The House Is Not In Session - Next Session Tuesday, November 20 At 10:30 AM
House Session - June 22, 2016

The House convened for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on a variety of topics. Democrats staged a sit-in to call for legislative action on gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Members stayed on the floor after the House went in to recess. As the House was not in session, there was no video recording.

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  • 10:00:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:29 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 22, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 22, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE DANIEL WEBSTER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:45 AM

    TEMPORE P

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

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

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  • 10:01:13 AM

    MR. JOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE THE TRAGEDY THE NATION WITNESSED IN ORLANDO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE THE TRAGEDY THE NATION WITNESSED IN ORLANDO ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO, A TRAGEDY THAT STRUCK AT THE HEART OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, STRUCK AT THE HEART OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY WE HAVE A NATION THAT FEELS LESS SECURE. A NATION LOOKING TO CONGRESS FOR ANSWERS. ANSWERS REGARDING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, POSTURE, THE POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, OF THIS CONGRESS, BUT ANSWERS ALSO LEGITIMATELY ABOUT HOW TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES WHILE ALSO PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVILEGES OF DUE PROCESS AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT. THEY ARE VERY LEGITIMATE QUESTIONS WE CANNOT TURN A DEAF EAR TO. WE ANSWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY ENTRUST US TO SERVE. I WAS IN FLORIDA THE WEEKEND OF THE ATTACKS. AND WHEN I LEFT FLORIDA TO FLY UP HERE, I LEFT A STATE, A COMMUNITY THAT WAS UNITED IN GREEFING, UNITED IN MOURNING, AND UNITED IN RESOLVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND I ARRIVED AT AN INSTITUTION AS DIVIDED AS EVER. FOLKS, IT IS NOT CONSTRUCTIVE TO SHOUT SHAME TO YOUR COLLEAGUES. IT IS NOT CONSTRUCTIVE TO SUGGEST THAT ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE IS COMPLICIT IN MASS ATTACKS ON OUR NATION. SIMPLY BECAUSE SOME OF US HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSAL THAT FOR TWO YEARS HAS BEEN OFFERED THAT WE BELIEVE IS FLAWED IN RECOGNIZING CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. BUT IT IS ALSO NOT ACCEPTABLE TO EMBRACE INACTION. AND THAT IS TRUE ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WELL. I HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC PROPOSAL IN COMMITTEE FOR A COUPLE YEARS AND HERE'S WHY. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. IF YOU ARE ON A WATCH LIST, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN. BUT IF YOU ARE WRONGFULLY ON THAT, AND YOU ARE A LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZEN, YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR. YOU SEE, WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL TODAY IS NOT ALLOWED TO PURCHASE A FIREARM, THE SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE CLASSES OF INDIVIDUALS, THEY ARE ALL POST ADJUDICATION. THEY HAVE RECEIVED A DUE PROCESS HEARING. EITHER CONVICTED OF A VIOLENT FELONY. OR DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED. IN EACH CASE THERE HAS BEEN DUE PROCESS. POSTED ADJUDICATION IS WHEN THE BAN HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED. THE PROPOSAL ON THE LEFT SAYS THERE IS NO DUE PROCESS IF YOU'RE ON THE WATCH LIST, YOU'RE BANNED. I THINK THAT'S WRONG. BUT LET'S LEAD ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. LET'S LEAD AS A BODY AND FIGURE THIS OUT TOGETHER. LAST WEEK I CIRCULATED A PROPOSAL, I DIDN'T INTRODUCE IT, I CIRCULATED IT. I SAID ALL MY COLLEAGUES HELP ME MAKE THIS BERT. LAST NIGHT WITH SOME CHANGES BASED ON INPUT FROM MY COLLEAGUES I INTRODUCED H.R. 5544 AND IT MAKES CHANGES. IT ACCEPTS THE PROPOSAL THAT NO FLY-NO BUY. IT'S COMMON SENSE. IF YOU ARE ON THE WATCH LIST YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A FIREARM. BUT UNDER MY LEGISLATION, IF YOU ARE DENIED, YOU MUST BE NOTIFIED NOT AT THE POINT OF SALE BUT WITHIN 10 DAYS BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT YOU WERE DENIED BECAUSE YOU ARE ON A WATCH LIST. YOU ARE THEN ENTITLED A DUE PROCESS HEARING WITHIN 30 DAYS BY A JUDGE. NOT BY A POLITICAL APPOINTEE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE GOVERNMENT MUST THEN DEMONSTRATE BY A PREPONDERANCE OF THE EVIDENCE A 5149 BURDEN. WHY YOU SHOULD BE PROHIBITED. IF THEY CAN DO, THAT YOU ARE PROHIBITED. IF THEY CANNOT SATISFY THAT BURDEN, YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS REMAIN INTACT. IMPORTANTLY, THE INDIVIDUAL IS ENTITLED TO ALL UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION AGAINST THEM. THE HEARING IS PRIVATE TO PROTECT PRIVACY OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND INTEREST OF THE GOVERNMENT. AS A RESULT OF CIRCULATING IT, I ALSO ADDED A PROVISION BY A COLLEAGUE OF MINE IN THE SENATE THAT IF A TERROR INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN CLOSED AND SOMEONE'S BEEN REMOVED FROM THE WATCH LIST, THEY LATER GO TO PURCHASE A FIREARM, THE F.B.I. SHOULD BE NOTIFIED. I THINK THAT'S REASONABLE. THAT IS H.R. 5444. I ASK FOR YOUR -- 5544. I ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. I ASK TO HELP MAKE IT BETTER. THE TERROR STRIKE IN ORLANDO STRUCK AT THE HEART OF AMERICA. YES, IT STRUCK IN THE NAME OF ISIS, A TERRORIST WHO PROCLAIMED HE WAS DOING IT IN THE NAME OF RADICAL ISLAM. THOSE WERE HIS WORDS. BUT IT ALSO STRUCK AT THE HEART OF AN LGBT COMMUNITY THAT FOR GENERATIONS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND THEY SAW THAT FREEDOM ATTACKED. AMERICANS, ALL AMERICANS FEEL LESS SAFE NOW. LET'S INJECT SOME RADICAL COMMON SENSE INTO THIS DEBATE. WE CAN ENSURE NO FLY-NO BUY, WHILE ALSO ENSURING DUE PROCESS AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT. IF WE TAKE THE CONTEXT OF NOVEMBER, THE NARRATIVE OF A CAMPAIGN OUT OF THIS, WE CAN ACTUALLY GET THIS DONE. LET'S LISTEN TO THE 85% OF AMERICANS WHO DISAPPROVES OF THE JOB WE'RE DOING. RATHER THAN GOING HOME AND HAVING A MESSAGE OF BLAMING EACH OTHER, LET'S GO HOME SAYING WE SOLVED IT TOGETHER. FOLKS, IF H.R. 5544 IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN SUPPORT, LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE IT. TO MY FRIENDS ON THE LEFT, THE PROPOSAL YOU HAVE HAD FOR TWO YEARS, ADD DUE PROCESS. REAL DUE PROCESS. YOU'LL GET THE SUPPORT. YOU'LL GET SUPPORT ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE IF YOU ADD DUE PROCESS. TO MY FRIENDS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, LET'S LEAD ON THIS ISSUE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEGBEGGING FOR LEADERSHIP. THERE IS A COMMUNITY THAT IS BROKEN. NATION THAT'S BROKEN IN THE WAKE OF ORLANDO. LET'S HONOR THE MEMORIES OF THOSE WHO ARE LOST. LET'S DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DO RIGHT BY THE SURVIVING FAMILIES. LET'S DO SOMETHING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:06:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE…

