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House Session - November 30, 2016

The House met for Morning Hour, with members permitted to speak on any topic.

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:37 AM

    HOST

    ME.

  • 10:00:43 AM

    GUEST

    ME.

  • 10:00:45 AM

    HOST

    WE NOW TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE. MINORITY LEADERS FOR…

    WE NOW TAKE YOU LIVE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE. MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:17 AM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, AND OPPORTUNITY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CANNOT COEXIST IN A SOCIETY WHERE BIGOTRY, MISOGYNY, AND ANTI-SEMITISM, AND OTHER KINDS OF HATRED ARE ACCEPTED OR EVEN ENCOURAGED. ONLY ONE OF THESE TWO SETS OF VALUES HAS MADE OUR COUNTRY GREAT. WHILE THE OTHER HAS THE ABILITY TO FURTHER DIVIDE AND ULTIMATELY DESTROY US. FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S APPOINTMENT OF STEVE BANON AS WHITE HOUSE CHIEF STRATGIST, MY OFFICE RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF CALLS AND LETTERS OF CONCERNED CONSTITUENTS DEEPLY WORRIED ABOUT AN ADMINISTRATION THAT PITS PEOPLE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. AND GOES AGAINST THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT WANTS TO BE THE PRESIDENT FOR ALL AMERICANS, HE SIMPLY CANNOT SURROUND HIMSELF WITH INDIVIDUALS THAT TOLERATE, INSPIRE , OR PARTICIPATE IN HATE SPEECH. WITH REPORTS OF BIAS-BASED ATTACKS CONTINUING TO RISE FOLLOWING THE ELECTION, WE MUST REMAIN FOCUSED ON ENSURING THAT NO AMERICAN, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, FEELS MARGINALIZED OR AFRAID IN HIS OR HER OWN COMMUNITY. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MORE THAT UNITES US THAN DIVIDES US. IT IS UP TO US TO STOP HATRED WHEREVER WE SEE IT, ESPECIALLY IN THE HALLS OF GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:02:52 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:03:08 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE COME DOWN HERE REGULARLY TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE COME DOWN HERE REGULARLY TO THE CHAMBER, ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC SYMBOLS OF OUR WONDERFUL DEMOCRATCY, AND URGED THE UNITED STATES TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM FOR MY NATIVE HOMELAND, THE ISLAND NATION OF CUBA. THERE WOULD BE POSTERS JUST LIKE THE ONE HERE TODAYERS DEPICTING IMAGES OF THE REAL CUBA, THE CUBA WHICH OPPOSITION TO THE CASTRO REGIME IS MET WITH VIOLENCE AND HARASSMENT. EXTRA JUDICIAL PUNISHMENT AND CONFINEMENT. AND ONE OF THE MANY CUBAN GUECLAGS BUILT BY -- GULAGS BUILT BY CASTRO. THE LADIES IN WHITE CARRYING FLOWERS MARCH PEACEFULLY TO CATHOLIC CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY PRAYING FOR THEIR LOVED ONES, WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED BY THE REGIME, ONLY TO BE HARASSED AND BEATEN BY CASTRO'S THUGS. I CAME TO THIS FLOOR TO OFFER MY SUPPORT FOR THESE BRAVE WOMEN, LIKE ONE WHO WAS MISS TEAR -- MYSTERIOUSLY KILLED NO DOUBT BY THE REGIME. I HAVE COME TO THIS VERY CLEAR DENOUNCING CASTRO REGIME'S TREATMENT OF OPPOSITION LEADERS LIKE ONE IMPRISONED FOR 17 YEARS BY CASTRO FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST COMMUNISM AND REFUSING THE REGIME'S COMMUNIST RE-EDUCATION PROGRAM. I SPOKE OUT IN SUPPORT OF A MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN CASTRO'S PRISONS FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST CUBAN SOVEREIGNTY, WHICH IN CUBA IS CODE FOR, CALLING FOR REFORMS. AND HE WAS AWARDED THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM BY GEORGE W. BUSH. I SIT HERE FOR COCOA, COCO WENT ON A 50 DAY HUNGER STRIKE RECENTLY TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE. I ALSO SPOKE IN FAVOR OF CUBAN RAPPER PICTURED HERE JAILED JUST LAST WEEK, AGAIN, WHEN THE REGIME ANNOUNCED THE TYRANT'S DEATH. I STOOD HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH CUBANS, FREEDOM FIGHTERS LIKE ANTONIO, PICTURED HERE, WHO WAS ARRESTED HOURS BEFORE PRESIDENT OBAMA LANDED IN CUBA EARLIER THIS YEAR. ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS. I HAVE COME TO THIS WELL TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE ABUSES BEING COMMITTED BY FIDEL CASTRO AGAINST THE CUBAN PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE OF THE HOMELAND THAT I WAS FORCED TO FLEE ALONG WITH MY FAMILY WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, AND TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD EVERYTHING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM AND COULD NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. I HAVE COME REPEATEDLY TO THIS VERY PODIUM TO CALL MY COLLEAGUES' ATTENTION TO THE THREAT THAT FIDEL CASTRO AND HIS REGIME POSE TO THE U.S. AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS THUG, FIDEL CASTRO, WHO ATTEMPTED TO INFILTRATE EVERY LEVEL OF OUR GOVERNMENT THROUGH ITS INTELLIGENCE SERVICE LIKE CONVICTED SPY WHO IS STILL SERVING HER PRISON SENTENCE IN A TEXAN JAIL. AND ONE WHO ALLIED HIMSELF WITH THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE U.S. LIKE IRAN AND RUSSIA AND ALLOWED RUSSIA TO PUT UP A FACILITY IN CUBA IN ORDER TO SPY ON OUR NATION. THIS AUTO CONTRACT TOLD -- AUTO CONTRACT -- AUTO CONTRACT WAS TOLD THEY WOULD BRING THE U.S. TO ITS KNEES AND TRY TO BRING IT TO NUCLEAR WAR DURING THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. THE MEDIA WANT TO ROW MAN AT THAT SIZE. THEY WHITEWASH HIS CRIMES AND CLAIM HE WAS A LEGENDARY FOLK HERO. THE TRUTH IS, MR. SPEAKER, FIDEL CASTRO WAS A AIC MURDERER, TYRANT, AND A HYPOCRITE. HE WAS A THUG WHO TOOK CONTROL OF OVER ALL INDUSTRIES IN CUBA AND DECRIED CAPITALISM. YET SOMEHOW HE WAS LIKELY WORTH ABOUT $1 BILLION WHEN HE DIED. WHEN 11 MILLION CUBANS ARE BARELY STRUGGLING TO GET BY UNDER HIS COMMUNIST REGIME, THIS IS THE TYRANT WHO DIED WITH MORE WEALTH THAN THE ENTIRE ISLAND NATION. MR. SPEAKER, FIDEL CASTRO IS DEAD AND CUBA AND THE WORLD ARE BETTER FOR IT. NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD BY REVERSING SOME OF THIS ADMINISTRATION'S CONCESSIONS TO THE CASTRO REGIME AND PRESS FOR REFORMS. IT'S TIME FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY FOR WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN YEARNING. WE MUST PRESSURE THE REGIME AND THE ISLAND OF CUBA. WE MUST NOT RELENT UNTIL THERE ARE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS, UNTIL ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS ARE FREED. AND UNTIL THE PEOPLE'S BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT ARE RESTORED. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK FOR THE ENSLAVED AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE OF CUBA? LET THAT BE HOW WE HONOR THE COUNTLESS CUBANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES OR WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER THE TERRIBLE DICTATORSHIP OF FIDEL CASTRO. THAT IS SOME LEGACY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:08:24 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:08:30 AM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    WAS GOING TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, GOOD. AND THEN HE HAD THE C.E.O. OF GOLDMAN…

    WAS GOING TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, GOOD. AND THEN HE HAD THE C.E.O. OF GOLDMAN SACHS UP THERE WHO REPRESENTED THE GLOBAL ELITE WHO ROBBED THE WORKING CLASS OF THEIR SAVINGS AND HOMES. PRETTY POWERFUL STUFF. I TELL YOU WHAT, I PRETTY MUCH AGREE WITH IT. NOW, THE SWAMP, HE'S ALREADY WORKING ON DRAINING THE SWAMP, SO THINGS ARE SHOWING UP IN D.C. THAT YOU HAVEN'T SEEN FOR A WHILE. I WAS WALKING DOWN THE STREET BY TRUMP TOWER INTERNATIONAL LAST NIGHT AND I FOUND THIS LAYING IN THE STREET. NOW, I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS SINCE A GUY NAMED HENRY HANK PAULSON, FORMER C.E.O. OF GOLDMAN SACHS, WAS SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY UNDER GEORGE BUSH, AND HE CAME TO CONGRESS AFTER WALL STREET DESTROYED OUR ECONOMY WITH RECKLESS GAMBLING, AND ASKED FOR AN UNLEGITIMATED BAILOUT OF WALL STREET, THE KEY TO THE TREASURY. NOW, I OPPOSED THAT AND FOR ONE PROUD DAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DIDN'T BAIL OUT WALL STREET. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SENATE CAME BACK TO TOWN, THEY GOT SCARED BY WALL STREET TANKING THE MARKET, THEY BAILED OUT WALL STREET, AND A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE CHANGED THEIR VOTES. SO THEY ALL GOT BAILED OUT. WELL, ENOUGH GOOD. NOW, THAT'S GOLDMAN SACHS THAT SAYS PLEASE RETURN TO GOLDMAN SACHS. DONALD TRUMP IS RETURNING THE KEY TO THE TREASURY TO GOLDMAN SACHS. AIN'T THAT GREAT. THAT'S DRAINING THE SWAMP, FOLKS. DRAINING THE SWAMP. GUY NAMED MNUCHIN, HE MADE A FORTUNE AT GOLDMAN SACHS. HIS DAD WORKED THERE FOR 33 YEARS. HIS BROTHER STILL WORKS AT GOLDMAN SACHS, HE'S GOING TO GET THE KEY TO THE TREASURY. HE ALSO MADE A FORTUNE DURING THE TARP BAILOUT BY BUYING AN ASSET, INDY MACK, AND DISPOSSESSING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OF THEIR HOMES. I WOULD SAY THAT MR. TRUMP, THE CANDIDATE, THE AD WAS RIGHT. THESE PEOPLE AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND ELSEWHERE ARE THE GLOBAL LEAD, WHO HAVE STOLEN PEOPLE'S SAVINGS, WHO HAVE TAKEN AWAY THEIR HOME. NOW HE'S PUTTING THEM BACK IN CHARGE. MR. MNUCHIN IS GETTING THE KEY TO THE TREASURY. GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE. DAD LIFETIME. BROTHER STILL WORKING THERE. HOW THE HECK IS THAT DRAINING THE SWAMP?

