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House Session - May 16, 2016

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

Speakers:
Time
Action
  • 12:01:11 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 12:01:16 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    MR. SPEAKER, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WILL GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THIS WEEKEND FOR FEEDING 5,000, AN EVENT DESIGNED TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE ISSUE OF FOOD WASTE. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SERVED A COMMUNAL MEAL MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF FOOD THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN DISCARDED. IN OTHER WORDS, WASTED. SINCE 2009, FEED BACK, A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION, WORKING TO END FOOD WASTE, HAS HOSTED DOZENS OF FEEDING -- FEEDING THE 5,000 EVENTS IN CITIES ACROSS THE GLOBE. I'M PLEASED TO SEE SO MANY LOCAL PARTNERS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, N.G.O.'S, INDUSTRY, AND CHEFS JOINING TOGETHER TO CALL ATTENTION TO FOOD WASTE BECAUSE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS WE'LL NEED ALL THESE PARTNERS WORKING TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE ISSUE OF FOOD WASTE. LAST YEAR THE USDA ANNOUNCED THEIR FIRST EVER FOOD WASTE REDUCTION GOAL, CALLING FOR A 50% REDUCTION IN FOOD WASTE BY 2030. USDA IS WORKING WITH CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS, FAITH-BASED GROUPS, AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND I BELIEVE THIS GOAL IS 100% ACHIEVABLE. AMERICAN CONSUMERS, BUSINESSES, AND FARMS SPEND AN ESTIMATED $218 PER YEAR GROWING, PROCESSING, TRANSPORTING, AND DISPOSING OF FOOD THAT IS NEVER EATEN. UP TO 40% OF ALL FOOD GROWN IS NEVER EATEN. 40 MILLION TO 50 MILLION TONS OF FOOD IS SENT SEND TO LAND PHILS EACH YEAR -- LANDFILLS EACH YEAR. THIS FOOD WASTE TRANSLATES INTO APPROXIMATELY 387 BILLION CALORIES OF FOOD THAT WENT UNCONSUMED. WITH 50 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING 16 MILLION CHILDREN, STRUGGLING WITH HUNGER EVERY YEAR, THESE ARE STARTLING FIGURES. WE KNOW FOOD WASTE OCCURS THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN FROM HARVESTING TO MANUFACTURING, TO RETAIL OPERATIONS AND CONSUMER HABITS. BUT WE MUST DO MORE TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE AT EVERY STAGE. RECOVER FOOD THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN WAYSED, AND -- WASTED AND WE CYCLE AS ANIMAL FEED, COMPOSE, OR ENERGY. THANKFULLY THERE IS A LOT OF WORK BEING DONE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF FOOD WASTE. LAST WEEK I ATTENDED THE SCREENING OF A DOCUMENTARY FILM CALLED "JUST EAT IT" ORGANIZED BY THE FOODMAN OF MASSACHUSETTS. IT FOLLOWS A COUPLE AS THEY STOP GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND LIVE SOLELY OFF OF FOODS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN AWAY. JEN AND GRANT WERE ABLE TO FIND AN ABUNDANCE OF PERFECTLY SAFE, HEALTHY FOOD AVAILABLE FOR CONSUMPTION THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THROWN AWAFMENTE IT'S EXCITING TO SEE NEW PARTNERSHIPS FORMING TO STUDY FOOD WASTE AND FIND WAYS TO USE THIS PERFECTLY GOOD FOOD TO REDUCE HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITIES. ONE SUCH PRIVATE-PUBLIC COLLABORATION, REFED, HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER OVER 30 BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND N.G.O. LEADERS O COMMITTED TO WIDE SCALE SOLUTIONS TO U.S. FOOD WASTE. IN MARCH, 2016, REFED RELEASED A ROAD MAP THAT CHARTS THE COURSE FOR A 20% REDUCTION OF FOOD WASTE WITHIN A DECADE. THE ROAD MAP CALLS FOR FARMERS TO REDUCE UNHARVESTED FOOD AND CREATE SECONDARY MARKETS FOR IMPERFECT PRODUCE. IT CALLS ON MANUFACTURERS TO REDUCE INEFFICIENCIES, MAKE PACKAGING ADJUSTMENTS, AND STANDARDIZED DATE LABELING. IT CALLS ON FOOD SERVICE COMPANIES TO FURTHER IMPLEMENT WASTE TRACKING AND INCORPORATE IMPERFECT PRODUCE AND SMALLER PLATES IN RESTAURANTS. AND IT URGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STRENGTHEN TAX INCENTIVES FOR FOOD DONATIONS AND CONSIDER STANDARDIZED DATE LABELING LEGISLATION. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT MANY IN THE INDUSTRY ARE ALREADY TAKING STEPS TO DRAMATICALLY CUT DOWN ON WASTED FOOD BY EMPLEMENTING ROBUST DONATION PROGRAMS. FOR EXAMPLE, STARBUCK'S RECENTLY ANNOUNCED IT WILL SOON SCALE UP ITS SUCCESSFUL FOOD DONATION PILOT PROGRAM NATIONWIDE. STARBUCK'S WILL DONATE UNSOLD FOOD FOR MORE THAN 7,000 COMPANY OPERATED STORES. SALADS, SANDWICHES, AND OTHER REFRIGERATED ITEMS TO FEEDING AMERICA FOOD BANK NETWORK. BY 20 IT 1 THAT AMOUNTS TO ALMOST 50 MILLION MEALS. OUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE ALSO STEPPING UP. BOTH THE CAMPUS KITCHEN PROJECT AND FOOD RECOVERY NETWORK WITH COLLEGE DINING FACILITIES AND STUDENTS TO PROVIDE HUNGER RELIEF IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, BECKER COLLEGE, HOLY CROSS COLLEGE, SMITH COLLEGE, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST ALL HAVE CAMPUS FOOD RECOVERY INITIATIVES. OVER THE PAST 35 YEARS, FEEDING AMERICA HAS DEMOCRAT STRAIGHT AN OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO ENSURING FOOD THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN WASTED, MAKES ITS WAY TO FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND INTO THE HOMES OF FAMILIES IN NEED. THERE ARE DOZENS OF OTHER INDUSTRY LEADERS ALSO TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE BY IMPLEMENTING MANUFACTURING UPGRADES, MAXIMIZING HARVEST, AND UTILIZING RECYCLING INITIATIVES. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE FOOD WASTE REDUCTION ALLY IN BRINGING TOGETHER INDUSTRY, -- INDUSTRY PARTNERS TO SHRINK THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOD PRINT, AND ALLEVIATE HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITIES. REDUCING FOOD WASTE IS ONE STEP WE CAN TAKE TOWARD OUR GOAL OF ENDING HUNGER IN THE UNITED STATES. I'M PLEASED TO SEE PARTNERS AT EVERY LEVEL TAKING ACTION TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE BUT THERE IS STILL MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. LET'S SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF FOOD WASTE AND LET'S END HUNGER NOW. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 12:06:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:06:50 PM

    MR. EMMER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE RAMSAY FIRE CHIEF DEAN KAPLER WHO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE RAMSAY FIRE CHIEF DEAN KAPLER WHO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HIS UPCOMING RETIREMENT. SINCE 1993, DEAN HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY ASPECT OF THE RAMSAY FIRE DEPARTMENT. A RESPONSIBILITY THAT HE HANDLES WITH DETERMINATION AND ENTHUSIASM. OVER THE PAST 23 YEARS, DEAN HAS RECRUITED AND TRAINED 55 FIREFIGHTERS AND MAINTAINED THREE FIRE STATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, HE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PROVIDE BETTER COVERAGE AND EXPAND FIRE SERVICE FOR THE RAMSAY AREA. THE DEDICATION THAT DEAN HAS DISPLAYED TO HIS HOME CITY OF 37 YEARS IS FURTHER PROVEN BY THE RETIREMENT DATE HE HAS CHOSEN. HIS RETIREMENT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMPLETION OF THE NEW FIRE DEPARTMENT, A PROJECT THAT HE HAS SUPERVISED AND INSISTS ON SEEING THROUGH TO COMPLETION. I WANT TO THANK DEAN FOR ALL THE WORK THAT HE HAS DONE FOR THE CITY OF RAMSAY, AND I WISH HIM HAPPINESS IN HIS WELL EARNED RETIREMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE EXCEL ENERGY'S MONTICELLO NUCLEAR GENERATING PLANT FOR RECEIVING THE ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THIS AWARD RECOGNIZES EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS OF SUPPORTING GUARD AND RESERVE EMPLOYEES. BY GIVING NONREQUIREMENT BENEFITS. THE ROLE OF A RESERVE MEMBER IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, BUT IT IS A JOB WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE. THANKFULLY, THE MONTH SHELLO PLANT WELCOMES THE WORK ETHIC, LEADERSHIP, AND APPLIED KNOWLEDGE VETERANS BRING TO THE POSITION. THOSE WHO SERVE AND SACRIFICE TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE NOT ONLY DESERVE OUR RESPECT BUT ALSO OUR HELP WHEN THEY COME HOME. THAT IS WHY EXCEL'S COMMITMENT TO HIRE OUR VETERANS IS SO IMPORTANT. I COMMEND THEM FOR HIRING OUR VETERANS AND FOR ASSISTING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE SERVING IN THE GUARD OR RESERVES. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO EXCEL ENERGY FOR YOUR WELL DESERVED AWARD. I YIELD BAFPBLGT BACK.

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  • 12:09:03 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO SCLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR

  • 02:02:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. KILDEE.

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  • 02:02:32 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    I ASK ALL PRESENT TO PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO…

    I ASK ALL PRESENT TO PLEASE 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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  • 02:02:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:02:58 PM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:03:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

  • 02:03:02 PM

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    YES.

  • 02:03:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:03:06 PM

    MR. PITTS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE LANGSTER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE LANGSTER GENERAL HEALTH MEDICINE FOR BEING A FINALIST IN THE 2015 MCGAW PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE. THEY WERE THE ONLY PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH SYSTEM TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THIS HONOR THEY WERE SINGLED OUT FOR ITS WORK ON COMMUNITY PROGRAMS FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL, AMISH COMMUNITY AND OTHER ISSUES. RECENTLY THEY LAUNCHED AN EFFORT CALLED LIGHTEN UP LANCASTER. FOR THE AMISH LANSTER GENERAL OFFERS A SPECIAL FREE IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN RURAL AREAS. THE HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA SAID, QUOTE, LGHPENN MEDICINE HAS FULLY RECOGNIZED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITIES ARE THE KEY TO IMPROVING HEALTH AND WELLNESS. IT IS WELL DESERVING OF THIS RECOGNITION. THEY USED THE PRIZE MONEY TO PAY FOR TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK AND COORDINATE ITS SOCIAL SERVICES. CONGRATULATIONS, LAN CAN CASTER GENERAL HEALTH AND MEDICINE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:04:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:04:16 PM

    MR. KILDEE

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

  • 02:04:20 PM

    TEMPORE WITH

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTES.

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  • 02:04:23 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    IS STILL FACING A CRISIS. 100,000 PEOPLE STILL CANNOT TURN ON THEIR TAPS…

    IS STILL FACING A CRISIS. 100,000 PEOPLE STILL CANNOT TURN ON THEIR TAPS AND HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER. THIS CONGRESS FACES A MULTITUDE OF PUBLIC HEALTH CRISES. ZIKA, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, BUT CONGRESS MUST ALSO ACT TO DO ITS JOB ON FLINT TO AID THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT. OF MY HOMETOWN. THAT ARE STILL SUFFERING, STILL CANNOT DRINK THE WATER COMING OUT OF A TAP. 100,000 PEOPLE. THIS IS A DISASTER. IT'S A CRISIS THAT DEMANDS CONGRESS TO ACT. CONGRESS SHOULD DO ITS JOB. IMMEDIATELY TAKE UP THE FAMILIES OF FLINT ACT, LEGISLATION THAT I HAVE INTRODUCED THAT HAS OVER 150 CO-SPONSORS. 150 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY CO-SPONSORING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD REPLACE THOSE DAMAGED LEAD SERVICE LINES, PROVIDE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE, WRAP AROUND SERVICES, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN WHO CAN OVERCOME THE IMPACT OF LEAD EXPOSURE, BUT JUST NEED HELP IN ORDER TO DO SO. FAMILIES IN FLINT HAVE WAITED TOO LONG. CONGRESS HAS TO DO ITS JOB AND ACT ON THE FLINT CRISIS W THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:05:47 PM

    TEMPORE PURSU

  • 04:01:01 PM

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    BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE DEBATING NINE BILLS TODAY, INCLUDING ONE DEALING…

    BACK NOW TO THE HOUSE DEBATING NINE BILLS TODAY, INCLUDING ONE DEALING WITH THE I.R.S. AND IDENTITY THEFT. LES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTES INCUR OBJECTION TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED PONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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  • 04:01:24 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 1492.

  • 04:01:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:01:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES TO CONVEY CERTAIN…

    SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES TO CONVEY CERTAIN PROPERTY IN THE STATE OF ALASKA TO THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE, QUEA.

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  • 04:01:46 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUAN

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. YOUNG AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM, MR. YOUNG AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. CARSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 04:01:56 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 04:02:07 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECORD,…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE RECORD, THIS IS THE SAME BILL THAT PASSED THIS HOUSE TWICE AWE NAN MOUSELY AND OVER TO THE SENATE AND SENT IT BACK TO US. IT WOULD DIRECT THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO CONVEY PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF ANCHORAGE. THE HOUSE COMPANION BILL PASSED THE HOUSE TWICE AND NOW SENT WHACK TO MY SENATOR. THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES DETERMINED IT NO LONG EARL NEEDS THE PROPERTY AND SHRINK ITS REAL ESTATE FOOTPRINT AND REDUCE COSTS. IT WILL REQUIRE FAIR MARKET VALUE BASED ON THE INDEPENDENT APRAIL. THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DEPOSITTED IN THE TREASURY. THIS BILL IS IN LINE WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN URGING ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES TO DO, CONSOLIDATE, REDUCE THEIR SPACE AND SELL UNNEEDED PROPERTIES. THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE REQUESTED THIS LAND TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. THE CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION THANKING THE DELEGATION FOR SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I'M VERY EXCITED TO GET THIS LAND INTO THE CITY OF ANCHORAGE FOR DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES. I SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE REST OF MY TIME AT THIS TIME. .

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  • 04:03:33 PM

    MR. CARSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO CONVEY NINE ACRES OF PROPERTY IN…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL TO CONVEY NINE ACRES OF PROPERTY IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, TO THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN EXCHANGE FOR THE FAIR MARKET VALUE. G.S.A. AND THE ARCHIVIST, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THIS IS NO LONGER NEEDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. A HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY VOICE VOTE AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PASSED BY THE HOUSE. SELLING THIS PROPERTY TO THE CITY OF ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, AT ITS FAIR MARKET VALUE PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF TAXPAYERS WHO ACQUIRED THE PROPERTY BUT ALSO ALLOWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER, TO SHED THE COSTS OF MAINTAINING AND SECURING UNNEEDED PROPERTY. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE G.S.A. TO CONTINUE USING THEIR EXISTING AUTHORITY AND EXPERTISE TO IDENTIFY AND DISPOSE OF OTHER PIECES OF UNDERUTILIZED FEDERAL REAL ESTATE AS APPROPRIATE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME,

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  • 04:04:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 04:04:30 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR -- TO SPEAK ON THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO OTHER REQUESTS FOR -- TO SPEAK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE THE PASSAGE OF IT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:04:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 1492. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 04:05:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 04:05:35 PM

    MR. RENACCI

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2832,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2832, THE STOLEN IDENTITY REFUND FRAUD PREVENTION ACT OF TWOUCKS, AS AMENDED. -- 2016, AS AMENDED TO -- AS AMENDED.

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  • 04:05:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:05:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3832, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO PREVENT…

    H.R. 3832, A BILL TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO PREVENT TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT AND TAX FRAUD, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:06:02 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 04:06:08 PM

    MR. RENACCI

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 3832, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:06:19 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:06:20 PM

    MR. RENACCI

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

  • 04:06:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:06:24 PM

    MR. RENACCI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE APPROVAL OF H.R. 3832, THE STOLEN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE APPROVAL OF H.R. 3832, THE STOLEN IDENTITY REFUND FRAUD PREVENTION ACT OF 2016. I INTRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. LEWIS, TO COMBAT TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH MR. LEWIS. HE PAID ME A GREAT COMPLIMENT WHEN HE SAID I RAIN PASSION AND TRUTH ON THE ISSUE OF EYE ENTITY -- IDENTITY THEFT. HE'S BEEN A LEGISLATOR THAT'S BROUGHT GREAT PASSION AND TRUTH TO EVERY ENDEAVOR OF HIS HISTORIC CAREER. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION. TAX-RELATED THEFT INVOLVES INNOCENT TAXPAYERS NATIONWIDE AND ROBS THE TREASURY OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR. I WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY LAST MONTH TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE WITH TAX-RELATED I.D. THEFT. LAST YEAR MY PERSONAL INFORMATION WAS STOLEN AND SOMEONE USED THAT INFORMATION TO ELECTRONICALLY FILE A FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN FOR MY WIFE AND I. THAT RETURN, WHICH INCLUDED A FRAUDULENT W.-2 FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CLAIMED A SIGNIFICANT REFUND THAT WENT TO A BANK ACCOUNT OUTSIDE THE U.S. WHEN IT COMES TO I.T. THEFT, I KNOW THE IMPACT ON TAXPAYERS ACROSS NORTHEAST OHIO AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I AM COMMITTED TO CRACK DOWN ON THE GROWING THEFT, AND THIS BILL IS A FIRST STEP FORWARD. I WAS GLAD THAT TWO CORE COMPONENTS WERE IN THE PATH ACT THAT PASSED LAST DECEMBER. THIS BILL WILL HELP SHIELD TAXPAYERS DOLLARS FROM FEES THAT INCLUDE ESTABLISHING A CENTRALIZED POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. FOR I.D. THEFT VICTIMS. THIS WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR VICTIMS TO RESOLVE THEIR I.D. TAX CASES AND ENSURE THAT THE I.R.S. IS ACCOUNTABLE FROM HANDLING THIS FROM START TO FINISH. AND ANOTHER ONE WOULD NOTIFICATION OF SUSPECTED I.D. THEFT. WHEN AN I.R.S. DETERMINES THERE IS AN UNAUTHORIZED USE OF TAXPAYER IDENTITY, THE I.R.S. WOULD BE ADVISED TO NOTIFY THE TAXPAYER ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO THE TAXPAYER ABOUT FILING A POLICE REPORT. THE LAST ONE I WANT TO MENTION WOULD REQUIRE THE I.R.S. TO SUBMIT A STUDY ON THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM FOR I.D. THEFT VICTIMS TO BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF ELECTRONIC FILING. THIS PROVISION WOULD REQUIRE THE I.R.S. TO REPORT BACK TO CONGRESS WITHIN 180 DAYS ON THIS ISSUE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. PASCRELL, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR HIS AMENDMENTS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO THE BILL DURING THIS MARKUP LAST MONTH. MR. SPEAKER, TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT IS ONE OF THE MOST PRESSING CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE IN THE WORLD OF TAX ADMINISTRATION. THIS COMPLEX AND EVOLVING THREAT REQUIRES INVOLVEMENT FROM CONGRESS, THE I.R.S., STATE REVENUE INDUSTRIES AND INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS. WHILE I KNOW THIS IS NOT BEST SERVED WITH A CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION, THIS LEGISLATION IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN FIGHTING I.D. THEFT AND BETTER PROTECTING VICTIMS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:09:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 04:09:43 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

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

  • 04:09:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:09:49 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND MY FRIEND FROM OHIO, MR. RENACCI, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AS HE KNOWS, I'VE BEEN INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE OF TAX FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT FOR SOMETIME. I AM PLEASED THAT THE BILL WE ARE MARKING UP TODAY, H.R. 3832, INCLUDES MANY PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THE BILL THAT I PUT FORTH, H.R. 3981, THE IDENTITY THEFT AND TAX FRAUD PREVENTION ACT. THESE PROVISIONS INCLUDE HAVING A CENTRAL POINT OF CONTACT FOR A VICTIM OF EYE TENTITY THEFT AND TAXPAYER NOTIFICATION OF SUSPECTED IDENTITY THEFT. IN ADDITION, TWO OF MY AMENDMENTS WERE INCLUDED IN THE BILL. THE FIRST WOULD CREATE A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT LIAISON WITHIN THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION OF THE I.R.S.. OUR POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE OUT EVERY DAY KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND TRACKING DOWN CRIMINALS. TOO OFTEN COORDINATING THEIR EFFORTS WITH THE I.R.S. WHEN IT COMES TO IDENTIFYING IDENTITY THEFT IS NOT AS EASY AS IT SHOULD BE. MY AMENDMENT HELPS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO THEIR JOBS BY CREATING A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT LIAISON AT THE I.R.S. THIS POSITION WILL BE ASKED WITH SHARING -- TO SHARE INFORMATION AND RESPONDING TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN THEY HAVE INFORMATION OR INQUIRIES ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT CASES. IT'S COMMON SENSE AND MAKES IT EASIER FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO GO TO A SINGLE PLACE AT THE I.R.S. WHEN THEY WANT TO WORK A CASE. THE SECOND AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN THIS BILL DEALS WITH I.R.S. PHONE SCAM. THIS IS GROWING BY DAY. IMAGINE SITTING AT HOME, YOU RECEIVE A CALL FROM A THREATENING VOICE ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE CLAIMING TO BE THE I.R.S. FOR TOO MANY AMERICANS, THIS EXPERIENCE IS ALL TOO FAMILIAR. THESE CRIMINALS MAY ASK UNSUSPECTING CITIZENS FOR THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION. THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR EVEN BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION. THAT'S BEEN DONE. IT'S VERY COMMON. AND THREATEN ARREST OR OTHER PENALTIES IF THE LISTENERS DON'T COMPLY. THESE PHONE SCAMS HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE AND HARMFUL TO TAXPAYERS. MY AMENDMENT ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM IN PRACTICAL WAYS. FIRST, IT REQUIRES THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION TO ISSUE A REPORT IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE PHONE SCAM. SECOND, IT WOULD HAVE THE I.R.S. PROVIDE INFORMATION TO CALLERS WHO MAY BE PUT ON HOLD WHEN CALLING IN REGARD -- REGARDING COMMON IDENTITY THEFT TAX SCAMS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. WE NEED TO DO ALL WE CAN TO MAKE SURE TAXPAYERS ARE INFORMED AND ARMED AGAINST THESE SCAMS. IDENTITY THEFT AND TAX FRAUD IS A GROWING PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AS TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND AS CRIMINAL SYNDICATES TARGET AMERICAN CITIZENS, THEIR TAX RETURNS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT GO AS FAR AS I'D LIKE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT H.R. 3831. AND I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION ACT OF 2016 WHICH TAKES ADDITIONLE STEPS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR TAXPAYER SERVICES AND END THE USE OF PRIVATE DEBT COLLECTORS. SO THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I CONGRATULATE ITS SPONSOR AND A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ACROSS THE AISLE IS COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I HOPE THIS IS A GOOD THING TO COME. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RENACCI

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY.

