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House Session - July 5, 2016

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

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:37 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 5, 2016, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 1:50 P.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. LARSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:01:21 PM

    MR. LARSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE COME TO THE FLOOR EARLY THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE COME TO THE FLOOR EARLY THIS AFTERNOON KNOWING THAT LATER THIS DAY WE HAVE A MEETING WITH THE SPEAKER. IT IS OUR GOAL AND OUR HOPE THAT THE SPEAKER WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE MINORITY PARTY TO HAVE ITS TWO VOTES TAKEN UP IN THIS CONGRESS. WE PREVAIL ON THE GOOD NATURE OF THE SPEAKER AND KNOW HIM TO BE AN HONEST AND FORTHRIGHT MAN AND BEING AN INSTITUTIONALIST, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE HOUSE, ALSO KNOW THAT HE'S NOT JUST SPEAKER FOR THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE BUT HE IS, INDEED, SPEAKER OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE. WE FACE AN EXTRAORDINARY CALAMITY. A CATASTROPHE UNLIKE ANYONE HAS EXPERIENCED IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND IT'S THE ONGOING SLAUGHTER THAT OCCURS. MORE THAN 1,000 MASS MURDERS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK WHEN THEY TOOK, AS JOE MANCHIN SAID, OUR BABIES FROM US. WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE VERY COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS. NO BUY, NO FLY. MEANING THAT -- EXCUSE ME, NO FLY, NO BUY. IF YOU CAN GET -- CAN'T GET ON AN AIRPLANE BECAUSE YOU'RE A TERRORIST, BUT YOU CAN BUY A GUN, DOESN'T IT SEEM AS THOUGH THERE SHOULD BE REGULATIONS THAT WOULD PREVENT THAT AND KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS AND CRIMINALS? AND THE MENTALLY CHALLENGED. ALSO, BACKGROUND CHECKS. WHICH MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT ENTITIES HAVE TALKED ABOUT ON THE VERY BILL THAT PAT TOOMEY AND JOE MANCHIN INTRODUCED IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE THAT RECEIVED THE MAJORITY OF VOTES AND PETER KING AND MIKE THOMPSON INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE'RE ASKING FOR A SIMPLE VOTE. AFTER ALL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ELECTED TO DO. WE'RE ELECTED TO REPRESENT OUR PEOPLE WE'RE SWORN TO SERVE AND CAST VOTES. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN 3 1/2 YEARS. WE HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN ALLOWED TO CAST A VOTE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THAT IS WHY SO MANY TOOK TO THIS FLOOR IN AN ORGANIC MOVEMENT DEMONSTRATING THAT WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. AND THAT WE DESERVE A VOTE. AND THAT WE DEMAND A VOTE. FOR THE COUNTLESS VICTIMS AND FAMILIES AND ONGOING TRAGEDIES. IT IS NOT ENOUGH AS RESPECTFUL AS IT IS TO STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. OUR CAUCUS WILL NOT BE SILENT ANYMORE. WE FEEL THAT SILENCE MEANS YOU'RE COMPLICITY -- COMPLICIT WITH THESE ONGOING TRAGEDIES. SO WE HAVE ASKED FOR TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION, BOTH COMMON SENSE, AND OH, BY THE WAY, SUPPORTED NO MATTER WHAT POLL YOU READ, BETWEEN 85% AND 95% OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THEY ARE NOT CONTROVERSIAL. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR IS THE DECENCY TO PERFORM OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN REPRESENTING OUR CONSTITUENTS AND HAVE THE ABILITY TO CAST THE VOTE THAT THEY ARE ALL ASKING FOR. WE'RE PREVAILING UPON THE DECENCY OF THE OTHER SIDE. THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION. THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE RULES OF THIS HOUSE. WE'RE COUNTING ON THEIR DECENCY FOR THE FAMILIES AND THE VICTIMS TO ALLOW US THOSE SIMPLE MEASURES THAT WE TAKE IN OFFICE, THEY COULD SWEAR AN OATH TO THIS OFFICE IN ORDER TO PERFORM. WE'RE ASKING YOU FOR A VOTE. NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT'S REQUIRED OF US WHEN WE RAISE OUR HAND AND TAKE THE OATH HERE. TO DENY US OF THAT IS TO DENY US OF OUR BASIC RIGHTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:06:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:06:57 PM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 22, A LARGE NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 22, A LARGE NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS BROUGHT THE DELIBERATIONS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO A STAND STILL IN ONE OF THE MOST GIST DIS GRACEFUL AND CHILDISH BREACHES OF -- ONE OF THE MOST DISGRACEFUL AND CHILDISH BREACHES OF THE INSTITUTION. IN COMPLETE CONTEMPT OF THE HOUSE AND RULE OF LAW, THEY SHOUTED DOWN ALL WITH WHOM THEY DISAGREED, THEY BLOCKED ACCESS TO THE MICROPHONES AS MEMBERS SOUGHT TO ADDRESS THE CHAIR, AND THEY ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED THE HALL OF THE HOUSE FORCING AN EARLY ADJOURNMENT AND COSTING THIS HOUSE THREE FULL DAYS OF LEGISLATIVE DELIBERATIONS. ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID IT BEST, THERE IS NO GRIEVANCE THAT IS A FIT OBJECT OF REDRESS BY MOB LAW. WHAT WE SAW WAS THE MOB LAW OF OCCUPY WALL STREET BROUGHT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. THEY ARE SEEKING TO USE THE RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS AS JUSTIFICATION FOR MAKING IT HARDER FOR LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. THAT'S A STRANGE LOGIC, BUT SO BE IT. THEY CERTAINLY HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR OPINIONS, THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPRESS THOSE OPINIONS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO USE ALL OF THE PROCEDURES OF THE HOUSE TO ACT ON THEIR OPINIONS. WHAT THEY DO NOT HAVE IS THE RIGHT TO PREVENT THOSE WITH DIFFERENT VIEWS FROM EXERCISING THE SAME RIGHTS AND YET THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT THEY DID. THESE DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS HAVE MANY PROCEDURES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING THEIR BILLS TO THE HOUSE FOR A VOTE. THEY COULD HAVE EXECUTED A DISCHARGE PETITION TO BRING THEIR BILL IMMEDIATELY TO THE FLOOR. THEY COULD HAVE MOVED TO HAVE THEIR BILL INSERTED INTO ANY BILL PENDING ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, A COMMON MOTION THAT WE ROUTINELY HEAR AND VOTE UPON SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK. THE FACT IS, THEIR PROPOSALS WERE CONSIDERED IN THE SENATE AND VOTED DOWN. THEIR PROPOSALS WERE CONSIDERED IN THE HOUSE COMMITTEE AND VOTED DOWN. THEIR DISCHARGE PETITION IS PENDING AT THIS DESK RIGHT NOW AWAITING ENOUGH SIGNATURES TO EXECUTE IT. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOTES. SORRY, THAT'S CALLED DEMOCRACY. THE MAJORITY OF THEIR COLLEAGUES SIMPLY DISAGREE WITH THEM FOR SOME VERY GOOD REASON. THEIR RIGHTS WERE HONORED AND PROTECTED BY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY UNDER THE RULE OF LAW. THAT THEY DENIED THOSE SAME RIGHTS TO OTHERS BY REPLACING THE RULE OF LAW WITH THE RULE OF THE MOB. AND THEY DID SO ON THE MOTION SACRED GROUND OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, THE HALL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. INSTEAD OF WORKING WITHIN THE TIME HONORED RULES OF THE HOUSE, TO CONVINCE THE MAJORITY OF THEIR WAY OF THINKING, THEY DECIDED TO TEAR DOWN THE RULES. THIS WAS THE LAWLESS LEFT ON FULL DISPLAY AND I HOPE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TOOK A LONG, HARD LOOK AT IT AND UNDERSTAND THE THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRATIC TRADITIONS AND INSTITUTIONS THAT THIS CONDUCT REVEALS. IN RECENT DAYS WE HAVE SEEN LEFTIST MOBS ASSEMBLED UNDER A FOREIGN FLAG VIOLENTLY ATTACKING AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO ARE MERELY TRYING TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE TO SUPPORT THEIR CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. WE HAVE SEEN THIS ADMINISTRATION ATTEMPT TO CRIMINALIZE POLITICAL DISSENT AND USE OUR INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT TO INTIMIDATE PEOPLE OUT OF PARTICIPATING IN OUR POLITICAL PROCESS. AND NOW WE HAVE WATCHED THIS LAWLESS BEHAVIOR IMPORTED ON TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP DECIDED NOT TO CONFRONT THIS UNPRECEDENTED SPECTACLE AS IT UNFOLDED AND I DO NOT GAIN SAY THEIR DECISION HERE. IT WAS OBVIOUS THE MEMBERS INVOLVED WERE TRYING TO PROVOKE A COMPLICATION. BUT SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS DONE TO OUR ORDERLY PROCESS OF GOVERNMENT AND CANNOT GO UNCHALLENGED. DOING SO WOULD ESTABLISH A DANGEROUS AND CORROSIVE PRECEDENT ANTITHETICAL TO EVERYTHING WHICH THIS INSTITUTION AND OUR COUNTRY STANDS FOR. CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT THE HOUSE MAY SANCTION MEMBERS FOR DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR AND THE MEMBERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVENTS OF JUNE 22 AND 23 MUST BE CALLED TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTIONS. IF WE FAIL TO DO SO, WE WILL HAVE REPLACED THE HOUSE RULES WITH RULES FOR RADICALS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:11:37 PM

    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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  • 12:11:42 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AND A HALF AGO MY COLLEAGUES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AND A HALF AGO MY COLLEAGUES AND I CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. WE CAME TO THE FLOOR TO PROTEST THE INACTION OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY TO ACT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MEASURES. THEIR DELIBERATE INACTION IN THE FACE OF 33,000 DEATHS CAUSED BY GUN VIOLENCE EVERY YEAR. WE CAME TO DEMAND SUBSTANTIVE ACTION TO ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE. YET TODAY WE'LL BE PRESENTED WITH LEGISLATION PROMOTED BY THE N.R.A. THAT FAILS TO ADDRESS THIS SERIOUS PROBLEM. H.R. 4237 DOES NOT CLOSE OR OTHERWISE ADDRESS THE TERROR GAP THAT ALLOWS KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN THE UNITED STATES TO LEALLY BUY GUNS. INSTEAD THIS BILL HANDICAPS LAW ENFORCEMENT, CREATING AN IMPOSSIBLY BURDENSOME PROCESS AND ALLOWING TERRORISTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE. H.R. 3247 DOESN'T LEAVE THE LOOPHOLE OPEN, IT REINFORCES IT AND THE TERROR GAP. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION TO PREVENT THE TRANSFER OF FIREARM, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE AN EMERGENCY PETITION, SCHEDULE A HEARING, PROVIDE THE SUSPECT WITH NOTICE AND COUNSEL, AND WIN THE HEARING WITHIN 72 HOURS OF THE ATTEMPTED PURCHASE. EVEN IF THE GOVERNMENT IS ABLE TO WIN THE HEARING, IT CAN ONLY PREVENT THE TRANSFER IF THE COURT FINDS THAT THE SUSPECTED COMMITTED, ATTEMPTED TO, OR WILL COMMIT TERRORISM. PUT ANOTHER WAY, THE GOVERNMENT CAN ONLY PREVENT THE GUN SALE IF THEY CAN ARREST THE PERSON FOR A TERRORIST ACTIVITY WITHIN THREE DAYS OF THE PURCHASE. ULTIMATELY THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY MEANINGFUL SAFEGUARD TO PREVENT TERRORISTS FROM PURCHASING GUNS. SADLY, IT'S NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL TACTIC TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY. A CONSTRIVED EFFORT TO LOOK BUSY AND STAYING CONCERNED WHILE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THIS. WE HAVE A MORE RESPONSIVE TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND WE DO MORE. WE DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING, TO HELP PREVENT ANOTHER MASS TRAGEDY IN THIS CONTRY. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS LEGISLATION FALLS FAR SHORT OF A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO SAVE LIVES. INDIVIDUALS ON THE TERROR WATCH LIST WERE ABLE TO LEGALLY PURCHASE A FIREARM 2,043 TIMES BETWEEN FEBRUARY OF 2004 AND DECEMBER OF 2014. THE F.B.I. WAS ONLY ABLE TO PREVENT 10% OF THESE PURCHASES. AS WE ALL UNFORTUNATELY LEARNED ON JUNE 12, WHEN WE FAILED TO PREVENT DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS FROM GETTING THEIR HANDS ON GUNS, WE PUT THE LIVES OF AMERICANS AT RISK. BUT THERE IS LEGISLATION THAT THE HOUSE CAN CONSIDER THAT WOULD REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. FIRST, H.R. 1076, NO FLY, NO BUY BILL WOULD EFFECTIVELY CLOSE THE TERROR GAP BY PROVIDING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO BLOCK GUN SALES. IT WOULD PRESERVE DUE PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MISTAKENLY LISTED. IT WOULD IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL GUN SALES. IT IS A MEASURE SUPPORTED BY THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY RESEARCH SHOWS THAT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL HANDGUN SALES HAVE LOWER LEVELS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THOSE STATES THAT IT OCCURS. NATIONALLY, 34% OF GUN SALES AND 40% OF ALL GUN TRANSFERS OCCUR WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REPRESENT AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS CLOSING THIS LOOPHOLE AND REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO BRING THESE TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR, TO RESPOND TO THE DEMANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE, TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL, THAT WILL ACTUALLY REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY AND PROTECT AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WE'RE SWORN TO DO. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE DEMOCRAT CAUCUS, WE'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT IN EVERY WAY WE CAN UNTIL WE CAN PERFECT PERSUADE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE CARNAGE OF MASS GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 12:15:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE…

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

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  • 12:15:46 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS WANT CONGRESS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS WANT CONGRESS TO PASS MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION THAT WILL ACTUALLY KEEP GUNS OUT OF DANGEROUS HANDS. SO WHAT'S OUR MAJORITY DOING? THEY'RE BRINGING UP A BILL THAT WAS NOT ONLY DRAFTED BY THE GUN LOBBY BUT THAT MAKES IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BLOCK GUN SALES TO SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. THAT'S SHAMEFUL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT'S WILLING TO STAND UP TO THE GUN LOBBY AND DO WHAT IT TAKES TO HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT, TO PUT PARTISAN POLITICS ASIDE AND TO BRING UP COMMONSENSE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO KEEP GUNS AWAY FROM THOSE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE THEM. SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THOSE BILLS BROUGHT UP NOW. MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE ARE KILLED EVERY DAY BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE ANY MORE INNOCENT LIVES LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO 49 INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE SHOT TO DEATH IN THE WORST MASS SHOOTING OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN. SADLY, THIS ISN'T AN INSULATED CASE. IT'S NOW BEEN 3 1/2 YEARS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF 20 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS AND SIX EDUCATORS. BUT FOR REASONS THAT I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND, THAT HORRIFIC TRAGEDY WASN'T ENOUGH TO CONVINCE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP THAT SOMETHING, SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PREVENT THE NEXT TRAGEDY. LET ME GIVE YOU SOME NUMBERS. 3 1/2, THAT'S HOW LONG IT'S BEEN -- HOW MANY YEARS IT'S BEEN SINCE SANDY HOOK. 34,000, THAT'S THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN SINCE SANDY HOOK. 1,182, THAT'S THE NUMBER OF MASS SHOOTINGS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE SANDY HOOK. 520, THAT'S THE NUMBER OF DAYS THE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN SESSION. 30, THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE THAT WE'VE OBSERVED IN THIS HOUSE FLOOR BECAUSE OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND MOST IMPORTANT, ZERO. ZERO, THAT'S THE NUMBER OF VOTES THAT THIS HOUSE HAS TAKEN TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. WHAT IS THE MAJORITY SO AFRAID OF? IS YOUR FEAR GREATER THAN THE FEAR OF THOSE YOUNG KIDS AT SANDY HOOK OR THOSE PARISHIONERS IN CHARLESTON OR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE NIGHTCLUB IN ORLANDO? IT'S LONG PAST TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO GIVE US A VOTE ON MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION TO MAKE SURE THAT TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL DON'T HAVE EASY ACCESS TO GUNS IN OUR COUNTRY. THERE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROHIBIT THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS. AND I HAVE AUTHORED LEGISLATION THAT HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL COMMERCIAL GUN SALES. BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE WHEN IT COMES TO STOPPING DANGEROUS PEOPLE FROM GETTING FIREARMS. THEY WORK. EVERY DAY MORE THAN 170 FELONS, SOME 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND NEARLY 20 FUGITIVES ARE STOPPED FROM BUYING A GUN BECAUSE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS. BUT IN 34 STATES, CRIMINALS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL CAN BYPASS THE BACKGROUND CHECK BY PURCHASING GUNS ONLINE, AT A GUN SHOW OR THROUGH AN AD IN THE PAPER. THIS IS A DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE THAT NEEDS TO BE CLOSED, AND IT NEEDS TO BE CLOSED NOW. THE BILL HAS 186 BIPARTISAN CO-AUTHORS. BRING OUR BILL UP FOR A VOTE. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO REASON WHY ANYONE SHOULD OPPOSE THIS BACKGROUND CHECK BILL. NOT ONLY IS IT BIPARTISAN, IT RESPECTS THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. I'M A GUN GUY. I OWN GUNS. I SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT. IF THIS BILL DID ANYTHING TO VIOLATE THOSE RIGHTS, MY NAME WOULDN'T BE ON IT. ALL THIS BACKGROUND CHECK BILL DOES IS REQUIRE THAT FOLKS PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK BEFORE PURCHASING GUNS ONLINE, AT A GUN SHOW OR THROUGH AN AD. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IT DOES NOTHING TO INFRINGE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT OF LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS TO OWN FIREARMS. THIS DEBATE ON BACKGROUND CHECKS ISN'T A CHOICE BETWEEN EITHER PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT OR REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE. IT'S ABOUT THE WILLINGNESS OF A RESPONSIBLE MAJORITY TO DO BOTH. IF THERE'S ONE THING WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO AGREE ON, IT'S THAT SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL SHOULDN'T HAVE GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, GIVE US A VOTE. BRING UP H.R. 1076, BIPARTISAN, EFFECTIVE, NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION, AND BRING UP H.R. 1217, BIPARTISAN BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION. MASS SHOOTINGS FOLLOWED BY MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND NO ACTION CANNOT BECOME AMERICA'S NEW NORMAL. WE NEED A VOTE AND WE NEED TO VOTE NOW. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 12:20:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:21:02 PM

    MS. KELLY

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH OVER 30 AMERICANS KILLED BY A GUN EVERY SINGLE DAY, FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH OVER 30 AMERICANS KILLED BY A GUN EVERY SINGLE DAY, FOR FAR TOO LONG I HAVE BEEN SAYING INACTION IS NOT AN OPTION. YET, IN MY THREE-PLUS YEARS IN CONGRESS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING ON GUN VIOLENCE. THIS WEEK'S LACKLUSTER BELTWAY BIG GUN LOBBY WRITTEN BILL ISN'T ONLY GUN VOTE THIS CONGRESS HAS HAD. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS FACING A HORRIFIC OIP UNITED EPIDEMIC -- OPIOID EPIDEMIC, WE EMPOWERED OUR STATES WITH THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO COMBAT THIS ISSUE? AND WHY IS IT THAT WHEN A TERRORIST BOREDED A PLANE WITH -- BOARDED A PLANE WITH A BOMB IN HIS SHOE, WE ASKED PASSENGERS REMOVE THEIR SHOES WHEN THEY GO THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY? YET, DAILY VIOLENCE IN THE STREETS OF CHICAGO, NEWARK AND BALTIMORE, WE DO NOTHING? MANY OF US TODAY ARE STILL RIGHTFULLY DISCUSSING THE 49 DEATHS IN ORLANDO A FEW WEEKS AGO, BUT I'D LIKE TO SHARE TWO OTHER STATISTICS WITH YOU ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE SINCE ORLANDO. DURING OUR HONORABLE COLLEAGUE'S SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY'S 15-HOUR FILIBUSTER, 48 PEOPLE IN AMERICA WERE SHOT. 48 PEOPLE IN 15 HOURS. IN CHICAGO, THE LAST MONTH HAS SEEN 79 PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. 79 LOST SOULS. THABIAN, KEVIN, VICTOR, MARSHAWN, KAISER, JOSEPH, JAMAL, CHRISTIAN, DANIEL, ANTHONY, DARNELL, WILLIAM, COREY, DANTE, DONKELL, REKO, SAMMY, VICTOR SANDERS, LEWIS JOHNSON, LONORIS WEBSTER, STEFAN, PAUL WEBSTER, TERRY BATES JR., JEREMY RAY, TREVELL MONTGOMERY, TIMOTHY BOYD, CHRISTOPHER FIELDS, JAVELL NUNN, ANTOINE BROOKS, DUANE TRISH LET, DAVIAN BARRON, ANTOINE RANDALL, STEVEN EDWARDS, WILLIAM SANDAFER, ANTOINE PERKINS, JEREMY ROGERS, DENZEL, ANGELO, DEMETRIUS, MARSHAWN JACKSON, VICTOR ROBINSON, MELVIN COOK, CHARLES WILEY, LATRELL MCCANNON, ERIC KNOCK, ERIC SMITH, MARGARET SHANAHAN, ALEXANDER ROSEAS, MICHAEL BROWN, CARLTON HALL, SALVADOR SUAREZ, OTIS RICHMOND, RAMELL HICKS, BRANDON KNOWLES, REGINALD TURNER, TRAYVON WILSON, SHELTON ELLIS, FREDRICK JOHNSON, LONNIE KING, AMAR'E CATCHINGS, STANLEY BOSTON, JESSICA HAMPTON, ERIC BERJON, TREVELL PARKER, ALFONDIA KELLY, DARRELL GUY JR., MARSHELL HILLSON, ROBERT BARNES, KENETTE WIT CONSIDER, WILLIE PITTMAN. WE WERE LED DURING OUR SIT-IN BY AN ICON, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, AND I WAS VERY, VERY, VERY PROUD TO PARTICIPATE AND WOULD DO IT AGAIN. HE'S FOND OF REFERENCING A DREAM HE SHARED WITH HIS MENTOR, A MENTOR OF MANY OF US, DR. KING, THE DREAM OF THE BELOVED COMMUNITY, A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE OF ALL RACES, CREEDS, RELIGIONS AND GENDER IDENTITYIFICATION CAN LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE -- IDENTIFICATION CAN LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE. CERTAINLY INTERESTS' NO PLACE FOR ASSAULT -- CERTAINLY THERE'S NO PLACE FOR ASSAULT RIFLES IN THE COMMUNITY. THERE'S NO PLACE FOR GUN RIGHTS FOR CRIMINALS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL IN THE BELOVED COMMUNITY. AND THE BELOVED COMMUNITY, NO CHILD HAS TO LIVE A LIFE WHERE GOING TO THE PARK RISKS THEM FROM BEING MOWED DOWN BY A STRAY BULLET. I WILL KEEP FIGHTING AND SPEAKING OUT UNTIL WE HONOR THESE VICTIMS' LIVES WITH ACTION, NOT WITH MOMENTS OF SILENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:25:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BASS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BASS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:25:51 PM

    MS. BASS

    IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, 22 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED BY GUNS IN LOS ANGELES. THE…

    IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, 22 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED BY GUNS IN LOS ANGELES. THE OLDEST PERSON WAS 46 AND THE YOUNGEST WAS 3. ON ONE DAY ALONE, JUNE 11, EIGHT PEOPLE WERE KILLED. WE ALL KNOW THE STATISTICS. EVERY 24 HOURS 30 PEOPLE ARE KILLED IN THE UNITED STATES BY GUNS. THE LEADING CAUSE OF PARALYSIS IS GUN VIOLENCE. PEOPLE AROUND THE NATION HAVE DEMANDED ACTION FROM CONGRESS. WHEN I RETURNED TO MY DISTRICT AFTER THE PROTEST, I WAS MET WITH CHEERS AND STANDING OVATIONS. PEOPLE SAID, FINALLY, TIMELY THEY SAW US ACT -- FINALLY THEY SAW US ACT. THEY FINLELY THEY SAW US FIGHT AGAINST THE N.R.A., WHICH HAS A STRANGLE HOLD ON CONGRESS. MY CONSTITUENTS REFLECT OVER 90% OF THE U.S. PUBLIC DEMANDING WE ACT AND PASS LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THE CARNAGE FROM GUN VIOLENCE. I'M PROUD TO SAY THE STATE LEGISLATOR IN CALIFORNIA HAVE ACTED. NOW CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT. THE GOVERNOR SIGNED FIVE BILLS RECENTLY PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE. IT IS NOW IN CALIFORNIA AGAINST THE LAW TO POSSESS AMMUNITION MAGAZINES THAT HOLD MORE THAN 10 ROUNDS. BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO PURCHASE AMMUNITION. THE GOVERNOR SIGNED BILLS THAT BAN BULLET BUTTONS DESIGNED TO MAKE IT EASY TO DETACH A MAGAZINE AND RELOAD, A CREATIVE IDEA FROM GUN MANUFACTURERS TO GET AROUND THE ASSAULT WEAPON BAN WHEN IT WAS IN EFFECT. OTHER BILLS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR PROHIBIT THE LENDING OF GUNS TO FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PEOPLE WHO KNOWINGLY MAKE FALSE REPORTS ABOUT THE LOSS OR THEFT OF A GUN CANNOT POSSESS FIREARMS FOR 10 YEARS. THE BILLS WERE SIGNED TOO LATE TO HAVE SAVED THE 22 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN LOS ANGELES, BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THESE LAWS WILL HELP REDUCE DEATH AND INJURY FROM GUN VIOLENCE. I'M PROUD CALIFORNIA IS SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR THE NATION AND IT IS MY HOPE AFTER THE TREMENDOUS PUBLIC RESPONSE AND DEMAND THAT WE ACT THAT WE PASS SENSIBLE LEGISLATION TO BRING AN END TO THE DEATH AND INJURIES. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO CONSTITUENTS HOW SOMEONE CONSIDERED TOO DANGEROUS TO PURCHASE AN AIRLINE TICKET IS NOT TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE PETER KING, IS A MODEST PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS REALLY A FIRST STEP. ALL OF US ARE CLEAR, MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS, CLOSING THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARGUE WE IS REALLY DON'T NEED ANY NEW LAWS, WE JUST NEED TO ENFORCE THE ONES WE HAVE AND THEN HYPOCRITECALLY CLAIM THE PRESIDENT IS OVERSTEPPING HIS AUTHORITY WHEN HE INCREASES RESOURCES TO THE A.T.F. SO THEY CAN MODERNIZE THEIR TECHNOLOGY TO ADDRESS INTERNET SALES. THE LAST TIME SERIOUS LEGISLATION WAS PASSED THE INTERNET DIDN'T EXIST. THE SHOOTER THAT KILLED THE NINE CHURCHGOERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA MIGHT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED FROM PURCHASING A WEAPON BUT HIS BACKGROUND CHECK WASN'T PROCESSED IN TIME. THREE DAYS OR YOU GET YOUR GUN. WITHOUT THE STAFFING AND THE TECHNOLOGY, THREE DAYS IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. AND ALTHOUGH HE SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD A GUN BECAUSE OF A PRIOR ARREST, HE WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE ANYWAY. AS A NATION AT SOME POINT WE HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION, THE DECISION IS OURS. AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHO RULES THIS PLACE. IS IT A HANDFUL OF INDUSTRIES THAT DICTATE WHAT WE DO? I CAN NAME A FEW INDUSTRIES THAT CAUSED MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO VOTE HOWEVER THE INDUSTRY DECIDES, NOT THEIR CONSTITUENTS. IF THEY VOTED WITH THEIR CONSTITUENTS WHO IN POLL AFTER POLL SAY 85% OF REPUBLICANS SUPPORT SENSIBLE GUN CONTROL, THEY VOTE THE WAY AN INDUSTRY DICTATES OR THEY FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE CAMPAIGN AND AN OPPONENT. IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED IN ONE DAY IN LOS ANGELES, I MENTION THEIR NAMES. JUNE 11, JOSE DURAN, 31 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, ADDY HERNANDEZ, 22 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, STEPHANIE GONZALEZ, 17 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, KIMBERLY GONZALEZ, STEPHANIE'S SISTER, 13 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, JOHNNY MARK ALZALDI, 27 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, JUAN ZATARI, 43 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, JOSE RENE ESPINOZA, 46 YEARS OLD. JUNE 11, CYNTHIA AMBRIA, 17 YEARS OLD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 12:30:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:30:32 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN THIS HOUSE LAST CONVENED, A NUMBER OF US WERE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN THIS HOUSE LAST CONVENED, A NUMBER OF US WERE WILLING TO SIT IN IN ORDER TO STAND UP. STAND UP TO THE GUN LOBBY, STAND UP AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. DURING OUR PROTEST, HOUSE REPUBLICANS FLED WASHINGTON RATHER THAN FACE ACCOUNTABILITY ON GUN SAFETY. LEAVING BEHIND SIGNIFICANT UNFINISHED BUSINESS. DURING THE PAST WEEK, MANY OF US ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE JOINED NEIGHBORS IN A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE. I JOINED OVER 100 PEOPLE IN SAN ANTONIO, GATHERING WITH PATREESHA, WITH THE PEACE INITIATIVE, JAMIE FORD WITH MOMS DEMAND ACTION, AND STATE SENATOR HOE DAY MENENDEZ. ON A HOT AFTERNOON IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, MORE THAN 100 OF US ALSO GATHERED WITH THE MAYOR, WITH ANDREA FROM TEXANS FOR GUN SENSE. MEMBERS OF THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL, STATE REPRESENTATIVE DONNA HOWARD, AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS ALL ASKING THIS CONGRESS TO RESPOND TO THE HORRIFIC WAVE OF GUN CARNAGE THAT THREATENS THE SECURITY OF OUR FAMILIES. EACH OF THESE GATHERINGS INCLUDED POWERFUL TESTIMONY FROM FAMILY TRAGEDIES AND LOSS AS A RESULT OF GUNS. AFTER THE MASS MURDERS IN ORLANDO AND IN SAN BERNARDINO, CARRIED OUT BY INDIVIDUALS PROFESSING A TWISTED VERSION OF ISLAM, THE MOST OBVIOUS NEXT STEP IS TO QUESTION WHY IF SOMEONE IS TOO DANGEROUS TO GET ON AN OIRP WITH YOU, THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO -- AN AIRPLANE WITH YOU, THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO BUY AS MANY ASSAULT WEAPONS AS THEY WOULD LIKE. AND ASK WHY IN ORLANDO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS DID NOT HEAR ABOUT ASSAULT WEAPON PURCHASES OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN -- OF ONE PERSON WHO HAD BEEN ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST. ONE OF THE THREE MODEST BILLS ABOUT WHICH WE'RE SITTING IN WOULD INSTITUTE A NO FLY, NO BUY RESTRICTION. AND THE DAY AFTER OUR PROTEST, TO THEIR CREDIT, FOUR OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME INTRODUCED A VERSION OF A PROPOSAL TO PROHIBIT SUCH GUN PURCHASES BUT ALSO TO PROVIDE A MEANS BY WHICH SOMEONE COULD GET OFF THE LIST OR NO FLY IF THEY WERE ON THERE I AM PROPERLY. THIS PROPOSAL COPIES VERBATIM ONE PROPOSAL THAT HAS BEEN OFFERED BY REPUBLICAN SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS. HERS IS THE ONLY PROPOSAL PENDING IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE TODAY THAT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN REJECTED. I THINK IT IS TIME FOR US TO COME TOGETHER TO UNITE BEHIND THIS PROPOSAL. IT'S A MODEST STEP FORWARD, BUT IT IS A STEP FORWARD TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE. INSTEAD, WE'RE TOLD TODAY THAT SPEAKER RYAN IS APPARENTLY COMMITTED TO BLOCKING THIS BIPARTISAN NISH OF IT -- INITIATIVE AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. APPARENTLY THE ONLY PROVISION ON WHICH WE WILL BE ALLOWED TO VOTE HERE IN THIS HOUSE IS A PROPOSAL THAT THE SENATE HAS ALREADY REJECTED. THIS ISN'T ACTION, IT'S THEATRICS. IT'S THE APPEARANCE OF A RESPONSE TO THE CONCERN OF SO MANY AMERICANS FOR ACTION ON GUN SAFETY WITHOUT CHANGING ANYTHING. UNDER THIS GUN LOBBY PROPOSAL IN ORDER TO PREVENT A GUN PURCHASE, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A COURT ORDER WITHIN 72 HOURS TO PROVE PROBABLE CAUSE THAT A PERSON "HAS COMMITTED, CONSPIRED TO COMMIT, ATTEMPTED TO COMMIT, OR WILL COMMIT AN ACT OF TERRORISM." IF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN DO THAT, THEY SHOULD NOT ONLY BE PREVENTING A PERSON FROM ACQUIRING A GUN, THEY OUGHT TO BE TAKING THEM TO PRISON. SO MUCH ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THE SIT-IN ON THIS FLOOR. NOT ENOUGH HAS FOCUSED ON THE SIT-ON. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE SPEAKER WHO SITS ON ANY LEGISLATION CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE, INCLUDING THAT ADVANCED BY FELLOW REPUBLICANS, IF IT DOES NOT HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THE GUN LOBBY. WE JUST CELEBRATED INDEPENDENCE DAY. HOW ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS DECLARING INDEPENDENCE FROM THE GUN LOBBY? JUST ONCE IN A VERY SMALL, MODEST WAY ON A PROPOSAL THAT REPUBLICANS THEMSELVES HAVE ADVANCED A FEW OF THEM TO ADDRESS MORE SECURITY FOR OUR FAMILIES. THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS TRIED SO VERY DESPERATELY TO AVOID ACCOUNTABILITY ON GUN SAFETY. THEY CUT OFF THESE MICROPHONES, THEY FLED THE HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, NOW THEY ARE CLOAKING THEMSELVES IN AN N.R.A.-APPROVED BILL ALREADY REJECTED BY THE UNITED STATES SENATE WHICH WON'T KEEP WEAPONS OF WAR OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. EVERYONE WHO OWNS A GUN KNOWS THAT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO KEEP THE SAFETY ON THAT GUN. I THINK IT'S TIME TO PUT THE SAFETY BACK IN GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. IT'S IN TIME TO ENGAGE IN MEANINGFUL REAL REFORM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:36:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY LEADER,…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 12:36:24 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS NOW A WILDFIRE HAS RAGED THROUGHOUT MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR NEARLY TWO WEEKS NOW A WILDFIRE HAS RAGED THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. HIGH HEAT, DRY WIND, AND A LONG DROUGHT CONSPIRED TOGETHER ENABLING A FIRE THAT HAS BURNED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES. HUNDREDS OF HOMES, AND TAKEN THE LIVES OF TWO PEOPLE. NOW, I DID NOT KNOW BYRON AND GLADYS PERSONALLY, BUT I HAD HEARD ABOUT THEM AND LEARNED A SMALL PART OF THEIR STORY. THEY WERE GOOD AND LOVING PEOPLE. THEY MET IN A CHURCH. HE WAS AN EPISCOPAL PRIEST AND SHE PLAYED THE ORGAN. BYRON WOULD PREACH, GLADYS WOULD PLAY. THEY HELPED THEIR FRIENDS AND EACH OTHER GROW CLOSER TO GOD. THEY DIED, IT SEEMS, FROM SMOKE. A NEIGHBOR SAID HE SPOTTED THEM AFTER THE FIRE LYING OUT IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE NEAR THEIR FENCE. THE TREES WERE STILL BURNING. BYRON LOOKED AS IF HE WAS SHIELDING HIS WIFE FROM THE COMMOMING FLAME. -- FROM THE COMING FLAME. IT WAS ONE LAST ACT OF SACRIFICE FOR THE WOMAN HE SPENT HIS LIFE LOVING. SUCH PEOPLE ARE A GIFT TO EVERYONE THEY MEET. AS OUR COMMUNITY STRUGGLES NOW TO RETURN TO A SENSE OF NORMALCY, FACED WITH THE IMMENSE TASK OF REBUILDING AFTER SO MUCH LOSS, WE HAVE OUR FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO THANK THAT THIS DISASTER WAS NOT WORSE. FOR DAYS WITH LITTLE SLEEP AND NEAR EXHAUSTION, IT KEPT THE FLAMES AT BAY. THEY REMIND US HOW WILLING -- HOW WILLING SOME FACE DANGER TO PROTECT US. WE'RE FOREVER THANKFUL FOR THEM. WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM THE LOSS OF THEIR BUSINESSES, THEIR HOMES, AND THEIR FAMILY. AND THEIR FRIENDS. OUR COMMUNITY ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL STAND STRONG IN THE FACE OF DISASTER AS WE REBUILD. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:38:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS.…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. NORTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:38:48 PM

    MS. NORTON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANYONE WHO THOUGHT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD GO AWAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ANYONE WHO THOUGHT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD GO AWAY AFTER WE WERE DRIVEN TO A SIT-IN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION LEARNED DIFFERENTLY VERY SOON AFTER WE GOT HOME ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, WHEN EVENTS WERE HELD ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR GUN VIOLENCE. WE SERVED NOTICE, YES, THERE HAVE BEEN MOMENTS OF OUTRAGE AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE NOT KEPT UP THE BATTLE UNSEESINGLY. WATCH US THIS TIME. I AM -- UNCEASINGLY. WATCH US THIS TIME. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT OUR VERY EFFECTIVE POLICE CHIEF, KATHY LANIER, CAME WITH ME TO A ROUND TABLE WHERE WE HEARD NOT ON FROM HER BUT FROM RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE INCREDIBLE HEARTACHE AND THROBBING AGONY OF LOSS OF LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE. THEN THIS MORNING, UNSTIMULATED BY ME, PARENTS ORGANIZED THEMSELVES TO COME TO THE CAPITOL AT 9:00 A.M. THEY CALL THEMSELVES D.C. MOMS AND DADS FOR RATIONAL GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. THEY WERE -- THEY ARE A GROUP OF SPONTANEOUSLY FORMED DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PARENTS WHO LACK VOTING REPRESENTATION IN THE CONGRESS, ALTHOUGH THEY PAY THE HIGHEST TAXES PER CAPITA OF ANY AMERICAN. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE FINAL VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND THEY HAVE NO SENATORS. THEY WANTED TO COME AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL GUN LEGISLATION TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTRY, AND THEY CAME WHEN THE WEEK BEFORE I HAD JUST FOUGHT OFF THREE AMENDMENTS IN THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE TO UNDERMINE D.C.'S GUN LAWS WITH AN ATTEMPT TO ERASE SOME OF THOSE LAWS. IT'S INTERESTING THAT I WAS ABLE TO IN RULES COMMITTEE KEEP THOSE REPUBLICAN AMENDMENTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR GUN LAWS FROM BEING MADE IN ORDER, AND I THINK IT'S BECAUSE THE RULES COMMITTEE TOOK PLACE ONLY DAYS AFTER ORLANDO. AND EVEN REPUBLICANS DIDN'T HAVE THE NERVE TO AUTHORIZE GUN LEGISLATION SO CLOSE TO ORLANDO. IS THAT WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE? OR WILL IT TAKE THE PERSISTENCE THAT YOU SAW WHEN DEMOCRATS HAD NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO SIT ON THIS HARD FLOOR JUST BEFORE RECESS. NOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE GOTTEN THE PERMISSION OF THE N.R.A. TO INCLUDE A GUN BILL IN A PENDING BILL. NO WONDER IT MAKES IT WORSE. NOW YOU HAVE TO GO BEFORE A JUDGE BEFORE YOU CAN GET SOMEONE OFF OF A NO-FLY LIST INSTEAD OF DEMEND PEPPEDING ON THE SO MRDIVE PROCESS, GOES THROUGH THE MUCH SLOWER JUDICIAL PROCESS. THANK YOU FOR NOTHING. IT CERTAINLY WON'T SATISFY US FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. FOR US WHO LIVE IN YOUR NATION'S CAPITAL, WE NEED NATIONAL GUN LEGISLATION TO KEEP GUNS FROM FLOWING IN FROM WEAK GUN JURISDICTIONS. AND WE NEED YOU TO LEAVE OUR GUNS ALONE, OUR GUN SAFETY LAWS ALONE. WITHOUT FAIL EVERY SINGLE YEAR I HAVE TO DRIVE BACK ATTEMPTS TO OVERTURN OUR GUN LAWS I JUST DESCRIBED. THREE THAT WERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE BEFORE WE LEFT THAT I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE BACK BECAUSE OF ORLANDO. YES, I'M PROUD THAT THE NATION'S CAPITAL HAS THE STRONGEST GUN LAWS IN THE COUNTRY. WELL, IT MIGHT, CONTROVERSIAL WORLD FIGURES ROAM OUR STREETS, AND OUR RESTAURANTS. WEAKEN LAWS YOU DO NOT NEED IN THIS CAPITAL. WE HAVE EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN CHIEF LANIER AND HER POLICE FORCE AND OUR RESIDENTS. BUT WE ARE STILL AT THE MERCY OF A CONGRESS WHICH WILL NOT DO ITS JOB. DURING OUR SIT-IN I WENT -- I LEFT THE FLOOR TO GO TO A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY THE MAYOR AND THE POLICE CHIEF DISPLAYING AK-47 AND OTHER GUNS ILLEGAL IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT YOU CAN SIMPLY GO TO A GUN SHOW AND BUY, UNDERMINING OUR GUN LAWS. OUR GUN PROBLEM IN A CITY LIKE OURS AND MANY CITIES AND JURISDICTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE NOT LOCAL PROBLEMS. THEY ARE NATIONAL PROBLEMS. THAT IS WHY YOU SEE US DEMANDING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT IS WHY WE'RE DEMANDING THAT YOU STOP SENSORING THE C.D.C. FOR -- CENSORING THE THE C.D.C. I THANK THE MOMS AND BADS FOR OVERRIDING THE VOTE TO COME HERE. YOU SPENT A DUAL MESSAGE. PASSES GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION AND GIVE D.C. THE VOTE.

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  • 12:44:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:44:24 PM

    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS AS MANY OF MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW I CO-FOUNDED AND SERVED AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND 20 YEARS AGO WE WORKED WITH A BIPARTISAN CONGRESS TO PASS THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDER GUN BAN. IT BECAME LAW IN 1996. IT WAS KNOWN AS THE LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT AFTER THE LATE SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBERG OF NEW JERSEY. AND SINCE THAT TIME WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN PREVENTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BUT SADLY THERE ARE SEVERAL MACK TRUCK-SIZED LOOPHOLES THAT PREVENT THE LAW FROM COMING TO ITS FULL EFFECT. IN FACT, JUST LAST WEEK IN A FIGHT AGAINST THE GUN LOBBY YET AGAIN OVER THESE LAST 20 YEARS, THE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDER GUN BAN IN A 6-2 DECISION. . AS MANY KNOW, LEAVING AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME FOR A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM, AND ADDING A FIREARM TO THAT SITUATION SEVERELY HEIGHTENING THE RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH. IN FACT, IN AMERICA THE MAJORITY OF FATAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES ARE COMMITTED WITH FIREARMS. AT LEAST 52% OF AMERICAN WOMEN MURDERED WITH GUNS ARE KILLED BY INTIMATE PARTNERS OR FAMILY MEMBERS. AND DESPITE IMPRESSIONS FROM MASS MEDIA COVERAGE, MASS SHOOTINGS IN WHICH AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE ARE MURDERED WITH A GUN ARE ALSO TYPICALLY ACTS OF DOMESTIC OR FAMILY VIOLENCE. EVERY TOWN U.S.A. ANALYSIS OF EVERY MASS SHOOTING BETWEEN 2009 AND 2015 FOUND THAT 57% WERE COMMITTED BY INTIMATE PARTNERS OR FAMILIES OF VICTIMS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT COMMONSENSE GUN LAWS HAVE A MARKED EFFECT ON IMPROVING WOMEN'S SAFETY FROM GUN VIOLENCE. IN STATES THAT REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL HANDGUN SALES, 46% FEWER WOMEN ARE MURDERED WITH A GUN BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER AND STATE LAWS ENSURING THAT CONVICTED ABUSERS OR THOSE SUBJECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS ARE SEPARATED FROM THEIR FIREARMS ARE ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH REDUCTIONS IN GUN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. BUT BECAUSE OF LOOPHOLES IN THESE LAWS AND FAILURES TO ENFORCE THEM, THEY DO LITTLE TO CURB THE UNIQUELY LETHAL AMERICAN PROBLEM OF GUNS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. FOUR GAPS IN THE LAW ARE PARTICULARLY HARMFUL. FIRST, FEDERAL LAW DOES NOTHING TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF ABUSIVE DATING PARTNERS OR CONVICTED STALKERS. THE FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS DOMESTIC ABUSERS FROM BUYING OR OWNING GUNS BUT DON'T APPLY TO DANGEROUS PEOPLE CONVICTED OF MISDEMEANOR, STALKING OFFENSES OR DATING PARTNERS, EVEN THOUGH MORE WOMEN IN THE U.S. ARE KILLED BY THEIR DATING PARTNERS THAN THEIR SPOUSES. SECOND, IN 35 STATES, STATE LAW DOES NOT PROHIBIT ALL PEOPLE CONVICTED OF MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRIMES AND ALL PEOPLE SUBJECT TO RESTRAINING ORDERS FROM BUYING OR USING GUNS. AND THIRD AND IMPORTANTLY, FEDERAL LAW ALLOWS DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND STALKERS TO EASILY EVADE GUN PROHIBITIONS BY PURCHASING GUNS FROM UNLICENSED PRIVATE SELLERS. THAT'S THE MACK TRUCK LOOPHOLE. FEDERAL LAW ONLY REQUIRES BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES AT LICENSED DEALERS. 16 STATES REQUIRE CHECKS ON ALL HANDGUN SALES, BUT IN THE REMAINING STATES PROHIBITED ABUSERS SEEKING TO AVOID A BACKGROUND CHECK HAVE VERY LITTLE TROUBLE PURCHASING A GUN FROM AN UNLICENSED DEALER THEY MEET ONLINE, AT A GUN SHOW OR IN A PARKING LOT. PROHIBITED DOMESTIC ABUSERS KNOW ABOUT THIS LOOPHOLE, AND THEY'VE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IT TO DEADLY EFFECT. AND IN FACT IN A FIRST OF ITS KIND INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL GUN SALES, MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS FOUND THAT ONE IN FOUR PROHIBITED PURCHASERS SEEKING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE -- SEEKING GUNS ONLINE HAD A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST. AND FINALLY, 41 STATES DO NOT REQUIRE PROHIBITED ABUSERS TO RELINQUISH THE GUNS THEY ALREADY OWN. SO I JOINED IN LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT THESE GUNS FROM FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PROVEN WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE GUNS, SUCH AS FELONS AND DOMESTIC ABUSERS, IS TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL FIREARM SALES NO MATTER WHERE THAT SALE TAKES PLACE. AND VERY TRAGICALLY, OUR LAXED GUN LAWS MAKE IT ABUSERS TO ACQUIRE A FIREARM THAN IT IS IN FACT TO PURCHASE A BOX OF SUDAFED. SO YOU ASK, MR. SPEAKER, WHY DO WE PROTEST? WHY DID WE TAKE THE DRAMATIC ACTION OF TAKING TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE? IT'S BECAUSE WE'VE HAD ENOUGH, AND WE KNOW THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN AND MUST CHANGE THE FACT THAT WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY LOSE THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE BY THEIR DOMESTIC ABUSERS. NINE AMERICAN WOMEN ARE SHOT AND KILLED BY THEIR HUSBANDS AND INTIMATE PARTNERS EVERY SINGLE WEEK. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. LET'S CLOSE THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE.

