The House Will Convene At 9:00 AM Today
House Session - June 23, 2015

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

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:10 PM

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    THE U.S. HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR BRIEF SPEECHES. LEGISLATIVE WORK WILL…

    THE U.S. HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR BRIEF SPEECHES. LEGISLATIVE WORK WILL START THIS AFTERNOON AT 2:00. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2015] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] THE HOUSE COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 12:00:28 PM

    THE CLERK

    WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 23, 201R5. -- 2015. I I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE…

    WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 23, 201R5. -- 2015. I I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BLARKE FARENTHOLD TO SERVE AS THE SPROTHE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING. -- MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE OTHER AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. BUT NO-NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:00 P.M. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MR. MCGOVERN: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 12:01:17 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 12:01:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:01:26 PM

    CONGRESS WE PASSED A NEW FARM BILL. AS A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE…

    CONGRESS WE PASSED A NEW FARM BILL. AS A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, I COULD NOT SUPPORT IT EITHER IN COMMITTEE OR ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I COULDN'T SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT CUT SNAP, THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OUR NATION'S PREMIERE ANTI-HUNGER PROGRAM. AND I COULDN'T SUPPORT A BILL THAT I BELIEVED MADE HUNGER WORSE IN AMERICA. AT THE TIME, MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES OFFERED MANY ASSURANCES THAT THE CHANGES TO SNAP, TO SNAP'S RELATIONSHIP WITH LIHEAP, THE LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PGRAM WOULD NOT CHANGE. THAT THEY WERE CLOSING A LOOPHOLE, END QUOTE, RATHER THAN A TRUE BENEFIT CUT. I WAS SKEPTICAL OF THOSE ASSURANCES AT THE TIME AND WITH GOOD REASON. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATED THAT THE CHANGE WOULD REDUCE BENEFITS FOR ABOUT 850,000 LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS BY AN AVERAGE OF $90 A MONTH IN THE 14 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A STATE OPTION TO LINK LIHEAP AND SNAP. STATES CHOSE TO USE THIS OPTION TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE HEARTBREAKING CHOICES THAT POOR FAMILIES FACE. SENIORS AND THE DISABLED ARE ALL TOO OFTEN THE ONES FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BUYING FOOD OR HEATING THEIR HOMES OR PAYING FOR THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS. THROUGHOUT THE FARM BILL PROCESS, ANTI-HUNGER ADVOCATES AND THE HEAT AND EAT STATES VIGOROUSLY OPPOSED THE LIHEAP CUTS TO SNAP SAYING THEIR AFFECTS WOULD BE MUCH GREATER THAN THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES. AND I'M SORRY TO SAY THEY WERE RIGHT. THESE CUTS ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST ABSTRACT NUMBERS. WE'RE STARTING TO HEAR REAL STORIES FROM REAL PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEING THEIR SNAP BENEFITS CUT. HUNGER IS WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THESE CUTS. TAKE JUDY BEALS, A DISABLED SENIOR FROM BELLEVILLE, WISCONSIN. EARLIER THIS YEAR SHE SAW HER SNAP BENEFIT CUT FROM $120 TO $16 A MONTH. LET ME REPEAT THAT. SHE NOW GETS $16 A MONTH IN FOOD ASSISTANCE. THAT'S IT. THAT IS UNCONSCIONABLE. HOW CAN ANYONE AFFORD TO FEED THEMSELVES FOR A MONTH ON THAT? MS. BEALS SAYS SHE'S FORCED TO EAT JUST ONCE A DAY NOW THAT HER SNAP BENEFIT HAS BEEN CUT AS SHE TRIES TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY HER OTHER BILLS. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, SHE FOUND OUT THAT HER SNAP BENEFIT HAD BEEN CUT AT THE REGISTER AT THE GROCERY STORE WITH A FULL CART OF GROCERIES. MR. SPEAKER, MS. BEALS' STORY IS NOT UNIQUE. THE HUNGER TASK FORCE IN MILWAUKEE ESTIMATES THAT IN WISCONSIN ALONE 255,000 FAMILIES HAVE SEEN THEIR SNAP BENEFITS REDUCED SINCE THE LIHEAP CUTS WENT INTO EFFECT. AND WE'RE HEARING SIMILAR STORIES IN NEW JERSEY, ANOTHER STATE THAT DID NOT EXTEND ITS HEAT AND EAT PROGRAM. THE FOOD BANK OF SOUTH NEW JERSEY ESTIMATES THAT 160,000 NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS HAVE LOST ABOUT $90 A MILLION IN SNAP BENEFITS DUE TO THE FARM BILL CUT. NOW TO BE FAIR, THERE ARE SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, THAT DID THE RIGHT THING AND FOUND A WAY, MOSTLY WITH STATE FUNDS, TO MAKE UP THE MONEY LOST BY THE LIHEAP CUT IN THE FARM BILL. REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS STOPPED -- STEPPED UP AND RECOGNIZED THAT THOSE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE WOULD BE WORSE OFF IF THEY DIDN'T FIND A WAY TO FIX THE CUT. BUT IN THOSE STATES THAT DID NOT MAKE UP THE MONEY, WE WILL CONTINUE TO HEAR STORIES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN THEIR SNAP BENEFIT CUT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS, THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CONDUCTING A TOP TO BOTTOM REVIEW OF THE SNAP PROGRAM. NOW, I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THESE HEARINGS ARE GOING, AND ONCE AGAIN WE'VE HEARD ASSURANCES THAT THERE WILL BE NO CUTS IN SNAP. BUT I HAVE THE SINKING FEELING IN MY STOMACH THAT THESE HEARINGS ARE NOT LEADING TO PLACE THAT IS GOOD FOR MILLIONS OF STRUGGLING AMERICANS. THE FACT IS SNAP IS A GOOD PROGRAM. IT WORKS. IT IS EFFECTIVE AND IT IS EFFICIENT. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENTLY RUN FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT EXIST. WITH AN UNBELIEVABLY LOW ERROR RATE. INSTEAD OF CUTTING SNAP OR MAKING OTHER HARMFUL POLICY CHANGES, WE SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING THE PROGRAM. DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN WITNESSES ALIKE HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE THAT THE SNAP BENEFIT IS ALREADY TOO LOW. WE'VE HEARD THAT CERTIFICATION AND RECERTIFICATION PROCESS IS TIME CONSUMING AND ONEROUS. ESPECIALLY FOR WORKING FAMILIES. WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO GET RENEWED BENEFITS WHO FALL OFF THE PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THESE ONEROUS NEW REQUIREMENTS. WE'VE HEARD FROM CHARITIES THAT THEY CANNOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HUNGER ON THEIR OWN. CHARITIES DO INCREDIBLE WORK, BUT THEY CANNOT MEET THE DEMAND FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE. THEY NEED A STRONG FEDERAL PARTNER. WE NEED BETTER COORDINATION AMONG ALL STAKEHOLDERS, FEDERAL AGENCIES, NONPROFITS, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES TO END HUNGER. THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR A WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON FOOD, NUTRITION AND HUNGER. WE NEEDED A COORDINATED, HOLISTIC PLAN TO END YOU THINK HUNGER NOW. IF WE FURTHER CUT BENEFITS TO SNAP, WE'LL HEAR FROM THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLES SEE FOOD ASSISTANCE BENEFITS CUT. WE SHOULD NOT BE MAKING HUNGER WORSE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD END HUNGER NOW, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:07:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TONKO -- SORRY, MR. TAKANO. BUTCHERED YOUR NAME THERE. MR. TAKANO: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER

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  • 12:07:24 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR.

  • 12:07:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 12:07:35 PM

    AND PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE PHILIPPEA ARRERA, WHO WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO…

    AND PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE PHILIPPEA ARRERA, WHO WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO SERVE AS THE UNITED STATES POET LAUREATE. THE SON OF MIGRANT FARMERS, MR. ARRAERA IS THE FIRST LATINO AMERICAN TO BE APPOINTED TO THIS POSITION AND HAS PUBLISHED MORE THAN A DOZEN SHORT STORIES, NOVELS AND COLLECTIONS OF POETRY. IN 2008, HE WAS AWARDED THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITIC CIRCLE AWARD AND IN 2012, HE WAS APPOINTED CALIFORNIA'S POET LAUREATE. NEVER ONE TO SHY AWAY FROM EXPERIMENTATION, MR. ARRERA CONDUCTED A TWO-YEAR POETRY PROJECT ENTITLED "THE MOST INCREDIBLE AND BIGGEST POEM ON UNITY IN THE WORLD." FOR CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES, SUBMIT THEIR WRITINGS ON UNITY. THE PROJECT RESULTED IN A 170-PAGE COLLECTION OF POEMS ON UNITY, ON HOW WE AS AMERICANS CAN COME TOGETHER. A RECENT RETIREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-RIVERSIDE, MR. ARRERA WORKED WITH YOUNG PEOPLE BY CREATING AN ANTI-BULLYING POETRY PROJECT THAT ALLOWS KIDS AFFECTED BY BULLYING TO CHANNEL THEIR FEELINGS THROUGH POETRY. POETRY AFTER ALL IS AN INCREDIBLY POWERFUL MEDIUM. IN HIS WORK ENTITLED "LET ME TELL YOU WHAT A POEM BRINGS," ARRERA SPOKE OF POETRY'S IMPACT SAYING, AND I QUOTE, BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER, L ME TELL YOU WHAT A POEM BRINGS. FIRST, YOU MUST KNOW THE SECT. THERE IS NO POEM TO SPEAK OF. IT IS A WAY TO ATTAIN A LIFE WITHOUT BOUNDARIES. YES. IT IS THAT EASY. A POEM. IMAGINE ME TELLING YOU THIS INSTEAD OF GOING DAY BY DAY AGAINST THE RAZORS, ALL THE JUDENTS, ALL THE TICK TOCS BRONZE, THE FASHION MALL. THE FASHION MALL, FOR EXAMPLE. FROM THE OUTSIDE YOU THINK YOU'RE BEING ENTERTNED BUT WHEN YOU ENTER THINGS CHANGE. YOU GET CAUGHT BY SURPRISE. YOUR MOUTH GOES SOUR. YOU GET THIRSTY. YOUR LEGS GROW COL STANDING STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM. A POEM, OF COURSE, IS ALWAYS ON FOR BUSINESS, TOO, EXCEPT AS YOU CAN SEE, IT ISN' EXACTLY BUSINESS THAT PULLS YOUR SPIRIT INTO THE ALARMING WATERS. THERE YOU CAN BATHE, YOU CAN PLAY, YOU CAN EVEN IN IN ON THE GOSSIP. THE MIST THAT IS. THE MIST BECOMES CENTRAL TO YOUR EXISTENCE. END QUOTE. AS A FORMER STUDENT OF ONE FELIPE ARRERA'S, I OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS AND KNOW HE WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE AND MOVE US WITH HIS WORDS AS OUR NEXT POET LAUREATE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO

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  • 12:10:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12 OF RULE 1 , THE CHAIR…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12 OF RULE 1 , THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL 2:00 P.M.

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  • 02:02:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 ALENALSANCE WILL BE LED BY -- ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER.

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  • 02:02:19 PM

    MR. EMMER

    GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

  • 02:02:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT…

    CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:02:51 PM

    MR. KLINE

    RAMSTEADY, A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR FROM FOREST LAKE, MINNESOTA. THIS…

    RAMSTEADY, A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR FROM FOREST LAKE, MINNESOTA. THIS IMPRESSIVE 18-YEAR-OLD FROM MY DISTRICT WAS RECENTLY NAMED THE 2015 STAR IN AGRISCIENCE BY THE MINNESOTA FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FOR HIS WORK TEACHING A LOCAL AGRICULTUREAL LITERACY PROGRAM. MR. EMMER: AGRICULTURE IS A VITAL PART OF MINNESOTA'S ECONOMY AND WE ARE DEPENDENT ON THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO ENSURE THAT AGRICULTURE REMAINS A BRIGHT AND THRIVING INDUSTRY IN OUR STATE. IN THE

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  • 02:03:15 PM

    AGRICULTURE REMAINS A BRIGHT AND THRIVING INDUSTRY IN OUR STATE. IN THE…

    AGRICULTURE REMAINS A BRIGHT AND THRIVING INDUSTRY IN OUR STATE. IN THE FALL, JOE WILL BE HEADING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA WITH PLANS TO WORK TOWARD AN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION DEGREE. EVENTUALLY HE HOPES TO WORK IN AN URBAN SETTING TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON A VARIETY OF AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST. I APPLAUD JOE AND ALL FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA FOR THEIR INTEREST AND PASSION IN AGRICULTURE AND MINNESOTA. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RECENT HONOR, JOE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT

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  • 02:03:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:04:06 PM

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    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON A BILL THAT REPRESENTATIVES MCCAL SALY, CAR…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON A BILL THAT REPRESENTATIVES MCCAL SALY, CAR DEANAS, JOE HECK AND I HAVE INTRODUCED. THE HUMANE COSMETICS ACT. THE HUMANE COSMETICS ACT WOULD PHASE OUT THE USE OF ANIMAL-BASED TESTING FOR COSMETIC PRODUCTS. IT WILL EVENTUALLY PROHIBIT THE SALE OF COSMETICS TESTING ON ANIMALS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, MAKING SURE THAT ONLY SAFE PRODUCTS ENTER THE AMERICAN MARKET.

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  • 02:04:33 PM

    OF TESTING AMERICAN COSMETICS ON ANIMALS. SAFER, MORE COST-EFFECTIVE AND…

    OF TESTING AMERICAN COSMETICS ON ANIMALS. SAFER, MORE COST-EFFECTIVE AND COMPLETELY HUMANE ALTERNATIVES ALREADY EXIST. AND THE UNITED STATES IS NO S NO DANGER OF LOSING ITS COMPETITIVE ROLE AS A LEADER IN THE GLOBAL COSMETICS INDUSTRY. NOW WE NEED TO ENSURE OUR PLACE AS A MORAL LEADER. OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, COSMETIC COMPANIES HAVE REDUCED THEIR USE OF ANIMALS FOR COSMETICS TESTING IN FAVOR OF MORE RELIABLE, COST EFFECTIVE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED METHODS THAT CAN MORE ACCURATELY PREDICT WHETHER COSMETICS ARE SAFE FOR HUMANS. THIS WOULD MATCH U.S. LAW TO THE EUROPEAN UNION, ISRAEL AND INDIA AND ENSURE THAT AMERICAN COSMETICS INDUSTRY CAN REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN A CHANGING GLOBAL MARKET. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL. THANK YOU,

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  • 02:05:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE REQUEST ATTENTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:05:39 PM

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    RULES THAT TREATS EVERYONE FAIRLY AND HONESTLY.

  • 02:05:51 PM

    UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD ARE ALSO KNOWN…

    UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD ARE ALSO KNOWN AS IPAB, A PANEL OF 15 UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS WOULD BE CAST WITH CUTTING MEDICARE COSTS IN A WAY THAT COULD DENY CARE TO OUR SENIORS WHO NEED IT THE MOST. I'VE BEEN A NURSE FOR OVER 40 YEARS, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN HEALTH CARE AS A PROFESSIONAL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S NOTHING FAIR ABOUT THAT. EVEN DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR HOWARD DEAN CALLED IPABS, AND I QUOTE, A HEALTH CARE RATIONING BOARD, CLOSED QUOTE, THAT SHOULD BE SCRAPPED. MR. SPEAKER, NO SENIORS NEED A WASHINGTON BUREAUCRAT STANDING BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR DOCTOR. VOTE YES ON H.R. 1190 AND LET'S REPEAL IPAB TODAY. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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  • 02:06:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 02:06:49 PM

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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, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:06:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:06:57 PM

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    THE GOAL OF THE ONGOING P-5 PLUS ONE NEGOTIATIONS IS TO GUARANTEE THAT…

    THE GOAL OF THE ONGOING P-5 PLUS ONE NEGOTIATIONS IS TO GUARANTEE THAT IRAN NEVER DEVELOPS A NUCLEAR WEAPON. MR. LOWENTHAL: AS CONGRESS ASSESSES THE FINAL DEAL, I'M GOING TO DRAW UPON A RECENT PUBLICATION WHICH IS ENTITLED NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN, FIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR A GOOD DEAL, WHICH DETAILS THE FOLLOWING FIVE COMPONENTS.

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  • 02:07:08 PM

    WHICH DETAILS THE FOLLOWING FIVE COMPONENTS. ONE, MECHANISMS SUPPORTING…

    WHICH DETAILS THE FOLLOWING FIVE COMPONENTS. ONE, MECHANISMS SUPPORTING STRONG VERIFICATION, INCLUDING ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS OF ALL IRANIAN NUCLEAR MILITARY FACILITIES. TWO, IRANIAN COMPLIANCE WITH ALL U.N. RESOLUTIONS AND FULL DISCLOSURE OF ITS PREVIOUS WORK TOWARD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THREE, A SCHEDULE WHICH LIFTS SANCTIONS ONLY AS IRAN MEETS THE AGREEMENTS -- AGREEMENT'S OBLIGATIONS. FOUR, MUST INCLUDE MEASURES TO PREVENT IRAN FROM BECOMING A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE. AND LASTLY, REQUIREMENTS THAT IRAN DISMANTLE ITS NUCLEAR WEAPON INFRASTRUCTURE AND RELINQUISH ITS FISSIONBLE WEAPONS MATERIAL STOCKPILE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 02:08:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. IS ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE…

    TIME HAS EXPIRED. IS ANYONE SEEKING RECOGNITION? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION. THE CLERK: THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO

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  • 02:08:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN…

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JUNE 19, 2015, AT 2:22 P.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 808. WITH BEST WISHED I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:08:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE ANOTHER COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:08:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN…

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JUNE 23, 2015, AT 11:02 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITH AN AMENDMENT, H.R. 91, WITH BEST WISHED I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:09:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE --

  • 02:09:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

  • 02:09:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED…

    SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2 H -- 2 HH -- 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A MESSAGE WAS RECEIVED AT 5:26 PNL. THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITH AN AMENDMENT H.R. 1735 WITH BEST WISHED I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:09:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:10:03 PM

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    TO TALK ABOUT A VERY GOOD FRIEND OFWAY AND A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE.…

    TO TALK ABOUT A VERY GOOD FRIEND OFWAY AND A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. COUNCIL GENERAL -- COUNSEL GENERAL. HE HAS BEEN A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR JAPAN AND HAS BEEN THE GLUE THAT HAS HELD TOGETHER A SOLID BOND BETWEEN HAWAII AND JAPAN. MR. TAKANO: I'VE KNOWN -- MR.

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  • 02:10:22 PM

    MR. TAKANO

  • 02:10:25 PM

    HIS WIFE SINCE SHE A-- SINCE THEY ARRIVED IN OCTOBER OF 2012. I'VE ENJOYED…

    HIS WIFE SINCE SHE A-- SINCE THEY ARRIVED IN OCTOBER OF 2012. I'VE ENJOYED MANY OCCASIONS WITH THE COUNSEL GENERAL AND IT -- AT THE NUMEROUS DANCES THROUGHOUT OAHU. I RECALL INVITING HIM TO THE DANCE TWO YEARS AGO. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. MORE IMPORTANTLY, COUNSEL GENERAL AND I ENJOYED SPENDING MANY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS LAST YEAR GOING TO DANCES. HE AND HIS WIFE ARE REALLY GREAT BONE DANCERS. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND THE COUNSEL GENERAL ON HIS EFFORTS TO BRIDGE THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND BRING TOGETHER THE LEADERS OF JAPAN'S DIET WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE. THIS JAPAN-HAWAII FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION WITH WILL CONTINUE FOR MANY YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO FOSTER THE GREAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HAWAII AND JAPAN. I ALSO WANTED TO THANK MICHIKO. SHE'S DEVELOPED STRONG BONDS WITH MANY JAPANESE ORGANIZATIONS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR JAPAN. I WISH THEM WELL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THEIR SERVICE IN HAWAII AND I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

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  • 02:11:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO RULE 1, CLAUSE 12-A, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN…

    EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO RULE 1, CLAUSE 12-A, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 3:P.M. TODAY -- P.M. 3:00 TODAY.

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  • 03:02:09 PM

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    MEMBERS RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT…

    MEMBERS RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:02:15 PM

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    RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 805 AS AMENDED.

  • 03:02:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CALLER: H.R. 805, A BILL TO…

    CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CALLER: H.R. 805, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION FROM RELINKISHING INFORMATION OVER THE INTERNET DOMAIN SYSTEM UNTIL THE COMPTROLLER OF THE UNITED STATES SMITS TO CONGRESS A -- SUBMITS TO CONGRESS A REPORT ON THE ROLE OF THE NTIA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH SYSTEM.

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  • 03:02:23 PM

    CALLER

    ON THE ROLE OF THE NTIA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH SYSTEM.

  • 03:02:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

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

    THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. SHIMKUS: MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    SO ORDERED. MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    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. SHIMKUS: TODAY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. SHIMKUS: TODAY WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE H.R. 805.

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    H.R. 805. THE DOT-COM ACT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN GET DONE WHEN WE…

    H.R. 805. THE DOT-COM ACT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN GET DONE WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AND BUILDS ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE GROWING RECORD OF LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. . FROM THE TIME THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENT TO TRANSING THE FUNCTIONS, I'VE HAD SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT IT'S POTENTIAL RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOVE. THIS IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO RUSH AND WE MUST CAREFULLY CONSIDER ALL THE POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES AND OUTCOMES BEFORE ANY TRANSITION OCCURS. MY BILL WOULD REQUIRE A PERIOD OF 30 LEGISLATIVE DAYS FOR US TO REVIEW ANY PROPOSAL THAT N.T.I. RECEIVES FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THIS ALLOWS US TO HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS AND CONSULT WITH OUTSIDE EXPERTS BEFORE WE DECIDE IF THE PROPOSAL IS SATISFACTORY. IF IN THIS REVIEW PERIOD, ALLOWED ONLY THROUGH PASSAGE OF THE DOTCOM ACT, WE FIND THAT IT OR ITS PROPOSAL DOES NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE FREE AND OPEN INTERNET, CONGRESS CAN THEN TAKE ACTION TO EITHER COMPLETELY STOP THE TRANSFER OR REQUIRE MORE SAFEGUARDS TO BE PUT IN PLACE. EVERYONE AGREES THAT THE CONTRACT SHOULD REMAIN WITH NTIA, WHILE THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. DOTCOM IS A VEHICLE TO MAKE SURE THIS DOES IN FACT HAPPEN. EXTENDING THE CONTRACT TAKES THE PRESSURE OFF OF MAKING A RUSH TRANSITION AND PERHAPS MAKING MISTAKES. WE GET ONE BITE AT THE APPLE ON THIS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT'S DONE CORRECTLY. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I RELINQUISH MY TIME, I WANT TO SAY THAT I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE ON THIS BILL AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, PARTICULARLY BY CHAIRMAN UPTON AND WALDEN AND RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND ESHOO. WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY WITHOUT THEIR HARD WORK AND ALSO THE WORK OF STAFF, PARTICULARLY GRETA OF MY OFFICE, COMMITTEE STAFF DAVID, KELSEY AND MARGARET, DAVID AND TIFFANY. MR. SPEAKER, CLEARLY THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT HAS BROUGHT BOTH SIDES TOGETHER FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF AMERICANS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 805. THANK YOU AND 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 NEW JERSEY.