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    MR. KELLY

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 3832. MR. RENACCI AND I ARE GOOD FRIENDS AND MR.…

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 3832. MR. RENACCI AND I ARE GOOD FRIENDS AND MR. LEWIS AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE MR. PASCRELL TODAY. YOU'RE RIGHT, IT'S GOOD THAT WE'RE TO HELP PEOPLE THIS IS ABOUT PEOPLE. THIS IS POLICY THAT CONCERNS PEOPLE AND IT WORKS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING QUITE AS UNNERVING AS FINDING OUT THAT SOMEBODY HAS STOLEN YOUR IDENTITY. AND I THINK SHAKESPEARE SUMS IT UP RIGHT IN "OWE THEY WILLO" HE SAYS ROBS ME OF THAT WHICH NOT ENRICHES HIM AND IT MAKES ME POOR INDEED. NOW, PENNSYLVANIA IS SIXTH IN POPULATION BUT SECOND WHEN IT COMES TO FRAUD, TAX FRAUD. AND THIS IS INCREDIBLE THIS COULD HAPPEN. AS WE SIT HERE TODAY AND AS MR. PASCRELL SO CLEARLY POINTED OUT AND MR. RENACCI, THIS IS ABOUT PROTECTING PEOPLE FROM PEOPLE WHO WISH TO DO THEM HARM BUT NOT ONLY WISH TO TAKE THEIR TAX RETURNS, IT ROBS THEM OF THEIR IDENTITY. THERE'S NOTHING THAT CAN BE MORE CHILLING THAN LOSING YOUR IDENTITY. AS WE LOOK AT HOW THIS GOES FORWARD, AND I THINK THIS PHONE FRAUD IS ONE THAT'S PARTICULARLY INTERESTING. THE I.R.S., WHEN THE I.R.S. CALLS ON YOU, IT'S NOT ON THE PHONE. IT'S IN WRITING, AND I TELL STWEPTS ALL THE TIME, I ALSO HAVE RECEIVED THOSE CALLS SAYING THAT, HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THIS RIGHT NOW. I SAY, FINE, LEAVE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER AND I'LL GET BACK TO YOU. I'LL GET BACK WITH YOU. IT'S FUNNELED BY A CLICK, CLICK. THERE'S SO MUCH GOING WE PUT SO MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE ON OURSELVES, THIS IS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS PEOPLE, PROTECTS NOT ONLY THEIR RETURNS, BUT PROTECTS THEIR IDENTITY. SO I'M GLAD MR. REN ACEY HAS DONE THIS AND MR. PASCRELL. WE STAND TODAY WITH THE SAME PURPOSE AND THAT IS TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE TO REPRESENT THEM. I THINK THEM AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THAT SENIORS ARE BEING PREYED UPON, MANY SENIORS. WHEN YOU HEAR A…

    THAT SENIORS ARE BEING PREYED UPON, MANY SENIORS. WHEN YOU HEAR A THREATENING PHONE CALL, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. AND WHEN YOU'RE UP THERE IN AGE, AS SOME OF US HERE, MR. KELLY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHO TO TURN TO. SO THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT WHAT MR. RENACCI IS PUTTING FORTH. IT HAS GOOD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I HOPE WE CAN MOVE THIS VERY, VERY QUICKLY AND I RESERVE.

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    MR. RENACCI

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

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    MR. REED

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MR.…

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, MR. PASCRELL, MR. LEWIS, MR. RENACCI AND MR. KELLY IN A COMMON REFREEZING RAIN. THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE COMMITTEE FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A TAX ADMINISTRATION AND TAX CODE THAT RESPECTS THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUALS AND WHEN THAT PRIVACY IS VIOLATED, I CANNOT SPEAK LIKE MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA SINCE I'M A SIMPLE COUNTRY LAWYER FROM NEW YORK, BUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS STAND ON THE SIDE OF OUR TAXPAYERS. WHEN TAX FRAUD OCCURS, REAL PEOPLE SUFFER AS A RESULT OF IT. AS WE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR SIMPLE COMMONSENSE REFORMS AND CAREY IN MY DISTRICT REACHED OUT TO US ABOUT A YEAR 1/2 AGO AND HE WAS A VICTIM AND WHEN HE WENT TO FILE HIS RETURN, HE FOUND OUT HE WOULD NOT BE GETTING THAT REFUND BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD STOLEN THAT MONEY FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. HE NEEDED THAT MONEY. AND AFTER MANY PHONE CALLS AND EFFORTS FROM OUR OFFICE, WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT WORKED OUT. BUT HE IS REPRESENTATIVE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT FOUND THEMSELVES IN THIS SITUATION. SO I APPLAUD MR. RENACCI FOR DEVELOPING THESE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT WILL HAVE A POINT OF CONTACT AT THE I.R.S. AND WHEN PEOPLE ENGAGE IN IDENTITY THEFT, THERE ARE REAL PENALTIES AND CONSEQUENCES TO THAT BEHAVIOR. SO I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES JUST AS HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED, LET'S COME TOGETHER AS WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND VICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE CRIME.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. RENACCI

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE,…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LEWIS, FOR HIS WORK WITH ME AND THIS LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO THANK MR. PASCRELL. AS HE SAID, I HOPE IT'S A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON IMPORTANT ISSUES. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE STOLEN IDENTITY REFUND PREVENTION ACT OF 2016 AND I YIELD BACK. IT THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 1492 AS AMENDED. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88…

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88 AS AMENDED.

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    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE TIE JUAN RELATIONS ACT AS THE…

    CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE TIE JUAN RELATIONS ACT AS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE UNITED STATES-TIE JUAN RELATION.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND STEPPED THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL INTO THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88 AND I…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88 AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. CHABOT FOR HIS LONG STANDING DEDICATION AND SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF TIE JUAN. MR. SPEAKER, TIE JUAN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A STRONG -- TAIWAN HAS BEEN A STRONG TREND AND CRITICAL JOOL EYE TO THE UNITED STATES. CONGRESS HAS CHAMPIONED A STRONG RELATIONSHIP LIKE THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT AND THROUGH SUCCESSIVE ADMINISTRATIONS TO FULFILL THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO SELL DEFENSIVE ARMS TO TAIWAN. TAIWAN IS NOW THE UNITED STATES' NINTH LARGEST TRADING PARTNER AND IT IS IN THE U.S. INTEREST TO HAVE A STABLE AND A PROSPEROUS TAIWAN. IT IS AN EXCITING TIME IN TAIWAN. IN JANUARY, A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATED THE STRENGTH AND VIBE BRANSY OF DIE WAN'S DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM AND IN THREE DAYS WE EXPECT THE NULL ELECTED PRESIDENT TO BE INAUGURATED IN A PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER. THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR PROSPEROUS, FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY AND WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH DESPITE HAVING TO FACE COUNTLESS CHALLENGES OUTSIDE OF THEIR CONTROL. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE U.S. ESTABLISHED PLEMENTIC RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA ON JANUARY 1, 1979, THE U.S. CONGRESS ACTED JUST 100 DAYS LATER TO PASS THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT, WHICH WOULD ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES MAINTAINED A ROBUST AND ENDURING RELATIONSHIP WITH TAIWAN. THREE YEARS LATER IN 1982, PRESIDENT REAGAN DEEPENED THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN BY ISSUING THE SIX ASSURANCES TO TAIWAN WHICH INCLUDED TREATING TAIWAN AS WE WOULD TREAT ANY ONE OF OUR ALLIES IN MAKING DECISIONS ON DEFENSIVE ARMS SALES, NOT SETTING A DETERMINATION FOR END AND NOT ALTERING THE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE SIX ASSURANCES. WHEN THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION DELIVERED THE SIX ASSURANCES, IT WAS BY WAY OF A VERBAL AGREEMENT AND HAS LARGELY REMAINED AS SUCH SINCE 1982. TODAY, BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESS IS GOING ON RECORD THAT THE CORNERSTONE OF U.S.-TAIWAN POLICY IS NOT ONLY THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT BUT ALSO THE SIX ASSURANCES. THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE SOLID FILES PRESIDENT REAGAN'S COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN AND URGES THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE ONES THAT FOLLOW TO PUBLICLY, PROACTIVELY TO TAKE THE SIX ASSURANCES INTO ACCOUNT WHEN HANDLING THE RELATIONS. I'M PROUD IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED LEGISLATION WHICH SUPPORTS TAIWAN'S INCLUSION IN INTERPOL AND THAT WE ARE NOW ALSO PASSING A MEASURE WHICH WILL REASSURE OUR FRIENDS IN TAIWAN AND PRESS THE ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE TO ABIDE BY THE SIX ASSURANCES. I'M ALSO PROUD THAT MAINTAINING A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH TAIWAN CONTINUES TO BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. I APPRECIATE MR. ENGEL'S SUPPORT ON THIS INITIATIVE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE. AND BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION, WE, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, ARE YET AGAIN TAKING ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS STRENGTHENING THE U.S.-TAIWAN PARTNERSHIP. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    LET ME THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. ED ROYCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.…

    LET ME THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, MR. ED ROYCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT. AT THE END OF THIS WEEK, TAIWAN WILL SWEAR IN A NEW PRESIDENT, MARKING ANOTHER PEACEFUL, DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION IN THAT COUNTRY. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SEVERAL TIMES, AS WELL AS THE COUNTRY'S OUTGOING LEADER. AND THOUGH THEY REPRESENT DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES, IT'S CLEAR THEY ARE BOTH FULLY COMMITTED TO TAIWAN'S OPEN SOCIETY AND DEMOCRACY. THOSE VALUES ARE AT THE ROOT OF THE CLOSE TIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND TAIWAN. THIS RESOLUTION AFFIRMS OUR COMMITMENT TO THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT AND THE SIX ASSURANCES. THESE ARE THE MEASURES THAT HAVE UNDERPINNED OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE TAIWAN EASE PEOPLE SINCE WE NORMALIZED RELATIONS WITH THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA. AS TAIWAN PREPARES FOR THIS WEEK'S POLITICAL TRANSITION, IT'S VITAL THAT THE UNITED STATES SEND A CLEAR SIGNAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN ON A RANGE OF ISSUES FROM TAIWAN'S DEFENSE, TO ITS GROWING ROLE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, TO ITS COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. SO I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. WE STAND WITH OUR PARTNERS IN TAIWAN AND I WISH THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN WELL AS THEY SWEAR IN A NEW PRESIDENT THIS WEEK AND IT'S THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN. I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT. CHAIRMAN OF…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT. CHAIRMAN OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE AND AUTHOR OF THIS MEASURE.

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    MR. CHABOT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H. CON. RES. 88. I WAS ONE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H. CON. RES. 88. I WAS ONE OF THE ORGANIZATION FOUNDERS OF THE TAIWAN CAUCUS, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO FOUNDED IT AND I HAVE BEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON ASIAN THE PACIFIC AND LONG TIME FRIEND OF TAIWAN. BEEN THERE PROBABLY A DOZEN TIMES OVER THE YEARS. AND THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION REAFFIRMS THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT AND THE SIX ASSURANCES AS CORNERSTONES OF U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONS. AS A LONG TIME SUPPORTER, I BELIEVE THE U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONSHIP IS VITAL TO THE SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, NOT JUST OF TAIWAN BUT OF THE WHOLE REGION. TAIWAN IS A CLOSE ALLY, ONE THAT TRULY BELIEVES AND PRACTICES FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. WE WITNESSED THIS FIRSTHAND THIS PAST JANUARY AS SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE MENTIONED, WHEN THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN HELD DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL ELECTIONS RESULTING IN THE ELECTION OF THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. I CONGRATULATE HER IN HER ROLE AS PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN. TAIWAN ELECTS THEIR PEOPLE DEMOCRATICALLY, UNLIKE THE P.R.C. UNLIKE THE TAIWAN STRAIT. AND AS WE KNOW CHINA HAS BEEN BULLYING TAIWAN NOW. CHINA DOESN'T FOLLOW AS AN EXAMPLE THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN WHO DEMOCRATICALLY ELECT THEIR LEADERS. TAIWAN FACES AN UNRELENTING THREAT FROM CHINA WHICH HAS NEARLY 1,600 BALLISTIC MISSILES AIMED AT THIS SMALL ISLAND. WHEN I CAME TO CONGRESS 20 YEARS AGO, WE TALKED ABOUT HOW SCARY IT WAS THAT THERE WERE 200 OR 300 MISSILES. THAT HAS INCREASED OVER THE YEARS TO 1,600 MISSILES AIMED AT TAIWAN FROM CHINA. CLO TAIWAN ENJOYS DEFACTO INDEPENDENCE, CHINA WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OVER TAIWAN. WE ABSOLUTELY CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN. CHINA'S ULTIMATE GOAL IS THE AND EXATION OF THE ISLAND. WE HAVE SEEN THE GROWING HOSTILITIES IN THE EAST CHINA SEA AND SOUTH CHINA SEA OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND I BELIEVE THAT IT UNDERSCORES, THIS LEGISLATION UNDERSCORES THE POINT THAT THE TAIWAN STRAIT CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE POTENTIAL FLASHPOINTS ON THE GLOBE. WE HAVE SEEN CHINA WE'VE SEEN THEM MILITARIZE THOSE ISLANDS FROM JAPAN TO VIETNAM TO TAIWAN TO PHILIPPINES AND ON AND ON, THAT'S WHAT THE P.R.C. CHINA HAS BEEN UP TO. ANY SORT OF SOLUTION BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN SHOULD BE REACHED IN A PEACEFUL AND FAIR MANNER AND ONLY WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN. MR. SPEAKER, APRIL 10, 2016, MARKED THE 37TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT, THE T.R.A. THIS ACT CODIFIES INTO LAW AN INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK AND LEGAL BASIS FOR CONTINUED INTERACTION BETWEEN THE U.S. AND TAIWAN. AND IT SERVES TO MAINTAIN PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC. WHEN PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN AGREED TO SIGN THE U.S.-CHINA THIRD COMMUNE KAY IN 1982, HE WAS AWARE OF THE EFFECT ON TAIWAN AND FULLY RECOGNIZED THAT TAIWAN NEEDED TO BE REASSURED THEY WOULD NOT BE ABANDONED AND THEY WILL NOT BE ABANDONED BY THE UNITED STATES. IN ORDER TO REINFORCE AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR TAIWAN, THE UNITED STATES ISSUED THE SIX ASSURANCES. THE SIX ASSURANCES PROVIDED A FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINING THE UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLY, TAIWAN. MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE AS VALID TODAY AS THEY WERE BACK IN 1982. THEY RIGHTFULLY FUNCTION ALONG WITH A T.R.A. CORNERSTONE AS U.S.-TAIWAN RELATIONS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'LL CLOSE BECAUSE WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'LL CLOSE BECAUSE WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE DEMOCRACIES OF THE WORLD HELP STRENGTHEN FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND OPPORTUNITY. THAT'S WHY THE UNITED STATES AND TAIWAN HAVE BEEN SUCH NATURAL PARTNERS OVER THE DECADES. EVEN AS WE DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, WE MUST CONTINUE TO STAND WITH OUR FRIENDS IN TAIWAN. AGAIN, I AM DELIGHTED THAT DR. WIN, THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN, PERHAPS WE WILL FOLLOW SUIT IN NOVEMBER AS THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT. THIS RESOLUTION REAFFIRMS JUST HOW IMPORTANT THAT RELATIONSHIP IS, AND AS TAIWAN MOVES FORWARD WITH THIS POLITICAL TRANSITION, THAT COUNTRY'S PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THEY HAVE AN ENDURING FRIEND IN THE UNITED STATES. AGAIN, I COMMEND MR. CHABOT FOR HIS INSIGHT IN PUTTING FORWARD THIS RESOLUTION. I THANK OUR CHAIRMAN. I SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    LET ME YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS.…

    LET ME YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR MANY YEARS. AND I WANT TO THANK MY DEAR FRIEND STEVE CHABOT OF OHIO FOR AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION OF WHICH I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR. HOUSE CONRESOLUTION 88 REAFFIRMS -- HOUSE CON RESOLUTION 88 REAFFIRMS THIS, GUIDELINES THERE SHOULD BE NO DOUBT ABOUT THE COMMITMENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO OUR NEIGHBOR. IN JANUARY, TAIWAN ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATED THAT IT IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S STRONG AND VIBRANT DEMOCRACIES, A GREAT PARTNER AND I CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON HER TREMENDOUS ELECTION AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN ON THEIR DEM ON KRATTIC SUCCESS. -- DEMOCRATIC SUCCESS. THEY ARE LIVING PROOF OF WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH LIBERTY AND SELF-GOVERNMENT. PRINCIPLES THAT UNDERGIRD BOTH OF OUR NATIONS AND FORM OF FOUNDATION FOR OUR MUTUAL STABILITY, FOR OUR SECURITY, FOR OUR PROSPERITY. AS TAIWAN'S NEIGHBOR, CHINA, CONTINUES RAISING TENSIONS IN THE REGION, IT IS CRUCIAL THAT THE UNITED STATES PROVIDE TAIWAN WITH THE CAPABILITY TO DEFEND HERSELF AGAINST CHINESE AGGRESSION, WHETHER THAT AGGRESSION IS POLITICAL IN NATURE, ECONOMIC OR MILITARY. AND BOTH CHINA AND TAIWAN MUST KNOW THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO TAIWAN HAS NOT WAIVERED ONE BIT. TAIWAN IS AN ESSENTIAL U.S. ALLY. IT IS OUR FRIEND. IT IS OUR PARTNER, AND I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. CHAIN OTT OF OHIO, FOR AUTHORING THIS RESOLUTION, FOR REAFFIRMING OUR COMMITMENT TO THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT, TO THE SIX ASSURANCES AND TO THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE HERE TODAY. THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE TO STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH TAIWAN, AND I LOOK FORWARD, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, TO EVEN GREATER COOPERATION AND FRIENDSHIP WITH TAIWAN IN THE YEARS AHEAD. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND MR. CHABOT FOR AUTHORING THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    MR. CARTER

