House Session - October 1, 2015

The House voted 270-156 to pass a defense authorization bill, and 251-173 to pass a bill dealing with Iran sanctions.

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  • 10:19:30 AM

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    DIFFICULT, EVEN IF THIS WERE TO BE APPROVED, TO ACTUALLY WORK OUT ON…

    DIFFICULT, EVEN IF THIS WERE TO BE APPROVED, TO ACTUALLY WORK OUT ON PAPER. BUT TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER. THESE ELEMENTS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS AND HAVE NOT RESULTED IN ANY MOVEMENT FOR THE VICTIMS. WE'VE HAD WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS IS A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH WITH IRAN. WE'VE GOT AN AREA OF COOPERATION AND THE WORLD IS UNITED WITH US TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON THEM. I WOULD SUGGEST RATHER THAN THROWING THIS AGREEMENT IN THE TRASH CAN AND ALLOW IRAN TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MAKE THEM STRONGER AND ULTIMATELY THEY WILL GET THEIR MONEY BECAUSE INDIA AND CHINA ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START BUYING OIL FROM THEM AGAIN AS THE SANCTIONS COLLAPSE, AND IT WILL BE THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE WORLD AGAIN. WE COULDN'T EVEN SANCTION LITTLE BITTY CUBA TO CHANGE THEIR REGIME. IT TAKES MULTINATIONAL EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES. THIS AGREEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP AND I WOULD SUGGEST IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE PUTTING PRESSURE TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE JUSTICE THAT WE ALL WANT FOR THOSE VICTIMS.

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  • 10:20:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS PEEKSERED. -- EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN --

  • 10:20:51 AM

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

  • 10:20:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:21:00 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN AND MR.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN AND MR. ROYCE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. THE ADMINISTRATION ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SOME OF THIS MONEY WILL BE CERTAINLY DISTRIBUTED TO IRANIAN MILITARY GLOBAL TERRORIST NETWORK AND THE QUDS FORCE, AN ORGANIZATION WITH AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. WE REMEMBER THE BOMBING OF THE MARINE BAR ROCKS -- BARRACKS IN BEIRUT IN 1983. THE AIRMEN WHO DIED IN THE KHOBAR TOWERS BOMBING IN SAUDI ARABIA IN 1985. AND WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN FINANCED ATTACK, LIKE LEE SO WHO CHIED IN A BUS BOMBING IN GAZA IN 1995 AND SARA DUKER OF NEW JERSEY WHO WAS MURDERED ON A BUS IN JERUSALEM IN 1996. WHO SPEAKS FOR THEM? FOR THOSE INNOCENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES? THIS BILL DOES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:22:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 10:22:07 AM

    MR. ENGEL

    I RESERVE.

  • 10:22:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 10:22:11 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

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  • 10:22:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 10:22:18 AM

    MR. HURD

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUSTICE IS A POWERFUL WORD. FOR…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUSTICE IS A POWERFUL WORD. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED, JUSTICE CAN BRING PEACE AND CLOSURE. FOR THOSE GUILTY OF HARMING THE INNOCENT, JUSTICE IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE AUTHORITY OF OUR LAWS. WITHOUT JUSTICE, TRUTH BECOMES IRRELEVANT. SO IF AMERICA IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE PURSUE JUSTICE. BUT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL WAS DEEXACT OPPOSITE. IT REWARDS LAWLESSNESS AND CORRUPTION, TELL ICE RAN THEY CAN BE UNJUST TO OUR OWN CITIZENS AND THE CURN ADMINISTRATION WILL ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH IT. IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPONSORING TERRORISM THAT HAS LED TO THE DEATH OF THOUSANDS OF MESHES. WHEN THE FAMILIES OF THESE AMERICANS SOUGHT JUSTICE IN COURT, IRAN WAS FOUND GUILTY AND ORDERED TO MAKE REPARATIONS. THE FAMILY OF H% DEATHS OF MANY, MANY AMERICANS AND THEY CONTINUE TO BANK ROLL PROXIES LIKE HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND THE HUDEY REBELS. THE MURDER OF BOBBY, T.W.A. 847, THE TOWERS AND THE MURDER OF A C.I.A. AGENT ARE A SMALL TASTE OF WHAT IRAN STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM HAS WROUGHT. THIS IS ABOUT EVERYDAY AMERICANS GETTING JUSTICE. AMERICANS LIKE MAJOR JOHN, THE HIGHEST RANKING OFFICER KILLED IN THE EYE TACK ON THE BEIRUT MARINES BARRACKS. VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT SUIT IN U.S. COURTS, YET, BILLIONS IN JUDGMENTS REMAIN UNPAID. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO SECURE RESTITUTION FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRAN IN ITS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE COUNTRY, BUT THIS LEGISLATION CAN RECTIFY THIS WRONG. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:39:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:40:01 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    I COULD INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING, MR. SPEAKER?

  • 10:40:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 10:40:10 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    I'D VERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

  • 10:40:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 10:40:20 AM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSES OF CLOSING.

  • 10:40:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:40:25 AM

    MR. ENGEL

    LET ME SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE -- AND THEY KNOW…

    LET ME SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE -- AND THEY KNOW THIS -- NO ONE HAS BEEN MORE OF AN ADVERSARIES OF THE IRANIAN REGIME THAN I HAVE. BUT, LOOK, A NUMBER OF US FOUND THE DEAL WITH IRAN WANTING. WE VOTED NO, BUT IT DIDN'T PREVAIL. AND NOW WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY FORWARD, AND THE BEST WAY FORWARD, I SINCERELY BELIEVE IS NOT TO KEEP TROTTING OUT THESE BILLS. NO ONE IS CONDONING WHAT IRAN HAS DONE, PARTICULARLY WITH TERRORISM. IT'S A MATTER OF HOW WE COMBAT IT, AND THE WAY I SEE IT IS THAT WE HAVE TWO PATHS FORWARD. WE CAN CHOOSE TO MIRROR WHAT WE DID WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, VOTING AND REVOTING ON AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN SETTLED, TO SOME DEGREE, OR WE CAN CHOOSE THE PATH THAT SUITS OUR NATION'S INTEREST THE BEST AND THIS PATH INCLUDES DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STRENGTHEN ENFORCEMENT -- IN THE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. THE PATH ALSO INCLUDES HOLDING IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS NEFARIOUS ACTIVITIES THAT CAN HE STABILIZED THE REGION -- DESTABILIZED THE REGION AS WELL AS RELEASE AMERICANS AND IMPROVE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD IN THE INTERIM. AND, OF COURSE, TAKING CARE OF THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS PATH REQUIRES THE STRENGTHENING OF BILATERAL PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORTING OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION, BOTH OF WHICH HELP US IN THE LONG TERM. AND THIS IS THE COURSE I HOPE WE TAKE. WE CANNOT LET THIS OPPORTUNITY GO TO WASTE. SO THAT'S WHY I WON'T BE SUPPORTING H.R. 3457. AFTER THAT, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER ON MEASURES THAT STRENGTHEN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I HOPE WE CAN DO THAT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AS WE HAVE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THIS PATH PROMISES TO BRING US BACK TO MAKING FOREIGN POLICY RATHER THAN USING POLITICAL BILLS THAT DEFLECT FROM THE IMPORTANT ISSUES AT HAND. I DOUBT NO ONE'S SINCERITY OF ANYONE WHO SPOKE TODAY. WE ARE ALL SINCERE AND WE ALL FEEL THE SAME WAY. IRAN IS A BAD ACTOR AND MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, BUT THIS BILL IS NOT THE CORRECT MECHANISM TO DO SO. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:42:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:42:41 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 10:42:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:42:45 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    ANN, A USAID WORKER WHO WAS POSTED IN THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1983.…

    ANN, A USAID WORKER WHO WAS POSTED IN THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1983. AT 1:00 P.M. ON APRIL 18 A SUICIDE BOMBER IN A DELIVERY VAN DROVE 2,000 POUNDS OF EXPLOSIVES INTO THE FRONT DOOR OF OUR U.S. EMBASSY, AND THE BLAST DEMOLISHED THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING AND CAUSED THE UPPER FLOORS TO COLLAPSE ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. AND WHEN THAT WENT OFF, SHE WAS EATING LUNCH IN THE EMBASSY CAFETERIA. UNTIL SUDDENLY SHE AWOKE OUTSIDE COVERED IN CEMENT WITH 19 BONES BROKEN, 63 PEOPLE KILLED IN THAT BLAST. NOW, WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT THESE JUDGMENTS FOR THESE VICTIMS, WHICH REPRESENT IRAN'S LEGAL DEBT TO THE VICTIMS OF ITS OFFICIAL POLICY OF TERRORISM ARE PAID. THERE HAVE BEEN 90 SUCH ATTACKS ON AMERICANS, AND THIS LEGISLATION HELPS US FULFILL THAT MORAL OBLIGATION WE HAVE TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND TO ALL AMERICANS. WHAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU IS THAT IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK TO RELEASE THE $100 BILLION FIRST, BECAUSE THAT $100 BILLION GOES INTO THE HANDS OF THE IRGC. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE TAKEN OVER THE COMPANIES IN IRAN AS OF 1979. AND THE IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS' FORCE AND THE QUDS FORCES ARE THE ONES THAT CARRIED OUT THESE ATTACKS. SO THE ONLY LEVERAGE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE IN THIS NEGOTIATION IS IF WE PASS LEGISLATION THAT SAYS, FIRST, YOU GOT $20 BILLION IN RESERVES. START THE PROCESS OF PAYING VICTIMS OF THOSE ATTACKS. IF WE DON'T GET THEM PAID NOW, IF WE DON'T GET THE SURVIVORS AND THEIR FAMILIES -- AND THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE WHO WERE KILLED PAID NOW, IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN LATER. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, AT LEAST WE WOULD DO THIS. IF IT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE $100 BILLION OUT OF ESCROW INTO THE HANDS OF THE IRGC, WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY'RE GOING TO DO WITH IT? THEY'VE ALREADY ANNOUNCED $20 BILLION IN SALES TO RUSSIA FOR FIGHTER PLANES. THEY'VE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THE MONEY, $100 MILLION THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE TO HEZBOLLAH. WHY NOT AT LEAST GET OUR OWN CIVILIANS PAID THE JUDGMENTS THAT THEY EARNED UPFRONT? THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID WITH THE LOCKERBIE AGREEMENT. WE WERE GOING TO LIFT THE SANCTIONS OR ALLOW THE RETURN OF THE ESCROWED MONEY TO LIBYA, RIGHT? $2.5 BILLION HAD TO GO TO THE VICTIMS OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED IN THE PAN AM 103 BOMBING BECAUSE OF THE JUDGMENT IN U.S. COURTS. THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE UNDER THAT PROCEDURE. THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS NECESSARY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:45:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED. 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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  • 10:46:02 AM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO PROHIBIT LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT OF…

    A BILL TO PROHIBIT LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN PAYS JUDGMENTS AGAINST IT FOR ACTS OF TERRORISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:46:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 10:46:23 AM

    MR. ROYCE

    ON THAT, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 10:46:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEED OPTION THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. -- PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 10:47:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, SEEK…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:47:48 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449 I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449 I CALL UP THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL H.R. 1735 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 10:47:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 10:47:57 AM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1735, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 FOR…

    H.R. 1735, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, TO DESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 10:48:17 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449, THE CONFERENCE REPORT IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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  • 10:48:28 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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  • 10:48:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 10:48:39 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:48:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 10:48:44 AM

    THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING I CAN SAY TODAY IS THAT THIS CONFERENCE…

    THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT THING I CAN SAY TODAY IS THAT THIS CONFERENCE REPORT IS GOOD FOR THE TROOPS AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. AND NOTHING THAT I OR ANYBODY ELSE IS GOING TO SAY IN THIS NEXT HOUR IS GOING TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT ONE BASIC PROPOSITION. WE MAY HEAR A VARIETY OF EXCUSES, IFS, ANDS, AND BUTS ABOUT THIS, THAT, OR THE OTHER THING AND I CERTAINLY DON'T AGREE WITH EVERY PROVISION IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. BUT IN PULLING THIS BILL TOGETHER, I HAD TO PUT ASIDE PERSONAL PREFERENCES AND PARTY CONSIDERATIONS AND OTHER THINGS BECAUSE GETTING A BILL PASSED AND ENACTED THAT IS GOOD FOR THE TROOPS AND GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THE SECOND POINT I WANT TO MAKE IS THAT THIS BILL IS THE PRODUCT OF WORK OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL. ABOUT HALF OF THE AMENDMENTS THAT WERE ADOPTED IN COMMITTEE AND ON THE FLOOR WERE FROM DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS. DEMOCRATIC CONFEREES PLAYED A SUBSTANTIAL ROLE IN SHAPING THIS FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT'S IN THE BILL, YOU CAN SEE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS FROM BOTH SIDES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE HEAR A LOT THESE DAYS ABOUT REGULAR ORDER. WELL, THIS BILL WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER THROUGH THE COMMITTEE WITH 211 AMENDMENTS ADOPTED ON THE FLOOR WHEN 131 AMENDMENTS WERE ADOPT THROUGH THE A REGULAR CONFERENCE WITH A SENATE-PASSED BILL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS AND NOW IT'S BACK HERE FOR APPROVAL. SO AFTER GOING THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND ALL OF THE -- AND ALL THAT THAT ENTAILS, IF THERE'S STILL PARTISAN OPPOSITION, IT LEADS SOME TO ASK WHY? WHY BOTHER? THE THIRD POINT I WANT TO MAKE, MR. SPEAKER, IS JUST A REMINDER TO MEMBERS THAT THIS IS A DANGEROUS WORLD AND IT IS GETTING MORE DANGEROUS BY THE MINUTE. JUST LOOK AT THE HEADLINES THAT ARE IN TODAY'S PAPERS. RUSSIA HAS CONDUCTED AIR STRIKES IN SYRIA, NOT AGAINST ISIS, BUT AGAINST THE MODERATE OPPOSITION FORCES. AND RUSSIA IS TELLING US, THE UNITED STATES, WHEN AND WHERE WE CAN FLY OUR AIRPLANES IN SYRIA. MEANWHILE, THE PALESTINIANS HAVE DECIDED THEY'RE GOING TO BACK AWAY FROM AGREEMENTS THEY HAVE WITH ISRAEL. MEANWHILE, THE TALIBAN SON THE MOVE IN AFGHANISTAN AND U.S. AMERICAN TROOPS ARE SENT IN TO HELP TURN THE TIDE. AND THAT DOESN'T EVEN COUNT THE THINGS HAPPENING IN UKRAINE, NORTH KOREA, IRAN, CHINA BUILDING ISLANDS OUT IN THE PACIFIC. AND SO THE POINT OF THAT IS THAT THIS IS NO TIME FOR POLITICAL GAMES. THIS IS THE TIME TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS A BILL THAT HELPS PROVIDE FOR THE COUNTRY'S SECURITY. AND I THINK THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL DOES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL AUTHORIZES THE EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE. NOW, WE DID NOT AGREE WITH EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM REQUEST. WE MADE SOME DIFFERENT JUDGMENTS. LIKE PRESERVES THE A10 AND IT'S BEING USED TODAY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WE THOUGHT WE NEEDED NOT TO RETIRE SOME OF THE SHIPS THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO RETIRE. SO THERE WERE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE TOTAL IS EXACTLY THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR. NOW SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS ARE UNDER DIFFERENT LABELS. BUT FRANKLY WHETHER YOU CALL IT BASE FUNDING, OCO FUNDING OR PUMPERNICKEL, IT DOESN'T MATTER. IT IS MONEY THAT GOES TO THE TROOPS. IF YOU'RE A U.S. SOLDIER TODAY ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN OR IF YOU'RE A SOLDIER, SAILOR, AIRMAN, OR MARINE SUPPORTING THEM FROM THE UNITED STATES OR ANYWHERE ELSE, DO YOU REALLY CARE WHAT THE LABEL ON THE MONEY IS? WHAT YOU CARE IS THAT THE MONEY TO HELP PROVIDE FOR YOUR OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE IS PROVIDED. OF COURSE THERE ARE MANY OTHER PARTS OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, ACQUISITION REFORM WHICH IS A SIGNIFICANT FIRST STEP TO MAKE SURE THAT TAXPAYERS GET MORE VALUE FOR THE MONEY THEY SPEND. PERSONNEL REFORM, INCLUDING A NEW RETIREMENT SYSTEM. TODAY, 83% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY WALK AWAY WITH NO RETIREMENT AT ALL. THAT CHANGES UNDER THIS BILL. SO MEMBERS ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL ARE GOING TO TELL 83% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY, YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WALK AWAY WITH NOTHING. THIS BILL REQUIRES D.O.D. AND V.A. TO HAVE A JOINT FORM LAIR FOR SLEEP DISORDERS, PAIN MANAGEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE. WE'VE BEEN TOLD THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS WE CAN TAKE. IT TAKES ADDITIONAL STEPS TO COMBAT SEXUAL ASSAULT. IT AUTHORIZES DEFENSIVE WEAPONS FOR UKRAINE. IT GIVES THE PRESIDENT MORE TOOLS TO BATTLE ISIS IN IRAQ, TO PROVIDE WEAPONS TECTLY TO THE KURDS AND SUNNI FORCES. WE TAKE STEPS FOR MISSILE, TO HELP DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AGAINST MISSILES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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  • 10:53:46 AM

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  • 10:53:50 AM

    WE TAKE STEPS TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY AGAINST MISSILE ATTACKS, PARTICULARLY…

    WE TAKE STEPS TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY AGAINST MISSILE ATTACKS, PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT SINCE IRAN WILL HAVE MORE MONEY TO PUT INTO MISS ISLES. BUT WE ALSO SUPPORT THE ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAM WITH MORE MAUN THAN WAS ASKED FOR BY THE PRESIDENT SYSTEM OF MR. SPEAKER, MY POINT IS THIS BILL IS GOOD FOR THE TROOPS AND IT'S GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND THAT OUGHT TO OVERRIDE EVERYTHING ELSE IT SHOULD BE -- EVERYTHING ELSE. IT SHOULD BE PASSED TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:54:24 AM

    LET ME AGREE ON TWO POINTS WITH THE CHAIRMAN. THERE IS A LOT THAT IS GOOD…

    LET ME AGREE ON TWO POINTS WITH THE CHAIRMAN. THERE IS A LOT THAT IS GOOD IN THIS BILL. NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN MAKING THAT HAPPEN. I THINK THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS WAS A MODEL FOR HOW THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS SUPPOSED TO GO. THE MINORITY WAS INCLUDED. THERE WAS ROBUST DEBATE ABOUT A LARGE NUMBER OF ISSUES. THAT WERE POINTS WHEN WE THOUGHT WE COULDN'T RESOLVE THEM AND WE DID. AND I THINK THERE IS A LOT THAT IS GOOD IN THIS BILL. I ALSO THINK, WITHOUT QUESTION, WITHOUT DEBATE, THIS IS A VERY, VERY DANGEROUS TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. AND THE CHAIRMAN LAID OUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES, THERE ARE MANY, MANY MORE. WITH WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST, CERTAINLY WITH RUSSIA, WITH THOUSAND WE DEAL WITH CHINA. VERY CHALLENGING TIME FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND WE NEED TO BE AS STRONG AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. BUT THE ONE AREA WHERE I DISAGREE AND I THINK THE CHAIRMAN ALSO CORRECTLY STATES THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION, IS THIS GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY? IS IT GOOD FOR OUR TROOPS? I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR TROOPS AND IT DOES IN FACT MATTER WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM. FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, BY THE BUDGET GIMMICK THAT THE BUDGET COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE PUT TOGETHER, BY USING OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS FUNDS FOR THINGS THAT ARE NOT OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS FUNDS, THIS WAS ALL DONE AS A DODGE TO GET AROUND DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO, WHICH IS TO LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS, BECAUSE YOU SEE THE OCO FUNDING FOR SOME REASON DOES NOT COUNT AS REAL MONEY. IT'S MONEY, IT'S $38 BILLION BUT IT ENABLED THE CONSERVATIVES IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE MAINTAINED THE BUDGET CAPS WHILE STILL SPENDING $38 BILLION MORE. WHICH IS INCREDIBLY HYPOCRITICAL AND A TERRIBLE WAY TO BUDGET. BUT HERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY THAT IS BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY AND BAD FOR OUR TROOPS. NUMBER ONE, IT DOES NOT LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS. AND THESE BUDGET CAPS ARE IN PLACE, I BELIEVE, FOR A ANOTHER NINE OR EIGHT YEARS. AND UNLESS WE LIFT THOSE BUDGET CAPS, WE ARE HARMING OUR TROOPS AND WE ARE HARMING OUR COUNTRY. THIS BILL DODGING THAT ISSUE IS PRECISELY A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. BECAUSE UNTIL WE LIFT THOSE CAPS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS NO IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE. ALL RIGHT? OCO IS ONE TIME MONEY. THAT'S WHY IT'S NOT AS GOOD AS LIFTING THE BUDGET CAPS AND GIVING THE ABILITY TO DO THE FIVE AND 10-YEAR PLANNING THAT THEY DO. TO DO MULTIYEAR PROJECTS. SO THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY HAVE A PLAN GOING FORWARD. THAT HURTS NATIONAL SECURITY. THE INABILITY TO RAISE THE BUDGET CAPS IN THIS BILL AND THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS IS A CRITICAL BLOW TO OUR TROOPS AND TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE SECOND REASON IS -- REASON THIS IS IMPORTANT IS BECAUSE THE OCO FUNDING IN THIS BILL IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. ALL RIGHT? PART OF IT IS BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO VETO IT BUT THE LARGER PART OF IT IS, THE SENATE, AS THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO DO FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, HAS NOT PASSED ANY APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. BECAUSE THEY HAVE REJECTED THEIR OWN BUDGET RESOLUTION. SO THIS $38 BILLION IN OCO FUNDING WE'RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT, ALL THIS GREAT MONEY, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. BUZZ THE APPROPRIATORS HAVE SAID IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. SO TO HAVE A NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZING BILL WITH $38 BILLION IN IMAGINARY MONEY IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR TROOPS. AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS. WE NEED TO SPEND THE MONEY THAT WE NEED TO SPEND ON NATIONAL SECURITY. I WILL ALSO SAY THAT THERE ARE OTHER PIECES OF NATIONAL SECURITY. THE BUDGET CAPS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THEY REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THEY REMAIN IN PLACE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY. THREE AGENCIES THAT PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN NATIONAL SECURITY FOR THIS COUNTRY. IN TRACKING THE MONEY OF TERRORISTS AND PROTECTING THE HOMELAND AND MAKING SURE WE CAN TRY AND CONVICT TERRORISTS WHEN WE CATCH THEM. SO IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY TO MAINTAIN THOSE BUDGET CAPS. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL DOES. IT ALSO RELIES ON MONEY THAT SIMPLY ISN'T GOING TO BE THERE BY HAVING THIS IMAGINARY OCO FUNDING. THE SECOND WAY I THINK THIS BILL WAS NOT GOOD FOR THE TROOP, NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY IS SOMETHING THE CHAIRMAN ALLUDED TO, AND THAT IS THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT THE PENTAGON CAN DO BY WAY OF SAVING MONEY. THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED THE A10 BUT THERE ARE A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER THINGS THE PENTAGON HAS PROPOSED AS A WAY TO SAVE MONEY AND SPEND IT MORE EFFICIENTLY WHICH OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS WE HAVE BLOCKED ALMOST EVERY ATTEMPT. NOT EVERY ATTEMPT. ON PERSONNEL SAVINGS. WE HAVE MADE CHANGES IN THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM. WE HAVE MADE CHANGES IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WE SAVED NO MONEY FOR 10 YEAR. FOR 10 YEARS WE SAVE NO MONEY IN PERSONNEL COST WHILE THE PENTAGON TELLS THAUSE TO BE ABLE TO PROPERLY TRAIN OUR TROOPS, TO GET THEM READY TO GO TO BATTLE, THEY NEED PERSONNEL COST SAVINGS. IF WE DON'T GIVE THEM THAT SAVINGS, LAST YEAR, NEXT YEAR, THIS YEAR, IN THE FUTURE, THEY WILL NOT HAVE THE MONEY FOR READINESS THAT THEY NEED TO TRAIN AND EQUIP OUR TROOPS. SO THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER PROVISIONS, AREAS, BRAC WOULD BE A BIG ONE. WE HAVE SEEN OUR ARMY AND MARINE KEARP SHRINK SUBSTANTIALLY. WE'VE SEEN OUR ENTIRE MILITARY IS RICK SUBSTANTIALLY. WE HAVE NOT CLOSED ANY BASES. THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE COULDN'T TROY NOT FIND SAVINGS THERE. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    TO NOT FIND SAVINGS -- THERE TO SPEND IT ON TRAINING OUR TROOPS. OVER THE…

    TO NOT FIND SAVINGS -- THERE TO SPEND IT ON TRAINING OUR TROOPS. OVER THE LAST TWO OR THROO -- OR THREE YEARS WE HAVE WOUND UP AUTHORIZING AND APPROPRIATING MONEY IN CONGRESS FOR READINESS. NOT THIS YEAR, ASSUMING YOU IMAGINE THAT THIS OCO MONEY WILL A-- WILL APPEAR. THE BULK OF THE OCO MONEY MAKES UP FOR THE READINESS GAP. I DON'T THINK THIS BILL IS GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY OR GOOD FOR THE TROOPS BUT I DO AGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN THAT THAT'S THE CRITERIA ON WHICH IT SHOULD BE JUDGED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN -- I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN -- I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. FORBES.

