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House Session - May 25, 2016

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:23 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:30 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 25, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 25, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE KEITH J. ROTHFUS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:49 AM

    ORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2016, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2016, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE . THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:16 AM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    MR. SPEAKER, AS IT TURNS OUT DEPORTING 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS IT TURNS OUT DEPORTING 11 MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND BANNING MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY MIGHT NOT BE THE MOST RADICAL ANTI-IMMIGRATION IDEAS THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE COME UP WITH. THERE SEEMS TO BE A SINISTER ANTI-IMMIGRATION ARMS RACE BREAKING OUT IN THE PARTY OF TRUMP. LAST WEEK A FEDERAL JUDGE, JUDGE ANDREW HANNEN OF TEXAS, PICTURED HERE, THE SAME ONE WHOSE JUDGMENT ON IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTIONS IS BEING DELIBERATED BY THE SUPREME COURT, ORDERED THE PUNISHMENT OF EVERY SINGLE LAWYER IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IN 26 STATES. HIS CLAIM IS THAT SOME D.O.J. LAWYERS MISREPRESENTED TO HIM WHETHER THEY WERE COMPLYING WITH HIS INJUNCTION. SUSPENDING THE IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN NOVEMBER OF 2014, AFTER HIS INJUNCTION, THEY WERE ONLY SUPPOSED TO ISSUE TWO-YEAR WORK PERMITS UNDER THE OLD RULES THE IMMIGRANTS WHO APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED ATCH AN EXTENSIVE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK THE ABILITY TO BE TREATED AS THE LOWEST PRIORITY FOR DEPORTATION. BUT THE REMEDIAL ETHICS CLASSES ARE FOR EVERY SINGLE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LAWYER IN 26 STATES. YOU SAY, YOU WEREN'T IN ANY WAY ASSOCIATED WITH THE CASE BEFORE THE JUDGE? TOO BAD. NEVER PRACTICED LAW THAT IS REMOTELY RELATED TO IMGRANTS OR LITIGATION. SOARRY. NEVER BEEN TO THE STATE OF TEXAS IN YOUR LIFE? TOUGH COOKIES, THE TEXAS JUDGE KNOWS BEST AND IS ORDERING YOU AROUND AS IF YOU ARGUED CASES YOURSELF BEFORE HIS COURT. OVERREACH MUCH? THE NEWSPAPER CALLED HIS PLAN ONUS AND ABSURD. THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT. THE JUDGE IS ALSO USING GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SCARE TACTICS TO SEE IF HE CAN COMPETE WITH SHERIFF JOE AND THE G.O.P. PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE FOR THE TITLE OF WHO IS MOST SHAMELESSLY ANTI-IMMIGRANT. THE JUDGE HAS CALLED FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO TURN OVER THE NAMES OF 100,000 PEOPLE WHO WERE POSSIBLY GRANTED THE THREE-YEAR, NOT THE TWO-YEAR WORK PERMITS. SO, IF YOU COME FORWARD, PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS, SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK, AND FINGERPRINTS, THEN TWO YEARS LATER A JUDGE SAYS THOUGH YOU HAVE MADE NO MISTAKE AND HAVE ZERO, I WANT TO REPEAT, ZERO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTROVERSY, YOU, THE APPLICANT, BEFORE THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, COULD HAVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS PUBLISHED FOR EVERY TWO BIT VIGILANTE AND TWITTER TROLL TO READ. I THOUGHT REPUBLICANS WERE THE ONES WHO DIDN'T LIKE ACTIVIST JUDGES? I THOUGHT THEY WANTED AS LITTLE GOVERNMENT AS POSSIBLE AND TO LEAVE THE LEGISLATING AND I SUPPOSE THE INTIM GREAT DATING TO THE POLITICIANS HERE -- INTIMIDATING HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. SO WHEN THE REPUBLICANS LINE UP THE ANTE IN ONE AIRA, THEY HAVE TO UP IT IN ANOTHER. NOWHERE IS THIS CRASS POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM MORE APPARENT THAN RIGHT HERE. THIS MORNING WE HAVE A LITTLE HEARING IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AIMED AT, GET THIS, SHUTTING DOWN LEGAL IMMIGRATION AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. YOUR SON'S FEIANCY, MOM'S DOCTOR, YOUR NEIGHBOR'S NANNY, YOUR GROCERY STORE AS -- STORE'S JANITORIAL CREW, IF THEY ARE COMING ILLEGALLY TO THE UNITED STATES, REPUBLICANS WANT TO STOP IT, SLOW IT DOWN, AND MAKE IT COST A LOT MORE. THE PARTY OBSESSED WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NOW HAS LEGAL IMMIGRATION FIRMLY IN ITS SIGHT. IF YOU ARE FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES AND ARE OF A CERTAIN RELIGION, YOU MUST HAVE A SPECIAL SECURITY REVIEW. I THOUGHT THE CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO BAR MUSLIMS FROM TRAVELING WHO ARE TO THE U.S. WAS A CAMPAIGN PROMISE THAT WOULD NEVER BE REALIZED UNLESS YOUR LEADER WON THE CAMPAIGN. DON'T GET ME WRONG, IF I THOUGHT REPUBLICANS WERE PROPOSING A PROCESS TO MAKE THINGS MORE SECURE AND GIVE THE U.S. A BETTER IMMIGRATION SYSTEM, I WOULD SUPPORT IT AND I THINK WE COULD PASS SOMETHING THAT WAS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN CONGRESS TODAY. COME ON, GUYS, DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE TRYING TO CRAFT A SENSIBLE BILL RELATED TO IMMIGRATION IN AN ELECTION YEAR? DO YOU THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE THAT GULLIBLE? NO, THE PARTY OF TRUMP HAS LOST AN ALL-OUT RADICAL ASSAULT ON LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND HOPES EVERYONE IS SO SCARED OF THE RAPING MEXICANS, THE SEX CRAZED ITALIANS, AND VIETNAMESE IMMIGRANTS WITH THE ZEKEY FLIES ON THE OTHER AND EBOLA. LOCK DOWN THE WHOLE SYSTEM. LADY LIBERTY LOWER YOUR LAMP. TAKE A SEAT BECAUSE TERRORS GOT IN ONCE WHICH IS ENOUGH REASON TO KEEP EVERYONE OUT OF AMERICA FROM THE COMPUTER PROGRAMMER TO THE SKI INSTRUCTOR TO THE REFUGEE FLEEING SYSTEMATIC VIOLENCE. IF YOU ASK ME, MAYBE IT'S NOT THE HUNDREDS OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWYERS WHO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH JUDGE HANNEN'S COURTROOM WHO NEED ONEROUS REMEDIAL ETHICS TRAINING CLASSES. MAYBE IT'S THE JUDGE'S ALLIES HERE IN THE HOUSE AND THROUGHOUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO COULD USE A MANDATORY LESSON ON RIGHT AND WRONG.

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  • 10:06:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:06:23 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME DONALD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO WELCOME DONALD ROBINSON TO CAPITOL HILL AS PART OF THE CONGRESSIONAL FOSTER YOUTH SHADOW PROGRAM. THIS PROGRAM IS A PART NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH ACROSS THE NATION. THIS RECOGNITION WAS CREATED MORE THAN 25 YEARS AGO TO BRING THE ISSUE OF FOSTER CARE TO THE FOREFRONT HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF PERMANENCY FOR EVERY CHILD. HAVING A BROTHER THAT JOINED MY FAMILY THROUGH FOSTER CARE 46 YEARS AGO, FOSTER CARE IS IMPORTANT TO ME. AS FOR DONALD, HE ENTERED FOSTER CARE IN PENNSYLVANIA AT THE AGE OF 14. EXPERIENCING SIX PLACEMENTS. DESPITE ATTENDING MULTIPLE SCHOOLS, HE WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE HIS EDUCATION AND ENROLL IN COLLEGE AFTER AGING OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT DONALD RECENTLY GRADUATED WITH HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND HE PLANS TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL SPORT PERFORMANCE TRAINING AND CONSULTIANCY BUSINESS AND WOULD LIKE TO OPEN A CHARTER SCHOOL. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE SOMEONE WITH DONALD'S BACKGROUND WORKING TO GIVE BACK TO OUR NATION'S CHILDREN. I LOOK FORWARD TO SPENDING TIME WITH HIM TODAY AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS STORY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SALUTE RAYMOND WHO WILL RETIRE NEXT MONTH AS C.E.O. OF PENN HIGHLAND HEALTH CARE WHICH INCLUDES SEVERAL HOSPITALS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDING CLEARFIELD AND ST. MARY'S. HE'S A NATIVE OF EERIE -- ERIE. HE'S ALSO A VETERAN AND COMPLETED A TOUR OF DUTY WITH THE UNITED STATES ARMY BEFORE EARNING A MASTER'S DEGREE IN HEALTH SERVICE ADMINISTRATION FROM TULANE UNIVERSITY, IN NEW ORLEANS, IN 1973. AFTER GRADUATION, HE ENTERED THE FIELD OF HEALTH CARE AND DID NOT LOOK BACK. HE WORKED IN HOSPITALS IN ALABAMA, LOUISIANA, AND TEXAS BEFORE RETURNING TO PENNSYLVANIA IN 1979 TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN COREY, PENNSYLVANIA, ALSO LOCATED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. RAY CAME TO DUE BOYS IN 1990 AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND CREDITED WITH BEING A PART OF A GROUP WHICH STARTED THE FREE MEDICAL CLINIC IN 1998 AND SERVED ON A NUMBER OF STATEWIDE BOARDS INCLUDING THE HOSPITAL COUNCIL OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, AND THE PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER OF THE V.H.A. IN 1998 HE WAS NAMED DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR IN DUE BOYS -- DU BOISES -- DUE BOYS. HE BROUGHT TOGETHER HOSPITALS ACROSS THE REGION INCLUDING THE REGIONAL MEDICAL CERTAINTY, CLEARFIELD HOSPITAL, BROOKVILLE HOSPITAL, AND LATER THE ELK REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. THE SYSTEM COVERS EIGHT COUNTIES, EMPLOYS MORE THAN 3,600 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 360 PHYSICIANS. RAYMOND'S RETIREMENT CAPS A MORE THAN 40-YEAR CAREER IN HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION. I CONCOMBRAT LATE HIM ON ALL HIS HARD WORK AND WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK IN RETIREMENT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:09:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:09:26 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THIS WEEK THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING THIS WEEK THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER. THESE ARE IMPORTANT DECISIONS, VITAL PROGRAMS THAT SERIOUSLY TOUCH ALL OF US ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HAVE IMPORTANT DECISIONS ON RESOURCE ALLOCATION. THERE ARE TWO ELEMENTS IN THE ACCOMPANYING REPORT THAT I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT FOR A MOMENT. ONE IS THAT I AM PLEASED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS INCLUDED LANGUAGE ENCOURAGING THE CORE OF ENGINEERS TO CONTINUE EFFORTS TO CONSTRUCT NEW TRIBAL VILLAGES AT THE DOW'S DAM ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER BETWEEN OREGON AND WASHINGTON. MR. SPEAKER, THE COLUMBIA RIVER IS SORT OF THE CULTURAL ARTERY THAT TIES TOGETHER THE NORTHWEST. IT'S AN ENGINE FOR AGRICULTURE, FOR INDUSTRY. LONG BEFORE WE STARTED CHANGING THAT RIVER INTO A MACHINE WITH A CONSTRUCTION OF DAMS IN THE 1930'S, IT WAS THE ARTERY WAS THE CORE OF THE CIVILIZATION FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. THE RIVER LOOKED DIFFERENT. IT WAS FASTER MOVING, STEEPER. IT PRODUCED SALMON IN SUCH ABUNDANCE IT WAS RUMORED YOU COULD WALK ACROSS THEIR BACKS AS THEY SWAM UP STREAM TO SPAWN AND THE PROVIDED FOOD, TRADE, CULTURAL IDENTITY FOR NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES FOR YEARS. THESE TRIBES NOW KNOWN AS THE NESPERS, WARM SPRINGS, AND OTHERS WERE NEVER FULLY DEPEN COMPENSATED FOR THE DISRUPTION TO THEIR NATIVE WAYS OF LIFE, DESPITE PROMISES TO THE CONTRARY. BUT WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS NOW UNDERSTANDS IT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO BEGIN PROCESS BUILDING ANOTHER HOUSING VILLAGE AT THE DAM. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT THIS WORK AND CONTINUE TO EXPAND IT THROUGH CONGRESSIONAL ACTION. IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO KEEP FAITH WITH NATIVE AMERICANS WHO HAD THEIR LIVES DRAMATICALLY DISRUPTED WITH THAT CONSTRUCTION. THE REPORT ALSO CONTINUES A RIDER THAT IS UNFORTUNATE. WHICH BLOCKS THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS FROM MODERNIZING HOW IT DEVELOPS WATER RESOURCE PROJECTS. THIS HAS BEEN AN INTEREST OF MINE SINCE I FIRST STARTED SERVING ON THE WATER RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE 20 YEARS AGO IN CONGRESS. THE CORPS OPERATES ON AN ANTIQUATED METHODOLOGY. THEY ARE KNOWN AS 1983 PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. IT DIRECTS THE CORPS TO FOCUS ON MAXIMIZING NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS WHEN PLANNING PROJECTS, NOT LOOKING COMPETITIVELY AT THE -- COMPREHENSIVELY AT THE BENEFITS AND PROBLEMS THAT ATTEND FOR EVERYBODY. IT SEVERELY LIMITS THE CORPS' ABILITY TO SELECT PROJECTS WHICH MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE NATIONAL INTEREST IN WAYS OTHER THAN A NARROWLY DEFINED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. I WORKED FOR YEARS WITH THE CORPS BACK WHEN GENERAL FLOWERS WAS IN CHARGE AND THERE WAS GREAT INTEREST ON THE PART OF THE CORPS TO BE ABLE TO UPDATE THE WAYS THAT THEY OPERATE TO INCORPORATE MODERN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. THOSE PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES WERE DRAFTED BACK IN THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION. 398 MONTHS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE THEY WERE ENACTED INTO LAW. IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME, A LOT HAS HAPPENED WITH FOOD, FASHION, TECHNOLOGY, AND SCIENCE. IT'S TIME FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO BE ABLE TO BASE ITS PLANNING AND ACTIVITIES ON THE BEST SCIENCE, THE BEST ENGINEERING FOR THE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TODAY. I SINCERELY HOPE THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S A NEED TO FINALLY REMOVE THAT RIDER. IT WAS FRUSTRATING FOR ME HAVING WORKED FOR YEARS TO FINELY -- FINALLY ACHIEVE AUTHORIZATION IN 2007 FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES TO BE UPDATED. YET THE CORPS HAVING DONE THAT JOB CANNOT USE THE UPDATED PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES BECAUSE OF SHORTSIGHTED ACTION ON THE PART OF CONGRESS. I WOULD STRONGLY URGE THAT MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TAKE A LOOK AT THIS RESTRICTIVE LANGUAGE. THINK ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO US TO ALLOW THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DO ITS JOB RIGHT BASED ON THE LATEST INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO US. THIS DOES NOT SPEAK WELL OF THE ABILITY OF CONGRESS TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE. IT MAKES THE JOB OF THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS MUCH HARDER. AND IT MAKES IT LESS LIKELY WE ARE GOING TO GIVE PEOPLE THE BENEFIT THAT THEY NEED FROM THE VARIOUS THINGS THAT THE CORPS CONSTRUCTS AND PLANS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:14:44 AM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, BORN IN THE 1920'S, HE GREW UP IN THE DEPRESSION OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BORN IN THE 1920'S, HE GREW UP IN THE DEPRESSION OF THE 1930'S, POOR, LIKE MOST RURAL AMERICAN CHILDREN. FRESH VEGETABLES WERE GROWN IN THE FAMILY GARDEN BEHIND THE SMALL FRAME HOUSE. HIS MOTHER MADE SANDWICHES FOR SCHOOL OUT OF HOMEMADE BREAD, STORE BOUGHT BREAD WAS FOR THE RICH. HE GREW UP BELONGING TO THE BOY SCOUTS, PLAYING THE TRUMPET IN HIGH SCHOOL BAND, AND WENT TO CHURCH ON ALMOST ALL SUNDAYS. . IN 1944, THIS COUNTRY BOY WHO NEVER FOUND HIMSELVES MORE THAN 50 MILES FROM HOME, HE WENT TO BASIC ARMY TRAINING IN TEXAS. HE WENT TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE OCEAN TRIP ON A CRAMPED LIBERTY SHIP TO FIGHT IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR II. WHILE CROSSING THE ATLANTIC, HE WITNESSED ANOTHER LIBERTY SHIP NEXT TO HIS THAT WAS SUNK BY A GERMAN U-BOAT. AS A SOLDIER IN THE SEVENTH ARMY HE WENT FROM FRANCE TO SURVIVE THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE AND STEW GUARD AND COLON. HE SAW THE BRUTAL CONCENTRATION CAMPS OF THE NAZIS AND SAW THE VICTIMS. YOU SAW INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF TEENAGE AMERICANS BURIED IN GRAVES THROUGHOUT EUROPE. A SOLEMN MONUMENT TO THESE SOLDIERS ARE AT NORMANDY. HE WAS ORDERED BACK TO FORT HOOD, TEXAS. HE WAS BEING RE-EQUIPPED FOR THE INVASION OF JAPAN. THEN JAPAN SURRENDERED. IT WAS THERE HE MET MOM AT A WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAYER MEETING SERVICE. UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO, THIS G.I., MY DAD, WOULD NEVER TALK ABOUT WORLD WAR II. HE STILL WON'T SAY MUCH BUT HE DOES SAY FREQUENTLY THE HEROES, THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE BURIED TODAY IN EUROPE. AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER HE OPENED A SERVICE STATION WHERE HE PUMPED GAS, SOLD TIRES, FIXED CARS AND HAD A FAMILY. HE WENT TO ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE. HE AND HIS WIFE AND TWO SMALL CHILDREN LIVED IN AN OLD CONVERTED ARMY BARRACKS WITH OTHER SUCH FAMILIES. HE SUPPORTED US BY WORKING AT NIGHTS AT KRBC RADIO STATION AND CLIMBED TOWERS LATER BECAME SOUTHWESTERN BELL. HE WORKED FOR SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. HE TURNED DOWN A PROMOTION TO TRANSFER TO NEW YORK CITY BECAUSE IT WASN'T TEXAS AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO RAISE HIS FAMILY IN NEW YORK. DAD INSTILLED IN MY SISTER AND ME THE VALUES OF BEING A NEIGHBOR TO EVERYBODY, LOVING THE U.S.A., LOVING OUR HERITAGE AND ALWAYS DOING THE RIGHT THING TO ALL PEOPLE. HE STILL GETS MAD AT THE MEDIA HE FLIES OLD GLORY ON HOLIDAYS. HE GOES TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY AND HE TAKES MOM OUT TO EAT ON FRIDAY NIGHTS. HE STANDS IN FRONT YARD AND TALKS TO HIS NEIGHBORS AND HE CAN STILL FIX ANYTHING. HE STILL CAN MOW HIS OWN GRASS EVEN THOUGH HE IS 90 YEARS OF AGE. HE HAS A STRONG OPINION ON POLITICS AND WORLD EVENTS. HE GIVES PLENTY OF ADVICE TO ANYBODY INCLUDING A LOT OF ADVICE TO ME. HE HAS TWO COMPUTERS IN HIS HOME OFFICE. HE SENDS EMAILS TO HUNDREDS OF HIS BUDDIES ALL OVER THE WORLD. DAD AND MOM STILL LIVE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHERE I GREW UP. SO TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE APPROACH MEMORIAL DAY AND HONOR THE FALLEN WARRIORS OF ALL WARS, WE ALSO HONOR ALL WHO FOUGHT IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR II AND GOT TO COME HOME. WE HONOR MY DAD AND ALSO OTHER AMERICAN WOREIERS. MY DAD IS ONE OF THE INDIVIDUALS OF THE GREATEST GENERATION. HE IS THE BEST MAN I EVER MET AND HE CERTAINLY IS A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION. SO I HOPE I TURN OUT LIKE HIM. TECH SERGEANT VIRGIL POE, UNITED STATES ARMY. GOOD FATHER AND THAT'S ENOUGH FOR ONE LIFE AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:18:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY, FOR…

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

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  • 10:19:02 AM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    YESTERDAY, 181 DEMOCRATS WROTE TO SPEAKER RYAN TO ASK THE REPUBLICAN…

    YESTERDAY, 181 DEMOCRATS WROTE TO SPEAKER RYAN TO ASK THE REPUBLICAN SELECT PANEL TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH -- THAT'S WHAT WE CALL IT -- TO BE SHUT DOWN. FROM THE OUTSET, THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN A POLITICAL WEAPON TO PUNISH WOMEN, DOCTORS AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHERS, NOT AN OBJECTIVE, FAIR-MINDED, FACT-BASED SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH. HERE ARE THE TOP 10 REASONS TO SHUT DOWN THIS PARTISAN PANEL IMMEDIATELY. ONE, THE SELECT PANEL IS A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. REPUBLICANS ARE WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS CHASING INFLAMMATORY ALLEGATIONS OF ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMISTS. THREE REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE COMMITTEES, 12 STATES AND ONE GRAND JURY HAVE ALREADY INVESTIGATED CHARGES THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD WAS SELLING FETAL TISSUE FOR A PROFIT AND NONE FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING. TWO, THE SELECT PANEL IS AN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS. REPUBLICANS ARE USING THE PANEL AS PART OF THEIR CAMPAIGN TO DENY WOMEN ACCESS TO LEGAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, INCLUDING ABORTIONS. THE PANEL COMES AT A TIME WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED REPEATEDLY TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, WHICH PROVIDES HEALTH SERVICES TO OVER THREE MILLION AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN EACH YEAR TO ELIMINATE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO ABORTION. NUMBER THREE, THE SELECT PANEL IS HARMING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. REPUBLICANS ARE USING THE PANEL TO INTIMIDATE SCIENTISTS INTO STOPPING LEGAL FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH ON TREATMENT FOR CURES FOR DISEASES AND CONDITIONS THAT AFFLICT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, ALZHEIMER'S, DIABETES AND SPINAL CORD INJURIES AND SOME MEDICAL RESEARCH EFFORTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CANCELLED. NUMBER FOUR, THE SELECT PANEL IS JUST PARTISAN POLITICS. REPUBLICANS ARE CONDUCTED AN UNFAIR ONE-SIDED AND PARTISAN CAMPAIGN. THEY REFUSE TO PUT INDICTED VIDEOMAKER DAVID, WHO PUT THOSE HIGHLY EDITED TAPES AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD, UNDER OATH WHILE ISSUING SUBPOENAS AND DEMANDING SWORN TMS FROM LAW-ABIDING RESEARCHERS AND DOCTORS -- TESTIMONIES FROM LAW-ABIDING RESEARCHERS AND DOCTORS. REPUBLICANS HAVE SUPPRESSED FACTS THAT CONTROWVERT THEIR PARTISAN NARRATIVES. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY REFUSE TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM TISSUE PROCUREMENT COMPANIES WHILE PUBLICLY ACCUSING THEM OF MISCONDUCT BASED ON MISLEADING AND INACCURATE STAFF-CREATED EXHIBITS THAT LACK ANY SOURCING OR FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION. NUMBER FIVE, THE SELECT PANEL IS A MCCARTHY-LIKE WITCH-HUNT. MIRRORING THE BULLYING BEHAVIOR OF JOE MCCARTHY, THEY'RE DEMANDING THAT UNIVERSITIES AND CLINICS NAME NAMES OF RESEARCHERS, GRADUATE STUDENTS, LAB TECHNICIANS, CLINIC PERSONNEL AND DOCTORS. WHEN DOCTOR JERRY -- WHEN DEMOCRAT -- WHEN DEMOCRAT JERRY NADLER ASKED CHAIR BLACKBURN TO EXPLAIN WHY SHE NEEDS TO AMASS THIS DATABASE OF NAMES, SHE RESPONDED, NO, SIR. I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT. NUMBER SIX, THE SELECT PANEL THREATENS INNOCENT LIVES. REPUBLICANS ARE PUTTING RESEARCHERS AND DOCTORS AT RISK BY PUBLICLY NAMING THEM AS TARGETS OF THEIR INVESTIGATION AND CREATING A DATABASE OF NAMES. ON MAY 11, REPUBLICANS ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE PUBLICLY NAMING A PHYSICIAN WHO HAD ALREADY BEEN THE TARGET AND THE SUBJECT OF VIOLENCE BY ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMISTS. THAT PHYSICIAN WAS NEVER CONTACTED TO VOLUNTARILY PROVIDE INFORMATION BEFORE HE RECEIVED A SUBPOENA. NUMBER SEVEN, THE SELECT PANEL IS DANGEROUS. REPUBLICANS ARE REFUSING TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY DESPITE KNOWN RISKS AND TRAGEDIES, SUCH AS THE MURDER OF THREE PEOPLE AT THE COLORADO SPRINGS PLANNED PARENTHOOD WOMEN'S HEALTH CLINIC. THAT MURDERER ECHOED THE WORDS OF OUR REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE SAYING, THE KILLER USED WORDS LIKE, NO MORE BABY BODY PARTS. AND EVEN AFTER THEY PROMISED TO PROTECT CONFIDENTIALITY, THEN THE COMMITTEE SAID, WE WILL NOT ASSURE THAT WITNESSES' NAMES OR ANY OF THE OTHER NAMES USED IN THE DEPOSITION WILL REMAIN PRIVATE, UNQUOTE. THE SELECT PANEL IS AN ABUSE OF POWER. REPUBLICANS ARE ABUSING CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA POWER. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THEIR UNILATERAL SUBPOENAS, 30 OF 36, HAVE BEEN SENT WITHOUT ANY EFFORT TO OBTAIN VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE. WE SHOULD PROVIDE PHYSICIANS, MEDICAL RESEARCHERS AND OTHERS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION VOLUNTARILY. A SUBPOENA SHOULD NOT BE THE FIRST CONTACT THEY HAVE WITH CONGRESS. AND NUMBER NINE, THE SELECT PANEL EXCLUDES DEMOCRATS. REPUBLICANS HAVE CONSISTENTLY REFUSED TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATIC PANEL MEMBERS. THEY HAVE REFUSED TO DISCUSS OR EVEN GIVE DEMOCRATS COPIES OF THEIR UNILATERAL SUBPOENAS UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN SERVED IN VIOLATION OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 10:24:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:24:22 AM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    NUMBER 10, THE SELECT PANEL BULLIES WITNESSES THAT THEY DON'T LIKE. IT IS…

    NUMBER 10, THE SELECT PANEL BULLIES WITNESSES THAT THEY DON'T LIKE. IT IS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, TO END THIS PANEL RIGHT NOW.

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  • 10:24:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:24:37 AM

    MR. EMMER

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK SENATOR DAVE BROWN FOR…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK SENATOR DAVE BROWN FOR SERVING IN THE MINNESOTA STATE SENATE. SENATOR BROWN REPRESENTS AN AREA LOCATED IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH DISTRICT, AND I'VE ENJOYED WORKING WITH HIM ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES IMPORTANT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS. SENATOR BROWN HAS WORKED ON POLICY SOLUTIONS IN THE FIELDS RELATED TO COMMERCE, EDUCATION AND FINANCE. HOWEVER, HIS MAIN AREA OF EXPERTISE HAVE BEEN PROMOTING MINNESOTA ENERGY. OUR DISTRICT IS HOME TO THE COAL FIRED POWER PLANT WHICH PROVIDES JOBS AND WHEN IT WAS UNCLEAR AND UNSTABLE, SENATOR BROWN WAS A VOICE OF REASON THAT HELPED MANY KEEP THE PLANT OPEN, ALLOWING MANY MINNESOTANS TO KEEP THEIR JOBS. THANK YOU, DAVE, FOR THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR MINNESOTA. I WILL MISS WORKING WITH YOU, BUT WE WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR NEXT ENDEAVOR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK SENATOR JOHN PETERSON FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE TO ST. CLOUD, TO THE ST. CLOUD AREA RESIDENTS OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS. JOHN PETERSON WAS BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND FIRST SERVED ON THE ST. CLOUD SECURITY COUNCIL IN 2007. AFTER FOUR YEARS ON THE CITY COUNSEL, HE RAN AND WON A SEAT IN THE SENATE. DURING HIS TIME IN THE LEGISLATURE, SENATOR PETERSON HAS SHOWN HIS EXPERTISE IN A VARIETY OF ISSUES BUT NONE MORE THAN TRANSPORTATION. LIKE ME, SENATOR PETERSON KNOWS THAT TRANSPORTATION IN MINNESOTA'S SIXTH IS CRUCIAL TO RELIEVE CONGESTION, IMPROVE STATE OF, INCREASE MOBILITY AND FOSTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR STATE. JOHN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME SERVING THE PEOPLE OF OUR GREAT STATE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK SENATOR JULIAN ORTMAN FOR HER YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE IN THE MINNESOTA SENATE. FOLLOWING HER TIME PRACTICING LAW AND AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER, SHE WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE MINNESOTA SENATE IN 2002. SHE ROSE TO VARIOUS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. SENATOR ORTMAN SERVED AS AN ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER DURING THE 2007-2008 LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND DURING THE 2011-2012 SESSION, SHE SERVED AS DEPUTY MAJORITY LEADER AND AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SENATE TAX COMMITTEE. OF THE MANY ISSUES SENATOR ORTMAN CHAMPIONED, TAXES, TRANSPORTATION, JUDICIARY AND PUBLIC SAFETY WERE AMONG HER HIGHEST PRIORITIES. DURING HER TIME AS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SENATE TAX COMMITTEE, THE STATE GOVERNMENT HAD A $5 BILLION DEFICIT, WHICH THEY EVENTUALLY MANAGED TO ELIMINATE WITHOUT RAISING TAXES ON HARDWORKING MINNESOTANS. EVIDENCE OF SENATOR ORTMAN'S STRONG LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU, JULIEANN, FOR YOUR SERVICE AND ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR MINNESOTA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK SENATOR ALICE JOHNSON FOR HER DEDICATION AND SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA. ALICE JOHNSON BEGAN HER CAREER AS A PUBLIC SERVANT IN THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1986. SHE SERVED FOR 14 YEARS BEFORE TAKING A BRIEF BREAK FROM THE MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE. ALICE BEGAN RAN FOR OFFICE IN 2012 AND HAS SERVED IN THE MINNESOTA SENATE FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS WHERE SHE HAS SERVED AS VICE CHAIR FOR BOTH THE EDUCATION, FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEES. AFTER AN INCREDIBLE 18 YEARS IN PUBLIC SERVICE, SENATOR JOHNSON DESERVES HER WELL-EARNED RETIREMENT. THANK YOU, ALICE, FOR THE TIME YOU HAVE SPENT WORKING TIRELESSLY ON BEHALF OF MINNESOTANS AND WORKING TO END THE GRIDLOCK IN POLITICS. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE TIM SANDERS, FOR THE INCREDIBLE WORK HE'S DONE WHILE SERVING IN THE MINNESOTA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. REPRESENTATIVE SANDERS HAS SERVED IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR FOUR TERMS DURING WHICH HE'S HELD VARIOUS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. IN THE 2014 ELECTION, HE WAS NOMINATED TO THE POSITION OF ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER AND HAS ALSO SERVED AS CHAIR OF THE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE. I GOT TO KNOW TIM PERSONALLY DURING MY OWN TIME IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND HAVE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR HIM. HE'S BEEN A SUCCESSFUL AND PASSIONATE LEGISLATOR, PROVEN BY THE FACT THAT A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF HIS BILLS HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. THANK YOU, TIM, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO OUR STATE. I KNOW THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS, AND I WISH YOU NOTHING BUT HAPPINESS AS YOU SPEND MORE TIME WITH FARRAH AND THE KIDS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. JENKINS

    MR. SPEAKER, WEST VIRGINIANS ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW. OUR STATE'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, WEST VIRGINIANS ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW. OUR STATE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST IN THE NATION. OUR COAL MINES ARE CLOSING AND SO ARE OUR SCHOOLS AND MOM AND POP BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT OUR STATE. THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY. FAMILIES ARE WONDERING HOW THEY WILL MAKE ENDS MEET WITHOUT OUR JOBS, OUR COAL JOBS. TAMMY LAMBERT, SHE'S FROM RALEIGH COUNTY AND HER FAMILY IS ONE OF THOSE WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT HER FAMILY'S FUTURE. HER SON-IN-LAW IS CONSIDERING MOVING OUT OF THE STATE JUST TO FIND WORK. HER DAUGHTER DOESN'T KNOW IF SHE'LL HAVE THE MONEY TO FINISH COLLEGE, AND HER HUSBAND'S MIND HAS GONE THROUGH PERIODS OF BEING IDLED. . MY DATER HAS WORKED HARD TO GET THIS FAR AND IT WAS JUST BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. NOW SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET THAT DEGREE. IT IS A SHAME WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE WHO TRY CAN'T GET AHEAD. IT IS EVEN SADDER WHEN A MAN WHO HAS WORKED AS A COAL MINER FOR 36 YEARS CAN'T FEEL SECURE IN HIS JOB. WHAT OUR FAMILIES NEED IS NOT JUST HOPE, THEY NEED JOBS THAT GIVE THEM A GOOD PAYCHECK. WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN IN SEVERAL WAYS. WE CAN DIVERSIFY OUR STATE'S ECONOMY TO ATTRACT NEW EMPLOYERS, AND WE CAN EXPAND RETRAINING PROGRAMS TO HELP PREPARE THE WORK FORCE. BUT MOST OF ALL WE CAN GET WASHINGTON OFF THE BACKS OF OUR MINERS. LET WEST VIRGINIA MINERS GET BACK TO WORK, PUT FOOD ON THEIR STABLES, AND MINE THE COAL THAT HAS POWERED OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER TODAY WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER TODAY WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND JOSHUA BERKLEY FROM SAN BERNANDINO, CALIFORNIA.

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    OUR FATHER AND OUR GOD, W PRAY FOR THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS IN LIGHT OF…

    OUR FATHER AND OUR GOD, W PRAY FOR THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS IN LIGHT OF ALL THAT IS GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND THREATS THAT FACE US AS NATION THAT YOU GIVE CLARITY AS THEY FOLLOW THEIR AGENDAODAY. I PRAY THAT YOU GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE TO DETERMINE THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION THAT WOULD AFFECT THE GREATEST GOOD FOR ALL WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THEIR DECISIONS. I PRAY THEY ARE MINDFUL OF OUR PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE THAT WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD AND YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE LEADER OF THIS NATION. RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS BUT BLESS THIS 114TH SESSION OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS, WE PRAY. AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. KILDEE

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

    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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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. AGUILAR, IS…

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

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    MR. AGUILAR

    THANK YOU,R. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR PASTOR BECKLEY FROM SAN…

    THANK YOU,R. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR PASTOR BECKLEY FROM SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORA, WHO JUST GRACED US WITH THE OPENING PRAYER. HE HAS SERVED AS SENIOR PASTOR FOR THE PAST 25 YERS. PRESIDING OVER A CONGO GATION OVER 4,000 RESIDENTS. IN ADDITION TO HELPING THEM GROW AND FLOURISH, HE CO-SPOUNDFOUNDED THE INLAND EMPIRE CONCERNED AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES, RECEIVED NUMEROUS ACCOLADES FOR HIS MINISTRY AND SERVICE TO OUR REGION, AND TODAY SERVES AS THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP OF SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT SEEKS TO POWER AND LIFT LOW-INCOME FAMILIES. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY AT THE INLAND REGIONAL CENTER IN SAN BERNARDINO LAST DECEMBER, HE WAS A RESOUNDING VOICE OF COMFORT AND AN UNWAVERING LEADER FOR THOUSANDSES IN OUR DARKEST HOURS. HE PREVOIDED SOLACE TO THE FAMILIES OFICTIMS, COMPASSION TO THEIR CO-WORKERS, AND STRENGTH TO THE COMMUNITY AS RECOVERED. HIS LEADERSHIP WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR EFFORTS TO HEAL AND REBUILD. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR HIS DEDICATION THE THOUSANDS OF INLAND EMPIRE FAMILIES AND LOOK TO HIM FOR GUIDANCE AND THANK HIM FOR HIS CONTINUED SERVICE TO THE REGION. HE IS JOINED BY HIS WIFE AND HIS STER, THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK REGNITION?

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. STEFANIK

    MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO MANY ECOLOGICAL WONDERS. FROM THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO MANY ECOLOGICAL WONDERS. FROM THE MIGHTY ADIRONDACK TO THE ST.AWRENCE RIVER. THE ENVIRONMENT IS TRULY OUR LIFEBLOOD IN THE NORTH CONTRY. SADLY, INVASIVE SPECIES THREATEN THE HEALTH AND BEAUTY OF THESE NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS. GIVEN OUR UNIQUE POSITION AS BOTH THE GATEWAY TO THE GREAT LAKES AND CERTAINTY FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING TRADE, OUR STATE HAS THE UNFORTUNATE DISTINCTION OF BEING A INCIPAL POINT OF ENTRY FOR MANY INVAVE SPECIES. TODAY I'M INTRODUCING TWO PIECES OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO HELP COMBAT AND RAISE AWARENESS ABOUTHE THREAT INVASIVE SPECIES POSE TO OUR ECOSYSTEMS. NATIONWIDE AN ESTIMATED 50,000 NONNATIVE INVASIVE ANIMAL AND PLANT SPECIES HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED RESULTING IN MORE THAN $100 BILLION IN ECONOMIC LOSSES ANNUALLY. EVERY STATE AND U.S. TERRITORY HAS AT LEAST SOME FORM OF INVASIVE SPECIES. THERE ARE I HOPE MY COLAGUES WILL CO-SPONSOR THESE VITAL BILLS TO PREVENT THE READ AND INTRODUCON OF THESE HARMFUL INVASIVE SPECIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY BUFFALO'S ROSWELL PARK CANCER INSTITUTE WAS ARDED $33…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY BUFFALO'S ROSWELL PARK CANCER INSTITUTE WAS ARDED $33 MILLION IN NEW RESEARCH GRANTS FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. THIS FUNDING WILL SUPPORT SEARCH TO DEVELOP NEW THERAPIES FOR PROSTATE CANCER, FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER, AND TO ADVANCE THE GREAT PROMISE OF MUNOTHERAPY. RESEARCH TO UNLEASH THCANCER KILLING POTENTIAL THE BODY'S OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM. UNDER THE LEADSHIP OF DR. CANDICE JOHNSON, ROZZ WELL PARK SCIENTISTS ARE PROVIDING HOPE AND THE POE FEDGES FOR HEALING TO MILLIONS HERE AND THROUGHOUT TH WORLD. IN BUFFALO, THE INSTITUTE IS HELPING TO FUEL AN ECONOMIC RENAISSANCE AND CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF TH NATION. NATIONALLY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FUNDING SUPPORTS OVER 400,000 GOOD-PAYING AMERICAN JOBS. CONGRESS NEEDS TO FULLY FUND CANCER RESEARCH AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH BECAUSE ON THIS ISS IF AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IS NOT THERE, THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. OR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. OR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    UNIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMAS. THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    ORE WITHOUT

    THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    SPEAKER, ELI WHITNEY, MINNESOTA LEGEND, CIVIC LEADER, AND FRIEND. LAST WK…

    SPEAKER, ELI WHITNEY, MINNESOTA LEGEND, CIVIC LEADER, AND FRIEND. LAST WK MINNESOTA WASAD TO LEARN THAT HE HAD PASSED AWAY.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    PASSED AWAY.

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    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I YIELD BACK. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPO…

    I YIELD BACK. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GELEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPO DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SK RECOGNITIO R. KILDEE: I SEEKNANIMOUS CONSENT

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    R. KILDEE

    I SEEKNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINE.

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    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, TH NTLEMAN IS RECOGZED.

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    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS FOSTER YOUTH SHADOW DAY. A AY THAT GIVES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY IS FOSTER YOUTH SHADOW DAY. A AY THAT GIVES MBERS O CONGSS A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME WITH YOU ADULTS FROM OUR DISTRICTS WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE FOSTER CARE STIS. I WAYS ENJOY THIS DAY BEUSE IT GIVES ME A CHANCE TO UNDERSTAND THE PERIENCE OF FOSTER YOUTH AND LK ABOUT POLICIES THAT WOULD HELP SUPPORT THOSE DREN AND YOUNG ADULTS IN THAT SYSTEM. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT TODAY FROM JUSTIN AND JAMISHA,HO ARE HER WITH M TWO YOUNG ADULTS. BOTH SPENT YEARS ITHE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND GROWN INTO REALLY REMARKABLE YOUN ADULTS. JUSTIN IS STUDYING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVRSITY. AND JAMISHA JT GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, FLINT, ONE OF MY AA MATTERS, WITH A DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK. ALONG WITH THR INTEREST IN SCHOOL, THEY BOTH HAVE DEDICATED THEMSELVES TO BETTERING THE LIVE OF OTHER CHILDREN IN MICHIGAN. AND AROUND THE WORLD. THEIR COMMITMENT TO RAISE UP KIDS IN MY HOMETOWN, THE OMETOWN OF FLINT IS REALLY INSPIRING. SO I'M JUST HAYTHAT I'M ABLE TO GET TONOW TM BETTERND SEE T PSION THEY BRING TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. THAT PASSION WILL TAKE THEM FAR. IT' IMPTANT THAT WE HEAR FREOPLE LIKE JUSTIN AND JAMISHA TO SHAPE THE POLICIES THAT WE MAKE RIGHT HERE IN THIS CONGRESS. I'M JUST GLAD I COULD HEAR WHAT THEY HAD SAY AND GLAD THEY COULD BE HERE WITH US TODAY AND HONOR TO SPEND PART OF FOSSER YOUTH SHADOW DAY WH THEM. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE NTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DS THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    THE NTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DS THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:08:32 PM

    MR. WILSON

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    TEMPORE WIT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. WILSON

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    TERRORISM. THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT…

    TERRORISM. THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES TH GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS COSENT TO ADDRES E HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS COSENT TO ADDRES E HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    TEMPORE WITHT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXESS MY DEEP CONCERN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO EXESS MY DEEP CONCERN WITH THE DANGER THE ZIKA VIRUS CONTINUES TO REPRESENT TO THE EXPECTANT MOTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. AS A MEMBER OF CONGSS WHO REESENTS E WHOLE LIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER, I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROVIDE ADEQUA RESOURCES TO AVOID POTENTIALLY TRAGIC COEQUENCES FILIES AND COMMUNITIES LIKE MINE. MORE THAN 275 PREGNANT WOMEN ARE CONFIRMED ZIKA CASES IN AMERI, INCUDING 10 IN CALIFORNI AND THE NUMBER ONLY CONTINUES TO GROW.

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    MR. VARGAS

    I BELIEVE WE HAV A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISANND BICAMERAL…

    I BELIEVE WE HAV A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISANND BICAMERAL MANNER TO PRENT, DETECT, AND RESPOND THE ZIKA VIRUS. TH MEANS FULLY FUNDING THE PRESIDENT'S $1.9 BILLION EQUESTOR EMERGENCY SPENDING ON THE DEVELOPMENT O VACCINE AND DIAGNOSTIC TESTING TO MANAGE THE MOSQUITO POPULATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT WILL RESPOND TO THIS URGENT CRISIS WITH SMART ACTION. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKERPRO TEORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIES BACK THE BALAE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIES BACK THE BALAE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    TO ASK UNANOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS E HOUSE R ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND…

    TO ASK UNANOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS E HOUSE R ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    THK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE TRECOGNIZE THE MICHAEL RUSSELL…

    THK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RISE TRECOGNIZE THE MICHAEL RUSSELL JEWI MMUNI CENTER AS IT HOLDS ITS PROM NIGHT JEWISH DINNER. DURING THIS JOYOUS CELEBRATION, LEADERS OF THE MICHAEL ANN RUSSELL J.C.C. WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO IMPROVING THE LIS THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN SOUTH FLORIDA. T HOREES ARE, GARY BONSER O SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT AND E.O. OF THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION. PA CRUZWHO SERVES AS THE CHAIR OF THE B OF DIREORS. AND ARIEL BENTA AND JEFFREY SCHECK WHO WERE PAST CHAIRS FOUNDED IN 1987, THE MICHAEL ANN RUELL C.C. HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO NOT ONLY STRETHENING JEWISH VALUES IN SOUTH FLORIDA, B HAS ALSO DEDID TIME AND RESOCES TO EDUCA OUR FUTURE LEADERAND FOSTERING A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR ALLY, THE DEMOATIC JEWISH STATE O ISRAEL. I'M THANKFUL TO WITNESSHE GROWTH OF JEWISH -- OF THE JEWI AMERICAN COMNITY IN OUR AREA AND THAT ITS MEMBERS CONTINUE STRIVE FOR A BETTER AND MORE PROSPEROUS TOMORROW. MOSUL TO HE -- MOZUL TOV TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON A J WELL-DONE. THANKOU, MR. SPEAR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THE GENTLELY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLODAEEK RECOITION?

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    RECOITION?

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    PRO TEORE: WITHO OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS.ILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS WE RED WEDNESDAY. TOY IS WEAR METHINRED WEDNESDAY TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS WE RED WEDNESDAY. TOY IS WEAR METHINRED WEDNESDAY TO BRING BACK OUR GIRLS AD MY HEA IS OVERFLOWING WITH JOY. I'M VERY HAPPY TO REPORTHA ONE OF THE SCHOOL GIRLS ABDUCTED BY THE NIGERIAN TERRORIST GROUP, BOKO HARAM, HAS BE FOUN. SHE WAS FOUND LAST WEEK BY A VIGILANTE OUP THE FOREST CLOSE TO THE BORDER OF CAMEROON. THE YOUNG GI HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY TER TWO YRS INIVITY AND EXPERIENCE THT WILL HAUNT HER FOR T REST OF HER LIFE. SADLY, ACCORDING TO SERAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS, THYOG GIRL PORTED THAT SIX OF THE19 HAVE DIEDHILE BEING HD BY BOKO HAR AND T RT ARE ALIVE BEING HELD IN THE FT. LAST WEEK WE CELEBRATED TH RETURN OTHIS PRECIOUS YOUNG GI, BUT WE CANNOT STOP WORKING UNTIL THE 21 STILL BEING HELD HOSTE ARE SAFELY RETURNED TO THEIR FALIES AWAY FROM TESE EVIL ISLAMIC INSURGENTS. MR. SPEAKER, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE AND THE GOVERNMEN OF THE ULTINAONAL JOINT TK FORCE ALONGSIE OUR GOVERNMENT MUST FIGHT AS HARD AS POSSIBLE FIND THESE GIRLS. WE CANNOT STOP UNTIL WE FIND THEM ALL. I URGEY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY FOR WEARING RED O WEDNESDAY UNTIL BOKO HARAM EXSPEEDED AND KIDNAP GIRLS REJOITHEIRAMILIES. PLEASE CONTINUE TWORK SOING RED ON WITNESSES. HASH TAG BRING BACK OUR GLS, TWT, TWEET

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WI

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. LOVE

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SALT LAKE…

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM. THIS YEAR'S NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS. THESE 12 EXTRAORDINARY STUDENT ATHLETES WITH UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF THEIR FOUR DEDICATE THE COACHES DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO DOMINATE THE 2016 N.J.C. DOUBLE-A BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, BEATING THEIR OPPONENTS BY AN AVERAGE OF 18.8 POINTS OVER FIVE GAMES IN SIX DAYS. WILSON WAS NAMED THE TOURNAMENT'S MOST VALUABLE MEMBER. HEAD COACH PHILLIPS WAS NAMED COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT. THESE YOUNG MEN WHO HELD NOT -- HAILED NOT ONLY FROM UTAH BUT AS FAR AWAY FROM AUSTRALIA EXHIBIT MORE THAN EXCEPTIONAL ATHLETICISM AND SKILL. THEY WERE SINGLED OUT FOR THEIR GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND KINDNESS OFF COURT. TAD, WAS HONORED WITH THE TOURNAMENT'S SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD. I CONGRATULATE THE TEAM ON THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN FOR REPRESENTING THEIR SCHOOL, THEIR COMMUNITY, AND THE STATE WITH SUCH EX-- SUCH AN EXCEPTIONAL WAY. GO, BRUINS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. .

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DOLD

    RISE TODAY TO COMMEND JOYCE TONE, WHO HAS TAUGHT AS A KINDERGARTEN…

    RISE TODAY TO COMMEND JOYCE TONE, WHO HAS TAUGHT AS A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. FIRST ARISK IN 1997, SHE HAS SHAPED THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS. PERSONALLY SHE HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON MY FAMILY TEACHING MY THREE CHILDREN. EACH IS BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF HER GUIDANCE IN TEACHING, OUR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY WILL BE INDEBTED TO HER FOR THE KINDNESS SHE HAS SHOWN ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. SHE WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO RECOGNIZE WHAT MAKES EACH OF HER STUDENTS UNIQUE. SHE TAUGHT THEM HOW TO THINK. DESPITE HER CAREER AT SEARS COMING TO AN END, THE LESSONS AND MEMORIES SHE HAS IMPARTED UPON MY CHILDREN AND ALL OF HER STUDENTS WILL LAST A LIFETIME. I OFFER MY PERSONAL THANKS FOR ALL SHE HAS DONE AND WISH HER WELL IN HER RETIREMENT. SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. DUNCAN

    I HAD STUDENTS AND I WAS GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THE PRISON IN GUANTANAMO AND…

    I HAD STUDENTS AND I WAS GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THE PRISON IN GUANTANAMO AND ONE GROUP ESTIMATED IT WAS COSTING US $4 MILLION TO KEEP THAT PRISON OPEN. ONE STUDENT SAID HOW CAN I GET IN. WE HAVE SPENT $445 MILLION TO RUN THE FACILITY. THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" REPORTED THAT WE WERE GIVING THESE PRISONNERS CLASSES AND LIBRARY SERVICES, SPECIAL FOOD AND RECREATION ALPHA SILTS. WE HEAR OF COUNTRY CLUB PRISONS. THIS SHOULD BE CALLED A RESORT PRISON. SPENDING $4 MILLION AND WE SHOULD STOP, MR. SPEAKER, STOP GIVING THESE TERRORISTS SUCH EXPENSIVE SPECIAL TREATMENT AND SEND ALL 80 TO THE WORST MOST DANGEROUS PRISON IN THE U.S. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

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

    HONORABLE, THE SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, THIS IS TO NOTIFY YOU PURSUANT TO RULE 8 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA ISSUED BY THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR DISCSEY COUNTY, FLORIDA, CRIMINAL DIVISION FOR TESTIMONY IN A CRIMINAL CASE. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL I HAVE DETERMINED THAT COMPLIANCE IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVILEGES AND RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE. SIGNED SINCERELY, TED S. YOHO, MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 744 AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 119, HOUSE RESOLUTION 744 RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS…

    NUMBER 119, HOUSE RESOLUTION 744 RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, S. 2012, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-55 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: 1, ONE HOUR

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    INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

    WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: 1, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED…

    WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: 1, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES; AND 2, ONE MOTION TO COMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, IF S. 2012, AS AMENDED, IS PASSED, THEN IT SHALL BE IN ORDER FOR THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE OR HIS DESIGNEE TO MOVE THAT THE HOUSE INSIST ON ITS AMENDMENT TO S. 2012 AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON. SECTION 3, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 5233, TO REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012, TO AMEND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOME RULE ACT TO CLARIFY THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS IN THE LOCAL BUDGET PROCESS OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT: 1, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE

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    INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT

    1, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND…

    1, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM; AND 2, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 4, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM MAY 27, 2016, THROUGH JUNE 6, 2016, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED; AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 5, THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF RULE I.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. BURGESS

    FOR THE THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

    FOR THE THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY OF NEW YORK. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 744 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF S.…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 744 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF S. 2012, THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2016 AND H.R. 5233 CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IN PROVIDING FOR D.C. HOME RULE ACT OF 2016. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY MEMBERS FOR S. 2012. IT IS A COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION OF ENERGY LEGISLATION THAT HAS ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE, THE COMMITTEE ON RULES MADE NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS IN ORDER. HOWEVER, THE RULE AFFORDS THE MINORITY THE CUSTOMARY MOTION TO RECOMMIT, A FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION SHOULD THE MINORITY CHOOSE TO EXERCISE THAT OPTION. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY OF THE COMMITTEE OF OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM. NO AMENDMENTS WERE MADE IN ORDER AS THE BILL IS A TARGETED RESPONSE TO WHAT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE HAVE PERCEIVED AS AN UNLAWFUL ACTION TAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE FEDERAL HOME RULE ACT. THE MINORITY IS, AFFORDED THE CUSTOMARY MOTION TO RECOMMIT, A FINAL CHANCE TO AMEND THE LEGISLATION. FINALLY THE RULE CONTAINS A STANDARD TOOL TO ALLOW THE ORDERLY MANAGEMENT OF THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DURING AN UPCOMING DISTRICT WORK PERIOD. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012, THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2016 BUILDS ON THE WORK OF THE HOUSE, THE HOUSE HAS DONE THIS WORK OVER THE PAST YEAR AND-A-HALF TO UPDATE THE NATION'S ENERGY LAWS AND MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD ON ENERGY POLICY. THE BILLS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE INCLUDE WORK FROM THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY. WHILE MANY HOUSE COMMITTEES HAVE HAD INPUT ON THIS PACKAGE, MEMBERS CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT OPINIONS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE LEGISLATION. THIS IS HOW THE HOUSE WORKS ITS WELL MOST EFFECTIVELY BY COMBINING VARIOUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION INTO ONE PACK ACKNOWLEDGE AND AMENDING S. 2012, THE ENERGY PASSED LEGISLATION FOLLOWING PASSAGE OF S. 2012, BOTH BODIES WILL BE ABLE TO CONFERENCE THE DIFFERENCES IN THE TWO BILLS. A FURTHER STEP IN THE REGULAR ORDER OF THIS BILL BECOMING A LAW. THE LEGISLATION WILL BENEFIT AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY MODERNIZING OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE, EXPEDITING ANDISM PROVING FOREST MANAGEMENT, PROVIDING GREATER OPPORTUNITIES ON FEDERAL LANDS FOR HUNTIC, FISHING AND USING FEDERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS. S. 2012 AS AMENDED INCLUDES VARIOUS PIECES OF LEGISLATION CONSIDERED AND PASSED BY THE HOUSE NOT ONLY IN THE CURRENT 114TH CONGRESS, BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES MANY PIECES OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION FROM THE 112 ST. AND 113TH CONGRESS. A MAJOR WIN ARE THE PROVISIONS ALLOWING FOR EXPANDED ACCESS BY SPORTSMEN, FISHERMEN, RECREATIONAL SHOOTERS TO FEDERAL LANDS, LANDS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AMERICANS FOR VARIOUS LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITIES. FURTHER, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US FOCUSES ON PROTECTING AMERICAN INTERESTS IN A WORLD WHERE UNCERTAINTY DUE TO TERRORISM AND UNFRIENDLY AND UNSTABLE REGIMES IN THE MIDDLE EAST THREATEN AMERICAN ACCESS TO RELIABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. WE HAVE LONG BELIEVED THAT AMERICA SHOULD FOCUS LESS ON FOREIGN ENERGY RESOURCES GIVEN THE ASOURCES BELOW OUR VERY FEET ACROSS THIS NATION. ONLY FEDERAL POLICIES WILL THE HOUSE DO WITH THIS PACK ACKNOWLEDGE CAN OUR COUNTRY BECOME ENERGY SECURE. THE SECOND PIECE OF LEGISLATION CONTAINED IN TODAY'S RULE ADDRESSES THE HOUSE CONCERNS WITH RECENT ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL. H.R. 5233 CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IN PROVIDING FOR D.C. HOME RULE ACT OF 2016 REFEELS THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012, A REFERENDUM PASSED IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHICH MANY BELIEVE VIOLATES BOTH THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE FEDERAL HOME RULE ACT. WHEN THE FOUNDING FATHERS CRAFTED OUR CONSTITUTION, THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THE SPECIAL STATUS THAT THE NAGS' CAPITAL HELD AND CREATED A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT ENJOYED BY OTHER STATES AND OTHER LOCALITIES. WHILE SOME ARGUE THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SHOULD BE ENTIRELY SELF-GOVERNED, THAT IS NOT HOW OUR CONSTITUTION TREATS THE FEDERAL CITY, IT STATES THAT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL HAVE THE POWER AND QUOTING FROM THE CONSTITUTION HERE, TO EXERCISE EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER OVER SUCH DISTRICT NOT EXCEEDING 10 MILES SQUARE AS MADE BY CRESTATION OF PARTICULAR STATES AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF CONGRESS BECOME THE SEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND TO EXERCISE LIKE AUTHORITY OVERALL PLACES PURCHASED BY THE CONSENT OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE, WHICH -- IN WHICH THE SAME SHALL BE FOR THE ERECTION OF MAGAZINES, DOCK YARDS AND NEEDFUL BUILDINGS. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FALLING SQUARELY WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF THIS CLAUSE IS THEREFORE SUBJECT TO CONGRESS' EXCLUSIVE EXERCISE OVER ITS LAWS. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT STRONG DEBATE WILL SURROUND THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5233 AS WE HEARD IN THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT THAT CONGRESS WOULD BE RELINQUISHING ITS DUTY UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TO OVERSEE THE GOVERNANCE OF THE NATION CAPITAL. THIS WILL COMPLETE THE TWO FINAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION A MONTH WHERE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS PASSED LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR OUR MILITARY BASES, FUNDING OUR VETERANS ENERGY AND WATER POLICIES, PROVIDE NEW AUTHORITIES TO UPDATE OUR NATION CHEMICAL LAWS AND PROVIDE HELP TO THOSE FACING OPIOIDS ADDICTION AND PROVIDE TOOLS TO OUR MILITARY TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST PRODUCTIVE MONTHS OF THE YEAR FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLELADY VIRGINIA TECH.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE WHICH JOINS TWO DISPARATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE RULE WHICH JOINS TWO DISPARATE ISSUES. THE FIRST IS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUDGET AUTONOMY. THE SEC, PURSUING AN ENERGY BILL THAT IS AN OUTDATED ENERGYPOLICY. FIRST, D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SITS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND OUR PRESENCE LOOMS FAR BEYOND THE FOOTPRINT OF THE BUILDINGS. CONGRESS HAS MANDATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PASS EVERY BUDGET PLAN, EVERY SPENDING PLAN DOWN TO THE PENNY OF THEIR OWN MONEY THAT THEY RAISE THROUGH CONGRESS. BUT IN 2012, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA EXERTED ITS OWN AUTHORITY AND PASSED A LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012. AND ESSENTIALLY SAID WE WILL ALLOCATE OUR OWN LOCAL FUNDS OURSELVES UNLESS CONGRESS OVERRIDES OUR PLAN, AND WE WILL ONLY ASK PERMISSION BEFOREHAND WHEN WE SPEND MONEY THAT COMES FROM THE FEDERAL TREASURY. THE BILL BEFORE US, H.R. 5233, WOULD REPEAL THE DISTRICT'S LOCAL LAW, KEEP THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FROM SPENING ITS OWN MONEY ON LOCAL -- FROM SPENDING ITS OWN MONEY ON LOCAL SERVICES, AND PROHIBIT THE DISTRICT IN GRANTING ITSELF BUDGET AUTONOMY IN THE FUTURE. FOR FAR TOO LONG THE RESIDENTS OF THIS DISTRICT HAVE PAID THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. AND HAVE NOT HAD FULL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. THE DISTRICT SENDS YOUNG PEOPLE OFF TO WAR, BUT DOESN'T HAVE AN EQUAL VOICE IN EITHER GOING TO WAR OR HOW THE COUNTRY IS GOVERNED. IN FACT, IT REMINDS ME A LOT OF A PLANTATION. SUBJECTING THE DISTRICT TO THE LENGTHY AND UNCERTAIN CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FOR ITS OWN USE OF THEIR LOCAL TAX COLLECTION IMPOSES OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS FOR THE DISTRICT, BURDEN NOT BORNE BY ANY OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE COUNTRY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT IS MORE EXPENSIVE TO THEM. IT DEFIES REASON THAT THE HOUSE MAJORITY WOULD CONTINUE THIS OVERREACH AND I URGE EACH REPUBLICAN TO RETHINK THEIR POSITION. IN FACT, THERE ARE SOME KEY REPUBLICANS THAT DO SUPPORT DISTRICT'S BUDGET AUTONOMY. THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE'S LAST FOUR CHAIRMEN, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS TOM DAVIS AND DARRELL ISSA, WORKED TO GIVE D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY. AND I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO FOLLOW SUIT. SECOND, THE RULE WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE TO REPLACE THE SENATE'S BIPARTISAN ENERGY REFORM LEGISLATION WITH THE HOUSE'S PARTISAN ENERGY POLITICAL. -- BILL. TIME AND AGAIN WE HAVE SEEN THE SENATE COME TO A REASONABLE, BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. BUT THE HOUSE CHASES A PARTISAN AGENDA AND DERAILS THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS EVERY TIME. THE HOUSE PROPOSAL ENCOURAGES AN OUTDATED ENERGY POLICY THAT FAVORS FOSSIL FUELS ABOVE THE CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND IT SEEKS TO ROLL BACK IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. THE MAJORITY'S INSISTENCE ON HE NEGATING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND DOUBLING DOWN ON THEIR ATTACKS ON ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS IS A TROUBLING WASTE OF TIME. NEVERTHELESS, DEMOCRATS WILL FIGHT TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES. THE BILL LOCKS IN FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION FOR YEARS TO COME BY REPEALING THE CURRENT LAW AIMED AT REDUCING THE GOVERNMENT'S CARBON FOOTPRINT. IT ALSO PUTS UP BARRIERS TO THE INTEGRATION OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY, ALL WHILE ROLLING BACK THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. IN THE PAST, EFFICIENCY STANDARDS WERE AN AREA OF BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. NOT ANYMORE. AMERICANS CANNOT AFFORD A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S HEAD IN THE SAND APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION. IN FACT, I UNDERSTAND IT PRESUME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAD APPLIED TO BUILD A WALL IN ONE OF ITS FOREIGN GOLF COURSES, BLAMING CLIMATE CHANGE FOR THE EROSION. SO IF YOU BELIEVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, I HOPE YOU WILL THINK ABOUT BELIEVING IT HERE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOWARD AN ALL OF THE ABOVE STRATEGY THAT WILL MODERNIZE OUR NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN A WAY THAT ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE, PROMOTES CLEAN ENERGY, DRIVES INNOVATION, AND ENSURES THAT CLEANER, MORE STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I WOULD REMIND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I WOULD REMIND THE HOUSE THAT THIS ENERGY LEGISLATION HAS WORKED ITS WAY THROUGH THE HOUSE FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS. INDEED, TWO PREVIOUS CONGRESSES , MULTIPLE COMMITTEES HAVE HAD INPUT ON THIS. IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST THOROUGHLY VETTED PIECES OF LEGISLATION. I CANNOT TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF HEARINGS, THE NUMBER OF MARKUPS THAT I SAT THROUGH ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. IT'S HAD SIMILAR TREATMENT IN THE SENATE. THE CONCEPT OF GETTING THIS BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE, GOING TO CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE, THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT AND WORTHY OF THE SUPPORT OF THIS BODY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 10 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 10 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, HARDWORKING MS. NORTON, WHO REPRESENTS 700,000 PEOPLE, WHO HAVE NO SAY BECAUSE THIS BODY DECIDES EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO . AS I POINTED OUT BEFORE THEY PAY THEIR TAXES AND THEY SEND THEIR CHILDREN OFF TO WAR BUT THEY HAVE NO -- SHE CANNOT VOTE IN THIS HOUSE IN ANY WAY TO AFFECT ANYTHING. MS. NORTON.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 10 MINUTES.