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT HOUSE CONTINUING RESOLUTION 88 AND ITS EFFECTS ON U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS. SINCE 1979, THE UNITED STATES HAS ENJOYED A FRIENDLY AND PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP THAT'S BEEN SUPPORTED BY THE PASSAGE OF THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT AND SIX ASSURANCES. THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT WAS A MONUMENTAL PEACE LEGISLATION THAT WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR FOSTERING THE LONG STANDING FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND TAIWAN. THE SIX ASSURANCES ALSO PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE, SETTING THE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH THE UNITED STATES WOULD MEDIATE ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH TAIWAN AND CHINA. SECURITY CONCERNS HAVE INCREASED IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION HAVE CONTRIBUTED SAFELY TO THE ECONOMIC GROWTH OF THE REGION. AS MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL TAIWAN CAUCUS, I AM CONTINUALLY SUPPORTIVE OF EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIPS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CONGRESSMAN CHABOT, CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS IN CHAMPIONING THE CLOSE TIES WE HAVE WITH TAIWAN. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO ENSURE A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BOTH TAIWAN AND FOR THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 04:37:55 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    AS ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, I REALLY WANT TO THANK…

    AS ONE OF THE CO-AUTHORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, I REALLY WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CHABOT FOR INTRODUCING THIS MEASURE AND FOR BEING A LONGTIME CHAMPION ON TAIWAN, ESPECIALLY AS HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC SUBCOMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL AS WELL, FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THIS LEGISLATION. WE HAVE A COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY AND WE SHARE THAT WITH TAIWAN. WE SHARE THIS COMMITMENT TO THE RULE OF LAW, TO HUMAN RIGHTS. FRANKLY, TAIWAN SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE BUILT BASED UPON THESE SHARED PRINCIPLES AND SO DO WE. AND I THINK THE SIX ASSURANCES ARE A CRITICAL ELEMENT OF U.S.-TAIWAN POLICY, BUT OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT CONSISTENTLY REFERENCED OR REFERRED TO AS A CORNERSTONE OF U.S.-TAIWAN POLICY ALONGSIDE THE TAIWAN RELATIONS ACT WHICH IS CONSIDERED THAT CORNERSTONE, BUT PASSAGE OF THIS HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88 WILL PUT THAT LONG-STANDING VERBAL AGREEMENT ONTO PAPER AND IN TURN IT WILL CALL ON THE ADMINISTRATION AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS IN UNAMBIGUOUS TERMS TO PUBLICLY ABIDE BY THE ASSURANCES OFFERED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN. TAIWAN IS ONE OF AMERICA'S CLOSEST FRIENDS, AND I URGE MY FRIENDS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 88, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS FWRED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE -- AGREED TO AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:40:10 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL S. 2143.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE 2143, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE AUTHORITY FOR THE SUCCESSORS AND…

    SENATE 2143, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE AUTHORITY FOR THE SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS OF THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE COMPANY TO MAINTAIN AND OPERATE A TOLL BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE NEAR RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:40:45 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS S. 2143, THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE ACT,…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS S. 2143, THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE ACT, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR CORNYN, AND BY REPRESENTATIVE CUELLAR OF TEXAS. WITH TODAY'S PASSAGE, THIS BILL GOES TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE. THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE ACT GRANTS PERMANENT AUTHORITY TO CONTINUE OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS, WITH MEXICAN CITIES. THIS BRIDGE IS ONE OF 28 VEHICLE BORDER CROSSINGS ON THE TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER AND ONE OF TWO PRIVATELY OWNED CROSSING FACILITIES. THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE HAS HAD CONTINUED GROWTH IN COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC SINCE 2009 AND IT PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN FACILITATING LEGITIMATE TRADE AND TRAVEL IN THE REGION. THIS BILL, S. 2143, WOULD PERMANENTLY EXTEND THE AUTHORITY FOR THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE COMPANY TO OPERATE THE BRIDGE. IT WOULD GRANT THE BRIDGE COMPANY THE SAME RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES ALREADY GRANTED TO THIS BODY, TO THE B&P COMPANY IN PROGRESSO, TEXAS. BY GRANTING THIS AUTHORITY, WE WOULD BE INCENTIVIZING THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE COMPANY BY MAINTAINING AND EXTENDING THE BRIDGES A CAPACITY TO KEEP UP WITH GROWING TRADE AND COMMERCE ALONG THE TEXAS BORDER WITH MEXICO. THIS LEGISLATION RECEIVED THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WHEN IT WAS MARKED UP LAST MONTH. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 04:42:52 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET ME ONCE AGAIN THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET ME ONCE AGAIN THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, FOR BRINGING FORWARD THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE AND FOR HIS CONTINUED GOOD LEADERSHIP ON THE COMMITTEE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR, WHO INTRODUCED THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH HAS ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE. WHEN IT COMES TO OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBOR, MEXICO, LATELY WE'VE BEEN HEARING FAR TOO MUCH ABOUT BUILDING WALLS. MEXICO IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PARTNER TO THE UNITED STATES. OUR PEOPLE SHARES CLOSE TIES. A FEW WEEKS AGO THE SENATE HELPED BUILD A BRIDGE BY CONFIRMING A NEW AMBASSADOR TO MEXICO, ROBERTA JACOBSON. THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. SHE IS EXCELLENT. WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE HER ON HER WAY TO MEXICO RIGHT NOW. THIS BILL, WE'RE STRENGTHENING A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO IN THE YEARS AHEAD. THE STARR-CAMARGO BRIDGE CONNECTS RIO GRANDE, TEXAS, WITH MEXICO. THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THIS BRIDGE WILL EXPIRE IN 16 YEARS. THAT MAY SEEM LIKE A LONG WAY OFF, BUT AS A RESULT OF THAT END DATE WE'VE ALREADY STARTED TO SEE A CONSTRAINT IN LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS. THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE THAT EXPIRATION DATE. WE'VE DONE THE SAME THING BEFORE. THE PROGRESSO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ONCE HAD A SUNSETTING AUTHORIZATION AND CONGRESS ASKED TO LIFT THAT DEADLINE. THIS BILL DOES NOT COST THE U.S. TAXPAYERS A PENNY. BUT THIS REMAINS AN IMPORTANT CONDUIT FOR OUR COUNTRY FOR YEARS TO COME. IT SENDS AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THOSE ACTUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING LAWS AND ADVANCING AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. MEXICO IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PARTNER TO THE UNITED STATES AND BRIDGES, NOT BARRIERS, WILL HELP THAT FRIENDSHIP TO THRIVE. I SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 04:44:59 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. ENGEL

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR.

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    MR. CUELLAR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FIRST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME AND FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS STAFF ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL AND ALSO MY FRIEND, ALSO, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. ELIOT ENGEL, AND HIS STAFF, ALSO, FOR SUPPORTING AND HELPING US ON THIS PARTICULAR BILL. . I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE EQUITY IN THE LAW AND REMOVE A LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY. IN 1962, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN THE PRIVATE TOLL BRIDGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO WHICH IS THE CITY IN MY DISTRICT. CONGRESS IN DRAFTING THIS ORIGINAL AUTHORIZATION INCLUDED A SUNSET CLAUSE OF 66 YEARS. CONGRESS LEFT A LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY IN THE LAW THAT DID NOT SAY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN THAT BRIDGE ONCE 66 YEARS WENT BY. CONGRESS AUTHORIZED PRIVATE BRIDGES ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER BEFORE BUT HAD NOT INCLUDED THE SUNSET ON THE AUTHORIZATION. THIS CLAUSE WHILE STILL A NUMBER OF YEARS AWAY HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO CREATE ISSUES FOR THIS. DUE TO UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO THIS BRIDGE SHOULD THE AUTHORIZATION LAST, THEY ARE NAIL TO GET MUCH NEEDED LONG-TERM FINANCING TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS IN LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE BRIDGE. THIS BILL WILL GIVE THE BRIDGE PERMANENT STATUS. THE BRIDGE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR NATION'S ECONOMY. THE BRIDGE SUPPORTS 200 TO 300 COMMERCIAL TRUCKS PER DAY, CONSISTING OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AS WELL AS FRESH CRUDE AND VEGETABLES COMING NORTH AND MACHINERY, OIL AND PRODUCTS GOING SOUTH. THE BRIDGE SUPPORTS THE CROSSING OF AROUND 4,000 CARS A DAY. THERE IS $531 BILLION OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND THIS TRADE IS ONLY EXPECTED TO GROW IN THE FUTURE. IN ORDER FOR OUR NATION TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE TRADE WE MUST BE CLEAR IN THIS UNCERTAINTY IN THE LAW. BY ENDING THE AUTHORIZATION SUNSET WILL AFFORD THE BRIDGE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE AND FINANCE PROJECTS THAT WILL ENHANCE AND EXPAND THE CAPACITY OF THE BRIDGE, SUPPORTING FACILITIES AND FURTHER IMPROVE THE TRADE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SENATOR CORNYN FOR WORKING WITH ME ON TAKING THAT LEAD. AND CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR STAFF AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LEADERS LOCALLY OF STARR COUNTY FOR THEIR SUPPORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 04:48:42 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT MEXICO IS A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT MEXICO IS A VITAL PARTNER TO THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF TRADE SECURITY ON A WIDE RANGE OF REGIONAL CONCERNS AND NEED TO KEEP THE CHANNELS FLOWING AND THAT INCLUDES THE PHYSICAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND MEXICO. THIS WOULD STRENGTHEN AN IMPORTANT BRIDGE BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES AND SIGNAL JUST HOW IMPORTANT WE CONSIDER THIS FRIENDSHIP. I SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I THANK THE MEASURE AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 04:49:19 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I JUST WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CUELLAR AND THANK HIM FOR HIS…

    I JUST WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE CUELLAR AND THANK HIM FOR HIS STEADFAST LEADERSHIP TO ENSURE THAT THE HOUSE'S CONSIDERATION OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS AND I THOUGHT I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT THIS BILL COMES AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER , BUT WHAT IT DOES INSTEAD IS IT INCENTIVIZES THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO INVEST AND MAINTAIN THIS IMPORTANT COMMERCIAL BORDER CROSSING. THAT'S THE POINT HERE. AND WHILE THE ACTUAL END DATE IS SOME YEARS AWAY, THE LACK OF THAT PERMANENT AUTHORITY HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO CONSTRAIN FINANCING, THE FINANCING OF THE LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL HELP MAKE THE CROSSING MORE EFFICIENT AND SECURE. SO I THANK MR. CUELLAR AGAIN AND MR. CASTRO AND MR. POE, BOTH MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, WHO HAVE BEEN STRONG SUPPORTERS AND MR. ENGEL, HELPING TO MAINTAIN THAT OUR BORDER STRUCTURE IS MAINTAINED AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2143, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:50:59 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1150 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998 TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF THE…

    INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998 TO IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO ADVANCE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GLOBALLY THROUGH ADVANCED DIPLOMACY, TRAINING, COUNTERTERRORISM AND FOREIGN ASSISTANCE EFFORTS AND FOR A STRONGER RESPONSE TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM VIOLATIONS AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM WORLDWIDE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:51:39 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR MATERIAL ON THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 04:51:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

    CRUKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD, LETTERS EXCHANGED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    CRUKE TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD, LETTERS EXCHANGED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OTHER COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION ON THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    18 YEARS AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF…

    18 YEARS AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998, THE RIGHT TO BELIEVE AND PRACTICE ONE'S FAITH REMAINS UNDER THREAT AROUND THE WORLD. THE THREATS COME NOT JUST FROM AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES OBSESSED WITH CONTROL SUCH AS NORTH KOREA, IRAN OR VIETNAM, WHICH WERE THE FOCUS OF THAT LAW, BUT ALSO FROM LETHAL TERRORIST GROUPS. TWO MONTHS AGO, THIS CHAMBER MADE HISTORY BY DECLARING THAT THE SO-CALLED ISLAMIC STATE OR ISIS IS COMMITTING GENOCIDE AGAINST RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC MINORITIES. IT HAS COMMITTED MASS MURDER, BEHEADINGS, RAPE, TORTURE AND ENSLAVEMENT AND THE CAPTURE OF CHILDREN. ISIS DINE MITES CHURCHES. IT FLATTENSMONA STEERIES, HOPING TO ERASE RELIGIOUS GROUPS THAT DISAGREE WITH THEIR BRUTAL WORLD VIEW. BOKO HARAM IN ALGIERA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN DEADLY PERSECUTIONS, BOTH ALSO LINKED TO ISIS IN THEIR SUPPORT FOR THAT TERRORIST MOVEMENT. THESE GROUPS HAVE TURNED RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE INTO A MURDEROUS FORCE OF GLOBAL INSTABILITY. THE RIGHT TO BELIEVE AND PRACTICE ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE IS A DIRECT CHALLENGES TO THEIR IDEOLOGIES. THUS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS NOT JUST A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE, FRANKLY, IT IS A GLOBAL SECURITY ISSUE TODAY. HOWEVER CURRENT LAW WHICH FOCUSES SOLELY ON GOVERNMENTS OF SOVEREIGN STATES, DO NOT ADDRESS THIS REALITY. BASED ON YEARS OF OVERSIGHT AND MULTIPLE HEARINGS, H.R. 1150, THE FRANK WOLF INTERNATIONAL FREEDOM RELIGIOUS ACT, UPDATES THE ACT TO IMPROVE THE COORDINATION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF U.S. EFFORTS TO PROMOTE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AROUND THE WORLD AND ADDRESSES THE ROLE OF THESE NONSTATE ACTORS LIKE ISIS. INTRODUCED BY SUBQUESTION CHAIRMAN SMITH, THE BILL WAS AMENDED AND AGREED TO BY THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND HAS MORE THAN 115 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS. IT IS FITTING THAT THIS BILL IS NAMED IN HONOR OF OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, FRANK WOLF, A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998, WHICH WE ARE AMENDING. BY ENHANCING COORDINATION AND CONFRONTING NONSTATE ACTORS AND IMPROVING TRAINING, THIS IS A HELPFUL REFINEMENT TO COMBAT RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. IT DESERVES OUR UNANIMOUS SUPPORT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES.

  • 04:55:24 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:55:31 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    LET ME THANK MY CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND I…

    LET ME THANK MY CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND I THANK MY FRIEND CONGRESSMAN SMITH FROM NEW JERSEY FOR LEADERSHIP IN AUTHORING THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION HAS BEEN A BEDROCK PRINCIPLE OF AN OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY FOR CENTURIES. SOME OF THE FIRST IMMIGRANTS SAILED HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE FLEING RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. THIS IS ENSHRINED IN OUR OWN FOUNDING DOCUMENTS IN THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND IN THE CHARTERS OF DEMOCRACIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE FREEDOM TO WORSHIP OR NOT TO WORSHIP AT ALL, SHOULD BE SETTLED BUSINESS. YET AROUND THE WORLD, RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES ENDURE DRIES KRIM NATION, PERSECUTION AND VIOLENCE. IT IS AMAZING WHEN WE LOOK AT THE HISTORY THAT WAS SWIRLED AROUND RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION, THE GOVERNMENT DENIES THIS ON ITS OWN PEOPLE AND HOLDS ITS PEOPLE BACK AND HAS NO PLACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GUARANTEE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM TO OUR OWN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO SPEAK OUT WHEN WE SEE THIS RIGHT UNDER ATTACK AROUND THE WORLD. FOR THAT MATTER, WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT WHEN WE SEE ANY LIBERTY UNDER ATTACK, WHETHER FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE OR THE QUALITY OF LGBT PERSONS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE THAT PROMOTING AND SORTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ARE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND ENSURE THAT OUR DIPLOMATS YOU UNDERSTOOD THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS ISSUE AND WORKING TO ADVANCE THIS FREEDOM ON THE FRONT LINES. WE SHOULD ALSO CONTINUE TO FULLY FUND THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY FUND, WHICH HELPS ADDRESS A RANGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, INCLUDING THREATS TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. TOGETHER WITH THIS LEGISLATION, IT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS IS A PRIORITY FOR THE UNITED STATES. SO I SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND, MR. SMITH, TO IS JUST SO STRONG ON ISSUES LIKE THIS, SO FORCEFUL AND PUSHING FORWARD ALL THE WAY UNTIL WE FINALLY GOT THIS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. AND I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    YES. I YIELD 10 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH,…

    YES. I YIELD 10 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL.

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    MR. SMITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SMITH

    LET ME THANK SCOTT FLIPSY WHO WORKED WITH FRANK WOLF PREVIOUSLY. HE WORKED…

    LET ME THANK SCOTT FLIPSY WHO WORKED WITH FRANK WOLF PREVIOUSLY. HE WORKED AT THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGION OFFICE. OUR GENERAL COUNSEL, JANICE. THANK HER FOR HER WORK ON THIS. AND SAJET. THIS IS A TRULY BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND HOPEFULLY THE SENATE WILL FAVORABLY RECEIVE IT. I YIELD BACK TO MY CHAIRMAN THE BALANCE.

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    MR. ENGEL

    AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, WE FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AS PART OF OUR…

    AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, WE FOCUS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AS PART OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. THE UNITED STATES IS FOUNDED ON THE IDEA THAT AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO HIS OR HER OWN BELIEFS. THAT'S A VALUE WE WANT TO SEE THRIVING AROUND THE WORLD. ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS IS ALSO THE SMART THING TO DO. COUNTRIES WITH -- COUNTRIES THAT DON'T RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS ARE -- COUNTRIES THAT RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. WHEN I TALK ABOUT CONGRESSMAN SMITH, WHEN IT COMES TO HUMAN RIGHTS, HE TAKES A SECOND SEAT TO NOBODY. ALL THE YEARS I'VE KNOWN HIM, HE'S ALWAYS BEEN FAIR AND HONEST AND I REALLY SINCERELY COMMEND HIM AND KNOW HOW HEART-FELT IT IS AND HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE HIS HARD WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SMITH. WHEN WE SEE GOVERNMENT STIFLING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OR ANY FREEDOM, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SPEAK OUT AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS A CHAMPION FOR THESE BASIC LIBERTIES. THIS BILL HELPS US TO LIVE UP TO THAT RESPONSIBILITY, AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT IT. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, MR. SMITH AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA, MRS. COMSTOCK, OUR ESTEEMED…

    TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGINIA, MRS. COMSTOCK, OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE WHO ABLY REPRESENTS THE DISTRICT FORMERLY SERVED BY FRANK WOLF WHO'S HONORED IN THE TITLE OF THIS BILL, REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA COMSTOCK IS A CO-AUTHOR OF THIS BILL WITH MR. CRITZ SMITH AND I THANK THEM BOTH.

