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House Session - May 23, 2016

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

Speakers:
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  • 02:00:06 PM

    HOST

    MY CLOSE -- MIKE

  • 02:00:13 PM

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    LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE DURING THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE THE…

    LIVE NOW TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE DURING THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE THE MEMORIAL DAYBREAK.

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  • 02:00:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:00:29 PM

    CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

    LET US PRAY. WE GIVE YOU THANKS, GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. AS THE VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE RETURN, WE ASK YOUR BLESSING UPON EACH AS THEY RESUME THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT AWAIT THEM. GIVE EACH THE WISDOM AND GOOD JUDGMENT TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE OFFICE THEY HAVE BEEN HONORED BY THEIR CONSTITUENCIES TO FILL. BLESS THE WORK OF ALL WHO SERVE IN THEIR VARIOUS CAPACITIES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. BLESS AS WELL ALL WHO VISIT THE CAPITOL THIS DAY, BE THEY AMERICAN CITIZENS OR VISITORS OR GUESTS OF OTHER -- OF OUR NATION. MAY THEY BE INSPIRED TO THIS MONUMENT OF THE IDEA OF FREEDOM AND ITS GAR AND STEE BY THE DEMOCRATIC EXPERIMENT THAT IS THE UNITED STATES. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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  • 02:01:36 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 PLEMMING OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY MR. KILDEE.

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  • 02:01:53 PM

    MR. KILDEE

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

    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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  • 02:02:10 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 GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:02:19 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

  • 02:02:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:02:23 PM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH WHERE WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH WHERE WE RECOGNIZE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HELP AMERICA'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE FIND PERMANENT HOMES AND CONNECTIONS. IN NORTH CAROLINA IT'S HARD TO MATCH THE DEDICATION OF BOONE RESIDENTS SHERRY AND ROGER CHURCH, WHO RECENTLY RETIRED AS FOSTER PARENTS AFTER 20 YEARS OF PROVIDING A LOVING HOME TO CHILDREN IN NEED. SINCE 1994, THE CHURCHES HAVE FOSTERED 91 CHILDREN. THEY HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS LOCALLY AND STATEWIDE FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE. IN 2003, SHERRY WAS GIVEN THE STATE'S CARING SPIRIT AWARD AND IN 2014 THE COUPLE WAS NAMED ROY TAGA COUNTY'S VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOCAL ADULT SERVICES COALITION. THE CHURCHES HAVE HAD A LASTING IMPACT ON THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE CHILDREN WHO WERE ENTRUSTED TO THEIR CARE. AND I WISH THEM THE VERY BEST IN THEIR RETIREMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:03:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:03:37 PM

    MR. KILDEE

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

  • 02:03:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:03:41 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, THE FAMILIES I REPRESENT IN FLINT, MICHIGAN,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WELL, THE FAMILIES I REPRESENT IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM AN ONGOING WATER CRISIS THAT LEFT THEIR WATER TAINTED WITH LEAD AND UNSAFE TO DRINK. WHEN AMERICANS FACE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, WE COME TOGETHER TO ACT, TO PROVIDE THEM HELP. THAT HAS BEEN OUR TRADITION. THOSE ARE OUR VALUES. AND IN CONGRESS THAT IS OUR JOB. FOR TOO LONG REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE HAS NOT ALLOWED A HEARING LET ALONE A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE THAT BASIC HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO 100,000 PEOPLE IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, THAT STILL CANNOT DRINK THEIR WATER. THAT ARE STILL SUFFERING FROM THE EFFECT OF LEAD POISONING IN THEIR WATER BY ACTS OF ITS OWN STATE GOVERNMENT. OUR FAMILIES OF FLINT ACT, LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED, HAS OVER 155 CO-SPONSORS. THIS BILL AT LEAST WARRANTS A HEARING. THERE HAS BEEN COMMIT HEARINGS ON THIS QUESTION, A LOT OF FINGER POINTING, A LOT OF ARGUMENT, A LOT OF SYMPATHY FROM MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BUT NO ACTION. CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:04:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 02:05:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. THIS IS TO…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TESTIMONY IN A CRIMINAL CASE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED, SINCERELY, DISTRICT OFFICE MANAGER.

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  • 02:05:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:05:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU FORMALLY PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TESTIMONY IN A CRIMINAL CASE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL, I HAVE DETERMINED COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUBPOENA IS CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED, SINCERELY, MISHSHL ANDERSON LEE, DIRECTOR OF APPROPRIATIONS.

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  • 02:06:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:06:15 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE -H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON MAY 23, 2016, AT 9:19 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED WITH AN AMENDMENT H.R. 2577. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:06:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UPPED CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:07:05 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4889 AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4889 AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:07:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:07:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 450, H.R. 4889, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 450, H.R. 4889, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE PROVIDERS OF A COVERED SERVICE TO PROVIDE CALL LOCATION INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE OF A USER OF SUCH SERVICE TO AN INVESTIGATIVE OR LOMPLETE OFFICER IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION INVOLVING RISK OF DEATH OR SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY OR IN ORDER TO RESPOND TO THE USER'S CALL FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

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  • 02:07:47 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 02:07:52 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

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

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  • 02:08:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:08:02 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

  • 02:08:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:08:06 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    MR. SPEAKER, IMAGINE THAT YOUR CHILD, YOUR CHILD IS MISSING. YOU KNOW THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, IMAGINE THAT YOUR CHILD, YOUR CHILD IS MISSING. YOU KNOW THAT SHE WAS ABDUCT INTERESTED A PARKING LOT BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE SHE IS NOW. OR HOW TO FIND HER. GRASPING FOR ANY POSSIBLE LEAD, YOU ASK HER CELL PHONE CARRIER TO PROVIDE THE LOCATION AND JUST THE LOCATION OF HER CELL PHONE. HOPING THAT IT WILL LEAD YOU TO HER BUT YOU ARE TOLD THEY DON'T RELEASE THAT INFORMATION. SO YOU WAIT. YOU RELY ON OTHERS TO SEARCH FOR YOUR CHILD ON FOOT AND AIR NEVER KNOWING IF YOUR CHILD IS ALIVE OR YOUR CHILD IS DEAD. SAFE OR IN PAIN. THIS NIGHTMARE CAME TRUE FOREMISSY AND GREG SMITH NINE YEARS AGO LAST WEEK. WHEN THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTER WENT MISSING OUTSIDE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, KELSEY SMITH, HER PICTURE HERE, A VIBRANT 18-YEAR-OLD GIRL, SHE WAS PREPARING TO ATTEND COLLEGE IN THE FALL WHERE SHE PLANNED TO JOIN IN THE MARCHING BAND, KELSEY LOVED TO SING. SHE WAS THE THIRD OF FIVE SIBLINGS. TRAGICALLY HER LIFE WAS CUT SHORT WHEN SHE WAS KIDNAPPED FROM A TARGET PARKING LOT IN JUNE OF 2007, JUST NINE DAYS AFTER HER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION. A CRIME, IT WAS CAUGHT ON THE STORE'S SECURITY CAMERAS. HER FAMILY, HER FRIENDS, THEY SPENT FOUR ANGUISHED CASE SEARCHING FOR HER. KNOWING SHE WAS IN DANGER. BUT UNABLE TO FIND HER. THEY USED EVERY METHOD THEY COULD THINK OF TO HELP LOCATE HER. BUT THE ONE TOOL, MR. SPEAKER, THE ONE TOOL THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY LEAD TO FINDING HER BODY WAS NOT ACCESSIBLE. KELSEY'S PARENTS CONTACTED HER CELL PHONE PROVIDER THE DAY SHE WENT MISSING ASKING THEM TO PING HER CELL PHONE IN HOPES IT WOULD ASSIST THEM IN THEIR SEARCH. DESPITE REPEATED REQUESTS TO THE FAMILY AND FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IT TOOK FOUR DAYS, FOUR DAYS BEFORE THE SMITHS WERE ABLE TO OBTAIN THE LOCATION DATA OF KELSEY'S CELL PHONE. FOUR DAYS, MR. SPEAKER. NEARLY 100 HOURS OF NOT KNOWING WHETHER THEIR LITTLE GIRL HAD GONE -- WHERE SHE HAD GONE, WHERE SHE HAD BEEN TAKEN, OR WHETHER THEY WOULD SEE HER AGAIN. YET, WITHIN 45 MINUTES OF RECEIVING THAT LOCATION DATA, WHEN THEY FINALLY GOT IT, KELSEY'S BODY WAS FOUND. SHE WAS DEAD. WHEN HER MOTHER TESTIFIED IN FRONT OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY, SHE SPOKE SO BRAVELY OF THE AGONY KELSEY'S FAMILY ENDURED DURING THAT TIME. SHE DESCRIBED THEIR ORDEAL IN PAINFUL DETAIL. WHAT DOES A PARENT GO THROUGH WHEN A CHILD IS MISSING? YOU DO NOT EAT BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS EATING. YOU DO NOT SLEEP BECAUSE YOU WONDER IF THEY ARE SLEEPING. IT IS TO QUOTE MISSY, PURE HELL. MISSY AND GREG SMITH HAVE MADE IT THEIR MISSION TO PREVENT THIS TYPE OF TRAGEDY FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN. THEY BEGAN FACILITATING SAFETY AWARENESS SEMINARS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS. THEY ALSO BEGAN TO PUSH FOR LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE VERY PROBLEM OF OBTAINING TIMELY CELL PHONE LOCATION DATA AND ONLY LOCATION DATA THAT'S ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE. AND ONLY DURING LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES. JUST LIFE AND DEATH SITUATIONS, ONLY LOCATIONAL DATA. THE LEGISLATION WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY NAMED IN HONOR OF THEIR DAUGHTER IS A MAJOR STEP TOWARD THAT GOAL. KELSEY SMITH REQUIRES CELL PHONE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO DEVICE LOCATION DATA IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION WHERE A VICTIM IS IN DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS HARM OR WHEN THE DEVICE HAS BEEN USED TO PLACE A 9-1-1 EMERGENCY CALL REQUESTING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. THIS CHANGES CURRENT LAW. YOU SEE CURRENT LAW ALREADY PERMITS CARRIERS TO PROVIDE THE DATA BUT DOES NOT REQUIRE THEM TO. THIS PLAYS AN UNREASONABLE BURDEN ON WIRELESS PROVIDERS TO DETERMINE WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY AND LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR DECISION. WHICH THEY NOW MUST DO IN THE CASE OF KELSEY SMITH. WHEN TIME IS OF ESSENCE, YOU DO NOT WANT A LAWYER IN A CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AGONIZING OVER A LEGAL DEFINITION OF EMERGENCY OR DO YOU WANT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO KEEPING US SAFE, MAKING THAT CALL. I OPT FOR THOSE WHO CAN SAVE LIVES. TO DATE VERSIONS OF THE KELSEY SMITH ACT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED IN 23 STATES. BUT A PATCHWORK OF LAWS THAT PROTECT SOME LEAVING OTHERS VULNERABLE IS NOT GOOD FOR THE COMPANIES THAT MUST COMPLY WITH THIS LAW OR MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR THE AMERICAN LIVES THAT THIS LAW CAN AND WILL SAVE. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE BELIEVES WE NEED A CONSISTENT FEDERAL LAW THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN USE. PARENTS SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FORUM SHOP FOR THE MOST FAVORABLE LAW WHEN THEIR CHILD GOES MISSING. WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD? I HAVE HEARD THE PRIVACY CONCERNS THAT SOME SAY HAVE BEEN RAISED BY THIS BILL. WE HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THE BILL AS TARGETED AS POSSIBLE TO BALANCE LEGITIMATE PRIVACY CONCERNS WHEN THE PORNSE OF SAVING LIVES. BY LIMITING THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH IT CAN BE USED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LIMITING THE INFORMATION THAT'S AVAILABLE, WE CAN ASSURE THAT IT IS ONLY USED IN CASES WHERE IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HEARD FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS, EVERY SECOND COUNTS AND THAT DELAY CAN MEAN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LIFE, LIFE AND DEATH. THE KELSEY SMITH ACT TAKES THE BURDEN OF DECISIONMAKING AWAY FROM CELL PHONE PROVIDERS AND PLACES IT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO ARE TRAINED SPECIFICALLY TO MAKE THIS KIND OF DETERMINATION. KELSEY SMITH ACT HAS BEEN SUCCESS 234RI USED MULTIPLE STATES WHERE IT IS ALREADY LAW. IN FACT, IN KANSAS WE HAVE AN INFANT HERE NAMED AUBREY. AUBREY, INNOCENTLY IN HER CAR SEAT IN A CAR, BACK SEAT OF THE VEHICLE, WHEN SOMEBODY CARJACKED THE CAR. WHILE HER PARENTS WERE STANDING NEAR IT JUST FEET AWAY. CAN YOU IMAGINE? YOUR PARENTS ARE RIGHT THERE, SOMEBODY JUMPS IN THE CAR, DRIVES OFF WITH IT AS YOU STAND HOPELESSLY UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING WITH THEIR LITTLE DAUGHTER INSIDE. THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT USED THE KELSEY SMITH ACT IN KANSAS TO TRACK THE CELL PHONE THAT WAS STILL IN THE CAR AND THEY WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY RECOVER THE BABY, AUDREY, UNHARMED. AND IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES. OFFICER DAN CREDITED THE SAFE RECOVERY TO THE ACT SAYING THAT, QUOTE, TECHNOLOGY IS VERY HELPFUL TO US, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE KELSEY SMITH LAW. THANKS TO KELSEY AND GREG AND MISSY SMITH, LITTLE AUDREY IS SAFE IN THE ARMS OF HER FAMILY ONCE AGAIN. IN THE WORDS OF HER MOTHER, WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE AUDREY HOME WITH US AND CAN'T PICTURE LIFE WITHOUT OUR BABY GIRL. . MR. SPEAKER, THIS LAW GOES BEYOND KIDNAPPING CASES, HOWEVER. KANSAS SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION SAID IT IS IN PEOPLE THAT ARE IN DANGER, SEVERE WEATHER OR OTHER LIFE-THREATENING CIRCUMSTANCES. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND FROM KANSAS, CONGRESSMAN YODER. HE HAS BEEN TIRELESS IN HIS ADVOCACY IN THIS LEGISLATION. HE FIRST BROUGHT THIS BILL TO MY ATTENTION LAST CONGRESS AND CONTINUED TO PUSH FOR ITS PASSAGE AGAIN THIS YEAR AND BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR KELSEY AND HER FAMILY AND THIS BILL WOULDN'T HAVE ADVANCED THIS FAR WITHOUT CONGRESSMAN YODER'S WORK. I THANK THE PARENTS FOR THE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF THEIR TRAGEDY. BECAUSE OF THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTER, WE ARE HERE TODAY WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO PREVENT TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS ONE THAT BEFELL KELSEY SMITH. THIS LEGISLATION PASSED OUT OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE AFTER FULL HEARINGS AND THROUGH THE FULL COMMITTEE AND VOTED UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THE FULL COMMITTEE. THERE WERE NO VOICES OF OBJECTION. THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, IS NATIONAL MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN'S DAY. ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I. IN 2015, THERE MORE THAN 460,000 REPORTS OF MISSING CHILDREN MADE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE U.S. HOW MANY OF THESE MISSING CHILDREN CARRY A CELL PHONE? EVEN IF THE KELSEY SMITH ACT RECOVERS ONLY ONE OF THOSE MISSING CHILDREN, ISN'T IT WORTH IT? THE PARENTS OF MISSING CHILDREN, IT CERTAINLY IS. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EQUIP LAW ENFORCEMENT TO AID THEM, A TOOL THAT COSTS NOTHING AND USES INFORMATION THAT ALREADY EXISTS. LET'S SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW THERE WILL BE THOSE WHO ARGUE THAT SOMEHOW WE DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH IN PRIVACY. GUESS WHAT, MY STATE OF OREGON PASSED ALMOST AN IDENTICAL BILL AND IT IS A VERY BLEW STATE. DEMOCRAT HOUSE, SENATE AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR. NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OBJECTED. MULTIPLE OTHER STATES HAVE DIFFERENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS BACKING THEIR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. WE HONOR WHAT THE STATES HAVE DONE AND CAN DO. WE DON'T TAKE THAT AWAY. WE DON'T OVERRIDE THAT. THEY CAN GO FURTHER IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY WANT THEIR STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO DO OR NOT DO. WE ADDRESS THE ISSUE RELATED TO THE TELEPHONE CARRIERS AND WHAT THEY MUST DO WHEN CALLED UPON IN LIFE AND DEATH SITUATIONS TO SAVE THE LIVES OF LITTLE GIRLS LIKE AUBREY AND KELSEY. LET'S ENSURE THAT HER LASTING LEGACY ISN'T THE STORY OF HER DEATH BUT THE STORY OF HOW SHE CONTINUED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO SAVE LIVES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:18:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:18:21 PM

    MR. SARBANES

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

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 4889. DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE INTENTION BEHIND THIS BILL, WHAT HAPPENED TO KELSEY SMITH IS CLEARLY A TRAGEDY THAT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN AGAIN. HER FAMILY, WHO HAVE ADVOCATED FOR THESE CHANGES IN THE LAW DESERVE OUR RESPECT AND ARE TRUE HEROES, BUT WE CANNOT SUPPORT THIS EFFORT TO FORCE THE BILL THROUGH WITHOUT INCLUDING A COMMONSENSE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS THAT RESULTED FROM STRONG BIPARTISAN WORK IN THE LAST CONGRESS. IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE PASSED A VERSION OF THE KELSEY SMITH ACT, A VERSION THAT INCLUDED SPECIFIC PROTECTIONS FOR CONSUMERS' PRIVACY, CLOSER IN LINE WITH WHAT IS REQUIRED UNDER THE 4TH AMENDMENT. THE LEGISLATION WAS A NEGOTIATED OUTCOME THAT CAREFULLY BALANCED THE NEEDS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT ON ONE HAND WITH THE RIGHTS OF CONSUMERS' AND PRIVACY CONCERNS ON THE ON THE OTHER HAND. THESE PROTECTIONS WOULD NOT HAVE IN ANY WAY SLOWED LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO FIND PEOPLE IN AN EMERGENCY. THEY WOULD SIMPLY HAVE MADE SURE THAT CONSUMERS ARE PROTECTED AFTER A SEARCH TAKES PLACE. THIS WAS A GOOD DEAL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PATH TAKEN IN THE CURRENT CONGRESS WAS DIFFERENT. THIS YEAR'S BILL, THE ONE WE ARE DEBATING NOW, DISREGARDS THE HARD WORK THAT WENT INTO FINDING A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON THE KELSEY SMITH ACT IN THE LAST CONGRESS. DURING MARKUPS IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, DEMOCRATS OFFERED AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD MODIFY H.R. 4889 BACK TO WHAT WAS AGREED TO IN THE LAST CONGRESS. IT WOULD HAVE KEPT THE REQUIREMENT THAT CARRIERS PROVIDE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT THE AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A SIMPLE CONSUMER SAFEGUARD AND WOULD HAVE REQUIRED THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEK A COURT ORDER WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER IT MAKES AN EMERGENCY REQUEST. SO IT WOULD HAVE NO WAY STOOD IN THE WAY OF THE EMERGENCY REQUEST, BUT WOULD HAVE JUST REQUIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SEEK THAT COURT ORDER AFTER THE EMERGENCY REQUEST. SUCH MODIFICATIONS WOULD ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED REGARDING THE POTENTIAL ABUSE OF H.R. 4889. IT WOULD NOT HAMPER LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO HAVE QUICK ACCESS TO LIFE SAVING LOCATION DATA WHEN THEY ARE PRESENTED WITH AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. WE RECOGNIZE THAT CHAIRMAN WALDEN WAS CONCERNED BUT COULD NOT SUPPORT LAST YEAR'S DEAL, THE VERSION FROM LAST CONGRESS BECAUSE IT WAS NOT COMPLETELY CONSISTENT WITH THE LAW IN HIS HOME STATE. THAT IS WHY OUR PROPOSAL ADDED A PROVISION TO PROTECT EXISTING STATE LAWS. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR EFFORTS WERE REBUFFED. WE CONTINUE TO STAND READY TO WORK TOGETHER AGAIN, BUT I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM WITHOUT ENSURING THAT ADDITIONAL SECTIONS ARE IN PLACE. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 02:21:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:21:47 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, THE PROPONENT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, THE PROPONENT OF THIS LEGISLATION WHO BROUGHT IT BEFORE US, MR. YODER, SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:21:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:21:59 PM

    MR. YODER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF KELSEY SMITH OF OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS. I RISE ON BEHALF OF KELSEY'S ARMY, PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN THE SHOES OF GREG AND MISSY SMITH WHO HAD CHILDREN WHO HAD BEEN ABDUCTED WHO UNDERSTAND WE NEED PUBLIC SAFETY LAWS LIKE THIS ON THE BOOKS TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN SAVE LIVES AND ENSURE THAT THESE TYPES OF ABDUCTIONS AND MURDERS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT OUR ABILITY TO STOP THEM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. JUNE 6, 2016 WILL MARK NINE YEARS SINCE KELSEY SMITH, WAS KIDNAPPED FROM A TARGET PARKING LOT BY A PREDATOR WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AND MURDERED HER SOON THEREAFTER. I REMEMBER LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. WE ALL IN KANSAS AND IN MY COMMUNITY FELT IMMEDIATELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE GRIEF AND PAIN THAT KELSEY'S PARENTS WERE FEELING, PARENTS WORRIED ABOUT THEIR OWN CHILDREN, THEY UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND WANTED TO HELP. AND SO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS HELPED SEARCH FOR KELSEY FOR DAYS. AS MY CHAIRMAN, MR. WALDEN, SO ELOQUENTLY SPOKE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL, IT IS AN ANGUISH TO HAVE YOUR CHILD BE MISSING AND NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. HER MOTHER SAID WHEN YOUR CHILD IS MISSING YOU DON'T EAT OR SLEEP BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS EATING OR SLEEPING. I'M THE FATHER OF TWO GIRLS, I CANNOT IMAGINE THE PAIN THE PARENTS HAVE ENDURED FROM KELSEY'S LOSS. NO PARENT SHOULD HAVE TO. TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO HEAR DIFFERENT DEBATES AND ARGUMENTS ABOUT HOW THE BILL COULD BE CHANGED, IMPROVED OR DIFFERENCES CAN BE MADE, BUT THE REALITY THIS LAW IS NOT ON THE BOOKS IN 28 STATES AND THOSE CHILDREN ARE NOT PROTECTED. AND WE CANNOT AS A HOUSE ALLOW THIS TO STAND. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DIG DEEP IN THEIR HEART, THINK ABOUT PUTTING YOURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES AND NOT BLOCK THIS LEGISLATION AND LET THIS LEGISLATION COME FORWARD. IT'S POPULAR IN YOUR DISTRICT AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WILL SUPPORT THIS. AND OPPOSING THIS BILL IS WRONG AND SHAMEFUL. IN THE NINE YEARS SINCE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS TAKEN FROM THEM, THEY HAVE DEALT WITH THIS EXPERIENCE WITH DRACE AND DETERMINATION. RATHER THAN FALLING INTO THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR, THEY CHANNELED THEIR GRIEF TO HELP OTHERS. THEY TRAVELED THE UNITED STATES FIGHTING TO PASS STATE-LEVEL VERSIONS OF THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY AND DONE SO WITH GREAT SUCCESS WITH 23 STATES HAVING PASSED A VERSION OF THE KELSEY SMITH ACT. TODAY, THIS BODY WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO HONOR KELSEY'S MEMORY BY BRINGING THE LAW TO ALL 50 STATES. IN THE WORDS OF MISSY SMITH, WE HAVE THE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES WITHOUT IT COSTING ONE CENT. THE KELSEY SMITH ACT CREATES A NARROW EXCEPTION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO GAIN ACCESS THROUGH LIMITED CALL LOCATION INFORMATION OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S CELL PHONE IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY LIKE A KIDNAPPING. IN THOSE CASES, EVERY SECOND COUNT. IN KELSEY'S CASE, IT TOOK FOUR DAYS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO OBTAIN THE LOCATION DATA, FOUR DAYS WHILE AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY SEARCHED FOR KELSEY. IT TOOK FOUR DAYS BECAUSE UNDER CURRENT LAW, THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE LOCATION DATA. THEY ARE PERMITTED, BUT IT'S UP TO THEIR DISCRETION. SO DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE THIS UP TO A CELL PHONE PROVIDER, WITH THE LAWYERS AND EXECUTIVES THERE TO DECIDE OR DO YOU WANT TRAINED LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKING THIS DECISION BASED UPON A REASONABLE BELIEF OF AN EMERGENCY CIRCUMSTANCE? I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE, FOLKS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD AGREE THERE IS A 4TH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND YOUR DWELLING, PROBABLY THE GREATEST 4TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION RIGHT OF ALL AND YET IF AN OFFICER SAW SOMEONE WHO WAS IN JEOPARDY OF PHYSICAL HARM OR EMERGENCY, THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO BREAK INTO THAT HOME TO SAVE THAT LIFE. THIS INFORMATION IS EVEN LESS SECURE. MUCH MORE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THE CELL PHONE PROVIDER HAS THE RIGHT TO RELEASE IT. AND THAT DECISION SHOULD BE MADE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT BREAKS MY HEART EVERY TIME WHEN I RECOUNT KELSEY'S STORY. A SEARCH THAT WAS FOR FOUR DAYS COULD HAVE ENDED IN MINUTES. OTHER LIVES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED IN STATES THAT HAVE ADOPTED THIS LAW. A FEDERAL FRAMEWORK IS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY NOT IN JUST A PATCHWORK OF STATES. THIS WOULD BE A CEILING FOR STATE LEGISLATURES TO FOLLOW. IF STATES FEEL THAT ADDITIONAL PRIVACY PROTECTIONS MUST BE PUT INTO PLACE, THEY ARE WELL WITHIN THEIR JURISDICTION TO DO SO, BUT I BELIEVE ANY CONCERNS ARTICULATED BY OTHERS ARE OVERBLOWN IN THIS SITUATION AS SOMEONE WHO SPENT THE CAREER IN PROTECTING PRIVACY RIGHTS. I FEEL COMFORTABLE IN SAYING THIS BILL STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE. DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION ON THE PHONE OR CONTENT OR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE PINGS ON THE PHONE. IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU G.P.S. TRACKING AND DOES NOT INFRINGE UPON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND ANY OF US AS PARENTS WOULD BE THANKFUL THAT WE VOTE ON THIS. THIS BODY OFTEN DEBATES THE MERITS OF PROTECTING THE MERITS OF PROTECTING AMERICANS. WE ARE BLESSED WITH MODERN TECHNOLOGY THAT AFFORDS LAW ENFORCEMENT TO SAVE LIVES WITHOUT GIVING UP PRIVACY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK, REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS MOORE AND TODD TEE HEART OF KANSAS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK LYNN JENKINS AND MIKE POMPEO AND REPRESENTATIVE CLEAVER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND CHAIRMAN WALDEN TO MOVE THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE TWO MOST PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM, GREG AND MISSY SMITH. BUT FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE, THEIR ABILITY TO CHANNEL INTO GOODNESS FOR BEING HERE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND THE ENTIRE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, THIS MOMENT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. GOD BLESS YOU, GREG AND MISSY AND GOD BLESS KELSEY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL'S PASSAGE AND I URGE THE SENATE TO WASTE NO TIME IN FOLLOWING SUIT. LET'S SEND KELSEY'S LAW TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SO WE CAN DO SOMETHING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND SAVE LIVES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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  • 02:29:04 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN I ASK MR. WALDEN IF HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CAN I ASK MR. WALDEN IF HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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  • 02:29:10 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF.

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    MR. SARBANES

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS SUPPORT THE INTENTION…

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME SAY THAT DEMOCRATS SUPPORT THE INTENTION BEHIND THIS BILL, BUT WE CANNOT SUPPORT IT AS IT IS CURRENTLY DRAFTED. WE BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 4889. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. WALDEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT DEMOCRATS CANNOT SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT DEMOCRATS CANNOT SUPPORT THIS IN ITS PRESENCE FORM. THE BILL WE WORKED ON LAST YEAR NEVER MADE IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THIS ONE DID. THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT. THE TIME IS NOW TO HELP FAMILIES FIND ABDUCTED CHILDREN, PARENTS SUFFERING FROM DIFFICULT MENTIONA AND NEED HELP SAVING THEIR LIVES. THIS IS VERY NARROWLY WRITTEN. READ THE BILL. IT'S VERY NARROWLY WRITTEN. LOCATION, EMERGENCY ONLY, LIFE AND DEATH. YOU DIAL 911 SEEKING HELP. STATES STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO TALK ABOUT ALL THESE OTHER PROVISIONS THEY MAY WANT. WE DO NOT PRECLUDE THAT. WE HONOR THE RIGHT OF STATES, LOCAL LEGISLATURES, TO COME AND ADD RESTRICTIONS IF THEY WANT TO DO THAT FOR POST-ACTION REPORTING, WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, CAN'T WE JUST SAVE LIVES? CAN'T WE JUST PASS SOMETHING THAT GIVES CERTAINTY TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRI PROVIDERS THAT WHEN THEY GET THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CALL, THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE THAT DATA OF SIMPLY THE LOCATION. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:31:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4889, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 02:31:29 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    MR. SARBANES

    I DO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:31:58 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    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. 4167, AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:32:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4167, THE BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE…

    H.R. 4167, THE BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS TO HAVE A DEFAULT CONFIGURATION THAT PERMITS USERS TO DIRECTLY INITIATE IS CALL TO 9-1-1 WITHOUT DIALING ANY ADDITIONAL DIGIT, CODE, PREFIX, OR POST FIX, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:32:26 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, THE GENTLEMAN…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 02:32:34 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

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

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  • 02:32:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED.

  • 02:32:44 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:32:48 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4167, THE KARI'S LAW OF 2015. YOU…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4167, THE KARI'S LAW OF 2015. YOU KNOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I FIRST HEARD OF THE TRAGIC STORY OF KARI HUNT, I WAS IN DISBELIEF. IN HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY, KARI'S FATHER, HANK, SHARED WITH US THE WAY THAT HIS DAUGHTER WAS KILLED. STABBED BY HER ESTRANGED HUSBAND IN A TEXAS HOTEL ROOM. WHILE THEIR CHILDREN WERE IN THE ROOM. THAT STORY IS OBVIOUSLY HORRIFYING ENOUGH, ESPECIALLY AS A PARENT, MY TRUE SHOCK CAME FROM THE NEXT PART OF THE STORY. KARI'S 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER DOING AS SHE HAD BEEN TAUGHT FROM AN EARLY AGE HAD REPEATEDLY TRIED TO DIAL 9-1-1 FROM THE HOTEL PHONE. TO GET EMERGENCY HELP. REPEATEDLY. HER LITTLE FINGERS PUSHED THE BUTTONS 9 - 1-1. BUT BECAUSE THE PHONE REQUIRED ANOTHER 9 TO GET AN OUTSIDE LINE, SHE WAS NEVER ABLE TO REACH THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE HER MOTHER SO DESPERATELY NEEDED. AND SHE SO DESPERATELY TRIED TO ACCESS. WHAT HER GRANDFATHER, HANK HUNT, TOLD ME THE NEXT DAY -- TOLD ME NEXT WILL STAY WITH ME FOREVER. HE SAID AS HE SAT WITH HIS GRANDDAUGHTER IN THE LOBBY OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, JUST HOURS AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER, HIS GRANDDAUGHTER LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID, I TRIED FOUR TIMES, PAPA, BUT IT DID NOT WORK. I TRIED FOUR TIMES, PAPA, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK. THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY WE LEARN THE DIFFICULT TRUTH THAT MANY MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS LIKE THE KINDS OFTEN FOUND IN HOTELS AND OFFICES AND UNIVERSITIES REQUIRE THAT USERS DIAL AN ADDITIONAL DIGIT TO USE AN OUTSIDE LINE. EVEN WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO CALL 9-1-1. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. THE HEAT OF THE EMERGENCY EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA DESERVES THE PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THAT ON ANY PHONE 9-1-1 ACTUALLY MEANS 9-1-1, PERIOD. WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCY. DIAL 9-1-1. WE ALL HOPE THEY'LL NEVER NEED TO USE THAT KNOWLEDGE, BUT WE WANT THEM TO KNOW WHAT TO DO. I DON'T KNOW IF TOO MANY PARENTS WHO ALSO TEACH THEIR KIDS TO THINK ABOUT DIALING 9 OR 8 OR SOME OTHER NUMBER TO GET AN OUTSIDE LINE. H.R. 4167 KNOWN AS KARI'S LAW SEEKS TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM. THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS TO BE CONFIGURED SO THAT DIALING 9-1-1 DIRECTLY CONNECTS TO PUBLIC SAFETY. IN ADDITION, THE LAW REQUIRES A CENTRAL POINT OF CONTACT FOR EACH SYSTEM BE NOTIFIED WHEN SOMEONE CALLS FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. PROVISION INTENDED TO HELP EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ACCESS BUILDINGS AND ACTUALLY LOCATE THE EMERGENCY CALLER. THESE FIXES ARE SIMPLE CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM IN MOST CASES, COSTING LITTLE IF ANY MONEY, AND TAKING VERY LITTLE TIME. BUT APPARENTLY WITHOUT A LEGAL REQUIREMENT THERE IS NO WAY TO GUARANTEE THAT EVERY MLTS WILL BE CONFIGURED FOR DIALING 9-1-1 DIRECTLY. SOME BUSINESSES, INCLUDING MANY HOTELS, HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM ALREADY, AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR DOING SO VOLUNTARILY. BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENCY ACROSS OUR GREAT LAND, MR. CHAIRMAN. IF YOU'RE A TRAVELER, STAYING IN A HOTEL, YOU SHUNTS HAVE TO WONDER DURING EMERGENCY WHETHER YOU'RE IN ONE OF THE STATES OR COUNTIES THAT HAVE ADOPTED KARI'S LAW WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR EMERGENCY HELP. WE NEED A FEDERAL LAW THAT PROVIDES CERTAINTY AND PROTECTS EMERGENCY CALLERS WHEN THEY DIAL 9-1-1. I'D LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE LOUIE GOHMERT FROM TEXAS. MR. GOHMERT BROUGHT THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION. HE IS THE SPONSOR OF KARI'S LAW, AND HIS STAFF HAVE DONE A TERRIFIC JOB WORKING WITH US ON THIS LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, RANKING MEMBER ESHOO, AND HER STAFF, FOR WORKING CLOSELY WITH US TO MAKE THIS BILL EVEN BETTER. REFLECTING THE WAY THESE SYSTEMS WORK AND THE REQUIREMENTS ARE STRONG AND EFFECTIVE, I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HANK HUNT FOR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION, FOR PUSHING IN THE FACE OF THE FAMILY'S TRAGEDY, AND COMING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO SHARE HIS STORY. I'LL FINISH MY REMARKS WITH SOMETHING ELSE THAT HANK SAID BEFORE OUR SUBCOMMITTEE AND I QUOTE. THE INSPIRATION FOR KARI'S LAW WAS A 9-YEAR-OLD LITTLE GIRL THAT DEPENDED ON HER INSTRUCTION FROM ADULTS ON HOW TO HANDLE AN EMERGENCY AND THOSE ADULTS LET HER DOWN. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET'S NOT LET HER DOWN OR ANY OTHER CHILD AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT KARI'S LAW AND IN DOING SO WE CAN TAKE ONE STEP FORWARD IN ENSURING THAT ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE, WHO DIALS 9-1-1 WILL RECEIVE THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE THEY NEED. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WHO WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 02:38:10 PM

    MR. PALLONE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:38:14 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN GENERAL SUPPORT OF H.R. 4167. I AGREE THAT IT'S…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN GENERAL SUPPORT OF H.R. 4167. I AGREE THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CONSUMERS USING MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS OR MLTS' CAN DIRECTLY DIAL 9-1-1 WITHOUT HAVING TO DIAL ADDITIONAL DIGITS FIRST. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MULTILINE PHONE SYSTEMS WE USE IN LARGE OFFICE BUILDINGS AND HOTELS, MANY OF THESE SYSTEMS REQUIRE CONSUMERS TO DIAL AN EXTRA 9 TO GET AN OUTSIDE LINE. MOST OF US KNOW THAT, BUT TOO MANY PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THIS APPLIES TO 9-1-1 ALSO. IF YOU DON'T DIAL 9 FIRST, YOU CAN'T REACH EMERGENCY SERVICES. SUCH A REQUIREMENT LET A TRAGEDY -- LED TO A TRAGEDY IN TEXAS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. KARI WAS KILLED WHILE HER 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TRIED TO CALL FOR HELP. SHE DID WHAT SHE WAS TAUGHT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1, BECAUSE THE SYSTEM SHE WAS USING REQUIRED HER TO DIAL 9 FIRST, SHE ONLY HEARD SILENCE AT THE OTHER END. BUILDING ON THE HERCULEAN EFFORTS OF HER FAMILY, WE ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO FIXING THIS PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL. KARI'S LAW IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO MAKING OUR SYSTEMS WORK BETTER IN AN EMERGENCY, BUT WE SHOULD NOT DELAY TAKING THE NEXT STEP, THAT IS PROVIDING LOCATION INFORMATION TO FIRST RESPONDERS. THESE MULTILINE SYSTEMS OFTEN FAIL TO DELIVER PRECISE LOCATION INFORMATION. THAT MEANS IF SOMEONE CALLS 9-1-1 FROM THIS VERY BUILDING, FOR INSTANCE, PRECIOUS MINUTES WOULD TICK BY AS EMERGENCY PERSONNEL STRUGGLE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE CALL CAME FROM IN THE CAPITOL. WE SHOULD ACT IMMEDIATELY TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM, TOO, BECAUSE MAKING SURE THE CALL GOES THROUGH IS ONLY HELPFUL IT PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS CAN FINDS THE CALLER. THAT'S HOW DEMOCRATS SAID, MR. SPEAKER, HAD HOPED TO INCLUDE SUCH A PROVISION IN H.R. 4167 DURING MARKUP WERE ENCOURAGED BY THE COMMITMENT WE RECEIVED FROM SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WALDEN TO WORK TOGETHER ON A SEPARATE BILL TO ADDRESS THIS CONCERN. WE HOPE TO GET THIS CONSOON. WITH THAT COMMITMENT, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 4167, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 02:40:21 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHO HAS BEEN SUCH AN ADVOCATE FOR THIS FAMILY AND FOR THIS CHANGE IN LAW AND HAS BEEN TERRIFIC TO WORK WITH ON THIS MATTER, MR. GOHMERT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 02:40:41 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK CHAIRMAN GREG WALDEN AND ALSO HIS STAFF HAVE BEEN SUPERB TO WORK…

    THANK CHAIRMAN GREG WALDEN AND ALSO HIS STAFF HAVE BEEN SUPERB TO WORK WITH. AND IT'S BEEN REFRESHING TO SEE HOW THOROUGH BOTH HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE BEEN IN RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE. I CAME PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT THE EVENT AND ACTUALLY HOW IT HAPPENED, BUT CHAIRMAN WALDEN DID SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB. THAT THE EMOTION RUNS HIGH AT THIS POINT AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THIS HAS BEEN PRESENTED. I ALSO WANT TO THANK F.T.C. COMMISSIONER PIE WHO IN THE EARLY DAYS STEPPED UP AND PAID THIS AN ISSUE TO GET PEOPLE'S ATTENTION. BUT NO GREATER THANKS GOES TO ANYONE THAN TO KARI'S FATHER, HANK HUNT. IT WAS DECEMBER OF 2013, IN MARSHAL, TEXAS, NORMALLY KNOWN FOR BEING KIND AND HELPFUL CITY, POLICE RESPOND OFTEN IN ONE OR TWO MINUTES. KARI'S 9-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAS NOT HAD HER NAME MENTIONED ANYWHERE TO MY KNOWLEDGE, AND THAT'S BECAUSE THIS CHILD DID EVERYTHING SHE COULD POSSIBLY DO, EVERYTHING SHE HAD BEEN TAUGHT AND TRAINED TO DO, WHAT A PHENOMENAL QUICK THINKING CHILD SHE IS. BUT AFTER KARI'S DEATH RECEIVED AN OUTPOURING OF COMMENTS FROM CONSTITUENTS AND OTHER AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER THE ISSUE. EVERY DAY THIS IS AN ISSUE. FORTUNATELY EVERY DAY SOMEONE DOES NOT PAY THE ULTIMATE CONSEQUENCE OF DYING BECAUSE IT'S AN ISSUE. BUT WHEN WE LOOK INTO THIS MATTER, MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS CAN EASILY BE CONFIGURED OR RECONFIGURED TO ENABLE CALLERS TO REACH EMERGENCY PERSONNEL BY DIALING 9-1-1 WITHOUT HAVING TO DIAL A PREFIX AT ALL. MOST OF THE TIME THESE CHANGES CAN BE MADE AT NO COST AND WE HAVE HAD PROGRAMMERS INFORM US THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING IT AT NO CHARGE ONCE THE ISSUE WAS BROUGHT TO THEIR ATTENTION. SOME VENDORS HAVE OFFERED TO UPGRADE OR TUNE UP THEIR EXISTING PHONE SYSTEMS FOR FREE ALSO. ADDITIONALLY, THE AMERICAN HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION HAS WORKED AGGRESSIVELY WITH ITS MEMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO SWIFTLY ENSURE THAT THEIR SYSTEMS IN PLACE ALLOW GUESTS TO DIRECTLY DIAL 9-1-1 FROM GUEST ROOMS. MOST OF THE AMERICAN HOTEL AND LODGING ASSOCIATION'S LARGEST HOTEL MEMBER CHAINS HAVE ORADO, B ACTIVATED 9-1-1 DIRECT DIAL ACCESS AT NEARLY ALL OF THEIR OWNED AND MANAGED PROPERTIES. THIS BILL GIVES TWO YEARS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT DONE SO, AND IN VIEW OF THE FACT THIS IS SO WIDELY PUBLIC, I ANTICIPATE PEOPLE WILL MOVE MUCH, MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN TWO YEARS. IT'S QUITE REFRESHING WHEN BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CAN COME TOGETHER ON AN ISSUE THAT SAVES LIVES. DOES NOT COST ANYTHING FROM TAXPAYERS. IS NOT A MANDATE THAT NEEDS FUNDING. AND CLEARLY INVOLVES INTERSTATE COMMERCE AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY. SO ANYONE WHO DIALS 9-1-1 WOULD REACH EMERGENCY PERSONNEL EVEN IF THE PHONE NORMALLY REQUIRES THE USER TO DIAL A PREFIX. MANY PHONES IN HOTELS, OFTEN SCHOOLS DON'T REACH EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WHEN A USER DIALS 9-1-1 BECAUSE A PERSON FAILED TO DIAL A PREFIX. THIS BILL CHANGES THAT FOR GOOD. I JOIN HANK HUNT AND I THANK FULL CHAIRMAN -- FULL COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, MS. ESHOO, AND AGAIN CHAIRMAN WALDEN, THE STAFFS, FOR THE GREAT WORK DONE HERE. WE CAN AVOID TRAGEDY AGAIN. IT'S JUST REFRESHING WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:44:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 02:44:55 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON. .

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  • 02:45:15 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4167 AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE…

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4167 AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION.