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    MS. NORTON

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK STATE FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW YORK STATE FOR THE WAY SHE HAS ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD AND BEHAVED WITH RESPECT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHICH ALSO HAPPENS TO BE THE CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT AS SHE SAID, IT'S MORE THAN THE CAPITAL AND THIS BUILDING. IT IS WHERE ALMOST 700,000 AMERICANS LIVE. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I MUST STRONGLY OPPOSE THAT PORTION OF THE BILL PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5233. UNDERSTAND THE SPECTACLE WE ARE ONGOING HERE. A STRONGLY REPUBLICAN HOUSE IS ACTIVELY SPONSORING A BILL THAT REPEALS A LOCAL LAW. A LAW THAT IN THIS CASE AUTHORIZES THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT TO SPEND ITS OWN LOCAL FUNDS WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. WHO DO THE REPUBLICANS THINK THEY ARE? THAT THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT SHOULD ASK FOR THEIR APPROVAL. TO SPEND, TO PROCESS FUNDS THAT THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH RAISING. UNDERSTAND NO FEDERAL FUNDS ARE INVOLVED, NOT ONE PENNY. BUT THOSE PENNIES, OVER $7 BILLION, AND I WARN PEOPLE TO COME TO THE FLOOR TO TELL ME IF THEIR STATE RAISES $7 BILLION ON ITS OWN. OVER $7 BILLION. THESE ARE OUR PENNIES. NOT A CENT OF FEDERAL MONEY IS EVEN IMPLICATED. LET'S GO BACK TO REPUBLICAN PRINCIPLES TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT HAPPENING ON THIS FLOOR TODAY BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TWICE. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IN THIS RULE, THESE ARE THE SAME FRIENDS WHO DESPISE THE FEDERAL REACH. WHO DESPISE IT SO MUCH THAT EVERY YEAR THEY TRY TO GIVE BACK WHAT IS LONG -- WHAT HAS LONG BEEN FEDERAL MATTERS TO THE STATES, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. NEED I GO THROUGH THE LAUNDRY LIST. ONE THING THEY STAND FOR IN THIS CONGRESS AND HAVE STOOD FOR THROUGHOUT HUMAN TIME, IS THAT THEY PREFER THAT POWER OVER THE PEOPLE BE EXERCISED AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL. THAT'S WHAT THEY STAND FOR. NOT MANY THINGS YOU CAN SAY A PARTICULARLY PARTY STANDS FOR. THAT'S CERTAINLY THEIR CARDINAL PRINCIPLE. BUT LOOK WHAT THEY ARE DOING THIS AFTERNOON. THEY ARE DOUBLING DOWN, THAT'S NOT JUST A MATTER OF EMPHASIS, THIS MEANS DOUBLE BILLS. THEY ARE DOUBLING DOWN TO USE THE AWESOME POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE LOCAL DISTRICT, IF YOU WILL EXCUSE ME, I REGARD THAT AS VERY UNREPUBLICAN. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TWO PROVISIONS, NOT JUST THE RULE BEFORE US. THAT USE IDENTICAL LANGUAGE. IT'S AS IF TO SAY WE REALLY MEAN THES -- IT, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO DO IT TWICE. WE WANT TO BE DOUBLY SURE THAT WE KEEP THIS LOCAL DISTRICT FROM ENFORCING ITS OWN LOCAL BUDGET. SO WHAT'S THE POINT OF THIS BILL? THIS BILL IS A PRETENSE. IT'S SOLELY DESIGNED TO LAY THE PREDICATE FOR ANOTHER ACTION THAT HAS OCCURRED THIS VERY MOMENT IN THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE. HOW COINCIDENTAL. I SAT THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE MARKUP WHERE A RIDER USING THE VERY SAME LANGUAGE THAT IS PROPOSED THROUGH THIS RULE WAS, INDEED, PASSED. BY THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE. HEAVENS, I WONDER IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE HAVE EVER HAD THIS CONGRESS OR THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO BE SO THREATENED BY WHAT A LOCAL JURISDICTION WOULD DO THAT IT ENTERED NOT ONE BILL BUT TWO TO KEEP THAT LOCAL JURISDICTION FROM PROCEEDING AND NOT SECEDING FROM THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO SPEND OUR OWN MONEY. SO HERE WE HAVE A BILL TWICE OVER BECAUSE THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE BILL CONTAINS THE SAME LANGUAGE. I UNDERSTAND DESPITE ANOTHER OF THEIR RULES THAT PROHIBITS LEGISLATING ON AN APPROPRIATION BILL. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP INCLUDED THE TEXT OF H.R. 5233 AND APPROPRIATIONS FOR WHAT APPEARS TO BE A VERY GOOD REASON. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THAT'S THE ONLY CHANCE THEY HAVE OF ENACTING THE TEXT OF THE RULE BEFORE YOU. AND THAT IS TO PROVIDE -- TO DO SO IN AN APPROPRIATION BILL. SO THEY ARE DOING IT TWICE FOR GOOD MEASURE, BUT THE ONLY WAY IT'S GOING TO PASS IS ATTACHING IT TO SOME MUST-PASS BILL. THE SENATE, AND I SAY THIS ON THIS FLOOR, DOES NOT HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS H.R. 5233 ITSELF. AND EVEN IF IT DID, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO HAS LONG SUPPORTED BUDGET AUTONOMY, BUTT IT IN HIS OWN BUDGETS -- PUT IT IN HIS OWN BUDGETS, SAID HE WOULD VETO IT. THE STATEMENT OF POLICY THAT CAME OUT YESTERDAY INDICATED THAT. THIS MAY BE NEWS TO SOME MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, BUT I AM THE ONLY MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO IS ELECTED BY THE ALMOST 700,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. AND MY CONSTITUENTS ARE THE ONLY AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THIS BILL. YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE ANGER OF MY CONSTITUENTS IF YOU KNEW THESE TWO NUMBERS. THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT PAY MORE TAXES THAN 22 STATES PAY. OR YOU WANT ANOTHER ONE THAT WOULD MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND THE ANGER OF MY CONSTITUENTS? THEY ARE NUMBER ONE PER CAPITA IN THE FEDERAL TAXES PAID TO SUPPORT THEIR HOMELAND. HIGHEST TAXES PER CAPITA IN THE UNITED STATES. AND YET THIS VERY DAY, TWICE, FIRST WITH RESPECT TO THIS RULE , THEN WITH RESPECT TO THE BILL, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WILL GET A VOTE ON THIS BILL SOLELY CONCERNING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, EXCEPT THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO REPRESENTS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND ELECTED TO DO SO. IF YOU NEVER FELT LIKE A DESPOT BEFORE, I HOPE THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE UNDERSTANDS HOW IT FEELS AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. . THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS CLAIMED IT IS COMMITTED TO LETTING THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL ON LEGISLATION. YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE ON A PARTY-LINE VOTE PREVENTED ME FROM OFFERING MY AMENDMENT TO THE BILL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? MY AMENDMENT SAYS, CONGRESS, YOU DO IT, YOU GRANT D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY. YOU AFRAID YOU CAN'T DO IT? SURE YOU CAN DO IT. GIVE US SOME RESPECT. MY AMENDMENT WAS THE ONLY CHANCE FOR D.C. RESIDENTS TO HAVE A SAY ON THE BILL DURING FLOOR CONSIDERATION. SO EVEN THOUGH YOU COULD HAVE OBVIOUSLY AND WOULD HAVE DEFEATED MY AMENDMENT TO SAY YOU DO IT, YOU GRANT US BUDGET AUTONOMY, WHAT IN THE WORLD KEPT YOU FROM ALLOWING US THE RESPECT OF BRINGING THAT BILL FORWARD, THAT AMENDMENT TO COUNTER WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY, PARTICULARLY KNOWING THAT WE CAN'T COUNTER WHAT YOU'RE DOING TODAY. MY AMENDMENT, OF COURSE, WOULD HAVE CALLED THE QUESTION ON WHETHER MEMBERS SUPPORT OR OPPOSE LOCAL CONTROL OF LOCAL JURISDICTIONS OVER THEIR OWN BUDGET. DO MEMBERS OPPOSE BUDGET AUTONOMY BECAUSE THE DISTRICT INITIATED IT? OR DO THEY ACTUALLY WANT TO TOSS THEIR OWN LOCAL CONTROL PRINCIPLES OUT OF THE CAPITOL WINDOW THROUGH A VOTE REQUIRING FEDERAL APPROVAL OF LOCAL FUNDS? COULD I HAVE ANOTHER TWO MINUTES?

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  • 12:47:12 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY ANOTHER THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:47:21 PM

    MS. NORTON

    HAVE -- BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT FEDERAL LAW. IT WOULD HAVE SAID, LOOK, IF YOU…

    HAVE -- BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT FEDERAL LAW. IT WOULD HAVE SAID, LOOK, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT THE DISTRICT DID, YOU DO IT. WE WOULD HAVE LOST, BUT YOU WOULD HAVE GIVEN TO US THE RESPECT THAT WE ARE ENTITLED TO AS AMERICAN CITIZENS. AFRAID TO EVEN DO THAT. THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT IS ALREADY LAW. THE DISTRICT OF THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN TO IMPLEMENT IT AND I APPLAUD THEM FOR DOING SO. WHEN YOU ARE UP AGAINST A DECEMBER POTIC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES -- DESPOTIC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE ONLY WAY TO PROCEED IS MOVE ON YOUR OWN OR ELSE THEY WILL SAY, THERE'S NOTHING THEY CAN DO, THERE IS ONLY ONE OF THEM AGAINST ALL OF US. THE ONLY COURT OPINION HAS, IN FACT, UPHELD THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT, ALTHOUGH THE GOOD MEMBER ON THE OTHER SIDE IMPLIED THAT THIS WAS A LAWLESS ACT. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE COURT SAID WITHOUT GOING THROUGH ALL OF IT. FORTHWITH, ENFORCE ALL PROVISIONS OF THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT OF 2012. THAT IS THE LAW. WHO IS BEING LAWLESS, WHO IS BEING UNPRELIMINARIED IS ANY MAJORITY THAT WOULD WANT TO HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE LOCAL FUNDS OF ANY AMERICAN JURISDICTION. WHEN MEMBERS CAST THEIR VOTE TODAY ON THE BILL, THEY WILL BE VOTING ON A BILL TO REQUIRE CONGRESS TO APPROVE A LOCAL BUDGET, HOW UNREPUBLICAN AND WORSE, HOW UNDEMOCRATIC. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:49:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:49:46 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:49:50 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THE FOUNDERS RECOGNIZED THAT WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THIS WAS A…

    THE FOUNDERS RECOGNIZED THAT WITHIN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THIS WAS A UNIQUE ENTITY. THE CONGRESS GRANTED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LIMITED AUTONOMY IN THE HOME RULE ACT BUT THAT DID NOT EXTEND AS FAR AS WHAT THE CURRENT MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL ENVISIONED TO. THE HOME RULE ACT MAINTAINED THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET PROCESS AND INDEED, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO STEP IN AS LATE AS THE 1990'S BECAUSE THE DISTRICT HAD MISMANAGED ITS FINANCES THEN THE CONTROL BOARD HAD TO BE INSTITUTED IN ORDER TO CORRECT THE MANY FINANCIAL DISASTERS THAT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT HAD CREATED ITSELF. CONGRESS GAVE THE POWER OVERSIDE WHERE IT SAW FIT. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE WHERE THIS BILL ORIGINATED, MR. MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:50:57 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS ELOQUENT WORDS. AND AS WE LOOK AT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS ELOQUENT WORDS. AND AS WE LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR BILL, THERE'S A LOT THAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT WHAT HOME RULE IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT. THERE'S A LOT THAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT WHAT THE LAW IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT, AND YET, IT IS UNDENIABLE THAT THE CONSTITUTION ACTUALLY RESERVED FOR THIS ESTEEMED BODY THE POWER TO LEGISLATE ALL AFFAIRS WITHIN THE DISTRICT GOING BACK TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF OUR CONSTITUTION. AND YET IN 1973, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY TOOK ON A LAW DEBATED IT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO ACTUALLY TAKE SOME OF THOSE AUTHORITIES GRANTED BY THE CONSTITUTION AND ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO ACTUALLY PUT FORTH LAWS WITH REGARDS TO LOCAL ISSUES. NOW, SPECIFICALLY RESERVED IN THAT 1973 LAW WAS THE WHOLE ISSUE OF THE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS AND AS WE STARTED TO LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR FUNCTION, MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OBVIOUSLY HAS TALKED VERY SERIOUSLY ABOUT THE LAW. WELL, THE LAW IS VERY CLEAR IN 1973 ON WHAT WE PASSED. ACTUALLY CHARLES FIG -- DIGGS HAD THE COMPROMISE THAT WAS SPELLED OUT IN A DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER THAT THE BUDGETARY CONTROL WOULD REMAIN WITH THIS BODY AND THE PROPERTYORS AND YET WE SEE A -- APPROPRIATORS AND WE SEE A DECISION HAVING THE EFFECT OF LAW. WELL, WE KNOW FROM OUR CIVICS CLASS THAT IT IS THIS BODY THAT IS PUTTING FORTH FEDERAL LAW. IT CANNOT BE A LOCAL JURISDICTION THAT COMES IN AND USURPS THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL LAW WITH ITS LOCAL MANDATES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE MY GOOD FRIEND AND I WILL DISAGREE, PERHAPS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, WHAT WE SHOULD AGREE ON IS THE FACT THAT THE CONSTITUTION RESERVED THIS RIGHT FOR CONGRESS. THE CONSTITUTION AND INDEED THOSE RELEGATED AND DELEGATED POWERS IN 1973 WERE SPECIFIC IN KEEPING THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGETARY PROCESS WITHIN THIS BODY. TO IGNORE THAT WOULD BE HONESTLY IGNORING THE DEBATE THAT HAPPENED THEN, DEBATE THAT HAPPENS NOW, SWORN TESTIMONY IN HEARINGS THAT INDEED THOSE WHO CRAFTED THIS PARTICULAR LAW ARE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT THIS WAS THE INTENT OF CONGRESS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT ONLY SUPPORT THIS, BUT REAFFIRM THE ROLE THAT CONGRESS HAS AND MAKE SURE WE KEEP IT WITHIN THIS BODY. AND I YIELD BACK TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS.

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  • 12:54:08 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:54:15 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK CONTROLS 13 MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK CONTROLS 13 MINUTES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 18 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 12:54:27 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MS. NORTON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:54:34 PM

    MS. NORTON

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MEADOWS, SPEAKS AS IF HE DIDN'T SPEAK UP FOR…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MEADOWS, SPEAKS AS IF HE DIDN'T SPEAK UP FOR THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS AWESOME POWER, THEN IT WOULD BE STRIPPED OF THAT POWER BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. PLEASE. IF THERE IS ANY CONCERN HERE ABOUT THIS BILL, THE ONE THING MY GOOD FRIEND SHOULD NOT DO IS TO BASE IT ON WHAT LAWYERS SAY. THE LATEST AND DEFINITIVE AT THE MOMENT ON WHAT LAWYERS SAY IS A COURT OF LAW. AND I WANT TO INDICATE WHAT HAPPENED, BECAUSE THE MATTER WAS FIRST IN THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT, THEN APPEALED TO THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS. AND THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS HEARD ORAL ARGUMENT AND RECEIVED BRIEFS AND LOOKED AT THIS AND WE DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT THEY SENT IT TO A LOCAL D.C. COURT. THAT COURT LOOKED AT EVERY SINGLE ARGUMENT MR. MEADOWS HAS RAISED AND FOUND FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND THAT IS THE DEFINITIVE WORD ON THE LAW. UNLESS WHAT HE'S SAYING, I AM THE LAW. WELL, MAYBE YOU ARE, BUT YOU'RE THE KIND OF LAW THAT LED THE FRAMERS TO REBEL AGAINST ENGLAND, NO RESPECT FOR LOCAL LAW. YOU SPEAK OF THE DIGGS COMPROMISE, WHAT YOU DIDN'T SAY IS THAT SOME COMPROMISE HAD TO BE REACHED BECAUSE THE SENATE IN ITS HOME RULE BILL GAVE THE DISTRICT CONTROL OVER ITS LOCAL BUDGET. SO WHAT WE SAY, WHAT OUR LAWYERS SAY IS THAT COMPROMISE DID LEAVE SOME RULE IN THE CHARTER, WHICH DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY SAY THAT BUDGET AUTONOMY IS DENIED TO THE DISTRICT. THEY COULD HAVE IT AND THEY DIDN'T AND THE COMPROMISE WAS TO LEAVE SOME ROOM AT SUCH POINT THAT IT BECAME RELEVANT TO STEP UP AND CLAIM THE RIGHT TO PROCESS AND ENFORCE THEIR OWN LOCAL BUDGET. MY GOOD FRIEND WHO MANAGES ON THAT SIDE DARES REACH BACK TO THE 1990'S, YES, THE DISTRICT GOT INTO TROUBLE. MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS THE ONLY CITY WHICH FOR 200 YEARS CARRIED STATE FUNCTIONS, THE ONLY CITY WHICH CARRIED STATE FUNCTIONS AND YES IN THE 1990'S, IT BECAME TOO MUCH AND YES, IT HAD A SERIOUS CRISIS. SO IF YOU WANT TO GO BACK TWO DECADES, COME FORWARD, BECAUSE AT THIS MOMENT, THE DISTRICT HAS PERHAPS THE STRONGEST ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SURPLUSES? HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO BRAG ABOUT IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMY OF YOUR DISTRICT? HAVE YOU LOOKED AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA? YOU CAN SEE THE BUILDING GOING ON, YOU CAN SEE THE INCREASE IN OUR POPULATION. SO, YES, WE HAVE HAD HARD TIMES AND I'M SURE YOU HAVE, BUT I'M SURE THERE WASN'T A WHOLE LOT LESS REASON FOR YOUR HARD TIMES THAN IT WAS FOR OURS. I'M ASKING YOU TO THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN PREMISES OF -- PRELIMINARIES BUT PARTICULARLY TO JUSTIFY TAKING LOCAL CONTROL OVER OF OUR OWN MONEY. THAT'S WHAT THE FRAMERS WENT TO WAR ABOUT WHERE SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE WAS TRYING TO TELL THEM TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO WITH THEIR OWN LOCAL FUNDS. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT SPIRIT LIVES ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE. THIS IS OUR MONEY. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP GOING AT IT UNTIL YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT FUNDS RAISED IN A JURISDICTION, NOT YOUR OWN, TO WHOM MY CONSTITUENTS CANNOT HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THEY CANNOT VOTE FOR YOU. WELL, SIR, THEY HAVE VOTED FOR ME. AND WHAT I SAY TODAY REPRESENTS WHAT THEY BELIEVE AND WHAT THEY WILL NEVER BE ABOUT AND THAT IS THE RIGHT TO CONTROL THEIR OWN LOCAL LAWS AND ABOVE ALL, THEIR OWN LOCAL FUNDS RAISED FROM THEIR OWN LOCAL TAXPAYERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:00:06 PM

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. SUTS

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  • 01:00:22 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:00:29 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    INDEED, THE DELEGATE OPPOSITE IS MY FRIEND. SHE SERVES HER CONSTITUENCY…

    INDEED, THE DELEGATE OPPOSITE IS MY FRIEND. SHE SERVES HER CONSTITUENCY WELL. HER IMPASSIONED PLEA ON BEHALF OF HER CONSTITUENTS IS NOT ONLY RECOGNIZED THIS DAY BUT EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THIS BODY. THIS PARTICULAR DEBATE IS NOT OVER WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE RIGHT OR WRONG. IT'S OVER THE RULE OF LAW. INDEED, THE ARGUMENT WAS MADE BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YESTERDAY. THIS IS A MATTER OF LAW, NOT ON THE MERITS OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WHAT IS WRONG FROM A STANDPOINT OF BUDGET AUTONOMY, BUT I WOULD ALSO REFER, MR. SPEAKER, TO THE ARGUMENT THAT WOULD SUGGEST THAT EVERYTHING IS GREAT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET. IF THAT IS INDEED THE CASE BEING ARGUED HERE TODAY, YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, BECAUSE THE STATUS QUO TODAY HAS BEEN ONE THAT TRULY HAS THE AUTHORITY RESTED AND VESTED HERE IN THIS ESTEEMED BODY. AND SO TO SUGGEST THAT THINGS ARE LESS THAN PERFECT, I AM NOT HERE TO DO THAT. BUT IF INDEED EVERYTHING IS TURNING UP ROSES TODAY, IT IS THE STATUS QUO THAT HAS INDEED PRESERVED THAT. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT AS WE START TO LOOK AT THIS, IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION ARE WE GOING TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW AND THE RULE OF LAW HERE IS VERY CLEAR. IN FACT, THE DEBATES BACK IN 1973 TALKED ABOUT ALL WE WANTED WAS SOME OF THE LOCAL CONTROL OVER OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AND AS THAT DEBATE WENT ON THAT WAS INDEED, AS MY GOOD FRIEND MENTIONED, IN THE SENATE THE DESIRE TO GIVE BUDGET AUTONOMY TO THE DISTRICT AND YET AS WE KNOW FROM OUR CIVICS CLASS, IT TAKES BOTH THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN INTO LAW AND WITH THAT I WOULD SAY THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE RULE OF LAW. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:02:41 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:02:48 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP TWO DESPERATELY NEEDED PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THE FIRST ONE WILL SHED LIGHT ON THE SECRET MONEY IN POLITICS BY REQUIRING GROUPS TO DISCLOSE THE SOURCE OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY'RE USING TO FUND THEIR CAMPAIGN-RELATED ACTIVITIES. THE SECOND BILL WOULD PROVIDE $600 MILLION IN FUNDING TO COMBAT THE GROWING OPIOID EPIDEMIC. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:03:25 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:05:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:05:45 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 01:05:52 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SERVE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU SERVE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME DEALING IN ACURA MOANY. AT -- IN ACRAMONY. AT LEAST HERE ON THE FLOOR. AND TO GET THE JOB ACCOMPLISHED WHEN WE ARE NOT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, IT MAY BE IMPASSIONED, IT MAY BE AT TIMES DIVISIVE BUT IT'S ALL FOCUSED ON A SINGLE GOAL AND THAT IS MAKING SURE THIS INSTITUTION FULFILLS NOT JUST THE EXPECTATIONS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK AT HOME BUT THE EXPECTATIONS OF OUR FRAMERS WHO ESTABLISHED IT TO BEGIN WITH. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS COME AND GO, MR. SPEAKER, AND INEVITABLY WHAT MAKES A MEMBER OF CONGRESS SUCCESSFUL IS BEING SURROUNDED BY A TEAM OF EXCELLENCE, A TEAM OF EXCELLENCE BACK HOME IN TERMS OF BOSSES AND CONSTITUENTS AND A TEAM OF EXCELLENCE HERE IN WASHINGTON TO MAKE SURE ALL THE I'S ARE DOTTED AND ALL THE T'S ARE CROSSED AND THAT THE BIG THINGS GET DONE. WHEN MILES LACKEY LEAVES THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GOING TO BE HARDER TO GET THE BIG THINGS DONE. IT'S GOING TO BE HARDER BECAUSE THE BIGGEST COMMODITY WE HAVE IN THIS TOWN, IT'S NOT A MEMBER PEN, IT'S NOT A MEMBER REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCE, IT'S NOT HOW MUCH MAIL GOES OUT THE DOOR. THE MOST PRECIOUS COMMODITY IN THIS TOWN IS TRUST, AND NOT EVERYBODY HAS IT. SADLY, NOT EVERYBODY WANTS IT. BUT TO DO ANYTHING THAT'S WORTH DOING IN THIS TOWN, IT HAS TO BE BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF TRUST AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE PEOPLE LIKE MILES LACKEY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE -- I SIT ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. HE'S PHYSICALLY SITTING ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE TODAY. NOT JUST EMOTIONALLY, NOT JUST INTELLECTALLY BUT PHYSICALLY, IF YOU DON'T HAVE FOLKS YOU CAN TRUST YOU CAN'T BEGIN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. THERE IS NO COMMITTEE THAT BRINGS MORE MEASURES TO THE FLOOR THAN THE RULES COMMITTEE. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN BY ACCIDENT. IT HAPPENS INTENTIONALLY. IT HAPPENS WITH GOOD FOLKS LIKE MILES LACKEY. THERE IS NO COMMITTEE THAT HAS TO DEAL WITH MORE CONTENTIOUS ISSUES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION DEALT WITH AS MANY AS THEY CAN. THE HARDEST ONES, THE WORST ONES ENDS UP ON THE RULES COMMITTEE PLATE. WE DON'T DEAL WITH THOSE SUCCESSFULLY WITHOUT THE TRUST BUILT BY FOLKS LIKE MILES LACKEY. MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN READ THE RESOLUTION THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE PUT OUT BY MILES BUT IT'S ONLY A PAGE LONG. TRUTHFULLY, IT DOESN'T DO JUSTICE. WHEN YOU LOSE FOLKS THAT HAVE BUILT THAT TRUST, IT TAKES YEARS TO FIND FOLKS TO REBUILD IT. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THE FOLKS WHO HAVE COME TO SPEAK ON MILES' BEHALF, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THE FOLKS WHO SIT IN MILES' CHAIN OF COMMAND. HE'S CERTAINLY NOT LEAVING THE RANKING MEMBER HIGH AND DRY. HE'S TRAINED A TREMENDOUS TEAM OF FOLKS THAT'S GOING TO STEP UP AND TRY TO FILL THOSE SHOES. I CAME TO THIS INSTITUTION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, MR. SPEAKER. DIDN'T COME TO JUST TO MAKE A POINT. BECAUSE MILES LACKEY SERVED IN THIS INSTITUTION, NOT FOR A DAY OR A MONTH BUT DECADE UPON DECADE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MILES DATES BACK NOT BEFORE I GOT HERE BUT BEFORE MY PREDECESSOR GOT HERE. HE DATES BACK HERE BEFORE REPUBLICANS TOOK OVER THIS INSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER, AND HAS SEEN THE CONTROL CHANGE TIME AND TIME AGAIN. WATCH FOLKS WHEN POWER CHANGES, MR. SPEAKER. WATCH FOLKS WHEN POWER CHANGES IN THIS INSTITUTION AND WATCH HOW THEY BEHAVE WHEN THEY HAD IT AS WHEN THEY DIDN'T. WE ARE ALL IN THE MINORITY AT SOME POINT, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE ALL IN THE MINORITY AT SOME POINT. THE RULES EXIST TO PROTECT THE MINORITY. WATCH THE FOLKS WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE THE POWER. THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A MAN OR WOMAN WHO STANDS IN THIS CHAMBER WHO WILL TELL YOU THAT MILES TREATS YOU ANY DIFFERENTLY WHEN HE'S IN AS WHEN HE'S OUT. HE'S AN ADVOCATE FOR HIS POSITION, BUT HE IS AN INSTITUTIONIST WHO BELIEVES IN ALL OF US COLLECTIVELY, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:10:25 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT THE RULES RESOLUTION IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT THE RULES RESOLUTION IN THE RECORD AND YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN -- MASSACHUSETTS, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. MCGOVERN.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM AMERICA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I JOIN WITH HER IN EXPRESSING MY ADMIRATION AND APPRECIATION FOR MILES LACKEY. WE BOTH SERVED AS STAFF MEMBERS UP HERE WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THE HILL. I'VE KNOWN HIM IN HIS CAPACITY WHEN HE WORKED WITH TONY AND TED AND CHRIS DODD AND JOHN EDWARDS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. AND I GUESS IN THE THOUSAND OTHER THINGS HE DID UP HERE. I ALWAYS ADMIRED HIS INTELLECT AND HIS DEDICATION. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, MILES LACKEY IS A GOOD MAN. HE IS A VERY, VERY GOOD MAN, AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT QUALITY FOR PEOPLE WHO SERVE UP HERE, WHETHER IT'S MEMBERS OF CONGRESS OR AS STAFF MEMBERS, THAT THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE. AND MILES ALWAYS PUT THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY FIRST. AND ALWAYS THE MOST VULNERABLE WERE AT THE TOP OF HIS LIST. NO MATTER WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, HE ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT HOW IT'S GOING TO IMPACT PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I HAVE ADMIRED MILES' DEDICATION TO THIS COUNTRY. I HAVE ADMIRED HIS INTELLECT. I HAVE ADMIRED HIS COMPASSION AND WE ARE GOING TO MISS HIM GREATLY. HE HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT. I KNOW HE'S TAUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE AND OTHER STAFFERS AND MEMBERS A LOT AS WELL, BUT HE'S A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL AND THAT EVERYBODY LOVES HIM. I JOKED LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE MILES WAS PART OF THE RESOLUTION IN THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COULD SUPPORT BECAUSE VERY RARELY DO WE HAVE RESOLUTIONS THAT WE SUPPORT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I AM GRATEFUL TO MILES, AND WE ARE GOING TO -- I JOIN WITH EVERYBODY HERE IN SAYING WE ARE GOING TO MISS HIM. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING WITH SOME GREAT MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND GREAT MEMBERS WHO HAVE SERVED AS STAFFERS UP HERE. MILES IS AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST. HE IS A GREAT HUMAN BEING AND A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT AND WE ARE ALL HERE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO EXPRESS OUR ADMIRATION, OUR DEEP AFFECTION AND OUR RESPECT FOR HIM. WE WISH HIM WELL AND, MILES, WE WILL BE CALLING YOU OFTEN. SO BE PREPARED. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:13:21 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK HAS?

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  • 01:13:28 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM READY TO CLOSE.

  • 01:13:31 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    I'LL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE AFTER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:13:36 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND NO ON THE RULE THAT JOINS TWO UNRELATED MEASURES. THE FIRST TO CONTINUE THE HOUSE MAJORITY'S OVERREACH INTO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S LOCAL BUDGETARY AFFAIRS AND THE SECOND TO DOUBLE DOWN ON AN OUTDATED ENERGY POLICY AND PURSUE A PARTISAN PATH INSTEAD OF THE BIPARTISAN SENATE PLAN. YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:14:06 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AS I POINTED OUT IN THE STATEMENT I GAVE AT THE BEGINNING OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS I POINTED OUT IN THE STATEMENT I GAVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS HOUR, JUST REFLECTING BACK ON THE MONTH OF MAY, A MONTH WHERE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED LEGISLATION FUNDING OUR MILITARY BASES, FUNDING OUR VETERANS, FUNDING ENERGY AND WATER POLICIES, PROVIDING NEW AUTHORITIES TO COMBAT THE GROWING THREAT OF THE ZIKA VIRUS. WE UPDATED OUR NATION'S CHEMICAL LAWS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS. WE PROVIDED HELP TO PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY FACING OIPIATE ADDICTIONS. -- OPIATE ADDICTIONS. WE PROVIDED THE TOOLS TO OUR ARMED SERVICES NECESSARY TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS SAFE FROM THE GROWING THREAT OF TERRORISM. IT HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND OFTENTIMES WE DON'T REFLECT BACK ON WHAT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. SO THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE TWO IMPORTANT BILLS TO UPDATE OUR NATION'S ENERGY POLICIES AND ADDRESS THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEFICIENCIES IN THE RECENT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNCIL ACTIONS. I WANT TO THANK THE MANY MEMBERS ON THE HOUSE ON BOTH SIDES WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE UNDERLYING PIECES OF LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED TODAY FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF TODAY'S RULE. . I'M THE MOST RECENT ADDITION TO THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE BUT I HAVE BEEN THERE LONG ENOUGH TO APPRECIATE THE WISE COUNSEL AND GUIDANCE OF MILES LACKY AND WISH HIM WILL IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS AND PRAY FOR HIS SUCCESSOR AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:15:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE…

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

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  • 01:16:04 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    YEAS AND NAYS ARE HE REQUESTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE THE MINIMUM TIME ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. 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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  • 01:36:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 239. THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 239. THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:37:11 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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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  • 01:43:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 242. THE NAYS ARE 171. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 242. THE NAYS ARE 171. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5055. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR?

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  • 01:44:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5055, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 01:44:09 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:44:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016, A REQUEST…

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, HAD BEEN POSTPONED, AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 80, LINE 12. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER -- AMENDMENT BY MR. CLAWSON OF FLORIDA, AMENDMENT BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT BY MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA, AMENDMENT BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO. FIRST AMENDMENT BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO. SECOND AMENDMENT BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME OF ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. CLAWSON, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:45:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. CLAWSON OF FLORIDA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    143 AND THE NAYS ARE 275. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED…

    143 AND THE NAYS ARE 275. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNORTHERN ANY. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:49:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN…

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

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  • 01:53:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 169 AND THE NAYS ARE 247. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 169 AND THE NAYS ARE 247. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GRIFFITH ON WHICH THE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED.

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  • 01:53:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GRIFFITH OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    THE CHAIR

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    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 182, THE NAYS ARE 236. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 182, THE NAYS ARE 236. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED SM

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  • 01:58:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST…

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

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  • 02:01:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 80. THE NAYS ARE 339. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 80. THE NAYS ARE 339. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:02:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    FIRST AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:06:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 167. THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 167. THE NAYS ARE 251. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 02:06:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    SECOND AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 02:11:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 144. THE NAYS ARE 275. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 144. THE NAYS ARE 275. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:11:26 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I MOVE THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 02:12:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5055 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 02:12:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION HOR 5055 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON…

    HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION HOR 5055 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON -- HOUSE RESOLUTION 5055 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 02:14:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING A MOTION TO COMMIT ON S. 2012 MAY BE SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20.

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    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS,…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE COMMITTEE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:15:09 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    MUR SUPERINTENDENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, I CALL UP S. 2012 AND ASK FOR…

    MUR SUPERINTENDENT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, I CALL UP S. 2012 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 02:15:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN ENACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE…

    AN ENACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744RKS AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744RKS AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-55 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AMONG AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. WHITFIELD, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. WHITFIELD.

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  • 02:16:13 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 2012.

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  • 02:16:26 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:16:27 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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  • 02:16:35 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012, THE ENERGY POLICY AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2016. IN DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 8, THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE ACT OF 2015, WHICH IS A LARGE PORTION OF THE LANGUAGE WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION TOGETHER WITH PROVISIONS FROM THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND SCIENCE COMMITTEES WOULD BE THE FIRST MAJOR PIECE OF ENERGY LEGISLATION IN EIGHT YEARS, AND IT ADDRESSES MANY OUTDATED ASPECTS OF OUR FEDERAL ENERGYPOLICY. -- ENERGY POLICY. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TO MR. UPTON, THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. UPTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT'S BEEN NEARLY A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT'S BEEN NEARLY A DECADE SINCE WE LAST CONSIDERED AN ENERGY PACKAGE LIKE THIS, AND IN THAT TIME A LOT, A LOT HAS CHANGED. CONTINUED INNOVATION AND DISCOVERY ACROSS THE ENERGY SECTOR BROUGHT ABOUT A NEW LANDSCAPE OF ABUNDANT SUPPLY AND TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THAT INCLUDES THE GALLERY. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THAT INCLUDES THE GALLERY. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:18:10 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A MULTIYEAR, MULTICONGRESS EFFORT AND A LOT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS BEEN A MULTIYEAR, MULTICONGRESS EFFORT AND A LOT OF WORK HAS GONE INTO MAKING SURE THE BILL WE PUT FORWARD WILL SUPPORT THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN ENERGY IS TRULY COMPREHENSIVE. TOGETHER WITH OUR COLLEAGUES I AM PROUD TO BE MOVING THIS LEGISLATION ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING THE NEW REALITY FOR ENERGY PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS ACROSS THE CONTRY. THIS BILL IS ABOUT JOBS. IT'S ABOUT KEEPING ENERGY AFFORDABLE. IT'S ABOUT BOOSTING OUR ENERGY SECURITY HERE AND ACROSS THE GLOBE. H.R. 8 IS THE EMBODIMENT OF AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IS MODERNIZING AND PROTECTING CRIT -- CRITICAL ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE INCLUDING THE ELECTRIC GRID. FROM NEW THREATS INCLUDING BAD WEATHER, FROM CLIMATE, CYBERTHREATS, AND PHYSICAL ATTACKS AS WELL. IT HELPS TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE NEW 21ST CENTURY ENERGY JOBS BY ENSURING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND OUR LABS AND UNIVERSITIES WORK TOGETHER TO TRAIN THE ENERGY WORK FORCE AND ENTREPRENEURS OF TOMORROW. IT MAKES ENERGY EFFICIENCY, INCLUDING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENERGY EFFICIENCY A PRIORITY. AND FOCUSES LESS ON CREATING NEW MANDATES AND SUBSIDIES TO INCENTIVIZE BEHAVIOR AND MORE ON MARKET CHANGES AND USING THE GOVERNMENT AS AN EXAMPLE. FINALLY, IT HELPS UPDATE EXISTING LAWS THAT BRINGS SOME ADDED CERTAINTY TO PERMITTING PROCESSES AND HELPS TO PROMOTE USING OUR ABUNDANT RESOURCES TO AID IN DIPLOMACY. FOR EXAMPLE, BY STREAMLINING THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR PROJECTS SUCH AS THE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES AND LNG EXPORT SUPPORT, IT WILL ALLOW BUSINESSES AT THE CUTTING-EDGE OF RESEARCH TO PUT THE FULL SCOPE OF ENERGY ABUNDANCE TO WORK FOR CONSUMERS BOTH HERE AND ABROAD. THIS ALLOWS US TO PROVIDE AND ENERGY LIFELINE TO OUR ALLIES ACROSS THE GLOBE. PROVISIONS WITHIN H.R. 8 AND OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE AMENDMENT UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY ALSO SEEKS TO CAPITALIZE ENERGY SOURCES THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS REJECTED. H.R. 8 PRISS MUCH NEEDED REFORMS TO THE HYDROPOWER LICENSING PROCESS AS WELL, A CLEAN ENERGY SOURCE THAT TOGETHER WITH NUCLEAR PROVIDES SOME 25% OF THE UNITED STATES' ELECTRICITY WITH NO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT HYDROPOWER REMAINS A VITAL PART OF ANY FUTURE. THE ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY MEANS THE FUTURE DOES NOT NEED TO BE A SERIES OF CHOICES BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMY. BY INTRODUCING A 21ST CENTURY REGULATORY REFORM THAT REFLECT OUR ENERGY ABUNDANCE AND WITH THE D.O.E.'S QUADRENNIAL ENERGY REVIEW AS A GUIDE, THIS BILL WILL HELP BRING ABOUT NEEDED REFORMS AND CONTINUED INNOVATION ACROSS THE ENERGY SECTOR. SO, THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS THE PRODUCT OF A THOROUGH ASSESSMENT OF THE GAP THAT WE FACE BETWEEN OUR STATE, ENERGY REGS, AND BUDDING ENERGY SUPPLY CLOSES THE GAP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES HIS TIME. AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH.

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  • 02:21:23 PM

    MR. RUSH

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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  • 02:21:34 PM

    MR. RUSH

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FIRST BEGAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE FIRST BEGAN TO ADDRESS A COMPREHENSIVE BIPARTISAN ENERGY BILL, IN THE BEGINNING OF 2015, THERE WAS A SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS -- HOPEFULNESS, A SENSE OF OPT NISM THAT THE -- OPTIMISM THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL ONCE AGAIN SET THE STANDARD FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THINGS DONE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISAN COOPERATION. MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US ON THE MINORITY SIDE HAD ENORMOUS EXPECTATIONS THAT WE WOULD DRAFT A BILL THAT WOULD MOVE OUR ENERGY POLICY FORWARD. IN A MATTER BEFITTING THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION IN THIS THE 21ST CRENTRY. -- CENTURY. SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL WOULD NEED TO MODERNIZE THE NATION'S AGING ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE, CHANGE A 21ST CENTURY WORK FORCE, AND ADDRESS THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE OF MAN-MADE CLIMATE CHANGE. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, NONE OF THESE ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED IN THE BILL THAT WE ARE VOTING ON HERE TODAY. THIS 800-PAGE HODGEPODGE OF REPUBLICAN AND CORPORATE PRIORITIES IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MAJORITY WISH LIST OF STRICTLY IDEA LOCAL DEALS, MANY OF WHICH THE MINORITY PARTY IMPOSES AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DO NOT SUPPORT AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT SUPPORT. OUTSIDE OF A FEW MINOR CRUMBS THROWN IN TO REPRESENT THE PRIORITIES ON THE MINORITY PARTY, INCLUDING MY LEGISLATION, THE BILL ALMOST CONTAINS NOTHING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COULD SUPPORT OR RALLY BEHIND. SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 8, DOES LITTLE MORE THAN TAKE US BACKWARDS IN TERMS OF ENERGY POLICY. WHILE ALSO PROVIDING LOOPHOLES TO HELP INDUSTRY AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY AND TO AVOID FURTHER REGULATION. 8 CONTAINS THE PROVISION THAT IS WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE ENERGY USE AND ENERGY COST TO CONSUMERS, PUTTING INDUSTRY INTERESTS ABOVE THE PUBLIC INTEREST. THE BILL'S HYDROPOWER TITLE WEAKENS LONG-STANDING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCEDURES AND CURTAILS STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL AUTHORITY OVER PROJECTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE LANDS. MR. SPEAKER, THE BILL FLAGRANTLY LINES THE U.S. TO AN OUTDATED DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUELS WHILE FAILING TO OFFER ANY CONSTRUCTIVE FORWARD-LOOKING POLICIES TO INCENTIVIZE THE DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF CLEAN ENERGY. AS YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THE BILLS CONTAINED IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT INCLUDE CONTROVERSIAL PROVISIONS THAT THE MINORITY PARTY HAS REPEATEDLY IMPOSED AT BOTH THE COMMITTEE LEVEL AS WELL AS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF THESE SAME POISON PILL AMENDMENTS AND BILLS HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED VETO THREATS FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WITH A BILL THAT FAILS TO MODERNIZE OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT FAILS TO INVEST IN JOB CREATING CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, THAT FAILS TO CUT COMMON POLLUTION, IT IS SAFE, MR. SPEAKER, TO PROCLAIM TO THIS BODY THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG, HARD, AND CUMBERSOME ROAD AHEAD IF WE ARE EVER TO REACH A POINT OF FINDING CONSENSUS, BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS BILL BEFORE US AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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  • 02:27:12 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND IS QUITE FAMILIAR WITH ENERGY ISSUES. I'D LIKE TO YIELD HIM THREE MINUTES.

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  • 02:27:27 PM

    MR. WALDEN

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND HIS THOUGHTFUL LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES OVER MANY YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION TO MAKE MUCH NEEDED REFORMS TO MODERNIZE ENERGY POLICY INTO SOMETHING THAT BETTER PROMOTES AFFORDABILITY, RELIABILITY, AND ENSURES WE HAVE THE ENERGY WE NEED TO CONTINUE GROWING JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, I SAY THANK YOU. AMONG THE MANY STRONG PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, SEVERAL ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO THE WEST AND OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS OREGON, CENTRAL, EASTERN, AND SOUTHERN OREGON. FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS THE KLAMATH BASIN, THE BILL ENSURES THEY WILL GET A FORMAL SEAT AT THE TABLE WHEN THERE'S CONSULTATION WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES ON DECISIONS UNDER THE E.S.A. IRRIGATORS IN THIS AREA HAVE LONG BEEN IMPACTED BY THESE DECISIONS AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THEY SHOULD HAVE AN EQUAL SEAT AT THE TABLE WITH OTHER ENTITIES DURING THESE DISCUSSIONS. PERHAPS ONE OF THE TIMELIEST PROVISIONS, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HEAD INTO FOREST FIRE SEASON IN THE WEST, ARE THE PROVISIONS THAT PROVIDE FOR STREAMLINED PLANNING AND WOULD REDUCE FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS AND SPEED UP THE PACE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT ACROSS OUR PUBLIC LANDS. THIS HOUSE, FOUR YEARS IN A ROW NOURKS AFTER WE PASSED THIS, HAS CONSIDERED MUCH NEEDED LEGISLATION TO FIX THE MANAGEMENT OF OUR FEDERAL FOREST. NOW THE SENATE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT AS WE AMEND THIS LEGISLATION AND SEND IT ON OVER TO THE SENATE. OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR FORESTED RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH. THEY HAVE CHOKED ON SMOKE SUMMER AFTER SUMMER LONG ENOUGH. THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR WATER SHEDS GET DESTROYED BY CATASTROPHIC FIRE. IT'S TIME TO FIX THE PROBLEM. A COUPLE OTHER SPECIFICS, MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATIONAL FORESTS ACROSS EASTERN OREGON, FOREST MANAGERS HANDS ARE TIED BY A ONE-SIZE-FITS ALL ALL RULE. THE MEASURE WAS IMPLEMENTED TEMPORARILY IN 1997. BUT STILL HAS NOT BEEN LIFTED 20 YEARS LATER, JUST ABOUT. IT REPRESENTS REALLY POOR SCIENCE. IT ONLY SERVES A SOURCE OF FREQUENT APPEALS IN LITIGATION. AND REPEALING THIS WILL GIVE OUR FOREST MANAGERS THE FLEXIBILITY THEY NEED TO USE MODERN SCIENCE TO MANAGE THE FORESTS FOR HEALTHIER CONDITIONS. LAST MONTH THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT RELEASED THEIR PLAN FOR OREGON'S UNIQUE O.N.C. LANDS IN SOUTHERN, WESTERN OREGON AND FRANKLY IT'S A TERRIBLE PLAN. DESPITE A CLEAR STATUTORY REQUIREMENT THAT THEY MANAGE THESE LANDS FOR SUSTAINABLE TIMBER PRODUCTION AND REVENUE TO THE COUNTIES, DARE I SAY JOBS IN THE COMMUNITIES, THE B.L.M.'S PLAN GOES THE OTHER DAYWAY, IT LOCKS UP 75% OF THE LANDS AND HARVESTS LESS THAN HALF THE MINIMUM LEVEL DIRECTED BY THE O.N.C.A. THIS IS A JOB KIRL. THIS BILL INCLUDES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT I WROTE WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM OREGON, REPRESENTATIVES DEFAZIO AND SCHROEDER, TO CUT COST, INCREASE TIMBER HARVESTS, AND DIRECTS THE B.L.M. TO REVISE THEIR FLAWED MANAGE THE PLAN TO REFLECT UNDERLYING ACT. MR. SPEAKER THIS IS GOOD ENERGY LEGISLATION, THIS IS GOOD ENERGY RESOURCE LEGISLATION, THIS IS SOUND ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION, I URGE ITS PASSAGE. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH.

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  • 02:30:48 PM

    MR. RUSH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE OUTSTANDING RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE OUTSTANDING RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY.

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  • 02:31:01 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MR. RUSH FOR MANAGING THE BILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK MR. RUSH FOR MANAGING THE BILL SO SUCCESSFULLY, I BELIEVE, OR THE OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, I SHOULD SAY. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012, THE MISTITLED NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY ACT OF 2016. THIS LEGISLATION ONCE AGAIN SHOWS US THE VASTLY DIFFERENT PATHS TAKEN BY THE TWO CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS. ON THE ONE HAND, THIS SENATE ENERGY BILL THAT THE HOUSE INTENDS TO GO TO CONFERENCE ON, IT PASSED BY A VOTE OF 85-15 BECAUSE IT'S BALANCED AND BECAUSE IT CONTAINS A NUMBER OF NONENERGY PROVISIONS THAT THE PUBLIC SUPPORTS OVERWHELMINGLY SUCH AS PERMANENT FUNDING FOR THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE HOUSE ENERGY BILL WAS THE RESULT OF A HIGHLY PARTISAN PROCESS THAT THE PRESIDENT THREATENED TO VETO. AS WE PREPARE TO HEAD TO CONFERENCE, WE HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO DO THINGS RIGHT AND TO PRODUCE A NEW BIPARTISAN ENERGY BILL. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS DECIDED TO REPLACE THE CONSENSUS SENATE BILL WITH A NEW PRO-POLLUTER PACKAGE THAT DWARFS THE ORIGINAL H.R. 8. WHEN CRAFTING THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS BEFORE US TODAY, THE CAUCUS ATTACKED 30 EXTRANEOUS BILLS TO AN ALREADY BAD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED TO VETO. WHILE A MILLION OF THESE NEW ADDITIONS ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL BILLS, MANY OF THESE PROVISIONS ARE DIVISIVE, DANGEROUS AND HAVE DRAWN VETO THREATS OF THEIR OWN. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012 WEAKENS PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT, UNDERMINES EXISTING LAWS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE EFFICIENCY AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP REALIZE THE CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICIES OF THE FUTURE. AND OF COURSE THE SO-CALLED ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE BILL PROVIDES ABSOLUTELY NO MONEY TO MODERNIZE THE GRID OR OUR PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT IS A BACKWARD-LOOKING PIECE OF ENERGY LEGISLATION AT A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD. AND LET ME HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE MOST HARMFUL PROVISIONS SOLELY FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THE BILL ELIMINATES THE CURRENT PRESIDENTIAL PERMITTING PROCESS FOR ENERGY PROJECTS THAT CROSS THE U.S. BORDER, SUCH ACTION WOULD CREATE A NEW WEAKER PROCESS THAT EFFECTIVELY RUBBER STAMPS PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND ALLOWS THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE TO RISE FROM THE GRAVE. IT MAKES DANGEROUS AND UNNECESSARY CHANGES TO THE FERC NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CITING PROCESS. IT HARMS ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS AT ALL LEVELS BY INTERFERING WITH COMPETITIVE ELECTRICITY MARKETS TO SUBSIDIZE UNGENERATING FACILITIES AND THESE FACILITIES WOULD BE REJECTED BY THE MARKET IN FAVOR OF LOWER COST NATURAL GAS AND RENEWABLE OPTIONS. IT STRIKES LANGUAGE IN CURRENT LAW THAT REQUIRES FEDERAL BUILDINGS BE DESIGNED TO REDUCE CONSUMPTION OF FOSSIL FUELS. IT CREATES LOOPHOLES THAT WOULD PERMIT HYDROPOWER OPERATORS TO DODGE COMPLIANCE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, INCLUDING THE CLEAN WATER ACT, AND GIVES PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO ELECTRIC UTILITIES AT THE EXPENSE OF STATES, TRIBES, FARMERS AND SPORTSMEN. AND IT CONTAINS AN ENERGY EFFICIENCY TITLE THAT IF ENACTED WOULD ACTUALLY RESULT IN THE NET INCREASE IN CONSUMPTION AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS COMPARED TO CURRENT LAW. SO FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE EXERCISE IN LEGISLATING AND IT SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT THE TOTAL LACK OF SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE APPROACHING THIS CONFERENCE. WE SHOULD BE TRYING TO NARROW THE DIFFERENCES AND MOVE CLOSER TO THE BIPARTISAN SENATE PRODUCT. INSTEAD, WE'RE GOING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION, VOTING ON AN 800-PAGE MONSTROSITY ENERGY PACKAGE THAT REPUBLICAN LEADER HAS STITCHED TOGETHER FROM PIECES OF PRO-POLLUTER BILLS THAT PASSED THE HOUSE ONLY TO DIE IN THE SENATE OR ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. VOTING ONCE ON THESE FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED IDEAS WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH. WE SHOULDN'T MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE CONFERENCE PROCESS AND USING THE HOUSE FLOOR TO TRY TO RAISE THE DEAD. HOUSE AMENDMENT -- THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012 HAS ONE CENTRAL THEME BINDING ITS ENERGY PROVISIONS, AN UNNARROWING DEVOTION TO ENERGY OF THE PAST IS THE REPUBLICAN'S PARTY 19TH CENTURY VISION TO THE FUTURE OF U.S. ENERGY POLICY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE HOUSE AMENDMENT, OBVIOUSLY, AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES THE TIME AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. WHITFIELD, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. LAMAR SMITH, WHO IS A REAL EXPERT ON ENERGY ISSUES AND I RECOGNIZE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 02:35:39 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY,…

    MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN WHITFIELD, FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT. IT INCLUDES THE THREE ENERGY TITLES FROM THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE'S HOUSE-PASSED LEGISLATION, H.R. 1806, THE AMERICA COMPETES RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015, AND H.R. 4084, THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. PROVISION D IS BOTH PRO-SCIENCE AND FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SETS AMERICA ON A PATH TO REMAIN THE WORLD'S LEADER IN INNOVATION. AMERICA'S ECONOMIC AND PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH RELIES ON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT OF BASIC RESEARCH TO ENABLE THE SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS THAT FUEL TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, NEW INDUSTRIES, ENHANCED INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS AND JOB CREATION. TITLE 5 RE-AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE OF SCIENCE FOR TWO YEARS. IT PRIORITIZES THE NATIONAL LABORATORY'S BASIC RESEARCH THAT ENABLES RESEARCHERS IN ALL 50 STATES TO HAVE ACCESS TO WORLD-CLASS USER FACILITIES, INCLUDING SUPERCOMPUTERS AND HIGH-INTENSITY LIGHT SOURCES. THE BILL PREVENTS DUPLICATION AND REQUIRES D.O.E. TO CERTIFY THAT ITS CLIMATE SCIENCE WORK IS UNIQUE AND NOT REPLICATED BY OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. TITLE 6, LIKEWISE, RE-AUTHORIZES D.O.E.'S APPLIED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 AND FISCAL YEAR 2017. IT RESTRAINS THE UNJUSTIFIED GROWTH IN SPENDING ON LATE-STAGE COMMERCIALIZATION EFFORTS AND FOCUSES INSTEAD ON BASIC AND APPLIED RESEARCH EFFORTS. PROVISION D REQUIRES D.O.E. TO ALSO PROVIDE A REGULAR STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, IDENTIFYING KEY AREAS FOR COLLABORATION ACROSS SCIENCE AND APPLIED RESEARCH PROGRAMS. THIS WILL REDUCE WASTE AND DUPLICATION AND IDENTIFY ACTIVITIES THAT COULD BE BETTER UNDERTAKEN BY STATES, INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION OR THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN AREAS OF SUBPAR PERFORMANCE THAT SHOULD BE ELIMINATED. TITLE 7 PROPOSES TO CUT RED TAPE AND BUREAUCRACY IN THE D.O.E. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PROCESS. IT ALLOWS CONTRACTOR OPERATORS OF D.O.E. NATIONAL LABORATORIES TO WORK WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR MORE EFFICIENTLY BY DELEGATING SIGNATURE AUTHORITY TO THE DIRECTORS OF THE NATIONAL LABS THEMSELVES RATHER THAN D.O.E. CONTRACTING OFFICERS FOR COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS VALUED AT LESS THAN $1 MILLION. ALSO INCLUDED IS H.R. 4084, ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY WEBER'S HOUSE-PASSED NUCLEAR ENERGY INNOVATION CAPABILITIES ACT. IT PROVIDES A CLEAR TIMELINE FOR D.O.E. TO COMPLETE A RESEARCH REACTOR USER FACILITY WITHIN 10 YEARS. THIS RESEARCH REACTOR WILL ENABLE PROPRIETARY AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH TO DEVELOP SUPERCOMPUTING MODELS AND DESIGN NEXT GENERATION NUCLEAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY. H.R. 4084 CREATES A RELIABLE MECHANISM FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PARTNER WITH D.O.E. LABS TO BUILD FISM AND FUSME PROTOTYPE REACTORS AT -- FUSION PROTOTYPE REACTORS AT SITES. IT SETS THE RIGHT PRIORITIES FOR FEDERAL-CIVILIAN RESEARCH WHICH ENHANCES INNOVATION AND U.S. COMPETITIVENESS WHILE REDUCING SPENDING AND THE FEDERAL DEFICIT BY OVER $550 MILLION. SO I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES HIS TIME, AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BUSH.