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    MRS. COMSTOCK

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ASK HUMAN RIGHTS AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ASK HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ADVOCATES TO REMAIN THEIR MOST STEADFAST FRIEND WHO SERVED ON CAPITOL HILL OVER THE YEARS AND REPRESENTATIVE FRANK WOLF, MY PREDECESSOR, IS ALWAYS ON THE SHORT LIST, AS ARE MY COLLEAGUES HERE TODAY. SO I AM HONORED TODAY TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF A BILL I PROUDLY CO-SPONSORED, THE FRANK R. WOLF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 2015, NAMED AFTER THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN WHO SERVED IN THIS SEAT, THE 10TH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, AND AS CO-CHAIR OF THE INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS CAUCUS AND A MAN WHOSE DEEP FAITH AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WAS WHY HE WAS KNOWN HERE, AROUND THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD AS THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS. HE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT -- A POWERFUL BOOK, A PRISONER OF CONSCIOUS, AND HOW HIS MANY TRIPS OVER THE YEARS AND HOW HE FOUGHT FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND I HOPE HE DOESN'T MIND I RECOMMEND HIS BOOK TO OUR MEMBERS YEAR. HE LEADS THE 21ST CENTURY TO CREATE A WORLD WHERE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS RECOGNIZED BY NATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE AS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS. SINCE LEAVING CONGRESS, MR. WOLF HAS CONTINUED TO TRAVEL TO THE FRONT LINES TO SEE FIRSTHAND THE PLIGHT OF ETHNIC MINORITIES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, INCLUDING CHRISTIANS,IA SDEMREEDIES, KURDS AND OTHER MINORITY RELIGIOUS GROUPS. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, HE'S JUST RETURNED FROM NIGERIA. HE CONTINUES TO SHINE A LINE EVERY DAY ON THE DARK PLACES WHERE MEN AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN EVEN OF FAITH ARE VICTIMIZED, TORTURED AND TRAGICALLY EVEN KILLED FOR THEIR FAITH. HE WILL NOT LET THE WORLD LOOK AWAY, AND WE THANK HIM FOR HIS CONTINUED WORK AND HIS STRONG AND MUCH-NEEDED VOICE. NOW THIS LEGISLATION AMENDS HIS OWN LEGISLATION TO CONTINUE THAT MISSION THAT MR. WOLF SO VALIANTLY FOUGHT FOR FOR THREE DECADES HERE IN CONGRESS. IT WILL IMPROVE THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO ADVANCE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GLOBALLY WITH STRONGER AND FLEXIBLE RESPONSES TO THE DISTURBING AND GROWING DENIAL OF BASIC RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AROUND THE WORLD. AS HAS BEEN SAID BY MANY, FRANK WOLF IS THE WILLIAM WILBUR FORCE OF THE TODAY. HE SAID MOST WOULD AGREE THAT CONSCIENCE WRITES FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN THE NARRATIVE OF AMERICA'S FOUNDING. HISTORICALLY, AMERICANS AND OUR CORRESPONDING INSTITUTIONS HAVE RECOGNIZED THE CONSCIENCE IS A LEGION TO THE STATE BUT SOMEONE HIGHER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TODAY TO CONTINUE THAT LEGACY WITH THE PASSING OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WHICH WILL CONTINUE HIS IMPORTANT AND VITAL MISSION AND LEGACY AND THAT IS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER FOR SO MANY OF THE REASONS THAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE HIGHLIGHTED. AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF ADDRESSING AND SPONSORING -- CO-SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS YIELDED THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS YIELDED THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:11:46 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS BILL AND TO DEBATE -- AND TODAY'S DEBATE, ESPECIALLY MR. SMITH, AND CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK AND MR. ENGEL. THE RIGHT TO BELIEVE IN ONE'S RELIGION IS OFTEN CALLED THE FIRST FREEDOM. IT IS ONE OF THE FOUNDING IDEALS OF OUR NATION BUT WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IT IS ONLY AN AMERICAN VALUE. RATHER, THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE HERE. WE BELIEVE IT FLOWS FROM THE INHERENT DIGNITY OF EVERY HUMAN PERSON AND IT DESERVES PROTECTION EVERYWHERE. IN TODAY'S WORLD, THOSE WHO ARE MOST VIOLENTLY OPPOSED TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ALSO POSE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATION. THEY ALSO POSE THE BIGGEST THREAT TO CIVILIZATION WORLDWIDE. THUS, THE PROMOTION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IS NOT SOME ISOLATED HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERN. NO. IT IS A KEY COMPONENT OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, AND THIS BILL NOW, AUTHORED BY MR. SMITH, THIS H.R. 1150 CONTAINS IMPORTANT UPDATES TO THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT OF 1998 THAT WILL ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE UNITED STATES' EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THAT LIBERTY AROUND THE WORLD. AND SO IT DESERVES OUR UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1150, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SWEBLED THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL --…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SWEBLED THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL -- SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED.

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  • 05:14:55 PM

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1887, A BILL TO AMEND CERTAIN APPROPRIATION ACTS TO REPEAL THE…

    H.R. 1887, A BILL TO AMEND CERTAIN APPROPRIATION ACTS TO REPEAL THE REQUIREMENT DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATOR OF GENERAL SERVICES TO SELL FEDERAL PROPERTY AND ASSETS THAT SUPPORT THE OPERATIONS OF THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER IN PLUM ISLAND, NEW YORK, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 05:15:23 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY REGARDING H.R. 1887.

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  • 05:15:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1887, WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1887, WHICH SUSPENDS AN APPROPRIATIONS PROVISION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT ALL NECESSARY INFORMATION IS ACCESSIBLE BEFORE DECIDING HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER. SINCE 1954, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORATE'S PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER, HAS SERVED THE NATION IN DEFENDING AGAINST ACCIDENTAL OR INTENTIONAL INTRODUCTION OF FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASES. IN 2005 D.H.S. ANNOUNCED THAT PLUM ISLAND WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY IN KANSAS. WHILE D.H.S. WILL EVENTUALLY MOVE THE RESEARCH CONDUCTED, PLUM ISLAND WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNTIL THE NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO DEFENSE FACILITY IS FULLY OPERATIONALITY AL AND A COMPLETE TRANSITION HAS BEEN -- OPERATIONAL AND A COMPLETE TRANSITION HAS A BEEN -- HAS BEEN MADE IN 2022 OR 2023. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, REPRESENTATIVE ZELDIN, INTRODUCED H.R. 1887 WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM THE ENTIRE LONG ISLAND AND CONNECTICUT DELEGATIONS IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO STOP THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. D.H.S. RECENTLY UNDERTOOK A STUDY ON ALTERNATIVES FOR THE DISPOSITION OF PLUM ISLAND. AS AMENDED, H.R. 1887 SUSPENDS THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND UNTIL A THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE ANALYSIS OF ALTERNATIVES IS CONDUCTED BY D.H.S. AND G.A.O. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY REQUIRES G.A.O. TO REVIEW THE D.H.S. STUDY AND REPORT TO CONGRESS ON WHETHER THE METHODOLOGIES D.H.S. USES ADEQUATELY SUPPORTS THE DEPARTMENT'S FINDINGS. IF THOSE METHODOLOGIES ARE FOUND LACKING, G.A.O. MUST STUDY POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE USES FOR PLUM ISLAND AND POSSIBLE COSTS ASSOCIATED FOR THE TRANSITION AND CLEANUP OF THE ISLAND. H.R. 1887 DELAYS THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND UNTIL G.A.O. REPORTS ITS FINDINGS TO CONGRESS. ALLOWING FOR A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR PLUM ISLAND ONCE THE ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER FUNCTIONS ARE TRANSITIONED. THIS BILL ENSURES CONSIDERATION OF ALL OPTIONS FOR THE DISPOSITION OF THE ISLAND. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1887 AND YIELD MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1887 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE 1954, THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER IN NEW YORK'S LONG ISLAND SOUND HAS SERVED AS THE PRIMARY LABORATORY IN THE UNITED STATES RESPONSIBLE FOR RESEARCH ON FOREIGN ANIMAL DISEASES OF LIVESTOCK SUCH AS FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE AND OTHER ANIMAL DISEASES THAT COULD BE ACCIDENTALLY OR DELIBERATELY INTRODUCED INTO THE UNITED STATES. AT PLUM ISLAND, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WORKS WITH THE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH SERVICE AND ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE WITHIN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOP NEW VACCINES AND TESTS TO RESPOND TO ANIMAL DISEASE OUTBREAKS. SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2005, D.H.S. ANNOUNCED PLANS TO DEVELOP THE NATIONAL BIO AND AGRO DEFENSE FACILITY AS A STATE OF THE ART BIOCONTAINMENT LABORATORY TO PLACE THE PLUM ISLAND FACILITY AND AGING IF A SILT -- FACILITY, AN AGING FACILITY, AT THE END OF ITS LIFE CYCLE. AFTER THE PROCESS, D.H.S. SELECTED A SITE IN MANHATTAN, KANSAS, FOR NBADF. THIS BRINGS US TO H.R. 1887. THE FOCUS OF THIS BILL IS TO DEAL WITH THE QUESTION OF WHAT TO DO WITH PLUM ISLAND ONCE D.H.S. NO LONGER NEEDS IT. D.H.S. IS CURRENTLY STARTING THE RANGE OF OPTIONS FOR DISPOSITION OF THE PROPERTY, INCLUDING TRANSFERRING IT TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH OR CONSERVATION. IN DOING SO, D.H.S. IS EXPECTED TO ASSESS THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF EACH OPTION, INCLUDING COST, CLEANUP AND HAZARD MITIGATION. H.R. 1887 REQUIRES THE GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE OR G.A.O. TO ASSESS WHETHER D.H.S.'S FORTHCOMING STUDY IS ADEQUATE TO SUPPORT ITS FINDING. IN THE EVENT THAT THE STUDY IS LACKING IN A KEY AREA, G.A.O. WOULD BE REQUIRED TO CONDUCT ITS OWN STUDY ON THAT ISSUE OR ISSUES. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 1887 PROHIBITS THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND OPERATIONS UNTIL AT LEAST 180 DAYS AFTER THE REQUIRED REPORTS IN THE BILL HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 05:21:12 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

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    MR. ZELDIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, MR. THOMPSON AS WELL, FOR BOTH SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 1887. PLUM ISLAND'S NOT FOR SALE. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO PREVENT THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. SITUATED AT THE GATEWAY OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, PLUM ISLAND IS TREASURED BY MY LOCAL COMMUNITY . AS A CRITICAL RESOURCE FOR RESEARCH, APPROXIMATELY 90% OF THE LAND ON PLUM ISLAND HAS BEEN SHELTERED FROM DEVELOPMENT , OFFERING LONG ISLAND A DIVERSE WILDLIFE AND ECOSYSTEM AND CRITICAL HABITAT FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS, MARINE MAMMALS AND RARE PLANTS. WITH A RECORDED HISTORY DATING BACK TO THE 1700'S, PLUM ISLAND IS ALSO AN ESSENTIALAL CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL RESOURCE AS WELL. SINCE WORLD WAR II, PLUM ISLAND HAS BEEN UTILIZED AS A RESEARCH LABORATORY. THE FACILITY, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER FEDERAL JURISDICTION SINCE 1899, HAS SINCE GROWN TO BECOME WHAT IS KNOWN TODAY AS THE PLUM ISLAND ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER. IN 2005 THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY HAS JURISDICTION OVER THE ISLAND, ANNOUNCED THAT THE ANIMAL DISEASE CENTER RESEARCH WOULD BE MOVED TO A NEW FEDERAL FACILITY, THE BIOAND AGRO DEFENSE FACILITY IN KANSAS. TO OFFSET THE LOCATION, THE COST OF THE RELOCATION, A LAW WAS ENACTED THAT CALLED FOR THE PRIVATE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. HOWEVER, DUE TO THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLEANUP AND CLOSURE OF PLUM ISLAND, AND BECAUSE OF LOCAL ZONING RESTRICTIONS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD RECEIVE LITTLE COMPENSATION FOR THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. ALLOWING FOR CONTINUED RESEARCH, PUBLIC ACCESS, AND PERMANENT PRESERVATION OF THE ISLAND, H.R. 1887 WILL REVERSE A 2008 LAW THAT MANDATED THE SALE OF PLUM ISLAND. THE BILL AS AMENDED WILL COMMISSION THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHICH CURRENTLY OWNS THE ISLAND, TO FORMULATE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE ISLAND. THIS PLAN WILL INCLUDE POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE USES WHICH COULD INCLUDE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP TO ANOTHER FEDERAL AGENCY, THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT OR A COMBINATION THEREOF FOR THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION. JUST LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AGO, ON APRIL 28, 2016, H.R. 1887 WAS MARKED UP WITH AN AMENDMENT AND PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WITH UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. CURRENTLY, 24 REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE SIGNED ON AS CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL. I SEE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, WHO IS HERE, WHO HAS LONG BEEN CHAMPIONING THIS ISSUE, SINCE BEFORE I GOT HERE. I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY AND HOUSE HOMELAND COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MICHAEL MCCAUL, FOR BOTH TAKING SUCH A DIRECT PERSONAL INTEREST IN HELPING WITH THIS EFFORT IN THE -- IN THE HOUSE. THEIR LEADERSHIP IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THE LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS, GROUPS, AND CONCERNED RESIDENTS ON LONG ISLAND AND ELSEWHERE WHO HAVE MOVED HEAVEN AND EARTH TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS CAUSE AND HELP RECRUIT CO-SPONSORS. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS CRITICAL BILL. HOPEFULLY THE SENATE ALSO PASSES THIS LONG-AWAITED LEGISLATION IN ERNEST, SO THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN SIGN THIS PROPOSAL INTO LAW THIS YEAR. I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT PLUM ISLAND. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM LONG ISLAND. YOU HAVE THE HISTORY OF FORT TERRY, THE COAST LINE AND THE DUNES, THE WATERWAYS, THE WATER HITTING THE ROCKS, THE SEALS, YOU LITERALLY FEEL LIKE YOU'RE NOWHERE NEAR THE NORTHEAST OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A TREASURE. IT'S ONE THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTED AND I AM VERY GRATEFUL OF THIS CHAMBER CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION AND HOPEFULLY PASSING IT UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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  • 05:25:37 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO, FIRST OF ALL, THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO, FIRST OF ALL, THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR HIS INTEREST AND SUPPORT IN THIS MEASURE, EVEN THOUGH HE HAILS FROM A PART OF THE COUNTRY WHICH IS FAR AWAY FROM LONG ISLAND SOUND. BUT GOING BACK TO HIS DAYS ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, HE CLEARLY KNOWS THE FORENSICS OF THIS LEGISLATION AND, AGAIN, HIS INTEREST AND SUPPORT IS MUCH APPRECIATED. MR. RATCLIFFE, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS BILL OUT TODAY. AGAIN, LONG ISLAND SOUND MAYBE IS NOT RIGHT ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN, BUT AS CONGRESSMAN ZELDIN SAID, YOU KNOW, IT'S AN INCREDIBLY SPECIAL PLACE, AN ESTUARY WHICH SEPARATES CONNECTICUT FROM NEW YORK, AND IT IS WITHIN THE NEW YORK TERRITORY, BUT FRANKLY IT'S A VERY SMALL, DENSELY POPULATED AREA AND THE INTEREST LEVEL ON BOTH SIDES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND IN TERMS OF PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS OFF THE CHARTS. I AGAIN WANT TO THANK MR. ZELDIN FOR HIS EFFORTS. THIS MEASURE STARTED IN 2013 IN RESPONSE TO THE G.S.A. REPORT THAT BASICALLY SIGNALED THAT THE SALE OF THIS ISLAND WAS ON THE FAST TRACK. AND IT REALLY TOOK PERSISTENCE UP UNTIL TODAY'S VOTE ON THE FLOOR TO MAKE SURE THAT WE STOP THAT PROCESS, AS MR. ZELDIN INDICATED, AND SEND THE MESSAGE THAT PLUM ISLAND IS NOT FOR SALE. AGAIN, BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE HISTORY, YOU KNOW, THE ACTIVITY THAT TOOK PLACE THERE WITH THE ANIMAL DISEASE CONTROL CENTER MADE IT UNSUITABLE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT. BUT SORT OF THE OUTCOME OF THAT IS THAT THIS INCREDIBLE, YOU KNOW, RICH DIVERSITY OF BIOLOGY HAS SPRUNG UP THERE. LIKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM LONG ISLAND, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THERE. IT IS LIKE YOU ARE IN A DIFFERENT WORLD. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED, PARTICULARLY IN A PART OF THE COUNTRY WHERE, AGAIN, THERE'S JUST TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF SEA TRAFFIC, MARITIME ACTIVITY, ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, TO TRY AND, AGAIN, BASICALLY PRESERVE THIS 840-ACRE PARCEL WITH ITS INCREDIBLE RICHNESS, IT'S SOMETHING THAT REALLY WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS AND REALLY, I THINK, WILL MAKE THE 114TH CONGRESS MEMORABLE, CERTAINLY IN TERMS OF THAT REGION FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. LIKE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I JUST WANT TO SARKE THE EXTERNAL PRESSURE WHICH WAS BROUGHT TO BARE BY MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, BY FOLKS FROM SAVE THE SOUND, THAT'S AN UMBRELLA GROUP ON BOTH SIDES OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, THE CONNECTICUT FUND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, IS WHAT KEPT THE INTEREST LEVEL AND THE PRESSURE ON BOTH DELEGATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DIDN'T GET SORT OF LOST IN THE PROCESS AND ALLOWED THAT MANDATED SALE TO MOVE FORWARD. I STRONGLY URGE PASS AND OF THIS BILL AND, AGAIN, WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, I'M DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS MOVES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THROUGH THE UPPER CHAMBER AND IS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND, AGAIN, SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL THE INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS THAT ARE SO INTERESTED IN PRESERVING PLUM ISLAND, THAT IN FACT WE HAVE TAKEN IT OFF THE SORT OF CONVEYER BELT AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT IT GETS THE CAREFUL TREATMENT THAT IT DESERVES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S GOING TO BASICALLY PRESERVE THIS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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  • 05:29:08 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1887 HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE -- THAT BEFORE D.H.S. DISPOSES OF PLUM ISLAND, THERE'S A THOROUGH VETTING OF ALL THE OPTIONS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:53 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MR. ZELDIN'S BILL, H.R. 1887, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1887. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. . WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:30:36 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4743, THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM ACT OF 2016, AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4743, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO…

    H.R. 4743, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

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

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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  • 05:31:29 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4743, THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4743, THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM ACT OF 2016, WHICH ALLOWS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO WORK WITH THE CONSORTIUM, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM, TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND INCIDENTS. THIS BILL ALLOWS TFS TO ENGAGE WITH A CON-- D.H.S. TO ENGAGE WITH A CONSORTIUM, IN PROVIDING TRAINING TO STATE AND LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS IN PREPARING FOR AND RESPONDING TO CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND INCIDENTS. AN EXAMPLE OF A CONSORTIUM D.H.S. MAY WORK WITH UNDER THIS BILL IS THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM, OR NCPC. IT PROVIDES STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PREVENT, DETECT, RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM CYBERATTACKS. THE CONSORTIUM ALSO EVALUE WAITS COMMUNITIES' CYBERSECURITY POSTURE AND PROVIDES THEM WITH A ROAD MAP TO CORRECT DEFICIENCIES IN THE SECURITY OF THEIR INFORMATION SYSTEMS. BASED OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO'S CENTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE ASSURANCE AND SECURITY, THE NCPC MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, NORWICH UNIVERSITY AND TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE. D.H.S.'S RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CYBERSECURITY MISSION. THE CYBERSECURITY ACT, WHICH WAS RECENTLY SIGNED INTO LAW, ALLOWS D.H.S. TO ACTIVELY SHARE CYBERTHREAT INDICATORS AND DEFENSIVE MEASURES WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY AFFORDING LIABILITY PROTECTIONS. D.H.S.'S NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION CENTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CROSS-SECTOR COORDINATION TO ADDRESS CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND INCIDENTS. H.R. 4743 ALLOWS D.H.S. TO WORK WITH ANY CONSORTIUM, INCLUDING THE NCPC, IN A NUMBER OF ACK TESTS, INCLUDING PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, CONDUCTING CROSS-SECTOR CYBERSECURITY TRAINING AND SIMULATION EXERCISES AND HELPING STATES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO DEVELOP CYBERSECURITY INFORMATION SHARING PROGRAMS. ALLOWING D.H.S. TO WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS ALREADY SUPPORTING STATE AND LOCAL CYBERPREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES. SO I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4743, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4743, THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM ACT OF 2016, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4743 ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4743 ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO UTILIZE UNIVERSITY-BASED CONSORTIUMS TO HELP PROVIDE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING AND SUPPORT TO STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LEADERS, INCLUDING FIRST RESPONDERS. THERE IS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION AS INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO. H.R. 4743 AUTHORIZES D.H.S. TO USE CONSORTIUM TO PROVIDE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH UNIVERSITY-DEVELOPED CYBERTRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, INCLUDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CYBERINFORMATION SHARING THAT JURISDICTIONS IN NEED CAN USE. RECENT STUDIES REVEALED THAT ORGANIZATIONS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL DESCRIBED THEIR CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS AS BEING IN THE EARLY AND MIDDLE STAGES OF MATURITY, AND 87% OF STATE AND LOCAL RESPONDENTS IDENTIFIED MANAGING CYBERSECURITY RISKS AS ONE OF THE MOST STRESSFUL JOBS. BY PARTNERING WITH CONSORTIUM, D.H.S. CAN MAKE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT ON RAISING THE LEVELS OF CYBERSECURITY ON THE STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL LEVELS. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 4743 REQUIRES D.H.S. WHEN SELECTING A CONSORTIUM FOR PARTICIPATION IN ITS CYBER EFFORTS TO NOT ONLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE PRIOR EXPERIENCE OF THE INSTITUTIONS THAT WOULD BE CONDUCTING CYBERSECURITY TRAINING AND EXERCISES BUT ALSO THE GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY OF THE INSTITUTIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONSORTIUM. THE INCLUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY SHOULD HELP REACH MORE STATES AND LOCALITIES. MOREOVER, I'M PLEASED THE BILL REQUIRES D.H.S. TO DO OUTREACH TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTIONS ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES TO PROVIDE RESEARCH-BASED CYBERSECURITY-RELATED TRAINING, EXERCISES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, STATES AND LOCALITIES NEED THE ABILITY TO PREVENT, DETECT, RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM CYBEREVENTS IF THEY HAVE ANY OTHER DISASTER OR EMERGENCY SITUATION. FOR THIS REASON, I SUPPORT H.R. 4743 AND URGE PASSAGE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY DISTINGUISHED FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS,