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    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 805 THE

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    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 805 THE DOMAIN OPENNESS THROUGH CONTINUED OVERSIGHT…

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 805 THE DOMAIN OPENNESS THROUGH CONTINUED OVERSIGHT MATTERS OR DOTCOM ACT. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE BIPARTISAN PROCESS IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT BROUGHT US HERE. THE INTERNET IS A GREAT AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY THAT HAS BENEFITED BILLIONS OF USERS AROUND THE GLOBE. OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN STEPS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND EMPOWER A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH TO INTERNET GOVERNANCE. THANKS TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS MULTISTAKEHOLDER MODEL, THE INTERNET HAS OPENED UP NEW MARKETS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND BECOME AN UNPRECEDENTED PLATFORM FOR DEMOCRATIC FREE EXPRESSION. MR. SPEAKER, UNDER BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS SUPPORTED THE IDEA THAT THE INTERNET SHOULD BE GOVERNED THROUGH A DECENTRALIZED PROCESS. FREE FROM GOVERNMENTAL CONTROL. SINCE THE LATE 1990'S, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS MOVED TOWARD PRIVATE SECTOR MANAGEMENT OF THE DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM. TO PUT IT ANOTHER WAY, WE THINK THAT THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY BUSINESSES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND TECHNICAL EXPERTS. CONGRESS HAS ALSO EMBRACED THIS VISION. AS RECENTLY AS 2013, THE HOUSE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY IN SUPPORT OF A BILL MAKING IT OFFICIAL U.S. POLICY TO, QUOTE, PRESERVE AND ADVANCE THE SUCCESSFUL MULTISTAKEHOLDER MODEL THAT GOVERNS THE INTERNET. MR. SPEAKER, IMPLEMENTING OR COMPLIMENTING THE TRANSITION OF THE INTERNET ASSIGNED NUMBERS AUTHORITY ADVANCES THAT POLICY GOAL. THE TRANSITION REAFFIRMS OUR TWO DECADE COMMITMENT TO THE GLOBAL MULTISTAKEHOLDER COMMUNITY. BUT WE HAVE A RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRANSITION IS DONE RIGHT. THE DOTCOM ACT CONTINUES THE LONG STANDING CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL OPEN INTERNET WHILE APPROPRIATELY CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION. WE REQUIRE NTIA TO LIVE UP TO THE COMMITMENTS THE AGENCY HAS MADE FOR THE TRANSITION AND ENSURE THAT TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS ARE IN PLACE BEFORE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT CAN RELINQUISH ITS STEWARDSHIP ROLE. IN SHORT, I BELIEVE OUR BILL PROVIDES THE NECESSARY SAFEGUARDS FOR THE TRANSITION TO OCCUR WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY. OUR VOTE ON THE DOTCOM ACT TODAY IS TIMELY FOR SEVERAL REASONS. KEY MEETINGS ARE TAKING PLACE AS WE SPEAK IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, TO FINALIZE PLANNING FOR THE TRANSITION. AND QUICK ACTION ON THE DOTCOM ACT IS NEEDED TO PROVIDE A BETTER ALTERNATIVE TO THE LANGUAGE IN THE HOUSE COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT BLOCKS NTIA'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE TRANSITION. UNLIKE THE APPROPRIATIONS RIDER, THE DOTCOM ACT PROVIDES A REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND WALDEN AND REPRESENTATIVE SHIMKUS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE STAFF, DAVID AND GRETA, FOR WORKING WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ESHOO AND OTHER DEMOCRATS ON THIS BILL. THE DOTCOM ACT SHOWS THAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH -- WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHEN OUR WORK IS BIPARTISAN FROM THE START AND IT ALSO -- I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK DAVID GOLDMAN AND MARGARET MCCARTHY FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEDGE SLAFPLGTSE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO SEE THIS BILL BECOME LAW AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS:

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    REQUESTS FOR TIME SO I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE…

    REQUESTS FOR TIME SO I'D YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I WOULD…

    NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND I WOULD URGE PASSAGE OF THE DOTCOM ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. PALLONE

    THE DOTCOM ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    THE DOTCOM ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: I YIELD…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. SHIMKUS

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

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

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  • 03:09:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 805 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: A RECORDED VOTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2576ED

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  • 03:10:00 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2576ED A AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS AMENDED. THE CLERK: A BILL TO MODERNIZE THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL…

    AS AMENDED. THE CLERK: A BILL TO MODERNIZE THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    THE CLERK

    THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    THE TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMCURKS AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMCURKS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL -- SHIMKUS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. MR. SHIMKUS: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 03:10:21 PM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD ON THE BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, THE MODERNIZATION ACT…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SHIMKUS: MR. SPEAKER, THE MODERNIZATION ACT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN COMING. WE ACTUALLY STARTED

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    ACT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN COMING. WE ACTUALLY STARTED WORKING ON THIS…

    ACT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME IN COMING. WE ACTUALLY STARTED WORKING ON THIS BILL IN THE LAST CONGRESS. WE HELD A TOTAL OF EIGHT HEARINGS AND RECEIVED TESTIMONY FROM A BROAD RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING THE ADMINISTRATION. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE WORKED WITH EACH OTHER, MEMBER TO MEMBER, ACROSS THE AISLE. THE BILL BEFORE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, REFLECTS LESSONS LEARNED OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST THREE YEARS IN WHICH WE'VE WORKED ON TSCA REFORM. FIRST, THE BILL IS CLEAR AND UNDERSTANDABLE. DESPITE THE HIGHLY TECHNICAL NATURE OF CHEMICAL REGULATION, MEMBERS CAN PICK UP THIS BILL, READ IT AND FROM BEGINNING TO END UNDERSTAND WHAT IT DOES AND HOW IT WORKS. SECOND, -- SECOND, THE BILL DOES NOT TRY TO BE ALL THINGS FOR ALL PEOPLE. MAJOR SECTIONS ARE NOT AMENDED AT ALL. WE LEAVE THE PROCESS FOR NEW CHEMICAL REVIEW IN TSCA SECTION 5 UNCHANGED BECAUSE IT'S WORKING PRETTY WELL RIGHT NOW AND CHANGES COULD MAKE IT WORSE. THE HEART OF THE BILL IS OUR APPROACH TO REGULATING CHEMICALS ALREADY IN THE MARKET. THOUSANDS OF THESE CHEMICALS HAVE BEEN IN COMMERCE FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY POSE NO KNOWN RISK AND REALLY DON'T NEED TO BE REGULATED AT ALL. WE LEAVE THOSE ALONE. BUT WE DO ALLOW SOME EXISTING CHEMICALS TO BE SCIENTIFICALLY EVALUATED FOR RISK AND, IF NECESSARY, TO HAVE THAT RISK MANAGED THROUGH A RULE BY THE E.P.A. CHEMICALS MAY BE CHOSEN FOR RISK EVALUATION IN ONE TWO OF WAYS. EITHER E.P.A. MAY SELECT A CHEMICAL FOR RISK EVALUATION BASED ON WHAT E.P.A. KNOWS MAY POSE AN UNREASONABLE RISK, OR THE MANUFACTURER MAY DESIGNATE A CHEMICAL FOR E.P.A. TO EVALUATE FOR RISK. NOW, WHY WOULD A MANUFACTURER ENVIRONMENT E.P.A. SCRUTINY OF ITS PRODUCT? THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS. FIRST, SOME INTERESTS MAY BE RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT A PRODUCT AND THE MANUFACTURER WANTS TO PUT THOSE CONCERNS TO RISS -- REST. OR ONE OF TWO STATES MAY BE THINK BEING REGULATING THE CHEMICAL. THE STATE BY STATE APPROACH CAN SPELL DISASTER FOR SOMEONE TRYING TO CAPTURE ECONOMICS OF SCALE IN A NATIONAL MARKET. WHAT BETTER WAY TO PUT THESE CONCERNS AT RISK THAN TO HAVE THE E.P.A. WITH THE SCIENTIFIC STANDARDS WE REQUIRE PERFORM AN OBJECTIVE RISK EVALUATION? THEN THE E.P.A. DECISION ON THAT CHEMICAL WILL APPLY IN ALL STATES AND CONSUMERS AND THE PUBLIC CAN HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT THE CHEMICAL IS STATED FOR ITS INTENDED USE. ANOTHER LEGISLATION THAT REQUIRED CAREFUL DISCUSSION AND NEGOTIATION IS PREEMPTION. OF COURSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE NATIONAL MARKETS ARE JUST THAT. AND NOT A PATCHWORK OF RESTRICTIONS VARYING STATE TO STATE. AT THE SAME TIME WE DID NOT WANT TO DENY ANYONE A LEGITIMATE CAUSE FOR ACTION UNDER STATE TORT OR CONTRACT LAW. SO THAT IS WHAT WE SAID. AS LONG AS THE STATE LAW DOES NOT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL RULING, THE STATE ACTION MAY CONTINUE. THE BILL HAS STRICT BUT ATTAINMENT DEADLINES FOR ACTION. IF E.P.A. INITIATES A RISK EVALUATION, IT MUST FINISH IN THREE YEARS. IF A MANUFACTURER INITIATES ONE AND INCLUDES THE INFORMATION E.P.A. NEEDS TO MAKE A DECISION, E.P.A. SHOULD FINISH THAT IN TWO YEARS. ONCE THE RISK EVALUATION IS COMPLETE, IF E.P.A. DECIDES A RULE IS NEEDED TO MANAGE THE RISK, E.P.A. MUST PROPOSE THE RULE WITHIN ONE YEAR. THE RISK EVALUATION ITSELF ONLY ASKS, DOES THE CHEMICAL PRESENT AN UNREASONABLE RISK OF INJURY TO HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT? THAT'S A SCIENCE QUESTION BASED ON A COMBINATION OF HAZARD AND ACTUAL EXPOSURE. IF THERE'S AN UNREASONABLE RISK, THE AGENCY'S DECISION ON HOW TO MANAGE IT IS BASED ON MANY OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS COST EFFECTIVENESS, WEATHER RESTRICTION -- RESTRICTING AN ARTICLE WILL REDUCE EXPOSURE, WHETHER REPLACEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AND MANY OTHER CONCERNS. THIS PREVENT -- ALLOWS E.P.A. TO REGULATE ARTICLES IN THOSE AREAS WHERE REGULATION OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES AND MIXTURES ALONE WOULD NOT BE EFFECT TO HAVE REDUCE THE IDENTIFYIFIED RISK BY REQUIRE -- BUT REQUIRES E.P.A. TO BE CAREFUL IN ADDRESSING REPLACEMENT PARTS THAT SERVE A COMMERCIALLY INTENDED FUNCTION OR THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR ARE NEEDED FOR -- TO MAINTAIN THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT. WE THINK THIS SYSTEM SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR QUALITY REGULATION. OF COURSE WE WANT TO BE PROTECTED FROM HARM. BUT WE DO NOT WANT NEEDLESS EXPENSIVE REGULATION. CONSUMERS WANT SAFE CHOICES, NOT NO CHOICE AT ALL. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF SETTING UP COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO PROTECTING PEOPLE FROM UNSAFE CHEMICAL EXPOSURE THAT WILL BECOME THE STANDARD OF THE WORLD. WE WANT OUR CONSTITUENTS TO BE SAFELY AND -- SAFE AND WE WANT MARKETS TO WORK. THIS BILL DELIVERS BOTH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR.…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD

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  • 03:15:17 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. PALLONE: THANK YOU. NEARLY FOUR DECADES AGO…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. PALLONE: THANK YOU. NEARLY FOUR DECADES AGO CONGRESS ENACTED THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT TO IDENTIFY AND REGULATE RISKS FROM DANGEROUS CHEMICALS. UNFORTUNATELY,

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    IDENTIFY AND REGULATE RISKS FROM DANGEROUS CHEMICALS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE…

    IDENTIFY AND REGULATE RISKS FROM DANGEROUS CHEMICALS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE STATUTE HAS NEVER WORKED. IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW ARE LONG OVERDUE AND I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE TODAY WITH MY ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND COMMERCE COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS LANDMARK REFORM LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER IS THE FAILURE OF THE CURRENT STATUTE TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SAFE AND TO PROVIDE CONFIDENCE IN THE SAFETY OF AMERICAN PRODUCTS. TOXIC CHEMICALS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PRODUCTS WE USE EVERY DAY AND ARE STEADILY BUILDING UP IN OUR BODIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT. CONSUMERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT CHEMICALS LIKE B.P.A. AND TRYCLOSINE BUT THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO AVOID THEM. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS HELD MANY HEARINGS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS TO UNDERSTAND WHY TOXIC ISN'T WORKING. SOME CRITICAL FLAWS WORKED INTO STATUTE LIKE THE GRANDFATHERING OF OVER THOUSANDS OF CHEMICALS IN THE 1960'S. THE IMPOSSIBLE ANALYTICAL BURDEN OF THE STATUTE'S LEASE BURDENSOME CLAUSE. EVEN THOUGH WE RECOGNIZE THESE FLAWS, FORWARD PROGRESS HAS BEEN ELUSIVE. SO WHEN THE CHAIRMAN CAME TO ME AND MR. TONKO TO ADDRESS THE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF REFORM I WAS HOPEFUL. THE RESULT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL REMOVE MAJOR OBSTACLES TO E.P.A. ACTION AND GIVE THE AGENCY NEW AUTHORITY AND NEW RESOURCES. IT WILL OFFER MORE PROTECTION AND MORE IMPLEMENTATION THAN CURRENT LAW. IT IS A STRONG COMPROMISE AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2576 WILL EMPOWER E.P.A. TO REGULATE THE UNIVERSE OF CHEMICALS THAT WERE GRANDFATHERED IN 1976 BY REMOVING THE REQUIREMENT THAT E.P.A. IMPOSE THE LEAST BURDENSOME REGULATORY OPTION AND BY ESTABLISHING A RISK-BASED STANDARD FOR RISK MANAGEMENT INSTEAD OF A COST BENEFIT STANDARD. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE DECISION OF WHETHER A CHEMICAL NEEDS TO BE REGULATED WILL BE BASED PURELY ON THE RISK IT POSES. H.R. 2576 WILL IMPROVE E.P.A.'S ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS CHEMICALS BY ALLOWING E.P.A. TO REQUIRE TESTING THROUGH ORDERS AND CONSENT AGREEMENTS, NOT JUST RULE MAKINGS, AND BY AUTHORIZING E.P.A. TO SEEK DATA WHEN NEEDED FOR RISK EVALUATION WITHOUT FIRST DEMONSTRATING RISK. H.R. 2576 WILL PROVIDE EXPEDITED ACTION FOR THE WORST CHEMICALS, THOSE ARE CONSISTENT, TOXIC. WE CAN EXPECT QUICK ACTION TO GET THESE CHEMICALS OUT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUT OF OUR BODIES. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2576 WILL EXPLICITLY AND PROTECT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS LIKE CHILDREN, WORKERS, ELDERLY AND HOT SPOT COMMUNITIES. THE BILL WILL PROVIDE MORE RESOURCES FOR THE E.P.A. TO CARRY OUT THIS IMPORTANT PORNT PROGRAM BY ELIMINATE CAPS ON USER FEES AND MAKE SURE THEY'RE DEPOSITED IN A TRUST FUND FOR TOXIC IMPLEMENTATION. UNDER THE BILL ALL CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION CLAIMS BY INDUSTRY WOULD HAVE TO BE SUBSTANTIATED, PREVENTING ABUSE AND ENSURING GREATER TRANSPARENCY. AND H.R. 2576 WOULD ENSURE THAT STATES MAINTAIN THEIR IMPORTANT ROLE AS PARTNERS IN CHEMICAL REGULATION. UNDER THE BILL PREEMPTION OF STATE LAWS WOULD BE MORE LIMITED THAN CURRENT LAW AND OTHER PROPOSALS. NO STATE LAW WOULD BE PREEMPTED UNTIL FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS ARE IN EFFECT. AND MANY STATE LAWS WOULD BE PROTECTED FROM PREEMPTION, INCLUDING EXISTING STATE LAWS, NEW STATE LAWS ADOPTED TO ADDRESS AIR AND WATER QUALITY OR IMPLEMENT OTHER FEDERAL LAWS, STATE TORQUE CLAIMS, NOT EVALUATED NOT E.P.A. IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS RAISED BY STAKEHOLDERS AND MEMBERS, A FEW ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE MARKUP AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR WORKING WITH US TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES. THERE IS NOW CLEAR AUTHORITY FOR E.P.A. TO MAKE A SCHEDULE IF MANUFACTURE RISK -- REQUEST RISK EVALUATION EXCEED E.P.A. CAPACITY ENSURING SUCH REQUESTS WON'T OVERWHELM THE PRACTICE. AND THE GRANDFATHERING PROVISION FOR EXISTING STATE LAWS HAVE ALSO BEEN CLARIFIED BASED ON FEEDBACK FROM STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS. MR. SPEAKER, STRONG -- THE STRONG COMMITTEE REPORT LANGUAGE FURTHER CLARIFIES THE LIMITED ROLE OF COST AND RISK MANAGEMENT, THE PRESERVATION OF STATE MONITORING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND THE EXPANSION OF E.P.A.'S TESTING AUTHORITY. I KNOW THAT TOMORROW WE'LL GET BACK TO DISAGREEING ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND THE ESSENTIAL ROLE E.P.A. PLAYS IN KEEPING AMERICA SAFE, BUT FOR TODAY WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THE NEED FOR STRONG AND PROTECTED FEDERAL REGULATORY PROGRAMS FOR CHEMICALS. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS AND CHAIRMAN UPTON FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP, THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO CRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK JACKIE COHEN OF MY STAFF FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL AS DAVE MCCARTHY OF THE MAJORITY STAFF FOR HIS EFFORTS. THIS IS A TRUE TESTAMENT TO WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, DR. BUCSHON FROM INDIANA.…

    WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, DR. BUCSHON FROM INDIANA. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    H.R. 2576, THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT OF 1976. THIS LEGISLATION WILL…

    H.R. 2576, THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT OF 1976. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BENEFIT THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF INDIANA AND OUR NATION BY IMPROVING THE REGULATION OF CHEMICALS IN COMMERCE. INDIANA'S EIGHTH DISTRICT HAS A STRONG AND DIVERSE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, INCLUDING PLASTICS, FERTILIZER PRODUCTION, AUTOMOBILES AND MEDICAL DEVICES WHICH PLAY PIVOTAL ROLES IN THE LOCAL AND STATE ECONOMY. H.R. 2576 WILL IMPROVE THE E.P.A.'S OUTDATED REGULATORY PROCESS FOR THESE INDUSTRIES AND MANUFACTURERS, FOSTERING CONDITIONS FOR STRONGER INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND ENSURE ROBUST PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PALLONE

    RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    ENERGY AND COMMERCE, REPRESENTATIVE PALLONE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, 40…

    ENERGY AND COMMERCE, REPRESENTATIVE PALLONE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, 40 YEARS AGO CONGRESS PASSED THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT, WHICH CREATED A FEDERAL PROGRAM TO MANAGE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR NATION'S INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS. THAT LAW, TSCA, HAS NEVER MET THAT NEED. AS A RESULT, THE PUBLIC HAS LOST CONFIDENCE IN THIS FEDERAL PROGRAM. THE MANY FAILINGS OF THE CURRENT LAW HAVE BEEN POINTED OUT IN REPORTS, REPORTS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND OTHERS. WELL-INTENTIONED ATTEMPTS OVER THE YEARS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE PROBLEMS ADMINISTRATIVELY OR THROUGH VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS AMONGST THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITIES HAVE FAILED. THE PUBLIC HAS TOO LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SAFETY OF CHEMICALS THAT ARE -- THAT THEY ARE EXPOSED TO EVERY DAY IN VIRTUALLY EVERY PRODUCT THAT THEY USE. EVEN IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE OF HARM TO PEOPLE'S HEALTH, E.P.A. IS UNABLE TO REGULATE EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS. CONGRESS HAD TO STEP IN AND EXPLICITLY LEGISLATE TO GAIN PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS FROM P.C.B.'S, FOR INSTANCE, AND ASBESTOS. BECAUSE OF THE REGULATORY VACUUM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, SOME STATES HAVE LEGISLATED TO SECURE PROTECTIONS FOR THEIR CITIZENS. IN SOME CASES, LARGE RETAILERS HAVE INITIATED THEIR OWN CHEMICAL POLICIES TO RESPOND TO WHAT OUR CONSUMERS' CONCERNS. 40 YEARS OF INEFFECTIVE FEDERAL POLICY IS ENOUGH. H.R. 2576, THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT, AMENDS TSCA AND CORRECTS THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS THAT EXIST IN OUR LAW. WHEN MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIR SHIMKUS, BEGAN THE EFFORT TO REFORM TSCA IN THE LAST CONGRESS, I KNEW THE COMMITTEE COULD PRODUCE A BILL. I BELIEVED WE COULD. I WAS NOT CONVINCED, HOWEVER, THAT WE COULD PASS A LAW, BUT H.R. 2576 IS A DECISIVE STEP, I BELIEVE, IN THAT DIRECTION. I THANK THE CHAIR, CHAIR SHIMKUS, CHAIR UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR THEIR CONTINUED COOPERATION AND DEDICATED EFFORT ON BEHALF OF THIS LEGISLATION. THIS TRULY HAS BEEN A PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP, AND THE RESULT IS A GOOD BILL, A BILL THAT I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT. H.R. 2576 IS THE RESULT OF MUCH DISCUSSION, MUCH WORK AND COMPROMISE BY ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. WHILE NO ONE GROUP GETS ALL THEY MIGHT HAVE HOPED FOR IN THIS LEGISLATION, EVERY STAKEHOLDER GROUP GETS SOMETHING THAT THEY NEED, AND FRANKLY WE ALL NEED A FUNCTIONAL, FAIR AND RELIABLE FEDERAL PROGRAM OF CHEMICAL REGULATION. INDUSTRY GAINS A FAIR, PREDICTABLE FEDERAL PROGRAM FOR CHEMICAL REGULATION, A PROGRAM THAT WILL INSPIRE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE SAFETY OF THEIR PRODUCTS. IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR GLOBAL ECONOMY, THAT IS AN IMPORTANT ASSET FOR DOING BUSINESS BOTH HERE AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES GAIN A FEDERAL PROGRAM IN WHICH E.P.A. EVALUE WAITS CHEMICALS AND BASED ON THOSE EVALUATIONS WILL ACT TO REGULATE CHEMICALS THE AGENCY DETERMINES PRESENT A RISK TO HEALTH OR A RISK TO THE ENVIRONMENT. UNDER CURRENT LAW, IN ORDER TO REGULATE A CHEMICAL, E.P.A. MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT BENEFITS OF REGULATING OUTWEIGH THE COSTS. UNDER H.R. 2576, E.P.A.'S EVALUATION AND DECISION ON WHETHER TO ACT WILL BE BASED SOLELY ON RISK FACTORS, RISK FACTORS ALONE. CONSIDERATIONS OF COSTS WILL BE ADDRESSED WHEN THE AGENCY SELECTS AMONG DIFFERENT REGULATORY OPTIONS TO REDUCE CHEMICAL EXPOSURES. THAT IS A MAJOR GAIN, A MAJOR GAIN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND A MAJOR GAIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. H.R. 2576 IS A GOOD BILL. IT OFFERS SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS OVER OUR CURRENT LAW. I KNOW MANY MEMBERS HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT STATES' RIGHTS AND STATE PREEMPTION PROVISIONS IN TSCA. I SHARE THOSE CONCERNS. THERE IS STATE PREEMPTION IN CURRENT LAW, AND THERE IS STATE PREEMPTION IN H.R. 2576, BUT STATE PREEMPTION ONLY OCCURS WHEN E.P.A. TAKES FINAL ACTION ON A CHEMICAL, EITHER FINDING IT SAFE OR REGULATING ITS RISKS. H.R. 2576 MAINTAINS A STRONG ROLE FOR THE STATES, AND WITH THOSE CHANGES IN TSCA, THE STATES WILL HAVE A MORE ACTIVE AND CREDIBLE PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIR SHIMKUS, CHAIR UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS BILL, AND I APPRECIATE THE CONSTRUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE FORMED IN WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE WORKED THROUGH MANY DIFFICULT ISSUES AND FOUND THAT COMMON GROUND. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK TOGETHER AS THIS BILL MOVES ON TO THE DESIGNATE. I MIGHT ASK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IF I COULD HAVE 30 SECONDS. MR. PALLONE: I YIELD ANOTHER 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN. MR. TONKO:

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    MR. PALLONE

    GENTLEMAN. MR. TONKO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO END…

    GENTLEMAN. MR. TONKO: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO END THE INEFFECTIVE CHEMICAL POLICY THAT WE HAD FOR FOUR DECADES AND TO SUPPORT H.R. 2576. I,

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    INEFFECTIVE CHEMICAL POLICY THAT WE HAD FOR FOUR DECADES AND TO SUPPORT…

    INEFFECTIVE CHEMICAL POLICY THAT WE HAD FOR FOUR DECADES AND TO SUPPORT H.R. 2576. I, TOO, WOULD LIKE TO THANK SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VERY PERTINENT TO THIS DISCUSSION AND FINAL PRODUCT. I THANK DAVID MCCARTHY FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF ON THE MAJORITY SIDE AND JERRY COREY FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF. JACKIE COHEN FROM OUR SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. AND CHRIS SARLEY OF CHAIR SHIMKUS PERSONAL OFFICE STAFF AND JANE FERUCCI, THE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE. WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SHIMKUS: I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR.…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, COULD I JUST ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 9 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. PALLONE

    REMAINS? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 9 1/2 MINUTES…

    REMAINS? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN HAS 9 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    9 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. PALLONE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2576, THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT, AND I'M A…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2576, THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT, AND I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR THAT WILL UPDATE THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT THAT WILL -- OUR NATION'S PRIMARY STATUTE REGULATING THE USE AND SAFETY OF COMMERCIAL CHEMICALS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT WAS ENACTED IN 1976. THIS LEGISLATION WAS -- WILL DIRECTLY ADDRESS MANY OF THE CURRENT FLAWS. ELIMINATING THE LEAST BURDENSOME REQUIREMENT, EXPLICITLY CLARIFYING THAT LAW'S SAFETY STANDARDS EXCLUDES ANY CONSIDERATION OF COST. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE E.P.A. TO CONSIDER THE RISKS TO VULNERABLE SUBPOPULATIONS LIKE CHILDREN, PREGNANT WOMEN, WORKERS AND SET RESTRICTIONS IF NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEM. THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT FAMILIES OF CHEMICAL FACILITY WORKERS AND FENCE LINE COMMUNITY MEMBERS LIKE OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN HOUSTON IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, ARE PROTECTED FROM THE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND BRING CLARITY TO THE IMPORTANT SECTOR OF OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. I'D LIKE TO THANK BOTH CHAIRMAN SHIMKUS, RANKING MEMBER TONKO OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE AND THEIR STAFFS FOR THE HARD WORK AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE TSCA REFORM A REALITY. I ALSO LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK MY LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, SERGIO ESPINOZA, WHO'S WORKED ON THIS FOR THREE TERMS, I THINK, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I WANT TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN US AND VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. I RETURN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: RESERVE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.…

    FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. SHIMKUS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES…

    NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS.

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    MR. PALLONE

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS. THE SPEAKER…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MRS. CAPPS:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MRS. CAPPS: MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT…

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MRS. CAPPS: MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR CHEMICAL REGULATORY SYSTEM IS BADLY BROKEN, AND IT'S BEEN BROKEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WHEN IT COMES

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    IS BADLY BROKEN, AND IT'S BEEN BROKEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WHEN IT COMES…

    IS BADLY BROKEN, AND IT'S BEEN BROKEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. WHEN IT COMES TO CHEMICALS, WEAK STATUTORY AUTHORITY AND LIMITED RESOURCES, WE HAVE PREVENTED E.P.A. FROM FULFILLING ITS MISSION TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. . CURRENT LAW IS SO WEAK THAT E.P.A. COULD NOT USE IT TO BAN THE USE OF ASBESTOS, DESPITE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE THAT ASBESTOS POSES RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH. EVEN WHEN THE E.P.A. CAN REGULATE A TECHNICAL, THEY MUST DO SO USING A FLAWED COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS THAT PRIORITIZES PROFITS OVER HEALTH AND SAFETY. AND THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY SERIOUS FLAWS THAT THE CURRENT SYSTEM -- WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM. WHAT THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT DOES NOT ADDRESS ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS, IT TAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CONSUMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT FINALLY ENSURES THAT HEALTH, NOT COST, IS THE STANDARD BY WHICH THE SAFETY OF CHEMICALS IS EVALUATED. IT MAINTAINS CRITICAL STATE CHEMICAL SAFETY LAWS SUCH AS CALIFORNIA'S LANDMARK PROPOSITION 65. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IT INCLUDES EXPLICIT PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS, SUCH AS PREGNANT MOTHERS, CHILDREN AND SENIORS. I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN UPTON AND SHIMKUS, RANKING MEMBERS PALLONE AND TONKO, AND THE CALF STAFFS FOR ALL THEIR HARD -- AND THE COMMITTEE STAFFS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT. IT'S FAR FROM PERFECT, BUT ITS THAT IMPROVED IT EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS -- IT HAS IMPROVED IT EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS. SHOULD THE SENATE PASS ITS PACKAGE, HAROLD: THIS COOPERATION CONTINUES IN CONGRESS AND WE CAN PRODUCE AN EVEN STRONGER BILL. MR. SPEAKER, FOR FAR TOO LONG OUR CHEMICAL LAWS HAVE PRIORITIZED PROFITS OVER HUMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY. THIS BILL WOULD PUT AN END TO THIS INEQUITY AND MANY OTHER SERIOUS FAILINGS OF THE CURRENT SYSTEM. THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT IS A GOOD COMPROMISE AND A MAJOR STEP FORWARD. THAT'S WHY I WILL BE VOTING FOR IT TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: RESERVE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TWO…

    GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. PALLONE

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS. DEGETTE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH,…

    COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MS. DEGETTE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.

