M COMING. SO THERE IS A LOT OF LOGIC INTO TAKING PREEMPTIVE MEASURES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WOLF DOES NOT COME TO THE DOOR. I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE FIGHT THERE THAN HAVE IT HERE. THE LIMITED FIGHT THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS THE USE OF OUR AIR POWER ONCE WE TRAIN UP WHAT'S CALLED MODERATE SYRIANS -- SYRIAN OPPOSITION. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S GOING TO TURN OUT BUT I DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DO SOMETHING, AND SO WE MUST BUILD UP THE GROUND FORCES OVER THERE FROM OUR PARTNER NATIONS TO ENTER THE FIGHT, FIGHT ON THE GROUND. WE SUPPORT THEM IN THE AIR SO I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND --

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  • 04:12:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. JOHNSON: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. JOHNSON: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: I…

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE. SPRIPE

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  • 04:13:17 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE. SPRIPE THE…

    SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE. SPRIPE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. BYRNE: I WANT TO THANK THE…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. BYRNE: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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  • 04:13:33 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    I SUPPORT THE CHAIRMAN'S AMENDMENT BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE MUST DO EVERYTHING…

    I SUPPORT THE CHAIRMAN'S AMENDMENT BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO DEFEAT THIS VILE ENEMY KNOWN AS ISIL. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE HERE. WITH EACH PASSING DAY, ISIL CONTINUES TO GET STRONGER. THE PRESIDENT HAS FINALLY ASKED FAR VERY LIMITED AUTHORIZATION, NOT OF FORCE, BUT FOR TRAINING AND SUPPLYING. BASED ON THE INFORMATION I HAVE RECEIVED, I BELIEVE THAT ARMING AND TRAINING SYRIAN REBELS IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, I JOINED CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND A FEW OTHER COLLEAGUES ON A TRIP TO THE MIDDLE EAST. WE MET WITH NUMEROUS FOREIGN LEADERS AND DEFENSE OFFICIALS. ONE THING BECAME VERY CLEAR. THERE'S REGIONAL INTEREST AND SUPPORT FOR DEFEATING ISIL BUT THEY'RE WAITING ON OUR LEADERSHIP. NOW I BELIEVE ARMING AND TRAINING THE SYRIAN REBELS TO BE A NECESSARY STEP BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE IT ALONE WILL BE SUFFICIENT. JUST THIS MORNING, CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY, REPORTED THAT MORE ACTION WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED. OUR ENEMY SHOULD NOT JUST BE DEGRADED OR RETAINED, OUR ENEMY MUST BE DEFEATED. IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THAT OBJECTIVE, MORE ACTS WILL BE NEEDED INCLUDING OVERT HELP FROM SUNNI MUSLIMS IN THE REGION AND AIR ATTACKS FROM THE UNITED STATES. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE SAFEGUARDS -- TO NOTE THE SAFEGUARDS CHAIRMAN MCKEON HAS WRITTEN INTO THIS AMENDMENT. EACH FIGHTER MUST BE THOROUGHLY VETTED AND REGULAR PROGRESS REPORTS MUST BE PROVIDED TO CONGRESS. I FIRMLY BELIEVE A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IS NEEDED TO SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS ISIL AND NEW ACTION IN SYRIA. THE CURRENT AUMF'S FROM 2001 AND 2002 ARE SIMPLY NOT APPLICABLE TO THIS CONFLICT. AND I HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL RECOGNIZE THE ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 POWERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHICH ARE EXCLUSIVE AND ASK US FOR A NEW AUMF. THAT'S WHY THIS RESOLUTION EXPLICITLY STATES IT DOES NOT GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA AUTHORITY TO SEND NEW U.S. FORCES INTO COMBAT IN SYRIA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MY DEAR FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    JUST LAID OUT A BOLD AND DECISIVE STRATEGY TO LEAD A MULTILATERAL…

    JUST LAID OUT A BOLD AND DECISIVE STRATEGY TO LEAD A MULTILATERAL OPERATION DESIGNED TO DEGRADE AND ULTIMATELY DEFEAT EYE SILL. THIS IS A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES -- THE UNITED STATES SOONER OR LATER MUST ADDRESS. I PREFER SOONER. EYE SILL'S ACTS OF JEB SIDE -- EYE SILL'S ACTS OF GENOCIDE -- EYESLE -- -- ISIL IS REVERSING GAINS MADE BY MODERATE FORCES IN SYRIA. I BELIEVE CONGRESS HAS A CONSTRUCTIVE AND COLLABORATIVE ROLE TO PLAY HERE IN THE EFFORT TO ELIMINATE THE ISIL THREAT. I APPRECIATE THAT THIS TAKES A STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. FIRST, THE AMENDMENT PROVIDES FOR CAREFUL CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST REPORT TO CONGRESS ON VETTING PROCESS FOR TRAINEES 15 DAYS PRIOR TO PROVIDING ANY SUCH ASSISTANCE. THE PRESIDENT MUST REPORT TO CONGRESS ON HOW THIS OPERATION FITS WITHIN OUR OVERALL REGIONAL STRATEGY. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST SUBMIT A REPORT EVERY 90 DAYS UPDATING CONGRESS ON THE STATUS OF THIS OPERATION. THESE ARE PRUDENT MEASURES AND CONSISTENT WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. SECOND, THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT PROVIDE A BLANK CHECK FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS. NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE PROVIDED BY THIS MEASURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST SUBMIT ANY REPROGRAMMING REQUESTS TO THIS CONGRESS. THIRD, THIS IS NOT AN OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT. THE LIMITED ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY THIS AMENDMENT WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE EARLIER OF THE DATE OF THE EXPIRATION OF THE C.R. OR THE ENACTMENT OF THE 2015 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. ALMOST ONE YEAR AGO IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S CONSULTATION WITH CONGRESS ON THE DEEPENING CRISIS IN SYRIA, I INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO CARRY OUT AIR STRIKES AGAINST THE ASSAD REGIME. IN THAT CASE, CONGRESS CHOSE TO DEMUR. TODAY I HOPE WE ACT. NOT ONLY ON THIS RESOLUTION, BUT ULTIMATELY ON A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE, ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO CARRY OUT AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL. THE 2001 AUMF HAS GONE STALE AND IT IS TIME FOR A NEW FOCUSED AUMF TARGETING ISIL. I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WOULD FIND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT HERE IN CONGRESS FOR AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. THIS TACTIC THUS FAR HAS EFFECTIVELY BOLSTERED OUR PARTNERS ON THE GROUND, PROTECTED AMERICAN ASSETS AND FACILITATED HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS. BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING UP THE CHARGE AND DEBATING ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE, WE'RE ABOUT TO BREAK FOR A RECESS. WHILE I SUPPORT THE MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY, I HOPE CONGRESS WILL DO MORE TO ASSERT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY AND ACT AS A STAKEHOLDER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS TERRORIST THREAT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND I THANK AGAIN MY FRIEND CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:19:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE NOINS MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, A GISHED -- DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON.

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  • 04:19:12 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    ARMED SERVICES, A GISHED -- DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

    ARMED SERVICES, A GISHED -- DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON.

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  • 04:19:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. GIBSON:…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. GIBSON: THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN

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  • 04:19:23 PM

    MR. GIBSON

    SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP OF OUR…

    SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL FOR HIS STRONG LEADERSHIP OF OUR COMMITTEE. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. CERTAINLY THE ISLAMIC STATE IS AN EVIL ORGANIZATION AND A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY. THERE'S NO QUESTION ON THAT. AND I SAW THAT FIRSTHAND. AL QAEDA IN IRAQ EXECUTING AT CLOSE RANGE IRAQIS WHO WERE WORKING WITH US JUST TO PROVIDE FOR A BETTER DAY FOR THEIR PEOPLE. THIS EVIL ORGANIZATION HAS TO BE DEFEATED. THE QUESTION IS HOW? FIRST OF ALL, WE ALWAYS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ACT IN SELF-DEFENSE. IF WE LEARN OF SPECIFIC INTELLIGENCE THAT THE ENEMY'S PREPARING, PLANNING AN ATTACK ON US, WE ALWAYS RESERVE THAT RIGHT. WE WILL TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT OUR PEOPLE. BUT AS THE PRESIDENT REPORTED WHEN HE SPOKE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LAST WEEK, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WE DO NOT HAVE THAT SPECIFIC INTELLIGENCE AT THIS MOMENT, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STRIKE OUR COUNTRY. SO THEN THE QUESTION OCCURS AGAIN, WHAT IS THE SMARTEST WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS THREAT? I MAINTAIN BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE ESCALATING IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW IS NOT THE BEST APPROACH. WE SHOULD INSTEAD IMPLEMENT A THREE-POINT PLAN. NUMBER ONE, EMPOWERING THE IRAQI ARMED FORCES AND THE KURDISH FORCESES TO DEFEAT THE ISLAMIC STATE. WE HAVE SEEN IN RECENT DAYS, WITH OUR HELP, THEY HAVE BEGUN TO REVERSE SOME OF THE ADVANCES OF THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THEY HAVE A CAPACITY, AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, THE BIG ISSUE THAT THEY HAVE IS THEY WEREN'T WILLING TO FIGHT AND DIE FOR THAT PRIME MINISTER. THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE WILL TO STAND UP BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE. NOW WE'VE HAD A NEW ELECTION, THEY'RE RALLYING AROUND, TENDING TO THEIR CONSTITUTION, A NEW GOVERNMENT, AND THEY DO NEED OUR SUPPORT AND WE SHOULD BE STANDING THERE WITH THEM. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT WE DO IT THAT WAY? OUR ENEMY, THE ISLAMIC STATE, IS TRYING TO FRAME THIS STRUGGLE AS ONE, IN THEIR WORDS, BETWEEN THE BELIEVERS AND THE NONBELIEVERS. THERE'S CERTAINLY AN ELEMENT HERE. BUT IT GOES MUCH BROADER THAN THAT. IN THE MAIN, WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE IS WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE MAINSTREAM MUSLIMS IN IRAQ, IN SYRIA. AND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT IS, WHEN WE HELP THE IRAQI ARMIES AND THE KURDISH FORCE TO DEFEAT MILITARILY THE ISLAMIC STATE, THAT ALSO LESSENS THE ABILITY OF THE ISLAMIC STATE TO RECRUIT AND TO FUND RAISE INTERNATIONALLY. AND LONG-TERM, THAT'S WHAT'S KEY TO SUCCESS HERE. SO NUMBER ONE, EMPOWER THE IRAQI ARMED FORCES AND THE KURDISH FORCES. NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE NOT SET THE CONDITIONS FOR ACTIONS IN SYRIA. THERE IS NO CREDIBLE PARTNER THERE. THERE IS NO POLITICAL PARTNER THERE. AND THAT'S REALLY THE ISSUE. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IS WORKING TO GET -- TO COMPEL, WORKING WITH OUR FRIENDS AND OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE REGION, OTHER NATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD, TO COMPEL THE GOVERNMENT OF SYRIA TO GET TO SOME BROKERED AGREEMENT WITH THE REBEL FORCES. INCLUDING WHAT WE WOULD CALL THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY. FROM THAT FOUNDATION WE WILL BE IN A STRONGER PLACE TO COMPLETE THE FINAL DESTRUCTION OF THE SLICK STATE. HERE'S THE ISSUE. THE BIG IDEA THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS ADVANCING RIGHT NOW, THE BIG IDEA IS THAT WE NEED A GROUND ELEMENT TO SUPPORT AIR STRIKES. GIVEN MY MILITARY EXPERIENCE, I UNDERSTAND THAT. AND I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH THAT POINT. BUT HERE'S THE POINT. WHAT THEY'RE ADVANCING TODAY, WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED, IS THAT AT THE EARLIEST WE WOULD SEE A GROUND FORCE IN SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS, YET THE ADMINISTRATION, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR ONE MORE MINUTE. OK. EVIDENTLY I'M NOT GOING TO GET ANY MORE TIME. I WOULD ASK MY FRIEND, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR A MINUTE.

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  • 04:23:01 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK REQUESTS A MINUTE AND I YIELD A MINUTE TO HIM.

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    MR. GIBSON

    IS, HERE THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY NEED A GROUND PARTNER TO CONDUCT…

    IS, HERE THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY NEED A GROUND PARTNER TO CONDUCT THESE AIR ATTACKS BUT WE'RE NOT EVEN GOING TO HAVE A GROUND PARTNER FOR SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS AND THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT LAUNCHING AIR STRIKES WITHIN A MONTH. THIS IS A PROBLEM. THE OTHER PROBLEM IS THESE FORCES ON THE GROUND HAVE NOT SHOWN THEMSELVES TO BE MILITARY-COMPETENT NOR POLITICALLY TRUSTWORTHY. WE SHOULD WORK POLITICALLY IN SYRIA. THAT'S THE SECOND POINT. AND THE THIRD POINT IS WE OUGHT TO SECURE OUR BORDERS. COMMONSENSE POINT. BUT LOOK, THEY HAVE EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO ATTACK OUR COUNTRY. AND WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM THAT. SO EMPOWER THE IRAQI ARMED FORCES AND THE KURDS, WORK POLITICALLY TO GET A PARTNER IN SYRIA, SECURE OUR BORDERS AND REJECT THIS AMENDMENT. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 04:23:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. GARAMENDI: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY APOLOGIES

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  • 04:24:03 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SPEAKER. MY APOLOGIES FOR CALLING YOU MR. CHAIRMAN A MOMENT AGO. I'D LIKE…

    SPEAKER. MY APOLOGIES FOR CALLING YOU MR. CHAIRMAN A MOMENT AGO. I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MCNERNEY:

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  • 04:24:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MCNERNEY: THANK YOU,…

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. MCNERNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TAKING

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  • 04:24:17 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    SPEAKER. TAKING MILITARY ACTION IS THE GRAVEST RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR…

    SPEAKER. TAKING MILITARY ACTION IS THE GRAVEST RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND I TAKE MY ROLE IN HELPING TO DECIDE OUR NATION'S POLICIES VERY SERIOUSLY. I SUPPORT THE CURRENT PLAN TO ENGAGE IN ULT -- AND ULTIMATELY DESTROY EYESLE, BUT IT -- ISIL, BUT IT WON'T BE SUCCESSFUL UNLESS WE CAN ENLIST THE ALLIANCE OF NATIONS WITHIN THE REGION THAT ARE FULLY AND DEMONSTRABLY COMMITTED TO TWO TRUE DEMOCRATIC INCLUSIONS AND ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THEIR OWN FREEDOM. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T SEE HOW WE CAN ALIGN OURSELVES WITH NATIONS THAT TURN A BLIND EYE TO HAVING THEIR CITIZENS SEND MONEY TO THE VERY TERRORISTS WHO ARE ABOUT TO ENGAGE. AND THIS EFFORT WILL TAKE TIME AND SHOULD INCLUDE POTENTIAL TRAINING, ALLIED MILITARY UNITS AND NONBATTLEFIELD LOCATIONS AND PROVIDING APPROPRIATE ARMS TO COMPETENT AND RELIABLE ALLIED MILITARY UNITS. MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT MUST DEMONSTRATE AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO THE REGION BY USING VERY LIMITED AMERICAN AIR POWER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH LOCAL MILITARY UNITS TO HELP PREVENT ADDITIONAL ISIL TERRITORIAL GAINS. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE INVOLVEMENT OF AMERICAN GROUND TROOPS BEYOND THEIR TRAINING MISSION OR THE EXCESSIVE USE OF AMERICAN AIR POWER. BOTH OF THESE ARE NOT NEEDED AND WOULD LIKELY BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE IN THE END. WHILE I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR PROPOSING THIS AMENDMENT, I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE LONG-TERM AFFECTS OF AUTHORIZING FORCE TO OUR SOLDIERS, TO THE INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND TO THE SUSTAINED STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON.

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  • 04:26:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON.

  • 04:26:06 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN…

    YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,

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  • 04:26:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. DIAZ-BALART:…

    GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. DIAZ-BALART: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT. TO TRAIN AND

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  • 04:26:15 PM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT. TO TRAIN AND EQUIP…

    I RISE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT. TO TRAIN AND EQUIP VETTED SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUPS. ISIL IS A TERRORIST GROUP, ORGANIZATION, THAT THREATENS OUR ALLIES, SAVAGELY MURDERS AMERICANS AND OTHERS, IT THREATENS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND IT MUST BE DESTROYED. IT MUST BE DESTROYED, INCLUDING IN SYRIA. NOW, HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE SERIOUS RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. IT'S NO LIE THAT THERE'S A TRUST GAP WITH THIS PRESIDENT. UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT HAS CONSISTENTLY IGNORED WHAT WAS CLEAR TO JUST ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE, AND THE PRESIDENT MUST START LISTENING TO THE ADVICE AND THE GUIDE AVENS OUR SENIOR MILITARY COMMANDERS. AGAINST THE ADVICE OF HIS GENERALS, THE PRESIDENT PREMATURELY WITHDREW FROM IRAQ SO HE COULD CLAIM A VICTORY. UNFORTUNATELY THE ENEMY CONTINUED TO FIGHT. THERE IS A TRUST GAP. MORE RECENTLY, ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS, THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY DISMISSED SOME OF THE PREFERRED RECOMMENDATIONS OF HIS GENERALS IN FAVOR OF A MORE LIMITED ROLE TO OUR ARMED FORCES. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A TRUST GAP. AND WE KNOW THAT AIR STRIKES AND TRAINING AND EQUIPPING AND VETTING THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUPS ARE NECESSARY, BUT AS WE HAVE HEARD, IT'S NOT SUFFICIENT. WILL THE PRESIDENT DO WHAT IS SUFFICIENT? WHAT IS NECESSARY? THERE IS A TRUST GAP. WHAT PRESIDENT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE AND TRUST? THE ONE WHO IN AUGUST SAID THAT THOSE SYRIAN OPPOSITION FORCES WERE FRANKLY NOT A REAL THING? OR THE ONE WHO NOW SAYS THAT THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO DEFEAT ISIS? THERE IS A TRUST GAP. UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO LEAD UNTIL THE POLLS AND THE OPINION POLLS KIND OF PUSHED HIM TO. SO THAT'S WHY I'M SO GRATEFUL, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR THE LANGUAGE THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE ROBUST OVERSIGHT AND INCREASED TRANSPARENCY. AND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION MUST KEEP CONGRESS UP TO SPEED ON PLANNING AND LOGISTICS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I HOPE THAT WE CAN KEEP REPEATING -- STOP REPEATING THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST. IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO TREAT THIS THREAT LIKE WHAT IT IS, A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT HE LISTENS TO HIS GENERALS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 04:28:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE…

    RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR.

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  • 04:28:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.

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  • 04:28:41 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

    ARMED SERVICES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHUSTER:

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  • 04:28:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHUSTER: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I RISE TODAY IN…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHUSTER: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT TO TRAIN AND EQUIP VETTED SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUPS AND TO CONFRONT THE THREAT POSED TO OUR NATION BY ISIL. ISIL,

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  • 04:28:55 PM

    MR. SHUSTER

    THE THREAT POSED TO OUR NATION BY ISIL. ISIL, ARE THUGS, MURDER -- ISIL…

    THE THREAT POSED TO OUR NATION BY ISIL. ISIL, ARE THUGS, MURDER -- ISIL ARE THUGS, MURDERERS AND MONSTERS. THEY MUST BE STOPPED. THEIR TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION, SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, MUST STOP. ISIL HAS LAID OUT ITS -- THEIR GOALS AND THEIR STRATEGY AND THAT IS TO RE-ESTABLISH A CALIPHATE AND DEATH TO ANYONE WHO STANDS IN THEIR WAY OR TO USE THEIR MOTTO, CONVERT OR DIE. THEY MUST BE DESTROYED. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO MAKE CLEAR OUR GOALS AND OUR STRATEGY. THAT WE WILL NOT STAND BY IDLY, WE WILL NOT WATCH AND WAIT FOR THE SLAUGHTERING OF MORE INNOCENT CIVILIANS. I AM PLEASED THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS FINALLY COMMITTED -- IS COMMITTED TO SOME ACTION. IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED MONTHS AGO IF NOT A YEAR AGO. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN FAR -- HAS BEEN TIMID FOR FAR TOO LONG. IT'S TIME TO ACT. AND BY COMING TOGETHER AS A UNIFIED BODY TO TAKE THIS IMPORTANT STEP, WE WILL TELL THE WORLD THAT AMERICA STANDS TOGETHER IN OPPOSITION TO GLOBAL TERRORISM AND THE MONSTERS OF ISIL. THIS AMENDMENT TO TRAIN AND EQUIP VETTED SYRIAN OPPOSITION GROUPS SEND AS CLEAR SIGNAL TO OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES, THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO ERADICATING ISIL AND THAT WE WILL HOPE THEY WILL JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT. IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO MODERATE ARABS AND MUSLIMS IN THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD THAT WE STAND WITH THEM AGAINST TERRORISM. THIS AMENDMENT STRENGTHENS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S REQUEST FOR ENSURING THAT CONGRESS HAS OVERSIGHT AND GREATER TRANSPARENCY, WHICH IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN ON EVERY FRONT TO ENSURE THESE KILLERS DO NOT GAIN ONE MORE INCH OF GROUND. IN THEIR PURSUITS OF A TERRORIST STATE WITH THIS AMENDMENT WE SEND A FIRM MESSAGE THAT AMERICA'S NOT GOING TO ALLOW THIS CANCER TO SPREAD. CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW AND FOR THAT REASON I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES, TO SEND A CLEAR, STRONG MESSAGE, AN OVERWHELMING MESSAGE, A BIPARTISAN CONGRESS STANDS WITH THE PRESIDENT TO DEFEAT ISIL AND ALL EVIL EVERYWHERE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:30:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. .

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    MINUTES TO MY FRIEND,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 04:31:15 PM

    MR. NOLAN

    TO TRACK DOWN THE KILLERS OF THE JOURNALISTS. BUT IT CAN BE AND SHOULD BE…

    TO TRACK DOWN THE KILLERS OF THE JOURNALISTS. BUT IT CAN BE AND SHOULD BE DONE IN THE SAME WAY WE TRACKED DOWN OSAMA BIN LADEN, YOOZING -- USING OUR INTELLIGENCE, USING OUR SELECTIVE CAPABILITIES, AND MAKING SURE THAT THESE MURDERERS AND THESE KILL VERSE NO SAFE REFUGE. HAVING SAID THAT, LAUNCHING AIR STRIKES ON ANOTHER COUNTRY, BY ANY STANDARD, BY ANY DEFINITION IS AN ACT OF WAR. WHETHER YOU THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA OR NOT, IT REQUIRES THIS CONGRESS TO STEP UP AND ASSUME ITS RESPONSIBILITY. AND TO MAKE THAT DECLARATION. HAVE WE NOT HAD ENOUGH OF IMPERIAL PRESIDENCIES? DOING WHATEVER THEY LIKE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD? WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STEP UP AND ASSUME OUR RESPONSIBILITY. NOW WITH REGARD TO THIS AMENDMENT, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WE HAVE BEEN ON THE SIDE OF EVERY SIDE IN THIS CONFLICT. GOING BACK TO AL QAEDA. THAT WAS THE MUJAHEDIN, WE ARMED THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY. THEN WE SUPPORTED SADDAM HUSSEIN. NO, WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE, LET'S OVERTHROW HIM. THEN WE PUT THE SHIAS IN POWER. BUT THEY'RE NOT BEING NICE TO THE SUNNIS SO WE GIVE ARMS AND MONEY TO THE SUNNIS. AND WE REFER TO THIS FREE SYRIAN ARMY AS MODERATES? WE JUST -- READ THE PAPER, I CAN'T TALK ABOUT WHAT WE SAW AND HEARD IN OUR BRIEFINGS, BUT THAT'S THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. AND DID YOU HEAR THE LATEST NEWS, JUST CAME OUT OVER THE WIRE, BET YOU HAVEN'T HEARD IT. THE FOUNDER OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, THE ONE WE'RE GOING TO GIVE $5 BILLION TO, AL-ASSAD HE, JUST SAID, WE'RE NOT GOING TO USE THAT MONEY TO FIGHT ISIS. NO, WE'RE FIGHT ASSAD. WAIT A MINUTE, WE WERE GOING TO ATTACK ASSAD LAST YEAR. NOW WE WANT TO FIGHT PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO KEEP ASSAD IN POW HER WHAT ARE BEWE DOING? -- IN POWER? WHAT ARE WE DOING? YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. IN THIS CASE, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WE HAVE GIVEN ARMS TO EVERY ELEMENT IN THIS CONFLICT WITH THE NOTION THAT SOMEHOW THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY IS OUR FRIEND AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE HAVE NO FRIENDS IN THIS CONFLICT. AND EITHER DIRECTLY OR INADVERTENTLY, THEY END UP USING THE ARMS AND THE WEAPONS THAT WE HAVE SUPPLIED AGAINST, YES, YOU GUESSED WHO, US. IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP. IT'S TIME TO PUT AN END TO IT. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO STEP UP. AND ASSUME ITS RESPONSIBILITY. THE CONSTITUTION COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR ON WHO DECLARES WAR. IT'S THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES, PLEASE, I BEG WITH YOU, I PLEAD WITH YOU, STEP UP. ASSUME OUR OBLIGATIONS HERE. IF THERE'S A DECLARATION TO BE MADE, LET'S MAKE IT, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY RIGHT NOW, LET US REJECT THIS AMENDMENT AND STOP POURING MONEY INTO THIS CONFLICT THAT GOES BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND CAN ONLY BE RESOLVED BY PEOPLE IN THAT REGION AND PART OF THAT CONFLICT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU COLLEAGUES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 04:35:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: THE PRESIDENT'S…

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. MCKEON: THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND THE AMENDMENT WE ARE DEBATING, WE GOT A LITTLE BIT FAR AFIELD THERE, BUT THERE IS NO REQUEST FOR MONEY. THE PRESIDENT

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  • 04:35:21 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    LITTLE BIT FAR AFIELD THERE, BUT THERE IS NO REQUEST FOR MONEY. THE…

    LITTLE BIT FAR AFIELD THERE, BUT THERE IS NO REQUEST FOR MONEY. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE DOESN'T NEED ANY ADDITIONAL MONEYS TO CARRY THIS OUT. ALL HE NEEDS IS THE AUTHORITY TO GO IN TO SAUDI ARABIA AND TAKE THEIR OFFER OF TRAINING THE SYRIANS TO BE ABLE TO GO HOME AND DEFEND THEIR HOMELAND. AT THIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JENS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN -- MR. JONES. THE

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  • 04:35:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN -- MR. JONES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    GENTLEMAN -- MR. JONES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:35:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:36:03 PM

    MR. JONES

    LEADERSHIP ON THIS AMENDMENT, EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T SUPPORT IT. ALL I CAN…

    LEADERSHIP ON THIS AMENDMENT, EVEN THOUGH I CAN'T SUPPORT IT. ALL I CAN SAY IS, HERE WE GO AGAIN, SENDING TROOPS AND MONEY FOR WHAT CAN BECOME A WAR WITHOUT END. WHERE IS THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST COMMITMENT TO COMBAT THIS THREAT? WHY ARE THEY NOT PROVIDING THE GREATER RESOURCE COMMITMENT TO DEFEND THEIR OWN COUNTRIES? IS IT NOT RIDICULOUS THAT THE UNITED STATES BORROWS MONEY TO BUY FRIENDSHIP, BUYS ARMS AND TRAIN THOSE WHO COULD TODAY BE OUR FRIENDS AND TOMORROW BE OUR ENEMIES? A FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS RECENTLY ASKED ME THIS QUESTION AND I NOW ASK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ARE WE SIMPLY ARMING AND TRAINING A -- ANOTHER TALIBAN? THAT IS FROM A FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS. WE ALL AGREE THIS IS A DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING ISSUE. BUT A STRATEGY WITH NO END STATE IS A FAILED STRATEGY. AND I AM CONCERNED THAT THE COMMITMENT WE MAKE TODAY WILL BECOME AN ONGOING COMMITMENT FOR WHICH WE TRULY DO NOT GRASP ITS CONSEQUENCES UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE. WHICH WE TRULY DO NOT GRASP ITS CONSEQUENCES UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE . THAT IS WHAT MY CONCERN IS AND THE CONCERN OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK ABOUT THE $1. TRILLION WE SPENT IN -- THE $1.7 TRILLION WE SPENT IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND I THINK ABOUT THE 4,000 AMERICANS WHO GAVE THEIR LIFE, 30,000 WOUNDED, THE THOU -- THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS KILLED. HERE WE GO AGAIN. I DON'T CARE IF THE PRESIDENT IS A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, THIS IS A FAILED POLICY. I LISTENED TO MR. RANGEL VERY CAREFULLY. S THAT QUOTE FROM PAT BUCHANAN. IS IT NOT AN ACT OF SENILITY TO BORROW FROM THE WORLD TO DEFEND THE WORLD? IT IS ABSOLUTELY SENILITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. GARAMENDI: I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY…

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. GARAMENDI: I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. SHERMAN: WE OUGHT TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE…

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. SHERMAN: WE OUGHT TO FOCUS ON WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN POLICY AND WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ROLE OF CONGRESS.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN POLICY AND WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ROLE OF…

    THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN POLICY AND WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ROLE OF CONGRESS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. IN FACT, THE AMENDMENT IS QUITE SIMILAR TO THE FREE SYRIA ACT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY SEVERAL OF US UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ELIOT ENGEL A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. THAT APPROACH OF VETTING APPROPRIATE SYRIAN FORCES AND PROVIDING TRAINING IS -- WAS A GOOD BUT DIFFICULT POLICY THEN. IT'S A GOOD AND EVEN MORE DIFFICULT POLICY NOW. WE HAVE TO VET THOSE WE TRAIN AND IT SHOULD BE ONLY CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF THE FREE SYRIA ARMY THAT WE SHOULD ONLY COOPERATE WITH THOSE WHO ARE NOT ONLY GOING TO STAND UP FOR THE SUNNI MAJORITY BUT PROTECT THE CHRISTIAN AND OTHER MINORITIES. AND WE HAVE TO ARM ONLY THOSE WHO ARE STRONG ENOUGH AND CAREFUL ENOUGH NOT TO LOSE THE WEAPONS WE GIVE THEM TO MORE EXTREMIST FORCES. THIS ARMING OF THE SYRIAN REBELS IS PART OF AN OVERALL PLAN THAT WILL INCLUDE AMERICAN MILITARY ACTION. THERE'S GENERAL AGREEMENT ON NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND, OR AT LEAST NO BOOTS ON THE FRONTLINES. BUT LET US SPEAK HONESTLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR A GUARANTEED PLAN. GUARANTEED SUCCESSFUL PLAN. THAT WOULD PROVIDE IMMEDIATE AND TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF ISIS WITH VERY FEW OR NO AMERICAN CASUALTIES. SUCH A PLAN CANNOT BE CREATED. INSTEAD, THE POLICY THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS PART OF WILL CONTAIN AND WEAKEN AND PUNISH ISIS AND KEEP LIMITED AMERICAN CASUALTIES, HOPEFULLY AVOID THEM ALTOGETHER. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT THE ENEMIES OF ISIS ARE NEARLY AS ENEMY AND PROBABLY MORE DANGEROUS THAN ISIS ITSELF. THOSE ENEMIES INCLUDE ASSAD WHO HAS KILLED WELL OVER 100,000 OF HIS OWN PEOPLE AND GASSED MANY OF THEM UNTIL HE FACED WORLD PRESSURE. IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH, WHO HAVE KILLED MANY HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS. AND THE IRAQI SHIITE MILITIAS, INCLUDING MR. MALKEY WHO CREATED THE SITCH -- MR. MALIKI WHO CREATED THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ WHICH LED TO THE CREATION OF ISIS. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CONGRESS? WE LOOK AT ARTICLES ONE AND ARTICLE TWO OF THE CONSTITUTION WITH DIFFERENT ROLES FOR THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS IN MILITARY POLICY. THOMAS JEFFERSON DETERMINED IT WAS NECESSARY TO GET THE APPROVAL FOR CONGRESS -- FROM CONGRESS BEFORE HE DEPLOYED MARINES TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI. OUR FIRST NONDECLARED WAR, OUR FIRST INTERVENTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THAT WISDOM IS REFLECTED IN THE WAR POWER ACT ADOPTED IN 1973. THAT ACT, I THINK, IS A FAIR, CONSTITUTIONAL, AND REASONABLE CLARIFICATION OF THE INTERACTION OF ARTICLES 1 AND 2. THE WAR POWERS OF THE CONGRESS AND THE COMMAND FOR THE CHIEF POWER OF THE PRESIDENT. NOW THE PRESIDENT, UNDER SOME QUESTIONING, AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, HAS FINALLY COME UP WITH THEIR THEORY AS TO WHY CONGRESS HAS ALREADY AUTHORIZED THE MILITARY ACTION HE ANTICIPATES, AND THAT IS THIS CONGRESS, IN 2001, AUTHORIZED EVERY EFFORT TO GO AFTER AL QAEDA. THE FORCES OF ISIS ARE A GROUP THAT JOINED AL QAEDA AFTER 2001 AND LEFT AL QAEDA A YEAR AGO OR SO, BUT DOES THIS MEAN YOU CAN'T LEAVE AL QAEDA OR ARE YOU ALWAYS PART OF AL QAEDA? DO WE HAVE SEVERAL AL QAEDAS? HOW MANY ANGELS CAN DANCE ON THE HEAD OF A PIN. THE PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY TO ENGAGE IN THIS WAR IS QUESTIONABLE. THE FACT THAT HE IS STRETCHING THE 2001 WAR POWERS ACT RESOLUTION IS NOT COMMENDABLE. BUT THIS CONGRESS HAS ALSO FAILED TO PLAY ITS ROLE. WE WROTE A RESOLUTION IN 2001. INSTEAD OF REVISING IT, WE LEAVE IT THERE AND THEN SOME OF US ARE UPSET THAT THE PRESIDENT STRETCHES IT OR APPLIES IT TO CIRCUMSTANCES NOT THEN ANTICIPATED. WE SHOULD BE REVISING AND REPEALING THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTIONS OF 2001 AND 2002. AND WE AS A CONGRESS SHOULD INDICATE WHAT WE THINK IS THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AND MILITARY POLICY. BUT INSTEAD, WE FOCUS ON ONLY THE NARROWEST PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY. IN DOING SO, WE JOIN WITH SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS IN BEING PART OF THE MULTIDECADE DECLINE IN THE ROLE OF CONGRESS. I ASK FOR ONE MORE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. SHERMAN: BY OUR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. SHERMAN: BY OUR FAILURE TO REPEAL AND…

    FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. MR. SHERMAN: BY OUR FAILURE TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE WAR POWERS ACTS THAT NEW -- WAR POWER ACT RESOLUTION WHICH NO LONGER FIT CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    POWER ACT RESOLUTION WHICH NO LONGER FIT CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ARE…

    POWER ACT RESOLUTION WHICH NO LONGER FIT CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE ARE COMPLICIT WITH MANY ADMINISTRATIONS IN THE MULTIDECADE DECLINE IN THE ROLE OF THIS CONGRESS IN SHAPING AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. I LOOK FORWARD RESTORING THE BALANCE PROVIDED BY OY -- BY OUR FOUNDERS TO FOLLOW THE POLICIES FOLLOWED IN THE JEFFERSON ADMINISTRATION. IN FOLLOWING THE WAR POWERS ACT. AND IN CRAFTING A RESOLUTION APUBLIC TO BELIEVE TODAY'S CIRCUMSTANCES RATHER THAN ABDICATING OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND SITTING BACK AS THE PRESIDENT STRETCHES WORDS THAT WERE NEVER INTENDED TO APPLY TO THE SITUATION WE FACE IN IRAQ TODAY. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. CHAIRMAN MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND…

    YIELDS BACK. CHAIRMAN MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR.

