House Approves National Defense Authorization Act, 351-66
House Session - January 6, 2016

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:21 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 6, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 6, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE RYAN A. COSTELLO TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:40 AM

    E PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 10:01:16 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE HOLIDAYS THE OBAMA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE HOLIDAYS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SENT A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GREETING TO IMMIGRANT FAMILIES. THEY LAUNCHED A SERIES OF HOME RATES TARGETING CENTRAL AMERICAN ASYLUM SEEKER AND IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. AS ITS NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION, IT IS CLEAR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS EMBARKING ON A NEW ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE TO DEPORT CENTRAL AMERICANS WHO ENTER THE U.S. IN 2014. LAST WEEKEND 121 CHILDREN AND ADULTS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND MOST WERE SENT TO PRIVATE FAMILY DETENTION CENTERS, A KIND OF PRIVATELY RUN FOR-PROFIT FAMILY JAIL. THEY WILL PROBABLY BE DEPORTED JUST LIKE TWO MILLION BEFORE THEM BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. HOW THEY ARE TREATED AND WHETHER THEY GET MEANINGFUL DUE PROCESS REMAINS A QUESTION MARK. WHAT IS UNDENIABLE IS THAT SUCH RAGE STRIKES MAXIMUM FEAR IN IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. THE GOVERNMENT IS SAYING THEY COULD BE COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND COMING AT ANY TIME. ALREADY WE ARE SEEING SIGNS OF PANIC. WE HEAR THE CHILDREN AREN'T GOING TO SCHOOL AND PARENTS AREN'T GOING TO WORK OUT OF FEAR. NOT EVEN A WEEK INTO THE NEW YEAR AND 2016 HAS TURNED INTO ONE OF FEAR AND HIDING. BUT LET US BE CLEAR, DEPORTING FAMILIES WILL NOT SOLVE THE VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION THAT PUSH PEOPLE FROM EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, AND HONDURAS TO RISK ASSAULT, RAPE, AND MURDER TO SEEK REFUGE IN THE UNITED STATES. DEPORTING FAMILIES WILL NOT WEAKEN THE GANGS TO HO TERRORIZE AND EXTORT THEIR OWN PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AMERICA. DEPORTING FAMILIES WILL NOT SOLVE AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION FAMILY. DEPORTING FAMILIES WILL NOT STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY. DEPORTING FAMILIES WILL NOT CREATE LEGAL CHANNELS THAT ALLOW IMMIGRANTS TO COME WITH VISAS INSTEAD OF SMUGGLERS. IT WILL NOT REDUCE THE INSISHABLE DEMAND IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE VERY DRUGS THAT FUEL THE GANGS, THE DRUG, THE GUNS, THE SMUGGLING OPERATION, AND THE RUTHLESS VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THE RAIDS BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON FAMILIES FROM CENTRAL AMERICA MUST STOP. THEY ARE A CRUEL REMINDER OF A DISCREDITEDPOLICY. WE DO NOT WANT TO REPEAT THE SCENES FROM APRIL OF 2000 WHEN ARMED AGENTS FORCIBLY TOOK ELIAN GONZALEZ FROM HIS HOME. IT SHOULD NOT BE REPEATED. EVEN THE RAID ON THE HOME OF ELIAN GONZALEZ WAS CARRIED OUT AFTER ALL PEACEFUL MEANS OF NEGOTIATIONS WERE EXHAUSTED. SURELY THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO TAKE ACTION WHEN PEOPLE HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL THEIR LEGAL REMEDIES THAN TO SEND ARMED AGENTS INTO NEIGHBORHOODS, APARTMENT COMPLEXES, AND FAMILY HOMES. THOSE WHO ARE BEING DEPORTED ARE THE ONES MOST LIKELY TO HAVE NO ATTORNEY, NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAWS AND PRACTICES OF IMMIGRATION COURTS, AND NOW COULD BE VULNERABLE TO ATTACK AND MURDER BACK IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THE FACT IS THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS DEPORTED IN THE PAST YEARS HAVE ENDED UP DEAD IN DAYS OR WEEKS AFTER THEIR RETURN. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE SAME TRAGIC FATE DOES NOT WAIT FOR THE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THE GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY ROUNDING UP. ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS FOR CONGRESS I'M SEEKING ANSWERS FROM HOMELAND SECURITY JAY JOHNSON. AS -- JEH JOHNSON. AS TO WHY THIS POLICY IS NEEDED AND LAURENED TO I STILL FEEL OVER IMMIGRANT HOUSEHOLDS OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS, AND WHY FAMILY DEENGS CENTERS ARE NOW FILLING UP WITH NEW FAMILIES ARATING DEPORTATION. THIS IS NOT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY SOLUTION TO IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS NOR SHOULD IT BE AMERICA'S. WE EXPECT HEATED CALLS FOR RAIDS AND DEPORTATION FROM THE OTHER SIDE. WE HEAR THEIR CALLS FOR WALLS, BIGGER JAILS, AND FURTHER RETRICKSES ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION. WE'LL FIGHT THEIR EFFORTS TO ERECT RELIGIOUS OR ECONOMIC BARRIERS TO WHO CAN QUALIFY FOR A CHANCE TO COME TO AMERICA. OUR PARTY HAS REJECTED THOSE CALLS WITH GOOD REASON. AMERICANS WANT ORDER AND LEGALITY IN IMMIGRATION, NOT DEPORTATIONS AND FAMILIES FORCE FULLY SPLIT APART OR EXILED. WE DO NOT NEED TO REPEAT THAT SCENE. MULTIPLIED BY HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF TIMES ACROSS OUR NATION. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS NOT EASY, BUT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DOFMENT WE NEED TO TAKE STEPS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF GANGS, WEAKEN CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS IN CENTRAL AMERICA, AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE RIGHT HERE ON OUR CONTINENT. AND SERIOUS AID IS MORE THAN GIVING MORE MONEY TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS OF THOSE COUNTRIES. IT IS MORE THAN PUTTING U.S. PERSONNEL IN THOSE COUNTRIES TO TELL MOMS AND DADS, NO, YOU CAN'T SEEK REFUGE IN THE U.S. IT'S MORE THAN WORKING WITH MEXICO AT ITS SOUTHERN BORDER. WE NEED TO GIVE MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND CHILDREN A WAY TO LIVE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES. I HAVE GONE TO THE DETENTION CENTERS IN TEXAS AND MET WITH THE MOMS AND KIDS WHO WERE DETAINED. WHEN THEY CAME TO THE UNITED STATES. ONE WOMAN SUMMED UP THEIR PLIGHT CONCISELY BY SAYING, IN HONDURAS MY FAMILY AND I, WE COULD LIVE IN POVERTY, WOULD YOU BUT WE COULD NOT LIVE IN PEACE. RAIDS WILL NOT BRING HER PEACE. RAIDS WILL NOT BRING US ORDER. RAIDS WILL ONLY BRING MISERY.

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  • 10:06:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MOONEY, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MOONEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:20 AM

    MR. MOONEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A GROWING PROBLEM IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES. EMPLOYERS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY HAVE MILLIONS OF JOB OPENINGS BUT ARE UNABLE TO FIND WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO FILL THOSE JOBS. ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY BY CAREER BUILDER, NEARLY 50% OF EMPLOYERS NATIONWIDE CANNOT FIND SKILLED WORKERS TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS. MANY OF THESE JOBS ARE LOCATED IN LUCRATIVE CAREER FIELDS LIKE WELDING, EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, ROBOTICS, AND CARPENTRY. THIS GAP BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND OUR WORKERS IS HOLDING OUR ECONOMY BACK. IT IS EXACERBATING OUR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM, HURTING OUR COMMUNITIES, AND PLACING UNNEEDED PRESSURE ON OUR FAMILIES. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY NEEDS QUALIFIED WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS AND DRIVE NECESSARY TO FILL THESE OPEN JOBS. AND I BELIEVE PART OF THE ANSWER TO HOW WE ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM IS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, OR C.T.E., IS SIMPLY EDUCATION THAT SPECIALIZES IN THE SKILLED TRADES. APPLIED SCIENCES, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND SIMILAR DISCIPLINES. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION OCCURS IN SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA. IN MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, ABOUT 65,000 STUDENTS EACH YEAR PARTICIPATE IN C.T.E. COURSES. AND THOSE WHO DO ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO SUCCEED. OVER 80% OF WEST VIRGINIANS PARTICIPANTS MEET INDUSTRY DRIVEN PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SKILLS THEY RECEIVE, AND 95% GO ON TO ADDITIONAL POST SECONDARY EDUCATION, THE WORK FORCE, OR THE MILITARY. I HEAR ABOUT IT, C.T.E., ALL THE TIME AS I TRAVEL ACROSS MY DISTRICT IN WEST VIRGINIA AND VISIT SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES. I HAVE SEEN THE CLASSROOMS AND STUDENTS WHOSE EYES LIGHT UP WHEN THEY SHOW OFF THEIR WORK. I HAVE SPOKEN TO THE FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS WHO HAVE COMMITTED THEIR CAREERS TO TRAINING UP A NEXT GENERATION WORK FORCE. AND I KNOW THAT JUST A LITTLE MORE SUPPORT WILL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE. WHILE THERE IS NO SILVER BULL TOTE OUR NATION'S UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM, ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. IS ONE WAY TO HELP PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. THE SKILLS PROVIDED BY C.T.E. ARE SOME OF THE MOST HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER SKILLS IN OUR ECONOMY TODAY. BUT IRONICALLY ENOUGH, THESE ARE THE HARDEST JOBS TO FILL IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF ADEQUATELY TRAINED INDIVIDUALS. ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY BY THE MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE, OVER TWO MILLION MANUFACTURING JOBS WILL GO UNFILLED IN THE NEXT DECADE BECAUSE OF THE SKILLS GAP. I BELIEVE WE CAN HELP. THAT'S WHY I JOINED WITH SEVEN OF MY COLLEAGUES TO INTRODUCE H.R. 4263, THE TEACH ACT. ALSO KNOWN AS THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND CAREER HELP ACT. MY BIPARTISAN BILL WILL INVEST IN OUR C.T.E. PROGRAMS BY PROVIDING NEW RESOURCES FOR THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS WITHOUT AUTHORIZING ANY NEW SPENDING. MY BILL WILL AUTHORIZE THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT'S TEACHER RESIDENCY GRANT PROGRAM TO BE USED TO HELP SCHOOLS RECRUIT AND TRAIN HIGH QUALITY C.T.E. TEACHERS. THIS IS CURRENTLY NOT ALLOWED. MY BILL WILL INCREASE THE QUALITY OF TRAINING THAT STUDENTS RECEIVE BY RECRUITING MID CAREER PROFESSIONALS IN RELEVANT TECHNICAL FIELDS. HAVING TEACHERS WITH REAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELDS THAT THEY TEACH WILL ENSURE STUDENTS RECEIVE THE BEST TRAINING. I'D LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KATHERINE CLARK FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WITH ME ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES ROD BLUM, TOM MACARTHUR, JIM LANGEVIN, AND AMIBERA. OUR BILL HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY A BROAD GROUP OF EXPERTS, INCLUDING THE ALLIANCE FOR EXCELLENT EDUCATION, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AND ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. AND FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA. MY BILL IS AN EXAMPLE THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAN WORK TOGETHER. MY BILL WILL HELP PROVIDE NEW HOPE TO OUR COMMUNITIES BY EQUIPPING HARDWORKING WEST VIRGINIANS AND ALL AMERICANS WITH THE SKILLS THEY CAN ACTUALLY USE. WE NEED TO INVEST IN CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION NOW OR WE'LL MISS OUT ON THIS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE TEACH ACT AND CONSIDER THE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE ACROSS OUR GREAT CONTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:11:22 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TRADITIONALLY WE START THE NEW YEAR ON A NOTE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TRADITIONALLY WE START THE NEW YEAR ON A NOTE OF HOPE, NOTWITHSTANDING TROUBLED HEADLINES AND DIFFICULTIES AT HOME AND ABROAD, THE NEW YEAR'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER THE FUTURE AFRESH. TO REFLECT ON OPPORTUNITIES, PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES. I APPRECIATE PRESIDENT OBAMA BEGINNING THE NEW YEAR WITH A CONTINUED FOCUS ON GUN SAFETY. HIS MODEST PROPOSAL WAS GREETED WITH PREDICTABLE OPPOSITION AND SCORN AS SOME REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS ATTEMPTED TO DISTORT IT ALL OUT OF PROPORTION. TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT TO A NONISSUE. THE CONFISCATION OF GUNS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS WHEN VIRTUALLY ALL RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN GUN OWNERS SUPPORT REASONABLE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WE ALL AGREE SHOULD NOT BE ARMED TO GET CONTROL OF GUNS. IT'S INTERESTING TO SPECULATE ON WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE RESPONSE IN TODAY'S SUPERHEATED CONTENTIOUS POLITICAL CLIMATE WITH THE EFFORTS A GENERATION AGO TO REDUCE THE HIGHWAYS FROM UNNECESSARY AUTO DEATHS OR THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO BECAME ADDICTED TO CIGARETTES AND DIED OF CANCER AND HEART DISEASE. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN SCREAMS OF OUTRAGE, ABOUT THE NANNY STATE AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. THAT GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO TAKE CIGARETTES AWAY FROM PEOPLE BECAUSE IT KNEW WHAT WAS BEST FOR THEM. IT WAS GOING TO FORCE PEOPLE TO PAY UNCONSCIONABLE LEVELS OF TAX THAT WOULD FALL ON THE POOR. THAT A MORE AGGRESSIVE AUTO ENGINEERING PROGRAM WAS THE GOVERNMENT TELLING THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE CONSUMER WHAT WAS BEST FOR THEM. AND IT WOULD DRIVE UP THE COST OF AUTOMOBILES. IT WOULD HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERFERE WITH PEOPLE HAVING AN INNOCENT DRINK ON A NIGHT ON THE TOWN. AND MOST TELLING WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ARGUMENT THAT THIS REALLY WOULDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. THAT NONE OF THESE STEPS WOULD STOP PEOPLE FROM SMOKING OR RECKLESS DRIVING ON THE ROADWAYS. PEOPLE WOULD STILL DIE. WELL, THOSE EXCUSES FOR INACTION ARE DEMONSTRABLY FALSE A GENERATION LATER. WE HAVE CUT THE RATES OF ADULT SMOKING IN HALF. AND SAVED MILLIONS OF LIVES, THE CARNAGE ON OUR HIGHWAYS HAS BEEN DRAMATICALLY REDUCED AN AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE SAFER. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE PERSPECTIVE GOING FORWARD. YES, THERE IS NO SINGLE SOLUTION TO GUN VIOLENCE. BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS UNIQUE AMONG DEVELOPED COUNTRIES THAT ARE UNABLE TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES FROM UNACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THE DERANGED OR THE CARELESS. AND THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND THE PUBLIC IS WILLING TO ACCEPT THEM. I BEGIN THIS NEW YEAR HOPEFUL THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT CAPITOL HILL AS AN ISLAND OF DENIAL WHETHER IT'S THREAT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE OR THE POTENTIAL TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT GUN SAFETY TO MAKE OUR FAMILIES SAFER. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE TIMES WHEN WE IN CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER AND PRODUCED SOME CONSTRUCTIVE RESULTS. AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL, PEOPLE ARE NOT WAITING FOR OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO COME TO THEIR SENSES TO DEAL WITH CARBON POLLUTION OR GUN VIOLENCE. THEY ARE TAKING ACTION. I'M HOPEFUL THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO BROADEN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT, IN FACT, WE CAN DO. TONE DOWN THE RHETORIC AND FIND STEPS ON ISSUES BOTH CONTENTIOUS AND EVEN THOSE WHERE THERE IS BASICALLY NO DISAGREEMENT BUT WE SIMPLY HAVEN'T GOTTEN AROUND TO TAKING ACTION. THERE ARE CLEAR OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO BROADEN THAT AGENDA. WE CAN AVERT A CRISIS IN GAZA FROM LACK OF WATER AND ADEQUATE SANITATION. WE COULD PASS REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY'S BIPARTISAN MENTAL HEALTH BILL. WE COULD LINK FOOD AND FARM POLICY WITH NEW AWARENESS AND RESEARCH. . LET'S NOT HAVE 2016 HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION AND PROGRESS DROWN WITH POLITICAL VIT REEL. LET'S COOPERATE WHERE WE CAN, FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS EVEN WHERE WE CAN'T AND SET THE STAGE FOR GIVING AMERICANS WHAT THEY DESERVE, A GOVERNMENT NOT IN DENIAL, A CONGRESS WILLING TO COOPERATE AND FACE PROBLEMS LARGE AND SMALL TO MAKE PROGRESS RATHER THAN REVELING IN DISCORD AND HYPERBOLE TO WIN VOTES IN CONTENTIOUS PRIMARIES. LET'S FOCUS ON WHAT WE CAN GET DONE AND DO IT. WE'LL FEEL BETTER AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL BE BETTER SERVED.

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  • 10:16:04 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DOLD, FOR FIVE…

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

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  • 10:16:07 AM

    MR. DOLD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE JANUARY AS HUMAN AND SEX…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE JANUARY AS HUMAN AND SEX TRAFFICKING AWARENESS MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S CALL SEX TRAFFICKING WHAT IT IS, IT'S MODERN DAY SLAVERY THAT EXPLOITS OUR SOCIETY'S MOST VULNERABLE. UNFORTUNATELY, SEX TRAFFICKING IS THE FASTEST GROWING BUSINESS OF ANY ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE WORLD. THIS ISN'T A FAR-AWAY PROBLEM. IN THE UNITED STATES, IT'S AN ESTIMATED $9.8 BILLION INDUSTRY, AND SADLY CHILDREN AGED 1 TO 14 ARE THE LARGEST -- 12 TO 14 ARE THE LARGEST AT RISK FOR SEX TRAFFICKING. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. LAST YEAR WE PASSED IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AIMED AT STOPPING SEX TRAFFICKING, BUT THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER. IT IS OUR COLLECTIVE OBLIGATION TO DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO PUT A DEFINITIVE END TO THIS MODERN DAY SLAVERY WHICH IS WHY WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY, WE MUST COME TOGETHER AS A CONGRESS TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP THIS DISGUSTING CRIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MENTAL WELLNESS MONTH . TO THIS POINT OUR GOVERNMENT'S APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH HAS CONSISTED OF INEFFECTIVE AND DISJOINTED POLICIES. TOO OFTEN THOSE IN NEED OF CARE END UP EITHER IN JAIL OR ON THE STREETS BECAUSE ADEQUATE SERVICES ARE SIMPLY NOT AVAILABLE. I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THE HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT WHICH WOULD HELP FIX THE NATION'S BROKEN MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND CARE FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD IMPROVE EFFECTIVENESS AND EFFICIENCY IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT HELP PEOPLE WITH A FOCUS ON EARLY INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN ADDITION TO SUICIDE PREVENTION. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, TIM MURPHY, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I'M GLAD THAT THE ADMINISTRATION THIS RECK WEEK RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS IN REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE, BUT WE NEED A LONG-TERM LEGISLATIVE FIX IF WE'RE REALLY GOING TO MAKE PROGRESS ON SOLVING THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS IN OUR NATION. THAT IS WHY IN RECOGNITION OF MENTAL WELLNESS MONTH, I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND TO STOP PLAYING PARTISAN GAMES WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS THAT IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEK. WAUKEGAN'S PROGRAM IS THE OLDEST JROTC PROGRAM IN THE NATION AND WAS CREATED BEFORE THE NATIONAL JROTC PROGRAM WAS ENSTATED IN LATE 1916. ITS INITIAL PURPOSE WAS TO PREPARE HIGH SCHOOL YOUNG MEN FOR MILITARY SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR I. THIS ORGANIZATION HAS COME A LONG WAY OVER THE PAST CENTURY AS HALF OF THE CADETS OF THIS 777-MEMBER CORPS ARE YOUNG WOMEN. WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL JROTC OFFERS A CURRICULUM NOT ONLY OF MILITARY TRAINING BUT ALSO OF GOOD LEADERSHIP AND CITIZENSHIP SKILLS. STUDENTS RECEIVE AN EDUCATION OF FLAG AND MILITARY STRUCTURE, SELF-DISCIPLINE AND GUIDANCE ON PERSONAL, FINANCIAL AND COLLEGE AND CAREER PLANNING. OF THE 777 CADETS, 75% GO ON TO POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND 10% SERVE IN OUR MILITARY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL JROTC FOR THIS PROGRAM AND FOR LEADING IN HELPING A STRONG AND POSITIVE REPRESENTATIVE FOR OUR WAUKEGAN COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:20:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:06 AM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD PRESIDENT OBAMA'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TAKEN THIS WEEK TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. THESE POLICIES WILL HELP KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS AND DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS AND PREVENT GUN TRAFFICKING, WHICH ALSO -- WHILE ALSO PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF RESPONSIBLE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. WITH OVER 30 AMERICANS KILLED BY A GUN EVERY SINGLE DAY, INACTION IS NOT AN OPTION. IN MY NEARLY THREE YEARS IN CONGRESS, HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ON GUN VIOLENCE. NOT ONE HEARING, NOT A SINGLE VOTE. FACING CONGRESS' INERTIA, PRESIDENT OBAMA DID WHAT WAS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS THE THREAT TO OUR LONG-TERM NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR ECONOMIC STABILITY. WHILE WE CAN'T STOP EVERY CRIMINAL FROM COMMITTING EVERY CRIME, WE CAN TAKE ACTIONS THAT WILL SAVE LIVES, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS WILL DO JUST THAT. UNDER THESE COMMONSENSE CHANGES, EVERYONE WHO PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF FIREARMS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE. IT SHOULDN'T MATTER IF YOU SELL A GUN IN A STORE OR ONLINE OR AT A GUN SHOW. IT'S A SALE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON, AND THE SELLER SHOULD MAKE SURE THE BUYER IS SAFE, RESPONSIBLE AND LAW-ABIDING. IT IS A SOBERING FACT THAT THE MAJORITY OF GUN DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE SUICIDES. EXPANDING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND STREAMLINING STATES' ABILITIES TO REPORT DATA TO THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM ARE ESSENTIAL TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS MAKE ESSENTIAL STRIDES IN ADVANCING SMART GUN TECHNOLOGY. IF YOU CAN USE A THUMB PRINT TO GET INTO YOUR IPHONE, THERE'S NO REASON THAT THE SAME TECHNOLOGY CAN'T BE INVENTED SO THAT GUNS WON'T FIRE WITHOUT THE RIGHT FINGERPRINT. IF A GUN WILL ONLY FIRE IF IT'S HELD BY THE RIGHT OWNER, STOLEN GUNS WOULD BE INOPERABLE, DRASTICALLY DECREASING FIREARM DEATHS. SIMILARLY, JUST LIKE THERE ARE CHILD-PROOF CAPS ON ASPIRIN, THERE SHOULD BE CHILD-PROOF GUNS. THIS WILL HELP PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGING FIREARMS. SMART GUN TECHNOLOGY IS CENTURIES' OLD. SMITHAND WESSON INVENTED THE FIRST CHILD-PROOF TRIGGER MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO. WHILE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ARE CRUCIAL STEPS IN REDUCING THE DEATHS PLAGUING OUR -- PLAGUING OUR NATION, THERE ARE GAPS IN EXISTING GUN LAWS THAT LEAVES US VULNERABLE TO GUN VIOLENCE. THESE ARE HOLES THAT ONLY CONGRESS CAN PLUG. I HAVE TWO COMMONSENSE BILLS WHICH WILL COMPLEMENT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS AND HELP BRING A REDUCTION IN FIREARMS' MORTALITY. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 224, THE RECOGNIZING GUN VIOLENCE AS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ACT, WOULD REQUIRE THE SURGEON GENERAL TO SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT ON GUN VIOLENCE. THE BILL CURRENTLY HAS 135 CO-SPONSORS, AND I HOPE THIS COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL CAN GET AN UP OR DOWN VOTE THIS YEAR. FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH HAD BEEN PREVENTED FROM CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON FIREARMS. THIS LACK OF DATA HAS LIMITED ACADEMIC RESEARCH ON GUNS AND PREVENTED CONGRESS FROM OBTAINING THE DATA IT NEEDS TO CRAFT IMPACTFUL LEGISLATION. THE SECOND BILL, H.R. 225, THE FIREARMS SAFETY ACT, WOULD CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE WHICH PREVENTS THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION FROM CREATING RULES REGARDING THE SAFETY OF FIREARMS. QUITE SIMPLY, IF THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION CAN REGULATE TEDDY BEARS, BICYCLE HELMETS AND CAR SEATS, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO REGULATE FIREARMS. SIMPLY IMPROVING SAFETY LAW QUALITY AND IMPROVING SAFETY WILL REDUCE ACCIDENTS, MISFIRES AND DEATHS, SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES. THESE BILLS WILL GIVE CONGRESS THE DATA IT NEEDS TO PASS MEANINGFUL AND IMPACTFUL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION AND ENSURE FIREARMS ARE AS SAFE AND CONSUMER-FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE, ALL WITHOUT OBSTRUCTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS. IT IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT GUN VIOLENCE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR PEOPLE UNDER 24. IT'S TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER TO END THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT'S TAKING A GENERATION OF YOUNG AMERICANS. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEADERSHIP AND HIS IMPORTANT ACTIONS TO CURB THE VIOLENCE PLAGUING OUR COMMUNITIES. ACTIONS HE TOOK BECAUSE CONGRESS HAS DONE NOTHING. CONGRESS MUST NOW CARRY THE TORCH AND PASS MEANINGFUL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:06 AM

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SHIMKUS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:10 AM

    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 10:27:12 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. MS. JACKSON LEE: I THANK THE SPEAKER. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO

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  • 10:27:18 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    JACKSON LEE: I THANK THE SPEAKER. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES.…

    JACKSON LEE: I THANK THE SPEAKER. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES. AND WHAT THE NEW YEAR GIVES US, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFRESH, TO REGROUP, TO LOOK FORWARD TO OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS INSTANCE IN THIS AUGUST BODY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND SO TODAY I RISE WITH A GREAT DEAL OF APPLAUSE AND ENTHUSIASM, WORDS THAT I THINK DO NOT CONOTE THE PRESENTATION MADE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA YESTERDAY. FOR IT IS NOT OFTEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN SEE THE DEEP BS OF OUR HEART -- DEEPNESS OF OUR HEART, THE AFFECTION WE HAVE FOR THEM AND THE CONCERN THAT WE HAVE OVER LOSS OF LIFE. THE PRESIDENT DID ALL OF THAT, AND IN HIS TEARY EXPRESSIONS, PIERCED THE HEARTS OF AMERICANS AND SHOULD HAVE PIERCED THE HEARTS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THOUSANDS ARE DYING THROUGH GUN VIOLENCE. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MORE PEOPLE GET GUNS WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE GUNS. AND SO I AM PARTICULARLY EXCITED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S THOUGHTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE WORK, ALONG WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH AND A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES AND CERTAINLY THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. IN PARTICULAR, OUR RANKING MEMBER, JOHN CONYERS, AND THOSE OF US, DEMOCRATS ON THE COMMITTEE AND PARTICULARLY THOSE ON THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS THE RANKING MEMBER. WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO HAVE AN AGENDA ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE. WELL, THE ISSUES DEALING WITH GUNS DEAL WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE. WHY SHOULD WE RUN AWAY FROM THE WIDE AND WELL-KNOWN PROPOSITION THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE GETTING GUNS WITHOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS? TRAGICALLY IN MY OWN COMMUNITY, AN OFFICER OFF DUTY WAS ATTEMPTING TO SELL GUNS IN AN OPEN PARKING LOT OR IN AN OPEN AREA OF WHICH HE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE PROTECTED. WHAT ENSUED, A GUN BATTLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW THOSE INDIVIDUALS PURCHASING THAT GUN COULD HAVE HAD A BACKGROUND CHECK. BUT I WOULD SAY THAT THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT REPRESENTIVE OF THE MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT I'VE ENGAGED WITH WHO'VE ALREADY SAID THAT GUNS KILL AND THAT SO MANY GUNS IN AMERICA, MORE GUNS, WE UNDERSTAND, THAN THERE ARE PEOPLE, PROVIDE FOR A DEADLY MIXTURE. SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WORKING. UNLIKE SOME HAVE SAID. IN 2015, NICS RECEIVED MORE THAN 22.2 MILLION BACKGROUND CHECKS, AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN 63,000 PER DAY. BY LAW, A GUN DEALER CAN COMPLETE A SALE TO A CUSTOMER IF THE BACKGROUND CHECK COMES BACK CLEAN OR HAS TAKEN MORE THAN THREE DAYS. I THINK IN THIS INSTANCE WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE LEGISLATION OF MR. CLYBURN WHO INDICATES YOU MUST HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK, BUT I ALSO THINK WE SHOULD LOOK AND WORK LEGISLATIVELY WITH THE PRESIDENT. WHY WOULD WE BE AGAINST HIRING 200-PLUS MORE A.T.F. OFFICERS? WHY WOULD WE BE AGAINST PUTTING MORE RESOURCES INTO MENTAL HEALTH? I'M VERY PROUD I INTRODUCED 4316. THIS BILL IS THE GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION ACT, THIS EVENING, TO ADD THOSE 200-PLUS A.T.F. OFFICERS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME. I INTRODUCED THAT WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ROBIN KELLY. AND THE MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES TO INCREASE THE RESOURCES YESTERDAY. YESTERDAY, H.R. 4315 WITH REPRESENTATIVE KAREN BASS AND CONGRESSWOMAN NAPOLITANO. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY MORE NEED TO DIE? . DO WE STILL NEED AN AMNESIA CHECK ON CONNECTICUT, COLUMBINE, AND MANY PLACES BEYOND. GUNS MUST BE RESTRAINED. THE PRESIDENT'S MISSION IS CORRECT. MORE DATA FOR SECURE TECHNOLOGY. MORE NCIS DATA TO RUN THROUGH THOSE BACKGROUND CHECKS APPROPRIATELY. REMEMBER SOUTH CAROLINA, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. REMEMBER THE MESSAGE. HE GOT THE GUNS BECAUSE THREE DAYS HAD PASSED AND HE KILLED NINE PEOPLE WORSHIPING IN A CHURCH. SO IT IS IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT CONGRESS OWNS UP TO ITS OWN RESPONSIBILITY. NOT ONE THAT SAYS THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS BEING UNDERMINED. IT IS NOT. YOU CAN NEVER UNDERMINE OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS A PROCEDURAL STRUCTURE THAT WE ARE NOT ENGAGED IN. WE ARE ONLY TRYING TO PROVIDE A GUIDE POST TO SAVE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO LOOK AT CONSTRUCTIVE LEGISLATION. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THAT I AM SADDENED THAT AGAIN WE COME ON THE FLOOR WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD LEGISLATION THAT TALKS TO THE VERY HEART OF AMERICA. QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE, PROTECTING WOMEN IN TERMS OF CERVICAL CANCER. THIS IS A NONSTARTER. VOTE AGAINST IT. PROTECT AMERICAN WOMEN, PROTECT FAMILIES AND CHILDREN AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:32:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR…

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

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  • 10:32:54 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAM LOCATED IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN FOREST COUNTY. THIS VITAL FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE PREVENTED MORE THAN $570 MILLION IN FLOOD DAMAGE OVER THE PAST SEVEN DECADES. THE DAM LOCATED IN FOREST COUNTY WHICH OFFICIALLY DEDICATED ON JANUARY 9, 1941. AS A RESULT OF THE FLOOD CONTROL ACT OF 1936 AND 1938. THE DAM ITSELF WAS LOCATED ON THE CREEK JUST OVER ONE MILE FROM THE ALLEGHENY RIVER. IT IS KEY TO FLOOD PROTECTION ALONG THE ALLEGHENY AND UPPER OHIO RIVERS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS DAM IS SO IMPORTANT THAT DURING THE 1972 TROPICAL STORM AGNES, WHICH CAUSED DAMAGE ALL ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, IT IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE PREVENTED MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL DAMAGES. TODAY THE DAM AND LAKE IT CREATED SERVES PURPOSE BEYOND FLOOD PROTECTION. THE LAKE AND AREA AROUND IT AMOUNT TO MORE THAN 3,000 ACRES AVAILABLE FOR CAMPING, HIKING AND FISHING. IT IS A HOT SPOT FOR BOATING, WATER SKIING, AND OTHER FAMILIES -- AND OTHERS FOR FAMILIES EACH SUMMER. I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE AT THE TIONESTA DAM AND THE BEST FOR THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF EFFORTS BY THE ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST LOCATED IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN ADDRESSING INVASIVE INSECTS WHICH ARE THREATENING THE FOREST ASH, BEACH, AND HEMLOCK TREES. INVASIVE SPECIES ARE A MAJOR CONCERN FOR NATIONAL FORESTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WITH THE EMERALD ASH BORER DECIMATING WHITE ASH, WOOLLEY AFFECTING THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE TREE, EASTERN HEMLOCK, AND THE EACH BARK BEETLE KILLING BEACH TREES. STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO PROACTIVELY MANAGE AND TREAT TREES. OVER THE SUMMER I MET WITH LOCAL FOREST SERVICE AND HELP APPLY TREATMENT TO EASTERN HEMLOCK TREES. IN OTHER AREAS OF THE FOREST, THE BEST APPROACH IS TO HARVEST THESE TREES WHILE THEY STILL HAVE VALUE. THAT IS WHAT IS PROPOSED ACROSS 4,000 ACRES AND FORESTS WHICH INCLUDES HIGH PERCENTAGES OF THESE TREE SPECIES. THE HARVESTING PROJECT ITSELF WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE FOREST, FOUR COUNTIES, ADDING UP TO A TOTAL SCOPE OF MORE THAN 100,000 ACRES. I APPRECIATE THE APPROACH OF THE ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST PERSONNEL, THEIR HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND THEIR CONTINUATION TO ADVOCATE FOR SUCH PROACTIVE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT I CAN IN THE HOUSE AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY TO HELP OUR NATIONAL FOREST ADDRESS THESE INVASIVE SPECIES WHICH THREATEN BOTH THE HEALTH OF THE FOREST AND THE TIMBER RESOURCES WHICH HAVE HELPED BUILD THIS NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:36:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:36:16 AM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AN EXCEPTIONAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AN EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN AND EXTRAORDINARY HUMAN BEING WHO LED WITH QUIET STRENGTH. REVEREND CHRIS HATAGEORGE OF TOLEDO, OHIO, WHO WAS LAID TO REST THIS WEEK. FATHER HATAGEORGE SERVED THE TOLEDO COMMUNITY SO WISELY AND SO GENEROUSLY FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY. ANKORING HIS SERVICE AT HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL WHICH HE HELPED TO ELEVATE FROM A CHURCH TO A CATHEDRAL DURING HIS SERVICE. HE WAS 91. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE LIFE. SURVIVING ARE HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE, WHOM HE MARRIED IN 1948, DAUGHTERS, PATTY AND ANGIE, SON, WILLIAM, SISTER, PRESBYTERIA, SIX GRANDCHILDREN, AND TWO GREAT GRANDDAUGHTERS. HE WORSHIPED THEM ALL. WAS BORN IN YNGSTOWN, OHIO, IMMIGRANTS FROM THE GREEK ISLAND OF SALMOS. WHEN HE WAS GROWING UP HE SERVED AS AN ALTAR BOY. WHEN THE FAMILY WENT VISITING WITH FRIENDS, CHILDREN ASKED WHAT HE LIKED TO PLAY, HE SAID, I'D LIKE TO PLAY CHURCH. AND SO FATHER CHRIS WOULD BE THE PRIEST. AND AS HE SAID IN A "BLADE" INTERVIEW BACK IN 1998, HE WOULD MARRIED HIS BROTHER TO ONE OF THE GIRLS. AND HE WOULD HAVE A BAG OF MARBLES THAT HE WOULD USE AS HIS CENSOR. FATHER HATAGEORGE ATTENDED HOLY CROSS OF GREEK ORTHODOX THEOLOGY IN NEW ENGLAND AND ORDAINED IN 1948. HE HAD SERVED AS PASTOR IN A BROAD RANGE OF COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING INDIANAPOLIS AND DETROIT BEFORE ARRIVING IN TOLEDO. HOW LUCKY WE HAVE BEEN. HE HAS SERVED AS PASTOR STARTING IN 1960 AND PASTOR EMERITUS AFTER 1991. AND HAS BEEN THE LEADER FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE NORTH TOLEDO LANDMARK CHURCHES' EXISTENCE. AS I MENTIONED, IT IS NOW A CATHEDRAL DUE TO HIS EFFORTS. HE HAD SUCH AN INFLUENCE BEYOND THE CONGREGATION HE SO DUTIFULLY SERVED. THE PASTOR RECOGNIZED THE CHANGING NEEDS NOT ONLY OF THE CONGREGATION BUT OF THE COMMUNITY, AND AS HE SAW HIS OWN CONGREGATION TRANSITION FROM U.S.-BORN MEMBERS WHOSE FOREBEARERS ARRIVED DECADES AGO TO MORE RECENT GREEK AND CYPRIOT IMMIGRANTS. AS HIS SON SAID, I ALWAYS CALL HIM A PEACEMAKER. HE SERVED AS BOARD MEMBER OF THE TOLEDO COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND WAS ACTIVE IN THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE, BUILDING GOOD WILL WITH EVERY STEP AND EVERY WORD HE UTTERED. HE RAISED HIS ARTICLE OF FAITH FAR BEYOND THE CONGREGANTS OF HIS OWN CATHEDRAL. HE PLANTED HIS CONGREGATION'S COMMITMENT IN THE HEART OF TOLEDO AND MAINTAINED IT THERE AT A TIME WHEN IT WAS REALLY NEEDED, BEFORE THE COMMUNITY HAD TRANSITIONED TO THE NEW CENTURY. WHEN IT WAS STRUGGLING. AND HE LED HIS COMMUNITY TO OVERSEE RENOVATIONS TO THE CHURCH BUILDING AS IT WAS ELEVATED TO A CATHEDRAL, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BEAUTIFUL EDUCATIONAL CENTER AND THE PURCHASE OF SURROUNDING PROPERTY WHILE SUPPORTING THE PARISH LEADERS' DECISIONS TO STAY PUT AND NOT MOVE. NOT SUBURBANIZE. HE FELT THAT THAT CONGREGATION SHOULD CONTROL ITS OWN DESTINY AND TO GROW WHERE IT WAS PLANTED. FATHER CHRIS WAS ENTHUSIASTIC WHEN THE PARISHIONERS DECIDED TO THROW A FESTIVAL IN 1971. AND THE HOLY TRINITY'S GREEK FESTIVAL HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL AFFAIR IN OUR REGION, BRINGING PEOPLE BACK TO THE CITY AND BEING SO MUCH A PART OF THE REVITALIZATION OF TOLEDO LONG BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR. HE WAS A TRUE LEADER. SUCH A LEADER FOR US. THERE ARE MANY GENERATIONS WHO KNEW FATHER CHRIS, SAID THE REVEREND LARRY LAGAEKUS, WHO BECAME PASTOR IN JULY, 2014. I QUOTE HIM DIRECTLY, FOR. SO PEOPLE IN THEIR 80'S, THEY REMEMBER WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH FATHER HADI -- HADGIGEORGE. OTHERS SEE HIM AS A GREAT GRANDFATHER. PERSONALLY, THIS CONGRESSWOMAN SEES HIM AS A FRIEND. OUR COMMUNITY IS FOREVER INDEBTED TO HIM. AND THE GREEK AMERICAN COMMUNITY HE SHEPHERDED AS AN ESSENTIAL BUILDING BLOCK OF THE CITY OF TOLEDO. WE WOULD BE SO MUCH LESS WITHOUT HAVING THEIR FAITH FILLED COMMITMENT. MAY HIS FAMILY DRAW STRENGTH FROM HIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE. AND FROM THE LESSONS THAT HE TAUGHT US AND FROM THE CITY THAT HE LOVED AND THE CATHEDRAL TO WHICH HE GAVE HIS LIFE. MAY HIS FAMILY BE BLESSED AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I WOULD LIKE TO PLACE IN THE RECORD AS WELL THE OBITUARY THAT WAS PRINTED IN THE TOLEDO BLADE -- "TOLEDO BLADE" THIS WEEK AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:41:50 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:41:58 AM

    MR. JENKINS

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW POLICIES TO RESTRICT…

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW POLICIES TO RESTRICT FIREARMS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS YET AGAIN USED EXECUTIVE OVERREACH TO FORCE HIS AGENDA ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. CONGRESS HAS ALREADY REJECTED THESE POLICIES IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AND THIS ACTION IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE PRESIDENT'S OVERSTEPPING HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY TO CIRCUMVENT THE PEOPLE'S VOICES IN CONGRESS. THE ADMINISTRATION'S ASSAULT ON AMERICANS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS MUST STOP. TIME AND TIME AGAIN OUR COURTS HAVE DEFENDED THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND CONGRESS HAS VOTED REPEATEDLY TO REJECT NEW RESTRICTIONS ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS THE SECOND AMENDMENT HAS BEEN PROTECTED AND CHAMPIONED BY AMERICANS, THE COURTS, AND CONGRESS. AND WE MUST STAND TOGETHER TO DEFEND AND PROJECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. AS A STAUNCH SUPPORTER OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, I AM OUTRAGED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ACTIONS AND WILL FIGHT TO STOP THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. IN MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, USING GUNS FOR SPORT AND HUNTING IS A WAY OF LIFE. WE RESPECT FIREARMS AND ARE TAUGHT AT AN EARLY AGE HOW TO USE THEM. IN MANY FAMILIES, FATHERS AND MOTHERS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO HUNT AND WHEN THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH THEY RECEIVE THEIR OWN GUN AS AN IMPORTANT COMING OF AGE TRADITION. WEST VIRGINIANS ARE NOT ALONE. FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAVE THESE SAME TRADITIONS AND SPORT. AS WEST VIRGINIANS, WE KNOW THAT LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM AND OUR COUNTRY WAS NOT FOUNDED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF TAKING AWAY RIGHTS FROM THE PEOPLE. OUR RIGHTS CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AWAY. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DETERMINED, DETERMINED TO ATTACK OUR WAY OF LIFE, OUR TRADITIONS, AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. I WISH I COULD SAY THIS IS A SURPRISE, BUT TIME AND TIME AGAIN THIS PRESIDENT HAS USED EXECUTIVE ACTIONS AND REGULATIONS TO ELIMINATE POLICIES AND RIGHTS WE DISAGREE WITH. SADLY, WE HAVE SEEN THIS FAR TOO OFTEN WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE E.P.A., WHICH HAS AGGRESSIVELY, AGGRESSIVELY USED REGULATIONS AND RULES TO DESTROY OUR COAL MINING COMMUNITIES, IN PARTICULAR IN MY STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. I HAVE FOUGHT TO STOP THE E.P.A. AND WILL FIGHT TO STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON GUN CONTROL. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, I WILL USE THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THESE NEW ACTIONS. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I AM DEDICATED TO WORKING FOR OUR STATE AND DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA AND I WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE SECOND AMENDMENT, AND PUSH BACK ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S OVERREACH INTO OUR LIVES, BUSINESSES, AND COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 10:45:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, FOR FIVE MINUTES. FARHAN KHAN PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND --

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  • 10:45:46 AM

    MR. FARR

    PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:45:50 AM

    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR A GOOD FRIEND, RICHARD…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO HONOR A GOOD FRIEND, RICHARD SMITH, AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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  • 10:45:59 AM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, MY GOOD FRIEND. AS WE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. FARR, MY GOOD FRIEND. AS WE BOTH RECOGNIZE AN AMAZING LIFE OF A GOOD FRIEND AND ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE LIFE OF THIS PERSONAL FRIEND, BELOVED COMMUNITY LEADER, RICH SMITH. HE'S THE LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER WHO PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN THE COMFORTS OF HIS HOME SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY ON DECEMBER 27, 2015. BORN ON DECEMBER 19, 1946, RICH WAS RAISED IN WALNUT CREEK, CALIFORNIA. GROWING UP, RICH'S FAMILY WAS INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE THAT PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN HIS LIFE. HE OBTAINED A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AG SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, IN 1968. ORIGINALLY RICH WAS INTERESTED IN THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURE. HE WORKED IN A LAB PERFORMING ANALYSIS ON SOIL, PLANT NUTRITION. NEVER DID RICH BELIEVE HE WOULD BE THE OWNER OF A SUCCESSFUL WINE COMPANY, BUT IN 1987 BECAME A REALITY WHEN HE AND HIS NEW BRIDE, CLAUDIA, PURCHASED A VINEYARD. TODAY, IT'S OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE SMITH FAMILY AND IS LOCATED IN THE HIGHLANDS IN MONTEREY COUNTY. THE BUSINESS CONSISTED OF ALMOST 3,000 ACRES OF VINEYARDS AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE IN ALL ASPECTS. RICH LEAVES BEHIND A TREMENDOUS LEGACY THAT CAN BE CELEBRATED AND APPRECIATED BY EVERYONE WHO VISITS THIS MAGNIFICENT VINEYARD. RICH HAD A GENEROUS SPIRIT AND PROVIDED LASTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. HE WAS A LOCAL HERO TO CELINEAS VALLEY AND HE DEMONSTRATED TIME AND AGAIN A DESIRE TO SHARE HIS RESOURCES AND TALENTS WITH OTHERS. I WAS ONE OF THOSE THAT HE SHARED HIS TALENTS WITH. AS HE ENCOURAGED, SUPPORTED AND ADVISED ME TO RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE. RICH'S MOTTO ALWAYS WAS, TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY THAT YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. ALL THAT WE'RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SPEND TIME WITH HIM FOUND HE LIVED BY THOSE WORDS. RICH WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS KINDNESS, GENEROSITY, LEADERSHIP AND LOVE. AND ON KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY, HE AND CLAUDIA WERE KIND ENOUGH AND GENEROUS ENOUGH TO HOST 23 YEARS AGO, THEN MY FIANCEE, NOW MY WIFE, SONIA, IN OUR WEDDING AT THE VINEYARD. ON LEADERSHIP AND LOVE, AS I WAS IN THE STATE SENATE, RICH PROVIDED LEADERSHIP FOR NOT ONLY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA BUT THE SILINAS VALUEY THE WINE INDUSTRY, CREATING A WINE MECCA, PIONEERING MONTEREY COUNTY TO BE A LEADERSHIP IN WINE PRODUCTION AS WELL AS A NEW TOURISM CORRIDOR. HIS LOVE FOR FAMILY AND HIS COMMUNITY IS UNMATCHED. HE'S A FRIEND THAT'S GOING TO BE FOREVER MISSED. NOT ONLY WAS HE A LEADERSHIP -- HE A LEADER, A VERY KIND MAN, A VERY TREMENDOUS MAN, BUT HE HAD A SENSE OF HUMOR. I WILL NEVER FORGET SOON AFTER OUR MARRIAGE HIS DAUGHTER, SONIA'S BEST FRIEND, WAS BEING MARRIED AT THE VINEYARD AS WELL. FUNNY EPISODE HAPPENED WHERE SONIA PASSED OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEDDING. RICH SEIZED THE MOMENT TO RIB ME A LITTLE BIT AND MY NEW MOTHER-IN-LAW, HE MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE THOUGHT THAT SONIA MIGHT BE PREGNANT ON THAT DAY. IT WAS A FUNNY GESTURE THAT AS A YOUNG MAN MADE ME A LITTLE NERVOUS AT THE TIME. HE WILL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND AND SORELY MISSED. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND, SAM FARR.

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  • 10:50:03 AM

    THANK YOU. WE BOTH GOT TO KNOW RICH THROUGH POLITICS. IT'S AMAZING HE WAS…

    THANK YOU. WE BOTH GOT TO KNOW RICH THROUGH POLITICS. IT'S AMAZING HE WAS A SUPPORTED BOTH. YOU BEING A REPUBLICAN AND MY BEING A DEMOCRAT. YOU BEING IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND I IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. RICH WAS ALWAYS THE GO-TO GUY TO REALLY DO THE SORT OF THE TECHNICAL ISSUES THAT DRILL DOWN DEEP ON A LOT OF CONTROVERSIAL AGRICULTURE ISSUE. HE WAS ALWAYS BASED ON GOOD SCIENCE, GOOD FARMING PRACTICES, THE IDEA OF CONSERVATION IN THE BEST SENSE OF THE WORDS. HE ALSO WAS PATIES PATORY IN MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING BECAUSE THE WINES SERVED WERE FROM RICH'S VINEYARDS. IN FACT, I BROUGHT A BOTTLE OF HIS WINE TODAY HERE ON THE FLOOR TO SHOW THE WORLD THIS MAN DID SOME GREAT THINGS. HIS WINES WERE SERVED ALSO AT MANY, MANY CHARITABLE EVENTS THAT THEY DID AT THEIR VINEYARDS. HE AND CLAUDIA WERE, YOU KNOW, KIND OF -- CLAUDIA WAS VERY INTERESTED IN GETTING THE WHOLE ECOTOURISM INVOLVED, TO GET PEOPLE OUT INTO SEEING HOW AGRICULTURE IS REALLY PRODUCED, AND WINE VISITS ARE OBVIOUSLY A GOOD WAY OF ATTRACTING PEOPLE. AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF IT. WE'RE REALLY GOING TO MISS HIM. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON. I'M GLAD WE CAN GET A NATIONAL PARK RIGHT ACROSS. GOD BLESS RICHARD SMITH AND THE GREAT WINES WE MAKE.

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  • 10:51:32 AM

    MR. DENHAM

    WE YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:51:40 AM

    MRS. WAGNER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:51:47 AM

    MRS. WAGNER

    TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S UNCONSCIONABLE ACTIVITIES. BUT AS I BEGIN MY…

    TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S UNCONSCIONABLE ACTIVITIES. BUT AS I BEGIN MY REMARKS, I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT ONE THING -- THE VOTE THAT THE HOUSE WILL TAKE TODAY IS A VICTORY FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH WHILE ALSO SERVING AS A CRY TO END THE MONSTROUS ACTIONS OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT CONTINUALLY ATTACKS OUR MOST VULNERABLE -- UNBORN CHILDREN. THERE ARE MORE THAN 13,500 PUBLICLY SUPPORTED ALTERNATIVES FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE IN THE COUNTRY, AND 588 IN MISSOURI. ALTERNATIVES THAT TREAT WOMEN WITHOUT PERFORMING ABORTIONS, ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL HAVE MORE ACCESS TO FEDERAL MONEY FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. THIS MEANS THAT IN MISSOURI ALONE, THERE ARE 45 HEALTH CLINICS FOR EVERY PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IN THE STATE. SO PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T BE DISTRACTED BY POLITICAL RHETORIC. WE ARE STRENGTHENING OUR SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WE ARE STRIPPING FEDERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM AN ORGANIZATION THAT PERFORMS MORE THAN 327,000 ABORTIONS A YEAR. WHILE I HAVE LONG FOUGHT TO STOP THIS ATROCIOUS PRACTICE, I WAS ESPECIALLY SHOCKED THIS SUMMER BY VIDEOS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S COLD INDIFFERENCE AND BARBARIC MURDER OF THE SOCIETY'S MOST VULNERABLE MEMBERS. IT IS OUR DUTY AS LAWMAKERS, AS CITIZENS OF A GREAT NATION, AS FRIENDS, AS NEIGHBORS, AS FAMILY MEMBERS TO PROTECT THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES. AND IT IS A TRAGIC SHAME TO WATCH EMPLOYEES OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD SO WILLING TO SELL THE BODY PARTS OF UNBORN BABIES. THESE ARE TRULY SOME OF THE MOST HORRIFYING AND HEARTBREAKING VIDEOS I HAVE EVER SEEN, EVEN THROUGHOUT ALL MY WORK IN COMBATING SEX TRAFFICKING, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE. THE UNITED STATES IS A NATION THAT SEEKS TO PROTECT THE LEAST AMONG US IN NUMEROUS WAYS, FROM MEDICAL RESEARCH, ASSISTANCE FOR THE NEEDY, TO ELDERLY CARE. IT IS TIME THAT WE DO THE SAME FOR OUR PRECIOUS UNBORN CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS AN HISTORIC DAY WHEN WE WILL FINALLY STOP TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S ABORTIONS. SURELY NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN IN GOOD CONSCIENCE CLAIM THAT WE SHOULD FUND THESE HEINOUS ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. AFTER SEEING THESE HORRIBLE VIDEOS, I WAS COMPELLED TO TAKE ACTION. I JOINED CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY AND CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH IN SENDING A LETTER TO CHAIRMAN UPTON AND GOODLATTE REQUESTING AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S ACTIONS. I'D LIKE TO THANK HOUSE LEADERSHIP AND THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN FOR GRANTING OUR REQUESTS AND FOR THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE ON THEIR COMMITTEES ALREADY. PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS SHAMELESSLY TRIED TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE BEFORE THESE COMMITTEES. THEY HAVE SHOWN NO REMORSE FOR THE ACTIONS DESCRIBED IN THESE VIDEOS, APOLOGIZING ONLY FOR THE TONE OF THEM. IN RESPONSE, THEY HAVE EFFECTIVELY DARED CONGRESS TO ACT, AND TODAY WE DO. TODAY CONGRESS SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. TODAY WE PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE THE PRESIDENT A VERY STARK CHOICE -- CONTINUE PAYING FOR ACTS THAT ARE SO DISTURBING, SO HORRIFYING AND SO DISGUSTING THAT THEY HAVE REQUIRED CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION, OR SIMPLY RESPECT LIFE AND RESPECT THE TAXPAYERS' HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. MR. SPEAKER, THE HEART OF MY TEAM'S MISSION STATEMENT, WHICH CURRENTLY HANGS IN MY OFFICE READS, TO CONFRONT INJUSTICE AND SERVE AS A VOICE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. TODAY I WILL GIVE VOICE TO THE VOICELESS. I WILL PROUDLY CAST MY VOTE FOR LIFE, FOR THESE INNOCENT ANGELS, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE DAY WHEN ABORTION IS NOT ONLY ILLEGAL BUT IS UNTHINKABLE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:56:41 AM

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    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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    CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

    LET US PRAY. MERCIFUL GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS NEW DAY, WE ARE GRATEFUL AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A NATION FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN. WE ASK YOUR BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE AS THEY RECONVENE FOR THE SECOND SESSION. MAY THEY -- MAY THEY ANTICIPATE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND DIFFICULTIES THAT ARE BEFORE THEM AND BEFORE SO MANY AMERICANS WITH STEADFAST DETERMINATION TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BENEFIT THEIR COUNTRYMEN. GRANT THAT THEY BE WORTHY OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY THEIR CONSTITUENTS, AND TRULY BE THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE CALLED THEM TO BE. MAY THE WALLS OF DISAGREEMENT THAT HAVE DIVIDED THIS ASSEMBLY BE PUT ASIDE AND REPLACED BY A SPIRIT OF RESPECT AND DIGNITY. MAY YOUR SPIRIT, O GOD, BE IN ALL OF OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND ENCOURAGE US TO DO THE WORKS OF JUSTICE AND PEACE NOW. AND ALWAYS. MAY ALL THAT WE DO BE DONE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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  • 12:02:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS EXEN. --…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS EXEN. -- EXEN. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:02:50 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    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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    THE SPEAKER

    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO…

    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED.

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  • 12:03:07 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. THOMPSON

    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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  • 12:03:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. KILDEE

    I ASK ALL TO JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE…

    I ASK ALL TO JOIN US 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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  • 12:03:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:03:54 PM

    MR. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:04:02 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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    THE SPEAR PRO TEMPORE

    SPEAKER. THE SPEAR PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED.…

    SPEAKER. THE SPEAR PRO TEMPORE: THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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  • 12:05:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCED…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCED ANOTHER SERIES OF ACTIONS HIS ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING TO CURB OUR NATION'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. THEY ARE IMPORTANT STEPS AND I COMMEND TH PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR THEIR CONTINUED FOCUS ON THIS ONGOING CRISIS. BUT AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID YESTERDAY, CONGRESS STILL NEEDS TO ACT. IN MY 15 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE, CONGRESS TE AND AGAIN HAS FAILED TO ANSWER THE CRIES OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES, PARTICULARLY OUR CHILDREN, TO THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE. CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO RESPOND TO THE PLEAS OF AMERICANS DISABLED BY STRAY BULLETS. CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, GUN OWNERS AND NONGUN OWNERS WHO BELIEVE EVERY GUN PURCHASED SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY A BACKGROUND CHECK. WITH EACH FAILURE WE GET CLOSER TO DAY WHERE TRAGEDIES LIKE SAN BERNADINO AND SANDY HOOK WILL BECOME WHAT THEY NEVER SHOULD BE, COMMONPLACE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FIND THE COURAGE TO TA ACTION. IT IS LONG PAST OVERDUE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OTHE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:06:35 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:06:41 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE ARE AFFORDED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE ARE AFFORDED BASIC RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES UNDER THE CONSTITUTION. ONE OF THESE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IS THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND IT'S GUARANTEE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS IS CLEAR. TODAY IN YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ERODE OUR BASIC LIBERTIES, PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED PLANS TO UNDERMINE THE WILL OF CONGRESS AND CHALLENGE THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS. JUST LIKE HIS UNILATERAL ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION, THIS PROPOSAL IS AN OVERREACH OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTUALLY GRANTED EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY. CONGRESSIONAL REFUSAL TO PASS BAD POLICY DOES NOT TRANSFER LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE PRESIDENT. AND I'LL FIGHT AGAINST THIS ATTEMPT TO DIMINISH OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. GUNS ARE ONE OF MANY TOOLS THAT PEOPLE USE TO COMMIT HORRIFIC CRIMES, BUT THE PROBLEM OF EVIL CANNOT BE LEGISLATED AWAFMENTE IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ANY LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE, WHETHER IT'S AT THE FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL LEVEL ENSURES THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS ARE PROTECTED. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:07:55 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

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

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    EMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:07:59 PM

    LAST YEAR MORE THAN 13,000 AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF A GUN.…

    LAST YEAR MORE THAN 13,000 AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF A GUN. MORE THAN 33 CHILDREN WERE KILLED OR INJURED. THE PRESIDENT SAID YESTERDAY, THE QUESTION WHETHER WE ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE IS REALLY A QUESTION ABOUT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE WANT TO LIVE IN. DO WE WANT TO BE A COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE A MASS SHOOTING NEARLY EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR? DO WE WANT TO BE COINTRY WHERE CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL HAVE TO PRACTICE HIDING SILENTLY UNDER THEIR DESKS OR IN A CLOSET TO AVOID AN ACTIVE SHOOTER? DO WE WANT TO BE A COUNTRY WHERE THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION BUYS INFLUENCE AND DROWNS OUT CONCERNED CITIZENS. TO WE WANT TO BE CONGRESS WHERE ALL CONGRESS DOES AFTER A MASS SHOOT SOMETHING HOLD A MOMENT OF SILENCE? BECAUSE THAT'S THE COUNTRY WE LIVE IN TODAY. A COUNTRY WHERE GUN VIOLENCE THREATENS LIVES EVERY DAY. A COUNTRY WHERE WE ARE GROWING ACCUSTOMED TO ATROCITIES THAT JUST DON'T HAPPEN AS OFTEN IN OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN DO BETTER. THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE HIS JOB. NOW IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO DO OUR JOB. LET'S PASS UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. LET'S DO MORE TO KEEP GUNS FROM CRIMINALS AND THOSE WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS SUCH AS POSSESSING A GUN WOULD POSE A THREAT TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS AND GET MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS OUT OF OUR COMMUNITIES. LET'S DO BETTER.

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    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 ALABAMA RISE?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO USE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO USE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO IMPLEMENT NEW GUN CONTROL MEASURES. THIS PLAN IS A COMPLETE OVERREACH INTO THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PRESIDENT HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE TIME IN OFFICE EXPANDING THE SIZE OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND INFRINGING ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

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  • 12:09:44 PM

    MR. ROGERS

    THIS DISAPPOINTING NEWS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PLATEANT DISREGARD FOR THE…

    THIS DISAPPOINTING NEWS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PLATEANT DISREGARD FOR THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. AS A GUN OWNER MYSELF, WILL I CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO PROTECT OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. I REMAIN COMPLETELY OPPOSED TO ANY ACTION THAT PUTS ANY LEVEL OF NEW RESTRICTIONS ON OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. WITH THAT 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 GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN SEEK WRECK ANYTHING?

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    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    AS CONGRESS WE HAVEN'T TAKEN 62 VOTES TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ACCESS…

    AS CONGRESS WE HAVEN'T TAKEN 62 VOTES TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S HEALTH AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN AND SENIORS. THE 114TH CONGRESS HASN'T DECLARED WAR ON THE APPALLING LACK OF HEALTH CARE, NUTRITION, AND MENTAL HEALTH. BUT HERE WE ARE AGAIN WASTING VALUABLE TAX DOLLARS TO REHASH AN IDENTIFYOLOGY OF THE LOUD FEW THAT HURT WOMEN AND THE MOST VULNERABLE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. THIS IS JUST A SAD DAY. IT'S A SHAMEFUL DAY. AND CONGRESS, WE MUST STOP.

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    SHAMEFUL DAY. AND CONGRESS, WE MUST STOP.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF VIOLA, A RESIDENT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF VIOLA, A RESIDENT OF PAOLI, PENNSYLVANIA, IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT. SHE RETIRED FROM THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND AFTER 70 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE AS THE SCHOOL'S SECRETARY. THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND HAS BEEN A STAPLE IN THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1941. AND FOR NEARLY A CENTURY HAS PROVIDED QUALITY CARE AND ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED.