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    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2576, THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT. SINCE THE 111TH…

    IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2576, THE TSCA MODERNIZATION ACT. SINCE THE 111TH CONGRESS, A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN WRESTLING VERY SERIOUSLY WITH HOW TO REFORM THE E.P.A.'S CURRENT REGIME FOR REVIEWING AND REGULATING CHEMICALS. EVERYONE AGREED THAT THIS STATUTE HAS BEEN BROKEN FOR MOST OF THE DECADES THAT IT HAS BEEN IN EFFECT. DEVICING A NEW PROGRAM, THOUGH, THAT WOULD BOTH ENABLE THE E.P.A. TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION ON THE CHEMICALS THAT TRULY NEED REGULATION AND PROTECT THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS, WAS AN UPHILL BATTLE IN DEEPLY PARTISAN TIMES. BUT WE'VE COME UP HERE WITH A TRUE PROCOMPRISE. WE FOCUSED ON THE ASPECTS OF CURRENT LAW THAT REALLY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AND WE DEVELOPED LANGUAGE THAT WILL MOVE THE BALL FORWARD. AS ALL THE OTHER SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, THOUGH, OUR WORK IS NOT DONE AFTER A VOTE LATER TODAY. THE SENATE WORKING ITS OWN WILL HAS COME UP WITH A REFORM BILL THAT TAKES A DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH. WE HAVE A LOT TO RECONCILE. IT'S IMPORTANT, THOUGH, THAT LEGISLATION MAKES IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DISEASE THAT WILL EQUIP THE E.P.A. TO PROTECT -- PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT WILL EQUIP THE E.P.A. TO PROTECT FROM US TOXIC CHEMICALS OVER THE LONG-TERM. WE'LL BE JUDGED HOW WELL THE NEW LAW WORKS OVER THE COMING DECADES. I WANT TO ADD MY THANKS, MR. SPEAKER, TO CONGRESSMAN FRANK -- FRANK PALLONE, CONGRESSMAN SHIMKUS, CONGRESSMAN TONKO, JEAN GREEN, ALL OF OUR STAFF -- GENE GREEN, ALL OF OUR STAFF, AND IN PARTICULAR, MY LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR, ELEANOR, WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS BILL EVER SINCE I GOT HERE OR EVER SINCE WE REALLY STARTED SERIOUSLY NEGOTIATING. ONE LAST THING. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. CONGRESSWOMAN CAPPS MENTIONED THAT THIS BILL WILL NOT PREEMPT STATE LAW AND IT WILL NOT PREEMPT PROPOSITION 65. THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT PROVISION AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN SHIMKUS AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING ON IT WITH US BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THESE KINDS OF PROTECTIONS THAT WE NEED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN…

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    SPEAKERS AND I BELIEVE MY COLLEAGUE GETS TO CLOSE SO I JUST WANT TO, IF I…

    SPEAKERS AND I BELIEVE MY COLLEAGUE GETS TO CLOSE SO I JUST WANT TO, IF I COULD JUST SAY THANK YOU AGAIN TO MR. SHIMKUS IN PARTICULAR FOR REACHING OUT TO MYSELF AND MR. TONKO ON THIS LEGISLATION AND MAKING IT BIPARTISAN. I ALMOST FEEL ANTI-CLIMACTIC TODAY BECAUSE I KNOW HOW MUCH HARD WORK HAS GONE INTO GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO WORK HARD AFTER IT PASSES THE HOUSE TO GET IT PASSED IN THE SENATE AND TO HAVE A LAW THAT GOES TO THE PRESIDENT. SO WITH THAT I WOULD URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: THANK…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. MR. SHIMKUS: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD

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  • 03:35:31 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND I'M GOING TO HAVE -- TO ADD MY THANKS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND I'M GOING TO HAVE -- TO ADD MY THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES TOO. WE WANT A GOOD VOTE TODAY BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A STRONG HOUSE POSITION AS WE GO INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE. AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP FOR THING -- FOR BRINGING THIS UP ON THE SUSPENSION CALENDAR WHICH I THINK SHOWS A LOT OF SUPPORT RIGHT AT THE OUTSET. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK, AS EVERYONE ELSE HAS DONE, OUR COLLEAGUES. THIS HAS BEEN A MULTIYEAR, MULTICONGRESS APPROACH AND AS A FORMER HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER IN GOVERNMENT HISTORY, THIS -- SO FAR THE SYSTEM IS WORKING ON THIS BILL. AND WE HOPE FOR GOOD THINGS AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH CONCHINGS AND GET SOMETHING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESS -- CONFERENCE AND GET SOMETHING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I HARKIN BACK TO PAUL TONKO'S COMMENT AND FRANK PALLONE'S COMMENT THAT, WE COULD PASS A BILL BUT IF WE WANTED TO PASS A LAW WE NEEDED TO OPEN UP THE PROCESS A LITTLE BIT AND THAT WAS VERY HELPFUL TO ME AND I APPRECIATE THAT. WE ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, OBVIOUSLY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS FRIENDSHIP. DIANA DEGETTE, WHO JUST SPOKE, AND JEAN GREEN BOTH WERE WITH ME -- GENE GREEN BOTH WERE WE ME SLAVING AWAY THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT EACH OTHER AND THE LAW. IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT LAW TO UNDERSTAND. WE ALSO STARTED GETTING HELP FROM BOB LATTA FROM OHIO AND BILL JOHNSON ALSO AND WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR HELP. H.R. 2576 HAS ALSO GAINED LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM A VARIETY OF STAKEHOLDERS AND SOMETIMES THIS SHOCKS PEOPLE. THAT WE HAVE THIS GROUP OF DIVERSE INTERESTS. BUT AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL, THE AMERICAN CLEANING INSTITUTE, CONSUMER ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHEMICAL DISTRIBUTORS, NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, JUST TO NAME A FEW. I ALSO WANT TO THANK TWO PEOPLE WHO NEVER PROMOTED ANY PARTICULAR POLICY, BUT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AND LEGISLATION BEFORE US. TIM BROWN AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL -- COUNSEL WHO MAKE SURE THE WORDS IN THE BILL DO WHAT WE INTEND THEM TO DO. THAT'S A PART OF THIS PROCESS THAT REALLY GOES UNRECOGNIZED TO PEOPLE IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. BUT THEY SPENT LONG HOURS AND WE ASK THEM TO DO HEAVY LIFTING AT SHORT NOTICE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE THANK THEM HERE TODAY IN A HIGHLY THEY CANCAL FIELD SUCH AS CHEMICAL RISK MANAGEMENT, THAT IS NOT AN EASY TASK. WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR SKILL, DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DEDICATED STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HELPED US CRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. DAVID MCCARTHY HAS ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED ALONG WITH JERRY CORY ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE STAFF. UNDERSTANDING OUR CHEMICAL REGULATIONS HAVE HELPED MEMBERS NAVIGATE THROUGH THE COMPLEX NATURE OF TSCA REFORM FROM A VERY FIRST INFORMATIONAL HEARING LAST CONGRESS. I KNOW THAT OVER THERE WE GOT JACKIE COHEN WHO LAST CONGRESS WAS A REAL PAIN IN THE REAR END TO ME. BUT THIS YEAR WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER, WHICH HAS BEEN HELPFUL. GENE ALSO WAS A CALMING INFLUENCE AND WE APPRECIATE HER STEADY GUIDANCE. THEY BOTH HAVE PROVIDED QUALITY INPUT TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. WE APPRECIATE THEIR DEDICATION, OFTENTIMES THROUGH NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS TO HELP US GET TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES IFLET TO VOTE YES ON THIS, TO SPEND A STRONG SIGNAL THAT THE TIME IS NOW TO UPDATE THIS OUTDATED LAW AND KEEP THE MOMENTUM AND THE BIPARTISAN SPIRIT MOVING FORWARD UNTIL THE PRESIDENT SIGNS IT INTO LAW. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:39:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2576 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 GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. PALLONE: I'D ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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  • 03:39:27 PM

    MR. PALLONE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    H.R. -- I'M SORRY, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R.…

    H.R. -- I'M SORRY, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 893 AS AMENDED TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF BOYS TOWN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 893, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF…

    TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 893, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TO MINT COINS IN COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF BOYS TOWN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 03:41:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF BOYS TOWN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE…

    COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF BOYS TOWN AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS…

    DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION BE INCLUDED IN THE…

    OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

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

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    MR. HUIZENGA

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

    SUCH 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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    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 893, THE BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE…

    RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 893, THE BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY, AND SEEK ITS IMMEDIATE PASSAGE. MR. SPEAKER, ON DECEMBER 12, 2017, BOYS TOWN WILL CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF SAVING CHILDREN AND HEALING FAMILIES. BOYS TOWN WAS FOUNDED IN 1917 BY A YOUNG IRISH PRIEST, FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN, WHO BELIEVED THAT EVERY CHILD COULD BE A PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN IF GIVEN LOVE, A HOME, EDUCATION AND A TRADE. HE ACCEPTED BOYS OF EVERY RACE, COLOR AND CREED, AN AMAZING THING BACK IN 1917. BOYS TOWN FIRST OPENED ON DECEMBER 12 OF 1917 IN A RUNDOWN VICTORIAN MANSION IN DOWNTOWN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. IN 1921 THE HOME LATER MOVED TO OVERLOOK FARM ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF HOME ARE A HA WHERE IT REMAINS LOCATED -- OF OMAHA WHERE IT REMAINS LOCATED TODAY. BY THE 1930'S HUNDREDS OF BOYS LIVED AT BOYS TOWN WHICH GREW TO INCLUDE DORMITORIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS AND THE BOYS EVEN ELECTED THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT WHICH INCLUDED A MAYOR, COUNCIL AND COMMISSIONERS. NEWS OF FATHER FLANAGAN'S WORK SPREAD WORLDWIDE AND EVEN HOLLYWOOD TOOK NOTICE WHEN A VERY FAMOUS 1938 MOVE REQUEST "BOYS TOWN" WITH SPENCEY TRACY WHO WON AN AWARD FOR HIS PORTRAYAL OF FATHER FLANAGAN. HE EVEN TRAVELED THE WORLD VISITING ORPHANS AND ADVISING GOVERNMENT LEADERS ON HOW TO CARE FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN AFTER THE WAR. ALTHOUGH FATHER FLANAGAN DIED IN 1948, HIS WORK AT BOYS TOWN, WHICH FLANAGAN CALLED GOD'S WORK, I THINK MOST OF US WOULD AGREE WITH THAT, CONTINUED. TODAY ALTHOUGH BOYS TOWN IS STILL HEADQUARTERED IN NEBRASKA, IT CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS CARE ACROSS AMERICA. IT'S ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFIT CHILD CARE AGENCIES IN THE COUNTRY, PROVIDING TREATMENT FOR BEHAVIORAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PROBLEMS FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. HELPING AS MANY AS TWO MILLION PEOPLE ANNUALLY. ADDITIONALLY, BOYS TOWN NATIONAL RESEARCH HOSPITAL IS A GLOBAL LEADER IN THE RESEARCH OF USHER SYNDROME. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER WAY TO COMMEMORATE FATHER FLANAGAN AND THE BOYS TOWN THAN BY CREATING THIS COMMEMORATIVE COIN. THE SPIRIT OF BOYS TOWN TRULY EMBODIES THE BEST OF AMERICA. THIS BILL WOULD HELP RECOGNIZE AND CONTINUE TO NURTURE THAT SPIRIT. I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I ASK IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK. MRS. MALONEY: I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 03:44:10 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    OF H.R. 893, THE BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT. I WAS…

    OF H.R. 893, THE BOYS TOWN CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT. I WAS PLEASED TO BE AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND A CO-SPONSOR IN THIS ONE. THIS BILL APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZES THE OUTSTANDING WORK DONE BY BOYS TOWN, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERED IN THE VILLAGE OF BOYS TOWN, NEBRASKA. THAT SELFLESSLY PROMOTES THE INTERESTS OF CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES ACROSS THIS NATION. BOYS TOWN, WHICH TAKES ITS NAME FROM FATHER FLANAGAN'S BOYS HOME, IMPACTS THE LIVES OF MORE THAN TWO MILLION FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA EACH YEAR, THROUGH ITS COUNSELING SERVICES, OUTREACH AND EDUCATION. I'M ALSO PLEASED TO REPORT THAT EACH YEAR BOYS TOWN DIRECTLY TOUCHES THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF NEW YORKERS THROUGH ITS COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AND HOMES FOR TROUBLED YOUTH. FATHER FLANAGAN, THE FOUNDER OF BOYS TOWN, FOCUSED ON THE INHERENT GOOD IN CHILDREN AND BUILT A WORLD CLASS ORGANIZATION THAT EMPHASIZED THE REHABILITATION OF TROUBLED YOUTH, RATHER THAN PUNISHMENT. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT ONCE SAID THAT AMERICA NEEDS 49 MORE FATHER FLANAGANS. IT IS THIS COMPASSIONATE APPROACH AND COMMITMENT TO LOVE, TRAINING AND GUIDANCE, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR RELIGION, THAT HAS MADE BOYS TOWN SUCH A SUCCESS STORY AND A LIFE LINE FOR COUNTLESS CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. . THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD REQUIRE THE U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO MINT AND ISSUE $5 GOLD, HALF DOLLAR-CLAD COMMEMORATIVE COINS. SURCHARGES FROM THE SALE OF THE COINS WILL ALLOW BOYS TOWN TO RAISE NEEDED FUNDS THAT WILL BE DEDICATED TO MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL COMES AT ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING THIS COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN BILL WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 03:46:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR.…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME AT THIS TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL FROM NEBRASKA, MR.

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  • 03:46:37 PM

    MR. HUIZENGA

    GENTLEMAN AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY. THE…

    GENTLEMAN AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. FORTENBERRY:

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  • 03:46:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. FORTENBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. FORTENBERRY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK MR.

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  • 03:46:48 PM

    FIRST, LET ME THANK MR. HUIZENGA AND MRS. MALONEY FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL…

    FIRST, LET ME THANK MR. HUIZENGA AND MRS. MALONEY FOR YOUR THOUGHTFUL REFLECTIONS AND HISTORY OF BOYS TOWN. I APPRECIATE THE SENTIMENTS OFFERED. I'M VERY HAPPY AND PROUD TO STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE COIN. AS MENTIONED, BOYS TOWN WAS FOUNDED IN 1917 BY FATHER EDWARD FLANAGAN AND HAS GROWN FROM A SMALL LOCAL HOME FOR CHILDREN WHO FOUND THEMSELVES IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES IN OMAHA TO ONE OF THE LARGEST NONPROFIT, NONSECTARIAN CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS IN AMERICA. BOYS TOWN OFFERS A REMARKABLE MODEL OF ACADEMIC AND SPIRITUAL ENGAGEMENT. STUDENTS LEARN MORE THAN MATH AND GRAMMAR, AS IMPORTANT AS THAT IS. THEIR TEACHERS AND CAREGIVERS GIVE THEM SOLID FORMATION. GRADUATES ARE EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED NOT ONLY PROFESSIONALLY BUT ARE ALSO GIVEN THE LIFE SKILLS TO STAY ON THE RIGHT PATH. BOYS TOWN IS SO IMPACTFUL THAT ABOUT 90% OF THE CHILDREN WHO COME HERE INTEGRATE SUCCESSFULLY BACK INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND HISTORICALLY MANY OVER TIME HAVE JOINED THE MILITARY. AND WHAT IS THIS EXTRAORDINARY MODEL OF INTERVENTION THAT BOYS TOWN AND GIRLS TOWN EMPLOYS? IT STARTS WITH A FAMILY. EACH CHILD IS PLACED INTO A FAMILY WITH A CARING, NURTURING MOTHER AND A PROTECTING, GIVING FATHER WHERE THERE ARE RULES AND EXPECTATIONS, DISCIPLINE AND LOVE. THE SUCCESS OF NEBRASKA'S BOYS TOWN HAS RECENTLY BEEN DUPLICATED ACROSS MANY, MANY COMMUNITIES IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE NETWORK OF 11 NATIONAL SITES AND HOTLINES TOUCHES MORE THAN TWO MILLION CHILDREN EACH YEAR. DECEMBER 22, 2015 WILL CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF SAVING CHILDREN AND HELPING TO HEAL FAMILIES. IN HONOR OF THIS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, THIS LEGISLATION AGAIN WOULD AUTHORIZE THE U.S. MINT TO PRODUCE A SERIES OF COMMEMORATIVE COIN WITH A DESIGN EMBLEM @IC OF BOYS TOWN 100-YEAR HISTORY. THESE COINS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR SALE AND WILL MORE THAN OFFSET THE COST OF MINTING BY THE TREASURY. SO AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, THERE WILL BE NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER. MR. SPEAKER, BOYS TOWN IS A QUIET INSTITUTION NECESSARYLED IN THE HEARTLAND -- NECESSARYLED IN THE HEARTLAND, MY -- NESTLED IN THE HEARTLAND, MY HOME. IT HELPS HEAL WOUNDS DURING THIS SOCIALLY FRACTURED TIME. A QUICK STORY, MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PARTICIPATING AS A COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT BOYS TOWN, AND AFTER I FIN SHED MY ADDRESS, THE YOUNG PEOPLE WERE CALLED FORWARD TO RECEIVE THEIR DIPALOMAS IN A CEREMONY MARKED WITH -- DIPLOMAS IN A CEREMONY MARKED WITH LIGHT HEARTEDNESS. EVEN THOUGH FAMILIES AND FRIENDS VISITING WERE TOLD TO PLEASE HOLD THEIR APPLAUSE, THE EXCITEMENT COULDN'T BE CONTAINED. AS EACH GRADUATE ACROSS THE STAGE SHOUTS OF JOY AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND CLAPPING CONTINUED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EVENT. PRIOR TO THE GRADUATION, STUDENTS GATHERED FOR A RETREAT, GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REFLECTION AND RECOMMITMENT AND DURING THEIR LAST TIME TOGETHER, THE SENIORS DISCUSSED WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY AND HERE ARE QUOTES FROM A FEW OF THEM. I RAN IN THE WRONG CROWD, HATED MY FAMILY, KEPT RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME AND INFLICTED SELF-HARM. AT BOYS TOWN, I'M A MEMBER OF THE JUNIOR ROTC AND LEARNED TO LIKE MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING HOME AND BEING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO MY YOUNGER BROTHER. I LIVED ON THE STREETS FROM AGE 10 TO 13 AND STOLE TO EAT. I ENDED UP IN PRISON AND MY COUSIN GOT SHOT IN THE FACE. I NEVER PLAYED SPORTS, LET ALONE ATTENDED SCHOOL, BUT AT BOYS TOWN I JUST FINISHED PLAYING BASEBALL THIS YEAR AND SIGNED ON WITH A COLLEGE TO STUDY BUSINESS. ANOTHER CHILD SAID THIS, MY MOM AND DAD WERE BOTH IN PRISON AND I HAD TROUBLE SINCE KINDERGARTEN. IN JUNIOR HIGH I WAS LOCKED UP MYSELF FOR TWO YEARS AND WHEN I GOT OUT MY MOM DIED. MY DAD WAS STILL IN PRISON. SINCE I HAVE LIVED AT BOYS TOWN I CHOSE TO GET MYSELF ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND GRADUATE AND MADE A PROMISE TO MYSELF THAT I WOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD LAND ME IN PRISON. BOYS TOWN SAVED MY LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, FORTUNATELY, MOST CHILDREN DO NOT EXPERIENCE SUCH TRAUMA IN THEIR LIVES. BUT SOME DO. THESE ARE THE KIDS WHO BEAR THE SCARS OF FRAGE SOCIAL AND FAMILIAL BONDS, DESTRUCTIVE CHOICES AND LEGAL DIFFICULTY. THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, THE GREAT PROBLEMS OF OUR TIME FALL MOST HEAVILY ON OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. ECONOMIC HARDSHIP AND BROKEN FAMILIES DESTROY THE SENSE OF SAFETY AND POSSIBILITY THAT IS A NECESSARY ANTIDOTE TO SOCIAL ALIENATION. NEVER CHILD NEEDS A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT, A COMPASSIONATE CHALLENGE AND GENUINE PROMISE. EDUCATION SHOULD CULTIVATE THAT CREE ATASTETIVET AS WELL AS DIGNITY ALLOWING ALL BOYS AND GIRLS TO REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. SO TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF REMARKABLE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AND THE EXTRAORDINARY INSTITUTION WHO IS SERVING THEM SO WELL BY AUTHORIZING TO BOYS TOWN COMMEMORATIVE COIN, WE ARE INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IN A SIMPLE BUT I THINK REALLY IMPACTFUL WAY. I WANT TO THANK THE NEARLY 300 BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON AS CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL. I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS AS WELL FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK. MRS. MALONEY:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM NEW YORK. MRS. MALONEY: I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

    FROM NEW YORK. MRS. MALONEY: I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD, WHOSE FATHER AND GRANDFATHER SERVED ON THE BOARD OF BOYS TOWN. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MRS. MALONEY

    GRANDFATHER SERVED ON THE BOARD OF BOYS TOWN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    GRANDFATHER SERVED ON THE BOARD OF BOYS TOWN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ASHFORD:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. ASHFORD: AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I'D LIKE TO

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    GENTLELADY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN…

    GENTLELADY. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND HIS WORDS WHICH ARE RIGHT ON. AND THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS WHICH DESCRIBE ACCURATELY THE HISTORY OF BOYS TOWN. AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER COMMENTS THAT ALSO SO ACCURATELY REFLECT WHAT BOYS TOWN MEANS TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. I GREW UP AROUND BOYS TOWN. I GREW UP PLAYING SPORTS AT BOYS TOWN. IN THE HIGH SCHOOL I WENT TO BOYS TOWN WAS IN OUR CONFERENCE AND WE SPENT MANY DIFFICULT NIGHTS PLAYING BASKETBALL AGAINST THE BOYS TOWN BASKETBALL TEAM WHICH QUITE FRANKLY WAS BETTER THAN WE WERE. ON MOST EVERY OCCASION. IN MY YEARS IN THE LEGISLATURE THAT LASTED UNTIL LAST YEAR, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH A COLLEAGUE OF MINE, SENATOR BOB CHRYST FROM OMAHA, WHO SPEARHEADED SIGNIFICANT JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM IN OUR STATE. THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IN NEBRASKA WAS IN DEEP TROUBLE AND SENATOR KHCHRYST, ALONG WITH FATHER BAIST, WHO IS AN INCREDIBLY COMPETENT LEADER AT BOYS TOWN, WE PASSED SIGNIFICANT JUVENILE JUSTICE LEGISLATION THAT HELPED FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NEBRASKA THAT DEALS WITH BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, THAT DEALS WITH WRAP-AROUND SERVICES, FAMILY SERVICES, AS WAS SO APTLY DESCRIBED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE CHANGING LIVES IN NEBRASKA AND AS BEEN MENTIONED, BOYS TOWN IS CHANGING LIVES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THEIR UE -- THEIR UNIQUE APPROACH TO JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS, THE WRAP-AROUND FAMILY SERVICES THAT DEALS WITH NOT ONLY THE PARENTS BUT THE SIBLINGS TO HELP BRING THESE YOUNG PEOPLE INTO A PRODUCTIVE LIFE IS WHAT BOYS TOWN HAS BEEN ABOUT FOR THE 100 YEARS THAT IT'S BEEN IN EXISTENCE. AND I REMEMBER -- IT'S NO LONGER THERE -- BUT I REMEMBER AS A CHILD IN THE 1950'S ACTUALLY SEEING THE FIRST BOYS TOWN FACILITY IN DOWNTOWN OMAHA. AND WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, BOYS TOWN WAS WAY OUT OF TOWN. IT HAD A FARM AROUND IT. THE FARM IS STILL THERE. BUT NOW IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF OMAHA AS OMAHA GROWS. BUT THOUGH IT IS IN A DIFFERENT PLACE IN THE WORLD TODAY THAN IT WAS WHEN FATHER FLANAGAN IN 1970 -- 1917 BY BRINGING BUSINESS LEADERS IN OMAHA TOGETHER AND OTHERS TO CREATE BOYS TOWN, IT SERVES THAT GRAND PURPOSE THAT FATHER FLANAGAN ENVISIONED IN 1917. SO IT'S WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I -- AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER, GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    SPEAKERS. I THANK MR. FORTENBERRY FOR HIS BEAUTIFUL STATEMENT AS WELL AS…

    SPEAKERS. I THANK MR. FORTENBERRY FOR HIS BEAUTIFUL STATEMENT AS WELL AS MR. ASHFORD FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEBRASKA, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. HUIZENGA: AND MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. HUIZENGA: AND MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, WANT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. MR. HUIZENGA: AND MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, WANT TO EXPRESS MY THANKS TO BOTH CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY AND CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND DESIRE TO HIGHLIGHT BOYS TOWN AND WHAT AN AMAZING THING THAT HAS HAPPENED OUT THERE AND REALLY THE IMPACT THAT WE HAVE. MR. SPEAKER,

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    THING THAT HAS HAPPENED OUT THERE AND REALLY THE IMPACT THAT WE HAVE. MR.…

    THING THAT HAS HAPPENED OUT THERE AND REALLY THE IMPACT THAT WE HAVE. MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 893, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE? MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.

