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House Session - June 16, 2016

The House passed by a 282-138 vote the fiscal year 2017 Defense Department spending bill. Members also approved a counterterrorism bill, which combines three previously-passed bills, and is aimed at strengthening the partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement in countering terrorism attacks in the U.S.

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  • 09:00:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 09:01:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 09:01:58 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    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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  • 09:02:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

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

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  • 09:02:17 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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  • 09:02:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:02:23 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE ENTERING INTO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS FOR ENERGY OR FUEL WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEATING OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. I HAVE A LONG-STANDING CONCERN REGARDING THE PROSPECT OF AMERICAN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN EUROPE BEING EXPOSED TO UNNECESSARY VULNERABILITIES AS A RESULT OF BECOMING DEPENDENT UPON NORTHERN ENERGY RESOURCES. RUSSIA NATURAL GAS ALREADY MAKES UP A MAJORITY OF FUEL MIX USED AT SOME MILITARY POSTS AND WE CANNOT ALLOW RUSSIAN COAL AND NATURAL GAS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE DIFFERENCE. THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. BY PURCHASING ENERGY FROM AREAS IMPACTED BY VOLATILE INTERNATIONAL OR REGIONAL POLITICS, WE'RE PUTTING OUR TROOPS AND DEPENDENTS AT RISK. THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY GIANT WITH CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO LIFT THE 40-YEAR MORATORIUM ON CRUDE OIL EXPORTS, HE WE'RE SEEING NEW MARKETS DEVELOP. WE MUST ENSURE OUR FAMILIES IN EUROPE ARE PROVIDED A CHOICE. SIMILARLY, WE MUST UTILIZE AMERICAN SOURCE ENERGY TO STRATEGICICALLY SUPPORT OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS OVERSEAS. THIS IS ABOUT COUNTERING RUSSIAN OBJECTIONS. SAYING NO TO RUSSIAN ENERGY.

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  • 09:03:43 AM

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:03:46 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:03:48 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:03:49 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE ONCE SAID…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE ONCE SAID NOTHING IN THE WORLD CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE. TALENT WILL NOT. GENIUS WILL NOT. EDUCATION WILL NOT. PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION ALONE ARE OMNIPOTENT. YESTERDAY U.S. SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT REMINDED US OF THE TRUTH OF THAT STATEMENT WHEN FOR 15 HOURS HE STOOD ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND REFUSED TO YIELD UNTIL HE GOT A COMMITMENT FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP OF THE SENATE TO HOLD A VOTE ON A NO FLY, NO BUY PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO RESTRICT PEOPLE ON THE TERROR WATCH LIST FROM BUYING FIREARMS AND ALSO FOR HAVING A COMMONSENSE BACKGROUND CHECK REFORM WHICH ALLOWS INTERNET SALES AND GUN SHOW SALES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM, WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY 53% OF N.R.A. HOUSEHOLDS.

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  • 09:05:24 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    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 GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:05:27 AM

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

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

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  • 09:05:32 AM

    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:05:33 AM

    MR. CARTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER MILESTONE ACHIEVED BY THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER MILESTONE ACHIEVED BY THE GULF STREAM AEROSPACE COMPANY WITH THE AIRPLANE'S MOST RECENT CITY TO CITY RECORD. THIS TIME THE AIRCRAFT AND CREW, WHICH INCLUDED PILOTS TODD BAKER, JOHN WOLF, AND A FLIGHT ATTENDANT DEPARTED FROM SYDNEY,ARILY AIRPORT AT 7:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME AND LANDED AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 1:51 A.M. LOCAL TIME. THE FLIGHT ONLY TOOK 12 HOURS AND 40 MINUTES WITH AN AVERAGE CREW SPEED OF MACH.86. THE RECORD WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. NATURAL AERONAUTIC ASSOCIATION AND MOST LIKELY BE APPROVED AS A WORLD REGARD BY THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION IN SWITZERLAND. TOGETHER THE GOLF STREAM AIRPLANE'S G-650-ER AND SISTER PLANE HOLD MORE THAN 55 TOTAL WORLD RECORDS. I'M VERY PROUD TO REPRESENT GULF STREAM FACILITY LOCATED IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, A WORLD LEADER IN PRIVATE PLANES. ONE OF GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS LARGEST EMPLOYERS AND CONSTANT PRODUCER OF TRULY AMAZING AIRPLANES. I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THEIR SUCCESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:06:48 AM

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:06:53 AM

    MS. PINGREE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:06:55 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:06:57 AM

    MS. PINGREE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE SUMMER DAY IN 1984, A YOUNG GAY MAN NAMED CHARLIE…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE SUMMER DAY IN 1984, A YOUNG GAY MAN NAMED CHARLIE HOWARD WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET IN BANGOR, MAINE. A CAR FULL OF TEENAGERS PULLED UP AND STARTED YELLING SLURS AT HIM. THEY CHASED HIM DOWN, BEAT HIM UP, AND THREW HIM IN A RIVER WHERE HE DROWNED. SINCE THEN WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS ON LGBT RIGHTS IN MAINE. WE PASSED CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS. WE PASSED MARRIAGE EQUALITY. AND IN MAINE AS IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY WE HAVE COME FAR. BUT AS THE SHOOTING IN ORLANDO HAS REMINDED US, WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. WE'RE REMINDED THAT LGBT MEN AND WOMEN CAN SUDDENLY FIND THEMSELVES FACING THE SAME FEAR THAT CHARLIE HOWARD PROBABLY FELT ON THAT BRIDGE IN BANGOR, MAINE, OVER 30 YEARS AGO. CIVIL RIGHTS AND MARRIAGE EQUALITY ARE VERY IMPORTANT, BUT THEY ARE NOT ENOUGH. WE MUST NOT REST UNTIL OUR LGBT NEIGHBORS ENJOY THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY THAT THEY DESERVE. AND UNTIL THEY DO NOT FEEL THAT THEIR SAFETY IS AT RISK BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:07:59 AM

    ORE THE

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

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

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  • 09:08:02 AM

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

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

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  • 09:08:07 AM

    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:08:08 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF RON BULLLOCK WHO PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 8 AT AGE 73. RON WAS A ENTREPRENEUR AND CHAMPION OF ILLINOIS AND AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. HE WAS BORN IN 1942 IN DAYTON, OHIO. HE GRADUATED FROM WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A DEGREE IN AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING. HE FOUNDED BISON GEAR IN ST. CHARLES. THEIR GEAR AND GEAR BOXES ARE FOUND IN EVERYTHING FROM ICE MACHINES TO MASSAGE BEDS. HE ALSO SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE, THE ILLINOIS MANUFACTURING ASSOCIATION, AND THE I.M.A.'S EDUCATION FOUNDATION. RON WORKED PERSONALLY WITH ME AND MY STAFF ON LEGISLATION TO HELP MANUFACTURERS EXPAND AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE.

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  • 09:08:51 AM

    MR. HULTGREN

    HE GAVE BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY, ENLISTING IN HIS EMPLOYEES, BISON CARES. HE…

    HE GAVE BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY, ENLISTING IN HIS EMPLOYEES, BISON CARES. HE WAS A FOUNDING PEM OF THE P-20 COUNCIL, PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS ACROSS ILLINOIS. A HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER. RON LED AN EXEMPLARY CAREER AND LIFE AND HE WILL BE MISSED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:09:14 AM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:09:17 AM

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:09:22 AM

    MPORE WITHOUT

  • 09:09:30 AM

    P MRS. LOWEY

    P MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, THE ORLANDO SHOOTING REMINDS US THERE'S TOO…

    P MRS. LOWEY: MR. SPEAKER, THE ORLANDO SHOOTING REMINDS US THERE'S TOO MUCH THAT HAS BEEN LEFT UNDONE TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE. REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED 13 TIMES TO RETAIN THE OUTRAGEOUS LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TO LEGALLY PURCHASE WEAPONS AND NOT JUST ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY REJECTED MY NO FLY, NO BUY AMENDMENT FIVE TIMES IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. I ASK CONSENT TO ENTER THOSE VOTES INTO THE RECORD. IN A 2011 VIDEO, AL QAEDA NOTED THE ACCESSIBILITY OF GUNS IN THE U.S. ASKING, SO WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? AMERICANS AGREE WITH PROHIBITING TERRORIST -- TERROR SUSPECTS FROM PURCHASING GUNS AND CONGRESS IS OVERDUE TO ASK.

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  • 09:10:20 AM

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MATERIAL REQUESTED WILL…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MATERIAL REQUESTED WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:10:27 AM

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:10:31 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:10:32 AM

    MR. LANCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM FOR WINNING THE 2016 NEW JERSEY GROUP 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. AFTER A SEASON OF HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION, THESE TALENTED YOUNG MEN DEFEATED DELL RAN HIGH SCHOOL, 3-2, TO BRING HOME THEIR FIRST TITLE SINCE 1959. THE TEAM ACCOMPLISHED AN UNPRECEDENTED SEASON PERFORMANCE OF 18 WINS. I CONGRATULATE THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE PRINCIPAL, THE HEAD COACH, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BILL, AND CAPTAIN C.J., CHRISTIAN, SCOTT, JAKE, AND KEVIN. AS WELL AS ALL OF THEIR TEAMMATES FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE TEAM. THIS MARKS ANOTHER PROUD ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR THE DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT. THESE TALENTED YOUNG MEN SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR HARD WORK. I CONGRATULATE THEM ON THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF BRINGING THE TITLE BACK TO THEIR SCHOOL. WELL DONE, TERRIERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:11:33 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:11:36 AM

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

  • 09:11:40 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:11:41 AM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING AS I WATCHED THE NEWS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING AS I WATCHED THE NEWS REPORTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS MURPHY'S, CLOSING COMMENTS ON THE SENATE FLOOR, I THOUGHT ABOUT ANOTHER PERIOD OF TIME IN THIS COUNTRY THAT FOCUSED ON SOME REAL TROUBLING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT EXIST, AND A MAN NAMED THOMAS PAYNE SAT DOWN TO WRITE WHAT HE FELT, AND HE SAID, THESE ARE TIMES THAT TRY MEN'S SOULS. SOME ARE SOLDIERS AND SUNSHINE PATRIOTS WILLING THE CRISIS, STRENGTHEN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY, BUT HE UNDERSTANDS IT NOW, DESERVES THE LOVE AND THANKS OF MAN AND WOMAN. THE HARDER THE CONFLICT, THE MORE GLORIOUS THE TRIUMPH. WE'RE LIVING IN SOME TRYING TIMES, MR. SPEAKER. AND THIS HOUSE FOR SOME REASON IS REFUSING TO STAND UP AND FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT WE'RE ABOUT TO LIVE IF WE DON'T CLOSE THESE LOOPHOLES THAT EXIST IN OUR GUN LAWS. MR. SPEAKER, IN A FEW MINUTES WE'RE GOING TO BE DEBATING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE ALREADY VOTED ON AND IT DIDN'T STOP ORLANDO OR CHARLESTON. TOMORROW AS WE CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OR COMMEMORATE IT, OF THE EMANUEL NINE, I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD GIVE SERIOUS CONSIDERATION TO CLOSING THESE LOOPHOLES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:13:24 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    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 WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:13:28 AM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:13:33 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:13:34 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A VETERAN WHO ALWAYS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A VETERAN WHO ALWAYS LOOKED FOR WAYS TO SERVE HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS.

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  • 09:13:40 AM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    BE INDUCTED INTO THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL'S IN MEMORY PROGRAM. WHICH HONORS…

    BE INDUCTED INTO THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL'S IN MEMORY PROGRAM. WHICH HONORS MANY VETERANS WHOSE EVENTUAL PASSING WAS RELATED TO THEIR SERVICE. ROD SERVED HONORABLY IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY FROM 1960 TO 1963. DURING WHICH TIME HE DEPLOYED TO VIETNAM. ON APRIL 2, 2014, HE DIED OF CAUSES RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE DURING HIS SERVICE. HE WAS KNOWN IN THE WASHINGTON AREA FOR HIS WORK WITH THE COLUMBIA BASIN VETERANS COALITION, ESPECIALLY HIS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF HOMELESS VETERANS. HE TOOK TO HEART THE MORAL MANDATE OUR NATION HOLDS, TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE. IT IS MY HOPE WE CAN BEST REMEMBER HIS SERVICE BY FOLLOWING HIS EXAMPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:14:33 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 09:14:37 AM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JUNE 16, 2016, AT 8:45 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED, SENATE 2943. SENATE 49 -- SENATE RESOLUTION 4 THE 3. RELATIVE TO THE DEATH OF SENATOR VOINOVICH. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 09:15:13 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 09:15:39 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5471, THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT.

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  • 09:15:51 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 09:15:54 AM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5471, A BILL TO COMBAT TERRORIST RECRUITMENT IN THE UNITED STATES,…

    H.R. 5471, A BILL TO COMBAT TERRORIST RECRUITMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:16:02 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 09:16:13 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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  • 09:16:27 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 09:16:28 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

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

  • 09:16:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 09:16:33 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE A NATION AT WAR, AND OUR OWN CITIES AND STREETS HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE A NATION AT WAR, AND OUR OWN CITIES AND STREETS HAVE BECOME THE FRONT LINES. THE TRAGEDY IN ORLANDO IS THE DEADLIEST TERRORIST ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL IN THE HOMELAND SINCE 9/11. IT REMINDS US THAT NEARLY 15 YEARS AFTER THAT FATEFUL DAY OUR ENEMIES ARE STILL DEAD SET ON ATTACKING US FROM OUTSIDE AND FROM WITHIN. TO DEFEND OUR NATION, WE NEED TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION. THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. WE WILL NOT STAND ON THE SIDELINES WHILE FANATICS TRY TO BRAINWASH AMERICANS. WE WILL NOT ALLOW ISLAMISTS RADICALS TO BRING TERROR TO OUR CITIES. WE WILL NOT WAIT PATIENTLY AND HOPE THE THREAT GOES AWAY, AND TO HONOR THE MEMORIES OF THE VICTIMS IN ORLANDO, WE MUST DEDICATE OURSELVES TO PREVENTING TERRORISTS FROM GAINING A FOOT HOLD IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THAT IS WHY TODAY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 5471, THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. THE BILL'S AN IMPORTANT STEP STOPPING ACTS OF TERROR IN OUR HOMELAND, AND I ONLY WISH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SOONER. WE'VE COMBINED THESE THREE COUNTERTERRORISM BILLS INTO ONE. ALL THE BILLS WERE VOTED OUT OF THE HOUSE EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN MAJORITIES. TOGETHER, THESE MEASURES RAMP UP OUR EFFORTS TO KEEP VIOLENT EXTREMISTS FROM LURING AMERICANS DOWN THE PATH TO VIOLENCE. THIS BILL WILL PUT INTO PLACE MEASURES TO HELP COMMUNITIES SPOT SIGNS OF VIOLENT RADICALIZATION AND TO ACTIVELY COMBAT THE PROPAGANDA OF TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE ISIS. FOR INSTANCE, IT REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO USE THE TESTIMONIALS OF FORMER EXTREMISTS TO DISSUEDE OTHERS FROM MAKING THE WRONG CHOICE. SUCH INDIVIDUALS KNOW THE BRUTALITY OF TERRORIST GROUPS FIRSTHAND AND THEY CAN BE POWERFUL MESSENGERS FOR SHUTTING DOWN RADICAL RECRUITMENT. OVERALL, THIS BILL IMPLEMENTS SEVERAL IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM A BIPARTISAN TAMBING FORCE -- TASK FORCE WE CREATED LAST YEAR WE CREATED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE THREATS AND VULNERABILITIES TO THE HOMELAND. THEY FOUND GLARING GAPS IN OUR SECURITY AND DECLARED WE WERE NOT DOING ENOUGH HERE AT HOME TO FIGHT TERROR AND TERRORIST RADICALIZATION. AND THEY WERE RIGHT. ISLAMIST TERRORISTS ARE WORKING TO INFILTRATE OUR COUNTRY ONLINE AND ACROSS BORDERS, AND WE HAVE FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH THE PACE. IN JUST THE PAST TWO YEARS, ISIS ALONE HAS BEEN LINKED TO NEARLY 100 PLOTS AGAINST THE WEST, AND THE UNITED STATES WAS THE TOP TARGET. SADLY, THE VIOLENCE HAS BECOME SO FREQUENT THAT WE'VE BEGUN -- WE'VE REFERRED TO THEM NOW AS ATTACKS BY THEIR LOCATION, BOSTON, CHATTANOOGA, PARIS, SAN BERNARDINO, BRUSSELS AND NOW ORLANDO. WE MUST RESOLVE TO DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO KEEP OUR CITIES FROM BEING ADDED TO THIS DEADLY LIST, AND TODAY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I'D LIKE TO THANK JOHN KATKO, BARRY LOUDERMILK, CHUCK FLEISCHMANN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THESE BILLS AND ALSO ON THE DEMOCRATS SIDE ON MY COMMITTEE, ALL OF THE DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE. THEY WERE INCORPORATED INTO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, BENNY THOMPSON, AND HIS LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN WORK ON THIS TASK FORCE AND THEIR MEASURES. WHILE RADICALIZATION MAY BE RESURGENT WORLDWIDE, I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT WE STILL HAVE THE UPPER HAND. OUR RESILIENT RESPONSE TO ORLANDO, TO THE TRAGEDY HAS SENT A MESSAGE TO AMERICA'S ENEMIES THAT WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED, WE WILL NOT ALLOW FANATICS TO ATTACK OUR FREEDOMS, AND THAT RESOLVE WILL ALLOW US TO PREVAIL OVER ANYONE WHO SEEKS TO DO THIS COUNTRY HARM. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:21:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:21:22 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5471, THE COUNTERING TERRORISM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5471, THE COUNTERING TERRORISM RADICALIZATION ACT, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS STILL ABSORBING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA IS STILL ABSORBING THE DEVASTATION THAT WAS INFLICTED ON THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, OVER THE WEEKEND. THIS ATTACK IS THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN AMERICAN HISTORY. 49 INNOCENT, MOSTLY YOUNG PEOPLE, WERE KILLED AND 53 OTHERS WERE MAIMED. WE DO NOT KNOW WITH ANY CERTAINTY WHAT EXACTLY DROVE THE PERPETRATOR TO CARRY OUT THIS HATEFUL ACT, BUT THERE'S ONE THING WE DO KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT. DIVISIVE RHETORIC THAT PITS AMERICANS AGAINST EACH OTHER AND EMPTY GESTURES WILL DO NOTHING TO HEAL ORLANDO'S DEEP WOUNDS OR PREVENT THE NEXT ATTACK. UNFORTUNATELY, RAILING AGAINST AMERICAN MUSLIM COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE, ARE OFFERING. MEANWHILE, EMPTY GESTURES LIKE YET ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE AND EXPEDITED HOUSE CONSIDERATION OF REPACKAGED MEASURES THAT ARE ALREADY PENDING IN THE SENATE IS AS FAR AS THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS WILLING TO GO. ALTHOUGH THERE'S LITTLE TO OBJECT IN H.R. 5471, PARTICULARLY SINCE IT CODIFIES WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS ALREADY DOING, IT IS IMPORTANT TO STATE ON THE RECORD THAT IT OFFERS LITTLE TO RESPOND TO THE ORLANDO ATTACK. SADLY, IT COMES -- WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING MASS SHOOTINGS AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP, SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACES, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS COME TO EXPECT VERY LITTLE FROM THIS CONGRESS. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WILL NOT CHANGE THAT. IT AUTHORIZES THE COUNTERTERRORISM COORDINATING BODY THAT ALREADY EXISTS WITHIN D.H.S. TRAINING ON HOW TO DO COMMUNITY AWARENESS BRIEFINGS THAT D.H.S. ALREADY DOES. THE UTILIZATION OF PUBLIC TMS TO COUNTER VY -- TESTIMONIES TO COUNTER VIOLENT EXTREMISM WHICH THE DEPARTMENT ALREADY TOLD CONGRESS IT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO. AND AN ASSESSMENT OF HOW PARTNERS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO COUNTER VIOLENT EXTREMISM. THE HOUSE HAS SPOKEN ON PROVISIONS OF H.R. 5471, AND D.H.S. IS ALREADY CARRYING OUT THE ACTIVITIES IT AUTHORIZES. AS SUCH, THERE'S NOTHING OBJECTIONABLE ON THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE PAGES OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. WHERE I DO OBJECT, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE HOUSE NOT ACTING ON MEASURES THAT COULD HELP PREVENT THE NEXT MASS SHOOTING. FOR INSTANCE, THERE'S H.R. 1076, THE SO-CALLED NO FLY, NO BUY ACT, A BIPARTISAN MEASURE INTRODUCED BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, PETER KING, TO ALLOW THE F.B.I. TO PROHIBIT A PERSON ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST FROM PURCHASING A FIREARM. MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN'T FLY BUT YOU CAN BUY A GUN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS COULD BE AND SHOULD BE FIXED. CLOSING THIS HOMELAND SECURITY GAP IN OUR LAWS HAS THE SUPPORT OF 83% OF AMERICANS, INCLUDING GUN OWNERS LIKE MYSELF. MOREOVER, 180 MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER HAVE SIGNALED THEIR SUPPORT BY SIGNING A DISCHARGE PETITION TO DEMAND THE BILL'S IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION. ANALYSIS ISSUED THIS WEEK BY THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR ACTION. IT FOUND THAT 90% OF THE PEOPLE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST WHO ATTEMPTED TO LEGALLY PURCHASE FIREARMS WERE SUCCESSFUL. MR. SPEAKER, 90% OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST BOUGHT GUNS IN THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW MARKS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON MOTHER EMANUEL IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT DEADLY ATTACK CARRIED OUT IN FURTHERANCE OF IDEOLOGY. IT WAS CARRIED OUT BY A DOMESTIC TERRORIST WHO, LIKE THE PERPETRATORS OF ATTACKS IN THE SAN BERNARDINO AND ORLANDO, WERE RADICALIZED BY INTERNET PROPAGANDA. NOTHING IN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD HAVE STOPPED THAT IDEOLOGICALLY MOTIVATED MASS SHOOTING. BEFORE I RESERVE MY TIME, I WOULD TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO AGAIN HIGHLIGHT THOSE WITH THE SINGLE MINDED FOCUS ON ONE FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, NAMELY ISIL, AS IN THE CASE WITH H.R. 5471 AND TURNING A BLIND EYE TO A GATHERING STORM. IT'S JUST IN THE PAST YEAR THE NUMBER OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS ESPOUSING VIOLENCE HAVE INCREASED THREE-FOLD. SINCE 2008, THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER NUMBERED ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS AT 149. THERE HAS BEEN A 670% INCREASE. YES, TODAY THERE ARE 998 ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, THE VICTIMS OF PAST MASS SHOOTINGS, THEIR FAMILIES AND ALL AMERICANS DESERVE MEANINGFUL ACTION, NOT EMPTY GESTURES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCCAUL

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. CARTER

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5471, THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT, SO WE CAN IMPROVE EFFORTS IN FIGHTING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM. HORRIFIC LONE WOLF TERRORIST ATTACKS, LIKE THE ONE THAT OCCURRED IN ORLANDO ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, CONTINUE TO THREATEN OUR NATION. H.R. 5471 IS A PACKAGE OF THREE BILLS THAT WILL ACCOMPLISH THREE GOALS IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. IT WILL INCREASE OUR EFFORTS TO COUNTER RADICALIZATION OF TERRORIST RECRUITMENT. IT WILL INCREASE COUNTER MEASURES TO PREVENT ISIS FROM USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO RECRUIT AND RADICALIZE POTENTIAL RECRUITS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND IT WILL ENSURE AGENCIES LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ARE EFFECTIVELY USING INTELLIGENCE, OPERATIONS AND POLICY TO FIGHT TERRORISM. WITH THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL, WE WILL GIVE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND OUR COMMUNITIES GREATER RESOURCES TO FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND SPONSORS OF EACH OF THE UNDERLYING BILLS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO OFFER MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILIES AND VICTIMS OF THE ORLANDO TERRORIST ATTACK. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE ASSISTANT LEADER FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW WE ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE OR COMMEMORATE THE FIRST ANNUAL EVENTS THAT OCCURRED AT EMANUEL A.M.E. CHURCH. ON SUNDAY, A.M.E. CHURCHES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WILL BE COMMEMORATING THIS GREAT LOSS. I'LL BE IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA, BETHEL A.M.E. CHURCH AND WE ARE GOING TO BE PRAYING AND SINGING AND HOPING. HOPING AT SOME POINT IN THE NOT-TOO-DISTANT FUTURE THIS HOUSE, THIS CONGRESS WILL RECOGNIZE THAT WE'VE GOT A BIG, BIG PROBLEM THAT MUST BE SOLVED. . WHY IS IT THAT THIS YOUNG MAN IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM? WHY DID HE GET ONE? HE GOT ONE BECAUSE THERE IS A LOOPHOLE IN THAT LAW THAT SAYS THE THREE-DAY BACKGROUND CHECK IS NOT OPERATIVE IF YOU DON'T COMPLETE THE BACKGROUND CHECK IN THREE DAYS. SO THE REASONS THAT EXIST FOR HIM NOT TO HAVE A FIREARM STILL EXISTED ON THE FOURTH AND FIFTH DAY. NOW, I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THE INFORMATION GOT KEYED IN WRONG. IT WAS COLUMBIA VERSUS WEST COLUMBIA. AND WHEN THEY DETECTED IT, THIS GENTLEMAN HAD THE FIREARM AND WAS OFF TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MURDERED NINE PEOPLE, ALLOWED ONE OF THEM TO LIVE SO SHE COULD TELL THE STORY. AND TWO OTHERS PLAYED DEAD. THE CHARLESTON 12. WELL, I'M HOPEFUL THE PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THIS BODY WOULD DO SOMETHING TO CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. SCALISE.

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    MR. SCALISE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, FOR BRINGING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, FOR BRINGING THIS PACKAGE OF BILLS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. AND ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES FLEISCHMANN, KATKO, AND LOUDERMILK FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN SAYING THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS ON THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN IN COUNTRY AND THAT IS TERRORISTS ARE RADICALIZING AMERICANS. TIME AFTER TIME NOW WE HAVE SEEN MORE THAN A DOZEN TERRORIST ATTACKS ON AMERICAN SOIL IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY SOME PEOPLE AROUND THIS TOWN WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT GUN CONTROL. TAKING AWAY RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, MR. SPEAKER, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEM. THEY DON'T JUST USE GUNS. THEY USE PRESSURE COOKERS, THEY USE PIPE BOMBS, THEY USE AXES, THE INTERNET TO RECRUIT AMERICANS. AND IT'S TIME WE PUT A SHARPER FOCUS ON SOLVING THIS PROBLEM AND ADDRESSING THE FACT THAT AMERICANS ARE BEING RADICALIZED AND TAKING OUT, CARRYING OUT TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE UNTIL THERE IS A SHARPER FOCUS. THIS PACKAGE OF BILLS PUTS THE FOCUS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO JOIN WITH US, TO ACTUALLY SPEAK OUT IN GETTING MORE TOOLS TO OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO GO AND DO A BETTER JOB OF ROOTING OUT THE ATTACKS THAT ARE HERE ON OUR HOME FRONT. THIS IS NO HYPOTHETICAL. TERRORISM HAS COME TO THE UNITED STATES. AND OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO AS WELL AS THE ATTACKS THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY AND THAT NO DOUBT ARE BEING PLANNED RIGHT NOW AGAINST AMERICANS HERE ON OUR HOME SOIL. IT'S TIME THAT WE TAKE ACTION. I'M SO GLAD THAT THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY MOVED A PACKAGE OF BILLS. THIS PACKAGE RIGHT HERE THAT WE'RE PASSING TODAY PUTS A SHARPER FOCUS ON THE REAL PROBLEM AND THAT IS ROOTING OUT RADICALIZATION OF AMERICANS ON OUR HOME SOIL. LET'S STOP THE TERRORISM HERE. PASS THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THE MAJORITY WHIP'S POSITION.…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THE MAJORITY WHIP'S POSITION. WE HAVE ALREADY VOTED ON THE BILLS. WE ALREADY SENT THEM OVER TO THE SENATE. IT'S JUST REPACKAGING THEM AGAIN AND SENDING THEM OVER AGAIN. THEY ARE IN CHARGE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS SOME KIND OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS SOME KIND OF CRUEL JOKE? WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED THESE BILLS AND WE'RE BRINGING THEM UP AGAIN TODAY? JUST A FEW DAYS AGO WE LOST 49 INNOCENT LIVES IN THE WORSE MASS SHOOTING OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. SADLY, THIS ISN'T AN INSULATED CASE. IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 1,100 MASS SHOOTINGS AND MORE THAN 34,000 LIVES HAVE BEEN CUT SHORT BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WHAT HAVE WE DONE? WE HAVE HELD 30 MOMENTS OF SILENCE SINCE SANDY HOOK, BUT WE HAVEN'T TAKEN A SINGLE VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP KEEP GUNS OUT OF DANGEROUS HANDS. THAT'S SHAMEFUL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE THAN SILENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT'S WILLING TO STAND UP AND DO WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. REPUBLICAN LEADERS CLAIM THAT THESE BILLS BROUGHT BEFORE THE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION TODAY ARE SIGNIFICANT RESPONSE TO THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY. THEY CLAIM BECAUSE THIS WAS AN ACT OF TERRORISM WE DON'T NEED TO TAKE A VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THIS ACT OF TERRORISM WAS AN ACT OF GUN VIOLENCE. OVER 100 PEOPLE WERE SHOT. 49 SHOT DEAD. AND TODAY IN AMERICA SUSPECTED TERRORISTS CAN STILL LEGALLY BUY GUNS. INDIVIDUALS ON OUR F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST CAN WALK INTO A GUN STORE, PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK, AND WALK OUT WITH A GUN OR GUNS OF THEIR CHOOSING. LEGALLY. SINCE 2004, MORE THAN 2000 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE GUNS. I THINK THAT'S WRONG. AND SO DOES THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THOSE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S THE BILL WE SHOULD BE VOTING ON TODAY, NOT THREE BILLS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY VOTED AN PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE. IF REPUBLICANS AGREE THAT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUY GUNS, BRING UP THAT BILL FOR A VOTE TODAY. WHAT IS IT THAT THE MAJORITY IS AFRAID OF? IS YOUR FEAR GREATER THAN THAT OF THE FEAR OF THE PEOPLE HIDING FOR THEIR LIVES IN THAT NIGHTCLUB IN ORLANDO? GIVE US A VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK.