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    MR. RUSH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO AN OUTSTANDING, HARDWORKING FROM THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO AN OUTSTANDING, HARDWORKING FROM THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE FULL COMMITTEE, MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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    MS. CASTOR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK RANKING MEMBER RUSH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK RANKING MEMBER RUSH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS A GIVEAWAY TO SPECIAL INTERESTS, AND IT'S A MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO CRAFT A BIPARTISAN PACKAGE OF ENERGY POLICIES THAT MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND BOOST AMERICA'S CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY. THE G.O.P.-LED CONGRESS IS OUT OF SYNC WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ELECTRICITY GENERATION ACROSS AMERICA. THE FUTURE IS ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY. GEOTHERMAL, RENEWABLES LIKE SOLAR AND WIND POWER AND BIOMASS. IN FACT, THE U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION SAYS RENEWABLE ENERGY IS THE WORLD'S FASTEST GROWING ENERGY SOURCE. THAT MEANS INNOVATIVE COST SAVINGS, ENERGY INVESTMENTS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS AND BUSINESSES BACK HOME. THAT MEANS WE'RE GOING TO CREATE JOBS THROUGH THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND AT THE SAME TIME REDUCE CARBON POLLUTION. INSTEAD, IN THIS AMENDMENT THE G.O.P. DOUBLES DOWN ON DIRTY FUEL SOURCES, LOG ROLLS 36 BILLS INTO A SINGLE PACKAGE THAT IN MANY CASES ELIMINATES ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS. AND THE EXPERTS SAY THE BILL WILL ACTUALLY ACCELERATE CLIMATE CHANGE. SO IF THE REPUBLICAN ENERGY PACKAGE WAS A CAR IT WOULDN'T JUST BE STUCK IN NEUTRAL, IT WOULD BE STUCK IN REVERSE BECAUSE IT HEARKENS BACK TO THE ENERGY POLICIES OF DECADES AGO. RATHER THAN AMERICA'S GROWING CLEAN ENERGY OF THE FUTURE. LET'S NOT GO BACKWARDS. LET'S MOVE AMERICANS FORWARD, PUT MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF OUR HARDWORKING NEIGHBORS. I URGE THE HOUSE TO REJECT THE G.O.P. AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING ON BOTH SIDES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY HAS 3 3/4 MINUTES. -- 4 3/4 MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. RUSH, YOU HAVE FOUR MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN VALADAO.

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    MR. VALADAO

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY. I WANT TO THANK…

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION HERE, OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND NATURAL RESOURCES. THE LANGUAGE THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO PUT INTO THIS BILL, MY WATER BILL INTO THIS ENERGY BILL, THIS AMENDMENT, IS SOMETHING THAT TRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY WE'VE BEEN SUFFERING OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, AND WHAT IT'S DONE HAS DEVASTATED OUR COMMUNITIES. WE GOT UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS REACHING AS HIGH AS 30% AND 40%. WE SEE NUMBERS IN SOME SMALLER COMMUNITIES AS HIGH AS 50%. AND TO SEE THESE THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES IS A TOTAL TRAGEDY AND IT DOESN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN. ALL WE NEED IS SOME COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. WE TRIED REACHING OUT. WE PASSED LEGISLATION OUT OF THE HOUSE A FEW DIFFERENT TIMES. WE NEGOTIATED AND TRIED TO GET SOMEWHERE, BUT WE WEREN'T ABLE TO DO IT AND SO FINDING ANOTHER WAY TO GET ONTO OUR SENATORS' DESK SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY TAKE SOME ACTION AND GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. I APPRECIATE ALL THE LEADERSHIP AND HELP FROM BOTH COMMITTEES TO HELP THIS MOVE FORWARD, AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RUSH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    RANKING MEMBER RUSH, AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY…

    RANKING MEMBER RUSH, AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY COMMITTEE, INCLUDING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, FOR YOUR HARD WORK. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE SEVERAL BIPARTISAN MEASURES INCLUDED IN THE LEGISLATION, INCLUDING REFORMING HYDROPOWER LICENSING, ADDRESSING EFFICIENCY IN FEDERAL BUILDINGS, ENHANCING THE ENERGY WATER NEXUS, VERIFICATION OF SIPER RESILIENT PRODUCTS FOR THE -- CYBERRESILIENT PRODUCTS FOR THE GRID, UPDATE OF OUR NATIONAL POLICY ON THE FUTURE OF THE GRID AND SMART GRID CAPABLE LABELS ON PRODUCTS TO ENHANCE CONSUMER CHOICE. THESE ARE ITEMS I BELIEVE SHOULD REMAIN IN ANY FINAL ENERGY PACKAGE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REPUBLICANS HAVE LOADED THE BILL WITH NONCONSTRUCTIVE LANGUAGE. ONE SUCH PROVISION IS LANGUAGE FROM H.R. 2898 THAT WOULD HARM CALIFORNIA'S DELTA AND THE ECONOMIES OF THE FAMILIES, FARMERS AND COMMUNITIES I REPRESENT. THERE'S NO WAY THIS LANGUAGE SHOULD BE PART OF AN ENERGY PACKAGE. IT'S JUST AN ADD-ON. IT JUST SHOWS HOW DESPERATE THE REPUBLICANS ARE TO PUSH THROUGH THIS BAD POLICY. BECAUSE OF THIS I REGRETTABLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION'S ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY SYSTEMS NEED UPGRADES AND MODERNIZATION. CLIMATE CHANGE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. THE SENATE COMPANION BILL DOES NOT ADDRESS THESE ISSUES SO, AGAIN, UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO RESERVE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RIGHT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO RESERVE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THIS TIME ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD THIS TIME ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI.

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    MR. GARE WHY MENDY

    WHY MENDY: I WANT TO SAY --

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I WANT TO SAY WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. WE ARGUED LAST NIGHT ABOUT…

    I WANT TO SAY WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. WE ARGUED LAST NIGHT ABOUT UNDERTAKING THE WATERS WARS OF CALIFORNIA AGAIN. HERE WE ARE AGAIN, THIS TIME AS LAST NIGHT, LEGISLATION DUMPED INTO THIS BILL THAT WOULD GUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS OF THE DELTA AND SAN FRANCISCO BAY, DESTROY THE FISHERIES, DESTROY THE ECONOMY OF THE DELTA AND WATER FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO DO THIS? PRESUMABLY TO TAKE CARE OF THE WATER INTEREST OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. NOT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. BUT THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ALONE. MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. IT IS THE WRONG POLICY. WE HAVE TO LET SCIENCE GOVERN THE DELTA. WE HAVE TO OPERATE THE DELTA BASED UPON THE VERY BEST POSSIBLE SCIENCE AVAILABLE, DO THE PUMPING, THE EXPORTS. CONSISTENT WITH THE PROTECTION OF THE ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DELTA. THAT'S FISH, THAT'S THE LAND, THAT'S THE WATER SYSTEMS, THE ENVIRONMENTAL, THE E.S.A., THE CLEAN WATER ACT, AND BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS CANNOT BE OVERRUN. YET THIS LEGISLATION DOES EXACTLY THAT. WE OUGHT TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. THESE PARTICULAR SECTIONS SHOULD BE REMOVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE ON THIS SIDE?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE MINUTE AND A HALF.

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    MR. RUSH

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO RE-EMPHASIZE THAT FOR THE MINORITY SIDE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO RE-EMPHASIZE THAT FOR THE MINORITY SIDE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL IN ITS GOING FORWARD, THEN THERE MUST BE PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THE BILL THAT WOULD ADDRESS THE DEEPLY FELT CONCERN THAT OUR MEMBERS HAVE CONTINUALLY EXPRESSED. SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, OUR MEMBERS SEEK FUNDING TO MODERNIZE THE NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR MEMBERS WANT TO SEE INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES. OUR MEMBERS WANT TO SEE RESOURCES TO TRAIN A 21ST CENTURY WORK FORCE. OUR MEMBERS WANT TO SEE POLICIES TO TRANSITION OUR IT ECONOMY AWAY FROM THE ENERGY SOURCES OF THE PAST AND TOWARDS THE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES OF THE FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, WITHOUT THESE PROVISIONS THIS BILL WON'T GO VERY FAR. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON THIS ENERGY, SO-CALLED ENERGY BILL. IT'S A RELIC. IT'S BACKWARDS LOOKING. IT PUTS THE NATION ON A REVERSE COURSE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WHITFIELD

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE I WANT…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR WORKING WITH US ON THIS LEGISLATION. I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT FOR -- TO PLEASE EVERYONE. ANY TIME YOU TALK ABOUT ENERGY TODAY, OF COURSE, PEOPLE RAISE THE ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND I MIGHT SAY THAT AMERICA DOES NOT HAVE TO TAKE BACK SEAT TO ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ON CLIMATE CHANGE. WE HAVE 64 DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE. SO I THINK AMERICA'S DOING MORE ON THAT ISSUE THAN ANYONE ELSE, BUT WE HAVE OTHER PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH AS WELL. FOR EXAMPLE, THE U.S. INFORMATION AGENCY, ENERGY INFORMATION AGENCY ESTIMATES THAT POWER OUTAGES IN AMERICA COST AMERICANS AT LEAST $150 BILLION ANNUALLY. AND ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE A LOT OF POWER OUTAGES IS BECAUSE OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF REGULATIONS COMING OUT OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND ONE OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL REQUIRES FERC TO ANALYZE THE IMPACT ON ELECTRIC RELIABILITY OF NEW FEDERAL REGULATIONS THAT HAVE MANY EXPERTS CONCERNED. SO WE WANT AN ANALYSIS OF ALL THESE REGULATIONS AND ITS IMPACT ON RELIABILITY. WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE NEED FOR WORK TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE TO WORK IN ENERGY, IN RENEWABLE SECTOR AND ALL SECTORS. AND WE HAD A SERIOUS DISCUSSION WITH OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WE WERE MARKING UP THIS LEGISLATION AND WE BASICALLY AGREED ON A PROVISION TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, FOR HISPANICS, FOR WOMEN, AND FOR OTHER MINORITIES TO GET THEM INVOLVED IN THE ENERGY FIELD, WHICH WE ALL WANTED TO DO. AND WE EVEN PROVIDED SOME MONEY FOR THAT TRAINING PROGRAM. BUT WE HAD ASKED, IF WE DO THIS WE WANT TO CHANGE A COUPLE OF PROVISIONS IN THE 2005 ENERGY POLICY ACT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THAT ACT THERE WAS A PROHIBITION AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN FEDERAL GUILD BUILDINGS USING ANY FOSSIL FUELS AFTER THE YEAR 2030. WE THINK THAT'S PRETTY DRACONIAN. SO WE SAID, WE ARE NOT GOING TO MANDATE THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS, BUT IN KEEPING EVEN WITH THE PRESIDENT'S STATEMENTS ABOUT AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY POLICY, WE WANTED A PROVISION IN THERE THAT WOULD REPEAL THAT SO IF THERE WAS A TIME IN THE FUTURE WHEN WE NEEDED FOSSIL FUELS BECAUSE FOSSIL FUELS STILL PROVIDING ABOUT 50% OR 60% OF ALL THE ELECTRICITY IN AMERICA, EVEN MORE THAN THAT, COAL AND NATURAL GAS, SO THIS PROVISION SIMPLY SAYS, WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW IT. WE ARE NOT MANDATING IT, BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE OPTION AFTER 2030 OF USING FOSSIL FUEL IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS. WE THINK THAT IS A SENSIBLE APPROACH. BUT OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAD DUG IN THE SAND SO MUCH THEY REFUSED THAT. WE WILL NOT SUPPORT IT IF THAT'S IN THERE. SO SOME THESE PROVISION THAT IS WE ALL WANTED, WE DON'T HAVE IN HERE. BUT WE ARE TRYING TO DO THE BEST THAT WE CAN DO. I THINK THIS IS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I WOULD URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT S. 2012, THE ENERGY POLICY AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2016. AND THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO IT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE INCLUSION OF H.R. 2647, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE INCLUSION OF H.R. 2647, THE RESILIENT FEDERAL FOREST ACT, AND THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO SENATE 2012. THE HOUSE PASSED H.R. 2647 WITH 262 BIPARTISAN VOTES LAST JULY AND IT HAS BEEN WAITING FOR SENATE ACTION SINCE THEN. WE PASSED THE BILL NEARLY A YEAR AGO. WE KNEW WE WERE FACING A SEVERE WILDFIRE SEASON. WE WERE CORRECT. MORE THAN 10.1 MILLION ACRES OF FORESTLAND BURNED ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF ACRES EVER RECORDED. OVER 4,500 HOMES AND OTHER STRUCTURES WERE DESTROYED. MR. SPEAKER, THESE FIRES DESTROYED VALUABLE RESOURCES AND EMITTED IN THE ORDER OF MAGNITUDE OF 100 MILLION TONS OF CARBON IN THE ATMOSPHERE WHILE BUILDING UP THE RENEWABLE ENERGY STORED IN OUR FOREST OF 30 MILLION GALLONS OF GASOLINE.

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    MR. WESTERMAN

    OUR NATION'S FEDERAL FORESTS. I RESERVE.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TODAY I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE LITANY OF BAD ENVIRONMENTALLY HARMFUL BILLS --

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE LITANY OF BAD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE LITANY OF BAD ENVIRONMENTALLY HARMFUL BILLS THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS OFFERING IN PLACE OF THE BIPARTISAN SENATE ENERGY BILL.

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    MR. HUFFMAN

    THE SENATE BILL, S. 2012, WAS SOUND POLICY AND REPRESENTED REAL PROGRESS…

    THE SENATE BILL, S. 2012, WAS SOUND POLICY AND REPRESENTED REAL PROGRESS ON MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES, BUT THE PACKAGE WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY IS A DANGEROUS THREAT, NOT ONLY IS THIS PACKAGE BAD FOR DROUGHT STRICKEN STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA, BUT INCLUDES A WISH LIST OF GIVE AWAYS FOR THE FOSSIL FUEL AND MINING INDUSTRIES. IT UNDERMINES VITAL AND DANGEROUS SPECIES ACT PROTECTIONS AND UNDERMINES PUBLIC REVIEW. THIS IS NOT A PROMISING START TO CONFERENCE NEGOTIATIONS. WHY ARE WE WASTING OUR TIME ON A PACKAGE OF PARTISAN BILLS THAT WE HAVE CONSIDERED BEFORE AND WHICH WE ALL KNOW WILL NEVER BE SIGNED INTO LAW? EVEN WORSE THAN THE SUBSTANCE, REPUBLICANS SHOT DOWN THE REQUEST TO CONSIDER THIS BILL UNDER AN OPEN AMENDMENT PROCESS. I, FOR ONE, WOULD HAVE RECOMMENDED MANY CHANGES IF WE WERE ALLOWED TO CONSIDER THIS VERY CONTROVERSIAL OMNIBUS BILL UNDER REGULAR ORDER. JUST TO NAME A FEW, THE HOUSE AMENDMENT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY CONTINUES THE UNENDING THREATS THAT CONGRESS POSES UNDER CURRENT MANAGEMENT TO THE HEALTH OF THE BAY DELTA AND THE VITAL SALMON RUN THAT IS ARE SO IMPORTANT TO CALIFORNIA AND TO MY DISTRICT. NOT TO MENTION SPECIFIC THREATS TO THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER AND THE KLAMATH AND TRINITY RIVER SYSTEMS AND SALMON FISHERIES AND PEOPLE THAT DEPEND UPON THEM. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD BRING BACK FROM THE DEAD THE UNDENIABLY HARMFUL KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD ROLLBACK BUILDING CODES. IT WOULD BE HARMFUL TO FOREST MANAGEMENT POLICY AND WILDFIRE MITIGATION BECAUSE IT USES A SHORTSIGHTED MODEL FOR FUNDING INSTEAD OF BRINGING FORWARD THE ACTUAL FIX TO THE FIRE BORROWING PROBLEM, THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BY REPRESENTATIVE SIMPSON AND SCHROEDER, THAT I SUPPORTED EACH OF THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, BUT WE NEVER SEEM TO BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY BRING TO A VOTE IN THIS HOUSE. . I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE SENATE ORIGINAL BILL SO WE CAN GET THAT LEGISLATION AND ALL OF ITS USEFUL PROVISIONS OVER THE FINISH LINE AND I RESERVE.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 03:01:02 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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  • 03:01:10 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THIS WILL IMPROVE THE STEWARDSHIP OF PUBLIC LANDS, WATER AND RESOURCES…

    THIS WILL IMPROVE THE STEWARDSHIP OF PUBLIC LANDS, WATER AND RESOURCES THROUGHOUT THE WEST. I'M PLEASED TO SEE WESTERN PRIORITIES INCLUDED, FROM DROUGHT-STRICKEN CALIFORNIA TO STRATEGIC AND ON FEDERAL LANDS. THEY ARE CRITICAL TO NATIONAL DEFENSE AND MAKES POSSIBLE AMIDWESTERN YITS LIKE SMARTPHONES. ON TRIBAL LANDS IT WILL EMPOWER TRIBES WITH MORE AUTHORITY OVER THEIR LAND. THE BEST FORESTRY BILL WE HAVE SEEN IN YEARS CAME FROM WESTERMAN AND HE JUST TALKED ABOUT IT. THE SPORTSMAN'S TITLE WILL RESTORE MUCH NEEDED TRANSPARENCY UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT. THIS HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES WHEN THEY HAVE TO TAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO COURT. BUT IT'S BEING USED ON ENDLESS PUBLIC LANDS LITIGATION WITH CONSEQUENCES FOR SPORTSMEN ACCESS AND OTHER USES OF PUBLIC LANDS. THIS WOULD REINSTATE THE WILDLIFE SERVICES RULEMAKING REGARDING GRAY WOLFS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:02:50 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM STOCKTON.

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  • 03:03:02 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    LAST NIGHT ABOUT A FAMILIAR ISSUE, CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT AND SOMETHING THAT…

    LAST NIGHT ABOUT A FAMILIAR ISSUE, CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT AND SOMETHING THAT IMPACTS ALL OF US INCLUDING OREGON AND WASHINGTON STATE NOT JUST SOUTH OF THE DELTA. H.R. 2898 WAS INCLUDED IN THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND IT'S ALARMING THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE AATTACHED THE SAME LANGUAGE. THIS SHOWS THE DESPERATION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO FORCE THIS BAD LEGISLATION THROUGH. AS I SAID LAST NIGHT, THESE PROVISIONS WOULD FURTHER DRAIN FRESH WATER FROM THE CALIFORNIA DELTA. THESE PROVISIONS WOULD DAMAGE THE ECOSYSTEM AND HARM THE COMMUNITIES I REPRESENT. IT HARMS SOME PEOPLE TO BENEFIT OTHERS JUST BECAUSE ONE SIDE HAS THE POWER TO DO IT. I REPRESENT THE 7TH LARGEST AGRICULTURAL COUNTY IN THE NATION SO I UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF FARMERS AND RAFFERERS AND THE IMPACT WATER HAS ON THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE THE NATION FRUITS, NUTS AND VEGETABLES. UNFORTUNATELY H.R. 2898 WOULD WEAKEN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND UNDERMINING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND EXASCERBATES A WATER-WORN WEST. IN FACT, THE STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE BEEN WORKING EFFECTIVELY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS TO MAXIMIZE WATER DELIVERIES TO THE DELTA COMMUNITIES DOWN SOUTH. STATE AGENCY HAS MAXIMIZED WHAT LITTLE WATER EXISTS. LACK OF WATER NOT OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY. WATER THAT FLOWS TO THE OCEAN PUSHES THE SALT WATER AWAY FROM OUR FARMS AND ALLOWS A PATH TO THE OCEAN. THE MAJORITY HASN'T RE-AUTHORIZED WATER SMART. WE HAVEN'T SUPPORTED INVESTMENTS IN RECYCLING. THEY HAVE CUT FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR'S EFFORTS. HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE EITHER IN WET OR DRY YEARS? THIS HOUSE ISN'T WILLING TO MAKE THOSE KINDS OF INVESTMENTS. OUR NATION LOSES TWO TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER BECAUSE OF AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. COULD I HAVE 30 MORE SECONDS.

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  • 03:05:25 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    THERE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT CAN BE MADE TO RECYCLE WATER. FOR EXAMPLE, THE…

    THERE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT CAN BE MADE TO RECYCLE WATER. FOR EXAMPLE, THE STATE OF ISRAEL RECYCLES 90% OF ITS WATER, CALIFORNIA RECYCLES 15%. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PUSHED LANGUAGE THAT RESULTS IN DIMINISHED FISH POPULATIONS, WORST SALTWATER INTRUSION AND PERMANENTLY DAMAGE OUR MOST PRODUCTIVE FARM LAND IN THE WORLD. THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION BUT A STEP BACKWARD. I'M DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN.

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  • 03:06:13 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    I RECOGNIZE MR. WITTMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 03:06:22 PM

    MR. WITTMAN

    I SUPPORT THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 20 12 THE ENERGY POLICY ACT. THE HOUSE…

    I SUPPORT THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 20 12 THE ENERGY POLICY ACT. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT INCLUDES THE SPORTSMAN'S HERITAGE ACT KNOWN AS THE SHARE ACT WHICH PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE SHARE ACT IS A GROUP OF COMMONSENSE BILLS THAT WILL SAFEGUARD AGAINST NEW REGULATIONS THAT IMPEDE OUTDOOR SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND PROTECT SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. THESE PACKAGES WERE SIMILARLY INTRODUCED AND PASSED IN THE 112TH AND 113TH CONGRESSES. SHOOTING AND FISHING IS ENGRAINED IN CULTURE AND VALUES. PAR TAKING IN THESE ACTIVITIES PLAY SIGNIFICANT PARTS IN THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. SPORTING ACTIVITY OCCURS ON OUR NATION FEDERAL LANDS. U.S. FOREST SERVICE AND BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT IMPEDE ACCESS TO FEDERAL LAND FOR OUTDOOR SPORTING ACTIVITIES. BECAUSE LACK OF ACCESS IS ONE OF THE KEY REASONS THEY STOP PARTICIPATING ENSURING THE PUBLIC HAS RELIABLE ACCESS TO OUR NATION'S FEDERAL LANDS MUST REMAIN A TOP PRIORITY. THE SHARE ACT DOES JUST THAT. ONE OF THE KEY PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WILL INCREASE AND SUSTAIN ACCESS FOR HUNTING, FISHING AND SHOOTING ON FEDERAL LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. IT PROTECTS SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN BY EFFORTS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BLOCK FEDERAL LANDS FROM HUNTING AND FISHING ACTIVITIES. IT ALSO IN THE PACK ACKNOWLEDGE PROVIDES TOOLS TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN RECREATIONAL SHOOTING RANGES ON FEDERAL LANDS AND SO SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN CAN HUNT AND FISH ON ADJACENT FEDERAL LANDS. THE PACKAGE PROTECTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. IT DEFENDS LAW-ABIDING INDIVIDUAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS ON LANDS MANAGED BY THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND ENSURES THAT HUNTERS ARE NOT BURDENED BY OUTDATING LAWS FROM BOWS BEING TRANSPORTED. THIS WILL SUSTAIN AMERICA'S RICH TRADITIONS, IMPROVE ACCESS TO OUR FEDERAL LANDS FOR OUTDOOR SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND HELP ENSURE THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN ARE ABLE TO ENJOY ACTIVITIES THIS COUNTRY HOLDS DEAR. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:09:11 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 03:09:20 PM

    MR. COSTA

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT IN THE ENERGY AND POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT IN THE ENERGY AND POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT THAT WAS REFLECTED IN THE LEGISLATION, H.R. 2898 OF WHICH I'M A CO-SPONSOR. IT IS AN IMPORTANT EFFORT TO FIX CALIFORNIA'S BROKEN WATER SYSTEM. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO KICK THIS CAN DOWN THE ROAD. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS WHAT HAS HAPPENED. FARMS AND FARMWORKERS ARE DESPERATE TO HAVE WASHINGTON RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT CONTINUE THE STATUS QUO. OUR NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY IS AN ISSUE OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND WE ARE DEPENDENT UPON IT. WE DON'T THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY BUT IT IS A FACT. THE DROUGHT ISN'T GOING TO GET BETTER. WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, IT WILL CONTINUE TO GET WORSE. PASSING THIS BILL IS PART OF A CONTINUING EFFORT TO TRY TO GET SOMETHING DONE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT IGNORE THE DROUGHT AND THE DEVASTATING IMPACTS NOT ONLY IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY BUT WESTERN STATES WIDE. PARTS OF THE VALLEY ARE WITHOUT WATER AND WE MUST RAISE THIS ISSUE EVERY WAY WE CAN AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. GETTING THIS LEGISLATION PASSED IS PART OF AN EFFORT TO FIX CALIFORNIA'S BROKEN WATER SYSTEM. WE ARE HOPING FOR AN EL NINO. GUESS WHAT? IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. WE HAVE A 5% ALLOCATION, LAST YEAR WAS ZERO. ZERO IS ZERO. MEANS NO WATER. LET'S TRY TO WORK TOGETHER AND PUT ASIDE THE POLITICAL POSTURING NOT ONLY FOR THE FARMERS, BUT AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO COUNT ON HAVING AFFORDABLE FOOD ON THEIR DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 03:11:13 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    I RECOGNIZE FOR TWO MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

  • 03:11:21 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS.

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  • 03:11:29 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND ALL YOUR GOOD WORK ON YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE OF…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND ALL YOUR GOOD WORK ON YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE OF TREES AND FORESTRY. TODAY, THE HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE REAL REFORM AND MODERNIZE THE OUTDATED POLICIES THAT ARE PREVENTING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT. TITLE 1 OF DIVISION C INCLUDES LANGUAGE DEVELOPED THROUGH EXHAUSTIVE BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL NEGOTIATIONS AND PASSED REPEATEDLY BY THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN THIS UP ENSURES THAT SENATORS CAN NO LONGER IGNORE THE CRISIS. THIS CHAMBER HEARD ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S WATER WOES AND THOSE CLAIMS THAT DON'T MEET THE THRESHOLD OF FACTS. SOME POLICY CLAIMS THAT THIS BILL PRIORITIZES ONE AREA OVER ANOTHER. THE VAST MAJORITY, I CAN SAY THIS INCLUDES THE PROTECTIONS AND SENIOR WATER RIGHTS AND SAFEGUARDS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL WATER RIGHT OF ALL, THOSE HAVE ACCESS TO IT. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS AND FARMERS STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THE MEASURE ACCELERATES SURFACE WATER STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS THAT OVER 2/3 OF CALIFORNIANS VOTED TO EXPAND THE FUND. ONE OF THESE PROJECTS WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE MILLION ACRE-FEET ENOUGH TO SUPPLY EIGHT MILLION CALIFORNIANS. YOU CAN'T EXPECT 40 MILLION PEOPLE TO SURVIVE ON INFRASTRUCTURE. WE HAVE HEARD CLAIMS ABOUT HOW IT COULD HARM SPECIES BUT IT LIVES WITHIN THE BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS. THIS MEASURE IMPROVES POPULATION MONITORING TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGY, WILDLIFE AGENCIES CURRENTLY BASE ORDERS TO CUT OFF WATER ON HUMPS NOT DATA. AND FINALLY THIS BILL ALLOWS MORE WATER TO BE STORED AND USED TO DRAIN WINTER STORMS WHEN THE WATER IS HIGHEST. EVEN AS DELTA FLOWS SURPASS 100,000 ACRE-FEET, DURING 2016 THE WATER SAVED WAS EVEN LESS THAN BY PERCENT THAN DURING LOW YEARS.

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  • 03:13:55 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA 30 SECONDS.

  • 03:14:00 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THE LAST OPPORTUNITY OF FILLING ONE OF OUR LARGEST RESERVOIRS IS FULL. IT…

    THE LAST OPPORTUNITY OF FILLING ONE OF OUR LARGEST RESERVOIRS IS FULL. IT HELPS ALL THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA. WHY WOULDN'T WE WANT TO DO THIS? WE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER, TIME TO END THE OBSTRUCTION AND ADDRESS A CRISIS THAT THREATENS OUR STATE'S STRONG ECONOMIC LIVELIHOOD. IF SAN FRANCISCO CAN GET THE WATER THEY NEED HOW IS IT FAIR DISTRICTS IN CENTRAL VALLEY GET 5% WHEN WATER IS APLENTY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:14:45 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    CALLING THE BILL BIPARTISAN DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. LET ME SHARE WITH MY…

    CALLING THE BILL BIPARTISAN DOES NOT MAKE IT SO. LET ME SHARE WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHAT SENATOR FEINSTEIN HAS SAID. SHE SAID IT CONTAINS PROVISIONS THAT VIOLATE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. CALIFORNIA SENATOR BOXER SAID THE BILL IS THE SAME OLD SAME OLD AND RY IGNITE THE WATER WARS. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA NOT ONLY OPPOSES THESE PROVISIONS BUT HAS OPPOSED ALL PREVIOUS INCARNATIONS OF THIS BILL. . I'LL CLOSE WITH WHAT THE "FRESNO BEE" SAID ABOUT THIS BILL -- I'M NOT CLOSING, I'LL YIELD IN A MOMENT TO MS. MATSUI. THE "FRESNO BEE" CALL THIS IS BILL A G.O.P. WISH LIST WITH LITTLE TO NO INCOME AND A WATER BILL DRAFT FLOATED BY DEMOCRATS. I WOULD YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SACRAMENTO WHO HAS LONG FOUGHT TO PROTECT THE DELTA AND THE INTERESTS OF HER REGION.

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  • 03:15:55 PM

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  • 03:16:00 PM

    MS. MATSUI

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012. THOUGH THIS…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2012. THOUGH THIS BILL CONTAINS SOME IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OVERALL, IT RAISES BARRIERS TO OUR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE BY REVERSING IMPORTANT PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TO CURB EMISSIONS AND COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE MADE A BAD BILL WORSE BY ATTACHING HARMFUL PROVISIONS THAT WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON CONSUMERS, PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT THIS ENERGY PACKAGE IS BEING USED TO ADVANCE IRRESPONSIBLE, SHORT-TERM POLICIES IN RESPONSE TO CALIFORNIA'S DROUGHT. THE PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL WILL PIT ONE REGION OF OUR GREAT STATE AGAINST ANOTHER INSTEAD OF PROVIDING A BALANCED, LONG-TERM SOLUTION. WE NEED TO BE TAKING AN ALL OF THE ABOVE APPROACH TO OUR DROUGHT BY ADVANCING WASTEWATER RECYCLING PROJECTS, INVESTING IN GROUNDWATER STORAGE, AND ENCOURAGING NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT ALLOW US TO RESPONSIBLY MANAGE OUR WATER USAGE. I ACTUALLY GREW UP ON A CENTRAL VALLEY FARM. THINKMY GRARNTES FARMED IN RIGBY, CALIFORNIA, AND I GREW UP IN DANUBA. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE DEBATE OVER WATER IS COMPLICATED AND PERSONAL TO SO MANY. BUT I BELIEVE WE CAN BALANCE THE NEEDS OF OUR FARMERS AND URBAN CENTERS WHILE PROTECTING OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY AND OUR ECOSYSTEMS. OUR AMERICAN FAMILIES DESERVE AN ENERGY PACKAGE THAT BRINGS US FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2015 AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:17:47 PM

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN,…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:17:55 PM

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR DISTINGUISHED,…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, OUR DISTINGUISHED, HARD-WORK, AND ABOVE ALL COMPASSIONATE AND FAIR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY.

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  • 03:18:09 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE WRELT FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR…

    I THANK THE WRELT FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER -- I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE PLACES IN THIS WORLD THAT HOLD PEOPLE'S IMAGINATION. WASHINGTON, D.C. NEW YORK CITY AND PARIS. THE GREAT ROLLING PLAINS CROSSED BY AMERICAN PIONEERS. AND THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS TOUCHING INTO THE HEAVENS. NOW I WAS BLESSED, BLESSED MEASURE I KNEW, TO GROW UP IN SUCH A PLACE. A PLACE CALLED CALIFORNIA. IT IS SO DISTINCTIVE AND IMPRESSIVE, IT'S UNREAL. WARM, SUN DRENCHED BEACHES. SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS. GREAT CITIES, FORESTS, DESERTS, FARMLAND GROWING FRUITS, NUTS, AND VEGETABLES, STRETCHES AS FAR AS THE EYE ANEN -- AS THE EYE CAN SEE. IT'S A PLACE ALWAYS FILLED WITH PROMISE AND POTENTIAL. IN MANY WAYS, CALIFORNIA'S HISTORY MIRRORS THE HISTORY OF AMERICA. IT STARTED AS NOTHING MUCH. BUT PEOPLE CAME AND THEY BUILT IT. WE GREW AND PROSPERED. WE BECAME THE ENVY OF THE WORLD. AND LIKE AMERICA, TODAY'S CALIFORNIA FACES GREAT UNCERTAINTY. SOME PROBLEMS ARE THE SAME, SHARED BY THE ENTIRE NATION. BUT CALIFORNIA AND ALMOST THE ENTIRE WESTERN UNITED STATES ARE ENDURING SOMETHING MUCH WORSE. THE DROUGHT. THE DROUGHT HAS LINGERED FOR YEARS. EL NINO HELPED ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE PROBLEM. BUT THE DROUGHT CONTINUES. COMMUNITIES HAVE LESS WATER. FARMLAND THAT ONCE FED THE WORLD NOW SITS DRY. PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR LIVELIHOODS AND THEIR HOPE. THERE'S NO WAY TO END THE DROUGHT, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE AS BAD AS IT IS. NOW, WATER THAT CAN BE STORED IS BEING LOST. BUREAUCRATS RELEASE FRESH WATER OUT TO THE SEA. OUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE IS BEING WASTED. THIS MATTERS TODAY BECAUSE WE ARE CONSIDERING A BILL BE -- A BILL FROM OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT. NOW BEFORE THE SENATE PASSED THIS BILL, THEY ADDED SEVERAL PROVISIONS, INCLUDING LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS WATER ISSUES IN WASHINGTON STATE. I HAVE TO SAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY HAPPY THAT THE SENATE BROUGHT THIS UP. AFTER ALL, IF WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THE WATER ISSUE IN WASHINGTON STATE, WE SHOULD ADDRESS THE WATER ISSUE FOR THE REST OF THE WEST. SO WE INCLUDED IN OUR AMENDMENT TO THE LEGISLATION REPRESENTATIVE VALADAO'S WESTERN WATER AND AMERICAN FOOD SECURITY ACT. WE PASSED THIS LAST YEAR IN THE HOUSE SO WE COULD BUILD MORE WATER STORAGE AND INCREASE OUR RESERVOIRS WHILE STILL ALLOWING WATER TO FLOW TO THE SACRAMENTO DELTA. WATER IS SO NECESSARY FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT WE AREN'T STOPPING WITH THIS BILL. WE'VE ALREADY BEGAN CONSIDERATION OF THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL WHICH INCLUDES EVEN MORE PROVISIONS TO DEAL WITH THE DROUGHT. THERE'S IS -- THERE'S A SIMPLE MESSAGE FOR OUR DEMOCRAT COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WON'T STOP. WE WILL KEEP PASSING BILLS UNTIL OUR PEOPLE GET THE WATER THEY NEED. BECAUSE ONCE WE GET WATER, SO MUCH OF THE UNCERTAINTY FACING CALIFORNIA AND THE ENTIRE WEST WILL BE BRUSHED ASIDE. YOU SEE, CALIFORNIA AND AMERICA AS A WHOLE FACE A CRISIS OF BAD GOVERNANCE. MANY LOOK AROUND AND SEE LIFE ISN'T GETTING ANY BETTER. THEY WONDER IF OUR NATION IS IN DECLINE. BUT THAT'S NOT WHO WE ARE. NOT AS AMERICANS, AND NOT AS CALIFORNIANS. OUR BEST DAYS ARE NOT BEHIND US. WE WILL NOT QUIETLY MANAGE OUR DECLINE. I REJECT THE IDEA THAT WE'VE REACHED THE HEIGHT OF OUR SHINING CITY ON THE HILL AND THAT IT'S TIME TO COME BACK DOWN TO THE WORLD OF LIMITS AND UNCERTAINTY. THE CHOICES -- THE CHOICE IS OURS TO MAKE BECAUSE AS AMERICANS WE WRITE OUR OWN FUTURE. THAT'S WHAT THIS VOTE MEANS FOR ME. AND FOR EVERY CALIFORNIAN. THE LAWS GOVERNING WATER ARE BROKEN. THE BUREAUCRACY IS WORKING AGAINST THE PEOPLE. THE SYSTEM IS HOLDING US BACK. BUT THIS IS NOT HOW IT HAS TO BE. CALIFORNIA HAS LONG BEEN A REFLECTION OF AMERICA'S PROMISE. WE ALSO HELPED AMERICA TO REALIZE ITS PROMISE. WE LED THE WAY IN MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, AGRICULTURE, AND EVEN SPACE. BRING THE WATER BACK AND I KNOW WE'LL LEAD AMERICA ONCE AGAIN. AND HELP TO RESTORE HOPE IN OUR FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:23:27 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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  • 03:23:35 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE THE MAJORITY LEADER'S VIEW THAT CALIFORNIA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE THE MAJORITY LEADER'S VIEW THAT CALIFORNIA IS A UNIQUE AND ICONIC AND MAJESTIC PLACE. I WOULD ONLY ADD THAT PART OF WHAT MAKES IT SO INCLUDES THE GREAT RIVERS AND ICONIC SALMON RUNS IN CALIFORNIA, FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY TO THE NORTH COAST WHERE I REPRESENT AND THE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BAY DELTA ESTUARY, THE MOST IMPORTANT, ECOLOGICALLY IMPORTANT ESTUARY ON THE WEST COAST OF THE AMERICAS, WHICH DESPITE ALL THE DAMAGE WE'VE DONE TO IT OVER THE PAST 00-PLUS YEARS, STILL TEEMS WITH WATERFOWL AND WILDLIFE AND STILL SUPPORTS SALMON RUNS THAT ARE THE STAPLE OF THE COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHING INDUSTRY NOT JUST IN CALIFORNIA BUT IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON. THAT'S WHY GROUPS WHO ADVOCATE FOR THESE FISHERIES, FOLKS WHO MAKE THEIR LIVING BY DEPENDING ON THESE FISH, ARE UNIFORMLY AGAINST THE REPUBLICAN WATER BILL THAT HAS BEEN ADDED IN BY WAY OF THIS AMENDMENT. FISHING JOBS MATTER TOO. IT'S PART OF WHAT MAKES CALIFORNIA GREAT. THERE'S NO ONE THAT UNDERSTANDS THAT BETTER THAN MY COLLEAGUE, MIKE THOMPSON, WHO I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO RIGHT NOW.

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  • 03:24:49 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE BILL THAT'S BEFORE US. CALIFORNIA IS IN A TRUE STATE OF EMERGENCY WHEN IT COMES TO WATER. WE'RE IN A MULTIYEAR DROUGHT. EVEN AFTER THIS WINTER'S EL NINO, ONLY ONE OF OUR STATE'S RESERVOIRS IS FILLED TO CAPACITY. IT'S HAVING A SERIOUS IMPACT ON FAMILIES, ON FARMS, ON FISHERIES, ON BUSINESSES ACROSS CALIFORNIA. WE NEED SCIENCE-BASED, LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS TO OUR STATE'S WATER CHALLENGES AND THIS BILL IS NOT THE SOLUTION. IT WON'T HELP OUR STATE TO IMPROVE WATER EFFICIENCY AND MAKE THE MOST OF THE WATER WE HAVE. IT'S BASE ODD THEN MISGUIDED ASSUMPTION THAT OUR WATER CRISIS CAN BE REMEDIED BY PUMP MANAGER WATER SOUTH. THE TRUTH IS, WE HAVEN'T PUMPED MORE WATER SOUTH BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ENOUGH WATER. WE'RE IN A DROUGHT. THE PROVISIONS WE'RE DEBATING TODAY REDEFINE THE STANDARD BY WHICH THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS APPLIED. THIS WILL WEAKEN THE LAW, INCREASE THE RISK OF SPECIES EXTINCTION, AND LEAD TO COSTLY LITIGATION. YOU'LL HEAR THE OTHER SIDE TALK ABOUT HOW THIS IS NECESSARY BECAUSE WE'RE LETTING MILLIONS OF TPWHRONS OF WATER WASH OUT TO SEA IN ORDER TO PROTECT FISH. WHEN THAT WATER COULD HAVE BEEN PUMPED TO FARMERS IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY. THE REALITY IS THAT WATER NEEDS TO KEEP MOVING THROUGH THE DELTA SO THAT SALT WATER DOESN'T WASH IN. JEOPARDIZING WATER QUALITY FOR FARMS AND FOR COMMUNITIES. INWHICH -- INCLUDING THE CITIES IN MY DISTRICT THAT RELY ON THE DELTA FOR THEIR FRESH WATER SUPPLY. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS BILL SETS A DANGEROUSES PREDEBIT FOR EVERY OTHER STATE IN OUR COUNTRY. CALIFORNIA HAS A SYSTEM OF WATER MANAGEMENT RULES THAT HAVE ENDURED FOR A LONG TIME BUT THIS BILL OVERRIDES WATER REGULATIONS DEVELOPED BY CALIFORNIANS THEMSELVES AND TELLS LOCAL RESOURCE MANAGERS AND WATER DISTRICTS HOW TO ADMINISTER THEIR WATER SUPPLIES. IF WE PASS THIS BILL, WE'RE TELLING EVERY STATE IN AMERICA THAT WE'RE OK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDERMINING LOCAL EXPERTS AND STATE LAWS FROM COAST TO COAST. WE NEED REAL SOLUTIONS THAT ARE BASED ON SCIENCE AND THAT WORK FOR EVERYONE. IF YOU CAN'T -- IF YOU CAN SET THE SCIENCE ASIDE IN CALIFORNIA, YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE. YOU HAVE NO PROTECTION FOR YOUR RESOURCES. THIS ISN'T ABOUT FARMERS VERSUS FISH. IT'S ABOUT SAVING SALMON, SAVING CITIES IN THE DELL TARK DELTA FARMERS, NORTH OF DELTA FARMERS, AND RESOURCES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. I'M NOT INSENSITIVE TO THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND REALITY OF CALIFORNIA'S WATER. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS OF CENTRAL VALLEY'S FARMERS. REMEMBER, I AM ONE. AND AG IS BIG IN MY DISTRICT TOO. BUT IF YOUR WELL RUNS DRY, THE SOLUTION ISN'T TO STEAL WATER FROM YOUR NEIGHBORS. THIS BILL ISN'T THE SOLUTION. IT'S WAD FOR THE MILLIONS WHO DEPEND ON THE -- IT'S BAD FOR THE MILLIONS WHO DEPEND ON THE DELTA FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS, BAD FOR CALIFORNIA AND BAD FOR STATES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON, YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON, YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WESTERMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:28:16 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VALADAO.

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    MR. VALADAO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. VALADAO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALWAYS ENJOY LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALWAYS ENJOY LISTENING TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SAY THAT THIS IS THEFT THAT WE'RE STEALING WATER THIS PICTURE HAS BEEN USED A FEW TIMES, THIS GRAPH. THIS IS THE AMOUNT OF WATER GOING THROUGH THE DELTA IN 2015, THIS IS WHAT IS EXPORTED. IN 2016 THE AMOUNT OF WATER GOING TO THE OCEAN. THIS IS NOT STEALING FROM ONE PERSON'S WELL IN THEIR COMMUNITY TO ANOTHER COMMUNITY. THIS IS WATER GOING OUT INTO THE OCEAN THAT THEY'RE ADVOCATING WE SPEND MORE TAXPAYER MONEY TO DESAL NATE TO BRING IT RIGHT BACK. WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING THE DELTA, WHICH WE ALL WANT TO DO, I WOULD ACTUALLY RECOMMEND THAT THE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE DELTA STOP DUMPING THEIR SEWAGE IN IT. WITH OVER 300 MILLION GALLONS OF SEWAGE BEING DUMPED IN THE DELTA, ON A DAILY BASIS, YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT ON THE DELTA SPECIES AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON THERE THAN A LITTLE BIT OF WATER BEING PUMPED. THERE WERE PERIODS THIS PAST WINTER ALONE WHERE THERE WAS 150,000 CUBIC FEET OF WATER PER SECOND GOING THROUGH THAT DELTA. WE'RE ASKING FOR 5,000. AND AT THOSE HIGH PERIODS, MAYBE 7,500. THINK ABOUT THAT. 150,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND AND WE'RE ASKING FOR 7,500. AS IF WE'RE GOING TO PUMP THE DELTA DRY AND HAVE A HUGE IMPACT. I STILL ARGUE DUMPING YOUR SEWAGE IN THE DELTA WOULD HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT THAN ANYTHING ELSE. IF YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPECIES, YOU'D THINK YOU'D TAKE THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE IN THERE THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE PREDATOR SPECIES, THE STRIPED BASS THAT IS CONSUMING BABY SALMON AND IS ALSO CONSUMING THE DELTA SMELT. WE KNOW IT'S HAPPENING. I'VE SEEN STUDIES THAT POINT TO AS MUCH AS 98% OF DELTA SMELT IS CONSUMED BY THE STRIPED BASS. MY WHY NOT TAKE A LOOK AT THE LEGISLATION IN THIS BILL RIGHT NOW AND ADOPT IT AND HAVE A REAL IMPACT AND SAVE THE SPECIES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. IT'S TIME TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AND HURTING OTHER COMMUNITIES, WE'RE LOOKING TO CAPTURE A LITTLE BIT OF WATTER THAT GOES TO THE DELTA, A LOT WAS WASTED THIS YEAR. WE'RE NOT TRYING TO STEAL FROM ANYONE ELSE. IT'S A FAIR AND EQUITABLE ASK. IT HAS LITTLE IMPACT ON THE DELTA AND IF YOU WANT TO PROTECT THE DELTA, LET'S LOOK AT EVERY PART OF IT INCLUDING THE SEWAGE, INCLUDING THE INVASIVE SPECIES. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF ROOM TO COMPROMISE AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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  • 03:31:02 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    AS THEY TALK ABOUT WATER THAT IS SOMEHOW WASTED AND AVAILABLE TO BE TAKEN…

    AS THEY TALK ABOUT WATER THAT IS SOMEHOW WASTED AND AVAILABLE TO BE TAKEN FOR ANY PERSON, IT REQUIRES US OFTEN TO REMIND THEM THAT THIS DELTA WATER SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO MILLIONS FOR CALIFORNIA FOR DRINKING WATER OR CENTRAL VALLEY FOR CULTURAL IRRIGATION BECAUSE THAT OUTFLOW MAINTAINS WATER QUALITY IN THIS VERY COMPLEX WATER SYSTEM. AND IT IS ALSO INCORRECT AND WE CONTINUE TO HEAR IT REGULARLY THAT HUGE AMOUNTS OF WATER IN THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN WASTED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSES. THE STATE RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD IN CALIFORNIA ESTIMATES THAT IN 2014 ONLY 4% OF ALL RUNOFF IN THE BAY DEALT ARE -- DELTA WATERSHED, THERE ARE BENEFITS THAT SUSTAINS WATER QUALITY AND OTHER VALUES IN THE SYSTEM. IN 2015, THE STATE ESTIMATES IT WAS 12% OF THE RUNOFF IN THE WATERSHED THAT MADE IT THROUGH THE SYSTEM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSES ONLY. IT IS IMPORTANT WE BEAR THOSE FACTS IN MIND AND I WILL NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN

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    MR. DESAULNIER

    THIS DEBATE REMINDS ME OF THE OLD EXPRESSION IN CALIFORNIA, WHISSY IS FOR…

    THIS DEBATE REMINDS ME OF THE OLD EXPRESSION IN CALIFORNIA, WHISSY IS FOR DRINKING AND WATER IS FOR FIGHTING. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS REPRESENTED THE DELTA IN LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT AND NOW FEDERAL LEVEL FOR 25 YEARS WE ARE DOING WELL IN CALIFORNIA. AN EXPERT ON WATER RESOURCES WROTE AN ARTICLE HOW CALIFORNIA IS WINNING THE DROUGHT. BY ALMOST EVERY MEASURE EXCEPT PERCEPTION CALIFORNIA IS DOING FINE, NOT JUST FINE, CALIFORNIA IS DOING FABULOUSLY AND GROWN 27% MORE THAN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY HAS GROWN. MORE THAN HALF OF THE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES GROWN IN THE UNITED STATES COME FROM CALIFORNIA FARMS AND 2013, THE THIRD GROWING SEASON FARM EMPLOYMENT AND REVENUE INCREASED. I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO OPPOSE THE BILL BECAUSE IT JEOPARDIZES THE ECONOMY OF CALIFORNIA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS HAS ONE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

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  • 03:33:46 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    POLICY IS EVEN RARE OR OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE. GOOD POLICY IS HARD WORK GOOD…

    POLICY IS EVEN RARE OR OFTEN IMPOSSIBLE. GOOD POLICY IS HARD WORK GOOD DATA, COMMON SENSE AND A LITTLE BIT OF GIVE AND TAKE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS GOOD POLICY. IT'S FAIR POLICY. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IT WILL PROVIDE FOR A BETTER WAY OF LIFE FOR AMERICANS. I URGE SUPPORT FOR SENATE 2012 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 03:34:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER…

    THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:34:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL? HANDCUFF

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    IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. PETERS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND…

    MR. PETERS MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT.

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  • 03:35:07 PM

    MR. PETERS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE BILL BE CONSIDERED READ.

  • 03:35:13 PM

    MR. WITTMAN

    TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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  • 03:35:32 PM

    MR. PETERS

    RECOGNIZED EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND…

    RECOGNIZED EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND INFLUENCED BY HUMAN ACTIVITY. WE NEED CONGRESS TO GET ON BOARD WITH THE RESPONSE AND NOT STAND IN THE WAY. THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THREE REASONS. FIRST, WE ARE TO LOWER THE RATE THE IMPACT OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WE NEED FEDERAL ACTION. IT IS FROM BURNING FOSSIL FUELS WHICH RAISES LEVELS OF CO-2, METHANE IS MANY TIMES MORE POTENT THAN CO-2 AND THE SIGNIFICANT DRIVER OF CLIMATE CHANGE. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AFFECTS FOOD SUPPLIES, WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. THAT'S WHY JUST LAST MONTH THE UNITED STATES SIGNED THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT TO REDUCE EMISSIONS BY 26% BY 2025. AS A COUNTRY THAT CONTRIBUTES 17% OF THE WORLD'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WE PLEDGE TO DO OUR PART. THIS FOLLOWS THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON CLIMATE CHANGE WHICH ESTABLISHED NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY GOALS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE NEED CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THESE EFFORTS, NOT GET IN THE WAY. SECOND, ALL NEW NATIONAL PLANS AND PROJECTS SHOULD CONSIDER THESE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS WE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT AND WHERE TO BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO PERMIT PROJECTS. EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. ONE OF MY FIRST VOTES WAS TO FUND A RESPONSE TO SUPERSTORM SANDY WITH AN APPROPRIATION OF $60 BILLION OFF BUDGET. REGIONS AROUND THE WORLD ARE EXPERIENCING INTENSE DROUGHTS, LONGER WILDFIRE SEASONS AND WATER SHORTAGES AND FLOODING AND SEA LEVELS ARE RISING AT TWICE THE RATE THEY WERE 20 YEARS AGO THREATENING TO CAUSE EROSION, POWERFUL STORMS, CONTAMINATION OF AGRICULTURE. THE FEDERAL PERMITTING AND CONSTRUCTION LEARNS THE LESSONS FROM THESE EVENTS AND WE ACCOUNT FOR THE EFFECT OF RISING SEAS, INCREASING WINDS AND DROUGHT ON THE BUILDINGS AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE APPROVE AND BUILD. WE HAVE TO BUILD RESILIENCEY IN FEDERAL DECISION MAKING, NOT DODGE THE QUESTION. A BIPARTISAN BLOOMBERG REPORT ESTIMATED IF WE DO NOT ARREST CLIMATE CHANGE, BETWEEN 66 BILLION AND $106 BILLION WORTH OF COASTAL PROPERTY IN THE UNITED STATES WILL BE BELOW SEE LEVEL BY 2050. WE NEED TO BRING OUR FEDERAL PRACTICES INTO LINE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, THE ONLY ENTITY IN THE WORLD WITH THE COLLECTIVE HEAD IN THE SAND ON THE REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE. 175 COUNTRIES ARE ON BOARD, THAT'S HOW MANY SIGNED THE AGREEMENT. 154 COMPANIES ARE ON BOARD WITH PARIS AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE COMMITTED TO PUT FORWARD CLIMATE TARGETS BY REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS. APPLE, NESTLE, KELLOGG, STARBUCKS ARE THE PRIVATE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE INCLUDED SUSTAINABILITY AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AS SMART BUSINESS PRACTICE. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OUR OWN MILITARY IS ON BOARD ACTING NOW TO ADDRESS THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. IN JANUARY, THE PENTAGON RELEASED A DIRECTIVE STATING, QUOTE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MUST BE ABLE TO ADAPT CURRENT AND FUTURE OPERATIONS TO ADDRESS THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AND EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MILITARY END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S TAKE IT FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD, THE AMERICAN PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE PENTAGON AND CONSIDER CLIMATE CHANGE IN PERMITTING AND SILETTING. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, THE SIMPLE FACTS MAY BE FRIGHTENING, BUT U.S. LEADERSHIP IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS OR IDEOLOGY, BUT ABOUT SECURITY ENSURING THE HEALTH OF OUR CITIZENS AND FAMILIES AND INCREASING THE UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC DUNT OF THE CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION. THE STAKES HAVE NEVER BEEN HIGHER. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:39:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. DOES ANY MEMBER SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION?

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  • 03:39:52 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION AND WITHDRAW MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    JESSER VACATION IS WITHDRAWN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED…

    JESSER VACATION IS WITHDRAWN AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 03:40:09 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    OPPOSITION TO THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE MAIN OBJECTION HERE AND THE…

    OPPOSITION TO THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE MAIN OBJECTION HERE AND THE BASIS OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT RELATES TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONTRARY TO THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT THAT THE HOUSE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE CLIMATE CHANGE, ALL OF US RECOGNIZE THAT THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING. WE DO, HOWEVER, HAVE SOME SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND SOME OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE IN THAT WE, MANY PEOPLE, DO NOT BELIEVE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FACING MANKIND. THERE ARE MANY OTHER ISSUES THERE AS WELL. THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT HAVE TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANYONE ON THIS ISSUE. THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE RECENTLY REPORTED THAT OVER18 FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE ALREADY ADMINISTERING CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS. THERE ARE OVER 67 CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE ARE ALREADY SPENDING IN EXCESS OF $15 BILLION A YEAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE. NOW ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN ACTING UNILATERALLY ON THIS ISSUE. HE WENT TO COPENHAGEN AND MADE AGREEMENTS AND WENT TO PARIS AND ENTERED THE UNITED STATES INTO AN AGREEMENT WITHOUT ANY CONSULTATION WITH THE U.S. CONGRESS, WITHOUT DISCUSSING WITH THE U.S. CONGRESS ON WHAT HE WAS AGREEING TO, BUT HE USED THAT AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO HAVE THE E.P.A. ISSUE THEIR CLEAN POWER PLAN AND THE CLEAN POWER PLAN IN WHICH E.P.A. ASH TEMPORARILY SETS CO-2 LIMITS FOR EVERY STATE IN AMERICA, WHERE EACH STATE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE THEIR STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN ADOPTED BY THIS SEPTEMBER EXCEPT THAT SINCE CONGRESS WAS NOT INVOLVED AND MANY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WERE RIGHTLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS UNILATERAL ACTION, THEY TOOK THE ONLY THING AVAILABLE TO THEM AND THAT WAS TO FILE A LAWSUIT TO STOP IT. AND WHAT HAPPENED? IT WENT ALL THE WAY TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. AND I MIGHT ADD THAT THE SUPREME COURT ISSUED AN INJUNCTION TO PROHIBIT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRESIDENT'S CLEAN ENERGY PLAN UNTIL THERE COULD BE FURTHER DISCUSSION ABOUT IT. I MIGHT ALSO SAY CONGRESS HAD MANY HEARINGS ON THE CLEAN ENERGY PLAN. THAT WAS OUR ONLY INVOLVEMENT. WE CERTAINLY WERE NOT PART OF THE PLAN, BUT IT WAS INTERESTING THAT A PROFESSOR FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY, WHO IS GENERALLY CONSIDERED LIBERAL, WHO TAUGHT THE PRESIDENT CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, CAME TO CONGRESS AND TESTIFIED THAT THE PRESIDENT'S CLEAN ENERGY PLAN, TO USE HIS WORDS, NOT THE PRESIDENT, BUT THE PROFESSOR'S WORDS, WAS LIKE TEARING UP THE CONSTITUTION AND THROWING IT AWAY. SO WE AGREE THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN ISSUE. WE SIMPLY DISAGREE WITH THIS PRESIDENT'S UNILATERAL ACTION IN TRYING TO DECIDE THE WAY IT'S ADDRESSED. AND SO THAT'S WHY WE FEEL LIKE THAT THIS ENERGY BILL THAT IS ON THE FLOOR, WE ARE AMENDING THE SENATE BILL BECAUSE WE WANT TO USE SOME COMMONSENSE APPROACHES SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING DOWN CO-2 EMISSIONS AND ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO EXPAND TO CREATE JOBS AND WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THE U.S. IS DOING AS MUCH AS ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ON CLIMATE CHANGE. I MIGHT ALSO SAY THAT WE DO -- WE EXPECT THAT OUR CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS WILL REMAIN BELOW OUR 2005 LEVELS THROUGH THE YEAR 2040. NOW YOU LOOK AT INDIA, YOU LOOK AT CHINA AND LOOK AT MANY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND MANY PARTS OF EUROPE, THEY DO NOT MEET THAT STANDARD. SO LET'S USE COMMON SENSE AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT WE ATTEMPT TO DO WITH OUR AMENDMENTS TO SENATE 2012, THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2016 AND I WOULD RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT WE DENY THIS MOTION TO COMMIT OR RECOMMIT AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO COMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 03:45:10 PM

    MR. PETERS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, I CALL UP H.R. 5233, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, I CALL UP H.R. 5233, THE CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IN PROVIDING FOR D.C. HOME RULE ACT OF 2016 AND ASK FOR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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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. 5233, A BILL TO REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT OF 2012 TO AMEND…

    H.R. 5233, A BILL TO REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT OF 2012 TO AMEND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOME RULE ACT TO CLARIFY THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS IN THE LOCAL GUDGET PROCESS OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:46:52 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    I ASK --

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    MR. FAY CHETS

    I ASK --

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEDGE SLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND -- LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 52 3.