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  • 02:45:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 41 7 AS AMENDED --

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  • 02:45:37 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    TEMPORE PURSU

    PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION SNR

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  • 02:45:57 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3998 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    DIRECT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO COMMENCE PROCEEDINGS…

    DIRECT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO COMMENCE PROCEEDINGS RELATED TO THE RESILIENCEY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS DURING TIMES OF EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:46:21 PM

    MPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 02:46:31 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE RECORD ON THE BILL AND I WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND COMMITTEE ON INFRASTRUCTURE. LATE OCTOBER OF 2012, SUPERSTORM SANDY, THE LARGEST ATLANTIC HURRICANE IN RECORDED HISTORY HIT THE CARIBBEAN AND NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES WITH DEVASTATING IMPACT. SANDY CAUSED $72 BILLION IN DAMAGE TO THE UNITED STATES AND IT TOOK 286 LIVES. WHILE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE STORM WAS MASSIVE IN SCOPE, HOMES AND BUILDINGS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED, ROADS IMPASSABLE OR WASHED OUT ALL TOGETHER, THE DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE WAS PARTICULARLY SEVERE. BROADCASTING, WIRELESS, LANDLINE SERVICES, CABLE SERVICES, THEY ALL SUFFERED DISRUPTIONS AND OUTAGES THAT LASTED LONG AFTER THE STORM'S FURY HAD PASSED. AT A TIME WHEN FAMILIES STRUGGLED TO FIND AND REUNITE WITH LOVED ONES, THIS ONLY ADDED TO THE CONFUSION AND TO THE PANIC. BUT BEYOND THE IMPACT ON THE PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE NEED TO PUT AWAY THE FEARS IN THE WAKE OF A DISASTER, THESE OUTAGES PUT MORE LIVES AT RISK INCLUDING THOSE OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND MADE RECOVERY THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. OUR PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXPERTS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT IN THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY HAVE IMPLEMENTED CHANGES FROM THE LESSONS LEARNED, THERE IS MORE THAT MUST BE DONE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE WIRELESS INDUSTRY TOGETHER WITH AT&T, SPRINT, T-MOBILE AND OTHERS ADOPTED THE COOPERATIVE FRAMEWORK. THIS SET OF VOLUNTARY PRACTICES WILL PROVIDE CONSUMERS WITH ACCESS TO WIRELESS SERVICES EVEN WHEN THE NETWORK GOES DOWN. WILL IMPROVE PREPAREDNESS AND WILL SPEED THE RESTORATION OF SERVICES. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY, WHOSE DISTRICT SUFFERED SO BADLY, SO MUCH FROM THE EFFECTS OF SANDY. THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND EFFORTS LED THE INDUSTRY'S VOLUNTARY ADOPTION OF THIS FRAMEWORK AND I COMMEND THE INDUSTRY AND HIM FOR HIS WORK. THE SANDY ACT LETS US BUILD ON THAT ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THAT ONLY THE GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES WHAT I BELIEVE IS A COMMONSENSE CHANGE TO THE ROBERT STAFFORD ACT TO RECOGNIZE NOT ONLY WIRE LINE BUT ALSO MOBILE TELEPHONE SERVICE AND BROADCAST RADIO, BROADCAST TELEVISION, CABLE SERVICE AND BROADCAST SATELLITE SERVICE TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THOSE AS ESSENTIAL SERVICES WHEN WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY. THIS CHANGE WILL ENSURE THE PROVIDERS OF THESE CRITICAL SERVICES ARE NOT DENIED OR IMPEDED ACCESS WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO RESTORE SERVICES. THESE SERVICES ARE CRITICAL TO ENSURING OF THOSE BEING IMPACTED BY THE DISASTER BUT ALSO THOSE WHO ARE RESPONDING. IN ADDITION TO EXPEDITING ACCESS TO NETWORK RESTORATION TEAMS, THIS DIRECTS THE F.C.C. TO STUDY MAKING THE SERVICE PROVIDER-OWNED WIFI ACCESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES OPERATING ON UNLICENSED SPECTRUM AVAILABLE TO ACCESS 911 SERVICES WHEN COMMERCIAL MOBILE SERVICE IS UNAVAILABLE. WE HAVE ABUNDANCE OF TOOLS IN THE MODERN INFORMATION ECONOMY. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WAYS TO LEVERAGE ALL OF THEM DURING EMERGENCIES AND THIS REPORT WILL DO JUST THAT. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I RESEVERE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:50:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES SM THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON RESERVES SM THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 02:50:47 PM

    MR. PALLONE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3998, THE SECURING ACCESS TO NETWORKS AND DISASTERS OR SANDY ACT. SUPERSTORM SANDY HAD A DEBT TRY MEANT EFFECT ON MY DISTRICT. WE SAW THE BROADCAST AND CABLE NETWORKS PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION TO HELP US STAY OUT OF HARM'S WAY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS MAKE SURE WE CAN CALL FOR HELP. UNFORTUNATELY WHEN HURRICANE SANDY RIPPED THROUGH THE NORTHEAST, WE COULD NOT RELY ON SEVERAL OF THESE SYSTEMS WHEN WE NEEDED THEM THE MOST. NEARLY ONE IN FOUR CELL TOWERS WERE KNOCKED OUT AND SOME OF THE HARDEST HITS, AS MANY AS HALF OF THE TOWERS WENT DOWN AND STAYED DOWN FOR WEEKS. I SPENT THE PASS SEVERAL YEARS WHAT WENT RIGHT AND WHAT WENT WRONG. NOT JUST DURING SANDY, BUT HURRICANE KATRINA AND OTHER MAJOR DISASTERS, THIS ACT WILL MAKE THIS RIGHT. IT WOULD RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT WIRE WLS, AND MOBILE, INTERNET, RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING AND CABLE AND SATELLITE SERVICES PLAY DURING EMERGENCIES. THESE COMMUNICATION PROVIDERS NEAR ACCESS TO HELP THEM REPAIR AND MAINTAIN THEIR COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT DURING DISASTERS. BUT THIS BILL IS PART OF A LARGER EFFORT TO KEEP US SAFE IN EMERGENCIES. AS PART OF THE LEADUP TO TODAY, I WORKED AS MY COLLEAGUE SAID WITH THE LARGEST WIRELESS CARRIERS AND THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO PUT TOGETHER A VOLUNTARY FRAMEWORK TO ENSURE THE INDUSTRY COMPLIES WITH THE WIRELESS PROVISIONS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY SET FORTH IN THE SANDY ACT. THE FRAMEWORK MAKES SURE IF ONE NETWORK GOES DOWN, ITS CUSTOMERS CAN ACCESS ANOTHER NETWORK THAT IS STILL OPERATIONAL AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO CALL FOR HELP. THIS AGREEMENT, MR. SPEAKER, WILL SAVE LIVES DURING MAJOR EMERNCIES IN THE FUTURE AND I THANK THE WIRELESS CARRIERS AND THE F.C.C. WORKING WITH ME IN CRAFTING THIS COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN WALDEN. HAVING THESE NETWORKS OPERATIONAL CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH IN AN EVENT LIKE SUPERSTORM SANDY AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 3998 AND I HOPE THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP THE MEASURE AND SEND IT TO PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:53:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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    MR. WALDEN

    IT'S A FINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IMPORTANT TO CORRECT SOME THINGS THAT…

    IT'S A FINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, IMPORTANT TO CORRECT SOME THINGS THAT NEED TO BE CORRECTED IN TERMS OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS DURING SUPER EMERGENCIES. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:53:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 PASS THE BILLS H.R. 3998 AS AMERICAED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR --

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  • 02:53:48 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    I WOULD LIKE A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    MR. WALDEN

    YES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. 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 OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION SNR

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  • 02:54:15 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2589.

  • 02:54:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2589, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE THE…

    H.R. 2589, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO PUBLISH ON ITS INTERNET WEBSITE CHANGES TO THE RULES OF THE COMMISSION NOT LATER THAN 24 HOURS AFTER ADOPTION.

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  • 02:54:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, THE GENTLEMAN…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON.

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  • 02:54:51 PM

    MR. WALDEN

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS REMARKS ON THE BILL. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:55:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALDEN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE…

    AND I RESERVE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 02:58:07 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2589. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS REPUBLICANS…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2589. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON CHANGING PROCEDURES AT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING DEMONSTRATES THAT DEMOCRATS ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON THESE IDEAS WHEN THE PROPOSALS ARE REASONABLE. THE ORIGINAL BILL HAD SOME ISSUES. IT WOULD REQUIRED THE F.C.C. TO POST WITHIN 24 HOURS ANY FINAL RULES MODIFIED. SUCH A REQUIREMENT WAS INCONSISTENT WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT WHICH REQUIRES THAT ANY RULE CHANGES ARE ESTABLISHED OR ACCOMPANIED BY AN EXPLANATORY TEXT. THE ORIGINAL BILL FAILED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT IN MANY CASES WHERE THERE IS A DELAY IN THE RELEASE OF DECISIONS, IS USUALLY LATE DISSENT FROM COMMISSIONERS. DEMOCRATS PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE THE F.C.C. TO POST IN ITS ENENTIRETY THE TEXT AFTER DISSENTING COMMISSIONERS FILED A STATEMENT. THIS WILL NOT FORCE THE F.C.C. TO ACT IN CONFLICT WITH OTHER LAWS SUCH AS THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL -- WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

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  • 02:59:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. WALDEN

    NOR DO WE, MR. CHAIR. DID THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? I JUST URGE PASSAGE OF…

    NOR DO WE, MR. CHAIR. DID THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK? I JUST URGE PASSAGE OF THIS FINE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:59:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 THE BILL H.R. 2589 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 02:59:50 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN…

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 03:00:01 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A…

    THE GROUND THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 03:00:13 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 496, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 496, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA IN…

    H.R. 496, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:01:27 PM

    RE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:01:35 PM

    MR. COOK

    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 REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:01:50 PM

    EMPORE WITHOUT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COOK

    I AM THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 496, WHICH ESTABLISHES THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL…

    I AM THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 496, WHICH ESTABLISHES THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA, ENCOMPASSING ROUGHLY 18,000 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. TO PRESERVE RECREATIONAL AND OTHER EXISTING USES IN THE AREA. THE ALABAMA HILLS ARE A RANGE OF HILLS AND ROCK FORMATIONS NEAR THE EASTERN SLOPE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS AND ARE USED FOR A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE AREA HAS ALSO SERVED AS A POPULAR FILMING LOCATION FOR FILMS AND TELEVISION SHOWS. THE GENE AUTRY SHOW, "THE LONE RANGER," "BONANZA" AND FILMS "GLATIATOR" WERE FILMED. THE GOAL OF THIS LEGISLATION IS PROTECTING THIS AREA FROM THE INDUSTRIAL SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT THAT IS OCCURRING IN SURROUNDING AREAS WHILE ALSO PROTECTING EXISTING USES. THE ALABAMA HILLS STEWARDSHIP GROUP, AS WELL AS OFF-ROAD GROUPS, THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, LOCAL AND NATIONAL CONSERVATION GROUPS AND MANY OTHERS COORDINATED FOR OVER TWO YEARS TO SHARE IDEAS THAT ULTIMATELY FORM THE BASIS OF H.R. 496. IN ADDITION TO THE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA DESIGNATION, THE BILL PRESERVES EXISTING RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL USES OF THE AREA, INCLUDING GRAZING, FILMING, HIKING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, ROCK CLIMBING, HUNTING, FISHING AND AUTHORIZED OFFHIGHWAY VEHICLE USE. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT WILL SUCCESSFULLY BALANCE A WIDE RANGE OF FEDERAL LAND USES WITHIN THE NATIONAL SCENIC AREA AND HAS EXTENSIVE LOCAL SUPPORT. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE CULMINATION OF THE WORK OF COUNTLESS LOCAL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS, AND I ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK INYO SUPERVISOR MATT KINSLY AND KEVIN MAZOO FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS TO MAKE THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA A REALITY. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:04:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GALLEGO

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GALLEGO

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CONGRESSMAN COOK, A FELLOW MARINE, FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CONGRESSMAN COOK, A FELLOW MARINE, FOR CRAFTING THIS BILL BEFORE US. H.R. 496 ESTABLISHES THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA ON APPROXIMATELY 18,000 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ONLY A FEW HOURS DRIVE, IT FEATURES A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF ROCK COLLECTION, WHICH ATTRACTED FILMMAKERS FOR -- THAT HE SAID. AND MOVIES LIKE "IRON MAN" HAVE BEEN FILMED THERE. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ALABAMA HILLS NATIONAL SCENIC AREA WILL PROMOTE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF THE AREA AND ENCOURAGE TOURISM AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL PROVIDES A MODEL FOR RESPONSIBLE CONSERVATION THAT WE MUST SEEK TO UNLEASH ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE AREAS OF FEDERAL LAND AT THAT THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES THAT DESERVE ENHANCED PROTECTION AND I HOPE WE CAN WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO PRESERVE THEM FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. FOR NOW I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE MAJORITY TO IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROTECT FEDERAL LAND. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:05:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COOK

    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I WANT TO THANK MY…

    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE MARINE TAG TEAM COMMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:06:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MR. GALLEGO

    I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. COOK

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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 THE BILL H.R. 496, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:06:44 PM

    MR. COOK

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 184.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE 184, AN ACT TO AMEND THE INDIAN CHILD PROTECTION AND FAMILY…

    SENATE 184, AN ACT TO AMEND THE INDIAN CHILD PROTECTION AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS BEFORE FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS ARE ORDERED IN TRIBAL COURT PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:07:07 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COOK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GALLEGO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:07:17 PM

    MR. COOK

    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 REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:07:31 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:07:32 PM

    MR. COOK

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:07:36 PM

    MR. COOK

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 184, THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN SAFETY…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 184, THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN SAFETY ACT, WHICH AMENDS THE INDIAN CHILD PROTECTION AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT. THE BILL REQUIRES TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES TO PERFORM CHARACTER BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS OF ALL FOSTER CARE PARENTS AND ADULTS LIVING IN FOSTER CARE HOMES PRIOR TO PLACEMENT OF AN INDIAN CHILD INTO A FOSTER HOME. THIS BILL CREATES A FRAMEWORK BY WHICH TRIBES MUST CONDUCT THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO RESIDE IN OR ARE EMPLOYED BY A FOSTER HOME OR INSTITUTION IN WHICH TRIBAL FOSTER PLACEMENTS ARE MADE. THE BILL WOULD PROTECT INDIAN FOSTER CHILDREN FROM BEING PLACED. IF THE BACKGROUND CHECK REVEALS A CONVICTION BY A FEDERAL, STATE OR TRIBAL COURT OF FELONY CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT OR CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN. S. 184 IS A COMPANION TO H.R. 1168, SPONSORED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, CONGRESSMAN KEVIN CRAMER. H.R. 118 -- H.R. 1168 PASSED THE HOUSE JUNE 1. MR. CRAMER AND HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE NORTH CAROLINA -- EXCUSE ME -- NORTH DAKOTA DELEGATION WORKED TO ADDRESS A VERY SAD CHILD ABUSE PROBLEM PLAGUING AN INDIAN RESERVATION IN HIS STATE. PASSAGE OF S. 184 IS A CRITICAL FIRST STEP TOWARD ENSURING THAT INDIAN CHILDREN ARE PLACED IN SAFE, SECURE AND LOVING HOMES WITHIN THEIR TRIBAL COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR GOOD FRIEND, MR. CRAMER FROM NORTH DAKOTA, FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I URGE AN AYE VOTE ON S. 184, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GALLEGO

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

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    MR. GALLEGO

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT NATIVE CHILDREN FACE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT NATIVE CHILDREN FACE WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY. FOR EXAMPLE, NATIVE CHILDREN ARE 2.1 TIMES MORE LIKELY THAN OTHER AMERICAN CHILDREN TO END UP IN FOSTER CARE. THEY'RE ALSO 2.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BECOME VICTIMS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT. THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN SAFETY ACT WILL ADDRESS THIS DISPARITY BY STRENGTHENING BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR PERSPECTIVE FOSTER CARE PARENTS PRIOR TO PLACEMENT. THE LEGISLATION WILL ENSURE THAT FEDERAL AND TRIBAL AGENCIES WILL CONDUCT THESE CHECKS IN A UNIFORMED MANNER. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 1168 AUTHORED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR. CRAMER. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MANY TROUBLING ISSUES THAT WE IN CONGRESS MUST ADDRESS IN ORDER TO REVERSE THE ALARMING TRENDS THAT WE SEE TODAY IN THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL BECOME OF NATIVE CHILDREN. THESE KIDS DESERVE FAR MORE OF OUR TIME AND ATTENTION. YET, FOR TOO LONG THEIR NEEDS HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED BY THIS BODY, AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I CALL ON CONGRESS TO REVERSE THIS APPARENT NEGLECT AND TO START PASSING LEGISLATION LIKE THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. IT WILL HELP PROTECT AND PROVIDE FOR OUR NATIVE CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK SENATORS HOEVEN AND TESTER FOR INTRODUCING AND MOVING THE NATIVE AMERICAN -- NATIVE CHILDREN SAFETY ACT. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND IN SUPPORT OF OUR CHILDREN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COOK

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CRAMER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY -- NOW MY TWO FAVORITE MARINES.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK MY -- NOW MY TWO FAVORITE MARINES. THAT WAS VERY NICE. THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU. YOU KNOW, LAST CONGRESS IN THE FLARL RESOURCES COMMITTEE WE ACTUALLY HAD AN OVERSIGHT HEARING REGARDING THE CHILD PROTECTION CRISIS ON THE SPIRIT LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION IN MY STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA DEALING UNSAFE TRIBAL PLACEMENT OF ALMOST 40 FOSTER CHILDREN IN ABUSIVE HOMES. MANY OF THESE HOMES THAT WERE HEADED BY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS. IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN, I DID INTRODUCE THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN'S SAFETY ACT, WHICH IS A COMPANION BILL, THAT WAS INTRODUCED ANY SENATE BY SENATOR HOEVEN AND SNR TESTER. BOTH BILLS PASSED THEIR RESPECTIVE CHAMBERS WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND TODAY I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN PASSING THE SENATE BILL SO WE CAN GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS QUICK SIGNATURE. AS STATED, THE BILL IMPLEMENTS ACROSS-THE-BOARD MINIMUM PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN PLACED IN FOSTER CARE AT THE DIRECTION OF A TRIBAL COURT AND, YES, THE STATISTICS ARE STARK. NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE 2 1/2 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE VICTIMS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT THAN OTHER AMERICAN CHILDREN. BUT MR. SPEAKER, CHILDREN EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO ABUSE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND OTHER POSTTRAUMATIC DISORDERS. THE STANDARDS IN THIS BILL MIRROR EXISTING NATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NONTRIBAL FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS, ENSURING THAT TRIBAL CHILDREN RECEIVE CARE AT LEAST EQUAL TO THAT AND THE PROTECTIONS AFFORDED TO NONTRIBAL CHILDREN. IT'S BIPARTISAN, AS YOU CAN TELL. IT'S NONCONTROVERSIAL, AS YOU CAN TELL. IT WAS REPORTED OUT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT BOTH THIS CONGRESS AND THE LAST CONGRESS. BUT I WANT TO ADD THIS WORD OF THANKS TO OTHER FOLKS WHO WERE VERY HELPFUL. I WANT TO THANK THE NATIONAL INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF INDIAN -- THE NATIONAL CONGRESS ON AMERICAN INDIANS, THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ALL OF WHOM PROVIDED INSIGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS BILL. THEIR COUNSEL PROVED VALUABLE IN PROVIDING THE FLEXIBILITY TO THE TRIBES WITHOUT HAMPERING -- STEPPING ON THEIR SOVEREIGNTY SO THEY COULD TRANSITION TO THESE UNIFORMED STANDARDS AND HELP SAVE PERHAPS MANY, MANY LIVES ON THEIR RESERVATIONS. WITH THAT I THANK MY COLLEAGUES, URGE A YES VOTE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. COOK

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GALLEGO

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 184. 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 CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. NUNES

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5077 SHALL THE INTELLIGENCE…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5077 SHALL THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5077 A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2017 FOR…

    H.R. 5077 A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2017 FOR INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA PLRKSNUNES, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA PLRKSNUNES, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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    MR. NUNES

    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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL H.R. 5077.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. NUNES

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER MY FULL STATEMENT AND THE EXCHANGE OF…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER MY FULL STATEMENT AND THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. NUNES

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NUNES

    SPEAKER, PASSING AN ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS THE MOST…

    SPEAKER, PASSING AN ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL CONGRESS HAS TO CONDUCT EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. TODAY RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND I ARE BRINGING THE SEVENTH INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS BILL HAS BIPARTISAN -- IS A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT THAT REFLECTS THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL OF THE COMMITTEE'S MEMBERS. IT WAS REPORTED OUT BY THE COMMITTEE BY UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE. BECAUSE MOST OF THE INTELLIGENCE BUDGET INVOLVES HIGHLY CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS, THE BULK OF THE SCHEDULE OF DIRECTION ARE FOUND IN THE CLASSIFIED ANNEX. IT HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW SINCE FRIDAY APRIL 29. AT THE UNCLASSIFIED LEVEL, OVERALL FUNDING THOSHESED IN THIS BILL IS SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST BUT STILL BELOW LAST YEAR'S ENACTED LEVEL. THE FUNDING IS CONSISTENT WITH THE BUDGET ACT OF 2015. THE BILL FUNDS THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM IN LINE WITH THE LEVELS OF THE HOUSE-PASSED NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. THE BILL FUNDS HIGH PRIORITY INITIATIVES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST, TRIMS REQUESTED INCREASES THAT LACK CLEAR JUSTIFICATION AND REFLECTS THE COMMITTEE'S DETERMINATIONS WHICH PROGRAMS REPRESENT THE BEST VALUE DOLLARS IN A CHANGING BUDGET ENVIRONMENT. TODAY, THE THREAT LEVEL FACING AMERICA IS HIGHER THAN AT ANY TIME SINCE 9/11. ISIL HAS ESTABLISHED SAFE HAVENS IN IRAQ, SYRIA AND LOOKING TO EXPAND. THE GOAL OF OUR STRATEGY SHOULD BE TO DENY SAFE HAVENS WHICH TERRORISTS CAN PLOT ATTACKS USED AGAINST THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES. REGRETTABLY, WE HAVE NOT PREVENTED ISIL FROM ESTABLISHING A SAFE HAVEN AND THEY ARE SKILLED AT HIDING. MEMBERS HAVE USED THAT ROOM TO PLAN ATTACKS IN EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST AND THEY ARE UNDOUBTEDLY PLANNING ATTACKS AGAINST THE HOMELAND HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE THE FUNDING AUTHORITIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION AND TO KEEP US SAFE. BEFORE CLOSING, I WANT TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I'M HONORED TO KNOW SO MANY OF THEM IN THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE'S MEMBERS MINORITY AND MAJORITY FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THE PAST YEAR AND ESPECIALLY OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS FOR THE EXPERTISE WITHIN THEIR PROGRAM'S JURISDICTION. THE MANY HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS AND OVERSIGHT VISITS THAT OUR MEMBERS CARRY OUT PROVIDE THE INPUTS AND DIRECTION IN THIS ANNUAL BILL. I THANK THE STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DAILY OVERSIGHT OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK JANET, NICK, SCOTT, BILL, LISA, JEFF, CHELLS SEE, DOUG, STEVE, JACK, CRYSTAL, JAY AND DIANE AND TWO FELLOWS FROM THE LOSSAL MOST NATIONAL LABORATORY. ALL OF THESE STAFF MEMBERS SPENT LONG HOURS WORKING ON THE LEGISLATIVE TEXAN ITS CLASSIFIED ANNEX AND THE BILL IS STRONGER FOR IT. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 5077 AS AMENDED AND I RESERVE.

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

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

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    MR. SCHIFF

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES WHO IS AN INVABBLE PARTNER --…

    FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES WHO IS AN INVABBLE PARTNER -- INVALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. THIS IS THE FOURTH MAJOR PIECE OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WE ADVANCED TOGETHER IN LESS THAN 18 MONTHS THAT IS NO SMALL FEAT. WORKING TOGETHER WE HAVE PROVEN WHAT THIS BODY WITH ACHIEVE WHEN THE COUNTRY'S INTERESTS ARE PUT FIRST, SOLVING REAL PROBLEMS FOR EVERY AMERICAN AS WELL AS PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AND SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHO WORK DAY AND NIGHT TO KEEP US SAFE AND STRICT OVERSIGHT OVER CLASSIFIED ACTIVITIES. WE HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES AND SPEAK FOR A BROADER GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE ARE PROVISIONS I WISH HAD BEEN IN THIS BILL AND SOME I WISH WERE NOT IN THE BILL. I KNOW THEY FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT OTHER PROVISIONS. I BELIEVE WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS BILL UNDER A MORE OPEN RULE. BUT BECAUSE WE WORKED TOGETHER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL WORK PRODUCT AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT IT. IT'S AN HONEST BILL AND NO BUDGET GIMMICKS TO EVADE SPENDING COMMITMENTS AND WHILE IT CONTAINS A CLASSIFIED ANNEX, EACH PAGE WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR EVERY MEMBER TO RESUE. THIS BILL REAFFIRMS MY CORE CONVICTIONS BORNE OUT BY THE OTHER THREE BILLS, THAT PRIVACY AND SECURITY CAN AND MUST CO-EXIST. THE BILL FUNDS AND AUTHORIZES VITAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE ELEMENTS. AT THE SAME TIME, THE I.A.A. SEVERAL HUNDRED PAGES PROVIDE STRICT AUTHORIZATION AND CLEAR LIMITATIONS ON THE ACTIVITIES. TURNING TO MORE SPECIFICS, THIS YEAR'S AUTHORIZES INTELLIGENCE FUNDING NEARLY EQUIVALENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST, WHICH IS ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS 2016 ENACTED BUDGET LEVEL. THE BASE BUDGET AUTHORIZATION IS NEARLY EQUAL TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST ON THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY AUTHORIZATION OPERATION IS ROUGHLY 1.5% ABOVE THE REQUEST. THE BILL TRIMS SOME UNNECESSARY FUNDING AND ADDS MONEY TO UNDERFUNDED PROGRAMS AND PROVIDES CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTION TO ENSURE GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, EFFICIENCY WITHIN THE I.C. IT ALSO FENCES OR RESTRIGGETS THE SPENDING OF SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO BETTER ENSURE I.C. ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THE I.A.A. ADDRESSES KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ADDRESSING. FIRST, ARE WE FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON THE THREATS ON OF THE DAY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE THREATS OF TOMORROW. WE DO NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF CHOOSING OUR CHALLENGESES. OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE SPENT SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES ON COUNTERTERRORISM PROIRTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIAN WE MUST CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON COUNTERTERRORISM PARTICULARLY WITH THE THREAT OF ISIL. AT THE SAME TIME, WE CAN'T DISREGARD OUR COMPETITORS SUCH AS CHINA AND RUSSIA WHOSE ADVENTURESOME IF ARE THREATENS OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS. I'M PLEASED THIS YEAR'S I.A.A. STRIKES A BETTER BALANCE BETWEEN THE NEAR-TERM THREATS AND LONGER TERM CHALLENGES WE FACE. SECOND, ARE WE PROTECTING WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE WHETHER IN SPACE, AT SEA OR IN THE CYBER REALM. THE ASSETS ARE THE MOST EXPERIMENTED IN THE WORLD. THIS BILL INVESTS IN SECURITY AS WELL AS IN RESILIENCE AND OTHER MEANS OF PROTECTION. THIRD, ARE WE LEVERAGING COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAKING INVESTMENTS IN REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGIES THAT DO NOT YET HAVE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION. WE HAVE THE WORLD'S MOST PRODUCTIVE INNOVATIVE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPACE. WE MUST LERGE AND SUPPORT IT WHEREVER WE CAN WHICH THE I.A.A. DOES. AT THE SAME TIME, THE BILL RECOGNIZES THAT GOVERNMENT MUST INVEST IN GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT DO NOT YET HAVE A MARKET. FOURTH, ARE WE RECRUITING, TRAINING AND DEVELOPING THE MOST DIVERSE WORK FORCE AND LEVERAGING FOREIGN TERRORIST RELATIONSHIPS AND BUILDING FOREIGN PARTNER CAPACITIES? THE U.S. HAS THE MOST ADVANCED INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD. I'M IMPRESSED AND INSPIRED WHEN I MEET THESE BRAVE TALENTED WOMEN AND MEN. THIS BILL FURTHERS SUPPORTS TO IMPROVE THE WORK FORCE BY EXPANDING DIVERSITY, PROMOTING TRAVEL AND LANGUAGE TRAINING AND BUILDS THE CAPACITY OF FOREIGN PARTNER SERVICES AND DOES SO STRATEGICICALLY IN A WAY THAT ENSURES THE PROFESSIONALISM AND RULE OF THE LAW. AS I MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET, THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT. FOR YEARS I PUSHED THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THE PUBLICATION OF AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE NUMBER OF COMBATANTS AND NONCOMBATANTS KILLED. THIS IS TO MAKE SURE NO CIVILIANS WILL BE KILLED. SOMETIMES STRIKES DO RESULT IN KILLING OF CIVILIANS. AT THE SAME TIME, GREATER TRANSPARENCY CAN HELP NARROW THE PERCEPTION GAP BETWEEN WHAT REALLY HAPPENS AND WHAT IS REPORTED OR SENT OUT AS PROPAGANDA. THE ADMINISTRATION WILL RELEASE THE FIRST ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT ON NONCOMBATANT CASUALTIES AND INJURIES. THIS IS A GOOD THING. BUT I BELIEVE THERE IS A VALUE AND A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT TO MAKE THIS SUFFICIENT ACTION PERMANENT ENSURING OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY EXTENDS BEYOND THE TERM OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT I BELIEVE THE I.A.A. AND ND ARCH A SHOULD HAVE ADDRESSED AND I WILL PUSH FOR THIS CHANGE TO BE CODIFIED INTO LAW. AS I SAID, THIS BILL IS TRULY BIPARTISAN CAREFULLY REFINED AND TO SAFEGUARD OUR NATION WHILE SAFEGUARDING CIVIL LIBERTIES. PRIME PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN NUNES, AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE BILL AS IT PROGRESSES TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 03:29:06 PM

    MR. NUNES

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. STEWART.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. STURETS STUART 15 YEARS OR SO AGO, I WAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. STURETS STUART 15 YEARS OR SO AGO, I WAS PILOTING THE B-1 WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST SOPHISTICATED WEAPONS SYSTEMS EVER DEVELOPED. I WAS PREPARED TO TAKE ON THE GLOBAL THREATS BUT WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD AND FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS TO PROTECT AMERICANS AND TO PROVIDE FOR OUR MUTUAL DEFENSE. IN THE YEARS SINCE THEN, I WOULD ARGUE THAT OUR NATION FACES GREATER THREATS THAN THOSE I FACED THAN DURING THE TIMES I FLEW IN THE AIR FORCE. U.S. IS UTILIZING THE MILITARY TO ESTABLISH STRONGHOLDS IN WAYS THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN SINCE THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR. CHINA HAS EXPANDED ITS STRONGHOLD AND ROGUE STATES LIKE IRAN AND NORTH KOREA AND CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND EXPAND THEIR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PROGRAMS. AND THERE IS ALWAYS THE MIDDLE EAST, THE THING THAT WE THINK ABOUT AND SPEND SO MUCH TIME WORRYING BY THAT REQUIRES SO MUCH OF OUR RESOURCES. ONLY THROUGH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT WE ARE ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO THESE THREATS. IN FACT, AS WE ALL KNOW JUST YESTERDAY, THE US AIR STRIKES THAT KILLED THE HEAD OF THE TALIBAN. SUCCESSFUL STRIKES ARE MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE GREAT WORK OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY WE MUST PASS THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL. THIS BILL CONTINUES TO AUTHORIZE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS AT A TIME WHEN WE FACE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THREATS THAT WE FACED SINCE WORLD WAR II. . I SEE WHAT THEY DO IS DANGEROUS, IT'S EXHAUSTING, IT'S THE DIRTY WORK DOWN IN THE TRENCHES BUT IT'S CRITICAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THAT'S WHY I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN WITH ME IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SWALWELL, WHO IS ONE OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SWALWELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA FOR YIELDING THE TIME TODAY AND LEADING AND PRESIDING ON OUR SIDE OVER THIS BILL. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES FOR THIS YEAR'S AUTHORIZATION -- INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT, OR THE I.A.A. I STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S BIPARTISAN I.A.A. YOU KNOW, WE ASK A LOT OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO COLLABORATION. WHEN THEY COLLABORATE THEY BEST KEEP US SAFE AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE TODAY IS WE ARE SENDING TO THE FLOOR A BILL THAT REFLECTS OUR OWN COLLABORATION AND SHOWS WHAT WE EXPECT OF THEM WE CAN ALSO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I'M PLEASED THIS PROMOTES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AROUND THE GLOBE. IN PARTICULAR, OUR HUMAN INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES, WHICH STILL BELIEVE -- I BELIEVE REMAIN AT RISK AND COULD BENEFIT FROM AN EVEN GREATER FOCUS IN THE I.C.C. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THE I.A.A. INCLUDES AS A STAND-ALONE PROSPRIGS THE TRACKING FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND SAFE HAVEN ACT THAT REPRESENTATIVE LOBIONDO AND I BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS YEAR AND PASSED AND HELPS TRACK THE FOREIGN FIGHTERS TO AND FRO. THIS YEAR'S I.A.A. COMMITTEE REPORT ALSO INCLUDES A PROVISION I ADDED REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYZING THE STATUS OF STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS AND DEBT COUNSELING PROGRAMS ACROSS THE I.C. AND THE VIABILITY OF I.C.-WIDE PROGRAMS. AS STUDENT DEBT CONTINUES TO CRIPPLE THIS GENERATION, WE MUST DETERMINE THE BEST INCENTIVE PACKAGES AVAILABLE TO YOUNG INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS ABROAD AND HERE AT HOME IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN THE BEST, BRIGHTEST AND MOST DIVERSE TO PUBLIC SERVICE REGARDLESS OF THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION BECAUSE THEY WENT TO COLLEGE. I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS BILL CALLS FOR A REPORT FROM THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ENERGY ON THEIR CURRENT UTILIZATION OF NATIONAL LABS, EXPERTISE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AREAS OF EXPANSION. MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HOME TO TWO OF THESE LABS. LAURENCE LIVERPOOL AND SANDIA AND I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND HOW THEY STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. JUST AS WE MUST TRAIN AND RETAIN THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, WE MUST LOOK AT THE NATIONAL LABS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CLAB RIFF BIPARTISAN I. -- COLLABORATIVE BIPARTISAN I.A.A. AND I THANK THE SPEAKER AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NUNES

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL, ALSO ONE OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBERS.

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    MS. SEWELL

    THANK YOU. I'D -- I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE…

    THANK YOU. I'D -- I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN ISSUE, AND THIS LEGISLATION IS A REFLECTION OF BOTH PARTIES' SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL AMERICANS. THIS BILL HELPS PROVIDE OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND CAPACITIES TO DEFEND OUR NATION AGAINST ONGOING AND EMERGING THREATS ACROSS THE WORLD. AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE D.O.D., INTELLIGENCE AND OVERHEAD ARCHITECTURE SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M PLEASED THAT THE LANGUAGE AND DIRECTION IN THIS BILL CONTINUES TO ADVANCE OUR CAPABILITIES ON THE GROUND AND IN SPACE AND PROVIDES NECESSARY OVERSIGHT OF MANY CRITICAL D.O.D., N.R.O. AND N.G.A. PROGRAMS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LEGISLATION TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS ENHANCING THOROUGH OVERSIGHT OF OUR SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITIES WHILE CONTINUING TO MAKE CALCULATED INVESTMENTS IN CRITICALLY -- AND CRITICALLY IMPORTANT STRATEGIC EFFORTS. IN THE I.A.A. WE INVEST IN OUR GREATEST NATIONAL RESOURCE, OUR PEOPLE, BY ACCEPTING PROVISIONS I DRAFTED TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN THE I.C. WORK FORCE, WE ARE NOW ABLE TO PROVIDE A SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. WE ALSO NOW HOLD THE I.C. MORE ACCOUNTABLE FOR DOING A BETTER JOB OF DEVELOPING A MATRIX TO ASSESS HOW MINORITY FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THEIR DESIRED RESULTS. THIS PAST WEEKEND I HAD THE PLEASURE ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN ANDRE CARSON TO ATTEND THE THIRD AFRICAN-AMERICAN NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUMMIT. IT LET'S THEM GAIN LEADERSHIP INSIGHT FROM TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS. IT WAS ALSO A GREAT OCCASION AND FURTHER REAFFIRM MY COMMITMENT TO HELPING ENSURE A ROBUST AND DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE I.C. WE WERE ALSO SUCCESSFUL IN THIS YEAR'S I.A.A. TO INCLUDE BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE THAT PROMOTES ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN ALL I.C. FEDERALLY FUNDED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS BY REQUIRING AGENCIES TO REPORT ON THEIR RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION EFFORTS. INCREASING DIVERSITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE I.C. IS A GOOD GOVERNANCE ISSUE AND MAKES EVERYONE BETTER BECAUSE IT SHOWS UNIQUE AND CREATIVE WAYS OF PROBLEM SOLVING WHICH IS NECESSARY AS WE FACE MORE COMPLEX INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGES. AS A COMMITTEE I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF THE WORK WE DID. WE TOOK GREAT PAINS OF CUT UNNECESSARY FUNDING AND IMPROVE PROCESSES AND PROMOTE EFFICIENCIES IN THE I.C. THE REALITY IS WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE POTENTIAL THREATS TO OUR NATION ARE CONSTANTLY DEVELOPING AND CHANGING. AS OUR MILITARY'S MISSIONS AND OBJECTIVES CONTINUE TO EVOLVE WE NEED AN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THAT IS DIVERSE, AGILE AND ADEQUATELY FUNDED. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND ALL OF THE STAFF FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, AND I ASK -- AND I SUPPORT THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS…

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    MR. NUNES

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. HIMES,…

    PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. HIMES, ALSO A SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER AND ONE OF THE LEADERS ON MANY ISSUES IN THE COMMITTEE BUT IN PARTICULAR ON PRIVACY ISSUES RELATED TO THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES BOARD, MR. HIMES OF CONNECTICUT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HIMES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO START BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN AND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO START BY THANKING THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE TERRIFIC OPEN AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS THAT LED TO THE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THIS ROOM TO SUPPORT IT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO ADD MY THANKS TO STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WITHOUT WHOM THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. I SUPPORT THIS BILL BECAUSE MOST IMPORTANTLY IT WELL FUNDS THE REMARKABLE WORK OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IN ALL THAT THEY DO AGAINST THE ONGOING AND ALL-TO-PRESENT THREATS OF TERRORISM AND ALL THEY DO IN KEEPING US APPRISED AND KEEPING OUR OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ADDRESS THE MANY THREATS THAT FACE OR COULD FACE THIS NATION COMING OUT OF PLACES LIKE RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND PLENTY OF OTHER LOCALES AROUND THE WORLD. AT THE SAME TIME AND CRITICAL FOR MY OWN SUPPORT, THIS BILL IS SUPPORTIVE OF THE ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND WHAT WE MUST DO TO PRESERVE AND DEFEND THE CIVIL LIBERTIES THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT TO US AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE VALUES THAT EMBODY IN THIS COUNTRY THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY ARE THE QUALITATIVE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS COUNTRY AND OUR ADVERSARIES. I WOULD NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, IN PARTICULAR, SOME CONVERSATION CAME UP AS THE RANKING MEMBER ALLUDED TO WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT'S CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD. IN COMMITTEE I STRESSED THIS IS ONE OF A COUPLE OF GROUPS THAT PROVIDE OVERSIGHT FOR THESE TERRIBLY IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, INTERNALLY THERE ARE THE INSPECTOR GENERALS AND THE CHECKS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE AGENCY. THERE ARE A COUPLE DOZEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SENATORS WHO PROVIDE SOME OVERSIGHT, AND THEN THERE IS THIS OUTSIDE GROUP WHICH PRODUCES OPINIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN CITED IN FISA COURT OPINIONS, WHICH HAVE BEEN CITED BY THE AMICUS THAT WAS SET UP DURING THE U.S.A. FREEDOM ACT AND I WILL CONTINUE TO SAY IT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE OVERALL INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. MAINTAINING THIS BALANCE BETWEEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, WHICH IS CRITICAL AND, AGAIN, THOSE VALUES WHICH ARE THE QUALITATIVE DIFFERENCE THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR ADVERSARIES IS IMPORTANT, IT'S ENSHRINED IN THIS BILL AND I'M DELIGHTED TO OFFER MY SUPPORT. WITH THAT IE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. --

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    -- MR. HIMES

    WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MR. NUNES

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, ANOTHER ONE OF THE LEADERS ON THE COMMITTEE.