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  • 11:00:47 AM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE OF THE THINGS…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. MR. CHAIRMAN, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WON'T HEAR OUTSIDE OF THIS ROOM IS ANYBODY CHALLENGING THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS BILL. THE OPPONENTS OF THE BILL TIME AND TIME AGAIN SAY WHAT A GOOD BILL IT IS. YOU WON'T HEAR ANYONE CHALLENGING THE PARTISANSHIP OF THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY WILL PRAISE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR THE BIPARTISAN PRODUCT HE'S BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. . YOU WON'T HEAR THEM SAYING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY, TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE, BECAUSE IT'S ALMOST THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED. OR THEY TOOK IT FROM ANOTHER PRIORITY BECAUSE THEY AGREE IT IS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND SPUD BE SPENT ON NATIONAL DEFENSE. THE SOLE REASON THE BILL IS BEING OPPOSED AND THE PRESIDENT WILL VETO IT IS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO USE NATIONAL DEFENSE AS A BATTERING CHIP TO GET EVERYTHING HE WANTS FOR THE I.R.S., E.P.A., AND ALL THE OTHER POLITICAL AGENDA HE HAS. CAN YOU IMAGINE AS CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY MENTIONED HOW STRONG HE LOOKS AROUND THE GLOBE WHEN HE SAYS AMERICA'S GOING TO BE STRONG, YET HE VETOES THE BILL THAT AUTHORIZES THE NATIONAL DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY AND GIVES HIM ALMOST EVERYTHING HE WANTS. THE PRESIDENT AND OPPONENTS OF THIS BILL ALSO NEED TO REALIZE THAT IF THEY DEFEAT THIS BILL, THEY WILL ALSO DEFEAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE DESTROYERS, TWO ATTACK SUBS, THREE SMALL SURFACE COMBATANTS, AND DELAY THE AIR FORCE BOMBER AND TANKER PROGRAMS. MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S TIME WE STOP USING NATIONAL DEFENSE AS SOME KIND OF POLITICAL POKER CHIP THAT CAN BE GAMBLED AWAY, AND IT'S TIME WE PASS THIS BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 11:02:22 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. FIRST OF ALL, I VERY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE. FIRST OF ALL, I VERY SPECIFICALLY CHALLENGE THE SUBSTANCE OF THIS BILL. THE O.C.O. FUNDING AND THE WAY IT IS FUNDING IS NOT GOOD FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND NOT GOOD FOR OUR TROOPS. THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL IS PRECISELY THE ISSUE AND WHAT IT DOES FOR DEFENSE OR DOES NOT DO FOR DEFENSE. THAT IS WHY USING THE O.C.O. FUNDING IS THE EXACT WRONG WAY TO GO. THE OTHER THING I WILL SAY IS I AM QUITE CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL GET A BILL. THAT'S THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THIS ARGUMENT. AS I POINTED OUT THE APPROPRIATORS IN THE SENATE HAVE ALREADY REJECTED THE O.C.O. FUNDING. THIS $38 BILLION THAT WE HAVE IN HERE IS GONE, DONE, POOF, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A FURTHER DEBATE ABOUT THAT IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO ACTUALLY FUND ANY OF THE STUFF THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS BILL. I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE'LL HAVE THAT DEBATE. I WISH I COULD BE MORE CONFIDENT IT WILL COME OUT IN A POSITIVE WAY. WE NEED TO LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS. WE ACTUALLY NEED TO PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND NOT SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON DECEMBER 11, BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE CAN PASS THIS BILL. WE ARE NOT GOING TO NOT PASS THE NDAA. WE JUST NEED TO PASS IT THE RIGHT WAY SO IT ACTUALLY HELPS OUR COUNTRY AND ACTUALLY FUNDS THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON REALLY MAKES THE CASE WHEN HE TALKS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON REALLY MAKES THE CASE WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT APPROPRIATIONS, O.C.O. WILL NOT HAPPEN THAT WAY. THIS IS NOT AN APPROPRIATION BILL. HE'S EXACTLY RIGHT. THERE IS MORE TO DO TO FIGURE ALL OF THAT OUT. BUT THAT IS NOT A REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. THIS BILL CAN'T FIX WHAT HE'S COMPLAINING ABOUT. BUT IT DOES DO SOMETHING AND MY POINT IS, WHY NOT DO WHAT IT CAN? MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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  • 11:04:18 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M GRATEFUL TO SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M GRATEFUL TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 AND ALSO THANK CHAIRMAN M.A.C. THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADER -- MAC THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND HARD WORK IN BRINGING THIS CONFERENCE REPORT TO THE FLOOR WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I APPRECIATE SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE TO OVERSEE SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S PORTION OF THE BILL REPRESENTS A COMPREHENSIVE AND BIPARTISAN PRODUCT. FOR THIS REASON IT IS SAID THAT SOME OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES MAY VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND WORSE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS THREATENING A VETO. MR. SPEAKER, A VETO OR VOTE AGAINST THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS A VOTE AGAINST SECURITY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. AND A VOTE AGAINST EVERY MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES AND ITS MILITARY FAMILIES. IT WOULD BE A VOTE AGAINST AUTHORIZATIONS THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN OUR CYBERDEFENSE CAPABILITIES. IT WOULD BE A VOTE AGAINST COUNTER TERRORISM PROGRAMS AND RESOURCE FOR OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES CURRENTLY FIGHTING OVERSEAS. AND IT WOULD BE A VOTE AGAINST REFORM EFFORTS AND PROGRAMS THAT WOULD ENSURE AMERICA MAINTAINS SUPERIORITY IN ALL AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CROSS THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL SOON CROSS HIS DESK. A VOTE OF VETO AGAINST THIS MEASURE IS SIMPLY PUT A VOTE AGAINST IN PROVIDING AND ENDANGERING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND A VOTE AGAINST THE AMERICAN DEDICATED SERVICE MEMBERS WHO MEAN SO MUCH TO OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:06:04 AM

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE JUST TO MAKE TWO QUICK POINTS. FIRST OF ALL, WE…

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE JUST TO MAKE TWO QUICK POINTS. FIRST OF ALL, WE WILL HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THAT TAKES THE MONEY OUT OF O.C.O. AND PUTS IT INTO THE BASE BUDGET. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT OUR BILL COULD FIX. WE DIDN'T HAVE TO BUY INTO THE O.C.O. DODGE AND PUT MONEY IN THERE WE KNEW WASN'T GOING TO EXIST. OUR MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL MAKE THAT OBVIOUS. WE WILL SIMPLY TAKE IT OUT OF O.C.O., PUT IT IN THE BASE BUDGET SO THAT YOU CAN DO LONG-TERM PLANNING WITH IT AND SO WE ACTUALLY GET OUT FROM UNDER THE BUDGET CAPS. THE SECOND POINT I WILL MAKE IS -- NOT SUPPOSED TO NAME PEOPLE. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER WHO SAID VOTING AGAINST THE DEFENSE BILL WAS ALL OF THOSE BAD THINGS, WELL, PEOPLE HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE DEFENSE BILL. IN 2009 AND 2010, ALL BUT SEVEN OR EIGHT MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY VOTED AGAINST THE DEFENSE BILL. THEY VOTED AGAINST THE DEFENSE BILL BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T LIKE DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL IN ONE INSTANCE AND DIDN'T LIKE ADDING LGBT PEOPLE TO HATE CRIMES IN THE OTHER INSTANCE. THEY ALL WERE PERFECTLY WILLING TO VOTE AGAINST THE TROOPS AND DO ALL OF THE AWFUL THINGS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID FOR SOCIAL POLICY REASONS THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH DEFENSE. SO VOTING AGAINST THE DEFENSE BILL DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU DON'T SUPPORT THE TROOPS. THAT'S PROOF BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW SAYING THAT IT DOES HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE BILL IN THE PAST. IF I MAY I'M NOT SURE IF THIS WORKS, I WANTED TO YIELD TIME TO -- DO WE NEED TO GO BACK OVER THERE? I WILL YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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  • 11:07:38 AM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THIS IS MY 35TH YEAR IN THE CONGRESS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THIS IS MY 35TH YEAR IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. I DON'T KNOW THAT I VOTED AGAINST PRIOR TO THIS YEAR EITHER A DEFENSE APPROPRIATION BILL OR DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. I WILL VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. I REGRET THAT I WILL VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL BECAUSE I REGRET THAT WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN OURSELVES ON A FISCALLY SOUND PATH AND A BIPARTISAN WAY THAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY MORE SECURE NOT ONLY ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SIDE BUT SECURE ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE AS WELL. I RISE IN OPPOSITION, MR. SPEAKER, TO THIS CONFERENCE REPORT WHICH I BELIEVE DOES A DISSERVICE TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND UNDERMINES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS IS THE CHAIRMAN'S FAULT. I WANT TO MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR. THE CHAIRMAN HAS BEEN DEALT A HAND AND HE'S TRYING TO PLAY THE BEST HAND HE CAN. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. I AGREE, FULLY, HOWEVER, WITH THE RANKING MEMBER WITH HIS CONCERNS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL NOT BECAUSE OF ITS SUBSTANCE BUT BECAUSE OF THE ADVERSE IMPACT IT HAS ON SO MUCH ELSE. THIS CONTINUES THE REPUBLICANS' SEE QUESTER SNEAK AROUND STRATEGY. WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT? MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HISTORICALLY SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE TALK ABOUT SPENDING MONEY. WHAT THEY DON'T LIKE TO DO IS PAY FOR THINGS. THAT'S OF COURSE WHAT WE DO IN TAXES. IT'S NOT FOR FREE, NATIONAL SECURITY. EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, LAW ENFORCEMENT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. AND IF YOU WANT TO PUT A LEVEL OF DOING SOMETHING, YOU NEED TO PAY FOR THAT OR YOU PASS IT ALONG TO THE NEXT GENERATION. THIS SEQUESTER SEEK AROUND STRATEGY OF BLOWING THROUGH THEIR OWN DEFENSE SPENDING CAP BY MISUSING OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY FUNDING FOR NONEMERGENCY BASE DEFENSE SPENDING, THAT'S WHY THE PENTAGON IS OPPOSED TO THIS. THAT'S WHY THE JOINT CHIEFS BELIEVE THIS IS BAD FISCAL POLICY FOR THE MILITARY. OUR MILITARY PLANNERS AND SECRETARY CARTER MADE CLEAR, SUCH AN APPROACH TO FUNDING UNDERMINES THE PENTAGON'S LONG-TERM PLANNING PROCESS WHICH IS BASED ON MULTIYEAR BUDGETS AND PREDICTABLE FUNDING SFREEMS. UNFORTUNATELY -- STREAMS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE FISCAL POLICIES OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE OVER THE LAST YEARS, SIX YEARS, HAVE BEEN ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE. WE AVOIDED A SHUT DOWN OF GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT 151 OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES VOTED NOT TO FUND GOVERNMENT TODAY. ONLY DEMOCRATS ENSURED THE FACT THAT WE KEPT THE GOVERNMENT OPENED. 91 REPUBLICANS VOTED WITH US. BUT THAT WAS FAR LESS THAN HALF OF THEIR CAUCUS. THIS PROPOSAL UNDERMINES THE CHANCES FOR A BIPARTISAN BUDGET AGREEMENT TO REPLACE THE SEQUESTER BEFORE THE C.R. REPASSED YESTERDAY EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 11. 151 REPUBLICANS VOTED EVEN AGAINST KEEPING GOVERNMENT OPENED FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS. THIS APPROACH, INCLUDING THIS BILL, ALSO HARMS FUNDAMENTAL NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES BY CHARACTERIZING CORE DEFENSE ITEMS AS PART OF CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. THAT IS NOT TRUE. IT IS NOT FISCALLY HELPFUL. THIS INCLUDES THE IRON DOME MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS AND ALL OTHER U.S.-ISRAEL JOINT MISSILE DEFENSE PROGRAMS THAT HELPS ISRAEL PROTECTS CIVILIANS FROM HAMAS AND HEZZ BOWL YAP ROCKETS. -- HEZBOLLAH ROCKETS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS REPORT PREVENTS THE ADMINISTRATION FROM CLOSING THE DETENTION FACILITY AT GUANTANAMO BAY WHICH REMAINS A RECRUITING TOOL FOR TERRORISTS AND UNDERMINE AMERICA'S ROLE AS A BEACON OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS AROUND THE WORLD. MEANWHILE, WE ARE SPENDING $2.4 MILLION PER DETAINEE EVERY YEAR FOR THOSE REHOLD AT GUANTANAMO. -- THOSE WE HOLD AT GUANTANAMO.

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  • 11:12:52 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OPPOSE THIS IS BILL,…

    THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OPPOSE THIS IS BILL, STRONGLY, AS DO MEMBERS OF THAT COMMITTEE. THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR HE'S GOING TO VETO THIS BILL. NOT BECAUSE HE'S AGAINST NATIONAL SECURITY AND IRONICALLY REPUBLICANS HAVE COME TO THE NUMBER THAT THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE. THE PRESIDENT PAID FOR HIS NUMBER. HE DIDN'T PASS IT ALONG TO OUR CHILDREN. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THIS CONFERENCE REPORT FOR WHAT IT IS, A VEHICLE FOR PARTISAN MESSAGING AND AN INSTRUMENT FOR BREAKING WITH THE MURRAY-RYAN PRINCIPLE OF PARITY IN DEFENSE AND NONDEFENSE SEQUESTER RELIEF. IT'S NOT A BILL THAT MAKES AMERICA SAFER AND A STRONGER FORCE FOR JUSTICE AROUND THE WORLD. THEREFORE I'LL OPPOSE IT. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. SMITH, ONCE AGAIN FOR THE WORK -- FOR HIS WORK TRYING TO IMPROVE THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE, ON THIS FLOOR, AND IN CONFERENCE. AND FOR HIS UNTIRING WORK IN SUPPORT OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN OUR NATION'S ARMED SERVICES. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE SAME THING. HE WAS DEALT A BAD HAND. I UNDERSTAND HE HAS TO PLAY. IT'S NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 11:14:11 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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  • 11:14:16 AM

    I MAKE THREE BRIEF POIVENTS. NUMBER ONE AS THIS DEBATE GOES ON IT'S…

    I MAKE THREE BRIEF POIVENTS. NUMBER ONE AS THIS DEBATE GOES ON IT'S INCREASINGLY CLEAR THE REAL DEBATE IS ABOUT BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS NOT ABOUT THIS BILL. SECONDLY, I'M ONE OF THOSE WHO VOTED TO CONTINUE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE PAY OUR TROOPS AND THERE BE NO LAPSE IN THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE TODAY THE WHITE HOUSE PLAYING POLITICS WITH NATIONAL SECURITY AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT MAKES AN ULTIMATE AGREEMENT HARDER. FINALLY, THE PRESIDENT WAS SHORT IN FUNDING ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE. WE FULLY FUND ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE IN THIS BILL AND IT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TURNER.

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  • 11:15:01 AM

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1735, WHAT WOULD BE THE 5 TH…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1735, WHAT WOULD BE THE 5 TH CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. WHAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY IS, UNFORTUNATELY, PARTISAN POLITICS AT ITS WORSE. YOU HAVE PEOPLE COMING DOWN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR CONDEMNING A BILL THAT THEY VOTED FOR. AND NOW THEY ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAINST IT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED THAT HE'S GOING TO VETO IT. HE'S NOT GOING TO VETO IT BECAUSE WHAT'S IN THIS BILL. HE'S GOING TO VETO IT BECAUSE THERE'S NOT ENOUGH SPENDING ON THE BUREAUCRACIES OF THE I.R.S. AND THE E.P.A. WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE NOT ONLY HAS THE PRESIDENT SAID IT, EVEN THE DEFENSE SECRETARY ASH CARTER HAS SAID IT IN FRONT OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. NOW, IF THIS WAS SUCH A BAD BILL, YOU WOULD THINK THIS IT WOULDN'T COME OUT -- HAVE COME OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE FOR ALMOST UNANIMOUS SUPPORT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BIPARTISAN, UNBELIEVABLE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL, AND VIRTUALLY THE SAME STRUCTURE THAT IT'S COMING TO THIS FLOOR. ONLY WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA STEPPED FORWARD ONLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAME OUT AND SAID, I'M GOING TO VETO IT, DID IT LOSE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS ISN'T AN ISSUE ABOUT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. THIS ADMINISTRATION, THE AUTHOR OF SEQUESTRATION, PRESIDENT OBAMA, SET FORTH A PLAN THAT'S BEEN DISMANTLING OUR MILITARY AND NEEDS TO BE SET ASIDE. WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS BILL IS A BILL THAT FULLY FUNDS NATIONAL DEFENSE EVEN AS THE MINORITY LEADER, STENY HOYER, SAID, THAT FULLY FUNDS IT AT THE LEVEL REQUESTED BY THE PRESIDENT. NOW YOU CAN SAY THERE ARE GIMMICKS. YOU CAN SAY THERE ARE TRICKS. BUT YOU CAN ALSO SAY WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND AS YOU GO TO THE EXPERTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THIS BILL WORK. CHAIRMAN DEMPSEY OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF STOOD IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE AND ASKED THE QUESTION OF DOES THE STRUCTURE OF THIS BILL FULLY FUND NATIONAL DEFENSE HE SAID ABSOLUTELY THAT HE COULD SPEND IT, THAT IT WOULD BE THE NUMBER THAT IS NECESSARY, HE ALSO SAID IT WAS THE LOWER JAGGED EDGE OF WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO CHAIRMAN DEMPSEY SAYS IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE, AND HE'S CERTAINLY THE EXPERT, THAT THIS WORKS, IT WORKS. I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, SET ASIDE SEQUESTRATION, SET ASIDE PARTISAN POLITICS AND SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THANK YOU.

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  • 11:17:25 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:17:28 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE,…

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERSING FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 11:17:39 AM

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  • 11:17:42 AM

    MR. ROGERS

    I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN GETTING US HERE TODAY. I'D LIKE…

    I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN GETTING US HERE TODAY. I'D LIKE TO ASK THE CHAIRMAN A QUESTION, IF I MIGHT, DOES THE LEGISLATION PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT THE EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY HE REQUESTED IN HIS BUDGET REQUEST?

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  • 11:17:57 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE TOTAL IS EXACTLY THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE TOTAL IS EXACTLY THE AMOUNT THE PRESIDENT ASKED FOR.

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  • 11:18:02 AM

    MR. ROGERS

    THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT. AND DOES THE CHAIRMAN RECALL WHO IT WAS THAT…

    THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT. AND DOES THE CHAIRMAN RECALL WHO IT WAS THAT TESTIFIED THAT THE AMOUNT REQUESTED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE IS, QUOTE, AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF MANAGEABLE RISK, CLOSE QUOTE.

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  • 11:18:16 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO JUST SAID, IT WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT…

    AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO JUST SAID, IT WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS SAID THIS IS THE LOWER RAGGEDOFPBLGE WHAT IT TAKES TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY.

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  • 11:18:25 AM

    MR. ROGERS

    AND THAT INDIVIDUAL IS THE PRESIDENT'S SENIOR MILITARY ADVISOR, ISN'T HE?

  • 11:18:31 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    YES, SIR.

