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House Session - November 5, 2015

The House approved 363-64 a six-year highway and transportation funding bill. Members also voted in favor of a motion to instruct conferees in negotiations with the Senate. The House also passed the defense authorization bill by 370-58 margin.

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  • 08:59:56 AM

    HOST

    THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THIS MORNING.

  • 09:00:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN,…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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  • 09:00:13 AM

    LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE…

    LET US PRAY. DEAR GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. WE ASK YOUR SPECIAL BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, THEY FACE DIFFICULT DECISIONS IN DIFFICULT TIMES WITH MANY FORCES AND INTERESTS DEMANDING THEIR ATTENTION. WE ARE GRATEFUL, O GOD, THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THEM THE GOALS OF JUSTICE AND THE DESIGNS OF FREEDOM. REMIND EACH MEMBER THAT IT IS THEIR WORK TO DEVELOP THE STRATEGIES OF ACHIEVING THOSE GOALS AND DESIGNS, BEING MINDFUL OF THE PROMPTING OF YOUR SPIRIT. YOU HAVE GIVEN TO EACH OF THEM AND TO US ALL THE ABILITIES TO DO GOOD WORKS SO WE PRAY THAT WE WILL BE FAITHFUL IN OUR TASKS, RESPONSIBLE IN OUR ACTIONS, AND FERVENT IN OUR DESIRE TO SERVE. BLESS US, O GOD, THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO COME AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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  • 09:01:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:01:36 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 09:01:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, SAY NO. THE AYE VS. T THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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  • 09:01:56 AM

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    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE…

    I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 09:02:01 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION ARE…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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  • 09:02:13 AM

    MR. CONAWAY

    PLEASE JOIN IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED…

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

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  • 09:02:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:02:39 AM

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REND MY REMARKS.

  • 09:02:43 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:02:46 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION DECLARING THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION DECLARING THE CHRISTIANS OF SYRIA, IRAQ, PAKISTAN, IRAN, EGYPT, AND LIBYA AS TARGETS OF GENOCIDE.

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  • 09:02:59 AM

    MAKE THEM ELIGIBLE FOR EXPEDITED REFUGEE AND VISA PROCESSING FOR ENTRY…

    MAKE THEM ELIGIBLE FOR EXPEDITED REFUGEE AND VISA PROCESSING FOR ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES AND GIVE THEM PRIORITY OVER OTHER APPLICANTS. THE SAVE THE CHRISTIANS FROM GENOCIDE ACT IS IMPERATIVE AT THIS TIME. THE ALARM BELL IS RINGING. ANCIENT LONG-STANDING COMMUNITIES OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST ARE BEING MURDERED INDIVIDUALLY AND IN MASS, TARGETED FOR EXTINCTION. UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEADERSHIP OUR GOVERNMENT HAS STOOD BY AND WATCHED THIS CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES AND MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL TO SAVE THE CHRISTIANS FROM GENOCIDE. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS ARE FINDING SAFETY AND ECONOMIC HANDOUTS IN EUROPE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE TRUE TARGETS OF GENOCIDE? WHERE IS THEIR SAFE HAVEN? I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TO SUPPORT THE SAVE THE CHRISTIANS FROM GENOCIDE ACT TO PRIORITIZE OUR IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE POLICY TO SAVE THESE CHRISTIANS WHO ARE FACING BRUTAL EXTENSION. I RISE NOW AND WILL ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. BUT I AT THIS MOMENT WILL SUBMIT IT TO CONGRESS FOR CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:04:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

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

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:04:27 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE THIS MORNING. ON SUNDAY,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE THIS MORNING. ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS TOOK GAME FIVE OF THE WORLD SERIES FROM A VERY GOOD NEW YORK METS TEAM. THEY BEAT THEM IN THE 12TH INNING, AND THEY BRING THE COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY BACK TO KANSAS CITY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS. THE ROYALS' CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON HAD THE BEST RECORD IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, 95 WINS, DEFEATED THE ASTROS IN FIVE GAMES, DEFEATED THE BLUE JAYS IN SIX, AND DEFEATED THE METS IN THE WORLD SERIES IN FIVE GAMES. THESE UNHERALDED COMEBACK KIDS SCORED 51 RUNS IN THE SEVENTH INNING OR AFTER THE POSTSEASON, CHATTERING THE PREVIOUS RECORD BY 15 RUNS.

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  • 09:05:10 AM

    AND EXPRESS SYMPATHY FOR THE LOSERS.

  • 09:05:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT…

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

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  • 09:05:56 AM

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MINUTE.

  • 09:06:07 AM

    MR. LAL MALL IF A

    YEAR. MR. LAL MALL IF A: ESPECIALLY --

  • 09:06:10 AM

    MUCH IS DONE ON SUPPRESSING FIRES AS THEY HAPPEN TO THE TUNE OF HUNDREDS…

    MUCH IS DONE ON SUPPRESSING FIRES AS THEY HAPPEN TO THE TUNE OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SOMETIMES UNPLANNED EMERGENCY FUNDS, AND LOSS OF THE PEOPLE'S ASSET, FORESTLAND AND TREES, IN THAT INVENTORY. WITH IT THE HABITAT, ALL OF THAT VALUE NOT FREQUENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR ON PUBLIC LANDS. WHAT I'M FRUSTRATED BY IS THE LACK OF MOBILIZATION AFTER THE FIRE FOR IMPORTANT SALVAGE WORK NEEDED ON PUBLIC LAND AND HOW IMPORTANT IT BE TIMELY. LARGE TREES AFTER FIRE, MANY CAN BE SALVAGED WITHIN A YEAR AND THEIR VALUE SOLD TO RECOVER COSTS. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR MANY REASONS SUCH AS HABITAT, THE RENEWAL OF THE FOREST, AND CRITICAL PREVENTION OF MASS EROSION INTO OUR STREAMS, RIVERS, LAKES, AND OTHER WATERWAYS. AFTER THE FIRE THE REPLANTINGS WOULD HELP REMITIGATE. THEY SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THEIR OWN TIMELY TREATMENT OF THEIR OWN JURISDICTIONAL PUBLIC LANDS FIRST. WE NEED TIMELY ISSUANCE NOW OF THE PERMITTING THAT FOREST SERVICE AND U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ARE HOLDING IN THEIR HANDS FOR EVEN MODEST WORK STILL PENDING ON 2014 FIRES. I URGE THESE PERMITTING ENTITIES TO EXPEDITE THE PAPERWORK NOW TO SALVAGE WHAT WE CAN OF 2014 TIMBER BURN THAT HAS LITTLE TIME LEFT TO SALVAGE AT A VALUE THAT WILL HELP TAXPAYERS.

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  • 09:07:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. 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. REVISE AND…

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

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  • 09:07:36 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:07:38 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART TO CONVEY MY THOUGHTS AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE WITH A HEAVY HEART TO CONVEY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND SUPPORT FOR THE STUDENTS, THE FACULTY, AND THE STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT MERCED IN MY DISTRICT. ONE OF THE RISING STARS, THE NEWEST UNIVERSITY IN THE U.C. SYSTEM. 11 YEARS OLD WITH 6,700 STUDENTS. YESTERDAY WAS A VERY SAD AND UNFORTUNATE DAY. AN INCIDENT OCCURRED WHERE FOUR INDIVIDUALS WERE STABBED BY A STUDENT ON CAMPUS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT I AM TOLD THAT THEY WILL ALL RECOVER. BUT IT WAS A TRAGIC ACT OF VIOLENCE. THE CAMPUS WAS SHUT DOWN. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE ALL PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA CAMPUS AT MER STEAD. A -- MERCED. A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT I AM HONORED TO REPRESENT. I'M TOUCHED BUT NOT SURPRISED BY THE COURAGE, BRAVE THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE SHOWN DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. AND I AM ALSO NOT SURPRISED BY THE AMOUNT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT THAT HAS COME TOGETHER OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS. THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY AND THE CHANCELLOR, THEIR FACULTY HAVE BUILT A TREMENDOUS SUPPORT WITHIN THE MERCED CAMPUS. IT'S VERY SPECIAL AND I KNOW EVERYBODY IS REACHING OUT TO SUPPORT EVERYONE AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. AGAIN, MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. FACULTY, THE STUDENTS, AND THE ADMINISTRATION. WE, TOO, ARE ALL UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA MERCED BOBCATS. STAY STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. WE ARE ALL WITH YOU. GOD BLESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:09:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

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

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

  • 09:09:39 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:09:41 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO STAFF SERGEANT RYAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO STAFF SERGEANT RYAN HAMMOND OF MOUNDSVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA. HE WAS ONE OF SIX AIRMEN KILLED LAST MONTH WHEN THEIR C-130 CRASHED.

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  • 09:09:58 AM

    NAYIVE -- A NATIVE, HE JOINED AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. ON TUESDAY I JOINED WITH…

    NAYIVE -- A NATIVE, HE JOINED AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. ON TUESDAY I JOINED WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HONOR HIS LIFE, SERVICE, AND SACRIFICE IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMENTTARY. THE BURIAL SERVICE WAS A REMINDER THAT THE EXPENSE OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM IS STEEP. ROW AFTER ROW OF WHITEHEAD STONES WITH NAMES OF AMERICANS WHO GAVE THEIR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. DOZENS OF HIS FELLOW SQUADRON MEMBERS PAID TRIBUTE TO STAFF SERGEANT HAMMOND DURING THE AIR MOANY. AS THEY FILED PAST, THEY LAID THEIR WINGS UPON HIS COFFIN. A FINAL SALUTE TO A YOUNG AIRMAN WHO FOLLOWED HIS DREAM OF FLYING. THERE WAS NOT A DRY EYE AT THE GRAVESITE. THOMAS PAYNE SAID 200 YEARS AGO, THOSE WHO EXPECT TO REAP THE BLESSINGS OF FREEDOM MUST UNDERGO THE FATIGUE OF SUPPORTING IT. I OFFER MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY, HIS WIFE, HIS PARENTS, HIS FRIENDS, STAFF SERGEANT HAM MON WILL BE MISSED BUT HIS SACRIFICES WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:11:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. 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. REVISE AND…

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

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  • 09:11:17 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:11:35 AM

    WIND BLOWN DUST CONTAINING ARSENIC AND PEST AT THIS TIDES CAN CAUSE…

    WIND BLOWN DUST CONTAINING ARSENIC AND PEST AT THIS TIDES CAN CAUSE RESPIRATORY STRESS IN KIDS AND SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITIES. IT MAY REDUCE HOME VALUES AND HARM OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY, COSTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, FOR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN STUDY AFTER STUDY BUT NO CONCRETE ACTION. BUT TODAY AT THE SULTAN SEAS RED HILL BAY, WE BREAK DOWNED ON THE FIRST LARGE-SCALE PROJECT TO HELP PREVENT DUST EXPOSURE AND PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. IMAGINE A SULTAN SEA THAT HOSTS THE LARGEST RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRIAL PARK IN THE NATION, CREATING JOBS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WHILE PRESERVING WILDLIFE HABITAT AND PREVENTING THE NOXIOUS DUST OUR CHILDREN MAY BREATHE. IMAGINE A SULTAN SEA THAT ONCE AGAIN ATTRACTS TOURISTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE. THIS IS MY VISION FOR THE SULTAN SEA AND TODAY WE TOOK THE FIRST STEP TO MAKING THIS VISION A REALITY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:12:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. BEGINNY --

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  • 09:12:42 AM

    MR. GUINTA

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:12:47 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SALUTE THE GRIZZLY FOOTBALL TEAM, A HIGH SCHOOL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SALUTE THE GRIZZLY FOOTBALL TEAM, A HIGH SCHOOL WITH JUST 1,000 STUDENTS, HAVING AMAZING STORY OF PERSEVERANCE AND ACHIEVEMENT. THANKS TO GREAT COACHING AND HARD WORK, THE TEAM QUALIFIED FOR DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP A FEW YEARS AGO AND HAS SINCE ADVANCED TO DIVISION I. TOUGHEST IN THE GRANITE STATE. EVEN THEIR FANS THOUGHT COMPETING AT THIS LEVEL WOULD BE A TALL ORDER. THE GRIZZLIES ARE UNDEFEATED THIS SEASON. THEY ENTER SATURDAY'S PLAYOFF GAME RANKED NUMBER ONE. THEY GOT THERE WITH EXCITING DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS, BLOCKING PUNTS, AND RETURNING KICKOFFS FOR TOUCHDOWNS. THE GRIZZLIES HAVE THE GRANITE STATE'S FIERCEST LINEBACKING CREW. THEIR KICKER BOOTS 45-YARD FIELD GOALS, HELPING HIS TEAM TO AVERAGE MORE THAN 42 POINTS A GAME. THE RUNNING BACK RUSHED FOR OVER 1,000 YARDS THIS SEASON AND SCORED OVER 20 TOUCHDOWNS. THEY HAVE NEW HAMPSHIRE'S MOST POTENT PASSING ATTACK AND INCREDIBLE LOCAL SUPPORT. THEIR SPIRITED FANS MAKE IT EASY TO LIKE THE GRIZZLIES WHO TAKE ON THE SECOND DISTRICT'S TITANS THIS WEEKEND. I WISH BOTH TEAMS WELL BUT THE GRIZZLIES A LITTLE BETTER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

  • 09:14:06 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TO DISINVIDE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ENCOURAGE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TO DISINVIDE DONALD TRUMP FROM HOSTING THEIR SHOW THIS WEEKEND. MANY MAY BELIEVE THAT MR. TRUMP IS JUST CAUSING CONTROVERSY SO HE CAN GET MEDIA ATTENTION, BUT HIS DIVISIVE AND RACIST RHETORIC HAS VERY TROUBLING AND REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES. MANY BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE SEVERED TIES WITH MR. TRUMP AND EVEN SNL'S OWNER, NBC UNIVERSAL STATED NBC RESPECTED DIGNITY OF ALL PEOPLE ARE CORNERSTONES OF OUR VALUES AND THEY ENDED THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH MR. TRUMP. PERHAPS THIS BLUNDER HAPPENED BECAUSE CURRENTLY THERE IS NO LATINO CAST MEMBER ON SNL. AND THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN TWO IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF "SNL." I HOPE SENATE NIGHT LIVE'S PRODUCERS, RIGHT WRITHERS, AND CAST MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER HOW DONALD TRUMP HOSTING "S.N.L." WILL COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THEIR SHOW. HAVING MR. TRUMP DEGRADES THE QUALITY OF "S.N.L.'S" HUMOR BECAUSE RACISM ISN'T FUNNY IT'S LAZY AND CHEAP. COMEDY HAS THE POWER TO HIGHLIGHT HYPOCRISY OF SOCIETY AND REVEAL IMPORTANT SOCIAL TRUTHS. AND POLITICAL COMMENTARY. "S.N.L." HAS ACHIEVED THAT IN THE PAST. I HOPE IT RETURNS.

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  • 09:15:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:15:37 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE TEXAS SOCIETY OF C.P.A.S ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE TEXAS SOCIETY OF C.P.A.S ON THEIR 100TH BIRTH DAFMENTE AS A LIFETIME MEMBER AND A PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTCY, THEY HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. WHILE NOT IN PLAIN VIEW AND OFTEN NOT RECOGNIZED, C.P.A.S ARE A SPECIAL PART OF OUR COMMUNITIES. THEY DO IMPORTANT OVERSIGHT AND REGULATION WORK THAT IS INTEGRAL TO THE FUNCTIONING OF OUR SOCIETY. BOTTOM LINE, C.P.A.S ARE ESSENTIAL FOR FACILITATING A THRIVING COMMERCIAL SYSTEM. SOME REPORTED T.C.P.A.S PLUG FINANCIAL PREPARATION IN THE EVENT OF DISASTER. THEY ARE DESIGN TO HELP GENERAL PUBLIC IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE TEACHING PEOPLE OUT TO FISH. IN A COMPLEX WORLD, THESE FINANCIAL SKILLS WILL BENEFIT THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. FOR 100 YEARS THE TSCPA IS THROWING THE PROFESSION, MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY, MOLDING LEADERS, AND HELPING OTHERS. ITS GROWTH IS THE EVIDENCE OF ITS SUCCESS. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1915, THEY HAVE GROWN TO 20 CHAPTERS AND MEMBERSHIP OF NEARLY 20,000. I'M A PROUD MEMBER OF THE PROFESSION, PROUD TO BE A C.P.A., PROUD OF THE TSCPA AND I WISH THEM HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON THEIR 100TH BIRTHDAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:16:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:17:12 AM

    MEN FACE SOME UNIQUE HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES SO I RISE TODAY ON…

    MEN FACE SOME UNIQUE HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES SO I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MEN AROUND THE WORLD TO RECOGNIZE NOVEMBER AS MEN'S HEALTH MONTH AND TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR MEN'S HEALTH ISSUES. TODAY, AMERICAN MEN FACE A MORTALITY RATE 41% HIGHER THAN WOMEN. LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR MEN IS 76 YEARS COMPARED TO 81 FOR WOMEN. AMERICAN MEN FACE A HIGHER MORTALITY RATE FOR EIGHT OF THE 10 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH INCLUDING CANCER, LIVER DISEASE AND HEART DISEASE. MEN ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND 4.1 TIMES LIKELY TO COMMIT SUICIDE THAN WOMEN. THESE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES FACING MEN AROUND THE WORLD. EVERY NOVEMBER, MEN AROUND THE WORLD GROW OUT THEIR MUSTACHES TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THESE AND OTHER ISSUES FACING MEN. WHILE I WON'T BE ABLE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN GROWING FACIAL HAIR BUT I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KNOW ABOUT MEN'S HEALTH AND STAY HEALTHY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:18:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. ANY RECORD VOTE ON THE POSTPONED QUESTION WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:18:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 09:18:54 AM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE 1356, AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE BORDER…

    SENATE 1356, AN ACT TO CLARIFY THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE BORDER PATROL AGENT PAY REFORM ACT OF 2014 WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL AFTER THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT PROMULGATES AND MAKES EFFECTIVE REGULATIONS RELATING TO SUCH PROVISIONS.

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  • 09:19:11 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 09:19:20 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 09:19:30 AM

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  • 09:19:31 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

  • 09:19:33 AM

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  • 09:19:36 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME SAY I VERY MUCH VALUE AND APPRECIATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME SAY I VERY MUCH VALUE AND APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP THAT I HAVE ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH. I ALSO VERY MUCH VALUE AND APPRECIATE THE WORK OF OUR STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE DURING WHAT HAS BEEN SOMETHING OF A ROLLER COASTER YEAR. BUT LET ME TAKE JUST A MOMENT TO REVIEW WHERE WE ARE AND HOW WE GOT HERE. MR. SPEAKER, THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE REPORTED OUT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT ON APRIL 29, 2015, BY A VOTE OF 60-2. DURING FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP, 211 AMENDMENTS WERE ADOPTED. ABOUT EVENLY DIVIDED BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. THEN ON THE FLOOR, 131 AMENDMENTS WERE ADOPTED, AGAIN, FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AFTER WEEKS OF CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE, A CONFERENCE REPORT CONTAINING 647 PROVISIONS WAS REPORTED OUT. NOW, THAT CONFERENCE REPORT WAS THE RESULT OF BIPARTISAN EFFORT, BIPARTISAN INPUT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THE CONFERENCE REPORT PASSED THIS HOUSE 270-156 AND THEN IT PASSED THE SENATE BY A VOTE OF 70-27. AND THEN ON OCTOBER 22, THE PRESIDENT VETOED THE BILL TO TRY TO FORCE CONGRESS TO INCREASE SPENDING IN OTHER AREAS. AS "THE WASHINGTON POST" WROTE, IT WAS HISTORIC BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY. WELL, LAST WEEK THE CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT OF 2015, NOT BECAUSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF THE DEFENSE BILL BUT BECAUSE WE WERE UP AGAINST THE DEBT LIMIT AND BECAUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER WAS ON THE WAY OUT AND WAS TRYING TO GET SOME THINGS RESOLVED. SO WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US NOW IS THE SAME BILL AS THE CONFERENCE REPORT WITH FUNDING ADJUSTMENTS TO REFLECT THE BILL WE PASSED LAST WEEK. OTHERWISE, IT'S THE SAME BILL. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY HAS SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT VETO THE BILL THIS TIME, AND SO I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN AN ANOMALY, THAT NEVER AGAIN DOES THE BILL THAT SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS BECOME A POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIP AND A POLITICAL GAME. I WILL SAY OUR TROOPS DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT. THIS BILL HAS A LOT OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS. WE TALKED ABOUT THEM ON THIS FLOOR BEFORE. ACQUISITION REFORM, A NEW RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR THE MILITARY THAT ALLOWS 83% OF THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE, WHO LEAVE WITH NO RETIREMENT TO PUT ASIDE A NEST EGG AND SAVE FOR RETIREMENT, CHANGES TO THE FORMULARY SO IF SOMEONE IS ON A PARTICULAR DRUG FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS WHEN THEY'RE IN THE MILITARY THEY CAN STAY ON THAT DRUG WHEN THEY MOVE TO THE V.A. THIS BILL TAKES ADDITIONAL STEPS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT. IT AUTHORIZES ASSISTANCE -- DEFENSIVE WEAPONS FOR THE UKRAINE. IT GIVES THE PRESIDENT MORE OPTIONS TO ASSIST THE KURDS, THE SUNNIS AND OTHERS WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS. WE TAKE STEPS TO HELP PREVENT -- TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY AGAINST MISSILE ATTACK. IT INCREASES SUPPORT FOR ISRAELI MISSILE DEFENSE BY ABOUT $300 BILLION OVER WHAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED. IT ALLOWS COMMANDERS THE DISCRETION TO DETERMINE WHERE -- WHEN AND WHERE FOLKS ON THEIR MILITARY BASE CAN CARRY PERSONAL FIREARMS. IT SUNSETS A NUMBER OF REPORTS. THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON. BOTTOM LINE, MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS BILL IS GOOD FOR THE TROOPS, GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY, HOPEFULLY ALL THE POLITICAL MANEUVERING IS BEHIND US AND AS WE MOVE INTO VETERANS DAY WE CAN DO THE RIGHT THING AND PASS THIS BILL WITH A VERY, VERY STRONG VOTE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:23:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:23:25 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:23:27 AM