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  • 12:49:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 12:49:49 PM

    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HOUSE'S SILENCE ON PREVENTING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HOUSE'S SILENCE ON PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE AND KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS IS A BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AMERICANS ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE MURDERED WITH A GUN THAN IN ANY OF OUR PEER COUNTRIES. AND SINCE THE HORRIFIC SHOOTINGS AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MY DISTRICT, IN THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS 100,000 AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES TO GUN VIOLENCE. THINK ABOUT THAT. 100,000 AMERICANS. THAT'S THE SIZE OF A GOOD-SIZED AMERICAN CITY. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM DEAD BECAUSE OF A GUN, AND THIS HOUSE, THIS HOUSE HAS DONE NOTHING. WE ARE ELECTED TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE ELECTED TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE, AND RIGHT NOW FELONS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS, EVEN SUSPECTED TERRORISTS CAN BUY A GUN OF THEIR CHOICE WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. AND THE BAD GUYS ARE WELL AWARE OF THIS BIG GAPING LOOPHOLE IN OUR LAWS. HERE'S WHAT AN AL QAEDA SPOKESMAN SAID IN A PROPAGANDA VIDEO IN 2011. QUOTE, AMERICA IS ABSOLUTELY AWASH IN EASILY ATTAINABLE FIREARMS. YOU CAN GO DOWN TO A GUN SHOW AT THE LOCAL CONVENTION CENTER AND COME AWAY WITH A FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK AND MOST LIKELY WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW AN IDENTIFICATION CARD. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? THE REAL QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE WE, WHAT ARE WE IN THIS CHAMBER WAITING FOR? WE HAVE THE NO FLY, NO BUY BILL, A BIPARTISAN BILL TO CLOSE THE TERROR LOOPHOLE, AND WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN BILL TO STRENGTHEN BACKGROUND CHECKS SO THAT THEY APPLY TO ALL COMMERCIAL SALES OF GUNS. NOW, I KNOW MANY AMERICANS ASSUME THAT THE LAWS WE HAVE ON THE BOOKS ARE STRONG ENOUGH. IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF ENFORCEMENT. BUT SADLY THAT IS NOT TRUE. THAT IS NOT TRUE. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 30% AND 40% OF ALL GUN SALES RIGHT NOW DO NOT GO THROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS AT ALL. NOT AT ALL. SO THE BAD GUYS JUST HAVE TO GO TO AN UNLICENSED DEALER OR GO ONLINE. AND LET'S BE VERY CLEAR. 20 YEARS AGO WHEN CONGRESS PASSED THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILL, WHEN THEY PASSED THAT BILL, PEOPLE DIDN'T BUY GUNS ONLINE. PEOPLE DIDN'T BUY MUCH OF ANYTHING ONLINE. SO CONGRESS DIDN'T EVEN HAVE IT IN ITS HEAD TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE IT WASN'T AWARE OF. BUT IT IS NOW THIS CONGRESS', IT IS NOW OUR JOB TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE 100,000 AMERICANS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS AND TO TAKE ACTION TO SAVE LIVES. NOW, NO SINGLE LAW, NO SINGLE LAW CAN END GUN VIOLENCE, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT LAWS WORK. THEY WORK AND IMPROVED BACKGROUND CHECKS SAVE LIVES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN CONNECTICUT OUR PERMANENT TO PURCHASE LAW HAS REDUCED GUN HOMICIDES BY 40%. THAT TRANSLATES INTO 296 LIVES SAVED OVER A 10-YEAR TIME PERIOD. AND IN STATES THAT HAVE CLOSED BACKGROUND CHECK LOOPHOLES, 46% FEWER WOMEN ARE KILLED BY DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND 48% FEWER ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICERS ARE SHOT TO DEATH. HALF OF THOSE LIVES SAVED, AND EACH ONE OF THOSE LIVES SAVED IS PRECIOUS. EACH ONE HAS A FAMILY. EACH ONE HAS LOVED ONES. SOMETIMES WE FORGET THAT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF THIS AND HUNDREDS OF THAT AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. EACH AND EVERY LIFE IS IMPORTANT AND PRECIOUS AND WE ARE SWORN TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HERE'S THE BOTTOM LINE. BETTER LAWS WORK, AND BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK TO SAVE LIVES. THE BILL THAT THE MAJORITY IS BRINGING UP THIS WEEK DOESN'T REALLY HELP. IN FACT, IT ADDRESSES THE TERROR GAP IN WAYS THAT WILL HAMPER THE F.B.I.'S EFFORTS TO KEEP US SAFER. BUT LET ME BE VERY, VERY CLEAR. WITHOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON EVERY SINGLE GUN SALE, NO MATTER WHAT WE DO ON CLOSING THE TERROR GAP, IT WON'T MATTER BECAUSE THE BAD GUYS WILL CONTINUE AVOIDING THE LAW, WHETHER IT'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ABUSERS, FELONS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. THERE ARE STEPS WE CAN TAKE TO SAVE LIVES, AND I CALL ON THIS HOUSE TO CALL UP THIS WEEK THE BIPARTISAN BILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS. WITH THAT I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. TAKANO

    YESTERDAY -- MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE REFLECTED ON HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE…

    YESTERDAY -- MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE REFLECTED ON HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT GIVES EACH OF US A VOICE IN OUR GOVERNMENT. TODAY, THIS CONGRESS WILL ONCE AGAIN IGNORE THE VOICES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS BY REFUSING TO ADDRESS THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. YESTERDAY, WE HONORED THE COURAGE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY BY STANDING UP IN DEFENSE OF THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS. BUT TODAY, THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT MUSTER THE COURAGE TO HOLD A VOTE ON TWO PROPOSALS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY ROUGHLY 90% OF THIS COUNTRY AND THAT CAN SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE HEARD. THEY DESERVE A VOTE. IF THE U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY COMMUNITY PLACES A PERSON ON THE F.B.I. TERRORIST WATCH LIST OR DETERMINES A PERSON IS TOO DANGEROUS TO BOARD AN AIRPLANE, THEN SURELY WE CAN AGREE THAT PERSON IS TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A FIREARM. THIS WEEK THE MAJORITY WILL INTRODUCE A BILL THAT PRETENDS TO CLOSE THIS GAP IN OUR HOMELAND SECURITY LAWS. BUT IN REALITY, IT WOULD CREATE A SYSTEM IN WHICH IT IS BOTH LEGAL AND LIKELY FOR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TO BUY A FIREARM. THE REPUBLICAN MEASURE TAKES NO FLY, NO BUY AND TURNS IT INTO NO FLY, NO PROBLEM. UNDER THEIR PROPOSAL, IF A KNOWN OR SUSPECTED TERRORIST ATTEMPTS TO BUY A WEAPON, THEY WILL DENIED THAT ABILITY FOR A MERE THREE DAYS. FROM THE MOMENT THEY ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE THAT FIREARM, THE FOLLOWING THINGS MUST HAPPEN ALL WITHIN 72 HOURS TO PREVENT THAT PURCHASE. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST FILE A PETITION IN FEDERAL COURT. THE COURT MUST SCHEDULE A HEARING. THE SUSPECT MUST BE PROVIDED ACTUAL NOTICE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR AT THAT HEARING WITH A LAWYER. THE COURT MUST RULE ON THE PETITION. AND IF ALL THOSE THINGS DO NOT OCCUR IN THREE DAYS, THE SUSPECT IS LEGALLY ENTITLED TO BUY A WEAPON. NOT ONLY DOES THE REPUBLICAN BILL SET AN IMPOSSIBLE TIMELINE, IT ALSO REQUIRES THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MEET AN EXTREMELY HIGH BURDEN OF PROOF. A SALE WOULD ONLY BE PREVENTED IF THE COURT FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THE SUSPECT HAS COMMITTED OR WILL COMMIT AN ACT OF TERRORISM. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO ENSURE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FAILS AND THE SUSPECT IS ALLOWED TO BUY A GUN. IT IS A FIG LEAF TO COVER UP REPUBLICANS' REFUSAL TO TAKE ANY MEANINGFUL ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE. IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THIS BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE GUN LOBBY. INSTEAD OF SPENDING OUR TIME ON TOOTHLESS, INEFFECTIVE PROPOSALS, WE SHOULD VOTE ON THE ORIGINAL NO FLY, NO BUY BILL THAT WILL KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. WE ARE ALSO DEMANDING A VOTE ON A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL TO REQUIRE THAT EVERY COMMERCIAL GUN PURCHASE INCLUDE A BACKGROUND CHECK. BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ALL. I HAVE YET TO HEAR ONE GOOD EXPLANATION ON WHY THIS SHOULD NOT BE LAW -- THE LAW OF THE LAND. IF A DANGEROUS PERSON CANNOT PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK AT A LICENSED GUN DEALER, THEY SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO AVOID A BACKGROUND CHECK BY GOING TO A GUN SHOW OR PURCHASING A FIREARM OVER THE INTERNET. IN STATES THAT HAVE CLOSED LOOPHOLES IN THEIR BACKGROUND CHECK LAWS, 48% FEWER ON-DUTY POLICE OFFICERS ARE SHOT TO DEATH. BUT IF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE STILL REFUSE -- MY COLLEAGUES STILL REFUSE TO HOLD A VOTE. MR. SPEAKER, 33,000 PEOPLE WERE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA LAST YEAR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE MORE THAN MOMENTS OF SILENCE. THEY DESERVE ACTION TO KEEP DANGEROUS WEAPONS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. THEY DESERVE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL WITHOUT FEARING AN ASSAULT-STYLE WEAPON WILL BE WAITING FOR THEM. BUT AT THE VERY LEAST, THEY DESERVE TO KNOW WHERE EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS STANDS. I'M ASKING MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO FIND THE COURAGE TO HOLD A VOTE ON REAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE WILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE WILL FINALLY CONSIDER LEGISLATION TO MAKE REFORMS TO OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM FOR FIREARM PURCHASES. MR. SPEAKER, THE WORD REFORM CAN EITHER BE A NOUN OR A VERB. AS A NOUN REFORM MEANS A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. IMPROVING THE SITUATION WITHOUT REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE. A MORAL IMPROVEMENT. BUT I MUST REFER MR. SPEAKER, THIS INSTANCE REFORM WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE UPON IS A VERB, WHICH SIMPLY MEANS TO FORM AGAIN, OR TO BECOME FORMED AGAIN. AMERICANS ARE DEMANDING A BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM THAT IS A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. AND IS NOT RIDDLED WITH LOOPHOLES. THEY DEMAND A SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS WHILE PREVENTING DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS FROM OBTAINING WEAPONS. THEY DEMAND A SYSTEM WHERE TO PURCHASE A GUN YOU MUST PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILL BEFORE US CRAFTED BY THE N.R.A. WILL NOT DELIVER THIS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL LOOPHOLES IN THE BRADY BILL WHICH REQUIRES BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR MOST PURCHASES IS THAT IF THE SALE IS NOT APPROVED AFTER THREE DAYS, A FIREARM DEALER CAN MAKE THE SALE ANYWAY. EVEN THOUGH THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS STILL PENDING. TECHNICALLY THIS LOOPHOLE HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW NAME, AND NINE NEW FACES FOLLOWING THE ATTACK AT EMANUEL A.M.E. CHURCH IN CHARLESTON ON JUNE 17, 2015. PRIOR TO THAT FATEFUL DAY, THE CHARLESTON SHOOTER WAS ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, ON MARCH 1, 2015, AND CHARGED WITH A FELONY DRUG OFFENSE. F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY HAS JUST CONFIRMED THAT AS PART OF HIS ARREST THE SHOOTER ADMITTED TO THE CITY OF COLUMBIA POLICE THAT IT WAS -- HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF DRUGS. UNDER THE BRADY ACT AN UNLAWFUL DRUG USER OR ADDICT IS PROHIBITED FROM PURCHASING A FIREARM AND THIS INFORMATION SHOULD HAVE BARRED THE SHOOTER FROM THE PURCHASE. NOW, ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015, THE SHOOTER ATTEMPTED TO PURCHASE A FIREARM IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. AND THE BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS WAS INITIATED. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, 91% OF F.B.I. CHECKS, BACKGROUND CHECKS, ARE PROCESSED WITHIN MINUTES, AND GUN DEALERS ARE INFORMED THE BUY IS EITHER APPROVED OR DENIED. HOWEVER, THE OTHER 9% REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY BY F.B.I. EXAMINERS AND ARE NOT PROCESSED IMMEDIATELY. THE CHARLESTON SHOOTER'S BACKGROUND CHECK WAS MARKED DELAYED/PENDING. THOUGH THE SHOOTER WAS ARRESTED ON MARCH 1 BY THE CITY OF COLUMBIA POLICE, HE, FOR SOME REASON, WAS TAKEN TO THE LEXINGTON COUNTY JAIL AND HIS ARREST RECORD LISTED THE ARRESTING AGENCY AS THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, IS IN RICHLAND COUNTY. THIS CLERICAL ERROR WAS NOTICED BY A CORRECTIONS OFFICER SHORTLY AFTER AND CORRECTED, BUT WAS ONLY CORRECTED INTERNALLY. THAT CORRECTION WAS NOT GIVEN TO THE F.B.I. ON MONDAY, APRIL 13, WHEN THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATED TO GET MORE INFORMATION, SHE INITIALLY CONTACTED THE LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION WHO INFORMED HER THAT THE CASE WAS IN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA. NOT SEEING A LISTING FOR COLUMBIA ON THE LIST, SHE CONTACTED WEST COLUMBIA WHO HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE ARREST. ON THURSDAY, APRIL 16, THE BACKGROUND CHECK WAS STILL LISTED AS DELAYED PENDING, BUT THREE BUSINESS DAYS HAD PASSED. AND CONSEQUENTLY, MR. SPEAKER, HE WAS ALLOWED TO PURCHASE A GUN AND NINE SOULS LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THIS LOOPHOLE MUCH WE SHOULD CLOSE IT AND DO IT TODAY. YIELD BACK.

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    DID LIVE NOW TO THE HOUSE. MEMBERS HAVE 16 BILLS TO DEBATE TODAY. TOMORROW…

    DID LIVE NOW TO THE HOUSE. MEMBERS HAVE 16 BILLS TO DEBATE TODAY. TOMORROW THEY'LL TAKE UP -- THEY ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. AND NOW LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    CHAPLAIN CONROY

    LET US PRAY. LOVING AND MERCIFUL GOD WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US…

    LET US PRAY. LOVING AND MERCIFUL GOD WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. AS MEMBERS OF THIS ASSEMBLY RETURN FROM DAYS AWAY, CELEBRATING OUR NATION'S BIRTH, GRANT THEM MEASURED PATIENCE AND A SPIRIT OF COMMON PURPOSE IN ADDRESSING THE PRESSING ISSUES OF THESE DAYS. WE PRAY FOR THE NEEDS OF THE NATION, THE WORLD, AND ALL OF CREATION. BLESS THOSE WHO SEEK TO HONOR YOU AND SERVE EACH OTHER AND ALL AMERICANS IN THIS HOUSE THROUGH THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE. MAY THE WORDS AND DEEDS OF THIS PLACE REFLECT AN EARNEST DESIRE FOR JUSTICE AND MAY MEN AND WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT BUILD ON THE TRADITION OF EQUITY AND TRUTH THAT REPRESENTS THE NOBLEST HERITAGE OF OUR PEOPLE. MAY YOUR BLESSING, O GOD, BE WITH US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO COME AND MAY ALL WE DO BE DONE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    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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    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 TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY ANNOUNCED HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY ANNOUNCED HIS RECOMMENDATION NOT TO PROSECUTE HILLARY CLINTON. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS DECISION. IN FACT, MR. COMEY SAID THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY CARELESS OF SECRETARY CLINTON TO STORE PRIVATE -- PUBLIC EMAILS AND CLASSIFIED EMAILS ON HER SERVER.

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    MR. FARENTHOLD

    THERE WERE 110 MESSAGES AND 52 CHAINS THAT CONTAINED INFORMATION THAT WAS…

    THERE WERE 110 MESSAGES AND 52 CHAINS THAT CONTAINED INFORMATION THAT WAS CLASSIFIED AT THE TIME. EIGHT OF WHICH WERE TOP SECRET, 35 SECRET, AND EIGHT CONFIDENTIAL. WE REALLY NEED TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR TALKED ABOUT THE WORD INTENTIONALLY. IF THIS HAD BEEN DEFENSE INFORMATION, SOME OF WHICH IT MAY HAVE BEEN, THE STATUTE ONLY REQUIRES CRIMINAL LIABILITY TO SHOW THE FORM OF GROSS NEGLIGENCE. I THINK EXTREMELY CARELESS COMES TO GROSS NEGLIGENCE AND I ENCOURAGE THE F.B.I. AND PROSECUTORS TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THIS AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. WE NEED SOMEBODY IN GOVERNMENT, WE NEED PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT WHO ARE NOT EXTREMELY CARELESS. WE NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE CAREFUL. I YIELD BACK THE REMARNEDE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF THE HORRIFIC EVENTS IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF THE HORRIFIC EVENTS IN ORLANDO ON JUNE 12, AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF AMERICANS HAVE COME TOGETHER CALLING FOR COMMONSENSE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. THE VETERANS COALITION FOR COMMON SENSE WAS FORMED WITHIN HOURS. AMONG ITS RANKS ARE GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS, GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL, THE FORMER HEAD OF THE AIR FORCE, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. WHY? THE FORMER VICE CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY STATED IT VERY CLEARLY, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT WEAPONS OF WAR CAN DO. THERE IS NO REASON WE CANNOT CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW THESE KILLING MACHINES TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS, THOSE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL, OR WISH TO DO HARM TO INNOCENT MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN. THE SIT-IN A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WAS EXACTLY ABOUT WHAT HE SAID. WHICH IS TO PASS THE KING-THOMPSON BILLS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES AND TO REQUIRE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST CANNOT PURCHASE WEAPONS THAT GO OUT AND RESULT IN MASS KILLINGS OF FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS. WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORE THE UNIFORM OF OUR COUNTRY, THOSE LEADERS WHO, AGAIN, PROTECTED AND DEFENDED NOT ONLY THE CONSTITUTION BUT ALL OF US AND LISTEN TO THEIR MESSAGE AND PASS THE KING-THOMPSON BILLS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT?

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I CERTAINLY DO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DO.

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    IS MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. WHILE MASSIVE TERRORIST ACTS ARE RAGING ALL…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. WHILE MASSIVE TERRORIST ACTS ARE RAGING ALL AROUND THE WORLD, WHILE IN MY DISTRICT YESTERDAY THREE PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND KILLED, ONE A 28-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF THREE. JUST LAST WEEK A MOTHER SHOT DEAD HER TWO DAUGHTERS AND WAS KILLED BECAUSE SHE REFUSED TO PUT DOWN THE GUN. WE HAVE A MOMENT IN HISTORY IN THE BACKDROP OF THE LARGEST MASS MURDER BY GUNS, BY A BAD PERSON, IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA, AS WE MOURN TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT, MR. SPEAKER. THAT IS TO PASS THE THOMPSON-KING BIPARTISAN GUN COMMONSENSE RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT'S BEING OFFERED ON THE FLOOR. THAT BILL THAT'S BEING OFFERED ON THE FLOOR WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE EMANUEL NINE BECAUSE IT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO GO PAST, IF YOU WILL, THE CHECKING BECAUSE IN THE PART OF IT THAT DEALS WITH TERRORISTS IN PARTICULAR, YOU CAN ASK OR THE PROSECUTORS MUST PROVE THAT YOU BELONG ON THAT TERRORIST LIST. AND THEREFORE YOU PUT A BARRIER TO PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED A NO FLY-NO BUY ON THE TERRORIST LIST. YOU CAN'T DO IT AND WE NEED A LONGER PERIOD FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CHECK THE BACKGROUND CHECKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO DEMAND ACTION TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO DEMAND ACTION TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    NEARLY EVERY YEAR 30,000 AMERICANS -- MISS -- THE AMERICAN MEDICAL…

    NEARLY EVERY YEAR 30,000 AMERICANS -- MISS -- THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HAS DEFINED THE SITUATION AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. THERE ARE TWO IMMEDIATE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS, PREVENTING KNOWN SUSPECTS WHO ARE TERRORISTS FROM BUYING GUNS, AND STRENGTHENING OUR BACKGROUND SYSTEM.

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    TO KEEP GUNS AWAY FROM CRIMINALS. EVERYWHERE I WENT IN MINNESOTA LAST WEEK…

    TO KEEP GUNS AWAY FROM CRIMINALS. EVERYWHERE I WENT IN MINNESOTA LAST WEEK I HEARD FROM FAMILIES WHO STRONGLY SUPPORT THESE COMMONSENSE IDEAS. AND OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE IDEAS AS WELL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHERE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES STAND. YET REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ALLOW A VOTE ON THESE SOLUTIONS. REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP INSTEAD IS SHAMEFULLY PEDALING A GUN LOBBIED ENDORSED BILL THAT EVEN REPUBLICANS BACK HOME SAY DOESN'T DO ENOUGH TO PREVENT TERRORIST FROM HAVING GUNS. OUR FAMILIES CANNOT AFFORD FOR US TO WAIT ANY LONGERMENT WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. THE HOUSE MUST ACT TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE AND KEEP OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES SAFE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. CICILLINE

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

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    E WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. M CICILLINE: --

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME HAS LONG PASSED FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. TO ENACT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE TIME HAS LONG PASSED FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. TO ENACT RESPONSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, BRING THESE TWO BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK --

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    IT'S NOW BEEN 3 1/2 YEARS SINCE THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK…

    IT'S NOW BEEN 3 1/2 YEARS SINCE THE HORRIFIC TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    IN THE PAST 3 1/2 YEARS A LOT HAS HAPPENED. THERE'S BEEN 1,182 MASS…

    IN THE PAST 3 1/2 YEARS A LOT HAS HAPPENED. THERE'S BEEN 1,182 MASS SHOOTINGS IN OUR CONTRY. 34,000-PLUS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY SOMEONE USING A GUN. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN IN SESSION FOR 526 LEGISLATIVE DAYS AND WE HAVE HELD 30 MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE, BUT WHAT HASN'T HAPPENED IN THE PAST 3 1/2 YEARS IS A VOTE. THAT'S SHAMEFUL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT'S WILLING TO STAND UP TO THE GUN LOBBY AND DO WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. THERE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THOSE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FIREARMS LEGALLY IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THERE'S BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO CLOSE A DANGEROUS LOOPHOLE IN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, GIVE US A VOTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:10:17 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    MR. SPEAKER, OVER AND OVER AGAIN MY COLLEAGUES HAVE PLEADED WITH THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, OVER AND OVER AGAIN MY COLLEAGUES HAVE PLEADED WITH THE MAJORITY TO GIVE US A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL PROTECT AMERICANS FROM GUN VIOLENCE. THOSE PLEAS AND THE PLEAS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO BE IGNORED. INSTEFFED MY WORDS I'M GOING TO READ THE WORDS OF TINA, WHOSE FATHER WAS KILLED IN SAN BERNARDINO LAST YEAR. THERE IS ROOM IN THIS NATIONAL DEBATE FOR REASON, FOR COMPROMISE AND COMPASSION, SHE WROTE. LET US FIND COMMON GROUND. LET US NOT BE PARALYZED BECAUSE PROPOSED SOLUTIONS WILL NOT BE PERFECT. IF ONE PERSON CAN BE SAVED, ISN'T IT WORTH THE EFFORT TO FIX THIS? LET'S WORK TOGETHER, PLEASE, FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE. TINA SPEAKS FOR ME AND SHE SPEAKS FOR THE THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED WUMS TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:11:20 PM

    MR. KENNEDY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THREE WEEKS AGO WE GATHERED ON THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THREE WEEKS AGO WE GATHERED ON THIS FLOOR FOR ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER 49 VICTIMS OF MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO. IN THE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED OUR RESPONSE WAS THE SAME AS IT WAS AFTER SANDY HOOK, AND COLORADO SPRINGS. SILENCE FOLLOWED BY MORE SILENCE. IN THE DAYS SINCE WE CAN ADD HUNDREDS OF NAMES TO LISTS OF THOSE LOST IN OUR NATION TO A UNIQUE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE. INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING FROM MASSACHUSETTS. DAVID, A YOUNG FIREFIGHTER AND VETERAN. MARCUS HALL, KILLED AS HIS 4-YEAR-OLD SON SAT A SEAT AWAY GETTING HIS HAIRCUT. TREVOR WASHINGTON, GUNNED DOWN AFTER DISAGREEMENTS AT A PARTY. ANDREW, MURDERED LESS THAN A MILE FROM WHERE HIS SISTER AND 2-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW HAD BEEN EXECUTED SIX YEARS EARLIER. ANTHONY CLAY, MARRIED, FATHER OF TWO. WHO DIED AS A WOMAN YELLED, DON'T LEAVE ME, OVER HIS BODY. 19-YEAR-OLD SABRINA, WHO JUST STEPPED OUT OF HER APARTMENT TO GRAB JUICE OUT OF HER CAR FOR A 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, A DAUGHTER WHO WILL NEVER SEE HER MOTHER AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS WHO WILL NEVER -- FOREVER MISSED BY THE LIVES THEY TOUCHED. DAUGHTERS AND SONS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS, WHOSE FAMILIES WILL FOREVER LIVE WITH THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF LOSING A LOVED ONE. THIS VIOLENCE MUST STOP. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:13:09 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER THE HISTORIC SIT-IN THAT TOOK PLACE ON THIS FLOOR A…

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER THE HISTORIC SIT-IN THAT TOOK PLACE ON THIS FLOOR A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, LAST WEEK I HOSTED A DISCUSSION ON GUN VIOLENCE IN MY DISTRICT. IN ATTENDANCE WERE PEOPLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF EXPERIENCES WITH GUN VIOLENCE. CONSTITUENTS WHO VOLUNTEERED TIME TO ADVOCATE FOR BETTER GUN LAWS, INDIVIDUALS WHO LOST FAMILY MEMBERS DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE, SOME WHO THEMSELVES ARE VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE BUT THANKFULLY SURVIVED. THERE WERE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LGBT COMMUNITY, PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, YOUTH VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR, AND THE DIRECTOR OF A THEATER PRODUCTION FEATURING PEOPLE WHO LOST LOVED ONE WHO IS GUN VIOLENCE. THEY CAME FROM DIFFERENT HOMETOWNS AND DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE. AND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BELIEFS AND WORLD VIEWS. BUT THEY AGREE ON ONE THING. WE MUST DO SOMETHING TO CURB THE TRAGIC, PERSISTENT THREAT OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T EXPECT ALL 435 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO AGREE ON A PERFECT SOLUTION TO THIS TROUBLING ISSUE, BUT I DO EXPECT THEM TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL MEANINGFULLY ADDRESS IT. AND SO DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:14:33 PM

    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    WHEN MY COLLEAGUES AND I SAT DOWN ON THE FLOOR, WE STOOD UP FOR MILLIONS…

    WHEN MY COLLEAGUES AND I SAT DOWN ON THE FLOOR, WE STOOD UP FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT AGREE IT'S TIME FOR COMMONSENSE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO HELP PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. WHEN THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IGNORED THAT CALL AND CANCELED THE REST OF THE WORKWEEK, WE TOOK THAT MESSAGE BACK TO OUR DISTRICTS. AT A ROUND TABLE IN MY DISTRICT I MET WITH FAMILIES BROKEN BY RANDOM ACTS OF GUN VIOLENCE. MOTHERS WHO WERE MOVED BY MASS SHOOTINGS, ADVOCATES CALLING FOR CHANGE, AND REGULAR PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO SEE LESS VIOLENCE. THEIR STORIES AND MOTIVATIONS WERE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT, BUT THEY ALL TOLD ME ONE THING, WE'RE WITH YOU. I REFUSE TO LET THEM DOWN AND I REFUSE TO LET UP UNTIL THIS BODY CONSIDERS BASIC BIPARTISAN BROADLY SUPPORTED REFORMS AND NOT SHODDILY CRAFTED N.R.A.-ENDORSED BILLS THAT DO EVEN LESS THAN MOMENTS OF SILENCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 02:15:31 PM

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    FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM M.D. IS RECOGNIZED -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE HOPE, THAT WE WOULD RETURN TO THIS PLACE WITH A SPIRIT OF COMMON…

    THE HOPE, THAT WE WOULD RETURN TO THIS PLACE WITH A SPIRIT OF COMMON PURPOSE. THOSE WERE THE WORDS HE USED. NOTHING WOULD REFLECT THE COMMON PURPOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MORE THAN ALLOWING US TO HAVE A VOTE ON GUN SAFETY.

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  • 02:16:00 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    REGULATION GUN SAFETY, GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION IN THIS HOUSE. 90% OF…

    REGULATION GUN SAFETY, GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION IN THIS HOUSE. 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT IS COMMON PURPOSE. A MAJORITY OF GUN OWNERS, GUN OWNERS, RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS IN THIS COUNTRY THEY SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT IS COMMON PURPOSE. 85% OF AMERICANS SAY THAT IF YOU CAN'T FLY ON A PLANE BECAUSE YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS, YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUY A WEAPON. THAT IS COMMON PURPOSE. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM? WHY CAN'T WE BRING LEGISLATION, WHY CAN'T RERESPONSE TO THE ANGUISH AND GRIEF OF SO MANY FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AROUND THIS COUNTRY? BECAUSE THE SPEAKER OF THIS HOUSE WILL NOT ALLOW LEGISLATION TO COME TO THE FLOOR. HE WON'T ALLOW US TO EXPRESS THE COMMON PURPOSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GIVE US A VOTE. GIVE US A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT COMMON PURPOSE AND ADDRESS THIS SCOURGE OF VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:16:56 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE WHOLE POINT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SIT-IN TO DEMAND…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE WHOLE POINT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SIT-IN TO DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE WAS TO SAY THAT EMPTY GESTURES, MOMENTS OF SILENCE FOR 30 SECONDS, FOLLOW BY THE BANG OF A GAVEL AND RESUMPTION OF BUSINESS AN AS USUAL, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ANYMORE IN THE FACE OF THIS NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE EP DEMOCRAT EX. YET THIS WEEK, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE BRINGING FORWARD A BILL WRITTEN AND BLESSED BY THE N.R.A. THAT IS YET ANOTHER EMPTY GESTURE. A GLORIFIED MOMENT OF SILENCE. BECAUSE IT ESTABLISHES A COMPLETELY ARBITRARY AND ARTIFICIAL 72-HOUR TIME FRAME AND UNREASONABLE STANDARDS THAT MUST BE MET WITHIN THAT TIME FRAME. I CAN'T GET MY DRY CLEANING BACK IN 72 HOURS YET THE N.R.A. AND OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS EXPECT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO COME FORWARD, SERVE PROCESS, HAVE A DEFENDANT HIRE AN ATTORNEY, SHOW UP AT A HEARING AND PROVE WITH PROXIMATE CAUSE AS THE STANDARD THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL IS ABOUT TO COMMIT AN ACT OF TERROR? GIVE ME A BREAK. NO MORE EMPTY GESTURES. NO MORE MOMENTS OF SILENCE THAT ARE COMPLETELY DISINGENUOUS, INCLUDING THIS GLORIFIED MOMENT OF SILENCE THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING FORWARD THIS WEEK.

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  • 02:18:20 PM

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM THE FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE. EACH STORY WAS UNIQUE AND HEARTBREAKING. BUT FOR ALL THE DIFFERENCES IN THEIR TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES, ONE COMMON THREAD WAS ECHOED BY EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN THE ROOM, TOO MANY GUNS ARE TOO EASILY AVAILABLE.

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  • 02:18:50 PM

    MS. TSONGAS

    ONE MOTHER SAID, QUOTE, UNTIL WE GET THESE GUNS OFF THE STREET, THE CYCLE…

    ONE MOTHER SAID, QUOTE, UNTIL WE GET THESE GUNS OFF THE STREET, THE CYCLE IS GOING TO CONTINUE. ONE WAY TO GET THE GUN OFFICE THE STREET IS THROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKS. MY OFFICE HAS HEARD FROM THOUSANDS OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS, OVER THE PHONE, OVER FACEBOOK, OVER TWITTER. WE HAVE HEARD THAT CONGRESS CAN NO LONGER BEND TO THE WILL OF THE GUN LOBBY. DURING THAT MEETING LAST WEEK, A MOTHER TOLD ME, QUOTE, CHANGES CAN BE MADE BECAUSE I HAVE A VOICE. UNQUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, NOW IS THE TIME TO HEED OUR CONSTITUENTS' CALL AND PURSUE REAL, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT HELPS GET GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:19:32 PM

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS US TO ACT THEY SPOKE LOUD AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WANTS US TO ACT THEY SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR. THEY WANT AN END TO THE GUN VIOLENCE TAKING PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. WE SAT DOWN ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR TO STAND UP FOR THOSE AMERICANS WHO WANT TO SEE CONGRESS PUT ON RECORD AS TO WHERE THEY STAND ON THIS ISSUE. DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, INDENTS. 80% PLUS SUPPORT -- INDEPENDENTS, 80% PLUS SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS. THEY SUPPORT OF NO FLY NO BUY. ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR THIS WEEK AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING YOU FOR IS A VOTE ON THESE TWO SIMPLE PRINCIPLES.

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  • 02:20:18 PM

    MR. DOYLE

    RULES COMMITTEE IS GOING TO MEET TONIGHT. WE ASK THAT YOU INCLUDE TWO…

    RULES COMMITTEE IS GOING TO MEET TONIGHT. WE ASK THAT YOU INCLUDE TWO AMENDMENTS THAT DEMOCRATS WILL BRING FORWARD, NO FLY NO, BUY -- CAN'T FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, CAN'T BUY A GUN. AND COMPREHENSIVE EXTENDED BACKGROUND CHECKS. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T THINK THAT'S TOO MUCH FOR US TO ASK AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE WHERE THEIR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS STAND ON THESE TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:20:41 PM

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    BETWEEN THE TIME THAT 20 LIT CHILDREN WERE SHOT AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY…

    BETWEEN THE TIME THAT 20 LIT CHILDREN WERE SHOT AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SIX TEACHERS ALONG WITH THEM, AND THE 49 PEOPLE SLAUGHTERED IN ORLANDO, WE HAVE STOOD ON THIS FLOOR 27 TIMES FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. AND WE SEND OUR CONDOLENCES AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND THEN, THE GAVEL SOUNDS AND WE GO BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL.

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  • 02:21:20 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    WELL, TWO WEEKS AGO, THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE SAID, NO MORE SILENCE.…

    WELL, TWO WEEKS AGO, THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE SAID, NO MORE SILENCE. THE SILENCE HAS BECOME DEAFENING. IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO, WE LOST 70 PEOPLE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE TO GUN DEATHS. THERE'S NO MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THEM. WOMEN, CHILDREN, MEN, SONS, HUSBANDS, WE HAVE THE ABILITY IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SAVE LIVES. NOT EVERY LIFE. BUT A LOT OF LYES. AND THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE, OF DOING NOTHING, HAVE RUB OUT. IT IS TIME FOR US TO ACT. WE HAVE TWO BILLS ON OUR AGENDA THAT WOULD BEGIN TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. REPUBLICANS HAVE TO JOIN WITH US TO ACT NOW. THE SILENCE IS TOO DEAFENING.

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  • 02:22:17 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO JOIN WITH ALL THE VOICES THAT WE HEAR HERE TODAY.

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    MR. CONYERS

    TO SPEAK TO THE URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN…

    TO SPEAK TO THE URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE NEED TO CONSIDER NOT ONLY MASS SHOOTINGS, BUT THE DAILY TOLL OF GUN VIOLENCE THAT AFFLICTS ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. IN ONE YEAR ON AVERAGE, 108,000 AMERICANS ARE SHOT IN MURDERS, ASSAULTS, SUICIDE, AND SUICIDE ATTEMPTS, ACCIDENTS, AND POLICE ACTION. APPROXIMATELY 32,000 -- 32,500 OF THESE INDIVIDUALS DIE. NEARLY 12,000 ARE MURDERED. MORE THAN 31 AMERICANS EVERY DAY. WE KNOW WHAT WILL WORK TO REDUCE THAT. WE MUST ACT TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO CLOSE THE PRIVATE SALE LOOPHOLE AND MAKE SURE THOSE CHECKS PREVENT THE SALES OF GUNS TO TERRORISTS. WE SHOULD COME TOGETHER TO VOTE ON THE TWO BILLS AND REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:23:47 PM

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  • 02:23:57 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, THE ISSUES ARE PRETTY CLEAR. I CAME UP FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON.…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE ISSUES ARE PRETTY CLEAR. I CAME UP FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON. ASKING MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? YOU'VE GOT THE VOTES.

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    FOR CONGRESS TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON ISSUES OF THE DAY. VOTE MY CONSCIENCE,…

    FOR CONGRESS TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON ISSUES OF THE DAY. VOTE MY CONSCIENCE, WIN SOME, LOSE SOME. WHAT DID YOU RUN FOR? DID YOU RUN TO STIFLE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE? DID YOU RUN TO SIMPLY SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY?

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  • 02:24:30 PM

    MR CAPUANO

    IF YOU BELIEVE THE WORDS YOU'VE BEEN SAYING FOR THE LAST WEEK, PUT THE…

    IF YOU BELIEVE THE WORDS YOU'VE BEEN SAYING FOR THE LAST WEEK, PUT THE BILLS ON THE FLOOR AND HAVE A VOTE. THAT'S THE AMERICAN WAY. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF. ARE YOU AFRAID YOU CAN'T CONTROL YOUR MEMBERS? ARE YOU AFRAID THAT SOME OF YOUR MEMBERS MIGHT ACTUALLY HAVE TO STAND UP, FIND SOME COURAGE, AND VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE? PUT THESE TWO BILLS ON THE FLOOR. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE SERVE IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO ACT TO PROTECT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT US TO ACT TO PROTECT THEM. WE NEED TOUGH AND SMART COUNTERTERRORISM STRATEGIES TO GO AFTER ISIS AND THAT HAS TO INCLUDE TAKING COMMONSENSE STEPS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. IN A 2011 PROPAGANDA VIDEO, AN AL QAEDA SPOKESMAN ENCOURAGED RADICALS TO BUY GUNS IN THE UNITED STATES, SAYING, QUOTE, AMERICA IS ABSOLUTELY AWASH IN OBTAINABLE FIREARMS. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT REASONABLE FIXES TO PREVENT TERRORISTS FROM BUYING GUNS AND TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS TO ALL COMMERCIAL GUN SALES YET IN THE 3 1/2 YEARS SINCE THE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK, THE HOUSE HAS NOT HELD A SINGLE VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE.

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    MS. ESTY

    IN THAT TIME, GUN VIOLENCE HAS KILLED MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS. IT TOOK…

    IN THAT TIME, GUN VIOLENCE HAS KILLED MORE THAN 100,000 AMERICANS. IT TOOK A 25-HOUR SIT-IN AND THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS RISING UP AND DEMANDING A VOTE BUT HERE WE ARE. WE'RE FINALLY VOTING ON SOMETHING. IT'S A STEP FORWARD. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILL WE'RE VOTING ON THIS WEEK WAS WRITTEN BY THE GUN LOBBY AND WON'T DO ANYTHING TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS SYSTEM OF LET'S KEEP WORKING. LET'S SEND BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE DEMANDING ACTION. WE SHOULD LISTEN AND WE SHOULD ACT.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN SEEKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT, HE IS RECOGNIZED…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN SEEKS UNANIMOUS CONSENT, HE IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ELIE WEISEL A GREAT HUMAN BEING, PASSED AWAY THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ELIE WEISEL A GREAT HUMAN BEING, PASSED AWAY THIS PAST WEEK. HE SAID SOMETIMES WE'RE POWERLESS TO PREVENT INJUSTICE BUT WE SHOULD NEVER NOT PROTEST AGAINST INJUSTICE.

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  • 02:27:12 PM

    MR. COHEN

    JOHN LEWIS IS A MAN IN THIS HOUSE WHO IS OF THE SAME CALIBER AS WAS NELSON…

    JOHN LEWIS IS A MAN IN THIS HOUSE WHO IS OF THE SAME CALIBER AS WAS NELSON MANDELA AND MARTIN LUTHER KING, THE SAME CALIBER AS ELIE WEISEL. WHEN JOHN LEWIS AND OTHER DEMOCRATS PROTEST THOND FLOOR, THEY WERE HERE BECAUSE THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PREVENT INJUSTICE BUT THEY NEEDED TO PROTEST IT. MR. SPEAKER, YOU SAID JOHN LEWIS AND THE DEMOCRATS' ACTIVITIES ON THE FLOOR WAS A STUNT. IT WASN'T A STUNT. IT WAS IN KEEPING WITH THE GREAT TRADITION OF PEOPLE LIKE ELIE WEISEL WHO KNOW THAT SOMETIMES WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS OUT OF LINE THERE NEEDS TO BE EXTRAORDINARY STEPS TO BRING ATTENTION TO ISSUES AND MAKE A CHANGE. THE BILL YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR IS A STUNT. JOHN LEWIS DOES NOT ENGAGE IN STUNTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF ANY TIME.

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    FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S SAD THAT IT TOOK A 26-HOUR SIT-IN OF 177 MEMBERS JUST TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S SAD THAT IT TOOK A 26-HOUR SIT-IN OF 177 MEMBERS JUST TO GET A VOTE ON ONE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILL THIS CONGRESS. IT'S EVEN SADDER THAT SPEAKER RYAN STILL DOESN'T GET IT. THIS WEEK, WE'RE VOTING ON A BIG GUN LOBBY BILL THAT ALREADY FAILED IN THE SENATE. IT WOULD GIVE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ONLY 72 HOURS TO DETERMINE IF SOMEONE ON THE NO-FLY LIST SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A GUN.

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  • 02:28:42 PM

    MS. KELLY

    HOUSE RULES REQUIRE THREE DAYS BETWEEN A BILL'S INTRODUCTION AND A VOTE.…

    HOUSE RULES REQUIRE THREE DAYS BETWEEN A BILL'S INTRODUCTION AND A VOTE. WHY DOES SPEAKER RYAN THINK THE HOUSE DESERVE THERE'S DAYS TO READ A BILL, BUT THE F.B.I., ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND OUR COURTS ARE FULLY -- SHOULD FULLY INVESTIGATE A SUSPECTED TERRORIST IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME? THIS ISN'T AN ATTEMPT TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE. IT'S A SHAMEFUL ATTEMPT TO CLAIM THAT A VOTE WAS HELD WITHOUT HURTING THE MAJORITY'S PRECIOUS SCORECARD RATING WITH THE BIG GUN LOBBY. THIS ISN'T A GAME. WITH EACH PASS -- PASSING HOUR ANOTHER FAMILY MOURNS THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE GUN LOBBY BILL AND I CALL ON YOU, SPEAKER RYAN, TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO CALL UP H.R. 1217, THE BIPARTISAN KING-THOMPSON BACKGROUND CHECK BILL A REAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MEASURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE IRAQ WAR, MY UNIT FOUGHT DOOR TO THE DOOR IN SOME OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE IRAQ WAR, MY UNIT FOUGHT DOOR TO THE DOOR IN SOME OF THE AREAS NOW CONTROLLED BY ISIL AND WE DID IT ARMED AN ASSAULT RIFLE CALLED THE M-16-A-4. WHY DID THEY SEND US INTO BATTLE WITH THIS? BECAUSE THE M-16 IS A MACHINE DESIGNED TO KILL AND MAIM PEOPLE, NOT FOR TARGET SHOOTING OR HUNTING DEER.

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    MR. GALLEGO

    IT WAS REFINED FOR THE SOUL PURPOSE OF TAKING ENEMY LIVES IN COME BAT.…

    IT WAS REFINED FOR THE SOUL PURPOSE OF TAKING ENEMY LIVES IN COME BAT. THAT'S WHY IT DEFIES EXPLANATION THAT REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THAT ASSAULT RIFLES SHOULD BE OK IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WEAPONS USED TO KILL ENEMY COMBATANTS IN IRAQ DON'T BELONG ON THE STREETS OF PHOENIX. IT'S EVEN HARDER TO UNDERSTAND WHY REPUBLICANS APPARENTLY THINK NO TERRORIST SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE THESE FIREARMS. THEY PLAN TO BRING A SHAM BILL TO THE FLOOR LATE THEY ARE WEEK THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS TELL US WOULD DO NOTHING TO PREVENT THOSE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST FROM OBTAIN THEEGS WEAPONS. MR. SPEAKER, HERE'S THE WITH THE TOM LINE. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY ON A PLANE, YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY THE KIND OF WEAPON I CARRIED IN IRAQ. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:31:12 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN WAKE OF THE ENDLETS GUN VIOLENCE HAPPENING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN WAKE OF THE ENDLETS GUN VIOLENCE HAPPENING ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CALLING DESPERATELY ON CONGRESS TO ACT. UNDER PRESSURE FROM HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS DURING THE HISTORIC SIT-IN, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS FINALLY AGREED TO ALLOW VOTE ON LEGISLATION TO PREVENT GUN SALES TO SUSPECTED TERRORISTS PLACED ON THE NO-FLY LIST. WHILE IT IS MY VIEW THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, IT SERVES AS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN ORDER TO CONTINUE AN OPEN DIALOGUE ON THIS ISSUE. MY GRANDSON, WHO IS A RESPONSIBLE DISTRICT MANAGER AND VERY LARGE CORPORATION IN THIS NATION, IS AN N.R.A. MEMBER. HE HUNTS AND HE PLAYS GOLF. HE ASKED ME, GRANNY, WHY MUST ANYBODY HAVE AN AK-47? WHY MUST THESE KIND OF WEAPONS BE SOLD TO PEOPLE? THEY MUST HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. NOW, THIS IS A MEMBER OF N.R.A. MR. SPEAKER, AS CONGRESS WORKS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE AND GUN RELATED DEATHS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY, I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO IMMEDIATELY BRING FORWARD MEANINGFUL AND COMPREHENSIVE REFORMS. I YIELD BACK.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE CELEBRATED THE FOURTH OF JULY. THE…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY WE CELEBRATED THE FOURTH OF JULY. THE 240TH BIRTHDAY OF OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE. AND THE CELEBRATIONS ARE QUITE VIVID IN MY DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES PARTS OF PHILADELPHIA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF OUR NATION. ONE REFRAIN I GOT OFTEN WHEN WALKING IN PARADES IN MY DISTRICT YESTERDAY, AND I WAS REALLY STRUCK BY IT, WAS PEOPLE CALLING OUT THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE SIT-IN.

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    MR. BOYLE

    I WATCHED THE SIT-IN. THAT'S GREAT. I WAS REALLY STRUCK BECAUSE FRANKLY I…

    I WATCHED THE SIT-IN. THAT'S GREAT. I WAS REALLY STRUCK BECAUSE FRANKLY I HAVE NOT HAD THAT EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE SO FINELY TUNED TO WHAT IS BEING BROADCAST ON C-SPAN. IT SPEAKS TO THE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE THAT WE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND THE FRUSTRATION THAT IS OUT THERE THAT WE JUST HAVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND THEN TOTAL SILENCE. THIS IS THE TIME TO ACT. NO MORE ORLANDOS. NO MORE SANDY HOOKS. NO MORE AURORAS. LET'S CALL UP TODAY THAT ARE THE TWO BILLS SUPPORTED BY 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I'M HERE TODAY SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S TIME. IT'S TIME TO SAVE LIVES. IT'S…

    I'M HERE TODAY SIMPLY BECAUSE IT'S TIME. IT'S TIME TO SAVE LIVES. IT'S TIME TO CLOSE THE GUN SHOW AND INTERNET LOOPHOLE.

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    MR. MEEKS

    IT'S TIME TO MAKE SURE IF YOU ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN…

    IT'S TIME TO MAKE SURE IF YOU ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN IN AMERICA. IT'S TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW WHERE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES STAND. IT'S TIME TO FIND OUT WHO WILL PREVAIL -- THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OR THE N.R.A. IT'S TIME TO END MOMENTS OF SILENCE AND MOVE INTO LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO SAVE LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, DON'T YOU THINK IT'S TIME TO GIVE THE PEOPLE A VOTE? MR. SPEAKER, IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE AND END -- HELP END AND SAVE LIVES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT IS TIME TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    YES.