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    MR. QUIGLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO JOIN THE CHORUS BY THANKING THE STAFF ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO JOIN THE CHORUS BY THANKING THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK AND SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND GIVE YOU SOMETHING OF A MODEL FOR HOW WE CAN WORK ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT PROVIDES FUNDING AND OVERSIGHT TO VITAL COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS. IT ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE WITH HOW BEST TO SUPPORT AND LEVERAGE OUR PARTNERS AND ALLIES WHICH IS IMPORTANT IN SHRINKING BUDGETS AND EVER-INCREASING THREATS. SPECIFICALLY, I'M PLEASED THAT THE I.A.A. CONTINUES TO SUPPORT SECURITY SERVICES IN UKRAINE. I'VE LONG ADVOCATED FOR U.S. ASSISTANCE TO UKRAINE GIVEN THE STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP AND SHARED VALUES BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND RUSSIA REMAINS A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO ITS NEIGHBORS AND TO THE U.S. BOLSTERING OUR PARTNERS IN EASTERN EUROPE IS ONE WAY TO CHECK RUSSIA'S INCREASING ADVENTURISM. WE MUST CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS HERE AT HOME. WE MUST NOT GET LULLED INTO A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY BECAUSE OF THREATS AGAINST SOFT TARGETS LIKE STADIUMS AND AIRPORTS. SINCE 9/11 WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT ENHANCEMENTS TO U.S. INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES, BUT THAT WAS 15 YEARS AGO. WE MUST CONTINUE TO REASSESS OUR RISK AND TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO STOP TERRORIST ATTACKS BEFORE THEY OCCUR. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. NUNES

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. MR. SCHIFF, -- I'D…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. MR. SCHIFF, -- I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE --

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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    MR. NUNES

    YEAH, I'LL RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SCHIFF, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AS WELL AND I AM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AS WELL AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO DESCRIBE THE WORLD AS…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TO DESCRIBE THE WORLD AS DANGEROUS IS NOT AN OVERSTATEMENT OR POLITICAL STATEMENT, IT IS A REALITY. THANKFULLY WE HAVE THE WORLD'S MOST TALENTED, CAPABLE INTELLIGENCE THAT SERVE US. FROM DIRECTOR CLAPPER AND THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE BEGINNING THEIR CAREERS IN INTELLIGENCE FROM CASE OFFICERS TO ANALYSTS, SUPPORT AND LOGISTICS PERSONNEL, FROM INSPECTORS' GENERAL, FROM ACQUISITION PERSONS, FROM SEISMOLOGISTS, TO LINGUISTS, SPECIAL FORCES, TO ALL IN THE I.C., YOU HAVE OUR MOST SINCERE THANKS AND ADMIRATION. CHAIRMAN NUNES, THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO BIPARTISANSHIP. TO MAJORITY AND MINORITY COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO CONDUCT RIGOROUS AND CONTINUOUS OVERSIGHT OF THE I.C. THAT HELPS PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AS WELL AS OUR PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. AND THANK YOU TO OUR EXCELLENT COMMITTEE STAFF, INCLUDING ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDECARLY BLAKE, LINDA COHEN, BOB MINEHART, AMANDA ROGERS THREE-POINT, THOMAS EAGER AS WELL AS KRISTEN JEBSON, KEVIN KLINE. ALSO WANT TO THANK MY STAFF DIRECTOR, MICHAEL, AND DEPUTY STAFF DIRECTOR TIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN BILL, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO IMPROVING IT FURTHER ON ITS WAY TO BECOMING LAW. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NUNES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE AND, AGAIN, THANK THE STAFF FROM BOTH THE MINORITY AND THE MAJORITY SIDE. AS MR. QUIGLEY SAID, IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE IF IT WASN'T FOR THE STRONG MEMBER INVOLVEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT THAT MAKES A BIPARTISAN WORK PRODUCT LIKE THIS -- GIVES IT THE ABILITY TO COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND TO BE PASSED OVERWHELMINGLY IN A BIPARTISAN BASIS. SO I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS ON MY COMMITTEE FROM BOTH SIDES FOR THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION AND AS THE RANKING MEMBER SAID, WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO MAKE THIS PRODUCT BETTER. WE'LL WORK OUT OUR DIFFERENCES WITH THE SENATE AND HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THE YEAR WE WILL HAVE A PRODUCT THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5077, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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    MR. NUNES

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR 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, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2121 AS AMENDED, TO…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2121 AS AMENDED, TO AMEND THE SAFE MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT OF 2008, PROVIDE A TEMPORARY LICENSE FOR LORGE ORIGINATORS TRANSITIONING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2121, A BILL TO AMEND THE SAFE MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT OF 2008 TO…

    H.R. 2121, A BILL TO AMEND THE SAFE MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT OF 2008 TO PROVIDE A TEMPORARY LICENSE FOR LOAN ORIGINATORS TRANGSING BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. MUTE MEYER AND THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. MUTE MEYER AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MS. SEWELL WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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    MR. LUCAS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME --

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2121,…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2121, THE SAFE TRANSITIONAL ACT OF 2015. H.R. 2121 WILL ESTABLISH THAT A MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR EMPLOYED BY A FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE INSTITUTION WHO LEAVES TO JOIN A LICENSED MORTGAGE COMPANY WOULD HAVE AUTHORITY TO ORIGINATE MORTGAGES. IN ORDER TO QUALIFY, THE INDIVIDUAL MUST HAVE FILED AND APPLICATION WITH THE STATE TO BE A LICENSED LOAN ORIGINATOR. MORE SIMPLY, THIS BILL ALLOWS FLEXIBILITY TO WORKERS LOOKING TO MAKE A CAREER CHANGE. THIS BILL DOES NOT ALLOW FOR UNREGULATED, UNLICENSED MORTGAGE ARGUES NATUREORS TO HAVE A FREE PASS. THE ACT MAKES CLEAR THAT THE TEMPORARY LICENSE GOOD FOR 120 DAYS CAN APPLY ONLY TO A REGISTERED LOAN ORIGINATOR. FURTHER, H.R. 2121 STIPULATES THAT THE ORIGINATOR MUST BE REGISTERED AND BE EMPLOYED BY A LICENSED AND SUPERVISED MORTGAGE LENDER, BANKER OR SERVICER. H.R. 2121 INCLUDES OTHER SAFEGUARDS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO BE POINTED OUT. THE BILL MAKES CLEAR THAT THE TEMPORARY AUTHORITY WOULD EXPIRE SHOULD THE ORIGINATOR WITHDRAW HIS OR HER APPLICATION OR IF THE STATE DENIES THE APPLICATION. THIS IS A HIGHLY BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL ENSURE WORKERS AT DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS ARE ABLE TO MOVE TO NONDEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF WORK DISRUPTION. THIS BILL IS ABOUT JOBS AND STREAMLINING THE GOVERNMENT PROCESS TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE CAN CONTINUE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. FOLKS SHOULDN'T BE PREVENTED FROM WORKING MONTHS AT A TIME SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WANT TO CHANGE JOBS OR EMPLOYERS. IT SHOULD FOSTER NOT ONLY CONSUMER PROTECTION BUT JOB GROWTH AND EFFICIENT MARKETPLACES OF THE THE CURRENT LICENSING REQUIREMENTS DO JUST THE EXACT OPPOSITE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES 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 GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SEWELL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SEWELL

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2121 THE SAFE TRANSITIONAL ACT OF 2015. I'M…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2121 THE SAFE TRANSITIONAL ACT OF 2015. I'M PROUD TO SERVE AS AN ORIGINAL DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUE, LED BY REPRESENTATIVE STIVERS, FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DRAFT THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING HERE TODAY. HOME OWNERSHIP CONTINUES TO BE AND REMAINS A DREAM FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN HELPING ENSURE THIS DREAM BECOMES A REQUALITY. THIS FACILITATES A LOAN ORIGINATOR'S JOB MOBILITY AND STATE REGULATORS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND THE MARKETPLACE. THIS LEGISLATION OFFERS A NARROWLY SOLUTION THAT PROVIDES TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY TO ORIGINATE MORTGAGES FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MOVE FROM A FEDERALLY INSURED INSTITUTION TO A NONBANK LENDER. THESE INDIVIDUALS WILL WORK TO MAKE THE SAFE ACT LICENSING AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS STATE REGULATORS AND KEY INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN EXTENSIVE DIALOGUE ON WAYS TO ELIMINATE JOB BARRIERS FOR LOAN ORIGINATORS AND PROMOTE HOME OWNERSHIP FOR QUALIFIED BUYERS. I'M COMMITTED TO WORK THAT OUR HOUSING FINANCE AND MORTGAGE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO DELIVER FAIR, SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCING TO MEET THE EVER CHANGING NEEDS OF HOME OWNERSHIP. H.R. 2121 IS TRULY A REFLECTION OF WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER TOWARDS A UNIFIED AND SHARED GOAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I YIELD TO MR. STIVERS 3 1/2 MINUTES FOR HIS PRESENTATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. STIVERS

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I WANT TO THANK…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR ALL THE WORK THAT HE'S DONE AS THE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET ACCESS TO THEIR OWN VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. THIS IS A PIECE OF THAT, AS THE REPRESENTATIVE TOLD YOU. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SEWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE BEATTY FOR THEIR HARD WORK. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL AND THIS IS A JOBS BILL AND WAS A YOU UNANIMOUS BILL AND PASSED 56-0. THE SAFE ACT PASSED IN 2008 AS PART OF THE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT AND IT CREATED TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFICATIONS ON MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS DEPENDING ON WHETHER THEY WORK FOR A NONDEPOSITORY OR A FEDERALLY REGULATED DEPOSITORY. IT KEPT PEOPLE CAPTAIN I HAVE WORKING FOR THE SAME KIND OF COMPANY THAT THEY WORKED YESTERDAY BECAUSE IF THEY TRIED TO CHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO, THEY DON'T HAVE A LICENSE AND CAN'T HELP PEOPLE ACHIEVE THEIR VERSION OF THE AMERICAN DREAM OF OWNING A HOME. AND SO THIS WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO BE MORE MOBILE IN MOVING BETWEEN DEPOSITORY AND NONDEPOSIT TOWER INSTITUTIONS. IT IS A JOBS ISSUE AND WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE WORK FORCE CAN GO WHERE THE JOBS ARE AND THAT THEY CAN HELP PEOPLE GET LOANS TO OWN A HOME AND WE ALL BELIEVE IN HOME OWNERSHIP AND THIS IS A SMALL WAY WE CAN BE FOR IT TODAY. REPRESENTATIVES SEWELL AND BEATTY WORKED VERY HARD WITH ME WITH INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS AND REGULATORS TO GET THE BILL THAT WE HAVE TODAY AND PASSED UNANIMOUSLY OUT OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. H.R. 2121 AS AMENDED WOULD FOSTER AN EFFICIENT MARKETPLACE OF COMPETITION BETWEEN BANKS AND NONBANKS AND ALLOW MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS TO HELP AMERICANS ACHIEVE HOME OWNERSHIP. IT PROVIDES THE TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY IF YOU MOVE FROM A DEPOSITORY TO A NONDEPOSITORY. UNDER THE PROPOSAL AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS EMPLOYED BY A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION THAT IS REGISTERED UNDER THE SAFE ACT FOR THE PRECEDING 12 MONTHS CAN ORIGINATE LOANS AFTER SUBMITTING A BACKGROUND CHECK AND CREDIT INFORMATION TO THEIR STATE REGULATOR UNTIL THE APPLICATION IS EITHER APPROVED, DENIED OR WITHDRAWN OR EVEN IF IT'S JUST DEEMED INCOMPLETE, AT THAT POINT THE TRANSITIONAL AUTHORITY CEASES. SO THEY HAVE TO SUBMIT A FULL APPLICATION AND THEN ONCE THEY DO THAT, THEY GET A CHANCE TO CONTINUE TO WORK UNDER THIS TRANSITIONAL PERIOD. AGAIN, THIS IS A JOBS ISSUE. IT WILL HELP PEOPLE MOVE BETWEEN THE TWO TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS THAT MOST AMERICANS DON'T THINK ABOUT. THEY WANT TO GET A MORTGAGE AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE FACILITATE HERE WITH COMMONSENSE RULES. SOME STATES HAVE HAD TRANSITIONAL LICENSE AUTHORITY BUT THE CFPB DOES NOT ALLOW THEM TO EXERCISE THAT AUTHORITY AND THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS NECESSARY. SO I'M REALLY GLAD WE CAN ALLOW FOR THAT NOW TO ENSURE THAT AMERICANS CAN GET ACCESS TO HOME OWNERSHIP. I THANK REPRESENTATIVES SCHEDULE AND BEATTY AND THE MEMBERS OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THE CHAIR OF THE FULL COMMITTEE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, FROM CALIFORNIA. THIS IS, INDEED, A UNANIMOUS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AT THIS POINT BUT I THANK THE SPONSOR…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AT THIS POINT BUT I THANK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. STIVERS, AND MS. SEWELL AND MRS. BEATTY FOR THEIR FINE WORK AND SUPPORT. I APPRECIATE IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:56:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2121 AS AMENDED. 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 MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:56:54 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4139 TO AMEND THE SARBANES OXLEY…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4139 TO AMEND THE SARBANES OXLEY ACT OF 2002 TO PROVIDE A TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FOR LOW REVENUE INSURERS FROM CERTAIN ATASSTATION REQUIREMENTS.

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  • 03:57:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 458, H.R. 4139, A BILL TO AMEND THE SARBANES OXLEY…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 458, H.R. 4139, A BILL TO AMEND THE SARBANES OXLEY ACT OF 2002 TO PROVIDE A TEMPORARY EXEMPTION FOR LOW REVENUE SURERS FROM CERTAIN ATTESTTATION REQUIREMENTS.

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  • 03:57:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA EACH WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 03:57:36 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    FIVE LEMMINGSTIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL.

  • 03:57:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:57:49 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4139, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4139, THE FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. SINEMA. IT EXTENDS A NARROW EXEMPTION TO COMPLY WITH SECTION 404-B FOR AMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES THAT WOULD OTHERWISE LOSE THEIR EXEMPT STATUS FOR A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. AS SUCH, H.R. 4139 IS CONSISTENT WITH THE BIPARTISAN AIMS OF THE JOBS ACT TO ELIMINATE ONE SIZE FITS ALL REGULATORY STRUCTURE FOR OUR PUBLIC COMPANIES. UNDER SOX, SECTION 404-B -- WHILE IMPORTANT THIS TRANSLATES INTO SIGNIFICANT, LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE COSTS AND DRIVING UP ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING EXPENSES. THE COST TO COMPLY HAVE FAR EXCEEDED THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATES DONE BY THE S.E.C. AND 2011 S.E.C. STUDY FOUND THE AVERAGE COST FOR COMPANIES CAN EXCEED $1 MILLION ANNUALLY. THIS BURDEN IMPACTS SMALL AND EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES SUCH AS BIOTECH FIRMS THAT ARE ENGAGING IN LIFE SAVING RESEARCH. MY HOME STATE HAS 1,300 BIOTECH COMPANIES EMPLOYING 28,000 PEOPLE WHO CONDUCT GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH. THE COST DIVERT THE RESOURCES TO REGULATORY COMPLIANCE COSTS HARMING THE ABILITY OF THOSE FIRMS TO COME MEET IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE AND EVEN IN LIFESAVING TREATMENTS. BRIAN HAHN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF A SMALL PUBLIC BIOTECH COMPANY TESTIFIED AT A SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON H.R. 4139 ON DECEMBER 2, 2015. THAT SECTION 404-B AND I QUOTE, PROVIDES TOO LITTLE TO NO INSIGHT INTO THE HEALTH OF AN EMERGING BIOTECH COMPANY BUT EXTREMELY COSTLY FOR AN INNOVATOR TO COMPLY WITH, END QUOTE. THE JOBS ACT CREATED AN EXEMPTION TO THESE ATTESTTATION REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL ALLOW SMALL COMPANIES TO FOCUS ON GROWING THEIR BUSINESS, GO PUBLIC AND STILL COMPLY WITH SOX OTHER PROVISIONS. NEVERTHELESS, THE SMALLEST OF PUBLIC COMPANIES TRY TO COMPLY WITH THE SIGNIFICANT COSTS. DESPITE CLAIMS TO THE CONTRARY, H.R. 4139 WILL PROVIDE REGULATORY RELIEF TO THE SMALLEST OF PUBLIC COMPANIES LESS THAN $50 MILLION IN ANNUAL RESUE. THIS PROVIDESON RAMP FOR SECTION 404-B COMPLIANCE. LEGISLATION LIKE THE FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT WILL ENSURE THAT GROWING COMPANIES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE PUBLIC MARKET WITHOUT BEING FORCED TO SIFEN OFF INNOVATION CAPITAL TO SPEND ON COSTLY COMPLIANCE BURDENS THAT DO NOT INFORM BIOTECH. I THANK MS. SINEMA AND MR. FITZPATRICK ON FOR THEIR WORK ON THE BILL. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE THIS REGULATORY RELIEF TO OUR NATION'S SMALL INNOVATIVE COMPANIES AND JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 4139. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 04:01:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:01:29 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELFUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS SO RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SEWELL

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT. THIS BILL PERMITS…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT. THIS BILL PERMITS CERTAIN PUBLIC COMPANIES THAT WOULD BE VALUED AT MORE THAN HALF A BILLION DOLLARS TO AVOID AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT REQUIRED BY THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002 FOR UP TO A DECADE. WHILE I SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WLD ENABLE EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES TO USE VALUABLE RESOURCES TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, STABLE AND ULTIMATELY SUCCESSFUL, I BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL IS -- AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED IS OVERLY BROAD AND WOULD POTENTIALLY UNDERMINE CRITICAL INVESTOR PROTECTIONS AND IMPEDE CONFIDENCE IN OUR CAPITAL MARKETS. ULTIMATELY, THE AUDIT -- THE AUDITORS' REPORTS ON PUBLIC COMPANIES PROVIDE SUBSTANTIAL BENEFITS TO INVESTORS AND TO COMPANIES. THEY PROMOTE CONFIDENCE IN THE U.S. MARKETS, STRENGEN INTERNAL CONTROLS AND ULTIMATELY PREVENT FRAUD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:02:33 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THI POINT I'D LI TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THI POINT I'D LI TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, WHO IS A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 04:02:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 3 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 04:02:49 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    WELL, THANK YOU LUETKEMEYER FOR YIELDING TIME TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE…

    WELL, THANK YOU LUETKEMEYER FOR YIELDING TIME TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ASSIST THE INNOVATORS AND THE JOB CREATORS WHICH DRIVE OUR ECONOMY, THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO POSITION THE UNITED STATES AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN RESEARCH AND A GLOBAL LEADER IN DEVELOPMENT. MR. SPEAKER, DURING A PREVIOUS CONGRESS, THE FINANCIAL SERVICS COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS. C.E.O. OF A PHILADELPHIA-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECHNOLOGY FIRM WHICH AT THE TIME EMPLOYED AROUND 55 INDIVIDUALS. FOR THIS.500 AND FOR MANY EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES FOCUSED ON GROUNDBREAKING THNOLOGIES IT COOK -- COULD TAKE MORE THAN A DECADE TO SEE PROFITS. BUT THEY'RE REQUIRED TO PAY FEES. WHILE CONGRESS HAS MADE EFFORTS TO REDUCE SOME OF THESE REGULATORY BURDENS IN THE ACT, LIKE THE JOBS ACT OF 2012, CREATED AN EFFECTIVE YET ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH TO EXEMPT COMPANIES UP TO FIVE YEARS FROM SECTION 404-B OF SARBANES-OXLEY WHICH, OF COURSE, WS' HEARD HIRING THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR IN SOME CASES. UNFORTUNATELY, A SMALL GROUP OF COMPANIES REMAIN UNPROFITABLE AFTER THIS PERIOD OF TIME. THIS BIPARTISAN FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT WORKS TO ADDRESS THIS SHORTCOMING BY PROVIDING TARGETED RELIEF FROM THESE COSTLY REGULATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS. ALLOWING OUR AMERICAN FIRMS TO FOCUS ON WHAT THEY DO BEST -- INNOVATION, BREAKTHROUGHS AND LIFE-SAVING -- CURING LIFE-SAVING DISEASES. BY EXTENDING THE WAIVER PERIOD FOR SMALLER COMPANIES THAT MEET SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, WASHINGTON GETS OUT OF THE WAY AND ALLOWS THESE FIRMS TO BETTER COMPETE IN CRITICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN AN INCREASINGLY GLOBALIZED AND COMPETITIVE WORLD. THAT'S IT. I WANT TO APPLAUD MS. SINEMA OF ARIZONA, THE BILL'S SPONSOR, REPRESENTATIVE DELANEY. WE CAME TOGETHER TO FIND BIPARTISAN CONCLUSION SOLUTIONS THAT ADDRESS REGULATORY BURDENS FOR OUR EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES. IT IS HOPE WITH THIS SPIRIT OF BIPARTISANSHIP, WE CAN SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS HOUSE CAN GOVERN AND FOSTER AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:05:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:05:23 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD LETTERS OF OPPOSITION FROM A.F.R., PUBLIC CITIZEN AND S.E.C. ADVOCATE.

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  • 04:05:32 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:05:33 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:05:42 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND SPONSOR OF THE BILL, THREE MINUTES.

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  • 04:05:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SINEMA

    THANK YOU, MR. LUETKEMEYER, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. LUETKEMEYER FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. LUETKEMEYER, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND MR. LUETKEMEYER FOR HELPING PROVIDE COMMONSENSE REGULATORY RELIEF FOR COMPANIES ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL RESEARCH. I'VE HEARD FROM COMPANIES THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT THAT BURDENSOME AND UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO STIFLE THEIR ABILITY TO GROW AND SUCCEED. THE FOSTERING INNOVATION ACT ALLOWS CERTAIN EMERGING GROWTH COMPANIES, INCLUDING SOME BIOPHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO SPEND VALUABLE RESOURCES ON PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTEAD OF COSTLY AND UNNECESSARY EXTERNAL AUDITS. CURRENTLY, E.G.C.'S ARE EXEMPT FROM CERTAIN REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR FIVE YEARS AFTER THEIR INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING. ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT E.G.C.'S ARE EXEMPT FROM ARE SARBANES-OXLEY SECTION 404-B WHICH REQUIRES PUBLIC AUDITS TO OBTAIN AN EXTERNAL AUDIT FOR THE CONTROLS ON FINANCIAL REPORTING. THIS IS COSTLY AND UNNECESSARY BECAUSE MANAGEMENT IS STILL REQUIRED TO ASSESS INTERNAL CONTROLS, AND THESE E.G.C.'S BY DEFINITION HAVE VERY LIMITED PUBLIC EXPOSURE. H.R. 4139 IS A VERY NARROW FIX THAT TEMPORARILY EXTENDS THE SARBANES-OXLEY SECTION 404-B EXEMPTION FOR AN ADDITIONAL FIVE YEARS FOR A SMALL SUBSET OF E.G.C.'S WITH ANNUAL AVERAGE REVENUE OF LESS THAN $50 MILLION AND LESS THAN $700 MILLION IN PUBLIC FLOAT. THIS WILL ENABLE THESE E.G.C.'S TO USE VALUABLE RESOURCES TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, STABLE AND ULTIMATELY SUCCESSFUL. IN THE BIOPHARMA MARKET, MAKING IT EASIER AND LESS COSTLY MEANS GREATER COMPETITION AND RESULTS IN POTENTIALLY LOWER DRUG PRICES FOR CONSUMERS. FURTHER, NOTHING IN THIS BILL PROHIBITS AN EXTERNAL AUDIT IF A COMPANY OR A MAJORITY OF ITS SHAREHOLDERS DETERMINES AN AUDIT IS BENEFICIAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN HELPING TO ENSURE THAT COSTLY REGULATIONS DON'T STAND IN THE WAY OF SUCCESS FOR BIOPHARMACEUTICAL AND OTHER COMPANIES ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:08:03 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I JUST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I JUST WANT TO THANK MS. SINEMA AND MR. FITZPATRICK FOR THEIR FINE WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH BASICALLY IS A COMMON SENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ALLOW OUR SMALL BIOTECH COMPANIES TO DO A BETTER JOB OF MANAGING THEIR OWN FUNDS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:08:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4139. 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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  • 04:09:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1762 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1762, A BILL TO NAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS…

    H.R. 1762, A BILL TO NAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN THE DALLES, OREGON, AS THE LOREN R. KAUFMAN MEMORIAL VETERANS' CLINIC.

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  • 04:09:40 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 04:09:50 PM

    MR. MILLER

    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.

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  • 04:09:56 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:09:57 PM

    MR. MILLER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 04:10:04 PM

    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1762, AS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1762, AS AMENDED. THIS LEGISLATION WAS SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN FROM OREGON. IT WOULD DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC AT DALLES, OREGON, THE LOREN R. KAUFMAN V.A. CLINIC. BORN AND RAISED IN DALLES, OREGON, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS LOREN KAUFMAN ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY JUST ONE WEEK AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. HE WENT ON TO SERVE IN COMBAT IN BOTH WORLD WAR II AND IN KOREA UNTIL HIS DEATH IN ACTION ON THE 10TH OF FEBRUARY, 1951. FOLLOWING HIS DEATH, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS KAUFMAN WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS ACTIONS IN KOREA IN SEPTEMBER OF 1950 WHEN HIS COMPANY WAS ATTACKED BY AN ENEMY BATTALION AND HIS BATTALION WAS ORDERED TO REINFORCE THE COMPANY. ACCORDING TO THE U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY DURING THE BATTLE THAT FOLLOWED, THE DAUNTLESS COURAGE AND RESOLUTE AND INTREPID LEADERSHIP OF SERGEANT FIRST CLASS KAUFMAN WERE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF HIS COMPANY REFLECTING DISTINCT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHOLDS THE ESTEEMED TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY SERVICE. IN RECOGNITION OF THAT, IT'S ENTIRELY FITTING AND APPROPRIATE THAT SERGEANT FIRST CLASS KAUFMAN'S LIFE AND SERVICE BE MEMORIALIZED BY NAMING THE V.A. COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN HIS HOMETOWN AFTER HIM. H.R. 1762, AS AMENDED, SATISFIES THE COMMITTEE'S NAMING CRITERIA. IT'S SUPPORTED BY THE OREGON CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND IT IS SUPPORTED BY MANY VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, THE MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEART. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BILL IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE OREGON COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. I'M GRATEFUL TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. WALDEN, FOR CO-SPONSORING H.R. 1762, AS AMENDED, TO RECOGNIZING A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES 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 FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:12:20 PM

    MS. BROWN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MS. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT H.R. 1762, AS AMENDED, WHICH NAMES A NEW VETERANS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT H.R. 1762, AS AMENDED, WHICH NAMES A NEW VETERANS CLINIC IN DALLES, OREGON, IN HONOR OF LOREN R. KAUFMAN, A SOLDIER IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS KAUFMAN JOINED THE ARMY THE WEEK AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND SERVED NORTH AFRICA AND EUROPE DURING WORLD WAR II. LATER DURING THE KOREAN WAR, HE EARNED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS QUICK COUNTERATTACK ON ENEMY COMBAT WHICH SO SURPRISED THE ENEMY THEY RETREATED IN CONFUSION AT THE AGE OF 28 YEARS OLD WHILE SERVING IN COMPANY G-9 INFANTRY DIVISION, SERGEANT WAS KILLED IN ACTION. AS STATED IN THE CITATION FOR HIS MEDAL, HIS LEADERSHIP OF SERGEANT KAUFMAN WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF HIS COMPANY IN REGAINING ITS POSITION, REFLECTING THE DISTINCT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND UPHOLDING THE ESTEEMED TRADITION OF THE MILITARY SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    GENTLEMAN FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT OF OREGON,

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. WALDEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS'…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. HE'S DONE SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB LEADING THAT COMMITTEE AND MAKING SURE OUR VETERANS GET THE RECOGNITION AND THE CARE THEY HAVE EARNED AND SO DESERVE, AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS VERY TIMELY AND IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO NAME THE V.A. CLINIC IN THE DALLES, OREGON, AFTER LOREN R. KAUFMAN THIS IS ACTUALLY A PHOTO OF MR. KAUFMAN. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS KAUFMAN WAS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO, AS MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID. HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE DALLES. SERGEANT KAUFMAN SERVED IN THE ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II AND HE ALSO SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR. WHILE IN KOREA, SERGEANT KAUFMAN'S COMPANY WAS ATTACKED BY THE ENEMY. HIS PLATOON WAS TWO MILES AWAY PROTECTING THE BATTALION FLANK AND WAS ORDERED TO COME REINFORCE THE COMPANY. ON THEIR WAY TO THE NEW LOCATION, THEY CAME UNDER FIRE. SELFLESSLY SERGEANT KAUFMAN RAN FORWARD. HE ENGAGED THE ENEMY AND FORCED THEM INTO RETREAT AND CONFUSION. ONCE SERGEANT KAUFMAN'S PLATOON REJOINED THEIR COMPANY, THEY FOUND THE ENEMY HAD TAKEN GROUND AND PINNED DOWN THEY WERE IN A DRAW. WITHOUT HESITATION, SERGEANT KAUFMAN AGAIN CHARGED THE ENEMY LINES, FIRING HIS RIFLE, THROWING GRENADES, USING HIS BAYONET AND SEIZING AN UNMANNED MACHINE GUN. BECAUSE OF HIS FAST THINKING AND FEARLESSNESS, THE ENEMY FLED AND THE COMPANY REGAINED THEIR POSITION. IT WAS FOR THESE ACTIONS AND CONSPICUOUS GALLANTLY AND INTREPID ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL, HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR BY PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN. AS MENTIONED IN HIS CITATION IT WAS MENTIONED, THE DAUNTLESS SBREEPED LEADERSHIP WERE DIRECTLY RESPONSE FOR THE SUCCESS OF HIS COMPANY, REFLECTING DISTINCT UPON HIMSELF. AND UPHOLDING THESS TEEMINGED TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY -- ESTEEMED TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY SERVICE. TRAGICALLY, THOUGH, SERGEANT KAUFMAN RECEIVED THIS INCREDIBLE HONOR POSTHUMOUSLY. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON FEBRUARY 10, 1951, AND WAS LAID TO REST IN PORTLAND, OREGON. . I STRONGLY AGREE THAT WE SHOULD HONOR HIS HEROISM BY RENAMING THE V.A. CLINIC IN HIS HONOR. I WANT TO THANK THE VETERANS ADD HOC COMMITTEE, THE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE, THE WASKO COUNTY COMMITTEE AND THANK THE ENTIRE OREGON CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND THE MAUVE VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIS FAMILY FROM THE DALLES. I'M PROUD TO HELP HONOR LOREN KAUFMAN BY RENAMING THIS CENTER IN HIS HONOR SO HE CAN CONTINUE TO BE AN INSPIRATION FOR THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I HAVE NO MORE REQUESTS FOR TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS NO MORE REQUESTS. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MS. BROWN

    YES, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN JOINING ME BY SUPPORTING…

    YES, SIR. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN JOINING ME BY SUPPORTING H.R. 1762 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1762 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RESOLUTION IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED. THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MILLER

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 960 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 960 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMUNITY…

    H.R. 960 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN NEWARK, OHIO, AS THE DNL L. KINNARD DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. MILLER

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 960 AS AMENDED, WHICH WOULD NAME THE DEPARTMENT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 960 AS AMENDED, WHICH WOULD NAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN NEWARK, OHIO, AS THE DNL L. KINNARD DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC. HE WAS BORN IN 1949 IN MOUNT OLIVE, OHIO. DURING THE WAR, HE SERVED WITH THE FAMED SCREAMING EAGLES. ON MARCH 9, 1968, HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN ACTION WHILE RENDERING AID TO HIS FELLOW PARATROOPERS. DURING THE COURSE OF HIS ACTIONS, SPECIALIST KINNARD WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, THE VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL, THE PARACHUTIST BADGE, THE SHARP SHOOTERS BADGE, THE RIFLE BAR, THE BRONZE STAR FOR VALOR, THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL AND THE COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE. GIVEN HIS VALIANT SERVICE AND ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, IT'S NOT ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT WE GATHER HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE HIM BY NAMING THE V.A. COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN OHIO HIS HOME STATE AFTER HIM. IN -- H.R. 960 AS AMENDED SATISFIES OUR COMMITTEE'S CRITERIA FOR NAMING BILLS AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE OHIO CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND A NUMBER OF VETERANS SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDE THE AM VETS, AND MILITARY ORDER OF PURPLE HEART. I'M GRATE TO FEEL MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN TIBERI OF OHIO, FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE

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    MS. BROWN

    H.R. 960

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM

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    MS. BROWN

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. TIBERI

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MS. BROWN

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE CLERK

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    E PURSUANT

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MS. BROWN

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MS. BROWN

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY

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    MR. MILLER

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY CURRENTLY OFFERED AT THREE…

    ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE, HOWEVER, IS ONLY CURRENTLY OFFERED AT THREE FACILITIES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. MY DISTRICT IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE ONE OF THESE, THE LONG ISLAND STATE VETERANS' HOME IN STONEY BROOK, NEW YORK, BUT THIS PROGRAM COULD BE OFFERED AT ANY OF THE 153 STATE VETERANS' HOMES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SINCE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DOES NOT CURRENTLY COVER THE COST OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM, THE EXPENSE MUST BE PAID OUT OF POCKET BY THE VETERAN AND THEIR FAMILY WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF VETERANS WHO CAN ENROLL. MY BILL, H.R. 2460, WOULD ENSURE THAT 70% OR MORE SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE AT NO COST TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILY BY DEFINING IT AS A REIMBURSED PROGRAM FROM THE V.A. CURRENTLY, 52 REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE SIGNED ON AS CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JEFF MILLER FOR ALL OF HIS LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, FOR RECOGNIZING THE URGENCY AND PASSING THIS BILL, MYSELF, THE COMMITTEE, MANY MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS, CONSTITUENTS AND THIS COUNTRY WILL MISS HIM FOLLOWING HIS SERVICE THIS YEAR. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY FOR HAVING THIS BILL PLACED ON THE CALENDAR FOR TODAY. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2460, AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2460, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2460. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 373715, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3715, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO DIRECT THE…

    H.R. 3715, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO PERMIT INTERMENTS, FUNERALS, MEMORIAL SERVICES, AND CEREMONIES OF DECEASED VETERANS AT NATIONAL CEMETERIES AND STATE CEMETERIES RECEIVING GRANTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DURING CERTAIN WEEKENDS IF REQUESTED FOR RELIGIOUS REASONS .

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. TCHARP FLORIDA.

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    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. MILLER

    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.

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    E WITHOUT

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3715, THE FINAL FAREWELL ACT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3715, THE FINAL FAREWELL ACT OF 2015. WE KNOW THAT IT CAN SOMETIMES BE A CHALLENGE TO TAKE TIME AWAY FROM WORK TO ATTEND A FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR A LOVED ONE. THIS BILL, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS, CONGRESSWOMAN CORRINE BROWN OF FLORIDA, WOULD LESSEN THAT CHALLENGE FOR THOSE ARRANGING TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF A VETERAN BURIED IN A NATIONAL CEMETERY. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE V.A. UPON THE REQUEST OF THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED TO PERMIT WEEKEND FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES. IN DOING SO, THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW MORE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS TO PAY FINAL RESPECTS TO THEIR LOVED ONES AS THEY ARE LAID TO REST. OUR VETERANS, THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR US, HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH HONOR AND RESPECT AFTER THEY HAVE PASSED ON. ALTHOUGH I SUPPORT THIS BILL, I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THE STATE DIRECTORS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS HAVE RAISED CONCERNS WITH THE RESTRICTION IT CONTAINS ON GRANTS TO STATE AND TRIBAL SEM TEARS WHO RECEIVE -- CEMETERIES WHO RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE RANKING MEMBER TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS DURING THE UPCOMING NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE. I WANT TO THANK MS. BROWN ONCE AGAIN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION, BRINGING THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MS. BROWN

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3715, AS AMENDED, THE FINAL FAREWELL ACT.…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3715, AS AMENDED, THE FINAL FAREWELL ACT. THIS BILL IS OF GRANT IMPORTANCE TO MANY FAMILIES WHO TRADITIONALLY HOLD FUNERALS ON WEEKENDS. WHILE V.A. HAS THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE WEEKEND SERVICES TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THEY RARELY DO. THIS HAS BEEN A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGE FOR VARIOUS RELIGIOUS AND CULTURES WHO BURY THEIR LOVED ONES ON SATURDAY. FUTURE MORE, THESE FAMILIES ARE FORCED TO BEAR THE COSTS OF STORING THEIR LOVED ONE'S REMAINS OVER THE WEEKEND. HOWEVER, THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, MAKE WEEKEND BURIALS AVAILABLE TO ALL VETERANS REGARDLESS OF THEIR REASON AND NEED FOR A WEEKEND BURIAL. THIS BENEFITS FOR OUR VETERANS IS -- THIS BENEFIT FOR OUR VETERAN IS AN HONOR FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THE FAMILY OUGHT TO MOURN THEIR LOSS AT A TIME THAT WORKS FOR THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS. THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR HIS SUPPORT ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR HIS SUPPORT ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION…

    ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3715, 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3989, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO IMPROVE THE…

    H.R. 3989, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO IMPROVE THE PROCESS FOR DETERMINING THE ELIGIBILITY OF CAREGIVERS OF VETERANS TO CERTAIN BENEFITS ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS.

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    EMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 04:39:16 PM

    MR. MILLER

    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.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MILLER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3989, AS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED, THE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY CAREGIVERS ACT. CONGRESS CREATED THE FAMILY CAREGIVERS PROGRAM IN 2010 TO SUPPORT THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS WHO PUT THEIR OWN LIVES AND CAREERS ON HOLD TO CARE FOR THOSE VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN GRAVELY WOUNDED IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. AT THE TIME V.A. EXPECTED 3,000 FAMILY CAREGIVERS WOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM. HOWEVER, IN FISCAL YEAR 2015 ALONE, MORE THAN 24,000 CAREGIVERS PARTICIPATED IN AND RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE STIPEND PAYMENT THROUGH THE PROGRAM. UNSURPRISINGLY IN 2014, THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT STAFFING FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM WAS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET HIGHER-THAN-EXPECTED DEMAND AND STAFFING SHORTAGES IMPEDED THE TIMELINESS OF THE PROGRAM AND NEGATIVELY IMPACTED SERVICES TO VETERANS AND TO CAREGIVERS. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED, WOULD PROVIDE A SAFETY VALVE FOR CAREGIVER SUPPORT COORDINATORS BY ALLOWING VETERANS AND CAREGIVERS TO ELECT TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT ENTITY PROVIDE A CLINICAL REVIEW OF ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM IN CERTAIN INSTANCES. V.A. WOULD BE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE EXTERNAL CLINICAL REVIEW INTO ACCOUNT AND TO PROVIDE CLINICAL JUSTIFICATION IF V.A.'S ULTIMATE DECISION IS CONTRARY TO THE FINDINGS CONTAINED IN THE EXTERNAL CLINICAL REVIEW. TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND TO ENSURE THE PROGRAM IS FUNCTIONING AS CONGRESS' INTENTION, IT WOULD ALSO REQUIRE V.A. TO ISSUE DIRECTIVES OUTLINING THE POLICIES, THE PROCEDURES AND THE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM. AND IT WOULD REQUIRE G.A.O. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON V.A.'S PROCESSES FOR DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM. ADJUDICATING APPEALS FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM AND PERIODICALLY RE-EVALUATING ELIGIBILITY FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS AND COMMUNICATING ANY CHANGES THAT RESULT FROM SUCH RE-EVALUATION TO THE VETERAN OR TO THE CAREGIVER IN QUESTION. FINALLY, THE BILL WOULD ALSO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT V.A. CAN SPEND ON AWARDS AND BONUSES TO V.A. EMPLOYEES. H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED, IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK FROM NEW YORK AND I THANK HER FOR HER HARD WORK AND HER ADVOCACY IN INTRODUCING THIS BILL ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS, AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:42:22 PM

    MS. BROWN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MS. BROWN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED. I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW DIFFICULT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3989, AS AMENDED. I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO DEAL WITH THE ILLNESS OF A LOVED ONE. I WAS BLESSED WITH THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF MY BIG MAMA, MY GRANDMAMA UNTIL JUST A FEW YEARS AGO. MY MOTHER IS WITH ME NOW IN FLORIDA, AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THE WORK OF A CAREGIVER IS GOD'S WORK. I CANNOT THINK OF ANYTHING MORE REWARDING, PLEASING, TIRING, EXHAUSTING OR MENTALLY DRAINING THAN TAKING CARE OF A FAMILY MEMBER. I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE CAREGIVERS ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCED ENHANCEMENT ACT IN THE 111TH CONGRESS. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW THE CAREGIVERS AND VETERANS -- HEALTH SERVICE ACT ON MAY 5, 2010. THE LAW REQUIRES THAT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ESTABLISH CAREGIVERS SUPPORT SERVICE TO VETERANS. FAMILY CAREGIVERS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF THE LONG-TERM CARE SYSTEM WITH MORE THAN 50 MILLION PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE INFORMAL CAREGIVERS FOR A CRON ICALLY ILL, AGING FAMILY MEMBER IN THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 80% OF ADULTS LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY ARE IN NEED OF LONG-TERM CARE, DEPENDENT ON FAMILY CAREGIVERS. THEREFORE, AVOIDING COSTLY INSTITUTIONAL NURSING HOME CARE. THE ONE ISSUE I HAVE WITH THE LEGISLATION IS THAT THIS BILL ASKS THE V.A. TO REPORT ON EXPANDING THE CAREGIVERS PROGRAM. WE ALL KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM. IT WORKS. WHY HAVE ANOTHER REPORT WHEN WE JUST EXPAND THE PROGRAM? LET ME WE PETE THAT -- REPEAT THAT. WE ALREADY KNOW THE PROGRAM WORKS. WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER REPORT. WHAT WE NEED IS TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. I WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER TO ALLOW US TO BRING UP H.R. 2894, THE CAREGIVERS ACCESS AND RESPONSIBILITY EXPANSION FOR ALL VETERANS ACT. THIS BILL EXPANDS THE CAREGIVERS PROGRAM TO VETERANS OF ALL ERAS. THE CAREGIVERS PROGRAM WORKS AND WE NEED TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:44:57 PM

    MR. MILLER

    CONSUME TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS IMPORTANT OF LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    CONSUME TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS IMPORTANT OF LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE 21ST DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, MS. STEFANIK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. STEFANIK

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY REGARDING H.R. 3989,…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY REGARDING H.R. 3989, THE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY CAREGIVERS ACT. . AFTER WORKING WITH A CONSTITUENT WHO WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE CARE GIVING AT THE V.A. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THIS BILL. MILITARY CARE GIVERS SELFLESSLY CARE FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES BEHIND THE SCENES TO ENHANCE THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. THANKFULLY, THE FAMILY CARE GIVER PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO ENSURE CARE GIVERS WERE NOT FORGOTTEN. MY BILL WOULD GUARANTEE THAT THOSE WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES AS CARE GIVERS RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED AND THEY SO DESPERATELY DESERVE. MY DISTRICT HAS THE LARGEST VETERAN POPULATION OF ANY DISTRICT IN NEW YORK STATE. THIS HAS PROVIDING ME WITH A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SELFLESS SACRIFICE OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES PROVIDE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND NATION. OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS WARRING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE SERVED BRAVELY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE SACRIFICED AN IMMEASURABLE AMOUNT. SO IT IS VITAL THAT WE ENSURE THEY RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE AVAILABLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE V.A. HAS HAD A DIFFICULT TIME MANAGING THE HIGH DEMAND FOR FAMILY CAREGIVER ENROLLEES, WHICH IS MUCH LARGER THAN ORIGINALLY ACCOUNTED FOR. V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS LACK SUFFICIENT CAREGIVER SUPPORT COORDINATORS AND THE NECESSARY CLINICAL STAFF TO CARRY OUT MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY. APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE NOT BEING MET BY THEIR OWN INTERNAL STANDARDS AND THE STAFF IS STILL SHORTLANDED -- SHORTHANDED. THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE THAT MILITARY CARE GIVERS HAVE ACCESS TO A THIRD PARTY TO CONDUCT CLINICAL REVIEWS IN THE EVENT OF AN APPEAL AND IT ENSURES THAT THE PROCESS IS TRANSPARENT SO VETERANS AND CARE GIVERS ARE NEVER LEFT WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. MILITARY CARE GIVERS ARE SILENT HEROS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND DESERVE RESPECT AND BENEFITS PROPORTIONAL TO THEIR COMMUNITY. -- TO THEIR SACRIFICE FOR THE COMMUNITY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BENISHEK OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THIS LEGISLATION AS WELL AS TCHARME MILLER AND RANKING MEMBER BROWN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR VETERANS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3989 AS AMENDED, A BILL DESIGNATED TO CREATE A…

    I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3989 AS AMENDED, A BILL DESIGNATED TO CREATE A PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL CLINICAL REVIEW OF THE V.A. CARE GIVERS' PROGRAM AND I'M HOPING THAT THE CHAIRMAN AS WE MOVE FORWARD WILL WORK WITH THE SENATE AND TRY TO COME UP WITH A WAY THAT WE CAN AT LEAST HAVE A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND THE CARE GIVERS' PROGRAM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. MILLER

    I HAVE ONE REMAINING SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. YOUNG.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. YOUNG

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY CARE GIVERS ACT OF WHICH I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR. CONGRESS ESTABLISHED THE PROGRAM TO ASSIST MILITARY CARE GIVERS YET MANY FACE DELAYS IN GETTING THE SUPPORT THEY NEED EFFECTIVELY CARE FOR OUR WOUNDED HEROES. THIS ACT WOULD STREAMLINE THE PROCESS, ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS TO CONTRACT WITH A THIRD PARTY TO RECUSE THE CLAIMS BACKLOG. RATHER THAN LEAVE CARE TO STRANGERS, SOME FAMILY MEMBERS CHOOSE TO QUIT THEIR JOBS AND MAKE OTHER SIGNIFICANT LIFE CHANGES TO CARE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. WE NEED TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT THEM. MORE AND MORE OF OUR VETERANS ARE RETURNING FROM WAR WITH BATTLE SCARS OR INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR. I OFTEN MEET WITH IOWA VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN WOUNDED WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE ALL MET WITH THEM. THESE BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS DESERVE THE BEST CARE AND ASSISTANCE WE CAN GIVE. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO SUPPORT OUR WOUNDED VETERANS AND THEIR DEDICATED CARE GIVERS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PASSING THIS BIPARTISAN, IMPORTANT BILL AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. STEFA NICK, FOR HER BIPARTISAN -- MS. STEFANIK, FOR HER BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    SPEAKERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND…

    SPEAKERS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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 THE BILL H.R. 3989 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, DWIRDS 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 TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:50:29 PM

    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5229, A BILL TO ADDRESS THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY…

    H.R. 5229, A BILL TO ADDRESS THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY OUT A STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PROGRAMS ESPECIALLY IN REGARDS TO WOMEN VETERANS AND MINORITY VETERANS AND TRANSITIONING TO CIVILIAN LIFE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 0 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 04:51:05 PM

    MR. MILLER

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MILLER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED, THE IMPROVING TRANSITION…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED, THE IMPROVING TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR ALL VETERANS ACT. THE TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO VETERAN LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS A SMOOTH ONE. A TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS, DEFENSE, AND LABOR, DOES A PRETTY GOOD JOB ALLEVIATING SOME OF THE STRESS THAT CAN OCCUR BEFORE A SERVICE MEMBER LEAVES THE MILITARY AND IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO INFORM OUTGOING SERVICE MEMBERS WHAT BENEFITS THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO FROM VETERANS AFFAIRS AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR CIVILIAN LIFE. THOUGH T.A.P. CONTINUES TO IMPROVE, IT'S STILL A STRUGGLE TO FULLY PREPARE SERVICE MEMBERS FOR THIS SHORT, FIVE-DAY PERIOD, LET ALONE ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS IN EACH PROGRAM. THE BILL WILL FORCE -- THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD BE A FIRST STEP IN EXAMINING HOW IT CAN FURTHER BE IMPROVED TO ADDRESS THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF MINORITY VETERANS, WOMEN VETERANS, DISABLED VETERANS, NATE I AMERICAN VETERANS, AND VETERANS FROM U.S. TERRITORIES. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT AS A NATION WE PREPARE OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL BACKGROUNDS FOR LIFE AFTER UNIFORM AND THE STUDY REQUIRED BY THIS BILL WOULD GIVE THE V.A., D.O.D., AND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR THE ABILITY TO REVIEW T.A.P. AND BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW IT CAN BE IMPROVED TO ENSURE WE PROPERLY TRANSITION ALL SERVICE MEMBERS AND ADDRESS THEIR SPECIFIC NEEDS AS THEY PREPARE FOR LIFE AFTER THE MILITARY. I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN TAKANO FROM CALIFORNIA AND CONGRESSWOMAN RAD WEE BEGAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA, FOR THEIR WORK -- CONGRESSWOMAN RADEWEGAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL.