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  • 09:23:30 AM

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS ALWAYS, I THINK HE CORRECTLY DESCRIBED THE PROCESS AND THE WORK THAT WENT INTO IT. IT'S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. THERE ARE MANY, MANY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT WE ARGUED OVER AND REACHED CONSENSUS BUT REALLY THIS BILL IS A REFLECTION OF THE WAY CONGRESS SHOULD FUNCTION. IT GOES THROUGH COMMITTEE, IT GOES THROUGH THE HOUSE, IT GOES THROUGH THE SENATE COMMITTEE, SENATE AND THEN WE CONFERENCE AND DISCUSS THOSE ISSUES AND I THINK THIS YEAR REFLECTS THAT AS WELL. WE HAD A ROBUST DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS PARTICIPATING. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK. THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO WORK VERY, VERY HARD ON ALL OF THOSE PROVISIONS. I THINK IT WAS 647 THAT THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. OUR STAFF IS SECOND TO NONE AND I THANK THEM FOR THAT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND ALL THE MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS BIPARTISAN PROCESS. AS THE CHAIRMAN STATED, WE HAVE A GOOD PRODUCT THAT TAKES SOME IMPORTANT STEPS ON ACQUISITION REFORM. IT TAKES SOME CRITICAL STEPS ON REFORMING OUR RETIREMENT SYSTEM IN A WAY I THINK WILL BENEFIT THE TROOPS AND IT DOES ALL THE OTHER THINGS THE CHAIRMAN SAID IT DOES. I WILL SAY THE POLITICAL MANEUVERING THAT THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED IS NOT IRRELEVANT BECAUSE THAT IS THE ONE PLACE THIS BILL STILL ISN'T QUITE THERE AND THAT IS ON GETTING RID OF THE BUDGET CAPS AND THAT'S WHAT ALL OF THAT MANEUVERING WAS ABOUT WAS THE ORIGINAL APPROACH TO THIS WAS TO KEEP THE BUDGET CAPS IN PLACE AND SIMPLY FIND O.C.O. MONEY. NOW, THE BUDGET AGREEMENT UPED THE BUDGET CAPS FOR A COUPLE YEARS, STILL USED O.C.O. MONEY. IT MADE PROGRESS BUT STILL DIDN'T GET US THERE. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THAT ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT OUR TROOPS AND NATIONAL SECURITY. UNTIL WE FINALLY GET RID OF THE BUDGET CAPS AND ALLOW FOR A PREDICTABLE AT LEAST FIVE IF NOT 10-YEAR FUTURE FOR OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY WILL BE AT RISK. NOW, IT'S GREAT THAT WE GOT TWO YEARS. IT'S GREAT THAT WE GOT THIS ONE BILL, BUT AS MANY, MANY PEOPLE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, PAST SECRETARY BOB GATES MENTIONED, THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THE LAST FIVE YEARS OF UNPREDICTABLE BUDGETS, C.R.'S, THREATENED SHUTDOWNS, ACTUAL SHUTDOWNS, BUDGET CAPS, ALL OF THAT HAS MADE IT VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE PENTAGON TO PLAN IN THE WAY THAT THEY WOULD LIKE. SO THE MANEUVERING THAT WE WENT THROUGH TO GET TO THIS POINT IS FAR FROM IRRELEVANT TO WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR TROOPS. I THINK IT'S CENTRAL TO IT. AND EVEN NOW WITHIN THIS BILL WE DON'T HAVE AS MUCH MONEY FOR READINESS AS I THINK ANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE AND WE DON'T HAVE THAT PREDICTABILITY PAST TWO YEARS. TWO YEARS IS GREAT BUT WE NEED TO GET PAST THAT, GET PAST THE BUDGET CAPS, BUILD IN SOME PREDICTABILITY GOING FORWARD. SO WHILE IT WAS FRUSTRATING, OBVIOUSLY, TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND HAVE IT VETOED, ONCE THE BUDGET WAS RESOLVED, WE PUT OURSELVES IN BETTER POSITION AND WE HAVE A GREAT BILL AND A BILL I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT AND I BELIEVE IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR TROOPS AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. AGAIN, I'LL EMPHASIZE THIS HOUSE WILL NOT TRULY GET THERE UNTIL WE HAVE A MORE PREDICTABLE BUDGET FUTURE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND NOT JUST THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. AS I MENTIONED IN EARLIER DEFENSE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT AMONGST MANY OTHERS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THEY, TOO, NEED SOME BUDGET CERTAINTY AND FREEDOM FROM THE CAPS AND SEQUESTRATION. SO ALL OF THAT I THINK WAS VERY, VERY RELATIVE -- RELATIVE -- RELEVANT TO MAKING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY STRONGER AND ADEQUATELY PROTECTING OUR TROOPS. SO I'M PLEASED TO STAND UP TO SUPPORT THE BILL TODAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO IT MOVING FORWARD AGAIN. I THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR VERY, VERY HARD WORK FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:27:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:27:41 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

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

  • 09:27:44 AM

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  • 09:27:46 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE HOUSE DEPARTS FOR THE VETERANS DAY RECESS, I THINK IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE HOUSE DEPARTS FOR THE VETERANS DAY RECESS, I THINK IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HONOR VETERANS WITH MORE THAN OUR WORDS. WE SHOULD HONOR THEM AND WHAT THEY SACRIFICED FOR WITH OUR VOTES AS WELL. SO OVER THE NEXT FEW MINUTES, I'M GOING TO BE HONORED TO YIELD TO SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO ARE COMBAT VETERANS THEMSELVES, AND I'D LIKE TO START FIRST AND IN MANY WAYS FOREMOST WITH THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, MR. SAM JOHNSON, TO WHOM I YIELD TWO MINUTES.

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  • 09:28:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 09:28:22 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, TODAY I COME TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. YOU KNOW, TODAY I COME TO THE FLOOR ON BEHALF OF ALL OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. AS A 29-YEAR AIR FORCE VETERAN AND P.O.W., I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE MISSION SUCCESS. YOU KNOW, FOR MILITARY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, TROOPS NEED ADEQUATE FUNDING SO THEY CAN CARRY OUT THEIR MISSIONS SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. TROOPS ALSO NEED THE SUPPORT OF THEIR PRESIDENT, THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF. BECAUSE I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE WHEN I SAY THIS I SAY IT BECAUSE IN VIETNAM WE HAD NEITHER. YOU SEE, DUE TO CONSOLIDATION AT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, THE PLANES I FLEW IN VIETNAM WERE REALLY NAVY AIRCRAFT. THEY WEREN'T EQUIPPED FOR AIR-TO-GROUND COMBAT. THE PENTAGON HUNG GUN PODS ON THEM BUT ITS SUCCESS RATE WAS ABOUT 50%. THAT'S JUST NOT THE TYPE OF ODDS YOU WANT GOING INTO BATTLE. ON MY 25TH MISSION IN VIETNAM, I WAS HIT FROM GROUND FIRE AND TRIED TO FIGHT BACK BUT COULDN'T BECAUSE THE GUN JAMMED. ENEMY SHOTS CAUGHT MY RIGHT ENGINE ON FIRE AND I EJECTED JUST BEFORE THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED. THE VIET CONGRESS CAUGHT ME AND EVENTUALLY -- THE VIETTE CONG CAUGHT ME AND I SPENT THE ALMOST SEVEN YEARS OF MY LIFE. SOMETHING I WONDER ABOUT IS IF THINGS WOULD HAVE TURNED OUT DIFFERENTLY HAD THE AIR FORCE HAD PROPERLY EQUIPPED PLANES AND MY GUN HADN'T JAMMED. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS, IT'S VITAL PRIORITY OF MINE TO ENSURE OUR TROOPS TODAY DON'T RUN INTO THE SAME PROBLEMS I DID. AMERICA CAN'T DEFEND ITS NATIONAL SECURITY IF OUR TROOPS DON'T HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THIS BILL TODAY. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR OUR DEPLOYED TROOPS WHO ARE IN HARM'S WAY. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 09:30:36 AM

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  • 09:30:38 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND FORCES, THE GENTLELADY FROM -- SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ.

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  • 09:30:47 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:30:49 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY COUNTERPART, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TACTICAL AIR, LAND, FORCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. TURNER, BECAUSE WE HAVE WORKED IN A VERY BIPARTISAN WAY. SO OUR COMMITTEE REALLY LOOKS AT THE PROCUREMENT OF THINGS BOTH FOR LAND AND FOR AIR. AND WE HAVE A LOT OF HELP IN DOING THAT. I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY THANK OUR STAFF DOUG, JOHN, JAMES, AND JOHN FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK IN GETTING THIS DONE. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE PARTS OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE IN THE BILL WE HAVE TODAY. SO WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WE FOUND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROGRAMS THAT WERE BEHIND SCHEDULE, THAT WERE NOT PERFORMING. SOME THAT JUST DIDN'T MAKE SENSE ANYMORE. AND WE TOOK THAT MONEY AND WE DIVERTED IT INTO PLACES THAT I BELIEVE ARE SERVICE -- OUR SERVICE MEMBERS NEED. U.A.V.'S, ARMORED VEHICLES, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, TACTICAL MISSILES, NATIONAL GUARD EQUIPMENT, AND A WIDE RANGE OF INDIVIDUAL SOLDIER ITEMS. I ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT, FOR EXAMPLE, ARMY NATIONAL GUARD NEEDS TO REPLACE ITS AGING HELICOPTERS. SO WE HAVE FOCUSED ON THAT. THAT WAS WITHIN OF MY THINGS THAT I FOCUSED ON. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE CALIFORNIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD THEY ARE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN FIGHTING ALL OF THESE FOREST FIRES THAT WE HAVE. BUT THEY CAN'T DO IT WITH AGING EQUIPMENT. IT'S A PRIORITY FOR ME IN THIS YEAR'S BILL TO FUND UH-60 BLACKHAWK HELICOPTERS AND TO ENSURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MODERNIZED BLACKHAWKS INTO THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. I'M ALSO PROUD THIS YEAR'S BILL CONTINUES TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY BARRIERS WHICH DELAY THE SERVICES FROM EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. IT IS TIME FOR THE U.S. ARMED FORCES TO STOP EXCLUDING SERVICE MEMBERS FROM SERVING IN CERTAIN ROLES DUE ONLY TO THEIR GENDER. FEMALE SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SERVE IN ALL UNITS AND ALL SPECIALTIES. AS LONG AS THEY MEET THE STANDARDS. FINALLY, AS A MEMBER OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, I AM -- REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT THE BLOATED NUCLEAR WEAPONS BUDGET. I HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE WE WILL SUPPORT MORE IN NONPROLIFERATION PROGRAMS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:33:17 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:33:20 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A VETERAN OF THE IRAQ CONFLICT WHO…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A VETERAN OF THE IRAQ CONFLICT WHO ALSO CHAIRS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, DR. HECK.

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  • 09:33:30 AM

    THE CHAIR

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  • 09:33:33 AM

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL, I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY'S EFFORTS TO FINALIZE THIS LEGISLATION. HIS DEDICATION TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, FAMILIES, VETERANS, SURVIVORS IS UNSURPASSED. SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RAISE THEIR RIGHT HAND, VOLUNTEER TO PICK UP A WEAPON, AND STAND A POST IN A FAR OFF LAND THAT MAKE OUR NATION GREAT IS A PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE. TODAY WITH THE ADOPTION OF THIS LEGISLATION WE ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. INCLUDED IN THIS BILL ARE PERSONNEL PROVISIONS THAT WILL ALLOW US TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, MAINTAIN AN AGILE MILITARY FORCE, AND ENSURE OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN RECEIVE THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. THIS INCLUDES A NEW RETIREMENT PLAN THAT PROVIDES A BENEFIT FOR THE ROUGHLY 83% OF THE FORCE WHO SERVE LESS THAN 20 YEARS AND CURRENTLY LEAVE WITH NOTHING. IT AUTHORIZES THE SPECIAL PAYS AND BONUS THAT IS ARE CRATE CAL TO MAINTAINING THE ALL VOLUNTEER FORCE. IT PROTECTS IMPORTANT NONMONETARY COMPENSATION BENEFITS LIKE A ROBUST COMMISSARY AND EXCHANGE SYSTEM. IT MANDATES A JOINT UNIFORM DRUG FORMULARY BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SO THAT TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE MEDICATION THAT IS ARE WORKING FOR THEM WHEN THEY LEAVE ACTIVE SERVICE. AND IT PROVIDES ENHANCED PROTECTIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS TO INCLUDE PROTECTING VICTIMS FROM RETALIATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, THEIR FAMILIES, OUR VETERANS, AND SURVIVORS AND SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:35:06 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:35:11 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MILITARY PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE, MRS. DAVIS FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 09:35:16 AM

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  • 09:35:19 AM

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND MY…

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND MY COLLEAGUE, DR. HECK, OUR CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. ALONG WITH THE COMMITTEE STAFF FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO INCORPORATE THE BUDGET CHANGES FROM THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT INTO THE NDAA. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL HEADED BACK TO THE PRESIDENT SO THAT IT CAN BE SIGNED INTO LAW QUICKLY. THE BILL INCLUDES MANY GOOD PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE OUR MILITARY. IT TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARD PERSONNEL REFORM BY INCLUDING RECOMMENDSES FROM THE MILITARY COMPENSATION AND RETIREMENT MODERNIZATION COMMISSION. A KEY PROVISION IS A MODERNIZATION OF THE MILITARY RETIREMENT SYSTEM. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED BEFORE, THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, I THINK, FOR EVERYONE, WHILE MAINTAINING THE 20-YEAR DEFINED RETIREMENT THE THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN IS ADDED NOT JUST FOR RETIREES BUT ALL SERVICE MEMBERS. THIS WILL POSITIVELY IMPACT THE 83% OF THE FORCE THAT LEAVES PRIOR TO THE 20-YEAR MARK. THE NDAA ALSO CONTINUES THE COMMITTEE'S CRIT CAT WORK TOWARDS THE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT. ALTHOUGH THE BILL ALLOWS FOR SOME PILOT PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, WE NEED TO DO MORE. I'M PLEASED THAT CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY HAS ASKED THE MILITARY PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE TO BEGIN WORKING ON REFORMING THE MILITARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IMPORTANT ISSUES CLEARLY ARE ADDRESSED IN THIS BILL AND I SUPPORT MANY OF THE PROVISIONS AND ALL THE HARD WORK THAT WENT INTO IT, BUT AS WE KNOW, NATIONAL SECURITY IS BORN FROM MANY FACTIONS, INCLUDING THE EDUCATION OF OUR PEOPLE, INVESTMENT IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AND THE SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT PROVIDES FOR THESE INVESTMENTS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. WE MUST CAPITALIZE ON THE TIME PROVIDED EVEN FIX THE NATIONAL BUDGET SO THAT WE DON'T FIND OURSELVES BACK IN THE SAME SITUATION WE WERE IN JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS FAR TOO IMPORTANT. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 09:37:16 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:37:21 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A COMBAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO A COMBAT VETERAN FROM BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER.

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  • 09:37:29 AM

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  • 09:37:31 AM

    I THANK SHALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THERE'S A LOT OF NEGATIVE OUT…

    I THANK SHALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS. THERE'S A LOT OF NEGATIVE OUT THERE IN THIS HOUSE. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN. A LOT ABOUT -- I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE GOOD. SOME OF THE GOOD ARE THE PEOPLE THAT COME FROM THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT PUT ON THE UNIFORM OF ALL OUR VARIOUS ARMED FORCES AND STAND AS THE LINE BETWEEN CHAOS AND THE LINE BETWEEN ORDER. THE LINE BETWEEN GOOD AND THE LINE BETWEEN EVIL. WE KNOW IN THE LAST DECADE WE HAD A NUMBER OF TROOPS ENGAGED IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND ALL OVER THE GLOBE IN THE WAR ON TERROR, KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE. IN SOME CASES VERY DISTANT FROM THEIR FAMILY. AND SOME CASES THEY HAVE TO GIVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. AND WE KNOW THAT TODAY IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, AND UNTOLD AREAS, AND OTHER PLACE THAT IS WE HAVE MEN AND WOMEN STILL DEFENDING THIS COUNTRY FROM THE POTENTIAL NEXT ATTACK. THE BEST THING THAT WE CAN DO IN THIS BODY, WE DEBATE BUDGETS AND THAT'S IMPORTANT, BUT THE BEST THING THAT WE CAN DO, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO, IS EQUIP THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED, WITH THE PAY THEY NEED, WITH THE BENEFITS THEY NEED TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILY. AND THAT WE CAN ALLEVIATE A LITTLE BIT OF THE PAIN AND LONELINESS THEY MAY FEEL WHEN THEY ARE SEPARATED ON A BATTLEFIELD. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR WORKING TOGETHER. I WOULD ASK FOR THIS TO PASS IN A UNANIMOUS WAY, IF WE COULD, AND I WOULD ASK THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:39:11 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SEA POWER AND PROJECT -- SCOMBROKETTED FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. COURTNEY OF CONNECTICUT.

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REVISED DEFENSE BILL WHICH RESTORES THE…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REVISED DEFENSE BILL WHICH RESTORES THE STRONG BIPARTISAN TRADITION OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. IN PARTICULAR, THE SEA POWER PORTION EXPANDS SHIPBUILDING TO ENSURE OUR NATION TODAY IS BUILDING THE SHIPS WE NEED TOMORROW. THE BILL AUTHORIZES OVER $17 BILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NINE NEW SHIPS, INCLUDING TWO ATTACK SUBSEQUENT, TWO DESTROYERS, A NEW OILER, AND COMPLETION OF AN LPD AM FIB. IT CONTINUES WORK ON A NEW CARRIER AND OVERHAUL OF ONE OF OUR CURRENT CARRIERS N THIS BILL WE ARE PROVIDING THE RESOURCES TO KEEP OUR NAVY ON TRACK TO BUILD A FORCE OF OVER 300 SHIPS. THIS PROGRESS STANDS IN STARK CONTRAST TO WHERE WE WERE NEARLY A DECADE AGO BUILDING ONLY FOUR OR FIVE SHIPS A YEAR. A CRITICAL MISTAKE WHICH DECIMATED THE SIZE OF OUR FLEET. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES THE NATIONAL SEA BASE DETERRENCE FUND TO ALOUT NAVY TO BUILD NEW BALLISTIC SUBSEQUENT. TO BE CLEAR, THIS PROGRAM IS NOT ABOUT BUILDING ONE SUBMARINE CLASS, IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE THE NAVY AND OUR NATION HAS THE FULL RANGE OF SHIPS AND SUBMARINES IT NEEDS IN THE FEW TUMPLETE BUILDING ON OUR WORK TO START THE FUND LAST YEAR THE BILL TODAY ADDS TO THE RANGE OF AUTHORITIES THE NAVY CAN USE TO DESIGN AND BUILD BALLISTIC SUBS IN THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE WAFMENTE JUST LAST WEEK THE NONPARTISAN C.B.O. LOOKED AT THE SEA POWER INITIATIVE AND FOUND IF WE FUNDED THE PURCHASE OF HIGHER REPLACEMENT SUBMARINES THROUGH THE NATIONAL SEA BASE DETERRENCE FUND, THE NAVY COULD POTENTIALLY SAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS PER SUBMARINE. THAT'S PART OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK THIS BILL REPRESENTS. I URGE SUPPORT OF THE REVISED NDAA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:41:06 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER COMBAT VETERAN OF AMERICA'S…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER COMBAT VETERAN OF AMERICA'S RECENT WARS WHO ALSO SERVES AS THE VICE CHAIR OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEA POWER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RAFMENT, -- CALIFORNIA, MR. HUNTER.