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    MR. LOUDERMILK

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TERRORISM IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TERRORISM IS NO LONGER JUST A NATIONAL ISSUE AS WE DEEMED IT AFTER 9/11. THE ATTACKS OF TERRORISM ARE AFFECTING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WE MUST ADDRESS THOSE THAT ARE PERPETRATING THESE ATTACKS. NOT JUST SIMPLY GO AFTER THE TOOLS THAT THEY CHOOSE TO USE. THE BOSTON BOMBERS CHOSE TO USE A PRESSURE COOKER, A BOMB. THERE HAVE BEEN ATTACKS USING KNIVES. ATTACKS USING HATCHES. ATTACKS USING CARS. IT IS THE PERPETRATOR OF THESE ACTS OF VIOLENCE THAT WE MUST ADDRESS. YERL THIS YEAR, THE HOUSE PASSED A BILL CALLED THE ALERT ACT, A BILL THAT I AUTHORED THAT IS AMPLIFYING LOCAL EFFORTS TO ROOT OUT TERRORISM, WHICH, BY THE WAY, REMOVES BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS AND PAVES THE WAY FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ENHANCE STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT'S INVOLVEMENT IN FIGHTING THE WAR ON TERRORISM. BY PROVIDING THE TOOLS AND TRAINING NEEDED TO COMBAT TERRORISM ON MULTIPLE LEVELS, THE ACT PROVIDES FOR MORE EFFICIENT COOPERATION AND COORDINATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS. TODAY EVERYONE HAS TO PLAY A PART IN PROTECTING AGAINST TERRORISM FROM THE NEIGHBOR NEXT DOOR TO THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. WHILE NO LEGISLATION IN ITSELF WILL END THE THREAT OF TERRORISM AGAINST OUR NATION, WE CAN BERT UTILIZE THE VALUABLE RESOURCES FOUND RIGHT -- BETTER UTILIZE THE VALUABLE RESOURCES FOUND RIGHT IN OUR COMMUNITIES. IN HOPES OF GETTING THE ALERT ACT AND TWO OTHER KEY PIECES OF HOMELAND SECURITY LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, WE HAVE PACKAGED THEM INTO ONE COMPREHENSIVE BILL ENTITLED THE COUNTERTERRORISM RADICAL SLAYINGS ACT. -- RADICALIZATION ACT. I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN'S SPONSORSHIP IN THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO HELP STOP FUTURE ATTACKS. AS WE'RE EXPERIENCING AN INCREASE OF ACTS OF TERRORISM BY RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, THAT DIRECTLY THREATEN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES, WE MUST RE-EVALUATE HOW WE COMBAT THESE TERRORISTS THREATS. THIS JOINT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WILL BETTER SECURE AMERICA BY HELPING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT COMBAT TERRORISM, KEEPING TERRORISTS FROM ENTERING OUR BOARDERS, STOPPING RADICALIZATION, AND EVALUATING BETTER SECURITY METHODS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, MR. KATKO AND MR. FLEISCHMANN, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON ADVANCING THEIR BILLS. I APPRECIATE THEIR COLLATERAL EFFORT AS WE STRIVE TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM VIOLENT TERRORIST ATTACKS BECAUSE THREATS AGAINST AMERICA ARE RAPIDLY INCREASING, WE CAN'T AFFORDING TO STAGNANT. WE MUST ACT AND ACT NOW. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. RICHMOND.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALLOWING ME SOME TIME…

    THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, FOR ALLOWING ME SOME TIME TODAY. LET ME JUST SAY THAT WE FACE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM IN THIS CONTRY. AND WHEN YOU -- COUNTRY. AND WHEN YOU FACE A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM IT DESERVES A SERIOUS, THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE THAT GOES TOWARDS SOLVING THE PROBLEM. WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE TODAY AFTER 49 INNOCENT LIVES WERE TAKEN IN ORLANDO? WHEN WE HAD MASS SHOOTINGS IN AURORA AND NEWTOWN AND ROSEBURG, SAN BERNARDINO, AND MASS SHOOTINGS THAT OCCUR IN URBAN COMMUNITIES FAR TOO OFTEN. SO WHAT DO WE DO? WE JUST HEARD IT. WE REPACKAGE BILLS THAT WE PASSED ON JANUARY 29, APRIL 26, MAY 16 SO THAT SOMEBODY COULD COME UP HERE TODAY AND SAY THAT WE SOLVED OR ATTEMPTED TO SOLVE A PROBLEM ON JUNE 16 BY DOING WHAT WE DID THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THAT'S NOT LEADERSHIP. AND IT'S NOT A SERIOUS THOUGHTFUL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE. WE COULD BE TALKING ABOUT DEBATING AND PASSING NO FLY, NO BUY. WE COULD TALK ABOUT AND PASS THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE. WE COULD TALK ABOUT HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES THAT ALLOW ONE PERSON TO WALK INTO A NIGHTCLUB AND MOW DOWN 49 PEOPLE AND INJURY ANOTHER 53. THERE'S NO DEER HUNTING, THERE'S NO LEGITIMATE PURPOSE FOR A HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE OTHER THAN TO EXPEDITIOUSLY TAKE HUMAN LIFE. IF YOU'RE NOT AT WAR, IT HAS NO PLACE ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA. AND WE CAN ALSO TALK ABOUT ASSAULT WEAPONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, AND MR. RANKING MEMBER, LET ME JUST SAY THIS. IT'S SAD TO SAY THIS RESPONSE TODAY IS A RESPONSIBLE THAT -- RESPONSE THAT LACKS LEADERSHIP. IT'S A RESPONSE THAT DOES NOTHING NEW. AND WE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO I WOULD JUST SAY THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPOTENT RESPONSE TO A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM SO THAT WE CAN REPACKAGE, REBRAND, AND MISLEAD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY SAYING WE DID SOMETHING WHEN WE DID NOTHING. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. KATKO

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR NATION HAS EXPERIENCED A TRANGDY FOR SURE.…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OUR NATION HAS EXPERIENCED A TRANGDY FOR SURE. THIS PAST WEEKEND'S TERRORIST ATTACK IN ORLANDO IS JUST THE LATEST AND INCREASINGLY LONG LIST OF HOMEGROWN EXTREMIST ATTACKS. OUR NATION'S NOT ONLY GRIEVING THE LOSS OF 49 INNOCENT PEOPLE, BUT IS ALSO FACING THE REALITY OF HAVING WITNESSED THE MOST DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE U.S. SINCE 9/11. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT ISIS' PERSISTENCE IN INFLICTING ARM TO ALL THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEIR IDEOLOGY. AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING OVER 800 ISIS-LINKED CASES AND HAVE DISCOVERED 89 PLOTS AGAINST THE WEST, INCLUDING 25 IN THE UNITED STATES. THE LIST IS GROWING YEAR AFTER YEAR. THIS BODY HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING RADICAL EXTREMISM SINCE I CAME TO THIS CHAMBER 18 MONTHS AGO. I WAS FORTUNATE AND HONORED TO LEAD A BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE IN BATTING TERRORISTS AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL -- COMBATING TERRORISTS AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL, WHICH CAME TO LIGHT IN ORLANDO, CHATTANOOGA, GARLAND, AND SAN BERNARDINO. THE NATURE OF THE TASK FORCE SHOWS A DOMESTIC RADICALIZATION HAS BEEN ON THE RISE. THE ISSUE IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S AN AMERICAN ISSUE. OMAR MARTINE'S COWARDLY REACTIONS ARE A REMINDER OF THE RESILIENCE OF THE ENEMY WE FACE TODAY. HOWEVER, THIS CHAMBER WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, HAS PUT FORTH SOLUTIONS. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY ENCAP SUE LATE SEVERAL IDEAS MY PEARCE AND I HAVE WORKED ON FOR MONTHS THAT OUTLINE WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS HERE AT HOME. INCLUDED IN THIS BILL IS A PROVISION THAT AUTHORIZES THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD, WHICH IS MODELED AFTER A BILL INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS YEAR IN CONGRESS, H.R. 4407. THIS SECTION SPECIFICALLY CODIFIES ADMINISTRATIVE BODY THAT WON'T GREAT INTELLIGENCE, OPERATIONS, AND POLICY COMPONENTS TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE PATTERS IN CAN COORDINATE ACTIONS FOR EFFECTIVELY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY. IN SHORT, GETTING THEM TALKING TOGETHER BETTER, BET GETTING THEM TO WORK BETTER TOGETHER. GETTING THOME SHARE INFORMATION BETTER. AND GETTING BETTER CHANCES OF STOPPING THESE ACTS FROM HAPPENING. THIS BILL PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED ABILITY TO ENCOUNTER TOMORROW'S THREATS. FINALLY, THE BILL -- AND END BY THANKING SPEAKER RYAN AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR THEIR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP. AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND VICTIMS OF SUNDAY'S TRAGIC ATTACKS IN ORLANDO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT SAN BERNARDINO. I NOW…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT SAN BERNARDINO. I NOW CALL UPON THE GENTLEMAN WHOSE DISTRICT WAS REPRESENTED, SAN BERNARDINO, WHERE THE SHOOTING OCCURRED, MR. AGUILAR.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW MANY -- HOW MUCH TIME?

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    MR. THOMPSON

    TWO MINUTES, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. AGUILAR

    THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO…

    THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK ON SOMETHING THAT FRANKLY I'M SICK AND TIRED OF HAVING TO DISCUSS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS REFUSAL TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. ON DECEMBER 2, I'LL NEVER FORGET HOW I FELT AS I WALKED OFF THIS HOUSE FLOOR. I JUST VOTED TO ALLOW DEBATE ON KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, THE NO FLY, NO BUY, WHICH WAS BLOCKED BY HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHEN I RECEIVED A BARRAGE OF TEXT MESSAGES ABOUT WHAT WAS UNFOLDING IN MY HOMETOWN OF SAN BERNARDINO. WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THIS WEEKEND ON SUNDAY MORNING, MY HEART SANK. AGAIN, THIS TIME ORLANDO. THIS TIME. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO STAND IN SILENCE WHEN PEOPLE ARE BEING MASSACRED IN BARS, WHEN CO-WORKERS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED AT THEIR HOLIDAY PARTIES AND WHEN CHURCHGOERS ARE BEING MURDERED IN THEIR PLACE OF WORSHIP AND WHEN FIRST GRADERS ARE ASSASSINATED IN CLASSROOMS. WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE? WHEN WILL WE SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? PREVENTING DOMESTIC ABUSERS, CONVICTED FELONS AND TERRORISTS FROM OBTAINING GUNS WILL MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER WITHOUT INFRINGING ON RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS' RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AND COMMONSENSE GUN REFORM ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NICE BUT THEY DON'T STOP SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM GETTING A FIREARM. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NICE BUT THEY DON'T PERFORM COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS ON DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND THOSE CONVICTED FELONS WHO WANT TO KILL. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NICE BUT THEY DON'T STOP ROUNDS OF BULLETS FROM RIPPING OUT OF AN ASSAULT WEAPON AND INFLICTING MASS CASUALTIES ON INNOCENT AMERICANS. AND THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A REPLACEMENT FOR TAKING MEANINGFUL ACTION TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. JUST HOURS AGO WE HEARD FROM SENATOR MURPHY THAT THE OTHER CHAMBER HAS REACHED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO ALLOW VOTES ON TWO IMPORTANT GUN SAFETY MEASURES.

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  • 09:48:02 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. AGUILAR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE JUST HEARD ON THOSE MEASURES THAT THEY REACHED A…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WE JUST HEARD ON THOSE MEASURES THAT THEY REACHED A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT TO AT LEAST ALLOW VOTES. WHEN WILL THIS CHAMBER DO THE SAME? WHEN WILL WE WORK TO ADDRESS MEANINGFUL SOLUTIONS RATHER THAN ACTING ON RECYCLED BILLS FROM MONTHS AGO THAT DO LITTLE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE? I'VE SAID BEFORE THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS' MOST SIGNIFICANT ACTION TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE IS TO HOLD MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND I WAS WRONG. THEY HAVE WORKED TO PREVENT COMMONSENSE REFORM FROM EVEN BEING DISCUSSED IN THIS CHAMBER. FOR THAT THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:48:52 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, IN FLEISCHMANN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, IN FLEISCHMANN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE --…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, IN FLEISCHMANN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE -- MR. FLEISCHMANN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. I WANT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MR. MCCAUL, MR. KATKO AND MR. LOUDERMILK FOR JOINING THE LEGISLATION I PROMOTED AND WE PASSED IN THIS HOUSE BY A LARGE BIPARTISAN MAJORITY. MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL WEEKS AGO A STRONG BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS PASSED MY LEGISLATION, H.R. 4820, THE COMBATING TERRORIST RECRUITMENT ACT. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ALMOST A YEAR HAS PASSED SINCE THE HORRIFIC SHOOTINGS AT TWO MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE. MY HOMETOWN AND THE TOWN WHICH I PROUDLY REPRESENT THOSE GREAT PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS MANY MAY REMEMBER, FOUR MARINES AND ONE SAILOR WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK WHILE SEVERAL OTHERS WERE WOUNDED. JUST IT THIS PAST DECEMBER, FOLLOWING THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION, DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY CONCLUDED THAT THE SHOOTINGS, AND I QUOTE, WERE MOTIVATED BY FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION PROPAGANDA. WE'VE SEEN THIS PATTERN REPEAT IN THE EVIL ATTACK IN ORLANDO AS WELL AS THE ATTACKS IN SAN BERNARDINO, PARIS AND BRUSSELS. WE NEED TO USE EVERY TOOL IN OUR TOOLBOX TO COMBAT, TO COMBAT ISLAMIC EXTREMISM. THE COMBATING TERRORIST RECRUITMENT ACT SECTION OF THE BILL IMPLEMENTS ONE KEY RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE'S BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE, SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO COUNTER TERRORIST AND FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL. WHILE IT DOESN'T FORBID D.H.S. FROM COUNTERING ALL FORMS OF EXTREMISM, THE BILL DOES PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF HOW D.H.S. CAN FULFILL THE REQUIREMENT, SUCH AS COUNTERMESSAGING FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHO IS ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING IN OUR COUNTRY AT AN ALARMING RATE. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO AMPLIFY TESTIMONIALS OF FORMER EXTREMISTS AND THOSE TO FIGHT THE PROPAGANDA AND RECRUITMENT OF TERRORIST GROUPS LIKE ISIS. FOREIGN TERRORISTS ARE USING TECHNOLOGY TO RADICALIZE AMERICANS AT A TROUBLING PACE, AND THAT CONTINUES TO INCREASE. WE MUST COMBAT THIS. MORE THAN 250 AMERICANS HAVE TRAVELED OR ATTEMPTED TO TRAVEL TO FIGHT WITH JIHADISTS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, AND THE F.B.I. STATES THAT THERE ARE OPEN COUNTERTERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS IN ALL 50 STATES. MOSTLY ISIS RELATED. MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS WERE PULLED IN BY TERRORIST PROPAGANDA. ISIS IS LURING AMERICANS WITH FALSE PROMISES THAT DO NOT REFLECT THE TRUE REALITY ON THE GROUND IN PLACES LIKE SYRIA AND IRAQ. THE TRUE REALITY CENTERS ON FEAR, SUFFERING AND THE MURDERS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD. SEVERAL RECENT DEFECTORS FROM ISIS HAVE ADMITTED THAT JOINING THE GROUP WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE. ONE YOUNG FIGHTER SAID IT WAS -- FOUND IT VERY HARD TO LIVE IN THE REGION AND NO LONGER BELIEVES THE GROUP REPRESENTS THE RELIGION. I MUST STATE, WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO AMPLIFY THE MESSAGES FROM THESE DISILLUSIONED TERRORISTS. WE'RE DOING THIS WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT. WE NEED TO PASS THIS BUNDLE OF BILLS. WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER, MR. SPEAKER, AS AMERICANS TO FIGHT RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM NOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE NO LESS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS…

    THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS REMAINING?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS 5 1/4 REMAINING. 5 1/4.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AND THE --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES -- ONE MINUTE TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES -- ONE MINUTE TO THE MINORITY LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

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    THE MINORITY LEADER, MS. PELOSI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI FOR YIELDING, AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP TO KEEP OUR HOMELAND SECURE. I COME TO THE FLOOR, OF COURSE, IN THE DEEPEST -- WITH THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR THOSE LOST IN ORLANDO AND, OF COURSE, ALL OF OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEM -- WITH THEIR FAMILIES. EARLIER THIS WEEK WE HAD A MOMENT OF SILENCE. ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE. SILENCE WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY SILENCE, SILENCE, SILENCE. NO ACTION. TODAY ON THIS FLOOR, WE'RE TAKING UP LEGISLATION WHICH IS THE LEGISLATIVE EQUIVALENT OF SILENCE. WE'RE PUTTING SOME WARMED OVER SOUPED BILLS THAT HAVE PASSED THIS HOUSE COMBINED IN ONE BILL ONCE AGAIN TO GO FORWARD. BUT WE ARE NOT TAKING THE ACTION NECESSARY, ACTION THAT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OVERWHELMINGLY IN THE COUNTRY AND HAS SUFFICIENT SUPPORT IN THIS HOUSE TO BE PASSED. I BESEECH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, I BESEECH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION, WHICH 87% OF THE PUBLIC OVERWHELMINGLY REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, EVEN N.R.A. MEMBERS SUPPORT. IT HAS SUPPORT IN OUR COUNTRY. IT HAS UNDERSTANDING IN OUR COUNTRY. THE ONLY PLACE, THE ONLY PLACE THAT IT RUNS INTO TROUBLE IS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE SENATE HAS SAID NOW THAT THEY WILL PROMISE A VOTE AFTER A SUBSTANTIAL AND MOST REMARKABLE FILIBUSTER ON THE PART OF SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY ALL DAY YESTERDAY AND INTO THE NIGHT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAW WHAT THE CHALLENGE WAS ABOUT GETTING SOMETHING DONE IN CONGRESS, AND HE WAS PROMISED A VOTE. I HOPE THAT WE CAN HAVE A VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON TWO BILLS THAT ARE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED BY THE PUBLIC AND HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE. OF COURSE, THE ONE, THE NO FLY, NO BUY, THAT MEANS IF YOU ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST, YOU CANNOT BUY A GUN. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE THE BILL THAT HAS BY CONSENSUS BEEN PUT TOGETHER FOR SENSIBLE, REASONABLE BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT MEANS NO MATTER WHAT THE WEAPON IS, UNLESS YOU CAN PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK, YOU CAN'T BUY IT, WHETHER IT'S A PISTOL OR AK-47. SHAMEFULLY, THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN HAS EXPIRED. THERE ARE THOSE IN OUR MIDST WHO WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE THE SUNSET FROM THAT BILL, AND THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION. RIGHT NOW TODAY WE'RE ASKING FOR TWO THINGS. ONE, NO FLY, NO BUY. TWO, THAT THE KING -- PETER KING OF NEW YORK, MIKE THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORED BILLS, WHICH WOULD PASS THIS HOUSE IF GIVEN A VOTE. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TIRED HAVE -- TIRED OF DOING MOMENTS OF SILENCE. I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO DO THAT, BUT IT'S NO SUBSTITUTE, IT IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ACTION. AND WE HAVE TO QUESTION THE SINCERITY OF IT IF WE MOURN AND DON'T ACT. WE CARRY THE NAMES OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED IN ORLANDO IN OUR HEARTS. IT'S CLEARLY A HATE CRIME. IT IS THE ONE PLACE WHERE WE SEE VERY CLEARLY WHERE GUN SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY COME TOGETHER. WHATEVER THE PERCENTAGE OF MOTIVATION WAS, TERRORISM AND THE OTHER, HATE CRIME ON THE PART OF THE PERPETRATOR DOESN'T MATTER. WHAT MATTERS IS IT WAS AN ASSAULT ON OUR HOMELAND SECURITY AND WHAT MATTERS IS IT WAS A HATE CRIME MOTIVATED IN THIS PUBLIC WHERE MANY LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE GATHERED. -- MOTIVATED IN THIS PUB WHERE MANY LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS WERE GATHERED. SO LET'S LOWER THE TEMPERATURE ON OUR INTERACTIONS WITH EACH OTHER. WE'VE SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN, HERE WE GO WITH ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE. IF WE WERE REAL ABOUT IT, IF WE WERE SINCERE ABOUT IT, WE WOULD ACT UPON IT. CLEARLY ALL COMPLICIT AS LONG AS WE HAVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND NO LEGISLATION. WE ARE NOT A COMMEMORATIVE BODY. YES, WE HAVE OUR RESOLUTIONS AND WE HAVE OUR MOMENTS OF SILENCE. BUT WE'RE A LEGISLATIVE BODY AND WE'RE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO WORK TOGETHER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN A BIPARTISAN WAY FOR THOSE SOLUTIONS. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE A REFLECTION AND REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SO FAR AHEAD OF US IN TERMS OF COMMON SENSE. COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION, YOU ARE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST, -- ON THE NO-FLY LIST, NO FLY, NO BUY. AND WE WANT TO HAVE REASONABLE, COMMONSENSE BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HOUSE. I SAY IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. WE HAVE SAID WE ARE PARIS. WE ARE ORLANDO. BUT WHAT ARE WE? WE ARE DOING NOTHING. IT WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF SOMEONE WHO IS VERY SICK AND THE DOCTOR SAYS I'M GOING TO GET YOU A GET WELL CARD BUT I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU ANY ANTIDOTE TO THE PAIN, TO THE PROBLEM THAT YOU HAVE, AND THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE BECOME -- WORDS, NOT DEEDS. WORDS, NOT ACTION. GOSPEL OF JAMES -- I DON'T KNOW IF MR. CLYBURN SPOKE ABOUT THE BOOK OF JAMES. ACT DEEDS, NOT WORDS. . WE'RE NOT EVEN WORDS. WE'RE SILENT. WE'RE SILENT. I BESEECH MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO UNDERSTAND THE PAIN. AND THIS HAPPENS SO FREQUENTLY. SINCE ORLANDO, 100 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT IN GUN VIOLENCE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THAT WAS AS OF YESTERDAY. MAYBE MORE BY THIS MORNING. SO IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE MASS MURDERS AS APPALLING AS THEY ARE AND HOW STRONGLY THEY HIT HOME, IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE STREETS OF OUR COUNTRY ON A REGULAR BASIS. AS I SAY AND I SAY THIS. I CANNOT SEE HOW WITH ALL THE GOOD INTENTIONS OF SILENCE AND THE REST OF IT THAT THIS CONGRESS CAN BE A HANDMAIDEN OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. AND GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA. WE'RE HERE TO REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT. THIS IS HEARTBREAKING. NEWTOWN WAS HEARTBREAKING. COLUMBINE WAS HEARTBREAKING. THE REFERENCE OUR COLLEAGUE MADE EARLIER TO THE ASSAULT ON OUR MILITARY FACILITIES, HEARTBREAKING. ASSAULT ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IS HEARTBREAKING. NOT RIGHT. YES, THIS ISN'T HOW WE DEBATE, DISCUSS, DISAGREE, COME TO SOLUTIONS. NOT WITH GUNS. WE ALL RESPECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT. WE ALL RESPECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT, THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IN AN UNFETTERED WAY BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO BUSINESS HAVING THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR ORIENTATION. LET'S HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO CHECK THAT. AND IF WE KNOW SO MUCH MORE. WE CAN WORK TOGETHER ON THE NO FLY, NO BUY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE ARE INFORMED. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS INFORMED ACROSS THE BOARD. RECANNOT GO DOWN A PATH THAT IS -- WE CANNOT GO DOWN A PATH THAT'S BEEN SUGGESTED BY SOME. LET'S DO THAT. TAKE IT TO COURT. BY THE TIME YOU TAKE IT TO COURT MORE PEOPLE WILL A DIE JUST AS MR. CLYBURN AS YOU ARE OBSERVING JUNE 17, ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MASSACRE. IF YOU'RE NOT DENIED IN THREE DAYS, THEN YOU'RE CLEARED. WHEN THEY HAD A TECHNICAL ERROR THAT CLEARED SOMEBODY WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CLEARED. SO LET'S MAKE IT RIGHT. BUT LET'S DO SOMETHING. LET'S ACT UPON THE VALUES THAT WE SHARE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S OUR FIRST RESPONSIBILITY. IN TERMS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, IN TERMS OF HOMELAND SECURITY, IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY AND PERSONAL SECURITY. LET'S NOT USE THESE BILLS THAT WERE TAKEN -- THAT WE'RE TAKING UP ONCE AGAIN AS AN EXCUSE, AS IF WE DID SOMETHING. NO, WE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING MORE. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT LOOK AS IF WE DID. AND THAT'S REALLY INCRIMINATING ON THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. WHEN WE KNOW WHAT TO DO. WE HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO DO T I BESEECH OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN TOGETHER -- TO DO IT. I BESEECH OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN TOGETHER IN A NONPARTISAN WAY, EXERCISE COMMON SENSE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AGAIN, WE'RE ORLANDO. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. WALTERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERING TERRORIST…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. AS WE MOURN THE DEATHS OF THE 49 AMERICANS AND PRAY FOR A FULL RECOVERY FOR THE 53 WHO ARE INJURED IN THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN ORLANDO, WE KNOW WE MUST DO MORE TO COMBAT RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISM. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS MEANS STRENGTHENING OUR RESPONSE TO ISIS AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS POSED TO OUR HOMELAND. THE HOUSE HAS PASSED SEVERAL BILLS TO COMBAT RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM, PREVENT ATTACKS, STOP RADICALIZATION ON OUR SOIL, AND KEEP TERRORISTS FROM ENTERING AMERICA. EACH OF THE THREE BILLS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION HAS ALREADY PASSED THE HOUSE WITH WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, BUT WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET THEM SIGNED INTO LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE COUNTERING TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. WE MUST SEND THIS BILL TO THE SENATE AND ON TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS SIGNATURE. AND THIS MUST BE DONE IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO DEFEATING ISIS AND PREVENTING RADICALIZATION HERE AND AT HOME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:05:23 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. IF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS --

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  • 10:05:32 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

    I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI THEN WILL RESERVE THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI THEN WILL RESERVE THE BAFFLE HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR HOW MUCH TIME?

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  • 10:05:46 AM

    MR. MCCAUL

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HERD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HERD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SPENT MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE CHASING DOWN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SPENT MOST OF MY ADULT LIFE CHASING DOWN TERRORISTS. I GATHERED SPENCE ON THEIR TACTICS AND PLANS.

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    MR. HURD

    I NOW HOW THEY THINK, UNDERSTAND THEIR MOTIVATIONS, AND KNOW WHAT IT TAKES…

    I NOW HOW THEY THINK, UNDERSTAND THEIR MOTIVATIONS, AND KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP THEFMENT OUR NATION JUST EXPERIENCED THE WORST TERROR ATTACK ON OUR HOMELAND SINCE 9/11. WHILE WE MOURN FOR OUR LOSS, WE MUST ALSO DETERMINE TO DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO KEEP ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS FROM EVER DOING THIS AGAIN. LET ME FIRST SAY THAT SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS COME INTERESTING BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON HOW TO STOP TERRORISTS ARE THE WRONG SOLUTIONS. BANNING GUNS IS NOT GOING TO STOP TERRORISTS. BANNING MUSLIMS FROM ENTERING OUR COUNTRY NOT GOING TO STOP TERRORISTS. SO WHAT WILL WORK TO KEEP THESE MURDERERS AWAY FROM OUR SHORES? HOW DO WE KEEP TERRORISTS OFF OUR COUNTRY? HOW DO WE STOP ISIS FROM RADICALIZING AMERICANS THEY HAVE NEVER MET AND THOUSANDS OF MILESWAY? THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY TAKEN SEVERAL STEPS TO DO WHAT'S NEEDED WHEN WE PASSED THE ALERT ACT BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE LOUDERMILK OF GEORGIA. THE COMBATING TERRORIST RECRUITING REP FROM MY COLLEAGUE FROMTOWN TFPBLET AND THE ONE FROM MY COLLEAGUE JOHN KATKO OF NEW YORK. THE HOUSE HAS LED IN COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS SPEARHEADED BY ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY LED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS CHAIRMAN MICHAEL MCCAUL. I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THAT COMMITTEE. THESE THREE BILLS ARE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL'S COUNTER TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. THESE BILLS WILL ENSURE GREATER COORDINATION BETWEEN FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHEN IT COMES TO SEEING RADICALIZATION AND STOPPING IT BEFORE AN ATTACK HAPPENS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE THE TIP OF THE SPEAR WHEN IT COMES TO ATTACKS LIKE ORLANDO AND SAN BERNARDINO. WE NEED TO DO MORE TO ENSURE THEY HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE NECESSARY TO DETECT AND STOP THESE KINDS OF ATTACKS. THESE BILLS WILL REQUIRE D.H.S. TO USE EFFECTIVE COUNTER MESSAGING TACTICS TO HELP KEEP AMERICANS FROM FALLING PREY TO THE PROPAGANDA SPREAD BY ISIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. I HAVE SAID IT MANY TIMES, I'M GOING TO SAY IT ONE MORE TIME. WE GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE AT THE RIGHT TIME, WE'LL KEEP TERRORISTS OFF OUR SHORES AND ON THE RUN. I SPEAK FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF RUNNING SUCCESSFUL COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS DURING MY TIME IN THE C.I.A. THESE BILLS ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO KEEPING TERRORISTS FROM ATTACKING THE HOMELAND. LET'S TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE PASSAGE OF THE COUNTER TERRORIST RADICALIZATION ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE UNLESS THE CHAIRMAN IS PREPARED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE UNLESS THE CHAIRMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MCCAUL

    KING MCCAUL:00 I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE --

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    MR. MCCAUL

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISS MISHAS NO OTHER…

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISS MISHAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I CO-HOSTED WITH THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I CO-HOSTED WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, A FORUM THAT TAKES EXPERT TESTIMONY ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY THREAT POSED BY ARMED MILITIA AND ANTI-GOVERNMENT GROUPS. WE WERE FORCED TO HOLD A FORUM BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR RESPECTIVE COMMITTEES, HOMELAND SECURITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES, HAVE REBUFFED OUR REPEATED REQUESTS FOR A HEARING TO EXAMINE THE DOMESTIC TERRORISM. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE THREAT OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM ECHOED ITS WILLING -- UNWILLINGNESS TO TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT FURTHER MASS SHOOTINGS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, WHILE I GENERALLY DO NOT OBJECT TO H.R. 5471, AND I WILL SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE, IT CANNOT BE THE SUM TOTAL OF WHAT THIS CONGRESS IS WILLING TO DO IN RESPONSE TO THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN ORLANDO, SAN BERNARDINO, CHARLESTON, AND THE CONCERNS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE NATION. WE'RE TASKED WITH IDENTIFYING VULNERABILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, A VULNERABILITY IN THE MINDS OF THE PUBLIC IS IF A PERSON CANNOT BUY A TICKET TO FLY ON A PLANE, BUT CAN GO BUY A GUN, THAT IS A VULNERABILITY. THE HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL IN ORLANDO AND IN OTHER PLACES HAVE USED, THAT'S A VULNERABILITY THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD ADDRESS. BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE THREE-DAY REQUIREMENT THAT IF IT'S NOT COMPLETED YOU GET APPROVAL TO BUY A GUN. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT TAKE LONGER. A VULNERABILITY THAT THIS CONGRESS SHOULD ADDRESS. BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE THREE-DAY REQUIREMENT THAT IF IT'S NOT COMPLETED YOU GET APPROVAL TO BUY A SO THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE IS APPLICABLE TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, TOO. SO FOR WHATEVER REASONS GUNS HAVE BEEN USED FROM TIME TO TIME TO PERPETRATE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. WE HARDEN COCKPITS ON AIRPLANES BECAUSE PEOPLE WANTED TO HIJACK AIRPLANES. WE BANED -- BANNED BOX CUTTERS FROM BEING ON AIRPLANES BECAUSE THEY WERE USED TO HIJACK AIRPLANES. SO IF TERRORISTS ARE USING GUNS TO DO HARM TO AMERICAN CITIZENS, THESE ARE TERRORISTS WHO WERE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS. SO WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THERE'S NO PROBLEM WITH THE THREE BILLS THAT WERE PACKAGED HERE TODAY. BUT I IMPLORE THIS BODY TO LOOK AT THE BROADER ISSUE OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM AND LET'S GET ON WITH THE BUSINESS OF ADDRESSING IT. THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. ALL OF US IN OUR OWN RESPECTIVE WAYS, WE CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE. BUT AFTER THE MOMENT OF SILENCE, AFTER WE GET OFF OUR KNEES FROM PRAYING, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO WORK AND RESOLVE THE CHALLENGE? THIS DO OVER PACKAGE IS GOING BACK TO THE SENATE AGAIN. IT'S ALREADY OVER THERE. SO WE'LL GO BACK. AND WE'LL SAY TO THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE, YOUR COLLEAGUES SAY DO SOMETHING. I SAY IF DEMOCRATS WERE IN CHARGE, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE'D DO SOMETHING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD -- WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO WAS A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD -- WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK. AN ATTACK BY ISIS IN THE HOMELAND. THE ORLANDO SHOOTER SAID AS MUCH IN HIS 9-1-1 CALL. THE ISLAMIC STATE TOOK CREDIT FOR IT SAYING HE WAS A SOLDIER OF THE CALIPHATE. WHAT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT? BOSTON, CHATTANOOGA, SAN BERNARDINO, AND NOW ORLANDO. ALL PERPETRATED, ALL PERPETRATED BY ISLAMIST TERRORISTS. WE HAVE TO DEFINE THE ENEMY TO DEFEAT IT. THAT IS A BASIC MILITARY STRATEGY. THE 9/11 COMMISSION, BIPARTISAN, IN ITS WISDOM, SO MANY YEARS AGO, SAID, THE ENEMY IS NOT JUST TERRORISM SOME GENERIC EVIL, THIS VAGUENESS BLURS THE STRATEGY, THE CATASTROPHIC THREAT AT THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY IS MORE SPECIFIC. IT IS THE THREAT POSED BY ISLAMIST TERRORISM. ESPECIALLY THE AL QAEDA NETWORK, ITS AFFILIATES, AND IDEOLOGY, THE 9/11 COMMISSION, MR. SPEAKER. NOT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THE 9/11 COMMISSION. WINSTON CHURCHILL DIDN'T DANCE AROUND THE NAZIS AND FASCISM. WE DEFEATED FASCISM BY CALLING IT WHAT IT WAS AND GOING TO WAR WITH IT. PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT REAGAN DIDN'T DANCE AROUND COMMUNISM. THEY DEFEATED COMMUNISM BY DEFINING THE ENEMY. TODAY THE ENEMY IN A GENERATIONAL IDEOLOGICAL STRUGGLE IS RADICAL ISLAMIST EXTREMISM. IF THIS PRESIDENT, THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THAT, THIS BODY NEEDS TO. THIS CONGRESS UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE THREAT IS AND WHEN WE DEFINE IT, WE WILL DEFEAT IT, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED ON THIS BILL. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED ON THIS BILL. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5471. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL --

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    MR. MCCAUL

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5293, THAT I MAY INCLUDE TABULAR MATERIAL ON THE SAME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783 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. 5293. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, KINDLY RESUME THE CHAIR?