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  • 04:53:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. TAKANO'S BILL H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MR. TAKANO'S BILL H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED. THE BIPARTISAN IMPROVEMENT TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM FOR ALL VETERANS ACT. DATA FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS INDICATES THAT VETERANS' UNEMPLOYMENT IS A SEVEN-YEAR LOW AS OF APRIL, 2016. VETERANS FACE AN OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3.9%, WHICH IS BETTER THAN THE NATION'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 4.5%. WHICH IS EXCELLENT NEWS AND I AM PROUD THAT THE NUMBERS HAVE IMPROVED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE ADMINISTRATION, THE SECRETARY OF V.A. YET, THE OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR ALL VETERANS DOES NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY. SOME SUBGROUPS OF VETERANS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO FIND FULFILLMENT -- FULFILLING CAREERS THAT PAY THEM WELL AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH. A -- AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON VETERAN EMPLOYMENT TRAINING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, CERTAIN VETERAN POPULATIONS FACE CHALLENGING AND PATTERNS THAT DIFFER FROM THE BROADER POPULATION OF TRADITIONAL SERVICE MEMBERS. TO ENSURE WE HAVE A POLICY -- WE -- TO ENSURE THAT WE POLICYMAKERS ARE AHEAD OF THE TRENDS ABOUT THESE SUBGROUP, BILL WILL DETERMINE THE DEGREE TO WHICH THEIR NEEDS ARE DIFFERENT AND LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR LEADING THEIR UNIQUE CHALLENGES. H.R. 5229 REQUIRES V.A. TO INITIATE A RESEARCH PROGRAM IN COLLABORATION WITH D.O.L. AND D.O.D. TO BETTER UNDERSTAND IF AND HOW CURRENT VETERANS TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMS ADDRESS WHAT MAY BE DIFFERENT NEEDS, CHALLENGES, AND POST-SERVICE ASPIRATIONS OF WOMEN VETERANS. VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS. WHO ARE VETERANS FROM THE U.S. TERRITORIES AND OTHER SUBGROUPS THAT THE SECRETARY IDENTIFIES. WHEN WE AS A NATION SENT INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS TO THE ARMED FORCES TO WAR, CONGRESS PROMISED THE SUPPORT -- TO SUPPORT ALL SERVICE MEMBERS WHEN THEY MADE THE TRANSITION BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. TO MAKE UP OUR MODERN MILITARY FORCE IS CHALLENGING AND IN A SHORT YEAR, THERE WILL BE A SUBSTANTIALLY GREATER PERCENTAGE OF FEMALE VETERANS THAN THERE ARE NOW AND THANKS TO MODERN DAY MEDICINE, MORE VETERANS SURVIVE INJURIES TO RETURN TO PRODUCTIVE LIFE EVEN WITH SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITIES. BUT WOMEN VETERANS FACE A HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS AND VETERANS WITH HIGH DISABILITIES -- HIGH DISABILITY RATES HAVE A MUCH HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE COMPARED TO THOSE WITHOUT. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS EARN THE LOWEST MEDIAN PERSONAL INCOME AND ARE LEAST LIKE -- LESS LIKELY TO HAVE FINISHED AN ADVANCED DEGREE THAN OTHER VETERANS. WE DON'T KNOW HOW THESE TRENDS IMPACT VETERANS FROM THE U.S. TERRITORIES. WE MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THESE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF VETERANS AND BE READY TO ADAPT V.A. POLICIES AND PROGRAMS TO GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL THIS BILL WOULD ENABLE US TO DO THAT. I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND MY COLLEAGUES FROM ACROSS THE AISLE FOR BEING AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL. AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TIME -- OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MILLER

    I DON'T HAVE ANY PRESENTERS ON THIS, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED IF CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED IF CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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  • 04:57:16 PM

    MS. BROWN

    HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    16 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. BROWN

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. TAKANO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. TAKANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 5229 AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, THE INITIAL TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN LIFE IS OFTEN THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME FOR RETURNING VETERANS. THE FEDERAL TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS T.A.P., IS DESIGNED TO EASE THAT SHIFT BY TEACHING VETERANS ABOUT THEIR BENEFITS AND PREPARING THEM TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE, ATTEND SCHOOL, OR BOTH. AS THE RANKING MEMBER NOTED, THE PROGRAM HAS LARGELY BEEN SUCCESSFUL. VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT A SEVEN-YEAR LOW. HOWEVER, SUPPORTING TRANSITIONING VETERANS REQUIRES MORE THAN A ONE SIZE FITS ALL PROGRAM. THERE ARE MORE THAN 135,000 FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS IN MY DISTRICT AND JUST ONE APPROACH CANNOT MEET THE NEEDS OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL. CERTAIN VETERANS' COMMUNITIES ARE STILL BEING LEFT BEHIND. WOMEN VETERANS, NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS, VETERANS FROM THE U.S. TERRITORY, AND VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES. THEY FACE CHALLENGES AND ASPIRE TO JOBS THAT DIFFER FROM THE BROADER POPULATION OF RETURNING SERVICE MEMBERS. WE CANNOT BE SATISFIED WITH A PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS LARGE GROUPS OF VETERANS TO SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS. THE IMPROVING TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR ALL VETERANS ACT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO LAUNCH A RESEARCH PROGRAM EXAMINING IF AND HOW THE CURRENT PROGRAMS MEET THE NEEDS OF MINORITY VETERANS GROUPS. IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND DEFENSE, THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE THE V.A. TO RECOMMEND CHANGES TO TAP THAT WOULD ADDRESS BARRIERS AND BETTER SERVE THESE VETERANS IN THEIR PURSUIT OF MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT FOLLOWING MILITARY SERVICE. MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, OUR MILITARY REFLECTS AMERICA'S DIVERSE MIX OF PEOPLE AND CULTURES. EACH OF THESE TRANSITIONING SERVICE MEMBERS, REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE, OR DISABILITY, HAS MADE THE SAME COMMITMENT TO DEFENDING THIS NATION. ALL OF THEM DESERVE OUR FULL SUPPORT WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. I'M PROUD TO HAVE INTRODUCED THIS BILL WITH THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA, MS. RADEWEGAN AND I WANT TO THANK MR. WENSTRUP AND CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN MOVING THIS FORWARD. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS -- TO PROMPTLY PASS THIS LEGISLATION, THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTINUE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:00:31 PM

    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO DISCUSS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO DISCUSS BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE WORK OUR NATION DOES TO CARE FOR OUR VETERANS. NEXT WEEK WE WILL BE HONORING THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY ON MEMORIAL DAY. WE WILL COMMEMORATE THE LIVES AND THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO DIED WHILE WEARING THE UNIFORM OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE WILL RIGHTLY RECOGNIZE THEIR COURAGE AND COMMITMENT, BUT WE MUST ALSO ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE THE SAME COURAGE AND DEDICATION FOUND IN OUR VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL AND THE CHALLENGES THAT MANY OF THEM FACE AS THEY TRANSITION INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. THE IMPROVING TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR ALL VETERANS ACT WILL ALLOW CONGRESS, THE V.A. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND DEFENSE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THESE CHALLENGES. THE STUDY CREATED BY THIS BILL WILL ALLOW US TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WORKING, WHAT IS NOT WORKING AND HOW VETERANS CAN BEST BE PLACED IN A POSITION TO SUCCEED ONCE THEY TRANSITION TO CIVILIAN LIFE. IT WILL ALLOW US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES, THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES FACED BY THE GROWING NUMBER OF FEMALE VETERANS IN OUR POPULATIONLE, A GROUP THAT GENERALLY -- POPULATION, A GROUP THAT GENERALLY HAS A HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AND LOWER POSTVETERAN SALARY THAN MALE COUNTERPARTS. WE NEED TO SUPPORT OTHER GREAT VETERANS' BILLS ON THE FLOR TODAY THAT WOULD ASSIST VETERAN CAREGIVERS AND ENSURE THE V.A. DEVELOPS PLANS TO HIRE PERMANENT MEDICAL CENTER DIRECTORS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTINUE TO RESERVE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:02:38 PM

    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE FOR COMING UP WITH THIS BILL, AND AT THIS TIME I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:02:50 PM

    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:02:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5229, 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:03:27 PM

    MR. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED.

  • 05:03:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3956, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO DEVELOP…

    H.R. 3956, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO HIRE DIRECTORS OF THE MEDICAL CENTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

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    TEMPORE PURSU

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MILLER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 05:03:57 PM

    MR. MILLER

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 05:04:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:04:05 PM

    MR. MILLER

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

  • 05:04:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

  • 05:04:11 PM

    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, THE V.A.…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, THE V.A. HEALTH CENTER MANAGEMENT STABILITY AND IMPROVEMENT ACT. H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, IS SPONSORED BY FELLOW COMMITTEE MEMBER, CONGRESSMAN BOST OF ILLINOIS. 3956, AS AMENDED, ALSO CONTAINS PROVISIONS FROM H.R. 4977, THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSWOMAN JACKIE WALORSKI FROM INDIANA, WHO IS ALSO AN ACTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER ON V.A. THERE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TURNOVER AMONG THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER LEADERS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE SECRETARY OF V.A., SLOAN GIBSON, OVER HALF OF VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION SENIOR LEADER POSITIONS HAD TURNED OVER FROM OCTOBER, 2013, TO OCTOBER, 2015. WITHOUT CONSISTENT HIGH-QUALITY LEADERSHIP IN V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS, OUR VETERANS AREN'T BEING SERVED AS WELL AS THEY COULD BE OR THEY SHOULD BE. H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, WOULD DIRECT V.A. TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO HIRE A DIRECTOR FOR EACH V.A. MEDICAL CENTER WITHOUT A PERMANENT DIRECTOR AND PRIORITIZE HIRING AT V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS THAT HAD NOT HAD A PERMANENT DIRECTOR FOR THE LONGEST PERIODS OF TIME. ONCE STABLE LEADERSHIP IS IN PLACE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS BEHIND THE ACCESS TO CARE CRISIS THAT PLAGUED THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN 2014 WAS THE FAILURE OF V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS TO COMPLY WITH V.A. SCHEDULING POLICIES. TO AVOID THAT IN THE FUTURE, H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, WOULD REQUIRE V.A. TO ENSURE THAT DIRECTIVES AND POLICIES APPLY UNIFORMERLY ACROSS THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT AND REQUIRE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER DIRECTORS TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THE SCHEDULING DIRECTIVE OR ANY SUCCESSOR DIRECTIVE THAT REPLACES IT. IF A FACILITY FAILS TO COMPLY, LEADERS AT THAT FACILITY WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM RECEIVING A BONUS. I'M GRATEFUL TO BOTH CONGRESSMAN BOST AND CONGRESSWOMAN WALORSKI FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THIS LEGISLATION ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:06:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:06:38 PM

    MS. BROWN

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

  • 05:06:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 05:06:45 PM

    MS. BROWN

    FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 05:07:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER…

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:07:48 PM

    MR. MILLER

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE 12TH DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS,

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  • 05:07:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:07:58 PM

    MR. BOST

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MARINE AND THE FATHER OF A MARINE, I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MARINE AND THE FATHER OF A MARINE, I UNDERSTAND IT TAKES LEADERSHIP TO WIN A BATTLE. HOWEVER, AT V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, WE'VE SEEN A REINVOLVING DOOR OF TEMPORARY DIRECT -- REVOVLING DOOR OF TEMPORARY DIRECTORS THAT HAVE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO ADHERE REFORMS FOR OUR HEROES. THIS FIRST CAME TO MY ATTENTION IN MY OWN BACK YARD. MANY SOUTHERN ILLINOIS VETERANS RECEIVE TREATMENT AT THE V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IN ST. LOUIS. THIS FACILITY HAS STRUGGLED TO FIND A PERMANENT DIRECTOR SINCE JULY 14, 2013. THAT'S 34 MONTHS AGO. IT'S A SIMILAR STORY AT ROUGHLY THREE DOZEN OTHER V.A. HOSPITALS NATIONWIDE. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS ROOTED IN THE FACT THAT THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT ONLY ALLOWS TEMPORARY DIRECTORS TO SERVE A TERM OF 120 TO 240 DAYS. WELL, HOW ARE WE EVER GOING TO CLEAN UP THE V.A. IF NO ONE'S AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO DO IT? THAT'S WHY I INTRODUCED HOUSE RESOLUTION 3956, THE V.A. HEALTH CENTER MANAGEMENT STABILITY AND IMPROVEMENT ACT. MY BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, INTRODUCED WITH CONGRESSMAN COSTA, WOULD HELP CLOSE -- CLOSES THE REVOLVING DOOR AT THE V.A. CLINICS. IT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON ANY UNFILLED VACANCIES AND IDENTIFY ROADBLOCKS THAT MAY HAVE LED TO THE PROBLEM TO BEGIN WITH. IT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION FOR HIRING HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND PERMANENT DIRECTORS FOR EACH AND EVERY OPENING. AND IT TELLS THE V.A. TO ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROMOTING AND TRAINING HIGH-PERFORMING CANDIDATES FROM WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION. THE STATUS QUO IS UNACCEPTABLE AS IT DETERMINES THE QUALITY, CONSISTENCY AND SPEED OF CARE THAT OUR VETERANS RECEIVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION, M VETS, DISABLED VETERANS OF AMERICA AND OTHER SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS BY SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:10:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:10:23 PM

    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, AND YIELD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3956, AS AMENDED, AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:10:35 PM

    MR. MILLER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE ONE MORE PERSON TO SPEAK THIS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE ONE MORE PERSON TO SPEAK THIS EVENING. IT WILL BE MRS. WALORSKI FROM THE SECOND DISTRICT OF INDIANA, I RECOGNIZE HER FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 05:10:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:10:49 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK ON MANY V.A. ISSUES IN REFERENCE TO VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3956, THE V.A. HEALTH CENTER MANAGEMENT STABILITY AND IMPROVEMENT ACT. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES MY BILL, THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, WHICH LOCKS IN A CRUCIAL MEASURE OF OVERSIGHT OVER V.A.'S SCHEDULING PRACTICES. HEARINGS HELD BY THE V.A. COMMITTEE AND INVESTIGATIONS BY THE V.A. INSPECTOR GENERAL AND THE G.A.O. HAVE SHOWED FALSIFIED WAIT TIME DATA AT V.A. FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. V.A. DIRECTIVE 210-0-7 CONTAINS THE POLICY FOR APPOINTMENTS, SCHEDULING AND PROCEDURES. IT CONTAINS A CHECKLIST WITH 19 DIFFERENT ITEMS SUCH AS ENSURING THE PATIENT'S DESIRED APPOINTMENT DATE IS NOT ALTERED AND THAT THE STAFF HAVE APPROPRIATE TRAINING. IMPORTANTLY, THE DIRECTOR REQUIRES EACH FACILITY TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY ITS FULL COMPLIANCE WITH ALL 19 ITEMS. HOWEVER, AN AUGUST, 2014, V.A. INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT UNCOVERED THAT IN MAY OF 2013, A SENIOR V.A. OFFICIAL WAIVED THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR F.Y. 2013. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY PUTS THE FACILITY ON THE SYSTEM TO ALLOW THEM TO SELF-CERTIFY. WITHOUT THIS CRUCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM, BAD ACTORS WERE GIVEN FREE REIN TO MANIPULATE THE WAIT TIME DATA AND ALLOWED THEM TO DETERIORATE. MEANWHILE, VETERANS DIED WHILE WAITING FOR APPOINTMENTS WHILE OTHERS FACED -- DIDN'T GET THE CRITICAL CARE THEY NEEDED. H.R. 3956, THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, REQUIRES EACH FACILITY DIRECTOR TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THE SCHEDULING DIRECTIVE OR ANY SUCCESSOR DIRECTOR THAT REPLACES IT. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PROHIBITS ANY FUTURE WAIVERS. IN ADDITION, IT PROHIBITS THE V.A. FROM GIVING BONUSES TO DIRECTORS IF THEIR FACILITY FAILS TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE AND IT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS A LIST OF FACILITIES NOT IN COMPLIANCE. THIS WILL PROVIDE MORE OVERSIGHT OF THE V.A., ENSURE CONGRESS IS AWARE OF NONCOMPLIANT FACILITIES AND END THE RECKLESS PRACTICE OF SELF-CERTIFICATION. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS ALREADY YIELDED BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE. MR. MILLE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ALSO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:13:33 PM

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    THSPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOESHE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SPRUSS AND PASS H.R. 4987, TO DESIGNATE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SPRUSS AND PASS H.R. 4987, TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 39572NDVENUE IN LAUREL HILL, FLORIDA, AS THE SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WILLIAM "KELLY" LACEY POST OFFICE.

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  • 05:15:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CALINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CALINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:15:29 PM

    MR. WALKER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. . I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THA ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND TEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS REMARKS ON THE BILL UNR CONSIDERATION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4987 INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN JEFF MILLER OF FLORIDA. IT DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 3957 IN LAUREL HILL FLORIDA AS THE WILLIAM KELLY LACEY POST OFFICE. HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY IN 2002 AND SERVED WITH DEDICATION FOR TWO YEARS. HE WAS ON A TOUR OF DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION ON JANUARY 4, 2014. DURING HIS TIME IN THE ARMY, SERGEANT LACEY EARNED MORE THAN 30 MILITARY AWARDS, INCLUDING A BRONZE STAR WITH VALOR AND TWO MORE BRONZE STAR MEDALS. SERGEANT LACEY EXEMPLIFIED LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. JUST MOHS BEFORE HIS DEATH, HE FULFILLED ONE OF HIS DREAMS BY REACHING THE RANK OF E-7. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO HONOR LACEY'S GREAT SACRIFICE BY NAMING A POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR AND I WILL YIELD TO JEFF MILLER TO TELL US MORE. FOR NOW, I RESERVE.

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  • 05:16:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:17:05 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY…

    I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4987, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY IN LAUREL HILLS, FLORIDA, AS THE SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WILLIAM KELLY LACEY POST OFFICE. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS IS REMEMBERED AS A WONDERFUL FAMILY MAN BY THOUSANDS HE LEAVES BEHIND PARTICULARLY HIS WIFE, AND DAUGHTER, AND THREE STEP- DAUGHTERS AND PARENTS. HE HAS THREE BRONZE STARS INCLUDING ONE WITH VALOR, A PURPLE HEART AND HUMANITARIAN AWARD. WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO REMEMBER THE SERGEANT FIRST CLASS LACEY'S HEROIC DEEDS ON THE BATTLEFIELD AS WELL AS HIS COMPASSION FOR OTHERS AT HOME. AND I URGE THE PASSAGE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:18:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:18:17 PM

    MR. WALKER

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. JEFF MILLER.

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  • 05:18:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:18:26 PM

    MR. MILLER

    I THANK MR. WALKER. MEMBERS, A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO, NORTHWEST…

    I THANK MR. WALKER. MEMBERS, A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO, NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND OUR NATION LOST A WARRIOR AND A PATRIOT UPON THE DEATH OF ARMY SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WILLIAM KELLY LACEY. KELLY WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 200 FIRST BRIGADE SUPPORT BATTALION, THIRD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM OF THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION OUT OF FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY AND KILLED ON THE 4TH OF JANUARY, 2014 IN AFGHANISTAN WHILE IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. TODAY I STAND BEFORE YOU TO HONOR THIS HERO BY DESIGNATING THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 3957 SECOND AVENUE IN INTELLECTUAL HILLS AS THE SERGEANT FIRST CLASS WILLIAM KELLY LACEY POST OFFICE. KELLY SERVED THREE TOURS IN IRAQ AND WAS COMPLETING HIS SECOND TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN HIS LIFE WAS TRAGICALLY TAKEN. DURING THE MISSION THAT TOOK HIS LIFE, HE PROTECTED FELLOW SOLDIERS DURING AN ATTACK WHERE A CAR BOMB BREACHED HIS BASE PERIMETER ALLOWING COMBATANTS TO INITIATE AN ASSAULT. HE TOOK A GUARD TOWER AND PROVIDING COVER FIRE KILLING THREE BEFORE A ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE TOOK HIS LIFE. HE WAS SCHEDULED TO RETURN HOME JUST TWO WEEKS FROM THE TIME OF HIS DEATH. WE MUST NEVER FORGET NOR TAKE FOR GRANTED THE MANY LIBERTIES WE ENJOY AS AMERICANS, LIBERTIES EARNED AND FORTIFIED BY SOLDIERS LIKE KELLY, WHO NEVER HESITATE WHEN CALLED UPON. KELLY, BRAVELY PROTECTED OUR SUPREME FREEDOM. WHILE THERE IS NOTHING TO DO TODAY TO BRING KELLY BACK TO US AND TAKE AWAY THE PAIN THAT IS FELT BY HIS LOVED ONES WHO ARE LEFT BEHIND, WE CAN HELP MEMORIALIZE HIS ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. AMERICA'S SOVEREIGNTY AND DEMOCRACY IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE COURAGEOUS ACTS OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLING SERVE KNOWING THAT AT ANY TIME, THEY COULD PAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. RENAMING THE POST OFFICE WILL ENSURE FUTURE GENERATIONS REMEMBER THAT SACRIFICE AND UNDERSTAND THE TRUE COST OF FREEDOM. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:21:10 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:21:19 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

  • 05:21:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4987. THAIN. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:21:48 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES PASS H.R. 433 TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES PASS H.R. 433 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE POST OFFICE IN KNOX, PENNSYLVANIA AS THE SPECIALIST MCGINNIS POST OFFICE.

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  • 05:22:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 433, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 433, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 523 EAST RAILROAD STREET IN KNOX, PENNSYLVANIA AS THE SPIGS LIST ROSS A. MCGINNIS MEMORIAL POST OFFICE.

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  • 05:22:21 PM

    MPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. WALKER

    I ASK THAT MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    I ASK THAT MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. .

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    MR. WALKER

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 433. H.R. 433 DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOCATED…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 433. H.R. 433 DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 523 EAST RAILROAD STREET IN KNOX PENNSYLVANIA. THIS BILL HONORS THE BRAVE SOLDIER AND MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT ARMY SPECIALIST ROSS MCGINNIS. IT IS ONE OF INCREDIBLE SACRIFICE. WHEN THEY LAUNCHED A GRENADE INTO HIS VEHICLE, HIS REACTION WAS ONE OF BRAVERY. HE THRUST HIS OWN BODY ON TOP OF THE GRENADE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF HIS COMRADES. IN A MOMENT I WILL ASK CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON, THE SPONSOR, TO SHARE MORE ABOUT THIS HERO. IN THE MEANTIME, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO SUPPORT A POST OFFICE TO HONOR MCGINNIS' LIFE. I RESERVE.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 433, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 523 RAILROAD STREET IN KNOX, PENNSYLVANIA, AS SPECIALIST ROSS A. MCGINNIS MEMORIAL POST OFFICE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF POST OFFICES THAT WE'RE BRINGING FORWARD TODAY RECOGNIZING THE SACRIFICE AND THE COMMITMENT OF OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS TO OUR COUNTRY. AND IT IS NOTEWORTHY TO PUT INTO THE RECORD THAT ROSS MCGINNIS WAS PROMOTED AFTER DEATH TO SPEAKS LIST AND RECEIVED THE BRONZE STAR AND PURPLE HEART AND MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS HEROIC ACTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT SPECIALIST ROSS MCGINNIS MADE TO OUR COUNTRY AND I URGE THE PASSAGE AND I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST A FEW DAYS PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION WILL REMEMBER THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN JUST A FEW DAYS PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION WILL REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE LOSING THEIR LIVES AS MEMBERS OF AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES. AS AN ARMY DAD WITH MY SON BEING WOUNDED IN IRAQ, I KNOW THE STRUGGLES THAT MILITARY FAMILIES GO THROUGH AND I KNOW HOW COURAGEOUS AND STRONG OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN AND THE BRAVERY OF THOSE WHO DID NOT MAKE IT HOME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 433, WHICH RENAMES THE UNITED STATES POST OFFICE IN KNOX, PENNSYLVANIA AS THE SPECIALIST ROSS A. MCGINNIS POST OFFICE, A DESIGNATION WHICH WILL HONOR A BRAVE YOUNG MAN. MCGINNIS WAS BORN JUNE 14, FLAG DAY, 1987 IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE SON OF TOM AND ROMAINE MCGINNIS AND KILLED ON DECEMBER 4, 2006. ROSS GREW UP IN THE COMMUNITY OF KNOX LOCATED IN PENNSYLVANIA'S TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AND ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MEMBER OF THE BOY SCOUT TROOP ALONG WITH PARTICIPATING IN BASKETBALL, SOCCER AND LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND 2005 GRADUATE OF THE KEYSTONE JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. IN 2004, ON HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY HE VISITED AN ARMY RECRUITING CENTER. FOLLOWING HIS INITIAL TRAINING, HE WAS DEPLOYED TO EASTERN BAGHDAD IN AUGUST OF 2006 AND SERVED AS A.50 CALIBER MACHINE GUNNER IN THE FIRST PLATOON, C COMPANY 26TH INFANTRY REGULAR MEANT AND ATTENDED TO INSURGENCY IN THAT REGION. HIS PLATOON WAS ON MOUNTED PATROL AND DURING THE COURSE OF PATROL, A GRENADE WAS THROWN INTO THE VEHICLE. WITHOUT HESITATION OR REGARD FOR HIS OWN LIFE, HE THREW HIS BODY ON TOP OF THE GRENADE, SAVING THE LIVES OF HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. HE WAS PROMOTED TO SPECIALIST AND AWARDED THE SILVER STAR. ON JUNE 2, 2008, HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. IN PART HIS CITATION READS, HIS EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM AND SELFLESSNESS AT THE COST OF HIS OWN LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY ARE IN KEEPING WITH GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF, HIS UNIT AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY. IT IS MY HOPE THROUGH THE NAMING OF THIS POST OFFICE HIS HEROISM AND SELFLESSNESS WILL LIVE LONG THROUGH THE AGES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:28:08 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 433 AND RESERVE BACK THE BALANCE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 433 AND RESERVE BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 433. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFTER TIFFER, 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 NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:28:51 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3931 TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3931 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT 620 CENTRAL AVENUE IN HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK ARKANSAS AS THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN UNITED STATES POST OFFICE.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 620…

    A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 620 CENTRAL AVENUE IN HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK ARKANSAS AS THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN UNITED STATES POST OFFICE.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE FEDGES -- MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. H.R. 3931 DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOATHED AT 620 CENTRAL AVENUE SUITE 1 A IN HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK ARKANSAS AS THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN UNITED STATES POST OFFICE. HE WAS A HERO AND WILL SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION TO MANY. HE WENT FROM DRUG ADDICTION THEFT AND PRISON TIME TO A LIFE DEVOTED TO FAITH, FAMILY AND COUNTRY. A DECORATED NAVY SEAL. HE LOST AN EYE AND MULTIPLE FINGERS BUT RETURNING TO DUTY. ONE TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN WAS NOT JUST TO FIGHT FOR HIS COUNTRY. HE GAVE 500 PAIRS OF SHOES TO AFGHAN CHILDREN THAT HE HAD COLLECTED AS A PERSONAL PROJECT. ADAM'S LEGACY SHOULD LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AS WELL AS IN PHYSICAL REMEMBRANCE I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO NAME THIS OFFICE AFTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN. I RESERVE. .

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. LAURENCE I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. LAURENCE I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN --

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3931, A BILL TO DESIGNATE…

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3931, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED IN HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, ARKANSAS, AS THE CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN. ADAM BROWN NEVER DID ANYTHING HALFWAY. HE ALWAYS WAS READY TO PUSH ASIDE HIS OWN NEEDS TO HELP OTHERS. ADAM JOINED THE NAVY IN 1998 AND WAS A LONG -- IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE HE BECAME A NAVY SEAL. EVENTUALLY SERVING AS A MEMBER OF THE ELITE SEAL TEAM SIX, AND AS A SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK FORCE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN. AGAIN, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY HERE IN CONGRESS TO RECOGNIZE SOMETIMES THE QUIET BUT AMAZING CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR MILITARY, AND THIS INDIVIDUAL TODAY WE BRING FORWARD TO BE NAMED AND I, MR. SPEAKER, FEEL WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO REMEMBER THE TENACITY OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BROWN AND TO HONOR HIS VALIANT MILITARY SERVICE.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. BRUCE WESTERMAN.

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    MR. WESTERMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, JESUS SAID THAT GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT HE…

    MR. SPEAKER, JESUS SAID THAT GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. THIS POIGNANT VERSE IS INSCRIBED ON THE HEADSTONE OF ARKANSAS, AN AMERICAN HERO AND HOT SPRINGS NATIVE, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN. ADAM'S STORY IS A STORY OF LOYALTY AND DEDICATION TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE AND AN INSPIRING TESTAMENT TO OVERCOMING ADVERSITY THROUGH FAITH. TRUE TO THE NAVY SEAL CREED, ADAM'S STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP ABILITIES WERE FORGED BY ADVERSITY. ALTHOUGH ADAM'S EAGERNESS FOR RISK LED TO TROUBLE IN HIS YOUTH, HIS DETERMINATION TO DO THE RIGHT THING FUELED BY A LOVE FOR HIS FAMILY, FAITH AND COUNTRY LED HIM TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ELITE SEAL TEAM SIX. ON MARCH 17, 2010, WHILE CONDUCTING A RAID ON AN ENEMY STRONG HOLD IN AFGHANISTAN, CHIEF PETTY OFFICER ADAM BROWN SELFLESSLY PLACED HIMSELF INTO THE ENEMY'S LINE OF FIRE TO PROTECT HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS. THOUGH HIS BRAVE ACTIONS RELIEVED FIRE ON HIS TEAMMATES AND ULTIMATELY LED TO THE CAPTURE OF THE STRONG HOLD, ADAM WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY ENEMY FIRE. MANY MEMBERS OF THIS BODY AS WELL AS COUNTLESS OTHERS HAVE READ ADAM'S INSPIRING LIFE STORY IN THE BEST SELLING BOOK "FEARLESS." MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS WEEK BEFORE MEMORIAL DAY, IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL NOT ONLY SERVE TO HONOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BROWN, BUT IT WILL HONOR ALL OF THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM ARKANSAS' FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO HAVE LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND FREEDOM. AS WE REMEMBER THE FALLEN, LET US ALSO REMEMBER THOSE THAT GAVE MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. PEOPLE LIKE LIEUTENANT COLONEL HUGH MILLS JR. WHO SURVIVED HIS HELICOPTER BEING SHOT DOWN 16 TIMES AND WAS AWARDED THREE SILVER STARS FOR HIS HEROIC ACTIONS IN VIETNAM. I THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3953 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3953 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3931. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3953,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3953, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4122 MADISON STREET, ELFERS, FLORIDA, AS THE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3953, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 3953, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 4122 MADISON STREET, ELFERS, FLORIDA, AS THE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. WALKER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. WALKER

    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 REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3953, INTRODUCED BY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3953, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN GUS BILIRAKIS OF FLORIDA. H.R. 3953 DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 4122 MADISON STREET IN ELFERS, FLORIDA, AS THE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE. HE ENLISTED IN THE MARINE CORPS IN 1969 AT AGE 18 AND LEFT FOR VIETNAM IN THAT SAME YEAR. EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER HE ENLISTED, FUSSELL WAS TRADGEAKALLY KILLED BY ENEMY FIRE -- TRAGICALLY KILLED BY ENEMY FIRE. HE VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICE AND LOST HIS LIFE ALL TOO SOON WHILE FIGHTING FOR A COUNTRY HE BELIEVED IN. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL NAMING A POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. IN A MOMENT I WILL YIELD TO ITS SPONSOR, MY FRIEND CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS TO TELL US MORE ABOUT PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

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

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3953, A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 3953, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED IN ELFERS, FLORIDA, AS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE. ROGER FUSSELL RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS FOR HIS HONORABLE SERVICE, INCLUDING AN EXPERT MARKSMAN MEDAL, VIETNAMESE MILITARY MERIT AND THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CROSS AND A PURPLE HEART. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL TO AGAIN CREATE THE MEMORY, PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FUSSELL'S ACHIEVEMENTS AND HONOR, THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE ON BEHALF OF THIS COUNTRY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    BALANCE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN…

    BALANCE -- THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GUS BILIRAKIS.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3953, LEGISLATION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3953, LEGISLATION TO DESIGNATE THE ELFERS POST OFFICE AS THE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE. I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO MEET PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL BUT AFTER WORKING ON THIS LEGISLATION WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I WISH I HAD. PRIVATE FUSSELL WAS BORN IN FLORIDA AND GRADUATED FROM GULF HIGH SCHOOL IN 1968. DESPITE HIS LOVE FOR HUNTING, FISHING AND REPAIRING OLD CARS, PRIVATE FUSSELL PURSUED HIS CALLING BY ENLISTING IN THE MARINE CORPS. ON JUNE 6, 1968, PRIVATE FUSSELL ENTERED THE SERVICE ALONG WITH HIS NEPHEW JACK MATHESON UNDER THE BUDDY SYSTEM PROGRAM. THEY WENT TO BASIC TRAINING AT PARIS ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, WHERE ROGER WAS THE HIGH SHOOTER FOR HIS PLATOON. HE ALSO WAS HONORED WITH THE EXPERT MARKSMANSHIP MEDAL FOR SUPERIOR SCORES IN RIFLE RANGE SHOOTING. PRIVATE FUSSELL BEGAN TO ADVANCE INFANTRY TRAINING AT CAMP LEJEUNE AND CAMP PENDLETON. HE DEPLOYED FOR VIETNAM IN MARCH, 1969, SERVING WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION. ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ENLISTMENT, HE WAS KILLED BY MORTAR FIRE IN SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY. FOR HIS BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE, PRIVATE FUSSELL EARNED SEVERAL AWARDS, INCLUDING THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS, AWARDED FOR ACTS OF VALOR AND HEROIC CONDUCT DURING AN ARMED CONFLICT. HE ALSO RECEIVED THE VIETNAMESE MILITARY MERIT MEDAL, THE HIGHEST MILITARY DECLARATION BESTOWED BY SOUTH VIETNAM DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. CLEARLY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL IS A HERO WHO IS SERVING -- DESERVING, OF COURSE, OF HAVING HIS HOMETOWN POST OFFICE IN ELFERS, FLORIDA, DEDICATED IN HIS HONOR. I WORKED CLOSELY WITH ROGER'S FAMILY AND THE ENTIRE ELFERS COMMUNITY ON THIS LEGISLATION. TO HELP SOLIDIFY THE MEMORY OF PRIVATE FUSSELL'S BRAVERY, AMERICAN SPIRIT AND OPTIMISM. HIS ACTIONS SERVED AS INSPIRATION FOR HIS BROTHER, TIMOTHY, WHO HAS GONE ON TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY AS CHIEF OF THE PORT RICHIE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HONORING PRIVATE FUSSELL WITH THE ELFERS POST OFFICE DESIGNATION ALSO HONORS THE WORK OF HIS SISTER, MYA. MYRA SERVED -- HIS SISTER, MYRA. MYRA SERVED HER COMMUNITY IN THIS POST OFFICE FOR 20 YEARS. LET'S HONOR THIS AMERICAN HERO AND HIS FAMILY BY PASSING H.R. 3953 AND DESIGNATING THE ELFERS POST OFFICE THE PRIVATE FIRST CLASS FELTON ROGER FUSSELL MEMORIAL POST OFFICE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3953, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3953, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    ADOPTION OF THE BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3953. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:43:02 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4747,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4747, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 6691 CHURCH STREET IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, AS THE MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 05:43:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4747, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 4747, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 6691 CHURCH STREET IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, AS THE MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 05:43:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:43:47 PM

    MR. WALKER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. WALKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    ORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4747, INTRODUCED BY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4747, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN DAVID SCOTT OF GEORGIA. H.R. 4747 DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE LOCATED AT 6691 CHURCH STREET IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, AS THE MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY POST OFFICE BUILDING. HE WAS A RIVERDALE POLICE OFFICER FOR 26 YEARS BEFORE HE WAS TRAGICALLY SHOT AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY EARLIER THIS YEAR. MAJOR BARNEY WAS A UNITED STATES NAVY VETERAN, AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO HIS COMMUNITY. I WILL SOON YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT MAJOR BARNEY'S LIFE AND SACRIFICE. BUT FOR NOW I WANT TO URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO NAME A POST OFFICE AFTER MAJOR GREG BARNEY IN HONOR OF HIS VALIANT SERVICE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:44:50 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL AT THIS TIME LIKE TO YIELD…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WILL AT THIS TIME LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. SCOTT OF GEORGIA.

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  • 05:45:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. SCOTT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 05:45:09 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    AND THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE LAWRENCE. FIRST, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME…

    AND THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE LAWRENCE. FIRST, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME AND WORKING WITH ME FOR TAKING TIME WITH ME IN GETTING THIS BILL THROUGH THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR A VOTE BEFORE WE BREAK FOR THE MEMORIAL HOLIDAY BREAK OBSERVANCE. CHAIRMAN SAVAGE AND I HAD A WONDERFUL CONVERSATION AND WE BOTH AGREE THAT WE WANTED TO GET THIS BILL OUT BEFORE THE MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE BECAUSE THIS BILL REPRESENTS A MOST APPROPRIATE WAY FOR US TO BEGIN THE OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND ALSO THANK THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY AND SPEAKER PAUL RYAN FOR THEIR HELP IN MOVING EXPEDITIOUSLY WITH THIS BILL. FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT THE IDEA FOR THIS BILL CAME TO ME DIRECTLY FROM THE HEART AND THE SOUL OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, WHO TRULY LOVE AND STILL LOVE AND ENDEAR MAJOR BARNEY. RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, IS AN EXTRAORDINARY CITY, WITH A RICH HIFERT. IT'S LED BY MAYOR EVELYN DIXON, POLICE CHIEF TODD SPIVEY COUNCIL MEMBER JONES, WALLACE AND GRIFFIN. AS A MATTER OF FACT, COUNCIL MEMBERS STOPPED BY MY OFFICE AND PRESENTED THIS IDEA TO ME. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY CHIEF OF STAFF, MICHAEL AND SENIOR STAFFER HERE IN WASHINGTON, WILLIAM, FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS WORK IN HELPING. AND MY DISTRICT DIRECTOR, SANDRA AND ISSAC FOR WORKING WITH US IN GEORGIA. AND NOW I WANT TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING ABOUT THIS BILL, THIS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL. THIS BILL HONORING MAJOR BARNEY IS CO-SPONSORED BY ALL 14 MEMBERS OF THE GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND BY BOTH OUR UNITED STATES SENATORS, SENATORS ISAKSON AND PERDUE WHO WILL HANDLE THIS IN THE SENATE AND I SEE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ON THE FLOOR, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE FOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WHY WE'RE HERE. ON FEBRUARY 11, 2016, MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY, WHO ALSO NOTABLY WAS THE VERY FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN INTERIM CHIEF IN THE HISTORY OF RIVERDALE, GEORGIA. I WAS FATALLY SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE HE WAS SERVING A WARRANT FOR THE ARREST OF A DRUG DEALER, A DRUG DEALER, MR. SPEAKER. THE DRUDGE OF OUR COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW, MAJOR BARNEY STEPPED UP AND RESPONDED. HE WAS WORKING WITH A DETAIL OF THE CLAYTON COUNTY POLICE. THEIR NARCOTICS UNIT AND THEIR S.W.A.T. TEAM. AND THEY WERE THERE TO PUT FORWARD THIS WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST. AND THE DRUG DEALER SHOT MR. BARNEY. NOW, THE DAY OF THIS TRAGIC DEATH ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, THE 11TH OF FEBRUARY, THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE SIGNIFICANT. IT ALSO MARKED THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS 25-YEAR CAREER, SHOT ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS 25-YEAR SERVICE TO THE CLAYTON COUNTY AND RIVERDALE POLICE FORCES. AND SO I KNOW WITH A HEAVY HEART AND DEEP CONDOLENCES, EACH OF THIS IN THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS TAKES THIS MOMENT TO EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF MAJOR BARNEY. HIS LOVELY WIFE AND HIS TWO SONS, GREGORY AND ROBERT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE WERE TWIN BOYS WHO LOST THEIR FATHER. AND SO IT IS MOST FITTING ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN WE, THE POST OFFICE WHERE WE ARE NAMING AFTER OR FOR MAJOR BARNEY, IS LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS NOW AND ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALSO WITHIN THE VIEW OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE THE DRUG RAID TOOK PLACE WHERE MAJOR BARNEY LOST HIS LIFE. AND MR. SPEAKER, MAJOR BARNEY BECAME THE FIRST POLICE OFFICER IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, TO BE SLAIN IN THE LINE OF DUTY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ARE HERE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY WHEN WE NAME THIS POST OFFICE, WE HOPE THAT IN SOME SMALL WAY THAT TO THE FAMILY, TO HIS CHILDREN, TO THE PEOPLE OF RIVERDALE, GEORGIA, THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION, WHEN THEY PASS BY THIS POST OFFICE, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO PASS BY WITH A SENSE OF GREAT PRIDE AND GREAT RESPECT AND GREAT GRATITUDE FOR MAJOR BARNEY WAS TRULY A GEORGIA HERO, BUT NOT JUST A GEORGIA HERO, MR. SPEAKER, AN AMERICAN HERO, FOR YOU AND I BOTH KNOW AND ALL OF US HERE IN CONGRESS THAT WHEN WE RECOGNIZE MAJOR BARNEY, WE ARE RECOGNIZING SO MANY OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO PROTECT US AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IN THE MILITARY. AND YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, JESUS , JESUS CHRIST JUST A FEW HOURS BEFORE HE WAS CRUCIFIED, SAID TO HIS DISSIPE HIMSELF. THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I LOVE YOU. AND JESUS SAID GREATER LOVE HAVE NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND. MR. SPEAKER, SUCH A MAN WAS MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY. AND I ASK THIS HOUSE FOR UNANIMOUS YES VOTE. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU.

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  • 05:53:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE ALYIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

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

    AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. TOM PRICE.

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  • 05:54:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:55:39 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4747 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED IN RIVERDALE, GEORGIA AS THE MAJOR GREGORY E. BARNEY POST OFFICE BUILDING. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR MAJOR GENERAL BARNEY'S 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY IN ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. AND TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE THAT HE LED. AND I URGE THE PASSAGE AND I RESERVE.

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  • 05:56:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:56:28 PM

    MR. WALKER

    AT THIS TIME, I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN…

    AT THIS TIME, I WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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  • 05:56:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:56:41 PM

    MR. HICE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4747 TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4747 TO DESIGNATE THE U.S. POST OFFICE IN HONOR OF RIVERDALE POLICE MAJOR GREGORY E. BARN ANY AND I WANT TO -- BARNEY AND I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN SCOTT, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. AS HAS BEEN SPOKEN ALREADY, MAJOR BARNEY LED A LIFE OF SERVICE BOTH TO HIS COMMUNITY AND OF DEVOTION TO HIS FAMILY. STARTING HIS CAREER AS A FIREFIGHTER AND LATER AS AN AMBULANCE SERVING IN AN BLUNES SQUAD, HE JOINED THE RIVERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 1990 AND THERE HE SERVED FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS AS AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED SERVING AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHIEF OF POLICE IN RIVERDALE. TRAGICALLY AS WE HAVE HEARD TONIGHT. HIS LIFE ENDED IN A SHOOTING WHILE TRYING TO EXECUTE A WARRANT ON THAT TRAGIC NIGHT, FEBRUARY 11. HE GAVE HIS LIFE TRYING TO BRING JUSTICE TO DRUG DEALERS AND ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW HIM PERSONALLY, FROM ALL ACCOUNTS MAJOR GREG BARNEY DIED JUST AS HE LIVED, GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY TO MAKE HIS COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. IT'S FITTING THAT THE RIVERDALE POST OFFICE THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING IS DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT. IT WILL SERVE AS A DAILY REMINDER TO ALL THOSE WHO ENTER THOSE BUILDINGS OF HIS DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY AND HIS VALOR IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND ALSO AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, I ALSO WOULD LIKE FOR US TO REMEMBER HIS LOVING WIFE LISA AND TWO TWIN TEENAGED BOYS, ROBERT AND GREG. I URGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4747 AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:58:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:58:49 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:58:58 PM

    MR. WALKER

    TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WESTMORELAND.