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:07:03 AM

    MS. CLARK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO DEMAND ACTION.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO DEMAND ACTION. WE HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR WITH JOHN LEWIS. WHEN JOHN LEWIS SPEAKS, THE CONSCIENCE OF OUR CONGRESS, AMERICA LISTENS. AS THE BARBARIC DETAILS OF THE MASSACRE OF PEOPLE DANCING AT THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB WERE RELEASED, I GRIEVED FOR THOSE LOST. I THOUGHT ABOUT THEM DANCING. AND HOW HUMANS ARE THE ONLY SPECIES THAT DANCE. MAYBE THAT'S BECAUSE DANCING IS A CELEBRATION OF SPIRIT. WHETHER YOU LOVE THE WALTZ, SQUARE DANCING, DISCO OR RAVES, DANCING CONNECTS US. AND FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY, THE DANCE FLOOR IS OFTEN THE PLACE WHERE ACCEPTANCE AND BELONGING COME TOGETHER. AND WHILE THE MASSACRE OF 49 PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN HORRIFYING AND SHOCKING WHEREVER IT HAPPENED, IT HAPPENED ON THE DANCE FLOOR AT A GAY CLUB. A PLACE OF REFUGE WHERE FEAR AND INTIMIDATION GIVE WAY TO JOY, ACCEPTANCE, AND BELONGING, WAS TRANSFORMED BY HATE AND COWARD DICE INTO A GROTESQUENESS. MANY OF OUR SANCTUARIES HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BY GUN VIOLENCE. IT IS GRISLY ROUTINE. FIRST GRADERS AND THEIR TEACHERS SHOT IN THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS SHOT IN THEIR COLLEGE CLASSROOMS. PARISHIONERS SHOT AFTER BIBLE STUDY AND FELLSHIP IN THEIR CHURCH. SOCIAL WORKERS AND DISABLED CLIENTS SHOT AT A HOLIDAY PARTY. OUR COLLEAGUE SHOT WHILE MEETING WITH CONSTITUENTS. NEIGHBORHOODS, SIDEWALKS, AND PARKS ARE TRANSFORMED INTO BLOOD-SOAKED MEMORIALS. OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS, GUN VIOLENCE HAS CLAIMED MORE AMERICAN LIVES THAN WAR, AIDS, AND ILLEGAL DRUG OVERDOSES COMBINED. SINCE NEWTOWN, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST TO THIS DEADLY CRISIS. YET THE NUMBER OF BILLS THAT HAVE BEEN DEBATED AND PASSED BY THIS CONGRESS TO HELP PREVENT SUCH DEATHS? ZERO. INACTION IS A CHOICE. INACTION IS COSTING LIVES. AND TODAY I AM ASKING THAT THIS HOUSE HAVE A VOTE. THAT WE PERFORM OUR BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES NOT ONLY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT AS MEMBERS OF A COMMUNITY AND DEBATE AND VOTE ON TWO COMMONSENSE MEASURES TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE. I AM ASKING FOR A VOTE ON EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PREVENTING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM BEING ABLE TO BUY A GUN. THE DEBATE WAGES ON ON CABLE NEWS IN OUR LIVING ROOMS, TWITTER FEEDS, AND FACEBOOK. WHY CAN'T THE DEBATE HAPPEN HERE? THERE IS NO ONE SOLUTION TO END GUN VIOLENCE OR EVEN REDUCE IT. BUT WE HAVE TO TRY. THIS ABSOLUTIST APPROACH THAT WE CAN'T EVEN VOTE ON COMMONSENSE MEASURES TO HELP PROTECT OUR FAMILIES LEAVE US IN A DEADLY ARMS RACE WITH OURSELVES. WHY IS A VOTE SO PARALYZING? IS IT SPECIAL INTEREST? IS IT FEAR? DOES THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP REALLY BELIEVE THAT OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR LIBERTIES ARE SO FRAGILE THAT WE HAVE TO TOLERATE CARNAGE LIKE WE SEE IN ORLANDO, LIKE WE SEE IN THE STREETS OF CHICAGO RATHER THAN RISK A VOTE? THESE TWO PROPOSALS HAVE WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHATEVER YOUR POSITION ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL, LET'S VOTE. LET'S PUT IT OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO JUDGE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET IT. THEY UNDERSTAND WE CAN PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND TAKE REASONED STEPS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THE TWO ARE COMBATABLE -- COMPATIBLE UNDER A ROBUST DEMOCRACY, NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AT HOME ARE WORRIED AND FRUSTRATED BY THIS CONGRESS' SILENCE ON THIS DEADLY EPIDEMIC. WITHOUT ACTION, MOMENTS OF SILENCE CEASE TO HONOR THE THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY GUN VIOLENCE. MOMENTS OF SILENCE SHOULD BE WHERE ACTION BEGINS. SADLY IN THIS CONGRESS IT'S THE ONLY ACTION THAT IS TAKEN. NO MORE SILENCE. I URGE THE SPEAKER BEFORE HE SENDS MEMBERS HOME FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY HAVE US VOTE ON THESE TWO PRACTICAL PROPOSALS. THERE IS NO HOLIDAY FROM GUN VIOLENCE FOR ORDINARY AMERICANS. OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR DEMOCRACY DESERVE A VOTE. SO OUR CHILDREN CAN DANCE AGAIN IN FREEDOM AND SAFETY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:12:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:12:33 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LOSE THEIR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES EVERY YEAR ACROSS COMMUNITIES OF ALL SIZES TO A TERRIBLE EPIDEMIC. AND THAT IS AN EPIDEMIC OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE. IT STEALS LIVES, FUTURES, TEARS APART FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEND THE EFFORTS OF A CONSTITUENT OF MINE, DENNIS BEHINDLE, WHO LIVES IN ELK COUNTY, LOCATED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE'S THE OWNER OF LAUREL MEDIA, BASED IN RIDGEWAY, AND AFTER SEEING THE EFFECTS OF OPIOID ABUSE AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC AFFECTING OUR NATION, THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND AREAS SUCH AS ELK COUNTY, DENNIS WAS COMPELLED TO ACT. HE SET UP A TELEPHONE HOT LINE IN AN EFFORT TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST DRUG USE IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE REGION. THE HOTLINE IS ANONYMOUS, STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL, AND IS BEING ADMINISTERED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPAL DRUG TASK FORCE. HE'S OFFERING A $1,000 REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST OR CONVICTION OF ANY INDIVIDUAL SELLING OR DISTRIBUTING ILLEGAL OR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IN ADDITION TO THE HOTLINE AND REWARD, HE'S ORGANIZING A SERIES OF ANTI-DRUG MEETINGS ACROSS THE AREA. IN FACT, THE LATEST MEETING IN THE COMMUNITY OF RIDGEWAY DREW A CROWD OF NEARLY 300 PEOPLE. ALL INTERESTED IN TAKING THEIR TOWN BACK FROM THIS HORRIBLE EPIDEMIC. JUST LIKE SO MANY OTHER AREAS OF OUR NATION, COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAVE SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF THIS DRUG EPIDEMIC. ELK COUNTY IS RANKED NINTH IN PENNSYLVANIA AND OVERDOSE DEATHS FOR POPULATION 100,000 PEOPLE. WHILE FURTHER WEST, CRAWFORD COUNTY, HAS SEEN ITS OVERDOSE DEATHS DOUBLE IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS. I'M SO PROUD OF THE EFFORTS OF THE PEOPLE SUCH AS DENNIS AND ALL THOSE ACROSS THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO ARE HELPING IN THE EFFORTS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST DRUGS. I'M ALSO PROUD OF THE PACKAGE PASSED RECENTLY IN THIS HOUSE WHICH WILL MAKE GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE TO STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR THE CREATION OF OPIOID REDUCTION PROGRAMS, CREATES A TASK FORCE TO REVIEW PRESCRIBING PRACTICES, AND CARES FOR BABIES WHO ARE BORN OPIOID ADDICTED AND DEPENDENT. WE ALL WORK TOGETHER I KNOW WE CAN CONTINUE WYNN THIS BATTLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER -- I KNOW WE CAN WIN THIS BATTLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:15:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:15:22 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SLAUGHTER IN ORLANDO STRUCK ME WITH IMPACT.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE SLAUGHTER IN ORLANDO STRUCK ME WITH IMPACT. HATRED OF THOSE IN THE GAY NIGHTCLUB FOCUSED ON THE LGBT COMMUNITY, CAME AT A TIME OF UNPARALLELED PROGRESS FOR EQUALITY. CAPPED BY MARRIAGE EQUALITY. IT WAS JARRING. EVEN THOUGH THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES IN PLACES LIKE NORTH CAROLINA, THESE KILLINGS CAME AT A TIME OF AMAZING PROGRESS AND HOPE. BUT HORRIFIC EPISODES OF GUN VIOLENCE ARE ALWAYS PERSONAL FOR ME AND NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE CARNAGE OF MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS AND MURDERS. WE'VE HAD SHOOTINGS IN OREGON IN SHOPPING CENTERS AND SCHOOLS. MASS SHOOTINGS IN HIGH SCHOOLS IN SPRINGFIELD. COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN ROSEBURG. WE'VE HAD MANY DEATHS AND INJURIES. THE GUN VIOLENCE ISSUE BEGAN WITH ME WITH A SENSELESS FREAK DEATH FROM A SINGLE SHOT AT A HIGH SCHOOL FRIEND FROM A PASSING CAR. IT'S PERSONAL. I SAW THIS SINGLE RANDOM SHOT DEVASTATE A FAMILY, FRIENDS, CLASSMATES. MY OWN BROTHER TOOK HIS LIFE WITH A HANDGUN. WE KNOW LIKE OTHER FORMS OF SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, PEOPLE WITH HANDGUNS ALMOST ALWAYS SUCCEED. AFTER EACH HORRIFIC EVENT, MY HOPE AND THOSE OF MILLIONS OF OTHER AMERICANS ARE RAISED AGAIN. MAYBE THIS TIME IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. YOU MIGHT ASK AFTER THE SLAUGHTER OF 20 FIRST GRADERS COULDN'T GIVE SPINELESS POLITICIANS THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO APOLOGISTS FOR GUN VIOLENCE? WELL, IN PART, WHAT IS DIFFERENT WAS THAT AT SANDY HOOK, THOSE 20 LITTLE CHILDREN AND THEIR SIX TEACHERS STRUCK A CHORD THAT REMAINS. IT LAID THE FOUNDATION TO HELP FOCUS THE RELENTLESS OUTSPOKEN EFFORTS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION IN DEALING WITH EACH LITTLE ELEMENT OF GUN SAFETY THAT WAS WITHIN THEIR POWER TO MAKE. WE HAVE SECRETARY CLINTON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT WHO HAS PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON GUN SAFETY THROUGHOUT HER CAMPAIGN IN A WAY UNLIKE ANY WE'VE SEEN IN A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN BEFORE. ONE OF THE MOST ENCOURAGING SIGNS FOR ME IS THAT THERE'S A NEW APPROACH TO REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE, FOCUSED ON GUN SAFETY. THIS IS TAKING HOLD. A NUMBER OF US HAVE COME UP WITH OUR OWN PLANS. COUPLE YEARS AGO I FORMULATED MY APPROACH, LOOKING AT THE CONCEPT WE DID WITH TRAFFIC SAFETY. NOT A SINGLE MAGIC SOLUTION BUT A SERIES OF THOUGHTFUL, FOCUSED EFFECTS THAT IN TRAFFIC SAFETY ENDED UP CUTTING DEATHS AND INJURIES IN HALF WITH EDUCATION, RESEARCH, ENFORCEMENT AND POLICY CHANGES, LARGE AND SMALL, THAT HAD A CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF SAVING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES. WE CAN DO THIS WITH GUN VIOLENCE. AN AGENDA OF SIMPLE, COMMONSENSE APPROACHES HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND IT'S MADE A DIFFERENCE. WE SEE IN THE UNITED STATES EVIDENCE IN THOSE STATES AND COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE TAKEN ACTIONS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE, PEOPLE ARE IN FACT SAFER. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. SOMETIMES IN POLITICS WE CAN FEEL AN ISSUE CREST, AND I THINK WE'RE WATCHING IT NOW. THIS WEEK WE HAVE A SIMPLE SINGLE LITTLE POWERFUL SYMBOL. THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION WOULD PREVENT PEOPLE WE THINK ARE TOO DANGEROUS TO ALLOW THEM TO BUY A TICKET FOR A PLANE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUY AN ASSAULT WEAPON. TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE HERE SUPPORTING THE NOTION THAT IF THERE'S NO BILL TO VOTE ON, THERE SHOULD BE NO CONGRESSIONAL BREAK, DEMANDING AT LEAST TO ALLOW US TO VOTE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THE SAME WAY THERE WAS SOME ACTION IN THE SENATE THAT GAVE PEOPLE HOPE. LET'S DO OUR PART THIS MORNING TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS, TO BUILD MOMENTUM TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER. WE SHOULDN'T GO HOME FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY BREAK WITHOUT AT LEAST ANOTHER SMALL STEP FORWARD. WE OWE IT TO THE MEMORY OF TENS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE DIED NEEDLESSLY FROM GUN VIOLENCE, AND WE OWE IT TO THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES THAT WE CAN SAVE.