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  • 10:11:10 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:11:14 AM

    MR. BROOKS

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP OPINED IN A TWEET ON NOVEMBER 27…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP OPINED IN A TWEET ON NOVEMBER 27 THAT, QUOTE, IN ADDITION TO WINNING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IN A LANDSLIDE, I WON THE POPULAR VOTE IF YOU DEDUCT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO VOTED ILLEGALLY, END QUOTE. AS WOULD BE EXPECTED, A CIRCUS OF LEFT WING MEDIA PUNDITS IMMEDIATELY POUNCED ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S OPINION TO SILENCE SERIOUS DISCUSSION OF THE NONCITIZEN VOTER FRAUD PROBLEM. PLITTY FACT, A SELF-PROCLAIMED PERFECT VETERANS DAYOR OF TRUTH, GAVE TRUMPS STATEMENT A PANTS ON FIRE EVALUATION. NEITHER TRUMP NOR HIS ALLIES HAVE PRESENT ANY EVIDENCE OF WIDESPREAD ILLEGAL VOTING. IN REALITY STUDIES HAVE CONSISTENT SHOWN THAT VOTER FRAUD IS NOWHERE NEAR COMMON ENOUGH TO CALL INTO QUESTION MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF VOTES. END QUOTE. THE TRUTH IS POE LITTY FACT AND ITS ALLIES IGNORE CONTRARY STUDIES AND INFORMATION. BUT ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT OF POLITIFACT AND ITS LEFT WING MEDIA ALLIES TO BECOME THE COMMUNICATIONS WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? A 201 STUDY BY PROFESSORS AT OLD DOUGH MINUP UNIVERSITY AND GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ESTIMATED THAT NOP CITIZENS VOTE 80% OF THE TIME FOR DEMOCRATS. DOES ANYONE REALLY EXPECT DEMOCRATS AND THEIR MEDIA AND PUNDIT ALLIES TO OBJECT TO OR SCRUTINIZE ILLEGAL VOTES THAT MAY BE THE DECIDING FACTOR IN THE ELECTION OF DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES? LET ME GIVE BUT ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW TENS OF MILLIONS OF NONCITIZENS ARE A THREAT TO REGISTER TO VOTE -- AND VOTE IN AMERICA'S ELECTIONS. ALABAMA'S MY HOME STATE. OUR LAWS LIMIT VOTING TO AMERICAN CITIZENS. THAT SOUNDS PRETTY REASONABLE TO ME THAT ONLY AMERICANS SHOULD VOTE IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS. IN ORDER TO LIMIT AMERICAN ELECTIONS TO AMERICAN CITIZENS, ALABAMA CODE SECTION 31-13-28 REQUIRES PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO REGISTER TO VOTE. THE CODE LISTS 13 DIFFERENT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE CONCLUSIVE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. THINGS LIKE DRIVER'S LICENSES, BIRTH CERTIFICATES, PASSPORTS, NATURALIZATION DOCUMENTS, ADOPTION PAPERS, MILITARY SERVICE DOCUMENTS, FURTHER AN AMERICAN CAN OFFER ANY OTHER DOCUMENT THAT IS PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP. IN JANUARY OF 2016, THE UNITED STATES ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION APPROVED ALABAMA'S PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP VOTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS THEN CHALLENGED PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP LAWS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., FEDERAL COURTS. IN AN ASTONISHING RULING IN SEPTEMBER OF 2016, A MERE SIX WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION, THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ENTERED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION THAT BARRED ALABAMA, KANSAS, GEORGIA, AND INDIRECTLY ANY OTHER STATE FROM REQUIRING PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP TO REGISTER TO VOTE. THE COURT OF APPEALS RULING OPENS UP BLOOD GATES FOR VOTING BY TENS OF MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND OTHER CITIZENS ON AMERICAN SOIL, THUS BLATANTLY UNDERMINING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC FOR WHICH SO MANY AMERICANS FOUGHT AND DIED. THE DISSENTING OPINION OF THE COURT OF APPEALS SENIOR CIRCUIT JUDGE RANDOLPH WELL DESCRIBES THE COURT'S RULING, AND I QUOTE, OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE IS THAT ON THE EVE OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AND ELECTIONS FOR FEDERAL OFFICE, A COURT HAS ISSUED AN INJUNCTION FORBIDDING KANSAS, GEORGIA, AND ALABAMA FROM ENFORCING THEIR ELECTION LAWS, LAWS REQUIRING THOSE WHO SEEK TO REGISTER TO PROVE THAT THEY ARE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. . THAT ORDER IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IN MY VIEW, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND THEIR ALLIES HAVE NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO DEMONSTRATING THE TYPE OF HARM ENTITLING THEM TO AN ORDER SUSPENDING THESE STATE LAWS, END QUOTE. NOTWITHSTANDING JUDGE RANDOLPH'S DISSENT, THE BAD GUYS PREVAILED. NOW, WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? IT MEANS THAT RIGHT BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, FEDERAL COURTS CREATED A MASSIVE LEGAL HOLD THAT EMPOWERS NONCITIZENS TO REGISTER TO VOTE AND ONCE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN AMERICA'S ELECTIONS WITH IMPUNITY. THEREBY, UNDERMINING AND DILUTING THE VOTE OF LAWFUL AMERICANS AND STRIKING AT THE VERY HEART OF OUR DEMOCRACY. IT MEANS THAT PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP MAY VERY WELL BE RIGHT THAT HE, QUOTE, WON THE POPULAR VOTE IF YOU DEDUCT THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO VOTED ILLEGALLY, END QUOTE. WE WILL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE IF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS OF NONCITIZENS VOTED IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS. WORSE YET, IF THE LEFT-WING MEDIA PUNDITS CONTINUE TO DISMISS AND TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE PROBLEM, IT WILL BE HARDER TO STOP FUTURE ELECTIONS FROM BEING STOLEN. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:16:32 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. MCDERMOTT, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:16:38 AM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS HARD TO PUT FIVE YEARS OF 28 -- 28 YEARS INTO FIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS HARD TO PUT FIVE YEARS OF 28 -- 28 YEARS INTO FIVE MINUTES, BUT THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO TRY TO DO HERE. THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY THAT I'VE HAD TO REPRESENT THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AND I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME HERE TO REPRESENT PEOPLE FOR 28 YEARS, HAVING THEIR TRUST IS A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY AND A GREAT HONOR. MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE WITNESSED THE GOOD TIMES AND BAD. THEY OFFERED ENCOURAGEMENT AND I HAVE ENDURING THANKS FOR WHAT THEY DID TO ME. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE, MY COLLEAGUES IN THE WASHINGTON STATE DELEGATION AND ALL THE STAFF WHO SERVED ME OVER THIS 28 YEARS AND, OF COURSE, MY FAMILY WHO ALLOWED ME TO SERVE HERE IN THE CONGRESS. WHAT I ENVISIONED WHAT MIGHT BE MY FINAL SPEECH ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, I'D HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER POLITICAL FUTURE THAN THE ONE CURRENTLY UNFOLDING. FOR ME AND FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, IT'S DIFFICULT TO SEE THIS COMING FOUR YEARS AS ANYTHING SHORT OF CALAMITOUS. NEVER HAS THE ROLE OF THE CONGRESS OVERSIGHT BEEN AS CRITICAL TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR REPUBLIC AS IT IS NOW, AND I BEG MY COLLEAGUES TO REMAIN VIGILANT AS WE CONFRONT THIS MENACING WAVE OF NATIVISM, MISOGYNY AND RACISM THAT IS RAGING IN OUR COUNTRY. THE SYSTEMS OF CHECKS AND BALANCES UNDERPEN THE VERY SURVIVAL OF THE DEMOCRACY AND THIS -- UNDERPIN THE VERY SURVIVAL OF THE DEMOCRACY AND WE MUST PASS SANCTION WHEN THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE ARE THREATENED. THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, DESIGNED NOT JUST TO REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE BUT ALSO TO ENSURE THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE ENDURE. THE RIGHT TO WORSHIP AS YOU CHOOSE, THE RIGHT TO MARRY WHO YOU LOVE, THE RIGHT TO EQUAL PAY, THE RIGHT TO A LIVABLE WAGE, THE RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, THE RIGHT TO REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE AND, OF COURSE, THE BASIC FOUNDING RIGHTS AFFIRMED BY OUR EARLIEST TENANTS AND ENSHRINED AS, QUOTE, INALIENABLE, ARE ALWAYS AT RISK WITHOUT THE PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE TO PROTECT THEM. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS SECOND INAUGURAL, HISTORY MAY DEEM EQUALITY FOR ALL AS SELF-EVIDENT, BUT WE KNOW THESE RIGHTS HAVE NEVER BEEN SELF-EXECUTING THAT WHILE FREEDOM IS A GIFT FROM GOD, IT MUST BE SECURED BY THE PEOPLE HERE ON EARTH. MY COLLEAGUES, YOU HAVE A DARK AND DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD. PLEASE DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE FUNDAMENTAL DECENCY AND RESPECT FOR OUR FELLOW CITIZENS THAT HAS ALWAYS MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. IT'S FASHIONABLE THESE DAYS TO RIDICULE CONGRESS, BUT I DEPART THIS INSTITUTION STEADFAST IN THE BELIEF THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN PARTICULAR, CAN, SHOULD AND DOES MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. MOREOVER, I'M A PROUD MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WE MAY SPEND THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS MASSAGING OUR MESSAGE AND REGROUPING OUR STRENGTH, BUT THE VALUES THAT DEFINE US AS A PARTY ARE AS TRUE AND IMPORTANT TODAY AS THEY EVER WERE. THIS IS A PARTY OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. IT IS STILL THE PARTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IT'S STILL THE PARTY OF INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY. IT'S STILL THE PARTY OF GUARANTEED HEALTH CARE AND QUALITY EDUCATION. AND THIS WILL ALWAYS, ALWAYS BE THE PARTY OF ETHNIC, RACIAL AND GENDER INCLUSION. WE ARE A PARTY OF SERVICE, OF DIGNITY AND OF HOPE. I CAME TO THIS HOUSE 28 YEARS AGO TO WORK ON HEALTH CARE, AND WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA WE WERE ABLE TO GET IT STARTED AND IT IS INCUMBENT ON THIS BODY NOT TO LEAVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT IN THE COLD WHEN THEY'RE SICK OR AILING OR WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER THEY CAN GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND PAY FOR WHAT THEY GOT. MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE HERE. I LEAVE HERE. IT'S BEEN A GOOD RUN AND I THANK EVERYONE WHO'S BEEN HELPFUL TO ME DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:21:14 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 10:21:19 AM

    MR. JENKINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, COAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT WEST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, COAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT WEST VIRGINIA AND APPALACHIAN ARE STRUGGLING. -- APPALACHIA ARE STRUGGLING. THIS ADMINISTRATION'S WAR ON COAL AND MARKET FORCES HAVE COMBINED TO CLOSE COAL MINES AND SEND THOUSANDS OF COAL MINERS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINES. WHILE WE WORK TO REOPEN AND REPEAL ONEROUS REGULATIONS, REOPEN MINES, REPEAL OVERREACHING REGULATIONS, WE ARE ALSO NEEDING TO DIVERSIFY OUR ECONOMY. THAT MEANS ATTRACTING NEW INDUSTRIES TO OUR COAL COMMUNITIES AND CREATING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT. I'VE INTRODUCED TODAY H.R. 6403 , LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP US DO JUST THAT. THE CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL ECONOMICS ACT WOULD ALLOCATE A PORTION OF AVAILABLE NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS TO BE USED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY THE DOWNTURN ON COAL. OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, IT WOULD MEAN $525 MILLION IN CREDITS FOR HEAVILY IMPACTED COMMUNITIES IN WEST VIRGINIA AND APPALACHIA. THESE TAX CREDITS CAN BE USED TO SPUR INVESTMENT FOR NEW BUSINESSES. THEY CAN GO TOWARDS DEVELOPING NEW MIXED USE FACILITIES, FOOD IN GROCERY STORES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES, MANUFACTURING AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND SO MUCH MORE. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN THE SENATE ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND LEGISLATION. OUR COAL COMMUNITIES DESERVE OUR SUPPORT AND HELP AS THEY WORK TO DIVERSIFY THEIR ECONOMIES. MR. SPEAKER, WITH ONLY WEEKS LEFT IN THIS CONGRESS, TWO TO BE EXACT, OUR RETIRED COAL MINERS AND WIDOWS ARE WONDERING IF WE WILL ACT TO PROTECT THEM. AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OF MANY MINERS AND THEIR WIDOWS WILL DRY UP AND THEIR PENSIONS CAN BE CUT IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD. WHEN THEY WENT DOWN IN THE MINES THEY WERE MADE A PROMISE. WHEN YOU RETIRE, YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD PENSION AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. NOW, THAT PROMISES IN JEOPARDY. THE PENSIONS AND BENEFITS THEY WORKED THEIR WHOLE LIVES FOR ARE IN JEOPARDY. MR. SPEAKER, TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY OUR MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, BUT WE HAVE A SOLUTION. THE COAL HEALTH CARE AND PENSIONS PROTECTION ACT, LEGISLATION I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL, AND A SIMILAR BILL IS PENDING IN THE SENATE. CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT TO FULFILL THIS PROMISE, TO KEEP OUR WORD TO THE MINERS OF WEST VIRGINIA AND OTHER COAL STATES. THESE MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE NO LESS THAN WHAT THEY WORKED THEIR ENTIRE LIVES TO EARN, THE PIECE OF MIND THAT COMES WITH A PENSION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO KEEP THE PROMISE AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO STAND UP FOR OUR MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:24:54 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. COSTELLO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:01 AM