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  • 09:41:22 AM

    ADAM SMITH FROM WASHINGTON AND MAC THORNBERRY FROM TEXAS, WE HAVE WISE…

    ADAM SMITH FROM WASHINGTON AND MAC THORNBERRY FROM TEXAS, WE HAVE WISE LEADERS. WISE LEADERS WHO ARE GOING TO BE HERE WHEN THE GENERALS TERM OUT. WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION TERMS OUT. WHEN THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHANGES OVER, OVER AND OVER. GUESS WHO'S HERE? IT WILL BE MAC THORNBERRY AND ADAM SMITH, MIKE ROGERS, MIKE TURNER, RANDY FORBES. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY WHOSE JOB IT IS WHO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY IN D.C. AND THEY CARE ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. BECAUSE THERE IS NO SOCIAL SECURITY WITHOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. WHAT THIS BILL IS, WHAT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS, IS OUR SOLEMN PROMISE TO OUR PEOPLE WHO GO FIGHT FOR US. IT'S US PROMISING THEM THAT WE WILL LOOK OUT FOR THEM. THAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR THEM. WE WILL GIVE THEM WHAT IS NEEDED TO DO THEIR JOB. I'LL TELL YOU, WHEN THE GUYS GO KICK DOWN DOORS, WHEN THE GUYS ARE OUT IN THE FREEZING COLD WEATHER OR THE HOT HUE MADE WEATHER, EVERY DAY, DAY -- HUMID WEATHER, EVERY DAY, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WE ARE HERE IN OUR SUITS AND TIES, AIR CONDITIONED BUILDING, THIS IS OUR SOLEMN PROMISE TO THEM. WE ARE GOING TO HIP. NO MATTER WHERE THE PRESIDENT SENDS YOU, THE CONGRESS WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED TO DO YOUR JOB. I DID THREE TOURS. TWO IN IRAQ AND ONE IN AFGHANISTAN. WHILE MY FATHER WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE HERE IN D.C. I'LL TELL YOU THAT GAVE ME A PERSPECTIVE OF CONGRESS NEEDS TO WATCH OUR BACKS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE OUT THERE DOING THEIR JOBS. ON THE SHIPS DAY AND NIGHT. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE DOING. THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT. WITHOUT THIS, NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. WITHOUT THIS, THE EX-IM BANK DOESN'T MATTER. WITHOUT THIS THE TRANSPORTATION BILL DOESN'T MATTER. IT'S ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY. MAKING SURE THAT WE REMAIN A FREE NATION. ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERS WHO DO THIS AND PUT THIS BILL TOGETHER AND WORK ON THIS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY AND ADAM SMITH. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS FOR THE COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:43:30 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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  • 09:43:34 AM

    I THANK CONGRESS MANHUNTER FOR HIS KIND WORDS FOR MR. THORNBERRY AND I.…

    I THANK CONGRESS MANHUNTER FOR HIS KIND WORDS FOR MR. THORNBERRY AND I. IT'S REALLY THE WHOLE COMMITTEE, AND THRICK THE STAFF THAT PUTS THIS TOGETHER. I THINK THE STAFF THAT I'M MOST IMPRESSED W THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY 100% DEDICATED TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY. I THINK MR. HUNTER IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. IT IS THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE IS TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY AND TO GIVE THE TROOPS THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN THAT VENTURE. I WAS PARTICULARLY MOVED BY CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON'S COMMENTS ABOUT NOT HAVING THE EQUIPMENT THAT HE NEEDED IN VIETNAM. I THANK MR. THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T REPEAT THAT MISTAKE. I THINK WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL TO MAKE SURE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, HAVE THE TRAINING THAT THEY NEED TO PERFORM THE MISSIONS THAT WE ASK THEM TO DO. I THANK CONGRESS MANHUNTER AND CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON. I THINK BOTH THEIR WORDS WERE VERY WELL SAID. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER VETERAN OF THE IRAQ…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER VETERAN OF THE IRAQ CONFLICT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. STIVERS.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING TIME.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING TIME. THIS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS REALLY IMPORTANT. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND AS A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY I HAVE RAISED MY RIGHT ARM AND TAKEN AN OATH TO PROTECT AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. IN FACT, DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY IS OUR PRIMARY DUTY AS POLICYMAKERS HERE IN WASHINGTON. I'M PLEASED THAT THE BUDGET AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR A NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO GET PASSED NOW. IT WAS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT THE PRESIDENT CHOSE TO VETO THAT OVER DOMESTIC SPENDING PRIORITIES. BUT I'M GLAD THAT WE ARE HERE WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY FIX SOME OF THE THINGS THAT NEED FIXED. THIS BILL, AS YOU HAVE THIS BILL, AS YOU HEARD, PROTECTS 83% OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DON'T REACH 20 YEARS OF SERVICE, ALLOWS THEM TO WALK AWAY WITH SOMETHING. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL WILL HELP REDUCE THE INSTANCE OF SUICIDE AMONG OUR MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, AND SUICIDE IS AN EPIDEMIC IN OUR MILITARY RIGHT NOW. THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OVER THE LAST 10 OR 15 YEARS, AND WE NEED TO GIVE THEM THE HELP THEY NEED. THIS BILL HELPS DO THAT. THIS BILL MAKES VERY IMPORTANT OTHER REFORMS IN THE ACQUISITION PROCESS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT GETS THE SOLDIERS IN HARM'S WAY THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB, AND I THINK THAT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE PASS THIS BILL BEFORE VETERANS DAY TO SEND A SIGNAL TO OUR TROOPS ALL ACROSS THE WORLD THAT WE HAVE THEIR BACK, AND WHEN THEY ANSWER THE NATION'S CALL AND WE SEND THEM INTO HARM'S WAY, WE'RE GOING TO GET THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO DO THE JOB AND HELP THEM RETURN HOME SAFELY. FOR THOSE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS BILL AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL RESERVE. WE ARE WAITING FOR A COUPLE MORE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WILL RESERVE. WE ARE WAITING FOR A COUPLE MORE SPEAKERS.

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  • 09:46:52 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER VETERAN OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER VETERAN OF AMERICA'S MORE RECENT WARS AND A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, DR. WENSTRUP.

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    THANK YOU. I SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY RESERVES SINCE 1998. IN 2005, 2006, I…

    THANK YOU. I SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY RESERVES SINCE 1998. IN 2005, 2006, I DEPLOYED TO IRAQ FOR ONE YEAR. THERE WERE TIMES DURING THAT DEPLOYMENT WHEN WE WONDERED IF POLITICIANS AT HOME HAD OUR BACK, BUT WE NEVER WONDERED IF THE PRESIDENT DID. WE KNEW HE DID. THIS PRESIDENT, LET'S NOT GIVE OUR TROOPS PAUSE NOW. PLEASE SIGN THIS BILL. TROOPS SERVING OVERSEAS WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT POLITICIANS IN D.C. ARE BEHIND HIM. WITH CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH, I'M HERE TO TELL OUR TROOPS RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE THEIR BACK. WE HAVE TROOPS SERVING IN HARM'S WAY EVERY DAY, AND THEIR MISSIONS ARE EXPANDING. LET'S LEAVE NO QUESTION IN THEIR MINDS ABOUT THE SUPPORT HERE AT HOME. THIS LEGISLATION, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT, GIVES OUR TROOPS AND MILITARY FAMILIES THE CERTAINTY THEY NEED AS THEY SERVE. TROOPS STATIONED ALL OVER THE WORLD IN DESS PER ATE AND DANGEROUS -- DESPERATE AND DANGEROUS PLACES VETOED THIS ACT. A DANGEROUS ACT IN MY MIND. SIGN THIS BILL SO OUR TROOPS KNOW WE HAVE THEIR BACK. SIGN THIS BILL SO OUR MILITARY CAN ADEQUATELY PLAN FOR THE THREATS WE FACE AND CONTINUE TO FACE THROUGH 2016 FROM CHINA TO RUSSIA TO ISIS TO IRAN TO NORTH KOREA. NATIONAL SECURITY IS SOMETHING NOT TO BE JUGGLED AROUND. LET'S PASS AND SIGN THIS BILL SO MILITARY FAMILIES DON'T HAVE TO WORRY. NATIONAL SECURITY IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY. LET'S GIVE THEM SOME ASSURANCE IN A WORLD OF UNCERTAINTY. VETERANS DAY IS FAST APPROACHING. LET'S GET THIS CRITICAL DEFENSE BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE IN HONOR OF EVERY MAN AND WOMAN THAT HAS EVER WORN THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EMERGING THREATS CAPABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LANGEVIN OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 09:49:12 AM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I FIRST WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, PARTICULARLY CHAIRMAN WILSON AND MEMBERS OF THE EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITY SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. THE NDAA MOVES US FORWARD ON SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, FROM CYBERSPACE TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TO THE INTEGRATION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, SUCH AS DIRECTED ENERGY, TO THE CHALLENGES OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS, COUNTERTERRORISM AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE. THE NDAA ALSO INVESTS PROPERLY IN CRUCIAL CAPABILITIES SUCH AS THE OHIO REPLACEMENT PROGRAM, THE VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINES THAT ARE BUILT, STARTING IN MY DISTRICT IN RHODE ISLAND, THE VIRGINIA PAYLOAD MODULE, THE UNMANNED SYSTEMS. I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THE BUDGET APPROACH REFLECTED IN THIS BILL IS THE RESULT OF THE CONSIDERED COMPROMISE THAT WAS REACHED LAST WEEK. THAT FRAMEWORK PAVES A FISCAL PATH THAT INVESTS IN ALL DEPARTMENTS AND ALL ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER AND NOT JUST DEFENSE. THAT AGREEMENT AND THE NDAA BEFORE US THIS MORNING ECHOES THAT VERY POINT AND IT DEMONSTRATES WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THE HARD WORK OF LEGISLATING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED US TO DO. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE BILL GETS IT WRONG, THOUGH, IN A FEW AREAS. MOST NOTABLY ON THE PROVISIONS RELATED TO GUANTANAMO. HOWEVER, NO BILL IS PERFECT, AND IN A NET ASSESSMENT, I BELIEVE THIS BILL REFLECTS A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT WILL PROPERLY PROVIDE FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING IT. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK THAT THEY DID TOGETHER IN BRINGING THE BILL TO THIS POINT. AND THE TIRELESS STAFF WHO ARE NOT OFTEN RECOGNIZED LIKE THEY SHOULD BE AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR WORK AND ALL COLLECTIVELY ON THIS NDAA THIS YEAR, AND I'M READY -- I'M ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO WORK ON NEXT YEAR'S BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER COMBAT VETERAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ANOTHER COMBAT VETERAN FROM BOTH IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY.

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  • 09:52:02 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK ON THIS BILL OVER THE LAST…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR WORK ON THIS BILL OVER THE LAST YEAR AND ALSO OF OUR COLLEAGUES WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A GOOD BILL THAT GIVES OUR TROOPS EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND KEEP IT SAFE. I COMMANDED TROOPS IN COMBAT. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE READY TO DEPLOY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TROOPS THAT ARE AT HOME, ON ALERT OR DEPLOYED IN HARM'S WAY THAT THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, THE TRAINING AND THE CERTAINTY THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO KEEP US SAFE. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RAISE THEIR RIGHT HAND THAT ARE RIGHT NOW OUT THERE ON THE FRONT LINES, PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, AND THE LAST THING THEY NEED IS MORE UNCERTAINTY. THE PRESIDENT'S VETO LAST WEEK GIVES THEM UNCERTAINTY, AND WE NEED TO STOP THAT RIGHT NOW TODAY. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PUSH PAST SOME OF THE ISSUES WITH OUR COLLEAGUES, AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. A COUPLE PROVISIONS JUST RELATED TO MY DISTRICT. WE GOT PROTECTIONS FOR THE A-10, VERY IMPORTANT ASSETS THAT ARE DEPLOYED RIGHT NOW IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD, SAVING AMERICAN LIVES. THIS BILL PROTECTS THOSE ASSETS FROM BEING RETIRED. IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL TO PASS TO SHOW CERTAINTY TO OUR TROOPS THAT WE GOT THEIR BACK. WE ALSO HAVE MISSIONS, ASMETH RICKAL CAPABILITIES SUPPORT -- ASYMMETRICAL CAPABILITIES, AND UNLIKE SAM JOHNSON AND HIS EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM, WE'VE GOT TO SHOW THE TROOPS THAT WE GOT THEIR BACKS. THIS BILL HAS IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN IT ACROSS THE BOARD TO INCLUDE THOSE WITH RETIREMENT BENEFITS, SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS. IT'S A GOOD BILL. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING POLITICS WITH IT, AND I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, GET IT PASSED. OUR TROOPS NEED TO -- WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW WE HAVE THEIR BACKS. WE HAVE THEIR BACKS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU ARE THE SOLE REMAINING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY UNDERSTANDING IS YOU ARE THE SOLE REMAINING SPEAKER AT THIS POINT SO WE WILL CLOSE AT THIS POINT AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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  • 09:54:14 AM

    ON THE LAST POINT ABOUT CERTAINTY AND THE PRESIDENT'S VETO. IT HAD $38…

    ON THE LAST POINT ABOUT CERTAINTY AND THE PRESIDENT'S VETO. IT HAD $38 BILLION IN O.C.O. FUNDING WHICH THE APPROPRIATORS HAD NOT APPROPRIATED AND WHICH WAS HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO BE THERE. IF THE PRESIDENT HAD SIGNED THAT BILL, THE UNCERTAINTY WOULD HAVE BEEN ENORMOUS. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN $38 BILLION PROMISED IN THE NDAA WITH NO GUARANTEE WHATSOEVER THAT IT WAS GOING TO SHOW UP. NOW, ONCE WE GOT A BUDGET RESOLUTION, WE WERE ABLE TO GET $33 BILLION OF THAT $38 BILLION, AND THAT'S GOOD. STILL, IF HE HAD SIGNED THAT BILL WE WOULD NOW BE SCRAMBLING OUT TO CUT THAT $5 BILLION. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THE BILL THAT WE PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT VETOED GAVE NO CLARITY TO OUR TROOPS OR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BECAUSE IT HAD $38 BILLION IN IT THAT THE BUDGET RESOLUTION AND THAT THE APPROPRIATORS WERE NOT GOING TO APPROVE. UNTIL WE GOT THAT RESOLVED, WE COULD NOT LEGITIMATELY PASS A BILL THAT WOULD GIVE OUR TROOPS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANY DEGREE OF -- FORGET CERTAINTY. ANY DEGREE OF UNDERSTANDING OF THE MONEY THEY WERE GOING TO SPEND. SO PASSING A NDAA WITH A BUNCH OF MONEY IN IT THAT ISN'T REFLECTED IN THE BUDGET RESOLUTION, THAT ISN'T REFLECTED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS IS HARDLY SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS AND HARDLY GIVING THEM SORT OF SHALL RNT CLARITY AS TO THE MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE -- SORT OF CLARITY AS TO THE MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE. I WOULDN'T SAY THE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF THE NDAA WAS INCENTIVE OF GETTING THAT BUDGET RESOLUTION. I'M SURE IT DIDN'T HURT. WE WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT CERTAIN SECURITY PROCESS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THERE WAS $38 BILLION THAT WASN'T GOING TO BE THERE. THAT'S NOT KEEPING A PROMISE TO OUR TROOPS. SO I'M GLAD WE GOT THAT CLARITY, GLAD IT HAPPENED AS SOON AS IT DID. I WAS SKEPTICAL WE'D GET THE BUDGET RESOLUTION SO QUICKLY, BUT I'M GLAD WE DID AND IT GIVES OUR TROOPS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE A SENSE OF CLARITY ON THE BUDGET FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS. AS I SAID, WE NEED TO GO BEYOND THAT. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE BUDGET CAPS. WE NEED TO GET RID OF, I BELIEVE, THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT SO WE CAN HAVE SOME DEGREE OF PLANNING ABILITY FOR THE NEXT FIVE TO 10 YEARS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND FOR ALL THESE OTHER DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO NATIONAL SECURITY BUT ALSO IMPORTANT TO ECONOMIC SECURITY AND THAT MATTERS AS WELL TO OUR COUNTRY. SO I'M GLAD WE ARRIVED WHERE WE'RE AT, AND I, AGAIN, WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER -- SORRY. THANK MYSELF. THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR ALL OF THEIR VERY, VERY HARD WORK. BUT IN PARTICULAR, BEFORE I WRAP UP TODAY, I WANT TO THANK BETTY GRAY WHO WORKS ON OUR STAFF WHO -- AND IF YOU LOOK AT HER YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THIS IN A MILLION YEARS, WHO HAS BEEN HERE FOR 40 YEARS. I DON'T THINK SHE'S AGED IN ANY OF THOSE 40 YEARS. BUT SHE HAS SERVED THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND, GOSH, MORE MEMBERS THAN ANY OF US COULD PROBABLY COUNT FOR 40 YEARS. AND SHE IS THE EPITOME OF A PUBLIC SERVANT AND THE EPITOME OF EXACTLY EVERYTHING THAT THE HOUSE STAFF STANDS FOR IN TERMS OF ALWAYS PUTTING THE TROOPS FIRST, ALWAYS BEING CONCERNED ABOUT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE WOULD FUNCTION WITHOUT BETTY. SHE MAKES THE TRAINS RUN ON TIME, MAKES SURE EVERYONE IS DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO BE DOING AND HAS JUST DONE A FABULOUS JOB AND IS JUST TRULY WONDERFUL PERSON AS WELL, HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND TO MANY, MANY MEMBERS, MANY, MANY STAFF MEMBERS. BUT ALSO I THINK THE GREAT THING ABOUT BETTY SHE'S ALWAYS MANAGED TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S DIFFICULT TO ALL OF US AND THAT'S BALANCE BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LIFE. HER HUSBAND, DICK, HER CHILDREN, ZACK AND CAL, HAS ALWAYS BEEN JUST, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR HER. SHE TAKES CARE OF THEM AND SHE ALSO TAKES CARE OF US. SO, YOU KNOW, FOR 40 YEARS SHE'S BEEN A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT. I WANTED TO GIVE HER A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR BETTY GRAY AND HER 40 YEARS OF SERVICE. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'LL DO IF SHE EVER DECIDES TO RETIRE. WE LIKE TO THINK THAT NO ONE IS IRREPLACEABLE BUT BETTY COMES AS CLOSE AS ANYONE I COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE. SO I THANK HER FOR HER HELP AND LEADERSHIP AND FOR 40 YEARS OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE, AND WITH THAT I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:58:54 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:58:59 AM

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK UP WHERE THE RANKING MEMBER LEFT OFF AND JOIN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK UP WHERE THE RANKING MEMBER LEFT OFF AND JOIN HIM IN HONORING AND THANKING BETTY GRAY FOR HER INCREDIBLE RECORD OF SERVICE TO OUR COMMITTEE AND THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE TO THE COUNTRY. AND I THINK THIS IS -- IT IS IMPORTANT TO HONOR HER BUT SHE EPITOMIZES THE KIND OF SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY THAT THIS BILL AND THIS COMMITTEE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. BETTY HANDLES THE MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION OUR COMMITTEE DEALS WITH, AND SHE DOES IT WITH A PROFESSIONALISM THAT IS JUST BEYOND REPROACH TO -- FROM ANYONE. AND WHAT YOU CAN'T PUT IN A JOB DESCRIPTION IS THE PERSONALITY, THE PERSON, THE NURTURING THAT COMES TO OTHER -- TO MEMBERS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STAFF WHICH IS IRREPLACEABLE. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK TOO MUCH OF THE TIME WE TAKE, ESPECIALLY MEMBERS, TAKE FOR GRANTED THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ESSENTIAL TO GETTING THE WORK DONE AND THROUGH THIS INSTITUTION SERVING THE COUNTRY. AND I AGREE COMPLETELY WHAT THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, THAT BETTY GRAY EPITOMIZES THAT SORT OF SERVICE. AND I THINK IT IS A SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT CAPACITY BUT A SIMILAR SORT OF SERVICE THAT WE'VE HEARD ABOUT TODAY FROM THE COMBAT VETERANS WHO HAVE SPOKEN, STARTING WITH STARTING WITH SAM JOHNSON WHO TALKED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE WASN'T APPROPRIATELY SUPPORTED. THEN SPENT THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS OF HIS LIFE IN THE HANOI HILTON. WE NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED, BUT HIS TESTIMONY, REALLY, ABOUT WHAT HE HAS ENDURED SHOULD STICK WITH US ALL. I THINK MR. HUNTER WAS PARTICULARLY POWERFUL IN SAYING THIS BILL IS OUR PROMISE TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE SERVING IN ALL SORTS OF PLACES AROUND THE WORLD TODAY IN AN INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS WORLD. AND WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROVISION OR THAT PROVISION, THOSE TROOPS DESERVE TO BE SUPPORTED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THE COUNTRY IS BEHIND THEM AND THE WAY WE CAN CONVEY THAT IS BY VOTING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS CLOSE TO UNANIMOUS AS WE CAN FOR THIS MEASURE. THE LAST POINT I'D MAKE, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE TROOPS DESERVE THAT SORT OF SUPPORT, BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD ALSO NEEDS TO SEE THAT SORT OF SUPPORT BECAUSE THERE ARE INCREASING NUMBER OF QUESTIONS AROUND THE WORLD ABOUT WHETHER THE UNITED STATES IS IN RETREAT. ABOUT WHETHER WE ARE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN WORLD LEADERSHIP. ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE CAN DEMONSTRATE TO ADVERSARIES, TO FRIEND, TO NEW TRALS WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND WHICH WAY THEY ARE GOING TO GO, THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO DEFENDING OURSELVES, OUR INTERESTS, AND OUR ALLIES IS BY PASSING THIS BILL FOR THE 54TH STRAIGHT YEAR. AND THIS TIME RATHER THAN HAVE THE PRESIDENT TRY TO USE IT AS A BARGAINING CHIP TO GET MORE DOMESTIC SPENDING, THIS TIME HAVE THE PRESIDENT SIGN IT. I THINK OUR TROOPS DESERVE T THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE IT. AND MEMBERS NEED TO SUPPORT THE BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:02:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME OF THE THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 1356, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 10:02:36 AM

    MR. SMITH

    ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 10:02:38 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 ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 10:38:06 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 370. THE NAYS ARE 58. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 370. THE NAYS ARE 58. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 512 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT OF H.R. 22. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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  • 10:39:11 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT OF H.R. IT 2 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TIGHT.

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  • 10:39:18 AM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COFEDE 1986 TO EXEMPT EMPLOYEES WITH…

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE COFEDE 1986 TO EXEMPT EMPLOYEES WITH HEALTH COVERAGE UNDER TRICARE OR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FROM BEING TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING THE EMPLOYERS TO WHICH THE EMPLOYER MANDATE APPLIES UNDER THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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  • 10:39:35 AM

    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER…

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 15. AMENDMENT NUMBER 16. AMENDMENT 17 BY MR. BURGESS OF TEXAS. MR. NEUGEBAUER OF TEXAS. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE VOTE IN THIS SERIES. PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:40:19 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-326.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 15 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-326. OFFERED BY MS. SCHAKOWSKY OF ILLINOIS.

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  • 10:40:26 AM

    THE CHAIR

    RECORDED VODE HAVING BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF REQUEST FOR…

    RECORDED VODE HAVING BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-ONE 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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  • 10:43:58 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 176. THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 176. THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 1143-326, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:44:20 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 16, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-326…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 16, PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-326 OFFERED BY MR. MULLIN OF OKLAHOMA.