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  • 05:59:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 05:59:13 PM

    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I'M HONORED TODAY THAT MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT, ASKED ME TO…

    I'M HONORED TODAY THAT MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCOTT, ASKED ME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS. MY FATHER WAS A FIREFIGHTER FOR 26 YEARS IN THE CITY OF ATLANTA AND DIED ANSWERING AN ALARM ANSWERING ALARM IN 1972. I UNDERSTAND THE HEARTACHE OF A FAMILY WHEN A LOVED ONE GOES TO DO THEIR JOB TO BE THAT FIRST PERSON ON THE SCENE AND DOES NOT COME BACK. I THINK IT'S PARTICULARLY INTERESTING OF THIS CASE WHEN THIS OFFICER AND HIS COLLEAGUES WERE SERVING A NO NOT WARRANTS AND THEY ARE ISSUED BY A JUDGE BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MOST PROTECTIVE TYPE OF WANCHT FOR A POLICE OFFICER BECAUSE THEY GO IN AND THERE ARE DRUG SALES AND THEY CAN GO IN. . . MAJOR BARNEY GAVE CHASE TO SOMEONE WHO WENT OUT THE BACK DOOR. A LOT OF TIMES, WHEN PEOPLE PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE, PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE A WIFE, LIKE HE HAD LISA, AND SONS, ROBERT AND GREG, HE WANTED TO GO HOME TO THAT NIGHT. THOSE BOYS WANTED THEIR DADDY TO COME HOME AND THAT WIFE WANTED HER HUSBAND TO COME HOME AND HE WAS OUT SERVING THE COMMUNITY. THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT ATTRIBUTES, IF YOU LOOK AT MAJOR BARNEY AND HOW OTHER PEOPLE LOOKED AT HIM, IT'S WHAT HE DID FOR HIS FAMILY. IT'S WHAT HE DID FOR HIS COMMUNITY. ALL THE DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED HERE TONIGHT. A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, FOR SOME REASON, THE PUBLIC DOES NOT WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THESE FIRST RESPOPPEDERS, THESE MEDICS THAT GO OUT AND DO THIS, THEY DO THIS FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL OF US, AT THE RISK OF THEIR LIVES. MAJOR BARNEY GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. SO AS WE REMEMBER HIS FAMILY TONIGHT AND SHOULD REMEMBER FOR A WHILE AND THANK THEM -- CAN I HAVE ANOTHER MINUTE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    MR. WESTMORELAND

    I THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER THEM AND THE OTHER FAMILIES. WE RECENTLY HAD…

    I THINK WE NEED TO REMEMBER THEM AND THE OTHER FAMILIES. WE RECENTLY HAD ANOTHER OFFICER THAT WAS KILLED. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THESE PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. I PRAY FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC SERVANT, BUT PRAY FOR THOSE FAMILIES, THAT WHEN THAT LOVED ONE LEAVES THAT HOUSE, LIKE IN MY FACE -- IN THAT CASE, YOU DON'T KNOW THE LOVED ONE IS COMING BACK, PRAY FOR THEM THEY HAVE THE STRENGTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND LOVE TO LET THAT LOVED ONE GO DO THEIR JOB. HOW APPROPRIATE, IT'S BEEN MENTIONED THAT THIS POST OFFICE IS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE RIVERDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT. POST OFFICE IS SOMEWHERE WHERE THE COMMUNITY COMES AND GATHERS AND TALKS. AND SO I DON'T THINK IT'S -- I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY MORE HONORABLE TRIBUTE THAN TO HAVE THIS, I'VE LIVED IN RYDALE, I KNOW THE AREA, KNOW THAT POST OFFICE, KNOW HOW THE COMMUNITY RESPECTS THAT. SO NO GREATER TRIBUTE TO THAT THAN TO HAVE A POST OFFICE NAMED AFTER YOU. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HELP US SEND A GREAT MESSAGE TO THIS HERO'S FAMILY IN SUPPORT -- AND SUPPORT H.R. 4747, AND AGAIN, I THANK MY FRIEND, DAVID SCOTT, FOR LETTING ME PARTICIPATE IN THIS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:03:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    HAS THE GENTLELADY YIELDED BACK?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SHE HAS YIELDED BACK.

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    OK, I URGE ADOPTION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4747. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION A A SMOTION RECONSIDERED AND LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:03:46 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4877 TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4877 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOW CATTED AT 3130 GRANTS LAKE BUELL VARD IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AS THE LANCE CORPORAL GARRETT GAMBLE USMC POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 06:04:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4877, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 4877, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 3130 GRANTS LAKE BOULEVARD IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AT THE LANCE CORPORAL GARRETT W. GAMBLE USMC POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 06:04:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER AND THE GENTLEWOMAN, MRS.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER AND THE GENTLEWOMAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 06:04:32 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

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

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

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  • 06:04:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. WALKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    >>

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4877, A BILL TO DESIGNATE…

    I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4877, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AS LCPL GARRETT W. FWAMMABLE US MARINE CORPS POST OFFICE. IT HAS BEEN STATED THAT THIS AMAZING YOUNG MAN, ONLY 20 YEARS OLD,, WHEN HE GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN AFGHANISTAN. GARRETT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS BRAVERY, HIS DETERMINATION, AND IT HAS BEEN SAID, A BIG PERSONALITY. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS PARENTS, STEPFATHER, AND TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK AGAIN WE ARE SEEING MULTIPLE EXAMPLES OF OUR BRAVE, DEDICATED CITIZENS IN THE UNITED STATES GIVING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND I FEEL STRONGLY THAT WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE LIEUTENANT GAMBLE'S SACRIFICE TO HIS COUNTRY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:07:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:07:05 PM

    MR. WALKER

    FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. PETE OLSON.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. OLSON

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. CHAFFETZ AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS. AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING H.R. 4877 TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. THIS BILL NAMES A POST OFFICE A FEW MILES FROM MY HOME AFTER LANCE CORPORAL GARRETT GAMEABLE, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. GARRETT DIED DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM ON MARCH 11, 2010. IN AFGHANISTAN. HE WAS 20 YEARS YOUNG. GARRETT DIED BEFORE I COULD MEET HIM, BUT I'LL NEVER FORGET HIM BECAUSE OF THE STORIES I WAS TOLD AFTER GOD CALLED HIM HOME. HIS MOTHER, SHEL, TOLD ME ABOUT A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO GOT VERY ANGRY WHEN HE SAW THOSE TOWERS FALL, THE PLANE CRASH INTO THE PENTAGON, THE PLANE GO DOWN IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA, 9/11. HE NEVER WANTED TO SEE HIS HOMELAND ATTACKED LIKE THAT AGAIN. THE DRIVE TO JOIN THE MARINE CORPS HAD STARTED AND THAT DRIVE WOULD NEVER END. GARRETT WANTED TO DESTROY EVIL. HE KNOWS THAT JOINING THE MARINE CORPS WAS HIS CALLING. HE SAW HEINOUS EVIL FIRSTHAND. GARRETT AND SOME MARINES WERE ON A FOOT PATROL IN A SMALL AFGHAN VILLAGE. GARRETT MUST HAVE FLASHED THAT BIG SMILE BECAUSE A YOUNG AFGHAN BOY WAVED AT GARRETT. GARRETT WAVED BACK AND HELD UP A SMALL MINT FOR THE BOY TO HAVE. THE BOY WALKED UP SLOWLY, TOOK THE MINT, AND RAN TO HIS FATHER TO SHOW HIM WHAT THE AMERICANS HAD GIVEN HIM. GARRETT WATCHED IN HORROR AS DAD BEAT THE TAR OUT OF HIS SON. HE KICKED HIM, HE PUNCHED HIM, HE KNOCKED HIM SENSELESS. GARRETT WANTED TO SHOOT BUT HE COULD NOT. HE GOT BACK TO BASE AND ASKED THE OLD-TIMERS, WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED? WHY DID THAT BOY GET BEAT FOR THIS SMALL MINT? THE OLD-TIMERS TOLD HIM, AL QAEDA WAS WATCHING. WHEN WE LEFT, THEY MAY GO TO THAT MAN'S HOME, KILL THE FATHER, THE MOTHER, THE SISTERS, THE BROTHERS, THAT WAS A PLEA FROM THE FATHER, DON'T KILL MY FAMILY. MY BOY DID WRONG TAKING THAT SMALL MINT. GARRETT KNEW HE WAS NO LONGER FIGHTING FOR AMERICA. HE WAS FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO CRAVED FREEDOM. A FINAL STORY SAYS EVERYTHING ABOUT GARRETT. WHEN HE ENLISTED AS A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, AUSTIN TRAVELS -- AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL, A BULLDOG HE, TOLD HIS BEST FRIEND, I'VE DONE IT. I HAVE JOINED THE MARINE CORPS. HIS BEST FRIEND BECAME IRATE. HE NEVER THOUGHT GARRETT WOULD DO THAT. HE NEVER THOUGHT HE'D JOIN THE MARINE CORPS HE SAID, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU JOINED THE MARINE CORPS. YOU MAY BE KILLED. I WOULD NEVER, EVER JOIN THE CORPS.

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  • 06:11:38 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. OLSON

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA. GARRETT, AN ACT OF TRUE HUMAN LOVE,…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA. GARRETT, AN ACT OF TRUE HUMAN LOVE, PUT HIS ARMS ON HIS BEST FRIEND'S SHOULDERS, LOOKED HIM IN THE EYE, LOOKED HIM IN THE EYE AND SAID, THAT IS WHY I DID IT. THAT'S WHY I DID IT. GARRETT DID NOT EARN THIS HONOR BY HIS DEATH HE EARNED THIS BY HIS LIFE. AND BECAUSE OF THIS BILL, GARRETT'S LOVE WOULD BE ON FULL DISPLAY AT 3130 GRANTS LAKE BOULEVARD IN SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AT THE LIEUTENANT GARRETT GAMBLE USMC POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:12:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN RISE?

  • 06:12:35 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I URGE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 06:12:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:12:42 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I URGE SUPPORT OF THE MEASURE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 06:12:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4877. THOSE IN…

    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4877. 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, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:13:06 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4975 TO…

    MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4975 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 5720 SOUTH 142ND STREET IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA, AS THE PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS CALEB NELLSON POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 06:13:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4975, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

    H.R. 4975, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 5720 SOUTH 142ND STREET IN OMAHA, NORTHBOUND EBB, AS THE PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS CALEB A. NELSON POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 06:13:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MRS. LAWRENCE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 06:13:52 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. PETTY OFFICER NELLSN WAS A NAVY SEAL WHO SERVED A TOUR OF DUTY IN IRAQ. ON HIS 2011 TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN HE WAS KILLED WHEN HIS VEHICLE INSTRUCT AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. FRIENDS AND FAMILY REMEMBER HIM AS A CHERISHED TEAMMATE AND LOVING HUSBAND AND FATHER. PETTY OFFICER NELSON MADE A GREAT SACRIFICE BY GIVING HIS LIFE IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY SO I URGE MEMBERS TO HONOR HIS SACRIFICE BY NAMING A POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:14:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. ASHFORD.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:14:47 PM

    MR. ASHFORD

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND RANK --…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND RANK -- AND RANKING MEMBER FOR HELPING US GET THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH TODAY. I WOULD ALSO THANK MY FELLOW NEBRASKA CONGRESSMAN, CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY AND CONGRESSMAN SMITH, FOR THEIR CO-SPONSORSHIP OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. TODAY I STAND WITH A HEAVY HEART AND GREAT PRIDE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF OMAHA NATIVE CALEB NELSON. ON OCTOBER 1, 2011, PETTY OFFICER NELSON GAVE HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY WHEN HE WAS KILLED ON A COMBAT PATROL BY AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT STRUCK HIS VEHICLE IN AFGHANISTAN. HIS SELFLESS AND COURAGEOUS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, THOUGH WE CANNOT REPAY THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT PETTY OFFICER NELSON MADE, HIS LEGACY WILL NOT -- WILL NOW HAVE A PERMANENT PHYSICAL MEMORY THROUGH H.R. 4975. . THIS WILL DESIGNATE THE POST OFFICE IN HOME, WHAT NEBRASKA, AS THE PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS CALEB A. NELSON POST OFFICE BUILDING. OUR NATION IS DEFENDED BY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICE -- WHOSE SACRIFICE KEEP US FREE, PROTECT OUR LIBERTY AND STRENGTHEN OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE LOST MANY BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT THIS COUNTRY TO PROTECT OUR LIFE AND I AM PROUD AND HUMBLED TO STAND HERE BEFORE THIS HOUSE TO HONOR THE LIFE AND BRAVERY OF ONE OF THOSE MEN TODAY. PETTY OFFICER NELSON ENTERED THE NAVY IN THE ENGINEERING CAREER FIELD AND GRADUATED FROM BOOT CAMP ON OCTOBER 11, 2005. AFTER GRADUATING FROM NAVAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL, PETTY OFFICER NELSON WAS ACCEPTED TO ATTEND BASIC UNDERWATER DEMOLITION SEAL TRAIN. HE GRADUATED FROM SEAL TRAINING IN NOVEMBER, 2016. AS A MEMBER OF THE -- NOVEMBER, 2006. AS A MEMBER OF THE SEALS, HE CONTINUED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AS A SEASON COMBAT VETERAN WITH A DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ IN 2009 AND TO AFGHANISTAN IN 2011. PETTY OFFICER NELSON'S AWARDS AND DECORATIONS SPEAK TO HIS SELFLESS HEROISM. THESE AWARDS INCLUDE THE BRONZE STAR WITH VALOR, PURPLE HEART, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS ACHIEVEMENT METAL, COMBAT ACTION RIBBON, GOOD CONDUCT METAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL, IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL, AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM --

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  • 06:16:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 06:17:02 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I WOULD LEELAND TO -- I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ANOTHER MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE.

  • 06:17:06 PM

    MR. ASHFORD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL, AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL, AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL, GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM MEDAL, SEA SERVICE RIBBON, NATO SERVICE MEDAL, EXPERT RIFLE RIBBON AND EXPERT PISTOL RIBBON. TO THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A LOVE SON AND HUSBAND. AND FATHER -- LOVING HUSBAND AND -- SON AND HUSBAND AND FATHER. HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A GIFTED SEAL OPERATOR. TO THIS COUNTRY HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE ANYWAY VESS' MOTTO, NOT FOR SELF, BUT FOR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:17:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:17:46 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:17:51 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE COURAGE AND THE VALOR…

    WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO COMMEMORATE THE COURAGE AND THE VALOR EXHIBITED BY PETTY OFFICER FIRST CLASS CALEB NELSON AND HONOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4975 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:18:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:18:11 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:18:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 THE BILL, H.R. 4975. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:18:46 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4761 TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4761 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 61 SOUTH BALDWIN AVENUE IN SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA, AS THE LOUIS VAN ERSLE POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:19:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    OFFICE.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:19:24 PM

    MR. WALKER

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

  • 06:19:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:19:28 PM

    MR. WALKER

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

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

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  • 06:19:36 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:19:37 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4761, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN CHU OF…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4761, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN CHU OF CALIFORNIA. LOUIS VAN IERSEL'S STORY IS AN UNBELIEVABLE ONE. HE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE NETHERLANDS AND SERVED HIS NEW HOME WITH FERVOR. ON HIS FIRST DAY IN THE UNITED STATES, HE ENLY THED IN THE ARMY WAND DAS -- HE ENLISTED TO THE ARMY AND WAS TAKEN TO EUROPE. HE TRIED TO ENLIST LATER WITH HIS SONS BUT WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE OF HIS AGE. HE WANTED TO SERVE THE UNITED STATES. THE COUNTRY HE ADOPTED AS HIS OWN. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TODAY, TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN HIS HONOR, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:20:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    JARLT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED -- THE GENTLEMAN…

    JARLT. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:20:22 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE, MS.…

    AT THIS TIME I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE, MS. CHU, FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:20:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:20:31 PM

    MS. CHU

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF SERGEANT LOUIS VAN IERSEL,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF SERGEANT LOUIS VAN IERSEL, A DECORATED VETERAN OF BOTH WORLD WARS, BY OFFERING A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE U.S. POSE POST OFFICE IN THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE, CALIFORNIA, THE LOUIS VAN IERSEL POST OFFICE. SERGEANT VAN IERSEL WAS THE TRUE EMBODIMENT OF AN AMERICAN HERO. AN IMMIGRANT FROM THE NETHERLANDS, HIS ACTS OF HEROISM BEGAN EVEN BEFORE HE SET FOOT ON AMERICAN SOIL. ON HIS VOYAGE TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1917, HE ASSISTED IN THE RESCUE OF 27 SHIP WRECKED BRITISH SOLDIERS WHO HAD BEEN TORPEDOED BY A GERMAN VESSEL. ON THE VERY DAY HE ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES, MR. VAN IERSEL REGISTERED FOR THE DRAFT AND ENLISTED IN THE ARMY. HE DIDN'T SPEAK A WORD OF ENGLISH. BUT HE LEARNED WHILE WORKING IN AN ARMY KITCHEN. HE WAS EVENTUALLY ASSIGNED TO THE SECOND INFANTRY DIVISION AND WAS DEPLOYED TO FRANCE AT THE END OF WORLD WAR I. IT WAS IN FRANCE THAT MR. VAN IERSEL SHOWED EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM TIME AND TIME AGAIN. HE FIRST GAINED NOTICE WHEN HE AND A COMRADE BRAVED GERMAN GUN FIRE TO CARRY 17 SOLDIERS TO SAFETY. HE WAS THEN PROMOTED TO SERGEANT WHEN HE LED A SMALL RECONNAISSANCE PATROL AND FOUND ENEMY TRENCHES. IT WAS THERE THAT HE WAS ABLE TO USE HIS NATIVE LANGUAGE OF GERMAN TO INFILTRATE THEM AND CONVINCE THE OFFICER IN CHARGE TO SURRENDER 60 GERMAN SOLDIERS. FROM THERE, MR. VAN IERSEL INCREASED HIS EFFORTS TO GAIN INFORMATION ON GERMAN TROOP MOVEMENTS. IN ONE PARTICULARLY TREACHEROUS SITUATION, MR. VAN IERSEL BRAVED HEAVY FIRE TO SWIM ACROSS THE ICY SEINE RIVER. HE OVERHEARD GERMAN SOLDIERS DISCUSSING A HEAVY ARTILLERY BARRAGE THAT WOULD HAVE WIPED OUT THE WHOLE AMERICAN BATTALION. WITH THIS CRITICAL INFORMATION, HE SWAM BACK ACROSS THE RIVER AND REPORTED HIS FINDINGS, ENABLING THE AMERICAN TROOPS TO TAKE COVER BEFORE THE ATTACK BEGAN. BECAUSE OF HIS ACTIONS, HE SAVED 1,000 AMERICAN LIVES. FOR ALL HIS EFFORTS, HE WAS AWARDEDS COULDS OF MEDALS, INCLUDE -- HE WAS AWARDED DOZEN -- AWARDED DOZENS OF MEDALS, INCLUDING TWO FRENCH MILITARY MEDALS, AND THE AMERICAN MEDAL OF HONOR. THESE ARE THE HIGHEST HONORS THAT BOTH COUNTRIES CAN BESTOW. AT THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, MR. VAN IERSEL MOVED TO THE CITY OF SIERRA MADRE,CAL, IN -- CALIFORNIA, IN MY DISTRICT. HE BECAME A CITIZEN, GOT MARRIED, AND STARTED A FAMILY. BUT THEN WORLD WAR II BROKE OUT. AND MR. VAN IERSEL KNEW HE COULD NOT SIT IDLY BY. HE AND HIS THREE SONS ALL REPORTED TO THE ARMY TO ENLIST AND TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. BUT MR. VAN IERSEL WAS TURNED AWAY BECAUSE THE ARMY TOLD HIM HE WAS TOO OLD TO SERVE. WELL, HE WOULD NOT LET THIS STOP HIM. UNDETERRED, MR. VAN IERSEL TALKED HIS WAY INTO THE MARINE CORPS. HE SERVED WITH THE THIRD MARINE DIVISION IN THE PACIFIC AND SAFELY RETURNED HOME IN 1945. MR. VAN IERSEL PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 93. BUT AS A LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF SIERRA MADRE, MR. VAN IERSEL EXEMPLIFIED THE AMERICAN DREAM, RAISING HIS FAMILY EAFER LEFT MILITARY SERVICE, VOLUNTEERING WITH THE LOCAL VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, AND REMAINING AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO HONOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY AND VOTE YES ON H.R. 4671.

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  • 06:24:08 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 NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:24:14 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I RESERVE THE TIME.

  • 06:24:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:24:20 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO RECOGNIZE LOUIS VAN IERSEL, AN…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO RECOGNIZE LOUIS VAN IERSEL, AN UNPARALLELED DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4761, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:24:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:24:44 PM

    MR. WALKER

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:24:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, HOUSE RESOLUTION -- H.R. 4761. 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. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:25:22 PM

    MR. WALKER

    CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 3218.

  • 06:25:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 06:25:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3 18, A BILL TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 3 18, A BILL TO DESIGNATE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 836 ANACAPA STREET, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SEAL LOUIS LOU J. LANGLAIS POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 06:25:50 PM

    EMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TOHE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GENEWOMAN…

    PURSUANT TOHE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND THE GENEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 06:25:57 PM

    MR. WALKER

    FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 06:26:01 PM

    THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE

    CONSUME. THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:26:03 PM

    MR. WALKER

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

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

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  • 06:26:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WIOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:26:12 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. MASTER CHIEF LOU LANGLAIS SERVED IN…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. MASTER CHIEF LOU LANGLAIS SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR 25 YEARS. HE WAIN HIS FINAL TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN WHEN AN ENEMY FIRE SHUT DOWN HIS HELICOPTER, KILLING HIM AND 29 OER AMERICANS. I WILL ASK MY COLLEAGUE AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSWOMAN CAPPS, TO SHARE THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF MASTER CHIEF LANGLAIS BUT I WANT TO URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND TO NAME A POST OFFICE AFTER SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER LOUIS LANGLAIS. HEARING HIS STORYF LIFE LONG SERVICE IS INSPIRING. I'M HOPEFUL THAT PERMANENTLY NAMING THE POST OFFICE IN HIS REMEMBRANCE, OHIS SACRIFICE, WILL SERVE TO INSPIRE GENERATIONS TO COME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:26:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:26:57 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKE AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR…

    MR. SPEAKE AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MS. CAPPS FROM CALIFORNIA, MY COLLEAGUE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MRS. PPS

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

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 3218 WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATE POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY, IT'S ACTUALLY ON STATE STREET IN SANTA BARBARA, AS A SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SEAL LOUIS "LOU" J. LANGLAIS POST OFFICE BUILDING. LOU WAS A SOLDIER AND BELOVED FAMILYMAN. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PROTECTING R FREEDOM AND OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BILL. NOT ONLY FOR MY COMMUNITY OF SANTA BARBARA, BUT FOR THE MEMORY OF A BRAVE MEMBER OF OUR ARMED SERVICES WE LOST WAY TOO SOON. NAMING THE SANTA BARBARA POST OFFICE IN NOR OF LOU LANGLAIS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE. BORN AND QUEBEC, LOU GREW UP ON THE CENTRAL COAST. HE WAS AN AVID ROCK AND MOUNTAIN CLIMB WHO ARE SPENT MUCH OF HIS FREE TEAM ROCK CLIMBING SOME OF CALIFORNIA'S MOST RENOWNED AND CHALLENGING LOCATIONS, INCLUDING YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL MONUMENT. AFTER GRADUATING FROM SANTA BARBARA HIGH SCHOOL, LOU JOINED THE NAVY IN 1986. HE SPENT THREE YEARS ON A WARSHIP BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO AND GRADUATING FROM SEAL TRAINING CLASS NUMBER 162 IN FEBRUARY, 1989. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE NAVY PARACHUTE TEAM, THE LEAP FROGS, AND SERVED IN THE GULF WAR -- THE PERSIAN GULF WAR, WITH DISTINCTION AND VALOR. THEN IN 2000, HE JOINED THE HIGHLY SELECTIVE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE DEVELOPMENT GROUP WHERE HE EVENTUALLY ROSE TO BECOME A TROOP LEADER IN THE ELITE TEAM SIX, BEFORE SERVING MULTIPLE TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. DURING HIS 25-YEAR MILITARY CAREER, LOU EARNED MANY PERSONAL AND UNIT DECORATIONS, INCLUDING FIVE BRONZE STARS WITH VALOR. THE PURPLE HEART, DEFENSIVE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, THREE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS ACHIEVEMENT MEDALS AND THREE CITATIONS ARKS WELL AS SEVERAL CAMPAIGN AND UNIT DECORATIONS. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT HE'S MOST REMEMBERED AS A TRUSTED FRIEND AND FAMILY MEMBER. ON AUGUST 6, 2011, MASTER CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR LANGLAIS WAS ONE OF 30 AMERICANS KILLED IN ACTION WHEN THEIR HELICOPTER WAS SHOT DOWN IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN. AT THE TIME, HE WAS SERVING WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HIS VERY LAST DEPLOYMENT. HE HAD PLANS TO RETURN HOME TO HIS FAMILY, TO CONTINUE HIS SERVICE AS A TRAINER IN THE NAVY SEAL PROGRAM. BUT ALAS, HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO SONS WHO ALSO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS BILL HONORS THEM FOR THEIR SACRIFICE, PERSEVERANCE IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY. AS OUR COMMUNITY AND NATION STILL MOURN, I AM PROUD TO HAVE AUTHORED THIS LEGISLATION. THE NAMING OF THE SANTA BARBARA POST OFFICE AFTER MASTER CHIEF LOU LANGLAIS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE AND WAY FOR SANTA BARBARA TO REMEMBER AND HONOR ONE OF OUR OWN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:30:10 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN. .

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  • 06:30:18 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO ELECT NICE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHIEF PETTY…

    WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO ELECT NICE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICER LOUIS LANGLAIS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:30:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    I URGE COPPINGS OF -- ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3218? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. S 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE IS AMENDED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER, H.R. 4889 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 3998 BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. H.R. 4167 DE NOVO, H.R. 2589, DE NOVO. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND TO PASS H.R. 4889 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL. CLIP UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 450, H.R. 48 9, TO AIL -- A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT TO PROVIDE CALL LOCATION INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE OF A USER OF SUCH SERVICE TO AN INVESTIGATIVE OR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION INVOLVING RISK OF DEATH OR SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY OR IN ORDER TO RESPOND TO THE USER'S CALL FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

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  • 06:32:53 PM

    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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  • 06:54:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 158. 2/3 OF THOSE NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 158. 2/3 OF THOSE NOT RESPONDING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE NOT SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS NOT PASSED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CHAMBER CEASE THEIR DISCUSSIONS OR REMOVE THEM FROM THE FLOOR OR CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PROCEEDINGS MAY NOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE HOUSE IS IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:56:02 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PRESENT THE RESULTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO PRESENT THE RESULTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN SHOOTOUT.

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  • 06:56:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER?

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    I DO.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 06:56:26 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS HELD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. RECENTLY THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS HELD ITS ANNUAL MEMBER SHOOTOUT AT PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY TRAP AND SKEET CENTER.

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  • 06:56:38 PM

    MR. WITTMAN

    THIS IS A FRIENDLY COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHERE WE…

    THIS IS A FRIENDLY COMPETITION BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WHERE WE GET OUT THERE AND SHOOT TRAP AND SKEET AND SPORTING CLAYS. I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS YEAR, TEAM REPUBLICAN WILL RETAIN THE SHOOTOUT TROPHY WITH A WINNING SCORE OF 253-222. OUR CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS IS A BIPARTISAN CAUCUS MADE UP OF MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT ALL COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR NATION'S GREAT SHOOTING SPORTS HERITAGE, FISHING AND RECK AGENCIESAL -- RECREATIONAL SHOOTING HERITAGE, AS WELL AS ALL OF US THAT LOVE TO HUNT. MR. SPEAKER, NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CAUCUS AND WINNER OF THE DEMOCRAT TOP GUN AWARD, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ.

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  • 06:57:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO --

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    MR. WITTMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALZ

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS, THE…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SPORTSMAN'S CAUCUS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, AND CONGRATULATE THE REPUBLICAN TEAM FOR STRONG SHOWING THIS YEAR. YOU CERTAINLY RAISED THE BAR FOR NEXT YEAR. BUT THIS EVENT JUST HIGHLIGHTS THE WORK, THE LARGEST BIPARTISAN CAUCUS IN CONGRESS, THAT WE COLLABORATIVELY WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT THIS NATION'S HUNTING, FISHING AND OUTDOOR HERITAGE. I'M PROUD OF THE MEMBERS WHO COME OUT THERE, THEY GIVE TO THE GREAT CAUSE OF THIS, AND WE CONTINUE THAT HERITAGE. SO, AGAIN, I CONGRATULATE THE REPUBLICANS FOR SOME FINE SHOOTING, LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR AND THE WORK WE DO TOGETHER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:58:09 PM

    MR. WITTMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3998 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:58:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3998, A BILL TO DIRECT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO…

    H.R. 3998, A BILL TO DIRECT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO COMMENCE PROCEEDINGS RELATED TO THE RESILIENCY OF CRITICAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS DURING TIMES OF EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:58:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 389, THE NAYS ARE 2. 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 IS AMENDED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H R. 4671 AS AMENDED WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 07:05:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4671, A BILL TO REQUIRE MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS TO HAVE A DEFAULT…

    H.R. 4671, A BILL TO REQUIRE MULTILINE TELEPHONE SYSTEMS TO HAVE A DEFAULT CONFIGURATION ALLOWING A PERSON TO DIAL 911 WITHOUT DIALING ANY PREFIX, CODE OR OTHER NUMBERS.

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  • 07:05:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 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 QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 2589 AS AMENDED WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 07:05:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 451, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 451, A BILL TO AMEND THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 TO REQUIRE THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO PUBLISH ON ITS INTERNET WEBSITE CHANGES TO THE RULES OF THE COMMISSION NOT LATER THAN 2440URS AFTER -- 24 HOURS AFTER ADOPTION.

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  • 07:06:11 PM

    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? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED THIS THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 07:06:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2814, AN ACT TO RENAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS OUTPATIENT…

    H.R. 2814, AN ACT TO RENAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN TENNESSEE.

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  • 07:07:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ANY RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL STAFF PLEASE CARRY YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL STAFF PLEASE CARRY YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. CLEAR THE WELL, PLEASE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED.

  • 07:11:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3969, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS…

    H.R. 3969, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN LAUGHLIN, NEVADA, AS THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC.

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  • 07:11:53 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. BROWN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 07:12:03 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

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

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

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  • 07:12:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN JOE HECK FROM NEVADA…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN JOE HECK FROM NEVADA AND I THANK HIM FOR INTRODUCING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN WAS BORN ON AUGUST 11, 1947, AND ENLISTED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY WHEN HE WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD. THROUGHOUT HIS TIME IN THE NAVY, MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER DEAN SERVED ON NUMEROUS SHIPS AND ON SEVERAL OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENTS AND EARNED SEVERAL AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS. HE SERVED OUR NATION BOTH IN AND OUT OF UNIFORM. HIS SERVICE TO FELLOW VETERANS AND NEIGHBORS IN NEVADA. IT IS ENTIRELY FITTING THAT WITH THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED TODAY WE NAME THE V.A. COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN LAUGHLINNING THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN V.A. CLINIC. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:13:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. BROWN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN LAUGHLIN, NEVADA, AS THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC. MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER DEAN, WHO PASSED AWAY IN 2014, WAS A HIGHLY DECORATED VIETNAM VETERAN WHO SERVED 27 YEARS IN THE NAVY BEFORE RETIRING IN 1992. HE JOINED THE AMERICAN -- SETTLED IN LAUGHLIN AND JOINED THE AMERICAN LEON WHERE HE WAS REVERED BY FELLOW MEMBERS FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE. HE WAS AN EXEMPLARY SAILOR AND BELOVED CITIZEN, HUSBAND, AND FATHER. I UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN CONGRESSMAN HECK ASKED HIS CONSTITUENTS TO RECOMMEND A VETERAN TO NAME THIS CLINIC AFTER, OFFICER DEAN WAS THE ONLY NAME MENTIONED. MR. SPEAKER, MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER DEAN WAS DEDICATED TO -- DEDICATION TO HIS COMMUNITY, HIS COUNTRY IS IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST IDEA OF SERVICE AND GIVING, MAKING HIM THE IDEAL NAME SAKE FOR THE NEW VETERANS CLINIC IN LAUGHLIN, NEVADA. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:14:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THANK YOU. I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:15:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HECK

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I COME TO THE FLOOR TO URGE THE HOUSE TO ADOPT H.R. 3969, LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED, TO NAME THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY 46 BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC IN LAUGHLIN, NEVADA, THE MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMUNITY-BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC. I HELPED CUT THE RIBBON WHEN THE CLINIC OPEN AND SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE MEMBERS OF THE V.F.W. POST CAME TO ME WITH AN IDEA -- THAT IT SHOULD BE NAMED FOR A VETERAN -- VETERAN. ONE NAME STOOD OUT AMONG THE REST, JESSE DEAN FROM THE TIME HE WAS YOUNG HE ONLY WANTED TO DO ONE THING, SERVE HIS COUNTRY AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. AT THE AGE OF 17 HE ENLISTED IN THE NAVY. HE SERVED 27 YEARS, ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST GRADE FOR AN ENLISTED SAILOR, THAT OF MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER. HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT WAS ABOVE THE U.S.S. HORNET AND DURING VIETNAM HE SERVED AS PART OF THE BROWN WATER NAVY. OVER HIS 27-YEAR CAREER HE EARNED NUMEROUS AWARDS AND COMMEND CASES -- COMMENDATIONS INCLUDING THREE NAVY COMMENDATION MEDALS, TWO MEDALS, A VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL AND OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON. UPON HIS RETIREMENT IN 1992 HE MOVED TO LAUGHLIN AND JOINED AMERICAN LEGION POST 60. AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGION HE WAS REVERED BY FELLOW MEMBERS FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO HIS POST AND HIS FELLOW VETERANS. . HE EVEN DONATED A TRAILER HE OWNED TO BE USED AS A SHELTER. JESSE DID ALL OF THESE THINGS AND MORE BUT NEVER ACCEPTED COMPENSATION FOR HIS WORK. I DID NOT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING HIM BUT CLEAR FROM SPEAKING WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT NAMING THE NEW V.A. CLINIC IN HIS HONOR IS A FITTING TRIBUTE. HE WAS CALLED TO HIS FINAL TRIBUTE STATION. WE HAVE A CHANCE TO REPAY TO AMERICAN LEGION POST 60 AND THE UNIONS NAVY BY NAMING THE CLINIC IN HIS HONOR. I THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF NEVADA AND THE AMERICAN LEGION FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3969 TO RENAME IT IN CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JESSE DEAN. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: GENTLEMAN YIELD.

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  • 07:18:01 PM

    TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

    GENTLEMAN YIELD.

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    MS. BROWN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AS HE ENTER INTO THE MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION, I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AS HE ENTER INTO THE MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT PETTY OFFICER DEAN, MANY VIETNAM VETERANS, THIS COUNTRY DID NOT RETURN AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. I WANT TO POINT OUT OUT OF THE 22 VETERANS THAT COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY, ONLY THREE OF THEM ARE PART OF THE V.A. SYSTEM AND I WOULD LIKE FOR ALL OF US TO REACH OUT TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS AND ALL OF US TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND ALL OF US SOLDIER UP AND MAN UP AND ASK THEM TO LET THEM KNOW WE LOVE THEM AND APPRECIATE THEM AND APPRECIATE THEIR SERVICE. AND WITH THAT, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME BY SUPPORTING H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:19:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMANVILLE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MS. BROWN

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 07:19:20 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    SATISFIES THE NAMING CRITERIA AND AS DR. HECK, SUPPORTS THE ENTIRE…

    SATISFIES THE NAMING CRITERIA AND AS DR. HECK, SUPPORTS THE ENTIRE DELEGATION AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN LIGE AND V.F.W. AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:19:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR…

    SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3969 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TAIL. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:20:26 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4529 AS THE EUGENE…

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4529 AS THE EUGENE MCCARTHY POST OFFICE.

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  • 07:20:39 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4425, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 4425, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE AT POWER HOUSE ROAD AS THE EUGENE MCCARTHY POST OFFICE.

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  • 07:20:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER AND MRS. LAWRENCE EACH WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER AND MRS. LAWRENCE EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:21:06 PM

    MR. WALKER

    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 RESIZE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS INCLUDING EX TRABEYOUSE MATERIAL. I RISE IN SUPPORT INTRODUCED BY REPRESENT TIFFER FROM MINNESOTA. AND HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS A CODE BREAKER FOR THE ARMY. AFTER LEAVING THE ARMY HE CONTINUED TO SERVING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR AS A REPRESENTATIVE IN THE HOUSE AND THEN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC FORMER LABOR PARTY. SENATOR MKT CARTY HAD A POST OFFICE NAILED AFTER HIM. THAT POST OFFICE HAS BEEN CLOSED AND WE WILL HEAR FROM SENATOR MCCARTHY. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL IN REMEMBRANCE OF EUGENE A. MCCARTHY AND I RESERVE.

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  • 07:22:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 07:22:07 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4425 A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN MINNESOTA AS THE EUGENE J. MCCARTHY POST OFFICE. MR. MCCARTHY HAD MANY SUCCESSES. HE SERVED AS A POLITICIAN. HE SERVED IN THE MILITARY. HE TAUGHT AND WAS AN EDUCATOR. HE WAS ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND LATER IN THE SENATE AND ULTIMATELY, MR. CHAIRMAN, ENTERED TO RUN AS THE PRESIDENT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT WIN THAT NOMINATION, I FEEL STRONGLY THAT TODAY, I WOULD URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 4425 AND I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:23:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 07:23:14 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. EMERS.

  • 07:23:20 PM

    MR. EMMER

    THANK EUGENE MCCARTHY'S DAUGHTER AND DR. MATTHEW LIPPED STROM AT THE…

    THANK EUGENE MCCARTHY'S DAUGHTER AND DR. MATTHEW LIPPED STROM AT THE COLLEGE OF ST. BENEDICT FOR THEIR HELP IN MAKING THIS DEDICATION. THE STAFF AND STUDENTS PROVIDE VALUABLE EVENTS, LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS THAT ENGAGE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR SENATOR MC CARGETTY AND BEING A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS DRIVING FORCE. IN THE YEAR WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY I HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT FOR DEDICATEING THE POST A OFFICE AT ST. JOHNS UNIVERSITY WHERE HE GREW UP, STUDIED AND TAUGHT. IF RECENT YEARS IN POLITICS HAVE TAUGHT US ANYTHING IS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THE STATUS QUO AND HONEST PLAIN SPOKEN LEADERS. HE WAS A PATRIOTIC AMERICAN AND NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT WHEN HE BELIEVED OUR NATION WAS HEADED DOWN THE WRONG PATH. HE WAS A CODE BREAKER IN THE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE DIVISION OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT. SERVING IN THE ARMY GAVE MCCARTHY A PIERS PERFECTTIVE ON THE LEVEL OF DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE OUR SERVICE MEMBERS GIVE. HE IS BEST KNOWN FOR ENDING THE POLITICAL CAREER OF HIS PARTIES' PRESENT SUMTIVE NOMINEE. PEOPLE TIRED OF WATCHING THEIR SONS DYING, HE CHALLENGED LYNDON JOHNSON. IN A PARTY, MCCARTHY GARNERED A SUBSTANTIAL CAUSING A SEVERE BLOW TO PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S PROSPECTS AND OPENING THE DOOR TO ROBERT KENNEDY TO CHALLENGE THE SITTING PRESIDENT. JOHNSON ENDED HIS CAMPAIGN. ALTHOUGH NIXON WON THE ELECTION, HE INJECTED PUBLIC COMMENT. HE REVIVED THE IDEA THAT THOSE COMMITTED TO SELF-GOVERNMENT TO PARTICIPATE THE PROCESS TO CORRECT INJUSTICE A AND IMPROVE LIVES AROUND MINNESOTA. HE SEVERED AS A REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR FROM OUR GREAT STATE FROM 1949 TO 1971. HE RETURNED TO HIS LIFE AS A RELUCTANT MINNESOTA LEADER. HE AUTHORED 20 BOOKS ON PUBLIC POLICY AND ECONOMICS. MCCARTHY CONTINUED TO STRONGLY INFLUENCE MINNESOTA POLITICS. MCCARTHY WAS CRITICAL OF JIMMY CARTER AND SUPPORTED REAGAN'S STRATEGIC'S INITIATIVE. AND HIS FATHER ONCE SAID, QUOTE, GENE IS A GOOD BOY BUT HE IS IN THE WRONG PARTY. IN MINNESOTA WE PRIDE OURSELVES TO DISAGREE. WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON WORKING TOGETHER FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES TOWARD COMMON GOALS. PERSONALLY I DON'T LIKE THE TERM BIPARTISAN. YOU THINK THE WE MAKE AN ISSUE ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW INSTEAD ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WANT THE SAME THINGS. FOR INSTANCE, WE ALL WANT CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, GOOD SCHOOLS, SAFE COMMUNITIES AND A BETTER LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS. SOMETIMES WE HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON HOW BEST TO ACHIEVE THESE THINGS. SENATOR MCCARTHY WASN'T AFRAID TO WORK WITH THAT. AND IN MY BOOK, THAT'S NOT JUST CALLED INDEPENDENCE, THAT'S CALLED LEADERSHIP. NAMING A POST OFFICE IS A WORTHY DEDICATION FOR A MAN WHO SHOOK THE FOUNDATION OF THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT AT A NATIONAL LEVEL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:27:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:28:00 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY, WE HAVE NAMED POST OFFICES AFTER SOME GREAT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY, WE HAVE NAMED POST OFFICES AFTER SOME GREAT INDIVIDUALS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY, POLITICIANS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND WE HAVE DO IT IN THE NAME OF RESPECTING THEIR LEGACY IN HONORING THEM SOY THAT THEIR FAMILIES ARE HONORED AS WELL. I WANT TO GO THROUGH THE NAMES, MCGINNIS, BROWN, FUSSELL, BARNEY, GAMBLE, NELSON, LACEY, IERSEL AND MCCARTHY. PLRM SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 425 AND I DO THAT SAYING AND IT HAS BEEN SAID EARLIER THAT POST OFFICES ARE OUR GATHERING PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITY. I GAVE 30 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE IN VARIOUS LEVELS OF SERVICE AND I KNOW THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE TRUST THAT THEIR MAIL WILL BE HANDLED, THAT THE COMMERCIAL OF OUR COUNTRY RESTS IN THOSE POST OFFICES AND IN SMALL RURAL POST OFFICES, IT IS THE CENTER. AND IT IS A GREAT THING AND WE HAVE DONE IT BIPARTISAN. AND I HEAR THAT WORD AND I SIDE -- SIGH A BREATH OF RELIEF KNOWING THAT THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN COME TOGETHER AND WE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO RECOGNIZE PEOPLE NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR PARTY, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE AMERICANS AND HAVE SERVED THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:29:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS.