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    MR. MCKEON

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR.…

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. STEWART.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    AMOUNT OFED OR NANTS ON AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. I HAVE LISTENED TO THIS…

    AMOUNT OFED OR NANTS ON AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. I HAVE LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE. I HAVE TRIED TO WEIGH ALL SIDES WHILE WE LOOK FOR A SOLUTION TO A VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM IN AN IMPOSSIBLY DIFFICULT PART OF THE WORLD. AND EVEN NOW, IT IS WITH RELUCTANCE I'M WILLING TO STAND AND TAKE THIS STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT BUT I HAVE SIMPLY REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT WE HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. . IN MEETING WITH FOREIGN MINISTERS AND MILITARY LEADERS, WHAT WE HEARD WAS NEARLY UNIVERSAL. WHERE IS THE UNITED STATES? CAN WE COUNT ON YOU TO STAND BY YOUR ALLIES AND YOUR FRIENDS? THIS FIGHT, THIS BATTLE AGAINST ISIS THAT OUR PRESIDENT SO RELUCTANTLY CALLS A WAR, IS A GENERATIONAL BATTLE. I BELIEVE IT IS THE DEFINING BATTLE OF OUR LIFETIME. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAFFLE. WE'VE BEEN DOING THAT FOR FAR TOO LONG NOW. YES, THIS IS A TERRIBLE SITUATION, THERE ARE NO GOOD OPTIONS. ALL WE HAVE ARE MESSY AND CONFLICTED OPTIONS. EACH OF WHICH HAS THEIR OWN DANGERS. BUT THIS MUCH IS TRUE. THERE IS ONE VERY WORST OPTION AND THAT IS TO DO NOTHING. WE MAY NOT TRUST SOME OF THE SYRIAN REBELS. WE TRUST ISIS EVEN MORE. WE MAY NOT LIKE SOME OF THE LEADERS WE HAVE TO ALIGN WITH. SOME OF THEM MAY PROVE TO BE UNRELIABLE. BUT NOTHING AND NO ONE REPRESENTS MORE OF A THREAT TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT -- THREAT. TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, I ASK YOU, HOW CAN YOU JUSTIFY DOING NOTHING? THAT IS THE ONLY OPTION WE'VE BEEN GIVEN. DO NOTHING OR DO THIS. WE OWE IT TO OUR FRIENDS AND OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION TO STEP UP AND TO LEAD. AFTER MONTHS OR YEARS OF INACTION, THE PRESIDENT IS FINALLY DOING THAT.

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    MR. MCKEON

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STEWART TURET THANK YOU,

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    MR. STEWART

    TAKE 30 SECONDS. WE OWE IT TO OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE REGION TO STEP…

    TAKE 30 SECONDS. WE OWE IT TO OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE REGION TO STEP UP AND LEAD, AS I WAS SAYING. AFTER MONTHS OF INACTION, THE PRESIDENT IS FINALLY DO THAT -- DOING THAT. I WISH WE WERE DOING MORE. I WISH THAT WE WERE DOING MORE. BUT THIS IS THE ONLY OPTION THAT WE'VE BEEN GIVEN. AND WE MUST AT LEAST DO THIS. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, OR, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. GARAMENDI: I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. GARAMENDI: I RESERVE.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIRMAN MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND…

    CHAIRMAN MCKEON. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS. THE SPEAKER

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  • 04:47:39 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROSS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU, MR.…

    FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MCKEON, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS.

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    MR. ROSS

    YOU, CHAIRMAN MCKEON, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. PART OF SEPTEMBER 11,…

    YOU, CHAIRMAN MCKEON, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS. PART OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, TERRORIST GROUPS HAD A MUCH DIFFERENT STRANG. THEY PLAIN -- THEY RE-- STRATEGY. THEY REMAINED VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE. TODAY THE TERRORIST THREAT TO AMERICA AND THE FREE WORLD IS ON THE RISE. THE ENEMY IS EXPANDING AND THAT ENEMY IS ISIL. THIS IS AN ENEMY THAT COMMITS HUMAN ATROCITIES AND DISTRIBUTES VIDEO FOOTAGE SHOWING BRUTAL HUMAN TORTURE. IT IS NOW VERY CLEAR WHAT THREATS AMERICA AND ALL THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FACE. IF ISIL IS NOT DESTROYED. TWO AMERICANS AND ONE BRITISH CITIZEN HAVE TRAGICALLY FALLEN VICTIM TO ISIL'S RADICAL TERRORIST ACTIONS. THESE BARBARIANS ARE THE FACE OF PURE EVIL AND THEY MUST BE CRUSHED. WE HAVE HEARD SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY CALL AMERICAN MILITARY ACTIONS AGAINST ISIL, QUOTE, SIGNIFICANT COUNTERTERRORIST OPERATIONS. THIS IS A PITFULLY WEAK WAY TO MOTIVATE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS WAR AND THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREE WORLD MUST BE VICTORIOUS. THE HOUSE'S ACTION TODAY CALLS TO MIND THE DISCUSSION I HAD WITH THE CONSTITUENT MOTHER IN MY DISTRICT OF BARTOW, FLORIDA. AILING PAIN -- EILEEN PAYNE IS THE MOTHER OF THE FIRST MARINE WHO WERE KILLED IN COMBAT IN AFGHANISTAN. WHEN WE MET LAST WEEK, SHE EXUDED A PASSION FOR ENSURING THAT CONGRESS HAS THOUGHTFUL DEBATE ON PROVIDING THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY REQUIRED BY OUR CONSTITUTION TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO ISIL. SHE UNDERSTANDS PERHAPS MORE THAN MOST AMERICANS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PUTTING LIVES OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AT RISK. HER SON'S DEATH CAME WITH A VERY HIGH PRICE. THE PRICE OF FREEDOM. THE PRICE OF NATIONAL SECURITY. AND THE PRICE OF VIC TICKET -- VICTORY. SHE NOR I WANT THE LOSS OF HER SON TO BE IN VAIN. THE AMENDMENT WE ARE DELIBERATING TODAY IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WHILE I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, I BELIEVE THE WORDS OF THIS GOLD STAR MOTHER MUST BE HEARD AND CONSIDERED. IF WE DO NOT DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A STRATEGY, A WINNING STRATEGY, TO ERADICATE ISIL, WE WILL BE TAKING FOR GRANTED THE VERY FREEDOMS THAT WE HAVE BEEN AFFORDED AND DEFENDED BY OUR BRAVE TROOPS NOW AND THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. CORPORAL PAYNE WOULD WANT US TO DEFEND AMERICAN FREEDOM AND DEFEAT TERRORISM WORLDWIDE. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THAT CAUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. MCKEON: I

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. MCKEON

    30 SECONDS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    30 SECONDS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, MR.…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ROSS: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT

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    MR. ROSS

    MR. SPEAKER. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT REPRESENT MY IDEAL MILITARY…

    MR. SPEAKER. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOT REPRESENT MY IDEAL MILITARY STRATEGY AGAINST ISIL, I BELIEVE THE CONGRESS IS FULFILLING ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TODAY AND I STAND IN SUPPORT OF ITS EFFORTS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. GARAMENDI. MR. GARAMENDI:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. GARAMENDI. MR. GARAMENDI: MR.…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. GARAMENDI. MR. GARAMENDI: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LANGEVIN FROM RHODE

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LANGEVIN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THE SPEAKER…

    THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LANGEVIN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. LANGEVIN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. LANGEVIN: I ASK…

    FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. LANGEVIN: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    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, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT…

    GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY CHAIRMAN MCKEON AND I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE TODAY. THE TERRORIST GROUP ISIL POSES A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR ALLIES AND FRIENDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE, LEFT UNCHECKED, THE NYE LESS TICK VISION COULD POSE A DIRECT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS FIGHTING WITH ISIL WHO HAVE AMERICAN AND WESTERN PASSPORTS. I AM GRATEFUL CONCERNED THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS COULD RETURN HOME AND CARRY OUT ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE HOMELAND. WE HAVE A CLEAR IMPERATIVE TO ACT. THESE TERRORISTS HAVE BRUTALLY MURDERED TWO UNARMED AMERICAN JOURNALISTS AND AN AIDE WORKER FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM. THEY'VE SLAUGHTERED THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT MUSLIM, KILLED CHILDREN AND COMMITTED UNSPEAKABLE ATROCITIES AGAINST WOMEN AND RNLS MINORITIES. ISIL AND ITS AGENCIES OPERATE WITHOUT REGARD TO INTERNATIONAL BORDERS IN ANY STRATEGY TO DEGRADE AND DEPE FEET THESE TERRORISTS MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THIS REALITY. IN IRAQ, THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES ARE OPERATING IN SUPPORT AND AT THE REQUEST OF THE SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ, AS WELL AS KURDISH FORCES. WE HAVE FRIENDLY BOOTS ON THE GROUND AND U.S. ADVISORS IN PLACE. BUT IN SYRIA WE LACK THAT CLEAR PARTNERSHIP. I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS RIGHTLY COMMITTED TO AN APPROACH THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE U.S. COMBAT TROOPS FIGHTING ON FOREIGN SOIL. BUT THE OPPOSITION NEEDS TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT THAT THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE. OUR COMMITMENT HOWEVER NEEDS TO BE MATCHED BY THAT OF OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, INCLUDING SUNNI COUNTRIES WITH WHOM THE UNITED STATES HAS A RICH HISTORY OF PARTNERSHIP. AFTER ALL, ISIL IS NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THE UNITED STATES, IT IS ALSO A PROBLEM FOR THE MANY WESTERN COUNTRIES WITH CITIZENS FIGHTING OVERSEAS, IT'S A PROBLEM FOR OUR NATO ALLIES, FOR WHOM SYRIA IS A NEIGHBOR, AND IT'S A PROBLEM FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY AND THE STABILITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION. BUT WE CAN'T SIMPLY KILL TERRORISTS AND EXPECT TO SEE DEMOCRACY FLOURISH. WE MUST CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE FULL RANGE OF POSSIBLE OUTCOMES IN SYRIA AND WHAT RISKS MAY INCUR IN A NATION AND REGION ALREADY RIDDEN BY YEARS OF CIVIL WAR, THE USE OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND A TERRIBLE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. THIS IS AN EXCEEDINGLY COMPLEX TASK BUT ONE THAT WE MUST ADDRESS. IF WE DO NOT ACT, WE FACE A DARK AND UNCERTAIN FUTURE -- FUTURE. CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION MUST DO THEIR PARTS. TODAY'S AMENDMENTS ARE ONLY A DOWN PAYMENT ON WHAT WILL SURELY BE YEARS OF DIFFICULT OVERSIGHT, DEBATE AND DISCUSSION. IT IS FAR FROM A BLANK CHECK. IT WILL REQUIRE A GREAT DEAL OF HARD WORK AND THERE ARE MANY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE UNANSWERED. BUT WE NEED TO ACT AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS AMENDMENT REPRESENTS A PRUDENT FIRST STEP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MCKEON AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THREE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CONAWAY.

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    MR. MCKEON

    COLLEAGUE, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    COLLEAGUE, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. CONAWAY: THANK…

    GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. CONAWAY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO

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    MR. CONAWAY

    YOU, CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE…

    YOU, CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR THIS EXTENDED DEBATE. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION WE SHOULD BE HAVING AND TO HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED ALMOST SIX HOURS OF DEBATE JUST REFLECTS HOW GRAVE WE DO IN FACT CONSIDER. THIS I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR ALLOWING TWO DIFFERENT VOTES. A VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND A VOTE ON THE C.R. AND NOT TRYING SOMEHOW TO COMBINE THOSE TWO. BECAUSE I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE ALSO LESSENED THE GRAVITY OF WHAT'S GOING ON. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. I DO SO WITH GREAT RESERVATIONS. AND IN FACT, IN THE SPEECH OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, I WOULD GIVE THIS LOW CONFIDENCE THAT THIS MISSION WILL IN FACT BE SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO BOY SCOUTS IN SYRIA. THERE'S NOT ANYBODY OVER THERE FIGHTING WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO YOU IN YOUR ENABLED. BUT WITH THAT SAID, WHETHER HE GO THROUGH UNDER THIS PRESIDENT'S STATED PLANS A VET PRAGUE SESS THAT WILL TRY TO FIND THOSE -- VETTING PROCESS THAT WILL TRY TO FIND THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE SACK LAR, THAT ARE NOT LESS -- SECULAR, THAT ARE NOT ISLAMIC JIHADISTS, IN ORDER TO CREATE THIS FORCE THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WILL NOT BE IN ALL LIKELIHOOD THE LAST TIME WE'LL COME TO THIS CHAMBER AND DISCUSS THE FIGHT AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM OR THIS FIGHT IN SYRIA. THOSE DISCUSSIONS MAY VERY WELL BE, AS GENERAL DEMPSEY SAID TODAY, INVOLVED IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF U.S. MILITARY ASSET OTHERS THAN JUST FIGHTING THIS THING FROM THE AIR. I WANT TO BE ABLE AT THAT POINT IN TIME TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE'VE EXPLORED EVERY OTHER OPPORTUNITY, EVERY OTHER WAY OF GETTING AT THIS, OF CREATING THAT GROUND FORCE IN SYRIA, SHORT OF SENDING AMERICAN TROOPS INTO HARM'S WAY AGAIN. I THINK IT'S WHAT WE DESERVE. WE CLEARLY WANT TO TRAIN THE SYRIANS TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND THEIR OWN COUNTRY. THAT'S THE MOST SUCCESSFUL MODEL. WE'VE HAD A LONG EXPERIENCE WITH DOING THAT, A CHECKERED PAST IN SOME INSTANCES. BUT NEVERTHELESS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE AS WE SEE TODAY IS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT BY DECEMBER 11, WHEN THIS AUTHORIZATION EXPIRES, WE WILL KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN WE DO TODAY. TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS WHOLE ISSUE FROM ABOUT 10,000 FEET, SO TO SPEAK, BY DECEMBER 11, AFTER THIS PLAN IS PUT IN PLACE, WE WILL KNOW WHAT THE PRESIDENT SPECIFICALLY HAS IN PLACE, WE'LL KNOW HOW THE PRESIDENT, WHERE AND HOW THESE TRAINING CAMPS WILL BE SET UP. WE WILL HAVE THE ARMY, THE MILITARY'S EVALUATION OF HOW THAT PROCESS WILL WORK. WE'LL KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE THEN THAN WE DO TODAY WITH, THAT MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO GET TO US THIS PAINT, -- POINT. BUT DOING THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MCKEON AMENDMENT, GET US AND THIS OVERALL GROUP A BETTER SENSE OF UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT MIGHT OR NIGHT BE ACCOMPLISHBLE THINK ABOUT DECEMBER DATE, WHETHER IT'S THROUGH A NEW C.R. OR OMNIBUS OR NDAA SO AT THAT POINT IN TIME WE WILL MAKE A MUCH MORE INFORMED DECISION THAN WE WILL TODAY WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CONTINUES TO RESERVE. CHAIRMAN MCKEON.

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    MR. MCKEON

    DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. SANFORD: MR. SPEAKER, I THINK…

    CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. SANFORD: MR. SPEAKER, I THINK I WAS

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  • 04:57:09 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    TOLD I HAD THREE MINUTES. I MAY BE MISTAKEN IN THAT. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD…

    TOLD I HAD THREE MINUTES. I MAY BE MISTAKEN IN THAT. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. MCKEON

    MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

    MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. SANFORD:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. SANFORD: WITH THAT IN MIND, I WOULD SAY FIRST OFF,…

    FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. SANFORD: WITH THAT IN MIND, I WOULD SAY FIRST OFF, INDEED, MR. CHAIRMAN,

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  • 04:57:19 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    OFF, INDEED, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND THE LEADERSHIP'S…

    OFF, INDEED, MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND THE LEADERSHIP'S WORK IN INDEED PROVIDING THIS TIME FOR THIS DEBATE. AS WAS JUST STATED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, I DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S A MORE SACRED VOTE OUT THERE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAN ON ISSUES OF WAR. I MEAN, IN ITS BALANCE HANGS LIFE AND DEATH. IN ITS BALANCE HANGS ALL KINDS OF FINANCIAL AND LIFE CONSIDERATIONS. IN ITS BALANCE HANGS HOW ALLIES ARE GOING TO VIEW OUR ACTIONS GOING FORWARD. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT SUBJECT AND DEED I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR WORK AND THE COMMITTEE'S WORK ON THIS MATTER. THAT HAVING BEEN SAID, I RISE IN OPPOSITION, RESPECTFUL OPPOSITION, NOT TO YOUR WORK, BUT TO THE ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT. BECAUSE I THINK HIS APPROACH HAS BEEN FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED. I SAY THAT FIRST OFF BECAUSE I THINK THAT STEP ONE HAS TO BE, ON THE ISSUE OF WAR, CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. AND I THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT, BASE ON THE WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAID -- BASED ON WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAID, FOR THE PRESIDENT TO INDEED COME TO THE CONGRESS TO ASK FOR THAT DECLARATION OF WAR AND HE'S NOT DONE SO. I WOULD SAY THEN, OK, ON WHAT BASIS DOES HE MOVE FORWARD? AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT HE AND OTHERS HAVE SAID, THEY HANG A LARGE PART OF THEIR HAT ON THE AUTHORIZATION OF 2001. AND I THINK WHAT'S INTERESTING HERE IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAID JUST TWO YEARS AGO. HE SAID, THE AUMF IS NOW NEARLY 12 YEARS OLD. UNLESS WE DISCIPLINE OUR THINKING, OUR DEFINITIONS, OUR ACTIONS, WE MAY BE DRAWN INTO MORE WARS WE DON'T NEED TO FIGHT OR CONTINUE TO GRANT PRESIDENTS UNBOUND POWERS MORE SUITED FOR TRADITIONAL ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN NATION STATES. I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT. I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT. AND YET MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN COMING TO CAPITOL HILL AND THEY HAVE BEEN BASICALLY MAKING THE CASE THAT WITH THAT AUMF THEY HAVE THE AUTHORIZATION TO GO IN ESSENCE ANOTHER 25 YEARS. I THINK THAT THAT AGAIN IS MISTAKEN. THESE ARE NOT BLANK CHECKS. EACH WAR AND EACH WAR EFFORT NEEDS TO BE DEBATED IN ISOLATED FORM BASED ON THAT EFFORT. I WOULD THIRDLY SAY THAT I THINK THAT THIS EFFORT IS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS TALKED ABOUT WITH REGARD TO WAR. I DON'T THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY WE'RE GOING TO AFFECT THE MILITARY CENTER OF GRAVITY OF OUR OPPONENT. BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE CENTER OF GRAVITY, I WOULD ARGUE IT IS THEIR FAITH, IT IS THEIR WILL POWER, IT'S THEIR MOTIVATION AND AS WE SAW WITH THE NAZIS AND THE BOMBINGS ON LONDON, BOMBING ALONE WILL NOT CHANGE WILL. IN SOME CASES IT STRENGTHENS RESOVEN. AND SO WHAT YOU'RE LEFT WITH IS IN THE VOID THAT'S CREATED WITH BOMBINGS IS BOOTS ON THE GROUND. BUT IN THIS CASE WE'RE LEAVING THAT PRECIOUS JOB OF BOOTS ON THE GROUND TO WHAT ARE DESCRIBED AS MODERATE REBELS, WHATEVER THAT IS, AND AN EXAMPLE THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK BACK ON, WHAT JUST HAPPENED. IF YOU LOOK AT THE ACTIVITIES OF THIS SPRING, 1,000 ISIS SOLDIERS ROUTHED 30,000 TRAINED SOLDIERS -- ROUTED 30,000 STRAINED -- TRAINED SOLDIERS AR WE SPENT $35 BILLION IN A THAT PROCESS. I THINK THERE'S A WHOLE LOFT OF MISTAKES AND ERRORS IN THIS PLAN AND WOULD RISE IN OPPOSITION TO IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. 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 CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, RESERVES. THE…

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED. .

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  • 05:00:56 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR…

    FIVE MINUTES. MR. ENGEL: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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  • 05:01:09 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. MY COLLEAGUES, THERE ARE ONLY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. MY COLLEAGUES, THERE ARE ONLY BAD CHOICES LEFT IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, BUT IN MY OPINION, THE WORST CHOICE OF ALL WOULD BE TO DO NOTHING. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO DO SOMETHING. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN MCKEON. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE MCKEON AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD AUTHORIZE AND TRAIN AND EQUIP MISSION FOR THE VETTED MODERATE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. AGAIN, THE WORST CHOICE WOULD BE TO DO NOTHING. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO DO SOMETHING. IT'S URGENT THAT WE DO IT NOW. EVERY DAY WE WAIT IS A DAY LONGER ISIS GETS STRONGER AND THE OPPOSITION GETS WEAKER. NOW, I THINK IT SHOULD BE PLAINLY STATED THAT THIS IS A SEPARATE ISSUE FROM AUMF. THIS IS SEPARATE. THIS IS TALKING ABOUT AIDING AND ABETTING THE VETTED SYRIAN OPPOSITION. NOW, I WAS IN FAVOR OF DOING THIS TWO YEARS AGO. FOR TWO YEARS I'VE BEEN WORKING TO ASSIST THE MODERATE OPPOSITION. IN EARLY 2013, I INTRODUCED THE FREE SYRIAN ACT, TO PROVIDE THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION WITH THE WEAPONS THEY NEED TO FIGHT THE SYRIAN REGIME AND THE EXTREMISTS THAT NOW CONTROL A LARGE PART OF SYRIA AND IRAQ. SO THIS IS AUTHORIZING A TRAIN AND EQUIP MISSION FOR THE VETTED MODERATE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. IT ISN'T PERFECT, BUT IT'S A STEP FORWARD AND IT'S FAR, FAR BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING. SINCE I INTRODUCED THAT LEGISLATION, THE SITUATION IN SYRIA HAS GOTTEN MUCH WORSE. MORE THAN 200,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND MILLIONS HAVE BEEN DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES. NOW, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW IF THE -- KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THE WHAT IF QUESTIONS. WHAT IF WE TRAINED THE OPPOSITION TWO YEARS AGO? WHAT IF THEY HAD BEEN ABLE TO HOLD TERRITORY AGAINST ASSAD AND ISIS? WHAT IF AND WHAT IF? WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN, NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW. RIGHT NOW THIS IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THING FOR US TO DO. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY COLLEAGUES ARE WAR WEARY. I'M WAR WEARY. I UNDERSTAND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAR WEARY. I'M WAR WEARY. BUT, AGAIN, I THINK DOING NOTHING WOULD INVITE SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR THAT HAPPENED TO MY CITY, NEW YORK CITY, ON THAT FAITHFUL DAY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. YOU KNOW, WE KICKED THE RUSSIANS -- THE WORLD KICKED THE RUSSIANS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN WHEN THAT HAPPENED, AND SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS WE TOOK OUR EYE OFF THE PRIZE. AND SO WE ALLOWED AFGHANISTAN TO BECOME A SAFE HAVEN. WE ALLOWED THE TALIBAN TO WELCOME IN AL QAEDA, AND AL QAEDA HAD A SAFE HAVEN TO PLOT AND PLAN ATTACKS AGAINST THE U.S. HOMELAND. THAT IS REPLICATING ITSELF RIGHT NOW IN SYRIA AND IN IRAQ. AND IF WE DO NOTHING, ISIS WILL PLOT AND PLAN AND WE'LL HAVE MANY MORE SEPTEMBER 11'S IN THE UNITED STATES, IN EUROPE, IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THAT IS WHY THIS IS IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST, THE U.S. NATIONAL INTEREST, AND IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO REALLY DO. THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING LAST MONTH WITH THE SYRIAN DEFECTOR CAESAR, MILITARY PHOTOGRAPHERER, WHO SMUGGLED THOUSANDS OF -- PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO SMUGGLED THOUSANDS OF PICTURES OUT OF SYRIA. THE GRUESOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN STARVED, TORTURED AND KILLED BY THE REGIME DEMONSTRATE THE TRUE BRUTALITY OF ASSAD AND HIS CRONIES. LAST MONTH, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD WOKE UP TO THE BRUTALITY OF ISIS WHICH BEHEADED TWO AMERICAN JOURNALISTS AND MURDERED CHRISTIANS AND OTHER MINORITIES AND RECENTLY BEHEADED SOMEONE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM. A SELF-FINANCE TERRORIST GROUPS WITH HIGHLY TRAINED FIGHTERS WILLING TO DIE, ISIS REPRESENTS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO OUR INTERESTS AND ALLIES AND REMAIN UNCHECKED THE U.S. HOMELAND. TERRORISM, WHEREVER IT REARS ITS UGLY HEAD, IS ALL THE SAME. WHETHER IT'S ISIS OR ISO OR HAMAS OR HEZBOLLAH, THEY'RE ALL TERRORISTS. THEY ALL WANT TO USE TERROR TO ACHIEVE THEIR POLITICAL GOALS. ASSAD AND ISIS IS TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN, FIGHTING ONE MUST NOT EMPOWER THE OTHER. ONLY FIGHTING ASSAD WOULD ALLOW ISIS TO FLOURISH, BUT ONLY FIGHTING ISIS WOULD LEAVE ASSAD IN POWER AND HE'S THE BIGGEST MAGNET DRAWING FOREIGN FIGHTERS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. THEY HAVE THE SAME RELATIONSHIP AROUND THE GLOBE. THIS WILL NOT END UNTIL THE SYRIAN PEOPLE CAN FIGHT AND WIN ISIS AND WIN AND LATER THEY'LL FIGHT ASSAD AND WIN. THE MODERATE OPPOSITION CAN GET LEVERAGE AND CREATE A POLITICAL SOLUTION. NOW WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE COURSE IN SYRIA AND THE REGION. THIS AUTHORIZATION CAN GIVE NEW HOPE TO THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND TO THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL STAND WITH THEM AGAINST TERRORISM. LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, I'VE ATTENDED A NUMBER OF BRIEFINGS ON THESE MATTERS AND I HAVE NOTICED THE PERSISTENT THEME -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 05:06:28 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THEME. SYRIAN CHRISTIANS WOULD RATHER LIVE UNDER ASSAD THAN THE…

    THEME. SYRIAN CHRISTIANS WOULD RATHER LIVE UNDER ASSAD THAN THE OPPOSITION. THIS IS MISCHARACTERIZATION, IN MY OPINION, OF THE SITUATION IN SYRIA. ASSAD MAY PROFESS TO PROTECT CHRISTIANS BUT IN REALITY HE BUYS HIS OIL FROM ISIS. AND ISIS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FUND THEIR OPERATIONS WITHOUT THE ASSAD REGIME. MODERATE OPPOSITION HAS PUBLICLY STATED THEIR ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE OF -- INTOLERANCE OF CHRISTIANS AND THE SYRIAN CHRISTIANS HAVE WELCOMED THE U.S. CALL TO DEFEAT ISIS AND DEFEND THEIR COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, WE HAVE NO GREAT CHOICES HERE BUT THE WORST CHOICE IS TO DO NOTHING. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK CONGRESSMAN MCKEON. CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND I CONDUCT THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN A VERY BIPARTISAN FASHION. WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN BEING ONE OF THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEES. FOREIGN POLICY SHOULD BE BIPARTISAN. ISSUES LIKE THIS SHOULD BE BIPARTISAN. I THINK WE CAN ALL BE PROUD TO BE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THIS IS BEING DONE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCKEON

    WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PREVIOUS GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE'S THE…

    WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PREVIOUS GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, VERY -- UNDERSTANDS THIS SITUATION VERY WELL. AND THE ONLY THING I WOULD SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE REASON WE SAY ISIS, ISIL, I WOULD SAY ISIL BECAUSE THEY'RE THE SAME, WE NEED TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHO THE ENEMY IS, IT'S THAT GROUP, ISIL. THEY'RE THE WORST OF ALL, IN MY OPINION. AND SECONDLY, THE REASON WE'RE DOING THIS NOW IS BECAUSE TWO-FOLD. THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR IT. WE ONLY HAVE ONE COMMANDER IN CHIEF AT A TIME. I DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM BUT HE IS OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. HE ASKED FOR THIS. WE'RE RESPONDING TO THAT REQUEST, AS HE ASKED, AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF. SECONDLY, I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. SAUDI ARABIA STEPPED UP AND SAID NOT TO KEEP THIS SECRET BUT WE OVERTLY WILL OPEN UP OUR TERRITORIES AND GIVE YOU TRAINING FACILITIES TO TRAIN THESE SYRIANS. THAT SENDS A MESSAGE TO PEOPLE IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD THAT THIS IS NOT THE BIG BAD SATAN AMERICA AGAINST THE WORLD. THIS IS MODERATE ARABS, KURDS, SUNNIS, SHIIA, ALL JOINING TOGETHER AGAINST TERRORISM THAT'S OUT TO DESTROY THE WORLD. SO I THINK THAT OPENED UP THIS POSSIBILITY FOR THE PRESIDENT TO ASK FOR THIS, AND I'M HOPEFUL WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE HIM THAT AUTHORITY. I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES. MR. FORTENBERRY: THANK YOU, MR.…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES. MR. FORTENBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECT. MR.