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  • 10:44:27 AM

    THE CHAIR

    HAVING BEEN REQUESTED, THOSE IN REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

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

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  • 10:47:54 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 246. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 246. THE NAYS ARE 178. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:48:19 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 OFFERED BY MR. BURGESS OF TEXAS.

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  • 10:48:27 AM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 10:51:38 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 192. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:52:01 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 18 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-326 OFFERED BY MR. NEUGEBAUER OF TEXAS.

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  • 10:52:05 AM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED HAVING BEEN REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 10:55:08 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 354. THE NAYS ARE 72. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 354. THE NAYS ARE 72. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 10:55:30 AM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22 AND I REPORT THE SENATE AMENDMENT BY HOUSE RESOLUTION 507 TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 10:55:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT OF H.R. 22 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 512 REPORTS THE SENATE AMENDMENT AS AMENDED BY HOUSE RESOLUTION 507 TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE AMENDMENT. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 512, THE QUESTION ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT WILL BE PUT ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:56:29 AM

    MR. SHUSTER

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 10:56:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

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

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  • 11:04:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 363. THE NAYS ARE 64. THE AMENDMENTS ARE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 363. THE NAYS ARE 64. THE AMENDMENTS ARE ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. MURSUENT TO -- PURSUANT TO SECTION 6 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 512, A MOTION THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT OF H.R. 22 WITH AN AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED AND THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE TITLE OF H.R. 22 IS ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:05:37 AM

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 11:05:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 11:05:48 AM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 90. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 90. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF SENATE 1356.

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  • 11:05:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:06:12 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, NOTWITHSTANDING THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF OCTOBER 21, 2015, I…

    MR. SPEAKER, NOTWITHSTANDING THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF OCTOBER 21, 2015, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE VETO MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT ON THE BILL H.R. 1735 TOGETHER WITH THE ACCOMPANYING BILL BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES.

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  • 11:06:27 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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

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  • 11:06:35 AM

    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 512, I OFFER A MOTION.

  • 11:06:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 11:06:46 AM

    THE CLERK

    AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE FUNDS FOR FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS, HIGHWAY SAFETY…

    AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE FUNDS FOR FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS, HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS, AND TRANSIT PROGRAMS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 22, THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, INSIST ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT, AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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  • 11:07:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 11:07:13 AM

    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS MOTION IS TO AUTHORIZE A CONFERENCE ON H.R. 22. THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS MOTION IS TO AUTHORIZE A CONFERENCE ON H.R. 22. THIS BILL HELPS IMPROVE OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE MOTION.

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  • 11:07:25 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE HOUSE INSIST ON ITS AMENDMENT AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:07:39 AM

    MR. SHUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER.

  • 11:07:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 11:07:44 AM

    MR. SHUSTER

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 11:07:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A…

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

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  • 11:23:25 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 371 AND NAYS ARE 54. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 371 AND NAYS ARE 54. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 11:23:39 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

  • 11:23:43 AM

    THE CLERK

    MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE…

    MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOUSES, OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 22 BE INSTRUCTED TO, ONE, AGREE TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT --

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  • 11:23:58 AM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    I ASK WE DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

  • 11:24:01 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 11:24:12 AM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SINCE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. SINCE 2009, THIS CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES. AS A RESULT, HIGHWAY, TRANSIT AND SAFETY PROGRAMS HAVE LIMPED ALONG WITH FLAT FUNDING. STATES AND TRANSIT AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PLAN MAJOR LONG-TERM PROJECTS, AS THEY WATCH THIS CONGRESS EXTEND THESE PROGRAMS FOR A FEW MONTHS AT A TIME, OFTEN WAITING UNTIL MIDNIGHT OF THE NEXT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. AND THEN EXTEND THEM AGAIN. WITH SHORT-TERM PATCHES. THE FEDERAL GAS TAX, WHICH PAYS FOR THESE HIGHWAY AND PUBLIC TRANSIT INVESTMENTS, HASN'T BEEN RAISED IN 22 YEARS. ITS PURCHASING POWER HAS FALLEN 40%. AND FOR ALL THE PROGRESS WE MADE LAST WEEK UNDER SPEAKER RYAN IN TERMS OF ALLOWING POLICY AMENDMENTS TO BE OFFERED TO THE BILL, LET'S ALL RECOGNIZE THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP BLOCKED EVERY SINGLE PROPOSED AMENDMENT REGARDING THE FUNDING INADEQUACIES IN THIS BILL. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS OFFERED A WEALTH OF OPTIONS TO FUND THE PROGRAM. INCREASING THE GAS TAX, USING REPAY THE RATED REVENUE TO INCREASE INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, CREATING A BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL TASK FORCE TO DREALS THE SHORTFALL IN THE HIGHWAY -- TO DREALS THE HORTFALL IN THE HIGHWAY -- TO ADDRESS THE SHORTFALL IN THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. REGRETTABLY, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DERKS SPITE ALL THE PLEDGES OF OPENNESS, WOULD NOT LET THIS HOUSE DEBATE EVEN A SINGLE PROPOSAL TO ADDRESS THE SHORTFALL IN THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. TODAY I OFFER A MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES THAT RECOGNIZES THAT WE'RE WOEFULLY UNDERINVESTING IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS MOTION INSTRUCTS CONFEREES TO ADOPT THE HIGHER FUNDING LEVELS FOR HIGHWAY, TRANSIT AND HIGHWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS THAT ARE CONTAINED IN THE BIPARTISAN SENATE DRIVE ACT. THE DRIVE ACT PROVIDES $342 BILLION OVER SIX YEARS, THAT'S $17 BILLION MORE THAN THE HOUSE BILL. NOW, THE DRIVE ACT PROVIDES $12 BILLION MORE THAN THE HOUSE BILL OVER SIX YEARS TO RECONSTRUCT OUR HIGHWAYS AND REBUILD OUR CRUMBLING BRIDGES. THIS SMALL INCREASE ONLY BEGINS TO DEAL WITH THE 147,000 INSTRUCT RALLY CAN HE EFFICIENT OR FUNCTIONALLY OBSOLETE BRIDGES IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS, BY THE WAY, ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR BRIDGES. THIS FUNDING WILL ONLY BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE 2/3 OF THE NATION'S ROADS THAT ARE IN LESS THAN GOOD CONDITION. THE DRIVE ACT PROVIDES $4.4 BILLION OVER SIX YEARS FOR LOCAL TRANSIT AGENCIES TO HELP MORE PEOPLE MOVE SAFELY TO THEIR JOBS. THIS SMALL INCREASE WILL ONLY BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE $86 BILLION IN STATE OF GOOD REPAIR BACKLOG THAT EXISTS NATIONWIDE FOR OUR LOCAL TRANSIT AGENCIES. IN 2013 AMERICANS TOOK $10.7 BILLION -- 10.7 BILLION PUBLIC TRANSIT TRIPS. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THESE WERE ON SYSTEMS THAT WERE BUILT A CENTURY AGO. CONGESTION IS A BALLOONING PROBLEM AROUND OUR COUNTRY. IT AFFECTS 42% OF AMERICA'S MAJOR ROADS AND IT COSTS OUR ECONOMY $121 BILLION A YEAR. STATUS QUO FUNDING IN THE HOUSE BILL WILL ONLY WORSEN CONGESTION IN OUR CITIES AND OUR SUBURBS. SO THIS MOTION ALSO INSTRUCTS CONFEREES TO INCLUDE SECTION 1414-B OF THE HOUSE BILL IN A FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS SECTION PROVIDES A MECHANISM TO AUTOMATICALLY ADJUST INVESTMENT LEVELS SHOULD ADDITIONAL MONEY COME INTO THE TRUST FUND DURING THE SIX-YEAR TERM OF THIS BILL. NOW, ADDITIONAL RECEIPTS COULD COME INTO THE TRUST FUND FROM A NUMBER OF PLACES. THERE COULD BE HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED. THERE COULD BE A BIGGER INFUSION INTO THE TRUST FUND FROM A SUBSEQUENT ACT OF CONGRESS. IF ACTUAL RECEIPTS DO COME INTO THE TRUST FUND, EXCEEDING THE ESTIMATED RECEIPTS FOR THE MOST RECENTLY COMPLETED YEAR, PROGRAM LEVELS WOULD AUTOMATICALLY BE ADJUSTED BY THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. AND THIS ENSURES THAT ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDS THAT CONGRESS MAKES AVAILABLE CAN QUICKLY FLOW TO STATES TO INVEST IN BADLY NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THE SECRETARY WOULD DISTRIBUTE THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROPORTIONLY TO EACH OF THE HIGHWAY, TRANSIT AND SAFETY PROGRAMS FUNDED IN THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AS AUTHORIZED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MOTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:28:41 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO ININSTRUCT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO ININSTRUCT AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE STAR ACT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT REFLECTS THE INPUT OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. IT HAS BEEN A CAREFULLY CRAFTED COMPROMISE. THIS MOTION WOULD THREATEN THAT COMPROMISE AND DISMANTLE THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE POSITION AS WE HEAD INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE. IT IS A MULTI-YEAR BILL THAT PROVIDES NEEDED CERTAINTY FOR STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. IT HELPS IMPROVE OUR NATION'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND MAINTAINS A STRONG COMMITMENT TO SAFETY, BUT ALSO PROVIDES IMPORTANT REFORMS THAT HELP US CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB MORE EFFECTIVELY. KEY PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WILL REFOCUS OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS ON NATIONAL PRIORITIES, PROMOTE INNOVATION TO MAKE OUR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PROGRAMS WORK BETTER, PROVIDE GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS, STREAMLINE THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, ACCELERATE THE PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS AND FACILITATE THE FLOW OF FREIGHT AND COMMERCE. THE ACT CONTINUES TO ROLL THE FEDERAL -- CONTINUES THE FEDERAL ROLE IN PROVIDING A STRONG NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT ENABLES OUR COUNTRY TO REMAIN ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE AND HELPS ENSURE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. THIS BILL HAS WIDESPREAD REPORT. WE'VE RECEIVED NEARLY 300 LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM THROUGHOUT THE STAKEHOLDER COMMUNITY. SO I WOULD URGE ALL MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S MOTION OR INSTRUCTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 11:30:09 AM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO IS OUR RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT.

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  • 11:30:24 AM

    WE WILL TEN TO PRESS FOR THE DRIVE ACT FUNDING, THE SMALL AMOUNT OF…

    WE WILL TEN TO PRESS FOR THE DRIVE ACT FUNDING, THE SMALL AMOUNT OF FUNDING IN CONFERENCE. I DO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER, RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO, AND ALL THE MEMBERS AND STAFF WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION AND REFORM ACT THAT HAVE BROUGHT US TO THIS POINT. OF COURSE MANY OF US WANTED TO INVEST EVEN MORE IN DESPERATELY NEEDED TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. WE SIMPLY CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER TO ADDRESS THE CRUMBLING ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS THAT AMERICANS DEPEND ON EVERY DAY. WHILE WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS CONGRESS TO MAKE MORE FUNDING AVAILABLE IN FUTURE YEARS, I SUPPORT MOVING THIS BILL TO CONFERENCE AS A MEANS OF PROVIDING NECESSARY FUNDING AND CERTAINTY TO OUR STATES AND LOCAL PARTNERS FOR THE NEXT SIX YEARS. WHILE THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL, IT'S A MOST IMPERFECT BILL, IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET TOGETHER ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO COME TOGETHER AS A MODEL FOR HOW WE SHOULD PROCEED. PASSAGE -- IN THE FUTURE. PASSAGE IS NECESSARY TO SHORE UP THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND AND ALLOW CRITICAL PROJECTS TO MOVE FORWARD AROUND THE COUNTRY. NOW AS WE MOVE TO CONFERENCE, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO AND OUR REPUBLICAN COUNTERPARTS TO SEE THIS BILL CROSSES THE FINISH LINE. I WORK TO ENSURE ROBUST FUNDING FOR OUR ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT SYSTEMS IS JUST BEGINNING. THIS BILL IS A GOOD BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE, BUT WE MUST WORK DILIGENTLY TO IDENTIFY AND SECURE ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF REVENUE IN COMING YEARS. THIS MOTION IS A FIRST STEP ON THE PATH TO HIGHER INVESTMENT LEVELS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SENATE TO PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE BILL FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:32:17 AM

    I WOULD JUST AGAIN WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS BILL.…

    I WOULD JUST AGAIN WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS THAT WORKED ON THIS BILL. I KNOW THE TWO MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR HERE ARE VALUED MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. AGAIN I OPPOSE THE INSTRUCTION BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT REALLY -- WE HAVE A DELICATE BALANCE HERE AND STRONG POSITION MOVING INTO THE SENATE TO GET THIS OVER THE GOAL LINE AND GET OURSELVES A LONG-TERM, MULTIYEAR HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION BILL WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE ALL WANT. IT'S ALL GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. THE GENTLEMAN BRINGS UP GOOD POINTS ON THE FUNDING OF IT. AS SOON AS WE GET THIS BILL PASSED ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, SIGNED, WE HAVE TO SIT DOWN WITH THE STAKEHOLDER COMMUNITY AND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL, PEOPLE AROUND THE STATES AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE FUTURE TO HAVE A FULLY FUNDED ROBUST TRANSPORTATION HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. AGAIN I APPRECIATE WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS SAYING, BUT AT THIS POINT I URGE OPPOSITION TO THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT. I YIELD BACK THE TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:33:12 AM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST AN AYE VOTE AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:33:34 AM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    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 ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE FOLLOWING CONFEREES ON H.R. 22.

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  • 12:09:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CONSIDERATION…

    FROM THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MODIFICATIONS COMMITTED TO CONFERENCE, MR. SHUSTER, DUNCAN OF TENNESSEE, GRAVES OF MISSOURI, MRS. MILLER OF MICHIGAN, MESSRS. CRAWFORD, BARLETTA, FARENTHOLD, GIBS, DENHAM, KATKO, BABIN, HARDY, GRAVES OF LOUISIANA, DEFAZIO, MS. NORTON, MR. NADLER, MS. BROWN OF FLORIDA, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS, CAPUANO, MRS. NAPOLITANO, MESSRS. LIPINSKI, COHEN AND SIRES. AND THE CHAIR WILL ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CONFEREES AT A SUBSEQUENT TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL APPOINT ADDITIONAL CONFEREES AT A SUBSEQUENT TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS…

    WILL APPOINT ADDITIONAL CONFEREES AT A SUBSEQUENT TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 12:09:59 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, DUE TO MY…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, DUE TO MY ELECTION TO THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, THIS LETTER IS TO INFORM YOU THAT I RESIGN MY SEATS ON THE COMMITTEES ON THE BUDGET, SMALL BUSINESS AND TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. SIGNED SINCERELY, TOM RICE.

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  • 12:10:25 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY DIRECTION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BY DIRECTION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 517, RESOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBERS BE AND…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 517, RESOLVED, THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBERS BE AND ARE HEREBY ELECTED TO THE FOLLOWING STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, MR. BRADY OF TEXAS, CHAIR, AND MR. RICE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:11:08 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    SUPPORT TO REMOVE MY NAME FROM H.R. 3403 AS A CO-SPONSOR. 3403.

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    RE WITHOUT

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:11:19 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES MAY AT ANYTIME BEFORE 6:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015, FILE REPORTS TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 1737, H.R. 3139 AND H.R. 2010. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    MPORE WITHOUT

    YES, SIR.

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    MS. FOXX

    YES, SIR.

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    E WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURENT RESOLUTION 91 -- CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 91, RESOLVED, THAT…

    HOUSE CONCURENT RESOLUTION 91 -- CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 91, RESOLVED, THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY FROM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015, THROUGH THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015, ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE, IT STAND ADJOURNED UNTIL 2:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015, OR AT THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. SECTION 2-A, THE SPEAKER OR HIS DESIGNEE AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE SHALL NOTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO REASSEMBLE AT SUCH PLACE AND TIME AS HE MAY DESIGNATE IN HIS OPINION THE PUBLIC INTEREST SHALL WARRANT IT. B, AFTER REASSEMBLING PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION A WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION BY HIS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE, THE HOUSE SHALL AGAIN STAND ADJOURNED PURSUANT TO THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER MARILU EASE ROBERTS' FATHER DIED DURING THE DEPRESSION,…

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER MARILU EASE ROBERTS' FATHER DIED DURING THE DEPRESSION, SHE WORKED AT A LAUNDRY AND THEN SHE TRAINED AS A NURSE AND AFTER PEARL HARBOR SHE JOINED THE ARMY.

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  • 12:14:31 PM

    MR. HOLDING

    SHE SET UP A FIELD HOSPITAL ON THE BATTLEFIELD. IT WAS BOMBED AND KILLED…

    SHE SET UP A FIELD HOSPITAL ON THE BATTLEFIELD. IT WAS BOMBED AND KILLED THREE NURSES. AND GERMAN ARTILLERY KILLED TWO MORE NURSES. MARY ROBERTS CALMLY SUPERVISED SURGERIES ON SOLDIERS. SHE WAS CALLED THE ANGEL AND WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN THE SILVER STAR. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS OPEN A NEWSPAPER TO SEE THE CRUELEST KIND OF BARBARISM HAS BEEN REBORN IN THE WORLD. ISIS BURNS PEOPLE ALIVE AND SELLS WOMEN IN SLAVE MARKETS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. ON VETERANS DAY, LET US REMEMBER MARY ROBERTS AND ALL OUR VETERANS AND BY THE GRACE OF GOD OFFER A PRAYER OF THANKS FOR THE SOLDIERS WHOSE COURAGE KEEPS US SAFE AT HOME EVERY DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT…

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:16:50 PM

    MR. PAULSEN

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WECKS, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    ON NOVEMBER 11 WE WILL HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY ON…

    ON NOVEMBER 11 WE WILL HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY ON VETERANS DAY AND WE OWE TO IT TO OUR VETERANS TO KEEP OUR PROMISES MADE TO THEM WHEN THEY FIRST JOINED THE MILITARY. DESPITE BIPARTISAN ACTION TO INCREASE EFFICIENCIESY AND CARE AT V.A., WE'RE STILL SUFFERING FROM A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE WHICH ACTIONS STILL NEED TO BE TAKEN TO ENSURE QUALITY, TIMELY CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. NOW WE'VE LEARNED THAT THERE ARE OVER 140 INVESTIGATIONS BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL THAT WERE HIDDEN. THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE SHELVED. THEY WERE NOT MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC OR TO CONGRESS. THAT'S WHY I'M SUPPORTING BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THE VETERANS CARE AND REPORTING ENFORCEMENT ACT, THAT WILL REQUIRE REPORTS FROM THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IN THESE INVESTIGATIONS TO BE MADE PUBLIC, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO CONGRESS. I WANT TO THANK MY MINNESOTA COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN TOM EMMER AND TIM WALZ,ER TO ABOUT DOCTOR FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. IT WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD MAKING THE V.A. MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND THAT THE VETERANS GET THE CARE THEY DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 12:18:08 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR WHEN AN ENERGY CAPACITY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR WHEN AN ENERGY CAPACITY AUCTION INCREASED CERTAIN RATES IN MY REGION FROM $1 BILLION TO $3 BILLION, I ASKED THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THOSE PRICES AND DETERMINE WHETHER THEY WERE FAIRLY SET FOR CONSUMERS. DURING THE REVIEW, FERC HAD ONLY FOUR SITTING COMMISSIONERS AND DEADLOCKED 2-2. THAT MEANT THAT RATES WENT INTO EFFECT BY OPERATION OF LAW. AND CONSUMERS WERE LEFT WITH NO AVENUE TO APPEAL. TO ME, THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. SO I INTRODUCED THE FAIR RATES ACT TO ENSURE THAT RATEPAYERS ARE GUARANTEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. UNFORTUNATELY LAST WEEK COMMISSIONER PHILLIP MULLER STEPPED DOWN, AGAIN, LEAVING FERC WITH JUST FOUR COMMISSIONERS. WITHOUT A CONFIRMATION OR EVEN A NOMINATION FOR A FIFTH COMMISSIONER IN SIGHT, WE SIGNED -- REFIND OURSELVES IN THE SAME SITUATION. FERC ONCE AGAIN IS REVIEWING RISING RATES IN MY REGION AND, ONCE AGAIN, IS AT RISK OF A DEADLOCK THAT WOULD LEAVE CONSUMERS HOLDING THE BAG. THAT'S WHY WE MUST PASS FAIR RATES TODAY. SINCE LAST YEAR'S AUCTION, OUR RATES HAVE JUMPED ANOTHER $1 BILLION. $3 BILLION IS TOO STEEP AN INCREASE FOR MY CONSTITUENTS TO PAY BECAUSE CONGRESS WILL NOT ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HOUSE WILL BE LEAVING TODAY,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HOUSE WILL BE LEAVING TODAY, MEMBERS WILL BE GOING BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS, AND WE LEAVE AFTER SOME DRAMATIC CHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE HOUSE. WE ELECTED A NEW SPEAKER WITHIN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THERE'S A NEW OPEN PROCESS WE'VE HEARD ABOUT.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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  • 12:22:32 PM

    SPEAKER, NEXT WEDNESDAY WE WILL OBSERVE VETERANS DAY, WHICH IS DEDICATED…

    SPEAKER, NEXT WEDNESDAY WE WILL OBSERVE VETERANS DAY, WHICH IS DEDICATED TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE HAVE SERVED IN OUR ARMED FORCES. I BELIEVE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WE CAN DO IS TO INSTILL RESPECT AND HONOR AMONG OUR NATION'S YOUNG PEOPLE FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. AS A PART OF VETERANS DAY ACTIVITIES, THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOWARD WILL LEARN ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY OUR VETERANS, BOTH IN HARM'S WAY AND HERE AT HOME. WHILE EDUCATING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IS IMPORTANT, IT IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO MAKE SURE OUR VETERANS HAVE THE SERVICES AND SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED. THIS WEEKEND I WILL BE SPEAKING WITH A GROUP OF ACTIVELY -- THOSE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN CARING FOR OUR WOUNDED VETS, THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS OR D.A.V. CHAPTER IN WARREN, PENNSYLVANIA. THE D.A.V. PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FROM TRANSMITTING VETERANS TO DOCTORS' APPOINTMENTS TO EMPHASIZING THE NEED FOR BETTER CARE, BOTH MEDICALLY AND FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES. NOVEMBER 11 IS VETERANS DAY. BUT WE NEED TO STRIVE TO MAKE SURE WE REMEMBER THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN MAKE EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE

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    OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MINUTE.