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    MR. MICA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE IT IS TIME AND I THINK IT IS TIME FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE IT IS TIME AND I THINK IT IS TIME FOR THE CONGRESS AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO NOT LOOK AT DIVERSIONARY ISSUES BUT TO LOOK AT HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED US. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILED US IN ORLANDO, IT FAILED US IN SAN BERNARDINO, IT FAILED US IN BOSTON. THE UNITED STATES IS UNDER ATTACK BY EXTREMISTS ORGANIZATIONS, RADICALS. THEY HAVE USED PRESSURE COOKER IN BOSTON. THEY USED PIPE BOMBS AND MECHANISMS THEY BOUGHT FROM PLUMBING STORES IN SAN BERNARDINO. THEY USED WEAPONRY THAT THEY ACQUIRED WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILED IN ORLANDO. IT'S TIME THAT WE GET OUR WATCH LIST CORRECTED SO THAT WE DON'T PUT PEOPLE ON, TAKE THEM OFF, DON'T KNOW WHO'S ON THE LIST, WHO'S OFF THE LIST. IT'S TIME THAT THE FEDERAL AGENCIES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROTECTING US CONNECT THE DOTS AND NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITIES TO STOP THE ORLANDOS, THE SAN BERNARDINOS, AND THE BOSTONS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. CLARK

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CLEAR. THEY ARE DEMANDING A VOTE TO KEEP…

    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CLEAR. THEY ARE DEMANDING A VOTE TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM GUN VIOLENCE. WHEN THE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED A VOTE THIS WEEK ON GUN VIOLENCE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOPE THIS WOULD BE A VOTE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN, A VOTE TO HONOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE AND A VOTE TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM HARM. INSTEAD, THE AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE BEEN GIVEN A BAIT AND SWITCH. THE BILL WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US IS A VOTE FOR POWERFUL SPECIAL INTERESTS, A VOTE TO HONOR THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF THE N.R.A.'S CAMPAIGN SPENDING AND A VOTE FOR A BILL THAT DOES NOTHING TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM HARM. THIS IS A BILL BACKED BY THE HEAVY-HANDED GUN LOBBY, THAT ENSURES IT IS EASIER FOR TERROR SUSPECTS TO BUY AN ASSAULT RIFLE THAN TO GET ON A PLANE. LAST WEEK REPRESENTING A HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, THE MAYORS IN MY DISTRICT CAME TOGETHER AND ASKED ME TO DELIVER A LETTER TO SPEAKER RYAN. IN PART IT READS, A STRONG AND GROWING NUMBER OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE DEEPLY FRUSTRATED WITH THE INACTION OF THIS CONGRESS. WE URGE YOU TO ALLOW DEBATE AND VOTES ON EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. THE TIME IS NOW FOR THOSE VOTES. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HEARD SPEAKER RYAN SAY T. WE HEARD MAJORITY LEADER…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HEARD SPEAKER RYAN SAY T. WE HEARD MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY SAY IT, LEADER PELOSI SAY T. WHIP HOYER SAY IT, WE HAVE ALL SAID T WE PROUDLY REFER TO THIS BODY AS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WELL, IMPLICIT IN CALLING THIS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS THAT WE'RE RESPONSIVE TO WHAT THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY WANT US TO DO. WHAT A SHAM THAT DESCRIPTION IS WHEN IT COMES TO GUN SAFETY. WHAT A TOTAL SHAM. IN MY DISTRICT WE'RE RUNNING AT A RECORD PACE OF HOMICIDES BY GUNFIRE. MY CONSTITUENTS WANT TO KNOW WHY WE CAN'T EVEN HAVE A DEBATE ON A VOTE ON SENSIBLE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, WHICH ACCORDING TO A POLL THIS WEEK, 92% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. I CALL ON SPEAKER RYAN TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND BRING SENSIBLE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION TO THIS FLOOR. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT A DIVERSE DISTRICT IN NEW YORK.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    A STATE WHOSE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS WAS JUST UPHELD BY THE SUPREME COURT.…

    A STATE WHOSE BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS WAS JUST UPHELD BY THE SUPREME COURT. AND A STATE WHICH JUST CLOSED ON THE STATE LEVEL THE SENSELESS LOOPHOLES IN OUR FEDERAL GUN PURCHASING REGULATIONS THAT ALLOWED KNOWN CRIMINALS AND DOMESTIC ABUSERS TO OBTAIN GUNS. BUT ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE, NEW YORK'S GUN SAFETY LAWS CANNOT REACH, ARE TERRORIST SUSPECTS. THAT'S BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTROLS THE TERRORISM WATCH LIST. THOUGH IT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF KNOWN TERRORISTS. AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AGREE. BUT WE MUST ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BODY HAS NO MORE IMPORTANT MANDATE THAN TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS. WE MUST PASS NO FLY-NO BUY AND WE MUST PASS COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO CLOSE THE LOOPHOLES FOR THOSE THAT ARE TRYING TO PURCHASE GUNS. AND WE NEED TO ACT NOW. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:40:35 PM

    MS. CHU

    MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DO. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    DO. THANK YOU. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LEVIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK I JOINED MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES FROM MICHIGAN FOR A STANDING ROOM ONLY MEETING OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONCERNED ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. WE WERE JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE FAITH COMMUNITY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATES, THE LGBT COMMUNITY, AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS. WE'RE AT A TURNING POINT. THE SPEAKER CALLED OUR SIT-DOWN EFFORTS A EFFORTS A STUNT. HOW WRONG. IT IS THE PROPOSAL THAT HE IS OFFERING THAT WOULD BE A STUNT. INSTEAD OF REALLY ADDRESSING TRAGIC GUN VIOLENCE CONFRONTING THIS NATION. WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THE BIPARTISAN COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT, PREVENTING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM BUYING GUNS KNOWN AS NO BUY-NO FLY AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES THAT ALLOW ONLINE AND GUN SHOW SALES TO GO FORWARD WITHOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS. THERE IS STRONG PUBLIC INTEREST FOR ACTION. WE WITNESSED THAT LAST WEEK. THE SPEAKER, THE SPEAKER MUST NO LONGER STAND IN THE WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? -- CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:43:26 PM

    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST PURSUE COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION.…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST PURSUE COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION. LEGISLATION THAT MAKES REAL, A REAL IMPACT ON THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT FOR A VOTE AND WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO TAKE ACTION. TWO WEEKS AGO DEMOCRATS STOOD AND SAT ON THIS FLOOR, DEMANDED A COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILL. WE'RE BACK TODAY TO CONTINUE THAT FIGHT. THE BILLS REPUBLICANS ARE BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK DO LITTLE TO ELIMINATE THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS -- IN OUR COMMUNITIES. IN FACT, THE ZELDIN BILL IS SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. I THINK THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. WE NEED TO MOVE A REAL NO FLY-NO BUY BILL. ONE THAT ACTUALLY PREVENTS POTENTIAL TERRORIST FROM GETTING DANGEROUS WEAPONS. BUT OUR WORK CANNOT STOP THERE BECAUSE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY DOES NOT ONLY OCCUR AT THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS, AND CONDUCT RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE. IN MORE DEATHS, NO MORE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A CONGRESS THAT VOTES ON THE ISSUES THAT THEY MOST CARE B NOT ONE MORE DEATH IN THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION? IT DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:44:55 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT, THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT, THE FOURTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA, THE PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF GRATUITOUS GUN VIOLENCE. GUN VIOLENCE AND GUN DEATHS HAVE RISEN BY 8% OVER THE LAST DECADE. . JUST THIS LAST FRIDAY NIGHT, A 35-YEAR-OLD FEMALE WAS KILLED, HER BROTHER HAD HAD KILLED A YEAR EARLIER, BOTH BY GUNFIRE. SATURDAY NIGHT A 35-YEAR-OLD MALE WAS KILLED, HIS BROTHER HAD BEEN KILLED A YEAR AGO BY GUNFIRE. BOTH OF THEM. FAMILIES ARE BEING TORN ASUNDER. NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE UNDER THAT. A 38-YEAR-OLD MALE, NOT FAR FROM MY OFFICE, LOST HIS LIFE OTHER A PARKING SPACE OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND. GRATUITOUS GUN VIOLENCE HAS TO STOP. THERE'S SOMETHING THAT CONGRESS CAN DO ABOUT IT. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. LITTLE, SMALL ACTION LIKE CLOSING THE GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. IT'S A BIG -- IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. LITTLE ACTION LIKE NO FLY, NO BUY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. THIS CONGRESS UP UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE N.R.A. IS UNABLE TO DO SO. IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. HOYER

    OF AMERICANS ARE VICTIMIZED BY GUN VIOLENCE. JOHN LEWIS, JOHN LARSON, AND…

    OF AMERICANS ARE VICTIMIZED BY GUN VIOLENCE. JOHN LEWIS, JOHN LARSON, AND MORE THAN 100 OTHER DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS DIDN'T HOLD THIS FLOOR FOR 26 STRAIGHT HOURS AND HOLD EVENTS WITH THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY JUST LAST WEEK, JUST TO GET A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WON'T MAKE AMERICANS SAFER. THIS WEEK, REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE A VOTE ON A BILL THAT WAS WRITTEN BY THE N.R.A. AND WOULD NOT ADDRESS THE SCOURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL ACTUALLY KEEP THOSE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR TERRORISM FROM PURCHASING GUNS LEGALLY IN OUR COUNTRY. BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BY REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE PETER KING'S NO FLY NO, BUY BILL. THEY ALSO DESERVE A VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT WOULD STRENGTHEN AND MAKE COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IF DEMOCRATS SOUND FRUSTRATED WITH THE HOUSE'S FAILURE TO ACT…

    MR. SPEAKER, IF DEMOCRATS SOUND FRUSTRATED WITH THE HOUSE'S FAILURE TO ACT ON GUN VINYL IT'S BECAUSE WE ARE.

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    MR. ENGEL

    IN NEW YORK CITY OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND, 14 PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN 10…

    IN NEW YORK CITY OVER THIS PAST WEEKEND, 14 PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN 10 INCIDENTS. THREE WEEKS AGO, MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE WERE SHOT IN A SINGLE EVENING IN A SINGLE CLUB IN ORLANDO AND 49 OF THEM DIED. WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING THROUGH THE STATISTICS FOR YEARS NOW. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS EVERY YEAR. SINCE WE HAD THE SIT-IN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR A FEW WEEKS AGO, MORE THAN 100 AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM GUN VIOLENCE THAT IS SHAMEFUL. SO YES, WE'RE FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD WITH LAWS LIKE THESE. AUSTRALIA CHANGED ITS GUN LAWS AND AS A RESULT THEY VIRTUALLY NO -- HAVE NO HOMICIDES IN THIS PLACE. WE JUST SIT AND MOURN AND DO NOTHING. YOU CAN ORDER ONE OVER THE INTERNET, WE DON'T REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS AND THEY'LL SHIP IT TO YOUR HOUSE. WE'RE ASKING FOR NO FLY NO BUY AND BACKGROUND CHECKS. YOU CAN WALK UP TO A BOOTH AT A GUN SHOW, HAND A STRANGER A STACK OF CASH AND WALK AWAY WITH A SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLE. EVEN IF THEY HAVE PROXIMATE CAUSE TO BELIEVE YOU'RE A TERRORIST, YOU CAN WALK INTO A GUN STORE AND PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK. WE HAVE TO ACT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO COME TOGETHER AND PASS SENSIBLE GUN VOL LEGISLATION -- GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW JERSEY'S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW JERSEY'S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH SUFFERED ONE THIRD OF THE STATE'S TOTAL GUN DEATHS LAST YEAR, I KNOW THE DESTRUCTION THAT GUN VIOLENCE INFLICTS.

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  • 02:49:44 PM

    MR. PAYNE

    I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE DO MORE TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE WRONG…

    I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE DO MORE TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. TODAY WE STAND WITH THE VAST SQUORTE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -- THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN SUPPORT OF A SIMPLE PRINCIPLE. OUR GUN LAWS SHOULD UPHOLD AND PROTECT THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS. THAT INCLUDES RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERS AND THOSE AMERICANS TRYING TO EXERCISE THEIRS BYIC RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM GUN VIOLENCE. WE STAND WITH THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO BELIEVE THAT IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY, YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. WHO BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO KEEP GUNS FROM CRIMINALS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL INDIVIDUALS. MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS DAY OF ACTION, WE RENEW OUR CALL FOR REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A VOTE THAT IS BIPARTISAN IN NATURE AND GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION BECAUSE WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAVE THE N.R.A., WHICH IS NO REPUBLICAN ACTION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE N.R.A.-AUTHORED H.R. 42 37. HOW DOES…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE N.R.A.-AUTHORED H.R. 42 37. HOW DOES THIS LEGISLATION PROTECT AMERICA FROM GUN VIOLENCE? THIS BILL WOULD DO NOTHING TO CLOSE THE TERROR GAP THAT CURRENTLY ALLOWS SUSPECTED TERRORISTS TO LEGALLY BUY GUNS.

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    MR. BEYER

    ALLOWS 30% OF ALL FIREARM TRANSFERS TO PROCEED WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK.…

    ALLOWS 30% OF ALL FIREARM TRANSFERS TO PROCEED WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. THIS BILL WOULD DO NOTHING TO KEEP THE GUNS OOUT OF THE HANDS OF THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL. THERE ARE STEPS CONGRESS CAN TAKE TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF DANGEROUS PEOPLE AND KEEP AMERICANS SAFE FROM GUN VIOLENCE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PROTECT AMERICA ACT WOULD ACCOMPLISH NEITHER. THIS BODY SHOUP CONCERNED WITH PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM GUN VIOLENCE, NOT PROTECTING ITS MEMBERS FROM TOUGH VOTES. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S LET THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE VOTE ON MEANINGFUL, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD KEEP OUR CONSTITUENTS SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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    FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MOTHER, THE SECOND BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS A MOTHER, THE SECOND BEST DAY OF MY LIFE WAS WHEN MY SON WAS BORN. THE FIRST BEST DAY WAS WHEN HE RETURNED SAFELY FROM WAR. THAT'S BECAUSE EVERY NIGHT WAS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. I PRAYED THAT I WOULD NOT GET THAT FATEFUL KNOCK AT THE DOOR.

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    MS. FRANKEL

    MY SON WENT TO WAR, YOU KNOW, THAT KNOCK ON THE DOOR, YOU DON'T WANT IT,…

    MY SON WENT TO WAR, YOU KNOW, THAT KNOCK ON THE DOOR, YOU DON'T WANT IT, IT'S UNIMAGINABLE, BUT YOU EXPECT IT. BUT NO PARENT, NO PARENT SHOULD WORRY THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET THAT KNOCK ON THE DOOR WHEN THEY PUT THEIR CHILD ON A SCHOOL BUS OR WHEN THEIR CHILD GOES TO THE MOVIES OR OUT FOR A CELEBRATION. MY CONSTITUENT, GREG KEY, HE GOT THAT KNOCK ON HIS -- WHEN HIS DAUGHTER, LINDSAY, AT AGE 19, WENT TO A PARTY AND BECAME THE VICTIM OF A STRAY BULLET. MR. SPEAKER, HOW MANY MORE DEVASTATED PARENTS LIKE GREG AND THE MOMS AND DADS WE'VE HEARD ABOUT HAVE TO GET DEVASTATING NEWS AND FEEL DEVASTATING PAIN. IT'S TIME FOR THIS CONGRESS TO DO ITS JOB. NO MORE GUNS FOR CRIMINALS OR TERRORISTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE WITH A VERY SIMPLE PLEA THIS MORNING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE HERE WITH A VERY SIMPLE PLEA THIS MORNING WITH FIVE MINUTES AND THIS AFTERNOON WITH ONE MINUTES. WE KNOW THE SPEAKER IS AN HONORABLE MAN.

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    MR. LARSON

    WE KNOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULE COMMITTEES, MR. SESSIONS IS AN HONORABLE…

    WE KNOW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RULE COMMITTEES, MR. SESSIONS IS AN HONORABLE MAN. WE IN THE MINORITY ARE JUST ASKING FOR TWO COMMONSENSE, SIMPLE VOTES. BOTH THAT ARE BIPARTISANLY SUPPORTED AND SIT HERE WAITING TO BE DISCHARGED. BUT IN THE MINORITY, IT'S THE ONLY VOICE THAT WE HAVE. WE REPRESENT ACTUALLY THIS MINORITY PARTY A MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND WE CAN'T GET A VOTE ON WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS CRYING OUT FOR. 85% TO 95%, DEPENDING UPON WHAT POLL YOU READ, BELIEVE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A BILL THAT DOES NOT PROVIDE TERRORISTS WHO ARE ON THE NO FLY LIST WITH A GUN. AND ALSO PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THERE SHOULD BE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS. MORE THAN 1,000 MASS MURDERS SINCE SANDY HOOK. WE CANNOT BE SILENT ANYMORE. WE RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE MAJORITY WHO CONTROL THE FLOOR ALLOW US THE SIMPLE DIGNITY OF WHAT WE TAKE AN OATH HERE FOR, A VOTE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEKS RECK NECK -- RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:55:27 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 79.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 796, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 796, RESOLVED THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18 DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 4768. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED. WITH THE -- ALL POINTS OF ORDER SHALL BE DISPENSED. WITH AFTER GENERAL DEBATE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT THUNDER EFIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AREWAYED. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OURED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMEL TO THE BILL OR TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER TO CONSIDER CONDITION CURRENT RESOLUTION PROSSVIDING FOR ADJOURNMENT DURING THE MONTH OF JULY, 2016. SECTION 3, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 23, 2016, THROUGH JULY 4, 2016, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEED OGS THEY HAVE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 4. THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DUREATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF RULE 1. SECTION 5. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JUNE 23, 2016, OR JUNE 24, 2016, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15. THE SPEAKER OR HIS DESIGNEE SHALL CONSULT WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OR HER DESIGNEE ON THE DESIGNATION OF ANY MATTER FOR CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

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

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

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4768. THE SEPARATION OF…

    THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4768. THE SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT OF 2016. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WHICH I BELIEVE DIRECTLY BENEFITS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY ENSURING UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ARE NOT ABLE TO REINTERPRET THE INTENT OF LEGISLATION PASSED BY THIS BODY, THE UNITED STATES SENATE, AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT OR KNOWN ALSO AS LAWMAKERS UNDER THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS ARTICLE 1 POWERS, THAT ARE DIRECTLY ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. TWO WEEKS AGO, THE RULE COMMITTEES MET AND REPORTED A STRUCTURED RULE FOR H.R. 4768. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR DEBATE, EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE ASKED MEMBERS TO SUBMIT THEIR IDEAS AND AMENDMENTS AND AS A RESULT, THIS RESOLUTION MAKES IN ORDER ALL OF THE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED THAT DID NOT RAISE A POINT OF ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, THE CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES ESTABLISHED THREE EQUAL CO-BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, EACH WITH A CLEARLY DEFINED ROLE. THE SEPARATION OF POWERS PROTECTS AMERICANS BY PREVENTING ANY ONE BRANCH FROM GAINING TOO MUCH POWER. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS SYSTEM IS BEING, I BELIEVE, ABUSED BY UNLAWFUL ACTIONS BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES THAT ARE INCREASINGLY ASSERTING LAWMAKING POWERS. THIS MODERN FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE STATE, AS IS CALLED, RUNS COUNTER TO OUR FOUNDERS' INTENT OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND I BELIEVE MUST BE REINED IN AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY WITH OUR IDEAS TO MOVE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF THE IDEAS THAT WE BELIEVE SHOULD RULE IN LAW, IN RULEMAKING AND IN THE WAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FIND GOVERNANCE OF THESE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1984, THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT WHEN A CONGRESSIONAL STATUTE IS AMBIGUOUS, COURTS HEARING CHALLENGES TO EXECUTIVE ACTIONS MUST PREEMPTIVELY DEFER TO REGULATORY -- TO REGULATORS' INTERPRETATION OF LAW. THE COURT EFFECTIVELY RIGGED AMERICANS' REGULATORY AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN FAVOR OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS AND AGAINST THE AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT ARE BEING TARGETED. LATER, IN OUR VS. ROBINS, THE COURT REQUIRED DEFERENCE TO INTERPRETATIONS OF THEIR OWN REGULATIONS. THIS GREAT DEFERENCE TO ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES IS PARTICULARLY TROUBLING BECAUSE IT EFFECTIVELY GIVES UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS THE POWER TO MAKE LAW. ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES ISSUE, ENFORCE THAT HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW IN MANY, MANY RESPECTS AND IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR DAILY LIFE WE ARE IMPACTED BY THESE DECISIONS. THOUGH THE COURTS HAVE A DUTY TO CHECK THE ABUSES OF THE POLITICAL BRANCHES IN CERTAIN APPROPRIATE CASES, THEY TOO OFTEN RELY ON DIFFERING DOCTRINES IN REVIEWING AGENCY ACTIONS. GIVING THE INCONSISTENT APPLICATION OF CHEVRON DIFFERENCE AND CONCERN OF SEPARATION OF POWERS, IT IS NOW IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESS ACT. H.R. 4768 REVERSES THE EROSION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM THAT HAS ALLOWED UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO MANDATE THEIR OWN INTERPRETATION OF LAWS. THIS LEGISLATION OVERTURNS THE CHEVRON AND OUR DOCTRINES BY CLARIFYING THE INTENT OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT. SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL DIRECTS COURTS TO CONDUCT A DE NOVO OR FROM SCRATCH REVIEW OF ALL RELEVANT QUESTIONS OF LAWS, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY PROVISIONS AND THE PROVISIONS OF AGENCY RULES. I BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT AT THE TIME WE PASS LAWS, AT THE TIME WE DEBATE INTENT AND AT THE TIME WE PASS THESE LAWS AND GIVE TO THE AGENCIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH US ON THE FORMATION OF HOW THE LAWS WILL BE PLAYED OUT -- MEANING THE AGENCIES' RULES AND REGULATIONS -- IT SHOULD BE DONE WITH THE INTENT OF CONGRESS. MANY STATES HAVE REGULATORY SYSTEMS THAT REQUIRE ALL REGULATIONS COME BACK THROUGH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS. WE FIND THAT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TO SIMPLY RETURN THE POWER OF LEGISLATING TO CONGRESS AND ENSURE THE COURTS, NOT THE AGENCIES, INTERPRET THE LAW BASED UPON THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE LAW. THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP IN RESTORING THE CONSTITUTIONAL BALANCE AND I BELIEVE LIMITING EXECUTIVE OVERREACH TO THE BALANCE THAT WORKS ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE FOR THE INTENT OF THE ORIGINAL PASSAGE OF THE LAW. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND, MR. SESSIONS, FOR THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES, AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK HIM BECAUSE AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN WE IN THE MINORITY WERE DENIED ME DEBATE TIME ON THE RULE OR UNDERLYING BILL, I KNOW BEING GIVEN THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES IS NO LONGER SOMETHING WE SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE. I'M GOING TO RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE THAT COMES AFTER THIS AND THE ONE THAT COMES AFTER THAT. WE'RE DOING THREE RULES TODAY THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION ON THE SEPARATION OF POWERS BILL. THE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT BILL THAT THEY PUT TOGETHER AND A FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL. ALL THREE BILLS, I WANT MY COLLEAGUES TO KNOW, ARE GOING NOWHERE. THERE ARE STATEMENTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY ON ALL THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION SAYING THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD VETO THEM. SOME OF THESE ARE SO BAD I AM NOT SURE THE SENATE WOULD CONSIDER THEM. THEY ARE EITHER PRESS RELEASES THAT WERE WRITTEN IN THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE OR THEY ARE BILLS SO LOADED UP WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS AND RIDERS ON ALL KINDS OF SUBJECTS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT, AGAIN, WE'RE JUST SITTING HERE DEBATING BILLS THAT HAVE NO FUTURE, THAT ARE GOING NOWHERE. WE'RE WEATHSING THE TIME OF OUR COLLEAGUES -- WASTING THE TIME OF OUR COLLEAGUES, WE'RE WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY. WHAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING HERE TODAY -- AND YOU HEARD FROM A SERIES OF MY COLLEAGUES EARLIER -- IS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO BUY A GUN AND LEGISLATION THAT SAYS IF YOU ARE ON A F.B.I. TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND YOU CANNOT FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO INTO A GUN STORE AND BUY A WEAPON OF WAR OR BUY ANY GUN, FOR THAT MATTER. THOSE ARE THE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WE TRIED TWO WEEKS AGO TO GET THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO GIVE US A TIME TO DEBATE AND A VOTE ON THEM, AND WE'RE STILL DEMANDING CONSIDERATION OF THESE TWO VERY BASIC, COMMONSENSE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I BELIEVE WILL SAVE LIVES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH, HOW WE BETTER PROTECT OUR CONSTITUENTS, HOW WE BETTER PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE IS SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE CARE ABOUT. IN FACT, THE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WE WANT TO BRING TO THE FLOOR ARE AUTHORED BY A REPUBLICAN MEMBER. THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM NEW YORK, PETER KING, HE'S THE PRIME AUTHOR OF BOTH THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION. BUT THIS PROBLEM IS SOMETHING THAT SEEMS TO WORRY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, TROUBLE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT DOESN'T SEEM TO TROUBLE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF THIS HOUSE. LISTEN TO IS THIS STATISTIC FROM "POLITIFACT," SO MANY PEOPLE DIE FROM GUNFIRE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT THE DEATH TOLL BETWEEN 1968 AND 2011 ECLIPSES ALL WARS EVER FOUGHT BY THE COUNTRY. THERE WERE ABOUT 1.4 MILLION FIREARM DEATHS IN THAT PERIOD COMPARED TO 1.2 MILLION U.S. DEATHS IN EVERY CONFLICT FROM THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE TO IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, TWO WEEKS AGO MANY OF US CAME TO THIS FLOOR AND JOINED WITH OUR COLLEAGUE, JOHN LEWIS, AND WITH KATHRYN CLARK AND JOHN LARSON AND MIKE THOMPSON AND SO MANY OTHERS IN A PROTEST, IN A SIT-IN, AND THE REASON WHY WE DID THAT IS BECAUSE THE FRUSTRATION LEVEL ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE IS BOILING OVER. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DELIBERATIVE BODY WHERE IMPORTANT ISSUES GET DEBATED AND VOTED ON, AND INSTEAD, THIS HAS BECOME A PLACE WHERE TRIVIAL ISSUES GET DEBATED PASSIONATELY AND IMPORTANT WUBS NOT AT ALL. IN THE AFTER -- ONES NOT AT ALL. IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE WORLD TRAGEDY WHERE 49 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, ALL WE COULD DO IN THIS HOUSE WAS HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THAT WAS IT. AND SO THAT WAS WHAT THAT PROTEST WAS ALL ABOUT. THAT WAS WHAT THAT SIT-IN WAS ALL ABOUT. IT WAS -- WE HAVE EXHAUSTED EVERY OTHER WAY TO TRY TO GET THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR, AND EVERY TIME WE TRY TO GO THROUGH REGULAR ORDER WE'RE BLOCKED, WE'RE BLOCKED, WE'RE BLOCKED. ENOUGH. I MEAN, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT THE NO FLY, NO BUY BILL AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO FALL FOR THE THEATRICS THAT MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE NOW ENGAGED IN THIS WEEK WHICH IS TO BRING UP AN N.R.A. WRITTEN BILL WHICH WILL SAY NO FLY, NO BUY, BUT WILL NOT TELL YOU IS ALL THE LOOPHOLES STILL EXISTS. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THIS BILL PURPORTS TO DO. YOU COULD STILL BE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND GO ONLINE AND BUY A GUN. YOU COULD STILL BE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND NOT BE ABLE TO FLY AND GO TO A GUN SHOW AND BUY A GUN. IT'S PATHETIC THAT THE LOOPHOLES IN THE BACKGROUND CHECKS IN OUR LAWS CONTINUE TO BE UNADDRESSED, AND ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS HAVE OUR MOMENT WHERE WE CAN DEBATE THIS ISSUE WHICH, AGAIN, IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. AGAIN, THE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT WE WANT TO BRING TO THE FLOOR ARE AUTHORED BY A REPUBLICAN MEMBER. SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. THIS ISSUE IS TOO IMPORTANT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE SILENT. WE'RE GOING TO USE EVERY MEANS AVAILABLE TO US, TO RAISE OUR VOICES AND TO DEMAND THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE RESPECT, NOT THE WISHES OF THE DEMOCRATIC MINORITY, BUT RESPECT THE WISHES OF THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD 10 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, A MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FROM GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA, THE GENTLEMAN, CONGRESSMAN COLLINS.

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    MR. COLLINS

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I RISE TODAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, I APPRECIATE THE TIME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 796 AND THE RULE PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4768, THE SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT. I THANK MR. RATCLIFFE FOR BRINGING IT THROUGH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAD HEARINGS ON. WE HAVE HAD WORK DONE ON, AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 4768. I'M GLAD TO SEE IT MOVING FORWARD TODAY. THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE DISCUSSED THESE CONCEPTS, WORKED ON THESE CONCEPTS, LOOKED AT THE WHOLE ISSUE FRANKLY, THIS IS ONE IN MANY WAYS, EXCEPT FOR THE VERY PARTISAN NATURE WHAT HAVE WE'RE DOING IN CONGRESS THESE DAYS, AND IT IS. THERE ARE THINGS WE DISAGREE ON. THIS ONE TO ME SHOULD BE FRANKLY NOT BE PARTISAN AND IN REGARDS TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE -- DETERMINATION THEY WILL VETO IT, I'M NOT SURE THEIR MACHINE KNOWS ANYTHING EXCEPT TO SEND AN ADMINISTRATIVE STATEMENT TO VETO IT. I'VE BEEN ON THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR A YEAR AND A HALF NOW AND I THINK THERE WAS ONE BILL THEY THOUGHT WE COULD SIGN. THERE IS A BALANCE BETWEEN BOTH BUT THAT DOESN'T BOTHERS ME THAN POLICY THAT PUTS FORWARD IDEAS THAT MAKES SENSE. THE SEPARATION OF POWER ACT HAS DEFERENCE TO STATUTORY AND REGULATORY AND THESE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE BILLS MAY SOUND DRY BUT ITS IMPORTANCE CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED. LET'S PUT IT IN PLAIN ENGLISH. THE ACT ENSURES FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS CAN'T INTERPRET EXPENSE OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS OR THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION CLEARLY DEFINES THE DUTIES OF EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT BUT TODAY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACTS LIKE A LAWMAKER OR INTERPRETER WHEN IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE AN ENFORCER. FOR THIS CONGRESSMAN, THIS IS BOTH PARTIES. I DO NOT WANT THE EXECUTIVE TO TAKE THIS CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THIS BODY. I DON'T CARE WHO SITS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN PLACE, AND IT HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER TIME AND WE GOT TO COME TO UNDERSTAND WHY THIS MATTERS. YOU SEE, THIS IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, AND I BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS GONE OUT OF ITS WAY TO TRY AND IGNORE OR REWRITE WHAT THEY DON'T LIKE FROM UP HERE. THE CHEVRON DOCTRINE IS HELPING JUSTIFY THESE UNACCEPTABLE ACTIONS. EXECUTIVE BRANCHES SHOULD BE SEEN NOT AS LAWMAKING AUTHORITIES BUT INSTEAD ALMOST AS EXPERT ADVISORS OR WITNESSES ON REGULATION. BUT UNDER THE CHEVRON DOCTRINE, AGENCIES ESSENTIALLY GOT THE POWER TO MAKE POLICY WHEN CONGRESS EITHER EXPLICITLY OR IMPLICITLY DELEGATED THE POWER. UNDER CHEVRON DOCTRINE OR CHEVRON DEFERENCE THEY DEFINE THE MEANING OF STATUTES THAT THEY ADMINISTER AND THE COURTS DEFER TO THE AGENCY INTERPRETATION. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, JUST FOR A MOMENT, LISTEN THERE. THE COURTS SET UP UNDER THE CHEVRON DOCTRINE SAYING BASICALLY THIS MAY BE WHAT CONGRESS SAID, HERE'S WHAT UNELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE SAID, WE'RE GOING TO SIDE WITH THEM. . AT WHAT POINT IN THE JUDICIAL FRAME OF REFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE SENSE WHEN THEY'RE TO BE THE INTERPRETER OF THE LAWS WRITTEN IN THESE BODY, BUILDING, INSTEAD OF THOSE DOWN THE STREET WHO HAVE DECIDED IN THEIR OWN INFINITE WISDOM THAT THEY KNOW BETTER. THEY MAY HAVE LARGER DEGREE, THEY MAY HAVE LONGER TIME, THAT'S FINE. IF THEY WANT TO MAKE LAW, LET THEM PUT THEIR MONEY DOWN AND RUN FOR CONGRESS. DO NOT MAKE LAW FROM THE CUBICLE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING. UNFORTUNATELY, THE COURTS HAVE SAID YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO SIDE WITH THE EXECUTIVE IN THIS. IN MY OPINION, OUT OF THE REM OF WHAT THE CONSTITUTION ACTUALLY STATES. IN OTHER WORDS, REALLY WHAT THE COURTS ARE SAYING IS, TO AVOID INTERPRETING THE LAW, THEY'RE ALLOWING AGENCIES WHO WROTE THE REGULATIONS TO PLAY POLITICAL GAMES OR WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO. THIS WILL ADDRESS THAT SITUATION. IT REPOLICE STATIONS THE VIEW WITHOUT REGARD TO THE AGENCY'S LEGAL CONCLUSIONS THIS ENSURES THAT UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ARE NOT LEFT TO WRITE OR INTERPRET LAWS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IMPOSES $1.88 TRILLION, WITH A T, TRILLION DOLLARS ON THE ECONOMY. THE REGULATORY BURDEN ON UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS WHO IMPLEMENT IT HAVE SPUN OUT OF CONTROL AND IT IS THE TAX PAY OVER AMERICA LEFT HOLDING THE BAG. I'M TIRED OF IT. I KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF IT. WHEN I GO HOME, THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS TALKED ABOUT THIS EOVERREACH AND CONTINUOUS BURDEN OF A BUREAUCRACY THAT SEEMS OUT OF CONTROL. IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA, EXAMPLES OF REGULATORY BURDEN COVER EVERYTHING FROM ILL CO-SEEN -- ILL CONCEIVED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POULTRY INDUSTRY, TO THOSE ON THE GRANITE INDUSTRY. THAT LAST ONE, THE SILICA RULE, THEY CAN'T EVEN MEASURE WHAT THEY'RE WANTING TO ENFORCE. EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THAT HELPS BUSINESS. EX-PLIN TO ME HOW THAT HELPS ANYONE, WHEN YOU CAN'T MEASURE WHAT YOU'RE WANTING TO ACTUALLY ENFORCE. EXCEPT IT SOUNDS GOOD, IT'S A GREAT PRESS RELEASE, AS I'VE HEARD HERE TODAY. THE PRESS RELEASE IS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN BUSINESS AND NOT IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES IN WHICH WE OPERATE ON. PART OF THE PROBLEM IS, THIS IS AN EROSION OF POWER. LAST MONTH, THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT RELIED HEAVILY ON THE CHEVRON DEFERENCE OPEN INTERNET ORDER, ALSO KNOWN AS NET NEUTRALITY RULE. THAT RULE ATTEMPTS TO REGULATE OUR WAY INTO NEW INNOVATION AND IS A HUGE BLOW TO INTERNET FREEDOM. THE S.E.C. SAID IT WAS ACTING IN THE INTEREST OF FAIRNESS AND COMPETITION BUT IN REALITY IT STAFLED FAIRNESS AND COMPETITION. SHOCKER THERE, MECHANIC. -- THERE, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN GO THROUGH PROGRAM AFTER PROGRAM AND SEE IT DOESN'T DO WHAT IT'S INTENDED TO DO THE RULE WOULD SLOW INTERNET SPEEDS, INCREASE -- INCREASE CONSUMER PRICES AND HAMPER DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING IN MY HOME DISTRICT. RATHER THAN INTERPRETINGHE LEGALITY OF THE EWELL THE COURT DECISION SAID IT WAS ACCEPTABLE FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES TO REWRITE THE LAW TO SUIT POLITICAL WHIMS THIS ECOURT REFERRED TO THE AGENCY'S INTERPRETATION OF ITS OWN RULES. I WISH I HAD THE ABILITY TO SAY WITH A FEDERAL AGENCY SUCH AS MAYBE THE I.R.S., I'M JUST GOING TO WRITE THEM A LETTER AND SAY, I INTERPRETED THE LAW DIFFERENY, I DON'T OWE ANYTHING THIS YEAR, THANKS FOR ASKING, AND HAVE THE COURT UPHOLD MINE. DO YOU THINK THEY'D GO ALONG WH THAT? NO. THIS IS THE SAME I.R.S. THAT HAS ONE PERSON IN CONTROL OF OVER A MILLION PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE ONE CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT IN MY DISTRICT. I DON'T THINK THEY CARE, REALLY, OUT THAT. BUT YOU SEE IF YOU GO BACK TO THIS RIGHT HERE, IT'S INTERPRETATION. . AND THE COURT SAID INTERPRET YOUR OWN RULES. DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. THE CHEVRON DOCTRINE IS BANKRUPT WHEN IT COMES TO SEPARATION OF POWERS. WE'VE GOT TO GET BACK TO A WAY THIS DOES IT. THIS IS NOT NEW THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS UNHEARD OF. IMPORTANTLY, THE BILL WOULD ALSO EXTEND THE REQUIREMENT AS NOT ONLY REVIEW UND THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDES ACT BUT ALSO VARIOUS MINI A.P.A.'S SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE CODE. THE CLEAN AIR ACT INCLUDES A VEGS OF THE A.P.A. THIS BILL ENSURES CASES LIKE THAT CAN'T ESCAPE NOTICE. WE NEED TO REVERSE COURSE. IT'S TIME TO STOP DIMINISHING CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY AND HANDING POWER OVER TO AGENCIES. IT'S PASTIME TO RESTORE THE CHECKS AND BALANCES BUILT INTO THIS SYSTEM. THIS IS WHERE, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE. WE CAN HAVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON THIS. THAT IS WHAT OUR COUNTRY WAS BASED ON. LET THEM HAVE DIFFERENCE OF OPINION AND DIFFERENT WAYS TO GO ABOUT IT. WHAT I CANNOT UNDERSTAND, ON THIS FLOOR, WHEN WE CAN'T EVEN COME TOGETHER TO SAY WE'LL HOLD FOR OUR OWN AUTHORITYING OUR OWN CON GLEGSAL AUTHORITY AN SAY WE'LL HAPPILY GIVE IT AND LET THE COURT SAY THAT FOLKS WHO HAVE NOT ELECTED, WHO WILL BE THERE, MAYBE LONG AFTER WE'RE GONE, CAN DECIDE THAT, THAT'S NOT WHAT CONGRESS REALLY MEANT. WHETHER IT BE A DEMOCRAT CONGRESS OR A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT OR A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. THE CONSTITUTION WAS SET UP WITH THREE BRANCHES. THREE. NOT ONE. AND JUST BECAUSE THE ONE, THE EXECUTIVE FEELS THAT BECAUSE INACTION ON THE HILL CAN ALLOW IT TO DO WHATEVER IT WANTS. IS NO EXCUSE TO GO BY THE LAW. IT'S EVEN LESS EXCUSE THAT THE COURTS WOULD TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE INTENT OF CONGRESS. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. WE'RE GOING TO HEAR EVERYTHING ELSE TODAY ON THIS RULE. I WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES JUST TO TALK ABOUT THE ACTUAL RULE BEFORE YOU. NOT EVERYTHING ELSE. WE'LL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME ON THAT. BUT THIS BILL IS A GOOD BILL. IT DOES WHAT IT NEEDS TO DO. IT RESTORES BOTH FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHAT IT NEEDS TO HAVE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 03:21:29 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M TIRED OF THE REPUBLICANS BRINGING MEANINGLESS BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR…

    I'M TIRED OF THE REPUBLICANS BRINGING MEANINGLESS BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR DEBATE, TAKING UP THE TIME OF THE MEMBERS AND WASTING TAXPAYERS' MONEY. THIS BILL IS GOING NOWHERE. I'M ALSO TIRED OF MOMENTS OF SILENCE AFTER EVERY MASSACRE IN THIS COUNTRY. SANDY HOOK, SAN BERNARDINO, ORLANDO, VIRGINIA TECH, CHARLESTON THEY GO ON AND ON AND ON. ALL THIS BODY CAN DO IS HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE. WE CAN'T EVEN HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR ON SERIOUS LEGISLATION THAT IS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BECAUSE THE N.R.A. WOULDN'T LIKE IT. TOO BAD. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, IF I'M GOING TO ASK THAT WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW THIS EATTORNEY GENERAL TO BAR THE SALE OF FIREARMS OR EXPLOSIVES TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST. THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY REFUSED TO EVEN DEBATE CLOSING THIS GLARING LOOPHOLE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. ONLY AFTER DEMOCRATS TOOK ACTION DID THE MAJORITY DECIDE TO OFFER A TOOTHLESS N.R.A. BILL THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. THE COUNTRY SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER FOR THIS CONGRESS TO TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION TO END GUN VIOLENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS LATEST CYNICAL REPUBLICAN CAPITULATION TO THE GUN LOBBY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I, TOO, PLAN TO VOTE TO DEFEAT THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I, TOO, PLAN TO VOTE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN HAVE SOME DEBATE ON SOME GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION THAT IS LONG OVERDUE TO BE DEBATED IN THIS BODY. THE GENTLEMAN MENTIONED THAT HE'S GOING TO OFFER OUR AMENDMENT ON THE NO FLY NO, BUY LEGISLATION, A REPUBLICAN -- NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION, A REPUBLICAN BILL OFFERED BY CONGRESSMAN PETER KING OF NEW YORK, AND I THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO THAT. I UNDERSTAND WE'RE ALSO GOING TO INTRODUCE AN AMENDMENT ON THE BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION WHICH IS ALSO A BIPARTISAN MEASURE, WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. 187 CO-AUTHORS IN THIS BODY. YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK AT A LOT OF BILLS TO FIND ONE THAT HAS THAT MANY CO-AUTHORS AND BIPARTISAN CO-AUTHORS AT THAT. AND ALSO A MEASURE THAT HAS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT AMONGST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UPWARDS OF AROUND 90% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE GUNS TO BE ABLE TO GET GUNS. AND THAT'S WHAT OUR BILL DOES. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE EFFORT DOES. IT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE GUNS TO GET THOSE GUNS. AND I'VE SAID IT BEFORE ON THIS FLOOR, IN AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO GET A VOTE ON THIS CRITICAL -- CRITICALLY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, THE REPUBLICANS DON'T LIKE THE WAY WE'RE WORKING, WORK WITH US. HELP US FIGURE OUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. DO THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS, MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DO, THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS REALLY BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD BE EASY FOR CRIMINALS, THE MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, OR TERRORISTS, TO GET GUNS? I KNOW THEIR CONSTITUENTS DON'T THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO EASILY GET GUNS. AND THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, THE BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT. THAT IS OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST CRIMINALS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND TERRORISTS FROM BEING ABLE TO GET GUNS. WE SHOULD BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR, WE SHOULD DEBATE THAT BILL, AND WE SHOULD PASS IT. WE SHOULD BE IN STEP WITH THE 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS SHOULD BE THE LAW OF THIS GREAT LAND. YOU KNOW, I'M A GUN OWNERS. -- I'M A GUN OWNER. I'M A GUN OWNER, AND I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE SECOND AMENDMENT. PERSONALLY, I WOULDN'T SELL A GUN TO SOMEBODY UNLESS I KNEW THEY WEREN'T A CRIMINAL, THEY WEREN'T DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, THEY WEREN'T A DOMESTIC ABUSER AND THEY WEREN'T A TERRORIST. BUT HOW DO YOU FIND OUT IF YOU'RE SELLING YOUR GUN TO SOMEBODY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW, HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THEY FALL INTO ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES? THAT'S WHY THE BACKGROUND CHECK IS SO CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, IN FEDERAL LAW ALREADY STATES --

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  • 03:26:33 PM

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, 34 STATES DO NOT GO BEYOND WHAT THAT FEDERAL…

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, 34 STATES DO NOT GO BEYOND WHAT THAT FEDERAL FLOOR IS. THEY ALLOW GUNS TO BE SOLD AT GUN SHOWS, NEWSPAPER ADS, OR ONLINE WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK. WE SHOULD STOP THAT. WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT CRIMINALS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND TERRORISTS DON'T GET GUNS. RIGHT NOW, SOME 40% OF THE FIREARMS SOLD IN OUR COUNTRY ARE SOLD WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK. HOW DOES THAT MAKE OUR CONSTITUENTS SAFE? HOW DOES THAT MAKE AMERICA MORE SAFE? IT IS SHAMEFUL. WE NEED TO BRING THIS BILL TO A VOTE. WE NEED TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW WHO IT IS THAT'S BUYING GUNS. WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE GUNS. CRIMINALS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND TERRORISTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:34:29 PM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 03:34:34 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE THE RIGHT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO TALK ABOUT WHATEVER THEY WANT TO TALK ABOUT NO MATTER HOW INCONSEQUENTIAL OR MEANINGLESS. WE KNOW THIS STUFF WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY IS GOING NOWHERE, BUT WE DEMOCRATS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO TALK ABOUT MATTERS OF CONSEQUENCE, TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT QUITE FRANKLY OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT AND FROM EVERY PUBLIC OPINION POLL THAT I'VE SEEN, THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WANT US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT AND THAT'S THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE. PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO HAVE MASSACRES TO BE THE NEW NORM IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY WANT US TO DO SOMETHING, AND I WOULD SUGGEST TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING, ALLOWING US TO HAVE THESE DEBATES AND THESE VOTES ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF NOT ONLY PUBLIC OPINION, THEY'RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY. I'D LIKE NOW, MR. SPEAKER, TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO ONE OF THE LEADERS IN OUR CAUCUS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. CLARK.

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  • 03:35:32 PM

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    MS. CLARK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR. THEY ARE DEMANDING A VOTE TO KEEP AMERICAN FAMILIES SAFE FROM GUN VIOLENCE, AND WHEN THE SPEAKER ANNOUNCED A VOTE THIS WEEK ON GUN LEGISLATION, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOPE THIS WOULD BE THE MOMENT WHEN THE SILENCE WOULD END AND DEBATING AND VOTING HERE IN THIS CONGRESS ON COMMONSENSE PROPOSALS TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE WOULD BEGIN. INSTEAD, AMERICAN FAMILIES HAVE BEEN GIVEN A BAIT AND SWITCH, AND FOR YEARS THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS HAVE SUPPORTED BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN GATHERING DUST ON THE SPEAKER'S DESK. AND OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS SINCE THE HORRENDOUS EVENT IN ORLANDO, WHETHER IT WAS A SIT-IN ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TO DEMONSTRATIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CLEARLY STATED THEY WILL NO LONGER STAND FOR CAPITULATION TO THE GUN LOBBY. YET, INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THOSE DEMANDS, SPEAKER RYAN HAS DOUBLED DOWN ON THE GUN LOBBY'S DEMANDS. YOU IN AMERICA ARE 25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SHOT TO DEATH THAN IN ANY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY, BUT WE KNOW IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. WE CAN LOOK TO MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS WHERE WE ROLLED UP OUR SLEEVES, WE HAD TOUGH DEBATES WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WITH SPORTSMEN, WITH GUN RIGHT ADVOCATES, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, MOMS, DADS, TEACHERS, VOICES FROM ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS. WE WORKED TOGETHER TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES AND ENACT SOME OF THE STRONGEST GUN SAFETY BILLS IN THE COUNTRY, AND WHAT HAPPENED AS A RESULT? WE IN THE COMMONWEALTH ARE THE THIRD LOWEST IN THE COUNTRY IN TERMS OF GUN DEATHS. THIS WASN'T EASY BUT WE FOUGHT TORE IT BECAUSE WE KNEW IT WOULD -- FOUGHT FOR IT BECAUSE WE KNEW IT WOULD SAVE LIVES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE FAMILIES OF VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS FOUGHT TO MAKE SURE THEIR VOICES WERE HEARD SO OTHERS WOULD NOT HAVE TO ENDURE THEIR SAME PAIN. MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS WENT TO WORK FOR THEM. SHOULDN'T THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEIR FEDERAL LAWMAKERS WORKED FOR THEM TOO? AND SO I ASK THE SPEAKER, DOES THIS CONGRESS WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR ARE WE WORKING FOR THE GUN LOBBY? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO REJECT A CYNICAL BILL BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY THE GUN LOBBY THAT WILL DO NOTHING TO MAKE AMERICANS SAFE. I ASK CONGRESS TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS AND TO KEEP THE --

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  • 03:38:48 PM

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY --

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    MS. CLARK

    30 SECONDS.

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  • 03:38:56 PM

    MS. CLARK

    I ASK THIS CONGRESS TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS AND TO KEEP…

    I ASK THIS CONGRESS TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS AND TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS AND DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:39:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 03:39:11 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE BILL THAT WE'RE DEBATING AND GOING…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE BILL THAT WE'RE DEBATING AND GOING TO VOTE ON IS A BILL THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL TALKING ABOUT THE WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY THE POWER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS WE PASS LAWS AND TO HAVE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE WRITTEN BY AGENCIES TO CONFORM NOT ONLY WITH THE LAW BUT EVEN THE INTENT OF THE LAW. THIS ADMINISTRATION INCREASINGLY GOES FURTHER AND FURTHER AND FURTHER AND FURTHER BEYOND NOT ONLY THE ORIGINAL INTENT AND NARROWNESS OF BILLS AND LAWS BUT THEY'RE INTO A POWER GRAB AND THAT IS WHY WE'RE HERE, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE G.D.P. GROWTH, THE LACK OF JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY, THE HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED AND THE STRONG, STRONG SUPPORT THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., TO TRY AND SAY, WE NEED A PRO-GROWTH AGENDA, WE NEED LESS RULES AND REGULATIONS. WE HAVE MANY, MANY, MANY LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, AND THIS ADMINISTRATION KEEPS POURING ON MORE AND MORE AND MORE RULES, TAKING THE LAWS THAT WE PASSED AND TAKING ADVANTAGE BY WRITING RULES THAT WILL INHIBIT NOT ONLY BUSINESS BUT JOB CREATION. THAT'S WHY WE'RE ON THE FLOOR TODAY, AND THIS IS WHY REPUBLICANS WILL PASS THIS BILL, BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE REAL PROBLEMS TODAY THAT THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HAS. THEY WANT TO SEE THEMSELVES IN A GOOD JOB, A JOB THAT'S LOCATED NEAR THEIR HOME, A JOB THAT PROVIDES GOOD ACCESS, NOT ONLY FOR THEM, PROVIDES MORE GOODS AND SERVICES FOR THEIR FAMILIES, BUT THE COMMUNITIES TO SURVIVE THE ONSLAUGHT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT SEEMS THAT WASHINGTON KNOWS BETTER THAN PEOPLE ABOUT HOME ABOUT HOW TO PROVIDE, NOT JUST JOBS, BUT TO MAKE THINGS BETTER FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT. SO MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO STAY AFTER THIS. WE DEEPLY BELIEVE WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS OFFERING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A GOOD SOLUTION TO A HUGE, HUGE PROBLEM. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 03:41:32 PM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 03:41:36 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'D REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT WE'RE DOING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'D REMIND MY COLLEAGUES, WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY IS CONSIDERING THREE RULES THAT WILL BRING FORWARD LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE, AND WHEN THE GENTLEMAN TALKS ABOUT THE POWER OF CONGRESS, HE'S RIGHT. CONGRESS DOES HAVE POWER. CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO ACTUALLY PASS A UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK, TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO LOOPHOLES IN OUR LAWS AND ALLOW CRIMINALS OR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM GETTING WEAPONS THAT THEY CAN USE AGAINST OUR PEOPLE. CONGRESS COULD PASS A NO FLY, NO BUY BILL WHICH SAYS IF YOU ARE A F.B.I. TERROR WATCH LIST, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO TO A GUN STORE AND BUY A GUN. SO WE HAVE THE POWER TO DO SOME IMPORTANT THINGS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE REFUSES TO BRING THESE IMPORTANT PRIORITIES TO THE FLOOR AND, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, MR. CROWLEY.