  • 07:30:02 PM

    MR. WALKER

    LAWRENCE FOR HER TIME AND WORK ON THIS THIS EVENING. I URGE ADOPTION OF…

    LAWRENCE FOR HER TIME AND WORK ON THIS THIS EVENING. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:30:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4425. 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 THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:30:42 PM

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4465 AS AMENDED.

  • 07:30:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:30:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    CONSOLIDATING AND SELLING FEDERAL BUILDINGS AND OTHER CIVILIAN REAL…

    CONSOLIDATING AND SELLING FEDERAL BUILDINGS AND OTHER CIVILIAN REAL PROPERTY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:31:01 PM

    TEMPORE PURSU

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND…

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

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  • 07:31:12 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 4465 AS AMENDED.

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  • 07:31:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:31:25 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

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

  • 07:31:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:31:32 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    H.R. 4465 INCLUDES REFORMS THAT WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT THROUGH THE…

    H.R. 4465 INCLUDES REFORMS THAT WILL REDUCE THE DEFICIT THROUGH THE CONSOLIDATION AND SELLING OF FEDERAL BUILDINGS AND MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY. I'M PLEASED TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE TIRELESS WORK OF THE GENTLEMAN AND FORMER CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC BUILDING SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. DENHAM, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE ALONG WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, MR. CHAFFETZ. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION INCORPORATES CRITICAL PROVISIONS CRAFTED BY BOTH COMMITTEES TO ADDRESS DECADES-OLD PROBLEMS RELATED TO FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY. H.R. 4465, AS AMENDED, ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY INVENTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE BEST DISPOSITION OF VACANT AND UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTIES. WE HAVE HAD HEARINGS HIGHLIGHTING FEDERAL BUILDINGS SITTING VACANT, COSTING THE TAXPAYER THROUGH MAINTENANCE COST AND UNREALIZED SALE PROCEEDS. THESE BUILDINGS ARE OFTEN EYESORES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES CAN PROVIDE NO LOCAL TAX BENEFITS. AGENCIES HAVE BEEN SLOW IN GETTING RID OF UNNEEDED PROPERTIES. FOR EXAMPLE, THE OLD GEORGETOWN HEATING PLANT IN ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE AREAS OF D.C. SAT VACANT FOR 11 YEARS AND WAS ONLY SOLD AFTER OUR COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING SPOTLIGHTING THE VACANT PROPERTY. THE PILOT INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION WILL RESULT IN AN INDEPENDENT LOOK ACROSS AGENCIES AT OPPORTUNITIES TO SELL, REDEVELOP, AND CONSOLIDATE FEDERAL PROPERTIES. FOLLOWING THE PILOT, H.R. 4465 AS AMENDED WOULD THEN ALLOW AGENCIES TO RETAIN A PORTION OF THE DISPOSAL PROCEEDS TO OFFSET THE UPFRONT COSTS OF PROPERTY DISPOSAL. THE LEGISLATION WILL ALSO CODIFY THE FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY DATABASE, PROVIDING FOR BETTER CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE REAL PROPERTY INVENTORY. IF THIS BILL WORKS AS INTENDED, WE CAN MAKE SIGNIFICANT STRIDES IN REDUCING THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER AND PUTTING UNDERUSED PROPERTIES BACK ON LOCAL TAX ROLLS FOR REDEVELOPMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:33:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

  • 07:34:02 PM

    MR. CARSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4487, THE PUBLIC…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4487, THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS REFORM AND SAVINGS ACT OF 2016. THIS BILL BEGINS THE PROCESS OF REFORMING G.S.A., PUBLIC BUILDING SERVICES, AND I'D LIKE TO FIRST OF ALL RECOGNIZE WHOLE HEARTEDLY MY VERY GOOD FRIEND WHO I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL WITH, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DENHAM, FOR HIS WORK TO BRENG THIS BILL BEFORE THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND NOW THE FULL HOUSE AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN BARLETTA. TODAY'S LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, REALLY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE A VALUABLE TOOL IN RIGHT-SIZING OUR FEDERAL FOOTPRINT. IT AUTHORIZES AN INDEPENDENT BOARD THAT COULD PROVIDE A SOURCE OF REVENUE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INVEST IN ITS EXISTING BUILDINGS AND TO BETTER MANAGE ITS REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO. THE BOARD WOULD MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO DISPOSE OF UNNEEDED AND UNDERUTILIZED REAL ESTATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONSOLIDATE FEDERAL REAL ESTATE FUNCTIONS WHERE APPROPRIATE. H.R. 4465 IS CONSISTENT WITH SEVERAL GOVERNMENT-WIDE MEMORANDA ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENT THAT ORDER AGENCIES TO REDUCE AND FREEZE THEIR REAL ESTATE FOOTPRINT. THESE DIRECTIVES REPRESENT THE ADMINISTRATION'S SUSTAINED PRIORITY OF IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL ESTATE. I BELIEVE H.R. 4465 DOVE TAILS WELL WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S PRIORITIES AND BEGINS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE IN VERY MEANINGFUL WAYS. BOTH THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, OR G.A.O., HAVE REPEATEDLY RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE WAY FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY HAS BEEN MANAGED. THE PROPOSED BOARD WOULD BE HIGHLY INSTRUMENTAL IN RECONFIGURING, LOCATED AND REALIGNING THE FEDERAL REAL ESTATE PORTFOLIO WITH BEST PRACTICES. THOUGH I BELIEVE THE BOARD CAN SERVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DISPOSING OF UNNEEDED REAL ESTATE, I URGE THE BOARD TO NOT SELL REAL ESTATE ASSETS IN A SOFT MARKET OR SELL PROPERTIES THAT HAM SPRING THE GOVERNMENTS ABILITY TO HOUSE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN THE FUTURE. EXPERT AND SPECIALIZED SKILL IS STILL VERY NECESSARY TO DISPOSE OF UNDERUTILIZED REAL ESTATE ASSETS WHILE AVOIDING SELLING PROPERTY THE GOVERNMENT COULD NEED IN THE FUTURE. WITHOUT THIS EXPERTISE, WE COULD END UP WITH TRANSACTIONS LEADING TO FUTURE LONG-TERM LEASING BECAUSE OF THE HAPHAZARD DISPOSAL OF UNDERUTILIZED REAL ESTATE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT TODAY'S LEGISLATION CONTAINS SEVERAL CHECKS AND BALANCES. AS A RESULT OF THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, THERE WERE SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE BILL WHILE NEGOTIATING THE FINAL VERSION. INSTEAD OF THE BILL REQUIRING SIX ANNUAL RECOMMENDATIONS AS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED, THE BOARD WILL MAKE THREE SETS OF DETAILED RECOMMENDATIONS OVER THIS YEAR SO CONGRESS CAN CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OF THE BOARD'S ACTIONS AND PROPERLY GAUGE THE ALIGNMENT OF THE BOARD'S GOALS WITH CONGRESSIONAL PRIORITIES. IN ADDITION, THE AGGREGATE VALUE OF TRANSACTIONS IS CAPPED AT NO MORE THAN $8 BILLION. EACH PROTEN RBLE REAL ESTATE ACTION WITH A VALUE ABOVE $20 MILLION WILL PROVIDE AN APPROPRIATION THAT WILL GO TO THE NORMAL G.S.A. PERSPECTIVES APPROVAL PROCESS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, FEDERAL AGENCIES WILL BE REQUIRED TO COORDINATE CONSTRUCTION AND ALTERATION PROJECT WITH G.S.A. AND I APPRECIATE THAT THE SPONSORS OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION ARE ALL WILLING TO WORK WITH US TO TO ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS AND WE LOOK FORRD TO CONTINUING THIS GREAT WORK AS IT'S BEING IMPLEMEND. IN CONCLUSION, MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT TODAY'S LEGISLATION. IT CREATES AN INDEPENDENT BOARD TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO MEET THE GOAL OF RIGHT-SIDESING THE FEDERAL REA ESTATE PORTFOLIO AND SAVING TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. INTEND TO CONDUCT VIGOROUS OVERSIGHT OF THIS BOARD AND THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY G.S.A. IN ORDER TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:38:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 07:38:12 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    I WISH TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

  • 07:38:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE WRELT IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:38:20 PM

    MR. DENHAM

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION I HAVE AUTHORED TO HELP REDUCE E SIZE OF THE FEDEL FOOTPRINT. I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND CHAIRMAN BARLETTA FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT IN THIS EFFORT AS WELL ASANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO AND RANKING MEMBER CARSON AND THEIR HELP AS WELL. THIS IS TRULY A BIPARTISAN BILL. A BILL THAT HAS GARNERED A LOT OF SUPPORT BECAUSE WE'VE WORKED WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS GROUPS THAT HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THAT THIS HAPPENS CORRECTLY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS OF THE GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR WORKING TO BRIDGE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OUR TWO COMMITTEES. GIVEN OUR TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICIT AND SKYROCKETING DEBT, WE'VE GOT TO EXAMINE EVERY AREA OF GOVERNMENT, LOOK FOR WAYS TO CONTINUE TO CUT SPENDING. THIS BILL HAS TAKEN FIVE YEARS, FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING, IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ACTIONS THAT I AS A CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE INITIALLY, WE HELD A HEARING IN THE OLD POST OFFICE. THE JANUARY MORNING, FREEZING TEMPERATU WELL, WENT IN TO SHOW THAT THE VACANT BUILDING WAS SITNG THERE AND COULD BE REVITALIZED. NOW WE'RE GOING TO SEE THAT BUILDING NOT ONLY REOPEN AS A HOTEL AND RETAIL SPACE BUT IT'S GOING TO GENERATE MILLIONS IN PROFITS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE CONTINUE TO HOLD HEARINGS LIKE THIS IN ABANDONED BUILDINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ONES THAT WERE NEGLECTED, UNDERUTILIZED BUILDINGS, TO HIGHLIGHT THE FAILED STATE OF FEDERAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. WE WERE SUCCSSFUL IN PRESSURING G.S.A. IN SELLING THE LONG-VANT GEORGETOWN WEST HEATING PLANT THAT NETTED $20 MILLION TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. SADLY, THIS IS -- THIS HAS GOT TO BE DONE ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. EVERY YEAR SINCE 2003, G.A.O., THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OICE, HAS FOUND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILS TO MANAGE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BUILDINGS ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE G.A.O., THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN TOO MUCH EXCESSND UNDERUTILIZED PROPERTY, RELY TAOS HEAVILY ON COSTLY LEASE SPACE AND MAINTAINS UNRELIABLE AND MISLEADING REAL PROPERTY LISTS. G.A.O. AGREES AND HAS STATED BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE THAT LEGISLATION LIKE THE FEDERAL ASSET SALES AND TRANSFER ACT WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD FIXING THE PROBLEMS WITH FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY. THE PSIDENT HAS ALSO CONTINUED TO SUPPORT REFORMS TO THE FEDERAL REAL ESTATE SINCE SPEAKING ON IT IN HIS 2011 STATE OF THE UNION. HE'S INCLUDED IN TISSUE IT IN HIS BUDGET SINCE THEN AND I'M PLEASE TO HAVE HAD SECURED THE COMMITMENT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO ADVANCE LEGISLATION AND WORK WITH MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ TO SEE REAL EREFORM SIGNED INTO LAW. ADDITIONALLY, BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS HAVE INCLUDED THIS IDEA IN THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET DOCUMENTS. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN REAL ESTATE PROPERTY. TO BE SUCCESSFUL THIS WITH BOARD -- THIS BOARD WILL NEED TO CONSOLIDATE THE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT, HOUSE MORE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN LESS OVERALL SPACE, REDUCE OUR RELIANCE ON COSTLY LEASE SPACE, SELL OR REDEVELOP HIGHLY VALUED ASSETS THAT ARE UNDERUTILIZED AND DISPOSE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY MUCH, MUCH QUICKER. THIS BILL CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL ACHIEVE THESE GOALS AN CREATES A RELIABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE REAL PROPERTY DATABASE SO THE PUBLIC CAN ACTUALLY SEE GOVERNMENT'S PROGRESS. ADDITIONALLY, AS I SAID, WE WORKED WITH OTHER GROUPS. ONE OF THOSE WAS DEALING WITH MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT TO BETTER ACCESS REAL PROPERTY TO SERVE OUR NATION'S HOMELESS POPULATION. I'M GLAD WE TOOK THE CHANGES AND THIS HAS LED TO THE ENDORSEMENT OF THIS LEGISLATION BY THE NATIONAL LAW CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS AND POVERTY. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE WORKED WITH THE LAW CENTER THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THEM TO ADDRESS OUR NATION EAST MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. THIS IS A GOOD BILL. IT'S BEEN DONE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AND IT'S GOING TO SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE TAXPAYER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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  • 07:42:24 PM

    MR. CARSON

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:42:33 PM

    >>

    I WISH TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:42:41 PM

    MR. DUNCAN

    I THANK CHAIRMAN BARLETTA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    I THANK CHAIRMAN BARLETTA FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4465, THE BILL BY CHAIRMAN DENHAM, AND ALS H.R. 4487 BY CHAIRMAN BARLETTA. WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY IS A VERY IMPORTANT, EVEN VITAL, PART OF OUR FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. TODAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OBSERVES ALMOST 30% OF THE LAND IN THIS NATION AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES OWN ALMOST 20% SO THAT TODAY, CLOSE TO HALF OF THE LAND IN THIS COUNTRY IS UNDER SOME TYPE OF PUBLIC GOVERNMENTAL OWNERSHIP. BUT YOU CAN NEVER SATISFY GOVERNMENT'S APPETITE FOR MONEY OR LAND. THEY ALWAYS WANT MORE. I FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE WHEN I READ IN "USA TODAY" SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT GOVERNMENTS KEEP ADDING LAND EQUAL TO HALF THE SIZE OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY EACH YEAR THROUGH DIRECT PURCHASES OR INDIRECT PURCHASES THROUGH LAND CONSERVANCIES. THEN I READ THAT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT HAD ABOUT THREE MILLION ACRES THEY DIDN'T EVEN WANT. I FIRST INTRODUCED A BILL ON THIS SUBJECT IN 2001 DURING THE 107TH CONGRESS TCHAILED FEDERAL LANDS IMPROVEMENT ACT. THEN I REINTRODUCED IT IN THE NEXT CONGRESS, THEN IN THE 110TH CONGRESS I INTRODUCED A SIMILAR BILL WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE OTHER SIDE, DENNIS MOORE OF KANSAS, IN A SIMILAR BIPARTISAN FASHION, SENATOR TOM CARPER FROM QUARE AND SENATOR TOM COBURN FROM OKLAHOMA INTRODUCED COMPANION LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET HAD FOUND 21,000 FEDERAL PROPERTIES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NO LONGER WANTED OR NEEDED WORTH AT THAT TIME $18 BILLION AND $9 BILLION WERE REAL PROPERTY ASSETS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTED TO DISPOSE OF. THE THEN-OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR WROTE A LETTER ENDORSING WHAT THESE BILLS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO HERE TONIGHT HE SAID TO REACH THIS OBJECTIVE, I BELIEVE WE MUST IMPROVE AND STREAMLINE THE FEDERAL PROCESS, THE FEDERAL AGENCIES FACE IN DISPOSING OF REAL PROPERTY ASSETS. SOME EXTREMISTS NEVER WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO SELL ANY PROPERTY AND GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS CANTS TO ACQUIRE MORE AND MORE LAND EVERY YEAR. BUT WE KEEP SHRINKING THE TAX BASE, MR. SPEAKER, IF THE TIME THAT SCHOOLS AND POLICEMEN AND ALL THESE OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WANT AND NEED MORE FUNDING. THIS LEGISLATION AS WE'VE WORKED ON THIS THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE ON WHICH I SERVE AND THE OVERSIGHT AN GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE ON WHICH I ALSO SERVE, I WANT TO COMMEND, AGAIN, CHAIRMAN BARLETTA AND CHAIRMAN DENHAM BECAUSE WITH SO MANY NEEDS AND SO MANY GOOD THINGS THAT WE CAN DO FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT SIMPLY MAKES NO SENSE TO FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO KEEP PROPERTY THAT IT NO LONGER NEEDS OR WANTS. WE CAN AND SHOULD PUT THOSE ASSETS TO MUCH BETTER USE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA HAS YIELDED THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 07:45:54 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    I WISH TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MICA.

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    MR. MICA

    I HAVE TO THANK MR. BARLETTA FOR TAKING THIS MEASURE SO FAR AND I THANK…

    I HAVE TO THANK MR. BARLETTA FOR TAKING THIS MEASURE SO FAR AND I THANK MR. CARSON FROM INDIANA AND I THANK MR. DENHAM AND OTHERS FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. MY INVOLVEMENT AS A MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND FORMER CHAIR WAS, WE HAD SUBCOMMITTEE THAT IS ENTITLED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WHICH THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN CHAIRS AND WE HAVE THE RANKING MEMBER MEMBER FROM INDIANA AND I HAVE TAKEN THIS PROPOSAL THAT WE THOUGHT ABOUT FOR SOME TIME AND WE HEARD MR. DUNK AND'S WORK FOR YEARS AND BROUGHT IT FORWARD TO A GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT CAN SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THE LARGEST LAND OWNERS OF ANYONE, ANYWHERE. WE OWN MORE FEDERAL PROPERTY THAN ANYONE. THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS, THOUGH, AND WE IDENTIFIED THOSE WHEN WE WERE IN THE MINORITY AND HAD MORE TIME TO DO STUDIES AND REPORTS. AND THERE WAS A REPORT CALLED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST STOP SITTING ON ITS ASSETS. ONE HIGH ROIT LIGHTED IN THE REPORT, THE OLD POST OFFICE RPGS SITTING THERE, 400 SQUARE FEET. THE OLD BUILDING HALF EMPTY COSTING THE TAXPAYERS IN LOSSES TO UNDERWRITE THE LOSSES. IT TOOK US TWO HEARINGS. THE FIRST HEARING WE HELD WAS IN THE EMPTY ANN EMP X AND WE BROUGHT THE COMMITTEE DOWN THERE AND DID IT SO WITH 32 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND MADE THE BUREAUCRATS SHIVER AND FOR A YEAR THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING AND GUESS WHO WON, THE BEST HOTELS WITH CARLTON AND MARRIOTT AND THEY MR. TRUMP AND HIS ORGANIZATION WON. HE IS TURNING THAT ASSET COSTING TAXPAYERS FROM $6 MILLION INTO REVENUE PLUS A PERCENTAGE. NOW THAT'S WHAT YOU DO IN TURNING GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES AROUND. GO THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, BEHIND THE RITZ-CARLTON IN GEORGETOWN WE DID A HEARING, THEY GOT IT FOR SALE AND SOLD FOR $19 MILLION TO MAINTAIN EMPTY. ONE OF THE GREATEST VICTORIES IS IG GOING TO OCCUR ON JUNE 3, THE FEDERAL COURT HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI, EMPTY, DETERIORATING. WE HELD A HEARING IN THE EMPTY COURTHOUSE AND NOTHING HAPPENED AND I HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY DELEDGE AND SAID I HAVE WRITTEN G.S.A. AND ON JUNE 3 WE WILL TRANSFER THAT VACANT PROPERTY TO MIAMI-DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. UP IN MR. HOYER'S DISTRICT, WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF DISTRIBUTES VACANT, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND WE HAVE BEEN PRIVATE THERE FOR FIVE YEARS AND WE DID A HEARING, 177,000 ACRES, FIVE TIMES THE SIZE OF MANHATTAN AND THE AIR FORCE SITTING THERE WITH 00 BUILDINGS HALF OF THEM EMPTY. I NEED 400 ACRES FROM THE AIR FORCE TO DO A CARGO PORT AND YOU COULD EMEMPLOY PEOPLE. WE HAVE ASSETS ACROSS THIS NATION SITTING IDLE BECAUSE NO BUREAUCRAT HAS IT UP HERE TO MAKE THAT INTO A PRODUCING ASSET. WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN INTO V.A. THOUSANDS OF PROPERTIES, BUILDINGS SITTING IDLE. THIS BILL STARTS THE PROCESS. WOULD YOU GIVE IT TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. PEOPLE LOOK AT ME LIKE I HAVE BEEN SMOKING MARIJUANA. COULD I HAVE ANOTHER MINUTE?

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    MR. MICA

    WOULD YOU CONSIDER GIVING YOUR PROPERTY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NO WAY,…

    WOULD YOU CONSIDER GIVING YOUR PROPERTY TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. NO WAY, JOSE. THIS BILL KNOWS HOW TO DEAL AND MANAGE WITH REAL ESTATE LOOK AT THE PROPERTIES. BUT WE'LL GET AN INVENTORY AND RECOMMENDATION AND HOPEFULLY DO SOMETHING. BUREAUCRATS WILL DO NOTHING. THEY DON'T THINK. THEIR BRAINS ARE NOT WIRED TO THINK. THEY ARE GETTING THEIR PAYCHECK AND DON'T THINK. SO THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF GETTING OUT OF THE DUMB AGES INTO THE SMART AGES. TAKING THE ASSETS THAT A POOR PERSON OUT THERE WHO IS TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE AND THE GOVERNMENT IS SITTING ON ASSETS. THANK YOU FOR COMING FORWARD WITH THIS BILL. LET'S GET IT DONE. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE PUS SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    PRIVILEGED REPORT FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 742, SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2576 AND FOR OTHER…

    RESOLUTION 742, SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2576 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 897 AND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO CLIFE CONGRESSIONAL ACT IN THE USE OF PESTICIDES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PROVIDING

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    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED.

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    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED.

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    SUSPEND THE RULES AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4487 TO REDUCE COSTS OF BUILDING REAL ESTATE.

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    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA WILL…

    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 07:54:52 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT INCLUDES REFORMS THAT WILL IMPROVE BUILDING…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. IT INCLUDES REFORMS THAT WILL IMPROVE BUILDING SECURITY. I'M PROUD TO BE THE SPOPS SORE OF THIS. AND OUR SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER CARSON FOR WORKING WITH ME. THE PUBLIC BUILDING SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A SERIES OF HEARINGS TO EXAMINE THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION'S LEASE PORTFOLIO. WHAT WE FOUND WAS HALF OF ALL G.S.A. LEASES WILL EXPIRE. TO GIVE PERSPECTIVE ON HOW MUCH SPACE THAT IS 100 MILLION SQUARE SPACE OR 1 2 TRADE CENTERS IN NEW YORK AND THE TOTAL REAL STATE IS IN COMMERCIAL LEASED SPACE COSTING THE TAXPAYER MORE THAN $5.5 BILLION EACH YEAR. HOW WE REPLACE THESE LEASES HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON THE COST TO THE TAXPAYERS. FOR LARGER LEASES REQUIRING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZATION WE HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO REDUCE THE COST OF REAL STATE TO THE TAXPAYER. THE COMMITTEE HAS WORKED WITH G.S.A. TO REDUCE THE FEDERAL FOOTPRINT THROUGH THE SPACE. THROUGH THOSE EFFORTS WE HAVE SAVED THE TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $3 BILLION IN AVOIDED COSTS. WHEN WITH REDUCE THE SPACE, IT REDUCES THE COST TO THE TAXPAYER AND WITH THE LARGE NUMBER OF COST WE HAVE THE RIPE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE EVEN MORE TO NEGOTIATE BETTER RATES AND CONCESSIONS. THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS REFORM AND SAVINGS ACT ESTABLISHES A PILOT PROGRAM. THIS WILL PILOT PROGRAM WILL ALLOW G.S.A. TO WORK THROUGH EXPIRING LEASES MORE QUICKLY AND LOCK IN GOOD DEALS FOR THE LONG-TERM OF THE LEGISLATION GIVES AUTHORITY TOLL ADDRESS ROADBLOCKS TO REDUCING COSTS SO SPACE ACQUISITION CAN BE BASED ON THE BEST DEAL AND REDUCE COMPETITION. THE LEGISLATION COULD RESULT IN A 20% REDUCTION IN LEASED COSTS AND SAVE TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $5 MILLION WITHOUT REDUCTION IN SPACE. THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT WILL GIVE G.S.A. TO USE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO TUESDAY SPACE NEEDS TO OFFSET COSTS. IN ADDITION TO THESE REFORMS. IT INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT WILL IMPROVE BUILDING SECURITY BY CLARIFYING THE TRAINING AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE. H.R. 4487 INCLUDES OTHER PROVISIONS THAT WILL IMPROVE OVERSILINGT OF PUBLIC BUILDING PROJECTS AND STAY WITHIN BUDGET AND ON TIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA FOR 20 MINUTES.

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  • 07:59:07 PM

    MR. CARSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4477. THIS BILL BEGINS THE PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4477. THIS BILL BEGINS THE PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER OF REFORMING G.S.A. AND THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN DEVELOPING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF FEDERAL REAL ESTATE. THE G.A.O. HAS MANAGED THE FEDERAL PROPERTY. THE ADDRESS WILL CONCERNS. THE BILL WILL DIRECT G.S.A. TO REFORM THE LEASING PROCESS. THE CERTAINTIER PIECE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS A FIVE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESSES BIFF RAISING THE THRESHOLD BY SIMPLIFIED ACK WHICH SITUATIONS AND WILL BE ABLED AND FOCUS THEIR STAFF ON THE LARGER LEASES THAT CAN PROVIDE MORE SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS. . THE PILOT PROGRAM AND THE G.A.O. REPORTS AUTHORIZED BY THIS BILL, EXPECTED TO PROVIDE THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE WITH DEFINITIVE DATA BY THE MOST -- FIRST WAY TO LEASE FEDERAL OFFICE SPACE. THE INTERIM REPORT ON THE PILOT PROGRAM, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF G.S.A.'S USE OF COMMERCIAL BROKERS, WILL BE INSTRUCTIVE AS TO WHICH NEW AUTHORITIES CONGRESS SHOULD LET EXPIRE IN FIVE YEARS AND WHICH ONES WE SHOULD KEEP. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT TODAY'S BILL INCLUDES SEVERAL REFORMS AUTHORED IN H.R. 1850. THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2015. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE 1995 BUILDING BOMBING IN OKLAHOMA CITY, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OR D.O.J. -- D.O.J. ASSESSED THE VULNERABILITY OF FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES, PARTICULARLY RELATED TO THE ACTS OF TERRORISM AND OTHER FORMS OF VIOLENCE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MADE SEVERAL RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING UPGRADING THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND BRINGING EACH FEDERAL FACILITY UP TO A HIGHER MINIMUM STANDARD FOR SECURITY LEVELS. THE REFORMS IN TODAY'S LEGISLATION, INCLUDING CREATING A NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE 13,000 CONTRACT GUARDS WHO PROTECT FEDERAL BUILDINGS, EMPLOYEES AND VISITORS EACH AND EVERY DAY, IT MANDATES A MINIMUM LEVEL OF TRAINING FOR PROTECTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS OR P.S.O.'S. WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING THE AUTHORITY FOR P.S.O.'S TO CARRY FIREARMS AND DETAIN SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF A FELONY TO ON FEDERAL PROPERTY. AS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER, I CAN'T OVERSTATE THE IMPORTANCE OF A STRONG TRAINING STANDARD FOR SECURITY PERSONNEL AT EVERY FEDERAL FACILITY ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO STUDY WHETHER IT HAS A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND INSPECTORS NECESSARY TO REGULARLY CONDUCT SECURITY ASSESSMENTS OF FEDERAL FACILITIES. ANOTHER PROVISION REQUIRES A STUDY OF WEATHER THE FEE STRUCTURE IS SUFFICIENT TO FUND THE STRONG LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE NEEDED TODAY. I EXPECT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WHEN THESE REPORTS ARE COMPLETED, THEY WILL HELP GUIDE THE COMMITTEE'S EFFORTS TO ADDRESS LONG-TERM FUNDING AND STAFFING ISSUES. I BELIEVE IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PROTECT THE MILLIONS OF FEDERAL WORKERS AND DAILY VISITORS TO FEDERAL BUILDINGS. WITH INCREASED OVERSIGHT AND ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY, I BELIEVE F.P.S. CAN FULFILL ITS MISSION. I HOPE, IN CLOSING, THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER ON THESE MATTERS. I THANK THE CHAIR AND RUNNING BACK MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE -- RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHO BOTH CO-SPONSORED AND SUPPORTED THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. TOGETHER WE CAN CONTINUE TO PUT FORWARD COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT ALLOW BOTH G.S.A. AND F.P.S. TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR NATION'S BUILDINGS. WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:03:28 PM

    MR. CARSON

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY WHO IS AN AMERICAN ICON AND A LEGEND, THE GENTLELADY WHO REPRESENTS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN, MS. NORTON.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 08:03:48 PM

    MS. NORTON

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR OVERLY -- HIS OVERLY GENEROUS INTRODUCTION. AND…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR OVERLY -- HIS OVERLY GENEROUS INTRODUCTION. AND I THANK MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA, FOR THIS BILL. THIS BILL, WHICH I STRONGLY SUPPORT, THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS REFORM AND SAVINGS ACT OF 2016, MAY SEEM QUITE TECHNICAL TO THOSE WHO HAVE HEARD IT DESCRIBED, BUT I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY GOOD FRIENDS, THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR A BILL THAT WILL HAVE GREAT SUBSTANTIVE IMPACT ON THE WAY IN WHICH G.S.A. DOES ITS BUSINESS. AND I PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN WAY IN WHICH BOTH OF THEM HAVE ALWAYS FORMED -- I THANK THEM BOTH FOR ACCEPTING MY AMENDMENTS. ONE, IN KEEPING WITH BOTH THIS BILL AND THE PRIOR BILL, FOR A NEW SMALLER DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THEN ONE THAT'S NOT RELATED TO ANY OF THIS, FOR LACKTATION SPACE FOR VISITORS -- LACTATION SPACE FOR VISITORS TO FEDERAL BUILDINGS. I APPRECIATE AN AMENDMENT THAT ALLOWS THE G.S.A. TO SELL OR EXCHANGE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY COMPLEX. THAT'S RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE MALL AREA, AT 100 TO INDEPENDENCE AVENUE. IN A-- 1000 INDEPENDENCE AVENUE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DISTRICT PLAN, WHICH MEANS IT -- ALL THE APPROPRIATE PLANNING HAS BEEN DONE, GIVEN WHERE THIS LOCATION IS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO OFFICIAL WASHINGTON. THE BILL HAS TWO PURPOSES. MY AMENDMENT HAD TWO PURPOSES. AS THE G.O.E. BUILDING IS TOO BIG, RESULTS IN WASTEFUL SPENDING, WE NOW REQUIRE SMALLER FOOTPRINT, ALL OF THIS WILL HAPPEN WITH A SMALLER BILL, ALLOWS THE ANNEX CLOSER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON THE MALL TO BE SOLD. AND GIVES THE G.S.A. WHAT A DEVELOPER NEEDS, AND THAT'S WHAT G.S.A. -- IT'S A DEVELOPER. THE FLEXIBILITY TO DEVELOP THIS PRICELESS LAND AND ENSURES THAT DEVELOPMENT WILL OCCUR SOON. G.S.A. HAS TO COME BACK BY JUNE. WE'RE ALMOST THERE, WITH THE PROCESS FOR DISPOSING OF THE ANNEX. I WANT TO THANK BOTH GENTLEMEN FOR AGREING TO MY BILL ITCH CALL IT THE MOTHERHOOD BILL -- BILL, I CALL IT THE MOTHERHOOD BILL. G.S.A. ALREADY REQUIRES THAT EMPLOYEES BE GIVE LACTATION SPACE. BUT WE DISCOVERED THAT SOME EMPLOYEES AT THE SMITHSONIAN WERE NOT GETTING IT, WHEN I CALLED THE SMITHSONIAN, THEY IMMEDIATELY PROVIDED IT. NO NEW SPACE, JUST SPACE FOR A MOTHER TO PUMP OR TO NURSE A BABY. SO I'VE SIMPLY ADDED VISITORS AND GUESTS TO FEDERAL FACILITIES, TO THOSE WHO CAN USE THIS SPACE. THIS IS A TOURIST MECCA, THE NATION'S CAPITAL. SO THERE WILL BE SOME NURSING MOTHERS. COULD I HAVE ANOTHER MINUTE?

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    MR. CARSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD JEALINGT AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES -- THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD JEALINGT AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES -- THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. NORTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING ARE WELL DOCUMENTED.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING ARE WELL DOCUMENTED. THAT CHILDREN'S IMMUNE SYSTEMS BUILD UP. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT EVEN RISKS OF ASTHMA, DIABETES AND THE LIKE, ARE REDUCED FROM BREAST-FED BABIES. BENEFITS TO NURSING MOTHERS AS WELL. RISK OF DIABETES AND CANCER EVEN REDUCED. SO THIS BILL IS MUCH RELATED TO THE IMPORTANT SUBSTANCE OF THE UNDERLYING BILL. BUT THIS RELATIONSHIP IS CLEAR ENOUGH. AND I VERY MUCH THANK MY TWO GOOD FRIENDS FOR ACCEPTING THESE TWO AMENDMENTS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL STRONGLY.

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CARSON

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, 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 THE BILL, H.R. 4487 AS AMENDED. 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. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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

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    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 08:09:32 PM

    MR. FITZPATRICK

    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TONIGHT MY CONSTITUENTS BACK HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA ARE GARTHING TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A WONDERFUL CITIZEN. JUDGE EDMOND V. LUDWIG WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE COURTROOM AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS A JURIST, AS AN EDUCATOR, A MENTOR AND A HISTORIAN. JUDGE LUDWIG DIED ON MAY 17, 2016, AT THE AGE OF 87. HE'LL ALSO BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS WIT AND WISDOM. HIS LEGAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE LEADING THE WAY TO IMPROVING ACCESS TO COUNSEL FOR THE POOR, REFORMATION OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND IMPROVEMENT TO STATE SERVICES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL. JUDGE LUDWIG FOUNDED MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND SERVED ON SEVERAL BOARDS. HIS WELL KNOWN APHIL FINITY FOR HISTORY -- AFINITY FOR HISTORY LED TO A HISTORICAL SOCIETY WHERE HE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN UNTIL 2011. THE FORMER JUDGE OF THE COURT WAS APPOINTED IN 1985 TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT BY PRESIDENT REAGAN. HE WAS HONORED WITH THE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN DISTINGUISHED JURIST AWARD BY THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION IN 2005. JUDGE LUDWIG'S LIFE OF SERVICE IS IMPRINTED IN THE HISTORY OF BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:10:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND…

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FRIDAY I VISITED PENN STATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FRIDAY I VISITED PENN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THEIR ANNUAL ENERGY DAYS PROGRAM, FOCUSED EFFORTS IN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INVOLVING AMERICA'S ENERGY SECTORS. AS MANY PEOPLE FROM PENNSYLVANIA KNOW, THE UNIVERSITY WAS FOUNDED AS ONE OF OUR NATION'S FIRST COLLEGES OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE. NOW UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PENN STATE PRESIDENT ERIC BARREN, THE UNIVERSITY IS TAKE STRIDES TO BECOME ALSO KNOWN AS THE ENERGY UNIVERSITY. COURSES OF STUDY ARE ALREADY BEING OFFERED TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN THE SHALE INDUSTRY. MANY OF WHICH ARE OFFERING STARTING-WAGES THAT CAN -- STARTING WAGES THAT CAN SUPPORT A FAMILY. I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF PENN STATE IN STRIVING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR ENERGY SECTOR, COMBINING EXPERTISE IN ENERGY-RELATED RESEARCH, TEACHING AND SERVICE FROM CONTRIBUTIONS FROM LEADERS IN THE ENERGY INDUSTRIES. THE NEW INITIATIVE WILL GREATLY EXPAND EFFORTS IN ENERGY POLICY, FOSSIL FUELS, RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THOSE EFFORTS WILL BE EXPANDED ACROSS THE STATE UNIVERSITIES -- UNIVERSITY'S 24 CAMPUSES. OUR ENERGY INDUSTRY, SUCH AS COAL, NATURAL GAS AND OIL, ARE VITAL TO OUR HISTORY, HERITAGE AND FUTURE OF PENNSYLVANIA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. POE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK ISIS TERRORISTS CAME INTO THE HOUSE OF A CHRISTIAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK ISIS TERRORISTS CAME INTO THE HOUSE OF A CHRISTIAN FAMILY IN IRAQ TO COLLECT THE RELIGIOUS TAX IMPOSED ON ALL NONMUSLIMS -- NON-MUSLIMS. ISIS TOLD THE MOTHER OF THE HOME, QUOTE, YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES. YOU ARE TO LEAVE NOW OR YOU ARE TO PAY THE TAX. THE MOTHER PLED, I WILL PAY, BUT GIVE ME A FEW SECONDS BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER IS IN THE SHOWER. BUT THE ISIS TERRORISTS DID NOT WAIT. INSTEAD THEY SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE. THE MOTHER, CLUTCHING A SMALL CHILD, ESCAPED, BUT THE GIRL WAS TRAPPED IN THE BURNING HOME. LATER SHE WAS FOUND BUT HAD SUCH SEVERE BURNS THAT SHE DIED IN HER MOTHER'S HARMS -- ARMS. THE LAST THING SHE SAID TO HER MOTHER WAS, FOR GIVE THEM. THE GIRL'S A BETTER PERSON THAN MOST OF US. ANYWAY, FROM BEHEADINGS TO BURNING LITTLE CHRISTIAN GIRLS ALIVE, ISIS' EVIL GENOCIDE KNOWS NO BOUNLEDS. ISIS MURDERS IN THE NAME OF RELIGIOUS JIHAD AND WILL WE ALLOW THIS EVIL TO CONTINUE OR SHALL ALL RELIGIONS UNITE AND HOLD ISIS ACCOUNTABLE? WE MUST STOP ISIS' MALICIOUS MURDER OF THE INNOCENT. BECAUSE JUSTICE DEMANDS IT AND, MR. SPEAKER, JUSTICE IS WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:15:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS. .

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    THE CLERK

    MR. AL COMBREEN OF TEXAS, MR. OWE ROURK OF TEXAS TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. AL COMBREEN OF TEXAS, MR. OWE ROURK OF TEXAS TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK AND MR. PEERT -- PETERS.

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  • 08:15:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFRIES IS RECOGNIZED FOR HALF OF THE REMAINING TIME UNTIL 10:00 P.M. OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:15:50 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE. IT'S AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO STAND ON THE HOUSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO ANCHOR THE SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, THIS HOUR OF POWER WHERE FOR THE NEXT 60 MINUTES, MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON AN ISSUE OF GREAT SIGNIFICANCE. TODAY'S SPECIAL ORDER TOPIC IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS, THE RECKLESS REPUBLICAN ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN AMERICA. IT IS WITH GREAT DISMAY THAT MANY OF US COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY TO SPEAK TO AN ISSUE OF SIGNIFICANCE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR DEMOCRACY. THERE IS NOTHING MORE SACRED TO THE INTEGRITY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS THAN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS WHO HAVE DIED TRYING TO SECURE THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FRANCHISE TO HELP EXECUTE UPON THAT GREAT AMERICAN PROMISE OF A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE, TO VOTE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD REPRESENT THEM AT THE TI, STATE OR FEDERAL LEVEL, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR RELIGION, ETHNICITY OR IMMIGRATION STATUS. AND WHILE WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS, CLEARLY THERE HAS BEEN AN EFFORT, LED IN PART BY PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO STOP SOMETHING AS THE UNFETTERED RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR DEMOCRACY BY VOTING. TODAY, WE ARE GOING TO EXPLORE SOME OF THE HISTORY CONNECTED TO THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION EVER ENACTED BY THIS AUGUST BODY. WE KNOW IN 2013 IN THE SHELBY COUNTY VERSUS HOLDER DECISION, THE SUPREME COURT EFFECTIVELY GUTTED SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WIDELY KNOWN AS THE PRECLEARANCE DECISION THAT HAS IMPACTED THE ABILITY OF VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES OF PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT OBSTACLE OR OBSTRUCTION. IT'S MY HONOR AS ONE OF THE ANCHORS AS THIS SPECIAL ORDER TO JOIN THIS THAT RESPONSIBILITY WITH MY CO-ANCHOR WHO FROM THE MOMENT IN WHICH HE ARRIVED IN THE CONGRESS HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS FORCE IN THE DISTRICT SHE REPRESENTSES, SOMEONE WHO IS FORCE IN HER BELIEFS AND WILLING TO REACH OUT AND GET THINGS DONE AND MY HONOR AND PROIFL TO YIELD TO OHIO, REPRESENTATIVE JOYCE BEATTY.