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    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WHITE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATION, EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS, AND RECOGNIZE THE BRIGHT SPOTS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN FLORIDA'S 26TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:27:17 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK TO THE HOW THE TO -- TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK TO THE HOW THE TO -- TO SPEAK TO THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR WORKING…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR WORKING WITH US, TO GET A REAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. AND FOR US TO BE ABLE TO FIX THE BROKEN DEFENSE BILL THAT WAS PASSED PREVIOUSLY IN THIS HOUSE. I WAS PREPARED TO SUSTAIN THE VETO, BUT THROUGH A VERY INSTRUCTIVE AND POSITIVE BUDGET RESOLUTION THAT WE PASSED JUST LAST WEEK, WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PLUS UP THE DEFENSE, BUT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PLUS UP NONDISCRETIONARY SPENDING. TODAY I VOTED FOR THE DEFENSE ALLINGTIZATION -- AUTHORIZATION AND IN THAT INCLUDED AMENDMENTS THAT I OFFERED THAT WERE SUSTAINED IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONDUCT OUTREACH PROGRAMS TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESS CONSERVES -- CONCERNS -- SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY WOMEN, VETERANS AND SOCIALLY ECONOMIC MINORITIES. IN ADDITION, MY AMENDMENT, WHICH PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IN IDENTIFYING HBCU'S AND MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS, TO ASSIST THEM IN DEVELOPING AND ENHANCING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH, WAS ALSO KEPT IN THE BILL. FINALLY, MY AMENDMENT, WHICH REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO EVALUATE COMMERCIAL OFF THE SHELF BUSINESS SYSTEMS FOR SECURITY, RESILIENCE AND INTEGRATION, WITH EXISTING INTERRELATED SYSTEMS, WAS ALSO INCORPORATED, SO TO PROTECT THE SECURITY OF THE DEFENSE MECHANISMS, TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND TO WORK WITH HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND MINORITY-SERVING COLLEGES THIS BILL IS A GOOD BILL. I AGAIN SUPPORT THE FACT THAT WE'RE MOVING THE DEFENSE BILL FORWARD AND WE ARE PROTECTING NOT ONLY OUR VETERANS BUT WE'RE PROTECTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE US IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:29:07 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF CREATING ACCESS TO ORAL HEALTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF CREATING ACCESS TO ORAL HEALTH CARE, TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR INITIATIVES THAT DELIVER IMPORTANT DENTAL SERVICES TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THIS YEAR MORE THAN 75 MILLION AMERICANS WON'T VISIT A DENTIST, EVEN THOUGH NEARLY HALF OF THE PEOPLE OVER 30 SUFFER FROM SOME FORM OF GUM DISEASE AND AN ESTIMATED 25% OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 ALREADY HAVE CAVITIES. IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION. THAT IS WHY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH, DENTISTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. THIS INITIATIVE IS A NATIONWIDE COMMUNITY-BASED MOVEMENT FOCUSED ON DELIVERING CARE TO PEOPLE ALREADY SUFFERING FROM DENTAL DISEASE AND BRINGING DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AND DISEASE PREVENTION TO UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. THIS SUNDAY THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION WILL TRANSFORM THE WALTER E. WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER INTO A MISSION OF MERCY, A 100-CHAIR DENTAL COLLIN TOIK TREAT 1,000 ADULTS AND CHILDREN WHO DON'T RECEIVE REGULAR DENTAL CARE. WE CAN GROW SUPPORT FOR INITIATIVES LIKE THESE THROUGH H.R. 539, THE ACTION FOR DENTAL HEALTH ACT, WHICH WILL HELP DENTISTS AND OTHERS IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS WHO NEED IT MOST. WITHOUT REQUIRING ANY ADDITIONAL TAX DOLLARS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 539 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    ALL OF ITS PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF THE…

    ALL OF ITS PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF THE FAMILY'S ABILITY TO PAY. LED BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KELLY DOCA, THE TRIVALLEY YMCA HAS EXTENDED ITS COMMUNITY GIVING AND HAS DISTRIBUTED NEARLY $1 MILLION IN HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES LAST YEAR. BEYOND PERSONAL CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, THE Y HAS BECOME A VALUABLE SAFETY NET IN OUR DISTRICT, NURTURING THE POTENTIAL OF ALL CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THEIR ACTIVITIES, HELPING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH AND PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT ITS OTHER. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR OF THE TRIVALLEY YMCA OF 50 YEARS OF SELFLESS GIVING TO OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:31:49 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE INAUGURAL OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK. ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS ARE HELPING TO PREPARE WORKERS FOR TODAY'S HIGH-SKILLED IN-DEMAND JOBS. FOR FAR TOO LONG THERE'S BEEN A DISCREPANCY OF WHAT CHILDREN ARE LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM AND WHAT EMPLOYERS SAY THEY NEED IN THE WORKPLACE. APPRENTICESHIPS ARE KEY TO NARROWING THAT SKILLS GAP BECAUSE THEY OFFER STUDENTS A LOW COST AND IN MANY CASES A NO COST APPRENTICESHIP. THEY EARN AN AVERAGE STARTING SALARY OF $50 THOUBD AND GO ON TO MAKE $300,000 MORE THAN THEIR NONAPPRENTICESHIP PEERS OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR CAREER. EMPLOYERS WHO INVEST IN THESE WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS ARE ATTRACTING AND RETAINING HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES. THEY'RE ALSO SEEING RESULTS IN THE FORM OF INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY AND GREATER INNOVATION. APPRENTICESHIPS CAN CHANGE LIVES, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THESE VALUABLE PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S WORK FORCE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:33:15 PM