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  • 05:09:52 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECT. MR.…

    THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS VERY DIFFICULT SUBJECT. MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL MONTHS AGO OUR BEST C.I.A. ANALYST COULD NOT HAVE PREDICTED THAT LARGE SLOTHS OF IRAQ AND SYRIA WOULD BE OVERRUN, CONQUERED BY A GROUP CALLED ISIL, THE ISLAMIC STATE OF SYRIA AND THE LEVANT. ISIS IS BETTER ARMY THAN AL QAEDA EVER HAD IN ITS DARK HISTORY. ITS TWISTED FORM OF RELIDGE -- RELIGION IS ASCENT REST. THEY KILL, THEY BEHEAD, THEY CRUCIFY, THEY RAPE, THEY FLY A BLACK BANNER OF DEATH WHEREVER THEY GO. AND OF LATE, APPROPRIATE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP HAS STOPPED THEIR ADVANCE AND PREVENTED FURTHER HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE. NOW THE QUESTION IS WHAT TO DO NEXT. AT THIS POINT WE'RE DEBATING A NARROW AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TRAIN AND ARM SO-CALLED MODERATE SYRIAN REBELS. MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL MONTHS AGO I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO STOP ANY POTENTIAL ARMS FROM FLOWING TO THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS NO BROAD STRATEGY. WEAPONIZING MODERATE REBELS IN A BATTLEGROUND OF SHIFTING LOYALTIES AND NO GUARANTEE A VICTORY WAS AN AD HOC IDEA THAT COULD HAVE MADE THE SITUATION MUCH WORSE. NOW, THIS NEW AMENDMENT IS NARROWLY TAIL ORD WITH APPROPRIATE -- TAILORED WITH APPROPRIATE BENCHMARKS AND AGGRESSIVE OVERSIGHT. WE'RE TRYING TO MANAGE VERY LOW EXPECTATIONS AND I REMAIN CONCERNED. AND UNFORTUNATELY THIS DISTRACTS US FROM A MORE COMPLETE DISCUSSION OF THE OVERALL STRATEGY AS OUTLINED BY THE PRESIDENT. ONE THING HAS TO BE CLEAR AND MUST CONTINUALLY BE MADE CLEAR. THIS IS THE WORLD'S PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA'S PROBLEM ALONE. THE INTERNATIONAL COALITION MUST BE TRULY ROBUST, NOT SYMBOLIC, AND INCLUDE REGIONAL SUNNI MUSLIM NATIONS WHO MUST FIGHT FOR THEIR OWN PROTECTION. THE BROADER ANSWER HERE IS A REGENERATION OF IRAQI FORCES WHO MUST ALSO FIGHT FOR THEMSELVES. PLUS, THE KURDS MUST BE TRULY EMPOWERED TO DEFEAT ISIL NEAR THEIR HOMES AND TO SET UP PROTUCTIVE -- PROTECTIVE ZONES FOR MINORITY AND VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES. FINALLY, CUTTING OFF THE FINANCING AND SUPPORT FOR ISIL HOPEFULLY ENSURES THAT THIS RECLAIMING MY TIME PAGE WILL BE SHORT LIVED. MR. SPEAKER, ACTION HAS RISK BUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF INACTION ARE TOO GRAVE. ISIL IS A THREAT TO ALL INNOCENT PERSONS AND A THREAT TO CIVILIZATION ITSELF. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:12:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, RESERVES. THE…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED. MR. GARAMENDI: I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY CLOGE -- COLLEAGUE

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  • 05:12:52 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY CLOGE -- COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. OWENS

    SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. GARAMENDI. THIS IS A DIFFICULT DECISION, A…

    SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. GARAMENDI. THIS IS A DIFFICULT DECISION, A DIFFICULT CHOICE AND LIKELY ONE THAT DOES NOT HAVE A GOOD OR BETTER OUTCOME THAN WHAT WE CAN PROPOSE TODAY. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE ACT TODAY MANY OF US DO WITH RELUCTANCE. I WILL VOTE IN SUPPORT OF MR. MCKEON'S AMENDMENT, BUT I DO SO VERY RELUCTANTLY. I HAVE FEAR THAT WHAT WE FACE IS A SITUATION IN WHICH WE WILL ARM FOLKS WHO SUBSEQUENTLY WILL TAKE NEGATIVE ACTION AGAINST US. HOWEVER, WHEN WEIGHING THE CONSEQUENCES OF TAKING NO ACTION, AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE INDICATED, I THINK WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MOVE FORWARD AS THIS AMENDMENT IS RECOMMENDING AND THE PRESIDENT HAS REQUESTED. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE TAKING BACK IN CONGRESS POWER THAT HAS DRIFTED OVER MANY YEARS TO THE PRESIDENT, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT PARTY HE IS OR SHE MAY BE IN IN THE FUTURE, AND I THINK THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CONSTITUTIONAL STEP THAT WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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  • 05:14:28 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KING: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KING: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS EFFORT IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS AMENDMENT, AND BEFORE HE LEAVES THE FLOOR, I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY FRIEND, MR.

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  • 05:14:35 PM

    MR. KING

    AND BEFORE HE LEAVES THE FLOOR, I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY FRIEND, MR. RANGEL…

    AND BEFORE HE LEAVES THE FLOOR, I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY FRIEND, MR. RANGEL FROM NEW YORK, FOR THE VERY RIGOROUS AND BIPARTISAN SPEECH HE GAVE HERE TODAY. THIS IS WHAT THIS ISSUE WARRANTS. CHAIRMAN MCKEON HAS SHOWN IT AND I THINK ALL OF US HAVE TO COME TOGETHER TO THE EXTENT WE CAN TO HELP THE PRESIDENT. I HAVE BEEN CRITICAL AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. WE CAN HAVE THESE DEBATES. THAT'S ALL IN THE PAST. THE FACT IS THAT ISIS IS A REAL THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. AS SOMEONE WHO COMES FROM A DISTRICT THAT LOST OVER 150 PEOPLE ON 9/11, I NEVER EVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW THAT ISIS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN AL QAEDA WAS ON 9/11. THEY HAVE MORE FINANCING, THEY HAVE MORE WEAPONS, THEY HAVE MORE MEMBERS, THEY HAVE MORE OF THEIR FIGHTERS WHO HAVE PASSPORTS THAT WILL ENABLE THEM TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES. AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE COMMITTED TO DESTROYING WESTERN CIVILIZATION. SO IT'S ESSENTIAL WE TAKE ACTION AGAINST ISIS AND TAKE IT QUICKLY AND TAKE IT EMPHATICALLY. I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORYIAL POWER TO ACT BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE CONGRESS WORK TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED US TO HELP TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIANS. I THINK IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO VET A CERTAIN NUMBER. IT WILL BE FIND THEM, WORK WITH THEM. AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, THE PRESIDENT IS ENTITLED, I BELIEVE, THAT IS HIS PREROGATIVE, AND WE SHOULD STAND WITH HIM ON THAT BECAUSE IF WE CAN PUT TOGETHER AN EFFECTIVE FIGHTING FORCE ON THE GROUND THAT WILL MAKE OUR AIRPOWER ALL THAT MORE EFFECTIVE. AND IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT WE TRY TO PUT TOGETHER A COALITION AND I BELIEVE BY CONGRESS STANDING TOGETHER AS ONE, BY SHOWING STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT, THAT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER COUNTRIES TO JOIN WITH US. THEY WILL REALIZE WE'RE FOR REAL, THAT WE'RE NOT MAKING EMPTY GESTURES AND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CONGRESS TO COME FORWARD AT THIS TIME. NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE MORE OPEN WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SAY THIS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH AND I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. NOW, I DON'T BELIEVE WE HAVE TO HAVE COMBAT TROOPS, PER SE. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY. THIS IS GOING TO BE INVOLVE A --

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  • 05:16:48 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:18:20 PM

    MR. PRICE

    ADOPTION.

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCKEON, IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, DR. BOUSTANY.

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  • 05:21:14 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. BOUSTANY: I THANK THE…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. BOUSTANY: I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. I WANT TO

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  • 05:21:21 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    FOR YIELDING TIME. I WANT TO PUT IT IN STRATEGIC CONTEXT, WE ARE SEEING A…

    FOR YIELDING TIME. I WANT TO PUT IT IN STRATEGIC CONTEXT, WE ARE SEEING A CENTURY OF UPHEAVAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THAT IS OCCURRING IN SYRIA WITH A COMPLEX CIVIL WAR. ON ONE SIDE YOU HAVE THE BRUTAL ASSAD REGIME ALIGNED WITH HEZBOLLAH. AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, SUNNI GROUPS OF WHICH THE WORST, THE MOST BARBARIC IS ISIL. IT IS IN AMERICA'S NATIONAL INTERESTS, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS TO DEFEAT AND DESTROY ISIL, PERIOD, HANDS DOWN. AND THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE AMERICAN UNITY, AMERICAN RESOLVE AND I CAN TELL YOU NEVER IN RECENT TIMES HAS AMERICAN LEADERSHIP BEEN MORE IN DEMAND. THIS IS THE TIME FOR US TO STEP UP. IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF WORK. IT'S GOING TO TAKE THE FIGHTING CAPABILITIES OF THE KURDISH WITH THE IRAQI FORCES AND WILL TAKE THE U.S. TRAINING AND VETTING MODERATE SYRIAN FORCES TO DEAL WITH THIS. THIS IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP AND THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S NECESSARY. AGAIN, WE NEED A BROADER STRATEGY THAT'S GOING TO INVOLVE A COALITION. THIS FIRST STEP WILL SHOW THAT AMERICAN RESOLVE TO FRIENDS AND FOES ALIKE AS WELL AS THOSE ON THE SIDELINES. WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT AND PULL THIS COALITION TOGETHER. THIS WILL HELP THE PRESIDENT HAVE THE NECESSARY LEVERAGE TO DO THIS AND PUT THIS COALITION IN PLACE TO DEFEAT THREAT OF ISIL AND GET TO A BROADER POLITICAL SETTLEMENT IN THE REGION. WHAT'S GOING ON IN SYRIA IS A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S WHY THIS COUNTRY, ALL AMERICANS MUST SPEAK WHAT A UNIFIED VOICE. A STRONG VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT IS ESSENTIAL AS A FIRST STEP TO PUTTING THIS IN PLACE. MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PRESIDENT, I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO PUT ALL DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS INPUTTING TOGETHER A STRONG COALITION AND ASK FOR VERY SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES ON THESE COUNTRIES WHETHER IT IS TURKEY, QATAR AND THEY WILL HAVE TO STEP UP. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS LEVERAGE. THIS GIVES HIM THE FIRST STEP. I WOULD HOPE HE WILL COME TO THE CONGRESS FOR A BROADER AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE, BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THAT WILL GIVE HIM ALL THE LEVERAGE HE NEEDS TO COMPLETE THIS DIPLOMATIC TASK INPUTTING TOGETHER A COALITION ALONG WITH THE STRATEGY TO DEFEAT ISIL AND ELIMINATE THIS MAJOR PROBLEM WE ARE SEEING WITH A FAILED STATE IN SYRIA THAT HAS ALLOWED EXTREMIST GROUPS TO ARISE. THIS IS A TIME FOR UNITY AND AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND THIS IS THE TIME WE STEP UP. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 05:24:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SMITH: I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS.

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  • 05:24:33 PM

    MR. SMITH

    FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR. MS. KAPTUR: THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US IS A FATEFUL…

    FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR. MS. KAPTUR: THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US IS A FATEFUL ONE. IF OPERATIONS

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    MS. KAPTUR

    ISM. THE EXCLUSION OF IRAQ'S FOUR MAIN TRIBAL SUNNI GROUPS CONTINUES. THE…

    ISM. THE EXCLUSION OF IRAQ'S FOUR MAIN TRIBAL SUNNI GROUPS CONTINUES. THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IN BAGHDAD LED BY THE PRIME MINISTER DOES NOT ENGENDER NOR SEEK THEIR CONFIDENCE. THERE IS NO CONTACT BETWEEN, FOR EXAMPLE, HISTORIC SUNNI TRIBES AND THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND OUR GOVERNMENT. WHAT A GAPING OMISSION. THE FOUR MAIN TRIBES -- HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT IF ANY IRAQI CLAIMS TO SPEAK FOR THEM IN BAGHDAD HE DOES SO FRAUDULENTLY. BEFORE I VOTE ON ANY RESOLUTION BEFORE TAKING SIDES IN A MAJOR SHIA-SUNNI CIVIL WAR, I WOULD SEEK ASSURANCES THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN INDIRECT CONTACT WITH THE NATIVE SUNNI TRIBES IN IRAQ WHOSE MET WILL WAS PROVEN. FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPORTANCE -- MR. SPEAKER, MIGHT I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. SMITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. KAPTUR: TO FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPORTANCE OR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. KAPTUR: TO FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THEIR IMPORTANCE OR EXCLUSION FOR THE MATCH INATIONS IN BAGHDAD IS TO PLAY CHEST WITH HALF THE BOARD EMPTY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN BAGHDAD IS TO PLAY CHEST WITH HALF THE BOARD EMPTY.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    IN BAGHDAD IS TO PLAY CHEST WITH HALF THE BOARD EMPTY. IF CERTAIN KEY…

    IN BAGHDAD IS TO PLAY CHEST WITH HALF THE BOARD EMPTY. IF CERTAIN KEY DECISION MAKERS IN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS BAGHDAD'S DIDN'T RECOGNIZE THAT MOST YOU WILL COULD BE TAKEN BY ISIL, WHY DEPEND ON THOSE TO SUPPORT A FORWARD POLICY NOW. WE SHOULD LEAVE NO CHEPS MEN OFF THE TABLE. VERY RELUCTANTLY I WILL SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I HOPE THE ADMINISTRATION WILL HEAR MY PLEAS TO MEASURE UP TO THE FULL TASK AT HAND. LEAVE NO MAJOR SUNNI ABSENT FROM THE DAUNTING COALITION THAT MUST BE FORGED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS VENTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK ANY REMAINING TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: I…

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.

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  • 05:29:57 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. MCALLISTER.

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    MR. MCALLISTER

    EBOLA AND ALLOW ISIL TO WAGE A WAR AGAINST US. A NO VOTE IS THE EASIEST…

    EBOLA AND ALLOW ISIL TO WAGE A WAR AGAINST US. A NO VOTE IS THE EASIEST VOTE TO CAST. WE CANNOT STAND BACK WHILE ISIL THREATENS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND TERRORIZE THE MIDDLE EAST. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A GENERAL, BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO ARGUE AMONGST OURSELVES. BACK HOME PEOPLE THINK WE -- ALL WE DO IS ARGUE ABOUT PETTY POLITICS AND GET NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED. NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION AND STAND UNIFIED BEHIND HOUSE LEADERSHIP. WE ARE DEALING WITH ONE OF THE MOST BARBARIC TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE SEEN IN YEARS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE CONGRESS GO HOME WITHOUT HAVING A STRATEGY TO GET RID OF ISIL. THIS GIVES CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY WITHOUT ACTING UNILATERALLY. IT WOULD BE A DISSERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS AND OUR ALLIES IF WE CONTINUE BICKERING WHILE ISIL MOBILIZES AND RECRUITS NEW MEMBERS. IT REQUIRES COORDINATED EFFORT TO ARM AND TRAIN. AS A VETERAN, I DO NOT WANT TO SEE MY BROTHERS IN ARMS AND DIE IN VAIN WHILE WE HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE MISSION. MR. SPEAKER, 9/11 IS A REMINDER THAT TERRORISM DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BOUNDARIES. WE ARE THE UNITED STATES. WE MUST STAND UNITED TO DEFEAT ALL ENEMIES, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, WHEN APPROPRIATE ON THEIR SOIL AND NOT OURS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT NOW AND PASS THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MS. LEE

    TIFFLY WORK IN -- DELIBERATE TIFF WORK IN LEADING THIS AGAIN. I'M GLAD…

    TIFFLY WORK IN -- DELIBERATE TIFF WORK IN LEADING THIS AGAIN. I'M GLAD WE'RE DEBATING THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL TO ARM AND TRAIN THE SYRIAN REBELS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE DEBATE ON SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE SUCH BROAD IMPLICATIONS ON THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE REGION IS BEING INCLUDED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION. WHEN I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE FIRST RULE I WAS TAUGHT WAS THAT YOU DON'T AUTHORIZE ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. YET, THIS IS ANOTHER INSTANCE OF CONGRESS TAKING A PATH ON ITS SOLEMN CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS TO WEIGH IN ON MATTERS OF WAR AND PEACE. I AM REMINDED OF THE FAILURE TO HAVE A THOROUGH AND ROBUST DEBATE IN THE WAKE OF 9/11 AND THE RESULTING OVERLY BROAD AUTHORIZATION WHICH I COULD NOT VOTE FOR BECAUSE IT WAS A BLANK CHECK FOR PERPETUAL WAR AND IT STILL IS ON THE BOOKS AND IS BEING USED FOR THE AUTHORITY FOR THE STRIKES TAKING PLACE NOW. THIS RESOLUTION SHOULD BE REPEALED. AND IT WAS THE RUSH TO WAR IN IRAQ IN 2002. THAT LED US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. ISIS DID NOT EXIST UNTIL THE UNNECESSARY AND ILL-BEGOTTEN WAR IN IRAQ WHICH CREATED SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AND THE CIVIL WAR. WE SHOULD BE CLEAR, WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS COMMITTING ITSELF TO IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, THE U.S. HAS CONDUCTED NEARLY 3,000 MISSIONS AND MORE THAN 150 AIR STRIKES AND HAS DEPLOYED MORE THAN 1,000 TROOPS ALREADY. IN A SPEECH ABOUT THE UNITED STATES' MISSION AGAINST ISIS, THE PRESIDENT SAID, I DON'T THINK WE'RE GOING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN WEEKS. THIS IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME. I ASK TODAY, DOES THIS AMENDMENT BEGIN TO HELP US CONTAIN ISIS OR DISMANTLE ISIS? AND WHAT ARE WE GETTING OURSELVES INTO? IT'S MORE COMPLEX THAN JUST AN UP AND DOWN VOTE ON ARMING AND TRAINING MEMBERS OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS VOTE WHETHER IT'S WRITTEN IN THE AMENDMENT OR NOT, BUT IT WILL BE A FURTHER EXPANSION OF A WAR CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE AND OUR FURTHER INVOLVEMENT IN A SECTARIAN WAR. THAT'S THE CONSEQUENCE OF THIS AMENDMENT. AS I SAID EARLIER, NO ONE IN THIS BODY BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD STAND BY WHILE ISIS WREAKS OF A OK ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WE MUST ADDRESS -- HALVE OCK -- HAVOC ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WE MUST ADDRESS ISIS. THIS IS NOT A WAY TO DISMANTLE OR DISABLE OR STOP ISIS. I SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO PROTECT U.S. PERSONNEL AND TO PREVENT GENOCIDE, BUT ANY EXPANSION OF THE MILITARY STRIKES AND WHAT TOOK PLACE DURING THAT TERRIBLE PERIOD REALLY REQUIRES A FULL DEBATE AND AN AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF FORCE HERE ON THIS FLOOR AND THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY. ALSO, WHAT'S MISSING FROM THIS DEBATE IS THE NONMILITARY SOLUTIONS AND OPTIONS TO THIS CRISIS. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS HAVE STATED REPEATEDLY THAT THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION. YET, HERE WE ARE TODAY ONCE AGAIN ONLY DISCUSSING MORE ARMS AND MORE AIR STRIKES. THERE ARE TOO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS FOR ME TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. HOW WILL WE END THE SECTARIAN CONFLICT IN A DEEPER INVOLVEMENT, ACTUALLY, IN A SECTARIAN CONFLICT IN IRAQ AND SYRIA? HOW DO WE ENSURE DIFFERENT OUTCOMES THAN WHEN WE SPENT U.S. TAX DOLLARS, MIND YOU, TO TRAIN AND EQUIP THE IRAQI ARMY? MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, PLEASE? MR. SMITH: YES, I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. SMITH

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MS. LEE

    DEBATING ON HOW TO STOP ANOTHER ISIS? I -- MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS MISSING…

    DEBATING ON HOW TO STOP ANOTHER ISIS? I -- MR. SPEAKER, WHAT IS MISSING FROM THIS DEBATE IS THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND DIPLOMATIC AND REGIONALLY LED SOLUTIONS THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE THE TOOLS FOR SECURITY IN THE REGION AND FOR ANY POTENTIAL FUTURE THREATS TO THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS THAT MUST BE ANSWERED BEFORE CONGRESS VOTES ON A PROPOSAL, NO MATTER HOW TO INTERVENE MILITARILY. ONCE AGAIN, IN A REGION THAT'S VERY COMPLICATED AND VERY DANGEROUS, WE SHOULD NOT ACT IN HASTE AND WE MUST HEED THE LESSONS OF THE PAST. WE MUST ALSO LIVE UP TO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO DEBATE AUTHORIZATION OF THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE RATHER THAN AUTHORIZE TO SEND ARMS TO SYRIAN REBELS ON A CONTINUING RESOLUTION TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OPEN. THAT'S WHY I'LL VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:37:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FROM LOUISIANA, DR.

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  • 05:37:48 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    COLLEAGUE, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FROM LOUISIANA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. FLEMING

    THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M OPPOSED TO THE PRESIDENT'S VAGUE AND…

    THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M OPPOSED TO THE PRESIDENT'S VAGUE AND INADEQUATE STRATEGY FOR DEALING WITH ISIS, AND THEREFORE, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IT IS HASTE TO CLAIM CREDIT FOR WITHDRAWING OUR TROOPS FROM IRAQ, PRESIDENT LEFT THE DOOR OPEN TO THE -- TO EXACTLY THE KIND OF CRISIS THAT HAS EXPLODED THROUGHOUT THE REGION. INSTEAD OF WORKING HARD TO RENEW A STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT WITH THE SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF AMERICAN TROOPS TO PRESERVE THE PEACE, PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS ANXIOUS TO USE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ AS A CAMPAIGN SLOGAN IN 2012. WE'RE NOW REAPING THE WHIRLWIND SONG BY THAT RECKLESS POLICY. AND THIS NEW POLICY IS A LITTLE MORE THAN AN INCREMENTAL STRATEGY. NOT UNLIKE THE ONE USED IN VIETNAM. HISTORY WARNS OF THE DANGERS OF SUCH APPROACHES. BY MOVING HESITANTLY IN PIECEMEAL FASHION, THE ENEMY HAS MORE TIME TO LEARN, ADAPT AND GET STRONGER. THIS IS A RECIPE FOR A STALEMATE AND FAILURE. THERE'S ANOTHER OBVIOUS LESSON IN ALL OF THIS. ALMOST SINCE TAKING OFFICE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WORKING TO REDUCE OUR MILITARY. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DIRECTED OVER $1 TRILLION IN CUTS TO THE U.S. MILITARY SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE. UNDER HIS PLANNED CUTS, SENIOR ARMY LEADERS HAVE TESTIFIED THAT THE ARMY WOULD BE UNABLE TO REPEAT ITS PERFORMANCE OVER THE LAST DECADE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. AND FINALLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS ACTED AS IF DANGEROUS ENEMIES ARE EITHER NOT SERIOUS THREATS, LIKE THE J.V. TEAM OF GLOBAL TERRORISM, OR HAS ACTED AS THOUGH THEY'RE REASONABLE ENEMIES WHO ARE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE PEACE. NEITHER IS TRUE WITH ISIS, AND IF WE'RE GOING TO DEGRADE AND DESTROY THEM, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN THROUGH AN INDECISIVE STRATEGY THAT RELIES ON UNRELIABLE AND LARGELY UNKNOWN HELP FROM SYRIAN REBELS WHOSE OWN MOTIVATIONS AND GOALS ARE MIXED AND ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BE CERTAIN OF. IN ADDITION, RECENT HISTORY HAS TAUGHT US THAT THE WEAPONS AND RESOURCES WE COMMIT TO OTHER FORCES THAT EASILY FALL INTO THE HANDS OF EVEN WORSE ENEMIES, LIKE ISIS, AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 05:40:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES?

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCKEON

    COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER: MR.…

    FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I

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  • 05:40:43 PM

    MR. ROHRABACHER

    OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AUTHORITY AS…

    OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. I SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AUTHORITY AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BUT HIS GAME PLAN IS FLAWED. IT WILL LEAD TO FAILURE AND WILL PUT US MORE IN DANGER. THE PRESIDENT'S APPROACH OF USING AMERICAN AIRPOWER AND LOCAL GROUND TROOPS IS WISE. IT WORKED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IT WORKED IN KOSOVO. HOWEVER, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS CHOOSING THE WRONG LOCALS TO SUPPORT. WITH THIS VOTE CONGRESS APPROVES THE ARMING AND TRAINING OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY, WHICH IS RIDDLED WITH RADICAL MUSLIMS. IN SHORT, WE MAY, AGAIN, BE ARMING INSURGENTS WHO WILL END UP OUR ENEMY. WE ARE TOLD THAT THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY HAS BEEN VETTED AND THAT WE CAN TRUST THEM. THIS IS WISHFUL THINKING, NOT REALISTIC PLANNING. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SEND MORE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND WEAPONS TO THE KURDS. THAT IS CERTAINLY A GOOD CONCEPT, BUT PROPOSES TO SEND OUR ASSISTANCE VIA THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IN BAGHDAD. REST ASSURED, BAGHDAD WILL PASS ON WHATEVER IT DOESN'T WANT TO KEEP FORTH SELF, AND REMEMBER THEY WASTED MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY GIVEN THEM. ARMING RADICAL ISLAMISTS IS BAD ENOUGH. DEPENDING ON BAGHDAD TO DISTRIBUTE OUR MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE MAKES EVEN LESS SENSE. WE SHOULD ARM THE KURDS DIRECTLY, THEN INSTEAD OF RELYING ON AN UNKNOWN AND PERHAPS RADICAL FORCE, WE SHOULD INSTEAD REACH OUT TO THE ASSAD REGIME AND ENLIST HIS SUPPORT IN A FIGHT FOR THE COMMON ENEMY AGAINST THE COMMON ENEMY. PERHAPS WE SHOULD CONSULT PRESIDENT PUTIN IN RUSSIA ABOUT THIS ISSUE RATHER THAN CONSULT THE MULLAHS IN IRAN. THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL WILL NOT WORK. I WILL NOT SUPPORT IT. YET, ANOTHER INFUSION OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN THIS NEVER-ENDING CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A WRONG MOVE. IT'S WRONG FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WILL NOT SUCCEED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES? MR. SMITH: I DO. THE…

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES? MR. SMITH: I DO. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON:

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    MR. SMITH

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.

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  • 05:43:09 PM

    MR. MCKEON

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PITTINGER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. PITTINGER:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. PITTINGER: THANK…

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. PITTINGER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR.

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  • 05:43:20 PM

    MR. PITTINGER

    CHAIRMAN, I ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP YOU'VE GIVEN TO THIS…

    CHAIRMAN, I ACKNOWLEDGE THE TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP YOU'VE GIVEN TO THIS NATION AND GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE AS THE SERVANT IN OUR CONGRESS TO PROTECT THIS NATION, TO PROVIDE THE SECURITY THAT'S NEEDED AND I ADMIRE YOU GREATLY FOR YOUR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT IS CRITICAL TO BEGIN THE NEEDED PROCESS TO DESTROY ISIS. YES, IT IS LIMITED IN SCOPE OF WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS DESIGNATED CONGRESS TO APPROVE BUT IT IS NECESSARY. WE MUST CONVEY TO THE WORLD OUR COMMITMENT TO DESTROY ISIS, THE GREATEST THREAT WE'VE EVER SEEN IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. BUT A GRAVE THREAT, MR. SPEAKER, REQUIRES A COMMITMENT, A THOROUGH COMMITMENT TO MAKE SURE THE JOB IS DONE. WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS LIMITED IN SCOPE, BUT YET IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE CANNOT HOWEVER, THOUGH, HAVE A COMMITMENT THAT'S LIMITED, WE CANNOT HAVE THE MIND SET OF CHAMBERLAIN WHO NEVER RECOGNIZED THE THREAT AND THE FORCE OF ADOLF HITLER IN GERMANY. WE HAVE AN ENORMOUS THREAT BEFORE US TODAY. THE PRESIDENT GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE THREAT. HOWEVER, HE HAS BEEN LONG IN COMING TO THAT REALITY OF WHAT WE FACE IN THE WORLD TODAY. YES, HE DID STAND DOWN ON MISSILE DEFENSE IN POLAND AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA. YES, HE DID STAND DOWN OUR MILITARY, THE LOWEST SINCE WORLD WAR II LEVELS. YES, HE HAS APPEASED THE IRANIANS AND GIVEN HIM ADDITIONAL TIME TO BUILD UP -- THEM TO BUILD UP THEIR ECONOMY AND THERE ARE REAL ADVERSARIES OUT THERE AND GRATEFULLY HE UNDERSTANDS THE ADVERSARIES WE HAVE IN ISIS TODAY. THEY ARE YET BEEN A PART OF WHAT THE DIMENSION OF WHAT WE ARE FORCED TO ENCOUNTER. IT MUST BE DONE AND IT MUST BE DONE WITH THIS INITIAL AMENDMENT. WE WILL NEED TO COME BACK. WE WILL NEED TO BE HONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF WHAT'S REQUIRED TO SECURE THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    MR. SMITH

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    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    MR. MCKEON

    TEXAS,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. WILLIAMS: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. WILLIAMS: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, IT'S DISTURBING. LAST

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    ADMINISTRATION IS SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, IT'S DISTURBING. LAST…

    ADMINISTRATION IS SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY, IT'S DISTURBING. LAST MONTH THE OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PERSON SAID OBAMA'S POLICIES HAVE ENHANCED THE WORLD'S TRAN QUILT EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE WARS GOING ON. AND IT WAS RECOMMENDED DEPLOYING U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ SHOULD THERE NOT BE A CURB. OUR MILITARY WELL PREPARED AND FULLY EQUIPPED WOULD BE RIGHT NOW. OUR ALLIES AREN'T STEPPING UP AND THE PRESIDENT HAS STRAINED OUR MILITARY TO PREPARE AND PLAN. THE PRESIDENT WAS CAUGHT OFF GUARD LEAVING OUR TROOPS UNDERFUNDED. HE MUST HAVE A CLOSELY DEFINED STRATEGY THAT FULLY FUNDS AND EQUIPS OUR MILITARY. MY DISTRICT, THE 25TH ZICT OF TEXAS IS HOME TO FORT HOOD AND SO MANY TO SOME OF THE GREATEST SOLDIERS. ALL WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM NEED TO HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THEIR CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT AND NEED ADEQUATE FUNDING AND TRAINING AND TRUCKS, PLANES, WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION. WE NEED TO HAVE AN UNBEATABLE MILITARY READINESS AND HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE DEBATEST MILITARY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKES ANY MORE ACTIONS TO COMBAT OUR TERRORIST ENEMIES, HE MUST WORK WITH CONGRESS TO ROLL BACK HIS SEQUESTER CUTS AND PROVIDE OUR TROOPS WITH THE SUPPORT, RESOURCES THEY NEED AND MOSTLY THEY DESERVE. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SMITH: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. SMITH

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MCKEON: MIGHT I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT ON EITHER SIDE. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. MCKEON

    LEFT ON EITHER SIDE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    LEFT ON EITHER SIDE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 1:50.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CALIFORNIA HAS 1:50. AND 1:30. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 1:55…

    CALIFORNIA HAS 1:50. AND 1:30. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 1:55 REMAINING. MR. MCKEON: ARE YOU PREPARED TO TALK FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. SMITH:

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    MR. MCKEON

    MINUTES. MR. SMITH: CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. SMITH

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    WASHINGTON. MR. MCKEON: I'M PREPARED TO FILL UP A FEW MINUTES BEFORE WE…