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  • 03:42:36 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SENSE A BIT OF FRUSTRATION IN THE VOICE OF MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SENSE A BIT OF FRUSTRATION IN THE VOICE OF MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS IN APPEALING TO DEMOCRATS TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US. WE ARE FOCUSING ON THE ISSUE BEFORE US, THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA TODAY. AND IF WE LEARNED NOTHING FROM TWO WEEKS AGO, WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED THIS. IT'S NO LONGER BUSINESS AS USUAL, AND WE'RE GOING TO USE WHATEVER TACTICS WE NEED TO TO GET ON THIS FLOOR A VOTE ON NO FLY, NO BUY AND ON UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO SETTLE FOR WHAT IS BEING COOKED UP RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK IN THE RULES COMMITTEE WHICH IS TAKING THE CORNYN LANGUAGE IN THE SENATE THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR A THREE-DAY BACKGROUND CHECK WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN WILL NOT WORK. SO I CAN UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION THAT I'M HEARING, BUT I HAVE TO SAY, GET USED TO IT BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE FRUSTRATED FOR SOME TIME LONGER UNTIL WE GET ON THE FLOOR A VOTE ON THOSE TWO MEASURES THAT WE ASKED FOR. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE MOST AMERICANS WERE CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE THIS LAST WEEKEND, HUNDREDS MORE WERE MOURNING THE LOSS OF LOVED ONES BECAUSE IN THE PAST 72 HOURS, IN JUST THESE 72 HOURS AND SINCE WE'VE GOTTEN THESE STATISTICS, THIS NUMBER HAS PROBABLY GROWN, BUT 94 PEOPLE DIED AND 248 WERE INJURED DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA. THAT'S ONE PERSON KILLED OR INJURED ABOUT EVERY 12 MINUTES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT NUMBER WILL HAVE INCREASED AT PRETTY MUCH THAT SAME PACE. NOW, I KNOW WE COULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED ALL OF THESE SENSELESS DEATHS AND INJURIES, BUT PERHAPS IF THIS HOUSE MAJORITY HAD ALLOWED ACTION IN SOME MEANINGFUL WAY TO IMPROVE OUR GUN LAWS WE COULD HAVE PREVENTED JUST SOME OF THEM. DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE HAVE BEEN CALLING ON SPEAKER RYAN AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO AT THE VERY LEAST CONSIDER DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE REFORMS WE'RE REQUESTING. BUT NOT EVEN THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, KEEP FIREARMS OUT OF THE HANDS OF SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, WOULD BE PUT TO A VOTE ON THIS FLOOR. UNTIL TODAY, MAYBE, OR MAYBE TOMORROW, CAVING IN TO THE PRESSURE, NOT THAT THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS FOR, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE SORT OF KIND OF. THE LEGISLATION WE'LL CONSIDER THIS WEEK DOESN'T REALLY MAKE AMERICANS SAFER. IN FACT, IT DOES JUST THE OPPOSITE. THE BILL WILL ACTUALLY CREATE A BRAND NEW LOOPHOLE JUST FOR TERROR SUSPECTS. THAT'S RIGHT. DESPITE REPUBLICANS' DESCRIPTION OF THE BILL, INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE BEING INVESTIGATED FOR LINKS TO TERRORIST GROUPS WON'T BE KEPT FROM BUYING A GUN UNDER THEIR LAW. . UNDER THEIR BILL. INSTEAD, THE FIREARM THEY TRY T.D. BUY, BUZZ THEIR BACKGROUND CHECK DIDN'T COMPLETE IN 72 HOURS. EVEN IF THE BACKGROUND CHECK FAILS AT HOUR 73. WE'VE CALLED THIS THE CHARLESTON LOOPHOLE BECAUSE THE TOWN DYLAN ROUF RECEIVE HID GUN, HE FAIL HID BACKGROUND CHECK BUT IN THE WITHIN THREE DAYS SO HE GOT HIS GUN. NOW TERROR SUSPECTS WILL HAVE THAT SAME OPPORTUNITY. GIVEN THIS, DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS WILL PROVIDE FUNDING NEEDED TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS AN MAKE THEM FASTER? NOT UNDER THE BILL THEY PROPOSED. LET'S CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT'S A BRAND NEW ANYWHERE LOOPHOLE FOR TERRORISTS. AND DARE I MENTION THAT ALL THE OTHER LOOPHOLES IN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM WILL REMAIN OPEN UNDER THE LEGISLATION THAT THEY'RE STEWING UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. SO MR. SPEAKER, LET'S BE UNDER NO ILLUSION. I GET THE FRUSTRATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, MORE US FROM TRIGS TO COME, UNTIL WE GET A VOTE ON THIS FLOOR FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT ARE LOADED UP FOR -- FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO DO THEIR JOB AND WE GET A VOTE ON THIS FLOOR FOR THE NO FLY NO BUY LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:46:58 PM

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 03:47:03 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN, WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO TODAY IS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN, WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO TODAY IS TO BRING FORTH A BILL THAT WOULD BRING FORTH CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY THAT WOULD GIVE A CLEARER UNDERSTANDING AND MEANING TO NOT ONLY THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, THE EXECUTIVE PROCESS, BUT THEALS JUDICIAL PROCESS, WHEREBY THERE WOULD BE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE LAWS THAT ARE PASSED AND RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH ARE VERY UNDERSTANDABLY MUST BE GIVEN TO A BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, IN THIS CASE THE EXECUTIVE, TO LOOK AT THE LAW WHICH THE EXECUTIVE SIGNED TO DETERMINE ITS IMPLEMENTATION. THE FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT YEARS LATER, THIS ADMINISTRATION COMES IN AND USES THAT SAME LAW WHICH WAS VERY SPECIFIC, WHICH RULES AND REGULATIONS WERE PASSED FOR AND CREATE NEW AND ONEROUS ROADBLOCKS AND PROBLEMS FOR NOT ONLY INDUSTRY, BUT ALSO THE DEVELOPMENT OF JOBS AND JOB CREATION. AND IT IS AN APPARENT ADMINISTRATION POLICY THAT THEY WILL USE THIS AS THEIR ADVANTAGE RULE MAKING AUTHORITY TO PREVENT FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO GROW JOBS AND JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY COULD NOT BE HERE AT A MORE GENUINE TIME THAN SAY THAT JUST LAST MONTH, THIS GREAT COUNTRY ONLY NETTED ADDING 2828,000 JOBS. NET -- NETTED ADDING 28,000 JOBS. NET ADDED 28,000 JOBS. YET WE HAD MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAD JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE. WHO SHOULD BE SEEKING AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THEMSELVES INTO A LINE OF BUSINESS, INTO A CAREER, INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES, THEIR WAY OF LIFE, THEIR CITY, THEIR STATE, AND THIS GREAT NATION. BUT THE SIGN IS THERE THAT SAID, NO JOBS AVAILABLE. WE'RE NOT INTERESTED. WE CANNOT HIRE MORE PEOPLE. NO THANK YOU. AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON BACK FROM INDUSTRY, FROM EMPLOYERS, FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE AMERICA STRONGER, IS, RULETS AND REGULATIONS. RULES AND REGULATIONS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C. THAT ARE HARMING JOB CREATION. THAT ARE IMPEDIMENTS TO EFFECTIVELY BEING ABLE TO CREATE NEW JOBS. THAT IS UNCERTAINTY. THAT IS AGENCY POWER. THAT SPECIFICALLY TARGETS ALL SORTS OF INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY ARE DOING IT FOR A REASON. TO THE DEMISE OF THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM OF AMERICA. ON BEHALF OF WASHINGTON, D.C., UNNAMED, UNKNOWN BUREAUCRATS, WHO HIDE BEHIND THEIR RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE GETTING QUESTIONS, HAY, WHAT ABOUT OUR GENERATION HAVING JOBS. WHAT ABOUT OUR COMMUNITIES THAT CANNOT HAVE JOBS AND JOB CREATION? ASK THE COAL INDUSTRY IN WEST VIRGINIA. THE WAR ON WEST VIRGINIA, OHIO, VIRGINIA, PEOPLE WHO ARE IN AN INDUSTRY NOT ONLY THAT HAS LINEAGE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT WHO HAS ADAPTED THEMSELVES VERY RAPIDLY IN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE'RE IN. HOW ABOUT TRUCKERS? MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE ENGAGED IN MOVING GOODS AND SERVICES BACK AND FORTH. HOW ABOUT BANKERS? HOW ABOUT FINANCIAL SERVICES PEOPLE WHO LOOK UP AND SEE A REGULATORY SCHEME THAT KEEPS COMING AFTER THEM. HOW ABOUT MY OLD INDUSTRY THAT I SPENT 16 YEARS AT, THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY. THAT WOULD WISH TO PUT AN EXTRA SOME $18 BILLION A YEAR MORE IN INVESTMENT IN THE GROUND, UP IN THE AIR, AND AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE. $18 BILLION THEY WOULD LIKE TO PUT INTO THE GROUND FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE BETTER SERVICES. NO. THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C., AND THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY TODAY TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. BECAUSE THEY ARE PROTECTING THIS ADMINISTRATION. THEY'RE PROTECTING THESE PEOPLE WHO WRITE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE MAKING SURE THAT WE ONLY HAVE 1% G.B. -- G.D.P. GROWTH. AND MR. SPEAKER, ONLY 28,000 NET NEW JOBS LAST YEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER IN 2016. MEANWHILE, WE LOOK UP AND INDIA IS AT A 7.9% G.D.P. GROWTH RATE. WE'RE MIN US KUHL. WE CAN'T SUSTAIN WHAT WE HAVE, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. I UNDERSTAND THE DEMOCRATS ARE FRUSTRATED. THEY'RE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THIS IDEA OF -- THEIR UTOPIA OF THIS IDEA OF THIS LAND THAT WOULD BE JUST A GIVEAWAY ISN'T WORKING BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE JOBS. AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING EACH OTHER. DRUG GANGS. DRUG CARTELS. PEOPLE WE'VE ALLOWED TO BE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO SHOULDN'T BE HERE. THAT'S WHY, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO JOBS FOR PEOPLE TO DO AND THEY'RE TAKING IT OUT ON EACH OTHER. SO WE'RE GOING TO STAY ON THE FLOOR. WE'RE GOING TO GET OUR WORK DONE HERE ON THIS BILL. AND IT IS ABOUT JOBS AND JOB CREATION BUT IT'S MORE IMPORTANT, IT'S BACK TO THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF WHAT WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO WRITE THE RULES, THAT THE RULES AND THE LAWS SHOULD BETTER BE IN LINE WITH WHAT THEY WROTE IN THE ORIGINAL INTENT. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 03:54:10 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS' DEFENSE OF WHAT I THINK IS A LOUSY AND MEANINGLESS PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING NOWHERE. AND JUST SO PEOPLE -- TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE. IT'S ABOUT EASING UP ON REGULATIONS ON POLLUTERS AND BIG CORPORATIONS THAT QUITE FRANKLY DON'T CARE ABOUT AVERAGE WORKING PEOPLE. BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, LET ME MAKE CLEAR TO MY COLLEAGUES, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, THAT BY -- WE'RE NOT ASKING PEOPLE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, YOU CAN STILL VOTE ON THIS MEANINGLESS AND LOUSY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. IT WOULD JUST ALSO ALLOW TAOS BRING UP THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION, AS WELL, THE BIPARTISAN NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION. THE UNDERLYING BILL THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT IS A PURELY PARTISAN DOCUMENT. IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE GET THIS ECONOMY MOVING EVEN FASTER, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE WORK IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO THAT, NOT CONSTANTLY BRINGING PARTISAN DOCUMENTS LIKE THIS TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MEEKS.

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    MR. MEEKS

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M PROUD TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS,

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  • 03:58:24 PM

    MS. KELLY

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. I INSTEAD…

    SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILL. I INSTEAD URGE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1217, THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECOND AMENDMENT PROTECTION ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF 186 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND IT WOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE EVERY FIREARM SALE TO CONDUCT A BACKGROUND CHECK. IT'S A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT AND THAT WOULD SAVE LIVES. RIGHT NOW, ANYONE CAN BUY A GUN ONLINE OR AT A GUN SHOW WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK. I ASK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? BY NOT REQUIRING BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SHOWS OR ONLINE PURCHASES, WE ARE INVITING BAD GUYS TO ACCESS GUNS. WE HAVE A GAPING HOLE IN OUR SYSTEM THAT MUST BE CLOSED. IT'S TIME FOR THE HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON GUN VIOLENCE. THIS WEEK, WE FINALLY HAVE A GUN BILL ON THE FLOOR, EXCEPT IT ISN'T A GUN VIOLATION PREVENTION BILL, IT'S A BILL WRITTEN BY THE BIG GUN LOBBY THAT WOULD GIVE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JUST 72 HOURS TO DETERMINE IF SOMEONE ON THE NO FLY LIST SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A GUN. TO CALL THIS A GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION ACT IS DISRESPECTFUL AND DISHONORS THE MILLIONS OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE. WHAT WILL IT TAKE FOR THIS HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON A REAL GUN VIOLENCE BILL? WHEN CONGRESSWOMAN GABBIE GIFFORDS WAS SHOT, CONGRESS DID NOTHING. ONE INNOCENT -- WHEN INNOCENT CHILDREN WERE SLAUTHED FOR THE NEWTOWN, THIS HOUSE DID NOTHING. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS CONTINUE TO FALL VICTIM TO GUN VIOLENCE, THIS HOUSE DOES NOTHING. THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE WORLD LOST A GREAT MAN, ELIE WEISEL. HE FAMOUSLY SAID THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE ISN'T HATE, IT'S INDIFFERENCE. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES FOR TOO LONG HAVE BEEN INDIFFERENT TO AMERICA'S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC. THEY'VE BEEN INDIFFERENT TO GRIEVING MOTHERS, TO DYING CHILDREN. THEY'VE BEEN INDIFFERENT TO COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE LOST HOPE FOR THEIR FUTURE. THEY ARE INDIFFERENT TO 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WANT EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK OF THIS INACTION. I'M ONE OF THESE AMERICANS AND I CAN THINK OF AT LEAST --

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    MS. KELLY

    CAN THINK OF AT LEAST 185 OTHER AMERICANS IN THIS CHAMBER RIGHT NOW THAT…

    CAN THINK OF AT LEAST 185 OTHER AMERICANS IN THIS CHAMBER RIGHT NOW THAT WANT TO VOTE ON A REAL GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILL. MR. SPEAKER, CALL A VOTE ON H.R. 1217. S THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ARE SPEAKING WE IMPLORE YOU TO FIND THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AGAINST THE GUN LOB BOWE AND CALL A VOTE ON THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN BILL. I YIELD BACK. .

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, WHO HAS 30…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, WHO HAS 30 SECONDS, RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO RESERVE MY TIME AND LET THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M GOING TO RESERVE MY TIME AND LET THE GENTLEMAN USE HIS TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN I'LL URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN I'LL URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING UP BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO BAR THE SALE OF FIREARMS OR EXPLOSIVES TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST. MR. SPEAKER, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION. YOU KNOW, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD. IT'S TIME WE ACT LIKE IT. VOTE TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND VOTE NO ON THE RULE AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIENDS FAILED TO TELL YOU THAT WE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIENDS FAILED TO TELL YOU THAT WE KNOW OF NOT ONE PERSON, NOT ONE THAT HAS USED THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST AS AN EXCUSE TO BUY A GUN AND DO THINGS. WHAT THEY'RE FORGETTING TO TELL YOU IS IS THAT WE DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH TERRORISTS AND PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT, IN MY OPINION, AND IN MANY OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINION, NOT TAKING EXECUTIVE AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AGAINST THESE. THEY CAN'T EVEN CALL TERRORISM WHAT IT REALLY IS. THAT'S OUR PROBLEM. BUT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ON THE FLOOR TRYING TO DEBATE A BILL WHICH WE'RE GOING TO BE VOTING ON IN A FEW MINUTES. IN 2014, MR. SPEAKER, 224 LAWS WERE ENACTED BY CONGRESS DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR, AND YET 3,554 RULES WERE PASSED BY AGENCIES. THAT MEANS THAT THERE WERE 16 RULES ISSUED FOR EVERY LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION IS ATTEMPTING TO SMOTHER, TO OVERRUN THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN FAVOR OF ADMINISTRATION THAT ARE NOT FOR JOB CREATION, THAT ARE NOT FOR RAISING G.D.P. THEY HAVE A SEVEN-YEAR HISTORY OF TRYING TO KILL THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. WE'RE HERE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT JOBS AND JOB CREATION, MORE INVESTMENT IN AMERICA, AND AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT AN ADMINISTRATION THAT'S ALL ABOUT ISSUING SOME 3,554 NEW RULES IN EXACTLY ONE YEAR, YOU'VE GOT A PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND SO DO THEY. THIS LEGISLATION RESTORES ALL AMERICANS' BASIC RIGHTS AND IT HELPS THIS BODY, ALSO. FOR THAT REASON I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE , THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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

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

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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    MR. BURGESS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 793 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 127. HOUSE RESOLUTION 793, RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 127. HOUSE RESOLUTION 793, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 1270, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO REPEAL THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHICH DISQUALIFY EXPENSES FOR OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS UNDER HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS AND HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENTS. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-60 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. BURGESS

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 793 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 793 PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1270, THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. FURTHER, THE RULE MAKES IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT CONSIDERED PREVIOUSLY DURING THE RULES COMMITTEE HEARING ON THIS MEASURE. AS IS STANDARD WITH ALL LEGISLATION PERTAINING TO THE TAX CODE, THE COMMITTEE ON RULES MADE NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS IN ORDER. HOWEVER, THE RULE AFFORDS THE MINORITY THE CUSTOMARY MOTION TO RECOMMIT. UNDER THE RULE, WE WOULD BE CONSIDERING COMMONSENSE POLICIES FROM THREE DIFFERENT BILLS THAT EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AS HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS WHILE PROTECTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS. EACH BILL ADVANCED THROUGH REGULAR ORDER AND WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. H.R. 1270, THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT, WOULD ELIMINATE BARRIERS CREATED IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PURCHASE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS WITH FUNDS FROM THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN JENKINS OF KANSAS INTRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL TO CUT THROUGH THE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE CREATED IN THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW. H.R. 5445, THE HEALTH CARE SECURITY ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN PAULSON AND MYSELF, ELIMINATES CERTAIN BURDENSOME LIMITATIONS ON HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO HELP CONSUMERS TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH SPENDING DECISIONS. FINALLY, H.R. 4723, ALSO INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN JENKINS, PROTECTS TAXPAYERS BY RECOVERING IMPROPER PAYMENTS OF CARI CHAMPION SUBSIDIES. -- OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUBSIDIES. JUST AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, THE REPUBLICAN'S PLAN TO REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH ACT AND GOOD POLICY THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME REQUIRES HARD WORK, IT REQUIRES COMPROMISE AND REQUIRES THE SCRUTINY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS UNFORTUNATELY WE LEARNED DURING THE RUNUP TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, POLICY HASTILY CREATED BY GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS RESULTS IN DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. WHILE WE ARE COMMITTED TO LARGE-SCALE REFORM, REAL PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING AS WE SPEAK AND ARE NOT WAITING TO TAKE ACTION. THESE BILLS ARE AN IMPORTANT EXAMPLE OF THE WORK THAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW TO ADVANCE MEMBER-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS THAT WILL IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, AS OPPOSED TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH ACT IS RIDDLED BY FLAWS, BUT IT -- EXPANDING THE USE OF HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS COULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD THE REVERSE THIS TREND. HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT PLANS GIVES CONSUMERS INCENTIVES TO MANAGE THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE COSTS BY COUPLING A TAX ACCOUNT USED TO PAY MEDICAL EXPENSES WITH A HIGH DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLAN THAT MEETS CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR DEDUCTIBILITIES AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE LIMITS. THE FUNDS IN A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT ARE OWNED BY THE INDIVIDUAL, CONTROLLED BY THE INDIVIDUAL AND MAY BE ROLLED OVER FROM YEAR TO YEAR. HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS ARE NOT A NOVEL IDEA. THEY'VE BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE 2004 AND IN FACT THEIR PRECURSOR, THE MEDICAL SAVINGS ACCOUNT, IS ENJOYING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH, BEING SIGNED INTO LAW AS PART OF THE ACT IN 1996. BUT CURRENT H.S.A. POLICY IS EXTRAORDINARILY RESTRICTIVE MAKING IT HARDER FOR CONSUMERS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE. WHILE I'VE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN DEVELOPING EXTENSIVE REFORMS TO TAP THE POTENTIAL FOR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS FOR CONSUMERS, H.R. 5445 INCLUDES MEANINGFUL IMPROVEMENTS THAT CAN ACTUALLY GET ACROSS THE FINISH LINE TODAY. DEDUCTIBLES AND OUT-OF-POCKET LIMITS HAVE BEEN STEADILY GROWING. CONGRESS SHOULD BE TAKING STEPS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR AMERICANS TO SAVE, NOT RESTRICTING THEIR OPTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, CURRENT LAW LIMITS HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEVELS THAT ARE LOWER THAN THE COMBINED ANNUAL LIMITS ON DEDUCTIBLES AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. H.R. 5445 RESOLVES THIS DISCREPANCY BY RAISING THE INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY CONTRIBUTION LIMITS FOR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO EQUAL THE ANNUAL LIMIT ON DEDUCTIBLES AND OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS. ANOTHER PROBLEM IN CURRENT LAW, IT REDUCES THE FLEXIBILITY OF H.S.A.'S FOR MARRIED COUPLES. UNDER CURRENT LAW, IF BOTH SPOUSES ARE H.S.A. ELIGIBLE AND AGED 55 OR OLDER, THEY MUST OPEN SEPARATE H.S.A. ACCOUNTS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MAXIMUM AVAILABLE CONTRIBUTION. INDIVIDUALS SHOULD NOT BE FORCED TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS JUST TO SAVE FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE. H.R. 5445 WOULD ALLOW BOTH SPOUSES TO DEPOSIT CATCH-UP CONTRIBUTIONS INTO A SINGLE HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. FINALLY, H.R. 5445 WILL TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT H.S.A. FUNDS CAN RELIABLY BE USED FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES. TAXPAYERS MAY USE H.S.A. FUNDS ONLY FOR QUALIFIED MEDICAL EXPENSES INCURRED AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE H.S.A. WHICH MIGHT BE SOMETIME AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ASSOCIATED HIGH DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLAN. IF, FOR EXAMPLE, THE TAXPAYER PURCHASES AN H.S.A. ELIGIBLE HEALTH PLAN AND THEN IMMEDIATELY INCURS MEDICAL EXPENSES BEFORE OPENING THE H.S.A., THE TAXPAYER MAY NOT USE TAX FAVORED H.S.A. FUNDS TO PAY FOR THOSE EXPENSES. H.R. 5445 WOULD TREAT H.S.A.'S OPENED WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER GAINING TAX -- COVERAGE UNDER AN H.S.A. ELIGIBLE PLAN AS INVESTIGATION BEEN OPENED ON THE SAME DAY AS THE -- AS HAVING BEEN OPENED ON THE SAME DAY AS THE HEALTH PLAN. H.R. 1270, THE BASE BILL, MAKES COMMONSENSE PATIENT-CENTERED REFORMS TO HELP TO FRAY COSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS. OUT-OF-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS, ALLERGY, PROTON PUMP INHIBITORS, PAIN RELIEVERS WERE HISTORICALLY ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES FOR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND OTHER SIMILAR TAX FAVORED HEALTH CARE ACCOUNTS. HOWEVER, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CREATED A REQUIREMENT IN FEDERAL LAW THAT FORCES THE ACCOUNTHOLDERS TO GO TO THEIR DOCTOR TO OBTAIN A PRESCRIPTION FOR THESE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS BEFORE PURCHASING THEM WITH THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT OR FLEXIBLE SAVINGS ACCOUNT. INDIVIDUALS WHO FAILED TO JUMP THROUGH THESE HOOPS AND PURCHASE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION FACE A TAX PENALTY FOR MAKING A NONQUALIFIED DISTRIBUTION. THIS POLICY DRIVES UNNECESSARY UTILIZATION OF DOCTOR SERVICES, DECREASES ACCESS TO REASONABLE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS AND DISCOURAGES PEOPLE FROM TAKING CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS -- OF SAVING FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. H.R. 1270 REPEALS THIS HARMFUL PROVISION OF THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW, PUTS THE CONSUMER BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT AND ALLOWS EFFICIENT ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE MEDICATION. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, H.R. 4723 FULFILLS OUR DUTY AS STEWARDS OF TAX DOLLARS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. IMPROPER SUBSIDY PAYMENTS ARE TREATED TO ARBITRARY AND INCONSISTENT STANDARDS. THIS IS SURELY NOT GOOD GOVERNANCE. THE POLICY OF H.R. 4723 WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE WHO RECEIVES IMPROPER AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUBSIDY OVERPAYMENTS WILL BE TREATED IDENTICALLY. THIS COMMONSENSE SOLUTION IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD APPROACH TO SAVING BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. . THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT DIRECTED BARRIERS TO SCUMER-DRIVEN HEALTH CARE. THE COMBINED POLICIES IN H.R. 1270 ARE AN ATTEMPT TO INSTILL SOME OF THE RASHALITY OF A MARKET-BASED SYSTEM INTO THE CHAOTIC WORLD OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. H.R. 1270 MAKES TARGETED BUT IMPORTANT REFORMS TO STRENGTHEN THE INTEGRITY OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO QUALITY CARE. THIS LEGISLATION IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE CONCRETE ACTIONS THAT ARE BEING TAKEN TO RETURN POWER TO INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS BY. I ENCOURAGE COLLEAGUE -- CONSUMERS. I ENCOURAGE COLLEAGUES TO IMPROVE THE STATE OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA AND VOTE FOR THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, H.R. 1270. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. WE APPRECIATE HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE RULE BECAUSE AS WE LEARNED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, WE'RE NOT ALWAYS GUARANTEED THAT RIGHT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, WITH REGARD TO THE UNDERLYING BILL, THAT WOULD…

    FIRST OF ALL, MR. SPEAKER, WITH REGARD TO THE UNDERLYING BILL, THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED IF THIS RULE WERE PASSED, H.R. 1270, THE SO-CALLED THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT OF 2015, I'M GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD THE ADMINISTRATION'S STATEMENT OF POLICY WHICH SAYS THAT IF THE PRESIDENT WERE PRESENTED WITH H.R. 1270 HE WOULD VETO THE BILL.

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    LET ME READ THE FIRST PARAGRAPH SO MY COLLEAGUES KNOW WHY. HE SAYS, THE ADMINISTRATION STRONGLY OPPOSES HOUSE PASSAGE OF H.R. 1270 WHICH WOULD CREATE NEW AND UNNECESSARY TAX BREAKS THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY BENEFIT HIGH-INCOME PEOPLE, INCREASE TAXES FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE, AND DO NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OR ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING COSTS OF HEALTH CARE. I ASK THAT IT BE PUT IN THE RECORD.

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    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE THE PREVIOUS BILL WE CONSIDERED, THIS IS A BILL THAT'S…

    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE THE PREVIOUS BILL WE CONSIDERED, THIS IS A BILL THAT'S GOING NOWHERE. IT IS I GUESS THE 64TH TIME THAT WE HAVE VOTED AND CONSIDERED A BILL TO EITHER REPEAL OR UNDERMINE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT WE HAVE YET TO CONSIDER ONE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, NOT EVEN ONE, TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF PREVENTING ANY ADDITIONAL GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. FOR SOME REASON THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE CAN'T FIND THE TIME TO HAVE THAT DEBATE AND TO BRING SUCH LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR, LIKE THE LEGISLATION WE HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR, WHICH IS THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION, WHICH SAYS THAT IF YOU ARE ON THE F.B.I. TERRORIST WATCH LIST AND YOU CANNOT FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, YOU OUGHT NOT TO BE ABLE TO GO IN AND BUY A GUN. AND THE OTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION WOULD BE ONE THAT WOULD CLOSE ALL THESE LOOPHOLES THAT ARE CURRENTLY IN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK LAWS. LOOPHOLES THAT SAY THAT WHILE YOU NEED TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK WHEN YOU GO INTO A LICENSED GUN DEALER, YOU DON'T NEED ONE IF YOU BUY A GUN ONLINE. OR IF YOU BUY A GUN AT A GUN SHOW. I MEAN, HOWRY DICK LOUIS IS THAT? -- HOWRY DICK LOUIS IS THAT? -- HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT? AND FOR THE LIFE OF ME, WHY THAT KIND OF INITIATIVE IS CONTROVERSIAL, OR SO DIFFICULT TO GET TO THE HOUSE FLOOR IS BEYOND ME. I JUST DON'T GET IT. THE NUMBER OF MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CONTINUES TO INCREASE. THERE WERE 372 MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2015, KILLING 475 PEOPLE AND WOUNDING 1,870 PEOPLE. I MEAN, WHY ISN'T THERE MORE ALARM ABOUT THOSE STATISTICS BY MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE? THERE WERE 64 SCHOOL SHOOTINGS IN 2015. I MEAN, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THEIR CHILD WHEN THEY SEND THEM TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNING. NOBODY SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR SAFETY IF THEY GO INTO A MOVIE THEATER. OR IF THEY GO INTO A CHURCH. OR IF THEY GO INTO A NIGHT CLUB. YET GUN VIOLENCE IS AT AN EPIDEMIC LEVEL IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE CAN'T SEEM TO GET THE LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE TO WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. NOW, I GUESS IN RESPONSE TO THE SIT-IN THAT THE DEMOCRATS DID TWO WEEKS AGO AND TO THE GROWING CALLS THAT I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ARE GETTING FROM CONCERNED CITIZENS, THEY'RE TRYING TO BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT ESSENTIALLY WAS WRITTEN BY THE NATIONAL RIFFLE ASSOCIATION. -- NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. WHICH I GUESS IS A SOUND BITE. BUT OTHER THAN, THAT YOU CAN'T SAY MUCH ABOUT IT. BECAUSE IT WOULD STILL ALLOW PEOPLE ON THE TERROR WATCH LIST TO BE ABLE TO GET GUNS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN TALK ALL THEY WANT ABOUT BILLS THAT ARE GOING NOWHERE. ABOUT MEANINGLESS PIECES OF LEGISLATION. THAT'S THEIR RIGHT. BUT WE HAVE THE RIGHT, UNLESS MY COLLEAGUES WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US TOO, BUT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE ISSUE THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, IS IN THE FOREFRONT OF THE MINDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. EVERY PUBLIC OPINION POLL SHOWS THAT 85%, 95%, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, SUPPORT THE COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION THAT WE HAVE PROPOSED. AND YET WE CAN'T EVEN GET A VOTE. THE GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD AND WE CAN'T DELIBERATE ON THE GREAT ISSUES CONFRONTING OUR COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO DELIBERATE ON ISSUES THAT ARE GOING NOWHERE. ISSUES THAT AMOUNT TO NOTHING MORE THAN A PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN IN THE BASEMENT OF THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. I THINK THAT IS SHAMEFUL AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D I -- I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE SO WE CAN BRING UP AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL KEEP OUR CONSTITUENTS SAFE. A BILL THAT WOULD SAY, IF YOU'RE ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST, YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN. AND AN AMENDMENT THAT SAYS THAT IF YOU BUY A GUN, YOU SHOULD HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK. FEDERAL LAW SAYS THAT IF YOU BUY A GUN AT A LICENSED DEALER, YOU HAVE TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK. SO, ABOUT 60% OF THE GUNS THAT ARE PURCHASED ARE PURCHASED IN A SITUATION WHERE A LNLSED DEALER IS INVOLVED AND -- WHERE A LNLSED DEALER IS INVOLVED AND THEY -- LICENSED DEALER IS INVOLVED AND THEY GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT CRIMINALS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND TERRORISTS CAN'T GET THEIR HANDS ON FIREARMS. IT MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET THEIR HANDS ON FIREARMS. IT'S OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. THE PROBLEM IS, ABOUT 40% OF THE GUNS THAT ARE PURCHASED ARE ABLE TO GO AROUND THAT REQUIREMENT FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK. THE IRONY IS, THE PLACES WHERE THEY BUY THEM. THEY BUY THEM ONLINE, THEY BUY THEM AT GUN SHOWS, IF YOU GO TO A GUN SHOW OR IF YOU GO ONLINE, THERE ARE LICENSED DEALS THAT ARE SELL GUNS THERE. AND IF YOU GO TO THE TABLE THAT THE LICENSED DEALER HAS AND TRY AND BUY A GUN, YOU HAVE TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK. IF YOU CAN'T PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK, YOU CAN GO TO THE NEXT TABLE, YOU CAN FIND AN INDIVIDUAL SELLING GUNS AT A GUN SHOW, AND YOU CAN BUY THE SAME GUN WITHOUT GOING THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. 34 STATES ALLOW GUNS TO BE SOLD THROUGH COMMERCIAL SALES WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK. THIS IS TRAGIC. EVEN IF YOU'RE FROM ONE OF THE 16 STATES THAT DON'T ALLOW IT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO, ALL A TERRORIST, A CRIMINAL OR A DOMESTIC ABUSER, ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS JUST DRIVE TO THE STATE NEXT DOOR THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE BACKGROUND CHECKS, BUY THE GUN, AND BRING IT BACK TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WE KNOW THIS HAPPENS. WE KNOW THIS. I HAVE A FRIEND, ELVIN DANIELS FROM WISCONSIN. HIS SISTER WAS THREAT UNDERSTAND BY HER HUSBAND. -- THREATENED BY HER HUSBAND. SHE GOT A RESTRAINING ORDER. THE HUSBAND WENT TO THE GUN STORE TO TRY TO BUY A GUN AND BECAUSE THERE WAS A RESTRAINING ORDER, HE WAS PROHIBITED FROM BUYING THAT GUN. SO HE WENT ONLINE, HE BOUGHT THE SAME GUN HE WAS PROHIBITED FROM BUYING IN THE GUN STORE, KILLED ELVIN'S SISTER AND TWO OTHER PEOPLE. BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK. WE KNOW THAT IN THE LICENSED DEALERS ARENA, WHERE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK, 170 FELONS A DAY ARE PROHIBITED FROM BUYING GUNS. 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS A DAY ARE STOPPED FROM BUYING GUNS. YET WE ALLOW AN AVENUE FOR DOMESTIC ABUSERS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS TO GO STRAIGHT DOWN THE ROAD AND BUY A GUN WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF A BACKGROUND CHECK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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    I WANT TO EMPHASIZE, THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT EITHER ONE OF OUR MEASURES, AS…

    I WANT TO EMPHASIZE, THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT EITHER ONE OF OUR MEASURES, AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE REPUBLICAN BILLS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO BRING TO THE FLOOR, THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT EITHER ONE OF THEM THAT IS AGAINST THE SECOND AMENDMENT. I'M A GUN OWNER. I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN THE SECOND AMENDMENT. AND THE SUPREME COURT SPELLED OUT SPECIFICALLY IN THE HELLER DECISION THAT INDIVIDUALS HAVE A RIGHT TO OWN FIREARMS. BUT THEY ALSO SAID THAT THERE CAN BE CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS, RESTRICTIONS SUCH AS CRIMINALS, TERRORISTS, DOMESTIC ABUSERS, DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, YOU CAN'T HAVE GUNS. WELL, YOU CAN'T DO THAT UNLESS YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK. 70 OF MY FRIEND AS I CROSS THE AISLE VOTED TO AUGMENT THE FUNDING FOR THE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM. $20 MILLION THEY VOTED TO ADD TO THE SYSTEM. HOW CAN YOU VOTE TO FUND A SYSTEM, SPEND $20 MILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND A SYSTEM THAT YOU WON'T REQUIRE PEOPLE TO USE? IT'S ABSURD. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF, THAT YOU WON'T BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE? I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO.

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    MR. TAKANO

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY WONDER WHY MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE FOCUSING ON GUN VIOLENCE TODAY AND NOT ON THIS FINANCIAL SERVICES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, WHICH I SHOULD ADD IS LOADED WITH POISON PILL RIDERS. THE REASON IS SIMPLE. WE REFUSE TO CONTINUE TREATING GUN VIOLENCE AS BUSINESS AS USUAL IN AMERICA. 49 WERE KILLED IN ORLANDO. WE TOOK A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THEN IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. 14 WERE KILLED IN SAN BERNARDINO. WE TOOK A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THEN IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. NINE WERE KILLED IN ROSEBERG. WE TOOK A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THEN IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. NINE MORE WERE KILLED IN CHARLESTON. WE TOOK A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THEN IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. 33,000 WERE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE LAST YEAR. WE TOOK A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THEN IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL. I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE DEBATE A RULE ON AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL WHEN SO MANY OF OUR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER FROM GUN VIOLENCE EVERY DAY. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THIS, SAY THAT OUR DEMOCRACY -- SAY, THIS IS OUR DEMOCRACY AT WORK. BUT A CONGRESS THAT REJECTS TWO GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION BILLS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY 90% OF AMERICANS IS NOT DEMOCRACY AT WORK. I HEAR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY, WE DON'T HAVE THE VOTES. THEN PROVE IT. BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. I AM BETTING THEY PASS. EVERY DAY THAT GOES BY, THESE FIREARMS BECOME MORE POWERFUL AND OUR FAILURE TO ACT BECOMES MORE WRECKLESS. I IMPLORE MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO DISOBEY THE GUN LOBBY, HOLD A VOTE, AND LET'S PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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    MR. HUFFMAN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MR. SPEAKER, IT SEEMS THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO ATTEMPT ANOTHER REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO BRING AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF BILLS TO THIS FLOOR, CONSUME AN ALMOST UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF THIS HOUSE'S RESOURCES, IT SEEMS THAT CONGRESS IS ALWAYS READY TO ACT AND ALWAYS READY TO HAVE DEBATES AND VOTES ON THEIR FAVORITE ISSUES FOR THEIR FAVORITE SPECIAL INTERESTS. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORSENING GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA, WE'RE BACK TO THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. WE'RE BACK TO THE BANGING OF THE GAVEL, THE 30 SECONDS AT BEST OF SILENCE, FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER BANG OF THAT GAVEL AND THE RESUMPTION OF BUSINESS AS USUAL. NO MEANINGFUL DEBATES, NO MEANINGFUL VOTES. WE ARE NOW HEARING THAT THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO GET A GLORIFIED MOMENT OF SILENCE, A BILL WRITTEN AND BLESSED BY THE N.R.A. THAT WOULD NOT KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS OR OTHER DANGEROUS PEOPLE. BECAUSE IT IMPOSES A COMPLETELY ARBITRARY 72-HOUR TIME WINDOW WITHIN WHICH STANDARDS MUST BE MET THAT ARE SIMPLY UNACHIEVABLE. THE PROSECUTOR, THE U.S. ATTORNEY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL MUST SOMEHOW WITHIN THIS 72-HOUR WINDOW GET EVIDENCE THAT MEETSES A PROBABLE CAUSE STANDARD THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS ABOUT TO COMMIT AN ACT OF TERROR, SERVE PROCESS ON THAT INDIVIDUAL, MAKE SURE THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN ABLE TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY, AND GIVE THAT INDIVIDUAL THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW UP AT A HEARING AND PRESENT THEIR SIDE OF THE CASE. IF NONE OF THAT HAPPENS WITHIN 72 HOURS, GUESS WHAT, THEY GET TO PROCEED TO THEIR GUN PURCHASE. THIS IS NOT MEANINGFUL GUN VIOLENCE REFORM, THIS IS WINDOW DRESSING, THIS IS COSMETIC, IT'S A DEMRORIFIED MOMENT OF SILENCE -- GLORIFIED MOMENT OF SILENCE. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE 4,000TH ATTEMPT TO REPEAL OR UNDERMINE OBAMACARE, WE CAN GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS ISSUE, WE CAN SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE'RE LISTENING TO THEIR VOICES AND THAT WE TAKE SERIOUSLY THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE EACH AND EVERY YEAR, WE CAN BRING FORWARD BILLS THAT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD DO, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO URGE WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF WE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO URGE WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF WE DO I WILL ONCE AGAIN OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP NO FLY, NO BUY, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, THAT WOULD GIVE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE AUTHORITY TO BAR THE SALE OF FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES TO THOSE ON THE F.B.I.'S TERRORIST WATCH LIST. . I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY.

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    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. THEY SENT US HERE TO WORK TOGETHER, TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND FRANKLY, THE AMERICAN OPLE ARE GETTING PRETTY FRUSTRATED. WE NOTICED A LITTLE BIT OF FRUSTRATION BREAK OUT ON THE FLOOR OF THIS BODY TWO WEEKS AGO AND THEY DID THAT BECAUSE THOUGH WE'RE HEARING TODAY ABOUT THE CONSUMER REIGNS SUPREME, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE AFRAID. THEY ARE AFRAID RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO WORRY WHEN YOU'RE PRAYING IN A CHURCH, WHEN YOU'RE TEACHING OR HAVE YOUR CHILD IN A FIRST GRADE CLASSROOM, WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING IN A PARK, WALKING DOWN A STREET OR ENJOYING A SATURDAY NIGHT AT A NIGHTCLUB THAT A DANGEROUS PERSON WITH A GUN MAY CUT YOU DOWN, AND THAT IS THE MOST FRUMENT RIGT WE ALL HAVE AS -- FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT WE HAVE AS AMERICANS, THE RIGHT TO OUR VERY LIVES. AND WE HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THIS MATTER IN THE 3 1/2EARS'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS. THE TIME HAS PAST. THE TIME HAS PAST FM HAND WRINGING FOR MOMENTS OF SILENCE. WE HAVE TWO BIPARTISAN BILLS. WE SHOULD CALL THEM UP THIS WEEK. THE TIME IS NOW. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO GET ON AN AIRPLANE BECAUSE YOU'RE DANGEROUS TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD NOT BE FREE TO BUY AN ARSENAL. WE SHOULD PASS NO FLY, NO BUY, AND FUNDAMENTALLY WE NEED TO HAVE EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL SALES OF GUNS. NONE OF THIS OTHER LEGISLATION WORKS. IF WE DON'T ASK WHETHER YOU'RE A DANGEROUS, FORBIDDEN, PROHIBITIVE PERSON FROM BUYING A WEAPON, THEN EVEN CLOSING THE TERROR WAT LIST WILL BE OF NO MEANING BECAUSE YOU CAN JUST GO NLINE, AS SO MANY AMERICANS NOW DO AND AVOID THE LAW, IT'S OUR JOB TO HELP FIX PROBLEMS, TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. WE'RE N DOING OUR JOB IF WE'RE NOT DEBATING, MUCH LESS EVEN VOTING ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAVE LIVES. THE TIME HAS COME TO ACT. THE TIME IS NOW. NO FLY, NO BUY. THIS WEEK, EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS THIS WEEK. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING. I COME…

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR YIELDING. I COME TO THE FLOOR, AGAIN, TO ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BRING TO THE FLOOR TWO COMMONSENSE PROPOSALS THAT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE EACH DAY IT FEELS LIKE OR CERTAINLY REGULARLY COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AND OBSERVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE. WE SPENT ONE MOMEN, SAID AND DONE NOTHING, AS OUR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE RAVAGED BY GUN VIOLENCE. THERE ARE MANY OF US WHO BELIEVE WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DO MORE THAN THAT, THAN JUST TO OBSERVE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. THESE TWO BILLS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE FIRST BILL, IF YOU ARE DETERMINED TO BE TOO DANGEROUS TO GET ON AN AIRPLANE, YOU ARE A SUSPECTED TERRORIST, BARRED FROM GETTING ON AN AIRPLANE BECAUSE IT'S TOO DANGEROUS, YOU SHOULD ALSO BE PREVENTED FROM GOING INTO A GUN STORE AND BUYING AS MANY GUNS AS YOU WANT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THIS BUT BETWEEN 2004 AND 2014, OVER 2,000 INDIVIDUALS ON THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST WENT INTO GAUGHAN STORE AND BOUGHT GUNS. 9 -- WENT INTO A GUN STORE AND BOUGHT GUNS. 90% OF THE PEOPLE KILLED SINCE 9/11 WERE KILLED BY A FIREARM AND WE'VE ALLOWED BY MORE THAN 2,000 INDIVIDUALS ON THAT WATCH LIST, THAT TERROR WATCH LIST TO GO INTO A GUN STORE. WE MUST STOP THAT. NO FLY, NO BUY. YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO GET ON A PLANE, YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. WE OWE IT TO THOSE WHO IS HE WEMB, THE PEOPLE -- WHO SERVE, THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE TO CLOSE THAT LOOPHOLE. THE SECOND BILL IS TO ENSURE THERE ARE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK. EVERY DAY 171 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY FELONS ARE STOPPED BECAUSE OF CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. 48 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY DOMESTIC ABUSERS, AND 19 ATTEMPTED PURCHASES BY FUGITIVES ARE STOPPED EVERY SINGLE DAY. IN THOSE SALES WHERE BACKGROUND CHECKS OCCUR. BUT SOME REPORTS ARE UP TO 35% OF GUN SALES DON'T HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK BECAUSE THEY HAPPEN ON THE INTERNET OR THEY HAPPEN AT GUN SHOWS. BACKGROUND CHECKS MAKE SENSE. 90% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. THAT BILL WILL REQUIRE --

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    ALL SALES WILL BE PART OF THAT. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE…

    ALL SALES WILL BE PART OF THAT. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE. WE CAN'T PASS A BILL THAT WILL END EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE OF GUN VIOLENCE, BUT I TELL YOU THIS. WE CAN DO A LOT TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. THESE TWO BILLS ARE AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. BROADLY SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I KNOW THAT I SPEAK FOR SO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHEN I SAY WE HAVE A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DO SOMETHING, TO RESPOND TO THE CARNAGE OF GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. I HAD AN EVENT IN RHODE ISLAND AT MY -- AT THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AND A COUPLE CAME UP TO ME AND THEY SAID, CONGRESSMAN, WE LOST OUR SON AT VIRGINIA TECH AND WHEN WE SAW YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES SITTING DOWN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WE THOUGHT, FINALLY SOMEONE'S TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. LET'S RESPOND TO THOSE PARENTS AND TO ALL THE OTHER PARENTS WHO LOST A CHILD TO GUN VIOLENCE. LET'S PASS THESE TWO BILLS, SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WILL HELP KEEP THEM SAFE. I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO BRING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE AT THIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 04:37:07 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM 141 OF THE NATION'S LEADING MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS, LETTERS SENT TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT URGES US TO END THE DRAMATIC AND CHILLING EFFECT OF THE CURRENT RIDER LANGUAGE RESTRICTING GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH WHICH APPARENTLY IN THE WISDOM OF THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THIS HOUSE THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD PREVENT THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION THE ABILITY TO DO RESEARCH INTO THIS WHICH SHOWS YOU JUST HOW POWERFUL THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION IS IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 04:37:50 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WHEN I SPOKE EARLIER, I ASK, YOU KNOW,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WHEN I SPOKE EARLIER, I ASK, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHY WON'T YOU BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR? I THINK BACK TO WHEN I WAS MET WITH THE PARENTS OF THE -- SOME OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE KILLED AT ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC INCIDENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, THE TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE INCIDENT IN SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND LISTENING TO THE PARENTS AND HEARING THEIR STORIES AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK TO MYSELF, ARE YOU MORE AFRAID TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE THAN THOSE KIDS WERE HIDING FOR THEIR LIVES IN THOSE CLASSROOMS? ARE YOU MORE AFRAID THAN THOSE MOVIEGOERS IN AURORA, COLORADO, WHO WERE HIDING, TRYING NOT TO BE KILLED? OR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE PRAYING IN CHARLESTON WHEN THEY WERE GUNNED DOWN, ARE YOU MORE AFRAID? IS THIS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN WHAT THEY EXPERIENCED? OR SAN BERNARDINO OR ORLANDO? WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM BRINGING COMMONSENSE, PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT, GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE? GUN OWNERS ARE FOR THIS. I'M A GUN OWNER. I TOLD YOU THAT BEFORE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I'M PROUD TO SAY I'M ONE OF THE 26 DEMOCRATS WHO WERE LABELED BY THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA FOR BEING HYPOCRITES BECAUSE WE OWN GUNS AND WE WANT TO PASS GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I BOUGHT A GUN -- I BOUGHT IT BEFORE THE BREAK BUT PICKED IT UP DURING THE BREAK BECAUSE IN CALIFORNIA, NOT ONLY ARE YOU REQUIRED TO GET A BACKGROUND CHECK BUT THERE'S A COOLING OFF PERIOD THAT THEY REQUIRE. YOU HAVE TO WAIT 10 DAYS, SO BEFORE THE BREAK I BOUGHT A GUN FROM A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF MINE. SOMEONE WHO I'VE KNOWN FOR OVER 25, 30 YEARS, AND YET THE LAW SAYS BACKGROUND CHECK. IT WASN'T A PROBLEM. TOOK IT IN. LEFT THE GUN. MY FRIEND SIGNED THE PAPER. I SIGNED THE PAPER. 10 DAYS LATER OVER THIS PAST BREAK CAME AND PICKED IT UP. IT'S NO BIG DEAL. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SELL A GUN TO SOMEONE WHO MAY BE A CRIMINAL, DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, A DOMESTIC ABUSER OR A TERRORIST? THESE BILLS MAKE SENSE, BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR, LET'S VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVE?

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    MR. BURGESS

    I RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, MS. HOLMES NORTON.

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    MS. NORTON

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME BECAUSE I MUST RISE IN STRONG…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING TO ME BECAUSE I MUST RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND BILL. IT ASSAULT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S ABILITY TO GOVERN ITSELF. THIS BILL CONTAINS UN-DEMOCRATIC, HARMFUL, BIG GOVERNMENT RIDERS THAT PROHIBIT THE D.C. GOVERNMENT FROM SPENDING ITS LOCAL FUNDS CONSISTING OF LOCAL TAXES AND FEES AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY. IN ADDITION, THE REPUBLICAN-LED RULES COMMITTEE HAS ALLOWED REPRESENTATIVE PALMER TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT INTERFERES WITH MY JURISDICTION TO KEEP IT FROM SPENDING ITS LOCAL FUNDS TO ENFORCE ITS OWN EMPLOYMENT ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW. THIS BILL REPEALS THE D.C. BUDGET AUTONOMY REFERENDUM WHICH ALLOWS D.C. TO SPEND ITS LOCAL FUNDS AFTER A 30-DAY REVIEW PERIOD. THE RULES COMMITTEE PREVENTED ME FROM OFFERING MY AMENDMENTS TO STRIKE THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT PROHIBIT D.C. FROM SPENDING ITS LOCAL FUNDS ON TAXING AND REGULATING MARIJUANA SALES AND ON ABORTION SERVICES FOR LOW-INCOME WOMEN. LET'S SEE WHAT THIS DOES. WHILE RECREATIONAL USE IS LEGAL FOR MARIJUANA UNDER D.C. LAW, CONGRESS HAS UNIQUELY PROHIBITED THE CITY FROM SPENDING ITS LOCAL FUNDS TO SET UP A TAX AND REGULATORY SYSTEM. THIS RIDER, THEREFORE, HAS BEEN REFERRED TO AS THE DRUG DEALERS PROTECTION ACT. AS ONE MARIJUANA DEALER TOLD THE PRESS, THE RIDER IS, QUOTE, A LICENSE FOR ME TO PRINT MONEY. REGULATING MARIJUANA LIKE ALCOHOL WOULD ALLOW D.C. INSTEAD OF VIOLENT DRUG GANGS TO CONTROL MARIJUANA PRODUCTION, DISPRIBUTION, SALES, REVENUE AND COLLECTION. -- DISTRIBUTION, SALES, REVENUE AND COLLECTION. EVERY STATE HAS THE RIGHT TO -- THIS RIDER IN THIS BILL EFFECTIVELY PREVENTS LOW-INCOME WOMEN IN D.C. FROM EXERCISING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION. JUST REAFFIRMED BY THE SUPREME COURT BY DEPRIVING THEM OF NECESSARY FUNDS. REPUBLICANS CLAIM TO SUPPORT DEINVOLVING FEDERAL AUTHORITY TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. THAT'S YOUR CHANCE. THAT SHOULD NOT END AT THE D.C. BORDER. THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWS BUT DOES NOT REQUIRE CONGRESS TO LEGISLATE ON LOCAL D.C. MATTERS. THE RULES COMMITTEE HAD A CHOICE TO ALLOW ME TO OFFER MY AMENDMENTS ON THE FLOOR, TO STRIKE THE D.C. MARIJUANA AND ABORTION RIDERS AS WELL AS TO BLOCK THE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENTS STRIKE. IN OUR DEMOCRACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THAT DECISION SHOULD NOT BE DIFFICULT BECAUSE THOSE ARE PURELY LOCAL MATTERS. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN CLARIFY WHAT WE HAVE UNDER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN CLARIFY WHAT WE HAVE UNDER CONSIDERATION AT THIS TIME. THREE DIFFERENT BILLS, A RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW VOTES ON THREE DIFFERENT BILLS THAT EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AS HEALTH CARE CONSUMERS WHILE PROTECTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS. EACH OF THESE BILLS DID ADVANCE THROUGH REGULAR ORDER. IT WAS FAVORABLY REPORTED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. H.R. 1270, THE RESTORING ACCESS TO MEDICATION ACT, WOULD ELIMINATE BARRIERS CREATED IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PURCHASE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS WITH FUNDS FROM THEIR HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT. H.R. 5445, THE HEALTH CARE SECURITY ACT, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN PAULSEN AND MYSELF, IT ELIMINATES CERTAIN BURDENSOME LIMITATIONS ON HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS TO HELP CONSUMERS TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE SPENDING DECISIONS. AND FINALLY, H.R. 4723, ALSO INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSWOMAN JENKINS, PROTECTS TAXPAYERS BY RECOVERING IMPROPER OVERPAYMENTS FROM SUBSIDIES AWARDED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. CLARKE.