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  • 03:47:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    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. CHAFFETZ

    TO START BY THANKING THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS.…

    TO START BY THANKING THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON. SHE POUR HER HEART AND SOUL AND PASSION INTO FOR THIS COUNTRY. WE DISAGREE ON THIS ISSUE, WE'VE AGREED ON SOME ISSUES AND DISAGREE ON OTHERS BUT I WANT TO NOTE HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE HER PASSION AND HER COMMITMENT AND HER DESIRE TO REPRESENT HER CONSTITUENTS AS VIGOROUSLY AS SHE DOES. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, FOR INTRODUCING H.R. 52 P -- 5233, THE CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT AND HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. HE'S THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN WHO DEALS WITH THIS ISSUE. HE SPENT CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME WORKING ON THIS TOPIC, WORKING WITH CITY LEADERS, GETTING TO KNOW THE CITY, AND WORKING WITH THEM AND I APPRECIATE HIS PROACTIVE AND TISSUE PROACTIVE APPROACH AND THE MAN FOR THE WHICH HE APPROACH THIS IS AND HIS THOUGHTFULNESS IN THIS SENSITIVE BUT IMPORTANT TOPIC. WE'RE HERE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE BILL THAT WOULD DO JUST AS THE TITLE SAYS. CLARIFY THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT BEHIND THE D.C. HOME RULE ACT PASSED IN 1974. FIRST A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ABOUT THE NEED FOR THIS LEGISLATION. IN DECEMBER OF 2012, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNCIL DISREGARDED CLEAR LIMITATIONS FOUND IN THE HOME RULE ACT OF 1973. IN DOING SO IT PASSED THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT, LBAA, IN AN ATTEMPT TO REMOVE CONGRESS FROM THE DISTRICT'S BUDGETING PROCESS. IF THE BILL IS IMPLEMENTED, IT WOULD ALLOW THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT TO APPROPRIATE MONEY WITHOUT THE NEED FOR FEDERAL ACTION. IN DOING SO, COUNCIL VIOLATED CLEAR LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY GRANTED TO CONGRESS BY THE CONSTITUTION. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 17 OF THE CONSTITUTION GIVES CONGRESS PLENARY AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. AS WITH OTHER POWERS, CONGRESS MAY DELEGATE SOME OF ITS POWERS TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IT DID WHEN IT PASSED THIS EHOME RULE ACT BACK IN 1973. 1974. ABSENT THE DELEGATION, THE DISTRICT HAS NO LEGISLATIVE POWER. AS ENACTED MORE THAN 40 YEARS AGO, THE HOME RULE ACT WAS DESIGNED TO ALLOW THE DISTRICT TO SELF-GOVERN ON TRULY LOCAL MATTERS. AT THE SAME TIME IT PRESERVED A ROLE FOR CONGRESS IN MATTERS THAT COULD AFFECT THE FEDERAL BUDGET. TODAY'S LEGISLATION CLARIFIES THE ORIGINAL INTENT BEHIND THE HOME RULE ACT AND REINFORCES THE INTENT OF CONGRESS, THE FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE CONSTITUTION. IMPORTANTLY THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOME RULE ACT MAKES CLEAR IT'S NOT AUTHORIZING THE DISTRICT AUTHORITY OVER ITS BUDGET. IN FACT, MR. JACQUES DUPUIS, THEN COUNCIL TO THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT DRAFTED THE HOME RULE ACT, TESTIFIED THIS MONTH AT OUR COMMITTEE HE, SAID, QUOTE, CONGRESS DID NOT INTENT TO -- INTEND TO DELEGATE THE D.C. COUNCIL OR VOTERS AUTHORITY OVER LOCAL REVENUES IN THE CHARTER PROCESS. HIS RECOLLECTIONS ARE SUPPORTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY, PARTICULARLY A DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER SENT BY THEN-CHAIRMAN DIGGS. IT INDICATED THE COMPROMISE LANGUAGE WAS DRAFTED WITH THE EXPLICIT INTENTION OF MAINTAINING THE CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS FOR THE DISTRICT FUNDS. I BELIEVE CHAIRMAN DIGGS' LETTER MEEVES NO CONFUSION AS TO WHETHER CONGRESS INTENDED TO GIVE THE DISTRICT BUDGET AUTONOMY IN THE HOME RULE ACT. THEREFORE IT'S CLEAR THE DISTRICT ACTED BEYOND ITS AUTHORITY TO GRANT ITSELF BUDGET AUTHORITY. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WILL CLARIFY THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE HOME RULE ACT, PARDON ME, AND ADDRESS ANY PENDING LEGAL QUESTIONS CURRENTLY WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE COURTS. H.R. 5233 WILL MAKE CLEAR THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT OF 012 IS NOT LEGALLY VALID AND WILL ENSURE THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT BEHIND THE HOME RULE ACT IS PRESERVED. IT WILL ALSO PREVENT A POTENTIAL VIOLATION OF THE ANTI-DEFICIENCY ACT, PROTECTING OFFICIALS FROM CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES. ULTIMATELY, UNILATERAL ACTION TAKE BIN THE DISTRICT TO SUBSUME CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY SUN ACCEPTABLE. H.R. 5 33 RECOGNIZE THIS IS NEED FOR EXCLUSIVE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND STEWARDSHIP. I THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND PLACE BUDGET AUTHORITY FOR THE DISTRICT FIRMLY BACK IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS THIS ESOLE PLACE WHERE IT WAS INTENDED TO BE -- THE SOLE PLACE WHERE IT WAS INTENDED TO BE LOCATED. I RESERVE.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

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  • 03:52:33 PM

    MS. NORTON

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

  • 03:52:41 PM

    MS. NORTON

    I'M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR FULL…

    I'M HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE MY FRIENDSHIP WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE, I THANK HIM FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I ONLY HOPE HE WILL COME TO WHERE THE TWO PATHS -- TWO PAST IMMEDIATE CHAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE HAVE COME, THAT IS TO SUPPORT BUDGET AUTONOMY FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, CHAIRMAN DAVIS, FORMER CHAIRMAN DAVIS AND FORMER CHAIRMAN ISSA. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. THIS BILL THAT WOULD REPEAL A LAW APPROVED BY 83% OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA VOTERS. WOULD NULLIFY A COURT RULING AND WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE AWAY THE AUTHORITY OF THE 700,000 D.C. CITIZENS AND THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SPEND THEIR LOCAL FUNDS WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. THIS BILL MANAGES TO BE UNPRINCIPLED AND UNPRACTICAL -- IMPRACTICAL AT THE SAME TIME. IT IS PROFOUNDLY UNDEMOCRATIC. FOR ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY TO DECLARE THAT HE HAS AUTHORITY OVER ANY OTHER JURISDICTION EXCEPT HIS OWN. IT IS -- IT ALSO WOULD HARM THE FINANCES AND OPERATIONS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT IS ALREADY IN EFFECT. THE DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS BEGUN THE PROCESS OF PASSING ITS FIRST LOCAL BUDGET WITHOUT THE ASSISTANCE OF FEDERAL OVERSEERS. THEREFORE, THIS BILL WOULD BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE DISTRICT'S AUTHORITY TO GOVERN ITSELF SINCE CONGRESS GRANTED THE DISTRICT'S LIMITED -- GRANTED THIS EDISTRICT LIMITED HOME RULE IN 1973. AS A LAWYER MYSELF, I AM THE FIRST TO CONCEDE THAT LAWYERS DIFFER ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. EVEN WHEN THE DISTRICT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF ENACTING IT. WHAT IS INDISPENSABLE, THOUGH, MR. SPEAKER IS THAT THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT IS NOW LAW, THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT HAS BEEN LITIGATED, AND THERE IS ONLY ONE JUDICIAL OPINION IN EFFECT. IN MARCH, THE D.C. SUPERIOR COURT UPHELD THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. YOU BELIEVE IN THE RULE OF LAW, UPHELD THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. NO APPEAL WAS FILED. AND THE COURT ORDERED D.C. EMPLOYEES TO IMPLEMENT IT. NOW, THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THEN EVALUATED EACH AND EVERY LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENT YOU WILL HEAR BROUGHT FORWARD TODAY. ABOUT WHETHER THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT VIOLATES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOME RULE ACT. THE FEDERAL ANTI-DEFICIENCY ACT. AND THE FEDERAL BUDGET AND ACCOUNTING ACT. ALL OF THAT, EVERY LAST ONE OF IT, EVERY LAST PROVISION, HAS BEEN LITIGATED. HOUSE LEADERSHIP MADE THE VERY SAME ARGUMENTS IN AN AMICUS BRIEF THEY FILED. WHOLE GANG OF FOLKS. ANXIOUS TO SEE THAT THIS ONE JURISDICTION CAN'T HANDLE IT OWN -- ITS OWN MONEY. THE COURT NEVERTHELESS FOUND, INDEED DISPOSED OF, ALL OF THESE ARGUMENTS. SPECIFICALLY, THE COURT UPHELD THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT AND HELD THAT THE HOME RULE ACT PRESERVED THE THEN-EXISTING 1973 BUDGET PROCESS, BUT DID NOT, AND THIS IS ESSENTIAL HERE, DID NOT PROHIBIT THE DISTRICT FROM CHANGING THE LOCAL PROCESS IN THE FUTURE. THE CHARTER DOES NOT -- THE CHARTER IS LIKE THE CONSTITUTION. CONGRESS KNEW HOW TO SAY, DON'T CHANGE BUDGET MATTERS DISCUSSED IN THIS DOCUMENT. IT DID NOT DO SO. IT HAD TO BE INTERPRETED. AND IT WAS INTERPRETED. THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, AT THE TIME OF THE HOME RULE ACT, PASSED BUDGET AUTONOMY. FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. SO YOU CAN THANK THE BIGGS COMPROMISE ALL YOU WANT TO. THE COMPROMISE WAS BUDGET CONTROL NOW IS IN THE HANDS OF THE CONGRESS. BUT YOU WILL NOTE, WE HAVE LEFT ROOM IN THE CHARTER FOR BUDGET CONTROL TO COME TO THE DISTRICT. THAT WAS THE COMPROMISE. THERE WAS NO COMPROMISE THAT SAID THAT THE DISTRICT COULD NEVER HAVE ANY JURISDICTION OR ANY FINAL SAY OVER ITS LOCAL BUDGET. THIS IS, AFTER ALL, THE COUNTRY THAT WENT TO WAR OVER TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. BUT YOU FOLKS -- YOU'RE SAYING YOU FOLKS CAN RAISE ALL THE MONEY YOU WANT TO BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING UNLESS THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES PASSES YOUR BUDGET. THE DISTRICT FOLLOWED THE CHARTER PROCEDURE. THAT WAS IN THE DIGGS BUDGET. TO PASS THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. AND AS THE COURT NOTED, CONGRESS HAD THE AUTHORITY TO PASS A DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION. WHILE THE DISTRICT BUDGET -- WHILE THE REFERENDUM WAS OVER HERE FOR 30 DAYS. BUT DID NOT DISAPPROVE IT. THE FEDERAL COURTS ALSO HAVE EVALUATED THE VALIDITY OF THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. A FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT INDEED DID FIND THE ACT TO BE INVALID. BUT THEN LOOK AT WHAT THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DID. AFTER RECEIVING BRIEFS, READING THEM, HOPEFULLY, AND HEARING ORAL ARGUMENTS, THE HIGHER COURT , THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, VACATED THE DISTRICT COURT DECISION ALTOGETHER, MEANING THAT THAT INITIAL DECISION AGAINST THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT HAD NO FORCE OR EFFECT. INSTEAD OF ISSUING A DECISION ON THE MERITS OR SENDING THE CASE BACK TO THE LOWER FEDERAL COURT, THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT, WITHOUT EXPLANATION, SIMPLY REMANDED THE CASE TO THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHICH THEN ISSUED THE ONLY EXISTING COURT RUMING ON THE VALIDITY OF THE -- COURT RULING ON THE VALIDITY OF THE D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT. IS THERE RATIONAL REASON FOR OPPOSITION TO BUDGET AUTONOMY? AFTER ALL, BUDGET AUTONOMY IS NOT STATEHOOD. IT'S NOT INDEPENDENCE. IT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY IN OF YOUR -- ANY OF YOUR MUCH-VAUNTED POWER. THE BUDGET ACT HAS NO EFFECT, INDEED, ON CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT. UNDER THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT, THE D.C. COUNCIL MUST TRANSMIT THE LOCAL D.C. BUDGET TO CONGRESS FOR REVIEW PERIOD BEFORE THAT BUDGET WOULD TAKE EFFECT, LIKE ALL OTHER D.C. LEGISLATION YOU SHOULD THE HOME RULE ACT. THAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN AS I SPEAK. . DURING THE REVIE PERIOD, CONGRESS CAN USE -- REVIEW PERIOD, CONGRESS CAN USE EXPEDITED PROCEDURES TO DISAPPROVE THE BUDGET. YOU SEE WHAT THE DISTRICT WAS DOING HERE, IT WAS NOT COMMITTING REVOLUTION, IT WAS USING THE PROCEDURES IN PLACE IN ORDER TO GET GREATER CONTROL OVER ITS OWN LOCAL BUDGET. ADDITIONALLY, UNDER THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, CONGRESS HAS TOTAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT. CONGRESS CAN LEGISLATE ON ANY DISTRICT MATTER, AT ANY TIME. BUT CONGRESS CAN ALSO DELEGATE ANY OR ALL OF ITS LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT, AND IT CAN TAKE BACK ANY DELEGATED AUTHORITY AT ANY TIME. IN 1973, UNDER THE HOME RULE ACT, CONGRESS DID JUST THAT. IT DELEGATED MOST OF ITS AUTHORITY, ITS LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY, OVER THE DISTRICT TO AN ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT. CONGRESS CAN DELEGATE MORE OR CAN DELEGATE LESS AUTHORITY THAN PROVIDED IN THE HOME RULE ACT. IT CAN REPEAL THE HOME RULE ACT AT ANY TIME. IT CAN EVEN ABOLISH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. MY FRIENDS, I ASK YOU, IS THAT ENOUGH AUTHORITY FOR YOU? OVER 700,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT YOUR CONSTITUENTS, IS THAT ENOUGH FOR YOU? IS THAT ENOUGH CONCESSION? WHY IS THAT NOT ENOUGH TO SATISFY ANY CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES? UNTIL THIS CONGRESS, DEMOCRATS WERE NOT ALONE IN SUPPORTING BUDGET AUTONOMY. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SUPPORTED IT. THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED SENATE PASSED A BUDGET AUTONOMY BILL. BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN 2003. THE LAST TWO REPUBLICAN CHAIRMEN, OF WHOM I SPOKE AS I BEGAN TO SPEAK MYSELF, WHO HAD THE JURISDICTION THAT CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ NOW HAS, TOM DAVIS AND DARRELL ISSAUALLY FOUGHT FOR, NOT SIMPLY SUPPORTED -- ISSA, -- ACTUALLY FOUGHT FOR, NOT SIMPLY SUPPORTED, BUT FOUGHT FOR BUDGET AUTONOMY. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT LOCAL CONTROL WAS A CARDINAL PRINCIPLE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. EVEN THE REPUBLICANS' OWN WITNESSES AT THE HEARING ON THIS BILL, WHO TOOK A POSITION ON POLICY OF BUDGET AUTONOMY, THAT WAS MOST OF THEM, SUPPORTED IT. CONTROL OVER THE DOLLARS RAISED BY LOCAL TAXPAYERS IS A MUCH -CITED PRINCIPLE OF CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS AND IT HAPPENS TO BE CENTRAL TO OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND HELD THAT WAY BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. THE EXULTED STATUS OF LOCAL CONTROL FOR REPUBLICANS, THOUGH, KEEPS BEING ANNOUNCED AS IF WE NEED TO BE RETAUGHT. THE REPUBLICANS DID SO AGAIN IN THEIR RECENTLY RELEASED BUDGET. I QUOTE YOU ONLY ONE SENTENCE, WE ARE HUMBLE ENOUGH, REPUBLICANS SAID, TO ADMIT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. THAT WAS THE LATEST. BEYOND THIS CORE PRINCIPLE, BUDGET AUTONOMY HAS PRACTICAL BENEFITS THAT I DON'T SEE HOW ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN IGNORE. A RECENT -- IN A RECENT AMICK US BRIEF FILED BY -- AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY FORMER CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, AND I'M QUOTING HIM, THE BENEFITS OF BUDGET AUTONOMY FOR THE DISTRICT ARE NUMEROUS, REAL AND MUCH-NEEDED. THERE IS NO DRAWBACK, END QUOTE. ONE OF THE OTHER SIGNATORIES OF THE BRIEF WAS ALICE RIVLAND, A FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, A FORM DIRECTOR ALSO OF THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. HERE SHE IS WITH SOME IRONY AND A REAL PAIN THAT I SEE COME TO THIS FLOOR, EVEN TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS BILL, MEMBERS WHOSE BUDGETS ARE NOT AS LARGE AS THE BUDGET OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, EVEN THOUGH THEY COME FROM WHOLE, BIG STATES, THE D.C.'S BUDGET IS BIGGER THAN THE -- THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET IS BIGGER THAN THE BUDGETS OF 14 STATES. WE RAISE THAT MONEY OURSELVES. THE DISTRICT RAISES MORE THAN $7 BILLION IN LOCAL FUNDS. THE DISTRICT CONTRIBUTES MORE FEDERAL TAXES TO THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES THAN 22 STATES. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS NUMBER ONE IN TAXES PER CAPITA PAID TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THE DISTRICT IS IN BETTER FINANCIAL SHAPE THAN MOST CITIES AND STATES IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH A RAINY DAY FUND OF $2.17 BILLION ON A TOTAL BUDGET OF $13.4 BILLION. AND BUDGET AUTONOMY WILL MAKE THE DISTRICT, WHICH AFTER ALL HAS NO STATE TO FALL BACK ON, EVEN STRONGER. HOW? BUDGET AUTONOMY GIVES THE DISTRICT WHAT EVERY OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES ENJOYS. LOWER BORROWING COSTS ON WALL STREET. IMAGINE HAVING TO DO WHAT THE DISTRICT HAS TO DO, PAY A PENALTY BECAUSE YOUR BUSINESS, INCLUDING YOUR BUDGET, HAS TO COME TO A CONGRESS THAT KNOWS NOTHING OF YOUR CITY OR YOUR BUDGET. AND THEY GET TO VOTE ON IT EVEN THOUGH YOUR OWN MEMBER DOES NOT. IMPROVED AGENCY OPERATIONS. AND IN D.C.'S CASE, THE REMOVAL OF THE THREAT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS. SHUTTING DOWN THE ENTIRE D.C. GOVERNMENT JUST BECAUSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BENEFITS TOO. CONGRESS WOULD NO LONGER WASTE TIME ON A BUDGET IT NEVER AMENDS. SO BUDGET AUTONOMY HAS NO DOWN SIDE OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY WOULD ANYBODY WANT TO DEAL WITH MY BUDGET? HEAVENS, DON'T MEMBERS HAVE ENOUGH TO DO? CONGRESS MAINTAINS TOTAL LEGISLATIVE CONTROL OVER THE DISTRICT, WITH ALL THE FEDERAL FINANCIAL CONTROLS IN PLACE, HAS NOTHING TO LOSE, CAN STEP IN AT ANY TIME THEY DON'T LIKE IT, WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR VERY MUCH. IT'S FOR SOME LOOSENING OF THAT CONTROL, SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY MORE WHEN WE BORROW ON WALL STREET. BECAUSE WE'RE SEEN AS INVOLVED IN A TWO-STEP BUDGETARY PROCESS. ONE, THAT I MIGHT ADD, IS -- ONE THAT, I MIGHT ADD, IS FAR MORE PROBLEMATIC, THE FEDERAL PROCESS, THAN THE OTHER, THE LOCAL PROCESS. IT IS IRONIC TO NOTE THAT CONGRESS GRANTED D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY DURING ITS EARLY YEARS . YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE PREVENTED MY AMENDMENT TO MAKE THE TEXT OF THE BUDGET ECONOMY ACT FEDERAL LAW FROM GETTING A VOTE. TODAY THE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE PASSED AN APPROPRIATE APPROPRIATION RIDER COIN TAN AT THAT -- CONTAINING THE TEXT OF THE VERY BILL THAT IS BEFORE US ON THIS FLOOR RIGHT NOW. THAT MAKES TWO DAYS, TWO IDENTICAL PROVISIONS. JUST IN CASE, JUST IN CASE ANYBODY WOULD THINK THAT REPUBLICANS DON'T MEAN IT, THEY'RE DOING IT TWICE. WHAT DO THEY NEED, AN INSURANCE POLICY? -- POLICY OF IDENTICAL LANGUAGE IN CASE, GOD FOR BID, -- FORBID, THE SENATE DOES NOT PASS THE BILL? AND I PREDICT THAT THE SENATE WON'T. SO, IT'S ON YOU, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, TO TAKE THE LEAD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN YOUR NATION'S CAPITAL, GIVING THEM THE SAME CONTROL OVER THEIR LOCAL BUDGET THAT YOURSELFS -- YOU YOURSELVES HOLD SO DEAR. YOU CAN STAND ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY, BUT YOU WON'T STAND UP STRAIGHT, BECAUSE WHAT YOU DO TODAY, IF YOU VOTE TO TAKE AWAY OUR BUDGET AUTONOMY BILL, WILL NOT BE STANDING ON PRINCIPLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESERVES HER TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:11:46 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MED MED THANK YOU, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. MED MED THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D --

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  • 04:11:59 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ, FOR HIS STRONG STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5233RK THE CLARIFYING CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IN PROVIDING FOR D.C. HOME RULE ACT OF 2016. AND AS WE BEGIN THIS DEBATE ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL, I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REITERATE THAT I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT IS INDEED UNLAWFUL AND NULL AND VOID. THE HOME RULE ACT CLEARLY PROVIDES THAT THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET SHALL PASS THROUGH THE FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, PRESERVING CONGRESS' ROLE IN THE PASSAGE OF THAT BUDGET. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE PRECEDENT THAT ALLOWING THE DISTRICT TO USURP THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY MAY SET, AND THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES THAT THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES MAY FACE FOR ENFORCING THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT, I HAVE INTRODUCED H.R. 5233. I WOULD FURTHER SAY THAT MY GOOD FRIEND, THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. HOLMES NORTON, IS INDEED A FRIEND AND I APPRECIATE HER PASSIONATE WAY THAT SHE ALWAYS REPRESENTS HER CONSTITUENCY. AND WHILE WE DISAGREE ON THE DEBATE AND THE MERITS OF THAT DEBATE, I CAN'T HELP BUT ACKNOWLEDGE MY FRIENDSHIP TO HER AND TRULY HER PASSION FOR THE PEOPLE THAT SHE SERVES. H.R. 5233 WILL REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT AND REINFORCES CONGRESS' INTENDED ROLE IN THE BUDGETARY PROCESS. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, CONGRESS WAS GRANTED THAT EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE DISTRICT IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 17. EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY WAS EXPLAINED FURTHER IN THE FEDERALIST 43 AS BEING A CRUCIAL COMPONENT IN KEEPING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FREE FROM POTENTIAL INFLUENCE BY ANY STATE HOUSING THE GOVERNMENT'S SEAT. THERE WAS A DISTINCT WORRY THAT PLACING THE SEAT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN A TERRITORY WHERE CONGRESS WAS NOT THE SOLE SOVEREIGN WOULD INDEED IMPACT ITS SBEGRY -- INTEGRITY. THERE ARE THE FOUNDING FATHER -- THE FOUNDING FATHERS SAW FIT TO CREATE THE DISTRICT AND ACT AS THE SOLE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY FOR THE DISTRICT. AS SEEN IN FEDERALIST 43, THE FOUNDING FATHERS BELIEVED THAT CONGRESS WOULD DELEGATE SOME OF THOSE EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITIES TO THE DISTRICT, SPECIFICALLY THE POWER TO DEAL WITH SOLELY LOCAL MATTERS. AND IN 1973, CONGRESS MADE A DECISION TO ENACT SUCH LEGISLATION WHEN THEY PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT. AND IN THAT ACT, CONGRESS PROVIDED THE DISTRICT WITH THE AUTHORITY TO HAVE JURISDICTION OVER LEGISLATIVE MATTERS ON A LIMITED BASIS. BUT, AND THIS IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT POINT, CONGRESS RESERVED FOR ITSELF AND PROHIBITED THE DISTRICT FROM ALTERING THE ROLE OF CONGRESS IN THE BUDGETARY PROCESS. . THE THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOME RULE ACT IS CLEAR. BOTH THE FORMER AND THE CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS THE FORMER MAYOR BELIEVED THAT LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT TO BE UNLAWFUL AND CONTRARY TO THE HOME RULE ACT. MR. NATHAN, THE FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL, TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM THAT NUMEROUS SECTIONS OF THE HOME RULE ACT PROHIBITED THE DISTRICT'S ACTIONS. MR. NATHAN, WHO SUPPORTS THE POLICY, AS MY GOOD FRIEND ACKNOWLEDGED, ACTUALLY SUPPORTS THE POLICY OF BUDGET AUTONOMY. EVEN STATED THAT HE BELIEVED THAT THE FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT'S OPINION IN VALIDATING THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT WAS INDEED A CORRECT OPINION. BEYOND THE CLEAR LANGUAGE, THE LEGISLATIVE HISTORY MAKES IT CLEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THAT CONGRESS HAD NO INTENT TO DELEGATE TO THE DISTRICT THE AUTHORITY FOR THE BUDGETARY PROCESS. IN FACT, JACQUES DUPUES, MADE IT CLEAR IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE CONGRESS THAT INDEED THAT CONGRESS DID NOT INTEND TO DELEGATE THE APPROPRIATIONS POWERS TO THE DISTRICT. THE LEGISLATIVE RECORD OF THE HOME RULE ACT SUPPORTS HIM. ONE SUCH PIECE OF THE RECORD IS INDEED THE DIGGS LETTER THAT CHAIRMAN REFERENCED EARLIER WHICH WAS ISSUED BY CHAIRMAN CHARLES DIGGS, THE CLARIFYING THE INTENT OF CONGRESS BY MAKING SEVERAL CHANGES INCLUDING RESERVING CONGRESS' ROLE IN THE BUDGETARY PROCESS. THE DIGGS LETTER HIGHLIGHTED A PIVOTAL ASPECT OF THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT IN THE HOME RULE ACT. THE DIGGS LETTER IS A COMPROMISE IN RESPONSE TO THE SENATE'S HOME RULE ACT WHICH INCLUDED A FORM OF BUDGET AUTONOMY. THE COMPROMISE DOES NOT INDICATE THAT CONGRESS INTENDED TO GRANT THE DISTRICT BUDGET AUTONOMY. IN CONTRARY, WHAT IT REPRESENTS IS THERE COULD BE NO HOME RULE ABSENCE AND EXPRESSED -- I REPEAT -- EXPRESSED RESERVATION OF THE ROLE OF CONGRESS IN THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET PROCESS. AND I BELIEVE THERE CAN BE NO LONGER STATEMENT OF CONGRESS' INTENT TO RESERVE HIS APPROPRIATION ROLE THAN THE FACT THAT HOME RULE ACT WOULD HAVE FAILED ABSENCE THAT RESERVATION. IMPORTANTLY, BOTH OF THESE MEN, MR. IRVIN AND MR. DUPUES, BELIEVES THE DISTRICT'S ACTIONS ARE ILLEGAL AND THEREFORE NULL AND VOID. I WANT TO BE CLEAR ON THIS, WE ARE NOT HERE TODAY TO MAKE A POWER GRAB AGAINST THE DISTRICT, AS SOME WOULD, MR. SPEAKER. WE ARE HERE TO UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW. EVEN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO PASSED THE HOME RULE ACT INTENDED TO RESERVE THE COMPLETE APPROPRIATIONS TO CONGRESS. AGAIN, ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL WHO SPORTS BUDGET AUTONOMY -- SUPPORTS BUDGET AUTONOMY RECOGNIZES THE SUPPORT OF CONGRESS. SO MOVING FORWARD, THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT IS USURPING THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND INACTION WOULD UNDERMINE NOT ONLY THIS INSTITUTION BUT ALL ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT ACROSS THIS NATION SO SUGGEST THAT ANY CITY COUNCIL'S ACTION, WHETHER IT BE HERE IN THE DISTRICT OR ANY OTHER CITY IN THE COUNTRY COULD UNILATERALLY OVERTURN THE INTENT OF CONGRESS WOULD SET A BAD PRECEDENT. REGARDLESS OF THE PRECEDENT, HOWEVER, IT IS A BLATANT VIOLATION OF THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE AND THEREFORE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. MOREOVER, AS A RESULT OF THE UNLAWFUL WAY IN WHICH THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT IS PURPORTED TO HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED, DISTRICT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE NOW AT RISK OF THE ANTI-DEFICIENCY ACT AND THE SANCTIONS THRIN. -- THEREIN. ABSENT A CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATION, THE DISTRICT MAY NOT EXPEND OR OBLIGATE FUNDS. DOING SO WILL RESULT IN POTENTIAL CRIMINAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES FOR NOT ONLY THE DISTRICT'S ELECTED OFFICIALS BUT THE EMPLOYEES CHARGED IN PURCHASING ITEMS FOR THE DISTRICT. THE G.A.O. TESTIFIED THAT THEY MAINTAIN THAT IT VIOLATES THE HOME RULE ACT DESPITE THE SUPERIOR COURT'S DECISION. H.R. 5233 WOULD REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT AND PREVENT THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FROM NOT WORRYING ABOUT THE PURCHASES THEY MAKE ON BEHALF OF THE DISTRICT THAT MAY INDEED VIOLATE THE LAW. H.R. 5233 WILL ALSO AUGMENT THE ALREADY CLEAR PROHIBITIONS ON THE DISTRICT FROM ALTERING THE ROLE OF CONGRESS IN THE BUDGET PROCESS. ENSURING THAT CONGRESS' INTENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, MR. SPEAKER, REMAINS IN PLACE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:21:05 PM

    MS. NORTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MY GOOD FRIEND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE NEIGHBORING JURISDICTION OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND.

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  • 04:21:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 04:21:17 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR OUTLINING HIS POSITION. AND WE'RE A NATION OF LAWS. THE GENTLEMAN'S INDICATED THAT A COURT HAS RULED ON THIS ISSUE. AN OPINION WITH WHICH HE DISAGREES, AND WE HAVE A MECHANISM FOR OVERTURNING OR CLARIFYING OR CHANGING SUCH A RULING AND IT IS THE COURT SYSTEM. AND THAT CASE MAY WELL REACH THE SUPREME COURT. BUT I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH IN MY OPINION IS AN EXERCISE IN HYPOCRISY. WHY DO I SAY THAT? THAT CAN BE A HARSH WORD. WE'RE WITNESSING THE PARTY THAT PROCLAIMS ITSELF TO BE THE CHAMPION OF LOCAL AUTONOMY UNLESS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN LOCAL AFFAIRS. WE HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME. BRING TO THIS FLOOR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, OVER 700,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS, DESERVES A FORM OF HOME RULE NOT CHARACTERIZED BY CONSTANT INTRUSIVE MICROMANAGING BY CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. NOW, IF I WERE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE SUBSTITUTE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PERHAPS INCLUDE MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO ASK FOR THAT BUT I'M SURE I WOULD GET OBJECTION. OR IF I ASK THAT SALT LAKE CITY BE SUBSTITUTED OR PERHAPS EVEN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, MY OWN CITY IN MY STATE, OR MAYBE EVEN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE OF US WHO REPRESENT THOSE FOUR CITIES WOULD STAND AND SAY, THIS IS NOT YOUR ROLE, CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. SPEAKER RYAN JUST RELEASED A STATEMENT IN WHICH HE SAID AND I QUOTE, THE CURRENT D.C. GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE REINED IN. FROM WHERE? FROM BALANCED BUDGETS? FROM SURPLUS IN THEIR BUDGETS REINED IN? THEY ARE A MODEL, I WOULD SUGGEST, OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. NOT ALWAYS BUT TODAY. BUT THEN AGAIN, NONE OF OUR JURISDICTIONS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A MODEL.

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  • 04:30:40 PM

    MS. NORTON

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

  • 04:30:43 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

    THIS BODY SEEMS TO LACK THE WILL OR FORTITUDE TO MAKE EQUITABLE DECISIONS…

    THIS BODY SEEMS TO LACK THE WILL OR FORTITUDE TO MAKE EQUITABLE DECISIONS FOR EVERYDAY PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, OR, MORE PARTICULARLY, THE HISTORICALLY DISENFRANCHISED PEOPLE. THIS CONGRESS SEEMS INTENT ON STRIPPING AWAY WHAT LITTLE POWER THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE A VOTE ON THIS FLOOR HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RING FROM THE HANDS OF THE MAJORITY. IT'S MY BELIEF THAT CONGRESS SHOULD STOP WASTING ITS TIME DEBATING LEGISLATION THAT CONTINUES TO SUBJUGATE THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO ITS AUTHORITY, AND WORK ON PASSING A FEDERAL BUDGET THAT WOULD BOOST THE ECONOMY OF THE ENTIRE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:31:25 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:31:31 PM

    MS. NORTON

    OVERSIGHT GOVERNMENT AND REFORM COMMITTEE, I CANNOT HELP BUT NOTE WHEN I…

    OVERSIGHT GOVERNMENT AND REFORM COMMITTEE, I CANNOT HELP BUT NOTE WHEN I LISTENED TO MY FRIEND SPEAK UP FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, SHE WHO COMES FROM WHAT IS KNOWN AS A TERRITORY, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, ISN'T IT INTERESTING, AND I KNOW YOU MUST UNDERSTAND IT, THAT THE VIRGIN ISLANDS DOES NOT HAVE TO SUBMIT ITS BUDGET TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 04:32:01 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

    YES, WE DO.

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    MS. NORTON

    I'VE NEVER HAVE HAD TO DEBATE YOUR BUDGET HERE. I'VE NEVER HAD TO DEBATE…

    I'VE NEVER HAVE HAD TO DEBATE YOUR BUDGET HERE. I'VE NEVER HAD TO DEBATE YOUR LEGISLATION HERE. THERE'S A UNIQUE DENIAL HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THAT IS ONE REASON IT IS SO RESENLTED. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD -- RESENLTED. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD -- RESENTED. I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. CUMMINGS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:32:30 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. CHAIRMAN, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL WHICH WOULD REPEAL THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT, AND PROHIBIT D.C. FROM PASSING SUCH LAWS IN THE FUTURE. I DO NOT BELIEVE THERE IS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO WOULD STAND FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DICTATING THE LOCAL BUDGET OF A CITY IN HIS OR HER DISTRICT AND D.C. SHOULD BE TREATED NO DIFFERENTLY. GRANTING D.C. LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY IS NOT ONLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO, IT WOULD ALSO HAVE SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL BENEFITS FOR THE DISTRICT, SUCH AS LOWERING BORROWING COSTS. IT WOULD ALSO MEAN AN END TO THE THREAT OF A CUTOFF OF D.C. MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN THE EVENT OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. I ALSO WANT TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT SOME MEMBERS HAVE THREATENED JAIL FOR D.C. EMPLOYEES WHO IMPLEMENT THE AUTONOMY ACT. THE THREAT IS BACKWARDS. THE ONLY COURT RULING IN EFFECT ON THIS LAW UPHELD ALL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES TO IMPLEMENT IT. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN A REGRETTABLE TURN IN THEIR APPROACH TO D.C. HOME RULE. THE LAST FOUR CHAIRMEN OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, INCLUDING REPUBLICANS TOM DAVIS AND DARRELL ISSA, SOUGHT TO GIVE THE DISTRICT MORE HOME RULE AND MORE BUDGET AUTONOMY, NOT LESS. YET IN THIS CONGRESS THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION TO OVERTURN A DISTRICT LAW THAT PROHIBITS EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION BASED ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DECISIONS AND LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE DISTRICT'S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE. THIS BILL IS NOT ONLY UNPRINCIPLED, IT'S SIMPLY BAD POLICY. THE FORMER COUNCIL -- COUNSEL FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SAID, AND I QUOTE, IT IS THE DULY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO SHOULD DETERMINE HOW TAXPAYER MONEY IS SPENT, END OF QUOTE. WE HEAR A LOT OF RHETORIC ABOUTDY INVOLVING AUTHORITY TO LOCAL -- ABOUT DEVOLVING AUTHORITY TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. YET THIS BILL TRAMPLES ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE WILL OF THEIR LOCAL CITIZENS. WITH THAT, I URGE THE MEMBERS TO REJECT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:35:01 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT MY MOTIVES AND INTENTIONS, I FIND IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT MY MOTIVES AND INTENTIONS, I FIND IT CURIOUS WHEN OTHER MEMBERS TO I -- TRY TO PRESCRIBE MY FEELINGS AND MY APPROACH TO THIS ISSUE. IT IS MY BELIEF AND SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION IS BASED ON THE CONSTITUTION. IT'S THAT SIMPLE TO ME. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 17 SAYS, TO EXERCISE EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER OVER SUCH DISTRICT, AND IT CONTINUES ON. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS MORE THAN JUST A LOCAL JURISDICTION, IT'S MORE THAN JUST A LOCAL CITY. IT IS OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. AND I THINK WHAT THE FOUNDERS WERE INTENDING TO DO WAS TO UNDERSTAND AND ALLOW PARTICIPATION FOR MEMBERS ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE CITY. THAT WAS THE INTENTION AND THAT'S WHAT'S IN THE CONSTITUTION. DON'T BE CONFUSED OR MISLED OR ALLOW ANYBODY ELSE TO PRESCRIBE MY MOTIVES, MY MOTIVATION, MY BELIEF IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, BECAUSE IT'S ROOTED FIRST AND FOREMOST IN THE CONSTITUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:36:19 PM

    MS. NORTON

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES, PLEASE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 13 MINUTES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN HAS 13 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 04:36:28 PM

    MS. NORTON

    REMAINING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:38:31 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5233. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5233. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT IN THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WE HAD A HEARING, WE HAD A PROPER MARKUP AND WE'RE BRINGING HERE TO THE FLOOR TODAY FOR ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE ON. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ADHERE TO THE CONSTITUTION, DO WHAT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS, AND SUPPORT THE BILL, H.R. 5233. I WANT TO THANK AGAIN MR. MEADOWS FOR HIS WORK AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND GETTING US TO THIS POINT. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:39:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 04:39:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012, TO AMEND…

    A BILL TO REPEAL THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012, TO AMEND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOME RULE ACT, TO CLARIFY THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS IN THE LOCAL BUDGET PROCESS OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:39:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

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

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

  • 04:39:43 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    DO I IN ITS CURRENT FORM.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 04:39:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. CONNOLLY FROM VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON…

    MR. CONNOLLY FROM VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. IN SECTION 2 OF THE BILL, ONE, STRIKE EFFECTIVE WITH RESPECT TO FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND INSERT, A, REPEAL, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBSECTION B EFFECTIVE WITH RESPECT TO FISCAL YEAR 2013 AND, TWO, ADD AT THE END THE FOLLOWING NEW SUBSECTION, B, EXCEPTION FOR USE OF LOCAL FUNDS TO PREVENT AND TREAT ZIKA. THE LOCAL BUDGET AUTONOMY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2012 TOGETHER WITH ANY APPLICABLE PROVISION OF LAW AMENDED OR REPEALED BY SUCH ACT SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT WITH RESPECT TO THE USE OF LOCAL FUNDS BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT AND TREAT THE ZIKA VIRUS.

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    TEMPORE PURSU

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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  • 04:40:45 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I'VE LISTENED WITH GREAT RAPT ATTENTION THIS…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. I'VE LISTENED WITH GREAT RAPT ATTENTION THIS AFTERNOON TO MY FRIENDS, MR. CHAFFETZ, MR. MEADOWS, WHO HAVE GONE ON ELOQUENTLY ABOUT PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AT THE, OF COURSE, COLLATERAL EXPENSE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THEY CITE THE CONSTITUTION AS IF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE FOUNDERS WHO WROTE IT WERE FULLY COGNIZANT OF THE EVOLUTION THAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. WHEN WE KNOW, AS A HISTORICAL FACT, THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THERE WAS A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. LET ALONE ALMOST 700,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS STILL DENIED VOTING REPRESENTATION IN THIS BODY TODAY. IN FACT, THE VERY CONSTITUTION, MY -- CONSTITUTION MY FRIENDS CITE, PROTECT -- CITE PROTECTED SLAVERY. DECIDED THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE OF COLOR WERE ONLY WORTH 3/5 OF THE NORMAL MORTAL. BUT ALLOWED THE SOUTH TO COUNT THEM FOR THE PURPOSES OF REPRESENTATION IN THIS BODY. SAME CONSTITUTION. WE CHANGED IT. WE TOOK COGNIZANCE OF CHANGES IN REALITY. THE FACT THAT YOU EXERCISE YOUR WILL OVER AN ENTIRE CITY JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT OR NOBLE. IN FACT, IF WE FOLLOW THE LOGIC OF MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, WHY NOT JUST TAKE OVER THE DAY TO DAY MECHANICS OF RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CITY? SO LET'S DO REZONINGS, LET'S DO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, LET'S RUN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, LET'S RUN THE E.M.T. AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. LET'S TAKE OVER MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES AND HUMAN SERVICES. WHY LET -- WHY GO ONLY HALFWAY? WHY GO ONLY HALFWAY? I'M CURIOUS, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE BUDGET THAT'S SO SACRED? ALL THE REST YOU'RE GOING TO LET GO. THIS FINAL AMENDMENT, MR. SPEAKER, WILL PRESERVE A SMALL MODICUM OF THE DISTRICT'S CONTROL OVER LOCAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS, TO PREVENT AND TREAT THE EMERGING THREAT OF ZIKA. IF ADOPTED, WE CAN MOVE TO IMMEDIATE FINAL PASSAGE OF THE BILL. ALTHOUGH WE MAY DISAGREE AND DO ON THE UNDERLYING PURPOSE OF THE BILL, SURELY WE CAN AGREE ON THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ZIKA THREAT. THERE HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUR REPORTED CASES OF TRAVEL-ASSOCIATED ZIKA HERE IN THE DISTRICT. 15 IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, MY HOME STATE. AND 17 IN MARYLAND. IT MAY SEEM FOREIGN TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, THE TWO STATES, D.C. AND THE REGIONS A -- REGION'S LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, ACTUALLY HAVE A RICH TRADITION OF WORKING TOGETHER, INCLUDING IN PUBLIC HEALTH. WORKING THROUGH THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT, WHICH I USED TO CHAIR, OUR LOCAL AND STATE PARTNERS REGULARLY COME TOGETHER. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NEEDS TO BE A FULL PARTNER IN THOSE REGIONAL EFFORTS, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE PLACED IN A POSITION OF HAVING TO COME TO CONGRESS TO ACTUALLY ASK FOR PERMISSION BEFORE SPENDING ITS OWN LOCAL DOLLARS ON ZIKA PREVENTION. AND EDUCATION. AND I MIGHT ADD, IT'S NOT JUST THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO WILL BE AT RISK IF WE ARE NOT ADDRESSING ZIKA IN AN -- ZIKA. IT'S THE 12 MILLION CONSTITUENTS. THE PEOPLE MY FRIEND MR. MEADOWS REPRESENTS AND THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT WHO COME TO THIS CITY EVERY YEAR TO VISIT THE NATION'S CAPITAL. WILL WE PROTECT THEM? OR WILL WE DITHER HERE IN CONGRESS? AND THERE'S IRONY IN THAT, ISN'T THERE? BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET OUR OW O'OWN BUDGET TOGETHER. WE CAN'T PASS OUR OWN APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. BUT WE'RE GOING TO SECOND GUESS LOCAL GOVERNMENT HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BECAUSE SOMEHOW WE DO IT BETTER? I DON'T THINK THERE'S A NEUTRAL OBSERVER WHO WOULD CONCLUDE THAT. BUT WE'RE GOING TO DO IT, CLOAKED IN THE RESPECTABILITY OF A CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENT THAT IS, I BELIEVE, FALSE. . AND ANTIQUATED, AT THE TIME OF THE WRITING OF THE CONSTITUTION IS DIFFERENT TODAY. ARE WE GOING TO RETURN TO THE PLANTATION MENTALITY CONGRESS USED TO HAVE WITH RESPECT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA? OR ARE WE ACTUALLY GOING TO ACT ON PRINCIPLE HERE, NOT IDEOLOGY? WE'RE NOT GOING TO FIRE UP OUR BASE OR THE RIGHT-WING RADIO TALK SHOW HOST. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING, THE RIGHT THING FOR 700,000 FELLOW CITIZENS AND LET THEM HAVE AN OUNCE OF DEANSY FOR THEIR OWN SELF-DETERMINATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:46:06 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I WITHDRAW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND I WITHDRAW MY RESERVATION FOR MY POINT OF ORDER.

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  • 04:46:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

    THE POINT OF ORDER IS WITHDRAWN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:46:16 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY FRIEND OPPOSITE -- AND I SAY THAT IN THE MOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY FRIEND OPPOSITE -- AND I SAY THAT IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC AND COMPLETE TERMS BECAUSE INDEED THE GENTLEMAN IS MY FRIEND -- RAISES A POINT OF DEBATE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND THE FACT THAT EXPLICITLY IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS RESERVED THIS PARTICULAR AUTHORITY IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 17, SHOWS THE WISDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TO ANTICIPATE WHAT INDEED WE ARE DEBATING HERE TODAY. AND FOR MANY OF THE OTHER ARGUMENTS THAT MY GOOD FRIEND HAS MADE IN TERMS OF WHAT WE NEED TO CHANGE, THERE IS THE APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR THOSE CHANGES TO BE MADE AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN ABOUT. IT IS ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW. IT IS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS ABOUT THIS INSTITUTION BEING THE PROPER PLACE TO MAKE THOSE DETERMINATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE WILL OF WE, THE PEOPLE. NOW, THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT TALKS ABOUT ZIKA FUNDING, AND I MIGHT REMIND THE GENTLEMAN THAT INDEED IN THIS VERY BODY WITHIN THE LAST FEW DAYS WE ALREADY PASSED FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE ZIKA VIRUS POTENTIAL HEALTH CARE CONCERN. AND INDEED, THIS IS THE CORRECT BODY FOR US TO DO THAT. IT IS NOT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OR ANY OTHER MUNICIPALITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT IS INDEED THIS BODY, THE ROLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR BODY THAT HAS BEEN RESERVED CONSTITUTIONALLY AND IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY SINCE THE VERY FOUNDING OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY WE ALL CALL HOME. I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT AS WE START TO LOOK AT THIS, THE DEBATE HAS BEEN OVER LOCAL CONTROL, AND WHEN WE START TO SEE THE DEBATE THAT CONTINUES TO PLAY OUT, IT IS THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE THAT WAS RESERVED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IT WAS SOLELY THAT OF CONGRESS TO HAVE ALL LEGISLATIVE POWER OVER THE DISTRICT. NOW, IS THAT SOMEHOW INCONSISTENT WITH THE PACT THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL CONTROL IS LOCAL? IT IS NOT BECAUSE AS WE LOOK AT THAT, WE MUST INDEED MAKE SURE THAT WE STAND UP, AND I WOULD ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT THE VERY FOUNDATION OF WHO WE ARE AS AN INSTITUTION, AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, TO ALLOW THE BUDGET AUTONOMY ACT TO STAND IN PLACE, WOULD NOT ONLY USURP THE AUTHORITY, THE CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US IN OUR CONSTITUTION BUT INDEED IT WOULD UNDERMINE IT FOR FUTURE CONGRESSES TO COME. SO IT IS WITH GREAT HUMILITY BUT ALSO WITH GREAT PASSION THAT I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT KNOWING THAT WE HAVE ALREADY ADDRESSED THE PARTICULAR FUNDING REQUIREMENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA BRINGS UP, DEFEAT THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:49:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:49:57 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    ON THAT I WOULD ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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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. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 AND CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL, IF ORDERED, ADOPTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON S. 2012 AND PASSAGE OF S. 2012, IF ORDERED. THIS WILL BE A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. QUESTION…

    THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED.

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  • 05:11:57 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 240. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE QUESTION ON THE ADOPTION TO COMMIT S. 2012. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 05:18:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE 2012, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY…

    SENATE 2012, AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ENERGY POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:18:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE MOTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE MOTION. 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 178. THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 178. THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 05:24:45 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:31:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEAS ARE 241 AND THE NAYS ARE 178. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION…

    YEAS ARE 241 AND THE NAYS ARE 178. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:31:56 PM

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    I PRESENT A PRIVILEGED REPORT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2035 AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FOR THE FISCAL YEAR…

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2035 AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:32:14 PM

    E REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 21, ALL POINTS…

    REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 21, ALL POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 744, I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. BARTON INSIST ON THE AMENDMENT TO SENATE 2012 AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE…

    MR. BARTON INSIST ON THE AMENDMENT TO SENATE 2012 AND REQUEST A CONFERENCE WITH THE SENATE THEREON.

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  • 05:33:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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  • 05:33:36 PM

    MR. BARTON

    I WON'T TAKE NEARLY THAT MUCH TIME. THIS MOTION AUTHORIZES A CONFERENCE ON…

    I WON'T TAKE NEARLY THAT MUCH TIME. THIS MOTION AUTHORIZES A CONFERENCE ON SENATE BILL 2012. THIS IS A BILL THAT WILL UPDATE OUR NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON MY MOTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION ORDERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:34:39 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU. --

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    MR. GRIJALVA

    I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES…

    MOVES THAT THE MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE ON THE DISAGREEING VOTES OF THE TWO HOUSES ON THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SENATE 2012 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE MODERNIZATION POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES BE INSTRUCTED TO INSIST ON INCLUSION ON SECTION 0 -- 5002.

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  • 05:35:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:35:34 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    2012 BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT ON THIS ENERGY PACKAGE. IT…

    2012 BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT ON THIS ENERGY PACKAGE. IT WOULD PERSONAL NANTLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND AND MAKE OTHER MINOR CHANGES TO THE PROGRAM. THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION ACT OF 1965 IS BASED ON A SIMPLE IDEA. IF WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW BIG OIL TO MAKE HUGE PROFITS DRILLING OFF OUR COAST, A SMALL PERCENTAGE SHOULD BE SET ASIDE FOR PARKS AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ONSHORE. THE OIL AND GAS ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF BELONGS TO THE CONSTITUENTS. IT IS ONLY RIGHT THAT THE CONSTITUENTS SHOULD SEE THE BENEFIT WHEN BIG OIL DEVELOPS THESE RESOURCES. 50 YEARS LATER, THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS, MORE THAN $36 BILLION HAS GONE TO THE FUND, MILLIONS OF ACRES HAVE BEEN CONSERVED AND PROJECTS HAVE BEEN FUNDED. THE COMPANIES PAYING INTO THE FUND HAVE BECOME SOME OF THE MOST PROFITABLE MULTINATIONAL CONGLOMERATES. STATES WITH LARGE AMOUNTS OF LAND HAVE DEVELOPED ECONOMIES WITH JOB AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND QUALITY OF LIFE TO MAKE THEM THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY. BY INVESTING AND EXPANDING RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, CONGRESS GETS A SIGNIFICANT RETURN ON ITS INVESTMENT. IT GENERATES $646 BILLION IN SPENDING EACH EAR AND 6.1 MILLION JOBS. THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND BENEFITS PEOPLE. IT BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT, IT BENEFITS COMPANIES AND ALLOWS THEM TO DRILL OFF OUR SHORES. IT BENEFITS THE FEDERAL BUDGET, IT BENEFITS THOSE MAINLY WESTERN STATES WITH LOTS OF PUBLIC LANDS. IT'S A WIN-WIN-WIN. OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE SOUGHT TO SEEK PERMANENT AUTHORIZATION, A BILL WHICH RECEIVED OVERWHELMING SUPPORT INCLUDING MOST REPUBLICANS. THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND IS PRETTY POPULAR IN THE HOUSE AS WELL. MY LEGISLATION IS TO PERSONAL NANTLY RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM AND IT HAS 247 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS. NO DOUBT THAT MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE ENERGY BILLS ARE CONTROVERSIAL. IT IS DIFFICULT TO PASS. IN SUCH A CONTENTIOUS CONFERENCE SITUATION, A PROVISION RE-AUTHORIZING THE PROGRAM IS WIDELY POPULAR WOULD PLAY A CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN MOVING TOWARDS CONSENSUS. SECTION 5002 FROM THE SENATE BILL SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY INCLUDED IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:38:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:38:48 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:38:56 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS A NONBINDING RESOLUTION. SO I HAVE TO APPRECIATE…

    I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS A NONBINDING RESOLUTION. SO I HAVE TO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT HOPEFULLY I WILL BE ONE OF THE CONFEREES. THE INSTRUCTIONS TELL ME TO DO WHAT I ALREADY CAN DO, BUT AT THIS TIME, WE ARE LOOKING AT A PROGRAM THAT DOES NOT NECESSARILY FIT WITH THE GOAL OF THE REST OF THE BILL. EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING IN THIS ENTIRE BILL WE JUST PASSED WAS TO SUPPORT HOUSE-ENDORSED PROGRAMS. THIS ASKS US TO DO SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN ENDORSED BY THE HOUSE. WHEN THE FUND WAS ESTABLISHED BACK IN 1965, THE GOAL WAS 60% OF ALL THE REVENUE THAT IS GENERATED WOULD GO TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BUILD WHAT THEY CALL THE ASSISTANT STATE PROGRAM. THAT PROGRAM IS WIDELY POPULAR. MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT THAT 60% AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED. SAD PART IS THAT OVER THE YEARS THAT 60% HAS DWINDLED AWAY AND WAS NO LONGER A STATUTORY MANDATE AND DWINDLED TO 16% OF ALL THAT MONEY WAS GOING TO THOSE STATE-SIDE WIDELY POPULAR PROGRAMS TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES COME UP. THAT PART EVERYONE SUPPORTS HAD DWINDLED FROM 60% TO 16%. THE REST OF THE MONEY WENT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACQUIRE MORE PROPERTY. NOW IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS RATIONALLY FOR A SECOND, WE ARE PUTTING MORE MONEY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACQUIRE MORE PROPERTY WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALREADY HAS A $20 BILLION BACKLOG IN THE MAINTENANCE OF WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE. PARKS SERVICE ALONE IS A $12 BILLION BACKLOG IN THE MAINTENANCE OF THE PROGRAM WE ALREADY HAVE. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IN THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT IS TO TELL US TO GO IN THERE AND FIGHT FOR MONEY TO GO TO A PROGRAM TO GET MORE LAND WHEN WE CAN'T MANAGE WHAT WE WANT. IF THE PROGRAM WAS TO GO AND SAY IT WOULD BE MANDATORY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO PICK AND CHOOSE THEIR RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, THEN YOU MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SENATE HAS TRIED TO DO IN THEIR APPROPRIATION. LAST DECEMBER, THE HOUSE DID VOTE ON THIS ISSUE AND WHEN IT RE-AUTHORIZED WHEN THE WATER CONSERVATION WENT FOR THREE MORE YEARS. WHAT THEY DID IS IN THE FIRST STEP OF THE REFORM IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT FOR THREE MORE YEARS, AT LEAST AS A MINIMUM, 50% HAS TO GO TO THE STATE AND THEN SPEND THE OTHER 50% FOR THIS EFFORT TO CONTROL ALL THE LAND IN AMERICA. BUT AT LEAST DO THAT. NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT LEASE IS A REFORM TO MAKE THE PROCESS BETTER. BUT THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT WOULD TELL US TO GO BACK FROM THAT AND WE ARE NOT PUTTING THAT MODEST TYPE OF REFORM IN THE PROGRAM. AT THE MINIMUM THAT SHOULD BE THE WAY. IT SHOULDN'T BE A PROCESS OF WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY DONE OR WHAT WE FORGET WHAT THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS AND NOT A PROCESS THAT WE ADD TO THE FEDERAL ZEAT AND SHOULD NOT BE A PROCESS OF BASICALLY THAT HAS BEEN ABUSED FROM THE INTENT OF 1965. SO WITH THAT, AND I APPRECIATE THE OFFER. I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS STILL NONBINDING. NICE CONCEPT, NICE SPIRIT. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. WE CAN COME UP WITH A BETTER WAY. AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 05:42:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

  • 05:42:54 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES.

  • 05:42:59 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    I'M RESERVING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS?

  • 05:43:07 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE ON THIS ONE.

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    MR. BISHOP

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND LET'S MOVE THIS STUFF ALONG. I ALREADY SAID…

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AND LET'S MOVE THIS STUFF ALONG. I ALREADY SAID IF WE ARE SERIOUS, LET'S DO THIS AND MOVE THIS FORWARD. THEY ARE NONBINDING ISSUES, KIND OF CUTE, BUT DOESN'T MOVE THE BODY FORWARD AND DOESN'T SUPPORT HOUSE-BACKED PROVISIONS. I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:43:36 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 ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:43:40 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    SOME OF THE CLAIMS THAT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, SOME KIND OF…

    SOME OF THE CLAIMS THAT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND, SOME KIND OF A SLUSH FUND ARE COMPLETELY FALSE. ALL EXPENDITURES ARE APPROVED BY CONGRESS THROW THE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. AFTER A PUBLIC LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING PROCESS -- THIS IS A FAR MORE RESPONSIBLE AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS AND IT'S OPPOSITE OF A SLUSH FUND. THE ALLEGE THAT THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND HAS DRIFTED FROM ITS ORIGINAL INTENT IS FALSE. IT'S TO PROVIDE BALANCE. OIL COMPANIES REAP MASSIVE PROFITS, WE SHOULD SET SOME OF THE REVENUE ASIDE FOR CONSERVATION PURPOSES AND THAT IS STILL WHAT LWCF DOES. STATE FUNDING FOR MATCH GRANTS HAS FLUCTUATED BUT HAS NOT BEEN ADRIFT. THAT IS THE RESULT OF PREVIOUS DECISIONS MANY OF WHICH WERE MADE DURING REPUBLICAN CONGRESSES. THE TRUTH IS LWCF IS UNDER ATTACK BECAUSE FOR 50 YEARS IT HAS NOT DRIFTED FROM ITS CONSERVATION GOALS. WE DO NOT RUB LWCF IN ORDER TO PAY THE MAINTENANCE COSTS. FEDERAL LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES AND ANY MEMBER CONCERNED ABOUT BACKLOG MAINTENANCE SHOULD CONTACT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND YOU CAN DO THIS WITHOUT GUTTING LWCF. FINALLY, LWCF IS NOT A FEDERAL LAND GRANT. AT LEAST 40% OF THE MONEY GOES TO STATES IN THE FORM OF MATCHING GRANTS. THE FEDERAL FUNDING IS TARGETED IN LANDS AND DOES NOT INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL FOOT PLINT. IT CAN PROVIDE TO FEDERAL PARCELS THAT ARE CLOSED BECAUSE THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS RULES. THESE PURCHASES ARE FROM WILLING SELLERS AND FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SELL THEIR LAND. THOSE OPPOSE THIS MOTION TO INSTRUCT ARE PART OF A LARGER CAMPAIGN TO HAND OVER SPACE TO PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT. OIL AND GAS COMPANIES, MINING CONGLOMERATES AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS WOULD LOVE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THE OPEN SPACE IN THE WEST. SOME IN CONGRESS WANT TO HELP THEM AND SEE THEM STANDING IN THE I WAY. . . WE FACE MORE FRAGMENTATION, GREATER URBAN ALL-SPRAWL AND MORE SEVERE CLIMATE CHANGE THAN EVER BEFORE. IT'S TIME TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THE PROMISE OF THE WATER AND LAND CONSERVATION FUND, NOT FOLD SO DEVELOPERS CAN CASH OUT. THE ENERGY BILL IS THE PLACE TO DO THAT AND I URGE ADOPTION OF THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER.