    WASHINGTON. MR. MCKEON: I'M PREPARED TO FILL UP A FEW MINUTES BEFORE WE VOTE. YOU

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    MR. MCKEON

    UP A FEW MINUTES BEFORE WE VOTE. YOU KNOW, A LOT HAS BEEN SAID TODAY ON…

    UP A FEW MINUTES BEFORE WE VOTE. YOU KNOW, A LOT HAS BEEN SAID TODAY ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS ISSUE. I THINK AS I HAVE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO ALL OF THE ARGUMENTS, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE MAIN ARGUMENT AGAINST AS I HAVE HEARD IT, AGAINST ACTING ON THIS AMENDMENT AT THIS TIME IS THAT IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH OR WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE IF IT WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL. YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN IN THIS BODY NOW FOR 22 YEARS. I WISH THAT I HAD THE FORESIGHT EVERY TIME WE COME TO THIS FLOOR TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AFTER WE TAKE ACTION. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT NONE OF US REALLY HAS THAT FORESIGHT. WE CAN THINK ABOUT IT AND PROJECT, BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF WE TAKE ACTION. SOMETIMES WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF WE DON'T TAKE ACTION AND I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE THINKING ABOUT A LITTLE BIT TODAY. THERE WERE SOME COMMENTS MADE ABOUT IRAQ AND ABOUT SYRIA. ONE THING I THINK THAT HASN'T BEEN MENTIONED, WE, I THINK KNOW THAT WE LEFT IRAQ PRECIPITOUSLY. WE CAN TALK ABOUT BLAME AND PUT IT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA. AND I COULD CRITICIZE HIM FOR A LOT OF THINGS, BUT I SURE WOULDN'T WANT HIS JOB. AND I THINK BECAUSE WE DID LEAVE EARLY AND DIDN'T LEAVE ANY RESIDEAL FORCE BEHIND, MALL KI DID SOME THINGS -- MALAKI DID SOME THINGS THAT WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE CHANGED. UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN, WHO WAS A SUNNI, SUNNIS ARE THE MINORITY IN IRAQ, HE OPPRESSED THE SHIA. SO WHEN M ARCH LAKI CAME IN, A SHIA, HE REPRESSED THE SUNNIS. I THINK ONE THING THAT WE DO KNOW IS THE NEW PRIME MINISTER IS REALLY MAKING AN EFFORT TO REACH OUT TO THE SUNNIS, TO THE SHIA, TO THE KURDS, TO BRING A LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT THAT WILL LOOK OUT FOR ALL OF ITS PEOPLE. I THINK THAT HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO IRAQ. THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT OVER 1,000 OF OUR TROOPS IN THERE NOW TO BUCK THEM UP AND HELP THEM WITH THE THINGS THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN FIGHTING OFF THE TERRORISTS ISIL. AND I THINK THAT THERE ARE THINGS THEY CANNOT DO THAT WE CAN HELP THEM WITH. THEY NEED INTELLIGENCE. THEY NEED I.S.R. THEY NEED LOGISTICS. THEY NEED AIR SUPPORT. IF WE PROVIDE THOSE THINGS AND THEY SEE THAT THEY'RE GETTING GOOD SUPPORT FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT, THAT IT'S NOT A FIGHT BETWEEN DIFFERENT SECTS OR DIFFERENT REGIONS AND CAN ACTUALLY FIGHT TOGETHER AS IRAQIS, THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN PUSHING ISIL BACK, WHICH WOULD BE A GOOD THING. THEY CAN RETAKE THE TERRITORY THAT'S BEEN LOST. IN THE MEANTIME, IF WE VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO TRAIN SYRIANS THAT ARE EARLY VETTED IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THEN PUT THEM BACK INTO THE FIGHT, THESE PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR HOMELAND. THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR VILLAGES, FIGHTING FOR THEIR FAMILIES. ARE THEY PERFECT? WE DON'T KNOW. BUT I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF OUR RETIRED GENERALS WHO HAS BEEN IN THE FIGHT, AND HE TOLD ME SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WORK WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING TO FIGHT THE SAME ENEMY THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO FIGHT. AND IN THIS CASE, THESE PEOPLE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ARE WILLING TO FIGHT ISIL. AND IF THEY HAVE THE HELP THAT WE CAN PROVIDE, THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. AND THEN THE PEOPLE THAT WE TRAIN CAN GO BACK INTO THE FIGHT IN SYRIA, AND WE CAN SQUEEZE ISIL IN BETWEEN SYRIA AND IRAQ AND KEEP THEM FROM ENTERING INTO OTHER NATIONS WHERE WE DO NOT WISH TO FIGHT AT THIS TIME. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. GOHMERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. GOHMERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I DO APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME AND ENERGY THAT OUR HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE PUT INTO THIS ISSUE, TRYING TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT, BUT THE TRUTH IS IF YOU LOOK BACK UNDER THIS PRESIDENT AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, WE TRAINED PEOPLE IN LIBYA.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    IN CHIEF, WE TRAINED PEOPLE IN LIBYA. WE PROVIDED WEAPONS IN LIBYA THAT…

    IN CHIEF, WE TRAINED PEOPLE IN LIBYA. WE PROVIDED WEAPONS IN LIBYA THAT WERE THEN USED AGAINST US IN BENGHAZI. THERE ARE AMERICANS DEAD BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION FELT COMPELED TO GO IN AND TAKE OUT GADDAFI. OH, SURE, IT WAS UNDER THE GUISE OF NATO, BUT WE DID IT. THIS ADMINISTRATION SAW TO THE BOMBING OF GADDAFI, REFUSED TO ALLOWED HIM TO LEAVE PEACEFULLY. TUNE NEICE YEAH, IT JUMP STARTED, AS I SAID BEFORE, THE NEW CALIPHATE THAT THE MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SO MANY OF THE RADICALS ARE SAYING THEY'RE GOING FOR. NOW, ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS, TOO, WHEN WE GO IN AND TRAIN AS THIS PRESIDENT WANTS TO DO FOR SYRIANS, THEY LEARN OUR TRADE CRAFT. THEY USED IT AGAINST US AS THEY DID AT BENGHAZI. NOW AL QAEDA TODAY HAS INDICATED THAT ALL JIHADDISTS MUST COMBINE TOGETHER AND THAT PRESSURE IS GOING TO GET GREATER AND GREATER. ALSO, TODAY, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CLERIC, WHO HAD BEEN KICKED OUT OF QATAR. I BELIEVE HE IS NOW IN TURKEY, BUT HE'S CALLING FOR AN ALL-OUT MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OPPOSITION TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE HEAD OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS BEGGING JIHADDISTS TO COMBINE TOGETHER IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. AND WHERE IS HE? HE IS IN TURKEY. HE'S IN TURKEY. YES, THAT'S THE TURKEY THAT SAYS THE PRESIDENT SAYS WE ARE GOING TO COUNT ON AS ONE OF OUR ALLIES AND TURKEY ANNOUNCED THAT LAST WEEK THEY WILL NOT ALLOW UNITED STATES TO CONDUCT AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIS. OUR ACTION WILL UNIFY RADICALS AGAINST US. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE LEADER OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY HAS SAID THAT IT WILL NOT JOIN THE ALLIANCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE UNLESS IT RECEIVES ASSURANCES ON TOPPLING THE SYRIAN REGIME. THAT WAS REPORTED BY THE TURKISH NEWS AGENCY JUST IN THE LAST FEW DAYS. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF. WE ARE UNITING THE JIHADDISTS OF THE WORLD TO COME AGAINST US. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NOTHING LOWER TO THESE JIHADDISTS THAN INFIDELS THAT HELP INVADE WHAT THEY CONSIDER TO BE A MUSLIM COUNTRY. AND WE ARE ABOUT TO ASK FOR MORE THAN THIS ADMINISTRATION KNOWS. WHY? BECAUSE IT CONTINUES TO PURGE OUR TRAINING MATERIAL. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST. AND WHEN YOU LOSE THE "NEW YORK TIMES" THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS, YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT OBAMA. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.…

    EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON. MR. SMITH: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE

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    MR. SMITH

    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. MCKEON

    MOST OF THE ARGUMENTS I HAVE HEARD IS DON'T DO THIS. I HAVEN'T HEARD AN…

    MOST OF THE ARGUMENTS I HAVE HEARD IS DON'T DO THIS. I HAVEN'T HEARD AN ALTERNATIVE. AND I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WE HEAR A LOT AROUND HERE IS NOT LET'S NOT MAKE THE PERFECT THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS ASKED FOR THIS AUTHORITY. SAUDI ARABIA IS WILLING TO WORK WITH US ON THIS AND WE NEED TO DEVELOP THE COALITION. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. AND I THINK AT THIS TIME, IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR US TO RESERVE. I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND CONTINUE TO DEBATE TOMORROW. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CONCLUDE OUR REMARKS. I AGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN…

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CONCLUDE OUR REMARKS. I AGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN ON ONE POINT, YOU CAN RAISE ALL MANNER OF DIFFERENT QUESTIONS. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES AND IF YOU ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO VOTE ON THIS, SAVE YOURSELF THE ARGUMENT AND VOTE NO. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PART OF THE WORLD. SOMETHING CAN ALWAYS GO WRONG. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THERE WILL BE NO BAD OUTCOMES. ONE OF THE THINGS LOST, TRAIN AND EQUIP HAS BEEN EQUATED SIMPLY WITH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND HAS BEEN DEEMED A FAILURE. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT TO PEOPLE, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS ENGAGED IN MANY VERY SUCCESSFUL TRAIN AND EQUIP MISSIONS. IN FACT, THIS IS THE WAY OUT OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE WAY OUT OF COMMITTING OVER 100,000 TROOPS TO A BATTLE TO TRY TO CHANGE A COUNTRY. YOU BUILD PARTNERSHIPS. AND THOSE PARTNERSHIPS, THOSE PARTNERS IN THOSE LOCAL AREAS ARE THE ONES THAT DO THE FIGHTING. IN SOMALIA, WE HAVE VERY SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM WITH AL-SHABAAB. WE HAVE NOT LOST A U.S. LIFE IN THAT REGION. WE HAVE TRAINED AND EQUIPPED, UGANDA, KENYA AND ETHIOPIA, THEY HAVE TAKEN THE FIGHT TO AL-SHABAAB. WE ARE WORKING WITH YEMEN TO DEFEAT AL QAEDA OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA IN YEMEN AND IT IS NOT A MODEL OF ANYTHING. AND YOU CERTAINLY COULD HAVE LOOKED AT THAT AND SAID WOW, WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH THOSE GUYS? WE DID NOT WANT AL QAEDA TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND THREATEN US, WHERE TWO TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES WERE LAUNCHED AND WE HAVE TRAINED AND WORKED WITH THE YEMEN GOVERNMENT THAT HAS HELPED AND TRAIN THEM. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT IN SYRIA. THERE ARE SEVERAL STEPS TO THIS. FIRST OF ALL, SHOULD WE CONFRONT ISIS? AND I SUPPOSE YOU COULD DECIDE IT IS WAY ACROSS THE WORLD. YOU GOT SUNNIS FIGHTING SHIA, SYRIA, IRAN, ALL DIFFERENT MANNER OF PEOPLE MIXED UP. LET'S WASH OUR HANDS OF IT AND HOPE IT WORKS OUT. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS ISIS HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WILL KILL AMERICANS AND WILL THREATEN US. AND IF THEY CONTINUE TO GROW AND CONTINUE TO HOLD TERRITORY, THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY PLAN AND PLOT ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. SO SIMPLY ALLOWING ISIS TO GO FORWARD DOESN'T STRIKE ME AS A GOOD OPTION WHICH RAISES THE SECOND QUESTION. IF YOU WANT TO CONTAIN THEM, HOW DO YOU IT? JUST SENDING IN THE U.S. MILITARY TO DO IT? I THINK THE RISKS THERE ARE ENORMOUS AND WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT WOULD UNITE A FAIR NUMBER OF SUNNIS AND RADICALS AGAINST US. THE OPTION ON THE TABLE IS TO TRAIN AND EQUIP LOCAL PARTNERS TO DO THE FIGHTING. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS NOW WITH IRAQ AND NOW THAT WE HAVE A NEW GOVERNMENT THAT GIVES THE SUNNIS SOME HOPE THAT THEY WILL BE INCLUDED. IN SYRIA, WE WILL HAVE TO WORK WITH THE FREE SYRIA MOVEMENT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THESE FOLKS AND PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AND OTHER ASSISTANCE. IT'S NOT LIKE WE DON'T HAVE NOBODY OVER THERE. THE ALTERNATIVE IS ALLOWING SYRIA TO BE DIVIDED UP BETWEEN ASSAD AND ISIS AND THAT ALTERNATIVE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. . I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS ABOUT MISSION CREEP, ABOUT OPEN-ENDED WARFARE. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WE SHOULD HAVE A DEBATE ABOUT AN AUMF ON THIS FLOOR. THIS IS NOT AN AUMF. THIS IN NO WAY AUTHORIZES ANY U.S. MILITARY ACTION AGAINST ANYBODY. ALL IT DOES IS IT AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO TRAIN AND EQUIP OTHER FORCES. OTHER FORCES WILL BE HUNDREDS OF -- OUR FORCES WILL BE HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TRAINING AND EQUIPS OTHER FORCES. THERE'S A MUCH LARGER DEBATE TO HAVE IF AN AUMF IS PUT OUT ON THE FLOOR AND WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WILL BE TAKEN AND INTERPRETED WAY TOO BROADLY? WE'VE SEEN THAT HAPPEN WITH THE 2001 AUMF, FOR INSTANCE SO THAT WOULD BE A WORTHY DEBATE -- FOR INSTANCE. SO THAT WOULD BE A WORTHY DEBATE. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THREE YEARS AGO MANY PEOPLE SUGGESTED THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO. BUT WE CANNOT DO IT UNLESS CONGRESS AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO DO IT. SO I THINK THIS IS MUCH MORE NARROW IN SCOPE THAN THE BROADER DEBATE AND THE BROADER DEBATE IS ONE WE SHOULD HAVE. BUT HERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A VERY NARROW APPROACH OF TRAIN AND EQUIP THAT FRANKLY CAN HELP LIMIT U.S. ACTION. I'VE HEARD SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY, WE UNDERSTAND THE BOMBING, WE NEED TO DO THE BOMBING BECAUSE ISIS IS A THREAT AND ALL THAT. BUT WE DON'T WANT TO DO THE TRAIN AND EQUIP. WHICH TO ME IS JUST, YOU KNOW, COMPLETELY BACKWARDS. IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT MISSION CREEP, IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE U.S. GETTING TOO INVOLVED, THEN DIRECT U.S. MILITARY ACTION IS CERTAINLY A HECK OF A LOT MORE INVOLVEMENT THAN TRAINING AND EQUIPPING OTHERS IN THE REGION TO LEAD THE FIGHT. I THINK THAT'S AN APPROPRIATE POLICY. I APPLAUD THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS WORK TO PUT THIS TOGETHER. WE DO HAVE MORE WORK TO DO. THIS ONLY AUTHORIZES THIS UNTIL THE C.R. RUNS OUT, DECEMBER 11, I BELIEVE. SO WE WILL HAVE TO DO THIS IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZING ACT. BUT I THINK IT IS A MODEST AND APPROPRIATE STEP AND WHATEVER CRITICISMS YOU HAVE OF ALL MANNER OF DIFFERENT MISTAKES, PER RECEIVED AND ACTUAL THAT THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE MADE BEFORE, PLEASE DON'T LET THAT COLOR WHAT IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT POLICY DECISION AS WE TRY TO DECIDE HOW TO CONFRONT A VERY REAL THREAT IN EYE SILLS. WITH THAT I -- EYE SILLS. WITH THAT I -- ISIS. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WISH TO RESERVE? MR. MCKEON: RESERVE OUR TIME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. MCKEON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 124 IS POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 124 IS POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.…

    PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK: REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 727, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILLS, H.R.

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    THE CLERK

    727, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILLS, H.R. 2, TO…

    727, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILLS, H.R. 2, TO REMOVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OBSTACLES TO THE PRODUCTION OF MORE DOMESTIC ENERGY, TO ENSURE TRANSPORT OF THAT ENERGY RELIABILITY TO BUSINESSES, CONSUMERS AND OTHER END USERS, TO LOWER THE COST OF ENERGY TO CONSUMERS, TONE ABLE MANUFACTURERS AND OTHER BUSINESSES TO -- TO ENABLE MANUFACTURERS AND OTHER BUSINESSES TO IN ORDER TO CREATE AND SUSTAIN MORE SECURE AND WELL PAYING AMERICAN JOBS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4, TO MAKE REVISIONS TO FEDERAL LAW, TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PERIOD FROM SEPTEMBER 22, 2014, THROUGH NOVEMBER 11, 2014.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE…

    TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. H.R. 5405 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 5461 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. S. 1603 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5455 AS AMENDED ON -- 5405 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: H.R. 5405, A BILL

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND…

    TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, TO ENHANCE THE AVAILABILITY OF SMALL AND EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES TO ACCESS CAPITAL THROUGH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE MARKTSES, TO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS…

    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. 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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 320, THE NAYS ARE 102. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

    VOTE THE YEAS ARE 320, THE NAYS ARE 102. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5461 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 5461, A BILL TO CLARIFY THE APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LEVERAGE AND RISK-BASED REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, TO IMPROVE UPON THE DEFINITION PROVIDED FOR FEES IN CONNECTION WITH A MORTGAGE TRANSACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    IN CONNECTION WITH A MORTGAGE TRANSACTION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE 326. THE NAYS, 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE…

    ARE 326. THE NAYS, 97. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE…

    PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. HASTINGS, TO SUSPEND THE RULES PASS S. 1603 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: AN ACT TO REAFFIRM THAT CERTAIN LAND HAS BEEN TAKEN INTO TRUCE -- INTO TRUST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    INTO TRUCE -- INTO TRUST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 359, THE NAYS ARE 64. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

    THE YEAS ARE 359, THE NAYS ARE 64. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 5134,

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    THE CLERK

    EXTEND THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL POLICY AND…

    EXTEND THE NATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON INSTITUTIONAL POLICY AND INTEGRITY AND THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ONE YEAR. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: 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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    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. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PASS H.R. 5404 AS AMENDED. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING…

    PASS H.R. 5404 AS AMENDED. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING AUTHORITIES ACT OF 2014.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 5404, A BILL

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    THE CLERK

    AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO EXTEND CERTAIN EXPIRING PROVISIONS…

    AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO EXTEND CERTAIN EXPIRING PROVISIONS OF LAW ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MRS. KIRKPATRICK, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

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

    THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 5404 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. LAMBORN

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SPEAKER. THE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5404 WOULD EXTEND A NUMBER OF EXPIRING…

    SPEAKER. THE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5404 WOULD EXTEND A NUMBER OF EXPIRING CURRENT AUTHORITIES AND CRITICAL PROGRAMS AT BOTH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE AUTHORIZATIONS FOR VETERANS HEALTH CARE AND HOMELESS PROGRAMS, BENEFITS FOR DISABLED VETERANS AND HOME LOAN PROGRAMS. THESE NONCONTROVERSIAL PROGRAMS ARE SET TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS FISCAL ORACLE DER YEAR. THESE ARE NOT -- OR CALENDAR YEAR. THESE ARE NOT NEW PROGRAMS AND THE COST ARE FULLY OFFSET OR HAVE BEEN ASSUMED IN THE BASELINE BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR. THE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 5404 WOULD ALSO MAKE CERTAIN TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES TO PUBLIC LAW 113-146, THE VETERANS ACCESS, CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2014. THESE CHANGES ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE PROPER AND SWIFT IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS IMPORTANT LAW THAT PROVIDES VETERANS WHOSE CARE AT V.A. IS DELAYED WITH A CHOICE TO OBTAIN PRIVATE CARE AND PROVIDES THE SECRETARY THE TOOLS HE NEEDS TO HOLD SENIOR V.A. MANAGERS ACCOUNTABLE. THE CHANGES HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERSHIP OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS -- VETERANS' AFFAIRS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE…

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE JEFF DENHAM OF CALIFORNIA, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, AND A MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WHO HAS MADE MANY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WELFARE OF VETERANS SUCH AS THIS BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW. I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    OF VETERANS SUCH AS THIS BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW. I RECOGNIZE…

    OF VETERANS SUCH AS THIS BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING RIGHT NOW. I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE DENHAM FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. DENHAM: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS WE CONTINUE TO TACKLE THE PRESSING NEED FOR V.A.

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    MR. DENHAM

    WE CONTINUE TO TACKLE THE PRESSING NEED FOR V.A. HEALTH CARE REFORM, THE…

    WE CONTINUE TO TACKLE THE PRESSING NEED FOR V.A. HEALTH CARE REFORM, THE LAST THING OUR VETERANS NEED IS EVEN MORE UNCERTAINTY WITH THE MANY OTHER BENEFITS THAT HAVE AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT IMPACT ON THEIR LIVES. H.R. 5404, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS EXPIRING AUTHORITIES ACT, EXTENDS SEVERAL IMPORTANT V.A. AUTHORITIES THAT SUPPORT THE SERVICES THEY RELY ON EVERY SINGLE DAY. AS CURRENT MILITARY FORCES OVERSEAS DRAW DOWN, OUR COUNTRY MUST PREPARE TO WELCOME BACK THOUSANDS OF RETURNING SOLDIERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE YOUNG AND ASPIRING TO BUILD A NEW LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR LOVED ONES. FOR THE NEXT YEAR, VETERANS CAN CONTINUE TO UTILIZE PROGRAMS THAT HELP THEM PAY OFF SCHOOL DEBT, FOR HEALTH CARE EDUCATION AND BUY AFFORDABLE HOMES, HELPING THEIR TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE BE AN EASIER ONE. FOR THOSE VETERANS THAT REQUIRE MORE DAY TO DAY MEDICAL CARE, THEY CAN CONTINUE TO QUALIFY FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE AND ESPECIALLY ADAPTIVE HOUSING GRANTS. AS WELL AS ACCESS, EXPANDED HEALTH SERVICES, SUCH AS THOSE PROVIDED BY THE V.A.'S 70-PLUS MOBILE VET CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES WILL ALSO CONTINUE, GIVING PEACE OF MIND TO THE MANY DISABLED OR RURAL-BASED VETS THAT ARE TOO OFTEN RESTRICTED BY MOBILITY OR DISTANCE. IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, VETERANS OFTEN TRAVEL OVER 90 MILES FOR AN APPOINTMENT, DISRUPTING THEIR LIVES AND CAUSING PHYSICAL AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL REINFORCES OUR FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS, BY EXPANDING REHABILITATION, COUNSELING AND HOUSING PROGRAMS TO HELP THESE UNDERSERVED VETERANS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. SINCE 2009, VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS HAS DROPPED 23%, LARGELY DUE TO THE SUCCESS OF THESE SERVICES. WHENEVER I TRAVEL BACK TO MY DISTRICT, AND MEET WITH LOCAL VETERAN CONSTITUENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS, IT'S CLEAR THAT THESE GRANT PROGRAMS ARE MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE. IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY, CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF STOCKTON HAVE RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE V.A. THAT IS HELPING PRESERVE 791 HOUSEHOLDS IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY FROM THE THREAT OF HOMELESSNESS. THAT'S 791 FAMILIES WHO HAVE A CHANCE TO BUILD A STABLE HOME LIFE AND KEEP THEIR KIDS IN SCHOOL. AND AS CO-CHAIR OF THE VETERANS JOBS CAUCUS, I PLACE ESPECIALLY HIGH IMPORTANCE ON THE CONTINUANCE OF OUR CENTRAL REINTEGRATION AND JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. THESE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN GAIN THE SKILLS AND QUALITIES THAT ARE HIGHLY VALUED BY EMPLOYERS. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO CONNECT THEM WITH THE RESOURCES AND TRAINING THAT THEY NEED TO WORTHWHILE JOBS THAT WILL BRING THIS FINANCIAL SECURITY AND DIGNITY TO THEIR LIVES. IN CLOSING, I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN, AS WELL AS ALL OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER. THIS IS A GREAT BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL CONTINUE TO HELP THE LIVES OF THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING FOR THIS -- FREEDOMS OF OUR COUNTRY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. KIRK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. KIRK I, KIRK RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. KIRK I, KIRK RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: -- MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    KIRKPATRICK: I RESERVE.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY…

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND HAS MADE VERY SOLID AND IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VETERANS, FOR THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. LAMBORN

    CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VETERANS, FOR THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VETERANS, FOR THREE MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. WALORSKI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. WALORSKI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. WALORSKI: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5404, THIS LEGISLATION WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT MANY OF AMERICA'S VETERANS WHO SWORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THIS GREAT NATION.

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  • 07:09:52 PM

    MS. WALORSKI

    PROTECT MANY OF AMERICA'S VETERANS WHO SWORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THIS…

    PROTECT MANY OF AMERICA'S VETERANS WHO SWORE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THIS GREAT NATION. INCLUDING 54,000 IN MY DISTRICT WHO DEPEND ON THE V.A. FOR CARE AND SUPPORT. EARLIER THIS SUMMERERS I SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE V.A. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND MY FELLOW CONFEREES AND I WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND AGAIN PROVING THAT HELPING VETS IS NOT POLITICAL OR PARTISAN, IT'S AMERICAN. WHEN THAT LEGISLATION WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, I SAID IT WAS THE FIRST STEP FORWARD, REFORMING THE V.A. TODAY'S LEGISLATION IS YET ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. HOUSE RESOLUTION 5404 WOULD EXTENDS A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT VETERANS SERVICE PROGRAMS TO VETS IN RURAL AREAS, HOMELESS VETS, VETS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, ALL IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. OF THE EIGHT MILLION VETERANS ENROLLED IN THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, ROUGHLY THREE MILLION LIVE IN RURAL AREAS. THESE VETS LIVE 30 OR MORE MILES FROM THEIR NEAREST V.A. AND MUST TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES TO RECEIVE CARE. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD GIVE MORE FUNDING TO V.S.O.'S, TO DRIVE THEIR VETS TO DOCTORS' APPOINTMENTS, INCREASING THEIR ACCESS TO CARE. THIS BILL ALSO FUNDS PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR HOMELESS VETERANS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS VETERANS. IT ALSO HELPS TO FUND JOB TRAINING, COUNSELING AND PLACEMENT SERVICES FOR THOSE VETS SO THEY CAN FIND A GOOD PAYING JOB. ADDITIONALLY, AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL ALSO ADDRESSES THE SUFFERING TO -- THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THIS WILL HELP FUND PROGRAMS TO HELP VETS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS, WITH GREATER OUTREACH, REHABILITATION SERVICES, CARE AND TREATMENT. TODAY'S AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TOWARDS MEANINGFUL REFORM AND TAKE ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. TODAY WE STAND TOGETHER TO HELP OUR NATION'S HEROES AND WE OWE IT TO OUR VETERANS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH NOTHING BUT THE BEST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I RESERVE.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    HAVE FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    NOT. MR. LAMBORN: DO NOT? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    NOT. MR. LAMBORN: DO NOT? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN:

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  • 07:12:10 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER. THE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: GO AHEAD. MRS. KIRKPATRICK:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AHEAD. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE…

    AHEAD. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES

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  • 07:12:22 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5404 AND SEND THIS…

    SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5404 AND SEND THIS IMPORTANT MUST-PASS MEASURE TO THE SENATE, TO ENSURE THAT THESE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES CONTINUE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THE GENTLELADY AND I TOO URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT H.R.…

    THE GENTLELADY AND I TOO URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT H.R. 5404 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5404, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3593 AS AMENDED, THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE…

    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3593 AS AMENDED, THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE ACT OF 2013. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    OF MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    OF MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. KIRKPATRICK, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 3593,

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    MR. LAMBORN

    HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON…

    HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON H.R. 3593, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND IN A MOMENT I WILL YIELD TO THE…

    MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND IN A MOMENT I WILL YIELD TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, MR. COFFMAN, FOR A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION, BUT THE GOAL OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO IMPROVE THE WAY V.A. MANAGES ITS MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NO SECRET THAT V.A. HAS A POOR TRACK RECORD IN MANAGING MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY PROJECTS. MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE ROUTINELY COMPLETED YEARS LATE AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVERBUDGET. UNFORTUNATELY THE CRITICALLY NEEDED V.A. HOSPITAL BEING CONSTRUCTED IN AURORA, COLORADO, FOR INSTANCE, HAS RUN INTO MAJOR PROBLEMS. AS HAVE A HANDFUL OF OTHERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DIRECT THE INCLUSION OF AN OUTSIDE ENTITY, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WHICH HAS A RECORD OF ON-TIME, ON-BUDGET COMPLETION OF PROJECTS, TO ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF V.A.'S MAJOR FACILITY CONSTRUCTION EFFORTS. NO LONGER CAN VETERANS AFFORD TO WAIT YEARS FOR NEEDED FACILITIES TO OPEN. THIS BILL FINALLY WOULD MOVE V.A. AWAY FROM THE STATUS QUO WHICH CLEARLY HAS NOT SERVED VETERANS OVER THE -- OR THE TAXPAYERS WELL AT ALL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE COFFMAN, AND APPLAUD HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THANK YOU. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: THANK…

    YOU. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M

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  • 07:15:10 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED THAT WE ARE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED THAT WE ARE BRINGING UP A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED, ALONG WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE, MR. COFFMAN, REPRESENTATIVE COFFMAN. THIS BILL TAKES AIM AT TWO OF THE V.A.'S MOST CHRONIC PROBLEMS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY. IT IS ALSO AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE REAL REFORMS WITHIN THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION PROCESS. . THIS BILL MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT IT IS A STEP FORWARD IN A DISCUSSION WE MUST HAVE ON IDRESSING THE FACILITY NEEDS OF THE V.A. AND ENSURING THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING THE ACCESS REQUIREMENTS IN A TIMELY AND COST EFFECTIVE MANNER. WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN HOW V.A. HAS UNDERPERFORMED IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ITS MULTIBILLION DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION BUDGET. LAST YEAR, THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE TESTIFIED TO THE COMMITTEE ON A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT COST OVERRUNS AND COMPLETION DELAYS. THERE MAY BE SOME DISAGREEMENT ON THE METRICS AND THE MAGNITUDE OF V.A. SHORTCOMINGS IN THIS AREA, AND I DO NOT WISH TO NOTE THAT V. -- AND I DO WISH TO NOTE THAT V.A. HAS MADE STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT IN THE END, WE ARE FACED WITH THE VERY REAL ISSUE THAT V.A. NEEDS ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE WITH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND THE ACCUSATION OF MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITIES. I BELIEVE THAT ASKING THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERING TO -- ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE THE EEX-PEER TESS -- EXPERTISE THEY HAVE TO THE V.A. IS A STEP WE SHOULD EXPLORE. I'M HOPEFUL WE'LL PASS THIS BILL TODAY AND CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION WITH THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE, THE V.A., AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THIS LEGISLATION SHOWS WHAT WE CAN DO BY WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE. IT WOULD CODIFY SOME OF THE G.A.O. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM 2013 AS WELL AS OTHER INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE. H.R. 3593 WOULD ALSO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE V.A. IN THE FORM OF SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGERS AND DESIGN CONSTRUCTION EVALUATIONS ON PARTICULARLY TROUBLED MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. WHILE I RECOGNIZE THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND V.A. HAVE SOME RESERVATIONS WITH THE BILL, I BELIEVE WE CAN WORK WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LEGISLATION -- LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE TO ENSURE A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR ALL PARTIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3593 AS PART OF OUR ROLE AS WATCHDOGS ON BEHALF OF VETERANS AND TAXPAYERS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION.…

    GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE COFFMAN OF COLORADO A MEMBER OF THE V.A. COMMITTEE, A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. COFFMAN: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE

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  • 07:18:37 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    COLORADO. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT AND…

    COLORADO. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, I INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 3593, THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE ACT, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND AND RANKING MEMBER ANN KIRKPATRICK OF ARIZONA TO ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH THE V.A.'S CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES, PROBLEMS WHICH BECAME PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE'S -- OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S WORK. MY PROPOSED REFORMS ARE DESIGNED TO SPEED CONSTRUCTION AND REIN IN THE OUT OF CONTROL COSTS OF THREE MAJOR V.A. REGIONAL PROJECTS UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN ARATHER ROW -- AURORA, COLORADO, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, AND ORLANDO, FLORIDA. WE INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION LATE LAST YEAR BASED ON THE INVESTIGATIVE WORK OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN RESPONSE TO A GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT THAT FOUND THAT V.A.'S MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS HAVE BEEN MIRED IN MISMANAGEMENT. THE REPORT CONCLUDED EARLY LAST YEAR THAT THESE PROJECTS ARE MORE THAN $360 MILLION EACH OVER BUDGET AND ALMOST THREE YEARS ON AVERAGE BEHIND SCHEDULE. THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE ACT IMPLEMENTS G.A.O. RECOMMENDED REFORMS BY ASSIGNING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PLANNERS TO THESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND STREAMLINING THE CHANGE ORDER PROCESS. THE PROPOSAL ALSO GOS A STEP FURTHER BY REQUIRING THE ASSIGNMENT OF AN EMERGENCY MANAGER FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, INDEPENDENT OF THE V.A., TO OVERSEE THESE PROJECTS. AND ONLY THESE THREE MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE G.A.O. SPECIFICALLY SINGLED OUT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AS AN ORGANIZATION WITH A RECORD OF BUILDING SIMILAR PROJECTS WITHIN BUDGET AND ON SCHEDULE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. OUR VETERANS CANNOT SIMPLY HOPE THAT THE SITUATION IMPROVES. WE MUST GET THESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DELIVERED SO OUR NATION'S VETERANS RECEIVE THE HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT THEY HAVE EARNED WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING THE TAXPAYERS FROM MASSIVE COST OVERRUNS. NOTABLY, THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS AND THE AMERICAN LEGION. AS SUCH, I URGE EACH OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMON SENSE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZE. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I WOULD LIKE TO…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZE. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN. MS. BROWN:…

    YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN. MS. BROWN: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER KIRKPATRICK FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME.