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  • 03:57:48 PM

    MR. HUIZENGA

    RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1698, AS AMENDED, TO AMEND DESIGN AND CONTENT…

    RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1698, AS AMENDED, TO AMEND DESIGN AND CONTENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN GOLD AND SILVER COINS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1698, A BILL TO AMEND…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1698, A BILL TO AMEND DESIGN AND CONTENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN GOLD AND SILVER COINS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER

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    THE CLERK

    CONTENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN GOLD AND SILVER COINS AND FOR OTHER…

    CONTENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN GOLD AND SILVER COINS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MICHIGAN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE…

    REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1698, THE BULLION AND COLLECTIBLE COIN PRODUCTION…

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1698, THE BULLION AND COLLECTIBLE COIN PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY AND COST SAVINGS ACT , A BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH I INTRODUCED IN MARCH, ALONG WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE MALONEY. THIS SIMPLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE MINOR CHANGES TO FOUR EXISTING COIN PROGRAMS, EACH CHANGE SAVES MONEY FOR THE UNITED STATES MINT AND IT MAKES IT EASIER TO PRODUCE THE COINS OR MAKE THE COINS MORE ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS AND COLLECTORS. THE CHANGES INCLUDE, FIRST, MAKING IT LESS EXPENSIVE TO PACKAGE GOLD INVESTMENT COINS. SECOND, IT ALLOWS THE MINT TO BUY STANDARD COINAGE SILVER FOR COLLECTIBLE COINS INSTEAD OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE CUSTOM ALLOY. THIRD IT REMOVES THE ALREADY COMPLETED STUDY FOR PRODUCTION OF INVESTOR MADE COIN OF PLATE YUM AND THE WIDELY POPULAR AMERICAN EAGLE SILVER INVESTMENT COIN TO BEAR AN INSCRIPTION NOTING THAT NEXT YEAR IS THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST ISSUANCE OF THOSE COINS. THESE SMALL IMPACTS WILL SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1698 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. MALONEY: THANK YOU, MR.…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. MALONEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH

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  • 03:59:53 PM

    SPEAKER. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    SPEAKER. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS COST SAVING LEGISLATION WHICH I WAS PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR WITH MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN. PEOPLE WHO SEE THE BIG THINGS THAT CONGRESS DOES AND THEY OFTEN FORGET THAT WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE LITTLE THINGS TOO, AND THESE LITTLE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT. THIS IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT. IT IS A SMALL BILL WHICH MAKES THE GOVERNMENT WORK BETTER, SAVES SOME TAXPAYERS MONEY AND MAKES OUR COIN PROGRAMS BETTER FOR COLLECTORS AND FOR INVESTORS. . FOR YEARS THE LAWS THAT SPECIFY THE PRODUCTION OF COINS MADE BY MAPET HAVE REQUIRED THEM TO BE 90% SILVER. TODAY THE STANDARD SILVER USER IN COINS IS 91% SILVER. SO THE MINT HAS HAD TO PAY EXTRA FOR CUSTOM COIN BLANKS. THIS LEGISLATION FIXES THAT PROBLEM. IT ALSO ALLOWS THE MINT TO MAKE A SPECIAL COLLECTIBLE VERSION OF THE AMERICAN EAGLE SILVER BULLION COIN, NOTING THE POPULARITY OF THE PROGRAM OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS. THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS THE SALE OF AMERICAN BUFFALO GOLD COINS IN BULK RATHER THAN IN INDIVIDUAL PACKAGES, MAKING HANDLING EASIER FOR THE MINT AND FOR INVESTORS. AND CLEARS THE FINAL HURDLE FOR THE MINT TO FINALLY PRODUCE INVESTOR COINS MADE OF PLAYEDUM, AN IDEA FROM A 2010 BILL BY MY FORMER COLLEAGUE AND VERY GOOD FRIEND, MR. WATT MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL SAVES MONEY -- WATT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL SAVES MONEY AND MAKES COIN PROGRAMS MORE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. HUSEHIES --

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    AND I'M CURIOUS IF THE GENTLELADY HAS FURTHER SPEAKER. MRS. MALONEY: I…

    AND I'M CURIOUS IF THE GENTLELADY HAS FURTHER SPEAKER. MRS. MALONEY: I HAVE TO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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    MRS. MALONEY

    AT THIS TIME SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    AT THIS TIME SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I TOO HAVE…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MR. HUIZENGA: MR. SPEAKER, I TOO HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    FOR TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1698, 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 GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2620 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2620 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    CONTRACTS FROM COVERAGE UNDER SUCH ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT…

    CONTRACTS FROM COVERAGE UNDER SUCH ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. AUSTIN SCOTT, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. AUSTIN SCOTT, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. DAVID SCOTT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. SCOTT

    YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: I ASK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIKET LEV -- FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    MR. SCOTT

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER…

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. SCOTT: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2620…

    OBJECTION. MR. SCOTT: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2620 AND YIELD MYSELF

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    MR. SCOTT

    OF H.R. 2620 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    OF H.R. 2620 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW FOR THE CREATION OF A WORLD…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW FOR THE CREATION OF A WORLD COTTON CONTRACT LISTED ON THE UNITED STATES EXCHANGE.

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    FOR THE CREATION OF A WORLD COTTON CONTRACT LISTED ON THE UNITED STATES…

    FOR THE CREATION OF A WORLD COTTON CONTRACT LISTED ON THE UNITED STATES EXCHANGE. CURRENT LAW, WHICH REQUIRES SAMPLING AND CLASSING BY THE USDA OF EVERY BAIL OF COTTON SOLICITED ON A U.S. EXCHANGE REFLECTS AN ANTIQUATED PICTURE OF THE GLOBAL COTTON MARKET. SOME MARKET PARTICIPANTS NEED TO HEDGE PRICE FLUCTUATIONS IN FOREIGN MARKETS AND THE CURRENT LAW LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO DO SO. WE NEED TO UPDATE OUR LAW TO REFLECT THE MODERN NATURE OF THIS MARKETPLACE, H.R. 2620 ACCOMPLISHES THIS BY PROVIDING AN OPTION FOR COTTON PRODUCED AND DELIVERED IN FOREIGN MARKETS TO BE CLASSED BY RATING FACILITIES CLOSER TO THE POINT OF DELIVERY RATHER THAN BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. IT MAKES NO CHANGES TO THE TREATMENT OF DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED AND DELIVERED COTTON. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW ANY WILLING EXCHANGE TO MEET INDUSTRY DEMAND TO DESIGN A WORLD COTTON CONTRACT. FOR EXAMPLE, ICE FUTURES U.S., WHICH HAS ALREADY WORKED WITH MARKET PARTICIPANTS, HAS PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTION AND PREFERENCE TO LIST WORLD COTTON CONTRACT SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE DOMESTICALLY FOCUSED COTTON NUMBER TWO CONTRACT THEY ALREADY LIST. H.R. 2620 ALLOWS FOR AN IMPORTANT NEW CONTRACT FOR COTTON HEDGING TO BE DEVELOPED WHICH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO COMMERCIAL HEDGERS. HOWEVER, IT'S IMPORTANT SPECIFICALLY TO ME AND TO OTHERS TO NOTE IT WOULD NOT DISRUPT THE INDUSTRY'S BENCHMARK HEDGING CONTRACT, THE NUMBER TWO CONTRACT, WHICH IS RELIED UPON BY U.S. COTTON PRODUCERS IN MY DISTRICT AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN CONAWAY BOTH FOR HIS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND HIS EFFORTS ON THIS LEGISLATION. ADDITIONALLY I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DAVID SCOTT FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS ISSUE OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE CONGRESSMAN WESTMORELAND'S WORK ON THIS AS WELL. HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN ADVANCING THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2620 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I TOO HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, CHAIRMAN OF OUR RANKING COMMITTEE ON COMMODITIES EXCHANGES AND ENERGY.

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  • 04:05:42 PM

    ON COMMODITIES EXCHANGES AND ENERGY. CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT. MR.…

    ON COMMODITIES EXCHANGES AND ENERGY. CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR BILL, H.R. 2620, WILL MODERNIZE THE WAY IN WHICH COTTON FUTURES CONTRACTS ARE LISTED. AND REGULATED UNDER THE 1916 COTTON FUTURES ACT. MORE SPECIFICALLY, AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THE MAIN TOOL USED IN THE MARKETPLACE FOR HEDGING CONTRACTEN IS THE NUMBER TWO -- COTTON IS THE NUMBER TWO CONTRACT. CURRENTLY THE NUMBER TWO CONTRACT ONLY PERMITS COTTON GROWN WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND THAT COTTON IS DELIVERED TO ONLY FIVE UNITED STATES CITIES. GALVESTON, TEXAS, HOUSTON, TEXAS, DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS, GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. NOW, UNDER THE 1916 COTTON FUTURES ACT, EVERY BAIL OF COTTON TENDERED UNDER A CONTRACT LISTED ON A U.S. EXCHANGE MUST BE SAMPLED AND CLASSED OR GRADED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. HOWEVER, SEEING THAT COTTON HAS GROWN -- IS GROWN ALL OVER THE WORLD, MY BILL TARGETS COTTON THAT IS GROWN AND DELIVERED OUTSIDE OF UNITED STATES BORDERS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, HERE IS THE PROBLEM. THE CONCERN THAT OUR BILL IS SOLVING. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ONLY FIVE DOMESTIC CITIES THAT ARE COTTON DELIVERY POINTS LISTED UNDER THE 1916 COTTON FUTURES ACT, THERE HAS BEEN MUCH CONCERN THAT THE COTTON NUMBER TWO CONTRACT CANNOT ACCURATELY REFLECT PRICE MOVEMENT IN FOREIGN MARKETS. THEREFORE CANNOT PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL. THAT'S SIMPLY THE PROBLEM. NOW, TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WHAT OUR BILL WILL DO IS SIMPLY ALLOW U.S.-BASED FUTURE EXCHANGES FLEXIBILITY IN HOW THEY HANDLE FOREIGN-GROWN COTTON AND FOREIGN DELIVERY POINTS. THAT WILL NEVER TOUCH THE UNITED STATES AT ALL. MR. SPEAKER, WE LIVE NOW AND WE OPERATE IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING GLOBAL ECONOMY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT PUT OUR COTTON PRODUCERS OR OUR COMMODITIES EXCHANGES INTO A DISADVANTAGED POSITION COMPETIVELY WHEN IT COMES TO BEING ABLE TO GET THE PRICE FLUCTUATIONS THAT OCCUR IN FOREIGN MARKETS, THEREBY PROVIDING OUR BUSINESSES WITH THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL BY WHICH THEY CAN MANAGE THEIR RISK. SO, BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE DOES NOT HAVE THE MAN POWER TO DEPLOY PERSONNEL ALL OVER THE WORLD AT ONE TIME, OUR BILL WILL ALLOW COTTON GROWN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES TO BE CLASSED BY EITHER A UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TESTING LAB INSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR AN INTERNATIONAL LAB DEEMED TO HAVE COMPARABLE, COMPREHENSIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS EQUIVALENT TO THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S IT, CLEAN AND SIMPLE. OUR BILL SOLVES THIS PROBLEM. IT GIVES OUR COTTON PRODUCERS, IT GIVES OUR EXCHANGES THAT ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO KNOW HOW PRICES ARE SLIDING AND EACH FOREIGN COUNTRY THAT'S PRODUCING COTTON. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME OUR PRODUCERS AND OUR EXCHANGES WITHOUT THAT CANNOT APPLY GOOD RISK MANAGEMENT. THAT'S WHY THIS IS SO ESSENTIAL. LET ME DECLARE AGAIN, AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA MADE CLEAR, I TOO WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT OUR BILL DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT 100% OF ALL DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED AND DELIVERED COTTON WILL BE CLASSED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGE HERE. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL DOES NOT, AND I REPEAT, DOES NOT CHANGE OR ALTER THE COTTON NUMBER TWO CONTRACT. WHAT OUR BILL DOES IS SIMPLY ALLOW OUR U.S.-BASED FUTURES EXCHANGES THAT MUCH-NEEDED FLEXIBILITY, THAT'S NEEDED IN ORDER TO LIST COTTON THAT WILL NEVER TOUCH THE UNITED STATES THROUGH A WORLD COTTON CONTRACT. AS I SAID, WE LIVE IN A GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR RULES AND REGULATIONS REFLECT THE MODERNIZATION THAT HAS HAPPENED IN OUR GLOBAL MARKETS SINCE THIS ACT WAS WRITTEN 100 YEARS AGO. IT'S IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE KEEP THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY THE STRONGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND OUR BILL, H.R. 2620, WILL DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, 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 GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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    MR. SCOTT

    MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCOTT, AND I HAVE SAID, THIS IS SIMPLY A NECESSARY MINOR…

    MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SCOTT, AND I HAVE SAID, THIS IS SIMPLY A NECESSARY MINOR CHANGE. WE WOULD -- I WOULD CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AS I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. OR IF THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. SCOTT: WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. SO I

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    MR. SCOTT

    SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WILL YIELD BACK MY TIME AND URGE PASSAGE. THE…

    SPEAKERS, MR. SPEAKER. SO I WILL YIELD BACK MY TIME AND URGE PASSAGE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. SCOTT

    PASSAGE OF H.R. 2620 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER…

    PASSAGE OF H.R. 2620 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2620, 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 NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1640 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    AND THE NATIONAL -- IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. SCOTT WALKER THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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    MR. WALKER

    SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIKE LEGISLATIVE…

    SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIKE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. MR. WALKER: I YIELD

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    SO ORDERED. MR. WALKER: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- I YIELD…

    SO ORDERED. MR. WALKER: I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT

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    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1640. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 2006, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARD COMPLETING A CONSOLIDATED HEADQUARTERS ON THE HISTORIC ST. ELIZABETH CAMPUS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HOWEVER, AS WITH MANY OTHER FEDERAL PROJECTS, THE CONSOLIDATION HAS RUN UP AGAINST COST OVERRUNS AND CONSTRUCTION DELAYS. AT TIMES ESTIMATED TO BE MORE THAN $1 BILLION OVER BUDGET AND 12 YEARS BEHIND SCHEDULE. . EARLIER THIS YEAR I WENT TO THE SITE TO SEE THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD. I REMAIN CONCERN THAT TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS WILL BE PUT AT RISK WITHOUT BETTER MANAGEMENT. THIS BILL H.R. 1640, THE D.H.S. HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION ACT OF 2015, WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN COORDINATION WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR OF GENERAL SERVICES, TO INVESTIGATE AND SUBMIT A REPORT ON THE ESTIMATED COST AND PROPERTY NEEDS OF THE PROJECT. WHILE WE WERE ENCOURAGED BY THE UPDATED D.H.S. ST. ELIZABETHS PLAN PUBLISHED EARLIER THIS YEAR WE STILL BELIEVE THAT INCREASED OVERSIGHT OF THE CONSOLIDATION PROJECT WILL HELP ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE EFFICIENT USE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS' TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, ACCOUNTABILITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL ASPECT OF CITIZENED RULED GOVERNMENT AND SOMETHING OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT THAT REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD UPHOLD. H.R. 1640 DOES JUST THIS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION WILL RECEIVE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS.…

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1640, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1640, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN:

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    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2006, THREE…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2006, THREE YEARS INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S EXISTENCE, PRESIDENT BUSH PROPOSED CONSOLIDATING THE HEADQUARTERS' FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMPONENTS FROM THE MORE THAN 50 LOCATIONS TO THE ST.

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    FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMPONENTS FROM THE MORE THAN 50…

    FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMPONENTS FROM THE MORE THAN 50 LOCATIONS TO THE ST. ELIZABETHS CAMPUS IN SEAT WASHINGTON, D.C. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN -- SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON, D.C. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 2009 BUT APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE PROJECT HAD BEEN $1.2 BILLION LESS THAN PRESIDENT BUSH AND PRESIDENT OBAMA REQUESTED. NATURALLY, CONGRESS' FAILURE TO CONSISTENTLY AND INADEQUATELY FUND THE PROJECT HAS LED TO INCREASED COSTS AND HAS ALSO FORCED D.H.S. TO REVISIT ITS MASTER PLAN AND REDUCE THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT. AT THIS JUNCTURE, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAVE A REALISTIC AND ACHIEVABLE PLAN. THE LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION SEEKS TO DO JUST THAT. IF ENACTED, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SUBMIT TO CONGRESS AN UPDATED PLAN FOR ST. ELIZABETHS TO INFORM FUTURE FUNDING DECISIONS. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 1640 REQUIRES THE SUBMISSION OF A PROPOSED OCCUPATIONY PLAN FOR ST. ELIZ -- OCCUPANCY PLAN FOR ST. ELIZABETHS FOR OFFICES TO BE HOUSED THERE. AS A KEY CONSEQUENCE OF THE DEPARTMENT TO SCALE DOWN THE PLANS IS A REALITY THAT THE PORTFOLIO WILL NEED TO REMAIN LARGE. IN FACT, UP TO 69% OF D.H.S.'S COMMERCIAL LEASES IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION EXPIRING BETWEEN FISCAL YEARS 2016 TO 2020, WE SHOULD ALL BE AWARE THAT D.H.S. WILL BE FORCED TO EMBARK ON THE EXPENSIVE PROCESS OF RECOMPETING AND POSSIBLY RELOCATING ITS OPERATIONS AND PERSONNEL. BEFORE I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM PLEASED THAT THE BILL INCLUDES AN AMENDMENT TO GIVE THE DEPARTMENT ADEQUATE TIME TO ENGAGE THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER FOR THE PROJECT IN PREPARING THE UPDATED PLANS, ASSESSMENTS AND ESTIMATES. G.S.A.'S PARTICIPATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE KEY MATERIALS IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURING THAT WHAT IS TRANSMITTED TO CONGRESS IS REALISTIC AND ACHIEVABLE. AS A SUPPORTER OF THE ST. ELIZABETHS PROJECT AND D.H.S.'S UNITY OF EFFORT INITIATIVE, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1640, COULD HE LOCATION OF D.H.S. -- CO-LOCATION OF D.H.S.'S HEADQUARTERS IS POTENTIAL NOT ONLY IN ACHIEVING COST SAVINGS BUT FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE COLLABORATION AND INTEGRATION DRIVES MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT OPERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS,…

    MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEWOMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    ALSO PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WALKER: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF -- I…

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WALKER: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    MR. WALKER

    THE BALANCE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: MR.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH TAKEN ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE ST.

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    I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH TAKEN ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE ST.…

    I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN APPROACH TAKEN ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE ST. ELIZABETHS PROJECT IS ABOUT MORE THAN REAL ESTATE. IT IS ABOUT ENSURING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS A HOME WHERE DIVERSE COMPONENTS CAN COME TOGETHER. THAT IS THE THINKING BEHIND THE SECRETARY'S UNITY OF EFFORT INITIATIVE. ENACTMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT D.H.S. HAS A REALISTIC PLAN FOR ST. ELIZABETHS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.…

    GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WALKER: MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. WALKER

    AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1633, A BILL…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1633, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS RELATING TO THE TRACKING AND REPORTING OF EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF PAID NONDUTY STATUS WITHOUT CHARGE TO LEAVE, FOR PERSONNEL MATTERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MS. WATSON -- MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. MR. LOUDERMILK: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1633, THE D.H.S. PAID…

    MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1633, THE D.H.S. PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    SPEAKER. THIS MEASURE, WHICH WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IN COMMITTEE, SEEKS…

    SPEAKER. THIS MEASURE, WHICH WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IN COMMITTEE, SEEKS TO ENHANCE HOW CERTAIN PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IS TRACKED AND MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. H.R. 1633 WAS INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO A 2014 GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT THAT LOOKED AT PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE EXPENDITURES ACROSS GOVERNMENT BETWEEN FISCAL YEARS 2011 AND 2014. IN THAT REPORT, G.A.O. FOUND THAT OVERALL AGENCIES SPENT $3.1 BILLION ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. OF THAT AMOUNT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SPENT $380 MILLION ON THIS CATEGORY OF LEAVE. AGENCIES APPROVE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS -- FROM SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS TO JURY DUTY TO VOTING TO DISCIPLINARY MATTERS SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION. H.R. 1633 FOCUSES ON HELPING TO IMPROVE D.H.S.'S MANAGEMENT OF JUST ONE SEGMENT OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE EXPENDITURES, LEAVE THAT IS PAID FOR SIX OR MORE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS TO AN EMPLOYEE THAT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR A CONDUCT OR CRIMINAL MATTER. THIS LEGISLATION DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICER TO MAINTAIN RECORDS FROM THE -- THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT ON THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES WHO ARE PAID LEAVE FOR SIX OR MORE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS DURING A D.H.S. PERSONAL INVESTIGATION, THE TOTAL COSTS INCLUDING SALARIES AND BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LEAVE AND THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF TIME THAT AN EMPLOYEE IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. H.R. 1633 ALSO DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICER TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT DEPARTMENTWIDE POLICY ON HOW COMPONENTS CAN COMPLY WITH THIS RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENT AND GUIDANCE AND ON HOW COMPONENTS CAN EXPEDITE THE RESOLUTION OF PERSONNEL MATTERS FOR AN EMPLOYEE IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. IN COMMITTEE LANGUAGE I AUTHORED WAS ACCEPTED TO ENSURE THAT WHEN A COMPONENT EXPEDITIOUSLY WORKS TO RESOLVE PERSONAL MATTERS AS DIRECTED BY THIS BILL, THAT COMPONENT MUST DO SO IN A WAY THAT IS OBJECTIVE AND FAIR. THE ADDITION OF THIS LANGUAGE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO CREATE THE IMPRESSION THAT CONGRESS FAILS VALUES, EXPEDIENCY. WE MUST NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE'S CAREERS HERE. BEFORE I CLOSE I WOULD ADD THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOTHING TO DISTURB THE DISCRETION THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS TO MAKE LEAVE DECISIONS AND THIS BILL SHOULD NOT IMPACT THE AVAILABILITY OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE TO THE D.H.S. WORK FORCE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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    GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    OF THIS, THE D.H.S. PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015.…

    OF THIS, THE D.H.S. PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015. INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, BARRY LOUDERMILK. OVER THE SPAHN OF TWO YEARS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYEES HAVE RANKED UP 105 MILLION DAYS OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WHICH APTS TO HUNDREDS OF TAX -- AMOUNTS TO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. STOPPING WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT SPENDING HAS BEEN A TOP PRIORITY FOR ME DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS. WHICH IS WHY I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THIS BILL INCREASES GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY BY ESTABLISHING AN ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THIS SYSTEM IS ESSENTIAL IN SAFEGUARDING AGAINST WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. I'M GLAD THAT IT IS A BIPARTISAN MEASURE. LIKE FORWARD TO ITS PASSAGE AND I RGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. -- URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1643. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. THE…

    AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LOUDERMILK: I HAVE…

    GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LOUDERMILK: I HAVE ONE OR SPEAKER AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, FRIEND J GEORGIA AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. CARTER. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    FRIEND J GEORGIA AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR.…

    FRIEND J GEORGIA AND FELLOW MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, MR. CARTER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1633 FROM 2011 TO 2013 OVER 200 D.H.S.…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1633 FROM 2011 TO 2013 OVER 200 D.H.S. EMPLOYEES WERE PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. WHILE ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE MAY BE NECESSARY ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, MORE FREQUENTLY WE HEAR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CONDUCT-RELATED ANGSTS -- ACTIONS. THESE VEXES -- INVESTIGATIONS CAN RELATE FOR SEVERAL MONTHS WHICH CAN RESULT IN SUBSTANTIAL COSTS TO TAXPAYERS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2013 THE D.H.S. EMPLOYEE WAS PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR RUNNING A WEBSITE THAT PREDICTED AND ADVOCATED A RACE WAR. SUCH ACTIONS SHOULD NOT INVOLVE PAID LEAVE. IT CLEARLY SHOULD INVOLVE TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT. ANOTHER EXAMPLE INVOLVES FORMER ACTING AND DEPUTY D.H.S. INSPECTOR GENERAL CHARLES EDWARDS. MR. EDWARDS WAS PLACED ON PAID LEAVE IN MAY OF 2014. AS OF OCTOBER, 2014, HE WAS STILL ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. THIS BILL PROTECTS PRECIOUS TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY REQUIRING D.H.S. TO TRACK AND REPORT ON EMPLOYEES PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR PERSONAL MATTERS. BY KEEPING TRACK OF WHO IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE, WE CAN BETTER ENSURE WE ARE NOT USING THE TAXPAYERS' DIME TO PAY FOR D.H.S. EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM

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    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. MR. COLE: COLE MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE --

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    MR. COLE

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. LOUDERMILK: I…

    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. LOUDERMILK: I RESERVE. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN:

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    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I MENTIONED…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO NOTHING TO DISTURB THE AVAILABILITY OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR D.H.S. WORKERS WHO NEED

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    OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR D.H.S. WORKERS WHO NEED IT TO VOTE ON TO…

    OF PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR D.H.S. WORKERS WHO NEED IT TO VOTE ON TO SERVE ON A JURY. IT IS NARROWLY FOCUSED ON GETTING A HANDLE ON HOW MUCH THE DEPARTMENT IS SPENDING ON PAIDED A LIVE LEAVE FOR INDIVIDUALS UNDER INVESTIGATION -- PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE FOR INDIVIDUALS UNDER INVESTIGATION. THESE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE OFTEN TOUGH FOR ALL INVOLVED. THE SOONER THERE'S AN APPROPRIATE RESOLUTION, BETTER IT IS FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. IF ENACTED H.R. 1633 WOULD HELP TO ENSURE THAT SUCH MATTERS ARE RESOLVED IN A TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE MANNER. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, DO I URGE PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LOUDERMILK: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.…

    BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1633 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 GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MOST OFTEN REFERRED TO AS DRONES POSE AN EMERGING SECURITY THREAT. THIS IS FURTHER EVIDENCE BY A RECENT HIGH PROFILE EVENTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE, FRENCH NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS AND NUMEROUS SPORTS VENUES. DRONES HAD BEEN USED TO SMUGGLE DRUGS ACROSS OUR BORDERS AND NEGLIGENT USE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY PRESENTS A PUBLIC SAFETY RISK. DURING THIS CONGRESS BILLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED THAT FOCUS ON TOPICS SUCH AS THE COMMERCIAL USES OF DRONES AND THE PRIVACY CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR USE. HOWEVER, NOBODY HAS TACKLED THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF EXPANDING THE USE OF DRONES. H.R. 1646, THE HOMELAND SECURITY SECURITY DRONE ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS ACT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO RESEARCH HOW COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SMALL AND MUDE YUM SIZED DRONES CAN BE USED IN AN ATTACK AND DEVELOP POLICIES, GUIDANCE AND PROTOCOLS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PREVENT AN ATTACK. BY THE END OF YEAR 2015, THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION IS EXPECTED TO ESTABLISH KNEW RULES TO REMOVE THE WAIVER REQUIREMENT AND ALLOW THE OPERATION OF DRONES FOR NONRECREATIONAL PURPOSES IN U.S. AIRSPACE. UNDOUBTEDLY, THESE REGULATIONS WOULD BE BETTER INFORMED BY D.H.S. ASSESSMENT OF THE POTENTIAL SECURITY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE EXPANDED USE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED DRONES. H.R. 1646 IS A GOOD FIRST STEP TOWARDS PROTECTING THE COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THIS EMERGING THREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1646, THE HOMELAND SECURITY DRONE ASSESSMENT AND…