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  • 10:17:06 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5293 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 10:17:16 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, A…

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 40 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:17:54 AM

    MR. YOHO

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. YOHO OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 41 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. YOHO OF FLORIDA.

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    THE CHAIR

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, AND A…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 10:18:19 AM

    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WILL BLOCK FUNDS FROM BEING USED TO ENGAGE IN HOSTILITIES IN LIBYA IN CONVOW VENGES OF THE WAR POWERS -- CONTROVENTION OF THE WAR POWERS RESOLUTION. THIS REAFFIRMS THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF CONGRESS WHEN DETERMINING WHEN U.S. FORCES ENTERS INTO ATTACK WHEN WE ARE NOT IN IMMINENT DANGER OF ATTACK. THIS WILL REAFFIRM THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO TARGET ANYONE IN LIBYA WHO IS NOT ISIS OR AL QAEDA OR AN ASSOCIATED FORCE TO EITHER WITHOUT GETTING EXPLICIT AUTHORITY FROM CONGRESS. MORE THAN FOUR YEARS AFTER A U.S.-LED NATO MILITARY INTERVENTION HELPED LIBYAN REBELS TOPPLE THE AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENT OF MUAMMAR GADDAFI, LIBYA REMAINS A FAILED STATE THAT IS A TERRORIST SAFE HAVEN. TO COMBAT ISIS AND POTENTIALLY PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES OF AN EMERGENT GOVERNMENT NATIONAL ACCORD, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT BEFORE U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IS INCREASED IN ANY ADMINISTRATION, THEY COME BEFORE CONGRESS FOR AUTHORIZATION. AND I WANT TO REITERATE THIS AMENDMENT WILL NOT LIMIT THE ABILITY TO GO AFTER ISIS OR AL QAEDA, AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. AT THIS TIME, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:19:48 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. CONYERS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE LIBYA WAR POWERS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    TO THE AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE SO THE GENTLEMAN --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RESERVE SO THE GENTLEMAN CAN SPEAK. THANK YOU, MR. CONYERS.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTROLS THE TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CONTROLS THE TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN?

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    MR. YOHO

    YES, SIR. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. CONYERS FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. CONYERS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK OUR LEADER ON THIS SIDE, MR.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK OUR LEADER ON THIS SIDE, MR. VISCLOSKY OF INDIANA, AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL HELP THE LIBYA WAR POWERS AMENDMENT WHICH WILL HELP TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS CAN CARRY OUT ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO AUTHORIZE WAR. THIS AMENDMENT IS THE SAME LANGUAGE THAT IS ALREADY INCLUDED IN THE BILL REGARDING MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA, AND IT HAS THE SAME RATIONALE. CONGRESS MUST BE CONSULTED WHEN OUR TROOPS ARE BEING SENT INTO HARM'S WAY. THIS AMENDMENT MAY NOT BLOCK THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FROM TAKING ACTION AGAINST AL QAEDA OR ISIS IN LIBYA, BUT IT WILL REQUIRE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION COME TO CONGRESS IF IT SEEKS TO SEND OUR TROOPS INTO LIBYA FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE. WHEN OUR COUNTRY ENGAGED IN MILITARY INTERVENTION IN LIBYA IN 2011 WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, THE RESULT WAS THAT LIBYA BECAME MIRED IN A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. THIS MISTAKE COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED WITH CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE. THIS UNDERSCORES THE WISDOM OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDERS WHO WANTED ROBUST CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE BEFORE WE COMMIT TROOPS TO COMBAT IN SITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE NOT BEEN ATTACKED. NOW, THERE'S GROWING TALK THAT UNITED STATES MAY HAVE TO SUPPORT THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED GOVERNMENT IN LIBYA WHOSE LEGITIMACY IS CHALLENGED BY OTHER ELEMENTS IN LIBYA. SO I URGE PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON THE ROLE OF OUR ARMED FORCES IN THE LIBYAN TURMOIL GOING FORWARD. IF CONGRESS WANTS TO HAVE A SAY, WE MUST SPEAK OUT BEFORE MILITARY ACTION HAS COMMENCED, AND SO I URGE YOU TO DO TODAY BY PASSING MY AMENDMENT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BUT DO I RESPECT THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT BUT DO I RESPECT THE STRONG FEELINGS OF THOSE GENTLEMEN WHO PROPOSED THIS AMENDMENT. IN ORDER TO PROSECUTE THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM, ONE OF OUR PRIMARY CURRENT MISSIONS, THE PRESIDENT, OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF RELIES ON EXISTING AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE , ANY ATTEMPT TO DENY FUNDING FOR EFFORTS IN LIBYA WOULD ALLOW ISIL OUTPOST IN NORTHERN AFRICA TO CONTINUE TO FLOURISH AND INDEED THEY'RE THERE. THIS AUMF, BETTER KNOWN AS THE 9/11 AUMF, IS CURRENTLY USED BY THE PRESIDENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE UNITED STATES MILITARY FORCES TO ADDRESS CONDUCTING CAMPAIGNS AGAINST TERRORISM WORLDWIDE. IT HAS BEEN USED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND BY HIS PREDECESSOR BUSH SINCE 2001. AN AMENDMENT OF THIS NATURE WOULD TIE OUR NATION'S HAND AND OUR ABILITY OF OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO ADDRESS WORLDWIDE TERRORISM. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ESSENTIALLY CRIPPLE OUR ABILITY TO CONDUCT COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS WITH PARTNER NATIONS, WITH OUR ALLIES AGAINST ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS AFFILIATED WITH TERRORISM. WE KNOW WHAT GENTLEMEN -- WHAT THE GENTLEMEN ARE TRYING TO DO. THIS IS A MAJOR POLICY DECISION. AS A CONSEQUENCE, I WOULD OPPOSE THEIR AMENDMENT AND BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. VISCLOSKY.

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    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE INTENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA AS WELL AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. I WILL BE RISING IN SUPPORT OF TWO AMENDMENTS SUBSEQUENTLY THIS MORNING RELATIVE TO HAVING A FULSOM DEBATE OF HAVING FORCE INTERNATIONALLY. IT IS TIME THAT CONGRESS HAS THE DEBATE. THERE IS NO QUESTION. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES. FOR THIS INSTANCE, WE HAVE ALL FOR PRACTICAL PURPOSES WE HAVE A FAILED STATE. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER COUNTRIES WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH US TRYING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. I'VE BEEN TOLD ENUMERABLE TIMES BY OTHER LEADERS OF THE NATION IF WE LEAVE THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO FOLLOW, SO I DO NOT THINK THE AMENDMENT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND DO JOIN WITH MY CHAIRMAN.

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  • 10:25:37 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS ONE MINUTE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS ONE MINUTE REMAINING. AND HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE ON THIS AMENDMENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 10:25:53 AM

    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESPECT THE OPINIONS OF MY CHAIRMAN AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESPECT THE OPINIONS OF MY CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, BUT I WOULD SMIES IF WE GO -- IF WE GO BACK TO THE NO-FLY ZONE IN LIBYA, WE USE THE 2001 AUMF. THE PRESIDENT DID NOT COME TO THIS BODY FOR AUTHORIZATION, AND THIS BODY DID NOT CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT AND IT HAS LED TO A FAILED STATE IN LIBYA THAT IS NOW A RECRUITING CENTER. HAD THEY COME TO THIS BODY, LIBYA MAY STILL BE RUN BY MUAMMAR GADDAFI, AND I'M NOT SAYING HE'S A GOOD GUY, BUT ISIL WOULD NOT BE THERE AND BE A FAILED STATE. LET'S BRING THIS DEBATE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND LET'S HAVE THAT DEBATE SO WE DON'T KEEP MUDDYING THE WATERS AND STRETCH AN AUMF FROM 15 YEARS AGO. I THINK IT'S IRRATIONAL. IT'S TIME TO GET THIS RIGHT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE COUNTING ON US, AND OUR MILITARY IS IN HARM'S WAY AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK AND I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED. FROIPFROIP MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE --

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  • 10:27:17 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    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. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:27:52 AM

    MS. GABBARD

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII.

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  • 10:28:06 AM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII.

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  • 10:28:17 AM

    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ALLOWING US TO BRING UP THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. BASICALLY THIS AMENDMENT ENDS THE FAILED SYRIA TRAIN AND EQUIP PROGRAM. THE FAILURES OF THIS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED AND HAVE RESULTED ULTIMATELY IN STRENGTHENING GROUPS LIKE ISIS AND AL QAEDA WITH TAXPAYER-FUNDED WEAPONS. MANY WERE AGAINST THIS PROGRAM WHEN IT CAME BEFORE CONGRESS IN 2014. WE PREDICTED THE PROGRAM WOULD FAIL AND IT DID. WE ENDED UP ARMING SO-CALLED FIGHTERS WHO DID NOT SHARE OUR OBJECTIVE OF FIGHTING ISIS. INSTEAD THEY WERE FOCUSED ON OVERTHROWING ASSAD WHICH IF SUCCESSFUL WOULD STRENGTHEN GROUPS LIKE ISIL AND AL QAEDA, CREATING AN EVEN WORSE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AND AN EVEN GREATER THREAT TO THE WORLD. THE CURRENT PROGRAM THIS BILL FUNDS IS EVEN WORSE. IT ONLY VETS THE COMMANDERS OF SO-CALLED MODERATE SYRIAN OPPOSITION FORCES. ONCE THE COMMANDER FINISHES SOME VERY LIMITED TRAINING, THEN THE U.S. PROVIDES ARMS AND EQUIPMENT TO THE ENTIRE BRIGADE WITH NO VETTING OR SCREENING OF THE THOUSANDS OF MEN WHO MAKE UP THESE UNITS. MOST CONCERNING OF ALL IS THAT NOWHERE IN THIS BILL OR IN THE NDAA STATES THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED TO TRAINING AND EQUIPPING ONLY THOSE WHO ARE FIGHTING AGAINST ISIS AND AL QAEDA. OUR STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS AND AL QAEDA IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW IS NOT WORKING. WE'RE WAGING TWO WARS IN SYRIA, PROVIDING ARMS AND SUPPORT TO GROUPS WHO HAVE OPPOSING OBJECTIVES. THE FIRST WAR IS A COUNTERPRODUCTIVE ONE, TO OVERTHROW THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT OF ASSAD WHICH NEEDS TO END. AND THE SECOND IS TO DEFEAT ISIS, AL QAEDA AND OTHER JIHADIST GROUPS WHICH WE MUST WIN. BY HELPING GROUPS FIGHT TO OVERTHROW ASSAD, WE'RE ESSENTIALLY HELPING ISIS AND AL QAEDA ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVE OF TAKING OVER ALL OF SYRIA. SOME MAY ARGUE THIS PROGRAM IS THE ONLY TOOL WE HAVE TO FIGHT AGAINST ISIS AND AL QAEDA IN SYRIA. THIS IS FALSE. . IN THIS AMENDMENT IS PASSED, WE CONTINUE TO TRUST PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WHO HAVE PROVEN THEIR EFFECTIVENESS AND COMMITMENT TO OUR SHARED OBJECTIVE OF DEFEATING ISIS AND AL QAEDA THROUGH OTHER COUNTERTERRORISM AUTHORITIES AND FUNDS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND VOTE YES ON GABBARD-WELCH AMENDMENT NUMBER 42. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:30:41 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:30:44 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE UNITED…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT. THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO TRAIN THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO FIGHT ISIL IN SYRIA SO THE UNITED STATES DOESN'T HAVE TO. SO WE DON'T HAVE TO SEND MORE OF OUR TROOPS OVER THERE TO DO THE JOB. THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ WAS FORMED IN APRIL OF 2013, GROWING OUT OF THE AL QAEDA IN IRAQ AND SINCE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST MAIN JIHADIST GROUPS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. ALTHOUGH THIS BILL CONTINUES -- CONTAINS NO DIRECT LANGUAGE TO FUND SYRIA, TRAIN AND EQUIP PROGRAM, FUNDING IS AVAILABLE IN THE BILL TO FUND VETTED OPPOSITION. SYRIAN CITIZENS HAVE EXPERIENCED BOMBING BY ITS OWN GOVERNMENT. THE OVERRUN OF CITIES BY ISIL. AND ISIL'S ACTIONS TO ERADICATE MANY OF THE COUNTRY'S MANY ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS NORTH AS -- MINORITY AS WELL AS WE ANOTHER THEIR DESTRUCTION OF SACRED AND HISTORIC SITES. THEY'LL STOP AT NOTHING TO PROMOTE HATE AND, YES, PERHAPS DO THINGS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD CRIPPLE OUR ABILITY TO CONDUCT COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATIONS WITH PARTNER NATIONS. FOR THE RECORD, U.S. AIR STRIKES HAVE KILLED OVER 25,000 ISIL FIGHTERS. WITHOUT THIS FUNDING, THESE AIR STRIKES WOULD CEASE. ISIL FOOTING IN IRAQ AND SYRIA IS A SPRINGBOARD FOR TERRORISM WORLDWIDE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATE THE PRESIDENT'S ABILITY, OUR CHIEF'S ABILITY, TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT. AND WOULD ALLOW ITS FURTHER GROWTH, ISIL'S FURTHER GROWTH, IN NORTH AFRICA. THE HORN OF AFRICA, AND ELSEWHERE, AND LEAVE OUR COUNTRY AND OUR ALLIES EVEN MORE VULNERABLE TO ATTACKS. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:32:42 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:32:47 AM

    MS. GABBARD

    I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM VERMONT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WELCH

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII CONTROLS 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. WELCH

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

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD. SHE'S GOT A PRACTICAL, BATTLE TESTED BASIS OF EXPERIENCE TO PROPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. SHE SERVED A TOUR IN IRAQ. SHE SERVED IN KUWAIT. THIS IS NOT A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER THE PROPONENTS OF THIS AMENDMENT RESERVE ANY DESIRE TO GO AFTER ISIS IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN. NOR DO IT MEAN THAT WE WANT TO RESTRICT OUR HELP TO RESPONSIBLE PARTNERS LIKE THE KURDISH PESHMERGA. WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IS IDENTIFYING A PROGRAM IT THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR FAILURE. IT WAS PREDICTED BY CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD THAT THIS TRAIN AND ASSIST PROGRAM FOR UNIDENTIFIED SYRIAN ALLIES, SO-CALLED, WOULD FAIL. AND IT WOULD FAIL BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A NATION STATE WE WERE DEALING WITH. IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM WHEN IT'S WITH A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT OR WHEN TRYING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT. MAYBE IN AFGHANISTAN, MAYBE IN IRAQ. WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A CIVIL WAR. WE HAVE AL QAEDA. WE HAVE AL LOUIS A, PEOPLE FIGHTING ASSAD. PEOPLE FIGHTING EACH OTHER. THE C.I.A. IDENTIFIED 1,500 DIFFERENT GROUPS. WE'RE ASKING OUR MILITARY, C.I.A., WHO DON'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, SOME DO, TO IDENTIFY WHO WILL BE, QUOTE, THE GOOD REBELS IN WHAT IS A CALDRON OF CONFLICT. THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT WE SPEND $500 MILLION IN BASICALLY ENDED UP TRAINING 100 PEOPLE. THEY DRIFTED OFF INTO THE BATTLEFIELD AND WERE QUICKLY KILLED OR CAPTURED OR DEFECTED. WHAT WE HAVE IS NOT SOMETHING WHERE WE'RE PREDICTING FAILURE. WE'RE HAVING SOMETHING THAT DID FAIL. AND NOW WE'RE DOUBLING DOWN ON IT, TAKING $250 MILLION AND ADDING TO A PROGRAM THAT DOESN'T WORK. SO WHY DON'T WE SPEND THAT MONEY DOING SOMETHING THAT CAN WORK? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:35:07 AM

    TEMPORE THE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED FOR -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII IS RECOGNIZED FOR -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAS 30 SECONDS REMAINING.

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  • 10:35:22 AM

    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS FROM MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS FROM MY COLLEAGUE FROM VERMONT. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A POINT OF CLARIFICATION THIS AMENDMENT WOULD NOT STOP OUR AIR STRIKES AGAINST ACIES. -- IDENTIFY SIFMENTS -- ISIS. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY PROHIBITS FUNDS THAT ARE SOLELY DIRECTED TOWARDS THE SYRIA TRAIN AND EQUIP PROGRAM, SECTION 1209. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:35:50 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINING TIME TO MY RANKING MEMBER, MR.…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE REMAINING TIME TO MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. VISCLOSKY.

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  • 10:36:00 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED.…

    I JOIN THE CHAIRMAN IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED. THERE IS NO QUESTION THERE WERE SIGNIFICANT FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS WITH THE FIRST ITERATION OF THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS A RECONSTITUTED PROGRAM, AND I WOULD WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES. SECONDLY, I WOULD WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO AUTHORITY UNDER THIS PROGRAM TO OVERTHROW THE ASAD REGIME. -- ASAD RE-- ASSAD REGIME. AND THE KURDS WHO ARE ALREADY FIGHTING, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PROGRAM DOES AND THE AMENDMENT WOULD CUT OFF FUNDING FOR THE KURDS. FOR THOSE REASONS WOULD OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND HAPPY TO YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 10:36:52 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRAYING

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME --

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII. SO…

    THE QUESTION SON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 10:37:16 AM

    MS. GABBARD

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    THE CHAIR

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    GABBARD

    HIFMENT MS. GABBARD: I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT AMENDMENT NUMBER 43 WILL NOT BE OFFERED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 44, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:37:52 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 44, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 44, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY MR. MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 10:38:04 AM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, AND A MEMBER POSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 10:38:15 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE BEEN RE-ENGAGED IN IRAQ SINCE JUNE OF 2014. SYRIA…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HAVE BEEN RE-ENGAGED IN IRAQ SINCE JUNE OF 2014. SYRIA SINCE SEPTEMBER, 2014. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THE TIME TO HAVE DEBATED AN AUMF WAS BEFORE WE BECAME MILITARILY ENGAGED IN THESE TWO COUNTRIES. WE HAVE REPEATEDLY HEARD FROM THE LEADERS IN THIS HOUSE THAT CONGRESS DOES, INDEED, HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DO AN AUMF AND IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED. BUT WE HAVE NOT DONE SO. I BELIEVE THAT BARRING THE PASS ANG OF THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD FORCE CONGRESS TO DO -- PASSAGE OF THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD FORCE CONGRESS TO DOT RIGHT THING, WE MAY NEVER DOT AUMF. PERHAPS WE LACK THE COURAGE OR PERHAPS WE'RE SATISFIED TO ALLOW THESE WARS TO RUN ON AUTOMATIC PILOT. OUR INACTION IS WRONG. IT'S AN INSULT TO OUR TROOPS. WHETHER YOU WANT TO EXPAND THESE WARS OR END THESE WARS, WE SHOULD ALL AGREE WE SHOULD VOTE ON AN AUMF. THIS AMENDMENT SAYS IF THERE IS NO AUMF, THEN THERE IS NO MONEY FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS. THAT GIVES US AMPLE TIME DURING THE REST OF THIS YEAR TO VOTE ON AN AUMF. THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES. PLEASE STOP MAKING EXCUSES. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 10:39:26 AM

    THE CHAIR

    TIME.

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    FRELINGHUYSEN

    NEW JERSEY VEFPBLGT MR. FRELINGHUYSEN: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME…

    NEW JERSEY VEFPBLGT MR. FRELINGHUYSEN: MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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  • 10:39:33 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE MCGOVERN-LEE AMENDMENT. A FIGHT AGAINST…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE MCGOVERN-LEE AMENDMENT. A FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ IS BEING WAGED USING THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION OF USE OF MILITARY FORCE. BETTER KNOWN AS THE 9/11 AUMF TO PROSECUTE THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. THERE ARE SOLDIERS ON THE GROUND AS WE SPEAK, AND THEY ARE TRULY DOING WORK OF THE LORD AND THE WORK FOR FREEDOM. AND WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT. OUR NATION NEEDS TO RETAIN THIS VALIDATED CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE TO CONTAIN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD. THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF NEEDS IT. THIS AMENDMENT MAKES A MAJOR POLICY CHANGE THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN OUR BILL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:40:21 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:40:25 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO JUSTIFY WARS IN 2016 ON AN AUMF IN 2001 IS LUDICROUS. AT THIS POINT I…

    TO JUSTIFY WARS IN 2016 ON AN AUMF IN 2001 IS LUDICROUS. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN WALTER JONES.

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  • 10:40:36 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. JONES, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:40 AM

    MR. JONES

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I WANT TO REMIND THOSE ON THE FLOOR TODAY THAT IT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU. I WANT TO REMIND THOSE ON THE FLOOR TODAY THAT IT WAS JAMES MADISON WHO CLEARLY STATED THE POWER TO DECLARE WAR, INCLUDING THE POWER OF JUDGING THE CAUSES OF WAR, IS FULLY VESTED IN THE LEGISLATURE. THAT IS US, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE MCGOVERN AMENDMENT IS AN AMENDMENT OF FRUSTRATION. BECAUSE AS HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID, WE HAVE NOT BEEN PERMITTED TO MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DEBATE WAR POLICY FOR THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE SENT FIVE LETTERS TO THE FORMER SPEAKER, JOHN BOEHNER, ASKING FOR THIS ABILITY TO HAVE AN AUMF OR THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE. NO ANSWER. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP WHO WROTE THE LETTER. WE HAVE NOW SENT THREE LETTERS TO PAUL RYAN ASKING THAT WE MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. NO ANSWER. WE'RE FRUSTRATED. WE NEED TO MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. MY LAST POINT I WANT TO MAKE VERY QUICKLY. IN DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR WE HAD SECRETARY CARTER BEFORE THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHICH I SERVE. WE HAD GENERAL DID YOU HAVE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE FOR -- DUFF BEFORE THE COMMITTEE FOR WHICH I SERVE. I ASKED THEM THE QUESTION, DO YOU THINK THE CONGRESS SHOULD DEBATE AND PASS THE AUMF? LET ME GIVE YOU QUARTER'S ANSWER, I THINK IT IS DESIRABLE TO HAVE A NEW AUMF. THE GENERAL, I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THAT A CLEAR AND UNEQUIVOCAL STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE MEB AND WOMEN -- MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAT ARE PROSECUTING THE WAR IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. IT WOULD BE SO HELPFUL IF WE COULD PASS A NEW AUMF. SO IN CLOSING I SAY THIS. IF WE WANT TO MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND WE UPHELD OUR HANDS TO SWEAR TO GOD THAT WE WOULD, THEN LET'S NOT SEND OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO DIE AROUND THE WORLD BASED ON 2001 AND 2002. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:42:39 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:42:43 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY RANKING MEMBER FOR ANY COMMENTS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY RANKING MEMBER FOR ANY COMMENTS HE MAY WISH TO MAKE.

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  • 10:42:51 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN ACKNOWLEDGING AND GIVING ME TIME. I DO RISE IN…

    I APPRECIATE THE CHAIRMAN ACKNOWLEDGING AND GIVING ME TIME. I DO RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AMENDMENT. THERE IS NO QUESTION THE SACRIFICE BEING GIVEN BY OUR TROOPS. WE AS MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OUGHT TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE PURPOSE OF THEIR SACRIFICE. THE AUTHORITY BEING USED TODAY WAS WRITTEN IN 2001. THE WORLD HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED. THAT ACT TALKED ABOUT USING ALL NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE FORCE AGAINST PERSONS OR ENTITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACK. SO I DO THINK IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BALANCE THE POWERS OF THE EXECUTIVE UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND HAVE THAT DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN, IF IT WAS ADOPTED TOMORROW MORNING, WOULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON FUNDING ON THE BEST DAY POSSIBLE THIS BILL DOES NOT BECOME LAW UNTIL OCTOBER 1. THAT GIVES US PLENT OF TIME. I DO APPRECIATE THE CHAIR VERY MUCH YIELDING.

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  • 10:43:55 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:44:01 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT,…

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO ONE OF THE SPONSORS OF THIS AMENDMENT, CONGRESSWOMAN LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:44:06 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN VERY STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN VERY STRONG SUPPORT OF THE MCGOVERN-JONES-LEE AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR HIS STRONG AND STEADY AND BOLD LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND ISSUES OF WAR AND PEACE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS AMENDMENT IS REALLY SIMPLE. IT WOULD USE THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO PREVENT FUNDING FOR COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA UNLESS AND AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IS ENACTED. WE ALL AGREE THAT ISIL MUST BE DEGRADED AND DISMANTLED. THEN WHY IS CONGRESS MISSING IN ACTION? THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION WAS SPECIFIC TO 9/11. EVEN THOUGH I VOTED AGAINST IT BECAUSE I KNEW IT WOULD BE BROADLY INTERPRETED, WHICH IT IS. IT'S A BLANK CHECK. ISIL DID NOT EVEN EXIST IN 2001. EVERY DAY MORE BOMBS FALL IN BATTLEFIELD EXPANDS. WE ALREADY SPENT MORE THAN $10 BILLION. THAT'S $615,000 PER HOUR. CONGRESS NEEDS TO SHOW UP FOR WORK, MUSTER ITS COURAGE, AND EXERCISE ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEBATE AND THE VOTE ON THE ONGOING WAR IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. WE OWE NOTHING LESS TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE IN HARM'S WAY. IT'S PAST TIME TO FORCE A DEBATE AND VOTE ON THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN AGAIN FOR HIS TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AND CONTINUING TO BEAT THE DRUM UNTIL WE GET THIS DONE. THANK YOU. .

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  • 10:45:35 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME I HAVE REMAINING?

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING. FOR WHAT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS 3/4 MINUTES REMAINING. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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  • 10:46:04 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 10:46:09 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, BECAUSE THIS IS A…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING, BECAUSE THIS IS A DEBATE QUITE FRANKLY WE NEED TO HAVE AND WE NEED TO HAVE IT IN MORE THAN 10 MINUTES. BUT IF YOU SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT, WE WILL HAVE THAT DEBATE. THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT ABOUT CUT -- CUTTING OFF FUNDS TO OUR TROOPS. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABOUT DERELICTION OF DUTY BY CONGRESS. IF CONGRESS KEEPS VOTING FOR THE MONEY TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO FIGHT AND DIE IN SYRIA, THEN IT SHOULD HAVE THE COURAGE TO VOTE ON THE AUMF FOR THAT MISSION AS THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES DEMANDS OF US. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. WE HAVE HEARD FROM LEADERS OF THIS CHAMBER OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THEY AGREE. WE OUGHT TO DEBATE AN AUMF. BUT EVERY TIME WE TRY TO FORCE THE ISSUE, THERE'S ANOTHER EXCUSE. WE'RE TOLD WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROPOSE AN AUMF. WELL, THEY DID. I DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE IT. SOME MAY LIKE IT. SOME MAY NOT, BUT WE OUGHT TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR, WE OUGHT TO DEBATE IT, AMEND AND IT VOTE ON IT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING VERY, VERY WRONG ABOUT THE FACT WE HAVE SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY RIGHT NOW, SOME OF THEM WHO ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THEIR DEPLOYMENT AND WE ARE CONTENT TO DO NOTHING. WE DON'T EVEN TALK ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. WE DON'T HAVE THESE DEBATES THAT WE SHOULD BE HAVING, AND ALL WE'RE SAYING -- I DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR VIEWS ARE ON THESE WARS, YOU OUGHT TO AGREE WE OUGHT TO HAVE A DEBATE AND THAT'S WHAT THE MCGOVERN- JONES-LEE-AMASH-GARAMENDI AMENDMENT IS ABOUT. OUR RESPECTFULLY ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THEIR DUTY. I THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK TO HIM.

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  • 10:48:07 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 10:48:10 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:48:13 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:48:17 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS DOES HAVE 45…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS DOES HAVE 45 SECONDS REMAINING.

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  • 10:48:30 AM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    OK. I STILL HAVE 45 SECONDS REMAINING. I WOULD AGAIN SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES,…

    OK. I STILL HAVE 45 SECONDS REMAINING. I WOULD AGAIN SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, THIS IS ABOUT US RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS ABOUT RESPECTING THE SERVICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO WE PUT IN HARM'S WAY. WE ALL KNOW WE SHOULD BE DOING THIS. WE HAVE TO HAVE THE GUTS AND THE COURAGE TO DO IT, AND WITH THAT I URGE PASSAGE OF MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:48:54 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    ALL TIME HAVING BEEN YIELDED BACK, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS --

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  • 10:49:10 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I REQUEST A ROLL CALL VOTE, PLEASE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 10:49:35 AM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK . IT'S LEE NUMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK . IT'S LEE NUMBER 20, 45 IN THE RULE REPORT.