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    MS. CLARKE

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO THE RULE BEING DEBATED ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING BUT ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND THE SPEAKER THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAITING. THEY ARE WAITING FOR US TO BRING COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION MEASURES TO THIS FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY IN NEW YORK CITY, IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN, PEOPLE ARE HURT AND KILLED BY GUN VIOLENCE. . TOO MANY FAMILIES HOLD FEAR AND SORROW IN THEIR HEARTS FROM THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT AND FROM ALL OVER OUR NATION HAVE BEEN DEMANDING ACTION. BUT YOU AND YOUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CANNOT CONTINUE TO IGNORE THEIR PLEAS AND THEIR PAIN. WELL, I CANNOT, I CANNOT IGNORE THEIR PLEAS AND THEIR PAIN AND MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES WILL NOT EITHER. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. CONGRESS MUST ACT TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. CONGRESS MUST DO MORE THAN HOLD A MOMENT OF SILENCE, TO BE A SOLVE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OF -- TO ABSOLVE YOU, MR. SPEAKER, OF YOUR ROLE IN THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. FOR ME AND MANY IN THIS NATION, GUN VIOLENCE IS PERSONAL. AND IT HAS HIT HOME. MY COLLEAGUE, FORMER NEW YORK CITY COUNCILMAN JAMES E. DAVIS, WAS GUNNED DOWN IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL BEFORE ME AND HIS COLLEAGUES. THE NEW YORKERS WHO VISITED OUR GALLERY AND THE CHILDREN WHO WERE PART OF OUR AUDIENCE ON THAT INFAMOUS DAY. WHETHER IT IS IN THE LEGISLATIVE CHAMBER OF CITY HALL, IN A THEATER, AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OR A NIGHT CLUB, THE GUN VIOLENCE MUST END. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL WORK TIRELESSLY, RELENTLESSLY HERE ON CAPITOL HILL TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIESES FROM THE EVER-PRESENT THREAT OF GUN VIOLENCE. I WILL CONTINUE TO STAND WITH ALL PEOPLE OF GOODWILL TO DEMAND ACTION ON THE LEGISLATION THAT PUTS AN END TO THIS CRISIS. AND I WILL BE THEIR VOICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:47:22 PM

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:47:29 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHETHER HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL…

    I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WHETHER HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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  • 04:47:32 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL BE THE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL CLOSE FOR OUR SIDE. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES REMAINING.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    OK. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THAT IT IS FRUSTRATING FOR NOT…

    OK. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THAT IT IS FRUSTRATING FOR NOT ONLY MANY OF US ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE, BUT I'M SURE IT MUST BE FRUSTRATING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING THIS DEBATE THAT HERE WE ARE, DEBATING A BILL THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY BE THE 64TH BILL THAT WE HAVE DEBATED AND VOTED ON TO EITHER REPEAL OR UNDERMINE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE ALL KNOW THIS BILL'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. I DOUBT VERY MUCH THAT WE'LL SEE MUCH ACTION IN THE SENATE. BUT WE KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL DEFINITELY VETO IT. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER BILLS THAT WE'VE BEEN DEALING WITH IN THIS CONGRESS. BILLS THAT REALLY ARE MORE DESIGNED FOR PRESS RELEASES AND SOUND BITES THAN FOR REALLY ACTUALLY MAKINGING PEOPLE'S LIVES BETTER -- MAKING PEOPLE'S LIVES BETTER. IN THE AFTERMATH OF ORLANDO, WHERE 49, 49 OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WERE MURDERED, THE BEST THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE COULD DO WAS HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, PEOPLE THAT I HAVE TALKED TO IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT MOMENT OF SILENCE WHICH PEOPLE VIEWED AS THE ULTIMATE INACTION BY CONGRESS, BECAUSE ALL WE DO IS MOMENTS OF SILENCE, ONLY WHEN THERE'S MASSACRES, WE DON'T DO MOMENTS OF SILENCE AFTER EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO GETS -- LOSES A LIFE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY, BECAUSE WE WOULD NEVER HAVE TIME TO DO ANYTHING ELSE IF WE DID. BUT PEOPLE, PEOPLE ARE JUST SO ANGRY THAT THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN THIS CHAMBER DON'T SEEM TO HAVE THE POLITICAL WILL TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I MEAN, MASSACRE AFTER MASSACRE AFTER MASSACRE CANNOT BE THE NEW NORM. LAST WEDNESDAY A NUMBER OF US DID PARTICIPATE IN THIS NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AN EAMENT TO TRY TO RAISE AWARENESS ON WAYS TO PREVENT GUN -- AN ATTEMPT TO TRY TO RAISE AWARENESS ON WAYS TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE. WE HAD A GRANDMOTHER WHO TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE LOST NOT ONLY ONE GRANDSON TO GUN VIOLENCE BUT SHE LOST TWO GRAND CHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE -- GRANDCHILDREN TO GUN VIOLENCE. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEA THE HEARTACHE THAT THIS WOMAN AND MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS AND GRANDFATHERS HAVE GONE THROUGH WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA THE PAIN OF THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WHOSE LOVED ONES WERE LOST IN ORLANDO OR AURORA OR SANDY HOOK OR I COULD GO RIGHT DOWN THE LIST OF MASSACRES? SO I'M ASKING MY COLLEAGUES HERE TO GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A DEBATE AND TO HAVE A VOTE ON TWO COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES. ONE, NO FLY, NO BUY. THE OTHER IS, LET'S HAVE OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM BE UNIVERSAL. SO THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS, WHO HAVE A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, DO NOT GO TO GUN SHOWS TO BUY GUNS OR GO ONLINE TO BUY GUNS. THAT'S WHY I'M URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, YEAH, WE CAN VOTE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL, BUT WE CAN VOTE ON THIS SENSIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LET'S DO SOMETHING. LET'S JUST NOT SIT AROUND HERE AND CONTINUE TO BE INDIFFERENT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT MORE OF US THAN WHAT THEY'VE SEEN. WITH THAT 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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    MR. BURGESS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF TIME ON OUR SIDE. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF AN IMPORTANT BILL TO CORRECT SOME OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS CHANGES IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT AFFECTED INDIVIDUAL -- EFFECT AN INDIVIDUAL'S ABILITY TO SAVE FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE NEEDS. A I'VE BEEN HAPPY TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHO EACH CONTRIBUTED TO THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF TODAY'S RULE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS HAVE BEEN REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS…

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

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  • 04:52:18 PM

    MR. BURGESS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 794 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORTS RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 794. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128. HOUSE RESOLUTION 794. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5485, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. SECTION 2-A, AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ THROUGH PAGE 265, LINE 9. POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH CLAUSE 2 OR CLAUSE 5-A OF RULE 21 ARE WAIVED EXCEPT AS FOLLOWS -- BEGINNING WITH PROVIDED FURTHER ON PAGE 122, LINE 19, THROUGH 2012 ON PAGE 122, LINE 22. WHERE POINTS OF ORDER ARE WAIVED AGAINST PART OF A PARAGRAPH, POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST A PROVISION IN ANOTHER PART OF SUCH PARAGRAPH MAY BE MADE ONLY AGAINST SUCH PROVISION AND NOT AGAINST THE ENTIRE PARAGRAPH. B, NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION. C, EACH AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. D, ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES OR AGAINST AMENDMENTS EN BLOC DESCRIBED IN SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. SECTION 3, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME FOR THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR HIS DESIGNEE TO OFFER AMENDMENTS EN BLOC CONSISTING OF AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION NOT EARLIER DISPOSED OF. AMENDMENTS EN BLOC OFFERED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BY SECTION 4 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. SECTION 4, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT, THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES MAY OFFER UP TO 10 PRO FORMA AMENDMENTS EACH AT ANY POINT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE. SECTION 5, AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 6, SECTION 1201 OF H.R. 5485 SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE A SPENDING REDUCTION ACCOUNT FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 3-D OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5. SECTION 7, DURING CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5485, SECTION 3304 OF SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11 SHALL NOT APPLY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, PENLEDSING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 794 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5485,…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 794 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5485, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR TWENT. -- 2017. THE RULE PROVIDES ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE RESOLUTION ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF 70 AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 5485 AND PROVIDES THE MINORITY THE CUSTOMARY MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 5485, THE FINANCIAL SERVICE AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONSES ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, PROVIDES $10.9 BILLION FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. THIS MAINTAINS THE CURRENT $2.1 BILLION LEVEL FOR TAXPAYER SERVICES AND PROVIDES A FURTHER $290 MILLION TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCH AS PHONE CALL AND CORRESPONDENTS' RESPONSE TIMES. ALSO THIS INCLUDES FRAUD REINVENTION AND CYBERSECURITY. -- PREVENTION AND CYBERSECURITY. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS VIEWED THE FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AS ONE THAT TARGETS ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, SLOWING DOWN APPROVAL FOR TAX-EXEMPT STATUS, AND ATTEMPTING TO CHILL THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTED SPEECH. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE EXPOSED MANY VIOLATIONS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AND THE BILL BEFORE US CONTINUES TO REFLECT THE CLOSE EYE THAT CONGRESS CONTINUES TO HAVE ON THIS AGENCY. REINING IN THEIR ABILITY TO FURTHER CHILL SPEECH BY MANIPULATING THE TAX CODE. TO ACHIEVE THIS, THE BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT PROHIBITS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE FROM USING FUNDS TO TARGET SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. FURTHER, IT PROHIBITS THE WHITE HOUSE UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION OR THE NEXT ONE FROM EITHER POLITICAL PARTY FROM EITHER THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE TO SCRUTINIZE THEIR POLITICAL OPPONENTS. THIS PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS CRITICAL AND OF COURSE I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES $1.5 BILLION FOR THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, ALMOST AN IDENTICAL FIGURE TO LAST YEAR'S REQUEST. THE BILL KEEPS THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION FOCUSED ON CRITICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES AND METHODS THAT HELP THE COMMISSION BETTER SERVE INVESTORS. IT ALSO RESCINDS THE BALANCE OF WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE SECURITY AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION RESERVE FUND, A SLUSH FUND THAT WAS CREATED UNDER THE DODD-FRANK LAW THAT CAN BE SPENT BY THE S.E.C. WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. TO ASSIST CONGRESS IN ITS CONSTITUTIONALLY OBLIGATED CHECKS AND BALANCES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THE BILL INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT OF ANOTHER CREATION OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. CURRENTLY, THIS AGENCY IS WHOLLY UNACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AS ITS FUNDING WAS PLACED IN THE DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION OUTSIDE OF THE YEARLY APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. LEAVING LITTLE LEGISLATIVE CHECK ON THAT AGENCY. AS IT EXISTS TODAY, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU DRAWS ITS FUNDS ON AUTO PILOT DIRECTLY FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE. . THIS BILL WOULD PLACE THE CFPB INTO THE REGULAR ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS AND IN DOING SO INCREASE THE TRANSPARENCY AND THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF ITS ACTIONS AND ALLOW FOR APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT FROM THE CONGRESS. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL REPLACES THE SINGLE PERSON LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU WITH A MORE BALANCED FIVE-PERSON COMMISSION, MIRRORING OTHER FINANCIAL REGULATORS SUCH AS THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND THE CFTC. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES $692 MILLION FOR THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, WHICH IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING FUNDS FOR WHITE HOUSE STAFF, ALSO INCLUDES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR DRUG CONTROL EFFORTS SUCH AS THE HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS AND DRUG-FREE COMMUNITIES PROGRAMS. IN HIS BUDGET REQUEST THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT SOUGHT TO REDUCE FUNDING TO THESE PROGRAMS BY $70 MILLION. THIS BILL KEEPS THOSE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS INTACT AND ACTUALLY INCREASES THEIR FUNDING BY A $5 MILLION MARK. THIS BILL FURTHER INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT REQUIRES THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO RELEASE INFORMATION ON THE EXPECTED COST OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND PRESIDENTIAL MEMORANDA. H.R. 5485 ALSO INCLUDES $725 MILLION AS A FEDERAL PAYMENT TO THE NATION'S CAPITAL CITY, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHICH INCLUDES FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY RESOURCES AND SECURITY COSTS AS WELL AS $45 MILLION FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR OPPORTUNITY AND RESULTS ACT, AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO HELP THE CHILDREN IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL GET THE EDUCATION THEY DESERVE AND THAT THEY CHOOSE AND ALLOW THEM TO CHOOSE THE EDUCATIONAL PATH THAT BESTS FITS THEIR NEEDS. THE BILL INCLUDES $7 BILLION TO THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM, WHICH WILL IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, BOLSTER SECURITY OF COURTROOMS AND IMPROVE THE SPEED AND EFFICIENCY OF PROCESSING FEDERAL CASES. CONSIDERATION OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS EACH YEAR IS THE CORE FUNCTION OF THE CONGRESS. WITH THE PASSAGE OF TODAY'S RULE, THE HOUSE WILL BE TAKING ANOTHER STEP IN COMPLETING THAT RESPONSIBILITY. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE AND FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL AND WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:02:45 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. AGAIN, I APPRECIATE THE 30 MINUTES. AS WE ALL REMEMBER TWO WEEKS AGO, WE WERE NOT GIVEN THAT ABILITY TO -- THE COURTESY TO HAVE THE 30 MINUTES TO DEBATE THE RULE AND WE HAD NO DEBATE ON THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT WAS BEING BROUGHT UP TWO WEEKS AGO. BUT IN ANY EVENT, I APPRECIATE HIM YIELDING ME THE TIME. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    FIRST OFF, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH…

    FIRST OFF, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5485, THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT. I HOPE THERE'S A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE. IN THE RULES COMMITTEE THEY DENIED MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, THE RIGHT TO OFFER HIS AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD PREVENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDERED PEOPLE. AND FOR THE LIFE OF PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, I CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THINK IT'S SO CONTROVERSIAL OR THAT IT'S A POISON PILL TO PUT IN LANGUAGE, IN STATUTE LANGUAGE THAT SAYS THAT BARS FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE LGBT COMMUNITY. YET, THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS PERFECTLY GERMANE, WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BE MADE IN ORDER. I THINK THAT ALONE SHOULD GET -- SHOULD ENCOURAGE BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE. IN ADDITION, MR. SPEAKER, THE UNDERLYING BILL IS AWFUL. IT UNDERMINES KEY ELEMENTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, UNDERMINES KEY ELEMENTS OF DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL REFORM, IT DIMINISHES WOMEN'S ACCESS TO LEGAL HEALTH SERVICES, IT MEDDLES IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND UNDERMINES THE PRESIDENT'S CUBA POLICY. IT -- THE BILL REWARDS TAX CHEATS, NOT HONEST, HARDWORKING AMERICANS BY FAILING TO PROVIDE EFFICIENT FUNDING TO ENFORCE TAX LAW. FOR ALL THOSE REASONS, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE UNDERLYING BILL AS WELL AND I WOULD ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD THE PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY WHICH SAYS IF PRESENTED WITH THIS BILL HE WOULD VETO IT.

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    SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE THIRD TIME TALKING ABOUT A RULE…

    SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE THIRD TIME TALKING ABOUT A RULE TO CONSIDER A BILL THAT'S GOING NOWHERE. AND WE'RE DOING THIS AT A TIME WHEN A VAST MAJORITY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS WANT US TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT PREVENTING MORE GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE BECOME UNACCEPTABLY COMMONPLACE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO MORE TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS. THE SHOOTING IN ORLANDO WAS THE LARGEST MASS SHOOTING IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY. AND THIS IS THE MOMENT OF TRUTH AND WE CANNOT HAVE YET ANOTHER MOMENT OF SILENCE WITHOUT SOME ACTION. AND WE ARE PLEADING WITH THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, WE ARE PLEADING WITH OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO ALLOW US TO BRING TWO BIPARTISAN BILLS TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION SO WE CAN DEBATE THEM AND VOTE ON THEM. ONE, THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION. IF YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS, ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I., BECAUSE YOU'RE ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST TO FLY ON AN AIRPLANE, THEN YOU'RE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. SHOULDN'T BE CONTROVERSIAL. AND THE SECOND IS TO ELIMINATE THE LOOPHOLES IN OUR BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM THAT SAYS THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK IF YOU GO TO A LICENSED GUN DEALER BUT YOU GET AROUND THAT BY GOING TO A GUN SHOW OR BOIG A GUN ONLINE. I -- BUYING A GUN ONLINE. I MEAN, OVERWHELMING NUMBERS OF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST PUBLIC OPINION POLLS, THINK BOTH OF THESE IDEAS ARE SMART, COMMONSENSE APPROACHES. AND THE ONLY THING STANDING IN THE WAY IS THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS HOUSE. SO MR. SPEAKER, PLEASE SCHEDULE THESE BILLS FOR A VOTE AND, NO, WE WILL NOT BE SATISFIED WITH THE N.R.A. BILL THAT YOU WANT TO BRING TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK THAT BASICALLY IS NOTHING BUT A PRESS RELEASE BUT WILL NOT KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SUSPECTED AS TERRORISTS. SO MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT WE CAN REACH SOME SORT OF ACCOMMODATION WITH OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. THIS ISSUE IS TOO IMPORTANT AND IT'S ABOUT TIME WE ACT. SILENCE AND INDIFFERENCE CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED IN THIS CHAMBER. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO…

    IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP NO FLY, NO BUY. IT WILL GIVE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE OPPORTUNITY TO BAR THOSE FROM BUYING GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES THAT ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT IT IS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRINGING UP COMMONSENSE, PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. WE DON'T THINK THAT TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS OR THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL SHOULD HAVE EASY ACCESS TO FIREARMS. WE BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THAT TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL CAN'T GET THEIR HANDS ON FIREARMS. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO PASS THE NO FLY, NO BUY AND TO PASS THE BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION. WE KNOW THAT BACKGROUND CHECKS WORK. EVERY DAY 170 FELONS ARE PREVENTED FROM BUYING A GUN BECAUSE OF THE BACKGROUND CHECK. 50 DOMESTIC ABUSERS ARE PREVENTED FROM BUYING A GUN BECAUSE OF THE BACKGROUND CHECK. THAT'S EVERY DAY. NOW, THE BILL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDS THE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO INCLUDE ALL COMMERCIAL SALES. AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS JUST EXPLAINED, THERE ARE LOOPHOLES. IN SOME STATES YOU CAN GO ONLINE AND BUY A GUN WITHOUT HAVING A BACKGROUND CHECK. IN SOME STATES YOU CAN GO TO A GUN SHOW AND BUY A GUN WITHOUT HAVING A BACKGROUND CHECK. THAT IS ABSOLUTE FOOLISHNESS. NOW, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REQUIRING FAMILY MEMBERS TO DO BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REQUIRING YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR TO DO A BACKGROUND CHECK. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT REQUIRING YOUR HUNTING BUDDY OR YOUR SHOOTING BUDDY FROM DOING A BACKGROUND CHECK. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GUN SALES THROUGH COMMERCIAL SALES. GUN SHOWS, NEWSPAPER ADS, ONLINE SALES. BECAUSE WE KNOW IT WORKS. IT'S OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST THE CRIMINALS, TERRORISTS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL FROM BEING ABLE TO EASILY ACCESS FIREARMS. IT WAS ONCE EXPLAINED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET UP A SYSTEM TO SCREEN THESE FOLKS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CRIMINALS, THE TERRORISTS, THE DOMESTIC ABUSERS, DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL DIDN'T GET FIREARMS. AND WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY SAID, IF YOU BUY IT FROM COMMERCIAL -- OF A LICENSED DEALER, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK. BUT IF YOU BUY IT FROM A GUN SHOW OR YOU BUY IT ONLINE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ONE. THE JUXTAPOSITION HAS BEEN MADE THAT THIS IS A LOT LIKE SETTING UP A SCREENING SYSTEM AFTER 9/11 THAT SAID, ALL PASSENGERS HAVE TO GO THROUGH A METAL DETECTOR SO THEY DON'T BRING GUNS, KNIVES AND EXPLOSIVES ON THE AIRPLANE. BUT ONLY 60% OF YOU HAVE TO DO THAT. THE OTHER 40% CAN GO AROUND. YOU CAN GET ON THE AIRPLANE WITH WHATEVER YOU HAVE IN YOUR POCKET AND YOU CHOOSE WHICH ONE GOES IN THE 40% LINE, WHICH ONE GOES IN THE 60% LINE. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WE NEED TO HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS TO MAKE SURE THAT CRIMINALS, THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL, DOMESTIC ABUSERS AND TERRORISTS DON'T GET THEIR HANDS ON WEAPONS. AND OUR --

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    MR. THOMPSON

    CAN I GET ANOTHER MINUTE?

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT CRIMINALS, TERRORISTS AND…

    OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WANT CRIMINALS, TERRORISTS AND THE DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL TO HAVE EASY ACCESS TO FIREARMS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AN AMENDMENT ON THIS FLOOR THAT BEEFED UP THE FUNDING FOR THE SYSTEM THAT CHECKS ON THE BACKGROUND CHECKS GOT 76 REPUBLICANS VOTED TO INCREASE THE FUNDING BY $20 MILLION. $20 MILLION FUNDING AUGMENTATION TO THE NICS SYSTEM. YOU SAY WE SUPPORTED THE FUNDING BUT WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO USE THE SYSTEM. THAT WOULD BE JUST A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. AND NOT BRINGING THESE BILLS UP IS AN OUT AND OUT SHAMELESS ORDEAL ON THE PART OF THE LEADERSHIP. YOU NEED TO BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. WE NEED TO HAVE A VOTE. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE SAFE. SAFE IN PLACES OF WORSHIP, SAFE IN THE MOVIE THEATER, SAFE IN SCHOOL. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO ALL WE CAN TO KEEP OUR CONSTITUENTS SAFE. BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY.

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    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PEOPLE WATCHING MAY WONDER, WHY ARE THESE FOLKS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PEOPLE WATCHING MAY WONDER, WHY ARE THESE FOLKS TALKING? THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT A RULE. WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? IF YOU JUST TUNED IN I'LL TELL YOU WHAT IT'S ABOUT. 100,000 AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM GUNS IN THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS, AND THIS BODY, THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THIS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE HAS DONE NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. NOT ONE LITTLE THING. AND THE TIME IS LONG PAST FROM MARKING THE DEATH OF AMERICANS BY GUNS WHEN WE COULD HELP STOP PREVENT IT. THE TIME HAS PAST FOR MOMENTS OF SILENCE. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION AND THE ACTION NEEDS TO BE NOW BECAUSE WHILE WE WAIT, AMERICANS DIE. WHAT MAKES THE NEWS -- WHAT MAKES THE NEWS IS THE MASS SHOOTINGS. SADLY, THEY'RE BECOMING MORE OFTEN AND THEY'RE BECOMING MORE HORRIFIC. BUT EVERY SINGLE DAY AMERICANS ARE DYING IN SMALL TOWNS, IN BIG CITIES. DYING IN BEDROOMS, DYING IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARGUMENTS, DYING ON THE STREETS OF HARTFORD AND CHICAGO AND IT OFTEN DOESN'T EVEN MAKE THE NEWS. BUT BELIEVE ME, THOSE FAMILIES KNOW THEIR LOVED ONES ARE GONE. THEIR FRIENDS KNOW. THEIR FRIENDS AT CHURCH, THOSE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AND IT'S THOSE -- THE RIPPLE OF THOSE DEATHS WHEN WE COULD DO SOMETHING THAT HAS US HERE, THAT HAS US HERE ALL DAY, THAT HAD US HERE ALL NIGHT TWO WEEKS AGO AND WE WILL KEEP RAISING OUR VOICES BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEPEND ON US TO NOT JUST TALK BUT TO TAKE ACTION AND THAT IS WITHIN OUR POWER. 93% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS. 93%. THAT'S MORE PROBABLY THAN LIKE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM. WE CAN DO THIS. MORE THAN THAT SUPPORT KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. THERE IS NOTHING CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT THESE PROPOSALS. IT SEEMS TO HAVE BECOME AN ARTICLE OF FAITH THAT IF THE GUN LOBBY IS OPPOSED TO IT THAT IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR POLITICIANS TO ACT. I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S TOO DANGEROUS. TOO DANGEROUS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS FOR US NOT TO ACT. IT'S TOO DANGEROUS FOR THEM TO HAVE THIS INSTITUTION NOT LISTEN TO THEIR CRIES, TO THEIR WEEPING, TO THEIR PLEADING. IT IS TIME FOR US TO BE STRONG, TO BE RESOLUTE AND WHETHER IT'S THE GUN LOBBY OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT KEEPS YOU FROM PROTECTING AMERICAN LIVES WITH PASSING BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION, IT IS TIME TO LET GO OF THOSE FEARS BECAUSE THE FEARS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEPEND ON US AND WE CAN ONLY DO THAT BY TAKING ACTION AND WE ARE THE BODY THAT'S ELECTED TO DO THAT AND THE STATES ARE TRYING BUT THEY CAN'T GET THE JOB DONE WITHOUT OUR HELP. . IT IS UP TO US TO DO WHAT OUR SWORN DUTY IS TO DO, TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE PEOPLE. WE CAN'T DO IT ALL BUT WE CAN DO THIS. BACKGROUND CHECKS SAVE POLICE OFFICERS, FOLKS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATIONS. IT'S TIME FOR TAOS DO OUR JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. CHU.

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    MS. CHU

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND TO SPEAK ABOUT A CRITICAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE THIS RULE AND TO SPEAK ABOUT A CRITICAL ISSUE. WE MUST STOP THE SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE IN THIS COUNTRY. LAST WEDNESDAY, AT MY SPEAK OUT TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE A COURAGEOUS YOUNG MAN STOOD UP TO TELL HIS STORY. JOSH, HERE, WAS THE VICTIM OF A MASS SHOOTING WHEN HE WAS 6 YEARS OLD ANDMY RACK LOUSELY SURVIVED IT. HE WAS -- AND MIRACULOUSLY SURVIVED IT. TESTIFIES FINISHING A GAME AT THE NORTH VALLEY JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN LOS ANGELES. HE ASSUMED THE STRANGE MAN IN FRONT OF HIM WAS A CONSTRUCTION WORKER AND THAT HE HELD AT HIS HIP WAS A POWER DRILL. HOW COULD HE KNOW THAT THIS MAN WAS A NEO NAZI CARRYING A SEMIAUTOMATIC WEAPON AND HUNDREDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION, INTENT ON KILLING AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE COULD? TWO OF THOSE BULLETS HIT JOSH, BARELY MISSING HIS SPINE AND VITAL ORGANS. THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DAMAGE CHANGED JOSH'S LIFE FOREVER AND NOW HE AND HIS MOTHER HAVE DWOTE THEIR LIFES TO STOPPING GUN -- HAVE DEVOTED THEIR LIVES TO STOPPING GUN VIOLENCE. THE N.R.A. IS SAYING THE WAY TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE IS BY MAKE MANAGER GUNS AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY. IF THIS IS THE SOLUTION, THE U.S. WOULD BE THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD. INSTEAD, WE FACE DANGER FROM GUNS EVERYWHERE, EVEN MOVIE THEATERS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND CHURCHES. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE MUST PASS COMMON SENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LAWS NOW. NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS NO FLY, NO BUY AND THE COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECK BILLS.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR THIS FLAWED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE RULE FOR THIS FLAWED FINANCIAL SERVICES BILL, BUT THAT'S IN THE WHY I'VE RISEN TO SPEAK. I HAVE RISEN TO SPEAK TODAY BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CRYING OUT. THEY'RE TRYING OUT FOR -- THEY'RE CRYING OUT FAR VOTE ON LEGISLATION THAT MAKES A REAL IMPACT ON THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY. LAST WEEK, IN MY DISTRICT, STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT, I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE VICTORIA SOTO SCHOOL, DEMANDING COMMONSENSE GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION. WHEN THE GUNMAN BEGAN FIRING AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY, VICKI SE TOE HID HER STUDENTS IN THE CLOSET. SHE DIED PROTECTING -- SOTO HID HER STUDENTS IN THE CLOSET. SHE DIED PROTECTING THEM. THE AR-15 WASEN THE FLOOR BY HER BODY. SHE WAS A HERO. SHE COMMITTED HER TIME, HER EFFORT, AND HER LIFE TO PROTECTING AND CARING FOR CHILDREN. THE SCHOOL IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO VICKI AND HER LIFE'S WORK. THERE, CHILDREN CAN BE CHILDREN. BUT IT IS ALSO A STARK REMINDER OF THE REAL AND HEARTBREAKING COST OF GUN VIOLENCE. AND IT IS A VISIBLE REMINDER OF WHAT IS AT STAKE. AND WHY WE NEED COMP REHENCE I GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION NOW. WE MUST TAKE ACTION. FOR VICTORIA, FOR THE SOTO FAMILY, AND I WATCH HOW HER PARENTS SUFFER AND HER SIBLINGS SUFFER EVERY SINGLE DAY. BUT WE NEED TO DO THAT FOR THE SOTO FAMILY, FOR EVERY FAMILY LIKE THEM WHO KNOW GRIEF MOST OF US WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND. WE MUST NOW ACT FOR THE FAMILIES IN AURORA, THE FAMILIES IN NEWTOWN, THE FAMILIES IN SAN BERNARDINO, THE FAMILIES IN ORLANDO, AND THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO KILLED EVERY SINGLE DAY ON THE STREETS OF EVERY CITY IN THIS NATION. YOU KNOW, WE CANNOT HEAL THE HOLE IN THEIR HEARTS. BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN CHARGED TO DO IN THIS INSTITUTION, AND THAT IS TO VOTE ON PUBLIC POLICY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES, OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE SWORN TO SERVE, TO UPHOLD THEIR RIGHTS. THAT'S WHY COMMONSENSE GUN LEGISLATION, UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, NO FLY, NO BUY, LET'S KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF TERRORISTS. I WOULD GO FURTHER. I WOULD BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. I WANT TO SEE GUN PREVENTION, GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESEARCH DONE. I WANT TO SEE THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT PEOPLE IN THIS NATION FROM GUN VIOLENCE, BUT I THINK THAT WHAT WE CONCLUDE IS THAT NOT ONE MORE DEATH, AND WHILE MOMENTS OF SILENCE ARE GOOD THINGS TO DO, WE CANNOT JUST HAVE ONE MORE MOMENT OF SILENCE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE REAL, CONCRETE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LEGISLATION. THAT'S WHAT OUR JOB IS TO DO. WE CAN DO IT. THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MY COLLEAGUE,…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MY COLLEAGUE, MS. CLARKE.

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    MS. CLARK

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THERE'S AN AFRICAN PROVERB THAT SAYS,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THERE'S AN AFRICAN PROVERB THAT SAYS, WHEN YOU PRAY, MOVE YOUR FEET. BUT THIS CONGRESS MEETS OUR GUN VIOLENCE CRISIS WITH ONLY DEADLY SILENCE. 49 PEOPLE MASSACRED ON A DANCE FLOOR. SILENCE. FIRST GRADERS AND THEIR TEACHERS SHOT IN THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SILENCE. STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS SHOT IN THEIR COLLEGE CLASSROOMS. SILENCE. PARISHIONERS SHOT AFTER BIBLE STUDY IN THEIR CHURCH. SILENCE. SOCIAL WORKERS AND DISABLED CLIENTS SHOT AT A HOLIDAY PARTY. SILENCE. MOVIE GOERS SHOT WATCHING A FILM. SILENCE. OUR COLLEAGUE SHOT WHILE MEETING WITH CONSTITUENTS. SILENCE. NEIGHBORHOOD SIDEWALKS AND PARKS TRANSFORMED INTO BLOOD-SOAKED MEMORIALS. SILENCE. OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS, GUN VIOLENCE HAS CLAIMED MORE AMERICAN LIVES THAN WAR, AIDS, AND ILLEGAL DRUGOVER DOSES 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, TO PUT AN END TO START TO SLOW THIS VIOLENCE? ZERO. INACTION IS A CHOICE. INACTION IS COSTING LIVES. AND THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING THIS HOUSE TO HAVE A VOTE. THAT WE PERFORM OUR BASIC RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. LET'S DEBATE AND VOTE ON DUOCOMMONSENSE MEASURES TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE. LET'S VOTE ON EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PREVENTING SUSPECTED TERRORISTS FROM BEING ABLE TO BUY A GUN. WHY IS THIS SO PARALYZING? IT IS WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHY IS THE ONLY PROPOSAL SCHEDULED FOR A VOTE DRAFTED BY THE N.R.A.? DOES HOUSE LEADERSHIP REALLY BELIEVE OUR CONSTITUTION AND LIBERTIES ARE SO FRAGILE THAT WE HAVE TO TOLERATE CARNAGE LIKE WE SAW IN ORLANDO RATHER THAN RISK A VOTE? THESE PROPOSALS ARE WIDELY SUPPORTED. BY PEOPLE OF ALL TYPES OF POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET IT. THEY UNDERSTAND WE CAN PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, AND TAKE REASONED STEPS TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE. MOMENTS OF SILENCE SHOULD BE WHERE THE ACTION BEGINS. SADLY, IN THIS CONGRESS, IT'S THE ONLY ACTION EVER TAKEN. NO MORE SILENCE. I URGE US TO BRING UP THESE TWO PRACTICAL PROPOSALS FOR A VOTE. OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR DEMOCRACY DESERVE THAT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO, SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO, SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY HAPPENED ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR. MEMBERS VIOLATED THE RULES. THEY SAT IN. AND SOME FOLKS ASKED ME THE QUESTION, PETER, WHY DID YOU DO THAT? WHY DID YOU JOIN IN THAT? I HAD TO THINK HARD ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TONE IN ANYTHING CLOSE TO NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT THE REASON WAS THAT SINCE NEWTOWN, WHEN THERE HAVE BEEN ONE MASS SHOOTING AFTER ANOTHER, SAN BERNARDINO, ORLANDO, THE MOST RECENT. CONGRESS HAS RESPONDED WITH EMOTION -- WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE. FOLLOWED BY COMPLETE AND UTTER INACTION. CONGRESS IS NOT DOING ITS JOB. THE ISSUE OF WHAT GUN LEGISLATION WE SHOULD PASS IS DEBATABLE. WHY WON'T WE DEBATE IT? WHY WON'T CONGRESS FACE THE FACT THAT THE JOB OF CONGRESS IS TO COME UP WITH POLICIES THAT ARE GOING TO PROVIDE PROTECTION TO AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM THIS GUN VIOLENCE? THERE'S LEGISLATION OUT THERE, TWO THINGS THAT ARE VERY SENSIBLE. IF YOU'RE ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST, YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN. IF YOU ARE SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND CHECK YOU CAN'T EVADE IT BY ALL THE LOOPHOLES. WEBBED -- WE SHOULD DEBATE THOSE. THEN THOSE OF US -- THOSE OF OUR CITIZENS WHO DISAGREE WITH US, THEY CAN VOTE AGAINST US OR THEY CAN VOTE FOR US BUT WHAT WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO IS TO FAIL TO DO OUR JOB. SO I JOINED WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SITTING HERE, BASICALLY SAYING, LET'S DEBATE. LET'S DISCUSS. BUT LET'S ACT. LET'S NOT RUN THE OTHER WAY IN COWARDLY DISRESPECT OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE EXPECTATION THAT OUR CITIZENS WHO SENT US HERE RIGHTLY HAVE THAT WE ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF GUN VIOLENCE AND BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THEM FOR AT LEAST MAKING AN EFFORT HNSLY TO DO THE JOB THEY'VE GIVEN US TO DO. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE…

    I'M PROUD TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    I TOO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE TWO…

    I TOO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE ARE IMPLORING OUR COLLEAGUES TO BRING TO THE FLOOR, THE NO FLY, NO BUY, AND UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK. SINCE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED ON JUNE 23, AT LEAST 522 MORE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN INCIDENTS OF GUN VIOLENCE. JUST SINCE WE ADJOURNED. MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, SONS, DAUGHTERS, FATHERS AND MOTHERS, AND WE DISHONOR THE LIFES OF THOSE WE HAVE LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE WITH THIS N.R.A.-WRITTEN BILL WE'RE TAKING UP THIS WEEK, RATHER THAN THE TWO COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY PROPOSALS PENDING BEFORE CONGRESS. IN CASE ANYONE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE A GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WE KILL EACH OTHER WITH GUNS 297 TIMES MORE THAN JAPAN, 33 TIMES HIGHER THAN ISRAEL. JUST TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. SO FAR THIS YEAR, MORE THAN THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN KILLED. 151 PEOPLE ARE TREATED FOR GUN ASAILTS IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM EVERY DAY. THIS ISSUE OF MAKING SURE OUR TERRORIST, OUR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO GUN, MAKING SURE THERE'S UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS IS NOT CONTROVERSIAL, ANYWHERE ELSE IN AMERICA, EXCEPT IN CONGRESS. IT'S WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 85% AND 90%. COMMONSENSE PROPOSALS TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE THEM. BUT BEHIND EACH OF THE NUMBERS I JUST MENTIONED ARE REAL FAMILIES, WHO HAVE BEEN CRUSHED AND HEART BROKEN BY GUN VIOLENCE. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING. BRING THESE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. DEBATE THEM, MAKE YOUR ARGUMENTS, AND TAKE A VOTE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD ONE AND A HALF MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI.

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    MS. MATSUI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE LOSE OVER 30,000 PEOPLE A YEAR TO GUN VIOLENCE. WE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE LOSE OVER 30,000 PEOPLE A YEAR TO GUN VIOLENCE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT NUMBER IS MADE UP OF THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUAL STORIES. A FAMILY GRIEVING OVER THE DEATH OF A CHILD, A TEENAGER MISSING A FRIEND AT SCHOOL, A SON WHO MUST GET USED TO SPENDING HOLIDAYS EVERY YEAR WITHOUT A PARENT. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN SACRAMENTO LOST HER COUSIN AND HER COUSIN'S SON TO GUN VIOLENCE RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. SHE WROTE TO ME AND SAID, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A WORLD WHERE SUCH CRIME IS MINIMIZED, IF NOT ERASED. GUN CONTROL IS AN IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL STEP IN THE PATH TOWARD NONVIOLENCE. WE MUST LISTEN TO THESE STORIES THAT HAVE BECOME ALL TOO COMMON. JUST OVER THE WEEKEND, ANOTHER PERSON IN MY COMMUNITY WAS SHOT AND KILLED. EVERY MOMENT WE DON'T ACT MATTERS. MUST WE FEEL VULNERABLE IN OUR CHURCHES, SENDING OUR CHILDREN TO THEATERS OR TO THE SCHOOLS? WE ARE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THIS BLOODSHED ANY LONGER. WE MUST DISARM THE HATE AND VOTE OUR REAL SOLUTIONS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DEMOCRATS ARE CALLING FOR A VOTE ON TWO PIECES OF BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. WE MUST NOT WAIT ANY LONGER TO ANSWER THE CALL FOR ANSWER. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    RESERVES.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER.

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    MS. CUS REMEMBER

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    MISSISSIPPI KUSTER

    I RISE --

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    MS. KUSTER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL RESERVE.

  • 05:34:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

  • 05:34:11 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    CAN I ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS ON…

    CAN I ASK THE GENTLEMAN IF HE HAS ANY ADDITIONAL REQUEST FOR SPEAKERS ON HIS SIDE? BURST BURST JUST MYSELF.

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  • 05:34:19 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME. --

  • 05:34:22 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    JUST MYSELF.

  • 05:34:23 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

  • 05:34:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:34:28 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE RULE. THE UNDERLYING BILL IS…

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THE RULE. THE UNDERLYING BILL IS TERRIBLY FLAWED. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK WITH US TO TRY TO BRING TWO COMMONSENSE PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR, ONE, THE NO FLY, NO BUY LEGISLATION. IF YOU ARE ON A TERRORIST WATCH LIST, YOU ARE TOO DANGEROUS TO FLY, THEN YOU OUGHT TO BE TOO DANGEROUS TO BUY A GUN. JUST SO MY COLLEAGUES UNDERSTAND THIS, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, SINCE 2004 NEARLY 2,500 SUSPECTS ON THE F.B.I. TERRORIST WATCH LIST HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PURCHASED WEAPONS IN THE UNITED STATES. 91% OF ALL SUSPECTED TERRORISTS WHO ATTEMPTED TO PURCHASE GUNS IN THE LAST 12 YEARS WALKED AWAY WITH THE WEAPON THEY WANTED. THAT SHOULD TROUBLE EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER. THE OTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS TO STRENGTHEN OUR BACKGROUND CHECKS SO WE GET RID OF THESE LOOPHOLES SO EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO BUY A GUN GOES THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK. THEY CAN'T ESCAPE GOING THROUGH A BACKGROUND CHECK BY GOING TO A GUN SHOW OR BUYING A GUN ONLINE. THAT'S IT. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR. MR. SPEAKER, YOU KNOW, WE HAD NINE PEOPLE MURDERED IN CHARLESTON, 12 IN AURORA, 14 IN SAN BERNARDINO, 26 IN SANDY HOOK, 49 INNOCENT PEOPLE MURDERED IN ORLANDO. MAYBE THE NUMBERS ARE GETTING TOO BIG FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES TO FULLY COMPREHEND HOW HORRENDOUS THIS ALL IS. SOMETIMES I FEEL WITH ALL THESE NUMBERS THAT SOME OF US ARE LOSING THE HUMAN ABILITY TO FEEL WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. THESE PEOPLE ARE FAMILIES. THESE PEOPLE'S LIVES WERE CUT SHORT FOR NO GOOD REASON, AND WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE LEGISLATION THAT WE PROPOSED HERE, IT'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE EVERYTHING, BUT IF IT CAN SAVE ONE LIFE THEN IT'S WORTH IT. BUT INACTION AND INDIFFERENCE AND SILENCE CAN NO LONGER BE TOLERATED. WE WILL NOT HAVE BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THIS HOUSE UNTIL WE ADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO DO THIS. THEY'RE WAITING FOR US. PLEASE, MR. SPEAKER, SCHEDULE THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION FOR DEBATE AND A VOTE. AND, NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED WITH THE N.R.A. BILL THAT WILL COME UP TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED RULE YOU WANT US -- THAT YOU WANT US TO TAKE. THAT'S JUST UNACCEPTABLE. GIVE US A VOTE ON THESE -- ON THIS LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN HAVE THAT VOTE. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:36:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:37:00 PM

    MR. BURGESS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:37:04 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D REMIND MEMBERS THAT TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D REMIND MEMBERS THAT TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF A FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2017. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 05:37:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:37:29 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER.

  • 05:37:31 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 05:37:47 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON JUNE 30, 2016, AT 3:01 P.M. THAT THE SENATE RELATIVE TO THE DEATH OF PAT SUMMITT SENATE RESOLUTION 516. WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 05:38:15 PM

    TEMPORE PURS

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

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

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5210, AS AMENDED.