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    SHE COINED HER WORK QUOTE, AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. TINGELY A…

    SHE COINED HER WORK QUOTE, AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. TINGELY A PRIVILEGE TO WORK DIRECTLY WITH DR. GRIEVES. SHE ENSURED THE SCHOOL OPERATED SMOOTHLY TO PROVIDE A SUPPORT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND ENJOY AN ENHANCED QUALITY OF LIFE T IN 2009, HERESY VISS TO THE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY WAS HONORED WITH THE ACCOLADE INCLUDING THE JESSE GRIEVES AWARD. I THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND. HER ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE LEFT A MEANINGFUL IMPACT ON THE SCHOOL EP AND STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY. SHE IS A GREAT AND CARING AMERICAN AND WE WISH HER THE BEST IN HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN RETIREMENT. I YIELD THE REMAINER OF MY TIME 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    RE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. HAHN

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE STOOD HERE MANY TIMES IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE STOOD HERE MANY TIMES IN THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH THE SAME MESSAGE TO MY COLLEAGUES, LET'S TAKE ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE AND SAVE SOME LIVES. I HAVE NAMED HORRIBLE STATISTICS ON GUN DEATHS LIKE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY A GUN THAN IN A CAR ACCIDENT. I HAVE TOLD STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED INCREDIBLE LOSS LIKE VICKY LINDSAY FROM COMPTON WHO LOST HER SON TO GUN VIOLENCE AND FOUNDED THE PROJECT, CRY NO MORE. I CITED PAUL SHOWING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM VOTERS FOR SENSIBLE REFORM. YEAR AFTER YEAR CONGRESS HAS REFUSED TO ACT DESPITE KNOWING HOW EASY IT IS FOR CRIMINALS AND DANGEROUS PEOPLE TO BUY THESE DEADLY WEAPONS. THIS WEEK THERE WAS A BRIGHT SPOT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES. A MOVE WHICH WE KNOW WILL HELP TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF DANGEROUS HANDS. I THANK THE PRESIDENT BUT OUR WORK TO PREVENT GUN DEATHS CANNOT END THERE. CONGRESS MUST FINISH THE JOB BY INSTITUTING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND CLOSING THE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW THE GUN DEALER TO SELL A GUN IF THE F.B.I. HAS NOT COMPLETED THE BACKGROUND CHECK WITHIN THREE DAYS. WE HAVE TO ACT. THERE IS NO EXCUSE NOT TO.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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

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    I RYE TODAY TO REMEMBER A SURVIVOR, LEADER, AND A COMPASSIONATE WOMAN WHO…

    I RYE TODAY TO REMEMBER A SURVIVOR, LEADER, AND A COMPASSIONATE WOMAN WHO DEDICATED HER LIFE TO MAKING THE PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY AND STATE OF FLORIDA SAFER.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LINDA WHO PASSED AWAY THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF LINDA WHO PASSED AWAY THIS MONDAY AT THE AGE OF 66. A LONG TIME ACTIVIST AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SURVIVOR HERSELF, SHE WAS BEST KNOWN AS THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ACTION STOPS ABUSE, OR CASA, IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA. SHE SERVED AS THE HEAD OF CASA FOR 16 YEARS BEFORE RETIRING. BEFORE THAT SHE GUIDE PROGRAMS IN BOTH GAINESVILLE AND WEST PALM BEACH. UNDER HER LEADERSHIP THE STAFF GREW FROM SEVEN TO OVER 80 EMPLOYEES WITH 100-BED FACILITY. SHE STARTED A FIRST OF ITS KIND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM FOR VICTIMS AND IN ADDITION SHE WORKED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO ARE NOW PROPERLY TRAINED ON DEALING WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SHE CO-FOUNDED A PROGRAM TO SECURED PARDONS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONVICTED OF DEFENDING THEMSELVES. SHE EARNED THE GOVERNOR'S PEACE AT HOME AWARD. MR. SPEAKER, LINDA LEAVES A LEGACY THAT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. SHE WAS A QUIET HERO IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND HER LIFE'S WORK UNDENIABLY SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND MADE FLORIDA A SAFER PLACE. FOR THAT WE ARE GRATEFUL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED.

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    IT MAY BE A NEW YEAR, THE REPUBLICANS ARE CELEBRATING WITH THE SAME OLD…

    IT MAY BE A NEW YEAR, THE REPUBLICANS ARE CELEBRATING WITH THE SAME OLD EXTREME ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, TRYING TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH INSURANCE FROM HARD WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES.

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    IT'S A SHAME THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS CHOSEN TO SPEND THE…

    IT'S A SHAME THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS CHOSEN TO SPEND THE FIRST WEEK OF 2016 ATTACKING PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND DISMANTLING THOSE IMPORTANT BENEFITS TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS. THE BILL WE'LL VOTE ON TODAY WOULD DEFUND PLANNED PARAPHERNALIAHOOD AND THE IMPORTANT FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES THEY PROVIDE, INCLUDING LIFE-SAVING CANCER SCREENINGS FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THIS BILL WOULD DISMANTLE AFFORDABLE CARE, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS MORE WORKERS, FOR FAMILIES, FOR STUDENTS. INSTEAD OF WASTING TIME ON A RADICAL BILL WHICH QUITE FRANKLY SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED WILL NOT BECOME LAW, WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSING ON THE QUESTIONS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO WORK ON, ON GETTING OUR ECONOMY MOVING, PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND REBUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT'S THE CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE. WE OUGHT NOT POLITICIZE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE TO PANDER TO EXTREME VOICES ON THE RIGHT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    ON DECEMBER 23, THE "AUGUSTA CHRONICLE" PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL WITH…

    ON DECEMBER 23, THE "AUGUSTA CHRONICLE" PUBLISHED AN EDITORIAL WITH SIGNIFICANT INSIGHT. QUOTE, PRESIDENT OBAMA FINALLY HAS A COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGY, PHOTO OPS AND SPEECHES. HIS ADVISORS MUST REALIZE THAT MR. OBAMA IS LOSING NOT ONLY THE WAR ON TERROR BUT THE DEMEST EXAUDIENCE AS WELL THIS ADMINISTRATION IS THE STORY OF ONE FAILURE AFTER ANOTHER. THE PRESIDENT CALLED ISIS THE J.V. TEAM OF TERROR. HE SAYS ISIS IS CONTAINED. THE DAY BEFORE THE PARIS ATTACKS. THE MORNING OF THE SAN BERNARDINO TERROR ATTACK, HE SAYS, QUOTE, OUR HOMELAND HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PROTECTED BY MORE EFFECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AT EVERY LEVEL THAN THEY ARE NOW, END OF QUOTE. THE EDITORIAL CONTINUES, AMERICAN LIVES ARE ON THE LINE AND THE PRESIDENT WON'T IDENTIFY THE ENEMY OR SECURE OUR BORDERS AND COMMUNITIES. HIS PLAN OF ATTACK, PHOTO OPS AND SPEECHES AND UNVETTED REFUGEES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MAY THE PRESIDENT BY HIS ACTIONS NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. THANK YOU, PEGGY SAMPSON, FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE.

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    YESTERDAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE I JOINED WITH FAMILIES FROM NEWTOWN,…

    YESTERDAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE I JOINED WITH FAMILIES FROM NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT, WHICH I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT, AND WITH FAMILIES FROM ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY AS THE PRESIDENT OUTLINED FOUR STEPS WITHIN THE CURRENT LAW TO IMPROVE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION. FIRST, STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECKS. IF YOU'RE IN THE BUSINESS OF SELLING FIREARMS, WHETHER AT A GUN SHOW OR ONLINE, YOUR CUSTOMERS SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. SECOND, IMPROVING ENFORCEMENT OF THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM SO THAT IT WORKS BETTER AND THAT'SER -- AND FASTER. THIRD, EXPANDING ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH DREAM AND TISSUE TREATMENT AND TO TEAR DOWN BARRIERS TO IMPLEMENT EXISTING LAW. AND FOURTH, DIRECTING LIFE-SAVING NOW RESEARCH -- NEW RESEARCH TO MAKE GUNS SAFER. THESE ARE SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL STEPS TO ADDRESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS ABOUT WHICH THIS HOUSE HAS BEEN ASTOUNDINGLY SILENT. IT IS TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE. NOT WITH MOMENTS OF SILENCE, BUT WITH DAYS OF ACTION. WE CAN AND WE MUST DO BETTER TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE I'M…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE I'M PROUD TO RISE IN RECOGNITION OF THE 100TH PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW WHICH START THIS IS WEEKEND IN THE COMMONWEALTH STATE CAPITAL OF HARRISBURG. AGRICULTURE IS SO IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND THE SAME IS TRUE IN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE IT IS OUR LARGEST INDUSTRY. THE FARM SHOW IS THE LARGE ETC. INDOOR AGRICULTURE EXPOSITION IN THE NATION. NEARLY 6,000 ANIMALS AND 10,000 COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS FROM ACROSS THE STATE. THE EVENT ITSELF STARTED IN 1917 WITH SEVERAL EVENTS HELD ACROSS HARRISBURG BY 1931, ATTENDANCE HAS RISEN TO 131,000. TODAY THE FIGURE STANDS AT AN ESTIMATED 400,000. THIS WEEKEND, I WILL VISIT THE FARM SHOW WITH AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MICHAEL CONWAY AND SEVERAL OTHER HOUSE -- CONAWAY AND SEVERAL OTHER HOUSE COLLEAGUES AND WE'LL HEAR ABOUT FEDERAL POLICIES. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOWING ALL THOSE WHO MAKE THE TRIP TO HARRISBURG WHY THE FARM SHOW BRINGS VISITORS BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:21:46 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:21:53 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. THIS PAST WEEK IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, WE LOST A…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. THIS PAST WEEK IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, WE LOST A GIANT OF A MAN. IN THE NAME OF COMMISSIONER ELFRANCO LEE. HE SERVED THE COMMISSIONERS COURT AND THE PEOPLE HE LOVED FOR 0 YEARS. ONE COULD NEVER DESCRIBE COMMISSIONER LEE AS A TYPICAL POLITICIAN. HE WALKED THROUGH HIS DISTRICT, I TRULY BELIEVE HIS GIANT FOOTSTEPS TOUCHED EVERYONE AND EVERYONE'S HEART. HE WAS A LOVER OF SENIORS AND CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO ENJOY THEIR LIFE AND SWIM IN A FANTASTIC POOL AT THE HESTA HOUSE. MORE IMPORTANTLY HE, CODDLED AND NURTURE AND CREATED THE LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON HOSPITAL THAT HAS SERVED SO MANY FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTY AND STATE. THE BAYLOR TEAM CLINIC CALLED HIM A GUARDIAN ANGEL, PROVIDING HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE TEENS. AND YES, HE BELIEVED IN SOMETHING CALLS THE OLYMPICS, NOT AROUND THE WORLD BUT IN HARRIS COUNTY. 10,000 CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEST THEIR ATHLETIC PROWESS AND HE WAS AN ATHLETE AS WELL. HE WAS A FRIEND OF MICKEY LELAND AND CRAIG WASHINGTON BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, WIFE, AND CHILDREN, LIVED IN HIS BELOVED COMMUNITY FIFTH WARD AND HE WAS A FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY HE DID SO MUCH AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER. HE LEFT BEHIND WONDERFUL PARKANCE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAILS. HE WAS A MAN IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT KNEW ABOUT FUNDING, STRONG, STRONG PROPONENT OF MAKING SURE THE INFRASTRUCTURE WOULD GIVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, AS I CLOSE ON THIS WONDERFUL PUBLIC SERVICE, LET ME SAY MAY HE REST IN PEACE, WORKING UNTIL HIS TRAGIC DEATH, OFFERING TO THE PEOPLE LEFT BEHIND OUR PRAISE FOR HIM AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER ALFRANCO LEE, WHO TOUCHED US ALL, LOVED US ALL AND BROUGHT US TO A DAY IN HARRIS COUNTY WHERE WE CAN BE SO PROUD OF ALL YOU HAVE DONE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    OVER THE HOLIDAYS I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ "KILLING REAGAN," ANOTHER…

    OVER THE HOLIDAYS I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ "KILLING REAGAN," ANOTHER INTERESTING BOOK BY O'REILLY HE TALKS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S LAST MORNING. HE CLEANED OUT THE OVAL OFFICE, HE LEFT A NOTE IN THE DESK FOR HIS SUCCESSOR AND THEN COLIN POWELL CAME IN TO DELIVER HIS LAST NATIONAL SECURITY BRIEFING. AND HE SIMPLY SAID TO THE PRESIDENT, ALL IS QUIET IN THE WORLD TODAY. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF TODAY WERE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LAST NATIONAL SECURITY BRIEFING? THE GENTLEMAN WOULD SAY, GENTLEMAN OR GENTLEWOMAN WOULD SAY, SIR, WE HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS IN CHINA, NORTH KOREA, IN UKRAINE, IN YEMEN, IN SYRIA, IN IRAQ, IN IRAN, IN AFGHANISTAN, IN SAUDI ARABIA, IN NORTH KOREA, TALIBAN IS ON THE RISE, ISIS IS NOT CONTAINED, ISRAEL IS STILL MAD AT US. THERE'S BEEN RECENT TERROR ACTIVITY IN MUNICH, IN PARIS, IN BELGIUM. BUT SIR, BECAUSE OF YOUR LEADERSHIP, ALL IS QUIET TODAY IN GREENLAND. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SENATE RECONCILIATION ACT.

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    A BILL WITH SEVERAL PROVISIONS INCLUDE REGULAR PEEL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE…

    A BILL WITH SEVERAL PROVISIONS INCLUDE REGULAR PEEL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR THE 62ND TIME AND THE REVOKING OF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR THE 11TH TIME IN THIS CONGRESS. IT'S A NEW YEAR. BUT INSTEAD OF BRINGING LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR THAT HELPS AND MAKES AMERICANS HEALTHIER, SAFER, AND MORE SECURE, WE ARE REPEATING THE SAME OLD PARTISAN FIGHTS. LAST YEAR, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A POLITICAL STUNT BY AN ANTI-CHOICE GROUP THAT RELEASED FALSIFIED VIDEOS TO DAMAGE THE CREDIBILITY OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THERE WERE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS, STATE LEVEL INVESTIGATIONS, AND EVEN A SELECT COMMITTEE FORMED TO INVESTIGATE THE ORGANIZATION. THE INQUIRIES HAVE RESULTED IN NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING. AND HAVE BEEN A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY. 2.7 MILLION WOMEN IN AMERICA RELY ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR THEIR BASIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THAT THEY OTHERWISE CANNOT AFFORD AND CANNOT ACCESS. THERE IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. SO TAKING AWAY ITS FEDERAL FUNDS NEEDLESSLY RISKS THE HEALTH OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WOMEN. THE C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT DISMANTLING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL COST 22 AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. SO I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 3762. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    COUNTRY'S MOST TREASURED VALUES IS HELPING THOSE LESS FORTUNATE.

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    WE SEE IT WITH AMERICANS DONATING FOOD AND MONEY AND GIVING THEIR TIME TO…

    WE SEE IT WITH AMERICANS DONATING FOOD AND MONEY AND GIVING THEIR TIME TO HELP NEIGHBORS. IT WAS GRATIFYING LAST MONTH TO SEE CONGRESS COME TOGETHER TO PASS A LAW TO PROMOTE CHARITABLE GIVING. ONE PROVISION MAKES PERMANENT A PROVISION TO ALLOW A ROLLOVER DONATION FROM AN INDIVIDUAL'S I.R.A. ACCOUNT TO GO TO AN APPROVED CHARITABLE FOUNDATION. IT WILL ENCOURAGE THE DONATION OF FOOD TO FOOD BANKS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AS WELL AS PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION THROUGH THE GRANTING OF LAND EASEMENTS. THERE ARE MANY AMERICANS WHO WANT TO GIVE BACK AND HELP OTHERS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR TAX CODE REFLECT THE SAME VALUES AND DOESN'T PUNISH THEM FOR WANTING TO DO SYSTEM OF EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS HELP MAKE THAT POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER.

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  • 12:28:38 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE MEMORY OF MR. WALTER MCCRERY A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE MEMORY OF MR. WALTER MCCRERY A FORMER BUT LONGTIME COMMUNITY LEADER AND RESIDENT OF OHIO'S THIRD CONDITION GREGSAL DISTRICT. MR. MCCRERY WAS A MEMBER OF THE FAMOUS TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WHO FLEW ALMOST 100 COMBAT MISSIONS OVE EUROPE IN HIS RED TAILED P-51 FIGHTER PLANE DURING WORLD WAR II. MERCHANDISE BEATTY: IN 1944 HE WAS SHOT DOWN --

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    MERCHANDISE BEATTY

    1944 HE WAS SHOT DOWN --

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    IN 1944 HE WAS SHOT DOWN. AFTER THE WAR HE WAS ASSIGNED TO LOCKHORN ARMY…

    IN 1944 HE WAS SHOT DOWN. AFTER THE WAR HE WAS ASSIGNED TO LOCKHORN ARMY AIRFIELD, NOW KNOWN AS RICKENBACKER AIR BASE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. IN 2007, THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WERE AWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. THEIR EXEMPLARY RECORD AND HONORABLE SERVICE ARE RIGHTFULLY CREDITED AS THE DRIVING FORCE FOR THE FULL INTEGRATION OF OUR ARMED SERVICES. WALTER MCCRERY LIVED HIS LIFE WITH COURAGE, BRAVERY, AND HONOR. I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND HONOR THE LEGACY OF BOTH HIM AND HIS FELLOW TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. MR. SPEAKER, I AM ALSO HERE TODAY TO STAND UP FOR FAMILIES, FOR WOMEN, AND FOR PRESERVING ACCESS TO WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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  • 12:30:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    HE EXPLAINED THAT HIS FAMILY OF FOUR WENT FROM AN OVERALL $5,000…

    HE EXPLAINED THAT HIS FAMILY OF FOUR WENT FROM AN OVERALL $5,000 DEDUCTIBLE TO HAVING THE SAME DEDUCTIBLE PER FAMILY MEMBER. IN ADDITION TO HAVING HIS PREMIUM DOUBLED. WHERE IS THE AFFORDABILITY, HE ASKS? ANOTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNER FROM THE SMALL TOWN IN MY DISTRICT CALLED THE OTHER MONTH TO SAY THAT HIS RATES -- HER RATES FOR HER FAMILY HAD MORE THAN DOUBLED IN JUST THE PAST TWO YEARS. I COULD GO ON, BUT WE KNOW THE STORY ALL TOO WELL. SIMPLY PUT, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW IS CRUSHING OUR FAMILIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HEED THEIR CONCERNS AND SUPPORT THIS RECONCILIATION PACKAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    PACKAGE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:31:41 PM

    MS. LEE

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

  • 12:31:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3762,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015. REALLY DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL REPRESENT REPUBLICAN'S 67TH ATTEMPT -- EXCUSE ME, 62ND ATTEMPT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BUT IT IS YET ANOTHER IDEOLOGICAL ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. IT WOULD DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR ONE YEAR, PREPREVENTING MILLIONS OF WOMEN FROM ACCESSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES SUCH AS CANCER AND S.T.I. SCREENINGS AND CONTRACEPTIVE CARE. IN 2013 ALONE, PLANNED PARENT HOO PROVIDED HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO MORE THAN 800,000 CALIFORNIANS AND PROVIDED MORE THAN 93,000 PAP TESTS AND 97,000 BREAST SCREENING EXAMS. ALTHOUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD CENTERS MAKE UP ONLY 10% MAKE UP ONLY 10% OF ALL PUBLICLY FUNDED FAMILY PLANNING CENTERS, THEY SERVE, MIND YOU, 36% OF CLIENTS WHO OBTAIN CARE FROM THE FAMILY PLANNING CENTER NETWORK. DENYING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SUCH AS PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL HARM THE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED THESE SERVICES THE MOST. INCLUDING LOW-INCOME WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AFTERNOON WILL MARK THE 11TH VOTE, MIND YOU, THE 11TH VOTE TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE THIS CONGRESS. IT'S PAST TIME FOR REPUBLICANS TO END THEIR ATTACKS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND WRECK SIZZNISE THAT THEY ARE REALLY HARMING -- RECOGNIZE THAT THEY ARE REALLY HARMING WOMEN BY DENYING THEME THESE BADLY NEEDED HEALTH CARE SERVICES. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL VOTE NO ON H.R. 3762 AND REALLY BEGIN TO LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF WOMEN TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND REALLY ACCESS THE VITAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED. AGAIN, THIS RECONCILIATION ACT DOES NOTHING TO RECONCILE HEALTH CARE SERVICES WHICH WOMEN DESPERATELY NEED IN OUR COUNTRY.

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    MR. CRAMER

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    E WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS INFORMED LAST WEEK THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WAS INFORMED LAST WEEK THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IS CONSIDERING TEMPORARILY HOUSING UNOCCUPIED MINOR CHILDREN AT MILITARY BASES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. SIX BASES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION TO HOUSE UP TO 5,000 OF THESE UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN. ONE OF THE BASES UNDER CONSIDERATION IS GRAND FORCE AIR FORCE BASE IN NORTH DAKOTA. MR. SPEAKER, I CANNOT STRESS STRONGLY ENOUGH MY OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN. THE REASONS ARE NUMEROUS, BUT LET ME EMPHASIZE TWO OF THE MOST OBVIOUS. MILITARY BASES ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR HOUSING UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN, AND UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN ARE NOT APPROPRIATE RESIDENTS OF A MILITARY BASE. THE LAST CONGRESS CLEARLY EXPRESSED OUR OPPOSITION TO HOUSING OF UNOCCUPIED MINORS AT MILITARY INSTALLATIONS THROUGH THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5230. ADDITIONALLY, FUNDING SUFFICIENT TO MEET THE NEEDS AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER WERE PROVIDED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO IN THE PASSAGE OF THE F.Y. 16 OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NEITHER COMPASSIONATE TO THE CHILDREN NOR IN THE COUNTRY'S BEST INTERESTS FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE TO HOUSE THESE CHILDREN AT GRAND FORKS OR ANY OTHER MILITARY INSTALLATION. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO FIND A MORE APPROPRIATE ZHRUTION SEW -- SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE CLOSED THE LAST YEAR OF CONGRESS WITH SOME VERY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE CLOSED THE LAST YEAR OF CONGRESS WITH SOME VERY PRODUCTIVE WORK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WE PASSED A TRANSPORTATION BILL. WE REFORWARD -- REFORMED NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. WE PASSED A TAX EXTENDERS BILL AND OMNIBUS. I THANK SPEAKER RYAN AND REPUBLICANS FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. BUT WE ARE BACK HERE IN 2016 AS PRESIDENT REAGAN WOULD SAY, THERE THEY GO AGAIN. YEAH, THEY ARE TRYING TO REPEAL THE A.C.A. FOR THE 62ND TIME. AND FOR THE 11TH TIME TO TRY TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THESE ARE NOT GOING TO BECOME LAW. THE PRESIDENT WILL VETO THEM. AND IT PUTS US BACK IN THE SITUATION WHERE THIS HOUSE ISN'T BEING USED FOR AMERICA'S PRIORITIES. PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. DEALING WITH THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MAYBE HAVING AN AUMF PASSED. AND DEALING WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND PASSING A BILL. THE IDEAS AS I UNDERSTAND IS PASS THE BILL THE PRESIDENT WILL VETO. IT WON'T BECOME LAW AND HAVE THE FIRST VETO OVERRIDE ON DATE THE MARCH FOR LIFE IS HERE IN WASHINGTON. THIS IS BEING DONE FOR POLITICAL THEATER TO APPEAL TO THE MARCH FOR LIFE PEOPLE AND NOT FOR WHAT AMERICA NEEDS TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK AND PROTECT OUR PEOPLE FROM TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I WISH WE GET BACK TO THE WAY WE FINISHED UP 2015. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CARTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A VOICE OF WARNING FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A VOICE OF WARNING FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDERS DESIGNED TO FURTHER RESTRICT AMERICANS' SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS IS A DANGEROUS MOVE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL ALL AMERICANS NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO POSSESS FIREARMS. THIS LATEST ROUND OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS SERVES ONLY TO HARASS AND INTIMIDATE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. NOTHING THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED WOULD HAVE STOPPED A SINGLE TRAGEDY. AMERICANS HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT TO PROTECTION OF THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH FIREARMS AS THE PRESIDENT DOES SITTING IN THE OVAL OFFICE. AS A FIREARM OWNER MYSELF, FROM A FAMILY OF FIREARM OWNERS, AND DEFENSE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT, I WANT TO REMIND THE ADMINISTRATION THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS WAS SETTLED IN 1791. IT IS NOT UP FOR DEBATE.

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    MR. LEWIS

    YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, LUCY FROM ATLANTA STOOD HYPED THE PRESIDENT WHEN…

    YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, LUCY FROM ATLANTA STOOD HYPED THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HIS ACTION TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. IN 2012 HER SON, JORDAN DAVIS, WAS KILLED SIMPLY FOR PLAYING LOUD MUSIC. I COULD SEE THE PAIN OF HER LOSS AND THE ANGUISH ON HER FACE. IT BROKE MY HEART. JORDAN DAVIS IS ONE OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS KILLED IN THE LAST DEKE DEAK WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. IT IS OUR DUTY TO DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS, EVERY YEAR MOTHERS FEARNS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, BEG THEIR GOVERNMENT TO ACT. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEAF TO THEIR CRIES. ARE WE BLIND TO THEIR SUFFERING? PRESIDENT OBAMA IS LISTENING. AND HE IS LEADING. A LEADER MUST BE A HEADLIGHT. AND NOT A TAIL LIGHT. MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, WE ARE NOT LEADING. HIS PROPOSAL IS COMMON SENSE AND CONSTITUTIONAL. NOW AS MEMBERS WE MUST DO OUR PART. WE MUST DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS JUST. IT IS LONG OVERDUE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIME AND AGAIN THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOTED THAT WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TIME AND AGAIN THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOTED THAT WE CAN'T CHANGE THE LAW WITHOUT ACTION FROM CONGRESS. DESPITE HIS CLAIM OF FAMILIARITY OF SEPARATION OF POWERS, THIS WEEK WE SEE THE PRESIDENT AGAIN TRYING TO GO AROUND CONGRESS TO ENACT ALREADY KNOWN ANTI-GUN POLICIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONSIDERED AND REJECTED IN THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IGNORES WHAT ANY HONEST OBSERVER ALREADY KNOWS, LIMITING THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS DOESN'T DETER CRIMINALS AND TERRORIST FROM BREAKING OUR LAWS. FORCING AMERICANS TO JUMP THROUGH MORE HOOPS AND SPEND MORE MONEY TO EXERCISE THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL AT BEST HAVE ZERO EFFECT ON PUBLIC SAFETY. FINALLY LET'S LOOK WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO. MORE AMERICANS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN FEES TO EXERCISE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. ENFORCEMENT OF CURRENT LAWS COULD BE A MUCH BETTER EFFECT ON THAT, YET WE SEE VERY FEW RED FLAGS PUT UP BY PEOPLE TRYING TO LEGALLY PURCHASE GUNS THAT ARE ALREADY FELONS. THOSE LAWS IF THEY ARE ENFORCED, MORE INVESTIGATIONS WOULD BE HELD AND MORE PEOPLE PROSECUTED. YET OUR ATTORNEY GENERALS STATE LEVEL AND FEDERAL LEVEL DON'T FOLLOW UP ON THOSE RED FLAGS. WE HAVE PLENTY OF LAWS ON THE BOOKS NOT ENFORCED. WE DON'T NEED EXECUTIVE ORDERS THE PRESIDENT ILLEGALLY IS PUTTING ACROSS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. WHICH HAS BEEN EMBLEMATIC OF WHAT THIS ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN DOING FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS ON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    HERE WE ARE THE VERY FIRST DAY BACK FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN…

    HERE WE ARE THE VERY FIRST DAY BACK FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 2016 AND ALREADY THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE REHASHING OLD TOXIC ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND ON WORKING FAMILIES. HERE IN 2016 WE WERE HOPING TO SEE A HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WILL LOOK FORWARD, FORWARD TO REDUCING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS, TO HELPING TO PASS THE BILL TO REQUIRE PAY EQUITY FOR WOMEN. INSTEAD, UNDER THE GUISE OF THIS RECONCILIATION BILL, A TECHNICAL TERM THAT'S COMING BEFORE THE BODY THIS WEEK, THIS REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, STRIP AWAY AFFORDABLE FAMILY PLANNING AND LIFESAVING CANCER SCREENINGS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT WOULD DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT'S A 62ND VOTE FROM THIS BODY TO REPEAL THAT ACT. AND BY THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE REPUBLICAN BILL BEFORE THIS BODY THIS WEEK WOULD TAKE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS NEXT YEAR ALONE. THAT'S NOT RIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY, IT'S NOT RIGHT FOR WOMEN. IT'S NOT RIGHT FOR THIS BODY. LET'S MOVE FORWARD WITH A PRO-WOMAN AGENDA, A PRO-HEALTH CARE AGENDA RATHER THAN THE SAME TOXIC BILLS THEY TRIED AND FAILED TO PASS OVER 62 TIMES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, IN 2010, CONGRESS SILENCED THE VOICES OF THE MAJORITY OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 2010, CONGRESS SILENCED THE VOICES OF THE MAJORITY OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND RAN ROUGHSHOD OVER THE HOUSE MINORITY AND JAMMED A BILL THROUGH CONGRESS THAT WOULD PUT A WET BLANKET OF MANDATES, REGULATIONS AND PENALTIES ON PATIENTS, DOCTORS, HOSPITALS, SMALL BUSINESSES DRIVING UP THE COST OF INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE FOR MOST AMERICANS.

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    LONGER LINES, LESS ACCESS, LESS INNOVATION, AND HIGHER COST VS. BEEN THE…

    LONGER LINES, LESS ACCESS, LESS INNOVATION, AND HIGHER COST VS. BEEN THE HALLMARK OF THIS BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL GIVE VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAD THIS LAW AND EXPENSE THRUST UPON THEM. IT'S TIME TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE, PASSING LEGISLATION THAT WILL PUT PATIENTS BACK IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS. FOCUS ON COMPETITION AND QUALITY OF CARE, REFORMING OUR TORT LITIGATIONCIES TERGES AND INVESTING IN INNOVATION AND RESEARCH AT THE N.I.H., CURING DISEASES, AND REDUCING HAD HEALTH CARE KOSTUNICA. IT WILL ALSO DEFUND ORGANIZATION THAT IS ENGAGE IN THE HORRIFIC AND SAD PROCESS OF DISSECTING AND HARVESTING ABORTED BABY ORGANS AND REINVEST THAT MONEY IN ORGANIZATION THAT IS ARE TRULY FOCUSED ON WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, BY PLACING THIS BILL ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, WE HAVE GIVEN VOICE TO THE DEFENSELESS AND FOCUS ON THE BETTER FUTURE FOR HEALTH CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN.

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    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 580 AND…

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 580 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 CALENDAR NUMBER 84, HOUSE HUGSE 580. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 84, HOUSE HUGSE 580. RESOLVED, THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 712, TO IMPOSE CERTAIN LIMBATIONS ON CONSENT TO DE -- CONSENT DEGREES AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS BY AGENCIES THAT REQUIRE AGENCIES TO TAKE REGULATORY ACTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS SPECIFIED IN THE SECTION SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. . AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-37. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 1155, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROCESS FOR THE REVIEW OF RULES AND SETS OF RULES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    YIELD 20 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR…

    YIELD 20 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.

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

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

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    TO BRING THIS STRUCTURED RULE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE.…

    TO BRING THIS STRUCTURED RULE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE SCRUB ACT OF 2016. THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE PROVIDES A FAIR AND REASONABLE WAY TO FIND AND REPEAL OUTDATED REGULATIONS STILL ON THE BOOKS. IT DOESN'T TARGET ANY PARTICULAR TYPE OF REGULATION OR INDUSTRY BUT PRIORITIZING OLDER, EXPENSIVE RULES THAT ARE RIPE FOR IMPROVEMENT OR MAY NO LONGER BE NECESSARY.

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    OF OUR ECONOMY AND FAMILIES ARE NOT THE SAME AS THEY WERE 20 YEARS AGO.…

    OF OUR ECONOMY AND FAMILIES ARE NOT THE SAME AS THEY WERE 20 YEARS AGO. THUS WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THE LAWS REFLECT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY TODAY NOT DECADES AGO. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI FOR INTRODUCING THIS BIPARTISAN SOLUTION AND THE STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS MEASURE. IF YOU PUT A PIECE OF PAPER IN THE HAND OF EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO LIVED IN MY HOMETOWN OF GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA, IT WOULDN'T EQUAL THE NUMBER OF PAGES IN THE 2015 FEDERAL REGISTER. IT COMES IN AT A RECORD SETTING 82,036 PAGES. THAT MEANS THERE ARE OVER 82,000 PIFPBLGSE NEW RULES AND REGULATION PROSS POSED JUST LAST YEAR. AND THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS IS 235 VOLUMES LONG, CONTAINS 175,000 PAGES OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. KNOWING THIS IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT FEDERAL REGULATIONS IMPOSE A BURDEN OF $1.86 TRILLION. YOU SEE, THAT'S ROUGHLY ABOUT $15,000 PER U.S. HOUSEHOLD, HIGHER THAN THE COMBINED INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. IT'S DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE A SCENARIO WHERE THERE'S NOTHING IN THOSE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF PAMES THAT CAN'T BE IMPROVED, STREAMLINED OR RETIRED. UNFORTUNATELY, AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES BEAR THE BURDEN OF COMPLIANCE EVEN WHEN A REGULATION IS OUTDATED, INEFFECTIVE, OR JUST PLAIN UNNECESSARY. THE SCRUB ACT IS A COMMONSENSE STEP TOWARD REDUCING THE UNNECESSARY COSTS FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES, LEADING TO MORE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. IF YOU WALKED INTO A GROCERY STORE AND FOUND HUNDREDS OF EXPIRED AND MOLDY FOOD ON THE SHELF, WOULD YOU NOT BE SHOCKED? AND WOULD YOU BE EVEN MORE HORRIFIED IF YOU WERE FORCED TO PURCHASE AN EAT THEM? IN THE SAME WAY MY CONSTITUENTS AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION ARE APPALL WED DON'T HAVE AN EXISTING PROCESS IN PLACE TO CLEAR DUPLICATIVE, UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS OFF THE FEDERAL CODE OF REGULATIONS. ALSO, MR., THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 712, THE SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS ACT OF 2016 THIS LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE CONTAINED THE TEXT OF H.R. 712 IN TITLE 1, H R. 759 IN TITLE 2 AND H.R. 690, PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THROUGH TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2015 IN TITLE 3. EACH OF THESE MEASURES WERE CONSIDERED AND MARKED UP BY THIS EJUDICIARY REPORT AND ARE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR AS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE. AMERICA'S MAUL IS -- SMALL BUSINESSES AND JOB CREATORS NEED RELIEF FROM THE FLOOD OF NEW REGULATIONS IN WASHINGTON. BUSINESS OWNERS OFTEN CITE GOVERNMENT REGULATION AS THE HEAVIEST BURDEN THEY FACE TODAY. THEY BIND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ISSUE NEW RULES. REGULATORS OFTEN COOPERATE WITH OTHERS TO ADVANCE THEIR MUTUAL AGENDAS IN THIS WAY. THE DEVICE THEY USE IS SIMPLE. AN ORGANIZATION THAT WANTS A NEW LEGISLATION ALLEGES THEY HAVE VIOLATED A DUTY TO DECLARE KNEW RULES. THE AGENCY AND THE PLAINTIFF WORK OUT A DEAL UNDER COVER OF LEGISLATION AND HAVE A DEADLINE TO ISSUE RULES. THESE DEADLINES OFTEN GIVE THE PUBLIC LITTLE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED RULES THE WHITE HOUSE LIMITED ABILITY TO REVIEW THEM. DEALS CAN EVEN REQUIRE AGENCIES TO PROPOSE SPECIFIC REGULATORY LANGUAGE. THOSE WHO WILL BE REGULATE BIRD THE NEW DEAL TYPICALLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT THESE DEALS UNTIL THE PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT AND THE PROPOSED DECREES OF SETTLEMENT ARE FILED IN COURT. BY THEN, IT IS TOO LATE. FRANKLY, IT'S JUST ALSO UNFIRE. REGULATED BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS ARE UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE TO INTERVENE IN LITIGATION. THE COURT USUALLY APPROVES DOLES BEFORE PARTIES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO AFFECT WHETHER NEW REGULATORY COSTS WILL BE IMPOSED ON THEM. THESE REGULATORY PARTIES COULD BE FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES, FARMERSING RANCHERS OR EVEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. I INTRODUCED H.R. 740 TO SHINE LIGHT ON ONE OF THE WORST REGULATORY ABUSES IN OUR SYSTEM TODAY, THE SUE AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS. THE SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY CONSENT DECREES ACT OF 2016 PUTS AN TO END THIS ABUSIVE ACT AND ENSURES THOSE TO BE REGULATE HAVE HAD A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN RULE MAKING THAT AFFECTS THEM. AS A RESULT THE BILL OFFERS AN EFFECTIVE AND BALANCED REMEDY. WE MUST ENSURE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND SCRUTINY OF CONSENT DECREES AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS THAT REQUIRE NEW REGULATIONS THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS ARE NEEDED TO HELP CONTROL THE TIME AND EXEZZ O OFS TO THE COSTRY RULES. IT'S TIME TO GET RID OF THE WELCOME MAT FOR THESE SUITS, POLICIES THAT OFTENTIMES COULD NEVER PASS CONGRESS. CLAIMING THAT THE COURT MADE ME DO IT. AGAIN, BY PASSING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM -- BYPASSING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM, NOT A GOOD IDEA. H.R. 712 ADDRESSES WEAKNESSES IN THE CURRENT SYSTEM WHILE PRESERVING CONSENT DECREES AS AN IMPORTANT MECHANISM FOR SETTLING A LEGAL DISPUTE. THE ABILITY OF CITIZENS TO HOLD GOVERNMENT ACCOUNT SBLE AN IMPORTANT PART OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW BUT IT MUST BE APPROPRIATELY CARRIED OUT WITH TRANSPARENCY AND FULL PUBLIC PARTIES PENGUINS. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 712 PUTS AN END TO THE PRACTICE OF USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS FORCING REGULATOR TAOS PUT O-- TO PUT OUT MORE REGULATIONS. TITLE 2 OF H.R. 712 CONTINUE OURS WORK TO RELIEF THE REGULATORY BURDEN ON AMERICAN FAMILIES BY REQUIRING AGENCIES TO PUBLICLY PROVIDE INFORMATION AND PLANNED REGULATIONS, ESTIMATED COMPLIANCE COSTS AND OTHER UPDATES SO THOSE IMPACTED BY THE NEW REGULATIONS HAVE THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. TITE 38 OF H.R. 712, THE PROVIDING ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH TRANSPARENCY ACT IS ANOTHER GOOD GOVERNING MEASURE THAT DEMONSTRATE'S BODY'S COMMITMENT TO MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR ALL AMERICANS. IT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO PROVIDE A BRIEF SUMMARY ONLINE IN PLAIN LANGUAGE. AGENCIES DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONDUCT BUSINESS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND HIDE AN OVERLY COMPLEX REGULATORY SYSTEM. EVERY REGULATION IMPACTS EVERY AMERICAN DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. AGENCIES SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE REGULATIONS THEY PRODUCE AND HOW THEY COMMUNICATE THE NEW REQUIREMENTS TO THOSE WHO WILL BE FORCED TO ABIDE BY THEM. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET YESTERDAY EVENING ON THESE MEASURES AND HERD TESTIMONY FROM THE CHAIRMAN, RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE, THE CHAME OF OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM AND GOVERNMENT OPERATION SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER. THIS COMBINED RULE MAKES EVERY AMENDMENT SUBMITTED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE IN ORDER. SEVEN AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 712 WILL BE DEBATED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND 11 AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 1155 WILL BE CONSIDERED. FOR H.R. 712, THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE WITH 40 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANK MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AN CONTROLLED BY THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. FOR H.R. 1155, IT PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF GENERAL DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT AND REFORM. THIS REPRESENTS REGULAR ORDER AT ITS FINEST AND I'M PROUD TO SEE THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND SPEAKER RYAN ARE REFLECTED IN THIS ROBUST AND OPEN PROCESS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THIS GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

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  • 12:57:20 PM

    MR. POLIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 3 MINUTES AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 12:57:30 PM

    LIKE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, I WAS BACK HOME AND EXCITED ABOUT…

    LIKE ALL THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, I WAS BACK HOME AND EXCITED ABOUT COMING BACK IN JANUARY TO LEGISLATE AND MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD. I WAS HOPING WE COULD TACKLE SOME OF THE BIG ISSUES OF THE DAY, BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET, PASS IMMIGRATION REFORM AND SECURE OUR BORDERS. FINALLY DEAL WITH THE CONTENTIOUS ISSUE OF WHAT KIND OF AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE WE CANT TO GIVE TO THE CHIEF -- THE COMMAND FOR THE CHIEF. THESE ARE ALL THE IMPORTANT ISSUES I WAS THINKING ABOUT AND READING ABOUT AND HOPING WE'D DEAL WITH WHEN WE GOT BACK HERE. INSTEAD, HERE WE ARE, OUR FIRST DAY BACK IN SESSION AND POINT OUT THAT MOST AMERICANS, OF COURSE, HAD TO GO BACK TO WORK A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. WE HAD A FEW DAYS MORE TO PRESUMABLY THINK ABOUT WHAT WE WANTED TO DO. AND HERE IT IS. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO STRIP HEALTH CARE FROM OVER 22 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE -- THAT RELY ON HEALTH CARE INSURANCE THEY HAVE TODAY. THAT THIS RECONCILIATION BILL WOULD TAKE AWAY. ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND STRIP FAMILY PLANNING AND CANCER SCREENINGS AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SOMETHING THAT ULTIMATELY WOULD ADD TO HEALTH CARE COSTS, NOT TO MENTION THE HUMAN TOLL OF NOT DIAGNOSING CANCERS EARLY. BUT ADDING TO THE HEALTH CARE COSTS OF THIS COUNTRY BY HAVING TO DEAL WITH FAR TOO MANY CATASTROPHIC EVENTS FOR WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTABLE CONDITIONS HAD THEY ONLY BEEN IDENTIFIED EARLIER THROUGH ACCESS TO CANCER SCREENINGS AND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER LOCATIONS. THIS BILL THAT WILL BE BROUGHT UNDER ONE OF THE RULES THAT IS COMING FORWARD TODAY WOULD REPEAL OR DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR THE 62ND TIME. AGAIN, I WAS HOPING IN 2016 WE'D START SOMETHING NEW. INSTEAD, I'M SEING THE SAME KIND OF BILL THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD AND N 2011, THEY BROUGHT IT FORWARD IN 2012, THEY BROUGHT IT FORWARD IN 2013, THEY BROUGHT IT FORWARD IN 2014, THEY BROUGHT IT FORWARD IN 2015. AND HERE WE ARE, NOT ONLY BRINGING IT FORWARD IN 2016 BUT DOING IT AS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST BILLS IN THE VERY FIRST WEEK THAT THIS CONGRESS IS BACK. LOOK, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND BOTH OF THESE UNDERLYING BILLS, H.R. 1155, WHICH IS TCHAILED SEARCHING FOR AND CUTTING REGULATIONS THAT ARE UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME OR SCRUB ACT AND H.R. 712, THE SUNSHINE FOR REGULATORY DEGREES AND SETTLEMENTS ACTS. THESE BILLS WILL MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LESS SAFE. REMOVING IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY REMOVING IMPORTANT SAFETY AND HEALTH REGULATIONS ALREADY IN PLACE FOR A REASON. LOOK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SAYS THAT THERE -- AND I AGREE, THERE COULD BE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS ON THE BOOKS. LET'S TACKLE THOSE IN A LASER LIKE FASHION. AND IF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE WON'T DO IT, THEN LET'S DO IT THROUGH A LEGISLATE APPROACH THAT TARGETS THE AUTHORITY FOR SPECIFIC SET OF RULES THAT THIS BODY ATPWHREES ARE NOT NECESSARY OR ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AS WE'VE DONE IN A NUMBER OF INSTANCES AND GO AFTER THEM. RATHER THAN SOMEHOW SAYING THAT FOR EVERY RULE THAT'S ADDED ARBITRARILY, ANOTHER RULE NEEDS TO BE ELIMINATED. THERE'S SOME PRESUMED MAGIC TO THE AMOUNT OF WORDS IN RULES. AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE GENTLEMAN CITED, I THINK IT WAS 86,000 PAGES. THERE'S NO IDEAL AM OF RULES. BUT THE LEAST AMOUNT OF RULES AND REGULARS THAT CAN GET THE JOB OF KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE DONE IS THE BEST BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THAT'S GOING TO BE. MAYBE WE SHOULD STRIP AWAY 10,000 PAGES OF THAT. MAYBE WE NEED ANOTHER 1,000 PAGES FOR SOME NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW DEVICE THAT COULD HURT PEOPLE IF THERE'S NOT RETHE RIGHT SAFETY REGULATIONS. WE NEED AN ADAPTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE TO ALLOW OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY AGENCIES TO DO THEIR JOB. . SO THAT WHEN PEOPLE BUY A CONSUMER PRODUCT AT THE STORE THEY HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO KILL THEM. AS A FAR OF A 4-YEAR-OLD AND 1-YEAR-OLD. WHEN I BUY A TOY AND GET HOLIDAY PRESENTS FOR MY KIDS, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE LEAD OR CONTAMINANTS IN THEM. MAKE SURE MY CHILD WON'T BE SEVERELY DAMAGED OR HURT BY THE FAILURE OF OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY AGENCIES TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PRODUCTS ARE SAFE. THAT'S COMMON SENSE. I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT OUT OF OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATORS, AND THESE BILLS WOULD IMPEDE THEIR ABILITY TO DO THAT. 13 OF THE 16 DEMOCRATS WHO SAT ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OFFERED VIEWS ON H.R. 712 WHICH READ IN PART, THIS ILL-CONCEIVED BILLS PROVIDES THEM TO DISSUEDE TO USE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS TO RESOLVE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS FILED TO ADDRESS AGENCY NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. EFFECTIVELY, WHAT THAT MEANS IS THIS BILL WOULD REDUCE THE COST OF NONCOMPLIANCE WITH OUR REGULATION AND LAWS. THESE BURDENS INCLUDE THE UNWORKABLE REQUIREMENTS THAT AGENCIES SOLICIT PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ALL PROPOSED CONSENT DEGREES AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS AND RESPOND TO EVERY SINGLE PUBLIC COMMENT BEFORE SUBMITTING THEM TO THE COURT. NOW, AGAIN, THAT'S AN ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN THAT MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY AGENCIES TO DO THEIR JOB. YOU MIGHT GET 100,000 COMMENTS ON A PARTICULAR CONSENT DECREE OR SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IF SOMEBODY IS RAMPING UP WHAT WE CALL THE ASTROTURF SIDE OF TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO WRITE IN ON A PARTICULAR TOPIC AND TO SAY SOMEHOW EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE COMMENTS HAS TO BE RESPONDED TO BEFORE SUBMITTING TO THE COURT IS BASICALLY NOT JUST A POLICY THAT WOULD SLOW DOWN THIS PROCESS BUT WOULD DETER THE AGENCIES FROM EVER ENGAGING IN SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS AND CONSENT DECREES BECAUSE IT WOULD BE SO PROHIBITIVE FROM A STAFF PERSPECTIVE THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO THEIR JOB. LIKE ALL ANTI-REGULATORY PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORTH IN THIS CONGRESS, H.R. 712 IS ANOTHER SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. THOSE IN FAVOR OF THE BILL HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIM THAT AGENCIES ARE SOMEHOW CONSPIRING WITH PLAINTIFFS TO ENTER INTO CONSENT DECREES AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS. BUT EVEN IF YOU AGREE WITH THAT CLAIM, THIS BILL WOULDN'T SOLVE IT. ALL IT WOULD DO IS IMPOSE BURDENSOME PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS ON AGENCIES AND COURTS THAT HAMSTRING AND PREVENT THE USE OF CONSENT DECREES AND SETTLEMENTS WHICH OFTENTIMES ARE A MORE EFFICIENT WAY FOR BOTH PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS TO GET TO A REASONABLE OUTCOME THAT PROCESSES AND LEGAL BILLS THAT GO ON FOR YEARS AND YEARS. THE OTHER BILL TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LESS SAFE. IT'S CALLED THE SCRUB ACT, WHICH IS ALSO A DANGEROUS SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. NOW, EVERY BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONDUCTS EFFECTIVE ACTION. IF THERE ARE RULES THAT THIS BODY DISAGREES WITH, WE SHOULD GO AFTER THEM, GO AFTER THE AUTHORITY THAT THIS BODY HAS CHOSEN TO GIVE THE AGENCY TO MAKE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS THAT KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONDUCTS OVERSIGHT AND OVERLOOKING THIS ARRAY OF OPTIONES THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SCALPLE FOR SMART REGULATORY CUTS THIS IS INSTEAD A MEAT CLEAVER APPROACH THAT CAN ELIMINATE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS BOTH GOOD AND ILL-INFORMED. RATHER THAN CREATING JOBS OR GROWING THE ECONOMY OR MAKING AMERICANS SAFER, THIS TYPE OF PROCEDURE WOULD TIE AGENCIES' HANDS WITH ADDITIONAL RED TAPE AND WASTE VALUABLE AGENCY RESOURCES AND TAXPAYERS DOLLARS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE ALLUDED TO, H.R. 1155'S SOLE PURPOSE IS TO OBSTRUCT THE SAFETY AND REGULATORY PROCESS BY BEARING AGENCIES ENDLESS RED TAPE AND EXTRA COSTS. IT WOULD CREATE LEGAL AMBIGUITY THAT COULD LEAD TO INCREASED COSTS AND UNCERTAINTY TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW A PRODUCT OR SERVICES THEY'RE BUYING IS SAFE FOR THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN. IN PRINCIPLE, IT'S HARD TO ARGUE AGAINST A NOTION THAT AGENCIES SHOULD ASSESS WHETHER RULES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED OR REPEALED. THAT'S NOT IN DISPUTE. THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. RATHER THAN STREAMLINING RULEMAKING OR ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY RULES, WHICH WE ALL WANT TO DO THROUGH A THOUGHTFUL RETROSPECTIVE PROCESS, THIS BILL WOULD HAVE DELAYS FOR NEW AND NECESSARY HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES BY REQUIRING THAT A NEW RULEMAKING PROCESS FOR ANY RULE THAT IS ELIMINATED. THE SCRUB ACT WOULD ALSO ESTABLISH A REGULATORY REVIEW COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY DUPLICATIVE, REDOESN'TANT OR OBSOLETE REGULATIONS. NOT ONLY WOULD THE VERY CREATION OF THIS COMMISSION BE AT THE COST OF TAXPAYERS, AS WOULD ITS LIMITLESS RESOURCES, HOURS OF STAFF WORK THAT THE BILL MANDATES, BUT THE AUTHORIZING LANGUAGE OF THE COMMISSION BINDS IT TO CONSIDER ONLY THE COSTS TO AFFECTED INDUSTRIES WHILE IGNORING THE COST TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. SO IF AN INDUSTRY, IF THIS COMMISSION EXISTED AND THEY WERE LOOKING AT A REGULATION AROUND DUMPING OF TOXIC MATERIALS OR TOYS THAT COULD HURT KIDS, THE ONLY CHARGE UNDER THIS STATUTE OF THAT COMMISSION WOULD BE, WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF COMPLIANCE OF THIS TO INDUSTRY? NOT, WHAT ARE THE SAVINGS TO AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR KID BEING HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF A CHOKING HAZARD OF A 3-YEAR-OLD OR CANCER RATE FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS LEAD? THEY CAN'T LOOK AT THAT SIDE OF THE EQUATION. RATHER THAN DEALING WITH THOROUGH COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS, THIS KANGAROO COMMISSION WOULD RATHER SUPERFIRBLELY LOOK AT THE COST -- SUPERFIRBLELY LOOK AT THE COSTS -- SUPERFICALLY LOOK AT THE COSTS. THIS SCRUB ACT IS NOT GOOD. I THINK IT'S A FINE CRITICISM OF ANY ADMINISTRATION THEY HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH IN THAT REGARD. AND THEY SHOULD. AND THIS BODY SHOULD ENCOURAGE ANY PRESIDENT TO MOVE FORWARD TOWARD CUTTING UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS THAT COSTS BUSINESSES MONEY AND DON'T THREATEN THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. BUT AGENCIES MUST ADHERE TO THE ROBUST REQUIREMENTS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT ALREADY, THE REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT, THE REFORM ACT OF 1995, THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT AND THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT. AND IF SOME OF THOSE CAN BE CONSOLIDATED TO CUT RED TAPE, YOU WILL FIND STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THAT CONCEPT BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS BILL DOES. THIS BILL TIES UP THE ABILITY OF OUR AGENCIES THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS AUTHORIZED TO HELP KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE WITH ADDITIONAL RED TAPE AND REGULATIONS. IT CREATES A BIASED COMMISSION. RATHER THAN LOOKING AT THE COST AND BENEFITS OF HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ONLY LOOKS AT THE COST. MOREOVER, FINAL REGULATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO REVIEW BY FEDERAL COURTS ALREADY WHO ARE A FINAL BACKSTOP TO ENSURES AGENCIES HAVE NOT VIOLATED THE AUTHORITY THIS BODY HAS GIVEN THEM AND THEY'VE SATISFIED ALL THE APPLICABLE STATUTES AND WHETHER AGENCIES HAVE CONTINUED INPUT FROM RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS. WE SET THAT PROCESS UP. NOW, IF WE HAVE A THOUGHTFUL WAY TO IMPROVE THAT PROCESS, ENCOURAGING MORE STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT, LOOKING AT THE AUTHORITY WE GIVE THE AGENCIES IN CERTAIN AREAS, BY ALL MEANS, LET'S DISCUSS THOSE KINDS OF BILLS RATHER THAN SHORT-CIRCUITING THE VERY PROCESS THAT CONGRESS HAS PUT IN PLACE TO HELP REDUCE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. IN MANY CASES, CONGRESS NOT ONLY MANDATES THAT AGENCIES ISSUES A RULE, THEY'RE DOING THE WORK WE'VE REQUIRED THEM TO DO, BUT WE ALSO PRESCRIBE THE PROCESS ALREADY BY WHICH THEY MUST DO SO. THIS BILL, IF IT PASSES, WILL CONTINUE TO WASTE THE GOVERNMENT'S TIME AND WE'RE WASTING MORE BY EVEN CONSIDERING THIS TODAY AS WELL AS THIS RECONCILIATION BILL THAT WOULD TAKE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS. YOU WOULD THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IF REPUBLICANS WERE BRINGING FORWARD A BILL TO REMOVE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS, YOU WOULD THINK THEY'D HAVE A PLAN FOR THOSE 22 MILLION AMERICANS BUT THEY DO NOT. THEY SIMPLY STRIP THEM OF THEIR EXISTING HEALTH CARE. 22 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR DOCTOR THAT THEY'VE BEEN SEEING FOR YEARS, KNOW THEY CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL IF THEY NEED IT OR HAVE ANY ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE UNDER THIS RECONCILIATION BILL. IT DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IT STRIPS AFFORDABLE PLANNING AND LIFE-SAVING CANCER SCREENINGS FROM MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PRECISELY AT THE TIME THOSE CANCER SCREENINGS WOULD BE MORE NECESSARY THAN EVER IF THE SCRUB ACT PASSED WHICH WOULD HAMSTRING OUR OWN FEDERAL AGENCIES AND PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING CARCINOGENIC MATERIALS INSIDE ITEMS. THIS RULE WOULD SAY, WE WON'T DO THE JOB WE TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE'D DO IN KEEPING THEM SAFE. AS A RESULT, THE RESULTS OF THAT LACK OF SAFETY, MORE HOSPITAL VISITS, MORE DISEASE, MORE CHOKING KIDS, MORE SICK KIDS, WE'LL MAKE SURE MORE OF THEM WON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY NEED IT BECAUSE OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS THAT WE'VE REMOVED BY TYING THEM NEWSPAPER RED TAPE FOR YEARS AND YEARS. THAT'S NOT WHAT MY CONSTITUENTS WANT. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:11:54 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU. HERE WE GO AGAIN. I GUESS THE STRAW HARVEST WAS GOOD THIS FALL…