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  • 10:20:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:20 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA IS DETERIORATING VERY QUICKLY, AND VENEZUELA, THE PEOPLE ARE RUNNING OUT OF MEDICINE, RUNNING OUT OF FOOD, EXPERIENCING ELECTRICITY SHORTAGES. THE REGIME CANNOT EVEN PROVIDE BASIC GOODS FOR THE PEOPLE. TIME IS TICKING, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOT A MATTER OF IF, IT'S A MATTER OF WHEN VENEZUELA IMPLODES DUE TO THE DESTRUCTIVE POLICIES OF THE NICHOLAS MADURO, AND THE UNITED STATES CANNOT SIT IDLY BY AND WATCH THIS TRAIN WRECK OCCUR BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. RESPONSIBLE COUNTRIES IN LATIN AMERICA MUST ALSO STAND UP AND BE A VOICE FOR THOSE SUFFERING IN VENEZUELA. LAST WEEK, 15 COUNTRIES FROM THE REGION SIGNED A JOINT STATEMENT THAT EXPRESSED RESPECT FOR THE VENEZUELAN CONSTITUTION AND CALLED ON RESPONSIBLE NATIONS TO GUARANTEE DUE PROCESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS. THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP, MR. SPEAKER, AND I APPLAUD THOSE COUNTRIES, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. TOMORROW THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, WILL HAVE A MEETING AND I KNOW THERE ARE SOME ADVOCATING FOR DIALOGUE BUT WE HAVE TRIED DIALOGUE BEFORE AND IT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AS MADURO KEPT COMING UP WITH NEW DELAYS AND OBSTACLES IN ORDER TO PREVENT A SOLUTION. WE CANNOT ALLOW MADURO TO CONTINUE THE CHARADE OF A DIALOGUE AS A STALLING TACTIC. A REFERENDUM, MR. SPEAKER, MUST OCCUR THIS YEAR. THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT BECAUSE IF IT DOESN'T, THEN NEXT YEAR MADURO CAN STEP ASIDE, HAND OVER POWER TO HIS VICE PRESIDENT AND THE SAME ABUSIVE REGIME CONTINUES WHILE NOT ADDRESSING ANY OF THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS. AND IF A DIALOGUE DOES OCCUR, ALL SECTORS OF THE VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION MUST BE AT THE TABLE. THAT IS ONLY FAIR. BUT IT CANNOT HAPPEN IF SOME OF THEM ARE IN JAIL AND A PRECONDITION TO ANY DIALOGUE MUST INCLUDE THE RELEASE OF ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. THE REGIME COULD SHOW A GOOD FAITH EFFORT BY DOING THIS, BUT INSTEAD IT CONTINUES TO GO THE OTHER DIRECTION. IT CONTINUES TO GO BACKWARDS, POSTPONING THE APPEAL OF POLITICAL PRISONER LOPEZ INDEFINITELY AFTER IT WAS SCHEDULED TO OCCUR JUST TWO DAYS AGO. WITH ITS REPRESSION, ITS CORRUPTION, ITS DISASTROUS ECONOMIC POLICIES, THE MADURO REGIME IS RUNNING VENEZUELA INTO THE GROUND AND IT IS NO WONDER THAT VENEZUELANS FEEL LIKE THEY ARE UNDER SIEGE. RIOTS ARE OCCURRING ON A DAILY BASIS, AND ACCORDING TO ONE RECENT STUDY, 87% OF VENEZUELANS SAY THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY ENOUGH FOOD. THIS TRAVESTY IS SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE, AND THE REGIME MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. TOMORROW AT THE O.A.S., I HOPE TO SEE THE HEMISPHERE FINALLY STAND UP FOR ITSELF, STOP ALLOWING ITSELF TO BE MOLLIFIED BY THE REGIME'S STALL TACTICS AND HOLD MADURO'S FEET TO THE FIRE. HUMANITARIAN AID MUST BE ALLOWED TO GET THROUGH TO THE PEOPLE AND THE REFERENDUM MUST BE HELD THIS YEAR. LET THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE HAVE THEIR SAY AND FINALLY PUT AN END TO THIS SUFFERING. IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, I JOINED 19 OF MY COLLEAGUES IN SENDING A BIPARTISAN LETTER TO SECRETARY KERRY AND SECRETARY LEW URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO FORCE A BILL I SENT WITH SENATOR RUBEO, AND TO APPLY SANCTIONS TO -- RUBIO, AND TO APPLY SANCTIONS TO THE VENEZUELAN COURT SYSTEM IN RESPONSE TO THE UNJUST SENTENCING OF LEOPOLDO LOPEZ. SO I ASKED OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS, WHAT JUSTIFICATION DO YOU HAVE FOR NOT CARRYING OUT AND IMPLEMENTING THESE SANCTIONS FOR THIS MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE? AND WHAT IS THE DOLLAR AMOUNTS OF THE ASSETS, FEES OF THE SEVEN INDIVIDUALS WHOM YOU HAVE SANCTIONED? THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS PULLED SOME VISAS DUE TO HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, BUT I ASKED THE STATE DEPARTMENT, CAN YOU TELL US HOW MANY VISAS THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS PULLED AND WHO ARE THESE INDIVIDUALS? LAST WEEK AT THE O.A.S. MEETING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, SECRETARY KERRY STATED THAT VENEZUELA SHOULD FOLLOW ITS OWN CONSTITUTION AND HOLD FREE AND FAIR AND TIMELY RECALL REFERENDUM. DOES HE BELIEVE OR EXPECT IT WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR? AND LASTLY, MR. SPEAKER, MADURO HAS STATED HE'S READY TO EXCHANGE AMBASSADORS. I THINK THIS WOULD BE A BIG MISTAKE BECAUSE IT WOULD LOOK AS WE ARE LEGITIMIZING THIS ILLEGITIMATE MADURO REGIME. I HOPE THE STATE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE TO BE AMBASSADOR TO VENEZUELA AND I HOPE WE WILL DO MORE TO HELP THE LONG SUFFERING PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:25:26 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:30 AM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE ON JUNE 12 AT THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HORRIFIC MASS SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE ON JUNE 12 AT THE PULSE NIGHTCLUB IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, IS A STARK REMINDER OF THE URGENT RESPONSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE TO REDUCE COMBUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY -- GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE MONSTROUS ATTACK ON THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN A PLACE OF REFUGE AND EMPOWERMENT REQUIRES US TO ACT. THE SHOOTER IN ORLANDO USED AN ASSAULT RIFLE THAT IS VIRTUALLY IDENTICAL TO THE ONES USED IN THE MASS SHOOTINGS IN SAN BERNARDINO, UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND SANDY HOOK. OUT OF THE EIGHT HIGH PROFILE MASS SHOOTINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE PAST YEAR, -- PAST FIVE YEARS, AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED INCREASES BY 63%. THESE ARE WEAPONS OF WAR THAT ARE DESIGNED TO KILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THEY BELONG ON A BATTLEFIELD. THEY DON'T BELONG IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND I'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT TO REINSTATE THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN. BUT THIS MORNING I WANT TO USE THE TIME I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT TWO PROPOSALS THAT THE SPEAKER SHOULD BRING UP FOR IMMEDIATE VOTE, NO FLY, NO BUY, AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. THIS IS REALLY, REALLY SIMPLE. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, THEN YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. BUT UNDER THE LAWS THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE TODAY, SOMEONE WHO IS ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST, TOO DANGEROUS TO GET ON A PLANE, CAN WALK INTO ANY GUN STORE IN AMERICA, PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AND WALK OUT WITH AN ASSAULT WEAPON OR ANY GUN HE WANTS. IN FACT, FROM 2004 TO 2014, MORE THAN 2,000 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS BOUGHT FIREARMS LEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE DOING SO UNTIL WE STOP THEM. UNTIL 9/11, BOMBS WERE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE FOR TERRORISTS LOOKING TO STRIKE THE UNITED STATES. BUT IN THE 15 YEARS SINCE THEN, 95% OF TERROR DEATHS THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES RESULTED FROM GUNFIRE. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOW VOTED 13 TIMES TO BLOCK THE NO FLY, NO BUY PROPOSAL THAT CONGRESSMAN PETER KING AND CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON INTRODUCED, TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS IN THIS COUNTRY. WHY? WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF? THAT WE MIGHT ACTUALLY STOP A TERRORIST FROM PASSING A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE BUYING AN ASSAULT WEAPON AT CABELAS? LET'S HAVE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE WHERE WE STAND. THIS SHOULD BE A NO-BRAINER. MORE THAN 80% THINK WE SHOULD PREVENT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM BUYING A GUN AND THEY EXPECT A BACKGROUND CHECK SHOULD BE USED TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS AND THOSE THAT HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS. BILLS ARE PENDING TO FIX OR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. THIS IS ONE OF THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT AND EFFECTIVE STEPS THAT WE CAN TAKE TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW ANYONE CAN GO TO A GUN SHOW OR GET ON THE INTERNET AND PURCHASE A GUN WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. AS MANY AS TWO OUT OF EVERY FIVE FIREARM TRANSACTIONS TODAY ARE CONDUCTED WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. IT'S TOO EASY FOR A CRIMINAL, DOMESTIC ABUSER, A TERRORIST OR SOMEONE WITH A SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS TO BUY A GUN THROUGH THIS LOOPHOLE. EVERY DAY BACKGROUND CHECKS BLOCK 171 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY FELONS, 48 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND 19 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY FUGITIVES. IT'S CRITICAL WE STRENGTHEN THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM, REQUIRE CHECKS ON ALL FIREARM SALES SO WE CAN KEEP MORE DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS FROM ACQUIRING THESE DEADLY WEAPONS. BRING THE FIX GUN CHECKS ACT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, WE HELD A MOMENT OF SILENCE LAST WEEK FOR THE VICTIMS OF ORLANDO. I KNOW WE KEEP THEM IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SINCE JUNE 12, BUT THE BEST WAY TO HONOR THE LIVES LOST IN THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY IT IS TO SOMETHING TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING TO OTHERS. A MOMENT OF SILENCE IS NOT ENOUGH. WE NEED A MOMENT OF SUSTAINED ACTION IN THIS COMMAMEBER, AND WE NEED IT TODAY -- CHAMBER AND WE NEED IT TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, IT WOULD BE AN INSULT TO THE VICTIMS OF THIS SHOOTING AND THEIR FAMILIES AND OTHERS IF WE CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING TO PREVENT FUTURE TRAGEDIES. DO NOT LET THIS CHAMBER ADJOURN UNTIL WE VOTE ON THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR TODAY. NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN STOPPING THE BLOODSHED AND ENSURING THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:30:08 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER, FOR FIVE…