    MR. COSTELLO

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF RECENT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF RECENT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES BY THIS CONGRESS. OUR COUNTRIES HAVE A LONG AND IMPORTANT FRIENDSHIP. THAT IS WHY I AND THIS CONGRESS' SUPPORT OF H.R. 5877, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ADVANCED RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP ACT, AND H.R. 5843, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION ENHANCEMENT ACT, TWO BILLS THAT ADVANCE THE VITAL GOAL OF BOLSTERING THE U.S.-ISRAELI PARTNERSHIP ON SECURITY, ARE SO IMPORTANT. THESE BILLS FOCUS SPECIFICALLY ON STRENGTHENING CYBERSECURITY COLLABORATION THROUGH GRANTS, RESEARCH AND ANTI-TERRORISM PROGRAMS. KNOWING OF THE SECURITY CHALLENGES ISRAEL FACES IN ITS REGION, THESE MEASURES WOULD REINFORCE OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR MOST CRITICAL ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AT A TIME WHEN THE EVOLVING THREAT OF A CYBERSECURITY ATTACK HAS NEVER BEEN MORE SERIOUS. IT IS IMPERATIVE WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THE SECURITY ISSUES FACED BY OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE AND SIMPLIFY THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS FOR OUR STUDENT VETERANS. H.R. 5047, THE PROTECTING VETERANS' EDUCATIONAL CHOICE ACT, WOULD HELP VETERANS CLEARLY UNDERSTAND IF AND HOW THEIR COURSE WORK CREDITS MIGHT TRANSFER BETWEEN SCHOOLS. THE LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO PROVIDE STUDENT VETERANS WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT EDUCATION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS, INCLUDING HOW TO REQUEST FREE EDUCATION COUNSELING SERVICES AT THE V.A. FOR OUR VETERANS WHO WISH TO OBTAIN OR COMPLETE A DEGREE, ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION CANNOT ONLY SAVE THEM COUNTLESS ADMINISTRATIVE HEADACHES BUT ALSO PRECIOUS TIME AND MONEY. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, SUCH -- MEASURES SUCH AS THIS BILL THAT WOULD STREAMLINE THE VETERANS INTO CIVILIAN LIFE AND PROVIDE THEM WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 34, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT FOCUSES SOLELY ON SOLUTIONS FOR PATIENTS. ALL OF US HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, BY TRAGIC DISEASE. THAT IS WHY ADVANCING AND IMPROVING MEDICAL INNOVATION AND PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED RESOURCES THAT ARE REQUIRED FOR FINDING CURES, WHICH THIS BILL WOULD DO, ARE SUCH IMPORTANT GOALS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WOULD TARGET DISEASES THAT DO NOT YET HAVE A CURE, BRINGING SAFE, EFFECTIVE DRUGS AND DEVICES TO PENNSYLVANIANS AND AMERICANS IN A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER WILL BENEFIT OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. THIS BILL WOULD BRING MUCH-NEEDED CERTAINTY TO JOB CREATERS AND KEEP PENNSYLVANIA AT THE FOREFRONT OF MEDICAL INNOVATION. IN CONGRESS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP DEFEAT THESE YET INCURABLE DISEASES. THIS BILL IS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD TOWARDS THIS GOAL. THE CURES ACT ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT MENTAL HEALTH REFORM MEASURES. I FOCUSED MUCH OF MY ATTENTION SINCE COMING INTO OFFICE WAYS TO MAKE PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITIES HEALTHIER AND SAFER AND FAMILIES ACROSS MY DISTRICT HAVE SHARED THEIR STORIES ABOUT HOW MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IMPACT INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. MUCH-NEEDED REFORMS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS BILL. EMPOWERING PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS, ENSURING AVAILABILITY OF TREATMENT, ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO CHOOSE CAREERS IN MENTAL HEALTH, PROVIDING FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES AND MAINTAINING TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HOME NET AUTOMOTIVE, A COMPANY IN MY DISTRICT, ON RECEIVE THE TECH 360, TECHNOLOGY TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE CHESTER COUNTY ECONOMIC COUNCIL. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT HOME NET AUTO OVER THE SUMMER AND ENJOYED LEARNING ABOUT THEIR INNOVATIVE COMPANY, WHICH IS BRINGING JOBS AND FORWARD-LOOKING TECHNOLOGY TO OUR COMMUNITY. HOME NET AUTOMOTIVE MAKES THE SNAP LOT PHOTO CAPTURE APP WHICH PROVIDES CAR DEALERS TO UPDATE THE INVENTORY IT DISPLAYS ON ITS WEBSITE. A COMPANY UPGRADED THE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE ITS EASE OF USE FOR DEALERS. THE APP IS CURRENTLY USED BY DEALERS NATIONWIDE AS WELL AS AT MANHEIM AUTO AUCTIONS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING WITH MANHEIM INTO EUROPE. VERY PROUD OF THAT COMPANY IN PENNSYLVANIA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. MR. SPEAKER, I WISH TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE LEADERSHIP OF RYAN VARGO, A SENIOR AT POTS GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HIS ROLE IN HELPING EXPAND OPPORTUNITY AT THE TOWNSHIP PARK. HE SPEARHEADED A PROJECT TO DONATE -- TO INSTALL DONATED PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT OFF NORTH HANOVER STREET, HELPING THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY. IT IS A TESTAMENT TO HOW OUR COUNTRY AND ITS FUTURE IS GREAT WHEN WE LOOK AT STUDENT LEADERS AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN THEIR TEENAGE YEARS TO HELP IMPROVE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COMMONWEALTH AND ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. . SO MUCH THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. EMMER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. EMMER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE FIVE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS IN MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE FIVE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS IN MY DISTRICT WHO HAVE EARNED A FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP THIS YEAR. AUSTIN BARKLEY OF CARTEL. PAUL KRIEGER OF STILLWATER. AMY GRANT OF BIG LAKE. NATALIE OF FOREST LAKE, AND JENNA OF KIMBLE WILL EACH HAVE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO LECTURE, STUDY, TEACH ENGLISH, OR DO RESEARCH IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES THAT RANGE FROM MEXICO TO MALAYSIA. EACH OF THESE FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROMOTE HEALTHY RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY WITH FOREIGN NATIONS, BUT THEY WILL ALSO BRING HOME THE KNOWLEDGE AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE THEY WILL GAIN WHILE ABROAD. MANY PAST PARTICIPANTS OF THIS PROGRAM HAVE GONE ON TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN A VARIETY OF FIELDS, WITH SOME EVEN SERVING HERE IN CONGRESS. I HAVE NO DOUBT WE WILL SEE GREAT THINGS FROM EACH OF THESE EXCEPTIONAL INDIVIDUALS AND I CONGRATULATE AND WISH THEM LUCK ON THEIR EXCITING ADVENTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE BRUCE AND SHARON JOHNSON OF EAST BETHEL AND THE MINNESOTA FRESH FARM FOR BEING NAMED THE INOKA COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES, THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS CHOSEN TOP FARMING FAMILIES FOR THEIR WORK PROMOTING OUR STATE'S GREAT AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. THE MINNESOTA FRESH FARM HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION OF THE JOHNSON FAMILY TO THE NEXT, AND IS CURRENTLY BEING FARMED BY BRUCE AND SHARON JOHNSON, ALONG WITH THEIR SON, LUKE, AND HIS WIFE, LIZ. THIS YEAR THE JOHNSON FAMILY WAS CHOSEN FOR THE EFFORTS THEY HAVE MADE TO EDUCATE MINNESOTA'S YOUTH ABOUT FARMING. THIS INCLUDES WORKING WITH THE OPPORTUNITY SERVICES, AN ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SO THEY CAN ENJOY FARMING AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS. THE JOHNSON FAMILY WERE ALSO CHOSEN BECAUSE OF THEIR FOCUS ON SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION METHODS AND GROWING FOOD WITHOUT USING PESTICIDES. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE JOHNSON FAMILY AND THANK THEM FOR THE EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE FARMING LIFE AND MINNESOTA'S AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE A GREAT MINNESOTA COMPANY THAT IS ACTIVELY HELPING OUR NATION'S STUDENTS DEVELOP SKILLS THAT WILL HELP THEM SHINE IN THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS. I AM PROUD THAT MINNESOTA'S OWN BEST BUY FOUNDATION IS GIVING GRANTS TO FRONT PROGRAMS THAT WILL GIVE STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO MASTER IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY SKILLS LIKE CODING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN. THE WORLD THAT WE ARE LIVING IN IS RAPIDLY TRANSFORMING, AND TECHNOLOGY IS QUICKLY BECOMING MORE THAN JUST A LUXURY. IT IS BECOMING A WAY OF LIFE. AND A KEY INGREDIENT TO OUR NATION'S FUTURE SUCCESS. WHAT IS PERHAPS MOST COMMENDABLE ABOUT BEST BUY'S GRANT PROGRAMS IS THAT IT TARGETS TEENS WHO LIVE IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES. IF WE AS A NATION HOPE TO REMAIN NOT ONLY RELEVANT BUT COMPETITIVE, THEN EVERYBODY MUST HAVE THE CHANCE TO STRIVE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BEST BUY FOUNDATION FOR RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVING THE UNDERSERVED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR 12 STEARNS COUNTY DISPATCHERS WHO RECEIVED MEDALS OF MERIT FOR THEIR WORK DURING THE WORK OF THE HORRIFIC ATTACK AT THE CROSSROADS CENTER MALL. WHAT SEEMED LIKE A NORMAL NIGHT AT A MALL IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA QUICKLY TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE WHEN A MAN BEGAN TO ATTACK SHOPPERS WITH A KNIFE. AS THE ATTACKS UNFOLDED, CHAOS ENSUED. WHAT KEPT THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION FROM GETTING EVEN WORSE WAS THE DEDICATED WORK OF THESE 12 PROFESSIONALS. IN TWO HOURS THEY TOOK 250 CALLS AND MADE NUMEROUS CALLS TO EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO KEEP THEM ABREAST ON THE MOST CURRENT DETAILS OF THE ATTACK. AS A RESULT OF THEIR WORK, THERE WAS NO LOSS OF LIFE. AND ALL SHOPPERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WERE ABLE TO RETURN HOME SAFELY TO THEIR LOVED ONES THAT NIGHT. WHILE WORDS CAN NEVER EXPRESS THE FULL EXTENT OF OUR GRATITUDE, I'M PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY TO THANK THESE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR HEROIC EFFORTS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:34:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BABBLING. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BABBLING. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:34:43 AM