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    MS. BROWN

    AND THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER KIRKPATRICK FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. I RISE…

    AND THANK YOU RANKING MEMBER KIRKPATRICK FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. LET ME JUST SAY, I UNDERSTAND I'M THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER ON THE V.A., 23 YEARS, AND I UNDERSTAND, DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH TOO MANY FACTS. BUT THIS BILL ONLY INCLUDES THREE PROJECTS. DENVER, COLORADO, ORLANDO, FLORIDA, ONE WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AND NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. AND THESE PROJECTS, ALL OF THEM, ARE FAR TOO LONG IN THE PROCESS TO INJECT A SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGER. THE ORLANDO V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IS CURRENTLY 94% COMPLETE AND CONSTRUCTION IS PLANNED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. NEW ORLEANS IS 52% COMPLETE AND ANTICIPATION IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY, 2016. THE V.A. AND THE CONTRACTOR HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO A FIRM, FIXED PRICE AND ARE WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER ON THE DELIVERY OF THIS PROJECT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DENVER, V. -- ABOUT THE DENVER V.A. MEDICAL CENTER. HOWEVER, THE SPRONLT 55% COMPLETE AND ANY EFFORTS TO CHANGE THE LEADERSHIP MID STREAM WOULD ONLY DELAY THINGS FURTHER AND CAUSE -- COST OUR VETERANS TIME AND MONEY THAT COULD BE BETTER SPENT ON THEIR HEALTH CARE. AS A SENIOR MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE AMOUNT OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORK THAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AROUND THE COUNTRY. WITH NEARLY $6 BILLION IN BACKLOG OF AUTHORIZED CIVIL WORK PROJECTS FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND WITH NEW CRITICAL PORT RELATED PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THE RECENT PASSAGE OF THE WATER RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ACT, THERE ARE GRAVE CONCERNS BY THE ARMY CORPS AND I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT THE LETTER IN THE RECORD FROM THE ARMY CORPS, THEIR ABILITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT, ESPECIALLY THE COST THAT IT WOULD RELATE TO THE ARMY CORPS AND WITH PRIOR EXPERIENCE, THE ARMY CORPS HAS INDICATED THAT THEY -- THIS KIND OF AGREEMENT DOES NOT WORK. THEY PRESENTLY HAVE ALL THE AUTHORIZATION THEY NEED TO WORK WITH V.A. AND IN FACT, THEY SEND THE V.A. $377 MILLION, 74 PROJECTS THEY ALREADY PARTICIPATE NATIONWIDE. THEY DON'T NEED ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZATION. WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO WOULD ONLY SLOW DOWN THE PROJECT IN ORLANDO. I HAVE SPENT -- ALL THE MEMBERS FROM THE ORLANDO AREA, WE HAVE SPENT QUEERS ON THIS PROJECT. IT IS NOT JUST -- YEARS ON THIS PROJECT. IT IS NOT JUST THE V.A.'S PROBLEM. FOR YEARS WE DID NOT HAVE ANY CONSTRUCTION GOING ON WITH THE V.A. THESE PROJECTS, THESE LAST PROJECTS, WE HADN'T DONE ANY CONSTRUCTION IN THE V.A. IN 15 YEARS. SO CERTAINLY A LOT OF THE EXPERTISE WAS GONE. BUT NOW IT IS NOT IN THE BEST ADVANTAGE TO INSERT -- MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS? IT IS NOT IN THE BENEFIT TO HAVE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES PLACED PARTICULARLY IN ORLANDO AT THIS TIME. WE HAVE A PROJECT THAT IS CLOSE TO COMPLETION. WE WANT TO BRING THIS PROJECT IN ON TIME. BY THE TIME THIS BILL, EVER, IS PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, I'M HOPING THE VETERANS WILL BE IN THE V.A. FACILITY IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE WORKED WITH THEM AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE HANDLED IT, IT'S NOT JUST THE V.A. THE PEOPLE, THE CONSTRUCTION PEOPLE, IT'S BEEN A PROBLEM ALL ALONG. I AM NOT SAYING THAT THE ARMY CORPS CANNOT BE HELPFUL BUT AT THIS TIME, THEY ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT BE HELPFUL IN THIS PROJECT, AND SO, AS THE GENTLEMAN, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, TAKE ORLANDO OUT OF WHATEVER YOU ARE PROPOSING. IT IS TOO LATE. WE ARE READY FOR OUR V.A. FACILITY TO OPEN UP IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, AND TO SERVE THE VETERANS OF THE CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA AND CERTAINLY THE VETERANS DESERVE TO BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO THE V.A. FACILITY IN THE ORLANDO-CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMB

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  • 07:27:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMB BORN: I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE TERRY OF NEBRASKA…

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMB BORN: I RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE TERRY OF NEBRASKA FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 07:27:23 PM

    MR. LAMB BORN

    TERRY OF NEBRASKA FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. TERRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. COFFMAN…

    OBJECTION. MR. TERRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. COFFMAN FOR BRINGING

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    MR. TERRY

    I WANT TO THANK MR. COFFMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL. I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY…

    I WANT TO THANK MR. COFFMAN FOR BRINGING THIS BILL. I THINK IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND IT DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE OMAHA V.A. INPATIENT FACILITY AS WELL AS VETERANS AROUND THE MIDWEST AREA. THE COST OVERRUNS OF THE DENVER, THE AURORA HOSPITAL AS WELL AS ORLANDO AND OTHERS, HAS BEEN NOTED IN THE V.A. REPORT, SHOWING THAT THESE HOSPITALS ON AVERAGE ARE 35 MONTHS DELAYED AND SW BETWEEN $300 MILLION TO $400 MILLION OVER BUDGET AND IT SHOWS A SERIOUS INABILITY OF THE V.A.'S CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT SUBAGENCY TO MANAGE AND RUN THESE PROJECTS. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE V.A. TO EMPLOY AT LEAST ONE SPECIAL PROJECT MANAGER IF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND IT'S BEEN NOTED BY EVERY SPEAKER HERE TODAY THAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS A SPECIALTY AND SOMEWHAT AMAZING ABILITY TO GET PROJECTS DONE ON TIME AND ON BUDGET SYSTEM OF HAVING THEIR LEVEL OF EXPERTISE INJECTED INTO THIS, EVEN IF IT'S JUST AN ADVISORY OR CONSULTING ROLE IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. I WOULD PREFER THAT WE JUST TURNED IT ALL OVER, THE V.A. HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION, TO SOMETHING LIKE THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS BUT THIS IS A LEGITIMATE, GOOD FIRST STEP IN THIS PROCESS. NOW, OUR OMAHA FACILITY REMAINS NUMBER 23. IT'S BEEN IN THAT AREA NOW FOR SIX YEARS AND IT LOOKS LIKE UNLESS WE IMPROVE THIS PROCESS AND GET THEIR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL, THAT IT COULD BE MORE THAN A DECADE BEFORE OUR NEW V.A. IN-PATIENT, REPLACING AN OVER 60-YEAR-OLD BUILDING WHERE THEY HAD NO WATER FOR ONE 24-HOUR PERIOD BECAUSE OF THE POOR INFRASTRUCTURE. SO THAT'S HOW WE'RE HARMING OUR VETERANS BY NOT GETTING THESE PROJECTS DONE ON TIME AND WITHIN BUDGET. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO FOR TAKING CHARGE OF THIS ISSUE. AND ALL OF THE CONVERSATIONS YOU AND I HAVE HAD ABOUT THIS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:29:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    MR. COFFMAN, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    MR. COFFMAN, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. COFFMAN: I THANK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. COFFMAN: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB

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    MR. COFFMAN

    MR. LAMB BORN, THE -- -- MR. LAMBORN, AND I THINK GOING BACK TO THIS…

    MR. LAMB BORN, THE -- -- MR. LAMBORN, AND I THINK GOING BACK TO THIS GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT THAT SAYS THAT ON AVERAGE, THESE PROJECTS ARE $366 MILLION OVER BUDGET, ON AVERAGE THESE PROJECTS ARE 35 MONTHS BEHIND SCHEDULE, SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE TAKEN RIGHT FROM THIS REPORT. THAT ARE PART OF THIS BILL. ONE RECOMMENDATION THAT WASN'T SPECIFICALLY IN THE BILL BUT WAS MENTIONED IN THE BILL BY SAYING THAT, BY REFERENCING THAT THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BUILDS BASICALLY THE SAME PROBBLINGTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE HOSPITALS ON SCHEDULE AND WITHIN BUDGET. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, AGAIN, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WASTED IN EVERY SINGLE FACILITY THAT'S NOT GOING TO THE HEALTH CARE THAT OUR VETERANS HAVE EARNED, SO I THINK IT'S ONLY RIGHT THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS, NOT SIMPLY TO BE -- ONLY TO BE FAIR TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED US IN UNIFORM, WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH IN DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY, AND GIVING THEM THE BENEFITS THAT THEY HAVE EARNED THROUGH THEIR SERVICE, BUT ALSO OUT OF RESPECT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THE UNITED STATES. WHO HAVE BASICALLY HAD THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS WASTED. . IN BUILDING THESE PROJECTS WITH THESE MABSIVE COST OVERRUNS -- MASSIVE COST OVERRUNS. I'VE HAD COUNTLESS MEETINGS WITH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THEY SAID THAT THEY COULD NOT PUBLICLY STATE THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS, BUT I'VE GONE -- GIVEN THIS LEGISLATION TO THEM, SAID, COME BACK TO ME IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES WITH IT. THEY DID NOT, OTHER THAN TO SAY THAT THEY FEEL PER SPECULATIVELY THEY SHOULD BE THE ONES MANAGING THESE PROJECTS PERIOD. MY BILL DOES NOT ADDRESS THAT PERSPECTIVE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAVE ANY -- MR. KIRK: I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. KIRK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SPEAKERS EITHER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- DOES THE…

    SPEAKERS EITHER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- OR OR EXCUSE ME, FROM ARIZONA YIELD BACK? MRS. KIRKPATRICK:

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  • 07:32:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM -- OR OR EXCUSE ME, FROM ARIZONA YIELD BACK? MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I HOPE…

    FROM -- OR OR EXCUSE ME, FROM ARIZONA YIELD BACK? MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS AND WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS.

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  • 07:32:35 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS. I YIELD BACK THE…

    TO IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF FACILITIES FOR OUR VETERANS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR.

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  • 07:32:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SPEAKER. I TOO THANK THE GENTLELADY ONCE AGAIN FROM ARIZONA FOR HER…

    SPEAKER. I TOO THANK THE GENTLELADY ONCE AGAIN FROM ARIZONA FOR HER BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THE U.S. HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT, SUPPORT H.R. 3593, AS AMENDED, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:33:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3593, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. LAMBORN: I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4276

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  • 07:33:26 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    RULES AND PASS H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED, THE VETERANS TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY…

    RULES AND PASS H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED, THE VETERANS TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2014.

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  • 07:33:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    LIVING SERVICES FOR VETERANS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. KIRKPATRICK, EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS TO H.R. 4276 AS

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  • 07:34:00 PM

    MR. LAMBORN

    FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS TO H.R.…

    FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS TO H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED WOULD REQUIRE THE…

    I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, BEGINNING IN JANUARY, TO PROVIDE REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON THE PILOT PROGRAM FOR ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES FOR VETERANS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. WITH PASSAGE OF THE VETERANS ACCESS, CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO EX -- EXCUSE ME, EXTEND THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS. AS OF JUNE 1 OF THIS YEAR, 187 VETERANS FROM 46 DIFFERENT FACILITIES IN 22 STATES HAVE BEEN ENROLLED FOR SERVICES. THESE ARE SEVERELY INJURED VETERANS WHO STILL WANT TO LIVE WITH INDEPENDENTS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. FOR THAT REASON THIS BILL ALSO AMENDS THE DEFINITION OF, QUOTE, ASSISTED LIVING, UNQUOTE, TO ENCOMPASS COMMUNITY BRAIN INJURY CARE. TOO OFTEN PILOT PROGRAMS ARE INITIATED AND 'A-- AND ABANDONED BY THE V.A. WITH LITTLE REPORTING OR DATA ANALYSIS. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL IS IMPORTANT. IT WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY TO PROVIDE QUARTERLY REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON UTILIZATION, STATUS AND VETERANS' SATCHINGS, AS WELL AS INTERIM ASSESSMENTS AS TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT. IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE A FINAL REPORT AS TO HOW V.A. WOULD EXPECT TO CONTINUE OR INTEGRATE THIS PILOT INTO OTHER SERVICES THAT ARE VITAL FOR ENHANCING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE VETERANS SUFFERING FROM WHAT'S BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE SIGNATURE WOUNDS OF RECENT CONFLICTS, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, T.B.I. I'M GRATEFUL TO REPRESENTATIVE BILL CASSIDY, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM LOUISIANA, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION, AND I'M PROUD TO JOIN HIM IN SUPPORTING IT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:36:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS YIELDED AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS YIELDED AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:36:15 PM

    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    HAS BECOME A SIGNATURE WOUND OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS. THESE…

    HAS BECOME A SIGNATURE WOUND OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS. THESE CONFLICTS HAVE CAUSED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SERVICE MEMBERS TO SUSTAIN T.B.I.'S. THE VETERANS ACCESS, CARE AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT EXTENDED THE PILOT PROGRAM ON ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES FOR VETERANS WITH T.B.I. UNTIL OCTOBER, 2017. THIS PILOT HAS HELPED NEARLY 200 VETERANS WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE BRAIN INJURIES AND THIS PROGRAM FILLS A TREATMENT NEED WHICH RESIDENTIAL V.A. FACILITIES CURRENTLY CANNOT HANDLE. H.R. 4276 WILL IMPROVE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE T.B.I. ASSISTED LIVING PILOT PROGRAM SO THAT WE CAN BETTER GAUGE ITS SUCCESS AND EXPAND THE DEFINITION OF COMMUNITY-BASED RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATIVE SERVICES SO THAT VETERANS WITH T.B.I. HAVE OTHER RESIDENTIAL AND HOME-BASED ASSISTED LIVING OPTIONS. CONGRESS HAS PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES FOR THIS PROGRAM. CURRENTLY APPROACHING $30 MILLION PER YEAR. REPORTS SHOW THAT VETERANS BELIEVE THIS IS A SUCCESSFUL AND POPULAR PROGRAM. BUT WE IN CONGRESS MUST PROVIDE VITAL OVERSIGHT SO THAT INNOVATIVE PILOT PROGRAMS MEET OUR VETERANS' NEEDS. THIS IS WHY WE NEED BETTER DATA ON THE COST AND BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM TO VETERANS. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE V.A. TO SUBMIT DETAILED QUARTERLY REPORTS ON THIS PILOT PROGRAM. I BELIEVE THAT THESE INCREASED REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WILL ENSURE THAT THE V.A.'S PROVIDING THE BEST REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR OUR VETERANS WITH T.B.I. EARLIER THIS YEAR I HELD A FIELD HEARING ON ACCESS TO CARE FOR VETERANS WITH T.B.I. AT THE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IN TUCSON, ARIZONA. THE TUCSON V.A.'S POLYTRAUMA CARE UNIT IS ONE OF SEVERAL V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT IS AT THE VERY FOREFRONT OF PROVIDING CARE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES FOR VETERANS WITH T.B.I. I BELIEVE THE V.A.'S CUTTING-EDGE TREATMENTS AND ITS COORDINATED CARE FOR VETERANS WITH T.B.I. SERVE AS A MODEL FOR INNOVATIVE CARE THAT COULD BE EXPANDED TO OTHER MEDICAL SPECIALTIES SO THAT THE V.A. MAY BETTER ADDRESS THE UNIQUE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF OUR VETERANS. IN THE COMING MONTHS, WE MUST LOOK TO FUNDAMENTALLY REFORM THE V.A. AND HOW IT PROVIDES BENEFITS AND SERVICES TO VETERANS. WE MUST LOOK TO SOME OF THE V.A.'S HEALTH CARE DELIVERY PROGRAMS THAT SHOW PROMISE, SUCH AS THE ASSISTED LIVING PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES THROUGHOUT THE V.A. SYSTEM THAT WILL GIVE OUR VETERANS THE TIMELY, WORLD-CLASS HEALTH CARE THEY DESERVE. I LOOK FORWARD TO ENGAGING MY COLLEAGUES AND VETERANS IN THIS GOAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4276, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    THE BILL, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BILL CASSIDY OF…

    THE BILL, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BILL CASSIDY OF LOUISIANA. FOR TWO MINUTES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. CASSIDY: THANK YOU, MR.…

    FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. CASSIDY: THANK YOU, MR. LAMBORN. MR. SPEAKER,

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    MR. CASSIDY

    LAMBORN. MR. SPEAKER, OVER 19% OF RETURNING VETERANS SUFFER FROM SOME FORM…

    LAMBORN. MR. SPEAKER, OVER 19% OF RETURNING VETERANS SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. THAT'S WHY IN MARCH I INTRODUCED H.R. 4276, WHICH WOULD EXTEND A V.A. PILOT PROGRAM TO CARE FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY OR T.B.I. AND WAS PLEASED WHEN A PORTION OF THIS BILL WAS INCLUDED IN THE VETERANS ACCESS TO CARE ACT OF 2014. IN ADDITION TO EXTENDING THE PROGRAM FOR A LONGER LENGTH OF TIME, MY BILL ALSO CREATED METRICS FOR DETERMINING THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM. I'M PLEASED THE HOUSE WILL NOW VOTE ON THE AMENDED PORTION OF MY BILL, WHICH CREATES A MORE THOROUGH, FREQUENT REPORTING REQUIREMENT AND EXPANDS THE DEFINITION OF ASSISTED LIVING TO ENCOMPASS BROADER DEFINITIONS OF CARE. THE EXPANDED REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ALLOW FOR, AGAIN, A MORE THOROUGH DETERMINATION OF HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS PROGRAM IS IN REHABILITATING PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM T.B.I. I'M A DOC. I KNOW UNLESS YOU MEASURE SOMETHING, IT WILL NOT CHANGE. IF WE MEASURE AND FIND IT DOES WELL, HOPEFULLY WE EXPAND. IF NOT, WE IMPROVE. WE'LL ALSO MEASURE THE SATISFACTION THAT THE VETERAN AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE WITH THE PROGRAM. BY EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF ASSISTED LIVING, THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS FOR MORE PARTNERSHIPS TO TAKE PLACE WITH NON-V.A. FACILITIES SO THAT VETERANS CAN RECEIVE THE KIND OF CARE THAT SERVE THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS. IT IS OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO CARE FOR OUR VETERANS AND ENSURE THEY RECEIVE THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE . I THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE IT CONSIDERED AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THANK YOU. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I'D

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I'D LIKE TO…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA VOIDS FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. BROWN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOIDS FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. BROWN: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING…

    VOIDS FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. BROWN: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER.

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    MS. BROWN

    YOU, RANKING MEMBER. AND THIS IS CERTAINLY A BILL THAT I CAN SUPPORT. H.R.…

    YOU, RANKING MEMBER. AND THIS IS CERTAINLY A BILL THAT I CAN SUPPORT. H.R. 4276 WOULD IMPROVE THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE T.B.I. ASSISTED LIVING PILOT PROGRAM SO THAT WE CAN BETTER GAUGE ITS SUCCESS, THE EXPANSION OF THE DEFINITION OF A COMMUNITY-BASED RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION SERVICES, SO THAT VETERANS WITH T.B.I. HAVE OTHER RESIDENTIAL AND HOME-BASED ASSISTANT LIVING. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO GO BACK TO WHAT THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID ABOUT ANY WAR THAT WE PARTICIPATE IN. THE WILLINGNESS WITH WHICH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO SERVE IN ANY WAR, NO MATTER HOW JUSTIFIABLE, SHALL BE DIRECTLY PROPORTION ATH AS TO HOW THEY PER -- PROPORTION AT AS TO HOW THEY RECEIVE VETERANS OF EARLY WARS ARE TREATED AND APPRECIATED BY THEIR COUNTRY AND WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT ON VETERANS' DAY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE TREAT THEM, HOW WE SUPPORT THEM AND I THINK THIS BILL GOES A LONG WAY TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY'RE EXPERIENCING RETURNING FROM THE LAST TWO WARS. SO THIS IS CERTAINLY A BILL THAT I CAN SUPPORT AND I WANT TO SAY AGAIN, MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA AND I WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS FOR THEIR SERVICE. NOT JUST THANKING THEM, BUT THIS IS REALLY PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR -- YOUR MOUTH WHERE YOUR MONEY. IS THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4276, AND…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4276, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

    ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4276 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. LAMBORN

    AND PASS SENATE BILL 2258, THE VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING D…

    AND PASS SENATE BILL 2258, THE VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING D ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2014. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: SENATE 2258, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE…

    OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: SENATE 2258, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2014, IN THE RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR VETERANS AND SERVICE -- WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES, AND THE RATES OF DEPENDENCY AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION, FOR THE SURVIVORS OF CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    THE CLERK

    OF CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    OF CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MRS. KIRKPATRICK, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON SENATE BILL 2258. THE

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    MR. LAMBORN

    DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON SENATE BILL 2258. THE…

    DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON SENATE BILL 2258. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMBORN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE…

    TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. MR. LAMBORN: THANK YOU. AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS, I RISE TODAY IN FAVOR OF THE VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ABILITY OF 2014. MR.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ABILITY OF 2014. MR.…

    VETERANS' COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ABILITY OF 2014. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIMELY THAT WE CONSIDER THIS LEGISLATION TODAY, HAVING JUST OBSERVED LAST WEEK THE 13TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND, THE CATALYST FOR OUR EFFORTS TO FIGHT TERRORISM. . MANY OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH IN RECENT AND PAST CONFLICTS ARE IN CONTINUED AND INCREASED NEED. THIS IS CRITICAL LEGISLATION THAT AUTHORIZES A COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT FOR DISABLED VETERANS RECEIVING DISABILITY COMPENSATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND OTHER COMPENSATION FOR SURVIVORS OF VETERANS WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE AMOUNT OF INCREASES WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WHICH DETERMINES THE COST OF LIVING INCREASES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AS WELL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. RUNYAN OF NEW JERSEY FOR INTRODUCING H.R. 4095, A COMPANION BILL TO THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

    FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. KIRKPATRICK: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS YIELDED SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS YIELDED SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    RECEIVE A COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT BEGINNING IN DECEMBER. TODAY THE HOUSE…

    RECEIVE A COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT BEGINNING IN DECEMBER. TODAY THE HOUSE CAN ALSO ACT TO ENSURE VETERANS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE SHE SUPPORT THEY DESERVE. THIS BILL THAT WE MUST PASS EVERY YEAR IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE BENEFITS WE PAY OUR VETERANS DO NOT LOSE PURCHASING POWER BECAUSE OF INFLATION. TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THIS MEASURE AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THIS BILL DIRECTS THE V.A. TO INCREASE THE RATES OF VETERAN'S DISABILITY COMPENSATION PRORKVIDE ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR DISABLED VETERANS WITH THE -- WITH DEPENDENTS, ENSURE CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS RECEIVE A CLOTHING ALLOWANCE AND INCREASE DEPENDENCY AND INDEMOCRATNYITY COMPENSATION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSES AND CHILDREN. THESE ADJUSTMENTS WOULD BE MADE EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 20 14RKS AND MATCH THE INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. SENATE BILL 2258 WILL ASSIST THE ESTIMATED 4.5 MILLION VETERANS AND SURVIVORS WHO RECEIVE THESE BENEFITS AND OFTEN DEPEND ON THESE PAYMENTS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. FOR SOME, IT IS THEIR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME. WITHOUT THIS ANNUAL COLA INCREASE, VETERANS, THEIR FAMILIES AND SURVIVORS WOULD SEE THE VALUE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED BENEFITS SLOWLY ERODE. PROVIDING FOR THIS COST OF LIVING INCREASE IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING CONGRESS CAN DO TO HELP VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT HAVE ALREADY SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT SENATE BILL 2258 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. LAMBORN

    TIME AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. TITUS. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. TITUS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU, AND I THANK THE…

    RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MS. TITUS: THANK YOU, AND I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR YIELDING TO ME AND HER HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS. AS THE RANKING

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  • 07:48:56 PM

    MS. TITUS

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR YIELDING TO ME AND HER HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR YIELDING TO ME AND HER HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 2258, THE VETERANS COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT. UNLIKE SOCIAL SECURITY COLA INCREASES, CONGRESS MUST ACT EACH YEAR TO PROVIDE VETERANS WITH THE COLA INCREASE THEY EARNED AND DESERVE. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE CORRESPONDING LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE WITH OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JON RUNYAN. TOGETHER WE ALSO INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO MAKE THIS YEARLY ADJUSTMENT AUTOMATIC. SO TODAY, THE HOUSE WILL PASS A NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO MEET THE BIPARTISAN GOAL OF ENSURING OUR NATION'S HEROS RECEIVE ALL THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED. BUT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT BILL THAT HAS BEEN BLOCKED FROM CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE. THAT BILL IS H.R. 2529 THE VETERANS' SPOUSES EQUAL TREATMENT ACT, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE ALL MARRIED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES ACCESS TO FEDERAL BENEFITS THEY DESERVE. LAST WEEK IN THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ONLY ONE REPUBLICAN HAD THE COURAGE TO VOTE TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO V.A. BENEFITS TO LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE. CUP WHOLS RECEIVE THE BENEFITS WHILE THEY WERE IN THE MILITARY BUT LOST THEM -- COUPLES WHO RECEIVED THE BENEFITS WHILE THEY WERE IN THE MILITARY BUT LOST THEM ON BECOMING VETERANS IF THEY LIVED IN CERTAIN STATES. WE HEARD ALL KINDS OF EXCUSES. WE HEARD IT WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR CONGRESS TO FORCE STATES TO ADOPT FEDERAL DIRECTIVE. THAT IS RIDICULOUS AND INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST. THIS HOUSE VOTED TO MANDATE THAT STATE PROSS SIDE IN-STATE TUITION FOR VETERAN, A MEASURE AUTHORED BY THE VERY MEMBER WHO MADE THE SPECIOUS ARGUMENT AGAINST THAT BILL. AND WE HEARD PROCESS ARGUMENTS AS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT GOING THE RIGHT THING. I WOULD REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MAKE THE PROCESS. WHEN WE VOTE TODAY TO ADJOUST -- ADJUST THE COLA, REMEMBER THAT THIS INCREASE IS MEANINGLESS TO THOUSANDS OF OUR NATION'S HEROES IN STATES LIKE TEXAS, FLORIDA, AND NORTH CAROLINA. THEY WILL NOT BE RECEIVING THE BENEFITS THEY EARNED AND DESERVED. IT'S SHAMEFUL AND IT'S UNFAIR. SO MR. SPEAKER, WHILE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT 2258, I WOULD REMIND THEM OF THESE FACTS AND IMPLORE THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING H.R. 2529 TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE SO ALL VETERANS WILL GET THE BENEFITS THEY EARNED AND DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I RESERVE.

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    MR. LAMBORN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    SUPPORT H.R. 2258 AND SEND THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE PRESIDENT TODAY. I…

    SUPPORT H.R. 2258 AND SEND THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE PRESIDENT TODAY. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I TOO URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT SENATE 2258 AND…

    COLORADO. MR. LAMBORN: I TOO URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT SENATE 2258 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. LAMBORN

    SENATE 2258 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    SENATE 2258 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2258. THOSE IN FAVOR

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2258. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2258. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 24 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 24 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 24 A BILL TO REQUIRE A…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 24 A BILL TO REQUIRE A FULL AUDIT OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS BY THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    OBJECTION. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EX-ING TRAINS YOU MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    AND INCLUDE EX-ING TRAINS YOU MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    SPEAKER. H.R. 24, THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT, DIRECTS THE G.A.O.…

    SPEAKER. H.R. 24, THE FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT, DIRECTS THE G.A.O. TO CONDUCT A FULL AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THE DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION MANDATED A G.A.O. AUDIT OF THE FED BUT THAT AUDIT ISSUED BY THE G.A.O. IN JULY OF 2011 FOCUSED SOLELY ON CERTAIN ISSUES CONCERNING EMERGENCY CREDIT FACILITIES. G.A.O. REMAINS RESTRICTED UNDER THE CURRENT LAW FOR CONDUCTING A BROADER AUDIT OF THE FED THAT INCLUDES, FOR INSTANCE, A REVIEW OF THE FED'S MONETARY POLICY OPERATIONS AND ITS AGREEMENT WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND CENTRAL BANKS. UNDER THIS BILL, THE G.A.O. AS THE INVESTIGATIVE ARM OF CONGRESS IS ALLOWED TO CONDUCT THE AUDIT THAT REVIEWS ALL THESE TRANSACTIONS AND IS REQUIRED TO REPORT SUCH FINDINGS OF THE AUDIT TO CONGRESS. NOW WHILE CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MANAGE THE DETAILS OF MONETARY POLICY, IT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OF THE FED. THE FED WAS CREATED BY CONGRESS TO BE A CENTRAL BANK INDEPENDENT OF INFLUENCE OF THE U.S. TREASURY. IT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE A SECOND TREASURY DEPARTMENT. IN RECENT YEAR THE FED'S EXTRAORDINARY INTERVENTION INTO THE ECONOMY AND FINANCIAL MARKETS HAVE LED SOME TO CALL INTO QUESTION ITS INDEPENDENCE. THE FED REMAINS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. THIS IS WHY H.R. 24 HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WITH 228 CO-SPONSORS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. A VERSION OF THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LAST CONGRESS BY A VOTE OF 327-98. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR WORKING WITH ME TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. I WILL INSERT OUR LETTERS OF EXCHANGE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. I ENCOURAGE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:56:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WRELT FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS REGULAR -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    HARD ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN. THE…

    HARD ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. BROUN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS MR. BROUN: IN

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  • 07:59:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS MR. BROUN: IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8,…

    IS MR. BROUN: IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, WHERE IT ANEW MEXICO RATES THE POWERS OF CONGRESS, ONE OF THOSE POWERS IS TO COIN MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF AND A FOREIGN COIN. IN

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    MR. BROUN

    MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF AND A FOREIGN COIN. IN 1913, CONGRESS…

    MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF AND A FOREIGN COIN. IN 1913, CONGRESS ABDICATED ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND ITS DUTY OVER TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL WE HAVE DONE SO AND HAS CAUSED SOME DISASTROUS EFFECTS. I THANK MR. MEADOWS FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL KNOWN AS AUDIT THE FED. THIS PASSED THIS IN 2012. THIS IS A VITAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP TO USHER IN A NEW OF TRANSPARENCY IN THIS NATION'S MONETARY POLICY AND I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK ON ITS BEHALF WITH MY COLLEAGUES. OVER THE CENTURY SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1913. THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS CONTROLLED OUR COUNTRY'S MONETARY POLICY AND OUR ECONOMY UNDER A VEIL OF SECRECY. CONGRESS HAS ONLY EXERCISED A RELATIVE SMALL DEGREE OF OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. THIS LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY HAS LED TO GRIEVOUS CONSEQUENCES AND THIS MUST END. FOR INSTANCE, SINCE THE FEDERAL RESERVE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1913, THE VALUE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR HAS FALLEN 95%. IN OTHER WORDS, THE VALUE OF TODAY'S DOLLAR IS APPROXIMATELY WORTH ONE NICKEL OF WHAT A DOLLAR WAS WORTH IN 1913. WHAT THIS DOES IS CAUSE A DRAMATIC DECLINE IN THE VALUE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR AND DRIVEN BY EASY MONEY POLICIES OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IN PRACTICAL TERMS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? IT PUNISHES SAVINGS AND OVERROADS THE VALUE OF THOSE SAVINGS AND HARMS OLDER AMERICANS LIVING ON FIXED INCOMES. IT HAS LED TO AN UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT OF BOOMS AND BUSTS THAT HAVE RISKED THE FINANCIAL STABILITY. THIS HURTS POOR PEOPLE AND SENIOR CITIZENS AND MIDDLE CLASS THE ABSOLUTE MOST. WALL STREET BANKERS AND THE BIG MONEY FOLKS ARE FINE BECAUSE POLICIES OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE HURT POOR FOLKS. IT HURTS SENIOR CITIZENS. IT HURTS THE MIDDLE CLASS. IT'S NOT FAIR. SINCE THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S BALANCE SHEET HAS GROWN. SINCE 2008, HAS GROWN AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE AND NOW CONTAINS $4 TRILLION WORTH OF ASSETS. AT THE SAME TIME, THE ENACTMENT OF DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL REFORM HAS GRANTED IT A GREATER ROLE IN OVERSEEING THE REGULATION OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND YET, IN SPITE OF THE --

