House Session - September 10, 2015

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:56 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 10, 2015. I HEREBY APPOINT…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 10, 2015. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DAVID YOUNG TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, JOHN A. BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:01:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:01:13 AM

    THE MESSENGER

    CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM…

    CHAIR WILL RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY:

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  • 10:01:16 AM

    THE SECRETARY

    THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY:

  • 10:01:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:01:21 AM

    THE SECRETARY

    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

    MR. SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 10:01:28 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE ON JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE ON JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:57 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST IN THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT SO MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF 9/11, SINCE THE SADNESS AND LOSS ARE SO FRESH FOR MANY THROUGHOUT THIS NATION. THE ATTACKS ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, THE PENTAGON, AND MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA STAND AS THE MOST COWARDLY AND SENSELESS ACTS OF TERRORISM EVER PERPETRATED AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. AND ITS CITIZENS. MY FAMILY AND I CONTINUE TO SOLEMNLY OFFER OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO WERE IMPACTED THAT DAY. WE ALSO SALUTE THOSE WHO CAME TO AID, THOSE WHO RUSHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BEFORE THE TOWERS FELL. THE FIRST RESPONDERS AT THE PENTAGON, AND THE PASSENGERS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE DOWNING UNITED FLIGHT 93 IN SOMOR SET COUNTY BEFORE IT COULD REACH ITS INTENDED DESTINATION. AMONG THOSE LOST, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE ATTACK ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY WAS MARY ELLEN. SHE WAS A NATIVE OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY AND WORKING IN THE SOUTH TOWER THAT MORNING 14 YEARS AGO. FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE SAID THAT AFTER THE ATTACK MARY ELLEN WAS EXITING THE STAIRS OF THE TOWER WITH A FRIEND. SHE STOPPED TO WAIT FOR HER BOSS WHO SHE KNEW HAD A HEART CONDITION. HER BOSS EVENTUALLY TOOK THE ELEVATOR, BUT MARY ELLEN CONTINUED DOWN THE STAIRS. SHE DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF THE BUILDING AND WAS THE ONLY CLEARFIELD COUNTY NATIVE TO LOSE THEIR LIFE IN THE ATTACKS IN NEW YORK. THREE YEARS AGO THE PENNSYLVANIA ROUTE 53 BRIDGE WAS RENAMED IN HER MEMORY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF THE KINDNESS MARY ELLEN SHOWED FOR HER CO-WORKER ON ONE OF THE WORST DAYS OUR NATION HAS EVER KNOWN. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT THOUSANDS LIKE MARY ELLEN WHO TRULY EMBODY THE UNDYING RESOLVE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:04:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:04:10 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONCLUDED MY SUMMER TOUR OF OREGON AT THE FIRE CONTROL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONCLUDED MY SUMMER TOUR OF OREGON AT THE FIRE CONTROL CENTER ON THE WARM SPRINGS INDIAN RESERVATION. SUMMER WAS AN AMAZING TIME IN MY STATE. SMOKE ENVELOPED DOWNTOWN PORTLAND ALL THE WAY 270 MILES TO THE SOUTH IN MEDFORD. AS I DROVE PAST INTO CENTRAL OREGON, THE GREATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK CONSUMED 25 SQUARE MILES. THROUGHOUT THE WEST 8.5 MILLION ACRES HAVE ALREADY BEEN BURNED THIS YEAR. AND WE HEAR ALMOST EVERY YEAR THAT 2015 FIRE SEASON IS ONE OF THE WORST ON RECORD. WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE AMAZING MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE ON THE FRONTLINES AND THE TREMENDOUS STRAIN THAT THEY BEAR. WE NEED SO MANY PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY HAD ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL BROUGHT ON LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE. EVEN FIREFIGHTERS FROM AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND CANADA HAVE COME TO ASSESS IN THESE EFFORTS. ONE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS BRAVERY AND SHEAR HARD WORK INVOLVED ON SO MANY LEVELS WHEN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE LITERALLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. FOR THIS HEROIC FIGHT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE WE ARE NOT JUST DECIMATING OUR FORESTS, WE ARE DECIMATING THE FOREST SERVICE BUDGET. THE PORTION OF THE OVERALL BUDGET SPENT ON FIGHTING WILDFIRES HAS GROWN IN THE LAST 20 YEARS FROM 16% TO OVER ONE HALF, 52%, BECAUSE CONGRESS REFUSES TO TREAT WILDFIRES LIKE OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS. THE FOREST SERVICE BUDGET IS BEING CONCAN SUMMED, SQUEEZING OUT OTHER CRITICAL AREAS, NOT JUST MAINTAINING THESE SPECIAL PLACES IN TRAILS AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, BUT EVEN THE EFFORTS THAT WOULD DEAL WITH FOREST HEALTH AND REDUCE THE DANGER AND COST OF FUTURE FIRE FIRES. THE TREND IS THAT 2/3 OF THE BUDGET IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BE FIREFIGHTING. ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. THESE FIRES OUGHT TO BE TREATED LIKE ANY OTHER NATURAL DISASTER, NOT DECIMATE OUR ABILITY TO MANAGE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS. THE PEOPLE DEALING WITH THESE MEGAFIRES KNOW THAT PART OF THE PROBLEM IS CLIMATE CHANGE BEING FELT. THE LESS THAN 2% OF THE MEGAFIRES CONSUME ALMOST 1/3 OF THE TOTAL FIRE SUPPRESSION COSTS BECAUSE OUR FORESTS ARE DRYER, THERE IS LESS SNOW, AND RAINFALL. ONE MORE GRAPHIC REMINDER OF THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE WITH HIGHER TEMPERATURES AND LESS WATER. IT'S PAST TIME THAT CONGRESS STEPS UP TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. PERHAPS THE POPE IN TWO WEEKS WILL INSPIRE US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE SHOULD AT LEAST PASS H.R. 167, THE WILDFIRE DISASTER ACT, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INTRODUCED ON THE VERY FIRST DAY OF THIS CONGRESS, BUT LANGUISHING IN COMMITTEE, THAT WOULD TREAT MEGAFIRES LIKE OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THE FOREST SERVICE. ONE FINAL POINT IS WE SHOULD STOP MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE BY ALLOWING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE TO MOVE INTO THE FIRE ZONE IN THE WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE AND GIVE THESE PEOPLE THE ALLUSION THAT SOMEHOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE PROVIDED WITH URBAN LEVEL FIRE PROTECTION. 60% OF THE NEW HOMES SINCE 1990 HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE FLAME ZONE. WE SHOULD STOP THIS MADNESS BECAUSE WE ARE PUTTING MORE PEOPLE NOT AT RISK TO THEIR PROPERTIES AND THEIR FAMILIES, BUT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOREST FIRES TO PROTECT STRUCTURES. REMEMBER THE 19 HOT SHOTS WHO WERE KILLED IN ARIZONA A COUPLE YEARS AGO WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TRYING TO SAVE HOMES THAT PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. COMMONSENSE BUDGETING, FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE, AND REASONABLE LAND USE WILL REDUCE COSTS, PROTECT LIVES, AND ALLOW US TO BEGIN SPENDING MONEY ON PREVENTION, WHICH WILL, IN TURN, REDUCE FURTHER COSTS. IT MORE THAN PAYS FOR ITSELF. SENSIBLE BUDGETING, PREVENTION, SOUND PLANNING TO PROTECT PEOPLE AND OUR FORESTS ALONG WITH THE BUDGET. WHILE WE START OUR LONGER OVERDUE ACTIVE ACTIONS TO REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION. IT IS TIME THAT CONGRESS STEPS UP TO START ADDRESSING THESE PROBLEMS NOW. THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.

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  • 10:09:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:09:08 AM

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE LAURA GILLSON OF ST. CLOUD FOR HER FIRST…

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE LAURA GILLSON OF ST. CLOUD FOR HER FIRST PLACE WIN IN THE MINNESOTA GROCERS ASSOCIATION 2015 BEST BAGGER CONTEST, WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE MALL OF AMERICA LAST MONTH. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND THE MINNESOTA GROCERS ASSOCIATION FOR HOSTING THIS COMPETITION. IT DEMONSTRATES HOW MUCH VALUE THEY PLACE ON PROVIDING EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. ANYONE WHO VISITS A GROCERY STORE WILL UNDERSTAND JUST HOW CRUCIAL A BAGGER'S ROLE IS IN THE INDUSTRY. THEY ARE BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE EMPLOYEES IN THE STORE AS THEY ARE THE LAST PERSON TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CUSTOMER. A BAGGER CAN OFTEN MAKE OR BREAK THE CUSTOMER'S OVERALL EXPERIENCE. LAUREN COMPETED AGAINST NINE OTHERS BEFORE WINNING FIRST PLACE. HER WIN IS TRULY IMPRESSIVE AS SHE HAS ONLY WORKED IN ST. CLOUD FOR LESS THAN A MONTH. I WISH LAUREN GOOD LUCK AS SHE COMPETES IN THE 2016 NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION BEST BAGGER CHAMPIONSHIP THIS FEBRUARY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE JIM DAVIS FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER. OVER THE PAST FOUR MONTHS JIM HAS FLOWN THROUGHOUT THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AND GIVEN FREE PLANE RIDES TO CANCER SURVIVORS AND PATIENTS. BY SHARING HIS PASSION FOR FLYING, JIM HAS BROUGHT COMFORT AND EVERLASTING MEMORIES TO THESE INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. WHAT TRULY IS AMAZING ABOUT JIM'S STORY IS THAT HE IS GOING THROUGH A SIMILAR SITUATION AS THE PEOPLE HE IS HELPING. AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER AND GIVEN JUST NINE MONTHS TO LIVE, JIM DECIDED THAT HE WASN'T GOING TO GIVE UP. INSTEAD, HE MADE IT HIS MISSION TO HELP OTHERS AFFECTED BY THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE. JIM HAS SAID, QUOTE, SOME PEOPLE GET A CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND JUST SIT AND WAIT TO DIE. NOT ME. I WANT TO LIVE. CANCER PATIENTS LIVE UNTIL THE DAY YOU DO. JIM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING ACTS OF KINDNESS, AND I'M IN AWE OF YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND CAPACITY FOR HELPING OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE INDIVIDUALS FROM MY DISTRICT WHO WERE RECENTLY RECOGNIZED FOR VETERANS VOICES AWARDS. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE STATE REPRESENTATIVE BOB DETMER FROM FOREST LAKE, MINNESOTA, RALPH DEN NAY OF ELK RIVER, JIM OF ST. CLOUD, MEGAN OF RAMSAY, SCOTT OF ELK RIVER, AND SHELBY OF RICE. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOBLY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES AND GONE ON TO VOLUNTEER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AFTER RETURNING HOME. EACH ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE MEN AND WOMEN CHOSEN BY THE MINNESOTA HUMANITY CENTER HAS POSITIVELY IMPACTED THE UNITED STATES AND MINNESOTA'S SIXTH DISTRICT IN A MAJOR WAY. THERE IS SO MUCH TO THANK THESE INDIVIDUALS FOR. THANK YOU FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR REALIZING THAT THERE WAS STILL SO MUCH TO BE ACCOMPLISHED ONCE YOU RETURN HOME. YOUR WORK HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED AND WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:12:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:12:26 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE THREE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE THREE YOUNG MEN FROM SACRAMENTO COUNTY WHO HAVE DEEP ROOTS IN MY DISTRICT AND WHOSE QUICK THINKING ONBOARD A TRAIN TO PARIS SAVED LIVES AND INSPIRED OUR COUNTRY. ALEK, ANTHONY SADDLER, AND SPENCER STONE SPRANG INTO ACTION TO STOP A MAN WIELDING A GUN AND BOX CUTTER ONBOARD THEIR TRAIN. THE CHILDHOOD FRIENDS WERE ON VACATION WHEN THE GUNMAN BURST INTO THEIR CABIN. AS AN ARMY NATIONAL GARPPEDSMAN, ALEX HAD RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A TOUR IN AFPLGT HE WAS THE FIRST TO SOUND THE ALARMERING, TELLING HIS FRIEND, LET'S G AS THEY MOVED TO SUBDUE THE GUNMAN. ANTHONY, A SENIOR AT SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY, AND AIRMAN FIRST CLASS, SPENCER STONE OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, ACTED WITHOUT HESITATION. STONE WOULD SLASH WHILE TRYING TO DISARM THE MAN, BUT THE INJURY DID NOT STOP HIM. AFTER SUBDUING THE GUNMAN, THE TRAIN E.M.T. WENT ON TO HELP TREAT OTHER INJURED PASSENGERS. THESE MEN SHOWED BRAVERY. AS THEY PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO SAVE THOSE AROUND THEM. TODAY, I COMMEND THEM AND RECOGNIZE THEIR GREAT SERVICE. A PARADE IN THEIR HONOR WILL BE HELD TOMORROW IN SACRAMENTO. THE DATE, SEPTEMBER 11, IS FITTING. THEY WILL BE WELCOMED HOME AND HONORED FOR THEIR HEROISM. THE STORE RIFF THESE THREE MEN IS REMINDER THAT EVERYONE CAN BE A HERO. YOU ALEK, ANTHONY, AND SPENCER. YOU HAVE MADE YOUR HOMETOWN PROUD AND YOU HAVE MADE THE UNITED STATES PROUD. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:14:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:14:14 AM

    MR. CURBELO

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE TRAGIC HUMANITARIAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE TRAGIC HUMANITARIAN CRISIS CURRENTLY UNDER WAY OF THE MIGRATION OF REFUGEES FROM JORDAN, LEBANON, AND TURKEY MAKING THEIR WAY INTO WESTERN EUROPE. WITH THE UNFOLDING OF THE HORRIFIC CONFLICT IN SYRIA AND THE CONTINUING GROTESQUE VIOLENCE OF ISIS, WE CAN ONLY EXPECT THAT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE WILL ATTEMPT TO FLEE HOSTILE REGIONS FOR THE SAFETY OF EUROPE AND BEYOND. SINCE 2011, AT LEAST FOUR MILLION SYRIANS HAVE FLED THEIR COUNTRY. UPROOTING THEIR FAMILIES TO ESCAPE BRUTAL VIOLENCE AND MISERABLE LIVING CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, THE REFUGEES' PLIGHT FOR A SAFE ENVIRONMENT SINCE LEAVING SYRIA AND ESCAPING TO JORDAN, LEBANON, AND TURKEY HAS BEEN BLEAK. IN JUST THE LAST FEW DAYS, WE HAVE SEEN HEARTBREAKING IMAGES OF REFUGEES MAKING THE DIFFICULT JOURNEY TO ENTER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, SOMETIMES PAYING WITH THEIR LIVES. . THESE MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES WILL DO ANYTHING FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND I WAS GLAD TO SEE ANGELA MERKEL IN GERMANY ACCEPTING THESE PEOPLE IN NEED. I URGE EVERYONE TO FOLLOW CHANCELER MERKEL'S LEAD IN WELCOMING THESE MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AND ENSURING THIS UNDERTAKING IS SPREAD ACROSS THE CONTINENT. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE UNITED STATES MUST ALSO OFFER ANY HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE WE CAN TO ENSURE THESE VULNERABLE REFUGEES HAVE ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO RETURN TO A SENSE OF NORMALCY. THE WORLD MUST STEP UP AND I HOPE THIS CONGRESS WILL PLAY A ROLE IN THE PROCESS OF ASSISTING THESE REFUGEES. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA IS ONE OF THE GREAT BLEMISHES ON HUMAN HISTORY. APPROXIMATELY 250,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED. THIS ADMINISTRATION SAID EARLY ON THAT BASHRIAL-ASSAD HAD TO GO AND THEN HE SAID IF MR. ASSAD USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS THEN HE REALLY HAD TO GO. THE DICTATOR DID, GASSING INNOCENT PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHILDREN AND THE WORLD DID NOTHING. THIS IS A HEAVY BURDEN WE CARRY NOW AND THAT IS WHY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ASSIST THESE REFUGEES. MY PARENTS WERE REFUGEES. MY GRANDPARENTS WERE REFUGEES, AND THE UNITED STATES TOOK US IN AND GAVE US AN OPPORTUNITY. THE WORLD MUST ALSO NOW ACCOUNT FOR OUR FAILURE IN SYRIA AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE TODAY, SEPTEMBER 10, AS WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY. ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDY OF A SUICIDE, WHETHER IT BE A FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND OR COLLEAGUE, IS WELL AWARE OF THE DEVASTATING IMPACT WHEN ONE PERSON THEY LOVE TAKES THEIR OWN LIFE. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT NOT ONLY SUICIDE BUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AS WELL. PEOPLE OF ALL AGE, RACE AND SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS CAN BE PLAGUED WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, AND WE MUST ENSURE THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING RECEIVE THE PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT. IN ADDITION, COMMUNITIES MUST WORK TOGETHER TO FOSTER UNDERSTANDING RATHER THAN JUDGMENT. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULTIES, I ENCOURAGE YOU, PLEASE, TAKE THE TIME TO SEEK COUNSELING FROM A PROFESSIONAL. EVERY LIFE IS WORTH LIVING, AND EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS. LET'S COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AND WORK TO ADDRESS MENTAL ILLNESS AND PREVENT SUICIDE. MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY VENEZUELA'S DE FACTO DICTATOR, MADURO, THAT THE SINGLE REMAINING BORDER CROSSING WITH COLOMBIA WILL BE COMPLETELY BOLTED. THIS ACTION IS ONLY THE LATEST ACTION FOR HIM TO SEARCH FOR PHANTOM SCAPEGOATS OF HIS REGIME'S FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES. THE FIGUREMENT OF MADURO'S IMAGINATION IS THAT COLOMBIANS ARE THE REASON FOR THEIR CRIME. AS A RESULT, HE HAS ORDERED THE BORDER BETWEEN COLOMBIA AND VENEZUELA CLOSED. COLOMBIANS LIVING IN VENEZUELA HAVE BEEN UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED AND HAVE HAD THEIR HOMES BULLDOZED, LEAVING THEM WITH NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO FLEE. BUT WITH THE LATEST AND FINAL BORDER CLOSURE, COLOMBIANS ARE FORCED TO RETURN TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY USING VERY DANGEROUS ROUTES. THIS HAS BEEN DUBBED A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS BY THE UNITED NATIONS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS CRACKDOWN BY MADURO IS A SICK AND TWISTED ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT THE VENEZUELAN ELECTORATE FROM CARACAS' FAILED SOCIALIST AND ANTI-DRAMIC POLICIES AHEAD OF THE DECEMBER ELECTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HORRIBLE SUFFERING THESE POLICIES HAVE CAUSED FOR BOTH COLOMBIAN REFUGEES AND THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ARE ALL TOO REAL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:19:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

  • 10:19:48 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE COME BACK FROM THE AUGUST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE COME BACK FROM THE AUGUST RECESS, I'D LIKE TO SPEAK ON AN ISSUE THAT HITS VERY CLOSE TO HOME AND TO THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES. YES, THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES, AND THIS IS THE DROUGHT. THE DROUGHT, IN PARTICULAR, THAT IS FACING CALIFORNIA, IS THE WORST ONE RECORDED IN HISTORY IN OUR STATE AND I BELIEVE IT WILL DEFINE THIS ERA. MY HOME STATE IS ENTERING ITS FOURTH YEAR OF CONSECUTIVE DROUGHT WITH NEARLY 93% OF RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING SEVERE DROUGHT AND THERE IS NO FORESEEABLE END IN THE FUTURE. THE LACK OF WATER IN CALIFORNIA IS SO SERIOUS THAT OUR GOVERNOR, JERRY BROWN, DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND ASKED THAT ALL RESIDENTS CUT BACK ON WATER 25%. EVEN WITH US HITTING THAT, A RECENT STUDY ESTIMATES THAT IT WILL TAKE AT LEAST 11 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER TO REPLENISH OUR DROUGHT LOSSES. WATER CONSERVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS A LIFE OR DEATH ISSUE, NOT JUST FOR THE RESIDENTS OF MY DISTRICT BUT FOR ALL OF CALIFORNIA. WITHOUT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, FARMERS IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY CANNOT ADEQUATELY GROW AND SELL THEIR CROPS, AND THE PRICE OF FOODSTUFF SKYROCKETS. WILDFIRES RAGE AND DESTROY ACRES OF PROPERTY, AND STATE ENERGY PRODUCTION IS CRIPPLED AND THE ECONOMY SLOWS AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. AND WHILE OTHER AREAS OF CALIFORNIA ARE JUST SETTING THE INITIAL FRAMEWORK FOR WATER CONSERVATION AND RECYCLING PROJECTS, MY HOME DISTRICT RECYCLES ALMOST 70% OF THE WATER THAT WE USE, BOTH IN BUSINESS AND AT HOME. HOW ARE WE ABLE TO DO THAT? WELL, WHEN I CAME HERE 19 YEARS AGO I CHAMPIONED A PROJECT CALLED THE GROUNDWATER REPLENISHMENT SYSTEM AND IT'S LOCATED IN ORANGE COUNTY. IT IS THE WATER TABLE UNDERNEATH OUR HOMES. THIS SYSTEM RECYCLES TREATED WASTE WATER INTO CLEAN DRINKING WATER WHICH EXCEEDS FEDERAL AND STATE STANDARDS, AND IT HAS PRODUCED OVER 160 TRILLION GALLONS OF NEW WATER AND SERVICED MANY OF ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS SINCE ITS CREATION. THE SYSTEM HAS BECOME THE LARGEST RECLAMATION PROJECT IN THE WORLD. IN FACT, PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND FROM ACROSS OUR GREAT STATE COME TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE REPLENISH OUR WATER SUPPLY. BUT LEGISLATION TO FUND PROJECTS LIKE OUR GROUNDWATER REPLENISHMENT SYSTEM, WELL, IT SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE TO FUND THOSE. HOWEVER, THE DROUGHT HAS CONTINUED IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND THERE HAS BEEN NO MEANINGFUL ACTION ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO MOVE WATER, TO RECLAIM WATER, TO SAVE WATER. AND WHILE RESIDENTS OF CALIFORNIA ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF OUR HISTORIC DROUGHT, THIS CHAMBER CONTINUES TO STALL ON MEANINGFUL DROUGHT RELIEF AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION. BACK IN MY HOME DISTRICT, I'VE HELD NUMEROUS BRIEFINGS ABOUT THE DROUGHT AND RECOGNIZE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE CUTTING BACK ON BEING MORE EFFICIENT WITH THEIR WATER. I RECENTLY SPENT PART OF THIS AUGUST RECESS MEETING WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY TO DISCUSS WATER STORAGE AND RECYCLING PROJECTS, AND IN THIS CONGRESS I HAVE CO-SPONSORED THE DROUGHT RECOVER AND RESILIENCE ACT OF 2015. IT IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WHICH ADDRESSES INNOVATIVE WATER FINANCING. IT IMPROVES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND WATER MANAGEMENT, AND IT ASSISTS IN PLANNING FOR FUTURE DROUGHTS. THE RESIDENTS OF MY STATE HAVE BEEN DOING THEIR PART TO CONSERVE THE WATER, SO NOW IT'S TIME FOR WASHINGTON, D.C., TO HELP US, TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA AND TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE OTHER SOUTHWESTERN STATES. SO WHILE THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE BICKERING AMONGST THEMSELVES TO AVOID ANOTHER EMBARRASSING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, I'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR MEANINGFUL WATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO SECURE THE WATER INDEPENDENCE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS, BECAUSE WITH WATER COMES GROWTH. AND CALIFORNIA WILL GROW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:24:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. ABRAHAM, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:24:35 AM

    MR. ABRAHAM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TYRELL CAMERON, A MAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF TYRELL CAMERON, A MAN FROM LOUISIANA WHOSE LIFE WAS CUT TRAGICALLY SHUT ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. HE WAS A BRIGHT STUDENT AT FRANKLIN PARISH HIGH SCHOOL WITH A PROMISING FUTURE SURROUNDED BY SUPPORTIVE AND LOVING COMMUNITY. I LIVE ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL. I CONSIDER WINSBORO AN EXTENSION OF MY HOME. I KNOW THEIR PEOPLE WELL. I KNOW THIS IS A STRONG COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS EACH OTHER, HELPS EACH OTHER AND LOVES EACH OTHER. AS TYRELL'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS COME TO GRIP WITH THIS TRAGEDY, WE'LL MOURN, WE'LL GRIEVE AND THEN WE'LL START THE HEALING PROCESS. WHILE WE PRAY FOR HIM, HIS FAMILY, HIS TEAMMATES AND FRANKLIN PARISH, I ALSO ASK YOU KEEP THE STERLING COMMUNITY IN YOUR PRAYERS. THEY ROAMED THE OTHER SIDELINE DURING THIS GAME AND I KNOW IT'S BEEN A DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE FOR THEM AS WELL. LOUISIANA IS A SPECIAL PLACE. WE LOVE OUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. OUR YOUNG MEN PLAY WITH HEART FOR THEIR SCHOOLS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT. AS COMPETITIVE AS IT CAN GET, WE KNOW WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT. I'VE BEEN SO IMPRESSED WITH THE OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FOR TYRELL AND FRANKLIN PARISH AS WELL AS HIGH SCHOOLS FROM ENTIRE LOUISIANA. MANY TEAMS WILL WEAR HIS NUMBER, 48, ON THEIR HELMET FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON. THAT SAYS A LOT TO ME ABOUT THE STRONG CHARACTER OF OUR YOUNG MEN BACK HOME. OTHERS LIKE ME ARE WEARING BLUE TODAY, HIS TEAM COLOR, TO HONOR TYRELL, JUST AS HIS TEAMMATES ARE DOING THIS WEEK ALSO. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE BOTH WITH FRANKLIN PARISH AND STERLING COMMUNITY AND I ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP PLAYING FOR TYRELL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIME AND TIME AGAIN I'VE COME TO THIS FLOOR TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIME AND TIME AGAIN I'VE COME TO THIS FLOOR TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ME AGAINST THE RAMPANT PLAGUE OF GUN VIOLENCE SPREADING ACROSS OUR NATION. AND I STAND HERE AGAIN HEART BROKEN. I RECENTLY HAD THE DIFFICULT AND TRAGIC DUTY OF SPEAKING AT TEMARA'S FUNERAL. SHE WAS A DAUGHTER OF FIVE AND DAUGHTER OF ANDREW HOLMES, A PERSONAL HERO OF MINE. ANDREW IS A MAN WHO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE AND SUPPORTING GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS. FOR DECADES HE'S TRAVELED TO HUNDREDS OF CRIME SCENES TO CONSOLE THOSE WHO LOST FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND IN A CRUEL TWIST OF FATE HE WAS THE ONE WHO NEEDED CONSOLING WHEN TAMARA WAS CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE WHILE AT A GAS STATION. I WISH TAMARA'S STORY IS AN EXCEPTION BUT WE KNOW IT'S NOT. IT'S A TRAGIC REMINDER THAT ONLY IN AMERICA DOES AN EVERYDAY TRIP TO THE GAS STATION, THE MOVIE THEATER OR CHURCH END IN GUN VIOLENCE OR MAYBE YOU ARE A REPORTER AND A PHOTOGRAPHER JUST DOING YOUR JOB OR A SHERIFF FILLING YOUR CAR WITH GAS. ALL ACROSS AMERICA, GUN VIOLENCE IS SURGING. MORE THAN 30 CITIES ARE REELING FROM A SUMMER OF SENSELESS SHOOTINGS WITH DEATH TOLLS REACHING HISTORIC LEVELS. IN CHICAGO LAST WEEK, WE MARKED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF GUN HOMICIDE IN A SINGLE DAY IN MORE THAN A DECADE. AFTER EACH MASS SHOOTING, CONGRESS LAUNCHES INTO ITS RITUAL THAT'S USED AS AN END RUN AROUND REAL REFORM. WE GIVE OUR SPEECHES, WE HOLD OUR MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND THEN WE WAIT FOR THE NATIONAL BUS TO FADE. MY COLLEAGUES SEEM TO FORGET THAT OUR ACTIONS MAY FADE BUT THE VIOLENCE REMAINS. VIOLENCE, GUN VIOLENCE IS A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES. EVERY MOMENT THAT WE DON'T ACT WE RISK LOSING EITHER MORE LIVES TO SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE, WHICH MIGHT BE HOMICIDE, SUICIDES OR ACCIDENTS. LAST WEEK I HOSTED A DINNER FOR A GROUP OF PARENTS WHO LOST THEIR CHILDREN TO SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. THEY THINK WE SIMPLY DO NOT CARE. THEY WONDER, THERE'S BEEN NEWTOWN, THERE IS A CHURCH SHOOTING, MOVIE THEATER, THE MALL BUT STILL WE DO NOTHING. SO TODAY I RISE AGAIN ON BEHALF OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE. I RISE TO SAY THAT WE CAN NO LONGER DISMISS THE MASS SHOOTINGS AS ISOLATED INCIDENTS AND IGNORE EVERYDAY SHOOTINGS ALTOGETHER, BECAUSE THE FACT IS WHEN OUR NATION IS AVERAGING ONE MASS SHOOTING A DAY, THEY AREN'T SO ISOLATED. AND WHEN SHOOTINGS ARE SO COMMONPLACE THAT THEY'RE CALLED EVERYDAY SHOOTINGS, THEY CANNOT BE IGNORED. OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, NINE PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 34 WOUNDED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO. IT'S TIME THAT WE OWN UP TO THE GUN VIOLENCE PROBLEM GRIPPING OUR NATION AND ROBBING US OF A GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE ONE SHOOTING AT A TIME. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THIS YEAR, GUN DEATHS ARE ON PACE TO BE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF AMERICANS AGED 15 THROUGH 24, AND THE SUICIDE RATE IS CLIMBING ALSO. THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE HERE. IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BIPARTISAN GUN VIOLENCE REFORM BILLS THAT TRULY MAKE SENSE AND THEY'RE BIPARTISAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TAKE ACTION BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ON THE SIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE REFORM THAT MAKES SENSE. OR THE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO IS TRY ATTENDING A FUNERAL WHERE AN INNOCENT PERSON, A MOM OF FIVE WHOSE KIDS WERE CLINGING ON TO OTHER COFFIN OR A YOUNG TEEN WHO LOST THEIR LIFE TO SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE, THEN I'D WONDER HOW YOU'D FEEL THEN. THANK YOU.

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

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  • 10:31:10 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HEARD SO FAR ON THE DEBATE ON THE IRAN JOINT PLAN OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HEARD SO FAR ON THE DEBATE ON THE IRAN JOINT PLAN OF ACTION, THERE WERE DOZENS OF SHORTCOMINGS AND CONCERNS WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ADMINISTRATION'S NUCLEAR DEAL, SO-CALLED P5+1, NO DOUBT HE WE'LL HEAR DOZENS MORE BEFORE ALL IS SAID AND DONE. THE MORE WE STUDY THIS AGREEMENT, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, THE CLEARER IT IS TO SEE THAT IT DOES NOT MEASURE UP TO ITS ULTIMATE GOAL, TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR A-- IRAN. THE ESSENTIAL RESTRICTIONS ON THE KEY BOMB MAKING TECHNOLOGY SUNSET IN 10 YEARS. LEAVING AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED INDUSTRIAL SCALE NUCLEAR PROGRAM WITH BREAKOUT TIME SHRINKING DOWN TO NEARLY ZERO. THAT IS IF IRAN DOESN'T CHEAT. WE'LL HAVE A TOUGH TIME KNOWING BECAUSE WHAT WAS ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR SITES HAS NOW BECOME MANAGED ACCESS. LEAVING IRAN AS LONG AS 24 DAYS TO SCRUB SITES, ENOUGH TIME TO NEARLY COMPLETELY REMOVE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING, OR THE OPTION OF SELF-PURPORTING COMPLIANCE IN PLACES LIKE THEIR MILITARY BASE . HOWEVER, WHAT THIS DEAL DOES ACCOMPLISH IS PRECIPITATE A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. A REALITY WE ARE ALREADY SEEING AS NATIONS LIKE EGYPT, JORDAN, AND SAUDI ARABIA HAVE ALREADY BEGUN BUILDING UP THEIR NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE IN RESPONSE. ANY OF THOSE DETAILS SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO REJECT THIS DEAL. BUT THAT WOULD NOT EVEN MENTION THE MOST OBJECTIONABLE PORTION. THAT THIS GOOD FAITH AGREEMENT WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATES SPAHNOR OF TERROR FREES OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AND FROZEN ASSETS SEEMINGLY WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR WHAT THAT MONEY WOULD BE USED FOR. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHAIR THE TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE TERRORISM FINANCING. A BIPARTISAN GROUP ESTABLISHED BY BOTH PARTIES OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO THE INCREASING ABILITY FOR TERROR GROUPS TO FUND AND FINANCE THEIR ACTIONS AND EVALUATE THE UNITED STATES' RESPONSE TO THESE CHALLENGES. SPECIFICALLY, THE TASK FORCE EXAMINED THE IMPACT OF THIS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT ON TEHRAN STATE SPONSORSHIP OF TERROR AND PROXIES ACROSS THE REGION. WHAT BECAME A DUNDANTLY CLEAR WAS THE INFLUX OF HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN IRAN AUTHORIZED IN THIS DEAL WILL INCREASE THAT NATION'S ABILITY TO CONTINUE REGIONAL DESTABILIZATION THROUGH SUPPORT OF GROUPS LIKE HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, IRAQI SHIITE MILITIAS, THE AND SYRIAN PRESIDENT BASHAR'S REGIME IN DAMASCUS. IT GOES ABOUT ROLLING BACK SANCTIONS WHILE EXPERT WITNESSES HAVE TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR TASK FORCE EVEN AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY ADVOCATING FOR INCREASED SANCTIONS. THERE'S A REAL DISCONNECT HERE BETWEEN WHAT THE EXPERTS TELL US AND WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS DOING. IRAN'S BUDGET ALREADY FEATURES A NINE FIGURE LINE ITEM TO SUPPORT TERRORISM AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE ACTIVITIES IT FUNDS WILL EXPAND IRAN'S RADICAL EFFORTS. A FACT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWING NEGOTIATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE HAVE TODAY IS A BAD DEAL. ONE THAT CLEARS THE WAY FOR A NUCLEAR IRAN, GRAVELY ENDANGERS ALLIES LIKE ISRAEL, AND WITH OUR BLESSING MAKES AN ALREADY VOLATILE, UNSTABLE MIDDLE EAST LESS SAFE BY GIVING TEHRAN MORE POWER TO FUND ITS TERROR SINNED CATS. WHAT IS SO TROUBLING TO ME IS THAT A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES AFTER TWO YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS PREDICATED ON NO DEAL BEING BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL HAVE BEGRUDGINGLY ACCEPTED A BAD DEAL BECAUSE IT'S BETTER THAN NO DEAL. A BETTER DEAL WOULD INCLUDE TRULY ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS OF IRAN'S ENTIRE NUCLEAR PROGRAM. A PLAN OF ACTION TO OVERSEE AND MANAGE ANY FUNDS RETURNING TO IRAN THROUGH SANCTIONS RELIEF WERE OVERTURNED TO THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING COMMUNITY. THE RELEASE OF AMERICAN PRISONERS IMPROPERLY HELD BY THE REGIME. AND A PAYMENT OF THE $22 BILLION IN COMPENSATION OWED BY IRAN TO FAMILIES OF SEPTEMBER 11 VICTIMS, INCLUDING BUCKS COUNTY RESIDENTS. THE COURT JUDGMENT SHOULD BE PAID BEFORE IRAN RECEIVES ANY FUNDS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. I URGE THEM TO RECONSIDER WHAT THE REALITY OF THIS BAD DEAL MEANS FOR THE SAFETY OF THE WORLD AND THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S FOREIGN POLICY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS DEAL BECAUSE IT IS ONE THAT WILL HAVE DECADES LONG CONSEQUENCES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 10:35:52 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MS. JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO DEPUTY DARREN H. GO CAN FORTH -- GOFORTH. 47 YEARS OLD. WHO LOST HIS LIFE MORE THAN 10 DAYS AGO IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, IN AN EXECUTION-STYLE KILLING. DOING HIS JOB AND SERVING HIS COMMUNITY. THE DEPUTY WAS A HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY. AND A MAN WHO LOVED HIS JOB. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY, HIS DAUGHTER AND HIS SON, AND LOVED HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE. MIGHT I SHARE WITH YOU HER WORDS, KATHLEEN. MY HUSBAND WAS AN INCREDIBLY INTRICATE BLEND OF TOUGHNESS AND GENITALITY. SHE SAID IN A STATEMENT FOLLOWING HIS TRAGIC DEATH. HE WAS FUELING HIS VEHICLE ABOUT 8:30 ON A FRIDAY NIGHT, AND SOMEONE CAME BEHIND HIM. THE INDIVIDUAL NOW IN CUSTODY, IN AN EXECUTION-STYLE KILLED HIM. THERE ARE NO WORDS FOR THIS, HIS WIFE SAID. HE WAS ALWAYS LOYAL, FIERCELY SO. THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS WHAT GUIDED HIS INTERNAL COMPASS, AND OF COURSE, SHE WANTED US TO KNOW IF PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF MAN HE WAS THIS IS IT. HE WAS WHO YOU WANTED FOR A FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE, AND A NEIGHBOR. SHE SAID IN A STATEMENT. AND, SHE WENT ON TO SAY, HOWEVER I AM WHO WAS BLESSED SO RICHLY THAT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CALLING HIM MY HUSBAND AND MY BEST FRIEND. TO KATHLEEN AND HER FAMILY, DEBI WAS THE BEST -- DEPUTY WAS THE BEST FRIEND OF ALL OF US. THE BEST FRIEND OF A COMMUNITY. THE BEST FRIEND OF CHILDREN WHO HE STOPPED AND TALKED TO OR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HE SOUGHT TO INSPIRE. BEST FRIEND OF HIS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS AS EVIDENCED BY THE 11,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED HIS FUNERAL. THE BEST FRIEND OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. HE WAS THE BEST FRIEND OF THE INTEGRITY OF WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE ALL ABOUT. AND HE WAS A YOUNG MAN, AS WE CAME TO KNOW DURING THE EULOGY AND THE VARIOUS STATEMENTS OF FRIENDS AND OFFICERS, WHO DESIRE TO BE JUST A HELPER TO ANYONE. WE WERE TOLD THAT EVEN AS HE WORKED, HIS FATHER HAD A BUSINESS AND WHEN HE HAD HIS TIME OFF HE WOULD GO TO THAT BUSINESS AND HELP HIS FATHER. WE HAVE COME TO UNDERSTAND IT WAS HIS MODE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO AGAIN PROTECT AND SERVE BUT TO REACH OUT, EVEN TO TALK TO THOSE WHO WEREN'T EVEN LOOKING HIS WAY. IT WAS OUR UNDERSTANDING THAT HE WAS GENTLE AND KIND AND HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR. HUMOR. AND, YES, LOOKS LIKE HE DID A LITTLE BABYSITTING AS WELL. SO I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK TO THIS NATION ABOUT THIS OFFICER AND TO CLAIM THE TIME FOR ENDING SENSELESS VIOLENCE AND RECOGNIZE THAT HIS LIFE, DEPUTY'S LIFE, IS A TESTAMENT TO THE GOODNESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR CITIZENS IN HOUSTON AND HARRIS COUNTY. CERTAINLY ALL OF OUR STATE AND LOCAL AND CONGRESSIONAL OFFICIALS WERE THERE TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DEEPEST SENSE OF LOSS, BUT I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE IN HARRIS COUNTY WHERE WE SEE OFFICERS DISTRIBUTE 30,000 WRIST BANDS FOR PRAY FOR POLICE. I WENT OUT TO THE PUMP, THE GAS PUMP WHERE HE WAS SO HEINOUSLY AND TRAGICALLY SHOT AND ALL OF THE FLOWERS AND NOTES AND PEOPLE RAISING MONEY TOUCHED ALL OF OUR HEARTS, EVERYONE STOPPED TO PRAY AND TALK AND HUG. REMEMBER SOMEONE SAYING, I'M A CONSERVATIVE MALE AND I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE. I SAID, MY BROTHER, I'M GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE. CAN I HUG YOU? AND WE HUGGED. BECAUSE TRAGICALLY BRINGS US -- TRAGEDY BRINGS US TOGETHER BUT PURPOSE SHOULD HAVE US GOING FORWARD. THERE SHOULD BE A PURPOSE AS WE LOST THIS WONDERFUL FATHER AND HUSBAND AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE, THAT IS THE VERY PURPOSE THAT I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WALKING TOGETHER, FINDING WAYS FOR SOLUTIONS, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE LIFE OF A GENTLE, STRONG LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSON CONTINUES TO HAVE A PRESENCE IN OUR LIFE THROUGH THE WAY WE HANDLE OUR LEGISLATION AND OUR COME CANNING TOGETHER. FOREMOST CONGRESS THESE -- AND OUR COMING TOGETHER FOREMOST AMONG THESE DANGERS, AN OFFICER IN ILLINOIS FACED AN ENORMOUS TRAGEDY AND LOST HIS LIFE. WE REALIZE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT AS THEY GO TO SERVE THIS COMMUNITY. WE MUST ALL WORK TOGETHER, LAW ENFORCEMENT, COMMUNITY RESIDENTS, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, THE NATION TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY PLACES WHERE WE TRUST ONE ANOTHER AND COOPERATE TO ACHIEVE OUR MUTUAL GOAL OF SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR ALL PERSONS. IT REMINDS US HOW MUCH WORK WE HAVE TO DO AND HOW MUCH WE ARE INTERWOVEN WITH OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO I WAS AT THE 9/11 COMMEMORATION, THE MEMORIAL, IT REMINDED ME OF THE STRENGTH --

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I WOULD SIMPLY SAY WE HONOR THEM AND AT THIS TIME I'LL TAKE A MOMENT OF…

    I WOULD SIMPLY SAY WE HONOR THEM AND AT THIS TIME I'LL TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN HONOR OF DEPUTY GOFORTH.

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  • 10:42:02 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:42:09 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THIS PRESIDENT COMES CLOSER TO HIS FINAL YEAR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THIS PRESIDENT COMES CLOSER TO HIS FINAL YEAR IN OFFICE, IT IS NO SECRET HE ONLY CARES ABOUT SHAPING AND MOLDING HIS LEGACY. WHEN DISCUSSING THE IRAN DEAL LAST YEAR, HIS DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SAID TO REPORTERS, QUOTE, THIS IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL DO IN HIS SECOND TERM ON FOREIGN POLICY. THIS IS HEALTH CARE FOR US. FOUR YEARS EARLIER THAT HEALTH CARE, OBAMACARE, WAS DESCRIBED BY OUR VICE PRESIDENT AS QUOTE A BIG EXPLETIVE DEEFMENT ONLY TIME WILL SHAPE THIS PRESIDENT'S LEGACY. 75 YEARS AGO WINSTON CHURCHILL PROCLAIMED THAT NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN HAD QUOTE, A PRECISION OF MIND AND APTITUDE FOR BUSINESS WHICH RAISED HIM FAR ABOVE THE ORDINARY LEVELS OF OUR GENERATION. ALTHOUGH THIS DESCRIPTION IS FAR TOO GENEROUS TO DESCRIBE OUR PRESIDENT WHO HAS NO APTITUDE FOR BUSINESS. MR. CHAMBERLAIN IS PORTRAYED IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT THAN HE IS TODAY. HE WOULD BE AN APPEASER TODAY. MR. CHAMBERLAIN'S INCORRECT DECISION TO COIN SEED TO ADOLF HITLER'S DEMANDS FOR PURPOSE OF AVOIDING A CONFLICT IN EUROPE OVERSHADOWED ANYTHING ELSE HE EVER ACCOMPLISHED AS PRIME MINISTER. MR. SPEAKER, I RAN DEAL I BELIEVE IS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CHAMBERLAIN MOMENT. AS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTED TWO WEEKS AGO UNDER THIS DEAL IRAN, QUOTE, WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE ITS OWN INSPECTORS TO INVESTIGATE A SITE IT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF USING TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR ARMS. THESE REPORTED SECRET DEALS ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT MANY OF US HAVE KNOWN TO BE TRUE AND CONFIRMS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION STILL DENY. THAT THIS DEAL IS BASED ON TRUST. THIS DEAL IS BASED ON TRUST IN THE IRANIANS THAT THEY WILL NOT BREAK THEIR PROMISE TO BUILD A NUCLEAR BOMB. HOW CAN WE TRUST IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER WHO CHANTS DEATH TO AMERICA AND DEATH TO ISRAEL? HOW CAN WE TRUST A SUPREME LEADER WHO SAID THIS WEEK ISRAEL WILL NOT EXIST IN 25 YEARS? AS THE FORMER DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE SAID, THIS DEAL WOULD BE, QUOTE, THE EQUIVALENT OF HAVING AN ATHLETE ACCUSED OF USING DRUGS AND SEND A URINE SAMPLE. THIS DEAL DOES NOT. AS ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER WARNED IN HIS SPEECH BEFORE THIS VERY CHAMBER ONLY A FEW MONTHS AGO, IRAN'S REGIME POSES A GRAVE THREAT NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL BUT ALSO TO THE PEACE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. THE PRESIDENT AND HIS DEAL SUPPORTERS HAVE IGNORED THESE WARNINGS. THIS DEAL WILL SHIFT THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS DEAL GOES AGAINST THE WISHES OF ISRAEL, OUR GREATEST ALLY IN THE REGION. I CHALLENGE ALL OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT THIS DEAL TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND LOOK INTO THE CAMERA AND QUITE FRANKLY LOOK IN THE MIRROR SO WHEN HISTORY COMES FULL CIRCLE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL KNOW WHO IN THIS BODY LET OUR NEVILLE CHAMBER LANE GIVE IRAN THE BOMB. DESPITE THE WARNINGS FROM THOSE WITHIN HIS OWN PARTY AND LEADERS OF ALLY NATIONS, THIS PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR HE IS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF AMERICANS. THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE IT CLEAR THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ISRAEL. THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE WELL-KNOWN THAT THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE FATE OF THE WORLD. . AND THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION ARE ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LEGACY OF THE FUTURE. FOR THAT I ASK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS PRESIDENT PREPARED TO SUFFER THE SAME LEGACY AS NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN? IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 10:45:54 AM

    WELL, I WILL LOOK THE CAMERA IN THE EYE AND SAY WHY I AM SUPPORTING THIS…

    WELL, I WILL LOOK THE CAMERA IN THE EYE AND SAY WHY I AM SUPPORTING THIS AGREEMENT. I THINK THERE'S ONLY ONE COMMON THING THAT IS AGREED UPON HERE IN THE HOUSE AND IN THE SENATE IS THAT WE DON'T WANT IRAN TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IF THE U.S. WERE TO WALK AWAY FROM THIS DEAL AND SAY WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THE TABLE, THEY WILL BE SITTING IN AN EMPTY ROOM, AND THE ONLY PEOPLE AT THE TABLE WILL BE U.S. REPRESENTATIVES. THERE WILL NOT BE ANY OTHER NATIONS FROM EUROPE, RUSSIA OR CHINA AND IRAN WON'T BE AT THE TABLE EITHER. THIS IS A DEAL THAT IS NOT PERFECT. SURE, IT'S FAR FROM PERFECT, BUT IT DOES -- THEY SAY, WELL, IRAN COULD BECOME A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE AGAIN IN 10 OR 12 YEARS BECAUSE THE WAY THIS AGREEMENT IS WRITTEN. IF WE WALK AWAY TODAY THEY ARE A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE AND THEY WILL BUILD A BOMB AND THEY'LL HAVE IT WITHIN THREE OR FOUR MONTHS. THEN WHAT? WELL, WE DO HAVE OPTIONS, OF COURSE THAT ARE BEING RECOMMENDED BY DICK CHENEY, JOHN BOLTON AND BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, ALL WHO WERE CHEERLEADERS FOR THE IRAQ WAR AND WHO WERE OH, SO WRONG ABOUT THE GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY MISTAKE IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUT THEY LEARNED NOTHING FROM THAT AND THEY THINK YET ANOTHER WAR IN THE MIDEAST IS A BETTER SOLUTION THAN THIS. NOW, WHAT DOES IRAN GIVE UP? 2/3 OF ITS KENTRY HUGES, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP THE MOST OLDEST, MOST PRIM TESTIFY CENTRIFUGES, 97% OF ITS ENRICHED URANIUM STOCKPILE WILL BE GONE. THEIR MINE SITES WILL BE MONITORED 24/7. THEIR MILL SITES WILL BE MONITORED 24/7. THERE WILL BE AN INTRUSIVE INSPECTION REGIME. THEY HAVE TO FILL IN THE CORE OF THE NEARLY FINISHED IRAQ REACTOR WHICH COULD TAKE THEM ON THE PLUTONIUM PATH TO A BOMB WITH CONCRETE AND CONVERT THAT TO PEACEFUL USES. SOME UNDERNEATH THE MOUNTAIN THAT WOULD HAVE US BOMB. UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS UNDERNEATH THE MOUNTAIN. THAT WILL BECOME A MEDICAL FACILITY MONITORED 24/7. AND YET WE HEAR THE DRUMBEAT FOR WAR OVER HERE. THEY DON'T WANT TO SAY THEY WANT TO HAVE A WAR, BUT THAT'S THE ULTIMATE CONCLUSION. IF YOU DON'T WANT IRAN TO HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THIS IS THE BEST DEAL WE CAN GET, AND WE AMAZINGLY GOT THIS DEAL WITH THE SUPPORT OF RUSSIA AND CHINA AND FOUR NATIONS IN EUROPE. NOW, THEY'RE ALREADY FLOODING IN TO IRAN IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS DEAL GOING FORWARD. THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF GOING BACK TO THE TABLE. CHINESE WANT THE OIL. RUSSIANS WANT TO SELL THEM WEAPONS. THE PLANES HAVE BEEN TOTALLY FULL COMING OUT OF EUROPE WITH HIGH LEVELS OF CORPORATE EXECUTIVES WANTING TO GO INTO IRAN AND DO BUSINESS. NO, THIS IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, AND THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN PREVENT IRAN FROM HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN THE SHORT TERM. YEAH, 12, 15 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD WE MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS AGAIN. THEN AGAIN, 12 OR 15 YEARS FROM NOW UNDER THIS REGIME PERHAPS IRAN WILL HAVE CHANGED. WE WILL SEE. SO I AM PROUD OF THIS VOTE, AND I THINK IT'S THE BEST PATH. I AM ALSO INCREDIBLY PROUD OF MY VOTE AGAINST POPULAR OPINION AND PEOPLE SUCH AS DICK CHENEY AND JOHN BOLTON AND BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ABOUT INVADING IRAQ WHICH HAS TURNED THE MIDDLE EAST INTO AN UNBELIEVABLE MESS THAT WILL NOT BE UNDONE IN MY LIFETIME. ISIS, BASICALLY A PRODUCT OF THE IRAQ WAR AND INVASION BY THE U.S. SO LET'S NOT CREATE EVEN WORSE PROBLEMS. LET'S TAKE THIS IMPERFECT AGREEMENT, BUT LET'S TAKE IT BECAUSE IT PREVENTS IRAN FROM HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND HAVING A WEAPONS RACE IN THIS INCREDIBLY UNSTABLE PART OF THE WORLD. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER, FOR FIVE MINUTES. YODEYODE THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE --

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  • 10:50:24 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR COUNTING ON US TO PUT THEIR SECURITY BEFORE THE OBVIOUS PARTISAN POLITICS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. I ALSO JOIN A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY, LEADERS OF EACH PARTY IN EACH CHAMBER TO STAND UP TO BE COUNTED AS MANY VOICES IN THIS COUNTRY IN OPPOSITION OF THE PRESIDENT'S DEAL WITH IRAN. LIKE OTHERS WHO POSE -- PLAN TO OPPOSE THE RATIFICATION OF THIS DEAL, I AM NOT OPPOSED TO THE IDEA OF DIPLOMACY, BUT I AM OPPOSED TO THE IDEA OF SURRENDER DIPLOMACY. THIS ADMINISTRATION ASKS US TO TRUST IRAN, BUT AS IRAN CONTINUES TO BE THE LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR, AS THEY CONTINUE TO SHOUT DEATH TO AMERICA AND CONTINUE FOR OUR DESTRUCTION AND ISRAEL, OUR GREATEST ALLY, HOW CAN WE TRUST IRAN? WITH SECRET DEALS, SIDE DEALS AND SELF-VERIFICATION, THIS PRESIDENT'S CAPITULATION WILL LEAD TO A NUCLEAR IRAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY AND AN AMERICAN ENDORSEMENT OF THEIR EFFORTS TO GET THERE. WELL, THE AYATOLLAH HAS CONVINCED THE PRESIDENT THAT IT ONLY NEEDS NUCLEAR CAPACITY FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES, BUT WHY DOES IRAN NEED NUCLEAR CAPACITY AT ALL? IRAN HAS THE WORLD'S FOURTH LARGEST PROVEN OIL RESERVES, TOTALING 157 BILLION BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL AND THE SECOND LARGEST PROVEN NATURAL GAS RESERVES 1.93 TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF GAS. WHY HAS IRAN, WHICH HAS DEFIED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON THIS ISSUE, BE GRANTED TO PROCEED WITH A NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM? WHY SHOULD WE TRUST IRAN? HAVE THEY EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED? SIMPLY PUT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GIFT FOR THE AYATOLLAH OF IRAN. FOR STARTERS IT RELEASED HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ASSETS TO THE REGIME IN IRAN GIVING THEM A GIFT BASKET TO FLOOD TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WHICH SEEKS TO HARM AMERICANS AND OUR ALLIES. IT GIVES THE LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM A STAMP OF LEGITIMACY AND THE MEANS TO HAVE SANCTIONS RELIEF EVEN BEFORE IRAN HAS DEMONSTRATED FULL ADHERENCE TO THE TERM'S DEALS. IT DOES NOT, HOWEVER, BRING HOME THE FOUR AMERICANS BEING IMPRISONED IN IRAN. WHEN QUESTIONED AS TO WHY, THIS ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THAT IT DID NOT DEMAND THE RELEASE OF AMERICAN PRISONERS BECAUSE IT WANTED TO LIMIT NEGOTIATIONS TO JUST IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. ON THE CONTRARY, THEY WON NONNUCLEAR CONCESSIONS THROUGH THE PROCESS. IT GRANTS AMNESTY TO THE HEAD OF THE QUDS FORCE WHO IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST LEADING TERRORIST MASTERMINDS AND THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH FOR AT LEAST 1,000 UNITED STATES TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND IT LIFTS THE ARMS EMBARGO IN IRAN DESPITE TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER AND JOINT CHIEFS MARTIN DEMPSEY THAT WE SHOULD DO SO UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES. THEY CAN STOCKPILE CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND RUSSIA AND CHINA CAN LEGALLY PROFIT OFF OF MAJOR WEAPONS EXPORTS TO TEHRAN. YET, PARTICIPATION THE MOST TROUBLING ASPECT OF THIS DEAL IS THE INSPECTIONS REGIME. GONE ARE THE ANYTIME ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS OUTLINED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. IN ITS PLACE A 24-DAY NOTICE PERIOD COMBINED WITH SECRET SIDE DEALS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF AND WHICH PROPONENTS OF THE PLAN ARE HAPPILY TO BE BLISSFULLY IGNOREANT. MR. SPEAKER, THE PROPONENTS OF THIS DEAL KNOW IT DOES NOT MAKE US SAFER NOR MORE SECURE. THEY KNOW WE CANNOT TRUST IRAN. THEY KNOW THAT THE VERIFICATION PROCESS IS WEAK AND IS BUILT UPON SECRET DEALS AND THEY KNOW WE SHOULD LIFT THE ARMS EMBARGO AND KNOW THAT HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS BEING RELEASED TO THE AYATOLLAH WILL END UP ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN THE HANDS OF TERRORISTES THAT WILL KILL AMERICANS AND OUR ALLIES. MR. SPEAKER, THEY KNOW IT'S A BAD DEAL. I'M PROUD TO HAVE MY NAME LISTED AMONG DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OPPOSING THIS DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, THOSE WHO IGNORE HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT. IN 1994 WE HEARD PRESIDENT CLINTON SELL HIS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA ON MANY OF THE SAME TALKING POINTS PRESIDENT OBAMA USED IN HIS SPEECH TO SELL THIS DEAL WITH IRAN. YET, IN 2006 WE WATCHED AS THE NORTH KOREANS DETONATED A NUCLEAR WEAPON. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP THIS, AND I URGE, I BEG MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE AGAINST THIS DEAL SO WE AREN'T WATCHING IRANIANS DETONATE THEIR OWN BOMB JUST A FEW YEARS FROM NOW AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:54:49 AM

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  • 10:54:52 AM

    THE MESSENGER

    MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE…

    MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED

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  • 10:54:55 AM

    THE SECRETARY

    SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED S. 1603, CITED AS THE BORDER JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT OF 2015 IN WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE HOUSE IS REQUESTED.

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  • 10:55:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:55:19 AM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE DECISION BY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE DECISION BY THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO BACK OFF FROM THE DIRECT VOTE ON A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR ACCORD AS PROVIDED UNDER THE CORKER ACT. CLEARLY THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF CORKER TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH THE FULL TEXT OF ITS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, MOST SPECIFICALLY THE SIDE DEALS REFERENCED IN THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN IRAN AND THE IAEA. HOUSE RESOLUTION 411 THAT DECLARES THE ADMINISTRATION OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE CORKER ACT IS WELL-FOUNDED, BUT THERE IS NO REASON TO CANCEL THE VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE AGREEMENT, AS SPECIFIED IN THE CORKER ACT AND AS PROMISED BY THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP FOR THE LAST SIX WEEKS. HOUSE RESOLUTION 411 RIGHTLY DISPUTES SEPTEMBER 17 AS THE DEADLINE FOR CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO STOP THIS TREATY FROM TAKING EFFECT, AND I SUPPORT THAT RESOLUTION, BUT IT CANNOT AUTHORITATIVELY SETTLE THIS DISPUTE. THAT LEAVES THE DEADLINE AS AN OPEN QUESTION, AND THIS HOUSE MUST NOT LET THAT DEADLINE PASS WITHOUT DEFINITIVE ACTION, AS PROVIDED BY CORKER. I OPPOSE THE ACT BECAUSE IT GUTS THE TREATY CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT REQUIRES TREATIES TO BE RATIFIED BY A 2/3 VOTE OF THE U.S. SENATE. DESPITE THE PRESIDENT'S CONTENTION THAT THIS IS AN AGREEMENT AND NOT A TREATY, THE FACT THAT IT EXPLICITLY MODIFIES THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY MAKES IT OBVIOUS THAT IT REQUIRES SENATE RATIFICATION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE CONGRESS OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED THE CORKER ACT, ESTABLISHING A VERY DIFFERENT FRAMEWORK WITH RESPECT TO THIS PARTICULAR TREATY. INSTEAD OF A 2/3 VOTE OF THE SENATE TO RATIFY IT, CORKER IN ESSENCE REQUIRES 2/3 OF BOTH HOUSES TO REJECT IT THROUGH A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL, AN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE THRESHOLD. UNDER CORKER, THE RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL IS THE SPECIFIC LEGAL ACT REQUIRED TO REJECT THIS TREATY. THIS IS WHAT THE LEADERSHIP HAD PROMISED THE HOUSE WOULD VOTE ON THIS WEEK UNTIL YESTERDAY. NOW, WE'RE TO VOTE ON A LEGALLY MEANINGLESS BILL TO APPROVE THE TREATY THAT'S EXPECTED TO BE VOTED DOWN. IT SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO HAVE NO LEGAL EFFECT MERELY TO GIVE MEMBERS POLITICAL COVER. THUS, THE HOUSE WILL FAIL TO TAKE ACTION ON A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL CALLED FOR UNDER THE CORKER ACT BY THE DISPUTED SEPTEMBER 17 DEADLINE. ON THAT DEADLINE, THE PRESIDENT WILL DECLARE VICTORY, IMPLEMENT THE TREATY AND THE CONGRESS WILL BE LEFT PUTTERING. THE WORLD WILL CORRECTLY INTERPRET THIS DEER LIX AS A -- DERELICTION AND MAYBE POSSIBLY THE COURTS MAY INTERVENE AND DECLARE THE PRESIDENT'S ACTION ILLEGAL. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS RIGHT TO DISPUTE THE SEPTEMBER 17 DEADLINE BECAUSE CLEARLY THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COMPLY WITH PROVISIONS OF CORKER AND PROVIDE THE FULL TEXT OF THE SIDE AGREEMENTS TO THE CONGRESS, BUT THE HOUSE IS DEAD WRONG TO REFUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL PRIOR TO THE DISPUTED DEADLINE TO ASSURE THAT THE HOUSE HAS SPOKEN CLEARLY ON UNAMBIGUOUSLY ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE CORKER ACT THAT THE CONGRESS ITSELF ENACTED IN MAY. ONCE IT IS ACTED, THE HOUSE CAN STILL DISPUTE WHETHER THE PRESIDENT'S ADMISSION MEETS THE EVIDENCE OF CORKER BUT WILL NOT HAVE THIS MOMENTUS QUESTION DANGLING, UNRESOLVED AND IN DISPUTE. THE ARGUMENT WE HEAR IS THE SENATE IS UNLIKELY TO TAKE UP A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. THEREFORE, WE SHOULD HOLD THE PRESIDENT TO THE LETTER OF CORKER. WELL, WHAT THE SENATE DOES IS UP TO THE SENATE, BUT FOR OUR PART, THE HOUSE HAS A MORAL OBLIGATION TO ACT WITHIN THE UNDISPUTED TIME FRAME TO LEGALLY REJECT THIS DANGEROUS ACTION BY THE PRESIDENT. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT THIS TREATY WILL TRIGGER A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE LEADERS OF ISRAEL, EGYPT AND SAUDI ARABIA HAVE ALREADY MADE THAT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR. THERE'S LITTLE DOUBT THAT IT IS UNVERIFIABLE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT IT WILL RELEASE $150 BILLION OF FROZEN ASSETS TO IRAN WITH WHICH IT CAN FINANCE ITS TERRORIST OPERATIONS AND CONTINUE ITS NUCLEAR RESEARCH. I FEAR THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT MAY BE JUST AS SIGNIFICANT TO THE FATE OF THE 21ST CENTURY AS THE MUNICH AGREEMENT WAS TO THE 20TH CENTURY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE WORLD DESERVE A CLEAR, UNAMBIGUOUS AND INDISPUTABLE ACT OF THE HOUSE TO REPUDIATE THIS ACT. WHAT THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP IS NOW PURSUING FALLS SHORT OF THIS MORAL IMPERATIVE. . SOAP THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:00:27 AM

    MR. BARR

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONTH I TRAVELED TO ISRAEL WITH MORE THAN 35 OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST MONTH I TRAVELED TO ISRAEL WITH MORE THAN 35 OF MY COLLEAGUES TO MEET WITH KEY LEADERS IN THAT COUNTRY, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, AND LEARNED FIRSTHAND WHAT OUR CLOSEST ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST THINKS ABOUT THE PROPOSED IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT ALSO KNOWN AS THE JOINT COMPETITIVE PLAN OF ACT -- COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION BETWEEN THE P5+1. THE VIEW ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM FROM THE PRIME MINISTER TO THE OPPOSITION LEADER IN THE CAN I KNESSET, FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, TO THE MILITARY LEADERS AND THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES, THEY ALL AGREE THAT THE DEAL NEGOTIATED BY SECRETARY KERRY CHAMPIONED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A DANGEROUS AND HISTORIC MISTAKE. THIS CONFIRMS WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED IN BRIEFINGS AND HEARINGS IN CONGRESS. THIS DEAL WILL NOT DELIVER THE SAFETY AND SECURITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE. INSTEAD, IT WILL TRANSFORM IRAN FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM WITHIN ILLICIT NUCLEAR PROGRAM INTO THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AWASH IN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SANCTIONS RELIEF WITH AN INTERNATIONALLY SANCTIONED NUCLEAR PROGRAM ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE. BUT THIS IS NOT JUST A BAD DEAL FOR ISRAEL. THIS IS NOT JUST A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA. A NUCLEAR IRAN IS A GLOBAL THREAT TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. CONSIDER THE COUNTER PARTY TO THIS DEAL. SINCE THE SEIZURE OF THE U.S. EMBASSY AND TAKING OF 52 AMERICAN HOSTAGES DURING THE 1979 REVOLUTION, THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN HAS TAKEN THE LONG VIEW ON ITS GLOBAL AM MISSIONS OF EXPORTING ITS REVOLUTION. SUPPORTING TERRORIST PROXIES LIKE HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, AND BOKO HARAM. THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS AND LEADER OF ITS ELITE FORCE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLING OF OVER 500 U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ. THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS COVERED UP AND LIED ABOUT ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM FOR DECADES, DECEIVING INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS.ORS, AGREEING TO INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS, ALLOWING THE INSPECTIONS TO BE ADMITTED PROVISIONALLY. IDENTIFYA TOLL LA KHOMEINI -- AND OPENLY CALLS FOR THE ANNIHILATION OF JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. IN JERUSALEM WE VISITED THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM. THERE WE SAW EXHIBITS RECOUNTING THE HORRIFYING IMAGES OF THE HOLOCAUST. DURING OUR VISIT WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, HE MADE A PROFOUND OBSERVATION. HE SAID THEY COMPARE THIS TO THE 1930'S. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE 1930'S. IN THE 1930'S, THE NAZIS CONCEALED THEIR INTENTIONS FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THE HOLOCAUST. HERE THEY ARE ACTUALLY TELLING US. THEY ARE TELLING US WHAT THEY WANT TO DO TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND DEATH TO THE GREAT SATAN. LET'S NOT GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO ACTUALLY CARRY IT OUT. THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE OF ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS HAS BEEN PLANNED TO MANAGED ACCESS. MUST APPEAL TO IRAN, RUSSIA, AND CHINA. THIS BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS COULD TAKE UP 24 DAYS AT LEAST DURING WHICH IRAN WOULD REMOVE ANYTHING COVERT OR VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NOW REPORTS THAT AT LEAST ONE OF TWO SECRET DEALS BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN, SECRET DEALS NEITHER CONGRESS NOR EVEN THE DISCRIMINATE -- SECRETARY OF STATE HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO SEE, IRAN TO USE ITS OWN INSPECTORS AT THE MILITARY COMPLEX LONG SUSPECTED AS THE HEADQUARTERS OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. GIVEN THE IRANIAN REGIME'S PAST BEHAVIOR AND CONTEMPT FOR U.S. NEGOTIATORS, IT KNOWS ARE WEAK, THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT IRAN WILL CHEAT AND DARE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO FIND VIOLATIONS WHICH PROVES THE VERY DEFICIENCIES OF THE DEAL IS NEGOTIATED. EVEN IF IRAN DOES NOT CHEAT, EVEN IF IRAN ACTUALLY COMPLIES WITH THE DEAL, THREE BAD OUTCOMES ARE GUARANTEED. FIRST, IRAN WILL BE ALOUD AN ARSENAL, NOT A BOMB, AN ARSENAL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN AS LITTLE AS 10 YEARS. UNDER THE AGREEMENT IRAN IS NOT REQUIRED TO DISMANTLE KEY BOMB MAKING TECHNOLOGY. IT'S PERMITTED TO RETAIN VAST ENRICHMENT CAPACITY, MAY CONTINUE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES, AND ALLOWED TO AGUIRRE INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES IN AS LITTLE AS EIGHT YEARS. THOSE ARE NOT FOR TEL AVIV. THOSE ARE FOR WASHINGTON, D.C., AND NEW YORK. SEC, IRAN GETS SANCTIONS RELIEF AT LEAST $56 BILLION ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. AND THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ITSELF. INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS PROJECTS IT COULD BE AS MUCH AS $150 BILLION. AS A MEMBER OF THE TERRORISM FINANCING TASK FORCE, I HAVE HEARD EXTENSIVE TESTIMONY THAT WHEN THESE FUNDS ARE RELEASED A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE WILL GO TO IRAN'S TERRORIST PROXIES IN GAZA, LEBANON, IRAQ, LEBANON, NIGERIA, AND ELSEWHERE. IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SNAPBACK PROTECTIONS. THIRD, BECAUSE IRAN'S NEIGHBOR THOSE THIS DEAL REVERSE AS DECADES LONG U.S. POLICY BLOCKING IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, THIS AGREEMENT WILL SPARK A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE BROADER MIDDLE EAST, TURKEY, SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT HAVE ALREADY SIGNALED THEIR INTENT TO AGUIRRE NUCLEAR CAPABILITY IF THIS DEAL IS FINALIZED. THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW IRAN THE BEST TRUST THEM THE LEAST. THIS PRESIDENT SAYS IT'S THIS DEAL OR WAR. BUT THAT'S A FALSE CHOICE. REJECTING THIS DEAL WILL KEEP MOST SANCTIONS IN PLACE AND ALLOW CONGRESS ANG OUR ALLIES TO TURN UP THE PRESSURE ON IRAN TO GET A BETTER DEAL. I SIGNED A REMEMBER WITH 366 COLLEAGUES OUTLINING THE CONDITIONS WE WOULD CONSIDER TO BE PART OF A BETTER DEAL. NONE OF WHICH WERE INCLUDED IN THE ONE BEFORE US. ON THE LAST NIGHT WE WERE IN ISRAEL, ONE OF THE LAST NIGHTS, AS WE FINISHED DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ON THE SEA OF GALILEE, THE OWNER TOOK THE MICROPHONE AND ANNOUNCED THAT MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS WERE HERE TO STOP THIS BAD IRAN DEAL.