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  • 10:49:43 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:49:50 AM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS.…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:50:02 AM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OK. WE'RE GOING TO TRY AGAIN WITH A VARIATION OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. OK. WE'RE GOING TO TRY AGAIN WITH A VARIATION OF WHAT WE JUST DISCUSSED. THIS IS, AGAIN, ANOTHER AMENDMENT TO RECLAIM OUR CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OVER MATTERS OF WAR AND PEACE, AND I ASK MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE LEE-JONES-WELCH AMENDMENT. OUR AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESS TO FINALLY PUT FORTH A NEW ISIL-SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE BY APRIL 30, 2017. THAT'S THE DATE WHEN FUNDING FOR THE OVERLY BROAD 2001 AUTHORIZATION WOULD BE RESTRICTED. NOW, UPON ENACTMENT INTO LAW, THIS WOULD BE IN OCTOBER, CONGRESS WOULD HAVE AMPLE TIME, UNTIL APRIL 30, 2017, TO COME UP WITH A NEW AUTHORIZATION. APRIL 30. NOW, MR. CHAIRMAN, 5,389 DAYS HAVE PAST SINCE CONGRESS WROTE A BLANK CHECK TO ENDLESS WAR TO ANY PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS STILL HASN'T ACTED. 686 DAYS SINCE WE BOMBED IRAQ AND A WAR CONGRESS HAS NEVER DEBATED OR SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED AND STILL CONGRESS HAS NOT ACTED. 632 DAYS SINCE WE STARTED BOMBING SYRIA, A NATION NOT COVERED BY THE 2002 OR 2001 AUMF, AND CLEARLY NOT INTENDED BY EITHER THESE TWO. AND CONGRESS STILL HAS NOT ACTED. 491 DAYS SINCE PRESIDENT OBAMA, SINCE SPEAKER BOEHNER DRAFTED AUTHORIZATION, AND STILL -- AND NOW WE HAVE A NEW SPEAKER, CONGRESS HAS NOT ACTED. AND 33 DAYS SINCE THE UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN FILED A LAWSUIT DEMANDING AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE WAR THAT HE AND OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS ARE FIGHTING, AND STILL CONGRESS HAS NOT ACTED. MR. CHAIRMAN, HOW MANY MORE DAYS UNTIL WE TAKE THE POWER TO WAGE WAR AND RETURN IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH CONGRESS? OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN'T WAIT ANY LONGER. CLEARLY CONGRESS MUST BE REQUIRED TO ACT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESS TO FINALLY DEBATE AND VOTE AND THE NEARLY TWO YEAR-LONG WAR THAT'S RAGING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, A WAR THAT'S ALREADY CLAIMED THE LIVES OF THREE BRAVE SERVICEMEN. WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE OUR SACRED CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A VOICE IN MATTERS OF WAR AND PEACE. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:52:33 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 10:52:37 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

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

  • 10:52:40 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A MAJOR POLICY CHANGE THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN…

    AGAIN, MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A MAJOR POLICY CHANGE THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:52:52 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    OF -- THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:52:59 AM

    MS. LEE

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

  • 10:53:01 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MS. LEE

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

  • 10:53:10 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS HAS BEEN SAID BY MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS HAS BEEN SAID BY MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, THE CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DECLARE WAR IS THAT OF CONGRESS, AND HOW IS IT THAT THIS CONGRESS AND THE CONGRESSES THAT HAVE PRECEDED US SINCE THIS -- THE HOSTILITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAS BEGAN HAS FAILED TO EVEN DEBATE AN AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE? THAT'S OUR DUTY, AND WE'RE DIVIDED BY MANY THINGS. WE SEE THE WORLD IN DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT WE ALL HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION THAT GOVERNS OUR CONDUCT. AND THAT CONSTITUTION SAYS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE ONES ULTIMATELY THAT BEAR THE BURDEN OF ANY CONFLICT, THAT THEY'RE ENTITLED TO OUR VOTE YES OR NO IN ENGAGING IN WAR. THE SECOND THING, A LOT OF CONCERN, SOMETIMES LEGIT MATE, SOMETIMES DEBATABLE -- LEGITIMATE, SOMETIMES DEBATABLE AS TO OVERREACH BY THE EXECUTIVE, HOW IS IT WE CAN MAKE THAT COMPLAINT IF WE CEDE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY BY IRRESPONSIBLY FAILING TO EXERCISE IT TO AN EXECUTIVE? CONGRESS MUST ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:54:31 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:54:36 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:54:40 AM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSMAN GARAMENDI.

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  • 10:54:46 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 10:54:53 AM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I TOOK MY OATH OF OFFICE, THE SPEAKER…

    MR. SPEAKER -- MR. CHAIRMAN, WHEN I TOOK MY OATH OF OFFICE, THE SPEAKER HANDED ME THIS CONSTITUTION, AND HERE IN ARTICLE 1 IT SAYS IT IS THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES THAT DECLARES WAR OR NOT. AND YET AS MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA SAID SO ELOQUENTLY, DAYS AND DAYS AND YEARS HAVE GONE BY BUT THE CONGRESS AND INDICATING ITS FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES, TO SEND OUR MEN AND WOMEN ONTO THE BATTLEFIELD AND YET WE HAVE NOT DONE IT. THE ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE SAID THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT AN ISSUE TO BE IN AN APPROPRIATION BILL. I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE. THE APPROPRIATION BILL IS ABOUT WAR, AND THERE ARE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THIS APPROPRIATION BILL TO CONDUCT A WAR THAT IS NOT AUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS. IT SEEMS TO ME ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT WE TAKE UP OUR RESPONSIBILITY, THAT WE DEFINE WHAT IT IS WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, THAT WE PUT ASIDE THE OLD AUTHORIZATIONS THAT ARE NOW 15 YEARS OLD AND CLEARLY NOT ONLY OUT OF DATE BUT INAPPROPRIATE FOR WHAT WE ARE DOING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES SAYS IT IS. 535 OF US HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE FAILED. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME TO MY ESTEEMED FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 10:56:33 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 10:56:36 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. CHAIRMAN.

  • 10:56:38 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

  • 10:56:42 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    REMAINS OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA?

  • 10:56:50 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 10:56:52 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I WOULD MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 10:56:53 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:56:55 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION. I HAVE SPOKEN ON THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. I…

    I APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION. I HAVE SPOKEN ON THE PREVIOUS AMENDMENT. I WOULD NOT REPEAT MYSELF BUT SIMPLY MAKE TWO OBSERVATIONS. SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS INCLUDING THE U.S. WITHDRAWING LARGE NUMBER OF TROOPS AND PRESENCE IN IRAQ, ALTHOUGH ADDITIONAL TROOPS NOW ARE MOVING TO IRAQ. CENTRAL COMMAND IS WORKING WITH PARTNER NATIONS TO CONDUCT TARGETED AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL, AND OBVIOUSLY WE'RE ENGAGED IN OTHER ACTIVITIES AROUND THE GLOBE. CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE CHANGED. WE OUGHT TO MEET OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND I THINK THE AMENDMENT THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS DRAFTED IS ELEGANT IN THE SENSE SHE HAS PICKED AT THE SAME DATE, THAT IS APRIL 30, THAT WE HAVE STRUCTURED THE O.C.O. FUNDING IN THIS BILL OURSELVES. IF WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME BETWEEN NOW AND APRIL 30, 2017, FOR A NEW ADMINISTRATION AND A NEW CONGRESS TO FIND MONEYS TO FIGHT THE WAR, WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO THE SAME. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.

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  • 10:57:59 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:58:00 AM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR CLARITY…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR CLARITY ON THIS ISSUE. IN THE NEARLY 15 YEARS, ACCORDING TO CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH REPORT, THE AUMF THAT HAS BEEN USED -- THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING TODAY, THE 2001 AND THE 2002, HAS BEEN USED MORE THAN 37 TIMES IN 14 COUNTRIES TO JUSTIFY MILITARY ACTIONS. IT'S BEEN USED 18 TIMES BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND 19 TIMES BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. THIS REPORT ONLY EXAMINES THE UNCLASSIFIED INCIDENTS. HOW MANY OTHER OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF CONGRESS OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? NOW, THIS AUTHORIZATION HAS NOT ONLY BEEN USED TO JUSTIFY WARS THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY BUT IT'S ALSO BEEN USED CLOSER TO HOME TO JUSTIFY WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE AND WIRETAPS, TARGETED KILLINGS OF DRONES, INCLUDING AMERICAN CITIZENS. HOW CAN WE ASK OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO FIGHT A WAR WHILE THIS CONGRESS CAN'T EVEN MUSTER THE COURAGE TO DEBATE IT? WE SPENT $615,000 ON THIS WAR EVERY HOUR. THE BATTLEFIELDS EXPANDS AND MORE AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS ARE PUT IN HARM'S WAY. HOW MANY MORE DAYS UNTIL WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS COMPLETE AND UTTER ADICATION OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY? NOW, THIS IS NOT A NEW ISSUE FOR ME OR EFFORT. I HAVE WORKED TO END THE RELIANCE ON THE OVERLY BROAD 2001 AUTHORIZATION BLANK CHECK. THAT'S WHY I COULDN'T VOTE FOR IT. AND I'M PLEASED TO SAY THIS EFFORT IS GROWING IN STRENGTH AND BIPARTISAN NUMBERS. CONGRESS MUST FINALLY TAKE ACTION TO VOTE ON A SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE IN THIS NEW WAR TO ADDRESS THE THREAT OF ISIL AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE US TO DO JUST THAT. WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO DO IT UNTIL APRIL, 2017. WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME, PLENTY OF TIME TO DO IT. SO LET'S STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION, OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY SUPPORTING THE LEE-JONES-WELCH AMENDMENT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD MY TIME.

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  • 11:00:04 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 11:00:15 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:00:19 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    RECENT DISASTER EVENTS IN YEMEN AND FRIGHTENING EVENTS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA…

    RECENT DISASTER EVENTS IN YEMEN AND FRIGHTENING EVENTS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA HAVE SHOWN THAT TERRORIST AFFILIATES AND NEW TERRORIST GROUPS ARE ON THE RISE. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATE THE PRESIDENT'S ABILITY TO ADDRESS THOSE THERE IS AND OTHERS THAT ARE COMING OUR -- THREATS AND OTHERS THAT ARE COMING OUR WAY. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN'S AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND ASK FOR OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. .

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  • 11:00:39 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:00:51 AM

    MS. LEE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    RECORDED VOTE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE…

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

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  • 11:01:08 AM

    MR. POLIS

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL ANNOUNCE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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  • 11:01:20 AM

    THE CHAIR

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 11:01:40 AM

    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:01:43 AM

    MR. POLIS

    MR. CHAIR, IN A TIME WHEN ALL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES ARE BEING ASKED TO DO…

    MR. CHAIR, IN A TIME WHEN ALL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES ARE BEING ASKED TO DO MORE WITH LESS, IT'S TIME WE ASK THE UNITED STATES MILITARY TO MAKE SMART CUTS TO OUR DEFENSE BUDGET SO WE CAN LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. WE CAN ELIMINATE INEFFICIENT AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS WHILE SPENDING TAXPAYER DOLLARS RESPONSIBLY AND IMPROVING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MY AMENDMENT GOES A VERY SMALL WAY TOWARDS PROTECTING THE FISCAL SECURITY OF OUR NATION WHICH IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. MY AMENDMENT WOULD GIVE BROAD AUTHORITY TO REDUCE THE OVERALL AMOUNT OF MONEY APPROPRIATED BY THIS BILL TO 1% IN THE AGGREGATE, I REMIND EVERYBODY A 1% REDUCTION IN THIS SPENDING IN THIS BILL IS STILL ABOVE THE ORIGINAL AGREED UPON DEFENSE BUDGET FROM THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. SO AGAIN, CONGRESS IS APPROPRIATING MORE MONEY THAN THERE IS IN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT. WHEN WE SPEND BEYOND OUR MEANS, WE MAKE OUR NATION LESS SECURE NOT MORE SECURE BY MAKING OURSELVES ECONOMICALLY BEHOLDEN TO COUNTRIES LIKE SAUDI ARABIA AND CHINA. EVEN WITH MY AMENDMENT, THIS BILL STILL SPENDS OVER $500 BILLION FOR DEFENSE, ABOUT AS MUCH AS THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED. SPENDS ON THEIR MILITARIES. THIS 1% REDUCTION IS SIMPLY A COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE BUDGET CONTROL ACT LEVELS AND THE SUGGESTED LEVELS IN THIS BILL. THIS BILL IN ITS CURRENT FORM FUNDS MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS AND WEAPONS SYSTEMS OVER THE AMENDMENT THE MILITARY ITSELF REQUESTED. 1% IS ABOUT $5 BILLION. NOW THERE MIGHT BE THOSE WHO CLAIM THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY TO FIND THAT MONEY IN THIS BILL. LOOK, I KNOW A LOT OF MEMBERS HERE HAVE OFFERED A NUMBER OF IDEAS ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRIM OUR OVERALL DEFENSE BUDGET AND IMPROVE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THERE'S HIGH PROFILE ITEMS LIKE THE F-35 AND L.C.S. THERE ARE ALSO LOWER PROFILE ITEMS. WHEN WE SPEND ON THE MILITARY, WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES A COUPLE QUESTIONS. FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE NECESSARY AND NEEDED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY? AND THEN SECONDLY, WHAT'S THE TRADEOFF AND DOES IT IMPROVE OR WORSEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TO SPEND BEYOND OUR MEANS AND BORROW FROM SAUDI ARABIA AND CHINA? THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY ACCOUNTS IN THIS BILL WHERE MORE MONEY IS SPENT THAN IS REQUESTED BY THE MILITARY ITSELF. WE CAN'T ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE CONVINCED THAT WE CAN SOMEHOW MAGICALLY SUSTAIN THIS LEVEL OF MILITARY SPENDING AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SAY WE'RE SOMEHOW ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE FISCAL CONDITION OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS AMENDMENT IS A SMALL STEP, A COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE BUDGET CONTROL CAP LEVELS AND THE COMMITTEE'S MARK. WE DON'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PROTECTING THE HOMELAND AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. WE CAN DO BOTH. WE WILL DO BOTH. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:04:30 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:04:35 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION, CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION.

  • 11:04:38 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:04:40 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FORCE THE DEPARTMENT TO ABSORB A REDUCTION OF MORE THAN $4 BILLION. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE ALREADY HAVE SERIOUS READINESS GAPS AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD FORCE A REDUCTION OF MORE THAN $2 BILLION TO OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS. FUNDING THAT SUPPORTS KEY READINESS PROGRAMS TO REPAIR OUR TROOPS -- PREPARE OUR TROOPS FOR COMBAT, ALSO FOR PEACETIME MISSIONS, INCLUDING FLIGHT TIME, BATTLE TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, AND FACILITY MAINTENANCE, AS WELL AS BASE OPERATIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE AMENDMENT WOULD RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS TO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. EQUIPMENT PROCUREMENT, MODERNIZATION, ALL OF WHICH ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THESE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT PROTECT OUR NATION FROM THREATS OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. WE'RE DEANLY AWARE OF UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES CONTINUE TO FACE ATTACKS AND THREATS FROM TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ISIL AND AL QAEDA AND OTHERS THAT SEEK TO DO US HARM. AND OUR TROOPS MUST BE READY TO FIGHT AT ALL TIMES AGAINST THE ENEMY EVERYWHERE. I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:05:49 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:05:52 AM

    MR. POLIS

    MY HONOR TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE CO-SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT,…

    MY HONOR TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE CO-SPONSOR OF THIS AMENDMENT, A LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, MISS BARBARA LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 11:05:59 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE, 30 SECONDS.

  • 11:06:05 AM

    MS. LEE

    LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN POLIS FOR YIELDING AND VERY IMPORTANT WORK TO…

    LET ME THANK CONGRESSMAN POLIS FOR YIELDING AND VERY IMPORTANT WORK TO BRING AND CONSISTENT WORK TO BRING FINANCIAL SENSE TO THE PENTAGON. I RISE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE POLIS-LEE AMENDMENT. THIS AMENDMENT WILL HELP REIN IN UNNECESSARY AND PLOTEBLOTHED PENTAGON SPENDING WHILE PROTECTING -- BLOATED PENTAGON SPENDING WHILE PROTECTING THE ACCOUNT OF OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS AND FAMILIES. OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS PENTAGON SPENDING HAS BALLOONED BY 50% IN REAL TERMS, AND WE STILL HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN ABLE TO AUDIT THE PENTAGON. TALK ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE, MY GOODNESS. 1%? THIS IS PITENCE IN TERMS OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO. BUT WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. PENTAGON SPENDING NOW CONSUMES MORE THAN HALF OF THE FEDERAL DISCRETIONARY BUDGET THAT WE OVERSEE. JUST OUTRAGEOUS. WE NEED A FASTER, SMARTER, MORE MODERN MILITARY, NOT BLOATED SPENDING THAT DRIVES UP OUR NATIONAL DEBT. MANY OF YOU MAY REMEMBER THE REPORTS OF CASH IN SUITCASES BEING PASSED AROUND BY KARZAI IN AFGHANISTAN. AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS, CASH. WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO? COME ON. WE COULD PUT THAT INTO HEALTH CARE FOR OUR TROOPS. RECENTLY "THE NEW YORK TIMES" MADE THIS CASE IN THEIR EDITORIAL, A FATTER NOT BERT DEFENSE BUDGET. I ASK TO SUBMIT THIS ARTICLE IN THE RECORD.

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  • 11:07:28 AM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:07:31 AM

    MS. LEE

    THIS ARTICLE LISTS PROGRAM AFTER PROGRAM, MANY OF WHICH OUR GENERALS DID…

    THIS ARTICLE LISTS PROGRAM AFTER PROGRAM, MANY OF WHICH OUR GENERALS DID NOT EVEN ASK FOR THAT HAS COST TAXPAYER DOLLARS BILLIONS WITHOUT MAKING US SAFER. IT'S TIME TO STOP POURING BILLIONS INTO UNNECESSARY AND NONSTRATEGIC --

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  • 11:07:51 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 11:07:54 AM

    MS. LEE

    LET'S PASS THIS AMENDMENT.

  • 11:07:55 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY INVESTIGATED.

  • 11:07:57 AM

    MR. FRIG

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. VISCLOSKY.

  • 11:08:12 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH, AS WELL AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I RESPECT THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH, AS WELL AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, BUT THE COMMITTEE HAS SPENT THE LAST HALF YEAR TRYING TO MAKE VERY DISCREET DECISIONS ON SPENDING. I THINK ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS NEGATE THAT AND THEREFORE AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING.

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  • 11:08:23 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RESERVE.

  • 11:08:24 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:08:26 AM

    MR. POLIS

    WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, AT WHAT POINT DOES ADDITIONAL MARGINAL DOLLARS…

    WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, AT WHAT POINT DOES ADDITIONAL MARGINAL DOLLARS SPEND ON DEFENSE MAKE OUR COUNTRY LESS SECURE BY MAKING US ECONOMICALLY BEHOLDEN TO SAUDI ARABIA, CHINA, AND OTHER NATIONS? AS THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA MENTIONED, DEFENSE SPENDING HAS BALLOONED, MORE THAN 50% INCREASES. EVERY ADDITIONAL DOLLAR WE SPENT IS NOT A DOLLAR WE HAVE. IT'S A DOLLAR WE BORROW, A DOLLAR WE BORROW FROM PEOPLE OVERSEAS AND A DOLLAR WE BORROW FROM FUTURE AMERICANS AND OUR CHILDREN. HOW CAN WE LOOK OUR CHILDREN IN THE FACE TODAY BY SPENDING THE MONEY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE EARNING OVER THEIR LIVES NOW WHEN WE ALREADY SPEND AS MUCH AS THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED ON DEFENSE, INCLUDING OUR ALLIES. IF YOU ADD IN OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES, ASIAN ALLIES, THAT'S MORE THAN 3/4 OF GLOBAL DEFENSE SPENDING. AT WHAT POINT IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? I PERSONALLY SUPPORT A 3% CUT, A 5% CUT, I'M ON THE RECORD SAYING SO. THIS IS A MODEST COMPROMISE. IT'S STILL ABOVE THE BUDGET CAP LEVELS. I HOPE EVERYBODY IN THIS BODY SUPPORTS THIS MODEST STEP.

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  • 11:09:34 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 11:09:36 AM

    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 11:09:37 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:09:41 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I URGE OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

  • 11:09:43 AM

    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. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 11:09:52 AM

    MR. POLIS

    ON THAT I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

  • 11:09:54 AM

    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 COLORADO WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 48, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:10:19 AM

    MS. MCSALLY

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 11:10:21 AM

    THE CHAIR

    NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY MS. MCSALLY OF ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 11:10:36 AM

    MS. MCSALLY

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER VISCLOSKY FOR…

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRELINGHUYSEN AND RANKING MEMBER VISCLOSKY FOR YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO HELP US GUIDE REPRIORITIZATION OF DEFENSE SPENDING. WHILE I BELIEVE MILITARY BANS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CEREMONIES, FUNERALS, HONORING THE FALLEN, PLAYING TAPS, THIS AMENDMENT LIMITS THEIR ABILITY TO PLAY IN SOCIAL FUNCTIONS AND DANCES AND THINGS THAT ARE REALLY OUTSIDE THEIR CORPS COMPETENCIES AND THAT OF THE MILITARY. SEQUESTRATION AND 15 YEARS OF WAR HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL ON OUR MILITARY AND THIS BILL IS HELPING TO TURN THAT AROUND. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK ON THAT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE AIR DOMAIN, WHICH I HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE, WE RECENTLY GROUNDED 1/3 OF OUR COMBAT FIGHTERS FOR THREE MONTHS IN THE AFERINGSE. THE AIR FORCE IS FACING A SHORTAGE OF 4,000 MAINTAINERS FOR AIRCRAFT AND 500 FIGHTER PILOTS. THAT SHORTAGE IS EXPECTED TO WIDEN TO 800 BY 2022. ONLY HALF OF THE AIR FORCE FIGHTER PILOTS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO FLY THE F-22, ARE RECEIVING THE FULL SPECTRUM OF THE TRAINING REQUIRED. 25 YEARS AGO WE HAD 134 COMBAT FIGHTER SQUADRONS, TODAY WE HAVE 55. AND 946,000 TOTAL FORCE MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AIRMEN, TODAY WE HAVE FEWER THAN 660,000. THE NAVY AND THE MARINE CORPS ARE FACING SIMILAR PILOT AND AIRCRAFT SHORTAGES. OUR ARMY IS DRAWING DOWN TO ITS SMALLEST SIZE SINCE BEFORE WORLD WAR II. YET TODAY WE HAVE 99 DIFFERENT ARMY BANDS. IN FACT, TODAY THESE BANDS WILL PLAY AT 22 DIFFERENT SHOWS WORLDWIDE. MOST OF THESE SHOWS, THE U.S.O. AND CIVILIAN BANDS WOULD LOVE TO FILL THE ROLE OF. AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE HEARD REPORTS THAT WE HAVE SHORTAGE OF BUGLERS, THOSE PLAYING TAPS TO HONOR OUR MILITARY. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THEM REPRESENTED AND SO THAT THOSE THAT ARE FALLEN AND SERVED HAVE THE HONORS THAT THEY DESERVE. WE SHOULD BE RECRUITING WARRIORS FOR THE ARMY WEBSITE IS TEARGETTING PEOPLE TO PLAY MUSIC FOR A LIFINGT DON'T GET ME WRONG. I BELIEVE THE BANDS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE. MY 26 YEARS IN THE MILITARY, I USED TO BE AT CHRISTMAS PARTIES WITH WING COMMANDERS AND GENERALS AND WE WOULD HAVE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY ENTERTAINING US. IT BOTHERED ME THEN. WHEN WE HAVE DIFFICULT CHOICES TO MAKE, WE'RE SPENDING $437 MILLION ON MUSICIANS' INSTRUMENTS, UNIFORMS, TRAVEL EXPENSES. WE HAVE SEEN REPORTS OF THINGS LIKE $11,000 FLUTES, $12,000 TUBEAS, AND $88,000 PIANOS. THESE ARE DIFFICULT CHOICES WE HAVE TO MAKE RIGHT NOW. IN THIS BILL. AND BECAUSE OF SOME OF THESE CONCERNS THAT WE HAVE HAD, I'M ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THIS YEAR'S NDAA WE ASKED FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE SIZE AND COST OF ALL BANDS ACROSS THE MILITARY. AND WHILE WE WAIT FOR THIS INFORMATION, THIS AMENDMENT WILL INFORM THE MILITARY CONGRESS DESIRES THEM TO USE DEFENSE DOLLARS ON DEFENSE. LET'S BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT AN ATTACK ON THE ART. I'M A VOCALIST MYSELF, I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE ARTS. WE HAVE TO AGAIN MAKE DIFFICULT CHOICES IN THESE BILLS. AND IN NO WAY DO I WANT TO DEVALUE THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST IN THESE ROLES OR SERVING NOW IN THESE ROLES IN OUR MILITARY BANDS. FOR EVERY DOLLAR THAT IS SPENT ON OUR BANDS TO REPRESENT -- TO ENTERTAIN AT SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, THAT'S A DOLLAR WE'RE NOT SPENDING ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES. BECAUSE OF THE SHORTAGE OF MAINTAINERS THE AIR FORCE IS ASKING US TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THINGS LIKE AIR SUPERIORITY. SIMILAR CHOICES HERE ARE RELATED TO DO WE WANT TO HAVE AIRCRAFT PARTS FUNDED OR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS? THESE ARE DIFFICULT CHOICES. MY AMENDMENT TODAY SIMPLY LIMITS THE FUNCTION OF MILITARY BANDS SO THAT THEY CAN BE PERFORMING THOSE CEREMONIAL DUTIES, PLAYING AT TAPS, FUNERALS, THOSE THINGS THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT ROLES FOR OUR MILITARY. WHILE OUR COMMUNITIES CERTAINLY DO ENJOY BEING ENTERTAPED BY OUR MILITARY BANDS, THEY WOULD PREFER TO BE FROKETTED BY OUR MILITARY. AND I URGE EVERYBODY TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND MAKE SURE OUR MONEY IS SPENT WELL ON DEFENSE AND THE BANDS ARE FOCUSED ON THEIR MOST RUE SHALL ROLES. -- CRUCIAL ROLES. I RESERVE.

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  • 11:14:46 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

  • 11:14:49 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I MOVE TO STRIKE THE LAST WORD.

  • 11:14:50 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:14:52 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT. AS SHE HAS WELL SAID,…

    I RISE TO SUPPORT THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT. AS SHE HAS WELL SAID, MILITARY BANDS PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN RECRUITING, RETENTION, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, THEY ALSO PROVIDE PATRIOTIC AND I.N.S. PIRSATIONAL MUSIC TO IMPROVE THE MORALE OF OUR SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND AIRMEN, ALL OF US SUPPORT THESE ROLES. . SUCH MUSIC MAKES OUR HEARTS SING. HOWEVER, I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER PROHIBITING THE USE OF FUNDING FOR CERTAIN EVENTS. THE BANDS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE DURING CEREMONIES RECOGNIZING THE SACRIFICES OF THE FALLEN, BUT THEY'RE NOT APPROPRIATE AT EVERY EVENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLELADY AS WE APPROACH CONFERENCE, TO ENSURE THAT THE LANGUAGE WE INCLUDE ADDRESSES THE GENTLELADY'S CONCERNS. IF THE GENTLELADY WOULD AGREE TO WORK WITH ME AND MR. VISCLOSKY ON THIS ISSUE, I'M SURE WE'LL BE PLEASED TO ACCEPT HER AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:15:51 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 11:15:54 AM

    MS. MCSALLY

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SPIRIT OF THE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE SPIRIT OF THE AMENDMENT AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND THE RANKING MEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S APPROPRIATELY TIGHTENED UP, SO IT MEETS THE INTENT OF THE AMENDMENT WHICH I THINK WE BOTH AGREE UPON. I APPRECIATE YOUR WORKING WITH ME ON THAT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:16:12 AM

    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 ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 74 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-63 -- 6 -- 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:16:42 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

    I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT SIMPLY PREVENTS ANY FUNDING FROM…

    I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT SIMPLY PREVENTS ANY FUNDING FROM BEING USED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS TO PURCHASE FUEL OR ENERGY FOR OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, IF THAT FUEL OR ENERGY ORIGINATES FROM --

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  • 11:16:56 AM

    THE CHAIR

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 11:16:58 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 74 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 74 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. BARLETTA OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 11:17:06 AM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 11:17:14 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

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

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AGAIN, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT SIMPLY PREVENTS ANY FUNDING FROM BEING USED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS TO PURCHASE FUEL OR ENERGY FOR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, IF THAT FUEL OR ENERGY ORIGINATES FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. TIME AND AGAIN WE'VE SEEN VLADIMIR PUTIN USE RUSSIAN ENERGY TO ASSERT HIS POLITICAL -- POLITICAL WILL OVER THE REST OF THE WORLD. IN FACT, JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, THE EUROPEAN UNION ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WERE SEEKING ALTERNATIVES TO RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS IMPORTS IN ORDER TO AVOID A REPEAT OF 2006 AND 2009. WHEN RUSSIAN SUPPLIERS CUT OFF THE GAS SHIPPED THROUGH UKRAINE, LEAVING MUCH OF THE WESTERN EUROPE TO SUCCUMB TO WINTER'S FREEZING TEMPERATURES. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT WE DON'T WANT OUR AMERICAN SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN TO BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD. TO ME THIS IS A COMMONSENSE ISSUE. WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN AT THE MERCY OF HOSTILE FOREIGN COUNTRIES. BY ENSURING OUR MILITARY DOES NOT RELY ON A RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO SUPPLY THE HEATING AND ENERGY NEEDS OF OUR MILITARY BASES, WE CAN PROVIDE CERTAINTY AND SECURITY FOR THE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:18:25 AM

    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 INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:18:29 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

  • 11:18:32 AM

    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:18:34 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. BUT I DON'T NECESSARILY OPPOSE THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THAT. BUT I DON'T NECESSARILY OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, BUT WOULD WANT TO MAKE SOME REMARKS REGARDING IT. THE EUROPEAN COMMAND BELIEVES THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT AND COSTLY TO ACQUIRE ENERGY FOR EUROPEAN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. AND I WOULD NOTE IN NEXT YEAR'S AUTHORIZATION THERE'S LANGUAGE INCLUDED TO STUDY THE LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT CAPABILITY GAPS FOR OUR MILITARY FORCES IN EASTERN EUROPE. RESULTS OF THAT ANALYSIS WILL INFORM THIS AMENDMENT AND MANY OTHERS RELATED TO THE EUROPEAN COMMAND AND THE EFFORTS OF THE EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. I BELIEVE CONGRESS SHOULD WAIT UNTIL THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL AND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HAVE HAD TIME TO ANALYZE EUROPEAN MILITARY INSTALLATION ENERGY SOURCE ISSUES, AND OFFER THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROPOSE A RANGE OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CONGRESS. I ALSO DO BELIEVE THAT IF THE AMENDMENT LANGUAGE IS BROADLY WRITTEN, IT INCLUDES ALL CONTRACTS AND THE RESTRICTION WOULD IMPACT A DEFENSE LOGISTICS ENERGY AGENCY. THAT ENERGY AGENCY WOULD HAVE TO INCLUDE A CLAUSE IN THEIR CONTRACT TO PROHIBIT MANUFACTURERS FROM PROCURING FUEL FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION. AS RUSSIA IS NOT A PROHIBITED SOURCE. THIS REQUIREMENT MAY HAVE TRADE AGREEMENT ACT IMPLICATIONS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LANGUAGE WOULD BE PROBLEMATIC, AS THE DEFENSE LOGISTIC AGENCY ENERGY DOES NOT HAVE THE VISIBILITY OVER THE SOURCE OF CRUDE OIL FOR THEIR SUPPLIERS. THE AGENCY DOES NOT HAVE SOURCING INFORMATION UNDER THEIR CONTRACTS FOR REFINED PRODUCTS BASED ON TRADE AGREEMENTS, CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS. CURRENTLY WE DO NOT HAVE CONTRACTS WHERE SUPPLIERS HAVE CERTIFIED THE REFINED PRODUCT IS SOURCED FROM RUSSIA. A FINAL CONCERN IS THAT IF THE AMENDMENT COVERS RUSSIAN AFFILIATED COMPANIES WHO PROVIDE NON-RUSSIAN REFINED FUEL, AGAIN, THE AGENCY DOES NOT OBTAIN DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING SUBCONTRACTORS. SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS. THE GENTLEMAN DOES RAISE A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE RELATIVE TO ENERGY USE, PARTICULARLY ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT. JUST WANTED TO MAKE MY COLLEAGUES KNOWN OF THOSE CONCERNS AND WOULD YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:20:54 AM

    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 PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:20:58 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. FRELINGHUYSEN.