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  • 08:19:22 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES. I RISE TO STAND WITH MY CLASSMATE, THE…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES. I RISE TO STAND WITH MY CLASSMATE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM THE 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. MR. JEFFRIES, I LOOK FORWARD TO TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER HOUR. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN JEFFRIES ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS WILLVILLE DEBATE ON HOW OUR DEBATE IS ON CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN AMERICA. AS WE JUST HEARD FROM MR. JEFFRIES AND WE WILL HEAR FROM OTHERS, VOTING IS THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, ESTABLISHED STRONG FEDERAL PROTECTIONS WITH THE FREEDOM TO VOTE AND BANNING THE DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES OF THE JIM CROW SOUTH. COMBINED WITH SUBSEQUENT LEGISLATION SUCH AS THE NATIONAL VOTERS REGISTRATION ACT, WHICH REQUIRES STATE AGENCIES TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOTER REGISTRATION. THE VOTER RIGHTS ACT HELPED OUR NATION MAKE SIGNIFICANT PRACTICE FOR BOOSTING VOTING FOR OTHER MARGINALIZED GROUPS. WE FIND OURSELVES FACED -- FACING OUR FIRST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 50 YEARS WITHOUT THE FULL PROTECTION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. AS MR. JEFFRIES REFERENCED IN SHELBY, THE SUPREME COURT DECISION REVERSED OVER 50 YEARS OF PROGRESS MADE TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THE VOTING BOOTH AND OPENED THE P PATHWAY TO NEW VOTING LAWS THAT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS. 18 OF THE STATES, REPUBLICAN-LED SINCE 2010, MAKING IT HARDER FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE. THE WAY STATES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REDUCE THE VOTING POWER AND PUT IN PLACE NEW VOTING RESTRICTIONS IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO VOTE IS APPALLING. MR. SPEAKER, OUR VOTING RIGHTS ARE UNDER ASSAULT. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO VOTE. WE SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICA CAPS TO GO TO THE VOTING BOX. WE NEED TO PUT FORTH A VOTE ON THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT NOW. NEW LAWS RANGE FROM STRICT I.D. REQUIRMINGTSE TO RECOMMENDATION RESTRICTION. AMONG THESE 16 STATES WITH NEW RESTRICTIONS IS MY HOME STATE. IN OHIO, 201, LAWMAKERS CUT SIX DAYS OF EARLY VOTING AND ELIMINATED DURING WHICH VOTERS CORM REGISTER AND CAST A BALLOT . OHIO IS NOT ALONE TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR AMERICANS TO VOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE FREEDOM TO VOTE IS ONE'S -- IS ONE OF AMERICAN'S MOST CONSTITUTIONALLY RIGHT TO VOTE. THAT IS WHY I'M HONORED THIS CONGRESS TO SERVE AS THE DEPUTY VICE CHAIR OF THE NEWLY CREATED THE CAUCUS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING OUR DEMOCRACY BY ENSURING THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS SAFEGUARDED FOR ALL AMERICANS. HOWEVER, AFTER A LONG STANDING TRADITION ON PROTECTIONS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS NOW REFUSE TO BRING EITHER BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 19 5 HAS BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED FIVE TIMES. CONGRESS HAS A DUTY TO ENSURE ELECTIONS ARE FREE AND TRANSPARENT SO ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS FEEL COMFORTABLE AND WELCOME. I WELCOME PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FEBRUARY 13, 2013 STATEMENT ON THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND LET ME QUOTE. WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART TO MAKE SURE OUR GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED. THAT INCLUDES ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF A DEMOCRACY, THE RIGHT TO VOTE, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN ANY AMERICAN NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE OR THEIR PARTY ARE DENIED THAT RIGHT, WE ARE BETRAYING OUR IDEALS, END OF QUOTE. THERE ARE 1 8 DAYS UNTIL THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND OUR DEMOCRACY STILL HAS FAR TOO MANY MISSING VOICES PARTICULARLY AMONG THOUGH WHO ARE ALREADY AT A DISADVANTAGE DUE TO DEEPLY ROUTED AND CLASS BARRIERS. WE MUST THAT VOTER SUPPRESSION IS NOT THE NEW NORMAL. IN ORDER TO HAVE A TRULY VIBRANT DEMOCRACY, THE UNITED STATES MUST TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE BARRIERS TO VOTING. . I'M CALLING ON OUR COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL LEADERS TO JOIN ME IN WORKING TO ELIMINATE VOTER SUPPRESSION AND RESTORE WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE FOUGHT FOR, MARCHED FOR, DIED FOR. THAT'S THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. THE NAACP, THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THESE ISSUES ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, ENCOURAGING IN TRAINING POLL WORKERS. IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO PROTECT THE MOST AT RISK AMONG US AND TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I THANK THE --

  • 08:26:55 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    THE URGENCY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS FOR MEMBERS OF…

    THE URGENCY OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS FOR MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE IS TO ACT ON BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THIS CONGRESS THAT WOULD RESPOND TO THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION, ADOPTION A NEW COVERAGE FORMULA AND IN ADVANCE OF THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WITH A SYSTEM THAT WILL FAIRLY ALLOW EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO VOTE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE. IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, SOMEONE WHO HAS A STWISHED RECORD AS A INJURYIST ON THE EVER, CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER IN NORTH CAROLINA AND CONTINUED HIS FIGHT HERE ON THE FLOOFER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS ON BEHALF OF FAIRNESS, LET ME NOW YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN BUTTERFIELD. PE

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  • 08:28:14 PM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND ON BEHALF OF THE…

    FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT IN THAT DISTRICT IN NEW YORK AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO AND JOYCE BEATTY, YOU ARE AN INCREDIBLE LEADER AND I THANK THE TWO OF YOU FOR SELECTING THE DISCUSSION. IT IS AN APPROPRIATE TOPIC. WE ARE WORKING ON THE 19 5 VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND I WILL SINGLE OUT CONGRESSMAN LEWIS AND CONGRESSWOMAN SEWELL AND SWAM JACKSON LEE WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO ENFORCE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. MR. SPEAKER, ON AUGUST 6, 19 5 AND I REMEMBER IT WELL. IT WAS A FEW DAYS AFTER I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL, THIS CONGRESS, THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE WE ARE SEATED TONIGHT AND THE SENATE TOGETHER PASSED THE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. THIS ACT WAS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IMMEDIATELY AND THEN IT HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT FOR EMPOWERING AFRICAN HIFERE AMERICANS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECT TORL PROCESS. PRIOR TO THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, IT WAS A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND SOURGET CAROLINA, IT WAS A VERY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS. IN ORDER TO REGISTER TO VOTE, ONE HAD TO READ AND WRITE. BUT THEY HAD TO SATISFY A REGISTRAR. AND IT WAS A WHITE REGISTRAR AND THEY HAD TO SATISFY THAT IN MANY CASES DISSCRAME NATURED THAT HE OR SHOW WAS ABLE TO READ OR WRITE AND THOSE VOTERS WERE DENIED. . . REDISTRICTING SCHEMES WERE DRAWN TO DISENFRANCHISE. AT-LARGE ELECTIONS AND STAGGERED TERMS AND ALL OF THE REST. AND SO THERE WAS A NECESSITY, NECESSITY, CONGRESSMAN, FOR THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. IT WAS JUST NOT A GOOD IDEA. IT WAS ACTUALLY A NECESSITY IN ORDER TO ENFORCE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. CONGRESS ENACTED THIS TOOL AND IT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE. ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PARTS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, THERE ARE MANY PARTS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, SECTION 2 IS THAT PART THAT GIVES MINORITY COMMUNITIES THE RIGHT TO BRING LAWSUITS AND THAT APPLIES TO EVERY COUNTY IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A PERMANENT LAW. IT'S ON THE BOOKS PERMANENTLY. IT ALSO ELIMINATED THE LITERACY TEST. THERE'S ANOTHER PROVISION THAT KIND OF GOES UNNOTICED FROM TIME TO TIME. AND IT'S CALLED SECTION 5. SECTION 5 IS AN OVERSIGHT PROVISION. IT GIVES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE RIGHT TO PRECLEAR ELECTION CHANGES BEFORE THEY GO INTO EFFECT, TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THESE CHANGES WOULD HAVE A DISCRIMINATORY RESULT IN THEIR COMMUNITY. SECTION 5, MR. SPEAKER, DOES NOT APPLY TO EVERY COUNTY IN AMERICA. SECTION 5 ONLY APPLIES TO CERTAIN STATES THAT HAD A LONG HISTORY OF VOTER DISCRIMINATION. AND IN MY STATE, FOR EXAMPLE, NORTH CAROLINA, THE WHOLE STATE WAS NOT INCLUDED UNDER SECTION 5. ONLY 40 COUNTIES WERE INCLUDED FOR PRECLEARANCE. AND SO IT HAS BEEN A GOOD LAW AND IT HAS WORKED QUITE WELL. AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID, IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM TIME TO TIME. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, ON JUNE 25, 2013, THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT SECTION 5 -- FIRST OF ALL, THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT SECTION 5 IS A PROPER EXERCISE OF LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY. BUT THE SUPREME COURT SURPRISED US. IT DETERMINED THAT THE FORMULA USED TO DETERMINE WHICH COUNTIES OR WHICH STATES SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO SECTION 5 IS OUTDATED. THE COURT SUGGESTED THAT IT NEEDED FIXING. AND SO THE COURT CALLED ON US HERE IN THIS CONGRESS TO FIX IT. AND THE CONGRESSIONAL PLAQUE CAUCUS HAS BEEN FIGHTING EVERY -- BLACK CAUCUS HAS BEEN FIGHTING EVERY DAY SINCE THAT COURT DECISION TO TRY TO PUT TOGETHER A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO FIX THE FORMULA. NO ONE IN THIS CONGRESS HAS WORKED HARDER THAN CONGRESSWOMAN TERRY SEWELL. HER BILL IS NOW PENDING BEFORE THIS HOUSE. AND WE NEED TO FIX THE FORMULA, WE NEED TO DO IT NOW. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE 2013 DISCRIMINATORY ELECTION LAW CHANGES AND THE 2011 LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING, YOU MUST CONCLUDE, ANYONE MUST CONCLUDE THAT THERE IS A CONCERTED EFFORT IN MANY PARTS OF THE COUNTRY TO DISENFRANCHISE PARTICULAR GROUPS OF -- GROUPS OF VOTERS FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE PROCESS. THE ABSENCE OF SECTION 5 PROTECTION ALLOWS STATES, MY STATE INCLUDED, TO PASS DISCRIMINATORY LAWS THAT DISENFRANCHISE AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS AND OTHER GROUPS. WE HAVE SEEN THESE LAWS ENACTED IN STATE AFTER STATE, ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ON JULY JUL 25, MR. JEFF -- JULY 25, MR. JEFFRIES, 2013, THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED -- NOW, REMEMBER, THE SUPREME COURT DECISION WAS JUNE 25, 2013. 30 DAYS LATER, I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DIDN'T DO IT 30 DAYS EARLIER, WELL, I DO KNOW WHY, AND THAT'S BECAUSE THERE WAS A SECTION 5. BUT AFTER SECTION 5 WAS SUSPENDED BY THE SUPREME COURT, 0 DAYS LATER THE GENERAL ASSEM -- 30 DAYS LATER THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED A SWEEPING LAW THAT DISCRIMINATES NOT ONLY AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT OTHER MINORITY GROUPS. IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST STUDENTS AND SENIORS. THIS LAW HAS ALSO CUT BACK ON EARLY VOTING. THAT'S A BIG DEAL IN OUR COMMUNITIES. CUT BACK ON EARLY VOTING BY A WEEK AND BARRED SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION. THE LAW WENT INTO EFFECT UPON PASSAGE. AND THERE'S NO OVERSIGHT AND NO SECTION 5 TO PROTECT US. THIS IS DISAPPOINTING, THIS LAW IS REGRESSIVE AND ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. WE HAVE TO LET OUR STATE LAWMAKERS KNOW THAT OUR VOICES MATTER, AND THAT ALL CITIZENS, ALL CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN DEMOCRACY THROUGH UNFETTERED ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX. AND SO IN CLOSING, THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, OF WHICH I AM HONORED TO CHAIR, VOWS TO CONTINUE OUR FIGHT TO RESTORE SECTION 5 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, TO STOP THE ASSAULT ON ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX, BECAUSE EVERY CITIZEN DESERVES THE RIGHT TO VOTE. I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:35:20 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOR…

    I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOR HIS ELOQUENT WORDS AND FOR EXPLAINING THE PRACTICAL REALITIES OF THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION TO STRIKE DOWN THE COVERAGE FORMULA AND EFFECTIVELY INVALIDATE SECTION 5, IMPLICATIONS THAT HAS HAD ON PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IN NORTH CAROLINA AND BEYOND. I ALSO NOTE THAT THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND SECTION 5, AND THE COVERAGE FORMULA IN SECTION 4, UPON PASSAGE IN 1965, DIDN'T JUST IMPACT STATES IN THE SOUTH, BUT THERE ARE FIVE COUNTIES IN NEW YORK CITY THAT CONSTITUTE THE BIG APPLE AND THREE OF THOSE COUNTIES, IN THE BRONX, MANHATTAN AND BROOKLYN, WERE COVERED BY SECTION 5. BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WITH RESPECT TO THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND MANY OF US, EVEN BEYOND THE SOUTH, HAVE NOW LOST THAT CRITICAL PROTECTION AND THAT'S WHY IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS CONTINUED LEADERSHIP. IT IS NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF ALABAMA, SHE HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS PROPONENT OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE. WE WILL ALL -- WE ARE ALL IN AWE OF HER LEADERSHIP -- WE WERE ALL IN AWE OF HER LEADERSHIP LAST YEAR WHEN WE WERE IN SELMA, ALABAMA, TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. AND THANKFUL FOR ALL THAT SHE CONTINUES TO DO TO UPHOLD THAT GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION THAT SPRUNG FORTH FROM THAT SMALL CITY DOWN IN ALABAMA, WHERE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY HAILS FROM. SHE CURRENTLY IS A SPONSOR, THE LEAD SPONSORER OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT, WHICH WOULD FIX THE PROBLEM THAT THE SUPREME COURT CREATED, AND IT'S NOW MY HONOR TO YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE TERI SEWELL. -- TERRI SEWELL. SEWELL SEWELL THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D --

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  • 08:37:25 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK AND MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, FOR THIS WONDERFUL HOUR OF POWER ON VOTING. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO STAND WITH THEM, TO RISE TODAY AND TO JOIN WITH MY C.B.C. COLLEAGUES TO DISCUSS THE RECKLESS REPUBLICAN ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN AMERICA. WE BEGIN TONIGHT BY BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE EVER-EVOLVING CRISIS BREWING IN OUR DEMOCRACY. SINCE THE SUPREME COURT IN THE SHELBY DECISION GUTTED THE PRECLEARANCE PROVISION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, THERE HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AN ASSAULT OFTEN ARE -- ON THE RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS MOST SAKE RECEIPT RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS 2016 ELECTION WILL BE THE -- MOST SAKE RECEIPT -- MOST SACRED RIGHT TO VOTE. THIS 2016 ELECTION WILL BE THE FIRST TIME WE'LL HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN WHICH THERE WILL NOT BE THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. AND AS THE GENTLEMAN SO RIGHTFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED, I WELCOMED IN 2015 100 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, TO MY HOMETOWN OF SELMA, ALABAMA, IN RECOGNITION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC BLOODY SUNDAY MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY, WHERE PEOPLE SHED BLOOD, TEARS, OUR OWN COLLEAGUE, JOHN LEWIS, BLUDGEONED ON THAT BRIDGE, THE BRIDGE, 50 SOME YEARS AGO. IN ORDER TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR ALL AMERICANS. AND ON THAT DAY, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HELD HANDS AS WE CROSSED THE BRIDGE ONE MORE TIME, AS JOHN LEWIS LIKES TO SAY. THIS TIME ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLOODY SUNDAY. WE ALL HAD A KUMBAYA MOMENT, IF YOU WILL. BUT WE CAME BACK TO CONGRESS AND DID NOTHING TO TRY TO RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE WE REALLY GONE SO FAR IN THE LAST 10 YEARS? AFTER ALL, THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 WAS AMENDED AND RE-AUTHORIZED FIVE TIMES. MOST RECENTLY IN 2006 UNDER A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. WHO WAS WITH US ON THAT GLORIOUS DAY ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SELMA TO MONTGOMERY MARCH, TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS SUPPORT FOR THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 WAS THERE. AND SO I SAY TO YOU, IN 10 YEARS, SINCE 2006, WHEN WE RE-AUTHORIZED VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965, OVERWHELMINGLY IN BOTH HOUSE OF CONGRESS, OVERWHELMINGLY WE RE-AUTHORIZED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT FOR 25 YEARS, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE SHELBY DECISION, WHICH GUTTED SECTION 5, WHICH PROVIDED THAT PRECLEARANCE FORMULA, AND MADE THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT NULL AND VOID WE WOULD STILL BE LIVING UNDER A REGIME WHERE, AS THE GENTLEMAN SO RIGHTLY SAID, IT WAS NOT ONLY THE DEEP SOUTH STATES THAT WERE PART OF THE COVERAGE FORMULA, BUT NEW YORK WAS A PART OF THE COVERAGE FORMULA AS WELL. SO YOU KNOW, THE SUPREME COURT IN THE SHELBY DECISION REALLY ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO CONGRESS, TO COME UP WITH A MODERN-DAY FORMULA. THE CHALLENGE WAS THAT WE SHOULDN'T HOLD ALABAMA, STATES LIKE ALABAMA AND THE DEEP SOUTH, FOR PAST DISCRIMINATIONS THAT WERE SO FAR AGO, BACK IN THE 1950'S AND THE 1960'S AND THE 1940'S, BUT RATHER WE SHOULD COME UP WITH A MODERN-DAY FORM LAFMENT THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCE -- FORMULA. THE VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT DOES JUST THAT. I WAS PRIVILEGED TO INTRODUCE THAT BILL ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, LINDA SANCHEZ AND JUDY CHU, AND SENATOR LEAHY ON THE SENATE SIDE INTRODUCED THAT BILL. AND IT HAS A LOOK BACK, NOT SINCE 1950'S OR 1960'S, BUT IT HAS A LOOK BACK OF 25 YEARS. SINCE 1990 GOING FORWARD. AND IT SAYS THAT IF THERE HAD BEEN FIVE VIOLATIONS, STATE-WIDE VIOLATIONS, THAT A STATE WOULD BE THEN OPTED-IN TO PRECLEARANCE, IF IT HAD FIVE. DO YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THAT NOT ONE, BUT 13 STATES HAVE HAD VIOLATIONS OF VOTING DISCRIMINATION OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS. AND THOSE STATES INCLUDE CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK, ARIZONA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA, TEXAS, FLORIDA, 13 STATES WOULD ACTUALLY FALL UNDER THIS. I THINK THAT IT'S REALLY TELLING THAT WE IN 2016 SAW SUCH LONG LINES WRAPPED AROUND MEASURE COPEA COUNTY, ARIZONA, MOST RECENTLY IN MARCH, DURING THEIR PRIMARY, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PRIMARY IN MARCH, AND YOU KNOW WOULD? BECAUSE MARICOPA COUNTY USED TO BE COVERED UNDER THE COVERAGE FORMULA FOR THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT, AND SINCE IT NO LONGER HAS ANY TEETH AND HAS BEEN GUTTED, THEY COULD CLOSE DOWN POLLING STATIONS. IT SHOULDN'T SURPRISE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT IN 2008, MARICOPA COUNTY HAD 800 POLLING STATIONS , THAT IT WAS -- IN 2012 IT WENT DOWN TO 400 POLLING STATIONS. AND FOR 2016, 60 POLLING STATIONS. AND THOSE 60 POLLING STATIONS COVERED THE WHOLE COUNTY, MARICOPA COUNTY, PHOENIX, ARIZONA, AND IT WAS CLEARLY NOT ENOUGH TO GET ALL OF THE FOLKS WHO WANTED TO VOTE TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. THEY COULD CLOSE DOWN THOSE POLLING STATIONS WITHOUT ANY ADVANCE NOTIFICATION. BECAUSE THERE WAS NO MORE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. MY OWN STATE OF ALABAMA WAS ONE OF THOSE STATES THAT AFTER THE SHELBY DECISION DECIDED TO INSTITUTE PHOTO I.D. LAW. AND SO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE NEED A PHOTO I.D. TO GET ON THE PLANE THESE DAYS, WE NEED A PHOTO I.D. TO GET A PASSPORT. WHY SHOULDN'T WE NEED A PHOTO I.D. AND HOW IS THAT IN SOME WAY DISCRIMINATORY? I HAD TO REMIND MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS, THAT SO MANY OF OUR ELDERLY, ESPECIALLY IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT, MANY OF WHOM WERE BORN BY MIDWIVES, DON'T HAVE BIRTH CERTIFICATES, CAN'T ACTUALLY READILY PROVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN ORDER TO GET A PHOTO I.D. OR SOME SENIORS AND THOSE WHO ARE DISABLED, LIKE MY FATHER, WHO NO LONGER DRIVES, THEREFORE DOESN'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE, HE WAS A NINE-TIME STROKE VICTIM, ACTUALLY A SURVIVOR, A STROKE SURVIVOR, HE'S STILL WITH US TODAY, BUT MY DAD WAS DETERMINED TO GET THAT PHOTO I.D. IN 2014, WHEN ALABAMA'S LAW CAME INTO EFFECT. HE WAS HIGHLY MOTIVATED, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER'S NAME WAS ON A BALLOT. AND HE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT IT TOOK MY DAD FIVE HOURS TO GET A PHOTO I.D. NOW, IF THAT'S NOT A BARRIER, YOU SAY TO YOURSELF, FIVE HOURS, WHY WOULD IT TAKE FIVE HOURS? WELL, DALLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE HAS BEEN -- IS A COURTHOUSE THAT ACTUALLY WAS GRANDFATHERED INTO THE A.D.A. LAWS AND SO DID NOT HAVE TO HAVE A RAMP BY WHICH PEOPLE WHO HAVE WHEELCHAIRS CAN GET READILY INTO THE COURTHOUSE. IT HAS BEEN GRANDFATHERED IN. WE WERE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE A GENTLEMAN HELP US GET MY DAD UP THOSE SEVEN STAIRS, INTO THE COURTHOUSE. BUT WHEN WE GOT TO THE COURTHOUSE, BECAUSE THE VOTER REGISTRATION WAS ON THE SECOND FLOOR, WE HAD TO TAKE AN ELEVATOR UPSTAIRS. LO AND BEHOLD, THAT PARTICULAR DAY THE ONE ELEVATOR BANK WAS, WHAT? ACTUALLY OUT OF SERVICE. OUT OF SERVICE. NOW, MY MOM, HAVING BEEN A FORMER MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL IN CENTRAL SELL MA AND OBVIOUSLY A VERY -- IN SELMA, AND OBVIOUSLY A VERY WELL KNOWN MEMBER OF THE CITIZENS OF SELMA, SHE COULD GO ACROSS THE WALL AND TALK AND SAY, LOOK, WE'RE HERE TODAY TO GET THIS PHOTO I.D. THIS NONDRIVING PHOTO VOTER I.D., SO THAT MY HUSBAND CAN VOTE. IT TOOK AN HOUR AND A HALF, BUT THEY GOT SOMEONE TO SERVICE THAT ELEVATOR. BY THE TIME THAT ELEVATOR WAS WORKING AND WE GOT UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR, LOW AND BETOLD HOLD, IT WAS 11:30 AND, GUESS WHAT? LUNCH TIME. NOW, I SAY TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WE NO LONGER HAVE TO COUNT HOW MANY MARBLES ARE IN A JAR. WE NO LONGER HAVE TO RECITE ALL 67 COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA IN ORDER TO GET A VOTER REGISTRATION CARD. BUT WE SHOULD NOT IN AMERICA HAVE TO GO THROUGH SO MANY HOOPS IN ORDER TO EXERCISE THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, THE MOST SACRED RIGHT OF OUR DEMOCRAT CIRCUMSTANCE THE RIGHT TO VOTE. AND I SAY TO YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ANY DENIAL OF ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX, TO ME, IT TOTALLY UNDERMINES THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. . IF ONE PERSON CAN'T STAND IN LINE BECAUSE THEY HAVE OTHER OBLIGATIONS LIKE CHILDREN AND DAY CHAIR AND JOBS, THEN IT'S UNFAIR, WE ARE ACTUALLY LIMITING ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX, WHICH ACTUALLY COMBS TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTORAL PROCESS. . MR. SPEAKER, MY STATE OF ALABAMA HAS THE GALL, AFTER HAVING A PHOTO. I D. REQUIREMENT, TO ACTUALLY, DURING THE STATE BUDGETARY PROCESS, DECIDE TO CLOSE DOWN 30 D.M.V. OFFICES. WHICH, IS, AS ALL OF US KNOW, THE MOST POPULAR FORM OF PHOTO I.D. IS A DRIVER'S LICENSE, SO ON A CITIZEN TO HAVE A PHOTO I.D. AND CLOSE DOWN PARTS IN MY STATE WAS REALLY UNCON.

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  • 08:47:19 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    OF VOTES THAT THE STATE OF DECIDED TO CLOSE.

  • 08:47:31 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    THOSE D.M.V. OFFICES WERE MOSTLY LOATHED IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STATES OF…

    THOSE D.M.V. OFFICES WERE MOSTLY LOATHED IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STATES OF AMERICA AND SHE WERE IN THE RURAL PARTS. AND THOSE SAME AREAS HAVE HARD TIMES HAVING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO GET AROUND IN THOSE AREAS AND THE REASON THEY WERE CLOSING DOWN AND THERE WERE BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS AND ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE CLOSURES OF THOSE OFFICES WAS TO LIMIT AND GET PHOTO I.D.'S AND THEREFORE LIMITING THEIR ABILITY TO VOTE. OUR GOVERNOR OPENED THOSE UP AND I SAY TO YOU IT IS UNACCEPTABLE IN AMERICA TO HAVE LIMITATIONS AND I ASK THOSE WITH JOHN LEWIS ON THESE PILGRIMAGESES AND IF THEY ARE ON THE BALLOT BOX TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT WHY WOULD NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO VOTE. AND SEEMS TO ME WE SHOULD HAVE THE STATE OF OREGON HAVE SAME-DAY REGISTRATION AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT TO VOTE. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE I'LL TO JOIN IN THE 16 CO-SPONSORS AND JOIN US IN THIS FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO A MODERN-DAY FORMULA SINCE 1990 TO LOOK AT WHETHER THERE HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATORY ACTS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WE DECLARE IT TO BE RESTORATION TUESDAY AND TUESDAYS ARE THE DAY WE GO TO THE WELL OF THE INTERIOR. SO I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR LEADING US IN THIS ARGE AND RESRATION IS TUESDAY AND TALK ABOUT TE MODERN-DAY EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE BEING DENIED BECAUSE OF PEOPLE'S INAKET TO GET THE CREDIT DETENTIONALS. THEY DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO DROP EVERYTHING TO GO AND VOTE AND STAND IN LONG LINES IF THAT. SO I SAY THIS TO SAY IT'S REALLY IMPERATIVE THAT WE PUT REAL ACTION BEHIND OUR TALKS. WITH DO A LOT OF TALK AND THIS ISN OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS AUGUST BODY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND I WANT TO QUOTE ONE OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO HAS BEEN IN THIS GHT ANI THINK REALLY BEST SUMS IT UP WHEN HE WROTE IN THE OP ED IN AZONA, HE WROTE THE FOLLOWING. WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN, REPRESENTATIVE

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  • 08:51:36 PM

    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    BRENER, ENSURING THAT EVERYONE CAN IS A BASIC AMERICAN GHT, I WOULD RATHER…

    BRENER, ENSURING THAT EVERYONE CAN IS A BASIC AMERICAN GHT, I WOULD RATHER LOUIS MY JOBS THAN TO KEEP IT. I WOULD RATHER LOUIS MY JOB THAN SUPPRESS VOTES. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WENT ON TO SAY, IT IS ON THE FAIRNESS OF OUR ELECTIONS. IT TRANSSENDS OUR AGENDA AND VOTING IS THE DEMOCRATIC WAY. I ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN OUR FIGHT, THIS CRISIS WE ARE IN AND WE CAN FIX IN CONGRESS TO COME UP WITH A FORMULA. CONGRESSN HAVE AND IFFER INTRODUCED AND THERE ARE SEVERAL BILLS THAT WILL COME UP WITH THE FORMULA. I DARE THIS BODY TO ACTUALLY ACT ON ONE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE STRONGER AND THIS REPUBLIC WILL BE STRONGER BECAUSE OF IT.

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  • 08:52:53 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE SUPREME COORDINATE'S DECISION AND PEOPLE IN…

    AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE SUPREME COORDINATE'S DECISION AND PEOPLE IN ALABAMA AND OTHER PARTS OF THIS GREAT REPUBLIC WHO ARE DETERMINED TO ELEVATE THIMSES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND THAT IS A SHAME AP THAT IT IS TIME FOR OUR CONGRESS TO ACT. I NOW YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM THE LONE STAR STATE. AND VOTING RIGSE CAUCUS HERE IN THE AND A GREAT MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND LET ME YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE VEASEY.

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  • 08:54:07 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING ON RAISING THIS ISSUE AND IT IS TIMELY ON…

    YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING ON RAISING THIS ISSUE AND IT IS TIMELY ON EVERYTHING WE ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE VOTINGS RIGHTS ACT AND AS IT DEALS WITH INDIVIDUALS' RIGHTS TO VOTE. BUT AS YOU KNOW, THE SUPREME COURT REGRETS AND SENT US BACK AND BY COMBUTTING SECTION 4 OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND NOT ONLY WAS IT BAD, BUT IT WAS BAD BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING IT DID TO PROPEL RIGHTS TO REGRESSENING AND SENDING US BACK IN THE AREA OF VIETING RIGHTS ACT. AND STATES AND LOLETS THAT ARE PASSING LAWS TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT TO VOTE. SENIORS, DISABLED, PEOPLE THAT MOVE AROUND AND PEOPLE WHO ARE TRANSYEPT AND PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE MONEY AND CONGRESSMAN SEWELL TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT OFTENTIMES IN THE SOGGET, PEOPLE WERE BORN BY MIDWIVES. THESE THINGS HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO. A LOOT OF BEAP BOOMERS AND BORN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTH THAT DON'T HAVE THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION THAT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO VOTE. I HAVE MET PEOPLE SINCE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN CAM PATIONS AND LEGSES AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM OUT THERE. AND MY HOME STATE OF PARTICULARS AS HAD THE MOST EGREGIOUS VOTING RIGHTS LAW. SECTION 4, THEY MOVED TO RE-IMPLEMENT THE LAW AND THATS DISAPPOINTING THAT THE VOTER I.D. WAS THE WORST.

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  • 08:56:37 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    RELATES TO THAT VOTER I.D. LAW IF THEY GOT A GUN LICENSE, IDENTIFICATION…

    RELATES TO THAT VOTER I.D. LAW IF THEY GOT A GUN LICENSE, IDENTIFICATION CARD AND NOT ABLE TO VOTE WITH THAT I.D.?

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  • 08:56:57 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    ISSUED TO AN I.D. LAW AND THAT CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELVES TO OTHER…

    ISSUED TO AN I.D. LAW AND THAT CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY YOURSELVES TO OTHER THINGS YOU WOULD NEED, IT WILL NOT WORK FOR YOU TO GO AND VOTE. IF YOU HAVE A CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE AND YOU CAN'T VOTE. AND THOSE ARE MOSTLY USED BY WHITE MALES AND UNFAIR THAT A THE STUDENT I.D. IS NOT ALLOWED UNDER TEXAS LAWS AND I BECAME THE LEADING PLAINTIFF IN VEASEY VERSUS ABBOTT AND WE GOT NEWS THAT THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT IS GOING TO TAKE UP OUR CASE AND I'M GOING TO WORK IN CONGRESS AND CONTINUE TO WORK IN TEXAS AND DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREAS. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT YOU KNOW, YOU HEAR PEOPLE SAY WE HAVE PROGRESSED THAT WE DON'T NEED THIS LAW. AND I JUST THINK -- WE CAN'T SIT BACK ANYMORE AND CAN'T SIT BACK AND SAY WE ARE DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND THESE PEOPLE, THE TRANSIENT, THE STUDENTS SHALL THE ELL PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE BIRTH DOCUMENTATION THAT OTHER PEOPLE MAY HAVE, WE CAN'T SIT BACK AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON. WE HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS. WE MUST PROTECT IT. AND 2016, I THINK WE SHOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR CITIZENS TO VOTE. WE SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT SAME-DAY REGISTRATION AND WORKING TOGETHER ON WAYS TO EASE THE LINES WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WAWS TO MAKE IT WHERE WE HAVE MORE DAYS. WE HAVE SCALING ON EARLY VOTING DAYS AND I THINK THAT IS WRONG. BEEN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOU ARE YOUR LEADERSHIP AND I HAVE INTRODUCED THE FIRST VOTING RIGHTS COKE CUSS TO HELP AND AID AND FIGHT IN THE BATTLE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE HERE AND IN CONGRESS WORKING THOUGH ISSUES AND WE NEED TO DO IT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER THAT WE PROTECT THE RIGHT. AND I THANK I AND THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM OHIO ON YOUR WORK AND PASSION ON ISSUE. . .

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  • 09:00:18 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    WORK YOU'VE DONE HERENED IN TEXAS AS THE LEAD PLAINTIFF ON THE LAWSUIT TO…

    WORK YOU'VE DONE HERENED IN TEXAS AS THE LEAD PLAINTIFF ON THE LAWSUIT TO CHALLENGE THE DRACONIAN REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS. IT SHOULD SHOCK THE CONSCIENCE OF EVERY AMERICAN THAT A STATE WOULD IMPOSE A RESTRICTION THAT ALLOWS LICENSED GUN OWNERS TO VOTE WHO DISPROPORTIONATELY HAPPEN TO BE OF A CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHIC, WHITE MALE, BUT WOULD DENY THE LEGITIMACY OF I.D.'S THAT THE STATE OF TEXAS ITSELF ISSUES. TEXAS A QUAND M, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, OTHER INSTITUTIONS, THESE ARELL PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES. AND THESE INDIVIDUALS, THESE STUDENTS, PAY TUITION TO GO TO THESE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES. AND IN RESPONSE, THEY'RE ISSUED IDENTIFICATION VEHICLES. IDENTIFICATION CARDS. BUT THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS SEEN FIT TO SAY, THAT'S NOT VALID IN ORDER TO VOTE. AND I THINK THAT ONE EXAMPLE, AND WE'VE HEARD SEVERAL OTHERS, BASICALLY EXPOSES THE FACT THAT THE MOVEMENT TO IMPOSE VOTER IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS IS A FRAUD ITSELF. IT'S A SHAM. THE WHOLE ARGUMENT BEHIND IT IS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE VOTING SYSTEM. HERE'S THE PROBLEM. YOU'RE PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF THE VOTING SYSTEM BY IMPOSING A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. BECAUSE NONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS IN ANY OF THESE STATES HAS BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE A SCINTILLA OF EVIDENCE OF FRAUD. IN FACT, THERE ARE STUDIES THAT HAVE SHOWN THAT THERE HAVE BEEN OVER A BILLION INSTANCES OF AMERICANS EXERCISINGS -- EXERCISING THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE OF MISREPRESENTATION. OVER A BILLION TIMES. AND THE NUMBER OF INSTANCES OF QUESTIONABLE VOTING -- LESS THAN 50. AND YET, IN STATE AFTER STATE, WE SEE VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAWS BEING IMPOSED ON THE PEOPLE. IT'S NOT DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF ANYTHING. DESIGNED TO PROTECT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS AND MAINTAIN THEIR POWER IN THE FACE OF TROUBLING DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES THAT ARE OCCURRING IN AMERICA. LET'S CALL IT LIKE IT IS. IN THE FEW MOMENTS REMAIN, LET ME YIELD -- LET ME ASK THE CHAIRMAN HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE REMAINING IN THE SPECIAL ORDER?

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  • 09:03:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING.

  • 09:03:16 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    OK, LET ME NOW YIELD A FEW MOMENTS TO SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS…

    OK, LET ME NOW YIELD A FEW MOMENTS TO SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS CHAMPION FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS IN REPRESENTING HER PEOPLE AND -- IN HOUSTON AND PHENOMENAL MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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  • 09:03:33 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHICH SHOWS THAT…

    LET ME THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, WHICH SHOWS THAT THE ISSUES OF VOTER EMPOWERMENT ARE NATIONWIDE AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, WHO HAS BEEN STEADFAST ON IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT DEAL WITH THE EMPOWERMENT OF ALL AMERICANS. I NOTE THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS MADE HIS PRESENTATION, CONGRESSMAN VEASEY WHO EVERYONE KNOWS WAS THE PLAINTIFF IN TEXAS FOR THE VOTER I.D. LAW. I WANTED TO COME THIS EVENING VERY BRIEFLY TO ONE, ONE SIT A -- TO, ONE, SUBMIT A FULL STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD AND, TWO, LET ME READ THE HEADLINE OR TOPIC AGAIN, DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS, RECKLESS REPUBLICAN ASSAULT ON THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN AMERICA. IT DID NOT HAVE TO BE FOR IT IS ODE THAT WE HAVE DEALT WITH VOTER EMPOWERMENT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THE VERY DIFFICULT JOURNEY THAT LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON TOOK IN 1965 AFTER THE FOOT SOLE SCRERS AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND OTHERS MADE THEIR MOMENTOUS MARCH AND STATEMENT, INCLUDING A LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL THAT CAPTURED THE HISTORY OR THE SENTIMENT AND MOVEMENT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE VERY BASE EXWORDS, INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE, WITH THAT POWER BEHIND HIM HE WAS ABLE TO FRAME THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER WITH REPUBLICANS FROM THE NORTH AND WHAT WE USED TO CALL DIXIECRATS FROM THE SOUTH. IT CAN BE DONE. THEN IN 2006 AND 2007, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO HAVE ANOTHER TEXAN, GEORGE W. BUSH, A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AFTER 15,000 PAGES OF TESTIMONY WITH THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN THAT WE WENT AND PASSED A VOTER RE-AUTHORIZATION, 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT. LET ME CLOSE WITH THESE POINTS ABOUT THE POINTEDNESS, MR. JEFFRIES, OF WHAT VOTING POWER ACTUALLY MEANS. WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE NORTH CAROLINA SET OF VETTING LAWS, YOU WILL THAT CUT SUNDAY VOTING OR EARLY VOTING, HAD ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC VOTER I.D. LAWS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE TEXAS VOTER I.D. LAW THAT DISENFRANCHISED THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF HIS PAN EXS BECAUSE OF NO D.P.S. OFFICERS, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS, IN THEIR LOCATION. FINALLY, WE WOULD NOT HAVE AN ATTEMPT TO CUT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM FOOD STAMPS AND AN ATTEMPT TO CUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN, THE STATUS THAT WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW TRYING TO SEEK FULL FUNDING OF THE PRESIDENT'S MVERAGE FUNDING OF $1.9 BILLION FOR THE ZIKA VIRUS. THIS IS WHAT VOTING POWER MEANS. FINALLY, FINALLY, AFTER THE SUPREME COURT INSTRUCTED THE CONGRESS OR TOLD THE CONGRESS THAT WE NEEDED TO HAVE A NEW BILL, WE WOULD NOT HAVE THE PREDICAMENT WE'RE IN NOW, I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN, WE NEED VOTING POWER.

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  • 09:06:53 PM

    MR. JEFFRIES

    AS LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON SAID FROM THIS VERY CHAMBER SHORTLY BEFORE THE…

    AS LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON SAID FROM THIS VERY CHAMBER SHORTLY BEFORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WAS PASSED INTO LAW, WE SHALL OVERCOME.

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  • 09:07:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED UNTIL 10:00 P.M.

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  • 09:07:18 PM

    MR. POE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS BE ALLOWED…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS BE ALLOWED FIVE DAYS TO FILE REMARKS, REVISE AND EXTEND THOSE REMARKS.

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  • 09:07:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:07:27 PM

    MR. POE

    SIGNED INTO LAW, OR JFVTA AS WE REFER TO IT. THIS IS A VITAL PIECE OF…

    SIGNED INTO LAW, OR JFVTA AS WE REFER TO IT. THIS IS A VITAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED, SIGN BY THE PRESIDENT A YEAR AGO, THAT TAKES THIS SCOURGE OF HUMAN SLAVERY THAT'S TAKING PLACE INTERNATIONALLY BUT ALSO HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CONGRESS WEIGHS IN ON THIS TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE. I THINK IN A VERY GOOD WAY. AND IT'S IMPRESSIVE TO ME AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES WERE INVOLVED IN DRAFTING LEGISLATION OVER A YEAR AGO THAT CAME TO THE HOUSE AND PASSED. IN THE HOUSE ITSELF, THERE WERE 11 PIECES OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH TRAFFICKING, SEX TRAFFICKING, AND ALL OF THOSE BILLS CAME UP TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THE SAME WEEK, ALL OF THEM PASSED WITH OVERWHELMING NUMBERS, WENT DOWN THE HALLWAY TO THE U.S. SENATE, THE SENATE COMBINED THOSE BILLS INTO ONE BILL, PASSED THAT LEGISLATION, IT CAME BACK TO THE HOUSE, WE PASSED THAT, SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. AND I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WHO WORKED ON THIS. JUST BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, I GOT INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE SEVERAL WAYS. ONE WAY WAS WHEN I WAS IN EASTERN EUROPE SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND FOUND OUT ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SEX TRAFFICKING AND LABOR TRAFFICKING THAT WAS TAKING PLACE IN EASTERN EUROPE AND HOW YOUNG WOMEN WERE LURED INTO THINKING THEY WERE ING TO GET A BETTER JOB OR HAVE A JOB IN AFRICA AND NEXT THING THEY KNEW THEY WERE IN SEX SLAVERY IN NORTHERN AFRICA. MOST OF THOSE WOMEN JUST DISAPPEARED OVER THE YEARS. THEN BACK HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WE HAVE THE PROBLEM OF THE CRIME AND THE SCOURGE OF TRAFFICKING AND IT HAPPENS IN TWO AREAS. THERE'S INTERNATIONAL SEX TRAFFICING INTO THE UNITED STATES, ABOUT 20% OF THE TRAFFICKING HERE IN AMERICA IS INTERNATIONAL. PRIMARILY COMING FROM THE SOUTHERN BORDER. YOSEE THE DRUG TRAFFICKERS, DRUG DEALERS THAT COME ACROSS THE SOUTHERN BORDER, TEXAS, THEY BRING ANYBODY INTO THE UNITED STATES. THEY DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY. AND THEY WILL BRING YOUNG GIRLS, YOUNG WOMEN, TRAFFIC THEM INTO THE UNITED STATES, TURN THEM OVER TO CRIMINAL GANGS LIKE THE MS-13 GANG AND THEN THEY'RE TRAFFICKED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S ABOUT 20% OF THE TRAFFICKING. BUT THE OTHER 80% IS TRAFFICKED BY DOMESTIC, WHERE YOUNG GIRL, YOUNG WOMEN ARE TRAFFICKED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, THE SAME IME. SEX SLAVERY,EX TRAFFICKING. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET A LOT OF THESE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN MY WORK AS CHAIRMAN, CO-CHAIRMAN WITH JIM COSTA, OF THE CRIM VIMS' CAUCUS. I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THREE OF THOSE. THOSE THREE WOMEN HELPED GET THE MIND STRAIGHT OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON THIS ISSUE THAT'S TAKING PLACE. TEEHER NICKNAME IS, WAS IN FOSTER CARE. SHE SPENT 18 YEAROF HER LIFE IN FOSTER CARE. IN FOSTER CARE SHE WAS ABUSED, TREATED LIKE AN ANIMAL, HARDLY FED BY SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. ALL SHE WANTED WAS A FAMILY, SOMEONE TO LOVE AND CARE FOR HER SHE MET AN OLDER BOY AND THAT INDIVIDUAL ME HER FEEL SPECIAL, LOVED, PROMISED HE LOVED HER, WOULD TAKE KEAR OF HER. AS SOON AS SHE LEFT WITH HIM, SHE BECAME A SEX SLAVE. HER INNOCENCE WAS CRUSHED, SHE WAS SOLD AROUND THE COUNTRY IN MASSE PARLOR, STRIP CLUBS, HOTELS, ON THE INTERNET. SHE WAS TREATED LIKE PROPEY FOR SEVEN YEARS. I MENTIONED SHE WAIN FOSTER CARE. WE NOW UNDERSTAND THAT ABOUT 2/3 OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IN THE UNITED STATES, SW IN THEIR LIFE WERE IN FOSTER CARE. THAT'S AN ISSUE WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH. CONGRESS HAS TO DEAL WITH THAT. BUT FINALLY, TEE WAS RESCUED AND NEW TELLS HER STORY WHEREVER SHE CAN AEVEN "TIME" MAGAZINE FEATUR HER AND HER LIFE AND HER STORY AND HER RECOVERY. BROOK AXTELL I MET IN TEXAS. HER MOTHER WAS EXTREMELY ILL WHEN SHE WAS ABOUT 7 YEARS OF AGE. THE MOTHER TURNEDROOK OVER T NANNY BUT THE NANNY DID NOT PROTECT HER. IN FACT, THE NANNY DID JUST THE OPPOSITE. THE NANNY SEXUALLY ABUSED BROOKE D THEN TRAFFICKED HER. AND IT'S COMMON WITH TRAFFICKING VICTIMS, BROO WAS ALSO A VICTI OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. AFTER MOM GETS OUT OF E HOSPITAL, BROOKE WAS SLOW TO TELL MOM WHAT HAPPENED BUT SHE FINALLY DID AND WOING WITH HER MOTHER SHE W ABLE TO BE RESCUED AND GET OUT OF THIS SCOURGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING. NOW SHE WORKS WITH ALLIES AGAINST SLAVERY IN TEXAS. THIRD PERSON I WANT TO MENTION, VERY BRIEFLY, IS SHERYL BRIGGS WHO GREW UP IN AN ABUSIVE HOME. SHE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY HER FATHER, THINGS WERE SO BAD IN THE HOME TH MAMA LEFT WHEN SHEL WAS VERY YOUNG TO ESCAPE THE ABUSE. BUT AT THE AGE OF 2, SHERYL DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO EXCEPT GET AWAY FROM HER FATHER SO SHE RAN AWAY. SHE BEGAN HITCHHIKG WITH TRUCK DRIVERS, ANYBODY WHO WOULD TAKE HER. LET -- LED HER TO GET INVOLVED WITH A MOTORCYCLE GROUP AND SHE STARTED A CAREER, UNFORTUNATELY, IN SEX TRAFFICKING HELL,. THIS INDIVIDUAL TOOK OR THE A BIKER CLUB FILLED WITH MEN WHO SEXUALLY AIS ALD HER, RAPED HER. SHE BECAME TRAFFICKINVICTIM. SHE WAS FORCED TO DO ALL KINDS OF JUST AUL, HORRIBLE THINGS. SHE WA TRAPPED IN THIS OURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DIDN'T KNOWOW TO GET HELP. SHE W FINALLY ABLTO GET HELP WHEN A PATRON OF THE STRIP CUB FIGURED OUT ON HIS OWN THAT SHE WAS TOO YOUNG AND HELPED HER GET RESCUED AND NOW SHERYL WORKS WITH HELPING OSE WHO ARE IN THIS TRAFFICKING -- SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE UTED STATES. THOSE ARE JUST THREE STORIES, MR. SPEAKER. SO WHAT WE DID, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE BILL. I WANT OER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE HERE AT THIS LATE HOUR TO MAKE COMMENTS AS WELL. CAROLYN MALONEY AND I WORKED ON JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICNG ACT. NOW YOU KNOW CAROLYN MARONEY. SHE IS A NEW YORK -- MALONEY. SHE'S NEW YORK LIBERAL DEMOCRAT THAT TALKS A LITTLE FUNNY. AND SHE TEAMED UP WITH ME A TEXAS CONSERVATIVE THAT TALKS A LITTLE FUNNY, ACCORDING TO HER. AND THE TWO O US GOT TOGETHER AND STARTED WORKING ON THIS WITH LOTS OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT, THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF MRS. MALONEY AND OTHERS, ESPIALLY TH WOMEN IN THE U.S. HSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, PASSED THE HOUSE, IT DOES THREE THINGS. ITS AFTER THE TRAFFICKER, THE SLAVE MASTER. AND MAKES SURE THAT WHEN PROSECORS, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW ABOUT PROSECUTORS, WHEN EY GET -- PROSECUTE THOSE CASES, THAT PSON GOES AY TO THE PENITENTIARY, THE DO RIGHT HOTEL, FOR AS LONGS THE JUDGE CAN SENTENCE HIM. THENT GOES THENT LOOKS AT THE TRAFFICKING VICTIM. FOR YEARS SOCIETY LOOKED AT THISVICTIM AS A CRIMINAL. A CHILD PROSTITUTE. CHILDREN CANNOT BE PROSTITUTES. IT'S IMPOSSIE. LEGALLY IMPOSSIBLE. SO RATHER THATREAT THEM LIKE CRIMINALS AND PUT THEM IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, IT RESCUES THOSE VICTIMS AND TREATS THEM LIKE VICTIMS OF CRIME RATHER THAN CRIMINALS. A MAJOR CHANGE IN SOCIETY'S THOUGHT PROCESS ABOUT THESE CHILDREN AND YOUNG WOMEN. ALSIT GOES AFTER THE THE CONSUMER. THE BUYER. IN THE MIDDLE. TOO LONG THESE BUYERS, BUYERS OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS TO PAY MONEY TO DO THESE AWFUL THINGS TO CHILDREN, HAVE KIND OF SKATED UNDER THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. NOT ANYMORE. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. THE DAYS OF BOYS BEING BOYS ARE OVER. AND THESE BUYERS CAN BE PROSECUTED TO THE SAME EXTENT OF THE LAW AS THE TRAFFICKER. SO THE BILL DOES THREE THINGS. GOES AFTER THE TRAFFICKER, GOES AFTER THE DEMAND, THE MONEY, RESCUES THE VICTIMS. HOW DO WE PAY FOR THIS? KIND OF A NOVEL APPROACH. FEDERAL JUDGES NOW CAN IMPOSE FINES AND FEES ON THE TRAFFICKER AND THE BUYER, BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE A LOT OF MONEY, AND THAT MONEY GOES INTO A FUND AND THAT FUND IS USED AND GIVEN AS GRANTS FOR DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, NONPROFITS, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND STATES, TO HELP TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND ALSO TO EDUCATE POLICE AND EDUCATE THE PUBLIC. SO A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND THAT WAS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE, AS I TOLD YOU THIS WAS BIPARTISAN, MS. JOYCE BEATTY IS HERE FROM OHIO, SHE FILED LEGISLATION CALLED IMPROVING THE RESPONSE FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING, ALL OF THAT LEGISLATION WAS INCLUDED IN THE SENATE BILL AND CAME BACK TO THE HOUSE AND THEN PASSED. AND WHAT IT DOES IS DECRIMINALIZE CHILD SEX AND MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO REPORT POTENTIAL INCIDENCES OF CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN. SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO HER FIVE MINUTES, ON THIS ISSUE, A GREAT ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF CRIME VICTIMS AND TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY.