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  • 11:06:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 11:06:23 AM

    MR. BARR

    TO CONCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER, THE WHOLE RESTAURANT STOOD UP AND SANG "GOD…

    TO CONCLUDE, MR. SPEAKER, THE WHOLE RESTAURANT STOOD UP AND SANG "GOD BLESS AMERICA." ON THE IRAN DEAL. I PROUDLY STAND WITH OUR ALLIES IN ISRAEL NOT WITH THE MOO LAST IN TEHRAN. -- MULLAHS IN TEHRAN.

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  • 11:06:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 11:06:45 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO JUST ANEGOTIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO JUST ANEGOTIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY. WHO I THINK WAS JUST UP HERE ELOQUENTLY WAS GIVING A CASE AS TO WHY THIS DEAL WITH IRAN IS SUCH A BAD DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONSEQUENCES OF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WILL HAUNT AMERICA FOR GENERATIONS. IF CONGRESS DOES NOT STEP IN TO STOP IT. THIS SHOULDN'T BE ABOUT PARTY. IT SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT LOYALTY TO THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE IF ONE THINKS ABOUT THIS CURRENT PRESIDENT, WHETHER YOU LIKE HIM OR DON'T LIKE HIM, WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH HIM OR DON'T AGREE WITH HIM, THIS ADMINISTRATION ENDS IN 15 MONTHS. BUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONSEQUENCES OF THIS DEAL WILL GO ON AND HAUNT AMERICA FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. SO THIS DEAL, THIS AGREEMENT, NEEDS TO BE EVALUATED ON THE SUBSTANCE AND HOW IT WILL IMPACT AMERICA AND WILL IT MAKE AMERICA SAFER? MR. SPEAKER, AN OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY OF THIS CONGRESS ARE AGAINST THIS AGREEMENT. IT MAKES AMERICA LESS SAFE. IN IT SURVIVES, IT'S ONLY BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT WAS ABLE TO RAM IT THROUGH ON A WHOLLY PARTISAN BASIS. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE, MR. SPEAKER. THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE ZERO BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS PACT IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. FURTHER DEMONSTRATES JUST HOW DANGEROUS THIS IS FOR OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, MY VERY FIRST SPEECH ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IN 2011, I STATED MY BELIEF THAT IRAN WAS THE GREATEST NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT THAT WE HAVE. TODAY I'M EVEN MORE COMMITTED THAT IRAN IS THE GREATEST THREAT THAT WE HAVE TO OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY. BY PROVING THAT AGGRESSION AND DEFIANCE WILL BE AWARDED, THIS AGREEMENT MAKES THE WORLD LESS SAFE AND TRAGICALLY WAR MORE LIKELY. WHAT ARE WE SAYING TO OUR NEIGHBORS? IN IRAN GETS NUCLEAR WEAPONS, SURELY ITS NEIGHBORS WILL GO ON A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE AS WELL. WILL MAKE THIS DANGEROUS PART OF THE WORLD EVEN LESS SAFE THAN IT ALREADY IS. FAR MORE VOLATILE. THESE CONCERNS HAVE BEEN BIPARTISAN. ACCORDING TO DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ, THIS AGREEMENT DOESN'T END IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, IT PRESERVES IT. ACCORDING TO DEMOCRATIC SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER, AND I QUOTE, IF IRAN'S TRUE INTENT IS TO GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON, UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IT MUST SIMPLY EXERCISE PATIENCE, END QUOTE. SIMPLY PUT, THIS AGREEMENT WON'T BLOCK IRAN'S PATH TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. INSTEAD, IT LEAVES IRAN'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE INTACT AND AMOUNTS TO A CONTAINMENT STRATEGY. SETTLING FOR ONLY CONTAINING A NUCLEAR IRAN IS A GRAVE MISTAKE THAT LEAVES THE LONG-TERM SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES VULNERABLE TO NUCLEAR BLACK MALE BY IRAN. WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE BASIC REASONS FOR WHY THIS RECKLESS AGREEMENT SHOULD BE OPPOSED. THE AGREEMENT RELIES ON A SURE TO FAIL INSPECTIONS REGIME THAT FAILS -- FALLS WELL SHORT OF ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS THAT ARE SO CRITICALLY NEEDED. IT FAILS TO DELIVER ON THE COMMITMENT TO DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. IRAN ACTUALLY RECEIVES A SIGNING BONUS THAT TRADES PERMANENT SANCTIONS RELIEF FOR TEMPORARY LIMITATIONS ON ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THIS WILL PROVIDE IRAN, THE WORLD'S GREATEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR, AND THAT'S NOT UP FOR DEBATE. THAT'S NOT DISPUTED. WILL GIVE THEM $150 BILLION, WHICH THEY WILL NO DOUBT USE TO FUND TERROR THROUGH THEIR PROXIES IN HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS. THROUGH ASSAD IN SYRIA AND THROUGH CELLS IN SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA. SUNSET PROVISIONS WOULD SIMPLY GIVE IRAN A PATIENT PATH TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS AGREEMENT LISTS CONVENTIONAL ARMS EMBARGO IN FIVE YEARS AND BALLISTIC MISSILE EMBARGO IN EIGHT YEARS. WHY WERE THESE EVEN ON THE TABLE, MR. SPEAKER? MR. SPEAKER, I ASK YOU, WHAT DO YOU USE AN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE FOR? IT'S NOT TO DROP LEAFLETS OR HUMANITARIAN NEEDS. IT'S TO DELIVER A NUCLEAR WARHEAD TO WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, CHICAGO. I AM PERPLEXED BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, LIKE MANY HERE IN THIS BODY I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND THEY HAVE CHILDREN. WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS THAT ARE OUT THERE. I HAVE A 13-YEAR-OLD AND 11-YEAR-OLD AND 8-YEAR-OLD. BY THE TIME MY 8-YEAR-OLD GOES TO COLLEGE, SHE WILL NOT KNOW A WORLD WITHOUT IRAN HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE CHANCE CHANTS OF -- CHANTS OF DEATH TO AMERICA IN THE STREETS AT SOME POINT IN TIME WE HAVE TO TAKE THEIR WORD THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS AGREEMENT, THIS LEGITIMATIZES IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND PROVIDES IRAN'S NUCLEAR PURSUIT WITH INTERNATIONAL STAMPS OF APPROVAL. THIS IS WHAT IRAN HAS BEEN DESPERATELY SEEKING, YET WE HAVE JUST HANDED IT TO THEM ON A PLATTER. LET'S REMEMBER WHEN THE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN, IRAN WAS AN ISOLATED NATION. THEIR ECONOMY WAS IN RUINS. THEY WERE UNDER HEAVY SANCTIONS AND WERE OUTSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. BUT THIS PROCESS HAS ENDED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ISOLATING AND HAMMERING ISRAEL AND THE ADMINISTRATION COERCING CONGRESS TO ACCEPT A DEAL BY ASSERTING THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD OTHERWISE BE BLAMED FOR IT FALLING APART. ON AUGUST 5, THE PRESIDENT GAVE A SEACH --

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  • 11:12:32 AM

    MR. DOLD

    YIELD BACK.

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    HOST

    WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE TWO DAYS OF DEBATE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT.…

    WHAT'S EXPECTED TO BE TWO DAYS OF DEBATE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. LIVE COVERAGE ON C-SPAN. SPINE THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED TODAY BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND ANDREW WALTON FROM THE CAPITOL HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

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  • 12:01:06 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    LET US PRAY. AS VACATIONS AND RECESSES DRAW TO A CLOSE, WE GIVE THANKS FOR…

    LET US PRAY. AS VACATIONS AND RECESSES DRAW TO A CLOSE, WE GIVE THANKS FOR THE GIFT OF REST AND RECREATION AFFORDED US WHILE SO MANY IN OUR COUNTRY AND WORLD HAVE SPENT THOSE SAME DAYS IN FEAR AND SUFFERING. MAY WE LEAVE BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE SHADOWS OF YESTERDAY, SEEKING TO SHINE WITH RENEW PURPOSE -- RENEWED PURPOSE, INSPIRED WIZ TOM AND TRANSFORMATIVE ACTION. MAY EVERY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THESE HALLS OF POWER REMEMBER THEIR CALLING AS PUBLIC SERVANTS TO HUMBLY HOLD THE HOPES, DREAMS, AND TRUST OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE AND EVERY STATE, CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE AND NEIGHBORHOOD OF OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. AS NUMEROUS STREAMS OF OPINION, INTERESTS, AND NEED FLOW INTO THE PROCEDURES, PROCESSES, AND DECISIONS OF THIS TAI AND TAIS AHEAD, MAY THERE BE WISDOM AND PATIENCE TO ALLOW THEM TO FIND THEIR WAY TO POOLS AND PONDS OF PEACE, RIVERS OF MERCY, AND EVENTUALLY OCEANS OF COMPASSION AND COMMON GOOD FOR ALL PEOPLE. AMEN.

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  • 12:02:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE

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    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TODAY WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. WALTERS.

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    MRS. WALTERS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. WILSON

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A CLEAR FACT THAT THESE ARE AND THAT THE REGIME IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A CLEAR FACT THAT THESE ARE AND THAT THE REGIME IN IRAN IS A DANGEROUS THREAT TO WORLD PEACE. THE PRESIDENT'S LEGACY OF FAILED POLICIES OF WEAKNESS HAS LED TO THE MIDDLE EASTERN CHAOS, WITH REFUGEES, FAMILIES FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES AND DROWNING AT SEA. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO STOP A BAD SITUATION FROM GETTING EVEN WORSE. A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN IS A THREAT TO EVERY COUNTRY EVERYWHERE. WE NEED A DEAL THAT IS VERIFIABLE, ENFORCEABLE, AND ACCOUNTABLE. IS IT VERIFIABLE? NO, BECAUSE THE SECRET DEALS IT WILL BE THE IRANIANS WHO CERTIFY WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE COMPLYING. IS IT ENFORCEABLE? NO. BECAUSE THE SANCTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE ENIN FORCING THEM TO THE BARGAINING TAINL WILL BE LIFTED. IRAN WILL THEN HAVE THE MONEY IT NEEDS TO COMPLETE ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAMS, MISSILE DEVELOPMENT, AND EXPAND THEIR FUNDING OF TERROR. WITH FUTURE TERRORIST ATTACKS, MEDIA SHOULD TRACE THE FUNDING TO DETERMINE IF THE SOURCE IS FROM THIS DEAL. IS IT ACCOUNTABLE? NO, BECAUSE THE DEAL PERMITS IRAN TO KEEP THOUSANDS OF NUCLEAR CENTRIFUGES TO ENRICHED URANIUM. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, AND MAY THE PRESIDENT BY HIS ACTIONS NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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

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    MS. GABBARD

    THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HAWAII ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. A…

    THIS YEAR MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HAWAII ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. A NONPROFIT MULTIAGENCY KNOWN AS K.E.O. FOR HALF A CENTURY THIS AGENCY HAS BEEN PROVIDING SERVICES TO THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN NEED TO EASE THE PAIN OF POVERTY AND HELP THEM ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. AS THE ONLY HUMAN SERVICES ORGANIZATION ON THAT IDENTIFY LAN, THEY HAVE BEEN A LIFE LINE FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A SECOND CHANCE. IN THE PAST YEAR ALONE, K.E.O. HAS ASSISTED OVER 5,000 INDIVIDUALS WITH HOUSING, EDUCATION, FOOD, MEDICAL SERVICES, LEGAL SERVICES, CHILDCARE, TRANSPORTATION, DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND SO MUCH MORE. I'D LIKE TO SAY MAHALO TO THE C.E.O., MABLE, THE CHAIR BRENDA, BOARD MEMBER STAFF VOLUNTEERS, AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO SELFLESSLY DEDICATED THEIR TIME AND ATTENTION AND ALOHA TO ASSURE THE PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE A FRIEND TO HELP THEM IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, ONCE AGAIN WITH THE END OF SUMMER VACATION,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, ONCE AGAIN WITH THE END OF SUMMER VACATION, IT STILL HAS IN CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST THE ONSET OF FIRE SEASON.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    CALIFORNIA'S SEEN TWICE THE NUMBER OF ACRES OF TREES BURNED SO FAR THIS…

    CALIFORNIA'S SEEN TWICE THE NUMBER OF ACRES OF TREES BURNED SO FAR THIS YEAR AND FIRE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER. WHILE WORKING ON REFORMS TO RETURN MANAGEMENT TO OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, THE WORK DOESN'T STOP WHEN THE FIRES ARE OUT. EVERY SINGLE DAY A TREE LIES DEAD ON THE FOREST MEANS IT LOSES MORE AND MORE OF ITS SALVAGE VALUE AND BECOMES A COST TO THE TAXPAYERS TO REMOVE IT LATER AND NEXT DANGEROUS FUEL FOR THE NEXT FIRE. IT'S IMPERATIVE THE FOREST SERVICE ACT RAPIDLY TO SALVAGE THESE DOWNED TREES. OR IT'S MORE FUEL ON THE GROUND. WHILE THE FOREST SERVICE ESTIMATES THERE ARE 12 MILLION DEAD TREES ALREADY THIS YEAR, VIRTUALLY NO WORK IS BEING DONE TO REMOVE THESE DEAD TREES FROM THESE FORESTS. WE MUST STOP THE BARRIERS TO GETTING THE WORK DONE THAT'S NEEDED FOR OUR FOREST TO BE HEALTHY AND SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS VIRGINIA TECH. TSH-IS RECOGNIZED. -- IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS VIRGINIA TECH. TSH-IS RECOGNIZED. -- IS RECOGNIZED. A THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO ASK A SIMPLE QUESTION OF THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. CAN YOU SHOW ME A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT THAT WILL LEAD TO TOUGHER INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON? SCHOLARS AND DIPLOMATS, INCLUDING PRESIDENT BUSH'S IRAN NEGOTIATOR, AMBASSADOR BURNS, HAVE STATED BEFORE MEMBERS OF THIS VERY BODY THAT THERE IS NO WAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP RUSSIA, CHINA, AND INDIA IN THE SANCTIONS REGIME IF WE REJECT THIS AGREEMENT.

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    MR. MOULTON

    SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. PITTS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. IRAN IS THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF TRIM. THEY SUPPORT THE MURDEROUS ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. THEY SUPPORT HEZBOLLAH TERRORISTS IN LEBANON. THEY SUPPORT THE HUTEY REBELS IN YEMEN. IRAN BACKED MILITIAS HAVE KILLED AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ. NEGOTIATION IS FOUNDED UPON TRUST AND THERE CAN BE NO TRUST FOR THE MULLAHS WHO RUN IRAN. TO QUOTE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER ELIE WIEZEL, REGIMES ROOTED IN BRUTALITY MUST NEVER BE TRUSTED AND THE WORDS AND SANCTIONS OF THE LEADERSHIP OF IRAN LEAVE NO DOUBT AS TO THEIR INTENTIONS, END QUOTE. IN MARCH, I JOINED WITH 366 OF MY FELLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INCLUDING 130 DEMOCRATS, IN A LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA WE AGREED THAT ANY DEAL WITH IRAN MUST LAST FOR MULTIPLE DECADES, INCLUDE FULL DISCLOSURE OF IRAN'S PAST NUCLEAR PURSUITS WITH ANYTIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTION FOR VERIFICATION. THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT MEET THESE STANDARDS AND FOR THESE AND OTHER REASONS WE MUST NOT SUPPORT IT.

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

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

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    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. POPE FRANCIS WILL ADDRESS THIS BODY IN A JOINT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. POPE FRANCIS WILL ADDRESS THIS BODY IN A JOINT SESSION THIS MONTH. AND I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHEN I SAY I AM EAGER TO RECEIVE THE HOLY FATHER'S MESSAGE OF PEACE AS A REMINDER OF WHERE OUR PRIORITIES SHOULD BE IN OUR WORK HERE IN THE HOUSE. AS THE POPE EXPLAINED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN AN ENCYCLICLE, BECOMING A BERT STEWARD OF OUR ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE A PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US. LATER THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ACCURATELY POINTS OUT THAT IT IS IT IS A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO CARE FOR OTHERS AND THE GIFTS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADDRESS IT NOW. IT IS TIME TO WORK TOGETHER TO BETTER PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BUILD A CULTURE OF STEWARDSHIP. I THANK POPE FRANCIS FOR HIS FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE AND I HOPE THE WORDS HE WILL SHARE IN TWO WEEKS RING TRUE WITH ALL OF US INCLUDING THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO DENY CLIMATE CHANGE, BOTH IN THIS BODY AND AROUND THE WORLD, FOR HAVING THE WISDOM TO CHANGE ONE'S MIND AND EVOLVE IN THOUGHT IS A BLESSING. I HOPE THE POPE'S ENCYCLICLE WILL ENCOURAGE DENIERS TO WORK WITH US, TO FIND CREATIVE WAYS TO CLEAN OUR ENVIRONMENT, CREATE JOBS, AND MAKE OUR WORLD A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND MORE PEACEFUL FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. WITH THAT I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIFMENTE

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

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    MRS. WALTERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF DR. VICKY RUE I, A DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF DR. VICKY RUE I, A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE. SHE'S ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION AND WAS MOST RECENTLY NAMED A RECIPIENT OF THE 2014 NATIONAL HUMANITIES MEDAL. IT IS A AWARDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE DEEPEN CANNED THE COUNTRY'S UNDERSTANDING OF HUMANITIES AND BROADEN CITIZENS' ENGAGEMENT WITH HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND PHILOSOPHY. SHE'LL BE ONE OF ONLY 10 HONOREES FROM TOP UNIVERSITIES TO RECEIVE THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. IN FACT, DR. RUE I IS THE FIRST FACULTY MEMBER TO RECEIVE THIS MEDAL. AS THE FIRST IN HER FAMILY TO EARN AN ADVANCED DEGREE, DR. RUE I BEGAN HER WORK AT U.C.I. IN 2001. IN 2008 SHE WAS NAMED DEAN OF HUMANITIES AND CURRENTLY CHAIRS THE DEPARTMENT IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES. PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING HER AS SHE RECEIVES THIS AWARD TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. -- THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE DEBATE REPEALING DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL FOUR YEARS…

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE DEBATE REPEALING DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL FOUR YEARS AGO, WE NOTED THAT GAY AND LESBIAN AMERICANS HAD FOUGHT WITH DISTINCTION IN EVERY WAR IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    WHICH IS TRUE, BUT WHILE THEY FOUGHT TO PROTECT US, WE FAILED TO PROTECT…

    WHICH IS TRUE, BUT WHILE THEY FOUGHT TO PROTECT US, WE FAILED TO PROTECT THEM. OVER 100,000 AMERICANS WERE DISCHARGE FROM THE MILITARY BETWEEN 1945 AND 2011 SOLELY BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL OR THENTATION. THESE DISCHARGES WERE OFTEN LESS THAN HONORABLE, WHICH IMPACTED THEIR VETERANS BENEFITS AND SERVED AS A REBUKE TO THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ALLOWS VETERANS WHO WERE DISCHARGED SOLELY FOR THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO PETITION FOR AN UPGRADE TO AN HONORABLE DISCHARGE. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN THEIR DISTRICTS AND INFORM VETERANS OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST THEM IN THEIR APPLICATIONS. CONGRESS SHOULD PASS THE RESTORE HONOR TO SERVICE MEMBERS ACT INTRODUCED BY SENATOR GILLIBRAND AND CONGRESSMAN MARK POCAN TO CODIFY THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS TO REMOVE THIS ENSULT FROM THEIR RECORD. A GOOD AND GRATEFUL NATION OWES THESE BRAVE AMERICANS NOTHING LESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. --

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE THE IRANIANS AGREEMENT COMPLETION ITS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EVER SINCE THE IRANIANS AGREEMENT COMPLETION ITS PROPONENTS HAVE INSISTED THE DEAL IS BASED ON VERIFICATION NOT TRUST. THAT'S BECAUSE IRAN HAS-S NOT A COUNTRY THAT CAN BE TRUSTED. EVIDENCED BY THEIR FUNDING OF TERROR, AND PAST ATTEMPTS OF SECRET NUCLEAR ARMENTAMENT. HOWEVER DETAILS CONTINUING TO BE REVEALED IT'S CLEAR NEGOTIATIONS WERE BASED ON TRUST. THE VERIFICATION IN THIS AGREEMENT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO THE IRANIANS THEMSELVES WHILE INSPECTIONS OF THEIR FACILITIES CAN BE DELAYED FOR WEEKS. CONGRESS STILL DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE AGREEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY. IT'S NAIVE FOR SUPPORTERS OF THIS AGREEMENT TO TRUST AN UNSTABLE THEOCRACY WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T TRUST THE OWN AMERICAN CITIZENS TO SELF-CERTIFY ON FUEL STORAGE. I ENCOURAGE ALL ATTEMPTS TO DISARM IRAN. IT HAS CHATTERED THEIR CREDIBILITY IN THE INTER COMMUNITY. AND THE PRESIDENT'S THREAT TO VETO AL TERATIONS IS -- CONGRESS CANNOT ACCEPT THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT WHICH EMPOWER AN UNTRUSTWORTHY AND HOSTILE NATION IN AN ALREADY DANGEROUSLY UNSTABLE REGION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS VIRGINIA TECH.

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    MR. VEASEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY

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    MR. VEASEY

    SEIS PARADE IN MY HOMETOWN OF FORT WORTH. THEY RECOGNIZED THAT THERE WAS…

    SEIS PARADE IN MY HOMETOWN OF FORT WORTH. THEY RECOGNIZED THAT THERE WAS NO PARADE TO RECOGNIZE MEXICO'S INDEPENDENT DAY. FOR THE LAST FIVE DECADES THEIR WORK HAS GROWN AND THE SELL BREAGS HAS TOO, INTO ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE EVENTS. THE HARD WORK BY THE COMMITTEE WILL BE SEEN DURING THIS YEAR'S PARADE ON SEPTEMBER 12 WHICH ALSO WILL SERVE AS THE KICKOFF FOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK JUANITA AND HER COMMITTEE FOR THE CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN FORT WORTH. I WISH THEM THE BEST ON THIS 50TH GREER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL UNACCEPTABLY LIFTS CERTAIN SANCTIONS ON…

    THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEAL UNACCEPTABLY LIFTS CERTAIN SANCTIONS ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE CAPTAIN SULEIMANI, THE CURRENT COMMANDER OF IRAN'S QUDS FOREST WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF SERVICEMEN IN IRAQ AND IS LEADING EFFORTS AGAINST U.S. INTERESTS IN THE NORTHEAST. ALSO AHMAD VADIDI, WHO IS STILL WANTED BY INTERPOL FOR HIS ROLE IN THE 1994 JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER BOMBING IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 85 PEOPLE. ALSO THE FORMER HEAD OF IRAN'S ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY WHO WAS SANCTIONED FOR HIS NUCLEAR AND BALLISTIC MISSILE ACTIVITIES. ALSO THE GERMAN ENGINEER WHO FACILITATED THE SALE OF NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT TO NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND LIBYA AND ALSO THE FORMER HEAD OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM WHO HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS IRAN'S DR. A.Q. KHAN. THIS IS A BRIEF SAMPLE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO WILL HAVE ADEGREESAL RESOURCES, ACCESS AND FREEDOM TO CONTINUE THEIR TERROR AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACTIVITY AS A RESULT OF THIS PROGRAM. WE CAN AND MUST GET A BETTER NUCLEAR DEAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE ECONOMY, AND A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET, MY REPUBLIC COLLEAGUES ARE MEETING…

    THE ECONOMY, AND A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET, MY REPUBLIC COLLEAGUES ARE MEETING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, SCHEMING UP PLANS, PUTTING OUR ECONOMY AND OUR CONSTITUENTS' JOBS AT RISK. IT'S PASTIME THAT REPUBLICANS PUT THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS BEFORE PARTISAN POLITICS. AMERICAN BUSINESSES THAT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO COMPETE GLOBALLY ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE OF REPUBLICANS' REFUSAL TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THE UNCERTAINTY PLACED ON STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BY REPUBLICANS' REFUSAL TO PUT FORT WORTH A LONG-TERM HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL IS UNCONSCIONABLE. AND LET'S NOT FORGET WE HAVE YET TO PRODUCE AND PASS PASS -- AND PASS A RESPONSIBLE BUDGET. WE CANNOT HAVE A REPEAT OF 2013 WITH PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT PARTISAN POLITICS ASIDE AND LET'S DO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CALLED HERE TO DO. BASED ON THE LATEST ANTICS, I CAN'T TELL IF I'M A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL OR A FRESHMAN IN CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    LIFT SANCTIONS ON THE REGIME BEFORE DELIVERING ANY PROOF IT IS ACTING IN…

    LIFT SANCTIONS ON THE REGIME BEFORE DELIVERING ANY PROOF IT IS ACTING IN GOOD FAITH TO CURB ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. I CONTINUE TO HAVE CONCERNS THAT THIS DEAL IS DANGEROUS AND WILL SIMPLY DELAY IRAN IF OBTAIN NUGE CLEAR WEAPONS. WE SHOULD SEEK A STRONG DEAL TO ENSURE THAT THE CURRENT REGIME IS NEVER ABLE TO OBTAIN A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS IS NOT WHAT WE'VE BEEN DELIVERED BY THE NEGOTIATORS. SANCTIONS AGAINST THE REGIME ARE THE REASON THEY CAME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. WE SHOULD NOT NEGOTIATE FROM A POSITION OF STRENGTH AND NOT SURRENDER TO REMOVING SANCTIONS BEFORE THERE'S PROOF OF COMPLIANCE. THE PRESIDENT'S -- THE PRESIDENT IS ATTEMPTING TO SELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ON A DEAL THAT PROVIDES BILLIONS OF DOLLAR THAT CAN BE USED TO SUPPORT IRAN'S CLAN DECEMBER TINE ACTIVITIES. ANY AGREEMENT MUST FIRST ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES. A CLEAR INDICATOR OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE IS ALSOAL -- IS ALWAYS PAST PERFORMANCE. UNFORTUNATELY, IRAN HAS A DECADES LONG HISTORY OF MISREPRESENTATION WHEN IT IT COMES TO ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE MARK THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE MARK THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS ON AMERICA. THIS TAI WILL FOREVER REMAIN AS ONE OF THE MOST SOMBER IN -- IN AMERICAN HISTORY. BUT OUT OF ALL THE HORRIFIC AND HEARTBREAKING STORIES, THERE WERE ALSO STORE ROIFS HEROISM AND HONOR. -- STORIES OF HEROISM AND HONOR. IN THE HOURS AND MINUTE -- IN THE MINUTES, HOURS AND DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK, FIREFIGHTERS POLICE AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS RAN INTO THE TWIN TOWERS, TOWARD THE PENTAGON AND TO THE PENNSYLVANIA CRASH SITE. THEY RISK THARED LIVES FOR ALL OF US AND NOW WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE STILL THERE TO SUPPORT THEM WHICH IS WHY I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THE JAMES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES MEDICAL TREATMENT AND FINANCIAL COMPENSATION TO THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO WERE HARMED IN THE 9/11 ATTACKS. WE OWE THEM THIS WITH THEIR MEDICAL BILLS AND SO MUCH MORE. OUR NATION WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SUCCESSFUL DIPLOMACY REQUIRES STATESMANSHIP A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SUCCESSFUL DIPLOMACY REQUIRES STATESMANSHIP A MUTUAL BENEFIT AND A COMMITMENT TO PEACE. NONE OF THESE ELEMENTS ARE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S DEAL WITH IRAN. ON STATESMANSHIP, THIS ADMINISTRATION'S ACQUIESCENCE HAS BEEN MET WITH IRANIAN HOSTILITY. JUST THIS WEEK, THE AYATOLLAH SAID ISRAEL WOULD BE DESTROYED WITHIN 25 YEARS. WORDS MATTER. AND WE CANNOT DISCOUNT IRAN'S DANGEROUS RHETORIC. WHERE IS THE MUTUAL BENEFIT? SHORT OF IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO A NUCLEAR BOMB, IRAN HAS BEEN GIVEN ALL IT WANTS. IT WILL RECEIVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IT CAN USE TO FUND TERRORISM AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND OUR ALLIES. IT WILL BE ALLOWED TO REJECT ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS THAT ARE VITAL TO VERIFYING COMPLIANCE AND ENSURING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND IN LESS THAN 15 YEARS, IRAN WILL BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM CAPABLE OF ATTACKING TARGETS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS, ARE WE WILLING TO GAMBLE THAT IRAN'S GOVERNMENT WILL END ITS DESTRUCT I BEHAVIOR AND BELLIGERENT RHETORIC IN THE COMING DAYS?

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    MR. MOOLENAAR

    I FOR ONE AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE THAT CHANCE. I BELIEVE THIS IS A BAD DEAL…

    I FOR ONE AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE THAT CHANCE. I BELIEVE THIS IS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA AND THE WORLD AND I OPPOSE IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. ZINKE

    I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    MR. ZINKE

    MISSILES THAT STRUCK ISRAEL, IN EIGHT YEARS, RELAXING THE SANCTIONS ON…

    MISSILES THAT STRUCK ISRAEL, IN EIGHT YEARS, RELAXING THE SANCTIONS ON ICBM'S. THERE'S ONLY ONE PURPOSE FOR AN ICBM AND THAT'S TO ATTACK EVERY CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. AND LASTLY, IN 13 YEARS, BECAUSE THIS DEAL DOES NOT DISMANTLE ANYTHING, IN 13 YEARS IRAN COULD LEGALLY HAVE A PATH FOR AT LEAST 100 ICBM'S. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. IN VOTING FOR THIS BILL WITH THE SECRET DEALS THAT NO CONGRESSMAN HAS HAD, NO CONGRESSMAN HAS LOOKED AT THE DEAL. MY JOB IS TRUTH, MY JOB IS TO DELIVER TRUTH TO THE MESH PEOPLE. DELIVER TRUTH TO MONTANA. AND THIS DEAL IS NOT TRUTHFUL. WE'RE REWARDING IRAN WITH 50 TO -- WITH $50 BILLION TO $100 BILLION IN TERRORISM, THE IDEA THAT WE TAKE THIS DEAL OR GO TO WAR IS PATENTLY FALSE. WE NEED TO DISMANTLE THIS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    MRS. ELLMERS

    9, 2015, ONE OF MY STAFF MEMBERS MISTAKENLY ADDED CONGRESSWOMAN MCSALLY TO…

    9, 2015, ONE OF MY STAFF MEMBERS MISTAKENLY ADDED CONGRESSWOMAN MCSALLY TO H.R. 3443. AS A CO-SPONSOR. INSTEAD OF H.R. 3339. BOTH MY STAFF AND I ACKNOWLEDGE AND TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS UNINTENDED ADDITION OF MS. MCSALLY'S NAME. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION AND INCONVENIENCE THAT THIS ERROR HAS CAUSED. THIS CO-SPONSORSHIP WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY AND I RESPECTFULLY ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE THE GENTLELADY'S NAME FROM THAT BILL. 3443. I YIELD BACK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN I GOT ON THE PLANE TO RETURN FROM TEXAS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN I GOT ON THE PLANE TO RETURN FROM TEXAS YESTERDAY, I FELT LIKE IT WAS A DONE DEAL, THE IRAN DEAL WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT GUESS WHAT? CONSERVATIVES IN THE HOUSE CAME TOGETHER WITH A BETTER IDEA, FUELED BY HUNDREDS OF FOLKS OUT ON THE LAWN, SENATOR TED CRUZ SPEAKINGING WE'VE COME UP WITH A SOLUTION THAT WILL AT LEAST POSSIBLY STOP IRAN FROM DEVELOP AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. THE BILL WE'VE GOT COMING UP, TO POINT OUT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT MET HIS REQUIREMENT TO TELL US THE ENTIRE DEAL WITH THE SIDE AGREEMENTS, PUTS THE PRESIDENT AND THE BANKS AND BUSINESSES DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN WHO MIGHT START TO DO THAT ON NOTICE THAT THEY ARE POTENTIALLY CIVILLY AND CRIMINALLY LIABLE.

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    MR. FARENTHOLD

    WE'RE GOING TO USE THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP KEEP…

    WE'RE GOING TO USE THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP KEEP AMERICA SAFE. AS I READ ON ONE OF THE SIGNS ON THE LAWN YESTERDAY, WHAT PART OF DEATH TO AMERICA DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? THE IRAN DEAL IS A BAD DEAL AND IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND WE ARE FIGHTING HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DO THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO COMMEND THREE LOCAL CITIZENS FROM WEST…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO COMMEND THREE LOCAL CITIZENS FROM WEST VIRGINIA. THE FIRST IS TWILA SMITH A TEACHER AT PHILIP BARBER HIGH SCHOOL. ON AUGUST 25, ONE OF HER STUDENTS BROUGHT A GUN TO SCHOOL AND HELD HER CLASSMATES HOSTAGES. TWILA DID A MIRACULOUS JOB CALMING THE TEENAGER AND BUYING TIME UNTIL THE POLICE COULD ARRIVE. THE POLICE CHIEF JEFF JUAREZ AND THE YOUNG MAN'S PASTOR, HOWARD ZWICK, ARE THE NEXT TWO HEROES. THEY NEGOTIATED THE RELEASE OF THE STUDENT HOSTAGES AND CONVINCED THE TEENAGER TO SURRENDER VOLUNTARILY. BECAUSE OF THESE HEROES AND THEIR COURAGE IN A THREATENING SITUATION, MORE THAN 700 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE UNARMED -- WERE UNHARMED AND THIS MAN NOW WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE HELP HE NEEDS. I YIELD BACK THE TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    YES.

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    THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WILL BRING THE WORLD CLOSER TO WAR. UNDER THIS…

    THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WILL BRING THE WORLD CLOSER TO WAR. UNDER THIS DEAL IRAN CAN USE ITS CENTRIFUGES TO MAKE NUCLEAR WEAPON IRAN IS TRUSTED TO INSPECT ITSELF, THE U.S. MUST COME TO THE AID OF IRAN IF THERE'S SABOTAGE AGAINST THE WEAPONS PROGRAM. MEANTIME, IRAN IS BUYING FIGHTER JETS FROM RUSSIA TO STRENGTHEN ITS MILITARY. THEY'LL HAVE THEIR SANCTIONS LIFTED WITH NO PROOF REQUIRED THAT THEY'RE IN COMPLIANCE AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF ADMITTED THIS NEITHER DENIES NOR DETERSE IRAN FROM A NUCLEAR BOMB, ONLY DELAYS. IRAN CONTINUES TO CHANT DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL, AND CONTINUES TO IMPRISON FOUR AMERICANS. THE SAME IRAN THAT SUPPLIES WEAPONS AND HELP TO TERRORISTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL MAKES THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE WORLD FAR MORE PERILOUS ANWAR INEVITABLE. IT IS NAIVE AND DANGEROUS TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RIGHTLY OPPOSE THIS DEAL, I OPPOSE THIS DEAL, AND FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE, CONGRESS MUST OPPOSE THIS DEAL. I YIELD BACK.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS THIS CHAMBER WILL VOTE ON AND THAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S DANGEROUS NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THIS THIS MORNING. I HEARD A LOT ABOUT IT WHILE I WAS IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE AUGUST WORK PERIOD. I TRAVELED ACROSS GEORGIA'S 12TH DISTRICT AND SPOKE WITH MY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THIS TERRIBLE AGREEMENT. TODAY I COME TO THE FLOOR AGAIN TO VOICE THE CONCERNS I HEARD FROM THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY AND TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, WE MUST STOP THIS DEAL. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PRESIDENT'S AGREEMENT ARE CLEAR, WE HAVE HEARD IT OVER AND OVER. IT WOULD CHART A CLEAR PATH TO ALLOW IRAN NUCLEAR CAPABILITY, AND IN THE MEANTIME THE IRANIAN REGIME WILL USE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SANCTIONS RELIEF TO CONTINUE PROMOTING TERRORISM. I VISITED ISRAEL LAST MONTH AND MET WITH THE NATION'S LEADERS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, AND LEARNED FIRST HAND ABOUT THE SECURITY CAN THREATS ISRAEL AND THE REGION FACE EVERY DAY. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS DEAL TO MOVE FORWARD AND FURTHER EMPOWER THOSE WHO SEEK THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, THE SAME LEADERS WHO SHOUT, DEATH TO AMERICA. I REJECT THE PRESIDENT'S FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN THIS BAD DEAL OR WAR.

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    MR. ALLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MRS. KIRKPATRICK

    11, 2001, WHEN ISLAMIST --

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    MS. MCSALLY

    KILLING NEARLY 3,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE. THAT DAY BROUGHT TERRIBLE…

    KILLING NEARLY 3,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE. THAT DAY BROUGHT TERRIBLE DESTRUCTION, IT ALSO SPARKED A RENEWED SENSE OF DETERMINATION AND UNITY THAT SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN. TODAY WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT THE THREAT FROM ISLAMIST EXTREMISM IS AS GREAT AS EVER. WE ARE IN GEAN RATIONAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISTS LIKE ISIS WHO SEEK OUR COMPLETE DESTRUCTION AND THAT OF OUR ALLIES AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT AND HAVE THE COURAGE AND WILL TO STAND AGAINST THIS EVIL TO PROTECT AMERICANS AND ENSURE OUR ENEMIES NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO ATTACK US AGAIN. THIS WEEK WE REMEMBER AMERICANS TO LOST THEIR LIVES 14 YEARS AGO. AMERICANS LIKE AARON JEREMY JACOBS AND CAROL ANN BOTH BORN IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, AND KILLED IN NEW YORK CITY. AND WE REMEMBER THE BRAVERY AND SELFLESS ACTS OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN DANGER SO OTHERS MAY LIVE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO DIED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CLERK

    PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF…

    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 SEPTEMBER 9, 2015, AT 9:42 A.M. APPOINTMENTS, CONGRESSIONAL AWARD BOARD, CONGRESSIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMISSION ON THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN LKS HAAS. -- L. HAAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 412 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 5P, HOUSE RESOLUTION 412 ,RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 5P, HOUSE RESOLUTION 412 ,RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE RESOLUTION H.RES. 411, FINDING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH SECTION 2 OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT OF 2015. THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND PREAMBLE TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION OR DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION EXCEPT TWO HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3461, TO APPROVE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION, SIGNED AT VIENNA ON JULY 14, 2015, RELATING TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF IRAN. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, THREE HOURS OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 3, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 3460, TO SUSPEND UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2017, THE AUTHORITY OF THE PRESIDENT TO WAIVE, SUSPEND, REDUCE, PROVIDE RELIEF FROM, OR OTHERWISE LIMIT THE APPLICATION OF SANCTIONS PURSUANT TO AN AGREEMENT RELATED TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF IRAN. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, TWO HOURS OF DEBATE, WITH 30 MINUTES CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS OR HIS DESIGNEE, 30 MINUTES CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS OR HIS DESIGNEE, AND ONE HOUR CONTROLLED BY THE MINORITY LEADER OR HER DESIGNEE, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS JACKSON…

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION ALL TIME IS JACKSON LEED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES THE GENTLEWOMAN, MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS SOON AS I SAY THIS FOR DEBATE ONLY, ON BEHALF OF TEXAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS SOON AS I SAY THIS FOR DEBATE ONLY, ON BEHALF OF TEXAS DELEGATION, WE WANT TO SAY SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WE WERE CELEBRATING YOUR BIRTHDAY AT THE TEXAS LUNCH, WE WERE SORRY YOU WERE UNABLE TEEND. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS .

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE WOULD EMPOWER THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE WOULD EMPOWER THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO BLOCK THIS ADMINISTRATION'S DEVASTATING NUCLEAR DEAL WITH THE COUNTRY OF IRAN. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THIS DEAL NEEDS TO BE RIPPED UP, WORD BY WORD, LINE BY LINE, AND IT IS THIS BODY THAT NEEDS TO HELP DO THAT AND THE PROCESS IS GOING ON TODAY. AND TOMORROW. AND IT NEEDS TO CONTINUE UNTIL WE KILL THIS DEAL. THIS RULE INCLUDES THREE LEGISLATIVE ITEMS AND IS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO BLOCK THIS DISASTROUS IRAN DEAL. MAKE ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING, THERE IS NOTHING UNPRECEDENTED ABOUT THIS RULE. WHAT IS UNPRECEDENTED IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNITED STATES HAS NEGOTIATED A DEAL THAT PARDONS A STATE THAT SUPPORTS TERRORISM AND TURNS IT INTO A LEGITIMATE NUCLEAR STATE IN A MATTER OF TIME. THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE IN THIS RULE. WHEREAS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THIS SO-CALLED DEAL WITH IRAN IS STILL HIDDEN. NOT JUST BY SIDE AGREEMENTS, BUT IN FACTS OF THE CASE THAT IT WAS UP TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO OPENLY UNDERSTAND, TO DEBATE, AND THEN MAKE DECISIONS ON. FIRST, H.RES. 411 WOULD FIND THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 2 OF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT OF 2015, WHICH PASSED CONGRESS AND BECAME LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN MAY OF 2015. THIS RESOLUTION SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD TO THELE LAW AND THE LAW HE SIGNED ONLY FOUR MONTHS AGO WOULD BE FOLLOWED AND GIVE CONGRESS ACCESS TO ALL PARTS OF THE DEAL AS THEY ATTAIN TO THIS NUCLEAR OPPORTUNITY AND DEAL THAT'S BEING CUT, INCLUDING THE IAEA AND IRAN. SECOND, H.R. 3460 WOULD STOP THE ADMINISTRATION FROM LIFTING SANCTIONS PLACED CURRENTLY ON IRAN. THIRD, H.R. 3461 WOULD ALLOW FOR A VOTE TO APPROVE THE DEAL WITH THE ADMINISTRATION MADE WITH IRAN REGARDING ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. WHILE PREVIOUS LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE ALLOWED CONGRESS TO DISAPPROVE THIS DEAL, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT ALLOW THE DEAL TO GO FORWARD WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHAT DOES THE ADMINISTRATION DEAL DO? FIRST, THE DEAL GUARANTEES PERMANENT SANCTIONS RELIEF, BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY BLOCKS IRAN FROM BUILDING A NUCLEAR BOMB. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS DEAL WOULD INJECT, I ASSUME, AS A SIGNING BONUS, $150 BILLION INTO THE IRANIAN ECONOMY WITH ALMOST COMPLETELY NO RULES OR REGULATIONS RELATED TO THAT USE OF THE MONEY AND WOULD ALLOW IRAN TO BUILD AND POSSESS A NUCLEAR MOM IN JUST A MATTER OF A FEW SHORT 15 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT ENCOURAGE THE LEADING FUNDER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD TO HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOW AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LATER. LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THIS MONEY WILL GO TO HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS, AND THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD, GROUPS THAT ARE DEDICATED TO WIPING OUT NOT ONLY THE UNITED STATES BUT OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING IT THEIR NUMBER ONE TARGET, ISRAEL. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I VISITED THE MIDDLE EAST IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, WE MET WITH OUR PARTNERS ALL AROUND THE REGION, AND THEY WERE FURIOUS THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS NEGOTIATING WITH IRAN. PRESIDENTS FROM BOTH PARTIES THAT SPENT DECADES IN THE UNITED STATES PERSUADING COUNTRIES AROUND THE REGION NOT TO BUILD A NUCLEAR BOMB, YET NOW THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ALLOW IRAN TO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT, THAT WHICH WE HAVE BEEN PROTECTING AND HOLDING AWAY FROM EVEN OUR CLOSEST OF FRIENDS. WE WILL GIVE THAT TO THIS COUNTRY THAT CALLS US THE EVIL EMPIRE. UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION,ER FOR SIX YEARS, AMERICA HAS LED FROM BEHIND. WE HAVE LED FROM BEHIND WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO LEAD FROM THE FRONT. NOW THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DECIDED TO ENGAGE WITH A NATION THAT JAILS AMERICANS AND WHERE DEATH TO AMERICA AND DEATH TO ISRAEL IS CHANTED EVERY SINGLE DAY. ALL OVER THE STREETS OF IRAN AND BY ITS CHOSEN LEADERS. EVEN WORSE, WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION CHOSE TO ENGAGE WITH IRAN, IT CHOSE TO NEGOTIATE FROM A POSITION OF WEAKNESS. THIS NEGOTIATION ENED WITH A DEAL THAT GIVES IRAN LITERALLY EVERYTHING IT WANTS AND AS I SEE IT DELIVERS NOTHING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT DOES THIS DEAL EXACTLY DO? INSTEAD OF ALLOWING INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS INTO SITES WITHIN 24 HOURS, THE ADMINISTRATION AGREEED TO GIVE IRAN 24 DAYS NOTICE. THE PLAN ALSO ENDS RESTRICTIONS ON THE IRANIAN INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE, ICBM PROGRAM, IN JUST OVER EIGHT YEARS, WHICH MEANS WITHIN A DECADE IRAN CAN GO BACK TO DEVELOPING WARHEADS THAT COULD REACH THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, THEY CHEAT ON EVERY SINGLE DEAL THEY MAKE. WHY WOULD YOU NEGOTIATE WITH SOMEONE YOU DON'T TRUST? WHY WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T TRUST AND WHO HAD A TRACK RECORD GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANTED? WELL, EVEN WORSE, REPORTS HAVE INDICATED THAT THERE'S ALSO A SIDE DEAL, A SIDE DEAL BETWEEN IRAN AND THE IAEA THAT ALLOWS IRANIANS TO INSPECT THEIR OWN NUCLEAR SITES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WOULD BE LIKE A PERSON IN COLLEGE OR ANY SCHOOL BEING ALLOWED TO GRADE THEIR OWN TEST. THAT'S NOT THE RIGHT WAY YOU HANDLE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. WHEN REPUBLICANS SAY YOU NEGOTIATE WITH WEAKNESS, THIS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOT CLEAR WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD GET FROM THIS DEAL. WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT THIS DEAL WILL EMPOWER A STRONGER IRAN TO BE THE STRONGEST COUNTRY IN THAT REGION TO BE COMPETITIVE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND TO HAVE EVERYTHING THEY WANTED, TWO NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THEIR FUTURE. SO, WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE? CONGRESS IS BEING ASKED TO JOIN IN THIS DEAL. THEY ARE BEING ASKED TO ENDORSE A PLAN THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY LEGITIMATIZE THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR STATE AND FUND ITS TERRORISM ACTIVITIES. AND TO SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT IN DOING THIS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. WE ARE GOING TO DEBATE IT. WE ARE GOING TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. AND WE ARE GOING TO PUT THIS HOUSE ON RECORD OF WHERE WE WOULD BE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND I SEEK IT TO DEBATE.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FOR YIELDING, MR. SESSIONS. I APPRECIATE IT. I YIELD…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FOR YIELDING, MR. SESSIONS. I APPRECIATE IT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE VOTE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT HAS BEEN TOUTED BY THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE VOTE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT HAS BEEN TOUTED BY THE MAJORITY AS THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL OF OUR CAREERS, MAYBE EVEN OUR LIFETIME. . WE'VE HAD MONTHS OF CONSIDERATION, HEARINGS, QUESTIONS, OPEN DEBATE, FOLLOWING RULES AND CUSTOMS MORE OR LESS SURROUNDING THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION WITH IRAN, AN AGREEMENT CAREFULLY NEGOTIATED BY THE UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE, RUSSIA, CHINA AND GERMANY TO CURB IRAN'S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES AND TO LISTEN THIS MORNING, YOU WOULD THINK THIS WAS A NEGOTIATION BETWEEN BARACK OBAMA AND THE AYATOLLAH. THE OTHER COUNTRIES PLAYED MAJOR ROLES HERE AND THEY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD THIS AGREEMENT IS THE BEST AVAILABLE OPTION FOR PEACEFULLY AND VERIFIABLELY CUTTING OFF IRAN'S PATHWAYS FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON. ON TUESDAY EVENING, THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD A MEETING ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE CAPITOL THAT LASTED OVER THREE HOURS. THERE WAS TESTIMONY FROM CHAIRS AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE RELEVANT COMMITTEES. WE HAD A ROBUST DISCUSSION AND HEALTHY BACK AN FORTH. WE PREPARED FOR THE RULE DEBATE. WE HAD OUR STATEMENTS WRITTEN. BUT 12 HOURS LATER, THE DISSIDENT WING OF THE MAJORITY PARTY EMERGED FROM A BAR, THE TORTILLA COAST, EMERGED WITH A DIFFERENT PLAN IN MIND. THE HOUSE WAS FORCED INTO A HOLDING PATTERN ALL DAY YESTERDAY WHILE THE REPUBLICAN DISSIDENTS BROUGHT THEIR PARTY TO ITS KNEES. ONCE AGAIN, INSTEAD OF REGULAR ORDER, IN A PERVERSION OF OUR LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, WE WERE THROWN INTO CHAOS BY THE MAJORITY CHASING ITS TAIL, THROWING TOGETHER THREE BILLS THAT MAY AS WELL HAVE BEEN SCRIBBLED ON THE BACK OF A COCKTAIL NAPKIN. THESE BILLS HAVE BEEN WHIPPED UP IN AN AFTERNOON TO MOLLIFY A DISGRUNTLED WING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO SHOWS NO INTEREST IN GOVERNING. THE ONLY GOAL OF THESE BILLS IS TO FEED THE MONSTER SEETHING WITHIN THEIR OWN RANKS. THERE'S BEEN NO COMMITTEE ACTION ON THESE BILLS, THERE'S BEEN NO DEBATE, THERE'S BEEN NO TIME EVEN TO CONSIDER THEM. WHY DIDN'T WE DO THEM IN OUR RELATION SCHEDULED TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING? BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW THEY EXISTED. INSTEAD OF ADDRESSING AN ISSUE OF INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL IMPORTANCE, WE ARE OCCUPIED WITH REPUBLICAN INTERNAL POLITICS AND IT IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THIS COUNTRY THIS DOG AND PONY SHOW HAS TURNED CONGRESS INTO A STAGE TO PLAY OUT THE INTERNAL DRAMA THAT DIMINISHES OUR CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE. IF THE MAJORITY CANNOT DEVISE A PROCESS FOR A MEASURE ON WHICH THEY AGREE, ON WHICH THEY HAVE THE VOTE UNANIMOUSLY IF THEY CAN'T DEVISE A PROCESS FOR A MEASURE LIKE THAT, I SHUDDER TO THINK WHAT'S COMING WITH ACT TWO, WHICH WE ARE HURTLING TOWARD BECAUSE WE ARE DAYS AWAY FROM A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. WE HAVE NO BUDGET, OUR TROOPS WOULD NOT GET PAID, FLIGHTS WOULD BE CANCELED AND WHAT'S MORE, LAST TIME WE HAD A REPUBLICAN INFLICTED SHUTDOWN, $24 BILLION WERE LOST TO OUR ECONOMY AT A TIME WHEN WE WERE STRUGGLING EVEN MORE THAN NOW TO REGAIN IT. EVEN SO, HERE WE ARE, FORCED TO JOIN IN YET ANOTHER POINTLESS EXERCISE AND THE SENATE HAS SAID THEY WILL NOT TAKE UP THESE BILLS. AND SO THIS AGREEMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WHICH LEAVES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES WHICH THEY CONTROL WORK NO CONSENSUS. ONCE MORE, KEEPING IRAN FROM BUILDING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SILENCE THE DRUM BEATS OF WAR. WITH ALL YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS WON'T DO, IT'S AWFUL, HAVE YOU HEARD A SINGLE ALTERNATIVE? NOT ONE. THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE IN A POWDER DEGREE REGION OF THE WORLD SHOULD BE CONSIDERED CAREFULLY. MR. SPEAKER, IN MAY OF 1946, SHORTLY AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR ENDED, WHEN THE HORRORS OF GLOBAL VIOLENCE WERE FRESH IN OUR COLLECT I MEMORY, ALBERT EINSTEIN ASSERTED THAT, QUOTE, THE UNLEASHED POWER OF THE ATOM HAS CHANGED EVERYTHING SAVE OUR MODES OF THINKING, AND THUS WE DRIFT TOWARD UNPARALLELED CATASTROPHE, END QUOTE. VERY RARELY DO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO STOP THAT SO-CALLED DRIFT TOWARD CATASTROPHE. BUT WE DO WITH THIS MEASURE. AND ALL OF OUR ALLIES HAVE AGREED TO IT. ONLY WE ARE TRYING TO HOLD IT UP. THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION PROVIDES FOR UNPARALLELED ACCESS TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES. THE AGREEMENT BLOCKS ALL FOUR POSSIBLE PATHWAYS TO A BOMB. CONTRARY TO FALSEHOODS REPORTED BY THE MEDIA, IRAN WILL NOT BE SELF-MONITORING. THE INSPECTORS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY HAVE UNPRECEDENTED AND CONTINUOUS DAILY MONITORING AUTHORITY. AND IT IS SO EASY, THEY TELL ME, TO DETECT THE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL IF THEY WERE TO BREAK THIS AGREEMENT. ONLY CERTAIN SANCTIONS WILL BE LIFTED. MANY WILL BE -- FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT THEY DO WITH TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND SUPPLYING ARMS WITH OTHER PEOPLE, WE ARE CONTINUING THOSE SANCTIONS. IF IRAN FAILS TO COMPLY, ALL THE NATIONS INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATION HAVE SAID THEY WILL BE REINSTITUTED BY USING A SNAPBACK PROVISION WHICH IS IN THE BILL. LET ME REPEAT THAT. WE'VE HEARD FROM AMBASSADORS OF ALMOST ALL THOSE NATIONS YESTERDAY, SAYING THEIR COUNTRIES WOULD ABSOLUTELY COMPLY WITH REINTRODUCING THE SANCTIONS. NOW LET ME REMIND PEOPLE THAT SHOULD THE IRANIANS ATTEMPT TO CONCEAL THEIR WORK, EVEN A NANOGRAM A BILLIONTH OF A GRAM, OF NUCLEAR WORK IS DETECTED. RETIRED AMERICAN MILITARY LEADERS, FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE FROM BOTH PARTY, THE ISRAELI SECURITY PROFESSIONALS AND FAITH LEAD VERSE COME OUT IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS ACCORD. THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFSES OF STAFF AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, RETIRED FOUR-STAR JENCO LYNN POWELL CALLED THIS AGREEMENT, QUOTE, REMARKABLE. THE FORMER HEAD OF ISRAEL'S INTELLIGENCE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS AGENCY SUPPORTS THE AGREEMENT AS WELL. HE SAID RECENTLY TO PBS' JUDY WOODRUFF, THAT, QUOTE, I BELIEVE THIS AGREEMENT CLOSES THE ROADS AND BLOCKS THE ROAD TO IRANIAN NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES FOR AT LEAST A DECADE. THAT IS NOT A TRIVIAL THING. DOMESTIC FAITH LEAD VERSE IMPLORED THIS CONGRESS TO FOLLOW THE OLD TESTAMENT CREED, TO, QUOTE, SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT, END QUOTE. THE AGREEMENT WAS PAINSTAKINGLY NEGOTIATED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE, WENDY SHERMAN AND SECRETARY OF ENERGY ERNEST MONIZ REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES. WHEN DISCUSSING THIS AGREEMENT, BRENT SCOWCROFT, FORMER ADVISOR TO BOTH PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND GEORGE H.W. BUSH SAID THERE'S NO MORE CREDIBLE EXPERT ON ENERGY WEAPONS THAN SECRETARY MONIZ. WHEN HE ASSERTS THIS BLOCKS EACH OF IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO FISSILE MATERIAL RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE LISTEN. RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE LISTEN. END QUOTE. IT'S NOT CLEAR BASED ON THIS SUPPORT IN THE SENATE THAT THE EFFORT TO KILL THIS WILL END IN THE UPPER CHAMBER. BUT REGARDLESS OF THAT CERTAINTY, THE HOUSE MAJORITY HAS NONETHELESS THROWN US INTO DISARRAY. WE'LL VOTE TODAY ON TWO BILLS, ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW. IN WHICH -- IT WAS DECIDED THAT FIRST THERE WILL BE A BILL TO SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT CANNOT LIFT THE SANCTIONS AND A BILL ON SIDE AGREEMENTS THEY THINK ARE OUT THERE THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS ABOUT. AND THE MOST INTERESTING ONE IS THE BILL TOMORROW WILL BE TO APPROVE IT. YOU KNOW, YOU'VE ALREADY HAD ALL THESE DISCUSSIONS, WE CAN'T HAVE IT, THE WORLD WILL NOT SURVIVE, WE HAVE TO APPROVE IT. BUT JUST IN CASE BECAUSE THE SENATE WON'T CAKE UP UP AN APPROVAL MESSAGE, THEY TOOK UP ANOTHER RULE LAST NIGHT. FIRST THEY DID AWAY WIT AND THEN THEY PUT IT BACK SO NEXT WEEK WE CAN COME UP WITH A DISAPPROVAL RULE AND HOPE THAT -- BY NEXT THURSDAY THE 60 TAIS ARE UP AND THE PRESIDENT MAY GO AHEAD WITH THE AGREEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE AND SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE IN SUPPORT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE BEFORE US AND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. THERE MAY BE MANY REASONS TO STAND AGAINST THIS DEAL, IT COMES DOWN TO A FUNDAMENTAL REALITY. THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT FAILS TO ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE, BLOCKING ALL OF IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IN FACT, THIS DEAL PROVIDES IRAN WITH AN INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICEMAN. MY COLLEAGUES, WE MUST NOT FORGET WHERE IT STARTS, WITH THE PRESIDENT DECLARING IRAN MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO ACHIEVE A NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY. TO GET FROM THAT POINT TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY, OUR NEGOTIATORS HAVE MADE SOME INEX-CLAUSEABLE AND DANGEROUS CONCESSIONS ON INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION AND ON IRAN'S MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM AND THEIR ACCESS TO CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS. WORSE THAN THAT, IRAN WILL ECONOMICALLY BE STRENGTHENED BY EARLY RELIEF FROM SANCTIONS PROVIDING THE AYATOLLAH WITH FRESH RESOURCES WITH WHICH TO FUND THE QUDS FORCE AND ITS GLOBAL TERRORISM NETWORK. SUPPORTERS OF THIS AGREEMENT HAVE PROCLAIMED LOUDLY IT'S THE -- THAT THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT IS WAR. I REJECT THAT NOTION AND PREDICT IT WILL LEAD TO MORE IRANIAN AGGRESSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT TALKS ABOUT ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH IRAN AND IMPLEMENTING THIS IN GOOD FAITH BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT. BUT HOW CAN THERE BE RESPECT FOR A REGIME THAT ACTIVELY PROMOTES REGIONAL INSTABILITY PUBLICLY AND CONSTANTLY ADVOCATES FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND USES THE PHRASE DEATH TO AMERICA AS A MISSION STATEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO PROVIDE FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE. THIS DEAL IS BAD FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. I SINCERELY REGRET THAT THIS VOTE HAS BEEN ARGUMENT KIES -- CHARACTERIZED AS A PARTISAN MEASURE, IT'S NOT. IT'S A VOTE OF CONSCIENCE, FAR AND ABOVE POLITICS, AND THAT'S WHY I'LL VOTE NO ON THE MOTION TO APPROVE THIS DISASTROUS AGREEMENT AND YES ON THE RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN,…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN, I AGREE WITH MANY OF THE POINTS YOU MADE. THIS IS A VOTE OF CONVINCE FOR ALL OF US. THE QUESTION IS NOT -- OF CONSCIENCE FOR ALL OF US. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER WE TRUST IRAN, WE DON'T. THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER WE WANT IRAN TO HAVE ANY PATHWAY TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. PROPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT, I'M ONE, OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT, THERE ARE MANY, DON'T WANT IRAN TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS QUESTION ABOUT TRUST, WE'VE GOT TO STEP BACK A MINUTE. ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL CHALLENGES THAT A STRONG AND CONFIDENT COUNTRY FACES IS TO SECURE ITS NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT REQUIRES THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF WHOSE FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IS TO EXERCISE HIS JUDGMENT ABOUT WHAT WILL WORK TO INCREASE OUR SECURITY TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH ADVERSARIES, AND THERE MAY BE NO GREATER ADVERSARY TO THE UNITED STATES, TO OUR ALLIES, PARTICULARLY ISRAEL IN IRAN. KEEP IN MIND, PRESIDENT KENNEDY NEGOTIATED WITH THE SOVIET UNION AFTER THEIR -- ONE OF THEIR LEADERS SAID THEY WILL BURY THIS COUNTRY, AND HE DID THAT AND IT TURNED OUT HE WAS RIGHT TO LIMIT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. PRESIDENT NIXON WENT TO CHINA, WHEN IT WAS RED CHINA, AND AB-- AN ABSOLUTE ADVERSARY OF THIS COUNTRY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE AND IT'S WORKED TO THE BENEFIT OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY IN THIS COUNTRY AND PRESIDENT REAGAN DID THE SAME. THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION HERE IS NOT AT ALL ABOUT WHETHER WE TRUST IRAN. WE DON'T TRUST IRAN. IT'S NOT ABOUT WHETHER YOU NEGOTIATE WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST, YOU HAVE TO NEGOTIATE WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE YOUR ADVERSARIES. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS RECOMMENDING ALONG WITH OUR VERY CLOSE ALLIES GERMANY, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN AND RUSSIA AND CHINA, WILL IMPROVE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THAT OURAL -- AND THAT OF OUR ALLIES PARTICULARLY ISRAEL. MY JUDGMENT IS IT WILL. ONE, THERE IS NO PATHWAY FOR IRAN TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. NUMBER TWO, THIS IS NOT BASED ON TRUST, IT'S BASED ON DISTRUST AND STRONG VERIFICATION PROVISIONS THAT WILL GIVE US A HEADS UP IF THERE'S ANY EFFORT OF IRAN NOT TO COMPLY. THIRD, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SNAP BACK THE SANCTIONS THAT ALL OF US SUPPORTED THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE TABLE AND WE DON'T HAVE TO GET A MAJORITY VOTE, WE CAN DO THAT UNILATERALLY. AND THEN FINALLY, WE DO HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION, NOT WHETHER THIS IS THE PERFECT AGREEMENT, UNDOUBTEDLY THERE COULD BE A BETTER AGREEMENT THAT MIGHT GIVE MORE SATISFACTION AND SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND TO ALL OF US, IT'S A QUESTION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR NO AGREEMENT. THAT'S THE QUESTION THAT WE FACE. IN THE WEIGHT OF OPINION IN JUDGMENT IS THAT IF WE REPUDIATE THIS AGREEMENT, THE SANCTION REGIME THAT WE CONSTRUCTED ON THE -- UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF GEORGE BUSH AND BARACK OBAMA WOULD DISSOLVE. WHAT HAPPENS THEN? IRAN GETS THE MONEY AND THEY HAVE NO RESTRAINT ON THEIR ABILITY TO GET THE BOMB. I URGE US TO SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL AND OUR ALLIES. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA, A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLEY.

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    MR. KELLY

    I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY NOT TO SPEAK FOR REPUBLICANS BUT TO SPEAK FOR…

    I STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY NOT TO SPEAK FOR REPUBLICANS BUT TO SPEAK FOR AMERICA. WHEN 80% OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SAY NO TO THIS DEAL, HOW CAN AMERICA'S HOUSE, HOW CAN WE, ELECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY YOU ARE WRONG AND WE ARE RIGHT? A VOTE FOR THIS DEAL IS A VOTE AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HISTORY TELLS US THAT CHAMBERLAIN IN 1938 CAME HOME FROM MEETING WITH HITLER AND SAID PEACE IN OUR TIME. JUDEAS WENT TO THE LAST SUPPER AND PUT ONTO THE LORD AND THEY GAVE HIM 30 PIECES OF SILVER. WE ARE NOT EVEN GETTING 30 PIECES OF SILVER. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THIS IS THE BEST DEAL I CAN GET. IN MY LIFETIME, ANYBODY THAT COMES BACK FROM NEGOTIATIONS AND SAY IT'S THE BEST THEY CAN DO IT MEANS THEY LOST. THEY DID NOT GET WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY GOT THE BEST THEY COULD, AND IN THIS CASE IT'S A LOSING HAND. THIS DEAL ENDANGERS THE SAFETY, SECURITY AND STABILITY OF NOT ONLY AMERICA BUT THE ENTIRE WORLD. THIS DEAL COMES WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ACCOUNTABILITY, NO VERIFICATION AND NO ENFORCEABILITY. I ASK YOU, HOW CAN YOU SIT IN AMERICA'S HOUSE WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY IS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SAY THIS IS THE BEST WE COULD GET? THIS GIVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOTHING. THIS GIVES IRAN EVERYTHING. NOW, IN JUST 24 HOURS, WE ARE GOING TO COMMEMORATE THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF A TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES, AND WE ARE GOING TO GRANT THE BIGGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD $150 BILLION TO SHOW HOW MUCH WE HAVE TURNED A DEAF EAR TO THE CRIES OF THE DEAD AND A BLIND EYE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA THAT DAY. TO SIT HERE AND EVEN TO BEGIN TO THINK AND -- SIT HERE AND THINK THIS IS A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICA IS FALSE. WE ARE SACRIFICING THE SAFETY OF 330 MILLION AMERICANS FOR THE LEGACY OF ONE MAN. THAT IS NOT WHAT AMERICA WANTS. THAT IS NOT WHO AMERICA IS. THAT IS NOT WHO AMERICA SHOULD EVER ALLOW ITSELF TO BE. AND TO SIT HERE AND LISTEN SOMEHOW WE HAVE NOT DONE OUR JOB. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR JOB IS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT ALWAYS WAS. IT ALWAYS IS. IT HAS MORPHED INTO SOMETHING GREATER THAN THAT, I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT AT THE BASE OF THE DAY, IT IS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND LET ME TELL YOU AS TOMORROW , THE DAWN, THE SUN COMES UP, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TURN YOUR EARS TO THE EAST AND OUR ENEMIES WILL BE SHOUTING, DEATH TO THE GREAT SATAN, DEATH TO AMERICA, DEATH TO ISRAEL AND THE SUPREME LEADER HIMSELF SAYS THAT WITHIN 25 YEARS THERE WILL BE NO ISRAEL. THE HYPOCRISY TO STAND BEFORE THIS HOUSE TODAY, AMERICA'S HOUSE AND SAIL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOWN THE RIVER IS A TRAVESTY WHO WE ARE. IT'S MORE THAN THAT. IT LIES IN THE FACE OF THE 1.4 MILLION AMERICANS IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE TO GIVE US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THIS GREAT NATION.