    THANK YOU. HERE WE GO AGAIN. I GUESS THE STRAW HARVEST WAS GOOD THIS FALL BECAUSE I WAS, YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT MY COLLEAGUE -- I WAS HOPING THERE WOULD BE SOME STUFF CHANGED AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE STRAW HARVEST WAS GOOD AND IT'S TIME TO PUT UP STRAW MEN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT REGULATORY REFORM AND WE'RE BACK AT IT AGAIN. INSTEAD OF DISCUSSING THE ISSUES OF REGULATORY REFORM -- BY THE WAY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE -- I WANT TO COMMENT JUST A MOMENT ON REGULAR ORDER AND THE FACT THE STUFF THAT'S BEEN TALKED ABOUT. WE HAVE TWO SEPARATE RULES TODAY. THIS IS A RULE THAT DEALS WITH REGULATORY ISSUES AND REGULATORY REFORMS. TWO BILLS. AND WE HAVE A RULE THAT'S GOING TO COME UP IN JUST A LITTLE BIT THAT DEALS WITH REPEALING OBAMACARE AND DEALING WITH THE HEINOUS ISSUES OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THAT'S A SEPARATE BILL. I WOULD WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE, TOO, INSTEAD OF THE REGULATORY ISSUES THAT ARE HERE BECAUSE THEY DO MATTER. THEY DO CREATE JOBS. AND AS WE LOOK AT THIS, THE ONE THING THAT ALWAYS COMES ACROSS, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE THINK ABOUT THIS IS A VERY CLEAR CHOICE, ESPECIALLY FROM CONSTITUENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN MY DISTRICT, IN PARTICULAR, IS WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS -- AND ONE OF THE MAIN ARGUMENTS AGAST THIS IS IT WILL BURDEN THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, SO IT'S BAD? THE PROBLEM IS THE GOVERNME RIGHT NOW, THROUGH THE REGULATORY PROCESS, IS BURDENING SMALL BUSINESSES, BURDENING FAMILIES WHO SIMPLY WANT TOE ABLE TO GET UP, GO TO WORK, DO THEIR JOB AND BE FREE OF UNNECESSARY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. AGA, WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THROWING UP THE STRAW MEN THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE OUT HERE POISONING THE AIR, BAD PAINT, RRIBLE IDEAS, KILLING KIDS, THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOU AGAIN, THE STRAW IS -- THE HARVESTS RIPE, THE STRAW IS BEING DEVELOPED AND INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT GETTING RID OF REGULATORY PROCESS, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT, OH, WE'RE TAKING AWAY SAFETY. THERE'S NO REPUBLICAN ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT I HAVE EVER HEARD STAND FROM THIS PLACE OR FROM ANYWHERE ELSE AND SA I WANT DIRTY WATER. GIVE ME CHOKING AIR. GIVE ME PAINT THAT IS BAD. GIVE ME PRODUCTS THAT ARE TERRIBLE. THAT IS NOT WHAT IS EVER ID. WHEN THAT ARGUMENT IS BROUGHT UP, IT SIMPLY CHEAPENS AND DEMEANS THE PROCESS. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KN, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS JUST SAID WAS WE NEED TOAVE -- W DON'T WANT TO HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT. YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO PUBLIC COMMENT. A GOVERNMENT AGENCWOULD HAVE TO ANSWER TO PUBLIC COMMENT. IN FACT, ONE OF THE ANSWERSS H.R. 712 ACTUALLY ADDRESSES THIS BECAUSE THESE SELL SETHLEMENT AGREEMENTS CAN TAKE PLACE WITHOUT THE AFFECTED PARTY BEING IN THE ROOM OR EVEN KNOW WHAT'SAPPENING. TELL ME WHE THAT IS FAIR. SHOW ME WHERE TWO PEOPLE CAN GO IN A ROOM AND DECIDE WHAT'S BEST FOR ME IN A BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND SHOW ME WHERE TH'S FAIR. IT'S NOT FAIR. YOU CAT ARGUE IT IS. PUBLICOMMENT SHOULD BE RESPECTED BEFORE THESE REGULATIONS OR THESE CONSENT DECREES ARE PUT OUT. YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE VARIOUS ROLES, AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH HAS THEIR ROLE AND THERE ARE PLACE WHERE IS THEY NEED AND WE ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK THAT IS DONE. WHAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT IN THESE BILLS IS LET'S MAKE IT MORE EFFICIENT. LET'S MAKE IT BETTER, BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE IN WASHINGTON IS I WOULD RATHER SEE THIS BODY TAKE UP THE POLICY ARGUMENTS, THIS BODY DISCUSS THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS THAT ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED ON BUSINESSES AND NOT AGENCIES WHO HAVE NO ANSWERABILITY TO THE PUBLIC. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, THESE ARE JUST THE SMALL THINGS WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY COMING TO THE FLOOR. AND WITH THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SHARING THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON STATE WHO IS GOING TO SPEAK AND I'LL YIELD TO MY FRIEND AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS TOP EX. VERY…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON THIS TOP EX. VERY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS CONVERSATION. YOU PROBABLY KNOW I'M A FARMER. I CAN TELL YOU THAT GROWING CROPS, CULTIVATING CROPS CAN TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT A RESPONSIBLE REGULATORY PROCESS THAT MAY SOUND LIKE A STRANGE STATEMENT, BUT LET ME JUST SAY, I PRIMARILY GROW HOPS AND GRAPES. TWO CROPS THAT REQUIRE A TRELLIS SYSTEM. NEITHER OF THESE CROPS WOULD BE SUCCESSFULLY GROWN WITHOUT A GOOD, STRONG TRELLIS SYSTEM THAT GIVES THEM STRUCTURE AND DIRECTION, SUPPORT. HOWEVER ON THE FLIP SIDE, IF THE TRELLISES AREN'T CONSTRUCTED PROPERLY, IF THEY'RE NOT MANE TAINED AND KEPT IN GOOD WORKING ORDER, THE CROP GROWTH WOULD BE AFFECTED. IT WOULD BE STUNTED. PRODUCTION IN THE END WOULD SUFFER. OUR REGULATORY PROCESS IS VERY SIMILAR, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESS PASSES LAWS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A PRO-GROWTH STRUCTURE FOR OUR ECONOMY. REGULATORY AGENCIES BUILD OUT AND FILL IN THE DETAILS BASED ON THE DIRECTIONS FROM US, FROM CONGRESS. HOWEVER, SOMETIMES AGENCIES PROVIDE REGULATIONS THAT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY HARM PEOPLE. HARM BUSINESSES. AND THE JOBS THAT ARE SUPPOSE -- THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE SUPPORTING. MANY TIMES THESE REGULATIONS EXCEED OR ARE IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE DIRECTION OR AUTHORITY PROVIDED BY CONGRESS. MANY TIMES IT SEEMS AS IF REGULATORS WRITE THESE REGULATIONS FOR THE SAKE OF REGULATIONS, WITH LITTLE REGARD TO THE CONSEQUENCES TO THOSE THAT ARE FORCED TO COMPLY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AS THESE BILLS WILL PROVIDE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WITH NEW TOOLS TO ENSURE THAT REGULATIONS TRULY HAVE THE PUBLIC'S BEST INTEREST IN MIND AND DO NOT HINDER ECONOMIC EXPANSION AND GROWTH. FOR EXAMPLE, H.R. 712 WILL PREVENT WHAT'S CALLED THE SUE AND SETTLE TACTICS THAT ARE USED TO CIRCUMVENT THE NORMAL RULE MAKING PROCESS. IT'S BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED THAT ON NUMEROUS REGULATIONS, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS INTENTIONALLY DRAGGED ITS FEET AND FAILED TO PROPOSE A REGULATION IN A TIMELY FASHION. SO WHAT HAPPENS THEN, THEY CAN BE SUED. AND ULTIMATELY SETTLE ON THE TERMS DECIDE ID -- DECIDED SOLELY BY THE COURT, BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND BY THE PLAINTIFF THIS TACTIC HAS REMOVED THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS REQUIRED FOR MANY ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT REGULATIONS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT HAS ELIMINATED STAKE HOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN THE REGULATORY PROCESS AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO COMMENT ON DOZENS OF REGULATIONS WITH COMPLIANCE COSTS TOTALING IN THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES OTHER COMMONSENSE MEASURES SUCH AS PRIORING -- REQUIRING AGENCIES TO POST ON THE INTERNET , IN PLAIN LANGUAGE, 100-WORD SUMMARIES DETAILING WHAT A REGULATION DOES. FEW INDIVIDUALS OR SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE THE TIME OR THE FLEET OF LAWYERS NEEDED TO PORE OVER HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF REGULATIONS AND BE EXPECTED TO COMMENT OR COMPLY. I WAS ALSO PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 11 5 -- 1155, WHICH THIS ALL -- WHICH THIS RULE ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT REGULATIONS SPAN THOUSANDS OF PAGES. THIS WILL REVIEW THE REGULATORY CODE AND MAKE RECK MENATIONS ON WHICH REGULATIONS ARE NECESSARY, WHICH ARE OVERLAPPING WHICH ARE DUPLICATIVE OR OBSOLETE. WOULDN'T IT BE REFRESHING, MR. SPEAKER, A REFRESHING CHANGE, IF FOR ONCE WASHINGTON, D.C. COULD ACTUALLY CUT RED TAPE INSTEAD OF CREATING NEW BEARIERS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH? TOO OFTEN REGULATIONS HAVE BEGUN TO HAVE COSTS THAT FAR OUTWEIGH THEIR BENEFITS. SERIOUSLY HARMING THOSE THEY WERE INTENDED TO REGULATE AND HELP AND PROTECT. REGULATIONS RESULTING FROM SUE AND SETTLE ARE OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE TO COMPLY WITH. THE PUBLIC IS REMOVED FROM THE RULE MAKING PROCESS. WE CAN AND WE MUST DO BETTER. EACH COMMONSENSE REFORM IN H.R. 12 AND H.R. 1155 WILL HELP REVERSE THE TREND OF REGULATION STUNT -- REGULATIONS STUNTING GROWTH AND STALLING PRODUCTION AND RESTORE THE PRO-GROWTH ORIENTED STRUCTURE AND DIRECTION THAT CONGRESS INTENDED. AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. -- TO ME, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA MENTIONED THAT SOMETIMES AFFECTED PARTIES ARE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA MENTIONED THAT SOMETIMES AFFECTED PARTIES ARE NOT IN THE ROOM IN CONSENT DECREE. THAT'S A FAR CRY FROM HAVING TO RESPOND TO POTENTIALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OR PERHAPS MILLIONS OF PUBLIC COMMENTS ONE-ON-ONE. IF THERE'S A PROBLEM THEY'RE TRYING TO SOLVING LET'S LOOK AT WHO IS IN THE ROOM AND WHO THE AFFECTED PARTIES ARE, MAKING SURE THEY'RE PART OF THE PROCESS. NOT PREVENTING ANY MEANINGFUL EFFORT FOR CONSENT DECREE OR SETTLEMENT FROM EVEN GOING FORWARD BY BUTTING THE COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE REQUIREMENT TO FULFILL GIVEN THE STAFF THAT THEY HAVE OF HAVING TO REPLY TO EVERY PUBLIC COMMENT WHEN WE ALL KNOW THE PUBLIC COMMENTS CAN BE ARTIFICIALLY GINNED UP TO BOG UP A PROCESS THAT OTHERS CAN MORE EXPEDITIOUSLY SETAL DISPUTE THAN YEARS AND YEARS OF LEGAL FEES ON BOTH SIDE. TO FURTHER DISCUSS TODAY'S EFFORT TOTS STRIP AWAY HEALTH CARE FROM AMERICAN FAMILIES, TO REMOVE THE ABILITY OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WOMEN TO HAVE ACCESS TO CANCER SCREENINGS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TIME TO ME. IT'S A BRAND NEW YEAR BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW IT IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON THIS WEEK. ACROSS THE INVESTIGATIONS OF THREE SEPARATE COMMITTEES IN THIS BODY, EIGHT STATES AND FOUR FEDERAL COURT CASES, NOT A SINGLE SHRED OF EVIDENCE HAS BEEN FOUND INDICATING THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS BROKEN ANY LAWS. IN FACT, THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM CHAIRMAN JASON CHAFFETZ HAS ADMITTED THAT HE FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DID ANYTHING WRONG. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CONTINUE TO IGNORE THE FACTS HERE. PLANNED PARAPHERNALIAHOOD IS A HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION, SERVING THREE MILLION AMERICANS EACH YEAR. IN THE COURSE OF THEIR LIFETIME, ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS WILL RECEIVE CARE FROM PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND DESPITE ARGUMENTS TO THE CONTRARY, THERE ARE SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH HEALTH CENTERS TO FILL THE GAP. IF WE DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WE WILL BE DENYING CARE TO MILLIONS OF FAMILIES. WE WILL BE TAKING AWAY OPTIONS FROM UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RURAL, URBAN, AND OTHERWISE. WE WILL BE SAYING TO WOMEN ONCE AGAIN THAT HOW AND WHEN THEY GET HEALTH CARE IS NOT THEIR CHOICE. IT'S THE CHOICE OF A BODY OVERWHELMINGLY RUN BY MEN. WHEN I GOT TO CONGRESS LAST JANUARY, I THOUGHT I'D BE VOTING ON LEGISLATION THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MY CONSTITUENTS, MR. SPEAKER. GIVING THEM BETTER WAGES, JOBS, A STRONGER EDUCATION, AND AN ECONOMY THAT STARTED AT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. INSTEAD, I HAVE BEEN ON THE FLOOR MORE TIMES THAN I WANT TO COUNT, URGING MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TO GIVE UP THE ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. IT'S A NEW YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE A NEW SPEAKER. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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    MR. COLLINS

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN A…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE BILLS THIS RULE BRINGS TO THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE BILLS THIS RULE BRINGS TO THE FLOOR. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I PRIMARILY WANT TO TALK FOR A COUPLE OF MOMENTS ABOUT HEALTH CARE. IN THE MID 1990'S, I WENT TO A RECEPTION AND THE DOCTOR WHO DELIVERED ME CAME AND BROUGHT MY RECORDS. I ASKED HIM HOW MUCH HE CHARGED BACK THEN HE SAID HE CHARGED $60 FOR NINE MONTHS OF CARE AND THE DELIVERY, IF THEY COULD AFFORD IT. I RECENTLY READ AN ARTICLE BY A WOMAN WHO WROTE THAT YOU HAVE TO BE OVER 50 NOW TO REMEMBER A TIME WHEN HEALTH CARE WAS AFFORDABLE. AND IT USED TO BE AFFORDABLE, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALMOST EVERYBODY. BUT THEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOT INTO IT. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I ASKED THE ADNORTH -- ADMINISTRATOR OF A HOSPITAL IN KNOXVILLE HOW MUCH MEDICAL COSTS WOULD GO DOWN IF YOU COULD GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTH CARE? HIS ESTIMATE WAS THAT IT WOULD COME DOWN 50% OVERNIGHT AND ANOTHER 50% OTHER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS SO THAT COSTS WOULD THEN BE ONLY ABOUT 25% OF WHAT THEY ARE NOW. WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOT SO HEAVILY INTO HEALTH CARE, COSTS JUST EXPLODED. A FEW PEOPLE IN COMPANIES GOT FILTHY RICH. BUT ALMOST EVERYONE ELSE GOT SCREWED. NOW ONLY A FEW BILLIONAIRES CAN AFFORD THE COSTS OF A MAJOR ILLNESS. WE NEED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE AGAIN. WE CAN DO THAT BY MOVING -- BY -- WE CAN'T DO THAT BY MAKING IT EVEN MORE BUREAUCRATIC THAN IT ALREADY IS. THE BILL THIS RULE BLINGS TO THE FLOOR IS AN ATTEMPT TO GET PATIENTS MORE CONTROL OVER THEIR HEALTH CARE DOLLARS AND GIVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LESS CONTROL AND STOP MAKING THE VERY FEW RICH OFF OF THE SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO WORK THE SYSTEM. IT IS AN EFFORT TO HELP BRING DOWN SOME OF THESE RIDICULOUS, EXORBITANT COSTS. WE CAN'T GET THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF HEALTH CARE ENTIRELY BUT THANK GOODNESS WE DON'T PAY FOR OTHER NECESSITIES LIKE FOOD AND CLOTHING AND HOUSING LIKE WE DO FOR MEDICAL CARE. THANK GOODNESS THERE'S STILL PRIMARILY A FREE MARKET FOR OTHER NECESSITIES. IF WE PAID FOR FOOD THE SAME WAY WE PAY FOR MEDICAL CARE, WE'D SAY CRAZY PRICES FOR STEAKS AND OTHER TYPES OF FOOD. OR IF WE PAID FOR CARS THE SAME WAY WE PAY FOR MEDICAL CARE, MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD A YUGO. WE NEED TO MOVE IN A NEW DIRECTION A LESS BUREAUCRATIC DIRECTION, A MORE AFFORDABLE DIRECTION. THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN THAT BETTER DIRECTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEER.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE SECRET FROM COLORADO. LAST YEAR, NEWLY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE SECRET FROM COLORADO. LAST YEAR, NEWLY ELECTED SPEAKER RYAN MADE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THAT THE HOUSE WOULD ONCE AGAIN CONSIDER SERIOUS LEGISLATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND YET TODAY, THE VERY FIRST DAY OF OUR LEGISLATIVE SESSION, THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING IS NOT A SERIOUS PROPOSAL. YES, WE ARE VOTING ON REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR THE 62ND TIME IN THIS CONGRESS AND ATTACKING WOMEN'S HEALTH FOR THE 11TH TIME, AN WE ARE IN FACT GOING TO HAVE THE FIFTH VOTE ON DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. NOW WE KNOW THAT SPEAKER RYAN IS A COMMITTED ATHLETE. AND IN FACT, HIS FAVORITE WORKOUT IS A P90X. IT'S BASED ON REPETITION. IN EXERCISE, REPEATING THE SAME ACTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN CAN LEAD TO SUCCESS. AND I'M SURE WE ALL ADMIRE SPEAKER RYAN'S COMMITMENT TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. NORMALLY, DOING ADDITIONAL REPS BUILDS MUSCLE MASS BUT THE ONE MUSCLE REPUBLICANS AREN'T EXERCISING IS THEIR BRAINS. REPEATING THE SAME TIRED REPEAL AND DEFUND BILLS DOES NOT LEAD TO MORE HEALTHY LAWS. IT JUST MAKES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TIRED AND SORE AT THE WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. AMERICAN WOMEN ARE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS, THINKING, WHY DO THE REPUBLICANS -- WHY DO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HATE US SO MUCH? WHY SIT THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS? WHY IS IT THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE VERY SERVICES THAT ACTUALLY PROTECT LIFE? PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROTECTS LIFE BY PROVIDING MORE THAN 900,000 CANCER SCREENINGS A YEAR. AND MILLIONS MORE RECEIVE SERVICES THROUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WHY ARE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO DENY US FROM ACCESSING THIS VERY VITAL HEALTH CARE? IT'S TIME FOR THE REPUBLICANS TO STOP SHOWING THESE UNHEALTHY, WASTEFUL BILLS AND SHOVING THEM DOWN OUR THROAT. PUT DOWN THE POLITICAL EQUI LENT OF THE GIANT PLATE OF NACHOS AND EXERCISE THE HARD JOB OF GOVERNING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS FLABBY RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE TIME FOR BEING HERE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE TIME FOR BEING HERE ON THIS AND REMIND THOSE WHO ARE THERE THAT THE RULE SPOKE OF HERE IS DEALING WITH HELPING REGULATORY REFORM BURDEN AND I DO APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REPUBLICANS TO TAKE THE BURDEN OFF INDIVIDUALS. I RESERVE.

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    MR. POLIS

    TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE REPUBLICAN FERTS IN OUR FIRST WEEK BACK TO TAKE…

    TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE REPUBLICAN FERTS IN OUR FIRST WEEK BACK TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 2 MILLION AMERICANS AND REMOVE RESOURCES THAT WOMEN HAVE IN PLACE TO ENGAGE IN LIFE-SAVING CANCER SCREENINGS AND OTHER AFFORDABLE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. DELBENE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I WISH I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. I WISH I COULD SAY I'M SURPRISED THAT HOUSE LEADERS ARE KICKING OFF 2016 THE SAME WAY THEY SPENT 2015, ATTACKING WOMEN'S HEALTH, BUT I'M NOT. FOR ANYONE WHO HAS FOFERINGTEN, LET ME REFRESH YOUR MEMORY. LAST YEAR THE HOUSE VOTED 10 TIMES TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH, THAT INCLUDES VOTING TO RESTRICT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE IN PRIVATE INSURANCE, ENACT A SWEEP 20G-WEEK ABORTION BAN AND ALLOW EMPLOYERS TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST WORKERS FOR USING BIRTH CONTROL. . NOW WE'RE VOTING FOR THE FIFTH TIME TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD EVEN THOUGH A COMMITTEE HAS FAILED TO SEE ANY WRONGDOING. AND THIS IS THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE -- AND THIS IS BEFORE THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS EVEN DONE ANYTHING. SO FAR THERE ARE NO FACTS TO JUSTIFY DEFUNDING A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER THAT 2.7 MILLION AMERICANS RELY ON. SO HERE'S WHAT WE DO KNOW. PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES NEARLY 900,000 CANCER SCREENINGS EACH YEAR. 78% OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD PATIENTS ARE LOW INCOME. AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD HELP PREVENT MORE THAN 500,000 UNINTENDED PREGNANCIES EVERY YEAR. WITH EACH PASSING WEEK, IT BECOMES CLEAR THIS CHAMBER ISN'T INTERESTED IN THE FACTS. IT'S ONLY INTERESTED IN PUSHING AN EXTREME IDEOLOGICAL AGENDA DESIGNED TO TAKE AWAY WOMEN'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:32:11 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    I WOULD INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IF HE HAS ANY MORE SPEAKERS.

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    MR. POLIS

    NO, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. COLLINS

    WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE AS WELL.

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    MR. POLIS

    COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:32:29 PM

    SO HERE WE ARE, WEEK ONE OF 2016 AND WE HAVE A MULTIFACETED REPUBLICAN…

    SO HERE WE ARE, WEEK ONE OF 2016 AND WE HAVE A MULTIFACETED REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. ON THE ONE HAND, WE'RE REMOVING THE ABILITIES OF OUR SAFETY AGENCIES FROM MAKING SURE THAT PRODUCTS THAT ARE SOLD ARE SAFE AND WHETHER THAT'S SHAMPOO OR SOAP OR MAKEUP OR A TOY FOR YOUR CHILD. WE RELY ON OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATORS TO MAKE SURE THAT NOTHING THAT CAN HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS PUT FORWARD AND OFTEN TIME WHEN THERE IS SOME KIND OF LITIGATION AROUND THAT WE HAVE A PROCESS THAT ALLOWS THAT TO BE SETTLED TO KEEP DANGEROUS PRODUCTS OFF THE MARKETPLACE. NOW, LOOK, IN SETTING UP THIS COMMISSION THAT WOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE COSTS OF REGULATION RATHER THAN SAVINGS FROM THE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATION, YOU'RE DELIBERATELY PUTTING IN PLACE A PROCESS THAT WILL LEAD TO ADDITIONAL COSTS GOING FORWARD BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LOOK AT BOTH SIDES OF THE EQUATION. LOOK, I'D BE SUPPORTIVE, I'D BE SUPPORTIVE, AS WOULD MANY DEMOCRATS, FOR A THOUGHTFUL APPROACH TO A RED TAPE REDUCTION COMMISSION, TO A REGULATORY REFORM COMMISSION. WHAT SHOULD IT LOOK LIKE? IT NEEDS TO HAVE BOTH INDUSTRY AT THE TABLE AS WELL AS CONSUMER HEALTH ADVOCATES AS WELL AS THOUGHTFUL LEADERS TO HAVE THE BALANCE -- TO MAKE UP THE BALANCE OF THAT COMMITTEE TO SIDE WITH -- TO SIDE WITH EITHER SIDE BASED ON THE MERITS. AND IMPORTANTLY, NEED TO LOOK AT THE COSTS AND BENEFITS MEASURED THROUGH ECONOMIC MEASUREMENTS THAT THE STAFF WOULD BE CHARGED WITH DOING. THE COST AND BENEFITS OF REFORMS TO FIND OUT AND ELIMINATE REGULATIONS THAT COST S MORE THAN THEY BENEFIT AND TO MAKE SURE WE IMPROVE AND ENHANCE REGULATIONS WHERE WE CAN HAVE MORE SAVINGS AND MORE BENEFITS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT LOWER COSTS. IT'S ALL ABOUT HEALTH AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY AND THE COMMISSION CAN ACCOMPLISH THAT BUT NOT THE DANGEROUS ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH THROUGH THIS COMMISSION IN THIS BILL COUPLED THE VERY SAME WEEK WITH DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD, TAKING LOW-COST CANCER SCREENINGS AWAY FROM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS, TELLING 22 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES YOU NO LONGER HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. SENDING A CAN CAAN SELLATION NOTICE THE FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR TO 22 MILLION AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT YOU CAN'T IMPSEE THE DOCTOR, YOU CAN'T GO TO THE HOSPITAL, YOU'RE GOING TO BE BANKRUPT. NEITHER OF THESE BILLS WILL BECOME LAW. PRESIDENT OBAMA STATED HE'LL VETO THESE BILLS. NIECE BILLS THAT HAMPER THE ABILITY OF OUR AGENCIES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THESE BILLS THAT DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THIS RECONCILIATION, THEY'LL BE VETOED. THEREFORE, THE FIRST WEEK BACK, WHILE THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO CANCEL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 22 MILLION AMERICANS, WHILE THEY'RE TRYING TO HAVE LOW-INCOME WOMEN TO NOT GET HEALTH INSURANCE, THEY WILL NOT SUCCEED. THEY ARE WASTING TIME. AND THEREFORE THESE BILLS COME AT A SERIOUS OPPORTUNITY COST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO USE THEIR TIME AND THEIR MONEY TO ADDRESS REAL PROBLEMS, TO FIX OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND RESTORE ORDER AND SECURITY TO OUR BORDER. TO HELP THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SUFFERING UNDER AN UNLIVABLE MINIMUM WAGE BY INCREASING IT. THEY WANT US TO TACKLE REFORMING OUR ARCHAIC TAX CODE BY GIVING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LOWER TAX RATES IN RETURN. RATHER THAN ALLOWING AMERICANS TO AVOID TAXES BY PUTTING ASSETS IN OVERSEAS SHELL CORPORATIONS. WHEN I WAS BACK IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE HOLIDAYS, I DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE CONSTITUENT SAY THAT THEY WANTED TO REMOVE OR GO AFTER THE PROCESS OF CREATING HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS. THEY WANTED TO HEAR WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO CREATE JOBS, AND FOR THAT TO OCCUR, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THEY BUY ARE NOT GOING TO INJURE OR KILL THEM. BUT INSTEAD, WHAT'S ON THE DOCKET SO FAR? BILLS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE RED TAPE, DISABLE AGENCIES FROM GENERATING MEANINGFUL RULEMAKING BY BURYING THEM IN HAVING TO DO MANDATORY RESPONSES, NOT JUST TO THE AFFECTED PARTIES, BUT TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC THAT WANTS TO COMMENT ON A PARTICULAR SETTLEMENT OR CONSENT DECREE. AND IT HANDS OUT SPECIAL INTEREST GODDIES THROUGH THE REGULATORY REVIEW PROCESS AND A COMMISSION THAT WOULD BE FULLY UNDER CONTROL OF THOSE WHO HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN PREVENTING EVEN THE MOST COMMONSENSE HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS. WHILE THIS MAY BE A NEW YEAR, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE PLAYING THE SAME POLITICAL GAMES. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CLOSE THE GLARING LOOPHOLE IN OUR GUN LAWS, ALLOWING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TO LEGALLY BUY FIREARMS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:37:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:37:51 PM

    THIS BILL THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING FORWARD IF WE CAN DEFEAT THE…

    THIS BILL THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING FORWARD IF WE CAN DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WOULD HELP KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. THE BILL WOULD BAR THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVE TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST -- SPLOASTS TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH -- EXPLOSIVES TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE THOSE THAT CAN'T LEGALLY FLY BECAUSE WE DON'T TRUST THEM TO BE IN THE CABIN IN AN AIRCRAFT BUT THEY CAN QUIETLY ASSEMBLE AN ARSENAL OF DEADLY WEAPONS FULLY LEGALLY. IN WHAT WORLD DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? WITH THE INCREASED RISKS OF TERRORIST THREATS WITH THE OCCURRENCES IN FRANCE, WITH WHAT HAPPENED IN SAN BERNARDINO, HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY STAND BY AND SAY WE DON'T TRUST SOMEBODY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THEM THROUGH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TO THE AUTHORIZED PRACTICES THAT THIS BODY HAS SET IN PLACE TO INVESTIGATE TERRORISM, WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THEM TO KNOW THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE ON AN AIRPLANE BUT IF THEY WANT TO QUIETLY ASSEMBLE AN ARSENAL OF DOZENS OF DEADLY WEAPONS, THAT'S FINE. THAT'S FINE. WHY NOT LET THEM DO THAT? WELL, WE CAN FIX THAT BY SIMPLY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE CAN BRING FORWARD THAT BILL. I'M CONFIDENT IT WILL HAVE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. WE CAN PASS IT. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL. RATHER THAN STRIP HEALTH CARE FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS, RATHER THAN RISK THE HEALTH OF AMERICAN FAMILIES BY REMOVING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCESSES THAT WE WANT TO PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ARE SAFE, RATHER THAN DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND PREVENTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN WOMEN FROM HAVING LOW-COST ACCESS TO CANCER SCREENINGS AND REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES, INSTEAD, LET'S MAKE SURE THOSE THAT REPRESENT A TERRORIST THREAT TO OUR NATION CAN'T QUIETLY ASSEMBLE DEADLY ARSENALS TO COMMIT TERRORIST ACTS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND VOTE YES ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:39:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

  • 01:39:53 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THIS DEBATE HAS COME FORWARD, I JUST WANT TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THIS DEBATE HAS COME FORWARD, I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT AS A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE IN TALKING ABOUT RULES BRINGING FORTH A PROCESS FOR WHICH DEBATE WILL HAPPEN, I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND THE RULES STAFF AND ALSO LEADERSHIP. THE CHAIRMAN HAS DONE A GREAT JOB. LEADERSHIP UNDER SPEAKER RYAN AND OTHERS HAVE BROUGHT FORTH TWO RULES TODAY. NOW, I KNOW IN THE LAST PROBABLY ABOUT AN HOUR THAT'S BECOME A LITTLE CONFLATED, BUT THIS RULE DEALS WITH THE REGULATORY BURDEN. THIS RULE DEALS WITH AN ISSUE OF JOBS AND JOB CREATION AND I, LIKE MY FRIEND FROM COLORADO, HAVE MANY CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT AND, YES, IT DOES COME AROUND TO JOB CREATION. ONE OF THE WAYS YOU CAN DO THAT AND ONE OF THE WAYS WE'RE LOOKING TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS IS TO FREE THEM UP, AND ACCORDING TO RESEARCH THAT CAME OUT JUST FROM THE AMERICAN ACTION FORUM, SAVINGS FROM THESE BILLS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT UNDER THIS RULE COULD SAVE A TOTAL OF $48 BILLION ANNUALLY AND SAVE 1.5 BILLION OF PAPERWORK HOURS. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE JOBS -- AND I'VE OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES JUST AS OTHERS IN HERE HAVE -- IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES MORE EFFECTIVE, HAVE BETTER CONTACT WITH CUSTOMERS, COME UP WITH NEW IDEAS, NEW CREATION, THEN LET THEM DO THEIR JOBS AND NOT HAVE TO BE BURDENED WITH GOVERNMENT INTRUSION. THIS IS A SAVINGS HERE. NOW, AGAIN, IT'S BEEN STATED HOVER AND OVER AGAIN -- I'M NOT SURE -- I JUST GET TO THE POINT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO OVERCOME THIS SO HERE IS THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SPEAKER, JUST UNDERSTAND THIS IS THE PARAMETERS IN WHICH WE SPEAK. WHEN REPUBLICANS WANT TO STAND UP, THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WANTS TO STAND UP FOR BUSINESS OWNERS AND FAMILIES WHO GET UP EVERY DAY, TAKING CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES, GO TO WORK, FIND JOBS, GET GOOD WORK, WHEN THE OTHER SIDE TALKS ABOUT BURDEN FOR GOVERNMENT, THEN WE WANT TO KILL THE BABIES, KILL THE TOYS, WHATEVER THEY WANT TO COME UP WITH, THIS IS JUST A FALSE NARRATIVE THAT NEEDS TO CEASE. THE REGULATORY NATION THAT WE HAVE BECOME, APART FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS THAT IS SET FORTH BY MEMBERS ELECTED FROM THEIR DISTRICTS TO COME FORWARD AND PUT FORTH IDEAS, GIVE THOSE TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO CARRY OUT, NOT MAKE UP NEW LAWS OR TO ENTER INTO CONSENT DECREES WITHOUT THE LITIGANT STANDING PARTY AVAILABLE IS WRONG. IT'S NOT ABOUT ANYTHING BUT FAIRNESS. IT'S ABOUT CLEANING UP GOVERNMENT. IT'S ABOUT LIMITING GOVERNMENT. IT'S ABOUT KEEPING OUR AIRWAVES SAFE. IT'S ABOUT HAVING CLEAN WATER. IT'S ABOUT HAVING CLEAN AIR. IT'S ABOUT DOING THE THINGS THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING IN A LIMITED PROCESS, NOT SIMPLY A JOBS PROGRAM INSIDE THE BELTWAY. WHEN YOU HAVE REGULATORS WHO'VE NEVER -- WHO REGULATE BANKS WHO NEVER WORKED IN A BANK AND NEVER GAVE A LOAN, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS WHO NEVER GET OUTSIDE OF A CUBICLE BUT YET ARE ABLE TO, WITHOUT INPUT MANY TIMES, DECIDE HOW FARMERS WHO'VE WORKED THEIR LAND FOR MANY YEARS ARE TO ACT, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THIS RULE TODAY LET'S US GO TOWARD A FORWARD STEP OF DOING JUST THAT. YOU SEE, IT'S ABOUT REAL PEOPLE . IT'S NOT ABOUT BUREAUCRACIES. IT'S ABOUT REAL PEOPLE. LIKE MR. PUCKETT FROM COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI. HE'D BEEN CREATING JOBS OVER 100 YEARS. HAS A BRICK COMPANY. HE ACONTRIBUTES THE SUCCESS OF HIS BUSINESS TO THE HARD WORKING EMPLOYEES AND LOYAL EMPLOYEES. UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN I MET MR. PUCKETT, THE CONVERSATION WAS NOT SO OPTIMISTIC. HE TESTIFIED IN JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN 2014 BECAUSE HIS COMPANY HAD LOST JUST 50 JOBS AS A RESULT OF TWO REGULATIONS CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. IN A NATION OF OVER 300 MILLION, 50 JOBS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, BUT IN A TOWN OF COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI, IT'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 50 FAMILIES HAVING FOOD ON THE TABLE OR GOING HUNGRY. EVERY STATE, EVERY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAS THEIR MR. PUCKETTS. NO BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN UNTOUCHED BY THE TOLL OF COSTLY AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. THIS PROBABLY, MR. SPEAKER IS ONE OF THE GREATEST TIMES TO BE HERE AND TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. AND YOU CAN TRY AND CONFLATE IT AND TALK ABOUT IT OTHER THINGS, BUT THIS RULE DEALS WITH THESE BILLS THAT DEALS WITH REAL JOBS, SUCH AS MR. PUCKETT. IT DEALS WITH THE REAL PRIORITIES OF THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY SAYING, WE WANT TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. WE WANT TO MAKE BUSINESSES MORE EFFICIENT, AND WE WANT TO HAVE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE SMART, SENSIBLE AND SAFE AND TO SAY OTHERWISE IS NOT FAIR WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN FACT, IT'S JUST A COVER-UP FOR A SOCIETY OR A GOVERNING PHILOSOPHY THAT SAYS BUREAUCRACY KNOWS BEST, GOVERNMENT KNOWS BEST, LET US JUST CONTINUE TO GROW. IN FACT, IT WAS SAID EARLIER TODAY WE HAVE ALL OF THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS, ALL THESE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO HELP STREAMLINE REGULATORY BURDEN. IF THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOLING DOING, THEN THEY'RE FAILING BECAUSE ALL WE DO IS KEEP ADDING COSTS TO EVERYWHERE WE GO. ALSO, I CAN ALSO UNDERSTAND MY FRIEND'S CONCERN ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT HAVING TO ANSWER TO PUBLIC COMMENTS, BECAUSE I GUESS THE E.P.A. DOESN'T WANT TO HAVE TO ANSWER TO THEMSELVES. WHEN THE E.P.A. BROKE THE LAW WITH SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH FOR THE WATER RULES THAT THE G.A.O. JUST NAILED THEM ON. . YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN'T NOT WANT TO -- NOT WANT TO ANSWER THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND THEN WHEN YOU WANT TO PUSH YOUR OPINION, SEND OUT SOCIAL MEDIA. G.A.O., AS REPORTED IN THE "NEW YORK TIMES." THAT'S WHY THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN. THAT'S WHY WE NEED A YES VOTE ON THIS RULE. ON BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, LEGISLATION THAT'S BEEN BIPARTISAN. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN THIS RULE. SO MAKE NO MISTAKE, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN MEMBERS COME TO THE FLOOR FOR THIS RULE, THEY'RE VOTING FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT BECOMES MORE EFFICIENT, VOTING FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT IS RESPONSIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE BEING AFFECTED. IT IS VOTING FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO ACTUALLY BE TABLE DO WHAT THEY'VE BEEN GIFTED TO DO IN THEIR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHAT THIS RULE DOES, MR. SPEAKER. IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS, MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA WILL TALK ABOUT GETTING THIS COUNTRY BACK IN SHAPE AND SOME OTHER BILLS THAT WE'RE OFFERING TODAY TO FREE UP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, BUT IN THIS RULE, THE QUESTION IS, ARE WE STANDING FOR THE MR. PUCKETTS OF THE WORLD, THE INDIVIDUALS AN BUSINESSES OF THE WORLD, OR HAS BEEN SAID ON THE FLOOR TODAY, ARE WE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT BURDENING A GOVERNMENT AGENCY? I THINK I KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS. GOVERNMENT, DO WHAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. DO IT WITHIN A LIMITED FORM. AND LET US BE THE GENERATION OF WEALTH AND INCOME. LET US BE THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM WE HAVE BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY INTO. WHEN WE DO THAT, THEN WE'RE DOING WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. THAT'S WHAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IS FIGHTING FOR. THAT'S WHAT THIS RULE IS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT EVERYONE VOTE FOR THIS RULE AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND PROVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:47:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:47:37 PM

    MR. POLIS

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

  • 01:47:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE OF THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:48:44 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 579 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

  • 01:48:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 01:48:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    CALENDAR NUMBER 2 HOUSE RESOLUTION 579. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF…

    CALENDAR NUMBER 2 HOUSE RESOLUTION 579. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 3762, TO PROVIDE FOR RECONCILIATION PURSUANT TO SECTION 2002 OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT. THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, SECTION 3-B-1 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5 IS AMENDED BY STRIKING THE FIRST SESSION OF.

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  • 01:49:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 01:49:58 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:50:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:50:16 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:50:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:50:24 PM

    THIS PROVIDES FOR H.R. 3762 THE RESTORING AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FREEDOM…

    THIS PROVIDES FOR H.R. 3762 THE RESTORING AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FREEDOM ACT OF 2015. MR. SPEAKER, YOU'LL RECALL THAT ON OCTOBER 23 OF LAST YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED OUR RECONCILIATION BILL THAT WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS, WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, THE SENATE AMENDMENTED THAT -- AMENDED THAT BILL IN DECEMBER AND IT'S NOW BACK IN THE HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION THIS RULE TODAY ALSO PROVIDES AN EXTENSION OF DEPOSITION AUTHORITY, MR. SPEAKER, FOR STAFF MEMBERS SERVING THE COMMITTEES ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, FINANCIAL SERVICES, SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY, AND WAYS AND MEANS. I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD LETTERS THAT RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN PETE SESSIONS SENT TO AND RESPONSE HE IS RECEIVED FROM FOUR COMMITTEES WITH REGARD TO THIS.

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  • 01:51:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:51:14 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO START 2016 TSMS A GREAT WAY TO START…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO START 2016 TSMS A GREAT WAY TO START 2016. THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, WHO HAS A COMMITMENT TO REGULAR ORDER AND THE PROCESS WE HAVE TODAY IS REGULAR ORDER AT ITS FINEST. WE'RE HERE TODAY ON A RECONCILIATION PROVISION, MR. SPEAKER, THAT CAME FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, IT CAME FROM THE UNITED STATES SENATE BECAUSE IT WAS FIRST PASSED BY THE UNITED STATES HOUSE. MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS PASSED BY THE UNITED STATES HOUSE BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER A DECADE, WE HAD A CONFERENCED BUDGET AGREEMENT COMING TO BALANCE TO GOVERN THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, FIVE YEARS I'VE BEEN IN THIS INSTITUTION, FIVE YEARS I'VE SERVED ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. FIVE YEARS I'VE SERVED ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. NEVER BEFORE HAS THIS HOUSE CONSIDERED A RECONCILIATION MEASURE THAT WOULD PASS -- THAT WITH PASSAGE TODAY WILL GO TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T CARE WHERE YOU ARE ON THE POLICY, THIS IS AN ISSUE OF REPEALING THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL AND THE DAMAGING IMPACT IT HAS HAD ON MY CONSTITUENTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. I DOUBT SERIOUSLY THERE'S A MEMBER IN THIS BODY WHO HAS NOT MADE UP HIS OR HER MIND ON WHERE THEY ARE ON THIS ISSUE. I WILL TRY TO PERSUADE NO ONE ON THE MIR RITS -- MERITS TODAY. BUT WHAT I WILL DO, MR. SPEAKER IS TELL YOU WHEN YOU GET THE PROCESS RIGHT, YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE POLICY RIGHT TOO. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE PENALTY FOR NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE THAT INDIVIDUAL MANDATE THAT CHANGED THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOVERNED AND THE GOVERNING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE THE PENALTY FOR NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE EMPLOYER MANDATE. IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE CONTROVERSIAL REINSURANCE PROGRAM. IT WOULD REPEAL THE I.R.S.'S ABILITY TO PROVIDE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX CREDITS AND COST SHARING SUBSIDIES. IT WOULD REPEAL THE COSTLY MEDICARE EXPANSION. IT WOULD INCREASE OUR INVESTMENT IN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MR. SPEAKER, ALL TOLD, THIS BILL WOULD SAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE $500 BILLION. I'M NOT SO NAIVE AS TO BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS GOING TO BE THE END OF THE STORY TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. BUT I CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS RULE, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACT IN WAYS THAT WE HAVE NOT YEAR UPON YEAR UPON YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT BELIEVE OUR MANDATE IN THIS HOUSE IS TO AGREE. I THINK OUR MANDATE IN THIS HOUSE IS TO DECIDE. AND WE CANNOT DECIDE WITH A PROCESS THAT IS BROKEN. WE MUST HAVE A PROCESS THAT'S OPEN AS THIS PROCESS HAS BEEN. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT RAISED THE AMERICAN CONSCIOUSNESS AS IT RELATES TO THE DISCUSSION OF HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. HE PERSUADED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS HAVE NO PLACE IN THE AMERICAN BODY POLITIC. I BELIEVE HE WAS RIGHT ON THAT. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WILL EVER CHANGE. HE PERSUADED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT INSURANCE POLICIES SHOULDN'T HAVE LIFETIME CAPS, THAT WHEN YOU'RE FACING YOUR DEEPEST AND WORST FEARS IN YOUR FAMILY, WHEN THOSE HAVE COME THROUGH TREU THAT YOU OUGHT NOT TO GET BAD NEWS FROM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY THAT SAME DAY. I AI -- I AGREE WITH HIM ON THAT. I DON'T THINK WE'LL EVER CHANGE THAT. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAD POLICIES THEY COUNTED ON THAT WERE CANCELED. THERE ARE BUSINESSES IN THINK DISTRICT WHO HAD A COMMITMENT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BEEN PRICED OUT OF THE MARKET. THERE ARE FOLKS WHO WANTED TO EXERCISE THEIR CHOICE, NOT THE PRESIDENT'S CHOICE. IF YOU GO TO THE MOST RECENT RASMUSSEN POLL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PRIORITIZED LOWERING COSTS OVER UNIVERSAL COVERAGE. I'M COMMITTED TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD IT BUT I'M COMMITTED TO LOWERING COSTS FOR THOSE WHO CAN. THE FREE MARKET IS THE MECHANISM -- MECHANISM WE WILL USE TO LOWER COSTS, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THIS REPEAL TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN THIS DISCUSSION IN EARNEST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:55:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 01:55:28 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:55:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO -- WISHES TO CONSUME.

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  • 01:55:47 PM

    AS WE BEGIN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 114TH CONGRESS THERE ARE A LONG LIST…

    AS WE BEGIN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 114TH CONGRESS THERE ARE A LONG LIST OF ISSUES WE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT IMPROVING GUN SAFETY, PASSING IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL, AND MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PRIORITIES. INSTET, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT H.R. 3762, THE LATEST ATTEMPT BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AS OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO RECOVER, WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY AND HELPING MORE AMERICANS GET AHEAD. INSTEAD, WE ARE STARTING THE NEW YEAR BY DEBATING A BILL THAT IF IT EVER BECAME LAW WOULD PUT THE HEALTH CARE OF 22 MILLION AMERICANS IN JEOPARDY AND FURTHER RESTRICT WOMEN'S ACCESS TO VITAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THIS IS YET ANOTHER BLATANT POLITICAL MOVE BY REPUBLICANS TO APPEAL AND APPEASE THEIR RIGHT WING BASE. REPUBLICAN LEAD VERSE SAID IT THEMS. SENATE REPUBLICAN WHIP JOHN CORNYN CALLED THIS, QUOTE A POLITICAL EXERCISE, END QUOTE. SAYING, I'LL QUOTE HIM AGAIN, WE ALL RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT IS UNLIKELY TO IS SIGN THIS BILL SO IT'S NOT EVER GOING TO BECOME LAW, END QUOTE. SO WHY ON EARTH ARE WE WASTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S TIME WITH THIS HERABLE BILL? I'VE HEARD ALSO THAT SPEAKER RYAN WILL PUSH TO TURN THIS INTO A PLATFORM FOR REPUBLICAN IDEAS. THE 62ND VOTE TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE 11TH VOTE TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, THAT'S THE PLATFORM FOR AMBITIOUS REPUBLICAN POLICY IDEAS? I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SUE REPUBLICANS FOR MALPRACTICE. WHEN SPEAKER RYAN TOOK THE GAVEL LAST FALL, THERE WAS SO MUCH TALK ABOUT A NEW CHAPTER AND FRESH IDEAS. INSTEAD, WE'RE STARTING 2016 WITH MORE OF THE STALE AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED BILLS WE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO IN THIS REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS. WE ARE CONSTANTLY BEING TOLD BY REPUBLICANS THAT THEY HAVE BETTER IDEAS, THEY HAVE A BETTER APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE. REALLY? WHERE IS IT? I WOULD REMIND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THAT IN 2011, YOU PASSED A BILL THAT ACTUALLY TASKED YOU TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. YOU CAME UP WITH NOTHING. NOTHING. JUST LAST YEAR YOU PASSED ANOTHER BILL TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE AND ONCE AGAIN YOU CAME UP WITH NOTHING. SO NOW HERE WE ARE AGAIN WITH A BILL THAT REPEALS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND TASKS REPUBLICANS TO COME UP WITH AN ALTERNATIVE. I'M CURIOUS, WHERE IS YOUR ALTERNATIVE? MAYBE IT'S IN YOUR NOTICE. IS IT HIDDEN IN SOME SECRET ROOM IN THE CAPITOL? MAYBE DONALD TRUMP HAS IT. PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALERT THE CAPITOL POLICE OR CALL IN THE F.B.I. TO LOCATE THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ON HEALTH CARE. I REMIND MY FRIENDS, YOU'RE IN CHARGE. YOU RUN THIS PLACE. YOU CAN BRING WHATEVER YOU WANT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. MAYBE YOU SHOULD BRING A BLOOD HOUND TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TO TRY TO FIND YOUR HEALTH CARE ALTERNATIVE PLAN. BUT GOVERNING IS SOMETHING THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT. THEY'RE VERY GOOD ABOUT SAY NOTHING TO EVERYTHING BUT THEY CAN'T SAY YES TO ANYTHING. THE REPUBLICAN PLAN ON HEALTH CARE IS ESSENTIALLY A SOUND BITE. THEIR PRESCRIPTION IS, TAKE TWO TAX BREAKS AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING. NOW, NOT ONLY HAVE THE REPUBLICANS DONE NOTHING TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND AGAIN, THEY ARE IN CHARGE, BUT THEY'VE ACTUALLY CONSISTENTLY TRIED TO UNDERMINE HEALTH ACCESS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAD THEIR WAY AND REPEALED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 26 WOULD BE THROWN OFF THEIR PARENTS' HEALTH PLANS. BEING A WOMAN WOULD ONCE AGAIN BE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND MUCH MORE OF THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE A.C.A. WOULD BE ROLLED BACK. CONTRARY TO WHAT WE OFTEN HEAR FROM REPUBLICAN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT KILLING THE ECONOMY. I KNOW FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF THEIR ARGUMENTS BUT THE FACT IS THAT AMERICA HAS SEEN A RECORD 69 STRAIGHT MONTHS OF JOB GROWTH AND ALL SIGNS POINT TO THIS HISTORIC GROWTH CONTINUING. IN SEPTEMBER 2012, WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 8.1%, THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, MITT ROMNEY, CLAIMED THE UNPLACE OF EMPLOYMENT RATE WOULD STAY AT 8% IF PRESIDENT OBAMA WERE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT AND MITT ROMNEY WAS WRONG. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED? THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS STEADILY DROPPED EACH YEAR AND IS NOW AT A SEVEN-YEAR LOW OF 5% WITH EMPLOYERS ADDING ABOUT 200,000 JOBS A MONTH THROUGH LAST NOVEMBER AS MORE MESHES GET BACK TO WORK. ONE OF THE FREQUENT REPUBLICAN CLAIMS WE HAVE HEARD IS THAT BUSINESSES WOULD SHIFT TO HART--- TO PART-TIME WORKERS TO AVOID THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT'S REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE COVERAGE TO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES. A NEW STUDY RELEASED THIS WEEK SHOWS THAT THE A.C.A. RESULTED IN LITTLE CHANGE IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED, INCLUDING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2015 WHEN THE EMPLOYER MANDATE FIRST TOOK EFFECT FOR LARGER COMPANIES. AS POLITICO NOTED THIS STUDY, AND I QUOTE, POKES A MAJOR HOLE IN A BELOVED CONSERVATIVE TALKING POINT THAT OBAMACARE WILL FORCE EMPLOYERS TO CUT EMPLOYEES' HOURS, END QUOTE. . THE TRUTH IS THEY FOUND THEM NOT WORKING FEWER HOURS IN 2014, 2015. AND THE A.C.A. EXPANSION OF MEDICAID WOULD DECREASE EMPLOYMENT FOR LOW-INCOME WORKERS BUT THEY DIDN'T SHOW HOW THEY FIT IN THE LABOR MARKET DURING THE FIRST 15 MONTHS UNDER MEDICAID EXPANSION UNDER A.C.A. IT DIDN'T PUSH LOW-INCOME ADULTS TO SWITCH JOBS, MOVE FROM FULL TIME TO PART-TIME WORK OR RUSH TO FIND NEW JOBS. IN FACT, THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS MADE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE IN INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES. SINCE OCTOBER OF 2013, MORE THAN 12.3 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET COVERAGE THANKS TO THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID. AND AS A RESULT OF MARKETPLACE COVERAGE AND MEDICAID EXPANSION, HOSPITAL UNCOMPENSATED CARE COSTS WERE REDUCED BY AN ESTIMATED $7.4 BILLION IN 2014, RESULTING IN HUGE SAVINGS FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. BUT THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. DEMOCRATS BELIEVE HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT AND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS BELIEVE IT IS A PRIVILEGE. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD ALSO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHICH WOULD PUT MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME WOMEN AND MEN, I WOULD ADD, AT RISK OF LOSING ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE FACT IS THAT ONE IN FIVE WOMEN HAS RELIED ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTER FOR CARE IN HER LIFETIME AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD SERVES 2.7 MILLION PATIENTS EACH YEAR. ADDITIONALLY, PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS OFTEN SERVE AS ONE OF THE FEW AFFORDABLE CARE OPTIONS FOR MANY WOMEN AND MEN. CUTTING OFF ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES TO SOME OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS IS SIMPLY WRONG. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE, AND 63% OF VOTERS, INCLUDING 72% OF INDEPENDENTS, AGREE. BUT THIS FITS -- THIS WHOLE EFFORT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD FITS THE REPUBLICAN PATTERN OF TARGETING POOR PEOPLE. AND QUITE FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. WHILE OUR NATION'S COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS DO INCREDIBLE WORK, THE REPUBLICAN CLAIM THAT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS BY THEMSELVES COULD SUDDENLY PICK UP ALL THE SLACK IF PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS DEFUNDED IS JUST NOT TRUE, AND MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS KNOW THAT. THE IDEA THAT OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS COULD OVERNIGHT SUDDENLY STEP UP AND STEP IN AND COVER MILLIONS OF NEW PATIENTS IS ABSURD. IN FACT, IN 21% OF THE COUNTIES WITH A PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTER, PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS THE ONLY SAFETY NET FAMILY PLANNING PROVIDER. FINALLY, LET ME JUST ALSO VOICE MY STRONG OBJECTION TO THE PROVISION IN THIS RULE WHICH EXTENDS FOR ANOTHER YEAR THE UNRESTRICTED AUTHORITY FOR FOUR HOUSE COMMITTEES TO CONDUCT STAFF DEPOSITIONS AT ANYTIME ON ANY SUBJECT FOR ANY REASON. SOME COMMITTEES BARELY USED THIS AUTHORITY IN THE PAST YEAR AND WHEN THEY HAVE IT'S OFTEN BEEN ABUSED WITH THE THREAT OF SUBPOENA HELD OVER PEOPLE'S HEAD. THE POWER TO COMPEL TESTIMONY UNDER OATH SHOULD BE RARELY USED AND SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED. QUITE FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE PARTISAN WITCH-HUNTS THAT WE HAVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO UNDER THIS REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE. WE'RE STARTING THE NEW YEAR NOT BY WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS. UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE STARTING THE NEW YEAR DEBATING THE SAME OLD SAME OLD, BILLS THAT PUT POLITICS AHEAD OF PEOPLE AND, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS TRULY SAD. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:05:11 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE.

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  • 02:05:20 PM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, OBAMACARE IS INTRUSIVE,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, OBAMACARE IS INTRUSIVE, IT'S EXPENSIVE, IT'S FULL OF BROKEN PROMISES, BUT THE BIGGEST FAILURE IS THE SIMPLE FACT THAT IT MAKES LIFE MORE DIFFICULT FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. IN MY DISTRICT, I'VE HEARD COUNTLESS HORROR STORIES FROM PARENTS, FROM SENIORS, FROM BUSINESS OWNERS, ALL OF WHICH UNDERSCORE THAT THERE'S SIMPLY NOTHING AFFORDABLE ABOUT THE PERVERSELY NAMED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. STORIES LIKE MORRIS FROM RAW LET, TEXAS, WHO -- RAWLETT, TEXAS. NOW, THE LEAST EXPENSIVE COST HIM $854 PER MONTH PLUS A $12,700 DEDUCTIBLE. OBAMACARE IS PREVENTING MORRIS FROM INVESTING IN THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER, LIKE HIS SON'S COLLEGE EDUCATION. OR TAKE FROM POTSBORO, WHO ON A $700 PER MONTH INCOME CAN'T AFFORD THE $287 PER MONTH OBAMACARE COSTS HER. OBAMACARE IS PREVENTING HEATHER FROM TAKING CARE OF HER 13-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER AND A FATHER WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. AND THEN THERE'S BRIAN, A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN MY DISTRICT, WHO'S SEEN A 50% INCREASE IN HIS HEALTH CARE AND DEDUCTIBLE FROM OBAMACARE. AND HE CAN'T GROW HIS BUSINESS BEYOND 50 EMPLOYEES BECAUSE HE CAN'T AFFORD TO COMPLY WITH THE EMPLOYER MANDATE OR FACE ITS PENALTIES. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE STORIES THAT DEMONSTRATE THE VERY REAL PROBLEMS THAT OBAMACARE IS CREATING FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS AND WHY A BETTER NAME FOR THIS LAW WOULD BE THE UNDER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND IT'S WHY I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT TODAY OF A RECONCILIATION BILL THAT WILL DISMANTLE OBAMACARE AND THE DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR A YEAR. I PROMISED MY CONSTITUENTS I WOULD DO MORE THAN VOTE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. I WOULD HELP SEND A BILL TO THE OVAL OFFICE THAT WILL ACTUALLY GET RID OF THIS TERRIBLE LAW. AND TODAY I'M KEEPING THAT PROMISE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:07:29 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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  • 02:07:38 PM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE RECONCILIATION BILL. JUST ANOTHER BUDGET MEASURE BEING USED AS A VEHICLE TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS IS THE 11TH REPUBLICAN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH IN THIS CONGRESS, INCLUDING FOUR PRIOR VOTES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND WHILE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY PASSED 10 ANTI-WOMEN HEALTH MEASURES AND ARE NOW VOTING ON THEIR 11TH, THEY HAVE NOT PASSED A SINGLE MEASURE THAT HELPS WOMEN GET THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED. SO HERE WE ARE, HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND NEWHOUSE SPEAKER FACING THE SAME OLD -- NEWHOUSE SPEAKER FACING THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE THE VERY FIRST WEEK. AND NEWS THIS MORNING SHOWS IT WILL SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POLITICAL PARTIES THIS ELECTION YEAR. AND FOR ME THAT'S A SHAMEFUL ADMISSION. THE DIFFERENCE IS CLEAR. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE WILLING TO PLAY PARTISAN POLITICS AT THE EXPENSE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, AND WOMEN OF AMERICA ARE WATCHING AND THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT THEY SEE. LAST FALL, HOUSE REPUBLICANS THREATENED TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT IF MUST-PASS OMNIBUS LEGISLATION DID NOT DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. NOW, THAT EFFORT WAS STOPPED BUT ONLY BY PROMISES TO INCLUDE A DEFUNDING PROVISION IN THIS BUDGET RECONCILIATION BILL AND BY THE CREATION OF A SELECT PANEL TO INVESTIGATE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES HAVE ALREADY INVESTIGATED PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF SELECTIVELY EDITED VIDEOS MANUFACTURED BY AN ANTI-ABORTION GROUP AND THAT NONE OF THESE COMMITTEES FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING. APPARENTLY, UNINTERESTED IN THE FACTS, REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED TO MAKE INFLAMMATORY AND BASELESS CLAIMS. THEY ALSO PUSH FORWARD ON THEIR NEW SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, MEANING EVEN MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT TARGETING THE NATION'S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS INSTEAD OF IMPROVING AMERICA'S ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. AND HAVING ESTABLISHED THE SELECT PANEL, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOW REFUSED TO WAIT FOR THE PANEL TO HOLD EVEN ITS FIRST MEETING BEFORE VOTING ONCE AGAIN TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND IN THIS ATMOSPHERE, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT ANY INVESTIGATION WILL BE FAIR AND OBJECTIVE. MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY DECLARED THE ORGANIZATION GUILTY AS CHARGED AND THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL BE MORE OPEN-MINDED WITH REGARD TO OTHERS WHO PROVIDE SAFE AND LEGAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN THIS NATION. FACTS MATTER, TRUTH MATTERS, AND DESPITE OUR OBJECTION TO THE CREATION OF THE SELECT PANEL, AS ITS RANKING MEMBER, I WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT INVESTIGATION IS AS FAIR -- THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS FAIR AND AS TRABS PARENT AS POSSIBLE. 30 SECONDS.

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  • 02:10:31 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

  • 02:10:33 PM

    THE RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER HEALTH CARE…

    THE RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS MUST STOP AND THEY WILL STOP. PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AS BEEN TOLD, HAS SERVED ALMOST THREE MILLION AMERICAN WOMEN AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO POSSIBLY JUSTIFY THE DEFUNDING OF THE NATION'S LEADING PROVIDER OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE WHOSE WORK HELPS TO AVOID THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ABORTIONS BECAUSE THEY PROVIDE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE SHOULD STOP THIS LATEST EFFORT TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND WE WILL BECAUSE THIS BILL IS GOING NOWHERE AND INSTEAD TAKE AFFIRMATIVE STEPS TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IN THIS GREAT NATION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:11:21 PM

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  • 02:11:26 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. FOXX.

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  • 02:11:38 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING MOTION TO CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT, MARKS A SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT FOR AMERICANS WHO VALUE LIFE AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY. AFTER YEARS OF WORK AND DOZENS OF VOTES IN THE FACE OF A RHETORIC HURLED AT US FROM ACROSS THE AISLE, THIS HOUSE WILL SEND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK LEGISLATION TO REMOVE THE HEAVY HAND OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE AND END THE STREAM OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT FLOWS TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT BRUTALLY KILLS PRECIOUS UNBORN LIVES. WHEN THE SO-CALLED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS PASSED IN 2010, REPUBLICANS WARNED THAT THE LAW WOULD CAUSE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE COST OF HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE, REDUCE FULL-TIME JOBS AND WORK HOURS AVAILABLE AND STRAIN THE SAFETY NET UNTIL IT BREAKS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE SOLD A BILL OF GOODS THAT'S PROVEN TO BE ONLY A LIST OF EMPTY PROMISES. MOST OF US RECALL CLEARLY THESE ASSURANCES THAT WE COULD KEEP OUR INSURANCE PLANS, THAT WE COULD KEEP OUR DOCTORS AND THAT OUR OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS WOULD GO DOWN. MR. SPEAKER, THE LETTERS, EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS FROM MY CONSTITUENTS TELL ME CLEARLY THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS PROVEN TO BE ANYTHING BUT AFFORDABLE FOR NORTH CAROLINAIANS AND THE LAW HAS LIMITED ACCESS TO CARE AND WASTED BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. IT'S TIME TO UNDO THIS HARMFUL LAW. ALSO INCLUDED IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT IS A PROVISION FIRST PASSED BY THIS HOUSE TO STOP THE FLOW OF FEDERAL MANDATORY FUNDS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WHILE PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES NOT RECEIVE DIRECT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ABORTIONS, THESE ACTIONS ARE WARRANTED AS A RECENT REPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE SHOWS THAT THE ORGANIZATION RECEIVES AN AVERAGE OF $500 MILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS EACH YEAR FOR OTHER LINES OF BUSINESS. MONEY IS FUNGIBLE AND THE FEDERAL FUNDS THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD RECEIVES ULTIMATELY SUBSIDIZE THEIR ABORTION SERVICES. FORTUNATELY, THERE ARE MANY MORE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE THAN THE DISCREDITED ABORTION PROVIDER, PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WHILE PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS ONLY APPROXIMATELY 665 CLINICS, FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS, FQHC'S, AND RURAL HEALTH CENTERS, R.H.C.'S, HAVE 13,000 PUBLICLY SUPPORTED LOCATIONS, PROVIDING ALTERNATIVES FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. THIS MEANS THERE ARE 20 FEDERALLY FUNDED COMPREHENSIVE CARE CLINICS FOR EVERY ONE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS BILL DOES NOT CHANGE THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH. IT SIMPLY ESTABLISHES A SAFEGUARD SO THAT THE NATION'S LARGEST ABORTION CHAIN IS NOT THE ONE PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES. WHEN FEDERAL TAXPAYERS HAVE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS THAT THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS ARE FLOWING TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT SANCTION THE DISMEMBERMENT OF UNBORN CHILDREN AND THAT OUR SYSTEM OF LAW HAS LOOPHOLES ALLOWING THESE ATROCITIES TO CONTINUE, WE AS THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THESE CONCERNS ARE HEARD AND RESPONDED TO. MAY I HAVE 10 SECONDS?

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  • 02:15:03 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FREEDOM RESTS ON THE CORNERSTONE RIGHT WE ALL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FREEDOM RESTS ON THE CORNERSTONE RIGHT WE ALL HAVE TO LIFE. AND I FEAR WE'VE LOST SIGHT OF THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING MOTION TO PROTECT INNOCENT LIVES AND RESTORE OUR LIBERTY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. .

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  • 02:15:40 PM

    JOIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE THAT HARMS WOMEN, SENIORS, AND…

    JOIN IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE THAT HARMS WOMEN, SENIORS, AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. IN OUR FIRST WEEK BACK IN THIS SESSION, IT'S APPALLING THE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD, ROLLING BACK WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH SCREENINGS OR RAISING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES FOR SENIORS IS A TOP PRIORITY. THIS ATTEMPT TO REPEAL THE A.C.A. IS NOTHING SHORT OF ATTACK ON WOMEN AND LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. 75% OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD PATIENTS ARE LOW INCOME AND OFTEN HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. ELIMINATING FUNDING WILL HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES ON THE HEALTH OF YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN, LATINAS, AND LGBT AMERICANS. THIS ISN'T JUST DANGEROUS PUBLIC POLICY. IT'S COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. WHEN I MEET WITH MY CONSTITUENTS ACROSS PHOENIX, I HEAR FAMILIES WORRIED ABOUT AFFORDING COLLEGE, STUDENTS STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR TUITION, AND THE AMOUNT OF DEBT THEY HAVE, AND HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE SKYROCKETING COSTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. I ALSO HEAR RELIEF. RELIEF THAT CAME FROM THE A.C.A. RELIEF FROM YOUNG WOMEN WHO NO LONGER HAVE TO PAY FOR CO-PAYS FOR BIRTH CONTROL WHEN THEY GO TO THE FARMCY. RELIEF THAT THEIR ANNUAL EXAMS NO LONGER COME WITH COST SHARING. RELIEF FOR SENIORS WHOSE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS ARE LOWER BECAUSE WE GOT RID OF THE MEDICARE DOUGHNUT HOLE. RELIEF FROM PARENTS THAT THEIR CHILD WITH CHRONIC DISEASE CAN'T BE DENIED INSURANCE COVERAGE. ALL THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WOMEN AND ALL AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN PLAYING THE SAME POLITICS OVER THEIR BODIES AND THEIR HEALTH CARE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THIS DANGEROUS RULE AND OPPOSE THE RECONCILIATION PACKAGE ON BEHALF OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE CARE ONCE AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:17:32 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD THREW THREE MINUTES TO A STRONG MEMBER OF…

    IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD THREW THREE MINUTES TO A STRONG MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE.