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    MR. MEADOWS

    AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BROUN

    IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL RESERVE IT PROHIBITS AUDITS. IN 2011, A PARTIAL…

    IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL RESERVE IT PROHIBITS AUDITS. IN 2011, A PARTIAL AUDIT REQUIRED BY THE DODD-FRANK LAW FOUND THAT THE FED HAS LOANED $16 TRILLION TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SOME OF WHICH WERE NOT EVEN AMERICAN BETWEEN 2007-2010. THIS INCREDIBLE SUM WAS QUIETLY LOANED OUT WITH NO PUBLIC NOTICE AND NO CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. IF THIS ACTIVITY IS BROUGHT TO LIGHT BY JUST A PARTIAL AUDIT, THEN I BELIEVE FURTHER INSIGHT -- THIS FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS THE NECESSITY OF A FULL AUDIT. THIS BILL REQUIRE WILL REQUIRE A FULL AUDIT. THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND FEDERAL RESERVE WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF ENACTMENT. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS A CREATION OF CONGRESS AND MUST THEREFORE BE SUBJECT TO THE OVERSIGHT AND REGULATION OF CONGRESS. I MUST RECOGNIZE AND COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP AND YEARS OF WORK BY DR. RON PAUL ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. LAST CONGRESS, DR. PAUL'S BILL AMASSED BIPARTISAN COALITION TO SEE THIS LEGISLATION PASS IN 327-98 VOTE. I'M DEEPLY HONORED TO CARRY ON THIS LEGACY OF DR. PAUL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I URGE OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE TO TAKE UP THIS BILL'S COUNTERPART OF SENATOR RAND PAUL'S S. 209. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    SPEAKERS? I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    SPEAKERS? I CONTINUE TO RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE AT THIS POINT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE AT THIS POINT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY THREE MINUTES TO MR. MASSIE FROM KENTUCKY. MR. MASSIE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MASSIE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND AND…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN PAUL BROUN'S FEDERAL RESERVE TRANSPARENCY ACT OTHERWISE KNOWN AS AUDIT THE FED. A MUTUAL FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL FIRST INTRODUCED THIS BILL BACK IN 1983. HIS VOICE AND COURAGEOUS EFFORTS TO SHED LIGHT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAVE PAID OFF OVER 30 YEARS LATER. IN JULY OF 2012, CONGRESSMAN PAUL'S AUDIT THE FED BILL PASSED BY 327-98. SADLY, IT HAS YET TO RECEIVE A VOTE IN THE SENATE. AS CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL STATED HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN 2011, IN WORDS THAT REMAIN CURRENT AND RELEVANT TODAY IN 2014, QUOTE, THROUGHOUT ITS 100-YEAR HISTORY, THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS PRESIDED OVER THE NEAR COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES DOLLAR. SINCE 1913, THE DOLLAR HAS LOST 98% OF ITS PURCHASING POWER AIDED BY THE LOOSE MONETARY POLICY. HOW LONG WILL WE STAND BY WHILE HARD-WORKING AMERICANS SEE THEIR SAVINGS EATEN BY INFLATION. BANKERS BENEFIT FROM INFLATION. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS OPERATED IN THE SHAD OOST. WHILE THE CONVENTIONAL EXCUSE IS WHILE THIS IS INTENDED TO REDUCE THE FED'S SUSCEPTIBILITY, THE REALITY IS THAT THE FED ACTS AS A FOIL FOR THE GOVERNMENT. WHENEVER YOU QUESTION THE FED, THEY WILL REFER YOU TO THE TREASURY AND VICE VERSA. THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS ON THE ONE HAND MANY PRIVILEGES OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHILE RETAINING BENEFITS OF PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS BEING INSULATED FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS. THE FEDERAL RESERVE CAN ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND THE G.A.O. IS PROHIBITED FROM AUDITING THESE AGREEMENTS. WHY SHOULD A GOVERNMENT AGENCY HAS THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND WHOSE NOTES HAVE LEGAL TENDER STATUS BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN POWERS WITH NO OVERSIGHT, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE THE FED HAS OPERATED SWAP LINES AND PROVIDED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS OF BAILOUTS. THE FED'S NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, THE BANK OF INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS SHOULD FACE INCREASED SCRUTINY. GIVEN THE CURRENT CRISIS IN EUROPE AND THE PROSPECT OF THE FED PROPPING UP FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OR BANKS INVESTED IN EUROPEAN DEBT, THIS ISSUE IS OF PRESSING CONCERN. CONGRESSMAN RON PAUL'S WORDS ARE EVEN MORE TRUE TODAY. THANK YOU -- HIS WORDS ARE EVEN MORE TRUE TODAY THAN THEY WERE THEN. AND THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. IT'S TIME TO FORCE THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO OPERATE BY THE SAME STANDARDS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE TAXPAYERS THAT WE SHOULD DEMAND OF ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CUMMINGS: WE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CUMMINGS: WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE. MR.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MEADOWS: AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WISHING TO SPEAK ON…

    MEADOWS: AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL PEOPLE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO READ ONE STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RAND PAUL. HE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    BILL, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO READ ONE STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RAND PAUL. HE…

    BILL, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO READ ONE STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RAND PAUL. HE SAID IT'S TIME FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY IN VIRTUALLY EVERY PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I THINK MOST AMERICANS CAN AGREE ON THAT. AND THE FED IS THE MOST LOGICAL PLACE TO START. I HOPE THE HOUSE PASSES THIS BILL AND LOOK FORWARD TO PUSHING THIS BILL IN THE SENATE. MR. CUMMINGS: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 08:09:44 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WILL BE BRIEF. BUT I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST…

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WILL BE BRIEF. BUT I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION. IT'S A GIANT STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 08:09:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TONIGHT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, WHO NOT ONLY HAS AUTHORED THIS LEGISLATION, BUT HAS PUSHED AT EVERY ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. THE…

    ATTEMPT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THAT. WHEN MUCH OF THE CRISIS, THE FINANCIAL CRISIS WAS HAPPENING IN 2008, YOU KNOW, THIS BODY, THIS VERY BODY, DEBATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN ON WHETHER A STIMULUS SHOULD BE PUT FORTH TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. AT THE SAME TIME, MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL RESERVE WAS MAKING INVESTMENT DOLLARS THAT MADE THAT STIMULUS PACKAGE LOOK VERY SMALL IN COMPARISON. AND YET, WE ARE TO ASSUME THAT LIKE OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES THAT THEY'RE DOING EVERYTHING CORRECTLY, WELL, WE KNOW, HISTORY HAS SHOWN US THAT THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS PARTICULAR BILL, TO SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY, TO LET THE ACCOUNTABILITY BE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:11:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 24 AS…

    QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 24 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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    MR. MEADOWS

    AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE…

    AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:11:54 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS H.R. 5169 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO ENHANCE ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE…

    AMEND TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, TO ENHANCE ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS,

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  • 08:12:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 08:12:27 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 08:12:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    SPEAKER. CONGRESS LOOKS TO THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE OR S.E.S., TO…

    SPEAKER. CONGRESS LOOKS TO THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE OR S.E.S., TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT MAY SUCCESSFULLY DELIVER SERVICES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN 1978 LAW CREATED THE S.E.S., INTENDED TO BE AN ELITE CORPS OF LEADERS SERVING THE HIGH LEVEL PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES. THE ROUGHLY 8,000 S.E.S. MEMBER ACROSS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND INTENDED TO BE THAT LINK BETWEEN THE POLITICAL APPOINTEES AND AGENCIES' CAREER WORK FORCE. IN A BUDGET-CONSTRAINED ENVIRONMENT, THEY MUST BE STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS SO CITIZENS RECEIVE THE BEST VALUE. UNFORTUNATELY THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS TIME AND TIME AGAIN IDENTIFIED S.E.S. MEMBERS EMBROILED IN AGENCY SCANDALS. THIS HAS CREATED A NEED TO RESTORE THE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE BY INCREASING ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT'S EXECUTIVE CORPS. IN FEBRUARY OF 2012, THE COMMITTEE BEGAN INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS THAT THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE WAS INAPPROPRIATELY SCRUTINIZING. DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION SHOWED THAT S.E.S. MEMBER LOIS LERNER WAS EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN THE TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS WHILE WORKING TO MAINTAIN A VENEER OF OBJECTIVE ENFORCEMENT. IN APRIL OF 2012, THE COMMITTEE STARTED INVESTIGATING JEFF NEEL EY FOR IMPERMISSIBLE WASTEFUL TAXPAYER DOLLARS. AT A LUXURY RESORT IN LAS VEGAS. HE DIRECTED THOSE PLANNING CONFERENCES TO MAKE IT OVER THE TOP AND IT CAME NO SURPRISE WHEN PHOTOS SHOWED HIM RELAXING IN A LAS VEGAS HOT TUB ON THE TAXPAYERS' DIME. SENIOR EXECUTIVE MEMBERS CHOSE TO CONCEAL PROBLEMS WITHIN THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WITH MORE THAN 20 VETERANS' DEATH LINKED TO SUBSTANDARD CARE. THE WORK OF THE V.A. INSPECTOR GENERAL PAINS A VERY DISTURBING PICTURE. IN RESPONSE TO ALL OF THIS, H.R. 5169 GIVES AGENCIES TOOLS TO BETTER MANAGE THEIR SENIOR EXECUTIVES. THE BILL ELIMINATES THE PROVISION IN THE CURRENT LAW THAT ALLOWS TO REMOVE AN EXECUTIVE AND I MIGHT ADD THAT THAT AVERAGES $161,000. THE BILL MAKES SENIOR EXECUTIVES SUBJECT TO SUSPENSIONS WITHOUT PAY FOR LESS THAN TWO WEEKS INSTEAD OF A SIMPLE REPUBLICRY MANNED IN THE SAME MANNER AS FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES. MAKES ACCOUNTABLE FOR CONDUCT CONTRARY TO THE EFFICIENCY OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE. THE BILL EXTENDS A PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVES FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS. AND USE PROPERLY, THAT PROBATIONARY PERIOD GIVES AN EFFECTIVE TOOL TO ENSURE THAT EXECUTIVES ARE PRODUCTIVE. . IF THEY'RE NOT PERFORMING AT TOP EXECUTIVE LEVEL THEY WILL BE TERMINATED. THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR POOR AND HIGH PERFORMANCE, AT LEAST 30 DAYS IN WRITING BEFORE THE APPRAISAL CYCLE BEGINS. FOLLOWING THE COMMITTEE'S CONSIDERATION, WE HAVE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO ADDRESS CONCERNS BY THE MINORITY, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, THE BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY REFLECTS THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED AND WITHDRAWN AT THE MARKUP OF THE BILL BY THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND MAINTAINS REQUIREMENT FOR AGENCIES TO PROVIDE 30 DAYS' ADVANCE NOTICE TO SENIOR EXECUTIVES FACING TERMINATION. SECOND, THE BILL REQUIRES AGENCIES TO MAKE A DECISION ON TERMINATION AND OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION WITHIN 30 DAYS OF RECEIVING THE EMPLOYEE'S RESPONSE TO THAT PROPOSED ACTION. AND FINALLY, THE BILL ENSURES THAT SENIOR EXECUTIVES FIRED FOR MISCONDUCT RETURN ANY SALARY AND LEAVE -- ANY SALARY ACCRUED WHILE ON NONDUTY STATUS. THIS MEANS THE EXECUTIVE RETAINS HIS OR HER AVENUES TO APPEAL BUT IN THE END IF TERMINATED, IT IS REQUIRED -- IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THE TAXPAYER WHOLE. COMBINED, THESE CHANGES BRING NEEDED ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CORPS. I URGE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, JOINING ME IN PROVIDING AGENCIES ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO ADDRESS INSTANCES WHERE SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE ENGAGING IN BEHAVIOR CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC SERVICE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. CUMMINGS: THE JOVET -- I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNMENT…

    OBJECTION. MR. CUMMINGS: THE JOVET -- I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN ISSA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    AND CHAIRMAN ISSA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG FOR WORKING…

    AND CHAIRMAN ISSA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG FOR WORKING WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH AND NORTON, TO ADDRESS SOME OF OUR CONCERNS. ALTHOUGH MUCH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN IMPROVING THIS LEGISLATION, I BELIEVE THERE REMAIN ADDITIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES TO CAUSE CONCERN AND THEREFORE I MUST RELUCTANTLY OPPOSE H.R. 5169, THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS LEGISLATION WAS MEANT TO ADDRESS RECENT ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AND MANAGEMENT FAILURES BY SENIOR EXECUTIVES AT VARIOUS AGENCIES. WHILE THE ALLEGATIONS ARE TROUBLE, I DON'T BELIEVE THEY JUSTIFY GOVERNMENT-WIDE CHANGES TO EXECUTIVE -- SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE THAT WILL BRING SENIOR EXECUTIVES MUCH CLOSER TO BECOMING AT-WILL EMPLOYEES. I'M CONCERNED THAT THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD EXTEND THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVES FROM ONE TO TWO YEARS AND AUTHORIZE SUSPENSIONS FOR LESS THAN 14 DAYS WOULD GIVE AGENCY HEADS AND POLITICAL APPOINTEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO TERMINATE OR SUSPEND CAREER SENIOR EXECUTIVES FOR POLITICALLY MOTIVATED REASONS. AND IT IS A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT THIS WOULD GO UNCHECKED SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF AN AGENCY'S ACTIONS UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. I FEAR THIS COULD RESULT IN THE PO LITIZATION -- POLITICIZATIN THAT COULD ADDRESSED BY THE ACT OF 1833. THIS WOULD REQUIRE AN S.E.S. MEMBER REMOVED FROM FEDERAL SERVICE TO PAY BACK THE SALARY AND ACCRUED LEAVE HE OR SHE RECEIVED IN THE PERIOD PENDING REMOVAL. I THINK IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT THE COURTS AND THE SYSTEM WOULD CONSTRUE THIS PROVISION IN THE SAME WAY THEY CONSTRUE INVOLUNTARY OR ENFORCED LEAVE. THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IN THE MSSPB HAVE HELD THAT THE IMPOSITION OF INVOLUNTARY OR FORCED LEAVE CONSTITUTES A CONSTRUCTIVE SUSPENSION REQUIRING AN AGENCY TO PROVIDE PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS TO THE EMPLOYEE BEFORE PLACING HIM OR HER ON SUCH LEAVE STATUS. THESE PROCEDURAL RIGHTS MUST INCLUDE NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND, AN AGENCY DECISION, AND APPEAL RIGHTS. ALTHOUGH THIS CLAWBACK REQUIREMENT IS LIMITED TO THOSE SENIOR EXECUTIVES PLACED ON SOME FORM OF LEAVE WITH PAY BUT WITHOUT DUTY, THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE CHANCE TO CHALLENGE THE AGENCY'S DECISION. MOREOVER, THE PRACTICAL AND REAL EFFECT OF THIS PROVISION IS THAT SENIOR EXECUTIVES -- IS THAT THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE IS REMOVED FROM FEDERAL SERVICE UPON NOTICE OF REMOVAL WHICH IS IN ESSENCE AN AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING H.R. 5169 AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 08:22:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE…

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR. WALBERG. THE…

    MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, MR. WALBERG. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. WALBERG:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. WALBERG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN…

    OBJECTION. MR. WALBERG: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I THANK YOU FOR

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    MR. WALBERG

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS LEGISLATION. YOU LAID IT OUT EXTREMELY WELL. CONGRESS EXPECTS THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP SO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY SUCCESSFULLY FULFILL THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE SERVE AT THEIR WILL AND FOR THEIR PURPOSE. AND SO DOES THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE. WE ALSO LOOK TO SENIOR LEADERS TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS SO CITIZENS CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING UTILIZED SENSIBLY. UNFORTUNATELY AND ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF NUMEROUS SCANDALS AT THE I.R.S. AND VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, PERPETUATED BY SENIOR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS WHO LET THINGS HAPPEN AND GET OUT OF CONTROL, WE NEED TO TAKE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO RESTORE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE AND INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE WITHIN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE. THE BILL I'VE INTRODUCED, THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, GIVES AGENCIES COMMON SENSE TOOLS TO HOLD SENIOR LEADERS MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR TAXPAYER-FUNDED WORK AND MAKE IT EASIER TO REMOVE OFFICIAL WHO WAS BEEN FOUND, AND LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR, WHO HAVE BEEN FOUND TO HAVE ENGAGED IN MISCONDUCT, SPECIFICALLY. IT ELIMINATES THE CURRENT LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS AN EXECUTIVE WHO HAVE BEEN REMOVED FOR POOR PERFORMANCE AND PLACED IN A NEW FEDERAL JOB FROM RETAINING THEIR EXECUTIVE SALARY. IT PROMOTES FAIRTONS MAKE S.E.S. EMPLOYEES SUBJECT TO THE SAME EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS AS THE EMPLOYEES THEY SUPERVISE. IT PROVIDES GREATER TRANSPARENCY ON THE NUMBER OF THE SENIOR LEADERS AT EACH AGENCY AND THEIR EXACT JOB REQUIREMENTS. IT ELIMINATES THE AMOUNT OF TIME AN AGENCY HAS TO FINALIZE ITS DECISION ON WHETHER TO TERMINATE AN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS ENGAGED IN MISCONDUCT, THEREBY PREVENTING BAD ACTORS FROM RECEIVING THEIR PAYCHECKS FOR MONTHS AFTER THEY WERE FOUND TO HAVE COMMITTED ACTS OF MISCONDUCT. HAVING SAID THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK SUPPORT FROM MY COLLEAGUES FOR H.R. 5169 AND MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CUMMINGS: I RESERVE.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WE ME DOES: I YIELD -- MR.

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    MR. WE ME DOES

    MEADOWS: I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO MR. JORDAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR HIS BILL THIS BILL IS ABOUT ACCOUNT -- IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY.

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    MR. JORDAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. CUMMINGS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TO THE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    SPEAKER. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    SPEAKER. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, THREE MINUTES, TO

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS THREE MINUTES. MR. GOODLATTE: THANK YOU,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS THREE MINUTES. MR. GOODLATTE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND MANAGING THIS BILL AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND INTRODUCTION OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER,

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  • 08:27:52 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    HIS LEADERSHIP AND INTRODUCTION OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE…

    HIS LEADERSHIP AND INTRODUCTION OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILLS ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING REPRESENT OUR ONGOING EFFORT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE I.R.S.'S TARGETING EFFORT OF INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS AND TO ENSURE THAT SUCH MALFEASANCE NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. AS I HAVE STATED REPEATEDLY OVER THE PAST YEAR, IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE FIND OUT WHO ORDERED THE TARGETING, WHEN THE TARGETING WAS ORDERED AND WHY. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR TIRELESS PURSUIT OF JUSTICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT. ON MAY 15 OF LAST YEAR, ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER PROMISED ME AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS THAT HE WOULD CONDUCT A FAIR, IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION OF THE I.R.S. TARGETING MATTER. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MADE HIS FAMOUS PLEDGE THAT, QUOTE, THIS WILL NOT BE ABOUT PARTIES. THIS WILL NOT BE ABOUT IDEOLOGICAL PERSUASIONS. AND ANYONE WHO HAS BROKEN THE LAW WILL BE HELD EXTABLE, END YET. UNFORTUNATE -- HELD ACCOUNTABLE, END QUOTE. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT SEEMS TO BE WHERE THEIR COMMITMENT TO PURSUING THIS INVESTIGATION ENDED. ON MAY 7, OF 2014, FOLLOWING A YEAR OF NO APPARENT PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION, THE HOUSE PASSED HOUSE RESOLUTION 565 CALLING ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO APPOINT A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE I.R.S. TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS THAT RESOLUTION, WHICH LAID OUT IN DETAIL THE CASE FOR A SPECIAL COUNSEL, PASSED BY A BIPARTISAN VOTE OF 250-168. SIGNIFICANTLY, 26 DEMOCRATS JOINED IN CALLING ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL. SINCE H.RES. 565 PASSED THE HOUSE, OTHER EVENTS HAVE BOLSTERED THE ALREADY SOLID CASE FOR APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER. INCREDIBLY, ON JUNE 13, THE I.R.S. ANNOUNCED IT HAD LOST AN UNTOLD NUMBER OF EMAILS BELONGING TO LOIS LERNER WHICH WERE SOUGHT BY CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS. THE LOST EMAILS COVERED THE PERIOD BETWEEN JANUARY 1, 2009, AND APRIL, 2011. A PERIOD WHEN THE I.R.S. TARGETTING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS WAS OCCURRING REGULARLY. HOW CONVENIENT. NOT TWO WEEKS AGO, THE I.R.S. ANNOUNCED IT HAD ALSO LOST EMAILS FROM FIVE OTHER EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS INCLUDING TWO AGENTS IN THE SUPPOSEDLY ROGUE CINCINNATI OFFICE. AGAIN, HOW CONVENIENT. ON JULY 30, WE HELD A HEARING TO PROBE THE I.R.S. MATTER. WE HEARD TESTIMONY -- AT THAT HEARING, WE HEARD THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAD DEMONSTRATED IT CAN NO LONGER JUSTLY OVERSEE ANY FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE ONGOING TARGETING SCANDAL AND ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR JUSTICE LIES WITH AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS REPEATEDLY DEMONSTRATED ITS UNWILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS TO ENSURE WE ALL KNOW THE FULL STORY BEHIND THE I.R.S. TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS. THEIR ATTEMPT TO PULL THE WOOL OVER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S ICE SPEAKS VOL -- EYES SPEAK VOLUMES. WE NEED TO BRING THESE IMPORTANT BILLS TO THE FLOOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THEM AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CUMMINGS:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CUMMINGS: RESERVE. MR. MEADOWS: MR. WALBERG AND I ARE

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. WALBERG AND I ARE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    PREPARED TO CLAUSE AND I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT? MR.…

    OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT? MR. WALBERG: I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ALLOWING

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FEW CLOSING COMMENTS ON THIS ISSUE THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE INTRODUCED IF I DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS IMPORTANT. SENIOR EXECUTIVES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD, TO SET POLICY AND TO EXPAND CAPABILITIES AT THEIR AGENCY. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY AND PRIVILEGE, A PRIVILEGE OF SERVICE WE MUST NOT TAKE LIGHTLY. I HASTEN TO QUICKLY STATE THAT A MAJORITY OF FEDERAL WORKERS, INCLUDING SENIOR EXECUTIVES, ARE HARD LIFE WORKING PUBLIC SERVANTS DOING THE JOB THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO. AND I RECOGNIZE THOSE HARD-WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. UNFORTUNATELY, THE RECENT SCANDALS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, LIKE THAT AT THE V.A. AND I.R.S. HAVE SHINED A LIGHT ON THOSE WHO HAVE ABUSED THEIR POSITION. LOIS LERNER ABUSED HER POSITION AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW SHE WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ON MAY 23, 2013, AND THEN RETIRED FOUR MONTHS LATER ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, SUCCESSFULLY AVOIDING TERMINATION AFTER SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THE I.R.S. WRONGFULLY SCRUTINIZED CONSERVATIVE GROUPS FOR YEARS. MISLERNER CONTINUED TO RECEIVE FULL SALARY DURING THIS TIME, ROUGHLY $60,000 WHICH THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WOULD HAVE TO WORK 15 MONTHS TO EARN AND MEMBERS OF OUR OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE KNOW THE FULL STORY, THE STORY OF THE SO-CALLED SECRET AGENT MAN WHO WAS ALLOWED TO NOT SHOW UP FOR HIS DEPARTMENT WORK UNDER THE RUSE OF BEING A C.I.A. AGENT. THERE WAS AN UNBELIEVABLE BREAKDOWN IN THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE OVERSIGHT, I MIGHT STATE. NOW, AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THESE EXECUTIVES ARE ACTING HONESTLY AND RESPONSIBLY, MR. SPEAKER. THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT IS AN IMPORTANT ATTEMPT, AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS HOLDING BAD ACTORS ACCOUNTABLE AND RESTORING THE PUBLIC TRUST. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF H.R. 5169 AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS 16 MINUTES.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    HAVE? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS 16 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS 16 MINUTES.

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    >>

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE DO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION.…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WE DO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. WE UNDERSTAND THE INTENT OF THE SPONSOR AND APPLAUD HIM FOR HIS EFFORTS. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL WITH PEOPLE'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. I HAVE STATED MY OPPOSITION, AND WITH THAT, I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THE LEGISLATION. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE…

    CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 08:35:45 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    WITH JUST A FEW REMARKS. PERHAPS THE I.R.S. AND THE SCANDALS THAT HAVE…

    WITH JUST A FEW REMARKS. PERHAPS THE I.R.S. AND THE SCANDALS THAT HAVE BEEN SURROUNDING THAT IS NOT A BIG DEAL TO ADDRESS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. PERHAPS A PICTURE OF A GENTLEMAN IN A LAS VEGAS HOT TUB IS NOT THE REASON TO ADDRESS THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT OUR VETERANSR MR. SPEAKER. THOSE FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN THE HEADLINES FOR FAR TOO LONG REALLY ARE AT THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE AS A BODY, THAT WE MUST PROTECT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT SO VALIANTLY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR THEIR FREEDOMS. AND IF WE CANNOT HOLD OUR SENIOR EXECUTIVES ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE SAKE OF OUR VETERANS, THEN WHAT GOOD IS THERE OF ANY LAW? SO WHAT WE MUST DO -- I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS FOR THE VETERANS OF OUR COUNTRY, TO MAKE SURE THERE IS MORE ACCOUNTABILITY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SO WE ONCE AGAIN CAN START TO TRUST OUR GOVERNMENT. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5169

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  • 08:37:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5169 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5169 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MEADOWS

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5170 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5170 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: A BILL TO IMPROVE…

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: A BILL TO IMPROVE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE

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    THE CLERK

    FEDERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS AND FOR OTHER…

    FEDERAL AND PRESIDENTIAL RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE…

    THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. MEADOWS: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE

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    MR. MEADOWS

    MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT

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    MR. MEADOWS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT AND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT AND THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT IS VITAL IN PRESERVING THE HISTORY OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND ENSURING ITS CONTINUED TRANSPARENCY. UNFORTUNATELY,

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    MR. MEADOWS

    AND ENSURING ITS CONTINUED TRANSPARENCY. UNFORTUNATELY, TOO FREQUENTLY OF…

    AND ENSURING ITS CONTINUED TRANSPARENCY. UNFORTUNATELY, TOO FREQUENTLY OF LATE, CONGRESS HAS HEARD EXAMPLES OF AGENCIES AND INDIVIDUALS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE BASIC PROVISIONS OF THE FEDERAL RECORDKEEPING LAW. THE MOST RECENT ILLUSTRATIONS, IS THE I.R.S., THEY FAILED TO FOLLOW THE LAW BY NOT DISCLOSING THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF FEDERAL RECORDS RELATING TO MS. LERNER. THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE LEARNED THAT TOM PEREZ USED HIS PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT ALMOST 1,200 TIMES OVER A FOUR-YEAR PERIOD TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. WE SHOULD NOT TOLERATE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. DEMOCRACY REQUIRES TRANSPARENCY, MR. SPEAKER. THE PUBLIC HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW THE ACTIONS THAT A GOVERNMENT TAKES ON THEIR BEHALF. THIS PRINCIPLE OF A RIGHT TO KNOW HAS BEEN ENSHRINED IN NUMEROUS STATUTES AT THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. THESE INCLUDE OPEN MEETING LAWS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PROCESSES AND RECORD LAWS. AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL, TWO BEDROCK TRANSPARENCY LAWS ARE THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT AND THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT. TOGETHER THESE TWO LAWS ENSURE THAT OUR NATION'S KEY DOCUMENTS, WHETHER THEY BE EMAILS, MAPS, AGENDAS OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF MEDIA ARE PRESERVED AS A CLEAR RECORD OF THE GOVERNMENT'S OPERATION AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. UNFORTUNATELY IN RECENT WEEKS, PARTICULARLY IN THE RELATION TO THE EVENTS AT THE I.R.S. SURROUNDING THE EVENTS OF LOSS OF LOIST LERNER'S EMAILS ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED. THE TESTIMONY BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE ON JUNE 24 STATING THAT THE I.R.S., QUOTE, DID NOT FOLLOW THE LAW IN FAILING TO NOTIFY HIM OF THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF FEDERAL RECORDS OF MS. LERNER'S HARD DRIVE. RECORDS CAN BE LOST DUE TO UNINTENTION. WE SHOULD NOT TOLERATE ANY OF THESE EXCUSES. BUT INEXTENSIONAL DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS, MR. SPEAKER, IN PARTICULAR, IS A CRIMINAL ACT. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FOUND TO HAVE COMMITTED SUCH A CRIME SHOULD BE FIRED. I'M PLEASED TODAY THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2014, A BILL I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE. THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE A NUMBER OF REFORMS TOLL HOLD FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT AND THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT. THE BILL CREATES A PROCESS TO FIRE EMPLOYEES WHO WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN WILLFULLY AND UNFULLY, ALTERED, REMOVED OR DESTROYED A FEDERAL RECORD. THE BILL BARS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FROM USING MESSAGE ELECTRONIC ACCOUNTS UNLESS THAT COMMUNICATION IS DISCLOSED IN FULL WITHIN 15 DAYS TO THE GOVERNMENT. FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD BE A CONSIDERED A WILLFUL AND UNWITH FULL DESTRUCTION OF FEDERAL RECORDS AND SUBJECT THE EMPLOYEE TO TERMINATION. THE LEGISLATION WILL REQUIRE AGENCIES TO DISCLOSE ON THEIR WEB SITE NOTICE A THREATENED LOSS OF FEDERAL RECORDS. THIS EXPANDS THAT AGENCIES ONLY IN FORM THE ARCHIVEIST. THIS BILL REQUIRES AGENCIES TO APPOINT AND RECONFIRM A SENIOR AGENCY OFFICIAL FOR RECORDS MANAGEMENT. THIS INDIVIDUAL WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING FULL AGENCY COMPLIANCE WITH RECORD LAWS AND CONGRESS WILL BE ABLE TO HOLD THEM DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. ADDITIONALLY, THANKS TO AN AMENDMENT FROM MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, THIS MR. WILLIAMS: REQUIRE AGENCIES TO REQUIRE THEIR RECORDS IN AN ELECTRONIC FORMAT.