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  • 05:46:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAVING EXPIRED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS…

    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAVING EXPIRED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:47:01 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. 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.

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  • 05:48:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    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 FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5055, AND THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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  • 05:48:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NO OBJECTION, IT IS SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NO OBJECTION, IT IS SO ORDERED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5055. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR.

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  • 05:49:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5055 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 05:49:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:49:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    TODAY, AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, HAD…

    TODAY, AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, HAD BEEN DISPOSED OF AND THE BILL HAD BEEN READ THROUGH PAGE 80, LINE 12. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:49:42 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU, YES, MR. CHAIR, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE REQUEST FOR A…

    THANK YOU, YES, MR. CHAIR, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT BE WITHDRAWN. TO THE END THAT THE CHAIR PUT THE QUESTION DE NOVO.

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  • 05:49:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WELCH OF VERMONT.

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO? WITHOUT…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE IS WITHDRAWN. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:50:29 PM

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO AMENDMENTS AT…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO AMENDMENTS AT THE DEFBLING. WILL HE CLARIFY WHICH AMENDMENT?

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    AMENDMENT RELATIVE TO NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. PITTENGER OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:51:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PITTENGER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:51:46 PM

    MR. PITTENGER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS VERY CRITICAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN FULL SUPPORT OF THIS VERY CRITICAL AMENDMENT. THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS AMENDMENT IS TO PROHIBIT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FROM RESTRICTING FUNDS TO GO TO NORTH CAROLINA. THE PRESIDENT HAS STATED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, THROUGH THE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST, THE FUNDS SHOULD NOT BE DISPENSED TO NORTH CAROLINA UNTIL NORTH CAROLINA IS COERCED INTO COMPLYING WITH THE LEGAL BELIEFS OF THE PRESIDENT AND HIS POLITICAL VIEWS. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS AN EGREGIOUS ABUSE OF EXECUTIVE POWER AND THAT THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY TO THE PRESIDENT'S WISHES. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT A MONARCH. HE'S NOT A DICTATOR. HE DOESN'T ISSUE FIATS. WE ARE A CONSTITUTIONAL DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. THIS AMENDMENT I'M OFFERING TODAY STOPS THE PRESIDENT FROM BULLYING STATES. STOPS THE PRESIDENT FROM BULLYING NORTH CAROLINA. WHAT HE'S SEEKING TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA HE'S SOUGHT TO DO THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. HE HAS GIVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GUIDELINES. ALREADY 11 STATES IN THE COUNTRY HAVE SUED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER THE ABUSE OF THESE EGREGIOUS POWERS. THIS IS NOT A FIGHT ABOUT A CITY ORDINANCE WITH WORDING THAT WAS POORLY EDITED OR ABOUT A LEGISLATURE. THIS IS ABOUT A CONSTITUTIONAL DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. TO THAT END, I WOULD SUBMIT TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE AAGREES THIS AND WE REIN IN THIS PRESIDENT WHO HAS TIME AND AGAIN USED HIS AUTHORITY AND THE ABUSE OF HIS POWER THAT WE MUST SUBMIT TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY THAT WE ARE A COUNTRY BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE AND THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. I NOW YIELD MY TIME TO MR. WALKER FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:53:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALKER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE THREATENING TO REMOVE FEDERAL FUNDING TO NORTH CAROLINA'S EDUCATORS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AS PUNISHMENT FOR ITS PASSAGE OF THE PUBLIC FACILITIES PRIVACY AND SECURITY ACT. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION'S LAWSUIT AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA IS STILL PENDING AND UNRESOLVED. SIMPLY PUT, OUR COURTS HAVE NOT YET FOUND NORTH CAROLINA IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW. TO PUNISH OR TO THREATEN TO PUNISH NORTH CAROLINA BEFORE OUR COURTS HAVE PROPERLY RULED ON THE CASE VIOLATES OUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS FOR OUR COURTS, NOT PRESIDENT OBAMA, TO ADJUDICATE WHETHER SOMEONE HAS VIOLATED THE LAW. FURTHER, OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON THE STRENGTH OF DIVERSE VALUES. DURING THIS TIME OF HEATED RHETORIC, WE MUST FOCUS ON MAINTAINING A CIVIL SOCIETY SO THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PUNISH PEOPLE FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE BUT ALLOWS AN OPEN COURT -- ALL ARE FREE TO FOLLOW THEIR BELIEFS. THIS IS WHY THIS AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY, TO PROTECT NORTH CAROLINIANS FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE OVERREACH AND MAINTAIN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 05:55:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 05:55:11 PM

    MR. PITTENGER

    THANK YOU, MR. WALKER. I SUBMIT TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. WALKER. I SUBMIT TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT NOW IS THE TIME WE MUST STAND. WE CANNOT ALLOW THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO CONTINUE TO BULLY, THAT WE MUST WAIT ON THED A JUTECATION BY THIS COURT ACTION -- ADJUDICATION BY THIS COURT ACTION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND ALLOW THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE AND MAKE THESE DETERMINATIONS THROUGH THE CONSTITUTIONAL DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. I THANK MR. SIMPSON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:55:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:55:49 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN MAY STATE HER INQUIRY.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    YES, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASSURE THE MEMBERS THAT THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT…

    YES, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASSURE THE MEMBERS THAT THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT IS THE ONE THAT WE ARE DEBATING AND I QUOTE, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO REVOKE FUNDING PREVIOUSLY AWARDED TO OR WITHIN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. IS THIS THE AMENDMENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN IS OFFERING?

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  • 05:56:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    NUMBER 34 AS PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. IN SUCH CASE --

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I DO SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT WHICH TIES THE HANDS OF SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS. CERTAINLY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, ALL OF OUR INDEPENDENT AGENCIES THAT ARE CONTAINED IN THE BILL LIKE DENALI AND NORTHERN BORDER, FROM MAKING RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND BASIC OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL DOLLARS GOING INTO NORTH CAROLINA. I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AS THEY NORMALLY ARE SUCH STRONG SUPPORTERS OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND FISCAL OVERSIGHT. PROHIBITING THE GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE ABLE TO WITHHOLD OR REVOKE FUNDING IN A PARTICULAR STATE WOULD ABANDON THAT PRINCIPLE. AND HOW DO WE KNOW THAT CONTRACTORS ARE MEETING THEIR OBLIGATIONS? HOW DO WE KNOW THAT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS NOT OCCURRING INSIDE THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA RELATED TO FEDERAL EXPENDITURES IN THAT STATE? IF THIS AMENDMENT WERE ACCEPTED, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THESE ARE HUGE CONTRACTING DEPARTMENTS, WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS OF PERFORMANCE ISSUES RELATED TO CONTRACTS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS. THE DEPARTMENTS COULD NOT TERMINATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS FOR MATERIAL NONCOMPLIANCE. I DON'T THINK THAT THE GENTLEMAN WISHES TO PROMOTE IRRESPONSIBILITY, BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOUR AMENDMENT ACTUALLY DOES. AND IF AN AWARD WINNER WANTED TO TERMINATE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE OF THE DEPARTMENTS OR AGENCIES UNDER OUR BILL, FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD NOT ACCEPT THAT TERMINATION. THIS THROWS A WRENCH INTO EVERY FEDERAL PROJECT INSIDE OF YOUR STATE. I DON'T THINK THE GENTLEMAN REALLY WANTS TO DO THAT. IF AN ORGANIZATION WHICH RECEIVES FUNDING, FOR EXAMPLE, FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, COMMITS FRAUD, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS NO RECOURSE. THEY CAN'T REPORT ON THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ORGANIZATION BECAUSE IT COULD PREVENT THEM FROM WINNING FUTURE AWARDS. I CAN THINK OF NO GREATER IRRESPONSIBLE OR UNJUST SYSTEM THAN BUILDING ON RESTRICTIONS THAT DENY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A PROPER FUNCTIONING OVERSIGHT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING LITERALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT GO INTO THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE DON'T ONLY COME FROM OUR COMMITTEE OR OUR SUBCOMMITTEE BUT THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I RESERVE MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 05:59:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS…

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

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  • 05:59:41 PM

    MR. PITTENGER

    I YIELD MY TIME TO MR. SIMPSON FROM IDAHO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I DON'T…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I DON'T THINK IT WAS DRASTIC AS CHARACTERIZED BY THE RANKING MEMBER. THE FACT IS YOU CAN STILL HAVE OVERSIGHT. YOU CAN STILL -- YOU CAN STILL DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO MAKE SURE THAT CONTRACTORS OF VARIOUS SITES -- AT VARIOUS SITES ARE DOING THEIR JOB. IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY THEM NO MATTER WHAT, BUT THIS REALITY IS THIS ADMINISTRATION, AS WE ALL KNOW, IS USING THEIR PEN AND THEIR PHONE TO EXECUTE EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THEY ARE PUNISHING THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE SOMETHING THAT NORTH CAROLINA DID. . IT IS IN A COURT. THE FROTH SHOULD NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO COME IN AND PREJUDGE THE OUTCOME OF THAT DETERMINATION BY THE COURT BY WITHHOLDING FUNDS FROM THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA SIMPLY BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LIKE WHAT NORTH CAROLINA DID. SO THIS IS A GOOD AMENDMENT. I COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD. WE'VE GOT NUMEROUS PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL TO STOP THE ADMINISTRATION AND THEIR EFFORTS TO IMPOSE POLICIES WITHOUT REGARD TO CURRENT LAW OR THE SUPPORT OF CONGRESS. I COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 06:00:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. PITTENGER

    THANK YOU. I SUBMIT THIS GOOD AMENDMENT. I DO BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE WILL DO…

    THANK YOU. I SUBMIT THIS GOOD AMENDMENT. I DO BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE WILL DO WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS PREVENT THE EGREGIOUS ABUSE OF POWER BY THE PRESIDENT AND ALLOW THE ADJUDICATION OF THE PROCESS TO BE COMPLETED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:01:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN WILL AVOID INAPPROPRIATE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN WILL AVOID INAPPROPRIATE REFERENCE TO THE PRESIDENT.

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  • 06:01:31 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HATE TO DISAGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HATE TO DISAGREE WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE BUT LET ME SAY THAT THE WORDS OF THE ADMINISTRATION -- OF THE AMENDMENT ACTUALLY READ NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO REVOKE FUNDING PRIESTLY AWARDED. NONE OF THE FUNDS THAT MEANS THERE CAN BE NO OVERSIGHT, NO -- IF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS OCCURRING, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO REVOKE FUNDING PREVIOUSLY AWARDED. WHAT KIND OF AMENDMENT IS TO THIS -- IS THIS? THIS IS A VERY IRRESPONSIBLE AMENDMENT. IT SHOULDN'T BE ON THIS BILL. I WELCOME THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WANTS TO WORK, IF HE'S GOT SYSTEM PROBLEM DOWN THERE HE WANTS TO SOFT, WE'RE HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT. BUT I THINK TO TIE THE HANDS OF OUR GOVERNMENT IN MAKING SURE THAT EVERY TAXPAYER DOLLAR IS PROPERLY MANAGED AND HAS OVERSIGHT IS REALLY WRONGHEADED. AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PITTENGER AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 06:02:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 06:02:48 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THAT, PLEASE.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT --

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT --

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    THE CHAIR

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN SPECIFY THE AMENDMENT.

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    113.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILK…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA, AT THE END OF THE BILK BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION TO ISSUE A PERMIT FOR CALIFORNIA WATER FIX OR WITH RESPECT TO CALIFORNIA WATER FIX TO PROVIDE FOR COMPLIANCE UNDER SECTION 102 OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 19694 42 U.S.C. 4332 OR SECTION 7 OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OF 1973, 16 U.S.C. 1536.

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  • 06:04:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:04:26 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:04:32 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    ABOUT AN HOUR AGO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES KICKED OFF A NEW QUARTER…

    ABOUT AN HOUR AGO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES KICKED OFF A NEW QUARTER IN THE ONGOING CALIFORNIA WATER WAR. THIS HOUSE PASSED A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL ULTIMATELY GUT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, CLEAN WATER ACT, THE BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS PROTECTING SALMON AND SMELT, THE HEALTH OF THE LARGEST ESTUARY ON THE WEST COAST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, SAN FRANCISCO BAY, SALMON UP AND DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST. THIS AMENDMENT IS DESIGNED TO STOP THE ULTIMATE THREAT TO THE CALIFORNIA, SACRAMENTO, SAN WAUGH QUEEN DELTA. THE ULTIMATE THREAT ARE THE TWIN TUNNELS BEING PROPOSED BY THE BROWN ADMINISTRATION, TUNNELS SIZED AT 15,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND CAPACITY. TUNNELS THAT HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO TAKE HALF, TAKE ALL OF THE WATER OUT OF THE SACRAMENTO RIVER SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR, THE SACRAMENTO RIVER FLOWS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 12,000 AND 18,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND. THESE TUNNELS IF EVER BUILT WILL BE CAPABLE OF LITERALLY SUCKING THE SACRAMENTO RIVER TRY AND DESTROYING THE LARGEST ESTUARY ON THE WEST COAST. -- WEST COAST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE THIS BILL IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE DELTA. BY DENYING THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BUILD SUCH A DESTRUCTIVE SYSTEM. WE DON'T NEED THAT SYSTEM. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS TO THE DELTA PROBLEM. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF ADDRESSING THE WATER ISSUES OF CALIFORNIA. THEY'VE BEEN PROPOSED FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. BUT THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL, IT'S BEEN OH -- IT'S BEEN ON THE BOOKS FOR NOW NEARLY HALF A DECADE IS THE ULTIMATE VAMPIRE DITCH THAT WILL SUCK THE SACRAMENTO RIVER AND DESTROY THE LARGEST ESTUARY ON THE WEST COAST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. IT'S NOT NEEDED. IT IS AT THE MINIMUM A $15 BILLION BOONDOGGLE THAT WILL NOT CREATE ONE GALLON OF NEW WATER. IT WILL ONLY DESTROY. IT WILL BE THE ULTIMATE DEATH BECAUSE SOMEDAY WHAT WAS PROVED HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NOT MORE THAN AN HOUR AGO, SOMEDAY THE VOTES WILL BE THERE, BOTH IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IN THE SENATE AND A BILL WILL BE SENT TO THE PRESIDENT THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE VETOED. AND WE WILL SEE THE DEATH OF THE LARGEST ESTUARY, MOST IMPORTANT ESTUARY ON THE WEST COAST OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, FROM ALASKA TO CHILE. THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE LIKE THIS. THE SOLUTIONS ARE KNOWN. THEY'VE BEEN PROPOSED. THEY'VE BEEN OUT THERE. BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE. I'VE INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD PROVIDE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH THE STATE GHOVET IN PROPOSITION 1 AT THE STATE LEVEL. TO BRING INTO HARMONY RESERVOIRS, UNDERGROUND AQUIFERS, CONSERVATION, RECYCLING, DESALINIZATION, COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLIES. IT'S IN THE LEGISLATION. IT'S AVAILABLE TO US TODAY. ALL OF THAT WITHOUT DESTROYING THE DELTA. AND ALSO OPERATING THE DELTA IN SUCH A MANNER THAT WE LET SCIENCE DETERMINE WHAT TO DO. NOT LEGISLATION. NOT LEGISLATION HERE, NOT THE DESIRE OF THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA BUT RATHER SCIENCE. WHERE ARE THE FISH? ARE THEY GOING TO BE HARMED? RAMP THE PUMPS DOWN. IF THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE HARMED, TURN THE PUMPS ON. VERY SIMPLE. BUT THE LEGISLATION THAT PASSED THE HOUSE TODAY DOESN'T DO THAT IT GIVES SOME BYPASSING WORDS TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, TO THE BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS. BUT IN REALITY WHAT IT DOES IS SAYS, TURN THE DAMNN PUMPS ON ANYWAY, LET THEM RIP, LET THEM FLOOD THE DELTA. THIS BILL SPEAKS TO THE SECOND THREAT TO THE DELTA, NOT THE LEGISLATION PASSED TODAY BUT THE ISSUE BEFORE THE CALIFORNIA VOTERS IN NOVEMBER, THE ISSUE THAT'S BEFORE THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE AND OTHERS TODAY THAT ISSUE IS, SHOULD THE TUNNELS BE BUILT? THE TUNNELS MUST NEVER BE BUILT. THEY MUST NEVER BE BUILT BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE EXISS TEN RBLE THREAT TO THE DELTA. THEIR SIZE, 15,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND, PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF TAKING ALL OF THE WATER OUT OF THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. HALF OF THE YEAR. DON'T EVER BUILD SOMETHING THAT'S SO DESTRUCTIVE.

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  • 06:09:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:09:57 PM

    >>

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION.

  • 06:09:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SO I REALLY WISH ON THIS FLOOR THAT THERE WAS A…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. SO I REALLY WISH ON THIS FLOOR THAT THERE WAS A REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAD TO TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH THIS LEGISLATION -- THIS AMENDMENT HERE IS -- THIS AMENDMENT HERE -- ORDER.

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  • 06:10:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT THAT'S BEING OFFERED HERE, THERE'S A HUGE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THE AMENDMENT THAT'S BEING OFFERED HERE, THERE'S A HUGE EXAGGERATION THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW. THERE WERE PERIODS THIS PAST YEAR ALONE JUST IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS THAT THERE WERE 150,000 KUEHNIC FEET PER SECOND FLOWING BUT THAT DELTA.

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  • 06:10:40 PM

    MR. VALADAO

    THESE TUNNELS I DO NOT BELIEVE ARE THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR THE DELTA AND…

    THESE TUNNELS I DO NOT BELIEVE ARE THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR THE DELTA AND THE VALLEY, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE TAKING OPTIONS OFF THE TABLE, INCLUDING AN OPTION THAT THE GOVERNOR DOES SUPPORT, AND I DO BELIEVE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WE HAVE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE DELTA. I LOOK FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE HONEST CONVERSATIONS, THOSE WHO WERE THERE WALKED AWAY AND TOLD THE PRESS IT NEVER HAPPENED. NOW THEY WANT TO HAVE THOSE HONEST CONVERSATIONS AGAIN. AS LONG AS THE LANGUAGE IS THERE, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT DIALOGUE AND HAVE THE OPTION ON THE TABLE THAT THE GOVERNOR SUPPORTS. ANYBODY THAT SUPPORT THIS IS AMENDMENT IS CLOSING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO HAVE THAT OPEN DIALOGUE SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD MY TIME -- I YIELD MY TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN HERE, MR. CALVERT.

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  • 06:11:39 PM

    MR. CALVERT

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. HERE WE GO. THIS LAST WINTER, THE GENTLEMAN POINTED…

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND. HERE WE GO. THIS LAST WINTER, THE GENTLEMAN POINTED OUT, UPWARDS TO 200,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND WERE MOVING THROUGH THE DELTA. DAYS LIKE THAT WE WERE PUMPING 2,300 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND AT THE PUMPS. NOW THE GOVERNOR BELIEVES AND MANY BELIEVE THAT THE SOLUTION, BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID IT WAS GOING TO REVERSE FLOW, THE DELTA, WHEN 00,000 ACRE-FEET -- CUBIC FEET PER SECOND WERE MOVING THROUGH THE DELTA, IS TO BUILD THESE TUNNELS. IF THESE TUNNELS ARE BUILT, WE'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO SUCK DRY THE SACRAMENTO RIVER. COME ON. THAT COULDN'T HAPPEN. WE CAN'T EVEN PUTCH UP TO THE BIOLOGICAL OPINION. WE CAN'T -- WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT EVISCERATING THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PUMPING WATER UP TO THE BIOLOGICAL OPINION AT 5,000 CUBE EXFEET PER SECOND. WE KNOW THOSE PUMPS ARE CAPABLE OF PUMPING UP TO 11,000 FEET PER SECOND. IT COULDN'T EVEN PUMP 15,000 ACRE-FEET -- CUBIC FEET PER SECOND, BECAUSE THEY CAN ONLY GO UP TO 11,000 CUBIC FEET. SAYING THIS IS A SOLUTION THAT'S ON THE TABLE, IT'S THOUGHT OUT, IT'S COST A LOT OF MONEY. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS THAT HAVE TO BE ANSWERED BUT THE SOLUTION, ANY SOLUTION THAT THE GENTLEMAN KEEPS BRINGING UP ISN'T A SOLUTION AND NOBODY CAN AGREE TO. SO WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN IN THE MAJORITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE WATER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY AND BY THE WAY, FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WHICH IS -- OUR ECONOMY IS SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THIS. CERTAINLY CENTRAL VALLEY'S ECONOMY IS SUFFERING, TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS THAT CAN WORK. SO THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:13:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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    VALADAO HOW

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

  • 06:13:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF.

  • 06:13:40 PM

    MR. VALADAO

    I HAVE TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE AN OPEN…

    I HAVE TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS. I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE ON WATER LEGISLATION GOING FORWARD. IT NEEDS TO BE TRANSPARENT AND OPENER WORLD TO SEE. WE'VE TRIED WORKING QUIETLY WITH SOME FOLKS AND THAT DIDN'T PRODUCE ANYTHING. THIS IS THE NEXT BEST OPTION. HAVING THE OPTION TO HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE WITH ALL THE OPTIONS ON THE TABLE. WE HAVE THE OPTION BEING PERFORMED TODAY WHERE MY DISTRICT IS SUFFER, UNEMPLOYMENT IS THROUGH THE ROOF AND PEOPLE ARE TRULY SUFFERING AND THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. WE'RE ASKING FOR A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THIS LEGISLATION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED, IT'S BEEN PART OF A COUPLE OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION NOW. I THINK IT'S A REASONABLE REQUEST AND I STRONGLY RECOMMEND A NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:14:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:14:42 PM

    MR. GO SAR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE TABLE, GOSAR 218.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 06:14:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT SITELE, INSERT THE FOLLOW, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PREPARE, PROPOSE OR PROMULGATE ANY GUIDANCE THAT REFERENCES OR RELIES ON THE ANALYSIS COEN TAINED IN ONE SECNY -- TECHNICAL SUPPORT DOCUMENT --

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  • 06:15:13 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ.

  • 06:15:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. . PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED. . PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 06:15:38 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT THAT WILL PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS AND OUR ECONOMY, BY PROHIBITING FUNDSES FROM BEING USED AND TO IMPLEMENT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S FLAWED SOCIAL COST OF CARBON VALUATION. THIS JOB-KILLING AND UNLAWFUL GUIDANCE SNEAKLY ATTEMPTS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR CAP AND TRADE-LIKE MANDATES. CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REPEATEDLY REJECTED CAP AND TRADE PROPOSALS. KNOWING THAT HE CAN'T LAWFULLY ENACT A CARBON TAX PLAN, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT CONGRESS BY PLAYING LOOSE AND FAST WITH THE CLEAN AIR ACT AND UNILATERALLY IMPLEMENTING THIS UNLAWFUL NEW REQUIREMENT UNDER THE GUISE OF GUIDANCE. THE COMMITTEE WAS WISE TO RAISE CONCERN ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABUSE OF THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON VALUATION IN THE REPORT. MY AMENDMENT EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS FUNDS FOR BEING USED TO IMPLEMENT THIS DEEPLY FLAWED GUIDANCE IN THE BILL TEXT. THE HOUSE VOTED IN FAVOR OF SIMILAR MEASURES TO REJECT THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON FOUR TIMES LAST CONGRESS AND MULTIPLE TIMES OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS. A SELF-SCRIBED LIFE-LONG ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND LAWYER TESTIFIED AT THE MAY, 2015, HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REVISED GUIDANCE AND THE FLAWS RELATED TO THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON MODEL STATING THAT THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON ESTIMATES SUFFER FROM A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT FLAWS THAT SHOULD EXCLUDE THEM FROM THE NEPA PROCESS. AMONG THESE FLAWS ARE, NUMBER ONE, THE PROJECTED COST OF CARBON EMISSIONS CAN BE MANIPULATED BY CHANGING KEY PARAMETERS SUCH AS TIME FRAMES, DISCOUNT RATES AND OTHER VALUES THAT HAVE NO RELATION TO A GIVEN PROJECT UNDERGOING REVIEW. TWO, O.M.B. AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES DEVELOP THE DRAFT ESTIMATES WITHOUT ANY KNOWN PEER REVIEW OR OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT DURING THE DEVELOPAL -- DEVELOPMENTAL PROCESS. THREE, O.M.B.'S ESTIMATES GLOBAL RATHER THAN DOMESTIC COSTS AND BENEFITS. FOUR, THERE'S STILL CONSIDERABLY UNCERTAINTY IN MANY OF THE ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA ELEMENTS USED TO CREATE THE ESTIMATES. SUCH AS THE DAMAGE FUNCTIONS ANDED MODEL TIME HORIZONS. THE TESTIMONY WAS SPOT-ON. CONGRESS, NOT WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS AT THE BEHEST OF THE PRESIDENT, SHOULD DICTATE OUR COUNTRY'S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY. THE SWEEPING CHANGES THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS UTILIZING DO NOT GO THROUGH THE NORMAL REGULATORY PROCESS AND THERE WAS NO PUBLIC COMMENT. UNFORTUNATELY THIS ADMINISTRATION JUST DOESN'T GET IT AND CONTINUES TO TRY TO CIRCUMVENT CONGRESS TO IMPOSE AN EXTREMIST ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA THAT IS NOT BASED ON THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. WORSE YET, THE MODEL UTILIZED TO PREDICT THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON CAN BE EASILY MANIPULATED TO ARRIVE AT A DESIRED OUTCOME. FOR INSTANCE,ED ADMINISTRATION RECENTLY ATTEMPTED TO JUSTIFY THE E.P.A.'S METHANE RULE USING THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON. USING THIS FLAWED METRIC, THEY CLAIMED THAT THE E.P.A.'S METHANE RULE WOULD YIELD CLIMATE BENEFITS OF 690 MILLION IN 2025. AND THAT THOSE BENEFITS WILL OUTWEIGH THE 530 MILLION THAT THE RULE WILL COST BUSINESSES AND JOB CREATORS THAT YEAR ALONE. CLEARLY THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON IS THE ADMINISTRATION'S LATEST UNCONSTITUTIONAL TOOL TO DECEIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO ENACT JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS. THE HOUSE VOTED IN FAVOR OF SEVERAL -- SIMILAR MEASURES TO REJECT THE SOCIAL COST OF CARBON FOUR TIMES LAST CONGRESS AND MULTIPLE TIMES OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. THIS AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICANS FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM, ARCH COLE, THE COUNCIL FOR CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE, FREEDOM WORKS, THE NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION, THE TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE, AND THE COUNTY CATTLE GROWERS ASSOCIATION. I ASK THAT YOU ALL JOIN ME ONCE IN AGAIN IN REJECTING THIS -- ONCE AGAIN IN REJECTING THIS FLAWED PROPOSAL. WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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  • 06:19:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? CAN'T CAMENT MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE --

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  • 06:19:31 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

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

  • 06:19:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THIS AMENDMENT TELLS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO…

    MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THIS AMENDMENT TELLS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO IGNORE THE LATEST CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE. EVEN WORSE, THE AMENDMENT DENIES THAT CARBON POLLUTION IS HARMFUL. ACCORDING TO THIS AMENDMENT, THE COST OF CARBON POLLUTION IS ZERO. THAT'S SCIENCE DENIAL AT ITS WORST AND FRANKLY IT'S JUST SIMPLY WRONG. TELL HOMEOWNERS IN ARIZONA OR THOSE WHO LIVE UP IN CANADA, WHERE THE WILDFIRES HAVE JUST RAGED, AND SEEN THEIR HOMES RAVAGED BY DROUGHT-STOKED WHILE FIRES, THAT THERE ARE NO COSTS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. IF YOU'RE A GARDNER LIKE I AM, EVEN THE BACKS OF SEED PACKETS HAVE CHANGED BECAUSE WHAT USED TO BE A TENNESSEE TOMATO, NOW WE GROW IT IN OHIO. THE CLIMATE ZONES ARE MOVING NORTH. THE GETTING WARMER. TELL TO THE FIREFIGHTERS WHO HAVE TO PUT EVERYTHING ELSE ON THE LINE TO FIGHT THOSE FIRES THAT RAGE IN CALIFORNIA AND POINTS WEST OR NORTH, TELL THAT TO THE CHILDREN AND THE ELLEDELLED -- AND THE ELDERLY THAT WILL BE PLAGUED BY HEAT STRESS AND VULNERABLE TO INCREASED DISEASE. TELL THAT TO THE PEOPLE EVACUATED FROM THE ISLE CHARLES IN LOUISIANA WHO WILL LOSE HOMES AS THEIR ISLAND VANISHES UNDER THE RISING SEA. OR HOW ABOUT HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHERE THE -- WITH THE FLASH FLOODING, THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST RECENT. THESE PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO US TO PROTECT AMERICA AND TO PROTECT THEM. AND THEY ARE LOOKING TO THE REPUBLICANS TO FINALLY BE REASONABLE. THE TRUTH IS THAT NO ONE WILL ESCAPE THE AFFECTS OF UNMITIGATED CLIMATE CHANGE. IT WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON ALL OF US AND FRANKLY IT IS HAVING AN IMPACT ON ALL OF US. THIS AMENDMENT WAVES A MAGIC WAND AND DECREES THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IMPOSES NO COST AT ALL. HOUSE REPUBLICANS CAN VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT, THEY CAN TRY TO BLOCK THE DEPARTMENT FROM RECOGNIZING THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE, BUT THEY CANNOT OVERTURN THE LAWS OF NATURE. THEY ARE POWERFUL. WE SHOULD BE HEEDING THE WARNINGS OF THE CLIMATE SCIENTISTS, NOT DENYING REALITY. THANK GOD WE HAVE THEM. WE DON'T HAVE TO OPERATE IN IGNORANCE. RECENTLY OUR NATION'S LEADING CLIMATE SCIENTISTS RELEASED THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT, WHICH CONTINUES TO SHOW EVIDENCE CONFIRMING THE ONGOING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. LEADING SCIENTISTS AROUND THE WORLD, NOT JUST HERE, AGREE THE EVIDENCE IS UNAMBIGUOUS. THIS AMENDMENT TELLS THE DEPARTMENT TO IGNORE SOME OF THE WISEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THE LATEST SCIENCE SHOWS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO EXACERBATE HEAT WAVES, THOSE HAVE BEEN FELT AROUND THE COUNTRY, DROUGHTS, LOOK AT THE LAKE IN LAS VEGAS. LOOK AT THE RINGS GOING DOWN. LOOK AT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ACRES NOW ENDURING WILDFIRES . LOOK AT THE ADDED FLOODS, WATER AND VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES WHICH WILL BE GREATER RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH AND LIVES AROUND THE WORLD. THE SECURITY OF OUR FOOD SUPPLY WILL DIMINISH. RESULTING IN REDUCTIONS IN PRODUCTION AND INCREASES IN PRICES. ACCORDING TO LEADING CLIMATE SCIENCE BODY, THE IPCC, INCREASING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES AND DRASTIC CHANGES IN WATER AVAILABILITY, WHICH WE JUST HEARD ABOUT ON THIS FLOOR IN CALIFORNIA, FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, COMBINED WITH AN INCREASE IN FOOD DEMAND POSES LARGE RISKS TO FOOD SECURITY GLOBALLY AND REGIONALLY. WHEN I WAS BORN THERE WERE 146 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. BY 2050 WE WILL HAVE 500 MILLION. IT TAKES MORAN MALS, IT TAKES MORE -- MORE ANIMALS, IT TAKES MORE MACHINES, IT TAKES MORE ENERGY TO FEED THAT POPULATION TND IT TAKES MUCH MORE TO FEED -- POPULATION, AND IT TAKES MUCH MORE TO FEED THE GLOBAL POPULATION. HUMAN BEINGS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE DO HAVE AN IMPACT ON WHAT HAPPENS ON THIS VERY, VERY SUSPENDED PLANET IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY. THIS AMENDMENT TELLS THE DEPARTMENT TO IGNORE THESE AND MANY OTHER IMPACTS AND FRANKLY I VIEW THAT AS IRRESPONSIBLE. FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CALCULATE THE COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND TAKE THEM INTO ACCOUNT. IT'S PLAIN COMMON SENSE. AND IT'S A LIFE AND DEATH MATTER. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS DOING. AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE WORKED OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL YEARS TO ESTIMATE THE COSTS OF THE HARM FROM CARBON POLLUTION. THE COST CALCULATION WAS FIRST ISSUED IN 2010 AND UPDATED IN 2014 AND CONTINUES TO BE REFINED BY INCORPORATING NEW SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION AND SOLICITING INPUT FROM LEADING EXPERTS. THIS WAS A VERY CONSTRUCTIVE CALCULATION AND A CONSERVATIVE ONE AT THAT, WITH THE FULL COST OF CLIMATE CHANGE ALMOST CERTAINLY BEING HIGHER. BUT IT IS BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS ESTIMATE AND MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN ASSUMING THE COSTS ARE NOTHING. UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE THE GOVERNMENT TO ASSUME. ZERO HARM. ZERO COSTS. ZERO DANGER FROM CARBON POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE. THE TRUTH IS, UNCHECKED CLIMATE CHANGE WOULD HAVE A CATASTROPHIC ECONOMIC AND HUMAN IMPACT HERE AND ACROSS THE WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:24:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:25:01 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE?

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    THE CHAIR

    1 1/2 MINUTES.

  • 06:25:04 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE EARTH'S CLIMATE HAS BEEN CHANGING SINCE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE EARTH'S CLIMATE HAS BEEN CHANGING SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME. AND THAT'S SOMETHING I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE. M.I.T. RESEARCHERS HAVE LOOKED AT A MASSIVE EXTINCTION SOME 252 MILLION YEARS AGO AS A RESULT OF A MASSIVE BUILDUP OF CARBON DIOXIDE. FUNNY, MAN WASN'T AROUND. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE ESTIMATES THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SQUANDERED $77 BILLION, WITH A B, BETWEEN FISCAL YEAR 2008 AND FISCAL YEAR 2013. TRYING TO STUDY ALL THIS. IF THE PRESIDENT, THE EMPEROR HIMSELF, WOULD LIKE TO BYPASS CONGRESS, THAT'S FINE. BUT CONGRESS HAS A FIDUCIARY AND RESPONSIBILITY LEGISLATIVELY TO PASS SOMETHING THAT THE AGENCY SHOULD ENFORCE. AND WE TALK ABOUT WILDFIRES. WELL, YOU KNOW, THERE WE GO AGAIN. IT'S BEEN MISMANAGEMENT OF OUR FORESTS THAT HAVE CREATED THESE CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRES. TAKE IT FROM SOMEBODY IN ARIZONA WHO SHOULD KNOW. SO I ASK ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:26:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:26:23 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    ON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 06:26:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:26:37 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I HAVE TWO AMENDMENTS AT THE DESK, 115 AND 116. WITH REGARD TO 115, I…

    I HAVE TWO AMENDMENTS AT THE DESK, 115 AND 116. WITH REGARD TO 115, I WOULD SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO NOT TAKE UP THIS AMENDMENT, THIS WAS DEBATED LAST NIGHT, DEBATED THOROUGHLY, AND WOULD DO US LITTLE GOOD TODAY TO DEBATE IT ONCE AGAIN. ALTHOUGH I DO BELIEVE IT TO BE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT DESERVES THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE MEMBERS. THAT DEALS WITH THE MOX FACILITY.

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  • 06:27:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT AMENDMENT 116. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE AMENDMENT…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT AMENDMENT 116. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE AMENDMENT NUMBER 29.

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  • 06:27:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:27:19 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I BELIEVE THIS IS KNOWN AS AMENDMENT 116, IF THAT'S CORRECT. VERY GOOD.

  • 06:27:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:27:33 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK MOST OF US SHOULD BE AWARE THAT WE ARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK MOST OF US SHOULD BE AWARE THAT WE ARE WELL INTO THE FIRST QUARTER OF A NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE, THIS TIME WITH NOT ONLY RUSSIA, BUT WITH CHINA. AND PERHAPS WITH SOME OTHERS OUT THERE THAT WOULD LIKE TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND ARMAMENTS. THIS AMENDMENT GOES DIRECTLY TO ONE OF THE CRITICAL PARTS OF THAT ARMS RACE, WHICH IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY A NEW NUCLEAR BOMB. SOME WOULD LIKE TO SAY IT IS SIMPLY A REFURBISHMENT OF AN OLDER WEAPON AND I GUESS YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH THAT IF YOU STRETCH THE WORDS A BIT. BUT THIS IS THE W-80-4 NUCLEAR BOMB. IT IS THE WARHEAD THAT WILL GO ON THE NEW CRUISE MISSILE, SOMETIMES CALLED THE LSRO. IT'S A VERY EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION, THIS PARTICULAR BUDGET CALLS FOR $240 MILLION TO BE SPENT THIS YEAR ON THE EARLY STAGES OF THE REFURBISHMENT, WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT TWICE THAT LEVEL OF FUNDING OVER THE NEXT DECADE TO DEVELOP A FEW HUNDRED OF THESE WEAPONS OR THESE BOMBS. WE NEED TO WAKE UP. WE NEED TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO THIS TRILLION-DOLLAR ENTERPRISE. OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS WE WILL BE SPENDING $1 TRILLION ON A NEW NUCLEAR ARMS RACE. TO WHAT EFFECT? SOME WOULD SAY THAT WHAT WE HAVE IS OLD AND WE OUGHT TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT'S NEW. WELL, WHAT IS OLD ACTUALLY CONTINUES TO WORK FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. SO THE NOT JUST THE NUCLEAR BOMBS THAT WILL BE REFURBISHED OR REBUILT OR LIFE-EXTENDED OR WHATEVER WORDS YOU WANT TO USE, BUT THEY'RE NEW AND THEY'RE EXTRAORDINARILY EXPENSIVE AND OBVIOUSLY EXTRAORDINARILY DANGEROUS. AND WE'RE GOING TO DEVELOP AN ENTIRE NEW ARRAY OF DELIVERY SYSTEMS, DISCUSSED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR NOT SO LONG AGO, AND DEBATE WAS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER WE OUGHT TO HAVE NEW INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES IN THE SILOS IN THE MIDWEST, UPPER MIDWEST. AN INTERESTING DEBATE. AND THE DEBATE WAS THAT -- THE RESULT OF THE DEBATE WAS, WELL, WE OUGHT TO BUILD NEW ICBM'S FOR THOSE SIL OMBING S, WITHOUT PAYING -- SILOS, WITHOUT PAYING TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE COST, AND WE OUGHT TO HAVE A WHOLE NEW ARRAY OF NUCLEAR-ARMED SUBMARINES AND A NEW STEALTH BOMBER AND A NEW CRUISE MISSILE AND SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE? $1 TRILLION. AT THE SAME TIME WE DEBATE ON THE FLOOR WHETHER WE HAVE ANY MONEY FOR ZIKA. . APPARENTLY WE DON'T, THOUGH THAT IS A REAL THREAT AND IT IS REAL TODAY. AND WE TALK ABOUT COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS AND WE DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR THOSE EITHER. I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THE MONEY IS. IT'S IN THIS NUCLEAR ARMS RACE. IT'S NOT ABOUT DISARMAMENT. NOBODY IS SUGGESTING THAT. IT'S ABOUT, ARE WE GOING TO SPEND ALL THIS MONEY AND PERPETUATE WHAT IS ALREADY UNDER WAY WITHOUT GIVING TAUGHT -- THOUGHT TO THE IMPACT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON THE THINGS WE KNOW WE MUST DO, EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN, PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, OUR SANITATION SYSTEMS OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS? OR ARE WE GOING TO GO ABOUT BUILDING NEW NUCLEAR BOMBS? APPARENTLY THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO BECAUSE THERE'S $240 MILLION RIGHT HERE, MONEY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE AVAILABLE FOR ZIKA, MONEY WE DON'T HAVE FOR THE WATER SYSTEMS OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, OR IN OUR OWN STATE OF CALIFORNIA, BUT IT'S HERE. THE W-80-4. KEEP THAT NUMBER IN MIND, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT COMING BACK BEFORE YOU AS WE APPROPRIATE MORE AND MORE DOLLARS FOR NOT ONLY THIS NEW NUCLEAR BOMB BUT FOR MANY OTHERS. SO I DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE. I ASK THAT WE MOVE ABOUT $100 MILLION OF THIS MONEY OUT OF THIS NUCLEAR BOMB THAT WE REALLY DON'T NEED FOR ANOTHER DECADE. WE DON'T NEED IT TOMORROW. WE MAY NEVER NEED IT. BUT IT WON'T BE ON ANY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT FOR AT LEAST A DECADE. SO WHY DON'T WE SPEND THIS MONEY ON OUR COMMUNITIES. WHY DON'T WE SPEND IT ON FLINT, MICHIGAN. WHY DON'T WE SPEND IT ON THE COMMUNITIES IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA THAT WE'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. COMMUNITIES THAT DON'T HAVE WATER SYSTEMS. COMMUNITIES IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT WE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT JUST A MOMENT AGO WHERE THE CHILDREN HAVE TO TAKE THEIR WATER OUT OF A HORSE WATER TROUGH. NOT OUT OF A TAP. WE'RE GOING TO SPEND OUR MONEY BUILDING A NEW NUCLEAR BOMB. I THINK THAT'S WRONG. I THINK IT'S NOT NECESSARY. IN FACT, I KNOW IT'S NOT NECESSARY. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. SO I ASK YOU TO MAKE A CHOICE. TO MAKE A CHOICE TO SPEND OUR MONEY ON WHAT WE NEED TODAY. CLEAN WATER SYSTEMS. TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION. NOT ON A NEW NUCLEAR BOMB.

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  • 06:32:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 06:32:56 PM

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    CLAIM TIME IN HOP SIGS.

  • 06:32:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 06:33:03 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS AND I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN HE…

    I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS AND I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN HE MENTIONED MANY FUNCTIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. THE ONE HE DIDN'T MENTION WAS DEFENDING THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. IT'S ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO IS TAKE MONEY OUT OF THE PROGRAM TO CONTINUE THE LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM OF THE W-80 WARHEAD, THE ONLY CRUISE MISSILE IN THE U.S. NUCLEAR ARSENAL. THE GENTLEMAN SAYS WE DON'T NEED IT NOW SO LET'S SPEND THE MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE AND IF WE NEED IT NEXT YEAR, I GUESS WE COULD JUST SPEND THE MONEY NEXT YEAR. BUT YOU CAN'T DEVELOP THIS, YOU DON'T DO THESE LIFE EX-TAX PROGRAMS IN JUST A YEAR. THESE ARE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS. THE LIFE EXTENSION WILL SUPPORT THE AIR FORCE'S PLAN TO DEVELOP THE LONG RANGE CRUISE MISSILE. IF THE GENTLEMAN BELIEVES THE LRSO IS NOT NECESSARY, I WOULD POINT HIM AT THE AIR FORCE WHOSE LEADERSHIP TESTIFIED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS BEFORE CONGRESS THAT WE NEED TO SUSTAIN OUR NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES AND NEED TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENT. WE MUST DO THE WORK THAT'S NEEDED TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF THIS WARHEAD AS LONG AS THERE'S A CLEAR DEFENSE REQUIREMENT FOR MAINTAIN AGNEW CLEAR CRUISE MISSILE CAPABILITY. WHILE THE RLSO IS STILL AT AN EARLY STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT, THESE WAR HEADS ARE VERY COMPLEX AND THERE'S A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF WORK TO ACCOMPLISH BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. PERFORMING DEVELOPMENT WORK EARLIER IN THE SCHEDULE WILL ALLOW THE NNSA TO LIMIT TECHNICAL RISKS AND LIMIT COST GROWTH BY EVALUATING AT AN EARLY STAGE. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WILL NOT STOP THE PROGRAM BUT WOULD ADD ADDITIONAL RISK INTO THE SCHEDULE AND RAISE THE COST FOR MODERNIZING THE WARHEAD DOWN THE LINE. I SHOULD POINT OUT THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT ALSO PROPOSES TO MOVE THE FUNDING TO NONDEFENSE WITHOUT ANY-FOR-WALLS NEGOTIATED IN PRIEST DEALS. I URGE MEMBERS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:35:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THIS GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:35:34 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, GOSAR 221.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S CLIMATE MODEL DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PROGRAM.

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  • 06:35:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

    FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:36:09 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    THE AGENCY'S LIMITED RESOURCES ARE FOCUSED ON PROGRAMS RELATED TO ITS…

    THE AGENCY'S LIMITED RESOURCES ARE FOCUSED ON PROGRAMS RELATED TO ITS MISSION TO ENSURE ENERGY SECURITY FOR THE UNITED STATES. THIS SIMPLE AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS FOR THE CLIMATE MODEL DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PROGRAM WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. THIS EXACT SAME AMENDMENT PASSED THIS BODY IN FISCAL YEAR 2015 AND 2016. THIS YEAR, THIS AMENDMENT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT BECAUSE DESPITE THIS AMENDMENT GETTING APPROVAL FROM THIS BODY MULTIMILLION YEARS IN -- MULTIPLE YEARS IN A ROW AND BEING DENIED FUNDING MULTIPLE YEARS IN A ROW, THE PRESIDENT WAS GIVEN ACCESS TO ABOUT HALF OF WHAT HE REQUESTED PREVIOUSLY TO CREATE THIS NEW DUPLICITOUS AND WASTEFUL PROGRAM. WITH THE NATION MORE THAN $92 MILLION IN DEBT THE QUESTION MUST BE ASKED WHY MUST MONEY BE GIVEN TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NEW COMPUTER GENERATED CLIMATE MODELS. THE ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY USING MODELS TO DECEIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY TRIED TO JUSTIFY THE METHANE RULE USING THE MODEL. THEY CLAIMED THE METHANE RULE WOULD YIELD CLIMATE BENEFITS OF 690 MILLION IN 2025 AND THAT WOULD OUTWEIGH THE $50 MILLION THAT IT WOULD COST BUSINESSES -- THE $530 MILLION THAT IT WOULD COST BUSINESSES THAT YEAR ALOBE. THIS WOULD BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF DUPLICATIVE GLOBAL WARMING MODELING PROGRAMS BEING HIJACKED BY THE E.P.A. TO FORCE NEW REGULATIONS LIKE THE NEW CLEAN POWER PLAN. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RESOURCE SERVICE ESTIMATE THIS IS ADMINISTRATION HAS SQUANERED $70 BILLION FROM FISCAL YEAR 2008 TO FISCAL YEAR 2013 STUDYING AND TRYING TO DEVELOP GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE REGULATIONS. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PRIORITIES. WHILE RESEARCH AND MODEL OG THEY HAVE EARTH'S CLIMATE INCLUDING HOW AND WHY EARTH'S CLIMATE IS CHANGING CAN BE OF VALUE, IT'S NOT CENTRAL TO THE DEPARTMENT'S IN ADDITION AND IS BEING DONE BY ACADEMIC, BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE IS BEING ADDRESSED VERY WELL BY THE ACADEMIC AND NONPROFIT SECTOR WITH MUCH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND SPEED THAN THE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY CAN OFFER. FURTHER, THE RESEARCH AND MODELS UTILIZED BY OUR UNIVERSITIES ARE NOT BEING MANIPULATED TO IMPOSE A PARTISAN AGENDA. REGARDLESS OF OUR OPINION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, I FEEL STRONGLY THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST CONTINUE ITS FIRM POSITION THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE WASTE FRESHES TAXPAYER RESOURCES ON PROGRAMS THAT ARE DUPLICITOUS IN NATURE AND FUNDED BY OTHERS. THE WASTE IN THE CLIMATE MODEL EVALUATION PROGRAM HAS BEEN SHOWN BY SEVERAL WATCHDOG GROUPS. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS WISELY DECLINED TO FUND THIS PROGRAM IN FISCAL YEARS 2014, 2015, 2016. CONSIDERING THE EXTENSIVE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE TO RESEARCH, MODEL AND FORECAST CLIMATE TRENDS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND INTERNATIONALLY, FUNDING FOR THIS SPECIFIC PIECE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CLIMATE AGENDA IS NOT ONLY REDUNDANT BUT INEFFECTIVE. IT'S ALSO IRRESPONSIBLE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS FOR THE COMMITTEE ON THEIR WORK AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:39:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:39:42 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I RISE TO SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    YES. YOU KNOW, YEARS AGO, THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT SERVED IN THIS BODY THAT…

    YES. YOU KNOW, YEARS AGO, THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT SERVED IN THIS BODY THAT DENIED THAT AMERICA SHOULD PASS A CLEAN WATER ACT. AND TODAY IN MANY PLACES IN OUR COUNTRY WHEN WE TURN ON THE TAP WE TRUST WHAT WE DRINK. WE HAD TO CHANGE OUR WAY OF LIFE, YEAH, WE HAD TO MAKE INVESTMENTS, BUT WE PRODUCED A STRONGER COUNTRY. AND THERE WERE THOSE WHO FOUGHT AGAINST THE CLEAN AIR ACT. YOU CAN GO BACK AND READ THE RECORD. AND THERE ARE ALWAYS THOSE FOLKS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY EMBRACING THE FUTURE. THIS AMENDMENT BLOCKS FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S CLIMATE MODEL DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PROGRAM AND THIS IS CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL AT ITS WORST. USED TO BE PEOPLE SAID, WELL, IT'S OK THAT INDUSTRY DUMPS IN THE WATER, WASHES EVERYTHING OUT SOMEWHERE. WHEN THE BALD EAGLE BECAME AN ENDANGERED SPECIES IT BECAME CLEAR THAT ALL OF THAT POLLUTION WAS CAUSING LONG-TERM DAMAGE. NOW THE WORLD'S TOP SCIENTISTS ARE TELLING US THAT WE HAVE A RAPIDLY CLOSING WINDOW TO REDUCE OUR CARBON POLLUTION BEFORE THE CATASTROPHIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAT CANNOT BE AVOIDED. SO FAR, THE WORLD HAS ALREADY WARMED BY.9 DEGREES CELSIUS AND WE ARE ALREADY SEING THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. MOST SCIENTISTS AGREE THAT TWO DEGREES CELSIUS IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT WE CAN WARM WITHOUT REALLY DANGEROUS TIPPING POINT, THOUGH MANY SCIENTISTS NOW BELIEVE THAT EVEN TWO DEGREES IS FAR TOO MUCH GIVEN THE EFFECTS WE ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING ALL AROUND THE WORLD. BUT ABSENT DRAMATIC ACTION, WE'RE ON TRACK TO WARM FOUR TO SIX DEGREES CELSIUS BY MID CENTURY, THAT'S MORE THAN 10 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. EVEN WITH THE PLEDGES TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS AS PART OF C.O.P. 21 WE ARE STILL IN DANGER OF EXPERIENCING THE DRASTIC CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE, INCLUDING INCREASED FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY OF EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS AND DROUGHT. THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY CONCLUDED THAT INCREASED EFFORTS ARE STILL NEED IN ADDITION TO EXISTING PLEDGES TO STAY WITHIN THE TWO DEGREE LIMIT AND WE'RE ALREADY SEING THE DEVASTATION FROM CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDING RECENTLY THE EVACUATION OF CLIMATE REFUGEES FROM THE AISLE OF JOHN CHARLES NEAR NEW ORLEANS. SO YOU SORT OF THINK TO THE WORLD YOU KNEW VERSUS THINK WORLD OF THE FUTURE AND YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE THE FUTURE AND YOU HAVE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO FOLLOW US. THERE ARE MULTIPLE LINES OF EVIDENCE INCLUDING DIRECT MEASUREMENTS THAT LIFE IS CHANGING. THE PROJECTIONS THAT THESE MODELS ANTICIPATE ARE CRITICAL AS THEY PROVIDE THE GUIDE POSTS TO UNDERSTAND HOW QUICKLY AND HOW STEEPLY THE WORLD NEEDS TO CUT CARBON POLLUTION IN ORDER TO AVOID THE WORST EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND THE GOAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S CLIMATE MODEL DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PROGRAM IS TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE RELIABLE OF CLIMATE MODELS AND EQUIP POLICYMAKERS AND CITIZENS WITH TOOLS TO PREDICT CURRENT AND FUTURE EVENTS THAT RESULT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE SUCH AS SEA LEVEL RISE, EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, AND DROUGHT. THIS AMENDMENT SCRAP THIS IS PROGRAM. IT SAYS NO TO ENHANCING THE RELIABILITY OF OUR CLIMATE MODELS. WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT. IT SAYS NO INVESTING IN THE SECURITY OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION. AND THE NATION'S ASSETS ITSELF. IT SAYS NO TO IMPROVING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING AND IT SAYS NO TO INFORMING POLICYMAKERS ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNMITIGATED CLIMATE CHANGE. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY IRRESPONSIBLE AND AN OUTCOME THIS NATION CANNOT AFFORD. IT'S INTERESTING, THERE'S AN AUTHOR, ROBERT LAVELLE, WHO HAS WRITTEN A BOOK, "LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS," WHAT IT TALKS ACT IS HOW AMERICA HAS BECOME TO TECHNOLOGICALLY SOPHISTICATED THAT WE NO LONGER RESPEND TO NATURE. ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN WHO SPEND EIGHT HOURS IN FRONT OF A BLUE SCREEN. BUT PERHAPS IT'S THAT LACK OF CONNECTION TO NATURE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A POPULATION, COLLUDING SOME IN THIS CHAMBER WHO DO NOT SEE WHAT NATURE IS DOING IN HER POWERFUL FORCE. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO READ THAT BOOK AND PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THE TEMPERATURE IS OF THE LAKE NEAR YOU, THE OCEAN NEAR YOU, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES AND IN AGRICULTURE. AND OUR ABILITY TO PRODUCE FOOD FOR THE FUTURE. BECAUSE OF CHANGES IN WEATHER. WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH RAINFALL. THERE'S A LOT GOING ON. WHAT HAPPENS TO CLOUDS IN YOUR REGION OF THE COUNTRY. HOW CLOSE DO THEY COME TO THE EARTH. WHEN THEY RAIN FALLS HOW SEVERE ARE THE WELCOME EVENTS. THESE EVENTS ARE HAPPENING AROUND OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND OUR WORLD AND I WOULD HAVE TO RISE IN OPPOSITION OBVIOUSLY TO THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT LEADS US INTO THE FUTURE. I THINK IT TAKES US BACK INTO THE PAST TO A WORLD THAT DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 06:44:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 06:44:44 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THIS AMENDMENT NOT ABOUT MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE OR THE…

    THIS AMENDMENT NOT ABOUT MAKING A STATEMENT ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE OR THE VALIDITY OF CRY MAT SCIENCE. IT'S ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY. MORE THAN 50 UNIVERSITIES AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AROUND THE GLOBE ARE ENGAGED IN CLIMATE MODELING. THIS IS BEING ADDRESSED BY THE ACADEMIC AND NONPROFIT SECTOR WITH MUCH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND SPEED THAN GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY CAN OFFER. AND I REMIND YOU OF THE V.A., THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING VERY WELL AT ALL. WE NEED TO START LOOKING AT THIS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY, $19 TRILLION IN DEBT. THERE'S SOME APPLES WE NEED TO START COMING TO LOOK AT. WHEN WE START LOOKING AT THE STEWINGS THAT ARE DOING THIS, HARDLY SECOND TIER INSTITUTIONS, THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. M.I.T. FOR SHORT. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKLEY. THERE'S SOME REALLY GOOD PEOPLE RIGHT OUT THERE DOING THIS WORK ON OUR BEHALF. SO WHEN WE START LOOKING AT EFFICACIES AND EFFECTIVENESS, WE NEED TO LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE UNIVERSITIES THAT ARE ALREADY DONE DOING THIS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE DON'T NEED TO BE DUE PUBLIC TAOS IN AND BE PARTISAN IN -- -- DUPLICATIVE IN AND BE PARTISAN IN OUR OUTCOMES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:46:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM AYE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 06:46:25 PM

    MR. GREEN

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 06:46:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE AMENDMENT…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE AMENDMENT NUMBER 24.

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  • 06:46:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. AL…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. AL GREEN OF TEXAS.

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  • 06:46:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 06:46:46 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 06:46:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED.

  • 06:46:56 PM

    MR. GREEN

    AM I RECOGNIZED, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:47:06 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A PREAMBLE TO MY AMENDMENT,…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, AS A PREAMBLE TO MY AMENDMENT, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, MR. SIMPSON, FOR HIS COURTESIES. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MS. KAPTUR, FOR HER COURTESIES. MR. CHAIRMAN, IF YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, YOU MONITOR THE WEATHER. YOU MONITOR THE WEATHER, MR. CHAIRMAN, BECAUSE OVER THE LAST YEAR, HOUSTON, TEXAS, HAS BEEN DECLARED A DISASTER AREA NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE. IF YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, YOU MONITOR THE WEATHER BECAUSE IN THE LAST YEAR WE ARE TO SPEND BILLIONS IN RECOVERY DAMAGES. IF YOU LIVE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, YOU MONITOR THE WEATHER BECAUSE, IN THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE LOST 17 LIVES TO FLOODING. HOUSTON HAS A PROBLEM. BUT THERE IS A SOLUTION. THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH IS BASED UPON H.R. 5025, AN EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL BILL, WOULD ACCORD $311 MILLION THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE SPENT -- THIS IS NOT MONEY THAT WILL NOT BE SPENT IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, MONEY THAT WILL BE SPENT ON PROJECTS THAT ARE ALREADY AUTHORIZED. THE PROJECTS ARE AUTHORIZED, THE MONEY'S GOING TO BE SPENT, HOWEVER WE CAN TAKE A PIECEMEAL APPROACH AND DO SOME NOW, SOME LATER AND SPEND BILLIONS MORE IN RECOVERY EFFORTS, WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE DOING. WE'RE SPENDING BILLIONS AFTER FLOODS WHEN WE COULD SPEND MILLIONS BEFORE AND SAVE MONEY, SAVE LIVES AND GIVE HOUSTON, TEXAS, THE CITIZENS THEREIN, SOME DEGREE OF COMFORT. MR. CHAIRMAN, I BELIEVE THAT MY FRIENDS IN THIS HOUSE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY AND A GOOD DEAL OF EMPATHY FOR HOUSTON, TEXAS, AS IS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT MORE THAN 70 MEMBERS HAVE SIGNED ONTO THE BILL, H.R. 5025, AND WE HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WE HAVE REPUBLICANS AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL WHO ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN WITHIN THE COMMITTEE, AND WE ALSO HAVE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE WORKING TO TRY TO HELP HOUSTON, TEXAS. SO I AM HONORED TONIGHT TO STAND IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE TO MAKE THIS REQUEST, THAT HOUSTON, TEXAS, BE MADE A PRIORITY AND THAT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, WHEN THEY DO ASSESS THE NEEDS OF THE NATION, THAT HOUSTON BE GIVEN SOME DEGREE OF PREFERENCE BECAUSE MONEY IS BEING SPENT THAT NEED NOT BE SPENT. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND RANKING MEMBER, BECAUSE LIVES ARE BEING LOST. HOUSTON, TEXAS, HAS WHAT ARE CAPTIONED AS FLASH FLOODS. YOU CAN FIND YOURSELF IN A CIRCUMSTANCE FROM WHICH YOU CANNOT EXTRICATE YOURSELF AND YOU MAY LOSE YOUR LIFE. WHEN WE HAVE ONE OF THESE ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. AND THEY HAPPEN MORE OFTEN THAN EXPECTED SOME YEARS AGO. WE DON'T HAVE OR IT CAN BE DEBATE AS TO WHETHER WE'RE HAVING 100-YEAR FLOODS OR 500-YEAR FLOODS. THAT'S DEBATABLE. BUT WHAT IS NOT DEBATABLE IS THE FACT THAT WE'RE HAVING BILLION-DOLLAR FLOODS. BILLION-DOLLAR FLOODS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. A MAJOR AMERICAN CITY DECLARED A DISASTER AREA NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE IN THE LAST ONE YEAR. IF I'M PERMITTED TO I SHALL RESERVE SOME TIME FOR CLOSING COMMENTS.