    MR. CARTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY LIFELONG…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MY LIFELONG FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE RON STEVENS FROM SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, FOR BEING ABARREDED THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD FROM ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY. CHAIRMAN STEVENS REPRESENTS THE 16 TH DISTRICT IN THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASEMI. DURING HIS TIME IN THE LEGISLATURE, HE HAS DONE A REMARKABLE JOB REPRESENTING HIS CONSTITUENTS. CURRENTLY HE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS, RULES, AND WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEES, ALLOWING HIM TO ADVOCATE IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR HIS CONSTITUENCY. IN ADDITION, GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL APPOINTED MR. STEEVENTS TO THE GEORGIA TOURISM FOUNDATION. BEFORE HIS TIME IN THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, CHAIRMAN STEVENS WAS ALREADY WORKING FOR THE BETTERMENT OF HIS COMMUNITY. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN PHARMACY AND SERVED MEDICAL NEEDS OF OTHERS FOR 37 YEARS. THEREAFTER HE SERVED AS A COUNCILMAN IN GARDEN CITY, GEORGIA. I'M PROUD OF MY LIFELONG FRIEND FOR HIS WORK AND OVERJOYED THAT HE IS RECEIVING THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD FROM ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MR. KELLY FROM SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, WHO PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 30. MR. KELLY, KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE SAVANNAH COMMUNITY AS COACH KELLY, DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO TEACHING AND MENTORING STUDENTS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY IN 1969, COACH KELLY STARTED COACHING DEACONS HIGH SCHOOL'S BASKETBALL TEAM, SPARKING HIS COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS. COACH KELLY'S PASSION SHOWS NOT ONLY IN HIS INCREDIBLE SUCCESS ON THE COURT, BUT ALSO THE NOTORIOUS TESTIMONIALS FROM STUDENTS ABOUT HOW HE CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOR THE BETTER. AFTER HE MOVED TO COACH BASKETBALL AT SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL, HE HAD 427 VICTORIES IN BASKETBALL, ALONG WITH 18 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THREE SPORTS. BUT THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS HE POSITIVELY IMPACTED IS FAR GREATER. AFTER HIS SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE SPORT, COACH KELLY SERVED AS A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FOR 14 YEARS AT SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. HIS CARING AND COMPASSIONATE NATURE WAS SEEN BY EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY FROM FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, STUDENTS, AND CERTAINLY FAMILY MEMBERS. COACH KELLY'S PRESENCE IN THE COMMUNITY WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED AND FELT BY ALL WHO HAD THE PRESSURE OF KNOWING HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ASK FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR MR. WINSTON HINSLY. HE WAS INJURED IN THE SUICIDE ATTACK ON BAG RAM AIR BASE IN AFGHANISTAN ON NOVEMBER 12. FOUR BRAVE AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK AND MR. HINSLY WAS ONE OF 16 SOLDIERS INJURED. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY TRANSPORTED TO GERMANY FOR TREATMENT AND SURGERY, BUT IS CURRENTLY IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THIS ATTACK IS A SOBERING REMINDER OF THE HARSH REALITY THAT OUR SOLDIERS MUST ENDURE DURING THEIR DEPLOYMENT. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO KEEP OUR NATION'S SOLDIERS IN THEY ARE THOUGHTS AND ESPECIALLY MR. WINSTON HINSLY DURING THIS TIME OF NEED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND WE WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MR. JOHN RUTLEDGE WHO PASSED AWAY ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2016, AT THE AGE OF 96. HIS LIFE HAS BEEN QUITE EXTRAORDINARY AS HE HAS BEEN OUT ON HAND FOR SOME INCREDIBLE EVENTS IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. ON DECEMBER 7, 1941, MR. RUTLEDGE WAS ABOARD THE U.S.S. CALIFORNIA DURING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, NARROWLY ESCAPING WITH HIS LIFE. THE NEXT YEAR HE WAS AT THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN COVERING THE BATTLE WITH PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FILMING THE BURNING OF JAPANESE SHIPS. HE CONTINUED HIS SERVICE TO OUR NATION LONG AFTER HIS TIME IN THE MILITARY AND FIGHTING IN WORLD WAR II. FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS HE TAUGHT SCIENCE CLASSES AT PENSACOLA HIGH SCHOOL. I'M PROUD TO HONOR SOMEONE WHO DEDICATED SO MUCH OF HIS LIFE TO THE BETTERMENT OF OUR NATION. MR. RUTLEDGE, YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:38:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:39:11 AM

    MRS. WAGNER

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION THAT BEGINS MAKING…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION THAT BEGINS MAKING STRIDES TOWARD ENHANCING OUR ABILITY TO COMBAT SOME OF OUR TOUGHEST DISEASES OF OUR TIME. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. FROM IMPROVING THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL PROCESS OF DRUGS AND DEVICES, TO BETTERING OUR ABILITY TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DISEASES LIKE ALZHEIMER'S AND DIABETES. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON COUNTLESS LIVES. I FURTHER APPLAUD PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL THAT ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND OPIOID ABUSE. BOTH CRISES THAT TEAR FAMILIES APART IN MY HOME DISTRICT OF ST. LOUIS AND ACROSS OUR NATION. HOWEVER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO SAY THAT PASSING THIS BILL MUST NOT BE THE END OF YOU ARE EFFORTS BUT RATHER THE BEGINNING. THE BEGINNING AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO BETTER DAYS FOR THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN FIGHTING AGAINST PEDIATRIC CANCERS. MR. SPEAKER, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES LEGISLATION OUTLINES THAT RARE AND PEDIATRIC DISEASES AND CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN A BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PRIORITY. WHILE THE BILL PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL $4.8 BILLION TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, I SEE LITTLE THAT SUGGESTS A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF THIS MONEY WILL BE DEDICATED TO PEDIATRIC RESEARCH AND CARE. THIS PAST OCTOBER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE CARDINAL KIDS CANCER CENTER AT MERCY HOSPITAL IN ST. LOUIS. AND MEET WITH FAMILIES AFFECTED BY PEDIATRIC CANCER, INCLUDING THE LESLEY FAMILY. THE LESLEY SON, CALEB, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A SAR COMA, A RARE TYPE OF BONE CANCER, WHEN HE WAS JUST 10 YEARS OLD. DESPITE THE INCREDIBLE STRENGTH THAT CALEB SHOWED IN HIS MORE THAN TWO-YEAR FIGHT WITH CANCER, HE ULTIMATELY LOST THE BATTLE ON JULY 22, 2015. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN THE LESLEYS TOLD ME THAT CHILDHOOD CANCER RECEIVED ONLY 4% OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE'S ANNUAL RESEARCH BUDGET. ONLY 4%. AN ABSURDLY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR A POPULATION WITH COUNTLESS LIFE YEARS AHEAD OF THEM. IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2016, THE N.C.I. WAS APPROPRIATED $5.2 BILLION AND ONLY $208 MILLION OF THIS WENT FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH. CHILDHOOD CANCER DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED ON GENDER, RACE, OR SOCIAL CLASS. THESE ARE DISEASES THAT COULD AFFECT ANY OF OUR CHILDREN AT ANY TIME. IT IS MY HOPE THAT GOING FORWARD IS BOTH A LAWMAKER AND MOTHER OF THREE CHILDREN THAT WE CAN PRIORITIZE N.C.I. RESEARCH FUNDING TO GIVE EVERY CHILD A FIGHTING CHANCE AND TO HAVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY FUTURE. I AM COMMITTED TO GIVING FAMILIES LIKE THE LESLIES SOLACE, SOLACE IN KNOWING THAT MAYBE ONE LESS FAMILY WILL HAVE TO SUFFER THE TRAGIC LOSS THAT THEY ENDURED. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:42:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:42:45 AM

    MRS. BLACK

    MR. SPEAKER, TENNESSEANS HAVE EXPERIENCED THE WORST OF MOTHER NATURE THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, TENNESSEANS HAVE EXPERIENCED THE WORST OF MOTHER NATURE THIS WEEK. FROM THE TORNADOES IN MY OWN DISTRICT TO THE HISTORIC WILDFIRES THAT RAVAGE THE GATLINBURG COMMUNITY. THESE FIRES FORCE A MASS EVACUATION, DESTROYED HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES, AND TRAGICALLY CAUSED THREE KNOWN FATALITIES SO FAR. TODAY I RISE TO CALL FOR PRAYER FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE BEAUTIFUL SMOKEY MOUNTAIN REGION OF OUR STATE. TO REMEMBER THOSE PRECIOUS LIVES LOST AND RECOGNIZE OUR HEROIC FIRST RESPONDERS WHO HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO CONTAIN THE DAMAGE. AS THE WORK CONTINUES, WE PRAY THAT HEALING RAIN WOULD FALL LITERALLY ACROSS EASTERN TENNESSEE THIS WEEK. THAT BUSINESSES WOULD BE ABLE TO QUICKLY REOPEN, AND THAT VISITORS WOULD ONCE AGAIN FLOCK TO THEIR TREASURED REGION OF OUR STATE TO EXPERIENCE ALL THAT GATLINBURG HAS TO OFFER. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:43:56 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:44:03 AM

    MR. DESANTIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK MARKED THE DEATH OF THE TYRANT IN CUBA,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK MARKED THE DEATH OF THE TYRANT IN CUBA, FIDEL CASTRO. THIS IS A MAN WHOSE REGIME WAS MARKED BY THE SUPPRESSION OF GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS. THE RIGHT TO RELIGION, TO SPEECH, TO ASSEMBLE. THE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREED WITH THE REGIME IN CASTRO'S CUBA WERE JAILED OR TORTURED. PEOPLE WHO HAD BUILT SPENT THEIR LIVES BUILDING BUSINESSES , RESTAURANTS, HOTELS, HAD THEIR PROPERTY CONFISCATED AFTER THE CUBAN REVOLUTION. AND PEOPLE WERE EXECUTED BY THE THOUSANDS WHO RAN AFOUL OF THE REGIME. PRECASTRO CUBA, YOU HAD ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, PROSPERITY, BUT YOU DID HAVE A YEARNING FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORMS. IT WAS EFFECTIVELY AN AUTHORITARIAN SYSTEM AND CASTRO CAPITALIZED ON THIS BY POINTING OUT THAT WE NEEDED TO HAVE FREE ELECTIONS. SO THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORTED CASTRO INITIALLY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO USHER IN DEMOCRATIC REFORMS. HE DUPED TO PEOPLE ONCE HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEIZE POWER, HE SIDED WITH THE SOVIET UNION AND IMPOSED THE STALINIST TYRANNY ON THE SMALL ISLAND NATION. AND I THINK IT'S INTERESTING WHEN PEOPLE LOOK BACK TO SEE HOW POORLY CUBA HAS DONE UNDER HIS RULE. COMPARE THAT WITH A LOT OF THE CUBAN EXILES WHO LEFT CASTRO'S TYRANNY. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO, MANY OF THEM CAME TO FLORIDA, A LOT OF THEM DIDN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE, OR IN A NEW CONTRY, DIDN'T NECESSARILY HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF ADVANTAGES, AND YET CUBAN AMERICANS IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE EXCELLED AT ALL LEVELS IN BUSINESS AND IN GOVERNMENT AND ATHLETICS, ENTERTAINMENT, YOU NAME IT. MEANWHILE, YOU LOOK AT THE PEOPLE OVER THE LAST DECADES IN CUBA AND UNLESS YOU'RE ATTACHED TO THE RULING CLASS, THE REGIME, THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES, THE MILITARY, YOU BASICALLY HAVE NO SHOT TO DO ANYTHING TO ADVANCE YOUR LIFE AND MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR GOD-GIVEN ABILITY. . AND THE CUBAN EXAISLES WHO CAME TO FLORIDA, THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING MIAMI ON THE MAP SO I THINK THAT SHOWS WHEN YOU HAVE FOLKS FLEEING A TYRANNY, COMING TO FREEDOM, THEY CAN SUCCEED BEYOND PEOPLE'S WILDEST DREAMS, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE TYRANNY, THEY JUST HAD NOWHERE TO GO. IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE MEDIA REPORTS. CASTRO IS SHOWN AS A EGALITARIAN. THIS WAS A BIG DEAL. PART OF IT, LOOK, I HAVE TO ADMIT, PART OF IT WAS TRUE. HE WAS AN EGALITARIAN IN THE SENSE HE INFLICTED THE EQUAL SUFFERING, EQUAL MISERY UPON BROAD CROSS-SECTIONS OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE SO THAT MUCH IS TRUE. BUT IT'S OBVIOUSLY FALSE IN A SENSE OF THIS THING WASN'T EGALITARIAN. IT WAS TO AMASS POWER FROM HIMSELF. HE DIED A BILLIONAIRE, SO THIS IS THE AVANT-GARDE OF THE WORKING CLASS SUPPOSEDLY AND HE'S A BILLIONAIRE WHILE MANY CUBANS STRUGGLE TO EVEN EAT AND CERTAINLY THEY CANNOT PROSPER. WE ALSO SHOULDN'T FORGET, THIS IS A VERY RECKLESS LEADER. HE BROUGHT THE WORLD TO A BRINK OF A NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION IN 1962 DURING THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS AND ONCE THE SOVIET UNION EXPIRED AND WE HAD THESE FILES, CASTRO WAS URGING KHRUSHCHEV TO NUKE THE UNITED STATES. SO YOU HAD KHRUSHCHEV, THIS CRUSTY, COMMUNIST, SOVIET LEADER HAVING TO BE THE VOICE OF REASON TELLING CASTRO, NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. WE'LL END UP IN A THERMO NUCLEAR WAR. IF IT WAS UP TO FIDEL CASTRO, THOSE NUCLEAR BOMBS WOULD HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED. THIS IS NOT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON OF CUBA, AS SOME HAVE SAID. WASHINGTON, HE REFUSED POWER, WON A WAR, REFUSED POWER AND COULD HAVE GOT PIRE FOR HIMSELF. HE DID THE EXACT OPPOSITE. CASTRO WRECKED CUBA, TURNED IT INTO AN ISLAND PRISON IN ORDER TO AMASS POWER FOR HIMSELF. THAT'S HIS LEGACY AND THE DAMNING EVIDENCE OF HIS FAILURE, HIS TYRANNY AND HIS EVIL NATURE ARE THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT PERISHED FLEEING CUBA, GOING THROUGH THE FLORIDA STRAITS. THOSE WATERY GRAVES REALLY STAND AS A MONUMENT TO CASTRO'S BAR BARITY. THESE PEOPLE KNOW THEY AREN'T GOING TO MAKE IT. THESE ARE SHARK-INFESTED WATERS. EVEN THE SMALL CHANCE OF ESCAPING FREEDOM AND CASTRO'S TYRANNY WAS SO OPPRESSIVE, THEY WERE DOING THAT KNOWING THEY WOULD MOST LIKELY MEET THEIR OWN DEMISE. SO AS WE LOOK FORWARD, LET'S BE HONEST ABOUT THE NATURE OF THIS REGIME. LET'S COMMIT TO HAVING POLICIES THAT WILL ACTUALLY PUT PRESSURE ON THE REGIME AND WILL HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL IN CUBA WHO ARE TRYING TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, FOR FREE ELECTIONS AND FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORMS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:49:00 AM