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  • 11:21:01 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:21:03 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUE FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE. MAY I SAY, I…

    I WANT TO THANK OUR COLLEAGUE FOR RAISING THIS ISSUE. MAY I SAY, I ASSOCIATE MY COMMENTS WITH THE RANKING MEMBER AS WELL. MR. PUTIN USES RUSSIA'S VAST ENERGY RESERVES AS A POLITICAL TOOL, WE KNOW THAT, TO SUPPORT HIS ASPIRATIONS IN EASTERN EUROPE. -- IN EASTERN EUROPE. THIS RAISES, AS MR. VISCLOSKY SAYS, SERIOUS CONCERNS AND REMINDS US HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ENSURE THAT OUR MILITARY IS NOT SOLELY DEPENDENT ON RUSSIAN ENERGY. I DO HAVE SOME GENERAL CONCERNS REGARDING THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH MR. VISCLOSKY RELATES. AN AMENDMENT WHICH PROHIBITS THE USE OF ANY OR ALL FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES ON OVERSEAS MILITARY BASES, SPECIFICALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE EUROPEAN REASSURANCE INITIATIVE. WHICH IS INCLUDED IN OUR BILL. OR AN AMENDMENT WHICH IS DRAFTED SPECIFICALLY TO PROHIBIT FUNDS FROM BEING USED TO PROCURE RUSSIAN ENERGY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THEREFORE, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MR. BARLETTA AND MR. VISCLOSKY AND OUR ENTIRE COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT OUR MILITARY BASES IN EUROPE CAN CONTINUE TO RELY ON THEIR PRESENT DAY SOURCES OF ENERGY AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:22:16 AM

    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 PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:22:20 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

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

  • 11:22:23 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME.

  • 11:22:25 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

  • 11:22:31 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 11:22:37 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE MEASURE THAT WOULD PROHIBIT FUNDS WITHIN THIS BILL FROM ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS FOR ENERGY OR FUEL WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEATING OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. I HAVE LONG STANDING CONCERN REGARDING THE PROSPECT OF AMERICAN MILITARY INSTALLATIONS IN EUROPE, BEING EXPOSED TO UNNECESSARY VULNERABILITIES AS A RESULT OF BECOMING DEPENDENT ON FOREIGN ENERGY RESOURCES. RUSSIAN NATURAL GAS MAKES UP A MAJORITY OF THE FUEL MIX USED AT SOME MILITARY POSTS AND WE CANNOT ALLOW RUSSIAN COAL OR NATURAL GAS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE DIFFERENCE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. BY PURCHASING ENERGY FROM AREAS IMPACTED BY VOLATILE INTERNATIONAL OR REGIONAL POLITICS, WE ARE PUTTING OUR TROOPS AND OUR DEPENDENTS AT RISK. FURTHERMORE, WE'RE FILLING THE COFFERS OF HOSTILE REGIMES WHO SEEK TO USE ENERGY AS A WEAPON. FURTHERMORE, THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY GIANT. WITH CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO LIFT A 40-YEAR MORATORIUM ON CRUDE OIL EXPORTS, WE'RE SEEING NEW MARKETS DEVELOP AND WE MUST ENSURE OUR ALLIES IN EUROPE ARE PROVIDED A CHOICE. SIMILARLY, WE MUST UTILIZE AMERICAN-SOURCED ENERGY TO STRATEGICALLY SUPPORT OUR MILITARY INSTALLATIONS OVERSEAS. THIS IS ABOUT COUNTERING RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF THE BARLETTA AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:23:58 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:24:02 AM

    MR. BARLETTA

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE FOR CONTINUING TO WORK WITH ME ON…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE COMMITTEE FOR CONTINUING TO WORK WITH ME ON THIS ISSUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:24:10 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 75 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:24:35 AM

    MR. SMITH

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

  • 11:24:37 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 11:24:39 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 75 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. SMITH…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 75 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. SMITH OF NEBRASKA.

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  • 11:24:46 AM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND A MEMBER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA.

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  • 11:24:54 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 11:24:56 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:24:58 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE OPTIONS ON THEIR MENU WHEN THEY SEEK NUTRITION IN THE CAFETERIA AS THEY SERVE. IDEOLOGICALLY MOTIVATED ACTIVISTS ARE WORKING TO TAKE MEAT OFF THE MENU IN INSTITUTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE'S PLENTY OF EVIDENCE OF THIS AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN LIMIT THESE EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE THE CHOICES OF NUTRITION AT THEIR READY. MEAT CONTAINS VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS NOT READILY AVAILABLE IN A PLANT-BASED DIET. IN FACT, AN ENERGY SUPPLY TO MUSCLE CELL AND AIDS IN RECOVERY IS ONLY FOUND IN ANIMAL PRODUCTS. MY AMENDMENT DOES NOT INHIBIT THE ABILITY OF INDIVIDUAL SERVICE MEMBERS TO PURSUE A VEGETARIAN DIET IF THEY CHOOSE TO. NOR DOES IT PROHIBIT THE ARMED SERVICES FROM MEETING A DIETARY NEED OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE A VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN DIET. ALL THIS AMENDMENT DOES IS TO ENSURE THAT THERE'S ALSO A MEAT OPTION AVAILABLE. THANK YOU, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:26:03 AM

    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 NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 11:26:07 AM

    MR. FRELINGHUYSEN

    WE APPRECIATE YOUR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION AND AM PLEASED TO…

    WE APPRECIATE YOUR BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO OUR ATTENTION AND AM PLEASED TO ACCEPT YOUR AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:26:25 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU.

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    THE CHAIR

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 11:26:28 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    MR. CHAIR, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. VISCLOSKY

    IN THE INTEREST OF FULL DISCLOSURE, I WOULD INDICATE TO ALL OF MY…

    IN THE INTEREST OF FULL DISCLOSURE, I WOULD INDICATE TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE THIS EVENING THAT I DID HAVE MEAT AT LUNCH YESTERDAY. I ATE MEAT LAST NIGHT. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN ABOUT IDEOLOGICAL ACTIVISTS ATTACKING THE MENUS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. BUT I DO TRUST THEY WILL HAVE THE FORTITUDE TO RESIST THOSE PARTICULAR ATTACKS. PARTICULAR ATTACKS. I WOULD NOTE THAT THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT SAYS THAT NO FUNDS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THIS ACT TO BE USED TO REVISE THE D.O.D. FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM MANUAL NUMBER 1338.10 DATED DECEMBER 12, 2014. AND I WOULD SIMPLY NOTE THAT TODAY, IN MILITARY DINING FACILITIES, THERE ARE A WIDE VARIETY OF FOODS TO CHOOSE FROM, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT RELIGIOUS AND PERSONAL PREFERENCES, EVEN FOR CARVE VOIRS. THERE IS NO -- CARNIVORES. THERE IS NO POLICY TO ELIMINATE MEAT FROM THE NUTRITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR OUR MILITARY SERVICES. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE ARE VEGETARIAN M.R.E.'S. THERE ARE MEAT M.R.E.'S. INTERESTING ENOUGH, WHEN I HAD A RECENT CONVERSATION WITH GENERAL CARR, WHO IS THE GENERAL OF THE INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD, I SAID, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM TODAY? HE SAID, FITNESS. DIET AND PHYSICAL FITNESS. SO I THINK TO IMPOSE OURSELVES INTO A FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM MANUAL, PARTICULARLY THE GENTLEMAN IS A MEMBER OF A POLITICAL PARTY THAT TALKS ABOUT OVER-REGULATION IN THIS COUNTRY, IS AN OVER-REACH. AND -- OVERREACH. AND THE QUESTION I WOULD HAVE FOR MY COLLEAGUES IS, SHOULD WE START CONSIDERING WHETHER WE SHOULD BE USING DICED TOE MATEOWS IN OUR VARIOUS -- TOMATOES IN OUR VARIOUS FOOD SERVICE AREAS, OR WHOLE TOMATOES? SHOULD WE, WHEN WE SERVE TUNA FISH, HAVE CHUNK WHITE OR SOLID WHITE? I THINK AT THIS POINT IN TIME, GIVEN THE GRAVITY OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED OVER THE LAST THREE DAYS, RELATIVE TO OUR NATION'S DEFENSE, THAT WE ARE NOW MICROMANAGING AND FOR THAT REASON I AM OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT. BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 11:28:43 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MY AMENDMENT REDUCES THE REGULATION AND ENSURES THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN…

    MY AMENDMENT REDUCES THE REGULATION AND ENSURES THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE ADEQUATE CHOICES AT THE TABLE, AT THE CAFETERIA, WHEREVER THEY MIGHT CHOOSE TO EAT. THIS DOES NOT PROHIBIT ANYTHING. THIS JUST ENSURES THAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

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  • 11:29:01 AM

    MR. VISCLOSKY

    I AGAIN THINK THAT THE GENTLEMAN OVERREACHES, IS MICROMANAGING AND I'M…

    I AGAIN THINK THAT THE GENTLEMAN OVERREACHES, IS MICROMANAGING AND I'M OPPOSED TO HIS AMENDMENT. BUT I WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 11:29:07 AM

    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 NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 11:29:11 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. KING FROM IOWA.

  • 11:29:15 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA FOR BRINGING…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA FOR BRINGING THIS AMENDMENT. I'D LIKE TO JUST FOCUS ON WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS A HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES VEGAN-VEGETARIAN KIND OF INITIATIVE. THE ABOUT TAKING MEAT OFF THE PLATES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THEY'RE IN HERE IN THIS CONGRESS CONSTANTLY YEAR AFTER YEAR, WITH ANOTHER ATTEMPT AND ANOTHER ATTEMPT. THE USDA HAD MEATLESS MONDAYS AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SAID, I DON'T KNOW WHERE THAT CAME FROM, IT JUST HAPPENED. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT STAFF PERSON PUT THAT UP ON OUR WEBSITE, THEY TOOK IT DOWN RIGHT AWAY. OUR MILITARY, WE'D STARVE THEM FOR MEAT? WE NEED THEM TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND HEALTHY. THERE'S A PICTURE HERE FROM THE ATLANTIC THAT SHOWS A NORWEGIAN ARMY THAT HAVE MEATLESS MONDAYS AND THEY'RE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH MEATLESS MONDAYS. WHY IS THIS A POLITICAL AGENDA? LET PEOPLE EAT WHAT THEY WANT TO EAT. LET'S NOT TAKE IT OFF OF THEIR PLATE. THEY NEED IT. BY THE WAY, THERE'S A REINDEER ON THE SHOULDER OF THIS NORWEGIAN SOLDIER, THE NUMBER ONE MEAT IN ALL OF NORWAY. BUT THEY CAN'T EAT IT ON MONDAY BECAUSE OF A POLITICAL AGENDA THAT SEEMS TO WANT TO DRIVE THIS THING. LET PEOPLE HAVE FREEDOM, LET'S HAVE A STRONG MILITARY, LET THEM HAVE A LOT OF PROTEIN AND A LOT OF ENERGY TO DEFEND OUR GOD-GIVEN LIBERTY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 11:30:30 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 11:30:32 AM

    MR. SMITH

    I WOULD ADD THE U.S. COAST GUARD, ALTHOUGH NOT CONTAINED IN THIS BILL, HAS…

    I WOULD ADD THE U.S. COAST GUARD, ALTHOUGH NOT CONTAINED IN THIS BILL, HAS ALREADY ENGAGED IN AN AGENDA TO REDUCE -- REMOVE MEAT FROM SOME OF THE MENUS ON CERTAIN DAYS OF THE WEEK WITHIN THAT BRANCH. I WANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO SERVE IN HARM'S WAY WILL HAVE THE OPTIONS THAT THEY CHOOSE. I WOULD IMAGINE THAT GIVEN THE HEALTH IMPACT OF A HEALTHY SOURCE OF PROTEIN BEING MEAT, WE SHOULD AFFORD THE COMMEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM THAT OPTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:31:09 AM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE ONLY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS OFFERED ON THE AMENDMENT FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYE VS. T THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623. ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 BY MR. ELLISON OF MINNESOTA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 BY MR. ROGERS OF ALABAMA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 13 BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 BY MR. O'ROURKE OF TEXAS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 BY MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 BY MR. POE OF TEXAS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 BY MR. SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO. AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 BY MR. KING OF IOWA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 BY MR. LAMBORN OF COLORADO. AMENDMENT NUMBER 30 BY MR. MASSIE OF KENTUCKY. AMENDMENT NUMBER 31 BY MR. MASSIE OF KENTUCKY. AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 BY MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 BY MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN. AMENDMENT NUMBER 40 BY MR. CONYERS OF MICHIGAN. AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 BY MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII. NUMBER 44 BY MR. MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA. AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE THE TIME FOR IDENTIFY ANYELECTRONIC VOTE AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES TO TWO MINUTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SHUSTER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE YEAS PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 11:33:47 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 114-623, OFFERED BY MR. SHUSTER OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 11:33:54 AM

    THE CHAIR

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

    RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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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  • 11:59:34 AM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 205, THE NAYS ARE 216. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 205, THE NAYS ARE 216. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PROHIBITED IN HOUSE REPORT 114--- PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-63 OFFER BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELLISON, 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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  • 11:59:57 AM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. ELLISON…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. ELLISON OF MINNESOTA.

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  • 12:00:04 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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  • 12:03:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 172 AND THE NAYS ARE 248. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 172 AND THE NAYS ARE 248. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MR. ROGERS ON WHICH PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:03:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12, OFFERED BY MR. ROGERS OF ALABAMA.

  • 12:03:26 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 REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, 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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  • 12:06:47 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ARE 177, THE NAYS ARE 243. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED…

    ARE 177, THE NAYS ARE 243. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. QUIGLEY AND THE NOES PREVAILED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE.

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  • 12:07:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS. THE UNFINISHED…

    HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. QUIGLEY OF ILLINOIS. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, 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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  • 12:09:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 159, THE NAYS ARE 261. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 159, THE NAYS ARE 261. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:10:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 1 14-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 16 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 1 14-623 OFFERED BY MR. O'ROURKE OF TEXAS. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. 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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  • 12:13:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    YEAS ARE 157 AND THE NAYS ARE 263. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    YEAS ARE 157 AND THE NAYS ARE 263. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 17 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NAYS PREVAILED.

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  • 12:14:01 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. HUFFMAN OF CALIFORNIA.

  • 12:14:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. A…

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. 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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  • 12:18:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 268, THE NAYS ARE 153. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 268, THE NAYS ARE 153. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFER BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:18:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 19 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. POE OF TEXAS.

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  • 12:18:44 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. THE CHAIR WILL REMIND ALL MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO-MINUTE VOTE SERIES. THE CHAIR REMINDS THE MEMBERSHIP, IT'S A TWO-MINUTE VOTE SERIES. [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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  • 12:21:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 191, THE NAYS ARE 230. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 191, THE NAYS ARE 230. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONE AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:21:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. SANFORD…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 21 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. SANFORD OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 12:21:49 PM

    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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, 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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  • 12:25:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 156 --

  • 12:25:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 155RK THE NAYS ARE 265. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 155RK THE NAYS ARE 265. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 12:25:52 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 22 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. BUCK OF COLORADO.

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  • 12:25:58 PM

    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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. ALL MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTE BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. A REMINDER, 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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  • 12:28:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 205. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 216, THE NAYS ARE 205. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 12:28:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 24 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. BYRNE OF ALABAMA.

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  • 12:29:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    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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  • 12:31:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 223 AND THE NAYS ARE 198, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 223 AND THE NAYS ARE 198, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED.

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  • 12:32:08 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 25 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA. 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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  • 12:35:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 221 AND THE NAYS ARE 200. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 221 AND THE NAYS ARE 200. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:35:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 26 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, 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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  • 12:38:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 210 AND THE NAYS ARE 211. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 210 AND THE NAYS ARE 211. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KING AND THE AYES PREVAILED.

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  • 12:38:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 27 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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  • 12:38:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    BEEN REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED., 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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  • 12:41:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 207, THE NAYS ARE 214. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 207, THE NAYS ARE 214. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 29 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. LAMB COMBORN ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED.

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  • 12:41:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. LAMBORN OF COLORADO.

  • 12:41:35 PM

    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 REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN. 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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  • 12:44:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 245, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 245, THE NAYS ARE 175. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 30 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-6623 OFFERED BY MASSIE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:44:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. MASS QUEE OF KENTUCKY.…

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. MASS QUEE OF KENTUCKY. 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.] 1:00. 1:00. 1:00 .

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  • 12:50:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 19 , THE NAYS ARE 222, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 19 , THE NAYS ARE 222, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED -- 198, THE NAYS ARE 22, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRECIPITATIONED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, ONIFY FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 12:50:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 32 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. MCCOLLIN TOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 12:50:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    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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  • 12:53:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221, THE NAYS ARE 197, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 221, THE NAYS ARE 197, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. MULVANEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONE AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 12:53:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 33 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 12:53:41 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    A VORDED VOTE HAVING BEEN REQUESTED, THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. 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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  • 12:56:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 112, THE NAYS ARE 306. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 112, THE NAYS ARE 306. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 12:56:37 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 34 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA.

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  • 12:56:43 PM

    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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS, 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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  • 12:59:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE --

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    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 194, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 194, THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE RUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATEHE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:00:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN HOUSEEPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER…

    AMENDMT NUMBER 36 PRINTED IN HOUSEEPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:00:14 PM

    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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. ALL MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. MEMBERS, THIS IS A TWO VOTE. -- 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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  • 01:02:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 84, THE NAYS ARE 336. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 84, THE NAYS ARE 336. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED.

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  • 01:03:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 37 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 01:03:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. A…

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON. 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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  • 01:05:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    218 AND THE NAYS ARE 201. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A…

    218 AND THE NAYS ARE 201. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 40 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. KEN YEARS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:06:09 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 40 OFFER BY MR. CONYERS OF MICHIGAN.

  • 01:06:14 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THOSE IN…

    THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. 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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  • 01:08:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 42 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623.

  • 01:09:19 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623.

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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. 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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  • 01:11:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE YEAS ARE 135, THE NAYS ARE 283. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 135, THE NAYS ARE 283. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:12:15 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 44 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 44 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:12:23 PM

    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. NUMBER, 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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  • 01:15:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 135, THE NAYS ARE 285679 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 135, THE NAYS ARE 285679 THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED -- 285, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS MP POSTPONED. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 01:15:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 45 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MS. LEE OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:15:28 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 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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  • 01:17:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 146, THE NAYS ARE 274. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 146, THE NAYS ARE 274. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POE LESS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS -- POLIS, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED.

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  • 01:18:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 FINGERPRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 46 FINGERPRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-623 OFFERED BY MR. POLIS OF COLORADO.

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  • 01:18:20 PM

    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 ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS THE FINAL 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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  • 01:20:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 69, THE NAYS ARE 351, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 69, THE NAYS ARE 351, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE CLERK WILL READ THE LAVET TO -- THE LAST TWO LINES.

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  • 01:21:06 PM

    THE CLERK

    PAGE 70, LINE 8, THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE…

    PAGE 70, LINE 8, THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, TWENT -- 2017.

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  • 01:21:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 5293 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 01:21:34 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. 5293 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 783 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT? IF NOT, THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THE 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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  • 01:22:07 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL…

    A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:22:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. UNDER CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20, THE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. UNDER CLAUSE 10 OF RULE 20, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE OF RULE 20 -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5471. 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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  • 01:28:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 282, THE NAYS ARE 138. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 282, THE NAYS ARE 138. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5471 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 01:28:30 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5471, A BILL TO COMBAT TERRORIST RECRUITMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND…

    H.R. 5471, A BILL TO COMBAT TERRORIST RECRUITMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:28:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. 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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  • 01:39:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 02 AND THE NAYS 15, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES…

    THE YEAS ARE 02 AND THE NAYS 15, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES PURPOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RISE?

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  • 01:39:36 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I ASK TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. THE RULES COMMITTEE OUTLINED THE AMENDMENT…

    I ASK TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. THE RULES COMMITTEE OUTLINED THE AMENDMENT PROCESSES FOR H.R. 5485, THE GENERAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT AND H.R. 4768, THE SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT OF 2016. THE DEADLINE FOR AMENDMENTS FOR H.R. 4768 HAS BEEN SET AT 10:00 A.M. ON MONDAY JUNE 20 AND THE DEADLINES FOR AMENDMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR H.R. 5485 HAS BEEN SET FOR NOON ON MONDAY. THE TEXT OF EACH BILL AND MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WEBSITE AND FOLKS ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE STAFF WITH ANY QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:40:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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    321, I MISTAKENLY VOTED IOWA WHEN I INTENDED TO VOTE NAY. THIS AMENDMENT…

    321, I MISTAKENLY VOTED IOWA WHEN I INTENDED TO VOTE NAY. THIS AMENDMENT PROHIBITED THE USE OF GOVERNMENT DATA FOR OUR INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AND I FULLY INTENDED TO VOTE NAY. I ASK MY STATEMENT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.

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  • 01:40:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

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  • 01:41:00 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSES OF INQUIRING OF THE MAJORITY LEADER ABOUT THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK TO COME.

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  • 01:41:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HOYER

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR ANNOUNCING THE SCHEDULE.

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  • 01:41:18 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY, NO VOTES ARE EXPECTED IN THE HOUSE. ON TUESDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS, VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30. ON WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE -- WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON FRIDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF SUSPENSIONS NEXT WEEK, THE COMPLETE LIST WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW. THE HOUSE WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL SERVICE AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATION BILLS SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW CRENSHAW. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THE VETO MESSAGE OF H.J.RES. SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM FIDUCIARY. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A PACKAGE OF BILLS OFFERED BY REPRESENTATIVES JENKINS AND PAULSEN TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE THEIR ACCOUNTS TO PURCHASE OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER H.R. 4768, THE SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RADCLIFFE, WHICH WILL ENSURE THE LAWS THAT CONGRESS PASSES ARE ADHERED TO RATHER THAN INTERPRETATIONS OF UNELECTED AGENCY BUREAUCRATS. AND THE HOUSE MAY CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT INCLUDES ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO COMBAT THE ZIKA VIRUS IF THAT MEASURE IS READY AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:43:11 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE SCHEDULE. AND I WOULD ASK HIM ON HIS LAST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE SCHEDULE. AND I WOULD ASK HIM ON HIS LAST POINT ON THE ZIKA CONFERENCE, DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY INFORMATION AS TO WHAT MIGHT BE THE CONFERENCE AGREEMENT? I DON'T HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THAT. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY IDEA EXACTLY WHERE THE CONFERENCE IS GOING AND WHAT WE MIGHT EXPECT?

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  • 01:43:35 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I KNOW THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I KNOW THEY ARE WORKING VERY HARD AND THEY HAD MET YESTERDAY AS WELL. I'M HOPEFUL IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CONFEREES THAT THEY ARE CLOSE TO FINISHING AND EXPLAINING TO THEM AS SOON AS THEY ARE FINISHED, WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR ON PASSAGE. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK.

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  • 01:43:58 PM

    MR. HOYER

    LET'S HOPE WE DON'T GO HOME AND LET'S HOPE WE DON'T GO HOME THIS RECESS…

    LET'S HOPE WE DON'T GO HOME AND LET'S HOPE WE DON'T GO HOME THIS RECESS WITHOUT MEETING THIS HEALTH CRISIS TO OUR PEOPLE. I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE CONFERENCE WILL COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND WE CAN PASS IT HERE ON THE FLOOR. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE AT A LEVEL NECESSARY TO FUND THE WORK THAT NEEDS DATE OF BIRTH DONE TO RESPOND TO THAT. THE SFRATION HAS ASKED FOR $1.9 BILLION. HOPEFULLY WE CAN COME TO A NUMBER THAT WILL BE SUFFICIENT. ON THE APPROPRIATIONS, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL WILL BE ON THE FLOOR. OBVIOUSLY THERE HAS BEEN AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT WHEN AMENDMENTS WILL BE RECEIVED AND THE DEADLINE FOR AMENDMENTS CLEARLY INDICATING IT WOULD BE A STRUCTURED RULE. I WOULD SIMPLY AGAIN EXPRESS CONCERNS. WE HAD STRUCTURED RULES. THE GENTLEMAN MADE THAT POINT. I AGREE WITH THAT POINT. VERY FRANKLY WE WENT FROM OPEN RULES, WHICH WE STARTED OUT AND WENT TO STRUCTURED RULES BECAUSE FRANKLY IT WAS OUR PERCEPTION THAT WHAT WE WERE HAVING IS FILIBUSTER BY AMENDMENTS, AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT AFTER AMENDMENT FROM YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. AS THE GENTLEMAN WELL THE AMENDMENT PROCESS LARGELY HAS BEEN MORE AMENDMENTS FROM YOUR SIDE ON YOUR BILLS THAN FROM OUR SIDE, SO WE CLEARLY HAVE NOT BEEN DOING THAT. THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED SOMETHING ABOUT ABUSING THE PROCESS. FRANKLY, THE SPEEGER SAID THAT AS WELL. I -- SPEAKER SAID THAT AS WELL. I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THAT. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY INDICATION OF THAT. AS I POINTED OUT IN THE ENERGY AND WATER BILL, A MAJORITY OF YOUR MEMBER VOTED AGAINST YOUR OWN BILL. LARGELY BECAUSE IT PRECLUDED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT, WHICH SOME PEOPLE EXPRESSED THAT WAS THE REASON THEY VOTED AGAINST THE BILL. WHICH I THINK IS DEEPLY UNFORTUNATE. BUT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY, AND I QUOTE INTEREST THEM, THE USE OF SO-CALLED STRUCTURED AMENDMENTS RULES ABANDONS THE OPEN-ENDED PROCESS THAT G.O.P. LEADERS HAD HOPED TO ADOPT AS PART OF A RETURN TO, QUOTE, REGULAR ORDER FOR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. AGAIN, WE DID THAT. BUT WE DIDN'T MAKE A BIG THING ABOUT NOT DOING IT. WE DIDN'T SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S THE WRONG THING TO DO AND THE HOUSE WAS ACTING OUT OF REGULAR ORDER. WE DID STRUCTURED RULES SO WE COULD GET THE BILLS DONE ON TIME. I FRANKLY SEE NO EVIDENCE, NONE, ZERO, THAT WE HAVE DELAYED THE CONSIDERATION OF THESE BILLS IN ANY WAY. THAT WAS NOT THE TRUE -- I GUARANTEE YOU, WHEN I WAS MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE. OF THE HOUSE. STRATEGY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. NOT YOU. BUT ON YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE WAS TO DELAY THESE BILLS AND UNDERMINE THEM. NOW, WE HAD A LOT OF AMENDMENTS OFFERED BY YOUR SIDE THAT WE DIDN'T LIKE. WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE POLITICALLY FOR A NUMBER OF OUR PEOPLE. THOSE AMENDMENTS WERE PROVIDED FOR AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, WHEN IT GOT TO A POINT WHERE WE OBVIOUSLY COULDN'T GET THE BILLS DONE IN A TIMELY FASHION, WE DID GO TO STRUCTURED RULE. SO I DON'T CRITICIZE SO MUCH THE FACT THAT YOU'RE HAVING STRUCTURED AMENDMENTS AS I AM TO THE FACT THAT YOU SO COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT NOT BEING REGULAR ORDER. AS SOON AS YOU HAD A DIFFICULT AMENDMENT, THE LGBT DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT, THEREAFTER, WITHIN DAYS, ANNOUNCED THAT, OH, NO, YOU WERE GOING TO GO TO STRUCTURED RULE BECAUSE THE AMENDMENT PROCESS WAS BEING ABUSED. NOW, MR. LEADER, I DON'T WANT TO BELABOR THE POINT ANY MORE THAN I HAVE. BUT, AGAIN, ON THE DEFENSE BILL , WE HAVE SEEN AN EGREGIOUS, TRAGIC, HORRIFIC EVENT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ON POLICY, AND WHAT I FIRMLY BELIEVE IS A MISTAKE THAT WE'RE MAKING. MR. MALONEY WANTED TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT. TO SAY YOU SHOULDN'T DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CITIZENS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY. WE SAW A HORRIFIC EVENT SUNDAY MORNING WHERE A HATE CRIME WAS COMMITTED. A HATE CRIME COMMITTED, DIRECTED AT LGBT MEMBERS, AND PERHAPS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE LATINO COMMUNITY. BY AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. NOT BY FOREIGNERS. NOT AN INTERNATIONAL -- HOWEVER HE MAY HAVE BEEN MOTIVATED. BUT IT WAS CLEAR IT WAS A HATE CRIME. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE ALLOW DISCRIMINATION OR DO NOT PREVENT DISCRIMINATION, I SUGGEST RESPECTFULLY, MR. LEADER, THAT WE IN A WAY CONVEY THAT THE OK TO DISCRIMINATION. IT'S OK -- DISCRIMINATE. IT'S OK TO NOT LIKE THESE PEOPLE. WHOEVER THESE PEOPLE ARE. WHETHER THEY BE AFRICAN-AMERICANS, WHETHER THEY BE LGBT, WHETHER THEY BE PEOPLE BORN IN ANOTHER LAND. THE NOT OK. AND I DEEPLY REGRET THAT WE DON'T ALLOW THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. IT DID WORK ITS WILL, IT ADOPTED THE MALONEY AMENDMENT, THEN THAT BILL WAS REJECTED. YOU'RE RIGHT. WE VOTED AGAINST IT. WE DIDN'T LIKE THE BILL FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. BUT PRESUMABLY IT WAS GOING TO PASS. BUT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE MALONEY AMENDMENT. WITH YOUR VOTES. BECAUSE IT WAS YOUR BILL. THE MAJORITY BILL. WE ALWAYS PASSED OUR BILL, IF YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD, WITH OUR VOTES. WHEN WE OFFERED APPROPRIATION BILLS TO THE FLOOR. MR. LEADER, I AM HOPEFUL THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THE RULE'S GOING TO BE STRUCTURED, THAT THE MALONEY AMENDMENT, WHICH WILL SPEAK TO THE VERY TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED THIS PAST WEEK IN PART, NOT TOTALLY, BUT WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE MADE IN ORDER. SO THE HOUSE CAN LOUDLY AND CLEARLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY SAY, WE DO NOT BELIEVE IN DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FELLOW CITIZENS BECAUSE THEY ARE LGBT CITIZENS. I WILL YIELD TO MY FRIEND IF HE WANTS TO MAKE A COMMENT.