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

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  • 10:30:15 AM

    MR. WEBER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.CON.RES 129. TO DO SO LET ME SHARE A STORY ABOUT A CONSTITUENT OF MINE WHO IS A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR FROM LITHUANIA. SHE WAS 11 YEARS OLD WHEN THE GERMAN S.S. NAZIS MARCHED INTO HER TOWN AND GATHERED HER AND HER FAMILY UP. SHE WAS SEPARATED RIGHT AWAY FROM HER FAMILY AND I GUESS FORTUNATELY FOR HER SHE DID NOT APPEAR JEWISH TO THE GERMAN SOLDIERS SO WHEN SHE WAS ASKED HER NAME, SHE TOLD THEM IT WAS VEBBA -- WEBER WHICH HAPPENS TO BE MY NAME AND THE WAY MY GRANDFATHER WOULD HAVE PRONOUNCED IT WHEN HE CAME OVER FROM GERMANY. ANYWAY THE SOLDIER THOUGHT SHE WASN'T JEWISH SO HE LET HER GO. SHE RAN INTO THE FOREST, MR. SPEAKER, AND HID IN BARNS AND OTHER PLACES UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR. SHE SPENT THE YEARS OF THAT WAR HUNGRY AND FRIGHTENED. BUT SOMEHOW MANAGED TO SURVIVE. SHE WAS LIBERATED BY THE RUSSIANS AT THE WAR'S END. NOW, WHO WAS A YOUNG GIRL WHEN SHE WAS 11 BACK IN WORLD WAR II IS IN HER 90'S AND LIVING IN MY DISTRICT IN HER HOME IN GALVESTON, TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, SHE IS IN NEED OF 24-HOUR CARE TO REMAIN IN HER HOME. UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE COST OF HIGH PROVIDER'S CARE RUNNING LOW TO KEEP HER IN HER HOME, SHE'S UNABLE TO STAY THERE. IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE. SHE LIVES ON SOCIAL SECURITY. BUT FORTUNATELY THE CLAIMS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ASSIST HER THROUGH PROVIDING FUNDING BY THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT FOR 25 REGULAR HOURS A WEEK AND SOME EXCEPTIONAL HOURS A WEEK PROVIDED ON HER INCREASING HEALTH CARE NEEDS. ADDITIONALLY, THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF HOUSTON THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF A PRIVATE FUND WHICH ASSISTS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS THROUGH CASE MANAGEMENT EFFORTS OF A JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE IN HOUSTON HAS ALSO BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE UP TO 59 HOURS A WEEK OF HOME CARE ABOVE THAT WHICH THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT HAS FUNDED. AS OF JUNE 1, 2016, MR. SPEAKER, AS OF JUNE 1, THE JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE IN HOUSTON HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONTINUE THIS LEVEL OF CARE. SHE AND THERE ARE OTHER CONSTITUENTS OF MINE WHO ARE HOLOCAUST VICTIMS, WOULD ALL GREATLY BENEFIT FROM INCREASED FUNDING WHICH IS INCLUDED IN HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 129 , ASKING THE GERMAN GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THAT FUNDING FOR THAT VERY HOME CARE. THIS WOULD ENSURE THAT THEY ARE ABLE -- THOSE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ARE ABLE TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES WITH DIGNITY FOR THE REMAINING FEW YEARS OF THEIR LIFE. THANKFULLY H.CON.RES. 129 PASSED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, I MIGHT ADD, IN THE HOUSE LAST WEEK. I ENCOURAGE OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SENATE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION SWIFTLY. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT.

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  • 10:33:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:33:36 AM

    MS. DELAURO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM ROSA DELAURO FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM ROSA DELAURO FROM THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. I REPRESENT THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. SO PROUD TODAY TO JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ISSUE OF WHAT DO WE DO IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS? THE BODY THAT DELIBERATES THE MAJOR ISSUES OF THE DAY. THE BODY THAT IS ENTRUSTED BY THE PEOPLE WHO PUTS THEIR FAITH AND TRUST IN THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. TO DO RIGHT, TO DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YES, TO KEEP THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES SAFE. IN CONNECTICUT, GUN HOMICIDES IN 2013 WERE 71. IN 2014, 56. WE WENT DOWN. 2015, 79. PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST SEARING EVENTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS THE MASSACRE OF CHILDREN, OF BABIES, IN SANDY HOOK. THAT ISN'T TO SAY THAT IN EVERY CITY IN THIS COUNTRY CHILDREN ARE NOT DYING EVERY DAY. SINCE SANDY HOOK, ONE AMERICAN CHILD IS KILLED EVERY SINGLE DAY. THESE ARE OUR CHILDREN. ALMOST 100,000 HAVE DIED BY GUN VIOLENCE SINCE SANDY HOOK. WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS TO READ TO YOU BECAUSE THESE ARE NOT -- WHAT WE HEARD TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT, YES, WE TALK ABOUT STATISTICS AND WE TALK ABOUT PERCENTAGES. BUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE FLESH AND BLOOD BEHIND THOSE NUMBERS. AND AT SANDY HOOK, RACHEL, 29, A TEACHER'S AIDE. DAWN, 47, PRINCIPAL OF SANDY HOOK. ANN MARIE MURPHY, 52, A TEACHER'S AIDE. LAUREN RUSSO, 30, A TEACHER. MARY, 56, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST. AND VICTORIA, 27, A TEACHER WHO HID HER CHILDREN IN A CLOSET. AND I KNOW BECAUSE SHE'S A CONSTITUENT. HER FAMILY TODAY SUFFERS EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF HER LOSS. SHE SHIELDED THESE BABIES AND SHE LOST HER LIFE. WHO ARE THESE BABIES? CHARLOTTE, 6 YEARS OLD. DANIEL, 7. OLIVIA ENGEL, 6. JOSEPHINE, 7. DILLON, 6. MADELINE, 6. KATHERINE HUBBARD, 6. CHASE, 7. JESSIE, 6. ANNA, 6. JAMES, 6. GRACE, 7. EMILY PARKER, 6. JACK, 6. NOAH, 6. CAROLINE, 6. JESSICA, 6. AVIEL, 6. BENJAMIN, 6. ALLISON, 6. WE ALL HAVE CHILDREN. WE HAVE GRANDCHILDREN. AND I WON'T FORGET THAT DAY BECAUSE MY GRANDCHILDREN AT THAT TIME WERE 5, 6, 7, AND 8 YEARS OLD. AND I HAD TO STEEL MYSELF TO BE AWAY FROM THEM BECAUSE WHEN I LOOKED AT THEM I JUST BEGAN TO CRY. BECAUSE IT CAN BE ANYONE'S CHILD. ANYONE'S GRANDCHILD. THAT WILL LOSE THEIR LIFE, ONE CHILD EVERY SINGLE DAY IS KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEY LEAVE FAMILIES, THEY LEAVE SIBLINGS WHO ARE UNABLE TO EVEN COPE WITH THE SENSE OF LOSS. THESE FAMILIES HAVE TRIED TO CHANNEL THEIR GRIEF BY THE NEWTOWN PROMISE. WHY ARE WE HERE TODAY? WE'RE HERE TODAY TO SAY, UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, NO FLY-NO BUY. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. FOR ME PERSONALLY AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM RHODE ISLAND SAID, WE SHOULD BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE SHOULD BAN THEM. THAT'S WHAT OCCURRED AT SANDY HOOK AND SEVERAL OTHERS, THESE TRAGEDIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO VOTE. THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. DEMAND THAT THIS CONGRESS VOTE ON THIS ISSUE, DEBATE IT AND VOTE. AND PEOPLE CAN BE FREE TO VOTE WHATEVER WAY THEY CHOOSE TO, BUT OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS, WE VOTE ON THESE ISSUES. WE SHOULD NOT BE DENIED, THOSE CHILDREN ALL OVER AMERICA, THE ADULTS SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN. THEY SHOULD BE REMEMBERED AND THAT THIS BODY ALLOWED TO VOTE ON THEIR BEHALF. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:40:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:21 AM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT, THE DMCA AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT, THE DMCA AS IT IS COMMONLY KNOWN HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, IS NEARLY 20 YEARS OLD. NOW, JUST AS A REMINDER, 20 YEARS AGO GOOGLE WAS BEING BORN, AMERICANS WERE OUT DANCING THE MACARENA, AND THEY WERE HOLDING CELL PHONES THAT WERE THE SIZE OF BRICKS. THAT WAS 20 YEARS AGO. TECH COMPANIES LIKE YOUTUBE MAY HAVE CHANGED THE WAY AMERICANS CONSUME MUSIC, BUT OUR LAWS HAVE NOT KEPT PACE TO PROTECT THE SONGWRITERS AND ARTISTS WHO ACTUALLY CREATE THAT MUSIC. THIS WEEK 180 MUSICAL ARTISTS AND SONGWRITERS, INCLUDING TAYLOR SWIFT, PAUL MCCARTY, THE BLACK TEAS, AND THE BAND CHICAGO, SENT A LETTER TO CONGRESS CALLING FOR THE REFORM OF THE 1998 DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I AM HOLDING A COPY OF THIS LETTER AND I WISH TO ENTER IT IN THE RECORD WITH MY REMARKS.

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  • 10:41:40 AM

    RE WITHOUT

    HERE'S THE PROBLEM. THE DMCA SAFE HARBOR PROVISION, WHAT THIS DOES.…

    HERE'S THE PROBLEM. THE DMCA SAFE HARBOR PROVISION, WHAT THIS DOES. YOUTUBE HAS CREATED A PLATFORM WHERE ANYONE WITH A SMART PHONE CAN ACCESS NEARLY ANY SONG EVER RECORDED. OFTEN THIS CONTENT IS INFRINGED AND IT DOES NOT, DOES NOT COMPENSATE THE ARTIST WHO CREATE IT. THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISION IMMUNIZES YOUTUBE FROM CLAIMS OF ROBBY RIGHT INFRINGEMENT IF IT REMOVES THE INFRINGING CONTENT IN A TIMELY FASHION AFTER YOUTUBE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED BY AN RTIST OR RECORD COMPANY. WITH MILLIONS OF SONGS ON YOUTUBE IT'S IMPOSSIBLE. GRAMMY WINNING JAZZ CLASSICAL COMPOSE SURE, MARIA SCHNEIDER, HAS SAID THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE DMCA, I'M QUOTING, IT MAKES IT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO POLICE THE ENTIRE INTERNET ON A DAILY BASIS. AS FAST AS I TAKE MY MUSIC DOWN, IT REAPPEARS AGAIN ON THE SAME SITE LIKE AN ENDLESS WHACK-A-MOLE GAME. THIS NOT ONLY THREATENS THE VITALITY OF SONGWRITERS, BUT THE ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MAKE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. TAKE MY HOME AREA IN TENNESSEE, A 2012 STUDY SHOWS THAT IN NASHVILLE ITSELF, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS A $5.5 BILLION ASSET TO THE ECONOMY. LOOKING AT THE ENTIRE MIDDLE TENNESSEE REGION, IT IS $9.7 BILLION. THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN PRINCIPLE, IF YOU MAKE SOMETHING, IF YOU CREATE SOMETHING, IT BELONGS TO YOU. IN NO OTHER WALK OF LIFE DO WE ALLOW PEOPLE TO STEAL THE WORK OF OTHERS AND TURN A BLIND EYE EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO SONGWRITERS AND ENTERTAINERS. OUR FRIENDS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY WHO DO LITTLE TO NOTHING TO SEE THAT THE SONGWRITER IS PROTECTED ON THEIR PLATFORMS ARE THE FIRST ONES TO COMPLAIN IF ONE OF THEIR PATENTS IS SLIGHTLY INFRINGED UPON. SO I ASK THEM, WHY ARE THEIR CREATIONS DESERVING OF PROTECTION BUT THE CREATIONS OF OTHERS ARE NOT? IT'S UNFAIR AND THEY KNOW IT. BUT CREATORS ARE NOT GOING TO KEEP TAKING IT. THE TIMES THEY ARE ACHANGING AS BOB DILLON WOULD SAY, THAT'S WHY FOR YEARS -- DYLAN WOULD SAY. THAT'S WHY FOR YEARS I THOUGHT SOUGHT LEGISLATION LIKE THE FAIR PLAY ACT THAT REPRESENTATIVE NADLER AND I ARE WORKING ON AND THE SONGWRITERS EQUITY ACT. TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE TECH INDUSTRY I SAY, THIS SITUATIONAL ETHICS AREN'T OK. IGNORANCE AND DENIAL, NOT ACCEPTABLE. REFUSING TO PAY PEOPLE FOR THEIR WORK IS UNFAIR AND IT REALLY NEEDS TO STOP. THIS IS ABOUT FAIRNESS AND HONORING THE LAW BY ENFORCING THE LAW. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:44:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MAINE, MS. PINGREE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:45:02 AM