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    I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

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    MR. DOGGETT

    ALMOST EVERY OBSERVER, EVEN THE HOST OF CANADA THAT ARE SEEKING THE…

    ALMOST EVERY OBSERVER, EVEN THE HOST OF CANADA THAT ARE SEEKING THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION SAYS THAT IRAQ WAS A FOREIGN POLICY DISASTER FOR WHICH SO MANY MILITARY FAMILIES ARE CONTINUING TO PAY A HIGH PRICE AND AMERICAN TAXPAYERS WILL ULTIMATELY PAY OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS FOR THAT FAILURE SPURRED ON BY SOME OF THE SPEECHES LIKE THE ONE WE JUST HEARD. AND SO WE LOOK NEXT DOOR TO BAGHDAD AT TEHRAN AND WE SEE A DESPICABLE GOVERNMENT THERE, JUST AS THERE WAS ONE IN BAGHDAD. WE HAVE AMPLE INTELLIGENCE EVIDENCE THAT THAT DESPICABLE GOVERNMENT WAS PURSUING A NUCLEAR WEAPON PROGRAM THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO US, AND WE TRY TO LEARN, IS THERE A WAY FOR AMERICA TO USE ITS OTHER POWER, ITS DIPLOMATIC POWER, TO STOP THAT BECAUSE WE KNOW OUR USE OF MILITARY POWER DID NOT ACCOMPLISH POSITIVE FORPE POLICY OBJECTIVES BY ITSELF IN -- FOREIGN POLICY OBJECTIVES BY ITSELF IN A GO IT ALONE APPROACH. WE HAD AN APPROACH THAT HAD A STRONG BIPARTISAN APPROACH AND THAT IS TO IMPOSE STRONG ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON THE IRANIANS. IT DIDN'T WORK SO WELL ORIGINALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT I AND ALMOST EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE VOTED FOR IT BECAUSE AMERICA COULDN'T GO IT ALONE AS THEY COULDN'T BE SUCCESSFUL IN A GO IT ALONE INVASION IN IRAQ. WE BROUGHT SOME PEOPLE ALONG LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA TO JOIN IN THIS SANCTIONS REGIME, IT FINALLY FORCED IRAN TO THE TABLE TO BEGIN TO DEAL WITH THE CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF THIS NUCLEAR WEAPON PROGRAM. AND STEP BY STEP THROUGH VERY HARD NEGOTIATIONS BY BRINGING THE REST OF THE WORLD ALONG TO FORCE THOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON IRAN, ALL OF WHICH I SUPPORTED, THEY BEGIN TO MOVE FORWARD ON TRYING TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE THROUGH DIPLOMACY, THROUGH ACTING THAT WAY RATHER THAN BOMBING FIRST AND ASKING QUESTIONS LATER AS SOME OF THESE FOLKS HAVE ADVOCATED. AT EVERY STEP IN THAT PROCESS, AS WE APPROACHED AN INTERIM AGREEMENT, WE HAD AN OBJECT FIRST, READ LATER APPROACH FROM THOSE WHO ARE PUSHING THIS RULE. THE INTERIM AGREEMENT WAS ANNOUNCED. THEY REJECTED IT THAT NIGHT BEFORE THEY EVEN READ IT, AND IT PROVED THEIR OBJECTIONS WERE TOTALLY UNFOUNDED, THAT WE GAINED MORE IN TERMS OF INTELLIGENCE. WE CAME TO UNDERSTAND BETTER THE IRANIAN PROGRAM, AND WE PUT A STOP TO IT IN THAT INTERIM AGREEMENT. WE ARE SAFER TODAY BECAUSE THAT AGREEMENT WAS ADOPTED, AND WE COME ALONG TO ABOUT MARCH OF THIS YEAR AND THE SAME FOLKS THAT ARE ADVOCATING THIS RULE WERE OUT HERE TELLING US THERE WAS ONE THING THIS CONGRESS HAD TO DO. IT HAD TO HAVE THE POWER TO DISAPPROVE THIS AGREEMENT IF IT DID NOT FEEL THE FINAL AGREEMENT MET THE OBJECTIVES. DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANOTHER MINUTE?

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I CAN GIVE YOU 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    THAT IS HOW WE BEGAN THIS WEEK WITH THE RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL, BUT…

    THAT IS HOW WE BEGAN THIS WEEK WITH THE RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL, BUT YESTERDAY THEY BROUGHT THEIR FOREIGN POLICY EXPERTS TO WASHINGTON. SARAH PALIN, GLEN BECK, DONALD TRUMP AND THEY SAID A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL IS NOT ENOUGH. SO TODAY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ABANDONED THE ONLY TOOL THEY HAD TO STOP THIS AGREEMENT, A RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL, THAT'S NOT EVEN IN THIS RESOLUTION, AND THEY'RE OFF ON A THREE-PRONG APPROACH TO SATISFY THE MOST EXTREME VIEWS THAT PREFER TO USE WAR AS THE FIRST INSTRUMENT INSTEAD OF THE LAST INSTRUMENT. WE HAVE A CHOICE IN THIS CONGRESS, AND IT IS THE CHOICE OF USING THE STRONG POWER OF AMERICA WITH VERIFICATION TO PREVENT THIS PROGRAM RATHER THAN CALLING ON MORE MILITARY FAMILIES TO SACRIFICE FOR AN UNNECESSARY ENDEAVOR. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO TRY AND STOP…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO TRY AND STOP THIS BAD DEAL. YOU'RE DARN RIGHT WE WILL. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FARMINGTON, UTAH, MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FOR YEARS AND YEARS, A VETERAN OF THIS GREAT NATION, THE GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS STEWART.

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  • 01:09:25 PM

    MR. STEWART

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THAT GREAT INTRODUCTION. THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR THAT GREAT INTRODUCTION. THIS AGREEMENT IS DEEPLY, DEEPLY FLAWED. AND WHEN YOU TALK TO OUR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE IN MOMENTS OF HONESTY, THEY WILL ADMIT THAT IT IS DEEPLY FLAWED. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY QUESTION OF OUR GENERATION. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS RIGHT. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS RIGHT, AND WE SIMPLY HAVEN'T DONE THAT YET. AND IF I COULD ELABORATE ON MY BACKGROUND THAT LEADS ME TO THIS CONCLUSION -- AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, I SIT ON HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. I WAS 14 YEARS AN AIR FORCE PILOT. I WORKED FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VARIOUS NUCLEAR TREATIES, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT FOR ANY TREATY TO WORK THERE HAS TO BE A MODICUM OF TRUST. THERE HAS TO BE A COLONEL OF TRUST BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES, AND LET ME ASK YOU THIS. DO YOU THINK WE CAN TRUST THE IRANIANS? I ASKED SECRETARY KERRY ON TWO OCCASIONS, GIVE US A SINGLE EXAMPLE WHERE THEY WORKED WITH US IN ANY POSITIVE FASHION AND HE COULD NOT DO THAT. BUT I CAN GIVE YOU A LONG LIST OF WHERE THEY HAVE WORKED AGAINST US, WHERE THEY HAVE CREATED DEATH AND CHAOS. HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS, ASSASSINATIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA, HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED AND MAIMED BECAUSE OF THE IRANIAN-BACKED SHIIA MILITIA. THIS IS WHAT THEY DO AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TRUST THEM. BY THE WAY, I BELIEVE THEY ARE GOING TO CHEAT BECAUSE THEY ARE CHEATING EVEN NOW. IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS THEY TRIED TO BUY PROHIBITIVE EQUIPMENT FROM GERMANY. THEY REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE IAEA, EVEN NOW, WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY SECOND QUESTION. DO YOU THINK WE CAN TRUST THIS PRESIDENT? I WOULD ASK YOU TO GIVE ME A SINGLE EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOU CONSIDER A FOREIGN POLICY SUCCESS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. GIVE ME A SINGLE EXAMPLE, AND THEN LET ME GIVE YOU A LONG LIST OF FOREIGN POLICY FAILURES BEGINNING WITH CHINA, CLAIMING MUCH OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. WITH RUSSIA AFTER THE RESET GOING INTO CRIMEA, CONTROLLING MUCH OF EASTERN UKRAINE NOW. EVEN BUILDING NOW MILITARY POSTS IN SYRIA. WE WENT INTO LIBYA, CREATED CHAOS AND WALKED AWAY. WE SNATCHED DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY IN IRAQ. WE'RE DOING THE SAME THING IN YEMEN, THE SAME THING IN AFGHANISTAN. WHY SHOULD WE TRUST THIS PRESIDENT? I BELIEVE THAT MOST PEOPLE THINK THIS AGREEMENT IS DOOMED TO FAIL, AND I BELIEVE WHEN IT DOES WE NOW HAVE TO TURN TOWARDS THE QUESTION OF WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE HAVE AN ENTIRELY NUCLEARIZED MIDDLE EAST, WHEN WE HAVE FOUR OR FIVE COUNTRIES IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS THAT HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS THERE, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DEAL WITH THAT? COMING FROM A PRESIDENT WHO DECLARED IT WAS HIS GOAL TO SEE THE ELIMINATION OF ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACROSS THE GLOBE, IT IS A TERRIBLE IRONY THAT HE IS GOING TO PRESIDE OVER THE GREATEST AND MOST DRAMATIC EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES IN THE MOST CHAOTIC PART OF THE WORLD THAT HE WILL PRESIDE OVER THAT, THAT WILL BE HIS FOREIGN POLICY LEGACY. WE NEED TO DEFEAT THIS AGREEMENT WHILE WE STILL CAN, AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE RULES…

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. POLIS.

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  • 01:12:54 PM

    MR. POLIS

    CONVOLUTED RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHEN I WAS A CHILD…

    CONVOLUTED RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WHEN I WAS A CHILD IN THE 1980'S, I REMEMBER MY MOTHER TAKING ME TO MOTHER'S EMBRACING NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT RALLIES AND I RECALL WONDERING WHY AMERICA POSSESSES ENOUGH NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO BLOW UP THE ENTIRE WORLD AT LEAST SEVEN TIMES OVER. AS AN ADULT, I NEVER SUCCEEDED IN FINDING A SATISFACTORY ANSWER TO WHY WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO BLOW UP THE WORLD SEVEN TIMES. NOW, WE'RE ALL HERE BECAUSE THE POTENTIAL FOR NUCLEAR WAR IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND PERHAPS TO THE FUTURE OF LIFE ON THE PLANET ITSELF. THAT'S WHY THIS AGREEMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT IRAN, A COUNTRY THAT SUPPORTS TERRORISM, DOES NOT ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS SO IMPORTANT. NOW, LET'S BE CLEAR WHAT THIS DEAL IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T. IT'S NOT A PEACE DEAL. IT'S NOT A DEAL THAT CALLS ON US TO TRUST IRAN OR LIKE IRAN. IN FACT, THE VERY REASON WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IRAN DOESN'T DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS WE SEE HOW MUCH DAMAGE THEY CAUSE TO THEIR MISCHIEF MAKING WHO SUPPORTED HEZBOLLAH AND OTHERS ON THE CONVENTIONAL FRONT. IF THAT WAS COMPOUNDED BY NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES, IT WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE CHANCE OF GLOBAL DESTRUCTION. THIS AGREEMENT IS BASED ON VERIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT. IT'S BUILT ON EXTENSIVE ELECTRONIC MONITORING AND UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATORS AT SUSPECTED IRANIAN NUCLEAR SITES. NO DEAL IS PERFECT BUT PERFECTION CAN'T BE OUR STANDARD OR ELSE WE WOULDN'T SUPPORT ANYTHING AROUND HERE. OUR JOB IS TO CONSIDER IF THIS DEAL IS BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES. IF CONGRESS REJECTS THIS AGREEMENT AND IT LEADS TO A NUCLEAR IRAN, WHAT THEN? IT WAS MULTILATERAL SANCTIONS THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE, NOT AMERICAN SANCTIONS ALONE. IT'S CLEAR THAT RUSSIA AND CHINA WILL LIKELY GRANT IRAN SANCTIONS RELIEF REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE U.S. DECIDES TO DO, AND WE ALSO WORRY ABOUT THE DEDICATION OF OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES IN THIS REGARD. SO WITH SANCTIONS DISAPPEARING AND IRAN'S MONEY BEING UNFROZEN, THE DEAL'S MOVING FORWARD. SHOULDN'T WE WANT THIS AGREEMENT TO PROCEED WITH THE OVERSIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO MAKE SURE THAT IRAN ABIDES BY THE VERY LETTER OF THIS AGREEMENT NOT TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS? INSTEAD OF STANDING IN ITS WAY, WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND RIGID ENFORCEMENT OF THIS DEAL TO PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. . THIS AGREEMENT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY TO STOP IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM AND MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE. OF ALL OUR OPTIONS, IT'S THE ONE MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED IN PREVENTING IRAN FROM OBTAINING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO STAND IN THE WAY OF THIS IMPORTANT DEAL TO MAKE SURE THAT IRAN A COUNTRY THAT SUPPORTS TERRORISM, HAS A TERRIBLE RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AT HOME, AND EVEN JUST TWO DAYS AGO SAID THAT THE STATE OF ISRAEL WOULDN'T LAST 25 YEARS, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ENSURE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO CARRY THROUGH WITH THEIR TERRORIST GOALS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE FAVORITE SON FROM…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE FAVORITE SON FROM WINDSOR, COLORADO, CONGRESSMAN BUCK.

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  • 01:16:29 PM

    MR. BUCK

    PRESIDENT OBAMA NEGOTIATED WITH A BAND OF VILLAINS. HE BELIEVED IRAN WOULD…

    PRESIDENT OBAMA NEGOTIATED WITH A BAND OF VILLAINS. HE BELIEVED IRAN WOULD CHANGE THEIR WAYS BECAUSE OF HIS KIND AND FORGIVING NATURE. BUT WE'VE SEEN HYPOCRISY FAR TOO LONG TO THINK THEY COULD CHANGE. WE MUST PREVENT THEM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. IRAN'S LEADERS PROMISE TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP AND TAKES TO TWITTER TO CALL FOR ISRAEL'S ANNIHILATION. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NEGOTIATED WITH IRAN A NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION AS IF THEY WERE AN HONORABLE COUNTRY WITH HONORABLE INTENTIONS BUT IT IS CERTAINLY NOT HONORABLE WHEN OUR DEPARTMENT OF STATE LISTS IRAN AS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND NO HONORABLE COUNTRY WOULD OCCUPY THAT UNWORTHY DISTINCTION FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS. NOR WOULD AN HONORABLE COUNTRY SUPPLY TERRORISTS AROUND THE WORLD WITH WEAPONS TO KILL AMERICANS AND ISRAELIS. IN FACT, IRAN SUPPLIED I.E.D.'S TO KILL AND MAIM AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND MARINES IN THE IRAQ WAR. ON THE DAY WE REMEMBER THE WORST TERRORIST ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL, WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO ALLOW BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF FUNDING TO THE WORLD'S LARBLINGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. THIS DEAL HAS AT -- IS AT BEST DELUSIONAL AND AT WORST DESPICABLE. IRAN IS IN PURSUIT TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND THEIR INTENTIONS TOWARD THE UNITED STATES IS DEATH. I URGE A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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  • 01:18:07 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY SECRETARY KERRY AND THE…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT REACHED BY SECRETARY KERRY AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE IS NO BETTER ALTERNATIVE FOR PREVENTING IRAN FROM IMMEDIATELY DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. SINCE THE FIRST SANCTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON IRAN A DECADE AGO, I HAVE SUPPORTED TOUGH ECONOMIC MEASURES. AS A MEANS TO BRING IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. IN THAT RESPECT THE SANCTIONS WORKED. BUT SANCTIONS ALONE WILL NOT STOP IRAN FROM MOVING TOWARD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AFTER REVIEW OF THE JULY 14 AGREEMENT AND ALL ITS ANNEXES, I HAVE REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT THE AGREEMENT IS THE BEST OOPTION AVAILABLE TODAY FOR KEEPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS OUT OF IRANIAN HANDS. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, IRAN IS BOUND, AND I QUOTE, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES EVER TO SEEK, DEVELOP, OR ACQUIRE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AMONG OTHER THINGS IRAN MUST REDUCE ITS ACTIVE CENTRIFUGES BY 2/3, GIVE UP 97% OF ITS URANIUM STOCKPILE, RECONFIGURE THE REACTOR SO IT CAN'T PRODUCE WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM. THE NUMBER OF INSPECTORS IN IRAN WILL TRIPLE. THEY WILL GAIN FULL ACCESS TO NUCLEAR FACILITIES INCLUDING THE ENTIRE IRANIAN SUPPLY CHAIN AT ANY TIME. THIS IS THE MOST INTRUSIVE INSPECTION REGIME OF ANY NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENT IN U.S. HISTORY. THAT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT WILL GIVE THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FAR GREATER INSIGHT INTO THE REJOME'S BEHAVIOR AND ENABLE US TO MONITOR THEM CLOSELY. IT IS TRUE THAT IRAN MAY TRY TO CHEAT BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHY WE NEED THIS AGREEMENT. WITH SEVERE RESTRICTIONS AND AN AGREESIVE -- AND AN AGGRESSIVE REGIME IN PLACE, WE WILL BE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO DISCOVER ANY VIOLATIONS. IN THAT EVENT, THE UNITED STATES WILL BE AUTHORIZED TO REIMPOSE SANCTIONS ON IRAN IMMEDIATELY AND THAT APPLIES NOT JUST TO THE U.S. SANCTIONS BUT TO U.N. SANCTIONS AS WELL. IN SUMMARY, THIS AGREEMENT COMPRISES HARSH RESTRICTIONS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES A STRONG MONETARY SYSTEM, TOUGH PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS, A GROUP OF 29 LEADING AMERICAN SCIENTISTS INCLUDING NOBLE LAUREATES HAVE CALLED IT, AND AGAIN I QUOTE, A TECHNICALLY SOUND, STRIN GENERAL AND INNOVATIVE DEAL TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY ASSURANCE IN THE COMING DECADES AND MORE THAT IRAN IS NOT DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, END QUOTE. IF WE WALK AWAY FROM THIS AGREEMENT, THE ONLY REMAINING ALTERNATIVE IS MILITARY ACTION. WE HAVE BEEN DOWN THAT PATH FOR 15 YEARS AND WE HAVE SEEN THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ALLOWING DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS TO MOVE FORWARD. RONALD REAGAN SAID OF THE SOVIET UNION, AND I QUOTE, TRUST BUT VERIFY. THIS A I -- THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT ROOTED IN TRUST. BUT IN OUR ABILITY TO VERIFY COMPLIANCE AND TO DEAL WITH ENFORCEMENT. I BELIEVE IT MEETS THE GOAL OF OUR NEGOTIATIONS TO DENY A DANGEROUS IRANIAN REGIME ACCESS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SUGARLAND, TEXAS THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON.

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  • 01:21:37 PM

    MR. OLSON

    I THANK MY FRIEND. ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN IS…

    I THANK MY FRIEND. ONE OF THE WORST PARTS OF THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN IS THAT IT OPENS THE DOOR TO NUCLEAR BOMBS BLOWING UP RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THIS MAN IS A TERRORIST FROM IRAN. HIS NAME IS MANSUR AL-BARBSUR. HE COMES FROM A FAMILY OF HATE. IN 2011, HE APPROACHED THE NOTORIOUS DRUG CARTEL WITH A SCHEME TO KILL THE AMBASSADOR FROM SAUDI ARABIA RIGHT HERE IN THIS CITY. HE OFFERED THEM $15 MILLION -- OFFERED THEM $1.5 MILLION FOR THE HIT. LUCKILY, WE CAUGHT HIM. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AGREEMENT GIVES IRAN AT LEAST ONE -- GIVES IRAN AT LEAST $100 BILLION TO HIRE THIS MAN AND OTHERS TO UNLEASH NUCLEAR MATERIAL AND DEATH ON INNOCENT AMERICANS. WE CAUGHT THEM ONCE, WILL WE CATCH THEM AGAIN? TOMORROW, VOTE TO REJECT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, FIVE MINUTES,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES, FIVE MINUTES, NO, I'M SORRY, I'M GOING TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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  • 01:23:18 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING ME TIME…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND ALSO FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS VITAL GLOBAL PIECE OF NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.RES. 412, THE RULE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THREE BILLS SURROUNDING THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT NEGOTIATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE P-5 PLUS ONE. MAKE NO MISTAKE. THESE BILLS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN YET OOD ATTEMPT TO PURPOSEFULLY AND DELIBERATELY THWART THE IRAN DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US HAVE THE SAME GOAL, TO PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOP AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. AS ONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN MANY NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION EFFORTS SINCE THE 1970'S, I AM CONVINCED THAT THIS DEAL BRINGS US MUCH CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE IRAN. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED WITH OUR P-5 PLUS ONE PARTNERS, WHILE NOT PERFECT, THIS DEAL ACHIEVES THAT GOAL. THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CUTS OFF ALL PATHWAYS TO A BOMB AND ENSURES ROBUST OVERSIGHT AND INSPECTION. IT'S THE BEST WAY TO PROMOTE REGIONAL SECURITY AND GLOBAL PEACE. AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AGREE. ACCORDING TO RECENT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLL, 55% SAID THAT CONGRESS SHOULD GET BEHIND THIS AGREEMENT. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE CLEAR ON THE RAMIFICATIONS OF REJECTION OF THE DEAL. THE IF -- IF THE UNITED STATES WALKS AWAY, WE'LL BE WALKING AWAY ALEN. AS UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWERS STATED IN HER RECENT POLITICO OP-ED, IF WE WALK AWAY THERE'S NO DIPLOMATIC DOOR NUMBER TWO. NO DO-OVER. NO REWRITE OF THE DEAL ON THE TABLE. REJECTING THE IRAN DEAL WILL ISOLATE THE UNITED STATES FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND WILL NOT MAKE US ANY SAFER. AND IT CERTAINLY WON'T RESULT IN A BETTER DEAL WITH IRAN. INSTEAD, IT WOULD ALLOW IRAN TO ACCELERATE THEIR WEAPONS PROGRAMS WITH NO OVERSIGHT AND IT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO ENGAGE WITH OUR PARTNERS ON CRITICAL ISSUES LIKE ADDRESSING INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. SIMPLY PUT, REJECTING THIS DEAL WOULD ISOLATE THE UNITED STATES AND WOULD PUT US BACK ON THE PATH TO WAR. AS THE SCRIPTURES SAY, LET US STUDY WAR NO MORE. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS PLEASE?

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  • 01:25:44 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SCRIPTURES DO SAY LET US STUDY WAR NO MORE.…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SCRIPTURES DO SAY LET US STUDY WAR NO MORE. THAT'S WHY IT IS CRITICAL FOR US TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT AND OUR DIPLOMATS AND GIVE THIS DEAL A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. S THAT DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE WORLD. LET US CONTINUE TO WORK FOR PEACE BECAUSE THE MILITARY OPTION, THAT'S ALWAYS THERE. LET US WORK FOR A WORLD WORTHY OF OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS RULE.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE…

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FAIR HOPE, ALABAMA, CONGRESSMAN BYRNES.

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  • 01:26:32 PM

    MR. BYRNES

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN NUCLEAR IAGREEMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CREATED A FALSE CHOICE BY CLAIMING THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO THIS DEAL IS WAR. FIRST OF ALL, THIS DEAL ITSELF CAN MOST DEFINITELY LEAD TO WAR. BY GIVING ONE OF OUR BIGGEST ENEMIES ACCESS TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES AND BILLIONS OF $S IN SANCTIONS RELIEF, WE ARE EFFECTIVELY GIVING IRAN THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO LIVE OUT THEIR DREAM OF BRINGING DEATH TO AMERICA.

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  • 01:27:08 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    TO STAND STRONG AND OPPOSE THIS DEAL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:29:05 PM

    MR. MCFWORN

    THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT…

    THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS CONVOLUTED RULE AND PROCESS. TODAY THE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ALREADY COMPLETE --

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  • 01:29:17 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRAN DEAL. TODAY WE HAVE…

    THANK YOU. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE IRAN DEAL. TODAY WE HAVE BEFORE US A CONVOLUTED PROCESS WITH THREE MEASURES THAT WON'T GO ANYWHERE IN THE SENATE AND WILL NEVER REACH THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THE FACT, THE PRESIDENT HAS THE VOTES TO MOVE THIS HISTORIC AGROMENT FORWARD. WE SHOULD BE HAVING A SERIOUS DEBATE AND MOVING TOWARD A VOTE IN A TIMELY FASHION. INSTEAD, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE COOKED UP A SERIES OF VOTES TO DRAG THIS OUT AND APPEAL TO THEIR EXTREMIST BASE. WE KNOW HOW SERIOUS THIS IS FOR THE SECURITY OF THE MIDDLE EAST, THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. AFTER READING AND LISTENING TO MANY DIVERSE VIEWS, I BELIEVES THE STRONGEST AVAILABLE OPTION TO PREVENT -- I BELIEVE IT IS THE STRONGEST AVAILABLE OPTION TO PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND PREVENT YET ANOTHER WAR. THESE NEGOTIATIONS WERE NEVER MEANT TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE WITH IRAN. THEIR PURPOSE WAS CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING. TO SHUT DOWN THE PATHWAYS AVAILABLE TO IRAN TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE A NUCLEAR BOMB. PERIOD. QUITE SIMPLY, IS IT BETTER TO HAVE AN IRAN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A KNEW LEER WEAPON BY EARLY NEXT YEAR? OR IS IT BETTER TO SHUT DOWN THAT CAPABILITY FOR THE NEXT 10 TO 15 YEARS AND EVEN LONGER. AND LET ME BE CLEAR. THE AGREEMENT IS SET UP TO ENSURE IRAN REMAINS A NUCLEAR WEAPON FREE STATE WITH MECHANISMS FOR INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION THAT REMAIN PERMANENTLY IN PLACE. NOW I KNOW THAT SOME HOPED THAT A BETTER DEAL MIGHT SOMEHOW BE RENEGOTIATED IF WE JUST KEEP INCREASING SANCTIONS AND THREATEN OR EVEN USE MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAN BUT WE ALREADY KNOW THAT 10 YEARS OF SANCTIONS AND MILITARY THREATS ONLY GAVE US A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN IRAN'S NUCLEAR CAPACITY AND THAT THE NUMBER OF CENTRIFUGES NEEDED TO PRODUCE WEAPONS GRADE ENRICHED URANIUM ALSO INCREASED. . WE SAW YIRPE'S PROGRAM STOPPED AND ROLLED BACK. THE FINAL AGREEMENT DEGRADES EVEN FURTHER IRAN'S ABILITY TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, BLOCKS ALL PATHWAYS FOR IRAN TO ACQUIRE THE MATERIALS NEEDED TO CREATE A BOMB AND HAS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION REGIME OF ANY NUCLEAR ARMS AGREEMENT TO DATE. IN RETURN, IRAN WILL RECEIVE SANCTIONS RELIEF THAT IS PHASED IN OVER THE NEXT DECADE, DEPENDENT ON IRAN'S COMPLIANCE. DO I TRUST IRAN? CERTAINLY NOT. IRAN DOESN'T TRUST US EITHER, BUT, AGAIN, THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT OF NEGOTIATIONS. FOR NATIONS THAT DON'T TRUST ONE ANOTHER TO SIT DOWN AND TO HAMMER OUT A DEAL THAT ALL PARTIES CAN LIVE WITH AND ABIDE BY. AS NELSON MANDELA IS CREDITED WITH SAYING, THE BEST WEAPON IS TO SIT DOWN AND TALK. THIS MEANS COMPROMISE FOR ALL PARTIES TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE FINAL AGREEMENT. FOR IRAN THAT'S SANCTIONS RELIEF. FOR THE WORLD, THAT MEANS THAT IRAN WITHOUT A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IT IS NOT BASED ON TRUST. IT IS BASED ON TOUGH INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT AN ACCORD BETWEEN JUST THE U.S. AND IRAN. SIX OF THE WORLD'S MAJOR POWERS -- RUSSIA, CHINA, FRANCE, GERMANY, THE U.K. AND THE U.S. HAMMERED OUT THIS DEAL WITH IRAN. IF THE U.S. WALKS AWAY NOW, WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO PUT THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER OR GET THESE NATIONS TO TAKE A RISK WITH US AGAIN. WITHOUT THIS AGREEMENT, IRAN COULD SIMPLY RETURN TO DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. AFTER TWO YEARS OF ARDUOUS NEGOTIATIONS, WHY WOULD THE U.S. INSULT THE VERY NATIONS WHOSE COOPERATION AND COMMITMENT WE NEED TO ENSURE IRAN'S COMPLIANCE? WHY WOULD WE UNDERMINE OUR STANDING AS A GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATING PARTNER, NOT JUST ON THIS AGREEMENT BUT ON EVERY OTHER NEGOTIATION WE ARE ENGAGED IN NOW AND IN THE FUTURE? MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THE IAEA INQUIRY INTO IRAN'S PAST NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES IS A SIDE DEAL. IT IS ITS OWN SEPARATE BILATERAL AGREEMENT. IT NEITHER AFFECTS NOR DELAYS THE P-5 PLUS ONE AGREEMENT'S RIGOROUS INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION PROCESS ON IRAN'S OBLIGATIONS TO SIGNIFICANTLY DEGRADE AND DISMANTLE ITS NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE BEFORE GETTING ANY SANCTIONS RELIEF. BUT QUITE FRANKLY, THE U.S. LONG AGO REACHED ITS OWN CONCLUSIONS ABOUT IRAN'S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES. WE BELIEVE IF LEFT UNCHECKED, IRAN WOULD SOON ACQUIRE ENOUGH WEAPONS GRADE PLUTONIUM AND HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM TO BUILD A NUCLEAR BOMB. IT'S WHY WE APPROVED NUCLEAR-RELATED SANCTIONS AND SUPPORTED INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS AND IT'S WHY THE WHITE HOUSE BEGAN SERIOUS MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN TO CUT OFF EVERY PATHWAY IRAN MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. AND WE WERE SUCCESSFUL. WE WERE SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, MY SUPPORT FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT IS NOT SOMETHING I GIVE RELUCTANTLY OR GRUDGINGLY. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS DEAL AND TO CAST MY VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS RULE AND SUPPORTING THE RESOLUTION APPROVING THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT AND TO REJECTING BOTH THE ROSKAM AND POMPEO BILLS THAT SEEK TO DELAY ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THIS IS A GOOD DEAL. IT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE.

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    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS HOME DURING THE AUGUST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS HOME DURING THE AUGUST BREAK, I TALKED TO A LOT OF FOLKS, AND MANY OF THEM WERE FEARFUL, THEY WERE FEARFUL ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY AND IT FOCUSED ON THE DEAL, THE IRANIAN DEAL THAT WE'RE HERE FOR TODAY. THE IRANIAN DEAL, MR. SPEAKER, IS BAD FOR AMERICA. IT'S BAD FOR ISRAEL. IT'S BAD FOR THE MIDDLE EAST BUT OH, WHAT A DEAL FOR IRAN. WE APPROVE THIS DEAL, THEY WILL BE SINGING AND DANCING IN THE STREETS IN IRAN, ESPECIALLY WITH THE HIGH AYATOLLAH LEADING. WHY? THE DEAL CERTIFIES A NUCLEAR IRAN EVENTUALLY. WE CAN ARGUE OVER WHEN BUT THEY'RE GOING TO GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS. HOW LOVELY IS THAT? THE WORLD GOING TO BE SAFER BECAUSE OF THAT? NO. IRAN IS A WOLF IN WOLF'S CLOTHING. THEY MAKE NO -- THEY MAKE ABSOLUTELY NO SECRET ABOUT THEY WANT US DEAD. THEY WANT ISRAEL DEAD FIRST. THEY WERE PREACHING THIS WHILE WE ARE WORKING ON THIS PEACE, PEACE, PEACE AT ANY PRICE DEAL. TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY WANT TO DESTROY US. AND SO WHY DON'T WE JUST LOOK AT THE LAW RIGHT NOW? WE'VE HEARD A LITTLE BIT ABOUT A SIDE DEAL. SECRETARY KERRY WAS BEFORE OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I ASKED HIM ABOUT A SIDE DEAL. IT CAME UP ABOUT THE IAEA DEAL WITH IRAN. HE SAID HE HADN'T READ IT. HE'S BEEN BRIEFED ON IT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO READ THE SIDE DEALS BEFORE WE EVER VOTE TO APPROVE THIS DEAL. WE GOT TO READ THE FINE PRINT, LIKE ALL OF US IS SUPPOSED TO DO WHEN WE SIGN A CONTRACT. NOW, LET'S READ WHAT THE LAW SAYS. THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT IS QUITE CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER. THE PRESIDENT IS OBLIGATED BY LAW -- THE LAW HE SIGNED -- TO PROVIDE CONGRESS, AND I QUOTE, THE AGREEMENT AND ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS RELATED THERETO, INCLUDING ANNEXES, APPENDICES, SIDE AGREEMENTS, IMPLEMENTING MATERIALS, DOCUMENTS AND GUIDANCE, TECHNICAL OR OTHER UNDERSTANDINGS AND RELATED AGREEMENTS. THAT'S IN THE LAW. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE SIDE DEAL. I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYBODY IN CONGRESS THAT HAS SEEN THE SIDE DEAL. THE LAW, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED, SAYS WE ARE TO SEE ALL THESE SIDE DEALS, AGREEMENTS BEFORE WE EVEN VOTE ON WHETHER OR NOT TO APPROVE THIS DEAL. OTHERWISE, THE CLOCK DOESN'T START TICKING FOR THE 60-DAY APPROVAL REQUIREMENT. SO SHOW US THE SIDE DEAL. LET US READ IT. I THINK CONGRESS MAYBE HAS HAD ENOUGH EMBARRASSMENT OVER THE YEARS VOTING ON LAWS WHERE WE HAVEN'T SEEN ALL OF THE INFORMATION BEFORE WE VOTED ON IT. SHOW US THE SIDE AGREEMENT, LET US GO FROM THERE. OF COURSE, THE DEAL IN ITSELF IS A BAD DEAL FOR ALL OF US. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE'RE GIVING $150 BILLION TO IRAN WHILE WE GOT $47 BILLION IN CLAIMS BY AMERICANS AGAINST IRAN FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. WHY DON'T WE GIVE THEM THE MONEY FIRST? AND I KNOW I'M OUT OF TIME, BUT LET'S NOT APPROVE THE DEAL. LET'S VOTE FOR THE RULE AND MAKE SURE BEFORE WE EVER SEE ANY VOTE ON THE AGREEMENT WE SEE THE SIDE DEALS.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? IF…

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE OF MY COLLEAGUE IF HE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS? IF NOT, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, THE GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN CARTER.

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    MR. CARTER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS WHAT I BELIEVE WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES IN THE HISTORY OF THIS BODY. A FUNDAMENTAL DUTY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO MUCH THAT IT IS ENSHRINED IN THE PREAMPLE TO OUR CONSTITUTION IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE -- PREAMBLE TO OUR CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. WILL THIS BE GOOD FOR THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? NO. IT IMPERILS THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. LOOK TO IRAN'S NEIGHBORS WHO UNIVERSALLY OPPOSED THE DEAL. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S BUILT ON TRUSTING THE REGIME THAT'S CHEATED ON INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS TIME AND AGAIN AND BECAUSE IT WILL LAUNCH A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE MOST UNSTABLE REGION IN THE WORLD. SO TODAY WE HAVE A CHOICE, AND TO ME THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. WE CAN SUPPORT THIS DEAL AND STAND WITH THE REGIME THAT SPREADS TERROR AROUND THE WORLD, LEADS TO PEOPLE -- LEADS PEOPLE IN CHANTS DEATH TO AMERICA. OR WE CAN REJECT THE DEAL AND STAND STRONG AS A COUNTRY, RESOLUTE IN OUR PURSUIT OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE, STAND WITH OUR ALLIES LIKE ISRAEL AND STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE THE DEAL. I KNOW WHERE I STAND. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS DEAL AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE DEAL THAT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A NUCLEAR IRAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN WITH COMPASSION AND HEALING, A GENTLEMAN WHO IS A PHYSICIAN, THE GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN PHIL ROE.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION EXPRESSING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION EXPRESSING DISAPPROVAL OF THIS PROPOSED NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN. 40 YEARS AGO I WAS A YOUNG SOLDIER JUST SOUTH OF THE DEMILLERIZED ZONE IN KOREA WHEN THEY DID NOT HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. NOW WHEN THEY JOINED THE NUCLEAR COMMUNITY, DOES THE WORLD FEEL SAFER WITH A ROGUE NATION HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON? I POSE THIS QUESTION, WHAT IS THIS AGREEMENT IN AMERICA FOR AMERICA? DOES IT MAKE US SAFER? THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC ISSUE. THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE. IT AFFECTS ALL OF US. IT AFFECTS THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE OUR CLOSEST ALLY FEELS ENDANGERED AND I AGREE THEY ARE AND I POSE THE NARRATIVE QUESTION -- WHAT IS IT ABOUT DEATH TO AMERICA THIS ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT UNDERSTAND? THE PRESIDENT PRESENTS A FALSE NARRATIVE. WAR OR THIS AGREEMENT. I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE. THE SANCTIONS BROUGHT THE IRANIANS TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. AND WHAT KIND OF AGREEMENT DID WE NEGOTIATE? WHAT HAPPENED TO ANYTIME, ANYPLACE INSPECTIONS? WHAT HAPPENED TO AMERICANS ACTUALLY BEING ON THE INSPECTION TEAM? I THINK EVERYONE, EVERY THOUGHTFUL PERSON REALIZES THIS JUST SLOWS THE PROCESS DOWN BUT ULTIMATELY THE IRANIANS WILL DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA, CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES, DOES THIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES, DOES THIS NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN MAKE THE UNITED STATES SAFER, DOES IT MAKE ISRAEL SAFER AND DOES IT MAKE THE WORLD SAFER? AS A RESULT OF THIS DEAL, IRAN WILL BE NUCLEAR CAPABLE AND ITS NEIGHBORS WILL NOT BE COMPLACENT KNOWING THAT IRAN CAN PRODUCE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THE REGIME IS SET TO RECEIVE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY GO TOWARDS BUILDING ITS MILITARY CAPABILITIES, NOT TO MENTION ITS SUPPORT FOR TERROR AND OTHER ILLICIT ACTIVITIES. BECAUSE THIS DEAL JEOPARDIZED IRAN'S NEIGHBORS, THE ADMINISTRATION IS PROMISING GULF COUNTRIES MILITARY ARMS SALES TO DEFEND AGAINST THE INCREASED IRANIAN THREAT. WE THEN WILL BE THE MAJOR PROLIFERATOR OF NUCLEAR AND CONVENTIONAL ARMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. DO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT ARMING AN EXTREMELY UNSTABLE AND VIOLENT MIDDLE EAST REGION TO THE TEETH AND HAVING NUCLEAR CAPABLE IRAN RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE WILL MAKE US OR THE WORLD SAFER? THE ANSWER IS CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER. THIS DEAL IS DANGEROUS, IT IS BAD PUBLIC POLICY. WE MUST OPPOSE IT, AND I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER,ED A THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER,ED A THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO SPENT SEVERAL HOURS WITH US, FOUR, FIVE HOURS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH US, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WHEATON, ILLINOIS, ONE MINUTE TO CONGRESSMAN ROSKAM.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS. SECRETARY KERRY CAME…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS. SECRETARY KERRY CAME AND GAVE A BRIEFING TO A CLOSED SESSION OF CONGRESS, PART OF IT WAS OPEN FOR DISCUSSION AND HE SAID SOMETHING PROVOCATIVE AT THE END. HE SAID, FOLKS, WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE? I SAID TO HIM IN A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION. YOU KNOW, MR. SECRETARY, FOR TWO YEARS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN TELLING US THAT NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL. AND IF NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL, THAT MEANS THERE WAS AN ALTERNATIVE. SECRETARY KERRY, DURING THAT SAME BRIEFING, SAID HE WALKED AWAY FROM THE DEAL THREE TIMES WITH THE IRANIANS AND I SAID, SECRETARY, WHEN YOU WALKED AWAY FROM THE DEAL, THAT MEANS THAT THERE WAS AN ALTERNATIVE. SO THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT GET TO ARGUE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO THIS CONGRESS OR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. THERE'S AN ALTERNATIVE, AND THIS HOUSE IS PREPARED TO OFFER ALTERNATIVES. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SESSIONS. I APPRECIATE THE RULES COMMITTEE BRINGING FORTH THIS PACKAGE OF BILLS THAT WE CAN BEGIN TO DISCUSS GETTING US OUT FROM UNDERNEATH A DISASTROUS DEAL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, CONGRESSMAN JODY HICE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN FOR PROVIDING THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN FOR PROVIDING THIS TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND AGAINST THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIOUS HAVE AN AGREEMENT BROKERED BY AGREEMENTS NOR CAN WE GRANT $150 BILLION TO THE WORLD'S FOREMOST SPONSOR OF TERROR AND TURN OUR BACKS ON ISRAEL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS BAD DEAL THAT THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN NOW IS PUBLICLY EMBOLDEN TO SAY THAT ISRAEL WILL NOT EXIST IN 25 YEARS AND THAT TERROR WILL CONTINUE TO PLAGUE THE MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. . MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH SEPTEMBER 11, I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PLEASE JOIN ME IN REJECTING THIS BAD DEAL AND LET'S DEFEAT TERRORISM RATHER THAN ADVANCE IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL WITH IRAN.

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    MR. BOST

    THE REGIME IS WORKING TO UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST,…

    THE REGIME IS WORKING TO UNDERMINE GOVERNMENTS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST, INCLUDING IRAN -- I CROSS THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING IRAN, SYRIA, AND LEBANON. AS THE IRANIANSAL RALLY BEHIND DEATH TO AMERICA, I'M LEFT TO WONDER WHAT OTHER OPTIONS WE HAVE BUT STOPPING THEM FROM OBTAINING THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPONS ON EARTH. UNFORTUNATELY, I BELIEVE THIS DEAL FALLS WAY SHORT OF THAT GOAL. AND I'M -- AND I PLEDGE AND WILL BE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE OPPOSE THIS DEAL AND THAT WE FIND OTHER ALTERNATIVES AND I YIELD BACK.

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    WE RESERVE.

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    AGAIN IF MY COLLEAGUE HAS FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE WEIGHT OF THIS DECISION FALLS HEAVILY ON THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE WEIGHT OF THIS DECISION FALLS HEAVILY ON THIS CHAMBER. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING REGULAR ORDER, THE MAJORITY'S INSISTENCE ON GOVERNING BY CRISIS HAS ONCE MORE TAKEN OVER AND WE'RE THROWN INTO DISARRAY. THIS IRAN AGREEMENT IS THE BEST OPTION THAT WE HAVE TO CURBING IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS. PEOPLE WHO KNOW NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS, AMBASSADORS, PEOPLE OF THE MILITARY HAVE ALL SAID, INCLUDING COLIN POWELL, I MIGHT ADD THAT THIS IS A GOOD DEAL. THIS IS A GOOD NEGOTIATION THAT WILL HELP KEEP US SAFE. THE WORK AHEAD WILL BE ARDUOUS AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE OUR NATION WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WHO ALSO NEGOTIATED THIS AGREEMENT WITH US. BUT PEACE IS ALWAYS PREFER TO BELIEVE WAR AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT AND VOTE NO ON THIS RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SOTIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. MCGOVERN, JUDGE HASTINGS AND MS. SLAUGHTER FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION TODAY AND I THANK YOU, MS. SLAUGHTER FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES IN THIS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT DEBATE IN THE LAST FEW DAYS THAT HAVE TAKEN MANY, MANY HOURS. IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THE DEAL WITH THE -- IT'S CLEAR TO ME THAT THE DEAL THE ADMINISTRATION NEGOTIATED IS A DISASTER. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT ALL MORNING. SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER SPOKE ABOUT THE LACK OF BENEFIT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT UNDERMINES AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ABROAD, IT EMPOWERS THE IRANIAN REGIME AND IGNORES WHAT HAS BEEN DECADES OF POLICY WHERE AMERICANS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH TERRORISTS. BY OVERTURNING THE DECADES OF THIS BIPARTISAN POLICY, THE ADMINISTRATION IS TELLING THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE WITH ROGUE STATES. THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY DEATH TO AMERICA, WE'LL IN NEGOTIATION GIVE THEM EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. THIS WILL EMBOLDEN FUTURE ACTORS, IT WILL LIMIT THE UNITED STATES' ABILITY TO PROGRESS -- TO AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE SANCTIONS AGAINST OTHER COUNTRIES, THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL TAKE NOTE OF OUR WEAKNESS. THIS IS NOT LEADING, THIS IS WEAKNESS. IF THE UNITED STATES IS WILLING TO LIFT SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN WE WILL UNILATERALLY LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO SOLVE ISSUES THROUGH DIPLOMACY AND THROUGH PEACE. IT'S TIME -- IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO STOP THIS DEAL WHICH IS WHY REPUBLICANS ARE ON THE FLOOR TODAY. WE INVITE ALL OUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE WITH US. BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING. THE ADOPTION OF THIS RULE, OBVIOUSLY THE LENGTHY DEBATE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TODAY IS GOING TO LEAD US TO A CONCLUSION THAT THE UNDERLYING PIECE OF LEGISLATION MUST BE PROPERLY VOTED ONFUL I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:50:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:50:40 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE…

    THE GENTLELADY REQUESTS THE YEAS AND NAYS. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORD. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 2436789 THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 2436789 THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

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  • 02:17:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL…

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT 50 UNITED STATES CODE 1622-D PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS, WITHIN THE 0 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ANNIVERSARY DATE OF ITS DECLARATION THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. CONSISTENT WITH THIS PROVISION, I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY DECLARED IN PROCLAMATION 7463 WITH RESPECT TO THE TERRORIST ACTS -- ATTACKS ON THE UNITED STATES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2011, IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR. THE TERRORIST THREAT THAT LED TO THE DECLARATION ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2001, OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY CONTINUES. FOR THIS REASON I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT AFTER SEPTEMBER 14, 2015, THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE TERRORIST THREAT. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015.

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  • 02:18:26 PM

    EMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE CLEAR THE AISLES AND TAKE THEIR SEATS. WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF TO PLEASE THICK THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. -- PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

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  • 02:19:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:19:52 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, I CALL UP H.RES. 411 AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, I CALL UP H.RES. 411 AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 411, RESOLUTION FINDING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 411, RESOLUTION FINDING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH SECTION 2 OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT OF 2015.

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  • 02:20:16 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412 THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412 THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE RESOLUTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR TWO HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, WILL CONTROL ONE HOUR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:20:37 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THIS MEASURE.

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  • 02:20:49 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. ASK ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF TO PLEASE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

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  • 02:21:07 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE THIS RESOLUTION…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK WE ALL KNOW WHY WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE THIS RESOLUTION TODAY. AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT FOR THOSE OF US THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THIS AGREEMENT, WE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT INTERNATIONAL INSPECTIONS WERE GOING TO BE DONE BY INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS. NOT BY THE IRANIANS. NOT BY THOSE IN THE IRANIAN REGIME. AND WHETHER YOU LIKE THE IRAN AGREEMENT OR NOT, ONE THING I THINK ALL MEMBERS CAN AGREE ON IS THAT SOUND VERIFICATION MUST BE THE BEDROCK OF ANY VIABLE AGREEMENT. IRAN CANNOT CHEAT AND GET AWAY WITH IT, AND THE REASON THIS IS AN ISSUE FOR US IS BECAUSE IRAN HAS CHEATED ON EVERY PAST AGREEMENT. THAT'S WHY THE VERIFICATION WAS SO IMPORTANT. THE PROBLEM IS KEY ASPECTS OF THIS VERIFICATION AGREEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN PRESENTED TO CONGRESS TO REVIEW. INDEED, THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS AGREED TO BETWEEN IRAN AND AN ARM OF THE U.N. HERE, THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY. ONE IS REGARDING THE REGIME'S PAST BOMB WORK OF WHICH THERE ARE A THOUSAND PAGES OF EVIDENCE THAT THE IAEA TELL US ABOUT, AND THE OTHER INVOLVES ACCESS TO THE IRANIAN MILITARY BASE AT PARCHIN WHERE THAT EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THAT TESTING TOOK PLACE. IN ORDER TO FULLY ASSESS THE AGREEMENT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THESE DOCUMENTS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT SINCE IRAN WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY TREAT THESE ARRANGEMENTS AND SETTING A -- AS SETTING A STANDARD FOR FUTURE IAEA REQUESTS TO ASSESS ANY SUSPICIOUS SITES, ESPECIALLY MILITARY SITES SINCE THEY HAVE MADE IT CLEAR NOBODY IS GOING TO THEIR MILITARY SITES. PHYSICAL ACCESS BY THE IAEA TO PARCHIN IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTANDING IRAN'S PAST BOMB WORK. THIS IS WHERE IRAN CONSTRUCTED A LARGE EXPLOSIVES CONTAINMENT VESSEL, TO QUOTE THE IAEA. AND WHY DID THEY DO IT? TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENTS RELATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT SAY THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IRAN HAS BLOCKED THEIR ACCESS, THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS' ACCESS, TO PARCHIN FOR YEARS, AND IN THE MEANTIME WE ARE TOLD BY THOSE INSPECTORS THAT THEY WATCH ON SPY SATELLITE AS IRAN BULLDOZES AND PAVES OVER THE SITE. AND THEN PAVES OVER THE SITE AGAIN. IF THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS CANNOT ATTAIN A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXPERIMENTATION THAT TOOK PLACE, THEN THE UNITED STATES WILL HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY FIGURING OUT HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE IRAN TO RUSH TOWARDS A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IN RECENT CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY, ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE IN THEIR ACCESS TO SUSPICIOUS SITES THAT THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES THE IAEA. YET THESE SEPARATE ANGMENTS -- ARRANGEMENTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SERIOUSLY WEAKEN OUR ABILITY TO VERIFY THE AGREEMENT AS A WHOLE IF IT IS TRUE THAT IRAN IS GOING TO DO SELF-INSPECTIONS HERE WHICH IS WHAT IRAN ASSERTS. MR. SPEAKER, THE HISTORY OF IRANIAN NEGOTIATING BEHAVIOR AS WE KNOW IS TO POCKET PAST CONCESSIONS AND THEN WHAT DO THEY DO? THEY PUSH FOR MORE AND MORE AND MORE. THE SEPARATE ARRANGEMENT AGREED TO BETWEEN THE IAEA ENIRAN REGARDING INSPECTION OF THE FACILITIES AT PARCHIN WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE REGARDED BY THAT GOVERNMENT IN IRAN HAS A PRECEDENT FOR THEIR IAEA ACCESS TO FUTURE SUSPICIOUS SITES IN IRAN. IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON'T GET ACCESS TO THIS SITE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET ACCESS TO OTHER MILITARY SITES WHERE THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT THE SAME TYPE OF THING HAS OCCURRED. SO IF IRAN WON'T LET INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS DO THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTING TODAY, WHAT MAKES US THINK THAT THE IRANIANS WILL ALLOW INTRUSIVE TERMS TO THESE AGREEMENTS IN THE FUTURE AFTER SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED WHEN WE FIND EVIDENCE OF THE NEXT SITE? I HAVE LITTLE DOUBT THAT THE SIDE DEALS OF TODAY WILL BECOME CENTRAL TO THE AGREEMENT'S VERIFICATION PROVISIONS TOMORROW. THIS MAKES IT IMPERATIVE THAT THESE AGREEMENTS ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, 350 MEMBERS, HOUSE -- OF THIS HOUSE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THINK WE HAVE MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS, WE HAD, I THINK, EVERY REPUBLICAN RIGHT TO SECRETARY KERRY. LAST FALL IRAN'S WILLINGNESS TO RESOLVE CONCERNS OVER ITS BOMB WORK, AS WE SAID IN THAT LETTER, IS A FUNDAMENTAL TEST OF IRAN'S INTENTION TO UPHOLD A COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT. THAT'S WHY WE ALL WROTE THAT LETTER TOGETHER. IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT POINT. THE ADMINISTRATION ONCE TOOK THE SAME POSITION WE ARE TAKING RIGHT NOW ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS WELL, BUT IT GAVE THAT POSITION AWAY IN NEGOTIATIONS. IT GAVE AWAY THAT POSITION. REVIEWING THESE SITE AGREEMENTS IS CRITICAL TO UNDERSTANDING WHETHER IRAN INTENDS TO PASS THAT TEST. WE NEED ACCESS TO THOSE AGREEMENTS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:27:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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  • 02:27:08 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION AND I YIELD MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:27:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:27:15 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS WITH A DANGEROUS AND…

    AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS WITH A DANGEROUS AND MALEVOLENT REGIME, THE ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE OTHER P5+1 NATIONS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN OVER ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE NEGOTIATIONS WAS TO PREVENT IRAN FROM EVER OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. GIVEN THE UNTHINKABLE CONSEQUENCES OF IRAN, THE WORLD'S FOREMOST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM OBTAINING THE BOMB, THIS HAS BEEN AN OVERRIDING NATIONAL SECURITY IMPERATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES FOR DECADES. AS AN AMERICAN AND AS A JEW WHO IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL, IT IS ALSO INTENSELY PERSONAL. I BELIEVE OUR VITAL INTERESTS HAVE BEEN ADVANCED UNDER THE AGREEMENT SINCE IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR IRAN TO AMASS ENOUGH FIGURESABLE MATERIAL TO MAKE A NUCLEAR WEAPON WITHOUT GIVING THE UNITED STATES AMPLE NOTICE AND TIME TO STOP IT. WE WILL STILL NEED TO GUARD AGAINST ANY IRANIAN EFFORT TO OBTAIN NUCLEAR MATERIAL OR TECHNOLOGY FROM PROLIFERATORS ABROAD, A REALITY EVEN IF IRAN HAD GIVEN UP ALL ENRICHMENT, BUT THE AGREEMENT LIKELY GIVES THE WORLD AT LEAST A DECADE AND A HALF WITHOUT THE PROSPECT OF AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON AND WITHOUT GOING TO WAR TO MAKE THAT SO. THAT IS A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT. THE UNITED STATES REALIZED THIS OBJECTIVE BY SECURING A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THE AGREEMENT, INCLUDING THE POWER TO SNAP BACK SANCTIONS IN WHOLE OR IN PART AND NOT SUBJECT TO A VETO IN THE UNITED NATIONS. THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES ALSO PROCURED EXTENSIVE INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS REGIME THAT LASTS FOR 25 YEARS OR MORE. BY APPLYING TO THE WHOLE CHAIN OF THE ENRICHMENT PROCESS FROM THE GROUND TO THE CENTRIFUGE, IT REALISTICALLY PRECLUDES IRAN FROM DEVELOPING A HIDDEN AND PARALLEL ENRICHMENT PROCESS. WITH RESPECT TO THOSE INSPECTIONS I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO CLARIFY SOMETHING WHICH I OFF HEAR THE OPPONENTS OBSCURE AND THAT IS THERE ARE INSPECTION WAS RESPECT TO IRAN'S PRIOR MILITARY WORK, INSPECTIONS OF KNOWN NUCLEAR SITES, AND INSPECTIONS OF OTHER SITES WHICH WE MAY SUSPECT IRAN MAY CONDUCT WORK IN THE FUTURE. THE MECHANISMS WITH RESPECT TO EACH ARE DIFFERENT. WITH RESPECT TO THE NO NUCLEAR SITES, THERE ARE 24-7 EYES ON IRAN'S ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE THE MOST EXTENSIVE AND INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS ANY NATION HAS SEEN OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. WITH RESPECT TO ITS POTENTIAL SITES, THAT IS SITES WE DON'T KNOW WHERE WE SUSPECT IN THE FUTURE THEY MAY DO WORK, WE'LL HAVE A MECHANISM TO OBTAIN INSPECTIONS IN A TIMELY WAY. AND CERTAINLY IN A TIMELY ENOUGH WAY THAT IF THEY WERE TO EVER UTILIZE RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL, THEY WOULD BE DETECTED. AND FINALLY, WE HAVE THE INSPECTIONS INTO THEIR PRIOR MILITARY WORK, AND WILL I SAY THIS WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIOR MILITARY WORK, THOSE OF US THAT HAVE REVIEWED THE INTELLIGENCE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE BANK OF INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IRAN HAD BEEN DOING IN THE PAST. . TO THE DEGREE WE HAVE A BASELINE OF WHAT IRAN'S WORK HAS BEEN, WE HAVE A BASELINE AND I THINK THAT'S A PIVOTAL CONSIDERATION GOING FORWARD. AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STATED THAT HE HAS GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT WE CAN DETERMINE IF IRAN FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE AGREEMENT. FOR ME IT IS THE SIZE AND SOPHISTICATION OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT CAPABILITY ABILITY AFTER 15 YEARS THAT IS THE KEY CHALLENGE. AT THAT POINT IT IS THE WORK NECESSARY TO PRODUCE THE MECHANISM FOR THE BOMB THAT BECOMES THE REAL OBSTACLE TO A BREAKOUT AND THAT WORK IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TO DETECT. NEVERTHELESS, I HAVE SEARCHED FOR A BETTER, CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE AND CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS NONE. WHEN IT COMES TO PREDICTING THE FUTURE, WE ARE ALL LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY, BUT IF CONGRESS REJECTS A DEAL AGREED TO BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND MOST OF THE WORLD, THE SANCTIONS REGIME WILL, IF NOT COLLAPSE, ALMOST CERTAINLY ERODE. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT IRAN NECESSARILY DASHES MADLY FOR A BOMB, BUT IT WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY MOVE FORWARD WITH ITS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM, UNCONSTRAINED BY INSPECTIONS, LIMITS ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CENTRIFUGES OR OTHER PROTECTIONS IN THE DEAL. IN SHORT, IRAN WILL HAVE MANY OF THE ADVANTAGES OF THE DEAL IN ACCESS TO MONEY AND TRADE WITH NONE OF ITS DISADVANTAGES. INSTEAD OF REJECTING THE DEAL, THEREFORE, CONGRESS SHOULD FOCUS ON MAKING IT STRONGER. FIRST, WE SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT IF IRAN CHEATS, THE REPERCUSSIONS WILL BE SEVERE. SECOND, WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OUR INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES TO DETECT ANY FORM OF IRANIAN NONCOMPLIANCE. THIRD, WE SHOULD ESTABLISH THE EXPECTATION THAT WHILE IRAN WILL BE PERMITTED TO HAVE AN ENRICHMENT CAPABILITY FOR CIVILIAN USE, IT WILL NEVER, NEVER BE PERMITTED TO PRODUCE HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM, AND IF IT ATTEMPTS TO DO SO, IT WILL BE STOPPED WITH FORCE. FOURTH, WE WILL SHARE WITH ISRAEL ALL THE TECHNOLOGIES NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN ITS REGIONAL MILITARY SUPERIORITY AND IF NECESSARY TO DESTROY IRAN'S NUCLEAR FACILITIES NO MATTER HOW DEEP THE BUNKER. AND FINALLY, WE'RE PREPARED TO WORK WITH ISRAEL AND OUR GULF ALLIES TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY ACTION IRAN TAKES TO USE ITS NEW-FOUND WEALTH FOR DESTRUCTIVE ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION WILL PROMPT AND OPPOSITE REACTION AND -- EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION AND WILL COMBAT THEIR INFLUENCE. THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WILL ONE DAY THROW OFF THE SHACKLES OF THEIR OPPRESSIVE REGIME, AND I HOPE THAT THIS DEAL WILL EMPOWER THOSE WHO WISH TO REFORM IRANIAN GOVERNANCE AND BEHAVIOR. THE 15 YEARS OR MORE THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES WILL GIVE US THE TIME TO TEST THAT PROPOSITION. THEN, AS NOW, IF IRAN IS DETERMINED TO DEVELOP THE BOMB, THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO STOP IT AND THAT IS BY THE USE OF FORCE. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD WILL RECOGNIZE THAT WE DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO AVOID WAR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 02:33:35 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, CHAIRMAN OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE.

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  • 02:33:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. NUNES

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ALTHOUGH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PITCHED THE IRAN NUCLEAR ACCORD TO PREVENT THE AYATOLLAHS FROM MAKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IT LIFTS THEIR ACTIVITIES AFTER 10 TO 15 YEARS. MANY OF MY FELLOW MEMBERS WONDER HOW THE ADMINISTRATION CAN BE SO NAIVE AS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR AN IRANIAN BOMB IN THE COURSE OF TRYING TO PREVENT AN IRANIAN BOMB. WELL, THE ANSWER IS CLEAR TO ME. THE PRESIDENT IS GAMBLING. HE'S BETTING ON THE VERY ACT OF ENGAGING WITH IRAN WILL MODERATE THE REGIME'S BEHAVIOR. SO THAT IN A DECADE OR SO FROM NOW WE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT ANYMORE. HE HAS CALLED HIS ENGAGEMENT WITH IRAN A CAT -- CALCULATED RISK. INDEED IT IS A RISK. AS I SAID, THE PRESIDENT IS PLACING A BET, BUT WHY WOULD ANYONE BET ON THE MODERATION OF THE IRANIAN REGIME? IT HAS NOT CHANGED ONE IOTA SINCE THE AYATOLLAH SEIZED POWER SINCE 1979. IRAN IS THE WORLD'S BIGGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. IT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ. OBAMA HAS SPOKEN OF THE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI AS POSSIBLY SEEKING TO REJOIN THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS THIS IS A THIN READ TO JUSTIFY GIVING IRAN A PATH TO A BOMB IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WITH THE RITUAL DEATH TO AMERICA CHANTS. I DON'T KNOW HOW THE IRANIANS CAN MAKE IT ANY MORE CLORER THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO RE-- CLEARER THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO REJOIN THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS. THEY WANT TO BLOW UP THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS. SOON AFTER THE IRANIAN AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED, KHOMEINI HIMSELF TWEETED A SILHOUETTE IMAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA HOLDING A GUN TO HIS HEAD. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS MORE CLEAR THAT THIS REGIME COULD DO TO MAKE ITS INTENTIONS CLEARER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT OUR PRESIDENT SEES THINGS DIFFERENTLY, AS HE TOLD "THE NEW YORK TIMES," IF THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS SIGNED, QUOTE, WHO KNOWS, IRAN MAY CHANGE. WELL, CONSIDER THIS. IF YOU'RE ROLLING THE DICE AT A CASINO, WHO KNOWS, YOU MAY ROLL A SEVEN. IF YOU'RE AT THE ROULETTE WHEEL, WHO KNOWS, IT MAY LAND ON YOUR NUMBER. BUT WHEN YOU'RE GAMBLING ONE THING IS FOR SURE IN THE LONG RUN, THE CASINO -- ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IN THE LONG RUN, THE CASINO WINS. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS NOT A CASINO NOR IS IT ABOUT A GAMBLER LOSING MONEY. THIS IS ABOUT GAMBLING ON HUMAN LIVES. THE U.S. LIVES AND OUR WESTERN ALLIES. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:36:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF.

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  • 02:36:34 PM

    MR. SCHIFF

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. LOWEY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:36:45 PM

    MRS. LOWEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REASONABLE PEOPLE DISAGREE ABOUT THE MERITS AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. REASONABLE PEOPLE DISAGREE ABOUT THE MERITS AND SHORTCOMINGS OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. IN THE STRONGEST DEMOCRACY IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE THE SACRED DUTY TO UPHOLD THE HIGH STANDARD OF DEBATE AND GOVERN RESPONSIBLY. THAT'S WHY I'M PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED BY PERSONAL ATTACKS, CHARACTER ASSASSINATIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS DEBATE, AND I AM OUTRAGED BY THE REPUBLICANS' ATTEMPT TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE OF NATIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY. THE THREAT TO PURSUE WASTEFUL LITIGATION AND TO TIE THE HANDS OF OUR PRESIDENT UNTIL THE END OF HIS TERM ARE PARTICULARLY OUTRAGEOUS WHEN THE SENATE HAS INDICATED IT WILL NOT EVEN CONSIDER THESE MEASURES. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE BLATANTLY IRRESPONSIBLE PARTISAN POLITICAL MEASURES BEFORE THE HOUSE THIS WEEK. AS RANKING DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FOREIGN OPERATIONS, I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN DOZENS OF CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED IRAN BRIEFINGS WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF OUR NEGOTIATING TEAM AND COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS. I HAVE THOROUGHLY EVALUATED THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION RELEASED IN JULY, MET WITH FOREIGN LEADERS, NUCLEAR EXPERTS AND HEARD FROM THOUSANDSES OF THOUGHTFUL AND PASSIONATE -- THOUSANDSES OF THOUGHTFUL AND PASSIONATE PEOPLE. I WILL VOTE AGAINST APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT. SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARDS SIMPLY ARE NOT IN PLACE TO ADDRESS THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AGREEMENT, AND IT WILL NOT DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. FIRST, IN APPROXIMATE 15 YEARS, IRAN WILL BECOME AN INTERNATIONALLY NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. SECOND, RELEAVING U.N. SANCTIONS ON CONVENTIONAL ARMS AND BALLISTIC MISSILES AND RELEASING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE IRANIAN REGIME WILL LEAD TO A DANGEROUS REGIONAL WEAPONS RACE AND ENABLE IRAN TO BOLSTER ITS FUNDING OF HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND ASSAD. THIRD, THE DEAL DOES NOT REQUIRE THEM TO DISCLOSE THEIR PREVIOUS WORK BEFORE SANCTIONS RELIEF IS PROVIDED. INSPECTORS WILL NOT HAVE ANYTIME ANYWHERE ACCESS TO THE MOST SUSPICIOUS FACILITIES, PARTICULARLY THE PARCHIN MILITARY COMPLEX, WITH A PROCESS THAT LACKS TRANSPARENCY AND COULD DELAY INSPECTORS' ACCESS FOR UP TO 24 DAYS. FINALLY, THERE ARE NO CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES REGARDING PUNISHMENT FROM MINOR VIOLATIONS OF THE AGREEMENT. IN RECENT WEEKS, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS RESPONDED TO SOME OF MY CONCERNS BY COMMITTING TO ADDITIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE TO ISRAEL AND OUR GULF PARTNERS AND TO IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON COUNTERING IRAN'S NONNUCLEAR DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES. I WILL WORK IN CONGRESS AND WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO EXPEDITIOUSLY IMPLEMENT THESE COMMITMENTS TO ENHANCE, NOT JUST MAINTAIN, NONNUCLEAR-RELATED SANCTIONS TO ESTABLISH STRONGER MECHANISMS TO DETER IRAN AND TO ENSURE IRAN NEVER DEVELOPS A NUCLEAR WEAPON. ONE OF MY HIGHEST PRIORITIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE PROTECTION OF ISRAEL'S QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE SO THAT OUR CLOSEST ALLY IN THE REGION CAN DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST ALL THREATS FROM IRAN OR ITS PROXIES. IN THE SAME WEEK, MY COLLEAGUES, THAT CONGRESS HOLDS THIS IMPORTANT VOTE, IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER VOWED AGAIN TO ANNIHILATE THE JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL AND TO VILIFY THE GREAT SATAN THAT HE CALLS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY MOVING FORWARD. THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES DEPENDS ON IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA AND WAS THE AUTHOR OF SOME OF THE IRAN SANCTIONS LAWS THAT ARE ENFORCED TODAY.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK MY ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE AND I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. POMPEO, WHOSE RESOLUTION WE ARE DISCUSSING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS DEAL WILL ALLOW IRAN TO BECOME NUCLEAR CAPABLE IN JUST A SHORT ORDER. IT WILL ALLOW IRAN TO GROW AND EXPAND ITS MILITARY. IT WILL ALLOW IRAN TO CONTINUE WITH ITS SUPPORT FOR TERROR. THESE FACTS ARE INDISPUTABLE. WHAT IS ALSO INDISPUTABLE IS THAT THE REGIME IN TEHRAN DETEST THE UNITED STATES, THE WEST AND THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL, OUR STEADFAST PARTNER. THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN CONSTANTLY INSITES CHANTS DEATH TO AMERICA AND DEATH TO AMERICA. ARE WE NOT LISTENING? AND THROUGH ITS PROXIES, HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS, IRAN SEEKS TO MAKE THIS THREAT INTO A REALITY. AND EARLIER THIS WEEK, THE SUPREME LEADER THREATENED THAT ISRAEL WILL NO LONGER EXIST IN JUST 25 YEARS. AND BECAUSE OF THIS AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER, THE REGIME WILL NOW HAVE THE WEAPONS, IT WILL NOW HAVE THE CAPABILITIES TO POSE AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO US, TO ISRAEL AND TO OUR INTERESTS IN THE REGION, GIVING A REGIME THAT OPENLY CALLS FOR AND WORKS TOWARD OUR DESTRUCTION AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL IS INSANE. WE ARE PROVIDING IRAN A PATH TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND INCREASED CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS CAPABILITY, AND THIS JUST ISN'T BAD POLICY. IT IS DANGEROUS. IT IS NAIVE TO THINK THAT THIS NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN WON'T MAKE US AND THE WORLD LESS SAFE, LESS SECURE AND LESS PEACEFUL. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REJECT IT. I THANK MY CHAIRMAN, MR. ROYCE, AND MR. POMPEO FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCHIFF

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, THE DISTINGUISHED ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MR. CLYBURN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, THE PERMANENT FIVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL PLUS GERMANY. THE EUROPEAN UNION AND IRAN. I SUPPORT THIS DEAL BECAUSE IT IS THE BEST AVAILABLE OPTION TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON, AN OUTCOME THAT ALL OF US AGREE MUST BE PREVENTED. THE OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT SAY THAT IRAN SUPPORTS TERRORISM. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH THAT. THIS DEAL, HOWEVER, IS ABOUT ONLY ONE ISSUE, THE ISSUE THAT THE ENTIRE WORLD AGREES IS BY FAR THE MOST PRESSING -- PREVENTING IRAN FROM GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IT IS PRECISELY BECAUSE IRAN IS SO NEFARIOUS THAT THIS DEAL IS SO IMPORTANT. DANGERS REMAIN. IRAN WILL BE FAR MORE DANGEROUS IF THEY ACQUIRED A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS DEAL IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THAT UNACCEPTABLE OUTCOME. THE OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT SAY THAT WE CAN'T TRUST THE IRANIANS TO ABIDE BY THE AGREEMENTS' STRICT RESTRICTIONS ON THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THAT MAY BE TRUE, AND I WOULDN'T BE SUPPORTING THE AGREEMENT IF IT REQUIRED US TO TRUST THE IRANIANS, BUT IT DOESN'T. THIS DEAL IS BUILT AROUND THE STRICTEST VERIFICATIONS EVER DEVISED. IF IRAN TRIES TO -- WE WILL LIKELY CATCH THEM USING THE VERIFICATION PROCEDURES UNDER THIS DEAL THAN WE WOULD BE WITHOUT IT. . WERE THIS DEAL IN PLACE IF WE DO CASH IRAN DASHING TOWARD A NUCLEAR WEAPON, ALL OPTIONS WILL BE ON THE TABLE TO STOP THEM. BUT MILITARY FORCE MUST ALWAYS BE A LAST RESORT. I HAVE NOT HEARD ANY OF THE OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT PRESENT ANY REALISTIC DIPLOMATIC ALTERNATIVE THAT WOULD BE ANYWHERE NEAR AS LIKELY TO STOP IRAN FROM GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IF WE REJECT THIS DEAL, MILITARY ACTION WILL BECOME MORE LIKELY. WHENEVER WE SEND AMERICANS INTO HARM'S WAY, WE MUST BE ABLE TO LOOK THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE EYE AND HONESTLY TELL THEM THAT WE HAVE EXHAUSTED EVERY OTHER OPTION. THIS DEAL IS A DIPLOMATIC OPTION WE MUST EXHAUST. THIS DEAL'S OPPONENTS RESENT -- PRESENT NO OTHER. ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER RABIN SAID, AND I QUOTE, YOU DON'T MAKE PEACE WITH FRIENDS. YOU MAKE IT WITH UNSAVORY ENEMIES. END OF QUOTE. WE ARE NOW FACED WITH THREE CHOICES. THIS DEAL DRASTICALLY INCREASE LIKELIHOOD OF MILITARY CONFRONTATION, OR A NUCLEAR IRAN. I SUPPORT THIS DEAL AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN DOING SO.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS, AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.