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  • 05:37:07 PM

    MR. HURD

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR USING ME…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR USING ME SOME TIME. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM SAN ANTONIO ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S SO IMPORTANT TO OUR HOMETOWN. IT'S NO SECRET THAT CYBERATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE AND THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT EVERYONE IS VULNERABLE. THE COST OF PROTECTING YOUR NETWORK AND PROPERLY TRAINING COMMUNITIES ON BEST PRACTICES IN A DIGITAL WORLD CAN BE BURDENSOME. AS WE ALL KNOW, STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN MANY INSTANCES DO NOT POSSESS THE SAME DIGITAL RESOURCES AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. STATES AND COMMUNITIES NEED THE ABILITY TO DETECT, RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM CYBEREVENTS JUST AS THEY WOULD ANY OTHER DISASTER OR EMERGENCY SITUATION. THAT'S WHY I'M A PROUD TO BE PART AND AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 4743 WHICH WOULD ALLOW D.H.S. TO COORDINATE WITH A HANDFUL OF UNIVERSITIES THAT HAVE BEEN LEADING THE WAY IN CYBERPREPAREDNESS. ONE OF THESE UNIVERSITIES, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND SAN ANTONIO, IS LOCATED IN MY HOMETOWN AND SERVES MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS. ANOTHER LEADER IN THIS FIELD IS NONE OTHER THAN MY ALMA MATER, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. BUILDING UPON THEIR GREAT WORK AND THE BREAKTHROUGHS OF OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL BE CRUCIAL TO PROTECTING OUR DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE AT ALL LEVELS. AND WE WILL HELP -- THIS WILL HELP US ENSURE THAT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED FOR A SIGNIFICANT CYBEREVENT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS FOR THE ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE, AND I FULLY SUPPORT H.R. 4743, THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM ACT OF 2016. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:39:01 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MR. CASTRO.

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    MR. CASTRO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON, FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. YOU AND YOUR STAFF HAVE BEEN TERRIFIC PARTNERS IN MOVING THIS BILL FORWARD. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY FELLOW TEXANS, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, CONGRESSMAN HURD, CONGRESSMAN RATCLIFFE, AND ALSO CONGRESSMAN RICHMOND, WHOSE NOT A TEXAN BUT A WONDERFUL PERSON HERE IN OUR BODY, FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE. EVERY DAY OUR NATION FACES A GROWING NUMBER OF POTENTIALLY DEBILITATING CYBERTHREATS. OUR RETAILERS, OUR BANKS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, MILITARY OPERATIONS AND EVERYDAY PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZENS ALL FACE THESE THREATS. WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR DEFENSES ARE AS STRONG AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THAT. I REPRESENT SAN ANTONIO, A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE CYBERSECURITY FIELD. INSTITUTIONS IN SAN ANTONIO DO CUTTING EDGE CYBERWORK THAT KEEPS OUR NATION SAFE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO LEADS THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM, WHICH HELPS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION IMPROVE THEIR CYBERDEFENSES. IT'S CRITICAL THAT LOCALITIES UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT CYBER TECHES COULD HAVE ON THEIR ABILITY TO FUNCTION AND ARE PREPARED TO PREVENT, DETECT, RESPOND TO AND RECOVER FROM HARMFUL CYBER INCIDENCES. THEY ARE EDUCATING COMMUNITIES ABOUT THESE CYBERTHREATS AND HELPING THEM DEVELOP THE DEFENSES THEY NEED TO SUCCESSFULLY WITHSTAND A CYBEREMERGENCY. THIS LEGISLATION ALLOWS CONSORTIUMS LIKE UTSA'S TO WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH D.H.S. TO ADDRESS CYBERSECURITY RISKS AND INCIDENTS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. THIS COLLABORATION WILL BOLSTER OUR CYBERPREPAREDNESS AND KEEP US ONE STEP AHEAD OF CYBERATTACKERS. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION AND ALSO ALL OF THE STAFF, BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, WHO HELPED BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE MEMBER FROM TEXAS IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS BILL WAS IMPORTANT WORK BEING DONE BY THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY PREPAREDNESS CONSORTIUM, A GROUP OF FIVE UNIVERSITIES LED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO, THAT HAS HELPED TO RAISE CYBERPREPAREDNESS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL BY EVALUATING COMMUNITIES' CYBERSECURITY POSTURES AND PROVIDING THEM WITH THE ROAD MAP TO CORRECT DEFICIENCIES. WHILE THIS CONSORTIUM IS MAKING AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO CYBERSECURITY, THERE'S AN ENORMOUS NEED FOR TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AROUND THE NATION. WITH ENACTMENT OF H.R. 4743 MORE INSTITUTIONS WILL BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH D.H.S. TO PROVIDE SUCH CRITICAL ASSISTANCE. AS SUCH, I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4743 AND YOLD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4743 AND YOLD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4743, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:43:01 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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

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  • 05:43:29 PM

    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4780, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY STRATEGY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ACT, AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4780, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEVELOP…

    H.R. 4780, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OPERATIONS ABROAD, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4780, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4780, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY STRATEGY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ACT, OFFERED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, INCLUDING THE VETTING AND SCREENING OF PERSONS SEEKING TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES. THE LEGISLATION BUILDS OFF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY'S BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON COMBATING TERRORIST AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL THAT IDENTIFIED SECURITY GAPS WHICH ALLOWS JIHADISTS TO GET TO AND FROM IRAQ AND SYRIA UNDETECTED. SPECIFICALLY, THE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED U.S. AUTHORITIES CONTINUE TO PUSH THE BORDER OUTWARD BY DEPLOYING HOMELAND SECURITY INITIATIVES OVERSEAS. D.H.S. HAS ESTABLISHED SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO THOROUGHLY VET AND SCREENING SUCH INDIVIDUALS BEFORE TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH ITS MANY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, D.H.S. PERSONNEL OVERSEAS EFFECTIVELY EXTEND OUR NATION'S BORDERS TO INCREASE THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. . EXPANDING INITIATIVES LIKE THE U.S. CUSTOM AND BORDER PROTECTIONS PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM OR IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOM ENFORCEMENT'S VISA SECURITY PROGRAM COULD HELP DETECT AND INTERDICT THREATS BEFORE THEY ARE BOUND FOR THE HOMELAND. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM ALLOWS OVERSEAS-BASED C.B.P. OFFICERS TO SCREEN ALL PASSENGERS AND LUGGAGE BEFORE A FLIGHT TAKES OFF FOR THE UNITED STATES. C.B.P. CURRENTLY HAS 15 PRECLEARANCE LOCATIONS IN SIX DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, INCLUDING IRELAND, ARUBA, THE BAHAMAS, BUREAU IMMEDIATEA, CANADA AND THE EWE -- BERMUDA,, CANADA AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. HOWEVER PATTERNS CONTINUE TO CONCERN IMMIGRATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS. AS A RESULT, D.H.S. HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO EXPAND PRECLEARANCE OPERATIONS. OTHER PROGRAMS, LIKE I.C.E.'S VISA SECURITY PROGRAM, DEPLOY SPECIALLY TRAINED AGENTS TO DIPLOMATIC POSTS WORLDWIDE TO CONDUCT ADDITIONAL VISA SECURITY SCREENING AND QUICKLY IDENTIFY POTENTIAL TERRORISTS OR CRIMINAL THREATS BEFORE THEY REACH THE UNITED STATES. AGENTS PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF REVIEW FOR PERSONS OF SPECIAL INTEREST OR CONCERN, REVIEW VISA APPLICATIONS, AND CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS WITH A NEXUS TO U.S. TRAVEL AND SECURITY. THE PROGRAM HAS AGENTS POSTED AT CONSULATES AND EMBASSIES IN MORE THAN 25 COUNTRIES. WITH ADDITIONAL PLANS TO EXPAND TO ADDITIONAL HIGH-RISK LOCATIONS. AS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CONTINUES TO BUILD ITS INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT FOR THESE AND OTHER BORDER SECURITY PROGRAMS, D.H.S. MUST ENSURE THE EXPANSION OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ARE CONSIDERED WITH RISK, COST AND BENEFIT IN MIND. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE D.H.S. TO REPORT ON THE SPECIFIC RISK-BASED GOALS FOR THESE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, TO ENSURE THAT THEY ALIGN WITH DEPARTMENT-WIDE AND GOVERNMENT-WIDE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. THIS ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY, INCLUDING THE COST RELATED TO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, WILL IMPROVE CONGRESS' OVERSIGHT OF THESE ACTIVITIES. ADDITIONALLY, THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONSIDER HOW DEPLOYMENT OF PERSONNEL ABROAD MAY IMPACT ITS DOMESTIC CAPABILITIES AS WELL AS IDENTIFY BARRIERS FOR THE EXPANSION OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS. WHILE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS PROVIDE TANGIBLE NATIONAL SECURITY AND TRAVEL FACILITATION BENEFITS, THE GROWING D.H.S. PRESENCE OVERSEAS SHOULD BE BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF A LONG-TERM STRATEGY THAT GUIDES THE DEPARTMENT IN THE DEPLOYMENT OF OFFICERS AND AGENTS IN A RISK-BASED MANNER. I'M CONFIDENT THAT THE COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY REQUIRED BY THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS MANAGING THESE PROGRAMS EFFECTIVELY AND THAT CONGRESS HAS THE APPROPRIATE INSIGHT NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS' INVESTMENT IN OUR SECURITY. I THEREFORE URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4780RK THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4780RK THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY -- 4780, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY STRATEGY FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I INTRODUCED H.R. 4780 TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, WHERE PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ARE DEPLOYED ABROAD FOR VETTING AND SCREENING PERSONS SEEKING TO ENTER THE U.S. IN RECENT YEARS THE DEPARTMENT HAS EXPANDED ITS INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT THROUGH PROGRAMS SUCH AS IMMIGRATION ADVISORY PROGRAM, AND JOINT SECURITY PROGRAM, AND A VISA SECURITY PROGRAM. IN FACT, PRESENTLY CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION HAS APPROXIMATELY 00 EMPLOYEES POSTED IN -- 800 EMPLOYEES POSTED IN 43 COUNTRIES AND IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT HAS ALMOST 400 EMPLOYEES IN 45 COUNTRIES. D.H.S. PERSONNEL AT OVERSEAS LOCATIONS PERFORM VITAL VETTING AND PASSENGER PRESCREENING ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING TO THE U.S. DO NOT POSE A THREAT TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. LOOKING AHEAD, D.H.S. HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO EXPAND THE PRECOMPLEERNS PROGRAM TO 10 NEW LOCATIONS -- PRECLEARANCE PROGRAM TO 10 NEW LOCATIONS IN THE COMING YEARS AND I.C.E. CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS VISA SECURITY PROGRAM TO ADDITIONAL VISA-ISSUING POSTS ABROAD. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THESE EFFORTS TO PUSH OUT OUR BORDERS THROUGH EXPANSION OF THESE IMPORTANT HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS. THAT SAID, TO DO IT RIGHT, D.H.S. NEEDS A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY BEAU BOLSTER ITS -- TO BOLSTER ITS PRESENT PARTNERSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD. MY BILL REQUIRES JUST THAT. SPECIFICALLY, IT REQUIRES D.H.S. TO HAVE A THREE-YEAR STRATEGY THAT INCLUDES RISK-BASED GOALS, A PROCESS TO ENSURE RESOURCE ALLOCATIONS ALIGN WITH OVERALL DEPARTMENTAL STRATEGIC PRIORITIES, AND A COMMON REPORTING FRAMEWORK FOR PERSONNEL DEPLOYED ABROAD. MY BILL REQUIRES D.H.S. TO NOT ONLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHERE IT CURRENTLY DEEMPLOYS RESOURCES FROM THOSE OVERSEAS -- DEEMPLOYS RESOURCES FROM THOSE OVER-- DEPLOYS RESOURCES FROM THOSE OVERSEAS PROGRAMS, BUT ALSO ANY IMPACTS OF THESE OVERSEAS ACTIVITIES ON DOMESTIC OPERATIONS, INCLUDING WITH RESPECT TO STAFFING AT U.S. PORTS OF ENTRY. AFTER 9/11, THE ATTEMPTED CHRISTMAS DAY ATTACK IN 2009, AS WELL AS OTHER MORE RECENT CASES, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT D.H.S. AND ITS FEDERAL PARTNERS BOLSTER THE SCREENING AND VETTING OF TRAVELERS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE AT OUR BORDERS. MY BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT D.H.S. HAS A SOUND STRATEGY FOR ITS EFFORTS TO DO SO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4780, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    H.R. 4780, AND

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    MR. KATKO

    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT

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    MR. THOMPSON

    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT OF 2016, AND YIELD MYSELF…

    4407, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT OF 2016, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4407 AUTHORIZES WITHIN THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4407 AUTHORIZES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD OR CTAB TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE DEPARTMENTAL INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES AND POLICY-RELATE -- POLICY RELATED TO COUNTERTERRORISM. SINCE 2010, THE INTERNAL BODY COMPRISED OF TOP D.H.S. OFFICIALS HAS HELPED TO HARMANIZE COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ACROSS D.H.S. H.R. 4407 DIRECTS THE CTAB TO MEET ON A REGULAR BASIS TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE THE DEPARTMENT'S COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND SET FORTH THE LEADERSHIP AND COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD. H.R. 4407 ALSO REQUIRES D.H.S. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE BOARD'S STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE PRODUCT OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY'S BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON TERRORIST AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL, WHICH LEARNED THAT THE CTAB, WHICH HAS OPERATED FOR SIX YEARS, WAS NEVER AUTHORIZED IN LAW. TO ENSURE THAT THE BOARD REMAINS AN SBEG RAT PART OF COUNTERTERRORISM -- AN INTEGRAL PART OF COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY RECOMMENDATION AND RESPONSES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT, THE TASK FORCE RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD BE CODIFIED IN LAW. CODFICATION OF THE BOARD IS CONSISTENT WITH THE TASK FORCE'S FINDING THAT INFORMATION SHARING IS CRITICAL TO PREVENTING FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL. I BELIEVE THAT CTAB SHOULD BE A PERMANENT FIXTURE IN THE DEPARTMENT TO HELP INFORM THE COUNTERTERRORISM DECISION MAKING OF FUTURE DEPARTMENTAL SECRETARIES. AS SUCH, I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION WHICH TACKLES AN IMPORTANT TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATION AND FINDING AND COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, FOR INTRODUCING IT, AS WELL AS MAKING IT HERE FOR THE BILL TODAY. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK.

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    MR. KATKO

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    MR. THOMPSON

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    THE HOUSE IS GOLVING BACK IN NOW FOR A COUPLE OF VOTES, LIVE COVERAGE HERE…

    THE HOUSE IS GOLVING BACK IN NOW FOR A COUPLE OF VOTES, LIVE COVERAGE HERE ON C-SPAN. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE TO SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS H.R. 47 3. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE HE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A…

    A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE HE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY COULD SHORE SHUM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 3. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE 3. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARED ORED.

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    CALLER

    4407, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH IN…

    4407, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY A BRD TO TO -- TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE ACTIVITIES AND POLICY RELATED TO COUNTERTERRORISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 389, THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 389, THE NAYS ARE 5. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE CHAMBER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THE U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY IS IN PARTICIPATING AND WITH THE CAST TRO REGIME…

    THE U.S. DEPUTY SECRETARY IS IN PARTICIPATING AND WITH THE CAST TRO REGIME THIS WILL SERVE AS ANOTHER COUPE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND CUBA HAVE HELD TECH NECK CALL AND THEY INTERCEPTED OF COCAINE AND ON ROUTE TO BELGIUM. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME THEY TRIED TO SHIP ILLICIT MATERIALS. 240 TONS OF ILLEGAL WEAPONS WERE INTERCEPTED BY THE SHIP GOING FROM CUBA TO NORTH KOREA. THIS SHIPMENT WAS THE LARGEST GOING TO NORTH KOREA IN VIOLATION OF SEVERAL U.N. SECURITY RESOLUTIONS. CUBA'S MILITARY OWNS AND OPERATES CUBA'S PORT FACILITIES. HOW DOES COCAINE AND SHIPMENTS GET ON TO THESE SHIPS? I DOUBT OUR DEPUTY SECT WILL ISSUE QUIR WHEN HE MEETS WITH THE CUBAN COUNTERPART. SHAME ON US, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS A DAY IS A VERY EMOTIONAL DAY…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS A DAY IS A VERY EMOTIONAL DAY FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN WHO GREW UP IN MY DISTRICT AND DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET HER AND LUCKY ENOUGH FOR HER TO ACCEPT A DATE. AND WE DOT MARRIED, 24 YEARS AGO TODAY AND I WANTED TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO THANK HER FOR HAVING A MOMENT OF LAUGHS AND ACCEPTING THAT DATE AND EVENTUALLY FOR US TO GET MARRIED AND WE HAVE FOUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN THAT WE'VE RAISED AND I DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED AS HER PARENTS ARE FROM MEXICO AND WE ARE PROVIDING A BETTER LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN. I STAND BEFORE YOU AS A PROUD AMERICAN AND I'M MARRIED TO ON WONDERFUL WOMAN, NORMA SANCHEZ AND SOMEONE I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I'M THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, BUT THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO UNDERSTANDING TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU SOON, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    PIRGES TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. IT IS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT…

    PIRGES TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. IT IS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK AND TIME TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT. THE SHOOTING SHOWS US THE DANGERS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT FACES. WHENEVER I DO. IT'S IMPORTANT WE WE RECOGNIZE THEIR EFFORTS. AND I WAS PLEASED THAT LAST WEEK WE RE-AUTHORIZED THE BULLET PLOOF GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP AGENCIES TO OBTAIN EQUIPMENT. WE PASSED MY BILL TO PROVIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR MORE TOOLS TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN. WE OWE A GREET OF GRATITUDE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. LEE

    BRING AWARENESS TO DISCRIMATION. THIS DAY HAS EXPANDED TO EVERY CORNER OF…

    BRING AWARENESS TO DISCRIMATION. THIS DAY HAS EXPANDED TO EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD AND CELEBRATED IN MORE THAN 10 COUNTRIES AND 37 COUNTRIES WHERE HOME SEX LALT IS I WILL -- ILLEGAL. DESPITE LAST YEAR, MANY WANT TO TURN THE. NORTH CAROLINA, MISSISSIPPI AND THE LAWS CAST LIGHT. THESE HATEFUL BILLS ARE MORE THAN STATE-SANCTIONED HATE. SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS AGAINST TRANSFOPE YEAH AND THANK THE COLLEAGUES TO SIGN ON AS CO-SPONSORS. I URGE YOU TO JOIN ME IN SPEAKING AGAINST LGBT HATRED AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RECOGNITION?