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    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER OF THE THE PRAYER WILL BE OVERED BY OUR GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER OF THE THE PRAYER WILL BE OVERED BY OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN. RABBI HECHT, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

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  • 12:00:37 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    HELP US BE HONEST ENOUGH TO ADMIT OUR SHORTCOMINGS. BRILLIANT ENOUGH TO…

    HELP US BE HONEST ENOUGH TO ADMIT OUR SHORTCOMINGS. BRILLIANT ENOUGH TO ACCEPT FLATTERY WITHOUT ARROGANCE. FULL ENOUGH TO TOWER ABOVE THE SEAT. STRONG ENOUGH TO TREASURE LOVE. BRAVE ENOUGH TO WELCOME CRITICISM. COMPASSION ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND HUMAN FRAILTIES. WISE ENOUGH TO RECOGNIZE OUR MISTAKES. HUMBLE ENOUGH TO APPRECIATE GREATNESS. AND RIGHTEOUS ENOUGH TO BE DEVOTED TO THE LOVE OF GOD. ALMIGHTY GOD, INSPIRE THE LEADERS IN CONGRESS TO INSPIRE ALL THE PEOPLE, BESTOW YOUR INFINITE BLESSINGS UPON THE CITIZENS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND THAT EVERY SOLDIER RETURN HOME SAFELY AFTER FULFILLING YOUR MISSION. WE PRAY THAT THE WORLD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL MANKIND. THAT WE RID OURSELVES FROM REG DISAND HATRED, POVERTY AND ADDICTION, GREED, JEALOUSY, AND SELFISHNESS, AND ALL THESE ILLS ARE REPLACED WITH LOVE AND HARMONY, PEACE AND TRANQUILITY, RESPECT AND DIGNITY, SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY. MAY THIS COUNTRY THE GREATEST COUNTRY OF THE WORLD GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. HIGGINS

    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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON, IS RECOGNIZED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GIBSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK RABBI SHEA HECHT FOR THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO THANK RABBI SHEA HECHT FOR THE OPENING PRAYER. HE'S HE HE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL COMMUNITY OF FURTHERANCE OF JEWISH EDUCATION. HE HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITHS, RACES, AND BACKGROUNDS IN NEW YORK TO PROMOTE PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING. THESE PRINCIPLES HOLD TRUE IN NEW YORK AS THEY DO THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN THIS BODY. ONE THING THAT MY TIME IN CONGRESS HAS REINFORCED IN ME IS THAT PRAYER MATTERS. THE DAILY OPENING PRAYERS HERE IN THE CHAMBER SET THE TONE FOR MY DAY, AND OFTEN HELP ME REFLECT ON HOW TO BE A BETTER HUSBAND, FATHER, AND CONGRESSMAN. I JOIN RABBI HECHT IN PURSUIT OF PEACE AT HOME AND ABROAD AND THANK HIM FOR HIS MEANINGFUL PRAYER, CERTAINLY THANK HIS FAMILY AS WELL, AND RABBIS IF THE HUDSON VALLEY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER

    ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE…

    ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. WILSON

    TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WILSON

    TUESDAY MORNING PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP MADE AN EXTRAORDINARY CABINET…

    TUESDAY MORNING PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP MADE AN EXTRAORDINARY CABINET SELECTION. BY APPOINTING CHAIRMAN DR. TOM PRICE TO SERVE AS AMERICA'S SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP ANNOUNCED, QUOTE, CHAIRMAN PRICE, A RENOWNED PHYSICIAN, HAS EARNED A REPUTATION FOR BEING A TIRELESS PROBLEM SOLVER AND THE GO-TO EXPERT ON HEALTH CARE POLICY. MAKING HIM THE IDEAL CHOICE TO SERVE IN THIS CAPACITY. HE IS EXCEPTIONALLY QUALIFIED TO SHEPHERD OUR COMMITMENT TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE AND BRING AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE TO EVERY AMERICAN, END OF QUOTE. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE SERVED ALONGSIDE CHAIRMAN PRICE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WAS HONORED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF HIS LEGISLATION, THE EMPOWERING PATIENTS FIRST ACT. THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT PUTS AMERICANS IN CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH CARE PLANS AND CHOICES, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. TOM PRICE, HIS WIFE, STATE REPRESENTATIVE BETTY, AND THEIR SON, ROBERT, MY FORMER INTERN, ON THIS DESERVED HONOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING HIS SUCCESS IN THIS NEW ROLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MAY THE PRESIDENT BY HIS ACTIONS NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    RISE O TOYED TODAY TO THE 21 STTH CENTURY CURES ACT. IN MY WESTERN NEW…

    RISE O TOYED TODAY TO THE 21 STTH CENTURY CURES ACT. IN MY WESTERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY, OPEN POINT OF ORDER OVERDOSES DOUBLED FROM 2014 TO 2015, AND TRAGICALLY THAT NUMBER EXPECTED TO DOUBLE AGAIN THIS YEAR. THIS BILL DELIVERS FUNDS TO HELP STATES AND FAMILIES FIGHT THE EPIDEMIC. THIS LEGISLATION ALSO MAKES SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS AND PROMISING RESEARCH FOR THOSE FIGHTING CANCER, ALZHEIMER'S, AND OTHER DEBILITATING DISEASES, BRINGING US CLOSER TO THE PROMISE OF BETTER TREATMENT AND CURES FOR THE AFFLICTED AND THOSE WHO LOVE AND FAIR FOR THE AFFLICTED. 21ST CENTURY CARES ACT ALSO PROVIDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE IN RESEARCH FUNDS TO ACCELERATE PROMISING CANCER RESEARCH AT OUR NATION'S LEADING CANCER CENTERS, INCLUDING BUFFALO'S ROSWELL PARK CANCER INSTITUTE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    REQUEST TALK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND MY…

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH WHICH IS OBSERVED EACH NOVEMBER. THE GOAL OF THE NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH IS TO ENCREASE NATIONAL AWARENESS OF ADOPTION AND BRING ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS FOR PERMANENT FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. AS OF SEPTEMBER 30 OF LAST YEAR, THERE ARE MORE THAN 110,000 CHILDREN ACROSS OUR NATION WAITING TO BE ADOPTED. THIS YEAR, THE INITIATIVE FOCUSES ON OLDER YOUTH ADOPTIONS WHICH HAS A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TO ME. WHEN I WAS 11, MY FEAL WELCOMED A FOSTER CARE CHILD, BOB, INTO OUR HOME. BOB, THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, HAS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE SINCE I WAS 11 AND WILL BE MY BROTHER FOR LIFE. IN FACT, IT'S BECAUSE OF BOB I DEVELOPED A LIFELONG PASSION FOR SCOUTING AND EVENTUALLY MOTIVATED TO A CALL TO PUBLIC SERVICE. I COMMEND THE MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS OUR NATION WHO HAVE SELFLESSLY DECIDED TO OPEN THEIR HOMES TO THESE BOYS AND GIRLS, PROVIDING GOOD HOMES AT A VERY CHALLENGING TIME FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. TO THE PARENTS WHO HAVE EITHER ADOPTED OR CHILD OR PARTICIPATED IN FOSTER CARE, THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST HATE. ACROSS OUR COUNTRY INCIDENTS OF HATE GRIMES AND HARASSMENT ARE ON THE RISE.

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    MS. GRAHAM

    JUST THIS LAST WEEK THE TREND REARED ITS UGLY HEAD IN MY HOMETOWN OF…

    JUST THIS LAST WEEK THE TREND REARED ITS UGLY HEAD IN MY HOMETOWN OF TALLAHASSEE. A COMMUNITY OFFICE WAS VANDALIZED WITH THE LETTERS K.K.K. PAINTED ACROSS THE DOOR. AND WITH THE RISE OF HATE WE HAVE ALSO SEEN AN INCREASE IN INDIFFERENCE. TOO MANY ARE TURNING A BLIND EYE, BUT THERE CAN BE NO TOLERANCE FOR RACISM, BIGOTRY, OR ANTI-SEMITISM. IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS NOT HATE. IT'S INDIFFERENCE. I WON'T BE INDIFFERENT. I WON'T BE SILENT. AND I'M ASKING EACH OF YOU TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST ACTS OF HATE WHEREVER YOU SEE THEM. WE CANNOT BE BULLIED OR INTIMIDATED. WE MUST FIGHT BACK TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER THAN HATRED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MRS. WALORSKI

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. WALORSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD THE UNANIMOUS PASSAGE LAST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO APPLAUD THE UNANIMOUS PASSAGE LAST NIGHT OF THE VEST RANT MOBILITY SAFETY ACT. WITH THIS COMMONSENSE BILL ON THE WAY TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, WE ARE MAKING SURE THE MOBILITY EQUIPMENT VETERANS DEPEND ON IS SAFE. THE V.A. HELPS DISABLED VETERANS UPDATE THEIR VEHICLES WITH THINGS LIKE WHEELCHAIR LIFTS AND EASIER STEERING AND BRAKING TO IMPROVE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. OUTDATED POLICIES AND LACK OF STANDARDS IN THE PROGRAM HAVE LED TO SAFETY ISSUES FOR VETERANS AND THE DRIVING PUBLIC. WITH MY BILL, THE V.A. WILL DEVELOP NEW POLICIES AND STANDARDS TO ENSURE VETERANS HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE, HIGH QUALITY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT. I WANT IT THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK ON VETERANS ISSUES, AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES BROWNING AND RUE I, PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, AND THE NATIONAL EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA. WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO OUR DISABLED VETERANS AND THAT INCLUDES MAKING SURE THE MOBILITY EQUIPMENT THEY NEED IS SAFE AND RELIABLE. WITH THIS BILL WE ARE DOING JUST THAT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:10:03 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF FIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH,…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF FIDEL CASTRO'S DEATH, SOMEWHERE WORLD LEADERS AND SOME IN THE MEDIA WERE QUICK TO EXPRESS THEIR SORROW AND SYMPATHY FOR CASTRO. THEY FONNED OVER A DICTATOR AS CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUST CONTINUE TRUDEAU CLAIMED, WHO WAS QUOTE, A LEGENDARY REVOLUTIONAIRE AND ORATOR, END QUOTE. IT IS PRECISELY THIS IGNORANCE OF CASTRO'S TRUE NATURE THAT IS SO ALARMING. FIDEL CASTRO WAS A RUTHLESS TYRANT WHO RULED WITH AN IRE FIST. CASTRO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF COUNTLESS CUBANS, AND HE BEAT, JAILED, AND EVEN TORTURED HIS OPPOSITION. CASTRO WAS A DESPOT WHO CONFISCATED PRIVATE PROPERTY AND BUSINESSES. HE SUB JEW KATED COBBIAN CITIZENS. HE TOOK AWAY ALL THEIR FREEDOMS AND THEIR RIGHTS. FIDEL CASTRO WAS AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A THUG WHO SHOULD BE CONDEMNED AND NOT EULOGIZED. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA 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 GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE SEE…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO REMEMBER AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE SEE WICKLY -- SEWICKLEY COMMUNITY. THIS GREAT AMERICAN WAS A MAN OF MANY FIRST. HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN NEWS REPORTER FOR THE "PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE," AND THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TELEVISION NEWS REPORTER IN PITTSBURGH. FOLLOWING HIS CAREER IN COMMUNICATIONS, HE SERVED AS THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR FOR MERCY HOSPITAL FOR 25 YEARS.