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  • 06:51:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESERVE HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY RESERVE HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:51:18 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION ON AN APPROPRIATION BILL AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES IN PERTINENT PART, AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL SHALL NOT BE IN ORDER IF IT CHANGES EXISTING LAW. THE AMENDMENT INCLUDES AN EMERGENCY DESIGNATION AND AS SUCH CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21, AND I ASK FOR A RULING FROM THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:51:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARDS ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

  • 06:51:48 PM

    MR. GREEN

    I WOULD LIKE TO BE HEARD, IF I MAY.

  • 06:51:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, SIMPSON, WOULD YOU ALLOW ME TO GIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, SIMPSON, WOULD YOU ALLOW ME TO GIVE MY CLOSING COMMENTS BEFORE WE RECEIVE THE RULING FROM THE CHAIR WHICH WILL BE JUST A FEW SECONDS MORE, I BELIEVE. HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?

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  • 06:52:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING.

  • 06:52:07 PM

    MR. GREEN

    WOULD YOU ALLOW SUCH?

  • 06:52:09 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. CHAIRMAN. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 06:52:16 PM

    MR. GREEN

    I WAS GOING TO SAY --

  • 06:52:18 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I WAS GOING TO SAY, IF I COULD, IN BEING HEARD ON THE AMENDMENT --

  • 06:52:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO --

  • 06:52:24 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN COULD SPEAK FOR THE ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I WAS GOING TO ASK --

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER?

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    MR. GREEN

    WELL, YES, ON THE POINT OF ORDER, IF SO -- IN SO DOING I MAY SPEAK TO THE…

    WELL, YES, ON THE POINT OF ORDER, IF SO -- IN SO DOING I MAY SPEAK TO THE FLOODING IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I WANT TO BE APPROPRIATE AS I DO THIS. AND I WILL YIELD TO THE WISDOM OF THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:52:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES AN…

    THE CHAIR WILL RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THIS AMENDMENT INCLUDES AN EMERGENCY DESIGNATION, THE AMENDMENT THEREFORE CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE POINT OF ORDER IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER. SO WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:53:03 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD, MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 06:53:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    YES, I WOULD YIELD MY TIME TO THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE WITH JUST A BRIEF…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE WITH JUST A BRIEF COMMENTARY. I HAVE A COLLEAGUE WHO IS NOT HERE, THE HONORABLE GENE GREEN. HE'S ASKED THAT HIS STATEMENT WITH REFERENCE TO THIS AMENDMENT BE PLACED IN THE RECORD AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DO, SO MR. CHAIRMAN. -- TO DO SO, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 06:53:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:53:34 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU. I WOULD ALSO ADD THIS, A GOOD DEAL OF MY COMMENTS HAVE EMANATED…

    THANK YOU. I WOULD ALSO ADD THIS, A GOOD DEAL OF MY COMMENTS HAVE EMANATED FROM, AS I INDICATED, H.R. 5025. THIS BILL HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I SEE IN THE CHAMBER MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE HONORABLE TED POE, WHO IS ONE OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THE LEGISLATION, SOME OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES WHO ARE CO-SPONSORING FROM TEXAS WOULD INCLUDE THE HONORABLE JOHN CULBERSON, WOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE HONORABLE MEMBER WEBBER, RANDY WEBBER. A GOOD NUMBER -- WEBER, RANDY WEBER, A GOOD NUMBER. SHEILA JACKSON LEE, THE HONORABLE GENE GREEN THAT I MENTIONED. THERE ARE OTHERS AS WELL. THIS IS BIPARTISAN. THIS IS A RECOGNITION THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS THAT WE CAN SOLVE THAT WILL CREATE GREATER CIRCUMSTANCES THAN WE SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE. THERE IS LITTLE REASON FOR US TO BE BACK HERE A YEAR OR SO FROM NOW INDICATING THAT WE'VE HAD ANOTHER FLOOD, A BILLION-DOLLAR FLOOD, MAYBE LESS, MAYBE MORE, AND THAT WE MAY HAVE LOST LIVES IN THAT FUTURE EVENT. MY HOPE IS THAT WHILE THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER, AND I ACCEPT THE RULING OF THE CHAIR, MY HOPE IS THAT WE WILL FIND A MEANS BY WHICH WE WILL DO SOONER THAT WHICH WE WILL DO LATER, SPEND THE $311 MILLION, AFTER WE HAVE HAD ADDITIONAL BILLION-DOLLAR FLOODS. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES GOOD SENSE, IT IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION, AND I DO THANK THE CHAIR AND THE THAT -- -- AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HER VERY KIND WORDS AND HER OPPORTUNITY THAT SHE HAS ACCORDED ME -- THE OPPORTUNITY SHE'S ACCORDED ME AND I THANK YOU, MR. SIMPSON, FOR BEING SO GENERAL JOUSE AS WELL -- GENEROUS AS WELL.

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  • 06:55:37 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S PASSION WITH THIS AND HIS OBVIOUS CONCERN AND…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S PASSION WITH THIS AND HIS OBVIOUS CONCERN AND INTEREST AND I WILL TELL THAT YOU THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF SUPPORT FOR WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS PROPOSING. CONGRESSMAN POE AND CONGRESSMAN CULBERSON, AS WLING AS MEMBERS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE -- AS WELL AS MEMBERS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE TALKED TO US REPEATEDLY ABOUT THE ISSUES YOU ADDRESS HERE. WHILE THIS AMENDMENT IS OUT OF ORDER, I WILL PROMISE TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO TRY TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT CITIES.

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  • 06:56:04 PM

    MR. GREEN

    I THANK YOU AND AS YOU KNOW I BELIEVE YOUR WORD IS AS GOOD AS GOLD. THANK…

    I THANK YOU AND AS YOU KNOW I BELIEVE YOUR WORD IS AS GOOD AS GOLD. THANK YOU. AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER.

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  • 06:56:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:56:20 PM

    >>

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. YOHO OF FLORIDA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. YOHO OF FLORIDA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO EMPLOY IN EXCESS OF 95% OF THE DEPARTMENT'S TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AS OF THE DATE OF THE ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT.

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  • 06:56:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OWE POTION --…

    RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OWE POTION -- OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 06:56:51 PM

    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLY A COMMONSENSE MEASURE TO HELP REDUCE THE SIZE OF OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS THAT CONTINUE TO GROW ANNUALLY UNCHECKED, INCREASING BOTH SCOPE, SIZE AND INCREASING OUR SPENDING, BOTH DISCRETIONARY AND MANDATORY. OUR NATION IS OVER $19 TRILLION IN DEBT. LET ME REPEAT THAT. $19 TRILLION IN DEBT. YET THIS CHAMBER, US, WE THE PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT, MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IN CHARGE OF THE TAXPAYERS' PURSE STRING, MUST START ACTING -- TAKING ACTION TO ACTIVELY REDUCE OUR EXPENDITURES. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBERS FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL, BUT I'M CONCERNED THAT THE COST IT WILL PLACE ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS TOO GREAT. WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE MUST DO BETTER. THIS AMENDMENT IS OFFERED AS A MODEST SOLUTION AND ESTABLISHES A 5% ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S TOTAL EMPLOYEES. IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WHEN SCRAMBLING TO COVER YOUR COSTS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS, INCLUDING SOMETIMES THE ELIMINATION OF POSITIONS THAT ARE NOT ESSENTIAL TO THE OVERALL PURPOSE AND MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION, OR YOU SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD IT. NOT ONLY IS REDUCING THE CURRENT SIZE OF THE DEPARTMENT'S FULL-TIME STAFF ESSENTIAL, BUT I BELIEVE IT'S ALSO -- IT ALSO SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY A ONE-YEAR HIRING FREEZE. IN 2013 WHEN THE GOVERNMENT WAS SHUT DOWN, I WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE, THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN OVER MONEY AND IT WASN'T FROM AN EXCESS, IT WAS FROM A LACK OF IT, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WAS FACED WITH THIS VERY DILEMMA AND MADE THE DECISION TO FURLOUGH 69% OF ITS WORK FORCE. THESE WORKERS WERE DEEMED NONESSENTIAL. I UNDERSTAND THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE EXTRAORDINARY, BUT THE DEPARTMENT WAS STILL ABLE TO TARGET AREAS WITHIN THAT THEY WERE MANDATED TO DO AND THEY CONTINUED EESSENTIALLY TO MAINTAINING IN NECESSARY FUNCTIONS. MY AMENDMENT IS ONLY REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO REDUCE ITS FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES BY 5%, WHICH IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IS NOMINAL, BUT ESSENTIAL IN GETTING OUR COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK FISCALLY AND THE RIGHT THING TO DO. FOR OUR NATION TO REMAIN PROSPEROUS AND TO KEEP THE AMERICAN DREAM ALIVE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, WE MUST MAKE THESE HARD DECISIONS NOW. WE MUST SCALE BACK FEDERAL SPENDING. ONE CANNOT BE PERSONALLY -- ONE CANNOT HAVE PERSONAL FREEDOM WITHOUT FINANCIAL FREEDOM. THAT SAME PHILOSOPHY ALSO APPLIES TO NATIONS. IF THEY WISH TO PASS ON TO THEIR FUTURE GENERATIONS THE BLESSINGS OF OUR PAST AND OUR CURRENT POSTERITY, LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:59:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:59:49 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE FOR…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE FOR AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH AN APPROPRIATELY SIZED WORK FORCE. IN FACT, AS THE GENTLEMAN HAS SPECIFIC PROGRAMS OR OFFICES THAT HE BELIEVES ARE CURRENTLY OVERSTAFFED, I'D BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH HIM TO SEE IF THAT IS THE CASE AND TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS ANY PROBLEMS WE MAY FIND. BUT THIS AMENDMENT DOESN'T LOOK AT SPECIFIC DETAILS AND MAKE TARGETED REDUCTIONS. IT REREQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO FURLOUGH 5% OF ITS EMPLOYEES ON OCTOBER 1. IT DOESN'T ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TIME TO REVIEW WHETHER IT MIGHT NEED MORE PEOPLE TO CARRY OUT ITS NATIONAL SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES, FOR INSTANCE, OR FEWER PEOPLE TO CARRY OUT OTHER PROGRAMS WHO WORK AS RAMPING DOWN OR BEING REDUCED BY THIS BILL. THAT'S NOT GOOD GOVERNMENT, THAT'S PUTTING ALMOST 800 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY OUT OF WORK FOR NO GOOD REASON. THE UNDERLYING BILL ON THE OTHER HAND INCLUDES REASONABLE AND TARGETED REDUCTIONS TO FUNDING LEVELS FOR THE DEPARTMENT'SED A MISK ACCOUNTS. THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNT WAS $36 MILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST IN THE BILL BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR AND AMENDMENTS ALREADY PASSED BY THE HOUSE HAVE RESULTED IN FURTHER CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENTAL ADMINISTRATION. . FEDERAL SALARIES FOR THE NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ARE $30 MILLION BELOW THIS PRESIDENT'S REQUEST. THE FUNDING LEVELS IN THIS BILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE ABOUT GROWTH IN THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE REQUIRING AN AUTOMATIC 5% CUT ACROSS THE BOARD IS A STEP TOO FAR AND AS I SAID IT IS NOT GOOD GOVERNMENT. FOR THESE REASONS, I OPPOSE THESE AMENDMENTS, URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST IT. I WOULD NOTE THAT WHEN THE GENTLEMAN SAYS DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN THEY FURLOUGHED 60% OF THE WORK FORCE, THAT WAS 16 DAYS. THESE EMPLOYEES WERE LABELED AS NONESSENTIAL. SAME THING HAPPENED IN CONGRESS. I WOULD SUSPECT IN YOUR CONGRESS, AT LEAST I KNOW IN MY OFFICE, WE HAD TO DECLARE WHICH EMPLOYEES WERE NONESSENTIAL. THOSE EMPLOYEES NOW WORK FOR ME AGAIN AND ARE REHIRED. I SUSPECT THEY ARE IN YOUR OFFICE TOO. JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE FURLOUGHED IN A 16-DAY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DOESN'T MEAN THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY NONESSENTIAL. SO I DON'T THINK THIS IS A WELL THOUGHT OUT AMENDMENT AND WOULD OPPOSE IT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT.

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  • 07:02:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I RISE TO JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. IT TRULY IS A…

    I RISE TO JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT. IT TRULY IS A BLUNT CUT, NO ANALYSIS, NO CONSULTING A, NO CONSIDERATION OF IMPACT. JUST A BLUNT CUT. IT WOULD MEAN ABOUT 700 PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE FIRED AT HEADQUARTERS, AT FIELD OFFICES, EVEN AT OUR POWER MARKETING ADMINISTRATION ACROSS THE WEST. LAYOFFS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD PROFOUNDLY IMPEDE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ABILITY TO OVERSEE ITS NUCLEAR SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES, SCIENCE AND ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP MANDATES. SO I STRENUOUSLY OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND WOULD URGE THE GENTLEMAN TO BRING BACK A MORE THOUGHTFUL AMENDMENT AT SOME POINT IF HE WISHES BUT I DON'T SUPPORT THE BLUNT CUT AND YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN, THE CHAME OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 07:03:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    >>

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER'S OPPOSITION BUT I REMIND…

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER'S OPPOSITION BUT I REMIND THEM THIS IS A NECESSARY STEP IN REDUCING THE SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT. WE'RE APPROACHING $20 TRILLION. WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT NONESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES I DIDN'T HAVE IN ANY -- ANY IN MY OFFICE, EVERYBODY IN MY OFFICE IS ESSENTIAL SO WE DIDN'T LAY ANYBODY OFF. THE GENTLEMAN LAUGHS, BUT THAT'S FINE. THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES HAVE GRADUALLY TAKEN PERSONIFICATION OF THE 1984 HORROR FLICK "THE BLOB." DEPARTMENTS LIKE D.O.E. ARE CONSUMING EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATH AND INCREASING THEIR OWN PRESENCE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. AT WHAT POINT DO WE SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. AT WHAT POINT DO WE SAY, WE'RE GOING TO GET OUR SPENDING UNDER CONTROL. THIS IS A SMALL, 5% INCREMENTAL CHANGE TO DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. IT'S NOT SPECIFIC BECAUSE IT GIVES THE FLEXIBILITY TO THE DEPARTMENT TO COME UP WITH THE CHANGES THAT THEY WANT TO, KEEPING IN MIND THAT OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S NUMBER ONE TASK IS NATIONAL SECURITY. SO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TASKED TO RUN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CAN MAKE THE COMMONSENSE AND NEEDED REFORMS THAT THEY NEED. AGAIN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, YOU SEE THE MAJOR COMPANIES CHANGING AND LAYING OFF PEOPLE AS THEY NEED TO. GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO GROW AND IT ADDS NOT JUST DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BUT ALSO TO THE MANDATORY SPENDING THAT GO INTO THE SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO FIX THE PROBLEMS AT HAND INSTEAD OF GIVING RHETORIC AND SAYING, WELL, IT'S NOT SPECIFIC ENOUGH. WE NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY, THE TIME IS NOW. IF WE START NOW WITH SMALL, INCREMENTAL CHANGES, WE CAN CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF OUR NATION'S DEBT WHILE WE STILL HAVE THE OPTION BECAUSE THE DAY WILL COME WHEN WE DON'T HAVE THAT OPTION WITH OUR CONTROLLED, WITH OUR OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING. I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE DEBT STRUCTURE IN THIS COUNTRY AND GET A HANDLE ON IT, IT'S TIME WE START NOW AND STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND I URGE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:05:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES VISIT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:05:37 PM

    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT, NUMBER 7 AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    CLERK THE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOW, NONE OF…

    AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOW, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH.

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  • 07:06:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER.

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  • 07:06:17 PM

    MR. FOSTER

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUE,…

    I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCOT FWARE RHETT, MY REPUBLICAN CO-CHAIR OF THE PAYER STATES CAUCUS A GROUP OF MEMBERS OPPOSED TO THE MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH BETWEEN ONE SET OF STATES TO ANOTHER. THIS AMENDMENT IS A VERY SIMPLE ONE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY OF THE FUNDS IN THIS BILL FROM BEING USED IN THE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM TO STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH OTHERWISE KNOWN AS EPSCOR. IT WAS STARTED IN 1978 AS A PROGRAM IN HOPES OF STRENGTHENING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IN AREAS OF THE COULDN'TLY THAT RECEIVE LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE, HOWEVER THAT'S DEFINED. AS A SCIENTIST AND AN AMERICAN I THINK IT IS A FINE GOAL BUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM AND THE NORM LAS USED TO EARMARK GRANTS TO A SPECIFIC SET OF STATES IS ABSURD. THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN EPSCOR OPPORTUNITIES TO BASED SOLELY ON WHETHER OR NOT A STATE HAS RECEIVED LESS THAN.75% OF THE N.S.F. RESEARCH FUNDING IN THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS. LET ME REITERATE THAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY EPSCOR ELIGIBLE IS DETERMINED BY HOW MUCH N.S.F. FUNDING A GIVEN STATE HAS RECEIVED IN THE PREVIOUS THREE YEARS. THERE'S NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EARMARKING A GRANT PROGRAM IN ONE AREA OF SPENDING BASED ON THE SPENDING IN ANOTHER UNRELATED PROGRAM. MOREOVER, BECAUSE EPSCOR CONSIDERS THE FUNDING ON A PER STATE BASIS RATHER THAN A PER CAPITA BEA SIS, THEN IT HAS DEVOLVED INTO JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THE MANY PROGRAMS THAT STEERS MONEY INTO STATES THAT ALREADY GET FAR MANUFACTURER THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE OF FEDERAL SPENDING. EPSCOR IS EMBLEMATIC OF A LARGER PROBLEM WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. EVERY YEAR, HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE TRANSFERRED OUT OF STATES THAT PAY FAR MORE IN FEDERAL TAXES THAN THEY RECEIVE BACK IN FEDERAL SPENDING. THE PAYER STATES. AND INTO STATES THAT RECEIVE A LOT MORE FEDERAL SPENDING THAN THEY PAY BACK IN TAX, ETAKER STATES. IN THE CASE OF ILLINOIS OUR ECONOMY LOSES $40 BILLION A YEAR BECAUSE WE PAY FAR MORE IN FEDERAL TAXES THAN FEDERAL -- THAN WE RECEIVE BACK IN FEDERAL SPENDING MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY, HIS STATE ON A PER CAPITA BASIS, HAS IT EVEN WORSE. THIS ALONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FISCAL STRESS IN BOTH OF OUR STATES. THIS IS AN ENORMOUS AND UNJUSTIFIABLE REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH BETWEEN THE STATES. THIS AMENDMENT TAKES A FIRST SMALL STEP TO BEGIN ROLLING BACK THESE TAKER STATE PREFERENCES BY ELIMINATING ONE OF THE MANY, BUT ONE OF THE MOST UNJUSTIFIABLE OF THEM, THE EPSCOR PROGRAM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:09:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES HE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES HE SEEK RECOGNITION. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S PASSION FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, I'M A SUPPORTER OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE. THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE DIRECTS IMPORTANT RESEARCH FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL LABORATORIES, THE EPSCOR PROGRAM EXTENDS THIS FURTHER BY EXTENDING RESEARCH WHERE THERE HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN LESS FUNDING. IT'S BEEN LAYING THE FOUNDATION IN BASIC SCIENCES ACROSS THE NATION. TAKING AWAY THIS FUNDING PUTS EXISTING GRANTS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN JEOPARDY AT THE MANY UNIVERSITYS THAT RECEIVE EPSCOR GRANTS. THEREFORE I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE OTHER MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME AND I WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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  • 07:10:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELD, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELD, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE DP OF ENERGY EPSCOR PROGRAM. FOR MORE THAN 40 YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY HAS PROVIDED ACADEMIC RESEARCH FUNDING TO COLLEGES AROUND THE NATION THAT'S BEEN CRITICAL TO ONGOING RESEARCH THAT'S ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING OUR COMPETITIVE EDGE AND ENERGY ADVANCEMENT. THE D.O.E.'S PROGRAM, EPSCOR IS A SCIENCE-DRIVEN, MERIT BASED PROGRAM WHOSE MISSION IS TO HELP BALANCE ALLOCATION OF D.O.E. AND OTHER FEDERAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUNDING TO AVOID UNDUE CONCENTRATION OF MONEY TO ONLY A FEW STATES. THIS SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM HAS HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON MY HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, ALLOWING OUR ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS TO INCREASE RESEARCH CAPACITY, ENRICH THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR STUDENTS AND CONTRIBUTE TO IMPORTANT ADVANCES IN A VARIETY OF FIELDS. CURRENTLY 24 STATES, INCLUDING RHODE ISLAND, AND THREE JURISDICTIONS ACCOUNT FOR ONLY 6% OF ALL D.O.E. FUNDING DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY ACCOUNT FOR 0% OF THINK U.S. POPULATION. EPSCOR HELPED STABILIZE THIS IMBALANCE IN FUNDING AND SHOULD COULDN'T TO DO SO IN THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR AND BEYOND. IT NOW COMES A-- TO HELP ENSURE -- WE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS FROM EVERY STATE THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE A STEP BACKWARDS IN THE UNITED STATES' COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ARE NECESSARY TO CREATING JOBS, MAINTAINING OUR COMPETITIVE EDGE. I URBLING MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN STRONGLY OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:12:05 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. FOSTER

    COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FUNDING FROM THE…

    I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FUNDING FROM THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, IT ELIMINATES A SET-ASIDE A POORLY DESIGNED SET-ASIDE BASED ON SPENDING THAT'S COMPLETELY UNRELATED TO THE ACTUAL OFFICE OF SCIENCE. IF THE GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM WERE TO EQUALIZE THE FUNDING IN THE -- OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE THEN IT SHOULD BE BASE THEEND ACTUAL EXPENDITURES OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE. SO STATES THAT ARE UNDERREPRESENTED THERE WOULD PRESUMABLY BE ABLE TO CALL THE FOR THESE. IT DOES NOT DO THAT. IFS OF DESIGNED TO EQUALIZE SPENDING BETWEEN STATES THAT RECEIVE A LOT MORE FEDERAL FUNDING THAN THOSE THAT DON'T, THEN YOU'D SEE A VERY DIFFERENT NUMBER OF STATES. SET OF STATES ON THIS. PARTICULARLY THE FACT THAT IT'S NOT BASED ON A PER CAPITA BASIS IS THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IN THIS THING. IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE STATE THE SINGLE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC, NOT THAT THEY'RE SMALL OR -- SORRY, NOT THAT THEY'RE POOR OR RURAL OR ANYTHING ELSE, IT'S THAT THEY HAVE SMALL POPULATIONS. WHICH MEANS THAT THEY ARE OVERREPRESENTED IN THE SENATE. ONE OF THE MAIN MECHANISMS FOR TRANSFERRING WEALTH OUT OF LARGE STATES LIKE NEW JERSEY, LIKE ILLINOIS, LIKE CALIFORNIA, LARBLING NUMBER OF OTHER STATES, INTO SMALLER STATES ARE SPENDING FORMULAS THAT HAVE FRANKLY BEEN COOK UP IN THE SENATE WHERE THERE'S A BASIC STATE, SMALL STATES ARE OVERREPRESENTED AND THE FORMULAS STEER LARGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY INTO THEM. IF THIS WAS BASED ON A PER CAPITA BASIS IT WOULD AT LEAST BE RATIONAL. IF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE FUNDING WAS BASED ON ACTUAL EXPENDITURES AT LEAST IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, IT WOULD BE RATIONAL. WHAT WE SEE ARE STATES RECEIVING EPSCOR FUNDS THAT GET FAR MORE THAN THEIR SHARE BOTH IN FEDERAL FUNDING AN OF DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FUNDING OVERALL. A RATIONAL PROGRAM WOULD FIRST OFF COLLECT ALL FUNDING, ALL RESEARCH FUNDING IN ALL AREAS AND BASE THE SET-ASIDES ON THAT AND SECOND DO, IT ON A PER CAPITA BASIS. THESE ARE FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS AND AT THIS POINT IT IS PREFERABLE TO JUST ELIMINATE THE ENTIRE PROGRAM AND START OVER IF PEOPLE THINK IT'S A USEFUL THING. THANK YOU AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:14:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENTS. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE BACK AT THE…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENTS. IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE BACK AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. SHOULD WE HAVE A LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT BE REPRESENTED BY THE POPULATION OR SHOULD IT BE REPRESENTED BY THE STATES? I KNOW, LET'S COMPROMISE. LET'S HAVE TWO BODIES. ONE THAT REPRESENTS THE STATES WITH AN EQUAL NUMBER FROM EACH STATE AND ONE THAT REPS THE POPULATION. WE'LL CALL ONE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ONE THE SENATE. THAT'S HOW IT WORKS OUT. WE ARE ONE NATION. AND WE TRY MAKE SURE THAT FUNDS GO TO ALL STATES. SOME OF THEM HAVE A DISADVANTAGE JUST BY THE SHEER SIZE AND IF YOU LOOK AT IDAHO, WE'RE THE 12TH LARGEST STATE AND I SUSPECT POPULATION WISE WE'RE DOWN THERE SUBSTANTIALLY. MONTANA IS PROBABLY WORSE OFF THAN WE ARE. SO IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE UNIVERSITIES AND SO FORTH TO COMPETE WITH SOME OF THE LARGER STATES. SO WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT WHETHER THE FORMULAS ARE CORRECT OR ABSOLUTELY CORRECT OR SHOULD BE MODIFY OR ANYTHING ELSE LIKE THAT I'M MORE THAN WILLING TO DO THAT BUT TO ELIMINATE THE PROGRAM I THINK IS AS ME TAKE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:15:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. .

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  • 07:16:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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    MR. FOSTER

    REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM…

    PROCEEDINGS WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:16:21 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE…

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS AGGET MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE ILLEGAL REFORM OF 199 , 8 U.S.C.

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  • 07:16:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL 10 MINUTES.

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    MRS. BLACK

    CITIES PUT OUR LAWS. AND KATE STEINLE TO SEE THE DANGER TO IGNORE THE…

    CITIES PUT OUR LAWS. AND KATE STEINLE TO SEE THE DANGER TO IGNORE THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION POLICY. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO STAND. I'M INTRODUCING THIS AMENDMENT TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WOULD BAN FUNDING TO ANY STATE OR CITY THAT REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. I RECOGNIZE AND SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES SAY IT IS BETTER SUITED ON THE HART AND INDEED, I JOIN MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSMAN GOSAR ON A LETTER TO THE SUBCOMMITTEES ASKING SIMILAR LANGUAGE BE ATTACHED TO THEIR BILLS AS WELL. BUT THE TRUTH IS AMNESTY FOR LAW BREAKERS IMPACT OUR JOBS, OUR SECURITY AND IN THE CASE OF MISS KATE STEINLE AN INNOCENT LIFE. THIS IS DUE TO A RESPONSE AND THIS CAN BE. IF CITIES CHOOSE TO PUT THEIR CITIES AT RISK IN DEFIANCE OF FEDERAL LAW, THERE IS NO REASON TO CONTINUE SPENDING FEDERAL MONEY ON THEIR ENERGY AND WATER PROJECTS. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A VOTE AND SUPPORT THIS COMMON SENSE AMENDMENT

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  • 07:18:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ANYONE WISH TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

  • 07:18:44 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE BLACK AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT FINANCIAL…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. THE BLACK AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ANY STATE THAT IS ACTING IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RESPONSIBILITY ACT. BUT THIS IS AN ENERGY AND WATER BILL. THIS IS NT A PART OF OUR BILL. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT IS FRANKLY NONGERMANE. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ISN'T INVOLVED OR THE ARMY OF CORPS ENGINEERS OR THE AS THAT ARE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THIS BILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO. WHY ARE WE DEBATEING IMMIGRATION POLICY ON ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATION BILL? DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. FRANKLY, THE AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDING FOR STATE AND LOCAL FUNDING AGAINST THE SHARING OF INFORMATION RELATED TO IMMIGRATION STATUS BUT STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SHARE INFORMATION WITH I.C.E. THAT IS USED TO DETERMINE IMMIGRATION STATUS AND DO IT THROUGH THE SYSTEM THAT SHARE THESE METRICS. SO EVEN IF THIS AMENDMENT WERE GERMANE, I DON'T THINK THE AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY OR WOULD DO. EVEN MORE TO THE POINT IF THE PREMISE OF THE AMENDMENT IF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AREN'T NOTIFYING I.C.E., THEN THE AMENDMENT IS MISGUIDED BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS ESTABLISHED A PRIORITY ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM, DESIGNED TO BETTER WORK WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO TAKE ALIENS BEFORE THEY ARE RELEASED IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND PRIOR TO THAT PROGRAM'S ESTABLISHMENT, 337 JURISDICTIONS REFUSED TO HONOR SOME OR ALL OF I.C.E. DETAINERS. 277 OF THOSE JURISDICTION OR 73% HAVE SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROGRAM BY RESPONDING TO I.C.E. REQUESTS HONORING REQUESTS OR BOTH. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS AND IN THE PROGRAM. AND WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM IN THOSE EFFORTS AND AVOID MUDDLING THE ISSUE AND REJECT THE AMENDMENT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS NOT A PART OF THE APPROPRIATIONS ENERGY AND WATER SUBCOMMITTEE AND IT IS DOUBTFUL THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE ANY EFFECT. EVEN IF IT WERE GERMANE TO THE BILL AND SUBJECT TO A POINT EVER ORDER. THIS IS IN EFFECT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, NO ONE REFUSES TO SHARE INFORMATION. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW THIS AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE ANY EFFECT WHAT SOFFER IF IT WAS OFFERED ON THE BILLS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:22:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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    MRS. BLACK

    THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT NECESSARY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND HOMELAND…

    THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT NECESSARY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND HOMELAND SECURITY WERE ALL DOING THEIR JOB AND APPLYING THE LAW TO EACH ONE OF THESE CITIES. I WANT TO POINT TO THE FABT IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR OUR ATTORNEY LORETTA LYNCH TESTIFIED AND IT WAS IN THAT COMMITTEE THAT SHE TALKED ABOUT CRACKING DOWN ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THESE SANCTUARY CITIES. I WANT TO READ WHAT WAS IN THE "WASHINGTON TIMES." THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS PREPARING TO CRACK DOWN. ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH TOLD CONGRESS ON WEDNESDAY SAYING SHE WOULD TRY TO STOP GRANT MONEY FROM GOING TO JURISDICTIONS THAT THWART AGENCIES SEEKING TO DEPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. AND THERE WAS A FOLLOW-UP THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID IF A CITY IS REFUSING TO COOPERATE, THEY COULD LOSE MONEY AND FACE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. AND SO WE SEE THAT HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE THE ADMINISTRATION CRACK DOWN ON WHAT IS UNLAWFUL AND THAT IS FOR THE CITIES TO BE OPERATIONAL. THEY SHOULDN'T BE RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDS IN EACH ONE OF THESE APPROPRIATION BILLS AND THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:23:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I DO HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    >>

    DO HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 07:24:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE.

  • 07:24:25 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    NUMBER 82. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:24:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCNORTHERN ANY OF CALIFORNIA, INSERT THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MCNORTHERN ANY OF CALIFORNIA, INSERT THE FOLLOWING --

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  • 07:24:44 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    I ASK THAT IT CAN BE CONSIDERED READ

  • 07:24:50 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO. I WOULD OBJECT TO WAIVING THE READING.

  • 07:25:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL CONTINUE.

  • 07:25:03 PM

    THE CLERK

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NO FEDERAL FUNDS MAY BE USED…

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NO FEDERAL FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR A PROJECT WITH RESPECT TO WHICH AN INVESTIGATION WAS INITIATED BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DURING CALENDAR YEARS 2015, 2016 OR 2017.

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  • 07:25:23 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:25:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:25:35 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    BEEN UNDER A DEVASTATING DROUGHT. CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNOR WANTS TO MOVE…

    BEEN UNDER A DEVASTATING DROUGHT. CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNOR WANTS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOMETHING CALLED WATER FIX TUNNEL PLAN WHICH WILL BUILD TWO TUNNELS FROM ONE PART OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER. I AGREE WITH EVERYBODY THAT WE NEED SOLUTIONS TO SAVE THE WATER NEEDS. THERE NEEDS TO BE CERTAINTY FOR THE FARMERS ABOUT OUR WATER SUPPLY. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON CONSERVATION, RECYCLING, STORAGE AND LEAK DETECTION AND FIXING. THE WATER FIX TUNNELS DOES NONE OF THESE THINGS. CALIFORNIA VOTERS AND THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAVEN'T AGREED TO FUND THIS PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO EXCEED $25 BILLION. INDECISION, DECISION, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EXPECTED TO GIVE $4 BILLION. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL HAS OPENED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE POSSIBLE ILLEGAL USE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES IN PREPARING DOCUMENTS. INSTEAD OF FUNDING IMPORTANT HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS, THE STATE ADMINISTRATION MAY BE USING FUNDS FOR THE TUNNEL PLAN THAT MAY HARM THREATEN SPECIES. THEY NEED WATER FOR THE ENTIRE STATE, NOT ONE THAT IS FOR THE STATE AND MISAPPROPRIATED FUNDS. WE HAVE TO USE THE FUNDING FOR PROJECTS THAT MAKE USE FOR CALIFORNIA AND MAKE CALIFORNIA RESILIENT. MY AMENDMENT WILL BAN THE GOVERNMENT FROM FUNDING TUNNELS FROM TAKING OUR WATER WHILE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:27:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:27:55 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO…

    I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT PROPOSES TO CHANGE EXISTING LAW AND THEREFORE VIOLATES CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 21. THE RULE STATES AN AMENDMENT TO A GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL SHOULD NOT BE IN ORDER. THE AMENDMENT IMPOSES ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND I ASK FOR A.M. RULING FROM THE CHAIR

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  • 07:28:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THIS IMPOSES NEW DUTIES ON…

    THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE CHAIR FINDS THIS IMPOSES NEW DUTIES ON THE FEDERAL OFFICIALS OFFERED BY THE BILL WITH REGARD TO INVESTIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. THE AMENDMENT THEREFORE CONSTITUTES LEGISLATION IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2, RULE 21. THE RULE IS SUSTAINED AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 07:28:47 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

  • 07:28:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN RULED ON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE AMENDMENT HAS BEEN RULED ON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:29:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:29:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    AT THE END OF THE BILL INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS…

    AT THE END OF THE BILL INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT SHALL BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT 42 U.S.C., TWO, EXECUTIVE ORDER OR THREE, SECTIONS 702-A OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AND 42 U.S.C. -- 2-EASTERN 2 OR OF THE EMCANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 42 U.S.C. 12113 D WITH RESPECT TO ANY RELIGIOUS CORPORATION, RELIGIOUS --

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  • 07:29:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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    >>

    SUBMITTED THREE AMENDMENTS ANNUAL I REQUEST ONE OF THE OTHER AMENDMENTS BE…

    SUBMITTED THREE AMENDMENTS ANNUAL I REQUEST ONE OF THE OTHER AMENDMENTS BE BROUGHT UP

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  • 07:30:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPECIFY. . . CLIP AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SPECIFY. . . CLIP AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA --

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  • 07:30:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BARON OF ALABAMA. ALLOCATING FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BARON OF ALABAMA. ALLOCATING FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT FOR PROJECTS OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS SHALL GAI PRIORITY TO THE DOG RIVER, FOWL RIVER, AND BAYOU LABATRIE PROJECTS.

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  • 07:30:50 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:30:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:30:56 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW FOR A NUMBER OF PROJECTS IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF…

    MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW FOR A NUMBER OF PROJECTS IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF COASTAL ALABAMA TO MUST'VE FORWARD. IN MANY AREAS THE WATERWAYS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THE IN ADDITION'S ECONOMY. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DOES TO KEEP OUR WATERWAYS MAINTAINED. I KNOW IT WORKS HARD TO PRIORITIZE PROJECTS TO KEEP OUR WATERWAYS AND PORTS OPEN FOR COMMERCE. UNFORTUNATELY, AT TIMES IT SEEMS LIKE SMALLER PROJECTS GET IGNORED OR FOGGETEN ALTOGETHER. THESE PROJECTS ARE VITAL TO MANY OF OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACT FROM COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL FISHING AS WELL AS TOURISM IN GENERAL. MY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO PRIORITIZE SOME PROJECTS IN SWEVT ALABAMA THAT ARE LONG OVERDUE. THESE INCLUDE A PROJECT TO DREDGE FLY CREEK WHERE THEY NEED RESTORING AFTER SEVERE FLOODING IN 2014. ANOTHER PROJECT WOULD ALLOW FOR DOG AND FOWL RIVERS TO BE DREDGED TO HELP ACCOMMODATE FISHING. YET ANOTHER PROJECT THAT NEEDS ATTENTION IS BAYOU CODEN, AN IMPORTANT AREA FOR LOCAL SHIPBUILDING. I MUST THANK THE ARMY CORPS OF NEW ENGLANDER -- ENGINEERS FOR THEIR ATTENTION TO SEVERAL PROJECTS. THESE ARE CRIT CORRAL PROJECTS BUT MORE WORK REMAINS. I UNDERSTAND THAT MY AMENDMENT MAY NOT BE ALLOWED UNDER HOUSE RULES BUT I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE THIS DEBATE AND REMIND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SMALLER PROJECTS THAT REALLY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THESE TIGHT BUDGET TIMES, I KNOW IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO BALANCE THE NEED OF MAJOR ARMY CORPS PROJECTS WITH SMALLER PROJECTS LIKE THE ONE I'VE MENTIONED. BUT I HOPE THE ARMY CORPS WILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO SEEK A PROPER BALANCE THAT ENSURES SMALLER WATERWAYS RECEIVE THE MAINTENANCE AND ATTENTION THEY DESERVE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:32:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:33:04 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY POINT OF ORDER. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW…

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY POINT OF ORDER. TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW TO DO THIS WHILE RESERVING MY POINT OF ORDER. I GUESS CLAIMING ANYMORE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:33:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:33:19 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I DO UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. THIS IS AN ISSUE WE HEAR ABOUT…

    I DO UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. THIS IS AN ISSUE WE HEAR ABOUT FROM QUITE A FEW MEMBERS. THE ADMINISTRATION'S ASSISTANCE ON BUDGETING ON TONNAGE ALONE WITH NO OTHER CONSIDERATION IS SHORTSIGHTED. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR SMALL NAVIGATION PROJECTS AND THE ARE EPORT ENCOURAGES THE ADNORGS CORRECT ITS BUDGET CRY TIERIA. UNFORTUNATELY, THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD ESTABLISH PRIORITY AND THAT'S NOT SOMETHING I CAN SUPPORT PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF THE HOUSE PROHIBITION ON CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUE TO WITHDRAW HIS AMENDMENT AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE TO SHOW THE ADMINISTRATION THE IMPORTANCE OF SMALL NAVIGATION PROJECTS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:34:03 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WORDS. I APPRECIATE HIS UNDERSTANDING, HAVING…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN WORDS. I APPRECIATE HIS UNDERSTANDING, HAVING HERD HEARD HIS WORDS I WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:34:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. WITHOUT OBJECTION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:34:18 PM

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    I DO HAVE ANOTHER AMENDMENT AT THE DESK. NUMBER 83.

  • 07:34:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:34:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    EARMENT NUMBER OFFERED BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE…

    EARMENT NUMBER OFFERED BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO ISSUE FEDERAL DEBT FORGIVENESS OR CAPITAL REPAYMENT FORGIVENESS FOR ANY DISTRICT OR ENTITY SERVED BY THE CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT. IF THE DISTRICT OR ENTITY HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO AN ORDER FROM THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FUNDING A VIOLATION OF SECTION 17-A-2 OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 193315 U.S.C. 77 QA-2.

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  • 07:35:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    IF YOU WERE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 07:35:08 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER ON THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 07:35:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:35:21 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    MY AMENDMENT IS BEING RAISED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF A VERY UNJUST…

    MY AMENDMENT IS BEING RAISED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF A VERY UNJUST SITUATION. MY AMENDMENT WOULD BAN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR DEBT FORGIVETONS ANY ENTITY THAT'S BEEN SUBJECT TO AN ORDER FINDING A VIOLATION OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933. THIS IS TIMELY BECAUSE THERE WAS A HEARING YESTERDAY IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE THAT INCLUDED TWO BILLS THAT WOULD AFFIRM A DRAINAGE SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND WESTLANDS WATER DISTRICT THIS SETTLEMENT WOULD AWARD FEDERAL FOREGIVENESS TO WESTLANDS WHICH HAS VIOLATED SUCH AN S.E.C. ORDER. THESE AGREEMENTS MATTER BECAUSE THEY WILL RESULT IN A $300 MILLION TAXPAYER GIVEAWAY. THEY ALSO FAIL TO ADDRESS OR SOLVE THE EXTREME WATER POLLUTION THESE IRRIGATION DISTRICTS DISCHARGE INTO THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER IN CALIFORNIA DELTA ESTUARY. THESE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS DO NOT REQUIRE ENOUGH LAND TO BE -- ENOUGH LAND RETIREMENTS AND PROVIDE MORE ACCESS TO WATER FURTHER DRAINING THE DELTA. AND THERE ARE NO REAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS THAT ARE OVERSIGHT IF POLLUTION RUNOFF IS MISMANAGED. CONSIDERING RECENT NEWS OF S.E.C. FINDINGS OF WESTLANDS DUE TO ITS CONDUCT IN MISLEADING INVESTORS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL HELP, THE LACK OF SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND ENFORCEMENT TOOLS MAKES THE CURRENT SETTLEMENT TERMS EVEN MORE QUESTIONABLE. MY AMENDMENT WILL BAN THE GOVERNMENT FROM FUNDING THE DEBT FORGIVENESS OF THESE AGREEMENTS NOT ONLY BECAUSE THESE AGREEMENTS ARE BAD FOR CALIFORNIA, BUT NO ENTITY SHOULD HAVE FEDERAL DEBT FORGIVENESS WHEN THEY HAVE VIOLATED FEDERAL LAWS. MR. CHAIRMAN, WITH THAT, I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO WITHDRAW MY AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:37:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENT IS WITHDRAWN. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:37:26 PM

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    I WOULD NOW LIKE TO BRING UP AMENDMENT NUMBER 39 DEALING WITH THE ENERGY…

    I WOULD NOW LIKE TO BRING UP AMENDMENT NUMBER 39 DEALING WITH THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION.

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  • 07:37:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 07:37:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA, AT EEND OF THE BILL BEFORE THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA, AT EEND OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED FOR THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION. B, THE AMOUNT OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, IS HEREBY REDUCED TO ZERO DOLLARS.

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  • 07:37:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE.

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  • 07:38:10 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY FUNDING FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT ANY FUNDING FROM GOING TO THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION WHICH UNDER THIS BILL IS SET TO RECEIVE $122 BILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY. RULE 21 OF THE HOUSE RULES PROHIBITS FUNDING PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT AUTHORIZED UNDER LAW. THE AUTHORIZATION PROCESS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT GIVES CONGRESS THE ABILITY TO SET EACH AGENCY'S AGENDA, PROVIDE PROPER OVERSILINGT AND ENSURE THE AGENCY IS FULFILLING THE MISSION IT WAS DESIGNED BY CONGRESS TO MEET. NEARLY ONE THIRD OF THE FEDERAL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING GOS TO PROGRAMS WHOSE MANDATES EXIST AS EXPIRED. IN THIS BILL WE WILL FUND 28 PROGRAMS THAT HAVE EXPIRED AUTHORIZATIONSMARK OF WHICH EXPIRED IN THE 1980'S. ONE PROGRAM THAT WE ARE FUNDING HAS EXISTED SINCE THE 1970'S, BUT HAS NEVER BEEN AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS. THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, WHICH THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BLOCK FUNDING FOR IS ONE OF THE WORST OFFENDERS. IT'S -- ITS AUTHORIZATION EXPIRED IN 1984, OVER 30 YEARS AGO. THAT MEANS THE LAST TIME THIS AGENCY RECEIVED PROPER CONGRESSIONAL INSTRUCTIONS, OVERSIGHT, AND REVIEW, THE LOS ANGELES RAIDERS HAD WON THE SUPER BOWL, RONALD REAGAN WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND "GHOSTBUSTERS" WAS IN THE THEATERS. THE ENERGY ADMINISTRATION HAS SEEN ITS FAIR SHARE OF CHALLENGES SINCE IT WAS LAST AUTHORIZED. IN FACT A FEW YEARS AGO, THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT HOW ERRORS BY THE E.I.A. CAUSED A SIGNIFICANT JUMP IN OIL PRICES. THE SAME STORY NOTED THE AGENCY WAS VULNERABLE TO HACKING AND INFORMATION COULD BE EASILY COMPROMISED. YET THIS BODY HAS NOT ACTED ON AN AUTHORIZATION. MR. CHAIRMAN, I DON'T QUESTION THAT THERE MAY BE IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THIS AGENCY BUT AT SOME POINT WE MUST HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE AUTHORIZATION PROCESS. IF MY AMENDMENT IS APPROVED, WE CAN SEND A MESSAGE AS THE HOUSE THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND DEMAND IF A PROGRAM IS WORTHY TO RECEIVE TAXPAYER FUNDS IT SHOULD BE AUTHORIZED BY THE CONGRESS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:40:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:40:16 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    THIS IS HARD BECAUSE IN ALL HONESTY I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. THERE ARE…

    THIS IS HARD BECAUSE IN ALL HONESTY I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. THERE ARE TOO MANY PROGRAMS NOT AUTHORIZED. UNFORTUNATELY, IT IS NOT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITY, IT'S THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DOING THEIR JOB. IT'S NOT THE E.I.A.'S FAULT THAT THEY'RE NOT RE-AUTHORIZED, IT'S THAT CONGRESS HAS NOT DONE THEIR JOB AT RE-AUTHORIZING THEM. THERE ARE MANY, MANY PROGRAMS, I THINK THE WHOLE DEPARTMENT OF STATE IS UP FOR RE-AUTHORIZATION, HASN'T BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED. AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. WE'VE BEEN DEBATING AND DISCUSSING HOW EXACTLY YOU DO THAT AND WE'VE HAD VARIOUS PROPOSALS AND IN FACT, OUR CONFERENCE IS LOOKING AT IT NOW. MEMBERS OF OUR CONFERENCE. I KNOW MR. MCCLINTOCK IS VERY INTERESTED IN DOING THIS. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT SEVERAL TIMES, TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY TO FORCE THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES TO ACTUALLY DO THEIR JOB AND DO THE RE-AUTHORIZATIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY. BUT I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, A SEMIINDEPENDENT AGENCY THAT COLLECTS, ANALYZES AND DISSEMINATES IMPARTIAL STATISTING TO THE NATION. THE EIA PERFORMS ESSENTIAL WORK FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN THE COMPLEX ENERGY MARKS THAT MAKE UP OUR NATION. IT PROVIDES STATISTICAL AND INFORMATIONAL SERVICE TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD NOT. ELIMINATING THIS FUNDING WOULD IMMEDIATELY IMPACT THE ABILITY TO INFORM ENERGY POLICY AND WOULD REMOVE ESSENTIAL REPORTS ON THE ENERGY MARKET. ELIMINATING THE EIA WOULD HAVE VIRTUALLY NO EFFECT ON THE TOTAL SPENDING IN THIS BILL BUT WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO MAKE EMERGENCY POLICIES. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT WHILE I SYMPATHIZE WITH WHAT THE GENTLEMAN IS TRYING TO DO AND WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK WITH HIM AND ANY OTHERS WILLING TO WORK WITH A WAY TO FORCE US, THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES TO DO THE AUTHORIZATIONS THAT SHOULD BE BEING REDONE OR THE RE-AUTHORIZATIONS THAT SHOULD BE BEING REDONE AND THE REASON THINGS EXPIRE AND THE REASON THEY NEED TO BE RE-AUTHORIZED IS BECAUSE YOU NEED TO LOOK AND SEE IF THEY'RE DOING WHAT WE INTENDED WHEN WE ENACTED THEM. SOMETIMES THEY ARE, SOMETIMES THEY'RE NOT. SOMETIMES THEY NEED TO BE MODIFY. SOMETIMES THEY NEED TO BE AMENDED. IF WE DON'T GET BACK TO RE-AUTHORIZING THEM THAT NEVER HAPPENS. THAT'S OUR FAULT. CONGRESS' FAULT. SO I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 07:42:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN YIELDING TO ME. I AGRY WITH HIS OPPOSITION TO…

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN YIELDING TO ME. I AGRY WITH HIS OPPOSITION TO THEMENT. WHY BLAME ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF OUR GOVERNMENT, IN MY OPINION, FOR CONGRESS NOT DOING ITS JOB? I AM ALWAYS IMPRESSED BY THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION. THEIR DATA IS STELLAR, THEIR PROFESSION -- THEY'RE PROFESSIONALLY RUN. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY LOOKS TO THEM, FRANKLY, THE GLOBAL ENERGY COMMUNITY LOOKS TO THEM. I THINK THE AMENDMENT IS SHORTSIGHTED AND WOULD ELIMINATE ONE OF THE BEST, MOST IMPORTANT SOURCES OF INFORMATION THAT GUIDES ALL OF OUR DECISIONS. THEY ARE SO PRECISE, THE DATA THEY PRESENT ALSO CAN BE EASILY UNDERSTOOD, THEY HAVE MAPPED -- MAPS, THEY HAVE CHARTS, THEY HAVE CONTINUOUS DATA OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE GENTLEMAN, I THINK HE WANTS TO SOLVE A PROBLEM BUT I DON'T THINK THAT ONE COULD SAY THAT THIS AMENDMENT MIGHT BE PENNY WISE, POUND FOOLISH BECAUSE IF YOU'VE HAD ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, YOU KNOW HOW EXCELLENT THEY REALLY ARE AND THEIR WORK IS. WE DEPEND ON IT TO MAKE SOLID DECISIONS TO SAVE MONEY RATHER THAN -- OR TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE SOUND RATHER THAN UNSOUND. DON'T RIP THE HEART OUT OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WE HAVE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL ON THE ENERGY FRONT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING AND URGE THIS AMENDMENT BE DEFEATED.

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  • 07:44:18 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO FOR A NUMB…

    THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO FOR A NUMB OF YEARS. WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THIS HAS BEEN LIKE FOUR YEARS AGO, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT HAD NOT BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED FOR 23 YEARS AT THE TIME. IT'S LIKE 27 YEARS NOW IT HAS NOT BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED. WE BROUGHT DOWN THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATION BILL AND PUT NO MONEY IN IT FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES LISTING OR CRITICAL HABITAT DESIGNATION AND THE INTENT WAS TO FORCE THE COMMITTEE, THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE, TO DO A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. AND THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS SUPPORTING ME THE MOST WAS THE THEN-CHAIRMAN OF THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE. WELL, OF COURSE WE LOST AN AMENDMENT BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TO ELIMINATE ALL THE FUNDING FOR THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT BUT THE GENTLEMAN THAT SUPPORTED ME THE MOST WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE AT THE TIME WHO HAD THE ABILITY AND THE AUTHORITY TO GO DO A RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. BUT DIDN'T DO IT. AND IT STILL HASN'T BEEN DONE. IT IS FRUSTRATING. AND I WANT TO WORK WITH ANYBODY IN THIS BODY THAT'S WILLING TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE COMMITTEES TO DO THEIR JOB AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:45:32 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED. .

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  • 07:46:11 PM

    MR. BURN

    I URGE

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    CHAIR THOSE

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.…

    THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE EALT.

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  • 07:46:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MA MALONEY OF NEW YORK. NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MA MALONEY OF NEW YORK. NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MADE I USED IN 1372 OF JULY 21, 01, FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO EXECUTIVE ORDER EQUAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND 11246 EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 07:47:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK MR. MALONCHEY.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    AND GOING TO CONTRACTORS WHO DISCRIMINATE. THAT'S IT. YOU CAN'T FIRE…

    AND GOING TO CONTRACTORS WHO DISCRIMINATE. THAT'S IT. YOU CAN'T FIRE PEOPLE JUST FOR BEING GAY. AND SIMPLE MATH WILL TELL YOU MILL KWLONS WOULD BE PROTECTED. IT MADE SENSE. IT WAS FAIR AND DESERVED A FAIR VOTE. A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY SUPPORTED THIS AMENDMENT. 217 YES VOTES, FOUR MORE THAN THE 213 NEEDED THAT DAY TO PASS. THAT EQUALITY HAD WON THE VOTE. WHEN THE WORLD WATCHED SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENED, SOMETHING ABOUT STICKING UP FOR FAIRNESS FOR LGBT AMERICANS. MY BILL WOULD APPLY THE SAME STANDARDS THAT WE HAVE LONG APPLIED BECAUSE OF THEIR RACE, GENDER OR DISABILITY IT WAS TOO MUCH. WE WOULD HAVE TOO MUCH. AND JUST WOULDN'T DO. SO PEOPLE WENT TO WORK RGS ALL MEMBERS VOTED. THE EXPIRED CLOCK STAYED OPEN. THE GAVEL DID NOT FALL. THE TALLY BEGAN TO CHANGE, 217, 21, 215, THE VOTES WERE DROPPING. MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WERE CHANGING THEIR VOTES. WHY? IN SUPPORT OF FAIRNESS AND DOWN THE VOTE WIPT 21, 213 AND NO ONE CAME TO THE WELL, AIN IT WAS HAPPENING IN SIGHT AND WHAT HAPPENED? WHEN IT HIT 212, ONE VOTE, THE MAJORITY HAD THE FEW MOMENTS EARLIER AS THE GAVEL CAME DOWN AND THE RESULT WAS DECLARED A DEFEAT. IT WAS A SHAMEFUL EXERCISE AP IT TOOK PLACE ON A CIVIL RIGHTS VOTE A BIPARTISAN FROM PORTLAND, MAINE TO IOWA TO CALIFORNIA, NEWSPAPER BOARD JOINED A CHORUS, STHAME THEY SAID WHO WOULD BETRAY THIS VOTE AND SHAME ON ANYONE WHO HAD RIGID THIS VOTE AND RIG OUR DEMOCRACY. SHAME ON THOSE WHO AND ESPECIALLY THOSE SWISK WHO VOTED FOR FAIRNESS. AND ON FRIDAY AT A MEETING AT OUR ADVISORY BOARD I SPOKE TO CIVILIANS WHO DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO A PERSON WHO WERE OUTRAGED. ONE MEMBER OF THE GROUP, A MEDIC IN VIETNAM SAID WHEN SHE THOUGHT OF HER DAUGHTER AND HER DAUGHTER IS A LESBIAN. SHE WILL ENTER THE CIVILIAN WORK FORCE. WILL THEY BE ABLE TO FIRE HER EVEN THOUGH SHE AND I ARE VETERANS. DEAS HER SERVICE RIGHT NOW COUNT FOR ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. THERE IS 71 THUREKS LGBT SERVICE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND MAKING IT EASIER TO FIRE AMERICANS AND ISN'T HONORING OUR VALUES, IT'S SACRIFICING THEM TO WORN OUT THAT WEAKENS OUR NATION. SO TODAY, I WANT TO SPEAKER RYAN SO I CAN OFFER MY AMENDMENT AGAIN. IT IS THROUGH THIS OPEN PROCESS AND GIVE OUR COLLEAGUES A SECOND CHANCE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. LET US ENSURE THAT NO TAXPAYERS WILL BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE. AND WE WILL REAFFIRM RELIGIOUS EX EMSHON. DISCRIMATION HAS NO PLACE IN OUR LAW. IT DOES NOT POWER OUR HOMES AND DOES PRESIDENT DEFEAT AYESIS.

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  • 07:52:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. . THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND AND THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. . THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND AND THE GENTLEMAN IS NOT RECOGNIZED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:52:58 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    COULD WE ASK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE READ

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    THE CLERK

    OFFERED BY MR. PITTS AND OFFERED BY MR. MA LONNIE AND INSERT BEFORE THE…

    OFFERED BY MR. PITTS AND OFFERED BY MR. MA LONNIE AND INSERT BEFORE THE PERIOD AT THE END OF THE FOLLOWING, EXET AS REQUIRED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT, THE 14TH AMENDMENT AND ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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  • 07:53:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE AMENDMENT OF THE AMENDMENT

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    MS. KAPTUR

    LIKE TO RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE CHAIR

    AND THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. PITTS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

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    >>

    GENTLEMAN YIELD FOR A QUESTION.

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    MR. PITTS

    WHEN I'M FIN IRD. WITH THIS AMENDMENT, THIS CONGRESS CAN HELP ENSURE WHILE…

    WHEN I'M FIN IRD. WITH THIS AMENDMENT, THIS CONGRESS CAN HELP ENSURE WHILE FUNEDS MAY BE GOING OUT THE DOOR, HE MUST RESPECT CONGRESS' AUTHORITY AND EXERCISE HIS OR HER RELIGION AND RESPECT THEIR RIGHTS TO WORK. DOES ANYONE IN THIS CHAMBER SERIOUSLY OPPOSE ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTION AND LIMITING THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:55:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION. MAG

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  • 07:55:53 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    I HAVE OPPOSITION TO THE MR. SPEAKER, MAY I HAVE THE AMENDMENT READ BACK.