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    MR. SMITH

    CONDITIONS UNDER THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. IT IS RIDDLED…

    CONDITIONS UNDER THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. IT IS RIDDLED WITH SERIOUS FLAWS, GAPS, AND HUGE CONCESSIONS TO IRAN. TAKEN AS A WHOLE IT POSES A THREAT TO ISRAEL AND OTHER FRIENDS IN THE REGION AND IS A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO THE UNITED STATES. NOT ONLY IS IRAN NOW PERMITTED TO CONTINUE ENRICHING URANIUM, A PREVIOUS NONNEGOTIABLE RED LINE WITH NO ENRICHMENT WHATSOEVER, BUT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IRAN WILL BE ABLE TO ASSEMBLE AN INDUSTRIAL-SCALE NUCLEAR PROGRAM ONCE THE AGREEMENT BEGINS TO SUNSET IN AS LITTLE AS A DECADE. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, IRAN'S DECADE LONG HATRED OF ISRAEL SHOWS NO SIGN OF ABATING ANY TIME SOON. YESTERDAY THE TIMES OF ISRAEL REPORTED THAT IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER HAS SAID TO ISRAEL, YOU WILL NOT SEE THE NEXT 25 YEARS. ADDING THAT THE JEWISH STATE WILL BE HOUNDED UNTIL IT'S DESTROYED. MR. SPEAKER, INSPECTIONS ARE ANYTHING BUT ANY TIME OR ANYWHERE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S PREVIOUS PLEDGE TO THE NATION AND THE WORLD. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE IAEA HAS ENTERED INTO A SECRET AGREEMENT THAT PRECLUDES UNFETTERED ROBUST INSPECTION. IT ALSO VIOLATES THE CORKER LAW WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN THAT INFORMATION. MR. SPEAKER, IRAN IS THE WORLD'S LEADING SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM. DISAGREEMENT -- THIS AGREEMENT PROVIDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR WEAPONS AND WAR MAKING MATERIAL. THE SUPREME LEADER ALSO CRITICIZED ANY CALL TO END HIS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. ANOTHER 11TH HOUR CONCESSION. HE CALLED THAT STUPID AND IDIOTIC AS THE SUPREME LEADER. AND THAT THEY SHOULD MASS-PRODUCE SUCH WEAPONS, SUCH MEANS OF DELIVERY. COUNTRIES BUILD ICBMS, MR. SPEAKER, TO DELIVER NUKES. THE ADMINISTRATION WAS RELUCTANT. I HELD TWO HEARINGS, THE CHAIRMAN HELD SEVERAL HEARINGS ON THE AMERICANS BEING HELD HOSTAGE. THEY REMAIN IN JAIL, ABUSED, TORTURED, OR MISSING. WHY ARE THEY NOT FREE? I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. VISCLOSKY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON DEFENSE.

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    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE DEFENSE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I'M ACUTELY AWARE OF THE HARMFUL INFLUENCE IRAN AND HIS PROXIES HAVE ON THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST. HOWEVER, DESPITE MY CLEAR AND DEEP DISTRUST OF IRAN, I FIRMLY SUPPORT THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION GIVEN THE IMPROVEMENT IT WORKS. THIS HARD FOUGHT MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT WILL SEVERELY LIMIT IRAN'S NUCLEAR AM MISSIONS, ESTABLISH A VERIFIABLE AND ROBUST INSPECTION REGIME, ALLOW FOR THE TIMELY REINSTATEMENT OF SANCTIONS FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT, AND IN NO WAY LIMIT U.S. MILITARY OPTIONS. I CAN ARGUE THAT THE AGREEMENT -- I CAN'T ARGUE THAT THE AGREEMENT IS PERFECT AND I AM FRUSTRATED AT ITS LIMITED SCOPE, HOWEVER IN ANY NEGOTIATION, ESPECIALLY ONE AMONG SOVEREIGN NATION, EACH HAVING THEIR OWN ECONOMIC AND SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS, SOME COMPROMISE IS NECESSARY. CRITICALLY I BELIEVE THE AGREEMENT REACHES AN ACCOMPLISHMENT AND THE GOAL OF PREVENTING IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I CONCUR WITH THE SENTIMENTS OF MY ESTEEMED FRIEND AND FORMER SENATOR, RICHARD LUGAR, WHO RECENTLY CROAT THAT CONGRESSIONAL REJECTION OF THE IRAN DEAL WOULD KILL THE LAST CHANCE FOR WASHINGTON TO REACH A VERIFIABLE IRANIAN COMMITMENT NOT TO BUILD A NUCLEAR WEAPON. AND DESTROY THE EFFECTIVE COALITION THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. I BELIEVE IT IS VITAL FOR THE DURATION OF THE AGREEMENT THAT THE U.S. LEADS THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO MAINTAIN FOCUS ON IRAN'S COMPLIANCE AND ENSURES THAT IRAN DOES NOT UNDERMINE REGIONAL STABILITY THROUGH OTHER PATHWAYS. TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, WE MUST REMAIN STEADFAST IN OUR COMMITMENTS TO ISRAEL AND ALL OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS. I ASK ALL TO CONSTRUCTIVELY WORK TO IMPROVE THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST RATHER THAN USING ALL OF THEIR ENERGY TO UNDERMINE THE AGREEMENT. WE CANNOT RELY ON FORCE OF ARMS ALONE TO BRING LASTING STABILITY TO ANY REGION OF THE WORLD. IN CONCLUSION, I DO HOPE THAT THE EXHAUSTIVE MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS THAT LED TO THIS AGREEMENT WILL SERVE AS A TEMPLATE FOR FUTURE U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT AND OTHER OUTSTANDING ISSUES THAT HAVE LED TO INSTABILITY AND VIOLENCE IN THE REGION, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    YES, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE…

    YES, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE.

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    MR. POE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRITICAL…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. THIS IRANIAN DEAL PROMISES PEACE, PEACE IN OUR TIME BY GUARANTEEING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IZED IRAN IN OUR CHILDREN'S TIME. ANYONE WHO HAS READ THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT ACT SHOULD SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US. 9 IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT ACT IS TO ALLOW THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, US, TO READ WHAT'S IN THE DEAL BEFORE WE VOTE ON THE DEAL. THE NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT IN OUR LIFETIME. AND THE COKER BILL IS CRYSTAL CLEAR WHEN IT COMES TO DEFINING WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO PROVIDE CONGRESS BEFORE THE REVIEW PERIOD OF 60 DAYS BEGINS . THE PRESIDENT IS OBLIGATED UNDER THE LAW, LET ME READ A PORTION OF THE LAW, THAT THE PRESIDENT SIGNED. HERE'S WHAT IT SAYS. THE CONGRESS IS ALLOWED TO HAVE THE AGREEMENT ITSELF, ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS RELATED THERETO, INCLUDING ANNEXES, APEN DECEMBER, CODICILS, SIDE AGREEMENTS, IMPLEMENTING PEERNS, DOCUMENTS, AND GUIDANCE, TECHNICAL OR OTHER UNDERSTANDINGS, AND ANY RELATED AGREEMENTSES -- AGREEMENTS. THE LOGIC BEHIND THIS REQUIREMENT IS SIMPLE. CONGRESS CANNOT REVIEW AN AGREEMENT WITHOUT HAVING ACCESS TO EVERYTHING, INCLUDING THE FINE PRINT. WE NEED TO SEE ALL THE SECRET SIDE DEALS, MR. SPEAKER. TESTIFYING BEFORE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, SECRETARY KERRY, WHO WAS MAKING THE DEAL FOR US, SAID THAT EVEN HE HAD NOT SEEN THE SECRET SIDE DEALS. THESE SECRET DEALS ARE NOT JUST TECHNICAL FORMALITIES. AND THE DEALS I'M TALKING ABOUT ARE THE IAEA AGREEMENT TO LET IRAN INSPECT ITSELF AND THE PARCHIN FACILITY. IT IS KNOWN AS THE PLACE WHERE IRAN HAS WORKED TO BUILD NUCLEAR WARHEADS. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING NORMAL ABOUT ALLOWING IRAN TO INSPECT ITSELF. THAT'S WHAT THIS SIDE AGREEMENT APPARENTLY DOES IF WE EVER GET TO SEE THE WHOLE THING. I WAS A JUDGE IN TEXAS FOR A LONG TIME. THAT'S LIKE A BURGLAR COMING ON TRIAL AND SAY HEY, JUDGE, YOU WANT 12 BURGLARS ON MY JURY. WE WOULD NEVER LET THAT. BUT WE WILL LET IRAN INSPECT ITSELF? WE WANT TO SEE THE SIDE SECRET DEALS, AND THESE REVELATIONS MAY BE ONLY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THESE SECRET DEALS, THESE SIDE DEALS? WE DON'T KNOW BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T BEEN FURNISHED BY LAW THESE DEALS. IT'S THE LEGAL RIGHT OF CONGRESS TO KNOW ALL OF THOSE DETAILS BEFORE VOTING TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE THIS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. WE IN CONGRESS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE. ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME WE START READING ALL THE INFORMATION BEFORE WE VOTE? I DON'T KNOW THAT CONGRESS HAS LEARNED THAT LESSON. THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW ABSOLUTELY ABOUT THESE SIDE DEALS. THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THE CORKER BILL. IT'S THE LAW. HE HAS TO LIVE BY IT WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    IN 2002 THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THIS CONGRESS VOTED TO…

    IN 2002 THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THIS CONGRESS VOTED TO ADDRESS THE PERCEIVED THREAT OF A MUSHROOM CLOUD COMING FROM IRAQ BY GOING TO WAR. A WAR THAT UNLEASHED MASSIVE VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THREATENS THE WORLD EVEN TODAY. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FACED WITH THE ACTUAL THREAT OF A NUCLEAR WEAPONIZED IRAN HAS STOOD INSTEAD THE PATH OF DIPLOMACY, THE PATH OF PEACE. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, QUOTE, THIS DEAL DEMONSTRATES THAT AMERICAN DIPLOMACY CAN BRING ABOUT REAL AND MEANINGFUL CHANGE, CHANGE THAT MAKES OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD SAFER AND MORE SECURE. VOICES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CONGRESS ARE CALLING FOR A REJECTION OF THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT. AMONG THEM THE SAME NEOCONS WHO STAMPEDED THE UNITED STATES INTO WAR WITH IRAQ. THEY WERE CONGRESS THEN AND THEY ARE WRONG NOW. IRAN IS NOW TWO TO THREE MONTHS FROM BEING ABLE TO PRODUCE A NUCLEAR WEAPON, AND YET THE CRITICS HAVE OFFERED NO CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO A DEAL THAT BLOCKS ALL THE PATHS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. NOW, WE KNOW THIS DEAL IS NOT PERFECT. IRAN'S A BAD ACTOR. THE PRESIDENT AND ALL OF US WOULD HAVE MUCH PREFERRED A DEAL THAT PROHIBITS IRAN FROM ENRICHING ANY URANIUM FOR EVER AND MAINTAIN SANCTIONS UNTIL IRAN CHANGES ITS BEHAVIOR, BECOMES A RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY, BUT THAT DEAL DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE IT NEVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED. BUT THIS DEAL GREATLY IMPROVES THE OUTLOOK FOR PEACE BY BLOCKING ALL OF IRAN'S TOP TESTS WITH NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS IS CAREFULLY SPELLED OUT IN THE AGREEMENT ITSELF, OFTEN IN VERY TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AROUND STOCKPILES OF RICH URANIUM WILL BE REDUCED FROM ENOUGH FOR 10 BOMBS TO LESS THAN ONE. THE NUMBER OF IRAN'S INSTALLED CENTRIFUGES IS REDUCED BY OVER 2/3. FAR FROM TRUGS IRAN, THE DEAL DEMANDS THE MOST ROBUST, INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS REGIME EVER IN AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT. WE HAVE HEARD YESTERDAY MANY OF US FROM THE AMBASSADORS FROM FIVE OF OUR ALLIES IN THE P5+1, THESE AMBASSADORS SAID IF THE UNITED STATES WALKS AWAY, IRAN WOULD BE WITHOUT ANY CONSTRAINTS TO MOVE AHEAD WITH ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. ALL PATHS WOULD BE OPEN. THERE WOULD BE NO INSPECTIONS WHATSOEVER. NO INSIGHT INTO IRAN'S ACTIVITIES. THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO BUILD MEANINGFUL INTERNATIONAL COALITIONS WOULD BE ERODED FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. I VIEW THIS UPCOMING VOTE ON IRAN AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF MY CAREER. AND MY COLLEAGUES, I WOULD SAY THAT IS TRUE FOR MUCH. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OF MY LIFE. AND FOR ME THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. DIPLOMACY OVER WAR. AND COLLEAGUES LET'S REMEMBER NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE. BUT WHY WOULDN'T WE CHOOSE PEACE AND GIVE PEACE A CHANCE? I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, PART OF DIPLOMACY, PART -- I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. PART…

    MR. SPEAKER, PART OF DIPLOMACY, PART -- I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. PART OF THE DIPLOMACY IS MAKING CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE VERIFICATION. AND OUR PROBLEM HERE IS THAT THE IRANIANS ARE BOASTING RIGHT NOW THAT THE U.S. IS NOT GOING TO HAVE ACCESS OR ANY OTHER INTERNATIONAL I.N.S. SPECTORS ARE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR -- INSPECTORS ARE GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR MILITARY SITES WHERE THEY DO THIS WORK. THE PROBLEM IS THAT INSPECTORS DON'T GET 24 HOURS NOTICE, THEY GET 24 DAYS NOTICE. AND THEN THEY GO THROUGH A PROCESS IN WHICH IRAN AND CHINA AND RUSSIA CAN BLOCK AND THE FORMER HEAD OF THE C.I.A., MICHAEL HADEN, TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THAT WE NEVER BELIEVED THAT THE IRANIAN -- THAT THE URANIUM AT IRAN'S DECLARED FACILITIES WOULD EVER MAKE ITS WAY INTO A WEAPON. WE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THAT WORK WOULD BE DONE SOMEWHERE ELSE IN SECRET. . SO AGAIN, IF YOU CANNOT GET INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS INTO PARCHIN, WHERE THEY DID THAT WORK, WHAT MAKES US BELIEVE THAT IN THE FUTURE WE'LL HAVE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, ONCE THAT'S THE ESTABLISHED PREMISE, GO ANYWHERE ELSE? GO ANYWHERE ELSE. AS HADEN SAID, REQUIRING CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN THE WORLD POWERS AND IRAN TAKES INSPECTIONS FROM THE TECHNICAL LEVEL AND PUTS IT AT THE POLITICAL LEVEL WHICH WE HE CALLS A FORMULA FOR CHAOS, OBFUSCATION, AMBIGUITY, AND DOUBT. AND WE DO NOT EVEN KNOW HOW BAD THE CAPITULATION WAS IN THE SIDE AGREEMENT A KITCHLATION THAT WILL UNDERMINE THE ABILITY TO CATCH IRANIANS CHEATING. THAT'S WHY WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WAY THIS WAS NEGOTIATED. BUT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    LET ME GO NOW AND YIELD THREE MINUTES IF I COULD, MR. SPEAKER TO THE…

    LET ME GO NOW AND YIELD THREE MINUTES IF I COULD, MR. SPEAKER TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. POMPEO, THE AUTHOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 411.

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    MR. POMPEO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROYCE. A GREAT DEAL ABOUT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROYCE. A GREAT DEAL ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THIS DEAL HAS COME OUT OF YOUR COMMITTEE. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HAS DONE RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT. THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE IRANIAN DEAL THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS SET UP BUT THIS BILL IS VERY NARROW AND VERY SIMPLE AND VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT'S AIMED TO ESTABLISH A SIMPLE PRECEDENT, WHICH SAYS IF THE PRESIDENT SIGNS SOMETHING INTO LAW, HE'S GOING TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATION WHICH HE HAS MADE FOR HIMSELF. I'VE LISTENED TO THE DEBATE SO FAR TODAY, I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE'VE NOT HAD ANY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE STAND UP AND TELL YOU THAT THEY HAVE READ THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT. I SUSPECT THAT WE WILL NOT. THAT'S BECAUSE THERE IS NO AMERICAN WHO HAS READ THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT. THAT'S RIGHT, NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT THE SECRETARY OF STATE, NO UNDERSECRETARY SHERMAN NEW YORK MEMBER OF CONGRESS, NO MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, NO AMERICAN CITIZEN HAS READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT. AND YET WE'VE GOT MEMBERS WHO SAY, THIS IS A GREAT DEAL AND I'M EXCITED TO VOTE FOR IT. I DON'T KNOW HOW ONE COULD FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT AN AGREEMENT THAT ONE HAS NOT READ. WE HAVE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STAND UP AND DEMAND THAT THEY SEE -- THAT THEY'VE SEEN THE TEXT OF BILLS THAT RENAME -- THAT THEY SEE THE TEXT OF BILLS THAT RENAME POST OFFICE, YET THIS IS A HISTORIC AGREEMENT AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE FOR IT WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE DETAILS ARE ABOUT IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF HOW WE'RE GOING TO VERIFY THIS THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS COMPLIED WITH THIS AGREEMENT. I THINK THAT'S DEEPLY TROUBLING. I THINK AS REPRESENTATIVES WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS WE'RE VOTING ON. I THINK WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO REQUIRE THAT THE PRESIDENT COMPLY WITH HIS OBLIGATIONS. AND I KNOW THERE'S A LEGAL OBLIGATION FOR THE PRESIDENT TO TURN OVER EVERY ELEMENT OF THIS DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, IN JULY, I AND SENATOR COTTON TRAVELED TO VIENNA, WHERE WE WERE INFORMED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE IAEA OF THESE TWO SECRET SIDE DEALS HE LOOKED US STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND SAID HE'D READ THEM BUT I WASN'T GOING TO GET TO. I THINK THAT'S WRONG. I THINK IT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT. HE INFORMED ME THAT IRANIANS HAD READ THESE TWO SECRET SIDE DEALS. BUT SENATOR COTTON AND I WEREN'T GOING TO GET TO READ THEM. I HAVE SPENT THE INTERVENING 50 DAYS ASKING, CAJOLING, DEMANDING, PRAYING THAT THIS PRESIDENT WOULD DO WHAT HE'S REQUIRED TO DO UNDER CORKER-CARDIN AND WHAT EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS ENTITLED TO HAVE, THAT IS PROVIDE US WITH THE DEAL. WE DON'T HAVE THAT. AND H.RES. 411 SIMPLY SAYS WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE GOING TO DEMAND THAT THIS PRESIDENT COMPLY WITH WHAT CORKER-CARDIN SETS OUT. SHOW US THE TERMS OF THE DEAL. ALLOW US THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ THE AGREEMENT SO THAT WE CAN FORM JUDGMENTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN FORM JUDGMENTS ABOUT ITS SCOPE. IN THE ABSENCE OF THAT, H.RES. 411 MAKES CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN'T LIFT SANCTIONS. THAT WAS THE DEAL. IN EXCHANGE FOR NOT DEMANDING THAT THIS BE A TREATY, CORKER-CARDIN SAID WHAT WE WANT IS SIMPLE TRANSPARENCY. JUST SHOW US THE SIMPLE TERMS OF THE DEAL. AND THIS PRESIDENT COULDN'T DO IT. I ASK ALL OF MY LEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.RES. 411 AND DEMAND THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOW US THE SECRET SIDE DEALS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MR. SCHIFF.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN,

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    MR. BECERRA

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. THE GOAL OF AMERICA AND THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. THE GOAL OF AMERICA AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN OUR NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN IS AND HAS BEEN TO PREVENT IRAN FROM PRODUCING AND POSSESSING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BY ALL ACCOUNTS IRAN HAD ALREADY REACHED A POINT WHERE IT WAS PERHAPS JUST MONTHS AWAY FROM CROSSING THAT NUCLEAR THRESHOLD. I REPEAT, MONTHS AWAY. NOT YEARS, NOT DECADES, MONTHS AWAY. SO FEW VOTES CAN BE TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY THAN ONE INTENDED TO HALT THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THAT'S WHY THIS CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATED TO PREVENT IRAN FROM PRODUCING AND POSSESSING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WE SHOULD VOTE IN THIS CONGRESS AGAINST ANY OF THESE CONGRESSIONAL MEASURES ATTEMPTING TO THWART ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THE NEGOTIATE AID GREEMENT PROVIDES FOR INSPECTION AND VERIFICATION A REGIME WHICH IRAN HAD TO CONSENT TO AND IT MUST NOW SUBMIT TO. THAT REGIME FOR INSPECTION AND VERIFICATION IS NOT JUST CREDIBLE, IT'S ENFORCEABLE. AND THOSE WHO HAVE CONDUCTED NUCLEAR INSPECTIONS WILL TELL YOU THAT, AS THOSE WHO DEAL WITH KNEW -- ASK THOSE WHO DEAL WITH NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND THEY'LL TELL YOU THAT. AND THOSE WHO HAVE BUTTED HEADS AND HAD TO NEGOTIATE WITH IRAN WILL TELL YOU THAT. OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND AS WELL SHOULD IRAN DECIDE TO REGRESS FROM ITS OBLIGATIONS IS REAL AND IT'S ROBUST. NOTHING IN THIS NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT IS BASED ON TRUST. THE INSPECTIONS, THE PENALTIES, THEY ALL ARE MANDATORY AND UNAMBIGUOUS IN THEIR TERMS. NO DEAL IS PERFECT. WE CAN ALWAYS THINK OF WAYS OF MAKING A DEAL BETTER. BUT THINKING IS NOT DOING. SPECULATION WON'T STOP IRAN FROM REACH AGNEW CLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY. IT SHOULD ESCAPE NO ONE'S NOTICE THAT EVERY MEASURE, EVERY ECONOMIC SANCTION IN PLACE TODAY AGAINST IRAN HAS FAILED TO STOP IRAN'S LURCH TOWARD A NUCLEAR WEAPON. REMEMBER, PERHAPS ONLY MONTHS AWAY FROM THAT NUCLEAR THRESHOLD, IT WAS TIME FOR AMERICA AND OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS TO TAKE THIS TO ANOTHER LEVEL BEFORE THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US WAS THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE. THIS IS WHY THE U.S., GREAT BRITAIN, GERMANY, FRANCE, RUSSIA, AND CHINA JOIN TOGETHER TO FORCE AND DRIVE IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT. HOW OFTEN THESE DAYS CAN WE UTTER THE NAMES OF THOSE SIX COUNTRIES TOGETHER, WORKING FOR THE SAME CAUSE. -- CAUSE THIS -- CAUSE? BACK IN JULY WHEN THIS AGREEMENT BUT REACHED, ESTATED THAT IT, QUOTE, MUST CONSTITUTE MEASURABLE PROGRESS IN HALTING NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, DRIVING THE REGION AND THE WORLD FURTHER AWAY FROM NUCLEAR ARM FWED DON. THE FWOSHTE AID GREEMENT MEETS THAT TEST AND WITH THE SUPPORT OF GREAT BRITAIN, GERMANY, FRANCE, YES, EVEN RUSSIA AND YES, EVEN CHINA, WE WILL HOLD IRAN TO THAT TEST AND THAT IS WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    THIS DEAL REPRESENTS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL -- TO THE…

    THIS DEAL REPRESENTS A DIRECT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL -- TO THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL AND THE WORLD. RECENTLY I VISITED ISRAEL AND MET WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU. THIS IS A VERY BAD DEAL AND COULD RESULT IN GRAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WORLD. FIRST, THIS DEAL ALLOWS IRAN TO CONTINUE TO ENRICH URANIUM THAT CAN BE USED TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. SECOND, THIS DEAL IS BAN -- THIS DEAL ABANDONED THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE OF ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS TO A PROCESS THAT ALLOW ICE RAN TO DELAY UP TO 24 DAYS.

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    MRS. WALTERS

    AGREEMENT WOULD RESULT IN THE COMPREHENSIVE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS THAT HAVE…

    AGREEMENT WOULD RESULT IN THE COMPREHENSIVE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS THAT HAVE STIFLED THEIR QUEST FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IT STILL PRESENTS FAR TOO MANY RISKS FOR THE U.S. AND FAR TOO MANY REWARDS FOR IRAN. WHEN THE AYATOLLAH CHANTS DEATH TO AMERICA HECK MEANS IT. -- THAT SHOULD CAUSE SERIOUS CONCERN FOR EVERY AMERICAN. IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND THE DANGER AND THREAT THIS DEAL PRESENTS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I WANT TO ADDRESS BRIEFLY THE STRAINED…

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. I WANT TO ADDRESS BRIEFLY THE STRAINED INTERPRETATION MY FRIENDS ARE GIVING THE CORKER LEGISLATION. TO ACCEPT THE ARGUMENTS OF THE OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL, YOU WOULD HAVE TO ACCEPT THE PROPOSITION THAT THE CORKER LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS NOT A PARTY, WHICH THE UNITED STATES HAS NO OBLIGATION, AND TO WHICH THE IAEA IS PRECLUDED FROM PROVIDING TO THE ADMINISTRATION. THAT SEEMS TO ME A VERY FARFETCHED INTERPRETATION OF THE CORKER LEGISLATION. WHAT'S MORE, IF YOU ACCEPT THE ARGUMENT THAT WE CAN'T HAVE A VOTE ON THE AGREEMENT UNTIL WE HAVE THIS DOCUMENT BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN, THEN WHY HAS THE MAJORITY SCHEDULED A VOTE ON THE AGREEMENT FOR TOMORROW? SO IT'S INCONSISTENT WITH WHAT THEIR OWN MAJORITY HAS SCHEDULED. BUT FINALLY, I DON'T THINK ANYONE IS FOOLED BY THE NATURE OF THIS PROCEDURAL MOTION OR BILL. NO ONE EXPECTS IN THE LEAST THAT ANYONE WHO HAS VOICED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE AGREEMENT IS SOMEHOW GOING TO CHANGE THEIR OPINION IF THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THIS PRIVATE DOCUMENT BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN. WHAT'S MORE, AS WE KNOW, THE IAEA ENTERS INTO THESE AGREEMENTS WITH INDIVIDUAL NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, THIS IS NOT AT ALL UNIQUE TO THE SITUATION WITH IRAN. ONE FINAL POINT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE. WE ARE NOW WELL INTO THE DEBATE ON THE AGREEMENT. AND FOR ALL THE ARGUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN ADVANCED AS TO WHY WE SHOULD HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT PROVISIONS IN THE AGREEMENT OR CONCERNS ABOUT IRANIAN BEHAVIOR, MANY OF WHICH I SHARE, THERE'S ONE THING WE HAVE HEARD PRECIOUS LITTLE ABOUT. FROM THE OPPOSITION TO THE DEAL. AND THAT IS, WHAT IS THE CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE? SO I ASK THE QUESTION, WHAT IS THE CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE? AND THE ANSWER FROM WHAT I AM ABLE TO DIVINE FROM THE SCARCE ATTENTION THAT THE OPPOSITION PAYS TO THIS, I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE --

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    THE ANSWER AS FAR AS I CANDY CERTAIN TO THE DEAL IS THIS. THIS IS HOW THE…

    THE ANSWER AS FAR AS I CANDY CERTAIN TO THE DEAL IS THIS. THIS IS HOW THE ALTERNATIVE WOULD WORK. CONGRESS REJECTS THE DEAL. CONGRESS -- THE ADMINISTRATION THEN SOMEHOW GOES OUT AND PERSUADES THE REST OF THE WORLD TO MAINTAIN SANCTIONS EVEN WHEN WE REJECTED AN AGREEMENT ADOPTED BY THE OTHER MAJOR POWERS AND EVEN WHEN THOSE OTHER POWERS TELL US EXPLICITLY THAT THERE WILL BE NO NEW NEGOTIATION. BUT SOMEHOW WE MAINTAIN THE SANCTIONS REGIME UNDER THIS THEORETICAL ALTERNATIVE. AND WHAT? IRAN GIVES UP ALL ENRICHMENT AND COMES BACK TO THE TABLE PREPARED TO CAPITULATE EVERYTHING? THAT SEEMS SO FANCIFUL, SO FAR REMOVED FROM THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION, THAT IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE OPPOSITION DEVOTES VERY LITTLE, IF ANY TIME, TO DISCUSSING A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE BECAUSE INDEED THERE IS NO CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE. AND SO AGAIN, THIS IS WHY I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO FOCUS ON HOW WE CAN STRENGTH THEN CONSTRAINTS IN THE AGREEMENT, MITIGATE THE RISKS THAT WE WILL FACE, AND THAT IS A MUCH MORE CONSTRUCTIVE PATH FORWARD THAN REJECTION OF THIS, SEEING IRAN GOING BACK TO SPINNING ITS CENTRIFUGES, PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF AT 20% ENRICHMENT AND GOING BEYOND, PICKING UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF WITH 19,000 MORE CENTRIFUGES AND THOUSANDS OF KILOS OF URANIUM, IS THAT REALLY THE PATH WE WANT TO GO DOWN? I THINK NOT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    BUT THERE WAS A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE. I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. THERE…

    BUT THERE WAS A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE. I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. THERE WAS A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE THAT THIS BODY PASSED BY A VOTE OF 400-20. BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION BLOCKED IN THE SENATE. LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD HAVE PUT THAT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON THE REGIME IN IRAN, KNOWING THAT THE UNITED STATES IS THE 800-POUND GORILLA, KNOWING THAT COUNTRIES DO NOT HAVE THE OPTION AND COMPANIES AROUND THE WORLD DO NOT HAVE THE OPTION OF MAKING A CHOICE WHEN THEY HAVE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE BETWEEN DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES OR DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAN, THEY HAVE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES. WE PUT THAT BILL INTO THE SENATE, THE ADMINISTRATION BLOCKED IT. THAT LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE ENSURED THE TYPE OF PRESSURE ON IRAN THAT WOULD HAVE FORCED THE AYATOLLAH TO MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN REAL COMPROMISE, REAL COMPROMISE ON HIS PLAN TO CONSTRUCT A WEAPON OR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. ECONOMIC COLLAPSE FOR THAT REGIME. AND WE WOULD HAVE HAD THAT LEVERAGE IN THIS AGREEMENT -- IN THIS NEGOTIATION, THAT LEVERAGE WAS GIVEN UP BY THIS ADMINISTRATION BY BLOCKING THAT BILL IN THE SENATE IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND FRANKLY, THAT OPTION IS STILL AVAILABLE TO US BUT I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT. .

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    MR. CHABOT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. TOMORROW'S SEPTEMBER 11. A SOLEMN DAY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. TOMORROW'S SEPTEMBER 11. A SOLEMN DAY IN OUR HISTORY, WHEN THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WORST TERROR ATTACK IN OUR HISTORY. IT'S DISTURBING THAT WE HAPPEN TO BE DEBATING WHETHER A STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR SHOULD HAVE A GLIDE PATH TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS AT THIS TIME. BUT WE ARE. I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR A LONG TIME. ALMOST YEARS NOW -- 20 YEARS NOW. I CHAIRED THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST. I CAN TELL YOU, WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION, THAT THIS DEAL WITH IRAN IS A DISASTER. IT WILL WEAKEN THE SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION AND IT WILL MAKE AMERICANS LESS SAFE HERE AT HOME. IF THIS DEAL GOES THROUGH, IRAN WILL RECEIVE UP TO $150 BILLION , THAT'S 25 TIMES WHAT IRAN CURRENTLY SPENDS ON ITS ENTIRE MILITARY, DOES THAT SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM HERE. THIS MONEY WILL FUND MORE AND MORE TERROR ACROSS THE GLOBE AND HERE. MY DISTRICT IS THE GREATER CINCINNATI AREA. G.E. AIRCRAFT ENGINES IS HEADQUARTERED THERE. AN AIR FORCE BASE IS JUST UP THE ROAD. THAT'S BEEN TOP POTENTIAL TARGETS FOR ICBM'S SINCE THE COLD WAR. THIS DEAL ALLOWS IRAN TO GET MORE SOPHISTICATED ICBM TECHNOLOGY FROM RUSSIA, WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO TARGET NOT ONLY TEL AVIV, BUT WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK AND CINCINNATI. THIS IS JUST NUTS. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS? GONE. AND IT WILL TAKE MONTHS TO GET THE INSPECTORS IN. BY THAT TIME THEY'LL HAVE REMOVED THE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE ELSEWHERE. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WANTED A DEAL, ANY DEAL, MORE THAN THE IRANIAN MULLAHS DID. THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS WILLING TO SELL OUT ISRAEL AND OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION AND MAKE US LESS SAFE HERE AT HOME. THIS IS A LOUSY, LOUSY DEAL AND IT OUGHT TO BE REJECTED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST TO TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO RESPOND TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST TO TAKE A BRIEF MOMENT TO RESPOND TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, I WISH IT WERE SO SIMPLE THAT A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE WAS THE PASSAGE OF A BILL IN CONGRESS THAT HAD NOT PASSED BEFORE THAT WE COULD PASS NOW.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    AND THROUGH THE MERE ACT OF OUR LEGISLATION, COMPEL THE REST OF THE WORLD…

    AND THROUGH THE MERE ACT OF OUR LEGISLATION, COMPEL THE REST OF THE WORLD TO JOIN US IN A NEW NEGOTIATION AND A STRONGER ROUNLEDS OF SANCTIONS. -- ROUND OF SANCTIONS. WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THAT POWER . WHAT'S MORE, TO IMAGINE THAT A NEW SANCTIONS BILL WILL SOMEHOW FORCE IRAN TO COME BACK TO THE TABLE READY TO CONCEDE ITS ENTIRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM IS SIMPLY NOT CREDIBLE. IF THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LEFT WITH, WE'RE REALLY LEFT WITH NO GOOD ALTERNATIVE. AGAIN, I THINK THAT IS PRECISELY WHY WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE AGREEMENT THAT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE WORLD POWERS AND IRAN. AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM.

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I APPLAUD THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS OF SECRETARY KERRY AND SECRETARY MONIZ, WHO WORKED IN CONCERT WITH THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL MILITARY, ECONOMIC NATIONS TO REACH A VERIFIABLE AGREEMENT THAT WILL DENY IRAN THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IN PAST ERAS, WHEN POLITICS WAS CIVIL AND FOREIGN POLICY WAS BIPARTISAN, THIS DIPLOMATIC AGREEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONED BY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AS A NONPROLIFERATION TRIUMPH. AS IT IS TODAY IN GREAT BRITAIN, OUR GREATEST ALLY. THIS AGREEMENT WILL PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. AS AN ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS SAID, AND I QUOTE, THIS IS NOT ABOUT TRUST OR GOODWILL BETWEEN STATES -- SIDES. IT IS STRICT INSPECTION AND VERIFICATION REGIMES THAT WILL ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF THIS AGREEMENT. AND IF IRAN VIOLATES THE AGREEMENT, SANCTIONS WILL SNAP BACK AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TOGETHER WILL TAKE ACTION. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA'S UNWAVERING LEADERSHIP IN THE FACE OF HOSTILE AND UNPRECEDENTED ATTACKS FROM REPUBLICANS AND ISRAEL'S PRIME MINISTER. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" CALLS THE REPUBLICAN EFFORTS, QUOTE, A VICIOUS BATTLE AGAINST MR. OBAMA IN AN UNSEEMLY SPECTACLE. I WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR. I SUPPORT OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THE REPUBLICANS AND ISRAELI OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE THE SAME NEOCONS WHO SOLD THE WAR IN IRAQ TO AMERICA BASED ON LIES, DISTORTIONS AND MISINFORMATION. AND NOW WHAT DO THE REPUBLICANS OFFER US AS AN ALTERNATIVE? NOTHING. THEY HAVE NO PLAN. NO PLAN OTHER THAN TO KILL THIS AGREEMENT, WHICH MEANS THAT IRAN WILL EITHER OBTAIN A NUCLEAR WEAPON OR THE U.S. GOES TO WAR TO STOP THEM. LET ME TELL YOU, I AM NOT INTERESTED IN ANOTHER REPUBLICAN WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. NOW IS THE TIME TO PUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST. LET'S REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN GAME PLAYING AND SUPPORT A TOUGH DIPLOMATIC AGREEMENT THAT WILL STOP IRAN FROM GAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER,…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

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    MR. SHUSTER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE STRONG…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS FATALLY FLAWED IRAN DEAL. BY SIGNING THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT OF 2015, THE PRESIDENT AGREED TO ALLOW ALL DOCUMENTS, SECRET ANNEXES AND SIDE DEALS, TO BE REVIEWED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS. BUT ONCE AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT COMPLIED WITH THE LAW OF THE LAND. AND THEREFORE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO WAVE SAXESON IRAN. BY LIFTING SANCTIONS ON THE IRANIAN REGIME, A NATION THAT FINANCES THE LIKES OF HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND OTHER TERRORIST GROUPS, WILL RECEIVE OVER $100 BILLION IN AS A ETS AND NO DOUBT WILL CONTINUE -- ASSETS AND NO DOUBT WILLEN TO FUND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AT GREATER LEVELS THAN THEY'RE ABLE TO DO TODAY, TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WITH THE MOTTO OF DEATH TO AMERICA. HAVE WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM OUR PAST MISTAKES? THE SAME PERSON THAT NEGOTIATED THE DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA ALSO LED THE DISCUSSIONS WITH IRAN. WE MUST ASK OURSELVES, IS THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE WHEN UNSTABLE NATIONS LIKE NORTH KOREA ARE TESTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS? THE NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, CHARGED TO US IN THE CONSTITUTION, IS NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS AGREEMENT JEOPARDIZES OUR SECURITY BECAUSE, I BELIEVE, AS THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL BELIEVES, THAT THIS WILL ENSURE THAT IRAN WILL GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON. FOR THE SECURITY OF AMERICA AND OUR FRIENDS AND ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD, WE MUST OPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME, REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI OF SAN FRANCISCO. PELL PELL JUST ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I COMMEND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I COMMEND HIM FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP, RANKING MEMBER ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. WHICH HAS SERVED US SO WELL. HIS LEADERSHIP HAS SERVED US SO WELL IN THIS DEBATE TODAY AND IN OUR DELIBERATIONS LEADING UP TO THIS DEBATE. HAS SERVED US WELL ON THE ONGOING, AS WE USE INTELLIGENCE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SCHIFF. I DID NOT GO TO THE WELL AS USUAL FOR THE LEADER, BUT I WANTED TO BE HERE BECAUSE I HAVE SOME MATERIALS THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK TODAY AND TOMORROW, THE NEXT 24 HOURS, IS A VERY, VERY SPECIAL TIME. IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. MEMBERS WILL BE CALLED UPON TO MAKE A DECISION THAT AFFECTS OUR OATH OF OFFICE, TO PROTECT AND SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION AND OF COURSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS A MOMENT THAT WE HAVE PREPARED FOR AND THAT'S WHAT I HAVE THIS BINDER HERE FOR, TO SAY THAT I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES BECAUSE THEY HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF HOURS REVIEWING THE AGREEMENT, REVIEWING THE ANNEXES AND THE CLASSIFIED MATERIALS, SPEAKING WITH EXPERTS, GAINING INFORMATION, ACQUIRING VALIDATION FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES , OTHER THAN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE AGREEMENT ITSELF, CONVERSATIONS WITH EACH OTHER, CONVERSATIONS WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS. ALL TO HAVE, AGAIN, A SENSE OF HUMILITY THAT WE ALL DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT AND WE HAVE TO GET OUR ASSURANCES FROM THOSE WHOSE JUDGMENT WE RESPECT. AS WELL AS TO SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT ON THE MERITS. IT IS A VERY FINE AGREEMENT. I WILL TAKE A MOMENT JUST TO TALK ABOUT MY OWN CREDENTIALS BECAUSE I SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE DOING THAT IN THEIR STATEMENTS. I READ WITH INTEREST MR. MENENDEZ'S STATEMENT IN THE SENATE WHERE HE TALKED ABOUT HIS SERVICE IN THE SENATE AND I WILL TALK ABOUT MINE IN THE HOUSE. FOR OVER 20 YEARS I HAVE SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. BOTH AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AS THE RANK -- TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE, AS THE SPEAKER AND LEADER OVER THE YEARS. LONGER THAN ANYONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE CONGRESS. I WENT TO THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE BECAUSE I HAD A MAJOR CONCERN, WHICH SPRANG FROM MY DISTRICT, WHICH WAS A VERY BIG INTEREST THERE, IN STOPPING THE PRO LIVE RATION OF WEAPONS OF -- PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THAT PURPOSE WAS FOUNDED THERE. THEY ABSOLUTED PRESIDENT REAGAN -- SALUTED PRESIDENT REAGAN AND THE ACTIONS THAT HE TOOK WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT. AND THEY ARE VERY ACTIVELY SUPPORTING THIS AGREEMENT NOW. I MENTION MY CREDENTIALS BECAUSE I BROUGHT THAT EXPERIENCE TO MAKE A JUDGMENT ON THE AGREEMENT, AFTER IT WAS NEGOTIATED. OF COURSE WE WERE BRIEFED AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE AND AS MEMBERS OF THE LEADERSHIP ON THE ONGOING, AS TO THE PROGRESS THAT WAS BEING MADE IN NEGOTIATIONS. AGAIN, HAVING BEEN BRIEFED ALL ALONG THE WAY, I STILL WAS PLEASANTLY PLEASED TO SEE WHAT THE FINAL PRODUCT WAS. WHAT THE PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED WAS REMARKABLE. IT WAS REMARKABLE IN SEVERAL RESPECTS. ONE WAS THAT THE P-5 THE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL, PLUS ONE, THAT WOULD BE GERMANY, THE P-5 NATIONS AMERICAED THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN -- NEGOTIATED THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. CHINA, RUSSIA, FRANCE, THE U.K., THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS QUITE REMARKABLE, THAT ALL A OF THOSE COUNTRIES -- ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES COULD COME TO AGREEMENT. AND UNDER THE LEADERSHIP -- AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT LEADERSHIP WAS THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, TO HAVE THAT ENGAGEMENT SUSTAINED OVER A COUPLE OF YEARS. NOW, PRESIDENT OBAMA -- PRESIDENT BUSH TOOK US A BIT DOWN THIS PATH AND THAT IS REFERENCED IN AN OP ED THAT WAS PUT FORTH BY SOMEONE. WHEN HE SUPPORTED THIS LEGISLATION, HE SAYS THAT -- COMMITTING -- THE DEAL ENSURES THAT THIS WILL BE THE CASE FOR 15 YEARS AND LONGER. BUT HE TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS HAS BEEN A GOAL, IS WHAT RONALD REAGAN DID WITH THE SOVIET UNION, ARMS CONTROL, AND WHAT PRESIDENT NIXON DID WITH CHINA, IT WAS A NEGOTIATION. AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS PARTICULAR AGREEMENT WAS ONE THAT WAS WORKED ON UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF PRESIDENT BUSH. ACTUALLY, HE SAYS, A FEW PLACES IN TIME. LET ME READ HIS COMMENT. CONGRESS AGAIN FACES A MOMENTOUS DECISION REGARDING U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE MIDDLE EAST. THE FORTHCOMING VOTE ON THE NUCLEAR DEAL BETWEEN THE P5+1 AND IRAN, KNOWN AS THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION, WILL SHOW THE WORLD WHETHER THE UNITED STATES HAS THE WILL AND SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP STABILIZE THE MIDDLE EAST, OR WHETHER IT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO FURTHER TURMOIL, INCLUDING THE POSSIBLE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. STRONG WORDS PERHAPS, BUT CLEAR LANGUAGE IN HELPING IN THE CAN -- HELPING IN TODAY'S MEDIA. IN MY VIEW, HE SAYS, THE JCPOA A, AS THE AGREEMENT IS KNOWN, MEETS THE KEY OBJECTIVE. SHARED BY RECENT ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTIES , THAT IRAN LIMIT ITSELF TO A STRICTLY CIVILIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM WITH UNPRECEDENTED VERIFICATION AND MONITORING BY THE ATOMIC -- INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY AND THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL. HE GOES ON FOR A COUPLE OF PAGES AND WITH YOUR PERMISSION, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THIS STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD.

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    REPUBLICAN, WHO SERVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT…

    REPUBLICAN, WHO SERVED IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH. SENATOR JOHN WARNER JOINED CARL LEVIN, SENATOR CARL LEVIN, TWO CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. ONE A DEMOCRAT, BUT BEFORE HIM, A REPUBLICAN, JOHN WARNER. . THEY TALK ABOUT HOW THEY SUPPORT THIS. THE DEAL ON THE TABLE, THEY SAY, IS A STRONG AGREEMENT AND IT LEAVES IN PLACE THE ROBUST DETERRENTS AND CREDIBILITY OF A PRESENT MILITARY OPTION. WE URGE OUR FORMER COLLEAGUES NOT TO TAKE ANY ACTION WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE THE DETERRENT VALUE OF A COALITION THAT PARTICIPATES IN AND WOULD SUPPORT THE USE OF MILITARY OPTION. THE FAILURE OF THE UNITED STATES TO JOIN THIS AGREEMENT WOULD HAVE THAT EFFECT. I SUBMIT KARL LEVIN AND JOHN WARNER -- CARL LEVIN AND JOHN WARNER'S STATEMENT NEVER RECORD. AND AGAIN, I REFER TO STATEMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE, THEY'RE -- COLLEAGUES, THEY'RE THOUGHTFUL, THEY'RE SERIOUS AND THEY'RE COURAGEOUS IN SUPPORT OF THE AGREEMENT. I'D LIKE TO THANK PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION FOR BEING AVAILABLE TO, AS MEMBERS SOUGHT CLARIFICATION, RESPOND TO THEIR CONCERNS. I WANT TO THANK SECRETARY KERRY, SECRETARY MOE THESE AND SO MANY OTHERS -- MONIZ AND SO MANY OTHERS FOR THEIR AVAILABILITY TO US IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND IN OUR DEMOCRAT EXCAUCUS. FOR YEARS IRAN'S RAPIDLY ACCELERATING CAPABILITY AND BURGEONING NUCLEAR STOCKPILE HAS REPRESENTED ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS TO PEACE AND SECURITY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. WE ALL STIPULATE TO THAT. THAT'S WHY WE NEED AN AGREEMENT. AND THAT'S WHY I'M SO PLEASED THAT WE HAVE SO MANY STATEMENTS OF VALIDATION FROM PEOPLE. THE AGREEMENT IS ONE OF THE GREAT, AS THE EXPERTS SAY, THIS AGREEMENT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S NO WONDER THAT SUCH A DIVERSE CONSTELLATION OF EXPERTS HAVE MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN SUPPORT OF THIS, AGAIN I USE THE WORD, EXTRAORDINARY ACCORD. ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL THE OTHER DAY, WITH OUR VETERANS AND WITH OUR GOLD STAR MOMS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SONS, WE HEARD THE WORDS OF DIPLOMAT AND SOLDIERS, GENERALS AND ADMIRALS, AND DIP WILL MATS BY THE SCORE. -- DIPLOMATS BY THE SCORE. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, NONPARTISAN. WE HEARD FROM OUR MOST DISTINGUISHED NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS. WE HEARD FROM SCIENTISTS AND WE HEARD FROM PEOPLE OF FAITH. AND I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE SOME OF THEM. MORE THAN 100 DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN FORMER DIPLOMATS AND AMBASSADORS WROTE, IN OUR JUDGMENT, THE JCPOA DESERVES CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THAT IT CAN WORK. WE FIRMLY BELIEVE, THEY SAID, THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROTECT U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THAT OF OUR ALLIES AND FRIENDS IS TO ENSURE THAT TOUGH-MINDED DIPLOMACY HAS A CHANCE TO SUCCEED BEFORE CONSIDERING OTHER, MORE COSTLY AND RISKY ALTERNATIVES. THAT'S THE DIPLOMATS. THE GENERALS AND ADMIRALS WROTE, THERE'S NO BETTER OPTION TO PREVENT AN IRANIAN KNEW CAREER WEAPON. IF THE IRANIANS CHEAT, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND INSPECTIONS WILL REVEAL IT. AND THE U.S. MILITARY OPTION REMAIN ON THE TABLE. IF A DEAL IS REJECTED BY AMERICA, THE IRANIANS COULD HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON WITHIN A YEAR. THAT CHOICE, THE CHOICE IS THAT STARK. 29 OF OUR NATION'S MOST PROMINENT NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS WROTE, WE CONSIDER THAT THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION THE UNITED STATES AND ITS PARTNERS FWOSHTED WITH IRAN WILL ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND CAN SERVE AS A FWIDE POST FOR FUTURE NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENTS. I QUOTE THAT, AND CAN SERVE AS A GUIDE POST FOR FUTURE NONPROLIFERATION AGREEMENTS. THIS IS AN INNOVATIVE AGREEMENT WITH MUCH MORE STRINGENT CONSTRAINTS THAN ANY PREVIOUSLY NEGOTIATED NONPROLIFERATION FRAMEWORK. THEY WENT ON TO SAY MORE. 440 RABBIS URGE CONGRESS TO ENDORSE THE STATEMENT, WRITING THAT IT HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL POWERS TO CONFRONT IRAN OVER ITS NUCLEAR AMBITION. THE BROAD INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS MOVED IRAN TO ENTER THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT AND THEY URGE SUPPORT. 4,100 CATHOLIC NUNS WROTE TO CONGRESS STATING THAT AS WILL OF FAITH, FOLLOWERS OF THE ONE WHO SAID, BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, WE URGE THAT YOU RISK ON THE SIDE OF PEACE AND VOTE TO APPROVE THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. SECRETARY -- TREASURY SECRETARY JACK LEW WOONCHED THE HAZARDS OF REJECTING THE AGREEMENT, WARNING US THAT FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WILL NOT CONTINUE TO MAKE COSTLY SACRIFICES AT OUR DEMAND. INDEED, AND I SAY THIS IN RESPONSE TO SOMETHING THAT MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA SAID, INDEED, THEY WOULD MORE LIKELY BLAME US FROM WALKING AWAY FROM A CREDIBLE SOLUTION TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST SECURITY THREATS AND WOULD CONTINUE TO RE-ENGAGE WITH IRAN. EHE -- HE WENT ON TO SAY, INSTEAD OF TOUGHENING THE SANCTIONS, THE DECISION BY CONGRESS TO UNILATERALLY REJECT THE DEAL WILL END A DECADE OF ISOLATION OF IRAN AND PUT THE UNITED STATES AT ODDS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. TODAY, SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING HAPPENED, MR. SPEAKER. THERE WAS A STATEMENT PUT FORTH BY THE U.S. -- THE U.K. PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS AL MAND AND GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL. THEY WROTE AN OP-ED AND SAID, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MOMENT. AT A TIME OF -- IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY AT A TIME OF GLOBAL INSECURITY TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE. THIS IS NOT BASED ON TRUST OR ANY ASSUMPTION ABOUT HOW IRAN MAY LOOK IN 10 OR 15 YEARS. IT IS BASED ON DETAILED, TIGHTLY WRITTEN CONTROLS THAT ARE VERIFIABLE AND LONG LASTING. THEY WENT ON TO SAY WE CONDEMN IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT IRAN DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THE EXISTENCE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THE UNACCEPTABLE LANGUAGE IRAN'S LEADERS USE ABOUT ISRAEL. ISRAEL'S SECURITY MATTERS ARE AND WILL REMAIN OUR KEY INTEREST TOO. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE REACHED THE NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN IF WE DID NOT THINK THAT IT REMOVED A THREAT TO THE REGION AND THE NONPROLIFERATION REGIME AS A WHOLE. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION, WILL RESOLVE CONFLICT ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM PERMANENTLY. THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT WANT TO EMBARK ON THE FULL -- THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO EMBARK ON THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ONCE ALL NATIONAL PROCEDURES ARE COMPLETE. AND THEN OUR OWN PRESIDENT WROTE TO CONGRESSMAN JERRY NADLER, I BELIEVE THE JCPOA WHICH CUTS OFF EVERY PATHWAY IRAN COULD HAVE TO NUCLEAR WEAPON AND CREATES THE MOST ROBUST VERIFICATION REGIME EVER NEGOTIATED TO MONITOR NUCLEAR PROGRAMS IS A VERY GOOD DEAL FOR THE UNITED STATES, FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL, AND FOR THE REGION AS A WHOLE. MANY OF US SHARE THE VIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED BY THOSE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS AGREEMENT. TUESDAY NIGHT AGAIN AFTER THE VOTE HERE IN THIS HOUSE, MEMBERS SUPPORTING THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT STOOD ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL. WE ARE WE WERE HONORED TO BE JOINED BY MILITARY VETERANS, GOLD STAR FAMILIES, MEN AND WOMENS WHO SACRIFICES REMIND US OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PUTTING DIPLOMACY BEFORE WAR. THEY REMIND US OF THE SIGNIFICANCE UJOF THIS HISTORIC TRANSFORMATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. CONGRATULATIONS. THESE NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS CONGRATULATED THE PRESIDENT ON THIS AGREEMENT. I CONGRATULATE HIM TOO. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND OUR VETERANS AND OUR GOLD STAR MOMS REMIND US OF OUR FIRST DUTY, TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I AM PLEASED TO SAY WE ACHIEVED THAT WITH THIS AGREEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT, TO VOTE NO ON THE OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE BEING PUT BEFORE US TODAY. WE ALL HAVE TO, AS WE EVALUATE OUR DECISION, ASK OURSELVES IF WE WERE THE ONE DECIDING VOTE AS TO WHETHER THIS AGREEMENT WOULD GO FORWARD OR THAT WE WOULD FALL BEHIND, HOW WOULD WE VOTE? NONE OF US HAS THE LUXURY TO WALK AWAY FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. I'M PROUD OF THE STATEMENTS THAT OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE, THE AGREEMENT THE PRESIDENT HAS REACHED, AND I KNOW THAT TOMORROW WE WILL SUSTAIN WHATEVER VETO THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE TO MAKE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    YES, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

    YES, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHENRY, THE DEPUTY CHIEF WHIP AND A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY. TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BAD NUCLEAR DEAL THE PRESIDENT HAS NEGOTIATED. I DON'T OPPOSE IT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED IT. I DON'T OPPOSE IT BECAUSE IT WAS BROUGHT FORTH BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. I OPPOSE IT BECAUSE IT'S BAD FOR THE SECURITY OF AMERICA. IT'S BAD FOR THE SECURITY OF THE WORLD. IT'S BAD FOR THE SECURITY OF OUR MOST SACRED ALLY, ISRAEL. IT'S BAD FOR THE NONPROLIFERATION STRATEGIES THE WORLD HAS HAD TO MEAN WE HAVE FEWER NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON THIS PLANET. NOW, YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF A FEW BASE EXQUESTIONS. HAS IRAN WARRANTED THE TRUST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT? THE ANSWER IS NO. IT'S VERY CLEAR BY THEIR ACTIONS OVER THE LAST 20 OR 30 YEARS THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED. NUMBER TWO, WE HEAR THE SUPREME LEADER OF IRAN SAYING TIME AND AGAIN, DEATH TO AMERICA AND ISRAEL. HE'S DECLARED HIS NATION AS COMMITTED TO DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL. HE'S CALLED AMERICA THE GREAT SATAN. NOW, HOW CAN WE BELIEVE A COUNTRY IS FULLY COMMITTED TO OUR DESTRUCTION YET AT THE SAME TIME UPHOLD THEIR END OF THE BARGAIN? WE CAN'T. SO WE MUST SUPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT -- WE MUST OPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT, BASED OFF WHAT IS BEST FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR NATION'S SECURITY. WE ALSO HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS BECAUSE IT WULL MEAN DURING MY LIFETIME OR DURING MY CHILDREN'S LIFETIME WE WILL HAVE MORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NOT FEWER. THIS IS A BAD AGREEMENT AND WE SHOULD REJECT IT.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THE ABILITY TO CONTROL…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THE ABILITY TO CONTROL TIME ON OUR SIDE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AND CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    SINCE 1998, I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SENDING A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL…

    SINCE 1998, I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SENDING A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EACH YEAR TO ISRAEL, WHERE THEY ARE PAIRED WITH ISRAELI TEENS TO LEARN ABOUT WHAT LIFE IS REALLY LIKE IN ISRAEL. WHEN THESE STUDENTS RETURN, THEY HAVE LEARNED LIFE LESSONS THAT STAY WITH THEM FOREVER. BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT, THEY HAVE MADE FRIENDSHIPS THAT WILL ALSO LAST A LIFETIME. SO I'M A PROUD AND STRONG FRIEND AND ALLY OF ISRAEL AND I HAVE BEEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. THIS IS WHY I BELIEVE WE MUST SUPPORT THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND WHY I'M HERE TO OPPOSE THE RESOLUTION. THE WORLD CANNOT TOLERATE A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN. AND I WILL NOT STAND BY AS IRAN CONTINUES TO GAIN GROUND TOWARD THAT OBJECTIVE. THIS AGREEMENT PUTS REAL, CON SECRETE STEPS IN PLACE TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. STEPS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO DEGRADE IRAN'S ABILITY TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR MATERIALS. ACCORDING TO THE INDEPENDENT EXPERTS, THIS DEAL, AND I QUOTE, EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS THE PLUTONIUM PATHWAY FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS, END OF QUOTE. THESE EXPERTS ALSO ASSESS THAT WITHOUT THE DEAL, IRAN MAY SHRINK ITS BREAKOUT TIME TO A FEW WEEKS OR EVEN DAYS. THE STEPS OUTLINED IN THE AGREEMENT COMPLEMENT EXISTING PROHIBITIONS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY IRAN. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL HAVE UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO ENSURE THAT IRAN NEVER GETS ONE. THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE MONITORED MERELY ACCORDING TO THE GOOD WILL OF IRAN. ITS ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS ARE VERIFIABLE AND INDEED TRANSPARENT. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT THERE WILL BE MORE INSPECTORS THAN EVER IN IRAN. THESE INSPECTORS WILL HAVE DAILY ACCESS TO IRAN'S DECLARED NUCLEAR SITES AND WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO UNDECLARED SITES THAT THEY SUSPECT MAY BE INVOLVED IN NUCLEAR ACTIVITY. INSPECTIONS WILL BE REGULAR AND THEY WILL INDEED BE INVASIVE. THEY WILL NOT BE ORIENTED AROUND IRANIAN CONVENIENCE BUT AROUND COMPLIANCE. ENSURING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY REMAINS SAFE AND INDEED, INFORMED. IF AT ANY TIME IRAN IS FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT, THE FULL BRUNT OF INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS WILL SNAP BACK ONCE AGAIN HOBBLING THE IRANIAN ECONOMY. . IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MANY SANCTIONS WILL STILL BE IN PLACE. RELIEF WILL COME ONLY FROM THOSE SANCTIONS RELATED TO NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES. BANS ON TECHNOLOGY EXPORTS, RESTRICTIONS AGAINST THE TRANSFER OF CONVENTIONAL WEAPONRY WITH W.M.D. TECHNOLOGY, SANCTIONS BASED ON TERRORISM ACTIVITIES AND BANS ON FOREIGN ASSISTANCE WILL ALL CONTINUE. WITHOUT THIS DEAL, EXPERTS ESTIMATE THAT IRAN WILL HAVE ENOUGH NUCLEAR MATERIAL FOR WEAPONS IN TWO OR THREE MONTHS. DURING NEGOTIATIONS, IRAN STOPPED INSTALLING CENTRIFUGES, BUT THEY WILL RESUME IF THIS AGREEMENT FALLS APART. POTENTIALLY ACCELERATING THEIR TIMELINE. THE OPPONENTS OF THIS AGREEMENT PROPOSE REJECTING THIS DEAL AND PURSUING A STRONGER ONE BUT THAT PLAN COULD HAVE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. IF THE UNITED STATES REJECTS THIS DEAL, IRAN WILL CONTINUE DEVELOPING MORE SOPHISTICATED ENRICHMENT TECHNOLOGIES. BY THE TIME ANY NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN, IRAN WOULD LIKELY ALREADY BE A NUCLEAR STATE. THERE'S ALSO NO GUARANTEE THAT IRAN WOULD RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AFTER HAVING WASTED TWO YEARS ON THIS AGREEMENT. IS THIS WORTH THE RISK? I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS. WE SHOULD SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT ACCOMPLISHES A CRITICAL GOAL, ESTABLISHING A SET OF VERIFIABLE PROVISIONS TO PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOPING ENOUGH NUCLEAR MATERIAL TO BUILD A BOMB. THIS DEAL DOES NOT CHANGE IN ANY WAY OUR SOLEMN COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING ISRAEL. NOR DOES THIS PREVENT US FROM USING ANY OTHER MEASURES IF IRAN SHOULD VIOLATE THE AGREEMENT. INCLUDING USING THE FULL FORCE OF THE STRONGEST MILITARY IN THE WORLD. BUT THE UNITED STATES WOULD LEAD NOT ONLY WITH OUR MILITARY MIGHT, WE HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO ACHIEVE A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE. AND IT IS TIME FOR US TO SHOW OUR INTEGRITY AND VALUES FOR WHICH WE STAND. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SAM JOHNSON, A TRUE…

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SAM JOHNSON, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO WHO SERVED THIS COUNTRY WITH DISTINCTION IN KOREA AND IN VIETNAM AND IS A -- WAS A PRISONER OF YEAR FOR NEARLY SEVEN YEARS.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, SIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. AT THIS GRAVE HOUR, I…

    THANK YOU, SIR. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. AT THIS GRAVE HOUR, I COME TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DEAL WITH IRAN. TO THIS DAY IRAN CHANTS, QUOTE, DEATH TO AMERICA. IN FACT, IRAN IS THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. ITS REGIME HAS THE BLOOD OF AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS ON ITS HANDS. IRAN IS OUR ENEMY. THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO TRUST IRAN, BUT WHAT HAS IRAN DONE TO EARN OUR TRUST? NOTHING. THIS IS A DEAL OF SURRENDER AND WITH IT IRAN WILL GO NUCLEAR. THE ALTERNATIVE ISN'T WAR, THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO STRIKE A BETTER DEAL. I SAY THIS AS ONE OF THE FEW MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS WHO HAS SEEN COMBAT, WHO HAS FOUGHT TWO WARS AND WHO SPENT NEARLY SEVEN YEARS AS A P.O.W., SO I SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, DO THE RIGHT THING, PUT COUNTRY ABOVE PARTY. LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, UPHOLD YOUR MOST SACRED DUTY, SAFEGUARD OUR REPUBLIC FROM THOSE WHO SEEK TO DESTROY IT. VOTE THIS DEAL DOWN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LADY FROM THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED LADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON.