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    I THANK MY RULES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

    I THANK MY RULES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE ANTI-UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS IS A MONUMENTAL VOTE. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THIS HOUSE IN 2011 WE ARE IN A POSITION TO SEND A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT WOULD DISMANTLE OBAMACARE AND ELIMINATE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHO WE KNOW SOLD BODY PARTS FROM ABORTED BABIES. THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS ABOUT LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WORKING TO ADVANCE THEIR CONCERNS RIGHT HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. OBAMACARE IS FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN. IT'S NOT MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE. IN FACT, IT'S DOING JUST THE OPPOSITE. AS "THE NEW YORK TIMES" POINTED OUT JUST THE OTHER DAY, MANY AMERICANS FIND IT CHEAPER TO PAY THE TAX PENALTY AND REMAIN UNINSURED INSTEAD OF SIGNING UP FOR A HEALTH CARE PLAN THEY SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD. THAT IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF HOW THIS LAW WAS SUPPOSED TO WORK. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY THAT REPUBLICANS WANT TO TAKE AWAY PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT TOOK AWAY PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE. THIS LAW DID. I HEAR STORIES EVERY TIME I GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR HOLD A TOWN HALL MEETING FROM PEOPLE WHO HAD A HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT THEY LIKED, A PLAN THEY COULD AFFORD, A PLAN THAT WORKED FOR THEM. NOW THE PRESIDENT SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT. THAT WAS NOT TRUE. SO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES SUFFER TODAY BECAUSE THEY LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS OR THEY SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD THE COST ANTI-NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT'S BEEN FORCED ON THEM. IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT TAKING AWAY PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE FROM SOMEONE, THAT'S WHAT THIS LAW DID AND WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DID AND WHAT HE CONTINUES TO DO WITH THIS LAW. WE NEED TO MOVE PAST THIS GOVERNMENT MANDATED HEALTH CARE PLAN AND INSTEAD EMPOWER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR DOCTORS. THE PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO TELL THEM WHAT TYPE OF HEALTH INSURANCE THEY NEED OR WHAT DOCTORS THEY SHOULD SEE. THAT'S SIMPLY NOT THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE SHOULD GET RID OF THIS AWFUL LAW AND INSTEAD MOVE FORWARD WITH HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT PUTS THE INTEREST OF THE PATIENT FIRST NOT THE INTEREST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO LET'S PASS THIS BILL AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND THEN HE GETS TO MAKE A CHOICE. HE CAN STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR HE CAN STAND AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF HE CHOOSES TO VETO THIS BILL, THEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HAVE SEEN A CLEAR CHOICE BETWEEN TWO DIFFERENT AMERICAS. AN AMERICA WITH A GOVERNMENT -- WHERE THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS BEST, AN AMERICA WHERE THE PEOPLE, HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE OUR COUNTRY GREAT, WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE EMPOWERED. LET'S MAKE THE PRESIDENT DECIDE. LET'S HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE. LET'S DO THE WORK OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND LET'S PASS THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF EVERY AMERICAN WHO LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN OR SAW THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS INCREASE. LET'S DO THIS FOR THEM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GELEMAN FROM ALABAMA SAYS THIS IS A MONUMENTAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GELEMAN FROM ALABAMA SAYS THIS IS A MONUMENTAL VOTE. LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, A BILL THAT IS GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE THAT WILL GET THE FASTEST VETO THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN EVER HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY IS SOMEHOW A MONUMENTAL VOTE? I ULD SUGGEST TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ITHEY THINK THIS IS A MONUMENTAL VOTE, THEY HAVE LOW STANDARDS. THIS IS A POLITICAL SOUND BITE. THIS IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. THIS IS JUST A WASTE OF EVERYBODY'S TIME. WE OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO STRENGTHEN THIS ECONOMY. ABOUT HOW TO GET MORE PEOPLE HEALTH CARE. NOT THESE POLITICAL SOUND BITES THAT WASTE PRECIOUS RESOURCES HERE IN THE CONGRESS AND -- BY WAIT COST TAXPAYERS MONEY. ALL THIS WASD DEBATE HERE. ALL THIS WASTED TIME IS COSTING TAXPAYERS MONEY. LET'S FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EVEN BETTER. LET'S FIND WA TO MAKE SURE THAT 100% OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY NEED. NOT BE DEBATING A SOUND BITE BY THE WAY IF ITVER PASSED WULD THROW 22 MILLION PEOPLOFF OF HEALTH CARE. HOW CAN YOU GBACK TO YOUR DISTRICTS AND BE PROUD OF THAT? WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SANCHEZ.

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    MS. SANCHEZ

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR THE TIME. HERE WE GO AGAIN. CONGRESS RECONVENES AND THE MAJORITY IS STARTING OUT THE NEW YEAR DOING THE SAME OLD THING. WE COME BACK FROM THE HOLIDAYS, A TIME FOR FAMILY, FOR REFLECTION, AND WE BEGIN THIS NEW YEAR WITH A VOTE TO CRIPPLE THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR FAMILIES. IT WOULD REPEAL ESSENTIAL PIECES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO PUT THIS EXCEPT TO SAY THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKS. IT ACTUALLY WORKS. FOR THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT . FOR CALIFORNIANS. AND FOR AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY WHO NEVER HAD HEALTH CARE BEFORE. NOT ONLY HAS THIS LAW BEEN AFFIRMED TUALLY BY OUR SUPREME COURT, IT HAS SURVIVED COUNTLESS VOTES TO DISMANTLE IT IN THIS CHAMBER AND THE OTHER, BUT THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE SEEN MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITY. FROM 2012 TO 2014, MORE THAN 60,000 PEOPLE AT HOME IN MY AREA NOW HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND THEY NEVER HAD IT BEFORE. THIS IS JUST ABOUT PARTISAN POLITICS TODAY. YOU'RE RIGHT, MR. MCGOVERN, IT'S JUST ABOUT PARTISAN POLITICS. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILIES, IMMIGRATION REFORM, ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE, CREATING JOBS -- NO, HERE WE GO BACK AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S CUT THE PARTISAN POLITICS. LET'S DO WHAT FAMILIES NEED. LET'S VOTE AGAINST THIS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. HEIST.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I COMMEND THE MONTHS OF HARD WORK FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT TOGETHER THIS HISTORIC PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND LIKEWISE THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ACTS AS THOUGH WORDS ARE MEANINGLESS. THE…

    THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ACTS AS THOUGH WORDS ARE MEANINGLESS. THE TRUTH IS THE PRESIDENT PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT IF THEY LIKED THEIR INSURANCE THEY COULD KEEP IT. HE PROMISED, HE PROMISED ALSO THAT THIS WOULD BE MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. THE REALITY, MR. SPEAKER, IS NONE OF THOSE PROMISES WERE TRUE. IN FACT, NOW WE EVER MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR I SHURENS -- INSURANCE BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. WE HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS NOW WHO ARE IN A SITUATION HAVING TO DECIDE BETWEEN DRASTICALLY INCREASING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY, OR FACING PENALTIES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR NOT PARTICIPATING. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT ALSO PROMISED THAT THIS HEALTH CARE LAW, OBAMACARE, WOULD BOOST THE ECONOMY. IN FACT, IT'S DISCOURAGED BUSINESSES FROM HIRING MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE. AND FROM HAVING MORE THAN 30 HOURS A WEEK FOR THEIR WORKERS TO WORK. THE PRESIDENT ALSO TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT OBAMACARE WOULD NOT INCREASE THE DEFICIT. AS HAS ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED HERE TODAY, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. THE C.B.O. HAS CLEARLY IDENTIFIED HOW THE COSTS WILL INCREASE TREMENDOUSLY. THIS RECONCILIATION PACKAGE REMEDIES THE HARM AND THE DEVASTATION OF THE BROKEN PROMISES OF THIS PRESIDENT. IT REPEALS THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OBAMACARE, AND PLACES A ONE-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    00 MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

    00 MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND, FIRST THE VERDICT THEN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ALICE IN WONDERLAND, FIRST THE VERDICT THEN THE TRIAL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DECLARED THE VERDICT AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD BEFORE EVER HOLDING THE TRIAL W NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE ASIDE FROM A SERIES OF BLATANTLY MANIPULATED VIDEOS, WITHOUT A SINGLE HOUSE COMMITTEE FINDING ANY WRONGDOING, WITHOUT THE SELECT COMMITTEE, OSTENSIBLY SET UP TO HOLD PLANNED PARENTHOOD HOLDING A MEETH, THEY HAVE DECIDED TO CUT OFF ALL FEDERAL FUNDING, INCLUDING MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR ONE ORGANIZATION. THE LEGISLATION WE ARE MOAT VOTING ON TODAY TARGETS ONE ORGANIZATION AND CUTS IT OFF FROM ALL FEDERAL FUNDING, INCLUDING REIMBURSEMENT FOR MEDICAID SERVICES PROVIDED. FOR NO JUSTIFIABLE LEGISLATIVE REASON BEYOND PUNISHMENT FOR OFFERING A ACTUALLY PROTECTED MEDICAL PROCEDURE. THIS SMACKS OF A CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL BILL OF ATTAINDER. THE PROHIBITION ON BILLS ATTAINDER EXIST TO PREVENT JUST THIS KIND OF TARGETED ATTACK ON A SINGLE GROUP. CAN YOU NOT USE LEGISLATION TO PUNISH A SINGLE ORGANIZATION WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE OR FAIR LEGISLATIVE PROCESS SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE IT. WHILE THE LEGISLATION NEVER MENTIONS THE WORD PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WE HAVE HEARD AND WILL HEAR TODAY PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S NAME OVER AND OVER FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DURING THIS DEBATE. NO ONE CAN SAY THIS BILL IS NOT AIMED DIRECTLY AT ONE ORGANIZATION. OF COURSE IF THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAD ANY EVIDENCE OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD BROKE THE LAW, THEY WOULD HAVE TAKEN IT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR THE F.B.I., BUT THEY DIDN'T. IF THEY HAD ANY FAITH IN THE EXTREMISTS WHO MADE THESE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST PLANNED PARENT HOO, THEY WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THEM BEFORE CONGRESS TO TESTIFY, BUT THEY DIDN'T. THE TRUTH IS, THIS ATTACK ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS KNOWINGLY BASED ON A WHOLE SERIES OF LIES. THE LONGER THE REPUBLICANS KEEP UP THIS PRETENSE IN ORDER TO STOKES THE BLAMES FLAMSE WITH THEIR RHETORIC, THE LONGER THEY PUT PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS AT RISK OF UNSTABLE PEOPLE COMMITTING MURDER AS WE HAVE SEEN. BULLETPROOF CLASS AND SAFE ROOMS SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY FOR WOMEN TO ACCESS BASIC HEALTH CARE LIKE CANCER SCREENINGS OR CONTRACEPTION. BUT IF THIS AFACK ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOESN'T STOP, THAT WILL BE THE NORM FOR WOMEN AROUND THE COUNTRY. YOU WANT PRESS EXAMPLE, CONTRACEPTION, YOU PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK. DO NOT BE POOLED THIS FUNDING WILL GO TO OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD PATIENTS WILL FOLLOW. NOT TRUE. MORE THAN HALF RELY ON MEDICAID. MOST STATES DO NOT ENOUGH PROVIDERS, PARTICULARLY SPECIAL SPECIALISTS, TAKING MEDICAID PATIENTS TO ABSORBED PLANNED PARENTHOOD. BY VOTING TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, YOU ARE LEAVING 2.7 MILLION WOMEN AND FAMILIES WITH NO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME FOR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO ACCEPT WHAT THEY KNOW IS TRUE. PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS DONE NOTHING MORE THAN PROVIDE COMPASSIONATE, COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR WITNESS OF AMERICANS IN A SAFE, LEGAL MANNER. STOP THE RHETORIC. STOP THE LIES. DON'T DEPRIVE PEOPLE OF ABORTION SERVICES, OF HEALTH CARE SERVICE, CONTRACEPTION SERVICE, BREAST EXAMPLES. VOTE NO ON THIS RULE. NO ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND DON'T VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION WITH A BILL OF ATTAINDER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE SINCE I WAS FIRST SWORN INTO…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE SINCE I WAS FIRST SWORN INTO THE HOUSE, MY TOP PRIORITY HAS BEEN TO REPEAL THIS DISASTROUS HEALTH CARE LAW THAT WE CALL OBAMACARE. FINALLY TODAY WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK LEGISLATION THAT REPEALS OBAMACARE. TODAY WE'RE GOING TO END THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, STOP THE EMPLOYER MANDATE AND REPEAL DOZENS OF TAXES AND PROVISIONS THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM ACTUALLY GETTING AFFORDABLE HEALTH COVERAGE. I ALWAYS SAID WE SHOULD INCENTIVIZE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, NOT TAX THEM, AND THIS BILL REPEALS THE TAX ON H.S.A.'S. I HEAR FROM MANY OF MY LOCAL BUSINESSES, OWNERS AND CONSTITUENTS IN MY DISTRICT EVERY DAY ABOUT THEIR VUGGLE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW, LET ALONE PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES. MANUFACTURERS, RETAIL STOREOWNERS ARE FACING DRAMATIC INCREASES IN HEALTH CARE COSTS. THIS LEADS TO A DANGEROUS POSITION OF OBAMACARE DRIVING THEM OUT OF BUSINESS, MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. SINCE SIGNING INTO LAW, THE PRESIDENT HAS DELAYED PARTS OF OBAMACARE FOR POLITICAL REASONS. THIS IS A BAD LAW TO BEGIN WITH BECAUSE IT IS FUNDAMENTAL A LOT HE UNWORKABLE AND UNAFFORDABLE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:31:27 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS DEBATE IS ASTONNING TO ME. WHAT'S SO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS DEBATE IS ASTONNING TO ME. WHAT'S SO STROFLE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE IS MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF MORE AMERICANS HAVE HEALTH CARE. I HEARD PEOPLE SAY PEOPLE HAVE FEWER HEALTH CARE. THEY CAN'T PRODUCE ANY VALIDATORS TO SUPPORT THAT STATEMENT. C.B.O. AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF VALIDATORS HAVE ACTUALLY SAID MORE PEOPLE HAVE MORE HEALTH CARE. IF THEY GET THEIR WAY, 22 MILLION PEOPLE LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DESERVE HEALTH CARE OR WHETHER OR NOT THEY DON'T. WHETHER OR NOT YOU THINK HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT OR WHETHER, AS MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS SAY, IT IS A PRIVILEGE, WE THINK IT'S A RIGHT AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. FRANKEL.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING TO ME. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE GO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. ONCE MORE, POLITICIANS INVADING THE BEDROOMS OF THE AMERICAN WOMEN. I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE WILL NOT GO BACK. AND I YIELD MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A GREAT MEMBER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. CARTER.

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    MR. CARTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SENATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTHCARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015. THIS BILL GUTS OBAMACARE. ELIMINATING MANY OF THE PENALTIES AND PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. AMERICANS HAVE BEEN SADDLED WITH THE BURDEN OF A HEALTH CARE INSURANCE SYSTEM THAT RESTRICTS WHAT DOCTOR THEY CAN SEE, WHAT SERVICES THEY CAN RECEIVE AND HAS EVEN LIMITED THEM TO WHO THEY CAN HAVE AS THEIR PHARMACIST. IF THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THIS BILL INTO LAW, WE CAN RETURN THE POWER OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AMERICANS SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, NOT WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH THIS BILL, CONGRESS WILL ELIMINATE THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, THE EMPLOYER MANDATE AND REPEAL ALL FUTURE APPROPRIATED FUNDS TO THE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND THAT HAS SUPPORTED THE FAILING OBAMACARE LAW FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IT REPEALS THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX, THE EXCISE TAX ON HIGH COST HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND THE $2,500 LIMIT ON FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS AND MEDICAID EXPANSION AND ELIGIBILITY PATHWAY WHICH HAS LEFT MANY STATES SUFFERING FROM BUDGET PROBLEMS AND IT RESTRICTS FEDERAL FUNDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ITS AFFILIATED CLINICS FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR WITH APPROPRIATE FUNDS BEING REDIRECTED TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS TO BETTER SERVE WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH. THIS BILL RETURNS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A SYSTEM THAT IS DRIVEN BY THE MARKET, NOT BY ARTIFICIAL FORMULAS AND PERCENTAGES CREATED BY WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS. AS A PHARMACIST AND A FORMER OWNER OF THREE INDEPENDENT PHARMACIES, HE CAN ENSURE YOU THAT THE ONLY WAY TO LOWER COSTS AND TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE IS BY ALLOWING THE FREE MARKET TO WORK AS IT WAS MEANT TO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THIS BILL SO WE CAN ELIMINATE THIS BURDENSOME HEALTH CARE PLAN AND BRING GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS TO RECEIVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LIEU.

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    MR. LIEU

    THANK YOU. I'M TED LIEU FROM CALIFORNIA. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE…

    THANK YOU. I'M TED LIEU FROM CALIFORNIA. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE UNVEILED THEIR NEW IDEAS FOR MOVING AMERICA FORWARD WHICH INCLUDE TRYING TO REPEAL OR UNDERMIGE FOR THE 6 ND TIME THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT -- 72ND TIME THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND 11TH TIME ATTACKING WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE, BOTH OF WHICH ARE GUARANTEED TO BE VETOED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. SO ONE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN EXPECTING A DIFFERENT RESULT. THERE WILL BE NO DIFFERENT RESULT TODAY. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL REMAIN THE LAW OF THE LAND, AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WILL NOT BE DEFUNDED. AND THE REPUBLICANS KNOW THIS. BECAUSE IF IT WAS REPEALED OVER 22 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING FIVE MILLION CALIFORNIANS AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FIX THIS IMMEDIATE CRISIS. IN DATION, MILLIONS MORE WILL LOSE HEALTH CARE ACCESS IF PLANNED PARENTHOOD WERE TO BE DEFUNDED. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT HYPERPARTISAN BILLS THAT WASTE TIME, SQUANDER TAXPAYER RESOURCES AND ARE GOING NOWHERE, LOOK AT THE G.O.P. AGENDA. IF YOU WANT IDEAS THAT WILL MOVE AMERICA FORWARD SUCH AS INVESTING IN JEARKS, REDUCING CARBON POLLUTION AND CREATING JOBS, LOOK AT THE DEMOCRATIC AGENDA. AT LEAST WE'RE NOT INSANE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE OF THOSE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. HUELSKAMP.

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    MR. HUELSKAMP

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. FOR MONTHS NOW AMERICANS HAVE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. FOR MONTHS NOW AMERICANS HAVE IN HORROR WATCHED GRUESOME UNDERCOVER VIDEOS DETAILING PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S BARBARIC PRACTICE OF HARVESTING LITTLE BABY BODY PARTS FOR PROFIT. IN ONE HEARTBREAKING STORY, A WHISTLEBLOWER DESCRIBED HOW PLANNED PARENTHOOD CARVED UP THE FACE OF A BABY BOY WHOSE HEART WAS STILL BEATING AND THEN HARVESTED HIS INTACT BRAIN. AS A FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN BY ADOPTION, I LISTEN TO THIS GUTWRENCHING RECOLLECTION ONLY TO THINK ABOUT MILLIONS OF DESTROYED LIVES THAT WON'T BE GIVEN THE CHANCE OF LIFE MY KIDS RECEIVED. IT IS TIME TO STOP FUNNELING MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER FUNDS TO THIS ABORTION GIANT THAT PRIDES ITSELF IN SNUFFING OUT THE LIVES OF INNOCENT BABIES AND THEN PROFITING OFF THEIR LITTLE VICTIMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3762, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS EIGHT MINUTES REMAINING AND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE OVERWHELMING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST RESPOND TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ACTUALLY SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, AND THAT'S IN SPITE OF ALL THE ATTACKS AND ALL THE -- ALL THE ACCUSATIONS THAT HAVE NO BASIS TO THEM THAT HAVE BEEN HURLED AT THIS TO -- NO, I WILL NOT -- BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROVIDES A NUMBER OF SERVICES TO PATIENTS. FAMILY PLANNING COUNSELING AND CONTRACEPTION. THEY PROVIDE PREGNANCY TESTS. THEY PROVIDE PAP TESTS. THEY PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING BREAST EXAMS. I MEAN, THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, MOSTLY POOR WOMEN. YOU KNOW, MAYBE THAT'S WHY IT'S -- MAYBE THAT'S WHY IT'S EASIER FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE TO ATTACK THIS PROGRAM AND THIS ORGANIZATION BECAUSE THEY PRIMARILY PROVIDE HELP TO POOR WOMEN, BUT THAT'S WHAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS ABOUT. AND SO THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION, A GOOD ORGANIZATION AND THAT IS WHY A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT IT. MY FRIENDS ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF PUBLIC OPINION ON THIS AND WITH THAT I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PITTENGER.

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    THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR YIELDING TO ME.…

    THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR YIELDING TO ME. MR. SPEAKER, TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR ABORTION, PERIOD. TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD NOT BE USED TO SUPPORT ABORTION PROVIDERS, PERIOD. AS AMERICANS, WE ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. YET, LAST FISCAL YEAR 554 MILLION DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY WENT TO SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHICH IS IN THE SAME YEAR WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF 323,999 INNOCENT BABIES. EVEN DISMEMBERING AND SELLING BABY PARTS. THESE LOST CHILDREN ARE A DEEP SCAR ON OUR NATION. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE COUNTERED THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES MORE THAN PROVIDE ABORTIONS. WELL, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FACTS. ACCORDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S OWN 2014-2015 ANNUAL REPORT, CANCER SCREENINGS ARE DOWN 27%. FAMILY PLANNING CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES ARE DOWN 18%. S.T.D. PREVENTION AND TREATMENTS ARE DOWN. PLANNED PARENTHOOD SERVICES DECLINE IN THE SAME YEAR THEY RECEIVED NEARLY 5% INCREASE IN FEDERAL FUNDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS. H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTHCARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT, DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND SHIFTS THOSE SAME TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE MUCH LARGER NETWORK OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINICS THAT DO NOT PROVIDE ABORTIONS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR WOMEN WHILE UPHOLDING AND STRENGTHENING THE VALUE OF LIFE. H.R. 3762 ALSO DEFUNDS THE UNMITIGATED DISASTER KNOWN AS OBAMACARE. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEALTH PLAN. WELL, WE FOUND OUT MILLIONS CAN'T. PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED THIS AFFORDABLE. WELL, IT'S NOT. PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP. AMERICANS DESERVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THE HEALTH PLAN THAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM, NOT THE ONES SELECTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. PLEASE JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 3762, TO PROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM BEING SPENT ON ABORTIONS WHILE INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR WOMEN AS WE ALSO DEFUND OBAMACARE IN THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:42:03 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAVE TO CORRECT THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN SAID THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST HAVE TO CORRECT THE RECORD. THE GENTLEMAN SAID THE TAXPAYER MONEY SHOULD NOT BE SPENT ON ABORTIONS. IT CAN'T BE. THAT'S THE LAW. I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. AND I ALSO SHOULD POINT OUT TO THE GENTLEMAN MORE THAN 90% OF WHAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES IS PREVENTATIVE CARE. SO I GET IT. YOU KNOW, IT'S THE POLITICAL RHETORIC THAT PEOPLE GET CARRIED AWAY WITH. LET'S TRY TO STICK TO FACTS. AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT. AND LET'S ALSO UNDERSTAND SO MY COLLEAGUES HAVE NO CONFUSION HERE, THE LAW IS NO TAXPAYER MONEY CAN BE SPENT FOR ABORTION. SO LET'S CLEAR THAT UP. WITH THAT I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE OBVIOUSLY TO…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE OBVIOUSLY TO SUPPORT THE RULE BUT ALSO I HAVE STRONG SUPPORT, AGAIN, FOR THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTHCARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT, A CRUCIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION WITH BICAMERAL SUPPORT. THIS BILL CONTINUES OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT PATIENTS, FAMILIES, TAXPAYERS AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION. IT WILL LIFT THE BURDEN OF PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW AND GIVE BACK THE POWER OVER HEALTH CARE DECISIONS TO INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS AND FAMILIES. THIS BILL GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CRUCIAL STEPS TOWARDS A MORE PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO REDUCE OUR NATION'S DEFICIT BY REPEALING THE MAJORITY OF THE BURDENSOME HEALTH CARE FAXES AND ENDING HARSH PENALTIES. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES IN LIGHT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S UNETHICAL AND POTENTIAL ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES. I FIRMLY BELIEVE OUR TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO PAY FOR SUCH ORGANIZATIONS. WE MUST PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF TAXPAYERS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN. AS I'VE SAID BEFORE, I REMAIN DEDICATED TO GIVING A VOICE TO OUR MOST FRAGILE AMERICANS WHO CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. I AM PROUD THIS LEGISLATION HELPS US PROTECT THOSE WHO NEED PROTECTION MOST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS GOOD BILL. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:44:26 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR. OTHER THAN A VERBAL ASSAULT ON PLANNED…

    MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE CLEAR. OTHER THAN A VERBAL ASSAULT ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND A VERBAL ASSAULT AGAINST THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THIS BILL DOES -- WILL DO NOTHING. IT'S GOING TO BE VETOED REALLY QUICKLY. MAYBE IT'S RED MEAT FOR THE POLITICAL BASE. IF THAT SATISFIES YOUR POLITICAL BASE, GREAT. I'D SAY THIS IS A CHEAP DATE IF THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO SATISFY THEM. WE OUGHT TO BE DEALING WITH REAL ISSUES HERE. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL CLOSE A GLARING LOOPHOLE IN OUR GUN LAWS, ALLOWING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TO LEGALLY BUY FIREARMS. THE BILL WOULD BAR THE SALE OF FIREARMS, EXPLOSIVES TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST. I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT'S SO CONTROVERSIAL, BUT SOME OF MY FRIENDS FIND THAT TO BE A CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, AND I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 02:45:30 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO JACKSON LEE ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO JACKSON LEE ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD.

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  • 02:47:05 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. RANGEL.

  • 02:47:09 PM

    MR. RANGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 02:47:16 PM

    MR. RANGEL

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I'M ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO GET UP HERE AND DISCUSS THIS…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I'M ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO GET UP HERE AND DISCUSS THIS LEGISLATION AND BELIEVE THAT ITS SPONSORS REALLY THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BECOME LAW. THAT'S WHAT THE REPUTATION OF THE CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ALL ABOUT. BUT EVEN WHEN THERE'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT DECISION, WE LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING AS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, BUT WE DON'T REALLY MEAN IT. IT'S JUST A POLITICAL EXPRESSION. BUT WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND REALIZE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY LEFT INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY THAT'S NOT SEEN FIT TO BELIEVE THAT HEALTH CARE IS A MATTER OF RIGHT, IT GOES BEYOND POLITICS WHEN WE PASS A BILL SO THAT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY HEALTH CARE THAT WE DON'T FIND ONE MEMBER OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY JOINING IN THAT LEGISLATION. IT'S BEYOND BELIEF THAT PEOPLE CAN COMPLAIN THAT NOT ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SIGNING UP OR THAT EMPLOYERS ARE SKEPTICAL. OR THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO LACK CONFIDENCE IN THIS BILL. WHEN THE MAJORITY PARTY IN THIS CONGRESS HAS CONDEMNED THIS BILL WITH SUCH UTTER CONTEMPT THAT FOR OVER 50 TIMES IT WOULD COME AND ATTEMPT TO REPEAL IT AND EXPECT THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE CONFIDENCE IN IT. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? HOW CAN ANY PARTY DISLIKE HATE OR DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT SO MUCH THAT THEY WOULD SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY TO ATTACK A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDING BILL AND NOT HAVE THE LEAST IDEA AS TO WHETHER OR NOT -- FIRST OF ALL THEY KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO BECOME LAW, BUT NOT ENOUGH COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE. WE ALL KNOW THAT SEVEN YEARS AGO WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS FIRST ELECTED THAT THE LEADERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SAID THEIR FIRST JOB WOULD BE TO GET RID OF PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE AMERICAN -- COULD I HAVE ADDITIONAL MINUTE?

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  • 02:49:47 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 20 SECONDS.

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    MR. RANGEL

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I CLOSE BY SAYING EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS THIS WILL NEVER…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I CLOSE BY SAYING EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS THIS WILL NEVER BECOME LAW. IT'S A POLITICAL STATEMENT. AND AS A POLITICIAN THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH POLITICAL STATEMENTS, BUT TO HAVE ONE THAT IS SO WRAPPED UP WITH HYPOCRISY AND HATRED IT'S VERY AWKWARD FOR US TO CONTINUE IN THIS BODY AND BELIEVE THAT ANYTHING WE ATTEMPT TO DO TO SEND TO THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE ANYONE BELIEVING THAT WE ARE DOING IT BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

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  • 02:50:33 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. WALORSKI.

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015. THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WOULD REPEAL THE EMPLOYER AND INDIVIDUAL MANDATES, THE OBAMACARE SLUSH FUND, AND TAXES ON EVERYTHING FROM MEDICAL DEVICES TO HEALTH INSURERS TO THE INSURANCE PLANS THEMSELVES. MR. SPEAKER, OBAMACARE IS AN UNPOPULAR FAILED LAW, POLLS HAVE SHOWN IT, ELECTIONS HAVE DEMONSTRATED IT. AND RISING PREMIUMS HAVE DROVEN IT. I WASN'T IN THIS BODY WHEN THIS LAW PASSED. I WAS WATCHING IN HORROR WITH THE REST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WAS RAILROAD TO PUSH IT THROUGH. LET'S CONSIDER THE CONTRAST TODAY TO WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US. A BILL THAT BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE CAME TOGETHER TO GUIDE THROUGH THE NORMAL LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. LET'S START 2016 THE RIGHT WAY AND MAKE PRESIDENT OBAMA OWN THIS LAW IN A WAY THAT HE HAS NOT HAD TO DO YET. LET'S CONTINUE TO WORK HERE IN CONGRESS TOWARD A COMMONSENSE PLAN TO REPLACE THIS DAMAGING LAW. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:51:58 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS MS. JACKSON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    I THANK THE SPEAKER. A PICTURE IS ALWAYS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, AND THIS…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. A PICTURE IS ALWAYS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, AND THIS IS A PICTURE OF WORDS. IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS BEEN A LIFE SAFER FOR MANY AMERICANS, AND THIS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT IS OBVIOUSLY MISDIRECTED, WRONG DIRECTED, AND THE 62ND TIME THIS BODY HAS TRIED TO GUT THE OBAMACARE. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, FOR VETOING IT NO MATTER WHETHER IT CAME TO THE SENATE OR HOUSE. WE WORKED WITHOUT CEASING TO GET A BILL THAT WOULD COVER MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT WAS A DELIBERATIVE PROCESS. EVERYONE HAD A RIGHT TO VOTE. THE REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO VOTE FOR GOOD HEALTH CARE. HERE WE ARE 13 MILLION AMERICANS BENEFITED FROM 1 $1 BILLION IN RETATES FOR -- 1.1 BILLION REBATES IN RELT INSURANCE. 34 MILLION IN MEDICARE. LAST AUGUST MILLIONS OF WOMEN BEGAN RECEIVING FREE COVERAGE FOR COMPREHENSIVE WOMEN'S CARE. 17 MILLION CHILDREN WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITION HAVE INSURANCE.6 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE INSURANCE. 6.6 MILLION SENIORS. OF COURSE THEY WANT TO ATTACK PLANNED PARENTHOOD THAT PROVIDE VULNERABLE WOMEN WITH HEALTH CARE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY VIEW THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT, I CALL IT THE ANTI-NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION. NOW THAT WE HAVE A NEW YEAR, WE HAVE THIS HORRIBLE BILL--

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  • 02:53:38 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I WOULD INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IF HE HAS ANY FURTHER…

    I WOULD INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IF HE HAS ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS REMAINING? I AM GOING TO ASK GOOD DOCTOR TO CLOSE US TODAY. SO IF YOU'D LIKE TO -- IT WILL BE A SPECIAL TREAT TODAY.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE GREAT AFFECTION FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE GREAT AFFECTION FOR MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND THEIR OBSESSION WITH TRYING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR THEIR OBSESSION WITH TRYING TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I MEAN IF THEY GET THEIR WAY ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THEY WOULD THROW 22 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF THE HEALTH -- OUT OF HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. 22 MILLION PEOPLE WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE 26 YEARS OLD AND UNDER WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. RIGHT NOW THEY COULD STAY ON THEIR FAMILY'S HEALTH CARE PLANS UP TO 26. THEY WOULD LOSE THAT. IT USED TO BE THAT IF YOU WERE A WOMAN IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A PREEX-ING CONDITION AND YOUR INSURANCE RATES WOULD BE HIRE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PREVENTS THAT. THE DOUGHNUT HOLE IN THE DRUG PLAN. THE COST TO SENIOR CITIZENS IS CLOSING. ULTIMATELY WE'LL ELIMINATE THAT DOUGHNUT HOLE BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THAT'S ALL GOOD. MEDICARE'S SOLVENCY HAS BEEN EXPANDED BECAUSE OF THAT. MILLIONS OF MORE PEOPLE HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT'S A GOOD THING. THEY WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY. ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD, I MEAN, MOST OF WHAT THEY DO IS PROVIDE PREVENTIVE CARE TO WOMEN. THEY WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY. IT'S CRUEL. IT'S A CRUEL THING TO DO. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THERE ISN'T BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS IN THIS PLACE THAT HEALTH CARE IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE NEED AND WE OUGHT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO T MY FRIENDS HAVE BEEN IN CHARGE OF THIS CONGRESS FOR A LONG TIME. THEY CAN'T EVEN OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE OTHER THAN THEY CAN TELL US WHAT THEY ARE AGAINST. THEY CAN'T TELL US WHAT THEY ARE FOR. THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING TO HELP EXPAND THE ABILITY OF PEOPLE TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE IN THIS CONTRY. ALL THEY DO IS COME TO THE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT REPEALING BILLS THAT WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE. I CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY GET UP EVERY MORNING AND GO TO WORK. THAT'S YOUR MISSION. TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. TO THROW 22 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THE HEALTH INSURANCE ROLLS. TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN TO GET PREVENTIVE CARE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THAT'S THE MISSION. THAT'S HOW WE ARE BEGINNING THIS NEW YEAR. AND IT REALLY IS SAD. IT IS REALLY DISHEARTENING, I THINK, FOR A WILL THE OF US -- LOT OF US WHO TRIED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE BILL.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME TO CLOSE DEBATE IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME TO CLOSE DEBATE IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A GENTLEMAN WHO HASN'T JUST TALKED ABOUT HEALTH CARE BUT DOES GET UP EVERY MORNING TO PROVIDE THAT HEALTH CARE TO AMERICANS. THE GOOD DOCTOR FROM LOUISVILLE, TEXAS, MICHAEL BURGESS.

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  • 02:56:58 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THIS BILL PASSED…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE IN MARCH OF 2010, PROBABLY HALF OF THE CONGRESS HAS CHANGED. SO FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT HERE IN MARCH OF 2010 WHO DID NOT SEE THIS DEBATE IN ITS FULL THROATED ENTIRETY IN 2010, I WANT TO JUST REVISIT A COUPLE OF THE SALIENT PIECES THAT LED UP TO THE PASSAGE OF THE PATIENT PROTECTION AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PEOPLE MAY ASK THEMSELVES WHY IS THIS LAW, WHY DOES IT NOT ENJOY MORE POPULARITY? IN FACT, THE NIGHT IT WAS PASSED AS REPORTED ON CNN, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE OPPOSED TO THE PASSAGE OF THIS LAW BY ABOUT 52%. THAT NUMBER IS ESSENTIALLY UNCHANGED ALMOST SIX YEARS LATER. WHAT WAS THE PROMISE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? WELL, LET ME REMIND PEOPLE, DON'T TAKE MY WORD, THIS IS IN THE WORDS OF JONATHAN GRUBER, ECONOMICS PROFESSOR FROM M.I.T. WHO PUBLISHED A GRAPHIC NOVEL ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, YEA, HOORAY. EVERYONE WILL BE ABLE TO AFFORD INSURANCE. YOU WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING BROKE IF YOU GET SICK. WE WILL START TO BRING THE COST OF HEALTH CARE UNDER CONTROL. AND WE WILL DO THIS ALL WHILE REDUCING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT. WHY WASN'T IT MORE POPULAR WHEN IT WAS PASSED? MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE ARE ABOUT TWO WEEKS AFTER CHRISTMAS EVE AND IT WAS A CHRISTMAS EVE OF 2009 WHEN THIS BILL PASSED THE SENATE. AND I WOULD REMIND PEOPLE IN THIS BODY IT WAS NOT A HOUSE BILL THAT PASSED THE SENATE. I TAKE THAT BACK, IT WAS A HOUSE BILL. IT WAS H.R. 3590. THAT WAS A BILL DEALING WITH VETERANS HOUSING THAT HAD PASSED THIS HOUSE JULY OF 2009 AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE. BUT BECAUSE THIS BILL, THIS LAW, WAS A MASSIVE PIECE OF TAX POLICY, IT HAD TO ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE, EXCEPT IT DIDN'T. BUT THE BILL NUMBER ORIGINATED IN THE HOUSE. SO THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN 2009 WITH A BIG SNOWSTORM BEARING DOWN ON WASHINGTON, D.C., EVERY SENATOR WANTING TO GET OUT OF TOWN AND GET HOME TO THEIR DISTRICT, THE BILL THAT WAS PASSED READ AS FOLLOWS -- STRIKE ALL AFTER THE ENACTING CLAUSE AND INSERT. THAT MEANS IT TOOK OUT ALL THE HOUSING LANGUAGE AND PUT IN ALL THE HEALTH CARE LANGUAGE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, ALL OF THE TAX POLICY. THAT BILL PASSED THE SENATE WITH THE 60 VOTES. AT THAT TIME THE DEMOCRATS HELD A 60 VOTE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. AND IT ALLEGEDLY WAS TO COME BACK TO A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WITH THE HOUSE EXCEPT THAT THE SENATE LOST A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR IN THAT TIME FRAME. HARRY REID TOLD THE THEN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, NANCY PELOSI, THAT HE NO LONGER HAD 60 VOTES AND THERE WAS SIMPLY NOTHING MORE HE COULD DO. IT WAS UP TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO PASS THE SENATE BILL WITH NO CHANGES BECAUSE HE COULD NOT BRING IT BACK BEFORE THE SENATE BECAUSE HE NO LONGER HAD 60 VOTES. . SO THE NEXT THREE MONTHS WERE CONSUMED WITH ARM TWISTING AND KNEE CAPPING AND TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR SOMETHING THAT WAS AGAINST THEIR FUNDAMENTAL BEST INTERESTS. SO IS IT A SURPRISE THAT IT DID NOT ENJOY POPULAR SUPPORT ON THE DAY IT WAS PASSED? AND IT HAS NOT ACHIEVED POPULAR SUPPORT EVEN WITH ALL THE GIVEAWAYS, EVEN WITH ALL THE FEDERAL MONEY PUMPED INTO IT SINCE THAT TIME. AND THE REASON, MR. SPEAKER, IS VERY SIMPLE. AT THE HEART OF THIS, AT THE HEART OF THIS, IS A VERY COERCIVE, REALLY IT'S UNIQUE IN FEDERAL POLICY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TELLS YOU WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. YOU HAVE TO BUY A HEALTH CARE POLICY. AND THEN THEY SEEK TO REGULATE IT UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE. IT WAS THE MOST CONVOLUTED LOGIC ANYONE HAD EVER SEEN. BUT IT WAS COERCIVE AND THAT COERCIVENESS LED TO THE CORROSIVENESS THAT HAS UNDERLAID THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EVER SINCE. NO WONDER PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS, IT WAS CONCEIVED -- IT WAS CONCEIVED IN -- IT WAS CONCEIVED IN A FALSEHOOD. AND THEN DELIVERED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDER A FALSE PROMISE. AND INDEED IT HAS HARMED, AS WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AGAIN FROM PEOPLE, IT HAS ARMED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS ACROSS -- HARMED INDIVIDUALS AND INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE IN SUPPORT OF THE RECONCILIATION BILL. I WANT TO YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA TO MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION SON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION SON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    ON THAT I ASK FOR 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 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON OFFEREDING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 579 WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 579, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5 0 -- 580 -- 580 IF ORDERED, AND THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 239, THE NAYS ARE 175 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 239, THE NAYS ARE 175 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THEOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE ISSUED A DEAR COLLEAGUE…

    MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE ISSUED A DEAR COLLEAGUE OUTLINING THE AMENDMENT PROCESS FOR H.R. 1644, THE STREAM ACT. AN AMENDMENT DEADLINE HAS BEEN SET FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016, AT 10:00 A.M. MEMBERS SHOULD BE -- AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE DRAFTED TO THE TEXT OF THE BILL AS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND IS POSTED ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WEBSITE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT EITHER ME OR THE RULES COMMITTEE STAFF FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT A MEMBER OR STAFF MAY HAVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTE WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 237, THE NAYS ARE 177. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 237, THE NAYS ARE 177. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 580. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 84, HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 84, HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 712, TO IMPOSE CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON CONSENT DECREES AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS BY AGENCIES THAT REQUIRE THE AGENCIES TO TAKE REGULATORY ACTION IN ACCORDANCE TO THE TERMS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROYING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1155, TO PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROCESS FOR THE REVIEW OF RULES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION -- PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 241, THE NAYS ARE 175.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 241, THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 241, THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. POLIS

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE.…

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN 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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 239. THE NAYS WILL 176. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 239. THE NAYS WILL 176. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 579, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 579, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO AND I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE SENATE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND DESIGNATE THE MOLLINGS.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3762, RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE ACT, SENATE AMENDMENT, MR.…

    H.R. 3762, RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE ACT, SENATE AMENDMENT, MR. PRICE OF GEORGIA MOVES THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 376 2.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 579, THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. VALUE HOLLEN, WILL EACH CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. PRICE

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 3769, THE…

    AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 3769, THE RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM ACT OF 015.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A BIG DAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME, FOR THE FIRST TIME…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A BIG DAY. FOR THE FIRST TIME, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED, CONGRESS IS ONE VOTE AWAY FROM SENDING A BROAD REPEAL OF OBAMACARE TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THIS MARKS A SIGNIFICANT STEP IN THE FIGHT FOR PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS AND WHICH LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR HOW CONGRESS CAN ROLL BACK THE DISASTROUS POLICIES THAT ARE DESTROYING THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS CRITICAL TO OUR LARGER EFFORT TO RID AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FROM UNDUE WASHINGTON INFLUENCE AND PAVE THE WAY FOR PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH REFORM THAT PUTS PATIENTS AND DOCTORS IN CHARGE. THIS BILL REPEALS THE MOST COERCIVE COMPONENTS OF OBAMACARE. IT ELIMINATES TRILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES AND MANDATES. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO A MEDICAID SYSTEM THAT FAILS TO PROVIDE ITS BENEFICIARIES WITH ADEQUATE ACCESS TO PHYSICIANS AND OTHER PROVIDERS. WE END THAT. EXPANDING MEDICAID. THE STATES HAVE GREATER FLEXIBILITY. IF THIS LEGISLATION REPEALS THE PREMIUM SUBSIDIES AND TAX CREDITS WHICH HAVE FAILED TO CONTROL AND HAVE INCREASED HEALTH COVERAGE COSTS. THE CURRENT LAW HAS MADE HEALTH CARE LESS ACCESSIBLE AND ALL OF THIS WOULD BE DONE ON A TIME LINE AND WILL MAKE THE PURCHASE OF HEALTH INSURANCE FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE FOR ALL AMERICANS AND GIVE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND EMPLOYERS THE POWER TO CHOOSE THE TYPE OF COVERAGE THEY WANT FOR THEMSELVES, NOT THAT WASHINGTON FORCES THEM TO BUY. H.R. 3762 HALTS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS THAT ARE PROHIBITED UNDER THIS LEGISLATION AND IT INCREASES, INCREASES, MR. SPEAKER, THE FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS TO DIRECT MORE RESOURCES TO WOMEN'S DIRECT CARE. TAKEN TOGETHER, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THIS BILL WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY $ 16 BILLION OVER THE -- 516 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE RECONCILIATION WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF THE HOUSE AND SENATE NOT FIRST AGREED TO A CONFERENCE AGREEMENT. THE BUDGET GAVE CONGRESS THE AUTHORITY TO PURSUE THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS AND THROUGH THAT, THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THIS REPEAL OF OBAMACARE ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. ULTIMATELY, HOWEVER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LESS INTERESTED IN PROCESS AND PROCEDURE. THEY WANT RESULTS AND WANT TO KNOW WHO IS IMPROVING THEIR WAY OF LIFE, WHO IS WORKING TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES TODAY. OBAMACARE IS HARMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. COSTS ARE GOING UP, NOT DOWN, AS THE PRESIDENT HAD PROMISED. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE COVERAGE THEY HAD. THAT'S LESS ACCESS AND FEWER CHOICES AT A HIGHER COSTS. THAT'S THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION WE NEED TO BE COG GO AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT. WE WANT A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT IS AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE. CHOICES AND OPTIONS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY. THAT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK, MR. SPEAKER. ITS IS ACHIEVABLE BUT ONLY IF WE PURSUE PATIENT-CENTERED SOLUTIONS THAT EMBRACE THOSE PRINCIPLES IN HEALTH CARE THAT WE HOLD DEAR. I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS DEBATE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW WE SOLVE THIS CHALLENGE. THE CHALLENGE IN THE SYSTEM BY PUTTING THEM IN CHARGE, NOT WASHINGTON. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. LET'S TAKE THIS FINAL AT THE IN RECONCILIATION AND SEND THIS REPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AND I RESERVE. ISM THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SAD AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SAD AND SHAMEFUL WAY TO BEGIN THE NEW YEAR, 2016 HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THIS BILL IS ENTITLED RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM. THE FREEDOM OF HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ONCE AGAIN DENY HEALTH CARE TO PEOPLE BASED ON PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT MAY BE A NEW YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, BUT HERE WE GO AGAIN. WE'RE IN THIS CONGRESS ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE FOR THE 62ND TIME. WITH THIS EFFORT TO DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, TO DENY MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE CHOICES BY TARGETING PLANNED PLANNED. WHILE THE -- PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WHILE THE YEAR HAS CHANGED, IT IS STILL THE SAME. WITH ALL THE PRESSING ISSUES WE FACE AT HOME AND ABROAD, THE FIRST THING THAT OUR REPUBLICANS DECIDE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR THE MOST PRESSING BUSINESS TO START 2016 WAS TO TAKE AWAY ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS AND DENY ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE TO 22 MILLION WOMEN. THAT'S NOT MY FIGURE BUT THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THAT HAS LOOKED AT THIS LEGISLATION AND CONCLUDED THAT AS A RESULT OF THIS BILL, 22 MILLION AMERICANS WILL LOSE ACCESS TO THEIR AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE. SO IT WILL BE THE FREEDOM TO BE UNINSURED, THE FREEDOM TO NOT HAVE ANY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE COVERAGE WHEN YOUR FAMILY HAS HEALTH CARE NEEDS. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS ALREADY MADE A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE IN BRINGING DOWN THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND YET HERE WE ARE IN THE NEW YEAR AND THE FIRST ACT OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WILL BE TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK AND CHANGE THAT FIGURE. SO I REALLY HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OUR COLLEAGUES WILL BEGIN TO FOCUS ON MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES IN THE DAYS AHEAD. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THIS WILL TAKE ABOUT A NANOSECOND FOR THE PRESIDENT TO VETO BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ISN'T GOING TO ALLOW 22 MILLION ACCESS. AND THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO ALLOW WOMEN TO LOSE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND A RANGE OF HEALTH CARE OPTIONS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. SO IT'S DISTURBING, SHAMEFUL, SAD THAT THIS IS THE WAY WE ARE STARTING THE NEW YEAR. I HOPE WE GET ON TO MORE IMPORTANT BUSINESS, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PRICE

    MULTIPLE COMMITTEES WAS INVOLVED IN THIS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND…

    MULTIPLE COMMITTEES WAS INVOLVED IN THIS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, I YIELD HIM THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    SUPPORT IN RESTORING THE AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION…

    SUPPORT IN RESTORING THE AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. PRICE AND OUR SPEAKER, WE WILL SOON DELIVER AN OBAMACARE DISMANTLED BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION WE WILL FULFILL OUR PROMISE AND USE EVERY POSSIBLE TOOL TO STOP THE PRESIDENT'S EXTENSIVE HEALTH CARE LAW. WE WILL ELIMINATE IMPROPER MANDATES. WE'LL PROTECT AMERICANS FROM TAX PENALTIES FOR FAILING TO PURCHASE AN EXPENSIVE-APPROVED PRODUCT. WE'LL END THE TAX PENALTIES FACING JOB CREATORS WHO DON'T OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE THAT MEET WASHINGTON'S VERY EXPENSIVE TASTE AND WILL DELIVER RELIEF FROM A DOZEN TAX INCREASES THAT DRIVE JOBS OVERSEAS AND PROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY APPEALING A SLUSH FUND AND THAT YOUR SUBSIDIES DON'T GO TO PEOPLE WHO AREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR THEM. AND IF THEY DO, THEY ARE RETURNED TO THE TREASURY. AND WE WILL, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO ME, DEMONSTRATE OUR STRONG COMMITMENT TO WOMEN'S HEALTH. INSTEAD OF FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD WE WILL FUND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND ENSURE MORE WOMEN HAVE ACCESS. WE HAVE A BILL THAT CUTS THE DEFICIT. WHILE OUR DEMOCRAT FRIENDS OFTEN ACCUSE OF PURSUING THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FAMILIES AND OUR PATIENTS AND OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO HAVE BEEN HARMED BY IT. SO, YEAH, THE PRESIDENT WILL SURELY VETO THE BILL, EVEN THOUGH THIS BILL HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I BELIEVE EXERCISING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT AND POWER TO LEGISLATE IS NEVER WASTED IF YOU ARE FIGHTING FOR PRINCIPLES YOUR CONSTITUENTS BELIEVE IN. GIVE THE PEOPLE A CLEAR MORAL CHOICE AND LET THE PRESIDENT EXPLAIN WHY HIS HEALTH CARE LAW ARE RISING COSTS ON AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES AND LET HIM STAND ON THE WRONG STAND OF HISTORY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESEVERS.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESEVERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:10:02 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, EXPANDING HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS WHO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, EXPANDING HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DIDN'T HAVE IT IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. DEGETTE OF COLORADO, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE PANEL WHICH WAS SET UP OF A WITCH HUNT AGAINST PLANNED PARENT LAD HOOD.

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    HOOD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NEW YEAR. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. PRICE

    TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MR. KLINE.

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  • 04:12:09 PM

    I THANK CHAIRMAN PRICE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG, STRONG…

    I THANK CHAIRMAN PRICE FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG, STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RESTORING HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT. WE HAVE HEARD THE STORIES AND THE STATISTICS, SEEN THE CHARTS. OBAMACARE IS WREAKING HAVOC ON OUR COUNTRY, ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, WORKING FAMILIES AND EVEN ON STUDENTS. IT'S A FLAWED LAW THAT HAS LED TO HIGHER COSTS ON CONSUMERS, FEWER FULL-TIME JOBS AND LESS ACCESS TO TRUSTED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PATIENTS. WE HAVE BEEN RELENTLESS IN OUR EFFORTS TO PUT AN END TO OBAMACARE AND ITS HARMFUL CONSEQUENCES AND WE HAVE WORKED TO PROTECT HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO ARE STILL PAYING THE PRICE AND WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. THE BILL BEFORE US WILL ELIMINATE KEY PROVISIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE LAW THAT ARE HURTING FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS. THE TAX PENALTIES LEVIED AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WHO FAIL TO PURCHASE GOVERNMENT-APPROVED HEALTH INSURANCE WILL BE GONE. THE TEXT PENALTY LEVIED AGAINST SMALL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS THAT FAIL TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE, GONE. THE ONEROUS AND ARBITRARY LIMITS ON PERSONAL HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, GONE. THE PUNITIVE TAX ON MEDICAL INNOVATION, GONE. THESE AND OTHER PROVISIONS WILL DISMANTLE A FLAWED LAW AND REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING BY HALF A TRILLION, HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS. THESE ARE PRIORITIES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US TO WASHINGTON TO ADDRESS AND WE OWE IT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WE REPRESENT TO DO JUST THAT. WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO SIGN IT. IF HE DOES, IT WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ROLLED BACK HIS OWN HEALTH CARE LAW. MORE THAN 15 SEPARATE OCCASIONS, THE PRESIDENT HAS SIGNED REPEALS AND CHANGES TO THE LAW THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IS CARRIED OUT. THE LEGISLATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PRESIDENT TO WORK WITH US TO MOVE THE COUNTRY IN A BETTER DIRECTION AND SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE OUR PRIORITIES. IT'S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE ONCE AGAIN WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT REDUCING THE SIZE AND COST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, SERIOUS ABOUT DISMANTLING THE HEALTH CARE LAW THAT IS DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD AND PAVING THE WAY TO HEALTH CARE THAT EXPANDS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I THANK CHAIRMAN TOM PRICE AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES WHO SERVED ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THOSE WHO SEVE ON WAYS AND MEANS, ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. THEIR HARD WORK HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE TO SEND THIS LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. LET'S GET ON WITH IT.

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  • 04:15:00 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. SCHAKOWSKY WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. SCHAKOWSKY WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SELECT COMMITTEE. AND SHE WILL BE THERE LOOKING AFTER THE INTERESTS OF AMERICAN WOMEN. .

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    THE COMMITTEE I WORK ON, THE RANKING MEMBER DEMOCRATIC MEMBER. WE CALL IT…

    THE COMMITTEE I WORK ON, THE RANKING MEMBER DEMOCRATIC MEMBER. WE CALL IT THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH. NOW, THAT SUBCOMMITTEE WAS FORMED, THAT SELECT COMMITTEE WAS FORMED LAST FALL AFTER HEARINGS THAT WERE DONE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ACCUSED IN INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE THAT SOMEHOW PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAD VIOLATED THE LAW. AND SO THESE THREE COMMITTEES THAT HAVE ALREADY INVESTIGATED PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAVE FOUND ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THEIR ACTIVITIES, AND YET A SELECT COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED. THE KIND OF LANGUAGE THAT WAS USED IS EXACTLY THE LANGUAGE THAT THE MURDERER AT A PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IN COLORADO USED. THIS KIND OF INFLAMMATORY LANGUAGE ACCUSING ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE HEALTH PROVIDERS FOR WOMEN, POOR WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY BEING ATTACKED UNNECESSARILY. NOW, I SERVE AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THAT SUBCOMMITTEE. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN, NOT ONLY TO DEFEND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, BUT TO STOP THESE RELENTLESS ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. IT IS SHAMEFUL. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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  • 04:16:49 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON.

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    WE HAVE AN ABILITY TO RESTORE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FREEDOM, YES, WE DO. A…

    WE HAVE AN ABILITY TO RESTORE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FREEDOM, YES, WE DO. A BILL THAT WILL FINALLY GET TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. IT SEEKS TO PROTECT FOLKS FROM MICHIGAN FROM THE RISING COST, FEWER CHOICES, LOST COVERAGE AND COUNTLESS BROKEN PROMISES THAT IS IN THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. IMPORTANTLY, IT WOULD ALSO GIVE CONGRESS TIME TO ENACT BETTER SOLUTIONS FOCUSED ON GROWING PATIENT CHOICE AND IMPROVING PATIENT CARE, LOWERING COSTS, PROVIDING STATES LIKE MICHIGAN GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND PROMOTING BOTTOM-UP 21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE INNOVATIONS. THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE LAW RELIES ON OUTDATED PROGRAMS OF THE PAST, AND ENFORCES A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH ON OUR STATES THAT IS UNRESPONSIVE TO PATIENT NEEDS. FOLKS IN MICHIGAN DESERVE BETTER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER, AND YOU KNOW WHAT, WE CAN DO BETTER. I HELPED CO-AUTHOR ONE COMMONSENSE PLAN TO HELP REPLACE THE HEALTH LAW. IT'S THE PATIENT CARE ACT. IT'S A PRAGMATIC SOLUTION, IN FACT, THE ONLY BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT'S BEEN OFFERED THAT REPEALS THE LAW AND REPLACES IT WITH PATIENT-FOCUSED REFORMS THAT REDUCES HEALTH CARE COSTS AND INCREASES ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, HIGH-QUALITY CARE. WE EMPOWER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO MAKE THE BEST HEALTH CARE CHOICES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALLOWS GOVERNORS THE FLEXIBILITY TO PROVIDE BEST -- TO BEST PROVIDE FOR THEIR CITIZENS ALL WHILE DRIVING DOWN COSTS AND IMPROVING QUALITY. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, NO ONE CAN BE DENIED COVERAGE BASED ON A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THIS PROPOSAL HAS OTHER CONSUMER PROTECTIONS AS WELL. INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM IMPOSING LIFETIME LIMITS ON A CONSUMER AND DEPENDENTS UP TO AGE 26 WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' PLAN AND GUARANTEED RENEWABILITY WOULD GUARANTEE SICK PATIENTS WILL BE ABLE TO RENEW THEIR QUOVERAGE. WE ALSO PROVIDE A REFUNDABLE TAX CREDIT FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE CONSUMERS TO BUY HEALTH COVERAGE OR HEALTH CARE SERVICES OF THEIR OWN CHOOSING, NOT EXPENSIVE INSURANCE THAT WASHINGTON WOULD FORCE THEM TO BUY OR FACE A PENALTY. MICHIGANDERS COVERED UNDER MEDICAID TODAY WOULD ALSO BENEFIT. IT WOULD MAKE THE MEDICAID PROGRAM MORE SUSTAINABLE FOR TAXPAYERS AND BETTER MANAGEMENT TOOLS WILL MAKE THE PROGRAM MORE EFFICIENT, FAIR AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVERYONE WHO DEPENDS ON IT. THIS PLAN AND THE COUNTLESS SOLUTIONS OFFERED BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON A BETTER VISION FOR HEALTH CARE, ONE FOCUSED ON PATIENTS, FAMILIES, DOCTORS AND INSURANCE. THIS HEALTH LAW MAY HAVE BEEN ENACTED ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO, OBAMACARE, BUT ITS GOVERNMENT-CENTERED PROMISE IS NOT A NEW ONE. THOSE OBSOLETE IDEAS HAVE FAILED PEOPLE TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THE PUBLIC DESERVES A FRESH FORWARD-LOOKING APPROACH THAT EMBRACES 21ST CENTURY INNOVATION. SO WE'VE GOT A SOLUTION TO AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE FREEDOM, TO PUT OBAMACARE IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR AND REPLACE IT WITH BETTER HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS LIKE THE PATIENT CARE ACT. IT'S TIME TO PUT PATIENTS FIRST. LET THEM MAKE THE CHOICES, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:20:24 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH ALL RESPECT TO MR. UPTON AND PUTTING ASIDE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH ALL RESPECT TO MR. UPTON AND PUTTING ASIDE THE MERITS OF THE BILL, THIS IS THE 62ND TIME WE'RE VOTING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE'VE NEVER SEEN A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE ON ANY KIND OF SO-CALLED SUBSTITUTE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN FULL OF TALK AND WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANY ACTION. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MS. MOORE OF WISCONSIN, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, MR.…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I MUST TELL YOU HOW DISAPPOINTED I AM THAT WE'RE NOT STARTING THE NEW YEAR HERE WITH A FRESH NEW BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE TO CREATE JOBS, TO MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. I JUST FEEL LIKE THIS IS FOR AUGUST LANGUAGE SIGN. THIS IS OUR -- AUGE LANGE SINE. I ASK YOU TO BREAK OUT A FEW VERSES OF THAT. IS IT THAT THEY LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE IF THE PRESIDENT WOULD SIGN THIS INTO LAW? IS THIS FOR AUGE LANGE SINE THAT YOU PROPOSE WE ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH ONCE AGAIN AND TAKE AWAY THE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FOR POOR WOMEN, FOUR OUT OF 10 WHO SAY IT'S THEIR ONLY SOURCE OF HEALTH CARE? IS IT THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD VISITORS, MEN AND WOMEN, HAVE 150% OR BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE? DID FOR AULD LANGUAGE SIGN THAT HALF -- AULD LANG SYNE THAT WE DO THIS? LET'S GET TO WORK, MR. SPEAKER, ON THE FRESH NEW IDEAS AND NOT AULD LANG SYNE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:22:33 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA,

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    I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO GET US TO THIS…

    I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO GET US TO THIS POINT. ONE VOTE AWAY FROM THIS BILL GETTING TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. BECAUSE THEN THE PRESIDENT WILL FINALLY HAVE A CHANCE TO RIGHT ONE OF THE WRONGS WHICH BEARS HIS NAME AND STOPS THE HORRIFIC THINGS GOING ON AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS BILL REPEALS THE NUMBER OF ONEROUS TAXES BROUGHT BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT HAS SLOWED ECONOMIC RECOVERY WHICH MEANS OBAMACARE KEEPS PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT FROM GETTING JOBS. THIS BILL REPRESENTS THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILL THE LAST SPEAKER SPOKE OF. AND OBAMACARE HELPS INCREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS TO MOST AMERICANS WHO INSTEAD OF SPENDING MORE ON THEIR FAMILIES OVER CHRISTMAS, PEOPLE PAID MORE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES INSTEAD ALL BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE. THIS REPEAL BILL WILL SAVE AMERICANS $516 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, MONEY THEY CAN SPEND AS THEY SEE FIT INSTEAD OF HOW WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS DICTATED AT THE END OF 2009. THESE ARE ALL IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARD RETURNING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO US, WHERE DECISIONS ARE MADE BY AMERICANS AND THEIR DOCTORS, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, IN DISTRICTS SUCH AS MINE, MANY OF THE PLANS SOLD ON THE OBAMACARE GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE ARE CLASSIFIED AS SMALL OR EXTRA SMALL, MEANING IN MANY CASES LESS THAN 10% OF THE DOCTORS IN THE AREA ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THE FAMILIES. THAT MEANS THAT MANY INDIANA DOCTORS HAVE HAD TO GIVE UP THEIR DOCTOR AND TRAVEL AN HOUR OR MORE JUST TO GET BASIC MEDICAL ATTENTION. TIMOTHY HAVE SEEN HIS INSURANCE COST INCREASE FROM $400 A MONTH IN 2011 TO OVER $1,200 A MONTH IN 2016, ALONG WITH HIGHER DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYS. HOW IS HE SUPPOSED TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE FOR HIS KIDS? HOW IS HE SUPPOSED TO PLAN FOR RETIREMENT PAYING $14,000 A YEAR IN PREMIUMS? THIS IS ALL DESPITE THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISE THAT, QUOTE, IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT, UNQUOTE. THAT WAS AN OUTRIGHT LIE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THEN AND OBAMACARE IS STILL ONE OF THE MOST INSIDIOUS LAWS EVER PRODUCED TODAY. THE PRESIDENT NOW HAS A CHANCE TO CORRECT THE WRONG THAT HE AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, AND I HOPE THAT OPPORTUNITY IS TAKEN BY HIM WHEN IT GETS TO HIS DESK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:25:03 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND, FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DIDN'T HAVE IT IS A GOOD THING.