    MS. PINGREE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY. WE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO BEG THE MAJORITY PARTY JUST TO GET A DEBATE AND A VOTE ON COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DEMAND. . WE SHOULD NOT BE LIVING A SOCIETY WHERE THIS IS STIFLED BY SILENCE BY THE MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS AND WHERE GUN VIOLENCE TAKES A TOLL ON OUR CITIZENS. BUT HERE WE ARE. STANDING UP FOR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WANT CONGRESS TO DO SOMETHING AND HONORING THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. HERE WE ARE STANDING UP FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS TIRED OF THE EXCUSES AND WANT TO SEE DEBATE AND WANT US TO TAKE ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE. AND HERE WE ARE TO REPRESENT THE VICTIMS. THE LIST IS SO LONG. ORLANDO, SAN BERNARDINO, NEWTOWN, FORT HOOD, CHARLESTON, THE LIST GOES ON. NINE IN A CHURCH, 23 IN A RESTAURANT, 26 IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND NOW 49 IN A NIGHTCLUB. THE VICTIMS ARE MEN AND WOMEN, BLACK AND WHITE, RICH AND POOR, OLD AND YOUNG. AT A MCDONALD'S IN CALIFORNIA, AN 8-MONTH-OLD BABY WAS KILLED WITH HIS MOTHER WHO WAS TRYING TO SHELTER HIM WHEN A GUNMAN CAME IN AND STARTED SHOOTING. AT A NORTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME, A 98-YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER WAS KILLED WHEN A SHOOTER CAME IN AND OPENED FIRE. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, YOU ARE 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY A GUN THAN IN ANY OTHER DEVELOPED NATION IN THE WORLD. OF THE 23 RICHEST AND MOST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, WE HAVE BY FAR THE MOST GUN VIOLENCE. WE HAVE HALF THE POPULATION OF THE OTHER 22, BUT 90% OF THE WOMEN KILLED BY A GUN ARE KILLED BY A GUN IN THE UNITED STATES. 91% OF THE CHILDREN UNDER AGE 14 WHO ARE KILLED BY A GUN ARE KILLED BY A GUN IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IF YOU ARE A YOUNG PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU ARE 50 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE OF A GUN DEATH THAN IN ALL OF THOSE OTHER COUNTRIES. WE HAVE THE MOST GUNS AND WE HAVE THE MOST GUN VIOLENCE. AND MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE N.R.A. WHO FEAR INTIMIDATION AND MISINFORMATION. THE N.R.A. HAS TAKEN THE DEBATE THAT WE CAN'T EVEN VOTE IN THIS CHAMBER ON WHETHER WE SHOULD KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. RIGHT NOW SOMEBODY CAN BE ON BOTH THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND THE NO FLY LIST. IN OTHER WORDS, THE F.B.I. THINKS YOU'RE A TERRORIST AND THE T.S.A. BANS YOU FROM FLYING, BUT IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE DOWN TO YOUR LOCAL GUN STORE AND BUY AN ASSAULT RIFLE, THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO TO STOP YOU. OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, PEOPLE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST TRY TO BUY EXPLOSIVES OR FIREARMS 2,233 TIMES. OVER 90% OF THE TIME THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS WRONG. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW IT'S WRONG. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS KNOW IT'S WRONG, AND NEARLY EVERY SINGLE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION IN AMERICA KNOWS IT'S WRONG WHICH IS WHY THEY ARE ALL IN FAVOR OF CLOSING THE TERRORIST GUN LOOPHOLE. IN FACT, A RECENT POLL BY A REPUBLICAN POLLSTER FOUND 76% OF GUN OWNERS AND 71% OF N.R.A. MEMBERS SHOULD SUSPECTED TERRORISTS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUY GUNS. IF YOU WERE TO WALK OUTSIDE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND STOP SOMEONE WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND ASK THE SIMPLE QUESTION -- SHOULD TERRORISTS BE ALLOWED TO BUY GUNS? YOU WOULD GET A VERY SIMPLE ANSWER. THEY WOULD SAY, NO, OF COURSE SHIFTS SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO BUY GUNS BUT THEY CAN AND REPUBLICANS HERE IN THE HOUSE WON'T EVEN LET US HAVE A DEBATE AND A VOTE ON IT. HOW DO -- DID WE GET HERE, MR. SPEAKER? HOW HAS THE DEBATE SHIFTED SO FAR AWAY FROM THIS THAT IT IS THIS CONTROVERSIAL? WHY IS IT HERE IN THE HOUSE DEBATE IS SILENT? THE CLOSEST WE CAME TO DEBATE ON GUN LEGISLATION RECENTLY CAME LAST WEEK WHEN A CONTROVERSY ERUPTED ABOUT THE STANDARD PROCEDURE TO OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AFTER A MASS SHOOTING. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S SHAMEFUL WE HAVE ALLOWED THIS COUNTRY TO GET TO A POINT WHERE CONGRESS HAS TO EVEN HAVE A STANDARD PROCEDURE TO OBSERVE MASS SHOOTINGS, YET, WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE DEBATE TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. IT IS TIME FOR US TO STAND UP TO THE N.R.A., TO HAVE A FAIR AND OPEN DEBATE ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND IT IS TIME TO -- FOR ALL OF US TO DO OUR JOB REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:50:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:50:19 AM

    MS. KELLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY HEART BROKEN AND AGERED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY HEART BROKEN AND AGERED ONCE AGAIN BY THE RAMPANT EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE PLAGUING OUR NATION. GUN VIOLENCE IS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I AM NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE TRAGIC MASS SHOOTINGS THAT GRIP OUR COLLECTIVE ATTENTION. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE EVERYDAY SHOOTINGS THAT GO UNDETECTED BY THE NATIONAL MEDIA. LAST YEAR GUN DEATHS BECAME THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF YOUTH AGED 16 THROUGH 24. WE'RE ON TRACK TO BREAK THIS RECORD IN 2016. JUST THIS PAST FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND, 41 PEOPLE WERE SHOT, 13 OF THEM FATALLY IN CHICAGO. THE SHOOTINGS IN THOSE 60 HOURS CLAIMED THE CITY'S 300. THIS IS THE LIST OF THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO NAME EVERY NAME. AMAR'E BROWN, 7 YEARS OLD, WAS THE YOUNGEST. HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK. IN 2016 ALONE, MORE THAN 1,800 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT ACROSS CHICAGO. AMONG THIS WEEKEND'S VICTIMS WAS 3-YEAR-OLD DAVONE QUINN. ON SUNDAY, DAVONE WAS RIDING WITH HIS FATHER TO PICK UP HIS MOTHER FROM WORK WHEN A HAIL OF BULLETS HIT THEIR CAR. DAVONE IS STILL HOSPITALIZED. DAVONE'S STORY IS UNFORTUNATELY ALL TOO COMMON IN COMMUNITIES LIKE SOME OF THE ONES THAT I REPRESENT WHERE A TRIP DOWN THE STREET TO A CONVENIENT STORE, A GAS -- OR A GAS STATION COULD END IN TRAGEDY. I AM TIRED OF HEARING STORIES LIKE THIS. IT SADDENS ME AND AGERS ME EACH TIME I SPEAK WITH CONSTITUENTS AND -- ANGERS ME EACH TIME I SPEAK TO CONSTITUENTS AND HEAR THEIR STORIES OF LOSING THEIR LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE. I'M TIRED BECAUSE SO MANY OF THESE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE IF CONGRESS HAD JUST HAD THE COURAGE TO TAKE ACTION. SADLY, WE DON'T EVEN TALK ABOUT GUN DEATHS UNTIL IT'S FORCED INTO OUR LIVES WITH ANOTHER TRAGIC MASS SHOOTING, AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS WE GIVE FIERY SPEECHES, WE HOLD OUR MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND THEN WE WAIT FOR THE NATIONAL BUZZ TO FADE. IT IS A SHAMEFUL AND DISRESPECTFUL RITUAL THAT MOVES THAT CONGRESS HAS LITTLE TO NO PLANS TO TRULY HONOR THE LIVES OF GUN VIOLENCE VICTIMS. THIS WEEKEND ON "MEET THE PRESS," THE SPEAKER GAVE HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS A PASS TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE WITH RESPECT TO THEIR PRESIDENTIAL SUPPORT. I ASK THE SPEAKER TO GIVE HIS COLLEAGUES A PASS WHEN IT COMES TO VOTING ON BACKGROUND CHECKS WHICH 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT. WITH EACH SHOOTING, WE'RE QUICK TO SAY IT'S A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM, IT'S A FAMILY PROBLEM, IT'S A TERROR PROBLEM, BUT SOMEHOW IT'S NEVER A GUN PROBLEM. IT'S TIME WE LOOK AT THE COMMON DENOMINATOR AND ACCEPT THAT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IS ABOUT HOW GUNS GET INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE SEEKING TO DO HARM. PRAYER AND REFLECTION BRINGS COMFORT TO THOSE WHO MOURN, BUT SCRIPTURE OF ALL FAITHS TEACHES THAT PRAYER MUST BE MET BY GOOD DEEDS. SILENCE WITHOUT ACTION IS DEAFENING. THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT GREATER ACTION. THEY WANT TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW AND ONLINE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW PEOPLE TO PURCHASE GUNS WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. THEY WANT MEDICAL EXPERTS AND THEIR GOVERNMENT TO RESEARCH THIS PLAGUE OF GUN VIOLENCE FOR WHAT IT IS, A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THEY WANT TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS ON THE NO-FLY LIST. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN SOMEONE POSES A CREDIBLE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT WE ENSURE THAT THEY CANNOT FLY ON A PLANE BUT THEY CAN STILL PURCHASE A FIREARM? WITH EACH SECOND THAT PASSES WITHOUT ACTION, WE'RE RISKING ANOTHER DAVONE QUINN, ANOTHER HIDEA PENDLETON, ANOTHER BLAIR HOLT. WE'RE RISKING ANOTHER ORLANDO, ANOTHER SANDY HOOK, ANOTHER VIRGINIA TECH. SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES, JUST WHO EXACTLY HAS TO DIE AND HOW MANY BEFORE WE FINALLY PUT AN END TO THIS? JUST HOW MANY BIRTHDAYS, FATHER'S DAYS, MOTHER'S DAY WOULD GO UNCELEBRATED? HOW MANY WOULD-BE GRADUATIONS MUST BE PASSED? HOW MANY EMPTY CHAIRS AT THE KITCHEN TABLE BEFORE WE SAY ENOUGH AND TAKE MEASURES TO KEEP US SAFE INSTEAD OF GOING OUT WITH OUR SILENCE? IT'S DEAFENING. BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:54:50 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS, MISSISSIPPI…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM VIRGIN ISLANDS, MISSISSIPPI PLASKETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MS. PLASKETT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:55:02 AM