  • 11:18:34 AM

    SO WE HAVE AN EASY CHOICE, WE CAN VOTE FOR A CONFERENCE REPORT THAT SENDS…

    SO WE HAVE AN EASY CHOICE, WE CAN VOTE FOR A CONFERENCE REPORT THAT SENDS A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT, THAT PROVIDES AUTHORIZED FUNDING AT EXACTLY THE LEVEL HE REQUESTED. OR WE CAN SEND THE NATION BELOW THE QUOTE, RAGGED EDGE OF MANAGEABLE RISK, CLOSED QUOTE. IT'S A BILL THAT PROVIDES $320 MILLION INCREASE FOR OUR ISRAELI INCREASE ON TOP OF THE $550 MILLION IN THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR MISSILE DEFENSE COOPERATION. I'D ASK MEMBERS, ESPECIAL -- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THE IRAN DEAL, THAT IT'S THIS FUNNING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SAID WAS VITAL TO ISRAEL'S SECURITY. BECAUSE OF THAT DEAL AND IT'S -- AND ITS TERMINATION OF MULTILATERAL SANCTIONS ON BALLISTIC MISSILE PROLIFERATION. S THAT BILL THAT PROVIDES $184 BILLION TO -- MILLION TO FUND AN AMERICAN ROCKET TO END OUR RELIANCE ON RUSSIAN MADE ROCKET ENGINES. S THAT BILL THAT PROVIDES THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST OF $358 MILLION FOR COOPERATIVE THREAT REDUCTION ACTIVITIES. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT'S HOW WE FIGHT EBOLA. MR. SPEAKER, MY FELLOW MEMBERS, THERE ARE SOME TUG BOATS THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE AROUND HERE FROM -- TOUGH VOTES WE HAVE TO TAKE AROUND HERE FROM TIME TO TIME, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. VLADIMIR PUTIN IS BOMBING ANTI-ASSAD FORCES IN SYRIA. YOU WANT TO MAKE PUTIN HAPPY, VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:19:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK THEY HAVE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA YIELDS BACK THEY HAVE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 11:20:01 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:20:05 AM

    SMITH THE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 11:20:07 AM

    THE REASON WE ARE AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF WHAT DEFENSE NEEDS IS BECAUSE OF…

    THE REASON WE ARE AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF WHAT DEFENSE NEEDS IS BECAUSE OF THE BUDGET CAPS. THAT IS THE ISSUE. THAT IS THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUE IN WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT. TIED INTO THAT IS A REGRETTABLE FACT. THE CHAIRMAN SAYS REPEATEDLY, LOOK, THISES THE AUTHORIZING BILL. DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT THE BUDGET, DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT PROPINGS. THE DEFENSE BUDGET IS OVER HALF OF THE DISCRETIONARY BUDGET SYSTEM OF UNFORTUNATELY, THE DEFENSE BILL IS ABOUT THE BUDGET AND ABOUT THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. AND AS LONG AS WE HAVE THOSE BUDGET CAPS LOCKED IN PLACE, WE WILL BE AT THE RAGGED EDGE OF WHAT WE CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE SHOULDN'T BE THERE. WE SHOULD LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS. THIS NDAA LOCKS IN THOSE BUDGET CAPS, USES THE OCO DODGE WHICH AS I POINTED OUT THE SENATE ISN'T AGREEING TO THE $38 BILLION ISN'T GOING TO BE THERE AND EVEN WORSE, WHAT SECRETARY CARTER HAS ALSO SAID IS THAT THE OCO FUNDING PERPETUATES THE FIVE YEARS OF BUDGET CUTS AND UNCERTAINTY OF C.R.'S OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, OF THREATENED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS, OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAN. SECRETARY CARTER HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR. HE OPPOSES THIS BILL BECAUSE THE OCO FUNDING IS NOT AN ADEQUATE WAY TO FUND DEFENSE BECAUSE IT IS ONE YEAR MONEY, IT IS A BUDGET GIMMICK, IT DOESN'T GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO PLAN AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND TAKE CARE OF OUR TROOPS. OPPOSING THIS BILL BECAUSE OF OCO FUNDING IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT TO OUR TROOPS AND IS A SUBSTANTIVE PART OF THIS. I WANT TO RESPOND ABOUT THE COMMITTEE VOTE. WE IN COMMITTEE SAID, WE DIDN'T LIKE THE OCO FUNDING, WE NEEDED THAT TO BE FIXED. BUT WE'RE COMING OUT OF COMMITTEE, WE'RE GOING TO GIVE IT A CHANCE TO WORK ITS WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS. NO CHANGES WERE MADE, WE OPPOSED IT ON THE FLOOR. WE DIDN'T JUST WAKE UP YESTERDAY AND OPPOSE THIS. DEMOCRATS VOTED AGAINST THIS BILL WHEN IT CAME TO THE HOUSE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE WE ABSOLUTELY MADE A POINT OF IN COMMITTEE WAS NOT FIXED. SO THAT IS WHY WE ARE OPPOSING THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:22:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 11:22:17 AM

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. WITTMAN.

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  • 11:22:53 AM

    RECENT HI FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE DR. HENRY KISSINGER PROCLAIMED THE…

    RECENT HI FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE DR. HENRY KISSINGER PROCLAIMED THE UNITED STATES HAS NOT FACED A MORE DIVERSE AND COMPLEX ARRAY OF CRISES TINS THE -- SINCE THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THIS STATEMENT HOLDS TRUE TODAY AS WE COMBAT ISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AS RUSSIA AGAIN TESTS OUR COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND AS CHINA CONTINUES TO INCREASE ITS DEFENSE SPENDING TO RECORD LEVELS. CONGRESS HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY FOR PROVIDING FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. IF CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT FAIL TO ACT ON THE NDA ASKS WE FORGO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY AND WEAKEN THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND ABILITY TO CONFRONT CRISES THAT OCCUR AROUND THE GLOBE. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY POLITICAL GAMES WITH OUR NATIONAL SECURITY OR TO HOLD HOSTAGE FUNDING AND AUTHORIZATION FOR THE MILITARY FOR POLITICAL AIM. OUR NATION AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY DESO -- DESERVE BETTER AND THEY DESERVE THE PROPER SUPPORT THAT CONGRESS IS UNDER OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE. AS WE HAVE HEARD THROUGH TESTIMONY FROM OUR MILITARY LEADERS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, OUR MILITARY IS APPROACHING THE RAGGED EDGE OF BEING ABLE TO EXECUTE OUR NATION'S DEFENSE STRATEGY. BY NOT PASSING THIS NDAA OR BY ALLOWING SEQUESTRATION TO CONTINUE TO DEVASTATE OUR NATION'S MILITARY READINESS, WE PLACE OURSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE WE WILL BE UNABLE TO DEFEND AGAINST THE THREATS WE FACE TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF F.Y. 2016.

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  • 11:24:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IN VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 11:24:29 AM

    I AGREE WITH A LOT OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID ABOUT HOW CRITICAL NATIONAL…

    I AGREE WITH A LOT OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID ABOUT HOW CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY IS, YET THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY INSISTS ON MAINTAINING THOSE BUDGET CAPS THAT ARE DEVASTATING TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THEY WILL NOT LIFT THE CAPS THAT ARE CAUSING PRECISELY THE PROBLEMS JUST DESCRIBED AND 151 OF THEM VOTED YESTERDAY TO DEFUND THE ENTIRE MILITARY BY SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. SO IF WE REALY BELIEVE IN ALL THOSE NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES, LET'S START FUNDING THEM. LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS AND ACTUALLY PAY FOR IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. DAVIS.

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  • 11:25:04 AM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE RANKING CHAIR. WE ALL WORK VERY , --…

    I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE RANKING CHAIR. WE ALL WORK VERY , -- WE ALL WORK VERY, VERY HARD ON THIS COMMITTEE AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT OUR CHAIRMAN HAS HAD AS WELL. I HAVE TO SAY, I'M SPEAKING LARGELY AS SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER NOT SUPPORTED AN NDAA. I ACTUALLY DID SUPPORT IT IN COMMITTEE AND I SUPPORT IT ON THE FLOOR. BUT I THINK WE'RE IN A BOX AND SOMETIMES WHEN YOU GET IN A BOX YOU'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. YOU CAN'T JUST STAY IN THERE AND SIT. IT MEANS MAKING SOME HARD DECISIONS. I'VE LISTENED IN THE COMMITTEE. SECRETARY CARTER WAS THERE. I HAVE TO SAY, I THINK HE WAS A BIT BADGERED IN THAT DISCUSSION BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE'S A BIG BOY AND HE CAN HANDLE THAT. BASICALLY WHAT HE SAID IS, OF COURSE WE SUPPORT THOSE ISSUES. OF COURSE WE WANT A BETTER BUDGET FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. BECAUSE IT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE, NOT JUST ABOUT TOMORROW. WE'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN AND FOR OUR COUNTRY AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DOESN'T DO. WE'VE GOT TO GIVE THIS A CHANCE. IT'S GOT TO BE A BETTER CHANCE. THAT'S WHY I FEEL I HAVE BEEN THERE. AND I HAVE COMPROMISED. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF MEMBERS ON THAT COMMITTEE HONESTLY WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO COMPROMISE. WE'RE TRYING TO FIND THAT BALANCE. I'M PROUD OF THE WORK WE'VE DONE ON THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE. I'M PROUD BECAUSE WE MADE SOME GAINS. WE SORT OF SHUFFLED SOME ISSUES A LITTLE BIT TO BE ABLE TO SAY TO OUR LEADERS THAT WE UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT READINESS MEANS IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH THAT AND MAYBE WE CAN'T DEAL WITH ALL THESE ISSUES THAT WE'VE TRIED TO MAKE SURE WE FUNDED TO THE VERY, VERY HIGHEST LIMIT THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY DO THAT. WE KNOW THERE'S SOME CHANGES PERHAPS THAT ARE COMING AND SO WE DO IT IN INCREMENTAL WAY, IN A SLOW WAY, AND SOMETHING WE THINK IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE MEN AND WOMEN AND THE COUNTRY AT THE SAME TIME. WE'VE GOT TO DO THAT. WE HAVE MULTIPLE GLOBAL CRISES GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY SO WE CAN'T JUST MAKE A DECISION FOR TODAY. IT'S GOT TO BE DOWN THE LINE. WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED TO DO? WE NEED TO BE SURE --

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  • 11:27:43 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 11:27:49 AM

    MRS. DAVIS

    CARTER TALKING ABOUT? PREDICTABILITY. NOT JUST FOR OUR FOLKS AT THE…

    CARTER TALKING ABOUT? PREDICTABILITY. NOT JUST FOR OUR FOLKS AT THE PENTAGON TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY ARE PROVIDED WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO BE SURE THAT THOSE WHO WORK WITH OUR COUNTRY, WE HAVE A VERY STRONG CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE SECTOR IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE NEED TO PROVIDE FOR THEM AS WELL. THAT'S WHY I STAND TODAY. I BELIEVE IT IS IN THE INTEST INTEREST TO GO BACK AND WORK THIS OUT. YOU KNOW WHAT?

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  • 11:28:29 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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  • 11:28:35 AM

    I WORK IN A COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE LARGE NUMBERS OF MILITARY FAMILIES AND…

    I WORK IN A COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE LARGE NUMBERS OF MILITARY FAMILIES AND GUESS WHAT. THE MILITARY IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF OUR COUNTRY. IT IS MADE SAFER AND STRONGER BY HOMELAND SECURITY, BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, BY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND BY STRONG EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THEY CARE ABOUT ALL THOSE THINGS. SO THEY WANT US TO STAND UP FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND FOR THEIR FUTURE. AND WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER. LET'S TAKE THAT CHANCE. IT'S WORTH IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 11:29:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 11:29:16 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT, MRS. HARTZLER.

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  • 11:29:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 11:29:26 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AGREE WITH THE LADY THAT WE NEED TO MAKE OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I AGREE WITH THE LADY THAT WE NEED TO MAKE OUR CHOICES. BUT WE DON'T NEED TO DO THIS IN THIS BILL. WE CAN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN REITERATED IN THIS BILL. THIS IS A BUDGET ISSUE. AND I SERVE ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AS WELL AND I BELIEVE WE NEED TO UNDO SEQUESTRATION FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADDRESS THE COST DRIVERS OF OUR COUNTRY THAT ARE CAUSING US TO GO INTO DEBT. WE NEED TO GET OUR PRIORITIES BACK AS A COUNTRY AND MAKE SURE WE PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. WE NEED TO DO THAT IN A BUDGET, IN A COMPREHENSIVE WAY. BUT WE DON'T NEED TO HOLD OUR MILITARY HOSTAGE TODAY BY NOT APPROVING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FOR THE VITAL THINGS THAT THEY NEED. THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ARE DOING. SO I APPRECIATE THEIR INTENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH, AND MANY OF US TO, TO SOLVE THIS OVERALL PROBLEM. BUT TODAY OUR MILITARY NEED TO KNOW WE ARE STANDING BEHIND THEM AND WE'RE GOING TO AUTHORIZE THEM WITH THE THINGS WE NEED. THIS BILL IS FULL OF THE THINGS THAT OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED. AND AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE, WE'RE DOING AN INVESTIGATION DEALING WITH THE TRANSFER OF DETAINEES OUT OF GITMO AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH SERGEANTBERG DAL AND THE TALIBAN FIVE. I WAS ESPECIALLY MAKE SURE THE DETAPEES ARE NOT REMOVED FROM GUANTANAMO BAY AND BROUGHT INTO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IN ADDITION WE SET UP AN ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL SO THAT THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE HAS TO CERTIFY THAT ANY DETAINEES THAT GO TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES, THAT COUNTRY IS ABLE TO DETAIN THEM, KEEP THEM SAFE, MAKE SURE THEY DON'T GO BACK INTO THE FIGHT AND CONTINUE THEIR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. THIS BILL TAKES CARE OF OUR TROOPS. IT ADDRESSES THE THREATS FACING US. WE HAVE SO MANY. WHETHER IT IS WHAT'S GOING ON IN UKRAINE AND WITH RUSSIA, WHETHER IT IS DEALING WITH ISIL. WHETHER IT IS THE CYBERTHREAT THAT WE HAVE. EVERY DAY THERE ARE THREATS COMING AROUND US AND WE ADDRESS THEM IN THIS BILL. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO PASS IT. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE PLATFORMS THAT WE NEED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING, TO STAND WITH OUR TROOPS, TO PROVIDE THEM WITH WHAT THEY NEED.

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  • 11:31:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 11:31:46 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I RESERVE.

  • 11:31:50 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, DR. HECK.

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  • 11:31:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 11:32:00 AM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY'S EFFORTS. HIS DEDICATION TO OUR ARMED FORCES, FAMILIES, AND VETERANS IS COMMENDABLE. SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEER TO PICK UP A WEAPON, STAND A POST, AND GUARD THE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES THAT MAKE OUR NATION GREAT IS A PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION TO RAISE AND SUPPORT ARMIES, TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY, TOOD WITH THE ADOPTION OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT, WE ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE PERSONNEL PROVISION THAT IS WILL ALLOW US TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, MAINTAIN AN AGILE MILITARY FORCE, AND ENSURE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE GIVEN THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. NOT THE PRESIDENT HAS THREATENED TO VETO THIS CONFERENCE REPORT EVEN THOUGH THE REPORT AUTHORIZES THE AMOUNT HE REQUESTED IN HIS OWN BUDGET BECAUSE HE'S NOT HAPPY WITH THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IS PROVIDED. HE IS USING OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AS POLITICAL PAWNS TO GET INCREASES IN NONDEFENSE SPENDING. I UNDERSTAND THAT HE'S URGED SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO TODAY, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE MY COLLEAGUES KNOW SOME OF THE THINGS THEY WOULD BE VOTING AGAINST. A NEW RETIREMENT PLAN THAT PROVIDES OPTIONS AND A PORTABLE RETIREMENT BENEFIT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE LESS THAN 20 YEARS. ROUGHLY 8 % OF THE FORCE. A PAY RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, ALONG WITH MANY SPECIAL PAYS AND BONUSES, THAT ARE CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING THE ALL VOLUNTEER FORCE. AND A JOINT UNIFORMED DRUG FORMULARY BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SO THAT TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS GET TO STAY ON THE DRUGS THAT ARE WORKING FOR THEM AS THEY LEAVE ACTIVE SERVICE. AND ENHANCE PROTECTIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS TO INCLUDE EXPANDING ACCESS TO SPECIAL VICTIMS' COUNCIL, PROTECTING VICTIMS FROM RETALIATION, AND IMPROVING THE MILITARY RULES OF EVIDENCE. IF THE PRESIDENT FOLLOWS THROUGH WITH THIS VETO THREAT, SERPVISS MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL BE -- SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL BE DEPRIVED OF THESE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR COMPENSATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES AND SUPPORT THIS REPORT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:34:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:34:18 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON REACH SIDE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 10 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 11:34:26 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF 3 MINUTES. THERE WAS A COMMENT EARLIER ABOUT THE MILITARY…

    I YIELD MYSELF 3 MINUTES. THERE WAS A COMMENT EARLIER ABOUT THE MILITARY BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THESE OTHER NEEDS. AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS WITH THE MILITARY -- WHAT THE MILITARY HAS REALLY BEEN HELD HOSTAGE TO IS THE BUDGET CAPS. ONE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN, MULTIPLE C.R.S, AND MULTIPLE THREATENED GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWNS. THAT IS WHAT IS HOLDING THE MILITARY HOSTAGE. YOU TALK TO THEM ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY CAN SPEND MONEY ON AND WHAT THEY CAN'T SPEND MONEY ON THROUGHOUT THAT MADNESS, BECAUSE WE CAN'T PASS ALONG A BUDGET BECAUSE WE CAN'T LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS, BECAUSE WE CAN'T PASS APPROPRIATIONS, THAT IS WHAT IS HOLDING THEM HOSTAGE. A ONE OR TWO-MONTH DELAY IN PASSING THE NDAA, WHICH BY THE WAY WE PASSED IN DECEMBER FOR THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS, ISN'T GOING TO HOLD THEM HOSTAGE AT ALL. WHAT IS HOLDING THEM HOSTAGE IS THAT RIDICULOUS BUDGET PROCESS THAT I JUST MENTIONED. WHY DO WE HAVE THAT RIDICULOUS BUDGET PROCESS? BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY INSISTS ON MAINTAINING THOSE BUDGET CAPS. IT IS THOSE BUDGET CAPS THAT ARE HOLDING OUR MILITARY HOSTAGE. UNLESS WE LIFT THEM, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ADEQUATELY FUND DEFENSE. I HAVE HEARD A NUMBER OF TIMES OVER HERE THAT THE ONLY REASON WE OPPOSE THIS IS BECAUSE WE WANT MORE SPENDING ON OTHER PROGRAMS. THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO TRUE AND IT'S OBVIOUS NO ONE IS LISTENING TO THE ARGUMENTS I HAVE BEEN MAKING. THE REASON WE OPPOSE THIS IS BECAUSE IT PERPETUATES OUR MILITARY BEING HELD HOSTAGE TO BUDGET CAPS, BUDGET GIMMICKS, C.R.S, AND THREATENED GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWNS. THIS BILL HAS O.C.O. FUNDING IN IT. IT DOES NOT HAVE BASE BUDGET FUNDING. IT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THE PRESIDENT THAT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROVIDES. BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE SAME MONEY. AND THE TYPE OF MONEY DOES MATTER. IF YOU HAVE ACTUAL BUDGET AUTHORITY, IF YOU HAVE ACTUAL APPROPRIATIONS YOU CAN SPEND THEM OVER MULTIPLE YEARS BECAUSE YOU KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE THERE. IT IS ABSURD THE WAY WE HAVE BUDGETED FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. AND WHAT WE ARE DOING IN OPPOSING THIS BILL IS STANDING UP TO THAT ABSURDITY FOR MANY REASONS, I WILL GRANT YOU, BUT NUMBER ONE IS TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE ARMED FORCES WHO HAVE HAD TO LIVE WITH THAT GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. THOSE C.R.S, THOSE THREATENED GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWNS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THOSE BUDGET CAPS THAT THE MAJORITY REFUSES TO LIFT. UNLESS WE LIFT THOSE, THE MILITARY IS GOING TO BE IN THIS SITUATION IN PERPETUITY. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IT IS ALL ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY, IT IS ALL ABOUT DEFENSE FOR WHY WE ARE OPPOSING THIS BILL. WE CAN'T GO ON LIKE THIS AND HAVE AN ADEQUATE NATIONAL SECURITY. WE HAVE TO LIFT THE BUDGET CAPS. I'LL SAY ONE OTHER THING. WE HAVE TO RAISE TAXES SOMEWHERE. IN THE LAST 1 YEARS WE CUT TAXES BY SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF $7 TRILLION. NOW, GRANTED UNQUESTIONABLY PLACES IN THE BUDGET WE CAN CUT AND WE HAVE CUT. I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES. WE HAVE CUT MEDICARE. I KNOW WE HAVE CUT MEDICARE BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY RAN ALL KINDS OF ADS BASHING US FOR CUTTING MEDICARE BACK IN 2010. WE FOUND ABOUT $700 BILLION IN SAVINGS WHICH EXTENDED THE LIFE OF THE PROGRAM AND SAVED MONEY. SO WE HAVE SAVED MONEY. BUT THE FLAT REFUSAL TO RAISE ANY REVENUE IS WHAT HAS GOT OUR MILITARY WITH THE HAND AROUND ITS THROAT. BECAUSE BELIEVE IT OR NOT, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY RAISE THE MONEY IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND IT. AS YOU STAND UP HERE COMPLAINING ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT WE ARE NOT FUNDING, -- FUNDING THIS THURET AND INSIST ON MAINTAINING THE BUDGET CAPS AND INSIST ON NOT RAISING A PENNY IN TAXES, THAT IS THE GROSSEST HYPOCRISY I CAN IMAGINE. IF YOU WERE UNHAPPY WITH HOW MUCH MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON THE MILITARY, HAVE THE GUTS TO RAISE THE CAPS AND RAISE THE TAXES TO ACTUALLY PAY FOR IT. OR JUST STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND ACCEPT IT AT THAT LEVEL. WE ARE OPPOSING THIS BILL BECAUSE THE BUDGET PROCESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNDER IS WHAT IS THROTTLING OUR MILITARY. AND UNTIL WE BREAK THAT GRIP, UNTIL WE GET AN ACTUAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, UNTIL WE GET THE BUDGET CAPS LIFTED AND UNTIL, I BELIEVE, WE ACTUALLY RAISE SOME REVENUES TO PAY FOR IT, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE DOING ADEQUATE SERVICE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT I OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE IT ALSO CONTINUES TO KEEP GUANTANAMO BAY OPENED AT THE COST OF NEARLY $3 MILLION PER INMATE. IN ADDITION TO BEING AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM, IT IS UNBELIEVABLY EXPENSIVE AND NOT NECESSARY. WE SHOULD SHUT GUANTANAMO. THIS BILL LOCKS IN PLACE FOR ANOTHER YEAR THAT IT WILL STAY OPEN AND DOES NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT ANY OPTION OR FLEXIBILITY IN THAT REGARD. AGAIN, DON'T TELL ME OR ANYONE OVER HERE WE'LL VOTE NO FOR REASONS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL SECURITY. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY LOOK AT THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF BUDGETING AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND SAY THAT GETTING RID OF THE BUDGET CAPS ISN'T ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY? I BELIEVE THAT IT IS AND THAT'S WHY WE OPPOSE THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SECRETARY