    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1646, THE HOMELAND SECURITY DRONE ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS ACT, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE'S ADOPTION OF H.R.…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE'S ADOPTION OF H.R. 1646, THE HOMELAND SECURITY DRONE ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS ACT. I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION IN RESPONSE TO TESTIMONY WE RECEIVED IN COMMITTEE THIS PAST MARCH ON GAPS IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS, U.A.S., IN DOMESTIC AIR SPACE. FOR EXAMPLE, OFF THE SHELF SYSTEMS WIDELY AVAILABLE TODAY IN THE WRONG HANDS CAN JAM TRANSMITTED SIGNALS, FAKE SURVEILLANCE IMAGERY AND CARRY DANGEROUS WEAPONS. GIVEN THESE SYSTEMS CAPABILITIES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THERE BE A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF THE SECURITY RISKS AND PLANS TO ADDRESS THEM. TO THAT END H.R. 1646 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO RESEARCH HOW A COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED DRONE COULD BE USED TO PERPETRATE AN ATTACK AND DEVELOP POLICIES, GUIDANCE AND PROTOCOLS TO PREVENT SUCH AN ATTACK OR MITIGATE THE RISKS OF SUCH AN ATTACK. MY LEGISLATION DIRECTS D.H.S. TO WORK WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY AND THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION TO CARRY OUT THIS RESEARCH AND ALLOW FOR D.H.S. TO SHARE ADVICE AND INFORMATION BASED ON THAT RESEARCH WITH THESE KEY FEDERAL PARTNERS. MR. SPEAKER, DRONE TECHNOLOGY HOLDS GREAT PROMISE OF SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS NOT YET FULLY REALIZED. HOWEVER, GIVEN THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE DOMESTIC DRONE MARKET, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE IDENTIFY AND HAVE STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE THE ASSOCIATED SECURITY RISKS. IF ENACTED H.R. 1646 WILL ENHANCE OUR NATION'S SECURITY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CLARIFYING THE FRAMEWORK FOR AMERICANS' LEGITIMATE INTEREST IN PRODUCING AND USING DRONES LAWFULLY AND SAFELY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE HOUSE'S ADOPTION OF H.R. 1646 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. LOUDERMILK: THANK YOU, MEEKS -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PROPOSED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEWOMAN DOZEN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. JT IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. JT IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION, H.R. 1646, TO FURTHER

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION, H.R. 1646, TO FURTHER THE…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION, H.R. 1646, TO FURTHER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S EFFORT TO WORK WITH OTHER AGENCIES ON THE SECURITY RISKS OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED DRONES IN DOMESTIC AIR SPACE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION…

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1646, 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    AND PASS H.R. 1615 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL…

    AND PASS H.R. 1615 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

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1615, A BILL TO DIRECT…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1615, A BILL TO DIRECT THE CHIEF FOIA OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SECTION 552 OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. MR. CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE

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    MR. CARTER

    INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE…

    INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CARTER: MR. SPEAKER,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD…

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. CARTER

    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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    I RISE, MR. SPEAKER IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1615. IN NOVEMBER OF 2014,…

    I RISE, MR. SPEAKER IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1615. IN NOVEMBER OF 2014, IT WAS REPORTED THAT D.H.S. HAD RECEIVED AND PROCESSED THE MOST FULLY REQUEST OUT OF ANY FEDERAL DEPARTMENT. IT HOLDS THE LARGEST BACKLOG OF ANY FOIA REQUESTS OF ANY FEDERAL AGENCY. IN FACT, SINCE 2010, D.H.S. FOIA REQUESTS HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 65% AND D.H.S. CURRENTLY HOLDS ALMOST HALF OF ALL FEDERAL FOIA REQUESTS OF ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY ABOUT. 50,000 OF 95,000 REQUESTS. IN ADDITION, THREE WEEKS AGO I WAS INFORMED THAT THE INCREASE IN D.H.S. FOIA REQUESTS WAS PARTLY DUE TO REQUESTS FOR IMMIGRATION RECORDS FOR PEOPLE REQUESTING INFORMATION FOR THEIR FUTURE DEFERRED ACTION CASES. MY BILL, H.R. 1615, THE D.H.S. FOIA EFFICIENCY ACT OF 2015, STREAMLINES THE PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE TREMENDOUS WORK LOAD AND BACKLOG AND BRING TRANSPARENCY TO THE COST OF FOIA REQUESTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT. IN RECENT PAST, D.H.S. HAS RECEIVED POOR EVALUATIONS REGARDING THIS EFFICIENCY AND HANDLING FOIA REQUESTS. FOR THESE REASONS, MY BILL DIRECTS THE CHIEF FOIA OFFICER OF D.H.S. TO WORK WITH OTHER OFFICERS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT TO UPDATE THEIR CAPABILITIES IN HANDLING THE LARGE AMOUNT OF FOIA REQUESTS AND IDENTIFY THE TOTAL ANNUAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROCESSING THESE REQUESTS. BY UPDATING THEIR CAPABILITIES AND REPORTING TO CONGRESS ON HOW THE DEPARTMENT IS ADDRESSING THEIR POOR PERFORMANCE, MY BILL WOULD DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS ITS BACKLOG AND INEFFICIENCIES IN AN APPROPRIATE AND QUICK MANNER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY VOICED. MRS.…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY VOICED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1615, THE D.H.S. FOIA EFFICIENCY ACT, AND YIELD…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1615, THE D.H.S. FOIA EFFICIENCY ACT, AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.…

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON MAY 20, SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE DEPARTMENT'S PROCESSING OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS. IN

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    THE DEPARTMENT'S PROCESSING OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS. IN…

    THE DEPARTMENT'S PROCESSING OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS. IN NOVEMBER, 2014, THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL REPORTED THAT D.H.S. FACES THE LARGEST BACKLOG OF UNPROCESSED FOIA REQUESTS OF ANY FEDERAL AGENCY. WHILE RESOURCE CHALLENGES AND INEFFICIENCIES IN D.H.S.'S INTERNAL PROCESSES HELP EXPLAIN IN PART THE BACKLOG, WE MUST NOT BE COMPLACENT AND ACCEPT THESE CHALLENGES AS EXCUSES FOR THE BACKLOG. A CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS CITIZENS. THE FOIA PROCESS IS A KEY MECHANISM TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY. I AM PLEASED THAT THE APPROACH TAKEN UNDER THIS BILL IS CONSISTENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S UNITY OF EFFORT INITIATIVE. SPECIFICALLY H.R. 1615 REQUIRES THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF FOIA OFFICER COLLABORATE WITH FOIA OFFICIALS AND COMPONENT AGENCIES TO TRACK THE TOTAL ANNUAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PROCESSING FOIA REQUESTS, IDENTIFY AND EYE DO NOT COST-SAVING MOTHERS AND STRATEGIZE ON ADDRESSING THE BACKLOG. I WOULD ALSO NOTE THAT IN COMMITTEE MEASURES AUTHORED BY DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS TO PROMOTE OR AUTO MATION AND ADDRESS STAFFING RESOURCES WERE ADOPTED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, I MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1615, A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE RESPONSIVENESS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CARTER

    IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED…

    IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEWOMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I…

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    SPEAKER. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    SPEAKER. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN:

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIMELY…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIMELY COMPLIANCE WITH FOIA REQUESTS IS GOOD FOR AN OPEN GOVERNMENT.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    REQUESTS IS GOOD FOR AN OPEN GOVERNMENT. THE BACKLOG HAS EXISTED FOR TOO…

    REQUESTS IS GOOD FOR AN OPEN GOVERNMENT. THE BACKLOG HAS EXISTED FOR TOO LONG AND NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. I THANK REPRESENTATIVE CARTER AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN EFFORTS ON A D.H.S. FOIA EFFICIENCY ACT, WHICH MARKS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN ADDRESSING THIS FOIA BACKLOG AND PROMOTING GREATER AUTOMATION IN THE PROCESSING OF REQUESTS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CARTER: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. CARTER

    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. CARTER

    SUPPORT THIS STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    SUPPORT THIS STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS

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    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 H.R. 1615, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES APPEAR TO HAVE IT.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:48:42 PM

    MR. HURD

    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1626, AS AMENDED. THE…

    THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1626, 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

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1626, A BILL TO REDUCE…

    WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 1626, A BILL TO REDUCE DUPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR…

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. HURD

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL…

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HURD: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. HURD: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. HURD

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

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. HURD: THANK YOU,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. HURD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    RECOGNIZED. MR. HURD: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1626. CALL ME

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  • 04:49:33 PM

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1626. CALL ME CRAZY BUT IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1626. CALL ME CRAZY BUT IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME TO HAVE FEDERAL AGENCIES USING MULTIPLE I.T. SYSTEMS THAT DO THE SAME THING. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE, I SEE THESE COST OVERRUNS AND HEAR STORIES OF DUPLICATIVE SYSTEMS ON A DAILY BASIS. IT IS A RIDICULOUS AND OUTRAGEOUS WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THIS YEAR THE G.A.O.'S ANNUAL HIGH-RISK REPORT DESIGNATED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AS A NEW AREA OF HIGH RISK WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FEDERAL AGENCIES SPEND NEARLY $80 BILLION A YEAR ON I.T. PROJECTS AND NEARLY 80% OF THEM ARE ON OUTDATED AND LEGACY SYSTEMS. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THERE ARE MORE THAN 600 I.T. SYSTEMS IN FEMA ALONE. THE D.H.S. I.T. DUPLICATION REDUCTION ACT IS DESIGNED TO CHANGE THAT. MY BILL REQUIRES THE D.H.S. CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER TO IDENTIFY ALL I.T. SYSTEMS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, FIGURE OUT WHICH ONES ARE REDUNDANT AND COME UP WITH A STRATEGY TO REDUCE THEIR NUMBER. WHEN I WAS BUILDING A CYBERSECURITY FIRM IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THINGS LIKE THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY WITH A SMALL BUSINESS TRYING TO GROW WOULD WASTE THEIR MONEY LIKE THIS. AND WASHINGTON SHOULD HAVE THE SAME MENTALITY. ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S MONEY BEING WASTED -- SINCE MONEY BEING WASTED ISN'T WASHINGTON TO BEGIN WITH. IT'S PAST TIME TO CHANGE THE IT'S NOT MY MONEY SO LET'S SPEND IT CULTURE HERE IN WASHINGTON THAT LEADS TO THIS KIND OF WASTE. TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST THAT EVERY DOLLAR IS BEING USED CAREFULLY AND THOUGHTFULLY FROM A THOUGHTFUL AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT. I BELIEVE THIS WILL GET OUR GOVERNMENT BACK ON TRACK. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:51:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 1626, THE D.H.S. I.T. DUPLICATION REDUCTION ACT OF 2015,…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 1626, THE D.H.S. I.T. DUPLICATION REDUCTION ACT OF 2015, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS.

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  • 04:51:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR.

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    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1626 SEEKS TO ADDRESS DUPLICATION OR…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1626 SEEKS TO ADDRESS DUPLICATION OR FRAGMENTATION WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS. SPECIFICALLY, H.R. 1626 REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER TO REPORT ON THE NUMBER OF I.T. SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT AND IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THOSE AREAS WHERE DUPLICATION OR FRAGMENTATION MAY EXIST. THIS UNDERTAKING AT THE HEADQUARTERS' LEVEL SHOULD HELP INFORM THE DEPARTMENT'S I.T. BUDGET PLAN WHICH IN LIGHT OF SEQUESTRATION AND THE DOWNWARD TREND OF THE DEPARTMENT'S BUDGET BECOMES ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT WHEN CONSIDERING THE CRITICAL MISSIONS ENTRUSTED TO D.H.S. THIS LEGISLATION IS IN THE SPIRIT OF THE DEPARTMENT'S UNITY OF EFFORT INITIATIVE AND HAS THE POTENTIAL OF FOSTERING MORE COORDINATED I.T. PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT AMONG THE DEPARTMENT'S COMPONENTS. IN COMMITTEE A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL REFINEMENTS OFFERED BY DEMOCRATS WERE ACCEPTED TO ENSURE REDUCING REDUNDANCY FREES UP RESOURCES FOR OPERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I DO SUPPORT -- URGE SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:52:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HURD

    SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS I'M…

    SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEWOMAN DOES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. MRS.…

    GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 04:53:12 PM

    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MRS. WATSON COLEMAN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO POINT OUT THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN REGARD TO THIS MEASURE.

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  • 04:53:17 PM

    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    TO POINT OUT THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN REGARD TO THIS MEASURE. THIS…

    TO POINT OUT THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS IN REGARD TO THIS MEASURE. THIS MEASURE HAS THE POTENTIAL OF FOSTERING MORE COORDINATED I.T. PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT AMONG THE DEPARTMENT'S COMPONENTS. I URGE THE PASSAGE AND SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 04:53:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HURD

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. HURD

    AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS BILL.…

    AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS BILL. AND I ONCE AGAIN URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRONG BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:54:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1626, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 04:54:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. RATCLIFF: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. RATCLIFF: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PAR H.R.

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  • 04:54:53 PM

    MR. RATCLIFF

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PAR H.R. 1637. -- PASS H.R. 1637. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PAR H.R. 1637. -- PASS H.R. 1637. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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  • 04:54:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 107, H.R. 1636, A BILL TO…

    OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 107, H.R. 1636, A BILL TO REQUIRE ANNUAL

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    THE CLERK

    107, H.R. 1636, A BILL TO REQUIRE ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE ACTIVITIES AND…

    107, H.R. 1636, A BILL TO REQUIRE ANNUAL REPORTS ON THE ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:55:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFF, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFF, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. MR. RATCLIFF: MR. SPEAKER, I

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  • 04:55:24 PM

    MR. RATCLIFF

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. RATCLIFFE: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    OBJECTION. MR. RATCLIFFE: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER

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  • 04:55:39 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    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. MR. RATCLIFFE:

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  • 04:55:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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  • 04:55:43 PM

    RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1637, THE FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH…

    RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1637, THE FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SUNSHINE ACT OF 2015. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT 700,000 NORTH AND EAST TEXANS. THEY SENT ME HERE TO WASHINGTON TO PULL THE CURTIN BACK AND SHINE A -- CURTAIN BACK AND SHINE A LIGHT ON THIS FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES CAN BE INEFFICIENT, INEFFECTIVE AND RESISTANT TO OVERSIGHT. THEY DON'T LIKE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. NOT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR BY INDIVIDUALS LIKE ME WHO ARE ELECTED TO REPRESENT THOSE FOLKS HERE IN CONGRESS. BUT AS A COMMITTED CONSERVATIVE WHO IS FIGHTING TO PRESERVE THE AMERICAN HOMELAND I BELIEVE THAT INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE, AND BECAUSE OF THAT EVERY TAXPAYER DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND MUST BE SCRUTINIZED. WE HAVE TO EVALUATE THE GOVERNMENT'S PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES TO SEE IF THEY'RE WORTHWHILE AND TO CRAFT REFORMS THAT ELIMINATE WASTE AND BOLSTER OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. A SLUGGISH NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS SIMPLY WON'T SUFFICE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE, BUT CONGRESS CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT AND TO CUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IF WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 1637. THIS BILL WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BY DIRECTING THE SECRETARY TO GIVE CONGRESS A DETAILED ACCOUNT EACH YEAR OF THE ONGOING AND COMPLETED PROJECTS THAT FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS, OR FFRDC'S, WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED. FFRDC'S CONDUCT SPECIALIZED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE TWO FFRDC'S WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROVIDE INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES. CURRENTLY THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE IS EXPECTED TO OVERSEE THESE FFRDC'S. YET, THE COMMITTEE DOESN'T EVEN RECEIVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE STATUS OF ONGOING OR COMPLETED PROJECTS. IT'S HARD TO BE A VIGILANT STEWARD OF HARD-EARNED TAXPAYER DOLLARS WHEN YOU HAVE A BLINDFOLD ON. MY LEGISLATION WILL ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO HAVE VISIBILITY INTO THE SCOPE OF FFRDC'S, PROJECTS THAT D.H.S. HAS TASKED THEM TO MEET THEIR MISSION NEEDS. THIS DETAILED ACCOUNTING WILL ALLOW COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO HAVE INSIGHT INTO CURRENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND BE ABLE TO FURTHER SCRUTINIZE THEM, THEREBY INCREASING OVERSIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY OF THE ENTIRE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR AND -- DIRECTOR AT D.H.S. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS IS AWARE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AND FUNDING PRIORITIES TO ENSURE THAT IT'S MEETING THE MISSION NEEDS OF ITS COMPONENTS. AND THIS BILL TODAY WILL SHED LIGHT ON THOSE ACTIVITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. I THINK THAT WE ALL AGREE THAT WE CAN SUPPORT INCREASED TRANSPARENCY AND A STRONGER, MORE SECURE HOMELAND. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE

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  • 04:59:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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  • 04:59:27 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1637, THE FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1637, THE FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2015, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON:

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  • 04:59:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR.

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    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PREPARE ANNUAL STATUS REPORTS ON THE RESEARCH ACTIVITIES OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTERS, OR FFRDC'S, ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT. D.H.S. LOOKS TO THESE INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE LARGELY OPERATED BY UNIVERSITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP MEET SPECIAL LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT NEEDS. IN ADDITION TO THE TWO FFRDC'S THAT D.H.S. SPONSORS, THERE ARE 17 NATIONAL LABS MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THAT PROVIDE RESEARCH AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY. . AMONG THE AREAS OF RESEARCH EXPERTISE OFFERED BY THESE LABS ARE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION, KEM KA, BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE COUNTERMEASURES, BIODETECTION AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. I BELIEVE THAT TIMELY AND REGULAR INFORMATION ABOUT HOW D.H.S. IS UTILIZING THESE INSTITUTIONS IS IMPORTANT TO ASSESSING PROGRESS ON A WIDE RANGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY CHALLENGES. THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT H.R. 1631 AND URGE PASSAGE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESEVEN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 05:01:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: I HAVE NO…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER

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  • 05:01:14 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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  • 05:01:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: I HAVE NO SPEAKERS…

    GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: I HAVE NO SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 05:01:23 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO COMMEND MEMBERS OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY…

    I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO COMMEND MEMBERS OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE ON THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN WHICH THIS HAS BEEN CRAFTED. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW D.H.S. IS USING FEDERALLY FUNDED DEVELOPMENT CENTERS TO ADDRESS HOMELAND SECURITY CHALLENGES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:01:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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

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  • 05:02:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRONG, COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN PIECE OF…

    COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS STRONG, COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.

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  • 05:02:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1637? 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. RATCLIFFE: I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2390

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  • 05:02:36 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2390 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2390 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

    TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 2390, A BILL TO REQUIRE REVIEW OF…

    TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 2390, A BILL TO REQUIRE REVIEW OF UNIVERSITY-BASED CENTERS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE

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  • 05:02:46 PM

    THE CLERK

    OF UNIVERSITY-BASED CENTERS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.…

    OF UNIVERSITY-BASED CENTERS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE,

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  • 05:02:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2390 THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY…

    SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2390 THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY BASED CENTERS REVIEW ACT OF 2015, AUTHORED BY THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO INITIATE A STUDY TO ASSESS THE UNIVERSITY-BASED CENTERS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS ON IMPROVEMENTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN PROVIDING LONG-TERM RESEARCH AND SUPPORT OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT IN AREAS OF EMERGING THREATS. ADDITIONALLY THESE CENTERS PLAY KEY ROLES IN SUPPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ITS MISSION IN PROTECTING OUR HOMELAND. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEING THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY AND HOW WE CAN BETTER IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE UNIVERSITY CENTERS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTER BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, AND I RESEB THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 05:04:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 2390, THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY BASED CENTERS…

    SUPPORT OF H.R. 2390, THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY BASED CENTERS REVIEW ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 05:04:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I

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    MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED H.R. 2390, THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED H.R. 2390, THE HOMELAND SECURITY UNIVERSITY BASED CENTERS REVIEW ACT, WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. RICHMOND, TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH THE FULL PICTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT OF THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM DATES BACK TO THE DEPARTMENT'S EARLIEST DAYS. IT WAS AUTHORIZED IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO BE A COORDINATED UNIVERSITY-BASED SYSTEM TO ENHANCE THE NATION'S HOMELAND SECURITY. SINCE THAT TIME, HOWEVER, WE HAVE NOT HAD A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MANAGEMENT OF THIS VITAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. H.R. 2390 MARKS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EFFORT TO ASSESS THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM TO DATE. THE MEASURE DIRECTS THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO ISSUE A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT THAT AMONG OTHER THINGS EVALUATES HOW THE DEPARTMENT ALIGNS DECISIONS ABOUT ESTABLISHING, MAINTAINING, OR ELIMINATING A CENTER WITH ITS RESEARCH NEEDS, HOW D.H.S. IDENTIFIES, PRIORITIZES AND FUNDS PROJECTS, AND HOW D.H.S. MEASURES PROGRESS ON ITS RESEARCH GOAL. THE BILL ALSO DIRECTS D.H.S. -- G.A.O. TO EXAMINE HOW D.H.S. PROMOTES COLLABORATION AMONG CENTERS AS WELL AS INSTITUTIONS OUTSIDE OF ITS NETWORK, INCLUDING HISTORICCALLY HI BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY, WHICH IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT'S COASTAL RESILIENCE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM. I'M PROUD THAT IN -- IN ITS CAPACITY, JACKSON STATE HAS CONTRIBUTED RESEARCH AND MODELING THAT INFORM REALTIME OPERATIONAL DECISIONS SUCH AS FEMA IN THE WAKE OF HURRICANE SANDY AND OTHER DISASTERS. I KNOW THAT THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, THERE ARE OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM THE UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE -- AND BRING UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE TO D.H.S. THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN VIGOROUS OVERSIGHT OF THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE, PARTICULAR PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING THE DEPARTMENT OADOPT POLICIES THAT HELP DIVORCITY UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRISE. IN MY OPINION, THE D.H.S. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE ROBUST OUTREACH EFFORT TO UNIVERSITIES AND INSTITUTIONS OF RECENT YEARS IS THAT DIRECT RESULT OF OUR OVERSIGHT. BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER F&T'S OUTREACH ALONG WITH ITS EFFORTS TO BETTER MANAGE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ARE REALLY WORKING. H.R. 2390 IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN EFFECTIVELY ASSESSING THE VALUE OF THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AND EVALUATING WHETHER OR NOT THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF OUR NATION'S UNIVERSITIES ARE BEING EFFECTIVELY LEVERAGES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: I HAVE NO MORE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN…

    FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON:…

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER,

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE COOPERATION OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

    AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE COOPERATION OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCAUL FOR THEIR HELP TO IMPROVE THE DEPARTMENT'S CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AND URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. RATCLIFFE: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    ON THIS BILL AND ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT'S…

    ON THIS BILL AND ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. IT'S A STRONG, BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2390 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 IN THE A-- 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PASS H.R. 2200 AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT…

    PASS H.R. 2200 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

    REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 200 A BILL TO AMEND THE…

    REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 200 A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT TO ESTABLISH CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR INTELLIGENCE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND TO REQUIRE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ANALYZED BY THE DEPARTMENT WITH ENTITIES RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK

    WITH ENTITIES RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. MS. MCSALLY: I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBER VS. FIVE

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    MS. MCSALLY

    THAT ALL MEMBER VS. FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR…

    THAT ALL MEMBER VS. FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MCSALLY: I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE

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    MS. MCSALLY

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2200,…

    PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2200, THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACT OF 2015. WE KNOW THAT TERRORISTS HAVE LONG STRIVED TO EMPLOY CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RIDE YO LOGICAL AND NUCLEAR, OR CBRN, MATERIALS IN THEIR ATTACKS. ISIS AND OTHER TERROR ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ATTEMPTED TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND EXPERTS SUGGEST INTEREST IN USING THESE WEAPONS HAS INCREASED. REPORTS SAY ISIS MAY BE USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. SINCE THE PROCEDURES AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO DEVELOP BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ARE THE SAME AS THOSE USED FOR LEGITIMATE RESEARCH PURPOSES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT INTELLIGENCE IS APPROPRIATELY ANALYZED AND SHARED WITH THOSE WHO WOULD BE ON THE FRONTLINE OF RESPONSE IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK. FURTHERMORE, EVENTS SUCH AS THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING ILLUSTRATE THE NEED FOR BETTER INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN FEDERAL AND LOCAL INITIALS. H.R. 2200 WILL ENHANCE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION SHARING TO FILL THIS NEED AND WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL FERBLES GET THE ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO STOP OR MITIGATE A CBRN ATTACK THIS LEGISLATION CONSIDERS INFORMATION GARNERED FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPARED RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS HEAR THONINGS THREAT OF CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TERRORISM. DURING TWO HEARINGS EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE HEARD FROM NUMEROUS STAKE HOLDERS THAT INFORMATION SHARING WITH APPROPRIATE STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROVIDERS ABOUT THIS THREAT IS CRITICAL. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BUDGET NEUTRAL BILL REQUIRES THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS AT D.H.S. TO SUPPORT HOMELAND SECURITY FOCUS INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS OF CBRN THREATS, INCLUDING EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, WORKING IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S NATIONAL BIOSURVEILLANCE IMMIGRATION CENTER AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. AS INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE IS ONLY USEFUL IF IT IS SHARED WITH THOSE WHO CAN TAKE ACTION, SUCH AS STATE, LOCAL, TRIBAL AND PRIVATE ENTITIES, H.R. 2200 DIRECTS THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS TO NOT ONLY SHARE INFORMATION WITH THESE PARTNERS BUT ALSO ENGAGE WITH THEM AND GET THEIR FEEDBACK ON MECHANISMS FOR TWO-WAY SHARING OF INFORMATION. FINALLY, H.R. 2200 DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF D.H.S. TO REPORT ABULELY FOR FIVE YEARS ON THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACTIVITIES TO COUNTER THE THREAT FROM WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND D.H.S.'S ACTIVITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH RELEVANT INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES. THE HOUSE PASSED NEARLY IDENTICAL BILLS DURING THE 112TH AND 113TH CONGRESSES WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:13:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2200, THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND…

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2200, THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON:

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  • 05:13:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN

  • 05:14:00 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, CONGRESS…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, CONGRESS WORKED TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE PREPAREDNESS GAPS IDENTIFIED BY THE 9/11 COMMISSION. INCLUDING THE PURSUANT TO THE 9/11 COMMISSION'S MASS DESTRUCTION, W.M.D., COMMISSION. IN 2008, THE W.M.D. COMMISSION ISSUED A SERIES OF REBLING MENDATIONS TO COUNTER THE PROLIFERATION OF W.M.D.'S AND BUILD A MORE ROBUST NATIONAL CAPABILITY TO RESPOND TO SUCH ATTACKS. NT, T.D W COMM ITSORGAZATION, THE.D. CENT ISSUEDS ARE CAR TIAL THE FEDERRNME PROGRESS IMPLEMENTING THE W.M.D. COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATIONS. CONTINUED TO EVOLVE. WHAT WE KNOW NOW IS THAT THE THREATS POSED BY H.R. 2200 FOCUSES ON AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR NATION'S ABILITY TO PREVENT, PREPARE SUBCOMMITTEE LEVEL, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELANSECURITY HASOTIGFI TED RESOURCES TSEEDERAL ACTIVITIES TO ADESSDR THE THREAT OF W.M.D.'S. . I'VE HEARD ONE AG EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. SITUATIONAL AWARENESSS ESNTIA TENSG AUS R RESPONSE TO A W.M.D. INDENT TOI URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, M SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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  • 05:16:42 PM

    AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE…

    YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2200, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. MR. THOMPSON: MR.