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    MR. THOMPSON

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE TECHNICAL CAUCUS, I RECOGNIZE MARY AN BOULDERS WHO…

    AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE TECHNICAL CAUCUS, I RECOGNIZE MARY AN BOULDERS WHO WAS NAMED ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR. SHE IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE SECONDARY EDUCATION AT THE CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LOCATED IN CENTER COUNTY. SHE HAS BEEN WITH C.P.I. HAVING PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH THE TYRONE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS IS A TRUE SIGN A IN HELPING STUDENTS NOT ONLY ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA BUT ACROSS THE OONS. SHE IS WORKING ON A GRANT TO ASSISTING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WORKING TO THE BEST ENVIRONMENT. AND SHE RERECEIVED THE WORD THAT SHE HAD WON THIS REWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECKSNIGS --…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE SEEK RECKSNIGS -- RECOGNITION?

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    MR. GUINTA

    THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE. A ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT AND…

    THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE. A ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT AND WOUNDED TWO POLICE OFFICERS. THEY CAUGHT THE SUSPECT. THE OFFICERS ARE HEALING. OTHER POLICE OFFICERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY HAVEN'T BEEN LUCKY. TWO HAVE DIED EARLIER THE LINE OF DUTY. ASHLEY'S NAME WILL JOIN THOSE ON THE MEMORIAL IN DARKSDRS. OFFICERS ARE HERE TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING THE PORTSMOUTH P.D. AND MY BUILD INCREASED THEIR ACCESS TO ANTICIPATE OVERDOSE PASSED THE HOUSE AND I'M A PROUD PARTNER TO MAKE THEIR JOBS EASIER AND SAFER. THIS WEEK IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO THANK THEM THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

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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 GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:09:44 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I SENCHED ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND IN THAT CAPACITY OVER THE…

    I SENCHED ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND IN THAT CAPACITY OVER THE OVERSIGHT INCLUDING THE T.S.A. AND RANKING MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND OUR CHAIRPERSONS. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR, WE WANT AMERICA TO BE SECURE. BUT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR OF T.S.A. AND I'M VERY SURE THAT AS WE BUILD THE T.S.O. OOMPLET'S AND WORK TO CORRECT THESE ISSUES, WE COULDN'T HAVE A BETTER FRONT LINE DEFENSE. AS I TRAVEL TO AIRPORTS ACROSS THE NATION AND WATCH THE CITIZENS TRAVELING THROUGH AND I SEE HOW IMPORTANT T.S.O.'S ARE. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF STAFFING. WE ARE 3,000 TO 4,000 SHORT. AND A PROFESSIONAL FEDERAL STAFF IS VERY IMPORTANT, SIMILAR TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT WE HAVE. PRIVATIZATION IS NOT THE ANSWER. BUT EFFICIENCY, GOOD EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING IS AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THAT FORCE TO SECURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SECURE THE NATION'S AIRPORTS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:11:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:11:28 PM

    MR. WILSON

    WE CELEBRATED SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AND CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES…

    WE CELEBRATED SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AND CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. AND THESE INDIVIDUALS REPRESENT 97% OF ALL EMPLOYERS IN OUR STATE. I'M GRATEFUL TO REPRESENT THESE ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE DEDICATED TO CREATED JOBS TO HAVE MEANINGFUL AND FULFILLING LIVES. I APPRECIATE MEETING WITH THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES. LED BY PRESIDENT WHERE I WAS INSPIRED BY THE PERSONNEL. I PARTICIPATED IN A DISCUSSION WITH THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ABOUT THE OUTREACH OF GOVERNMENT AND OVERREACH. SMALL BUSINESSES ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION BECAUSE THE BURDENSOME TAX REGULATION. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY HOUSE REPUBLICANS AS WE SUPPORT REFORMS TO CREATE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MAY THE PRESIDENT NEVER FORGET THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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  • 07:12:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:12:49 PM

    MR. CARTER

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF VOLUNTEERS. IT REBUILDS HOMES WITH THE GOAL OF A SAFE AND HEALTHY HOME IN THE COMMUNITY. THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WAS FOUNDED IN 1973 IN MIDLAND, TEXAS WHO RECOGNIZED THE NEED. IN THE BEGINNING, THE GROUP WORKED ON THOSE HOMES ONCE A YEAR, EACH APRIL, BUT BY 1988, THE REBUILD TOGETHER GAINED RECOGNITION. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS TO COMPLETE 10,000 REBUILD PROJECTS AND HAS BUILT HOMES. ONE OF FOUR NETWORKS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE AND FOR THE HARD WORK AND THE LIFE-CHANGING SERVICES THAT THIS GROUP HAS PROVIDED ACROSS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:13:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    TO REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:14:09 PM

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:14:13 PM

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    AMERICANS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE NEWS THEY RECEIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. A…

    AMERICANS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE NEWS THEY RECEIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE. A RECENT GALLUP POLL FOUND THAT 46% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE NATURAL CHANGES ARE THE RESULT. AMERICANS ARE SPLIT AS TO THE CAUSE. HOWEVER THE LIBERAL NATIONAL MEDIA ONLY PORTRAYS ONE SIDE OF THE STORY. OVER THE LAST MONTH, EVERY "NEW YORK TIMES" AND "WASHINGTON POST" ARTICLE ON THIS TOPIC ATTRIBUTED WARMER TIMS SOLELY TO HUMAN ACTIVITY. WHAT'S AMAZING WITH ALL THE MEDIA BIAS, HALF OF ALL AMERICANS REMAIN SKEPTICAL. THE AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ALL THE FACTS.

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  • 07:15:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:15:24 PM

    MS. FOXX

    MAY 15 HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY IN THE CALENDAR…

    MAY 15 HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY IN THE CALENDAR WEEK IN WHICH MAY 15 FALLS AS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WE HONOR THOSE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OTHERS. IN 2016 252 FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT HEROES WERE ADDED TO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL. THEIR SACRIFICE IS NOT FORGOTTEN, THEIR FAMILIES REMAIN IN OUR PRAYERS DURING THIS BEAK OF -- DURING THIS WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO LAW EBB ERS -- ENFORCEMENT NOT ONLY KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE, THEY ALSO HELP TO PRESERVE THE WAY OF LIFE WE HOLD SO DEAR. THEY WALK THE NEIGHBORHOOD BEATS, PATROL OUR STREETS, AND WILLINGLY DO THE DANGEROUS WORK THAT MAKES OUR LIVES SAFER. THEY DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE TODAY AND EVERY DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:16:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:16:21 PM

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

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

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  • 07:16:27 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:16:31 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TONIGHT I INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 731,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TONIGHT I INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 731, EXPRESSING CONGRESS' OPPOSITION TO LAWS REQUIRING THAT MICROSTAMPING TECHNOLOGY BE INCLUDED IN HANDGUNS. TIME AND TIME AGAIN STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MICROSTAMPING TECHNOLOGY HAS FAILED TO ACHIEVE ANY RELIABLE EFFECTIVENESS. STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS CERTAINLY --, CERTAINLY NO HOT BED FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT, RECOMMENDED AGAINST IMPOSING MICROSTAMP, DETERMINING IT DID NOT WORK RELIABLY. MR. SPEAKER, THE ONLY REAL IMPACT OF MICROSTAMPING IS TO INCREASE COSTS AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR AMERICANS TO EXERCISE THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. UNFORTUNATELY THE TRUE INTENT OF THESE LAWS, NOT TO INCREASE SAFETY, BUT TO MAKE THEM MORE DIFFICULT FOR LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS TO OWN FIREARMS. EVEN THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT AAGREED, THE MOST OVERTURNED COURT IN THE COUNTRY, JUST TODAY THAT LAWS INTENDED SOLELY TO PREVENT AMERICANS FROM EXERCISING THEIR RIGHTS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THESE LAWS AND JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND JOIN ON THOUSAND RESOLUTION 731. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:17:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE SEEKING RECOGNITION FOR ONE MINUTES D? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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  • 07:17:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. SWAL WE WILL OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY --…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. SWAL WE WILL OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY -- MR. SWALWELL OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:17:56 PM

    MPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MRS. BEATTY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY -- MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:18:14 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS BE GIVEN FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS BE GIVEN FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND ADD ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL RELEVANT TO THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS DISCUSSION.

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  • 07:18:30 PM

    MPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS EVENING AS CO-ANCHOR, ALONG WITH MY CLASSMATE AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS EVENING AS CO-ANCHOR, ALONG WITH MY CLASSMATE AND SCHOLAR, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES, FROM THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, FOR TONIGHT'S CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, AND CHALLENGING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES LEADS BY EXAMPLE. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE, AND HE HAS A LONG PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY OF BEING A BROTHER'S KEEPER. THIS EVENING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS COMES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT STATE OF AMERICA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE NECESSARY REFORM. REFORM THAT WILL ALLOW US TO INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE IS AN EPIDEMIC THAT IS PLAGUING SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE NEED AND APPETITE TO REFORM OUR FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR YEARS. AND NOW IT IS CLEAR THAT THERE IS CONSENSUS THAT THE TIME IS NOW TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION. THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE REFERS TO THE POLICIES AND PRACTICES THAT PUSHES OUR NATION'S CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY OUR MOST AT-RISK CHILDREN, OUT OF THE CLASSROOM AND INTO THE JUVENILE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. FAR TOO OFTEN STUDENTS ARE EXPENDED, EXPELLED OR EVEN ARRESTED FOR MINOR OFFENSES THAT LEADS TO A VISIT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE A THING OF THE PAST. STATISTICS REFLECT THAT THESE POLICIES DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGET STUDENTS OF COLOR AND THOSE WITH A HISTORY OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, POVERTY OR LEARNING DISABILITY. THOSE WHO ARE UNNECESSARILY FORCED OUT OF SCHOOL BECOME SIGMA ADVERTISED AND FALL BEHIND -- STIGMATIZE AND FALL BEHIND IN THEIR STUD -- STIGMATIZED AND FALL BEHIND IN THEIR STUDIES, MR. SPEAKER. MANY DECIDE TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL ALTOGETHER AND MANY OTHERS COMMIT CRIMES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER DISCUSSED THE ISSUE IN A SPEECH TO THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION IN 2013. STATING THAT RIGGED DISCIPLINE POLICIES -- RIGID DISCIPLINE POLICIES TRANSFORM TOO MANY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FROM THE DOORWAY OF OPPORTUNITY INTO THE GATEWAY TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND THAT A MINOR SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY OFFENSE SHOULD PUT A STUDENT IN THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, NOT IN THE POLICE PRECINCT. ACCORDING TO RECENT DATA BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE ARRESTED FAR MORE THAN THEIR WHITE CLASSMATES. BLACK AND HISPANIC STUDENTS REPRESENT MORE THAN 70% OF THOSE INVOLVED IN SCHOOL-RELATED ARRESTS OR REFERRALS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND CURRENTLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS MAKE UP 2/5 OF COMBINED YOUTH TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, THE IMPACT OF SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS ON COMMUNITIES IS STRIKING. IN OHIO, A HISTORY OF PRIOR SUSPENSIONS FROM SCHOOL IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR THAT LEADS TO CHILDREN TO DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL. CHILDREN WHO DO NOT FINISH HIGH SCHOOL, AS WE ALL ARE AWARE, ARE MORE LIKELY TO END UP INCARCERATED OR IN OUR JUVENILE OR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND THEY ARE 3.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ARRESTED. APPROXIMATELY 82% OF THE ADULT POPULATION IS COMPOSED OF HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS. MR. SPEAKER, UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS A PIPELINE THAT REFLECTS THE PRIORITIZATION OF INCARCERATION OVER EDUCATION. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I COME TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BECAUSE I BELIEVE WE CAN DISRUPT THE PIPELINE. TO DO THIS, WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY GAPS THAT EXIST ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND IN OUR SCHOOLS. BECAUSE YOU CANNOT TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE WITHOUT DISCUSSING WHAT NEEDS TO BE PROVIDED AS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES. WE NEED BETTER EDUCATIONAL CHANCES FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, WE NEED MORE SUPPORT TO OUR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN DO THE BEST JOB THAT THEY CAN OR THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF DOING TO HELP SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN. WE MUST CONFRONT PREJUDICES IN OUR NATION HEAD-ON. AND THAT IS WHY INITIATIVES LIKE THE WHITE HOUSE'S MY BROTHER'S KEEPERS IS SO IMPORTANT. TO MY BROTHER'S KEEPERS TASK FORCE, IT IS A COORDINATED FEDERAL EFFORT TO ADDRESS PERSISTENT OPPORTUNITY GAPS FACED BY BOYS AND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR AND ENSURE THAT ALL YOUNG PEOPLE CAN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. MR. SPEAKER, LASTLY, THIS PAST WEEKEND I MET WITH THE DYNAMIC MAN OF THE COLUMBUS CHAPTER OF A FRATERNITY IN MY DISTRICT AND SAW MY BROTHER'S KEEPERS' WORK AT HAND FIRSTHAND. I LEARNED OF THEIR MANY FORMS OF BEING ROLE MODELS, BEING COMMUNITY MENTORS FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG MALES WHO ARE IN NEED OF INSPIRATION AND COUNSEL REGARDING THEIR CHOICE OF A LIFE'S CAREER. THE MENTORING MEN OF THE FRATERNITY WERE MEN WHO ARE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, TEACHERS AND ENTREPRENEURS, JUST TO NAME A FEW. MR. SPEAKER, THESE MEN ARE ROLE MODELS FOR THE COMMUNITY. THEY BOUGHT A HOUSE IN MY DISTRICT AND THEY USED THAT HOME AS AN ANCHOR TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING, AND POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT. SO TONIGHT IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO PUT A FACE ON WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS ONE SMALL EXAMPLE TO STOP THE EDUCATION PRISON TO PIPELINE. SO TONIGHT I SALUTE PHILLIP SHOTWELL, PAUL MARSH, RICHARD CROCKETT, ATTORNEY BYRON POTS, DR. GUS PARKER, AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN A THANIAN JORDAN FOR BEING MEN WHO -- NATHANIEL JORDAN FOR BEING MEN WHO UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO STOP THE EDUCATION OR THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR OWN DISTRICTS. A YOUNG MAN ASKED THEM WHY HE SHOULD STAY IN SCHOOL. AND THEY REPLIED, YOUNG MAN, YOU ARE YOUR OWN FUTURE. WE ARE RELYING ON YOU TO BE A LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN, EDUCATED, SELF-SUFFICIENT AND A GOOD CITIZEN. BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE A STATISTIC IN THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT YOU WILL HEAR MANY STORIES, YOU WILL HEAR FACTS AND YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT LEGISLATION. AND LET ME END BY SAYING, I AM PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THE SAFE, ACCOUNTABLE, FAIR AND EFFECTIVE SAFE JUSTICE ACT OF 2015, H.R. 2944, A BILL THAT RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORING AND REDUCING RECIDIVISM AND HELPS OFFENDERS THINK THROUGH THE DECISIONS THAT CONFRONT THEM WHEN THEY LEAVE PRISON. IT IS INDEED MY HONOR NOW, MR. SPEAKER, TO YIELD TO OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, A PERSON WHO HAS A LONG BACKGROUND IN BEING AN ADVOCATE AND FIGHTER FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND FACE MANY OF THE THINGS YUE YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR TONIGHT, AND -- THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR TONIGHT, AND THAT IS CONGRESSMAN G.K. BUTTERFIELD FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:27:20 PM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    FOR YIELDING TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR ALL…

    FOR YIELDING TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. NOT JUST FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS BUT FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE CONSTITUENTS THAT YOU REPRESENT BACK IN OHIO, AND FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR ALL PEOPLE IN AMERICA. LET ME ALSO THANK MR. JEFFRIES, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES, FOR YOUR GREAT WORK AND YOUR WILLINGNESS TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE SPECIAL ORDER HOURS. I KNOW THE EVENING IS LATE SOMETIMES, BUT THE TWO OF YOU COME TO THE FLOOR AND YOU WORK SO VERY HARD. THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I WANT TO SPEND MY FEW MINUTES, IF I CAN, MRS. BEATTY, TALKING ABOUT JUST AN OVERVIEW OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN. ALL OF US, I THINK, CAN AGREE ON THAT. THOSE ON THE LEFT AND THOSE ON THE RIGHT. ALL OF US, EVEN FOR DIFFERENT REASONS PERHAPS, COME TO ONE CONCLUSION, THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS IN NEED OF SERIOUS, SERIOUS REFORM. I KNOW THAT WE ARE DEBATING LEGISLATION HERE IN THE HOUSE REGARDING REFORMING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, OUR COLLEAGUES OVER IN THE SENATE ARE DOING THE SAME. BUT IT'S TIME FOR ACTION. IT'S TIME FOR ACTION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN THE 114TH CONGRESS. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, I SPENT 30 YEARS, 30 LONG YEARS IN A COURTROOM. HALF OF THOSE AS A LAWYER, THE OTHER HALF AS A JUDGE. MOST OF THE 15 YEARS AS A JUDGE I WAS A TRIAL JUDGE. WHICH MEANT I WAS ON THE FRONT LINE IN OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND SAW IT FIRSTHAND. I CAN TELL YOU, WITHOUT A QUESTION, THAT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA IS IN NEED OF SERIOUS REFORM FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM. WE'VE ALL HEARD THE STATISTICS AND I'M GOING TO REPEAT THEM AGAIN TONIGHT. 2.2 MILLION AMERICANS ARE IN PRISON. AND OF THOSE, THAT NUMBER, THAT NUMBER'S DISPROPORTIONATELY AFRICAN-AMERICAN. 25% OF THE WORLD'S PRISON POPULATION RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT, MRS. BEATTY. WE ARE 5% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION. BUT 25% OF THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED ARE INCARCERATED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM OF MASS INCARCERATION THAT MUST BE REDUCED. THE POINT I WANT TO PUT INTO THE RECORD TONIGHT IS THAT OF THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED IN THIS COUNTRY, 90% OF THOSE ARE INCARCERATED AT THE STATE LEVEL. 10% INCARCERATED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. 90% INCARCERATED AT THE STATE LEVEL. WHEN WE DISCUSS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT IS GOING TO BE SPEAKING IN A FEW MINUTES AND HE TALKS ABOUT THIS ALL OF THE TIME, AS WELL AS CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WHEN WE DISCUSS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM, WE MUST NOT ONLY TALK ABOUT REFORM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, BUT WE MUST FIND WAYS TO REQUIRE STATES TO REFORM THEIR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. . LOOK AT THEIR SYSTEM AND SEEK WAYS TO REDUCE MASSIVE INCARCERATION. TOO MANY OF THOSE INCARCERATED AT THE STATE LEVEL ARE IN PRISON FOR DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES OR CRIMES THAT DON'T ENDANGER THE COMMUNITIES. WE GET TELEPHONE CALLS AND I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES GET CALLS FROM THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING WAYS TO EX PUNK THEIR RECORDS SO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN CAN GET SOME OF THOSE OFFENSES, TECHLY THOSE OFFENSES DEALING WITH PETTY CRIMES AND MISDEMEANOR AND DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES. IT PREVENTS YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GETTING GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. WE ALSO NEED TO ENCOURAGE STATES TO LOOK AT WAYS TO REMOVE CRIMINAL CHARGES FROM CRIMINAL RECORDS THAT DID NOT RESULT IN A CONVICTION. AND I THINK MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES CAN RELATE TO THAT. WE KNOW THAT POLICE OFFICERS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WILL CHARGE A YOUNG OFFENDER WITH MULTIPLE OFFENSES AT THE TIME OF ARREST AND SOME OF THE OFF ESPECIALLIES ARE NOT DESERVING OF A CHARGE BUT SOMETIMES POLICE HAVE A OVERCHARGE AND THOSE ARE REDUCED TO ONE CHARGE OR TWO CHARMINGS AND THE DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY AND THE CASE IS DISPOSED WHILE THE OTHER EIGHT OR 10 CHARGES ARE ON THE YOUNG PERSON'S CRIMINAL RECORD AND JUST THAT THE INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME PREVENTS THAT YOUNG PERSON FROM GETTING A. AND IT HAPPENS IN EVERY STATE IN AMERICA AND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS SHOULD NOT USE THE COURT SYSTEM AS A MEANS ARE OF OF PUNISHMENT WITH BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS IN SCHOOLS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR ALL OF YOUR WORK AND YOUR EFFORT AND YOUR TREMENDOUS EFFORT BECAUSE IT'S REAL AND WE NEED CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND WE NEED IT NOW AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:33:08 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND THAT'S WHY THE CONGRESSIONAL…

    THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND THAT'S WHY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS IS HERE TONIGHT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PREPARED TO OUTLINE THE STEPS AND THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE FOVER FRONT AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN MAKING THIS A TOP PRIORITY. THANK YOU. IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, A TRUE SCHOLAR, AN ATTORNEY AND SOMEONE WHO IS A LEADER IN TONIGHT'S CAUCUS, SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE WE DO JUST MORE THAN WE STAND AND TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE TONIGHT BUT HE COMES TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT REAL REFORM, TO FALK ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR BROKEN CRIMINAL JUST TIES SYSTEM.