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  • 12:11:46 PM

    MR. ROTHFUS

    PRIOR TO THESE ACHIEVEMENTS, HE SERVED AS THE PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS…

    PRIOR TO THESE ACHIEVEMENTS, HE SERVED AS THE PETTY OFFICER THIRD CLASS DURING WORLD WAR II AND HE WAS A COMMITTED HUSBAND, FATHER, AND GRANDFATHER. IN HIS LATE WIFE, HE REMAINED MARRIED FOR 53 YEARS BEFORE HER PASSING. THROUGH HIS WORK FOR THE DANIEL B. HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN SEWICKLEY, HE DISCOVERED THERE WERE MORE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN IN PENNSYLVANIA THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE NATION. IT SPEARHEADED THE CAMPAIGN THAT RESULTED IN THE LARGEST OUTDOOR MEMORIAL TO THE AIRMEN IN THE CEMETERY, PICTURED HERE TO MY LEFT. HIS STERLING EXAMPLE AND LASTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. MAY HIS FAMILY BE CONSOLED AND MAY HE REST IN PEACE. I THANK THE SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO MOVE PEOPLE FROM POVERTY TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO MOVE PEOPLE FROM POVERTY TO SELF-RELIANCE IS NOT A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. IF WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE IMPOTOMAC RIVERISHED, WE MUST HELP THEM FIND A PATHWAY TO EMPLOYMENT. IN MY HOMETOWN OF HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, A NONPROFIT HAS TAKEN THIS MISSION TO HEART. COOPERATIVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES AND CLINIC WORKS WITH DISADVANTAGED RESIDENTS TO GIVE THEM SKILLS THAT WILL GIVE THEM A STEP UP IN THE WORK FORCE. THE MINISTRY'S PROGRAM, BRIDGES TO HOPE, HAS WORKED WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS IN HOT SPRINGS TO PUT ITS GRADUATES TO WORK AND IT IS SEEING GREAT SUCCESS.

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  • 12:13:24 PM

    MR. WESTERMAN

    A JOB. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHO

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK A TEXAS JUDGE GRANTED AN EMERGENCY INJUNCTION…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST WEEK A TEXAS JUDGE GRANTED AN EMERGENCY INJUNCTION AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OVERTIME RULE. THIS DISASTROUS OVERTIME RULE IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO LEGISLATE OUTSIDE OF REASON AND JOB DESCRIPTION TO IMPOSE ITS WE KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU AGENDA. THIS RULE IS SET TO GO IN EFFECT DECEMBER 1 WOULD DOUBLE THE OVERTIME SALARY THRESHOLD ALMOST OVERNIGHT. FOR AMERICANS, THIS OVERTIME RULE WOULD MEAN FEWER JOB PROSPECTS, LESS FLEXIBILITY, AND LESS OPPORTUNITY.

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  • 12:14:55 PM

    MR. ALLEN

    AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM, OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WHO TOOK SWIFT ACTION ON MONDAY TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE AND STOP AN ATTACKER YIELDING A -- WIELDING A KNIFE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE VICTIMS WHO WERE INJURED AND I WISH THEM A QUICK AND FULL RECOVERY. AS A FELLOW BUCKEYE, THE DIFFICULT TO EVEN FATHOM WHAT TOOK PLACE. THIS SENSELESS VIOLENCE THAT CAN HAPPEN EVEN ON ONE OF OUR OWN CAMPUSES. I WALKED THOSE SIDEWALK AS A STUDENT AND -- SIDEWALKS AS A STUDENT AND JUST A FEW DAYS AGO WAS WITH MY WIFE ON CAMPUS WITH THE UNPREDICTABLE THREATS AND TO POTENTIAL EMERGENCIES WE FACE TODAY, WE MUST BE PREPARED, WE MUST ALWAYS BE VIGILANT. SO I'M SINCERELY GRATEFUL TO THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, THAT THEY WERE READY.

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    MR. TIBERI

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART TO PAY TRIBUTE TO A FALLEN WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER, K-9 OFFICER, COLLIN ROSE, WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. OFFICER ROSE IS A MAN OF THE COMMUNITY WHO VISITED SCHOOLS AND TRAINED POLICE DOGS. HE WAS A UNIVERSITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY GRADUATE AND TRAGICALLY OFFICER ROSE BECAME THE FIFTH OFFICER TO BE SHOT IN THE UNITED STATES IN A MATTER OF DAYS. IT'S COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. THIS TREND OF VIOLENCE AND MURDER AGAINST THE VERY PEOPLE WHO SERVE AND PROTECT US, THERE ARE NO WORDS. IT MUST STOP. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE MORE THAN THEIR OCCUPATION. THEY ARE HUSBANDS, THEY ARE WIVES, THEY ARE BROTHERS, SISTERS, THEY ARE OUR CHILDREN. AND IN OFFICER ROSE'S CASE, HE WAS SOMEBODY'S FIANCE, PREPARING TO GET MARRIED LESS THAN A YEAR FROM NOW. AS MUCH AS WE THINK THAT THEIR JOB IS TO PROTECT US, IT IS OUR JOB TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY AS WELL. OUR COMMUNITIES MUST WORK WITH THE POLICE TO OPEN DIALOGUE AND VOICE CONCERNS PEACEFULLY.

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    MR. BISHOP

    RESPECT OUR POLICE AND MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. POLICE JOIN ME TODAY IN…

    RESPECT OUR POLICE AND MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. POLICE JOIN ME TODAY IN PRAYING FOR OFFICER ROSE'S FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE ENTIRE WAYNE STATE POLICE FORCE DURING THIS TIME OF TRAGEDY. HIS LIFE AND LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I YIELD BACK.

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    BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY FOR LIFE SAVING CURES FOR DISEASES THAT AFFECT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY FOR LIFE SAVING CURES FOR DISEASES THAT AFFECT EVERY FAMILY. WE'RE SET TO BEGIN A NEW ERA IN WASHINGTON IN JANUARY, BUT WE STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCOMPLISH MEANINGFUL CHANGE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES BY PASSING THE 21ST CENTURY CURIOUS ACT AND GETTING IT SIGNED INTO LAUFMENT -- CURES ACT AND GETTING IT SIGNED INTO LAUFMENT FOR EXAMPLE, RIGHT NOW, EACH YEAR, 700,000 PEOPLE DIE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ANNUALLY. BY 2050, ESTIMATES ARE THAT OUR COUNTRY WILL SPEND OVER $1 TRILLION ALONE JUST TO TREAT PATIENTS WITH ALZHEIMER'S. YET WE SPEND JUST A FEW HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH. THIS WEEKEND "60 MINUTES" HIGHLIGHTED AN N.I.H.-BACKED ALZHEIMER'S STUDY AND THE AMAZING WORK OUR RESEARCHERS ARE DOING TO FIND A CURE FOR THIS DREADFUL DISEASE. 21ST CENTURY CURES INCREASES OUR COMMIT COMMITHMENT TO STUDIES LIKE THESE BY ADDING ALMOST 5DS BILLION IN NEW INVESTMENT FOR RESEARCH OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE SUPPORT 21ST CENTURY CURES, WE NOT ONLY SAVE LIVES, BUT OUR INVESTMENT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF A THOUSAND TIMES OVER. I YIELD BACK THE BAM OF MY TIME. -- BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY SENATE 2943, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE…

    CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY SENATE 2943, ENTITLED AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. TO PRESCRIBE MILITARY PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ORDERED TO BE PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK…

    ORDERED TO BE PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:24:23 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 934 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 12:24:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

  • 12:24:32 PM

    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 159, HOUSE RESOLUTION 934. RESOLVED THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS…

    NUMBER 159, HOUSE RESOLUTION 934. RESOLVED THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE THE BILL H.R. 34, TO AUTHORIZE AND STRENGTHEN THE TSUNAMI DETECTION, FORECAST, WARNING, RESEARCH, AND MITIGATION PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT THERETO, AND TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE, WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, A MOTION OFFERED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE OR HIS DESIGNEE THAT THE HOUSE CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT WITH AN AMENDMENT CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-67 MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 80 MINUTES, WITH 60 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION. SECTION 2, UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL H.R. 6392, TO AMEND THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TO SPECIFY WHEN BANK HOLDING COMPANIES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN ENHANCED SUPERVISION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, TWO, THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION, AND THREE, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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  • 12:27:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

  • 12:27:08 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. POLIS, PENDSING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF -- PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:27:24 PM