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    THE CLERK

    INSERT BEFORE THE PERIOD AT THE END, EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY THE FIRST…

    INSERT BEFORE THE PERIOD AT THE END, EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT, ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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  • 07:56:28 PM

    MR. MALONEY

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK WHAT IS MEANT BY ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION. NO…

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK WHAT IS MEANT BY ARTICLE ONE OF THE CONSTITUTION. NO ONE WHO SUPPORTS THIS AMENDMENT HAS ANY PROBLEM, SIR, WITH THE FIRST AMENDMENT, THE 14TH AMENDMENT, PARTICULARLY THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OR ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. I WOULD NOTE AND I'M SURE THE GENTLEMAN WOULD APPRECIATE THAT MANY TIMES, PRESIDENTS UNDER THEIR AUTHORITY OF THE CONSTITUTION HAVE ACTED IN THE AREA OF WORKPLACE DISCRIMATION. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSE PRESIDENT TRUMAN'S INTERGREAGS OF THE ARMED FORCES. DOES THAT VIOLATE ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE 14TH AMENDMENT OR THE 4TH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE PRESIDENT UNDER HIS AUTHORITY, TAKEN TO END DISCRIMATION. NOTHING IN MY AMENDMENT IS IN ANY WAY IN ODDS. BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO UNCHALLENGED ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS EXECUTIVE ACTION RAN AFOUL. I'M UPAWARE OF THOSE EXECUTIVE ORDERS. IF THERE WAS SOMETHING UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD CONTEST THE PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY WHAT HE DID IN 2014 AND ONE OF THE SIGNATURE ACTIONS. SO FAR FROM BEING CONCERNED ABOUT RECONCILING OUR ACTIVITIES WITH THE CONSTITUTION THEY ARE CONSISTENT AND THEREFORE I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEMAN TO INCLUDE ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH WOULD SPECIFY THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION. IN OTHER WORDS, IF WE ARE SO FOND OF THE CONSTITUTION, INCLUDING THE CIVIL WAR AMENDMENTS AND DUE PROCESS AND WE HAD DISPUTE ABOUT THAT. TRY TO MAKE IT MORE PROGRESSIVE OF PEOPLE LIKE ME, COLOR, HOW ABOUT WE INCLUDE THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION, CAN WE DO THAT?

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  • 07:59:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ADDRESS --? MOAN KNOWN CAN WE DO THAT. HEARING NO OBJECTION. WE ARE…

    ADDRESS --? MOAN KNOWN CAN WE DO THAT. HEARING NO OBJECTION. WE ARE INCLUDING THE POWERS OF THE CONSTITUTION UNDER ARTICLE 2. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:59:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS YIELDED BACK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS YIELDED BACK HIS TIME. THEREFORE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 07:59:44 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ALL THE TIME REMAINING.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS ALL THE TIME REMAINING.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. KAPTUR

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE HER POINT OF ORDER ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    WE ARE WILLING TO -- WE WOULD REQUEST WITHDRAWING THE POINT OF ORDER, MR.…

    WE ARE WILLING TO -- WE WOULD REQUEST WITHDRAWING THE POINT OF ORDER, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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  • 08:01:24 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION?

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I DO. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I WANTED TO SAY THAT I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH CONGRESSMAN MALONEY'S…

    I WANTED TO SAY THAT I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH CONGRESSMAN MALONEY'S REMARKS. WORKPLACE SKIMMINGS IS -- DISCRIMINATION IS A CRIME THAT WE AS LAWMAKERS HAVE LONG SOUGHT TO MITIGATE. AND I HAVE TO SAY, I ADMIRE HIM FOR HIS COURAGE, FOR HIS ELOQUENCE, AND FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO HIM IN ORDER TO COMPLETE HIS STATEMENT.

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  • 08:02:02 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING --

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    MR. MALONEY

    HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING, MR. SPEAKER?

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    THE CHAIR

    YOU HAVE 4 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO MAKE IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR THAT WE STAND HERE, WE STAND HERE SERVANTS OF THE CONSTITUTION, ALL OF US. AND ALL OF THE ACTIONS WE TAKE HERE ARE SUBJECT TO THAT BEAUTIFUL DOCUMENT AS AMENDED. AND SO THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, TO THE EXTENT THAT IT SIMPLY RESTATES WHAT IS OBVIOUS, WHICH IS THAT ALL OF OUR ACTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE CONSTITUTION. THAT WE WOULD OBJECT TO. AND MY ONLY POINT IS SIMPLY THAT WE NEED TO READ IT AS A WHOLE DOCUMENT. WE DON'T NEED TO READ ANYTHING INTO IT. WE CAN READ THE TEXT. WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF THE TEXT. WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE GLOBAL AND EXPANSIVE NATURE OF THE LANGUAGE WRITTEN INTO THE CONSTITUTION AFTER THE SEARING EXPERIENCE OF THE CIVIL WAR, AROUND EQUAL PROTECTION, AROUND DUE PROCESS. WE DON'T FEAR THE CONSTITUTION. WE WELCOME IT. WE EMBRACE IT. WE CLAIM IT AS OUR OWN WHEN WE COME TO THIS FLOOR AND ASK THAT THE CIRCLE OF OPPORTUNITY BE WIDENED FOR OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED BEFORE. WE THINK THAT'S IN THE BEST TRADITION OF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. WE BELIEVE THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES A SERIES OF PROMISES, IT'S A POLL SEAR NOTE. AND THAT A CHECK WAS WRITTEN. WE'RE COMING TO CHECK IT. THAT WE'LL ALL BE TREATED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY, THAT WE ALL COUNT. REGARDLESS OF WHO WE LOVE, REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN, WHETHER WE WALK IN OR ROLL IN, WE BELIEVE WE ALL COUNT. WE BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTITUTION ENSHRINES THOSE VALUES IN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WAY IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY. SO FAR FROM BEING CONCERNED IN ANY WAY BY THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, WE WELCOME IT. BUT LET IT NOT DETRACT FROM THE FACT THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS HOUSE WAS AN EFFORT TO ENSHRINE AND RATIONALIZE DISCRIMINATION UNDER FEDERAL LAW. AND DESPITE THE SUCCESS WE HAD IN DEFEATING THAT, WITH A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY, THERE WERE THOSE HERE WHO WANTED TO PERPETUATE DISCRIMINATION AT THE EXPENSE OF EQUALITY. THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE CONSTITUTION, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET THAT BE THE FINAL WORD ON THIS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:05:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO CONTROLS THE REMAINDER OF THE FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 08:05:20 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO HAS A MINUTE AND A QUARTER.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    LET ME JUST END BY SAYING THIS COUNTRY HAS A LONG AND STORIED HISTORY OF…

    LET ME JUST END BY SAYING THIS COUNTRY HAS A LONG AND STORIED HISTORY OF SUPPORTING CIVIL RIGHTS. AND WORKER RIGHTS. AND THAT SPIRIT WAS VIOLATED LAST WEEK DURING THE VOTE ON THE SPENDING BILL. WE KNOW THAT BUSINESSES SHOULD OPERATE UNDER STRICT RULES OF FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY AND CERTAINLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD. I'M JUST GRATEFUL THAT WE COULD ALL BE HERE THIS EVENING AND TRY TO FIND A WAY TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD AND TO MAKE PROGRESS, NOT JUST FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT FOR HUMANKIND. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ACHIEVE A FULLY EQUITABLE WORKPLACE IN SOCIETY. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 08:06:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ALL TIME HAVING…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT, DOES ANYONE SEEK OPPOSITION TO THE ORIGINAL AMENDMENT, THE MALONEY AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL PUT THE QUESTION ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 08:06:57 PM

    MR. MALONEY

    REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS?

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    MR. MALONEY

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    ALL RIGHT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE…

    ALL RIGHT. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:07:15 PM

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE. AND REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT SHALL BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF, ONE, THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT OF 1993, 42 UNITED STATES CODE 200-BB. TWO, EXECUTIVE ORDER 13279 OR SECTION 702-A OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, 42 UNITED STATES CODE 2000-E-1-A, UNITED STATES CODE, OR SECTION 103-D OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990, 42 UNITED STATES CODE, 12113-D WITH RESPECT TO ANY RELIGIOUS CORPORATION, RELIGIOUS ASSOCIATION, RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION OR RELIGIOUS SOCIETY.

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  • 08:08:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:08:21 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. UNLIKE OUR EUROPEAN FORBEARERS, THE FRAMERS MADE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. UNLIKE OUR EUROPEAN FORBEARERS, THE FRAMERS MADE CLEAR THAT OUR NATION WOULD HAVE NO STATE CHURCH. INSTEAD UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT ALL WOULD BE PROTECTED IN THE FREE EXERCISE OF THE RELIGION OF THEIR CHOOSING. AND WE HAVE A PROUD TRADITION OF CONSERVE TISM -- CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT THIS FREE EXERCISE RIGHT. IN THE 1963 CASE OF SHERBERT VS. VERNER, THE LIBERAL JUSTICE MANDATED THAT ANY GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO ONE'S FREE EXERCISE MUST MEET THE MOST STRINGENT STANDARD OF JUDICIAL REVIEW, STRICT SCRUTINY. IT WAS ACTUALLY THE CONSERVATIVE JUSTICE, ANTONIN SCALIA, WHO WROTE THE 1990 OPINION, EMPLOYMENT DIVISION VS. SMITH, THAT ROLLED BACK THE PROTECTIONS OF SHERBERT. FORTUNATELY THREE YEARS LATER, A DEMOCRAT CONGRESS AND A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT, BILL CLINTON, RALLIED LARGE BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES TO LEGISLATIVELY OVERTURN SMITH IN THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS RIFF ARE A. AND RESTORE -- REF ARE A. AND RESTORE -- RFRA. RFRA HAD 170 CO-SPONSORS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. PELOSI, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, WERE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS. IT PASSED BY A VOICE VOTE IN THE HOUSE. AND 97-3 IN THE SENATE. ON JULY 21, 2014, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER 11478 BANNING FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FROM DISCRIMINATING ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY IN HIRING. UNFORTUNATELY, DESPITE OUR BROAD HISTORY OF WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT THE FREE EXERCISE RIGHT, THE PRESIDENT REFUSED TO PROVIDE CONSCIOUS PROTECTIONS FOR RELIGIOUS-BASED ORGANIZATIONS WHO ENGAGE IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CLARIFY THAT EXISTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROTECTIONS, ALREADY IN LAW UNDER THE RFRA, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT, THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT, AND PRESIDENT BUSH'S EXECUTIVE ORDER 13279 WOULD APPLY IRRESPECTIVE OF THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MALONEY. WE CAN DEBATE THE MERITS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 11478. HOWEVER, WE SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM ENSURING THAT RELIGIOUS ENTITIES STILL ENJOY THE PROTECTIONS OF THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION. I URGE A YES VOTE ON MY AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:10:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION OF THE AMENDMENT? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:11:04 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    YES. I DON'T HAVE A COPY OF THE AMENDMENT IN FRONT OF ME. BUT FROM WHAT I…

    YES. I DON'T HAVE A COPY OF THE AMENDMENT IN FRONT OF ME. BUT FROM WHAT I HAVE LISTENED TO, IT SOUNDS LIKE DISCRIMINATION IN THE GUISE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. I WOULD HOPE THAT ISN'T WHAT THE GENTLEMAN INTENDS. I'VE JUST BEEN GIVEN LANGUAGE, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT SHALL BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT. I DON'T HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS FOR THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY ARE FULLY CONSIDERED IN THIS AMENDMENT AND I WOULD HAVE TO OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:11:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 08:12:01 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    I RESERVE.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    HAD I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND -- I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

    HAD I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND -- I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:12:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:12:26 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO MAKE VERY CLEAR, MY AMENDMENT SAYS NOT ONE SINGLE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO MAKE VERY CLEAR, MY AMENDMENT SAYS NOT ONE SINGLE THING ABOUT DISCRIMINATION. IT TALKS ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. AND WE TREAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SOMETIMES IN THIS COUNTRY LIKE IT'S A SECONDARY RIGHT. IT'S NOT. IT'S A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. AND WHAT MY AMENDMENT DOES IS MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE OF RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE STILL HAVE THAT FREEDOM. SO FAR FROM BEING DISCRIMINATION, IT MAKES SURE THAT WE HAVE FREEDOMS FOR PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE HAD FOR OVER 200 YEARS, AND UNDER THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FOR OVER 50 YEARS, AND UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AND UNDER RFRA FOR OVER 20 YEARS. THIS IS NOT NEW, THIS IS NOT NOVEL, THIS IS SETTLED LAW. WE'RE MAKING SURE WE PROTECT PEOPLE HERE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DISCRIMINATION. I KNOW THERE'S SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO WIPE OUT THE AFFECT OF CHURCH, THE AFFECT OF RELIGION, THE AFFECT OF FAITH IN THE PUBLIC SCARE IN AMERICA. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION -- SQUARE IN AMERICA. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION IS ABOUT AND I THINK THIS HOUSE SHOULD STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR EVERYBODY. SO I ASK THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE FOR -- VOTE FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:13:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 08:13:51 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, ON THAT I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WILL BE POSTPONED.…

    ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA WILL BE POSTPONED. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:14:13 PM

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HIGGINS OF NEW YORK. AT THE END OF THE BILL,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. HIGGINS OF NEW YORK. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED IT BY THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO CARRY OUT OR FOR THE SALARY OF ANY OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO CARRY OUT THE PROPOSED ACTION OF THE DEPARTMENT TO TRANSPORT TARGET RESIDUE THEERL FROM ONTARIO, CANADA, TO THE UNITED STATES, DESCRIBED IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL ANALYSIS TITLED, SUPPLEMENT ANALYSIS FOR THE FOREIGN RESEARCH REACTOR SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON NOVEMBER OF 2015.

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  • 08:14:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 08:15:05 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SIMPSON AND RANKING MEMBER CAP -- KAPTUR FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE SHIPMENT OF DANGEROUS, HIGHLY RADIOACTIVE LIQUID NUCLEAR WASTE WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PLANS TO BEGIN SHIPPING BY TRUCK LATER THIS YEAR IN A SERIES OF OVER 100 SHIPMENTS FROM ONTARIO, CANADA, TO SOUTH CAROLINA. THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO TRANSPORT THIS LIQUID WASTE, WHICH IS FAR MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL, ACROSS THE NORTHERN BORDER AT THE PIECE BRIDGE AND THROUGH DOWNTOWN BUFFALO. IN CONTRAST TO SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL IN SOLID FORM, WHICH HAS A HISTORY OF BEING SHIPPED BY LAND, THIS WOULD CONSTITUTE THE FIRST EVER SHIPMENT OF LIQUID NUCLEAR WASTE BY TRUCK IN A TRANSPORTATION CASK THAT WAS NEVER SERLTIFIED FOR THIS PURPOSE -- CERTIFIED FOR THIS PURPOSE. ITS LIQUID FORM, IF SPILLED COULD, MAKE CONTAINMENT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. THE ROUTE CROSSES THE GREAT LAKES, ACROSS THE BUSIEST PASSENGER CROSSING AT THE NORTH BORDER AND THROUGH A HIGH INTENSITY METROPOLITAN AREA. THE CONSEQUENCES COULD BE DEVASTATING. IN SPITE OF THESE CONCERNS, THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT BY NOT COMMENCING WITH A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, INSTEAD RELYING ON OLD OUTDATED INFORMATION. . IT REQUIRES THEY REASSESS THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY SHIP DANGEROUS MATERIAL. IT WOULD IGNORE THE WILL OF THE HOUSE WHICH PASSED LEGISLATION REQUIRING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PERFORM A TERRORISM THREAT ASSESSMENT REGARDING THE TRANSPORTATION OF CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS. TO REITERATE MY BILL WOULD HAVE SHIPMENTS AND NUCLEAR FUEL WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THESE UNTIL A PROCESS. PROCEEDING WITHOUT DOING SO WOULD COMPROMISE PUBLIC SAFETY.

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  • 08:17:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:17:46 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RISE?

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  • 08:18:24 PM

    MR. GRAYSON

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GRAYSON OF FLORIDA

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 74 THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 74 THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. GRACE GAYS THIS AMENDMENT IS IDENTICAL TO OTHER AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN INSERTED BY VOICE VOTE DURING THE OPEN RULE DURING THE 113TH AND 114TH CONGRESS. AND DUE TO SERIOUS MISCONDUCT ON THE PART OF THE CONTRACTORS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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  • 08:19:08 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESEVERS. ANYBODY SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESEVERS. ANYBODY SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA?

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  • 08:19:16 PM

    MR. GRAYSON

    I YIELD.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS ARISE?

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  • 08:19:45 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE PRINTED IN THE COONGSAL RECORD ORDER BY MR. BAB ON…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER FIVE PRINTED IN THE COONGSAL RECORD ORDER BY MR. BAB ON THE OF TEXAS.

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  • 08:19:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

  • 08:20:01 PM

    MR. BABIN

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT TO THE ISLAMICS FROM…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT TO THE ISLAMICS FROM BEING FUNDED IN THIS ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL. AS A RESULT OF THIS RECENT NUCLEAR DEAL, IRAN HAS NOW CLEARED -- IS NOW CLEARED TO RECEIVE UP TO $150 BILLION AP NEVER MADE ITS WAY BACK. IRAN IS THE LEADING STATE'S SPONSOR OF TERRORISM. A DOLLAR IS SENT TO A DANGEROUS REGIME THAT FLOUNTS INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND THREATENS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP AND IS RESPONSE I WILL FOR THE MURDERS OF HUNDREDS OF UNITED STATES SOLDIERS. PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT WILL WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN TO GO TO IRAN. NO MONEY FOR CONTRACTS TO BUY THEIR HEAVY WATER. NO MONEY FOR THEIR SO-CALLED CIVILIAN NUCLEAR POWER PROGRAM. LET'S NOT GET FOOLED. THE IRAN DEAL HAS ONLY GIVEN AN AYE VOTE BY 162 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, A VERY SMALL TOTAL. THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE LIFTED THE SANCTIONS BUT THERE IS NO REASON WE CANNOT TAKE THIS STEP TO SHOW IRAN AND THE WORLD THAT WE ARE SERIOUS PUTTING THEM BACK IN PLACE. I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:21:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO RISES IN OPPOSITION?

  • 08:21:54 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED. CAN

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    MS. KAPTUR

    NO PLACE ON APPROPRIATION BILLS CERTAINLY ON THIS BILL AND FRANKLY, I…

    NO PLACE ON APPROPRIATION BILLS CERTAINLY ON THIS BILL AND FRANKLY, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS IS EVEN GERM MAIN TO THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE FIRST OF MANY POSSIBLE ATTEMPTS TO TIE THE HANDS OF THE ADMINISTRATION FROM IMPLEMENTING AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT THAT WILL RESULT IN EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE GENTLEMAN INFIERCE. THE PLAN OF ACTION THAT WAS AGREED TO BY SEVERAL COUNTRIES, CLOSED THE FOUR PATHWAYS WHICH IRAN COULD GET TO A NUCLEAR WEAPON. WE DO NOT GAIN ANYTHING ON THE UNITED STATES TO THE AGREEMENT. THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY SAID HE WILL TAKE AGGRESSIVE STEPS TO COUNTER ANY STEPS AND THIS INCLUDES RESTRICTIONS ON NUCLEAR AND BALLISTIC ARMS AND TRAVEL BANS AS WELL AS CARGOO SPPPINGSES. INTERNATIONAL SPPTORS ARE ON THE GROUPED AND IRPE IS ON THE INTRUSIVE REGIME TO MONITOR A MONITOR PROGRAM. INSPECTORS WILL REMAIN TO MONITOR. 3658 DAYS A YEAR. FOR DECADES TO COME, THEY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE NUCLEAR SUPPLY CHAIN. THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT THE EXPERTISE IN THE NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND NUCLEAR MATERIALS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN ENSURING THAT IRAN IS MEETING ITS COMMITMENTS. EXPERTS, SEVEN NATIONAL LABORATORIES HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN IMPLEMENTING THE AGREEMENT. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE MONITORING AND ARE VITAL AS THE UNITED STATES WORKS WITH OUR UNION UNION PARTNERS TO ENSURE VISIBILITY INTO THE IRAN PROGRAM. WHY WOULD WE CUT OFF OUR PROGRAM AND EXPERTS TO PREVENT IRAN TO ACHIEVE PROGRAMS? IF IRAN TRIES TO CHEAT AND TRY TO BUILD A BOTTOM, WE WILL CATCH THEM. UNLESS WE IN CONGRESS ADOPT AMENDMENTS SUCH AS THE ONE WE ARE DISCUSSING NOW, IRAN IS EXPANDING ITS PROGRAM. THE AGREEMENT HAS CUT OFF EVERY SINGLE. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:25:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS YIELDED BACK. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS YIELDED BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 08:25:27 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 08:25:51 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA, INSERT THE FOLLOWING,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION A, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF 13457, B, NONE OF THE FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ADMINISTER SECTION 45 OF THIS ACT.

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  • 08:26:18 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

    MR. CHAIR, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS…

    MR. CHAIR, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED AS READ AND PRINTED IN THE RECORD.

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  • 08:26:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 08:26:38 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

    AN AMENDMENT TO CLIFE THAT THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY IS A CRITICAL MULTI…

    AN AMENDMENT TO CLIFE THAT THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY IS A CRITICAL MULTI AGENCY ACTION THAT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED. MR. CHAIR, MY DISTRICT IS A POSTER CHILD FOR THE NEED OF OCEAN COORDINATION AND INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE MILITARY, PORTS, SHIPPERS, ENERGY DEVELOPERS AND RECREATIONAL USERS. WE COULD HAVE A THRIVING OCEAN ECONOMY AND PROTECT OUR OCEAN RESOURCES. THE PORT OF LONG BEACH IS THE SECOND BUSIEST MOVING GOODS SUPPORTING $1.4 MILLION JOBS. OFFSHORE PLATFORMS, LESS THAN A MILE FROM MY FRONT DOOR. SAN CLEMENTEY HAS A NAVAL TRAINING GROUND. NEARBY WATERS ARE HOME TO SEABIRDS AND WHALES. STREAM WEATHER THREATENS BUSINESSES AND THE ENTIRE COAST OF CALIFORNIA. WITH SEACH ACTIVITY HAPPENING, IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THE NAVY AT THE TABLE WHEN NOAH IS WORKING ON THE INSTALLATION. IT MAKES SENSE TO HAVE THEM WEIGH IN. AND IT'S A NO-BRAINER THAT NONEA ALL WORK TOGETHER TO GET THESE MASSIVE SHIPS IN AND OUT OF PORTS SAFELY. WE WANT THESE TO HAPPEN BECAUSE WE WANT TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN ECONOMY AND BY DEVELOPING REGIONAL PLANS AND HAVE GOING A PLAN, WE CAN STREAMLINE PROCESS AND PROMOTE AN ECONOMY THAT PRESERVES OUR OCEAN RESOURCE US. THE COUNTRY AND MY DISTRICT NEED AN AAPPROACH TO OUR RESOURCES WHICH THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY HAS. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 08:29:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    >>

    THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES.

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    ANY SUCH COORDINATION MUST BE DONE CAREFULLY TO PROTECT.

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    MR. CALVERT

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. LOWENTHAL

    HOWEVER MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSE THE NATIONAL OCEAN…

    HOWEVER MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSE THE NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY ON THE GROUNDS THAT IT'S OVERREACH, WHICH IS AUTHORIZED BY AN EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT THEY DON'T LIKE. TO ME THIS SEEMS PETTY. NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY IS NOT A FAILED POLICY LIKE SOME SUGGEST. NOR IS IT AN INSTANCE OF EXECUTIVE OVERREACH. IT IS MERELY A COMMONSENSE WAY TO FACILITATE MULTISTAKEHOLDER -- MULTISTAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION ON COMPLEX OCEAN ISSUES AND IT PROMOTES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:31:30 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    >>

    I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 08:31:44 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:32:06 PM

    >>

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MEADOWS OF NORTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE SPENT BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO AWARD CONTRACT IT'S USING THE --

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  • 08:32:28 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    I ASK THAT THE AMENDMENT BE CONSIDERED READ.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING OF THE BILL IS -- AMENDMENT IS DISPOSED OF.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING OF THE BILL IS -- AMENDMENT IS DISPOSED OF. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 08:32:43 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'LL BE VERY BRIEF. THE NIGHT IS GETTING LONG.…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'LL BE VERY BRIEF. THE NIGHT IS GETTING LONG. AND THE COMMITTEE HAS DONE SOME GREAT WORK ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS AMENDMENT IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, ONE MEANT TO PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY AS IT RELATES TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS. WHEN THEY ACTUALLY AWARD A -- TECHNICALLY ACCEPTABLE LOWEST-BID -- LOWEST BID THAT THE RATIONALE AND THE OTHER TRANSPARENCY DOCUMENTS WOULD ACTUALLY BE REPORTED THAT NO FUNDS COULD BE EXTENDED EXCEPT FOR THOSE EXPRESS PURPOSES AND WITH THAT I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:33:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:33:33 PM

    MR. MEADOWS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:33:56 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, AMENDMENT NUMBER 356.

  • 08:33:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:34:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. AT THE END OF THE BILL,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT FOLLOWING. SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ENERGY PROGRAMS, SCIENCE, MAY BE USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ORGANIZATION ACT 42 UNITED STATES CODE 7101, ETC.

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  • 08:34:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:34:29 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE RANKING…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MS. KAPTUR, HER STAFF, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. SIMPSON, AND STAFF AND OTHERS BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS IS AN AMENDMENT THAT WAS APPROVED AND ADOPTED IN AN IDENTICAL FORM ON APRIL 29, 2015, DURING THE 114TH CONGRESS AS AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 202, THE ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES APPROPRIATION. I DO THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IF YOU TRAVEL AROUND THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER IT'S SILICON VALLEY, WHETHER IT'S NASA, WHETHER IT'S DEALING WITH ENERGY RESOURCES, RENEWABLE AND OTHERWISE, YOU REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. 20 YEARS AGO, MR. CHAIRMAN, ON FEBRUARY 11, 1994, PRESIDENT CLINTON ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER 12898 DIRECTING FEDERAL AGENCIES TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS THE DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH AND ADVERSE HUMAN HEALTH OR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF THEIR ACTIONS ON MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SEEKS TO PROVIDE AN EQUAL ACCESS TO THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS IN STEM, INCLUDING MINORITIES, NATIVE AMERICANS AND WOMEN. WHICH MEANS THAT WE NEED THE PROFESSIONALS IN THESE AREAS TO BE ABLE TO ASSESS THE VARIOUS IMPACTS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, ON THE MINORITY COMMUNITIES. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE ALSO NEED OUR ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND OTHER COLLEGES TO MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN STUDENTS. THEY MAKE UP 70% OF COLLEGE STUDENTS BUT ONLY 45% OF UNDERGRADUATE STEM DEGREE HOLDERS. THIS LARGE POOL OF UNTAPPED TALENT IS A GREAT POTENTIAL SOURCE OF STEM PROFESSIONALS. AS THE NATION'S DEMOGRAPHICS CHANGE, I THINK IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT EVERY YEAR WE EMPHASIZE IN THE VARIOUS FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT WE NEED TO PROVIDE AND EXTEND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINORITIES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. JUST EARLIER TODAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH SCOTT KELLY, ONE WOULD CALL HIM THE MIRACLE ASTRONAUT, SPENDING OVER 300 DAYS ON THE SPACE STATION. SPACE STATION WAS THE ENTITY BUILT SOME YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE. BUT TO REALIZE THAT A HUMAN BEING TESTED HIMSELF TO STAY AN AMERICAN MAKING HISTORY. SO I BELIEVE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH COMMEMORATES AND CELEBRATES THE GIANT WORK OF SCOTT KELLY, BUT IT PRODUCES MORE SCOTT KELLYS. I APPLAUD THE ENERGY SECRETARY MONIZ'S COMMITMENT WHICH WILL INCREASE THE NATION'S ECONOMIC AND COMPETITIVENESS AND ENABLE MORE OF OUR PEOPLE TO REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL -- POTENTIAL. SO I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AS IT HAS BEEN SUPPORTED IN THE PAST TO AGAIN THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AN MATH. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:37:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME IN…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:37:22 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I'LL BE HAPPY TO YIELD BACK, ASKING SUPPORT FOR THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 08:37:48 PM

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

  • 08:37:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY WILL PLEASE SEND HIS AMENDMENT TO THE DESK.

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

  • 08:38:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:38:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. STIVERS OF OHIO. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. STIVERS OF OHIO. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED FOR THE CAPE WIND ENERGY PROJECT ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OFF MASSACHUSETTS NANTUCKET SOUND.

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  • 08:38:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 08:38:42 PM

    MR. STIVERS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FROM FUNDING -- FOR ANY FUNDING BEING USED FOR THE CAPE WIND OFFSHORE WIND GENERATION PROJECT IN CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS. . I OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT IN LAST YEAR'S APPROPRIATION, IT WAS ADOPTED BY A VOICE VOTE. SO I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE FAIRLY NONCONTROVERSIAL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. NEARLY TWO YEARS AGO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFERED CONDITIONAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE CAPE WIND PROJECT OF $150 MILLION LOAN GUARANTEE. BUT SINCE THAT TIME, THE PROJECT HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY SETBACKS AMID CONCERNS ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT, DISRUPTIONS OF SAFETY FOR PASSENGER AIRCRAFT, OR JUST THE HIGH COST OF ELECTRICITY PRODUCED BY THE PROPOSED FACILITY. LAST YEAR TWO OF THE STATE'S UTILITIES TERMINATED CONTRACTS TO PURCHASE POWER FROM THE WIND FARM JEOPARDIZING THE VIABILITY OF THE PROJECT. I BELIEVE WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL FORMS OF ENERGY, INCLUDING RENEWABLE ENERGY LIKE WIND, POWER, AND THEY'RE IMPORTANT FOR OUR NATION OWES PORTFOLIO, BUT THIS PROJECT IN PARTICULAR HAS A TROUBLED HISTORY AND IT AMENDMENT SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DO NOT HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL IF THE PROJECT FAILS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:40:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS OPPOSITION?…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS OPPOSITION? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 08:40:16 PM

    MR. STIVERS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:40:21 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RISE?

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  • 08:40:38 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, NUMBER 360.

  • 08:40:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 08:40:43 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. AT THE END OF THE BILL,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON LEE OF TEXAS. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, THE AMOUNTS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THIS ACT ARE REVISED BY REDUCING THE AMOUNT MADE AVAILABLE FOR CORPS OF ENGINEERS CIVIL INVESTIGATIONS AND INCREASING THE AMOUNT MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE SAME AMOUNT BY $3 MILLION.

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  • 08:41:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A ME…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A ME OBSERVE POSED EACH WILL CONTROL -- OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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  • 08:41:12 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME THANK MR. SIMPSON AND MS.…

    I THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME THANK MR. SIMPSON AND MS. KAPTUR FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. AS WELL TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION TO MANY AND ALL REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MY AMENDMENT SPEAKS TO THE NEED FOR ROBUST FUNDING FOR THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. IT SPEAKS TO THE GENERAL NEED OF THE ROBUST FUNDING OF THE INVESTIGATION ACCOUNT, AND IT SPEAKS TO IT IN TERMINOLOGY REDIRECTING $3 MILLION FOR INCREASING -- INCREASES FUNDING FOR POSTDISASTER WATERSHED ASSESSMENT STUDIES LIKE THE ONE THAT IS BEING CONTEMPLATED FOR THE HOUSTON-HARRIS COUNTY METROPOLITAN AREA. SO IT DOES THIS TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT. NOT TO SINGLE OUT A PARTICULAR PROJECT. BUT FOR DESCRIBING A PROJECT, WHICH I WILL TAKE TIME TO DO. I AM PLEASED THAT H.R. 5055 PROVIDES $120 MILLION FOR THE INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. AS A FEDERAL AGENCY THAT COLLECTS AND STUDIES BASIC INFORMATION PERTAINING TO RIVER AND HARBOR FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE, SHORE PROTECTION, AC WATTIC ECOSYSTEM -- AQUATIC ECOSYSTEM AND RIVER AND HARBOR AND FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE REDUCTION, THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE BUILDING, MAINTAINING AND EXPANDING THE MOST CRITICAL OF THE NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. WE UNDERSTAND THIS VERY WELL IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS AND THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, MR. CHAIRMAN, TWO YEARS AROUND THE EXACT SAME TIME, WE DIDN'T HAVE SOMETHING CALLED A HURRICANE, WE HAD A HEAVY RAIN. IN APRIL, MAY OF 2015, AND APRIL OF 2016. 2016 WAS 20 INCHES OF RAIN, WHICH WAS ENORMOUS. THE DAMAGE WAS UNBELIEVABLE. LET ME CITE FOR YOU THE WORDS FROM THE GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP THAT SUPPORTS THIS AMENDMENT. THE MOST TELLING STATISTIC OF ALL, BASED ON THE 7,021 CALLS THE UNITED WAY OF GREATER HOUSTON RECEIVED, THE 1,987 CALLS FOR FOOD REPLACEMENT, AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WAS LOST, $1.9 BILLION IN DAMAGE DURING THE WEEKS THAT FOLLOWED THE STORM, WHICH INCLUDES DAMAGES TO HOMES, CARS, SCHOOLS, PARKS, CHURCHES, ROADWAYS AND OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS. THIS IS WHAT WE FACE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. SO I AM RECOUNTING THAT AND INDICATING THAT WE BELIEVE THAT THIS INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT, AND IT WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH A $3 MILLION STUDY TO DEAL WITH THE THINGS LOCATED IN THE HOUSTON AREA. HUNTING BAYOU AND CLEAR CREEK BAYOU AND OTHERS. AS THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WORKS THROUGH ITS WORK STUDY PROGRAM, THIS INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT WILL BE ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED A LETTER FROM MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS SUPPORTING THE STUDY OF ALL OF THE BAYOUS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT, AGAIN, THAT THE COUNT IS ROBUST TO PROVIDE THAT POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY. SO LET ME INDICATE TO MY COLLEAGUES, AGAIN, THE INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT IS $120 MILLION. WE RISE TO SUPPORT IT. WE ALSO RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEED FOR THE UTILIZATION OF THOSE FUNDS ALL OVER AMERICA, AND CERTAINLY IN HOUSTON,-HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES WHICH WILL HELP US THROUGH A STUDY HAVE A BETTER PATHWAY, HOW DO WE FIX THIS, HOW DO WE NOT HAVE THIS BE HOUSTON NEXT YEAR IN 2017? SO LET ME THANK MY COLLEAGUES, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 08:45:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME IN…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION? .

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  • 08:45:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I UNDERSTAND HER INTEREST.

  • 08:45:27 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    THE ALYIELDS BACK.

  • 08:45:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE ALYIELDS BACK.

  • 08:45:57 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    WANTED TO PUT ON THE RECORD THAT CONGRESSMAN JACKSON LEE HAS BEEN…

    WANTED TO PUT ON THE RECORD THAT CONGRESSMAN JACKSON LEE HAS BEEN UNRELENTING OF HER REPRESENTATION OF HOUSTON AUN THE SERIOUS SITUATION THAT IS FACED BY THE CITIZENS BY THE FLODDING WHAT A TREMENDOUS VOICE YOU ARE. THERE ISN'T A TIME I SEE YOU IN THE ELEVATORS AND ASK ME ABOUT THIS BILL AND I WANT THE TO PUT IT ON THE RECORD.

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  • 08:46:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE THE JAM YIELDS BACK.

  • 08:46:38 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED AND HAVE POLICED IN THE LEGISLATION AND I ASK MY…

    HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED AND HAVE POLICED IN THE LEGISLATION AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AS A VERY FINE STATEMENT CONTRIBUTING TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION AND THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND THANK YOU. AND I ASK YOU FOR SUPPORT OF THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT.

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  • 08:47:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLELADY TEXAS. THOSE IN…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLELADY TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FLOP THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECK ANYTHING? THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT?

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  • 08:47:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE…

    BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOWING, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE MAY BE USED TO FUND TO RESULT A A RULE THAT MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY AS SPECIFIED OF EXECUTIVE ORDER OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2003.

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  • 08:47:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YASM OKLAHOMA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL.

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    THERE ARE COSTLY ADMINISTRATIONS MAY TRY TO. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT…

    THERE ARE COSTLY ADMINISTRATIONS MAY TRY TO. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDS TO PURPOSE OR FINALIZE ANY MAJOR REGULATION TO JANUARY 20 OF NEXT YEAR. IN THE PAST WE HAVE SEEN REGULATIONS BETWEEN THE DAY OF REGULATION AND THE DAY THE NEW PRESIDENT TAKES OFFICE. IN TWATION AND 2000 THE MIDNIGHT REGULATIONS. WE EXPECT THIS ADMINISTRATION TO MAINTAIN THIS PRACTICE AND WITH THE NATURE OF THE REGULAR LAYINGS WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS THIS AMENDMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. I THANK MR. WALBERG AND LET'S HOLD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN CHECK WHERE FAMILIES DON'T FALL BURDEN. I RESERVE.

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  • 08:49:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. WHO SEEKS TIME IN OPPOSITION? GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT, IT IS COSTLY AND INEFFICIENT AND RULES…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT, IT IS COSTLY AND INEFFICIENT AND RULES BACK PROGRESS IN A DEPARTMENT THAT HAS BEEN EXPENSING TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP UNDER THE DOCTOR. IT WOULD STOP THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THAT MAY COST MORE THAN $100 MILLION. THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ENSURE THAT AGENCIES ARE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR NATION. WHAT IF THAT HAD BEEN DONE WHEN THE CLEEP WATER ACT WAS PASS. AND D.O.E., THE AMENDMENT WOULD SOUTH 14 RULES, A THIRD OF AMENDMENTS WOULD FINALIZE. AND IT WOULD HAVE RESOURCES FOR D.O.E. IN THESE AGREEMENTS. THIS MAKES MONTH SENSE. WE NEED TO MOVE ON WITH THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA. BUT TAKING THE VIEW, THIS IS NOTHING NEW. TIME AND AGAIN WE HAVE SEEN LEGISLATION THAT ONLY LOOKS AT THE LOSS COSTS AND COMPLETELY IGNORES THE ASSOCIATED BEEN FITS TO OUR COUNTRY. THIS AMENDMENT IS NO DIFFERENT. THESE JOIFER LOOKS THE RULES. EVERY NEW RULES RECRUIT NIESES AS WELL AS KEY STAKEHOLDERS AND THE PUBLIC TO A VERY, VERY EXTENSIVE INPUT THAT AGENCIES SEEK. LET ME PLAIN. FOR SIGNIFICANT RULES, AN AGENCY MUST PROVIDE WITH AN ASSESSMENT WITH A QUANTIFICATION WITH THE BEB BENEFIT. AND WITH THE RULE, THE EEG HAS TO JUSTIFY THE COSTS AND THESE COSTS ARE JUSTIFIED WITH BENEFITS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE 2015 ANALYSIS IN THE SIGNIFICANT REGULATIONS OVER THE LAST DECADE THE BEEN PHYSICIAN OF THESE RULES OUTWIGGEDE THE BENEFITS 9-1 AND THESE HAVE BENEFITED. AS A RESULT, A TYPICAL AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS SAVES 200 A YEAR WHETHER IT IS MORE A MORE EFFICIENT REFRIGERATOR, LIGHT BULBS, WE KNOW THE BEEN PHYSICIAN. THEY PROVIDE BENEFITS. THE UPDATED STANDARDS WILL ASSIST IN REDUCING CARBON EMISSIONS HELPING THIS NATION CURB CHANGE. REPUBLICANS SHOULD STOP IGNORING THE WORLD WIDE BENEFITS AND THE PROGRESS WE ARE MAKING AS A COUNTRY. AND I RESERVE MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 08:52:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GROL YIELDS BACK.

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    URGE TO PASS YES OR PLEASED -- I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND VOTE FOR THE…

    URGE TO PASS YES OR PLEASED -- I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT AND VOTE FOR THE AMENDMENT SO WE WE CAN HOLD THE ADMINISTRATION.

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  • 08:55:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OAK. --…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OAK. -- OKLAHOMA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXT

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  • 08:55:55 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    OFFER APPRECIATION TO YOU. AND LET ME FRAME --

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    THE CHAIR

    IS THE GENTLELADY OFFERING AN AMENDMENT.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    WAS RUSHING TO MAKE THIS MY LAST ONE. I HAVE AN LAST ONE.

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    THE CLERK

    GEARS AND SAME ACCOUNT BY $100 MILLION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. JACKSON LEE JOEL MY PREVIOUS AMENDMENT DEALT WITH THE INVESTIGATIONS ACCOUNT WHICH IS THE PREDECESSOR TO THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT. LET ME SAY I TOOK TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE IN MAY OF A THE FLOODS OCCURRED AND HAD A MOMENT OF SEALENS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS WASN'T A HURRICANE OR A TORNADO, BUT HARD RAINS THAT CAUSED INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR CARS TO DROWN. VERY, VERY TRAGIC. SOME GOING TO WORK. SOME NURSES. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE IN MY DISTRICT AND LOOKED LIKE THE SAME WAY IN 2015 AND AGAIN IN 2016. AND SO THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT, WHICH I WANT TO THANK MISKAPTUR AND MR. SIMPSON HAS $1.9 BILLION IN THAT ACCOUNT AND THE CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT IS IMPORTANT TO MEMBERS ACROSS THE NATION AND IMPORTANT TO THE HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY REGION. AS THEY COLLECT INFORMATION PER PAINED TO THE SHORE PROTECTION, THIS IS IMPORTANT MONEY THAT WILL WILL BE IMPORTANT. A STUDY AND THEN THE INSTRUCTION. THE AREAS THAT MAY BE IMPACTED BY THE ARMY CORPS, AND NECESSARY ARE THE AREAS THAT SPILLED OVER. ON APRIL 15, APPEAR ESTIMATED 40E GOOD OPS FELLED IN A 24- POUFER PERIOD. THAT'S WHY THESE CONSTRUCTION DOLLARS ARE SO IMPORTANT. AND NORTH OF-10, MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. DURING THE MAY 20126 HOUSTON FLOOD, ,000 HOMES WERE FLOOD AND 5,000 HOMES WERE FLOODED. OUR PREVIOUS NUMBERS WERE APRIL 15 AND 2016 WAS WHEN THEY HAD THE CONSTANT RAIN. $240 BILLION GALLONS.

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  • 08:59:39 PM

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    SO THIS CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    SO THIS CONSTRUCTION ACCOUNT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JACKSON LEE WHICH IS THE BROADER VIEW OF HOW THESE DOLLARS CAN BE UTILIZE TO SIVE LIVES IN REGIONS THAT I LIVE IN THE HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY AREA.

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  • 09:00:05 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I DO NOT OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. .

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:00:22 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    SEING OUR COMMUNITIES FLOODING CAN BE EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. THAT'S WHY…

    SEING OUR COMMUNITIES FLOODING CAN BE EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING. THAT'S WHY THE ENERGY AND WATER BILLS HAVE INCLUDED SIGNIFICANT MONEY ABOVE THE BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER FLOOD AND STORM DAMAGE ACCOUNT. THIS MORE THAN DOUBLES THE BUDGET REQUESTED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THESE PROJECTS. IT IS AN INCREASE OF 113% OR $457 MILLION. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE BILLEN CLUDES $392 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR WHICH THE HOUSTON AREA PROJECTS COULD COMPETE, MORE THAN $82 MILLION MORE THAN PROVIDED IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2016 ACT. ADDITIONALLY THE COMMITTEE REPORT DIRECTS THE CORPS TO CONSIDER THE SEVERITY OF RISK OF FLOOD THORING FREQUENCY WITH WHICH AN AREA HAS EXPERIENCED FLOODING WHEN DECIDING HOW TO ALLOCATE THE FUNDING PROVIDED. BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT DOES NOT ACTUALLY CHANGE FUNDING LEVELS AND SO DOES NOT UPSET THE BALANCE OF PRIORITIES IN THIS BILL I WILL NOT OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:01:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK MR. SIMPSON AND MS. KAPTUR, MR. SIMPSN FOR RECOUNTING THAT…

    I THANK MR. SIMPSON AND MS. KAPTUR, MR. SIMPSN FOR RECOUNTING THAT INFORMATION, AND MS. KAPTUR FOR THE LEADERSHIP SHE'S GIVEN AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLIGHT WE'RE IN. FLOOD CONTROL IS CRITICAL TO DAMS AND HARBORS AND MOST CRITICAL OF ALL AS INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT IS WHAT THE CONSTRUCTION FUNDING WILL DO. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS NOW WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LONG OVERDUE PROJECTS THAT ARE DEALING WITH THE MAJOR FLOODING AND THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT GIVING US A WORK PLAN THROUGH THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WILL AGAIN BE INSTRUCTIVE AND HELPFUL TO SAVING LIVES AND REDUCING THE ENORMITY OF LOSS AND THE ENORMITY OF DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN CAUSED TO THESE AREAS. WITH THAT, I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:02:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:02:44 PM

    >>

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, GOSAR 225.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE SHOW THE SHORT TITLE INSTERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO CARRY OUT THE ADMGS' REMINDER REGARDING DOCUMENT REQUESTS DATED APRIL 15, 2009.

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  • 09:03:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MAINES -- FIVE MINUTES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 09:03:20 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WILL PREVENT THE ADMINISTRATION FROM…

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WILL PREVENT THE ADMINISTRATION FROM CAUSING UNNECESSARY DELAYS IN BLOCKING INFORMATION BEING RELEASEDED TO THE PUBLIC IN THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. IN 2009, THEY RELEASED A SECRET MEMO URGING THEM TO CONSULT WITH COUNSEL AT THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE RELEASING DOCUMENTS OR FULFILLING REQUESTS THAT MIGHT DEAL WITH WHITE HOUSE EQUITIES. LAST YEAR, A REPORT WAS RELEASED ENTITLED THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PRODUCT. IN NUREM RACE CASES WHERE THE DOTCHT ENERGY'S COUNSEL GENERAL HAD PROVIDED THEIR FOIA RESPONSE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, THE FILE WAS INCOMPLETE AND DIDN'T CONTAIN ALL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE FOIA RESPONSE. ITCH COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION PREVENTS US BEING CERTAIN WHAT CHANGES OR REDAXES WERE MADE WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE REVIEWED THE DOCUMENTS. FOR AN ADMINISTRATION THAT ONCE SOUGHT TO BE THE MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY, ACTIONS SUCH AS THESE DO NOTHING TO INSPIRE TRUST OR CONFIDENCE AMONGST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT TOOK A FOIA REQUEST IN 014 TO REVEAL THAT THE OF THE 450 DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR INSPECTOR GENERAL REQUESTS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ONLY ALOUD THE I.G. TO RELEASE THREE REPORTS. WHILE THAT STAT IS TROUBLE, FIGURES RELEASED BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THIS YEAR THROUGH THEIR ANNUAL FOIA REVIEW ARE MORE DISTURBING. THE ANNUAL REVIEW COVERS FREE TOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS MADE TO MORE THAN 100 DIFFERENT FALL AGENCIES. SHOCKINGLY, THE A.P. REPORTED IN MARTHA IN 2015 THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECEIVED CENSORED RESPONSES OR NOTHING IN 77% OF ALL FOIA REQUESTS, REDACTED RELEASES OR NOTHING IN RESPONSE TO NEARLY 00,000 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUESTS. ABSOLUTELY SHAMEFUL. DANIEL EPSTEIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG CAUSE OF ACTION SAID IT BEST WHEN THE STATED, INFORMATION SEEKERS WHETHER THEY'RE INDIVIDUALS, MEMBER OS THEY HAVE NEWS MEDIA OR GROUPS SHOULD BE TROUBLE THAT THIS WHITE HOUSE HAS BEEN INTERFERING WITH HOW DEPARTMENTS COMPLY WITH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. THIS IS SUPPORTED BY AMERICANS FOR REFORM, THE NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION, THE TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE, CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR AMERICANS, ARIZONA CHAPTER. THE COUNTY CATTLE GROWERS ASSOCIATION. AGENCY OFFICIALS THAT WANT TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW AND RESPOND TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS IN A TIMELY MANNER SHOULD NOT BE BLOCKED FROM DOING SO BECAUSE OF AN ARBITRARY MEMO FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. NUMEROUS WATCHDOG GROUPS CLAIM THE MEMO MY AMENDMENT DEFUNDS IS LIMITING PUBLIC ACCESS UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. I URBLING MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND DEFUND THIS UNLAWFUL MEMO. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I RESERVE.

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  • 09:06:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. DOES ANYONE SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 09:06:41 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT INTERFERES WITH STANDARD PRACTICE OF BOTH PARTIES. IT…

    AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT INTERFERES WITH STANDARD PRACTICE OF BOTH PARTIES. IT IS STANDARD PRACTICE FOR AGENCIES WITH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS TO CONFER WITH OTHER EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITIES PRIOR TO RELEASING DOCUMENTS. AGENCIES REFER DOCUMENTS TO THE WHITE HOUSE JUST AS THEY REFER DOCUMENTS TO OTHER AGENCIES. THE PRACTICE OF AGENCIES CONSULTING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE PRIOR TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS REGARDING WHITE HOUSE EQUITIES IS LONG-STANDING, SPANNING ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTY. THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION ISSUED A MEMORANDUM IN 1988 DIRECTING SUCH CONSULTING A. FINAL THE -- FINALLY THE PROVISION COULD INTERFERE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S ABILITY TO PROTECT PRIVILEGED INFORMATION. THIS IS JUST ONE MORE INSTANCE OF THE MAJORITY PRIORITIZING MESSAGE AMENDMENTS RATHER THAN GETTING ON WITH THE HARD WORK OF LEGISLATING. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND -- IT HAS NO PLACE ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:07:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:07:53 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO JUST ACTUALLY REITERATE THESE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO JUST ACTUALLY REITERATE THESE RESPONSES. 77% OF ALL FOIA REQUESTS WERE NOT COMPLIED WITH. REDACTED RELEASES OR NOTHING IN RESPONSE TO NEARLY 00,000 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. ONCE AGAIN, SMOKE AND MIRRORS. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET THIS? WHAT I WOULD DO IS ASK EVERYBODY TO VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:08:17 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:08:32 PM

    >>

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, ENGEL 81.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

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  • 09:08:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL PHI MAINES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 09:08:53 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MAY 24, 2011, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED A…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. ON MAY 24, 2011, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED A MEMORANDUM ON FEDERAL FLEET PERFORMANCE THAT REQUIRED ALL NEW LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES IN THE FEDERAL FLEET TO BE ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES. SUCH AS HYBRID ELECTRIC, NATURAL GAS, OR BIOFUEL. MY AMENDMENT ECHO THIS IS MEMORANDUM BY PROHIBITING FUNDS IN THIS ACT FROM BEING USED TO LEASE OR PURCHASE NEW LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES UNLESS IT'S MADE IN ACCORD WITH THE PRESIDENT'S MEMORANDUM. I HAVE SUBMITTED IDENTICAL LANGUAGE TO 20 DIFFERENT APPROPRIATIONS BILLS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND EVERY TIME IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY BOTH THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY. I HOPE MY AMENDMENT WILL RECEIVE SIMILAR SUPPORT TODAY. GLOBAL OIL PRICES ARE DOWN, WE NO LONGER PAY $147 PER BARREL, BUT SPIKES IN OIL PRICES WOULD STILL HAVE PROFOUND REPERCUSSIONS FOR OUR ECONOMY. THE PRIMARY REASON IS OUR CARS AND TRUCKS RUN ONLY ON PETROLEUM. WE CAN CHANGE THAT WITH ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES THAT EXIST TODAY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPERATES THE LARGEST FLEET OF LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES IN AMERICA. OVER 640,000 VEHICLES, MORE THAN 55,000 OF THOSE VEHICLES ARE WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THIS BILL BEING USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. WHEN I WAS IN BRAZIL A FEW YEARS AGO, I SAW HOW THEY DIVERSIFIED THEIR FUEL USE. PEOPLE THERE CAN DRIVE TO A GASOLINE STATION AND CHOOSE WHETHER TO FILL THEIR VEHICLE WITH GASOLINE OR ETHANOL THEY MAKER THAT CHOICE BASEDEN COST OR WHATEVER CRITERIA THEY DEEM IMPORTANT. I WANT TO THE SAME CHOICE FOR AMERICAN CONSUMERS. THAT'S WHY I'M PROPOSE EGG A BILL IN CONGRESS AS I HAVE DONE MANY TIMES IN THE PAST TO PROVIDE FOR CARS BUILT IN AMERICA TO BE ABLE TO RUN ON FUEL INSTEAD OF OR IN ADDITION TO GASOLINE. IT'S LESS THAN $100 PER VEHICLE. THAT'S A SEPARATE ISSUE BUT I RAISE IT BECAUSE IT IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH WHAT I'M PROPOSING HERE. IF THEY CAN DO IT IN BRAZIL, WE CAN DO IT HERE. IN CONCLUSION, EXPANDING THE ROLE THESE ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES PLAY IN OUR TRANSPORTATION ECONOMY WILL HELP BREAK THE LEVERAGE THAT FOREIGN GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED OIL COMPANIES HOLD OVER AMERICANS. IT WILL INCREASE OUR NATION'S DOMESTIC SECURITY AND PROTECT CONSUMERS AND AGAIN, I'VE SUBMITTED THIS IN DIFFERENT APPROPRIATIONS BILLS THROUGH THE YEARS AND IT HAS ALWAYS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. BY BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. I HOPE IT WILL BE THE SAME I ASK THEY MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THE ENGEL AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:11:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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    MR. ENGEL

    I RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    WHO SEEKS TIME? NO ONE SEEKING TIME, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    WHO SEEKS TIME? NO ONE SEEKING TIME, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES -- THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:11:42 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK, GOSAR 226.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:11:47 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AT THE END OF THE BILL BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE INSERT THE FOLLOW, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR THE 1ST CENTURY CLEAN ENERGY PLAN.

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  • 09:12:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MAINES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR.

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  • 09:12:12 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WILL HELP PREVENT AN UNNECESSARY TAX…

    I RISE TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT WHICH WILL HELP PREVENT AN UNNECESSARY TAX INCREASE ON HARD WORKING FAMILIES AND SEND A STRONG MESSAGE FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT WE OPPOSE THE ADMINISTRATION'S NEW MANDATORY CLIMATE CHANGE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. IN FEBRUARY, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED CREATING A NEW PROGRAM NICKNAMED THE 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN. THE AIM IS TO SPEND MONEY AND DIVERT TAXPAYER MONEY TO CARS, HIGH SPEED RAIL AND MAZZ TRANSIT IN THE NAME OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY. TO PAY FOR THE MAJORITY OF THIS UNLAWFUL $320 BILLION PROGRAM, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS PROPOSES A $10.25 ON EVERY BARREL OF OIL THIS NEW TAX ON CRUDE OIL AND PETROLEUM PRODUCTS WILL INEVITABLY BE PASSED ON TO HARDWORKING AMERICANS THAT CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER NEW TAX INCREASE FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE $10.25 BARREL TAX IS ESTIMATED TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL 25 CENTS TO THE COST OF EVERY GLISTEN OF GASOLINEFUL MILLIONS OF ENERGY RELATED JOBS WILL BE PUT AT RISK AND LOW INCOME FAMILIES WILL BE FORCED TO BEAR LARGER FINANCIAL BURDENS. AS A RESULT OF THIS UNNECESSARY TAX BEING PROPOSED TO PAY FOR OBAMA'S FLAWED CLIMATE CHANGE TRANSPORTATION POLICEMAN. IN THE 2017 BUM, THE AGENCY REQUESTED $1.3 BILLION FOR THIS YEAR AND $11.3 BILLION FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO FUND THE ADMINISTRATION'S 21ST CENTURY CLEAN ENERGY TRANSPORTATION PLAN. MY AMENDMENT REJECTS THE $10.25 CENT ON EVERY BARREL OF CRUDE OIL AND PROHIBITS FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR THE ADMINISTRATION'S FLAWED CLIMATE CHANGE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. THIS AMENDMENT IS SUPPORTED BY AMERICANS FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM, THE COUNCIL FOR CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE, THE NATIONAL TAXPAYER UNION, THE TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE, CONCERNED CITIZENS FOR AMERICA, ARIZONA CHAPTER, THE CATTLE GRERS ASSOCIATION AND THE SULFUR SPRINGS VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND RESERVE.

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  • 09:14:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK…

    DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:14:31 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:14:35 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:14:38 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    SOFT SPOT FOR ME HERE, THE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCKING INDUSTRIES, VITAL TO MY…

    SOFT SPOT FOR ME HERE, THE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCKING INDUSTRIES, VITAL TO MY AREA OF THE COUNTRY AND VITAL TO THE COUNTRY. IT'S LIFTING THE COUNTRY TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT TAKES AMERICA BACKWARD NOT FORWARD. THIS AMERICA SEEKS TO PROHIBIT FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT'S 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WHICH IS A FANTASTIC INITIATIVE WHICH WOULD SET AMERICA ON A LONG-TERM PATH TO ACHIEVING OUR ECONOMIC AND CLIMATE GOALS. I'M TELLING YOU, WHEN YOU SEE SOME OF WHAT'S BEING DONE WITH NEW MATERIAL SCIENCE, WITH NEW COMPOSITES, WITH METALS AND PLASTICS TECHNOLOGIES, I CAN GO FROM FORD'S ECOBOOST ENGINE TO CHRYSLER'S NEW VEHICLES, THE NEW PLANT BEING BUILT IN THE MEVT TO GENERAL MOTORS AND THEIR WONDERFUL WORK THEY'RE DOING AT BROOK PARK. ONE PLANT AFTER ANOTHER, YOU CAN SEE THE RESULTS OF INNOVATION, WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WORKING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS BRINGING THE FUTURE TO US EVERY DAY. THE 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN WOULD SCALE UP CLEAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CRITICAL FOR THE CLEAN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE. DID YOU KNOW THAT IN THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, WE STILL DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW FUEL ACTUALLY BURNS? THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS DOING WONDERFUL RESEARCH TO TRY TO HELP IMPORTANT COMPANIES LIKE CUMMINS ENGINE FIGURE OUT HOW FUEL IS USED IN -- IS USED IN THOSE ENGINES TO MAKE THEM MORE EFFICIENT. . WE NEED TO DEVELOP LOW-CARBON FUELS SUCH AS BIOFUELS. WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. INDUSTRY ALONE DOESN'T DO IT ALONE BECAUSE SOME OF THIS IS BASIC RESEARCH. WE ALSO ARE INVOLVED IN FUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL LOW-CARBON FUELING INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES, FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO PURCHASE THOSE, AND PUMPS FOR HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARS. YES, WE ARE INVENTING THE FUTURE AND YOU KNOW WHAT, IT FEELS PRETTY GOOD. FINALLY, IT WOULD INVESTIGATE FUTURE MOBILITY AND INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS LIKE VEHICLE CONNECTIVITY AND SELF-DRIVING CARS. LAST WEEK THE MOTOR MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION WAS UP HERE AND I WENT OVER TO THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE CITY, DROVE A PETER BUILT TRUCK WITH THE AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS THAT ARE JUST INCREDIBLE IN A VEHICLE THAT HAS CUBIC -- A RATIO OF ABOUT 480, I THINK, CUBIC INCHES TO THAT ENGINE. WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PIECE OF ENGINEERING THAT IS. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS ALWAYS DRIVING US INTO THE FUTURE AND THAT'S WHERE WE NEED TO GO. OUR NATION IS ALWAYS -- HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE LEADER ON INNOVATION AND SUSTAIN TO THIS PACE WE MUST CONTINUE TO INVEST IN PROGRAMS LIKE THE 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WHICH DRIVES OUR ECONOMY FORWARD. THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY AND ALL THE RELATED SUPPLIERS, INCLUDING TRUCKS, REPRESENT ABOUT ONE OUT OF EVERY SEVEN JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE ARE IN STIFF COMPETITION WITH MARKETS THAT ARE CLOSED, WITH MARKETS THAT TRY TO TARGET OUR INDUSTRY AND SNUFF THEM OUT OF EXISTENCE. I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE. I CO-CHAIR THE AUTOMOTIVE CAUCUS HERE, ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT DOES NOT TAKE US FORWARD BUT BACKWARD. I URGE -- I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT VERY, VERY STRONGLY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I'M SORRY, I WOULD BE PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 09:18:20 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTINGS. -- COMMENTS. GETTING BACK TO…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLELADY'S COMMENTINGS. -- COMMENTS. GETTING BACK TO THE AMENDMENT. I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN OFFERING THE AMENDMENT THAT THIS IS NOT THE TAX COMMITTEE, THAT ANY $10 TAX ON A BARREL OF OIL WOULD COME OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. COINT SEE THAT COMING OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS -- I DON'T SEE THAT COMING OUT OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. THE OTHER THING THAT I WOULD REMIND THE GENTLEMAN OF IS THAT THERE IS NO, I REPEAT, NO FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR THE PRESIDENT'S 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN. THE MANDATORY FUNDING THAT WAS PROPOSED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. THERE IS NO FUNDING IN THIS BILL FOR IT. SO THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING. IT STRIKES NO FUNDING. BECAUSE THERE IS NO FUNDING IN THIS BILL. AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING.