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    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO…

    MADAM SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE HAS PASSED WITHOUT AMENDMENT H.R. 2835, CITED AS THE BORDER JOBS FOR VETERANS ACT OF 2015.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

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

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    I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE POINTS. NUMBER ONE IS I SHARE A LOT OF CONCERNS…

    I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE POINTS. NUMBER ONE IS I SHARE A LOT OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF SEQUESTRATION ON THE MILITARY. AS THIS CONVERSATION CONTINUES, IT'S CLEARER AND CLEARER THAT THE REAL PROBLEM HERE IS BUDGETS AND NOW WE HEAR TAXES. THIS BILL CANNOT SOLVE EITHER OF THOSE PROBLEMS. WE CANNOT REWRITE THE TAX CODE OR RAISE TAXES. WE CAN'T REPEAL OBAMACARE. THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS WE CAN'T DO. BUT WE CAN DO SOME THINGS AND WE SHOULD DO THAT. SECONDLY, A DOLLAR OF O.C.O. IS A DOLLAR SPENT JUST AS MUCH AS A DOLLAR OF BASE IS SPENT. I DON'T THINK IF YOU ARE IN AFGHANISTAN YOU CARE ABOUT THE LABEL PUT ON THE MONEY. THE INCREASE IN THE O.C.O. ACCOUNT IS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE MONEY WHICH ONLY GOOD FOR ONE YEAR ANYWAY. NEXT POINT, IN FISCAL YEAR 2013, ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE WAS FUNDED IN O.C.O. AND YET WE HAD MEMBERS ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE, INCLUDING SOME WHO ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THAT, VOTE FOR IT. THAT'S WHAT WE DO SOMETIMES. TIMELY, THIS PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE EXACT PROVISIONS ON RESTRICTING GTMO TRANSFERS -- I YIELD MYSELF AN ADDITIONAL 0 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, -- 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, IN 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 THIS PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE EXACT RESTRICTIONS ON GUANTANAMO TRANSFERS THAT WE HAVE IN THIS BILL. NOW, IS IT ALL OF A SUDDEN SUCH A BIG DEAL THAT HE'S DECIDED THAT HE'S GOING TO VETO THE BILL OVER IT? I THINK THAT IS A HARD CASE TO MAKE. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD BE PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE HOUSE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE PASSAGE OF AN ANNUAL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THE PASSAGE OF AN ANNUAL NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO LAY OUT OUR NATION'S DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES IS ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT DUTIES AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. THIS YEAR'S NO DIFFERENT. ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE VERY SERIOUS CONFLICTS HAPPENING AROUND THE GLOBE IN EASTERN EUROPE, IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. WHICH HAVE SERIOUS IMPLICATION FORCE OUR OWN SECURITY AND FOR OUR ALLIES. THIS YEAR'S NDAA MAKES A NUMBER OF POSITIVE CHANGES TO D.O.D.'S SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING POLICIES TO HELP ENSURE THAT SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY CAN CONTINUE TO PERFORM THE CRITICAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS THAT HELP MAKE AMERICA'S MILITARY STILL THE BEST IN THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, HITTING A SMALL BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL BASE MEANS TAXPAYERS BENEFIT FROM INCREASED COMPETITION, INNOVATION, AND JOB CREATION. SINCE 2013 WE HAVE LOST OVER 25% OF THE SMALL FIRMS REGISTERED TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT. 25%. THAT'S OVER 100,000 SMALL BUSINESSES. THE REFORMS IN THIS YEAR'S NDAA, THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING NOW, TAKES STEPS TO REVERSE THAT TREND. NOW, THE WHITE HOUSE IS THREATENED TO VETO THIS BILL. THAT'S A SHAME BECAUSE THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL DEFENDS SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENSURES THAT THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS ALIVE AND WELL IN OUR INDUSTRIAL BASE. THIS ISN'T ABOUT POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP, AT LEAST IT SHOULDN'T BE. THIS IS ABOUT TWO OF THE MOST BIPARTISAN ISSUES IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, AND THE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY HALF OF OUR AMERICAN WORK FORCE. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE PRESIDENT RECONSIDERS AND ENACTS THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL. I WANT TO THANK A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF MY COMMITTEE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS YEAR'S BILL, INCLUDING MR. HARDY OF NEVADA, MR. KNIGHT OF CALIFORNIA, MR. CURBELO OF FLORIDA, MR. RADDY WAGON OF AMERICAN SAMOA, AND MR. HANNA OF NEW YORK. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK A NUMBER OF OTHER MEMBERS AND THANK MR. THORNBERRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    OUR MILITARY MUST ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE AND ABLE TO READY, AIM, FIRE AT A…

    OUR MILITARY MUST ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE AND ABLE TO READY, AIM, FIRE AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. THE THREATS WE FACE AROUND THE WORLD TODAY DEMAND IT. AND AS A SOLDIER AND VETERAN, I CAN TELL YOU THAT READY IN THE MILITARY NEEDS TO BE SPOKEN AS A COMMAND NOT PROPOSED AS A QUESTION. THERE'S ONE CRUCIAL ELEMENT OUR MILITARY HAS TO BE READY TO ENGAGE THE THREATS. THIS BILL ENSURES OUR MILITARY READINESS, IT ENSURES THAT THERE'S A PLAN FOR 2016, FROM ISIS TO RUSSIA TO NORTH KOREA, THE THREATS WE FACE ARE TOO SERIOUS TO WAIT ANY LONGER. BUT IN THE SAME WEEK THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS SURPRISED BY THE RUSSIANS BOMBING U.S.-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA, HE'S THREATENING TO VETO THIS NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL. VETO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, REALLY? I ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO USE HIS PHONE AND TO PARAPHRASE HIS OWN WORDS, TO CALL THE 1980'S AND ASK FOR THEIR FOREIGN POLICY BACK BECAUSE WE NEED IT. . THAT POLICY DEMANDS THAT IT MUST BE BACKED BY THE FULL CONFIDENCE OF THIS GOVERNMENT NOW. THIS CAN'T WAIT. PASS THIS TO GIVE OUR TROOPS NEW RETIREMENT BENEFITS. PASS THIS TO KEEP OUR WEAPONS SYSTEMS AT OPERATIONAL LEVEL. WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. IT'S A GOOD BILL THAT ADHERE'S TO THE LAW AND IT'S THE CERTAINTY OUR TROOPS NEED. PASS THIS BILL, OUR TROOPS NEED IT. THEY DON'T LET YOU DOWN, DON'T AT THE LEM -- DON'T LET THEM DOWN. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS,…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MS. STEPANEK.

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    JUST THIS -- MS. STEFANIK

    JUST THIS PAST WEEK, THIS SERVED A AS ANOTHER REMINDER TO US ALL THAT THIS…

    JUST THIS PAST WEEK, THIS SERVED A AS ANOTHER REMINDER TO US ALL THAT THIS REGION REMAINS UNSTABLE AND BRINS ABOUT CHALLENGES TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE F.Y. 2016 NDAA PROVIDES OUR NATION'S ARMED FORCES WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO DEFEND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, THE ARMY'S 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION OUT OF FORT DRUM, CHIME HONORED TO REPRESENT, HAS BEEN THE MOST ACTIVELY FORWARD DEPLOYED DIVISION TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. YET SADLY JUST THIS PAST MONTH, SPECIALIST KYLE GILBERT, A SOLDIER FROM THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION, DIED IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE SERVING OUR NATION. IN NEW YORK'S NORTH COUNTRY, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR MILITARY FAMILIES UNDERSTAND WHAT FIGHTING FOR OUR NATION'S LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS TRULY MEANS. SO WHEN I EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THE NDAA, THE TOOLS IT PROVIDES AND HOW IT ENABLED OUR ARMEDS FORS TO DEFEND OUR NATION FROM ORGANIZATIONS TO WHO CREATE VOLATILITY AND TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD, I'M SPEAKING FOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THOSE SERVICE MEN AN WOMEN WHO ARE OVERSEAS RIGHT NOW IN HIGHLY KINETIC COME WITH THE ZONE, FOUGHTING TO PROTECT YOU AND ME, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR NATION. COLLEAGUES, THE F.Y. 2016 NDAA ALLOWS FOR OUR ARMED FORCES TO PLAN AND OPERATE ACCORDING TO WHAT WE AS A NATION HAVE ASKED OF THEM WETCH MUST SUPPORT THE NDAA TO MAINTAIN OUR READINESS AND PROVIDE FOR OUR MILITARY. AND AS LEADERS HERE TODAY, WE KNOW WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO TASK OUR TROOPS WITH DOING MORE WITH LESS AS DEFENSE SEQUESTRATION CUTS REMAIN. THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO F.Y. 2016 NDAA PROVIDES RELIEF FROM THESE HARMFUL SEQUESTRATION CUTS BUT MORE MUST BE DONE. LET ME REMIND MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SERK QUEST RATION WAS PROPOSED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, SIGNED INTO LAW BY THIS PRESIDENT, AND PASSED BY A PREVIOUS CONGRESS. WHEN THE F.Y. 2016 NATIONAL DEFENSE -- MAY I HAVE ONE MINUTE?

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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    MS. STEFANIK

    IT COULD -- IT IS IMPORTANT.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    AND NOT OUR FAULT, WHICH IS FASCINATING. I DON'T THINK IT'S CLEAR WHOSE…

    AND NOT OUR FAULT, WHICH IS FASCINATING. I DON'T THINK IT'S CLEAR WHOSE IDEA SEQUESTRATION WAS BUT THE REASON WE DID THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT AND SEQUESTRATION WAS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE WAS REFUSING TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING. REFUSING TO ALLOW US TO BORROW MONEY AT A TIME WHEN WE HAD TO BORROW IT. HOW DO WE THINK THAT WOULD HAVE IMPACTED NATIONAL SECURITY IN OUR TROOPS? I VOTED AGAINST THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. BUT I'VE OFTEN SAID, I DON'T HOLD ANYTHING AGAINST THOSE WHO VOTED FOR IT. BECAUSE THEY BASICALLY HAD A GUN TO THEIR HEAD. THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT WAS AN AWFUL PIECE OF LEGISLATION BUT NOT RAISING THE DEBT CEILING, NOT PAYING OUR DEBTS, YOU KNOW, STOPPING THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO BORROW MONEY, WAS CLEARLY WORSE. SO THIS PARTISAN ARGUMENT THAT OH, SEQUESTRATION WAS THE PRESIDENT'S IDEA SO THEREFORE IT'S NOT OUR FAULT IS ABOUT AS ABSURD AN ARGUMENT AS I'VE EVER HEARD. NUMBER ONE, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, THE ONLY REASON THAT DISCUSSION WAS ON THE TABLE WAS BECAUSE IT WAS BLACK MAIL FOR RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WHICH HAD TO BE RAISED BUT NUMBER TWO, IT'S BEEN A GOOD FIVE YEARS SINCE THEN. THE REPUBLICANS NOW CONTROL BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, AND THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THE BUDGET RESOLUTION THIS YEAR. AND THEY PASSED THE BUDGET RESOLUTION THAT HELD THOSE CAPS AND SEQUESTRATION FIRMLY IN PLACE. AND THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR TROOPS AND IT IS NOT GOOD FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. SO LET'S MOVE ON TO THAT APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, GET THOSE BUDGET CAPS LIFTED FOR THE SAKE OF A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. WHICH BRINGS ME BACK TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZINGING AT AND THE FACT THAT BY LOCKING IN THE O.C.O., BICEPPING THOSE BUDGET CAP ,000,000,000 USING O.C.O. FUNDS, WE ARE ONCE AGAIN PUTTING THE PENTAGON IN THE SITUATION WHERE THEY DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE. THEY HAVE NO PREDICTABILITY WHATSOEVER. IT IS THE O.C.O. IN THIS BILL THAT IS THE REASON I OPPOSE IT AND THE REASON THAT MOST DEMOCRATS OPPOSE IT BECAUSE THAT O.C.O. IS HARMFUL TO NATIONAL SECURITY. WE NEED A REAL BUDGET. WE NEED REAL BUDGET AUTHORITY AND REAL APPROPRIATIONS. VOTING FOR A BILL THAT PUTS IN PLACE THE O.C.O. INSTEAD OF THAT SIMPLY PERPETUATES THE NIGHTMARE OF THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF UNCERTAINTY. AND LIKE I SAID, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT HERE IN A MOMENT THAT EASILY FIXES THIS PROBLEM. AND I AGREE WITH 95% OF THE REST OF THE BILL. I DON'T AGREE WITH ALL OF IT. THE CHAIRMAN SAID WE NEGOTIATED SOME THINGS, THEY WERE UP, THEY WERE DOWN, BUT BY AND LARGE IT'S A GOOD BILL. BUT THE 5% THAT'S BAD IS SO BAD THAT IT DOES JUSTIFY A NO VOTE BECAUSE IT PERPETUATE THIS IS BAD BUDGET SITUATION AND THERE'S A VERY EASY FIX. TAKE THE O.C.O. OUT OF IT AND PUT IT IN THE BASE BUDGET. IT'S VERY SIMPLE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO PROPOSE IN THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. YOU'LL SEE DEMOCRATS VOTE FOR THAT. BECAUSE WE SUPPORT FUNDING THIS. WHAT WE DON'T SUPPORT IS MAINTAINING THE BUDGET CAPS THROUGH AN OBVIOUS BUDGET GIMMICK. I HAD A FASCINATING CONVERSATION WITH A MEMBER OF THE RULE COMMITTEES YESTERDAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO SAID HE WAS VERY, VERY PROUD OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. SAID IT WAS THE BEST VOTE HE'D TAKEN IN CONGRESS. INTERESTING THAT IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY ALL THE PRESIDENT'S FAULT. BUT YOU KNOW, HE REALLY SUPPORTED THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. HE FELT THOSE CAPS WERE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. AND I SAID, WELL, THEN YOU MIST OPPOSE THE NDAA BECAUSE IT BUSTS THOSE CAPS BY $38 BILLION HE SAID A LOT OF THINGS AT THAT POINT BUT NEVER ANSWERED MY QUESTION. SO THIS DODGE OF SAYING THAT WE'RE GOING TO CREATE SORT OF MONEY THAT REALLY ISN'T MONEY IN ORDER TO, FOR ONE BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME, FUND ISOLATED PROGRAMS WITHIN THE PENTAGON, DOES NOT HELP NATIONAL SECURITY. THE ONLY THING THAT'S GOING TO HELP NATIONAL SECURITY IS BY GETTING THROIFED O.C.O. DODGE AND BUDGETING HONESTLY. SO THAT'S WHY WE OPPOSE THIS BILL. YES, I BELIEVE THAT BUDGET CAPS SHOULD BE RAISED. FOR THE OTHER BILLS AS WELL. IN PART BECAUSIC A LOT OF THOSE DEPARTMENTS ARE IMPORTANT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. AS I MENTIONED. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING, WE OPPOSE THIS BILL BECAUSE OF HOW BAD IT IS FOR THE PENTAGON. THAT'S THE REASON THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE OPPOSED IT. THAT'S THE REASON ALL OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF OPPOSE IT. BECAUSE THEY WANT AN ACTUAL BUDGET. THEY WANT ACTUAL, DEPENDABLE MONEY, THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE, BEFORE 2010. WHEN WE WOULD ACTUALLY PASS APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND THEY COULD PLAN MORE THAN A MONTH OR TWO AT A TIME. IF WE PASS THIS BILL, WE SIMPLY PERPETUATE THAT PROCESS. NOW WE WILL PASS AND NDA A. WE WILL RESOLVE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER OUR APPROPRIATIONS DIFFERENCE AND WE WILL GET IT DONE. BUT PASSING THIS BILL NOW SIMPLY PERPETUATES A BAD BUDGET SITUATION THAT IS BAD FOR OUR TROOPS AND BAD FOR NATIONAL SECURITY. FOR THAT REASON I OPPOSE IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    I WANT TO START WITH ONE OF THE POINTS I MADE AT THE BEGINNING AND THAT IS…

    I WANT TO START WITH ONE OF THE POINTS I MADE AT THE BEGINNING AND THAT IS TO THANK THE STAFF, ESPECIALLY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO SPENT A LOT OF HOURS DISRUPT -- A LOT OF HOUR, DISRUTCHTED A LOT OF PLANS, PUT IN INCREDIBLE EFFORT BACK AND FORTH TO COME UP WITH THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRODUCT THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO VOTE ON. MR. SPEAKER, FOR 53 STRAIGHT YEARS, CONGRESSES OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE PASSED AND PRESIDENTS OF BOTH PARTIES HAVE SIGNED INTO LAW DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILLS. NOW THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF TIMES AND IT'S EXACTLY FOUR WHEN A PRESIDENT VETOED A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL AN EVERY SINGLE TIME IT WAS BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT WAS IN THE BILL. AND SO IT CAME BACK TO CONGRESS, THERE WERE ADJUSTMENTS MADE, IT WENT BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE HE SIGNED IT INTO LAW. NEVER BEFORE HAS A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL BEEN HELD HOSTAGE NOT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING THAT'S IN IT BUT BECAUSE OF TRYING TO FORCE CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION ON SOME OTHER MATTER. WE'VE TALKED A LOT TODAY ABOUT APPROPRIATIONS, ABOUT BUDGET, EVEN ABOUT TAXES. NONE OF THOSE THINGS CAN HAPPEN WITH THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. THE REASON IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IS BECAUSE IT WOULD IRRESPONSIBLE TO HOLD DEFENSE HOSTAGE TO ANOTHER DOMESTIC AGENDA, A POLITICAL AGENDA, EVEN A BROADER BUDGET AGENDA. AND IT UNNECESSARILY THREATENS THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A FIRST AND THIS FIRST IS HAPPENING AT A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS TIME. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT COULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM THAT WE'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. IT IS AN AUTHORIZATION BILL. IT IS NOT APPROPRIATIONS, IT IS NOT BUDGET, IT IS NOT A TAX BILL, IT IS A DEFENSE POLICY BILL. NOW WE HAVE HEARD FROM TIME TO TIME THE MILITARY OPPOSES IT. NO, THEY SAY, I WOULD RATHER DO IT DIFFERENTLY. AND I WOULD TOO. BUT I HAVE SPECIFICALLY ASKED GENERAL AFTER GENERAL, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE THE MONEY OR NOT AND THEY ALWAYS SAY THEY'D RATHER HAVE THE MONEY. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT AN IDEA WAY TO DO BUDGETS, IT'S BETTER TO HAVE THE MONEY THAN NOT. BY THE WAY, LAST PROVISION IN HERE SO IF WE CAN, AS I HOPE WE DO, GET A -- REACH A BUDGET AGREEMENT WITH A DIFFERENT APPROPRIATIONS MATTER, THE AUTHORIZATIONS ARE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IF MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL, THEY'RE VOTING AGAINST EVERYTHING IN IT. YOU MAY SAY YOU'RE FOR IT BUT YOU'RE VOTING AGAINST IT. SO WHAT I THINK OUR TROOPS DESERVE AND WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS TO HEAR, ESPECIALLY AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IS THAT WASHINGTON CAN WORK. WE MAY NOT SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS TODAY BUT WE CAN DO SOMETHING THAT'S GOOD AND THAT WE ARE WILLING TO STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION TO HELP DEFEND OURSELVES. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. I HOPE MEMBERS WILL SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 449, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:57:19 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK IF THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME.

  • 11:57:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT?

  • 11:57:26 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I AM.

  • 11:57:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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  • 11:57:33 AM

    THE CLERK

    MR. SMITH OF WASHINGTON MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE…

    MR. SMITH OF WASHINGTON MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON THE BILL H.R. 1735 TO THE COMMITTEE OF THE CONFERENCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO, ONE, --

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  • 11:57:45 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE READ BEING DISPENSED WITH.

  • 11:57:49 AM

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? WITHOUT OBJECTION SO…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING? WITHOUT OBJECTION SO ORDERED. THE MOTION IS NOT DEBATABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:58:10 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 11:58:13 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 11:58:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 11:58:18 AM

    MR. SMITH

    YES.

  • 11:58:19 AM

    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 RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 0, THIS 15-MINUTE -- THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLED BY FIVE MINUTE VOTES ON THE PASSAGE OF CONFERENCE REPORT IF ORDER AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 3545 -- 3457. 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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  • 12:27:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 241. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 186 AND THE NAYS ARE 241. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 12:27:21 PM

    >>

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 12:27:24 PM

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

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

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  • 12:33:15 PM

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 27 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 270. THE NAYS ARE 156. THE KMPS REPORT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 270. THE NAYS ARE 156. THE KMPS REPORT IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF PASSAGE OF H.R. 3457, WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 12:34:10 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3457, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN UNTIL THE…

    H.R. 3457, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN UNTIL THE GOVERNMENTS OF IRAN PAYS THE JUDGMENTS AGAINST IT FOR ACTS OF TERRORISM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 12:34:22 PM

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY…

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

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  • 12:42:35 PM

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 251. THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 251. THE NAYS ARE 173. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:43:15 PM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION NOT HOUSE.

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  • 12:43:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TIGHTLE OF OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 12:43:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 81. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 81. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CORRECTIONS TO THE ENROLLMENT OF THE BILL H.R. 1735.

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  • 12:43:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:43:52 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 70.

  • 12:43:58 PM

    TEMPORE WITHO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:44:42 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE BILL H.R. 2617, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO, AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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  • 12:44:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

  • 12:44:56 PM

    H.R. 2617, AN ACT TO MEAND THE FAIR MINIMUM WAGE ACT OF 2007 TO POSTPONE A…

    H.R. 2617, AN ACT TO MEAND THE FAIR MINIMUM WAGE ACT OF 2007 TO POSTPONE A SCHEDULED INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE APPLICABLE TO AMERICAN SAMOA. SENATE AMENDMENTS. STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION 1, MINIMUM WAGE FOR AMERICAN SAMOA A, MINIMUM WAGE. PARAGRAPH 2 OF SECTION 8103-B OF THE FAIR MINIMUM WAGE ACT OF 2007, 29 UNITED STATES CODE 206 NOTE IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS. TWO, THE MINIMUM WAGE APPLICABLE TO AMERICAN SAMOA UNDER SECTION 6-A-1 OF THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT OF 1938, 29 UNITED STATES CODE 20 -A-1 SHALL BE A, THE APPLICABLE WAGE RATE IN EFFECT FOR EACH INDUSTRY AND CLASSIFICATION AS OF SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, AND B, INCREASED BY 40 CENTS AN HOUR. OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT. .

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  • 12:45:59 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER.