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  • 01:50:52 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I WANT TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I UNDERSTAND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERN. I WANT TO MAKE A POINT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO HAVE VOICES HEARD AND MEMBERS HAVE AMENDMENTS. I WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THE NUMBERS. I KNOW THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF AMENDMENTS, BECAUSE THESE BILLS GO THROUGH SUBCOMMITTEE, THEN THEY GO THROUGH FULL COMMITTEE, AND ALL TIME MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CAN OFFER AMENDMENTS. WHEN I LOOKED AT LAST YEAR'S, UNDER AN OPEN PROCESS, OPEN RULE, WE CONSIDERED 65 AMENDMENTS. ON D.O.D. WELL, WE JUST CONSIDERED 75. SO THE A VERY OPEN STRUCTURED RULE. I WENT BACK AND THOUGHT, LET ME LOOK AT OVERALL. IS THERE A HISTORY WITHIN CONGRESS THAT WE CAN MEASURE OURSELVES TO? IF I TAKE AS OF MAY THE 114TH HAVE CONSIDERED 1,269 AMENDMENTS OVERALL ON BILLS ON THE FLOOR THAT HAVE ALREADY GONE THROUGH COMMITTEE WITH THE AMENDMENT PROCESS, AND THE 113TH WE WERE AT 1,545. NOW, HOW DO WE MEASURE UP WITH OTHER CONGRESSES? AS YOU SPOKE, DURING THE MAJORITY OF THE 111TH CONGRESS, THEY WERE AT 778. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE, BUT I FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE IN THE FACT THAT VOICES ARE BEING HEARD, IT'S A VERY OPEN STRUCTURED RULE, FOR ONE THAT CAN BE OFFERED. ANOTHER POINT TO MAKE IS, WE JUST PASSED AN APPROPRIATION BILL DEALING WITH DEFENSE IN A LARGE BIPARTISAN MANNER. AND SO I BELIEVE IT'S WORKING. IT'S A PROCESS THAT CONTINUES TO WORK THROUGH. AND I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMEN ON BOTH SIDES AISLE TO HELP US GET A BILL THAT JUST GOT FINISHED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I DO WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YOUR WORK ON OUR LAST BILL. THERE HAVE BEEN NINE BILLS ON THIS FLOOR THAT HAVE DEALT WITH TERRORISM, THE RADICAL ISLAM THAT IS ATTACKING THIS COUNTRY AND OTHER COUNTRIES. FROM THE TASK FORCE THAT WE PUT TOGETHER AFTER THE ATTACKS IN PARIS. THREE OF THEM DEALING DIRECTLY WITH THE RADICALIZATION OF AMERICANS BORN IN AMERICA AND RADICALIZED AND THE DAMAGE. I MOURN OF LOSS OF THOSE AMERICANS AND PRAY FOR THOSE FAMILIES, WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH TODAY. THOSE BILLS HAVE SAT IN THE SENATE, BUT THE HOUSE HAD TAKEN THE ACTION AND TODAY WE PUT THOSE BILLS BACK TOGETHER TO MAKE IT EASIER ON THE SENATE TO BE ABLE TO MOVE THOSE INTO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND SIGNED INTO LAW. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS HELP AND WORK WITH THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:53:47 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. AND ALTHOUGH, AWE AS YOU SAW, WE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS COMMENTS. AND ALTHOUGH, AWE AS YOU SAW, WE HAD AN OVERWHELMING -- AS YOU SAW, WE HAD AN OVERWHELMING VOTE FOR THOSE THREE BILLS, WE'D ALREADY PASSED THOSE, THEY'RE IN THE SENATE, AND NOW WE PACKAGED THEM AND REPASSED THEM, I WOULD SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, HOWEVER, TO THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT, FRANKLY, THE EVENTS OF SUNDAY WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY THOSE BILLS. WE WOULD HOPE VERY SINCERELY, AGAIN, LET ME REITERATE, IN THE YOUNG GUNS, UNDER YOUR AUTHORSHIP, AND MR. HENSARLING'S --

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  • 01:54:32 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK YOU FOR BUYING THE BOOK.

  • 01:54:35 PM

    MR. HOYER

    THAT YOU BELIEVED IN THE BOOK THE THREE LEADERS OF THIS HOUSE, MR.…

    THAT YOU BELIEVED IN THE BOOK THE THREE LEADERS OF THIS HOUSE, MR. CANTOR'S NO LONGER WITH US, OPENNESS, CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES, NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT THEY MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE ISSUES, AND IN FACT THE SPEAKER, MR. RYAN, SAID, AND I'M SURE YOU'RE TIRE ED OF HEARING ME USE THIS QUOTE, BUT RYAN SAID HE WASN'T INTERESTED IN PLAYING THINGS SAFE, IF IT CAME AT THE EXPENSE OF OPEN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WE'RE NOT GOING FOR AUTO UP THE PROCESS. STRUCTURED RULES AUTO UP THE PROCESS. WE'RE NOT GOING TO AUTO UP THE PROCESS AND PREDETERMINE THE OUTCOME OF EVERYTHING AROUND HERE. I WANT THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIEND, I ASK THE SPECIFIC QUESTION, I WILL REITERATE THAT QUESTION, NOT ABOUT WHETHER WE'VE HAD 1,000 AMENDMENTS OR WE'VE HAD FIVE AMENDMENTS OR 700 AMENDMENTS, WHETHER OR NOT THE MALONEY AMENDMENT WILL BE MADE IN ORDER ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL? THE REASON I ASK THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD, I THINK, BEFORE THE HORRIFIC INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED ON SUNDAY, BUT A DRAMATIC DEMONSTRATION THAT THIS WAS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A HATE CRIME. AND IT WAS A HATE CRIME BASED UPON PREJUDICE. WHAT THE MALONEY AMENDMENT SEEKS TO DO IS TO PUT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES ON RECORD AS BEING AGAINST THAT DISCRIMINATION. THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. IT'S A CRITICAL ISSUE ABOUT WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS AND THE VALUES THAT WE HAVE. IT'S THE VERY KIND OF ISSUE, IT WOULD SEEM TO ME, TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, TO FALL INTO THE CATEGORY OF I WANT THE HOUSE TO WORK ITS WILL. AND THIS IS NOT SOME NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS OR THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER. THIS IS A SERIOUS, IMMEDIATE, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO A LOT OF OUR CITIZENS. AND WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE CONGRESS GO ON RECORD AS SAYING, WE ARE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN THAT REGARD. AND WE WOULD HOPE THAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BE MADE IN ORDER. WE CAN'T OFFER IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT AN OPEN RULE, WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO OFFER IT ON THE DEFENSE BILL. I WOULD HOPE THAT MR. MALONEY IS ALLOWED TO OFFER THAT ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL. AND THE HOUSE CAN CONSIDER IT. AND IF THE HOUSE DISAGREES WITH MALONEY, THE AMENDMENT WILL LOSE. BUT IT WILL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE RHETORIC THAT HAS BEEN INCLUDED FOR YEARS BY, FRANKLY, THE MAJORITY PARTY, MR. LEADER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WE WILL CONSIDER ISSUES ON THEIR MERITS. I'LL BE GLAD TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND. BUT I HOPE I CONVEY TO YOU, WE DON'T BELIEVE THIS IS A POLITICAL ISSUE IN THAT SENSE. WE BELIEVE THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE AND WE BELIEVE THAT LITERALLY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE FEELING VERY, VERY LONELY IN SOME RESPECTS, THREATENED IN OTHER RESPECTS, AND HOPEFUL THAT THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD GO ON RECORD IN SAYING, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST FELLOW AMERICANS JUST BECAUSE OF A CATEGORY THAT THEY MAY RESIDE IN. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 01:58:16 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EFFORT IN WHICH HE PUTS FORTH HIS ARGUMENT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EFFORT IN WHICH HE PUTS FORTH HIS ARGUMENT AND EVERY AMENDMENT BEFORE RULES WILL BE CONSIDERED. THAT WILL BE BROUGHT FORTH NEXT WEEK. I'LL KEEP THE MEMBER POSTED ON WHAT THE RULES COMMITTEE COMES FORTH WITH. ONE THING I DO WANT TO REMIND THE GENTLEMAN OF, THE NUMBERS SHOW THIS MAY BE A STRUCTURED RULE, BUT THERE WERE MORE AMENDMENTS OFFERED ON THE FLOOR UNDER A STRUCTURED RULE THAN AN OPEN RULE. THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST OPEN STRUCTURED RULES WE'VE EVER HAD. THE NUMBERS SHOW THAT THE NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS HERE ARE ALMOST TWICE AS MANY OFFERED IN THE 111TH THIS TIME BY MAY. AND WHAT'S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT, THESE BILLS HAVE GONE THROUGH COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE AND FULL COMMITTEE, WHERE ALL AMENDMENTS ARE OFFERED WITHOUT GOING THROUGH ANY RULES COMMITTEE. SO, YES, IT IS MY DESIRE TO HAVE THE VOICE OF INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AMENDMENTS ON THIS FLOOR. THAT'S WHY WE CREATED A STRUCTURE THAT HAS THAT PROCESS, TO BE ABLE TO WORK, AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:59:36 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN HAS JUST SAID, HE WANT TO HAVE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN HAS JUST SAID, HE WANT TO HAVE INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO OFFER AMENDMENTS -- WE WANT TO HAVE INDIVIDUALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO OFFER AMENDMENTS. MR. MALONEY WANTS TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT. THIS HOUSE VOTED FOR HIS AMENDMENT, AS THE GENTLEMAN WILL RECALL. THE MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE SUPPORTS THE MALONEY AMENDMENT. UNLESS THEY HAVE THEIR VOTES CHANGED. THEY HAD THEIR VOTES CHANGED, WE CAME BACK THE FOLLOWING WEEK, AND THE MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE VOTED FOR THE MALONEY AMENDMENT. UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL WENT DOWN. I SAY UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE THE MALONEY AMENDMENT DIDN'T GO FORWARD, THERE WERE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS IN -- THINGS IN THAT BAIL, -- BILL, A MAJORITY OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. HAD A MAJORITY OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTED FOR IT, IT WOULD HAVE PASSED. NOT WITH STANDING WHAT WE DID, BECAUSE YOU'RE IN THE MAJORITY AND YOU HAVE THE NUMBERS. SO I WOULD SIMPLY URGE NOT TO TALK ABOUT -- WE'VE HAD 15 AMENDMENTS OR 500 AMENDMENTS OR THIS, THAT. WE WOULD VERY -- FEEL IT VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS CONGRESS GO ON RECORD TELLING OUR FELLOW AMERICANS, WE DON'T BELIEVE IN DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT CITIZENS PERIOD. . THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE WOULD VOTE THAT WAY. IF THE MALONEY AMENDMENT IS VOTED, WE WILL HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE AND IN THAT REGARD, IT IS CERTAINLY NOT SPEESHOUS AND I HOPE IT BE MADE IN ORDER. I WOULD HOPE -- WE HAVE SEEN A 16-HOUR FILIBUSTER ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THAT WAS ABOUT BRINGING TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEGISLATION WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY OVER 75% OF AMERICANS. FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU CAN'T FLY, YOU OUGHT NOT TO BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN. IF YOU ARE SO DANGEROUS THAT YOU CAN'T GET ON A PLANE, YOU OUGHT NOT TO BE ALLOWED TO BUY A GUN. AND SECONDLY, AMERICANS SUPPORT ENHANCED BACKGROUND CHECKS. THOSE TWO ISSUES AND I'M LED TO BELIEVE -- I HAVEN'T DONE THE POLL, THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE N.R.A., NOT THE ASSOCIATION ITSELF, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ITSELF BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS WHEN ASKED SUPPORT THOSE TWO PROPOSITIONS AND I WOULD HOPE, MR. LEADER, THEY WOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR SO THAT THE HOUSE COULD WORK ITS WILL, AGAIN ON THE PREMISE, AS YOU HAVE STATED AND OTHERS HAVE STATED IN YOUR PARTY THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE HOUSE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK ITS WILL ON IMPORTANT ISSUES. THAT, WE BELIEVE IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I WOULD HOPE THE GENTLEMAN COULD ASSURE ME THAT COULD BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR IN THE VERY, VERY NEAR FUTURE. AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND IF HE WANTS TO RESPOND.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS AND THANK YOU FOR BUYING THE BOOK, I THOUGHT ONLY…

    AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS AND THANK YOU FOR BUYING THE BOOK, I THOUGHT ONLY MY MOTHER DID. AN OPEN PROCESS MEANS GOING THROUGH COMMITTEE. AND SO I CAN'T WIELD SOMETHING TO COME TO THE FLOOR. WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH COMMITTEES. TIMES LIKE THIS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE FEAR DOESN'T GET THE BETTER OF US. IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR US TO DISCUSS OPTIONS THAT COULD PREVENT THE NEXT ATTACK. THE LAST BILL WE JUST PASSED THAT DEALT WITH THE RADICALIZATION OF AMERICANS. BUT WE CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF OUR BASIC RIGHTS INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS. IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME, I EXPECT THE HOUSE WILL TAKE ADDITIONAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE THREAT POSED BY ISIL AND OTHERS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN DO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS.

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    MR. HOYER

    LET ME REMIND HIM, ALTHOUGH THERE IS SOME RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN -- BECAUSE…

    LET ME REMIND HIM, ALTHOUGH THERE IS SOME RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN -- BECAUSE OF SELF-PROCLAMATION AND THE KILLER, THE PERSON WHO CREATED THE MASSACRE IN ORLANDO, THE MASSACRE IN CHARLESTON, NO RELATIONSHIP TO ISIL OR ANYBODY IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. HE DIDN'T LIKE AFRICAN-AMERICANS. HE KILLED THEM BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. AND WE SPEAK OUT AGAINST THAT, PROPERLY SO. HAD THE BACKGROUND CHECK BEEN APPROPRIATE IN THAT CASE, THAT MAY HAVE BEEN STOPPED. WE DON'T KNOW. BUT IT'S CERTAINLY WORTH MAKING THE EFFORT TO ASSURE THAT GUNS DO NOT GET IN THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO OUGHT NOT TO HAVE THEM. AGAIN, AS I SAY, THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT THAT. AND YES, THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK WAS BOTTLED UP IN COMMITTEE. OVER 2 1/2 YEARS. AND WHEN IT FINALLY GOT TO THE FLOOR, A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS AND ALL BUT ONE DEMOCRAT VOTED FOR IT, OVER 300 VOTES FOR IT. IT WAS BOTTLED UP IN COMMITTEE. THAT MAY BE REGULAR ORDER, BUT IT IS NOT OPENNESS, IT IS NOT HAVING THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. SO I WOULD URGE THAT THOSE TWO ITEMS IN PARTICULAR, THE NO-FLY-NO BUY LEGISLATION AND THE ENHANCED ABILITY TO KNOW WHETHER PEOPLE OUGHT TO HAVE GUNS OR NOT. SUFFERING FROM SORT OF A MENTAL PROBLEM OR HAVE CRIMINAL RECORDS. I WOULD HOPE WE COULD BRING THAT TO THE FLOOR AND HAVE THIS HOUSE WORK ITS WILL AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED YOUR SIDE WOULD DO WHEN IT'S IN POWER AND YOU HAVE BEEN IN POWER FOR SOME TIME.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. FOR ONE POINT, IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD YIELD. FOR ONE POINT, IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK AND I WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:06:11 PM

    MR. HOYER

    ANOTHER VICIOUS ATTACK ON ME. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER WHO IS ALWAYS…

    ANOTHER VICIOUS ATTACK ON ME. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER WHO IS ALWAYS VERY KIND AND I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:06:28 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 2:00 P.M. MONDAY NEXT AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE JANUARY 5 NOT APPLY ON THAT DAY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 02:06:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 812 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE INDIAN TRUST ASSET MANAGEMENT REFORM…

    H.R. 812 AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE INDIAN TRUST ASSET MANAGEMENT REFORM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    MR. COFFMAN

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BOY'S BASEBALL TEAM OF CHEROKEE TRAIL HIGH…

    I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE BOY'S BASEBALL TEAM OF CHEROKEE TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL ON WINNING THE 2016 COLORADO 5-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON MAY 29, 2016. THE STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO WERE PART OF THE COUGAR WINNING TEAM DESERVED TO BE HONOR FOR WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEY WON THE 4-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE COUGARS BEAT ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL 5-1 IN THE SERIES AND ENDED THE SEASON WITH A 25-5 RECORD. THE BOYS OF CHEROKEE TRAIL BASEBALL TEAM WERE DEDICATED, WORKED HARD AND PERSEVERED. THESE TRAITS WERE A KEY FACTOR TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT WINNING WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE TIRELESS LEADERSHIP OF THEIR HEAD COACH AND HIS COMMENDABLE STAFF. IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE I JOIN ALL OF THE RESIDENTS OF AURORA COLORADO IN JOINING THE COUGARS ON THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MRS. BEATTY

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WILL WE HAVE LEGISLATION TO HELP STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WILL WE HAVE LEGISLATION TO HELP STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE, ORLANDO, CHARLESTON, SAN BERNANDINO, NEWTOWN, AURORA, FORT HOOD, VIRGINIA TECH, AND YES, THE LIST GOES ON. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY FEW DAYS WE SEE YET ANOTHER SHOOTING AND MORE SCORES OF INNOCENT LIVES CUT SHORT. I BELIEVE LIKE THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS I AM READY TO WAKE UP FROM THIS NIGHTMARE. I KNOW MANY IN THIS CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, FEEL THE SAME WAY, TOO. WELL, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FOR MOTIVATION. THE OUTPOURING AND LOVE AND COMING TOGETHER FOLLOWING THE CHARLESTON NINE SHOOTING, JUST 365 DAYS AGO TOMORROW BROUGHT DOWN A SYMBOL OF RACISM AND HATE THAT HUNG FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY. MR. SPEAKER, LET OUR ACTIONS AND COLLECTIVE RESOLVE IN THE WAKE OF CHARLESTON SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE FOR LONG OVERDUE ACTIONS ON GUNS IN THE WAKE OF ORLANDO. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED US TO BE UNITED TO COME TOGETHER STRONG AND I WANT TO THANK COLUMBUS, OHIO IN MY DISTRICT FOR BEING COLUMBUS STRONG AGAINST HATRED, DISCRIMATION AND THE VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR LGBT COMMUNITY AND OTHER COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY AND ASKING THIS HOUSE AND SPEAKER RYAN TO DO THE SAME. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. LAMALFA

    I RISE TO HONOR A GREAT FRIEND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARIE WHITTAKER.…

    I RISE TO HONOR A GREAT FRIEND IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, MARIE WHITTAKER. SHE WAS A GIANT IN THE REAL ESTATE AGENCY OF NORTHE CALIFORNIA. SHE PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 9. SHE MOVED TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IN 1978 TO BECOME THE OFFICER OFFICER OF THE SHASTA OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE RETORS. NOT ONLY WAS MAR ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN EXECUTIVES BUT BROUGHT TREMENDOUS SUCCESS TO HER ASSOCIATION MAKING ONE OF CALIFORNIA'SOP REAL ESTATE ADVOCACY GROUPS BEFORE SHE DECIDED TO STEP DOWN IN 2007. I KNEW MARIE PERSONALLY AS A FRIEND AND A LADY WITH A NICE TOUCH AND ABILITY TO GET THINGS DONE DURING MY TIME AND WORKING WITH HER AND HER ASSOCIATION AND WAS A PLEASURE AND WE WILL MISS HER. MARIE IS SURVIVED BY HER BROTHER MIKE, SISTER AND HUSBAND AND SON. SHE MADE A BIG IMPRESSION ON HER CLIENTS IN THE NORTH STATE. GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GARAMDI

    OVER THE LAST CENTURY, THESE ORGNIZATIONS HAVE PROVIDED CRITICAL FUNDING…

    OVER THE LAST CENTURY, THESE ORGNIZATIONS HAVE PROVIDED CRITICAL FUNDING FOR OUR NEW FARMERS, FARMERS THAT HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS AND FAMILIES FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. I KNOW IN MY OWN FAMILY SITUATION, MY FATHER WAS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE LAND BANK IN STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. MY WIFE AND I WANTED TO START OUR OWN RANCH FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS WE RELIED ON THE FARM CREDIT ASSOCIATIONS. SO IT IS ACROSS AMERICA AS FARMERS ARE PROVIDING THE FOOD TO OUR NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD, THE FARM CREDIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE THERE TO MAKE SURE THE MONEY IS AVAILAB FOR THE OPERATIONS OF THOSE FARMS AND RANCHES. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. JACKN LEE

    SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES RIGHTLY SO…

    SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES RIGHTLY SO HAS GONE TO -- HAVE GONE TO ORLANDO, FLORIDA TO BE WITH THE SENATE DELEGATION AND CONGRESSWOMAN BROWN, OUR COLLEAGUE WHOSE DISTRICT WAS IMPACTED BY THIS HEINOUS ACT. I THANK HIM FOR THAT AND BRINGING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER RECOGNIZING THAT WE ARE NOT HERE TO BLAME MUSLIMS OR PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITH, BUT HERE TO DRAW TOGETHER AND I WANT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY TO KNOW WE STAND WITH THEM AND THEIR OUTRAGE OVER THIS INCIDENT AND THEIR RECOGNITION OF THE VALUES OF THEIR FAITH. LET ME ALSO SAY THAT WE HONOR AND MOURN THE LATINO COMMUNITY AND THOSE FROM THE LATINO COMMUNITY WHO DIED IN THIS HEINOUS ACT AND WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CONGRESSMAN BROWN AND I INTRODUCED H.R. 5470 WHICH REQUIRES THAT BEFORE ANYONE ACHIEVES OR GETS A -- AN ASSAULT WEAPON THEY MUST ANSWER QUESTION ABOUT EVIDENCE AND RECENT CAGGETS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN -- THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN, IT MUST BE VERIFIED. LET ME SAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE WANT THE NATION TO BE SECURE AND AND WE WANT JUSTICE. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MOVING THAT FORWARD. SECURITY, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR PEOPLE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    I SEEK RECOGNITION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND IMPACT…

    I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND IMPACT ON COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS. HERE'S A GREAT EXAMPLE. SCIENCISTS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO UNDERSTAND DARK MATTER. IT IS HEAVY ENOUGH TO HOLD THE GALAXY TOGETHER AND YET IT HAS NOT BEEN DETECTED BY CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS TELESCOPES. RESEARCH HAS EXPERIMENTS THAT WOULD DETECT DARK MATTER AS IT SCATTERS FROM ORDINARY PARALLELS. THEY NEEDED TO USE A RARE ISOTOPE. A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AWARD TO PRINCETON ENABLED A GROUP TO TEST SAMPLES OF UNDERGROUND SAMPLES. THEY DISCUSSED A SOURCE FROM A PRIVATE COMPANY WHERE THE OREGON IS CAPTURED DURING A CO-2 PROCESS. IN ADDITION TO THAT PROCESS, WE FOUND THAT IT CAPTURES HELIUM. THIS NEW HELIUM SUPPLY IS EXPECTED TO REPLACE MORE THAN 15% OF THE COMMERCIAL HELIUM PROVIDED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE USED HELIUM IN BALLOONS AND MAKE OUR VOICES HIGH AND SQUEAKY BUT THERE ARE MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC PROCESSES THAT USE HELIUM AS WELL. WE NEED TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS TO CONTINUE MAKING SUCH DISCOVERIES AND HELP KEEP AMERICA STRONG. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 02:17:12 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS PICTURE OF THESE MURDERED CHILDREN WAS FROM THREE YEARS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS PICTURE OF THESE MURDERED CHILDREN WAS FROM THREE YEARS AGO, BUT THE MASS MURDERS CONTINUE. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING ENOUGH AND THEY ARE DEMANDING THAT THIS CONGRESS PUT AN END TO OUR EPIDEMIC ON GUN SILENCE. BUT FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, THERE HAS BEEN A GAG ORDER IN PLACE, PREVENTING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH INTO THE CAUSES AND CURES OF GUN VIOLENCE. THE 1997 OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL CONTAINED LANGUAGE THAT WAS MADE FOR THE GUN LOBBY. IT TARGETED THE CENTER FOR DISEASE AND CONTROL AND PREVENTION WITH THE INTENDED EFFECT OF PROHIBITING ANY FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH ON THE SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE. SADLY, THE PRO-GUN LOBBY WAS SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR EFFORTS TO CENSURE SCIENCE. THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT GUNS HAVE TAKEN MORE LIVES IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE 1968 THAN WERE LOST IN ALL OF THE WARS THIS NATION HAS EVER FOUGHT. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY BILL, H.R. 2612, TO RESTORE FUNDING, TO LIFT THE GAG RULE FOR RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE AND PREVENTION. BECAUSE ON THIS ISSUE, THE SCIENCE IS LITERALLY KILLING US.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 02:19:02 PM

    MR. COSTA

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE NOT TO USE ALL OF THAT TIME. I…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HOPE NOT TO USE ALL OF THAT TIME. I RISE TODAY, FIRST, TO RECOGNIZE THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM IN AMERICA. THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM IN AMERICA WAS SET 100 YEARS AGO TO PROVIDE LENDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN FARMERS, RANCHERS, DAIRYMEN, THOSE WHO TILL THE SOIL, THOSE WHO PUT FOOD ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT. AND THROUGH THE SUCCESS OF THE FARM CREDIT ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, WE CELEBRATE NOW 100 YEARS THAT SUCCESSFUL ABILITY TO MAKE LOANS TO THOSE WHO ARE YOUNG, OLDER FARMERS, THOSE WHO ARE STARTING OUT, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FARMING FOR GENERATIONS, THOSE WHO IN EVERY REGION OF AMERICA DO BEST WHICH IS TO PRODUCE THE HEALTHIEST, THE MOST NUTRITIOUS, THE MOST BOUNTIFUL CROPS ANYWHERE GROWN IN THE WORLD SO THAT AMERICAN CONSUMERS CAN ENJOY THOSE FOOD PRODUCTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE LOWEST COST POSSIBLE SO THAT CLEARLY WE KNOW THAT THE SUCCESS OF AMERICAN AGRICULTURE IS IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE SUCCESS OF THE FARM CREDIT ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. WE COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF MAKING AMERICA THE MOST PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURAL COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY SADLY TO ADDRESS THE TERROR ATTACK THAT OCCURRED LAST SUNDAY IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. TODAY THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT ARE JOURNEYING TO ORLANDO TO MOURN WITH THOSE FAMILIES, THOSE FRIENDS THAT FELT THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT HAS REVERBERATED ACROSS AMERICA. AS WE MOURN THE LOSS OF THOSE LIVES, WE STAND WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND DECRY ALL CRIMES OF HATE AGAINST ALL PEOPLE IN AMERICA AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. SADLY IN MY DISTRICT, THERE HAVE BEEN NO INSTANCES OF HATE CRIMES COMMITTED IN PART TO THE -- -- TO SOME IN THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES. HATE CRIME, ACCESS TO WEAPONS AND THREAT OF TERRORISM ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF AMERICANS. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES AT WHAT POINT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE AN HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CONTINUATION OF HATE CRIMES HAPPENING THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? IF NOW IS NOT THE TIME, THEN WHEN IS THE TIME? A DEADLY SHOOTING IN ORLANDO, -- SO I SAY IT'S TIME THAT WE STOP PLAYING POLITICS IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO HAVE AN HONEST DISCUSSION, A CONVERSATION ABOUT PREVENTING HATE CRIMES IN AMERICA. SOUND BITES AND BLAMING OTHERS DOES NOT -- DOES NOT TRANSLATE INTO IMPROVING POLICIES THAT MAKE AMERICANS SAFER. IT SIMPLY DOESN'T. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS TO THOUGHTFULLY DISCUSS, HOLD HEARINGS ON THESE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES SO THAT WE CAN PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION AND, YES, IF WE PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION IT WILL HAVE TO BE BY ITS VERY NATURE BIPARTISAN. AND PASS IT AND SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK SO THAT IT CAN BE SIGNED INTO LAW SO THAT HOPEFULLY WE CAN POINT BACK AT A TIME WHERE WE DON'T HAVE TO STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR A TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED IN SOME PART OF AMERICA BECAUSE AMERICANS, I BELIEVE, WANT US TO DO BETTER AND WE OWE THEM THAT. MR. SPEAKER, FINALLY, I RISE TODAY AS I HAVE ON A REGULAR BASIS TO UPDATE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ON THE SITUATION FACING CALIFORNIA'S WATER SYSTEM, THE DEVASTATING DROUGHT THAT NOW HAS GONE BEYOND FOUR YEARS. TODAY, CHASTA RESERVOIR AND FULSOM LAKE, PART OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY'S PROJECT, TWO MAJOR RESERVOIRS IN THE SACRAMENTO WATERSHED BOTH HAVE ENOUGH WATER TO SUPPLY 100% ALLOCATION TO FARMERS IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY AND THE SAN JOAQUIN RIVER EXCHANGE CONTRACTORS ALONG WITH WILDLIFE REFUGES IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. WE HAD HOPED FOR NOW A YEAR BUT WE DID GET BETWEEN 80% AND 95% OF OUR NORMAL SUPPLY WHICH IS MUCH BETTER THAN THE 5% SNOW AND RAIN THAT WE RECEIVED THE YEAR BEFORE. NOTWITHSTANDING THAT FACT, THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE AND THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ARE NOW PROPOSING NEW EFFORTS IN RECENT WEEKS TO RECOVER SPECIES WHICH WILL IMPACT RECLAMATION'S ABILITY TO DELIVER WATER THAT THEY HAD PREVIOUSLY ALLOCATED. IN THE SPRING, THE WAY THE FEDERAL AND STATE WATER PROJECTS WORK IS THAT IN APRIL THE SNOW DEPTHS ARE MEASURED. THAT'S ABOUT THE END OF OUR SNOW IN CALIFORNIA AND PRESCRIPTION DURING OUR RAINY YEAR. RAIN TIME PERIOD OF THE YEAR. AND THEY MEASURE HOW MUCH WATER'S AVAILABLE TO BE ALLOCATED FOR ALL OF THE WATER CONTRACTORS, BOTH IN THE FEDERAL SERVICE AREAS AND IN THE STATE SERVICE AREAS. BUT THE ACTION TWO MONTHS LATER THAT IS BEING PROPOSED BY THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE AND PART OF THE NOAA FEDERAL AGENCY, IF THIS ACTION IS TAKEN, IT WILL BE UNPRECEDENTED, UNPRECEDENTED FOR TWO MONTHS AFTER ALLOCATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE BASED UPON WHAT WE BELIEVE THE SNOW TO BE IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE RAIN THAT WE RECEIVED THIS WINTER TO THEN SOMEHOW TAKE THAT ALLOCATION BACK OR DRAMATICALLY CUT IT BACK. DESPITE AN ABUNDANCE OF WATER IN THE CHASTA RESERVOIR, IT'S ALMOST FULL, THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE IS CONSIDERING A TEMPERATURE CONTROL PLAN THAT WOULD LIMIT RELEASES OF ONLY 8,000 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND OF WATER. NOW, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS ASKING WE ALLOW MORE WATER OUT AND, OF COURSE, THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICES IS ASKING WE RESTRICT SERVICES TO HAVE A POOL. THE CONSTRAINTS, WHICH IS REQUIRED BY EXISTING REGULATIONS, HAVE THE FOLLOWING IMPLICATIONS IF IN FACT THESE ACTIONS ARE TAKEN. ONE, IT WOULD PREVENT FARMERS IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY FROM DIVERTING WATER ALREADY PROMISED BY RECLAMATION. UNHEARD OF. IT WOULD LIMIT RECLAMATION'S ABILITY TO EXPORT WATER TO MEET ITS COMMITMENTS TO THE EXCHANGE CONTRACTORS AND SENIOR WATER RIGHTHOLDERS IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. HAS NOT HAPPENED BEFORE. IT COULD LEAD TO RECLAMATION HAVING TO MAKE RELEASES FROM ONE DAM WHICH IS IN MY SERVICE AREA TO MEET OTHER CONTRACTORS' NEEDS AND REDUCE WATER PREVIOUSLY PROMISED TO FARMERS IN THE FRIANT SYSTEM, FOR WHICH THE LAST TWO SYSTEMS THEY RECEIVED A ZERO, A ZERO WATER ALLOCATION. IN APRIL, RECLAMATION SAID THEY COULD GET 35% OF THEIR NORMAL WATER, AND THEN IN MAY IT WAS INCREASED TO ANOTHER 30% TO 65%. AND NOW THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT CUTTING IT IN HALF, MAYBE. UNACCEPTABLE. IT WOULD ALSO BE UNLIKELY THAT RECLAMATION COULD SUPPLY THE MEAGER, MEAGER 5% OF ALLOCATION THAT WAS MADE FOR SOUTH OF THE DELTA ARGUAL WATER CONTRACTORS, AND LET ME TELL YOU, THESE CONTRACTORS FOR OVER TWO YEARS HAVE HAD A ZERO, A ZERO WATER ALLOCATION. AND HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF ACRES AS A RESULT OF THAT HAVE GONE UNPLANTED, FALLOWED. THESE ARE DEVASTATING IMPACTS FOR FARMERS, FARM WORKERS AND THE FARM COMMUNITIES THAT I REPRESENT THAT WORK SO HARD EVERY DAY TO PUT FOOD ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE. THAT'S THE CONSEQUENCES. RECLAMATION WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ONCE AGAIN DRAIN THE RESERVES IN FULSOM RESERVOIR, FULSOM DAM. THESE CONSEQUENCES IN MY VIEW ARE UNACCEPTABLE AND SHOULD NOT OCCUR. WHILE THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE IS PROPOSING WATER TO BE HELD IN CHASTA THROUGH THE SUMMER AND FALL, FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES ARE REQUESTING ADDITIONAL OUTFLOW DURING THE SUMMER FOR INCREASING THE HABITAT FOR DELTA SMELT. THESE CONFLICTING REQUESTS MAKE NO SENSE. THEY MAKE NO SENSE TO THE PERSON ON THE STREET. THEY MAKE NO SENSE IF YOU TRY TO EXPLAIN IT TO PEOPLE ENJOYING THEIR DINNER AT THEIR DINNER TABLE AND THEY CERTAINLY DON'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO THE FARMERS, THE FARM WORKERS AND THE FARM COMMUNITIES. THE REQUEST, I MIGHT ADD, IS OUTSIDE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE 2008 BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS, I CALL THEM THE FLAWED BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS, UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, AND IT IS IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION OF THE REQUEST MADE BY THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE. FURTHER, FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES HAVE FAILED TO CONDUCT THE REQUIRED STATUTORY ANALYSIS ON THE OUTFLOW REQUEST, AND WHEN THEY MADE THE REQUEST, IT WAS MADE WITHOUT ADEQUATE SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS. . IF I SOUND FRUSTRATED, I HAVE GOOD REASON TO BE FRUSTRATED. IN ADDITION, FISH AND WILDLIFE FAILING TO IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR SPECIES RECOVERY. IN TESTIMONY, THE HEAD OF THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WHEN I ASKED IF THEY HAD A RECOVERY PLAN AND HE SAID YES. I SAID WHAT IS IT? HE SAID IT'S 20 YEARS OLD. I SAID YOU DON'T HAVE A PLAN AND THEY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT. PART OF THE COMPREHENSIVE RECOVERY PLAN DOES INCLUDE PROVISIONS LIKE THOSE IN LEGISLATION THAT WE VOTED ON YESTERDAY IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THIS ACT WOULD BEGIN TO LIMIT THE IMPACTS OF PREDATOR SPECIES THAT IS ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL DECLINE OF SALMON AND SMELT IN THE DELTA. TO SAVE OUR SALMON ACT NEEDS TO BE HEARD HERE ON THE FLOOR AND I HOPE IT WILL BE PASSED AND ULTIMATELY SIGNED INTO LAW. SO THE REQUIREMENTS MADE BY THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERY SERVICE, THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ARE UNPRECEDENTED, I SAY AGAIN AND THE IMPACTS INTENDED OR NOT ARE REAL. THEY WILL BE SEVERE THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA, ESPECIALLY IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY THAT I REPRESENT A PART OF, AFFECTING AS MUCH AS SIX MILLION ACRES OF PRODUCTIVE PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND THAT PRODUCES HALF THE NATION'S FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, THAT PRODUCES, THE NUMBER ONE CITRUS STATE IN THE NATION, NUMBER ONE DAIRY STATE IN THE NATION AND NUMBER ONE PRODUCTION IN WINE AND GRAPES AND 300 COMMODITIES GO ON AND ON AND ON. THAT'S HOW DEVASTATING THESE DECISIONS COULD BE IF, IN FACT, THEY WERE GRANTED. SO I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO REJECT THESE HARMFUL ACTIONS. COMMON SENSE AT SOME TIME MUST BE APPLIED. LET'S PREVENT THIS TRAIN WRECK FROM HAPPENING. LET'S GET TO WORK ON FIXING A BROKEN WATER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR 20 MILLION PEOPLE. TODAY WE HAVE 41 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE AGRICULTURE WE HAD IN THE 1960'S. TODAY WE ARE FAR MORE PRODUCTIVE IN OUR AGRICULTURAL EFFORTS. AND IT WAS NEVER DESIGNED IN A WAY TO PROVIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL WATER AS IT IS BEING REQUESTED TODAY. AND SO, IT IS A BROKEN WATER SYSTEM, BECAUSE WHEN WE HAVE CONTINUOUS DRY YEARS, IT CANNOT SERVE ALL THE DEMANDS THAT ARE PLACED UPON IT, FOR OUR PEOPLE, FOR OUR FARMS. AND TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME. SO LET ME THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS…

    POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND AND GREAT MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM…

    I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND AND GREAT MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM MISSOURI, CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. WAGNER

    I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING, AND MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING, AND MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PAST 7 1/2 YEARS, THIS PRESIDENT HAS IGNORED ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE BALANCE OF POWER DETAILED IN THE CONSTITUTION IS VERY CLEAR. CONGRESS WRITES LAWS. THE PRESIDENT EXECUTES THOSE LAWS. BUT THROUGH CONTROVERSIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND QUESTIONABLE REGULATIONS AND SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS, THE PRESIDENT HAS TIME AND AGAIN BYPASSED OUR GOVERNMENT'S CRITICAL SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES TO DRIVE HIS OWN PERSONAL AGENDA OF BIG GOVERNMENT AND BIG REGULATION. CONGRESS MUST RESET THIS BALANCE, RECLAIM ITS LEGISLATIVE POWER AND RE-ESTABLISH THE INTEGRITY OF ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE MOST BLATANT ATTACK ON OUR CONSTITUTION IS HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO SUSPEND IMMIGRATION LAWS FOR NEARLY FOUR MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE IN OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. IN ACTING ALONE, THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE CLEAR HIS DESIRE FOR AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INDIRECT VIOLATION OF THE LAWS OF THIS NATION. WE ARE A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS . THIS ISSUE WILL ONLY BE RESOLVED WHEN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENFORCES EXISTING LAW AND WORKS WITH THE ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INSTEAD OF SIDESTEPPING THE CONSTITUTION AND DISRESPECTING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE DESPERATE, DESPERATE FOR GREATER SECURITY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. THIS COMES WITH ELEVATED, NOT UNDERMINING THE SPIRIT OF SELF-GOVERNMENT OF WHICH OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED. THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN NOR DEMOCRAT ISSUE, THIS IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE. AND IT TOUCHES THE CORE OF OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT. IT IS TIME THAT WE RESTORE AND PROTECT ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND PUT THE PEOPLE FIRST. I THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    ARTICULATE IN -- PERSON IN CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY THE KIND…