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  • 05:38:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5210, A BILL TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO DURINGABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR…

    H.R. 5210, A BILL TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO DURINGABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES UNDER THE MEDICARE PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:38:55 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUAN

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PITTS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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  • 05:39:03 PM

    MR. PITTS

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

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

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  • 05:39:14 PM

    EMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:39:15 PM

    MR. PITTS

    INCLUDING AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND…

    INCLUDING AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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  • 05:39:21 PM

    TEMPORE WITHO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:39:22 PM

    MR. PITTS

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

  • 05:39:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:39:26 PM

    MR. PITTS

    MR. SPEAKER, THE BIPARTISAN BILL BEFORE US ACCOMPLISHES SEVERAL IMPORTANT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE BIPARTISAN BILL BEFORE US ACCOMPLISHES SEVERAL IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES. SINCE 2003, THE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, D.M.E., COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM HAS REQUIRED D.M.E. SUPPLIERS IN CERTAIN LARGE, DENSELY POPULATED AREAS TO COMPETE FOR CONTRACTS TO SERVE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES IN THOSE AREAS. THIS MARKET-BASED COMPETITION HAS SAVED THE MEDICARE PROGRAM AND BENEFICIARIES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SAVING AND REDUCED COST SHARING. SINCE 2009, C.M.S. HAS THE AUTHORITY TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO ADDITIONAL AREAS AND IN 2014, THE AGENCY PUBLISHED A FINAL RULE THAT WILL EXPAND COMPETITIVE BIDDING TO ALL AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2016, C.M.S. BEGAN PHASING IN NEW REGIONAL REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR NONCOMPETITIVE BID AREAS, USING A 50/50 BLEND OF OLD AND NEW RATES. STARTING JULY 1, IT WILL BE BASED ON THE NEW CALCULATION. TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE FULL APPRECIATION OF THE PHASE-IN, THE BILL INCLUDES THE 50/50 BLEND PAYMENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL THREE MONTHS. IT ALSO REQUIRES H.H.S. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON ANY ACCESS ISSUES CAUSED BY THE BLENDED RATE BEFORE THE FULL RATE CHANGE CAN GO INTO EFFECT. THE BILL ALSO IMPROVES ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR VULNERABLE MEDICAID PATIENTS AND INCLUDES LEGISLATION THAT RECENTLY PASSED THE HOUSE 406-0. IN THIS LEGISLATION, WE AGAIN REITERATE THE HOUSE'S SUPPORT TO ADDRESS TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT PLAGUE MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES. FIRST, STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS TOO OFTEN SUFFER FROM WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. AND SECOND, TOO MANY MEDICAID PATIENTS MAY HAVE A HARD TIME FINDING A DOCTOR. THE BILL WOULD ENSURE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TERMINATED FROM MEDICARE OR ONE STATE'S MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR REASONS OF FRAUD, INTEGRITY OR QUALITY ARE ALSO TERMINATED FROM OTHER STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS. THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL AT H.H.S. HAS PREVIOUSLY FOUND THAT 12% OF TERMINATED PROVIDERS WERE PARTICIPATING IN A STATE MEDICAID PROGRAM AFTER THE SAME PROVIDER WAS TERMINATED FROM ANOTHER STATE MEDICAID PROGRAM. IT IS CRITICAL THAT FRAUDULENT PROVIDERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DEFRAUD TAXPAYERS OR HARM PATIENTS ACROSS THE BOARD. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES STATE MEDICAID PROGRAMS TO PROVIDE BENEFICIARIES SERVED UNDER FEE FOR SERVICE OR PRIMARY CARE CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS AND ELECTRONI DIRECTORY OF PHYSICIANS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM. THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM WILL ADDRESS A CRITICAL CHALLENGE OF MEDICAID PATIENTS IN ACCESSING CERTAIN TYPES OF CARE SUCH AS OBTAINING SPECIALTY CARE OR DENTAL CARE. MEDICAID PATIENTS WOULD NOW HAVE BETTER INRMATION BY SIMPLY APPLYING REQUIMENTS SIMILAR TO THOSE IN PLACE FOR MEDICAID MANAGED CARE PLANS TO FEE FOR SERVE AND/OR PRIMARY CARE CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS. FINALLY, THE BILL INCLUDES LEGISLATION BY MR. MCHENRY AND MR. BUTTERFIELD THAT ENSURES THAT PAYMENTS MADE UNDER A STATE COMPENSATION PROGRAM CANNOT BE CONSIDERED AS INCOME IN DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY FEDERAL PUBLIC BENEFIT. SIMPLY PUT, THE BILL PREVENTS ANY FUNDS FROM SUCH A COMPENSATION PROGRAM TO BE COUNTED AS INCOME F PURCHASES OF RECEIVING ANY FEDERAL BENEFITS. ACCORDING TO THE CONGRSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, H.R. 5210, AS AMENDED, WOULBE COMPLETELY OFFSET OVER THE BUDGET WINDOW. WE WILL PROVIDE MORE TIME TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF D.M.E. PAENT CHANGES ON MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES. WE'LL ALSO ENACT COMMOENSE REFORMS THAT HELP PROTECT MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES, IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE AND ENACT AND IMPORT CLARIFICATION POUR THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR CERIN STATE COMPENSATION PROGRAM I WANT TO THANK RKING MEMBER PALLONE AND HIS STAFF AS WELL AS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS COMPROMISE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5210, AS AMENDED, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:44:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TH GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

  • 05:44:23 PM

    MR. WEH

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PITTS. IT'S A…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PITTS. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE WORKING WITH HIM AND MR. PALLONE AND MR. UPTON. THIS LEGISLATION, AS MR. PITTS INDICATED, IS GOING TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO COMMUNITIES, PARTICULARLY RURAL COMMUNITIES, FROM THE IMPOSITION IN CHANGES IN COMPETTING PROCESSES IN DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. IT WAS SPONSOR -- I WAS A CO-SPONSOR BUT THE LEAD SPONSOR IS HERE, DR. PRICE A GOOD COLLEAGUE AND A REALLY GOOD DOCTOR. DR. PRICE, LEGISLATOR PRICE CAME UP WITH A PRETTY GOOD BILL IT WILL HELP GEORGIA AND ALSO RURAL VERMONT. I APPRECIATE HIM. BOTTOM LINE, THE D.M.E. BIDDING PROCESS WAS CREATED IN 2003 AND IT WAS AIMED AT A GOAL ALL OF US HAVE. IT WAS TRYING TO LOWER SPENDING UNDER DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. IT WAS WELL-INTENDED BUT IT HAD SOME SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES, ESPECIALLY FOR RURAL PROVIDERS, LIKE IN VERMONT AND I'M SURE PARTS OF GEORGIA AND OTHER RURAL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. AND BY THE WAY, WHEN WE DO SOMETHING, IT CAN HAVE A GOOD INTENTION. IT CAN ACCOMPLISH SOME OF ITS GOALS BUT I THINK IT ALWAYS MAKES SENSE FOR US ON BOTH SIDES TO STEP BACK AFTER THERE'S SOME HISTORY -- THIS ONE IN 2003 -- TAKE A LOOK, KICK THE TIRES. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPROVEMENTS WE CAN MAKE SO WE GET BACK TO THE ORIGINAL INTENTION AND DON'T DO HARM THAT'S UNNECESSARY? AND THAT'S WHAT THE PRICE LEGISLATION IS DOING. . IN JANUARY 2016, THE COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM BEGAN ITS NEW NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT UNDER THE GUIDELINES. AS A RESULT, THE RURAL AREAS SAW SIGNIFICANT CUTS AND IT REALLY DOES JEOPARDIZE ACCESS TO THIS IMPORTANT EQUIPMENT FOR BENEFICIARIES. THE C.M.F. CONTINUED ITS ROLLOUT IN JULY WITH A SECOND ROUND OF CUTS AND FURTHER SLASHED REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR D.M.E. ACROSS RURAL AMERICA INCLUDING VERMONT. IN VERMONT, WE HAVE AN EXCELLENT EQUIPMENT PROVIDER, YANKEE MEDICAL, THAT IS REASONABLE IN PRICE AND INCREDIBLY GOOD IN ITS SERVICE. IT WILL BRING EQUIPMENT TO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS RURAL ENVIRONMENT, SUCH A BENEFIT FOR FOLKS WHO CAN'T GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES. BUT THE RURAL AREAS DO HAVE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES THAN URBAN AREAS. IT'S MUCH MORE CHALLENGING FOR STAKE HOLDERS TO ABSORB THESE CUTS. FOR INSTANCE, A SMALL BUSINESS IN RURAL VERMONT IN A NONCOMPETITIVELY BID AREA MAY NOT HAVE A LARGE AMOUNT OF MEDICARE RELATED BUSINESSES AND THEREFORE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD THE PRICES THAT A BUSINESS AND A -- IN A MUCH LARGER POPULATED AREA COULD. SO THIS LEGISLATION IS GOING TO PUT ON HOLD FOR THREE MONTHS WHAT THESE PRICES WILL BE. IT'S GOING TO ALLOW TIME FOR SOME ADJUSTMENT AND HOPEFULLY FOR US TO CONSIDER OTHER POSITIVE REFORMS THAT WILL BE HELPFUL TO MAINTAINING ACCESS TO THIS IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT FOR FOLKS IN RURAL VERMONT AND RURAL AMERICA. THE BILL CONTAINS A COUPLE OF OTHER PROVISIONS, ONE OF WHICH AISLE SPEAK ABOUT. MY COLLEAGUE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MR. BUCSHON, WAS THE LEAD SPONSOR AND I WAS HIS CO-SPONSOR AS A WAY TO PAY FOR THIS, THAT WAS CRACKING DOWN ON MEDICARE FRAUD WHERE THERE'S BEEN A FAILURE ADMINISTRATIVELY WHEN A PROVIDER IS FOUND TO BE FRAUDULENT IN ONE DISTRICT, THAT DISTRICT THAT FRAUD IS NOT THEN COMMUNICATED TO ALL OTHER DISTRICTS OR STATES SO THAT THAT FRAUDULENT PROVIDER TRIES TO JUST TAKE THEIR OPERATION ELSEWHERE. THIS IS GOING TO REQUIRE THAT NOTIFICATION AND IT'S GOING TO SHUT DOWN THAT FRAUD MUCH MORE QUICKLY, SAVING MONEY AND THEN HELPING US TO PAY FOR THIS. SO THIS IS PRACTICAL LEGISLATION, THE RESULT OF A COMPROMISE BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, BY MR. PITTS AND BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, MR. LOEBSACK FROM IOWA PLAYED A VERY, VERY ACTIVE ROLE IN THIS LEGISLATION. OF COURSE DR. PRICE DID AS WELL SYSTEM OF I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:48:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, DR. PRICE.

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  • 05:48:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:49:02 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR HIS WORK ON THIS AND HIS INTEREST AND PASSION FOR HEALTH CARE ISSUES AND THE WORK WE DO IN THE HOUSE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND THE WORK HE'S DONE ON THIS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA AS WELL WHO HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MOVING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, MANY MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES RELY ON A SET OF HEALTH CARE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CLASSIFIED AS DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT OR D.M.E. D.M.E. IS OFTEN LIFE-IMPROVING OR LIFE-SAVING, THINGS LIKE BLOOD SUGAR MONITORS, CANES, CRUTCHES, HOSPITAL BEDS, POWER WHEELCHAIRS, EVEN THINGS LIKE OXYGEN SUPPLY AND TANKS. WITHOUT ACCESS TO THESE ITEMS, MANY MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE. OR WOULD SEE THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIFE GREATLY DIMINISHED. IN JANUARY 2016, MEDICARE STARTED TO SLASH REIMBURSEMENT RATES AS PART OF A NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT OF THEIR COMPETITIVE BIDDING PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS PROGRAM IS NEITHER COMPETITIVE, NOR SIT A REAL BIDDING PROCESS. C.M.S. NOW WANTS TO EXTEND THE SUBSTANDARD RATES AND SUBSTANDARD PROGRAMS TO OTHER AREAS, INCLUDING RURAL REGIONS OF OUR NATION, WHERE THESE NEW RATES WILL OFTENTIMES NOT EVEN COVER THE COST OF DELIVERY OF THE ITEM OR THE SERVICE, WHICH MEANS THEY JUST WON'T HAPPEN. NIX TO C.M.S. PROGRAM HAS FAILED TO HOLD BIDDERS TO ACCOUNT. IT'S FAILED TO PRODUCE RATES THAT ARE FINANCIALLY SUSTAINABLE FOR THOSE TRYING TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES AND ITEMS TO PATIENTS. THE NATIONAL MINORITY EQUALITY PROGRAM HAS DATA THAT INDICATES THE PROGRAM IS DRIVING UP COSTS THROUGH AVOIDABLE HOSPITAL BILLS, INCREASING OUT OF POCKET PAYMENTS BY PATIENTS AND HAS LED TO INCREASED MORTALITY RATES. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S MORE PEOPLE DYING IN OUR NATION BECAUSE OF THIS PROGRAM. IN JUST MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA, THERE'S BEEN A 20% DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SUPPLIERS BETWEEN 2013 AND 2016. THE NUMB OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLY STORES IN OUR STATE IS SIMILARLY DECREASED BY NEARLY 40%. THIS LEGISLATION WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 5210, WOULD PROVIDE A THREE-MONTH THE LAY IN THE CUTS, HOPEFULLY ALLOWING FOR WORK TO BE DONE TO COME UP WITH A REAL SOLUTION. THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THAT MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES CONTINUE RECEIVING CRITICAL CARE PROVIDING THROUGH DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. PARTICULARLY THOSE LIVING IN THE RURAL AREAS OF OUR NATION WHO WOULD BE DISPROPORTIONATELY HARMED BY CUTS IN REIMBURSEMENT. AGAIN, HOPEFULLY THIS DELAY BILL PROVIDE POLICYMAKERS TIME TO COME UP WITH A CONSENSUS ON A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION. EVERY EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO PROTECT ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE FOR SENIORS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN PITTS FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE TODAY. I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:52:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VERMONT.

  • 05:52:07 PM

    MR. WELCH

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 05:52:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

  • 05:52:14 PM

    MR. PITTS

    I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:52:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5210 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE PAYABLE -- IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:53:40 PM

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    AT THIS POINT I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4854 AS…

    AT THIS POINT I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4854 AS AMENDED TO AMEND THE INVESTIGATION. COMPANY ACT OF 1940, TO EXPAND THE VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS.

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  • 05:53:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLIP H.R. 4854, A BILL TO…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLIP H.R. 4854, A BILL TO AMEND THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 TO EXPAND INVESTOR FOR QUALIFIED VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS FROM EXEMPTION FROM THE DEFINITION OF INVESTMENT COMPANY.

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  • 05:54:13 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, 34S WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 05:54:21 PM

    MR. GARRETT

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THIS BILL.

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  • 05:54:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 05:54:32 PM

    MR. GARRETT

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:54:39 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4854, THE SUPPORTING AMERICA'S INTHE VATION ACT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4854, THE SUPPORTING AMERICA'S INTHE VATION ACT AND WANT TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MCHENRY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NO SECRET THAT SEVEN YEARS AFTER OUR LAST RECESSION APPARENTLY ENDED, OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO TRUDGE ALONG AT HISTORICALLY WEAK RATES OF GROWTH AND JOB CREATION. THREE POINT, EMOST RECENT JOB REPORTS -- REPORTS SHOWED ONLY 38,000 JOB CREASE ATED IN MAY. THE WORST REPORT SINCE 2010. NEW BUSINESS STARTUPS IN THE COUNTRY WERE NEAR A 20-YEAR LOW. NOTE THAT, 20-YEAR LOW. FINALLY, AMERICAN FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FINDING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN CREDIT IN ORDER TO EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES OR PURCHASE A HOME. MORE THAN EVER, MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE LOOKING AT US, THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS, TO HELP GET THE ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK AND CREATE TUNS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED FOR TOO LONG. FORTUNATELY OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AN PASSED A NUMBER OF BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION. MOST NOTABLY IN 201, KUOK PASSED THE JOBS ACT, ONE OF THE FEW BRIGHT SPOTS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN APRIL THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND G.S.E. SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A HEARING TO EXAMINE THE POSITIVE IMPACTS IT HAD AND CONSIDER FURTHER WAYS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO PROMOTE JOB GROWTH. JUST ABOUT EVERY MEASURE OF THE JOBS ACT HAS BEEN A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, THERE'S MORE THAT CONGRESS CAN BE DOING. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A COUPLE OF MEASURES THAT WILL BUILD UPON THE SUCCESS OF THE JOBS ACT. THE FIRST IS THIS ONE. THIS MEASURE SUPPORTING AMERICA'S INNOVATION ACT OF 2016. WHAT WILL THINK BELL DO? IT WILL FIX WHAT'S BEEN KNOWN AS THE 99 INVESTOR PROBLEM. THAT IS, UNDER CURRENT SECURITY LAWS, ONCE A VENTURE CAPITAL FUND GAINS MORE THAN 99 INVESTORS, IT HAS TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE S.E.C. UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940. JUST IN CASE THERE'S ANY CONFUSION, REGISTERING WITH THE S.E.C. ISN'T FREE. IT CREATES A NUMBER OF COSTS AND REGULATORY BURDENS ON SMALL VENTURE FUNDS THAT HINDER THIS THE ABILITY TO DEPLOY CAPITAL. WHAT'S MORE IT WAS PUT BACK IN 1940 WHEN NO ONE HAD HEARD OF SILICON VALLEY. WHILE THE JOBS ACT RAISED THE REGISTRATION THRESHOLD FROM 500 TO 2,000, IT DID NOT RAISE THE THRESHOLD FOR INVESTORS ACTING AS A COORDINATED GROUP. AS KEVIN LOWES, OF ANGEL LIST, SAID BACK IN APRIL, WITH ONLINE FUNDRAISING AN GENERAL SOLICITATION BECOME MANAGER COMMON BECAUSE TO HAVE THE JOBS ACT, COMPANIES ARE BUMPING UP AGAINST THE LIMIT MORE FREQUENTLY. THE LIMIT OF 99 INVESTORS ACTS AS A BREAK ON THE -- BRAKE ON THE AMOUNT OF CAPITAL THEY CAN RAISE. THE SOLUTION IS SIMP SIMPLE. THIS BUMPS THE NUMBER UP FROM 00 TO 250 AND CLARIFIES THAT REGISTRATION WOULD NOT BE TRIGGERED UNLESS THE FUND CROSSED THE THRESHOLD OF 10 MILLION INVESTED IN A PARTICULAR COMPANY. THIS LEGISLATION IS SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD AND WOULD ALLOW VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS TO CONTINUE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE THEY DO IN OUR ECONOMY WITHOUT ANY BURDEN OF HAVING TO DEAL WITH UNNECESSARY REGULATION. ONCE AGAIN, I THANK THE SPONSOR FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MACON UP. -- AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. WATERS

    THIS BILL, H.R. 4854 IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE TWO SIDES CAN WORK TOGETHER.…

    THIS BILL, H.R. 4854 IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE TWO SIDES CAN WORK TOGETHER. I WORKED WITH MR. MCHENRY ON THIS LEGISLATION AND IT JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT WHEN THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE IS NOT FOCUSED ON TRYING TO DESTROY UNDUE -- DESTROY OR UNDO DODD-FRANK WE CAN GET TO DOING CREDIBLE LEGISLATION. I'M VERY, VERY PLEASED ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION. IT IS ANOTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION INTENDED TO HELP OUR NATION'S STARTUPS AND THE VENTURE CAPITALIST WHO TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM BY PROVIDING A TARGETED EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS. IT IS ALSO A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT APPROPRIATELY BALANCES THE ABILITY OF THE STARTUP TO RAISE CAPITAL WITH THE NEED TO PROTECT INVESTORS IN THE STARTUP. WHEN WE FAIL TO STRIKE THIS BALANCE, INVESTORS SUFFER, SMALL BUSINESSES SUFFER, AND WHEN TAKEN TO THE EXTREME, OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY CAN SUFFER. DURING THE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IN COMMITTEE, MR. MCHENRY AND I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE A NEW EXEMPTION FOR QUALIFYING VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS THAT HAVE NO MORE THAN 250 INVESTORS AND ONLY $10 MILLION IN INVESTOR CAPITAL. THESE SMALLER FUNDS WILL ALLOW ANGEL INVESTOR GROUPS TO BETTER POOL THEIR RESOURCES AMONG MORE ACCREDITED INVESTORS TO MAKE TARGETED, HIGH IMPACT INVESTMENTS IN THE VERY COMPANY THAT CREATE THE MOST JOBS, STARTUPS. THIS STRUCTURE IS USED TODAY BY ANGELS LIST, A COMPANY THAT MATCHES INVESTORS MEETING CERTAIN INCOME AN ASSET THRESHOLDS TO POOL THEIR MONEY INTO A SPECIAL PURPOSE FUND AND INVEST TOGETHER IN STARTUP COMPANIES. IMPORTANTLY, BOTH THE COMPANIES AND THE INVESTORS BENEFIT FROM THIS STRUCTURE, COMPARED WITH MAKING HUNDREDS OF SMALLER, DIRECT INVESTMENTS. A COMPANY, FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY HAS A SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT, THE ANGEL FUND ADVISED BY FIDUCIARY, RATHER THAN HUNDREDS OF INVESTORS WHO ALL MUST INDIVIDUALLY APPROVE CORPORATE ACTIONS SUCH AS ACQUISITIONS AND EXPANDING OWNERSHIP. INVESTORS ALSO LIKE THIS STRUCTURE BECAUSE THEY CAN DELEGATE MONITORING THE STARTUPS THEY INVEST IN TO THE INVESTMENT ADVISOR TO THE FUND. SUCH MONITORING MAY BE SIGNIFICANT, CONSIDERING THAT INVESTORS TYPICALLY DIVERSIFY AMONG 30 TO 80 COMPANIES. H.R. 485 -- 4854 AS AMENDED IS APPROPRIATELY TAILORED TO ONLY CERTAIN VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS WHICH MUST INVEST AT LEAST 80% OF THEIR COMMITTEE -- COMMITTED CAPITAL IN THE EQUITY OF SMALL STARTUPS. THOSE FUNDS MUST HAVE NO MORE THAN 250 INVESTORS AND NO MORE THAN $0 MILLION IN INVESTED CAPITAL, ENSURING THEY ARE SMALL ENOUGH THAT INVESTORS ARE ABLE TO MONITOR AND MANAGE THEIR INVESTMENTS WITH THE FUNDS. . THIS LANGUAGE ENSURES THAT WE AREN'T CREATING A LOOPHOLE FOR OTHER INVESTMENT COMPANIES, LIKE MUTUAL FUNDS, TO AVOID REGULATIONS, NOR ARE WE PROVIDING RELIEF TO OTHER PRIVATE FUNDS LIKE HEDGE FUNDS OR PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS THAT HAVE VERY LITTLE RESTRICTIONS AND INVESTOR PROTECTIONS. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION OF MR. MCHENRY'S EFFORTS TO MAKE CHANGES TO THIS BILL, ADDRESSING SOME OF THE CONCERNS OF INVESTOR ADVOCATES LIKE THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA, AND AMERICANS FOR FINANCIAL REFORM. THESE EFFORTS HAVE MADE THIS A GOOD BILL THAT DESERVES OUR SUPPORT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I RISE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT AMERICA'S INNOVATORS ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THESE DAYS AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FACING A CAPITAL CRISIS. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR EARLY STAGE COMPANIES AND STARTUPS. DESPITE THE HEADLINES FROM SILICON VALLEY, THE TRUTH IS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF EARLY STAGE COMPANIES ARE NOT SECURING VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING. INDEED, ALMOST 80% OF STARTUPS, STARTUP INVESTMENT, GOES TO JUST THREE STATES. IN THESE UNITED STATES. MEANWHILE, ANGEL INVESTING FOR THESE EARLY STAGE COMPANIES IS CHALLENGING. INVESTING IN STARTUP COMPANIES IS INHERENTLY RISKY. WHICH IS WHY THE WEALTHY INVESTERS WHO QUALIFY TO BECOME ANGELS OFTEN -- INVESTORS WHO QUALIFY TO BECOME ANGELS OFTEN SHY AWAY FROM IT. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES FACING ANGEL INVESTING. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY CHANGING OUR MINDSET AND CREATING A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK THAT ENCOURAGES INNOVATION AND GROWTH. WHILE ENSURING THAT SHAREHOLDER AND INVESTOR PROTECTIONS REMAIN STRONG. RANKING MEMBER WATERS AND I PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD INCREASE THE CAP OF INVESTORS FROM $100,000 TO $250,000 FOR CREDITED INVESTORS OF ANGEL FUNDS AND THIS WOULD ONLY APPLY TO QUALIFYING VENTURE FUNDS TAILORED TO EARLY STAGE INVESTING. WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US IN THE HOUSE, IN THE FULL HOUSE, IS A GREAT WORK OF COMPROMISE. AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MS. WATERS, FOR HER WORK, HER DILIGENT WORK, WORKING WITH MY STAFF AND HER STAFF TOGETHER OVER MANY LONG HOURS TO COME UP WITH THIS COMPROMISE THAT WE HAVE THAT WILL, I BELIEVE, GARNER BIPARTISAN SUPPORT LIKE IT DID IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I DO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THIS OUTCOME POSSIBLE. THE RESULT OF OUR PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE US ALLOWS FOR EARLY STAGE COMPANIES TO RAISE THE CAPITAL THEY NEED BY OPENING UP ANGEL INVESTING TO MORE ACCREDITED INVESTORS. THIS IS A GOOD BILL, THIS IS A COMPROMISED BILL, AND I'M PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION ENJOYS WIDSE SUPPORT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES -- WIDE SUPPORT. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND VOTE FOR IT AND LET'S GET THIS THING DONE AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO JOIN WITH MR.…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I'M VERY PLEASED TO JOIN WITH MR. MCHENRY ON THIS LEGISLATION. I REALLY HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME AND I'M GOING TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME BECAUSE I'M SO LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO THE DISCUSSION THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE LATER ON THIS EVENING ON GUNS AND GUN VIOLENCE. I WANT MY CONSTITUENTS TO KNOW I HAVE NOT ABANDONED THAT ISSUE. OTHERS HAVE NOT ABANDONED THAT ISSUE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO REALLY DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE NO FLY LIST CERTAINLY CAN'T BUY GUNS AND WE WANT UNIVERSAL GUN CHECKS AND I KNOW THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS BILL, BUT I JUST TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THAT. AS I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THANK YOU. I YIELD AGAIN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SUCH TIME AS…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD AGAIN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. WE'RE TRYING TO HELP GROW THE ECONOMY, CREATE JOBS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IN A MORE FRUITFUL WATHAN JUST IN POCKETS OF PROSPERITY A-- WAY THAN JUST IN POCKETS OF PROSPERITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE WANT TO HAVE PROSPERITY IN ALL 50 STATES, IN ALL COMMUNITIES, AND THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE DESIREOUS OF. I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL TO HELP EXPAND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN I THANK THE…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AGAIN I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE ON THE FLOOR THIS EVENING WITH THIS LEGISLATION AND THE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT FOLLOWS. IT SHOWS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT THIS HOUSE WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER, ACROSS THE AISLE, AND FOCUS OUR ATTENTIONS ON THESE IMPORTANT ECONOMIC ISSUES, WE CAN GET THINGS DONE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    -- MR. GARRETT

    THE AFFIRMATIVE, -- MR. GARRETT: MR. SPEAKER, I SEEK 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. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MOTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. GARRETT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4855. AS AMENDED. TO AMEND PROVIGS IN THE SECURITIES LAWS RELATING TO REGULATING AND REGULATION OF CROWDFUNDING, TO RAISE THE DOLLAR AMOUNT LIMIT. AND ALSO TO CLARIFY CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AND EXCLUSIONS FOR FUNDING PORTALS ESTABLISHED BY THE ACT.

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    H.R. 5855, A BILL TO AMEND PROVISIONS IN THE SECURITIES LAWS RELATING TO…

    H.R. 5855, A BILL TO AMEND PROVISIONS IN THE SECURITIES LAWS RELATING TO REGULATION CROWDFUNDING, TO RAISE THE DOLLAR AMOUNT LIMIT AND TO CLARIFY CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AND EXCLUSIONS FOR FUNDING PORTALS ESTABLISHED BY SUCH ACT.

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    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ANDENTER IN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL -- AND ENTER IN EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THIS BILL.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE AGAIN IN SUPPORT NOW OF H.R. 5855. THIS IS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE AGAIN IN SUPPORT NOW OF H.R. 5855. THIS IS THE FIX CROWDFUNDING ACT. ONCE AGAIN, I THANK THE SPONSOR, MR. MCHENRY, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, WHO ALSO PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE IN JUNE WITH A VOTE OF 57-2. LET'S GET INTO IT, MR. SPEAKER. TITLE 3 OF THE JOBS ACT, KNOWN AS THE CROWDFUNDING TITLE, IS ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING PROVISIONS OF THAT LAW. SO BY OPENING THE DOOR FOR EQUITY CROWDFUNDING TO LITERALLY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, PEOPLE WHO WANT TO INVEST IN COMPANIES THAT THEY BELIEVE IN, TITLE 3 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO FURTHER DEMOCRATIZE OUR CAPITAL MARKETS AND DOING SO WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MAIN STREET TO GENERATE WEALTH. UNFORTUNATELY, IN PART DUE TO PROVISIONS ADDED BY THE SENATE DURING A CONFERENCE NEGOTIATION, AND IN PART DUE TO PROBLEMS WITH THE S.E.C.'S IMPLEMENTATION OF TITLE 3, EQUITY CROWDFUNDING IN THE UNITED STATES MAY NEVER REACH ITS FULL POTENTIAL. AS S.E.C. COMMISSIONER NOTED IN HIS DISSENT IN THE S.E.C.'S RULES THAT CAME OUT LAST YEAR, HE SAID, QUOTE, THE RULES WILL SPIN A COMPLEX WEB OF PROVISIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLIANCE. SUCH BERDS -- BURDENS WILL SPOOK MANY SMALL BUSINESSES FROM PURSUING CROWDFUNDING AS A VIABLE PATH TO RAISING CAPITAL. END OF QUOTE. FORTUNATELY ONCE AGAIN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE TO ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE MR. MCHENRY HERE WHO HAS PUT FORWARD HIS CROWDFUNDING ACT TO FIX IT. THE CROWDFUNDING ACT WOULD ADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES AND IT DOES SO IN TWO IMPORTANT WAYS. FIRST, THE BILL WOULD ENABLE SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES TO BE CONSIDERED AND AN AUTHORIZED INVESTOR IN CROWDFUNDING FUNDINGS. THIS MEANS A GROUP OF INVESTORS CAN BASICALLY COME TOGETHER AND POOL THE RESOURCES AND THEN INVEST ALONGSIDE SOME MORE SOPHISTICATED INVESTORS IN THESE NEW GROWING STARTUP BUSINESSES. AS I TELL YOU THIS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT UNDER CURRENT REGULAR LYINGS, UNLESS -- REGULATIONS, UNLESS YOU ARE EXTREMELY WEALTHY, YOU ARE TYPICALLY PROHIBITED FROM INVESTING IN PRIVATE BUSINESSES HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. SECONDLY, THE FIX CROWDFUNDING ACT OF MR. MCHENRY'S INCREASES THE AMOUNT THAT A COMPANY CAN RAISE THROUGH THIS MECHANISM OF CROWDFUNDING BEFORE IT HAS TO GO AND REGISTER WITH THE S.E.C. SO WHILE THESE THINGS MAY BE JUST TECHNICAL FIXES, AND TO A COMPLICATED SET OF SECURITY LAWS, AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT THEY WILL DO IS BREAK DOWN WHAT WE SAY IS HISTORICAL BARRIERS THAT HAVE PREVENTED STARTUP COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES FROM CONNECTING WITH LITERALLY OF MLING -- MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND INVESTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, SO THE FIX CROWDFUNDING ACT THAT WE'RE SEEING HERE TODAY WILL ADDRESS MANY OF THE PROBLEMS THAT CURRENTLY EXIST WITH THE CROWDFUNDING REGULATIONS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND ALSO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

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

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    MS. WATERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR HIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTH CAROLINA FOR HIS EFFORTS TO WORK WITH ME TO CRAFT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. H.R. 5855 IS AN EXAMPLE -- 4855 IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW CONGRESS CAN ASSIST STARTUPS TO FINANCE THEIR OPERATIONS. WHILE STILL PROTECTING THE INVESTORS WHO ENTRUST THEIR HARD-EARNED FUNDS TO THOSE COMPANIES. EQUITY CROWDFUNDING, THROUGH WHICH STARTUP COMPANIES SELL STOCK TO HUNDREDS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF EVERYDAY PEOPLE, HAS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE A HIGH-RISK, HIGH-REWARD INVESTMENT. THE SAD REALITY IS THAT MOST NEW BUSINESSES FAIL. AS A RESULT, CONGRESS AND THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION HAVE PUT IN PLACE GUARD RAILS TO PREVENT LESS SOPHISTICATED INVESTORS FROM SUFFERING FINANCIAL RUIN. IN 2012 CONGRESS CAUTIOUSLY APPROACHED EQUITY CROWDFUNDING BY CREATING A NUMBER OF INVESTOR PROTECTIONS IN THE JUMP-START OUR BUSINESS STARTUPS ACT OR JOBS ACT. THE S.E.C. FOLLOWED OUR DIRECTIONS AND FINALIZED A CROWDFUNDING RULE THAT PROTECTS INVESTORS BY SETTING REASONABLE INVESTMENT LIMITS BASED ON INCOME AND PROVIDES HELPFUL DISCLOSURES FOR INVESTORS TO WEIGH THE RISKS. AND LAST MONTH THOSE RULES WENT LIVE WITH HUNDREDS OF BUSINESSES SUCCESSFULLY RAISING CAPITAL THAT IN TURN FUNDS AMERICAN JOBS. H.R. 4855 AS AMENDED IN COMMITTEE SEEKS TO ENHANCE THE INVESTOR AND COMPANY EXPERIENCE IN CROWDFUNDING. THE BILL WOULD AUTHORIZE CROWDFUNDING PORTALS TO POOL INVESTORS TOGETHER IN ORDER TO MAKE A JOINT INVESTMENT IN A BUSINESS. THESE VEHICLES WOULD ONLY MAKE INVESTMENTS IN ONE COMPANY AND WOULD BE ADVISED BY A REGISTERED INVESTMENT ADVISOR WITH A FIDUCIARY DUTY TO THE FUND. IMPORTANTLY, THE INVESTORS WOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS TO SUE THE COMPANY AS IF THEY HAD DIRECTLY INVESTED IN THE COMPANY ITSELF. THIS PROVISION WILL ALSO AID COMPANIES AS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MORE EFFICIENTLY MAKE FINANCIAL DECISIONS, PROVIDED THAT THE INVESTMENT ADVISOR AGREES THAT THEY ARE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE FUNDS' INVESTORS. H.R. 4855 ALSO CLARIFIES THAT AS LONG AS A CROWDFUNDING COMPANY CONTINUES TO MAKE ONGOING DISCLOSURES TO INVESTORS REQUIRED UNTHE S.E.C.'S RULES, -- UNDER THE S.E.C.'S RULES, IT WOULD NOT HAVE TO MAKE THE MORE DETAILED PUBLIC REPORTS UNTIL IT EITHER -- IT HAD EITHER A $75 MILLION VALUE OR A $AUTO MILLION IN REVENUE -- OR $50 MILLION IN REVENUE. THIS CHANGE IS CONSISTENT WITH THE LEVELS SET UNDER REGULATION A, ANOTHER EXEMPT OFFERING TO RETAIL INVESTORS. I'M PLEASED THAT THE AMENDED BILL NO LONGER INCLUDES PROBLEMATIC PROVISIONS THAT WERE OPPOSED BY ADVOCATES LIKE THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA. INSTEAD THE BILL IS NOW CRAFTED TO MAKE TARGETED IMPROVEMENTS TO CROWDFUNDING FOR ALL INVESTORS AND STARTUPS. NOW, ALTHOUGH CROWDFUNDING SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A HIGHLY RISKY INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY FOR RETAIL INVESTORS, BOTH OF THE CHANGES IN H.R. 4855 WILL ENSURE A LONGER CHOICE OF HIGH QUALITY CROWDFUNDING COMPANIES AND A HIGHER DEGREE OF FINANCE SAVVY FOR INVESTORS. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT CROWDFUNDING , I HAD REAL CONCERNS, BUT I'M VERY PLEASED THAT I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH MR. MCMENRY AND HE WAS -- MCHENRY, AND HE WAS SO VERY COOPERATIVE IN DEALING WITH THOSE CONCERNS THAT MADE ME FEEL EVEN BETTER ABOUT CROWDFUNDING THAN I HAD BEEN FEELING. SO I'M JUST SO HOPEFUL THAT THIS WORKS AND IT WORKS WELL. AND THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE'S SOME RISK INVOLVED IN THIS, THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE A LITTLE RISK TO GO OUT THERE AND TO BE ABLE TO ORGANIZE THE KIND OF FUNDING THAT PERHAPS CAN MAKE THEM REAP SUBSTANTIAL PROFITS IN A REAL CREDIBLE WAY. SO I WANT TO THANK AGAIN MR. MCHENRY FOR HIS COOPERATION, FOR THE WORK AND THE TIME THAT HE'S PUT INTO THIS, AND I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WAS ABLE TO BRING ABOUT THAT HOPE.…

    THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WAS ABLE TO BRING ABOUT THAT HOPE. AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 06:16:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:16:27 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO NOT ONLY THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR BUT…

    I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO NOT ONLY THANK THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR BUT THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND MR. MCHENRY. IT IS CLEAR THAT MANY, TOO MANY COMMUNITIES ARE STILL TRYING TO PULL THEMSELVES UP AFTER THE PATH EIGHT YEARS OF ECONOMIC STAGNATION. SOME HAVE SUCCEEDED, BUT THE CURRENT SYSTEM HAVE LEFT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE BEHIND WITH THE LONG ROAD OF RECOVERY LEFT TO GO. THE HOUSE IS NOT BLIND TO IT. AND WE RECOGNIZE, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, THAT AN ANTICOMPETITIVE STATE IS DID HE PRIVING US OF OUR ABILITY TO PROSPER. THAT IS WHY WE STARTED THE INNOVATION INITIATIVE AND WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. FOUR YEARS AGO, CONGRESS CAME TOGETHER TO PASS THE JOBS ACT. A BILL THAT PROVIDED SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS MORE WAYS TO RAISE CAPITAL INVESTMENT. THIS WASN'T A BANKERS' BILL, BUT A BILL THAT OPENED THE DOOR FOR MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES TO INVESTIGATE IN IDEAS THAT COULD -- VEST IN YS THAT COULD HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AND INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE. AFTER ALL, IT IS SMALL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE CREATED 2/3 OF ALL NET NEW JOBS SINCE THE 1970'S. BUT WHILE SMALL BUSINESSES REMAIN THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR ECONOMY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT HARDER AND HARDER TO START ONE. THE ENTRY OF NEW BUSINESSES IN THE UNITED STATES HAS DECLINED BY NEARLY 44% SINCE LATE 1970'S. STARTING A BUSINESS HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY HARD IN THE RECENT YEARS. THE POLICIES TODAY, AFTER 7 1/2 YEARS UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, ARE NOT A ROAD MAP FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A BETTER WAY. THE JOBS ACT, WAS A GOOD START TO CREATING A MORE DYNAMIC ECONOMY. BUT IT WAS NEVER FOLLOWED THROUGH AFTER THE BILL'S INITIAL SUCCESS. THESE BILLS TODAY ARE TARGETED FIXES TO RESTORE THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT OF THE JOBS ACT. TO HARNESS INNOVATION AND BRING TOGETHER MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH POTENTIAL NEW BUSINESSES THROUGH CROWDFUNDING. THESE NEW BUSINESSES COULD BECOME THE NEXT APPLE. THEY COULD REVITALIZE THE MOST DOWNTRODDEN COMMUNITY WHO WERE HARDEST HIT BY THE RECESSION. NOW A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, I WAS IN BALTIMORE, VISITING A CYBERSECURITY STARTUP. THE WORK THEY DO TO PROTECT CYBERNETWORKS IS GROWING MORE IMPORTANT BY THE DAY. AND BY ENGAGING WITH THE CHANGING WORLD, USING THE POWER OF INNOVATION TO IMPROVE OUR SECURITY, THE STARTUP LIFTED UP THE COMMUNITY AND HELPED IT TO THRIVE. IT HAS USHERED A NEW ERA. THAT COMMUNITY IS PART OF THE FUTURE, HELPING OUR COUNTRY BECOME A BETTER PLACE. THIS IS THE POWER OF THE INNOVATION ECONOMY. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE VOTING FOR TO SUPPORT. THIS IS HOW AMERICA HAS A BETTER AND BRIGHTER FUTURE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 06:19:55 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. I'M SURE THERE ARE THOSE WHO…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS. I'M SURE THERE ARE THOSE WHO WONDER WHY WE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE WORK SO HARD TO PAY ATTENTION TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENT AND WHY WE WORK SO HARD TO PAY ATTENTION TO OUR CONSUMERS. AND I'LL TELL YOU WHY. EVERYONE RECOGNIZES WHAT HAPPENED IN 2008 IN THIS COUNTRY. WE LITERALLY HADAL MELTDOWN. WE WENT INTO A RECESSION, ALMOST A DEPRESSION. AND WHY DID WE DO THAT? WE WENT INTO A RECESSION AND ALMOST A DEPRESSION BECAUSE OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES WERE NOT PAYING ATTENTION AND PEOPLE WERE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. AND WE HAD A VERY DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHY WE HAD SO MANY FORECLOSURES AND PEOPLE WERE LOSING THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES WERE SO DISPLACED. BUT WE RECOGNIZED THAT OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES WHO HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSIGHT, WHO HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE WEREN'T TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF, JUST NOT HAD BEEN DOING THEIR JOBS. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW WITH DODD-FRANK REFORMS, WE HAVE GONE A LONG WAY TO CORRECT THAT. IN ADDITION TO LOOKING AT OUR MARKETS AND LOOKING AT WALL STREET, WE CREATED THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FINANCIAL BUREAU IS DOING A MAGNIFICENT JOB AND MAKING SURE THAT WHAT HAPPENED THAT LED UP TO THE 2008 MELTDOWN DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN IN AMERICA. AND SO, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THE OWE BAUM AVE -- OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN THE LAST 75 MONTHS HAVE HAD CONSECUTIVE JOB GROWTH AND IT LOOKS AS IF IT'S ABOUT 14.5 MILLION PRIVATE-SECTOR JOBS. WHEN MR. OBAMA TOOK OVER, WE KNOW ABOUT 800 JOBS PER MONTH WERE BEING LOST. AND SO WE DON'T TAKE OUR JOB LATELY AND WE DON'T PLAY WITH THIS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S CAPITAL AVAILABLE FOR STARTUPS, BECAUSE WE SUPPORT BUSINESS AND WE ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL. BUT WHAT WE DON'T WANT IS, WE DON'T WANT THEM TO BE TRICKED OR FOOLED OR TO BE LED INTO SO-CALLED OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE REALLY NOT OPPORTUNITIES AT ALL. WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 06:22:48 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    REGULATORS WERE NOT MONITORING WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE AND TRUE TO…

    REGULATORS WERE NOT MONITORING WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE AND TRUE TO FORM TO WASHINGTON'S WAY OF DEALINGS WITH THINGS AT THAT TIME, THIS ADMINISTRATION WAS ABLE TO PASS THROUGH A 2 ,000-PAGED INSPIRED AND CRAFTED LEGISLATION CALLED THE DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION, 400 REGULATIONS. GIVE THOSE FAILED REGULATORS RAISES, MORE AUTHORITY, BIGGER, FANSIER BUILDINGS AND WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF THAT? WELL, SOME JOBS WERE CREATED SINCE 2008. WE HAVE HAD ONE OF THE SLOWEST RECOVERY ON RECORD. THE MOST RECENT JOBS REPORT SHOWS ONLY 38,000 JOBS OUT OF 38 MILLION-PLUS PEOPLE WAS CREATED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY. THAT WAS THE WORST JOBS RECORD SINCE 2010 AND NEW STARTUPS ARE AT A 20-YEAR LOW. THINK ABOUT THAT. IF YOU ARE WAITING TO GET A NEW JOB FROM A NEW BUSINESS, 20 YEAR LOW. BECAUSE OF THAT, BECAUSE DODD-FRANK DID NOT FIX THE PROBLEM AND THE 2,000 PAGES AND THE MORE HIGHLY PAID BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON DIDN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEM, AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO FIND CREDIT AND EXPAND THEIR BUSINESSES AND HIRE MORE PEOPLE. THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE THIS LEGISLATION TODAY AND WORKED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, NOT ONLY ON THIS BILL AND THE PREVIOUS BILL THAT HE WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN TO EXPLAIN THE BILL IN DETAIL.

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  • 06:24:35 PM

    MR. MCHENRY

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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    13 MINUTES.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    THE FIXED CROWDFUNDING ACT. THESE DAYS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING TO…

    THE FIXED CROWDFUNDING ACT. THESE DAYS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE FINANCING INVESTMENT THAT THEY NEED TO START UP, TO GROW. THAT AFFECTS JOBS. IT CERTAINLY DOES. RECENTLY IN MY DISTRICT, WE HAVE READ REPORTS OF SMALLER COUNTIES IN AMERICA, WHICH USED TO LEAD THE NATION IN GROWTH OF SMALL BUSINESSES BUT NOW LOSS OF MORE BUSINESSES THAN THEY HAVE CREATED. THE REASON THAT WE ARE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND LOG JAM DISCUSSION ABOUT APPROPRIATE REGULATION, A LOT OF STUFF GETS LOCKED UP IN PARTISAN DEBATE. WHAT UNITS OUR CONVERSATION IS A RURAL ISSUE AND AN URBAN ISSUE AND IT'S ABOUT CAPITAL DESERTS IN AMERICA. NOW EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT FOOD DESERTS. IF YOU ARE NOT CLOSE TO A GROCERY STORE, YOU CAPTAIN GET FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. BUT WE HAVE CAPITAL DESERTS. IT IS ABOUT THOSE AREAS NOT IN AUSTIN OR SILICON VALLEY, IT IS THE REST THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO GET THE CAPITAL THEY NEED TO GROW A BUSINESS. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE NEXT GOOGLE OR FACEBOOK, BUT TALKING ABOUT A LAWN SERVICE OR A COFFEE SHOP, A BAKER WHO WANTS TO SELL HER GOODS TO A WIDER SCALE, SO SHE CAN PROVIDE FOR HER FAMILY. THOSE ARE THE CONCERNS THAT ARE REAL AND WE CAN ADDRESS IN A REAL WAY BEFORE CONGRESS TODAY, TONIGHT IN THIS VOTE. INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING IS ONE WAY WE CAN REVERSE THIS DISTURBING TREND. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS ALLOW US, THIS BILL ALLOWS US TO EXPAND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DO THROUGH INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING. FIVE YEARS AGO IN THE JOBS ACT, WE HAD A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE THE WAY WE ALLOWED INDIVIDUALS TO INVEST A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY IN THEIR FELLOW MAN, ALLOWED MEN OR WOMEN IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO INVEST IN LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE A WEALTHY INVESTOR TO THE GET THE OPPORTUNITIES. YOU COULD BE AN AVERAGE INVESTOR LIKE ME OR MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS. BUT IN THE JOBS ACT AND IN THE INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING PART OF THAT BILL THAT I WROTE FIVE YEARS AGO, WELL, OUT OF THAT, THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE WROTE FOUR REGULATION. AND CREATED A COUPLE OF MAJOR CHALLENGES. ONE IS THE 12-G PROBLEM. WHAT THE 12-G PROBLEM IS, IN ESSENCE, YOU ARE SUBBING VERY LOW FUNDRAISING TO VERY EXPENSIVE REGULATORY DISCLOSURES. THAT'S A PROBLEM, IT'S A PROBLEM BECAUSE IT IS COSTLY AND ECONOMICALLY COSTLY AND RESTRICTS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. WE FIXED THAT IN THE FIXED CROWDFUNDING ACT. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM FOR CROWDFUNDING IS THAT UNDER S.E.C. RULES, SING WILL-PURPOSE FUNDS ARE NOT PERMITTED. YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO IS ACTING WHO HAS A FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY, MEANING I'M GOING TO LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST ON THIS INVESTMENT AND YOU ARE ABLE TO CREATE A FUND IN ORDER TO POOL THOSE RESOURCES THAT INVESTOR AND WORK WITH THEM. IT ALLOWS UNSOPHISTICATED PEOPLE TO GET SOPHISTICATED ADVICE IF WE ALLOW SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES. THESE TWO PROVISIONS ARE VERY SIMPLE LEVEL. IF WE FIX THESE THINGS, WE WILL PROVIDE MORE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND BETTER INVESTOR ADVICE AND MAKE REAL THE UTILITY OF CROWDFUNDING. THE ESSENCE OF THIS IS THAT WE BELIEVE IN THE CAPACITY OF INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES, TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF RISK FOR THEMSELVES. IT'S A POWERFUL THING. IT'S A POWERFUL, MEANINGFUL STEP FORWARD. NOW, IT DOESN'T SOLVE THE GREATER DEBATE THAT WE ARE HAVING HERE IN WASHINGTON ON SO MANY CHALLENGING ISSUES OF POLICY WHERE THE LEFT AND RIGHT DON'T SEE EYE-TO-EYE. BUT WE ARE CREATING OPPORTUNITY AND TRY TO GET THE RESOURCES OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY. IT'S A MEANINGFUL STEP FORWARD. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND I THANK RANKING MEMBER WATERS FOR HER ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT. SHE HELPED OUR ORIGINAL BILL THAT CAME THROUGH THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE FIVE YEARS AGO AND WORKED THROUGH THIS COMPROMISE THAT IS ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TONIGHT. AND WHILE WE MAY NOT AGREE, WE HAVE WORKED ON TWO SUBSTANTIVE AREAS OF POLICY HERE IN RECENT WEEKS. I THINK THAT IS A HOPEFUL SIGN. I THINK IT'S A POSITIVE SIGN. BUT WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY WILL EXPAND THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO HAVE THAT LITTLE BIT OF INVESTMENT THEY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IN THEIR FELLOW MAN, THEIR FELLOW WOMAN, TO CREATE NEW JOBS AND PROVIDE NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I ASK AND ENCOURAGE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FIXED CROWDFUNDING ACT AND URGE AN AYE VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. . . THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:30:20 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M SO PLEASED THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M SO PLEASED THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RECOGNIZED THAT THE REGULATORY AGENCIES WERE NOT DOING THEIR JOB. WE DON'T AGREE ON MUCH. BUT HE DID INDICATE JUST A MOMENT AGO THAT HE AGREED THAT THE REGULATORY AGENCIES HAD NOT PROTECTED CONSUMERS OR SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE OR ANYBODY AND THAT'S THE WHY WE ENDED UP WITH THE DODD-FRANK REFORM. WE MAY DISAGREE ABOUT DODD-FRANK REFORMS, BUT I THINK WITH THAT RECOGNITION, I'M SURE HE WOULD LOGICALLY CONCLUDE THAT SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE. I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT. LET ME JUST SAY FOR MR. MCHENRY AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE, THE LEADERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED, YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, WHETHER IT IS IN THE CITIES OR IN URBAN AREAS, WE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES AND OUR STARTUPS. IN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU HAVE LED THE WAY FOR US TO DO AND MAKE INVESTING AND VENTURE CAPITAL, ETC., MORE ACCESSIBLE, I THINK WE STILL HAVE SOME WORK TO DO AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE A VERY CLOSE LOOK AT IS WHY OUR BIGGER BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOT INVESTING IN THESE COMMUNITIES. AND WHY THEY'RE NOT WELCOMING SMALL BUSINESSES TO THE BANKS AND TO THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND LISTEN TO THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR IDEAS ABOUT BUSINESSES, AND PROVIDE THE CAPITAL FOR THAT. AGAIN, I'M VERY PLEASED ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING. WITH THAT I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL TIME THAT I NEED FOR THIS AND I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:32:18 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    I YIELD BACK. JUST ENCOURAGING MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTEY ON -- YES ON THIS…

    I YIELD BACK. JUST ENCOURAGING MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTEY ON -- YES ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4855. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. AS AMENDED. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED -- MR. GARRETT: --

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  • 06:32:43 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:33:10 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 803. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 803. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4861, TO AMEND SECTION 3554 OF TITLE 44 UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR ENHANCED SECURITY OF FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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  • 06:33:38 PM

    TEMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 796, ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 796 IF ORDERED. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 793, ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 793 IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 794, ADOPTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 794 IF ORDERED, AND SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING THE -- PASSING. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE MINUTE VOTE, THE REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. SUSPENSION BILLS ARE H.R. 4854 AND H.R. 4855. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 796 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 06:34:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 796, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 129, HOUSE RESOLUTION 796, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 4768, TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE, WITH RESPECT TO THE JUDICIAL REVIEW OF AGENCY INTERPRETATIONS OF STATUTORY AND REGULATORY PROVISIONS, PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 23, 2016, THROUGH JULY 4, TWICK. , AND PROVIDING FOR -- 2016, AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATIONS OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. 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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  • 06:55:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 332 AND THE NAYS ARE 1 8. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 332 AND THE NAYS ARE 1 8. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 06:56:09 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    RECORDED VOTE I REQUESTED, THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE LL RISE. A…

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

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  • 07:03:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 16, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230, THE NAYS ARE 16, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERSED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 07:03:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 127, HOUSE RESOLUTION 793, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 127, HOUSE RESOLUTION 793, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1270, TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 19860REPEAL THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH DISQUALIFIED EXPENSES FOR OVER THE COUNTER D DRUGS -- OVER THE COUNTER -- OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS UNDER HEALTH FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENTS. THE QUESTION ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. --

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  • 07:04:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 07:09:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 07:10:05 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS 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 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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  • 07:15:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

    VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 226, THE NAYS ARE 168. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 794 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 07:15:53 PM

    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128, HOUSE RESOLUTION 794, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 128, HOUSE RESOLUTION 794, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5485, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2017, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:16:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 07:21:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 169. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229, THE NAYS ARE 169. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 07:21:47 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 07:27:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 17. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPT.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 227, THE NAYS ARE 17. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPT. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4854 AS AMEND THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 07:28:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 TO EXPAND THE INVESTOR…

    A BILL TO AMEND THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 TO EXPAND THE INVESTOR LIMITATION FOR QUALIFYING VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS UNDER AN EXEMPTION FROM THE DEFINITION OF AN INVESTMENT COMPANY.