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    MS. NORTON

    YIELDING TO ME ON THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT FOR OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER,…

    YIELDING TO ME ON THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT FOR OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE MANY REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THE WAY JUST THIS VERY DAY NOT TO HAVE A VOTE ON THE IRAN AGREEMENT, I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR A WAY TO REPRESENT MY 650,000 CONSTITUENTS BY VOTING ON ANY VERSION OFFERED. FIVE NATIONS, WHOSE SYSTEMS DIFFER FROM ONE ANOTHER IN EVERY CONCEIVABLE WAY, AND THE UNITED NATIONS, HAVE APPROVED THIS DEAL. BUT THE REPUBLICANS ARE TORN ON WHETHER TO EVEN VOTE ON THE DEAL AT ALL. NO WONDER. LEFT WITH NO CREDIBLE ARGUE AMENTS AGAINST THE DEAL IT -- ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE DEAL ITSELF, REPUBLICANS HAVE CHANGED THE SUBJECT. EVEN KNOWING THAT IRAN IS CLOSE TO GETTING THE BOMB AS I SPEAK, AND RISKING THE LOSS OF U.S. INTERNATIONAL CREDIBILITY. INSTEAD REPUBLICANS CITE SIDE AGREEMENTS. HOWEVER, THEY HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO ANY NATION ON ALL NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS. OR THEY CITE ISSUES NOT UNDER NEGOTIATION AT ALL. LIKE IRAN'S ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. HERE'S WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS CITE, MR. SPEAKER. $12,000 IN FEDERAL TAXES PER RESIDENT, THE MOST PER CAPITA IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT NO VOTE ON THE IRAN DEAL OR ON ANYTHING ELSE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR. WITH STATEHOOD, D.C. WOULD VOTE YES AND BE COUNTED. JUST AS UNCLE SAM COUNTS OUR TAXES EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PITTINGER, A…

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    MR. PITTENGER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR YIELDING THIS TIME. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FOR YIELDING THIS TIME. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG LEADERSHIP TO REJECT THIS ADMINISTRATION'S AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. THIS DEAL IS A DRAMATIC REVERSAL OF U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND TOWARD THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. FOR YEARS THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ACTIVELY OPPOSED U.S. INTERESTS IN THE REGION AND HAS DIRECTLY FINANCED THE WORLD'S MOST OPPRESSIVE TERRORIST GROUPS, MOST NOTABLY HEZBOLLAH. MR. SPEAKER, AS A RESULT OF THIS AGREEMENT, OVER $100 BILLION WILL BE RELEASED FROM -- BACK TO THE MULLAHS IN IRAN. 46 BANKS IN IRAN WILL NOW BE APPROVED TO TRANSMIT MONEY THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM. LOOK AT WHAT THEY'VE -- LOOK AT WHAT THEY'VE DONE PREVIOUSLY WITH THEIR FINANCES. WE GAVE THEM $700 MILLION A MONTH AS A PRECONDITION JUST TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATING -- NEGOTIATIONS. $12 BILLION OVER A 16-MONTH PERIOD. YOU CAN SEE THEIR FOOTPRINT IN LEBANON, YOU CAN SEE IT IN IRAQ, YOU CAN SEE IT IN YEMEN, YOU CAN SEE IT IN SYRIA, YOU CAN SEE IT IN SOUTH AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS GOING TO TRANSLATE INTO INCREASED, ENHANCED TERRORIST ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MAY WE LOOK BACK ON THIS DAY AS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIALAL VOTES WE WILL TAKE -- CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES WE WILL TAKE, TOMORROW IN THIS CHAMBER, AS CONSEQUENTIAL AS WHAT WE DID IN DECLARING WAR AGAINST JAPAN AND GERMANY. MAY WE RECOGNIZE THE REALITY OF WHAT IS TAKING PLACE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WE YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. DESAULINER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, FROM MARYLAND. AND I WANT TO SPEAK AS A FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THIS BODY, WHO HAS BEEN ABLE TO LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THIS DIFFICULT, DIFFICULT AREA OF THE WORLD, A PLACE WHERE AMERICA HAS INVESTED TOO MANY LIVES AND TOO MUCH MONEY. AND TO TALK ABOUT MY JOURNEY IN COMING TO THE DECISION TO VOTE WITH THE PRESIDENT AND FEELING LIKE HE DESERVES A GLATTORY NOTE FOR THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT, A HAVE -- IN A VERY DIFFICULT AND COMPLEX PIECE OF DIPLOMACY, PERHAPS EQUAL TO THE DIFFICULTY AND COMPLEXITY OF THIS AREA OF THE WORLD, WHICH HAS HAD SO MUCH TURMOIL IN HISTORY. I'VE SPENT THE LAST 60 DAYS TAKING EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO LISTEN TO CONSTITUENTS AND EXPERTS. I'VE BEEN PERSONALLY BRIEFED AT THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA WITH A SMALL GROUP OF MY FRESHMEN COLLEAGUES, TRAVELED TO ISRAEL FOR THE FIRST TIME AND MET WITH HIGH LEVEL ISRAELI OFFICIALS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU FOR ALMOST TWO HOURS. LEARNED ABOUT THE 3,000 YEARS OF HISTORY AND ANIMOSITY AMONGST GROUPS AND ALSO THE PROXIMITY, THE VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY OF WHICH THOSE GROUPS HAVE LIVED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND SHARED THEIR DIFFICULT HISTORY. MET WITH LEADERS OF OUR INTERNATIONAL COALITION AND CONTINUED TO BE A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONSHIP, AS I BELIEVE MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES ARE. I HELD SIX TOWN HALLS, CERTAIN MEASURE OF MASS KISS MUCH PERHAPS BY A -- MASACHISM PERHAPS BY A FRESHMAN MEMBER. IT TOOK HOURS. WE RECEIVED OVER 1,000 PHONE CALLS, EMAILS AND CONSTITUENT QUESTIONS ON THIS ISSUE AND MORE THAN 70% OF THEM WERE IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSAL. ULTIMATELY AT THE HEART OF MY DECISION, IN SUPPORTING A DEAL, IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THIS DEAL PROMOTES THE LONG-TERM INVESTMENT AND PEACE IN THIS DIFFICULT PART OF OUR PLANET. IN ADDITION CREATES SECURITY AND STABILITY ULTIMATELY FOR THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE THAT THIS ACCORD IS OUR BEST OPTION FOR ACHIEVING BOTH THOSE GOALS. AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY, I WAS ABLE TO LISTEN TO ADVISORS AND LEADERS WHO REPRESENT OUR COALITION PARTNERS. THE SANCTIONS REGIME, DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE EUROPEAN UNION'S PARTICIPATION, DEFLATED IRAN'S ECONOMY AND FORCED THEM TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. IN 2012 IRAN'S ECONOMY SHRANK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO DECADES BY ALMOST 2%. THIS IS THE FINAL PROPOSAL, I BELIEVE, IF THE U.S. WERE TO WITHDRAW. OUR COALITION PARTNERS THAT HELPED NEGOTIATE THIS DEAL AND CREATE THE ABILITY AND THE LEVERAGE TO NEGOTIATE WILL NOT COME BACK TO THE TABLE, OUR AUTHORITY AND STANDING IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY WILL BE SEVERELY DIMINISHED. THERE ARE SOME WHO SAY THAT IRAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED AND I THINK WE ALL AGREE ON THAT. THE FUTURE OF THIS ROLLOUT IS NOT BLACK AND WHITE AND HAS MANY UNKNOWNS AND HYPOTHETICALS ON BOTH THE SUPPORTERS' AND THE OPPONENTS' SIDE. WE DO NOT KNOW IF IRAN WILL CHEAT, BUT WE DO KNOW THE OVERSIGHT AND COMPLIANCE IS STRONG AND CONSEQUENTIAL AND CHEATING WILL BE ENFORCED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. IT IS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY, IN MY VIEW, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO LET DIPLOMACY WORK AND TO PUT IT IN ACTION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:58:32 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. GUTHRIE, A MEMBER…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. GUTHRIE, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPROVAL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DEAL WITH…

    I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPROVAL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DEAL WITH IRAN. I ASKED MYSELF THIS QUESTION. AS IRAN -- HAS IRAN EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED? WE MUST ASK THIS BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE ARE SECRET DEALS THAT MY COLLEAGUES AND I WERE NOT PRIVILEGED TO. THEREFORE A VOTE TO SUPPORT THIS DEAL IS A VOTE TO TRUST IRAN. THE BEHAVIOR OF IRAN'S LEADERS OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS OFFER NOES INDICATION THAT THE NEXT DECADE -- OFFERS NO INDICATION THAT THE NEXT DECADE WILL BE ANY DIFFERENT. NOW WITH THESE SECRET DETAILS WE CANNOT KNOW IF THE DEAL IS VERIFIABLE, IF IT'S ENFORCEABLE, AND ACCOUNTABLE. TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW IRAN BEST, TRUST THEM LEAST. IRAN'S NEIGHBORS HAVE ALREADY REQUESTED ADDITIONAL ARMS FROM THE UNITED STATES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THIS VERY DEAL. ANY DEAL SHOULD INCLUDE THESE THREE POWERFUL PRINCIPLES, SAFETY, SECURITY, STABILITY. THIS DEAL FALLS SHORT AND I CANNOT SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, WE YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PROBABLY -- THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PROBABLY -- THIS HAS PROBABLY BEEN ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS I'VE HAD TO MAKE DURING MY TIME IN CONGRESS. FOR THE RECORD, I STILL HAVE DEEP RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. . WHILE IT'S NOT WITHOUT FLAWS OR RISKS, I BELIEVE THE PLAN PRESENTS OUR BEST CHANCE TO LIMIT IRAN'S NUCLEAR A.M. BIGS AND PROTECT THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES. THE PREAMBLE TO THE AGREEMENT IS BOTH CRITICALLY IMPORTANT AND CRYSTAL CLEAR WHEN IT STATES THAT, AND I QUOTE, IRAN REAFFIRMS THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL IRAN EVER SEEK, DEVELOP OR ACQUIRE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPON, END QUOTE. AND WE WILL HOLD IRAN TO IT. MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT TRUST IRAN. BUT THIS AGREEMENT IS BUILT ON VERIFICATION, NOT TRUST, AND I BELIEVE IT INCLUDES THE NEEDED MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT TOOLS. IF IRAN VIOLATES THE DEAL IN ANY WAY, INCREASED INTERNATIONAL MONITORING WILL ALLOW US TO ACT QUICKLY AND DECISIVELY. CONVERSELYF WE WERE TO ABANDON THIS AGREEMENT DESPITE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S SUPPORT, IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS COULD GO UNCHECKED AND THAT IS NOT A RISK I'M WILLING TO TAKE. LIKE MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS, I HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE AGREEMENT AND IRAN'S PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR, PARTICULARLY ITS SUPPORT OF TERRORISM. THAT'S WHY I'M COMMITTED TO EXERCISING RIGOROUS OVERSIGHT OF THIS PLAN'S IMPLEMENTATION LEAVING NO DOUBT THAT CHEATING WILL RESULT IN SEVERE REPERCUSSIONS. AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID PUBLICLY AND REITERATED TO ME PERSONALLY, ALL OF OUR OPTIONS REMAIN ON THE TABLE WHEN IT COMES TO RESPONDING TO FAILED IRANIAN COMMITMENTS, INCLUDING MILITARY OPTIONS AND THE REIMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS IN WHOLE OR PART, EITHER UNILATERALLY OR MULTI LATERALLY. ALL OF THE TERRORISM-RELATED SANCTIONS ARE OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THIS AGREEMENT AND REMAIN IN FORCE AND I'M COMMITTED TO PROVIDING FURTHER TOOLS NECESSARY TO CONSTRAIN IRAN'S DESTRUCTIVE NONNUCLEAR ACTIVITIES. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SHOULD ESTABLISH AN OVERSIGHT COMMISSION OR A SELECT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE IRANIAN'S ADHERENCE TO THE DEAL AND RECOMMEND COURSES OF ACTION IN RESPONSE TO ANY BREACH. THIS WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES RELATED TO INTELLIGENCE OR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OR OTHER COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT MIGHT ALSO HAVE JURISDICTION. THE MORE EYES ON IRAN IN MAKING SURE THEY ARE LIVING UP TO THE COMMITMENTS, THE BETTER. WE NEED TO SHOW OUR RESOLVE AND EXECUTE THE FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES PREVENTING AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON. WHILE I HAVE DEEP CONCERNS ABOUT THE DEAL, REJECTING IT NOW COULD LEAD US DOWN A DARKER PATH WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND WITH SEVERE AND UNPREDICTABLE CIRCUMSTANCES. I WILL VOTE TO SUPPORT THIS DEAL AND WHAT IS OUR BEST CHANCE TO PREVENT IRAN FROM BECOMING A NUCLEAR THREAT, OUR BEST CHANCE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY UNITED IN SUPPORT AND OUR BEST OPTION FOR PEACE. WE MUST GIVE DIPLOMACY A CHANCE TO WORK. WITH THAT, I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    I BELIEVE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL REJECT THIS DEAL. I HAVE ASKED…

    I BELIEVE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL REJECT THIS DEAL. I HAVE ASKED MYSELF AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED, WHY IS THIS A GOOD DEAL FOR THE UNITED STATES? IRAN IS HOLDING FOUR AMERICANS ILLEGALLY HOSTAGE IN THEIR COUNTRY. THAT WAS NOT PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. IRAN CONTINUES TO SUPPORT WORLDWIDE TERRORISM. THERE'S NO RESTRICTIONS ON THAT IN THIS DEAL. $50 BILLION WILL BE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED TO THE REGIME WITH NO RESTRICKS ON ITS USE. THAT WAS NOT PART OF THE DEAL. AND THEY CONTINUE TO DEVELOP ICBM'S THAT COULD REACH AMERICAN MAINLAND. THERE WERE NO RESTRICTIONS ON THAT DURING THIS DEAL. WE ARE TOLD BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT IF WE REJECT THIS DEAL, THE REST OF THE P5+1 WILL NOT JOIN US. LAST WEEK IRAN'S TOP CLERIC SAID AMERICA REMAINS IRAN'S NUMBER ONE ENEMY. DAYS AFTER THE DEAL WAS ANNOUNCED, IRAN'S SUPREME LEADER CAILED FOR THE DEATH OF AMERICA. NOT THE DEATH OF FRANCE, NOT THE DEATH OF GREAT BRITAIN, NOT THE DEATH OF RUSSIA OR CHINA, BUT THE DEATH OF AMERICA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    WHEN IS AMERICA TO STAND ALONE. I WENT TO ISRAEL RECENTLY AND SAT WITH THE…

    WHEN IS AMERICA TO STAND ALONE. I WENT TO ISRAEL RECENTLY AND SAT WITH THE PRIME MINISTER WHO TOLD US THIS DEAL GUARANTEES IN 15 YEARS IRAN WILL HAVE A NUCLEAR ARSENAL. THE SUPREME LEADER TWEETED THAT ISRAEL WON'T EXIST IN 25 YEARS. I VISITED THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND LIKE MANY PEOPLE WHO WEREN'T ALIVE DURING THAT TRAGEDY, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE STOP THIS? MY FEAR IS SOMEDAY PEOPLE WILL ASK WHY DIDN'T AMERICA STOP IRAN? THIS IS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA AND BAD DEAL FOR ISRAEL AND BAD DEAL FOR THE WORLD. I YIELD.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME HAS.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMOUTH.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, GOOD FOR AMERICA…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, GOOD FOR AMERICA AND CRITICAL FOR ISRAEL AND HISTORIC STEP TOWARDS A MORE STABLE MIDDLE EAST. WE ENTERED IN THE P5+1 NEGOTIATIONS WITH ONE GOAL TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND THAT IS WHAT THIS AGREEMENT DOES. IRAN CAN NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN FALSE REPORTS ABOUT IRAN BEING ABLE TO BUILD A BOMB IN 10 OR 15 YEARS. UNDER THIS DEAL, IRAN CAN NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THIS IS THE THIRD PROVISION OF THE DEAL. IRAN WILL IRAN SEEK, DEVELOP OR ACQUIRE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS. IRAN HAS AGREED TO NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND WITH THIS AGREEMENT IN PLACE, WE WILL HAVE AN UNPRECEDENTED INSPECTION REGIME TO GUARANTEE IT. IAEA INSPECTORS WILL MORE ACCESS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY. NO NUCLEAR SITE IS OFF LIMITS. THEY WILL HAVE ACCESS WHENEVER AND WHEREVER THEY NEED IT AT EVERY SINGLE STAGE IN THE PROCESS. THIS AGREEMENT IS BUILT ON VERIFICATION AND FULL COOPERATION. IF IRAN FAILS TO MEET EITHER OF THOSE STANDARDS, IF AT ANY POINT INSPECTORS BELIEVE THAT IRAN IS STONEWALLING OR BEING UNCOOPERATIVE, THE DEAL ILLS VIOLATED AND SFRICT SANCTIONS RETURN. THIS IS A GOOD DEAL AND NO POSSIBILITY OF A SO-CALLED BETTER DEAL. OUR PARTNER NATIONS MADE IT CLEAR IF WE WALK AWAY, THEY WILL NOT SUPPORT THE TOUGH SANCTIONS THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THAT IS THE REALITY. AND AS A RESULT, A VOTE AGAINST THIS AGREEMENT IS A VOTE TO WEAKEN INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN. IT IS A VOTE TO ALLOW THEM A CLEAR PATH TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND IT IS A VOTE TO MAKE ISRAEL LESS SAFE AND THE MIDDLE EAST MORE DANGEROUS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO RECOGNIZE THAT REALITY AND SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT AND ALLOW OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR NATION TO TAKE THESE HISTORIC STEPS TOWARDS A MORE PEACEFUL WORLD. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    MR. LATTA

    OHIO.

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    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:10:11 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MS. ESTY.

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    MS. ESTY

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE JOINT COME PRESENCE AGREEMENT BUT A PATH FORWARD TO…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE JOINT COME PRESENCE AGREEMENT BUT A PATH FORWARD TO PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I DO NOT COME TO THIS DECISION LIGHTLY OR EASILY. IRAN IS A DEADLY STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS REPEATEDLY THREATENED AMERICA AND OUR CLOSE ALLY ISRAEL. DESPITE SANCTIONS BY THE UNIONS, IRAN HAS COME WITHIN MONTHS, WITHIN MONTHS OF SUCCEEDING IN ITS EFFORTS TO ACQUIRE MATERIAL FOR A NUCLEAR BOMB. THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY IS NOT IS THIS A PERFECT AGREEMENT THAT ADDRESSES ALL OF IRAN'S DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR? THE TRUTH IS, THERE ARE NO PERFECT OPTIONS IN DEALING WITH THIS REGIME. INSTEAD, WE MUST ASK, WILL THIS AGREEMENT PREVENT A NUCLEAR-ARMED IRAN? WILL THIS AGREEMENT EXEMPT AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS IN THE REGION AND WILL THIS EXEMPT OUR ALLY ISRAEL? I HAVE REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT THE ANSWER TO THESE THREE QUESTIONS IS YES. I BELIEVE THAT IT IS BETTER TO HAVE THIS IMPERFECT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT THAT WE CAN AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE THAN TO HAVE NO AGREEMENT AT ALL. DURING AUGUST, I SPENT A WEEK IN ISRAEL, MEETING WITH POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERS AND HEARING FROM ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT IRAN'S INTENTIONS. AS I STOOD ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, I COULD SEE THE SMOKE RISING. THAT SMOKE, A VISIBLE SIGN OF THE CHAOS AND DANGER IN THE REGION FOR BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND FOR THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST. I'M KEENLY AWARE OF THE VERY REAL THREATS IRAN POSES TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY AND TO ALL OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AND I SHARE THE DEEP CONCERNS OF MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS, OF MANY JEWISH LEADERS WHO DISTRUST IRAN. AND THAT IS WHY, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT AFTER THIS WEEK'S VOTE, WE HAVE ANOTHER CRITICAL CHOICE TO MAKE. IT IS AN IMPORTANT CHOICE TO MAKE FOR OUR CHILDREN, OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. OUR CHOICE IS THIS. WILL WE COME TOGETHER AS AMERICANS TO ENFORCE THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IN THE YEARS TO COME? IF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT GOES INTO EFFECT, WE MUST WORK TOGETHER NO MATTER OUR VOTE THIS WEEK TO ENFORCE IRAN'S COMMITMENTS AND TO STAND TO ACT DECISIVELY WHEN IRAN TESTS OUR RESOLVE. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO CAST A VOTE AND WALK AWAY. WE HAVE THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE STABILITY IN THE REGION WHEN WE LEAD OUR ALLIES AND WORK WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AS WE DID WHEN WE CREATED THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS THAT HAVE BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG-TERM MULTINATIONAL COMMITMENT. WE MUST STAND STRONG WITH OUR ALLIES. WE MUST COMMIT TO ENSURING THAT THE INSPECTORS HAVE THE ACCESS AND RESOURCES TO CARRY OUT THE AGREEMENT. AND WE MUST STAND READY TO ACT. TO LEAD THE WORLD TO RESPOND TO SIGNS OF CHEATING OR OTHER IRANIAN EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE ITS OBLIGATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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    MR. LANCE

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE REJECTION OF THE UNDERLYING IRANIAN AGREEMENT. THE…

    I RISE TODAY TO URGE REJECTION OF THE UNDERLYING IRANIAN AGREEMENT. THE PRESIDENT DID NOT SUBMIT TO CONGRESS TWO INSPECTION SIDE AGREEMENTS SECRETLY GOIRNTED BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN. CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NO INFORMATION ON WHAT THESE SECRET SIDE AGREEMENTS ENTAIL ALTHOUGH NEWS REPORTS SUGGEST THAT IRAN WILL BE ABLE TO INSPECT SOME OF ITS OWN MILITARY FACILITIES. UNDER THE UNDERLYING AGREEMENT, THE WORLD'S LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, AN ANTAGONIST OF THE UNITED STATES, OF ISRAEL AND SEVERAL ARAB NATIONS, A 35-YEAR-OLD REGIME KNOWN FOR HORRIBLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WILL RECEIVE AT LEAST $100 BILLION IMMEDIATELY, SOME OF WHICH WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE USED FOR TERRORISM. A BETTER UNDERLYING AGREEMENT CAN BE NEGOTIATED MAKING SURE IRAN DOES NOT ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR ICBM'S, WHOSE ONLY PURPOSE CAN BE MILITARY. THE CLEAR MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND CLEAR MAJORITY OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS AND SOME DEMOCRATS TOGETHER, THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, OPPOSE THIS DEAL. THIS IS THE MOSS THIS IS THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL BILL I WILL VOTE ON SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE. I ASK THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

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

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    THE IAEA SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS WITH IRAN ARE NOT PART OF THE AGREEMENT…

    THE IAEA SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS WITH IRAN ARE NOT PART OF THE AGREEMENT WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT. THE SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS WERE NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN TO RESOLVE OUTSTANDING ISSUES. THE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN IRAN AND THE IAEA ARE CONSIDERED SAFEGUARDS CONFIDENTIAL, MEANING THAT THE IAEA DOES NOT SHARE THE INFORMATION WITH MEMBER STATES. THE U.S. ALSO HAS SAFEGUARD CONFIDENTIALS, ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE IAEA, AND WE WOULD NOT WANT ANY MEMBER STATE TO BE ABLE TO REQUEST ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT OUR NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. AND BEYOND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IAEA DIRECTOR HAS DECLARED THE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN ARE TECHNICALLY SOUND AND CONSISTENT WITH THE AGENCY'S LONG-ESTABLISHED PRACTICE. THEY DO NOT COMPROMISE THE IAEA SAFEGUARD STANDARDS IN ANY WAY. LET'S BE CLEAR, THERE'S NO SELF-INSPECTION OF IRANIAN FACILITIES, AND THE IAEA HAS IN NO WAY GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR NUCLEAR INSPECTIONS TO IRAN, NOT NOW AND CERTAINLY NOT IN THE FUTURE. THAT IS NOT HOW THE IAEA DOES BUSINESS. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND WOULD INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME HE HAS.

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    MR. ROYCE

    YES, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    YES, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGET COMMITTEES.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST A DEAL WHICH I BELIEVE WILL BECOME ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS MISTAKES IN U.S. HISTORY. THIS DEAL DOES NOT STOP IRAN FROM PURSUING A NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IT RECOGNIZES AND LEGITIMIZES THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN SHORT ORDER. IT ALLOWS IRAN TO DEVELOP BALLISTIC MISSILES AND BRINGS AN END TO THE ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST THAT REGIME. IT FREES UP HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FUND AND EXPORT TERRORISM. I'M CONVINCED THAT THIS WILL ALSO LEAD -- THIS DEAL WILL LEAD TO A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS DOES, MR. SPEAKER, THIS DEAL IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MISTAKES THAT WE, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL PAY A VERY DEAR PRICE FOR. MR. SPEAKER, HISTORY WILL RECORD THIS DEAL AS THE MOMENT THAT THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD GRANTED THE LARGEST, MOST DANGEROUS SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, THAT WHICH IT COVETS THE MOST, NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THE MEANS TO DELIVER THEM. I HOPE I AM WRONG, MR. SPEAKER, BUT I FEAR THAT I AM NOT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE CLEAR, THE DISAGREEMENT ISN'T BASED ON TRUST.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE CLEAR, THE DISAGREEMENT ISN'T BASED ON TRUST. IT'S BASED ON THE MOST INTRUSIVE VERIFICATION REGIME IN HISTORY. THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS WILL HAVE 24/7 SURVEILLANCE OF ENRICHMENT FACILITIES AND REACTORS, AND REGULAR NONRESTRICTED ACCESS TO ALL OTHER DECLARED SITES. BEYOND DECLARED FACILITIES, THE INSPECTION PROVISIONS GIVE THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS THE ACCESS THEY NEED WHEN THEY NEED IT TO CARRY OUT THE MOST INTRUSIVE INSPECTION SYSTEM EVER PEACEFULLY NEGOTIATED. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS CHAMBER HAS A LOT OF HEROES.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS CHAMBER HAS A LOT OF HEROES. SAM JOHNSON IS ONE OF THEM, AND I'M PROUD TO HAVE FOLLOWED THEM AND I SALUTE THEM. I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO DO MANY THINGS. I WAS AN ARMY OFFICER IN WEST GERMANY, A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, A LOCAL OFFICIAL. NOW AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS I'M HONORED TO CAST VOTES FOR PEOPLE I REPRESENT. MY CONSTITUENTS WANTS THE PRESIDENT TO FOLLOW THE LAWAL AS IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY UNDER ARTICLE -- LAW AS IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE PRESIDENT DID NOT SUBMIT NECESSARY DOCUMENTS AS REQUIRED UNDER LAW. I AND MY CONSTITUENTS WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THESE SIDE AGREEMENTS. WHEN WE'RE GOING DOWN THIS PATH OF PEACE AND WAR TO TRUST THE IAEA WITH NO DOCUMENTS, NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE THAT. OUR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY HERE IS TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. THIS DEAL GIVES IRAN MORE MONEY . THEY WILL REMAIN THE NUMBER ONE STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO CHANT "DEATH TO AMERICA" AND "DEATH TO ISRAEL." THEY WILL NOT FREE OUR CITIZENS, SO NOW WE ASSURE THAT IRAN WILL HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE REGION WILL GO INTO A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE AND THE WORLD AND THE U.S. WILL BE LESS SAFE. THIS IS A TERRIBLE DEAL, AN EMBARRASSING DEAL AND ONE WE WILL REGRET IN THE FUTURE. VOTE TO FULLY DISCLOSE THIS DEAL. VOTE AGAINST THE DEAL, AND VOTE TO KEEP THE SANCTIONS ON AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY.

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    MR. PERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE WANTS IRAN TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK THE PRESIDENT WANTS THEM TO, BUT I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT THEY'RE GOING TO. THE QUESTION IS WHEN. CLEARLY THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO MAKE -- HE TRIED TO MAKE A GOOD DEAL. I DON'T THINK HE THINKS THAT IRAN CAN BE TRUSTED, BUT I DO THINK HE THINKS THEY WON'T CHEAT. MR. SPEAKER, THE ROAD TO HELL WAS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS, AND I'M SURE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AND HAS GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT THE FACTS REMAIN. IRAN HAS BEEN CHEATING LITERALLY FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS OR AT LEAST THAT REGION HAS AND CERTAINLY WE KNOW. THE FACTS, THE FACTS IS FOR THE LAST 36 YEARS IRAN HAS CHEATED ON EVERY SINGLE AGREEMENT THEY HAVE SIGNED. THEY'RE CHEATING AT THIS VERY MOMENT. SO AN AGREEMENT THAT'S BASED ON THAT, THAT THEY WOULDN'T CHEAT IS AN AGREEMENT THAT IS FATALLY FLAWED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE SAME COUNTRY THAT WON'T CHEAT. THIS IS THE SAME COUNTRY THAT LEADERS RECOGNIZE THE STONING OF WOMEN, THE HANGING OF HOMOSEXUALS, THE SPONSOR OF MASS TERRORISM. THIS IS A COUNTRY WE HAVE SIGNED AN ACCORD WITH. THE OTHER SIDE SAY THIS IS GREAT AGREEMENT AND INSPECTION PARADIGM. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THIS IS. AND YET THE PILLAR OF THIS AGREEMENT IS BASED SOLELY ON THAT, AN INSPECTION PARADIGM THAT IRAN CAN'T CHEAT AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. WE ARE LITERALLY VOTING FOR SOMETHING AND ON SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS AND WE'RE BEING URGED TO VOTE FOR IT. MR. SPEAKER, IRAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED. THE BLOOD WILL NOT BE ON MY HANDS. THESE ROCKETS THAT HAMAS LAUNCHES INTO ISRAEL, THESE AMERICAN SOLDIERS THAT COME HOME IN BODY BAGS IN THE FUTURE, I JUST WANT TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT THE BLOOD WILL NOT BE ON MY HANDS AND THE HANDS ON THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THIS DISAGREEMENT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR.

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    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR YOU YIELDING. I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU FOR YOU YIELDING. I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE ALL DAY AND I REALLY HAVE TO BE I GUESS ENANGERED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF MISSTATEMENT OF FACTS HERE AND ABOUT THIS HOUSE BEING SO NEGATIVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY AND ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT. YOU CAN'T GET AWAY WITH CRITICIZING PRESIDENTS OF OTHER -- LEADERS OF OTHER COUNTRIES BEING NEGATIVE ABOUT US WHEN YOU'RE STANDING AROUND BEING NEGATIVE ABOUT OUR OWN COUNTRY AND OUR OWN PRESIDENT. THIS AGREEMENT IS ABOUT TRUST AND IT ISN'T ABOUT TRUST WITH IRAN. IT'S ABOUT TRUST WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION. NOBODY'S SPOKEN WHAT THAT COMMISSION DOES OTHER THAN THE CHAIRMAN ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. IT'S BEEN AROUND SINCE 1957. WE HELPED CREATE IT. IT'S GOT 2,400 EMPLOYEES. WE PROBABLY TRAINED MOST OF THEM. THEY KNOW ABOUT INSPECTIONS. THEY'RE AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION. THEY DON'T BELONG TO ANYBODY. NO COUNTRY OWNS THEM. YOU CAN'T GO AND CRASH ALL DAY THAT THEY HAVE A SECRET AGREEMENT WITH IRAN WHEN THEY HAVE A SECRET AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. AND RUSSIA. THAT'S THEIR BUSINESS. THEY GO AND VERIFY. WE DON'T COME INTO OUR TOP CLASSIFIED AREAS ABOUT SOME AGREEMENT HOW THEY'RE GOING TO HANDLE THAT INFORMATION. THEY CAN'T RELEASE THAT INFORMATION TO OTHER COUNTRIES. THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ANY CREDIBILITY. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT RELEASE IT. HE DOESN'T OWN IT. IT'S THE IAEA. WHAT IF IRAN SAYS WE DON'T WANT TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE IAEA HAS ENTERED INTO WITH THE UNITED STATES? SO SOME TRASHING THE PROCESS. TRUST THIS ORGANIZATION. WE'VE BEEN PROUD OF IT FOR 48 -- 58 YEARS. IT'S THE TOP COP ON NUCLEAR INSPECTIONS. ALL THE 1,100 FACILITIES AROUND THE WORLD, NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, MILITARY BASES WITH NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT, WEAPONS. THEY'RE THE INSPECTORS. THEY'RE THE ONES THAT TRUST AND VERIFY. GIVE THEM A CHANCE. EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD THINKS THIS IS THE TOUGHEST AGREEMENT EVER NEGOTIATED. WHY WOULD WE NOT BE CELEBRATING IT? THIS IS DIPLOMATIC HISTORY. WE HAVE DONE GREAT THINGS HERE. AND YOU WANT TO TRASH IT. AND YOU WANT TO TRASH THE ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S NOT AMERICA. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. VOTE NO ON THIS AWFUL BILL.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROYCE

    YOU KNOW, SOME OF US HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. SOME OF US WERE AROUND FOR THE…

    YOU KNOW, SOME OF US HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE. SOME OF US WERE AROUND FOR THE NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL LOOKS INCREASINGLY LIKE THE DANGEROUS DEAL THAT WE STRUCK WITH THAT REGIME IN NORTH KOREA. IN 1994, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SIGNED A DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA THAT ACCORDING TO THEN-PRESIDENT CLINTON WOULD MAKE THE UNITED STATES, THE KOREAN PENINSULA AND THE WORLD SAFER, IN HIS WORDS. THE AGREEMENT, WE WERE TOLD, DID NOT RELY ON TRUST BUT WOULD INSTEAD INVOLVE A VERIFICATION PROGRAM WHICH WOULD STOP THE NORTH KOREANS FROM EVER ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR BOMB. THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR TODAY. UNFORTUNATELY, THE NORTH KOREAN DEAL HAD HOLES THAT YOU COULD FIRE A BALLISTIC MISSILE THROUGH. THE DEAL DID NOT DISMANTLE NORTH KOREA'S PROGRAM. IT COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO REWARDING NORTH KOREA WITH LARGE QUANTITY ITS OF FUEL OIL WITHOUT REQUIRING THE REGIME TO IMPLEMENT THE TERMS. AND WORST OF ALL, THE DEAL RELIED ON INSPECTION PROVISIONS THAT WERE NAIVE AND ULTIMATELY WERE WORTHLESS. THE PREDICTABLE RESULT WAS THAT ON OCTOBER 4 OF 2002, NORTH KOREA REVEALED IT HAD BEEN LYING ALL ALONG AND THAT IT CONTINUED TO SECRETLY DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND FOUR YEARS LATER, NORTH KOREA'S DICTATOR, KIM JUNG ILL, HAD AN UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TEST AND TODAY IT'S A GLOBAL MENACE AND IT SUPPORTS AND SPONSORS TERRORISM AND IT IS THE MOST UNSTABLE NUCLEAR POWER ON EARTH. SO THERE IS A REASON WHEN SOME OF US RAISE THESE ISSUES. I YIELD TWO MINUTES -- 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. ROUZER.

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    MR. ROUZER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS SO-CALLED IRAN DEAL BECAUSE IT PAVES THE WAY FOR IRAN TO OBTAIN NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES THAT WILL NOT ONLY THREATEN ISRAEL AND CREATE AN ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT IT WILL ALSO BE A DIRECT THREAT TO AMERICA. TIME AND TIME AGAIN THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS UNWILLINGNESS TO BE TRANSPARENT AND OPEN REGARDING THEIR NUCLEAR ARMS DEVELOPMENT AND FRAUDULENT BEHAVIOR. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT WE JUST RECENTLY DISCOVERED TWO OF THEIR SECRET NUCLEAR FACILITIES AND WHO KNOWS HOW MANY MORE THEY HAVE. THE SANCTIONS RELIEF INCLUDED AS PART OF THIS DEAL GUARANTEES THAT IRAN, THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, WILL HAVE BILLIONS -- LET ME REPEAT -- BILLIONS MORE TO FUND THEIR EVIL ACTS. AND IF THERE IS ANY CONFUSION, IRAN STATED INTENTIONS OF WIPING ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND THEIR PUBLIC CHANTS TO DEATH TO AMERICA MAKE THEIR INTENTIONS VERY CLEAR. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA HAS ALWAYS STOOD FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. THE GREATEST FORCE FOR GOOD MANKIND HAS EVER KNOWN, LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY AND DEFEAT THIS AGREEMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE RESERVE.

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    MR. YOHO

    I STAND IN OPPOSITION FOR THIS DEAL. IT'S A TERRIBLE DEAL FOR AMERICA AND…

    I STAND IN OPPOSITION FOR THIS DEAL. IT'S A TERRIBLE DEAL FOR AMERICA AND FOR THE WORLD. THIS IS A DEAL THAT CAN'T BE VERIFIED. THE IAEA IS SO ELOQUENTLY TALKED TO ABOUT MY COLLEAGUE ACROSS THE AISLE IS THE SAME IAEA THAT HAD THEIR INSPECTOR BUYING NUCLEAR MATERIEL FOR NORTH KOREA AND THIS IS A DEAL THAT THEY ARE THE NUMBER ONE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD SHOUTING "DEATH TO AMERICA." AND WHEN THEY STOP HEARING THE RHETORIC FROM THEIR PRESIDENT AND STOP DENOUNCING TERRORISM AND RELEASE OUR HOSTAGES, THEN WE CAN GO FORWARD WITH THIS. BUT THIS WILL DO NOTHING BUT EMBOLDEN IRAN, MAKE THEM STRONGER AND MAKE THE MIDDLE EAST MORE UNSTABLE. AND I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELLEDEN.

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    THE CLOCK BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T RECEIVED THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT. AND IF ANYONE…

    THE CLOCK BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T RECEIVED THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT. AND IF ANYONE WANTS TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS DEAL, LET'S HEAR WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS TELLING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND ALL OF US. THE DEAL WASN'T BUILT ON TRUST BUT VERIFICATION. HOW DO YOU SUPPORT A DEAL WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE VERIFICATION IS?

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    MR. ZELDIN

    IF ANYONE WANTS TO STAND UP AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU SUPPORT A DEAL WITHOUT…

    IF ANYONE WANTS TO STAND UP AND EXPLAIN HOW YOU SUPPORT A DEAL WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE VERIFICATION IS? YOU CAN'T. THAT'S WHY WE ARE ASKING TORE IT. AND FOR THOSE WHO SAY OPPOSING THIS DEAL IS SOMEHOW NEGATIVE TOWARDS AMERICA, I TOOK AN OATH TO FIGHT AND DIE IN PROTECTION OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTIES. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND I TOOK AN OATH HERE TO SERVE HERE THE MEMBERS OF MY DISTRICT BECAUSE I LOVE AMERICA. SO DON'T TELL ME THAT SOMEHOW OPPOSING THIS DEAL IS NEGATIVE TOWARDS AMERICA. I OPPOSE THIS DEAL BECAUSE I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    DID YOU NOTICE SOMETHING? DID YOU NOTICE THAT FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS THE…

    DID YOU NOTICE SOMETHING? DID YOU NOTICE THAT FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A DEAL, IT WAS GOING TO BE BASED ON FULL DISCLOSURE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO KNOW ALL OF THE INFORMATION AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT SUBMITTED TO THE CONGRESS A DOCUMENT THAT SAID HERE'S ALL THE INFORMATION BUT THEN AFTER THAT, MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW WHAT WE FOUND OUT? THERE ARE TWO SECRET DEALS. THERE ARE TWO SECRET SIDE DEALS, SIDE ARRANGEMENTS THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN. THINK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE TWO ALTERNATIVES. EITHER THIS IS SACROSANCT BETWEEN THE IAEA AND THE IRANIAN REGIME AND IT'S TOTALLY CONFIDENTIAL OR IT'S NOT. HOW CAN IT BE THAT SOME ELEMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ON THOSE DOCUMENTS, BUT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN DISCLOSED TO CONGRESS AND NOT DISCLOSED TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC? HOW CAN THAT BE? I WILL TELL YOU HOW THAT CAN BE BECAUSE THIS IS ABSURD. BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT DISCLOSED MATERIAL INFORMATION. SO WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? WHY IS CHAIRMAN ROYCE MANAGING THIS TIME? WHY ARE WE CONTEMPLATING THIS RESOLUTION THAT IS BROUGHT FORTH? IT IS TO SAY THIS, ADMINISTRATION, YOU HAVE NOT COMPLIED, THEREFORE, CORKER OR CARDIN HAVE NOT BEEN INVOKED AND THEREFORE THE HOUSE IS NOT GOING TO VOTE ON THIS DEAL. THIS IS AN AWFUL DEAL, MR. SPEAKER. AND IT SHOULD BE WHOLEHEARTEDLY REJECTED WITH ALL URGENCY. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS RESOLUTION TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE COMPLICIT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE COMPLICIT, MR. SPEAKER AND BE MIDWIVES AND BRING INTO THE WORLD THIS AWFUL THING. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. A FEW SPEAKERS AGO, THERE WAS A…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. A FEW SPEAKERS AGO, THERE WAS A STATEMENT MADE ABOUT FOLKS LOVING AMERICA. WELL, GUESS WHAT? WE ALL LOVE AMERICA. AND THE FACT THAT WE MAY HAVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH REGARD TO THIS PROPOSAL DOES NOT TAKE AWAY FROM OUR LOVE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WE MAY DIFFER, BUT THE FACTS STILL REMAIN THAT WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY. I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR BECAUSE IT'S SICKENING TO HEAR THOSE KIND OF COMMENTS. I RESERVE.

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  • 04:36:36 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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    MR. EMMER

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT.…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT. OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION WHO KNOW IRAN BEST OPPOSE THIS DEAL. THE PRESIDENT AND ENABLED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS CONTINUES TO LIVE IN A FANTASY LAND. HIS TRACK RECORD IN APPALLING. RED LINES IN SYRIA, FAILED ISIL STRATEGY AND WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ, JUST TO NAME A FEW. HANDING BILLIONS AND A LEGAL PATHWAY TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN IRAN. PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH ABOUT SNAPBACK SANCTIONS AND SECRET SIDE DEALS, IRAN'S RIGHT TO ENRICH URANIUM AND CONGRESS' ROLE IN THIS BAD DEAL. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST ASK THEMSELVES TWO QUESTIONS, DOES THIS DEAL MAKE US MORE SECURE? DOES THIS DEAL MAKE US MORE SAFE? THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS IS A RESOUNDING NO. SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY SAID NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:37:57 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK.

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    IRAN IS AN ENEMY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOT BY OUR DECLARATION…

    IRAN IS AN ENEMY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NOT BY OUR DECLARATION BUT BY PROCLAMATION BY THE MOST SENIOR AND MILITARY LEADERS OF THAT NATION WHO HAVE STATED THEIR DESTINY IS TO DESTROY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WAS RECENTLY TOLD BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU THAT WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THEY WANT TO DESTROY YOU, BELIEVE THEM. SO ARE WE TO TRUST? ARE WE TO TRUST IRAN WHEN THEY SAY THAT THEIR DESTINATION AND GOAL IS TO DESTROY THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR DO WE TRUST THEM WHEN THEY SAY THEY WILL COMMIT TO NOT DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON OR DO WE TRUST AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION WHO HAS DETAILS ABOUT VERIFICATION THAT THEY WON'T EVEN SHARE WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION WHO WOULD BE DRASTICALLY AFFECTED BY THAT? YES, I HAVE BEEN TOLD IT'S NOT ABOUT TRUST BUT VERIFICATION. BUT THE DETAILS ARE THE MOST CRITICAL PART OF THAT NEGOTIATION IS BEING KEPT SECRET FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WOULD APPROVE THIS DEAL THAT WOULD HAVE A DRASTIC EFFECT ON THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. THOSE WHO CHANT "DEATH TO AMERICA," THEY KNOW THE DETAILS OF IT. WE MUST STOP THIS NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:39:37 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 04:39:50 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE ON THIS ISSUE AND THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE ON THIS ISSUE AND THE AWARENESS THAT HE HAS HELPED TO RAISE, NOT ONLY WITH MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING UP. THEY DO NOT WANT THIS IRAN DEAL TO BE ON THE BOOKS. AND THERE ARE GOOD REASONS WHY. AS I WAS HOME IN TALKING TO MY CONSTITUENTS, MANY ARE LIKE ME. THERE ARE MOMS, THERE ARE GRANDMOTHERS AND THEY FEAR WHAT THIS WILL DO TO OUR COUNTRY. THEY FEAR WHAT IT WILL DO TO THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. THEY'RE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. HAS IRAN DESERVED THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED? ABSOLUTELY NOT. WHEN THEIR NEIGHBORS DON'T TRUST THEM, SHOULD WE TRUST THEM? THE ANSWER IS OF COURSE NOT. IS THIS A TRANSPARENT AGREEMENT? OF COURSE NOT, THE SECRET SIDE DEALS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. WHY WOULD WE DO THAT AND INCENTIVIZE AND CREATE A PATHWAY FOR IRAN TO HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON? I THINK WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS REQUIRE THE PRESIDENT TO COME FORWARD WITH EVERY COMPONENT TO EXPOSE THIS SO WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF FUTURE THIS CREATES FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:41:21 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    IF I COULD RETURN, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. RETURNING TO…

    IF I COULD RETURN, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES. RETURNING TO AN ARGUMENT I WAS MAKING EARLIER ABOUT THIS BODY'S EXPERIENCE WITH NORTH KOREA, IT DOES LOOK TO ME LIKE MANY ARE WILLING TO CONCEDE TO IRAN THE SAME LOOPHOLES THAT WE GAVE NORTH KOREA. SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLA HAS DECLARED THAT HIS COUNTRY WOULD NEVER AGREE TO ANYWHERE ANY TIME INSPECTIONS. THAT'S WHAT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING ABOUT THIS, ESPECIALLY, HE SAYS IRANIAN MILITARY SITES. WHAT WE ARE INFORMED OF IS IRAN IS GOING TO DO ITS OWN INSPECTION AT PARCHIN, WITHOUT FULL ABILITY TO INSPECT THESE SITES. WE WILL BE VERIFYING IN THE DARK JUST AS WE WERE WITH NORTH KOREA. THE EYE TOLLA IS DEMANDING SANCTIONS BE LIFTED BEFORE IRAN DISMANTLES ITS NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. IN SHORT, THE SUPREME LEADER SAYS HE ISN'T GOING TO LET THE INSPECTORS AND YET HE WANTS SANCTIONS RELIEF THAT HE COULD FUNNEL INTO TERRORIST GROUPS THAT HE FUNDS INCLUDING HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS. JUST LIKE NORTH KOREA, IRAN WANTS ITS REWARDS UP FRONT. AND AGAIN LIKE NORTH KOREA, WHAT IS IRAN GLANDING? THE BEST PRIZE OF ALL, THE STAMP OF INTERNATIONAL LEGITIMACY FOR ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THE TRULY STUNNING THING ABOUT THIS NUCLEAR DEAL EVEN IF IRAN FULFILLS ALL OF ITS COMMITMENTS IN A FEW SHORT YEARS THEY WILL BE FREE FROM RESTRAINTS AND HAVE INTERNATIONAL BLESSING FOR IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND WILL HAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT -- IN MY OPINION WHAT WILL THEY USE IT, DESTABILIZING THE REGION. THEIR MILITARY CONTROLS THE CONTRACTS. NOT TOO LATE TO STOP IRAN FROM GETTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BUT TO DO SO WE NEED TO LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES. AND IF WE DON'T, THE EYE TOLLA WILL HAVE IN -- AYATOLLS WILL HAVE THE BOMB.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT BASED ON TRUST, IT'S…

    I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT BASED ON TRUST, IT'S BASED ON THE MOST INTRUSIVE VERIFICATION REGIME IN HISTORY. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT $100 BILLION AND OTHERS FLOATED OTHER FIGURES IN SANCTION RELIEF, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT'S MORE LIKE AROUND $50 BILLION AND IT'S CONJECTURE AS TO HOW IRAN WILL SPEND THIS MONEY. OUR TERRORISM SANCTIONS WILL REMAIN FIRMLY IN PLACE TO COMBAT THE MONEY THAT IRAN PASSES TO ANY TERRORIST GROUPS. SO THIS IS A GOOD DEAL. NOT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT SAYS SO. NOT BECAUSE I SAY SO. NOT BECAUSE ANYONE ELSE IN THIS CHAMBER SAYS SO. IT'S A GOOD DEAL BECAUSE THE EXPERTS SAY SO. NUCLEAR PHYSICISTS, DISARMAMENT EXPERTS, ANTI-NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION EXPERTS, MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE HEAD -- FORMER HEAD OF MUSAI AND OUR ALLIES ALL AGREE THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IS TO SUPPORT THIS DEAL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER.

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    MR. WEBER

    NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN SPOKE TO THE CROWDS. HE SAID THE SETTLEMENT OF THE…

    NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN SPOKE TO THE CROWDS. HE SAID THE SETTLEMENT OF THE CZECHOSLOVAKIA PROBLEM HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. HE SAID THIS MORNING I HAD ANOTHER TALK WITH GERMAN CHANCELER HITLER AND HERE'S HIS SIGNATURE THAT BEARS MINE. WE SEE THIS AS SYMBOLIC OF THE OUR TWO PEOPLES NEVER TO GO TO WAR AGAIN. LATER THAT DAY HE READ AGAIN. HE SAID, MY GOOD FRIENDS, FOR THE SECOND TIME IN OUR HISTORY A BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAS RETURNED FROM GERMANY BRINGING PEACE WITH HONOR. HE SAID, I BELIEVE IT IS A PEACE FOR OUR TIME. WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. GO HOME AND GET A NICE QUIET SLEEP. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT TURNED OUT. MY FRIENDS, IF THIS DEAL PASSES AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, IT IS QUITE A DEAL FOR IRAN, AMERICANS WILL NOT GET A QUIET NIGHT'S SLEEP AS LONG AS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS IN OFFICE AIDING THE IRANIAN TERRORIST REGIME, WE WILL NOT BE SAFE AND AMERICANS WILL NOT SLEEP WELL. THIS IS A BAD DEAL. YOU DON'T ARGUE. YOU DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH THE DEVIL. DEALS WITH THE ENEMY. DO WE NOT LEARN FROM HISTORY? DID WE NOT LEARN ANYTHING FROM WORLD WAR II? THIS IS A BAD DEAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE THIS DEAL DOWN AND IT IS TIME TO PUT AMERICA FIRST. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOME TRIED TO DEMEAN THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOME TRIED TO DEMEAN THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THE CHAIRMAN AND OTHERS HERE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE ARE TRYING TO DO RIGHT NOW. THE FACT IS THAT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE INFORMATION THAT'S NOT BEEN PROVIDED ABOUT THE OUTSIDE AGREEMENTS WITH THE IAEA, IT IS NOT ONLY MATERIAL, RELEVANT, BUT IT'S ALSO CRITICAL. I'M READING DIRECTLY FROM THE IRAN DEAL. EIGHT YEARS AFTER THE ADOPTION DAY OR WHEN THE IAEA HAS REACHED THE BROADER CONCLUSION THAT ALL NUCLEAR MATERIAL IN IRAN REMAINS IN PEACEFUL ACTIVITIES, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER, GOES ON TO TALK ABOUT SANCTIONS THAT WILL BE LIFTED. ANOTHER PLACE, SAME THING. WHEN -- OR WHEN THE IAEA HAS REACHED THE BROADER CONCLUSION THAT ALL NATURAL -- ALL NUCLEAR MATERIAL IN IRAN REMAINS IN PEACEFUL ACTIVITIES, THEN ANOTHER PROTOCOL IS LIFTED. IF WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE AGREEMENT IS WITH THE IAEA, THEN THESE YEARS MEAN NOTHING. THE IAEA, I ALREADY HEARD SAY, AS FAR AS IT KNOWS NUCLEAR MATERIAL IS BEING USED FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES, THAT WOULD MEAN THAT THESE YEARS ARE WORTHLESS. WE GOT TO HAVE THE SECRET AGREEMENTS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:49:11 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, IF I COULD RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE STILL HAVE?

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  • 04:49:28 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    IN TALKING ABOUT THIS SITUATION THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING TODAY, HE SAYS THAT…

    IN TALKING ABOUT THIS SITUATION THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING TODAY, HE SAYS THAT THE MOTION IS NOT WORTH CONSIDERING. SO APPARENTLY HE FEELS SATISFIED THAT THE ARRANGEMENT WITH REGARD TO THE IAEA IS -- HAS BEEN SATISFIED. LET ME -- LET'S ALSO FOCUS WITH THE MATTER AT HAND, AND THE MATTER AT HAND IS PREVENTING IRAN FROM GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. INSTEAD OF WORKING ON POINTLESS PARTISAN MEASURES LIKE THIS ONE AND OTHERS WE'LL BE CONSIDERING TOMORROW. THIS ENTIRE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN DEBATING IS ABOUT ACCUSATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COMPLY WITH THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT. EVEN AS I SAID A MOMENT AGO, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE DOES NOT BELIEVE THAT. LET'S GET BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE AND STOP WASTING THEIR MONEY AND WASTING THEIR TIME. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:51:03 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS THE POINT THAT I WOULD BEGIN BY MAKING IS THAT IRAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I GUESS THE POINT THAT I WOULD BEGIN BY MAKING IS THAT IRAN WON'T HAVE TO CHEAT LIKE NORTH KOREA DID TO GET CLOSE TO A BOMB, AND THAT IS BECAUSE THE ESSENTIAL RESTRICTIONS ON IRAN'S KEY BOMB MAKING TECHNOLOGY EXPIRE OR IN THE WORDS OF THE AGREEMENT, SUNSET, IN 10 TO 15 YEARS. AND AFTER THESE RESTRICTIONS EXPIRE, IRAN WILL BE LEFT WITH AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED INDUSTRIAL SCALE NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IRAN COULD EVEN LEGITIMATELY ENRICH TO LEVELS NEAR WEAPONS GRADE UNDER THE PRETEXT OF POWERING A NUCLEAR NAVY. ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE PERMISSIBLE UNDER THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY, AND ALL WOULD BE ENDORSED BY THIS AGREEMENT. INDEED, TO QUOTE THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID OF THIS AGREEMENT, IN YOUR 13, 14, 15, IRAN'S BREAKOUT TIMES WOULD HAVE SHRUNK ALMOST DOWN TO ZERO. A FORMER STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TESTIFIED TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE THAT THIS SUNSET CLAUSE IS A DISASTER. IT'S A DISASTER AS IT WILL ENABLE THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM TO PRODUCE ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR DOZENS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ALL UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT. AS ANOTHER EXPERT WITNESS POINTED OUT, THE BET THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING IS THAT IN 10 TO 15 YEARS WE WILL HAVE A KINDER, GENTLER IRAN. THE AGREEMENT DOES NOT DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. IRAN DOESN'T HAVE TO DISMANTLE ANY CENTRIFUGES OR GIVE UP ANY OF ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES. EVEN IRAN'S SECRET FACILITY AT FORDO DOES STAY OPEN. INSTEAD THE DEAL TEMPORARILY RESTRICTS ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM. IT DOES THAT. IT RESTRICTS ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM BUT IT DOES IT IN EXCHANGE FOR SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S PERMANENT. WHAT IS PERMANENT IN THIS AS OPPOSED TO TEMPORARY? WHAT'S PERMANENT IS THE SANCTIONS RELIEF. KEY RESTRICTIONS BEGIN TO EXPIRE AFTER ONLY EIGHT YEARS. IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED, THIS AGREEMENT WILL DESTROY THE IRAN SANCTIONS REGIME, WHICH CONGRESS HAS BUILT UP OVER DECADES DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS. I'LL REMIND THE MEMBERS AGAIN, THIS WAS A HARD-FOUGHT CASE OVER SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS, AND IN THE PRIOR CONGRESS MYSELF AND ELIOT ENGEL HAD LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD HAVE PUT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON IRAN, THAT PASSED HERE BY A VOTE OF 400-20, BUT IT WAS THE ADMINISTRATION AND IT WAS SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY WHO MADE CERTAIN THAT THAT BILL WAS BOTTLED UP IN THE SENATE AND COULD NOT SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY. NOW, THE BILLIONS IN SANCTIONS RELIEF THAT IRAN WILL GET UPFRONT WILL SUPPORT ITS TERRORIST ACTIVITY, BUT THOSE BILLIONS ARE JUST A DOWN PAYMENT. AS THIS AGREEMENT RECONNECT IRAN TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT BOTHERS ME MOST ABOUT THIS IS THAT IRAN IS NOT A NORMAL COUNTRY WITH NORMAL BUSINESSMEN RUNNING THOSE COMPANIES. WHEN THOSE COMPANIES WERE NATIONALIZED, THEY WERE TURNED OVER TO THE IRGC. THEY WERE TURNED OVER BASICALLY TO THE LEADERS IN THE MILITARY, AND THEY WERE TURNED OVER TO THE CLERICS AND SO AS FUTURE CONTRACTS GO FORWARD WITH IRAN, IT IS THAT ENTITY THAT IS GOING TO BE REWARDED, IS GOING TO HAVE THE POLITICAL POWER. FOR THOSE OF US THAT HOPED TO SEE CHANGE IN IRAN, NOW THE BEST CONNECTED PEOPLE IN IRAN WILL BE THE IRGC LEADERS. AND IF WE THINK FOR A MINUTE WHAT THAT WILL MEAN FOR THOSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO BE -- TO SEE REAL CHANGE, I THINK WE LOST AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY HERE TO PUT THE KIND OF PRESSURE THAT WOULD HAVE FORCED CHANGE, BUT WE DID NOT DO THAT. IN A MAJOR LAST-MINUTE CONCESSION -- AND THIS IS THE FINAL POINT I WOULD MAKE -- THE PRESIDENT AGREED TO LIFT THE U.N. ARMS EMBARGO ON IRAN, AND IN FIVE YEARS IRAN WILL BE ABLE TO BUY CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND IN EIGHT YEARS BALLISTIC MISSILES. RUSSIA AND CHINA WANT TO SELL THESE DANGEROUS WEAPONS TO IRAN, AND THAT'S WHY THEY PUSHED, THAT'S WHY IT WAS RUSSIA PUSHING AT THE 11TH HOUR AFTER WE THOUGHT THIS AGREEMENT WAS DONE. THE REASON WE WERE WAITING THOSE EXTRA DAYS IS BECAUSE RUSSIA WAS RUNNING INTERFERENCE FOR IRAN SAYING, OH, NO, WAIT, WE ALSO WANT THE ARMS EMBARGO LIFTED, INCLUDING THE ICBM EMBARGO LIFTED. AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY TESTIFIED, THE REASON THAT WE WANT TO STOP IRAN FROM HAVING AN ICBM PROGRAM IS THAT THE I IN ICBM STANDS FOR INTERCONTINENTAL, WHICH MEANS HAVING THE CAPABILITY OF FLYING FROM IRAN TO THE UNITED STATES. ASK YOURSELF WHY IRAN WANTS TO BUILD ICBM'S, WHY IT IS THAT THE AYATOLLAH SAYS IT'S THE DUTY OF EVERY MILITARY MAN TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HELP MASS PRODUCE ICBM'S. SOMEONE WANTS ASKED PRESIDENT KENNEDY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR SPACE PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAM -- ICBM PROGRAM THAT RUSSIA WAS BUILDING AT THAT TIME AND HE QUIPED, ATTITUDE. KENNEDY'S ANSWER WAS ATTITUDE. THE ANSWER HERE IS THAT ATTITUDE COUNTS FOR A LOT, AND THE ATTITUDE IN THE REGIME WHEN THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT EVEN GOING TO BE BOUND BY THIS AND ARE NOW GOING TO TRANSFER ROCKETS AND MISSILES TO HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS TELLS US A LOT ABOUT THEIR ATTITUDE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND ON THE PREAMBLE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND…

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

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 245. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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    1359, AN ACT TO ALLOW MANUFACTURERS TO MEET WARRANTY AND LABELING…

    1359, AN ACT TO ALLOW MANUFACTURERS TO MEET WARRANTY AND LABELING REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS BY DISPLAYING THE TERMS OF WARRANTY ON WEBSITES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, I CALL UP H.R. 3461, AND I ASK FOR ITS…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, I CALL UP H.R. 3461, AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    BILL TO APPROVE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION SIGNED RELATING TO…

    BILL TO APPROVE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION SIGNED RELATING TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF IRAN.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THREE HOURS EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR DESIGNEES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, WILL CONTROL 90 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MAY I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE…

    MAY I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO SUBMIT ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THIS MEASURE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WE HELD 30 HEARINGS AND BRIEFINGS ON IRAN…

    IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WE HELD 30 HEARINGS AND BRIEFINGS ON IRAN SINCE THESE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN. WE'VE REVIEWED THIS AGREEMENT IN DEPTH, BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I CAN COME TO NO OTHER CONCLUSION THAT NOT ONLY DOES IT COME UP SHORT, IT IS FATALLY FLAWED AND INDEED DANGEROUS. SO I WILL OPPOSE THE MEASURE BEFORE US. WE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN A BETTER DEAL. INDEED WHEN THE HOUSE PASSED STIFF IRAN SANCTIONS LEGISLATION -- NOW, THIS WAS IN 2013 -- IN THE PRIOR CONGRESS, WE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY MYSELF AND MR. ENGEL BY A VOTE -- A BIPARTISAN VOTE IN THIS BODY OF 400-20, AND THE INTENTION OF THAT LEGISLATION WAS TO PUT THAT ADDITIONAL LEVERAGE ON IRAN AND FORCE THE AYATOLLAH TO MAKE A CHOICE BETWEEN REAL COMPROMISE, REAL COMPROMISE ON HIS NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE IF HE DID NOT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SECRETARY OF STATE, THE ADMINISTRATION WORKED TO ENSURE THAT THE OTHER BODY NEVER TOOK THAT MEASURE UP . THIS LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE PUT MORE PRESSURE, AS I SAY, ON IRAN AND MIGHT HAVE LED TO AN ACCEPTABLE DEAL. BUT INSTEAD OF AN IRONCLAD AGREEMENT THAT IS VERIFIABLE AND HOLDS IRAN TO ACCOUNT, WE ARE CONSIDERING AN AGREEMENT THAT LEAVES IRAN IN A FEW SHORT YEARS ONLY STEPS AWAY FROM A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM, ONE THAT WOULD BE ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE. UNDER THE AGREEMENT, IRAN IS NOT REQUIRED TO DISMANTLE KEY BOMB-MAKING TECHNOLOGY. INSTEAD, IT IS PERMITTED A VAST ENRICHMENT CAPACITY, REVERSING DECADES OF BIPARTISAN NONPROLIFERATION POLICY THAT NEVER IMAGINED, NEVER IMAGINED ENDORSING THIS TYPE OF NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ANY COUNTRY, NEVER MIND A COUNTRY THAT LIVES BY THE MOTTO "DEATH TO AMERICA." . WHILE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INSISTED ON ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS, U.S. NEGOTIATORS SETTLED FOR SOMETHING CALLED MANAGED ACCESS. SO INSTEAD OF ALLOWING INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS INTO THOSE SUSPICIOUS SITES WITHIN 24 HOURS, IT WILL TAKE 24 DAYS AND THAT'S TO COMMENCE THE PROCESS. AND, WORSE, THERE HAVE BEEN REVELATIONS IN RECENT DAYS ABOUT AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN IRAN AND THE UNITED NATIONS NUCLEAR WATCHDOG, AND THIS AGREEMENT SETS THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH A KEY IRANIAN MILITARY SITE SUSPECTED OF NUCLEAR BOMB WORK, SUSPECTED IN THE SENSE THAT WE HAVE 1,000 PAGES OF EVIDENCE, 1,000 PAGES OF EVIDENCE OF THAT --

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    MR. ROYCE

    TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    TO -- ENG --

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    TO -- ENG --

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    MR. ENGEL

    TO FORECLOSE IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I'M GRATEFUL TO THE…

    TO FORECLOSE IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I'M GRATEFUL TO THE TIRELESS EFFORT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY KERRY, SECRETARY MONIZ, SECRETARY LEW AND UNDERSECRETARY SHERMAN. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF OUR P5+1 PARTNERS IN CONCLUDING AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. BUT UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT SUPPORT THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND I PLAN TO OPPOSE THE RESOLUTION. LET ME SAY AT THE OUTSET, I WAS TROUBLED THAT IRAN WAS NOT ASKED TO STOP ENRICHING WHILE WE WERE TALKING, DESPITE SEVERAL SEPARATE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS CALLING FOR A PAUSE. AND AFTER USING THIS REVIEW PERIOD TO ASSESS THE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT, I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT THIS DEAL DOES ENOUGH TO KEEP A NUCLEAR WEAPON OUT OF IRAN'S HANDS. I HAVE RAISED QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS THROUGHOUT THE NEGOTIATING PHASE AND REVIEW PERIOD. THE ANSWERS I HAVE RECEIVED SIMPLY DON'T CONVINCE ME THAT THIS DEAL WILL KEEP A NUCLEAR WEAPON OUT OF IRAN'S HANDS AND MAY IN FACT STRENGTHEN IRAN'S POSITION AS A DESTABILIZING AND DESTRUCTIVE INFLUENCE ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST. FIRST OF ALL, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS DEAL GIVES INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS ADEQUATE ACCESS TO SITES. 24 DAYS IS FAR, FAR TOO LONG A TIME. IRAN CAN STALL AND IN 24 DAYS THEY CAN COVER UP WHATEVER THEY HAVE. I'M ESPECIALLY TROUBLED BY REPORTS ABOUT HOW THE IRANIAN MILITARY BASE AT PARCHIN WILL BE INSPECTED. WITH THESE POTENTIAL ROAD BLOCKS, IAEA INSPECTORS MAY BE UNABLE TO FINISH THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE POTENTIAL MILITARY DIMENSIONS OF IRAN'S NUE NUCLEAR PROGRAM -- NUCLEAR PROGRAM. I DON'T THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT IRAN PROVIDE A FULL MIA KULPA OF ITS PAST ACTIVITIES, BUT WE SHOULD HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE OF HOW FAR IRAN HAS GOTTEN IN DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. I ALSO VIEW AS A DANGEROUS CONCESSION THE SUNSET OF THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS ON ADVANCED CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILES. I WAS TOLD THAT THESE ISSUES WERE NOT ON THE TABLE DURING THE TALKS. SO IT'S UNACCEPTABLE TO ME THAT AFTER FIVE YEARS IRAN CAN BEGIN BUYING ADVANCED CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS, AFTER EIGHT YEARS BALLISTIC MISSILES. WORSE, IF IRAN WERE TO VIOLATE THE WEAKEN PROD VISIONS IN THIS AGREEMENT, SUCH AN ACTION WOULDN'T VIOLATE THE JCPOA AND WOULDN'T BE SUBJECT TO SNAPBACK SANCTIONS. IN MY VIEW, IRAN IS A GRAVE THREAT TO INTERNATIONAL STABILITY. IT IS THE LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. IT CONTINUES TO HOLD AMERICAN CITIZENS BEHIND BARS ON BOGUS CHARGES, AND OUR PRISONERS STILL LANGUISH THERE, WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT, THEIR RELEASE WAS NOT PART OF THE AGREEMENT. IRAN'S ACTIONS HAVE MADE A BAD SITUATION IN A DAY OTIC REGION WORSE -- IN A DAY OTIC REGION WORSE -- IN A CHAOTIC REGION WORSE. EVEN WHEN IRAN HAD NO MONEY, WHEN ITS CURRENCY WAS WORTHLESS, WHEN ITS ECONOMY WAS IN THE TOILET, IRAN FOUND MONEY TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL TERROR . IRAN HAS BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT TERRORIST GROUPS SUCH AS HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS -- HAMAS AND OTHER VIOLENT EXTREMISTS. AWASH IN NEW CASH PROVIDED BY SANCTIONS RELIEF, IRAN WILL BE POISED TO INFLECT EVEN GREATER DAMAGE -- INFLICT EVEN GREATER DAMAGE IN SYRIA, YEMEN, IRAQ, LEBANON, ISRAEL AND OUR GULF PARTNERS. IRAN'S LEADERSHIP IS -- HAS EVERY INTEREST IN SHORING UP SUPPORT FROM HARD LINERS. AFTER ALL, IF A DEAL GOES THROUGH, HARD LINERS WILL NEED TO BE PLACATED. I CAN TELL YOU THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS THE NEXT LEBANON WAR WITH ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH WILL HAVE MISSILES RAINING DOWN ON ISRAEL. AND SOME OF THOSE MISSILES WILL BE PAID FOR BY THE WINDFALL THAT IRAN IS GOING TO GET AS A RESULT OF SANCTIONS BEING LIFTED. I THINK THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. WE CAN HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT WHAT IRAN WILL DO WITH ITS NEWFOUND WEALTH. WE CAN HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THE INTENT OF A COUNTRY'S LEADER WHO CHANTS, DEATH TO AMERICA AND DEATH TO ISRAEL, JUST DAYS AFTER CONCLUDING A DEAL, THE INK WASN'T EVEN DRY ON THE DEAL AND FOUR DAYS LATER THE SUPREME LEADER LED A CHANT OF, DEATH TO AMERICA. AFTER NEGOTIATING WITH US AND AGREEING TO THIS AGREEMENT, COULDN'T EVEN WAIT MORE THAN FOUR DAYS, BACK TO THE SAME OLD DEATH TO AMERICA. FINALLY, AND VERY IMPORTANTLY, I HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL CONCERN THAT 15 YEARS FROM NOW, UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, IRAN WILL BE FREE TO PRODUCE WEAPONS-GRADE HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM WITHOUT ANY LIMITATION. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS IRAN WILL BE A LEGITIMATIZED NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE AFTER THE YEAR 2030, WITH ADVANCED CENTRIFUGES AND THE ABILITY TO STOCKPILE ENRICHED URANIUM. SO IN REALITY, THIS DOESN'T PREVENT THIS AGREEMENT -- THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT PREVENT IRAN FROM HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON, IT ONLY POSTPONES IT. IF IRAN PURSUES THAT COURSE, I FEAR IT COULD SPARK A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE ACROSS THE REGION. AFTER YEARS, I AM SIMPLY NOT CONFIDENT THAT IRAN WILL BE A MORE RESPONSIBLE PARTNER. BEFORE I FINISH, I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE DEBATE SURROUNDING THIS ISSUE SO FAR. WE CAN DISAGREE ON THE ISSUES, WE SHOULD DEBATE THE DETAILS OF ANY IMPORTANT POLICY, SUCH AS THIS ONE, AND WE MUST RELY ON A DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTION -- OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS TO FOLLOW US FORWARD AS THEY HAVE FOR SO LONG. BUT WE CANNOT QUESTION THE MOTIVES OF ANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, NO MATTER WHERE HE OR SHE STAPPEDS ON THIS ISSUE. INSTEAD OF USING -- STANDS ON THIS ISSUE. LET'S LOOK DOWN THE ROAD. AFTER ALL, WE KNOW WHAT THIS DEAL IS GOING FORWARD. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE NEED TO ASK HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS AGREEMENT STRONGER. HOW DO WE ENSURE THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL AND OUR OTHER FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE REGION? HOW DO WE KEEP RESOURCES OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS AS SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED? WHAT SUPPORT DOES CONGRESS NEED TO PROVIDE SO THAT THE UNITED STATES AND OUR PARTNERS CAN HOLD IRAN TO ITS WORD AND ULTIMATELY KEEP IT FROM GETTING A BOMB? THE TIME TO START ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS IS NOW. THAT'S WHY IN THE WEEKS AND DAYS AHEAD, I WILL REACH OUT TO COLLEAGUES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, TO CHART A PATH FORWARD. I'LL BE WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND OTHERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I WILL DEVELOP NEW LEGISLATION TO COUNTER IRAN AS IT DUMPS ITS SOON TO BE ACQUIRED BILLION OF DOLLARS INTO TERRORIST GROUPS AND WEAPONS PROGRAMS. I WILL WORK WITH OTHER LAWMAKERS TOWARD NEW INITIATIVES THAT SUPPORT ISRAEL AND OUR MIDDLE EAST ALLIES SO THAT THEY CAN STAND UP TO AN UNLEASHED RAPTOR. AND I WILL WORK -- IRAN. AND I WILL WORK HERE IN CONGRESS AND WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE SURE THE DEAL IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED TO THE LETTER. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING OUR DETERRENCE IN THE REGION AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE TO WORK HARD TO CONTINUE TO ENHANCE THE U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP. WE MUST REINVIGORATE THE BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS WHICH HAS BEEN THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL. AND WE MUST ENSURE THAT ISRAEL IS ABLE TO MAINTAIN ITS QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE AND ITS ABILITY TO DEFEND ITSELF. THE WORLD IS WATCHING US THIS WEEK. THE UNITED STATES IS BEING LOOKED TO. NOT FOR RHETORIC AND OUTRAGE, BUT FOR LEADERSHIP AND RESOLVE. SO LET'S PRESENT OUR ARGUMENTS AND CAST OUR VOTES. THEN LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN RELATIONSHIP THAT ALL OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN RELATIONSHIP THAT ALL OF THE MEMBERS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HAVE. BUT ESPECIALLY TODAY. THE WORDS OF MR. ENGEL, THAT EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE MINDFUL, THAT IMPUGNING MOTIVES, QUESTIONING THE MOTIVES OF THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH US IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO AN HONEST AND FAIR DEBATE OVER THESE ISSUES. I THANK HIM FOR MAKING THAT POINT ON THE FLOOR TODAY. AND AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE MAJORITY WHIP, STEVE SCALISE.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. SCALISE.