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  • 04:25:23 PM

    THE RANKING MEMBER TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH. 22 MILLION…

    THE RANKING MEMBER TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH. 22 MILLION AMERICANS COVERED NOW THAT WEREN'T COVERED. MR. SPEAKER, "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTED ON MONDAY, AND I QUOTE, HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN STARTING THIS MONTH WILL PUSH TO TURN THE CHAMBER INTO A PLATFORM FOR AMBITIOUS REPUBLICAN POLICY IDEAS. MY FRIEND, MR. UPTON, TALKED ABOUT POLICY IDEAS, BUT MR. VAN HOLLEN CORRECTLY OBSERVED, THEY'RE NOT ON THIS FLOOR. YOU HAVEN'T BROUGHT THEM TO THIS FLOOR. ALL YOU'VE BROUGHT IS A NEGATIVE. BRING A POSITIVE. THAT PRESUMABLY IS WHAT YOUR SPEAKER OUGHT TO BE TALKING ABOUT. MANY HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHAT NEW AMBITIOUS IDEAS REPUBLICANS WOULD PUT FORWARD TO KICK OFF THIS NEW SESSION OF THE IS 14TH CONGRESS. WELL, TODAY WE HAVE THE ANSWER. THE 62ND EFFORT TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. WE'VE SEEN THIS FRESH NEW IDEA BEFORE, AND IT'S COUPLED WITH A VOTE TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHICH WILL DENY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. SO NOT ONLY BY REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL WE DENY HEALTH CARE TO PEOPLE BUT BY DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CARE THEY'RE RELYING ON. WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IS NOT ANYTHING NEW. IN FACT, IT'S A REPEAL OF HEALTH REFORM THAT GOES EVEN FURTHER THAN THE REPUBLICANS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR IN OCTOBER. THIS TIME ALSO ENDING TAX CREDITS AND SUBSIDIES THAT ENABLE THOSE WITH MODEST INCOMES TO AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE AND REPEALING THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID. THE REASON THERE'S NOT ANOTHER BILL ON THE FLOOR IS BECAUSE PEOPLE WOULD THEN SEE HOW DRACONIAN THE POLICIES ARE. THESE ARE COMPONENTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT HAVE ENABLED MILLIONS OF PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED AMERICANS TO GAIN COVERAGE SINCE 2010. SENATE REPUBLICANS TOOK A BAD BILL AND MADE IT WORSE, AND I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT SPEAKER RYAN WOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR AS HIS FIRST MAJOR ACT OF THIS NEW SESSION OF CONGRESS. THIS RECONCILIATION BILL WOULD CAUSE AN ESTIMATED, AS THE RANKING MEMBER HAS POINTED OUT, 22 MILLION AMERICANS, 22 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE. INCREASE PREMIUMS BY APPROXIMATELY 20%. PROVIDE EMPLOYERS WITH MUCH UNCERTAINTY, AND WORSEN THE OUTLOOK FOR DEFICITS OVER THE LONG TERM. ONLY IN THE FIRST 10-YEAR WINDOW DO YOU HAVE A SAVINGS. C.B.O. SAYS IF YOU GO TO THE SECOND 10 YEARS, THIS BILL IS A LOSER AND EXACERBATES THE DEFICIT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS 62ND VOTE TO REPEAL OR UNDERMINE AMERICA'S ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:34 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A FELLOW PHYSICIAN, THE CHAIR OF THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A FELLOW PHYSICIAN, THE CHAIR OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE AND EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE.

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  • 04:28:44 PM

    THANK YOU, DR. PRICE, AND THE WORK YOU'VE DONE. I PRACTICED MEDICINE IN…

    THANK YOU, DR. PRICE, AND THE WORK YOU'VE DONE. I PRACTICED MEDICINE IN RURAL TENNESSEE FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I PROVIDED FOR PATIENTS AND IT WAS A MAJOR REASON I RAN FOR CONGRESS. THE PREMISE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS TO INCREASE ACCESS AND DECREASE COST. EVERYBODY IN THIS BUILDING AGREES ON THAT. WHAT WE GOT WAS A 2,500-PAGE BILL THAT FEW PEOPLE READ THAT DEFINED WHAT YOU BOUGHT AND THEN FINED YOU WHEN YOU DIDN'T BUY IT BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T AFFORD IT. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. HEALTH CARE DECISIONS SHOULD BE MADE BETWEEN FAMILIES, PATIENTS AND THEIR DOCTORS, NOT BY BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES AND CERTAINLY NOT BY FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS. SO WHAT'S HAPPENING TO MIDDLE-CLASS WORKING PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY? THEIR OUT-OF-POCKETS HAVE SKYROCKETED AND THEIR CO-PAYS HAVE SKYROCKETED. THE HOSPITAL I WORKED IN, 60% OF THE UNCOLLECTIBLE DEBT ARE NOW PEOPLE WITH INSURANCE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD THE OUT-OF-POCKET AND CO-PAYS. WE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD MANY IDEAS. I CO-AUTHORED A BILL TO REPLACE THIS AND I WILL SUGGEST, MR. SPEAKER, THAT YOU WILL SEE THAT ON THIS FLOOR TO BE DEBATED IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THIS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:30:04 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. POCAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. POCAN OF WISCONSIN, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE.

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    WE WERE TOLD THERE IS A NEW DAY IN CONGRESS. IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A NEW…

    WE WERE TOLD THERE IS A NEW DAY IN CONGRESS. IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A NEW DAY, BUT FEELS LIKE GROUNDHOG DAY. I FEEL LIKE BILL MURRAY, I WAKE UP, SHOWER, GET ON A PLANE AND I GET ON A PLANE AND NOW I'M VOTING ON TAKING AWAY TO TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE. WHAT DO I DO? I VOTE FOR TAKING AWAY HEALTH CARE. 62 TIMES THIS BODY HAS VOTED TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE BUT WE HAVE MADE A NEW ONE OF A DOZEN TIMES WE HAVE NOW VOTED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHICH WITH THIS MEANS THAT WOMEN HAVE GOTTEN ACCESS. WITH BAD IDEAS LIKE THAT, THE PUBLIC HAS SUCH DISDAIN FOR CONGRESS. IT IS NOT A NEW DAY IN CONGRESS BUT GROUNDHOG'S DAY.

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    MR. PRICE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    I HOLD IN MY PLAN THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNUAL REPORT AND IN THESE PAGES,…

    I HOLD IN MY PLAN THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD ANNUAL REPORT AND IN THESE PAGES, YOU WILL FIND THE TRUE WAR ON WOMEN BY THEIR OWN NUMBERS, TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR THIS ORGANIZATION IS UP WHILE PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES ARE DOWN AND ABORTIONS CONTINUE TO STAND AT OVER 320,000 A YEAR. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT TODAY EYE RECONCILIATION BILL TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND REDIRECT THOSE DOLLARS TO TRUE PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO WOMEN. BECAUSE AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE PRESIDENT'S HEART ON THIS ISSUE. GOODNESS KNOWS WE HAVE TRIED. BUT WE CAN PUT HIM ON RECORD. IF THIS PRESIDENT TRULY THINKS THAT MY CONSTITUENTS' TAX DOLLARS SHOULD FUND THIS ABORTION GIANT, THAT'S ON HIS CONSCIENCE BUT HE SHOULD BE FORCED TO PUT PEN ON PAPER AND EXPLAIN THE BELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:32:42 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. LEVIN, OF MICHIGAN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. LEVIN, OF MICHIGAN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    THIS BILL IS RECKLESS AND ZERO CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW. IT IS HEARTLESS.…

    THIS BILL IS RECKLESS AND ZERO CHANCE OF BECOMING LAW. IT IS HEARTLESS. WHAT IT SAYS FROM REPUBLICANS HERE TO MILLIONS AN UNHAPPY NEW YEAR. TAKE HEALTH INSURANCE AWAY FROM 22 MILLION PEOPLE. TO THEM, THESE 22 MILLION FROM REPUBLICANS AN UNHAPPY NEW YEAR. IT WILL REPEAL FUNDING IN MEDICAID EXPANSION, LEAVING 14 MILLION LOW-INCOME AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE. TO THOSE 14 MILLION AMERICANS FROM HOUSE REPUBLICANS, AN UNHAPPY NEW YEAR. IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE TAX CUTS FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS, A KEY PART OF WHAT MAKES A.C.A. AFFORDABLE. IT WOULD ELIMINATE THE INDIVIDUAL AND EMPLOYER MANDATES, UNDERMINING THE PATIENT PROTECTIONS AND ACCESS MEASURES THAT HELPED DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF UNINSURED IN THIS COUNTRY. REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO USING THIS BILL TO CONTINUE THEIR IDEOLOGICAL OBSESSION WITH DID HE PRIVING WOMEN ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND LIFESAVER CANCER SCREENINGS BY DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS BILL DESERVES THE VETO THAT IS COMING BUT A NO VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE THE HOUSE IS PREPARING TO SEND A PACKAGE DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT. THERE WILL BE NO SENATE FILIBUSTER. WE HAVE GOTTEN AROUND THAT ISSUE. THIS BILL GOES TO THE PRESIDENT DIRECTLY AND CAN EITHER SIGN IT OR VETO IT. BUT THIS BILL REPEALS THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OBAMACARE AND STOPS PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. THIS PACKAGE IS IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE A PROVISION IN THERE THAT I AUTHORED THAT REPEALS THE EMPLOYER MANDATE. THIS HAS BEEN A BAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS IN PLACE BECAUSE IT HAS FORCED SMALL BUSINESSES TO LIMIT HIRING OR TO RESORT TO PART-TIME EMPLOYEES. THIS IS JUST A TERRIBLE THING AT A TIME WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT HAS BEEN HIGH AND PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR WORK. THIS BILL WILL HELP UNDERMINE AND GET RID OF THE FOUNDATION OF OBAMACARE, WHICH I KNOW AS A PHYSICIAN HAS ACCELERATED THE NEGATIVE TRENDS IN HEALTH CARE OF WHICH THERE ARE MANY. I CAN'T GET INTO MANY OF THEM. BUT THAT IS NOT THE PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE THAT AMERICANS DESERVE. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP. LET'S PUT THIS ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND CALL HIS HAND AND EITHER FORCE HIM TO VETO THIS OR SIGN IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. --

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    THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO MUSCLE THIS OVER VERY LONG BECAUSE THE…

    THE PRESIDENT ISN'T GOING TO MUSCLE THIS OVER VERY LONG BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT DOESN'T WANT TO DENY ACCESS TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS. AND HE DOESN'T WANT TO DENY ACCESS HEALTH CARE TO MILLIONS OF WOMEN AND FAMILIES. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. PALLONE FROM NEW JERSEY. THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE.

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    WELL, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, A NEW YEAR AND NEW SESSION OF CONGRESS AND…

    WELL, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, A NEW YEAR AND NEW SESSION OF CONGRESS AND REPUBLICANS ARE UP TO THEIR OLD PARTISAN TRICKS. THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO SPEND THE FIRST WEEK OF 2016 ATTACKING WOMEN'S HEALTH WITH A BILL WHICH WOULD DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD STRIP AWAY AFFORDABLE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND LIFE SAVING CARE FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS IS THE 11TH TIME THE MAJORITY HAS VOTED TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH AND FOUR PRIOR VOTES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE 62ND REPEAL VOTE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS POLITICAL AND UNFORTUNATE. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO HELP WORKING FAMILIES AND TODAY'S BILL REVERSES AND INCREASES THE DEFICIT. C.B.O. ESTIMATES THAT THE EXTREME LEGISLATION WOULD INCREASE UNINSURED THE AND DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD 2.7 MILLIOPARETS WOULD BE LEFT WITHOUT CARE RESULTING IN DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES. LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING. IN INDIANA, SUCH POLICIES LED TO AN H.I.V. EPIDEMIC. IN TEXAS, LEFT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN WITHOUT CONTRACEPTIVE CARE AND WE CAN'T ALLOW THE REST OF THE COUNT DRY TO GO DOWN THIS DANGERS PATH ALL BECAUSE OF THE IDEOLOGAL AND POLITICAL WHIMS OF POLITICIANS. I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT BEING DRIVEN BY EXTREME AGENDA, THESE POLICIES HAVE TO BE REJECTED AND I URGE A NO VOTE.

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    HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING. E SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    REMAINING. E SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 13 MITES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MALAND HAS 16 1/2 MINUTES REMANING. M PRICE: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO E GENTLELADY

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    REMANING. M PRICE: I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO E GENTLELADY FROM TNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    YOU KNOW, THE LIE OF THE YEAR FOR 2013 WAS THAT DUBIOUS PHRASE, IF YOU…

    YOU KNOW, THE LIE OF THE YEAR FOR 2013 WAS THAT DUBIOUS PHRASE, IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE, YOU CAN KEEP IT. WE KNOW THAT THE DECEPTION HAS BECOME OBVIOUS AND WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT SEVEN MILLION AMERICANS LOST THEIR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE OF THE OBAMACARE BILL. WE ALSO KNOW HOW HARMFUL THIS HAS BEEN TO SENIORS. $700 BILLION WAS RAIDED, RAIDED FROM MEDICARE. THE MEDICARE TRU FUND, BY THE WAY. WHAT WE KNOW FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS IS THAT WHEN THEY GO TO THE EXCHANGES AND SHOP, THEY END UP WITH A PRODUCT THAT WE'RE EVEN HEARG FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. THERE'S ONE OF THEM THAT SAYS THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE AND PROBABLY GOING TO PULL OUT NEXT YEAR AND THE PRODUCT IS TOO EXPENSIVE TO AFFORD AND TOO EXPENSIVE TO USE. PREMIUMS ARE UP BDOUBLE DIGITS. OUT OF POCKET COSTS ARE SOARING. THIS IS WHY HAVING AN OBAMACARE INSURANCE CARD DOES NOT GIVE YOU ACCESS TO AFFORDABLEHEALTH CARE. IT DOES NOT GIVE YOU ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IT IS, INDEED UNAFFORDABLE. WE KNOW THE INJURY WILL CONTINUE TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS. WE STAND UNITED IN SUPPORTING THE RECONCILIATION BILL AND REPEAL OF OBAMACARE.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MR. MCDERTT OF WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO MR. MCDERTT OF WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, THE SAME FRAUDULENT BILL BEING BROUGHT OUT…

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, THE SAME FRAUDULENT BILL BEING BROUGHT OUT HERE AGAIN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SAYS THAT THEY HAVE A PLAN, THEY HAVE A PLAN. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FIVE YEARS FOR YOU TO BRING THAT FLOOR AND LET US HAVE A VOTE ON IT. THERE IS NO PLAN THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR HEALTH SECURITY. TAKING IT AWAY FROM 22 MILLION PEOPLE AND ASSAULTING WOMEN WITH THIS BILL IS SIMPLY CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT YOU DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENS. NOW YOU MAY THINK THIS IS GOOD ELECTION YEAR POLITICS, BUT BACK IN THE STATE, THE GOVERNOR OF KENTUCKY, A REPUBLICAN, HAS DECIDED, I DON'T WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE ON MEDICAID. WE TRIED THIS IN WASHINGTON. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT IF YOU LEAVE IN PLACE THE REQUIREMENT THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES GIVE INSURANCE TO PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT THEIR HEALTH CARE STATE IS, YOU ARE GOING TO SINK THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. WE LOST IT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND YOU ARE SENTENCING THE WHOLE COUNTRY TO THAT. AND BESIDES, YOU SAID YOU WANT THE REPEAL VOTE TO BE ON THE 22ND. YOU KNOW IT'S GOING NO WHERE.

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    THE FLOOR AND NOW WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A VOTE ON THE HOUSE…

    THE FLOOR AND NOW WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT WILL SEND A BILL TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DESK THAT GUTS OBAMACARE AND DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS IS SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT ALLOWS US THROUGH THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS, WHICH IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY -- THERE HAVE BEEN A REALLY GOOD BILLS THIS HOUSE HAS PASSED WHETHER GETTING THE ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK OR PUSHING BACK ON SO MANY OF THE RADICAL AGENDA ITEMS THROUGH REGULATORY ACTIONS OR EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TO TRY TO CIRCUMVENT THE CONSTITUTION AND CONGRESS. BECAUSE OF THE SENATE'S RULES, IT REQUIRES 60 VOTES TO BRING A BILL UP. SO MANY OF THOSE BILLS DON'T EVEN COME UP FOR DEBATE, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE BUDGET PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION GIVES US ONE OPPORTUNITY A YEAR, IF WE'RE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER AND AGREE ON A BUDGET WHICH THIS HOUSE AND SENATE DID. WE CAME TO AGREEMENT, ON A BUDGET THAT GETS TO BALANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2002 AND GIVES US THAT ONE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE A BILL THROUGH NOT JUST THE HOUSE, BUT THROUGH THE SENATE WITH A MAJORITY VOTE RATHER THAN 60 VOTES. WHY THAT IS IMPORTANT, IT ALLOWS US TO PUT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DESK THIS IMPORTANT QUESTION. AND THIS PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BE CONFRONTED WITH THIS AND HE WILL BE CONFRONTED WITH THE QUESTION OF ADDRESSING HIS FAILED HEALTH CARE LAW THAT HAS RESULTED IN DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES FOR SO MANY OTHERS. IN MY HOME STATE OF LOUISIANA WE ARE SEEING 20% INCREASES BECAUSE OF HIS FAILED LAW AND DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THAT

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    GO TO HIS DESK. IT'S A HISTORIC VOTE AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT…

    GO TO HIS DESK. IT'S A HISTORIC VOTE AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THIS BILL, IT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT LANDMARK MOMENT. IF HE VETOES IT, IT SHOWS THE COUNTRY JUST WHAT IS AT STAKE IF YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS WILLING TO DO THIS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO SHOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO DOESN'T WANT TO…

    THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO SHOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO DOESN'T WANT TO ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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    RENEWED COMMITMENT TO WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND…

    RENEWED COMMITMENT TO WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND STANDING UP TO THE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT HOLD SO MUCH PLAY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,. IN CONTRAST, HOUSE REPUBLICANS BEGIN THE NEW YEAR WITH THE FIRST VOTE, A VOTE AGAINST WOMEN, A VOTE AGAINST WOMEN'S HEALTH AND A VOTE TO PLAN -- TARGET PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WILL NOT FORGET THE SMEARED CAMPAIGN AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD THAT WAS BASED UPON FALSE MANUFACTURED VIDEOS, FULL OF DISTORTIONS AND MISINFORMATION AND WE WILL NOT FORGET HOW REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ACTED IN CONGRESS WITH THE SHADY GROUP AND USED THE CONTROVERSY TO ELIMINATE FAMILY PLANNING SUPPORT AND VITAL CANCER SCREENING FOR WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT IS ESPECIALLY TROUBLING THAT MY G.O.P. COLLEAGUES BEGIN THE YEAR TARGETING FOLKS WHO REALLY THE HELP THE MOST, WORKING FAMILIES, YOUNG WOMEN, WOMEN OF COLOR AND WHILE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE TO START THE YEAR THIS WAY, WHAT I HEAR FROM WOMEN AND PARENTS AND MOMS AND DADS AT HOME IS THAT THEY WANT GREATER ECONOMIC SECURITY AND GREATER PERSONAL SECURITY. THAT'S WHAT CONGRESS SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON IN 2016, NOT AN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S HEALTH. .

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    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE,…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. MOOLENAAR FROM MICHIGAN.

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    TODAY WE'LL VOTE TO REPEAL THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. IT'S A LAW…

    TODAY WE'LL VOTE TO REPEAL THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. IT'S A LAW THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN IT WAS PASSED WITHOUT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSED IT EVEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT PROMISED THAT THEY COULD KEEP THEIR COVERAGE AND THEIR DOCTOR. THEY ALSO OPPOSED IT WHEN THAT PROMISE WAS BROKEN. THEY OPPOSED IT WHEN THE LAW TAXED THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE MEDICAL DEVICES THAT HELPED THEM LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES. TODAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STILL OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS WITH POLICIES WITH DEDOUBLE THIBLES THAT'S TOO EXPENSIVE. THAT'S WHY TODAY SIX YEARS AFTER IT WAS PASSED WE'RE SENDING A REPEAL OF THIS LAW TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THIS WILL SAVE THE GOVERNMENT $500 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND EMPOWERS PEOPLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE CHOICES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE EVERYONE LISTENS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY SAY IT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE EVERYONE LISTENS CAREFULLY WHEN THEY SAY IT WILL SAVE MONEY FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS BECAUSE THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS IT WILL ACTUALLY LOSE THE TAXPAYER MONEY OVER THE LONGER TERM. AND WE HOPE TO LIVE AND HAVE OUR CHILDREN LIVE IN THE LONGER TERM. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE BUDGET AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANKING MEMBER, THROUGH THE CHAIR, THIS IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. RANKING MEMBER, THROUGH THE CHAIR, THIS IS NONRECONCILIATION IF I'VE EVER SEEN IT. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PULLING BACK FROM MEDICAID EXPANSION, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS? HAVE YOU EXAMINED WHAT THAT WILL DO? IT WILL TAKE AWAY ESSENTIAL TAX CREDITS THAT THE LAW PROVIDES TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS AND MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE. HERE WE ARE REPEALING THE A.C.A. FOR THE UMP TEENT -- UMPTEENTH. HERE WE ARE WITH THE NEW VERSION OF THE BILL THAT CAME BACK FROM THE SENATE WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT MEDICAID FROM PAYING FOR SERVICES AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD BECAUSE FEDERAL LAW STRICTLY PROHIBITS FEDERAL MEDICAID DOLLARS FROM BEING USED TO PAY FOR ABORTIONS. REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU TRY TO GET THAT MESSAGE OUT AND CONVEY THIS NONFACT, THAT'S NOT THE FACT. THIS ADDITION WOULD SPECIFICALLY PROHIBIT PAYMENTS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES LIKE PREVENTIVE HEALTH EXAMS. MAY I HAVE MORE TIME?

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I CONTEND THAT'S UN-AMERICAN. READ MY LIPS. CANCER SCREENINGS, I CONTEND…

    I CONTEND THAT'S UN-AMERICAN. READ MY LIPS. CANCER SCREENINGS, I CONTEND THAT THAT IS UN-AMERICAN, AND YOU HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR BUDGET AND YOU HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR SO-CALLED PLAN, WHICH DEMATERIALIZED BEFORE IT MATERIALIZED, THAT WOULD TAKE CARE OF THESE FOLKS. AND THE SUBJECT OF BIRTH CONTROL, SINCE YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, THAT TO ME IS UN-AMERICAN. THAT TO ME REDUCES FREEDOM IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET. SO WHAT WILL WE COME UP WITH? IN A BILL THAT CAME BEFORE US WITHOUT REGULAR ORDER, YOU TOUT ALL THE TIMES WE NEED REGULAR ORDER. WE NEED TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS TO BRING THE BILL BEFORE US. WE DIDN'T HAVE IT. THAT WAS A JOKE SO YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT. SO WHAT A SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION. WHAT A HORROR, WHAT A HORROR BEING PROJECTED ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TOO BAD. IT'S NOT A GOOD WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR. AND I'M NOT HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN PRICE, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN PRICE, FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND MANY OTHER ISSUES. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RESTORING AMERICANS HEALTHCARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT. THE FIRST OBAMACARE REPEAL BILL THAT SENDS A LAW TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SINCE 2010. IT REPEALS MANDATES AND TAXES IT THE VERY HEART OF THE LAW AND SAVES TAXPAYERS NEARLY HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT DECADE, ACCORDING TO THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. OUR ACTION HERE IN THE HOUSE TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD REPLACING OBAMACARE WITH PATIENT-CENTRIC SOLUTIONS THAT LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS, PROTECT JOBS AND ALLOW AMERICANS TO KEEP THEIR DOCTORS AND THEIR HEALTH CARE IF THEY LIKE THEM. TO BE CLEAR, THERE IS MORE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MAKE FULL REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT A REALITY, BUT OUR CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TODAY PROVIDE IMPORTANT MOMENTUM TO HELP MAKE THAT A REALITY IN 2017 WITH A NEW PRESIDENT. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3762, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA, DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING. THE HOUSE WILL TAKE ANOTHER VOTE,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YIELDING. THE HOUSE WILL TAKE ANOTHER VOTE, THE 62ND, TO TRYING TO DESTROY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MORE SPECIFICALLY, WE MUST VOTE ON A BUDGET RECONCILIATION PACKAGE THAT IF ENACTED WOULD TAKE AWAY HEALTH CARE ACCESS TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THIS ISN'T A NEW EXERCISE IN ADDITION TO THE 61 UNPRODUCTIVE VOTES, LAWSUITS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN COURT WITH THE GOAL OF TRYING TO DESTROY THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE AND WE'VE MADE PROGRESS. IMPROVING A SYSTEM THAT DIDN'T WORK FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES BEFORE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE LAW, OVER 17 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS HAVE GAINED INSURANCE. YOUNG PEOPLE CAN STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' POLICIES UNTIL AGE 26. HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE GROWING MORE SLOWLY TODAY THAN IN PAST DECADES. ANNUAL CHECKUPS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO DEDUCTIBLES. AN INSURANCE COMPANY CAN'T CHARGE YOU MORE FOR JUST BEING A WOMAN. IF YOU'RE IN THE PROCESS OF CLOSING THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG DOUGHNUT HOLE AND IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE JOBS, START A BUSINESS, START A FAMILY, YOU HAVE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS EVEN IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THAT'S THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE AND DESPITE THAT PROGRESS, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TURNS THE CLOCK BACK ON ALL OF THAT PROGRESS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCARTHY.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT THE CHAIRMAN HAS MADE. I NOW HE'S CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET, BUT BEFORE HE STOOD ON THIS FLOOR HE WAS A DOCTOR. HE'S STILL A DOCTOR TODAY AND I KNOW THE PASSION WITH WHICH HE BRINGS TO BRING THE RIGHT TYPE OF REFORM FOR A MEDICAL FACILITY THAT ACTUALLY WORKS IN THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW THAT'S WHY TODAY IT'S SO IMPORTANT NOT JUST TO HIM BUT TO ALL OF US. WE'VE WORKED HARD. I'D SAY RELENTLESSLY TO MAKE THIS DAY HAPPEN. YES, WE FOUGHT TO DELAY, DEFUND AND ACTUALLY REPEAL OBAMACARE. THIS LAW IS A FAILURE. WE KNOW IT AND I KNOW ALL OF YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE KNOW IT AS WELL. 12 CO-OPS HAVE FAILED. STATE EXCHANGES ARE FAILING. NO MATTER WHERE YOU STOOD ON THIS ISSUE, YOU WENT HOME AND YOU HEARD FROM YOUR CONSTITUENTS. NOW, IF YOU VOTED FOR IT, THEN YOU HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISES, BECAUSE HE JUST DIDN'T PROMISE A FEW IN THIS ROOM. HE PROMISED ALL AMERICANS. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID? HE SAID, IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN, PERIOD. HE ALSO SAID, MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR DOCTOR, PERIOD. MR. SPEAKER, HE ALSO SAID, OBAMACARE WOULD LOWER PREMIUMS BY UP TO $2,500 FOR A TYPICAL FAMILY PER YEAR. THOSE ARE DIRECT QUOTES. JUST NOT ONE OF THEM CAME TO FRUITION. NOW, I KNOW WHAT I'LL HEAR ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, AND THEY PROBABLY WON'T MENTION THIS. BUT YOU KNOW ON THIS FLOOR, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS JOINED TOGETHER TO DISMANTLE THE EMPLOYER AND INDIVIDUAL MANDATES. IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION WE DELAYED THE MEDICAL DEVICE TAX. IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, A LOT DRIVEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE, DELAYED THE CADILLAC TAX, CUT THE RATIONING BOARD AND STOP THE TAXPAYER BAILOUT OF INSURANCE COMPANIES. MANY OF OUR ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN UNDOING KEY PARTS OF THIS LAW, BUT TODAY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME WE SEND A BILL REPEALING OBAMACARE TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WE ALSO, AFTER WATCHING THE HORRIFIC VIDEOS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD EMPLOYEES, CASUALLY DISCUSSING THE SALE OF INFANT ORGANS, WE KNEW SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE. SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT TAXPAYERS WERE NEVER SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS THAT ENGAGED IN SUCH INHUMANE PRACTICES. TODAY WE SEND A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT ENDS TAXPAYERS' FUNDING FOR ABORTION COVERAGE AND ABORTION PROVIDERS, LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO IN THIS COUNTRY, NO MATTER WHO YOU TALK TO, NO MATTER WHAT PARTY THEY BELONG TO, THEY KNOW THINGS ARE WRONG IN THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE ARE HURTING UNDER OBAMACARE. HUMAN LIFE IS BEING DISREGARDED, AND NOW CONGRESS WILL PUT IT TO THE PRESIDENT AND HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TERRIBLE POLICIES HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PURSUED. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T HAVE ANY DISILLUSIONS. FOR THE SAKE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TOO MANY UNBORN CHILDREN, I HOPE THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THIS BILL. BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE HIS POSITION VERY CLEAR. NO MATTER HOW WRONG HE IS, HE WILL VETO ANY BILL THAT REPEALS OBAMACARE OR DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IF HE DOES, WE'LL VOTE TO OVERRIDE. I AND I KNOW MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE WORKED WITH COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TRYING TO PERSUADE THEM TO JOIN WITH US. WE ASKED THEM TO JOIN US AND STAND WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST OBAMACARE AND AGAINST TAXPAYER FUNDING OF THE ABORTION INDUSTRY. BUT NO MATTER HOW THE OVERRIDE VOTE ENDS UP, WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY IS STILL IMPORTANT. WHEN A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TAKES OFFICE NEXT YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN USE RECONCILIATION AGAIN. BUT WE WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A VETO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. AND WE COULD OVERCOME ANY ATTEMPTS BY THE DEMOCRATS TO FILIBUSTER AND OBSTRUCT. YOU SEE, FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THIS BILL AND FROM THE WORK OF MANY COLLEAGUES IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND DOCTORS THAT SERVE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE'LL CREATE A PATIENT-CENTERED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT GIVES POWER TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TO BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON. SO MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY TODAY IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WITH THIS BILL, WE CAN DO IT. THIS YEAR OR THE NEXT BUT WE WILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:59:41 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LISTENED CAREFULLY TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, WHO SAID THEY'D WORKED HARD AND RELENTLESSLY TO MAKE THIS DAY HAPPEN, A DAY THAT WOULD ELIMINATE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS. AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL OUR COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND, THIS IS NOT A FACT COMING FROM THE DEMOCRATS. YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE SAYING YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION BUT YOU'RE NOT ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN FACTS. THAT'S A FACT THAT CAME FROM THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. IN FACT, THEY WERE RESPONDING TO A LETTER FROM MR. PRICE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, AND THE LETTER READS, DEAR, MR. CHAIRMAN, AT YOUR REQUEST C.B.O. AND THE STAFF OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE HAVE ESTIMATED THE BUDGETARY EFFECTS OF THIS BILL -- AND GOES ON TO SAY -- AND ANALYZED THE BILL. AND IT IS THEIR CONCLUSION -- IT'S ON PAGE 9 OF THE LETTER TO THE CHAIRMAN -- THAT ENACTING H.R. 3762 WOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE RELATIVE TO CURRENT LAW PROJECTIONS. THAT MEANS RELATIVE TO THE CURRENT LAW WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN PLACE, WOULD REDUCE BY ABOUT 22 MILLION PEOPLE IN MOST YEARS AFTER 2017. . THAT'S A FACT. THAT'S SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF C.B.O., KEITH HALL, WHO AS EVERYBODY IN THIS BODY KNOWS WAS SELECTED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE, BOTH REPUBLICANS. THAT'S A FACT. SO IT'S A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WHEN WE'RE, QUOTE, CELEBRATING THE FACT THAT THEY, QUOTE, WORKED RELENTLESSLY TO GET TO THE POINT TO ELIMINATE AFFORDABLE CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS. I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE TO SOMEBODY WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, THAT'S MR. RANGEL OF NEW YORK A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    THANK YOU. LET ME THAUFPK FOR YOUR STATEMENT IN POINTING OUT THAT THIS IS…

    THANK YOU. LET ME THAUFPK FOR YOUR STATEMENT IN POINTING OUT THAT THIS IS NOT REALLY A LEGISLATIVE ISSUE. THIS IS A REPUBLICAN, PARTISAN ISSUE, WHERE PEOPLE HAVE WAITED FOR YEARS FOR THIS MOMENT TO DESTROY A BILL TO PUT 22 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF REACH OF MEDICAL CARE. THEY'RE STRIKING OVER $1 TRILLION FROM THE BILL. THEY'RE BEING CRITICAL OF THE BILL. AND THEY DIDN'T SAY THEIR MOMENT IN THE SUN WAS TO PROVIDE A BETTER BILL, NO, THEY SAY IF YOU GO BACK HOME YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR COMPLAINTS. PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT BACK HOME TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR THE OBAMACARE. AND THEY RE-ELECTED HIM. SO NOW WE'RE SAYING THAT THESE 22 MILLION PEOPLE, YOU THINK THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET HEALTH CARE? YOU BET YOUR SWEET LIFE IN THIS COUNTRY THEY'RE GOING TO GET CARE. NOT THE QUALITY CARE THAT OBAMACARE WOULD PROVIDE FOR THEM, BUT THEY'LL BE GOING TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. THEY'LL GET MORE SICK. THEY'LL END UP IN HOSPITALS. IT WOULD COST US MUCH MORE THAN THE SO-CALLED TRILLION DOLLARS WE HAVE. THANK GOD WE DO HAVE A GOVERNMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN SAY NO. AND THANK GOD WE ALSO HAVE A CONSTITUTION THAT SAYS YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO OVERRIDE WHAT IS CONSTITUTIONALLY AND MORALLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

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  • 05:03:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MAY I INQUIRE THE TIME REMAINING ON EACH SIDE.

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  • 05:03:29 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. STUTZMAN.

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    THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THIS IS A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS WAS A PARTISAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THIS IS A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS WAS A PARTISAN ISSUE BACK IN 2009 WHEN IT WAS PASSED. THIS WAS FORCED THROUGH AGAINST THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY YOU'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL ELECTIONS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A REPEAL OF OBAMACARE THAT WE START OVER WITH PATIENT-CENTERED, FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE. THE FACT IS THAT I WAS AT A CRACKER BARREL A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, TALKING TO THE WAITRESS. THE WAITRESS APPROACHED ME AND SAID, YOU KNOW, OBAMACARE WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP ME. SHE SAID MY PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP, THEY'VE DOUBLED. MY OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES HAVE GONE FROM $500 TO $5,000. OBAMACARE IS NOT HELPING ME. THIS IS A STORY WE'VE HEARD TIME AND TIME AGAIN. OBAMACARE HASN'T HELPED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S PUT A GREATER BURDEN ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND DOCTORS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE, NOT OBAMACARE, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THIS SHOULD BE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE DOCTOR THAT THEY CHOOSE, THE DOCTOR THEY WERE PROMISED THEY COULD KEEP. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT THIS RECONCILIATION PACKAGE IS THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO START OVER. WE NEED TO FIX OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RATHER THAN PROLONGING AND CONTINUING TO FORCE A BIG GOVERNMENT AGENDA ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK THE PEOPLE TO -- THE MEMBER THIS HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU.

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  • 05:05:03 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. BONAMICI OF OREGON A DISTINGUISHED…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MS. BONAMICI OF OREGON A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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    OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PUT MEDICAL TREATMENT BEYOND THE…

    OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PUT MEDICAL TREATMENT BEYOND THE REACH OF MOST AMERICANS. PASSING THIS LEGISLATION COULD RESULT IN ROUGHLY 22 MILLION MORE AMERICANS LIVING WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE. THESE ARE SINGLE PARENTS, STRUGGLING TO COVER BASIC NECESSITIES. YOUNG ADULTS TRYING TO -- TRYING TO LAUNCH THEIR CAREERS AND START FAMILIES. AND HARDWORKING COUPLES FOR WHOM THE COST OF INSURANCE WON'T FIT IN THE MONTHLY BUDGET. WITHOUT AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE THESE AMERICANS WILL BE FACING PERPETUAL FEAR, FEAR THAT THEY NEED TO CHEESE BETWEEN PAYING FOR HOUSING OR FOOD OR GETTING TREATMENT. FEAR THAT ANY ILL NKS COULD LEAD THEM TO BANKRUPTCY. TO MAKE IT WORSE THIS BILL DEFUNDS PLANNED PARAPHERNALIAHOOD WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES AND HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR WOMEN. THAT'S NOT ONLY WRONG IT'S COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. IT'S WRONG THAT AT THE START OF A NEW YEAR, WE'RE DEBATING A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD MAKE THE LIVES OF OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS LESS SECURE. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS BILL IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND JOIN ME IN VOTING NO.

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  • 05:06:30 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN.

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    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3762, THE RESTORING AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015. THIS LEGISLATION WILL DISMANTOLBA MACARE AND DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS BILL GUTS OBAMACARE'S INDIVIDUAL AND EMPLOYER MANDATES AND REPEALS THE COSTLY CADILLAC AND MEDICAL DEVICE TAXES. IT PROTECTS SOCIETY'S MOST INNOCENT, THE UNBORN AND ALSO PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS SO WOMEN CAN CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE QUALITY CARE THEY DESERVE. WE NEED TO EXPAND PATIENT CHOICE. WE NEED TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CHOICE. WE NEED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE BY OFFERING PATIENT CENTERED AND COST EFFECTIVE REFORMS AND MOST OF ALL, WE NEED TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS. THIS IS A HEROIC -- A HISTORIC MOMENT. AFTER PASSING THE HOUSE TODAY, THE BILL WILL GO STRAIGHT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AND PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE FORCED TO VOTE ON REPEALING OBAMACARE AND DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR THE FIRST TIME. HE WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN DISMANTLING A COSTLY AND DISASTROUS LAW AND PREVENTING DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE OR PROTECTING HIS OWN POLITICAL LEGACY. COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, PLEASE JOIN ME AND VOTE IN FAVOR OF RESTORING THE AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE FREEDOM RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2015.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE JET FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER.

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    AFTER DRAFTING AND PASSING A DEFICIT BUSTING DEBT AND BUDGET BILL LAST…

    AFTER DRAFTING AND PASSING A DEFICIT BUSTING DEBT AND BUDGET BILL LAST MONTH, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO GET SOME OF THAT BACK ON THE BACKS OF MIDDLE AND LOW INCOME AMERICANS. THESE ARE PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO RECOVER FROM THE GREAT RECESSION. THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE STAYING AFLOAT AND NOW LOSE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. I DON'T GET IT. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT GIVES MILLIONS A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT, TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE. FAMILIES ARE PUT IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT AND ARE SEEING GOOD RESULTS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE DONE IN OREGON FAR LONG TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE WANT TO CREATE GREATER UNCERTAINTY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY THEIR EMPLOYEES BY ELIMINATING THE SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT LIKE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO DO TODAY. RATHER THAN WASTE TIME ON DISTRACTIONS LIKE THIS, WE SHOULD BE COMING TOGETHER AND BUILD CERTAINTY AROUND THE BASIC AMERICAN RIGHT OF A SHARED RESPONDS -- RESPONSIBILITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:09:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DILIGENT AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A DILIGENT AND PRODUCTIVE MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM

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    OBAMACARE IS HURTING PEOPLE BY REDUCING CHOICES AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR…

    OBAMACARE IS HURTING PEOPLE BY REDUCING CHOICES AND MAKING IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT A BILL THAT DISMANTLES KEY PROVISIONS OF HEALTH CARE AND PAVES THE WAY FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS. THE RESTORING AMERICAN'S FREEDOM HEALTH CARE RECONCILIATION ACT STOPS THE GOVERNMENT FROM FORCING CITIZEN BUYING EXPENSIVE HEALTH PLANS THEY DON'T WANT. IT SAVES AMERICANS MONEY BY ELIMINATE MANAGE OF THE OBAMACARE TAXES. ADDITIONALLY, IT STOPS FUNDING FOR ABORTION PROVIDERS LIKE PLANNED PARAPHERNALIAHOOD. THEY RECEIVE OVER HALF A BILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS A YEAR EVEN THOUGH IT'S BEEN VOED IN THE HARVESTING AND SELLING OF BABY BODY PARTS. IT IS TIME TO STOP ALL TAX DOLLARS FLOWING TO ABORTIONISTS AND REDIRECT IT TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO CARE FOR WOMEN WITHOUT TAKING INNOCENT LIFE. CONGRESS IS LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE'S CALLS. NOW IT WILL BE UP TO THE PRESIDENT TO DECIDE, DOES HE SUPPORT THE PEOPLE AND WOMEN'S HEALTH? OR DOES HE SUPPORT WASHINGTON MANDATES AND TAX DOLLARS GOING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD? I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND SIGN THIS INTO LAW.

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  • 05:10:53 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I THANK MY GOOD…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ISSUE IS. WE'RE TALKING APPLES AND ORANGES. MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN 2011, 18%, 2013 RATHER, 18% OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WERE UNINSURED AND IN THE STATE OF TEXAS 28%, CALIFORNIA, 23%, GEORGIA, 22%. NOW WE'RE AT A POINT WHERE WE'VE LOWERED THAT AMOUNT AND NOW WE LOWERED THE UNINSURED RATE IN THIS CLINT TO 11.9%. THOSE ARE VULNERABLE AMERICANS, WOMEN AND FAMILIES OF WE ALSO DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND WHEN OUR CONSTITUENTS TALK TAOS ABOUT PREMIUM, ALL WE NEED TO DO IS DO THE CONSTITUENT A SERVICE AND SHOW THEM THE DIRECTION INTO THE MARKETPLACE. IN SHOPPING AROUND YOU CAN LOWER YOUR PREMIUMS. BUT THE REAL ISSUE IS WHETHER OR NOT WE CARE ABOUT MAKING SURE THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN ACTUALLY GET HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT THOSE IN MEDKEAR CAN ACTUALLY PROTECT THE MEDICARE SYSTEM AND MAKE IT INSOLVENT IN 2030 INSTEAD OF 2017. THE OTHER QUESTION IS, DOES THIS BILL EVEN HAVE A PLAN? IS AN ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUT IN THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION? NO THEY HAVE NOT. AND THEN THEY WANT TO TAKE AWAY PLANNED PARENTHOOD. THIS IS NOT ABOUT DISLIKING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IT'S TELLING WOMEN THEY DON'T HAVE A CHOICE TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN DOCTORS AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING WHEN THEY DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. MR. SPEAKER, APPLES AND ORANGES. THEY'RE AUDIOCASSETTE TALKING ONE THING, I'M TALKING ABOUT SAVING LIVES AND HELPING AMERICANS KEEP THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE.

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    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. SMITH.

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    CHEMICALLY POISONS A BABY TO DEATH EVERY TWO MINUTES. KILLING OVER SEVEN…

    CHEMICALLY POISONS A BABY TO DEATH EVERY TWO MINUTES. KILLING OVER SEVEN MILLION INNOCENT CHILDREN SINCE 1973. PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS CHILD ABUSE INCORPORATED. NOW UNDER COVER -- NOW UNDERCOVER VIDEOS HAVE EXPOSED IN NUMBING CANDOR SEVERAL HIGH LEVEL PLANNED PARENTHOOD LEADERS GLEEFULLY TALKING ABOUT PROCURING CHILDREN'S INTERNAL ORGANS FOR A PRICE, ALL WHILE OFFERING GRUESOME PROCEDURES TO HARVEST INTACT HEARTS AND LUNGS FROM BABY. FAR TOO MANY, INCLUDING OUR NOBLE PEACE PRIZE WINNING PRESIDENT AND MUCH OF THE MEDIA CONTINUE TO IGNORE, TRIVIALIZE AND DEFEND THESE GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. SO KNOW THIS. WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED IN EXPOSING PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S SCANDAL, NO MATTER HOW AGGRESSIVE AND MISLEADING THE COVERUP. END TAXPAYER FUNDING TO THOSE WHO COMMIT THESE CRUEL AND INHUMANE ACTS. END THE SUBSIDY FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

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    ENDED THE 2015 CONGRESS WORKING TOGETHER. A TAX EXTENDER THAT GAVE RELIEF…

    ENDED THE 2015 CONGRESS WORKING TOGETHER. A TAX EXTENDER THAT GAVE RELIEF TO MEDICAL DEVICE FOLKS AND AN OMNIBUS BILL. BUT WE'RE BACK TO THERE WE GO AGAIN. TAKING HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND TAKING PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHICH GIVES PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR AND LIVE IN AREAS WHERE THERE'S NOT OTHER HEALTH CARE OPPORTUNITIES, TAKING AWAY FROM THEM THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE. THE LAST TIME IT WAS TRIED IN TENNESSEE, IT WAS A 1,400% CUT IN WOMEN GETTING PREVENTIVE CARE. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. WE JUST CAME FROM HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS AND WE OUGHT TO THINK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT HANUKKAH AND CHRISTMAS WERE ABOUT AND WHAT MOSES AND JESUS WOULD BE ABOUT, THEY'D BE ABOUT SAVING LIVES AND GIVING EVERYBODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE, NOT PATIENT-CENT RICK HEALTH CARE BUT PEOPLE LIVING AND GETTING HEALTH CARE LIKE EVERY OTHER CIVILIZED, INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD PROVIDES FOR THEIR PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:15:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:15:27 PM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. TODAY'S A GOOD DAY FOR AMERICA BECAUSE WE…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. TODAY'S A GOOD DAY FOR AMERICA BECAUSE WE WILL FINALLY SEND THIS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE CONSTITUENTS WHO USED TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BUT NO LONGER DO BECAUSE THEIR PREMIUMS ARE TOO HIGH. NOW THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE AND THE ONLY THING TO SHOW FOR IT IS A FINE FROM THE I.R.S. MEDICAID EXPANSION IS A BLUEPRINT FOR SINGLE-PAYER GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE. AS AN ENGINEER I CAN ASSURE YOU IF YOU START WITH A BAD BLUEPRINT YOU GET BAD RESULTS. INSTEAD OF EXPANDING MEDICAID FOR ABLE BODIED WORKING AGE ADULTS, WE SHOULD FIX THE BROKEN MEDICAID WHO NEED IT, THE DISABLED, ELDERLY AND CHILDREN. THERE WERE 32.8 NONDISABLED AMERICANS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 64 WHO WERE NOT WORKING AT ALL. MORE THAN THEY NEED MEDICAID EXPANSION, THEY NEED PRO-GROWTH ECONOMIC POLICIES THAT WILL FOSTER GOOD JOBS SO THEY CAN SIMPLY WORK AND PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:16:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:16:49 PM

    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 05:16:57 PM

    SO 62 TIMES WE HAVE NOW VOTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LET ME…

    SO 62 TIMES WE HAVE NOW VOTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LET ME CONTRAST WHAT WE'RE ABOUT TO DO IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES IN A MATTER WHICH DEMOCRATS HANDLED THE PRESCRIPTION D PART OF MEDICARE. WE VOTED AGAINST IT. WE OPPOSED IT. WE BECAME THE MAJORITY, AND WE IMPROVED IT. THAT'S THE REALITY OF LEGISLATING. WE CLOSED THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. WE TOOK A VERY DIFFICULT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, LARGELY RESISTED ON THEIR SIDE AS WELL, BECAME THE MAJORITY AND SAID, HOW CAN WE SINGULARLY IMPROVE THIS LEGISLATION SO THAT IT HAS BROAD APPEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND TODAY PEOPLE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. THEY JUST ACCEPT THE IDEA THAT THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BILL WORKS FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY. INSTEAD, 62 TIMES TO REPEAL THIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF POLITICAL MESSAGING WITH NO ALTERNATIVE EVER PROVIDED ONCE. SO I HOPE THE MEDIA MEMBERS WILL USE THE CONTRAST THAT I JUST OUTLINED ABOUT THE PRESCRIPTION LEGISLATION, PART D OF MEDICARE, AND WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE DOING ONCE AGAIN TODAY WITH NO HOPE OTHER THAN TRYING TO WIN POLITICAL POINTS IN MESSAGING.

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  • 05:18:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:18:19 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING ON EACH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY I INQUIRE AS TO THE TIME REMAINING ON EACH SIDE PLEASE?

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  • 05:18:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND HAS THREE MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 05:18:30 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I'LL RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:18:36 PM

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS? MR. SPEAKER, WE FINISHED THE DEBATE REALLY WHERE WE BEGAN WHICH IS THAT ON THIS FIRST DAY BACK OF 2016, WE'RE REALLY REVISITING, AS MR. NEAL AND OTHERS HAVE SAID, THE BATTLES OF THE PAST. WE HEARD FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, THAT THEY HAD WORKED HARD FOR THIS DAY. WE KNOW FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THE NONPARTISAN DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE THAT APPARENTLY WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WORKED SO HARD TO DO WAS TO TAKE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS. AT THE SAME TIME, WE HEARD ALL SORTS OF MISINFORMATION AND DISTORTION ON THIS FLOOR ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES WOMEN, THEIR FAMILIES WITH HEALTH CARE, PROVIDES CANCER SCREENINGS, PROVIDES FAMILY PLANNING. EVEN THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, MR. CHAFFETZ, INVESTIGATED PLANNED PARENTHOOD SAID ON NATIONAL TELEVISION WHEN ASKED WHETHER THERE WAS ANY EVIDENCE THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS BROKEN, "NO, I'M NOT SUGGESTING THAT THEY BROKE THAT LAW." IN FACT, THAT WAS THE FINDING OF OTHER COMMITTEES HERE. AND YET OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE NOW SET UP A WITCH-HUNT SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO GO AFTER PLANNED PARENTHOOD. IRONICALLY, THEY CLAIM TO BE DOING AN INVESTIGATION BUT HERE ON THE FLOOR THEY OBVIOUSLY ALREADY REACHED A CONCLUSION AND DECIDED TO DEFUND AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS AMERICAN WOMEN AND FAMILIES. SO ROLLED INTO ONE BILL, YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT WOULD DENY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION AMERICANS AND AT THE SAME TIME DENY IMPORTANT HEALTH SERVICES TO MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. SO WHEN OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES POSE THIS QUESTION AND SAY THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE FACED WITH A TOUGH CHOICE, I CAN ASSURE THEM IT'S NOT A TOUGH CHOICE FOR THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE IT'S NOT A TOUGH CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO WHETHER OR NOT WE TAKE HEALTH CARE, AFFORDABLE CARE AWAY FROM 22 MILLION AMERICANS. THAT SHOULD BE AN EASY CHOICE FOR ALL OF US. WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT, AND IT SHOULDN'T BE A TOUGH CHOICE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDE TO AMERICAN WOMEN AND FAMILIES. THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE A TOUGH CHOICE FOR THE PRESIDENT, AND SO THE REPUBLICAN LEADER WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE 2016 ELECTIONS, BECAUSE WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT TODAY WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WILL NOT SIGN THAT BILL BUT WILL INSTEAD VETO THAT BILL. AND OUR COLLEAGUES ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, IF YOU HAD A DIFFERENT PRESIDENT, INCLUDING MANY -- ALL OF THEM AS FAR AS I KNOW ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, THEY WOULD BE SIGNING THIS BILL. SO THIS -- THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT OF WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THINK IS THE TOP PRIORITY ON THE FIRST DAY OF 2006, WHICH IS TO GET RID OF AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR 22 MILLION AMERICANS. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WHAT MR. NEAL SAID, WHERE WE FIND PROBLEMS AND WE NEED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS, WE SHOULD DO IT, BUT WE SHOULDN'T TURN BACK THE CLOCK AND DENY AFFORDABLE CARE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 05:22:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS WHENEVER WE HAVE A SERIOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS WHENEVER WE HAVE A SERIOUS ISSUE TO TALK ABOUT ON THE FLOOR, THE DISTORTIONS AND UTTER FALSE STATEMENTS COME OUT AND THAT'S A SHAME BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. OBAMACARE IS HARMING REAL PEOPLE, NOT JUST FROM AN ECONOMIC STANDPOINT ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND BUT FROM A HEALTH CARE STANDPOINT. AND AS A PHYSICIAN, I CAN TELL YOU I HEAR ABOUT IT DAILY FROM MY COLLEAGUES. WE HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE, FOLKS TOUT THE NUMBERS OF INCREASED FOLKS WHO HAVE GAINED INSURANCE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS FOLKS THAT GAINED INSURANCE AND THOSE THAT HAD INSURANCE, MANY OF THEM NOW HAVE COVERAGE BUT THEY DON'T HAVE CARE. IF YOU EARN $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 AND YOUR DEDUCTIBLE IS NOW $5,000 OR $10,000 OR $12,000, YOU MAY HAVE COVERAGE BUT YOU DON'T HAVE CARE. AND IN FACT, INDIVIDUALS ARE DENYING THEMSELVES TREATMENT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE DEDUCTIBLE BECAUSE OF THIS LAW. THAT'S THE REAL WORLD OUT THERE. THAT'S THE HARM THAT THIS LAW'S DOING. WE HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER THAT WE WANT TO REMOVE COVERAGE, HEALTH CARE TO 22 MILLION PEOPLE. THAT'S UTTER NONSENSE, MR. SPEAKER. ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. IN FACT, MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND QUOTED THE C.B.O. REPORT AND HE QUOTED IT ACCURATELY BUT HE SKIPPED OVER, KIND OF GLOSSED OVER THE PART THAT SAID THAT THIS WOULD BE RELATIVE TO CURRENT LAW PROJECTIONS. THAT'S RIGHT. WE WANT TO REPEAL THIS LAW AND WE WANT TO REPLACE IT WITH POSITIVE, COMMONSENSE, PATIENT-CENTERED SOLUTIONS THAT PUTS PATIENTS AND FAMILIES AND DOCTORS IN CHARGE OF HEALTH CARE, NOT WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT RESPECTS THE PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE, ACCESSIBILITY FOR EVERYBODY, AFFORDABILITY FOR EVERYBODY, CHOICES AND HIGHER QUALITY CARE. THE THINGS THAT OBAMACARE HAS DESTROYED. THAT'S WHY THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THIS LAW, OPPOSE THIS LAW, IT'S BECAUSE IT DESTROYS THE PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH CARE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOLD DEAR. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE NEXT STEP, THE FIRST STEP AND THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH POSITIVE, PATIENT-CENTERED SOLUTIONS FOR PATIENTS AND DOCTORS THAT ARE MAKING MEDICAL DECISIONS AND NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:24:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 579, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. PRICE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 05:24:39 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. PRICE

    I ASK FOR 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, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A 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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  • 05:54:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240. THE NAYS ARE81. THE MON IS ADOPTED. THOUT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240. THE NAYS ARE81. THE MON IS ADOPTED. THOUT OBJECTION, THMOTION TO RECONSIDER ISD ON T TALE. RSUANT TO AUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUNESS I THE QUEAGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S PROL OF THE JOURNAL, WHICH THEHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THE QUES IS ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAOF THE JOURNAL. THE IN FAVAY AYE THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPION THE CHAIR, THE AYES HVET. AND THE JOURNAL STAN APOVED. FOR WHATPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORG EK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:55:28 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    CONSENT SEND TOHE DESK PRAFRPBDE PORT FORING UNDER THE RULES. THE CLE:…

    CONSENT SEND TOHE DESK PRAFRPBDE PORT FORING UNDER THE RULES. THE CLE: HOUSE RESOLU 581, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR COIDERATION

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  • 05:55:32 PM

    THE CLE

    RULES. THE CLE: HOUSE RESOLU 581, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR COIDERATION OF…

    RULES. THE CLE: HOUSE RESOLU 581, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR COIDERATION OF THE BILL H. 1927, AMEND TITLE 28, UNITED STATES CODE, TO IMENTFAIRNESSND CLASACTION LITIGATION.

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  • 05:55:45 PM

    TEMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR D ORDERED PRIND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR D ORDERED PRIND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:56:16 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:57:06 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    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 WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 1155.

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  • 05:57:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580 AND RULE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1155. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. COLLINS, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 05:58:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

  • 05:58:55 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    YOU'RE CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR…

    YOU'RE CORRECT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN CAN RESUME.

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  • 05:59:13 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

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

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  • 05:59:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:59:18 PM

    AS WE BEGIN 2006, WE FACE THE SAME DIFFICULTY WE HAVE FACED SINCE THE…

    AS WE BEGIN 2006, WE FACE THE SAME DIFFICULTY WE HAVE FACED SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. BECAUSE THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE ENTRENCHED WASHINGTON REGULATORY BUREAUCRACY INSISTS ON PILING BURDEN UPON BURDEN ON THE BACKS OF WORKERS, MAIN STREET FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, AMERICA IS STILL STRUGGLING TO CREATE ENOUGH NEW JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH TO PRODUCE THE PROSPERITY WE NEED. TO TURN THIS PROBLEM AROUND, WE MUST NOT ONLY STEM THE TIDE OF UNNECESSARILY COSTLY NEW REGULATIONS, WE MUST ALSO GET RID OF THE DEAD WOOD IN THE ACCUMULATED EXISTING REGULATIONS THAT IMPOSE ALMOST $2 TRILLION IN ANNUAL COSTS ON OUR ECONOMY. HOW CAN AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS CREATE ENOUGH NEW JOBS WHILE WASHINGTON REGULATIONS DIVERT SO MANY OF THEIR RESOURCES IN OTHER DIRECTIONS? THE SCRUB ACT ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM HEAD ON WITH NEW INNOVATIVE WAYS TO CLEAR AWAY THE CLUTTER OF OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. FOR YEARS THERE'S BEEN A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TASK THAT MUST BE PERFORMED, BUT AS WITH SO MANY THINGS, THE HARD PART HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE DETAILS. . DIFFERENT APROACHES HAVE BEEN TRIED BY DIFFERENT PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATIONS AND SEVERAL SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN OFFERED BY CONGRESS. BUT TO DATE, NO SUFFICIENTLY MEANINGFUL RESULTS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED.

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  • 06:01:00 PM

    TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:03:01 PM

    MR. CONYERS

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:03:08 PM

    THANK YOU. MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUES, I RISE I'M SORRY TO SAY IN STRONG…

    THANK YOU. MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUES, I RISE I'M SORRY TO SAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1155, THE SO-CALLED SCRUB ACT, BECAUSE IT THREATENS TO DROWN AGENCIES IN ADDITIONAL LAYERS OF RED TAPE AND WILL MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ESTABLISH ANY NEW RULE, NO MATTER HOW PRESSING OR TO ISSUE ANY GUIDANCE ON EXISTING RULES. UNDER THIS BILL AN AGENCY MUST TREAT EVERY REGULATION THE SAME, REGARDLESS OF THE URGENCY OF A SITUATION OR THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE REGULATION. H.R. 1155 ACHIEVES THIS RESULT IN SEVERAL RESPECTS. FIRST, THE BILL WOULD ESTABLISH A REGULATORY CUT-GO PROCESS, FORCING AGENCIES TO PRIORITIZE BETWEEN EXISTING PROTECTIONS AND RESPONDING TO NEW THREATS TO OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. THIS DRACONIAN ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW PROCESS WOULD OBLIGATE AN AGENCY TO DETERMINE THE COSTS OF A NEW REGULATION AND ELIMINATE AN EXISTING REGULATION IN ORDER TO PAY FOR IT. NEXT, THE SCRUB ACT IS A DANGEROUS SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. IN PRINCIPLE, RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF EXISTING REGULATIONS IS CERTAINLY NOT A BAD IDEA. IT'S HARD TO ARGUE AGAINST THE NOTION THAT AGENCIES SHOULD PERIODICALLY ASSESS WHETHER THE RULES THEY PROMULGATED ARE AS GOOD AS THEY CAN BE OR WHETHER THEY ARE EVEN NECESSARY IN THE LIGHT OF CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES. HOWEVER, EACH AGENCY ALREADY CONDUCTS OVERSIGHT THROUGH RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY RULES. NARROWING THE DELEGATION'S -- DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY TO AGENCIES CONTROLLING AGENCY APPROPRIATIONS AND CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF AGENCY ACTIVITY. FINALLY, WE MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE REAL INTENT OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO HOBBLE THE ABILITY OF THE AGENCIES TO REGULATE. PROPONENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION RELY ON UNSUBSTANTIATED RHETORIC THAT REGULATIONS INHIBIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. SUPPORTERS OF SO-CALLED REGULATORY REFORM MEASURES LIKE THE SCRUB ACT CLAIM THAT REGULATION IMPOSES SUCH COSTS ON BUSINESSES THAT IT STIFLES ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. IN SUPPORT OF THIS CONTENTION, THEY REPEATEDLY CITE A WIDELY DEBUNKED STUDY BY ECONOMISTS MARK AND NICOLE CRANE THAT CLAIM THAT FEDERAL REGULATION IMPOSES AN ANNUAL COST OF $1.75 TRILLION ON BUSINESS. THE CRANE STUDY, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY CRITICIZED FOR EXAGGERATING THE COST OF FEDERAL RULEMAKING ON SMALL BUSINESS. IN RECOGNITION OF THESE CONCERNS, THE COALITION FOR SENSIBLE SAFEGUARDS, THE ALLIANCE OF MORE THAN 150 CONSUMER, LABOR, RESEARCH, FAITH AND OTHER PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. IN ADDITION, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS RELEASED A STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY THAT THREATENS TO VETO THIS LEGISLATION. SO, ACCORDINGLY, I SINCERELY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME IN OPPOSING H.R. 1155. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:07:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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  • 06:07:33 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI.