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  • 09:19:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT $20 BILLION OF THE ESTIMATED $32 BILLION…

    I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT $20 BILLION OF THE ESTIMATED $32 BILLION EACH YEAR FOR THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM WON'T GO TO ROADS OR BRIDGES.

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  • 09:19:14 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    BUT TO THESE INEFFICIENT PROGRAMS. I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO THE FUTURE WHERE…

    BUT TO THESE INEFFICIENT PROGRAMS. I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO THE FUTURE WHERE $19 TRILLION IN DEBT AND SOON TO BE $22 TRILLION AND $23 TRILLION AND $24 TRILLION IN DEVELOPMENT YES, I DO UNDERSTAND AS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S FISCAL YEAR BUDGET, THE AGENCY REQUESTED $1.3 BILLION FOR THIS YEAR AND $11.3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO FUND THE ADMINISTRATION'S 21ST CENTURY CLEAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN. WHILE THE BUDGET REQUEST THIS YEAR HAPPENED TO BE MANDATORY, NEXT YEAR IT COULD BE DISCRETIONARY. THE HOUSE HAS NOT TAKEN AN ACTION TODAY TO REJECT THE $10.25 TAX ON EVERY BARREL OF OIL AND TO THIS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED PROGRAM. MY AMENDMENT REJECTS THAT TAX INCREASE AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S NEW CLIMATE CHANGE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:20:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:20:37 PM

    >>

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:20:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PROVIDE A LOAN UNDER SECTION 136 OF THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007, 42 UNITED STATES CODE 17013.

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  • 09:20:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 09:21:02 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    I THANK THE CHAIR. I THINK WHAT I HAVE BEFORE ALL OF US IS A COMMONSENSE…

    I THANK THE CHAIR. I THINK WHAT I HAVE BEFORE ALL OF US IS A COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT, AND IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY VEHICLE MANUFACTURING LOAN PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST BUT THERE CAN BE NO ADDITIONAL LOANS. THE REASON THAT I DO SO IS WHEN I CAME AND OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT LAST YEAR, I HAD A CUTTING AMENDMENT LAST YEAR, BUT WHAT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME WAS THAT IF YOU CUT THE PROGRAM, THEN YOU WOULDN'T HAVE MONEY TO ADMINISTER THE EXISTING LOANS THAT WERE OUT THERE. SO AS A RESULT, I'VE ALTERED THIS AMENDMENT SO THAT, AGAIN, IT LEAVES IN PLACE THE APPROPRIATION WHICH IS MORE THAN $5 MILLION, SO THAT YOU CAN CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THE EXISTING LOANS THAT ARE IN PLACE, BUT THERE WOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL LOANS. WHY DO I THINK THAT THAT'S IMPORTANT? I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT REASONS. I THINK FROM A DEMOCRATIC STANDPOINT, WHAT WE WOULD SAY IS THAT WE ALL BELIEVE IN EQUALITY. AND THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE SUBSIDIZED LOANS FOR MAJOR CORPORATIONS, GLOBAL CORPORATIONS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, WHILE YOUR COUSIN'S PIZZA BUSINESS IS STRUGGLING OR YOUR FRIEND'S LANDSCAPING BUSINESS IS STRUGGLING. THEY DON'T GET SUBSIDIZED LOANS, WHY SHOULD A BIG BUSINESS? SO I THINK FROM A DEMOCRATIC STAND POINT, I THINK WE HOLD THAT BELIEF. FROM A REPUBLICAN STANDPOINT, WE'D SAY, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR THE TAXPAYER. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEFAULT RATE ON THESE LOANS, UNFORTUNATELY IT'S BEEN RELATIVELY HIGH. AND YOU'D SAY, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW THAT GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST -- IN THE BEST SPOT TO BE MAKING THESE KINDS OF LOANS TO BUSINESSES. I THINK THAT THAT ULTIMATELY IS THE ROLE NOT OF GOVERNMENT BUT OF BUSINESS. LET THEM DO WHAT THEY DO. I THINK FROM BOTH VAN TAGE POINT -- VANTAGE POINTS IT'S SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE. I WOULD ADD A COUPLE OF ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS AND THEN I WOULD YIELD. I'D SAY, ONE, THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY FIVE LOANS MADE SINCE 2007. THIS IS NOT A HUGE PROGRAM. THIS IS A VERY LIMITED PROGRAM. TWO, TWO OUT OF THE FIVE LOANS MADE SINCE 2007 IN FACT HAVE DEFAULTED. THAT'S A 40% DEFAULT RATE. I DON'T THINK THAT THAT'S THE KIND OF THING THAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE IN GOVERNMENT. THERE HAVE BEEN NO LOANS MADE SINCE 2011. AND THE G.A.O. CAME IN MARCH OF 2013 AND THEY SAID, THE COSTS OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM. THEY FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH ANOTHER G.A.O. REPORT IN MARCH OF 2014 AND THEY SAID THAT WE RECOMMEND SHUTTING DOWN THE PROGRAM UNLESS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY CAN SHOW REAL DEMAND FOR THE LOANS. AND THEN THEY FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A FINAL G.A.O. REPORT IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR AND IT SAID THAT THERE HADN'T BEEN A SUFFICIENT LEVEL OF DEMAND AND AS A CONSEQUENCE THEIR WORDS WERE THIS -- DETERMINING WHETHER FUNDS WILL BE USED IS IMPORTANT, PARTICULARLY IN A CONSTRAINED FISCAL ENVIRONMENT. CONGRESS SHOULD RESCIND UNUSED APPROPRIATIONS OR DIRECT THEM TO OTHER GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES. I THINK THE SIMPLE ISSUE WITH THIS LOAN PROGRAM IS THAT THERE COULD BE OTHER PRIORITIES, WHEREIN YOU TAKE THAT $4 BILLION OF LOAN AUTHORITY AND LET OTHER PARTS OF GOVERNMENT OR TURN IT BACK TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, USE THAT MONEY MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY. WITH THAT, I'D HANG ONTO THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:24:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TO BE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK TO BE RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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  • 09:24:14 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I'LL CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:24:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:24:29 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I JUST WANT TO STATE THAT -- I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO MAYBE LISTEN TO AND…

    I JUST WANT TO STATE THAT -- I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO MAYBE LISTEN TO AND MEMBERS THAT ARE LISTENING IN THIS TO GET THE IMPRESSION THAT WE'RE PUTTING MONEY IN FOR THE LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. THERE'S NO MONEY IN THE UNDERLYING BILL FOR THE ATVM ADDITIONAL NEW LOANS. THE ONLY MONEY IS THERE IS TO ADMINISTER THE EXISTING LOANS. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GENTLEMAN'S SAYING. I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN. AND I JUST DON'T WANT MEMBERS TO THINK THAT WE ARE PUTTING MONEY INTO THE PROGRAM WHEN WE'RE NOT. I WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:24:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:24:59 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    I VERY, VERY MUCH APPRECIATE WHAT THE CHAIRMAN POINTED OUT. AGAIN, THAT'S…

    I VERY, VERY MUCH APPRECIATE WHAT THE CHAIRMAN POINTED OUT. AGAIN, THAT'S WHY I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT SIMPLY TO SAY AND CODIFY THIS NOTION THAT WE WON'T GO FORWARD. THE MONEY'S IN THERE FOR EXISTINGED A MINUTE -- ADMINISTERING OF EXISTING LOANS. IT'S JUST SAYING THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO OUT AND ADMINISTER NEW ONES GIVEN THE OTHER NEEDS THAT EXIST WITHIN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR FUNDS LIKE THIS. AND WITH THAT, SINCE -- I'LL RETAIN THE BALANCE OF MY TIME IF I MIGHT.

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  • 09:25:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:25:35 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I'M SORRY, I MOVE TO STRIKE…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I'M SORRY, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

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  • 09:25:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:25:46 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    AMENDMENT, ANY PROPOSAL TO SUNSET THE ADVANCED VEHICLE MANUFACTURING…

    AMENDMENT, ANY PROPOSAL TO SUNSET THE ADVANCED VEHICLE MANUFACTURING PROGRAM OR LIMIT THE PIPELINE OF PROJECTS THAT MAY BE ELIGIBLE IS SHORT SIGHTED AND SHOULD BE REJECTED. WHY? FIRST, THE PROGRAM IS A CRITICAL ONE FOR THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY AND IS SUPPORT -- HAS SUPPORTED ITS RESURGENCE. THEY HAVE ISSUED MORE THAN $8 BILLION IN LOANS TO DATE, AND THESE LOANS HAVE RESULTED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MORE THAN FOUR MILLION FUEL-EFFICIENT ADVANCED VEHICLES, SUPPORTED APPROXIMATELY 35,000 DIRECT JOBS ACROSS EIGHT STATES, INCLUDING CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, MISSOURI, OHIO, KENTUCKY, NEW YORK, TENNESSEE, AND SAVED MORE THAN $1.35 MILLION GALLONS OF GASOLINE. NOT TOO BAD. THE SUCCESS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED WITH LOSSES OF ONLY APPROXIMATELY 2% OF A TOTAL PORTFOLIO OF $32 BILLION. FOR THE LOAN PROGRAM'S OFFICE. THAT'S A LOWER PERCENT THAN MOST BANKS HAVE ON THE LOANS THAT THEY MAKE. BUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS HIGHER LEVEL RESEARCH. HIGHER LEVEL INVESTMENTS IN TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE YET BEING BORN. WHY ELSE SHOULD WE REJECT THIS AMENDMENT? INSTITUTING AN ARBITRARY AND IMMEDIATE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS TO THIS PROGRAM WOULD RESULT IN THE DEPARTMENT LOSING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOAN AUTHORITY ITSELF. THE PROGRAM CURRENTLY HAS BILLIONS IN LOAN REQUESTS IN THE PIPELINE FROM BOTH AUTOMAKERS AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURERS FOR PROJECTS IN 10 STATES. THIRDLY, CAPPING THE PROGRAM OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS WILL HINDER THE DEPARTMENT'S ABILITY TO ISSUE NEW LOANS TO SUPPORT DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING OF ADVANCED VEHICLES, ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE ASKING THE INDUSTRY TO MEET RISING FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS. IT'S REALLY AMAZING WHAT'S BEEN DONE JUST IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. WHEN WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE VEHICLES COMING OUT, NOW WE'RE SEEING VEHICLES LIKE THE CRUZ, 33 -- CRUISE, 33 MILES A GALLON, SOME GOING UP TO 40, SOME UP TO 50. IT'S AMAZING WHAT'S HAPPENING. THE TRANSFORMATION THAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS INDUSTRY THAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH DIRECTLY. SO I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT BECAUSE I REALLY DO BELIEVE INNOVATION HAS ALWAYS LED US INTO THE FUTURE. THIS IS THE KIND OF PROGRAM THAT CAN PROVIDE THE CAPITAL NECESSARY TO EXPAND OUR DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING, WHEN SO MUCH OF IT IS BEING OFFSHORED, IT'S A MAJOR ISSUE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THIS YEAR, IN BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. HOW WE'RE GOING TO RESTORE MANUFACTURING IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO DO IT THROUGH INNOVATION, WE HAVE TO DO IT IN SECTORS THAT ARE MUSCLE SECTORS LIKE THE AUTOMOTIVE AND TRUCK INDUSTRY THAT ARE SO VITAL AND PRODUCE REAL WEALTH FOR THIS COUNTRY. NOT IMPORTED WEALTH, BUT WEALTH THAT WE PRODUCE OURSELVES THROUGH ALL THE COMPONENTRY, THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF COMPONENTS THAT GO INTO THESE VEHICLES AND THE FUEL EFFICIENCY THAT MAKES THEM COMPETITIVE IN THE MARKETPLACE OF TODAY. SO I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:28:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:28:52 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT MY COLLEAGUE SAID…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I WOULD AGREE WITH MUCH OF WHAT MY COLLEAGUE SAID JUST A MOMENT AGO. I THINK THAT INNOVATION IS INDEED THE GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE. BUT I WOULD ARGUE THAT GREAT INNOVATION HAS BEEN LED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, NOT BY LOAN GUARANTEES TO MAJOR CORPORATIONS. YOU THINK ABOUT STEVE JOBS AND HIS PARTNER OPENING UP THAT BUSINESS IN BASICALLY WHAT AMOUNTED TO A BASEMENT OF A HOUSE, THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. I THINK THAT SOME OF THE GREAT INNOVATIONS WILL COME FROM SMALL BUSINESSES THAT DON'T SEE THIS KIND OF FINANCIAL ADVANTAGE. TWO, I'D MAKE THE POINT THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT JUST HELPING AMERICAN COMPANIES. ONE OF THE LARGEST LOANS OUT THERE WAS TO MAZDA, WHICH IS NOT AN AMERICAN COMPANY. I MEAN, FORD IS, THAT'S ONE OF THE OTHER BIG LOANS, BUT MAZDA IS NOT. I WOULD PUT THIS UNDER THE LARGER CLASSIFICATION OF REAGAN'S WORD, THE CLOSEST THING TO ETERNAL LIFE IS A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS THAT HAS NOT PROVED SUCCESSFUL. AND I THINK IF THE -- IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE WEAN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, WE PRUNE THEM WHERE THEY DON'T MAKE SENSE. 40% IS IN FACT THE DEFAULT RATE. IF YOU ADD UP ALL THE NUMBERS, IT AMOUNTS TO 2%, BUT MOST PEOPLE IN WHEN THEY THINK OF DEFAULT AND WHAT THE AMERICAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION WOULD THINK OF WHEN THEY THINK OF DEFAULT IS DIVIDED BY THE NUMBER OF LOANS OUT THERE, WHAT PERCENT DEFAULTED AND THAT NUMBER HAPPENS TO BE A REAL 40%, NOT 2% OF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF THE TOTAL LOANS OUT THERE. FINALLY, I WOULD AGAIN GO BACK TO THIS SIMPLE POINT. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN WHAT THEY'VE SAID ON THE NEED FOR INNOVATION AND FOR REFORM, BUT I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE LED THROUGH A LOAN PROGRAM THAT HAS SEEN ANY NUMBER OF DEFAULTS IN THE PROCESS, THAT MONEY COULD BE REDEPLOYED TO EDUCATION AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER PRIMARY NEEDS IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT I'D YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:30:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:31:00 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:31:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERKRY -- WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:31:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING. NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO RESEARCH, DRAFT OR FINALIZE THE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING --

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  • 09:31:25 PM

    MR. BUCK

    I WAIVE READING.

  • 09:31:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MAINES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 09:31:41 PM

    MR. BUCK

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS AMENDMENT TO THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AN RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2017. THIS AMENDMENT RETURNS CHOICE TO CONSUMERS AND KEEPS THE PRICE OF PRODUCTS AFFORDABLE. THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM ISSUES EFFICIENCY REGULATIONS FOR EVERYDAY APPLIANCES LIKE DISH WASHERS AND VENDING MACHINES. THE RULES ARE BASED ON A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS BUT THE ANALYSIS IS VAGUE AND SKEWED TO THE DESIRED OUTCOME. RATHER THAN PROVING THE LIVE -- RATHER THAN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CONSUMERS THEY DRIVE UP COSTS OF APLINES. TO ADDRESS THE RISING COSTS AND CRACKDOWN ON CONSUMER CHOICE THIS AMENDMENT PROHIBITS ENERGY MANDATES ON RESIDENTIAL DISH WASHERS, CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS, AND VENDING MACHINES. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD HAVE THE CHOICE OF WHETHER OR NOT TO BUY THESE APPLIANCES. AS CONSUMER DEMAND FOR EFFICIENCY INCREASE THE MARKET WILL FIND A WAY TO PRODUCE APPLIANCES THAT SAVE MORE ENERGY. THIS AMENDMENT STOPS THE ADMINISTRATION FROM IMPLEMENTING THE RADICAL GREEN ENERGY AIR GENERAL DA ON THE BACKS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD A MINUTE OF TIME TO THE CHAIRMAN.

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  • 09:32:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:32:55 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD PROHIBIT THE USE OF FUNDS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PROPOSE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR CEILING FANS LIGHT TISSUE CEILING FAN LIGHT KITS, RESIDENTIAL DISH WASHERS AND VENDING MACHINES. THE LAW IN QUESTION ALLOWS FOR THE EXECUTIVE OVERREACH BY PRESCRIBING WHAT INDUSTRY AND CAN AND CANNOT SELL AND WHAT CONSUMERS CAN AND CANNOT BUY. THE INDUSTRY HAS CONCERNS ABOUT FORCING THESE REQUIREMENTS ON SOMETHING LIKE A DISHWASHER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. BUCK TEXAS I --

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  • 09:33:38 PM

    MR. BUCK

    I RESERVE.

  • 09:33:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:33:44 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. ONE MORE…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. ONE MORE INSTANCE WHERE THE MAJORITY IS SADDLING THE CONSUME WE ARE EVER-CRINESTING ENERGY BILLS. WE NOW HOW THE STANDARDS HAVE SAVED CONSUMERS MONEY OVER THE YEARS. I HAVE SOME FIGURES HERE THAT ARE INTERESTING. A TYPICAL HOUSE HOLE SAVES ABOUT $215 A YEAR OFF THEIR ENERGY AND PEOPLE REPLACE APPLIANCES WITH NEWER MODELS THEY CAN EXPECT TO SAVE MORE THAN $450 ANNUALLY. THE RESULTS OF THE STANDARDS IN EFFECT SINCE 1987 ARE EXPECTED TO GROW TO $2 TRILLION THROUGH 2030. INVENTION DOES MATTER AND THE APPLICATION OF THAT TO OUR DAILY LIVES REALLY MATTERS. THE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS HAVE SPURRED INNOVATION AND DRAMATICALLY EXPANDS OPTIONS FOR CONSUMERS. IT'S TIME TO LISTEN TO THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES, CONSUMER GROUPS AND EFFICIENCY ADVOCATES WHO ALL AGREE THIS RIDER IS HARMFUL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THE BUCK AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 09:34:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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  • 09:34:55 PM

    MR. BUCK

    I YIELD BECOME.

  • 09:34:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:35:16 PM

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    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:35:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:35:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MRS. BLACKBURN…

    NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MRS. BLACKBURN OF TENNESSEE.

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  • 09:35:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MAINES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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  • 09:35:41 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THAT AND I KNOW THAT THE COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THAT AND I KNOW THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS WORKED HARD TO GET A BILL THAT IS GOING TO COME INTO THE NUMBERS. UNFORTUNATELY, I DISAGREE WITH THE 1070 NUMBER THAT'S IN THE B.B.A. I LIKE THAT BUDGET CONTROL ACT NUMBER OF 1040. A $30 BILLION DIFFERENCE. DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS BUT I'LL TELL YOU, TO MY CONSTITUENTS WITH $19 TRILLION, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE FUNDING LEVEL OF THIS BILL IS $37.444 BILLION. AND I AM OFFERING AN AMENDMENT WHICH I OFFER EVERY YEAR TO OUR SPENDING BILLS TO CUT 1% ACROSS THE BOARD. THAT WOULD YIELD US $374 MILLION IN BUDGET AUTHORITY SAVINGS AND OUTLAYS A SAVINGS OF $222 MILLION. I KNOW IT DOESN'T SOUND A LOT. BUT IT IS SIMPLY TAKING ONE PENNY OUT OF EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS APPROPRIATED. AND THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, IS THE TYPE OF SCRIMPING AN SAVING THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE HAVING TO DO ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO MAKE THEIR BUDGETS WORK. AND I AM FULLY AWARE OF THE STRONG OPPOSITION THAT MANY HAVE TO MAKING THOSE 1% ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS. AS I'VE OFFERED THESE AMENDMENTS, MANY TIMES I AM TOLD THAT THE CUTS OF THIS MAGNITUDE GO FAR TOO DEEP, THAT THEY WOULD BE VERY DAMAGING TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY, BUT I KIND OF AGREE WITH CHAIRMAN -- JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF CHAIRMAN MULLIN WHO SAID THE GREATEST THREAT TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY IS OUR NATION'S DEBT. I THINK WE OUGHT NOT TO BE PUTTING FUTURE GENERATIONS AT RISK AND WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOWARD REDUCING WHAT OUR FEDERAL OUTLAYS ARE EVERY SINGLE YEAR AND WORKING TOWARD BALANCING THE BUDGET. IT MEANS, YES, WE HAVE TO GO IN AND CUT THAT PENNY OUT OF THE DOLLAR. AND SAVE IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO GET THIS NATION BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:37:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:38:07 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    I CLAIM TIME IN ON SATION TO THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT.

  • 09:38:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 09:38:12 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FOR HER CONSISTENCY. SHE ALWAYS HAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I COMMEND THE GENTLELADY FOR HER CONSISTENCY. SHE ALWAYS HAS THESE AMENDMENTS TO CUT 1% ACROSS THE BOARD ON OUT OF THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AND I APPRECIATE HER CONSISTENT WORK TO PROTECT THE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS, BUT THIS IS AN APPROACH THAT FRANKLY I CAN'T SUPPORT. WHILE THE PRESIDENT MAY HAVE PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT EXCEEDS THIS BILL THE INCREASES WERE PAID FOR WITH PROPOSALS AND GIMMICKS THAT WOULD NEVER BE ENACTED THIS BILL MAKES TOUGH CHOICES WITHIN AN ALLOCATION THAT ADHERES TO CURRENT LAW. THEY MAY NOT AGREE WITH CURRENT LAW BUT IT IS THE CURN LAW. THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO GO WITH. SINCE THERE WASN'T A BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSED, WHAT WE ENDED UP WITH IS THE CURRENT LAW AND THAT'S THE ALLOCATION WE HAD AND WHAT WE STAYED WITHIN. I DON'T THINK THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE GETS ENOUGH CREDIT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL GREERS THE WORK WE HAVE BEEN DOING IN REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TOTAL FEDERAL BUDGET AND THE AMOUNT OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND MANDATORY SPENDING, AT ONE TIME IT WAS ABOUT 2/3 DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND ONE THIRD MANDATORY SPENDING, 30 OR 40 YEARS AGO. THEN ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, IT WAS ONE THIRD DISCRETIONARY SPENDING AND 2/3 MANDATORY SPENDING. THAT'S MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, ENTITLEMENTS. SINCE WE'VE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE LAST FIVE YEAR, THAT ONE THIRD OF THE DISCRETIONARY -- THAT ONE THIRD OF THE BUDGET THAT'S DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IS ABOUT 28% NOW. IT CONTINUES TO GO DOWN AS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE ENTIRE BUDGET WE CUT DISCRETIONARY SPENDING MORE AND MORE. WE MADE DIFFICULT TRADEOFFS THAT HAD TO BE MADE IN THIS BILL TO BALANCE IT WITH OUR NEEDS. WE PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. THESE TRADEOFFS WERE CAREFULLY WEIGHED FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE IMPACTS AND OUR RE-- AND ARE RESPONSIBLE, YET THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT PROPOSES AN ACROSS THE BOARD CUT ON EVERY ONE OF THESE PROGRAMS, EVEN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE PROGRAMS WHICH ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT. THIS MAKES NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN WHERE WE NEED TO BE SPENDING TO INVEST IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE JOBS AND MEET OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS, LIKE MEETING THE OHIO CLASS SUBMARINE DATES SO WE CAN GET THE OHIO CLASS SUBMARINE DONE SO WE CAN DO THE REFURBISHMENT OF OUR NUCLEAR STOCKPILE SO WE CAN DO THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE SIDE OF THIS BUDGET. IT MAKES NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN THOSE AND WHERE WE NEED TO LIMIT SPENDING TO MEET OUR DEFICIT REDUCTION BILLS. THEREFORE I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:40:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:40:51 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    INDEED THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DOES DESERVE SOME CREDIT BUT ALSO…

    INDEED THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DOES DESERVE SOME CREDIT BUT ALSO PASSING THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT WITH THE % ACROSS THE BOARD SPEND REGULAR DUCKS IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING, THAT DESERVES SOME CREDIT ALSO. BECAUSE IT SHOWS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WHAT THOSE CUTS CAN DO. GOVERNORS USE THIS, DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ALIKE. THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEIR STATES HAVE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND THEY CAN'T CRANK UP THE PRINTING PRESS AND PRINT THE MONEY. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A STEP TOWARD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, GET INSIDE, CUT ONE MORE PENNY OUT OF A DOLLAR. WE CAN DO THAT ON EVERY APPROPRIATION WE HAVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:41:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:41:41 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:41:50 PM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    QUESTION IF A -- I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

    UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:42:18 PM

    >>

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SMITH OF MISSOURI. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. SMITH OF MISSOURI. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING. NONE OF THE NUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO IMPLEMENT, ENFORCE THE LAST FOUR WORDS OF SECTION A-1 OF TITLE 31 UNITED STATES CODE WITH RESPECT TO CREVASSING THE BIRDS POINT FLOODWAY OPERATION PLAN.

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  • 09:42:50 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LOSE -- RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSERES. LOSE -- RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MAINES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SMITH.

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  • 09:43:00 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN MAY OF 2011, UNDER THE STRONG OBJECTIONS OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN MAY OF 2011, UNDER THE STRONG OBJECTIONS OF NUMEROUS FOLKS IN SOVIET MISSOURI AND MY PREDECESSOR, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS BLEW, ACTIVATED THE BIRDS POINT LEVEE, THE SECOND TIME SINCE 1937. THIS RESULTED IN EXTENSIVE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE, OVER $156 MILLION OF DAMAGE, FLOODING OVER 130,000 ACRES. IN THAT PLACE HOMES AND COMMUNITIES WERE COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND CROPS WERE LOST. AFTER THE WATER RECEDED, MANY RESIDENTS SIMPLY CHOSE NOT TO EVER RETURN HOME AND BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT LIVED THERE FOR NUMEROUS GENERATIONS. WE HAD ONE COMMUNITY, A SMALL TOWN CALLED PENHOOK IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY IN THE BOOT HILL, NO LONGER EXISTS. AFTER THE ACTIVATION. OF THAT FLOODWAY. THE AMENDMENT THAT I HAVE TODAY IS QUITE SIMPLE. IT SAYS WHEN AN ACTIVATION OF THE BIRDS POINT LEVEE OCCURS, WE MUST BUILD IT BACK. NOT ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN IF THERE IS AN ACTIVATION, THE GOVERNMENT MUST BUILD IT BACK. IF THEY DESTROY A COMMUNITY, BY ACTIVATING AND BLOWING UP A LEVEE, THEY MUST BUILD IT BACK. THE AMENDMENT IS EXTREMELY SIMPLE. HAD FAMILIES IN THE BIRDS POINT FLOODWAY HAD THE ASSURANCE THAT A PLAN WAS ALREADY IN PLACE, PERHAPS THEY WOULD HAVE CHOSEN TO RETURN BACK TO THEIR HOME FOR GENERATIONS. WHEN RIVER LEVELS RISE, SAFETY IS ALWAYS THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN BUT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS SHOULD NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, BREACH A LEVEE WITHOUT ALREADY HAVING IN PLACE PLANS FOR ITS RESTORATION, ALLOWING FOR RESIDENTS TO RETURN TO THEIR LIVES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I URGE MY CLOGES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND GIVE ASSURANCE TO AMERICAN WHO LIVE IN FLOOD WAYS THAT THEIR HOMES AND LIVELIHOODS MATTER AND TO REMOVE ANY UNCERTAINTY THAT SHOULD THE WORST HAPPEN THEIR LIVES CAN RETURN TO NORMAL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:45:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:45:24 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    FIRST LET ME ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN. I UNDERSTAND HIS CONCERNS AND…

    FIRST LET ME ASSURE THE GENTLEMAN. I UNDERSTAND HIS CONCERNS AND APPRECIATE HIS PASSION FOR PROTECTING HIS CONSTITUENTS. I AGREE THAT IF THE FLOODWAY IS REQUIRED TO BE OPERATED IN A MAJOR FLOOD EVENT THE LEVEE SHOULD BE RESTORED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE FLOOD EVENT. THE COMMITTEE REPORT ON THIS BILL MAKES THAT VERY POINT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE AMENDMENT AND THE IMPACTS OF IT ARE NOT CLEAR. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE AMENDMENT WOULD ACTUALLY INCREASE FLOOD RISK FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES PROJECT AREA. . I MUST OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I WOULD BE HAPPEN TOY PI TO YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS -- HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 09:46:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. BOAST BOAST THANK YOU. I HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. BOAST BOAST THANK YOU. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR --

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  • 09:46:15 PM

    MR. BOST

    THANK YOU. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. I…

    THANK YOU. I HAVE TREMENDOUS RESPECT FOR THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI. I WHANDS HE'S TRYING TO DO. IF THE LEVY -- LEVEE DOES OCCUR, IT SHOULD BE BUILT BACK. BUT WHEN YOU REATED LANGUAGE, THE CONCERN WE HAVE IS THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY STOP THE ACTIVATION OF THE LEVY IN THE -- LEVEE IN THE FIRST PLACE. UNDERSTAND, WHEN THESE LEVEES WERE FIRST BUILT, THERE WERE CERTAIN KEY POINTS THAT WERE PRESSURE RELEASED VALVES. THE POINT WAS ONE OF THOSE. SO AS IT RISES, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS EXPLAINED THROUGH A PROCESS OF WHEN TO GO IN AND WHEN WE SAY CREVICE, WE MEAN WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY PUT EXPLOSIVE CHARGES INTO THE LEVEE TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE SO THAT OTHER AREAS -- THIS IS THE WAY THE SYSTEM WAS BUILT. IT WAS A DESIGN BY ENGINEERS TO WORK THIS WAY ORIGINALLY. THE CONCERN THAT WE HAVE IS NOT WITH THE FACT THAT IT SHOULD BE BUILT BACK, BECAUSE I AGREE WITH THE GENTLEMAN, IT SHOULD BE BUILT BACK, BUT THE WAY THE LANGUAGE ACTUALLY READS, WE'RE NOT SURE THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY STOP THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FROM DOING WHAT IT IS THAT THEY'RE REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO AND THAT IS TO USE THAT PRESSURE RELEASE VALVE IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY. IT IS TRUE, WE'VE ONLY HAD TO USE IT TWICE SINCE THOSE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE. IT IS A SAD THING WHEN IT OWE CURSE. IT FLOODS -- OCCURS. IT FLIEDS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CROP LAND AND -- FLOOD AS TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF CROP LAND. BECAUSE IT HAD NOT BEEN OPERATED IN SO LONG, PEOPLE BUILT HOMES IN THERE. NOW, THAT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY BUILT THEM IN THAT SITUATION. BUT WE CANNOT ENDANGER ALL OTHER AREAS FOR PUTTING LANGUAGE LIKE THIS FORWARD. I'M MORE THAN WILLING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLEMAN ON TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS LANGUAGE S CORRECT, WE JUST COULDN'T DO THAT AT THIS TIME AND WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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  • 09:47:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    MR. SIMPSON

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 09:48:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT IS VERY CLEAR. IT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT IS VERY CLEAR. IT DOES ONE SIMPLE THING. IT MEANS IF THE ACTIVATION OF THIS LEVEE EVER OCCURS, THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OBLIGATED TO REBUILD IT. IT'S A LIMITING AMENDMENT THAT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR. IT PROVIDES THAT IF THERE IS AN ACTIVATION, THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS OBLIGATED TO BUILD IT BACK. SIMPLE AS IT IS. MAKING SURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS ACTIONS. I ASK THE BODY TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:48:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN YIELD BACK?

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:48:51 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I ASK FOR A ROLL CALL.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:49:07 PM

    >>

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 09:49:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

  • 09:49:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WARBG OF NORTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE BILL,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WARBG OF NORTH CAROLINA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, A, AMOUNTS OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT FOR THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ARE HEREBY REDUCED BY THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS. ONE, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, $400,000.

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  • 09:49:30 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I ASK FOR DISPENSING WITH THE READING OF THE BILL.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READ SOMETHING SUSPENDED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READ SOMETHING SUSPENDED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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  • 09:49:43 PM

    MR. WALKER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL INCLUDES OVER $9 BILLION IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL INCLUDES OVER $9 BILLION IN APPROPRIATIONS FOR 22 NONDEFENSE PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW. NONE OF THESE PROGRAMS RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $185 MILLION MORE THAN THEY'RE ENACTED DIRE THEIR ENACTED 2016 LEVEL. SEVERAL OF THESE PROGRAMS HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED SINCE THE 1980'S AND ONE HAS NEVER BEEN ALTOGETHER RIDSED BY CONGRESS. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE UNAUTHORIZED NONDEFENSE ACCOUNTS FOR THE 2016 LEVEL -- TO THE 2016 LEVELS. IT WOULD ALSO CUT AROUND $185 MILLION AND SEND THAT MONEY TO THE SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT. IN A TIME WHEN WE AS A NATION ARE APPROACHING MORE THAN -- OR CLOSE TO $20 TRILLION IN DEBT, WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO FUND UNAUTHORIZED ACCOUNTS IN OUR APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC NATION. AND THE MEN AND WOMEN SEND THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY NOT TO SLIP UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS IN APPROPRIATIONS BILLS, BUT TO HAVE AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON OUR FUNDING PRIORITIES. FURTHERMORE, THE INCLUSION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE REPORTED BILL IS A VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 21 OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. I APPLAUD REPRESENTATIVE TOM MCCLINTOCK AND CONFERENCE CHAIR MCMORRIS RODGERS FOR THEIR SIGNIFICANT WORK TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORIZED APPROPRIATIONS AND WORK TOWARD A SOLUTION SO THAT THE HOUSE ACTUALLY ENFORCES ITS RULES. THIS YEAR'S ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS INCLUDES OVER $1 BILLION IN APPROPRIATIONS AND SIX MORE UNAUTHORIZED PROGRAMS THAT THE HOUSE DID PASS IN THE 2016 ENERGY AND WATER BILL FROM LAST YEAR. IF WE WANT TO FUND A PROGRAM, WE SHOULD HAVE AN OPEN DEBATE AND A TRANSPARENT PROCESS THAT ROW MOTES TRUST AND ACCOUNTABILITY. WITH THAT I -- PROMOTES TRUST AND ACCOUNTABILITY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:51:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES ANYONE SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO.

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  • 09:51:29 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I SEEK TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS IN THE BILL. THIS YEAR THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND WE HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO THAT END. FOR EXAMPLE, THE NUCLEAR AND FOSSIL PROGRAMS SEE MODEST INCREASES IN THE BILL TO CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT FOR AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. BASIC RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE INCREASED BY LESS THAN 1% TO SUPPORT RESEARCH AND OPERATION EFFORTS TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS AND AT THE NATION'S NATIONAL LABORATORIES SYSTEM. PROGRAMS TO CLEAN UP THE LEGACY OF THE MANHATTAN PROJECT AND NUCLEAR RESEARCH ALSO SEE MINOR INCREASES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CLEANUP PROGRESS AT SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE ARE TARGETED FUNDS TO PRODUCE NEEDED INVESTMENTS TO EFFICIENTLY AND SAFELY UTILIZE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, MAINTAIN THE NATION'S BASIC RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND CONTINUE CLEANUP OF PROGRAMS. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUE'S DESIRE TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BUT THIS AMENDMENT GOES TOO FAR IN REDUCING THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS WE NEED TO MAKE IN OUR FUTURE. I THEREFORE OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME. AND WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

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  • 09:52:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ALSO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ALSO OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WILL REDUCE JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY AND HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS. THERE WILL BE LESS INVESTMENT IN SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP, ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, ALL OF WHICH CREATE THE FUTURE IN THIS COUNTRY AND HAVE SUBSTANTIAL RETURNS ON INVESTMENT. SINCE 2003, BY THE WAY, THE UNITED STATES HAS SPENT $2.3 TRILLION ON IMPORTING FOREIGN PETROLEUM. THIS IS A VAST SHIFT OF WEALTH. THAT'S THE BIG SHIFT OF WEALTH. AND THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF JOBS FROM OUR COUNTRY ELSEWHERE. THIS AMENDMENT ONLY EXACERBATES THIS SHIFT OF WEALTH FROM THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. THE BILL FUNDS SUPPORT IN SCIENCE AND R&D ACTIVITIES NECESSARY FOR OUR COMPETITIVENESS. THE WORLD IS BECOMING MORE COMPETITIVE, NOT LESS. ENERGY IS AT THE CENTER OF THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS AMENDMENT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:53:40 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:53:46 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING.

  • 09:53:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS AN IMPORTANT PROVINCE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND NORMALLY I SUPPORT IT. BUT I SUPPORT IT IF IT HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED. THE PROGRAMS THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA HAVE IDENTIFIED HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED. THEREFORE, IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA BE SUPPORTED IN HIS AMENDMENT TO JUST REDUCE THEM TO THE AMOUNT THAT GETS US TO FLAT FUNDING. FLAT FUNDING IS A REASONABLE REQUEST FOR PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT AUTHORIZED. LET'S GET THOSE PROGRAMS RE-AUTHORIZED IF THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND THE CONGRESS WANTS. AND LET'S DO IT IN A WAY THAT MAKES SURE THESE PROGRAMS ARE AUTHORIZED IN A WAY THAT RECOGNIZES 21ST CENTURY PRIORITIES. THAT SHOULD HAPPEN AT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE LEVEL. IF IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AT THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE LEVEL, A COUPLE OF THINGS ARE WROONG. EITHER THE AUTHORIZING -- WRONG. EITHER THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE DOESN'T HAVE ITS HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL, OR THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE THINKS THERE NEEDS TO BE CHANGES THAT CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED IF THE APPROPRIATORS KEEP INCREASING THE FUNDING. THE INCENTIVE FOR THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEE COMES WHEN THESE PROGRAMS ARE FLAT FUNDED. WE SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING PROGRAMS WITH INCREASES THAT ARE NO LONGER AUTHORIZED. THIS IS A PROBLEM THROUGHOUT GOVERNMENT, IT'S A WAY TO SAVE MONEY IN A GOVERNMENT THAT IS $19 TRILLION IN DEBT, AND I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR HIS CONSCIENTIOUS, CAREFUL, THOUGHTFUL, REASONED AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:55:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. WALKER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. SIMPLY ROLLS BACK OR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. SIMPLY ROLLS BACK OR REDUCES UNAUTHORIZED NONDEFENSE ACCOUNTS TO THE 2016 LEVELS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:56:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 09:56:10 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. SIMPSON

    LET ME RESPONDS AND TELL THE STORY AGAIN. WE'VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THIS…

    LET ME RESPONDS AND TELL THE STORY AGAIN. WE'VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH THIS ONCE TONIGHT, ABOUT AUTHORIZES -- AUTHORIZATIONS. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD FUND ANY PROGRAM THAT ISN'T AUTHORIZED. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD FLAT FUND IT OR FUND IT. BUT THAT'S UNFORTUNATELY WHAT THE APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE ENDS UP DOING, BECAUSE THE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES AREN'T DOING THEIR DAMAGE JOB. THEY'RE NOT GETTING OUT AND RE-AUTHORIZING THE PROGRAMS. ONE YEAR, AND I WILL TELL THE STORY AGAIN, I'LL TELL IT AGAIN AND AGAIN, I SUSPECT, AS WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS, WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE INTERIOR COMMITTEE, BECAUSE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AT THAT TIME HAD NOT BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED FOR 23 YEARS. 23 YEARS. I TOOK ALL FUNDING FOR LISTING OF ENDANGERED SPECIES AND DESIGNATION OF CRITICAL HABITAT OUT OF THE BILLS. ZERO FUNDSED IT. WE BROUGHT THE BILL TO THE FLOOR. THE BIGGEST SUPPORTER OF MY AMENDMENT OR OF MY BILL, AND OPPONENT TO THE AMENDMENT TO PUT FUNDING IN IT FOR THOSE PURPOSES WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE. IT'S THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. BUT HE SUPPORTED MY AMENDMENT AND AFTER ALL OF THAT, GUESS WHAT? THEY STILL HAVEN'T RE-AUTHORIZED THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.

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  • 09:57:31 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

  • 09:57:33 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    SURE.

  • 09:57:34 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    THIS YEAR THE LAND, WATER CONSERVATION FUND EXPIRED IN ITS AUTHORIZATION…

    THIS YEAR THE LAND, WATER CONSERVATION FUND EXPIRED IN ITS AUTHORIZATION ON SEPTEMBER 30. IN OCTOBER WE BEGAN RE-AUTHORIZING THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. AND REFORMING IT TO GET IT BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL INTENT. AND BEFORE WE COULD COMPLETE THE PROCESS, THE APPROPRIATORS INCREASED FUNDING AND RE-AUTHORIZED IT FOR THREE YEARS. WE CAN'T GET THE REFORMS WE NEED WHEN APPROPRIATORS CONTINUE TO APPROPRIATE. THE BURDEN SHOULD BE ON THE AUTHORIZERS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:58:13 PM

    MR. SIMPSON

    YES, I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY, THE BURDEN SHOULD BE ON THE AUTHORIZERS…

    YES, I AGREE WITH THE GENTLELADY, THE BURDEN SHOULD BE ON THE AUTHORIZERS AND THEY SHOULD DO THEIR JOB AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAMS. I STILL HAVEN'T SEEN THE RE-AUTHORIZATION FOR THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND. THAT WAS LAST YEAR. I STILL HAVEN'T SEEN IT. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE RE-AUTHORIZATIONS FOR ANY OF THE PROGRAMS. THE WHOLE STATE DEPARTMENT -- I'VE YIELDED. THE WHOLE STATE DEPARTMENT IS UNAUTHORIZED. WHAT'S THE RE-AUTHORIZATION? -- WHERE'S THE RE-AUTHORIZATION? WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO DO? WE WILL ELIMINATE ABOUT 2/3 OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, NOW, SOME PEOPLE MIGHT LIKE THAT, BUT WE WOULD ELIMINATE ABOUT 2/3 OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IF WE SAID WE'RE NOT GOING TO FUND ANY OF THE FEDERAL PROGRAMS. SO IT'S A DEBATE THAT GOES ON. I AGREE WITH CONGRESSMAN MCCLINTOCK. WE'VE GOT TO FIND A WAY AROUND THIS. WE'VE GOT TO FIND A WAY TO ADDRESS THE RE-AUTHORIZATION ISSUE WITHOUT SCREWING UP THE WHOLE APPROPRIATION PROCESS. AND I THINK WE CAN DO THAT IF REASONABLE PEOPLE SIT DOWN AND TRY TO FIND OUT A WAY AROUND THIS. I THINK THAT EVERY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OUGHT TO SIT DOWN WITH LEADERSHIP AT THE START OF A SESSION AND SAY, THIS IS MY FIVE-YEAR PLAN, AND THESE ARE ALL OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE UNAUTHORIZED UNDER MY JURISDICTION. THIS IS MY FIVE HAD BEEN YEAR -- FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO GET THEM RE-AUTHORIZED AND THEY OUGHT TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT WORK PLAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 09:59:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 09:59:39 PM

    MR. WALKER

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 09:59:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:59:55 PM

    >>

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

  • 09:59:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA. AT THE END OF THE BILL,…

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA. AT THE END OF THE BILL, BEFORE THE SHORT TITLE, INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION, NONE OF THE FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE BY THIS ACT MAY BE USED TO PURCHASE HEAVY WATER FROM IRAN.

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  • 10:00:17 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    MR. SPEAKER, THE IRAN DEAL REQUIRES IRAN --

  • 10:00:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 743, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AND A MEMBER OPPOSE EACHED WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. .

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  • 10:00:31 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    THE JCPOA REQUIRES IRAN TO CAP ITS STOCKPILES OF HEAVY WATER, DOESN'T…

    THE JCPOA REQUIRES IRAN TO CAP ITS STOCKPILES OF HEAVY WATER, DOESN'T REQUIRE THE U.S. TO SUBSIDIZE OR PURCHASE THAT HEAVY WATER THSMS A SIMPLE FUNDING LIMITATION AMENDMENT TO AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL. IT'S SIMILAR TO LANGUAGE USED THROUGHOUT THE BILL. IT'S A MATTER CLEARLY RELATED TO THE USE OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS. I LISTEN TO THIS DEBATE IN THE SENATE AND PEOPLE SAID, WE HAVE TO SPEND U.S. TAX DOLLARS ON GETTING HEAVY WATER, OTHERWISE IRAN WILL SELL TOYOTA NORTH KOREA, BUT UNDERSTAND, IT'S ALREADY AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LAW TO SHIP HEAVY WATER TO NORTH KOREA, SO FOR IRAN WERE TO DECIDE TO DO THAT AND VIOLATE THOSE ANXIOUSES, WE HAVE AY BIGGER POLICY ISSUES THAN SIMPLY HEAVY WATER PURCHASES. IT WOULD CALL INTO QUESTION THE ENTIRE IRAN DEAL. SO INSTEAD OF SUPPRESSING A LIST OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION OF ROGUE NATION, PURCHASING IRAN'S HEAVY WITHOUTER WOULD STUBSDIES THEIR NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM AND ALLOW THEM TO UP PAIR CAPACITY TO MAKE DASH FOR NUCLEAR PROGRAMS. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:01:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO.

  • 10:01:49 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

  • 10:01:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS PROVISION DOESN'T BELONG ON THIS…

    I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS PROVISION DOESN'T BELONG ON THIS PROPINGS BILL. IT'S AN ISSUE BEST CONSIDERED BY THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT FROM SPENDING ANY FISCAL 2017 FUNDS TO PURCHASE HEAVY WATER, PRODUCED IN IRAN, AND WOULD UNDERMINE THE IRAN DEAL. THIS TRANSACTION PROVIDES THE UNITED STATES INDUSTRY WITH A CRITICAL PRODUCT WHILE ENABLING IRAN TO SELL SOME OF ITS EXCESS HEY WATER AS CONTEMPLATED IN THE AGREEMENT AND FURTHER ENSURING THAT THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT BE USED TO DEVELOP A NUCLEAR WEAPON. WHICH IS THE OBJECTIVE THAT WE ALL SOUGHT WHEN WE SUPPORTED THE AGREEMENT. HEAVY WATER IS NEEDED HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. WE STOPPED PRODUCING IT IN 1988. AND NOW BUY WHAT WE NEED FROM INDIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES. A PORTION OF THIS HEAVY WATER WILL BE USED AS A NEUTRON SOURCE AT OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY AND BY MANUFACTURES FOR FIBEROPTIC CABLE, M.R.I. MACHINES AND SEMICONDUCTORS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, U.S. PURCHASE OF THIS HEAVY WATER PREVENTS IRAN FROM SELLING IT TO THOSE WHO WOULD CHOOSE TO USE IT FOR THE WRONG REASON. AS I STATED, I OBJECT TO THIS AMENDMENT AS PROPOSED AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE DESANTIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 10:03:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 10:03:20 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    IT'S INTERESTING, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE IRAN DEAL. WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION…

    IT'S INTERESTING, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE IRAN DEAL. WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN DOING, THEY'VE GONE BEYOND THE CONCESSIONS IN THE IRAN DEAL. IF YOU LOOK AT GIVING ACCESS NOW TO DOLLARIZE TRANSACTIONS, THEY SAID THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO AMERICAN FBSRBLE SYSTEM BUT IRAN WILL HAVE INDIRECT ACCESS TO THE AMERICAN DOLLAR, THAT WAS NEVER CALLED FOR BY THE IRAN DEAL. THAT'S A CONCESSION. NOR DOES THE DEAL REQUIRE TAOS SPEND AMERICAN TAXPAYER FUNDS TO ESSENTIALLY INJECTION THAT INTO THE IRANIAN REGIME AND SUBSIDIZE A NUCLEAR PROGRAM. I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMENDMENT. I THINK OUR MEMBERS SHOULD VOTE FOR IT. I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:03:59 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN HAS ALL THE TIME REMAINING.

  • 10:04:06 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    I YIELD PACK.

  • 10:04:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN CANNED, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 -- RATHER PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT BY MR. WEBER OF TEXAS, AMENDMENT BY MR. ELLISON OF MINNESOTA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 BY MR. FARR OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT BY MR. GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 BY MR. PITTENGER FROM NORTH CAROLINA, AMENDMENT BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA, AMENDMENT BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS, AMENDMENT BY MR. MALONEY, NEW YORK, AS AMENDED. AMENDMENT BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA, AMENDMENT 14 BY MRS. BLACKBURN OF TENNESSEE, AMENDMENT BY MR. SMITH OF MISSOURI, AMENDMENT BY MR. WALKER OF NORTH CAROLINA, AMENDMENT BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA. THE CHAIR RILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE OF THE SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WITHIN POSTPONED AN ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:06:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY

  • 10:06:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF A RECORDED VOTE…

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

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  • 10:28:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE --

  • 10:29:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 158, THE NAYS ARE 260679 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT --…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 158, THE NAYS ARE 260679 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT -- 260. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON BY THE -- ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:29:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. ELLISON OF MINNESOTA.

  • 10:29:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:33:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 174, THE NAYS ARE 245, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 174, THE NAYS ARE 245, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT DOTTED -- IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:34:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, OFFERED BY MR. FARR OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:34:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:37:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 189. THE NAYS ARE 228. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 189. THE NAYS ARE 228. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:37:45 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. GARAMENDI OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 10:37:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:40:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 126, THE NAYS ARE 293. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 126, THE NAYS ARE 293. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PITTENGERER, ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOITS VOTE.

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  • 10:40:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 OFFERED BY MR. PITTENGER OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

    FAVOR OF THE RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

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

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  • 10:43:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    HAVE ALL MEMBERED VOTED.

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 192. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 192. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 10:44:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:46:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 188. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 188. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:47:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:50:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 206, THE NAYS ARE 213. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 206, THE NAYS ARE 213. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MALONEY, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICHES NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:50:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. MALONEY OF NEW YORK AS AMENDED.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:53:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 195. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 223, THE NAYS ARE 195. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNES, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:54:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFER BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:56:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 186. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 186. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 114 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:57:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 14 PRINTED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD OFFERED BY MS. PLAQUE BURN OF TENNESSEE.

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  • 10:57:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

    -- MS. BLANK BURN OF TENNESSEE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:00:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 158, THE YEAS ARE 258, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 158, THE YEAS ARE 258, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR THE RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SMITH, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POST-POBED, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:00:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:03:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 119, THE NAYS ARE 00. THE -- ARE 00. THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 119, THE NAYS ARE 00. THE -- ARE 00. THE AMENDMENT -- ARE 300. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPT. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. WALKER ORANGE WHICH FURTHER PROCEED WRGS POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:03:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. WALKER OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:06:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 128, THE NAYS ARE 291. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 128, THE NAYS ARE 291. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREE -- IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED, ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:07:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA.

  • 11:07:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:09:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 251, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE AMENDMENT IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 251, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ.

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  • 11:10:05 PM

    THE CLERK

    THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED…

    THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATION ACT 2017.

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  • 11:10:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MOVE THAT THE -- MADAM CHAIR, I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

  • 11:10:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 11:10:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5055 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 11:11:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5055 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION TO INSTRUCT ON SENATE BILL 2012 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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  • 11:11:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES, OFFERED BY MR. GRIJALVA OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    MOTION TO INSTRUCT, MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE.…

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

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  • 11:17:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 205 AND THE NAYS ARE 212. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 205 AND THE NAYS ARE 212. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL APPOINT CONFEREES ON SENATE BILL 2012 AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:17:47 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    25, 2016, AND I MISSED THE FOLLOWING ROLL CALL VOTES. ROLL CALL VOTE…

    25, 2016, AND I MISSED THE FOLLOWING ROLL CALL VOTES. ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 238, I WOULD HAVE VOTED AYE. ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 237, I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. ROLL CALL VOTE 236, I WOULD HAVE VOTED YES. ROLL CALL VOTE 235 I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. ROLL CALL VOTE 234, I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. ROLL CALL VOTE 233, I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. ROLL CALL VOTE 232, I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. AND ON ROLL CALL VOTE 231 I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS BE PLACED APPROPRIATELY IN THE RECORD.

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  • 11:18:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S STATEMENTS WILL BE MADE A PART OF THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S STATEMENTS WILL BE MADE A PART OF THE RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:18:39 PM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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  • 11:18:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

  • 11:18:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 751, RESOLUTION RELATING TO…

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 751, RESOLUTION RELATING TO CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2577, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELTED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 11:19:17 PM

    E REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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  • 11:19:26 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    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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  • 11:19:56 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM S. STUCKEY JR.'S…

    I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM S. STUCKEY JR.'S 81ST BIRTHDAY TODAY. BORN IN 1935 IN EASTMAN, GEORGIA, HE ATTENDED THE GEORGIA MILITARY ACADEMY AND GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IN 1956. FOR GEORGIANS, HE'S MOST KNOWN FOR HIS TIME SPENT IN CONGRESS FROM 1967 TO 1977, SERVING THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA AND LATER THE NINTH DISTRICT. HE WENT TO GREAT LENGTH TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT AIDED COASTAL GEORGIA'S ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE, INCLUDING A BILL THAT MADE CUMBERLAND ISLAND A NATIONAL SEA SHORE BY THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.

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  • 11:20:38 PM

    MR. CARTER

    THANKS TO MR. STUCKEY THE ISLAND IS AN IMPRESSIVE WELL PRESERVED AND…

    THANKS TO MR. STUCKEY THE ISLAND IS AN IMPRESSIVE WELL PRESERVED AND SECLUDED MARITIME FORCE THAT AMAZES VISITORS EACH YEAR. ANOTHER ENVIRONMENTAL BILL PASSED BY MR. STUCKEY MADE THE SWAMP A FEDERALLY PROTECTED WILDERNESS AND CREATED TRAILS THAT VISITORS WALK ALONG TODAY. I WANT TO THANK MR. STUCKEY FOR HIS SERVICE TO GEORGIA AND WISH HIM A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:21:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:21:07 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE, UNANIMOUS CONSENT, FOR ONE…

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

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  • 11:21:14 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:21:17 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE GO HOME FOR THE MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION, MEMORIAL DAY…

    MADAM SPEAKER, AS WE GO HOME FOR THE MEMORIAL COMMEMORATION, MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION TO HONOR THE FALLEN IN BATTLE, AS WE GO HOME TO COMMEMORATE THE NEXT STEP IN THE LIVES OF MANY OF THE GRADUATES IN OUR DISTRICTS, IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT WE HAVE NOT COMPLETED OUR WORK ON THE FULL FUNDING TO FIGHT THE ZIKA VIRUS CRISIS AND RESPOND TO THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST FOR $1.9 BILLION. BEFORE I LEFT MY DISTRICT ON MONDAY, WE HAD A MAJOR PRESS CONFERENCE WITH THE MAYOR, THE COMMUNITY COMMISSIONER, THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DOCTORS AND OTHERS, PRESS -- EXPRESSING THEIR APPREHENSION AND CONCERN ABOUT THE DANGEROUSNESS OF THE ZIKA VIRUS. WE WERE TRYING TO INFORM OUR CONSTITUENTS, BUT WE'RE ALSO PLEADING FOR RESOURCES TO CLEAN UP SITTING WATER IN TIRES AND TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THE RESEARCH FOR A VACCINE. ONE OF OUR EXPERTS INDICATED THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THE ZIKA VIRUS WOULD BE. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE DO OUR JOB. IT IS APPROPRIATE TO TAKE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND PASS IT, $1.9 BILLION, TO DO OUR JOB, TO FIGHT THE ZIKA VIRUS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:22:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:22:45 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE BILL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THE HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE BILL 2012, CALIFORNIA'S MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF DOING RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF CALIFORNIA'S WATER RESOURCES. SINCE THIS HOUSE HAS TAKESEN ACTION, THE NOW UP TO CALIFORNIA'S SENATORS TO NO LONGER IGNORE THE CRISIS FACING OUR STATE. WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S WATER WOES. SOME FALSELY CLAIM THIS BILL WOULD PRIORITIZE ONE AREA OVER ANOTHER. BUT ALSO IT INCLUDES INSTEAD THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE PROTECTIONS FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA'S AREA OF SENIOR WATER RIGHTS. IT SAFEGUARDS THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL WATER RIGHT OF ALL, THOSE WHO LIVE WHERE WATER ORIGINATES WILL HAVE THE ACCESS TO IT. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER DISTRICTS AND FARMERS ARE STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS MEASURE ACCELERATES SURFACE WATER STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS SITES RESERVOIR, WHICH THIS YEAR WOULD HAVE SAVED ONE MILLION ACRE FEET OF WATER HAD BEEN IN PLACE ALREADY. WE CAN'T EXPECT 40 MILLION PEOPLE TO SURVIVE ON INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGNED GENERATIONS AGO. WE'VE HEARD CLAIMS THIS BILL COULD CAUSE SOMEHOW HARM TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. IT LIVES WITHIN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS. WILDLIFE AGENCIES CURRENTLY BASE ORDERS TO CUT OFF THE WATER TO PEOPLE ON HUNCHES, NOT DATA. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE ACTUAL FACTS TO END ARBITRARY DECISIONS WE'VE SEEN IN RECENT YEARS. FINALLY, IT ALLOWS MORE WATER TO BE STORED AND USED DURING THE HIGH FLOWS DURING WINTER STORMS WHEN RIVER FLOWS ARE THE HIGHEST AND THERE WOULD BE NO IMPACT TO FISH POPULATIONS. THE DELTA OUTFLOW SURPASSED RECORD NUMBERS THIS YEAR AND AS A RESULT VERY LITTLE WATER ACTUALLY GOT SAVED AND MUCH WASTED WHICH COULD BE IN THE ST. LOUIS RESERVOIR. WE HAVE TO SAVE THE PEOPLE'S WATER FROM CALIFORNIA WITH SMATTER -- SMARTER MANAGEMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:24:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 11:24:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DUFFY OF WISCONSIN FOR TODAY, AFTER…

    LEAVES OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DUFFY OF WISCONSIN FOR TODAY, AFTER 7:00 P.M., AND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK. AND MR. LAMBORN OF COLORADO FOR TODAY, AFTER 7:00 P.M., AND FOR THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK.

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  • 11:24:54 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO MAKE THE MOTION TO ADJOURN HAD THE HOUSE.

  • 11:24:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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  • 11:25:09 PM

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    TOMORROW.

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