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  • 05:18:07 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM MISSISSIPPI. MR. THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS…

    FROM MISSISSIPPI. MR. THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS. THE SPEAKER

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE -- ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF…

    NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE -- ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R.

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  • 05:18:42 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R.…

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 615. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE…

    SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO TAKE ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES AMONG THE COMPONENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION .

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    MS. MCSALLY

    REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE…

    REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE…

    GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATION, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R.

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  • 05:19:42 PM

    SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATION, I RISE…

    SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATION, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6 15, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF WHICH I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, MR. PAYNE. THE BILL AMENDS THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO INCLUDE AMONG THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS AMONG THE DEPARTMENT'S COMPONENTS. H.R. 615 ADDRESSES THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF A NOVEMBER, 2012, D.H.S. OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT WHICH STATED THAT THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE THE APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT OR GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE TO ENSURE COMMUNICATIONS INTEROPERABILITY AMONG ITS COMPONENTS. IT IS VITAL THAT DEPARTMENT'S COMPONENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE DAY-TO-DAY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DURING EMERGENCIES. IN RESPONSE TO THE FINDING OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT, I JOINED CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND THE OVERSIGHT MANAGEMENT EFFICIENCIES CHAIRMAN PERRY IN REQUESTING A REVIEW OF THIS ISSUE BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. THEIR REPORT, WHICH WAS RELEASED IN MARCH, FOUND THAT NEARLY THREE YEARS AFTER THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT, COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS PERSISTS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS. IN PARTICULAR, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL REPORTED TO G.A.O. THAT LACK OF INTEROPERABILITY IN SOME CASES ALONG THE BORDER RESULTED IN MISAPPREHENSIONS AND JEOPARDIZED AGENTS' SAFETY. MY DISTRICT IS ON THE SOUTH BORDER. I KNOW THE PROBLEMS THAT BORDER PATROL AGENTS, I.C.E. OFFICERS FACE IN MEETING THEIR VITAL MISSIONS. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THEY LACK THE TOOLS AND TRAINING NECESSARY TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER. THIS BILL SEEKS TO MAKE THIS MORE OF A PRIORITY AT THE HEADQUARTERS LEVEL. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES, H.R. 615 REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT'S UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT TO SUBMIT AN INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY TO THE COMMITTEE OF HOMELAND SECURITY NO LATER THAN 180 DAYS AFTER ENACT JLT AND PERIODICALLY REPORT TO CONGRESS -- ENACTMENT AND PERIODICALLY REPORT TO CONGRESS. THIS BILL PASSED IN FEBRUARY BY A VOTE OF 379-0. I APPRECIATE THE SWIFT ACTION OF THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN JOHNSON. THEIR THOUGHTFUL ADDITIONS HAVE SERVED TO FURTHER IMPROVE THIS BILL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    MR. THOMPSON

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R.…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 615, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS ACT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 05:22:41 PM

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN NOVEMBER, 2012, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE…

    SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN NOVEMBER, 2012, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUED AN ASSESSMENT OF INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES AMONG D.H.S. COMPONENTS. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT OF 479 FIELD RADIOS THAT ATTEMPTED TO COMMUNICATE ON A SPECIFIC COMMON CHANNEL, ONLY ONE USER COULD DO SO. THAT IS A 99% FAILURE RATE. IN SHORT, D.H.S., THE FEDERAL ENTITY CHARGED WITH PROVIDING GUIDANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPROVE INTEROPERABLE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, WAS NOT PRACTICING WHAT IT'S PREACHED. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT D.H.S.'S INTEROPERABLE CHALLENGES WERE NOT TECHNOLOGICAL IN NATURE. RATHER, THEY WERE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO ONE LEADING THE EFFORTS IN THE FIELD. FURTHER, THERE WAS NO POLICY IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE 123,000 RADIO USERS AT D.H.S. UNDERSTOOD HOW TO USE THE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ISSUED TO THEM. THROUGHOUT MY TENURE ON THE COMMITTEE, I HAVE REPEATEDLY SOUGHT OPPORTUNITIES TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE THAT INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS IS CRITICAL TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION AT THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. ADDRESSING THIS FUNDAMENTAL OPERATIONAL CHALLENGE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE D.H.S. UNITY OF EFFORT INITIATIVE, SO IT WOULD SEEM THAT TIMING IS RIGHT FOR REAL PROGRESS. HOWEVER, LATE LAST MONTH WE LEARNED FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL THAT NEARLY THREE YEARS AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF THE FIRST REPORT THAT D.H.S.'S COMPONENTS INABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ON A COMMON CHANNEL EXISTS AND THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S MOST RECENT FINDINGS CONFIRMS IT IS GOING TO TAKE LAW TO GET THIS DONE. THAT IS WHY I WAS HAPPY TO SUPPORT RANKING MEMBER DON PAYNE JR. WHEN HE INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 615 WOULD PUT D.H.S. COMPONENTS ON THE PATH TO ACHIEVING INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS BY DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT'S UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO ACHIEVE INTEROPERABILITY. THE TAXPAYERS HAVE SPENT $430 MILLION ON INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT SO FAR. IN THIS FISCAL CLIMATE WE CANNOT WASTE MORE MONEY INVESTING IN COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES WHEN D.H.S. LACKS THE POLICIES THAT IS SURE TO BE EFFECTIVE. WITH THE HELP OF THE FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN MCSALLY, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS ACT PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY EARLIER THIS YEAR. SUBSEQUENTLY, OUR SENATE COUNTERPARTS APPROVED H.R. 615 BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT WITH SOME ENHANCEMENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 615 AND SEND THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MS.

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  • 05:26:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE

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  • 05:26:21 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO MORE…

    HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES.

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  • 05:26:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR.…

    GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE

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  • 05:26:32 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO…

    TO CLOSE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON:

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  • 05:26:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MR. THOMPSON: THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT IDENTIFYING THE URGENT INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM AT D.H.S.

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  • 05:26:37 PM

    THE URGENT INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM AT D.H.S. CAME OUT THREE…

    THE URGENT INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEM AT D.H.S. CAME OUT THREE YEARS AGO. A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION IS LONG OVERDUE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEPARTMENT STILL HAS NOT IMPLEMENTED APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS. I COMMEND SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER PAYNE FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND FOR HIS EFFORTS TO GET IT ENACTED INTO LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT OF H.R. 615 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:27:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.…

    AS I MAY CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR.

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  • 05:27:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES…

    IS RECOGNIZED. MS. MCSALLY: MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 615,

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  • 05:27:24 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    TO SUPPORT H.R. 615, WHICH SEEKS TO ENHANCE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS…

    TO SUPPORT H.R. 615, WHICH SEEKS TO ENHANCE INTEROPERABLE COMMUNICATIONS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R.

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  • 05:27:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 615.…

    HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 615. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED. THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 6:30 P.M. TODAY.

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  • 06:31:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE RULE OF 8 RULE 20, QUESTIONS WILL RESUME. VOTES WILL BE…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE RULE OF 8 RULE 20, QUESTIONS WILL RESUME. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, PASSAGE OF H.R. 11 0 AND H.R. 805 AND H.R. 2076. THE FIRST VOTE IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING VOTES WILL BE FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE YEAS AND NAYS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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  • 06:32:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO REPEAL THE PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDING FOR…

    A BILL TO REPEAL THE PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDING FOR THE INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:32:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC…

    THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VET -- VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:57:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEAS ARE 244, THE NAYS ARE 154. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    YEAS ARE 244, THE NAYS ARE 154. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RESKR IS LAID ON THE TABLE -- MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 06:58:27 PM

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAK OUT OF ORDER. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    OF SIGH LENLS. BEFORE I DO, I STAND HERE WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH…

    OF SIGH LENLS. BEFORE I DO, I STAND HERE WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DELEGATION, SAVE OUR COLLEAGUE JIM CLYBURN WHO RIGHT NOW IS BACK HOME VISITING WITH THE GRIEVED FAMILIES ON THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AND MANY OF US, LIKE SENATOR SCOTT AND OTHERS, WILL BE GOING BACK DURING THIS WEEK TO VISIT WITH THOSE SAME FAMILIES. I'M JOINED AS WELL BY MEMBERS OF THE BLACK CAUCUS AND MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO HAVE BEEN DEEPLY SHAKEN BY THE EVENTS OF THIS LAST WEEK IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. I RISE WITH THIS GROUP ON BEHALF OF THE NINE FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BACK HOME, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHO HAVE SHOWN A WHOLE LOT OF HEART AND A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE HERE OVER THE LAST WEEK. I SAY THIS BECAUSE LESS THAN A WEEK AGO, AS WE ALL KNOW, A YOUNG MAN WITH INCOMPREHENSIBLE MALICE CAME INTO THE MOTHER A.M. CHURCH AND DID THE UNTHINKABLE, AS HE JOINED THE BIBLE STUDY AND HE GUNNED DOWN NINE OF THE MEMBERS, THE PARISHIONERS THERE AT CHURCH. BUT FORTUNATELY OUR STORY DOESN'T END THERE. BECAUSE THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS ALSO DID THE UNTHINKABLE. I SAY THAT BECAUSE THEY'RE AT THE BOND AT THE BOND HEARING, THEY DID THE IMAGINABLE IN SHOWING HUMAN GRACE, REFLECTING GOD'S GRACE, NOT REPAYING EVIL WITH EVIL, THE BOND HEARING, THE FIRST FAMILY COMES UP AND SAYS, I MEAN, INCOMPREHENSIBLE PAIN, BUT I FORGIVE YOU. NEXT FAMILY COMES UP, INCREDIBLE PAIN, BUT I FORGIVE YOU. AND THOSE ARE THE WORDS THAT WERE REPEATED BY EACH OF THE NINE FAMILIES. I FORGIVE YOU. THAT SET THE STAGE IN CHARLESTON FOR A LEVEL OF COMMUNITY THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN IN MY LIFE AND AMAZING THINGS DONE AT THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE. WE ALL STAND HERE TO REMEMBER THE NAMES OF THE NINE VICTIMS AND PAUSE FOR A. WOULD YOU ALL STAND FOR A MOMENT. THE REVEREND PINCK NMP EY, CYNTHIA HURD, CYNTHIA SINGLETON. THE REVEREND DANIELS, THE REVEREND MIDDLETON AND SUESEY JACKSON. WOULD YOU JOIN US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE.

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  • 07:02:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTING WILL CONTINUE. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE…

    VOTING WILL CONTINUE. UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS TO PASS H.R. 805 AS AMENDED ON WHICH YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. THE CLERK: H.R. 805, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND NATIONAL INFORMATION FROM RELINQUISHING UNTIL THE CONTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES SUBMITS A REPORT ON THE NCLA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH SYSTEMS. THE SPEAKER PRO

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  • 07:02:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    STATES SUBMITS A REPORT ON THE NCLA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH SYSTEMS. THE…

    STATES SUBMITS A REPORT ON THE NCLA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH SYSTEMS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS

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  • 07:02:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:17:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE NAY ARE -- 398, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED…

    THE NAY ARE -- 398, THE NAYS ARE ONE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:18:08 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE -- FOR THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER…

    REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE -- FOR THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE. THE CLERK: TRORP ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 333RKS RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2822

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  • 07:18:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 333RKS RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 333RKS RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2822 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2042, TO ALLOW FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ANY FINAL RULE ADDRESSING CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM EXISTING FOSSIL FUEL-FIRED ELECTRIC UTILITY-GENERATING UNITS BEFORE REQUIRING COMPLIANCE WITH SUCH RULE AND TO ALLOW STATES TO PROTECT HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES FROM SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS ON ELECTRICITY RATE PAYERS OR RELIABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION -- FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 26, 2015, THROUGH JULY 6, 2015. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. IT'S

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  • 07:19:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. IT'S CHAIR WILL NOW…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. IT'S CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR AND CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS AND STAFF WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR AND CLEAR THE HOUSE WELL. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PAULSEN: MR. SPEAKER, BEHIND EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN UNIFORM SERVING OUR COUNTRY ARE FAMILY MEMBERS, HUSBANDS, WIFES, MOTHERS, FATHERS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, SONS, DAUGHTERS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS WHO MAKE SACRIFICES AS MEMBERS OF MILITARY FAMILIES. RECENTLY I

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  • 07:20:32 PM

    MAKE SACRIFICES AS MEMBERS OF MILITARY FAMILIES. RECENTLY I ATTENDED THE…

    MAKE SACRIFICES AS MEMBERS OF MILITARY FAMILIES. RECENTLY I ATTENDED THE DEDICATION OF A NEW MINNESOTA MILITARY FAMILY TRIBUTE THAT'S NOW PART OF THE CAPITOL MALL AREA IN MINNESOTA AT OUR STATE CAPITOL. IT'S BUILT ENTIRELY WITH PRIVATE DONATIONS. IT COMMEMORATES THE MILITARY GOLD STAR FAMILIES, BLUE STAR FAMILIES AND FAMILIES OF OUR VETERANS. THIS MEMORIAL IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTRY AND IT RECOGNIZES THE MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS THAT DO SO MUCH TO SUPPORT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND OUR VETERANS. BEING A MEMBER OF A MILITARY FAMILY COMES WITH MANY SACRIFICES. IT MEANS MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS DURING DEPLOYMENT, IT MEANS UNEXPECTED MOVES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND SERVING AS THE FRONT LINE RESOURCE WHEN OUR SOLDIERS TRANSITION INTO A NEW LIFE. EVERY MILITARY FAMILY DOES THIS PROUDLY. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND BILL AND TERRY POP AND EVERYONE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS TRIBUTE RECOGNIZING OUR MILITARY FAMILIES POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:21:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. JOHNSON: TO ADDRESS THIS BODY FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WHEN

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  • 07:21:46 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WHEN I GET MY POSTER…

    ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. WHEN I GET MY POSTER BOARD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON:

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  • 07:21:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON: MR. SPEAKER, I…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. JOHNSON: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK BEFORE ITS CHARTER EXPIRES ON JUNE 30.

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  • 07:22:10 PM

    BANK BEFORE ITS CHARTER EXPIRES ON JUNE 30. IN FISCAL YEAR 2014 ALONE THE…

    BANK BEFORE ITS CHARTER EXPIRES ON JUNE 30. IN FISCAL YEAR 2014 ALONE THE EX-IM BANK SUPPORTED $27.4 BILLION WORTH OF U.S. EXPORTS WITH $10.7 BILLION OF THAT TOTAL REPRESENTING EXPORTS FROM SMALL BUSINESSES. ADDITIONALLY 90% OF ALL EX-IM TRANSACTIONS DIRECTLY SUPPORTED SMALL BUSINESS AND MORE THAN 163,000 AMERICAN JOBS. THAT'S WHY 180 DEMOCRATS SIGNED A DISCHARGE PETITION TO FORCE A VOTE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. DESPITE THIS DATA, SOME REPUBLICANS WRONGLY THINK THE EX-IM BANK REPRESENTS CRONY CAPITALISM THAT SHOULD BE ENDED. FOR THOSE MEMBERS I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, MEN LIE, WOMEN LIE, BUT NUMBERS DON'T LIE. RE-AUTHORIZE THE EX-IM BANK AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:23:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:23:13 PM

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

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

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  • 07:23:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    NATURAL GAS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. TODAY'S ABUNDANT AND…

    NATURAL GAS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. TODAY'S ABUNDANT AND DOMESTICALLY PRODUCED NATURAL GAS IS AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT FUEL TO OUR TRANSPORTATION SECTER FROM SMALL PASSENGER VEHICLES IN MY HOME STATE OF INDIANA TO CONTAINER SHIPS THAT TRANSPORT GOODS FROM AMERICA'S HEARTLAND TO OVERSEAS MARKETS. MR. YOUNG: NOW, OUR TAX CODE STILL IS TAXING CARS AND TRUCKS THAT RUN ON NATURAL GAS AT A HIGHER RATE THAN THEIR DIESEL EQUIVALENT BECAUSE THE IS IT TAX WAS INSTITUTED YEARS AGO WHEN OUR ENERGY PICTURE LOOKED VASTLY DIFFERENT.

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  • 07:23:51 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    BECAUSE THE IS IT TAX WAS INSTITUTED YEARS AGO WHEN OUR ENERGY PICTURE…

    BECAUSE THE IS IT TAX WAS INSTITUTED YEARS AGO WHEN OUR ENERGY PICTURE LOOKED VASTLY DIFFERENT. WE NEED TO CORRECT THIS DISPARITY. IT'S A SIMPLE FIX AND JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESS CAN CREATE A MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WHILE DIVERSIFYING OUR ENERGY MIX. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS MATTER AND I YIELD THE FLOOR. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES

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  • 07:24:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. TONKO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK POPE FRANCIS ECHOED THE CHORUS OF 97% OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS WHOSE FINDINGS PROVE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND IS MANMADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE HAS POT TENSION TO DESTROY THE ONLY PLANET WE HAVE.

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  • 07:24:31 PM

    IS MANMADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE HAS POT TENSION TO DESTROY THE ONLY PLANET…

    IS MANMADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE HAS POT TENSION TO DESTROY THE ONLY PLANET WE HAVE. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, IT IS MANMADE AND IT CAN REVERSE ALL THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE AS A NATION. POPE FRANCES FRAMES THE REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN A WAY THAT WE MUST CONSIDER IF WE ARE TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AS DIRECTED BY OUR CREATOR FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS, FUTURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE PROGRESS. THE LEADER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ACCURATELY POINTS OUT THAT IT IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO ACT AS A GOOD STEWARD OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE GIFTS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN. I THANK POPE FRANCES AND I -- POPE FRANCIS AND I HOPE THE WORDS HE SAID LAST WEEK WILL RING TRUE WITH ALL OF US. I HOPE THE POPE'S INCYCLICAL WILL ENCOURAGE DENIERS TO WORK WITH US TO FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO CLEAN UP OUR ENVIRONMENT, HELP CREATE JOBS AND MAKE OUR WORLD JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND -- GRANDKIDS. WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR

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  • 07:25:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:25:46 PM

    MR. POE

    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, THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR ONE MINUTE -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE

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  • 07:25:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR ONE MINUTE -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR ONE MINUTE -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. POE: MR. SPEAKER, THE ROMAN EMPIRE WAS NOTORIOUS IN ITS MASSACRE OF CHRISTIANS 2,000 YEARS AGO. NOW

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  • 07:25:54 PM

    EMPIRE WAS NOTORIOUS IN ITS MASSACRE OF CHRISTIANS 2,000 YEARS AGO. NOW…

    EMPIRE WAS NOTORIOUS IN ITS MASSACRE OF CHRISTIANS 2,000 YEARS AGO. NOW CHRISTIANS ARE ONCE AGAIN FACING DEADLY PERSECUTION. BARBARIC TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE ISIS ARE STALKING AND ATTACKING CHRISTIANS WHEREVER THEY FIND THEM. CHRISTIANS ARE DISAPPEARING AND SOME ARE FLEEING COUNTRIES LIKE SYRIA AND IRAQ. HOMES TO CHRISTIANS SINCE THE DAYS OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY. ISIS BOASTS OF BRUTALLY KILLING AND ENSLAVING THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS. THERE ARE MORE AND MORE REPORTS OF ISIS SEX TRAFFICKING OF YOUNG GIRLS THAT ARE STOLEN AWAY FROM THEIR CHRISTIAN PARENTS. ISIS EVEN POSTS VIDEOS ONLINE OF THEIR BARBARIC BEHEADING OF CHRISTIANS. WHY THE HATE? KIDNAPPING AND MURDER? BECAUSE CHRISTIANS WILL NOT RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH. THE WORLD AND THE UNITED STATES IN PARTICULAR NEED TO DENOUNCE THE MURDER OF PEOPLE BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. WHETHER CHRISTIAN, JEWS OR MUSLIMS. WE CANNOT ACCEPT NOR TOLERATE ISIS GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS. JUSTICE DEMANDS ISIS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES OF RELIGIOUS CLEANSING. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 07:27:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

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

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  • 07:27:08 PM

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    ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT…

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

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  • 07:27:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:27:15 PM

    ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY MAY NOT KNOW THAT JUNE IS NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH.…

    ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY MAY NOT KNOW THAT JUNE IS NATIONAL DAIRY MONTH. AS A DAIRY FARMER MYSELF, I BELIEVE THIS MONTH IS A PERFECT EXUENT TO RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT THE -- OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE HOW IMPORTANT THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS TO THE CENTRAL VALLEY. DAIRY IS THE NUMBER ONE AGRICULTURE BUSINESS IN 10 STATES INCLUDING IDAHO, NEW YORK, AND WISCONSIN. HOWEVER, MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS THE BIGGEST DAIRY PRODUCER IN THE COUNTRY AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 21.3% OF THE U.S. MILK SUPPLY.

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  • 07:27:48 PM

    IN THE NATION -- DAIRY OF ANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE NATION.…

    IN THE NATION -- DAIRY OF ANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE NATION. HOWEVER DAIRY ISN'T JUST IMPORTANT TO FARMERS. NOT ONLY DO AMERICANS CONSUME AT LEAST TWO CUTS OF DAIRY PRODUCTS EACH DAY, EACH AND EVERY DAY, BUT AMERICANS -- AMERICA'S DAIRY INDUSTRY IS IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S AGRICULTURE, MARKET AND OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY. DAIRY FARMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IMPROVE OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY. THE U.S. DAIRY INDUSTRY CREATES AN ESTIMATED $140 BILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT. $29 BILLION IN HOUSEHOLD EARNINGS. AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING MORE THAN 900,000 JOBS. SO THIS SUMMER WHEN YOU STOP FOR ICE CREAM ON A HOT NIGHT OR A BOWL OF SERIAL OR A RUSHED MORNING, REMEMBER -- CEREAL ON A RUSHED MORNING, REMEMBER THE HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO BROUGHT DAIRY TO YOUR GROCERY STORE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS. FOXX:

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  • 07:28:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? MS.…

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

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  • 07:28:42 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:28:49 PM

    SPEAKER. LAST MONTH A GLOBAL LEADER IN PRODUCTS THAT ENHANCE ENERGY…

    SPEAKER. LAST MONTH A GLOBAL LEADER IN PRODUCTS THAT ENHANCE ENERGY EFFICIENCY, PRODUCTIVITY AND OPERATIONS FOR ITS CUSTOMERS CELEBRATED THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS NORTH CAROLINA PLANT. OPEN IN 1965, THE PLANT BEGAN MACHINING, ROTARY COMPONENTS FOR AIR COMPRESSERS. THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THE WORKERS HAVE MANUFACTURED ASSEMBLIES AND COMPONENTS FOR A NUMBER OF PRODUCTS WITHIN THE PORTFOLIO. WITHIN THE LAST SIX YEARS THE PLANT HAS EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS GROWTH AS SELECT ASSEMBLY OPERATIONS FOR TRAIN AND EQUIPMENT WERE MOVED TO THE PLANT. DURING DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES, THESE JOBS HAVE STRENGTHENED THE LOCAL ECONOMY. THE COMPANY'S MAJOR INVESTMENT IN A TRIBUTE TO THE AREA'S SKILLED WORK FORCE, MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE DEDICATED TO PRODUCING THE BEST PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE THERE AS YOU CELEBRATE THIS SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:29:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK…

    BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN VOICED FOR ONE MINUTE -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:30:05 PM

    OF SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR'S CALL TO REMOVE THE CON FEDERATE BATTLE FLAG…

    OF SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR'S CALL TO REMOVE THE CON FEDERATE BATTLE FLAG FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE GROUNDS. AND NORTH CAROLINA'S GOVERNOR TO DISCONTINUE THE FLAG LICENSED PLATES. AS ONE WHO GREW UP IN THE SOUTH, MR. SPEAKER, AND A PROUD NORTH CAROLINIAN, I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT TO MANY THE CON FEDERATE FLAG REPRESENTS HISTORY -- CONFED RAT FLAG REPRESENTS HISTORY AND -- CON FEDRATE FLAG REPRESENTS HISTORY -- CONFEDERATE FLAG REPRESENTS HISTORY. HOWEVER, THIS IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF HATE AND CAUSES IMMENSE PAIN FOR MANY OF OUR CITIZENS. PITT PITT YES, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTER -- MR. PITTENGER: YES, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

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  • 07:30:46 PM

    MR. PITTENGER

    AND SISTERS. THE APOSTLE PAUL WRITES, LET US THEREFORE MAKE EVERY EFFORT…

    AND SISTERS. THE APOSTLE PAUL WRITES, LET US THEREFORE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO DO WHAT LEADS TO PEACE AND TO MUTUAL EDIFICATION. DO NOT DESTROY THE WORK OF GOD FOR THE SAKE OF FOOD. OR MIGHT I ADD, A FLAG. LET US BE PROUD OF OUR HERITAGE AND LET US GIVE OUR DESCENDENTS REASON TO BE PROUD OF OUR PROPER AND THOUGHTFUL WORKS TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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

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

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  • 07:31:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION. MR. THOMPSON: MR. SPEAKER, IT

  • 07:31:30 PM

    HEAVY HEART THAT I CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MICHAEL JAMES SULLIVAN. MICHAEL…

    HEAVY HEART THAT I CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MICHAEL JAMES SULLIVAN. MICHAEL PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 14, 2015 AFTER A BATTLE OF LIEU ENGINEERING IG'S DISEASE AND HE WAS DETERMINED NOT TO DEATH THE DISEASE CONTROL HIS LIFE. THIS HOPE ENCOURAGED HIM TO BE AN ADVOCATE. MIKE ENCOURAGED OTHERS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO BE STRONG AND RESILIENT. HIS UPBEAT PERSONALITY WAS TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY. HE WAS A VISITOR TO MY OFFICE AND REMAINED UPBEAT. EVEN IN THE FACE OF A HORRIBLY DELL BIT TATING DISEASE. WE CAN LEARN FROM MICHAEL. HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN AN HONORABLE MAN, I QUOTE, ONE DAY TOGETHER WE CAN CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT A.L.S. AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:32:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    FOR ONE MINUTE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN…

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

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  • 07:32:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:32:55 PM

    TONIGHT IN PASSING TO PRESERVE SENIOR'S ACCESS. THE IPAB BOARD WAS GOING…

    TONIGHT IN PASSING TO PRESERVE SENIOR'S ACCESS. THE IPAB BOARD WAS GOING TOO BE PROBLEMATIC AND IT'S GOING TO BE A IMPORTANT TOOL. UNELECTED BOARD TRYING TO MAKE MEDICARE SPENDING DECISIONS WHICH WOULD BE SHIFTING POWER TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AWAY FROM THAT DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHERE IT SHOULD BE. WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT SAVINGS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. AND WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT AND ACHIEVING COST CUTTING, REDUCTION OF UNNECESSARY COSTS OF DELIVERING HEALTH CARE, LITIGATION, TIME THAT IT TAKES TO BRING MIRACLE PHARMACEUTICALS TO MARKET. THESE ARE WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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  • 07:33:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE…

    BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS. THE CLERK: LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR.