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  • 07:28:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED? MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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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  • 07:33:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 3 , THE NAYS ARE NINE -- 388, THE NAYS ARE NINE.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 3 , THE NAYS ARE NINE -- 388, THE NAYS ARE NINE. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4855 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 07:34:17 PM

    THE CLERK

    SECURITIES LAWS RELATING TO REGULATION CROWDFUNDING TO RAISE THE DOLLAR…

    SECURITIES LAWS RELATING TO REGULATION CROWDFUNDING TO RAISE THE DOLLAR AMOUNT LIMIT AND TO CLARIFY CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS AND EXCLUSIONS FOR FUNDING PORTALS ESTABLISHED BY SUCH ACT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE 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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  • 07:41:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE FOUR. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 394, THE NAYS ARE FOUR. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:42:49 PM

    MRS. BUSTOS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    TEMPORE P

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSELE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON ADDITIONAL MOTIONS 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 RECORDED VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:44:15 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4685.

  • 07:44:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:44:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 501, H.R. 4685, A BILL TO TAKE CERTAIN FEDERAL LANDS…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 501, H.R. 4685, A BILL TO TAKE CERTAIN FEDERAL LANDS LOCATED IN TULARE, COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, INTO TRUST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE ACTUAL RIVER INDIAN TRIBE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. -- TULE INDIAN RIVER TRIBE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:44:40 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 07:44:49 PM

    MR. HICE

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

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

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  • 07:44:58 PM

    TEMPORE WITHO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:44:59 PM

    MR. HICE

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:45:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME. FROM CALIFORNIA. I'M SORRY.

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  • 07:45:12 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

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

    THANK YOU. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. . MR. SPEAKER, THE TULE RIVER INDIAN TRIBE ARE CONSTITUENTS OF MINE AND I BELIEVE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO SELF-GOVERNANCE AND LOCAL CONTROL.

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  • 07:45:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 07:45:40 PM

    MR. MCCARTHY

    THIS BILL IS ABOUT PUTTING SOME UNUSED FEDERAL LAND IN TRUST FOR THE…

    THIS BILL IS ABOUT PUTTING SOME UNUSED FEDERAL LAND IN TRUST FOR THE TREEB. FUNDAMENTALLY, IT'S ABOUT GIVING THE PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY LIVE IN A PLACE MORE CONTROL OVER THAT LAND. THIS IS A GOOD, PRACTICAL RULE OF THUMB WHEN IT COMES TO GOVERNANCE. PEOPLE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL GOVERN THEMSELVES BEST. THAT IS DEFINITELY THE CASE WHEN IT COMES TO NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. MY PRINCIPLE IS THAT INDIAN TRIBES WILL USE THEIR LAND BETTER THAN A DISTANT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND WE SHOULD LET THEM. TODAY'S LEGISLATION TRANSFERS A RELATIVELY SMALL PIECE OF LAND ONLY ABOUT 34 ACRES, BUT IT WILL ALLOW THE TULE RIVER TRIBE TO UNIFY THEIR PROPERTY, GIVING THEM THE FREEDOM TO LIVE AS THEY CHOOSE, AND THAT FREEDOM HAS MORE VALUE THAN ANY AMOUNT OF ACREAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:46:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. HICE

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES.

  • 07:46:40 PM

    MR. COSTA

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COSTA

    THE MEMBERS OF THE T UMBING LE RIVER TRIBE ARE DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL…

    THE MEMBERS OF THE T UMBING LE RIVER TRIBE ARE DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL INHAS BEEN FANTS OF THE TERRITORY ALONG THE CREEKS FROM THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS IN SOUTH CENTRAL CALIFORNIA. LIKE MANY OTHER TRIBES IN CALIFORNIA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, THE TULE RIVER PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED MANY INJUSTICES AND INEQUITIES OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING FORCED REMOVAL AND RELOCATION OF THE TRIBE'S RESERVATION WHICH THEY RESIDED IN FOR 140 YEARS. H.R. 4685 AND MR. MCCARTHY WILL ADD TO THAT LAND BASE BY DEEMING THAT APPROXIMATELY 34 ACRES OF BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT BE HELD IN TRUST FOR THE TRIBE. IT'S A SMALL AMOUNT OF ACREAGE IN THE BIGGER PICTURE. THIS LAND IS SITUATED BETWEEN THE TRIBAL LAND AND THE RESERVATION LAND NEAR THE ONLY ENTRANCE TO THE RESERVATION. AND IT'S ENTIRELY CUT OFF FROM FEDERAL LANDS IN THE VICINITY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF LAND, AS I SAID. BUT AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRIBE STATED IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE COMMITTEE, EVERY ACRE OF LAND IS IMPORTANT TO THE TULE RIVER PEOPLE. -- I WANT TO COMMEND THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY, FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. IT PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT. I URGE QUICK ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:48:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:48:15 PM

    MR. HICE

    JUST LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, THE MAJORITY LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY,…

    JUST LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, THE MAJORITY LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY, FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4685 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:48:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4685. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED THIS EBILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:49:08 PM

    MR. HICE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4844 -- 3844 AS AMENDED.

  • 07:49:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:49:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3844, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ENERGY AND MINERALS RECLAMATION…

    H.R. 3844, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE ENERGY AND MINERALS RECLAMATION FOUNDATION TO ENCOURAGE, OBTAIN, AND USE DEVICES AND REQUESTS FOR PROJECTS TO RECLAIM ABANDONED MINELAND AND ORPHANED OIL AND GAS WELL SITES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:49:37 PM

    PORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. HICE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 07:49:52 PM

    MR. HICE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:50:03 PM

    MR. HICE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:50:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:50:08 PM

    MR. HICE

    I'M PROUD TO BE THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 3845, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT…

    I'M PROUD TO BE THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 3845, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS ONE PART OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE'S RESPONSE TO THE COMPLEX TECHNICAL, LEGAL, EDUCATIONAL AND FUND RELATED -- FUNDING RELATED CHALLENGES FOR ABANDONED MINE LANDS, ALSO REFERRED TO AS A.M.L. AS WELL AS ORPHANED OIL AND GAS SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THESE ISSUES WERE HIGHLIGHTED LAST YEAR WITH THE E.P.A.'S GOLD KING AND STANDARD MINE SPILLS IN COLORADO'S ANIMUS RIVER. I'M HAPPY TO PRESENT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO THE GOLD KING SPILL AND GLAD THAT IT COMES ONE YEAR, LESS THAN ONE YEAR FROM THE ANNIVERSARY OF THAT DISASTER. I HOPE THE OTHER BILLS, H.R. 3734, OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HARDY, AND H.R. 3843, AUTHORED BY THE ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN LAMB BORN, WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE SOON. H.R. 3844 SEEKS TO ADDRESS PART OF THE FUNDING RELATED CHALLENGE FOR ABANDONED MINE LANDS AND ORPHANED OIL AND GAS WELL SITES BY CREATING A FOUNDATION. BASED ON OTHER SUCCESSFUL MODELS, FOR THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM, THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE THIS FOUNDATION WOULD SOLICIT PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS TO REMEDIATE SITES THAT WERE ABANDONED PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE SURFACE MINING CONTROL AND RECLAMATION ACT OF 1977 AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT'S MINING REGULATION OF JANUARY 1, 1981. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LOWENTHAL, OF CALIFORNIA, FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO HELP SHARPEN THE FOCUS OF THE FOUNDATION WHILE ALSO ALLOWING THE FOUNDATION TO SOLICIT PRIVATE DONATIONS TO HELP AID THE BROADER MISSION OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL REPRESENTS OUR COLLECTIVE ABILITY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AT A TIME WHEN MANY PEOPLE SAY WE CAN'T DO SO. SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN VERY MUCH FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND INPUT. IN ADDITION TO RECLAMATION OF MINES AND WELLS, THE FOUNDATION WOULD ALSO SUPPLEMENT EDUCATIONAL, TECHNICAL, SCIENTIFIC, AND OTHER ASSISTANCE OR ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT THE MANAGEMENT OF WILD, FREE-ROAMING HORSES AND BURROWS, FISH AND WILDLIFE AND -- AND BURROS, FISH AND WILDLIFE AND THEIR HABITATS, CONSERVATION LANDS, RECREATION RESOURCES AND CULTURAL AND HISTORIC RESOURCES. THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO DONATE TO THE FOUNDATION WILL BE ABLE TO DIRECT HOW THEY'D LIKE THEIR MONEY TO BE USED AND ANY GENERAL DONATIONS WOULD BE DIVIDED EQUALLY AMONGST THE TWO AIRS -- AREAS OF THE FOUNDATION. THIS IN TURN GROWS THE PIE AND THE SLICE THAT WILL GO TOWARD FIXING LEGACY MINE SITES. I'M PLEASED THAT THE END PRODUCT OF OUR BIPARTISAN WORK WILL GREATLY INVOLVE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN WAYS THAT WILL HELP US PREVENT FUTURE EVENTS LIKE THE E.P.A. SPILL IN COLORADO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3844 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:53:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:53:49 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:53:55 PM

    MR. LOWENTHAL

    H.R. 3844 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED COOPERATIVELY…

    H.R. 3844 IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORKED COOPERATIVELY ON WITH MR. HICE AND THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. THIS H.R. 3844 WOULD ESTABLISH A CHARITABLE FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT THE MISSION AND ACTIVITIES OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. CONGRESS HAS CHARTERED A NUMBER OF SIMILAR FOUNDATIONS TO SERVE AS PARTNERS TO OUR LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES INCLUDING THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION, THE NATIONAL FISH AND WILDLIFE FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL FOREST FOUNDATION. BY ESTABLISHING A BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION, H.R. 3844 WILL PROVIDE THE B.L.M. WITH AN IMPORTANT PARTNER AND ALLOW PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS TO SUPPORT THE BUREAU'S DIVERSE MISSION, WHICH INCLUDES ACTIVITIES SUCH AS MANAGING WILD HORSES, PROTECTING CULTURAL RESOURCES, AND CLEANING UP ABANDONED MINES. AGAIN, I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUE AND I'D LIKE TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. HICE, AND THE COMMITTEE, FOR WORKING WITH ME TO GET TO -- SO THAT WE TOGETHER CAN PUT TOGETHER THIS FINAL BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE ADOPTED IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND THAT WE'RE VOTING ON. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION IS LONG OVERDUE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THISRES. -- THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:55:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 07:55:27 PM

    MR. HICE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH US, IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH YOU. I'M PLEASED WITH THIS END PRODUCT. AND I URGE THE SUPPORT OF OUR COLLEAGUES AND THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 3844 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:55:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3844 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE TITLE AMENDED.

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  • 07:56:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 07:57:00 PM

    >>

    GOOD EVENING. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    GOOD EVENING. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4538 AS AMENDED. TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO DISCLOSE POTENTIAL EXAMPLES OF FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS AND FOR SUCH OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:57:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 07:57:23 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4538, A BILL TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM SUIT FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS…

    H.R. 4538, A BILL TO PROVIDE IMMUNITY FROM SUIT FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO DISCLOSE POTENTIAL EXAMPLES OF FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 07:57:35 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. GARRETT, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY -- AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 07:57:46 PM

    MR. GARRETT

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

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

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  • 07:57:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:57:57 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    AT THIS POINT, I YIELD MYSELF SUTURE TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:58:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:58:03 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4538. IT'S THE SENIOR SAFE ACT…

    SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4538. IT'S THE SENIOR SAFE ACT OF 2016. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SPONSORS AS WELL AS -- PRINCIPALLY MR. POLL QUIN OF MAINE AND MR. MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN OUR COMMITTEE, AND THIS CONGRESS, DEBATING WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN HELP AMERICANS ACHIEVE A SECURE AND DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT. WHILE THERE ARE OFTEN DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, ONE ISSUE THAT IS NOT DEBATABLE IS THAT WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO STOP FRAUDSTERS AND SCAM ARTISTS FROM PREYING ON THE VULNERABLE SENIOR CITIZEN. CURRENTLY, AMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 50 ACCOUNT FOR ROUGHLY 75%, OVER THREE QUARTERS, OF THE FINANCIAL ASSETS OF THE UNITED STATES. UNFORTUNATELY, ONE IN FIVE OF THOSE SENIORS, THAT'S 20%, OVER THE AGE OF 65 HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF FRAUD. ONE IN FIVE. THINK ABOUT THAT. THIS COSTS SENIOR CITIZENS ALMOST $2.9 BILLION EVERY YEAR, NOT TO MENTION THE STRESS AND THE PAIN THAT COMES ALONG WITH IT WHEN A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED TRYING TO REBUILD THEIR FINANCIAL SECURITY. OFTENTIMES, EMPLOYEES AT BANKS OR FINANCIAL ADVISORS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AGAINST SUCH FRAUD WHEN THEY SEE THAT ONE OF THEIR CLIENTS MAY BE A POTENTIAL TARGET. UNFORTUNATELY, CURRENT LAWS MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYEES OF SUCH INSTITUTIONS TO REPORT THE OCCURRENCES OF THOSE FRAUDS. SO WHAT DO WE DO? COME TO THE FLOOR TONIGHT FOR SOMETHING CALLED THE SENIOR SAFE ACT. WHAT DOES IT DO? PROVIDES A VERY SIMPLE FIX THAT WOULD ALLOW A SUPERVISOR OR COMPLIANCE OFFICER OF A BANK OR INVESTMENT ADVISOR TO REPORT INSTANCES OF FRAUD TO A FEDERAL OR STATE LEGISLATOR AS LONG AS IT'S REPORTED IN GOOD FAITH AND WITH REASONABLE CARE. EMPLOYEES WANT TO PROTECT CLIENTS AS MUCH AS ANY REGULATOR SO THIS WOULD ALLOW THEM TO SPEAK WHEN THEY SEE FRAUD BEING UNREPORTED. THIS BILL PASSED THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LAST MONTH UNANIMOUSLY SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT TODAY. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4538 IS A BILL INTENDED TO…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. H.R. 4538 IS A BILL INTENDED TO AID OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORS ASSISTING SENIORS TO RESPOND TO AND PREVENT THE ABUSE OF SENIORS. BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS AND FINANCIAL ADVISERS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY INCLUDING ACTIVITIES OF SUSPECTED ABUSE OF OUR SENIORS. INDUSTRY HAS RAISED CONCERNS THAT THEY ARE PREVENTED DOING SO OUT OF FEAR. EVEN THOUGH OUR REGULATORS VURM TAKEN STEPS TO ALLAY SOME CONCERNS. IT SEEMS THAT CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO TAKE ACTIONS TO STOP ELDERS FROM BEING SWINDLED IN THEIR MOST VULLABLE YEARS. WHEN ANY EMPLOYEE AT A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION SEES SOMETHING SUSPICIOUS THEY SAY SOMETHING TO THE REGULATORS. I RECENTLY INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF ENSURING THE FLOW OF REPORTING OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY AS IT RELATES TO TERRORISM, MONEY LAUNDERING AND OTHER ILLICIT ACTIVITIES. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT SPECIFIED IN THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTS BUREAU SHOULD SET STANDARDS AND IS AUTHORIZED TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING IS BEING CONDUCTED. THIS IS A GOOD FIRST STEP THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE END OF OUR EFFORTS TO RAPE IN ELDER ABUSE. THEY ARE GOING FURTHER AND MANDATING THAT FIRMS MAKE SUCH REPORTS TO AUTHORITIES. THE STATES, THE REGULATOR OF BROKER-DEALERS WANT TO PUT HOLES ON FINANCIAL TRANSACKS BEFORE A SWINDLER CAN RUN OFF. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NUMEROUS CHANGES THAT MS. SIMILAR EMMA HAS INCLUDED. AND THIS COVERS THE THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. HOWEVER, MORE CHANGES ARE STILL NEEDED BEFORE THE BILL CAN BE ENACTED INCLUDING AND THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU. AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT THE SENATE'S SPONSORS WILL WORK WITH OTHERS TO ENSURE THEIR SUGGESTED CHANGES ARE INCORPORATED IN THE BILL BEFORE IT IS ENACTED INTO LA TODAY, I SUPPORT H.R. 4538 AND I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TI.

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    MR. GARRETT

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, WHO THAT BEEN BROUGHT SOTCH TO THIS…

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, WHO THAT BEEN BROUGHT SOTCH TO THIS COMMITTEE AND I APPRECIATE HIS RD WORK AND ON THE LEGISLATION BERE US.

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    MR. POLIQUIN

    OUR GREAT STATE OF MAE HAS THE OLDEST AVERAGE AGE IN THE COUNTRY AND LIKE…

    OUR GREAT STATE OF MAE HAS THE OLDEST AVERAGE AGE IN THE COUNTRY AND LIKE THOUSANDS, I HELPED CARE FOR MY 8 AND 88-YEAR-OLD PARENTS. IT'S SCARY TO REALIZE THAT OUR SENIORS THAT WE LOVE SO MUCH ARE BEIN VICTIMIZED BY AGGRESSIVE FINANCIAL SCAMS. THIS FRAUD IS NOT ONLY COSTING THEM $3 BILLION. TODAY, MR. SPEAKE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOW OUR COMPASSION HELP O SENIORS. THIS WILL HELP LOCAL BANK AND LOCAL CREDIT UNION TELLER AND INSURANCE ADVISERS AND OTHERS TO ENTIFY AND STOP THESE CRIMES BEFORE THEY HAPPEN. OUR BILL ENABLES PROFESSIONALSALS AND THE INSTITUTIONS THEY WORK FOR TO REPORT THIS TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES. AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO STOP THE SCAMS BEFORE OUR PARENTS AND GRAND PARENTS ARE FOOLE INTO DRAINING AND IN THEIR NEST EGGS. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH CONGRESSMAN SINEMA AND CONGRESSMAN MURPHY AND CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY TO WRITE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRMAN GARRETT FOR MOVING THIS BILL THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I NT TO CONGRATULATE AND I WANT TO THANK OUR MAIN SENATOR COLLINS FOR AUTHORING THE LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE. I'M PROUD TO WORK AND JOIN WITH SENATOR COLLINS BY AUTHORING THIS COMPANION LEGISLATION IN THE HOUSE. AS WE ALL KNOW IN MAINE, SENATOR COLLINS HAS BEEN A NATIONAL LEADER AND A CHAMPION ON ALL SORTS OF ISSUES IMPORTANT TO AGING ADULTS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO THANK JUDY SHAW, OUR SECURITIES STRAIGHTOR, HOB HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN OUR GREAT OF STATE OF MAINE WHO HAS PREVENTED FRAUD AGAINST OUR SENIORS. WE AMERICANS ARE FACING MANY CHALLENGES HERE AT HOME AND ABOARD. BUT THAT DOES PRESIDENT MEAN THAT WE CAN'T FIND SOLUTIONS THAT WE CAN AGREE UPON, COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT HURT OUR SENIORS AND THIS IS ONE CASE. AS A RESULT, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO SUPPORT THE SENIOR SAFE ACT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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  • 08:07:44 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, THE SPONSOR OF THIS…

    I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. SINEMA

    THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. TO CONGRESSMAN POLIQUIN, MURPHY…

    THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER WATERS. TO CONGRESSMAN POLIQUIN, MURPHY FOR WORKING WITH ME ON MY BIPARTISAN TO COMBAT SENIOR EXPLOITATION. WHILE EMPLOYED AS A NURSING ASSIST ANT AND ASSIST ANT MY HOME STATE OF ARIZONA TOOK AN 87-YEAR-OLD OUT OF HIS FACILITY WHERE HE WAS FOUND DEHIGH DRADED. HE MOVED IN HIS HOME AND EXPLOITED THEM. AND THE CONTACTED LAW ENFORCEMENT BECAUSE THEY WERE SUSPICIOUS AND WHO HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SUCCESS MERE. SHE PROVIDED THE BANK WITH THE POUR OF ATTORNEY DOCUMENTS AND REQUESTED BANK CARDS AND CHECKS FROM HANSON'S ACCOUNTS AND ADDED HIS GRANDCHILDREN. BUT BANK KNEW HE HAD NO GRANDCHILDREN. DONALD HANSON IS ONE OF 1,000 SENIORS WHO ARE VICTIMS. RECENT STUDIES ESTIMATE ONE IN FIVE SENIORS MAY BE A TARGET. AND SENIORS LUDES AT 2.9 BILLION ANNUALLY TO EXPLOITATION. WHEN INSTITUTIONS SUSPECT ABUSE, IT MAY GO UNOPINION IRKED. THEY RARELY REPORT. OUR BILL, THE SENIOR SAFE ACT HELPS INDIVIDUALS TO COMMUNICATE WITH APPROPRIATE AGENCIES WHEN THEY SUSPECT EXPLOITATION OF SENIORS AND TO TRAIN TO IDENTIFY . SENIORS DESERVE TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY AND SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY THAT THEIR SAVINGS ARE AT RISK. AND WHEN HE THEY REPORT. IT IS A SOLUTION TO HELP ENSURE SOLUTIONS CAN IDENTIFY FRAUD, REPORT IT AND STOP FINANCIAL ABUSE. THANK TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK TO PROTECT SENIORS AND END FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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  • 08:10:48 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE…

    THE GENTLELADY FOR HER WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES. AND I URGE -- WE SHOULD SPEAK UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. WITH THAT, I KNEELED BACK.

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    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4538 AS…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4538 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, TWIRD, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I MOVE TO PASS THE.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 345, H.R. 2273 A BILL TO TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 345, H.R. 2273 A BILL TO TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF THE ACCESS CAPACITY OF THE PHONE TON ELL RESERVOIR.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME. H.R. 2273 WAS INTRODUCED BY ME AND IT ALLOWS THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME. H.R. 2273 WAS INTRODUCED BY ME AND IT ALLOWS THE STATE OF WYOMING AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STUDY, DESIGN AND PLAN AND EXPAND THE ACTIVE CAPACITY. THIS IS A RESERVOIR ON THE GREEN RIVER. THE STATE OF WYOMING WILL PAY FOR THE ENTIRE EXPANSION. AND WILL TAKE US UP TO 87,000 ACRE-FEET. THE DAM IS AT 260 AND TAKE US ABOUT TO 270,000 ACRE-FEET. WHEN YOU TAKE UP CONCRETE AND STONE AND PREVENT EROSION, THE AADDITIONAL SPACITY WILL BE USED BY MY STATE OF WYOMING. AND THIS HAS TO CONTINUE TO BE ON THE TAIL. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR THAT EXPANSION AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONAL EX PEN DWITUR FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I'M IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AS THE SPONSOR. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, EXCUSE ME.

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    MR. COSTA

    THIS WOULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAN BE STORED IN THE…

    THIS WOULD INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT CAN BE STORED IN THE FONTENELLE RESERVOIR, LOCATED IN LINCOLN COUNTY, WYOMING. THE GREAT STATE OF WYOMING. I WANT TO COMMEND THE AUTHOR, THE CONGRESSWOMAN, FOR HER EFFORTS ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION FOR WYOMING. THIS BILL HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN A BALANCED MANNER THAT RESPECTS EXISTING LAWS AND COMPACTS AND TREATIES AND DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO EXPAND WYOMING'S ENTITLEMENT TO THE COLORADO RIVER SUPPLIES, ANY TIME WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE COLORADO RIVER, UPPER BASIS, LOWER BASIN, IT GETS TO BE A BIT OF A STICKY WICKET THIS DOESN'T INVOLVE ANY OF THOSE. . SO THEREFORE, H.R. 2273 IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION FOR THE CONGRESSWOMAN AND IT PASSED THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY. SO THEREFORE, I LEND MYSELF TO H.R. 2273 AND URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I BELIEVE I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I ALSO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2273 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE AMENDED. -- THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4582 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR 499, H R. 4582, A BILL TO EXCLUDE STRIPED BASS FROM THE…

    UNION CALENDAR 499, H R. 4582, A BILL TO EXCLUDE STRIPED BASS FROM THE FISH DOUBLING REQUIREMENT IN SECTION 3406-B-1 OF THE CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT IMPROVEMENT ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUAN

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    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 EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE FINE…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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    MR. DENHAM

    OUR SALMON ACT REMOVES THE CONTRADICTION IN FEDERAL LAW THIS FEDERAL LAW…

    OUR SALMON ACT REMOVES THE CONTRADICTION IN FEDERAL LAW THIS FEDERAL LAW MANDATES THAT NOT ONLY DO WE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF THREAT AND ENDANGERED SPECIES, THE SALMON AND SEALHEAD WE SPEND SO MUCH WATER, SO MUCH TIME, EFFORT, AND MONEY TRYING TO SAVE, BUT IT ALSO, THE CONTRADICTION IS, IT ALSO WANTS TAOS DOUBLE THE STRIPED PASS THAT EAT 98% OBVIOUS THE FISH WE'RE TRYING TO SAFE SAVE. THIS IS A SIMPLE -- TRYING TO SAVE. THIS IS A SIMPLE BILL THAT IS BIPARTISAN, THAT WILL SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, THAT WILL SAVE OUR WATER IN CALIFORNIA, WHILE ADDRESSING WHAT WE FEEL IS A SIMPLE MISTAKE UNDER THE CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT IMPROVEMENT ACT, CVPIA, THIS DOUBLING GOAL WAS SET IN PLACE IN 1992. AGAIN THE STEELHEAD AND SALMON ARE BEING EATEN BY THE STRIPED BASS, A NONNATIVE PREDATOR FISH THIS MANDATED POPULATION DOUBLE OF THE PREDATOR FISH HAS PROVEN CONTRADICTORY TO PROTECTING NATIVE SPECIES UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. THIS BILL NOT ONLY REMOVES THIS PROVISION BUT AT THE REQUEST OF THE ADMINISTRATION IT ALSO REMOVES OTHER SECTIONS IN THE CVPIA WHICH PROVIDE FOR IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES TO DOUBLE THE STRIPED PASS. THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND OTHERS HAVE ALL INDICATED THAT PRIVATEATION OF JUVENILE -- PREDATION OF JUVENILE SALMON IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY STRESS JOFFERS THE -- STRESSORS OF THE SPECIES. PREDATION IN CALIFORNIA CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MAJOR FACTORS IN THE COMPLEX EQUATION OF CALIFORNIA WATER AND THE DROUGHT OUR STATE FACES. BY ELIMINATING THIS CONTRADICTORY LAW, THEY WILL ONCE AGAIN THRIVE WITHOUT WASTING THE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS REQUIRED TO DO SYSTEM OF THIS IS A COMMONSENSE, EASY SOLUTION FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO AGREE ON. IF WE WANT TO SAVE THE THREATENED ENGAGED SPECIES, LET'S STOP SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY ON THE VERY FISH THAT EAT 98% OF THE FISH WE'RE TRYING TO SAVE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FROM BETH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4582 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. COSTA

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COSTA

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE AUTHOR AND AS THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS…

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE AUTHOR AND AS THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO TRY TO PROVIDE A BALANCING ACT IN MAINTAINING THE WATERS FOR ALL BENEFICIAL USES IN CALIFORNIA. THIS LEGISLATION BY CONGRESSMAN DENHAM, IT HAS GOOD, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, H.R. 4582, IS KNOWN ALSO AS THE SAVE OUR SALMON ACT. IT WILL AMEND THE CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT IMPROVEMENT TO EXEMPT STRIPED BASS FROM THE LAW'S FISH DOUBLING GOALS -- GOALS. ONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT STRIPED BASS IS A NONNATIVE FISH TO CALIFORNIA THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LATE 1800'S. UNFORTUNATELY, FOR THE NATIVE SALMON, AND THE DALTA SMELT AND OTHER NATIVE FISHERIES, THE STRIPED BASS IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE PREDATOR FISH. THE FACT IS, IS THAT THEY EAT NOT ONLY JUVENILE SALMON BUT THEY EAT SMELT WHICH IS PART OF THE FOOD CHAIN FOR THE SALMON. AND AS A RESULT OF THIS INTRODUCTION THE STRIPED BASS ARE THRIVING, UNFORTUNATELY, THE NATIVE SALMON OF CALIFORNIA ARE NOT. THIS MEASURE, 4582, IS THE FIRST STEP IN A RANGE OF OVERALL POLICY DECISIONS THAT WE'VE GOT TO TAKE UNDER CONSIDERATION. COMMON SENSE TELLS US WE MUST LOOK AT ALL OF THE STRESSORS THAT ARE IMPACTING THE NATIVE FISHERIES OF CALIFORNIA. AND THIS ATEMPTS TO DO THAT. TO AID SALMON RECOVERY BY PROVIDING ALSO AN ADDITIONAL MORE RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY FOR CALIFORNIANS. THOSE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CONGRESSMAN DENHAM AND I REPRESENT, AND OTHERS, THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY THE IMPACT OF THE DROUGHT OVER THE LAST FOUR, NEW GOING ON PHI YEARS. FARMS, FARM COMMUNITIES, AND FARM WORKERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF A ZERO, ZERO WATER ALLOCATION. AND WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH THE, WHAT THE FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES HAVE INDICATED IS ONE THEY HAVE GREATEST IMPACTS OF NATIVE SPECIES, WHICH ARE PREDATOR FISH. WE DON'T HAVE A PREDATOR CONTROL PROGRAM AS WE HAVE ON THE COLOMBIA RIVER. IT'S ABOUT TIME WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHILE THERE ARE MANY STRESSORS THAT IMPACT THE CALIFORNIA SALMON POPULATIONS, AND THEREBY THEN IMPACT THE WATER SUPPLY RELIABILITY FOR MUCH OF CALIFORNIA, THIS MEASURE ATTEMPTS TO BEGIN TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE PREDATOR PROBLEM. I WANT TO COMMEND AGAIN CONGRESSMAN DENHAM FOR HIS ONGOING EFFORTS ALONG WITH ALL OF US IN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO LOOK AT AN EAVERL, BALANCED SOLUTION. I SUPPORT H.R. 4582. I URGE ITS ADOPTION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I RESERVE THE…

    I ADVISE THE SPEAKER I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. COSTA

    I'VE BEEN INFORMED THAT WE ALSO HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WILL…

    I'VE BEEN INFORMED THAT WE ALSO HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS SO I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. LUMMIS

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE CALIFORNIA MEMBERS. I'VE BEEN TO THEIR DISTRICTS. I…

    I WANT TO COMMEND THE CALIFORNIA MEMBERS. I'VE BEEN TO THEIR DISTRICTS. I HAVE SEEN AND BEEN AT HEARINGS IN FRESNO WHERE THESE ISSUES HAVE COME TO MY LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING OF A SYMPATHETIC OUTSIDER. THESE ISSUES ARE ALMOST INTRACTABLE. SO WHEN WE SEE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON SOMETHING THIS IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY, TO THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS, TO THE WONDERFUL ECOSYSTEM THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO BALANCE IN A WAY THAT WILL CONSERVE FARMING AND RANCHING BUT BENEFIT EVERY CONSUMER IN THIS COUNTRY OF SOME OF THE FINEST FRUTES, VEGETABLE -- VEGETABLES AND OTHER COMMODITIES YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE. THIS IS LIKE THE BREAD BASKET OF OUR COUNTRY. SO TO FIND WAYS TO COMBAT NONNATIVE SPECIES IN A WAY THAT PROTECTS NATIVE SPECIES AND ALSO PROTECTS THE PEOPLE WHO PRODUCE OUR FOOD AND FIBER IS SO IMPORTANT. SO I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA ON BOTH -- THE GENTLEMEN FROM CALIFORNIA ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND THEIR COLLEAGUES, I WANT TO OFFER MY COMPLETE SUPPORT OF H.R. 4582 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 4582 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:26:05 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1838 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1838, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN…

    H.R. 1838, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL RECREATION AREA IN SAN BENITO AND FRESNO COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA, DESIGNATE JOAQUIN ROCKS WILDERNESS IN SUCH COUNTY, TO DESIGNATE OTHER PARTS OF THE NATIONAL SCENIC RIVER SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PUR

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, EACH WILL CRIMINAL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    H.R. 1838, THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AND CONSERVATION ACT…

    H.R. 1838, THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL RECREATION AREA AND CONSERVATION ACT WOULD REOPEN AN AREA ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGNATE NEW WILDERNESS AND RELEASE A WILDERNESS STUDY AREA BACK INTO MULTIPLE USE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COSTA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COSTA

    H.R. 1838 ESTABLISH THIS -- ESTABLISHES THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL…

    H.R. 1838 ESTABLISH THIS -- ESTABLISHES THE CLEAR CREEK NATIONAL RECREATION AS STATED BEFORE AND THE JOAQUIN ROCKS WILDERNESS AREA ON LAND ADMINISTERED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT AND THE -- IN THE REGIOOF CALIFORNIA IN FRESNO COUNTY. I'M VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS, USED TO BE IN A PREVIOUS DISTRICT I REPRESENTED. THIS AREA HAS MUTUAL BENEFICIAL USES, FROM HIKING TO HUNTING TO OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE. ADVIE SENT TO THIS AREA ARE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN IN CATTLE GRAZING FOR FAMILIES FOR GENERATIONS. BUT THEY HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN PROTECT THOSE AREAS FOR APPROPRIATE USES FOR CATTLE FWRAZING BUT ALSO AT THE SAME TIME SEPARATELY PROVIDE AREAS WHERE THIS HIKING AND HUNTING AND OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE CAN TAKE PLACE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL IMPROVE AND ENHANCE THE SUCCESS FOR A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WHICH IS WHAT IT'S INTENDED TO DO, AT THE SAME TIME PRY TO PRESERVE ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE AREAS IN A WAY THAT SUPPORTS OVERALL USE. IN ADDITION TO MANY ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS THEY'RE PROVIDING IN ADDITION TO CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER AND WILDERNESS AREAS THAT SUPPORT WILDERNESS LIFE, THE COUNTRY PLAY A LARGE ROLE IN SUPPORTING APPROXIMATELY $646 BILLION OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ECONOMY. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION ADVANCING TO THIS BILL ADDS 21,000 ACRES TO THE NATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM. MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE HAVE INTRODUCED SEVERAL BILLS TO DESIGNATE WILDERNESS AREAS, THESE ARE DEVELOPED FROM THE YOUND UP. THIS BILL IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR CONGRESS MEMBER RRESENTATIVE SAM FARR FOR MANY YEARS, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS HARD WORK AND TENACITY AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. T GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO ONE OF THE FINE GENTLEMEN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO ONE OF THE FINE GENTLEMEN FROM CALIFORNIA AND THAT INCLUDES ALL HERE PRESENT. THESE GENTLEMEN WORKED TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMICALLY AND ECOLOGICALLY VERSATILE PLACES ON EARTH, WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO YIELD TO ONE OF THE REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. . DEFEND TOGETHER WE HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. . DEFEND TOGETHER WE HAVE CO-AUTHORED A BILL. WE HAVE THE CLEAN VALLEY THAT COME TOGETHER IN BRINGINGAL NATIONAL FOREST TO WHAT IT IS INTENDED, PEOPLE THAT WANT TO USE THE BEAUTY OF THIS PARK. THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT NOT ONLY BETWEEN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BUT DIFFERENT MEMBERS WHO ARE WANTING TO SEE THIS USED BY THE TAXPAYERS AND WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TO OFFRIDE TOGETHER AND IN AREAS LIKE THIS. AND WITH THAT, I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-AUTHOR AND PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WORKED WITH MY GOOD FRIEND. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    RECOGNIZED.

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    R. FARR

    YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS IS -- I THINK THIS BILL I MORE…

    YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. THIS IS -- I THINK THIS BILL I MORE THAN JUST WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT BECAUSE IT IS AN INCREDIBLE COLLABORATION OF GROUPS THAT AREN'T FRIENDLY. WE HAVE THE OFFROAD VEHICLE ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY. THEY WOULDN'T BE ON THE SAME LEGISLATION. WHY DID IT HAPPEN? WE HAVE 60,000 ACRES THAT HAVE BEEN SHULT DOWN FROM NOBODY'S USE. NOBODY'S USE. IT WAS A FORMER ASBESTOS MINING AREA. IT HAS BEEN FOR HIKERS, BIRDERS, ANIMAL ENTHUSIASTS AND MANY OTHERS. IT IS HOME TO PLANTS AND ANIMALS TO ATTRACT VISITORS. BUT IN 2008, THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT CLOSED THE AREA BECAUSE THE EEP REPORTS SAID THAT NATIONALLY OCCURRING ASBESTOS MAY BE DANGEROUS. AND WITHOUT ANY FURTHER THOUGHT ABOUT ASSUMING RISK IN THE NATIONAL AREA, JUST CLOSE IT ALL DOWN. AS LONG AS PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE RIMBING AND PEOPLE ENJOY CLEAR CREEK, IT ISN'T DANGEROUS. ONE OF THE DIFFICULT CLOIMS, YOU DIE. AND THE RISKS GO ON AND ON AND SKY DIVING AND OTHER HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES. TWO OF MYONSTITUENTS AND THIS -- THEY DESERVE CREDIT BECAUSE THEY LEARNED HOW TO COMMISSION THE GOVERNMENT. ED AND RON, A FORECAST LIFT OPERATOR, THEY KNOW ABOUT RISKS AND THEY KNOW HOW TO RECONCRETE IN CLEAR CREEK SAFETY. WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THEM. THIS IS THE CALIFORNIA NATURAL NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY AND ESPECIALLY THE LALOMMUNITIES SUFFERING THE ECONOMIC LOSS. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND DOES THREE THINGS. FIRST, THE BILL REDESIATES THE CLEAR CREEK MANAGEMENT AREA. THIS ALLOWS IT TO BE UD FOR OFFROAD AND REQUIRES THE BUREAU TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO WASH OFF THEIR VECLES THAT AY BE USED ON ROADS. AND SECOND, IT GIVES THE AUTHORITY TO LEVY A USER FEE AND APPLY THE PROCEEDS TO THE MANAGEMENT AND ALLOW TO AGREEMENTS WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE -- MAY I HAVE ANOTHER --? THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE GENTLEMAN FOR TWO MINUTES.

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  • 08:35:09 PM

    MR. FARR

    AN IT MANAGES A PARK WITHOUT ASBESTOS KNOWN AS HOLST EL HILLS. AND FIVE,…

    AN IT MANAGES A PARK WITHOUT ASBESTOS KNOWN AS HOLST EL HILLS. AND FIVE, BLM IDENTIFIED STREAMS. THE CONSERVATION PIECE PREEKTS THE DIVERSITY OF THE SPEAKS YES, SIR. THE AREA PROVIDES A HABITAT FOR THE CONDOR THAT WAS RE-INFLUENCED. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BEING TREMENDOUS RTNERS IN THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRGING THIS TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY. WORKING WITH REPRESENTATIVES, THEIR STAFF AND MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, WE CRAFTED A BILL TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND I WOULD LIKE TO CHAIRMAN BISHOP AND RANKING MEMBER GRIJALVA AND MRS. STRONG ASFOR THEIRUPPORT. I URGE SUPPORT AND THINK ABOUT THESE TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS WHERE WE CAN BRINGHIS TO A WIN-WIN AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR THIS TO BE BRGHT TO VOTE -- I ASK FOR PASSAGE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAYIELDSACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING…

    THE GENTLEMAYIELDSACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 08:37:11 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    AND MY THANKS FOR MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA ON MY SIDE OF THE AIS ON…

    AND MY THANKS FOR MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA ON MY SIDE OF THE AIS ON THE DECRATIC SIDE OF THELEDGER, MR. FARR WITH WHOM I SERVED ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND DID WONDERFUL JOB AND MR. COSTA WITH OVERWHELM I SERVE ON THE NATURAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I HAVE THE UNIQUE LOVE FOR YOUR STATE. MY RELATIVE, CHARLES LEMMIS WALKED IN THE 1800'S TO BECOME THE CONSECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE LONG TIMES. AND HIS HOME, WHI IS BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND PASADENA, IS A STA HISTORIC SITE IN CALIFORNIA AND WONDERFUL PLACE TO VISIT. HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO PHOTOGRAPH THE CEREMONY WHERE THEY CRUCIFIED THEIR COLLGUES IN NEW MICO. HE WAS THE AMERICAN WHO CHRONICLED THE CAPTURE OF JERONIMO AND HE LED THE DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES AND GREAT MISSIONS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEFORE THEY WERE DESTROYED. THIS WAS -- HE WAS A GREAT CHARACTER IN THETATE OF CALIFORNIA. JOHN MMB MUIR AND TEDDY ROOSEVELT. AND I AM PROUD TO BE A RELATIVE. I'M PROUD OF WHAT CALIFORN HAS DONE TOALANCITS EFFORTS AT HAVING A UNIQUE DIVERSE CULTURE AND AND RECREATN EONOMY. THIS IS A UNIQUE STATE. THIS IS A STATE THAT HAS ALMONDS AND VEGETABLES THAT WE ALL NEED TO SUSTAIN OURSELVES IA WAY THAT WILL ALLOAMERICA TO PLAY A ROLE IN FEEDING ITSELF. I WAS INVOLVED IN AN EFFORT TO MAKEURE THAT FOR OUR OWN NATIONAL SCURITY, THAT WE WOULD ABLE TO CONTINUE TO FEED YOURSVE AND IT HAS BEEN YEARS AGO SINCE WE BECAME A NET IMPORTER OF FOOD. THAT IS NOT NECESSARY. WE CAN GROW ENOUGH FOOD D TO ALLOW US O BECOME A NET IMRTER OF FOOD IS A MIAKE BEUSE WE HAVE A STATE LIKE LIFORN. IF WILL BE RESPECTFUL AND LIVE TO THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. THE FA OWNERS AND THE FARMWORKERS AND THEY WANT TO WORK OR CALIFRNIA, WITH CALIFORA TO FEED AMERICA, AND SUSTAIN A FABULOUS ENVIRONMENT. TO THE FINE THE GENTLEM FROM CALIFORNIA ANDHO WORKS TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE DIFFERENT VALLEYAND THESE COMMUNITIES COME TOGETHER, I WANT TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPO AND I YIELD BACK. THE EAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE WILL THE HOUSEUSPEND THE RULES AND

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  • 08:41:29 PM

    THE EAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE HOUSEUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 838 AS AMENDED. THOSEN FAVOR…

    WILL THE HOUSEUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 838 AS AMENDED. THOSEN FAVOR SAAYE. THOSE OPD, NO IN E OPINION OF T CHAIR, 2/3 9 RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND THOUT OBJECTIONHE TITLE IS ANDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FM WYOMING SK RECOGNITION? S. LUMMIS: I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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    S. LUMMIS

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CRK WILL RORT THE TITL OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE SAINT FRANCIS DAMN 1928. THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN

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    THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE

    1928. THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING ANDHE GENTLEMAN…

    1928. THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING ANDHE GENTLEMAN FROMALIFORNIA WIL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. LUMELOUM ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE GISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CSIDERATION. YIFMENTE WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 08:42:41 PM

    MRS. LUMMIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO TH AUTHOR OF THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO TH AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, THE FINE GENTLEMAN FROM LIFORNIA, MR. KNIGHT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    T GENTLAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KNIGHT

    YARKED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO MPORE

    YARKED.

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    ONEF THE LL WILL WILL WL THE BRCH OF THE SAINT FRANCISAM OF MARCH 12, 1928…

    ONEF THE LL WILL WILL WL THE BRCH OF THE SAINT FRANCISAM OF MARCH 12, 1928 TOOK T LIVES OF OVE 400 ARICAAPS TO HONOR THE AMERICS, H. 22 AND CALIFORNIA IN STA ARITIEY VALLEY. AND IT WL HAVE HEALING. IN ADDITION TO T MEMBER HALL, ITSTABLISHES AMON YOU METROPOLITAN ON 40 ACS ON PU PLANNED THAT IS DESIGNATED. AND IT WILL DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL PROGRAO IMPRO THE HEALTH OF TSE REGIONAL WETLANDS. I WANT TO THANK CONGREN KNIGHT AND THE SANTA CLATA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR BRIG THE LEGACYF E SAINT ANCIS DAM DASTER THE ATTENTION OF TE CONGRESS. AS WEAVE HEARD, THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER T PAST ARE DOOMED TO REPEATT. WE NEED TO ENSURE WE REMEMBER LESSONS OF HISTORAT ARE PART OF THE SAINT FNCIS STORY. I ALSO WT TO THANK MR. KNIGHT FOR WORKING WITH THE FORT SERVICE TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS BEFORE THE BILL WAS MARKED UP IN COMTTEE. THIIS A OD BILL. I URGE M COLLEAGUES TO SUPPO ITS OPTION AND I YIED BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TI.

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    THE SPEAK PO TEMPORE

    TIME. THE SPEAK PO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUS SPENDHE RUL AND…

    TIME. THE SPEAK PO TEMPORE: THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUS SPENDHE RUL AND PASS THE BILL.R.5244 A AMENDD. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AY THOPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OFE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, TH LES AREUENDED, THE BL IS PASSED WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTIOTO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE NTLEMAN FROM WYOMING S COGNITION?

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  • 08:47:28 PM

    MRS.UMMIS

    I MOVE TOUSPEND THE RULES A PASS.R. 3079 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK LL REPT TE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3079, A BILL KE CERTAINEDERAL LAND LOCAT ICALIFORNIA IN TRUST FOR TH…

    H.R. 3079, A BILL KE CERTAINEDERAL LAND LOCAT ICALIFORNIA IN TRUST FOR TH BENEFIT OF OF TU BAND OF MWUK IIANS ANFOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RE, THE GENTLEWAN FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS, AND…

    PURSUANT TO THE RE, THE GENTLEWAN FROM WYOMING, MRS. LUMMIS, AND THEGENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA,H WILL CONTROL 20 MINUT. MRS. LUMMI I ASK THAT ALL MEERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE D EXTEND THEIR REMARKS. THE EAKERRO TEORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE EAKERRO TEORE

    REMARKS. THE EAKERRO TEORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

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    THE EAKER PRTEMPORE

    THE GENTEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    I THANK TH NTLEL YIELDTHOUGH I'M TILL ANGRY AT R FOR DECISIOTO RETIR FROM…

    I THANK TH NTLEL YIELDTHOUGH I'M TILL ANGRY AT R FOR DECISIOTO RETIR FROM THE HOUSE ATHE END OF THIS TERM. I DON'T THINK ANYONE BLAMES HER FOR WANTING DEPRIVE HERSELF OF THE PLEASUREF OUCOANY, BUT I DO BLAME HER VERY MUCH FOR DEPRIVING ALL OF U OF THE EASURE OF HER COMPANY. SHEILL BE SELY MISSE MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3079 WOULD TRANSFER TWO 40-ACRPARCEL OWNED BY THEFOREST SERCE TO THE TUOE BANDF ME-WUK INANS. THESE ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN A ATE PROPERTY OWN TO TH-- OWNER TO THE NORTHND EAST ANDTRIBALLY OWNED NDS THE SOUTH AND WENG CONVERTED FROM FEE TORUST. THESE NEW PARCES WOULD BE ADDED THE ESTING TRIL COERVATION AREA AND WOULBE FORBIDDEN FROM BEING UD FOR GAMING. THIS BILL ATHE FULL SUPPOT OF THE TUONE COUY BOARD OF SUPERVISOR, TPRIVATE PROPTY OWNE WHOSE LAND ABU THIS PARCEL ALSO SUORTS THE TRANSFER. SIMILA LEGISLAON HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE B SETORS FEINSTEIN AND BOXER. THE FERALAND SUBCOMMITTEE HAS HELD HEARINGS INTO THE MAINTENAN BAC WILLING OF U.S. FORESTVICE PROPERTIEAND THE HORRIFIC FIRE DANGER SED BY THOVERGROW LANDS. ACRENOW IN SIER NOW CARR FEWER TIMES THE TIMBER NSITY THE LD CAN SUORT THIS REGION HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY FORESTIN T PT E BECAE THE FERAL LANDS HAVE BEEN SBADLY NEGLECD. THE LAND IN QUESTI IS DESIGNATES AS AIGH FEARD SEVITY ZONE. THE TRIBAL CHRMAN TESTIFIE THE FORESSERVICEAS DONE NO THINNING OF THESE PARCELS ROUGHOUT HIS LIFETIME. MY DISTRICT, FORES FIS HAVETTERLY DESTROYED MORE THAN 000 SQUARE MIL OF FORT IN JUST THE LASTHREE YEARS. THE RIM FIREE RGEST IN THE HISTRY 240E6 SIERRA, ONE OF THE LAST ITHE HISTO OF T STATE, CAME WITHIN FEW MS OF THIS PARCE I VISITED THE CENTERF FIRHERE, T BELEAGUERED FIGHTER BEGGED MERRY BACONE MESSAGE TO CONESS-- FOREST TREAENT MEASURED.WHEN THE FIREAN INTO TREAT ACRGE, ITLOWED ENOUGH TO EXTINGUISH. THERE JUST WASN'T ENOUGH OF IT. THAT FIRE BURNED MORE THAN WEEKS D DESTROYED 151,000 ACHERS O FORESTLAND. BY ADDING THESEO EXISTING NSERVATIO AAWE ENSURE IT WILBEROPERL MAIAINED, WHICH MEANS ADDITIAL FI OTECTION FOR THE RGION. WE'LDD0 HE OF PROY MANAGND MAINTAINED FOESTLAND WHERE EXCESS TIMBER N BE CARRI OUT BEFORE IT BURNS OUT. IN ASSOATION WITH TH TRIBE'S OTHER CONSERVATION RK, THAT COULD MAKE THEDIFFENCE IN STOPPING OR SLOWING THE NEXT CATASTROPHIFIREN THEEGION. IT IS AT LEAST A START. I THANK THE GENTLADY FOR THE THE TIME AND THANK THEOUSE FOR HEARINTHISILL TODAY A A FOR ITDPPINGS.

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  • 08:52:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PTEMPORE

    THE GENTLEM FROM CALIFNIA IS RECOGNIZ.