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    THEIR RECORDS IN AN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. THIS WILL END THE ALL TOO COMMON…

    THEIR RECORDS IN AN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. THIS WILL END THE ALL TOO COMMON PRACTICE IN WHICH AGENCIES REQUIRE EMAILS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC RECORDS TO BE MANLY PRINTED OUT IN LONG-TERM STORAGE AND INSTEAD SAVE THEM ON A HARD DRIVE. THANKS TO EFFORTS BY MS. SPEIER, THE BILL WILL REQUIRE AGENCIES TO AUTOMATICALLY CAPTURE ALL OFFICIAL EMAILS, INSTANT MESSAGES AND TWEETS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC MESSAGES BY SENIORS, THEIR ASSIST ANTS AND OTHERS LIKELY TO COME WITHIN CONTACT WITH A LARGE OF FEDERAL RECORDS. THIS PROCESS WILL IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AT THE MOST SENIOR LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT BY STARTING WITH THE PRESUMPTION THAT ELECTRONIC MESSAGES ARE FEDERAL RECORDS INSTEAD OF THE CURRENT PROCESS UNDER WHICH OFFICIALS SELF-SELECT WHAT CONSTITUTES A RECORD. COLLECTIVELY THE REFORMS IN H.R. 5170 WILL SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT TRANSPARENCY AND FAITHFUL RECORDKEEPING ARE A PRIORITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. CUMMINGS: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE MEADOWS FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK REPRESENTATIVE MEADOWS FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK REPRESENTATIVE MEADOWS FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL…

    THANK REPRESENTATIVE MEADOWS FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RECORDS MORE TRANSPARENT. THIS BILL INCLUDES THE LANGUAGE OF A BILL I INTRODUCED, THE ELECTRONIC MESSAGE PRESERVATION ACT. THAT PORTION OF THE LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE ARCHIVEIST OF THE UNITED STATES TO ISSUE REGULATIONS MANDATING ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES MANAGE AND PRESERVE THEIR EMAIL RECORDS ELECTRONICICALLY. THE BILL WOULD DIRECT HIM TO ESTABLISH STANDARDS FOR THE PRESERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF RECORDS AND TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY THAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS RECORDS MANAGEMENT CONTROLS IN PLACE THAT MEET THOSE STANDARDS. UNDER THIS BILL, MUST REPORT ONE YEAR AFTER THE PRESIDENT LEAVES OFFICE ON WHETHER THE CONTROLS USED BY THE PRESIDENT MET THE REQUIRED STANDARDS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MOVE AGENCIES OUT OF THE ARCANE PRINT AND FILE RECORD-KEEPING SYSTEMS THAT MANY OF THEM STILL USE, A SYSTEM WHICH CAN LEAD TO RECORDS GETTING LOST OR NOT BEING TURNED OVER IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS. . THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT BY JACKIE SPEIER. IT WOULD PROVIDE A CLEARER STANDARD FOR AGENCIES TO FOLLOW WITH REGARD TO WHICH RECORDS HAVE TO BE KEPT AND FOR HOW LONG. THUNDER APPROACH, RECORDS OF SENIOR AGENCY OFFICIALS WOULD BE KEPT PERMANENTLY. THIS BILL ALSO PROVIDES PROCEDURES FOR AGENCIES TO FOLLOW IF AN EMPLOYEE INTENTIONALLY DESTROYS RECORDS. UNDER THIS BILL, EMPLOYEES WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THEY WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE SAME DUE PROCESS RIGHTS THAT THEY HAVE UNDER CURRENT LAW. A COUPLE OF ISSUES WITH THIS BILL THAT I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT. ONE CONCERN IS THAT -- ONE CONCERN THAT HAS BEEN RAISED IS THAT THE BILL COULD HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF ENCOURAGING FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO SAVE EVERY EMAIL. UNDER CURRENT LAW, THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES WORKS WITH AGENCY TOTS ESTABLISH SCHEDULES TO DEFINE HOW LONG AN AGENCY HAS TO KEEP CATEGORIES OF RECORDS. AGENCIES CAN'T SAVE EVERYTHING FOREVER OR THE VOLUME WOULD BE SO OVERWHELMING WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SORT OUT IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM JUNK. WE SHOULD EVALUATE THIS CONCERN AND JUST ENSURE THAT WE AREN'T CREATING UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. ANOTHER CONCERN THAT HAS BEEN RAISED WITH THIS BILL IS THAT IT ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT THE MANNER IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT CREATE RECORDS. THE BILL SAYS THIS -- THE BILL SAYS THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OR A COVERED EMPLOYEE MAY NOT CREATE OR SEND A PRESIDENTIAL OR VICE-PRESIDENTIAL RECORD USING NONOFFICIAL ELECTRONIC MESSAGING ACCOUNT UNLESS THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OR -- THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT OR COVERED EMPLOYEE TAKE CERTAIN STEPS, INCLUDING COPYING AN OFFICIAL EMAIL ACCOUNT, FORWARDING A COPY OF THE EMAIL TO AN OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OR PRINTING THE EMAIL AND PROPERLY ARCHIVING IT. THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT ALREADY REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, AND THE IMMEDIATE STAFF TO PRESERVE THEIR RECORDS. I THINK WE SHOULD JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT CROSSING THE LINE IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT. I BELIEVE THOSE TWO CONCERNS SHOULD BE EVALUATED AND ADDRESSED IF THIS BILL IS CONSIDERED IN THE SENATE. AGAIN, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM M.D. RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM M.D. RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER…

    SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS VERY…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS VERY GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM MARYLAND YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: THANK

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  • 08:49:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE LOOK AT THIS…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MEADOWS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE REAL GENESIS OF THIS CAME FROM VERY TROUBLING TESTIMONY THAT A NUMBER OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS AISLE HEARD IN HEARING AFTER HEARING. IT WAS NOT ONE

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  • 08:49:24 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    SIDES OF THIS AISLE HEARD IN HEARING AFTER HEARING. IT WAS NOT ONE AGENCY,…

    SIDES OF THIS AISLE HEARD IN HEARING AFTER HEARING. IT WAS NOT ONE AGENCY, IT'S BEEN A -- A PLETHORA OF AGENCIES THAT SEEM TO HAVE COMMUNICATION THAT IS GOING ON, MR. SPEAKER, ON A REGULAR BASIS, THAT'S NOT BEING PRESERVED. NOW PART OF THIS IS ACCOUNTABILITY. PART OF THIS IS HISTORICAL. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD DO IF THEY HAD COMMUNICATED TO ONE ANOTHER AND NEVER PRESERVED THE LETTER OR THE COMMINE CASE THAT HAD TAKE -- THE COMMUNICATION THAT HAD TAKEN PLACE BETWEEN THEM? WHAT WOULD OUR HISTORY BE? IT WOULD BE FILLED WITH A A NUMBER OF HOLES. SO FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE THE REAL DUTY TO REQUIRE IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO UNDERSTAND THE -- WHAT GOES ON IN GOVERNMENT. BUT FROM AN ACCOUNTABILITY STANDPOINT, I THINK THAT'S WHERE MOST AMERICANS ARE FOCUSING THESE DAYS, MECHANIC. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE CONTINUE TO LOSE EMAIL AFTER EMAIL. WHILE THERE SEEMS TO BE HARD DRIVE PROBLEMS AT THE I.R.S. THAT TRANSCENDS ALL LOGICAL COMPREHENSION OF WHY SO MANY HARD DRIVES WOULD HAVE FAILED. I HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THAT AS WELL. BUT REGARDLESS OF THOSE ISSUES, IF WE ENACT THIS PARTICULAR BILL, AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FROM MARYLAND, BECAUSE HE HAS INDEED WITH HIS AMENDMENT MADE THIS BILL BETTER. IT'S STRONGER. AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPPORT. BECAUSE WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE RECORDS ARE KEPT, IT NOT ONLY PRESERVES IT FOR HISTORICAL PURPOSES BUT IT START IT IS BUILD BACK THE FOUNDATION, BLOCK BY BLOCK, LAYER BY LAYER, WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN ONCE AGAIN TRUST THEIR GOVERNMENT. I THINK IT'S TIME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE TAKE THIS ACT AND MAKE IT INTO LAW. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS I URGE THEM TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS. THE QUESTION

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5170 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    H.R. 5418 TO PROHIBIT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE…

    H.R. 5418 TO PROHIBIT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE FROM USING PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 5418 A BILL TO…

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 5418 A BILL TO PROHIBIT OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE FROM USING PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    THE CLERK

    FROM USING PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE…

    FROM USING PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. MR. BOUSTANY: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE…

    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WEATHER. MR. BOUSTANY:

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  • 08:53:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY:

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  • 08:53:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5418. THIS…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5418. THIS BILL IS

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    5418. THIS BILL IS A RESPONSE TO THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE'S YEAR AND A…

    5418. THIS BILL IS A RESPONSE TO THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE'S YEAR AND A HALF LONG INVESTIGATION OF THE I.R.S.'S TARGETING OF TAXPAYERS BASED ON POLITICAL BELIEFS. IN ITS EXHAUSTIVE ON BOEING INVESTIGATION, THE COMMITTEE FOUND THAT SOME I.R.S. EMPLOYEES RISK THAT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION BY CIRCUMVENTING OFFICIAL EMAIL AND USING THEIR PERSONAL, NONSECURE EMAIL FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS. H.R. 5418 FIX THIS IS PROBLEM BY PROHIBITING EMPLOYEES OF THE I.R.S. FROM USING A PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT TO CONDUCT ANY OFFICIAL BUSINESS, ENSURING THERE IS A FULL RECORD OF I.R.S. ACTIVITY AND THAT TAXPAYER INFORMATION IS SECURE. THERE'S NO REASON FOR AN I.R.S. EMPLOYEE TO HAVE CONFIDENTIAL TAXPAYER INFORMATION ON HIS OR HER HOME COMPUTER WITHOUT THE NECESSARY SAFEGUARDS AGAINST DISCLOSURE. THIS BEHAVIOR MUST BE STOPPED AND I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LEVIN

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: THIS IS

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  • 08:54:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: THIS IS THE FIRST OF THREE STRAIGHTFORWARD BILLS…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: THIS IS THE FIRST OF THREE STRAIGHTFORWARD BILLS CONCERNING THE INCH R.S. IT IS MY

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  • 08:54:59 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    THREE STRAIGHTFORWARD BILLS CONCERNING THE INCH R.S. IT IS MY HOPE THAT…

    THREE STRAIGHTFORWARD BILLS CONCERNING THE INCH R.S. IT IS MY HOPE THAT REPUBLICANS WILL FOE -- CONCERNING THE I.R.S. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WILL FOCUS THE DEBATE ON THE STRAIGHTFORWARD MANNER THAT IS WARRANTED, AND THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THIS BILL. CURRENTLY THE I.R.S. RESTRICTS ITS EMPLOYEES FROM SENDING EMAILS THAT CONTAIN SENSITIVE, UNCLASSIFIED DATA OUTSIDE THE I.R.S. NETWORK UNLESS APPROVED BY SENIOR AGENCY MANAGEMENT. BUT THE MANUAL DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY REFERENCE THE USE OF PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT THE USE OF PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL AGENCY BUSINESS. I SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 08:55:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I I…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I I WOULD INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS ANY OTHERS WHO WISH TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL BEFORE WE CLOSE? MR. LEVIN:

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  • 08:55:58 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL BEFORE WE CLOSE? MR. LEVIN: I DO NOT. MR.

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    MR. LEVIN

    BOUSTANY: WE DON'T EITHER. I

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    YIELD TO YOU YO. MR. LEVIN: I WELCOME THIS BILL, SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK…

    YIELD TO YOU YO. MR. LEVIN: I WELCOME THIS BILL, SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:56:14 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    A COMMONSENSE BILL, AND I URGE ITS SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    A COMMONSENSE BILL, AND I URGE ITS SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOWLS --

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  • 08:56:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOWLS -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOWLS -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5418. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. BOUSTANY: I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5419 TO AMEND

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  • 08:56:54 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5419 TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE…

    THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5419 TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 198206 PROVIDE FOR A RIGHT TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL RELATING TO ADVERSE DETERMINATIONS OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 08:57:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    ADVERSE DETERMINATIONS OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. MR. BOUSTANY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER…

    AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 08:57:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5419. IT THRIRES I.R.S. TO GRANT THE SAME FAIR AND…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 5419. IT THRIRES I.R.S. TO GRANT THE SAME FAIR AND UNBIASED APPEAL PROCESS TO GROUPS APPLYING FOR TAX EXEMPT STATUS AS OTHER TAXPAYERS. WE FOUND THAT GROUPS WERE BEING DENIED THE ABILITY TO APPEAL DENIALS DUE TO AN UNFAIR ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE AT THE I.R.S. THIS PUTS TOO MUCH DECISION MAKING POWER IN THE HANDS OF WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT THE SAME PEOPLE WE NOW KNOW WERE DEPRIVING CERTAIN CONSERVATIVE GROUPS OF THEIR RIGHT TO OPERATE AS TAX EXEMPT GROUPS. THIS BILL FIXES THAT AND PROVIDES EQUAL RIGHTS TO APPEAL FOR ALL TAX EXEMPT APPLICANTS. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:58:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LOUISIANA RESERVES. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    LOUISIANA RESERVES. . THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: UNDER CURRENT LAW, TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT ABLE TO REQUEST ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL OF THEIR INITIAL CLASSIFICATION OF TAX EXEMPT STATUS.

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  • 08:58:47 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    REQUEST ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL OF THEIR INITIAL CLASSIFICATION OF TAX…

    REQUEST ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL OF THEIR INITIAL CLASSIFICATION OF TAX EXEMPT STATUS. THE BILL WOULD AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO PROVIDE A RIGHT TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPEAL RELATING TO ADVERSE DETERMINATIONS OF TAX EXEMPT STATUS OF CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS. I MIGHT ADD, THIS WOULD APPLY TO ALL, WHATEVER THEIR POLITICAL LEANINGS, PROVIDED THEY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STA -- OF THE STATUTE. THIS WOULD APPLY TO LIBERAL AS WELL AS CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WERE SUBJECT TO THE INAPPROPRIATE STANDARDS USED BY I.R.S. IN 2012, THE I.R.S. RECEIVED 51,748 APPLICATIONS FOR 501-C-3 STATUS AND 2,700 APPLICATIONS FOR C-4 STATUS. IN EACH CASE, LESS THAN THREE TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT WERE DENY NSMED 2014, TWO TENTHS OF ALL C-3 AND C-4 APPLICATIONS WERE DENID. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:00:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    WISH TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    WISH TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME SO I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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  • 09:00:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. LEVIN: AS STATED, I SUPPORT…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. LEVIN: AS STATED, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO. I YIELD

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    MR. LEVIN

    AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 09:00:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BOUSTANY

    WHICH CAME OUT IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR. I URGE ITS…

    WHICH CAME OUT IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR. I URGE ITS PASSAGE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEM I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R.

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  • 09:00:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5419. THOSE IN FAVOR…

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5419. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. BOUSTANY: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5420, TO

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  • 09:01:06 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5420, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5420, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986, TO PERMIT THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE DATA OF CERTAIN INVESTIGATIONS. THE

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  • 09:01:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK REPORT -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE…

    CLERK REPORT -- THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE…

    THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986, TO PERMIT THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS. THE

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  • 09:01:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS. THE…

    THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATUS OF INVESTIGATIONS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. BOUSTANY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA. MR. BOUSTANY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBBLET OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION -- SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:01:39 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    MATERIAL ON THE SUBBLET OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION -- SUBJECT OF THE…

    MATERIAL ON THE SUBBLET OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION -- SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:01:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. BOUSTANY: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. BOUSTANY: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER,

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  • 09:01:53 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5420,…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5420, THIS BILL, WHICH I INTRODUCED, REFORMS THE TAX CODE'S RULES ON INFORMATION DISCLOSURES TO VICTIMS OF UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES. IN RECENT YEARS, THE I.R.S. HAS LEAKED THE CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION OF NUMEROUS GROUPS. THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE, CROSSROADS G.P.S., AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP, FREEDOM PATH AND OTHERS. DISCLOSING TAXPAYER INFORMATION LIKE THIS IS A CRIME. BUT CURRENT LAW DOES NOT ALLOW THE VICTIMIZED TAXPAYER TO KNOW ANYTHING OF THE STATUS OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE LEAK. H.R. 5420 FIXES THIS BY ALLOWING VICTIMS OF UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES TO LEARN ABOUT THE STATUS OF ANY INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR PARTICULAR CASES. ADDITIONALLY, SOME VICTIMS OF I.R.S. TARGETING WERE SUBJECT TO THE FLAGE RANT DISCLOSURE OF -- FLAGRANT DISCLOSURE OFS THAT I CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION TO THE -- DISCLOSURE OF THEIR CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION TO THE MEDIA. YET THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED ACCESS ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THESE VIOLATIONS. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED IN THIS MANNER, TO INQUIRE ABOUT THE STATUS OF THEIR INVESTIGATIONS. IT'S A COMMONSENSE BILL, IT'S A GOOD REFORM. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RESERVES. THE

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  • 09:03:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM LOUISIANA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LEVIN

    AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LEVIN

    LEGISLATION. WHEN A TAXPAYER MAKES A COMPLAINT REGARDING UNLAWFUL…

    LEGISLATION. WHEN A TAXPAYER MAKES A COMPLAINT REGARDING UNLAWFUL DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION, CURRENT LAW DOES NOT PERMIT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE THE AFFECTED TAXPAYER WITH INFORMATION CONCERNING THE STATUS OR RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT. UNDER THE PROVISION HERE, THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH TAXPAYER INFORMATION MAY BE LAWFULLY DISCLOSED BY THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WOULD BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE DISCLOSURE TO CERTAIN COMPLAINT ANTS -- COMPLAINTANTS OF INFORMATION REGARDING STATUS AND RESULTS OF ANY INVESTIGATION INITIATED BY THEIR COMPLAINT. SO I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:04:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHERS WHO WISH TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL AND SO I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, I'LL RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 09:04:08 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    WHO WISH TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL AND SO I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, I'LL…

    WHO WISH TO SPEAK ON THIS BILL AND SO I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE, I'LL RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 09:04:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:04:17 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I SUPPORT THIS BILL, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I THANK…

    YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. BOUSTANY: I THANK MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE. I THINK IF ONLY

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  • 09:04:25 PM

    MR. BOUSTANY

    AISLE. I THINK IF ONLY WE COULD CONDUCT BUSINESS THIS WAY, IT MIGHT ALL BE…

    AISLE. I THINK IF ONLY WE COULD CONDUCT BUSINESS THIS WAY, IT MIGHT ALL BE GOOD AND WE COULD SOLVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THIS IS AGAIN A COMMONSENSE REFORM, CAME OUT OF THE INVESTIGATION, I URGE ITS PASSAGE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS. THE QUESTION

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  • 09:04:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LOUISIANA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    LOUISIANA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 5420. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:05:27 PM

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3043, THE TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3043, THE TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK:

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  • 09:05:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 3043, A BILL TO AMEND…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 3043, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986, TO CLARIFY THE TREATMENT OF GENERAL WELFARE BENEFITS PROVIDED BY INDIAN TRIBES. THE

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  • 09:05:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    TREATMENT OF GENERAL WELFARE BENEFITS PROVIDED BY INDIAN TRIBES. THE…

    TREATMENT OF GENERAL WELFARE BENEFITS PROVIDED BY INDIAN TRIBES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.

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  • 09:05:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 09:05:59 PM

    MR. NUNNELEE

    ASK -- MR. NUNES: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS…

    ASK -- MR. NUNES: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 09:06:01 PM

    MR. NUNES

    INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER…

    INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 09:06:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. NUNES

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: I RISE

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  • 09:06:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL GENERAL…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT. THIS BILL WOULD CLARIFY

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  • 09:06:19 PM

    MR. NUNES

    GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT. THIS BILL WOULD CLARIFY THE TAX CODE SO…

    GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT. THIS BILL WOULD CLARIFY THE TAX CODE SO THAT SPENDING BY NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES ON HEALTH CARE, HOUSING, EDUCATION, CARE FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED AND OTHER PROGRAMS FOR THE GOOD OF THE TRIBE WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM TAXES. THESE PROGRAMS WERE TRADITIONALLY TAX EXEMPT, BUT IN RECENT YEARS THE I.R.S. HAS INFORMALLY REINTERPRETED THE RULES IN ORDER TO TAX MORE AND MORE OF THESE PROGRAMS. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE AGENCY HAS SUBJECTED TRIBES TO EXPENSIVE AND INTRUSIVE AUDITS. WITH THEIR UNIQUE HISTORY OF TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, NATIVE AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO ARBITRARY TAX ENFORCEMENT. THIS BILL WOULD PUT TRIBES ON PAR WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND WOULD END UNWARRANTED INTRUSIONS INTO TRIBAL SELF-GOVERNMENT. IT IS BROADLY SUPPORTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WAS ACTUALLY GIVEN A ZERO SCORE BY THE JOINT TAX COMMITTEE. THUS I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT AND I WILL BE SUBMITTING A MORE DETAILED STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD THAT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY, CONTEXT AND CONGRESSIONAL INTENT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

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  • 09:07:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY TIME SHALL BE CONSUMED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND. THE

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  • 09:07:37 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    SHALL BE CONSUMED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND. THE SPEAKER…

    SHALL BE CONSUMED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. KIND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. KIND:

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  • 09:07:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. KIND: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. KIND: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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  • 09:07:44 PM

    MR. KIND

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. KIND: THANK YOU,

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  • 09:07:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. KIND: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. KIND: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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  • 09:07:49 PM

    MR. KIND

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3043. I WAS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3043. I WAS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, I COMMEND MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. WE'RE TRYING TO CORRECT A WRONG INTERPRETATION WITH THE I.R.S. THAT WILL TREAT NATIVE AMERICANS LIKE WE DO OTHER SOVEREIGN ENTITIES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION WOULD CODIFY EXISTING I.R.S. PRACTICE AND BRING CRUCIAL PERMANENCE AND CLARITY TO TRIBES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT LEVELS THE PLAYING FIELD FOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, TREATING THEM MORE LIKE STATE GOVERNMENTS. IT ALSO RESPECTS TRIBAL CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES. THE BILL EXCLUDES FROM TAXATION INCOME RECEIVED ON TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE PROGRAMS. MANY OF WHICH ARE IDENTICAL TO THE TAX-EXEMPT FEDERAL AND STATE PROGRAMS IN THE AREAS OF HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION, HOUSING, ELDER CARE, EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE, CULTURAL PROGRAMS, BURIAL ASSISTANCE, AND LEGAL AID. IT PROVIDES NECESSARY DEFERENCE AND FLEXIBILITY TO THESE TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS SO THAT THEY CAN DEVELOP PROGRAMS AND DETERMINE PRIORITIES THAT PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. ACCORDING TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION, THIS LEGISLATION DOESN'T COST TAXPAYERS A CENT. HAS NO BUDGETARY IMPACT. SO WE'RE NOT ADDING TO THE DEFICIT. THE BILL IS SUPPORTED BY NUMEROUS NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING BUSINESS AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS, REGIONAL, TRIBAL AND INTERTRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS AND A MULTITUDE OF STATE-BASED TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS. I WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE HOC HUMBINGS NK NATION OF WISCONSIN, -- HOCHUNK NATION OF WISCONSIN, FOR WORKING TIRELESSLY ON THIS ISSUE. MY STAFF AND I GREATLY APPRECIATE THEIR ASSISTANCE IN GETTING THIS IN ORDER FOR TONIGHT. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. I AGAIN THANK MY FRIEND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:09:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: THANK…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR MAKING THIS TRULY ONE OF THE FEW BIPARTISAN BILLS THAT HAS NO OPPOSITION, WHERE WE COME TOGETHER FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, TO GET SOMETHING DONE FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY OUR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES. AT THIS TIME,

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  • 09:09:41 PM

    MR. NUNES

    THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY OUR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES.…

    THE BENEFIT OF ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY OUR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. REED

    AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3043, THE TRIBAL…

    AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3043, THE TRIBAL GENERAL WELFARE EXCLUSION ACT OF 2013. FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN NUNES FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. WITHOUT HIS LEADERSHIP, THIS BILL WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT AS FAR AS IT HAS TODAY. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRMAN DAVE CAMP FOR HIS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT HAVE JOINED IN THE EFFORT TO GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED AND CONSIDERED THIS EVENING. THIS LEGISLATION CODIFIES, MR. SPEAKER, THE PROPER TAX TREATMENT OF CERTAIN SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE TRIBE FOR EDUCATION, PUBLIC SAFETY, TO PROMOTE ITS CULTURE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE OF THE TRIBE. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF FAIR TREATMENT OF TAXPAYERS. IN THIS CASE, NATIVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, SUCH AS THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE SOVEREIGN SENECA NATION IN WESTERN NEW YORK IN MY HOME DISTRICT, THE 23RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT THE UNIQUE LEGAL RELATIONSHIP AND TAX ISSUES WITH REGARD TO MEMBERS OF THE INDIAN NATIONS AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS ARE RECOGNIZED AND RESPECTED BY THE I.R.S. GOING FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US AND PASS THIS LEGISLATION TONIGHT. IT IS ONLY FAIR THAT WE DO THE RIGHT THING BY THESE NATIVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 09:11:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES:…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 09:11:26 PM

    MR. NUNES

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:11:31 PM

    MR. KIND

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 09:11:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. KIND: MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME ON THIS, BUT I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS -- TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS INSERTED INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 09:11:36 PM

    MR. KIND

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS -- TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS INSERTED…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS -- TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS INSERTED INTO THE RECORD. A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE HOCHUNK NATION, WHICH IS IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN WESTERN WISCONSIN, A LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE ONIDA TRIBE FROM WISCONSIN, AND SOVEREIGN TRIBES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. KIND: SINCE I HAVE

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  • 09:12:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. KIND: SINCE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO…

    OBJECTION. MR. KIND: SINCE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME, JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION TONIGHT. THE SPEAKER

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  • 09:12:05 PM

    MR. KIND

    REMAINDER OF MY TIME, JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN…

    REMAINDER OF MY TIME, JUST ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION TONIGHT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN YIELDS BACK.

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  • 09:12:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM WISCONSIN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. NUNES

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ONE FINAL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ONE FINAL SPEAKER LEFT. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND RECOGNIZE HIM FOR TWO MINUTES, MR. SCHWEIKERT.

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  • 09:12:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. SCHWEIKERT: THANK YOU, MR.…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. SCHWEIKERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND TO MR. NUNES, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS.

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  • 09:12:32 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    NUNES, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. THANK YOU FOR THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM…

    NUNES, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. THANK YOU FOR THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE AND PARTICULARLY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SORT OF SEMIJOYOUS MOMENTS WHERE WE ACTUALLY GET TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S A GOOD LEGISLATION AND GOOD POLICY AND SOMETIMES YOU DESPERATELY WISH AROUND HERE WE HAD MORE OF THIS. BEING FROM ARIZONA, YOU KNOW, I HAVE 22 TRIBES IN MY STATE. AS A MUCH YOUNGER MAN IN THE LEGISLATURE, I CHAIRED THE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN MY STATE LEGISLATURE. AND WE SPENT YEARS WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT, TO MAXIMIZE THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AND RESPECT IT. AND SO MANY OF MY TRIBES IN ARIZONA NOW ARE ACTUALLY ENGAGING IN ACTIVITIES TO BOLSTER THEIR POPULATION, TO PROVIDE THEM THE BASIC BENEFITS THAT YOU AND I WOULD RECEIVE FROM OUR CITY COUNCIL FROM OUR COUNTY FROM OUR STATE. AND THE CLARIFICATION THIS PROVIDES JUST PUTS THEM ON EQUAL FOOTING WITH WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR OTHER COMMUNITIES, FOR THOSE WHO LIVE OFFRESERVATION. THAT'S WHY THIS IS SUCH GOOD LEGISLATION. IT'S RATIONAL, IT MAKES SENSE. AND CONTINUES THE INTEND -- TO INCENTIVIZE THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THE RIGHT SOVEREIGNTY, THE RIGHT APPROACH FOR OUR NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WITH THAT, MR. NUNES, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK.

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  • 09:13:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. NUNES: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS KIND WORDS. MR. SPEAKER,

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  • 09:13:56 PM

    MR. NUNES

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS KIND WORDS. MR.…

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR HIS KIND WORDS. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANKS TO CHAIRMAN DAVE CAMP, RANKING MEMBER LEVIN, ALL THE WAYS AND MEANS STAFF THAT WORKED ON THIS LEGISLATION. THIS IS LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SEVERAL YEARS. AND ESPECIALLY I'D LIKE TO THANK IN MR. NELSON FROM MY STAFF WHO HAS BEEN ON THIS DOINGEDLY SINCE HE FOUND OUT THE IN-- DOGGEDLY SINCE HE FOUND OUT THE INJUSTICE THAT WAS GOING ON IN TRIBES ACROSS AMERICA. SO I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION

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  • 09:14:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 3043. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 09:15:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNDER THE PROGRAM OF BLOCK GRANTS TO STATES FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR…

    UNDER THE PROGRAM OF BLOCK GRANTS TO STATES FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES FOR BEING ACCESSED THROUGH THE USE OF ELECTRONIC BENEFIT CARD FOR ANY STORE THAT OFFERS MARIJUANA FOR SALE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR.

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  • 09:15:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 09:16:01 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    ON THIS SUBJECT ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. REICHERT: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    OBJECTION. MR. REICHERT: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE

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  • 09:16:15 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. REICHERT:

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  • 09:16:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. REICHERT: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT OF…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. REICHERT: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE SUPPORT OF H.R.

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  • 09:16:21 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    URGE SUPPORT OF H.R. 4137, THE PRESERVING WELFARE FOR NEEDS NOT WEED ACT.…

    URGE SUPPORT OF H.R. 4137, THE PRESERVING WELFARE FOR NEEDS NOT WEED ACT. FEDERAL WELFARE BENEFITS ARE AN IMPORTANT MEANS FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO GET CRITICAL ASSISTANCE FOR BASIC NECESSITIES UNTIL THEY GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. SHOCKINGLY, AS A RESULT OF RECENT STATE LAWS LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN COLORADO AND MY HOME STATE OF WASHINGTON, WE ARE SEEING NEW ABUSES OF THESE BENEFITS. IN THESE STATES AR PERSON CAN WALK INTO A POT SHOP AND USE THEIR WELFARE BENEFIT CARD TO PAY FOR POT. THESE ARE FEDERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND THEY ARE BEING USED TO PURCHASE SOMETHING THAT IS ILLEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW. IT IS EXACTLY THIS MISUSE OF TAX DOLLARS THAT THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO STOP. THIS BILL WHICH I INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR AS CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES, SUBCOMMITTEE WITH JURISDICTION OVER THE PROGRAM THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT AND IS BEING ABUSED, WILL BLOCK ACCESS TO WELFARE CASH IN STORES SELLING MARIJUANA. AND MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE STRUGGLES THAT FAMILIES CAN GO THROUGH DURING MY HARD TIMES IN MY OWN CHILDHOOD GROWING UP AND FROM WHAT I WITNESSED AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONAL FOR 33 YEARS. FROM THE TIME I WAS A COP ON THE STREET IN KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON, THROUGH MY DAYS AS THE SHERIFF THERE, I WITNESSED THERE HOW TOO OFTEN, THE LACK OF A JOB, LIVING IN A CRIME HIFF ---RIDDEN NEIGHBORHOOD VRP TORN FAMILIES APART. FOR INSTANCE, WE HAVE MILLIONS OF LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED STRUGGLING TO GET BACK TO WORK DURING THE SO-CALLED OBAMA RECOVERY. MANY TURNED TO BENEFITS LIKE WHICH IS A TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. TAN OF -- THE TAN IF PROGRAM PROVIDES LOW-INCOME AMERICANS TO TRANSITION TO WORK AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN WHILE THEY ARE DOING THAT. CAN BUSINESS IS A FLEXIBLE GRANTS TO STATES BUT INCLUDES RULES TO ENSURE THAT OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT APPROPRIATELY. SADLY, PEOPLE ARE SPENDING WELFARE BENEFITS IN LIQUOR STORES, CA SIGN OOST AND STRIP CLUBS. IN 2012, CONGRESS PASSED A LAW THAT BLOCKED STATES TO BLOCK WELFARE BENEFITS FROM BEING ACCESSED IN THOSE PLACES. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA RIGHTLY SIGNED THAT LAW -- SIGNED IT INTO LAW. SINCE THEN BOTH WASHINGTON STATE AND COLORADOVILLE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA OPENING UP A NEW HOOP HOLE, THE POT SHOP LOOPHOLE WHICH THE BILL BEFORE US WOULD CLOSE, ALONG WITH THE OTHER SHOTS THAT I MENTIONED BEFORE HAVE CLOSED THE USE OF YOUR BENEFIT CARD. THIS BILL JUST ADDS POT SHOPS TO THAT LIST. THIS ISN'T AN IDLE CONCERN. A REPORT EXAMINING WELFARE TRANSACTIONS IN COLORADO REVEALED OVER $5,000 IN WELFARE BENEFITS WERE ACCESSED IN STORES SELLING MARIJUANA IN THE FIRST MONTH SUCH STORES WERE OPENED. WITH OTHER STATES CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO LEGALIZE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CLOSE THIS POT SHOP LOOPHOLE. WHEN IT COMES TOLL SPENDING WELFARE BENEFITS, MONEY THAT TAXPAYERS PROVIDE, WE ARE DRAWING A LINE. TAXPAYER-FUNDED WELFARE BENEFITS SHOULD BE SPENT ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES' NEEDS AND NOT WEED. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE FIX AND SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND CHILDREN AND NOT SUPPORT DRUG USE. THIS BUILDS ON GOOD POLICY THIS CHAMBER HAS CRAFTED AND PASSED IN THE LAST CONGRESS. IT HAS NO CONGRESS, ACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES.