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    MR. SCALISE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT STARTED THESE NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN, I THINK WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FATAL FLAW IN THE BEGINNING OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS, THEY SHOULD HAVE STARTED WITH ONE BASIC PREMISE. AND THAT PREMISE, MR. SPEAKER, OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN TO FINALLY FORCE IRAN TO DISMANTLE THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. UNFORTUNATELY, UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WAS NOT THE OBJECTIVE OF THESE NEGOTIATIONS. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK IT'S SEEM THERE IS MORE INTEREST ON MAKING SURE A DEAL COULD BE REACHED THAT CHINA AND RUSSIA AND IRAN COULD FINALLY AGREE TO. AND THE PROBLEM IS WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FATAL FLAW OF THAT NEGOTIATION, WHAT HAS IT YIELDED AND WHY IS THERE SUCH STRONG OPPOSITION ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT? I THINK MOST AMERICANS RECOGNIZE THAT IRAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH A NUCLEAR WEAPON. JUST LOOK AT THEIR OWN RHETORIC. JUST THIS WEEK THE AYATOLLAH HIMSELF LED THE CHANT "DEATH TO AMERICA." THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NEGOTIATING WITH TO ULTIMATELY END UP AT THE END OF THIS DEAL WITH THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP NOT JUST A NUCLEAR BOMB BUT A NUCLEAR ARSENAL, MR. SPEAKER. JUST LOOK AT THE TENANTS OF THE DEAL ITSELF. ONE OF THE CONDITIONS IN THE DEAL ACTUALLY ALLOWS IRAN TO HAVE MORE THAN 5,000 CENTRIFUGES. IF THEY COMPLY WITH THE DEAL, THEY CAN KEEP MORE THAN 5,000 CENTRIFUGES TO ENRICH URANIUM. IT TOOK PAKISTAN ABOUT 3,000 CENTRIFUGES TO DEVELOP THEIR BOMB, AND IRAN WILL HAVE OVER 5,000 CENTRIFUGES IF THEY COMPLY WITH THE DEAL, LET ALONE IF THEY CHEAT, AND WE KNOW THE HISTORY THERE. LET'S LOOK AT OTHER COMPONENTS OF THE DEAL, MR. SPEAKER. IN THIS DEAL, IF THERE'S A SITE THAT'S UNDECLARED AND OUR INTELLIGENCE ALONG THE WAY OVER THESE NEXT FEW YEARS EXPOSES THE FACT THAT THERE'S SOMETHING THERE THAT WE WANT TO GO LOOK AT, THAT WE REQUEST WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE CHEATING -- THAT WE QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE CHEATING, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO WAIT OVER 24 DAYS. IMAGINE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT COULD BE HIDDEN IN 24 DAYS IF WE HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE THAT THEY'RE CHEATING. HOW COULD THIS BE PART OF THE DEAL THAT WE WOULD AGREE TO THAT'S IN THE AMERICAN BEST INTEREST? ULTIMATELY WHAT WE HAVE TO AGREE ON, WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE OTHER ARAB STATES AND OTHERS THAT HAVE DEEP, DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THIS? OTHERS ARE INDICATING THIS WILL START A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE WITHIN THE MIDDLE EAST. WITHIN 10 YEARS YOU COULD HAVE HALF A DOZEN COUNTRIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH NUCLEAR ARMS. THIS ISN'T THE WAY WE OUGHT TO GO. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THERE ARE THE SECRET SIDE DEALS, AND WE'VE SEEN EVIDENCE NOW THAT THERE ARE SECRET SIDE DEALS THAT PRESIDENT WON'T DISCLOSE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. SCALISE

    MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE LAW THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HIMSELF SIGNED, THE LAW…

    MR. SPEAKER, UNDER THE LAW THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HIMSELF SIGNED, THE LAW ACTUALLY SAYS THE PRESIDENT HAS TO DISCLOSE TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALL INFORMATION RELATED TO THIS DEAL, INCLUDING, AND I QUOTE, SIDE AGREEMENTS, SIDE AGREEMENTS, AND NOW WE'RE HEARING AT LEAST TWO SECRET SIDE AGREEMENTS EXIST, ONE THAT ALLOWS IRAN TO ACTUALLY DO THEIR OWN INSPECTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT THIS DEAL IS GOING TO ALLOW TO INSPECT THEIR OWN NUCLEAR FACILITIES. THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO RELEASE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE DETAILS OF THESE SECRET SIDE AGREEMENTS RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW OR WITHDRAW THIS ENTIRE PROPOSAL. PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID TRUST BUT VERIFY. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS SAYING TRUST IRAN TO VERIFY. YOU CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO GO THROUGH. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS DEAL. THE PRESIDENT LAYS OUT A FALSE PREMISE THAT IT'S THIS DEAL OR WAR. I SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A MUCH DIFFERENT APPROACH, A MUCH BETTER APPROACH AND THAT IS TO GO GET A BETTER DEAL THAT PROTECTS THE UNITED STATES OF THE -- THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR DECADES AND DECADES TO COME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBERS, MR. SHERMAN.

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    MR. ENGEL

    FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I CAME TO THIS HOUSE IN 1997, A FEW MONTHS AFTER I…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I CAME TO THIS HOUSE IN 1997, A FEW MONTHS AFTER I SERVED ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I SAID BACK THEN THAT THE IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM WAS THE GREATEST SINGLE THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF AMERICANS. IT WAS TRUE THEN. IT'S TRUE NOW. ON JULY 14, A FEW HOURS AFTER THE DEAL WAS PUBLISHED, I CAME TO THIS FLOOR AND SAID THAT THE -- WHAT THIS HOUSE OUGHT TO DO IS CONSIDER A RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL AND TO VOTE IT DOWN BY A LARGE VOTE. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WILL DO TOMORROW MORNING. LET ME GO THROUGH A NUMBER OF POINTS THAT OPPONENTS AND PROPONENTS OF THIS DEAL CAN BOTH AGREE ON. THE FIRST IS THIS RESOLUTION IS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE WE'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT FOR THE LAST MONTH. IT'S A RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL, AND EVEN IF WE VOTE IT DOWN THE PRESIDENT CAN AND WILL CARRY OUT THIS AGREEMENT. THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL THAT WAS -- THAT WE'VE ALL TALKED ABOUT AND MADE COMMITMENTS ABOUT. WE DON'T HAVE ANY COMMITMENTS ON THIS RESOLUTION. IT'S A TOTALLY NEW RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION WILL EXPRESS THE FEELINGS OF CONGRESS BUT WILL NOT PREVENT THE PRESIDENT FROM CARRYING OUT THE DEAL. SECOND, WE CAN AGREE THIS DEAL IS BETTER DURING THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF THAN IT IS NEXT DECADE. THE CONTROLS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM ARE MUCH STRONGER FOR THE FIRST 10 YEARS THAN THEY ARE THEREAFTER. WHETHER YOU LIKE THE DEAL OR HATE THE DEAL, YOU'VE GOT TO AGREE THAT IT'S BETTER UPFRONT THAN IT IS IN THE OUTYEARS. THE THIRD THING WE CAN AGREE ON IS THAT THE PRESIDENT ONLY PROMISED IRAN THAT HE WOULD SIGN THE DEAL AND THAT HE WOULD CARRY OUT THE DEAL AND THAT HE WOULD USE HIS VETO AS HE HAS THREATENED TO DO AND HAS SUCCESSFULLY DONE IN EFFECT, THAT HE WOULD CARRY OUT THE DEAL USING HIS POWERS TO DO SO. THAT'S ALREADY SETTLED. THE PRESIDENT NEVER TOLD IRAN CONGRESS WOULD APPROVE THIS DEAL. WHY SHOULD WE GIVE IRAN MORE THAN THEY BARGAINED FOR? THEY BARRING IND FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE -- BARGAINED FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE TO CARRY OUT THE DEAL. THAT'S ALREADY SETTLED. WHY SHOULD WE GIVE IRAN SOMETHING EXTRA IN RETURN FOR NOTHING? WE SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR THIS DEAL. THE SECOND THING WE SHOULD AGREE ON IS THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT A BINDING AGREEMENT AS A MATTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THEY DEFINE A TREATY AND THIS IS NOT A TREATY AND CERTAINLY WOULD NOT GET A 2/3 VOTE. AND THIS IS NOT A RATIFIED TREATY, NOT AN UNRATIFIED TREATY, NOT A LEGISLATIVE EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT. IT'S SIMPLY AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVES OF THE RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS. THE NEXT THING WE CAN AGREE ON IS THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE BEST POLICY FOR AMERICA IS NEXT DECADE. LET'S KEEP OUR OPTIONS OPEN. IRAN IS NOT LEGALLY BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT, AND EVEN IF THEY WERE THEY WOULD CONVENIENTLY IGNORE THAT ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. WE CANNOT FEEL THAT WE ARE LEGALLY BOUND. NOW, AS THE -- AS A LEGAL MATTER WE ARE NOT BUT APPEARANCES MATTER, AND IF THIS AGREEMENT THAT'S BEEN SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT GETS A POSITIVE VOTE OF APPROVAL IN THIS HOUSE, THERE WILL BE THOSE AROUND THE WORLD WHO BELIEVE THAT IT IS BINDING ON THE UNITED STATES EVEN AS A LEGAL MATTER IT IS NOT BINDING ON IRAN AND OH, BY THE WAY, THEIR LEGISLATURE HASN'T VOTED TO APPROVE IT. SO WE NEED FREEDOM OF ACTION. WHAT FORM WILL THAT ACTION TAKE? WILL WE DEMAND THAT IRAN CONTINUE TO LIMIT ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM BEYOND YEAR 10, BEYOND YEAR 15? AFTER ALL, WE ARE CONTINUING THE SANCTIONS RELIEF ALL THROUGH NEXT DECADE. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WILL BE THE RIGHT POLICY OR NOT. THE PRESIDENT -- THE CURRENT PRESIDENT'S HANDS ARE UNTIED. HE GETS TO CARRY OUT HIS POLICY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TERM. VOTE NO ON THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE IF WE VOTE YES, WE ARE TYING THE HANDS OF FUTURE PRESIDENTS. IN A DECADE --

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN,…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS WHO CURRENTLY CHAIRS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE HARD WORK OF…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE HARD WORK OF OUR ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN, MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA, AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL, WHO HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB THROUGH I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY HEARINGS WE HAD IN OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHTING THE MANY FLAWS OF THIS DEAL AND GIVING THE OTHER SIDE THE

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    IT'S MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, VERY IMPORTANT MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE COMMITTEE. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF POINTS MADE DURING THIS DEBATE. I WOULD LIKE TO SET SOME CONTEXT FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING. IRAN'S REGIME IS ANTI-AMERICAN AND ANTI--ISRAEL AND VIOLATE THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THEIR HEM. IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR TERRORISTS HAS LED DIRECTLY TO THE DEATHS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND WORKS TO DESTABILIZE THE MIDDLE EAST AND VOWS TO DESTROY ISRAEL AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF CIVILIANS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY FROM BEIRUT TO ARGENTINA AND ASSISTED IN ASSAD'S SLAUGHTER OF 300,000 OF HIS OWN PEOPLE. AS WE GATHER HERE TODAY, FOUR AMERICANS ARE IN IRAN HELD BY THE REGIME AND UNABLE TO RETURN HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WELL KNOWN I OPPOSE THIS DEAL. ON THE NUCLEAR ISSUE, IT DOES NOT DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM BUT PAUSES IT. THE MONITORING OF THE FUEL CYCLE AND THE REDUCTION IN ENRICHED URANIUM, WE CANNOT ACCESS OTHER SUSPECTED NUCLEAR SITES IN LESS THAN 24 DAYS AND IF WE FIND THEM IN VIOLATION WE CANNOT RESTORE SANCTIONS AND IF WE SNAP BACK SANCTIONS, MR. IRAN HAS THE RIGHT TO CEASE PERFORMING ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE AGREEMENT ALL TOGETHER. WHILE THERE HAS BEEN SPECULATION ABOUT WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE ABSENCE OF THE DEAL, THE REGIME WILL GET BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO SUPPORT TERRORISM. THE ARMS EMBARGO WILL BE LIFTED AND THE ADVANCED WEAPONS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE REGIME AND THE BAN ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF BALLISTIC MISSILES WILL BE LIFTED. NOW, I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF CRITICISM OF THOSE OF US WHO OPPOSE THE DEAL. I DON'T WANT WAR, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO PREVENT IRAN FROM USING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CAUSE MORE VIOLENCE AND MORE BLOODSHED. I DON'T WANT TO HAVE AN ARMS RACE BUT I WANT TO KEEP THEM FROM DEVELOPING CENTRIFUGES AND INDUSTRIAL NUCLEAR PROGRAM WITH AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF CENTRIFUGES SO OTHER NATIONS WILL NOT SEEK NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T OPPOSE THIS DEAL BECAUSE OF POLITICS OR MY RELIGION OR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN MY DISTRICT. I HAVE SIMPLY CONCLUDED THAT THE RISKS ARE TOO GREAT. NOW, THESE PAST FEW WEEKS HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING FOR ALL OF US. AND REASONABLE PEOPLE CAN DISAGREE AND I'M SADDENED BY THE COMMENTS HURLED AT THOSE OF US WHO HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON BOTH SIDES. I ALSO DISAGREE WITH THE DECISION BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO MAKE UP NEW RULES IGNORING OUR ABILITY TO HAVE AN IMPACT RIGHT NOW THROUGH THE NUCLEAR -- IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS DEAL PRESENT US WITH SOME HARSH REALITIES BUT INSTEAD OF DEN EYING. IT WILL REQUIRE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO DO IT. RAMPING INTELLIGENCE SHARING AND COUNTERTERRORISM SHARING AND MAKING CLEAR TO OUR ALLIES THAT IRAN'S VIOLENT ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND ENHANCING ISRAEL'S MILITARY EDGE AND LET IRAN KNOW THAT SHOULD IT CHEAT IT WILL BE PUNISHED AND INTENSIFYING SANCTIONS FOR IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR TERRORISM IN VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS. PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE THIS POINT LAST WEEK, NOTHING IN THIS DEAL PREVENTS THE SANCTIONS AND WE MUST DO SO TOGETHER. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? I WILL VOTE AGAINST THE DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, THERE WILL BE A DAY AFTER THE FINAL RESOLUTION OF THIS NUCLEAR DEAL. AND ON THAT DAY, THIS HOUSE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT IRAN'S TERRORISM IS CHECKED AND IRAN NEVER OBTAINS A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND ON THAT, WE ALL AGREE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN OF…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR THE LAST…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR THE LAST DECADE, CONGRESS HAS PASSED BIPARTISAN SANCTIONS TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND THE PURPOSE OF THESE SANCTIONS WAS TO DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. BUT THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. IN FACT, THIS AGREEMENT PUTS IRAN, THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR ON A GLIDEPATH TO A NUCLEAR BOMB. PROPONENTS SAY IT'S THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO WAR, BUT I BELIEVE THAT IS A FALSE CHOICE. I RECENTLY MET WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, AND HE AGREED THAT OUR GOAL SHOULD BE A GOOD DEAL. BUT WE CANNOT PUT OUR SECURITY AT RISK FOR A BAD DEAL. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS A BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA AND FOR OUR ALLIES. AND IT WILL NOT STOP IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IT WILL LEAVE IRAN WITH THE INGREDIENTS WITH A BOMB AND INFRASTRUCTURE TO BUILD IT AND WILL SPARK A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT WILL GIVE IRAN A CASH WINDFALL FREEING UP $100 BILLION TO FUEL THE REGIME'S GLOBAL CAMPAIGN OF ISLAMIST TERROR AND INCREDIBLY THIS AGREEMENT LIFTS RESTRICTIONS ON THE BALLISTIC MISSILES WHICH THE EYE TOLLA SAID THEY WILL -- AYATOLLA SAID THEY WILL MASS PRODUCE. IT MEANS THE UNITED STATES -- A TOP GENERAL BRAGGED THAT HIS COUNTRY WILL HAVE A NEW BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST IN THE NEAR FUTURE THAT WILL BE A THORN IN THE EYES OF OUR ENEMIES. PRESIDENT REAGAN, HIS STATEMENT ON NEGOTIATING ADVICE WAS TO TRUST BUT VERIFY. WE CAN'T TRUST A REGIME THAT HAS CHEATED ON EVERY DEAL. AND PRESIDENT RUE ANNIE SAID HIS CENTRIFUGES WILL NOT STOP SPINNING. WILL NOT ABIDE BY ANY RESOLUTION. THE WHITE HOUSE IS COUNTING ON VERIFICATION, MEASURES SPELLED OUT IN SECRET SIDE DEALS BETWEEN IRAN AND THE IAEA WHICH SECRETARY KERRY TESTIFIED TO ME THAT EVEN HE HAS NOT SEEN. AND ASTOUNDINGLY THE AP REPORTS THAT THE SIDE DEAL ALLOWS IRAN TO SELF-INSPECT ITS OWN NUCLEAR SITES. NOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS, ARE EXPECTED TO VOTE ON THIS MEASURE WITHOUT SEEING THESE SECRET DEALS, WHICH GOES TO THE HEART OF VERIFICATION. THIS, IN MY JUDGMENT, IS NOTHING SHORT OF RECKLESS. LET US BE CLEAR-EYED ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DEBATING. THIS IS NOT A NEGOTIATION WITH AN HONEST GOVERNMENT BUT WITH A TERRORIST STATE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR AMERICAN CASUALTIES IN IRAQ. IF WE ALLOW THIS DEAL TO GO FORWARD WE ARE PUTTING THE SECURITY OF THE WORLD AT RISK. SECURITY AND IN DEFENSE OF THE FREE WORLD, I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, REPRESENTATIVE WASSERMAN…

    I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, REPRESENTATIVE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. SCHULTZ SCHULTZ I RISE IN SUPPORT TO --

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  • 06:07:02 PM

    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    I BELIEVE THIS IS IN THE BEST. I HAVE BEEN A PUBLIC OFFICIAL FOR NEARLY 23…

    I BELIEVE THIS IS IN THE BEST. I HAVE BEEN A PUBLIC OFFICIAL FOR NEARLY 23 YEARS. THIS THIS IS THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL VOTE I HAVE TAKEN AND THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION I HAVE EVER FACED. I SPENT THE REVIEW PERIOD GOING THROUGH THE AGREEMENT RAISING CONCERNS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND SPEAKING WITH INDEPENDENT SOURCES INCLUDING NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION EXPERTS AND FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND HELD A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH CONSTITUENTS WHO HOLD VERY STRONG AND DIFFERING POSITIONS. MY GOAL WAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE AGREEMENT IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE PATH. THIS AGREEMENT IS CLEARLY NOT PERFECT. IT IS ONE TOOL THAT WE HAVE TO COMBAT IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITION. ULTIMATELY, MY SUPPORT IS BASED ON SUBSTANCE. IMPORTANTLY, MY JEWISH IDENTITY AND JEWISH HEART WEIGHED HEAVILY IN MY DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. AS WE LISTEN TO IRAN'S LEADERS CALL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF JEWISH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL, HISTORY REMINDS US WHEN WE DO NOT LISTEN. THEY ARE A LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. BUT HAVING A NUCLEAR WEAPON IS FAR MORE ZARNINGOUS. WITH THE AGREEMENT IN PLACE, WE WILL HAVE THEIR PROGRAM UNDER THE MOST INTRUSIVE MONITORING AND SECTION MONITORING IN PLACE. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH THE PRESIDENT AND MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT STEPS WE WILL TAKE TO CONTINUE STRENGTHENING ISRAEL'S AND OUR ALLIES' INTELLIGENCE AND MILITARY CAPABILITIES. OPPONENTS SAY WE MUST PRESS FOR A BETTER DEAL. I'M LEFT WITH NO EVIDENCE THAT ONE IS LIKELY OR EVEN POSSIBLE. I HEARD DIRECTLY FROM OUR ALLIES, TOP DIPLOMATS THAT THE SANCTIONS REGIME THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE NOW WILL ERODE IF NOT COMPLETELY FALL APART. OUR PARTNERS WILL NOT COME BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND NO -- AND NEITHER WILL IRAN. I CANNOT COMPREHEND THE WHY WE WOULD WALK AWAY. SAFEGUARDS LIKE 24/7, 365 ACCESS MONITORING. ELIMINATING 98% OF THEIR STOCKPILES AND MONITORING EVERY STAGE OF NUCLEAR SUPPLY CHAINS. IF THEY CHEAT, WE WILL KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR PROGRAM AND EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATE IT IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY. AS A JEWISH MOTHER AND MEMBER OF CONGRESS, NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME THAN ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. SUPPORTING THIS AGREEMENT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO DO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE AN EXPRESSION IN MY FAITH, MAY THE UNITED STATES GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AND AS WE SAY IN SYNAGOGUE -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN. NOW THE PRESIDENT SAYS IT'S A GOOD DEAL AND YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S RIGHT. IT'S A VERY GOOD DEAL FOR IRAN, BUT IT'S A VERY BAD DEAL FOR AMERICA. I FEAR IN HIS RUSH TO TRY TO BUILD A LEGACY, THE PRESIDENT HAS CLEARLY GIVEN UP FAR TOO MUCH FOR FAR TOO LITTLE. HE HAS DONE THIS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SECURITY AS WELL AS THE SECURITY OF OUR FRIEND ISRAEL AND OTHER U.S. ALLIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A DEADLY SERIOUS MATTER. THE FIRST THING THE PRESIDENT DOES IN HIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN IS TO GIVE THEM SOME START-UP CAPITAL, $120 BILLION HELD ABROAD WILL BE REPATRIOT TRY ATED BACK TO IRAN'S CENTRAL BANK. $120 BILLION TO A SUPREME LEADER THAT CALLS FOR THE END OF ISRAEL AND CHANTS "DEATH TO AMERICA," THE REGIME THAT HAS PUT BOUNTIES ON THE HEADS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND HAS THE BLOOD OF AMERICAN CITIZENS ON ITS HANDS. THE REGIME HAS SPONSORSHIP OF HEZBOLLAH AND LEFT OUR CLOSEST ALLEY IN THE REGION WITH 80,000 ROCKETS TRAINED ON IT AND SOME A REGIME THAT SIMPLY REPRESENTS THE WORLD'S LARGEST AND MOST DANGEROUS STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. PRESIDENT OBAMA WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT WAIVING SANCTIONS WOULD MAKE THE WORLD SAFER. BUT THIS IS THE VERY SAME PRESIDENT THAT DISMISSED THE ISLAMIC STATE AS THE J.J.V. TEAM. THIS IS HIS ASSESSMENT. AND THE STAKES INVOLVED WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN LEAVE ZERO ROOM FOR ERROR. IN TRUTH, MR. SPEAKER, I FEAR IT IS WE WHO SENT THE J.V. TEAM TO NEGOTIATE WITH IRAN. THEY WERE OUTPLAYED, OUTMANEUVERED AND OUTWITNESSED AND THE RESULT IS THE DANGEROUS AGREEMENT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. THE PRESIDENT TELLS CONGRESS WE HAVE TO PASS SOMETHING TO ACTUALLY FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT. IN OTHER WORDS, THE PRESIDENT HAS UTTERLY FAILED TO PROVIDE THE SECRET SIDE OF THE AGREEMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA TOLD US WE CANNOT ALLOW IRAN TO GET A NUCLEAR WEAPON. UNDER HIS DEAL, IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM WILL NOT BE DISMANTLED BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY SLOWED AND THAT IS IF THEY DON'T CHEAT. BUT THE PRESIDENT'S TEAM HAS FAILED TO ACHIEVE ANY TIME ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS. THUS IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT THE IRANIANS ARE NOT CHEATING. WE ARE TOLD THE IRANIANS WILL TURN THEMSELVES IN IF THEY CHEAT. REALLY? IN SHORT, THE PRESIDENT'S AGREEMENT REWARDS IRAN'S TERRORIST-SPONSORING REGIME WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RELIEF WITHOUT ANY GUARANTEE OF COMPLIANCE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T TRUST THIS ADMINISTRATION. I DON'T TRUST THE IRANIANS. WHY WOULD WE EVER TRUST THE TWO TOGETHER. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS FLAWED AND DANGEROUS AGREEMENT.

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  • 06:13:56 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE.…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA,

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    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE.

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  • 06:14:06 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THIS HISTORIC NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN. FOR THE…

    THIS HISTORIC NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THAT OF OUR ALLIES, WE MUST SEIZE THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY. IN THE MIDST OF THESE WILD CHARGES, LET'S TRY TO GET SOME PERSPECTIVE. IN FACT THIS AGREEMENT GOES FAR BEYOND ANY NEGOTIATED NUCLEAR DEAL IN HISTORY. IT WILL REDUCE IRAN'S STOCKPILE URANIUM BY MORE THAN 98%. IT WILL PERMANENTLY PREVENT THE FLUME -- PLUTONIUM PATHWAY AND DISMANTLE ITS CENTRIFUGES INCLUDING MORE ADVANCED MODELS AND TERMINATE ENRICHMENT AT FORDO. THIS IS AN UNPRECEDENTED -- A MASSIVE DEGRADING OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. NO MILITARY STRIKE OR STRIKES COULD ACHIEVE AS MUCH. . I CHALLENGE ANYONE TO FIND AN AGREEMENT THAT WILL DO AS MUCH. THEY WON'T, THEY HAVEN'T, BECAUSE THEY CAN'T. THERE SIMPLY ISN'T A VIABLE DIPLOMATIC ALTERNATIVE FOR PREVENTING AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE NOTION THAT WE COULD SOMEHOW UNILATERALLY REJECT THE AGREEMENT AND COMPEL THE P-5 PLUS ONE TO RESUME NEGOTIATIONS IS FANTASY. OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS HAVE MADE CLEAR THAT REINSTATING THE EFFECTIVE SANCTIONS REGIME THAT BROUGHT IRAN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE. FOR CONGRESS TO SCUTTLE THIS DEAL WOULD DESTROY OUR CREDIBILITY AS A NEGOTIATING PARTY AND WOULD VERY LIKELY PUT IRAN RIGHT BACK ON THE PATH TO DEVELOPING A WEAPON. THE STAKES COULDN'T BE HIGHER. THE NUCLEAR ISSUE SHOULD TRANSCEND POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM AND PARTISAN RANCOR. WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS PARTISAN LINES TO ENSURE THE SWIFT AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JCPOA. WE SHOULD BE EXPLORING WAYS THAT WE CAN ENHANCE COOPERATIVE EFFORTS WITH ISRAEL, WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, TO ADDRESS IRAN'S SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH AND ITS GROSS ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AS WELL AS OTHER CRITICAL CHALLENGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. TODAY, WE CAN START DOWN THAT PATH BY SUPPORTING THE AGREEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL.

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  • 06:17:04 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 06:17:15 PM

    MS. FOXX

    FROM THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS WORK. MR.…

    FROM THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION AND CLEAR THE WAY FOR THE PRESIDENT'S MISGUIDED DEAL WITH IRAN. THE UNITED STATES MUST CONTINUE TO STAND BETWEEN IRAN AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY, BUT INSTEAD THE DEAL LEGITIMIZES IRAN'S NUCLEAR ACHIEVEMENTS AND STRENGTHENS ITS EXTREMIST REGIME. THEY HAVE AGREEMENT GRADUALLY REMOVES THE KEY BARRIERS THAT PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING NUCLEAR WEAPON CAPABILITIES, FROM GROWING ITS ECONOMIC INFLUENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND FROM CONTINUING ITS STATE FUNDING OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THAT THREATEN SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE WELL BEING OF OUR ALLIES. THIS DEAL LIFTS CRIT C58 ECONOMIC SANCTIONS THAT HAVE LIMITED IRAN'S SCOPE OF INFLUENCE IN THE REGION. REMOVES THE ARMS EMBARGO AND LIFTS MISSILE PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS. FOR THESE REASONS I OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S DEAL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:18:26 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE LEFT.

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    EIGHT MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HI…

    THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HI PINSKEY.

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    MR. LIPINSKI

    THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT SHOULD BE JUDGED ON WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR…

    THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT SHOULD BE JUDGED ON WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT IS MORE LIKELY TO PRODUCE PEACE. I BELIEVE PEACE HAS A BETTER CHANCE IF WE REJECT THIS DEAL, KEEP SANCTIONS ON AND GO BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE TO GET A BETTER AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT WAS SUPPOSED TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAIN AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. BUT AT BEST, IRAN WILL BE A NUCLEAR THREAT IN 15 YEARS. BY PRACTICALLY GUARANTEEING AND LEGITIMIZING THIS ACCESS, THERE WILL BE A RUSH BY OTHERS IN THE RETO GAIN THEIR OWN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, CREATING A DANGEROUS ARMS RACE IN A VOLATILE PART OF THE WORLD. THE INSPECTION PROTOCOLS IN THE AGREEMENT ARE TROUBLING BECAUSE THEY GIVE IRAN 24 DAYS TO DELAY INSPECTION REQUESTS AT SUSPECTED NUCLEAR SITES, A FAR CRY FROM ANY TIME, ANYWHERE. THE AGREEMENT CONTAINS DEEPLY CONCERNING SANCTIONS RELIEF ON IRAN'S ACQUISITION OF CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY IN FIVE AND EIGHT YEARS RESPECTIVELY. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF MY CONCERNS THAT LEAD ME, AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, TO OPPOSE THIS AGREEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD AND WE CAN DO BETTER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:20:22 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROTH.

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    MR. TROTT

    THE FACT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT IS…

    THE FACT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT IS TROUBLING. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS GOING TO ENTER INTO A DEAL WITH A REGULAR NATION WHO REFUSES TO RELEASE THE FOUR AMERICANS THEY ARE HOLDING, WHO HAS CHEATED ON EVERY DEAL THEY'VE BEEN PARTY TO OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS, WHO IS PARTY TO SECRET DEALS WE CANNOT SEE, WHO CALLS ALL OF US THE GREAT SATAN, CALLS FOR DEATH TO OUR CITIZENS, AND WANTS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. AND WE'RE TOLD THE DEALS -- THE DEAL IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS NO OTHER OPTION. HAS IT REALLY COME TO THIS? WE HAVE OPTIONS. ONE OPTION IS A BETTER DEAL. AND A BETTER DEAL LOOKS LIKE THIS. RELEASE THE FOUR AMERICANS, NO SUNSET CLAUSE, AND INSPECTIONS JUST LIKE WE WERE PROMISED ANY TIME, ANYWHERE. IF THESE TERMS ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO IRAN, THEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL USE ALL OF ITS ECONOMIC MIGHT TO PUT TOUGH SANCTIONS BACK IN PLACE. IF WE DO THIS DEAL, LET'S LOOK AT WHAT THE NEXT 25 YEARS -- YEARS LOOKS LIKE. IMMEDIATELY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IRKE RAN WILL GET THEIR HANDS ON $50 BILLION TO $150 BILLION. THE MONEY WILL NOT BE USED FOR THEIR CITIZENS BUT TO PERPETUATE TERROR AROUND THE WORLD. IRAN GETS ITS MONEYING WE DON'T GET OUR FOUR AMERICANS. OVER THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS THEY'LL START TO CHEAT AND GET A BOMB OR TWO. OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS WE'LL START AN ARMS RACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEAR, WE'LL TRY TO SNAP BACK SANCTIONS BUT THAT WILL BE UNISKET EVERY BAYS LONG-TERM CONTRACTS WILL BE GRANDFATHERED IN. IN EIGHT YEARS THEY'LL HAVE A BALLISTIC MISSILE. IN 10 YEARS, THEY'LL HAVE A BALLISTIC MISSILE WITH A NUCLEAR BOMB POINTED AT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND IN 25 YEARS OUR FRIEND AND ALLY ISRAEL MAY NOT EXIST. I'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS BEFORE I GOT HERE. ONE THING I LEARNED IS YOU CANNOT DO A GOOD DEAL WITH A BAD GUY. WE CANNOT DO THIS DEAL WITH IRAQ.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER.

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  • 06:22:51 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. THROUGHOUT THIS DEBATE, THERE HAVE BEEN ACQUISITIONS QUESTIONING THE MOTIVES AND LOYALTIES OF MEMBERS IN MAKING THIS DECISION. IT IS PRECISELY BECAUSE I BELIEVE THIS AGREEMENT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES AND BECAUSE I'VE BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL MY ENTIRE LIFE THAT I AM SUPPORTING THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. THIS MUST NOT BE A VOTE OF POLITICS BUT OF CONSCIENCE. I FOR ONE COULD NOT HI WITH MYSELF IF I VOTED IN A WAY THAT I BELIEVE WOULD PUT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND ISRAELIS AT GREATER RISK OF AN IRANIAN KNEW LEER BOMB. MY PRIORITY AND OVERRIDING IDEA IN THIS IS PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAIN AGNEW CLEAR BOMB. THE INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL IN THIS RESPECT ARE IDENTICAL. IN ADDITION TO CONSTITUTING AN EXISS TEN RBLE THREAT TO ISRAEL A KNEW LEER-ARMED IRAN WOULD MAKE THE THREATS MORE DANGEROUS AND DIFFICULT TO COUNTER AND WOULD POSE A GREATER DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES, TO THE REGION, AND TO THE WORLD. THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS NOT WHETHER THIS IS A GOOD DEAL. THE QUESTION IS WHICH OF THE TWO OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO US, SUPPORTING OR REJECTING THE DEAL IS MORE LIKELY TO AVERT A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN. I HAVE CONCLUDED AFTER EXAMINING ALL THE ARGUMENTS THAT SUPPORTING THE IRAN NEW CLEAR AGREEMENT GIVES US THE BETTER CHANCE OF PREVENTING IRAN OF DEVELOPING A NOW CLEAR WEAPON. THE AGREEMENT WILL SHUT IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO DEVELOPING THE NECESSARY FISSIONABLE MATERIAL FOR A NUCLEAR BOMB FOR AT LEAST 15 YEARS. THE INSPECTION AND VERIFICATION PROCEDURES AGAINST ILL LIST PLUTONIUM PRODUCTION ARE AIRTIGHT. THE QUESTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED ABOUT INSPECTION PROCEDURES, THE SO-CALLED SIDE DEAL THE ALLEGED SELF-INSPECTION, DO NOT RELATE TO THE CENTRAL ISSUE OF PRODUCTION OF FISSIONABLE MATERIALS. AND WITHOUT FISSIONABLE MATERIAL, YOU CANNOT MAKE A BOMB. EVEN AFTER 15 YEARS, WITH WHEN SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EASED, WE WOULD STILL KNOW INSTANTLY ABOUT ANY ATTEMPT TO MAKE BOMB MATERIALS BECAUSE THE INSPECTORS AND THE ELECTRONIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEILLANCE WILL STILL BE THERE. THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO A FUTURE PRESIDENT FOR STOPPING IRAN THEN WOULD BE BETTER THAN THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE NOW IF THE DEAL IS REJECTED BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE MORE ACCESS, INSTANT INTELLIGENCE, AND MORE KNOWLEDGE OF THE IRANIAN PROGRAM. THE ARGUMENT THAT IF WE REJECT THE DEAL WE CAN FORCE IRAN BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND OBTAIN A BETTER DEAL IS A FANTASY. IT IS NOT A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. THE OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE JOINED US IN MULTIPLAT RAL SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY WILL DROP THEIR SANCTIONS IF WE REJECT A DEAL AND AMERICAN SANCTIONS BY THEMSELVES HAVE PROVEN INEFFECTIVE IN COERCING IRAN. WE MUST BE VERY CLEAR THAT IF NECESSARY, THE UNITED STATES WILL USE MILL FAIR FORCE TO PREVENT AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR BOMB. BUT THE ODDS OF THAT BEING NECESSARY ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS WITH APPROVAL OF THIS DEAL THAN WITH REJECTION OF THE AGREEMENT. GOING FORWARD, IT REMAINS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO PURSUE WAYS TO FURTHER -- CAN I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS?

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  • 06:26:07 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL HALF MINUTE.

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    MR. NADLER

    THANK YOU. GOING FORWARD IT REMAINS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO PURSUE WAYS…

    THANK YOU. GOING FORWARD IT REMAINS VITAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO PURSUE WAYS TO FURTHER GUARANTEE THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL AND OTHER ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THIS WILL REQUIRE STRICT AND DILIGENT OVERSIGHT, MAINTAINING ISRAEL'S QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE AND COUNTERING IRAN'S SUPPORT OF TERRORISM AND OTHER DESTABILIZING CONDUCT. WE MUST BE READY TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST IRAN'S NEFARIOUS BEHAVIOR AND IRAN MUST KNOW THE YEATS WILL NEVER ALLOW IT TO POSE A NUCLEAR THREAT TO THE REGION AND THE WORLD. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. DENT.

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  • 06:26:59 PM

    MR. DENT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL AND THE UNDERLYING IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. DESPITE GOSHTING FROM A POSITION OF STRENGTH, THE DEAL BEFORE US FAILS TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF PREVENTING IRAN'S CAPACITY TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IT SIMPLY CONTAINS OR MANAGES IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. BY AGREEING TO A LAX ENFORCEMENT AND INSPECTIONS REGIME, AND FANCIFUL, UNREALISTIC SNAPBACK SANCTIONS, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ACCEPTED THAT IRAN SHOULD REMAIN ONE YEAR AWAY FROM A NUCLEAR BOMB. I AM NOT PREPARED TO ACCEPT THAT. THE SANCTIONS RELIEF WILL PROVIDE IRAN WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, FUNDS THAT WILL BOLSTER THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD AND NONSTATE MILITANT GROUPS. THE DEAL ENDS THE CONVENTIONAL ARMS EMBARGO AND THE PROHIBITION ON BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY. NOT ONLY WILL THIS RESULT IN CONVENTIONAL ARMS FLOWING TO GROUPS, LIKE HEZBOLLAH, IT CONCEDES THE DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR A NUCLEAR BOMB. THIS WILL PROVIDE IRAN WITH NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE A MISSILE DELIVERY SYSTEM, AND THE FUNDS TO PAY FOR IT ALL. BY THE WAY, THE I IN ICBM MEANS INTERCONTINENTAL. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT NEW ZEALAND AND MEXICO ARE THE INTENDED TARGETS. THAT WOULD BE US. THIS DEAL CRIPPLES AND SHATTERS THE CURRENT NOTION OF NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION. IF IRAN CAN ENRICH URANIUM, WHICH THEY CAN UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, THEIR GULF ASHE NEIGHBORS WILL LIKELY WANT TO DO THE SAME. -- THEIR GULF ARAB NEIGHBORS WILL LIKELY WANT TO DO THE SAME. I DO NOT WANT A NUCLEARIZED MIDDLE EAST A REGION OF INSTABILITY NEW YORK A NONSTATE AXIS. SOMEONE EXPLAIN HOW DETERRENCE WORKS UNDER THAT SCENARIO. WE SHOULD NOT REWARD THE AYATOLLAH WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS IN EXCHANGE FOR TEMPORARY AND UNENFORCEABLE NUCLEAR RESTRICTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED DIPLOMATIC RESOLUTIONS TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR ISSUE BUT THIS IS A DANGEROUSLY WEAK ADWREEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES -- AGREEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:29:31 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VAR GAS.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, FOR ONE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:29:39 PM

    MR. VARGAS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION BETWEEN THE P-5 PLUS ONE AND IRAN. THE DEAL FAILS TO DISMANTLE IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IT FAILS TO GUARANTEE INTRUSIVE ENOUGH INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT IRAN DOES NOT CHEAT AND IT FAILS TO KEEP IRAN FROM ACHIEVING NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATUS AND IT REWARDS IRAN'S HORRIFIC BEHAVIOR IN THE INITIAL PHASE OF THIS -- BEHAVIOR. IN THE INITIAL PHASE OF THIS AGREEMENT, IRAN WOULD RECEIVE A WHOPPING RELIEF PACKAGE POTENTIALLY TOTALING $150 BILLION. WE KNOW IRAN IS THE LEADING STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND THIS WILL EMBOLDEN THE REGIME OPENLY COMMITTED TO CONFRONTING THE UNITED STATES AND DESTABILIZING THE MIDDLE EAST. IN EIGHT YEARS, IRAN LEGALLY EXPANDS ITS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM AND CONTINUES EXPANDING ITS INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM UNDER THE GUISE OF SATELLITE TESTING. WHO DO WE THINK AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY --

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  • 06:30:59 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. VARGAS

    AYATOLLA DECLARED, I'M SAYING TO ISRAEL THEY WILL NOT LIVE TO SEE THE END…

    AYATOLLA DECLARED, I'M SAYING TO ISRAEL THEY WILL NOT LIVE TO SEE THE END OF 25 YEARS. THERE WILL BE NO SUCH THING AS A ZIONIST REGIME. THIS IS A BAD DEAL AND SHOULD REJECT IT.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. CONAWAY.

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    MR. CONAWAY

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS MR. HINOJOSA.

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    MR. HINOJOSA

    RESOLUTION 64 WHICH DISAPPROVES OF THE PLAN OF ACTION NEGOTIATED BY THEP 5…

    RESOLUTION 64 WHICH DISAPPROVES OF THE PLAN OF ACTION NEGOTIATED BY THEP 5 PLUS 1. I PARTICIPATED IN CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS AND LISTENED TO THE MANY DETAILS. THIS AGREEMENT MAY NOT BE PERFECT BUT IT'S THE MOST VIABLE OPTION WE HAVE IN REDUCING IRAN'S CAPABILITY IN ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE AGREEMENT WILL SILENCE NUCLEAR BREAKOUT TIMES, REDUCES THE NUMBER OF CENTRIFUGES AND DECREASES IRAN'S STOCKPILES. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE AGREEMENT ALLOWS THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TO SEEK COMPLIANCE. IF IRAN CHEATS, SANCTIONS WILL BE RE-IMPOSED. IN EVERY SITUATION THAT INVOLVES THE POSSIBILITY OF MILITARY FORCE, I WILL ALWAYS SIDE WITH EXPLORING AND EXHAUSTING EVERY POSSIBLE AVENUE TO A DIPLOMAT ATTIC RESOLUTION. I SUPPORT THE AGREEMENT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES A SOLUTION RATHER THAN A WORSE-CASE SCENARIO. IN SUPPORT OF THE 35 GENERALS AND ADMIRALS AND 29 OF THE SCIENTISTS CONFIDENT WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, ALL OF THESE DISTINGUISHED LEADERS AGREE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

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  • 06:35:48 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, THE CHAIR…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, THE CHAIR OF THE REPUBLICAN POLICY COMMITTEE.

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  • 06:36:01 PM

    MR. MESSER

    I RISE TODAY TO OPSOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF…

    I RISE TODAY TO OPSOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ALSO KNOWN AS THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. THE CHIEF REASON FOR THIS OPPOSITION IS IMPORTANT YET SIMPLE. THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL DOESN'T MAKE AMERICA SAFER OR ISRAEL SAFER OR MAKE THE REST OF THE WORLD SAFER EITHER. WHATEVER YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS NUCLEAR DEAL, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE, THE WORLD WOULD BE A MUCH MORE DANGEROUS AND UNSTABLE PLACE IF IRAN WERE TO OBTAIN A NUCLEAR WEAPON. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEAL THE PRESIDENT NEGOTIATED WON'T STOP THAT FROM HAPPENING. INSTEAD, UNDER THIS DEAL, IRAN KEEPS ITS NUCLEAR FACILITIES. IT WILL BE ALLOWED TO SELF-POLICE THOSE FACILITIES AND REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE IAEA. AN IDEA THAT WOULD BE LAUGHABLE IF IT WERE NOT SO CRAZY. IRAN WILL GET TO ENRICH URANIUM, ALL WHILE RECEIVING SANCTIONS RELIEF TO THE TUNE OF $150 BILLION. PUMPED INTO A $400 BILLION A YEAR NATIONAL ECONOMY. $150 BILLION THAT WILL BE USED BY IRAN TO BANK ROLL TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, FURET DESTABILIZE THE MIDDLE EAST AND CONTINUE THEIR WORK TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP. IT WAS RONALD REAGAN WHO SAID TRUST, BUT VERIFY, DURING ARMS CONTROL NEGOTIATIONS WITH COMMUNIST RUSSIA MORE THAN A GENERATION AGO, BUT SEEMS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS ASKING US TO TRUST IRAN AND THEN TRUST SOME MORE. WELL, I'M NOT WILLING TO DO THAT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN'T WILLING TO DO THAT EITHER. WE NEED TO STOP THIS BAD DEAL BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. AND NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL, A DEAL THAT STOPS IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND ENSURES THE SAFETY OF AMERICA, ISRAEL AND THE REST OF THE WORLD NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:38:09 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:38:31 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    YOU KNOW, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND…

    YOU KNOW, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND AGAINST THE RESOLUTION -- WELL, ACTUALLY IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION. I MUST SAY IN STARTING, WE ARE AT A PARADOX CALL MOMENT. THE FEARS THE HAUNTING SPECTER OF TERRIBLE THINGS, THE THREATS POSED BY A NUCLEAR IRAN ARE ALL LEGITIMATE FEARS AND LEGITIMATE HAUNTING SPECTERS. REGIONAL HOGOMENY TO BE AVOIDED. BUT IRONICALLY, THOSE CONCERNS AND FEARS AND OUTCOMES RAISED BY MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THE OPPONENTS ACTUALLY COME THROUGH AND ARE REALIZED IF THEY DO WHAT THEY WANT US TO DO, WHICH IS TO REJECT THIS AGREEMENT. THE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS AGREEMENT IS AN UNCONSTRAINED IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM, MR. SPEAKER. HANGING OVERALL OF OUR HEADS AND THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL AND REGIONAL PARTNERS, WHO KNOWS. THE FALSE HOPE OFFERED BY THE CRITICS IS LET'S RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE TO SEEK A BETTER DEAL. MAN I RESPECT AT ONE OF OUR HEARINGS THAT CHAIRMAN ROYCE CHAIRED, FORMER SENATOR LEIBERMAN SAID JUST THAT. I SAID HOW DOES THAT WORK. HE SAID WELL, IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK AND LET'S START OVER. THE PROPOSITION THAT WE WOULD RENOUNCE OUR OWN AGREEMENT THAT WE NEGOTIATED WROUGHT BY MORE THAN A YEAR OF TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS AND EXPECT THAT OUR NEGOTIATING PARTNERS, INCLUDING RUSSIA AND CHINA AND IRAN ITSELF, TO SIT BACK DOWN AT THE TABLE AND START ALL OVER AGAIN UNDER OUR LEADERSHIP IS DELUSIONAL. WE CANNOT BE NAIVE ABOUT THE SCENARIO WHICH CONGRESS REJECTS THIS AGREEMENT BROKERED BY OUR OWN COUNTRY. AMONG OUR ALLIES WE DIVEST OURSELVES AND AMONG OUR ADD VERSUS AREAS WE CONFIRM THE SUSPICION WE CANNOT BE TRUSTED. THE NEGOTIATIONS WOULD COLLAPSE AND OUR LEVERAGE WOULD BE DIMINISHED IN ALL FUTURE U.S.-LED NEGOTIATIONS. MOST CONCERNING OF ALL, WE WOULD RETURN ONCE AGAIN TO THE SITUATION WE'RE AT, ONE OF DEEP ANXIETY AND UNCERTAINTY REGARDING IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS. CRITICS OF THE AGREEMENT HAVE OFFERED NO ALTERNATIVE AND HAVE TRIED TO DINE THIS AGREEMENT BY WHAT IT IS NOT. IT IS NOT A PERFECT DEAL THAT DISMANTLES EVERY NUT AND BOLT OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, PEACEFUL OR OTHERWISE. IT'S NOT A COMPREHENSIVE RESOLUTION OF THE ENTIRE RELATIONSHIP AND THE MYRIAD ISSUES THE U.S. AND OUR ALLIES HAVE WITH THE REPRESSIVE REGIME IN TEHRAN AND ITS SUPPORT FOR TERRORISTS IN THE REGION. NO ONE EVER SAID IT WOULD BE. WHAT ARMS CONTROL AGREEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER ATTEMPTED TO SIR CUCK SUBSCRIBE EVERY ASPECT OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ADVERSE SEAR AND CERTAINLY NOT THIS ONE. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS AGREEMENT IS THE INDICTMENT MATIC ALTERNATIVE WE SOUGHT TO ATTAIN WHEN WE ENTERED INTO NEGOTIATIONS. THE DEAL ADHERES TO THE HIGH STANDARDS OF VERIFICATION, TRANSPARENCY AND COMPLIANCE ON WHICH ANY ACCEPTABLE AGREEMENT WITH IRAN MUST BE FOUNDED. THAT ISN'T JUST MY WORDS, THAT'S WHAT FORMER REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE, COLIN POWELL," SAYS. AND VINCE SCOWCROFT SAID. THAT'S WHAT FORMER SENATOR JOHN WARNER SAYS. THE AGREEMENTALLY RECOLLECTS AN INTREES I HAVE REGIME THAT PROVIDES THE IAEA TO DECLARE NUCLEAR FACILITIES. ADDITIONALLY, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MONITOR IRAN'S SUPPLY CHAIN INCLUDING URANIUM MINES, MILLS, CENTRIFUGES, STORAGE FACILITIES AND DEDICATED PROCUREMENT FOR NUCLEAR-RELATED OR DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGY. THE AGREEMENT WILL HAVE MAJOR COMPONENTS AND PLACE STRICT RESTRICTIONS ON THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IF THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE NOT ADHERED TO, THE UNITED STATES CAN AT ANY TIME REVIVE THE SANCTIONS CURRENTLY IN PLACE. CONGRESS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONDUCT CLOSE OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THE TERMS ARE IMPLEMENTED AND IRAN IS LIVING UP TO ITS OBLIGATIONS. IT ISN'T ABOUT TRUST. SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON TODAY ECHOED THE WORDS DISTRUST AND VERIFY. SHE SUPPORTS THE AGREEMENT. MORE BROADLY THE UNITED STATES MUST SIGNAL TO IRAN THAT IT CONDEMNABLE RECORD OF HUMAN RIGHTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, NOR WILL WE HIDE WITH DISAGREEMENT THAT ACTION AND OUR RESPONSE TO IT. QUITE THE OPPOSITE. WE WILL REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO STOP THEM AND THAT EGREGIOUS BEHAVIOR. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 11 OF THE CONSTITUTION, VESTS CONGRESS WITH THE DUTY TO AUTHORIZE WAR. IMPLICIT IN THAT TEXT, CONGRESS' ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO EXHAUST ALL REASONABLE ALTERNATIVES BEFORE COMMITTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO SUCH A FATEFUL PATH. THE PLAN OF ACTION REPRESENTS OUR BEST ENDEAVOR TO PROVIDE JUST THAT ALTERNATIVE. IT IS THE PRODUCT OF EARNEST DIPLOMACY AND CONGRESS SHOULD PUT ASIDE PARTISANSHIP AND SUPPORT IT FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY. I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 06:45:25 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL MEMBERS

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 06:45:37 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    SPOKE OF IRAN'S COMMITMENT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT IRAN…

    SPOKE OF IRAN'S COMMITMENT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT. WHILE IT'S TRUE THAT IRAN COMMITTED TO TAKING CERTAIN STEPS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, IT'S ALSO TRUE THAT IRANIANS HAVE NEVER COMPLIED WITH ANY AGREEMENT RELATED TO ITS WEAPONS PROGRAM. SO LET'S START WITH CONSIDERING WHAT IRAN'S LEADERS HAVE BEEN SAYING TODAY ABOUT THIS AGREEMENT. THIS IS WHAT THEY SAY. THEY SAY THAT IRAN CAN PURSUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MISSILES WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS. HOW CAN THAT BE GIVEN WHAT'S IN THIS AGREEMENT? PRESIDENT RAHANI, THE SUPPOSED MODERATE HERE, HAS ARGUED REPEATEDLY THAT THE ONLY RESTRICTIONS ON IRAN'S MISSILE DEVELOPMENT ARE IN THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE DEAL. HE SAYS IT'S NOT IN THE AGREEMENT ITSELF THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION. SO HE SAYS, WE'RE NOT RESTRICTED BY THIS AGREEMENT. SO WHAT YOU'RE QUOTING, THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT RESTRICTED BY THAT. AND IRANIAN LEADERS SAY THAT IRAN CAN VIOLATE THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS WITHOUT VIOLATING THE AGREEMENT, SANCTIONS DO NOT, THEREFORE, SNAP BACK IF IRAN VIOLATES THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, ACCORDING TO IRAN, AND THAT IRAN INTENDS TO VIOLATE THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESTRICTIONS ON WEAPONS SALES. AND ON IMPORTS. THIS IS PRESIDENT RAHANI, AGAIN. WE WILL SELL AND BUY WEAPONS WHENEVER AND WHEREVER WE DEEM IT NECESSARY. WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR PERMISSION FROM ANYONE OR ANY RESOLUTION. UNQUOTE. SO IRAN'S DEFENSE MINISTER HAS SAID THAT IRAN IS NEGOTIATING RIGHT NOW TO PURCHASE RUSSIAN FIGHTER JETS. WE KNOW THEY'RE NEGOTIATING IN TERMS OF BALLISTIC MISSILES RIGHT NOW. THEY'RE IN VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT. WE DON'T SEE ANY INTENTION, ANY INTENTION TO ENFORCE THAT. SO WE'VE GOT TO ASK OURSELVES, JUST WHAT KIND OF AGREEMENT IS THIS? WHO IS THIS AGREEMENT WITH? AS THE COMMITTEE HEARD YESTERDAY, IT'S AN AGREEMENT WHOSE REGIME -- WITH A REGIME WHOSE WORLD VIEW WAS FOUNDED IN PART ON FIERY, ANTI-AMERICANISM AND A VIEW OF AMERICANISM AS SATANISM. I DON'T HAVE TO TELL THE MEMBERS HERE, I MEAN, THEY HEAR IT EVERY WEEK. THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE WATCHING WHAT'S COMING OUT OF IRAN. DEATH TO AMERICA, EVERY WEEK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AGREEMENT GIVES UP TOO MUCH, TOO FAST WITH NOT ENOUGH IN RETURN, AND WE HAVE TO JUDGE IT ON THE LONG-TERM NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. DOES IT MAKE THE REGION AND THE WORLD MORE SAFE, SECURE, STABLE? IN MY MIND CLEARLY IT DOES NOT. SO I DON'T FEEL THIS IS WORTHY OF HOUSE SUPPORT. BUT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 06:48:50 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TOO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ACCORD, PARTLY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I TOO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ACCORD, PARTLY BASED ON WHAT'S BEEN DISCUSSED HERE THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS BUT ALSO PARTLY BASED ON HISTORY. WE WERE HERE TOGETHER IN THE 1990'S AND THEN-PRESIDENT CLINTON AT THAT TIME MET WITH NORTH KOREA AND THEY FORMED AN ACCORD THAT BASICALLY SAID WE'LL GIVE YOU BENEFITS NOW FOR THE PROMISE OF BECOMING A RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY GOING FORWARD. THE BENEFITS WENT AND ACCRUED TO NORTH KOREA, THE RESPONSIBLE MEMBERSHIP IN THE WORLD COMMUNITY NEVER CAME. IN THAT REGARD, THE PRESIDENT IS CERTAINLY WELL INTENDED IN HIS EFFORTS, THIS PROMISE WILL PROVE AS REAL AS THE NOTION OF, YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE YOU CAN KEEP IT. HIS INTENTIONS WERE GOOD BUT IT DIDN'T PAN OUT. I DON'T THINK IT'LL BE ANY DIFFERENT IN THIS PARTICULAR DEAL AND IN THAT REGARD I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT WHAT NEIGHBORS THINK OF NEIGHBORS. IN THIS CASE IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL HAS SAID, THAT HE BELIEVES THAT THIS IS A MISTAKE OF, QUOTE, HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. I THINK IN MANY WAYS IT MIRRORS WHAT WE SAW IN 1938. AT THAT POINT, NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN NEGOTIATED WITH HITLER AND GAI AWAY CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN THE PROCESS. BUT THERE IN THE MUNICH ACCORDS THERE WAS A PROMISE OF PEACE, LASTING PEACE, IN OUR TIME. THE PEACE LASTED LESS THAN A YEAR AND IT DID NOT MATERIALIZE. I THINK THAT THE SAYING IS THAT THOSE WHO DON'T LEARN FROM HISTORY ARE DESTINNED TO REPEAT IT. I THINK WE WOULD BE VERY WELL ADVISED TO LOOK AT THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE 1990'S IN THE NORTH KOREA DEAL, THE HISTORY OF THE 1930'S AND A WHOLE LOTS OF HISTORY ACROSS THE LAST THOUSAND YEARS THAT SAY TRADING OFF PEACE FOR SECURITY IS NEVER SOMETHING THAT WORKS SO WELL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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  • 06:51:02 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MR. MEEKS OF NEW YORK I WOULD…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MR. MEEKS OF NEW YORK I WOULD SIMPLY SAY I THINK THAT LAST ANALOGY IS INVIDIOUS. THE HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II IS THE FACT THAT PEOPLE IGNORED WARNINGS FOR SO LONG THAT BY THE TIME MUNICH HAPPENED IT MOST CERTAINLY WASN'T PEACEFUL. WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IS ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT TO PRECLUDE THAT EVER HAPPENING AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE AND IT WILL PREVENT A MUNICH. IT WILL PREVENT APPEASEMENT. IT WILL PROVIDE THE ENGAGEMENT, DYNAMIC ENGAGEMENT WE NEED TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR IRAN. I NOW PROUDLY YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, GREGORY MEEKS.

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  • 06:51:51 PM

    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, DR. WING ONCE SAID, ON SOME ISSUES, EXPEDIENTCY…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, DR. WING ONCE SAID, ON SOME ISSUES, EXPEDIENTCY ASKS THE QUESTION IS IT POLITICS, VANITY ASKS THE QUESTION IS IT POPULAR, BUT CONSCIENCE ASKS THE QUESTION, IS IT RIGHT. AND THERE COMES A TIME WHEN ONE MUST TAKE A POSITION THAT IS NEITHER SAFE NOR POLITIC, NOR POPULAR, BUT ONE MUST TAKE IT BECAUSE ONE'S CONSCIENCE TELLS THEM IT IS RIGHT. I HAVE OFTEN REFLECTED ON THOSE WORDS WHEN FACED WITH TOUGH DECISIONS. TODAY'S VOTE ON THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL VOTES WE WILL TAKE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. MY SUPPORT FOR THE IRAN AGREEMENT IS ABOUT DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR AMERICA, OUR ALLIES, AND THE WORLD. IT IS INDEED A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE. SINCE THE CONCLUSION OF THE AGREEMENT, I HAVE TRAVELED TO 10 NATIONS AND VETTED THIS DEAL FROM EVERY ANGLE I COULD THINK OF SO THAT AT THIS MOMENT OF DECISION I COULD ACT WITHOUT RESERVATION AND WITH A FULL UNDERSTANDING. AS I LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE, I AM DEEPLY DISHEARTENED THAT WE ARE NOT ADEQUATELY WEIGHING THE REALITIES OF OUR GLOBALIZED WORLD. AFTER YEARS OF EFFORT TOWARD A MORE UNIFIED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, KEY PARTNERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST REGION AND MOST OF OUR ALLIES CONSIDER THE IRAN AGREEMENT AS AN IMPORTANT NEXT STEP IN DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS. FORMER U.S. AMBASSADORS, FORMER ISRAELI MILITARY, FORMER U.S. SEC RE-- SECRETARIES OF STATE INCLUDING COLIN POWELL AND SO MANY OTHERS FROM AN ARRAY OF VANTAGE POINTS HAVE EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR THIS LANDMARK DEAL AS HAS OVER 100 NATIONS. WE SHOULD NOT IGNORE THE CONSIDERED JUDGMENT OF SCIENTISTS, U SECURITY U EXPERTS, U RENOWNED U DIPLOMATS U AND U OUR U ALLIES. U THE U AFTER READING THE AGREEMENT AND THE CLASSIFIED AND UNCLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS, TAKING PART IN BRIEFINGS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, MEETING WITH CONSTITUENTS AND STUDYING THE ANALYSIS OF EXPERTS, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS STRONG DIPLOMATIC ACHIEVEMENT PROVIDES THE ONLY OPTION THAT PREVENTS IRAN FROM OBTAIN AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON AND BY SOME ESTIMATES IN AS FEW AS TWO TO THREE MONTHS. THIS IS NOT ACHIEVED BY TRUST, MR. SPEAKER. BUT THROUGH VERIFICATION. AFTER 14 YEARS CONTINUOUS MILITARY ENGAGEMENT FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES THIS AGREEMENT CUTS OFF ALL PATHWAYS TO AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON AND DOES SO WITHOUT UNNECESSARILY RISKING AMERICAN LIVES IN YET ANOTHER MILITARY ACTION. EVEN AS THE AGREEMENT PRESERVES THAT ULTIMATE OPTION SHOULD IT BE NECESSARY IN THE EVENT OF IRAN'S DEFAULT. THIS AGREEMENT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO IRAN THAT THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY STANDS UNITED TODAY AND WELL INTO THE FUTURE IN ENSURING THAT IRAN NEVER OBTAINS A NUCLEAR WEAPON. NOW MUCH HAS BEEN SAID OF IRAN'S CAPACITY AFTER 10 TO 15 YEARS AND EVEN THERE THE AGREEMENT PLACES IRAN IN THE CONFINES OF THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY JUST AS THE REST OF US ARE. IF IRAN VIOLATES THE AGREEMENT, THEY WILL WITHOUT QUESTION FACE COMPLETE ISOLATION, EVEN MORE SEVERE REPERCUSSIONS AND THE U.S. RETAINS OUR ABILITY TO ENGAGE UNILATERAL SANCTIONS AND OUR MILITARY OPTION. IT'S TRUE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT PERFECT. BUT IF THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT GO FORWARD THERE IS NO BETTER DEAL, MR. SPEAKER. IN FACT, THERE IS NO DEAL. NO SANCTIONS, NO INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS, NO INSPECTIONS, NO DEAL. THIS IS A NEGOTIATION WHICH IS BY DEFINITION NOT PERFECT. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE'LL DIVORCE OURSELVESES FROM THE HYPERBOLE AND RHETORIC IN FAVOR OF THE SERIOUSNESS THIS ISSUE DESERVES. I'VE CONCLUDED THAT THE AGREEMENT IS THE BEST PATH FORWARD. THIS IS NOT JUST MY CONSIDERED JUDGMENT, IT'S THE JUDGMENT OF THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF THE MILITARY, NONPROLIFERATION EXPERTS, NUCLEAR SCIENTISTS AND OUR DIPLOMATIC PARTNERS WHO JOIN IN THEIR OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF THE AGREEMENT. AS A CONGRESS WE CAN ONLY DO OUR BEST AND MOVE -- AND OUR PART TO MOVE FORWARD TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR PROPER OVERSIGHT TO EN-- TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE MONITORING AND AGGRESSIVE VERIFICATION. IF IRAN CHEATS, WE'LL KNOW IT. WE'LL KNOW IT QUICKLY AND WE'LL ACT DECISIVELY. ONCE AGAIN THE WORLD TURNS TO THE UNITED STATES FOR OUR LEADERSHIP ON DEALING WITH IRAN AND ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THIS AGREEMENT REACHED THROUGH RIGOROUS DIPLOMACY IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR PARTNERS PROVOIDS THE TOOLS WE NEED TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY TO PEACE AND CURT FOR THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, THE REGION AND THE WORLD. I WILL VOTE TO APPROVE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION.

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  • 07:01:03 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST -- RECLAIMING MY TIME, I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST -- RECLAIMING MY TIME, I WOULD JUST NOTE THAT OVER 200 RETIRED GENERALS, FLAG OFFICERS, ADMIRALS, SIGNED A LETTER IN OPPOSITION AND WE'VE HEARD CONTINUOUSLY, INCLUDING THIS WEEK, FROM RETIRED GENERALS AND OFFICERS, ADMIRALS, ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THIS AGREEMENT. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON STATE, CATHY MCMORRIS ROGERS, THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE CHAIR.