  • 12:46:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

  • 12:46:02 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

  • 12:46:05 PM

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:46:31 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ABSENT FOR THE SECOND VOTE IN THE SERIES OF VOTES THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS ABSENT FOR THE SECOND VOTE IN THE SERIES OF VOTES THAT WE JUST TOOK. ON ROLL CALL NUMBER 532. AND IF I HAD BEEN PRESENT, I WOULD HAVE VOTED NAY. I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT IN THE RECORD.

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  • 12:46:47 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

  • 12:46:50 PM

    MS. SANCHEZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 12:46:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

  • 12:46:54 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AN COMMERCE BE AUTHORIZED TO FILE A SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT ON THE BILL, H.R. 702.

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  • 12:47:04 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:47:13 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 1020, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:47:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

  • 12:47:26 PM

    EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. SENATE AMENDMENT,…

    EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. SENATE AMENDMENT, ON PAGE 5, STRIKE LINES 3 THROUGH 4 AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING. 3, IN SUBSECTIONS E AND F, BY STRIKING SUBSECTION G, EACH PLACE IT APPEARS AND INSERTING SUBSECTION H.

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  • 12:47:53 PM

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION IS RE-- TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:48:58 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PUMP…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PUMP OF INQUIRING OF THE MAJORITY LEADER -- FOR THE PURPOSE OF INQUIRING OF THE MAJORITY LEADER THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK TO COME.

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  • 12:49:09 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:49:10 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, FOR…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE SCHEDULE.

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  • 12:49:15 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY NO VOTES ARE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY NO VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE. ON TUESDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30. ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON FRIDAY THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. LAST VOTES OF THE WEEK ARE EXPECTED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF SUSPENSIONS NEXT WEEK, A COMPLETE LIST OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. IN ADDITION, THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER H.R. 3192, THE HOMEBUYERS ASSISTANCE ACT SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE FRENCH HILL. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL PROVIDE RELIEF TO EVERYONE WHO IS DOING THEIR BEST TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU'S MORTGAGE LOAN DISCLOSURE RULE. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL ALSO CONSIDER H.R. 538, THE NATIVE AMERICAN ENERGY ACT SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE DON YOUNG, WHICH IS NECESSARY TO EX PEEDATE ENERGY PRODUCTION ON TRIBAL LANDS. AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER H.R. 702 SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE JOE BARTON. OIL EXPORTS ARE KEY TO CREATING AMERICAN JOBS AND FURTHERING AMERICAN ENERGY RENAISSANCE. GIVEN THE INCREASED SECURITY THREATS FACING THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES, THE PRESIDENT -- THE PRESENCE OF MORE AMERICAN OIL IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE WILL OFFER MORE SECURE SUPPLY OPTIONS. THIS WILL PROVIDE AMERICA WITH GREATER FOREIGN POLICY INFLUENCE AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:51:08 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT INFORMATION. THIS, MR. SPEAKER, HAS BEEN --…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THAT INFORMATION. THIS, MR. SPEAKER, HAS BEEN -- THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE BEEN FILLED WITH A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE. BUT I KNOW THE MAJORITY WOULD BE PROFOUNDLY DISAPPOINTED IF I DIDN'T ASK HIM ABOUT ONE THING THAT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE GOING ON, BUT WHICH I THINK IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. I KNOW THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. SPEAKER, JOINS WITH ME IN NOT WANTING TO SEE AMERICAN JOBS LOST OVERSEAS. OR AMERICAN JOBS NOT CREATED HERE IN AMERICA FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BECAUSE WE ARE ABLE TO MAKE PRODUCTS AND SELL THEM OVERSEAS. , SO MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK -- SO, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER, KNOWING FULL WELL AS HE DOES THAT THE C.E.O. OF G.E. WAS HERE AND SPOKE TO BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, I KNOW, TALKED ABOUT 500 U.S. JOBS GOING OVERSEAS BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT YET RE-AUTHORIZED THE EX IM-- EXPORT-IMPORT BANK. THE SENATE VOTED 64-29 TO REOPEN THE BANK. THEY VOTED IN JULY, ALMOST 2/3 OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THE MAJORITY LEADER IS TIRED OF HEARING, I KNOW, BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A SIGMA JORT OF MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE -- SIGNIFICANT MAJORITY OF MEMBERS IN THIS HOUSE THAT WOULD VOTE FOR IT. I WANT TO TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WAS EXTRAORDINARILY PLEASED TO READ, I DIDN'T HEAR, BUT READ THE MAJORITY LEADER'S COMMENTS WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE FAILURE OF THE SENATE TO PROCEED ON A VOTE OF DISAPPROVAL OR APPROVAL ON THE AGREEMENT WITH IRAN ON NUCLEAR ARM AS CONTROL. -- ARMS CONTROL. AND A HE SAID HE WAS DEEPLY DIS-- AND HE SAID HE WAS DEEPLY DISTRESSED THAT THEY DEMAND PROVISIONS IN THE SENATE'S PROCEDURES. HE WENT ON TO SAY, THOSE REVISIONS WOULD BE TO LET THE PEOPLE, IN THIS CASE THE SENATE, HAVE A VOICE. I WAS QUOTING THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN, I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN DOESN'T WANT US TO LOSE JOBS, I KNOW HE'S QUOTED AS SAYING THAT THE PEOPLE'S VOICE OUGHT TO BE HEARD, I KNOW HE SHARES WITH ME THAT THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND I ASK THE GENTLEMAN, IT'S NOT ON THE SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK, BUT DOES THE GENTLEMAN EXPECT THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK TO BE VOTED ON IN THIS HOUSE BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 12:53:52 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND, YOU KNOW, IN HONOR OF THE LATE YOGI BERA, IT'S…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND, YOU KNOW, IN HONOR OF THE LATE YOGI BERA, IT'S LIKE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. THERE'S NO ACTION SCHEDULED IN THE HOUSE ON EX-IM AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:54:11 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S THE ANSWER I EXPECTED. THAT'S THE ANSWER I'VE BEEN…

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S THE ANSWER I EXPECTED. THAT'S THE ANSWER I'VE BEEN GETTING. AND VERY FRANKLY THAT'S THE ANSWER THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN GETTING. I KNOW SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE VERY FRUSTRATED BY THAT ANSWER. AND I KNOW ALL OF OUR SIDE IS FRUSTRATED BY THAT ANSWER. I SAY RESPECTFULLY TO MY FRIEND, I WOULD CERTAINLY HOPE THAT WE COULD BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. WIN OR LOSE, WHETHER YOU WIN OR I WIN OR EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IS RE-AUTHORIZESED OR NOT, YOU'RE CORRECT -- AUTHORIZED OR NOT, YOU'RE CORRECT, THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HEARD ON SUCH A CRITICAL ISSUE FOR JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. ALSO I KNOW THAT WE HAD MARKED UP IN COMMITTEES A RECONCILIATION BILL, OR BILLS. THOSE RECONCILIATION BILLS REPEAL PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THE GENTLEMAN, I THINK, KNOWS FULL WELL THAT THE UNITED STATES SENATE VOTED ON THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD ISSUE AND ONLY GOT 47 VOTES FOR IT. SO IN THE ONE INSTANCE WE HAVE AN ISSUE THAT ONLY GOT LESS -- GOT THREE LESS THAN HALF IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, BEING PROPOSED TO COME TO THIS FLOOR, AND AN ISSUE THAT GOT 64 VOTES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AS THE GENTLEMAN SO CORRECTLY OBSERVED, IS NOT YET SCHEDULED. CAN THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHETHER OR NOT THESE RECONCILIATION PROVISIONS ARE GOING TO BE BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THEY WON'T PASS THE SENATE AND EVEN IF THEY DID THE PRESIDENT WOULDN'T SIGN THEM AND WE WOULD SUSTAIN THAT VETO AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 12:56:04 PM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND KNOWING THE RULES OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND KNOWING THE RULES OF RECONCILIATION. I DO BELIEVE IT WILL PASS THE SENATE. THE THREE COMMITTEES THAT RECEIVED RECONCILIATION INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE BUDGET COMMITTEE HAVE MARKED UP THEIR PORTIONS AS YOU HAVE SAID. I DO EXPECT THE BUDGET COMMITTEE TO MEET IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO COMPLETE THEIR WORK AND WE WILL NOTIFY MEMBERS AS SOON AS THAT IS SCHEDULED FOR THE FLOOR AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:56:27 PM

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BUT PERHAPS…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION BUT PERHAPS WE'LL SEE WHO IS RIGHT ON WHETHER IT PASSES THE UNITED STATES SENATE OR NOT. I UNDERSTAND RECONCILIATION ONLY NEEDS A MAJORITY. BUT WE WILL SEE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ALSO ASK THE MAJORITY LEADER, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I KNOW THE MAJORITY LEADER HAS BEEN WORKING ON, AND I KNOW THAT ALL OF US ON THIS FLOOR FEEL IT TO BE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO PASS BEFORE OCTOBER 30, WHEN THE HIGHWAY BILL AUTHORIZATION EXPIRES, CAN THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME, AND I KNOW HE'S A STRONG SUPPORTER OF IT, CLEARLY WE NEED TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE, AGAIN, TO EXPAND THE ECONOMY. CAN THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHAT PROSPECTS WE HAVE IN PASSING OR AT LEAST CONSIDERING THE HIGHWAY BILL? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 12:57:22 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THE HARDEST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, THE HARDEST THING TO DO IN THIS TOWN IS TO FIND PAY-FORS. BUT CHAIRMAN RYAN CONTINUES TO HAVE BIPARTISAN DISCUSSIONS ON WAYS TO PAY FOR THE LONG TERM HIGHWAY BILL. I'VE HAD FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS WITH HIM TODAY. THEY ARE PROGRESSING OVER ON THE SENATE. I HAVE MET WITH CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, EVEN TODAY AS WELL, AND A I EXPECT AN ANNOUNCEMENT VERY -- AND I EXPECT AN ANNOUNCEMENT VERY SHORTLY ON COMMITTEE MOVEMENT. AND WE'LL ADVISE MEMBERS AS SOON AS ACTION IS TAKEN TO SCHEDULE IT FOR THE FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:57:54 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I --

  • 12:57:55 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE LEADER. HOPE THAT OPTIMISM IS REALIZED AND WE HAVE THE…

    I THANK THE LEADER. HOPE THAT OPTIMISM IS REALIZED AND WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER A HIGHWAY BILL. I WOULD URGE THE MAJORITY LEADER TO URGE THOSE WHO ARE WORKING ON A RESOLUTION, THAT THE PAY-FORS, WHICH ARE DIFFICULT AS HE OBSERVES, ARE PAY-FORS WHICH CAN BE SUPPORTED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, NOT ONLY TO PASS THE SENATE BUT TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT AND WE ALL, I THINK, SHARE THE VIEW THAT THIS IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BILL FOR US TO GET DONE. WITH, THAT UNLESS THE MAJORITY LEADER MAY WANT TO RECONSIDER AND TELL ME THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IS COMING TO THE FLOOR, WHICH APPARENTLY HE DOESN'T, I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:58:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:58:48 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 1:00 P.M. TOMORROW, AND FURTHER WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THAT DAY, IT ADJOURN TO MEET ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015, WHEN IT SHALL CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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  • 12:59:10 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK TO BE RECOGNIZED? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:59:32 PM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR HOSTING THE FIRST EVER CRAFT HOCKEYVILLE U.S.A. GAME THIS WEEK AND THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FOR THEIR 4-2 VICTORY OVER THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING IN THE GAME. THE COMPETITION TO CHOOSE AMERICA'S HOCKEYVILLE WAS CONDUCTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE. TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SUBMITTED STORIES SHOWING THEIR PASSION FOR HOCKEY AND MORE THAN 20 MILLION VOTES WERE CAST. BUT AS THE CONTEST RESULT REVEALS, FEW PLACES IN AMERICA LOVE HOCKEY LIKE JOHNSTOWN DOES AND JOHNSTOWN RIGHTLY DESERVES THE TITLE, HOCKEYVILLE, U.S.A.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

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    TEMPORE THE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE GROWING RUE MANTARIAN CRISIS IN SYRIA. AS A RESULT OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR AND CONTINUING MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST ISIL, OVER FOUR MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO SEEK REFUGE OUTSIDE OF SYRIA. THE SYRIAN CRISIS HAS QUICKLY BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS AND IT REQUIRES THE ATTENTION AND THE ASSISTANCE OF EVERY NATION.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    A GLOBAL WORLD NOW AND EVERYONE IS INTERCONNECTED. AS EACH NATION…

    A GLOBAL WORLD NOW AND EVERYONE IS INTERCONNECTED. AS EACH NATION CONTINUES TO RESETTLE RE-- REFUGEES, WE MUST ENSURE THEY ARE PROVIDED THE BEST RESOURCES AND THIS REQUIRES INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT PROVIDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, BUT UNDERSTANDING THAT THESE REFUGEES ARE PEOPLE. THEY'RE PEOPLE. WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY, MIGHT HAVE LEFT THEIR FAMILIES, AND ARE STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE ON A DAILY BASIS. AS THE U.S. IS COMMITTED TO ACCEPTING REFUGEES, I URGE OUR COUNTRY TO HAVE COMPASSION AND TO COMMIT TO PROVIDING THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THIS ONGOING CRISIS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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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.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND HER DEEP CONCERN FOR WHAT'S GOING…

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND HER DEEP CONCERN FOR WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT A GENOCIDE TAKING PLACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT'S BEING COMMITTED AGAINST CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST. THEY'RE BEING VICTIMIZED AND TARGETED FOR GENOCIDE. VIOLENT RADICAL ISLAMISTS HAVE TARGETED MIDDLE EASTERN CHRISTIANS FOR EXTINCTION, KILLING THEM, FORCING THEM FROM THEIR HOMES AND BURNING THEIR CHURCHES. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE. THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO SAVE THESE CHRISTIAN VICTIMS. AS WE HAVE SAVED OTHER REFUGEES THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ANDLE TO LANCE NEED TO STAND UP AND STATE CLEARLY THAT WE WON'T CITY -- WE B WON'T SIT QUIETLY AS GENOCIDE TAKES PLACE ON OUR WATCH. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CO-SPONSORING A RESOLUTION I HAVE HERE IN MY HAND THAT RESOLUTION DECLARING MIDDLE EASTERN CHRISTIANS AS TARGETS OF GENOCIDE AND GIVING THEM PRIORITY FOR IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE STATUS. WE HAVE BEEN SILENT ALREADY FOR TOO LONG. IT IS TIME FOR THIS BODY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE -- THAT OUR WORDS ARE HEARD AND OUR DEEDS ARE TAKE. S THAT GOOD PLACE TO START. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN THIS RESOLUTION WHICH I WILL NOW SUBMIT TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    WE'RE CALLED THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE FOR A REASON. WE'RE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO…

    WE'RE CALLED THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE FOR A REASON. WE'RE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO BE THE DIRECT VOICES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME. LAST WEEK IT WAS MY HONOR TO TAKE ACTION ON AN ISSUE ORIGINALLY BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION BY ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS FROM GREEN VALLEY, ARIZONA. LAUREN THORSON SERVED AS A COMMAND FOR THE WORLD WAR II WHEN HE SAW A NEWS REPORT OF A LITTLE KNOWN TAX INCREASE THAT'S HURTING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND IS SCHEDULED TO HIT SENIORS IN 2015.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    AND MY CONSTITUENT'S IDEAS IN CONGRESS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MRS. BUSTOS

    THEN BLOOMBERG PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE WITH THE HEADLINE, BOEING RISKS $1.1…

    THEN BLOOMBERG PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE WITH THE HEADLINE, BOEING RISKS $1.1 BILLION ORDER ON SHUTDOWN. WASHINGTON GRIDLOCK IS PUTTING THE JOBS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS AT RISK. THIS INCLUDES HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE I SERVE IN ROCKFORD AND THE QUAD CITIES. BUT TODAY IS A NEW DAY. IT'S A NEW MONTH. AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF OF BIPARTISANSHIP. LET'S WORK TOGETHER, RE-AUTHORIZE THE EX-IM BANK AND PROTECT THESE GOOD PAYING MANUFACTURING JOBS. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RHETT LET'S -- AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO, I CAST AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO, I CAST AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT 230R16. HOWEVER I DO HAVE GREAT CONCERN OVER AN IMPORTANT MEASURE WHICH WAS ALL BUT REMOVED FROM THE LEGISLATION WE VOTED ON TODAY. EARLIER THIS YEAR I OFFERED A MEDICAL VALUATION FOR PARITY OR MEPS ACT. IT WOULD IMPROVE MILITARY SUICIDE PREVENTION BY INSTITUTING A MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR ALL INCOMING RECRUITS TO BE USED AS A BASELINE FOR EVALUATION THROUGHOUT THEIR CAREER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN STUDIED THOROUGHLY OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS AND I STRONGLY URGE THE PENTAGON TO ACT QUICKLY TO TAKE STEPS IN BETTER ASSESSING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WITH A COMMONSENSE BASELINE EVALUATION. A STUDY FOUND ONE IN FIVE ENTER THE SERVICE WITH A PSYCHIATRIC ISSUE AND NEARLY HALF OF ALL SOLDIERS FIRST ATTEMPTED IT BEFORE ENLISTED. I CALL ON THE PENTAGON TO STOP IF FUNDING THE DEATH OF OUR SOLDIERS. WE NEED TO ACT NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THIS INSTITUTION. I'VE HAD THE…

    I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THIS INSTITUTION. I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING IT. AS A MEMBER OF THE JEW DISH YEAR COMMITTEE I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE EXTENT OF OUR JURISDICTION THAT EMBRACES THE CONSTITUTION. AND I BELIEVE JUSTICE IS IMPORTANT. I RISE IN GREAT CONSTERNATION AND CONCERN AND CONDEMNATION OF THE STATEMENT MADE BY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. THE BENGHAZI COMMITTEE IS NOT FOR FACT FINDING. IT'S NOT FOR RECOGNIZING THE TRAGIC LOSS OF FOUR AMERICANS. BUT IT IS REALLY TO INSULT AND DEGRADE A PUBLIC SERVANT WHO HAPPENS TO BE A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. HOW TRAGIC THAT WE WOULD ENGAGE IN SUCH TOM FOOLLY -- TOM FOOLERY. IN SPITE OF THAT, IT TALKS ABOUT DOING JUSTICE. I WAS ENGAGED IN IMPEACHMENT PROSEALEDINGS, THE ACTIONS IN WACO, A TRIAL FOR A FEDERAL JUDGE. THAT IS THE FACT FINDING ROLE OF THIS NATION. BUT WHILE WE ARE FOOLING AROUND WITH A COMMITTEE THAT'S THERE TO DO NOTHING, OUR -- TO DO NOTHING BUT TO DEAL WITH POLITICAL GRAN DIESING AND WE HAVE NOT -- GRANDIZING AND WE HAVE NOT PASSED THE ACT TO HELP OUR 9/11 FIRST RESPONDERS, I WOULD ASK THAT WE STOP AND END THIS COMMITTEE BECAUSE IT'S NOT DOING JUSTICE AND THE UNITED STATES CALLS US TO DO. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES URS OUR GUIDE POSTS. WHY DON'T WE FOLLOW IT? I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE ADDITIONAL ONE V i"MINUTE SPEECHES IN SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSEPS REQUESTED FOR MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND MR.…

    LEAVES OF ABSEPS REQUESTED FOR MR. CULBERSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND MR. GUTIERREZ OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. FLORES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ARTHUR WILLIAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ARTHUR WILLIAM "BILL" BAILEY JR. OF WACO, TEXAS WHO PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 18, 2015. HE WAS A RENOWNED KOREAN WAR VETERANS, A RENOWNED WACO BUSINESSMAN AND A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AND FORMER REGENT AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. HE WAS BORN IN WACO ON APRIL 24, 1929. HE GRADUATED FROM WACO HIGH SCHOOL IN 1946 AND ENROLLED IN BAYLOR UNIVERSITY. ON DECEMBER 15, 1950, BILL MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART, ROBERTA HATCH. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR ALMOST 64 YEARS PRIOR TO ROBERTA'S PASSING IN 2013. ROBERTA AND BILL HAD THREE SONS WITNESS STAND WERE BLESSED WITH 10 GRANDCHILDREN AND FOUR GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. BILL GRADUATED FROM BAYLOR UNIVERSITY IN 1951 WITH A B.A. DEGREE AND A LAW DEGREE. WHILE AT BAYLOR HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE DEBATE TEAM AND THE BAYLOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. BILL SERVED OUR NATION IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AS FIRST LIEUTENANT IN THE JAG DIVISION IN THE KOREAN WAR. HE WAS ULTIMATELY PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE RESERVES. AFTER HIS CONCLUDING -- AFTER CONCLUDING HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION, BILL RETURNED TO WACO TO ENTER INTO THE INSURANCE BUSINESS. IN 1956, HE ESTABLISHED HIS OWN INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENCY, BILL BAILEY INSURANCE AGENCY, WHICH IS NOW KNOWN AS BAILEY INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT. HE BECAME A NOTED STATE AND NATIONAL LEADER AND THE -- IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERTISE AND RISK MANAGEMENT, HE WAS CALLED UPON TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEES. AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD. ALL ON BEHALF OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. IN 1969, BILL TEAMED UP WITH A GROUP OF HIS FELLOW TEXAS INSURANCE AGENTS TO ESTABLISH THE CERTIFIED INSURANCE COUNSELORS PROGRAM WHICH FOCUSED ON TEACHING ADVANCED INSURANCE TOPICS TO ASSURE HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY THIS PROGRAM WOULD BECOME THE FOUND EAGS OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH. TODAY, THESE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS ARE CONDUCTED IN ALL 50 STATES WITH MORE THAN 150,000 PARTICIPANTS ANNUALLY. BILL HELD MANY PRESTIGIOUS POSITIONS ON VARIOUS BOARDS INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR INSURANCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, THE PRESIDENT OF THE INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENTS AND BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, THE LIAISON TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS FOR THE INFEINT INSURANCE AGENTS IS -- AGENTS AND BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, AND AS DIRECTOR OF THE EXECUTIVE TO -- AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER AND PAST VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS NATIONAL BANK OF WACO. BILL'S WORK IN THE INSURANCE AGENCY -- IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WAS HON IN ORDER BY THE INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENTS AND BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA WHEN THEY DEDICATED THEIR CONFERENCE ROOM IN THEIR WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE, THE A. WILLIAM BAILEY JR. CONFERENCE ROOM. HE WAS ALSO A RECIPIENT OF THE INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENTS AND BROKERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA WOODFORTH MEMORIAL AWARD FOR HERER TOS YOU SERVICE TO THE INSURANCE PROFESSION -- MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO THE INSURANCE PROFESSION. BOTH OF THESE ARE THE HIGHEST DISTINGS -- DISTINCTIONS FOR THESE RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS. BILL WAS ACTIVE IN THE WACO AND BAYLOR UNIVERSITY COMMUNITIES AND SERVED AS THE FOLLOWING -- TRUSTEE, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND REGENT OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, OFFICER, DIRECTOR AND PECKTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE WACO INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION, MEMBER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HILL CREST MEDICAL -- HILL CREST BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER BOARD OF DEVELOPMENT, FOUNDER AND PAST PRESIDENT OF THE WACO BUSINESS LEAGUE AND PRESIDENT OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS, THE GREATER WACO UNITED WAY, BAYLOR WACO AND BAYLOR BEAR FOUNDATION, THE WACO AND NORTHWEST WACO ROTARY CLUB, THE WACO YMCA, WACO CAMPFIRE GIRLS AND THE BAYLOR STADIUM CORPORATION. IN 1988, BILL WAS HONORED BY THE LABOR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WITH A W.R. WHITE MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD AND IN 1997, THEY HONORED HIM AS A DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS. . ADDITIONALLY HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS AN ALUM NEWS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WACO WHERE HE SERVED AS TRUSTEE, DEACON AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DEACON, CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WACO FOUNDATION, PRESIDENT OF THE MCCAUL SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS AND CO-SUPERINTENDENT OF THE COLLEGE SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, BILL BAILEY WILL NOT ONLY BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS LONG LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY HE WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED AS A LOVING HUSBAND, A FATHER, A GRANDFATHER, A GREAT-GRANDFATHER AND A LOYAL FRIEND TO HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL TEXAN AS. MY WIFE AND I OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BAILEY FAMILY. WE ALSO LIFT UP THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF BILL BAILEY IN OUR PRAYERS. AS I CLOSE, I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US ABROAD AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:17:10 PM