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

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  • 12:27:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 12:27:35 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 PROVIDES FOR A RULE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HOUSE RESOLUTION 934 PROVIDES FOR A RULE TO CONSIDER A CRITICAL BILL THAT WILL HELP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM DISEASES. THE RULE PROVIDES 80 MINUTES OF DEBATE ABOUT ONE HOUR BEING PROVIDED TO THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND 20 MINUTES GIVEN TO THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR A MOTION TO CONCUR WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34, PLACING THE BASE TEXT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES INTO THE BILL. THE RULE FURTHER INCORPORATES THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT INTO THE BASE TEXT OF THE CURES BILL, REFLECTING THE BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL NEGOTIATIONS WHICH TOOK PLACE TO GET US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SECOND, THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY PROVIDES FOR A RULE TO CONSIDER H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2016. AN IMPORTANT BILL TO REMOVE FEDERAL REGULATIONS IMPOSED ON SMALL COMMUNITY BANKS BY THE DODD-FRANK ACT, BY PLACING CURRENT AND ARBITRARY SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION STANDARDS WITH A MORE EFFECTIVE ACTIVITY-BASED STANDARD. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. FURTHER, THE RULE MAKES ONE AMENDMENT IN ORDER AND PROVIDES THE MINORITY WITH THE STANDARD MOTION TO RECOMMIT. I'M PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING BOTH OF THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION TODAY. THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAS SPENT FOUR YEARS WORKING TO BRING OUR HEALTH CARE INNOVATION INFRASTRUCTURE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. TODAY THERE ARE 10,000 KNOWN DISEASES OR CONDITIONS. THE BAD NEWS IS, WE HAVE CURIOUS OR TREATMENT FOR ONLY 500 -- CURES OR TREATMENT FOR ONLY 500. THERE'S A GAP BETWEEN INNOVATION AND THERAPY. THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH HOW WE REGULATE OUR THERAPIES. IT IS NOT UNHEARD OF TO HAVE A COMPANY TAKE OVER 14 YEARS AND $2 BILLION TO BRING A NEW DRUG TO MARKET. MEMBERS HELD 20 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS, HEARINGS, FIELD HEARINGS AND EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY TO ENSURE THAT WE INVOLVED OUR PATIENTS, THEIR ADVOCATES, RESEARCHERS, INNOVATORS, FINANCIERS, ALL THAT HAVE FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTAND THE GAPS IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 INCLUDES TWO BIPARTISAN BILLS DEVELOPED OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL YEARS BY THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND ITS MEMBERS TO MEET SOME OF OUR COUNTRY'S MOST PRESSING HEALTH CARE NEEDS. THE MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS THAT ARE BASED ON THE HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL CRISIS ACT AUTHORED BY REPRESENTATIVE TIM MURPHY PASSED THE HOUSE IN JULY BY A VOTE OF 422-2. THIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORT REPRESENTS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REFORMS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IN OVER A DECADE. . THE 21ST CREPETRY CURES ACT TITLE IN THE BILL IS A RESULT OF A UNIFIED ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE EFFORT, CHAMPIONED BY CHAIRMAN FRED UPTON, REPRESENTATIVE DIANNE DEGETTE OF COLORADO OVER THE COURSE OF MULTIPLE CONGRESSES TO BRING OUR LAWS INTO A MODEND ERA OF MEDICINE. THE HOUSE PASSED 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IN JULY OF 2015 BY A VOTE OF 344-77. OUR COMMITMENT TO THIS TRANSFORMATIONAL BILL HAS NOT AND MUST NOT WAIVER UNTIL IT IS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND SIGNED INTO LAW. WE OWE IT TO THE PATIENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, MEDICAL PROVIDERS, ADVOCATES, SCIENTISTS, AND RESEARCHERS TO SEE THIS THROUGH. OUR COUNTRY IS A GLOBAL LEADER IN MEDICAL INNOVATION. BUT EVEN RECOGNIZING THAT, THERE IS PROGRESS THAT WE CAN MAKE. 10,000 KNOWN DISEASES, 10,000 KNOWN CONDITIONS. CURES AND TREATMENTS FOR ONLY 500. WE MUST DO MORE TO ALLEVIATE THAT GAP WHICH IS CAUSING SO MUCH HUMAN SUFFERING. ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OVER THE PAST DECADE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICAL INNOVATION, YET THE WAY DRUGS AND DEVICES ARE APPROVED IS BACK IN THE HORSE AND BUGGY DAYS. IT'S LARGELY UNCHANGED. RECOGNIZING THE GROWING DIVIDE INNOVATION AND REGULATION, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE LAUNCHED THE 21ST DRENTRY -- CENTURY CURES INITIATIVE IN 113 THIS CONGRESS, THAT WAS A CONGRESS AGO, TO EXEC THE STATE OF DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF MEDICAL THERAPIES IN AMERICA. THE ENSUING PROCESS BY WHICH THE CURES LEGISLATION WAS DEVELOPED SHOULD SERVE AS A MODEL FOR POLICY DEVELOPMENT LONG INTO THE FUTURE. MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE CONVENED HEARINGS, FORUMS, ROUND TABLES, WASHINGTON, D.C., AND IN CENTERS AND LOCATIONS AROUND THE NATION. THESE FORUMS BROUGHT TOGETHER THE LEADING SCIENTISTS, MEDICAL EXPERTS, PATIENT, AND DEZEEZE GROUP ADVOCATES, RESEARCHERS, INNOVATORS ACROSS MULTIPLE SECTORS. OBJECTIVES OF THESE EVENTS IS UNCOVER OPPORTUNITIES AND STRENGTHEN AND STREAMLINE THE PROCESS BY WHICH CURES ARE DISCOVERED AND MADE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS. BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED, REPRESENTATIVES WORKED ACROSS THE AISLE, ACROSS THE DAIS, ON COMPREHENSIVE HE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MAKE THE GOVERNMENT AN ALLY RATHER THAN AN OBJECT STECKEL IN A CYCLE OF MEDICAL INNOVATION. -- OBSTACLE IN A CYCLE MEDICAL INNOVATION. THE DISCOVERY, THE DEVELOPMENT, THE DELIVERY TO ACCELERATE DISCOVERY THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 INCLUDES PROVISIONS THAT FACILITATE COLLABORATION AND INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH DATA, INVESTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RESEARCH THROUGH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, AND INCENTIVIZES THE EXPLORATION OF THE MOST RARE AND CHALLENGING CONDITIONS. TO MODERNIZE THE DEVELOPMENT AMONG OTHER THINGS THE ACT ESTABLISHES A REVIEW PATHWAY AT THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION FOR BIOMARKERS AND OTHER DRUG DEVELOPMENT TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED TO HELP SHORTEN DRUG DEVELOPMENT TIME WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAINING THE SAFETY STANDARD THAT THE PUBLIC DEMANDS AND WE HAVE ALL COME TO EXPECT FROM THE AGENCY. THE VERY CONFUSED REGULATION OF COMBINATION PRODUCTS BY THE VERY DIFFERENT CENTERS OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WILL BE IMPROVED TO CUT DOWN ON INEFFICIENCIES AND REDUCE THE COST OF DEVELOPMENT. THE F.D.A. WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS TO ESTABLISH A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, EVALUATION, AND REVIEW EVER DRUGS CLASSIFIED AS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND ADVANCED THERAPY. A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS SEEK TO EMPOWER PATIENTS TO ENGAGE IN THEIR HEALTH CARE AND ENGAGE IN THEIR TREATMENT DECISION WAS THEIR DOCTORS TO CONTRIBUTE HEALTH INFORMATION TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND PARTICIPATE IN THE DRUG AND DEVICE APPROVAL PROCESS. THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ENGAGE IN A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF PATIENT EXPERIENCE DATA WHEN WEIGHING THE BENEFITS OF A NEW TREATMENT. INDIVIDUALS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE HEALTH DATA WITH THE GLOBAL RESEARCH COMMUNITY THROUGH PLATFORMS SUCH AS THE PRECISION MEDICINE INITIATIVE AND A NEW NATIONAL NEURO LOGICAL CONDITION SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM. MULTIPLE MEASURES ENSURE PATIENTS WILL HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO SECURE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION THROUGH THEIR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS AND THAT THIS HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WILL CONTINUE TO BE DEVELOPED WITH PATIENT NEEDS AND PATIENT SAFETY AND PRIVACY AS A PRIORITY. I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK DIRECTLY ON SEVERAL PROVISIONS IN THE BILL. THIS INCLUDES THE CREATION OF A NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FOR NEUROLOGIC DISEASES AND CONDITIONS, WHICH MAY THEN BE USED TO HELP US FURTHER UNDERSTAND THESE DEVASTATING DISEASES. THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ARE AFFECTED. MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, ALZHEIMER'S, OTHER NEUROLOGIC DISEASES WITH VERY LITTLE ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT EXISTS TODAY TO ASSIST THOSE WHO RESEARCH, TREAT, AND PROVIDE CARE FOR INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING WITH THESE DISEASES. I HAVE ALSO WORKED ON A PROVISION THAT WILL IMPROVE PATIENT ACCESS TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, COMPASSIONATE USE POLICIES FOR DRUGS TREATING SERIOUS OR LIFE THREATENING CONDITION. 20 INCREASE -- TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY AND FOSTER ROBUST DATA COLLECTION ANALYSIS, THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO EVALUATE THE USE OF REAL WORLD EVIDENCE AND SUMMARY LEVEL REVIEW WHERE AN APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED FOR A NEW INDICATION FOR AN ALREADY APPROVED DRUG. TO HELP ENSURE -- INSURER AND FORMULARY COMPANIES MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS, A PROVISION IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, CLARIFIES HOW MEDICAL PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS CAN COMMUNICATE ECONOMIC INFORMATION ABOUT THERAPIES AND TECHNOLOGIES. I'M PARTICULARLY HAPPY THAT THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 INCLUDES MULTIPLE PROVISION THAT IS WILL MAKE MEANINGFUL PROGRESS TOWARD ACHIEVING AN INTEROPERABLE HEALTH SYSTEM. IN AN INCREASINGLY ELECTRONIC HEALTH SYSTEM, INTEROPERABILITY IS CRITICAL TO ACHIEVING THE PROMISES OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES AND SCALING UP THE BENEFITS OF HEALTH REFORM MORE BROADLY. WHILE WE HAVE SEEN WIDESPREAD ADOPTION OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS, OUR NATION CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN FRAGMENTED SYSTEM MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO ENSURE CONTINUITY OF EVIDENCE-BASED CARE FOR PATIENTS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WOULD FINALLY SET US ON A PATH TOWARDS ACHIEVING A NATIONWIDE INTEROPERABLE HEALTH SYSTEM THAT PUTS THE NEEDS OF PATIENTS, THAT PUTS THE NEEDS OF PROVIDERS FIRST. FEDERAL REGULATORY -- FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES ARE STREAMLINED AND DIRECTED TO PRIORITIZE INTEROPERABILITY. PREFERENCE IS DIRECTED TO UTILIZING THE EXISTING STANDARDS OF IMPLEMENTATION RATHER THAN RECREATING THEM. IN ADDITION TO INCREASING THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PROVIDERS AND PATIENTS, ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS WILL INFORM THE OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL WITH THE AUTHORITY NECESSARY TO PUNISH BAD ACTORS FOR IMPEDING THE FLOW INFORMATION. THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL WILL EXPEDITE THE INTEROPERABILITY OF ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS TO MAKE GOOD ON THE $30 BILLION TAXPAYER INVESTMENT TO HELP BENEFIT PATIENTS, DOCTORS, AND RESEARCHERS. AS I REFERENCED DEVELOPING THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WAS A PROCESS THAT BROUGHT EVERYONE TO THE TABLE. NO ONE IS GETTING EVERYTHING THAT THEY WANTED. I WOULD NOTE MY DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THIS BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION TO THE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT SUNSHINE ACT THAT WAS PART OF THE HOUSE PASSED VERSION OF THIS BILL AND WAS SUPPORTED BY OVER 200 SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS. CERTIFIED CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION, PEER REVIEWED MEDICAL TEXTBOOKS, AND JOURNAL REPRINTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN IMPROVING PATIENT OUTCOMES. THEY PLAY A ROLE IN FACILITATING MEDICAL INNOVATION, KEEPING OUR NATION'S MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS UP TO DATE WITH THE RAPID PACE OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES. THESE MATERIALS AND ACTIVITIES SHOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH IMPROPER PAYMENTS FROM PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS TO PHYSICIANS. THESE MATERIALS WERE ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS IN THE PHYSICIAN SUNSHINE LAW, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES' INTERPRETATION OF THE EXEMPTION HAS BEEN INCONSISTENT AND UNRELIABLE. THE NARROWLY CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WAS CAREFULLY DRAFTED TO MAINTAIN THE TRANSPARENCY ORIGINALLY INTENDED IN THE SUNSHINE LAW WHILE ENSURING PROBUST ACT SESS TO MEDICAL EDUCATION. -- ACCESS TO MEDICAL EDUCATION. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING WE ALL WANT OUR DOCTORS TO BE SMART. WE WANT THEM TO BE INFORMED. AND WE WANT THEM TO BE UP TO DATE. CERTAINLY THAT IS A PRIORITY THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE GOING FORWARD. GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES RELY ON A ROBUST AND RELIABLE INVESTMENT IN BASIC RESEARCH. THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 PROVIDES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH WITH ALMOST $5 BILLION IN FUNDING, INCLUDING ALMOST $2 BILLION FOR THE CANCER MOONSHOT, AND $1.5 BILLION FOR THE BRAIN INITIATIVE. IT ALSO INCLUDES $500 MILLION FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. $1 BILLION IN GRANTS TO -- FOR STATES TO ADDRESS THE GROWING AND BURGEONING OPIOID CRISIS THAT CONTINUES TO CLAIM SO MANY LIVES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. THIS APPROACH PROVIDES DEDICATED FUNDING THROUGH 2026 WHILE ENSURING SPENDING IS SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND OVERSIGHT IN THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. IN ADDITION TO FULLY OFFSETTING ALL OF THE AUTHORIZED FUNDS, H.R. 34 WILL ACTUALLY REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY ALMOST $ BILLION OVER THE NEXT -- $6 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. FEDERAL REGULATION, FEDERAL POLCY, FEDERAL INVESTMENT HAVE BEEN OUTPACED BY SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY. THE BIPARTISAN 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WILL MAKE NEEDED CHANGES TO BRING OUR LAWS INTO A MODERN ERA OF MEDICINE AND KEEP THE NATION AT THE FOREFRONT OF HEALTH CARE INNOVATION. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT NOT ONLY DELIVERS HOPE TO MILLIONS OF PATIENTS LIVING WITH UNTREATABLE DISEASES, BUT IT ALSO HELPS MODERNIZE, HELPS STREAMLINE THE REGULATION IN AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE AND YES ON THE TWO UNDERLYING BILLS. 21ST CENTURY CURES WILL NOT ONLY DELIVER HOPE TO MILLIONS OF PATIENTS LIVING WITH UNTREATABLE DISEASE, BUT ALSO HELP MODERNIZE AND STREAMLINE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:42:20 PM

    MR. POLIS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAVE TO NOTE THAT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I THINK THIS SOMEWHAT BREAKS WITH THE CUSTOM OF THIS BODY NOT TO DELAY FLOOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE REORGANIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. I KNOW THAT WHEN THE DEMOCRATS WERE IN THE MAJORITY WE ROUTINELY GAVE DEFERENCE TO THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE'S PLANS FOR RETREATS, FOR CAUCUS REORGANIZATIONS. WE HAVE BEFORE US SEVERAL CONTESTED RACES AND OF COURSE THE NATION'S BUSINESS COMES FIRST, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE HERE MAKING THE CASE ON THESE BILLS. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD I HOPE THIS IS NOT THE TONE WE ARE GOING TO BE SETTING FOR THE NEXT CONGRESS. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES IN POLICIES, BOTH CONFERENCES ARE RESPECTFUL OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT MEMBERS HAVE. NOT ONLY WITHIN THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS BUT WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE CONFERENCES AND CAUCUSES. ON OUR SIDE WE WILL BE BRIEF BECAUSE WE DO HAVE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AS I MENTIONED. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, MS. BONAMICI.