    MS. PLASKETT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING IN SOLIDARITY WITH MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING IN SOLIDARITY WITH MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE MASS SHOOTINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY. THE ORLANDO MASS SHOOTING HAS BEEN ANOTHER DEMONSTRATION OF AN ONGOING FOR SOME AMERICANS DAILY VIOLENCE AND DAILY NIGHTMARE. GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. NOW, WE ALL KNOW THERE IS A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM FOR MANY IN OUR COMMUNITIES FOR LACK OF OPPORTUNITIES, LACK OF EDUCATION, LACK OF ADEQUATE AFTER SCHOOL, SUMMER PROGRAMS, JOB TRAINING, LACK OF EXPANSION OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES BUT WE KNOW MEASURES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS THAT WILL HELP WILL NEVER REACH THIS FLOOR. BUT WE KNOW ALSO THAT NOW THAT THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO TAKE UP OTHER MEASURES AS WELL. WHAT THEY CAN ADDRESS RIGHT NOW RIGHT HERE IS EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS, PREVENTION OF GUN SALES TO THOSE ON A NO-FLY LIST, A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS. NOW, I GREW UP FISHING, HUNTING WITH MY DAD AND I PASS THAT ON TO MY CHILDREN, SO OWNING A GUN IS NOT SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE SHOULD NOT HAPPEN, BUT I KNOW THAT IT'S NOT AN ABSOLUTE RIGHT. AS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF A POLICE COMMISSIONER, THE DAUGHTER OF A NEW YORK CITY COP, A FORMER BRONX PROSECUTOR AND A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL, THE WAR ON CRIME, THE WAR ON THESE MASS SHOOTINGS AND DESTRUCTION WOULD BE WELL SERVED BY VOTING ON EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS, PREVENTION OF GUN SAFETY TO THOSE ON THE NO-FLY LIST AND A BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS. ON THE SMALL ISLANDS THAT I REPRESENT, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 300 GUN-RELATED DEATHS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. NOW, WITH A PLACE WITH A POPULATION OF 100,000 TO HAVE 300 GUN-RELATED DEATHS IN THREE YEARS, THAT ACCOUNTS FOR A MURDER RATE, A DEATH PER CAPITA THAT IS SEVERAL TIMES THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. NOW, MUCH OF THIS IS THROUGH A LACK OF OPPORTUNITY, BUT ALSO AND ABSOLUTELY THE INFLUX OF ILLEGAL ASSAULT WEAPONS, HIGH-CALIBER WEAPONS OF MASS MURDER THAT COME INTO THE MARKET. THOSE COUPLED IN OUR INSTANCE WITH DRUG TRADE HAVE LEFT OUR COMMUNITY IN FEAR AND MOURNING FOR OUR YOUNG. LAST YEAR ALONE, THERE WERE TWICE AS MANY GUN DEATHS PER CAPITA IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS THAN THERE WERE IN MOST AMERICAN CITIES THAT WE COULD TRADITIONALLY THINK OF AS HIGH GUN RATES. WHO ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE DESTRUCTION THIS YEAR IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS? AND I'M GOING TO NAME THEM, BECAUSE WE NEVER HEAR NAMES LIKE THIS. WE HAVE OUR MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR THE LARGE GROUPINGS, BUT THE DAY-TO-DAY INDIVIDUALS THAT DIE, JANUARY 9, TWO UNNAMED MALES. JANUARY 20, STEFAN COLEMAN AND HEIDI MILLS. JANUARY 21, DESHAWN SAM ULES, 24. FEBRUARY 2, JUAN ENCARNACION, 30. MARCH 5, EVAN JOSEPH, 38. MARCH 8, CONRAD FIPS, 30. MARCH 30, 23. MARCH 27, HANS OLIVER, 38. MARCH 28, CAYENNE PAYNE, CONTE PAYNE, 33 AND 29. APRIL 19, JOSEPH DECREE, 19. APRIL 28, JAVON BENJAMIN, 22. MAY 1, SHADALE GABRIEL, 25. MAY 22, VERSHON MONSONTO, 21. KERVAUN JOSEPH, 19. JUNE 22, JOHANIA ATKINS, 22. SAM ULES, 34. -- SAMUELS, 34. THE BLOOD OF THESE VICTIMS SPEAK TO ME. I HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, IT SPEAKS TO YOU. BRING THE BILLS TO THE FLOOR, VOTE IT UP OR VOTE IT DOWN BUT DO YOUR JOB.

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  • 10:59:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. CAPUANO, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. CAPUANO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:59:24 AM

    MR. CAPUANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SAID…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING HAS BEEN SAID EXCEPT THE LEADERSHIP IS STILL NOT HEARING US. IT'S NOT JUST US THAT ARE SAYING THIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SAYING THIS. EVERYONE IS SEEING THE POLLS, EVERYONE KNOWS THE REALITY THAT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO VERY SIMPLE THINGS. NO FLY, NO BUY. AND CLOSING GAPING -- NOT SMALL BUT GAPING HOLES IN THE BACKGROUND CHECK. I, LIKE SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, WOULD PERSONALLY GO FURTHER. MY CONSTITUENTS WOULD SUPPORT THAT. THERE ARE MANY THINGS WE COULD BE DOING BUT WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR THOSE THINGS BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S A DIFFICULT LIFT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BUT I REPRESENT THE SAME NUMBER OF PEOPLE AS EVERY OTHER MEMBER HERE, ABOUT 750,000 PEOPLE, AND WHEN 90% OF THOSE CONSTITUENTS IN EVERY DISTRICT WANTS US TO TAKE SIMPLE, DIRECT ACTION, I THINK IT'S A DERELICTION OF DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY AND OUR OATH TO IGNORE THAT UNLESS THERE ARE SOME MORAL REASON FOR US TO DISAGREE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS, AND ON THIS ISSUE I CAN'T BELIEVE ANYONE HAS A MORE DISAGREEMENT WITH THIS. . EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT ORLANDO. AND THAT'S THE MOST COMPELLING ONE. BUT SINCE THE ORLANDO SHOOTING, IN THE LAST 10 DAYS, THE LAST 10 DAYS IN AMERICA, THERE HAVE BEEN 77 PEOPLE AT LEAST KILLED WITH GUNS. AT LEAST. I SAY THAT BECAUSE MANY OF THESE THINGS GET MINIMAL REPORTING. WHY? BECAUSE ALL OF USES ARE USED TO TURNING ON THE LOCAL NEWS AND EVERY CORNER OF THIS COUNTRY, EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, SEEING ANOTHER ACT OF VIOLENCE ALMOST ALWAYS COMMITTED WITH A GUN ACROSS AMERICA. IT'S NOT AN URBAN PROBLEM OR RURAL PROBLEM. IT'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE BECOME A LITTLE DESENSITIZED TO IT. BECAUSE IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. ONCE IN A WHILE WE'LL GET AN ORLANDO TRAGEDY OR SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY, AND WE'LL ALL JUMP UP AND DOWN AND SAY HOW UPSET WE'RE. AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT MANY TIMES, WE DON'T SEEM TO GET ALL THAT UPSET WHEN TWO OR THREE PEOPLE GET SHOT IN THE MIDDLE OF SOMEPLACE. SOMETIMES WE THINK IT'S GANG VIOLENCE. ONE GANG MEMBER SHOOTING ANOTHER GANG MEMBER. MAYBE THEY DESERVE IT. AMERICA'S BETTER OFF. HOW DO YOU SAY THAT WHEN THERE IS A 3-YEAR-OLD WHO GETS SHOT? OR 7-YEAR-OLD? HOW DARE YOU SAY THAT. OR A WOMAN WALKING DOWN THE STREET OR PEOPLE LITERALLY SITTING IN THEIR HOMES INNOCENTLY. PEOPLE SAY THAT SOME OF THE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN MADE WOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED ORLANDO OR WOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED SANDY HOOK OR WOULDN'T HAVE STOPPED SOMETHING ELSE. YOU KNOW WHAT? MAYBE THEY'RE RIGHT. I DON'T KNOW. BUT I'VE NEVER IN MY LIFE EITHER POLITICALLY OR PERSONALLY USED THE EXCUSE BECAUSE I CAN'T DO EVERYTHING THAT THEREFORE I SHOULD DO NOTHING. THAT IS -- THAT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A LAME EXCUSE. IF WE CAN SAVE THE LIFE OF ONE PERSON BY TAKING SIMPLE ACTIONS THAT EVERYBODY SEEMS TO AGREE WITH. IF YOU CAN'T FLY YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN. CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES AND BACKGROUND CHECKS. NO ONE HAS A PROBLEM WITH BACKGROUND CHECKS. MOST AMERICANS DON'T KNOW THERE ARE LOOPHOLES. I DON'T MEAN LITTLE ONES. I MEAN GAPING ONES AS YOU HEARD EARLIER, ABOUT 40% OF THE GUNS SOLD IN THIS COUNTRY ARE NOT SUBJECT TO BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT'S NOT A LOOPHOLE, THAT'S A GAPING LOOPHOLE. IN THEIR LAST 10 DAYS, 239 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN INJURED WITH GUNS. SOME SAY, WELL, IT'S IN HOME DEFENSE. IT'S ACCIDENTAL SHOOTINGS. THAT'S TRUE. SOME OF THEM ARE. ALL THIS STUFF IS AVAILABLE WHO ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO TAKE FIVE MINUTES AND DO A SIMPLE INTERNET SEARCH LIKE I DID. THERE ARE DOZENS OF REPUTABLE WEBSITES THAT HAVE THIS INFORMATION. ONE OF THEM, THE GUN VIOLENCE ARCHIVE, SIMPLE STATISTICS. NOT ADVOCATING, STATISTICS. IN 2015, THE LAST CALENDAR YEAR, THEY LIST 13,433 DEATHS BY GUNS. THAT'S 36.8 PER DAY. THIS YEAR WE'RE ON PACE TO EXCEED THAT. OF THAT TWO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 11 PER DAY WERE SHOT. TWO PER DAY. YES, ABOUT 10% OF THE INCIDENTS WERE HOME INVASIONS, DEFENSIVE USE, AND ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING, WHICH IS WHY NONE OF US ARE TRYING TO IMPEDE LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM OWNING A GUN. BUT THAT LEAVES 90% OF THE GUN ACTIVITY OUTSIDE THAT. FOR US TO NOT TAKE ACTION, IN MY OPINION, IS INDEFENSIBLE. IN 18 YEARS I HAVE NEVER PARTICIPATED IN THIS MORNING HOUR DISCUSSION. I HAVEN'T DONE IT BECAUSE I FIND MOST OF THIS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT SOMEBODY'S REASON TO MAKE A POLITICAL STATEMENT. I GUESS IN SOME LEVELS THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT NOW. BUT ON OCCASION THINGS GET TO THE POINT WE AS A GROUP HAVE TO STAND UP. WE INDIVIDUALLY HAVE TO STAND UP AND DEMAND WHAT IS THE SIMPLEST ACTION IMAGINABLE. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY, YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY. THE SIMPLEST ACTION, PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. I WOULD RESPECT SOMEONE FOR COMING UP AND VOTING NO. I WOULD DISAGREE, BUT AT LEAST THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO HIDE BEHIND THEIR OWN POLITICAL RHETORIC THAT SOMEHOW PEOPLE LIKE ME ARE TRYING TO PULL GUNS AWAY FROM THEM. THE TRUTH IS, IT'S A SIMPLE ACTION. AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS, A HOUSE MEMBER I'M A BIT EMBARRASSED THAT THE SENATE WAS AT LEAST ABLE TO PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. AT LEAST THEY'LL HAVE TO ANSWER TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS.