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  • 07:01:39 PM

    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I VOTES THIS WEEK ON THE…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I VOTES THIS WEEK ON THE PRESIDENT'S NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN ARE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WE'VE TAKEN IN YEARS. AS THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPONSOR OF TERROR, IRAN CONTINUES TO PLAY AN ENORMOUSLY DESTRUCTIVE AND DESTABILIZING ROLE IN THE WORLD. IRAN'S ACTIONS ARE DESTROYING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF VULNERABLE NNLTS. THE CURRENT REFUGEE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN EUROPE, IS ONLY THE MOST RECENT EXAMPLE. IRAN HAS BEEN PROPPING UP ASSAD'S REGIME IN SYRIA FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, SENDING WEAPONS AND THOUSANDS OF FIGHTERS THERE TO BRUTALIZE THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. ISIS HAS EXPLOITED THESE CONDITIONS AND NOW MILLIONS OF SYRIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. MANY OF THEM GOING TOWN MANAGEABLE LENGTHS TO SEEK -- UNIMAGINE -- GOING TO UNIMAGINABLE LENGTHS TO SEEK REFUGE IN EUROPE. IRAN BEARS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS. THIS DEAL IS NOT REFORM. THIS DEAL IS INCENTIVIZING BAD BEHAVIOR. A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS DEAL IS A VOTE THAT FAVORS PARTY POLITICS OVER THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND GLOBAL SECURITY. IT'S A TERRIBLE WAY TO DO BUSINESS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE FULL TRANSPARENCY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON THIS DEAL. AS REQUIRED BY THE LAW, AND EVEN BASIC RESPECT FOR AMERICAN VOTERS. THE PRESIDENT IS REQUIRED TO TURN OVER ALL THE AGREEMENTS, EVEN THE SIDE DEAL, MADE WITH THIRD PARTIES. HE'S YET TO DO THAT. WHILE I WAS HOME THE LAST FEW WEEKS, IN MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, NOT A DAY PASSED THAT I DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS DEAL. AND IT WASN'T REPUBLICAN VERSUS DEMOCRAT, LIBERALS VERSUS CONSERVATIVES, IT WASN'T ANTI-PRESIDENT OBAMA. PEOPLE ARE SINCERELY WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THIS DEAL MEANS FOR OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY. WE'RE TOLD BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT -- WE WERE TOLD EARLY ON THAT NO DEAL WAS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL. NOW THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS IT'S EITHER THIS DEAL OR WAR. MR. SPEAKER, WE AREN'T ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO STOP HIS EFFORTS TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. WE NEED A BETTER DEAL. WE ARE ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO CONTINUE AND STRENEN HIS EFFORTS SO WE GET A -- STRENGTHEN HIS EFFORTS SO WE GET A DEAL THAT FIRST, TRULY DENIES IRAN A PATH TO A FLIRKE WEAPON BY DISMANT -- NUCLEAR WEAPON BY DISMANTLING ITS NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. AND COMPEL IRAN TO CEASE ITS SUPPORT OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND BRUTAL DICTATORS LIKE ASSAD. WHOSE ACTION AS ARE DUST DESTABILIZING THE ENTIRE REGION, AS WELL AS EUROPE. UNTIL THIS DEAL INCLUDES, AT A MINIMUM, THESE THREE COMPONENTS AND THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE HIS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE LAW, I WILL CONTINUE TO OPPOSE IT AND I WILL URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE OF THE AISLE TO DO THE SAME. LET'S SEND THE PRESIDENT BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:04:52 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. MAYBE THE PRESIDENT CAN GET SOME ADVICE FROM THE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. MAYBE THE PRESIDENT CAN GET SOME ADVICE FROM THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS IN HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHAT RESOLUTION TO BRING TO THE FLOOR. I NOW PROUDLY YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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  • 07:05:08 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION BEFORE US…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY IS WHETHER OR NOT THIS BODY WILL APPROVE THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT TO PREVENT IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL ISSUES OF OUR TIME AND REQUIRES SERIOUS AND SOBER CONSIDERATION BY EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY. YOU WOULD THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IN A MATTER OF SUCH GRAVITY INVOLVING THE FOSH AFFAIRS OF OUR NATION -- FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF OUR NATION AND THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR ALLIES, PARTICULARLY ISRAEL, WE COULD SET ASIDE URGES TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS AND AVOID DANGEROUS HYPERBOLE AND INSTEAD DEBATE THE MERITS AND THE SHORTFALLS OF THIS AGREEMENT. I REGRET THAT THE PROCESS FOR CONSIDERING THIS AGREEMENT HAS SOMETIMES DEVOLVED INTO A SAD SHOW OF PARTISANSHIP. OUR NATION IS BETTER THAN THIS. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M MINDFUL OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS, WHICH HE DELIVERED FROM THE EAST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL, JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THIS CHAMBER. ADDRESSING THE THREAT FROM THE SOVIET UNION, PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID, LET US BEGIN ANEW, REMEMBERING ON BOTH SIDES THAT STABILITY IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. HE WENT ON TO SAY, LET US NEVER NEGOTIATE OUT OF FEAR, BUT LET US NEVER FEAR TO NEGOTIATE. THOSE WORDS STILL RING TRUE TODAY. THIS AGREEMENT SHOWS THE POWER OF DIPLOMACY, TO ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS AND ENSURES THAT BEFORE BEING REQUIRED TO SEND OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN INTO A DANGEROUS MILITARY CONFLICT, THAT WE'VE HAD THE COURAGE TO EXHAUST EVERY POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE. LIKE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, I'VE PENALTY IS THE LAST TWO MONTHS CAREFULLY STUDYING THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, THAT THE UNITED STATES AND OUR NEGOTIATING PARTNERS REACHED. TO PREVENT A KNEW LUKE -- A NUCLEAR IRAN. MEETING WITH EXPERTS, PARTICIPATING IN DOZENS OF CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS AND COMMITTEE HEARINGS, MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS MEETING WITH MY CONSTITUENTS. AFTER A GREAT DEAL OF SERIOUS DELIBERATION, I BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD ARE SAFER WITH THIS DEAL IN PLACE THAN WITHOUT IT. I FULLY RECOGNIZE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT PERFECT. FAR FROM IT. BUT LIKE ANY DECISION IN LIFE, WE HAVE TO CONFRONT THE CHOICES THAT WE FACE, NOT THE ONE WE WOULD RATHER HAVE BEFORE US OR LIKE TO IMAGINE. I BELIEVE APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT IS THE MOST RESPONSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT IRAN FROM DEVELOPING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. BY ITS VERY TERMS IT AFFIRMS THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL IRAN EVER SEEK, DEVELOP OR ACQUIRE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO CONSIDER WHAT WE WILL BE GIVING UP IF WE REJECT THIS DEAL. THIS AGREEMENT REQUIRES IRAN TO SUBMIT TO THE MOST INTRUSIVE AND RIG ROUSE INSPECTIONS REGIME EVER -- RIGOROUS INSPECTIONS REGIME EVER NEGOTIATED. THIS IS IN STARK CONTRAST TO THE COMPLETE LACK OF ACCESS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO MONITOR IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IF CONGRESS REJECTS THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION IT WILL MEAN ZERO RESTRICTIONS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, NO LIMITATION ON THEIR ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES OR CENTRIFUGE PRODUCTION, NO ABILITY FOR INSPECTION OF THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM. MANY EXPERTS AGREE THAT REJECTION OF THIS AGREEMENT WOULD MEAN IRAN TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN JUST A MATTER OF MONTHS. THE WORST POSSIBLE OUTCOME. APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT END OUR RESPONSIBILITY, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESS MUST WORK CLOSELY WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO ENSURE THAT WE TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS TO MITIGATE THE RISKS REFLECTED IN THE AGREEMENT, TO DISCOURAGE IRAN FROM ESCALATING ITS DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION AND TO ENHANCE THE LIKELIHOOD THAT IRAN COMPLICE WITH ALL THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT -- COMPLIES WITH ALL THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES HAVE TO BE DEVOTED TO SUPPORTING, MONITORING, VERIFICATION AND INTELLIGENCE GATHERING ACTIVITIES. ABOVE ALL ELSE, WE MUST MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO IRAN THAT ANY VIOLATION OF THE AGREEMENT WILL BE MET WITH SWIFT AND DECISIVE ACTION BY THE UNITED STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. IN THE END, THIS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION OR ONE I ARRIVED AT QUICKLY. THERE'S RISK IN ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT AND IT CONTAINS REAL TRADEOFFS. NO RESPONSIBLE PERSON SHOULD CLAIM OTHERWISE. BUT I AM CERTAIN, MR. SPEAKER, THAT REJECTING THIS AGREEMENT WOULD PRESENT EVEN GREATER AND MORE DANGEROUS RISKS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ALLIES THAN THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH GOING FORWARD. BECAUSE OF THIS, I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FOUNDING FATHERS INCLUDED IN THE PREAMBLE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION THE INTENTION OF OUR GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROTECTING AND DEFENDING OUR NATION WAS NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT, IT WAS A FIRST THOUGHT. THE DEFENSE OF AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRATEGIC AND MORAL GOAL. THE AGREEMENT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, HOWEVER, PRIMARILY MEETS IRAN'S GOALS. SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED, NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES AND AMERICA'S SAFETY IS COMPROMISED. UNDER THIS DEAL, IN A MATTER OF YEARS, LIKELY IN OUR LIFETIMES, BUT CERTAINLY IN THE LIFETIME OF OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, IRAN WILL HAVE THE BOMB. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS SAID THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT BASED ON TRUST BUT ON VERIFICATION. I WISH THAT WAS TRUE. BECAUSE THIS AGREEMENT SHOULDN'T BE BASED ON TRUST. I CERTAINLY DO NOT TRUST A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS ACTED AS A BANK FOR TERRORISTS. ANY AGREEMENT SHOULD BE BASED ON VERIFICATION. BUT WHERE IS THE SIMPLE ASSURANCE OF ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS? WE DON'T HAVE VERIFICATION. WHAT WE HAVE IS MISPLACED HOPE. HOPE THAT IRAN HAS DISCLOSED ALL OF ITS PAST NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES, HOPE THAT IRAN WILL BE TRANSPARENT, HOPE THAT IRAN HAS SOMEHOW CHANGED. EARLIER THIS YEAR 367 BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SENT A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OUTLINING SEVERAL CONDITIONS THAT ANY FINAL NUCLEAR AGREEMENT MUST ADDRESS. UNFORTUNATELY THE AGREEMENT WE HAVE BEFORE US DOES NOT MEET CONGRESSIONAL STANDARDS AND HAS NUMEROUS FATAL FLAWS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN 2012 CONGRESS BARRED IRANIANS FROM COMING HERE TO STUDY NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AT U.S. UNIVERSITIES. ONE WOULD THINK THAT'S A GOOD POLICY, GIVEN THAT THEY'RE SEEKING TO GET THE BOMB. IN ONE OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS PROVISIONS OF THIS DEAL, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WILL NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO ENFORCE THE BAR. THIS DEAL WILL ACTUALLY MAKE THE U.S. AN ACCOMPLICE TO IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM BY GRANTING IRANIANS THE ABILITY TO COME TO THE U.S., TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE INSTRUMENTAL IN THEIR BEING ABLE TO DESIGN AND BUILD NUCLEAR BOMBS. OTHER CONCERNS INCLUDE GIVING IRAN A SIGNING BONUS, LIFTING THE ARMS EMBARGO, FAILURE TO CUT OFF IRAN'S PATHWAY TO THE BOMB AND THE LACK OF PROTECTION FOR NOT ONLY OUR OWN SAFETY BUT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE WORLD. A NUCLEAR IRAN IS A THREAT TO OUR GREAT ALLY ISRAEL, BUT IS ALSO A THREAT TO THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AMERICA AND THE WORLD. WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID THAT ANY DEAL IS BETTER THAN NO DEAL, THOMAS JEFFERSON ONCE SAID, DELAY IS PREFERABLE TO ERROR. AND I AGREE WITH JEFFERSON. HAD OUR NEGOTIATORS REMAINED AT THE TABLE A WHILE LONGER, PERHAPSES WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY. YET AS IT STANDS, THIS SO-CALLED DEAL, IF IT GOES THROUGH, WILL LIKELY MARK THE PAGES OF HISTORY AS A GREAT ERROR. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I'M REMINDED BACK TO CHURCHILL, SAID IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO JAW-JAW THAN…

    I'M REMINDED BACK TO CHURCHILL, SAID IT'S ALWAYS BETTER TO JAW-JAW THAN WAR-WAR. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MS. BARBARA LEE.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CONNOLLY FOR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CONNOLLY FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND REALLY FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY VITAL ISSUE. ALSO I MUST SALUTE OUR LEADER PELOSI FOR HER UNWAVERING SUPPORT AND HARD WORK FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3461, A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. IN THE LAST TWO CONGRESSES, MIND YOU, I INTRODUCED THE PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WAR -- AND STOP WAR THROUGH DIPLOMACY ACT. WHICH CALLED FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A HIGH-LEVEL SPECIAL ENVOY TO ADDRESS IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND AN END TO THE NO-CONTACT POLICY BETWEEN OUR DIPLOMATS AND SINCE THE 1970'S, QUITE FRANKLY, I HAVE WORKED ON MANY NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION ISSUES AND BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY THAT THE DEAL THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND OUR P5+1 PARTNERS NEGOTIATED DEMONSTRATES HOW EFFECTIVE DIPLOMACY CAN BE. IT WILL LEAD US CLOSER TO A WORLD WHERE OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS CAN LIVE WITHOUT THE FEAR OF IRAN ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE JCPOA, SUPPORTED BY THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND KEY INTERNATIONAL ALLIES, INCLUDING FRANCE, GERMANY AND BRITAIN, STILL NOT PERFECT, IT'S THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT IRAN FROM EVER ACQUIRING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL PUTS INTO PLACE THE MOST INTRUSIVE INSPECTION SYSTEM, INCLUDING A 24/7 SURVEILLANCE OF IRAN'S ENRICHMENT FACILITIES AND REACTORS. IT CUTS OFF ALL OF IRAN'S PATHWAYS TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND IT WILL ENHANCE REGIONAL AND GLOBAL SECURITY. UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWERS STATED IN HER RECENT POLITICAL OP ED, IF WE WALK AWAY, THERE IS NO DIPLOMATIC DOOR NUMBER TWO. NO DO-OVER, NO REWRITE OF THE DEAL ON THE TABLE. REJECTING THE IRAN DEAL WILL ISOLATE THE UNITED STATES FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS AND WILL NOT MAKE US ANY SAFER AND IT CERTAINLY WON'T RESULT IN A BETTER DEAL WITH IRAN. INSTEAD IT WOULD ALLOW IRAN TO ACCELERATE THEIR WEAPONS PROGRAMS WITH NO OVERSIGHT AND THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE CANNOT AFFORD THE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS DEAL. THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR WORLD. LET US CONTINUE TO WORK FOR PEACE. WE ALL KNOW THAT THE MILITARY OPTION IS ALWAYS THERE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

    AND AGAINST THIS DISASTROUS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. THE ACTIONS IRAN WILL BE…

    AND AGAINST THIS DISASTROUS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. THE ACTIONS IRAN WILL BE ALLOWED TO PURSUE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT FALL FAR SHORT OF THE COMMITMENT THE PRESIDENT MADE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TO VERFULLY P FIEABLY PREVENT IRAN GETTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. IRAN WILL MAINTAIN A ROBUST INSTRA CHUCKTURE AND BE CAPABLE OF ENRICHING URANIUM AND BE CAPABLE OF CARRYING A BOMB TO ISRAEL, EUROPE OR THE YEATS. INSTEAD OF ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS, THEY HAVE TIME TO COVER THEIR TRACKS. IT WILL PROFIND -- PROVIDE FUNDS TO BACK THEIR TERRORIST ENTERPRISE. IT IS TIME TO DEVELOP A BETTER DEAL. WHILE THIS HOUSE ACTUALLY VOTES ON THE MERITS OF THE DEAL, I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TODAY IN THE OTHER HOUSE OF CONGRESS, THE SENATE. THERE, ALMOST ALL DEMOCRATS HAVE JOINED TO BLOCK A VOTE ON THIS DEAL. ONE DEMOCRAT WHO WANTED TO VOTE WAS SENATOR SCHUMER OF NEW YORK. SENATOR SHOUP SCHUMER RELEASED A STATEMENT LAST MONTH THAT SHOW HEAD UNDERSTANDS THE DED -- THE DEFECTS OF THIS DEAL, FROM THE BILLIONS AND THE INSPECTIONS. SENATOR SCHUMER CONCLUDED WE WOULD BE WORSE OFF WITH THIS AGROMENT THAN WITHOUT IT. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER CHOICE, MR. SPEAKER. A BETTER DEAL. ONE NEGOTIATED WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF OUR ENEMYISM ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECK THIS DEAL, ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO GO BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND TO VOTE NO ON THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    JOHN KENNEDY NEGOTIATED THE FIRST NUCLEAR TREATMENT WITH OUR ARCH ENEMY,…

    JOHN KENNEDY NEGOTIATED THE FIRST NUCLEAR TREATMENT WITH OUR ARCH ENEMY, THE SOVIET UNION HE SAID WE SHOULD NEVER NEGOTIATE OUT OF FEAR BUT WE SHOULD NEVER FEAR TO NEGOTIATE. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSWOMAN LOIS CAPPS.

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    MRS. CAPPS

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE P-5 PLUS ONE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE -- FORMALLY KNOWN AS THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTES I'LL TAKE IN MY TIME IN CONGRESS. THE IDEA HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO DIPLOMATICALLY CUT OFF IRAN'S PATH TO NUCLEAR WEAPON AND VERIFY TRANSPARENCY OF THEIR CAPABILITY. IT IS CLEAR TO ME AS WELL AS NUMEROUS EXPERTS AROUND THE GLOBE THAT THIS AGREEMENT ACHIEVES THESE CRITICAL GOALS. IT NOT ONLY CUTS OFF ALL PATHWAYS TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IT IMPOSES UNPRECEDENTED AND PERMANENT INSPECTIONS, ENSURES WE CAN AUTOMATLY REINSTATE NATIONAL SANCTIONS IF IRAN VIOLATES THE AGREEMENT. IN CONTRAST, DEFEATING THIS DEAL WOULD ALLOW IRAN TO RESUME ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM WITH NO RESTRICTIONS OR OVERSIGHT, INCREASING THE LIKELIHOOD OF MILITARY CONFLICT AND THE WEAPONS RACE, PRECISELY THE SCENARIO SANCTIONS WERE DESIGNED TO PREVENT. ANOTHER COSTLY WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST WOULD PUT AMERICAN LIVES AT RISK AND UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND ALLIES, INCLUDING ISRAEL. WHILE THE RISK OF A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN ARE UNQUESTIONABLY DIRE, THERE'S NO SCENARIO IN WHICH THESE RISKS ARE REDUCED BY REJECT THIS IS DEAL. THERE ARE NO DECISION US TAKE MORE SERIOUSLY THAN THOSE THAT INVOLVE POTENTIALLY SENDING AMERICAN TROOP INTO HARM'S WAY. THIS IS UNDENIABLY ONE OF THOSE DECISIONS. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT EVERY OPTION IS AND WILL REMAIN ON THE TABLE INCLUDING MILITARY FORCE BUT WE HAVE A SOLEMN OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY DIPLOMATIC AVENUE IS EXHAUSTED -- EXHAUSTED BEFORE MILITARY ACTION IS TAKEN. THAT'S WHY I OPPOSED THE WAR IN IRAQ, WHY I SUPPORT THIS NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN. THIS DEAL HAS NOT BEEN PERFECT BUT PERFECT IS NOT AND NEVER HAS BEEN AN OPTION. THOSE URGING DEFEAT OF THIS DEAL HAVE A RESPONSE BLET TO PROPOSE A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE YET NO SUCH ALTERNATIVE HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD. THE AGREEMENT BEFORE US IS THE BEST PATH AVAILABLE. IT HAS MY FULL SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS, A MEMBER…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

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    MR. DESANTIS

    PRESIDENT WAS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION, HE SAID, IRAN IS SIMPLE. WE'LL…

    PRESIDENT WAS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION, HE SAID, IRAN IS SIMPLE. WE'LL REMOVE SANGS WHEN THEY DISMANTLE AND GIVE UP THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM. THAT WAS A PROMISE HE MADE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THIS DEAL DOESN'T COME CLOSE TO THAT. IRAN IS ALLOWED TO MANE TAIN A VAST, VAST NUCLEAR INFRASTRUCTURE. TWO YEAR AGO IN THIS HOUSE WE PASSED MORE ROBUST SANCTIONS WHICH WOULD HAVE FURTHER TIGHTENED THE SCREWS ON THE IRANIAN REGIME AND I THINK AT THAT TIME IRAN WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE SANGS. IF YOU ASKED IRAN WHAT THEY WANTED, THEY WOULD HAVE WANTED SANCTIONS RELEAF, THEY NEED THE MONEY, THE REGIME NEEDED IT TO SO FIDFI THEMSELVES IN POWER. OF COURSE THEY WANTED TO KEEP THEIR NEW CLEAR PROGRAM. AND TO FUND TERRORISM THIS GIVES IRAN EVERYTHING IT WANTS. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TO URGE WE RESOUNDINGLY REJECT THIS AGREEMENT. I WANT TO POINT OUT SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS PERSONAL TO A LOT OF VETERANS. THIS IS AN UPARMORED HUMVEE IN IRAQ, PROBABLY 2007, 2008 TIME PERIOD. AND IT'S RIPPED TO SHREDS BY AN E.F.P. DEVICE, EXPLOSIVELY FORMED PENETRATOR. THIS IS SOMETHING THE EXPLOSION WILL CAUSE PIECES OF METAL TO GO 3,000 METERS PER SECOND. IT WILL RAH VADGE THOSE IN THE HUMVEE AND WILL GO THROUGH THE ARMOR. IT CAUSED THE DEATH, THESE DEVICES, OF HUNDREDS OF OUR SERVICEMENS AND WOUNDED MANY, MANY MORE. WHY DO I BRING THAT UP? WELL, BECAUSE THIS WAS PERPETRATED BY THIS MAN. SULEIMANI, THE HEAD OF THE QUDS FORCE, AND HE WAS ORCHESTRATING THOSE ATTACK IT IS ON AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS. BAD ENOUGH, RIGHT, WE'RE DOING A DEAL WITH A COUNTRY THAT HAS A LOT OF AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HAND BUT IT'S EVEN WORSE THAN THAT. THIS DEAL RELIEVES THE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS ON THIS MAN AND THE QUDS FORCE. IT EMPOWERS THE VERY PEOPLE WHO HARMED OUR SERVICE MEMBERS IN IRAQ. I THINK THAT THAT IS AN INSULT TO THE MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST LIVES ON OUR BEHALF AND TO THEIR FAMILIES AND SO FOR THAT REASON, IN ADDITION TO ALL THE OTHER GREAT ONES THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED, WE NEED TO REJECT THIS DEAL, RESOUNDINGLY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I WOULD POINT OUT FOR THE RECORD, SULEIMANI REMAINS ON THE LIST. I YIELD…

    I WOULD POINT OUT FOR THE RECORD, SULEIMANI REMAINS ON THE LIST. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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    MR. ELLISON

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN 2012, PRIME MINISTER OF…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. IN 2012, PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, MINISTER NETANYAHU, WENT TO THE U.N. WITH A GRAPH. MUCH LIKE THE ONE RIGHT BESIDE ME. IT WAS A PICTURE OF A BOMB WITH A RED LINE AND THE PRIME MINISTER SAID, THE RED LINE MUST BE DRAWN ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. THIS DEAL DOES THAT. TODAY, WE CAN SAY THAT IRAN CANNOT PRODUCE OR STOCKPILE HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM AND IT HAS TO GET RID OF 98% OF THE LOW ENRICHED URANIUM. TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T ACHIEVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON, WE HAVE THE STRICTEST INSPECTION REGIME IN THE HISTORY OF NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS. THE IMPETUS FOR THE TWO YEARS OF NEGOTIATION HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? THE GEARS OF WAR HAVE BEEN HALTED WHEN WE PROVE THAT NEGOTIATION AND DIPLOMACY ARE THE BEST METHODS OF ACHIEVING PEACE. THIS DEAL IS A TRIUMPH OF DIPLOMACY OVER MILITARY CONFLICT. IT'S A WIN FOR THOSE WHO REJECT THE MISCONCEPTION THAT DIPLOMACY IS WEAKNESS. IN 2003, VICE PRESIDENT CHANEY -- CHENEY SAID I HAVE BEEN CHARGED BY THE PRESIDENT WITH MAKING SURE THAT NONE OF THE TYRANNIES OF THE WORLD ARE NEGOTIATING -- NEGOTIATED WITH. THE ENSUING DECADES OF WAR BROUGHT 6,842 SOLDIERS HOME IN COFFINS AND SQUANDERED TRILLION -- TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. YET WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT. WE LEARNED OUR LESSON TO WE MUST -- LESSON THAT WE MUST NEGOTIATE. WE MUST TALK IT OUT BEFORE WE BEGIN TO SHOOT IT OUT. AND THE FACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THIS DEAL MEANS THAT PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF SACRIFICING SO MUCH FOR THE BANKRUPT IDEA THAT A CONVERSATION IS A KA PITCH RATION. THIS AGREEMENT KEEPS NUCLEAR -- IS A CAPITULATION. THIS AGREEMENT KEEPS NUCLEAR WEAPONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF IRANIANS. IN 2003, THEY HAD A FEW SENTRY TUGES, BY 2013, THEY HAD 22,000ING ALL WHILE WE WERE RATTLING SABERS AND MAKING BRAVADO TYPE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO TO THEM, THEY WERE MAKING CENTRIFUGES. WE HAVE BROUGHT THAT PROCESS TO A STOP. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SANCTION HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS WHEREVER THEY ARE, INCLUDING IN IRAN. AND WE WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO CONFRONT PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT TERRORISM. BUT THE BEST WAY TO EMPOWER REFORMERS WITHIN IRAN IS TO ENGAGE. DIPLOMATIC VICTORIES REQUIRE PLAYING THE LONG GAME. YOU NEED PATIENCE AND YOU NEED UNSHAKEABLE COURAGE IN YOUR CONVICTIONS. LET ME SAY THAT I REMEMBER THE MOMENT IN 2007 WHEN THEN-SENATOR OBAMA SAID HE WOULD ENGAGE IN PERSONAL DIPLOMACY WITH LEADERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO STOP BLOODSHED IN THE REGION AND THAT'S THE MOMENT I KNEW I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM AND I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE NEARLY A DECADE LATER TO CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT FOR THIS DIPLOMATIC VICTORY AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CURBELO.

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  • 07:27:15 PM

    MR. CURBELO

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND STATED THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE OR THE MOST SERIES OF VOTES THAT WE WILL TAKE IN THIS CONGRESS. AND I AGREE WITH THEM. BECAUSE THESE VOTES BOIL DOWN TO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION, WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN? WHAT KIND OF A WORLD DO WE WANT FOR OURSELVES, FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN, FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS? DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE WE LEGITIMIZE THE MOST RADICAL, THE MOST EXTREMIST THE MOST TERRORIST GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD? A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS A LONG AND WELL DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF LYING TO THE WORLD, OF HOLDING AMERICANS HOSTAGE, OF HANGING HOMOSEXUALS FROM CRANES, OF EXECUTING JUVENILES? DO WE WANT TO EMPOWER THAT GOVERNMENT WITH AN INVESTMENT OF AT LEAST $56 BILLION? A PORTION OF WHICH WILL SURELY GO TO TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, NOT JUST IN THE MIDDLE EAST BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD? DO WE WANT TO GUARANTEE THAT WHETHER IT'S IN 10 YEARS OR 13 YEARS OR 15 YEARS OR IN 20 YEARS, THAT SAME GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO BUILD A NUCLEAR ARSENAL? DO WE WANT TO AFFORD THAT SAME GOVERNMENT THE MULLAHS IN IRAN, THE ABILITY TO HAVE INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES? THOSE AREN'T FOR ISRAEL. THOSE AREN'T FOR THE MIDDLE EAST. THOSE ARE FOR US. AND THE ONLY PURPOSE OF THOSE MISSILES IS TO CARRY A NUCLEAR WARHEAD. WHAT KIND OF A WORLD DO WE WANT TO LIVE IN? I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT MANY YEARS FROM NOW, MY DAUGHTERS, AGES 5 AND 3, WILL LOOK UP HOW THEIR DAD VOTED ON THIS CRITICAL ISSUE, AND I THINK, I'M VERY HOPEFUL, I'M CONFIDENT, THAT THEY WILL THANK ME. BECAUSE THIS IS A BAD DEAL. THIS IS A DEAL THAT NOT ONLY ENDANGERS OUR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IT ENDANGERS US. AND THIS IS A DEAL WHERE WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE STAND FOR, AND WHAT KIND OF A WORLD WE WANT TO LIVE IN. FOR THAT REASON, I'M OPPOSING THIS IRAN DEAL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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  • 07:29:41 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR FRIEND FROM FLORIDA ASKS THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, BUT HE'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR FRIEND FROM FLORIDA ASKS THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, BUT HE'S GOT THE WRONG ANSWER. I WANT A WORLD THAT ROLL BACK THE NUCLEAR CAPABILITY OF IRAN, NOT A WORLD BASED ON A FALSE HOPE THAT WE CAN MAKE IT WORK SOMEHOW WITHOUT A PLAN. THAT'S WHAT PUT THINKS WORLD AT RISK. THAT'S WHAT PUT MISCHILDREN AT GRANDCHILDREN AT RISK. I'M NOT WILLING TO TAKE THAT RISK. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MRS. DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA, CAN I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON BOTH SIDES?

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  • 07:30:21 PM

    NNOLLY MR.

    42?

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  • 07:30:25 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    YES.

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    FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

  • 07:30:33 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    TWO MINUTES.

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  • 07:30:39 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION AND SOUL…

    THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION AND SOUL SEARCHING, I'M CONVINCED THAT THE P5+1 JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION CREATES A VIABLE PATH TO REDUCE IRAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAPABILITY. FOR THAT REASON, I BELIEVE THIS AGREEMENT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES. OF COURSE THE AGREEMENT MUST ALSO BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR FRIENDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS LIVED IN ISRAEL AND HAS RETURNED MANY TIMES SINCE, I UNDERSTAND THAT FOR ISRAELIS AND AMERICANS WITH CLOSE TIES TO ISRAEL, IRAN THREATEN TOING -- THREATENING TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP IS NOT AN ABSTRACT CONCERN. IT HAS BEEN LESS THAN 100 YEARS SINCE THE JEWISH PEOPLE NEARLY SUFFERED SUCH A FATE. THE THREAT OF ANNIHILATION IS VERY REAL. TO ISRAELIS AND IT IS VERY REAL TO ME. I WOULD NEVER TAKE A VOTE THAT I THOUGHT COULD LEAVE MY GRANDCHILDREN A WORLD WITHOUT A STRONG, SAFE ISRAEL. MR. SPEAKER, I AM UNDER NO ILLUSIONS THAT THIS AGREEMENT WILL END IRAN'S AMBITIONS. BUT I CAN'T ALLOW THEIR DESTABILIZING BEHAVIOR TO HAVE THE PROTECTION OF A NUCLEAR UMBRELLA. I AGREE WITH THE FORMER HEAD OF THE I.D.F., THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE, INTELLIGENCE, THE HEAD OF THAT INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, THAT IF WE WALK AWAY FROM THIS AGREEMENT, QUOTE, IRAN WILL REMAIN CLOSER TO A NUCLEAR BOMB IN THE COMING YEARS AND THE CHANCES OF A COLLAPSE OF THE SANCTIONS REGIME WILL INCREASE. UNQUOTE. NOBODY, NOBODY IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, TRUSTS IRAN. THAT'S WHY WE NEED AND WE MUST HAVE AND TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COME TOGETHER AFTER THIS VOTE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS EXERCISING ALL OF ITS INITIATIVES TO IMPLEMENT THIS AGREEMENT AND TO ADDRESS WHAT WE KNOW WILL COME, THOSE INEVITABLE CHALLENGES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:33:09 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK, A MEMBER OF…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK, A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEES.

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  • 07:33:19 PM

    MR. HECK

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED THAT THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED THAT THE P5+1 HAD REACHED AN AGREEMENT ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, HE STATED THAT THE DEAL WAS NOT BUILT ON TRUST, THAT IT WAS BUILT ON VERIFICATION. THIS WAS A CLEAR ACKNOWLEDGMENT BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THE IRAN REGIME IS NOT A TRUSTWORTHY NEGOTIATING PARTNER AND THAT ANY AGREEMENT MUST CONTAIN A STRINGENT VERIFICATION GUIDELINE TO ENSURE THAT IRAN ADHERES TO ITS OBLIGATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY THE VERIFICATION PROCEDURES IN THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ARE IMPOTENT AT BEST. WHILE THE AGREEMENT DOES ALLOW FOR 24/7 MONITORING OF DECLARED SITES, IT INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT GIVES IRAN UP TO 24 DAYS TO GRANT INSPECTORS ACCESS TO SUSPECTED UNDECLARED FACILITIES. ACCORDING TO FORMER IAEA OFFICIALS, THIS GREATLY INCREASES THE PROBABILITY THAT NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES COULD ESCAPE DETECTION. WHILE THIS VERIFICATION SCHEME IS ALREADY EMBARRASSINGLY WEAK, IT GETS WORSE, WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THE SECRET SIDE DEALS THAT PREVENT INSPECTION OF THE PARCHIN MILITARY COMPLEX AND ALLOW IRAN TO INSPECT ITSELF. THIS IS NOT THE ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS THE ADMINISTRATION CLAIMED IT WAS PURSUING. THE FACT IS THAT IN SPITE OF CLAIMS OF THE ADMINISTRATION, THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT BUILT ON VERIFICATION, IT IS BUILT ON TRUST. IT REQUIRES US TO TRUST A REGIME THAT IS THE LARGEST EXPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, THAT HAS ALREADY VIOLATED THE INTERIM NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AND WHOSE SUPREME LEADER JUST TODAY STATED THAT ISRAEL WILL NOT EXIST IN 25 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAS SAID, NO DEAL IS BETTER THAN A BAD DEAL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A BAD DEAL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:35:25 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND, MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE MY FRIEND, MR. COHEN OF TENNESSEE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 07:35:34 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 1963 PRESIDENT KENNEDY SERVED IN THIS CHAMBER.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN 1963 PRESIDENT KENNEDY SERVED IN THIS CHAMBER. HE SPOKE AT A AMERICAN UNIVERSITY ABOUT PREVENTING NUCLEAR WAR. AND THAT TO DO SO IS NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH OUR MOST FEARED AND DISTRUSTED ENEMY AT THE TIME, THE SOVIET UNION. AS MISTRUSTED AND EVIL IN THE EYES OF AMERICANS THEN AS IRAN IS TODAY. AS YOU RECALL, THE PRIME MINISTER BOLDLY STATED, WE WILL BURY YOU. PRESIDENT KENNEDY UNDERSTOOD, THOUGH, THAT IN NEGOTIATIONSES WITH AN ENEMY, QUOTE, WE MUST DIVERSITY THOSE CONFRONTATIONS WHICH BRING AN ADVERSARY TO THE CHOICE OF HUMILIATING RETREAT OR NUCLEAR WAR. PRESIDENT OBAMA, ALONG WITH THE OTHER FIVE NATIONS AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN VIENNA, CONFRONTED THE SAME REALITY. WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN ENGAGED WITH THE SOVIET UNIONINGS HE ALSO WAS NEGOTIATING WITH OUR -- UNION, HE ALSO WAS NEGOTIATING WITH OUR MOST FEARED AND DISTRUSTED ENEMY. IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN, IT HAS BEEN THE SAME FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AS IT WAS FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN NEGOTIATING WITH THE SOVIET UNION. AND BOTH PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD THE SAME GOALS AS AMERICA'S HAD FOR OVER A HALF A CENTURY, AND THAT IS TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WAR. AND TO DO SO IT HAS BEEN NECESSARY TO DEAL WITH AN UNTRUSTED FOE. I HAVE LISTENED TO MY CONSTITUENTS, I'VE BEEN PRIVY TO MANY CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS, I'VE SPOKEN PERSONALLY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY KERRY, MET WITH OFFICIALS IN VIENNA, AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE IAEA, AND WITH DIPLOMATS AND OFFICIALS FROM EUROPE AND ASIA. OVER THOSE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS AND MONTHS, I'VE OFTEN THOUGHT ABOUT PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S ELOQUENT WORDS AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN AUGUST OF 1963 WHEN HE SAID THAT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS WE ALL INHABIT THE SAME SMALL PLANET. WE ALL BREATHE THE SAME AIR. WE ALL CHERISH OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND WE'RE ALL MORTAL. THE SAME HOLDS TRUE TODAY. I SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT BASED UPON THE INFORMATION I'VE DEMREEMED FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS AND WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THERE'S NO MORE IMPORTANT MISSION THAN PREVENTING NUCLEAR WAR. OUR PEOPLE AND OUR PLANET ARE IN THE BALANCE. I'M CONVINCED THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO ENSURE IRAN WILL NOT BUILD A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:37:49 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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  • 07:37:58 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. AND FOR THE EXCELLENT JOB HE'S BEEN DOING TONIGHT DURING THE DEBATE ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS A SOMBER WEEK FOR OUR NATION. SEPTEMBER 11 REMINDS US OF THE SACRED RESPONSIBILITY WE IN CONGRESS HAVE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THOSE WHO WANT TO KILL US. THAT IS WHY WE MUST OPPOSE THE IRAN DEAL. THIS DEAL ONLY EMBOLDENS OUR ENEMIES AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR FRIENDS AND OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY. SO IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT A MAJORITY IN CONGRESS OPPOSE THIS DEAL AS DO MOST AMERICANS. FOR MANY REASONS. FIRST, IT ALLOWS IRAN TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE FUTURE. SECOND, IT LISTS SANCTION -- LIFTS SANCTIONS AND FREES UP AS MUCH AS $150 BILLION IN ASSETS FOR IRAN. THESE FUNDS INEVITABLY WILL BE USED BY IRAN TO EXPORT TERRORISM AS EVEN THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAS ADMITTED. THIRD, THE LONGSTANDING ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST IRAN WILL BE LIFTED. THIS ENABLES IRAN TO BUY LONG RANGE SURFACE TO ARAMISLES FROM RUSSIA BY THE END OF THE YEAR -- AIR MISSILES FROM RUSSIA BY THE END OF THE YEAR. THERE'S NO WAY TO LOOK AT THEIR SITES. IRAN IS GIVEN WEEKS, IF NOT MONTHS, OF ADVANCED NOTICE OF ANY INSPECTION. THIS PROVIDES AMPLE TIME FOR IRAN TO HIDE EVIDENCE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACTIVITIES AND VIOLATE THE AGREEMENT. SECRET DEALS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS HIDDEN FROM CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE NOW BEEN REVEALED. ONE SECRET DEAL PERMITS IRAN TO CONDUCT ITS OWN INSPECTIONS AT A MILITARY FACILITYMENT ISED OF TIES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS -- FACILITIES SUSPECTED OF TIES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS DEAL DIRECTLY THREATENS THE SECURITY AND FUTURE OF ISRAEL. THE IRAN DEAL DESTABILIZES THE MIDDLE EAST, JEOPARDIZES AMERICA'S SECURITY AND ENDANGERS THE WORLD. THE IRAN DEAL MUST BE OPPOSED NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT THE LAW OF THE LAND. THIS DEAL IS A NONBINDING EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT. ONLY THE CONSTITUTION IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:40:21 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

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  • 07:40:54 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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  • 07:41:01 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RAISE MY OBJECTION TO THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION AND TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. IN MARCH I JOINED 346 OF MY BIPARTISAN COLLEAGUES IN A LETTER OUTLINING THE ISSUES NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED BY IRAN IN A COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. THE LAST SENTENCE OF THAT AGREEMENT SAID, CONGRESS MUST BE CONVINCED THAT THE AGREEMENTS -- AGREEMENT'S TERMS FORECLOSE ANY PATHWAY TO A BOMB AND THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL CONGRESS BE ABLE TO CONSIDER PERMANENT SANCTIONS RELIEF. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT. AND I AM PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED, DISAPPOINTEDED TO SAY THAT IT FALLS -- DISAPPOINTED TO SAY THAT IT FALLS REMARKABLY SHORT OF FORECLOSING A PATHWAY TO A BOMB. TO THE CONTRARY, THIS AGREEMENT BRINGS IRAN TO THE BRINK OF BECOMING A NUCLEAR WEAPON STATE . AND EIGHT SHORT YEARS FROM NOW, PROVIDES THEM A PATHWAY TO ACQUIRING TECHNOLOGY TO STRIKE EUROPE AND WELL BEYOND. TO EASE THE CONCERNS OF MY NONCOMMITTAL COLLEAGUES, THE PRESIDENT HAS PROMISED A MILITARY OPTION REMAINS ON THE TABLE. AND I AM SIMPLY AWE-STRICKEN BY THE FACT THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE LEFT HAVE FALLEN FOR OTHER PURPOSES SHE'S ASSURANCES -- FOR THESE ASSURANCES. IT'S THE SAME ADMINISTRATION THAT PROMISED THE RED LINE OF SYRIA -- IN SYRIA, IT'S THE SAME EMPTY RHETORIC THAT HAS SUSTAINED THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR, THE LIBYAN CIVIL WAR, ISIL'S CONTROL OF WESTERN IRAQ, AND OF COURSE THE IMPERIALIST VLADIMIR PUTIN THAT HAS ANNEXED THE SOVEREIGN TERRITORY OF THE EWE CRAVENLT -- UKRAINE. I THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS DEAL AND ANY DEAL THAT ENABLES A BELLIGERENT STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR TO HAVE ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WILL ALLOW ITS ATROCITIES TO CONTINUE IN PERPETUITY. ALL THE WHILE AMERICANS, FOUR AMERICANS, ONE OF THEM A NATIVE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, MY HOME STATE, IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE. HOW IN THE WORLD -- MR. SPEAKER, IN NO OTHER WORLD, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, WOULD THIS AGREEMENT BE CONSIDERED CREDIBLE.

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  • 07:43:51 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    LET ME GRANT THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 07:43:53 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I'LL TAKE 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OVER.…

    I'LL TAKE 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I APOLOGIZE FOR GOING OVER. BUT I WAS SAYING THAT IN NO OTHER WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, AND TO ALL OF YOU, HAVING SERVED IN THE PUBLIC AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HAVE EVER I -- HAVE I EVER SEEN AN AGREEMENT WHERE WE ARE NEGOTIATING WITH A PARTY THAT HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE OTHER PARTY. IN THIS CASE, THE SUPREME LEADER OF THE STATE OF IRAN, AS LATE AS YESTERDAY, REFERRED TO THE UNITED STATES AS THE GREAT SATAN AND CALLED FOR US TO BE WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE ERLINGT -- FACE OF THE EARTH. NOT JUST ISRAEL. WE'RE THE GREAT SATAN. THEY'RE SATAN, ACCORDING TO THE AYATOLLAH. WE ARE THE GREAT SATAN. I OBJECT TO ENTERING AN AGREEMENT WITH A COUNTRY THAT HAS NO RESPECT.

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    THANK YOU.

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

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    MS. WATERS

    ADVOCACY FOR THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AGREED TO BETWEEN IRAN AND SIX MAJOR…

    ADVOCACY FOR THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AGREED TO BETWEEN IRAN AND SIX MAJOR WORLD POWERS WITH THE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF THE U.N. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. I VERY MUCH SHARE THE LEADER'S VIEW THAT DIPLOMACY AND PEACE MUST BE GIVEN EVERY CHANCE IN OUR DEALINGS WITH IRAN BEFORE WE COM -- CONTEMPLATE THE USE OF ANY OTHER OPTIONS. I ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT ACTING WITH THE PRESIDENT'S FULL SUPPORT, SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY HAS DONE A MASTERFUL JOB OF HOLDING THE P5+1 COALITION TOGETHER. IT WAS FAR FROM CERTAIN THAT RUSSIA AND CHINA, INTENT AS EACH OF THEM IS ON REDUCING AMERICA'S INFLUENCE IN THE WORLD, WOULD CONTINUE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE TOUGH MULTINATIONAL EFFORT NECESSARY TO GET US TO THIS POINT. . THIS AGREEMENT PROVES THAT WORLD LEADERS TERK SPITE BEING DIVIDED ON A RANGE OF ISSUES CAN STILL WORK TOGETHER AND REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY. THIS IS TRULY EXTRAORDINARY. I SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT, NOT BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT, BUT BECAUSE IT'S A DEAL THAT STANDS UP EXTREMELY WELL AS A BARRIER AGAINST NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION FOR AT LEAST 15 YEARS. IT ALSO ESTABLISHES AN INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS REGIME TO ENSURE THAT IRAN'S PROGRAM REMAINS HEAVILY MONITORED AND EXCLUSIVELY PEACEFUL FOR EVEN LONGER. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF THIS DEAL ALLOWINGS ANY PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL WHO CAN SHOW THAT IRAN HAS VIOLATED THE AGREEMENT, THE ABILITY TO SNAP BACK THE TOUGH SANCTIONS THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN IN PLACE. NOW I KNOW THERE ARE CRITICS WHO BELIEVE THAT BY REJECTING THE DEAL AND INCREASING SANCTIONS ON IRAN THAT THE U.S. CAN SOMEHOW COERCE THE LEADERS OF IRAN TO COMPLETELY DISMANTLE ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. AS EFFECTIVE AS THE CURRENT SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN, IN BRINGING IRAN TO THE TABLE TO NEGOTIATE, THEY HAVE NOT STOPPED IRAN FROM BECOMING A THRESHOLD NUCLEAR STATE. IF CONGRESS REJECTS THIS DEAL, IT WILL NOT LEAD TO A BETTER ONE. IF THE U.S. WALKS AWAY FROM THIS DEAL, WE WILL HAVE SQUANDERED THE BEST CHANCE WE HAVE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS. IN FACT, U.S. REJECTION OF THE DEAL IS MORE LIKELY TO ISOLATE THE UNITED STATES RATHER THAN IRAN FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. IT WOULD REINFORCE QUESTIONS AROUND THE WORLD ABOUT OUR COMMITMENT TO MULTILATERALISM AND AMERICAN POLITICAL DYSFUNCTION. FURTHERMORE, IT WOULD SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE OUR ABILITY TO LEAD ANY FUTURE DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS ON TERRORISM AND ON A RANGE OF OTHER ISSUES IMPORTANT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS NECESSARY FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL. THE RESERVATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SANCTIONS ARCHITECTURE AND FOR MAINTAINING THE CREDIBILITY OF U.S. DIPLOMATIC COMMITMENT IN THE FUTURE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:49:02 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 07:49:13 PM

    MR. PALMER

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ILL-CONCEIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN OUR CURRENT…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS ILL-CONCEIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE FANATICAL REGIME RULING THE NATION OF IRAN. I FIND IT IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE SWORN TO PROTECT THE SECURITY AND INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD ENTER INTO SUCH A ONE-SIDED DEAL. THIS IS A DEAL THAT EXPANDS THE LETHAL POTENTIAL OF A RUTHLESS REGIME BY GIVING THEM A PATH TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. A REGIME WHOSE STATED OBJECTIVE IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES. A REGIME COMMITTED TO THE COMPLETE AND UTTER DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL, OUR MOST TRUSTED FRIEND AND ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND A REGIME THAT ALMOST NO ONE BELIEVES WILL HONOR THIS DEAL. IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE THAT WE WOULD SO BLINDLY IGNORE THE WARNINGS OF THE WORLD'S MOST AGGRESSIVE SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM BY ALLOWING THEM ACCESS TO $150 BILLION IN ASSETS AND ALLOWING THEM TO USE THOSE ASSETS TO PROJECT THEIR WAR AGAINST OUR NATION AND OUR ALLIES. IF THE RANTINGS OF THIS REGIME ARE NOT ENOUGH TO CAUSE US TO REJECT THIS DEAL, WE SHOULD LET HISTORY INSTRUCT US. THIS REGIME HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF SOLDIERS, AND FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN ISRAEL AND OTHER NATIONS, AND IN 1999 THEY -- AND IN 2009, THEY MURDERED THEIR OWN PEOPLE. I BELIEVE THE PAST MISTAKES OF WORLD LEADERS WHO FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGER POSED BY RUTHLESS REGIMES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN THE PAGES OF HISTORY WITH THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. WE MUST NOT ALLOW OUR NATION TO TAKE RANK WITH THOSE NATIONS AND LEADERS FROM THE PAST WHO CHOSE APPEASEMENT OVER COURAGE WHO CHOSE TO TAKE WHAT APPEARED TO THEM TO BE THE EASY PATH INSTEAD OF BEARING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MAKING THE HARDER DECISION BECAUSE IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION. IF THE ADMINISTRATION IS CORRECT THAT ALLOWING THE RULING REGIME IN IRAN TO BECOME ARMED WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS WILL POSE NO THREAT TO AMERICA OR ISRAEL, THEN NO ONE WILL REMEMBER HOW THE MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS VOTED. BUT IF THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS AGREEMENT ARE WRONG AND WE SUFFER A CATASTROPHIC LOSS OF LIVES, NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET WHAT WE DID HERE. WE WILL BEAR THE BURDEN OF THIS VOTE FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. AMERICAN -- AMERICA'S FOREIGN POLICY IS AT A CROSSROADS. I'M REMINDED OF HOW A GREAT PRESIDENT DESCRIBED HOW TO DEAL WITH DANGEROUS NATIONS. PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT SAID WE SHOULD SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A BIG STICK HE DESCRIBED THIS APPROACH AS THE EXERCISE OF INTELLIGENT FORE THOUGHT AND DECISIVE ACTIONS SUFFICIENTLY FAR IN ADVANCE OF ANY LIKELY CRISIS. THIS DEAL DOESN'T MEET THAT STANDARD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE TIME WHEN THE BURDEN OF LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BEEN ENTRUSTED TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS FALLS MOST HEAVILY UPON US. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOOK TO US TO DO OUR DUTY AND BEAR THIS RESPONSIBILITY WITHOUT REGARD TO PARTY OR POLITICS. BUT -- TO PUT THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY FOREMOST. I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO PUT ASIDE THE POLITICS AND PAR SAT -- PARTISANSHIP THAT OTHERWISE DIVIDE US AND STAND TOGETHER IN OPPOSITION TO THIS DEAL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:52:25 PM

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  • 07:52:32 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:52:36 PM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. THE GOAL OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. THE GOAL OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN IRAN AND WORLD POWERS HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO PREVENT THEM FROM DEVELOP AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THIS. THIS AGREEMENT, AS OPPOSED TO REJECTING THE AGREEMENT, TAKES US VERY FAR TOWARD THAT GOAL AND I THINK ACCOMPLISHES THAT GOAL IN A WAY WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH AND ACCEPT.

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  • 07:53:06 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THE ALTERNATIVE IS JUST TOO TREACHEROUS, I THINK, FOR US TO EVEN IMAGINE.…

    THE ALTERNATIVE IS JUST TOO TREACHEROUS, I THINK, FOR US TO EVEN IMAGINE. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE FOR AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN HERE, THE LAST 2 1/2 YEARS I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS. I HAVE, AS MANY MEMBERS HAVE HAD, COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF HOURS OF BRIEFINGS. I HAVE READ THE DOCUMENTS. I HAVE READ THE CLASSIFIED REPORTS. AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT THIS AGREEMENT SIMPLY PUT, MAKES THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE. BOTH FOR THE U.S. AND OUR ALLIES. WHAT THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT DO, HOWEVER, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN CONTEXT, AGREEMENT DOES NOT MAKE IRAN A GOOD ACTOR ON THE WORLD STAGE. IT'S INTENDED TO TAMP DOWN THEIR NUCLEAR ASPIRATIONS. IT DOESN'T MEAN IRAN CAN BE TRUSTED. IN FACT, THE VERY NATURE OF THE AGREEMENT IS THAT IT WILL RELY ON INSPECTIONS, IT WILL RELY ON THE EYES OF THE WORLD TO BE ON IRAN TO ENSURE THE AGREEMENT IS ADHERED TO WITH ROBUST INSPECTIONS. LIKE ANY NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT, IT'S NOT PERFECT. BUT IF IRAN CHEATS, WE'LL KNOW IT. THROUGH INSPECTIONS. IF IRAN VIOLATES THE AGREEMENT, OUR ALLIES AND THE UNITED STATES WILL BE ABLE TO PUT BACK IN PLACE THOSE SANCTIONS THAT WERE SO IMPORTANT TO GET THEM TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. IN FACT, EVEN IF OUR ALLIES DON'T AGREE, WE WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO UNILATERALLY TAKE STEPS TO REENSTATE THOSE IMPORTANT SANCTIONS. FINALLY, I THINK IMPORTANTLY, UNDER THIS QUESTION, THE U.S. WILL BE IN A MUCH STRONGER POSITION THAN WE ARE TODAY IF IN FACT MILITARY INTERVENTION ULTIMATELY IS REQUIRED. BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE ALLOWED THE DIPLOMATIC PROCESS TO WORK, I BELIEVE AND I THINK MOST AMERICANS BELIEVE, IT STRENGTHENS OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD IF IN FACT THE NECESSITY OF MILITARY ACTION DOES COME UPON US. THE FACT THAT WE GAVE DIPLOMACY A CHANCE, I THINK, IS A REALLY IMPORTANT POINT. I KNOW, AND I'VE HEARD FROM FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE AMERICANS THAT ARE BEING HELD. THIS IS A SUBJECT THAT I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT. I REPRESENT THE FAMILIES -- THE FAMILY OF AMIR HAKMADI. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF MEMBER OPS BOTH SIDES TO CALL UPON IRAN TO RELEASE THE AMERICANS THEY HOLD. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS EFFORT, THROUGH HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, TO ASSIST ME IN DEVELOPING A RESOLUTION THAT ALLOWED THIS HOUSE TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE ON THAT QUESTION. BUT IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE, AS SOME HAVE SUGGESTED, TO HAVE INCLUDED THE FREEDOM OF INNOCENT AMERICANS AS ONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF AN AGREEMENT BECAUSE BY THE VERY NATURE OF AN AGREEMENT, THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS, IN ORDER TO SECURE A CONCESSION, IN ORDER TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THOSE AMERICANS IN EXCHANGE FOR SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS NEGOTIATED AT THE BARGAINING TABLE, WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO EXCHANGE SOMETHING THAT MAKES THE WORLD A LESS SAFE PLACE. BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LISTEN TO THE POSITION TAKEN BY THAT YOUNG, BRAVE, MAN THAT I REPRESENT. THAT YOUNG MARINE, AMERIHAKMADI WHO HIMSELF HAS SAID THAT THE ONUS IS ON IRAN TO UNILATERALLY RELEASE HIM AND NOT TO INCLUDE HIM AS PART OF A TRANSACTION THAT DEALS WITH IRAN'S NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES. THAT'S THE POSITION THAT I TAKE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT POSITION. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THAT'S ALSO THE POSITION THAT THIS BRAVE YOUNG MAN WHO FOR FOUR YEARS HAS BEEN SITTING IN AN IRANIAN JAIL CELL ALSO TAKES. FINALLY, WE HAVE TO BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES ABOUT THE QUESTION THAT IS BEFORE US. NOW, IF I WERE TO HAVE WRITTEN THIS AGREEMENT BY MYSELF, IT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT AGREEMENT. I'M SURE THAT TRUE OF VIRTUALLY EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WHEN EVALUATING OUR POSITION ON THIS QUESTION, WE HAVE TO FIRST SEARCH OUR OWN CONSCIENCE BUT WE HAVE TO MEASURE THE EFFECTIVE -- THE EFFECT OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF ADHEARING TO AND ENACTING THIS AGREEMENT WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF WALKING AWAY FROM A MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH NO PROSPECT, LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THE OTHER NATIONS INVOLVED -- WITH NO PROSPECT OF BEING ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. THE CONCLUSION I THINK THAT I HAVE COME TO IN EXAMINING MY CONSCIENCE IS THAT WE ARE IN A FAR BETTER POSITION AS A WORLD AND WE ARE FAR MORE SECURE THROUGH THIS AGREEMENT THAN WE WOULD BE WITH THE UNCERTAINTY OF WALKING AWAY FROM THE DIPLOMATIC PROCESS AND ALLOWING IRAN TO PURSUE A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN THE NEXT MONTH.

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  • 07:58:13 PM

    MR. WATERS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

  • 07:58:16 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. THIS IS THE CONCLUSION THAT I…

    THANK YOU, I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING. THIS IS THE CONCLUSION THAT I HAVE COME TO BUT THIS IS ALSO THE CONCLUSION THAT EXPERTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM HAVE COME TO. AMBASSADOR -- AMBASSADORS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD, FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE, MADELEINE ALBRIGHT THINKS THIS IS THE RIGHT PATH FORWARD. FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL THINKS THIS IS THE RIGHT PATH FORWARD. I UNDERSTAND THAT INDIVIDUALS IN THIS HOUSE MAY COME TO DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS AFTER EXAMINING THE FACTS. THE ONLY THING I ASK AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO IS TO VOTE YOUR HEART. VET WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT. EXAMINE THE DOCUMENTS AND DO WHAT YOU THINK IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AND THE CONCLUSION I HAVE COME TO IS THAT SUPPORTING THIS AGREEMENT IS THE RIGHT THING. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:59:08 PM

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  • 07:59:14 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:59:19 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT, THOUGH, THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY EXPERTS. WE…

    I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT, THOUGH, THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY EXPERTS. WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY GENERALS, ADMIRALS, AND THERE ARE OTHER 200 GENERALS AND FLAG OFFICERS, ADMIRALS, WHO HAVE COME TO THE OPPOSITE CONCLUSION. WHO HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THIS MAKES THE COUNTRY LESS SAFE. AND THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HERE, SUPPORTERS OF THIS AGREEMENT HAVE ARGUED THAT WE WILL BE AGGRESSIVE AGAINST IRAN. AGGRESSIVE AGAINST IRAN IN ITS REGIONAL AGGRESSION. AGGRESSIVE AGAINST IRAN ON ITS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. I'LL JUST BRING UP FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BODY HERE SOME CONCERNS I HAVE. I DON'T SEE IT. THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS SILENT DURING IRAN'S GREEN REVOLUTION, WHEN THE IRANIAN PEOPLE WERE IN THE STREETS REVOLTING AGAINST A REGIME. THEY NEEDED U.S. LEADERSHIP THE MOST AT THAT TIME. AND SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION BEGAN ITS NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN , WE HAVE HAD A GRAND TOTAL OF THREE, THREE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE DESIGNATIONS, THREE DESIGNATIONS AGAINST A BACKDROP OF A RECORD NUMBER OF EXECUTIONS UNDER THE SO-CALLED MODERATE PARTY. MORE EXECUTIONS. THIS YEAR THAN UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP -- THAN UNDER ALTERNATIVE LEADERSHIP IN THE PAST. IF YOU ARE SEEING UNPARALLELED LEVELS OF REPRESSION AND EXECUTIONS AND WE DON'T SEE THAT BEING COUNTERED FORCEFULLY, I COME TO A CERTAIN CONCLUSION. I SEE THE SAME THING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION NOT CONFRONTING ASSAD'S MASS MURDER. ASSAD IS IRANIAN-BACKED. NOW, YOU KNOW, FROM MY STANDPOINT, IF THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOCKED INTO AN AGREEMENT, I WILL TELL YOU HOW I THINK. I PRESUME THE ADMINISTRATION WILL DEFEND THAT AGREEMENT. AND I PRESUME THAT THAT WILL MEAN IGNORING IRAN'S ABUSES AT HOME AND PROBABLY IGNORING IRAN'S AGGRESSION ABROAD. THE NEGOTIATIONS WERE CONSTRAINT ON THE ADMINISTRATION TAKING ACTION AND PROTESTING. AND I PRESUME THAT THE NEW AGREEMENT IS GOING TO BE A CONSTRAINT ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S TAKING ACTION AGAINST IRAN. I'M JUST POINTING OUT MY VIEW ON THIS BASED UPON WHAT I HAVE OBSERVED, GOING BACK TO THE GREEN REVOLUTION AND THIS MODEL WITH IRAN. I WISH THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD TAKE ON A NEW LIFE IN CONFRONTING IRAN. I DON'T SEE IT. AND WILL HAVE A REALLY BAD DEAL TO CONTEND WITH. AND THE OTHER PART OF THE DEAL, OTHER POINTS WERE MADE HERE TONIGHT, BUT SANCTIONS RELIEF PROVIDED TO IRAN UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL ENABLE THEM TO INCREASE THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILES. SO THE OTHER OBSERVATION I WOULD MAKE IS THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM THREAT OF AN A BALLISTIC MISSILE THAT CAN REACH THE UNITED STATES IS VERY REAL. THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM SO MANY RETIRED OFFICERS AND WHAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE PENTAGON. AND YET THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN RELUCTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS ADEQUATE, PROTECTIVE MEASURES TO GUARD THE HOMELAND AGAINST THE BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT. ONE OF HIS FIRST MAJOR DECISIONS WAS TO CUT FUNDING FOR THE MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY AND THERE WAS SIGNED MISSILE AGREEMENTS WITH POLAND AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN TERMS OF THE INTERCEPTOR PROGRAM THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO DEFEND UNITED STATES AND EUROPE AGAINST ANY POTENTIAL LAUNCH AND CONTRARY TO THE REPRESENTATION PROVIDED TO CONGRESS AS PART OF THE NEW START, THE PRESIDENT CANCELED PHASE FOUR OF THE MISSILE PLAN WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO INCREASE PROTECTION OF THE U.S. HOMELAND. NOW THAT THIS AGREEMENT WILL PROMPT RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS INTO THE BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT TO THE U.S. BY IRAN, MY OTHER HOPE IS THAT THAT THIS INSTITUTION WILL HAVE UNIFORM OPPOSITION TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S RECORD OF CUTTING MISSILE DEFENSE AND SUPPORT PROACTIVE MEASURES TO PROTECT THE U.S. HOMELAND, BECAUSE I WILL REMIND EVERYONE HERE, IRAN CLAIMS TODAY THAT THEY ARE NOT BOUND IN THIS AGREEMENT ON THE ISSUE OF BALLISTIC MISSILES. THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE U.N. SANCTIONS ON THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILES AND THEY'RE CLAIMING WE DID NOT PUT IT INTO THE AGREEMENT. AS FAR AS THEY ARE CONCERNED, THEY ARE MOVING FORWARD. THEY ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. CROFF MANNING.

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  • 08:05:00 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN AGREEMENT. IN 2009, I WAS ABLE TO VISIT…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN AGREEMENT. IN 2009, I WAS ABLE TO VISIT ISRAEL AND WAS IN SEPARATE MEETINGS WITH THE PRIME MINISTER AND THEN PRESIDENT PEREZ AND THE ISRAELI CHIEF OF STAFF OF I.D.F. I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION, WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO STOP IRAN FROM IMAGINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON? AND THEY ALL GAVE ME THE SAME ANSWER. THEY SAID YOU HAVE TO IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS THAT ARE TOUGH ENOUGH THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN FEARS A COLLAPSE OF THE ECONOMY AND RESULTING LOSS OF POWER AND THAT IS THE ONLY THING SHORT OF WAR THAT WILL CAUSE THEM TO GIVE THEM THEIR QUEST FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MERELY TO BRING THEM TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE THREW THEM A LIFELINE AND BEFORE EVEN GOING TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, WENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO UNRAVEL ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON IRAN. THE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ISRAEL SAID THAT EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENT HAS TRIED TO BOX THE CONGRESS IN, THAT WE HAVE -- THE UNITED STATES HAS A $17 TRILLION ECONOMY. AND BY THE UNITED STATES IMPOSING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS ON IRAN, THAT, IN FACT, OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE FORCED TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS REALLY THE HOPE AND CHANGE APPLIED TO AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY. THE HOPE AND CHANGE IS THAT THE CONDUCT OF IRAN WILL CHANGE OVER TIME. THAT THE RULING PARTY WILL SOMEHOW BECOME ENLIGHTENED AND WHEN THEY SAY "DEATH TO AMERICA," IT'S MORE OF A CULTURAL EXPRESSION. WHEN 241 MARINES DIED FROM A IRANIAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH GUERILLA IN A TRUCK BOMB IN 1983 WHEN 241 MARINES DIED -- MAY HAVE MORE TIME?

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  • 08:07:23 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 08:07:27 PM

    MR. COFFMAN

    IN 1996, WHEN 19 AIRMEN DIED IN THE KHOBART TOWERS BY AN IRANIAN-BACKED…

    IN 1996, WHEN 19 AIRMEN DIED IN THE KHOBART TOWERS BY AN IRANIAN-BACKED ATTACK, WHEN THEY SAY "DEATH TO AMERICA," THEY MEAN DEATH TO AMERICA. WE WERE LOSING SOLDIERS AND MARINES ON THE GROUND DUE TO I.E.D.'S. WE DID RECON ACEANCE AND SECURITY. AND IRAN IRAN WHAT WAS CALLED AN EXPLOSIVE FORCE PENETRATOR THAT WAS DESIGNED TO PENETRATE THE THICKEST HULLS AND KILL HUNDREDS OF SOLDIERS. WHEN THE AMERICANS SAY "DEATH TO AMERICA," THEY MEAN IT. THIS DEAL WILL THREATEN THE STABILITY OF THE REGION, THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND END OF ISRAEL AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:08:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:08:36 PM

    MS. WATERS

    FROM, I YIELD, FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:08:43 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR LEADING THIS DEBATE ON OUR…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA FOR LEADING THIS DEBATE ON OUR BEHALF AND I WANT TO THANK HER FOR THE GREAT WORK SHE HAS BEEN DOING ON ALL OF THIS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3461, LEGISLATION TO APPROVE THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. WHILE I WILL GHIT THIS DEAL IS NOT ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, IT DOES OFFER THE BEST CHANCE OF PREVENTING IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THE AGREEMENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY, THE LIKES OF WHICH WE COULD NOT EVEN IMAGINE A FEW YEARS AGO, A CHANCE TO STOP IRAN FROM OBTAINING A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND TO DO SO WITHOUT ENGAGING IN ANOTHER COSTLY AND BLOODY WAR. I DID NOT REACH THIS CONCLUSION LIGHTLY AND I CLOSELY EXAMINED THE DEAL. I ALSO SPOKE TO EXPERTS AND NUMEROUS OFFICIALS THAT ARE CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE TALKS INCLUDING ONE OF THE INSPECTORS AND CAREFULLY WEIGHED THE ARGUMENTS FROM BOTH SIDES. WHILE I STILL HAVE SOME CONCERNS, I DO NOT SEE AN ALTERNATIVE THAT WILL CONSTRAIN THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND MAINTAIN THE GLOBAL COOPERATION NEEDED TO ENFORCE THESE LIMITS. MR. SPEAKER, THE PLAIN LANGUAGE OF THIS AGREEMENT EXPLICITLY STATES THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL IRAN WILL SEEK, DEVELOP OR ACQUIRE ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS, CLOSED QUOTE. THERE IS NO WAIVER, NO EXCEPTION, NO QUALIFIER OR SUNSET. IRAN MAY NEVER HAVE AN A NUCLEAR WEAPON. NOBODY BELIEVES A SIMPLE AFFIRMATION IS ENOUGH WITH NARE HISTORY AND THIS DEAL IMPOSES TOUGH LIMITATIONS AND INCLUDES SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE THAT IF IRAN CHEATS WE WILL KNOW AND IMPOSE ECONOMIC SANCTIONS OR AS THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED, MILITARY OPTION REMAINS ON THE TABLE. I WANT TO NOTE SOME OF THE LIMITATIONS THAT ARE IN THE AGREEMENT. IRAN MUST CUT ITS URANIUM STOCKPILE BY 96%. IT HAS 7,500 KILOGRAMS OF LOW-ENRICHED URANIUM. 7,500 TO 300. IT MUST CUT ITS CENTRIFUGE CAPACITY TO 6 THOISM 104. OF THE 5,000, IT MUST BE THE LOWER EFFICIENCY, LOWER GENERATION CENTRIFUGES. THE HEFF WATER PLANT AT ARAK MUST BE REMOVED AND FILLED WITH CONCRETE AND MUST BE REDESIGNED FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY PURPOSES ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW THIS DEAL IS NOT BASED ON TRUST. IN FACT, IT ASSUMES IRAN WILL TRY TO CHEAT. THAT'S WHY THE REGIME IS SO INTRUSIVE. INSPECTORS WILL HAVE USE OF THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE AND SUBJECTS IRAN'S NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE TO INSPECTIONS FROM URANIUM MINING AND WASTE DISPOSAL. NO OTHER MEMBER OF THE TREATY IS SUBJECT TO THAT SCRUTINY NOR WOULD WE BE INSPECTING THEIR FUEL CYCLE IF WE TRUSTED THEM. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING. THE UNITED STATES DID NOT NEGOTIATE THIS AGREEMENT ALONE. THIS WAS A JOINT EFFORT WITH THE U.K., GERMANY, FRANCE, CHINA AND RUSH AND E.U. THOSE COUNTRIES ARE IN A MORE VULNERABLE POSITION THAN THE UNITED STATES IF IRAN SHOULD VIOLATE THIS AGREEMENT. NOW ANY OBSERVER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WILL TELL YOU IT HAS BEEN NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THESE COUNTRIES TO AGREE ON ANYTHING, MUCH LESS A DEAL WITH SUCH SIGNIFICANCE ON THIS. YET, THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HERE. AN AGREEMENT WITH GLOBAL MAJOR POWERS READY TO ENFORCE AN AGREEMENT. IF WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY TO SAY NO TO DIPLOMACY AND YES TO MILITARY ACTION, WE MAY DO SO ALONE. MR. SPEAKER, AS I STATED EARLIER, THIS AGREEMENT IS NOT PERFECT. NO ONE GOT EVERYTHING THEY WANTED IN THIS AGREEMENT. FOR EVERY CRITIC WHO SAYS THE P5+1 GAVE AWAY TOO MUCH, THERE IS ONE IN IRAN WHO SAYS THEY DID THE SAME. THE SUCCESS WILL HINGE ON ITS IMPLEMENTATION. IT WOULD BE BETTER USE OF OUR ENERGIES TO ENSURE THAT THIS DEAL SUCCEEDS AND THE IAEA HAS WHAT IS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT ITS MANDATE. ONE FINAL POINT. IF SOME OF THE CRITICS ARE RIGHT AND WE EVENTUALLY HAVE TO RESORT TO A MILITARY OPTION WITH OR WITHOUT OUR INTERNATIONAL NEIGHBORS, I THINK IT WOULD BE MUCH BETTER FOR US TO HAVE HAD HUNDREDS OF INSPECTORS ON THE GROUND INSPECTING NUCLEAR AND NON-NUCLEAR FACILITIES -- MAY I HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS -- IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER FOR US AND OUR INTERNATIONAL ALLIES TO HAVE HAD INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, HUNDREDS ON THE GROUND IN IRAN SO THAT IF WE DO HAVE TO TAKE MILITARY ACTION, WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION. WE HAVE THAT INTELLIGENCE SO THAT ANY MILITARY ACTION THAT EVENTUALLY IS NECESSARY, WILL BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE. BUT I AGREE THAT THIS AGREEMENT IS OUR BEST CHANCE. THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR DIPLOMACY. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:14:25 PM

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

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

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  • 08:14:29 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS MR. WESTERMAN.