    MR. YODER

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE 2015 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE 2015 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS. SOME OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES GROWING UP COME FROM LISTENING TO THE ROYALS PLAY-BY-PLAY IN THE RADIO WHILE RIDING WITH MY DAD IN HIS TRACTOR WHILE PLOWING OUR FAMILY FARM. IT WAS FILLED WITH MANY EXCITING MOMENTES THAT WILL INSPIRE LIFE-LONG MEMORIES FOR A NEW GENERATION. IT WAS PARTICULARLY EXCITING FOR MY FAMILY AS MY WIFE DELIVERED A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL, ELOISE JANE, JUST HOURS AFTER THE WORLD SERIES VICTORY. PERHAPS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FOR ALL OF KANSAS CITY WAS ERIC HOSMER MAKING A MAD DASH HOME TO SCORE IN THE 17TH HOUR AND 38 MINUTE TYING GAME FIVE IN NEW YORK WHICH THE ROYALS WILL EVENTUALLY GO ON TO WIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ROYALS TEAM WAS BACKED BY A UNIFIED KANSAS CITY, UNIFYING BOTH KANSANS AND MISSOURIANS AND THESE ROYALS EMBODIED THE MIDWESTERN SPIRIT. THEY WORKED HARD, PLAYED AS A TEAM, ALWAYS HUSTLED AND NEVER GAVE UP. SO MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1985, I'D LIKE TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL, THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS, AND THEIR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, SALVADOR PEREZ. I YIELD BACK.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY ON A MOTION PURSUANT TO THIS ORDER IT MEET ON NOVEMBER 9 UNLESS IT SOONER HAS RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE TRANSMITTING ITS CONCURRENCE IN HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 91 IN WHICH CASE THE SHALL STAND ADJOURNED PURSUANT TO THAT CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND FURTHER THAT THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2015, REGARDING MORNING HOUR DEBATE NOT APPLY ON MONDAY NEXT.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:35:17 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS UNAVOIDABLY DETAINED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2015 -- NOVEMBER 3,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS UNAVOIDABLY DETAINED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2015 -- NOVEMBER 3, 2015, ANOTHER 2, -- NOVEMBER 2, 2015, AND I'D LIKE TO OFFER THE FOLLOWING ROLL CALL FOTS. ON ROLL CALL NUMBER 585 I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. ON ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 585 I WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. NUMBER 586 I WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. ON 587 I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. 588 I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. 589 AYE. 590 AYE. 591 WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. 592 AYE. ROLL CALL 593 WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. I WOULD APPRECIATE IF THESE BE PLACED IN THE APPROPRIATE PART OF THE RECORD. LET ME CONGRATULATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER, FOR HIS NEW BABY GIRL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOX, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENSURING AMERICANS ARE CAPABLE OF FILLING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENSURING AMERICANS ARE CAPABLE OF FILLING THE SKILLS GAP AND FINDING QUALITY JOBS THROUGH STAKEHOLDER-LED AN ACCOUNTABLE WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS HAS BEEN ONE OF MY HIGHEST PRIORITIES IN WASHINGTON. THAT IS WHY I WAS SO PROUD LAST CONGRESS TO SEE LEGISLATION I SPONSORED, THE WORK FORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT, OR WIOA, ENACTED INTO LAW. WIOA WAS THE FIRST MAJOR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO BE ENACTED IN MORE THAN 15 YEARS, AND INCLUDED MANY VITAL PROVISIONS TO MODERNIZE, STREAMLINE AND LOCALIZE OUR WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM. THE HIGHWAY BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE EARLIER TODAY INCLUDED A FRONTLINE WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM INTENDED TO ADDRESS HUMAN RESOURCES NEEDS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION THAT WAS NOT SUBJECT TO THE REFORMS CONTAINED WITHIN WIOA. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT PROGRAM IS ASSESSED CONSISTENTLY WITH OTHER FEDERAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND TARGETED TO AREAS THAT HAVE IDENTIFIED NEEDS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AS PART OF THEIR BROADER WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, I INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO THE HIGHWAY BILL WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON, MS. DELBENE, THAT APPLIED WIOA'S PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND COORDINATION REFORMS TO THE PROGRAM. ALL OF OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS SHOULD BE ASSESSED IN A CONSISTENT MANNER AND BE CONSIDERED AS PART OF AN OVERALL PACKAGE TAILORED TO STATE AND LOCAL NEEDS THAT PROVIDE STAKEHOLDERS ON THE GROUND GREATER INPUT AND CONTROL. THAT IS WHY I'M ALSO PLEASED THE HOUSE ADOPTED OUR BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT AS PART OF THE BROADER TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE AND STRENGTHEN THE FRONTLINE WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN ORDER TO BETTER SERVE THE WORKERS WHO LEARN SKILLS THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND THOSE POLICYMAKERS WHO EVALUATE THE PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE ITS FUTURE OUTCOMES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE HOUR AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 12:39:34 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THAT EVERYONE'S GONE BACK TO THEIR OFFICE BUT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THAT EVERYONE'S GONE BACK TO THEIR OFFICE BUT YOU AND ME. I APPRECIATE YOU STICKING AROUND TO GET THIS HOUR IN. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE AN EXCITING HOUR. ORDINARILY I BRING DOWN CHARTS AND GRAPHS AND TRY TO SHARE SOMETHING IN A VISUAL WAY THAT FOLKS MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN BEFORE. TODAY IT'S JUST WORDS BECAUSE WORDS MATTER. MR. SPEAKER, WE JUST FINISHED IN THIS CHAMBER THIS FANTASTIC -- YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY IT. IT WAS A FESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY. WE HAD EVERY MEMBER WHO HAD AN AMENDMENT BROUGHT THEM TO THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE MADE OVER 100 OF THEM IN ORDER. IT'S BEEN THREE DAYS, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE PASSED IN A VERY BIPARTISAN WAY FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION POLICY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN A DECADE. DEMOCRATS FAILED TO GET IT DONE. REPUBLICANS HAD FAILED TO GET IT DONE. WE AS 435 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS, REPRESENTING DIVERSE CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE NATION, WE CAME TOGETHER TODAY AND WE GOT IT DONE. THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE. CHAIRMAN BILL SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA SAID IT COULD BE DONE. RANKING MEMBER PETE DEFAZIO OUT OF OREGON SAID IT COULD BE DONE, AND WE DID IT. SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED, MR. SPEAKER, IN THIS TOWN THAT HAS PEOPLE IDENTIFYING AS DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS FIRST AND AS MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, OF THE ARTICLE 1 LEGISLATURE SECOND, AND IT'S BAD. IT'S BAD FOR THE COUNTRY. IT'S BAD FOR THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT. IT'S BAD PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT TODAY. YOU CAN'T SEE THE CHART THAT I HAVE HERE, BUT IT'S A QUOTE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. YOU WILL REMEMBER IT. BACK IN AUGUST OF 2013. YOU WILL REMEMBER WE WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT NINE DIFFERENT TIMES WE REPEALED PORTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL. WE REPEALED THEM. THEY WERE UNWORKABLE. HE KNEW IT. WE KNEE IT. WE CAME TOGETHER NINE TIMES. HE SIGNED LEGISLATION INTO LAW THAT REPEALED PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL. BUT IT WAS THE -- IT WAS THE SUMMER THERE OF 2013, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO COME TOGETHER ON SOME OF THE BIGGER PROBLEMS IN THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL. YOU REMEMBER THE MANDATES WERE GETTING READY TO GO INTO EFFECT, THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATES AND THE COUNTRY WASN'T READY. THE COUNTRY WAS NOT READY. WE ALL KNEW IT. EVERY MEMBER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, KNEW IT. THE PRESIDENT HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE AND HE SAID THIS. "IN A NORMAL POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER FOR ME TO SIMPLY CALL UP THE SPEAKER AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS IS A TWEAK THAT DOESN'T GO TO THE ESSENCE OF THE LAW. IT HAS TO DO WITH, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE WE ABLE TO SIMPLIFY THE ATTESTATION OF EMPLOYERS AS TO WHETHER THEY'RE ALREADY PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE OR NOT. IT LOOKS LIKE THERE MAY BE SOME BETTER WAYS TO DO THIS." THIS IS PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKING. "BETTER WAYS TO DO THIS. LET'S MAKE A TECHNICAL CHANGE TO THE LAW." THE PRESIDENT GOES ON TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, "THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE NORMAL THING THAT I WOULD PREFER TO DO. BUT WE'RE NOT IN A NORMAL ATMOSPHERE AROUND HERE WHEN IT COMES TO OBAMACARE," THE PRESIDENT SAYS. "WE DID HAVE THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO DO SO, AND WE DID SO." MR. SPEAKER, THIS WAS FROM THAT VERY CONTENTIOUS TIME TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AGAIN, PROBLEMS THE WHITE HOUSE KNEW EXISTED, THE PROBLEMS CONGRESS KNEW EXISTED. THE PRESIDENT SAID IF IT WAS ORDINARY TIME LIKE -- TIMES LIKE IN THE PAST 225 YEARS, I'D HAVE CALLED THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND SAY THE CONSTITUTION GIVES YOU ARTICLE 1 POWERS TO LEGISLATE AND I NEED A LEGISLATIVE CHANGE MADE BECAUSE THE LAW'S NOT WORKING. BUT HE DIDN'T AND HE SAID HE DIDN'T AND HE SAID HE WASN'T GOING TO. HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO GO IT ALONE AND THE DISAPPOINTMENT IN THAT DECISION IN THIS BODY WAS VERY PARTISAN, MR. SPEAKER. IT WAS VERY PARTISAN. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE GET PAST THE ALLEGIANCE TO THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE IS FROM OUR PARTY. REPUBLICANS DID THIS WHEN GEORGE BUSH WAS IN OFFICE. DEMOCRATS ARE DOING THIS WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA IS IN OFFICE. IT'S NOT ABOUT WHO THE PRESIDENT IS. IT'S ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOES, WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOES IS IMPLEMENT THE LAWS THAT WE PASS. HE DOESN'T CHANGE THE LAWS, AND EVERY TIME WE FAIL ON BEHALF OF OUR CONSTITUENTS TO STAND TOGETHER AS 435 REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE AND INSTEAD BECOME REPRESENTATIVES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WE FAIL AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT I HAVE HERE IS A CHART OF THE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN THE NLRB V. NOEL CANNING CASE. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT ONE. I HAD JUST GOTTEN TO CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, I HAD JUST GOTTEN TO CONGRESS. THE PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT MAKING APPOINTMENTS, AND AS YOU KNOW, THE ADVISE AND CONSENT CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS THE PRESIDENT CAN MAKE APPOINTMENTS BUT HE NEEDS TO GET THE CONSENT OF THE SENATE TO DO SO. WELL, THE SENATE WOULDN'T GIVE HIM CONSENT, AND SO WHILE THE SENATE WAS AWAY FOR A DAY, THE PRESIDENT WENT IN TO THE RECESS APPOINTMENT CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION. IN FACT, HE GOT A BIG LETTER FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT THERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE THAT SAID HE HAD THE POWERS TO PRETEND THAT SENATE HAD ADJOURNED FOR THE SESSION AND TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE APPOINTMENTS ANYWAY. . THE PROTEST OF THE PRESIDENT USURPING CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY WAS PARTISAN. REPUBLICANS SAID NO, DEMOCRATS SAY, AH. HE PROBABLY HAS THE RIGHT TO DO IT ANYWAY. WE DIDN'T STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT, WE DIDN'T STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION WE SWORE TO UPHOLD, MR. SPEAKER, WE DIVIDED OURSELVES BY PARTY INSTEAD OF UNITING OURSELVES ON PRINCIPLE. WE HAD TO GO TO THE SUPREME COURT, MR. SPEAKER, THE SUPREME COURT CAN'T DECIDE ON ANYTHING UNANIMOUSLY. IF THE QUESTION IS, WHAT TIME ARE WE GOING TO MEET TODAY TO TALK ABOUT CASES, IT'S A 5-4 DECISION, YOU KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE. BUT THE SUPREME COURT CAME TOGETHER AND SAID, THAT'S CRAZY. THAT'S CRAZY. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CAN'T JUST PRETEND HE'S KING. HE'S NOT THE KING. TO QUOTE, AND I'M PARAPHRASING WHEN I SAY THAT, MR. SPEAKER, BUT TO QUOTE THE SUPREME COURT DECISION, THEY SAID THIS. REGARDLESS, THE RECESS APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE IS NOT DESIGNED TO OVERCOME SERIOUS INSTITUTIONAL FRICTION. IT PROVIDES A SUBSIDIARY METHOD FOR APPOINTING OFFICIALS WHEN THE SENATE IS AWAY DURING A RECESS. HERE, AS IN OTHER CONTEXTS, FRICTION BETWEEN THE BRANCHES IS AN INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE. THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, I GO BACK HOME ALL THE TIME AND CONSTITUENTS SAY, ROB, WHY CAN'T YOU GET MORE DONE? WHY CAN'T YOU GET MORE DONE? IT TURNS OUT, IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS. IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS CONSTITUTION THAT SAID, LISTEN, IF CONGRESS IS AT WORK, YOUR LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS MAY BE UNDER ATTACK. RIGHT? WHAT WE DO HEAR ISN'T GENERALLY TO GIVE FREEDOMS BACK TO PEOPLE. GENERALLY WHAT WE DO IS TO RESTRICT FREEDOMS A LITTLE BIT HERE. WE WANT IT TO BE SLOW HERE IN THE HOUSE, WE'RE A LITTLE FASTER. THERE IN THE SENATE, THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE A LITTLE SLOWERS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE HARD. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY, NOT REPUBLICANS IN THIS BODY, NOT DEMOCRATS IN THIS BODY, BUT THIS BODY COLLECTIVELY WAS SILENT AS POWER FLOWED DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, AWAY FROM THE ARTICLE 1 LEGISLATURE, DOWN TO THE ARTICLE 2 EXECUTIVE. IT TOOK THE ARTICLE 3 COURTS, MR. SPEAKER, TO WRITE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK, SHAME ON US. SHAME OUNCE. COLLECTIVELY, FOR NOT STANDING UP. MR. SPEAKER, MY CONSTITUENTS ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE PACE OF PROGRESS IN THIS TOWN. THEY ARE FRUSTRATED BY WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE POLITICALIZATION -- BY THE POLITICS THAT ARE BEING PLAYED HERE, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN POLICIES SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS. I THINK IT'S UP TO US TO EDUCATION FOLKS, TO PROUDLY SAY, IT IS THE INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE. BUT WHEN WE STAND TOGETHER, AS WE HAVE THIS WEEK ON THIS TRANSPORTATION BILL, THERE'S STILL MORE THAT UNITES US AS A COUNTRY THAN THAT DIVIDES US. ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S ONE OF THOSE AREAS OF OVERREACH THAT THIS PARTICULAR WHITE HOUSE IS AGGRESSIVELY ENGAGED IN. AGAIN, THE PUSHBACK HAS BEEN PARTISAN PUSHBACK. IT HAS NOT BEEN ARTICLE 1 LEGISLATIVE PUSHBACK, AS IT SHOULD. I WANT TO GO BACK TO PRIOR PRESIDENTS, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL LOOK AT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS. I'M A REPUBLICAN. I'LL LOOK AT WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WERE RUNNING THE SHOW IN THE WHITE HOUSE. YOU KNOW THE E.P.A. WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY RICHARD NIXON, MR. SPEAKER. ON THE CREATION OF THE E.P.A., PRESIDENT NIXON SAID THIS, HE SAID, THE REORGANIZATIONS WHICH I AM HERE PROPOSING AFFORD BOTH THE CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AN OPPORTUNITY TO RE-EVALUATE THE ADEQUACY OF THE EXISTING PROGRAM AUTHORITIES INVOLVED IN THESE CONSOLIDATIONS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CONGRESS IN THIS TASK. THE CONGRESS, THE ADMINISTRATION, AND THE PUBLIC ALL SHARE A PROFOUND COMMITMENT TO THE RESCUE OF OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. RICHARD NIXON HAD A CALLING WHEN IT COMES TO THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. SPEAKER. HE HAD A CALLING. HE DIDN'T SAY, I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, I'M JUST GOING TO REWRITE THE ENTIRE ENVIRONMENTAL CODE AND DICTATE THAT IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND. HE CAME TO CONGRESS AND SAID, PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES IS A SHARED AMERICAN VALUE. IT'S A SHARED AMERICAN VALUE. I'M GOING TO GO TO CONGRESS, I'M GOING TO WIN THE VOTES, WE'RE GOING TO CHANGE THE LAW, AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT SO. THE CLEAN AIR ACT, MR. SPEAKER, SIGNED INTO LAW IN 1990 BY PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. HE SAID THIS, HE SAID, TODAY I'M SIGNING S. 1630, A BILL TO AMEND THE CLEAN AIR ACT. I TAKE GREAT PLEASURE IN SIGNING IT. AS A DEMONSTRATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF MY DETERMINATION THAT EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN SHALL BREATHE CLEAN AIR. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL IS AN INDICATION THAT THE CONGRESS SHARES MY COMMITMENT TO A STRONG CLEAN AIR ACT. HOW DO YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IF CONGRESS SHARES YOUR COMMITMENT, IF YOU DON'T BRING THE LANGUAGE TO CONGRESS TO HAVE CONGRESS RADIFY IT? -- RATIFY IT? THE PRESIDENT CAN PROPOSE ALL THE LEGISLATION HE WANTS TO, WE STILL HAVE TO PASS IT. IF OUR FRUSTRATION ABOUT RESULTS ALLOWS US TO LET FOLKS SHORT CUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS, WE WILL ALL, 330 MILLION OF US, SUFFER. I REMEMBER WHEN PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS TRYING TO RAISE THE GAS TAX, MR. SPEAKER. I TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION BILL THIS WEEK AND TRANSPORTATION FUNDING THIS WEEK. HE STOOD ON THE LAWN, MR. SPEAKER, THERE BESIDE THE ROSE GARDEN, AND HE SAID, WE DESERVE A WORLD CLASS INFRASTRUCTURE IN AMERICA. AND I PROPOSE THAT WE DOUBLE THE GAS TAX. YES, THIS IS CONSERVATIVE RONALD REAGAN TALKING ABOUT DOUBLING TAXES IN ORDER TO BUILD AMERICA. AMERICA DIDN'T AGREE WITH HIM, YET HE WENT OUT THERE AND SOLD IT. HOW DID WE GET FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY, MR. SPEAKER, IN 1986? THE COUNTRY WASN'T READY FOR FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM. THE CONGRESS COULDN'T AGREE ON FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM. RONALD REAGAN TOOK IT AND SOLD IT EVERY SINGLE DAY UNTIL HE GOT IT DONE. THAT'S WHAT'S SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. WE WORK TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH THESE PRIORITIES. PAST PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE EXACTLY THAT. MR. SPEAKER, IT WASN'T TWO WEEKS AGO WE WERE IN HERE TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S OVERREACH ON THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FIDUCIARY RULE. YOU REMEMBER THAT BILL, WE HAD IT HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE THE PRESIDENT JUST DECIDED, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, THAT LONGSTANDING INVESTMENT LAW, AS DETERMINED BY THE S.E.C., WAS NO LONGER GOING TO BE THE LAW OF THE LAND, THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WAS GOING TO TAKE ON SOME NEW RULEMAKING AUTHORITIES IN THIS AREA. THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. CONGRESS DIDN'T WANT TO MAKE CHANGES. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS. HE SAID, WHAT I WON'T ACCEPT IS THE NOTION THAT THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO. SO WE'RE GOING TO KEEP PUSHING FOR THIS RULE. KEEP PUSHING, MR. SPEAKER, DIDN'T MEAN COME TO CONGRESS TO SELL YOU AND TO SELL ME. PUSHING DIDN'T MEAN GO TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO BUILD A COALITION. PUSHING MEANT IGNORING THE CONGRESS AND GOING STRAIGHT AWAY. NOW I POINT THIS OUT AS A SUCCESS, MR. SPEAKER. I POINT THIS OUT AS A SUCCESS BECAUSE OUR OPPOSITION TO THIS WASN'T PARTISAN. OUR OPPOSITION TO THIS, MR. SPEAKER, WAS BIPARTISAN. I HAVE HERE A LETTER FROM SEPTEMBER, MR. SPEAKER. SIGNED BY 90 DEMOCRATS THAT SAID, MR. PRESIDENT, DON'T DO THIS. DON'T DO THIS. THIS IS NOT THE PROPER PATH FORWARD. THE FLURRYALITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS HERE -- THE PLURALITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS HERE SAID, MR. PRESIDENT, DON'T GO FORWARD. THE PRESIDENT DROVE FORWARD ANYWAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE TIMES THAT I'VE SEEN THE PRESIDENT CHANGE HIS MIND IN MY 4 1/2 YEARS IN CONGRESS HAVE NOT BEEN BECAUSE OF MY PERSUASIVE ORATORY OR EVEN BY THE STRENGTH OF THIS INSTITUTION. IT'S BEEN BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPEAK THE PRESIDENT IS A GOOD LISTENER. AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT IS HEARING TODAY IS THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. I NEED RESULTS AND SO HOWEVER YOU GET THOSE RESULTS, MR. PRESIDENT, I'LL BE BEHIND YOU. WE'RE STARTING TO TURN THAT CORNER, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU, WHATEVER IS GOOD FOR DEMOCRATS TODAY IS GOING TO BE BAD FOR DEMOCRATS TOMORROW. WHATEVER IS BAD FOR REPUBLICANS TODAY IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR REPUBLICANS TOMORROW. THE PARTIES WILL CHANGE, THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT WILL CHANGE. BUT WHEN YOU SHORT CIRCUIT THE PROCESS, THE SHORT CIRCUITING LASTS FOREVER. WE CHANGE EXPECTATIONS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE CHANGE EXPECTATIONS WHAT HAVE THE CONSTITUTION MEANS, MR. SPEAKER. I APPLAUD 90 OF MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES STANDING WITH THIS CONGRESS SAYING, MR. PRESIDENT, DON'T GO IT ALONE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT I'M JUST COMING UP WITH OUT OF THIB AIR, WHEN THE PRESIDENT -- THIN AIR, WHEN THE PRESIDENT WASN'T PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHEN HE WAS SENATOR OBAMA, HE HAD THESE SAME CONCERNS. HE SPOKE OUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN ABOUT OVERREACHES OF PRESIDENTS GEORGE BUSH -- OF PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. OFTENTIMES HE SPOKE OUT ALONE. REPUBLICANS WEREN'T STANDING WITH HIM. TO SPEAK OUT. BECAUSE IT WAS A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. REPUBLICANS SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I WANT TO SUPPORT MY PRESIDENT, SO EVEN IF HE IS COLORING OUTSIDE THE LINES A LITTLE BIT, IT'S PROBABLY IMPORTANT TO THE COUNTRY THAT HE DO SO. THAT'S A FAILURE. THAT'S A FAILURE. BECAUSE OUR PRIMARY JOB HERE IS NOT TO BE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS, OUR PRIMARY JOB IS TO BE ARTICLE 1 REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS ON IMMIGRATION. HE'S TALKING AT A UNIVISION TOWN HALL MEETING IN 2011, MR. SPEAKER. HE SAID, THIS DOES NOT MEAN, THOUGH, WE CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, TO EMPHASIZE ENFORCEMENT ON THOSE WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF HIS PROGRAM. BUT HE GOES ON TO SAY, IT ALSO DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE CAN'T STRONGLY ADVOCATE AND PROPOSE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CHANGE THE LAW. TIME AND TIME AGAIN FOLKS WOULD ASK HIM TO DO WHAT HE COULD AS THE EXECUTIVE TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION LAW AND HE WOULD SAY, LISTEN, I'M NOT THE KING, I'M THE PRESIDENT. THE CONGRESS HAS TO CHANGE THE LAW. I CAN ONLY ENFORCE THE LAW. HE WAS RIGHT. HE WAS RIGHT EACH AND EVERY TIME THAT HE SAID THAT. THE ADMINISTRATION CAN PROPOSE BUT WE HAVE TO IMPLEMENT. SO FAST FORWARD TO ABOUT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS THIS, HE SAYS, TO THOSE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO QUESTION MY AUTHORITY TO MAKE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM WORK BETTER OR QUESTION THE WISDOM OF MY ACTING WHERE CONGRESS HAS FAILED, I HAVE BUT ONE ANSWER, PASS A BILL. PASS A BILL, HE SAYS. IN THE MEANTIME, I'M JUST GOING TO DO THINGS THE WAY I WANT TO DO THINGS. THAT'S THE OPPOSITE OF THE, I'M JUST A BILL SITTING HERE ON CAPITOL HILL SONG WE LEARNED AS CHILDREN, MR. SPEAKER. THE BILL COMES FIRST. THE LAW CHANGE COMES LAST. AFTER THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THE LAW IT BECOMES -- SIGNS THE BILL, IT BECOMES THE LAW. WE HAVE TO PROPOSE IT FIRST. HOW MANY MEETINGS HAVE YOU HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER? WHERE HE'S PUSHING HIS IMMIGRATION AGENDA, TRYING TO GET YOU TO BUY INTO HIS BILL? THE ANSWER'S ZERO. BECAUSE HE DOESN'T HAVE A BILL AND HE HASN'T BEEN KNOCKING ON ANY OF OUR DOORS AND MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS WOULD SAY THE SAME. HOW MANY MEETINGS WITH THE PRESIDENT HAVE YOU HAD, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE THE PRESIDENT'S TRYING TO PERSUADE YOU ABOUT HIS FIDUCIARY RULE AND WHY THAT CHANGE IS IMPORTANT FOR MECK AND WHY WE SHOULD MOVE THAT BILL FORWARD? THE SEAN ZERO BECAUSE HE'S NEVER COME TO CAPITOL HILL TO MAKE THAT PITCH. HE'S NOT MAKING IT TO DEMOCRATS AND HE'S NOT MAKING IT TO REPUBLICANS. HE'S GOING IT ALONE. HOW MANY TIMES HAS THE PRESIDENT COME AND KNOCKED ON YOUR DOOR, MR. SPEAKER, TO TRY TO SELL YOU ON HIS OZONE REGULATIONS? OR HIS CLEAN ENERGY PLAN? AND ON AND ON AND ON. AND THE ANSWER IS HE HASN'T AND WE HAVE BEEN COMPLICIT IN ALLOWING THAT UNILATERAL ACTION. IT'S BAD FOR AMERICA, IT IS NOT THE PROCESS THAT OUR FRAMERS ENVISIONED. IT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ON IMMIGRATION. THAT SAME UNIVISION TOWN HALL MEETING. THE QUESTION WAS, MR. PRESIDENT, MY QUESTION WILL BE AS FOLLOWS, WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, COULD YOU BE ABLE TO STOP DEPORTATIONS OF STUDENTS? MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT DOWN HERE TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION POLICY TODAY. I'M NOT. OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS BROKEN. I REPRESENT CONSTITUENTS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO HAVE HAD FAMILY MEMBERS ON THE LIST NOT FOR FIVE YEARS, NOT FOR 10 YEARS, NOT FOR 15 YEARS, BUT FOR 20 YEARS AND MORE, STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR THEIR CHANCE TO COME TO AMERICA. OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN. I HAVE EMPLOYERS WHO WANT TO BUILD IN OUR DISTRICT, THEY CAN'T GET THE PEOPLE THEY NEED FROM THEIR HOME COUNTRIES TO COME AND MANAGE THOSE OPERATIONS. OUR SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WE ALL KNOW IT. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO FIX IT. BUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT GOES AROUND THE CONGRESS, HE DOESN'T FIX IT, HE BREAKS IT FURTHER. HE SAYS THIS. WITH RESPECT TO THE NOTION THAT I CAN JUST SUSPEND DEPORTATIONS THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER, THAT'S JUST NOT THE CASE. BECAUSE THERE ARE LAWS ON THE BOOKS THAT CONGRESS HAS PASSED AND I KNOW THAT EVERYBODY HERE IS STUDYING HARD, SO YOU KNOW THAT WE'VE GOT THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. CONGRESS PASSES THE LAW, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH'S JOB IS TO ENFORCE AND IMPLEMENT THOSE LAWS, AND THEN THE JUDICIARY HAS TO INTERPRET THE LAWS. THERE ARE ENOUGH LAWS ON THE BOOKS BY CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT SAYS, THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN TERMS OF HOW WE HAVE TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. THAT FOR ME TO SIMPLY, THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER, IGNORE THOSE CONGRESSIONAL MANDATES WOULD NOT CONFORM WITH MY APPROPRIATE ROLE AS PRESIDENT. . MR. SPEAKER, THE WORDS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, THERE ARE ENOUGH LAWS ON THE BOOKS BY CONGRESS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR IN TERMS OF HOW WE HAVE TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT FOR ME TO SIMPLY THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER IGNORE THOSE CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATES WOULD NOT CONFORM WITH MY APPROPRIATE ROLE AS PRESIDENT. MARCH, 2011, YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THAT'S WHAT HE BELIEVED IN NOVEMBER OF 2015. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT HAPPENED IN THOSE FOUR YEARS? WHAT HAPPENED IN THOSE FOUR YEARS? AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED, WE HAVE BEEN SILENT AS A BODY. WE HAVE BEEN VOCAL AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS BUT SILENT AS A REPRESENTATIVE BODY. ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, IT IS OUR JOB TO LEGISLATE AND IT YOU IS OUR JOB TO REIN THOSE PRESIDENTS WHO WOULD LEGISLATE ON OUR BEHALF. WHAT OUR FRAMERS FEARED WAS AN ALL POWERFUL EXECUTIVE. THAT'S WHAT THEY COME FROM AND WHAT WE SHOULD FEAR TODAY, NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT BUT AN ALL POWERFUL PRESIDENT. CONGRESS PASSES THE LAW, THE PRESIDENT ENFORCES IT. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THAT OVERREACH, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE CONGRESS IS. THE PRESIDENT ISN'T SELLING THOSE BUT WITH A PHONE AND PEN. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT THINK , THE JUDICIARY SAID NO. THE CONGRESS SAID NO. IT IS NOT A CONFUSION ABOUT WHERE THE DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE. WE HAVE ONE BRANCH THAT IS SAYING YES AND THAT'S THE EXECUTIVE WHO HAS NO LAW-MAKING AUTHORITY. THE BRANCH THAT MAKES THE LAW, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND THE JUDICIARY BRANCH. WE ARE UNITED IN THOSE. WHAT WE ARE NOT UNITED ON IS THE YES. WE TALK ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP IN THIS CHAMBER. WHAT IS BIPARTISAN IS THE OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENTIAL OVERREACH. THAT'S WHAT'S BIPARTISAN. THE SUPPORT FOR IT IS BIPARTISAN. THE MINORITY OF FOLKS IS SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT. IT'S BIPARTISAN -- SOME WAYS IT'S NOT STRONG ENOUGH. IT'S THAT WE OWE OUR CONSTITUENTS BETTER. IT'S THAT WE OWE THEM BETTER. MY VOTING CARD HAS MY NAME ON IT. IT DOESN'T BELONG TO ME BUT 700,000 FOLKS BACK AT HOME WHO DIDN'T SEND ME HERE TO SATISFY MY PRIORITIES BUT THEIR PRIORITIES. AND I DON'T BELIEVE THAT AS A NATION, MR. SPEAKER, WE BELIEVE THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. I HOPE THAT WE DON'T. I HOPE WE HAVE NOT FALLEN SO FAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE NOW BELIEVE THE CONSTITUTION AS THE RULE BOOK FOR AMERICA IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN WHAT THE RESULTS ARE. ANYBODY INVOLVED IN MANUFACTURING, MR. SPEAKER, KNOWS IF YOU HAVE A FLAWED PROCESS, YOU ARE GOING TO PRODUCE A FLAWED PRODUCT. ONLY WITH A GOOD PROCESS CAN YOU PRODUCE A GOOD PRODUCT. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES US A GOOD PROCESS. WHEN WE IGNORE IT, WE HAVE A FLAWED PROCESS AND A FLAWED PRODUCT. I'LL GO TO THE PRESIDENT'S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, MR. SPEAKER AND I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT THAT PLAYS OUTSIDE, I WOULD ARGUE MORE THAN ANY OTHER DISTRICT. YOU LOVE CLEANING AIR AND WATER, COME DOWN TO MY PART OF THE WORLD. YOU WANT FOLKS WHO LOVE GREEN SPACE, WHO LOVE PARKS, WHO LOVE NATIONAL TRAILWAYS AND BIKEWAYS, COME DOWN TO MY PART OF THE WORLD. WE'LL RIDE A BIKE AND PUSH A STROLLER. WE WANT TO BE OUTSIDE. IF THE PRESIDENT SAID, MOTHER EARTH IS IN PERIL AND I NEED YOU TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM, I WOULD BE THE BEST LISTENER. THAT IS NOT THE PROCESS. THE PRESIDENT'S CLEAN POWER PLAN, THIS IS SHUTTING DOWN POWER PLANTS IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA. THIS IS THE POSITION OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT MOTHER EARTH, WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE DOWN THE POWER PLANT THAT WE SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IMPROVING TO MEET THE LAST ROUND OF REGULATIONS AND WITH THOSE POWER PLANTS CLOSED DOWN, WE ARE GOING TO SPEND BILLIONS MORE. I PROMISE YOU THAT IS NOT GOING TO RESULT IN FEWER EMISSIONS IN THE ATMOSPHERE IF WE LET THE PLANTS RUN OUT THE USEFUL LIFE. BUT WE DIDN'T GET TO VOTE ON THAT, MR. SPEAKER. THAT WAS AN EXECUTIVE DECREE. WATERS OF THE U.S. THAT'S THE BILL -- WHEN IT WAS A BILL, WE REJECTED IT BUT AN INITIATIVE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THAT SAID THE FRAMEWORK WE HAD IN THIS COUNTRY FOR 100 YEARS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING NAVIGABLE WATERWAYS AND LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS CONTROLLING THE WATERWAYS, IF A DROP FALLS, IT IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S AUTHORITY TO REGULATE. WE CAN'T BE TRUSTED? NONSENSE. MY DISTRICT SITS ON A CONTINENTAL DIVIDE. WE HAVE BUILT $1 BILLION WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND WHILE HAVE THE DISTRICTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, WE KNOW THAT THE RIVER BASIN IS IN A WATER DEFICIT AND SO WE SPEND MONEY PUMPING THE WATER BACK UP FROM ONE SIDE OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE SO WE CAN LET IT GO IN THE BASIN THAT NEEDS THE WATER SO BADLY. WE ARE STEWARDS, MR. SPEAKER. NOT STEWARDS WITH YOUR MONEY AND NOT SPENDING ANYBODY ELSE'S MONEY BUT OUR MONEY, BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN TAKING CARE OF AMERICA'S NATURAL RESOURCES. NOT SELLING IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT WITH THE PEN AND PHONE, FEDERALIZED WATER ACROSS THE BOARD. WHERE WAS THE BIPARTISAN OUTCRY? AND THE OZONE AIR QUALITY STANDARDS. IF YOU ARE CONFUSED, WE NEVER GET THOSE IMPLEMENTED. THOSE STILL HAVEN'T GONE INTO EFFECT YET. THE PRESIDENT HAS DROPPED A NEW SET OF OZONE STANDARDS. NOT BECAUSE CONGRESS PASSED SOMETHING, WE DIDN'T BUT THE PRESIDENT THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT AND HE WROTE THE LAW FOR HIMSELF. HOW DOES CONGRESS FEEL ABOUT THIS? WELL, TURNS OUT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY SAID IF THIS IS THE DIRECTION THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO GO. LET ME MAKE THIS PITCH TO CONGRESS AND SEE IF CONGRESS AGREES WITH THE PRESIDENT. CARBON EMISSIONS, THE CAP AND TRADE, CLEAN POWER PLAN REJECTED. WATERS OF THE U.S., REJECTED. OZONE STANDARDS, REJECTED. IT ISN'T THAT CONGRESS HASN'T SPOKEN ON THESE ISSUES, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE. WE HAVE. IT'S NOT THAT THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE ARTICLE ONE CONGRESS WANTS, HE DOES, HE JUST DOESN'T LIKE WHAT THE ARTICLE ONE CONGRESS DECIDED AND SO HE HAS DECIDED TO DO IT HIMSELF AND WE'VE BEEN COMPLICIT IN ALLOWING THAT TO HAPPEN. NOT EVEN WE, 435, BUT 320 MILLION AND THERE'S GOING TO BE A PRICE TO PAY FOR THAT. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS IS ACTIVE ON THESE ISSUES, ACTIVE ON THESE ISSUES. IT'S NOT THAT FOLKS IN THIS BODY DON'T CARE, WE CARE DEEPLY. WE PASSED THE RAINS ACT AND SAID IF THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO DO RULES ON HIS OWN, WE HAVE TO REVIEW. PASSED 243-165. REGULATORY PROTECTION ACT FOR THOSE JURISDICTIONS LIKE MINE WHERE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE TAKING SUCH GOOD CARE OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR LOCAL NATURAL RESOURCES. PASSED, 261-155. THE RATEPAYER PROTECTION ACT, YOU NEED TO SPEND BILLIONS WORKABLE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION AND NOW YOU ARE TELLING US WE HAVE TO CLOSE THOSE POWER PLANTS. THAT CAN'T BE THE RIGHT WAY TO GET CLEAN ENERGY OR STEWARDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. PASSED THAT BILL 247-180. THE E.P.A. SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD ACT. WE CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT THE FACTSR WE NEVER ARE GOING TO AGREE WHAT THE SOLUTION IS, SO LET'S HAVE A STANDARD FOR WHAT GOOD SCIENCE LOOKS LIKE THAT WE CAN RALLY TOGETHER AROUND. PASSED HERE IN THE HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, FOLKS AREN'T CONFUSED WHERE THE CONGRESS IS ON THIS ISSUE. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE THE CONGRESS IS ON THIS ISSUE. THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS. ARTICLE 1 CONGRESS PASSES THE LAW. ARTICLE 2, WHITE HOUSE, ENFORCES THE LAW. ARTICLE 3, JUDICIARY, INTERPRETS THE LAW. THE JUDICIARY HAD A CHANCE TO DO A LITTLE INTERPRETING AND HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE WATERS OF THE U.S. AND THE CLEAN WATER ISSUE AND THE COURT SAID THIS. THIS IS THE SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. WHAT IS OF GREATER CONCERN TO US IN BALANCING THE HARMS IS THE BURDEN POTENTIALLY VISITED NATIONWIDE ON GOVERNMENTAL BODIES, STATE AND FEDERAL, AS WELL AS ON PRIVATE PARTIES AND THE IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL IMPLICATED ON THE RULES DRAWING LINES OVER THE NATION'S WATERS. THE COURT SAID, WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON AMERICA. I DON'T WANT THE COURT TO BE WORRIED BUT THE LAW OF THE LAND IS. I WANT THE CONGRESS TO BE WORRIED. I WANT THE PRESIDENT TO BE LISTENING TO CONGRESS AND ENFORCING THE LAWS THAT CONGRESS HAS PASSED AND HAS TAKEN THE COURTS TO SAY, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE GONE A BIT TOO FAR. THE RIPPLE EFFECT CAUSED BY THIS RULE, DEFINITIONAL CHANGES COUNTS IN STRONGLY MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO. THIS IS STILL BEING LITIGATED. THE COURT SAYS THE DETRIMENTAL IMPACT OF THIS NEW RULE THAT CONGRESS HAS NEVER SEEN EXCEPT IN THE FORM WE REJECTED IT, THE DAMAGE TO AMERICA IS SO SEVERE, WE ARE GOING TO ISSUE AN IN JUNCTION TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT FROM GOING FORWARD. IT GIVES ME NO PRIDE TO HAVE NINE JUSTICES IN ROBES RUNNING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AMERICANS ELECTED A PRESIDENT TO IMPLEMENT THE LAW AND THEY ELECTED A CONGRESS TO WRITE THE LAW AND WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT TOGETHER. WE FOUND OURSELVES POWERLESS IN DOING THAT, ASKING THE COURTS TO SOLVE THAT ISSUE INSTEAD. COURTS GO ON, NEITHER IS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THE NATION'S WATERS WILL SUFFER IMMINENT INJURY IF THE NEW SCHEME IS NOT IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENTED. THAT'S WHY THEY ALLOWED THE INJUNCTION. THERE IS NO HARM COMING. THERE'S TIME TO SORT THIS OUT. THEY NEED TIME TO SORT IT OUT IN THE COURTS. WHAT ABOUT TIME TO SORT IT OUT IN THE CONGRESS? WHO LOVES THE WATERS OF THE U.S. BILL? THEY SHOULD MAKE THEIR PITCH, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD COME AND MAKE HIS PITCH. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW HIM ON TV? YOU HAVEN'T SEEN HIM ON TV SELLING IT. WHEN HAVE YOU SEEN HIM SELLING THE OZONE STANDARDS? HE IS NOT DOING IT. AND THE LIST GOSS ON. WE HAVE TO ASK HIM TO GET OUT THERE AND SELL IT. YOUR JOB AS PRESIDENT ISN'T JUST TO DO IT, BUT TO GET THE CONGRESS TO ALLOW YOU TO DO IT. TO SELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WILL SELL THE CONGRESS, WHO WILL CHANGE THE LAW OF THE LAND. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THIS HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR AND HE WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR. I WOULDN'T CALL HIM A CONSERVATIVE. LAWRENCE TRIBE SAYS THIS ABOUT THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, HE SAID TO JUSTIFY THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, THE E.P.A. HAS REWRITTEN THE HISTORY OF AN OBSCURE SECTION OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT. FRUSTRATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL INACTION CANNOT JUSTIFY THROWING THE CONSTITUTION OVERBOARD TO RESCUE THIS LAWLESS E.P.A. PROPOSAL. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT YOU TO FOLLOW THAT RATIONALE. THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT HAS SNUCK UP ON US HERE IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, HERE IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, HERE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. THE PRESIDENT DUG DEEP INTO A 45-YEAR-OLD LAW AND SAID IT APPEARS TO ME WE HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD THIS LAW THE PAST 45 YEARS. MISUNDERSTOOD IT. AND APPARENTLY, 45 YEARS AGO, WE ABSOLUTELY MADE AN EFFORT THROUGH CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY, IN FACT, THE OBLIGATION, TO REWRITE AMERICA'S ENERGY LAWS IN THIS FASHION. NONSENSE. NONSENSE. PRESIDENT'S CONSTITUTIONAL PROFESSOR. FRUSTRATION WITH CONGRESSIONAL INACTION CANNOT JUSTIFY THROWING THE CONSTITUTION OVERBOARD TO RESCUE THIS LAWLESS E.P.A. PROPOSAL. I GET THE FRUSTRATION. I GET IT WE IF WE HAD FRUSTRATION METERS MINE WOULD BE AROUND THE TOP. BUT THE WAY TO ADDRESS THAT FRUSTRATION ISN'T TO TAKE MY TOYS AND GO HOME. THE WAY TO ADDRESS THE FRUSTRATION IS TO FIND SOMEBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO I THINK I CAN TRUST, WHO I THINK I CAN TALK TO, WHO I THINK I CAN WORK WITH, AND WORK TOGETHER TO FIND AN ANSWER. WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION. WHAT IS ABSENT -- WHAT IS ABSENT IN ALL THESE PROPOSALS I HAVE LISTED, MR. SPEAKER, IS ANYONE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS PROPOSAL THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE ONLY WORKING TOGETHER THAT'S HAPPENING, MR. SPEAKER, ARE FOLKS WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT THESE PROPOSALS FROM BEING THE LAW OF THE LAND. PROCESS MATTERS. PROCESS MATTERS. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO FINISH CLOSE TO WHERE I BEGAN. I WAS A NEW CONGRESSMAN, JUST BEEN ELECTED, 700,000 PEOPLE IN THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, COUNTING ON ME TO BE THEIR VOICE. COUNTING ON ME TO SUCCEED ON THEIR PRIORITIES. RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE THE PRESIDENT SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE PEOPLE I WANT APPOINTED TO A BOARD AND THE SENATE WON'T DO WHAT I WANT THEM TO DO. BECAUSE THE SENATE WON'T TO WHAT I WANT THEM TO DO, I'M GOING TO DO IT BY MYSELF. WHEN DID THAT BECOME OK, MR. SPEAKER? WE SUFFER FROM A LITTLE OF THAT HERE. HOUSE WON'T DO WHAT I WANT IT TO DO, I'M GOING TO TAKE MY TOYS AND GO HOME. HOUSE WON'T DO WHAT I I WANT IT TO DO, I'M GOING TO SHUT DOWN THE WORKS AND GUM UP THE PROCESS. GUESS WHAT IN A REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, NOBODY DOES WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'VE GOT TO GO OUT AND FIND 51% OF AMERICA TO AGREE WITH YOU AND THAT'S WHEN YOU GET THINGS DONE. I DO NOT FAULT THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS POLICIES, THOUGH I DISAGREE WITH HIM ON THEM. I FAULT HIM FOR IMPLEMENTING THOSE POLICIES UNILATERALLY, UNCONSTITUTIONALLY, INSTEAD OF GOING OUT AND SELLING AMERICA ON THEM. THAT'S WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER. IF YOU HAVE THE VOTES, YOU DON'T HAVE TO FUSS ABOUT IT. FOLKS COME DOWN TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, GNASHING OF TEETH, TEARING OF CLOTHES, SELF-FLAGELLATION GOING ON HERE ON THE FLOOR ON A REGULAR BASIS. IF YOU HAVE THE VOTES, YOU DON'T HAVE TO MAKE A SCENE. YOU JUST GOT TO GO OUT AND WIN THE VOTES. YOU HAVE TO GO OUT AND WIN THE ARGUMENT. IF YOU WIN THE ARGUMENT, THE LAW WILL CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA WORKS. AMERICA WORKS. THE CONSTITUTION WORKS. YOU JUST HAVE TO FOLLOW IT. YOU JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE IN IT. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT IT GOVERNS. 9-0, THE SUPREME COURT TOLD THE WHITE HOUSE AND ITS ENTIRE LEGAL TEAM THAT CRAFTED A TOO CUTE BY HALF EXPLANATION OF WHY THIS WAS ALL GOING TO BE OK, ROSES AND SUNSHINE, HUNKY DORRY 9460 THE COURT SAID NO. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE PRESIDENT DOES. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE DOES. THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU'RE ALLOWED TO DO IN AMERICA. REGARDLESS, THE SUPREME COURT SAID, THE RECESS APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE IS NOT DESIGNED TO OVERCOME SERIOUS INSTITUTIONAL FRICTION. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SERIOUS INSTITUTIONAL FRICTION. I DON'T BEMOAN IT, I CELEBRATE IT. I THINK FRICTION WAS PART OF THE PROCESS. TURNS OUT THE COURT AGREES WITH ME. THEY GO ON TO SAY, IT SIMPLY PROVIDES A SUBSIDIARY METHOD FOR APPOINTING OFFICIALS WHEN THE SENATE IS A WAY IN A RECESS. HENCE THE WORD RECESS APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE. HERE AS IN OTHER CONTEXTS, AND OTHER CONTEXTS, ALL THESE OTHER ISSUES THE COURT NOW HAS ON THEIR PLATE FROM EXECUTIVE OVERREACH, HERE'S ANOTHER CONFECTION. FRICTION BETWEEN THE BRANCHES IS AN INEVITABLE CONSEQUENCE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL STWRUCKTURE. -- STRUCTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST ONE VOTE IN A 435-MEMBER INSTITUTION. BUT MY CONSTITUENTS WOULD PLACE THAT ONE VOTE ON THE SIDE OF BEING THE ARTICLE 1 LEGISLATURE, RATHER THAN ON THE SIDE OF BEING THE BEST REPUBLICAN AMERICA HAS EVER SEEN. MY CONSTITUENTS WOULD ASK ME TO PLACE THAT VET ON THE SIDE OF BEING THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, THAT INSTITUTION FROM WHICH THE IDEAS PERCOLATE, THAT PART OF THE U.S. HOUSE THAT'S CLOSE ETC. TO THE AMERICAN -- TO PEOPLE. THEY WOULD ASK ME TO PLEDGE TO BE PART OF THIS INSTITUTION. NOT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE. NOT THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE. NOT THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. NOT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY AN A SOLEMN OBLIGATION IN THIS INSTITUTION. MY COMMITMENT IS TO BE A GOOD LISTENING TO ALL THE POLICY CONCERNS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. I'LL BE A GOOD LISTENER. I MAY NOT ATPWHREE WITH YOU BUT I'LL GIVE YOU A CHANCE. BUT WE HAVE TO BE UNITED ON BEHALF OF ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME IN SAYING THAT THE CONSTITUTION GIVES ONLY ONE BRANCH THE ABILITY TO WRITE THE LAW. AND THAT'S THE ARTICLE 1 LEGISLATURE. WHEN WE IGNORE THE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, WE DO SO AT OUR OWN PERIL, AT INSTITUTIONAL PERIL. WHEN THE PRESIDENT IGNORES THE CONGRESS, HE DOES SO AT HIS OWN PERIL, AT EXECUTIVE BRANCH PERIL. I WAS ON THE ELEVATOR WITH ONE OF THE GREAT LEADERS OF THIS INSTITUTION, MR. JOHN DINGELL OUT OF MICHIGAN. HE WAS ON THE ELEVATOR, A YOUNG DEMOCRAT CLIMBED ON THE ELEVATOR WITH HIM. THE YOUNG DEMOCRAT WAS COMPLAINING HE DIDN'T HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT. DON'T GET TO SEE ENOUGH OF THE PRESIDENT. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ON CAPITOL HILL ENOUGH. MR. DINGELL SAID, WELL, SON, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. REMEMBER L.B.J. WE HAD L.B.J. OVER AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS A BOOK STUDY JUST THIS WEEK, DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS HANDLE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CONGRESS IN DIFFERENT WAYS. SOME ARE INVOLVED TOO MUCH, SOME ARE INVOLVED NOT ENOUGH. BUT EVERY ONE IS INVOLVED. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A BATTLE OF IDEAS, NOT A BAT OSM IDEOLOGY. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A BATTLE OF POLICY, NOT A BATTLE OF PARTISANS. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED ON BEHALF OF FOLKS BACK HOME, AND I WILL TELL YOU IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY WE ARE LOSING WHEN WE UNITE OURSELVES BASED ON RED AND BLUE AS OPPOSED TO UNITING OURSELVES BASED ON ARTICLE 1 AND ARTICLE 2. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YEELTSDZ BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTEFUL MS. -- FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I RISE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN WITH ME AND 69 OF OUR COLLEAGUES, 0…