    ARTICULATE IN -- PERSON IN CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S EXACTLY THE KIND OF THINKING WE NEED IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. WE HAVE THIS TESTIMONY, ARTICLE JUST IN FROM CAROLYN MAY TODAY, 441 SYRIAN REFUGEES ADMITTED TO THE U.S. SINCE THE ORLANDO ATTACK, DOZENS TO FLORIDA. IT SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ACCELERATED THE PACE OF RESETTLEMENT DESPITE WARNINGS FROM TOP SECURITY OFFICIALS ABOUT POTENTIAL VULNERABILITIES IN VETTING MIGE GRANTS FROM TERROR HOT SPOTS LIKE SYRIA AND REPORTS THAT ISIS OPERATIVES HAVE INFILTRATED. IN WRITTEN TESTIMONY PREPARED FOR A THURSDAY HEARING FOR THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, C.I.A. DIRECTOR BRENNAN AGAIN WARNED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ISIS TO MANIPULATE THE REFUGEE SYSTEM AS WELL AS OTHER IMMIGRATION PATHS. WHILE OUR C.I.A. DIRECTOR FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS WARNING THE SENATE HERE ON CAPITOL HILL ABOUT ISIS BEING AMONGST THE SYRIAN REFUGEES AND ISIS LEADERS THEMSELVES HAVE SAID WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME OF OUR KILLERS AMONGST THE SO-CALLED SYRIAN REFUGEES BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY'RE FROM AND THAT WAS CLEAR FROM TESTIMONY FROM F.B.I. DIRECTOR COMEY WHO SAID WE'LL VET THEM BUT WE HAVE NO INFORMATION TO VET THEM WITH. WHEREVER THEY SAY THEY ARE OR THEY'RE FROM, ESPECIALLY IF THEY SAY THEY'RE FROM SYRIA, WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD WAY TO PROVE OR DISPROVE. SINCE WE HAVE NOTHING TO CHECK WITH, AS HE SAID -- WE HAVE TREMENDOUS INFORMATION FROM IRAQ AND WE HAVE THE GOVERNMENT'S RECORDS BUT WE HAVE NOTHING TO VET THE SYRIANS. SO PERHAPS THIS IS AN AREA WE SHOULD BELIEVE THE ISLAMIC STATE LEADERS WHEN THEY SAY WE'RE GETTING OUR TERRORISTS IN AMONGST THE SYRIAN REFUGEES AND APPARENTLY THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR TAKES THIS SERIOUSLY AND WE HOPE AT SOME POINT THE PRESIDENT WILL AS WELL. BUT I HOPE WE WILL KEEP IN MIND BEFORE PEOPLE GET TOO HARSH IN THEIR JUDGMENTS OF THE F.B.I. OR THE F.B.I. AGENTS WHO HAD QUESTIONED THE ORLANDO SHOOTER, THE KILLER, THE MURDERER, THE ISLAMIC RADICAL IN ORLANDO -- IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP IN MIND THAT -- YOU KNOW, THE 9/11 COMMISSION WAS COMPOSED REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS AND AND THIS BIPARTISAN GROUP USED THESE TERMS VIOLENT EXTREMISM. THEY KNEW FROM THEIR GOOD REPORT, THEY TALKED ABOUT THE ENEMY 39 TIMES. THIS ADMINISTRATION DOESN'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT AN ENEMY. SO IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE. F.B.I., NOR THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY -- AND THIS F.B.I. COUNTERTRIM LEXICON WAS DEVELOPED IN 2009 AFTER THIS PRESIDENT TOOK OFFICE BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO OFFEND THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TOLL KILL US AND DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE. THERE ARE TERMS THAT THAT ARE OFF LIMITS IN THE F.B.I. AND THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. I HAVEN'T GOT I YIELD BACK ANY UPDATES OFFICIALLY BUT I UNDERSTAND FROM FRIENDS WHO WORK IN THESE AREAS, THERE IS NO REAL UPDATE. YOU WANT A QUICK END TO YOUR CAREER IN THE F.B.I. OR IN OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, THEN ALL YOU HAVE TO USE IS THE TERM, JIHAD, MUSLIM, ISLAM. IF YOU TALK ABOUT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, YOUR CAREER IS OVER. YOU DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, AL QAEDA, THAT WAS USED ONE TIME IN THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION PUT FORTH. BUT FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, EVEN THOUGH THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS ARE MAKING CLEAR THEY WANT AN INTERNATIONAL CALIPHATE IN WHICH EVERYONE BOWS THEIR KNEE TO ALLAH AND THE 12TH IMAM AND GOING TO COME BACK AND LEAD EVERYBODY AND YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY IT IN THIS ADMINISTRATION AND NOT APPROPRIATE TO TALK ABOUT SHARI'A. POLLS THESE DAYS ARE SHOWING THAT THERE ARE A MASSIVE NUMBER, A MASSIVE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME INTO THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE MUSLIM THAT SAY THEY OWE THEIR ALLEGIANCE MORE TO SHARI'A THAN TO OUR CONSTITUTION. AND I KNOW THAT PEOPLE CONSTANTLY SAY WE SHOULD NOT DISCRIMINATE AND CERTAINLY WE SHOULD NOT AND AS A JUDGE, AS A PROSECUTOR AS A CHIEF JUSTICE, WE DISCRIMINATE BASED ON THINGS THAT WERE INAPPROPRIATE, BUT IF SOMEBODY IS COMMITTING A CRIME OR HAS COMMITTED A CRIME, WANTS TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE, BRING DOWN OUR GOVERNMENT, DESTROY WESTERN CIVILIZATION, IT'S OK TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE OR WANT TO DO IS CALLED A CRIME. AND IF THEY WANT TO BRING DOWN OUR CONSTITUTION AND HAVE IT HAVE IT BE SUBMISS I HAVE TO SHARI'A LAW, THE APPROPRIATE TERM FOR THAT IS TREASON AND IT IS OK TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DESTROY YOUR PEOPLE, DESTROY YOUR GOVERNMENT AND BRING DOWN THE CONSTITUTION. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO COME INTO THIS COUNTRY AND WE ARE GETTING WORD THAT SOME ARE INSTRUCTED NOT TO TALK ABOUT OR MENTION THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEF AND SAY IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO FIND OUT BEFORE WE GIVE AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP TO PEOPLE WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN TAKE THE OATH AS A CITIZEN HONESTLY TRUTHFULLY WITH NO HESITATION, IF THEY CANNOT, THEN WE NEED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM AND PREVENT THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COMMIT TREASON FROM BECOMING AMERICAN CITIZENS. IT'S CALLED SELF-DEFENSE AND CALLED SELF-PRESERVATION. WE DON'T WANT TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYBODY BASED ON RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, AGE, BUT IF SOMEBODY IS NOT WILLING BECAUSE OF THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS TO STATE THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS SOMETHING TO WHICH THEY CAN PLEDGE THEIR COMPLETE ALLEGIANCE, THEN THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO GET CITIZENSHIP. SUPPOSED TO BE DENIED. AND IF YOU WANT TO CALL THAT DISCRIMATION, THEN THAT'S THE KIND THAT'S OK. . THE ADMINISTRATION IS GOING OUT OF ITS WAY TO TRY NOT TO OWE FEPPED PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO BRING DOWN OUR WAY OF -- OFFEND PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO BRING DOWN OUR WAY OF LIFE. SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND FOR THE THREE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH MANY OF THE MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN PURGED FROM OUR TRAINING MATERIALS BECAUSE THEY OFFENDED RADICAL ISLAMISTS AND MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SYMPATHIZERS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND OUR F.B.I. AGENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE PROPERLY TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE WHAT A RADICAL ISLAMIST BELIEVES, WHAT HE OR SHE READS, THE APPEARANCES THAT THEY HAVE TO ASCRIBE TO, ALL THESE THINGS THEY'RE TEACHABLE BECAUSE THEY'RE BEING TAUGHT TO RADICAL ISLAMISTS THAT WANT THE INTERNATIONAL CALIPHATE. SO I KNOW THE IMMEDIATE REACTION TO KILLINGS, AND I GOT DEAR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND I KNOW THEY ARE HONORABLE AND TRULY BELIEVE THE BEST THING TO DO IS START HAVING RESTRICTIONS ON GUNS BUT IF WE WERE SIMPLY DEALING WITH PEOPLE THAT SHOULD NOT BE IN THIS COUNTRY AND IF THEY'RE IN THE COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE WALKING FREE AND IF THEY'RE IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET GUNS UNDER THE LAWS THAT EXIST IF THIS ADMINISTRATION WERE PROPERLY TRAINING OUR AGENTS AND ENFORCING THE LAWS, THEN WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO AFTER THE GUNS AND THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY. I UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERNS. THE ANGER IS NORMALLY WITH THE INSTRUMENT USED, AND I WAS READING, AGAIN, EARLIER ABOUT THE 100 DAYS IN RWANDA WHEN BETWEEN 500,000 TO A MILLION -- MANY ESTIMATES SAY AROUND 800,000 RWANDANS WERE KILLED MAINLY WITH MACHETES AND CLUBS. MOST OF THESE PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE GUNS, BUT THEY WERE INTENT ON TERRORIZING THE NAGS -- NATION. AT LEAST THOSE PEOPLE AND THEY TERRORIZED THEM. THEY KILLED THEM AND TERRORIZED THEM. WIDESPREAD RAPE. IT WAS JUST A DISASTER OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS. JUST HORRENDOUS. BUT WHEN SOMEONE IS INTENT ON TERRORIZING TO THAT EXTENT, THEY USE WHAT WEAPONS ARE AVAILABLE, WHETHER IT'S A MACHETE, A CLUB, A GUN, A PRESSURE COOKER OR WHATEVER THEY HAVE AVAILABLE OR FERTILIZER, AS IS SO OFTEN USED FOR MAKING BOMBS. SO THE F.B.I., THEY'RE NOT ABLE TO USE THESE WORDS. RELIGIOUS HAS BEEN USED THREE TIMES IN THE LEXICON. RELIGIOUS. AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TO USE THE TERM RELIGIOUS TIME TO TIME BECAUSE AS OUR HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY TOLD US AND AS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY REAFFIRMED THIS WEEK, WE KNOW THAT RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS ARE EVERY BIT AS MUCH A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AS ISLAMIC RADICALS. BUT SOMETHING I'M NOT HEARING A LOT ABOUT BUT I SURE HEAR IT WHEN I GET TO -- GET FUSSED AT BY RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS. I KNOW SOME PEOPLE THINK I'M A RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST BUT IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE THINGS, THE MOST LIBERAL PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WERE SAYING IN THE EARLY 1960'S, BOY, I'M OUT THERE MAINSTREAM. AND APPARENTLY WE'LL SEE AGAIN IN NOVEMBER BUT APPARENTLY PRETTY MAINSTREAM WITH THE PEOPLE OF EAST TEXAS. BUT THEY HAVE THE SAME BELIEFS THAT OUR FOUNDERS DID. THEY WANT FREEDOM. AND THEY WANT LIBERTY AND THEY WANT THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WHICH INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SO THAT IF SOMEONE WITH A MACHETE OR SOMEBODY WITH A CLUB WHO IS INTENT ON TERRORIZING OR SOMEBODY WITH A GUN, THAT IT WON'T ONLY BE THE TERRORIST AND THE CRIMINALS THAT HAVE THE GUNS. THEY WANT TO KEEP THEIR GUNS. AND SO WHAT I'M HEARING FROM RIGHT-WING EXTREMISTS THAT STAY MAD AT ME BECAUSE I DON'T SPEAK UP ENOUGH TO THEIR WAY OF THINKING, THEY'RE ANGRY BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WON'T IDENTIFY THE ENEMY. CLEARLY MOST AMERICANS UNDERSTAND RADICAL ISLAMISTS ARE AT WAR WITH AMERICA. I POINTED OUT NUMEROUS TIMES BUT AROUND THE WORLD MUSLIM LEADERS HAVE JUST BEEN AGHAST AND ASKING ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOUR COUNTRY. YOU'RE HELPING THE WRONG MUSLIMS. YOU'RE HELPING THE ONES THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, THOSE THAT ARE WAR WITH YOU. HOW ABOUT THOSE THAT ARE NOT AT WAR WITH YOU? AND THEY ARE RIGHT, AND THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BROUGHT TOO MANY PEOPLE ALONGSIDE WHO DO NOT LIKE THIS COUNTRY. AND LET'S LOOK AT THE ORLANDO TERRORIST, THE RADICAL ISLAMIST. HE WAS 29 YEARS OLD AND HE WAS BORN IN AMERICA. I'VE BEEN WARNING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS, BUT PEOPLE COME HERE ON VISAS, HAVE A CHILD AND THEN PEOPLE HERE MISTAKENLY THINK THAT MEANS THEY HAVE TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OR IT SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR TO SOME OF US IF WE CHANGE LEGISLATION TO SAY THAT WE STAND WITH ALL THE REST -- I DON'T KNOW OF ANY OTHER PLACE THAT DOES WHAT WE DO BUT WE STAND WITH AT LEAST MOST, IF NOT ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD AND CHANGING OUR LAW TO SAY JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE BORN IN AMERICA DOES NOT MEAN YOU'RE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I'VE EVEN HEARD SOMEBODY ON FOX NEWS SAY, WELL, THERE'S NO WAY AROUND IT. IF YOU'RE BORN IN AMERICA, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU'RE FROM, YOU'RE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, THAT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEBATE OVER THE 14TH AMENDMENT, THE PROPONENT OF THE 14TH AMENDMENT MADE VERY CLEAR THERE ARE SOME GROUPS THAT WILL NOT BE AMERICAN CITIZENS UNDER THE 14TH AMENDMENT, AND WE STILL RECOGNIZE TODAY THE FACT THAT IF YOU'RE A DIPLOMAT HERE FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY, THEN YOU'RE NOT SUBJECT TO ALL OF THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY AND YOUR CHILDREN BORN HERE IN AMERICA ARE NOT CITIZENS. SO HOPEFULLY THOSE WHO THINK IT'S AUTOMATIC NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM, THEY'LL BE EDUCATED TO KNOW THAT'S SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. SO WE ALSO HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL PEOPLE, NO, IF YOU COME HERE ILLEGALLY, JUST BECAUSE YOU SNEAK IN TO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY OR PAY A GANG OR DRUG CARTEL TO GET YOU IN ILLEGALLY DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU'RE GOING TO START INCREASING LEGALLY THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT UNDER EXISTING LAWS, OMAR MATEEN IS -- WAS A 29-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN-BORN CITIZEN. ACCORDING TO "THE DENVER POST" MATEEN'S FAMILY WAS FROM AFGHANISTAN BUT HE WAS BORN IN NEW YORK CITY. ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS, IS A DEKE OMAR MATEEN HAS -- SIDDIQUE OMAR MATEEN, HIS FATHER, IS ANTI-AMERICAN AND WAS A SUPPORTER OF THE AFGHAN TALIBAN. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT. PEOPLE WHO HATE AMERICA, WHO HAVE SIMPLE TIESED WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA, HAVE KIDS HERE AND WE SAY THEY'RE KIDS -- THEIR KIDS ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS, WE'RE CREATING TIME BOMBS WITHIN OUR OWN NATION. THE OLDER MATEEN HOSTS A PROGRAM ON CALIFORNIA-BASED SATELLITE AFGHAN TV STATION AND THE PEOPLE THAT WATCH THEM AND THE ALLEGED GUNMAN'S FATHER HAS OFTEN APPEARED WEARING A MILITARY UNIFORM AND DECLARING HIMSELF A LEADER OF A TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN AND CLAIMS TO HAVE HIS OWN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND CLOSE TIES WITH THE U.S. CONGRESS, ASSETS, HE SAYS, WILL USE TO SUBVERT PAKISTANI INFLUENCE AND TAKE CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN. MATEEN WAS PREVIOUSLY MARRIED IN -- THIS IS THE YOUNGER MATEEN. PREVIOUSLY MARRIED IN 2009 TO A WOMAN WHO, ACCORDING TO FOX NEWS, WAS BORN IN UZBEKISTAN BUT THE COUPLE DIVORCED IN 2011. ACCORDING TO MATEEN'S EX-WIFE, HE WAS NOT A STABLE PERSON. HE BEAT ME, WHICH IS OK UNDER MANY MUSLIMS' INTERPRETATION OF SHAHRYA LAW. MY WIFE DOESN'T AGREE WITH THAT AND THEREFORE I DO NOT EITHER. HE WOULD JUST COME HOME AND START BEATING ME BECAUSE THE LAUNDRY WASN'T FINISHED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. MATEEN IS CURRENTLY MAYOR -- MARRIED AND HAS A 3-YEAR-OLD SON. I WAS SPEAKING TONGUE AND CHEEK ABOUT MY WIFE. ACTUALLY, MY MOTHER IS DECEASED SINCE 1991, BUT GROWING UP WITH AN OLDER SISTER, IT WAS MADE CLEAR, YOU DON'T TOUCH A GIRL NO MATTER IF SHE HITS YOU, YOU DON'T HIT HER BACK. YOU COME TELL US. THAT'S THE WAY I LIVED. BUT, YOU KNOW, MANY AROUND THE WORLD THAT BELIEVES SHAHRYA LAW IS MUCH SUPERIOR TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, THEY THINK IT'S JUST FINE TO BEAT A WOMAN. THAT'S NOT LEGAL IN AMERICA FOR THOSE IN DOUBT. THANK GOD. IN ADDITION TO HIS VIEWS ON WOMEN AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS, MATEEN HAS ALSO HAD A HISTORY OF ANGER TOWARD MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. ACCORDING TO MATEEN'S FATHER, HIS SON WAS VERY ANGRY ABOUT A RECENT INCIDENT INVOLVING TWO MEN KISSING IN PUBLIC. MATEEN'S FATHER, AS REPORTED BY "THE WASHINGTON POST," QUOTE, WE WERE IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI BAYSIDE. PEOPLE WERE PLAYING MUSIC AND WE SAW TWO MEN KISSING EACH OTHER IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE AND KIDS AND HE GOT VERY ANGRY, UNQUOTE. THE FATHER TOLD NBC NEWS, QUOTE, THEY WERE KISSING EACH OTHER, TOUCHING EACH OTHER AND HE SAID, LOOK AT THAT, IN FRONT OF MY SON THEY'RE DOING THAT, UNQUOTE. AND I DO RECOGNIZE APPARENTLY, ACCORDING TO REPORTS, MATEEN VISITED THE GAY BAR BEFORE. APPARENTLY HE ALSO VISITED A DISNEY PARK. PEOPLE BELIEVE ENCASING THE PLACE FOR POTENTIAL ATTACK. WHATEVER HIS REASONS FOR GOING TO THE GAY BAR BEFORE, WHETHER HE HAD THOSE TENDENCIES AND BECAUSE OF HIS MUSLIM RADICAL ISLAMIC TEACHING, HE HATED HIMSELF FOR IT, WHATEVER THE REASON, WE KNOW THAT WHAT HE'S TAUGHT IS THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD THE SINS ARE THAT HE'S COMMITTED, IF HE CAN GO OUT OF THIS LIFE, KILLED WHILE HE'S KILLING CHRISTIANS, JEWS, NON-MUSLIMS, MUSLIMS THAT HAVE CONVERTED TO SOMETHING ELSE, IF HE CAN GO OUT, BE KILLED WHILE HE'S KILLING PEOPLE LIKE THAT, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT SINS HE'S COMMITTED IN HIS LIFE UNDER HIS RADICAL ISLAMIC BELIEFS. HE GOES TO PARADISE. AND I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART NOBODY IN THE UNIVERSE WAS MORE SHOCKED THAN MATEEN AFTER HE WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE. IT APPEARS THAT MATEEN FIRST STARTED WALKING DOWN THE PATH TOWARDS RADICALIZATION SOMETIME AFTER THE END OF HIS FIRST MARRIAGE. FRIENDS OF THE SHOOTER DESCRIBED HOW HE BECAME STEADILY MORE RELIGIOUS AFTER HIS DIVORCE AND EVEN WENT ON A RELIGIOUS PILGRIMAGE TO SAUDI ARABIA. AS REPORTED BY MULTIPLE NEWS OUTLETS, MATEEN HAS TWICE BEEN INVESTIGATED BY THE F.B.I.. THE FIRST INVESTIGATION INVOLVED COMMENTS HE MADE WHICH SUGGESTED HE HAD AN AFFINITY FOR ISLAMIC EXTREMIST GROUPS. SECOND INVESTIGATION INVOLVED CONNECTIONS TO A FLORIDA MAN WHO TRAVELED TO SYRIA AND BECAME A SUICIDE BOMBER. FROM "THE WASHINGTON POST," QUOTE, NEITHER PROBE TURNED UP EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING. MATEEN, ACCORDING TO THEM, HAD A BLEMISH-FREE RECORD. . THIS IS RIDICULOUS. MATEEN WAS AT ONE TIME PLACED ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST MAINTAINED BY THE F.B.I. ACCORDING TO THE "L.A. TIMES," MATEEN WAS REMOVED FROM THE LIST AFTER THE F.B.I.'S TWO INVESTIGATIONS WERE CONCLUDED. BUT AGAIN, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER, THE F.B.I. IS NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO PEOPLE ABOUT JIHAD. WHAT ARE YOUR BELIEFS ABOUT ISLAMIC JIHAD? DO YOU THINK IT'S A SIMPLE PEACEABLE CONVERSION WITHIN YOUR OWN HEART AND MIND? OR DO YOU BELIEVE JIHAD MEANS IT'S OK TO GO OUT AND KILL PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH RADICAL ISLAM? OR YOUR VIEW OF ISLAM? IF YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT SOMEONE'S BELIEFS IN ISLAM, YOU CAN'T GET TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY'VE BEEN RADICALIZED. SO WE HAVE SOME INCREDIBLY TALENTED AND INTELLIGENT F.B.I. AND INTELLIGENCE AGENTS THAT ARE COMPLETELY IGNORANT OF WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE CLEAR TO THEM, YOU DON'T GO THERE. IF YOU'VE EVER LEARNED ABOUT JIHAD, MUSLIM, ISLAM, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, AL QAEDA, CALIPHATE, IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT THOSE THINGS, WHAT TO RECOGNIZE IN A RADICAL ISLAMIST, THEN YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT THEM OR YOU'LL LOSE YOUR CAREER, AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL HOMELAND SECURITY EMPLOYEES, DEDICATED PATRIOT, LEARNED WHEN HE WAS POINTING OUT TERRORISTS. SO, IT MAKES IT TOUGH WHEN YOU'RE IN THE F.B.I. IN OUR INTELLIGENCE, AND YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT CALL SOMEBODY A RADICAL ISLAMIST. AND I KNOW OUR PRESIDENT WAS BELITTLING THOSE OF US WHO SAID, IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE OUR ENEMY, OWN CHAIRMAN OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAD SAID EARLIER TODAY THOSE VERY WORDS. THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT WORDS. HE SAID, WE HAVE TO DEFINE OUR ENEMY TO DEFEAT IT. HE SAID, IF THIS PRESIDENT WON'T DEFINE IT, THIS BODY WILL. OUR BILL THAT WE PASSED TODAY DIDN'T DEFINE IT AT ALL. BUT IT DIDN'T MENTION THE WORDS ISLAMIC OR RADICAL ISLAM OR JIHAD OR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OR HAMAS OR HEZBOLLAH OR AL QAEDA OR INTERNATIONAL CALIPHATE OR THOSE WHO ARE MORE DEVOTED TO SHARI'A LAW THAN TO OUR CONSTITUTION, SO THAT IS A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM. THIS ARTICLE FROM THE DAILY MAIL -- "THE DAILY MAIL" HAS THIS AS A SUMMARY, SADIK MATEEN IS THE FATHER OF MASS SHOOTER OMAR MATEEN, 29. MATEEN SR. IS AN AFGHAN MAN WHO HOSTS A SHOW. THE SHOW HAS AIRED ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL -- I'M NOT EVEN GOING IT SAY, ANYWAY, HE VISITED CONGRESS, THE STATE DEPARTMENT, MET WITH POLITICAL LEADERS DURING A TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IN APRIL. ALSO ATTENDED A HEARING ON AFGHANISTAN SECURITY WHILE IN THE CAPITOL. PICTURES FROM 2015 SHOW HIM MEETING WITH SOME FOLKS UP HERE. POLICE SEEN SEARCHING HIS HOME LOCATED TO WHERE HIS -- CLOSE TO WHERE HIS SON LIVED. OBVIOUSLY HIS FATHER'S STRONG SUPPORT OR EXPRESSED SUPPORT OF THE TALIBAN SHOULD HAVE CAUSED CONCERNS. AND I KNOW THE WORD DISCRIMINATION HAS BEEN OVERUSED TO THE POINT THAT PEOPLE THAT SAW IN MATEEN THE POTENTIAL RADICAL ISLAMIST MASS SHOOTER WERE COWED BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, AS WAS HIS -- THE COMPANY HE WORKED FOR WHEN THEY REFUSED TO DEAL WITH THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT HIS RADICAL ISLAMIC PROBLEMS. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLED 49 PEOPLE. SHOULD WE BAN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BECAUSE IT CLOSED THE EYES OF THE F.B.I. AGENTS TO SEEING THEY HAD A RADICAL ISLAMIST THEY WERE TALKING TO DURING THEIR TWO INVESTIGATIONS ? SHOULD WE INDICT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS OR BAN IT FROM AMERICA BECAUSE THE F.B.I., WHEN THEY INVESTIGATED AND TALKED TO THE OLDER TSARNAEV BROTHER BEFORE HE KILLED AND MAIMED IN THE BOSTON BOMBING, SHOULD WE BAN POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BECAUSE THE F.B.I. DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO ASK? AND THE F.B.I. CORRECTER -- DIRECTOR HIMSELF, AT THAT TIME, MUELLER, I'D UNDERSTOOD THEY HAD NOT GONE TO THE MOSQUE WHERE TSARNAEV WAS ATTENDING AFTER THEY GOT WORD HE'D BEEN RADICALIZED. WHEN I SAID, YOU DIDN'T EVEN GO TO THE MOSQUE, WHERE THEY ATTENDED, HE SAID, WE DID GO TO THE MOSQUE AND I DIDN'T HEAR IT UNTIL A REPLAY LATER, BUT -- IN OUR OUTREACH PROGRAM. THAT'S RIGHT. IN A PREVIOUS HEARING TO THAT, HE HAD EXPLAINED, LOOK, THE MUSLIM COMMUNITIES -- COMMUNITY'S LIKE EVERY OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY IN AMERICA. THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER. AND WE HAVE A WONDERFUL OUTREACH PROGRAM WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY, IT'S GOING GREAT. BUT IT'S JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER COMMUNITY. SAID OVER AND OVER, IT'S MY TIME TO QUESTION, SAID, WELL, SINCE IT'S JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER COMMUNITY IN AMERICA, DIRECTOR MUELLER, HOW IS THE OUTREACH PROGRAM OF THE F.B.I. GOING WITH THE BUDDHISTS AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE BAPTIST COMMUNITY, THE HINDU COMMUNITY? HOW ARE YOUR OUTREACH COMMUNITIES -- PROGRAMS TO THOSE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES? AND HE HAD TO BACK UP AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT SOMETHING TO SAY AND BASICALLY IT WAS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A COMBINED OUTREACH TO ALL THOSE OTHER GROUPS, WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC OUTREACH TO ALL OF THOSE OTHERS, TO BAPTISTS, TO ALL CHRISTIANS OR JEWS OR -- THEY DON'T HAVE AN OUTREACH PROGRAM LIKE THAT. BECAUSE TO THE F.B.I. WAY OF THINKING, WE HAVE OUTREACH TO ALL RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN AMERICA AS A WHOLE AND BECAUSE OF OUR CONCERN ABOUT AMERICAN SAFETY, APPARENTLY, WHY ELSE WOULD THEY HAVE IT, WE HAVE A SPECIFIC OUTREACH TO A MUSLIM COMMUNITY. WELL, ISN'T THAT STRANGE? BECAUSE IF YOU ONLY HAVE AN F.B.I. AND A GOVERNMENT OUTREACH PROGRAM TO ONE RELIGIOUS GROUP IN AMERICA, THEN IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARD TO HONESTLY SAY THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE WHATSOEVER IN THESE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES, BECAUSE IF THAT HAD BEEN TRUTHFUL STATEMENTS MADE TO OUR COMMITTEE HERE ON THE HILL, THERE WOULD NOT BE A MUSLIM OUTREACH PROGRAM. AND I WAS, I HAVE TO SAY, VERY GRAT FEUD -- GRATIFIED THAT AFTER HAVING EVIDENCE IN THE F.B.I.'S POSSESSION FOR ABOUT 20 -- WELL, AT LEAST 18 YEARS, THAT SOME OF WHICH WAS USED IN THE HOLYLAND FOUNDATION TRIAL, IN WHICH A VERDICT WAS OBTAINED, NOVEMBER OF 2008, THEY HAD EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS WAS A CO-CONSPIRATOR IN SUPPORTING TERRORISM, SO FINALLY IN 2009, AFTER YEARS OF THEIR OUTREACH PROGRAM WITH CAIR AS A COMMUNITY PARTNER, THEY FINALLY HAD TO SEND A LETTER TO THE COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS OR CAIR AND SAY, WELL, BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE STUFF THAT CAME OUT AT THE HOLYLAND FOUNDATION TRIAL, WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO SUSPEND OUR PARTNERSHIP. HOW MANY PARTNERSHIPS DOES THE F.B.I. HAVE WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY? OR WITH THE HINDU COMMUNITY? OR WITH THE VERY PEACEFUL, PEACE-LOVING SIC -- SIKH COMMUNITY? HOW MANY? WE CAN'T FIND ANY. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM THE ADMINISTRATION IF THEY HAVE SUCH WONDERFUL OUTREACH PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE STARTED SINCE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. TESTIFIED BEFORE US. BUT WE CONTINUE TO BLIND OURSELVES AS OUR INTELLIGENCE OFFICER TOLD ME OF OUR ABILITY TO SEE OUR ENEMY. AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DIE. AND THOUGH I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT SOME OF OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS, THEY'RE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, THEY THINK THE SOLUTION IS STOPPING AMERICANS FROM GETTING CERTAIN GUNS. CAN'T YOU JUST AGREE -- I HAD A REPORTER YESTERDAY, CAN'T YOU JUST AGREE TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS? I'VE BEEN ENGAGED IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION LONG ENOUGH AND DIFFERENT CAPACITIES ENOUGH TO KNOW ONCE YOU BAN AN ASSAULT WEAPON, YOU CAN BAN EVERY GUN THAT EXISTS. AND IT REMINDED ME OF WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT GOING TO LAW SCHOOL, ALTHOUGH MY MOTHER, MY LATE MOTHER AND A DOCTOR IN MOUNT PLEASANT KEPT TELLING ME, AS HE SAID, LUCY -- LOUIE, YOU'RE SMART, YOU COULD REALLY HELP PEOPLE, YOU'D BE A GREAT DOCTOR, DON'T THROW YOUR LIFE AWAY, GO TO LAW SCHOOL, YOU COULD REALLY HELP PEOPLE. YOU'D BE A GREAT DOCTOR. AND MY MOTHER HOPED I WOULD. AND IF NOT THAT, AT LEAST BE A COLLEGE PROFESSOR. BUT MY DAD USED TO SEND ME CLIPPINGS, DAD'S STILL ALIVE. 90 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR. HE USED TO SEND ME CLIPPINGS WHEN I WAS EXPRESSING INTEREST IN GOING TO LAW SCHOOL, AND THERE WAS NEVER A SHORTAGE OF NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ABOUT HOW ROTTEN LAWYERS WERE. HEADLINES WOULD BE THINGS LIKE, THERE ARE TOO MANY LAWYERS IN AMERICA, LAWYERS ARE DESTROYING AMERICA, LET'S BAN, YOU KNOW, QUOTING FROM SHAKESPEARE FIRST, WE KILL ALL THE LAWYERS, ALL THESE TYPE OF ARTICLES. AND NORMALLY HE WOULD PUT A LITTLE NOTE ON IT, SON, ARE YOU REALLY SURE ABOUT THIS? WELL, I LOVE AND RESPECT MY FATHER AND I FINALLY WROTE A LETTER BACK, I'VE DONE A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING, DAD, AND WHAT I'VE COME TO THE REALIZATION OF IS THE LAW IS A TOOL. LIKE A HAMMER. THE LAW CAN BE USED CONSTRUCTIVELY TO BUILD UP OR IT CAN BE USED VERY DESTRUCTIVELY TO DESTROY. THE ALL ABOUT THE HAND HOLDING THE HAMMER. A SO-CALLED ASSAULT WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY MEMBER, IN THE HANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OR IN THE HAND OF SOMEONE WHOSE HOME IS BEING INVADED BY MULTIPLE BURGLARS WITH GUNS IS A GOOD THING TO HAVE. IF THE PRINCIPAL AT SANDY HOOK HAD BEEN RUNNING AS SHE SO HEROICALLY DID AT THE GUNMAN, WITH ANY KIND OF GUN IN HER HAND, ANY KIND OF ASSAULT WEAPON AS SOME WANT TO CALL SOME GUNS, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN PEOPLE SAVED. SO ONCE YOU SAY WE'RE BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS, THEN YOU'RE ON THE ROAD TO BANNING ALL WEAPONS . BECAUSE EVERY GUN, EVERY MACHETE -- HAS KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF RWANDANS, 1994, I BELIEVE IT WAS. IN THE WRONG HANDS THE AN ASSAULT WEAPON. SO WHY COULDN'T WE FOCUS ON THE HANDS THAT ARE HOLDING THE WEAPONS? WHY CAN'T WE TRAIN OUR F.B.I. AND OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO RECOGNIZE HANDS THAT ARE GOING TO USE A MACHETE, A GUN? I KNOW PEOPLE REPORTED IT WAS AN AR-15 THE ORLANDO SHOOTER USED. IT WAS NOT. AR-15, AWFULLY SMALL CALIBER. BUT WHATEVER. LET'S TRAIN THEM TO FIGURE OUT WHICH AMERICANS ARE INTENT ON COMMITTING TREASON, NOT BY SPECULATION, BUT BY THE THINGS THEY'VE ALREADY SAID AND DONE. AND IF WE HAD NOT BLINDED THEM, SAN BERNARDINO COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED. ORLANDO SHOOTING COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING COULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED. I KNOW JANET NAPOLITANO TOOK CREDIT FOR THE SYSTEM WORKING WHEN THE UNDERWEAR BOMBER WAS STOPPED, BUT THAT WAS SOME HEROIC AMERICANS AND ONE INTELLIGENCE PERSON TOLD ME THAT ACTUALLY THE REASON THE BOMB DIDN'T GO OFF IS BECAUSE HIS REAR END HAD SWEATED TOO MUCH. AND DEFUSED THE FUSE AND IT DIDN'T GO OFF. WELL, WE CAN'T ALWAYS COUNT ON A TERRORIST'S REAR END SWEATING TOO MUCH TO SAVE HUNDREDS OF AMERICAN LIVES. . WE HAVE TO HAVE AN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND A LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY THAT CAN RECOGNIZE WHEN ENEMIES ARE WITHIN OUR GATE AS THIS PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO BRING THEM. IT SHOULD DISTURB A LOT OF AMERICANS, THIS ARTICLE FROM ALLEN NEWHOUSER POINTS OUT THAT THE SECURITY FIRM THAT EMPLOYED THE ORLANDO GUNMAN GUARDS NUCLEAR SITES. ARTICLE POINTS OUT THE SECURITY FIRM THAT EMPLOYED THE ORLANDO GUNMAN BEHIND THE WORST MASS SHOOTING IN U.S. HISTORY SAID HE GUARDED 90% OF THE NUCLEAR FACILITIES, RAISING CONCERN THAT WOULD-BE TERRORISTS COULD EASILY GAIN INSIDE ACCESS TO THE MOST SENSITIVE SITES ON AMERICAN SOIL AND RELEASE DEVASTATION. IT GOES ON TO MAKE SOME GOOD POINTS BUT I DON'T THINK WE WOULD WORRY ABOUT SOMEONE GOING INTO ONE OF THESE NUCLEAR FACILITIES, GETTING NUCLEAR MATERIAL TO MAKE A NUCLEAR WEAPON. THAT PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAPPEN, BUT IT IS QUITE CONCEIVABLE THEY COULD GET NUCLEAR MATERIAL AND CREATE A DIRTY BOMB, A BOMB WITH NUCLEAR MATERIAL IN IT AND AROUND IT SO IT'S DISPERSED, CAUSING MORE DEATH. THIS ARTICLE FROM STEVEN DENUNN FROM "THE WASHINGTON TIMES," CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS A PROVING GROUND FOR JIHADISTS IN THE UNITED STATES. THANK GOD MOST OF THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE COME INTO THE UNITED STATES HAVE MADE THIS COUNTRY -- HELP MAKE THIS COUNTRY WHAT WAS AT ONE TIME THE FREEST NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. WE'RE NOT LISTED AS THE FREEST NATION ANYMORE. NOT NEAR THE TOP. THIS ARTICLE FROM "THE DAILY CALLER" SAYS, CO-WORKER SAID ORLANDO TERRORIST EMPLOYER IGNORED UNHINGED COMMENTS FOR FEAR OF BEING POLITICALLY INCORRECT. DANIEL GILROY USED TO WORK AT G-4-S SECURITY, COMPLAINED ABOUT MATEEN'S DEROGATORY COMMENTS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALS AND PEOPLE OF OTHER RACES. HE TALKED ABOUT MASSACRING OTHER PEOPLE. GILROY SAID G-4-S SECURITY DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINTS FOR FEAR OF BEING POLITICALLY INCORRECT AS 29-YEAR-OLD MATEEN WAS AN OPEN MUSLIM, "FLORIDA TODAY" REPORTS. POLITICAL CORRECTNESS HAS NOW GOTTEN SO FAR OFFFIELD IT IS KILLING PEOPLE. LET'S TALK ABOUT BANNING POLITICAL CORRECTNESS THAT KEEPS OUR F.B.I. AND INTELLIGENCE FROM BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT RADICAL ISLAM. THE D.H.S. SECRETARY, ACCORDING TO "THE DAILY CALLER" AND PETER HUSBANDEN, RIGHT-WINGERS POSE THE SAME THREAT AZIZ LAMBIC EXTREMISTS. I -- PETER HUSSEN, RIGHT-WINGERS POSE THE SAME THREAT AS ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. THEY ARE MAD AT ME BECAUSE THEY SAY WE'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP RADICAL ISLAMISTS FROM TERRORIZING OUR COUNTRY, TERRORIZING OUR FREEDOMS, TELLING US WE CAN'T SAY WHAT WE BELIEVE BECAUSE WE'VE LOST OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. WE CAN'T PRACTICE OUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AS WE -- AS THE BIBLE TEACHES BECAUSE IT MAY OFFEND SOMEONE. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, LET'S COMPARE THESE RADICAL ISLAMISTS BELIEVE THAT THE WAY TO PARADISE AND COMPLETE FORGIVENESS OF ISLAMIC SINS NO MATTER HOW BAD, IS TO BE KILLING A BUNCH OF NON-MUSLIMS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS TAKEN, YOU GO STRAIGHT TO PARADISE. ON THE OTHER HAND, AND I KNOW THE PRESIDENT LOVES TO CAST GAIT CHRISTIANS AND SAY, YOU -- CASTIGATE CHRISTIANS AND SAY, YOU KNOW, THE CHRISTIANS HAD THE CRUSADES, PEOPLE OUT THERE SAYING THEY'RE KILLING YOU IN THE NAME OF CHRIST IS NOT LEGITIMATELY KILLING YOU IN THE NAME OF CHRIST BECAUSE JESUS SAID, GREATER LOVE NO ONE THAN THIS THAN THE MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. OF COURSE, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT MEN AND WOMEN. IT'S A PRETTY CLEAR DISTINCT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT RADICAL ISLAMISTS BELIEF AS WELL AS WHAT CHRISTIANS WHO TRULY BELIEVE THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST WHAT THEY BELIEVE. YET, JEH JOHNSON, THE HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASE BEFORE, YOU GOT TO WATCH THOSE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE WHAT JESUS SAID. YOU WANT TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE SO THEY LEARN LOVE AND NOT HATE, AND SO THESE REAL EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS LIKE MY FRIEND, TRENT FRANKS FROM ARIZONA, WOW, HE'S A THREAT BECAUSE HE BELIEVES THAT THE TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS IN THE WORLD ARE LOVE GOD AND LOVE EACH OTHER AND ON THOSE TWO LAWS HANG ALL THE LAW ON THE PROPHETS. "DAILY COLORADO" HAS AN ARTICLE THAT SAYS ABOUT -- AND THIS IS A MEMBER WHO IS ABOVE THE COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM ADVISORY GROUP. HE'S NOW ELEVATED TO THE ADVISORY COUNCIL WHERE MUSLIM BROTHER SYMPATHIZER EL-BIARI FROM PLANO, TEXAS, THEY FINALLY LET HIM GO AFTER HE TWEETED THE INTERNATIONAL CALIPHATE BEING INEVITABLE, BUT THIS IS WHO'S REPLACED HIM. I'M NOT SURE HOW TO PRONOUNCE IT. IT'S LIKE MORADI, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IS PRESIDENT OF THE MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL. HE CURRENTLY SERVES ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES, FOREIGN FIGHTER TASK FORCE AS WELL AS HSAC SUBCOMMITTEE ON FAITH-BASED SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS. IN 2001, HE SUGGESTED THAT ISRAEL, NOT ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS, WERE ULTIMATELY BEHIND THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST ATTACKS. IN 2013, JUDICIAL WATCH NOTED THAT HE TOLD SOME IN A 2005 CONFERENCE FOR THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA, ANOTHER NAMED CO-CONSPIRATOR BUT HE SAID, QUOTE, COUNTERTERRORISM AND COUNTERVIOLENCE SHOULD BE DEFINED BY US. TALKING ABOUT THE MUSLIMS. THAT THINK ISRAEL WAS BEHIND 9/11. HE SHOULD, WE SHOULD DEFINE HOW COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY SHOULD BE PURSUED IN THIS COUNTRY, AMERICA. SO NUMBER ONE, WE REJECT ANY EFFORT, NOTION, SUGGESTION THAT MUSLIMS SHOULD START SPYING ON ONE ANOTHER, UNQUOTE. WELL, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT DIRECTOR -- F.B.I. DIRECTOR MULER SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO. THEY HAD THIS WONDERFUL OUTREACH PROGRAM SO THAT MUSLIMS WILL COME AND REPORT OTHER MUSLIMS IN ADVANCE. JUST LIKE MATEEN'S WIFE DID SINCE SHE KNEW THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO GO KILL A WHOLE BUNCH OF AMERICANS, SHE CAME FORWARD AND REPORTED, OH, WAIT, NO SHE DIDN'T, DID SHE? GUESS THE OUTREACH PROGRAM DIDN'T WORK SO WELL THERE. WELL, MAYBE BEFORE THE BOSTON BOMBING -- WENT TO THE MOSQUE, NOT ABOUT HIM BEING RADICALIZED, AS THEY WERE ADVISED BY THE RUSSIANS, BUT JUST TO HAVE A MOLE AND VISIT AND TALK. GEE, THE -- TO HAVE A MEAL AND VISIT AND TALK. GEE, THE PEOPLE AT THE MOSQUE FORGOT TO SAY, BY THE WAY, HE'S ABOUT TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT WE'VE SEEN EVERY TIME WE'VE SEEN SOMEONE RADICALIZED. AND OH, BY THE WAY, DIRECTOR MULLER, YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE NOT AWARE, AS HE WAS NOT WHEN I ASKED HIM, BUT OUR MOSQUE WAS STARTED BY AL-AMOUDI, THAT YOUR F.B.I. HELPED PUT IN PRISON AFTER THEY WERE TIPPED OFF BY -- FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, BRITISH INTELLIGENCE, THAT AL-AMOUDI, WHO HELPED PICK MUSLIMS TO SERVE IN THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, IN THE MILITARY AND ALSO TO BE CHAPLAINS IN THE PRISON WHERE, BY THE WAY, WE'RE NOW GETTING REPORTS, HAVE FOR SOMETIME, INMATES ARE BEING RADICALIZED. GEE, IMAGINE THAT. AL-AMOUDI DOING 23 YEARS FOR HELP SUPPORTING TERRORISM, HELPED PICK IMANS TO SERVE IN OUR PRISONS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND IN THE MILITARY AND, GEE, THEY'RE BEING RADICALIZED. WHAT A SHOCK. WELL, THE ARTICLE GOES ON THAT INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY TOOK AN EDITORIAL STAND AGAINST THE INVITATION WHEN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INVITED ONE TO A THREE-DAY SUMMIT ON FIGHTING EXTREMISM IN 2015. INITIALLY THE WHITE HOUSE TRIED TO CONCEAL THAT FROM REPORTERS, BUT IT FINALLY WAS MADE CLEAR. AND SO INVESTOR BUSINESS DAILY SAID, QUOTE, AL-MORADI HAS A LONG RECORD OF DEFENDING TERRORISTS AND JUSTIFYING VIOLENCE AGAINST NON-MUSLIMS. THAT'S AN EASY ONE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE TO VET, UNQUOTE. BUT ACCORDING TO WHITE HOUSE VISITOR RECORDS, HE HAS VISITED THE WHITE HOUSE 11 TIMES SINCE 2009. KYLE SHEDLER, THE DIRECTOR FOR CENTER OF SECURITY POLICY TOLD "THE DAILY CALLER," AL-MORADI'S ASSOCIATION WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL OFFICIAL -- SORRY. OFFICIAL HOMELAND SURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL, WHAT AN FORTUNATE FARCE THE ENTIRE COMBATING VIOLENT EXTREMISM PROGRAM IS. AL-MORADI'S ONLY COUNTERTERRORISM CONTRIBUTION IS HAVING SUGGESTED ISRAEL BE INCLUDED AS A SUSPECT ON 9/11. HIS VERY ORGANIZATION, THE MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL, OR MPAC, HAS HISTORICALL CO-SPONSORED EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE VERY KINDS OF EXTREMISTS HE'S BEEN APPOINTED TO HELP OPPOSE WHICH IS NO SURPRISE GIVEN THAT THE ORGANIZATION'S ROOTS LAY WITH MEN W LITERALLY STUDIED AT THE FOOT OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER HASSAN AL-BANA. AS LONG AS THE OBA ADMINISTRATION IS MORE CONCERNED WITH KEEPING GROUPS LIKE AL-MORADI' HAPPY WITH THEM INSTEAD OF INVESTIGATING ACTUAL TERRORIS WE WILL NEVER HAVE A SAME COUNTERTERRISM POLICY. "THE DAILY CALLER" PREVIOUSLY REPORTED ON MONDAY THAT A CURRENT SITTING MEMBER ON T HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE ON COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM, LALA, IS A 25-YEAR-OLD IMMIGRANT OF SYRIAN HERITAGE WHO SAID THE 9/11 ATTACKS, QUOTE, CHANGED THE WORLD FOR GOOD AND HAS CONSISTENTLY DISPARAGED AMERICA' FREE SPEECH , WHITE PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE OTHER ADVISOR TO JEH JOHNSON, SHE IS TWEETED OUT. HERE'S A TWEET THAT SHE SENT OUT. I CAN'T DEAL WITH PEOPLE SAYING AMERICA IS THE BEST NATION IN THE WORLD. BE CRITICAL. BE CONSCIOUS. DON'T BE IDIOTS. YEAH, PEOPLE LIKE MY FRIEND AND LIKE THE SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, WE THINK AMERICA IS THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD. BUT ACCORDING TO JEH JOHNSON'S ADVISOR, WE'RE IDIOTS. SHE SAID -- SHE TWEETED OUT. THE U.S. HAS NEVER BEEN A UTOPIA UNLESS YOU WERE A STRAIGHT WHITE MALE THAT OWNED LAND, STRAIGHT UP, PERIOD, GO HOME, SHUT UP. WOW. SHE ALSO SAID, YOU CAN'T SAY SOMETHING INTOLERANT AND NOT EXPECT CONSEQUENCES, NOT ON MY WATCH. SHE SAID ALL KINDS OF HATEFUL THINGS ABOUT AMERICA, ABOUT WHITES, ABOUT THOSE WHO LOVE THIS COUNTRY. GREAT ARTICLE IN "THE DAILY CALLER." DID F.B.I. TRAINING MATERIAL PURGE CAUSE AGENCY TO DROP THE BALL ON ORLANDO SHOOTER? CLEARLY IT DID. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, IN CONCLUSION, EVERY REPUBLICAN I HEARD SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE, INCLUDING THOSE FROM HOMELAND SECURITY, HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THE PRESIDENT AND OUR INTELLIGENCE NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT JIHAD, MUSLIM, ISLAM, RADICAL MUSLIM, RADICAL ISLAM, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. AND THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT IT WITHOUT RISKING THEIR CAREER AND THAT'S WHY I VOTED NO ON THE BILL TODAY. THESE THINGS BASICALLY PASSED BEFORE, BUT ALL THEY TALK ABOUT IS COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM. COUNTERING VIOLENT -- FIVE COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISMS ON PAGE 3. BUT IT BASICALLY TELLS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, YOU KNOW, KEEP COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM. IT NEVER MENTIONS THE TERM RADICAL ISLAM, AND AFTER THE ORLANDO SHOOTING, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION WON'T CALL IT WHAT IT IS TO START CALLING IT WHAT IT IS, AND I THINK THE BILL REALLY DIDN'T DO WHAT WE NEEDED DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:30:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. FRANKS, FOR 30 MINUTES. . FRANK FRANKS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER --

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  • 03:30:57 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM FORTUNATE THIS EVENING TO HAVE SOME PRECIOUS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM FORTUNATE THIS EVENING TO HAVE SOME PRECIOUS FRIENDS IN THE GALLERY. AND I AM GRATEFUL THAT THEY'RE HERE, THEIR COMMITMENT FOR PROTECTING THE UNBORN, THE INNOCENT, AND THEIR COMMITMENTS JUST TO AMERICA IN GENERAL GIVES ME GREAT ENCOURAGEMENT. MY FRIENDS ARE JOSH DECKER, AND RUDOLPH MARGRAFF. I AM GRATEFUL THEY ARE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETIMES IN THE AREA IN WHICH WE LIVE, WE CAN BECOME VERY DISPIRITED. BUT ONCE IN A WHILE A MEDICAL MARVEL COMES ALONG AND REVIVES US ALL. RECENTLY THE PEDIATRICS JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION REPORTED ON THE PROGRESS BEING MADE IN SAVING THE EARLIEST BABIES BORN PREMATURELY. IN A STUDY CONDUCTED OVER FIVE YEARS, IN GERMANY, THE AUTHORS REVIEWED 106 CASES OF BABIES BORN FROM JUST UNDER 22 WEEKS DOWN TO 20 WEEKS AFTER FERTILIZATION. THE AUTHORS FOUND THAT WITH ACTIVE PRENATAL AND POSTNATAL CARE, 2/3 OF THESE EXTREMELY PREMATURE BABIES SURVIVED UNTIL THEY WERE DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL. MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGES THAN OTHER RECENT STUDIES HAVE SHOWN. AND THEY DEMONSTRATE WHAT ACTIVE CARE AT WHAT THE AUTHORS CALL THE BORDER OF VIABILITY CAN ACCOMPLISH. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST ASK THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO CONSIDER AND TO ABSORB THIS ENCOURAGING AND VERY ENLIGHTENING NEWS. THIS ISSUE IS REAL, MR. SPEAKER. AND IT WAS TORN FROM THE ABSTRACT IN MY HOME STATE OF ARIZONA RECENTLY WHEN A 21-WEEK-OLD BABY, THAT'S 21 WEEKS AFTER FERTILIZATION, WAS BORN ALIVE AFTER SURVIVING AN ABORTION. THIS HAPPENED IN A PHOENIX ABORTION CLINIC AND UNFORTUNATELY THE BABY WAS NOT TRANSFERRED TO THE HOSPITAL IN TIME. THE BABY DIED. MR. SPEAKER, IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW HOW OFTEN TRAGEDIES LIKE THIS OCCUR, THEY WOULD BE SO DESPERATELY OUTRAGED. I WOULD CALL UPON DEMOCRATS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO ALLOW A VOTE ON THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. THAT BILL PASSED THIS BODY OVERWHELMINGLY MONTHS AGO AND IT PROTECTED THESE, THE TINIEST OF OUR LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. MR. SPEAKER, PROTECTING BORN ALIVE CHILDREN IS SUPPORTED BY 80% TO 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND IF THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME SO DYSFUNCTIONAL THAT THEY CAN'T EVEN PASS A BILL TO GIVE EFFECTIVE FEDERAL PROTECTION TO INNOCENT BORN ALIVE CHILDREN, THEN MAYBE THE TIME TO BOARD UP THE DOORS AND WINDOWS OF THIS PLACE AND GO HOME AND HOPE THE BARBARIANS OF THIS WORLD WILL SHOW MORE COURAGE AND MERCY THAN WE DO. NO WONDER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SO FED UP WITH THE DYSFUNCTIONAL GRIDLOCK OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROTECTING OUR BORN ALIVE LITTLE FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. THE SURVIVAL OF THESE LITTLE BABIES IS NOT A MEASURE OF THEIR PRICELESS VALUE. THE A MEASURE OF OUR SKILL AND WILL TO HELP THEM LIVE. I JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN REMIND OURSELVES OF OUR PROFOUND RESPONSIBILITY BEFORE GOD AND TO OUR OATH OF OFFICE TO PROTECT THESE, THE TINIEST OF OUR LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. MR. SPEAKER, I TRULY HOPE THE UNITED STATES SENATE WILL PASS THE BORN ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT. IT DESERVES A VOTE. DEMOCRATS SHOULD ALLOW IT TO COME TO THE FLOOR. AND THE SENATE LEADERSHIP SHOULD HAVE THE COURAGE TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR FOR A FAIR UP OR DOWN VOTE. IF IT GETS A VOTE, IT WILL PASS . WE'VE NOT LOST OUR HUE HANDITY COMPLETELY, BUT -- HUMANITY COMPLETELY, BUT HAVE WE LOST THE COURAGE TO MAKE SURE SOMETHING LIKE THIS GETS A VOTE? THERE ARE A LOT OF LITTLE VOICES THAT WE CAN'T HEAR, THAT I THINK WOULD ASK THAT QUESTION IF THEY COULD. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND I YIELD BACK TONIGHT.

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  • 03:35:41 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 GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:35:49 PM

    MR. FRANKS

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE NOW THAT THE HOUSE DO ADJOURN.

  • 03:35:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADJOURN.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1450 (After 629 days)
  • Debate672 Hours
  • Special Orders284 Hours
  • Votes227 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches118 Hours
  • Morning Hour105 Hours
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