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  • 11:06:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. CAPUANO

    I UNDERSTAND THAT, MR. SPEAKER. THIS ISSUE HAS NOT EXPIRED. AND THIS ISSUE…

    I UNDERSTAND THAT, MR. SPEAKER. THIS ISSUE HAS NOT EXPIRED. AND THIS ISSUE WILL NOT GO AWAY AND BE THE END OF THIS DEBATE TODAY OR TOMORROW UNTIL WE GET A VOTE ON THESE SIMPLE ISSUES AND DO SOMETHING TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN OF AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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  • 11:06:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED. FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    OVER LAST FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND, 13 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WITH GUNS IN…

    OVER LAST FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND, 13 PEOPLE WERE KILLED WITH GUNS IN CHICAGO, MY HOMETOWN. ANOTHER 46 WERE INJURED, AND ONE OF THOSE CRITICALLY INJURED WAS 3-YEAR-OLD DEVON QUINN. DEVON AND HIS FATHER WERE SITTING IN THEIR GREEN VAN WHEN SOMEONE PULLED UP AND STARTED FIRING SHOTS INTO A CROWD OF PEOPLE. DEVON WAS HIT IN THE RIGHT SHOULDER BY A BULLET AS HE SAT IN HIS CAR. HE WAS NOT THE TARGET. AND HE WAS ANOTHER INNOCENT VICTIM IN THE TERRIBLE YEAR OF GUN VIOLENCE. A 17-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS WALKING DOWN 46TH STREET AND HE WAS MOWED DOWN BY AN ASSAULT WEAPON. ACCORDING TO THE CHICAGO TRIBUTE, ABOUT 1,800 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT IN CHICAGO THIS YEAR. OVER 200 OF THEM HAVE DIED FROM GUNS. WHEN SHOOTING BECOMES SO COMMONPLACE WE RISK FORGETTING HOW TRAUMATIC EACH ONE IS FOR THE PEOPLE INVOLVED. I RECENTLY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM KIERRA, A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, SHE WROTE, QUOTE, TALKING ON THE PHONE A FEW NIGHTS AGO I HEARD THE DISTURBING NOISE OF GUNSHOTS. FEELINGS OF FEAR OVERWHELMED ME AS MY FRIEND WAS TALKING AND WALKING HOME FROM THE TRAIN STATION FROM WORK. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY COMMUNICATION BROKE. I CALLED BACK OVER AND OVER AGAIN WITH NO RESPONSE I WAS ON THE VERGE OF A MELTDOWN THINKING OF WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO HIM AFTER WHAT SEEMED LIKE THE LONGEST 10 MINUTES OF MY LIFE I RECEIVED A TEXT. LETTING ME KNOW THAT HE WAS OK BUT NEEDED TO CALL 9-1-1 AS SOMEONE HAD BEEN SHOT BY A DRIVER BYE SHOOT -- DRIVE BY SHOOTING. I SAT THERE FROZEN, WHAT COULD I DO? THOUGHTS OF HOPELESSNESS AND SADNESS TOOK HOLD OVER ME AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THE FAMILY OF THIS POOR INNOCENT PERSON WHO WAS JUST SHOT AND HOW TERRIBLE THAT PHONE CALL MUST HAVE BEEN FROM THE HOSPITAL. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR GUNS AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN PROTECTION IN TIMES OF WAR AND SO ON, BUT WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS THE INTERNAL DEBATE AND MENACE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OVER THE USE AND MISUSE OF WEAPONS. TOO OFTEN WE FORGET THE NAMES OF VICTIMS AND THE PAIN OF THEIR LOVED ONES AS CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. MOST DON'T EVEN GET THAT EMPTY GESTURE OF A MOMENT OF SILENCE. EVEN SO, WE HAVE DONE 27 MOMENTS OF SILENCE SINCE SANDY HOOK. HOW NUMBER -- NUMB HAVE WE BECOME TO EVERYDAY VIOLENCE AND ONLY STOP FOR THAT LONE MINUTE TO RECOGNIZE THE MOST HORRIFIC SHOOTINGS. 49 VICTIMS IN ORLANDO. SCHOOL CHILDREN IN NEWTOWN. CHURCH GOERS MURDERED IN CHARLESTON JUST DURING THE SENATE FILIBUSTER ON GUN VIOLENCE LAST WEEK, 48 PEOPLE WERE SHOT. AS THE MASS SHOOTINGS GET WORSE AND WORSE, WE CAN'T LET THESE DAILY SHOOTINGS FADE INTO THE BACKGROUND OF AMERICA. WE MUST -- I KNOW THAT MY CONSTITUENTS FEEL FRUSTRATED AND IGNORED WHEN CONGRESS RESPONDS TO EACH OF THESE TRAGEDIES WITH INACTION. ANGELA WROTE TO ME FROM THE ROGERS PARK NEIGHBORHOOD OF CHICAGO WHERE I GREW UP, QUOTE, I AM WRITING TO YOU AS A FRUSTRATED AND SADDENED CONSTITUENT WHO'S TIRED OF WATCHING INNOCENT PEOPLE DIE BECAUSE THE N.R.A. HOLDS OUR CONGRESSPEOPLE HOSTAGE. I'M BEGGING YOU ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AND POLICE, LGBT, AND EVERY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE TO PLEASE USE THIS MOMENT TO ENACT MEANINGFUL GUN CONTROL IN OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE HAD DECADES OF COMPLACENCY FROM OUR GOVERNMENT ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S NO LONGER EXCUSABLE, PARTICULARLY FOR SOMEONE REPRESENTING CHICAGO. YOU KNOW WHERE THESE LEGALLY PURCHASED GUNS END UP, AND THAT HUNDREDS OF OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PAY THE PRICE FOR WHAT SELFISH MANIACS CLAIM IS THEIR PERSONAL FREEDOM, UNQUOTE. AND I HAVE MANY MORE LETTERS LIKE THOSE CALLING ON THOSE OF US IN CONGRESS TO DO OUR JOB AND REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. NEIGHBORS ASK ME FOR ACTION AT THE GROCERY STORE AND AT THE GYM AND AS I BOARDED THE PLANE YESTERDAY. WE CAN START BY ENACTING TWO GUN SAFETY PROPOSALS THAT ARE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED AMONG OUR CONSTITUENTS. ALL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. CLOSE THE TERRORIST LOOPHOLE. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN. PEOPLE CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE THAT ISN'T THE LAW ALREADY. WE NEED UNE VS.AL BACKGROUND -- UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. 40% OF THOSE GUNS USED IN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO ARE BOUGHT LEGALLY AT INDIANA GUN SHOWS WHERE THERE ARE NO BACKGROUND CHECKS. THESE PROPOSALS WON'T STOP EVERY SINGLE GUN DEATH. BUT WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL STOP SOME. YES, THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER THINGS WE COULD DO, TOO. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES, TO BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. BEFORE WE BREAK. AMERICANS ARE CALLING FOR ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE. THEY ARE TIRED OF BEING IGNORED. NO BILL, NO BREAK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:12:20 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM MARYLAND, FOR FIVE MINUTES .