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  • 07:34:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    REQUESTED FOR MR. CLYBURN OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOR JUNE 23-JUNE 26, MS.…

    REQUESTED FOR MR. CLYBURN OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOR JUNE 23-JUNE 26, MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS FOR TODAY, MR. JEFFRIES FOR TODAY AND

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  • 07:34:22 PM

    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK. MR. RUSSELL OF OKLAHOMA FOR TODAY. AND MRS.…

    THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK. MR. RUSSELL OF OKLAHOMA FOR TODAY. AND MRS. WAGNER OF MISSOURI FOR TODAY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED.

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  • 07:34:33 PM

    ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2015, THE…

    ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER. GAR I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE SPECIAL ORDER. I WAS JUST LOOKING OUTSIDE THE NATION'S CAPITOL WF BEFORE I CAME IN TO MAKE THIS PRESENTATION, AND IT IS RAINING AND IT'S A DOWNPOUR. FOR THOSE OF US FROM CALIFORNIA, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAVE SEEN A DOWNPOUR. THE GOLDEN STATE, THE SEFF VENT LARGEST COMBHI IN THE WORLD IS IN THE TH RMP OES OF A HISTORIC DROUGHT AND IT IS A WORLD OF HURT IN CALIFORNIA. WE ARE NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE ECONOMY. MANY PARTS ARE MOVING ALONG. BUT FOR EVERYONE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WHETHER YOU ARE NEAR MOUNT SHASTA OR IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA, WE ARE HURTING. A LOT OF FALK. WATER RESTRICTIONS ARE TAKING PLACE IN EVERY CITY, WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE COAST UP IN THE NORTH OR IN THE FAR SOUTH OFLA GUNEAVE BEACH. WHEREVER YOU HAPPEN TO BE, THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE TIGHTENING UP ON THE ABILITY OF COMMUNITIES TO PROSPER, TO GROW, TO KEEP THEIR LAWNS GREEN BUT MORE IMPORTANT, TO LIVE THERE. IN SOME PARTS OF THE FRESNO AREA, THERE ARE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE OUT OF WATER. MAYBE 10,000 PEOPLE, VIRTUALLY, NO WATER AT ALL. NOW, THIS IS A PROBLEM OF TODAY. AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, WE ARE GOING GO TO SEE THE POPULATION GROW AND THE DEMAND FOR WATER WILL EVER INCREASE UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING. AND WHAT WE MUST DO IS DEVELOP A WATER PLAN FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA. UNFORTUNATELY, WHAT WE DO MOST OF THE TIME IN CALIFORNIA IS TO FIGHT OVER WATER. THE FAMOUS SAYING FROM MARK TWAIN IS WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING, WATER IS FOR DRINKING. UP HERE IN THE MOTHER LODE REGION, COULDN'T MINE WITHOUT WATER AND FIGHTING OVER THAT WATER WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY AND IT IS TODAY. AS THIS ENTIRE STATE AND NEVADA, SOUTHERN OREGON, UTAH, NUMBER AND WESTERN PARTS OF TEXAS SUFFER THROUGH THIS HISTORIC DROUGHT, WE TAKE TO FIGHTING IN CALIFORNIA. I WANT TO SPEND A FEW MOMENTS TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE MUST DO IMMEDIATELY AND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. IMMEDIATE. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEEK HELP. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS USING SOME BOND MONEY FROM PREVIOUS BOND ACTS AND AND TO IMMEDIATELY TRY TO FIX PROBLEMS THAT EXIST IN THOSE COMMUNITIES WITHOUT WATER. AND THAT MONEY WILL FLOW TO THOSE COMMUNITIES WHEREVER THEY HAPPEN TO BE, IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY AND FURTHER DOWN IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. THE DESERTS HAVE BEEN WITHOUT WATER, BUT THIS ISN'T NOT NEW. THE BOND ACT CAN PROVIDE IMMEDIATE ACT. BUT THE REST OF THE SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS WILL COME FROM WASHINGTON. I WANT TO THANK THE ADMINISTRATION FOR PROVIDING SOME $110 MILLION FOR A VARIETY OF PROJECTS. SOME OF THOSE ARE TO DIG DEEPER WELLS FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THE CONSERVATION AND SET ABOUT OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE SHORT-TERM IN NATURE, ALL TO THE GOOD, AND THAT SHOULD CONTINUE. IN THE DAYS AHEAD, WE WILL TAKE UP THE APPROPRIATION BILLS FOR WATER AND IN THAT APPROPRIATION BILL, WE SHOULD DIRECT THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO WHAT IT'S DOING AND CONTINUE TO DO IT THROUGHOUT THIS DROUGHT AND FOCUS THOSE RESOURCES ON THE IMMEDIATE DROUGHT, WHETHER IT'S AID FOR RANCHERS FOR CITIES AND FARMERS AND NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND SHOULD LINE UP WITH THE LAST NOVEMBER BALLOT, SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THOSE PROJECTS THAT WOULD BE FUNDED. OVERWHELMING MAJORITY. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE LONG-TERM HERE, BECAUSE DROUGHTS WILL COME AND GO, AND WE MUST BE PREPARED, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA BUT ACROSS THE WEST. THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IN CALIFORNIA FOR MANY YEARS HAS LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM AND MADE MANY SUGGESTIONS BUT UNTIL FOUR YEARS AGO, THOSE SUGGESTIONS WEREN'T PUT TOGETHER IN A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. I'M A WATER WARRIOR IN CALIFORNIA ASH THAN I REPRESENTED THIS FOR 40 YEARS. PUT UP ANOTHER MAP SO YOU CAN GET ANOTHER LOOK AT IT. THE PLANS PUT TOGETHER BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES. THE SACRAMENTO RIVER FLOWS SOUTH AND THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER THAT FLOWS NORTH. THESE ARE THE TWO GREAT RIVERS OF CALIFORNIA, TOGETHER WITH THE COLORADO, WHICH IS WAY TO THE SOUTH. IT CLOSED INTO AN AREA HERE WHICH IS CALLED THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA. THE LARGEST ON THE WEST COAST, FROM SUBCOMMITTEE TO CHILE, THERE IS NO ESTUARY THAT IS NO IMPORTANT TO THE FISH AND SPECIES OF ALL KINDS AND TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMY OF CALIFORNIA. AND FROM THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER, IT IS PUMPED SOUTH AND OVER TO THE MOUNTAINS WAY DONE HERE INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THAT IS THE GREAT CALIFORNIA PROJECT. THE RESULT OF THAT PUMPPINGS IS AN EXTREME DECLINE IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DELTA, LIKE SAN FRANCISCO BAY. THE SALMON AND OTHER SPECIES HAVE BEEN DISS MATED BY THOSE PROJECTS. WHAT ARE WE TO DO? WE TAKE THE INFORMATION THAT'S BEEN DEVELOPED OVER THE MANY YEARS AND DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. ONE PLAN, WHICH ACTUALLY DATES BACK 60 YEARS NOW, IS ONE THAT WOULD TAKE THE WATER AROUND THE DELTA AND BRING THE WATER DOWN TO THE PUMPS. THAT WAS TAKEN UP BY GOVERNOR BROWN AND IT WAS CALLED THE PERIPHERAL CAFPBLE, AROUND THE DELTA, DELIVERING WATER TO THE PUMPS. I REPRESENTED THE DELTA AT THAT TIME. AND I SAID GOVERNOR, WHAT YOU HAVE MANAGED TO CREATE HERE IS THE GREAT VAMPIRE DITCH. THIS CANAL WAS BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE THE WATER FROM THE SACRAMENTO, DEPRIVING THE FRESH WATER THAT IT NEEDED, AND DELIVER IT TO THE PUMPS. WE HAD ANOTHER GREAT WATER WORK. IT WENT ON THE BALLOT AND THE PEOPLE OF PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA DECIDED NOT TO BUILD THAT CALIFORNIA. THERE IT SAT UNTIL THE SECOND ITERATION OF OUR CURRENT GOVERNOR AND HE DECIDED TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. NOW HIS SUGGESTION IS TO INSTEAD OF A CANAL, BURY IT UNDERGROUND SOY NOBODY COULD SEE IT. HE SAID DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CANAL. I SAID BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOING TO BE BUILT, HE SAID NO, IT'S UNDERGROUND. TWO TUNNELS, 40 FEET INDICTMENTER, IF WE CONSIDER THIS AS PROBABLY 50 FEET IN HERE , BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE ALL OF THE WATER OUT OF THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, HALF OF THE YEAR, CREATING A THREAT TO THE DELTA. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. BY COBBLING TOGETHER THE PLANS THAT WERE DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES AND OTHERS, I PUT TOGETHER WHAT I CALL A WATER PLAN FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA. BY THE WAY, THIS TUNNEL WAS PRICED AT $25 BILLION AND DID NOT CREATE ONE GALLON OF NEW WATER. NOT ONE GALLON OF NEW WATER. IT CREATED A THREAT TO THE DELTA IN THAT IT WAS BIG ENOUGH TO DEPRIVE THE DELTA OF THE FRESH WATER HALF OF THE YEAR. I SAID, GOVERNOR, THAT DOESN'T WORK. LET'S LOOK AT THIS IN A SERIOUS WAY TO CREATE WATER FOR CALIFORNIA'S FUTURE. THIS PROPOSAL WAS PUT TOGETHER FROM PLANS THAT THE STATE AGENCIES HAD DEVELOPED IN THE PAST. I COMMEND TO THIS TO LOOK AT WHAT CALIFORNIA'S WATER FUTURE COULD BE. INSTEAD OF A BATTLE ROYAL AS WE FIGHT OVER THESE TUNNELS AND THERE IS A NEW ITERATION OF IT AND THROWING ASIDE MOST OF THE HABITAT, RESTORATION AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AND GOING FOR THE STRAIGHT TUNNELS AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF LITIGATION, LET'S CREATE WATER THAT CALIFORNIA WILL NEED. LET'S BUILD A SYSTEM THAT WILL GIVE MORE WATER TO CALIFORNIA WHILE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. A WATER PLAN FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA. AND THERE ARE THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS. CONVEMBINGS, FIXING THE DELTA, WHICH ACTUALLY HAS TO BE FIXED, LETTING SCIENCE RUN THE PROCESS RATHER THAN POLITICS. AND MAKE SURE YOU PROTECT THE WATER RIGHTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE AND A HALF. EXCUSE ME, A CENTURY AND A HALF. SO THESE ARE THE PRINCIPLE ELEMENTS. WE'RE GOING TO GO THROUGH THEM ONE AT A TIME AND EXPLAIN WHY IF WE WERE TO SPEND, LET'S SAY THE FULL $17 BILLION, THE CURRENT COST OF THE TUNNEL, THAT'S THE FIRST BID, THAT'S NOT THE FINAL COST, LET'S SAY WE WOULD SPEND THAT $-- SPEND THAT $17 BILLION, LET'S ALLOCATE SOME OF IT FOR CONSERVATION, AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION. EVERY AGRICULTURALIST, AND I AM ONE, IN CALIFORNIA WILL SAY, YES, BUT WE'RE ALREADY CONSERVING WATER. INDEED WE ARE. AND A LOT OF WATER CONSERVATION HAS TAKEN PLACE. BUT THAT MUCH MORE CAN BE DONE AGAIN. AND SHAH -- AND THERE ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THREE TO FOUR MILLION ACRE FEET OF NEW WATER AVAILABLE SIMPLY THROUGH CONSERVATION AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE URBAN CONSERVATION. NOW, UNDERSTAND IN TODAY'S DROUGHT, CONSERVATION IS ON EVERYBODY'S MIND AND IN FACT IT'S MANDATED BY LAW AND EXECUTIVE ORDER. BUT WE CAN DO MAYBE THREE MILLION ACRE FEET OF NEW WATER. THAT'S ENOUGH FOR OVER 120,000 HOMES A YEAR. PER MILLION ACRE FEET. SECONDLY, RECYCLING. I OFTEN SAY, AND I THINK THIS IS MORE OR LESS ACCURATE, THAT THE FIFTH LARGEST RIVER ON THE WEST COAST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE ARE THE SANITATION PLANTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WHOA. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? THE FIFTH BIGGEST RIVER? WELL, CONSIDER THIS. THE COLORADO RIVER OVER HERE, ABUT THING ARIZONA AND NEVADA -- ABUTTING ARIZONA AND NEVADA, WATER'S TAKEN FROM THE COLORADO RIVER 200 MILES INTO THE LOS ANGELES BASIN. AND WATER'S TAKEN FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, IN A CANAL, PUMPS HERE AT THE DELTA, IN A CANAL, 5,000 FEET OVER THE MOUNTAINS, INTO THE LOS ANGELES BASIN. THAT WATER IS CLEANED ONCE, IT'S USED IN THE LOS ANGELES BASIN. CLEANED AGAIN IN MOST CASES TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAN THE DAY IT ARRIVES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. AND NEARLY ALL OF IT IS DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN. WHAT? YOU DO THAT? CALIFORNIA? WELL, WE DO. FORTUNATELY ORANGE COUNTY, A BASTION OF CONSERVATISM, IS FAR AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE STATE AND PROBABLY THE NATION IN WATER RECYCLING. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF IT. FOR A FEW MILLION, A COUPLE MILLION DOLLARS, EXCUSE ME, A COUPLE BILLION DOLLARS, WE COULD RECYCLE AT LEAST A MILLION ACRE FEET OF NEW WATER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WATER THAT'S ALREADY THERE, WATER THAT'S NOT BEING USED. IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, FOR MY FRIENDS IN SAN FRANCISCO, YOU'RE TAKING WHAT YOU TELL THE WORLD IS THE CLEANEST WATER IN AMERICA RIGHT OUT OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, PIPING IT ACROSS THE CENTRAL VALLEY INTO SAN FRANCISCO AREA, CLEAN IT, YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE TO DO MUCH CLEANING BECAUSE IT'S ALREADY CLEANED, USE IT ONCE, AND YOU PIPE IT A MILE OFFSHORE AND DUMP IT IN THE OCEAN. RECYCLING IS NECESSARY IN EVERY PART OF CALIFORNIA. ANOTHER MILLION, PERHAPS MORE, ACRE FEET OF WATER COULD BE AVAILABLE THROUGH RECYCLING. SO CONSERVATION RECYCLING -- CONSERVATION, RECYCLING THREE, FOUR MILLION ACRE FEET, WE'RE GETTING CLOSE TO WHAT CALIFORNIA NEEDS IN THE FUTURE. SO WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THE WATER? IN EVEN IN THE MIDST OF A DROUGHT? WE'VE HAD HEAVY RAIN FLOWS, NO PLACE TO PUT THE WATER. MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY, WE'VE INTRODUCED A BILL TO BUILD AN OFFSTREAM STORAGE RESERVOIR D -- RESERVOIR HERE ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. A RESERVOIR THAT COULD HOLD 200 MILLION ACRE FEET OF WATER, SLIGHTLY LESS, AND THAT WATER WOULD BE AVAILABLE WHEN NEEDED. IT COULD FLOW DOWN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER SWEETENING, PUSHING BACK THE SALTWATER IN THE DELTA OR IT COULD BE USED FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY OR DOWN IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. AND IT ALSO GIVES FLEXIBILITY TO THE GREAT RESERVOIRS OF SHASTA, THE OILVILLE RESERVOIR ON THE FEGGETTER RIVER AND THE FULL -- FEATHER RIVER AND THE FULLSOME RESERVOIR HERE ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. GIVING FLEXIBILITY TO THE WATER MANAGERS WHEN IT'S NEEDED FOR SALMON AND OTHER SPECIES, COULD YOU USE THE WATER OUT OF SIKES RESERVOIR. WHEN YOU NEED IT FOR AGRICULTURE OR FOR WATER QUALITY IN THE DELTA, COULD YOU USE IT OUT OF THE RESERVOIR. KEEPING THE COLD WATER IN A RESERVOIR, THAT'S NECESSARY FOR THE SALMON THAT SPAWN IN THOSE RIVERS. SO, STORAGE. OFFSTREAM STORAGE. OFFSTREAM STORAGE HERE, JUST EAST OF HERE. OFFSTREAM STORAGE FURTHER SOUTH DOWN HERE. AND THE BIGGEST OFFSTREAM RESERVOIR OF ALL, THE GREAT AQUIFER OF THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN VALLEYS, THE GREAT CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA. ARGUABLY THE SECOND OR THIRD LARGEST AQUIFER ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, ONE THAT IS NOW SERIOUSLY OVERDRAFTED. AS CALIFORNIANS, AGRICULTURE CITIES AND OTHERS -- AGRICULTURE, CITIES AND OTHERS THIRST FOR THE WATER DURING THE DROUGHT. THIS IS JUST ONE PART OF THE STORAGE SYSTEMS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THE FUTURE. THE OTHER PART ACTUALLY EXISTS HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. OUT HERE ALONG THE COAST, THE WEST BASIN. THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY. THE SANTA ANNA IN ORANGE COUNTY. AND AS YOU MOVE EAST INTO RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO. THESE ARE ALL HISTORIC AQUIFERS THAT COULD BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE THAT RECYCLED WATER, PUT IT BACK IN THE GROUND, PULL IT OUT, CLEAN IT AND RECYCLE AND RECYCLE AND EVENTUALLY THESE AQUIFERS, WHICH MANY OF WHICH ARE CONTAMINATED, WOULD BE CLEAN AND AVAILABLE FOR THE FUTURE. WE COULD PROBABLY ADD ALL OF THE CAPACITY OF THESE AQUIFERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND HAVE GREATER STORAGE CAPACITY THAN THE LARGEST RESERVOIR IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WHICH IS SHASTA RESERVOIR WAY UP HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. SO BY USING THE AQUIFERS AS A STORAGE FACILITY AND WHAT WE CALL CON JUNKTIVE WATER MANAGEMENT, WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF RAIN, YOU STORE IT. STORE IT OFFSTREAM, STORE IT BELOW GROUND IN THE AQUIFERS, AND THEN WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR DRY PERIODS, AS CALIFORNIA HISTORICALLY DOES, YOU CAN TAKE THAT WATER OUT. BUT YOU CANNOT TAKE OUT AS MUCH AS CURRENTLY BEING TAKEN FROM THESE AQUIFERS IN CALIFORNIA. WE'RE SEEING THE COLLAPSE OF THE AQUIFERS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. WE'RE SEEING THE LAND SUBSIDING IN SOME PLACES AS MUCH AS A FOOT A YEAR AS THE WATER'S EXTRACTED. SO WE HAVE TO STOP THAT AND SO WATER MANAGEMENT BECOMES EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THE PROCESS. I WANT TO NOW TURN TO THE DELTA . PUT THIS DELTA MAP BACK UP. AND REMIND US, SACRAMENTO RIVER COMING DOWN, THE SAN JOAQUIN RIFPKER COMING NORTH, FROM THE NORTH OF -- RIVER COMING NORTH, FROM THE NORTH OF SACRAMENTO, FROM THE SOUTH OF SAN JOAQUIN, MEETING HERE IN THE GREAT DELTA OF CALIFORNIA. THIS DELTA IS SERIOUSLY AT LET IT FLOW DOWN THE DEEP WATER CHANNEL TO ABOUT HERE, JUST NORTH OF RIO VISTA, PUT IN A SINGLE SHIP LOCK AND A PUMP, ALTERNATIVE ONE, PUT IT IN A SMALL PIPE THROUGH THE DELTA, DOWN HERE TO THIS AREA AND THEN IN AN OPEN CHANNEL ALONG WHAT IS CALLED OLD RIVER TAKE IT DOWN TO THE PUMPS. IT COULD DELIVER TWO MILLION ACRE-FEET OF WATER TO THE PUMPS AT TRACY MOST YEARS. IN THIS DROUGHT YEAR, IT WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE. A SECOND ALTERNATIVE IS TO TAKE IT DOWN THE DEEP WATER CHANNEL, 3,000 FEET TO THE SHIPPING LOCK AND THE PUMP, PUT IT INTO A CANAL THAT GOES BEHIND RIO VISTA HERE, CROSSES SHERMAN ISLAND AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE SACRAMENTO AND SAN JOAQUIN RIVER AND OVER TO CONTRA COSTA COUNTY AND TO THE PUMPS. THIS SOLUTION CREATES A FAIL SAFE SOLUTION FOR ABOUT SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA BECAUSE THIS PARTICULAR ROUTE INTERSECTS SIX AQUEDUCTS, THE SOLANO AQUEDUCT HERE, THIS WOULD INTERSECT IT, DOWN HERE IN CONTRA COSTA, THE EAST BAY, MUNICIPAL AQUEDUCT, CONTRA COSTA COUNTY AQUEDUCT, THE LOS VAQUEROS AQUEDUCT FOR THE LOS VAQUEROS RIVER. AND ALSO THE SOUTH BAY AQUEDUCT GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN TO SILICON VALLEY. WHAT'S HAPPENED, IF THIS SOLUTION WERE CHOSEN, SHOULD THAT NEED EVER ARISE THAT FOR SOME REASON THESE CRITICAL WATER DISTRICTS THAT SUPPLY THE WATER TO THE ENTIRE BAY AREA COULD GET ACCESS TO THE SACRAMENTO RIVER WATER. SO IF FOR SOME REASON, THE DELTA WAS TO BECOME SALINE AS A RESULT OF A COLLAPSE OF A LEVEE SYSTEM, OR ANY OTHER REASON, WE HAVE A FAIL SAFE SOLUTION FOR THE ENTIRE BAY REGION, EXCEPT MAY RUN COUNTY WHICH HAS -- MAR INCOUNTY WHICH HAS -- MARIN COUNTY WHICH HAS ITS OWN SYSTEM. SO THESE WOULD BE RIGHT SIZE, PROVIDE TWO MILLION ACRE-FEET OF WATER, ROUGHLY 40% TO 45% OF THAT NEEDED FOR THE SOUTHERN DELTA, FOR LOS ANGELES AND THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. THAT'S THE LITTLE SIP SOLUTION. A ROUTE THROUGH THE DELTA, A PIPELINE FROM HERE. ON THE EAST SIDE OF OLD RIVER TO THE PUMPS OR CANAL ACROSS CONTRA COSTA AND SO LAW NOAH COUNTY. EITHER OF THEM WOULD WORK AND WOULD BE A FRACTION OF THE COST OF THE MASSIVE TWIN TUNNELS THAT WOULD COME THIS DIRECTION DESTROYING THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES HERE IN PORTLAND AND CLARKSBURG AND PUTTING AT RISK THE ENTIRE DELTA BECAUSE OF THE ENORMOUS SIZE. THIS IS A 15,000 CUBIC FOOT PER SECOND TUNNEL SYSTEM. GRANTED, THEY'RE ONLY GOING TO BUILD THREE OF THE INTAKES HERE ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. OK. GOOD TO HAVE ONLY THREE. THAT GIVES YOU 9,000, WHICH IS ROUGHLY 2/3 OF THE WATER GOING DOWN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, HALF OF THE YEAR, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE DELTA? IT MEANS THE DELTA IS GOING TO BE SALTY AND DEPRIVED OF THE FRESH WATER THAT THIS ESTUARY NEEDS. ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS PUT IN ONE MORE INTAKE AND THEN THEY COULD TAKE ALL THE WATER HALF OF THE YEAR. DON'T DO IT. NEVER BUILD SOMETHING THAT COULD BE SO DESTRUCTIVE OF SUCH A PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCE AS THE DELTA. SO THIS IS THE LITTLE SIP. WHERE IS THE -- WHERE DOES THE REST OF THE WATER COME? IT'S CALLED THE BIG GULP. EVEN IN THIS DROUGHT YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN TWO VERY HEAVY RAINS THAT HAVE SENT A SURGE OF WATER DOWN THE SAN JOAQUIN AND DOWN TO SACRAMENTO. THE PUMPS WERE TURNED ON, NOT TO THEIR FULL MIGHT BUT THE PUMPS WERE TURNED ON AND THE WATER WAS SHIPPED TO THE SOUTH. OK, IT WORKED. AND IT -- CAN IT WORK IN THE FUTURE? IN NORMAL YEARS, THERE IS SUFFICIENT WATER IN THE DELTA, IN THE NORMAL YEAR, TO GET ANOTHER TWO TO TWO AND A HALF MILLION ACRE-FEET AND THAT'S THE BIG GULF. -- BIG GULP. SO COMBINE A SMALL FACILITY WITH A BIG GULP WHEN THE WATER IS AVAILABLE IN THE DELTA. KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS PROJECT AND THE TWIN TUNNEL PROJECT THAT THE GOVERNOR IS PROPOSING BOTH REQUIRE STORAGE SOUTH OF THE DELTA. NEITHER PROJECT WILL WORK, AND IN FACT THE CALIFORNIA WATER SYSTEM TODAY, WILL NOT WORK WITHOUT STORAGE SOUTH OF THE DELTA. AND THAT'S WHY, YOU BACK UP TO THE MAP OF ALL CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE STORIES. THERE'S TALK OF ENLRGING -- ENLARGING SHASTA RESERVOIR HERE, TALK OF BUILDING A NEW RESERVOIR HERE AT TEMPERANCE FLAT. THERE'S TALK OF ENLARGING, IN FACT, THIS ONE IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO HAPPEN, ENLARGING LOS VAQUEROS VEZZVOIR, THE SAN LUIS VEZZROIR NEEDS TO BE REBUILT BECAUSE OF EARTHQUAKE SAFETY AND COULD BE EXPANDED. THERE'S ANOTHER ONE SOUTH OF IT THAT'S ANOTHER LARGE RESERVOIR AND OF COURSE THE OCKFERS IN THE ENTIRE CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA. WE'VE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT THE AQUIFERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. YOU HAVE TO HAVE STORAGE SOUTH OF THE DELTA. IF YOU HAVE STORAGE SOUTH OF THE DELTA, THEN THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN OR MY PLAN, THE LITTLE SIP-BIG GULP PLAN WILL WORK. STORAGE IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IN ALL OF THESE CONFIGURATIONS. FAIL TO DO THE STORAGE AND NOTHING IS GOING TO WORK. SO LET ME JUST REVIEW WHAT WE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HERE. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A WATER PLAN FOR ALL CALIFORNIA. CONSERVATION, TO BE SURE, THE GREAT AGRICULTURAL AREAS EVEN OVER HERE IN THE LATEST VALLEY. CONSERVATION ALONG THIS ENTIRE AREA. CONSERVATION IN THE GREAT METROPOLITAN AREAS AND THE BAY AREA. IN DOING STHORK STATE ZONE ESTIMATE WAS FIVE MILLION. LET'S SAY YOU GET THREE MILLION ACRE-FEET. AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION, URBAN CONSERVATION, THREE MILLION ACRE-FEET OF NEW WATER, WATER THAT'S CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE, BUT THERE, RECYCLING, WE TALK ABOUT RECYCLING HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. $2 BILLION TO $3 BILLION INVESTMENT WILL GIVE YOU A MILLION ACRE-FEET OF WATER AND YOU ALREADY HAVE THE STORAGE SYSTEMS IN PLACE, THE UNDERGROUND AQUIFERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SIMILARLY, RECYCLING IN THE BAY AREA. SACRAMENTO, RIGHT HERE IS STARTING TODAY, JUST A MONTH AGO, A NEW RECYCLING PROGRAM, $2 BILLION RECYCLING PROGRAM IN SACRAMENTO. TO RECYCLE WATER, SOME FOR THAT AREA, THE REST TO PUT CLEAN WATER DOWN THE AREA, RATHER THAN SOME OTHER WATER WHICH IS A LITTLE SHADY SYSTEM OF RECYCLING, ANOTHER MILLION ACRE -- ACRE-FEET. MAYBE MORE AS YOU BRING ON THE RECYCLING IN THE BAY AREA. NOW WE'VE GOT THREE MILLION TO FOUR MILLION ACRE-FEET OF WATER. STORAGE SYSTEMS ADD, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE SITES RESERVOIR CAN ADD IN THIS DROUGHT YEAR WERE IT AVAILABLE WOULD HAVE BEEN 900,000 ACRE-FEET OF WATER IN THIS DROUGHT YEAR. OF COURSE IT'S NOT BUILT, NOT AVAILABLE, BUT ON THE AVERAGE IT SHOULD PROVIDE 500,000, 400,000 TO 600,000 ACRE-FEET OF WATER ANNUALLY. PLUS AS I DESCRIBE -- AS I DESCRIBED EARLIER THE ABILITY TO REOPERATE THE GREAT RESERVOIRS AND TOGETHER BE ABLE TO PERHAPS GET EVEN MORE WATER AS A RESULT OF SITES RESERVOIR. THE OTHER RESERVOIRS CAN PROVIDE ADEGREESAL WATER ALSO. WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE, THROUGH THESE PROCESSES, TO GET SOMEWHERE NEAR FIVE MILLION ACRE-FEET OF NEW WATER FOR CALIFORNIA. IF WE HAVE CONSERVATION, IF WE HAVE THE STORAGE AND WE ARE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THE CURRENT DROUGHT, IT'S A SAFE BET THAT FIVE MILLION ACRE-FEET OF ANNUAL WATER YIELD WILL CARRY CALIFORNIA INTO THE NEXT 30 TO 50 YEARS. BEYOND THAT, DEPENDING ON POPULATION GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGIES, I HAD NOT MENTIONED THE USE OF THIS WATER OUT HERE. THAT'S THE PACIFIC OCEAN. DESALINATION AND RECYCLING USE THE SAME IDEA. RECYCLING IS CHEAPER BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER TO CLEAN RECYCLED WATER THAN CLEANING OCEAN WATER. CLEARLY DESAY LYNNIZATION IS ALSO IN OUR -- DESALINIZATION IS ALSO IN OUR FUTURE. DOWN HERE A NEW RECYCLING PLANT IS GOING ONLINE. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE IN SANTA BARBARA THAT WAS BUILT AND THEN MOTH BALLED BECAUSE IT RAINED AGAIN THAT ONE IS LIKELY TO GO BACK ONLINE BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT DROUGHT AND IN ANTICIPATION OF FUTURE DROUGHTS. SO THOSE ARE THE BASIC ELEMENTS. CONSERVATION, RECYCLING, CREATION OF NEW STORAGE SYSTEMS, FIXING THE DELTA, THE LEVEES, LIT SIP-BIG GULP STRATEGY, SCIENCE-DRIVEN PROCESS, KEEP IN MIND YOU'VE GOT TO BE RIGHT ON THE SCIENCE OTHERWISE YOU'RE GOING TO DESTROY THIS EXTRAORDINARILY VALUABLE HABITAT OF THE DELTA AND OTHER PLACES AND FINALLY, YOU BETTER BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE WATER RIGHTS AND LAWS OF CALIFORNIA, WHICH UNFORTUNATELY IN THE FIRST ITERATION OF THE BILL THAT PASSED CONGRESS FOUR YEARS AGO JUST BLEW ASIDE CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS. IF YOU WANT TO START A BIG, BIG WATER WAR, IF YOU WANT TO HEIGHTEN AND INFLAME A WATER WAR IN CALIFORNIA, PUSH ASIDE THE WATER RIGHTS, WHICH INCIDENTALLY IS NOW TAKING PLACE AS A RESULT OF THE DROUGHT. THAT'S A WATER PLAN FOR ALL CALIFORNIA. IT'S HERE, IT'S AVAILABLE, MY WEBSITE HAS IT. I RECOMMEND IT TO ANYBODY THAT'S INTERESTED IN A SOLUTION FOR CALIFORNIA'S LONG-TERM WATER PROBLEMS AND ALSO I RECOMMEND TO PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE SHORT-TERM ALIGN ITS WATER POLICY PROGRAMS FROM THE E.P.A., THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL -- AGRICULTURE, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENTIRE YORK ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER, THAT THOSE WATER PROGRAMS IN THE SHORT-TERM BE ALIGNED WITH THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA'S BOND ACT SO THAT WE CAN PROMOTE, AUGMENT, AND ADVANCE THE PROJECTS THAT WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE $7 BILLION WATER BOND THAT THE CALIFORNIA VOTERS PASSED LAST NOVEMBER. SO MY PLEA TO THOSE WHO THINK THE TUNNELS ARE THE SOLUTION IS, STOP. TAKE ANOTHER LOOK. TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE LITTLE SIP-BIG GULP SOLUTION. THIS ACTUALLY WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS FIRST PROPOSED BY THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, WE WERE WORKING WITH THIS ABOUT FOUR WEEKS AGO. THEY CAME UP WITH THE LITTLE SIP-BIG GULP NAME AND WITH SOME MODIFICATION IT'S NOW A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD COST A FRACTION OF WHAT THE TWIN, MASSIVE, 40-FOOT IN DIAMETER TUNNELS WOULD COST. SO FOR CALIFORNIA, THERE'S A FUTURE. IT'S THE GOLDEN STATE. IT'S AN ECONOMY UNMATCHED BY ANY OTHER IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S AN ECONOMY, PARTICULARLY, WELL, THE ENTIRE STATE'S ECONOMY IS STRETCHED -- STRESSED AS A RESULT OF THE DROUGHT AND IF WE TAKE THE STEPS I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HERE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE WATER CALIFORNIA NEEDS IN THE NEXT DROUGHT AND IN THE YEARS TO COME AS THE POPULATION GROWS AND AS THE ECONOMY GROWS. SO THAT'S THE WATER PLAN FOR ALL CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE MANY OTHER PIECES OF THE PUZZLE, ONE OF WHICH I'M GOING TO TAKE JUST A SECOND TO TALK ABOUT AND THAT'S THIS WEEK AS WE TAKE UP THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR WATER PROGRAMS IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. WE OUGHT TO BE MINDFUL, ACTUALLY WATER PLANS FOR THE UNITED STATES NOT JUST THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. WE OUGHT TO BE MINDFUL OF A PROJECT CALLED THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND A PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN IN EFFECT FOR HALF A CENTURY. IT TAKES THE ROYALTIES FROM THE OFFSHORE OIL AND MINERALS ON SHORE AND ALLOWS MUCH OF THAT ROYALTY TO BE SPENT ON PRESERVING THE SPECIAL PLACES OF AMERICA. THE WILDLIFE REFUGES, VERY UNIQUE HABITAT AREAS, SETTING ASIDE THOSE AREAS, USING THAT MONEY TO BUY UP THE LAND AND IN SOME CASES TO BUY UP EASEMENTS SO THAT THE LAND WILL FOREVER REMAIN AVAILABLE TO FUTURE GENERATIONS IN A MORE NATURAL STATE. THAT'S THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. UNFORTUNATELY, THE AUTHORIZATION FOR IT EXPIRES THIS YEAR AND AT THE MOMENT THERE'S NO PERCEIVED MOVEMENT BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO REINSTITUTE AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. WHEN I WAS DEPUTY SECRETARY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, WE USED THIS FUND TO SET ASIDE REDWOOD FORESTS ALONG THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA, TO PROTECT THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, TO SET ASIDE SOME OF THE LAND ALONG THE SAND DUNES ON THE GREAT LAKES. AND THIS IS A PROJECT FOR ALL OF AMERICA. ONE THAT'S WORTHY OF BEING RE-AUTHORIZED AND PROPERLY FUNDED. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, PERHAPS ENOUGH ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT. NO, I TAKE THAT BACK. WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM IN CALIFORNIA TELL -- IN CALIFORNIA. SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM. AND IT DESERVES THE ATTENTION OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THIS, CALIFORNIA, IS THE SEVENTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015,, THE…