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  • 09:21:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: I YIELD…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL IS

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  • 09:21:09 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS FROM…

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS FROM USING THEIR TANF ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARDS IN ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SELL MARIJUANA. THIS RESTRICTION WOULD ADD TO A CURRENT LAW PROHIBITION OR TRANSACTIONS IN CASINOS, LIQUOR STORES AND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT CLUBS. WHILE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT BENEFITS UNDER TANT BE USED TO SUPPORT THE BASIC NEEDS OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES, IT IS REGRETTABLE THIS IS COMING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY MARKUP, HEARING OR DISCUSSION WITHIN OUR COMMITTEE. SUCH DISCUSSIONS USUALLY RAISE QUESTIONS THAT ARE WORTH EXAMINING BEFORE LEGISLATION IS CONSIDERED ON THE FLOOR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:22:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. REICHERT

    HAVE ANY SPEAKERS? MR. LEVIN: I HAVE ONE. IT'S MY

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    MR. LEVIN

    PLEASURE TOLL YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT,…

    PLEASURE TOLL YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. DOGGETT: THE

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  • 09:22:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. DOGGETT: THE NEEDS NOT WEEDS ACT. THAT IS A PRETTY

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    MR. DOGGETT

    ACT. THAT IS A PRETTY CATCHY TITLE. I THINK IT COULD FIT ON A BUMPER…

    ACT. THAT IS A PRETTY CATCHY TITLE. I THINK IT COULD FIT ON A BUMPER STICKER, PERHAPS IT ALREADY HAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PROPOSAL HAS ONLY A LITTLE TO DO WITH WEEDS AND NOTHING TO DO WHATSOEVER WITH THE NEEDS OF OUR NEIGHBORS WHO ARE TRYING TO MOVE OUT OF POVERTY AND INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOWN THERE ON THE BOTTOM ECONOMIC RUNNING THAT ARE TRYING TO -- RUNK, THAT ARE TRYING TO CLIMB UP. THIS CONGRESS IS INDIFFERENT. THEIR HOPES HAVE JUST GONE UP IN SMOKE. ON THE VERY DAY THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING THIS PROPOSAL, WE ARE BEING CALLED UPON BY THE SAME FOLKS TO APPROVE A COMPANION REPUBLICAN RESOLUTION THAT ONCE AGAIN CUTS RESOURCES FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. NOT ONE CUT, BUT TWO CUTS, $14 MILLION EACH YEAR FROM THE TANF CONTINGENCY HE FUND TO HELP PEOPLE FIND JOBS AND OTHER SERVICES AND $$14 BILLION CUT ANNUALLY. THOSE ARE THE DOLLARS THAT PERMIT US TO DETERMINE WHETHER OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT EFFECTIVELY FOR JOB TRAINING AND OTHER SERVICES. YOU'VE GOT TO WONDER WHAT THESE REPUBLICANS ARE SMOKING. HOW CAN THEY TOUT THEIR SUPPOSE HE HAD COMMITMENT TO PREVENTING WASTE AND ELIMINATING THE VERY DOLLARS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT WASTE AND HELP US DETERMINE WHETHER OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. MY EXPERIENCE IN THIS CONGRESS, I UNDERSTAND THAT FACTS WILL BE IGNORED BY REPUBLICANS WHEN THEY CONFLICT WITH REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY. IN THIS CASE, ABANDONNING ANY RESEARCH CONCERNING HOW OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT MAKES NO SENSE. INDEED IT MAKES NO DOLLARS AND CENTS. THESE $30 MILLION IN CUTS CONTINUE THE REPUBLICAN EFFORT TO REDUCE THE REAL PURCHASING POWER AND DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES. THEY FOLLOW A PRIOR CUT OF OVER $300 MILLION IN EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND CASH BENEFITS THROUGH THE TANF PROGRAM. AND THIS IS ALSO AMIDST THE GROWING INEQUALITY IN THIS NATION. WE HAVE THE LOWEST LEVEL OF POOR FAMILIES RECEIVING DIRECT CASH ASSISTANCE FROM TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES IN ALMOST 50 YEARS. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN 20 POOR CHILDREN RECEIVE TANF ASSISTANCE DIRECTLY AND WHEN THEY GET IT, THEY DON'T GET VERY MUCH. THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S WAR ON POVERTY. ISN'T IT TIME THAT WE RENEW THAT EFFORT IN A MEANINGFUL REFORMED WAY INSTEAD OF WAGING WAR ON THOSE IN POVERTY? TIME AND TIME AGAIN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE REFUSED TO ENACT A LONG-TERM REORGANIZATION OF THE TANF PROGRAM. INSTEAD THEY FAVOR THIS THREE-MONTH EXTENSION PROGRAMS. BECAUSE EACH OF THOSE SHORT-TERM EXTENSIONS OFFERS THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO STEREOTYPE THE POOR, THE OLD WELFARE CADILLAC IMAGE. JUST BLAME THE POOR FOR BEING POOR. WELL, I SUPPORT EVERY REASONABLE EFFORT TO REDUCE FRAUD AND REDUCE ABUSE. AND I DON'T OPPOSE THIS BILL. WHAT I OPPOSE IS DEALING WITH THE PERIPHERAL, INSTEAD OF TACKLING THE SUBSTANTIVE PROBLEM OF HELPING FOLKS CLIMB OUT OF POVERTY INTO THE MIDDLE CLASS. AS WAS MENTIONED, WE PREVIOUSLY ON ONE OF THESE SHORT-TERM TANF EXTENSIONS PROHIBITED POOR PEOPLE FROM THE EVIL OF WITHDRAWING THEIR FUNDS FROM A STRIP CLUB OR CASINO. I SUPPORTED THAT. THIS WIN WILL PREVENT FROM USING THEIR CARDS AT A PLACE THAT SELLS MARIJUANA. WELL, PERHAPS IN DECEMBER WHEN WE ARE BACK ON THE NEXT EXTENSION, WE CAN PROHIBIT THEM FROM USING THEIR FUNDS AND WITHDRAWING THEM FROM A MASSAGE PARLOR OR CADILLAC DEALER. I MEET WITH THESE FAMILIES. I HAVE MET WITH THEM IN SAN ANTONIO, IN LOCKHART AND SAN MARCOS. THEY ARE HARD-WORKING FAMILIES AND MANY CASES THEY HIT A BAD BUMP IN THE ROAD. TODAY'S BILL DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE AT THAT TIMERED SAFETY NET. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN FOR ANOTHER MINUTE. EACH YEAR WE DO LESS AND LESS FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WHILE THE GAP CONTINUES TO WIDEN BETWEEN THOSE WHO HAVE LITTLE OR NOTHING AND THOSE WHO ARE INCREDIBLY WEALTHY. I BELIEVE THAT POVERTY SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A MAJOR NATIONAL PROBLEM THAT NEEDS RESOLUTION BY US WORKING TOGETHER NOT WORKING TO SCORE ELECTION POINTS. THE REAL POVERTY THAT IS AT STAKE THIS WEEK IS THE POVERTY OF COOPERATION, THE POVERTY OF SEEKING A BIPARTISAN ANSWER TO THE STRUGGLES OF SO MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES. SO LONG AS THIS CONGRESS IGNORES THE HARD WORK OF DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS TO HELP THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT ARE MOST DISADVANTAGED, WE WILL HAVE LESS AS A NATION TO CELEBRATE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN

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  • 09:28:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: ARE YOU READY TO CLOSE?

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    MR. LEVIN

    CLOSE?

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    LEVIN: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. LEVIN

    CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS LEFT GIVING HIS…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS LEFT GIVING HIS SPEECH, I JUST WANT TO SAY TO HIM, I APPLAUD WHAT YOU HAVE SAID.

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  • 09:28:56 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    I APPLAUD WHAT YOU HAVE SAID. IT'S LATE. IT'S 9:30 AT NIGHT. IT'S HARD TO…

    I APPLAUD WHAT YOU HAVE SAID. IT'S LATE. IT'S 9:30 AT NIGHT. IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHO'S LISTENING. BUT WORDS AS EXPRESSED BY MR. DOGGETT NEED TO BE HEARD. IN ADDITION TO THE REDUCTION IN TANF FUNDING, INCLUDING FOR RESEARCH, I THINK WE SHOULD ALSO BE REMINDED AT THIS LATE HOUR THAT BECAUSE OF THE UNWILLINGNESS OF REPUBLICANS IN THIS U.S. HOUSE TO FOLLOW THE BIPARTISAN LEAD IN THE SENATE ABOUT THREE MILLION -- I THINK MORE THAN THREE MILLION PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, WHO ARE LOOKING FOR WORK, HAVE ESSENTIALLY BEEN OUT IN THE COLD , I GUESS SOME OF THEM HAVE APPLIED FOR TANF, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DATA THAT MR. DOGGETT HAS PUT FORTH, I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK WHATEVER IS THE HOUR OF THE DAY OR NIGHT AT WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN TERMS OF THE ADDRESSING OF POVERTY IN THIS COUNTRY. SO I'M GLAD WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION AND I NOW YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON

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  • 09:30:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCHWEIKERT: THANK…

    YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCHWEIKERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER LISTENING TO MY -- MR.

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  • 09:30:39 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    AFTER LISTENING TO MY -- MR. REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER…

    AFTER LISTENING TO MY -- MR. REICHERT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER LISTENING TO MR.

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  • 09:30:41 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    AFTER LISTENING TO MR. DOGGETT'S COMMENT, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS HE SAID…

    AFTER LISTENING TO MR. DOGGETT'S COMMENT, THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS HE SAID THAT I AGREE WITH. HE KNOWS THAT. WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE. HE'S THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE HUMAN RESOURCE SUBCOMMITTEE. AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER ON LOTS OF LEGISLATION THAT HELPS ADDRESS FOSTER CARE AND FAMILIES AND WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS AND AID TO NEEDY FAMILIES AND THOSE ARE THINGS THAT HE KNOWS THAT I CARE ABOUT PASSIONATELY. AND I KNOW THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, EVEN THOUGH TONIGHT YOU MAY NOT THINK SO, CARES ABOUT PEOPLE PASSIONATELY AND WANT TO SOLVE THESE ISSUES TO HELP OUR MOST NEEDY FIND EMPLOYMENT, FIND AN OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE IN THIS COUNTRY TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILY. AND THAT'S WHAT BOTH SIDES I THINK REALLY WANT. AS MY COLLEAGUE KNOWS, YOU KNOW, WE SPENT HOURS EARLIER TODAY DEBATING CONTINUING RESOLUTION FOR 2015. THAT DEBATE WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW. THE REASON WE'RE NOT DEBATING TANF RE-AUTHORIZATION RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE THE C.R. INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT WILL EXTEND THE TANF PROGRAM AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE BASELINE LEVEL THROUGH DECEMBER 11 OF THIS YEAR. SO THAT BILL, NOT THE ONE BEFORE US, PROVIDES FOR THE EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM THAT THE GENTLEMAN HAD EARLIER TALKED ABOUT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO POINT OUT A LETTER THAT'S DATED JULY 31, 2014, DATE STAMPED, TO SENATOR SESSIONS FROM THE SECRETARY. AND IT SAYS, JUST THE FIRST PARAGRAPH, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTER TO FORMER SECRETARY SEBELIUS EXPRESSING CONCERN THAT TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES CASH ASSISTANCE IS BEING USED TO CREATE AN INCREASE IN DRUG DEPENDENCY. I'M AWARE OF THE MEDIA REPORTS RELATED TO INDIVIDUALS WITHDRAWING CASH AT AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES, A.T.M.'S, LOCATED IN ESTABLISHMENTS SELLING MARIJUANA IN COLORADO. WHICH HAS LEGALIZED THE USE OF MARIJUANA. I AGREE THAT ANY INAPPROPRIATE EXPENDITURE -- I AGREE THAT ANY INAPPROPRIATE EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS IS A CAUSE FOR CONCERN AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE FIX SO WELFARE FUNDS ARE USED AS INTENDED TO HELP NEEDY FAMILIES TEMPORARILY, TO HELP THEM FIND JOBS, GET BACK ON THEIR FEET, PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. I URGE SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELDS. THE QUESTION

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  • 09:33:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WASHINGTON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    WASHINGTON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4137. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4994, THE IMPROVING MEDICARE POST-ACUTE CARE…

    PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4994, THE IMPROVING MEDICARE POST-ACUTE CARE TRANSFORMATION OF 2014. THE CLERK: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, TO PROVIDE FOR STANDARDIZED POST-ACUTE CARE ASSESSMENT DATA, FOR QUALITY PAYMENT AND DISCHARGE PLANNING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 09:34:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    DATA, FOR QUALITY PAYMENT AND DISCHARGE PLANNING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.…

    DATA, FOR QUALITY PAYMENT AND DISCHARGE PLANNING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.

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  • 09:34:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:34:59 PM

    MR. BRADY

    EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE…

    EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 09:35:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BRADY

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:35:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BRADY

    OF THE IMPACT ACT. THIS BILL HAS A CLEVER NAME, IT WILL DO WHAT IT SAYS,…

    OF THE IMPACT ACT. THIS BILL HAS A CLEVER NAME, IT WILL DO WHAT IT SAYS, IT WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE MEDICARE PROGRAM. MUCH WORK HAS BEEN DONE TO INVESTIGATION HOW TO IMPROVE -- INVESTIGATE HOW TO IMPROVE CARE FOR SENIORS. LAST JUNE THE WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON CARE DELIVERY AFTER A HOSPITALIZATION OR WHAT WE CALL POST-ACUTE CARE. MUCH LIKE THE IMPACT ACT, THE HEARING WAS BIPARTISAN. AND FOCUSED ON POST-ACUTE REFORMS THAT THE PRESIDENT ADVANCED IN HIS ANNUAL BUDGET. IT'S BEEN OVER A DECADE SINCE MEANINGFUL CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE CARE OF MEDICARE PATIENTS AFTER HOSPITALIZATION IS PAID. WE'VE RECENTLY MADE PROGRESS. SITE-NEUTRAL PAYMENTS FOR LONG-TERM CARE HOSPITALS AND THE VALUE-BASED READMISSION PROGRAMS FOR NURSING HOMES HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. THESE CHANGES ARE A POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. TALKS OF BROADER REFORM HAVE BEEN ONGOING AS CONCERNS OF THE IMPACT OF THE SOLVENCY OF THE MAJOR SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR THIS CARE, MEDICARE HOSPITAL INSURANCE H.I. TRUST FUND, PERSISTS. THE MEDICARE TRUSTEES HAVE EXPLICITLY TOLD US THE TRAJECTORY OF SPENDING FROM THE H.I. TRUST FUND IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THE TRUSTEES' CURRENT ESTIMATE IS THAT THE H.I. TRUST FUND WILL BE INSOLVENT BY 2030. SINCE 2008, THE TRUST FUND HAS BEEN SPENDING MORE MONEY THAN IT'S BEEN TAKING IN. NO WONDER THE H.I. TRUST FUND HAS NOT MET THE TRUSTEES' FORMAL TEST OF SHORT-RANGE FINANCIAL ADEQUACY SINCE 2003. THIS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. THE H.I. TRUST FUND IS A TICKING TIME BOMB. THE IMPACT ACT IS NOT THE FULL SOLUTION, BUT IT'S A VITAL STEP ON THE PATH TOWARD THE SOLUTION. THE IMPACT ACT LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE REFORM. THE ACT ESTABLISHES STANDARD DATA AND METRICS ACROSS ALL OF MEDICARE'S POST-HOSPITALIZATION SETTINGS, INCLUDING NURSING HOMES AND REHABILITATION FACILITIES. THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION WILL ALLOW CONGRESS TO MAKE FEWER YOU TO -- FUTURE REFORMS ARMED WITH THE FACTS. WE ALL OWE IT TO THE SENIORS ACROSS AMERICA TO CATAPULT THE MEDICARE PROGRAM INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL DOES. CARING FOR OUR SENIORS AFTER THEY'RE IN THE HOSPITAL IS IMPORTANT. AND WE NEED TO ENSURE THE TRUST FUND IS SOLVENT, TO ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THIS CARE TO OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THIS IS JUST PLAIN GOOD, COMMONSENSE POLICY. I'M VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE IMPACT ACT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 09:37:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL NOTE THIS BILL IS BEING CONSIDERED AS…

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR WILL NOTE THIS BILL IS BEING CONSIDERED AS AMENDED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 09:38:11 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I SHALL CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LEVIN

    BIPARTISAN EFFORT, I CONGRATULATE MR. BRADY AND ALL OF THE COLLEAGUES ON…

    BIPARTISAN EFFORT, I CONGRATULATE MR. BRADY AND ALL OF THE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THE COMMITTEE WHO WORKED ON THIS. AND I THINK, MR. BRADY, YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN ME I'M SURE IN THANKING THE STAFF FOR THEIR VERY CONSIDERABLE WORK ON THIS. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS MAKING MAJOR STRIDES TOWARDS IMPROVING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, INCLUDING MOVING TOWARD ACCOUNTABILITY QUALITY-DRIVEN CARE. THIS LEGISLATION FURTHERS ITS QUALITY EFFORT IN THE POST-ACUTE CARE SPACE. IT IS ALSO THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS MODERNIZING POST-ACUTE CARE PAYMENTS TO MEDICARE PROVIDERS. THE CURRENT LACK OF APPLES TO APPLES QUALITY AND PATIENT ASSESSMENT DATA IN POST-ACCUSE SETTINGS MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO EVALUATE THE QUALITY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE PROVIDERS. THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION CRAFTED WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE WAYS AND MEANS AND SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEES REQUIRES POST-ACUTE PROVIDERS TO REPORT COMMON DATA ELEMENTS ACROSS SETTINGS, INCLUDING PATIENT ASSESSMENTS OF FUNCTION AND MOBILITY AND QUALITY AND RESOURCE USE MEASURES. OVER TIME THESE DATA WILL ENABLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO DETERMINE THE BEST POST-ACUTE SETTING FOR THAT PATIENT'S PARTICULAR CONDITION AND PREFERENCES. THE LEGISLATION ALSO ASKS THE SECRETARY AND MED-PAC TO PROVIDE SUGGESTIONS AND MODELS FOR HOW CONGRESS MAY REFORM POST-ACUTE CARE PAYMENTS IN THE FUTURE. AS WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR QUALITY AND VALUE IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM, IT IS IMPORTANT WE DO NOT DISCOURAGE PROVIDERS FROM CARING FOR COMPLEX PATIENT POPULATIONS. THAT IS WHY THIS LEGISLATION DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO STUDY THE EFFECT OF INDIVIDUAL SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, HEALTH LITERACY, ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY, AND OTHER FACTORS ON QUALITY AND RESEARCH USE MEASUREMENT. AND THEN INCORPORATE THOSE FINDINGS INTO VALUE-BASED PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS. LASTLY, THE IMPACT ACT ENSURES QUALITY WITHIN THE HOSPICE BENEFIT, BY REQUIRING THE PROVIDERS ARE SURVEYED BY AN APPROPRIATE ACCREDITTING AGENCY AT LEAST ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS. OVERALL, THE IMPACT ACT IS SUPPORTED BY A MULTITUDE OF STAKEHOLDER ORGANIZATIONS. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND TO TAKE THIS IMPORTANT STEP AND I WANT TO UNDERLINE THAT, THIS IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS MODERNIZING VOYTAL POST-ACUTE CARE -- VITAL POST-ACUTE CARE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRADY

    FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED. THE…

    FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. REED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. REED: I THANK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. REED: I THANK THE…

    FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. REED: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING AND, MR.

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    MR. REED

    FOR YIELDING AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    FOR YIELDING AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IMPACT ACT. H.R. 4994. IN PARTICULAR I WOULD DIRECT MY COMMENTS TONIGHT IN REGARDS TO THE PROVISIONS THAT DEAL WITH HOSPICE CARE IN AMERICA. AND I WOULD THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. LEVIN, A FRIEND WHO HAS STOOD WITH US IN REGARDS TO THIS ACT AND I ECHO HIS SUPPORT AND REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FOR ITS PASS AND THIS EVENING. WHEN WE DRAFTED THE HOSPICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH INTEGRITY AND CARE EVALUATIONS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HOSPICE ACT, I WAS GLAD TO BRING THOSE ISSUES TO THE FOREFRONT IN THE DEBATE THAT'S BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE IMPACT ACT TONIGHT. TO ME HOSPICE CARE IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS THAT FACE THOSE HARD DECISIONS AS WE DEAL WITH HEALTH CARE AT THE END OF OUR LIVES. TO ME THE HOSPICE ACT AND THE PROVISIONS IN THE IMPACT ACT GO TO ENSURE THAT THERE'S QUALITY CARE WHEN IT COMES TO HOSPICE CARE FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. THESE REFORMS ARE NECESSARY, THEY ARE THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND THEY WILL ENSURE THAT HOSPICE IN AMERICA IS DONE IN A QUALITY, WELL-CONDUCTED MANNER FOR ALL OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY CO-AUTHOR ON THIS, MR. MIKE THOMPSON FROM CALIFORNIA, WITH HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE JOINING US IN REGARDS TO THESE REFORMS TO HOSPICE CARE ACROSS AMERICA. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LEVIN: THANK YOU. YOU READY TO CLOSE? SO I'LL CLOSE JUST BRIEFLY TO REITERATE.

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    MR. LEVIN

    SO I'LL CLOSE JUST BRIEFLY TO REITERATE. THIS IS A PRODUCT OF MONTHS AND…

    SO I'LL CLOSE JUST BRIEFLY TO REITERATE. THIS IS A PRODUCT OF MONTHS AND MONTHS OF WORK. ACROSS THE AISLE. STAFFS WORKING TOGETHER. MANY, MANY HOURS. I THINK PROBABLY AT VARIOUS HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. MAYBE EVEN AS LATE AS IT IS TONIGHT ON OTHER DAYS. SO I THINK WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS PRODUCT AND I HOPE ALL OF US WILL SUPPORT IT. I THANK MR. BRADY FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MICHIGAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRADY

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BRADY

    AN OPEN LETTER TO STAKEHOLDERS AS RANKING MEMBER LEVIN SAID. AND FOLLOWING…

    AN OPEN LETTER TO STAKEHOLDERS AS RANKING MEMBER LEVIN SAID. AND FOLLOWING OUR BIPARTISAN CALL TO ACTION, WE RECEIVED OVER 70 COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO OUR LETTER, ASKING FOR SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE CARE FOR SENIORS. THERE WERE THREE CENTRAL THEMES THAT STAKEHOLDERS URGED US TO PURSUE. AND THEY ARE VERY SIMPLE. ONE, CREATE A COMMON MEASURE SET WITH STANDARDIZED DATA TO ASSESS EQUALITY -- QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE, THE WAY IT'S DELIVERED. CAREFULLY RESEARCH AND STUDY MEDICARE'S POST-ACUTE SET, TO INFORM -- SETTINGS. AND THEN THIRD, PLACE EMPHASIS ON INFORMING THE PATIENT AND TEAM OF CAREGIVERS DURING THE DISCHARGE PLANNING PROCESS IN ORDER TO MORE EFFECTIVELY COORDINATE CARE. THE IMPACT ACT ACHIEVES THESE IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES. SUPPORT FOR IMPACT COMES FROM HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES, HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, LEADING QUALITY GROUPS LIKE THE NATIONAL QUALITY FORUM, AND LEADING BENEFICIARY ADVOCATES. I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW. . WE ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THE GOALS OF THE IMPACT ACT AND FULLY SUPPORT THE PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND DISCHARGE PLANNING PROCESS. FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PHYSICAL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.TIVE MEDICINE WHO REPRESENTS REHAB PHYSICIANS, QUOTE, THE PRESENCE OF THESE QUALITY MEASURES WILL ENSURE THAT PATIENTS ARE RECEIVING THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE SETTING AND FROM THE NATIONAL COALITION ON HEALTH CARE WHO REPRESENTS MANY MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SAYS QUOTE, PAYERS, PROVIDERS AND FAMILY CAREGIVERS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO IDENTIFY THE BEST CARE SETTING FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL AND POLICY MAKERS CAN GRIN REFORM. ON BEHALF OF CHAIRMAN DAVE CAMP, I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. LEVIN, AND HIS STAFF FOR ALL THEIR GOOD WORK IN JOINING US IN THIS BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL EFFORT. TIME TO SUPPORT OUR SENIORS AND IMPROVE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM ON WHICH THEY RELY. I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5462.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R.

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    THE CLERK

    TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR LIMITATIONS ON THE FEES CHARGED…

    TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE FOR LIMITATIONS ON THE FEES CHARGED TO PASSENGERS OF AIR CARRIERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HUDSON AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HUDSON AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. HUDSON

    EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH…

    EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. HUDSON: MR. SPEAKER,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. HUDSON: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5462,

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    MR. HUDSON

    OF H.R. 5462, A BILL I INTRODUCED TO ADDRESS EXECUTIVE OVERREACH AFFECTING…

    OF H.R. 5462, A BILL I INTRODUCED TO ADDRESS EXECUTIVE OVERREACH AFFECTING THE TRAVELING PUBLIC. THIS BILL WOULD LOWER FEES FOR CERTAINLY AIRLINE PASSENGERS BY CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT AND SETTING A CAP THAT THEY COLLECT FOR ROUND TRIPS. THEY HELPED TO DEFRAY SECURITY COSTS AND ENSURE THAT OUR NET WRORK REMAINS SAFE. WHEN FEES WERE INCREASED. T.S.A. THOUGHT IT COULD COLLECT A HIGHER AMOUNT THAN CONGRESS INTENDED AND ELIMINATE ITS CAP. BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND AUTHORS OF THE BUDGET ACT AGREE THAT T.S.A. IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT HIGHER FEES FROM TRAVELERS WHICH WILL ADD $70 MILLION TO THE COST OF TRAVEL. H.R. 5462 LOOKS TO CORRECT THIS OVERREACH AND SAVE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TORE SHELL OUT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. REDUCING THE BURDEN ON AIRLINE PASSENGERS BENEFITS EVERYONE FROM HELPING FAMILIES ON VACATION TO CUTTINGS COSTS TO SMALL BUSINESSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. AND I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5462 AND YIELD MYSELF…

    MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5462 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MS. JACKSON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MS. JACKSON

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    CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION FOR THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH…

    CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION FOR THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH HE HAS TAKEN WITH THIS LEGISLATION. I KNOW THAT MR. THOMPSON AND MR. RICHMOND HAS JOINED HIM ON THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 5462 SEEKS TO REMOVE ANY CONFUSION ABOUT A KEY PROVISION OF THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2013 AS ENACTED INTO LAW ON DECEMBER, 2013. SECTION 601 OF THAT LAW PROVIDED FOR THE AVIATION SECURITY FEE THAT TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION COLLECTS TO INCREASE FROM $5.60 FOR ONE-WAY TRIP. SINCE 9/11, THIS DEPARTMENT WAS CREATED AND THE FEES HAVE BEEN UTILIZED TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE HOMELAND, FEES THAT ARE ASSESSED BY THE AIRLINE AND UTILIZED BY TRANSPORTATION -- ASSESSED ON THE AIRLINES UTILIZED BY THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROCESS IS FAIR. THE LANGUAGE DID NOT SPECIFICALLY CAP THE FEE FOR ROUND-TRIP TICKET BUT COMMON SENSE WOULD TELL US THAT CONGRESS INTENDED THE FEE FOR A ROUND TRIP TO BE TWICE OF THAT A ROUND TRIP FOR $11.20. T.S.A. MISSED THIS INTENT RESULTING IN PASSENGERS BEING ASSESSED AN EXCESSIVE FEE. WE ARE TO PROVIDE THE KIND OF OVERSIGHT THAT TREATS THE T.S.A. FAIRLY AND ENSURING THEY ARE PROTECTING THE TRAVELING PUBLIC AND ENSURING THEY ARE TRAINED AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THEY DO. BUT WE ASK LIKEWISE THE TRAVELING PUBLIC AND BALANCE THAT THAT THE FEES THAT ARE ASSESSED ARE NOT EXCESSIVE. THE LEGISLATION CLARIFIES THAT THE PASSENGER SECURITY FEE SHOULD BE CAPPED FOR ROUND TRIP AT TWICE THE RATE ASSESSED FOR A ONE-WAY TRIP. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE BETTER PART OF FIVE MONTHS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN BACK AND FORTH WITH T.S.A. ON THIS ISSUE. WITH THIS GUIDANCE, THIS WILL RESOLVE THIS ISSUE ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR THE AMERICAN FLYING PUBLIC. IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE BALANCED AND FAIR. MR. SPEAKER, SIMPLY PUT, THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT PASSENGERS ARE NO LONGER CHARGED AIR TRANSPORTATION FEES ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT CONGRESS ENVISIONED AND INTENDED. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR.…

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. MR. HUDSON: I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I'M

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    MR. HUDSON

    SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    SPEAKERS. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WITH THAT, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN HUDSON FOR…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WITH THAT, LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN HUDSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND THE GIVE-AND-TAKE THAT HAS GONE ON. I WANT TO ADD TWO MORE POINTS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL SO T.S.A. CAN NO LONGER CHARGE SECURITY FEES ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT CONGRESS HAS INTENDED. MR. HUDSON WILL AGREE WITH ME ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF TRAINING THAT WE HAVE SEEN OFFICERS AND THE LINE OF DEFENSE, IF YOU WILL, THAT THEY SERVE IN THE NATION'S AIRPORTS. WITH THAT, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED OR OCCURRED WITH AN OFFICER IN NIGERIA. I WANT TO EXPRESS TO THE FEDERAL AIR MARSHALS, MY CONCERN FOR THAT ISSUE AND THAT INCIDENT AND TO THE PARTICULAR AIR MARSHAL WHO WAS IN THE LINE OF DUTY HAVING BEEN ATTACKED WITH A NEEDLE THAT WE EXPRESSED OUR CONCERN AND WE ARE PLEASED THAT THERE ARE CONTINUED NEGOTIATIONS REGARDING THE PROCESS OF THOSE PEOPLE GOING THROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS. LASTLY, I WOULD SAY AND I HOPE WE WOULD ENGAGE IN THIS DISCUSSION. I KNOW CHAIRMAN HUDSON IS HAVING A NUMBER OF MEETINGS. WE ARE AWARE OF THE BACKDROP OF THE MEETING WE WILL HAVE ON ISIL, THE POTENTIAL ON THE IMPACT ON THE HOMELAND. WE HAVE ABOUT 100 AMERICAN PASSPORT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE LEFT FOR THE FIGHT, FOREIGN FIGHTERS. AND SO I AM LOOKING TO INTERVIEWS IN VERY SHORT ORDER, LEGISLATION THAT ARE INDICATES NO FLY FOR FOREIGN FIGHTERS ACT OF 2014, WHICH GIVES GREATER DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT OF THE NO-FLY LIST, WATCH LIST, TO MAKE SURE THOSE WITH AMERICAN PASSPORTS WHO HAVE GONE TO THE FIGHT, CANNOT BE ON AMERICAN -- ON OUR AIRLINES. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE COMMITTEE ON THIS ISSUE. AND I ONLY OFFER THAT, MR. SPEAKER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT WORK OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY COMMITTEE AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WE HAVE HERE ON THAT -- ON THE SECURING OF THE HOMELAND, REALLY IS A STRONG COMPONENT OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY COMMITTEE. AND YOU HAVE BEEN A LEADER ALONG WITH THE RANKING MEMBER. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. AND I BELIEVE THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND THE HOMELAND SECURITY AGENCY IS A KEY FACTOR IN THIS THREAT OF ISIL IN MAKING SURE THAT AMERICANS ARE SAFE. I CONCLUDE BY ASKING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5462 AND TO SUPPORT THE IDEA OF FAIR AND BALANCED ASSESSMENT ON PASSENGER SECURITY FEE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.…

    FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. HUDSON: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I

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    MR. HUDSON

    I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND RANKING…

    I MAY CONSUME. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER JACKSON LEE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS THE GENTLELADY HAD TONIGHT AND I WOULD ECHO THAT I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN WHICH SHE WORKS ON ISSUES ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE. I APPRECIATE THE RELATIONSHIP WEAVE'S HAD AND RESPECT THE GENTLELADY VERY MUCH AND RESPECT THE ADVICE THAT SHE HAS GIVEN ME AND THE COOPERATION UNDER WHICH WE HAVE WORKED THROUGHOUT THIS CONGRESS. AND I THINK THIS PRODUCT THAT WE BRING TO THE FLOOR TODAY IS AN EXAMPLE OF BIPARTISANSHIP OF THE BEST KIND WHERE WE CAN COME TOGETHER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND WORK TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUDSON: AS CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY COMMITTEE, I WOULD LIKE TO REDUCE TAXES AND MAKES AIR TRAVEL MORE ACCESSIBLE AND LEADING TO MORE FREQUENT TRIPS AND MORE DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND MORE DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY

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    MR. HUDSON

    AND MORE DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES…

    AND MORE DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5462. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. MR. HUDSON: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT VOTE, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE

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    MR. HUDSON

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: YEAS AND NAYS ARE…

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN…

    ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS. THE CLERK: LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MRS. CAPITO OF WEST VIRGINIA FOR TODAY AND MR. HOLT OF NEW JERSEY FOR TODAY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DOES GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS WISH TO BE RECOGNIZED? MS. JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS. I THOUGHT IT WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT ON RECOGNIZING THE CRUCIALNESS OF THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS HORRIFIC DISEASE EBOLA IN AFRICA. I HAVE BEEN IN AFRICA OVER THE LAST FOUR, FIVE MONTHS. EBOLA IS DEVASTATING TO THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES. THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING ON THEIR OWN, BUT IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE DISEASE. BY SENDING 3,000 OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, BUT AS EQUALLY IMPORTANT, PROVIDING FOR THE CONTAINERS SO THE SELF-MADE HOSPITAL CONTAINERS THAT CAN BE UTILIZED TO PROVIDE THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THESE COUNTRIES TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT EBOLA. THERE IS NO MEDICAL SYSTEM EXISTING NOW BECAUSE EVERYONE IS FIGHTING, AND THEREFORE EVERYONE IN ESSENCE, ENSURING THAT THE ILLNESS IS NOT TAKEN CARE OF. THIS IS A CRISIS. WE NEED TO BE ENGAGED AND FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA SO IT CAN BE EXTINGUISHED. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR…

    I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. GOHMERT

    SPEAKER. . I WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN GOING AFTER ISIS BUT NOT WITH…

    SPEAKER. . I WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN GOING AFTER ISIS BUT NOT WITH PEOPLE WE CAN'T TRUST. THE PEOPLE THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SUPPORT ACTUALLY ARE GUILTY OF BEHEADINGS THEMSELVES. BUT APPARENTLY THEY'RE MODERATE BEHEADINGS. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT HEZBOLLAH HAS REACHED -- RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT DETERMINED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT I.S. AND THEY SAY THOSE WHO DELVE DEEPER INTO THE AMERICAN STANCE WILL NOTICE AMERICANS EXCEPT SIGH SIS IN OUR REGION -- ISIS IN OUR REGION WHILE TRYING TO PRETENT IS FROM SPREADING TO THEIR COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO. THESE PEOPLE CANNOT BE TRUSTED. IT'S TIME FOR US TO STAND EITHER HELP THE KURDS SINCE TURKEY IS NOT WILLING TO FACE THIS CRISIS BY THE PUTTING BOOTS ON THE GROUND AND ACTUALLY FIGHTING I.C. FOR US, THEN -- I.S. FOR US, THEN ARM THE KURDS. I KNOW THE TURKS ARE AFRAID OF THAT BUT WE'RE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT I.S. HELP THE CURDS AND LET'S WIPE OUT I.S. BUT NOT WITH SYRIANS WE CANNOT TRUST. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION? MR. GOHMERT:

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  • 10:01:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAVE A MOTION? MR. GOHMERT: AT THIS TIME I WOULD MOVE THAT WE DO NOW…

    HAVE A MOTION? MR. GOHMERT: AT THIS TIME I WOULD MOVE THAT WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN. THE

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    MR. GOHMERT

    WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY

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    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. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1482 (After 657 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
  • Special Orders287 Hours
  • Votes231 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches120 Hours
  • Morning Hour107 Hours
  • Opening Procedures8 Hours

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