    MR. FLORES

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MEHDI LEE PHILLIPS FROM BRIAN, TEXAS,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MEHDI LEE PHILLIPS FROM BRIAN, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 25, 2015, HER 103RD BIRTHDAY. MS. PHILLIPS WAS BORN IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, TEXAS, ON AUGUST 25, 1912. GROWING UP, MRS. PHILLIPS ATTENDED SCHOOL IN WACO AND MCGREGOR AREAS AND LATER ATTENDED THE BRIAN SCHOOL FOR COLORED. SHE MARRIED WILLY STERLING IN 1931. THEY WERE BLESSED WITH FIVE CHILDREN. LATER SHE MARRIED EDDIE PHILLIP, THEY WERE BLESSED WITH FOUR CHILDREN. MRS. PHILLIPS WAS A MEMBER OF THE NEW LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH IN BOONEVILLE, TEXAS, AT AN EARLY AGE AND REMAINED A A MEMBER UNTIL 1941, WHEN SHE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE PLEASANT GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH AT BRYANT. SHE WAS AN AVID CHURCH WORKER, SERVING ON THE PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH USHER BOARD FOR 35 YEARS AND A A -- AS A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER AND A MISSION TEACHER. SHE SERVED ON VARIOUS PROGRAMS AND COMMITTEES AT THE CHURCH AND WORKED TIRELESSLY AT RAISING FUNDS TO HELP IMPROVE CHURCH FACILITIES. MRS. PHIL INS TAUGHT AND COUNSELED NUMEROUS YOUTH DURING HER LIFE. SHE WAS A STAUNCH BELIEVER IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND ALL NINE OF HER CHILDREN ATTENDED COLLEGE. MRS. PHILLIPS WAS AN ENTREPRENEUR BHO TOOK SUING AND TAILORING CLASSES THROUGH THE MAIL AND WORKED FOR MANY YEARS AS A SELF-EMPLOYED SEAM STRESS. SHE ALSO BOUGHT, REPAIRED AND RESOLD REAL ESTATE FOR ADDITIONAL INCOME. IN ADDITION, SHE SUCCESSFULLY OWNED AND OPERATED PHILLIPS CAFE AND BARBEQUE. SHE LED A FULL LIFE AND WAS WELL RESPECTED IN OUR COMMUNITY. SHE WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED FOR HER DEVOTION TO HER CHURCH AND HER COMMUNITY AND AS A LOVING WIFE, A MOTHER, A GRANDMOTHER, A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER AND A GREAT-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER AND A YOUTH HENER TO TO HUNDREDS AND -- MENTOR HAD -- MEN TO HUNDREDS AND -- MENTOR TO HUNDREDS. WE OFFER OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES. WE ALSO LIFT UP THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MEHDI LEE PHILLIPS IN OUR PRAYERS. AS I CLOSE I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US ABROAD AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR HENRY THOMAS "TOMMY" BOZZKEZZ OF BRIAN, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2015. TOMMY SERVED THE COMMUNITY IN A VARIETY OF WAYS AND HE WILL BE MISSED GREATLY. TOMMY WAS BORN ON AUGUST 9, 1962, IN BRYAN, TEXAS. HE GRADUATED FROM BRYAN HIGH SCHOOL IN 1980, WHEN HE WAS 19 HE BEGAN HIS PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER AS A CITY OF BRYAN POLICE OFFICER. HE WAS THE CITY'S YOUNGEST POLICEMAN AND SERVED ON THE FORCE FOR EIGHT YEARS. HE HELD VARIOUS ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDING PATROLS, SPECIAL ADVANCED TRAFFIC INVESTIGATIONS AND THE FIELD TRAINING OFFICER PROGRAM, CRIME SCENE AA NAL SIS AND HONOR GUARD DETAIL -- ANALYSIS AND HONOR GUARD DETAIL. HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE TEXAS STATE GUARD. HE WAS COMMISSIONED AS SECOND LIEUTENANT SERVING AS COMPANY COMMANDER IN THE 223RD MILITARY POLICE BATTALION TO ASSIST STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY. TOMMY MARRIED HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART, STELA. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR 29 YEARS AND WERE BLESSED WITH TWO DAUGHTERS. TOMMY EARNED HIS ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE FROM GLEN COLLEGE AND LATER EARNED AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE IN 199 AND A MASTER'S DEGREE IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN 1995, EACH FROM TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. DURING HIS TIME AT TEXAS A&M AND THE YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, HE WORKED FOR THE UNIVERSITY. HE STARTED OUT IN THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ARE WE HELD VARIOUS POSITIONS, INCLUDING DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN OF MEDICINE, ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR AND A LECTURER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES AND MEDICINE. HE WOULD GO ON TO WORK FOR THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AND THE OFFICE OF VICE CHANCELLOR FOR HUMAN RESOURCES. WHERE HE ASSUMED A LEADERSHIP ROLE WITH THE HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER, WORKING AS A SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT. PRIOR TO HIS DEATH, TOMMY WORKED AS THE CHIEF CONTRACTS OFFICER AND DIRECTOR FOR CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR IN THE OFFICE OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION AT THE TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER. TOMMY WAS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER AND ENGAGED PARENT IN THE BRYAN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR OVER 25 YEARS. HE BEGAN THIS SERVICE AS AN ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE IN 2012 AND HE SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THAT BOARD. HE ALSO SERVED EXTENSIVELY ON VARIOUS LOCAL AND STATE-WIDE CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION BOARDS SUCH AS THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR AC A SESS AND EQUITY, THE -- ACCESS AND EQUITY, THE TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF ADVISORS FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS, THE TEXAS AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS EAST, THE BRYAN COLLEGE STATION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE BRYAN I.S.D. EDUCATION FOUNDATION, THE COLLEGE ADVISORY BOARD, THE UNITED WAY, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, GEAR UP, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT. TOMMY RECEIVED MANY ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, INCLUDING THE 2007 TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF CHICANOS IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND SERVICE AWARD AND THE INTERNATIONAL WALTER ZELLER FELLOWSHIP AWARD. TOMMY WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BETTER OUR COMMUNITY. HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS DEVOTION TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND AS A LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER AND FRIEND TO COUNTLESS CITIZENS. MY WIFE AND I OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. WE ALSO LIFT UP THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF TOMMY IN OUR PRAYERS. AS I CLOSE, I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US ABROAD AND FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DR. JAMES F. COOPER OF BRYAN, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 18, 2015. DR. JAMES COOPER WAS A VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. HE WAS A PHYSICIAN, AN AVIATION MEDICAL EXAMINER AND AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS. HE TOUCHED MANY LIVES AND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. DR. COOPER WAS BORN ON AUGUST 30, 1927, IN FARMERSVILLE, LOUISIANA. HE WAS A SON OF A BAPTIST PREACHER AND GREW UP IN MANY TOWNS THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. AT THE AGE OF 17 DR. COOPER ENLISTED IN THE NAVY TO SERVE ABOARD THE U.S.S. DORCHESTER IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. UPON RETURNING TO THE U.S., HE USED HIS G.I. BILL BENEFITS TO ATTEND MEDICAL SCHOOL AT TENNESSEE. HE THEN SERVED AGAIN IN THE KOREAN WAR AS DEPUTY MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE DESTROYER FLEET ATLANTIC STATIONED ABOARD ITS FLAGSHIP, THE U.S.S. YOSEMITE. DR. COOPER RETIRED FROM THE NAVY WITH THE FINAL RANK OF LIEUTENANT COMMANDER MEDICAL CORPS. IN 1955, DR. COOPER MOVED TO BRYAN, TEXAS, AND ENTERED A MEDICAL PRACTICE WITH HIS BROTHER. DR. COOPER WAS A WELL BELOVED FAMILY DOCTOR AND A SURGEON AT ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL. IN ADDITION TO HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE, THE GOOD DOCTOR HAD A STRONG AFINITY FOR AVIATION AND SPECIALIZED IN AVIATION MEDICINE. HE WAS INVOLVED WITH THE SPACE PROGRAMS AT NASA AND PRESENT AT MANY OF THE APOLLO LAUNCHES. HIS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH NASA MISSIONS EARNED HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A VOICE COMMENTARY FOR SIX APOLLO LAUNCHES FOR TELEVISION BROADCASTS AND IN AUSTRALIA. DR. COOPER ALSO SERVED AS AN F.A.A. SENIOR AVIATION MEDICAL EXAMINER. AS A FELLOW PILOT, I WAS FORTUNATE AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE DR. COOPER AS MY MEDICAL EXAMINER FOR MANY YEARS. WE DEVELOPED A STRONG FRIENDSHIP AND SHARED MANY STORIES ABOUT OUR MUTUAL LOVE FOR AVIATION. DR. COOPER WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY DOCTOR, NOT ONLY SPECIALIZING IN AVIATION, BUT ALSO SERVING AS A CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE TEXAS WORLD SPEEDWAY IN COLLEGE STATION. IN ADDITION TO HIS MEDICAL DUTIES, DR. COOPER WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF D.F.W. POST IN BRYAN. HE WAS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE V.F.W. AND EVEN SERVED AS A COMMANDER OF THE POST. MR. SPEAKER, DR. COOPER LEFT A STRONG LEGACY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FOR THE VALLEY. HE WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED AS A GREAT DOCTOR, A DEDICATED VETERAN, LOVING HUSBAND, A GREAT FATHER AND A GRANDFATHER AND A LOYAL FRIEND. MY WIFE AND I OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE COOPER FAMILY, WE ALSO LIFT UP THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DR. JAMES COOPER IN OUR PRAYERS. AS A I CLOSE, I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US ABROAD AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR ALLEN DWAYNE WALEDY OF BRYAN, TEXAS, WHO PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 22, 2015. ALLEN WAS A VETERAN AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, AN AGGIE, A PILLAR OF THE VALLEY COMMUNITY AND A GREAT FRIEND. HE LED A FULL LIFE AND WILL BE MISSED GREATLY IN OUR COMMUNITY. AL AN WAS BORN ON APRIL 23, 1928, IN IOWA PARK, TEXAS. HE GRADUATED FROM LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL HOUSTON IN 1945 AND LATER ATTENDED TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. WHILE AT TEXAS A&M, ALLEN WAS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONALLY FAMOUS FIGHTING TEXAS AGGIE BAND AND SERVED AS DRUM MAJOR DURING HIS SENIOR YEAR. HE GRADUATED FROM TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY IN 1951 WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. FROM 1946 TO 1948,AL AN SERVED ON THE U.S. ANYWAY -- ALLEN SERVED ON THE U.S. NAVY AND FROM 1951 TO 1953 HE SERVED AS A LIEUTENANT IN THE URS ARMY CORPS. AFTER HIS DISARGE FROM THE ARMY,AL AN BEGAN A SUCCESSFUL --AL AN BEGAN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CAREER WHICH TOOK HIM TO TRIPOLI, LIBYA AND CANADA. IN 1995 HE MOVED BACK TO COLLEGE STATION TO BEGIN HIS RETIRE. THERE HE SERVED AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE GEORGE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL A LIBRARY AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE BRYAN ROTARY CLUB AND THE CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH. MR. SPEAKER,AL AN WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED AS A DEDICATED VETERAN, A LOVING HUSBAND, A GREAT FATHER AND A LOYAL FRIEND. MY WIFE AND A I OFFER OUR DEEPEST AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE, NANCY, AND TO ALL A OF THE FAMILY. WE ALSO LIFT UP THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OFAL AN IN OUR PRAYERS. -- OF ALLEN IN OUR PRAYERS. I ASK THAT ALL AMERICANS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT US ABROAD AND OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PROTECT US HERE AT HOME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 01:28:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT A SEALED ENVELOPE RECEIVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AT 8:45 P.M. AND SAID TO CONTAIN A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, WHEREBY HE NOTIFIES OF DESIGNATION OF FUNDING FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM AS PROVIDED IN THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016. WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    THE CLERK

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 114-C OF…

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 114-C OF THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016, ALSO TITLED THE T.S.A. OFFICE OF INSPECTION ACCOUNTABILITIES A ACT OF 2015, I HEREBY DESIGNATE FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM ALL FUNDING INCLUDING THE RESCISSION OF FUNDS AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS SO DESIGNATED BY THE CONGRESS AND THE ACT PURSUANT TO SECTION 251-B-2-A OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT OF 1985 AS AMENDED, AS OUTLINED IN THE ENCLOSED LIST OF ACCOUNTS. . THE DETAILS OF THIS ACTION ARE SET FORTH IN THE ENCLOSED MEMORANDUM FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. SIGNED, BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

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    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. . THE…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. . THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 01:30:21 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I HAVE THE HONOR TO TRANSMIT A SEALED ENVELOPE RECEIVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2015, AT 8:45 P.M., AND SAID TO CONTAIN A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT WHEREBY HE NOTIFIES THAT HE HAS DESIGNATED AN EMERGENCY REQUIREMENT $700 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR URGENT WILDLAND FIRE SUPPRESSION ACTIVITIES AS PROVIDED IN THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS, CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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    THE CLERK

    APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016, ALSO ENTITLED T.S.A. OFFICE OF INSPECTION…

    APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2016, ALSO ENTITLED T.S.A. OFFICE OF INSPECTION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015, I HEREBY DESIGNATE AS A EMERGENCY REQUIREMENT ALL FUNDING SO DESIGNATED BY THE CONGRESS IN THE ACT PURSUANT TO SECTION 251-B-2-A OF THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 1995 AS AMENDED, TO THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT, WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT. THE DETAILS ARE SET FORTH IN THE ENCLOSED MEMORANDUM FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. SIGNED BARACK OBAMA, THE WHITE HOUSE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:31:54 PM

    MR. FLORES

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 01:32:57 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS FOR THIS MEASURE.

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  • 01:33:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS EXCHANGED…

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS EXCHANGED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF JUDICIARY AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 01:33:17 PM

    E WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:33:19 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS IS THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS IS THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM. AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE BILL'S AUTHOR, MR. MEEHAN OF PENNSYLVANIA. HE'S WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS. THERE ARE ABOUT 100 CO-SPONSORS IN THIS HOUSE. ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WE HAVE MADE IRAN THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF OUR WORK. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE HAD OVER 30 HEARINGS SO FAR AND BRIEFINGS ON IRAN AND ON THE DANGEROUS NUCLEAR AGREEMENT THAT WAS STRUCK WITH THIS STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. MADAM SPEAKER, SINCE COMING TO POWER IN THE LATE 1970'S -- 1979, THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS FUNDED TERRORIST GROUPS SUCH AS HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS AND DIRECTED THEIR OPERATIONS. THE WAY THEY DO THAT IS THEY HAVE A SPECIAL FORCE, IT'S CALLED THE QUDS, IT'S HEADED UP BY GENERAL SOLE MANNY. HE IS IN CHARGE OF ASSASSINATIONS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. ASSASSINATIONS OF U.S. TARGETS, BY THE WAY, BESIDES OTHER TARGETS. RECENTLY YOU WILL HAVE HEARD OF THE GENERAL BECAUSE BY THE WAY SANCTIONS, EUROPEAN SANCTIONS ARE GOING TO BE LIFTED ON HIM UNDER THESE -- THIS AGREEMENT, BUT YOU WILL HAVE READ OR HEARD THAT HE TRAVELED, HE TRAVELED TO MOSCOW TO MEET WITH PUTIN. AS A RESULT OF THOSE MEETINGS, YOU'LL NOTICE THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WEAPONS COMING FROM RUSSIA INTO SYRIA, INTO THE HANDS OF THE QUDS FORCES. SO WE LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS DONE AND WHAT U.S. COURTS HAVE DONE AS A RESULT. THERE HAVE BEEN 80 SEPARATE ATTACKS ON U.S. INSTALLATIONS AND U.S. INDIVIDUALS. WE REMEMBER THE 1983 BOMBING OF THE U.S. MARINE BARRACKS IN BEIRUT. THE 1996 BOMBING OF THE KHOBAR TOWERS IN SAUDI ARABIA. THOSE TWO ATTACKS KILLED 260 AMERICAN SERVICEMEN AND LEFT THEIR WIDOWS AND LEFT CHILDREN TO BE RAISED BY ONE PARENT. AND THERE ARE JUDGMENTS --

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  • 01:35:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MR. RACE

    THERE ARE JUDGMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN --

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    MR. ROYCE

    THERE ARE JUDGMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN RENDERED THAT DIRECTS PAYMENT FROM IRAN…

    THERE ARE JUDGMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN RENDERED THAT DIRECTS PAYMENT FROM IRAN TO THESE FAMILIES, TO THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES. UNFORTUNATELY, UNDER THE FOREIGN SOVEREIGN IMMUNITIES ACT, EVEN THOUGH THIS REWARD HAS BEEN GIVEN, EVEN THOUGH U.S. VICTIMS OF STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM GOT THEIR DAY IN COURT, AND EVEN THOUGH THEY BROUGHT THE SUITS IN U.S. COURTS AND HAD THE RIGHT TO COLLECT THESE DAMAGES, IRAN HAS NOT, AS OF YET, PAID. U.S. COURTS HAVE HELD IRAN LIBAL FOR THE ATTACKS CARRIED OUT BY ITS TERRORIST PROXIES WHEN THOSE ATTACKS WERE ORCHESTRATED AND PAID FOR BY THE IRANIAN REGIME. SO, THE JUDGMENTS THAT REMAIN OUTSTANDING IS $43.5 BILLION IN UNPAID DAMAGES FOR THOSE 80 CASES OVER THE LAST DECADE AND A HALF. IN ONE CASE, $9 BILLION WAS AWARDED TO THE VICTIMS OF THE BOMBING OF THE MARINE BARRACKS IN 1983. AGAIN, THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN FOUND RESPONSIBLE THROUGH LAWFUL PROCEEDINGS IN A U.S. COURT, THAT JUDGMENT REMAINS UNPAID. MR. SPEAKER, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DURING ITS NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN DID NOT SEEK FOR IRAN TO COMPENSATE THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES WERE TAKEN BY IRANIAN TERRORISM DESPITE THESE U.S. COURT JUDGMENTS. THAT IS VERY MUCH IN CONTRAST WITH OUR PAST PROCEDURE. IN THE CASE OF LIBYA, FOR EXAMPLE, A DECADE AGO, WHEN WE REACHED THAT AGREEMENT WITH LIBYA, THE U.S. SECURED THE RIGHT OR THE DEMAND THAT THE GADDAFI REGIME COMPENSATE THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS SUCH AS THE BOMBING OF PAN AM 103 OVER LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND, THAT WAS DONE. THAT'S OUR PROCEDURE. IRAN WILL SOON OBTAIN $100 BILLION, APPROXIMATELY, IN UNFROZEN ASSETS. AS WELL AS IMMEASURABLE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL BENEFITS BY ESCAPING THE SANCTIONS REGIME AND REINTEGRATING INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. IRAN WILL GET SANCTIONS LIFTED AND AMERICAN VICTIMS WILL STILL BE OUT IN THE COLD. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. SO THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ADDRESS THAT INJUSTICE. IT'S STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT WOULD SAY THAT OF THE 100 SOME BILLION IN SANCTIONS RELIEF THAT THOSE JUDGMENTS WILL BE PAID OUT OF THAT. THOSE -- THAT $43 BILLION WILL BE PAID TO THE SURVIVORS OF THOSE FAMILIES OF THOSE 80 ATTACKS ORCHESTRATED, PAID FOR BY IRAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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  • 01:38:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

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

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:39:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    LET ME START BY ACKNOWLEDGING MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROYCE. THE COMMITTEE ON…