    I RISE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN WITH ME AND 69 OF OUR COLLEAGUES, 0 ALREADY, WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 381, THE RETURN TO PRUDENT BANKING ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD RESTORE THE PROVISIONS OF THE GLASS-STEAGALL BANKING LAW THAT SEPARATED PRUDENT BANKING FROM WILD SPECULATION IN THE FINANCIAL REM. YESTERDAY -- REALM. YESTERDAY MARKED THE 16TH YEAR TO THE DAY THAT CONGRESS REPEALED THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT IN 1999, BESTOWING ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND INVESTMENT FIRMS THE ABILITY TO PUT THE LIFE SAVINGS AND DEPOSITS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT GREATER RISK. I WAS ONE OF THE 67 MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT REPEAL OF GLASS-STEAGALL. AT THAT TIME, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WERE TOLD BY WALL STREET THAT THE BANKS WERE STRANGLED BY OUTDATE RED STRICKS AS THE REPEAL WAS A MODERN EXPERIMENT IN DEREGULATION, SO CONGRESS REPEALED THIS BEDROCK LAW OVER OUR OBJECTIONS. LOOK WHERE THAT DECISION TOOK AMERICA. WE WITNESSED THE TERRIBLE MARKET CRASH IN 2008. NOW SLOW GROWTH AND THE OUTRAGEOUS, ENORMOUS ACCUMULATION OF BANKING ASSETS IN A HANDFUL OF INSTITUTIONS LIKE J.P. MORGAN CHASE, GOALMAN SACHS, BANK OF AMERICA, THEY ARE RAKING IN RECORD SHATTERING PROFITS WHILE PAYING DEPOSITORS ALMOST NOTHING ON THEIR INTEREST OR ON CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT AS WAGES FOR WORKING CLASS AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FLATLINE. THE ORIGINAL GLASS-STEAGALL ACT SERVED OUR COUNTRY WELL. IT LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR AN UNPRECEDENTED HALF CENTURY WITHOUT FINANCIAL PAN E-- PAN IRKS OR CRISES. JUST AS PORN, IT CONTRIBUTED TO A RIGHT SIZED BANKING SYSTEM, FOCUSED ON SERVING OUR ECONOMY AND SOCIETY AS A WHOLE RATHER THAN ENRICHING ITSELF AT EVERYONE'S EXPENSE. WE MUST REPLACE THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT. WITHOUT THESE SAFEGUARDS, IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WALL STREET STEERS AMERICA OVER THE PRECIPICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 381, THE TO RETURN PRUDENT BANKING ACT OF 2015. HELP RESTORE PRUDENT DISCIPLINE AND SANITY TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND IN TURN, REAL ECONOMIC GROWTH TO AMERICA. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLVED THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY FROM NOVEMBER…

    RESOLVED THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY FROM NOVEMBER 5, 2015, TO NOVEMBER 12, 2015, PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IT STAND ADJOURNED UNTIL 2:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF THIS CON SURNT RESOLUTION CHMBING OCCURS FIRST AND THAT WHEN THE SENATE RECESSES OR ADJOURNS ON ANY DAY FROM TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2015, THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2015, ON A MOTION OFFERED BY PURSUANT TO THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEAD OVER HIS DESIGNEE IT STAND RECESSED OR ADJOURNED UNTIL NOON ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015, OR SUCH OTHER TIME ON THAT DAY AS MAY BE SPECIFIED BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OR HIS DESIGNEE AND THE MOTION TO RECESS OR ADJOURN OR UNTIL THE TIME OF ANY REASSEMBLY PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF THIS CON CURN RESOLUTION, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. SECTION 2-A. THE SPEAKER OF HIS DESIGNEE, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE, SHALL NOTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO REASSEMBLE AT SUCH PLACE AND TIME AS HE MAY DEZ EGG NATE IF IN HIS OPINION THE PUBLIC INTEREST SHALL WARRANT IT. B, AFTER REASSEMBLING PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION A, WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON A MOTION PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION BY THE MAJORITY LEADER OF HIS DESIGNEE, THE HOUSE SHALL STAN ADJOURNED PURSUANT TO THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION. SECTION 3-A, THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE OR HIS DESIGNEE, AFTER CONCURRENCE WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, SHALL NOTIFY THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE TO REASSEMBLE AT SUCH PLACE AND TIME AS HE MAY DEZ EGG NATE IF, IN HIS OPINION, THE PECULIAR INTEREST SHALL WARRANT IT. BMBING, AFTER REASSEMBLING PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION A, WHEN TO THE SENATE ADJOURNS ON A MOTION OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION BY ITS MAJORITY LEADER OF HIS DESIGNEE, THE SENATE SHALL AGAIN STAND ADJOURNED PURSUANT TO THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION…

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    THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TODAY ON A MOTION PURSUANT TO THIS ORDER IT…

    THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TODAY ON A MOTION PURSUANT TO THIS ORDER IT ADJOURN TO MEET ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015, UNLESS IT HAS SOONER RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE IN WHICH CASE THE SENATE SHAZZ STAND ADJOURNED PURR SUNE TO THAT CON CURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOMEERLT, FOR 30 MINUTES. -- MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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    I DO WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. SPEAKER, HE SPEAKS…