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  • 06:07:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    RECOGNIZED.

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    ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL

    ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL:, THE SAME -- ACCORDING TO E.P.A., THE SAME KIND OF…

    ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL:, THE SAME -- ACCORDING TO E.P.A., THE SAME KIND OF HAZARDOUS SPILL REQUIREMENT THAT THESE LARGE OIL COMPANIES DO WITH OIL SPILLS.

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  • 06:08:41 PM

    PERFORM COMMON CHORES ON THE FAMILY FARM. WE ALSO HAVE THE E.P.A. TRYING…

    PERFORM COMMON CHORES ON THE FAMILY FARM. WE ALSO HAVE THE E.P.A. TRYING TO IMPLEMENT AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS THAT ARE SO UNREALISTIC THAT LITERALLY THE MARK TWAIN NATIONAL FOREST IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN SOME AREAS A NONATTAINMENT ZONE. I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, I'D RATHER BREATHE THE OXYGEN IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI THAN ANY OF THE BIG COAST CITIES ON THE EAST OR THE WEST SIDE. WE'VE ALSO SEEN THIS ADMINISTRATION ACT WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN AND TRY TO IMPLEMENT RULES THAT HE COULD NOT PASS LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS. SUCH AS CAP AND TRADE, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE IN 2010. NOW HE'S TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THOSE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES, WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY DOUBLE AND TRIPLE THE UTILITY RATES OF PEOPLE ON FIXED INCOMES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. WE HAD AN ISSUE WHERE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IMPLEMENTED A RULE SAYING THAT A LOCAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN SOUTH CENTRAL MISSOURI COULD NOT PERFORM THEIR WATER BAPTISM SERVICE ALONG THE CURRENT RIVER , AN ACT THAT HE HAD HAD BEEN DOING FOR DECADES -- AN ACT THAT THEY HAD BEEN DOING FOR DECADES, BUT THIS WAS A RULE THAT CAME UP. MR. SPEAKER, AS I HAVE STATED, THERE ARE MULTIPLE RULES THAT I COULD GO ON AND ON, THAT ARE UNNECESSARY, THAT'S OUTDATED, THAT'S CAUSING AN UNDUE BURDEN ON BUSINESSES, AND THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY WHERE CITIZENS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN COME BEFORE THIS COMMISSION, CAN REQUEST RULES TO BE SEEN, AND TO BE LOOKED AT, THAT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE GOVERNMENT SMALLER, MORE EFFICIENT AND ACCOUNTABLE. AND I'M ASKING THIS BODY TO HELP SUPPORT THE SCRUB ACT, SO WE CAN REFORM GOVERNMENT REGULATION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, LIKE WHAT WE'VE DONE AT THE STATE LEVEL WHEN I WAS THERE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:10:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:10:51 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1155, THE SCRUB ACT,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1155, THE SCRUB ACT, A ONE-WAY RATCHET WITH THE SOLE AIM OF PRIORITIZING COST OVER BENEFITS THROUGH RECKLESS ELIMINATION OF RULES WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF THEIR BENEFITS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SHIFT THE COSTS OF RULES FROM CORPORATIONS TO CONSUMERS, WHILE POSING SUBSTANTIAL BURDENS AND DELAYS TO AGENCIES, THEREBY UNDERMINING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. TITLE 2 OF H.R. 1155 PROHIBITS AGENCIES FROM ISSUING A SINGLE NEW RULE UNTIL THE AGENCY FIRST OFFSETS THE COST OF THE NEW RULE BY REPEALING AN EXISTING RULE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSION. THE REGULATORY CUT-GO PROVISIONS WOULD APPLY TO EVERY NEW AGENCY RULE, NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT OR PRESSING, FOR EVERY REGULATORY AGENCY. FOR INSTANCE, ANY EXPERT REGULATORY AGENCY SEEKING TO PROMULGATE A NEW RULE TO SAFEGUARD VEHICLES FROM IGNITION SWITCH FAILURES, TO KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN FROM CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, OR TO PROTECT OUR HOSPITALS IN THE EVENT OF AN OUTBREAK OF AN INPHENOMENON SHUCK DISEASE -- OF AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE, WOULD FIRST HAVE TO HAVE A NEW RULE WHICH WOULD TRIGGER A NEW RULEMAKING PROCESS ALTOGETHER, TO RESCIND THAT RULE, CAUSING YEARS IN DELAYS. FURTHERMORE, TITLE 2 LACKS ANY MECHANISM FOR AGENCIES TO ISSUE EMERGENCY RULES THAT PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM IMMINENT HARM. THESE PROCEDURES ARE DANGEROUS AND WOULD TIE THE HANDS OF AGENCIES RESPONDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH CRISES, WHICH REQUIRE TIMELY REGULATORY RESPONSES. ADDITIONALLY, AGENCIES ARE UNABLE TO SIMPLY RESCIND RULES. INSTEAD THE A.P.A. REQUIRES THAT AGENCIES FOLLOW THE SAME NOTICE AND COMMENT PROCEDURES TO ELIMINATE A RULE, AS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ISSUE THE SAME RULE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THUS, UNDER THE BILL'S REQUIREMENTS, PRIOR TO PROMULGATING A NEW RULE, AGENCIES WOULD LIKELY NEED TO PREPARE TWO SETS OF PROPOSALS. ONE FOR A NEW RULE AND ONE FOR ELIMINATING AN EXISTING RULE REQUIRED BY THE COMMISSION THROUGH REGULATORY CUT-GO. THIS PROCESS MAY TAKE ANYWHERE FROM A FEW MONTHS TO SEVERAL YEARS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE UNDERLYING RULE INVOLVES COMPLEX ISSUES. LASTLY, THE SCRUB ACT IS A DANGEROUS SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ALREADY CONDUCTS EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT THROUGH RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY RULES, NARROWING THE DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY TO AGENCIES, CONTROLLING AGENCY APPROPRIATIONS, AND CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF AGENCY ACTIVITY. CONGRESS ALSO HAS THE SPECIFIC AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO DISAPPROVE ANY RULE THAT AN AGENCY PROPOSES. RATHER THAN MEANINGFULLY STREAMLINING THE RULEMAKING PROCESS, REGULATORY CUT-GO WOULD OCIFY THE REGULATORY SYSTEM, BY CAUSING YEARS OF DELAY IN THE RULEMAKING PROCESS, CREATING ADDITIONAL LAYERS AND BURDENS IN THE REGULATORY SYSTEM. IN TOTAL, THE SCRUB ACT WOULD ESSENTIALLY FUNCTION AS A CHOKE-HOLD ON FEDERAL AGENCY RULEMAKING. THEREFORE WE SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME OF THE SCRUB ACT TO THE SCRUGE ACT. IT DELAYS ANY NEW ACTION BY AN AGENCY AND DRAINS AGENCY RESOURCES AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN A TIME OF WIDESPREAD BUDGET AUSTERITY. LASTLY, I WOULD COMMENT THAT IMPOSING THE SAME REGULATORY BURDEN ON A DAIRY FARMER AS IS IMPOSED ON AN OIL PRODUCER OR AN OIL COMPANY SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THE OIL COMPANIES HAVE BEEN HAVING A GREAT DAY WITH THE RULES AROUND HERE OF LATE, IF THEY'VE GOT TO DO WHAT WE REQUIRE A DAIRY FARMER TO DO. .

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  • 06:15:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:15:31 PM

    IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THE NEARLY $2 TRILLION REGULATORY…

    IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO SEE THE EFFECT OF THE NEARLY $2 TRILLION REGULATORY BURDEN IMPOSED BY FEDERAL REGULATIONS. IN MY PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT, WE SEE THESE BURDENS IN EVERYDAY LIFE. ACROSS THE SPECTRUM, THERE IS A DRAG ON CREATING JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH AND INNOVATION. I HEAR THE SAME STORIES FROM SMALL FAMILY-OWNED RESTAURANTS, AND LANDSCAPERS. REGULATIONS FROM WASHINGTON, THEY ARE FOCUSED ON COMPLIANCE INSTEAD OF RUNNING THE BUSINESSES. THESE REAL COST IN DOLLARS THAT ARE LOST TO NEEDLESS AND IN MANY CASES OUTDATED RED TAPE. THE SCRUB ACT WILL START THE PROCESS OF UNRAVELING YEARS OFON VOL OUTED AND ELIMINATING THE COSTS THAT COME WITH THEM. IT IS A BILL THAT WILL MODERNIZE OUR CODE OF REGULATIONS BY ELIMINATING REGULATIONS FROM THE LAST ONE. AND JUST AS IMPORTANT, IT IS A BILL THAT WILL LESSEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY SPENT BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:16:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:17:06 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PETERS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:17:16 PM

    MR. PETERS

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    >>

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1155, THE SCRUB ACT AND THANK MR. SMITH FOR HIS…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1155, THE SCRUB ACT AND THANK MR. SMITH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS MATTER. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS LEGISLATION IS AIMED AT DECREASING THE REGULATORY BURDEN FACING OUR NATION'S SMALL BUSINESSES. SMALL BUSINESSES ACCOUNT FOR 7-10 OUT OF NEW JOBS CREATED IN AMERICA. 7-10. OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS IMPACT SMALL BUSINESSES. OPPRESSIVE FEDERAL REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING OUR SMALL BUSINESSES BACK FROM GROWING AND CREATING MORE JOBS AND WE NEED MORE JOBS. AS CHAIRMAN ON SMALL BUSINESS, I HEAR FROM SMALL BUSINESS EVERY WEEK FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO ARE STRUGGLING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS. IN THE WEST END OF CINCINNATI, THE WEGMAN COMPANY IS FINDING IT HARD TO COMPLY WITH OBAMACARE. THEY SAID THEY NEED TO FOCUS ENERGY, TIME AND RESOURCES ON GROWING AND EXPANDING THEIR BUSINESS AND CREATING THE JOBS THAT ARE NEEDED IN CINCINNATI. THE SCRUB ACT WILL CREATE A BIPARTISAN, BLUE-RIBBON COMMISSION TO EXAMINE THE EXISTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND TARGET THOSE THAT OUGHT TO BE REPEALED. IT WILL PRIORITIZE THOSE OF MAJOR RULES. AND IMPOSED HIGH COSTS ON AMERICA'S INSTALL BUSINESSES. H.R. 1155 WILL PROVIDE A COMMONSENSE WAY TO REPEAL OUTDATED REGULATIONS THAT DISS PROPORTIONATELY BURDEN SMALL BUSINESSES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SCRUB ACT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:22:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO YIELDS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 06:22:16 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    CONGRESSMAN BLUMENAUER FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    GIVE THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    GIVE THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 06:24:46 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    GIVE PEOPLE A TARGET TO SHOOT FOR AND ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GET THE JOB…

    GIVE PEOPLE A TARGET TO SHOOT FOR AND ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO GET THE JOB DONE. THIS WOULD BE AP MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE APPROACH RATHER THAN LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T GOING TO GO ANYWHERE AND FRANKLY SHOULDN'T GO ANYWHERE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:25:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 06:25:12 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ARE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT ARE THE BUREAUCRATS. WE DON'T KNOW WHO MOST OF THEMR BUT THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AND WHAT THEY DO IS WHAT A CERTAIN GROUP OF BUREAUCRATS. THEY REGULAR LAILT. AND THEY MAKE ALL KINDS OF RULES ABOUT EVERYTHING. USUALLY THEY WILL TAKE A LAW AND THEN THEY WILL REGULATE OR FORM RULES ABOUT THAT LAW. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE HAVE ABOUT 175, 000 PAGES OF REGULATION. COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS AND 175,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS. RULES BY FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS ON AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND AMERICAN INDIVIDUALS. DO WE NEED 175,000 RULES? MAYBE A FEW THOUSAND LESS WOULD BE BETTER. THE SCRUB ACT TRIES TO ORGANIZE ALL OF THESE RULES, BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM ARE IMPORTANT. A LOT OF THEM ARE GOOD. AND A LOT OF THEM ARE BAD AND A LOT OF THEM ARE DUMB. ANDAL WHOLE LOT OF THEM ARE EXPENSIVE TO AMERICANS. THE LACI ACT WAS WRITTEN IN 1900 AND IT SAYS IF A CRIME IS IN IT IS A CRIME IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. SO ONE WAS CHARGED WITH A CRIME UNDER THE INTERPRETATION OF THE LACI ACT BECAUSE HE HAD THE AUDACITY TO IMPORT INTO THE UNITED STATES A CARIBBEAN SPINEY LOBSTER FROM HONDURAS THAT WAS TOO SMALL AND SHIPPED THEM IN CARDBOARD BOXES INSTEAD OF PLASTIC BOXES. THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ENFORCE THIS LAW. THE HONDURAS GOVERNMENT SAID IN A BRIEF, DON'T PROSECUTE HIM, WE DON'T ENFORCE THIS LAW. BUT NO, HE IS PROSECUTED FOR BRINGING IN THOSE LITTLE LOBSTERS. YOU KNOW THE RESULT? HE GOT EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON? ARE YOU KIDDING ME. DO WE NEED TO BE SPENDING AMERICA'S MONEY AND TIME AND PROSECUTING PEOPLE FOR USING PAPER INSTEAD OF PLASTIC. THE SCRUB ACT WILL GO THROUGH AND TRY TO REGULATE THE REGULATORS AND REGULATE THE REGULATIONS AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:28:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:28:20 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WOULD INQUIRE IF THERE ARE ANY WITNESSES FROM THE…

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I WOULD INQUIRE IF THERE ARE ANY WITNESSES FROM THE OTHER SIDE THAT REMAIN?

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  • 06:28:30 PM

    WE HAVE NO REMAINING SPEAKERS. JONGS JOHNS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S…

    WE HAVE NO REMAINING SPEAKERS. JONGS JOHNS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S CLEAR THAT THE DRIVER OF THE SCRUBBLE ACT IS NOT THE DAIRY FARMER BUT THE OIL COMPANY AND THOSE AS RICH AND POWERFUL AS IT IS, AS THOSE ARE. AND SO, IN SUMMARY H.R. 1155 IS ANOTHER ANTI-REGULATORY BILL ON THE BIG CORPORATION WISH LIST SAD WILLING TAXPAYERS WITH A $33 MILLION CASH CHECK THAT WOULDN'T CREATE ONE JOB. AND THIS BILL HAS SERIOUS FLAWS AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT IT AND VOTE NO ON H.R. 11 5. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:29:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 06:29:30 PM

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. DURING THIS DEBATE, MY FRIENDS…

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. DURING THIS DEBATE, MY FRIENDS HAVE RAISED SEVERAL FALSE ALARMS ABOUT THE ALLEGED HARMS OF THIS BILL. THE BELLS RINGING FOR ALL AMERICANS IS THE BELL ABOUT THE DEAD WEIGHT OF WASHINGTON REGULATION IS PILING ON AMERICAN JOBS AND REGULATIONS. ALL RHETORIC ASIDE, THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED, WHERE DO AMERICAN JOBS AND WAGES STAND? WELL, THE INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY REPORTS, WE HAVE JUST CONCLUDED EIGHT YEARS OF ZERO REAL WAGE GROWTH FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND FAMILIES.

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  • 06:30:19 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    ZERO POINT ZERO. WHAT ABOUT JOBS? 94 MILLION AMERICANS ABOVE THE AGE OF 16…

    ZERO POINT ZERO. WHAT ABOUT JOBS? 94 MILLION AMERICANS ABOVE THE AGE OF 16 ARE OUT OF THE WORK FORCE, COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WORK FORCE. . . WE WOULD HAVE CREATED ABOUT SIX MILLION MORE JOBS IF THE SO-CALLED OBAMA RECOVERY HAD JUST BEEN AS GOOD AS -- AND STRONG AS THE AVERAGE RECOVERY SINCE WORLD WAR II. THE OBAMA RECOVERY INSTEAD IS THE WORST RECOVERY FROM A RECESSION IN A POSTWAR ERA. THE NEARLY $2 TRILLION OF ANNUAL REGULATORY COSTS CRUSHING OUR ECONOMY'S ABILITY TO CREATE NEW JOBS AND HIGHER WAGES IS A CRITICAL PART OF THIS PROBLEM. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, TO HELP DELIVER NEW JOBS AND BETTER WAGES TO AMERICA'S WORKERS AND FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:31:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:31:49 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I WANT TO FIRST START BY THANKING THE LEADERSHIP OF JASON SMITH IN…

    I WANT TO FIRST START BY THANKING THE LEADERSHIP OF JASON SMITH IN BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE US. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1155, THE SEARCHING FOR AND CUTTING REGULATIONS THAT RUN NECESSARY, BURDENSOME ACT OF 2015. ALSO KNOWN AS THE SCRUB ACT, WHICH WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. THE BILL ADDRESSES AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS , EVER GROWING REGULATION. EACH YEAR THE FEDERAL AGENCIES ADD REGULATION AFTER REGULATION, PILING UP INTO AN ALREADY COMPLEX AND CROWDED REGULATORY SYSTEM. THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATION NOW EXCEEDS 175,000 PAGES. AND EVERY YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROMULGATES THOUSANDS OF NEW REGULATIONS. IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE REGULATIONS. TIME AND TIME AGAIN. IN JUST THE FALL OF 2015, THE SEMIANNUAL UNIFIED REGULATORY AGENDA CONTAINED 2,000 MORE REGULATIONS, INCLUDED 144 REGULATIONS EXPECTED TO COST OVER $100 MILLION EACH. THIS EVER-GROWING STACK OF REGULATIONS HAS A CONSIDERABLE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. THIS HAPPENS NO MATTER WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS. DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, BUSH, OBAMA. IT DOESN'T MATTER. IT'S A NATURAL TENDENCY OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO WANT TO DO WHAT CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO DO. AND THERE ARE JUST THINGS THAT GET IMPLEMENTED THAT NEED TO BE SCRUBBED OUT OF THE SYSTEM SO WE CAN GET TO SOME SANITY AND SOME REASONABLENESS, SO PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTING OF THEM. I THINK THERE IS ROOM AND THERE'S PLACE FOR REGULATION, BUT IT IS A LIMITED ONE AND NEEDS TO BE WELL UNDERSTOOD AND IT IS REASONABLE TO CUT, SEARCH, CUT, FIND AND GET RID OF THESE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. SO, WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:33:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:33:56 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I THANK MY DEAR FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER,…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I THANK MY DEAR FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER, DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE, MR. CUMMINGS. I MUST SAY, THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER, REPRESENTING THE MAJORITY ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, REMINDED ME OF THE MEANING OF A WORD. TO COMPLAIN ABOUT JOB GROWTH WHEN YOUR PARTY HANDS A NEW DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT THE DEEPEST AND WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, WHEN YOU LEAVE THE COUNTRY WITH 10.2% UNEMPLOYMENT, AND THAT PRESIDENT AND THESE DEMOCRATS IN THIS CONGRESS REVERSE ALL THAT, UNEMPLOYMENT IS LESS THAN HALF OF THAT, 5%. WE'VE HAD 64 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF POSITIVE, NET POSITIVE, PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH, THE LONGEST STRETCH IN AMERICAN HISTORY. AND YOU WANT TO SAY IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER? IF WE HADN'T HAD SO MUCH REGULATION. WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY NARRATIVE. AND A FALSE ONE. AND A DANGEROUS ONE. THE NAME OF THIS BILL IS THE SCRUB ACT. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO WITH THIS BILL IS TO SCRUB IT. FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT'S DANGEROUS. BECAUSE IT WILL LIFT PROTECTIONS ON PUBLIC HEAMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY -- HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY. YOU DON'T LIKE REGULATION. SOME REGULATION IS BURDENSOME. CERTAINLY WE OUGHT TO HAVE REGULAR REVIEWS TO MAKE SURE WE REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THOSE. WE ALREADY DO. AGENCIES ARE ALREADY REQUIRED TO DO SO UNDER THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS SIGNED BY THIS PRESIDENT . IN FACT, THOSE EFFORTS ARE YIELDING RESULTS. THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE, MR. CHAIRMAN, OF THE UNITED STATES, REPORTS THAT AGENCIES HAVE IDENTIFIED, AND I QUOTE, TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF COST SAVINGS AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF HOURS OF REDUCED PAPERWORK AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THROUGH MODIFICATION OF EXISTING REGULATIONS BECAUSE OF THOSE REVIEWS. -- REVIEWS ALREADY IN PLACE. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, FOR EXAMPLE, MODIFIED ITS CHEMICAL HAZARD LABELING REQUIREMENT, REDUCING COSTS TO INDUSTRY BY $2.5 BILLION OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. I'M PARTICULARLY TROUBLED BY THE BILL'S CREATION OF A CUT-GO SCHEME, WHICH SEEMS TO DECEPTIVELY APPEALING -- SEEMS DECEPTIVELY APPEALING. THAT'S PLAN IN WHICH AGENCIES WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ELIMINATE AN EXISTING REGULATION BEFORE THEY COULD POSSIBLY PROMULGATE A NEW ONE. THAT FORCES AGENCIES INTO AN ARBITRARY AND UNTENABLE POSITION OF HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PRESERVING EXISTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS OR MOVING TO PROTECT NEW THREATS AGAINST NEW THREATS -- NEW THREATS, AGAINST NEW THREATS. THE BILL PROVIDES NO SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY RULES, EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY RULES, NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY JEOPARDIZING THE VERY PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY MISSION OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. OF COURSE, MR. SPEAKER, THE REAL INTENT BEHIND THIS BILL, AND ANOTHER THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER TOMORROW, IS NOT ABOUT IMPROVING REGULATORY PROCESSES. BUT TO CREATE DELAYS, TO GRIND THE REGULATORY PROCESS TO AN ABSOLUTE HALT FOR THE BENEFIT OF CERTAIN CORPORATE INTERESTS IN AMERICA. AT THE PUBLIC'S EXPENSE. IN ADDITION TO NOT GIVING THE ADMINISTRATION ANY CREDIT FOR ITS HERCULEAN EFFORTS TO STREAMLINE CURRENT REGULATIONS, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE CONVENIENTLY FAILED TO MENTION ANY OF THE HEALTH OR SAFETY BENEFITS OF REGULATIONS. O.M.B. ESTIMATES THE ANNUAL NET BENEFIT OF MAJOR RULES ISSUED DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION AT APPROXIMATELY $215 BILLION. BUT THAT'S AN INCONVENIENT FACT, THAT'S A DIFFICULT THING TO TALK ABOUT, THERE THAT ACTUALLY COULD BE BENEFITS TO PUBLIC HEALTH BY CLEANER AIR AND CLEANER WATER. FURTHER, MY COLLEAGUES HAVE PROVIDED NO EVIDENCE THAT REGULATION SOMEHOW SERVES AS THE BOOT ON THE NECK OF THE ECONOMY, AS THEY WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE. I MENTIONED IT'S QUITE THE OPPOSITE. IN TERMS OF UNEMPLOYMENT, IN TERMS OF JOB GROWTH, IN TERMS OF G.D.P. GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S THIS LEGISLATION THAT'S UNNECESSARY. AND BURDENSOME. AND I SUGGEST A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. WE OUGHT TO SCRUB IT FROM THE CALENDAR. SHORT OF THAT, I CERTAINLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT, AS I WILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:39:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 06:39:06 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" CITED THE FEDERAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" CITED THE FEDERAL REGISTRY, IN ONE YEAR ALONE THERE WERE 81,611 PAGES OF NEW REGULATIONS. I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE GO BACK AND LOOK AT THOSE. I'D LIKE TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES, FOR HIS PASSION ON THIS TOPIC, AND WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO HIM.

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  • 06:39:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, SINCE 2008, THE TERM OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, SINCE 2008, THE TERM OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT, WE HAVE A NET REDUCTION IN SMALL BUSINESSES, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN RECORDED HISTORY A NET REDUCTION IN SMALL BUSINESSES IN THIS COUNTRY. A STUDY DONE IN 2012 BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS THAT SAYS, FOR SMALL MANUFACTURERS, FOR SMALL MANUFACTURERS, THE COST PER EMPLOYEE OF COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS IS $35,000. THERE'S ANOTHER STUDY THAT WAS DONE FOR THE S.B.A. THAT DETERMINED THAT $15,000 PER FAMILY, PER HOUSEHOLD, IS THE COST OF COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A BURDEN ON OUR FAMILIES. IT'S A BURDEN ON OUR ECONOMY. AT THE SAME TIME, THE ADMINISTRATION'S OUT THERE TALKING ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF TRADE -- FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. EXPLAIN TO ME HOW WE'RE GOING TO BUILD AND COMPETE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH THESE OTHER COUNTRIES IF WE'RE TYING AMERICAN WORKERS' HANDS BEHIND THEIR BACK AND THROWING THEM OUT THERE ON THE FIELD. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M NOT SURE WHAT BILL IS BEING DESCRIBED HERE BY SOME OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS. THIS BILL SETS UP A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION. YOU HEARD NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF REGULATIONS THAT WERE OUTDATED, THAT MIGHT HAVE MADE A TON OF SENSE IN THE 1940'S AND 1950'S. IT'S 2016. WE NEED TO TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT. THIS A STUDY THAT WAS DONE THAT SHOWED -- THAT DETERMINED THAT THIS BILL COULD RESULT IN THE REDUCTION OR THE COST SAVINGS OF $48 BILLION ANNUALLY, BY TAKING A FRESH LOOK AT REGULATIONS. GOVERNMENT'S NOT GOING TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY. GOVERNMENT DIDN'T MAKE THIS COUNTRY THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. IT WAS COMPETITION, IT WAS INNOVATION AND IT WAS HART WORK BY THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE -- HARD WORK BY THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE. TAKE THIS REGULATORY BURDEN OFF OF OUR WORK FORCE, MR. SPEAKER, AND LET'S PUT THESE PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:41:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:41:33 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION, THE SCRUB ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION, THE SCRUB ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A $30 MILLION MISSION TO DUPLICATE WORK AGENCIES ARE ALREADY SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. THE BILL WOULD ENTRUST THIS COMMISSION WITH EXTRAORDINARY POWERS THAT COULD BE SUBJECT TO ABUSE. THIS IS OPPOSED BY CITIZENS FOR SENSIBLE SAFEGUARDS, A COALITION OF MORE THAN 150 CONSUMER, LABOR AND GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS. IN ADDITION, THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED LAST NIGHT THAT IF THIS BILL WERE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT, HIS ADVISORS WOULD RECOMMEND THAT HE VETO IT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY ISSUED TWO EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. ON JANUARY 18, 2011, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 13563, REQUIRING EACH AGENCY TO IMPLEMENT PLANS FOR REVIEWING ITS EXISTING RULES. IT REQUIRES EACH AGENCY TO, QUOTE -- TO QUOTE PERIODICALLY, REVIEW EXISTING REGULATIONS, TO DETERMINE WHETHER SUCH REGULATIONS SHOULD BE MODIFIED, STREAM LINED, EXPANDED OR REPEALED. IN ADDITION, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 13610 ON MAY 10, 2012, REQUIRING AGENCIES TO REPORT TWICE A YEAR TO THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ON THE STATUS OF THEIR RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW EFFORTS. IN NOVEMBER, 2014, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES ISSUED A REPORT HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPACT OF THESE MANDATED REVIEWS. THE REPORT CONCLUDED, AND I QUOTE, IMPLEMENTING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS, AGENCIES IDENTIFIED TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF COST SAVINGS AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF HOURS OF REDUCED PAPERWORK AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS THROUGH MODIFICATIONS OF EXISTING REGULATIONS, END OF QUOTE. CONGRESS ALSO HAS THE AUTHORITY AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT, TO REVIEW EXISTING AGENCY RULES AND TO RECOMMEND OR MANDATE REFORMS. YET THIS BILL ATTEMPTS TO REDUCE BUREAUCRACY BY CREATING A NEW COMMISSION THAT WOULD COST TAXPAYERS $30 MILLION. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. $30 MILLION. TO DO WHAT AGENCIES IN CONGRESS ARE ALREADY DOING. ONE OF THE MOST TROUBLING ASPECTS OF THIS BILL IS THE BROAD AUTHORITY IT WOULD GIVE THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED AUTHORITY TO SUBPOENA WITNESSES OR DOCUMENTS. SPECIFICALLY SECTION 101-C OF THIS BILL STATES, AND I QUOTE, THE COMMISSION MAY ISSUE SUBPOENAS REQUIRING THE ATTENDANCE AND TESTIMONY OF WITNESSESES AND THE PRODUCTION OF ANY EVIDENCE RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION. THE ATTENDANTS OF WITNESS --, -- ATTENDANCE OF WITNESSES MAY BE REQUIRED FROM ANYPLACE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, AT ANY DISNATED PLACE OF HEARING WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, END OF QUOTE. MOST AGENCY INSPECTORS GENERAL DO NOT HAVE SUCH BROAD AUTHORITY TO COMPEL WITNESSES TO TESTIMONY. YET THIS UNELECTED COMMISSION WOULD HAVE THIS AUTHORITY. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE JURISDICTION OVER EVERY EXISTING REGULATION. THIS MEANS THAT IT COULD COMPEL AN INDIVIDUAL TO TESTIFY ON ANY SUBJECT. A SCHOOL TEACHER COULD BE COMPELLED TO TESTIFY ABOUT EDUCATION RULES OR A SENIOR CITIZEN COULD BE COMPELLED TO TESTIFY ABOUT MEDICARE OR SOCIAL SECURITY RULES. THREE PROMINENT LAW PROFESSORS WITH THE CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE REFORM SENT A LETTER OPPOSING THIS BILL LAST MONTH. THE LETTER SAID, AND I QUOTE, H.R. 1155 WOULD CREATE A CONVOLUTED, COMPLEX AND POTENTIALLY VERY EXPENSIVE BUREAUCRACY TO REVIEW EXISTING AGENCY RULES AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE REPEAL OR WEAKEN OF THOSE RULES, WITH LITTLE MEANINGFUL OVERSIGHT, TRANSPARENCY OR PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY, TO ENSURE THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS DO NOT SUBVERT THE PUBLIC INTEREST, END OF QUOTE. THIS MAY BE A WELL INTENDED BILL, BUT IT COULD HAVE DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES AND I URGE MEMBERS TO OPPOSE IT. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ADMITTED INTO THE RECORD BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, MR. SPEAKER. .

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  • 06:46:20 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    DATED JANUARY 25, 2016.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    I RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 06:46:33 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 11 5, SEARCHING FOR AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 11 5, SEARCHING FOR AND CUTTING BURDENSOME ACT. THE IDEA BEHIND IS SIMPLE CLEAR. AND THIS LEGISLATION CREATES A COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED RULES, STREAMLINE AND UPDATES OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM AND ENFORCES SYSTEMS TO REPEAL REGULATIONS TO OFFSET THE COSTS. AS A A CAREER SMALL BUSINESSPERSON I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GROW A BUSINESS UNDER THE BURDEN OF EXCESSIVE REGULATION. I MET A PAYROLL EVERY WEEK FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS AND I WOULD PROPOSE TO YOU IF THEY SIGNED PAYCHECKS THEY WOULD PROPOSE FEWER REGULATIONS. ACCORDING TO A REPORT, THE COST OF THE ECONOMY OF REGULATIONS IS A STAGGERING $ TRILLION A YEAR AND WE WONDER, MR. SPEAKER, WHY MANUFACTURERS CHOOSE TO MOVE THEIR OPERATIONS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. INSTEAD OF HIRING MORE WORKES, RAISING MORE WAGES, MANY BUSINESSES ARE FORCED TO DIVERT INVESTMENTS TO COMPLYING WITH MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS. THIS HAS TO CHANGE. AS I TRAVEL MY DISTRICT, I'M OFTEN ASKED HOW DO WE RE-IG KNIT THE ECONOMY. WE HAVE THE BEST PEOPLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. SIMPLY GET OUT OF OUR WAY. GET OFF OF OUR BACKS WITH EXCESSIVE REGULATIONS AND BACK POCKETS WITH EXCESSIVE FEES AND TAXES AND WE WILL GROW OUR BUSINESSES AND HIRE MORE SPLOYEES AND CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM. I THANK MR. SMITH OF MISSOURI FOR PUTTING THIS PROPOSAL FORWARD. AND AND OUR BUSINESSES CAN BE FREE FROM OUTATED REGULATIONS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:49:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 06:49:17 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1155. I THINK IF ALL OF US ARE HONEST IN THIS…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1155. I THINK IF ALL OF US ARE HONEST IN THIS HOUSE WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY I HEAR ON A REGULAR BASIS FROM THE PEOPLE OF GEORGIA OF HOW THEY ARE BEING STRANGLED ECONOMICALLY BECAUSE OF THE OVERBURDENED FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT ARE UPON THEM. IT'S AND ISSUE THAT WE MUST ABSOLUTELY ADDRESS AND IT'S AN ISSUE WE HAVE DEALT WITH NOW AND AGAIN AND NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND AND THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THE SCRUB ACT. IT WILL ESTABLISH A BLUE-RIBBON COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY OUTDATED AND UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS IN REPLACING A BURDEN ON OUR BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS. THIS COMMISSION WILL BE COMPRISED MUCH OF EXPERTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR FROM ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. I HOPE WE HAVE HEARD WHAT HAS BEEN SAID HERE. 175,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS AMOUNTING TO $ TRILLION A YEAR OF BURDENS UPON OUR ECONOMY AND BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS ON THIS COUNTRY. IT AMOUNTS TO AS ANNOUNCED PREVIOUSLY, $15,000 PER HOUSEHOLD. HOW CAN WE TOLERATE THIS ANY LONGER? WE CAN'T? WE CAN'T. AND THE COMMISSION WILL GO THROUGH ALL OF THESE 17 ,000 PAGES OF REGULATIONS AND HELP END A CULTURE OF SUFFOCATION IN REGULATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED THE SCRUB ACT AND I'M PLEASED TO DO SO AGAIN TODAY. I URGE MY KELL ETION TOE SUPPORT H.R. 1155 AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:51:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MY COUNTERPART I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND…

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MY COUNTERPART I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER AND PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 06:51:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    RELIEVES UNNECESSARY REGULAR LAYINGS ON AMERICA. THIS HAS A SYSTEM ATTIC…

    RELIEVES UNNECESSARY REGULAR LAYINGS ON AMERICA. THIS HAS A SYSTEM ATTIC PROCESS TO REDUCE REGULATORY COSTS AND THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO LIMIT AMERICA'S NEW ECONOMIC FREEDOMS. ACCORDING TO THE INSTITUTE, THE ADMINISTRATION ISSUED 82,000 036 OF PROPPED RULES IN 2015 ECLIPSING THE 2010 RECORD. IN 2015 THAT EQUALED 3,408 RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE WEIGHT OF REGULAR LAYING IS A MILLSTONE AROUND SMALL BUSINESSES STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE. THE SCRUB ACT PROVIDES A MEANS TO CUT UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS AND HELP THE ECONOMY RECOVER. IT HAS MY BILL. IT REQUIRES THE REVIEW OF EXISTING REGULATIONS IN NEED OF REPEAL. UNDER THE REVIEW OF PROCESS, IT PRIORITIZES THOSE PROCESSES WITH THOSE WERE AN ECONOMIC BURDEN. IT REQUIRES RECOMMENDATIONS ON REGULATORY REPEAL TO BE PRESENTED TO CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL. IF CONGRESS GIVES THE OK, REPEAL MUST HAPPEN. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SUPPORT ELIMINATING THE COST OF UNNECESSARY REGULATION TO HELP ECONOMIC RECOVERY. THE SCRUB ACT IS A MECHANISM TO ACHIEVE THIS COMBOLE GOAL. I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:53:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS REVEALS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS REVEALS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 06:53:59 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN CLOSING, AND I WOULD SAY…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN CLOSING, AND I WOULD SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES -- ON THE OTHER SIDE TALK ABOUT THE COST OF REGULATIONS AND I THINK WE ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THERE IS A REASON FOR REGULATIONS. SADLY IN MANY INSTANCES, THERE HAVE BEEN ABUSES WHERE THE PUBLIC'S HEALTH, SAFETY IS A CONCERN AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE BALANCE. AND I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE A LOT IN THAT REGARD. PROBABLY DONE MORE THAN IN OF MANY OF HIS PREDECESSORS. THESE REGULATIONS HAVE ENORMOUS BENEFITS. THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS REPORTED THE NET BENEFITS OF MAJOR RULES ISSUED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FROM 2009 TO 2014 IS 10 $215 BILLION. AGENCIES HAVE REDUCED THE COST OF RIG LIGSES BY STREAMLINING EXISTING RULES. THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE REPORTED THAT MORE THAN THE 90% OF RETROSPECTIVE REVIEWS RESULTED IN AMENDMENTS TO THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MODIFIED CHEMICAL LABELING REQUIRKTSE AND WOULD SAVE MANUFACTURERS AROUND $.5 BILLION OVER 5 YEARS. WE DO NOT NEED TO WASTE $30 MILLION ON A NEW COMMISSION TO REVIEW RULES WHEN AGENCIES ARE PERFORMING DISFUNCTION WITHOUT ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER FUNDING. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:55:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

  • 06:56:07 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I YIELD APPLIES SUCH TIME --

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    CHAFFETZ: I WANT TO CONGRATULATE JASON SMITH FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. A LOT…

    CHAFFETZ: I WANT TO CONGRATULATE JASON SMITH FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. A LOT OF MEMBERS HAVE A DEEP-SEEDED INTEREST IN THIS. THERE HAS BEEN A GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS. IN GENERAL, I THINK WHAT HE WE ARE PROPOSING IS VERY FAIR AND VERY BALANCED. WE ARE ASKING FOR A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE TO GO BACK AND REVIEW THINGS. I THINK IT WOULD BE NAIVE TO THINK THAT REGULATIONS ADDED IN THE 190'S AND 1940'S ARE AUTOMATICALLY, BY DEFAULT, NECESSARY TODAY. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GO BACK AND LOOK AND WE ARE ASKING TO DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT IS A NOT A HEAVY LIFT AND VERY BIPARTISAN AND IT IS THE RIGHT THING. THERE IS A PROPER ROLE? DOESN'T MEAN THAT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE REGULATED. I WORRY ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN, THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE TRYING TO GET THINGS DONE. AND WE HANDCUFF PEOPLE. THERE ARE UNINTENDED CON SENSE QUESTION. AND THE ECONOMY IS DIFFERENT TODAY. IT IS REASONABLE TO GO BACK AND TRY TO SCRUB OUT SOME OF THESE REGULATIONS AND DO SO IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, BUT YET THERE IS OPPOSITION. NEVERTHELESS, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A GOOD BILL AND I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR IT AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:57:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL…

    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, NO AMENDMENT SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPTED IN HOUSE REPORT 11 -388. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE IN THE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPEAKS FEDERAL IN THE REPORT EQUALLY AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:58:44 PM

    MS. FOXX

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1, OFFERED BY MS. FOXX OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA EACH…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:59:08 PM

    MS. FOXX

    COMMISSION'S REVIEW OF EXISTING RULES. ITCH YEAR, WASHINGTON HAS IMPOSED…

    COMMISSION'S REVIEW OF EXISTING RULES. ITCH YEAR, WASHINGTON HAS IMPOSED RULES AND REGULATIONS. RATHER THAN FOLLOWING THE RULES THEMSELVES AND ASKING FOR NEW FUNDS, RG LATEORS PASSED THE COST TO OTHERS BY REQUIRING THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PAY FOR NEW INITIATIVES. THESE COSTLY MANDATES MAKE IT HARDER FOR COMPANIES TO HIGHER AND FOR STATES, COUNTIES AND CITIES TO KEEP STREETS SAFE. MY AMENDMENT IS ASKED TO CONSIDER IN THEIR REVIEW WHETHER UNFUNDED MANDATES ARE ECONOMICALLY DEFENSIBLE AND THE LEAST BURDENSOME OPTIONS AVAILABLE. FEDERAL AGENCIES OFTEN GRANT INITIATIVES WITHOUT USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY IMPOSING REGULATIONS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT COSTS PASSED THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR ARE BOTH NECESSARY AND MINIMAL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 07:00:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:00:49 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS IN THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD SIMPLY ADD UNFUNDED MANDATES AS ANOTHER BASIS FOR THE COMMISSION TO PRIORITIZE THE REVIEW OF CERTAIN RULES. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION CONTAINS NO EXCEPTIONS FOR RULES, NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT. THE COMMISSION THE BILL CREATES COULD RECOMMEND THE REPEAL OF RULES SUCH AS THE ONES THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES FINALIZED THIS WEEK, STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENTS FOR BUYING FIREARMS. SUCH IMPORTANT PUBLIC SAFETY RULES COULD BE JEOPARDIZED BY THIS BILL. I OPPOSE THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH DOES NOT IMPROVE THE BILL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:01:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:01:48 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER.

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  • 07:01:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR OFFERING THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT. IT WILL ENSURE THAT COSTLY UNFUNDED MANDATES ARE GIVEN FULL CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THIS UNDERLYING BILL. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON HAVE ISSUED OVER 36,000 NEW REGULATIONS. THINK ABOUT THAT. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS HAVE ISSUED OVER 36,000 NEW REGULATIONS. THAT'S A LOT. AND EACH OF THESE SHIFT THE COST AND BURDEN OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S BIG GOVERNMENT AGENDA ONTO THE BACKS OF EVERYDAY WORKING PEOPLE, SMALL BUSINESSES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THESE UNFUNDED MANDATES COST JOBS, HURT WORKING AMERICANS AND PLACE ANKLE WEIGHTS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. IT'S PAST TIME TO SLOW DOWN THIS RUNAWAY TRAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FOXX AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:03:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:03:17 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY SELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN CLOSING --…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MY SELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN CLOSING -- MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IN CLOSING, WE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:03:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RESPONSE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, LET ME…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RESPONSE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, LET ME SAY THAT UNFUNDED MANDATES TAKE MANY FORMS THAT MAY NOT BE INCLUDED WHEN REGULATORY COSTS ARE COUNTED. THAT IS WHY STRONG BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED THE UNFUNDED MANDATES REFORM ACT IN 1995. SIMILARLY, MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THAT COSTS PASSED FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES ARE PROPERLY COUNTED AND CONSIDERED. IF MANDATES UNDER REVIEW ARE ECONOMICALLY DEFENSEABLE AND REPRESENT THE BEST POLICY OPTION AVAILABLE, THEN THE COMMISSION WILL NOT RECOMMEND THEY BE REPEALED. THE ISSUE OF UNFUNDED MANDATED IS FREQUENTLY OVERLOOKED IN THE DEBATE ABOUT REFORMING OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM AND CARRYING OUT FEDERAL POLICIES. IT'S ALL TOO EASY FOR WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS TO WRITE OFF CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY HANDFUL OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR A SMALL SUBSET OF PRIVATE BUSINESSES. BUT THESE DECISIONS HAVE REAL COSTS AND REAL EFFECTS ON THE INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES WE EACH REPRESENT. WHILE MY AMENDMENT IS A SMALL CHANGE, IT ENSURES THAT COSTS PASSED DOWN TO BUSINESSES AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE TRULY THE BEST MEANS TO ACHIEVE DESIRED POLICY ENDS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION AND ASK FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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  • 07:04:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.

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    MS. FOXX

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:05:15 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. SCHWEIKERT OF ARIZONA.

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  • 07:05:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:05:37 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OCCASIONS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE OCCASIONS WHERE WE WALK UP TO THE MIKE AND WE ALWAYS SAY, IT'S A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. THIS ONE REALLY IS A SIMPLE AMENDMENT. MANY OF US HERE, PARTICULARLY MYSELF, I HAVE A FIXATION ON INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY. AS A DRAMATICALLY MORE EFFICIENT, SAFER, HEALTHIER WAY TO REGULATE. SO IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A COMMISSION LOOKING AT AGENCIES, LOOKING AT THE LEVELS OF REGULATIONS, LOOKING AT THE MECHANICS OUT THERE, CAN THEY ALSO TAKE A LOOK AND MAKE SURE THEY'VE ADOPTED THE MOST APPROPRIATE, THE MOST TECHNICALLY APPROPRIATE AND EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGY FOR THAT REGULATION? A COUPLE YEARS AGO, SITTING ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, WE WERE HEARING SOME -- IT WAS A DIVISION OF E.P.A. AND THESE BUSINESSES CAME IN AND THEY BROUGHT IN STACKS OF PAPER THAT THEY HAD TO FILL OUT AND FAX IN. OK. IT'S ABSURD IN TODAY'S WORLD. BUT THAT'S THE WAY THE REGS THEY WERE UP AGAINST WERE WRITTEN. WELL, IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A COMMISSION LOOKING AT WHAT'S WRONG UP THERE, WHAT CAN BE MADE FOR EFFICIENT, WHAT IS INAPPROPRIATELY BURDENSOME, LET'S ALSO TAKE A LOOK AND SAY, WHAT CAN ACTUALLY BE MADE LESS BURDENSOME THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY? AND WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:07:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE A GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE A GENTLEMAN OPPOSED? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:07:11 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:07:15 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT ESTABLISHES ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AMENDMENT ESTABLISHES ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR THE COMMISSION'S ONE-SIDED REVIEW OF ALL FEDERAL REGULATIONS, AUTHORIZING IT TO IDENTIFY RULES FOR REPEAL THAT MAY LIMIT OR PROHIBIT AGENCIES FROM ADOPTING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS IN ORDER TO LOWER REGULATORY COSTS. ALTHOUGH THIS CRITERIA ITSELF MAY BE UNOBJECTIONABLE ON ITS FACE, IT DOES NOTHING TO CHANGE THE COMMISSION'S COSTS, ONLY DEREGULATORY AND DANGEROUS MANDATE UNDER TITLE 1 OF H.R. 1155. FURTHERMORE, RATHER THAN ALLOWING AGENCIES TO MODIFY OR IMPROVE EXISTING RULES TO ACCOMMODATE FOR TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ONLY CREATE A BASIS FOR ELIMINATING RULES. FOR INSTANCE, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD AUTHORIZE THE COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY A RULE PROTECTING WORKERS AGAINST DISCRIMINATION FOR ELIMINATION, REGARDLESS OF ITS BENEFITS, IF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RULE COULD BE MITIGATED BY ADOPTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY. IN OTHER WORDS, NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT AND BENEFICIAL A RULE PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION MAY BE, IT COULD BE ELIMINATED IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES THAT IT SOMEHOW ENCUMBERS AGENCY EFFICIENCY. THAT'S LAUGHABLE. AS THED A MISSION -- ADMINISTRATION -- AS THE ADMINISTRATION NOTES IN ITS STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, WHICH THREATENS TO VETO THIS BILL SHOULD IT REACH THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, THIS BILL LACKS ANY HAD, QUOTE, MECHANISM FOR MAKING -- ANY, QUOTE, MECHANISM FOR MAKING THOUGHTFUL AND MODEST MODIFICATIONS TO RULES TO IMPROVE THEIR IMPLEMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT, WHICH IS OFTEN THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION BEFORE WE SCUTTLE A RULE OR AS WE TRY TO MAKE THE REGULATION WORK. SO ACCORDINGLY I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:09:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 07:09:31 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    MR. CHAIRMAN, CAN I QUICKLY INQUIRE THE TIME REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIR

    3 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 07:09:36 PM

    THANK YOU. LET'S TRY SL SOMETHING. IT'S FAIRLY -- LET'S TRY SOMETHING.…

    THANK YOU. LET'S TRY SL SOMETHING. IT'S FAIRLY -- LET'S TRY SOMETHING. IT'S FAIRLY NOVEL AROUND HERE. THIS IS JUST A FEW WORDS. LET'S ACTUALLY READ IT. WHETHER OR NOT THE RULE OR SET OF RULES LIMITS OR PREVENTS AN AGENCY FROM APPLYING NEW OR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, OUGHT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT. COME ON. HOW DO YOU OPPOSE THAT? I UNDERSTAND YOU MAY NOT LIKE THE BILL ITSELF. BUT AS AN AMENDMENT, IF WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO PUSH OUR GOVERNMENT INTO THIS CENTURY OF UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY, YOU'D AT LEAST LIKE THIS AMENDMENT. MR. CHAIR, WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE.

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  • 07:10:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS YIELDED.

  • 07:10:20 PM

    FORGIVE ME. IN THAT CASE, LOOK. THIS IS SIMPLE. THIS IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING…

    FORGIVE ME. IN THAT CASE, LOOK. THIS IS SIMPLE. THIS IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE WEAVING UP AND DOWN THROUGH WHAT WE DO HERE, TO TRY TO DRIVE THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION, TO MAKE -- TO MAKE US A MORE EFFICIENT, MORE RESPECTFUL OF OUR TAXPAYERS, BUT ALSO THE QUALITY OF INFORMATION, HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW THAT THE WAY A REGULATION'S BEING DONE IS BEING DONE IN THE MOST EFFICIENT, TECHNOLOGICALLY SOUND, RATIONAL WAY? I BELIEVE THIS SIMPLE LANGUAGE HERE HELPS DRIVE THE COMMISSION TO ACTUALLY REFLECT THAT. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:10:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITIONNITION -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:11:29 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:11:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG OF…

    3 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:11:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 58 0, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN -- 580, THE…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 58 0, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN -- 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 07:11:50 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL GIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL GIVE US GREATER INSIGHT INTO THE IMPACT OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON THE WAGES OF AMERICAN WORKERS. WE ALREADY KNOW FROM COUNTLESS STUDIES THAT THE ACCUMULATION OF REGULATIONS INCREASES THE COST OF GOODS, WHICH REDUCES THE BUYING POWER OF FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS TO PURCHASE THE ITEMS THEY NEED AND WANT. AN AREA THAT WE NEED TO STUDY MORE, THOUGH, IS WHAT IMPACT REGULATIONS HAVE ON THE WAGES OF MOST AMERICANS. GIVEN THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF REGULATIONS ON PRICES, IT IS REASONABLE TO CONCLUDE THAT THE REGULATIONS COULD BE A MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO PLANTING WAGES -- FLATTENING WAGES, AND ESPECIALLY FOR LOWER INCOME INDIVIDUALS. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS, THE MEDIAN WAGE OF U.S. -- OF THE U.S. IS THE SAME TODAY AS IT WAS IN 2007. THAT'S EIGHT YEARS OF NO INCOME GAIN FOR FAMILIES AND WORKERS IN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA ECONOMISTS HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT SINCE 2009 THE AVERAGE INCOME OF THE TOP 1% GREW BY 11.2% IN REAL TERMS, WHILE THE BOTTOM 99% SAW THEIR INCOMES DECREASE BY.4%. DURING THAT SAME TIME THERE HAVE BEEN OVER $100 BILLION IN NEW REGULATORY COSTS, ACCORDING TO A CENTER. MANY EMPLOYERS I SPEAK TO WOULD RATHER HIRE MORE WORKERS OR GIVE THEIR CURRENT STAFF A RAISE. INSTEAD, THEY'RE FORCED TO SPEND LIMITED RESOURCES ON MAKES SENSE OF THE THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF NEW -- ON MAKING SENSE OF THE THOUSANDS OF NEW PAGES -- ON THE THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF NEW REGULATIONS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON. EMPLOYERS ARE SPENDING MORE, LEAVING LITTLE LEFT FOR TAKE HOME PAY FOR EMPLOYEES. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES BELIEVE THAT MORE BUREAUCRACY RED TAPE AND MANDATES FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE WAGES AND REDUCE INEQUALITY. WHILE THESE REGULATIONS MAY SOUND GOOD IN THEORY, SOME OF THEM, THE HARD TRUTH IS THAT OVER TIME THEY LIMIT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES. MOST ALARMING IS THAT THESE NEGATIVE ECONOMIC IMPACTS EFFECT LOWER WAGE WORKERS THE VERY MOST. IMMOBILIZING THEM FROM FINDING WORK, RISING IN THEIR CAREERS AND INCREASING THEIR WAGES. WE NEED A SERIOUS STRATEGY, MR. CHAIRMAN, TO ADDRESS RUNAWAY REGULATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. FORTUNATELY THE SCRUB ACT IS AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH AND I COMMEND ITS SPONSOR, REPRESENTATIVE JASON SMITH, FOR HIS WORK. MY AMENDMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WILL ENHANCE THIS IMPORTANT BILL, BY INSTRUCTING THE COMMISSION TO REVIEW THE IMPACT OF REGULATION ON WAGES AS PART OF THEIR RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND THE BILL SO WE CAN UNLEASH INDIVIDUALS AND INDUSTRY FROM REGULATORY BURDENS AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE WAGES AND THE ECONOMY CAN GROW FOR EVERYONE. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I RESERVE.

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  • 07:15:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME MICHIGAN RESERVES. -- THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME MICHIGAN RESERVES. -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN REMBS. IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA OPPOSED? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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  • 07:15:41 PM

    I RISE TO POINT OUT SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE AMENDMENT OF THE…

    I RISE TO POINT OUT SOME SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE AMENDMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WHICH WOULD EXAMINE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT REGULATIONS HAVE ON WAGES. IT'S MY BELIEF THAT THIS AMENDMENT IS BASED ON THE FALSE PREMISE THAT ALL REGULATIONS HAVE SOME NEGATIVE IMPACT ON WORKERS AND THEIR WAGES BUT IT SHOULD BE CLEAR THAT THIS ONE SENTENCE AMENDMENT DOES NOT ENCOMPASS THE FULL STORY ABOUT THE CRITICAL IMPACT THAT WORKPLACE REGULATIONS CAN HAVE ON IMPROVING THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND INCOME OF WORKERS. FOR EXAMPLE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN OFFERED AND PUT INTO EFFECT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE IMPROVED WORKER SAFETY, INCREASED WORKPLACE OPPORTUNITY AND INCREASED WAGES AND BENEFITS ARE INDISPUTABLE. AND FAR OUTWEIGH THE COSTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE HOME CARE WORKERS RULE WOULD EXTEND OVERTIME AND MINIMUM WAGE PROTECTION TO TWO MILLION HOME CARE WORKERS. THE PROPOSED OVERTIME RULE WOULD EXTEND OVERTIME PAY PROTECTIONS FOR MORE THAN FIVE MILLION AMERICAN WORKERS WHO CURRENTLY WOULD BE PUTTING DOZENS OF OVERTIME HOURS FOR NO EXTRA PAY AT ALL. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS AMENDMENT SHOWS AN APPARENT CONCERN FOR THE PROBLEMS THAT WORKING FAMILIES FACE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN HAS TALKED VERY SENSIBLY ABOUT WAGE STAGNATION AND INCOME INEQUALITY. IF THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS, THERE ARE WAYS OF ADDRESSING IT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD BRING TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE THE RAISE THE WAGE ACT WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $12 AN HOUR BY 2020. AND WOULD GIVE OVER 30 MILLION AMERICANS A RAISE. WE COULD SUPPORT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S PROPOSED RULE THAT INCREASES OVERTIME SALARY THRESHOLDS WHICH WOULD UPDATE THE OVERTIME RULE TO ENSURE THAT FIFE MILLION MORE AMERICANS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO EARN OVERTIME FOR HOURS WORKED OVER 40 HOURS A WEEK SINCE THE -- WEEK. SINCE THE 1970'S, WORKER OUTPUT HAS INCREASED 74% BUT THE HOURLY COMPENSATION OF THE TYPICAL WORKER HAS ONLY INCREASED 9%. WORKERS SIMPLY AREN'T RECEIVING A FAIR SHARE OF THE WEALTH THEY CREATE. THE OVERTIME RULE WOULD HELP ADDRESS THIS DISPARITY. WE COULD CO-SPONSOR THE WAGE ACT THAT WOULD PROTECT AMERICANS' FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO JOIN TOGETHER AND BARGAIN FOR BETTER WAGES. TO DATE, 64 HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT THE WAGE ACT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS WHO WANT TO RAISE WAGES IN APPROVED WORKPLACE -- AND IMPROVE WORKPLACE CONDITIONS. SO MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE ALTERNATIVES BUT TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:18:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:18:48 PM

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY MY FRIEND…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA. I APPRECIATE THE FACT HE SITS IN ON ALL OUR WORK FORCE PROTECTION SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING. WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE REGULATORY CHANGES THAT THE GENTLEMAN SPEAKS TO. BUT HE AS WELL AS THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THAT SUBCOMMITTEE HAVE HEARD VERY CLEAR TESTIMONY THAT WHILE THEY ARE BASED ON WONDERFUL DESIRES, WE ALL WANT SAFE WORKPLACES, WE ALL WANT PEOPLE MAKING BETTER PAY, HAVING BETTER BENEFITS, LIVING WAGES, YET ALL OF THOSE COME WITH COSTS AND IN FACT, EVERY ONE OF THOSE REGULATORY IDEAS WOULD COST JOBS AND JOB SECURITY. I'VE SEEN THAT WITH SEVERAL OF THOSE IN THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN AS THEY'VE BEEN IMPLEMENTED. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE SHOULD HAVE COMMONSENSE,ESQUE I REGULATIONS THAT TRULY PUNISH BAD ACTORS BUT LEG RATION -- REGULATIONS CANNOT COME AT OVERWHELMING COSTS. WE ARE SEEING NOW WITH ANEMIC GROWTH AND STAGNANT WAGES. SADLY, WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH WAGES HAVE TRULY BEEN HIT BY THESE REGULATIONS WHICH IS WHY MY AMENDMENT IS NEEDED. SO I ASK FOR SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 07:20:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FOUR PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:20:42 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT.

  • 07:20:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:20:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF…

    PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA.

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  • 07:20:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 07:21:06 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE TITLE 2 OF H.R. 1155…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT WOULD STRIKE TITLE 2 OF H.R. 1155 WHICH WOULD REQUIRE AGENCIES TO UNDERTAKE A REGULATORY CUT-GO PROCESS TO REPEAL RULES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION WITH LITTLE TO NO CONSIDERATION OF THE RULE'S BENEFITS PRIOR TO ISSUING THE NEW RULE. THESE REGULATORY CUT-GO PROVISIONS WOULD APPLY TO EVERY NEW AGENCY RULE NO MATTER HOW IMPORTANT OR PRESSING FOR EVERY REGULATORY AGENCY. ALARMINGLY, TITLE 2 WOULD ALSO REQUIRE AGENCIES TO UNDERTAKE A NOTICE AND COMMENT PROCESS FOR ALL RULES ELIMINATED THROUGH CUT-GO BECAUSE, AS I NOTED EARLIER, AGENCIES ARE UNABLE TO SIMPLY RESCIND THE RULES. THUS, THIS BILL WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY DELAY OR EVEN PREVENT NEW REGULATIONINGS -- NEW REGULATIONS THROUGH THIS BURDENSOME AND TIME CONSUMING REQUIREMENT. AS SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES' AMENDMENTS DEMONSTRATE, THE BILL'S REGULATORY CUT-GO PROCEDURES ARE UNSAFE, DANGEROUS AND WOULD TIE THE HANDS OF AGENCIES RESPONDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH CRISES REQUIRING TIMELY REGULATORY RESPONSES. IN FACT, THIS BILL LACKS ANY MECHANISM FOR CONSIDERATION OF PUBLIC POLICY AND SAFETY WHICH WOULD LEAVE NO OPTION FOR AGENCIES TO ISSUE EMERGENCY RULES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENT FROM IMMINENT HARM. THE BILL'S PROPONENTS CLAIM THAT TITLE 1 OF H.R. 1155 WOULD ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE COST OF THE BILL -- COSTS OF THE BILL ARE NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE BENEFIT TO SOCIETY, BUT AS PROFESSOR LEVIN TESTIFIED IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S CONSIDERATION OF A PREVIOUS VERSION OF THIS BILL, THE CATCH-ALL LANGUAGE OF SUBSECTION H-2-1, H-2-I, ACTUALLY, WOULD ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO RECOMMEND THE REPEAL OF ANY PROMULGATED, ANY RULE PROMULGATED BY AN AGENCY BY ANY AGENCY IF IT DEEMS THE RULE'S REQUIREMENTS TO BE UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME. IN SHORT, THE COMMISSION WOULD BE FREE TO DISREGARD THE BENEFITS. FURTHERMORE, H.R. 1155 WOULD REQUIRE ONLY THAT IT MUST HAVE A METHODOLOGY, WHICH LEAVES THE WINDOW WIDE OPEN FOR ABSOLUTELY NO CONSIDERATION OF THE BENEFITS OF REGULATION. WHILE CONSIDERATION OF THE COST OF REGULATIONS IS SOMETIMES IMPORTANT, THERE IS ONLY -- THERE IS OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS THAT THE BENEFITS OF REGULATIONS VASTLY EXCEED THE COSTS IN BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS, THE BENEFITS OF OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM, OF REGULATORY PROTECTIONS HAVE MADE OUR COUNTRY SAFER, STRONGER, HEALTHIER AND CLEANER. THE NONPARTISAN GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS OBSERVED THAT THESE BENEFITS INCLUDE AMONG OTHER THINGS ENSURING THAT WORKPLACES, AIR TRAVEL, FOODS AND DRUGS ARE SAFE, THAT THE NATION'S AIR, WATER, AND LAND ARE NOT POLLUTED, AND THAT THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF TAXES IS COLLECTED. THE G.A.O. REPORTED IN 2007 THAT WHILE THE COST OF THESE REGULATIONS ARE ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, THE BENEFITS ESTIMATES ARE EVEN HIGHER. IN 2012, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, LIKEWISE CONCLUDED THAT EVEN BY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES THE BENEFITS OF MAJOR REGULATIONS EXCEEDED THE COSTS ON A TWO TO ONE BASIS OVER THE PAST DECADE. BETWEEN FISCAL YEARS 1999 AND 2009, THE BENEFITS OF REGULATIONS PRODUCED A NET BENEFIT OF $73 BILLION, VASTLY EXCEEDING THE REGULATIONS' COSTS. THIS EVIDENCE OVERWHELMINGLY REFUTES THE BOLD ASSERTION THAT REGULATORY COSTS ARE BURDENSOME, ELIMINATE JOBS OR HARM OUR ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT TO OPPOSE THIS MISGUIDED BILL AND I YIELD -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:25:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    >>

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

  • 07:25:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:25:59 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MARINO.