    LET ME START BY ACKNOWLEDGING MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROYCE. THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. WE ARE COLLABORATIVE. WE ARE PRODUCTIVE. AND WE BUILT A RECORD ADVANCING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT PROMOTES AMERICA'S INTERESTS ABROAD AND KEEPS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. I WANT TO STATE THAT CHAIRMAN ROYCE'S LEADERSHIP THANKS FOR MUCH OF OUR COMMITTEE'S GOOD WORK. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DECIDED TO IGNORE REGULAR ORDER ON THIS BILL. THEY RUSHED IT TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. AS WAS POINTED OUT WE HAD 30 HEARINGS. WE KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IRAN ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. SO RUSHING IT TO THE FLOOR WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS WRONG. IT'S A SHAME. I THINK LEFT TO OUR OWN VOLITION WE COULD HAVE SENT FORWARD A BILL THAT COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN SPONSORED TERRORISM. IRANIAN SPONSORED TERRORISM IS THERE, PALPABLE, AND WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO TRY TO HELP THE VICTIMS. THIS BILL, ON THE OTHER HAND, WOULD NOT DO THAT. LET ME EXPLAIN WHY. AMERICAN COURTS HAVE AWARDED ROUGHLY $46 BILLION TO ABOUT 1,300 VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE ALL WANT JUSTICE FOR THESE FAMILIES. WE ALL WANT TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS ACTS OF TERRORISM AGAINST AMERICANS. IRAN SHOULD PAY THESE CLAIMS. BUT THIS BILL DOES NOTHING FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERROR. AND HERE'S THE PROBLEM. LET'S ASSUME FOR ARGUMENT THAT IRAN'S LEADERS DID CHANGE COURSE AND DECIDE TO PAY THE CLAIMS. THIS BILL WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR IRAN TO PAY THESE JUDGMENTS. IRAN OWES AMERICAN CLAIMANTS $46 BILLION, BUT IRAN HAS ACCESS TO $20 BILLION OF ITS CASH RESERVES, NOT 46. THE REST, $95 BILLION, IS FROZEN IN BANK ACCOUNTS IN EUROPE AND ASIA. ON TOP OF THAT, IRAN'S OIL REVENUES ARE FROZEN. WHEN IRAN SELLS OIL, THE PAYMENTS ARE KEPT FROZEN UNDER THE THREAT OF AMERICAN SANCTIONS, WHICH I SUPPORT. IRAN CAN ACCESS THESE FUNDS ONLY FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES. PAYING COURT JUDGMENTS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. CURRENTLY U.S. SANCTIONS DON'T ALLOW IT. AND UNDER THIS BILL, ALL U.S. SANCTIONS ARE KEPT IN EFFECT, ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGE IS ALLOWED UNTIL IRAN PAYS THE FULL $46 BILLION. SO WHERE WOULD IRAN GET THE MONEY TO PAY THE AMERICAN CLAIMS? THE BILL SAYS IRAN PAY THE CLAIMS, BUT YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY OF THE FUNDS TO PAY THEM. . SORE IT'S A CATCH 22 AND WHO DOES IT HURT? NOT IRAN. IT HURTS THE VICTIMS. NOT SANGLE CLAIM WOULD BE PAID UNDER THIS BILL. SO IN MY OPINION, THIS BILL OFFERS NOTHING BUT FALSE HOPE. I HEARD SOME MEMBERS SAY, WE CAN PAY THE CLAIMS BY SEIZING IRAN'S FROZEN ASSETS. THAT'S NOT VIRTUAL THE CASE. THE FUNDS FROZEN IS OVERSEAS, NOT IN THE U.S. THOUGH THEY ARE FROZEN BY U.S. SANCTIONS, THEY ARE BEYOND THE JURISDICTION OF OUR COURTS TO SEIZE THEM. ANOTHER FALSE PROMISE, VIRTUALLY ALL OF IRAN'S ASSETS WILL STAY OVERSEAS. UNDER THIS BILL, THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE KEPT OVERSEAS BECAUSE ALL U.S. SANCTIONS WOULD BE KEPT IN EFFECT BY LAW WITH NO CHANGE ALLOWED. SO LET'S BE HONEST. THIS BILL IS NOT REALLY ABOUT HELPING THESE VICTIMS, IT'S ABOUT EXPLOITING THEIR PLIGHT AND THEIR TRAGEDY TO MAKE A POLITICAL SPLASH. LOOK, EVERYONE HERE KNOWS I'M NO FAN OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. I VOTED AGAINST IT, BUT THE OTHER SIDE WON, AND WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OR AGAINST THE DEAL, IT'S TIME TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. IN MY OPINION, THERE WERE TWO POTENTIAL COURSES. THE FIRST IS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STRENGTHEN AND ENFORCE THE AGREEMENT AND HOLD IRAN TO ITS COMMITMENTS. WE SHOULD DOUBLE DOWN RON OUR SUPPORT FOR FRIENDS AND -- ON OUR SUPPORT FOR FRIENDS AND ALLIES IN THE REGION. WE SHOULD PUSH LEADERS IN TEHRAN TO RELEASE DETAINED AMERICANS AND IMPROVE ITS ABYSMAL RECORD ON HUMAN RIGHTS. THAT'S THE COURSE I HOPE WE'LL TAKE. I'LL SOON INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PURSUE THOSE AIMS, AND I'LL WORK WITH MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES TO GET THESE MEASURES TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THE OTHER COURSE WOULD BE DOING TO THE IRAN AGREEMENT WHAT LEADERS ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE TRIED TO DO TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ACT, AND THAT'S WHAT I'M AFRAID OF HERE. VOTE AFTER VOTE AFTER VOTE, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, ON AN ISSUE THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN VOTED ON IN THIS CHAMBER MANY, MANY TIMES. I DON'T WANT THE DISPUTE ON IRAN TO TURN INTO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHERE WE TRY TO KILL IT 60 DIFFERENT WAYS. WE SHOULD NOT BE USING THIS FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. WE SHOULD BE PASSING LEGISLATION WHICH I KNOW WE CAN GET OUT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY THAT WOULD REALLY DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE VICTIMS, THAT WOULD REALLY DO SOMETHING TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL ITS REPREHENSIBLE ACTS. SO I HOPE THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS NOT THE PATH WE'RE GOING DOWN, NOT ONLY NOW BUT IN THE FUTURE WITH OTHER THINGS. THERE WAS A MEASURE IN THE SENATE THAT WAS VERY SIMILAR TO THIS WHICH TRIED TO HOLD IRAN TO CERTAIN THINGS AND SAY THAT THE FUNDS COULDN'T BE RELEASED UNLESS IRAN DID THIS OR DID THAT. WE COULD DO THIS ANOTHER 60 TIMES. IT WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. LET'S PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER. LET'S FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE, AND LET'S MOVE ON THAT WAY. SO I HOPE WE CAN MOVE PAST THIS BILL AND START WORKING ON MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THE IRAN AGREEMENT IS IMPLEMENTED AS STRONGLY AND STRINGENTLY AS POSSIBLE. I HOPE WE CAN GET BACK TO OUR REGULAR PRACTICE IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF WHICH WE HAVE BEEN SO PROUD AND FOCUS ON MAKING POLICY THAT LEAVES POLITICS AT THE WATER'S EDGE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:44:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THE ADMINISTRATION IS ARGUING, MR. SPEAKER, V q THAT ALTHOUGH THE IRANIAN…

    THE ADMINISTRATION IS ARGUING, MR. SPEAKER, V q THAT ALTHOUGH THE IRANIAN REGIME HAS ACCESS TO OVER $20 BILLION, THAT THIS JUDGMENT IS $43 BILLION, SO THERE ISN'T ENOUGH MONEY THERE TO MAKE PAYMENT. BUT IN ADDITION TO THE $20 BILLION-SOME, IRAN IS IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW OF NEGOTIATION AND PAYING, PAYING AND SUPPORTING IN TRANSFERS TO OTHER REGIMES. FOR EXAMPLE, A REPORT OUT THIS WEEK SAYS IRAN IS PURCHASING $21 BILLION OF AIRPLANES FROM RUSSIA AND SATELLITES FROM RUSSIA. $21 BILLION. IRAN SOMEHOW HAS THE MONEY TO DO THAT BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THIS CLAIM. THE REPORT OUT ABOUT A MONTH AGO SAYS THAT IRAN'S ANNUAL SUPPORT FOR HEZBOLLAH IS OVER $100 MILLION PER YEAR. SOMEHOW THEY GOT THE SPENDING CASH FOR THAT. IT'S -- IT'S PROVIDING THE SYRIAN REGIME, ONE ESTIMATE -- ONE OF THE THINK TANKS HERE IN TOWN IS THEY PROVIDED THEM A LITTLE OVER $10 BILLION A YEAR. SO IRAN SOMEHOW HAS THE DISCRETIONARY MONEY FOR THESE OTHER PURPOSES BUT NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE JUDGMENTS WON IN U.S. COURT FOR, YOU KNOW, OVER 1,000 VICTIMS -- FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIMS OF THEIR ATTACKS. SO -- BUT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE.

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  • 01:46:41 PM

    MR. POE

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN FOR THIS…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN FOR THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE IRANIAN AYATOLLAH HAS PREACHED AND PRACTICED DEATH TO AMERICA SINCE THE 1970'S. IRAN IS A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. IRAN HAS BEEN SUED IN FEDERAL COURTS BY THE FAMILIES OF THE MURDERED VICTIMS. IRAN IS GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF 421 AMERICANS IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, IN 1983. IRAN IS GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF 19 SERVICE MEMBERS AND JURRING 372 OTHERS IN SA -- INJURING 372 OTHERS IN SAUDI ARABIA IN 1986. IRAN IS GUILTY OF MURDERING 1,000 OTHER AMERICANS, INCLUDING SOME IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. FEDERAL COURTS HAVE AWARDED THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OVER $40 BILLION FOR THESE CRIMES, BUT IRAN WILL NOT PAY. IT LAUGHS AT THE DEATH OF THE INNOCENTS IT HAS MURDERED. IT LAUGHS AT AMERICAN JUSTICE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ABOUT TIME FOR THE LONG ARM OF AMERICAN JUSTICE TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS SINS. MAKE THEM PAY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOME ARE CONCERNED OR MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE MURDEROUS IRANIAN REGIME THAN THEY ARE ABOUT JUSTICE. JUSTICE FOR THE VICTIMS THAT WERE MURDERED BY THIS REGIME. LET THE AYATOLLAH KNOW HE CANNOT GET A DIFFERENT DIPLOMATIC PASS OR -- DIPLOMATIC PASS OR SANCTION RELIEF UNTIL HE HAS PAID FOR THE CRIMES. HE HAS SOWN THE SEEDS OF IRAN -- HAS SOWN THE SEEDS OF MURDER IN IRAN. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO REAP THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR CRIMES. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE VOICES OF THE MURDERED CRY OUT FOR US TO DO SOMETHING FOR JUSTICE, JUSTICE FOR THEM THAT'S BEEN TOO LONG WAITING. THIS BILL, IN MY OPINION, WILL DO IT. IT'S ABOUT TIME WE HAVE JUSTICE BECAUSE JUSTICE IS WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON.

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    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL. YOU KNOW, ONCE WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE THIS NEGOTIATION AND ONCE THE DEAL WAS PUT IN PLACE, THE FOCUS OF OUR ATTENTION SHOULD SHIFT TO MAKING SURE THAT IRAN LIVES UP TO ITS COMMITMENTS AND WE SHOULD USE THIS PRIOR NEGOTIATION AS A TEMPLATE FOR NEGOTIATING OTHER ISSUES, INCLUDING THE CAPTIVES, INCLUDING THE INTEREST OF THESE VICTIMS TALKED ABOUT HERE TODAY. BUT WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS HANDCUFFS THE PRESIDENT AND SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T HAVE ANY DISCRETION TO DO HIS END OF THIS BARGAIN, TO DO WHAT'S -- TO EXERCISE HIS DISCRETION TO FORWARD AND HELP AMERICA AND THE-PLUS-PLUS TO LIVE UP TO OUR END -- THE P-5 PLUS ONE TO LIVE UP TO OUR END OF THE BILL. I THINK THE METHOD THEY'RE GOING ABOUT IT IS JUST ONE. LET'S USE THE TEMPLATE THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED THROUGH THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS TO GO BACK AND SAY, OK, NOW WE GOT OTHER THINGS WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT. RATHER THAN PASS LEGISLATION ON THIS FLOOR THAT WILL DO NOTHING OTHER THAN TO HAMSTRING THE PRESIDENT. IT'S THE WRONG WAY TO DO IT. IT'S A MISTAKE AND IT SHOULD BE VOTED DOWN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:50:19 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

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  • 01:50:24 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 1983, 241 SERVICEMEN IN BEIRUT WERE KILLED AND ANOTHER 60…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 1983, 241 SERVICEMEN IN BEIRUT WERE KILLED AND ANOTHER 60 INJURED BY A CAR BOMB. ONE OF THE MARINES MURDERED WAS MY CONSTITUENT, PAUL, WHO LIVED WITH HIS YOUNG FAMILY IN MY HOMETOWN OF HAMILTON. IN MY SECOND TERM AS CONGRESSMAN, I JOINED MOURNERS AT HIS FUNERAL. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE AGONY AND THE SORROW OF HIS FAMILY. IRANIAN TERRORISM KILLED PAUL AND OVER THE DECADES HAS KILLED OR MAIMED THOUSANDS OF OTHER AMERICANS. A FEDERAL COURT, MR. SPEAKER, A DISTRICT COURT FOUND THAT THE 1983 BOMBING WAS, QUOTE, BEYOND QUESTION PERPETRATED BY HEZBOLLAH AND ITS AGENTS WHO RECEIVED MASSIVE MATERIEL AND TACTICAL SUPPORT FROM THE YEARIAN GOVERNMENT. LATER, A THREE-JUDGE FEDERAL COURT APPEALS PANEL APPROVED $1.75 BILLION IN JUDGMENT AGAINST IRAN FOR THE 1983 BOMBING AND SOME OTHER IRANIAN ACTS OF TERROR. TODAY, IRAN IS POISED TO GET BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH SO-CALLED SANCTIONS RELIEF FOR AN EGREGIOUSLY FLAWED COMPREHENSIVE PEACE PLAN OR PLAN OF ACTION, MONEY THAT WILL PROCURE FOR IRAN A LARGELY ARSENAL OF SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS AND AN ENHANCED CAPABILITY TO TERRORIZE, MURDER AND DESTABILIZE. THEY TALKED ABOUT GETTING WEAPONS, JETS FROM RUSSIA. THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS IRANIAN TERRORISM ACT, AUTHORED BY PAT MEEHAN, SAYS NOT SO FAST. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WILL VETO THIS BILL. THAT IS WRONG, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S UNCARING, IT'S UNACCEPTABLE AND IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE. SUPPORT COURT-ORDERED VICTIM PAYMENTS BY THE TERRORIST STATE OF IRAN. FUNDAMENTAL JUSTICE DEMANDS THAT THIS BILL BECOME LAW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:52:16 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, OUR COLLEAGUE ON…

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, OUR COLLEAGUE ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. CONNOLLY.

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  • 01:52:25 PM

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. ELLIOTT…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. ELLIOTT ENGEL, AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON -- ELIOT ENGEL, AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THIS BILL PROHIBITS ANY WAIVERS, REDUCTIONS OR ANY RELIEF FROM U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN UNTIL IRAN PAYS ALL COURT-ORDERED DAMAGE CLAIMS TO U.S. VICTIMS. THOSE CLAIMS TOTAL ABOUT $46 BILLION. THIS BILL WOULD PREVENT THE U.S. FROM IMPLEMENTING ITS COMMITMENTS UNDER THE IRAN DEAL, WHICH IS REALLY WHAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE TRYING TO DO. NOT BEING V rABLE TO WIN DIRECTLY, LET'S GET AT IT INDIRECTLY, AND LET'S COVER IT WITH THE RESPECTABILITY. BUT THE REAL ISSUE IS CYNICALLY HOW WE USE THE PLIGHT OF U.S. VICTIMS FOR ANOTHER PARTISAN SHOT. WE ALL WANT TO HELP AMERICAN VICTIMS OF IRAN'S TERRORISM AND LACK OF JUSTICE, BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO HELP THEM. IT WOULD HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT, BY REDUCING THE CHANCE THAT ANY CLAIMS, IN FACT, WOULD BE PAID, BECAUSE BY FREEZING ASSETS, IRAN WOULDN'T HAVE THE WHEREWITHAL TO DO WHAT THIS BILL SAYS IT SHOULD DO BEFORE SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED. THINK ABOUT THIS. IRAN OWES $46 BILLION IN U.S. CLAIMS, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE THE MONEY RIGHT NOW, EVEN IF IT WANTED TO PAY. IRAN ONLY HAS ACCESS TO ABOUT $20 BILLION OF ITS OWN RESERVES. REALISTICALLY, THE ONLY FUNDS THAT COULD BE USED ARE THE FROZEN FUNDS UNDER U.S. SANCTIONS HELD IN BANKS AROUND THE WORLD. BUT UNDER THIS BILL, THE FROZEN FUNDS COULDN'T BE USED TO PAY THE CLAIMS, AND ALL THE MONEY REMAINS FROZEN UNTIL IRAN PAYS THE CLAIMS. A CATCH-22 IF THERE EVER WAS ONE. IT COULDN'T SELL ANY OIL TO USE TO FREE UP CASH BECAUSE THOSE FUNDS, TOO WOULD BE FROZEN. ANOTHER CLUE ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY BEHIND THIS BILL IS THAT ALL OF THE 76 SPONSORS ARE MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT. REGARDLESS OF ONE'S POSITION ON THE IRAN DEAL, A DEAL I PROBABLY SUPPORTED BECAUSE IT KEEPS IRAN FROM BECOMING A NUCLEAR STATE, OPPOSING THIS CYNICAL BILL FACT IS THE RIGHT VOTE IF YOU CARE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK -- VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE:…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. MEEHAN

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. $21 BILLION FOR RUSSIAN JETS BUT…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. $21 BILLION FOR RUSSIAN JETS BUT NOT A PENNY FOR THE VICTIMS OF THEIR OWN ACTS OF TERROR. THAT'S WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ARE TRYING TO SAY. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT CAN NEGOTIATE IT. LET HIM REACH AN INSTALLMENT PLAN, BUT LET'S MAKE SURE THAT THESE DOLLARS ARE PAID. LOOK, THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION. SHOULD IRAN RECEIVE RELIEF FROM UNITED STATES SANCTIONS BEFORE IT PAYS THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM, THE $43 BILLION THAT U.S. COURTS SAY THESE VICTIMS ARE OWED? WHEN WE SAY TERRORISM, WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IRAN AN-BACKED ASSASSINATIONS AND BOMBINGS AND ATTACKS ACROSS TIME ZONES FROM PARIS TO JERUSALEM FROM NEW YORK TO BEIRUT TO EAST AFRICA TO BUENOS ARIES. I SAY NOT ONE CENT. THESE VICTIMS ARE UNITED STATES CITIZENS. THEY'RE WIVES, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, CHILDREN WHO HAIL FROM ALL ACROSS THE NATION AND THEY WERE KILLED IN HIJACKINGS AND SUICIDE ATTACKS AND BOMBINGS OF BUSES, PLANES AND BUILDINGS AND EMBASSIES AND SHOPPING MALLS AND PIZZA PARLORS. IN FACT, I MET WITH ONE OF THOSE VICTIMS. TODAY, THIS MORNING, AND YESTERDAY, THE WIDOW OF KENNETH WELCH AND HIS CHILD. THEY'RE HERE IN WASHINGTON TODAY. THEY'VE BEEN WAITING 30 YEARS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THIS ISSUE ADDRESSED. MY FRIENDS, BY VOTING AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION, YOU'RE SAYING THAT IRAN AND THE PERPETRATORS OF THESE ATROCITIES DESERVE U.S. SANCTIONS RELIEF BEFORE THE VICTIMS DESERVE THE COURT-ORDERED COMPENSATION. . LET ME SAY IT AGAIN. NOW, BY VOTING NO, YOU'RE PUTTING THE INTERESTS OF IRAN'S TERROR MACHINE BEFORE THE AMERICAN VICTIMS OF THAT TERROR. I SAY, NOT ONE CENT. TO THOSE WHO SAY IRAN CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THESE DAMAGES, LET ME REMIND YOU OF A FEW FACTS. IRAN HAS YEARLY GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN EXCESS OF $1.3 TRILLION AND THEY JUST SPENT $21 BILLION ON RUSSIAN JETS. THE FACTS SHOW THAT IRAN HAS THE MONEY AND WILL HAVE MUCH MORE IF THE SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED. MONEY OUR OWN ADMINISTRATION FREELY ADMITS WILL GO TO FINANCE EVEN MORE TERROR. I SAT YESTERDAY WITH KEN STEVEN, THE BROTHER OF ROB STEVEN, A UNITED STATES NAVY DIVER EXECUTED ON FLIGHT 847. HIS BROTHER KEN SAID TO ME YESTERDAY, IF THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T THIS OPPORTUNITY AN CONGRESS DOESN'T TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD IRAN ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TERRORIST ACTS NOW, I HAVE TO ASK THEM, WHEN WILL THEY? 30 YEARS, ONE FAMILY, MORE THAN 15 FOR ANOTHER. WHEN WILL THEY? HE'S TALKING TO US. LET'S ANSWER HIM. LET'S TODAY STAND UP FOR THE STANDARDS OF U.S. NAVY PETTY OFFICER ROBERT STEEDHAM. LET'S VOTE AS ONE HOUSE TO SAY WE'LL PUT HIM AND THE MANY VICTIMS OF IRAN'S TERRORISM BEFORE THE CRIMINALS WHO CONSPIRED TO KILL HIM. UNTIL THEY PAY THESE VICTIMS WHAT THEY'RE OWED, LET'S SAY NO TO IRAN. NOT ONE CENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE --

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    MR. ENGEL

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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  • 01:58:49 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE. I LISTENED TO THE IMPASSIONED PLEAS FROM MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ABOUT HORRIFIC ACTS OF THE THUGS WHO RUN IRAN. NOBODY DISPUTES THAT. NOTHING BEFORE US WOULD TAKE AWAY THE SANGS WE HAVE AGAINST THEIR TERRORIST ACT TVITY. WE ARE ALL COMMITTED TO JUSTICE FOR THOSE PEOPLE. BUT BEAR IN MIND WHAT THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO DO IS TO UNWIND ANOTHER CRITICAL OBJECTIVE OF THE UNITED STATES, OF OUR ALLIES, PREVENT A NUCLEAR ARMED IRAN. THAT AGREEMENT WAS A SIGNAL ACHIEVEMENT OF DIPLOMACY NOT JUST OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, BUT OF RUSSIA, CHINA, GERMANY, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, WORKING WITH US TO SECURE THE STRONGEST AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE SEEN THAT -- TO CONTAIN THESE THUGS' NUCLEAR AMBITIONS. THE WORLD IS UNITED WITH US TO RESTRAIN A NUCLEAR IRAN. NOW, WE HAVE HAD TESTIMONY FROM OUR PARTNERS THAT IF THE UNITED STATES WALKS AWAY FROM THAT AGREEMENT, WE'RE ON OUR OWN. THEY'RE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO ENFORCE SANCTIONS AGAINST NUCLEAR IRAN. AND ULTIMATELY, IRAN WILL GET ITS MONEY AND A FREE HAND TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS UNENCUMBERED BY THE ALLIES THAT WE'VE ASSEMBLED. AND THE PRESSURE THAT WE'VE PUT ON THEM. NOW, MY FRIEND MR. ENGEL IS CORRECT. MR. CONNOLLY. THE CONSTRUCT HERE IS VERY DIFFICULT, EVEN IF THIS WERE TO BE APPROVED, TO ACTUALLY WORK OUT ON PAPER. BUT TAKE IT A STEP FURTHER. THESE ELEMENTS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS AND HAVE NOT RESULTED IN ANY MOVEMENT FOR THE VICTIMS. WE'VE HAD WHAT THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS IS A SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH WITH IRAN. WE'VE GOT AN AREA OF COOPERATION AND THE WORLD IS UNITED WITH US TO PUT THE PRESSURE ON THEM. I WOULD SUGGEST RATHER THAN THROWING THIS AGREEMENT IN THE TRASH CAN AND ALLOW IRAN TO DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MAKE THEM STRONGER AND ULTIMATELY THEY WILL GET THEIR MONEY BECAUSE INDIA AND CHINA ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START BUYING OIL FROM THEM AGAIN AS THE SANCTIONS COLLAPSE, AND IT WILL BE THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE WORLD AGAIN. WE COULDN'T EVEN SANCTION LITTLE BITTY CUBA TO CHANGE THEIR REGIME. IT TAKES MULTINATIONAL EFFORTS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES. THIS AGREEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP AND I WOULD SUGGEST IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE PUTTING PRESSURE TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE JUSTICE THAT WE ALL WANT FOR THOSE VICTIMS.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN AND MR.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK MR. MEEHAN AND MR. ROYCE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. THE ADMINISTRATION ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SOME OF THIS MONEY WILL BE CERTAINLY DISTRIBUTED TO IRANIAN MILITARY GLOBAL TERRORIST NETWORK AND THE QUDS FORCE, AN ORGANIZATION WITH AMERICAN BLOOD ON ITS HANDS. WE REMEMBER THE BOMBING OF THE MARINE BAR ROCKS -- BARRACKS IN BEIRUT IN 1983. THE AIRMEN WHO DIED IN THE KHOBAR TOWERS BOMBING IN SAUDI ARABIA IN 1985. AND WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN FINANCED ATTACK, LIKE LEE SO WHO CHIED IN A BUS BOMBING IN GAZA IN 1995 AND SARA DUKER OF NEW JERSEY WHO WAS MURDERED ON A BUS IN JERUSALEM IN 1996. WHO SPEAKS FOR THEM? FOR THOSE INNOCENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES? THIS BILL DOES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

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  • 02:03:40 PM

    MR. HURD

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUSTICE IS A POWERFUL WORD. FOR…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. JUSTICE IS A POWERFUL WORD. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WRONGED, JUSTICE CAN BRING PEACE AND CLOSURE. FOR THOSE GUILTY OF HARMING THE INNOCENT, JUSTICE IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE AUTHORITY OF OUR LAWS. WITHOUT JUSTICE, TRUTH BECOMES IRRELEVANT. SO IF AMERICA IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE PURSUE JUSTICE. BUT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL WAS DEEXACT OPPOSITE. IT REWARDS LAWLESSNESS AND CORRUPTION, TELL ICE RAN THEY CAN BE UNJUST TO OUR OWN CITIZENS AND THE CURN ADMINISTRATION WILL ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH IT. IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SPONSORING TERRORISM THAT HAS LED TO THE DEATH OF THOUSANDS OF MESHES. WHEN THE FAMILIES OF THESE AMERICANS SOUGHT JUSTICE IN COURT, IRAN WAS FOUND GUILTY AND ORDERED TO MAKE REPARATIONS. THE FAMILY OF CYRUS WAS AWARDED $300,000 AFTER CYRUS WAS ASSASSINATED FOR CRITICIZING THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT. IS THIS ADMINISTRATION FORCING IRAN TO PAY? ARE THEY DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR AMERICANS LIKE CYRUS? NO. INSTEAD, THIS ADMINISTRATION IS HANDING OVER AN ESTIMATED $100 BILLION TO IRAN. THAT'S NOT JUSTICE. THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. WHEN STRUP.