    I DO WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA, MR. SPEAKER, HE SPEAKS ELOQUENTLY. I HATED TO LOSE MY DEAR FRIEND JOHN LENDER FROM HERE IN THIS BODY A BRILLIANT MAN WITH GREAT CLASS, BUT SINCE HE IS GONE, I AM DELIGHTED TO HAVE ROB WOODALL HERE IN HIS STEAD. JUST CLEAR THINKING, ARTICULATE, AND MAKES THE CASE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR. SPEAKING OF MESSAGES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR, THIS IS NOVEMBER 5, 2015. IT WAS NOVEMBER 5, 2009, WHEN A MAJOR IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS, WHO HAD GIVEN PLENTY OF WARNING SIGNS THAT HE WAS A TICKING TIME BOMB WHO WAS GOING TO KILL AMERICANS, PARTICULARLY AMERICAN SOLDIERS, ESPECIALLY IF HE WERE ORDERED TO GO OVERSEAS, BECAUSE HE WOULD MUCH PREFER TO KILL AMERICAN SOLDIERS THAN HE WOULD GO OVERSEAS AND RISK KILLING A FELLOW MUSLIM, HAVING HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, AS I WAS IN FOR FOUR YEARS, WHO HAD TO DEAL WITH MAJOR HASSAN, IT IS APPALLING THAT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS LED TO THIS MAN BEING ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THE MILITARY, EVER BEING PROMOTED, AND BEING ASSIGNED TO COUNSEL TROUBLED SOLDIERS. INCREDIBLE. . BUT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE PROPOSAL IN THE EVENT. IT WAS NOVEMBER 5 OF 2009, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD BEEN IN OFFICE SINCE JANUARY OF THAT YEAR. MAJOR HAS AND -- HAAS AUN HAD BEEN IN THE MILITARY DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN PROMOTED. THERE WERE WARNING SIGNS THAT WE HEAR ABOUT AFTER THE FACT, BUT NOBODY WANTED TO BE THE ONE TO STAND UP AND SAY THIS MAN IS A THREAT, HE IS A RADICAL ISLAMIST AND A THREAT TO THE UNITE STATES MILITARY AND THE THAT TO THE LIBES OF OUR MILITARY MEMBERS. OUR MILITARY L THOSE VICTIMS DOWN AT FORT HOOD, TEXAS, BEFORE THE SHOOTING EVER OCCURRED. THAT IS ALMOST UNBLEERBLE, BUT WHAT BECOMES UNBEARABLE IS THAT SIX YEARS LATER, VICTIMS WHO ARE STILL ALIVE OF MAJOR HASSAN E STILL BEING MISTREATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. ARTICLE J.C. JONES IN "THE DAILY HERALD," TODAY SAID SIX YEARS AFTER NOVEMBER 5, 2009 SHOONG, AT LEAST ONE VICTIM IS FIGHTING FOR OVERDUE BENEFITS. FORMER STAFF SERANT ALONZO SAID PAIN, BETRAYAL, DISSPECT AND PATRIISM ALL COME TO MIND WHEN HE THINKS ABOUT THATRAGIC DAY AND SA IT'S AOT, A LOT THAT GOES THROUGH MY HEAD HE WAS SHOT SEVEN TIMES BY HASSAN. THE ARMY PSYCHIATRIST WHO OPENED FIRE ON UNSUSPECTING FELLOW SOLDIERS AT A PROCESSING BUILDING FOR DEPLOYING SOLDIERS. SIX YEARS LATER, THE BUILDING HAS BEEN TORN DOWN. MANY OF THE SOLDIERS WHO WERE THERE HAVE MOVED OH, NO LONGER IN THE ARMY OR STATIONED ELSEWHERE. HASSAN, AN ARMY MAJOR WAS FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING 12 SOLDIERS AND ONE CIVILIAN ON AUGUST 23, 2013, FOLLOWING A 12-DAY COURT MARTIAL AT FORT HOOD. HE IS CURRENTLY ON DEATH ROW, AWAITING AUTOMATIC APPEALS. IT TOOK CONGRESS BATTLING AND FINALLY PUTTING LANGUAGE IN A BILL THAT THE ARMY AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FINALLY COULD NOT IGNORE THAT FINALLY PUT ENOUGH PRESSURE ON THE ARMY TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY THESE VICTIMS, AND THAT IS FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE. THEY WERE VICTIMS OF AN ATTACK IN THE WAR AGAINST AMERICA BY RADICAL ISLAM. AS MUSLIM FRIENDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, LEADERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHO ARE MUSLIM, HAVE ASKED ON DIFFERENT VISITS I HAVE HAD IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHY IS IT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT UNDERSTAND RADICAL ISLAMISTS, PARTICULARLY THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS AT WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES. YOU KEEP HELPING THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT WAR WITH YOU, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. THEY RECOGNIZE IT ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST. MUSLIMS OVER THERE SCRATCH THEIR HEADS, MODERATE MUSLIMS, AND WONDER WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA. NOW I MET A NUMBER OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE SHOOTING SIX YEARS AGO TODAY, WHEN THE PURPLE HEARTS WERE FINALLY AWARDED. A NUMBER OF US WERE THERE FROM CONGRESS BECAUSE IT WAS AN IMPORTANT DAY AND THEY NEEDED TO KNOW, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO CARE SO WE ARE THERE AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THIS BODY AND ALL OF THOSE WITHIN IT, WHO RECOGNIZE THE LOSS AND THE SACRIFICE OCCURRED AT THE HANDS OF SOMEONE WHO IS AT WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES, A PART OF THE BIGGER RADICAL ISLAMIST MOVEMENT. AND IT'S RATHER IRONIC THAT AS WE THINK ABOUT AND TALK ABOUT THE VIOLATIONS OF THE IRAN TREATY -- YES, IT IS A TREATY, DESPITE THE SENATE'S UNWILLINGNESS TO CALL IT WHAT IT IS, BUT THE VIOLATIONS OF THE IRAN TREATY BY IRAN ARE STILL RESULTING IN THIS ADMINISTRATION SENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KILL US AND TO ELIMINATE OUR WAY OF LIFE. YET, THIS ADMINISTRATION SENDING BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO OUR ENEMY CAN'T SCRAP TOGETHER MERE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO SEND TO SOMEONE LIKE STAFF SERGEANT ALONZO. THE ARTICLE SAYS HE IS NOW IN NORTH CAROLINA. I WAS IMPRESSED WHEN I MET HIM. HE SEEMS TO BE A VERY SHARP MAN, A PATRIOT, SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT AMERICA, BUT LIKE MANY OF THE VICTIMS, THE WOUNDS GO EVEN DEEPER THAN THE SHOTS THAT WERE FIRED. IN HIS CASE SEVEN TIMES HE WAS SHOT. WHAT A HORRIBLE DAY. AND YET THIS ADMINISTRATION BECOMES ACCOMPLICES TO AFTER THE CRIME EPISODE AND DAMAGE BY STILL REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT FOR WHAT IT WAS AND PAY THESE PATRIOTIC SERVICE MEMBERS THE MONEY THEY HAVE COMING AS PEOPLE WHO WERE WOUNDED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. RIDICULOUS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL SEND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS WITH ALL THAT IS SENT, WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO FINANCE MORE, HELP HAMAS MORE AND HEZBOLLAH MORE. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO KILL AMERICANS. AND WHAT DOES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DO? THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE NOTHING GETS IN THE WAY OF SENDING MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO KILL AMERICANS AND WHO HAVE HAD KILLED AMERICANS. A REPORT INDICATES THAT IRAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST 12% OF THE AMERICANS KILLED IN IRAQ. I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK BASED ON THOSE I HAVE TALKED TO IN TRIPS TO IRAQ AND THOSE WHO HAVE RESEARCHED EVEN FURTHER THAT WHEN WE GET TO THE BOTTOM LINE, THERE WILL LIKELY BE A LOT MORE THAN 12%. BUT EVEN SO, THE COUNTRY, THE RADICAL ISLAMIST LEADERS IN CHARGE ARE GUILTY OF KILLING AMERICANS. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION REWARDS THEM BY SENDING THEM MONEY WHILE WHETHER IT'S INTENTIONAL OR INTENTIONAL NEGLECT, REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PATRIOTISM AND THE ACT OF WAR AGAINST OUR MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY, THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AND THE ONE CIVILIAN THAT WAS KILLED, REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND ADEQUATELY APPRECIATE THOSE PATRIOTS THAT WERE KILLED OR WOUNDED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN AN ACT OF WAR BY MAJOR HASSAN. SO THE QUESTION ARISES IF THIS ADMINISTRATION EITHER THROUGH NEGLECT OR INTENT IS SO CALLOUSED AND UNCARING TOWARDS ITS OWN MILITARY MEMBERS, THEN WHAT'S GOING ON NOW THAT IS GOING TO RESULT IN FUTURE AMERICANS, MILITARY MEMBERS BEING KILLED. HOW MANY MORE MAJOR HASSANS ARE THERE IN THE ARMY, AIR FORCE, NAVY, MARINES. GOD, I HOPE AND PRAY THAT PEOPLE LIKE HASSAN ARE NOT STILL BEING PROMOTED BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO IN THIS ADMINISTRATION -- UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, UNDER THIS COMMANDER IN CHIEF SAY THIS GUY IS GIVING ALL THE INDICATIONS OF BEING A RADICAL ISLAMIST THAT WILL ONE DAY EXPLODE AND KILL AMERICANS? WE HAVE SEEN RECORD NUMBERS OF GENERALS, OFFICERS WITH STARS BEING FIRED. WE HAVE SEEN -- AND I PERSONALLY -- I RECOGNIZE EDWARD SNOWDEN TO BE A TRAITOR, BUT HAVING TRIED FELONY CASES, INCLUDING DEATH PENALTY CASES AND COUPLED WITH MY EXPERIENCE HERE IN CONGRESS OF TRYING TO ADVISE AND HELP WHISTLEBLOWERS AND HAVING SEEN THIS ADMINISTRATION TURN AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS, USE THEIR OWN DEPARTMENT THEY WORK IN TO DESTROY THEIR CAREERS, USE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO HARRIS THEM, AND IF IT'S SOMEBODY THAT HAS VERY DAMAGING EVIDENCE ABOUT WRONGDOING BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, THEN THEY WILL CONVENE A GRAND JURY TO INVESTIGATE AND HARASS, NEVER MIND THAT IT DRIVES A SPOUSE TO A HOSPITAL, NEAR BREAKDOWN. NEVER MIND THE DAMAGE THAT IT DOES TO THOSE PATRIOTIC WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO JUST WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN ALL THINGS. I HAVE TO RECOGNIZE IF I WERE SENTENCING EDWARD SNOWDEN FOR HIS TREASON, THAT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION, SOMEONE WERE TO COME FORTH IF EDWARD SNOWDEN HAD DONE THIS AND COME BEFORE SUPERIORS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION , HE WOULD LIKELY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. A GRAND JURY CONVENED. ATTEMPTS TO PUT HIM IN JAIL, ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY HIS EVIDENCE , THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE TAKEN AS EVIDENCE IN MITIGATION OF WHATEVER THE SENTENCE WAS FOR THE TREASON, BECAUSE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, I HAVE STRUGGLED WITH PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO GET THROUGH THAT. WHERE DO YOU GO? ERIC HOLDER AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, WAS NOT GOING TO HELP A WHISTLEBLOWER IF THEY HAD INFORMATION THAT WAS DAMAGING TO THE ADMINISTRATION. NO. HE WAS THE HEAD OF THE LARGEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRM IN AMERICA , DEFENDING THE ACTIONS IN THIS ADMINISTRATION AND GOING AFTER AND TRYING TO DESTROY ANYBODY WHO CAME FORTH WITH DAMAGING EVIDENCE, PARTICULARLY IF IT COULD HAVE COME BEFORE THE ELECTION IN 2012. LORETTA LYNCH WILL ALWAYS BE A BLOT ON THE REPUTATION OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE BECAUSE SHE MADE CLEAR SHE THOUGHT THAT THINGS ERIC HOLDER DID IN VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS THE DISHONESTY, THEY WERE OK IN HER BOOK AND THEY CONFIRMED HERE ANY WAY. SO INDICATIONS ARE THAT THINGS HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANY BETTER THAN THEY WERE. WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU ARE A PATRIOTIC WHISTLEBLOWER IN THIS ADMINISTRATION AND YOU WANT TO OUT AN HASSAN. YOU WANT TO COME FORWARD WITH DOCUMENTATION THAT SHOWS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY? IT'S BEEN MADE CLEAR TO PEOPLE, YOU RAISE YOUR HEAD UP TO TRY TO SPEAK UP AND SPEAK TRUTH, THEN WE WILL MAKE YOU RULE THE DAY YOU EVER WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT. SO WE WON'T HELP WITH MERE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO AMERICAN PATRIOTS WOUNDED IN AN ACT OF WAR, AND OBVIOUSLY 13 KILLED IN AN ACT OF WAR BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS. WE WON'T EVEN CALL RADICAL ISLAM WHAT MODERATE MUSLIMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS . AND A MAN OF GREAT COURAGE THAT I THINK WILL END UP BEING RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE GREAT LEADERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST OF ANY AGE, PRESIDENT AL SISI GETS THE BACK OF THE HAND MOST OF THE TIME FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION WHEN HE'S HAD THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO IMAMS IN A ROOM, LOOKING THEM IN THE EYE AND SAY, IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR RELIGION FROM THE RADICALS. BECAUSE OF HIS COURAGE, BECAUSE OF HIS RECOGNIZING THE RADICAL, THE THREAT THAT RADICAL ISLAM IS, NOT ONLY TO CHRISTIANS AND JEWS BUT TO MODERATE MUSLIMS, THEN THERE'S NO DOUBT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL HIM. WHEN THIS ADMINISTRATION OUGHT TO BE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP HIM. I WAS ASKED BY EGYPTIAN LEADERS, DOES YOUR PRESIDENT NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THE APACHE HELICOPTERS THAT HE PROMISED THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD -- THE MUSLIM BROTHER MORRISSEY THAT HE WITHHELD FOR SO LONG, WE USE THOSE TO KEEP THE SUEZ CANAL OPEN? DOES HE NOT WANT THE SUEZ CANAL OPEN? DOES PRESIDENT OBAMA NOT CARE? THAT WOULD CERTAINLY BY THE INDICATION IF YOU LOOK -- CERTAINLY BE THE INDICATION IF YOU LOOK AT THE ACTIONS OF THIS ADMFERINGS. WHEN I WAS IN EGYPT IN SEPTEMBER, PEOPLE WHO DEZ PRATTLY WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH THE UNITED STATES, THEY YEARN FOR FREEDOM. THEY YEARN FAR STRONG EGYPT FREE OF RADICAL ISLAM, EVEN THOUGH THEY MUSLIMS THEMSELVES, THEY WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH FREEDOM-LOVING AMERICANS AND YET WITH DOZENS AND DOZENS AND DOZENS OF LEADERS FROM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING RUSSIA, TOP LEADERS FROM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, BEING THERE TO NOTE THE INCREDIBLE HISTORIC EVENT IN WORLD HISTORY WHEN EGYPT, AFTER HAVING GOTTEN RID OF THE RADICAL ISLAMIST MUSLIM BROTHER MORRISSEY WHO WAS REFUSING TO KEEP HIS CONDUCT WITHIN THE REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR CONSTITUTION, WAS REMOVED AFTER THE BIGGEST PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, OVER 30 MILLION PEOPLE ARE SAID TO HAVE GONE TO THE STREETS TO DEMAND HIS REMOVAL, AFTER MORE SEE'S REMOVED, PEOPLE OF VISION LIKE SISI TOOK OVER AND THEY DUG ANOTHER LANE TO THE ONE SUEZ CANAL, SO THERE'S TWO LANES FOR BIG PART OF IT THERE. THAT WAS A HISTORIC DAY IN JUNE. THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LAUDED BY ALL OF THOSE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. YET NOT ONLY TO D -- NOT ONLY DID THIS ADMINISTRATION NOT CARE TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT HISTORIC FEAT OF EGYPT STRUGGLING AS IT IS TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS ONCE AGAIN, THEY DIDN'T EVEN SEND ANYBODY FROM WASHINGTON. MY FRIEND DARYL IIS WENT. CONGRESS WAS -- DARRYL ISSA WENT, CONGRESS WAS REPRESENTED. I WASN'T THERE, BECAUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER WASN'T ALLOWING PEOPLE LIKE ME TO TRAVEL. ACCORDING TO HIS STAFF, SPEAKER BOEHNER SAW TAXPAYER FUNDED TRAVEL AS A REWARD FOR PEOPLE THAT APARAPHERNALIALY VOTED LIKE HE WANTED THEM TO, WHICH KIND OF SOUNDS LIKE IT WOULD BE A CRIME BUT NONETHELESS WE DID, WE WERE REPRESENTED. CONGRESS WAS REPRESENTED THERE BUT NOT THE ADMINISTRATION. LEADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WERE THERE. NOT THIS ADMINISTRATION. IT'S TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE GOOD MUSLIMS, THE MODERATE MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD WITH WHOM WE CAN BE FRIENDS, WHO WANT TO BE OUR FRIENDS WHO WANT TO WORK WITH US AND RECOGNIZE THOSE LIKE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE. AND IT'S TIME TO STOP THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT GOT 13 PEOPLE KILLED AT FORT HOOD SIX YEARS AGO TODAY AND GOT SO MANY MORE WOUNDED. SO, WHAT IS, SINCE THIS ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T WANT TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE EFFORTS TO KEEP THE MIDDLE EAST PEACEFUL AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF RADICAL ISLAMISTS LIKE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, WELL, WE HAD THE IRAN TREATY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION PUSHED AND THE SENATE REFUSED TO TAKE UP AND VOTE ON AS A TREATY. THE CORKER BILL CLEARLY DIDN'T APPLY BECAUSE IT -- THE IRANIAN TREATY DID INCLUDE TERMS ABOUT BALLISTIC MISSILES, ABOUT WEAPONS BUYING, ABOUT RELEASE OF MONEY UNDER THE SANCTIONS. IT DID CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE NONPROLIFERATION TREATY. IT WAS CLEARLY A TREATY. IT REALLY WILL BE ANOTHER BLOT ON THE SENATE'S REPUTATION THAT THEY DID NOT STOP THAT BY TAKING A VOTE ON RATIFICATION, IT WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN THE 2/3 REQUIRED AND THEN WE COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE $100 BILLION PLUS, $00 BILLION OR SO EACH YEAR THEREAFTER THAT WILL BE GOING TO A COUNTRY THAT ACCORDING TO THIS NEWS THIS WEEK, WHERE DEATH TO AMERICA STANDS DESPITE THE NUCLEAR DEAL. THIS REPORT DATED NOVEMBER 2 FROM TEHRAN SAYS A CLEAR MAJORITY OF IRANIAN LEGISLATORS SAID MONDAY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC WILL NOT ABANDON THE SLOGAN DEATH TO AMERICA DESPITE ITS JULY NUCLEAR ACCORD WITH WORLD POWERS. QUOTE, THE MARTYR NURTURING NATION OF ISRAEL IS NOT AT ALL PREPARED TO ABANDON THE SLOGAN OF DEATH TO AMERICA UNDER THE PRETEXT OF A NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, UNQUOTE. 192 MEMBERS OF IRAN'S 290-SEAT PARLIAMENT SAID IN A STATEMENT CARRIED BY STATE NEWS AGENCY IRNA. THEY SAID THE SLOGAN CHANTED AT THE WEEKLY FRIDAY PRAYERS IN MOSQUES AND AT PROTESTS HAD, QUOTE, TURNED INTO THE SYMBOL OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AND ALL STRUGGLING NATIONS. SO LET'S LOOK, MR. SPEAKER, AT WHAT HAS OCCURRED SINCE THE IRAN TREATY THAT WAS NOT RATIFIED WAS PLACED INTO BEING BY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND BY THE SENATE LOOKING THE O'WAY. THEY'VE HAD BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTS. THEY'VE HAD JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND SYRIA. THOSE CERTAINLY VIOLATE THE TERMS OF THE IRAN DEAL. THEY'VE HAD OPEN VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BANS. THEY'VE HAD A CYBERATTACK FROM THERE. WE'VE HAD ARRESTS OF U.S. RESIDENT ZAKA, DEATH TO AMERICA IS STILL THEIR CHANT. AND YET HERE'S THIS STORY FROM OCTOBER 21 BY REUTERS, SAYS THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY CALLED ON WEDNESDAY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL'S IRAN SANCTIONS COMMITTEE TO TAKE ACTION OVER MISSILE TESTS BY TEHRAN THAT THEY SAID VIOLATED A U.N. BAN. IN A LETTER DETAIL -- IN A LETTER CONTAIN DEGREE TAILS OF THE LAUNCH, THEY SAID THE BALLISTIC MISSILE WAS INHERENTLY CAPABLE OF DELIVER AGNEW CLEAR WEAPON. THE LETTER, SEEN BY REUTERS, WAS SENT TO THE COMMITTEE AFTER THE UNITED STATES RAISE THEDS ISSUE IN THE 15-MEMBER SECURITY COUNCIL. QUOTE, WE TRUST THAT THIS INFORMATION WILL ASSIST THE COMMITTEE IN ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO EXAMINE AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS. DIPLOMATS HAVE SAID IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR THE SANCTIONS COMMITTEE TO BLACKLIST ADDITIONAL IRANIAN INDIVIDUALS OR ENTITIES IF IT DETERMINED THAT THE MISSILE LAUNCH HAD BREACHED THE U.N. BAN. HOWEVER, THEY SAID RUSSIA AND CHINA, WHICH OPPOSED THE SANCTIONS ON IRAN'S MISSILE PROGRAM, MIGHT BLOCK ANY SUCH MOVES. QUOTE, THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO ANY FUTURE VIOLATIONS, FULLY ROBUST ENFORCEMENT OF ALL U.N. MEASURES IS AND WILL REMAIN CRITICAL. U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS SAMANTHA POWERS SAID IN A STATEMENT ON WEDNESDAY. NOW, THE REASON THE UNITED STATES IS -- SENT THIS LETTER PARTICIPATED IN IT, ASKING THE U.N. TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION, IS BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION IS GUTLESS TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. YOU HAVE IRAN, WE NOW -- IT'S BEEN CONFIRMED THEY KILLED SO MANY HUNDREDS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF SO MANY AMERICANS. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION STRUCK A BAD DEAL WITH THEM THAT COULD NEVER GET 2/3 OF THE SENATE TO RATIFY IT, SO WE JUST ACT LIKE IT'S A TREATY THAT'S RATIFIED EVEN THOUGH IT ISN'T. BUT IT'S GUTLESS TO STAND UP TO IRAN AND SAY, YOU VIOLATED THE DEAL. WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW 100 TO -- NOT GOING TO ALLOW $100 BILLION TO $150 BILLION TO GO TO YOU WHILE YOU CONTINUE TO SAY DEATH TO AMERICA, YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTS, YOU CONTINUE TO HAVE JOINT RERPGS IN VIOLATION OF OUR DEAL WITH RUSSIA AND SYRIA. YOU CONTINUE IN OPEN VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL BANS. YOU CONTINUE TO ATTACK US, HAVE CYBERATTACKS FROM YOUR COUNTRY, AND YOU CONTINUE TO STIR UP VIOLENCE AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. YOU'RE NOT GETTING ANY MONEY. HOW ABOUT GIVING JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THAT $100 BILLION TO THE VICTIMS OF NADA HASAN? HOW ABOUT -- OF NIDAL HASAN? HOW ABOUT GIVING IT TO THE VICTIMS OF RADICAL ISLAMIC VIOLENCE? HOW ABOUT GIVING IT TO THE VICTIMS OF OVER 400 DAYS IN CAPTIVITY IN IRAN UNDER THE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI'S LEADERSHIP. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S GOT TO ACT. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. THEN WE HAVE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES REPORT, AIRLINE VIOLATES TERMS OF NUCLEAR DEAL BY PURCHASING PLANES TO USE IN THE SYRIAN WAR. THIS HAS -- THIS SAYS ONE OF IRAN'S COMMERCIAL AIRLINES LAST WEEK BOUGHT A U.K. MANUFACTURED JET WITH THE AIM OF USING IT TO DELIVER IRANIAN SOLDIERS AND WEAPONS TO SYRIA. PURCHASE OF THE AIRCRAFT BY AN IRANIAN REPRESENTS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE DEAL BROKERED BY U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. THE IRAN DEAL NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO AN END. NO MORE MONEY NEEDS TO GO TO IRAN. NO MONEY FOR KILLERS, FOR TERRORISTS, BUT MONEY TO THE VICTIMS IN OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THELT -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PURSUANT TO THED ORER OF THE HOUSE TODAY, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 92,…

    PURSUANT TO THED ORER OF THE HOUSE TODAY, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 92, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    NOW ADJOURN.

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