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  • 07:34:15 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    FROM OHIO FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO DISCUSSION THE NEED FOR…

    FROM OHIO FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO DISCUSSION THE NEED FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORL. WE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS. FOR TOO LONG, POLICY MAKERS HAVE PLAYED POLITICS BY ENACTING TOUGH ON CRIME AND SOUND BITES SUCH AS THREE STRIKES AND YOU ARE OUT AND IF YOU DO THE ADULT CRIME YOU DO THE ADULT TIME. THEIR IMPACTS RANGE TO ACTUALLY INCREASING THE CRIME RATE. THE UNITED STATES DESPITE REPRESENTING 5 MRS OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, NOW HAS THE HIGHEST INCORPORATION RATE BY FAR, 2.2 MILLION PEOPLE ARE BEHIND BARS. AT OVER 700 PERSONS FOR EVERY 700,000 POPULATION. RECENT STUDIES HAVE QUESTIONED THE STUDIES, THE PEW RESEARCH CENTER HAS ESTIMATED AFTER 350 ANY CRIME REDUCTION BEGINS TO DIMINISH AND IT BECOMES COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. AS I SAID, THE RATE IS 700,000 PER 100,000. THERE ARE TOO MANY CHILDREN BEING RACED BY A PARENT IN PRISON AND PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO FIND JOBS. THE BUREAU OF PRINGS IS CONSUMING TOO MUCH. AND THEY HAVE FEWER AND FEWER RESOURCES THAT CAN REDUCE CRIME AND ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY. IT FAILS THE HARDEST RG THE RATE IS 700,000 100,000 AND SOME JURISDICTIONS LOCK UP BLACKS AT THE RATE OF 400, A RATE 40 TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE THE THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS EXACERBATED THIS PROBLEM. AND MANY MORE ARE SERVING SENTENCES. THE RACIAL DISPARITIES, DESPITE WHITES HAVE RATES HIGHER THAN AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AT A RATE 10 TIMES. SO WE ALL AGREE THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH MASS INCARCERATION. WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SOLVE IT. WHILE REVIEWING ANY LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE, I THINK THERE ARE SOME KEY PRINCIPLES WE HAVE TO ADDRESS. FIRST, ADDRESS REDUCE AND SHORTENING THE PRISONNER'S LENGTH OF STAY AND BALLOONING THE STATE'S POPULATIONS. ESPECIALLY THOSE FOR DRUG AND FIREARM OFFENSES. WE MUST ADDRESS THE IMPACT ON RACE IN THE CRIMINAL JUGS TIES SYSTEM. AND FOURTH, REFORM MUST ADDRESS ADDICTION ISSUES, REQUIRING TREATMENT PLANS TO RESOLVE ISSUES. AND RATHER THAN IMPLEMENTING TOUGH ON CRIME LOCK THEM UP. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED. WE NEED TO ADDRESS IRT AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE. WE MUST PROVIDE FOR COMPLETING THOSE PROGRAMS FOUND TO ACTUALLY WORK WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THOSE WITH THE GREATEST NEED. AND ANY LEGISLATION MUST BE BASED ON EVIDENCE AND NOT ON SOUND BITES. SO HOW DO THE CURRENT PROPOSALS STACK UP. WE LOOK AT THE BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT OUT AND THEY FAIL TO EMBODY ANY OF THE PRINCIPLES AND OFTEN TAKE THE OPPOSITE APPROACH. THESE BILLS REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ADMISSIONS AND THEY CREATE NEW MAPPED DA TOWER MINIMUMS OR MANDATORY CONSECUTIVE INHANSMENTS AND ENHANCE MANDATORY MINIMUMS THAT WOULDN'T GET THEM AND LIMIT WHO COULD BENEFIT. IT IS UNKNOWN THERE WILL BE AN INCREASE OR DECREASE. IF THESE BILLS PASS COMPARED TO DOING NOTHING. THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION HAS BEEN UNABLE TO QUANTIFY THE EXPANSIONS OR LIMITATIONS FOR RELIEF. WE CANNOT DETERMINE WHETHER THESE BILLS WILL HAVE AN AN EFFECT. THEY DO ELIMINATE MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND CREATES NEW MINIMUMS AND ENHANCEMENTS WHICH MUST BE SERVED. AND APPLYING THEM TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE. AND IF WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS MASSIVE INCARCERATIONS, NEITHER DO THE BILLS ADDRESS THE RACIALLY DISPARATE IMPACT. IN PARTICULAR, THOSE WITH DUG AND FIREARM OFFENSE HAVE BEEN STUD I'D AND FOUND TO HAVE A DISPARITY IMPABBLET. THEY DO NOTHING TO REDUCE, THEY CREATE AND CREATE NEW SENTENCING ENHANCEMENTS AND MAY MAKE SENTENCING EVEN WORSE. FINALLY, BOTH BILLS WOULD LIMIT AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE LIMITATIONS, YOU WILL FIND THEY HAVE A RACIALLY DISPARITY IMPACT. BOTH BILLS THE STRATEGY US USE IN THE BILLS IS NOT A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH, THE BILLS IMPOSSIBLE MANDATORY PRISON TIME. THIS ISN'T A APPROACH. ON THE COMPREHENSIVE REDUCE, THESE BILLS HAVE TURNED THEM UPSIDE DOWN AND COMPLETED THE PROGRAMS WITH THE LOWEST NEED WHILE BARRING OFFENDERS WITH HIGHEST RISK FROM BENEFITING. THIS APPROACH VIOLATES RESEARCH BUT THE RACIAL DISPARITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A.M. WILL RESEARCH TO SHOW WHAT CREDIBLE REFORM OUGHT TO LOOK LIKE. TEXAS, ONE OF THE NATIONS MOST CONSERVATIVE STATES PASSED LEGISLATION BASED ON EVIDENCE AND THE RESULT WAS A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN CRIME, SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN INCARCERATION AND SAVING OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND THE ACT WHICH I CO-SPONSORED WITH MR. SENSENBRENNER THAT SHE IS SUPPORTING IS BASED ON THE TEXAS MODEL AND EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM AND STATE LEVEL, COMPREHENSIVE POLICE TRAINING, DRUG AND A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE REDUCTION OF MANDATORY SENTENCES AND SECOND -CHANCE PROGRAM OF. ALL OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE FULLY PAID FOR BY REALLOCATING THE REDUCTION AND MANDATORY MINIMUMS AND WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT A BILL THAT FAILS TO CONFORM. THE LEGISLATION OUGHT TO BE READILY AVAILABLE AND THE BILLS REPORTED OUT OF THE HOUSE HAVE NOTHING BASED IN RESEARCH AND SADLY SEEMED MORE CONCERN ABOUT CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WITH LITTLE REGARD TO END OUR COUNTRY. THE SAFE JUSTICE ACT IS AN APPROACH WILL REDUCE CRIME AND SAVE MONEY. SO I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR HOSTING TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER AND YIELDING ME THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:44:18 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU FOR CLEARLY ARTICULATING WHY WE CANNOT LET OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE…

    THANK YOU FOR CLEARLY ARTICULATING WHY WE CANNOT LET OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM REMAIN ON THIS TRAJECTORY. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CONGRESSMAN FROM THE 13TH DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, MY COLLEAGUE AND MY FRIEND IS SOMEONE WHO TRAVELS THE WORLD, ADVOCATING FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN POVERTY, ADVOCATING FOR THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED IN THIS BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM THAT WE ARE FOCUSING ON TONIGHT. IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME, CONGRESSMAN BARBARA LEE.

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  • 07:45:09 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU FOR THOSE REMARKS BUT I THARNING YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR…

    THANK YOU FOR THOSE REMARKS BUT I THARNING YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR CONTINUING TO COME DOWN HERE EACH AND EVERY WEEK TO ENSURE THAT YOUR VOICE, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ARE REALLY PUT FORTH SO THE PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY WILL UNDERSTAND THE CRITICAL ISSUES BEFORE US AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS IS LEADING ON EACH AND EVERY ISSUE. YOU HAVE DONE A NONL JOB AND YOU HAVE GONE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS. . . THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IMPRISONS FAR MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD. WHEN AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE INCARCERATED AT SIX TIMES THE RATE OF WHITES, IT'S NO SURPRISE TO ME, IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS CONSTITUTE NEARLY HALF OF THE TOTAL 2.3 MILLION INCARCERATED AMERICANS IN 2008. TOGETHER AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LA TIPOWS COMPRISE 58% -- LATINOS COMPRISE 58% OF ALL PRISONERS IN 2008, EVEN THOSE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND LATINOS MAKE UP APPROXIMATELY 1/4 OF THE UNITED STATES POPULATION. WHILE OUR PRISON POPULATION GROWS UNCHECKED, AND IT'S GROWING UNCHECKED, WE CONTINUE TO CRIMINALIZE OUR STUDENTS RATHER THAN INVEST IN THEIR EDUCATION. RIGHT NOW WE SPEND $10,500 A YEAR TO EDUCATE A CHILD. BUT WE SPEND $88,000 A YEAR TO KEEP A CHILD LOCKED UP. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IT COSTS EIGHT TIMES MORE MONEY TO KEEP A CHILD IN JAIL THAN TO EDUCATE THEM. AND PREPARE THEM FOR A GOOD FUTURE. AND WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT A FEW CHILDREN HERE. OUR COUNTRY INCARCERATES FIVE TIMES MORE CHILDREN THAN ANY OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD. SADLY, 2/3 OF THESE KIDS WILL NEVER RETURN TO SCHOOL. WHEN WE LOCK UP THESE CHILDREN, WE ARE ESSENTIALLY THROWING AWAY THE KEY, INSTEAD OF PREPARING THEM FOR A FUTURE, WE'RE JUST GETTING THEM READY FOR A LIFE IN A CELL. LET ME BE CLEAR. FROM THE MOMENT MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE BORN, THEY ARE FUNNELED INTO THE PRISON PIPELINE. SIMPLY PUT, THE SYSTEM IS REALLY STACKED AGAINST THEM. FOR INSTANCE, ONE IN THREE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHILDREN LIVES IN POVERTY TODAY AND ONE IN FOUR HISPANIC CHILDREN LIVES IN POVERTY. WHILE BLACK CHILDREN REPRESENT JUST 18% OF PRESCHOOL ENROLLMENT, THEY ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL PRESCHOOL SUSPENSIONS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODDLERS AGES 2 TO 5. THESE KIDS DON'T EVEN GET A START, LET ALONE A HEAD START. THEY ARE BEING SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL. HOW DO YOU SUSPEND TODDLERS AND BABIES FROM SCHOOL? SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH THIS. I MUST SAY, WE IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS THIS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THIS IS IMMORAL. WHEN THEY GET OLDER, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL THAN THEIR WHITE PEERS FOR THE SAME OFFENSE. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL STUDENTS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN SCHOOL-RELATED ARRESTS OR REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE BLACK OR LATINO. THIS HAS A LASTING AFFECT AND IMPACT ON YOUNG STUDENTS. STUDIES SHOW THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE DISCIPLINED BY A SCHOOL ARE MORE LIKELY END TO UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM WHERE THEIR CHANCES OF RETURNING TO SCHOOL ARE SLIM TO NONE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HAVING THEIR FUTURES RIPPED AWAY BEFORE THEY EVEN HAVE A CHANCE. WE NEED TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM AND END THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. FIRST, WE MUST START BY MAKING SERIOUS INVESTMENTS IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. WE SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION. WE MUST ALSO EXPAND SUMMER YOUTH JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS SO THAT OUR TEENS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WORK FORCE SKILLS, CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND START A PATH TO ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. AS A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION FUNDING SUBCOMMITTEE, WE'RE WORKING TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE RESOURCES BECOME A PRIORITY OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE. WHICH THEY UNFORTUNATELY AREN'T AT THIS POINT. WE ALSO NEED TO TEAR DOWN THE INSTITUTIONAL RACISM THAT'S HOLDING STUDENTS OF COLOR BACK, TRAPPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I'M REMINDED OF WHEN I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE, I WAS ON THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE. AND PROPOSALS WERE BROUGHT TO US, PLANS FOR BUILDING PRISONS, 10 TO 12 YEARS OUT FOR KIDS WHO WERE JUST STARTING KINDERGARTEN. THAT'S WHAT WE HAD TO DEAL WITH. AND NOW WE SEE WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN CALIFORNIA. THAT'S WHY WE MUST WORK TOGETHER AND PASS LEGISLATION TO END MASS INCARCERATION AND FIX OUR BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WE NEED TO GET RID OF THESE OUTDATED MINIMUM SENTENCING STANDARDS. THESE ARE RELICS FROM THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS AND DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGET PEOPLE OF COLOR. IN CALIFORNIA, ONCE AGAIN, THREE STRIKES LAW PASSED, OF COURSE I OPPOSED THAT WHILE IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE. THIS LAW HAS INCARCERATED YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENSES 25 YEARS TO LIFE. 25 YEARS TO LIFE FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENSES. WE NEED TO REPEAL THAT LAW. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITIES THAT THEY POLICE. SO WE'VE INTRODUCED H.RES. 262, WHICH SUPPORTS EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICING AND ENCOURAGES GREATER DIVERSITY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. DURING LAST APPROPRIATIONS SEASON, WE WORKED, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS WORKED WITH CONGRESSMAN CLAY TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO BEGIN COLLECTING TRAINING DATA. OUR LEGISLATION TRACKS WHEN OFFICERS RECEIVE TRAINING FOR THE USE OF FORCE, RACIAL AND ETHNIC BIAS, DE-ESCALATION OF CONFLICT, AND CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PUBLIC. BUT THIS WAS JUST A SMALL STEP. WE NEED TO DO MORE. WITH REGARD TO RE-ENTRY, WE'VE WORKED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THE FEDERAL CONTRACTORS BAN THE BOX. STILL WE HAVEN'T ACCOMPLISHED THAT, BUT FEDERAL AGENCIES CANNOT NOW ASK FOR ONE'S CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD. IN MY DISTRICT, WE DO EXPUNGEMENT, WE DO RECORD REMEDIES, WE'VE REMEDIED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO NOW CAN GO ON AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR LIVES. I WANT TO THANK THE FAMILY LAW CENTER IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, FOR DOING THAT. WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND REPEAL THE WELFARE REFORM PROVISIONS THAT DENY FOR LIFE -- THERE'S A FEDERAL BAN FOR FOOD STAMPS, ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING, AND PELL GRANTS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED FOR DRUG FELONIES. YOU KNOW WHO THAT TARGETS. PRIMARILY AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO MEN. THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE A SECOND CHANCE WHEN THEY GET OUT OF JAIL AS A RESULT OF THESE LIFETIME BANS. SO FINALLY, LET ME JUST SAY, IT'S TIME TO REALLY LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM IN A BIG WAY, AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO DISMANTLE, NOT REFORM, BUT WE HAVE TO DISMANTLE THIS PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND START INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES, ESPECIALLY OUR YOUNG CHILDREN. AND WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT IN DOING THIS, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT INSTITUTIONAL AND SYSTEMIC RACISM, WHICH IS AT THE CORE OF MANY OF OUR POLICIES. THIS IS A FIGHT THAT WE'RE GOING TO WIN, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE BECAUSE OF ALL OF US HERE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, CONGRESSWOMAN BEATTY AND JEFFRIES AND SCOTT AND JACKSON LEE AND THE ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP WHO CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT TO MAKE SURE WE'LL FINALLY BEGIN TO SEE A REAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, WHICH IT IS NOT RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:52:52 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE. WHEN PEOPLE ASK US, WHY ARE WE DOING…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE. WHEN PEOPLE ASK US, WHY ARE WE DOING THIS TODAY, THANK YOU FOR REMINDING US THAT THE SYSTEM IS STACKED AGAINST US. AND WE HAVE HAD THE FUTURE OF SO MANY OF OUR YOUNG FOLKS RIPPED AWAY FROM THEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO, FROM THE 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SHE'S AN ATTORNEY, SHE HAS SERVED AS A FORMER MAYOR, SHE'S THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, SHE'S SOMEONE WHO GIVES US ADVICE AND I REMEMBER HER SAYING TO US, PUSH THE ENVELOPE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. LOOK AT THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS. SO TONIGHT WE COME TO TALK ABOUT EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW, WE COME, MR. SPEAKER, TO CHALLENGE THIS HOUSE. SO IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE NEEDS TO CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE.

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  • 07:54:03 PM

    MS. FUDGE

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND JUST TO SAY TO MY FELLOW OHIOAN…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND JUST TO SAY TO MY FELLOW OHIOAN AND FRIEND, IT IS A PLEASURE TO WATCH YOU AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR EVERY MONDAY NIGHT BRINGING THE MESSAGE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. BECAUSE INDEED YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WHO CARRY OUR MESSAGE TO THE UNITED STATES. I THANK YOU BOTH. MR. SPEAKER, THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE IS ROBBING FAR TOO MANY CHILDREN OF PRODUCTIVE FUTURES. INSTEAD OF LEARNING IN CLASSROOMS, A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR NATION'S AT-RISK STUDENTS SIT IN JAIL CELLS. THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE. BLACK STUDENTS ARE SUSPENDED AND EXPELLED AT A RATE THREE TIMES GREATER THAN WHITE STUDENTS. MORE THAN ONE IN FOUR BOYS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES AND NEARLY ONE IN FIVE GIRLS OF COLOR WITH DISABILITIES RECEIVES AN OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. AND STUDIES SEE THE STUDENTS WHO ARE SUSPENDED OR EXPELED IN SCHOOL ARE MORE LIKELY TO END -- EXPELED IN SCHOOL ARE MORE LIKELY TO END UP IN PRISON. OUR NATION'S CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER. IT IS TIME WE PRIORITIZE EDUCATION AND NOT INCARCERATION. COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MUST INCLUDE POLICIES WHICH DISMANTLE THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, WE MUST RE-AUTHORIZE THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT, A BILL THAT FUNDS DELINQUENCY PREVENTION AND IMPROVEMENTS IN STATE AND LOCAL JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS, SUPPORTS RESTORETIVE INITIATIVES AND PROMOTES EARLY INTERVENTION. DISRUPTING THE PIPELINE WILL PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR SUCCESSFUL FUTURES AND LESSEN THE BURDEN ON OUR CURRENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE INCARCERATED IN AMERICA QUADRUPLED BETWEEN 1980 AND 2008. OF THE MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION AMERICAN INCARCERATED TODAY, MORE THAN ONE MILLION OF THEM ARE BLACK. IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE ARE INCARCERATED, IN A SYSTEM THAT WAS DESIGNED TO ONLY HOLD 39,000. AND ON AVERAGE STATES ACROSS THIS NATION SPEND $30,000 PER YEAR TO HOUSE ONE INMATE. THAT'S AT LEAST $19,000 MORE PER YEAR THAN WE SPEND TO EDUCATE ONE CHILD. IT IS TIME WE GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, PROMOTING POLICIES THAT KEEP OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL IS ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT ARE YOURS? MR. SPEAKER, MADAM CHAIR, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:56:47 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE, FOR REMINDING US AGAIN OF THE…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE, FOR REMINDING US AGAIN OF THE VALUE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR WORK. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT IS INDEED MY HONOR TO YIELD TIME TO MY CO-ANCHOR OF TONIGHT'S CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. AS I SAID EARLIER, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES IS NOT ONLY A SCHOLAR, HE TOO IS AN ATTORNEY. BUT HE'S SOMEONE WHO WALKS -- TALKS THE TALK. HE'S SOMEONE WHO HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BEING HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER. SO TONIGHT, WHEN WE DISCUSS THIS TOPIC, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE CHALLENGE, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT ALL OF THE PLETHORA OF THINGS THAT ARE INCORPORATED IN WHY WE MUST COME FORWARD TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, TO CHALLENGE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM STACKED AGAINST US, BROKEN, AND CERTAINLY WE HAVE HEARD THE DISPARITIES AS IT RELATES TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS. SO IT IS INDEED MY HONOR TO ASK MY CO-ANCHOR TO SHARE WITH US OUR CHALLENGE. CONGRESSMAN HAKEEM JEFFRIES.