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  • 08:14:43 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN STRONG DISAGREEMENT WITH THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TONIGHT IN STRONG DISAGREEMENT WITH THE PRESIDENT'S DEAL. TONIGHT IS THE EVE OF THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS ON AMERICA BY ISLAMIC TERRORISTS. THESE WERE DIRECT AND PREMEDITATED ATTACKS ON OUR SOIL THAT TARGETED AND MURDERED THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE AMERICANS. IT WAS A DIRTY AND COWARDLY ACT THAT REFLECTS LEAST VALUES. THOSE WHO FINANCE TERROR AND PLAN TERRORIST ATTACKS AND THOSE WHO CARRY THEM OUT. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE HERE AT THIS TIME DEBATING WHETHER TO APPROVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE NUMBER ONE U STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD. A DEAL WITH A COUNTRY THAT CHANTS "DEATH TO AMERICA." A BILL THAT REMOVES SANCTIONS AND ALLOWS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO A REGIME THAT WANTS TO KILL US. A DEAL THAT A DEAL THAT ALLOWS THEM TO MAKE NUCLEAR FUEL THAT MOST LIKELY WILL BE USED IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS REGIME BY NOT MAKE ANYTHING CONCESSIONS UNTIL IRAN DEMONSTRATES THEY CAN BE CIVILIZED AND TRUSTED. THEY MUST EARN OUR TRUST. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA'S $18 BILLION TO $19 BILLION DWARFS IRAN'S $4 BILLION ECONOMY AND SOME SAY THEY WOULD SIDE WITH US. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SEE THE DAY WHEN AMERICA WOULD NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS OR THOSE WHO SOUGHT TO PROTECT US WOULD AGREE TO A DEAL SHROUDED IN SECRECY. NOT THE CONGRESS' DEAL, NOT THE UNITED STATES' DEAL, BUT THE DEAL OF THE PRESIDENT AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM. I ENCOURAGE A STRONG NO VOTE ON THIS DEAL. I ENCOURAGE THIS CHAMBER, THE SENATE, AND THE ADMINISTRATION --

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  • 08:17:04 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

  • 08:17:08 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY REJECTING THIS DEAL IN…

    I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY REJECTING THIS DEAL IN ITS ENTIRITY AND I PRAY THAT GOD WOULD INTERVENE AND HELP US. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:17:25 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    AS THE ONLY PH.D. PHYSICIST IN CONGRESS, THE ONLY PH.D. SCIENTIST OF ANY…

    AS THE ONLY PH.D. PHYSICIST IN CONGRESS, THE ONLY PH.D. SCIENTIST OF ANY KIND, I HAVE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY MY RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TECHNICAL ASSETS OF THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT AND AFTER OVER A DOZEN BRIEFINGS, MANY OF THEM INDIVIDUAL, CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS BY THE TECHNICAL EXPERTS WHO SUPPORTED OUR NEGOTIATORS, I HAVE COME TO SUPPORT THIS DEAL, NOT BASED ON TRUST OF IRAN BUT BASED ON SCIENCE. SO I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO MAKE FOUR TECHNICAL POINTS THAT UNDERPIN MY SUPPORT OF THIS DEAL. FIRST IN REGARDS TO THE CLAIM THAT IRAN GETS TO BE IN CHARGE OF INSPECTING ITSELF IN INVESTIGATIONS OF ITS PAST WEAPONIZATION ACTIVITIES. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. THE INVESTIGATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY A TEAM OF IAEA INSPECTORS USING EQUIPMENT AND SAMPLING KITS PREPARED BY THE IAEA WITH SAMPLES BEING SENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF ANALYTICAL LABORATORIES, OF WHICH A NUMBER OF U.S. LAB ARER TOS ARE MEMBERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HARBOR DOUBTS ABOUT THIS INSPECTION REGIME TO AVAIL THEMSELVESES OF CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS ON THE DETAILS. WHAT I CAN SAY PUBLICLY IS THAT OUR TECHNICAL EXPERTS HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN THE TECHNICAL INSPECTION CAPABILITIES OF THE IAEA. SECONDLY, IN REGARDS TO THE 24-DAY INSPECTION DELAY, WHICH HAS BEEN A SOURCE OF CONCERN FOR MANY, INCLUDING MYSELF. UNDER THE PROPOSED AGREEMENT, IRAN'S DECLARED NUCLEAR FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ANY TIME, ANYWHERE INSPECTION. HOWEVER, FOR UNDECLARED FACILITIES, INCLUDING MILITARY FACILITIES, IRAN HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTEST WHAT IS NORMALLY A 24-HOUR INSPECTION REGIME UNDER THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY WITH ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL FOR A PERIOD OF UP TO 24 DAYS. THIS IS CLEARLY NOT IDEAL, IT IS A NEGOTIATED NUMBER. HOWEVER, WHEN I LOOK CLOSELY AT THE MANY STEPS THAT MUST BE TAKEN TO PRODUCE AND TO TEST A NUCLEAR WEAPON, THE ABILITY TO DETECT ACTIVITIES IN A WINDOW OF 24 DAYS VERSUS 24 HOURS HAS LIMITED OPERATIONAL SIGNIFICANT. -- SIGNIFICANCE. THIS IS BECAUSE WHILE MANY STEPS TOWARD WEAPONIZATION CAN UNFORTUNATELY BE HIDDEN FROM EVEN A 24-HOUR INSPECTION, THINGS LIKE DESIGN AND TESTING OF NONNUCLEAR COMPONENTS, BUT THE MOMENT THAT IRAN TOUCHES NUCLEAR MATERIALS, IT WILL BE SUBJECT TO DETECTION BY THE IAEA EVENT EVEN MONTHS AFTER ANY ATTEMPTED SCRUBBING OF THE FACILITY. THIRDLY, I SUPPORT THE ADMINISTRATION'S ESTIMATE OF A ONE-YEAR MINIMUM BREAKOUT TIME. THIS IS THE REACTION TIME THE WORLD COMMUNITY WILL HAVE FOR A DIPLOMATIC, ECONOMIC, AND MILITARY RESPONSE IF IRAN DECIDES TO REYUME -- RESUME ITS KNEW KYLER WEAPONS PROGRAM. BUZZ OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE, I HAVE SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND EFFORT PERSONALLY VETTING THIS ESTIMATE. THE BREAKOUT TIME CALCULATION IS COMPLEX BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY POSSIBLE PATHS TO OBTAIN THE FISSILE MATERIAL FOR A FIRST WEAPON AND EACH OF THESE MUST BE EXAMINED. AND AFTER MANY HOURS OF STUDY AND DETAILED QUESTIONING OF OUR EXPERTS, I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE ONE-YEAR ESTIMATE FOR THE MINIMUM BREAKOUT TIME IS ACCURATE.

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  • 08:20:44 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    YOU, RANKING MEMBER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:23:03 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 08:23:08 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    WE DID NOT NEGOTIATE THIS DEAL ALONE. ALSO NEGOTIATING THIS DEAL WAS IRAN…

    WE DID NOT NEGOTIATE THIS DEAL ALONE. ALSO NEGOTIATING THIS DEAL WAS IRAN AND WAS RUSSIA AND WAS CHINA. TRUE ENOUGH. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE QUESTION OF INSPECTIONS, I DO NOT HAVE THE DOCUMENT THAT INDICATES HOW THESE INSPECTIONS WILL BE DONE. BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS WHAT IS REPORTED TO BE THE PROCEDURE. AND WHAT IS ASSERTED ALSO BY THE IRANIANS TO BE THE PROCEDURE. AND AS REPORTED, IT IS IRAN, NOT INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, WHO WILL PROVIDE THE AGENCIES THE PHOTOS OF THE LOCATIONS. IT IS IRAN THAT WILL PROVIDE THE AGENCY VIDEOS OF THE LOCATIONS. IT IS IRAN, NOT INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, WHO WILL PROVIDE THE AGENCY THE ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLES . AND IT IS IRAN THAT WILL USE IRAN'S AUTHENTICATED EQUIPMENT, NOT THE EQUIPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS. SO THE POINT I MAKE AGAIN IS THAT ONE OF THE REASONS WE WANTED TO HAVE THE AGREEMENT, THE SIDE AGREEMENT THE TWO SIDE AGREEMENTS, INCLUDING THE ONE ADDRESSING THE 12 QUESTIONS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN ANSWERED ABOUT THE THOUSAND PAGES OF BOMBWORK THAT THE IAEA HAD IN ITS POSSESSION THAT IRAN SUPPOSEDLY CONDUCTED AT PARCHIN WAS TO GET IRAN TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND TO THIS DAY, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, SCIENTISTS IN IRAN ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. NOW PERHAPS IF WE OBTAIN THESE DOCUMENTS, THESE TWO SIDE AGREEMENT, WE WILL HAVE THE DETAILS THAT ASSURE US THAT FINALLY THESE 12 QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED BUT I CAN TELL YOU DURING THE INTERIM AGREEMENT, WE ONLY GOT HALF OF THE FIRST QUESTION ANSWERED AND AFTER THAT, IRAN SHUT IT DOWN. THERE WAS TO BE NO MORE DISCUSSION ABOUT THEIR PAST BOMB WORK. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. TRENT KELLY.

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  • 08:25:24 PM

    MR. KELLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN NUCLEAR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING TO ME AND ON THE EVE OF SEPTEMBER 11, I REMEMBER THE AMERICAN LIVES LOST TO TERRORISM AND THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY THAT PEOPLE WANT TO DO AMERICA HARM. BASED ON MY REVIEW OF THE AGREEMENT COMBINED WITH MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF BEING DEPLOYED IN THE ARMY IN IRAQ IN 2005 AND AGAIN IN 2009 AND 2010 AND SEEING FIRSTHAND THE IRANIAN INFLUENCE THERE, I HAVE NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT IRAN WILL ACT IN GOOD FAITH IN THIS AGREEMENT. IT'S NOT JUST MY CONCERNS THAT I HAVE REGARDING THIS DEAL. BUT IT'S ALSO MY CONCERNS I'VE CONSISTENTLY HEARD THROUGHOUT THE AUGUST WORK MONTH FROM MY CONSTITUENTS REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION THAT DID NOT SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT WITH IRAN. LIFTING ECONOMIC SANCTIONS THAT CONGRESS HAS IMPOSED FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES ONLY GIVES IRAN A RECOGNIZED STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM SINCE 1984, ACCESS TO BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO FINANCE TERRORISM ACTIVITIES IN THE REGION AND TO GET CLOSER TO THEIR ULTIMATE GOAL OF BUILD AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. I OPPOSE WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT BECAUSE I DO NOT BELIEVE THE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NOR IS IT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, NOR IS IT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:27:12 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, FOUR MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MY FRIEND,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MY FRIEND, FOR YIELDING.

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  • 08:27:24 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THIS AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER IS THE BEST OPTION AVAILABLE TO PREVENT IRAN…

    THIS AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER IS THE BEST OPTION AVAILABLE TO PREVENT IRAN FROM ACQUIRE AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. THE ALTERNATIVES ARE SIMPLY TOO RISKY AND TOO COSTLY, WHICH IS WHY THE DEAL'S OPPONENTS HAVE FAILED TO ARTICULATE A REALISTIC ALTERNATIVE. DURING ANY TIME IN CONGRESS I HAVE VOTED FOR EVERY BILL THAT IMPOSED CRIPPLING SANCTIONS ON IRAN WHICH BROUGHT THE REGIME TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE AND UNITED THE WORLD TO STOP IRAN'S PURSUITS OF A NUCLEAR WEAPON. SANCTIONS WERE MEANT TO BE A TOOL TO ENSURE NEGOTIATIONS. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. BUT AS WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PAST DECADE, SANCTIONS ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO STOP IRAN FROM EXPANDING ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. BEFORE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN, IRAN GREATLY INCREASED ITS ENRICHMENT STOCKPILE AND CENTRIFUGE CAPACITY DESPITE SANCTIONS. THAT IS WHY A VERIFIABLE AGREEMENT THAT WILL CUT OFF IRAN'S ABILITY TO BUILD A NUCLEAR WEAPON IS NECESSARY. THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY WILL HAVE NEARLY CONTINUOUS ACCESS TO IRAN'S DECLARED NUCLEAR FACILITY AND CAN GAIN UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO OTHER SUSPICIOUS, UNDECLARED SITES IN AS LITTLE AS 24 HOURS. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, IRAN WILL DISMANTLE 2/3 OF ITS INSTALLED CENTRIFUGES, REMOVE OVER 97% OF ITS URANIUM STOCKPILE AND MAKE CHANGES TO ITS IRAQ PLUE PHONE YUM REACTOR BEFORE IT RECEIVES RELIEF. THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY ERNEST MONIZ SAID THIS INCREASES IRAN'S BREAKOUT TIME FROM TWO TO THREE MONTHS TODAY TO AT LEAST 12 MONTHS GOING FORWARD THIS WILL GIVE US AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO CATCH AND STOP IRAN SHOULD IT CHOOSE TO PURSUE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. SOME HAVE HAVE -- SOME HAVE SUGGEST WED NEED TO REJECT THIS DEAL TO GET A BETTER ONE BUT I HAVE FOUND NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT A BETTER DEAL IS POSSIBLE. IT'S CLEAR THAT SOME OF OUR NEGOTIATING PARTNERS AND OTHER ALLIES DON'T WANT MORE SANGS. IF WE REJECT THIS DEAL, THE ROBUST INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS REGIME WOULD ERODE IF NOT UNRAVEL ENTIRELY. IN THE MEANTIME, IRAN COULD MOVE FORWARD WITH ITS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM WITHOUT INSPECTIONS, LIMITATIONS ON MANUFACTURING, INSTALLATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF KNEW CENTRIFUGES AND CONSTRAINTS ON ITS ENRICHED URANIUM STOCKPILE. SIMPLY PUT, NO DEAL WOULD MEAN NO INSPECTIONS AND NO CONSTRAINTS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THAT WE CANNOT MAKE AN AGREEMENT WITH A COUNTRY THAT WE DO NOT TRUST BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THIS DEAL IS NOT BASED ON TRUST BUT RATHER THE MOST INTRUSIVE INSPECTIONS REGIME ON WHICH WE HAVE EVER AGREED. WE DO NOT TRUST THE SOVIET UNION OR DID NOT TRUST THE SOVIET UNION ESPECIALLY WHEN WE NEGOTIATED IN HARM'S -- AN ARMS REDUCTION TREATY WITH THEM IN DEVASTATING PROXY WARS ARN THE WORLDFUL TODAY WE ARE NOT DEBATING WHETHER TO TRUST IRAN, WE ARE DEBATING WHETHER AND HOW TO ENHANCE MONITORING OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. I REMAIN COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS TO COEN TAIN IRAN'S CONVENTIONAL CAPABILITY THAT THREATENS STABILITY IN THE REGION AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. BUT KNOW THAT THIS DEAL IS THE BEST OPTION TO TAKE THE NUCLEAR ISSUE OUT OF THE EQUATION AND WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO APPROVE THIS AGREEMENT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. AND AGAIN THANK THE GENTLELADY, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, FOR YIELDING. .

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  • 08:31:03 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN TERMS OF VIEWING THIS AS THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN TERMS OF VIEWING THIS AS THE MOST INTRUSIVE REGIME, I REMEMBER SOUTH AFRICA. WE PUT THE KINDS OF SANCTIONS ON SOUTH AFRICA THAT WE TRIED TO GET THE ADMINISTRATION TO PUT ON IRAN. WE HAD LEGISLATION HERE BY A VOTE OF 400-20 TO DO THAT AND THE ADMINISTRATION BLOCKED THAT LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. THAT WOULD HAVE GIVEN US REAL LEVERAGE. IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHEN WE PUT THOSE SANCTIONS ON, IT ACTUALLY GAVE THE REGIME A CHOICE BETWEEN COMPROMISE ON ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND DROPPING APARTHEID AND CHANGING ITS SYSTEM OR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND THE CHOICE WAS MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA TO TURN OVER THEIR NUCLEAR BOMB TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS. I WOULD CONSIDER THAT AN INTRUSIVE REGIME. I WOULDN'T CONSIDER THIS ONE IN THE CASE OF LIBYA. THEY TURNED OVER THEIR WEAPONS PROGRAMS TO INTERNATIONAL INSPECTORS, ALLOWED THEM IN AND ALLOWED THEM TO TAKE THEM OUT. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE SAY THIS IS THE MOST INTRUSIVE REGIME. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT CLEARLY IN CASES WHERE WE FORCED THE ISSUE, WHERE WE ACTUALLY IN SOUTH AFRICA PUT THE TOTALITY OF SANCTIONS IN PLACE THAT CONGRESS IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY FELT WERE MANDATORY TO FORCE THE SOUTH AFRICAN HAND. IN THAT CASE, YES, WE GOT THEM TO GIVE UP THEIR NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES AND THEIR RIGHT TO ENRICH AND ALL OF THAT. I DON'T SEE THAT HERE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT.

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  • 08:33:12 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    HAS MADE PROMISES THAT THIS DEAL WOULD PROHIBIT NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS DEAL…

    HAS MADE PROMISES THAT THIS DEAL WOULD PROHIBIT NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THIS DEAL DOES NOT DO THAT AT ALL. THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS DONE NOTHING TO EARN THE TRUST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND THIS AGREEMENT REWARDS IRAN WITH SANCTION RELIEF. I WAS A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AND I SUPPORT TOUGH STRICT -- YOU SEE THE IRANIAN SANCTIONS WERE DESIGNED TO FORCE A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION TO THIS ONGOING SITUATION AND IT WAS CLEAR BY MANY THAT THE SANCTIONS WERE WORKING. THEY HAD AN INFLATION RATE OF 35% AND THE VALUE OF THEIR CURRENCY WAS FALLING. IRAN HAD NO CHOICE BUT COME TO COME TO THE NEGOTIATION TABLE. THE U.S. WHAT IN A POSITION OF POWER TO NEGOTIATE A GOOD DEAL. INSTEAD WE HAVE A DEAL WHICH ALLOWS IRAN TO USE CENTRIFUGES AND CONTINUE TO ENRICH URANIUM AND A DEAL WHERE AFTER 15 YEARS IT WILL BE UNCLEAR WHAT IF NYACK CEASE THE INSPECTORS WILL HAVE AND A DEAL WHERE IRAN CAN DISPUTE INSPECTIONS AND DELAY FOR 24 DAYS. THIS ISN'T ANY TIME ANYWHERE INSPECTIONS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS PROMISED US. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS DEAL IS BUILT ON VERIFICATIONS. THAT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. CONGRESS HASN'T RECEIVED ALL THE DETAILS RELATED TO THE DETAIL. THERE ARE SIDE DEALS AS WELL. WHAT MAKES US BELIEVE THAT IRAN WILL ABIDE BY THE AGREEMENT WE SEE LET ALONE BY THE SIDE DEALS THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN? THIS DEAL ASKED US TO TRUST A COUNTRY THAT HOLDS AMERICAN HOSTAGES AND CALLED FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES. NOT A SURPRISE THAT IRAN AND IT'S ALLIES ARE CELEBRATING. IT IS OBVIOUS THIS DEAL DEALS LITTLE TO SECURE NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE ARE STILL ALTERNATIVES. SANCTIONS HAVE WORKED AND LET'S NEGOTIATE A GOOD DEAL. WE CAN USE THOSE SANCTIONS FROM THE VERY COMMITTEE I WAS ON TO NEGOTIATE A GOOD DEAL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PROTECTING THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES AND SECURING THE PROTECTION OF THE ALLIES AND I YIELD.

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  • 08:35:52 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:36:00 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT.

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  • 08:36:11 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    MR. SPEAKER, AND FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. YOU HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AND FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE. YOU HAVE DEALT WITH THIS AND DONE THIS VERY HONORABLY. IT'S BEEN POWERFUL TO WATCH. THERE HAS BEEN AMAZING TESTIMONY GIVEN TO US. THERE HAS BEEN GREAT SPEAKERS HERE. I FEAR SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT HAS NOT GOTTEN ENOUGH UNDERSTANDING AND ENOUGH FOCUS. WHO IN THIS BODY IS GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THE IRANIAN REGIME IS FLUSHED WITH CASH AND THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION THAT IS COMING WITH THAT? WHO HERE IS GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DISPLACED PEOPLE AROUND THE REGION? WHO IS GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY WHAT SOME OF THE EXPERTS HAVE TOLD US THE POTENTIAL FINANCING OF A SUNNI-SHIA WAR IN THE REGION? THE AMOUNT OF DEATH THAT WHETHER IT BE THE $59 BILLION THE ADMINISTRATION TALKS ABOUT OR THE $150 BILLION THAT SITS IN ACCOUNTS AROUND THE WORLD THAT IS GOING TO BE HANDED BACK? I HOLD UP THIS BOARD NEXT TO ME. SO YOU CAN SEE THIS IS MORE, SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE NEIGHBORS AROUND IRAN. THE BAD ACTS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD. TELL ME WHY THERE IS AN IRANIAN REVOLUTION GUARD MONEY SHOWING UP IN OUR HEMISPHERE? EARLIER THERE WERE MEETINGS IN PANAMA AND HAD LEADERS TELLING US THEY ARE SEEING IRANIAN MONEY MOVING THROUGH THEIR BANKS FINANCING BAD ACTORS AND CREATING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION TRYING TO FINANCE THE OVERTHROWS OF THEM. ARE WE PREPARED AS A BODY PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO WILL VOTE FOR THIS? TO STEP UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LIVES THAT ARE ABOUT TO BE LOST, FOR THE GOVERNMENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE OVERTHROWN AND THE DESTRUCTION AND DISPLACED PEOPLE, THE REFUGEES, THE CASCADE THAT COMES FROM THAT. WE ARE ABOUT TO HAND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO A REGIME THAT IS COMMITTED TO DESTROYING OUR WAY OF LIFE, BUT ALSO DESTROYING THEIR OWN NEIGHBORS. AND THAT'S WHAT'S ON-LINE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE ABOUT TO EXECUTE A VOTE HERE THAT IS GOING TO KILL, MAIM, DESTABILIZE NOT ONLY THE REGION, THE WORLD AND THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO VOTE FOR THIS, I EXPECT YOU TO STEP UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:39:19 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 08:39:26 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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  • 08:39:32 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. WE'VE HEARD A LOT IN THESE DEBATES…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS. WE'VE HEARD A LOT IN THESE DEBATES THAT HAVE GONE ON TODAY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TRY AND REINFORCE THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT THAT WE HAVE FOR THIS DEAL. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO DEBUNK THE IDEA THAT SOMEHOW THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT CONCERNED ENOUGH ABOUT THE SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. LET ME JUST SHARE WITH YOU THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT THAT THIS DEAL HAS. I WILL DO THAT BY READING SOME EX SERPTS FROM AND INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN OPEN LETTER SIGNED BY 36 RETIRED U.S. GENERALS AND ADMIRALS, WHO MAKE THE CASE THAT ADDRESSING THE RISK OF A NUCLEAR CONFLICT WITH IRAN DIPLOMAT ITICALLY IS FAR SPORE THAN DOING IT MILITARILY. THESE RETIRED LEADERS SAY THIS ABOUT THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, THAT, AND I QUOTE, THERE IS NO BETTER OPTION TO PREVENT AN IRANIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON. IF THE IRANIANS CHEAT, OUR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY, INTELLIGENCE AND THE INSPECTIONS WILL REVEAL IT. AND U.S. MILITARY OPTIONS REMAIN ON THE TABLE. AND IF THE DEAL IS REJECTED BY AMERICA, THE IRANIANS WOULD HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON WITHIN A YEAR. THE CHOICE IS TCHA STARK. QUOTE, END QUOTE. RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF STRONG MULTI LATERAL COORDINATION AND ACTION, THE RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS GO ON TO SAY IF AT SOME POINT IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO CONSIDER MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN, GATHER SUFFICIENT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR SUCH AN EFFORT WOULD BE POSSIBLE IF WE ARE GIVEN THE PATH A CHANCE. WE MUST EXHAUST DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS A CHANCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MEMBERS, WHILE I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE FOR THE MOST PART, I DO NOT ACCEPT THE NOTION THAT MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT SERVED THE WAY THAT THESE GENERALS AND ADMIRALS HAVE SERVED THIS COUNTRY WOULD KNOW BETTER ABOUT OUR SECURITY. AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT THAT INFORMATION INTO THE RECORD.

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    MS. WATERS

    LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH SOMEONE I HAVE KNOWN VERY WELL. A "WASHINGTON…

    LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH SOMEONE I HAVE KNOWN VERY WELL. A "WASHINGTON POST" ARTICLE THAT I'M GOING TO QUOTE FROM. AND THE QUOTES WILL BE FROM REPUBLICAN AND FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY PAULSEN. AND HE WILL NOT ONLY MAKE VERY STRONG STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS SUPPORT FOR THIS DEAL, HE SLAMS THE NAYSAYERS OF THIS IRANIAN DEAL. LET ME READ FROM AND INSERT INTO THE RECORD A "WASHINGTON POST" ARTICLE FROM AUGUST 14, IN WHICH FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY HANK PAULSEN WAS ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT ABOUT THE VIABILITY OF MAINTAINING SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN IF THE UNITED STATES DECIDED TO WALK AWAY FROM THE NUCLEAR DEAL THAT HAS BEEN DECIDED BETWEEN IRAN AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FORMER SECRETARY PAULSEN, A REPUBLICAN, WAS IN CHARGE OF ADMINISTERING THE ADMINISTRATION'S SANCTIONS UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH DURING THE PERIOD WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WAS JUST BEGINNING TO ENACT A CURRENT REGIME OF SANCTIONS OVER IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS. THIS WAS HIS RESPONSE AND I QUOTE, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NAIVE AND UNREALISTIC TO ASSUME THAT WE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HAS NEGOTIATED SOMETHING LIKE THIS WITH THE FIVE OTHER PARTIES AND WITH THE WHOLE WORLD COMMUNITY WATCHING THAT WE COULD BACK AWAY FROM THAT AND THAT THE OTHERS WOULD GO WITH US OR EVEN THAT OUR ALLIES WOULD GO WITH US, END OF QUOTE. PAULSEN VIEWED AS FARFETCHED THE IDEA THAT THE UNITED STATES COULD FORCE OTHER NATIONS INTO LOCKSTEP INTO A MORE HARD LINE APPROACH TO IRAN BY THREATENING THEM WITH SECONDARY SANCTIONS. HE SAID, QUOTE, IT IS UNREALISTIC TO BELIEVE IF WE BACK AWAY THAT THE SANCTIONS WOULD STAY IN PLACE. I'M JUST TRYING TO ENVISION A SANCTION IN EUROPEAN BANKS ON FORCING THEM OR JAPANESE BANKS OR BIG CHINESE BANKS, END QUOTE. IN FACT, THE FORMER TREASURY SECRETARY COULD HARDLY HIDE HIS DISDAIN WITH THOSE WHO COULD STRIKE A PATH TO A BETTER DEAL THAN THE ONE THAT WAS REACHED. AND HE SAID, I HAD A SEAT IN WASHINGTON WHEN WE DEALT WITH A BIG MESSY PROBLEM, WHEN THERE WEREN'T ANY BEAUTIFUL SOLUTIONS, PAULSEN SAID. AND HE SAID YOU ARE DECIDING BETWEEN DOING SOMETHING THAT WAS OBJECTIONABLE OR DOING NOTHING AT ALL THAT WOULD BE MORE OBJECTIONABLE. I DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE IT WHEN PEOPLE CRITICIZE SOMETHING THAT IS BIG AND IMPORTANT THAT HAS BEEN DONE IF THEY DON'T HAVE A BETTER IDEA, END OF QUOTE. HAVING SAID THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS A -- DISCUSS A POINT I DON'T THINK HAS BEEN DISCUSSED ENOUGH IN THIS DEBATE. IRAN COULD MOVE IN ANY DIRECTION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WE'RE AWARE OF THE LESS BENIGN SCENARIOS, BUT THERE'S ALSO THE SCENARIO IN WHICH THE AGREEMENT HELPS TO AMPLIFY THE VOICES OF THOSE IN IRAN WHO WANT PEACE AND REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACCOMMODATION AND I HAVE HOPE WITH RESPECT TO THIS LATTER POSSIBILITY AND I'LL TELL YOU WHY. IT IS BECAUSE MORE THAN HALF THE POPULATION OF IRAN TODAY, ALMOST 55% IS UNDER 30 YEARS OLD. AND THE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 27% AND 40%. I HAVE HOPE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK, TO ACHIEVE PROSPERITY, AND TO LIVE PEACEFULLY, WILL IN FACT HELP ANIMATE THE KIND OF CHANGE IN IRAN THAT WILL INTEED MOVE IT TO BECOME A RESPONSE -- WILL INDEED MOVE IT TO BECOME A RESPONSIBLE MEMBER OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY. THIS IS A POSSIBILITY I URGE MEMBERS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN THEY VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY AND FINALLY --

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    MS. WATERS

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    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE NO MORE TIME AND I WOULD JUST URGE MY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I HAVE NO MORE TIME AND I WOULD JUST URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT DEAL AND AGREEMENT.

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  • 08:47:23 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TO BEGIN WITH, I…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TO BEGIN WITH, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD A LETTER BY 200 RETIRED GENERALS AND FLAG OFFICERS, ADMIRALS, IN TERMS OF WHY THEY ARE OPPOSED TO THIS DEAL AND WHY THEY FEEL IT WOULD MAKE THE NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR THE UNITED STATES MORE PROBLEMATIC. THE SECOND POINT I WOULD MAKE IS THAT THE HEAD OF HEZBOLLAH SAYS THIS ABOUT THIS DEAL -- IRAN WILL BECOME RICHER AND WEALTHIER AND WILL ALSO BECOME MORE INFLUENTIAL YOU SHOULD THE DEAL. THIS WEEK HE SAYS. HE SAYS THIS WILL ALSO REINFORCE THE POSITION OF ITS ALLIES. A STRONGER AND WEALTHIER IRAN IN THE COMING PHASE WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BY ITS ALLIES AND ESPECIALLY THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE MORE THAN AT ANY OTHER TIME IN HISTORY. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS BECAUSE IN 2006, THEN I CHAIRED THE TERRORISM -- WHEN I CHAIRED THE TERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE WE WERE IN HAIFA WHEN HE WAS FIRING OFF THE IRANIAN MADE ROCKETS WITH 90,000 BALL BEARINGS IN THE WAR HEADS INTO THE TOWN OF HAIFA. THAT WERE 600 VICTIMS INSIDE THE TRAUMA HOSPITALS. AND NOW IRAN HAS TRANSFERRED OVER 80,000 MISSILES. BUT WHAT IS IT HE WANTS THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE CURRENTLY? HE WANTS GUIDANCE SYSTEMS SO THAT THOSE MISSILES WILL HIT TARGETS SUCH AS INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS IN TEL AVIV, THE AIRPORT, JERUSALEM. THAT'S WHAT HE NEEDS. AND THAT IS WHAT IRAN IS TELLING HIM IT WILL PROVIDE. IT NEEDS THE HARD CURRENCY AND WITH THIS AGREEMENT WILL COME THE HARD CURRENCY. IT'S ALSO COMMITTED TO RESTOCK THE INVENTORY THAT HAMAS USED WHEN IT FIRE OFF ITS ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL FROM GAZA. AND TO REBUILD THE TUNNELS. ALL OF THIS IS WHAT THE IRANIANS SEEK TO FUND. TO DO THAT, THEY NEED THE SANCTIONS LIFTED. AND WHEN THEY LIFT THOSE SANCTIONS, WHO IS GOING TO BE THE PRIMARY BENEFICIARY? IT IS GOING TO BE PEOPLE SUCH AS THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS THAT WILL BE STRENGTHENED. LOOK, SPEAKER, IF THIS AGREEMENT GOES THROUGH, IRAN GETS A CASH BONANZA. IT GETS A BOOST TO ITS INTERNATIONAL STANDING. IT GETS A LIGHTED PATH TOWARD NUCLEAR WEAPONS. WITH SWEEPING SANCTIONS RELIEF, WE HAVE LESSENED OUR ABILITY TO CHALLENGE IRAN'S CONDUCT ACROSS THE BOARD. AS IRAN GROWS STRONGER, WE WILL BE WEAKER TO RESPOND. AND SO THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY IS WHETHER TEMPORARY CONSTRAINTS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM ARE WORTH THE PRICE OF PERMANENT SANCTIONS RELIEF. AND WHEN I SAY THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARD IS GOING TO BE THE BENEFICIARY, I SAY THAT BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONES THAT HAVE TAKEN OVER SO MANY OF THE MAJOR COMPANIES IN IRAN. AND THEY ARE WORKING TO DESTABILIZE THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST. THAT ORGANIZATION FUELS THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. IN SYRIA TODAY, THOSE ROCKETS ARE BEING LAUNCHED BY THE QUDS FORCES INTO ISRAEL. THEY ARE GOING TO PROVIDE THEM WITH MORE WEAPONS, MORE MILITARY PERSONNEL, THAT ORGANIZATION BACKS THE HUE TEE REBELS. -- THE HUTTI REBELS. THERE'S 200 QUDS FORCES ON THE VANGUARD. WHEN THEY OVERTHREW OUR ALLY IN YEMEN AND OVERRAN THAT COUNTRY. AND IT'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ. AND THE IRGC EXPORTS TERRORISM THROUGHOUT THAT REGION. IT HOLDS SWAY OVER IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IT BRUTALLY, BRUTALLY REPRESSES INTERNAL DISSENT. AND IT'S PART OF -- AND AS PART OF THE IRANIAN AGREEMENT, THE IRGC IS GOING TO BE BOLSTERED IN A BIG WAY AND I'LL EXPLAIN HOW ELSE. IT'S GOING TO HAVE THE FUNDS TO BUILD UP ITS TANKS, THE FIGHTER JETS, THE INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES AND THE EUROPEAN SANCTIONS ON THE ELITE QUDS FORCES. THIS IS A GROUP THAT DOES THE POLITICAL ASSASSINATIONS, ASSASSINATIONS OUTSIDE OF IRAN AND DOES THE TERRORIST WORK OUTSIDE OF IRAN. THAT'S GOING TO BE LIFTED ON THE -- ON THE EUROPEAN SIDE. THE ADMINISTRATION SIGNED OFF ON THESE CONCESSIONS. THE DEAL WILL ALLOW SALES OF AIRCRAFT AND PARTS TO IRANIAN AIRLINES WHICH THE QUDS FORCES USE TO MOVE ITS PEOPLE AND WEAPONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THE IRGC CONTROLS KEY PARTS, AS I SAID, OF THE IRANIAN ECONOMY. THE LARGEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES. THE TELECOM SECTOR. SHIPPING. 90 CURRENT AND FORMER IRGC OFFICIALS AND COMPANIES WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE SANCTIONS LIST AS A RESULT OF THIS DEAL. AND EVEN SANCTIONS ON THE HEAD OF IRAN'S ELITE QUDS FORCE, GENERAL SULEIMANI, WILL BE COMING OFF. HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE THE SAUDI AMBASSADOR, HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WHILE STILL UNDER A U.N. TRAVEL BAN, HE TRAVELED TO MOSCOW ON JULY 24, 10 DAYS AFTER THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WAS ANNOUNCED. AND HE HELD MEET WGS A RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER AND WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN. BELIEVE ME, THOSE MEETINGS ARE ABOUT WEAPONS SYSTEMS WHICH THE RUSSIANS WANT TO SELL TO THE QUDS FORCES, TO THE IRANIANS. SO THE IRGC IS THE BIGGEST SPONSOR OF TERROR THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND EVEN TRIED TO CARRY OUT A TERRORIST ATTACK HERE. AND UNDER THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT AS IRAN IS RECONNECTED TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY, THE IRGC IS GOING TO BE THE BIGGEST WINNER. THE AGREEMENT HELPS HE YITMIES SULEIMANI AND GIVES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE WORLD'S FOREMOST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND EYEING FUTURE WEAPONS SALES. IT WAS RUSSIA THAT TEEMED -- TEAM UP WITH IRAN IN THE 11TH HOUR, AFTER WE THOUGHT THIS DEAL WAS DONE, TO INSIST ON ONE MORE THING, THE LIFT OF -- LIFTING OF THE ARMS EMBARGO. AND I JUST ASK YOU IF THEY DID THAT, WHOSE SIDE DO YOU THINK MOSCOW IS GOING TO TAKE WHEN IRAN TEST THIS IS AGREEMENT? WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN IRAN. YES, YES, THE 55% IS UNDER 30. BUT IT IS NOT THOSE 55% UNDER 30 THAT ARE GOING TO BE EMPOWERED. THE ONES HOLDING THE STRINGS NOW, BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE IRANIAN ECONOMY WORKS ARE THE GENERALS, ARE THE CLERICS, THEY'RE THE ONES THAT HAVE TAKEN OVER THE COUNTRY -- THE COMPANIES. SO WHEN YOU'VE GOT $60 BILLION TO $100 BILLION, DEPENDING ON WHOSE FIGURE YOU USE AND YOU LIFT THE ESCROW ON THAT AND IT GOES BACK TO IRAN, IT'S THEIR ACCOUNTS IT GOES INTO AND THEY'LL CONTROL THE CONTRACTS GOING FORWARD. HOW IS THAT GOING TO LIBERALIZE THE ECONOMY OR WORK TO THE BENEFIT OF THE NEXT GENERATION IN IRAN? NO, IT MAKES IT MORE CERTAIN THAT THE TYRANNY THAT THIS THEE OKLAHOMACY IMPOSES -- THAT THIS THEOCRACY IMPOSES WILL BE STRENGTHENED. WE REVERSE DECADES OF BIPARTISAN U.S. POLICY, REREMOVE THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS AGAINST IRAN'S ILL LIST NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND OK IRAN AS A NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATE. THAT'S WHAT'S BEEN DONE HERE. AND YOU AND I KNOW THAT ONCE THAT PROCESS IS UNDER WAY, IRAN IS GOING TO PRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS ON A -- ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE WHEN THEY'RE AT THE END OF THAT PROCESS UNLESS THEY CHEAT BEFORE THEY GET TO THE END OF THE PROCESS. SECRETARY KERRY PREVIOUSLY SAID WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE IRAN'S RIGHT TO ENRICH AND THAT THERE IS NO RIGHT TO ENRICH IN THE M.P.T. HOWEVER, THIS AGREEMENT LEGITIMIZES IRAN'S VAST NUCLEAR PROGRAM, INCLUDING ITS RIGHT TO ENRICH URANIUM WHICH CAN BE USED TO PRODUCE A NUCLEAR WARHEAD AND I GEARN TEE YOU EVERYBODY IN THE REGION WILL BE LOOKING AT THAT AND SAY, WE WANT THE SAME AGREEMENT IRAN HAD. WE WANT THAT SAME EXEMPTION TO THE M.P.T. AND AFTER THE AGREEMENT'S TEMPORARY LIMITS EXPIRE, IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM WILL BE TREATED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THAT OF ANY OTHER NONNUCLEAR WEAPONS STATE PARTY TO THE M.P.T. OK SO WE'RE GOING TO TREAT IRAN LIKE IT'S HOLLAND BUT IT'S NOT HOLLAND. IT'S BEEN CAUGHT CHEATING. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. IT'S BEEN CAUGHT CHEATING IN THE PAST OVER AND OVER ON THEIR AGREEMENTS. IRAN CAN HAVE A PEACEFUL KNEW LEER PROGRAM WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO ENRICH URANIUM. THIS IS SOMETHING WE ALL UNDERSTAND. MANY COUNTRIES HAVE THIS. IT IS THIS KEY BOMB MAKING TECHNOLOGY THAT IS SO OBJECTIONABLE. SO WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE IDEA OF LETTING THEM HAVE A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR PROGRAM. BUT WHY GIVE UP THE RIGHT TO ENRICH? PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THIS DANGEROUS TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN THE FOUNDATION OF OUR NONPROLIFERATION POLICY FOR DECADES. AND AS A RESULT, OVER 20 COUNTRIES HAVE PEACEFUL NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAMS WITHOUT A DOMESTIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. IN FACT, BUYING FUEL FOR NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ABROAD FROM COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA IS MUCH MORE COST EFFECTIVE THAN PRODUCING IT DOMESTICALLY. SO YOU HAVE TO ASK, WHY DO THEY WANT TO PRODUCE IT DOMESTICALLY? IF THIS ATPWHREEMENT IS ALLOWED TO GO FORWARD, THE UNITED STATES WILL RECOGNIZE THE ABILITY OF IRAN, THE WORLD'S LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM, TO ENRICH URANIUM, DESPITE CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY, THIS WILL SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT. IT WILL GREATLY UNDERMINE LONG-STANDING U.S. EFFORTS TO RESTRICT THE SPREAD OF THIS KEY BOMB MAKING TECHNOLOGY. HOW CAN WE TELL OUR ALLIES THEY CAN'T HAVE IT IF WE DO THIS? IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED, THIS AGREEMENT WILL DESTROY THE IRAN SANCTIONS REGIME. WHICH THIS CONGRESS HAS BUILT UP OVER DECADES DESPITE OPPOSITION FROM SEVERAL ADMINISTRATIONS. WE DID THAT IN CONGRESS. WE PUSHED THIS. THE BILLIONS IN SANCTIONS RELIEF THAT IRAN WILL GET WILL SUPPORT ITS TERRORIST ACTIVITY AND THOSE BILLIONS ARE JUST THE DOWN PAYMENT. UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, EUROPEAN SANCTIONS ON THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD AND ELITE LEADER OF ITS ELITE QUDS FORCE ARE REMOVED AND THEIR JOB IS TO EXPORT THE REVOLUTION, THAT MEANS THEIR JOB IS TO EXPORT TERRORISM. GENERAL DEMPSEY, I'LL CLOSE THIS WITH, TESTIFIED THAT IRANIAN MILITIAS SUCH AS THOSE TRAINED AND EQUIPPED BY SULEIMANI KILLED 500 U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ. REMOVING SANCTIONS ON HIM AND THE IRGC IS SO SHOCKING THAT WHEN THE DEAL WAS FIRST ANNOUNCED MANY THOUGHT IT WAS A MISTAKE. THOUGHT THAT THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED AND ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 412, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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    SIGNED AT THE VIENNA ON JULY 14, 2015, RELATING TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF…

    SIGNED AT THE VIENNA ON JULY 14, 2015, RELATING TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF IRAN.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. ROYCE ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. SCHWEIKERT, IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR HALF OF THE TIME REMAINING BEFORE 10:00 P.M., APPROXIMATELY 0 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    THANK YOU, -- 30 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:03:45 PM

    MR. CARTER

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA FOR RECOGNIZING ME. WE WERE HAVING A REALLY…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM ARIZONA FOR RECOGNIZING ME. WE WERE HAVING A REALLY GREAT CONVERSATION HERE AND I HOPE THAT EVERYONE WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CASTING A VOTE ON THIS SO-CALLED DEAL THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BROUGHT US HAS BEEN LISTENING VERY CLOSELY. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT WANTS CONGRESS TO APPROVE WHAT I WOULD CALL AN ABSURD DEAL THAT EASES THE PATH OF AN AVOUT ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OUR ALLIES, EASES IT TO UNLEASH A NIGHTMARE ON THE WORLD. SO I WANT US TO TAKE A LOOK, AND I ASK THE SUPPORTERS OF THIS DEAL TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT IRAN HAS DONE TO MERIT OUR TRUST. YOU KNOW, WE FIRST SAW THESE GUYS WAY BACK IN THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION WHEN THEY STORMED OUR AMERICAN EMBASSY AND TOOK OUR PEOPLE HOSTAGE AND HELD THOSE PEOPLE FOR -- I BELIEVE IT WAS 42 DAYS, ABUSED THEM IN EVERY WAY THEY COULD THINK OF. AND QUITE HONESTLY, FINALLY RELEASED THEM AFTER PRESSURE WAS PLACED ON THEM AND SINCE THAT TIME, I CANNOT THINK OF A SINGLE INSTANCE WHERE DEALING WITH IRAN HAS BEEN A POSITIVE THING. IN FACT, LET'S LOOK AT THE PUBLIC FACE THEY PUT ON. THEY STILL CHANT DEATH TO AMERICA. I SAW THEM CHANT DEATH TO AMERICA LAST NIGHT ON TELEVISION. DEATH TO ISRAEL, ONE OF OUR ALLIES. THEY STILL SUPPORT TERROR GROUPS, WE JUST HEARD FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, OF ALL THE TERROR GROUPS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT AFTER THIS DEAL IS DONE. THEY'RE STILL GOVERNED BY FANATICS HELL-BENT ON SPREADING THEIR PERVERTED VIEW OF THEIR FAITH. NOW, IS THIS A NATION WE SHOULD CHOOSE TO STRIKE A DEAL WITH? TO MAKE A NUCLEAR DEAL? TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY SUPPORT THIS, I'D LIKE YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE PEOPLE WE'RE MAKING A DEAL WITH. YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD CALLS A DEAL. BUT GENERALLY WHEN YOU MAKE A DEAL, BOTH SIDES KIND OF HAVE SOME KIND OF BENEFIT. I CAN SEE ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE'RE GIVING TO THESE FOLKS, INCLUDING A BIG BUCKET FULL OF MONEY, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO IRAN. WE'RE BASICALLY GIVING THEM EVERYTHING THAT THEY DESIRED AS FAR AS GOING FORWARD. OUR INSPECTIONS ARE QUESTIONABLE. AND THEN -- BUT MY QUESTION IS, WHAT IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GETTING OUT OF THIS DEAL? GETTING A PROMISE FROM A REGIME THAT HAS A LONG, ALMOST 50-YEAR HISTORY OF LYING WHENEVER ITS SERVED THEIR PURPOSE. BUT WE'RE TALKING THEIR WORD THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO -- TAKING THEIR WORD THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO CERTAIN THINGS. WE GET NOTHING ELSE FROM THIS BILL THAN THEIR WORD. BUT THINK ABOUT THE COST, IF THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT DEAL. THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE REALLY THINKING ABOUT THE CONSCIENCE OF AMERICA, THINK ABOUT THE COST. TO MAKE A MISTAKE ON THIS VOTE IS QUITE HONESTLY CATASTROPHIC. AND THE HORROR THAT WOULD COME TO PASS IF THEY ACTUALLY WERE TO DETONATE A NUCLEAR DEVICE THAT FOR SOME REASON OUR FAILURE TO DO THE RIGHT THING CAUSED THEM TO GET ON THE FAST TRACK TO GET THEIR HANDS ON, THE BLOOD WILL BE ON THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME TO DECIDE, ARE THESE TRUSTWORTHY PEOPLE FOR US TO BE DEALING WITH? I WOULD ARGUE THEY HAVE NO TRACK RECORD ON WHICH TO ARGUE THAT THEY ARE TRUSTWORTHY. TOMORROW'S VOTE IS PROBABLY AS IMPORTANT A VOTE AS ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER WILL EVER TAKE, BECAUSE IT IS A VOTE THAT COULD UNLEASH NUCLEAR WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AS A RESULT OF OUR FAILURE TO CUT A REAL DEAL. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO THINK ABOUT THIS, STAND WITH AMERICA, STAND WITH ISRAEL, STAND WITH THOSE WHO OPPOSE STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM AND OPPOSE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IRRESPONSIBLE AND DANGEROUS IRAN AGREEMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, JUDGE CARTER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, JUDGE CARTER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE ACTUALLY NEVER DONE BUT HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU WANT TO COME TO THE MICROPHONE AND SHARE IT WITH WHOEVER'S WILLING TO LISTEN? THIS HAS BEEN A TOUGH FEW DAYS HERE. MANY OF US, AS WE COME TO THESE MICROPHONES, HAVE THESE HEAVY HEARTS BECAUSE WE'RE FEARFUL THAT WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND US MAY BE ONE OF THOSE MOMENTOUS MOMENTS WHERE WE REMEMBER THIS FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES, WHERE IT'S ONE OF THOSE VOTES, ONE OF THOSE DEBATES WHERE YOU AFFECT THE WORLD. AND THERE'S ANOTHER SIDE TO THIS, ON A PERSONAL BASIS, WHERE YOU RAL REALIZE HOW INCREDIT BLBLE -- WHERE YOU REALIZE HOW INCREDIBLY HONORED, LUCKY, BLESSED YOU ARE TO GET TO BE BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE. LAST WEEK A WOMAN FROM MY COMMUNITY PASSED AWAY AND WE ALL IN OUR LIVES HAVE THOSE HANDFUL OF PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND AFFECT OUR LIVES. WELL, SHE'S PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ME BEING BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE. A WOMAN NAMED ELEANOR BENSON FROM FOUNTAIN HILLS DIED LAST WEEK. I BELIEVE AT A AGE 95. AND SHE CHANGED MY LIFE. -- AT AGE 95. AND SHE CHANGED MY LIFE. I WAS A 21, MAYBE 22-YEAR-OLD KID, I WAS SELLING REAL ESTATE IN OUR LITTLE TOWN AS A WAY TO FINANCE MY WAY TO GO THROUGH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AT NIGHT. AND SHE, IN REMEMBER RETIREMENT AT THAT AGE, DECIDED TO TAKE ON ANOTHER JOB AT OUR LITTLE OFFICE. AND SHE SAT ME DOWN AND SHE KNEW I HAD AN INTEREST IN CONSERVATIVE POLITICS. AND I STILL TO THIS DAY REMEMBER HER LOOKING AT ME AND SAYING, DAVID, I LIKE YOU, YOU'RE GOING TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL REPUBLICAN CLUB. AND I TRIED TO EXPLAIN TO HER, THERE WAS NO WAY I WOULD HAVE TIME FOR SUCH A THING AND SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, DON'T WORRY, I'LL HELP. THIS IS A WOMAN THAT MOVED TO OUR LITTLE COMMUNITY ON THE SIDE OF SCOTTSDALE, I BELIEVE IN THE LATE 1970'S. AND HAD SUCH AN IMPACT. FOR YEARS I USED TO BELIEVE MAYBE 1/3 OF THE TOWN, HALF THE TOWN HAD BECOME INVOLVED IN POLITICS, MOSTLY REPUBLICAN POLITICS, BECAUSE OF HER PASSION, HER ENERGY, YOU COULD NOT STOP HER. SHE GOT ME TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CLUB AND STOOD BY ME WHEN I DID DUMB THINGS AND APPLAUDED ME WHEN I DID GOOD THINGS AND SCOLDED ME WHEN I DIDN'T SAY THE RIGHT THINGS AND WALKED ME THROUGH HOW TO BE MORE SENSITIVE INSTEAD OF BEING SO CAFFEINATED, WHICH IS A FAMILY PROBLEM. AND I REALIZE, IN THE CHAOS OF DOING THIS JOB, I FAILED TO TELL HER HOW MUCH I LOVED HER AND HOW MUCH SHE AFFECTED MY LIFE. BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE I WOULD BE HERE TODAY IF IT WASN'T FOR ELEANOR BENSON. WHO NOT ONLY CHANGED MY LIFE BUT ACTUALLY, I BELIEVE, WITH HER WORK AT THE FOUNTAIN HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HER WORK FOR SO MANY CAUSES, HER WORK FOR HER CHURCH, ACTUALLY MADE MY COMMUNITY A MUCH, MUCH BETTER PLACE. WE'RE ALL BETTER IN OUR PART OF ARIZONA BECAUSE OF HER LIFE. IT'S A LIFE WELL LIVED. IT WAS A LONG LIFE. SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL TO THE DAY SHE PASSED -- UNTIL THE DAY SHE PASSED. I WISH I HAD LET HER KNOW HOW MUCH WE CARED. SO, ELEANOR, IF YOU'RE OUT THERE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY LIFE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY COMMUNITY A BETTER ONE. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, IS RECOGNIZED UNTIL 10:00 P.M. AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 09:13:32 PM

    MR. RUSH

    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT YOU…

    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT YOU SHALL KNOW THE TREE BY THE FRUIT IT BEARS. A GOOD TREE BEARS GOOD FRUIT. STRONG TREES BRING FORTH STRONG FRUIT. LOVING TREES BEAR LOVING FRUIT. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT THEN IS TO BE SAID ABOUT A TREE WHOSE FRUIT IS A RESPECTED AND COURAGEOUS FREEDOM FIGHTER? MR. SPEAKER, I AM SPEAKING OF A GREAT WOMAN OF DISTINCTION, HELEN BYRNES JACKSON, THE MOTHER OF THE RENOUNCED -- RENOWNED REVEREND JESSE LEWIS JACKSON SR., WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF THE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION BASED IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS. MR. SPEAKER, HE WAS THE EPITOME OF A GOOD FRUIT-BEARING TREE. SHE MADE HER TRANSITION FROM LIFE TO ETERNITY ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, AFTER A LENGTHY ILLNESS. SHE WAS SURROUNDED BY HER LOVING FAMILY AND HER FRIENDS. A NATIVE OF GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, MS. BURNS-JACKSON INSTILLED IN HER CHILDREN, A SENSE OF DIGNITY, SELF-RESPECT AND LOVING JUSTICE IN THE FACE OF THE INHUMANE TREATMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE SEGREGATED SOUTH. BORN IN 1925, SHE ENDURED THE HARDSHIPS OF POVERTY, THE HARDSHIP OF RACISM, TO RAISE TWO SONS, TWO SONS OF GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT, GREAT DISTINCTION AND AMERICAN HERO AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEGEND, THE REVEREND JESSE LOUIS JACKSON SENIOR AND THE M OMPTOWN FEN NO, MA'AMION CHARLES JACKSON, A GIFTED SINGER OF WORLD RENOWNED. MRS. BURNS-JACKSON HERSELF WAS A SINGER AND DANCER AND SHE PASSED ON A SCHOLARSHIP TO A COLLEGE TO RAISE HER TWO SONS. HER LIFE, MR. SPEAKER, WAS A GREAT AMERICAN STORY OF OVERCOMING THE ODDS WITH AN UNBREAKABLE WILL AND A DEEP, ABIDING FAITH. SHE PLANTED THE SEEDS OF COURAGE, THE SEEDS OF PERSEVERANCE AND THE SEEDS OF HOPE IN REVEREND JACKSON AND IN HIS BROTHER, CHARLES. REVEREND JACKSON WILL GO ON TO NOT ONLY FREE AMERICAN HOSTAGES, BUT BECAME THE FREEDOM FIGHTER FOR THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, THOSE WHO ARE POOR, ALL AROUND THIS GLOBE. IT IS ON THIS VERY DAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015, THAT I RISE BEFORE THE HOUSE OF REPUBLICS -- REPRESENTATIVES, TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS BEAUTIFUL AND COMPLOORD MOVING MOTHER. MRS. JACKSON WAS A HAIRDRESSER BY PROFESSION. SHE WAS KNOWN AS A TOWERING PILLAR OF HER COMMUNITY. HER HOME BECAME THE CENTRAL STATION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, SHE ALSO PROVIDED ME WITH GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN SHE TRAVELED TO CHICAGO TO VISIT HER SON AND HIS FAMILY. AS A YOUNG ACTIVIST, I CERTAINLY WAS INSPIRED BY HER WORDS OF WISDOM, AS A YOUNG ACTIVIST, SHE INSPIRED ME TO COMMIT MYSELF TO SERVING OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT TREES ON THE EARTH'S ENDLESS EFFORTS TO NURTURE LIFE. MRS. BURNS-JACKSON WAS A BEAUTIFUL, TALL TREE AMONG ALL OF US WHO HAS RETURNED TO THE HEAVENLY GLORY OF HER GOD, OUR GOD ALMIGHTY. HER SPIRIT LIVES NOT ONLY IN HER CHILDREN, HER GRANDCHILDREN AND IN HER GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, BUT HER SPIRIT ALSO LIVES IN THE RIGHTEOUS FRUITS THAT MAY BE FOUND IN THOSE OF US WHO IS TOUCHED BY THE ENDLESS LOVE, THE GREAT KINDNESS, THE GREAT GRACE AND THE TREMENDOUS WISDOM OF THIS HELEN BURNS-JACKSON. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE CITIZENS OF THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ON BEHALF OF MY LOVING WIFE CAROLYN , WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS REMARKABLE AND SPECIAL WOMAN, THIS IN-- INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US, MS. HELEN BURNS-JACKSON. SHE WAS INDEED A MOTHER OF THE MOVEMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:21:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 09:21:32 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    ED VETTED -- THROUGH THE SO-CALLED VETTED SYRIAN MODERATE REBELS. WELL, WE…

    ED VETTED -- THROUGH THE SO-CALLED VETTED SYRIAN MODERATE REBELS. WELL, WE HEARD TONIGHT THAT MADELINE ALBRIGHT THINGS THIS IS A GOOD DEAL. WELL, WOW, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER, THAT SECRETARIAL BRIGHT, THAT SAID, ALONG WITH WENDY SHERMAN THAT HELPED NEGOTIATE THE DEAL WITH IRAN, THAT, GEE, THE KEY TO KEEPING NORTH KOREA FROM HAVING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS TO GIVE THEM NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, GIVE THEM THE NUCLEAR MATERIAL THEY NEED, BECAUSE THEY'RE WILLING TO PROMISE IN WRITING THAT THEY WANT TO -- THEY WON'T DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS IF WE'LL DO ALL THAT FOR THEM. WELL, THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT SO WELL. PEOPLE ADVISING THIS PRESIDENT AND WE HEAR MADELINE ALBRIGHT THINKS THAT'S A GOOD DEAL. AND THEN IF THERE WAS ANY DOUBT IN ANY REPUBLICAN'S MIND, I DON'T THINK THERE IS, BUT IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT IN ANY REPUBLICAN'S MIND AT JUST HOW HORRENDOUS THIS DEAL IS, THAT HAD TO BE COMPLETELY DISPELED TONIGHT WHEN WE HEARD FROM OUR FRIEND ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE THAT HANK PAULSON, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, THINKS THIS IS THE THING TO DO. THE GUY THAT GAVE US TARP. THE GUY THAT SAID, WHEN WE ASKED, WITHLE, IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH -- WELL, IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MORTGAGE-BACK THED SECURITIES ARE WORTH, HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU NEED $700 BILLION? AND IN OUR CONFERENCE CALL WITH OTHER REPUBLICANS, THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION WAS, AND I QUOTE, WELL, WE JUST NEEDED A REALLY BIG NUMBER. THAT'S THE GUY THAT WE'RE TOLD TONIGHT IS ASSURING US THAT THIS DEAL WITH IRAN IS THE WAY TO GO. ON AUGUST 6, 2015, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOHN ERNEST AND A WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING STATED, QUOTE, WE DON'T NEED CONGRESS TO APPROVE THIS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. JULY 28, 2015, SECRETARY KERRY AT A HEARING BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS STATED, THE REASON WHY THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT IS NOT CONSIDERED A TREATY IS BECAUSE IT'S BECOME PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PASS A TREATY THROUGH THE UNITED STATES SENATE ANYMORE, IT'S BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO SCHEDULE, IT'S BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO PASS. BUT TWO DAYS AFTER SECRETARY KERRY TESTIFIED TO THAT, THAT THAT WAS THE REASON HE DIDN'T BRING THIS TREATY AS A TREATY, WELL, THE UNITED STATES FORMALLY RATIFIED THE AMENDMENT TO THE CONVENTION ON THE PHYSICAL PROTECTION OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE'S AMBASSADOR TO THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY DELIVERED THE UNITED STATES INSTRUMENTS OF RATIFICATION TO THE IAEA. WHOOPS. TURNS OUT SECRETARY KERRY'S TESTIMONY WAS NOT TRUE. AND I DON'T THINK HE LIED. I JUST THINK HE WAS THAT IGNORANT. ON JUNE 4, 2015, LESS THAN TWO MONTHS BEFORE SECRETARY KERRY TESTIFIED, IT HAD BECOME IT WILLY -- PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO RATIFY TREATY HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE IS, AND I QUOTE, PREPARING THE INSTRUMENTS OF RATIFICATION OF SEVERAL IMPORTANT TREATIES, UNQUOTE, AND THAT HE, QUOTE, WANTS TO PERSONALLY THANK THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION -- IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION FOR THE NUCLEAR SECURITIES TREATS -- TREATIES. WELL, I DON'T THINK HE WAS LYING OR IGNORANT, I JUST THINK HE FORGOT THAT HE HAD JUST THANKED US FOR PASSING THESE TREATIES OR AT LEAST THE SENATE FOR RATIFYING THESE TREATIES. HE FORGOT THAT HE HAD JUST DONE THAT WHEN HE SAID, IT'S PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO RATIFY A TREATY ANYMORE. MAY 7, 2015, THE SENATE HELD A VOTE ON THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT REVIEW ACT, 2015, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE CORKER-CARDEN BILL, IN WHICH EVERY SENATOR VOTED ON THAT BILL WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WAS AN EXECUTIVE AGREEMENT, NOT A TREATY, AND THE UNITED STATES SANCTIONS ON IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM WOULD REMAIN IN PLACE. THE CORKER-CARDEN BILL ACTUALLY STATES, IT IS THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT UNITED NATIONS SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR -- UNITED STATES SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR BALLISTIC MISSILES WILL REMAIN IN PLACE, THAT INCLUDES THE UNITED STATES. THE CORKER-CARDEN BILL WAS INTENDED AS A REVIEW OF THE APPLICATION OF STATUTORY SANCTIONS AGAINST ONLY IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. CORKER-CARDEN BILL DESCRIBED OR PRESCRIBES A PROCESS FOR CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ONLY OF, AND I'M QUOTING, AGREEMENTS WITH IRAN RELATED TO THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM OF IRAN. UNQUOTE. UNDER SUBSECTION B AND C OF SECTION 135 OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954, AS ADDED BY THE CORKER-CARDEN BILL, LAWMAKERS MAY RESOLVE TO APPROVE, DISAPPROVE OR TAKE NO ACTION ON NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS WITH IRAN. UNDER SECTION 135-D OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT OF 1954, AS ADDED BY THE CORKER-CARDEN BILL, IT CALLS FOR, QUOTE, CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF IRANIAN COMPLIANCE WITH NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS. AND IT'S PRETTY EASY TO RECALL, FOR THOSE OF US WITH A HALF DECENT MEMORY, THAT ACTUALLY UNDER THE BILL, ATHLETEY BEING PROPOSED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION -- THE TREATY BEING PROPOSED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE IRAN TREATY ACTUALLY DOESN'T ALLOW CONGRESS OVERSIGHT. NOT ONLY DOES IT NOT ALLOW CONGRESS OVERSIGHT, IT SAYS THE I.E.'S GOING TO HAVE OVERSIGHT, NOT CONGRESS, AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE ARRANGEMENT THAT'S BEEN NEGOTIATED FOR IS BEING NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE IAEA AND IRAN BUT WE DO KNOW THIS. DESPITE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SAYING IN DEBATE TODAY, AND I WAS AMAZED THAT THIS STATEMENT WOULD BE MADE, BUT IF IRAN CHEATS, WE WILL KNOW IT. THAT WAS A QUOTE FROM ONE OF MY FRIENDS ACROSS IF IRAN CHEATS, WE WON'T KNOW IT. WE WON'T EVEN KNOW IF THE IAEA HAS A DECENT AGREEMENT, BUT WE KNOW THIS, IRAN WILL NOT ALLOW THE INSPECTORS TO GO TO THE MILITARY SITES. THEY MADE THAT CLEAR IN EVERY COMMUNICATION THEY HAVE HAD SINCE THIS TREATY CAME FORWARD. AND THEN WE FIND OUT ACTUALLY IRAN HAS SAID WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE SAMPLES TO YOU. IF IRAN CHEATS, WE'LL KNOW IT, WHAT THAT MEANS IS, THAT WHEN IRAN CHEATS, THEY ARE GOING TO BRING SAMPLES THAT THEY WON'T LET THE IAEE INSPECTS AND HERE ARE THE SAMPLES BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS IN CONGRESS KNEW IF WE CHEATED, WE'LL LET YOU KNOW WE ARE CHEATING. SERIOUSLY? IS THAT HOW NAIVE THIS GOVERNMENT HAS GOTTEN? WE WERE TOLD IN DEBATE THAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF U.S. HOSTAGES. OH, YEAH, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A MISTAKE, THAT BEFORE WE ENTER ANY NEGOTIATIONS, THEY HAVE TO SHOW GOOD FAITH BY RELEASING THE HOSTAGES SO WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE A COUNTRY WITH WHOM WE CAN DEAL. OF COURSE THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. 100 TO $150 BILLION GOING TO IRAN UNDER THIS DEAL IS MORE MONEY THAN WE HAVE GIVEN OR USED TO HELP ISRAEL WITH SINCE ISRAEL CAME INTO BEING AGAIN IN THE LATE 1940'S. AND YET, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE IT NOT TO OUR CLOSE ALLY ISRAEL BUT TO THEIR WORST ENEMY AND THEY PLOTTED TO THROW ISRAEL, THIS WEEK THEY SAID THEY ARE PLOTTING TO OVERTHROW ISRAEL AND COMING FOR THE UNITED STATES. AND I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE WRONGLY COMPARE CHAMBERLAIN TO THE CURRENT SITUATION THAT THE PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY KERRY HAVE PROPOSED. BUT I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THAT IS A GROSSLY UNFAIR COMPARISON FOR CHAMBERLAIN, BECAUSE AT THE TIME CHAMBERLAIN HAD THAT PAPER THAT HE GOT HITLER TO SIGN THAT CAUSED HIM TO SAY THIS IS PEACE FOR OUR TIME, HE SAID PEACE FOR OUR TIME, AT THE TIME CHAMBERLAIN DID THAT, HITLER HAD NOT VIOLATED EVERY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT HE HAD ENTERED. HE HADN'T DONE THAT. IRAN HAS. AT THE TIME THAT CHAMBERLAIN SAID THIS IS PEACE FOR OUR TIME, HITLER HAD NOT BEEN SAYING DEATH TO ENGLAND. DEATH TO FRANCE. DEATH TO THE COUNTRIES. HE HAD NOT BEEN SAYING THAT. IRANIAN LEADERS HAVE BEEN, INCLUDING THE EYE TOLLA. AT THE TIME -- AYATOLLA. AT THE TIME THAT CHAMBERLAIN SAID PEACE FOR OUR TIME, HITLER HAD NOT PUBLICLY STATED THAT HE WAS PLOTTING THE OVERTHROW OF ANY OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE AREA. IRAN HAS. THEY ARE PLOTTING THE OVERTHROW OF ISRAEL AND TO TAKE OUT THE UNITED STATES. OUR FRIEND TOM COLE SAID IN THE RULES COMMITTEE THIS WEEK SAID THAT THIS AGREEMENT WILL BE AN ARMS RACE AND HE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. AND THAT WAS CONFIRMED AS I WAS OVER THAT WEEK. THE SAUDIS ARE WORKING A DEAL TO BUY NUKES. IRAN IS GOING TO HAVE THEM UNDER THIS IRANIAN TREATY IF WE DON'T STOP THE TREATY. YOU STOP THE TREATY NOT GETTING TO 2/3. THAT MEANS IT'S NOT BINDING AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AREA, JORDAN, EGYPT, EVEN LIP YEAH, LEBANON, THEY ARE GO TO GO HAVE TO HAVE NUKES IF THEY ARE GOING TO SURVIVE THE AREA. IT'S GOING TO CREATE THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. AND AS SOMEONE SAID MUTUALLY ASSURED DESTRUCTION WITH RUSSIA WAS A DETERRENT. BUT WITH IRAN, IT'S AN INCENTIVE. THIS IS SUCH A DANGEROUS TIME. BUT THE IRANIAN TREATY AMENDS THE NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION TREATY IN SEVERAL PLACES. YOU CAN'T AMEND A TREATY UNLESS YOU ARE AMENDING IT WITH ANOTHER TREATY. THIS IS A TREATY, THE SNT NEEDS TO STEP UP AND SAY, THIS IS A TREATY AND SAY THIS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT A SITUATION WHERE WE SUSPEND THE CLOTURE RULE SO THAT WE DO NOT ALLOW A SMALL SEGMENT OF RADICALS SUPPORTING IRAN TO KEEP US FROM VOTING ON THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL OF OUR TIME. AND THEN VOTE, AND WHEN YOU DON'T GET 2/3, IT'S NOT RATIFIED. WHAT THE HOUSE IS DOING THIS WEEK IS ACTUALLY NOT A BAD STRATEGY FOR THE HOUSE BECAUSE AS A TREATY, WE DON'T GET A VOTE. BUT IF WE STAND BY AND LET THE PRESIDENT TREAT IT AS IF IT'S BEEN RATIFIED, THEN ISRAEL WILL HAVE TO DEFEND ITSELF AND UNDER THE IRANIAN TREATY, WE'LL HAVE TO DEFEND IRAN AND NOT ISRAEL AND THE UNTHINKABLE WILL HAPPEN AND THAT IS THE UNITED STATES AND IRAN WILL BE ON THE SAME SIDE AGAINST ISRAEL. WE'VE GOT TO STOP THAT. AND WE HAVE TO STOP THAT.

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  • 09:38:39 PM

    CALLER

  • 09:52:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WOULD BE HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN A MOTION.

  • 09:52:15 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I ASK THAT WE NOW ADJOURN.

  • 09:52:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NOW ADJOURN.

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