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    SPEAKER. HAS BEEN A TOUGH WEEK FOR ALL CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY HAVE LOST…

    SPEAKER. HAS BEEN A TOUGH WEEK FOR ALL CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY HAVE LOST THREE BROTHERS AND SIX SISTERS AND THE -- AT THE CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE WHOLE COUNTRY MOURNS. PROBABLY NOT EVERYBODY. EVIL HAS THOSE WHO SUPPORT IT, WALLOW IN IT, AS DID THE EVIL PERPETRATOR OF THE KILLINGS. SO OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE TO GO OUT TO THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS, TO THE CHURCH FAMILY MEMBERS, FOR THEIR PEACE AND FOR THEIR COMFORT. BECAUSE THOSE OF US WHO ARE BELIEVERS KNOW THAT THOSE WE'VE LOST ARE AT THE FOOT OF THE SAVE YOR IN PARADISE -- SAVIOR IN PARADISE. I LEARNED TODAY THE PRESIDENT WILL BE GOING TO SPEAK AT THE FUNERAL. I RECALL A SPEECH IN ARIZONA AND SO AS I ENCOURAGED OUR PRAYER CAUCUS TONIGHT, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD BE PRAYING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE A UNITER, AS HE SPEAKS. AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE WAY A GREAT PRESIDENT NAMED ABRAHAM LINCOLN CONCLUDED HIS SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, THE WAR WAS NOT OVER, THERE WAS GREAT HATRED AND BITTERNESS. OF COURSE HE MENTIONED IN HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS, TALKING ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH, BOTH READ THE SAME BIBLE, BOTH PRAY TO THE SAME GOD, EACH INVOKES HIS AID AGAINST THE OTHER. HE GOES ON TO GIVE WHAT IS ONE OF THE GREAT THEOLOGICAL TREATS IS ON THE NATURE OF GOD -- TREATISES ON THE NATURE OF GOD, QUOTES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT A COUPLE OF TIMES. BUT WITH ALL THE KILLING THAT OCCURRED DURING THE CIVIL WAR, HE ENDED, TRIED TO ENCOURAGE UNITING. I KNOW THERE ARE THOSE WHO ADVISED THE PRESIDENT THAT HE SHOULD NOT LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE, BUT FOR MANY OF US, THE HOPE AND PRAYER IS THAT THIS WEEK'S FUNERAL, HE WILL BE A UNITER. LINCOLN CLOSED HIS SECOND INAUGURAL WITH THE WORDS, WITH CHALLIS -- WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY TOWARD ALL, WITH FIRM INNOCENCE THE RIGHT THAT QUOD GIVES US TO SEE -- THAT GOD GIVES US TO SEE THE RIGHT, LET US STRIVE ON TO FINISH THE WORK WE ARE IN, TO BIND UP THE NATIONS WOUNDED, TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND HIS ORPHAN, TO DO ALL WHICH MAY ACHIEVE AND CHERISH A JUST AND LASTING PEACE AMONG OURSELVES AND WITH ALL NATIONS. THAT WAS A MAN WHO SOUGHT TO UNITE, WHO KNEW THERE WAS A HEAVENLY FATHER TO WHOM WE COULD PRAY, AND WHO WOULD ANSWER OUR PRAYERS. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WILL BE THE OUTCOME AT THE FUNERAL OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. OF COURSE THEN THERE'S THE JUDGE SIDE OF ME, HAVING SENTENCED PEOPLE BOTH TO PRISON AND TO DEATH, THE JUDGE SIDE OF ME SAYS FROM WHAT WE KNOW, THOSE CRY OUT FOR THE DEATH PENALTY, BUT WE'LL LET THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN SOUTH CAROLINA TAKE CARE OF THAT. IN THE MEANTIME, AS WE THINK ABOUT INJUSTICE, IT'S ALSO HARD NOT TO THINK OF OUR FRIENDS, OUR ALLIES IN ISRAEL WHO HAVE TROUBLE FINDING ANY FRIENDS, THEY'RE PERSECUTED ON EVERY SIDE. THEN WE GET THIS REPORT FROM THE U.N., AN ARTICLE TALKING ABOUT IT FROM MARISA NEWMAN. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL. ISRAEL SLAMS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED AND MORALLY FLAWED U.N. GAZA REPORT. THE ARTICLE SAYS, ISRAEL ON MONDAY SAID IT WOULD SERIOUSLY EVALUATE THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL INQUIRY ON THE GAZA CONFLICT WHILE POLITICIANS FROM LEFT AND RIGHT SLAM THE INTERNATIONAL BODY FOR BIAS AND DECLARED THAT THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS LACKED ACCESS TO EVIDENCE. THE ARTICLE GOES ON DOWN FURTHER, THE REPORT IS BIAS, SAID PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, IN RESPONSE. ISRAEL IS NOT PERPETRATING WAR CRIMES, BUT RATHER PROTECTING ITSELF FROM AN ORGANIZATION THAT CARRIES OUT WAR CRIMES. WE WON'T SIT BACK WITH OUR ARMS CROSSED AS OUR CITIZENS ARE ATTACKED BY THOUSANDS OF MISSILES. IT SAYS, QUOTE, THE ARTICLE SAYS, THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, QUOTE, IN PRACTICE DOES EVERYTHING BUT WORRY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, UNQUOTE, THE PRIME MINISTER CHARGED. QUOTE, THE COMMISSION SPENDS MORE TIME CONDEMNING ISRAEL THAN IRAN, SYRIA, NORTH KOREA PUT TOGETHER, UNQUOTE. AND IT SEEMS THAT THESE ARE THE TIMES THAT CRY OUT FOR MORAL, PRAGMATIC AND UNIFIED RESPONSE TO THE ANTI-SEMITISM THAT'S GROWING. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IN EUROPE, IN THE UNITED STATES , COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. IT'S INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT TIMES WHEN RIGHT WILL BE WRONG AND WRONG WILL BE RIGHT. PERHAPS WE'RE ENTERING SUCH AN ERA. BUT FOR A COUNTRY LIKE ISRAEL TO BE UNDER ATTACK ON VIRTUALLY EVERY FRONT, EVERY SIDE, AND TO HAVE PALESTINIANS, RADICAL ISLAMISTS, IRANIANS WHO DECLARED THAT THEY WILL SEE THAT IT IS ANNIHILATED, LEADERS OF WHOM MAKE STATEMENTS SUCH AS, WE'RE GLAD THAT THEY'RE GATHERED IN ISRAEL SO THAT WE CAN ANNIHILATE THEM ALL AT ONCE , AND THE U.N. BASICALLY SEES SOMEHOW LEVEL PARTIES ON THE SAME PLANE. TERRORISTS AND PEOPLE WHO PROMOTE DEMOCRATIC BELIEFS, CARRY THEM OUT, ALLOW PEOPLE TO VOTE. BELIEVE IN THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN. BELIEVE IN EQUAL RIGHTS, A PLACE WHERE MUSLIMS CAN FREELY VOTE AND DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A RADICAL ISLAMIST KILLING THEM IF HE OR SHE DOES BELIEVE AND PERFORM EXACTLY LIKE THEIR RADICAL ISLAMIST LEADER TELLS THEM TO. THE ARTICLE SAYS, THE POOR MINISTRY, TALKING ABOUT THE ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY, ALSO CASTIGATED THE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL INVESTIGATION FOR FAILING TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE ISRAELI MILITARY AND HAMAS. QUOTE, IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT THE REPORT FAILS TO RECOGNIZE THE PROFOUND DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL'S MORAL BEHAVIOR DURING OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE, AND THE TERROR ORGANIZATIONS IT CONFRONTED. UNQUOTE. A MINISTER COMPARED THE CONFLICT TO A PALESTINIAN SUICIDE BOMBER COMMANDEERING A BUS FULL OF PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS AND RAMMING IT INTO AN ISRAELI TANK. MANY PALESTINIANS -- PALESTINIAN CIVILIANS WOULD DIE, HE TOLD ARMY RADIO, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE TANK IS TO BLAME. THE U.N. PANEL'S APPROACH WAS ABSURD, HE SAID IN THAT IT WOULD REQUIRE ISRAEL NOT TO FIRE BACK WHEN TERRORISTS FIRE AT ITS CIVILIANS, BECAUSE THE TERRORISTS ARE HIDING BEHIND THEIR CIVILIANS. HE ALSO SAID THE U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION'S OBSESSIVE FOCUS ON ISRAEL POINTS TO ANTI-SEMITISM, ASKED WHETHER ISRAEL WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER TO COOPERATE WITH THE PANEL, HE SAID, YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PREPARED TO LISTEN. A LEADER ALSO REJECTED THE IDEA THAT ISRAEL SHOULD HAVE COOPERATED, SAYING THE PANEL HAD DRAWN ITS CONCLUSIONS BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN ITS PROBE. AND IT GOES ON TO DISCUSS THE REPORT FROM THE SO-CALLED HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IS AN ABOMINATION. IT SHOULD BE AN AFFRONT, AS IT IS AN OUTRAGE TO ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS. SO WHAT'S HAPPENED AT THE UNITED NATIONS? WE HAVE HAD SO MANY NATIONS JOIN THE UNITED NATIONS THAT DON'T CARE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT WOMEN, OF COURSE THEY'RE SO BRUTAL IN THE TREATMENT OF THOSE WHO WOULD OPPOSE IT THAT APPARENTLY IT'S SCARES OFF -- APPARENTLY IT SCARES OFF FEMINIST GROUPS WHO ARE AFRAID TO ATTACK THOSE WHO REALLY ARE INHUMANE IN THEIR TREATMENT OF WOMEN. ENOUGH SO THE FEMINIST LIBERAL GROUPS ARE AFRAID TO TAKE THEM ON. BUT HOPEFULLY SOMEDAY THEY'LL GAIN THE COURAGE TO SEE WHERE WOMEN ARE TRULY BEING ABUSED IN HORRENDOUS WAYS AND THEY'LL JOIN WITH SOME OF THE REST OF US IN TRYING TO STOP THAT INSTEAD OF GOING AFTER CHRISTIAN GROUPS OR GROUPS WHO BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE ONCE CONCEIVED SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE. MAYBE SOME OF THOSE GROUPS, IF THEY QUIT ATTACKING THOSE WHO ARE PRO-LIFE AND SPENT A LITTLE TIME ATTACKING THOSE WHO ARE TRUE ABUSERS OF WOMEN, WE'D FIND COMMON FOOTING AND WE'D BE ABLE TO WORK BETTER TOGETHER. ANOTHER ARTICLE HERE. THIS ONE, HEADLINE U.N. REPORT DENIES ISRAEL'S RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE, ADVOCATES ARREST OF ISRAELIS INSTEAD. IT REALLY IS OUTRAGEOUS AND THE UNITED STATES SHOULD, AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED BY SOME WRITERS, WE SHOULD WITHDRAW FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION. THE I.C.C., INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT, OBVIOUSLY FROM ITS ACTIONS AND ITS EFFORTS, IS QUITE ANTI-SEMITIC. THE UNITED STATES HAS NO BUSINESS SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE EFFORT AND ABUSE OF ISRAELIS AND THE EFFORT TO ELIMINATE THEM FROM OFF OF THE GLOBE. IF THERE HAD BEEN AN ISRAEL DURING THE HOLOCAUST, JEWS WOULD HAVE HAD A PLACE TO GO AND THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SIX MILLION KILLED IN THE HOLOCAUST. THIS IS NO TIME FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT WORLD PEACE AND THE AVOIDANCE OF SUFFERING TO STAND UP AND DECRY ISRAEL. THIS IS A TIME TO STAND WITH ISRAEL. AN ACTUAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST, RESPECTS WOMEN LIKE NO NATION AROUND IN THE MIDDLE EAST, SUPPORTS THE VALUE OF LIFE AND PRIVATE PROPERTY. HOW IN THE WORLD ARE WE NOT A BETTER FRIEND TO THEM? I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, AS SOME WRITERS HAVE SUGGESTED, THAT WE WOULD DRAW -- WE WITHDRAW FROM ANYTHING THAT MIGHT LEND OUR SUPPORT TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT BECAUSE IF IT'S ANTI-CENTRAL -- BECAUSE OF ITS ANTI-SEMITIC VIEWS. I REALIZED AS I WAS READING THESE ARTICLES ABOUT ADDITIONAL ANTI-SEMITIC EARTH BY THE U.N. -- EFFORT BY THE U.N., LOOK, THE U.N. HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY SO MANY COUNTRIES, THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THEIR PEOPLE, SO MANY OF THEM, THEY'RE ABUSIVE, HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH TORTURING THOSE WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREE, HAVE NO PROBLEM KILLING PEOPLE WHO CONVERT FROM, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM ISLAMIC BELIEFS TO CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, GETS THE DEATH PENALTY IN SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES, YOU KNOW, IT'S TIME TO BEGIN A NEW ORGANIZATION OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICS THAT RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN, MEN, CHILDREN, AND HAVE ELECTIONS, FAIR ELECTIONS. LET'S HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LIKE THAT. . AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP SO THAT WHEN IT SPEAKS, IT'S NOT WITH BLOOD DRIPPING OFF OF THE VOTES OF ITS MEMBERS. IT WOULD MEAN SOMETHING. THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, FOR EXAMPLE, HAD FOR A WHILE LIBYA AS ITS HEAD. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I REALIZED AS I WAS REVIEWING THESE ARTICLES, I HAVEN'T FILED THE BILL I USUALLY FILE, THE U.N. ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WHAT I'VE LEARNED AROUND HERE IS THAT IF YOU KEEP FILING A BILL LONG ENOUGH, IF YOU DON'T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT, YOU GET IT DONE. THE U.N. ACCOUNTABILITY BILL IS SIMPLE. IT SAYS ANY NATION THAT VOTES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES MORE THAN HALF THE TIME IN THE PRECEDING YEAR WOULD GET NO ASSISTANCE FROM THE UNITED STATES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER. I'VE SAID FOR YEARS YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY PEOPLE TO HATE YOU, THEY'LL DO IT FOR FREE. IT'S STILL TRUE. SO IT'S TIME TO LEAVE THAT MONEY HERE. IT'S TIME FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO STOP SENDING WEAPONS THAT IT KNOWS HAVE CONTINUOUSLY FALLEN IN THE HANDS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE, AND MADE IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR THE COURAGEOUS KURDISH FIGHTERS TO FIGHT AND DEFEAT THE RADICAL ISLAMIC STATE. LET'S START SENDING THOSE WEAPONS DIRECTLY TO THE KURDS. BAGHDAD IS NOT LETTING THEM GET THEM AND THEY CANNOT EASILY DEFEAT THE WEAPONS, THE UP-ARMORED VEHICLES, THE THINGS THAT WE'VE SENT THAT WE KNEW ULTIMATELY WERE FALLING INTO ISLAMIC STATE HANDS. AS SOME MUSLIM FREPPEDS, LEADERS IN OTHER STATES HAVE CONTINUED TO ASK -- FRIENDS, LEADERS IN OTHER STATES HAVE CONTINUED TO ASK, WHY IS IT THAT THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION KEEPS HELPING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD? DON'T THEY KNOW THAT'S WHO IS AT WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES? WHY DO YOU KEEP HELPING YOUR ENEMIES, THEY ASK. IT'S TIME THAT WE QUIT HELPING OUR ENEMIES, IT'S TIME THAT WE HELP THOSE HERE AT HOME. I APPLAUD OUR CONFERENCE PASSING THE BILLS WE DID TONIGHT. ONE IS GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR SENIORS TO GET ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE THAT OBAMACARE HAS MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET. SO THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AND OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE SO THAT BY THE END OF THE WEEK THERE WILL BE EVEN BETTER NEWS. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE

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    YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION. MR. GOHMERT: I MOVE THAT WE…

    YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION. MR. GOHMERT: I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN. THE

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    HEREBY ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO…

    HEREBY ADJOURN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE

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    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. ACORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. TOMORROW FOR HOUSE MEMBERS OBSERVED A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF THE CHURCH SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON,

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