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  • 07:58:07 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    FROM OHIO, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED AND DYNAMIC ANCHOR FOR…

    FROM OHIO, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED AND DYNAMIC ANCHOR FOR TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER, CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY, FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP AND FOR LEADING THE DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY AS IT RELATES TO THE URGENCY OF THIS CONGRESS AND AMERICA, DEALING WITH THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE, MASS INCARCERATION, AND THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX THAT SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE EXPLAINED AND EXPOSED HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. A FEW YEARS AGO, I HAD A CONVERSATION THAT HAS ALWAYS STUCK WITH ME IN THE AREA OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, WHEN I WAS SPEAKING TO A FORMAL -- FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL WHO SPENT SEVERAL YEARS BEHIND BARS, INCARCERATED IN A NEW YORK STATE PENITENTIARY. HE'S TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND AND HE'S NOW AN ADVOCATE FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. BUT HE SAID TO ME THAT, ON HIS FINAL DAY, AFTER BEING IN PRISON FOR YEARS, UPSTATE NEW YORK, HE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A HIGH RANKING CORRECTIONS OFFICER, SUPERVISOR, WHO HE HAD GOTTEN TO KNOW AND THOUGHT HE HAD BEFRIENDED TO SOME DEGREE DURING HIS TIME OF INCARCERATION. ON THAT LAST DAY HE SAID TO THIS YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS ON HIS WAY OUT, HE SAID, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU. THIS GENTLEMAN WAS A LITTLE PER FLEXED -- PERPLEXED. HE WASN'T SURE WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. HE SAID, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME TO GET MY BOAT. AND BEYOND THAT I WANT TO THANK YOUR SON WHO'S GOING TO HELP MY SON GET HIS BOAT AS WELL. THAT CONVERSATION HAS REALLY HAUNLTED ME BECAUSE IN SUCH A POWERFUL AND PROFOUND WAY, WHAT IT CAPTURES IS THE ESSENCE OF WHAT THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX REPRESENTS. . WHICH IS THIS DECISION MADE IN SO MANY PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES, CERTAINLY IN NEW YORK, BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WHEN THE AUTOMOBILE FACTORIES AND THE STEEL MILL THE MANUFACTURING PLANTS, BEGAN TO CLOSE IN THE 1970'S AND 1980'S. DEVASTATING PARTS OF THE UPSTATE ECONOMY. A DECISION WAS MADE IN PLACE OF THOSE FACTORY JOBS TO BUILD PRISONS IN THEIR PLACE. AS A MEANS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR DEPRESSED UPSTATE COMMUNITIES. BUT HERE'S THE PROBLEM, IF YOU BUILD IT, SOMEONE'S GOT TO FILL THOSE PRISONS. AND IN ORDER TO FILL THOSE PRISONS, SEVERAL THINGS HAVE DEVELOPED WHICH WE ARE IN THE PROSOFSE TRYING TO DISMANTLE RIGHT NOW. THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY IN COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. WHERE THEY BASICALLY ARE NOT GIVEN THE CHANCE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND AS A RESULT OF BEING CHANNELED UNJUSTLY OFTEN INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM INTO AN EVERY -- AT AN EARLY AGE, ESSENTIALLY BECOME ECONOMIC COMMODITIES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME TO RELY ON PRISONS TO REPLACE THE FACTORY AND MANUFACTURING JOBS THAT HAVE LEFT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S BEEN A BIG PROBLEM IN NEW YORK, IT'S A PROBLEM IN OTHER FARTHERS OF THE COUNTRY. -- IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. AND IT'S A SHAME HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE WE'VE GONE FROM A PLACE WHERE WHEN THE WAR ON DRUGS BEGAN IN 1971, PRESIDENT NIXON DECLARES DRUG ABUSE PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1, THERE WERE LEES THAN 350,000 PEOPLE INCARCERATED IN AMERICA, EVEN WHEN THE CRIME BILL THAT IS BEING HEAVILY DEBATED IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN RIGHT NOW WAS PASSED IN 1994, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE CONCERN ABOUT CRIME HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE INCARCERATED POPULATION WAS STILL UNDER 900,000 PEOPLE. BUT WE GONE FROM LESS THAN 350,000 IN 1971 TO UNDER 900,000 IN 1994 TO MORE THAN 2.2 MILLION IN 2016. 5% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, 25% OF THE WORLD'S INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS. WE INCARCERATE MORE PEOPLE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE NATION AND IT IS SHAMEFUL AND THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE IS A LARGE PART OF THAT DYNAMIC, ALONG WITH THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS SYSTEM OF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. THE STATISTICS CLEARLY SHOW THAT IF YOU SUSPEND A YOUNG PERSON THAT INDIVIDUAL OFTEN -- THAT INDIVIDUAL, OFTEN A BLACK OR LATINO BOY, IS LESS LIKELY TO GRADUATE AND COMPLETE SCHOOL AND MORE LIKELY TO BECOME ENTANGLED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. BECAUSE WE'VE APPLIED AN OVERLY PUNITIVE APPROACH TO DISCIPLINE. PARTICULARLY IN THE INNER CITY. NOW, IN THIS CHAMBER, I'VE SEEN SURPRISING LEVELS OF COMPASSION AS IT RELATES TO DEALING WITH THE HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS THAT'S SWEEPING ACROSS AMERICA RIGHT NOW, AND I'M GLAD THAT FOLKS HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH THAN THE APPROACH THAT WAS TAKEN IN THE 1980'S WITH THE CRACK COCAINE EPIDEMIC THAT WAS SWEEPING ACROSS COMMUNITIES, THAT THOSE OF US IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS REPRESENT. I WELCOME THIS NEW FOUND COMPASSION. I JUST HOPE THAT YOU WOULD EXTEND IT NOW, NOT JUST TO THE MANNER IN WHICH WE DEAL WITH THE HEROIN CRISIS, THAT'S IMPORTANT, BUT LET'S EXTEND IT TO THE OVER CRIMINALIZATION THAT IS TAKING PLACE AS IT RELATES TO YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS AMERICA, PARTICULARLY IN BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. I'M GLAD THAT WE'VE BECOME ENLIGHTENED AS IT RELATES TO MOVING AWAY FROM PUNISHMENT AND TOWARD PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION AS IT RELATES TO HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS. LET'S ALSO BECOME ENLIGHTENED IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH BREAKING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE. AND SO WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS DISCUSSION BUT I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS HOUR OF POWER THAT REPRESENTATIVE JOYCE BEATTY HAS BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE C.B.C. SPECIAL ORDER SO I'LL YIELD BACK TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF OHIO.

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  • 08:05:38 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES, FOR REMINDING US THAT THE UNITED…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES, FOR REMINDING US THAT THE UNITED STATES MAKES UP LESS THAN 5% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, YET INCARCERATES NEARLY A QUARTER OF THE GLOBAL PRISON POPULATION. THANK YOU FOR ALSO BEING ON POINT AND REMINDING US, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE ARE TO REFORM AMERICA'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND ADVANCE EFFORTS TO BREAK THE CYCLES OF INCARCERATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES, IN LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES, THEN WE MUST UNITE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE WE PASS REAL LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, CAN YOU ADVISE ME OF HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE LEFT, PLEASE?

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  • 08:06:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS 12 MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 08:06:31 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, IT IS INDEED MY HONOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME, IT IS INDEED MY HONOR TO ASK THE GENTLELADY WHO HAILS FROM THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS, OF THE MANY THINGS THAT THIS CONGRESSWOMAN DOES, SHE SERVES ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SHE HAS BEEN A LONGTIME ADVOCATE FOR REFORMING THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I REFER TO HER AS A STRONG VOICE A STRONG ADVOCATE, AND TRULY A SCHOLAR. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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  • 08:07:19 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADD MY APPRECIATION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADD MY APPRECIATION TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, AND THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN, INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, MR. OUT BEHR -- MR. BUTTERFIELD, THE FORMER CHAIR, MS. FUDGE, AND THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE, MR. SCOTT. THERE COULD NOT BE A MORE IMPORTANT TOPIC THAN THE TOPIC THAT WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT TONIGHT, AND THERE ARE MOMENTS IN HISTORY THAT I THINK COME AT TIMES WHEN URGENCY IS THE CALL OF THE DAY. IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT DR. KING EMPHASIZED IN HIS TENURE THE URGENCY OF MOVING FORWARD ON CIVIL RIGHTS. AND SPOKE ELOQUENTLY ABOUT THE FACT OF WHY WE CANNOT WAIT. SO IF I MIGHT, I WANT TO CAPTURE HIS THEME OF WHY WE CANNOT WAIT TO END THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE, END IT NOW. AND BEGIN THE WHOLE, COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. LET ME TAKE TEXAS AS AN EXAMPLE AND CITE SOME IMPORTANT STATISTICS FROM THE APPLE SEED REPORT AND AS WELL COMMENT ON THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I'M SO GLAD AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY TO BE THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE AND WORKING WITH THE MEMBERS OF MY SUBCOMMITTEE, INCLUDING MR. JEFFRIES WHO IS A MEMBER, MS. BASS WHO IS A MEMBER, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER MEMBERS AS WELL ON THIS VERY DIFFICULT HURDLE THAT WE HAVE. LET IT BE VERY CLEAR THAT THIS HURDLE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS, AS I HEARD MR. JEFFRIES MAKE MENTION OF THAT WE HAVE TAKEN HOLD TO THIS ISSUE OF OPIOIDS AND HEROIN. IN A WAY THAT NOT ONE SINGLE BILL WAS PASSED LAST WEEK THAT HAD A CRIMINAL FOCUS, PARTICULARLY OUT OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. NOT ONE BILL HAD MANDATORY MINIMUMS. AND THE DEBATE LAST WEEK ON FRIDAY, I REITERATED OTHER AND OVER AGAIN, NO MANDATORY MINIMUMS IN THIS LEGISLATION. THAT SHOULD BE THE PERFECT THAT WE TRY TO ACHIEVE GOING FORWARD ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. BUT LET ME GIVE THE BEGINNINGS OF THAT VERY TRAGIC OUTCOME IN AMERICA, FILLING UP THE NATION'S PRISON, NOT HAVING CRIMINAL JUSTICE BUT CRIMINAL UNFAIRNESS. IT STARTS WITH A PAST INCARCERATION, WHICH INCLUDES IN THE SCHOOLS, FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ZERO TOLERANCE IN OTHER SCHOOL DISCIPLINE. POLICING SCHOOL HALLWAYS. DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS, COURT INVOLVEMENT, AND JUVENILE DETENTION. ALL THESE ARE A PATH FOR STUDENTS TO INCARCERATION AND IT IS WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT A CLASS C MISDEMEANOR TICKET AND A TRIP TO COURT FOR THOUSANDS OF TEXAS STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES MEAN. TEXAS STUDENTS ARE AS YOUNG AS 6 HAVE BEEN TICKET AT SCHOOL IN PAST YEARS AND IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BE TICKETED BY SCHOOL-BASED LAW ENFORCEMENT. SCHOOL-BASED ARRESTS OF STUDENTS OFTEN OCCURS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE TO PARENTS. POLICE OFFICERS IN SOME TEXAS SCHOOLS ARE RESORTING TO USE OF FORCE, MEASURES MORE COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH SECRETE CRIME. PEPPER SPRAY, TASERS, AND TRAINED CANINES WHEN A SCHOOL-YARD FIGHT BREAKS OUT OR STUDENTS ARE MISBEHAVING IN A CAFETERIA OR SCHOOL EVENT. THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE PICTURE FOR A 6-YEAR-OLD OR A 4-YEAR-OLD. OR AN 8-YEAR-OLD. OR AN 11-YEAR-OLD OR A 13-YEAR-OLD. THIS SHOULD NOT BE EQUATED WITH SCHOOLS. LET ME REED TO YOU PART OF THE APPLESEED REPORT, IN A LITTLE OVER TWO DECADES A PARADIGM SHIFT HAS OCCURRED IN THE LONE STAR STATE. THE MISDEEDS OF CHILDREN, ACTS THAT IN THE NEAR RECENT PAST RESULTED IN TRIP TOTHS PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OR EXTRA LAPS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL COACH. NOW OF COURSE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS ELIMINATED FROM THAT. IT NOW RESULTS IN CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND UNTOLD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FINES BEING IMPOSED ON CHILDREN AGES 10 TO 16. IT IS CONSERVATIVELY ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN 275,000 NONTRAFFIC TICKETS ARE ISSUED TO JUVENILES IN TEXAS EACH YEAR AND BASED ON THE INFORMATION FROM TEXAS AUCHES OF COURT ADMINISTRATION. THEY GROSSLY EXCEED MEMBERS OF -- NUMBERS OF NONTRAFFIC TICKETS ISSUED TO STUDENTS MAY WELL EXCEED THAT NUMBER BECAUSE IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET THAT. TEXAS CAN INTERRUPT THIS DISRUPTIVE CYCLE AND PREVPB PREVENT THE LOSS OF MORE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE BY FOCUSING LESS ON PUNISHMENT AND MORE ON CREATING POSITIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS THAT FOCUS ON STUDENT'S VARIABLE NEEDS. POLICE OFFICERS IN SOME TEXAS SCHOOLS ARE RESORTING TO THE USE OF FORCE. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE AT S.R.O.'S. THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE EDUCATIONAL TRAINING. S.R.O.'S ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO DEAL WITH COUNSELING ISSUES AND TEACHING THAT BASE ITSELF ON EVIDENCE THAT IS EVIDENCE 46 BASED. -- THAT IS EVIDENCE-BASED. BUT HERE IS THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THEY ARE FOCUSED MORE ON LAW ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM OF I AM GLAD TO BE PART OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT. THAT DEALS WITH THE PIPELINE THAT HAS STARTED WORKING OUR CHILDREN TOWARD INCARCERATION. OVERCROWDING SCHOOLS, LACK OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND INADEQUATE RESOURCES. THEN THE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SCHOOL DISCIPLINE ON CHILDREN AND THE RATE OF SUSPENSION HAVING INCREASED DRAMATICALLY FROM RECENT YEARS FROM 19.7 MILLION IN 1974 TO 3.4 MILLION IN 2000 AND IT'S GONE BEYOND THAT AND THE GREATEST EMPHASIS HAS BEEN ON CHILDREN OF COLOR. SO HERE'S MY CALL TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. WE HAVE TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF DISMANTLING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE. WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT CHILDREN CAN LEARN. NO CHILD IS A THROWAWAY. I OFFER THAT OFTEN IN MY REMARKS IN MY DISTRICT. AND THE DETENTION SYSTEM IS AN UNFAIR SYSTEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU REALIZE THAT WHEN A CHILD IS SENT TO JUVIE, THAT CHILD CAN REMAIN THERE UNTIL THEY REACH THE AGE OF 21. HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? EVEN IF THERE SENTENCE IS NOT AS EGREGIOUS AS ONE MIGHT THINK, A SIMPLE MISBEHAVIOR IN SCHOOL, AND THE WAY THAT HAPPENS IS BECAUSE IN JUVENILE, YOU CAN ASSESS MORE TIME ON A CHILD WITHOUT TELLING THAT CHILD'S PARENTS BECAUSE THAT CHILD DID NOT FOLLOW ORDERS. OR IN ESSENCE THAT DID NOT BEHAVE OR THAT CHILD CHEWED GUM WHEN YOU TOLD THEM NOT TO. WE IN THE JEW DISH DB -- JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ARE WORKING ON JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM. ONE OF THEM I'M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT AND WANT TO MOVE IS ENDING SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR JUVENILES. RECOGNIZING THE KA LEB'S LAW THAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF ONE INSIDE OF A NEW YORK PRISON IN REICHERS ISLAND WHERE AN INDIVIDUAL WAS KILLED, NOT KILLED BUT WAS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, WHO HAD NOT BEEN RENDERED GUILTY IN REICHERS ISLAND. AND SO WE WANT TO ELIMINATE PUTTING JUVENILES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT BECAUSE THE TRAGEDY, MR. SPEAKER, WAS THAT THAT YOUNGSTER WAS RELEASED ULTIMATELY BUT AS THEY WERE RELEASED ULTIMATELY, THEN THEY IN ESSENCE COMMITTED SUICIDE. I'M GOING TO CLOSE MY REMARKS BY INDICATING THAT I WANT TO TURN THIS SYSTEM UPSIDE DOWN. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEAL WITH JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM. I WANT TO BAN THE BOX. WE'VE DONE THAT IN LEGISLATION THAT HAS NOT YET PASSED AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING. . AT THE SAME TIME THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS MOVED TWO BILLS OUT OF COMMITTEE. I WANT TO SEE THESE BILLS HAVE A VIGOROUS DISCUSSION AND DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. SO THAT WE CAN MOVE TO CONFERENCE. TIME IS GOING. AND LET US NOT LET THE PERFECT BE, IN ESSENCE, THE DOWN FALL OF CHANGE. SO H.R. 3713 PROVIDES FOR THE REDUCTION OF SENTENCING FOR MANY WHO ARE LANGUISHING BY LAW IN PRISON TODAY ON THE FEDERAL SYSTEM. AS I'VE SPOKEN TO PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THEY HAVE INDICATED THAT EVEN THOUGH SOME STATES LIKE MY STATE, TEXAS, HAS MADE ENORMOUS STRIDES, PROUD OF THAT, THAT IT HAS NOT HAPPENED AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE BULLY PULPIT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL TOWARD MOVING TOWARD CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND SENTENCING REDUCTION, DEALING WITH FELONY DRUG OFFENSES. WE ARE MOVING TOWARD THAT POINT. A VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND MOVING TOWARD CONFERENCE CAN MOVE OUR EFFORTS TO LEGISLATION THAT CAN TRULY BE RESPONSIVE TO BOTH CONCERNS AND AS WELL POSITIVES THAT ARE IN THAT BILL. AS WE DEAL WITH THIS PRISON TO PIPELINE, WE'VE GOT TO NOT ONLY TALK, WE'VE GOT TO DO. AND WHEN WE DO, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RESPOND TO THE CONCERNS BUT WE'VE ALSO GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MOVE LEGISLATION THAT CAN ULTIMATELY COME OUT OF THE SENATE AND GO TO CONFERENCE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, EXCUSE MY RASPY VOICE. I ALSO WANT TO SAY HOW TIMELY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS IS. ALL THAT HAVE BEEN CRYING OUT, BLACK LIVES MATTER, TO THE MOTHERS OF THE MOVEMENT, IS THAT WE NEED CHANGES DEALING WITH THE WHOLE VASTNESS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS, POLICE ACTIONS, ACTIONS DEALING WITH GUNS, ACTIONS DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF LIFE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. LET'S GET A FRAMEWORK THAT CAN ALLOW US TO DEBATE, TO FIX, TO AMEND AND TO GET A PRODUCT THAT WILL ULTIMATELY BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE CRYING OUT FOR RELIEF. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:18:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 08:18:42 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU. LET ME JUST END BY SAYING, THE URGENCY IS NOW. AND IN THE WORDS…

    THANK YOU. LET ME JUST END BY SAYING, THE URGENCY IS NOW. AND IN THE WORDS OF NELSON MANDELA, IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT'S DONE. TONIGHT THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS SAYS, LET'S GET IT DONE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:19:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF

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