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    DAN WAS WORKING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1983. A BOMB -- ANN WAS…

    DAN WAS WORKING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1983. A BOMB -- ANN WAS WORKING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1983. A BOMB EXPLODED, BROKING MANY OF HER BONES. SHE RECEIVED A JUDGMENT AGAINST IRAN FOR THE SUFFERING SHE ENDURED. OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, U.S. COURTS HAVE HANDED DOWN 80 JUDGMENTS AGAINST IRAN, ADDING UP TO MORE THAN $43.5 BILLION IN UNPAID DAMAGES. IRAN REFUSE TOSS PAY. YET THE PRESIDENT'S NUCLEAR AGREEMENT PROVIDES IRAN WITH $150 BILLION IN SANCTIONS RELIEF. THOSE THAT HAVE DESTROYED INNOCENT AMERICAN LIVES, IRANIAN TERRORISTS, ARE BEING CHOSEN OVER THE AMERICAN VICTIMS THEMSELVES. THIS BILL WOULD PROHIBIT THE PRESIDENT FROM REMOVING ANY SANCTIONS IN PLACE AGAINST IRAN UNTIL THE PRESIDENT HAS CERTIFIED TO CONGRESS THAT IRAN HAS PAID EACH FEDERAL COURT JUDGMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK.

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  • 02:06:43 PM

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MEEHAN,…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MEEHAN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS GOOD BILL. IT'S A COMPASSIONATE BILL. IT'S A BILL THAT TELLS VICTIMS OF TERRORISM THAT THEY'RE NOT FORGOTTEN. I CHAIR THE TASK FORCE IN THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE TERRORISM FINANCING. WE HAD A HEARING SPECIFICALLY ON THE JOINT PLAN OF ACTION, SO CALLED P-5 PLUS ONE. THERE WAS AN TO ATTORNEY WHO TESTIFIED AT THE HEARING ABOUT THE $43 BILLION IN JUDGMENTS AND HOW THIS DEAL THEN NOT APPROVED YET, WAS LIKELY GOING TO SIDESTEP THE ABILITY OF VICTIMS WHO DID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS, WHO HIRED LAWYERS, WHO WENT TO COURT, WHO GOT JUDGMENTS, LEGITIMATE JUDGMENTS, HOW THESE JUDGMENTS WOULD NOT BE PAID. ON YULL 29, I WROTE A LETTER TO SECRETARY LEW, THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY. SECRETARY KERROIF THE STATE DEPARTMENT. ASKING WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD ADDRESSED THE ISSUE. IT WAS PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. THAT WAS JULY 29. I'VE YET TO RECEIVE A RESPONSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE IN ANY WAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION IS COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THE MONEY TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN AND NOT TO AMERICAN VICTIMS AND THAT'S WRONG. THIS BILL IS RIGHT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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  • 02:08:11 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING.

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    MR. HOLDING

    IRAN IS SHORTLY SET TO RECEIVE OVER $100 BILLION WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA USES…

    IRAN IS SHORTLY SET TO RECEIVE OVER $100 BILLION WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA USES HIS PEN TO LIFT OUR SANCTIONS AGAINST THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. AT THE SAME TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IRAN OWES U.S. VICTIMS OF TERROR $43.5 BILLION. ONE OF THESE VICTIMS WAS FIRST PETTY OFFICER MICHAEL WAGNER OF COLUMBIA, NORTH CAROLINA. HE WAS SERVING AT AN AMERICAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT IN 1984 WHEN A CAR BOMB FILLED WITH EXPLOSIVES PAID FOR BY IRAN DETONATED OUTSIDE HIS OFFICE, KILLING HIM AND 23 OTHER PEOPLE. IN THE CASE OF PETTY OFFICER WAGNER AND IRAN'S OTHER VICTIM, OUR COURTS FOUND IRAN GUILTY AND ORDERED IRAN TO PAY RESTITUTION BUT IRAN HAS NOT PAID A PENNY. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD REQUIRE IRAN TO PAY EVERY PENNY IT OWES TO THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM BEFORE SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED. PERIOD. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. HARPER.

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  • 02:09:37 PM

    MR. HARPER

    TO THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ON IRAN. IT REPRESENT ICE RAN'S…

    TO THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION ON IRAN. IT REPRESENT ICE RAN'S ABILITY TO BUILD A NUCLEAR WEAPON AT A FUTURE DATE WHILE REAPING THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF FROM INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS. BY REMOVING SANCTIONS TO THE AGREEMENT -- BY REMOVING SANCTIONS, THE AGREEMENT INJECTS ALMOST $100 BILLION INTO THE IRANIAN REGIME. IRAN IS THE LARGEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, FUNDING HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON AND HAMAS IN GAZA. OVER $43 BILLION IN JUDGMENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM. THE AGREEMENT FAILS TO CLEAR THOSE JUDGMENTS. THE AGREEMENT AT BEST DELAYS IRAN'S ABILITY TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND AT WORSE GIVES THE REGIME MORE MONEY TO ENGAGE IN TERRORISM WHILE PROVIDE NOTHING JUSTICE TO AMERICANS ALREADY HARMED BY THE REGIME. THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM ACT IS TIMELY. IT'S APPROPRIATE. AND IT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY WHO BELIEVE IN THE VALIDITY OF U.S. COURTS AND THE FEDERAL SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY ACT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. HILL.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    HE'S OBLIGATED TO SEEK RESTITUTION UNDER THE FEDERAL SOVEREIGN IMMUNITIES…

    HE'S OBLIGATED TO SEEK RESTITUTION UNDER THE FEDERAL SOVEREIGN IMMUNITIES ACT. PRESIDENT BUSH DID HIS DUTIES WHEN HE HAD LEVERAGE OVER LIBYA. HE GOT THE CLAIMS PAID FOR THE VICTIMS OF TERROR IN LIBYA. EVERY DAY WE COME TO WORK IN THIS HOUSE AND WE ASK, WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THIS COUNTRY? HOW CAN WE RIGHT A WRONG? AND TODAY IS THAT DAY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT MR. MEEHAN'S OUTSTANDING BILL. LET'S RIGHT THE WRONG. LET'S ADJUDICATE THESE CLAIMS. LET'S GET THIS MONEY BACK TO THE VICTIMS OF TERRORISM. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. COSTELLO.

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  • 02:13:02 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE THINKS THIS DEAL IS BAD.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE THINKS THIS DEAL IS BAD. A MAJORITY OF THE SENATE THINKS THIS DEAL'S BAD, AND A MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINKS THIS DEAL'S BAD. WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY INPUT, AND THE EFFORT HERE TODAY IS TO SIMPLY MAKE A BAD DEAL A LITTLE LESS BAD. AND THE IDEA BEHIND MR. MEEHAN'S BILL IS TO PROVIDE RESTITUTION TO AMERICAN VICTIMS, AND IT'S NOT JUST ANY AMERICAN VICTIMS. IT'S THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERROR. $150 BILLION IS GOING TO FLOW TO IRAN. IT SEEMS TO BE COMMON SENSE THAT THE FIRST $43 BILLION SHOULD BE PAID TO THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERROR. JOSEPH WAS ONE OF THOSE VICTIMS. LIVED RIGHT OUTSIDE MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SPENT FIVE YEARS IN BRUTAL CAPTIVITY BEFORE BEING RELEASED IN 1991. A VOTE FOR THIS BILL TODAY IS A VOTE FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERROR, AND I ALSO WANT TO SAY CONGRESSMAN MEEHAN'S CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS RIGHT NEXT TO MIAMI MINE. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL, CREATIVE APPROACH AND HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN THIS HOUSE ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. COFFMAN.

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    MR. COFFMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1982 I WAS WITH THE UNITED STATES…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1982 I WAS WITH THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS OFF THE COAST OF BEIRUT, LEBANON, WAITING ON ORDER TO DO EVACUATIONS OF THE U.S. EMBASSY AND U.S. CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE -- OUR ASSIGNMENT WAS DONE IN AUGUST, 1982. WE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES. I FINISHED MY TWO YEARS WITH THE BATTALION. THE BALANCE TANYON WENT BACK OUT. THEY WERE IN BEIRUT, LEBANON, AT THE AIRPORT. IN OCTOBER, 1983, SUICIDE BOMBER DROVE A TRUCK LAYDENED WITH EXPLOSIVES INTO THE MARINE BARRACKS. 241 MARINES WERE KILLED THAT DAY. TO MY FRIENDS WHO DIED THERE, FIRST LIEUTENANT BILL ZIMMERMAN, CAPTAIN BILL WINTER, CAPTAIN JOE BOSH, CAPTAIN MAYA HASKELL, TODAY IS YOUR DAY, TODAY IS YOUR DAY FOR JUSTICE. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD REMEMBER ALL OF YOU.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. COFFMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY IS A DAY FOR JUSTICE FOR THESE MARINES, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY IS A DAY FOR JUSTICE FOR THESE MARINES, FOR THEIR FAMILIES WHO WERE LOST ON THAT DAY. BY IRANIAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH BOMBER. AND SO I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR BRINGING THIS MEASURE FORWARD, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND TO REMEMBER THIS. THAT WHEN THE IRANIANS SAY "DEATH TO AMERICANS," THEY MEAN DEATH TO AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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  • 02:16:52 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SPONSORSHIP. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. 31 YEARS AGO, ONE MICHIGAN FAMILY SLEEPLESS WORRY BECAME A HEARTBREAKING REALITY. THEIR SON, BROTHER, FATHER, U.S. ARMY WARRANT OFFICER KENNETH WELCH WAS ONE OF THE SERVICEMEN TO LOSE THEIR LIFE IN THE BOMBING OF BEIRUT, LEBANON. U.S. JUDGMENTS LATER FOUND THE ACT OF TERRORISM WAS SPONSORED BY THE IRANIAN REGIME AND THAT REGIME FOR ITS CRIMES WAS ORDERED TO PAY DAMAGES TO THE FAMILY OF KENNETH WELCH. NOT SURPRISINGLY, HOWEVER, NOT ONE DIME HAS BEEN PAID TO THE FAMILY YET, TODAY WE STAND BEFORE THIS COUNTRY. WE FIND OURSELVES DEALING WITH AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WANTS TO LIFT SANCTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I AM BESIDE MYSELF TO THINK THAT THIS NATION -- OF THIS NATION THAT WE'VE BECOME. AMERICA'S BUILT ON BRAVERY AND FREEDOM, AND IT'S BECAUSE OF THE UNWAVERING STRENGTH AND SACRIFICE OF MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. I AM FOREVER PROUD OF OUR SOLDIERS, AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ARE HERE AS WELL TODAY TOO. THAT'S WHY WE CAN'T LET THE IRAN TERROR CONTINUE, AND WE NEED TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO ADDRESS THE VICTIMS LIKE KEN WELCH AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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  • 02:18:22 PM

    MR. DOLD

    I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING…

    I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND ALSO WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR BRINGING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM IS A CAUSE THAT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THIS BODY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT, REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY STAND ON THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD WE BE IGNORING THE VICTIMS OF IRAN'S TERRORISM WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY REWARDING THE GREATEST STATE SPONSOR OF TERROR THE WORLD HAS SEEN. MAKE NO MISTAKE, UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION'S AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, IRAN WILL BE RECEIVING APPROXIMATELY $150 BILLION IN SANCTIONS RELIEF IN NEW FUNDING ALMOST IMMEDIATELY WHILE AMERICAN VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM, WHETHER IT BE BOMBINGS, KID NAPPINGS AND THE LIKE -- KIDNAPPINGS AND THE LIKE, MURDER, ARE GOING BASICALLY WITHOUT RESOURCES. WHERE ARE OUR PRIORITIES? WHERE ARE OUR PRIORITIES IN THIS CHAMBER WHILE THE VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERROR ARE BEING IGNORED, WHILE IRAN IS BEING REWARDED WITH NEW FUNDS THAT WILL INEVITABLY BE USED TO FUND NEW TERROR, HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND THOSE AROUND THE GLOBE? IRAN'S TERROR PROXIES HAVE KILLED AMERICANS AND CONTINUE TO DO SO TILL THIS DAY. THIS IS A FACT AND IT CANNOT BE IGNORED. I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:20:03 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MEEHAN, FOR INTRODUCING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MEEHAN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN PROVIDES THEM BILLIONS IN FROZEN ASSETS AND SANCTIONS RELIEF. ONE ONLY NEEDS TO LOOK AT RECENT HISTORY TO SEE WHAT IRAN WILL DO WITH THE FINANCIAL WINDFALL. WHILE PURSUING A NUCLEAR BOMB, IRAN HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN A DECADES' LONG CAMPAIGN OF TERROR THAT HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF MANY, MANY AMERICANS AND THEY CONTINUE TO BANK ROLL PROXIES LIKE HEZBOLLAH, HAMAS AND THE HUDEY REBELS. THE MURDER OF BOBBY, T.W.A. 847, THE TOWERS AND THE MURDER OF A C.I.A. AGENT ARE A SMALL TASTE OF WHAT IRAN STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM HAS WROUGHT. THIS IS ABOUT EVERYDAY AMERICANS GETTING JUSTICE. AMERICANS LIKE MAJOR JOHN, THE HIGHEST RANKING OFFICER KILLED IN THE EYE TACK ON THE BEIRUT MARINES BARRACKS. VICTIMS OF IRANIAN TERRORISM HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT SUIT IN U.S. COURTS, YET, BILLIONS IN JUDGMENTS REMAIN UNPAID. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO SECURE RESTITUTION FOR THE VICTIMS OF IRAN IN ITS NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE COUNTRY, BUT THIS LEGISLATION CAN RECTIFY THIS WRONG. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I COULD INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING, MR. SPEAKER?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS 17 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 02:21:32 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I'D VERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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  • 02:21:42 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME FOR THE PURPOSES OF CLOSING.

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    IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:23:48 PM

    SENATOR REID: FIRST, WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY, BEST WISHES AND ALL THE GOOD…

    SENATOR REID: FIRST, WE EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY, BEST WISHES AND ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS THAT COULD COME FROM HERE TO ANOTHER ONE OF THE DEVASTATING VIOLENT GUN ACTION, OREGON. WE DON'T KNOW THE DETAILS AND I DON'T THINK WE KNOW -- I DON'T -- WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES THAT DON'T KNOW. WE HOPE THEY'LL FIND THE PERSON THAT DID THIS OR THE PEOPLE THAT DID THIS. VERY QUICKLY. WE HAD AN EXCELLENT MEETING. WE STAND UNITED. WE'VE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. WE NEED TO STOP THESE DEVASTATING SEQUESTER CUTS FROM HURTING OUR MIDDLE CLASS. OUR MIDDLE CLASS IS BEING DEVASTATED AND OUR MILITARY IS BEING DEVASTATED. THE EXAMPLE THAT I USE -- I'LL CONTINUE TO USE IT BECAUSE IT'S SO ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT SEQUESTER HAS DONE. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH CUT BY ALMOST $2 BILLION WHEN SEQUESTRATION WENT INTO EFFECT. WE'VE NEVER GOTTEN THAT MONEY BACK. THEY ARE STILL IN ALMOST A $2 BILLION HOLE, A HOLE THAT IS STOPPING THEM FROM LEADING MORE RESEARCH AND PREVENTING DISEASES. IT'S REALLY A TRAGEDY WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THE SEQUESTRATION. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. THE COMING WEEKS, OUR TOP PRIORITY IS LIFTING THE SEQUESTER CAPS SO WE CAN INVEST IN EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTURE, OTHER IMPORTANT PRIORITIES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS. THIS IS NOT A NEW GOAL FOR DEMOCRATS GETTING RID OF SEQUESTRATION. WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING TO END THESE UNNECESSARY MEAT AX CUTS FOR YEARS. IT WAS MEANT TO BE SO DEVASTATING IT WOULD FORCE BOTH PARTIES TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE TO FIND A RESPONSIBLE WAY TO MOVE FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE IGNORED THIS. FOR MONTHS WE'VE BEEN TELLING OUR REPUBLICAN COUNTERPARTS AGAIN AND AGAIN WE'RE READY TO DO JUST THAT. WE WROTE A LETTER TO SENATOR MCCONNELL FOUR MONTHS AGO SAYING LET'S START NEGOTIATIONS. WE WERE IGNORED UNTIL JUST A FEW DAYS AGO. TO HIS CREDIT HE SAID, AND I'M -- HE HASN'T BACKED AWAY FROM IT. QUOTE, WE'RE ENEVIDENTABLY GOING TO END NEWSPAPER NEGOTIATIONS AND WE'LL CRACK THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT ONCE AGAIN, CLOSED QUOTE. WE COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH SENATOR MCCONNELL, BUT TO MY DISMAY, YESTERDAY 151 REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND 20 SENATORS VOTED TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN OVER WOMEN'S HEALTH. IMAGINE THAT. IT REMINDS ME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT WAS CLOSED FOR 17 DAYS. 2/3 OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTED TO KEEP THE GOVERNMENT CLOSED. AFTER ALL PEOPLE HAD GONE THROUGH. THIS IS A REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT IS REALLY WITHOUT BELABORING THE POINT IN TURMOIL. EVERYONE KNOWS A BIPARTISAN BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS SET NEW TOP LINE NUMBERS NEED TO HAPPEN AND THEY NEED TO HAPPEN NOW, NOT SOME DISTANT TIME IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THEY NEED TO HAPPEN NOW. LEADER MCCONNELL SAID BEFORE HE LEFT FOR THE AUGUST RECESS, "WE HAVE DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE TO TALK TO EACH OTHER AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD." NOTHING HAPPENED DURING THE AUGUST RECESS. NOTHING HAPPENED FIRST TWO WEEKS IN SEPTEMBER, BUT HE'S MOVED A LITTLE BIT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, SO LET'S GO TO IT NOW, NOT ON THE VERGE AND UNNECESSARY GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN. LEADER PELOSI.

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    SENATOR REID

    YOU. SENATOR REID: WE'LL TAKE A COUPLE QUESTIONS. YES.

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    DECEMBER, DO YOU EXPECT THEY'LL CONTINUE WITH MCCARTHY BECOME SPEAKER, AND…

    DECEMBER, DO YOU EXPECT THEY'LL CONTINUE WITH MCCARTHY BECOME SPEAKER, AND HOW WOULD THAT CHANGE THE TALKS? SENATOR REID: THAT'S A QUESTION I THINK YOU SHOULD DIRECT TO SOMEONE OVER

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    SENATOR REID

    SENATOR REID: THAT'S A QUESTION I THINK YOU SHOULD DIRECT TO SOMEONE OVER…

    SENATOR REID: THAT'S A QUESTION I THINK YOU SHOULD DIRECT TO SOMEONE OVER IN THE HOUSE. RIGHT NOW YOU WOULD NEED A OUIJA BOARD TO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT. I'M GLAD YOU MENTIONED INDIRECTLY WHAT'S GOING ON THERE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID EARLIER TODAY, VERY EARLY THIS MORNING, WROTE A LETTER TO SPEAKER BOEHNER SAYING THIS BENGHAZI COMMITTEE IS A RIPOFF TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. ALMOST $5 MILLION THEY SPENT ALREADY. THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE MONEY SPENT ON SIX OTHER COMMITTEES WHO CALLED HEARINGS. I DON'T KNOW IF HE MEANT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH, BUT MCCARTHY DID. IT IS A POLITICAL WITCH-HUNT, AND IT REALLY GIVES A NEGATIVE SMELL THAT GOES ON BACK HERE AND THAT'S TOO BAD. WITH THE --

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  • 02:32:07 PM

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1416 (After 594 days)
  • Debate665 Hours
  • Special Orders277 Hours
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