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    MR. COSTA

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE TUOLUMNE WAND IS WORKING ON…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE TUOLUMNE WAND IS WORKING ON THESE PARCELS. THESE PARCELS ARE UNDEVELOPED AND LANDLOCKED. PARCELS ARE LOCATED IN AREAS OF GREAT CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE TO THE TRIBE AND ARE CON TIGUS TO THE LAND OF THE TRIBE, THE PROPERTY THEY CURRENTLY OWNED IS FEE SIMPLE, KNOWN SIMPLY AS THE MURPHY RANCH. WHEN THE TRIBE INQUIRED ABOUT THE STAT TOUFS THE PARCELS THE LOCAL U.S. FOREST SERVICE STAFF CONFIRMED THERE ARE NO CURRENT OR FUTURE USES FOR THE FOREST SERVICE OTHER FEDERAL AGENCY. THE TRIBE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THESE EXISTING TWO PARCELS A PART OF THEIR EXISTING MURPHY RANCH CONSERVATION AREA, ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT THE WILDLIFE AND NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE AREA AND ALSO AS CONGRESSMAN MCCLINTOCK NOTED, TO PROVIDE ADEGREESAL FIRE PROTECTION WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. WE AS A RESULT OF FOUR DEVASTATINGLY DRY YEARS COMBINED WITH THE BARK BEETLE HAVE A TINDERBOX OF EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH IN CALIFORNIA. SOME OF YOU HAVE NOTED THE FIRES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE ALREADY IN OTHER WESTERN STATES SYSTEM OF FIRE PROTECTION IS A PART OF THE CONCERN OF THIS EFFORT AND I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO IMPROVE THE FOREST SERVICE ABILITY TO MANAGE OUR FOREST LANDS. FRANKLY, WE'RE SPENDING ALL THE MONEY WE DO GIVE TO THE FOREST SERVICE TO PUT OUT FIRES AND THEREFORE IT ONLY MAKES MATTERS WORSE BECAUSE WE'RE NOT DOING THE KIND OF WORK WE OUGHT TO BE DOING IN MANAGING THE FOREST. SO I WANT TO COMMEND THE TRIBE FOR WORKING WITH THE TUOLUMNE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, THE TRUST THAT MITT KATE GATED ANY OTHER ISSUES THE LAND TRANSFER MAY HAVE HAD AND OF COURSE CONGRESSMAN MCCLINTOCK HAS BEEN TENACIOUS IN WORKING WITH ALL THE PARTIES TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR SWIFT ADOPTION. AND I WANT TO COMMEND HIS EFFORTS. AND WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE THAT I THANK THE CONGRESSWOMAN, MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING, FOR ALL HER GOOD WORK. I TOO WILL BE ONE OF THOSE WHO WILL MISS HER PRESENCE, HER ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT AND CONSTRUCTIVE EFFORTS TO TRY TO FIND BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO THE CHALLENGES WE FACE HERE IN CONGRESS. SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 08:54:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS.

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    MRS. LUMMIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3079. THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 3079. THE TRIBE INTENDS TO INCORPORATED THE 80 ACRES INTO WHAT'S COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE MURPHY RANCH AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, JUST INDICATED AND TO DESIGNATE THE LAND AS PART OF THE TRIBE'S 2013 PERMANENT CONSERVATION AREA. ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE CALIFORNIANS COMING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THEIR STATE. AND NOBODY KNOWS BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE OF THEIR OWN STATE HOW BEST TO MANAGE THEIR STATE. I THINK THIS EVENING'S DEBATES ARE AN EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THING, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR THEIR STATE. THIS IS HOW CONGRESS SHOULD WORK. THIS IS HOW CONGRESS CAN WORK. MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO ABSOLUTE MY COLLEAGUE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL LAND SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. TOM MCCLINTOCK, MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, FOR ALL HIS IMPORTANT WORK ON THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND OTHER PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND AS I LEAVE CONGRESS I AM DELIGHTED TO ENTRUST THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION'S LANDS AND WATER AND AIR TO THE GENTLEMAN WITH WHOM I'VE BEEN HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS TONIGHT AND DEBATING THESE VERY BIPARTISAN BILLS. PRACTICAL, COMMONSENSE, APROFES. JUST WHAT THE AMERICAN -- APPROACHES, JUST WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE MORE OF THIS IN -- IN THIS CONGRESS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 3079, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4875, THE UNITED…

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4875, THE UNITED STATES SEMICENTENNIAL ACT OF 2016 AS AMENDED.

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  • 08:57:35 PM

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4875, TO ESTABLISH THE UNITED STATES SEMIQUIN CENTENNIAL COMMISSION…

    H.R. 4875, TO ESTABLISH THE UNITED STATES SEMIQUIN CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT OF 2016.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ AND THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BOYLE EACH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ AND THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BOYLE EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4875 OFFERED BY MR. PATRICK MEEHAN OF…

    RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4875 OFFERED BY MR. PATRICK MEEHAN OF PENNSYLVANIA, AND I'D LIKE TO YIELD HIM SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO DISCUSS THIS

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    MR. MEEHAN

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOUNDING FATHERS, BEN J MAIN FRANKLIN, ONCE SAID, BY…

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE FOUNDING FATHERS, BEN J MAIN FRANKLIN, ONCE SAID, BY PREFAILING TO PREPARE, YOU'RE FAILING TO PRE-- BY FAILING TO PREPARE YOU'RE PREPARING TO FAIL. THE SEMIQUIN CENTENNIAL ACT -- THE SEMIQUINCEENTENNIA ACT IS PLANNING FOR THE CELEBRATION 2026. THERE'S MUCH TO DO SO WE'RE FOLLOWING BEN FRANKLIN'S DEVICE AND STARTING THE PLANNING 10 YEARS IHEAD OF WHAT SHOULD BE A HISTORIC CELEBRATION. TO DEVELOP THESE PLANS, THE 32 MEMBER BODY OF PRIVATE CITIZENS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS WILL MEET IN HISTORIC INDEPENDENCE HALL IN PHILADELPHIA. THE VERY PLACE WHERE OUR NEW NATION WAS DECLARED. AND WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ITS FORMATION, THE COMMISSION IS CHARGED WITH REPORTING RECOMMENDATIONS ON PLANS TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO CONGRESS. IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT APPROPRIATE ANY FUNDS TOWARD THE COMMISSION ACTIVITIES. THE COMMISSION WILL RELY SOLELY ON GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM PRIVATE CITIZENS. WHILE THE UNITED STATES WAS FOUNDED IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, THE COMMISSION WILL NOT BE LIMITED TO PLANNING EVENTS JUST IN OUR GREAT CITY. H.R. 4875 ENCOURAGES THE COMMISSION TO DEVELOP EVENT PLANS AT SITES OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE, BATTLEFIELDS, IMPORTANT LOCATIONS ALL ACROSS THE NATION THAT WILL TRULY CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, BOB BRADY, FOR HIS LEADER SHI ON THE GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE, FOR THEY WORK ON THE MEASURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4875, THE UNITED STATES SEMIQUEN…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4875, THE UNITED STATES SEMIQUEN CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT OF 2016. THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE BY MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE PATRICK MEEHAN, AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. YESTERDAY IN MY DISTRICT IN PHILADELPHIA, LIKE ALL OF THE DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE WERE PROUDLY CELEBRATING THE 240TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 09:00:56 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    JULY 4, 2026, WE'LL BE CELEBRATING THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF…

    JULY 4, 2026, WE'LL BE CELEBRATING THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE FOUNDING OF OUR COUNTRY. H.R. 4875 WOULD ESTABLISH A COMMISSION TO PLAN, DEVELOP AND COORDINATE THE COMMEMORATION OF THIS IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE COMMISSION'S EVENTS WOULD HIGHLIGHT LOCATIONS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE, INCLUDING KEY CITIES SUCH AS BOSTON, CHARLESTON, NEW YORK, AND OF COURSE THE NATION'S BIRTH PLACE OF PHILADELPHIA, MY HOMETOWN. THE COMMISSION WOULD ALSO EMPHASIZE THE ROLES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS ON AMERICAN HISTORY. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR WOULD BE REQUIRED TO STUDY AND REPORT ON ACTIONS TO FURTHER THE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC SITES AND DEVELOP FITTING COMMEMORATION EXHIBITS. OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES WOULD COORDINATE THE COAST OF SCHOLARLY WORKS ON AND ARTISTIC INSPECTIONS OF AMERICAN HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICAL THOUGHT, AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE WOULD FACILITATE THE PARTICIPATION OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN THE CELEBRATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO BEGIN THE PLANNING OF THIS SPECIAL EVENT, ONLY A DECADE AWAY. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZE --

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

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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

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  • 09:02:33 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 09:02:39 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. I APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK OF MR. MEEHAN WHO…

    I URGE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. I APPRECIATE THE GOOD WORK OF MR. MEEHAN WHO HELPED CHAMPION THIS THROUGH IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, I APPRECIATE MR. BOYLE IN HIS PASSION ON THIS ISSUE AS WELL. ALL AMERICANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS NATION AND CERTAINLY CELEBRATING ITS HISTORY IS APPROPRIATE. I URGE THE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:02:54 PM

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4875 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:03:16 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4539,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4539, THE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY COMMISSION ACT, AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4539, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY…

    H.R. 4539, A BILL TO ESTABLISH THE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY COMMISSION AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUAN

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BOYLE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 09:03:42 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED, WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:03:57 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4539, INTRODUCED BY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4539, INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT OF VIRGINIA. IN 1619, THE FIRST PEOPLE FROM AFRICA ARRIVED AT THE ENGLISH COLONIES AT POINT COMFORT, VIRGINIA. TO HIGHLIGHT THE SIGNIFICANT HISTORY AND CULTURAL IMPACT OF THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN -- AFRICANS TO ARRIVE AT POINT COMFORT, THIS BILL CREATES A COMMISSION TO PLAN AND CARRY OUT COMMEMORATIVE ACTIVITIES. THE COMMISSION'S MEMBERSHIP WILL BE COMPRISED OF MEMBERS APPOINTED BY THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. AFTER CONSIDERING RECOMMENDATIONS OF CIVIL RIGHT HISTORICAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND GOVERNORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. UNDER THE BILL, THE COMMISSION WILL PLAN, DEVELOP AND CARRY OUT PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES TO RECOGNIZE AND HIGHLIGHT THE RESILIENCE AND CONTRIBUTION OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS SINCE 1619, AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PAGE THAT CONSCIOUS IMPACT IT HAD ON THE -- ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPACT IT HAD ON THE UNITED STATES. AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF 4539 -- H.R. 4539, AND WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 09:05:22 PM

    MR. BOYLE

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

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    RE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BOYLE

    ITS AUTHOR RIGHT HERE WITH US, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, I WOULD LIKE…

    ITS AUTHOR RIGHT HERE WITH US, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO HIM NOW, MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, BOBBY SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4539, THE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY COMMISSION ACT WAS INTRODUCED EARLIER IN THE SENATE BY SENATORS TIM CAIN AND MARK WARNER AND I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE VERSION WITH THE SUPPORT OF REPRESENTATIVES RIGELL, BUTTERFIELD, FORBES, WITTMAN, LEWIS AND MANY OTHERS. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BOYLE, FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN BRINGING THE BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. THIS BILL WOULD ESTABLISH A COMMISSION TO BEGIN PLANNING PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ACROSS THE NATION TO RECOGNIZE THE MANY CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS SINCE THE FIRST ARRIVAL OF AFRICANS IN THE ENGLISH COLONIES ATPORT COMFORT, VIRGINIA, IN 19 -- AT PORT COMFORT, VIRGINIA, IN 1619. THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA AND OUR NATION CANNOT BE FULLY UNDERSTOOD WITHOUT RECOGNIZING THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE SLAVE TRADE. SLAVERY WAS AN ABHORRENT INSTITUTION, BUT FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS IT WAS THE FOUNDATION OF THE COLONIAL AND EARLY AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL SYSTEM, AND ESSENTIAL TO ITS ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY. THE 20 AFRICANS WHO ARRIVED AT PORT COMFORT, VIRGINIA, IN HAMPTON, VIRGINIA, IN 1619 WERE THE FIRST ON RECORD TO BE FORCIBLY SETTLED AS INVOLUNTARY LABORERS IN THE ENGLISH COLONIES. THE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY COMMISSION ACT WILL BE INSTRUMENTAL IN RECOGNIZING AND HIGHLIGHTING THE RESILIENCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS SINCE 1619. FROM SLAVERY TO FIGHTING IN THE CIVIL WAR, TO WORKING AGAINST JIM CROW SELL GATION TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, THE HITCH RIFT -- RICH HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION BEGAN HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO BUT OBVIOUSLY DOES NOT END THERE. THE COMMISSION ESTABLISHED BY THIS BILL WILL BE CHARGED WITH THE IMPORTANT TASK OF PLANNING, DEVELOPING, AND IMPLEMENTING A SERIES PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT 2019 TO FULLY TELL THE STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR RESILIENCE OVER THE LAST 400 YEARS AND EVEN EARLIER, AS THE AFRICANS WERE BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA BY THE SPANISH MORE THAN A CENTURY EARLIER. THE EFFORTS OF THIS 15-MEMBER COMMISSION, WHICH WILL INCLUDE HISTORICAL EXPERTS, NOT POLITICIANS, WILL ENSURE THAT THE LEGACY OF THOSE AFRICANS IN COLONIAL AMERICA, ALONG WITH OTHER AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS WHOSE CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE HELPED MOVE OUR NATION FORWARD, ARE RECOGNIZED APPROPRIATELY. IT WOULD BE OF GREAT DISSERVICE NOT ONLY TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS BUT ALL AMERICANS IF WE FAIL TO APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZE THIS IMPORTANT UPCOMING MILESTONE IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS EFFORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:08:40 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS BUT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS BUT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 09:08:47 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE LADY FROM…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE LADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. I…

    LET ME THANK THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE MANAGER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. AND LET ME THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND LABOR, THE ORIGINAL SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA. I CANNOT THINK OF A MORE IMPORTANT STATEMENT AND ACT ON THE VAST EXPANSE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY COMMISSION ACT, AS HAS BEEN OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT, IS GIVING ONE OF THE MOST AUTHORITATIVE AND WIDELY NEEDED REVIEW OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. IT IS EXTENSIVE, IT IS DETAILED, AND IT IS DISTINCT. SPECIFICALLY, I COME FROM THE REGION CALLED TEXAS AND THE GULF STATES. IN PARTICULAR, AS IT RELATES TO THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, WE COMMEMORATE SOMETHING CALLED JUNETEENTH. THAT MEANS THAT IN 1863 WE DID NOT GET THE WORD THAT PRESIDENT LINCOLN HAD FREED THE SLAVES. IT CAME IN 1865. WHEN GENERAL GRANGER LANDED ON THE SHORES OF GALVESTON. SO WE HAVE THIS PHENOMENON CALLED JUNETEENTH. IT MAY NOT BE AN IDEA OR A COMMEMORATION THAT IS KNOWN ALL OVER. THEN OF COURSE THE EARLY STAGES OF SLAVERY. THE VAST DIFFERENTS IN THE REGIONS ON HOW SLAVES WERE HELD. THE MANY PLACES WHERE AFRICAN-AMERICANS PARTICIPATED IN WAR AND PEACE THAT MAY NOT BE KNOWN. THE SCIENCE AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT WE'VE EVIDENCED, BEYOND THE LIKES OF DR. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER. OR THE DEBATE BETWEEN THE PATHWAYS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS. CERTAINLY WE'RE WELL AWARE OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. MANY BELIEVE THEY KNOW THEIR CURRENT HISTORY. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT NUANCES. AND I IMAGINE IN THE COMMISSION OF THIS PARTICULAR LEGISLATION THIS COMMISSION WOULD GO EVEN FAR MORE DEEPLY INTO AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. SO LET ME SAY THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD AND I WILL SAY THAT IF THIS IS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, AMERICA WILL BE BETTER FOR KNOWING THE HISTORY OF ALL PEOPLE, AND THIS COMMISSION WILL CERTAINLY BE PART OF TELLING THAT VERY DETAILED, DIVERSE AND DIFFERENT STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT I ASK SUPPORT OF THE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 09:12:09 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL -- I DO NOT BELIEVE THERE ARE ANY MORE SPEAKERS ON OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL -- I DO NOT BELIEVE THERE ARE ANY MORE SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE SO I WILL JUST WRAP UP. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR BEARING WITH ME WHILE I'M A LITTLE HOARSE. IN DOING THIS DUTY HERE TONIGHT. HAD A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH SCREAMING AT OUR FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES AND PARADES IN PHILADELPHIA, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, YESTERDAY. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I REALLY ADMIRE -- I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS DONE INTENTIONALLY THIS WAY, BUT THE WISDOM OF THE CHAIRMAN AND THOSE WHO SCHEDULED THESE TWO RESOLUTIONS COMING IN TANDEM. BECAUSE I THINK THEY ARE BOTH IMPORTANT AND I'M ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT BOTH OF THEM. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL THE STORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WITHOUT THE ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS AND RESILIENCE SHOWN BY THOSE WHO ARE THE DESCENDENTS OF SLAVES WHO WERE BROUGHT HERE TO OUR SHORES AGAINST THEIR WILL. I AM, LIKE MANY OF US, THE DESCENDENT OF IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME HERE WILLINGLY, THOUGH CAME HERE WITHOUT NOTHING, AT LEAST CAME HERE WILLINGLY, AND OF COURSE THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. I THINK THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AS WELL AS SENATORS TIM CAIN AND MARK WARNER, FOR THEIR CHAMPIONING OF IT AND I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:13:30 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME ECHO THE WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN FAVOR OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, LET ME ECHO THE WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, I WANT TO THANK MR. BOYLE FOR HIS SUPPORT IN CHAMPIONING THIS THROUGH. WITH OUR COMMITTEE. AND I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK BOBBY SCOTT OF VIRGINIA. HIS REPRESENTATION OF THAT AREA , A PIVOTAL VOICE IN BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. I'M GLAD TO BE SUPPORTIVE OF IT AND WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ALSO SUPPORT IT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4539, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 09:15:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION

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    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 552.

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    THE CLERK

    AN ASTREEGIC APPROACH TO REDUCE POVERTY AP AND INCLUSIVE AGRICULTURAL LED…

    AN ASTREEGIC APPROACH TO REDUCE POVERTY AP AND INCLUSIVE AGRICULTURAL LED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AND BUILD RESILIENCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 09:16:14 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, MR. ROYCE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THE CHAIR.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STROKE SUPPORT OF…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STROKE SUPPORT OF THIS GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY ACT, THE GLOBAL SECURITY ACT WAS LED BY REPRESENTATIVES AND ESTABLISHES AND ENHANCES THE TRANSPARENCY OF EXISTING YET UNAUTHORIZED FOOD EXISTING PROGRAMS. WHAT THIS DOES IS AUTHORIZE INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE, THE HUMANITARIAN ACCOUNT AND CHEATENING TO WATER AND MEDICINE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE AFLIGGETTED AND HIT BY NATURAL DISASTERS AND AUTHORIZE GO FOR THE FIRST SIME THE FOOD AID PROGRAM THAT HELPS REFUGEES WHEN AND WHERE THEY NEED IT MESS. AND TIMELY, WITH AN EYE TOWARD FUTURE AP ADVANCES POLICIES THAT WILL STIMULATE GROWTH AND ENABLE PEOPLE TO GROW THEIR OWN WAY OUT OF POVERTY SO THEY

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  • 09:18:08 PM

    MR. WILLIAMS

    NOT DEPEND ON U.S. ASSIST TABS AND ZOSE THAT WITHOUT INCREASING SPENDING…

    NOT DEPEND ON U.S. ASSIST TABS AND ZOSE THAT WITHOUT INCREASING SPENDING OF THE THE HADGES IS THE PRODUCT OF MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF IN COMPLUSE I HAVE NEGOTIATIONS. IT HAS HELD HEARINGS. WE MARGD AND REPORTED NOT ONE BUT TWO VERSION THE. THE HOUSE PASSED EACH OF THESE BILLS WITH BROUD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS ASSISTANCE. SOY THIS BILL, S. 1252 CONTAINS ALL THE PROVISIONS BY ADDINGS THE ASSISTANCE IN THE SECURITY FOOD PROGRAM. IT BRINGS THE BILL FULL SKIKEAL AND ENABLES CONGRESS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT. AND FROM DISASTER TO RESILLIANS TO TRADE AND IT ADDS REQUIREMENTS AND ELIMINATE THE WAIST. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO HELP GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK.

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  • 09:19:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I RISE IN SPRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I'M VERY PROUD WE ARE ABOUT TO…

    I RISE IN SPRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE. I'M VERY PROUD WE ARE ABOUT TO TAKE OUR FINAL STEP ON THE GLOBAL FOOD ACT. AND I THINK ALL FOR THEIR HARD WORK AS WELL AS SENATORS' AND I WHAT HAPPENED TO THANK OUR CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. THIS IS BIPARTISAN, COMMONSENSE ISSUES. 800 MILLION LIVE WITHOUT THE CERTAINTY THAT THEY CAN'T EAT. AND HALF THE TIME IT'S BECAUSE OF MALL NUTRITIONMENT MORE THAN ENOUGH FOOD RMENTFMENT AND IT IS UN

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  • 09:20:53 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    SABBLE. A ROAD BLOCK UNDERFED POPULATIONS ARE MORE VULLNERBLE. IT IS MUCH…

    SABBLE. A ROAD BLOCK UNDERFED POPULATIONS ARE MORE VULLNERBLE. IT IS MUCH HARDER. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION IN TRYING TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM. THIS BILL PLACES A SPECIAL PRIORITY TO AIM TO REDUCE HUNG IROFMENTE. IT IS A ROBUST INVESTMENT IN THE IN THE INITIATIVE AND DEALING WITH HUNGER. THIS BILL HAS MOVED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I RESERVE.

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  • 09:21:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    LIKE TO YIELD EIGHT MINUTES TO MR. CONAWAY FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. CONAWAY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. UNDER SECTION , WILL SUPERSEDE OR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. UNDER SECTION , WILL SUPERSEDE OR AFFECT THE AUTHORITY OF A AN AGENCY TO CARRY OUT THE FOOD PROGRAMS AND THE FOOD AND THE CHILD KNEW TRISHON PROGRAM OR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THIS RULE APPLIES EQUALLY TO ALL POINTS OF THE BILL AND EFSP.

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  • 09:22:54 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THAT IS CORRECT. THE RULE OF CONSTRUCTION UNDER SECTION 9 WHICH WAS…

    THAT IS CORRECT. THE RULE OF CONSTRUCTION UNDER SECTION 9 WHICH WAS CAREFULLY GOIBTED WITH THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMPANIES OF AGRICULTURE AND THE SENATE COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN RELATIONS APPLIES TO ALL PARTS OF THE BILL AND AUTHORIZES THE EXISTING THE EMERGENCY PROGRAM.

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  • 09:23:23 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    GENTLEMAN'S UNDERSTANDING, THE AUTHORITY GRANTED WILL NOT IN ANY WAY HAVE…

    GENTLEMAN'S UNDERSTANDING, THE AUTHORITY GRANTED WILL NOT IN ANY WAY HAVE THE FOOD FOR PEACE ACT AND U.S. AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN. ROYCERIES CORRECT, THE COMMITTEE HAS COULD BE FERD WITH THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNT BIMENT OFFICE AND RECEIVED ITS CONFIRMATION THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE AUTHORITY CANNOT. FUNDS TO ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS. AND FUNDS PROVIDED TO CARRY OUT THE THE SFOOD PROGRAM. NEITHER THE FUBBEDS NOR THE AUTHORITIES ARE INTERCHANGEABLE.

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  • 09:24:22 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    DOES THE CHAIRMAN THAT THE FOOD FOREVER PEACE PROGRAM IS A VITAL IS VITAL…

    DOES THE CHAIRMAN THAT THE FOOD FOREVER PEACE PROGRAM IS A VITAL IS VITAL SO RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES AND ALEFFYATE HUNGER AND THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM AND THE COMMODITIES MUST REMAIN A SIGNIFICANT PART OF U.S. AIDE PROGRAMS?

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  • 09:24:50 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    IT HAS REDUCED POVERTY. AMERICAN FARMERS ARE PROUD OF THIS LEG AS THEY.…

    IT HAS REDUCED POVERTY. AMERICAN FARMERS ARE PROUD OF THIS LEG AS THEY. THEY HAVE STRESSED OUR INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID, LEADING US TO LOOK TO NEW APREEMPS TO STRETCH OURER DOLLARS AND THE GLOBALAL ACT AUTHORIZES ONE OF THESE APPROACHES. AND TO PROVIDE ELECTRONIC VOUCHERS TO HELP PEOPLE IN THE NEED. THIS PROGRAM IS MET TOLL COMPLEMENT NOT REPLACE TO DELIVERING FOOD AID INCLUDING THE FOOD FOR PEACE FRAM. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW IT WORKS IN PLACES LIKE JORDAN WHERE SNE ARE WORKING TO MEET THE NEEDS. WHILE THE WORLD MAY BE CHANGING RAPIDLY, ONE THING WILL INFER CHANGE OF THE THE FARMER WILL PROVIDE SCURELT. AND WILL ALWAYS BE IN COMMAND AND BE IN DEMAND. WHILE WE MAY DISAGREE, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS PRINCIPLE WILL BE REFLECTED. IN THE MEANTIME, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FRSM TEXAS FOR HIS EFFORTS AND INCLUDING THE VAST EXPERTISE AND OF THE COMMUNITY WILL BE LEVERAGED THROUGH THE GLOBAL FEUD ACT AND I LOOK FORWARD FOE YOU YOUR SUPPORT.

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  • 09:26:53 PM

    MR. CONAWAY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACT AND THE CRUCIAL ACT.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACT AND THE CRUCIAL ACT. AND AS YOU RIGHTLY POINTS OUT, THIS SHOULD BE IN THE TIME TESTED AND SHOULD NOT SWERVED. I LOOK FORWARD TO MONITORING DEVELOPING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM CALIFORNIA AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS CONSIDERATION AND I THARK HIM AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:27:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:27:47 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER, IF THERE IS THERE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER…

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER, IF THERE IS THERE PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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  • 09:27:57 PM

    RE MR.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I'M REMINDED IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH AND YOU TEACH…

    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. I'M REMINDED IF YOU GIVE A MAN A FISH AND YOU TEACH A MAN TO FISH YOU GIVE HIM. THAT'S THE EFFORT. YOU WANT TO HELP POPULATIONS TO FEED THEMSELVES AND GET TO THE ROOT CAUSES AND BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO POSSIBILITIES ACROSS REGIONS. WE NEED TO INCREST IN THE INITIATIVES AND WE ARE AUTHORIZING STRONG SUPPORT TO FEED THE FUTURE AND RAMP EFFORTS FOCUSING ON FOOD AID. THIS IS A GOOD AID. AND THIS IS BIPARTISAN. WE ARE GLAD HE WE ARE SANDING IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR GOOD WORK AND I URGE A YES VOTE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE LINK BETWEEN CONFLICT AND HUNGER IS UNDEANABLE. MR. ENGEL…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE LINK BETWEEN CONFLICT AND HUNGER IS UNDEANABLE. MR. ENGEL TRAVELED IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA AND TO ETHIOPIA WHERE 1. MILLION PEOPLE ARE ON THE VERGE OF WHAT I WOULD DESIGNATE AS STARVATION, BUT NO ONE USES THAT WORD OR USES THE WORD FAMINE BECAUSE IT MIGHT A COUP. AND MASSIVE DISASTERS IN SOUTH ZUER SUDAN HAVE SPARKED THESE FLOWS. THEY THREATEN THE SECURITY. THERE ARE 800 MILLION PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HUNGER AND THEY ARE DISPLACED BY CONFLICT THAT DESPERATE APPLY NEED OUR HELP. . . SUPPORTING THE GROWTH OF HEALTHIER, MORE STABLE SOCIETIES THROUGH COST-EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE AGRICULTURE-LED ECONOMIC GROWTH. THAT OPEN MARKETS FOR U.S. INVESTMENT IN TRADE, THAT PROMOTE FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY. AND ULTIMATELY THAT BREAK THE CYCLE OF DEPENDENCE ON AID. THE GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY ACT CAN HELP. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:30:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 12552.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 12552. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO REIS -- RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:31:13 PM

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    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SO ORDERED. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING…

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

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  • 09:31:44 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE TO SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3766.

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  • 09:31:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 3766, AN ACT TO DIRECT THE PRESIDENT TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR…

    H.R. 3766, AN ACT TO DIRECT THE PRESIDENT TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR UNITED STATES FOREIGN DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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  • 09:32:09 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 09:32:17 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:32:29 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 09:32:35 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3766, THE FOREIGN AID TRANSPARENCY AND…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 3766, THE FOREIGN AID TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. AND I'D LIKE TO THANK JUDGE TED POE, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE, FOR HIS YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. EFFECTIVE U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE CAN HELP ADVANCE THE DIPLOMATIC, ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND IT CAN HELP SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF HEALTHIER, MORE STABLE SOCIETIES. IT CAN PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO EXTREMISM. IT CAN COMBAT GLOBAL HEALTH THREATS, FOSTER SELF-SUFFICIENCY, AND OPEN NEW MARKETS TO U.S. TRADE AND INVESTMENT. BUT IT CAN ALSO BE WASTED, AS IT HAS MANY TIMES. AND THAT'S WHY MAKING U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE HAS BEEN CENTRAL FOCUSED OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THIS IS NO EASY TASK. THERE ARE MORE THAN 20 FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES DELIVERING FOOD AID. TO MANY -- TOO MANY OF THEM DO NOT SHARE OUR INTERESTS IN TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESULTS. TOO OFTEN THE IMPORTANCE OF AN AGENCY IS MEASURED BY THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES IT CONTROLS, AND NOT BY ITS POSITIVE IMPACT. UNFORTUNATELY THE SUCCESS OF INITIATIVES ARE TOO OFTEN MEASURED BY THINGS DELIVERED, LIKE BED NETS, INSTEAD OF PROGRAM OUTCOMES, LIKE MALARIA INFECTIONS AVERTED. AND LIVES SAVED. AS LONG AS OUR FOREIGN AID AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE BEYOND SCRUTINY, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. CONGRESS NEEDS THE TOOLS TO BREAK DOWN THESE BARRIERS TO EFFECTIVE AID. WE NEED TO HELP U.S. FOREIGN AID AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS IMPROVE COORDINATION, IDENTIFY DUPLICATION, ELIMINATE WASTE, AND LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE. AND THIS BILL WILL HELP. THE FOREIGN AID TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WILL ESTABLISH TOUGH STANDARDS FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATING -- EVALUATION. IT WILL ENSURE THAT MANY FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES THAT IMPLEMENT THESE PROGRAMS, THAT ALL OF THEM COORDINATE RATHER THAN DUPLICATE THEIR EFFORTS. AND THEN APPLY THE LESSONS LEARNED. AND IT WILL REQUIRE THESE AGENCIES TO PUBLISH FOREIGN ASSISTANCE DATA ON A CONSOLIDATED WEBSITE SO WE CAN BETTER TRACK INVESTMENTS AGAINST RESULTS. THIS BILL IS THE RESULT OF YEARS OF CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN CONGRESS, BETWEEN EXPERTS, AND ADVOCATES, AND I WANT TO AGAIN THANK JUDGE POE, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVE CONNOLLY, FOR THEIR STEADFAST WORK AND LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY. AND I ALSO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER, ELIOT ENGEL, OF NEW YORK. I WOULD URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:35:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:35:42 PM

    MR. ENGEL

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

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

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  • 09:35:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS BILL. MR. POE OF TEXAS, MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA. WE MARKED UP THIS BILL IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE APPROVED IT LAST WINTER. THE SENATE SENT IT BACK TO US WITH A FEW CHANGES AND NOW I'M PLEASED THAT WE'RE TAKING THE FINAL VOTE ON THIS MEASURE BEFORE WE SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. MR. SPEAKER, I VIEW FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AS ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT FOREIGN POLICY TOOLS. WHETHER WE'RE HELPING THE COMMUNITY BUILD A SCHOOL AND TRAIN TEACHERS, OR HELPING A COUNTRY IMPROVE ITS POWER GRID, OR MAKING IT EASIER FOR FARMERS TO IRRIGATE THEIR FIELDS AND FAMILIES TO GET CLEAN WATER, FOREIGN ASSISTANCE SHOWS THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES IS EAGER TO BE A FRIEND AND EAGER TO BE A PARTNER. PARTNERSHIP IS GOOD FOR US AS WELL. OF COURSE FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ISN'T ABOUT HANDOUTS, IT'S ABOUT HELPING BUILD CAPACITY AND CAPABILITIES. WE WANT TO SEE COUNTRIES BECOME VIBRANT AND PRODUCTIVE. WE WANT TO SEE SOCIETIES BECOME STRONG AND PROSPEROUS. STRONGER PARTNERS AROUND THE WORLD MEAN BETTER LIVES FOR THE PEOPLE IN THOSE COUNTRIES AND GREATER STABILITY AND SECURITY FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS AND REGIONS. AND OF COURSE A GREATER PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO US AS WELL AS TO THE NATIONS WE'RE HELPING. AT ITS BEST, FOREIGN ASSISTANCE IS LIKE PLANTING A SEED. NURTURING IT AND SEEING IT GROW INTO SOMETHING SELF-SUFFICIENT. IF WE'RE DOING IT RIGHT, IT WILL GIVE US A TREMENDOUS BANG FOR OUR BUCK. FOREIGN POLICY, FOREIGN ASSISTANCE, IS LESS THAN 1% OF THE TOTAL AMERICAN BUDGET. ALTHOUGH PEOPLE THINK IT'S 15% OR EVEN MORE, IT'S LESS THAN 1% . BUT WE DON'T HAVE A LOT TO WORK WITH. BECAUSE OUR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE REPRESENTS THAT 1%, JUST THE SMALLEST SLIVER OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET, SO WE NEED TO KNOW THAT THESE INVESTMENTS ARE BEING PUT TO THE BEST USE. WE NEED TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT RESULTS IN ORDER TO CUT AWAY DEAD WOOD AND FOCUS ON EFFORTS THAT ARE GIVING US THE BEST OUTCOMES. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY TAKEN TREMENDOUS STEPS TO PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN OUR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. THIS BILL WOULD WRITE MANY OF THOSE STEPS INTO LAW AND BUILD ON THEM, REQUIRING MEASURABLE GOALS FOR FOREIGN AID AND REQUIRING STRONG PLANS FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATION. WE NEED TO SEE JUSTICE WHAT -- JUST WHAT A DIFFERENCE OUR FOREIGN ASSISTANCE IS MAKING AND GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY FOREIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TIE INTO OUR OWN NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. AND THEY DO. WE HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS AND FOREIGN AID IS ONE WAY OF ADDRESSING THOSE CONCERNS. I'M GLAD TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE HARD WORK OF MR. POE, MR. CONNOLLY, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:38:59 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    ROYCE AND 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. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 09:41:15 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, SMART INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT CAN HELP SUPPORT GROWTH OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, SMART INVESTMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT CAN HELP SUPPORT GROWTH OF HEALTHIER, MORE STABLE SOCIETIES, OPEN MARKETS, IT CAN GENERATE CONSUMERS OF U.S. GOODS, IT CAN CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE THERE AND FOR U.S. BUSINESSES TO GROW. BUT UNWISE INVESTMENTS CAN HAVE THE EXACT OPPOSITE EFFECT. THIS BILL WILL GIVE US THE TOOLS WE NEED TO MAKE OUR FOREIGN AID PROGRAMS MORE SMART AND WISE, AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. I URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:41:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES CONCUR IN SENATE…

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES CONCUR IN SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3766. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A REQUEST FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 09:42:40 PM

    MR. OLSON

    MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS LOVE TO BRAG. TEXANS LIKE ME BRAG THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS LOVE TO BRAG. TEXANS LIKE ME BRAG THE MOST. TODAY I'M GOING TO BRAG ABOUT A YOUNG LADY FROM MY HOMETOWN OF SUGAR LEFT-HAND SIDE, TEXAS. -- SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. SHE'S A BULLDOG FROM AUSTIN, HIGH SCHOOL. HER NAME IS SIMONE MAN WELL -- MANUEL. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT NAME TODAY, YOU WILL AFTER THIS SUMMER'S OLYMPICS IN RIO DE JANEIRO. SIMONE SWIMS FAST, REALLY FAST. WATER ON FIRE FAST. IN FACT, SHE RECENTLY SWAM SO FAST SHE IS SWIMMING IN THREE EVENTS AT THE OLYMPICS. THE 50-METER FREESTYLE, THE 100-METER FREESTYLE, AND THE FOUR BY 100-METER FREE THROW STYLE RELAY. TEXAS WOMEN LOVE PRECIOUS METAL. THEY'RE OK WITH BRONZE, THEY LIKE SILVER, AND THEY LOVE GOLD. GOOD LUCK, SIMONE. BRING HOME SOME PRECIOUS METAL TO SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. SUGAR LAND LOVES YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:44:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 09:44:18 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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  • 09:44:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 09:44:27 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF ROW LET, TOWNSHIP, POTTER COUNTY. THE TOWNSHIP WAS FOUNDED ON JANUARY 29, 1816, IN HONOR OF ROW LET. ONE OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF POTTER COUNTY. TODAY THE COMMUNITY'S NAME IS SPELLED A BIT DIFFERENTLY DUE TO AN EARLY ERROR BY THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT. TODAY THE TOWNSHIP IS HOME TO MORE THAN 1,300 PEOPLE. LATER THIS WEEK MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WILL KICK OFF A TWO-DAY CELEBRATION STARTING ON FRIDAY IN HONOR OF THE TOWNSHIP'S BICENTENNIAL HISTORY. THE CELEBRATION WILL START WITH A 5-K WALK FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, IT WILL CONTINUE WITH AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND BINGO. ON SATURDAY A PRAYER SERVICE IS PLANNED FOLLOWED BY A BARB QUEUE WITH A PARADE PLAN FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEMSING IS PLANNED FOR SUNDAY, ALONG WITH A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD TO SEE THE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP HONORING THEIR HISTORY WITH THIS WEEK'S CELEBRATION, MAKING SURE THAT THE REGION'S PAST IS NOT FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:45:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 09:45:47 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT ISIS AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS ARE TRYING TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE KNOW THAT ISIS AND OTHER TERROR GROUPS ARE TRYING TO MANIPULATE, EXPLOIT AND RADICALIZE VULNERABLE AMERICANS TO COMMIT ACTSES OF TERROR. AN AL QAEDA SPOKESMAN CALLED FOR VIOLENCE SAYING, AMERICA IS ABSOLUTELY AWASH IN EASILY OBTAINABLE FIREARM. YOU CAN GO DOWN TO A GUN SHOW AT THE LOCAL CONVENTION CENTER AND COME AWAY WITH A FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLE WITHOUT A BACKGROUND CHECK AND MOST LIKELY WITHOUT HAVING TO SHOW AN IDENTIFICATION CARD, SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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  • 09:46:18 PM

    MR. DEUTCH

    BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:47:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

  • 09:47:22 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA FOR JULY 5 THROUGH…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. HASTINGS OF FLORIDA FOR JULY 5 THROUGH 8, MR. HUDSON OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY, MR. MARINO OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TODAY, MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK FOR TODAY, AND MR. NUGENT OF FLORIDA FOR TODAY.

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  • 09:47:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WECK, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    WECK, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HALF THE REMAINING TIME UNTIL 10:00 P.M. OF THE MAJORITY -- OR THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 09:48:04 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE DEMOCRATS SAID WE WANT A VOTE. WE WANT A VOTE ON A BILL THAT WOULD…

    THE DEMOCRATS SAID WE WANT A VOTE. WE WANT A VOTE ON A BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT TERRORISTS WHO ARE ON THE NO-FLY LIST FROM BEING ABLE TO BUY A GUN OR EXPLOSIVES. AND WE WANT TO VOTE ON COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. I'M PLEASED THAT THE SPEAKER HAS DECIDED THAT MAYBE THERE WILL BE SOME PIECE OF LEGISLATION, A PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 5611. UNFORTUNATELY IT DOESN'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO SOLVING THE PROBLEM AND PROBABLY MAKES IT WORSE. THE WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT IS VIRTUALLY UNENFORCEABLE, WILL GUARANTEE THAT TERRORISTS WILL BE GIVEN A HEADS UP THAT THEY'RE BEING LOOKED AT AND INVESTIGATED BY THE F.B.I., AND IT PUTS THE COURTS IN AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION WHERE THEY HAVE TO FIND PROBABLE CAUSE THAT THERE'S A TERRORIST OUT THERE THAT'S DONE SOMETHING BAD OR LIKELY TO DO SOMETHING BAD IN WHICH CASE, JUST GO ARREST THEM. . WE'RE GOING TO STAY AT THIS UNTIL WE HAVE DECENT LEGISLATION. THERE'S TWO PIECES. A BILL BY MR. KING, REPUBLICAN, AND A BILL -- AND THE SAME CO-AUTHORED BY MR. THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA THAT WOULD EXPAND THE BACKGROUND CHECKS, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, AND ALSO ONE THAT PROVIDES FOR NO FLY, NO BUY. WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THOSE ON THE BILL. YOU CAN DO. THIS PUT YOUR BILL ON THE FLOOR, PUT OUR TWO BILLS ON THE FLOOR AND LET US, THE 435 REPRESENTATIVES, SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE. I'D LIKE NOW TO YIELD MY TIME TO THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 09:50:07 PM

    MS. PELOSI

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. GARAMENDI, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. THANK YOU…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. GARAMENDI, REPRESENTATIVE GARAMENDI. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSISTENT, PERSISTENT LEADERSHIP IN THESE SPECIAL ORDERS, TO PUT FORTH ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. RIGHT NOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SAVING LIVES. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RESPONSIBLE BACKGROUND CHECKS, GUN PURCHASES, AS WELL AS NO FLY, NO BUY. IF YOU'RE ON THE TERRORIST LIST, YOU CAN'T FLY, YOU SHOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUY A GUN. WHAT'S SO DIFFICULT ABOUT THAT? FOR OUR REPUBLICAN MAJORITY TO UNDERSTAND? ACTUALLY, ON THE BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILL THAT ALREADY EXISTS. TO INCLUDE INTERNET SALES, SOMETHING RELATIVELY NEW, NOT NEW COMPARED TO WHEN WE PASSED A BILL IN THE MIDDLE 1990'S, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GUN SHOWS. THIS WOULD SAVE LIVES. TO HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS ON EVERYONE WHO IS THERE TO PURCHASE A GUN. IN THE 1980'S, 85% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT A BACKGROUND CHECK -- RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS, WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING. AND 90% SUPPORT NO FLY, NO BUY. . .

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  • 09:51:31 PM

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    IT GENERATED INTEREST THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. TWO BILLION IMPRESSIONS THAT…

    IT GENERATED INTEREST THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. TWO BILLION IMPRESSIONS THAT WENT OUT. SOMETHING REMARKABLE AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT FOR THIS TO GO FOR 25 HOURS AND THEN TO CONTINUE AND WE WERE IN RECESS INTO OUR DISTRICTS TO HAVE THE BEAT GO ON AND NOW THE BEAT WILL GO ON. THERE IS ONE MESSAGE THAT JOHN LEWIS GAVE US, IS WE AREN'T GOING AWAY UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE. I ASK OUR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO GIVE US A VOTE AND NAIL TO SHOW US THE SUPPORT THAT SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION HAS IN THIS HOUSE. I BELIEVE IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THIS HOUSE WILL SUPPORT THAT LEGISLATION THAT'S WHY IT WILL NOT BE GROUT UP. AND THE CONCERNS ABOUT A BILL, THE CORNYN BILL, IT HAS A NEW NAME, IT IS THE GUN LOBBY BILL. THE N.R.A. BILL. IT IS NOT A GUN SAFETY BILL. IT AN EXCUSE FOR NOT DOING SOMETHING SENSIBLE. SO YOU ONE SEEING THE STORIES AND THE FAMILIES AFFECTED, THEIR STORIES OF THEIR LOST AND CHARGE THEIR LOSS TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SENSE OF FAMILY. WE THARK JUNE LEWIS WILL BE BEING THE UNION FIRE AND I THANK YOU

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  • 09:53:45 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    ARE KILLED BY GUNS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. SO WE HAVE WORK TO DO. VERY…

    ARE KILLED BY GUNS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. SO WE HAVE WORK TO DO. VERY SIMPLE. ALL WE ARE ASKING IS A VOTE ON A NO FLY-NO FLY BILL, BUT ONE THAT WORKS WITH MR. KING AND MR. THOMPSON AND A BILL THAT DEALS WITH EXPANDING THE BACKGROUND CHECK. PUT IT ON THE FLOOR. AND ONE MORE PROMISE, WE AREN'T GOING TO GO AWAY UNTIL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS THE SAFE GUN MEASURES WRITTEN INTO LAW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:54:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED UNTIL 10:00 P.M.

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  • 09:54:48 PM

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    HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS.

  • 09:55:00 PM

    MR. CHABOT

    I RISE TO HONOR OF DELBERT LATTA AND PASSED IN OHIO ON MAY 12. DELL RNINGS…

    I RISE TO HONOR OF DELBERT LATTA AND PASSED IN OHIO ON MAY 12. DELL RNINGS LIVED A 96 YEARS AND USED THAT TIME VERY WISELY. I NEVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH HIM, BUT WE FELT THE IMPACT THAT HE SPENT HERE IN PROGRAMS. HE WAS A TEACHER AND LEADER AND COMPETITIVE BOX ARE AND LOFFERING HUSBAND, GRANDFATHER AND GREAT-GRANDFATHER AND DEDICATED TO SEMBLING THE PEOPLE OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF OHIO AND HE DROVE HOME EVERY WEEK AND HE WAS A FAMILY MAN. CONGRESSMAN LATTA ATTENDED FINDLY COLLEGE. WHILE IN SCHOOL, HE SERVED IN THE OHIO NATIONAL GUARD AND UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVES. HE BEGAN PRACTICING LAW AND BEGAN TEACHING. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE, HE WAS CALLED TO SERVICE AGAIN WHEN HE WAS ELECTED IN 195 AND WOULD SERVE UNTIL HE WAS ELECTED. HE DID MANY THINGS HERE, PROBABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING WHEN HE WAS RANKING MEMBER OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND ENACTMENT OF PRESIDENT REAGAN'S AECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN. YOU WILL RECALL THE NATION WAS IN IN AND THE HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT HAD CRIPPLED OUR ECONOMY AND PRESIDENT REAGAN KNEW THIS WAS TO ACHIEVE THIS. HE APPROVED TAX CUTS AND SPENDING REDUCTIONS. MANY IN CONGRESS WERE SKEPTICAL OF THE PLAN BUT CONGRESSMAN LATTA SAW THE PROMISE OF THAT IDEA AND HE BEGAN WORKING TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR THE PLAN. IN ADDITION, THE OTHER CENTRAL PLAYER WAS REPRESENTATIVE GRAHAM. THEY WOULD INTRODUCE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO SFLUSE THE PLAN. AND THE OMNIBUS RECONCILIATION ACT. AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IS DUE TO THE SUPPORT OF BILL LATTA. HE HAD GREAT RESPECTS AND GOT LONG WITH EVERY BODY. AND ON BOTH SIDE OF THE I'LL MAKING HIM THE IDEAL PERSON WHICH TURNED TO THIS ECONOMY AROUND. APLATH AND AND GRAHAM WORKED HARD AND PRESIDENT REAGAN'S ECONOMIC PLAN MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ENACTED IF NOT FOR THEIR EFFORTS. THEY SAY THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE AND THAT IS WITH THE NEXT SPEAKER AND THAT IS SON, BOB LATTA WHO GOES HOME EVERY WEEK AND STAYS IN TOUCH AND I THINK ALSO VERY IMPORTANT, HE IS RESPECT TOUCHDOWN. AND HE TRULY IS ONE THAT PEOPLE TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN LATTA.

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  • 09:59:06 PM

    MR. LATTA

    HAVING A SPECIAL ORDER AND YOU HEARD DAD'S TIME DOWN HERE AS 30 YEARS AND…

    HAVING A SPECIAL ORDER AND YOU HEARD DAD'S TIME DOWN HERE AS 30 YEARS AND 30 YEARS IN THE MINORITY AND NEVER SERVED ONE YEAR IN THE MAJORITY. HE SEVERED ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND AND JERRYFORD PUT HIM ON THE COMMITTEE DURING WATERGATE AND WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE BUDGET COMMITTEE UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. IF I COULD JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT DAD. HIS WORK HERE BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW HE WAS ONE OF THOSE ONE OF THE GREATEST GENERATION. HIS YOUNGER BROTHER WAS ASKED WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP, THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T HAVE. HE GREW UP IN OHIO, 1,600 PEOPLE. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A BARBER AND AN AUCTIONNER AND KEPT AND MY GRANDMOTHER RAISED A FAMILY AND FIRST TO GRADUATE AND THOUGHT OF GOING TO COLLEGE BACK THEN WAS SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT. HE KNEW THE VALUE OF HARD WORK. HE WOULD M OMPWMP THE YARDS FOR 15 CENTS. SHOVELED SNOW WITH HIS BROTHERS AND UNLOADED KEEL CARS AND CONSTRUCTION CREW AND ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND CUT DOWN TREES AND FOR FIVE%. WAS A PRIZE FIGHTER WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER. AND HE ALSO KNEW WHAT HARD WORK WAS. ONE FED DAD'S CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS, A SCHOOL A ARSHIP WAS THERE. AND HE STUDENT RECEIVED. AND THANK TO MY DAD. AND WE ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE MUCH EDUCATION ONE THING THEY CAN'T TAKE AWAY IS EDUCATION. ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE, THIS IS NOT THE PROFESSION, BUT I LEARNED FROM HIM AND HIM, TWO OF THE THINGS, WE ENTER PUBLIC SERVICE AND COME OUT WITH NOTHING AND HE SAID, IT'S NOT THE BIG THINGS YOU DO FOR PEOPLE, BUT THE LITTLE THINGS. PEOPLE EXPECT THE LITTLE THINGS. THAT'S THE MEMORY THAT DAD HERE NOT ONLY HERE AND PEOPLE CAME UP TO ME WHAT DAD DID FOR THEM. AND SOME PROBLEM THEY WERE HAVING AND ALWAYS REALM, THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE. AND TAKE FROM THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT, WHILE PUBLIC SERVANTS GIVE BACK. THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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  • 10:02:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

  • 10:02:49 PM

    MR. CHABOT

    WE DO MOVE TO ADJOURN.

  • 10:02:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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Total Hours: 1481 (After 650 days)
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