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  • 09:17:42 PM

    MRS. BEATTY

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, JUDGE POE. TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, JUDGE POE. TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK JUDGE POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS CAUCUS, AND REPRESENTATIVE OF TEXAS' SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENING'S IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, AND FOR ALL OF HIS HARD WORK ON BEHALF OF THE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I'M ALSO VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER, OF MISSOURI, AND MY CLASSMATE. AND A FRIEND WHO WE SHARE THE SAME PRIORITY OF ERADICATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING. KIND OF ODD, AS JUDGE POE TALKED ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH CAR LYNN MALONEY, TWO PEOPLE WHO SEEM -- CAROLYN MALONEY, TWO PEOPLE WHO SEEM ON PAPER VERY DIFFERENT. ONE MIGHT SAY THE SAME ABOUT MRS. WAGNER AND I. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS THAT COMMON THREAD THAT PUTS US TOGETHER TO NOT ONLY ADVOCATE AND FIGHT FOR SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR, BUT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AND THAT IS WHY I COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS EVENING TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE A VERY IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY. THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BIPARTISAN, COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS TRAFFICKING ACT, THAT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT, OR JVTA, WAS A LANDMARK BILL THAT UPDATES AMERICA'S EFFORT TO COMBAT THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. AND PROVIDED ESSENTIAL RESOURCES TO SURVIVORS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS. I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE HAD MY BILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. AND TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE PART IN ITS DRAFTING, PASSAGE AND ENACTMENT. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE YEAR SINCE JVTA'S ENACTMENT, WE HAVE WITNESSED IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE JVTA HAS REINVIGORATED AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN FROM CRUEL EX EMPLOYEETATION. MR. SPEAKER, -- CRUEL EXPLOITATION. MR. SPEAKER, THESE CHILDREN STILL NEED OUR PROTECTION. HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AS WE'VE HEARD, IS AN ESTIMATED MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR A YEAR INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE THAT FORCES THE MOST AT-RISK AMONG US, BOTH HERE AT HOME AND ABROAD, INTO MODERN DAY SLAVERY. IT IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING CRIMES IN THE WORLD. ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF -- STATE DEPARTMENT, HUMAN TRAFFIC SOMETHING AMONGST THE WORLD'S TOP THREE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES. IT IS FORCED PROSTITUTION, DOMESTIC SLAVERY AND FORCED LABOR. WHICH IS WHY ENACTMENT AND NOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JVTA IS SO IMPORTANT. WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TO ERADICATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SUPPORT THE VICTIMS. IN THE YEAR SINCE THE JVTA'S ENACTMENT, WE HAVE SEEN EDUCATORS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, WORKING TOGETHER, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, MR. SPEAKER, RAISING AWARENESS IN OUR COMMUNITIES THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS NOT MERELY AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENA. IT UNFORTUNATELY HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN IN OUR BACKYARDS. JUST AS WE HAVE HEARD JUDGE POE TALK ABOUT TIA AND TALK ABOUT BROOK, AND THE STORIES COULD GO ON AND ON. IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, FOR EXAMPLE, EACH YEAR AN ESTIMATED 1,000 CHILDREN BECOME VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. AND OVER 3,000 MORE ARE AT RISK. OHIO IS THE FIFTH LEADING STATE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING BECAUSE OF ITS PROXIMITY TO WATERWAYS THAT LEAD TO AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER AND I-75 INTERSTATE THAT ALLOWS ANYONE TO EXIT THE STATE WITHIN TWO HOURS TO ALMOST ANYWHERE. LASTLY, I AM VERY THANKFUL FOR HAVING AMAZING ADVOCATES IN OHIO FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. LIKE THERESA FLORES, THE FOUNDER OF SOAP, SAVE OURED A LESS ENLTS FROM PROSTITUTION, -- SAVE OURED A LESS ENLTS FROM PROFIT -- OUR ADOLESCENTS FROM PROSTITUTION, AND A MEMBER OF THE OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHO HAS MADE A LIFETIME COMMITMENT WORKING TO PROTECT OUR VICTIMS. WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF JVTA, AS WE WERE WHEN WE PASSED IT, SO EVERY CHILD, EVERY WOMAN AND MAN IS FREE FROM THIS FORM OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY, WHICH IS WHY I AM PROUD TO HAVE JOINED JUDGE POE AND CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER AND MALONEY OF NEW YORK IN LEADING A LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH SUPPORTING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S IMPLEMENTATION THUS FAR OF THE JVTA AND REQUESTING NEEDED INFORMATION ON WHAT MORE CAN BE DONE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE CURRENT LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COME TOGETHER TO CHANGE LIVES. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 09:23:42 PM

    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I LIKE YOUR TAG LINE. I MIGHT USE IT MYSELF. YOU…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I LIKE YOUR TAG LINE. I MIGHT USE IT MYSELF. YOU POINT OUT SEVERAL GOOD THINGS. I THINK EVERYBODY LISTENING CAN UNDERSTAND WHY LEGISLATION LIKE THIS GOT PASSED. BECAUSE OF YOUR PASSION. AND I'LL SAY AGAIN, BECAUSE OF THE WOMEN IN THE U.S. HOUSE THAT PUSHED THIS LAST YEAR AND WERE RELENTLESS UNTIL ALL THIS LEGISLATION CAME UP. YOU POINT OUT MANY GOOD THINGS. THERE'S TWO THINGS, THOUGH, THAT I WANT TO POINT OUT MYSELF, THAT YOU MENGED. ABOUT THE MONEY -- MENTIONED. ABOUT THE MONEY. PEOPLE MAY ASK, MR. SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS -- THERE'S SO MUCH MONEY INVOLVED IN THIS? WELL, DRUG DEALERS, WHEN THEY SELL DRUGS, YOU SELL DRUGS ONE TIME. AND THE COST OF APPREHENSION, THE CONSEQUENCES ARE GREAT. AND THE CHANCES OF GETTING CAUGHT ARE GREAT. ON THE OTHER END, YOU HAVE SEX TRAFFICKING, AND UNFORTUNATELY THESE CHILDREN ARE SOLD MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY. SOMETIMES 20, 25 TIMES A DAY. AND THE RISK OF GETTING CAUGHT IS VERY LOW. AND THE PUNISHMENT UP UNTIL NOW HAS BEEN VERY LOW. SO THAT IS WHY IT IS THE SECOND OR THIRD BIGGEST MONETARY SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES ANYWHERE. THAT IS IN ITSELF A DISGRACE TO US AS A PEOPLE, TO ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN WHERE SLAVERY IS SECOND OR THIRD MONEY MAKER FOR THE CRIMINAL GANGS OUT THERE THAT PRIMARILY RUN ALL OF THESE ENTERPRISES. I WANT TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ANOTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER. HE'S BEEN IN THE ANTI-TRAFFICKING MOVEMENT A LONG TIME. HE WORKED IN THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE AND HELPED TEXAS GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE ON THE MOVEMENT BEFORE WE ACTUALLY DID HERE IN THE HOUSE, AND SO I WANT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTHEAST TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:25:47 PM

    WEBSTER MR.

    THANK YOU, JUDGE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AND TO WORK IN A…

    THANK YOU, JUDGE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AND TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION ACROSS THE AISLE FOR THIS VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSE. I WILL TELL YOU, THE JUDGE IS EXACTLY CORRECT. IN TEXAS, YOU KNOW, WE LIKE TO SAY THAT THINGS ARE BIGGER IN TEXAS. UNFORTUNATELY TEXAS HAS ONE RECORD THAT WE REALLY DON'T -- DIDN'T WANT, AND THAT IS THAT WE HAVE 25% OF THE SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE COUNTRY. WE'RE ONE OF 50 STATES AND YET WE HAD 25% OF THAT -- THE VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING GOING ON RIGHT THERE IN TEXAS. WE WERE ABLE TO PASS HOUSE BILL 4009, WHICH DID A NUMBER OF THINGS. IT ACTUALLY INSTRUCTED POLICE, ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE YOUNG GIRLS THAT ARE BEING PICKED UP AND I GUESS FOR THAT MATTER, YOUNG MEN AS WELL. AND TO NOT JUST ASSUME THAT THEY WERE WILLFULLY PARTICIPATING IN THE SEX TRADE, BUT TO LOOK DEEPER INTO THAT BACKGROUND THERE AND SOME OF THESE CHILDREN, SOME OF THESE GIRLS WE FOUND OUT WERE ACTUALLY HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL AND WERE DRUGGED AND BEATEN INTO SUBMISSION. SOME AS YOUNG AS 12 THAT WERE DANCING IN SOME OF THESE STRIP CLUBS, LIKE YOU SAID, SOME OF THE PATRONS WOULD TAKE NOTICE OF THAT AND WOULD GET THEM HELP. SO IN TEXAS, WE DID IDENTIFY THAT PRETTY EARLY ON, ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO NOW. AND WERE ABLE TO PASS LEGISLATION TO GET TO H.H. -- HHSC, TO PUT LAW ENFORCEMENT TOGETHER, TO GET SOME TRAINING FOR THESE OFFICERS, TO GET THESE N.G.O.'S TOGETHER, TO SAY, LOOK, WE NEED TO GET SOME PROGRAMS FOR THESE YOUNG GIRLS, TO REHABILITATE THEM. HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU EVER GET THEM BACK TO NORMAL LIFE AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THIS? WE NEEDED MORE FACILITIES, MORE BEDS, MORE TRAINING. I'M PROUD TO SAY IN A THANK IN TEXAS WE ACTUALLY DID TAKE -- I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT IN TEXAS WE ACTUALLY DID TAKE THE LEAD ON THAT. ONE OF MY FAVORITES WAS IN THE TOWN OF WACO. WACO HAD, YOU MENTIONED THREE THINGS, GOING AFTER THE PERPETRATORS, THE DEMAND, THE MONEY, AND OF COURSE HELPING THE VICTIMS. IN THE TOWN OF WACO, THEY HAD A WAY OF DEALING WITH THE JOHNS. WHAT THEY DID WAS, WHEN SOMEONE WAS ARRESTED IN WACO, THEY WOULD PUT THAT JOHN'S PICTURE ON THE BILLBOARD IN THE CITY. WITH THE HEADLINE, ARRESTED FOR SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION. NOW, THAT WILL RUIN YOUR FAMILY LIFE. AT HOME. AND IN A LITTLE TOWN LIKE WHALE WACO. SO WE TOOK SOME LESSONS FROM THAT AND SAID, WE'RE GOING AFTER THE DEMAND, AFTER THE JOHNS, AND TRY TO DRY UP THAT MONEY STREAM. JUDGE, YOU OUGHT TO BE COMMENDED, IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT WAS MIND? LAW. THIS COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION TACKLED A NUMBER OF ISSUES TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. IT TOOK A STAND AGAINST THE SELLER, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, AND THE BUYER, BY CRIMINALLY PRESSING CHARGES ON BOTH FOR THE FIRST TIME. AND IT ALSO PROVIDED SMART SOLUTIONS TO HELP VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. THAT'S WHAT I SAID FROM THE -- FROM MY DAYS IN THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE. THEY NEED A PROGRAM, THEY NEED PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND, THEY NEED COUNSELING, GOOD, LORD, HOW DO THOSE YOUNG GIRLS EVER GET BACK TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMALCY AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THAT? THANKS TO THE JVTA, STATES ARE NOW INCENTIVIZED TO DRAFT AND PASS WHAT WE CALL SAFE HARBOR LEGISLATION. WHICH HELPS VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING EXPUNGE THEIR CRIMINAL RECORDS IN AN EFFORT TO START FRESH WITHOUT THE GHOSTS OF THEIR PAST HAUNTING THEM. LEGISLATION LIKE THIS ALSO ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR SHELTER, FOR MORE BEDS, FOR FACILITIES, FOR THOSE N.G.O.'S. A PLACE FOR REHABILITATION. AS YOU KNOW, JUDGE, CURRENTLY 34 OUT OF THE 50 STATES HAVE VERSIONS OF SAFE HARBOR LEGISLATION. WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF 14 STATES JUST SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE ACT. TRAINING ON THE IDENTIFICATION OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS HAS ALSO INCREASED WITHIN THE AIRLINE, THE HOTEL, AND EVEN IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING ARE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. THIS IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME, I MIGHT ADD. WE ALL HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY PASSED THESE VICTIMS IN AN AIRPORT, AT A HOTEL, OR MAYBE EVEN AT THE FUEL STATION. UNTIL SOCIETY AT LARGE STOPS SEXUALIZING OUR CHILDREN, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO PREVENT THE PREDATORS' INTEREST IN OUR MINORS. . WE'VE MADE CRUCIAL STEPS IN COMBATING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS EVIDENCED BY THE VERY SUCCESS OF THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT HERE TONIGHT. YET WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO ERADICATE THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN SLAVERY BUT WE GOT A GOOD START ON IT AND WE'RE COMMITTED TO SEEING IT THROUGH TO THE END. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:30:51 PM

    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND HIS COMMENTS. SEVERAL IMPORTANT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND HIS COMMENTS. SEVERAL IMPORTANT COMMENTS YOU MADE ABOUT FACILITIES TO TAKE THE VICTIMS ONCE THEY ARE RESCUED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OR BY NONPROFIT ORNYIZATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S TISSUE ORGANIZATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NO PLACE TO PUT THEM. SOMETIMES THAT'S WHY POLICE ARREST THESE YOUNG GIRLS AND PUT THEM IN JUVENILE DETENTION. BECAUSE THERE'S NO FACILITY TO TAKE THEM. NOT BLAMING THE POLICE, THEY HAVE NO OTHER PLACE FOR THEM TO GO. THERE'S BEEN STUDIES DONE ON HOW MANY BEDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. THE LATEST COMES OUT OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS DID SOME RESEARCH, AND THERE ARE ABOUT 600 TO 700 BEDS NATIONWIDE FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. 600 TO 700 BEDS. THAT'S IT. IN A COUNTRY OF 350 MILLION PEOPLE. YOU KNOW, COMPARE THAT TO ANIMAL SHELTERS. I LOVE ANIMAL SHELTERS. I'VE GOT THREE DALMATIONS, I CALL THEM THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I GOT ONE FROM A DALMATION RESCUE IN DALLAS. BUT THERE ARE 5,000 ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND THAT'S GOOD, WE NEED EVERY ONE OF THEM. 600 TO 700 BEDS FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. THAT'S NOT NEAR ENOUGH. THAT'S ONE THING THIS LEGISLATION DOES. IT PROVIDES RESOURCES SO THAT WE CAN HAVE PLACES TO TAKE THESE CRIME VICTIMS. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE, THEY'RE -- THEY ARE VICTIMS OF CRIME, NOT CRIMINALS. AND THEY'RE HARD TO DEAL WITH. THEY'RE NOT EASY PEOPLE TO HELP. THEY'VE HAD THEIR WHOLE LIVE DESTROYED IN FRONT OF THEM SO IT TAKES TIME. TAKES FACILITIES, TAKES RESOURCES. ONE OTHER COMMENT YOU MADE ABILITY THE SIGN, I'M A BIG FAN OF CRIMINALS CARRYING SIGNS IN FRONT OF BUSINESSES THEY DID CRIMES IN, I DID THAT AS A JUDGE. YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT, WE COULD ADD AN AMENDMENT TO THIS LEGISLATION, I THINK WE SHOULD, GIVE FEDERAL JUDGES THE OPTION TO ALLOW THE POSTING IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED ON A BILLBOARD OR SIGN OF A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CHILD MOLESTER WHO HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF TRAFFICKING CHILDREN. THAT WOULD GET THE ATTENTION OF SOME OF THOSE FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ARE TRYING TO HIDE THEIR CRIMINAL CONDUCT. MAYBE THOSE BILLBOARDS OUGHT TO POP UP RIGHT BEFORE SOME BIG SPORTING EVENT THAT THE CITY HAS AS WELL. JUST A THOUGHT, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK WE OUGHT TO WORK ON THAT. WE ALSO HAVE WITH US ANOTHER PERSON WHO HAS WORKED ON THIS WHOLE ISSUE OF VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS AND JUSTICE FOR THEM. MR. YOHO IS ONE OF OUR NEWER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. TED YOHO FROM THE THIRD DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:33:57 PM

    MR. YOHO

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. YOU WOULDN'T HURT MY FEELINGS…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS. YOU WOULDN'T HURT MY FEELINGS IF YOU SAID ONE OF THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS FROM FLORIDA, BUT THAT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN TRUE. I STAND TODAY WITH THE GROWING ARMY FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORLDWIDE. I RISE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS HEINOUS CRIME KNOWN AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THE SCOURGE OF OUR TIME IN THE 21ST CENTURY, A $32 BILLION INDUSTRY. THE STATISTICS ARE OVERWHELMING AS WE'VE HEARD ALL THE ESTIMATES OF OVER 22 MILLION PEOPLING WITH BEING TRAFFICKED WORLDWIDE. SOMETIMES, THOUGH, THEY SEEM FAR AWAY. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT ARE OFTEN VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. PEOPLE IN FARM CAMPS, PEOPLE IN DOMESTIC SERVITUDE. THERE ARE PEOPLE BEING TRAFFICKED FOR HUMAN BODY PARTS. AND IT GOES ON EVERY DAY. PEOPLE OFTEN SAY, THAT KIND OF STUFF HAPPENS OVERSEAS. OR THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE. THERE'S AN ACRONYM NIMBY, NOT IN MY BACKYARD. PEOPLE THINK IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. NO, IT HAPPENS IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. IT HAPPENS HERE AT HOME. IT HAPPENS IN YOUR STATE, IN YOUR COUNTY AND MORE THAN LIKELY IT HAPPENS IN YOUR TOWN. HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAPPENS AS WE SPEAK, HUMAN TRAFFICKING KNOWS NO SKIN COLOR NEW YORK GENDER, NO SOSE YO ECONOMIC BACKGROUND. IT ONLY KNOWS HOW TO EXPLOIT, ABUSE, AND VICTIMIZE. WHO IS GUILTY OF THIS? NATION STATES ARE GUILTY OF THIS. CRIMINAL GANGS, DRUG CARTELS, PEOPLE NEEDING LABOR AND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. PEOPLE ARE DOING THIS FOR GREED, PROFIT, AND POWER, AND THEY'RE THE SUM OF HUE -- THE SCUM OF HUMANITY, THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS. ISIS, AS WE ALL KNOW TODAY, THEY TRAFFIC PEOPLE FOR TERRORIST REASONS. THEY SELL CHILDREN FROM 1 TO 9 YEARS OF AGE. 1 TO 9 YEARS OF AGE BRING THE MOST PRICES. $16 5. -- $168. YUCK WOMEN BETWEEN 9 AND 18 HAVE DROPPED IN VALUE, ONLY WORTH $109. ISIS EVEN GIVES AWAY SLAVES FOR DEEDS WE DEEM AS BAD DEEDS. THE ESTIMATE IS THAT OVER ONE MILLION TEENAGERS RUN AWAY EVERY YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES. RUNAWAYS ARE THE MOST AT-RISK YOUTH, SUSCEPTIBLE TO TRAFFICKING. THEY'RE MOST AT RISK WHEN THEY LEAVE. THEY'RE TYPICALLY PICKED UP BY PIMPS OR TRAFFICKERS IN THE FIRST 48 HOURS. WHO DOES THIS SORT OF THING? THE PERPETRATORS AREN'T OF A CERTAIN STEREOTYPE. THEY'RE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS. I DON'T WANT TO NAME ANY BACKGROUNDS BUT THEY'RE PEOPLE OF LOW, NO, AND HIGH PROFILES. THIS YEAR, MY HOMETOWN OF GAINESVILLE, A TRAFFICKING RING WAS DISCOVERED AND SIX PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED. LAST WEEK, A PERSON OF HIGH PROFILE, ONE OF THE LEADS OF THE BLACK LIFE MOVEMENT, WAS ARRESTED FOR SEXUALLY TRAFFICING A MINOR IN NEW YORK. LAST YEAR, A A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS DISCOVERED IN A HOTEL ROOM BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED AND TRAFFICKING -- TRAFFICKED SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. WHEN I SAY SEVERAL TIMES A DAY, 15 TO 20 TIMES A DAY. THEIR BODY IS BEING SOLD. LIKE AN AMUSEMENT RIDE. HER PARENTS HAD BEEN HANDING OUT MISSING CHILD FLYERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN SOMEBODY RECOGNIZED HER PICTURE FROM AN ONLINE AD. SHE WENT FROM BEING A RUNAWAY TO A TRAFFICKING VICTIM IN LESS THAN A MONTH THAT 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL COULD BE A SON OR DAUGHTER OF YOURS, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NIECE, NEPHEW, YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER. HOWEVER IT'S NOT JUST RUNAWAYS THAT BECOME VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKERS DON'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON ECONOMIC CLASS, RACE, GENDER OR AGE. TRAFFICKERS ARE MOTIVATED BY PROFITS. THE AVERAGE COST OF THE SLAVE WORLDWIDE, WORLDWIDE IS LESS THAN $90. THAT'S THE VALUE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH PUTS ON THE VALUE OF A HUMAN'S LIFE. AS THE WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING AND THIRD LARGEST CRIMINAL ENTERPRISING IT'S SHOCKING HOW LITTLE PEOPLE NO, I ABOUT THIS HORRENDOUS PRACTICE. FURTHER, IT'S APPALLING HOW LITTLE IT PUTS TOWARD THE EFFORT TO STOP IT. IN MY DISTRICT, WE CREATED THE NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE WHICH IS AIMED AT BRINGING TOGETHER COMMUNITY PARTNERS FROM THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVELS TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING. FOR MANY, EDUCATION, AWARENESS IS HALF THE BATTLE. WE TEAMED UP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND USED THEIR BLUE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS. THIS WEEK HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, WE CELEBRATE THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS TRAFFICKING ACT SPONSORED BY JUDGE TED POE, OUT OF TEXAS, AND I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AS WELL. THIS ISSUE, THE ISSUE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, IS NOT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRATIC ISSUE. BACK IN JANUARY, SEVERAL OF US TOOK TO THIS VERY HOUSE FLOOR TO SPEAK OF THE HORRORS OF THIS CRIME. BUT TAKING A STAND ON ONE PARTICULAR DAY OR HIGHLIGHTING THE ISSUE ONCE A MONTH DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO COVER WHAT THE VICTIMS EXPERIENCE ON A DAILY BASIS OR THE HORRORS AND NIGHTMARES THEY HAVE FOR A LIFETIME. WE MUST ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE VIGILANT AND ACTIVE IN OUR FIGHT BECAUSE AWARENESS AND EDUCATION, JUST ONE OTHER PERSON TO KNOW WHAT THE SIGNS ARE, WE CAN HELP END THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY. MR. SPEAKER, NO NEIGHBORHOOD IS IMMUNE, NO CITY IS EXEMPT. THESE SLAVES OR VICTIMS ARE PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES, QUIETLY SUFFERING BUT BEING TRADED LIKE LIVESTOCK AND TREATED BEYOND COMPREHENSION. WE CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE CONTINUE OUR DAILY LIVES WITHOUT MAKING EVERY EEFFORT TO STAMP OUT FORCED LABOR, SEX TRAFFICKING OR THE SELLING OF BODY PARTS. WHETHER YOU'RE A COLLEGE STUDENT, BUSINESS OWNER OR STAY-AT 46 HOME PARENT, WE ALL PLAY A ROLE. FIRST I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ME AS WE TAKE ANOTHER STEP IN TAKE DO YOU THINK TRAFFICKING. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE BOTH HERE AT HOME AND ABROAD THAT ARE FIGHTING EVERY DAY TO MAKE THIS MODERN TAI SLAVERY A THING OF THE PAST. ALL IT TAKES FOR EVIL TO SUCCEED IS FOR GOOD MEN, WOMEN, OR PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING. FINALLY, THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POE OF TEXAS, FOR HOSTING THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:40:51 PM

    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. SEVERAL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. SEVERAL EXCELLENT POINTS THAT YOU MADE. THE NIMBY ATTITUDE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE, NOT IN MY BACKYARD. I MET WITH A FATHER LAST WEEK HE CAME TO MY OFFICE. AND HE TOLD ME THE STORY OF HOW HIS DAUGHTER HAD BEEN TRAFFICKED. HE WENT TO THE LOCAL SHERIFF IN ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE AND TOLD THE SHERIFF WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND THE SHERIFF SAID, IT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE. IT DOES. IT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE. IT IS IN OUR BACKYARD. IT IS EVERYWHERE. AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT. THE GENTLEMAN WAS -- WORKED ON HIS OWN THEN TO FIND HIS DAUGHTER AND TAKE HER BACK HOME. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA MAKES ANOTHER GOOD COMMENT ABOUT HOW THESE YOUNG KIDS ARE PREY. A TRAFFICKED CHILD LIKE THIS ONE I'VE JUST MENTIONED, THEY HAD BEEN WORKING ON HER FOR 18 MONTHS, SEDUCING HER, TALKING TO HER, USING THE INTERNET. AND PEOPLE THAT SHE THOUGHT WERE HER FRIENDS WERE NOT HER FRIENDS. THEY WERE ALL INVOLVED IN THE TRAFFICKING PROCESS. AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT TRAFFICKERS ARE NOT OLD GUYS IN TRENCH COATS WANDERING AROUND SNATCHING KIDS. THEY'RE NOT. MANY TIMES THEY'RE YOUNG PEOPLE. YOUNG, GOOD-LOOKING GUYS THAT WILL STRIKE UP A CONVERSATION WITH A MIDDLE SCHOOLER AT THE MALL. AND THEN TALK TO THEM AGAIN LATER. THEN LATER. AND THEN FINALLY THAT INDIVIDUAL GETS IN THE VEHICLE OR MEETS THE INDIVIDUAL, THE TRAFFICKER SOMEPLACE AND THEN SHE'S GONE THIS FATHER THAT I TALKED TO, HE KNEW THE STATISTICS, IF YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT'S TRAFFICKING YOU HAVE ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FIND HER. OR SHE'S GONE. BECAUSE THOSE TRAFFICKERS MOVE THOSE KIDS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. SELLING THEM EVERY DAY. IT'S IN OUR BACKYARD. UNFORTUNATELY. AND I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER TEXAN, THE GENTLELADY FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, MS. SHEILA JACKSON LEE, WHO IS -- WHO HAS WORKED ON THIS ISSUE OF TRAFFICKING HERE AND ALSO BACK HOME IN OUR HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON. SO I'LL YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:43:11 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS PERSISTENCE, DETERMINATION,…

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS PERSISTENCE, DETERMINATION, AND FOR THIS EXCITING COMMEMORATION OF THE JUSTICE FOR ALL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2016, AND LET THE THANK THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS CAUCUS AND CO-CHAIR JIM COSTA ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN POE, JUDGE POE, WHO FAMOUSLY HAS SAID, AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS, I SEE ALL OF US SEEMINGLY ADOPTING THOSE WORDS, SO YOU HAVE NOW PUT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN THE FORM WE JUST CAN'T HELP OURSELVES. SO JUDGE POE, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I REMEMBER HIS BEGINNING AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR A YEAR OR TWO AGO WHEN HE JOINED ME AND CHAIRMAN MCCAL FOR A HOMELAND SECURITY -- MCCALL FOR A HOMELAND SECURITY HUMAN TRAFFICKING MEETING IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I BELIEVE WE HAVE HAD OTHER HEARINGS SINCE THEN, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT HOUSTON, TEXAS, HARRIS COUNTY, AND IN TEXAS HAS BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE CENTER POINTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO OUR DISMAY. AND SO MANY STORIES HAVE COME TO OUR ATTENTION, I THINK IT WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, JUDGE POE, WHEN THEY FOUND A STASH HOUSE OUT IN THE COUNTY, I ACTUALLY WENT TO THAT SITE WHERE TEAMS OF -- WHEN I SAY TEAMS, TENS UPON TENS OF INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING CHILDREN, WERE IN THAT PARTICULAR PLACE. WE HAD TO SHUT DOWN AN CANTINA IN AND AROUND THE INNER CITY THAT HAD BEEN USED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING. ONE OTHER COMMENT I'LL MAKE AND COMMENT ON OTHER ASPECTS IN THIS BILL, HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS PROFITABLE. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS PROFITABLE. THAT MEANS THAT SLAVERY IS NOT DEAD. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS PROFITABLE. THE REASON IS BECAUSE TRAGICALLY, THE YOUNG CHILD, THE YOUNG TEENAGER, THE PRETEEN, THE YOUNG WOMAN, OR MAYBE THE YOUNG MAN, THE BOY, IS RECYCLED, TRAGICALLY, OTHER AND OVER AGAIN, WHICH MAKES THE HUMAN TRAFFICKER MORE THAN PROFITABLE. AND VICIOUS AND VILE. BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO KEEP THAT HUMAN BEING WHO THEY HAVE TO KEEP THAT HUMAN BEING, KEEP THEM FROM BEING A CHILD, THE SPECIAL THINGS OF BEING A CHILD, BEING LOVED AND NURTURED, THEY HAVE TO KEEP THAT CHILD, THAT YOUNG WOMAN, THAT YOUNG MAN IN BONDAGE THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL, AS SPOKEN TO PREVIOUSLY, AND CERTAINLY AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT'S WHAT IT SPEAKS TO TODAY. AND THE MANY BILLS THAT WERE INCORPORATED IN THIS BILL, IT WAS TO ELIMINATE, IF YOU WILL, ELIMINATE THE PAIN AND VICIOUSNESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. LET ME QUICKLY SAY THAT I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE FACT THAT THIS BILL HAS THE REDUCES RAPE KIT BACKLOG AND PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR FORENSIC LABS. IN CITIES ALL OVER AMERICA, AS A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, WE WERE HEARING THE STORIES ABOUT BACKLOG RAPE KITS, AND SO THIS BILL REQUIRES AT LEAST 75% OF AMOUNTS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE D.O.J. FOR FORENSIC TESTING TO BE USED FOR DIRECT TESTING OF CRIME SCENE EVIDENCE, INCLUDING RAPE KITS. IMPROVES THE SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER PROGRAM, BY INCENTIVIZING THE HIRING OF FULL TIME NURSES, PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AND UNDERSERVED AREAS. AND RE-AUTHORIZES AND IMPROVES THE FORENSIC SCIENCES IMPROVEMENT GRANTS WHICH AWARDS GRANTS TO STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE SERVICES, SO VERY IMPORTANT. I ALSO SAY THAT THIS JUSTICE FOR ALL ACKNOWLEDGES OR I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT 75% OF YOUTH INVOLVED IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAVE EXPERIENCED TRAUMATIC VICTIMIZATION. MAKING THEM VULNERABLE TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND VERBAL NONCOMPLIANCE AND MISCONDUCT. SO THIS LEGISLATION DEALS WITH BEST EVIDENCE RESEARCH TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR YOUTH AS WELL AND TO ENSURE THAT THEY GET THE KIND OF TREATMENT THEY NEED, PARTICULARLY AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT, WHICH IS WHAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING MOSTLY IS. BESIDES THE HEINOUSNESS OF BEING HELD BY ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. SO I'M VERY GLAD THAT WE'RE MOVING FORWARD ON THE RE-AUTHORIZATION, JUSTICE FOR ALL, FOR 2016, SO MANY THINGS HAVE BEEN MADE BETTER. I WANT TO CITE ONE EXAMPLE, AS I CLOSE. I'M REMINDED OF THIS, BECAUSE OF THE FLOODS THAT WE DEALT WITH RECENTLY. AND THERE WERE INCIDENTS OF WOMEN LIVING IN PLACES WHERE THEIR NAME WAS NOT ON THE LEASE AND SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IF A MAN GETS EVICTED FOR ABUSING HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND, THE GIRLFRIEND WHO IS NOT A NAMED TENANT ON THE LEASE BUT IS A RESIDENT WOULD NOT AUTOMATICALLY BE EVICTED. THAT'S SO VERY IMPORTANT. MANY TIMES THAT GIRLFRIEND IS LIVING THERE WITH HER CHILDREN. SHE WILL BE PERMITTED TO SAY IT FOR A REASONABLE TIME TO -- STAY FOR A REASONABLE TIME TO ESTABLISH HER OWN ELIGIBILITY. LET ME SAY THIS, THIS IS NOT A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL BUT IT'S NOT A ONE COMMUNITY, IT'S NOT ANY RACE OR PEOPLE, IT'S NOT ANY ECONOMIC LEVEL OF PEOPLE, IT IS PEOPLE WHO ARE EGREGIOUSLY ABUSING AND VIOLATING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. IN MANY INSTANCES, JUDGE POE, IT IS A CHILD. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS LEGISLATION, LET US CONTINUE TO WALK THIS PATHWAY TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, CERTAINLY AS A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, A LOT OF YOUR WORK IS A PART OF THAT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, I'M VERY GLAD TO JOIN IN. AND A LOT OF YOUR WORK IS ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. LET US WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES AND TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 09:49:00 PM

    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER COMMENTS. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS AND IT'S…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR HER COMMENTS. AS THE GENTLELADY KNOWS AND IT'S BEEN MENTIONED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, I THINK BY MR. WEBER, HOUSTON, TEXAS, IS A HUB FOR CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S BECAUSE OF OUR LOCATION. WE'RE USING THAT, THOUGH, TO CHANGE THE DYNAMICS OF THE CITY. WORKING WITH OUR NEW MAYOR, CIVIL VESTER TURNER, WHO WAS -- SYLVESTER TURNER, WHO WAS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE FOR A LONG TIME, OUR NEW MAYOR HAS COME UP WITH A PROTE TOLL FOR -- PROTOCOL FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON TO WORK TO ELIMINATE THIS SCOURGE. AND I THINK IT'S A PROTOCOL THAT NOW CITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO USE THEMSELVES TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE, ADMIT THE PROBLEM, AND THEN DEAL WITH IT ON A MULTILAYER BASIS. WORKING WITH ALL THE NONPROFITS AND ALL THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORKING WITH THE MAYOR ON THIS PROJECT AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND THE MAYOR FOR TAKING THIS ISSUE AND SOLVING IT SO HOUSTON NOW WILL BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT TO DO IN SOLVING THIS SCOURGE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING THE VIC -- BEING ON THE VICTIMS' RIGHTS CAUCUS. THERE ARE 80 MEMBERS. 40 REPUBLICANS, 40 DEMOCRATS. VICTIMS' RIGHTS CAUCUS, MR. SPEAKER, PROMOTES VICTIMS OF CRIME BEFORE CONGRESS.

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  • 09:50:26 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    IF YOU WOULD YIELD JUST FOR A MOMENT SO I COULD ADD MY VOICE.

  • 09:50:30 PM

    MR. POE

    I YIELD A MOMENT.

  • 09:50:32 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BE A PART OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS. IT IS…

    EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO BE A PART OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS. IT IS BIPARTISAN AND I SHOULD SAY IT'S MULTICOMMUNITY. ALL DIFFERENT PEOPLE. LET ME THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR MENTIONING MAYOR TURNER. THIS IS AN EXCITING EFFORT. IF YOU DON'T TAKE NOTICE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHAT THE CITY IS DOING, TAKING NOTICE, PUTTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE HELPFUL. BUT LET ME CLOSE BY SIMPLY SAYING, JUDGE POE, AS YOU WELL KNOW, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IN HOUSTON, WE HAVE BEEN MOURNING THE KILLING OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD CHILD ON HIS WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL. NOW, WE HAVE NOT DETERMINED WHO IT IS. BUT ALL I CAN SAY TO YOU IS, OUR CHILDREN ARE VULNERABLE. WHETHER BY A HEINOUS INDIVIDUAL THAT MAYBE WAS TRYING TO USE THIS CHILD, MAYBE WAS TRYING TO PICK THE CHILD UP, WE DON'T KNOW, BUT THE CHILD IS NOW DECEASED. MY SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY. THEY'RE IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THE FLORES FAMILY. AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN AND NOT ALLOW HIM TO HAVE DIED IN VAIN IN THIS TRAGIC WAY HE LOST HIS LIFE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO OFFER SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AND SAYING WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THING BY TRYING TO PROTECT THOSE MOST VULNERABLE.

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  • 09:51:50 PM

    MR. POE

    THAT'S EXACTLY CORRECT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. IS HELPING…

    THAT'S EXACTLY CORRECT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. IS HELPING THOSE THAT ARE THE LEAST FORTUNATE, THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THERE'S NO MORE VULNERABLE PEOPLE THAN KIDS. THAN CHILDREN. SO I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE NUMEROUS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE WORKED ON ALL THIS LEGISLATION. BEFORE I DO THAT, THOUGH, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE A PERSON ON MY STAFF, BLAIR, WHO IS LEAVING THE HILL AND GOING TO WORK FOR ONE OF THESE GROUPS THAT'S TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD, WHICH IS GREAT, THEY ARE. VICTIMS GROUP. THAT'S WORKED FOR ME FOR ALMOST SIX YEARS. SHE'S MY VICTIM ADVOCATE. I THINK I'M THE ONLY MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT HAS A VICTIM ADVOCATE THAT THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. IS WORK ON VICTIMS ISSUES. SHE WAS A LARGE PART RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION, JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT. I WANT TO THANK HER PUBLICLY FOR THE WORK SHE'S DONE ON THE VICTIMS MOVEMENT. WORKING ON THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS. THIS LEGISLATION, THE OTHER VICTIMS ISSUES AS WELL. FORTUNATE TO HAVE A PERSON LIKE THAT WHO IS SO PASSIONATE TO WORK AND TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, HELP THOSE THAT ARE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND THAT'S VICTIMS OF CRIME. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR DOING THAT. I WANT TO MENTION SOME OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND JUST PUT IN THE RECORD SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE BEEN DOING. NOT ALL OF THEM. BUT LIMITED TIME, I'M GOING TO MENTION THE ONES I CAN. TWO MEMBERS, BIPARTISAN, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT, MRS. ELLMERS AND MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. THEY INTRODUCED THE TRAFFICKING HEALTH CARE ACT. ALL THESE BILLS WERE COMBHINED, PASSED THE HOUSE, GO TO THE SENATE, THE SENATE, SENATOREN AND SENATOR WIDEN, CAME BACK TO THE HOUSE AFTER IT PASSED THE SENATE, AND THEN SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. ALSO ERIK PAULSEN, REPUBLICAN, AND REPRESENTATIVE MOORE, A DEMOCRAT, INTRODUCED THE STOP EXPLOITATION THROUGH TRAFFICKING ACT. JOE HECK, WHO IS GOING TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO TESTIFY, SPEAK, FROM NEVADA, INTRODUCED ENHANCING SERVICES FOR RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. ANN WAGNER, THAT HAS BEEN MENTIONED ALREADY, SHE INTRODUCED THE SAVE ACT, MARK WALKER, HUMAN TRAFFICKING DETECTION ACT, CHRISTIE NOEM, HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND RECOVERY ACT, TOM MARINO AND KAREN BASS, ONE REPUBLICAN, ONE DEMOCRAT, STRENGTHENING CHILD WELFARE RESPONSE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING. JOYCE BEATTY, WHO HAS SPOKEN HERE TONIGHT, ALSO WORKED WITH ANN WAGNER AND ALSO INTRODUCED IMPROVING RESPONSE FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING ACT. AND SEAN MALONEY, INTRODUCED THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT. LOTS OF INDIVIDUALS, LOTS OF FOLKS WHO HELPED IN THE HOUSE AND THEN WE HAD SUPPORT FROM OVER 200 ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TRYING TO GET THIS LEGISLATION PASSED. SOME OF THOSE RIGHTS FOR GIRLS, COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN, SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL, END CHILD PROSTITUTION AND TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S.A., NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ALLIANCE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN, QUALITY NOW, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, AND THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION, WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE IN THE HYMNAL, SINGING THE SAME SONG. MR. SPEAKER, THAT SONG IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO STOP THIS SCOURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. WE WANT THOSE FOLKS TO KNOW THAT TRAFFICKING YOUNG CHILDREN , THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO HIDE. AND THOSE CUSTOMERS THAT BUY THOSE KIDS, THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO HIDE. THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE FOR THEM. AND WE WANT VICTIMS TO KNOW, THERE IS A SAFE PLACE. THAT WE WILL HELP THEM AND HELP THEM TO RECOVER FROM WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THEM. AND HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY DO, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN OUR CULTURE. AND IF WE'RE NOT TO HELP KIDS, WHY ARE WE HERE? I WANT TO THANK MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, OVERWHELMING, MANY OF THESE BILLS PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY, THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN A LOT OVER HERE. WE ALL ARE WORKING ON THIS, WE'RE NOT THROUGH, BUT WE WANT TO KNOW, WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW, VICTIMS OF CRIME, THERE'S HOPE AND THERE'S RESCUE AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:56:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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  • 09:56:23 PM

    MR. POE

    I MOTION WE DO ADJOURN.

  • 09:56:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADJOURN.

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