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    MS. CLARK

    OUR NATION IS STILL HORRIFIED --

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    MS. EDWARDS

    STILL HORRIFIED BY THE LATE THAT KILLED 49 IN ORLANDO JUST OVER A WEEK…

    STILL HORRIFIED BY THE LATE THAT KILLED 49 IN ORLANDO JUST OVER A WEEK AGO. WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE LOVED ONES OF THOSE LOST, WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY THAT SUFFERED THIS UNIMAGINABLE ACT OF VIOLENCE AND ENTIRE ORLANDO COMMUNITY AS THEY WORK TO MOVE FORWARD FROM THIS TRADGEDY. WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO DISARM HATE. GUN VIOLENCE HAS BECOME UNACCEPTABLY COMMONPLACE IN THE COUNTRY. THE ORLANDO ATTACK IS ONLY THE LATEST AND THE MOST DEADLY MASS SHOOTING IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO MORE TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT JUST MASS SHOOTINGS THAT SHOULD BE OUR FOCUS. GUNS HAVE TAKEN MORE LIVES IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE 1968 THAN WERE LOST IN ALL THE WARS THIS NATION HAS EVER FOUGHT. ON AVERAGE, MORE THAN 89 PEOPLE EACH DAY DIE DUE TO GUNS VIOLENCE. WHETHER THAT'S BY HOMICIDE, SUICIDE, OR ACCIDENT. THAT'S MORE THAN 33,000 AMERICANS BEING KILLED BY GUNS EACH YEAR. AND JUST OVER THE THREE YEARS SINCE NEWTOWN, MORE THAN 111,300 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN IN AMERICA. IN MY STATE OF MARYLAND IN 2015 ALONE, MORE THAN 340 MARYLANDERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO HOMICIDES BY GUNS. YET DESPITE THE NATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR LEGISLATION TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS AND CONVICTED FELONS AND DOMESTIC ABUSERS, A VOCAL MINORITY LED BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, STANDS IN THE WAY OF COMMONSENSE PROPOSALS TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. THOSE VOICES ARE FORCING A FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN DOING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND SAFE STREETS. WE CAN DO BOTH. CONGRESS CAN AND MUST ENACT LAWS THAT IMPROVE THE PUBLIC SAFETY WHILE RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION. AND THIS CONGRESS HAS NO RIGHT TO HOLD MOMENTS OF SILENCE ANYMORE, AND DO NOTHING TO PREVENT THE NEXT TRAGEDY. THIS IS A MOMENT OF TRUTH FOR CONGRESS. WE CANNOT HAVE ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE WITHOUT ACTION. WE CAN AND SHOULD EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS. PASS THE BIPARTISAN NO FLY-NO BUY BILL TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. AND SO TODAY WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO GO TO UNLICENSED DEALERS, AT GUN SHOWS, AND DO WHAT THEY COULD NOT DO IF THEY WENT TO WAL-MART TO GET A GUN, AND THAT IS TO GET ONE WITHOUT PASSING A BACKGROUND CHECK. THESE UNLICENSED DEALERS ARE A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF CRIMES IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WITH AN ESTIMATE OF 40% OF ALL PURCHASES MADE THROUGH THEM WITHOUT BACKGROUND CHECK. . STUDIES DO SHOW THEY DO STOP 171 FELONS, 20 FUGITIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY FROM BUYING WEAPONS. IT WORKS WHEN YOU DO IT. RECENT POLLING SHOWS THAT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE UNIVERSALLY SUPPORTED ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. A CBS POLL RELEASED JUST LAST WEEK SHOWED 89% OF THE PUBLIC SUPPORTS LEGISLATION REQUIRING BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE LOW-HANGING FRUIT, THE COMMON DENOMINATOR. AND THAT INCLUDES 97% OF DEMOCRATS, 92% OF REPUBLICANS, 82% OF INDEPENDENTS. WHO'S LEFT OUT? THE VOCAL MINORITY LED BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. AND LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NAFFLE RIFLE ASSOCIATION, MR. SPEAKER. -- NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY USED TO SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS. ON MAY 27, 1999, WAYNE LAPIERRE, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, TESTIFIED BEFORE THE HOUSE ABOUT ONE MONTH BEFORE COLUMBINE IN WHICH 12 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ONE TEACHER WERE MURDERED AND HE SAID THIS AND I QUOTE. WE THINK IT'S REASONABLE TO PROVIDE MANDATORY INSTANT BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR EVERY SALE AT EVERY GUN SHOW. NO LOOPHOLES ANYWHERE FOR ANYONE, AND THAT IS A DIRECT QUOTE FROM WAYNE LAI PMBINGS IERRE FROM THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. WHEN DID THEY CHANGE? WHEN IT BECAME POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT TO DO THE JOB OF THE GUN INDUSTRY. AND SO UNFORTUNATELY THEY FLIPPED THEIR POSITION AND THEY NO LONGER SUPPORT EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS AND THEY'VE WORKED TO PROHIBIT THAT ACTION HERE IN CONGRESS. AND SO I WILL SAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO SPEAKER RIRNE -- RYAN, TO MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, ENOUGH ALREADY. WE ARE TIRED. WE ARE DONE. IT IS PAST TIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC INSTEAD OF TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, TO LISTEN TO THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS, AND TO TAKE GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS, CONVICTED FELONS AND THOSE WHO WOULD DO HARM TO OTHERS. NO BILL, NO BREAK. IT'S TIME TO DISARM HATE.

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  • 11:18:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:18:11 AM

    MR. LEWIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL ASK THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME ON THE FLOOR. ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL ASK THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME ON THE FLOOR. ON OCCASION, MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE HAD WHAT I CALL AN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH MYSELF. FOR MONTHS, EVEN FOR YEARS, I WONDERED WHAT WOULD BRING THIS BODY TO TAKE ACTION? WHAT WILL FINALLY MAKE CONGRESS DO WHAT IS RIGHT? WHAT IS JUST WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN DEMANDING, AND WHAT IS LONG OVERDUE? WE HAVE LOST HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE TO GUN VIOLENCE, TO INY LITTLE CHILDREN, BABIES, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS, SISTERS AND BROTHERS, DAUGHTERS AND SONS, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS . AND WHAT HAS THIS BODY DONE? MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING. NOT ONE THING. WE HAVE TURNED A DEAF EAR. WE HAVE TURNED DEAF EARS TO THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT AND THE CONCERN OF OUR NATION. WE ARE BLIND TO A CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, WHERE IS THE HEART OF THIS BODY? WHERE IS OUR SOUL? WHERE IS OUR MORAL LEADERSHIP? WHERE IS OUR COURAGE? THOSE WHO WORK ON BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS ARE PUSHED ASIDE. THOSE WHO PURSUE COMMONSENSE IMPROVEMENT ARE BEATEN DOWN. REASON IS CRITICIZED. OBSTRUCTION IS PRAISED. NEWTOWN, AURORA, CHARLESTON, ORLANDO. WHAT IS THE TIPPING POINT? ARE WE BLIND? CAN WE SEE? HOW MANY MORE MOTHERS, HOW MANY MORE FATHERS NEED TO SHED TEARS OF GRIEF BEFORE WE DO SOMETHING ? WE WERE ELECTED TO LEAD, MR. SPEAKER. WE MUST BE HEADLIGHTS AND NOT TAILLIGHTS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO STICK OUR HEADS IN THE SAND. DEADLY MASS SHOOTINGS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE FREQUENT . MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FIGHT. IT IS NOT AN OPINION. WE MUST REMOVE THE BLINDERS. THE TIME FOR SILENCE AND PATIENCE IS LONG GONE. WE'RE CALLING ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE TO BRING COMMONSENSE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. GIVE US A VOTE. LET US VOTE. WE CAME HERE TO DO OUR JOB. WE CAME HERE TO WORK. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING ACTION. DO WE HAVE THE COURAGE? DO WE HAVE RAW COURAGE TO MAKE AT LEAST A DOWN PAYMENT ON ENDING GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA? WE CAN NO LONGER WAIT. WE CAN NO LONGER BE PATIENT, SO TODAY WE COME TO THE WELL OF THE HOUSE TO DRUM THE NEED FOR ACTION. NOT NEXT MONTH. NOT NEXT YEAR. BUT NOW. TODAY. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE A WAY OUT OF NO WAY. WE HAVE BEEN TOO QUIET FOR TOO LONG. THERE COMES A TIME WHEN YOU HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING, WHEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE A LITTLE NOISE. WHEN YOU HAVE TO MOVE YOUR FEET . THIS IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE TIME TO GET IN THE WAY. THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW. WE WILL BE SILENT NO MORE. THE TIME FOR SILENCE IS OVER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 11:23:37 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA -- I'M SORRY --…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA -- I'M SORRY -- CONNECTICUT, MR. LARSON, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 11:23:44 AM

    MR. LARSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND FOR ALL OF AMERICA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND FOR ALL OF AMERICA THAT'S LISTENING. YOU JUST HEARD THE SOUL OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS SPEAK, THE SOUL OF THIS NATION CRIES OUT FOR A VOTE. WE ARE GATHERED HERE ON THIS FLOOR TODAY TO ACCOMPLISH A SINGLE GOAL. WE IMPLORE, WE ASK OUR COLLEAGUES, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA STOOD ON THAT SIDE TO APPEAL TO THE BETTER ANGELS ON THAT SIDE OF THE AISLE TO PROVIDE US WITH THE SIMPLE DIGNITY THAT EVERY AMERICAN IS CALLING FOR -- A VOTE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 11:24:33 AM

    MR. LEWIS

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER, FOR YIELDING. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO…

    THANK YOU, MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER, FOR YIELDING. NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT REAL. WE HAVE TO OCCUPY THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE UNTIL THERE IS ACTION.

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  • 11:24:51 AM

    MR. LARSON

    RISE UP, DEMOCRATS. RISE UP, AMERICANS. THIS CANNOT STAND. WE WILL OCCUPY…

    RISE UP, DEMOCRATS. RISE UP, AMERICANS. THIS CANNOT STAND. WE WILL OCCUPY THIS FLOOR. WE WILL NO LONGER BE DENIED A RIGHT TO VOTE. I YIELD TO OUR MAJORITY WHIP AND LEADER.

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  • 11:59:47 AM

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    A HALF-HOUR AGO. THE CAMERAS WERE SHUT OFF BY THE HOUSE STUDIOS. C-SPAN…

    A HALF-HOUR AGO. THE CAMERAS WERE SHUT OFF BY THE HOUSE STUDIOS. C-SPAN DOES NOT CONTROL THE CAMERAS IN THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE. SENATE -- DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN SITTING IN IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE AND MATTER OF FACT WE HAVE VIDEO NOW. WE'LL TAKE YOU LIVE OVER TO THE HOUSE. IT APPEARS THAT JIM CLYBURN, THE ASSISTANT DEMOCRATIC LEADER, IS SPEAKING ON THE FLOOR. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN HEAR.

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  • 12:00:29 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    FOR ONE HOUR. LISTEN AS THEY SIT. LISTEN TO THEIR PHRASE. AND THIS…

    FOR ONE HOUR. LISTEN AS THEY SIT. LISTEN TO THEIR PHRASE. AND THIS DRAMATICALLY FASCINATING -- AND ANOTHER WITHIN. I'M -- [INAUDIBLE]

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  • 12:01:02 PM

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    ALL RISE.

  • 12:01:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WISHES…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WISHES TO ENTERTAIN THE PRAYER BY THE CHAPLAIN. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE BE IN ORDER FOR THE PRAYER AND THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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  • 12:01:56 PM

    CHAPLAIN CONROY

    PRAY, FATHER OF MERCY, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS…

    PRAY, FATHER OF MERCY, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. MAY ALL THEIR DELIBERATIONS GIVE RISE TO UNDERSTANDING. YOU HAVE CALLED US TO SERVE THIS NATION BY YOUR DIVINE INSPIRATION, MAY WE REACH THE DESTINY YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR US AND MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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  • 12:02:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. MEMBERS WILL BE ASKED TO REMAIN STANDING FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 12:03:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR IS CHARGED WITH PRESERVING ORDER AND…

    UNDER CLAUSE 2 OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR IS CHARGED WITH PRESERVING ORDER AND DECORUM AND THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE HOUSE. THE CHAIR FINDS THAT THE HOUSE IS CURRENTLY NOT IN A STATE OF ORDER DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF MEMBERS IN THE WELL WHO ARE NOT RECOGNIZED. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO PLEASE LEAVE THE WELL SO THE HOUSE MAY PROCEED WITH BUSINESS AND DECORUM. FUR SUPERINTENDENT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS SUBJECT TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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  • 12:03:45 PM

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    TO THE CALL OF THE CHAIR.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1491 (After 686 days)
  • Debate695 Hours
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