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  • 07:26:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 07:26:10 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. TITLE 206…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. TITLE 206 THE BILL CONTAINS ONE OF THE BILL EAST MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS A CUT-GO PROCESS FOR THE REPEAL OF REGULATIONS CONGRESS APPROVES FOR REPEAL. THIS PROCESS IS MOLDED ON THE CUT-GO PROCESS PIONEERED IN CONGRESS TO SELF-CONTROL FEDERAL SPENDING. BY ALLOWING REGULATORY REPEALS TO OCCUR ON A CUT-GO BASIS, THE BILL STABILIZES TOTAL FEDERAL REGULATORY -- REGULATORY CROSTS -- COSTS AND AVOIDS FORCING ALL REPEALS TO OCCUR IMMEDIATELY. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO WORK WITH THE ENTITIES THEY REGULATE TO ADMINISTER A SMOOTHER PROCESS OF REGULATORY APPEAL WITH AMPLE PRIORITIES TO PRIORITIZE THED OFFER OF REPEALS AND COOPERATIVELY CONSIDER ANY NEEDED REPLACEMENT REGULATION. THE CUT-GO PROCESS ALSO AVOIDS UP WITH OF THE MAJOR FLAWS OF THE REGULATORY LOOK BACK PROCESS APPLIED UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THOUGH THE PROCESS HAS RESULTED IN SOME COST REDUCTIONS UNDER INDIVIDUAL REGULATIONS, THE NET RESULT OF THE PROCESS HAS BEEN AN ALARMING INCREASE IN TOTAL COSTS IMPOSED BY ALL FEDERAL REGULATIONS. THAT IS A GIANT STEP BACKWARDS AN IT IS A RESULT THE SCRUB ACT'S CUT-GO PROVISIONS WILL EMPHATICALLY PREVENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY FOR THE RECORD A REPORT BY THE NATIONAL SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE OF MANUFACTURERS, TOTAL COST OF FEDERAL REGULATION IN 2012 WAS 2.-- WAS $2.028 TRILLION. THE ANNUAL COST BURDEN FOR AN -- FOR AN AVERAGE U.S. FIRM IS $233,000 OR 21% OF THE AVERAGE PAYROLL. WITH THAT KIND OF NUMBER, NO WONDER WE HAVE THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE. AND LISTEN TO THIS FIGURE. SMOUM MANUFACTURER WITH FEWER THAN 50 EMPLOYEES WILL PAY AN ESTIMATED CLOSE TO $35,000 PER EMPLOYEE PER YEAR TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK TO THE -- TO CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ.

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  • 07:28:30 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

  • 07:28:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES.

  • 07:28:35 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:28:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:28:44 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SIMPLY WANT TO…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, I SIMPLY WANT TO SAY THAT I CONCUR WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA WHO HAS STUDIED THIS AND SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME ON THIS. WE URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT REMOVES TITLE 2 OF THE BILL WHICH IS ONE OF THE BILL EAST MOST IMPORTANT PROVISIONS AND WITH THAT, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 07:29:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PB OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT --

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  • 07:29:21 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:29:47 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:29:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-38 , OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-38 , OFFERED BY MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND.

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  • 07:29:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. MR. CUMMINGS P.C. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT WAS CO-SPONSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER WOULD STRIKE TITLE 4 OF THIS BILL. TITLE 4 PROVIDES FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF AGENCY, COMPLIES WITH CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE BILL, INCLUDING REGULATORY CUT-GO PROCEDURE. THE AGENCY RULE MAKING PROCESS PROVIDES INTERESTED PARTIES WITH AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARTICIPATION WHEN AN INDUSTRY OR SPECIAL INTEREST DOES NOT LIKE THE RESULT OF THE RULE MAKING PROCESS, THIS BILL GIVES THEM ANOTHER BITE AT THE APPLE. JUDICIAL RERE-VIEW PROVIDES OPPONENTS OF RULES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DELAY REGULAR LACES BY TYING THEM UP IN COURT. NO RULES WOULD BE EXEMPT. A CORPORATE AND SPECIAL INTEREST WITH DEEP POCKETS COULD USE JUDICIAL REVIEW TO DELAY CRITICAL REGULATIONS THAT WOULD PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. . ACCORDING TO E.P.A., BY 2030, THE PLAN WILL CUT CARBON POLLUTION FROM THE POWER SECTOR BY NEARLY 1/3. YIELDING SUBSTANTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS TO AMERICANS. E.P.A. ESTIMATES THAT BECAUSE OF THESE REGULATIONS, AMERICANS WILL AVOID 90,000 ASTHMA ATTACKS AND SAVE 3,600 LIVES. THESE IMPORTANT RULES WERE DEVELOPED WITH INDUSTRY AND PUBLIC INPUT. E.P.A. STATES THAT IT RECEIVED 4.3 MILLION PUBLIC COMMENTS AND HELD HUNDREDS OF MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS. THE FINAL RULES REFLECT THIS VIGOROUS PROCESS. HOWEVER, IF THE SCRUB ACT WERE ENACTED, INDUSTRY OR SPECIAL INTERESTS COULD USE THE JUDICIAL REVIEW PROVISIONS TO STALL IMPORTANT RULES LIKE THE CLEAN POWER PLAN. THE JUDICIAL REVIEW PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL ARE YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO ERECT A ROAD BLOCK FOR IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS. THIS AMENDMENT REMOVES THIS FLAWED PROVISION FROM THE UNDERLYING BILL. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADOPT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:32:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 07:32:34 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZESED FOR FIVE MINUTES -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZESED FOR FIVE MINUTES -- IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:32:42 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 07:32:48 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESPECTFULLY RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RESPECTFULLY RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT STRIKES THE BILL'S TITLE, PROVIDING FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF AGENCY COMPLIANCE WITH REQUIREMENTS FOR REPEAL OF EXISTING RULES AND PUBLICATION OF PLANS, FOR REVIEW OF NEWLY PROMULGATED RULES. THESE PROVISIONS MUST BE RETAINED, NOT STRICKEN. THEY ARE CRITICAL TO ASSURE THAT RECALCITRANT AGENCIES ABIDE BY CONGRESS' APPROVALS OF RULES FOR REPEAL AND ACTUALLY DO PLAN FOR EFFECTIVE COST REDUCTION REVIEWS FOR NEWLY PROMULGATED REGULATIONS. WE KNOW THAT WITHOUT PROVISION FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW, RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY REGULATIONS CAN LEAD TO NOTHING BUT INCREASES IN THE OVERALL COST OF REGULATION. JUST LOOK AT THE RESULTS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 13563, WHICH PRECLUDED JUDICIAL REVIEW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:33:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 07:33:59 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

  • 07:34:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 07:34:02 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE YIELD BACK.

  • 07:34:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 07:34:07 PM

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AGAIN CONCUR WITH THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AGAIN CONCUR WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MARINO. THIS AMENDMENT STRIKES THE APPLICABILITY OF JUDICIAL REVIEW OF AGENCY COMPLIANCE WITH THIS LEGISLATION. THAT'S WHY I'M URGING A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. THE LEGISLATION WILL BEGIN A MUCH-NEEDED REVIEW OF OUR NATION'S REGULATORY STRUCTURE AND HOPEFULLY IDENTIFY MANY OUTDATED REGULATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT GETS IN THE WAY OF THAT. I THINK IT WOULD SLOW THIS PROCESS DOWN. AND IT GETS RID OF SOMETHING THAT, AGAIN, MAKES AN ALTERATION THAT I THINK HAS BEEN WELL DEBATED AND WELL DISCUSSED. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THE OVERALL BILL. BUT I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:34:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:35:23 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:35:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:35:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND.

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  • 07:35:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 07:35:45 PM

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT, CO-SPONSORED BY GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, JERRY CONNOLLY, WOULD EXEMPT INDEPENDENT AGENCIES FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS BILL. INDEPENDENT AGENCIES SERVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM A RANGE OF THREATS, INCLUDING THE COLLAPSE OF OUR FINANCIAL MARKETS AND HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS. AGENCIES SUCH AS THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, AND THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ARE DESIGNED TO INDEPENDENTLY REGULATE THE INDUSTRIES THEY COVER. THESE AGENCIES ARE NOT REQUIRED TO OBTAIN APPROVAL FOR THEIR RULES FROM THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS, AS OTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCIES MUST DO. THE REASON INDEPENDENT AGENCIES ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY IS TO PROTECT THEM FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN THEIR RULEMAKING. THE SCRUB ACT WOULD JEOPARDIZE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THESE AGENCIES BY SUBJECTING THEIR RULES TO OVERSIGHT BY THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS. SECTION 203 OF THE SCRUB ACT WOULD REQUIRE THEM TO REVIEW AND CERTIFY THE COST ESTIMATE FOR EVERY NEW RULE PROMULGATED BY AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY. THIS BILL WOULD ALSO REQUIRE INDEPENDENT AGENCIES TO COMPLY WITH THE BILL'S REGULATORY CUT-GO REQUIREMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE CONSUMER PROTECTION SAFETY COMMISSION HAS A PROPOSED RULE THAT WOULD ESTABLISH SAFETY STANDARDS FOR INFANT HIGHCHAIRS. HOW WOULD THE COMMISSION CHOOSE WHICH UNSAFE PRODUCT TO STOP REGULATING IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE APPROXIMATELY 10,000 CHILDREN INJURED EACH YEAR BY UNSAFE HIGHCHAIRS? THE COMMISSION RECENTLY WROTE A RULE CREATING THE STRONGEST CRIB SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. BUT THEY HAVE TO REPEAL THAT RULE. UNDER OUR AMENDMENT, INDEPENDENT AGENCIES WOULD NOT HAVE TO MAKE THIS CHOICE. BANK REGULATORS ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REGULATORY PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT OF 1996. WHICH REQUIRES THEM TO REVIEW ALL EXISTING BANKING REGULATIONS, AND I QUOTE, ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS, END OF QUOTE. THE BANK REGULATORS ARE ALREADY REQUIRED BY LAW TO REMOVE ALL OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY AND OVERLY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. THEY CANNOT SAVE UP OUTDATED REGULATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMULGATING NEW RULES UNDER THE SCRUB ACT, LIKE OTHER AGENCIES. THIS BILL WOULD HANDCUFF OUR BANK REGULATORS AND MAKE FINANCIAL CRISES AND THE RECESSIONS THAT FOLLOW THAT MUCH MORE LIKELY. SO, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, TO KEEP THE INDEPENDENT AGENCIES TRULY INDEPENDENT. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:38:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 07:39:00 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:39:06 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE NOT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'RE NOT PROPOSING TO HURT OR KILL BABIES. AND WE'RE NOT PROPOSING TO PUT HANDCUFFS ON CERTAIN REGULATORS IN THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR IS TO SIMPLY HAVE A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE, BIPARTISAN, LOOK AT REGULATIONS THAT MAY BE OUTDATED. AND SCRUB THEM. I THINK THAT'S A REASONABLE EXPECTATION. THAT IS NOT ASKING TOO MUCH. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT EVERY REGULATION'S GOING TO GO AWAY. THERE ARE SOME GOOD REGULATIONS. BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF BAD ONES AND THERE ARE A LOT THAT ARE OUTDATED. THINGS COME INTO THIS INSTITUTION, WHETHER THEY COME IN THROUGH LAWS OR THEY COME FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THEY NEVER GO AWAY. A LOT OF THEM ARE UNNECESSARY. THE BILL CREATES A BIPARTISAN AND IMPARTIAL COMMISSION TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS SYSTEM. THE COMMISSION WILL IDENTIFY OUT OF DATE AND EXPENSIVE REGULATIONS. INDEPENDENT AGENCIES FUNCTION VERY SIMILARLY. IF NOT THE SAME AS EXECUTIVE AGENCIES. AND THE REGULATIONS IMPOSE SIGNIFICANT COSTS ON THE ECONOMY. UNFORTUNATELY INDEPENDENT AGENCIES OFTEN IMPOSE MAJOR REGULATIONS WITHOUT REPORTING ANY QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION ON BENEFITS AND COSTS, WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAT THOSE REGULATIONS BE REVIEWED. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS NO NEED TO DISTINGUISH INDEPENDENT AND EXECUTIVE AGENCIES IN REQUIRING FRA FEDERAL AGENCIES TO CLEAN UP OUT OF DATE AND UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. A REGULATION IDENTIFIED AS UNNECESSARY REMAINS UNNECESSARY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER IT CAME FROM AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY OR AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCY, IT DOESN'T MATTER. IT SHOULD BE REVIEWED OR ELIGIBLE TO BE REVIEWED. WE THINK THAT'S REASONABLE AND I WOULD URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT. WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:41:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 07:41:09 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 07:41:13 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. COME WITH THAT WE YIELD BACK --

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    MR. CUMMINGS

    WITH THAT, WE YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 07:41:20 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, --

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  • 07:41:48 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    A RECORDED VOTE, MR. SPEAKER. REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 07:41:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 07:42:01 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE CHAIR

    IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART B OF…

    IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:42:15 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:42:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:42:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 07:42:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 07:42:38 PM

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1155 WOULD EXEMPT RULES AND REGULATIONS MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FROM THE BURDENSOME PROVISIONS OF THIS LEGISLATION. THE RULES THAT ARE PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SERVE THE NEARLY 21.9 MILLION VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. MORE THAN NINE MILLION OF WHOM ARE ENROLLED IN THE V.A. HEALTH SYSTEM. THESE ARE THE RULES THAT WILL IMPROVE THE V.A. AND THESE IMPROVEMENTS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED TO REPAIR A SYSTEM THAT IS POORLY EQUIPMENT QUPPED TO HANDLE THE INCREASING -- POORLY EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF VETERANS RETURNING FROM OVERSALES. THESE WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY HAVE ACCESS TO CRITICAL AND QUALITY HEALTH CARE. HOWEVER, IN ITS CURRENT FORM, THE SCRUB ACT WOULD DELAY OR EVEN BLOCK THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE RULES. FOR EXAMPLE, IT WOULD DELAY RULES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CARE TO THE 2.6 MILLION VETERANS WHO WERE POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO AGENT ORANGE DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. TO HELP THESE VETERANS, THE V.A. ISSUED A FINAL INTERIM RULE IN JUNE OF 2015 THAT WOULD EXPAND THE CLASS OF VETERANS PRESUMED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TREATMENT. THE NEW REGULATION WOULD INCLUDE THOSE WHO WORKED WITH AIRCRAFTS KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN SPRAYED WITH THIS DURING THE WAR. BUT UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE V.A. WOULD BE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH ADDITIONAL HURDLES TO MEET THE PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ADDITIONAL BENEFITS. AND IF THIS RULE COMES WITH ANY COST TO THE ECONOMY, THE V.A. MUST REPEAL A RULE OF EQUAL OR GREATER COST. ALL OF THIS MEANS DELAYS FOR OUR VETERANS WHO DESERVE BETTER. IN EFFECT, THE SCRUB ACT ASKS THE V.A. TO CHOOSE BETWEEN CLASSES OF AILING VETERANS. IT WOULD DELAY TREATMENT AND CREATE A ZERO-SUM GAME IN WHICH OUR VETERANS ULTIMATELY LOSE. THIS IS COMPLETELY WRONG. IT WOULD DELAY ESSENTIAL REFORMS TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM, ADDRESS EXISTING FLAWS AND BETTER SERVE OUR VETERANS. THE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE PLAGUED THE SYSTEM HAVE BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED, BOTH IN CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS AND IN THE PRESS. SINCE THE YEAR 2000, AT LEAST 22 GOVERNMENT REPORTS HAVE LOOKED INTO PATIENT WAIT TIMES AT V.A. FACILITIES. ONE OF THESE REPORTS FOUND THAT MORE THAN 57,000 OF OUR VETERANS HAVE WAITED LONGER THAN 90 DAYS FOR HEALTH CARE. THE AUDIT FOUND THAT STAFF WERE INSTRUCTED TO MISREPRESENT DATA IN 76% OF V.A. FACILITIES. THE V.A. IS IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION AND REFORM. AND WE'RE DOING A DISSERVICE TO OUR VETERANS BY DELAGE THESE REFORMS -- DELAYING THESE REFORMS AND THE RULES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH THESE REFORMS. THE SCRUB ACT IS BASED ON THE FAULTY IDEA THAT IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO CUT REGULATION THAN IT IS TO MOVE FORWARD TO IMPROVE CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. AND WHILE MY AMENDMENT WILL NOT CURE ALL THAT AILS THIS LEGISLATION, IT WILL ADDRESS ONE OF THE MOST GLARING FLAWS AND PRESERVE THE ABILITY OF THE V.A. TO EFFECTIVELY SERVE OUR VETERANS BY ENSURING THAT THESE REFORMS MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 07:45:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

  • 07:45:47 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

  • 07:45:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:45:54 PM

    THIS AMENDMENT INDICATES A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE OF…

    THIS AMENDMENT INDICATES A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE OF THE ACT. IT CLEARS THE UNDERBRUSH OF OUTDATED REGULATIONS. THERE'S NO REASON TO EXCLUDE ANY PARTICULAR AGENCY FROM RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW. A REGULATION THAT IS UNNECESSARY REMAINS UNNECESSARY REGARDLESS OF THE AGENCY THAT INITIALLY ISSUED IT. I'M SURE THERE WERE REGULATIONS ISSUED IN THE 192S, 1930'S, 1940'S, PICK YOUR DECADE, THAT WERE WELL INTENDED, BUT THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. AND I THINK IT'S TIME WE GO AND REVIEW THIS. IT COULD DITS ADVANTAGE VETERANS WHO ARE LIKELY TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS. WITH ALL THE LAWS AND ALL THE REGULATIONS, GUESS WHAT? VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AIN'T GETTING IT DONE. AND SO LET'S CLEAR THE UNDERBRUSH OF REGULATIONS, LET'S WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO FIX THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, BUT IT'S NOT UNREASONABLE TO ASK FOR A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE TO GO IN AND LOOK AT THIS AND STUDY THIS AND MAKE THESE TYPES OF RECOMMENDATIONS. I THINK THAT'S REASONABLE, IT'S BALANCED. AND IT'S NOT GOING TO HARM VETERANS. I THINK IT'S GOING TO HELP VETERANS. I THINK IT'S GOING TO HELP AN ADMINISTRATION AND BUREAUCRACY THAT'S SO BLOATED, ONCE THINGS GET IN, THEY NEVER COME OUT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO CHANGE. THAT'S WHY I THINK THIS AMENDMENT IS UNNECESSARY AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND I URGE A NO VOTE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:47:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

  • 07:47:31 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY, WE'VE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. JUST TO RESPOND BRIEFLY, WE'VE HEARD A WILL THE ABOUT CLEARING THE UNDERBRUR AND -- UNDERBRUSH AND SCRUBBING THE REGULATION BUS THE REALITY IS, IF THIS LEGISLATION PASSES, THERE WILL BE CERTAIN REGULATIONS AND IT WILL REQUIRE THE V.A. WHO IS IN THE MIDST OF MAJOR REFORM TO NOT MOVE FORWARD ON ITS REGULATIONS THAT ARE INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF VETERANS UNTIL THEY FIND ANOTHER REGULATION TO REPEAL THAT SOMEONE HAS DETERMINED IS OF EQUAL COST. SO THE REALITY IS, IT WILL DELAY IMPLEMENT EAG OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS. WE CAN DESCRIBE IT AS CLEARING THE UNDERBRUSH AND SCRUBBING, BUT WHAT IT WILL MEAN FOR AMERICA'S VETERANS IN MANY INSTANCES IS THEY WILL BE DENIED THE QUALITY CARE THEY DESERVE AND THEY EARNED IN DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT THAT WILL CARVE OUT THE VETERANS AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATION, THE AGENCY CHARGED WITH HONORING THE SERVICE OF OUR VETERANS, TO ENSURE THAT IMPROVEMENTS UNDER WAY THAT WE'RE ALL DEMANDING NOT BE DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE SCRUB ACT. I YIELD PACK.

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  • 07:48:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MR. CHAFFETZ THRK --

  • 07:48:43 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THERE'S NOTHING IN THE SCRUB ACT THAT'S GOING TO SLOW DOWN. THERE'S NO…

    THERE'S NOTHING IN THE SCRUB ACT THAT'S GOING TO SLOW DOWN. THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE FAILED TO DO. HOW MANY TIMES WILL WE GET CONSTITUENTS INTO OUR OFFICES COMPLAINING ABOUT THE V.A. ASK THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN YOUR OFFICES, WHAT ARE THE NUMBER ONE, TWO, AND THREE COMPLAINTS AND PROBLEMS THAT THEY HAVE AND I GUARANTEE YOU IN THE TOP THROW IT'S GOING TO BE VETERANS. WE'RE NOT TAKING CARE OF THE VETERANS THAT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF. WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE INTRODUCING A BILL THAT'S GOING TO HARM OUR ABILITY TO FIX THAT PROBLEM. BUT YOU ARE NAIVE AT BEST IF ANYBODY THINKS ALL THE REGULATIONS IN PLACE RIGHT NOW ARE JUST PERFECT. THAT'S EXA WHAT THEY'RE ARGUE, IT'S PERFECT. WE DON'T NEED TO GET RID OF ANYTHING. WE NEED MORE, MORE, MORE REGULATIONS. TAKE A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE, LET THEM LOOK AT IT, STUDY IT, SPEND THE TIME NECESSARY, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THAT'S REASONABLE. AND THAT'S WHY WE SHOULD VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:49:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:50:01 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE?

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    MR. CICILLINE

    YES.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:50:29 PM

    MS. DELBENE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT 114-388, OFFERED BY MS. DELBENE OF WASHINGTON.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580RK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 580RK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. DELBENE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 07:50:54 PM

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LIKE THE MOWN TEEN OF…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LIKE THE MOWN TEEN OF ANTI-REGULATION BILLS WE HAVE CONSIDERED IN THE PAST, THE SCRUB ACT IS IN NO WAY A SERIOUS EFFORT TO MAKE TARGETED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RULE MAKING PROCESS. TOUTED BY SUPPORTERS AS A JOB CREATION MEASURE, THIS IRRESPONSIBLE BILL TAKES A SLEDGEHAMMER APPROACH TO REFORM. PARTICULARLY EGREGIOUS IS THIS LEGISLATION'S COMPLETE FAILURE TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. MY AMENDMENT WOULD CORRECT THIS VERY SERIOUS MISTAKE. IN MARCH OF 2014, THE OSO LANDSLIDE A HORRIFIC NATURAL DISASTER THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF 43 PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, REQUIRED EVERY AVAILABLE RESOURCE TO BE DELAY PLA -- DEPLOYED WITHOUT DELAY. GIVEN THE MANY CRISES THE COUNTRY HAS FACED THE LAST YEAR ALONE FROM WILDFIRES TO TERRORIST THREATS, I'M ALARMED THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL TODAY THAT WOULD GET IN THE WAY OF AN AGENCY TRYING TO DO ITS JOB AT CRITICAL MOMENTS LEEK THESE. THE IDEA THAT AN AGENCY RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY WOULD BE FORCED TO WEIGH WHAT EXISTING REGULATIONS TO GET RID OF BEFORE THEY CAN TAKE NEW ACTION WHILE LIVES ARE AT RISK CANNOT BE WHAT THIS BODY INTENDS. BILLS LIKE THIS ARE NOT JOBS PACKAGES. THEY'RE PANDERING TO A FEW SELECT CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT PUT THE LIVES AND WELL BEING OF EVERY AMERICAN AT RISK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON MY AMENDMENT AND TO ENSURE THE NEXT TIME OUR COUNTRY FACES AN EMERGENCY, THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY CAN REST ASSURED KNOWING THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES THEY EXPECT TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN TIME OS CRISIS WILL NOT HAVE THEIR HANDS TIED BY THIS IRRESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:52:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 07:52:40 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES THAT CUT-GO DOESN'T APPLY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES THAT CUT-GO DOESN'T APPLY UNTIL THE COMMISSION REPORTS BACK. SO UNTIL THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO GO IN AND LOOK AT ARE TISSUE AND REVIEW AND DO ALL THAT, THEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY CUT OUT THIS UNDERBRUSH. I THINK I MADE MY POINTISM URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:56:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 07:56:52 PM

    MS. DELBENE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

    OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:57:20 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I RISE AS DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS TO OFFER HER AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE REPORT 114-388, OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 07:57:46 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT ON…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I AM OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT ON BHF OF MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUE ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE. LET ME BEGIN BY EXPRESSING MY APPRECIATION TO CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND RANKING MEMBER SLAUGHTER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND FOR MAKING THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT IN ORDER. I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THIS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1155, THE SEARCHING FOR AND CUTTING REGULATIONS THAT ARE NECESSARILY BURDENSOME ACT OF 2015, REFERRED TO AS THE SCRUB ACT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT ANY RULE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FROM THE ONEROUS MANDATES OF THIS REGISTRATION LEGISLATION. IF ENACTED, THE SCRUB ACT WOULD ESTABLISH A RETROSPECTIVE REGULATORY REVIEW COMMISSION TO IDENTIFY EXISTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT CAN BE REPEALED TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY REGULATORY COSTS TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. THIS BILL PURPORTS TO REDUCE BUREAUCRACY BY SALVAGING A NEW REGULATORY REVIEW COMMISSION, CHARGED WITH IDENTIFYING DUPLICATIVE, REDUN DAN OR OTHER REGULATIONS FOR REPEAL. I'M CONCERNED BY THE MEANS THE SCRUB ACT USES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS WORTHY GOAL AND THE REAL DANGERS IT PRESENTS TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. IF PASSED WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT, THIS LEGISLATION COULD REALLY UNDERMINE AND JEOPARDIZE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. IN PARTICULAR, THIS BILL UNDERMINES THE ABILITY OF AGENCIES TO ACT IN TIMES OF IMMINENT NEED TO PROTECT CITIZENS. THE SCRUB ACT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY REGULATORY AGENCY FROM ISSUING ANY NEW RULE OR INFORMAL STATEMENT INCLUDING NONLEGISLATIVE OR PROCEDURAL RULES EVEN IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY OR IMMEANT -- IMMINENT HARM OR PUBLIC HEALTH UNTIL THE AGENCY FIRST JUSTIFY SETS THE COST OF THE NEW RILE OR GUIDANCE BY ELIMINATING AN EXISTING RULE IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION. THIS REGULATORY CUT-GO WOULD FORCE AGENCIES TO DECIDE BETWEEN EXISTING REGULATIONS AND NEW THREATS TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICANS. IT WOULD ENDANGER LIVES OF AMERICANS BY CREATING UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN THE FEDERAL REGULATORY PROCESS AND CREATE PROBLEMS THAT WILL DIVERT CRITICAL AGENCY RESOURCES AND DIMINISH THE AGENCY'S ABILITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC IN TIMES OF IMMINENT TEENAGE AND NEED. IF AN AGENCY NEEDED TO RESPOND TO AN IMMINENT HAZARD TO THE PUBLIC OR ENVIRONMENT IT WOULD HAVE TO EITHER RESCIND AN EXISTING RULE THAT'S IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION'S PROCESS CHOOSE NOT TO ACT. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. IT WILL PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF ALL AMERICANS. IT WOULD ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NOT UNNECESSARILY BURDENED WITH REGULATORY MANDATES THAT WOULD JEOPARDIZE ITS MISSION TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION, ADMINISTER LAWS, SECURE CYBERSPACE AND ENSURE DISASTER RESILIENCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME LAN SECURITY IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN PROTECTING THE AGENCY -- THE NATION AND LEADING RECOVERY ACTS FROM ALL THREATS, INCLUDING EVERYTHING FROM WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION TO NATURAL DISASTERS. YOU MAY RECALL THE NATION'S FIRST DOCUMENTED CASE OF EBOLA LAST YEAR IN DALLAS, TEXAS. IT WAS AN UNFORESEEN EVENT THAT REQUIRED NEW RULES REGARDING THOSE WHO HAD TRAVELED TO AREAS SUFFERING FROM THE EBOLA OUTBREAK. THEY ALSO WERE TASKED WITH WE ARE IN AN INCREASED COMMAND IN KEEPING OUR BORDERS AND CITIZENS SAFE. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS TOO CRITICAL AND IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE TO IMPEDE THE AGENCY AS THIS BILL WOULD DO. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO SLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ADDRESS ONGOING THREATS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY MUST REMAIN FOCUSED ON THE MISSION OF SECURING THE HOMELAND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 08:02:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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    I RISE TIME TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THIS IS A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE OF THE FUNCTION ATLANTA OF THE…

    THIS IS A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE PURPOSE OF THE FUNCTION ATLANTA OF THE BILL. THE SCRUB ACT IS INTENDED TO CUT OUT UNNECESSARY REGULATION. THE FIRST QUESTION YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF, ARE THERE UNNECESSARY REGULAR LAYINGS? I WOULD REMIND MEMBERS THAT IN 2011, THE HOMELAND SECURITY WHICH HADN'T BEEN IN PLACE FOR VERY LONG, THEY STARTED AN INITIATIVE TO CUT OUT UNNECESSARY REGULAR LAYINGS, THE PRESIDENT ASKED TO CUT OUT UNNECESSARY REGULAR LACES. WE FORMALIZING IT SO IT IS SO WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF? WE ARE TRYING TO SAY THINGS NEED TO BE REVIEWED AND NEED TO GO LOOK AND IF THEY'RE PERFECT, I DOUBT IT. I REALLY DOUBT IT. BUT THEY ARE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY IN A BIPARTISAN TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION TO DO ITS WORK, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS, LOOK AT THESE THINGS THAT ARE JUST THERE BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND WE OUGHT TO BE REVIEWING THIS ON A REGULAR BASIS AND CREATING A CASH R CARVEOUT IS ILL-ADVISED. I URGE A NO VOTE AND I RESERVE.

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  • 08:03:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND.

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    THAT MAY WELL BE THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL. BUT THAT MAY BE THE PURPOSE OF…

    THAT MAY WELL BE THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL. BUT THAT MAY BE THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BILL DOES. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS. IT PROHIBITS ANY AGENCY TO ISSUING ANY RULE EVEN IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY OR IMMINENT HARM TO THE PUBLIC AND OFFSETS THE NEW RULE IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION. EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. BUT IT'S THE PROCEDURE THAT THE BILL STS FORTH THAT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO DELAY ANYTHING THAT THEY FIND ANYTHING TO UNDO. THIS HAS POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING IMPLICATIONS. NOT EVERYTHING IS PERFECT, BUT THE BILL DOES MUCH MORE THAN THAT. IT SAYS TO AGENCIES LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, YOU MAY NOT ACT EVEN IF IT IS NISS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC UNLESS YOU REZIPPED. THAT IS AERIAL DANGER. THIS AMENDMENT RELIEVES THAT AND PROVIDES AN EXEMPTION ON ISSUES OF DEFENDING THE HOMELAND AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 08:05:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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    I THANK THE CHARLE. AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S PASSION FOR THIS…

    I THANK THE CHARLE. AND I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S PASSION FOR THIS ISSUE. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, REVIEW THESE REGULATIONS. GO BACK OVER AN INDEFINITE AMOUNT OF TIME AND LOOK AT WHAT THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS. REMEMBER, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IMPLEMENTING THEM BY LAW. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN RULES AND LAWS HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH. BUT THEY CAN GO BRAC AND LOOK AT THESE. THEY AREN'T GOING TO SLOW DOWN AN EMERGENCY. IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO CLEAN UP THE PROCESS. IT'S LIKE -- TRYING TO THINK OF A GOOD EXAMPLE. HELP THEY THINK THROWING THINGS IN THE GARAGE AND YOU CAN'T GET IN THE GARAGE. LIVING IN A DIFFERENT PLANET, YOU THINK ALL OF THESE ARE PERFECT, WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANY TIME, WE WANT THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO IT, WE DON'T WANT THE OTHER PARTY TO BE INVOLVED, REPUBLICANS ARE SUGGESTING TO DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I THINK THAT'S REASONABLE. THE DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT US TO DO THAT. THEY DON'T WANT US TO LOOK AT RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR AND BALANCED. AND WHAT WE ARE OFFERING IS AN OPPORTUNITY. WE WILL GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS THAT AN AGENCY CAN LOOK AT THAT. AND THAT WHY AGAIN NOBODY SHOULD BE EXCLUDED AND IT'S A HEALTHY PART OF THE PROCESS AND WITH THAT. I RESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:07:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND -- THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 08:07:34 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    CYST I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 11 -388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:07:58 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. COMPLERKCLERK AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED…

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. COMPLERKCLERK AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-3888 ORDER BY MR. POKE AND OF WISCONSIN.

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  • 08:08:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZE ES THE…

    OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZE ES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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  • 08:08:24 PM

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I PROTECT FOOD SAFETY CONSUME…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I PROTECT FOOD SAFETY CONSUME RS. CONGRESS UPDATED FOR THE 21 CENTURY BYPASSING THE ACT THROUGH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE MAINTAIN THIS PROGRESS AND PROTECT THE IMPLEMENTTATION OF THIS LAW. IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE ALLOW THE F.D.A. TO CARRY OUT THIS EFFORT BECAUSE OUR STANDARDS ARE FACING ATTACKS. A RECENT DECISION FROM THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION REPEALED OUR LABELING STANDARDS ON BEEF AND PORK UNDERMINING OUR STANDARDS. THE UNITED STATES IS CONSIDERING THE TRANSPRAFF PARTNERSHIP THAT MAY ALLOW FOOD INTO OUR STORES AND RESTAURANTS THAT MAY NOT MEET SAFETY STANDARDS. IT WEAKENS OUR ABILITY TO INSPECT THESE FOODS. WE KNOW THAT SEAFOOD IMPORTED FROM VIETNAM AND MALAYSIA ARE CONTAMINATED WITH FOOD-BORNE PATH O'AGAINST. 44 PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS OF CATFISH AND CHINA, TESTED POSITIVE FOR IBES BANNED IN THE UNITED STATES. 100% OF THE CATFISH FARMS USED NOT APPROVED. LARGE AMOUNTS OF SHRIMP ALSO CONTAINED DANGEROUS BACTERIA. THEY WERE FOUND IN 8 % OF THE SHRIMP FROM BANG LAG DESH, 74% FROM INDIA. FOR THESE REASONS, THE NUMBER OF DIRTY SEAFOOD SHIMPMENTS INKEYSED 24%. WE MUST AMEND THIS LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR FOOD. IT'S NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK THAT FAMILIES ARE ENSURED THAT FOOD SAFETYS ARE MEANT. AND MAKING SURE OUR FOOD IS SAFE TO EAT.

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  • 08:10:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    NOT GOING TO TAKE AWAY THE F.D.A. AND THE PEOPLE, THE FOOD SAFETY, IT'S AN…

    NOT GOING TO TAKE AWAY THE F.D.A. AND THE PEOPLE, THE FOOD SAFETY, IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FUNCTION THAT THEY HOLD. BUT I WOULD APPRECIATE ANYBODY TO HAVE US UNDERSTAND -- WE ACTUALLY THROUGH THE STAFF READ THIS REPORT FROM GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY. THEY DID A GOOD REPORT, THE CONSEQUENCES OF ACOUPLE MATION AND SOMETHING THAT IS STILL ON THE BOOKS. THE FOOD AND STRUG STRAYS HAVE BEEN CRE CREATING RULES. THERE IS STILL A REGULATION THAT GOVERNANCE THE WIBT OF STRINGS ON CANNED STRING BEANS. THAT'S STILL ON THE BOOKS. YOU ARE BREAKING LAWS. THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT SHOULD BE OUT THERE. THEY HAVE THE LIABILITY HANGING OVER THEIR HEAD. WHAT WAS IN 190E6, SOMEBODY THOUSAND THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD RULE. BUT IT'S NOT ANYMORE. IT IS BURDENSOME AND STILL ON THE BOOKS. LET'S HAVE A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS AND FIND THE WIDTH OF STRINGBEANS. THAT'S WHAT THE SCRUB ACT DOES AND WHAT JASON SMITH IS TALKING ABOUT. IT WAS ACCORDING TO THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL," THE E.P.A. HAD SUGAR TREATED AS A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL AND IT WASN'T UNTIL JUST LAST MONTH THE E.P.A. SAID IT ISN'T A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL AND THE F.D.A. PREVAILED. BUT THERE ARE CONFLICTS, A COMMISSION LOOKING AT THIS WITH COMMISSIONALS, STAFFS, ARE GOING TO FIND THESE REGULATIONS AND TRY TO GO, WEED THEM OUT OF THE IT WILL STREAMLINE WHAT THEY ARE DOING, GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY AND GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND TRYING TO DO SO IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THE E.P.A. DOES DO GOOD WORK BUT WE ARE WALKING ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY AND NEED TO BE ELIMINATED AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 08:13:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:13:51 PM

    PROBLEMS ARE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAW, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN…

    PROBLEMS ARE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LAW, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SIGN A LETTER TO REPEAL THE 1906 GREEN BEAN REGULATION, WE CAN CAN DO THAT. THINGS FROM THE 1920'S, 1930'S AND 1940'S, EVERY TIME A NEW REGULATION IS THERE, AND I THINK DANGEROUS WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD SAFETY AND VETERANS. IT IS THE IMPRACTICALITY. IF THEY HAVE OLD THICKS IN THEIR REFRIGERATOR AND TAKE OUT THE OLD MILK, THAT IS A RIDICULOUS NOTION. THAT IS SAYING YOU TAKE ONE FOR ONE RATHER THAN CLEANING OUT OLD ITEMS. I'M NOT IMPUGNING ANYONE'S MOTIVES BUT A SILLY WAY OF WHAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH. I DON'T DISAGREE WITH YOU. THERE ARE REGULATIONS THAT SHOULD BE GOTTEN RID OF. AND THE PUBLIC WOULD UNDERSTAND AND NOT BRING THE CHILD WITHIN THE BELTWAY. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 08:15:14 PM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. . . THERE'S NO INCENTIVE TO GET RID OF REGULATIONS. THERE'S INCENTIVE TO ADD REGULATIONS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. WE WANT A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO CAN GO, WEED OUT THE UNNECESSARY UNDERBRUSH WE KEEP CALLING IT TO STREAMLINE THE SYSTEM. AND IT SHOULD BE DONE IN EVERY AGENCY. IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME TO GO THROUGH IT. I HOPE WE'RE SAYING WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE WE CAN KEEP COMING UP WITH EXAMPLES AND GOING THROUGH AND SAY, HEY, WE'LL PASS -- DO YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS TO INTRODUCE AND PASS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND TRY TO GET IT OVER TO THE SENATE? I MEAN, WE'RE TRYING TO CREATE A COMMISSION IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO HAVE PEOPLE DIVE IN AND LOOK AT THESE REGULATIONS. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR. THAT'S WHY I URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND A YES VOTE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL INTRODUCED BY MR. JASON SMITH. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:16:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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    MR. POCAN

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 08:16:36 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 08:16:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE PB OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 08:16:52 PM

    MR. MR. POCAN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:17:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388, OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-388, OFFERED BY MR. MURPHY OF FLORIDA.

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  • 08:17:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MURPHY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MURPHY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 08:17:38 PM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE A BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO THIS REGULATORY REFORM DISCUSSION. AS A C.P.A. AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE BURDEN THAT UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS CAN HAVE ON BUSINESSES, BUT PARTICULARLY SMALL BUSINESSES. MY SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WOULD ESTABLISH A REGULATORY IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION CONSISTING OF EXPERTS APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OF BOTH PARTIES. AND WOULD EVALUATE AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE MODIFICATION, CONSOLIDATION, OR REPEAL OF REGULATIONS THAT ARE UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME. THE COMMISSION WOULD HAVE AN AIM TOWARD REDUCING COMPLIANCE COSTS, ENCOURAGING GROWTH AND INNOVATION AND IMPROVING COMPETITIVENESS, ALL WHILE PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. AFTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INPUT AND CONSULTATION FROM EXPERTS, INDUSTRY STAKE HOLDERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THE COMMISSION WOULD SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS CONTAINING PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO IMPLEMENT ITS SUGGESTED CHANGES. IF CONGRESS CHOOSES TO ACT IN THE -- TO ACT AND THE PRESIDENT CHOOSES TO SIGN THE REPORT, AGENCIES WOULD HAVE 180 DAYS TO IMPLEMENT. MY AMENDMENT IS BASED ON THE REGULATORY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2015, WHICH I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, ALONG WITH 14 CO-SPONSORS. SEVEN DEMOCRATS AND SEVEN REPUBLICANS. OUR BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL REJECTS THE PARTISAN APPROACH BEFORE US TODAY AND -- IN FAVOR OF A TRUE BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE THAT ALL MEMBERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET BEHIND. MY CONSTITUENTS SENT ME TO CONGRESS WITH THE EXPECTATION I WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK WITH ANYONE WITH A GOOD IDEA. IT SHOULDN'T MATTER WHAT PARTY YOU HAVE BEHIND YOUR NAME. TRAVELING UP AND DOWN MY DISTRICT, I HEAR THE SAME THING FROM ALL OF MY CONSTITUENTS, WHETHER THEY'RE REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, TEA PARTY ALIKE. THEY GET THAT THERE CAN BE A COST TO PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. BUT IN MY DISTRICT, IN THE TREASURE COAST AND PALM BEACH, THEY ALSO KNOW THAT HAVING CLEAN WATER IS PROBABLY WORTH IT. YOU KNOW, THEY ALSO GET THAT THERE CAN BE A COST TO PROTECTING WORKERS AND WORKPLACE SAFETY BUT MANY OF THEM HAVE HAD THE SAME WORKERS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, IF NOT DECADES, AND THEY KNOW THAT THE SAFETY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES IS ALSO PROBABLY WORTH IT SYSTEM OF WHAT FRUSTRATES, I THINK, THOSE CONSTITUENTS THE MOST AND THOSE BUSINESS OWNERS THE MOST IS THE UNNECESSARY RED TAPE. THE EXCESSIVE COSTS. THE HOOPS THEY HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH. THAT DON'T MAKE THE AIR ANY CLEANER AND DON'T MAKE THE PROJECTS, YOU KNOW, ANY SAFER. THEY EXPECT WASHINGTON TO WORK TO FIX THAT PROBLEM AND THAT'S WHY I'VE OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT TODAY. I KNOW THAT SOME ON THE LEFT ARE GOING TO SAY THIS GOES TOO FAR. SOME ON THE RIGHT THINK IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT IN A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT, THE PARTISAN BILL BEFORE US WILL DO NOTHING TO HELP RELIEVE THE REGULATORY BURDEN ON THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. RIDDLED WITH POISON PILL THE SCRUB ACT IS A MESSAGING BILL, TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE ABOUT ONE SIDE ALLEGEDLY NOT CARING ENOUGH ABOUT JOBS AND THE OTHER SIDE DOESN'T CARE ENOUGH ABOUT CLEAN WATER OR PUBLIC SAFETY. BUT THAT'S NOT THE MESSAGE THAT THE SMALL BUSINESSES CARE ABOUT. AND THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY DISTRICT WANT TO HEAR. THEY WANT RESULTS. THEY WANT SOLUTIONS TO THIS. THEIR MESSAGE SHOULDN'T BE THAT CONGRESS DOESN'T CARE. SO WHILE I HOPE THAT WE'D BE ABLE TO PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF ON THIS BILL IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND FIND SOME AREAS WHERE WE CAN COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE CONCERNS WITH THE AMENDMENT AND I DO INTEND TO WITHDRAW IT AND WITH THAT, I DO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 08:21:40 PM

    MR. SCOTT

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I'D LIKE TO SAY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S BIPARTISAN WORK ON…

    I'D LIKE TO SAY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES OF JOINT CONCERN LIKE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND RESTORATION OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:21:59 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKINGING TO, WORKING WITH OUR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKINGING TO, WORKING WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, GETTING BACK TO GETTING THINGS DONE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW THIS AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:22:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RISE?

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  • 08:22:23 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 08:23:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    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, HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION HOUSE RESOLUTION 1155, DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 08:23:23 PM

    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 H.R. 1155 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:24:03 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CAME WITH A LOT OF PROMISES. REMEMBER…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CAME WITH A LOT OF PROMISES. REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS IN 2009 IF YOU LIKE THE PLAN YOU HAVE, YOU CAN KEEP IT, IF YOU LIKE THE DOCTOR YOU HAVE, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR TOO. THE ONLY CHANGE YOU'LL SEE ARE FALLING COSTS, AS OUR REFORMS TAKE HOLD. THIS, MR. SPEAKER, WAS FALSE ADVERTISING. WHILE SOME MAY HAVE GAINED COVERAGE UNDER THE A.C.A., FAR TOO MANY OTHERS WERE HARMED BY THE LAW.

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  • 08:24:29 PM

    MR. ROTHFUS

    MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR PLANS AND SAW THEIR PREMIUMS AND OUT OF…

    MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR PLANS AND SAW THEIR PREMIUMS AND OUT OF POCKET COSTS SKYROCKET. LIKE THE MOM IN MY DISTRICT WHO NOW HAS TO PAY $400 FOR HER DAUGHTER'S LIFE-SAVING PEANUT ALLERGY MEDICATION WHEN IT USED TO COST $10. THAT'S NOT WHAT WAS PROMISED. WE NEED TO EMPOWER ALL PATIENTS WITH -- PATIENTS WITH MORE CHOICE WHILE OFFERING OPTIONS FOR THE UNINSURED AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. FOR DECADES, WE HAVE PROPOSED MARKET-BASED ANSWERS TO HEALTH INSURANCE CHALLENGES. TODAY'S HISTORIC VOTE WHICH IS A VICTORY OVER HARRY REID'S PHI YEARS OF OBSTRUCTION, GETS US CLOSER TO REAL REFORM. I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:25:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING REQUESTS.

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  • 08:25:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS FOR…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON OF TEXAS FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, MR. PAYNE OF NEW JERSEY FOR TODAY, AND MR. RUSH OF ILLINOIS FOR TODAY.

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  • 08:26:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THINK REQUESTS ARE GRANTED.

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    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER --

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    THE CHAIR

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:26:26 PM

    THANK YOU. I RISE AS PART OF THE TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC,…

    THANK YOU. I RISE AS PART OF THE TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC, TO CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO REFOCUS OUR EFFORTS ON BRINGING AN END TO THE OPIOIK EPIDEMIC THAT THREATENS COMMUNS ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THE COUNTRY. THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS GROWN TO HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. OUR MEDICAL PROVIDERS ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE FLOW OF OVERDOSES ENTERING OUR CLINICS AND TO SECURE TREATMENT FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPOPPEDERS HAVE TAKE ON THE BURDEN OF RESPONDING TO MORE AN MORE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS WHEN A CALL FOR HELP COMES IN, AND THESE CALLS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE FREQUENT. STATISTICS NOW SHOW THAT MORE AMERICANS DIE FROM DRUG OVERDOSES THAN DO IN CAR CRASHES IN THIS COUNTRY. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, THE OPEN YOID EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO -- THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO GROW. IN 2015 ALONE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HEROIN DEATHS IN THE GRANITE STATE WAS MORE THAN 100, FAR SURPASSING THE CURRENT RECORD OF FATALITIES SET LAST YEAR AT 324. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING BUT BEHIND EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE NUMBERS IS A DAUGHTER OR SON A MOTHER OR FATHER, A COMMUNITY LEADER, A NEIGHBOR, WHOSE LIFE WAS PRECIOUS AND WHOSE DEATH HAS INFLICTED TERRIBLE PAIN ON LOVED ONES. FOR EVERY LIFE LOST, THERE ARE ALSO MANY MORE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN FOREVER CHANGED BY OPIOID MISUSE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET OR OVERLOOK WHAT EACH NUMBER REPRESENTS. AS THE EPIDEMIC HAS CONTINUED TO INFILTRATE COMMUNITIES ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE AND NEW ENGLAND, EXPERTS AND ADVOCATES HAVE RISEN TO CHANGE OPIOID ABUSE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS, SOMETIMES FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES. MY DEAR FRIEND CHRIS AND I HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR YEARS NOW AND SHE'S TAKEN IT UPON HERSELF TO BE A CHAMPION OF THIS ISSUE. THROUGH HER UNIQUE POSITION AS A PREMIERE COSMETOLOGIST IN THE STATE AND MAKEUP ARTITHS OF CHOICE FOR MANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES THAT PASS THROUGH NEW HAMPSHIRE DURING PRIMARY SEASON, CHRIS HAS FRGED A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE NEED TO END THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC ONTO THE NATIONAL STAGE. HE'S EMERGED AS A LEADER ON THE ISSUE BACK HOME AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND MARK CONTINUE TO DISPLAY REMARKABLE COURAGE AND STRENGTH AS SHE SHARES THE STORY OF HER STEPDAUGHTER AMBER WHO IS WITH ME HERE TODAY IN THIS CHAMBER WHO LOST OUR LIFE TO A HEROIN OVERDOSE. CHRIS' HOPE IS THAT HER EXPERIENCE MIGHT HELP ENACT REAL CHANGE AND SO WITH CHRIS' AND MARK'S BLESSING TONIGHT, IT'S MY HONOR TO SHARE AMBER CEASE -- AMBER'S STORY WITH YOU. AS CHRIS PUTS IT, AMBER WAS THE GIRL WHO HELPED EVERYONE ELSE. TRAGICALLY, SHE COULD NOT HELP HERSELF ONCE SHE TOOK THAT FIRST DRUG AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 15. AS AMBER'S STEPMOTHER CHRIS CAME BOO HER LIFE WHEN SHE TURNED 17, AT THAT POINT, AMBER HAD ALREADY PASSED THROUGH THE GATEWAY DRUGS OF OVER THE COUNTER BENADRYL, MARIJUANA, AND OPIOIDS AVAILABLE ON THE STREET. SHE SUFFERED FROM UNTREATED BIPOLAR DISORDER BUT DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE MEDICATION AND LIKE SO MANY OTHERS WAS LEFT UNCOMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN, SELF-PRESCRIBING MEDICATION TO FIND RELIEF. IN CHRIS' WORDS, AMBER WAS A GIRL HARD TO CATCH. SHE CHOSE LIFE ON THE RUN. WHEN SHE FOUND HERSELF LIVING ON THE STREET, SHE WOULD HELP OTHERS BY GIVING THEM THE COAT OFF HER BACK, PANHANDLING TO BUY FOOD AND SHE TOOK HER FIRST HIT OF HEROIN. MADE CHOICES FOR HER. SHE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A LOVING HOME AND PARENTS THAT COULD SUPPORT HER RECOVERY, BUT HER ADDICTION LED HER ON THE STREETS. AFTER FOUR INCARGSES, HER HEROIN POSSESSION AND PROSTITUTION, SHE WAS A VICTIM OF TRAFFICKING ON THE STREETS OF MANCHESTER TO MAINTAIN HER HIGH. WHEN INCARCERATED, A BED TIMELY BECAME AVAILABLE FOR AMBER, BUT MEANWHILE, THE PRISON WOULD NOT LET HER OUT. THE PRISON OFFERED HER NEW RECOVERY AND THE BED WAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. SHE HAD TO LIE SAYING I WANT TO KILL MY HOUSE. SHE DETOXED. THEY BROUGHT AMBER HOME AND ON THE THIRD NIGHT, SHE FLED HOME SAYING I HAVE TO GO BACK TO MY PEOPLE. THE LAST TIME KRISTEN SAW HER WAS EASTER SUNDAY, SHE WAS HIGH AND VACANT AND THREE DAYS LATER SHE WAS FOUND DEAD OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE AND 22 YEARS OLD. HER DEATH WOULD BE EASY TO BUT CHRIS AND MARK MADE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO USE HER DEATH, LIFE AND HER SPIRIT TO WAKE UP THE HEARTS AND PLAINEDS OF MINDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE FATE. I SHARE HER STORY IN THE HOPES WE COULD ALL RECOGNIZE THIS IS NOT A DISEASE SINGULAR TO A GROUP, IT AMBER'S PARENTS HAVE BEEN BRAVE TO SHARE HER STORY AND COME TO WASHINGTON TO PUSH FOR REFORM. WE NEED TO ARRAY THE SUBSTAPS AND WE NEED TO BE HONEST CONSIDERING THE EFFECTS ON DAUGHTERS AND SONS, HUSBANDS AND MOTHERS AND WE CALL OUR COLOOGS TOGETHER FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER SO WE CAN SPEAK FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND IT'S MY INTENTION BY HONORING THOSE WE HAVE LOST AND ACKNOWLEDGING THE ELL LOSS OF OPIOD ABUSE WE CAN COME TO COME TOGETHER TO CONVEY THE URGENCY. NOW I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD A HALF HOUR TO MY COLLEAGUE AND FELLOW NEW HAMPSHIRE REPRESENTATIVE.

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  • 08:33:41 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TORE JOIN BIPARTISAN MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TORE JOIN BIPARTISAN MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO TALK ABOUT HEROIN USE AND INCREASINGLY PUBLIC DEADLY HEALTH CRISIS AND I WELCOME CHRIS AND MARK WHO ARE MERE TO HONOR THE MARK'S DAUGHTER. AND I THANK MY REPRESENTATIVE TO COMBAT THE ELL EPIDEMIC. THIS IS SPREADING NATIONWIDE. AND OVER 40 HOUSE MEALS HAVE JOINED A TASK FORCE IN THIS CAUSE. WE AIM TO INFORM THE NATION ABOUT THE TRAGEDIES, THE CHALLENGES THAT FACE OUR FAMILIES, OUR COMMUNITIES AND STATES, OUR LOVED ONES AND FRIEND AND NOT HERE NOT JUST TO COMBAT THIS EP DEM PICK BUT TO BRING IT TO EVERY AREA OF THE NATION. WE HAVE HAD A ROUND TABLE WERE EXPERTS IN CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, OUR HOME STATE. WE HELD A BRIEFING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,, FEATURING WITH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. THEY ARE PROVIDING A FULLER PICTURE OF THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM IN WHICH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS CLAIMED LIVES IN 2015. ONE OUT OF 3,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM A OVERDOSE. NATIONALLY. JOW DOES DEATHS HAVE TRIPLED. THESE MEMBERS UNFORTUNATELY ARE LIKELY TO RISE. NEW NUMBERS DON'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM STORIES FROM DOUG GRIFFIN. AT A FORUM YESTERDAY IN MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE, HE TOLD THE AUDIENCE ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER WHO FELL VICTIM TO HEROIN. SHE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMAN. UNTIL A MIX OF PILLS AND STREET HEROIN ENSNARRED COURTNEY. IN A FATAL WEB OF ADDICTION. BEFORE THE DRUGS OVERCAME HER, SHE PLAYED MUSIC AND LOVED S MMP O RMP E SMP. THREE YEARS LATER, SHE WAS LOST ON THE STREETS IN AND OUT OF REHAB FACILITIES AND NO LONGER HAD THE WILL TO LIVE. IT SEEMED LIKE THEY HAD SOME FEW OPTIONS, THEY HID THE DOUG IS TELLING EVERYBODY HE KNOWS ABOUT THE AND HEROIN ADDICTION. TONIGHT IS ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH. IN ORDER TO BUILD MOMENTUM, IT'S ABOUT PUTTING POLITICAL DISAGREEMENTS ASIDE BECAUSE IT CROSSES PEARLT LINES AND CROSSES EVERYONE IN THESE UNITED STATES. THERE ARE TOO MANY STORIES LIKE COURTNEY YES OF THE. WE HAVE THE WEALTH OF IDEAS TO COMBAT THIS PROBLEM. WE FORMED A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO GATHER THE STORIES AND IDEAS. WE INTRODUCED THE STOP ABUSE ACT TO COORDINATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. AND NEWTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE WHERE DOUG GRIFFIN'S DAUGHTER DICE THIS IS NORTH OF THE BORDER. AND THIS IS A PILL. IT WAS OVERPRESCRIBED LEGAL OPEN YOIDS. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO INCREASE MEDICATION. THE STOP ABUSE ACT INCLUDES GRANTS TO LOCALITIES OVERWHELMED BY THE SCALE OF ADDICTION AS MY COLLEAGUES WILL CONTINUE TO TELL YOU. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN STORIES AND IDEAS TO SHARE AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO COMBAT HEROIN ABUSE. THANK YOU AND I WANT TO RESERVE.

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    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, CONGRESSMAN NEAL.

  • 08:38:45 PM

    MR. NEAL

    I SUBCOMMITTEE PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY…

    I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE EFFORTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER. WHEN SHE APPROACHED ME ON THIS ISSUE I WAS HAPPY TO JOIN IN AND THIS IS A CHALLENGES FOR ALL OF US ACROSS NEW ENGLAND. BECAUSE WHAT HAS HAPPENED ACROSS NEW ENGLAND IS GRIPPING THE ATTENTION THAT THIS ISSUE HAS DRAWN. I WANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO A VERY IMPORTANT CASE WHERE THERE IS AN INDIVIDUAL THAT I HAD A CHANCE TO WITNESS HIS TESTIMONY AND I QUOTE FROM "SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN." A FORMER FORMER POLICE LIEUTENANT. HE HAD A STRONG YOU UPBRING AS A LIEUTENANT. THE 50-YEAR-OLD WAS A LONG TIME HEAD OF THE DETECTIVE BUREAU. HE ARRESTED MANY DRUG ADDICTS AND RESPONDED TO OVERDOSES AND RESPONDED TO SUICIDES AND HE WAS EVEN AN OFFICIAL WHO HAD BEEN ELECTED TO THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. THAT WAS UNTIL HE GOT ADDICTED TO PILLS. TWO SURGERIES AND MORE PRESCRIPTIONS, HE FOUND HIMSELF KNITTING THAT HE WAS ADMITTING. AFTER TRYING TO QUIT, HE TURNED TO A DOCTOR FOR HELP, THE SAME DOCTOR WHO PRESCRIBED HIM THE OBJECTIONY CONTINUIN AND WHEN NONE OF THAT WORKED, HE BROKE THE LAW AND BEGAN TO GET THE PILLS ILLEGALLY. WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED IN HIS OFFICE IN 201, HE WAS CHARGED WITH TAMPERING, TWO COUNTS OF COCAINE AND SUBSEQUENTLY, HE WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN JAIL. HE SAID IT WAS NOT FEAR, DREAD OR PANIC, HE FELT RELIEF, HE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET ABLE TO GET HELP. HE TALKS ABOUT THE POLICE OFFICERS THAT STAYED WITHIN THE FACILITY. SOMEDAY, I WANT TO BE THAT GUY. THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME. HE WAS LUCKY IN THE SENSE THAT HE SURVIVED HIS ADDICTION AND TELLING HIS STORY. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SURVIVED INCLUDING EIGHT PEOPLE THIS WEEKEND IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN A VERY SMALL DISTRICT, DIED FROM A SMALL HEROIN. THE REDUCTION ACT OF 2015 WOULD HAVE EMERGENCIES ADMINISTRATION OF OPIOD LIKE PEOPLE HOLE PRESCRIBE ARE PRESCRIBED BY THEM. SENATOR MARKEY HAS SPONSORED. WHEN AN OVERDOSE OCCURS, A DRUG IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT DEATH BUT IT MUST OCCUR WITHIN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME. EVERY DAY, 120 PEOPLE DIE AS A RESULT OF DRUG OVERDOSES AND ANOTHER 6,748 ARE TREATED IN EMERGENCY ROOMS. ACCORDING TO THE "WASHINGTON POST," THIS IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATHS OVER GUNS. FATAL DOESES HAVE QUADRUPLED SINCE 1999 ACCOUNTING FOR 16,651 DEGS. STOP THE EP DEMOCRATIC. AND I WANT TO CLOSE WITH A NOTE OF CONGRATLATIONS FOR CAUG THIS ATTENTION TO WHATES HAPPENING ACROSS NEW ENGLAND TONE FER. AND THE FAMILIES THAT ARE SUM COMING TO THIS TORTURE TRYING TO TREAT THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED. GUST GUST I RESERVE DR

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  • 08:43:43 PM

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    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

    THE INDIVIDUALS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, CHRIS AND MARK WHO CAME DOWN AND THE…

    THE INDIVIDUALS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, CHRIS AND MARK WHO CAME DOWN AND THE BRAVERY OF SHARING THE STORY AND HOW IT IS TO BE REFLECTING ON THIS CRISIS. MANY OF THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN HIT HARD LIKE IN REGIONS. THIS EPIDEMIC IS AFFECTING DESTROYING LIVES AND CLAIMING FAR TOO MANY. WE KNOW FIRSTHAND THE REALITY. AND YEAR ODD FOUR-WHEELING AND FIXING OLD CARS. HE WOULD HAVE TURNED 30 THIS LAST SUMMER. THERE ARE TOO MANY STORIES. LIVES FULL OF POTENTIAL AND VALUE THAT ARE CUT SHORT. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE, OVER 10,000 HEROIN OVERDOSE DEATHS. THIS IS A SIX-FOLD DEATHS SINCE 2001. IN MY STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS HAVE IN CREASE AND THESE DRUGS HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF 3,000 LIVES. PART OF THE 12TH DISTRICT HAVE BEEN HARD-HIT HAS HEROIN IS THE LEADING CAUSE. IN 2012 THERE WERE 261 DRUG OVER DOGSE DEATHS AND 30% HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE. THESE STATISTICS ARE HORRIFYING BUT BEHIND THEM ARE TRAGEDY. EVERY ONE IS A HUMAN LIFE THAT SHOULD HAVE ENDED WITH A MUCH WITH A MUCH BRIGHTER, MUCH LATER CHAPTER. EVERY AMERICAN WHO DIES FROM A DRUG OVERDOSE IS A PERSON WHO HAD DIGNITY AND POTENTIAL. WITHOUT ADEQUATE ASSISTANCE, HOWEVER THEY DID NOT HAVE HOPE. IT'S TIME TO TURN A NEW PAGE TO FIGHT THIS DEADLY EPIDEMIC WITH RENEWED RENEWED DEDICATION. I'M STRONGLY COMMITTED TO ENTING THIS SCOURGE. WE NEED TO FIND NEW WAYS TO COMBAT THIS CRISIS AND TO CONTINUE TO LEARN FROM OUR COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS ON HOW THEY ARE PROVIDING HELP ON THE FRONTLINES. I HAVE WORKED WITH LOCAL LEADERS IN MY DISTRICT, SUCH AS REVEREND SYLVIA KING, THE PASTOR AND FOUNDER OF JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH WHICH PROVIDES DRUG COUNSELING SERVICES. I'VE WORKED WITH GROUPS TO MAKE SURE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. HERE IN CONGRESS WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT LEGISLATIVE RESPONSES TO HELP THIS ISSUE. AYE SUPPORTED INCREASED FUNDING FOR THE BURN MEMORIAL GRANT PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR DRUG OVERDOSE VICTIMS. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY SUSAN BROOKS AND JOE KENNEDY, THE -- TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS, INCREASE ACCESS TO THE LIFE-SAVING OPIOID REVERSAL DRUG AND TO PROVIDE -- AND TO RAISE AWARENESS. WE MUST REMEMBER HEROIN'S VICTIMS LIKE JARED CARTER AND SO MANY OTHERS LEEK HIM WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. LET'S GALVANIZE THE SUPPORT NECESSARY TO STOP THESE TRAGEDIES AND WE MUST BE MINDFUL AS PEOPLE MIGHT WATCH THIS DISCUSSION THIS EVENING THAT THEY MAY KNOW SOMEBODY WHO IS HURTING RIGHT NOW, SOMEBODY IN NEED. MAYBE SOMEBODY THEMSELVESES WHO IS WATCH, GET HELP. REACH OUT, DON'T DO THIS ALONE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO OORG NICED THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I LOOK FWRD TO CONTINUING THE WORK BACK HOME AND HERE IN D.C. TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHARING THAT HEART FELT STORY AND I'D LIKE TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHARING THAT HEART FELT STORY AND I'D LIKE TO RESERVE.

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  • 08:48:18 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR FOUR MINUTES, I'M SORRY, I'D LIKE TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR FOUR MINUTES, I'M SORRY, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY, MS. BUSTOS, FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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  • 08:48:31 PM

    MS. BUSTOS

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TIME FOR THIS…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER. APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TIME FOR THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK YOU AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN GUINTA FOR PULLING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TOGETHER FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS THIS HEROIN EPIDEMIC. THANKS TO YOU BOTH. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC SWEEPS THE NATION TOO MANY FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES ARE MOURNING THE DEATHS OF LOVED ONES WHO HAVE BEEN LOST OVER THE YEARS DUE TO HEROIN ADDICTION AND ADDICTION TO PAINKILLERS. ONE OF THE LIVES WE LOST NOT TOO LONG AGO WAS IN A TOWN CALLED ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, IN THE HEART OF MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THE GENTLEMAN'S NAME WAS CHRIS BOOZMAN. HE WAS 32 YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED IN THE SUMMER OF 2014. HE WAS A KIND, TENDER HEARTED SON AND BROTHER HE HAD A BACK INJURY THAT LED TO HIS ADDICTION TO PAIN MEDICATION. AND WHEN HE COULD NO LONGER GET RELIEF FROM THAT PAIN MEDICATION, HE BEGAN TO BUY DIFFERENT KINDS OF PAIN RELIEF ON THE STREET. BUT AS THE COST WOULD ADD UP, HIS DEALER TOLD HIM ABOUT SOMETHING CALLED HEROIN AND HE COULD GET THIS FOR $10. AFTER HIS FIRST OVERDOSE, CHRIS TRIED HARD TO FIGHT HIS ADDICTION. HE HAD A COUPLE OF RELAPSES AND IT APPEARED HE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OVERCOMING THIS ADDICTION. HE ENROLLED IN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE CALLED ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE WHERE HE STUDIED CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT. HE WAS ONE YEAR AWAY FROM GRADUATING. AND NO ONE KNEW HE WAS STILL FIGHTING THIS BATTLE BECAUSE HE WAS ASHAMED OF IT. ONE NIGHT HE WAS AT HOME -- HE WAS HOME ALONE, JUST OVER ONE YEAR CLEAN, WHEN HE RELAPSED AGAIN AND HE DIED. THE SAD THING IS THAT CHRIS' STORY IS ALL TOO COMMON. IN FACT, I LOST A MEMBER OF MY OWN FAMILY TO A HEROIN EPIDEMIC WHEN MY BROTHER-IN-LAW'S SON DIED AFTER OVERDOSING ON HEROIN IN THE SUMMER OF 2013. HE WASN'T THE KIND OF KID YOU WOULD THINK WOULD BE TAKING SOMETHING LIKE HEROIN. HIS DAD HAD NO IDEA. HIS FAMILY HAD NO IDEA. HE WAS A COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER, HE WAS A MUSICIAN, HE WAS AN AVID WEIGHT LIFTER. AND JUST A REDHEADED KID WHO WAS FUN TO BE AROUND. BUT WHEN HE INJURED HIS BACK AND HIS KNEE AND FELT THAT HE NEEDED MORE THAN JUST ASPIRIN AND A LITTLE PHYSICAL THERAPY TO OVERCOME THIS PAIN, HE GOT ON PAINKILLERS. AND AS WE'RE TELLING THESE STORIES THIS EVENING, THIS LED EVENTUALLY TO HIM TRYING HEROIN AS A WAY TO RELIEVE HIS PAIN AND IT WAS PROBABLY THE THIRD TIME THAT HE TOOK HEROIN, HE INGESTED WHAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED PURE HEROIN, AND HE DIED. SO I'M HERE TO SAY WE CAN NO LONGER SIT ON THE SIDELINES WHILE FOLKS IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FAMILY MEMBERS, ARE SUFFERING AND ARE DYING. WHEN PARENTS ARE BURYING THEIR CHILDREN. AND WHEN THE MEN AND WOMEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS ADDICTION ARE CRYING OUT FOR HELP. EE-- WE ALSO KNOW THAT HEROIN USE IS INCREASING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS, WITH A NEARLY 50% INCREASE IN THE USE OF HEROIN JUST IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IN WINNEBAGO COUNTY, THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE ROCKFORD IS THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER, THERE WERE 5 HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS IN 2013 ALONE. IN PEORIA, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS SEE AT LEAST ONE HEROIN OVERDOSE EVERY SINGLE DAY. PERHAPS MOST TROUBLING IS NOT JUST THIS RAPID INCREASE IN THE USAGE OR THE RISING NUMBER OF OVERDOSES, BUT OUR INABILITY TO TREAT THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. WHILE HEROIN USE IS INCREASING RAPIDLY IN EVERY REGION IN MY HOME STATE, THERE HAS BEEN A DRAMATIC DECREASE IN THE AVAILABILITY OF TREATMENT. IN FACT, ILLINOIS RANKED WORST, LAST IN THE NATION, IN THE OVERALL DECLINE IN TREATMENT CAPACITY. SO WHILE WE'RE AT THE HEIGHT OF THIS HEROIN EPIDEMIC, AT THE HEIGHT OF IT, LAST YEAR, OUR GOVERNOR PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT WOULD CUT OUR ALREADY INADEQUATE -- INADEQUATE STATE FUNDED TREATMENTS BY 60%. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN ILLINOIS HAS GUTTED FUNDING TO TREATMENT PROGRAMS LIKE ONE IN MY DISTRICT OF ROCKFORD, IT'S CALLED REMEDIES RENEWING LIVES. THAT'S WHY NEXT WEEK, WHEN THE PRESIDENT GIVES HIS STATE OF THE UNION, MY GUEST WILL BE A GUY NAMED GARY HALBACH, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT OF REMEDIES. SO HE CAN WITNESS THE STATE OF THE UNION AND HE CAN TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT HE AND HIS COLLEAGUES AT REMEDIES ARE DOING EVERY SINGLE DAY. UNDER THE PRESSURE OF TREMENDOUS BUDGETARY SHORTFALLS, GARY AND HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONTLINES PROVIDING TREATMENT FOR HEROIN ADDICTS AND SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. WE WILL NOT END THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC IF THE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE BEEN PRUTCH TO HELP CONTINUE TO BE UNDERMINED AND SIGNIFICANTLY UNDERFUNDED. WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE HEROIN EP DEMOCRAT EX. THEY DESERVE BETTER AND DESERVE SOLUTIONS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:03 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU, MS. BUSTOS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO…

    THANK YOU, MS. BUSTOS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE CONCEPT OF BRINGING THE FACES OF ADDICTION TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE WAS MS. BUSTOS' IDEA. THANK YOU FOR THAT. I RESERVE.

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  • 08:54:18 PM

    MR. GUINTA

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

  • 08:54:25 PM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TONIGHT. AS I STEP TO THE PODIUM I NOTICE THAT TWO OF THE VALUES AMERICA HAS ETCHED INTO OR CAVERNED INTO THE SPEAKERS ROSTRUM, LIBERTY AND THEN TO MY LEFT, PEACE. TWO VALUES THAT WE HOLD DEAR. YET TWO VALUES THAT ARE LOST TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY COME UNDER THE CRUEL, CRUEL DOMINATION OF HEROIN AND OTHER OPIATES. IT'S GOOD FOR US TO TALK ABOUT THIS TONIGHT BUT MORE IMPORTANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN GUINTA AND CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER AND MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO HIGHLIGHT THE ONGOING EPIDEMIC OF HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC TO DISCUSS A GROWING PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE MORE -- BUT MORE PERSONALLY A CRISIS OCCURRING IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF THE MICHIGAN SEVENTH. YOU SEE, WE CAN TALK STATISTICS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT REALLY THIS IS ALL ABOUT LIVES. FRIENDS. FAMILY. NEIGHBORS. PEOPLE THAT ARE HIGHLY RESPECTED AND PEOPLE THAT WE WOULDN'T KNOW. AND YET THEY'RE IMPACTED. THE TRAGIC STORIES OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND FATAL OVERDOSES HIT CLOSE TO HOME IN FAR TOO MANY MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES. THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR, THE HOME OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SUFFERED 41 OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS. LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN MONROE COUNTY, GATEWAY TO MICHIGAN FROM OHIO, BELIEVE THE NUMBER OF HEROIN OVERDOSE DEATHS IN 2015 WILL TOP 2014. IN JACKSON COUNTY, THE CENTER OF THE STATE, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DRUG OVERDOSES HAS NEARLY TRIPLED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND IN 2015, 131 OVERDOSES WERE REPORTED. THESE ARE TROUBLELING STATISTICS, BUT AGAIN, THEY'RE ABOUT LIVES. PEOPLE. BEHIND THESE NUMBERS ARE REAL INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGIC EPIDEMIC. ON MAY 17, 2010, ANDREW HURST DIED OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE AT THE AGE OF 24. FOR HIS FATHER, MIKE HURST A RESPECTED BUSINESSPERSON IN JACKSON, MICHIGAN, THIS TRAGEDY -- THIS TRAGIC LOSS HAS LED HIM TO DEDICATE HIMSELF TO STOPPING HEROIN OVERDOSES IN THE JACKSON AREA BY SHARING THE EXPERIENCE OF HIS SON'S DEATH AND THE LIFE OF HIS FAMILY. FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, MIKE HAS COUNSELED ADDICTS, SUPPORTED FAMILIES, AND MENTORED AT-RISK YOUTH AWAY FROM HEROIN AND OPIATE DRUGS THROUGH HIS FOUNDATION, ANDY'S ANGELS. IN ADDITION, HE'S LED EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS TO INFORM PEOPLE OF THE LINK BETWEEN PRESCRIPPING OPIOID USE AND HEROIN ADDICTION. HE'S TEAMED WITH LOCAL POLICE AGENCIES TO INVESTIGATE HEROIN DEALERS, TO ELIMINATE ACCESS POINTS FOR THIS DEADLY DRUG. RECOGNIZING HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS , THE JACKSON CITIZEN PATRIOT NEWSPAPER NAMED MIKE HURST THEIR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR. FORTUNATELY, MIKE ISN'T DONE AND ISN'T ALONE IN THIS FIGHT. ACROSS MICHIGAN'S SEVENTH DISTRICT, COMMUNITIES ARE RAMPING UP EDUCATION AN PREVENTION EFFORTS AS WELL AS ENFORCEMENT STRATEGIES. FOR EXAMPLE, MONROE COUNTY RECENTLY HELD THEIR THIRD ANNUAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND HEROIN SUMMIT. JACKSON COUNTY HELD THEIR SECOND DRUG SUMMIT IN DECEMBER. AND THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE PLANS TO HOST A SERIES OF ADDITIONAL MEETINGS IN 2016, AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR THAT. LOCAL EFFORTS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FIGHT THIS GROWING EPIDEMIC ARE ALSO UNDER WAY IN BRANCH, ETON, HILLSDALE AND OTHER COUNTIES. FIGHTING AGAINST HEROIN AND OPIOID ABUSE WILL TAKE THE WORK OF CITIZENS, TREATMENT PROVIDERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ELECTED OFFICIALS INCLUDING EACH OF US, AT EVERY LEVEL. IN CONGRESS WE MUST CONTINUE TO PURSUE LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE COORDINATION BETWEEN FEDERAL AGENCIES AND THE STATES AND EQUIP OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES. JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN PROMOTE AWARENESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS CRISIS. TONIGHT'S SPEECHES AIMED TO RAISE THE PROFILE OF THIS ISSUE, TO INCREASE EDUCATION, AND TO HONOR PEOPLE LIKE MIKE HURST WHO ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE OTHERS FROM THE DANGER OF DRUG OVERDOSES. AND TO BRING LIBERTY AND PEACE BACK TO PEOPLE'S LIVES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:59:25 PM

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR OUTLINING THROUGH THE LENS…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN FOR OUTLINING THROUGH THE LENS OF LIBERTY AND PEACE THE CHALLENGE THAT ANDREW HURST'S FATHER MIKE HAS ENDURED. MY HEART IS WITH HIM AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING YOUR LEADERSHIP IN MICHIGAN AND HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO THE REMAINING TIME?

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  • 08:59:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 09:03:27 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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  • 09:03:36 PM

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER WORK ON THIS.…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER WORK ON THIS. TONIGHT I WANT TO SHARE THE STORY OF A YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT, JAMES BRENDAN BYE. HIS MOTHER, BARBARA, A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, SHARED HER STORY WITH ME AND ASKED THAT I SHARE IT TONIGHT WITH THIS CONGRESS AND WITH THE COUNTRY. BRENDAN WAS BORN ON AUGUST 3, 1989, FOLLOWED BY HIS SISTER, MEGAN ELIZABETH. THEIR FATHER LEFT EARLY ON, LEAVING BARBARA AS A SINGLE WORKING PARENT. ANOTHER SIBLING, PRESTON, BLESSED THEM IN 1999. BRENDAN WAS A WONDERFUL KID. A RESPECTIVE YOUNG MAN. AN HONOR STUDENT. HIS LOVE OF PLAYING SPORTS WAS NEVER REALIZED BECAUSE OF ASTHMA. HIS SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, THINGS CHANGED. HE BECAME PARALYZED WITH FEAR, COULDN'T GO TO SCHOOL. DROPPED OUT. SPENT A YEAR LOOKING FOR HELP. MET FRIENDS THAT TURNED OUT TO BE BAD INFLUENCES. MADE EXPERIMENTAL CHOICES. HIS MOTHER WAS AWARE OF THIS SUDDEN CHANGE, SAW THE SIGNS OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. BRANDON, THOUGH, GOT HIS G.E.D., STARTED A JOB AT 18, GRATEFUL FOR WORK IN A CITY WITH HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT. HE STRUGGLED THROUGH HIS EARLY 20'S. HIS MOTHER DID EVERYTHING IN HER POWER TO HELP HIM. AS A SINGLE MOM, SHE WORKED AND RAISED THE FAMILY OF THREE-ON-ONE PAY CHECK -- PAYCHECK. OFTEN FINDING HERSELF NEEDING TO LOOK FOR HELP, INCLUDING MEDICAID. BUT FOR BRENDAN, BECAUSE HIS SYMPTOMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS WERE NOT SO EASILY RECOGNIZABLE, HELP WAS HARDER TO GET. HE WAS NOT PROPERLY DIAGNOSED NOR TREATED. HIS TREATMENT PLAN DID NOT WORK. IT WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. AS HE SUNK FURTHER INTO DEPRESSION, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS LED TO ILLEGAL DRUG USE. HE SELF-MEDICATED. HIS MOTHER, BARBARA, DID NOT SHARE HER HOME LIFE OTHERS. FOR HER, IT WAS AN ELEMENT OF CONFUSION, SHAME, THAT BECAME THE NORM. UNFORTUNATELY IN THEIR COMMUNITY OF GRAND BLANC, HEROIN WAS READILY AVAILABLE. AND LIKE LOTS OF COMMUNITIES, LOTS OF KIDS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS WERE USING AND DYING FROM HEROIN. BRANDON FIRST OVERDOSED WHEN HE WAS 24, WAS SAVED BY HIS GRANDFATHER, AL, WHO HELPED HIM GET INTO REHAB, AND HE WAS ABLE TO GET TREATMENT, ONGOING TREATMENT, AT SACRED HEART IN FLINT. WHERE HE HAD A GREAT COUNSELOR WHO HELPED HIM. THINGS WERE LOOKING UP. LAST YEAR, BARBARA WAS HAPPY. ALL THREE OF HER KIDS WERE EMPLOYED FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEIR FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT. AND HEROIN, IT SEEMED, WAS GONE OUT OF BRENDAN'S LIFE. HE STARTED TAKING MEDICATION PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF HEROIN, VOLUNTEERED AT A FOOD BANK, LOVED NATURE, LOVED HIS PET, LOVED HIS BROTHER AND SISTER. HIS RELATIONSHIPS FLOURISHED. ESPECIALLY WITH HIS AUNT, A-- AUNT AMY, AUNT CARLA, AND HIS COUSINS. AS BARBARA TOLD ME, HE WAS BEAUTIFUL PERSON INSIDE AND OUT. BUT IN AUGUST THIS LAST YEAR THINCHINGS CHANGED AGAIN. HE WAS TAKEN OFF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION A SHORT TIME LATER, HIS MOTHER AND SISTER FOUND HIM COLLAPSED IN HIS BEDROOM. BRENDAN, AT THE AGE OF 26, ON SEPTEMBER 8, OF LAST YEAR, DIED. FOR BRENDAN, HE'S NOW IN HEAVEN. HIS STRUGGLES WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION ARE GONE. FOR HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS, THEY CONTINUE TO GREEFPBLET BARBARA HAS BECOME AN ADVOCATE. SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE WE HONOR BRENDAN AND HIS LIFE BY MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO NEED HEALTH CARE CAN GET HEALTH CARE, THOSE WHO NEED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CAN GET MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. HER MESSAGE AND REALLY BRENDAN'S MESSAGE IS THAT WE HAVE TO DO MORE. AS A SOCIETY AND AS A NATION. TO DEAL WITH THIS INCREDIBLE PROBLEM. IT'S THE WAY WE HONOR THOSE THAT WE HAVE LOST. IT'S THE WAY WE HONOR BRENDAN. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:07:39 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    CONSENT IF WE COULD TAKE AN EXTRA FIVE MINUTES. WE HAVE THREE MORE…

    CONSENT IF WE COULD TAKE AN EXTRA FIVE MINUTES. WE HAVE THREE MORE SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE AND ONE MORE, WE'D LIKE TO INCLUDE

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  • 09:07:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR CANNOT ENTERTAIN THAT REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL TIME.

  • 09:08:00 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    I'M HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DAVIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:08:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELD FOR --

  • 09:08:14 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    YES, I DO.

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    >>

    I BELIEVE A REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT CAN BE MADE AT ANY TIME.

  • 09:08:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR DOES NOT ENTERTAIN REQUEST WITH REGARD TO SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES.

  • 09:08:31 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    ALL RIGHT, SO AS NOT TO LOSE ANY OF OUR PRECIOUS TIME, I'M HAPPY TO…

    ALL RIGHT, SO AS NOT TO LOSE ANY OF OUR PRECIOUS TIME, I'M HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE MR. DAVIS FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 09:08:41 PM

    THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. THIS IS…

    THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. THIS IS AFFECTING CENTRAL ILLINOIS THAT I'M BLESSED ENOUGH TO REPRESENT RIGHT HERE IN THIS GREAT INSTITUTION. AND AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE WITNESSED FIRSTHAND WHAT HEROIN AND OPEN YODES CAN DO -- OPIOIDS CAN DO TO COMMUNITIES LIKE MY HOMETOWN OF TAILORVILLE, ILLINOIS. HOMETOWN OF 12,000 PEOPLE. I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT GROWING UP IN THE 1980'S THAT A DRUG LIKE HEROIN WOULD CAUSE SUCH A SCOURGE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT'S INTERESTING TO MARE MY COLLEAGUES TALK ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND NOT TOO LONG AGO, IN THAT HOMETOWN OF 12,000 PEOPLE, OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER HAD A CORONER'S JURY REPORT THAT I BELIEVE I REMEMBER MENTIONED FOUR DEATHS. FOUR DEATHS IN ONE CORONER'S JURY REPORT RELATED TO HEROIN AND OPIOID OVERDOSES. THIS IS SOMETHING IN MY COMMUNITY I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD WITNESS. AND IT'S ALSO SOMETHING IN MY COMMUNITY THAT DEMANDS ACTION. THAT'S WHY I'M SO PROUD TO SPONSOR THE STOP ABUSE ACT WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT. WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT, WHAT EVERYBODY WHO HAS STOOD IN FRONT OF THIS SIGN TONIGHT HAS TALKED ABOUT, THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING OPIOID ABUSE. THIS BILL IS SOMETHING THAT, BECAUSE OF SMALL TOWNS LIKE MY HOMETOWN, WE'RE HERE TO ADDRESS. IT'S BECOME A FEDERAL ISSUE. AND I WANT TO END BY TALKING ABOUT A FRIEND OF MINE. A GENTLEMAN THAT I GREW UP WITH. HIS FAMILY. HE ACTUALLY USED TO RUN OUR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT. AT THE TIME HE WAS ARRESTED FOR HEROIN USE. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT IN A TOWN OF 12,000 PEOPLE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WOULD BE ADDICTED TO HEROIN? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS IS, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR JOB IS, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU WERE BORN OR WHO YOU WERE BORN TO. YOU TOO CAN BECOME ADDICTED TO HEROIN. THAT'S WHY WE'VE DEMANDED ACTION TONIGHT. THAT'S WHY I'M THANKFUL TO BE HERE. THAT'S WHY I'M THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO HELP EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES IN A BIPARTISAN WAY ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:11:04 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 09:11:15 PM

    I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING US TOGETHER…

    I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING US TOGETHER THIS EVENING AND CONGRESSMAN GUINTA, YOU'VE REALLY DONE THE NATION A HUGE SERVICE. I RISE TONIGHT TO SPEAK FOR THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE BURIED A LOVED ONE BECAUSE OF HEROIN. NATIONWIDE THERE'S BEEN A FOUR FOLD INCREASE IN DEATHS FROM OPIATES OVER THE LAST DECADE AND EVERY YEAR NEARLY 17,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM PRESCRIPTION OPIATE OVERDOSES. OVER 8,000 DIE FROM HEROIN OVERDOSES. AND MORE THAN 400,000 SEEK TREATMENT IN EMERGENCY ROOMS. IN OHIO ALONE, HEROIN KILLS AN AVERAGE OF 23 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK, MORE THAN 1,100 PERSONS PER YEAR. HEROIN AND OPIATE ABUSE IS NOT A CRIMINAL JUSTICE ISSUE ALONE. THIS NATION MUST RECOGNIZE THIS ADDICTION AS THE OVERWHELMING POWERFUL CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE CONDITION IT IS. CONCURRENTLY TOO IT IS OFTEN A MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL -- MEDICAL CRISIS AS WELL. THEY TELL US THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL COSTS FOR OUR SOCIETY NOW IS OVER $33 BILLION A YEAR AND THAT'S BASED ON 1996 FIGURES. BUT THE GRAVEST COST IS IN LIVES LOST AND GRIEF FELT BY THOSE LOVED ONES WHOM THE OVERDOSE VICTIMS LEAVE BEHIND. I THINK OF THE FAMILY OF MY OWN DISTRICT STAFFER, TERESA, WHO LOST HER BELOVED COUSIN, ANGEL KID, THIS PAST JULY, TO HEROIN. ANGEL GREW UP IN A WORKING CLASS FAMILY, GOT MARRIED YOUNG, HAD TWO CHILDREN, WENT TO WORK IN FOOD SERVICE AND ONE NIGHT ON HER WAY HOME WAS IN A TERRIBLE CAR ACCIDENT AND WAS GIVEN OPIOID PAIN MEDICINE TO

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  • 09:12:52 PM

    AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 09:14:11 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, DO WE HAVE ANY TIME LEFT? I HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS. JUST FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, DO WE HAVE ANY TIME LEFT? I HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS. JUST FOR ONE MINUTE EACH?

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  • 09:14:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 09:14:25 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    IT'S REGRETTABLE. IT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THE COUNTRY.

  • 09:14:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR COULD ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES AT THIS TIME.

  • 09:14:33 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    OH, THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE THAT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SEEK RECOGNITION? IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:14:47 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, ADDICTION HAS MANY FACES AND ONE OF THOSE IS MY FRIEND FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, ADDICTION HAS MANY FACES AND ONE OF THOSE IS MY FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND, TOM, WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE STATE SENATE AT THE AGE OF 25 AND ALSO OVERSAW 40 EMPLOYEES AS THE DIRECTOR OF A LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. ALREADY A HEAVY DRINKER, TOM SOON STARTED USING COCAINE AS WAY TO COPE WITH THE STRESS OF HIS RESPONSIBILITIES. WHEN HE REALIZED THAT DRUGS WERE TAKING HOLD OF HIS LIFE, HE TRIED TO QUIT ON HIS OWN BUT WAS NEVER ABLE TO MAINTAIN SOBRIETY FOR MORE THAN A MONTH OR TWO. EVENTUAL YES CHECKED HIMSELF INTO AN IN-PATIENT TREATMENT AT BUTLER HOSPITAL AND WAS ABLE TO GET HELP AND SUPPORT AND GET HIS LIFE BACK ON TRACK. TODAY, MORE THAN 10 YEARS SOBER, TOM WORKS AS THE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS A REMINDER WE NEED TO COULD MORE AND PROVIDE RESOURCES. WE NEED A AN APPROACH ON THOSE GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. THIS IS PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF HEROIN ABUSE. IN AMERICA, ONLY 2 POIP 5 MILL YOB RECEIVED. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF A.M. CANS WHO NEED IT. HEROIN HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY PARTICULARLY IN NEW ENGLAND.

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  • 09:16:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:16:32 PM

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    I REQUEST TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. IS THERE OBJECTION?

  • 09:16:48 PM

    PORE RECOGNITION

    RECOGNITION WILL STOP AT 10:00 P.M.

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    WOULD OBJECT TO THE ONE-MINUTE THEN.

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    >>

    WE HAVE ONE-MINUTE AND VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THE COUNTRY.

  • 09:17:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND I HAVE QUITE A FEW MEMBERS HERE.

  • 09:17:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEAN, MR. STUTZMAN IS RECOGNIZE UNTIL 1078 PROXIMATE CAUSE.

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  • 09:17:54 PM

    ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE. I RISE WITHAL QUITE…

    ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE. I RISE WITHAL QUITE A FEW MEMBERS ON THE ISSUE OF GUN CONTROL AND AMERICANS' SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. AND WE. FOR MANY YEARS I SKEMBD IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND SIGNED INTO LAW THE CARRY PERMIT SO WE COULD PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND HOMES. STARTING IN 2013, THE PUSH FOR RADICAL GUN STROLL OF CONTROL, THE SERVES AS A PLATFORM FOR HOUSE PLATFORMS TO SHARE IT. TONIGHT, I WILL BE JOINED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR BY MANY MEMBERS OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT INITIATIVE AND OTHER MEMBERS WHO DEFEND AMERICA'S GUN RIGHTS. WE COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED HIS INTENGS TO PURSUE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON GUN CONTROL. LIKE TIMES PASTED I OPPOSE THE MANNER IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED CHANGES. WHEN REPORTS SURFACED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS CONSIDERING EXECUTIVE ACTIONS, I SENT A LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE REQUESTING INFORMATION ON WHAT HE PLANNED TO DO AND WHY. WE HAD SIMPLE QUESTIONS. IF THE PRESIDENT IS CLOSING THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE, THE DID HE RECOMMEND THIS ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE IN JANUARY OF 013. IF SO, WHY WAS IT IS CONCLUDED. IS IT RENEW ON NEW DATA. THIRD, DOES THE WHITE HOUSE DOES HAVE ANY EVIDENCE ARE CORRELATED. FOURTH, DOES THE WHITE HOUSE BELIEVE THIS NEW POLICY WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE RECENT SHOOTING AND DOES IT EXPECT IT TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW RULES. TOMORROW, THE PRESIDENT PLANS TO HOLD A TOWN HALL REGARDING GUNS IN AMERICA. AMERICAS WILL CONTINUE TO BE LEFT WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. LIKE FIRST AND FOREMOST WHY DOES HE INFRINGE. THE REASON WE DON'T HAVE ANY ANSWERS IS BECAUSE IT WAS CON -- CONFRONTED OUT OF BACK ROOMS. OUR CONSTITUENTS WOULD HAVED HAT OPPORTUNITY. CONGRESS WOULD HAVE HELD A HEARING ON THIS ISSUE, WE WOULD HAVE HAD THE GLARING REALITY THERE IS NO GUN SHOPE SHOW LOOP SHOLE. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE GUN. YOU WOSK REQUIRED TO RUN BACK GROUPED CHECKS IF YOU RUN IT. CONGRESS WOULD HAVE COME ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDY OF INMATES THAT FOUND THAT LESS THAN 1% OF INMATES ACTUALLY BOUGHT THEIR PRIME GUN AT GUN SHOW. ALMOST 0% REPORTED ACQUIRING THEIR GUNS ILLEGALLY SUCH AS BY THEFT. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WOULD HAVE FOUND A DECEMBER 10, WHICH REPORTED AS TRUE THE FACT THAT NONE OF THE PAST YEAR' WOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY NEWLY GUN LAWS. AND PURSUING ACTIONS THAT CHALLENGE THE CONSTITUTION, WE INTRODUCED H.R. 3321. JOINED BY OVER 60 COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, THIS BILL WOULD RERPPED ANY ACTION THAT IN FRINGES ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES AS HAVING NO FORCE OR EFFECT PROHIBITS AND ESTABLISH AND FOR AGRIEVED PERSONS TO CHALLENGE SUCH ACTIONS IN DISTRICT COURT. THIS LEGISLATION AS THE HOUSE COMPANION BILL TO SENATOR PAUL'S IN A SNOOT 243. STOP BLAMING GNOIRPS AND START TAKING THREATS. AND NOT ENACTING NEW LAWS. THE REPORTS SUGGEST THAT SOME FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE COMMOOSING NOT TO PROSECUTE SOME STRAW PURCHASERS. THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT GIVE OR SELL TO INDIVIDUALS THAT THEY COULD NOT PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK. THE U.S. ATTORNEY FOR CHICAGO ANNOUNCED A TRANSATION AND OTHER VAILINGSES. ON TOP OF THIS SOLUTION, THE PRESIDENT COULD LOOK TO CONGRESS FOR EXAMPLE. AND TO THE POINT THAT FEDERAL LAWS OUGHT TO CATCH UP. H.R. 923 WHICH WOULD DO JUST THAT. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE COMING MONTHS I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING ON BOLD STRATEGIES TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUES AND RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER.

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  • 09:24:48 PM

    I THANK MY MEMBER. BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MY HEART BREAKS FOR THOSE…

    I THANK MY MEMBER. BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MY HEART BREAKS FOR THOSE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY VIAL ENT CRIMES. THESE DO NOT GIVE THE PRESIDENT TO CIRCUMVENT THE CONSTITUTION. HE UNDERMINDED MAKING GOOD ON HIS VOW OF A 015 SPEECH TO POLITICIZE STRATEGIES. THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO ENFORCE THE LAWS CURRENTLY ON THE BOOKS. CRIMINALS SHOULD BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT AND THAT IS NT ALWAYS THE EXTENT. A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ALREADY KNOW, THOSE WHO ABUSE FIREARMS OR OBTAIN ILLEGALLY SHOULD BE PROSECUTED BUT IT IS NOT QUICK OR EASY. AND THEY KNOW LIMITING THE RIGHTS WILL NOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM, INSTEAD OF PURSUING THIS AGENDA, THEY SHOULD FIX THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. HELPING THE FAMILIES WOULD OUR OUTDATED AND PEOPLE WHO NEED TREATMENT CAN RECEIVE IT. SIMPLY THROWING MORE MONEY AT THIS ISSUE WITHOUT THESE REFORMS IS GIVING THE VMPTAFMENT WITHOUT NANDING FOR MARE CARE. 6 % OF AMERICANS SEE MASS SHATTINGS AND TREATING PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS RATHER THAN ADDING HEALTH LAWS. A NOT CONSERVATIVE PAPER, THEY THOUGHT BETTER ACCESS WOULD REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. THE A.M. CAN PEOPLE ARE CORRECT. THEY ARE CORRECT. RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP IS NOT THE PROBLEM. THE HOUSE MUST REMAIN THEVILLE LANT THAT IS MORE INTERESTED IN COLLECTING A SOLUTION. AS A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER, I'M AN ADVOCATE AND THE GUN VIOLENCE AND KNOWS HOE HAVE BEEN IMPACTED AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:27:35 PM

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    I YIELD TO MR. HUDSON.

  • 09:27:41 PM

    I WANT TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S AASSAULT. AFTER SEEING…

    I WANT TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S AASSAULT. AFTER SEEING HIS GUN AMENDMENT FAILS. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TRYING TO GO AROUND THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TAKE EXACT ACTION THROUGH EXECUTIVE FIAT. TRYING TO RESTRICT OUR RIGHTS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SAFETY AND SECURITY AND HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH AMERICAN CONTROL. IN FACT, THE EXECUTIVE ACTION, THE PRESIDENT SAID WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE EXPERIENCES INCLUDING SAN BERNANDINO. IT COULD HAVE A EXILLING EFFECT ON PEOPLE SEEKING HELP FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. NOBODY WANTS TO SEE GUNS IN THE HANDS BUT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS TYPE OF ACTION. IF FOLKS BELIEVE THEY COULD LOSE THEIR RIGHTS FOR SIMPLY SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH, IT COULD BE A DETERRENCE. IN OUR COUNTRY, WE HAVE AN TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE. IF ONE VETERAN RETURNS HOME FROM A CONFLICT AND DOESN'T SEEK HELP FROM ISSUES, THEN SHAME ON THE PRESIDENT. IF THEY ARE AFRAID IF THEY SEEK HELP, ONE DAY THEY COULD LOSE RIGHTS, WHAT AN EFFECT IT COULD HAVE ON AN POPULATION. WE WILL NEVER REGULATE PEOPLE'S ACTIONS. IF THAT WERE THE CASE RGS THE STREETS OF CHICAGO WOULD BE THE SAFER STREETS. RATHER THAN INFRINGE GO ON OUR WE SHOULD HAVE REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE AND PREVENTING CRIMINALS AND ENTERING OUR COUNTRY. I'M A RESPONSIBLE LAW-ABAAOUDING GUN OWNER. THIS RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS IS THE FREEDOM WHICH WE PROTECTOR FREEDOMS. FOR THAT REASON, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED EXECUTIVE ACTIONS. AND I THANK THE GEORGIA. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. RAT RAT I THANK MY FRIEND --

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  • 09:30:58 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA. PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ONCE AGAIN BYPASS…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA. PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ONCE AGAIN BYPASS CONGRESS AND UNILATERALLY IMPLEMENT GUN CONTROL MEASURES REPRESENTS YET ANOTHER SADLY ALL TOO FAMILIAR ASSAULT ON OUR CONSTITUTION. THIS TIME, THE PRESIDENT'S DOUBLING DOWN WITH A TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL, BY PROPOSING EXECUTIVE ORDERS WHICH VIOLATE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ABUSING THE SEPARATION OF POWERS WRITTEN IN OUR CONSTITUTION. IN THE PROCESS, THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS THAT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING GUN OWNERS, SUPPORT HIS EXECUTIVE ACTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN ASSURE HIM, WHEN IT COMES TO THE TEXANS THAT I REPRESENT, THE PRESIDENT IS DEAD WRONG. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME I'VE HAD TO FIGHT THE PRESIDENT'S RADICAL AGENDA ON GUN CONTROL. AND JUST LIKE BEFORE, I WON'T BACK DOWN. SO TODAY I STAND IN SUPPORT AND AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS AND SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTION ACT, A CRITICAL BILL THAT WE NOW UNFORTUNATELY NEED TO PUT A STOP TO ANY ACTION BY THIS PRESIDENT TO WEAKEN OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. AND I REFUSE TO LET THIS PRESIDENT USE THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS AS A WAY TO DISTRACT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM HIS EPIC FOREIGN POLICY FAILURES. TO TURN OUR FOCUS AWAY FROM HIS FAILURE TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE, NOT FROM THE SECOND AMENDMENT, BUT FROM ISIS-INSPIRED TERRORISTS IN OUR OWN HOMELAND. SAN BERNARDINO WAS NOT, AS THE PRESIDENT CALLED IT, AN ACT OF VIOLENCE. IT WAS TERRORISM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:32:41 PM

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    THANK YOU. THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    THANK YOU. THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

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  • 09:32:51 PM

    MR. YOHO

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. STUTZMAN, FOR THIS --…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. STUTZMAN, FOR THIS -- PUTTING THIS IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER TOGETHER. YESTERDAY PRESIDENT OBAMA MOVED UNILATERALLY VIA EXECUTIVE ORDER IN A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. HE STATED HE HAD TO TAKE UNILATERAL ACTION BECAUSE THE CONGRESS REFUSED TO SUPPORT HIS INITIATIVES. TRUE SOMEWHAT. BUT NOT BECAUSE THIS NATION WISHES TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE THAT HAVE FALLEN UPON INNOCENT VICTIMS IN AMERICA. VICTIMS LIKE CATHERINE STEINLE, THIS YOUNG LADY WAS MURDERED IN SAN FRANCISCO BY A PERSON HERE ILLEGALLY. A PERSON THAT HAD BEEN DEPORTED OVER FOUR TIMES AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEPORTED ONCE AGAIN BUT INSTEAD WAS ALLOWED TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY BECAUSE OF THIS PRESIDENT'S POLICIES PROMOTED AND THE SANCTUARY CITIES, POLICIES LIKE SAN FRANCISCO. OBVIOUSLY I CANNOT SPEAK FOR HER FAMILY, BUT I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY HER FAMILY WOULD HAVE HAD A VERY DIFFERENT HOLIDAY THIS YEAR THAN THE ONE THEY EXPERIENCED HAD THE JUSTICE SYSTEM NOT FAILED THEM AND THE MAN WHO MURDERED HER HAD BEEN DEPORTED. SHE WOULD BE HERE TODAY IF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAD CHOSEN TO SIMPLY ENFORCE THE LAWS ON THE BOOKS. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL NOT CURB THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE, ONLY ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW'S WILL. AND, MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW THIS -- MR. PRESIDENT, YOU KNOW THIS. PLEASE ABIDE BY ARTICLE 2 SECTION 3 OF OUR CONSTITUTION. THE EXECUTIVE SHALL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE LAND. NOW I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT WE SHOULD APPROPRIATE MORE MONEY TO MENTAL HEALTH, AS HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT HERE TONIGHT. THE LACK OF RESOURCES FOR THOSE SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY IS ABYSMAL. 30 YEARS AGO THIS NATION HAD OVER 500,000 HOSPITAL BEDS FACILITIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE. TODAY THERE ARE LESS THAN 50,000. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE. I ALSO AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT WE SHOULD INCREASE THE NUMBER OF A.T.F. INSPECTORS TO PROCESS BACKGROUND CHECKS MORE QUICKLY AND MORE EFFICIENTLY. AND WE CAN WORK THIS OUT THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS , THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE, AND NOT THROUGH, AGAIN, EXECUTIVE FIAT. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MR. PRESIDENT, YOUR PHONE AND PEN ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. ASIDE FROM SIDE-STEPPING CONGRESS AGAIN, YOUR OTHER INITIATIVES ENCROACH ON AMERICANS' PERSONAL LIBERTIES -- LIBERTIES AND FREEMS. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR PLAN TO REVOKE GUN OWNERSHIP FROM FOLKS WHO'S OVERSIGHT OF THEIR FINANCES ARE TURNED OVER TO SOMEONE ELSE, SPECIFICALLY THOSE RECEIVING DISABILITY THROUGH SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. FOR REASONS BEYOND THEIR CONTROL, SOMETIMES ADDITIONAL HELP IS NEEDED IN MANAGING ONE'S FINANCES. SOMETIMES THEY DO IT VOLUNTARILY. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE INCAPABLE OF MAKING SOUND MORAL DECISIONS AND CERTAINLY DOES NOT MEAN THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS SHOULD OR CAN BE INFRINGED UPON. AS AN ASIDE, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT HOW THIS PRESIDENT'S ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED FOR SYRIAN REBELS TO RECEIVE MILITARY-GRADE WEAPONS AND THEY SUPPLIED MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS WITH WEAPONS THROUGH THE FAILED FAST AND FURIOUS PROGRAM ADMINISTERED UNDER ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER AT THE TIME. ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN DONE IRRESPONSIBLY AND WITHOUT CONDUCTING BACKGROUND CHECKS. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S GUN POLICIES HAVE KILLED INNOCENT PEOPLE. CUSTOM BORDER SECURITY AGENT BRIAN TERRY WAS A VICTIM OF THIS. YET THIS PRESIDENT'S SOLUTION TO GUN VIOLENCE IS TO RESTRICT LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM ONE OF OUR MOST BASIC RIGHTS OF AMERICAN FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. IT'S IMP -- IT SIMPLY DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. THE SECOND AMENDMENT OF OUR CONSTITUTION IS VERY CLEAR AND CONCISE AND ALLOW ME TO READ IT. A WELL REGULATED MILITIA BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. THIS AMENDMENT WAS NOT ADDED IN THE EARLY YEARS OF OUR NATION'S FOUNDING FOR HUNTING OR SPORTING PURPOSES, BUT FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION TO FEND OFF AN OVERBEARING TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT. IT IS VERY CLEAR AND HAS CONSISTENTLY BEEN UPHELD BY THE SUPREME COURT. MR. PRESIDENT, I UNDERSTAND AND SYMPATHIZE WITH YOUR FRUSTRATIONS. BUT PLEASE, PLEASE UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION AND COME TO CONGRESS. LET'S WORK TOGETHER, THOSE AREAS WHERE WE AGREE UPON TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE. AND LET'S WORK TO PRESERVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AND LET'S ALSO RESPECT AND REVERE THE CONSTITUTION FOR ALL AMERICANS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:37:39 PM

    MR. STUTZMAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. AND AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. AND AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 09:37:49 PM

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM INDIANA FOR ORGANIZING THIS…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM INDIANA FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. I'M VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO HELP DEFEND OUR SECOND AMENDMENT, WHICH IS THE AMENDMENT GIVING TEETH TO ALL OUR OTHER AMENDMENTS AND RIGHTS. THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF OUR REPUBLIC. AND YET THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AS A WHOLE HAVE NOW BEEN ENGAGED FOR YEARS IN AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALREADY BEEN DISCUSSED THIS EVENING, HAS COME BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST YESTERDAY AND A-- ANNOUNCING HIS ATTEMPT TO YET AGAIN INFRINGE UPON THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS BY UNILATERALLY INSTITUTING NEW RESTRICTIONS ON FIREARM SALES. THE PRESIDENT'S BLATANT DISREGARD FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF CONGRESS TO WRITE THE LAWS OF THE LAND IS ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING TO ME. THIS LATEST MOVE IS JUST YET A LARGER PART OF AN EXECUTIVE ABUSE THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR QUITE SOME TIME. AN OVERREACH. IN 2013 CONGRESS REJECTED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HAVE EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND I FULLY BELIEVE THAT THAT WOULD HAVE THE SAME RESULT TODAY. AND YET BECAUSE IT WAS NOT IN ACCORD WITH THE WISHES OF THE PRESIDENT, HE NOW CLAIMS THAT CONGRESS HAS RELINQUISHED ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND THEREFORE HE SOMEHOW HAS THE RIGHT TO CREATE LAWS AS HE SEES FIT. WELL, HE IS WRONG. AS WELL AS BEING UNCONSTITUTIONAL, THIS MORAL IMPERATIVE THAT THE PRESIDENT CLAIMS TO HAVE REGARDING GUN CONTROLS IS NOT EVEN STATISTICALLY OR LOGICALLY ON SOUND GROUND. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT HAS POINTED DIRECTLY TO A STRING OF DOMESTIC TERROR ATTACKS AS THE REASON FOR HIS EXECUTIVE ACTION AND YET WE ALL KNOW THAT HIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED ANY OF THESE TERROR ATTACKS. SO, THE REAL ISSUE HERE IS THAT THIS GUN GRAB BY THE PRESIDENT IS A SMOKE SCREEN TO HIDE FROM HIS OWN FAILED POLICIES, HIS REFUSAL TO DEAL WITH TERRORISM AND TO ELIMINATE IT. AND IT IS TIME FOR THE TRUTH TO BE TOLD AND FOR US TO STAND IN OPPOSITION AGAINST THIS CONTINUED ASSAULT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT. PERSONALLY, MY DEFENSE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS FIRM AND UNWAVERING. I WILL NEVER SUPPORT ANY MEASURE THAT INFRINGES UPON THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS TO PURCHASE, USE AND KEEP FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION. AND I BELIEVE THAT ANY LAW THAT RESTRICTS THESE RIGHTS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND SHOULD BE STEADFASTLY OPPOSED. SO, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE TIME TO SHARE THIS TONIGHT AND JUST REMINDED OF THOMAS JEFFERSON'S STATEMENT THAT NO FREE MAN SHALL EVER BE DEBARRED THE USE OF ARMS. THIS IS AN ISSUE UPON WHICH OUR LIBERTIES REST. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:41:13 PM

    MR. STUTZMAN

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE REMINDER FROM ONE OF OUR FOUNDING…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE REMINDER FROM ONE OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND APPRECIATE YOUR SERVICE TO THE CITIZENS IN GEORGIA. WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO ANOTHER MEMBER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 09:41:30 PM

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA FOR REMBING THIS TIME AND GIVING ME A…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA FOR REMBING THIS TIME AND GIVING ME A FEW MINUTES TO SPEAK UPON THIS VERY IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS I'M STANDING HERE, I SEE THE WORDS LIBERTY ENGRAVED AT THE BASE OF THE ROSTER. ONE OF THE GREAT PRINCIPLES OF THIS NATION, ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SOUGHT TO TAKE ON IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY FORCE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. FOR AN IDEA. A PRINCIPLE OF LIBERTY. ONE OF THE GREAT INFLUENCERS ON OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WAS CHARLES MONTH SKEW, AN 1TH STREVERAGERY PHILOSOPHER AND JUDGE. HE SAID THAT WHEN THE LEGISLATIVE AND THE EXECUTIVE POWER IS VESTED IN ONE PERSON OR ONE BODY, THERE CAN BE NO LIBERTY. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES THAT STOOD HERE BEFORE I CAME THIS EVENING HAVE TESTIFIED TO THE ROLE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN UPON HIMSELF TO BECOME BOTH THE LEGISLATOR AND THE EXECUTIVE IN THIS MATTER. IN FACT, ON THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE, IN HIS STATEMENT, HE SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ACTION EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THE GAPS IN OUR GUN LAWS COULD ONLY BE FIXED BY LEGISLATIVE ACTION BY CONGRESS, BUT BECAUSE CONGRESS FAILED TO ACT, HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE ACTION. CLEARLY HE'S ADMITTING TO STEPPING INTO THE ROLE, THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE, OF THIS BODY, AND THE BODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS BUILDING. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THERE CAN BE NO LIBERTY. NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE MUST TAKE THIS ACTION BECAUSE CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO ACT. NO. CONGRESS DID ACT. BUT CONGRESS DID NOT ACT IN THE WAY THAT HE WANTED US TO. AND BECAUSE WE DIDN'T ACT IN THE WAY THAT HE SPECIFICALLY WANTED, NOW HE HAS TO TAKE ACTION AND THE ACTION HE SAYS THAT HE MUST TAKE IS TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE. MANY HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES AND CLEARLY HE'S TAKING UNCONSTITUTIONAL APPROACH IN THIS DECISION THAT HE HAS MADE, IN THIS ACTION. BUT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE ULTIMATE HYPOCRISY OF HIS STATEMENT, THAT HIS ACTIONS ARE TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE. THIS BODY HAS TAKEN ACTIONS TO WHICH HE HAS IGNORED THAT WOULD TRULY MAKE AMERICA SAFE. BACK IN FEBRUARY, AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, I TRAVELED TO THE BORDER, OUR OPEN AND POROUS SOUTHERN BORDER. I TRAVELED SIDE BY SIDE WITH BORDER PATROL AGENTS, COAST GUARD, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHO HAVE COMMITTED THEIR TIME, THEIR LIVES, IT IS THEIR MISSION TO SECURE THAT BORDER. WE SAW THAT THE BORDER IS CONTROLLED BY ILLEGAL CARTELS. THAT SMUGGLE HUMAN TRAFFIC, THEY SMOGGLE -- SMUGGLE NARCOTICS, THEY SMUGGLE DRUGS ACROSS THE BORDER INTO THIS COUNTRY. NOW, IF GUNS JUST ARBITRARILY KILLED PEOPLE, THEN MAYBE THE ACTION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS TAKING WOULD HAVE SOME EFFECT. BUT I'VE BEEN AROUND GUNS ALL MY LIFE AND HAVE YET HAVE A GUN JUMP UP AND JUST ARBITRARILY START SHOOTING ANYTHING. GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. AND BAD PEOPLE THAT USE GUNS COME INTO THIS COUNTRY AND OFTEN THOSE GUNS ARE SMUGGLED IN THROUGH THE SOUTHERN BORDER. NOW, AS A RESULT OF BEING ON THE BORDER, WE WE HAVE TO HAVE A COMBINATION OF PHYSICAL BARRIERS AND TECHNOLOGY AND BOOTS ON THE GROUND. WE TALKED ABOUT BUILDING FENCES AND WALLS. THOSE ARE REALLY INEFFECTIVE. BUILD A WALL, THEY BUILD 13-FOOT LADDERS. THEY USE ENGINEERS TO BUILD TUMS AND BUILD CONTRABAND AND SMUG MANY PEOPLE, PEOPLE WHO ARE INAT THE PRESENT TIME TO DO ILL AS WE SAW IN SAN FRANCISCO EARL YEAR THIS YEAR. BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS IGNORED CONGRESS' CALL TO SECURE THE BOARD. INSTEAD TO SECURE THE BOARD ARE, HE WANTS TO BRING AGENTS TO INVESTIGATE AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE DEALT WITH THE THREAT THAT SAYS WE ARE GOING TO GET OPERATIVES IN THIS NATION TO CONDUCT ATTACKS. THIS BODY PAWED THAT PROGRAM UNTIL WHICH COULD FULLY VEPT. THE PRESIDENT PURSUED ON WITH THE REFUGEE PROGRAM. AS A MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY, I WAS ABLE TO QUESTION THE SECRETARY OF THE F.B.I. IF WE BRING THESE REFUGEES IN. WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCE IS. IN ITS ORDER, THEY WHAT HAPPENS TO HIRE ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL TO CONDUCT CHECKS INSTEAD OF AGENTS. HE ALSO HAS PROPOSED $00 MILLION TOWARD MENTAL HEALTH CARE. I APPLAUD THAT, BUT TAMENTE, WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS COMING BACK FROM WAR AREA YEARS THIS THIS STRIGS HAS ABAND DOND. AND TIMELY, HE WANTS TO USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND RESOURCES TO RESEARCH AND TEST SMART-GUN TECHNOLOGY. MAYBE THAT YOU GOING TO BE APPLICABLE. BUT YET, THE TFERT S.A. HAS PUT IN NEW SCARNING TECHNOLOGY THAT IS NEEDED AT OUR AIRPORTS TO SCOP CONTRABAND. ONCE AGAIN, THAT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. MR. SPEAKER, I SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS CALL THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER IS MAKEING MORE DANGEROUS AND CONTINUEING TO IGNORE AND CLOSE OUR BOARDES AND PUT F.B.I. AGENTS INVESTIGATING ACTIVITIES AND WE NEED TO STOP THEM AND NEED TO INVEST IN TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAKE OUR TRANSPORTATION SAFE AND SECURE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:49:00 PM

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    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. MIDST.

  • 09:49:08 PM

    I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF OUR SECOND AMENDMENT.…

    I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF OUR SECOND AMENDMENT. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SOME TIME AND WITH THE RECENT VERY VIOLENT EVENTS THAT HAVE STRICKENED OUR COMMUNITIES, THE WAY THE PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN TO RESPOND IS INEFFECTIVE AND AN OVERREACH BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF AND I BELIEVE AS THE PRESIDENT HAS CHOSEN TO OPERATE ON MANY ISSUES, IT'S DISAPPOINTING AND WE ALREADY HAVE LAWS ON THE BOOKS THAT NEED ENFORCING. THOSE LAWS THAT WE HAVE CAN BE IF HE CANTIVE. I DON'T THINK ANYONE WILL SAY SOMEONE CAN GO BUY A GUN WITHOUT ANY EFFORT WHATSOEVER. THE ACTIONS TARGETING THE ACTIONS WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE TRAGEDIES. I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ON THE WAYS AND MEEPS COMMENT. AND INCOLLIDED IN THE BACKGROUND SYSTEM. THE FINANCES SHOULD NOT MEAN THAT AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD LUDES IT. BUT IT WOULD ALSO DISCOURAGE SOME BENEFICIARIES. AND MANY SIMILAR VIEWS HAVE BEEN SHARED HERE EARLIER THIS EVENING. WHEN "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES", I JOINED THE MEMBERS WRITING TO THE PRESIDENT. AND DESPITE THE ADMINISTRATION'S UNWILLINGLESS. I REMAIN HOPEFUL WE CAN SCRAIL BREAK.

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  • 09:51:31 PM

    MEMBERS THAT OPPOSED THE PROPOSES. AND THE THEY WERE DREW THE PROPOSAL.…

    MEMBERS THAT OPPOSED THE PROPOSES. AND THE THEY WERE DREW THE PROPOSAL. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS REPEATEDLY DISREGARDED OUR BRANCH AND OUR PEOPLE. THE PRESIDENT'S JOB IS TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS NOT JUST THE ONCE HE CHOOSES. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND AGAINST THE REACH AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF MEB NEBRASKA TO BEAR ARMS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:52:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE REMAINING.

  • 09:52:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAS EIGHT MINUTES. HUNTS HUNTS I YIELD DO THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 09:52:42 PM

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. OFFICER. THE SPECKED AMENDMENT IS CRIT TALL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. OFFICER. THE SPECKED AMENDMENT IS CRIT TALL CLEAR, IT ENSURES THE RIGHT OF THE RIGHT TO EMBEAR ARMS. THEY KNEW IT WAS TOLL RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES, AND PROPERTY. THAT IS THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAN LIVING BY THE OATH TO PRESERVE, POKET AND PROTECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND NOT TRY TO TAKE ON THE LEGISLATIVE DUTIES. AMERICANS HAVE A HISTORY OF CONFRONTING THOSE WHO WISH TO TAKE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS. THE BEGS WAY TO FIGHT IS TO CITIZENS TO FIGHT. THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY AND FOLLOW THE LAW ARE ALREADY DOING THIS. THEY ARE FLOCKIC THIS DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS. SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE, GUN PURCHASES HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED BY STATE OR FEDERAL AUTHORITIES. MEANWHILE ACCORDING TO THE OOMPLET T.F., FIRMSE HAS INCREASE FROM 2350 MILLION TO 230 MILLION. KILLING THE SECOND AMENDMENT HAS UNJENNINGS TENGALLY HAS BEEN THE CATALYST. HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED SINCE 2009 AND ONE OF THE FEW BRIGHT SPORTS OF SPOTS. BUT THERE IS MORE GOOD NEWS. VIOLENT CRIME RATES ARE DOWN OVER THE LAST 0 YEARS, A CORDING TO THE F.B.I., THE NUMBER OF VIOLENT CRIMES HAS DECREASED. THERE ARE MORE GUNS THAN PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND YET THE VIAL ENLT CRIME RATE CONTINUES TO DECREASE. AND DESPITE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OBSESSION WITH UNDERMINING THE SECOND AMENDMENT, IT HAS DROPPED. THE OWE BAUM AFTER DEPARTMENT OF JUST TRIES AND INSTEAD OF ISSUEISH EDICTS FROM THE BRANCH. I WOULD LIKE AT THE THANK MR. STUTZ MAN AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:56:00 PM

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    GENTLEMAN OF ALABAMA, MR. PALMER.

  • 09:56:08 PM

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S ORDERS ARE NAY JOR DISTRACTION 689 I THINK…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S ORDERS ARE NAY JOR DISTRACTION 689 I THINK DEALING WITH ICEIS OVER THIS ADMINISTRATION'S AGREEMENT WITH THEM ARE ON A GREAT EVERY IMPORTANT TAPS WILL THAT WILL DO LITTLE TO PROTECT I WILL. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SENIORS THAN THEY ARE ABOUT A NUCLEAR ABOUT A INAUDIBLE QUESTION COLLAR ARMED IRAN. THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THE SHOOTINGS IN SAN BERNANDINO IS INDIFFICULT DICK CATIVE. THEY ARE TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. THESE AMERICANS ARE CREATING THEIR OWN HOME SECURITY. AND WILL NOT ONLY DO LITTLE TO IMPROVE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BUT DO THE POLICIES FOR PROITHING OUR WHOM LAND. I OPETION THIS ABUSE. AND ARE STRAINIC IRAN RAN. AND PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS. MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA FROM LEAD INK THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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  • 09:57:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IF I COULD INQUIRE THE BALANCE OF OUR TOMORROW

  • 09:58:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GEORGIA FROM INDIANA HAS TWO MINUTES.

  • 09:58:10 PM

    THIS IS TO TALK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND THE CONCERN THAT THEY HAVE…

    THIS IS TO TALK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND THE CONCERN THAT THEY HAVE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A STATISTIC THAT WE KNOW THAT NATIONAL CRIME RATES THAT GUN CRIME THAT IS DROPPED AND THAT IS A POSITIVE SIGN THAT WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT VIOLENT CRIME AND GUN CLIMB IS ELIMINATED IN THIS COUNTRY. IN 2015, THE CRIME RATE WAS HALF. IT HAS FOLLOWEN BY 51% AND PROPERTY CRIME BY 43%. THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE IS THE LOWEST. THE PEAK OF YOU ITS HOMICIDE RATES WAS LOWER IN 2010 AND FEWER DEATHS. VIOLENT NONFATE AT CRIME WITH OR WITHOUT A FIREARM WAS DOWN MARKEDLY, 72% OTHER THE PAST TWO PECTS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE CITY MUCH CHICAGO WHICH HAS THE MOST STRICTEST GUN LAWS THAT THE HUGE PROBLEM. I WOULD LIKE TO READ IN CLOSING WHAT IS ON IMPORTANT IN ALL OFS. A AND BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER, THE SECOND REMISS THERE TO PROTECT FREEDOM.

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  • 10:00:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES YASM INDIANA SECRETARY…

    FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES YASM INDIANA SECRETARY RECOGNITION.

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  • 10:00:42 PM

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    MOVE THE HOUSE NOW DO ADJOURN.

  • 10:00:48 PM

    TEMPORE THOSE

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOBED. THE HOUSE STAPPEDS ADJOURNED UNTIL…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOBED. THE HOUSE STAPPEDS ADJOURNED UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING HOUR A DEBATE. 10:00 A.M. 69 SNOO

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