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  • 12:43:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 12:43:37 PM

    MS. BONAMICI

    I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE ON…

    I THANK YOU, MR. POLIS, FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE ON H.R. 34, WHICH IS NOW THE VEHICLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND THE DETAILED RULES OF OUR CHAMBER, I'M DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE TSUNAMI WARNING, EDUCATION, AND RESEARCH ACT WAS COMPLETELY STRIPPED OUT AND REPLACED WITH UNRELATED LANGUAGE. THE TSUNAMI WARNING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH ACT IS BIPARTISAN. IT WAS PASSED BY A VOICE VOTE ON JANUARY 7, 2015. A SIMILAR VERSION HAS PASSED THE SENATE. WE HAVE WORKED OUT OUR DIFFERENCES. THIS LEGISLATION IS READY TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW AND IT IS VITAL FOR OUR WEST COAST COMMUNITIES. MY CONSTITUENTS ON THE OREGON COAST KNOW THAT IT'S A MATTER OF WHEN NOT IF OUR COMMUNITY WILL FACE A CASCADING EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI. MOST OF THE CITY OF SEASIDE, INCLUDING ALL OF ITS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ARE LOCATED IN THE TSUNAMI INUNDATION ZONE. SOME OF MY YOUNGEST CONSTITUENTS, THE STUDENTS IN SEASIDE, WHO HAVE BEEN MOST VOCAL ABOUT KEEPING THEIR COMMUNITY SAFE. RECENTLY I MET WITH THE STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. THEY HAVE SPOKEN ALL OVER THE STATE ABOUT THE DANGERS THEY FACE FROM TSUNAMI. THEIR PRESENTATION WAS VERY STRONG. THEY MADE A CASE FOR MOVING THEIR SCHOOLS OUT OF THE TSUNAMI ZONE. IT HELPED THE COMMUNITY PASS A BOND MEASURE EARLIER THIS MONTH TO MOVE THE SCHOOLS. THAT'S A POSITIVE STEP FOR SEASIDE, BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE. . TWO DICE AGO THERE WERE TWO EARTHQUAKES OFF THE COAST OF OREGON. WHEN THERE IS A NEAR SHORE TSUNAMI, THE WARNING TIME IS ABOUT 15 MINUTES. THAT'S ALL. THE TSUNAMI EDUCATION AND THIS WOULD HELP COMMUNITIESES UP AND DOWN THE ENTIRE COAST BY STRENGTHENING THE WARNING SYSTEM, PROVIDING MORE ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES LIKE SEASIDE TO PREPARE FOR THAT DISASTER, COORDINATING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE SHARING INFORMATION, AND WORKING TOGETHER AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS. AND THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT OREGONIANS. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN ALASKA, HAWAII, WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA ALSO FACE SIGNIFICANT RISK. WE ARE OVERDUE FOR THE REALLY BIG ONE. NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT THE CURES ACT MAY SAVE LIVES BUT I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE TSUNAMI BILL, WHICH IS ALSO LIFE-SAVING POLICY, WAS NOT RETAINED IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE SO WE CAN IMMEDIATELY CONSIDER SWIFT PASSAGE OF THE TSUNAMI WARNING EDUCATION RESEARCH ACT, OUR WEST COAST COMMUNITIES ARE COUNTING ON US TO KEEP THEM SAFE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:46:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:46:30 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHOR OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PORTION OF THIS BILL, MR. MURPHY OF PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:46:40 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THE SPEAKER. THIS BILL INCLUDES IN IT ELEMENTS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THE SPEAKER. THIS BILL INCLUDES IN IT ELEMENTS OF H.R. 2646, THE HELPING FAMILIES OF MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT, WHICH IS THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY CHANGES TO MENTAL HEALTH SINCE THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH ACT OF 1963. IT INCLUDES FUNNEL MEND CHANGES ON HOW WE THINK ABOUT -- FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES ON HOW WE THINK ABOUT AND TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS. IT ENSURES GRANTS MEET OBJECTIVE OUTCOME MEASURES, CONDUCT ONGOING OVERSIGHT OF GRANTEES AND COLLABORATES WITH OTHER FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS ON MENTAL HEALTH. IT CREATES AN -- A COMMITTEE TO EVALUATE PROGRAMS RELATED TO MENTAL ILL AND PROVIDES RECOMMENDATIONS TO BETTER COORDINATE THOSE PROGRAMS. IT AUTHORIZES A NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY LABORATORY TO PROMOTE EVIDENCE-BASED MODELS OF CARE AND FURTHER DEVELOP, EXPAND, REPLICATE OR SCALE THOSE PROGRAMS. IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR TREATMENT AND RECOVERY FOR HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER SERVICES. IT AUTHORIZES FOR FIRST TIME IN LAW THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFE LINE PROGRAM AND THE MINORITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. IT AWARDS GRANTS TO DEVELOP, MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE ONLINE PSYCHIATRIC BED REGISTRIES. IT FUNDS PROGRAMS FOR TELEHEALTH SO PEOPLE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES AND PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS CAN HAVE READY ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SO SORELY NEEDED FOR THEIR PATIENTS. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE SUE SITE PREVENTION PROGRAM -- SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND PROVIDES FEDERAL GRANTS FOR ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT. AND INCREASES ACCESS TO MEDICAL RESIDENCIES AND FELLOWSHIPS IN PSYCHIATRY AND ADDICTION MEDICINE AND UNDERSERVED COMMUNITY-BASED SETTINGS FOR NURSE PRACTITIONERS, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, HEALTH SERVICE PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS. IT REMOVES BARRIERS FOR PROVIDING VOLUNTEERING AT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. IT UPDATES THE NATIONAL CHILD TRAUMATIC STRESS INITIATIVE, WHICH SUPPORTS A NATIONAL NETWORK OF CHILD TRAUMA CENTERS, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY-BASED CENTERS. IT REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF H.H.S. TO CLARIFY HOW HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE CARE GIVER AND ADULT WITH A MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER. IT CLARIFIES THE COVERAGE OF EATING DISORDER BENEFITS, INCLUDING RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT UNDER EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH PARITY REQUIREMENTS. IT ALLOWS FEDERAL GRANTS TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO ROLL BACK THE TRAGEDIES OF VIOLENCE THAT OCCUR WHEN A MENTALLY ILL PERSON ENCOUNTERS A POLICEMAN. IT PROVIDES FUNDING TO DEVELOP SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PREVENTION TEAMS. IT ALL GOES ON. I'M PLEASED THIS HAS BEEN MERGED INTO ONE BILL HERE SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD ON THIS. THIS TRULY WILL PROVIDE MANY LIFE-SAVING MEASURES AND BRING MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT OUT OF THE SHADOWS. I ENCOURAGE A MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND PROVIDE HELP BECAUSE WHERE THERE'S HELP THERE IS HOPE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. POLIS

    BEFORE FURTHER YIELDING, I JUST WANT TO NOTE THAT THIS RULE CONTAINS TWO…

    BEFORE FURTHER YIELDING, I JUST WANT TO NOTE THAT THIS RULE CONTAINS TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BILLS. FIRST IS THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, WHICH WOULD HELP ADDRESS MANY OF THE HEALTH CRISISES THAT WE FACE. THE OTHER BILL IS H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DEBT -- DESIGNATION ACT THAT WOULD WEAKEN MANY OF THE PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE IN THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM BILL. SO TWO VERY DIFFERENT BILLS HERE UNDER ONE RULE. A VERY CLOSED PROCESS, WHICH THE DEMOCRATS WILL BE OPPOSING. I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK…

    THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COURTESY IN PERMITTING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS. IT'S A PLEASURE TO FOLLOW MY FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, ACKNOWLEDGING HIS HARD WORK IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SPHERE. I DO THINK THAT THIS IS SETTING THE PLATFORM FOR THE MOST SIGNIFICANT INITIATIVE IN THE NEXT HALF CENTURY. THERE'S SOME GOOD THINGS IN THIS BILL. BUT I HOPE IT IS THE BEGINNING. I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN HAS A NUMBER OF OTHER INITIATIVES THAT HE'S WORKING ON IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT THIS SERVES AS A SPRINGBOARD. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, GARRETT SMITH SUICIDE PREVENTION, FORMER INITIATIVES THAT HE'S WORKING ON COLLEAGUE, SENATOR GORDON SMITH FROM OREGON, TOOK A PERSONAL TRAGEDY IN HIS FAMILY AND MOVED FORWARD WITH IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT OTHER FAMILIES MAY BE SPARED THAT EFFORT. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF THINGS HERE THAT MATTER IN ANOTHER CONTEXT. IN TERMS OF WHAT HAPPENS DEALING WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS THAT WE HAVE NOW. WE'VE BEEN SLOW TO RESPOND. I AM HOPEFUL THAT THESE RESOURCES WILL HELP US MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AGAIN, I MUST -- I SUPPOSE NOTE WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF IRONY THAT THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE TO DEAL WITH THE EPIDEMIC OF OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS. I WOULD NOTE THAT IT'S INTERESTING THAT STATES THAT ACTUALLY UTILIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA PRESCRIBE FEWER PILLS AND THAT THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY HERE FOR US TO DO SOMETHING THAT'S LESS EXPENSIVE, LESS ADDICTIVE AND NOT DEADLY. BUT THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL I THINK ARE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT ALSO IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE INVESTMENTS IN NEURO SCIENCE. WE'VE CREATED A NEURO SCIENCE CAUCUS IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THIS IS AN AREA THAT HAS STUBBORNLY RESISTED BEING ABLE TO HAVE THE PROGRESS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN OTHER AREAS, LIKE CANCER AND CARDIAC HEALTH, BUILDING ON AN INITIATIVE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS, THE BRAIN INITIATIVE, WHICH IS MODEST BUT POTENTIALLY VERY SIGNIFICANT TO ACCELERATE THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN BRAIN, LEADING TO NEW WAYS TO TREAT AND CURE NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS. EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER KNOWS A VARIETY OF PEOPLE WHO SUFFER, EVERYTHING FROM ALZHEIMER'S, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, ADDICTION PROBLEMS, BEING ABLE TO DOUBLEDOWN THOSE INVESTMENTS IN A MORE SYSTEMIC WAY IS GOING TO PAY DIVIDENDS THAT ARE INCALCULABLE. ALREADY MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS ARE AMONG THE LEADING CAUSES OF DISABILITY AROUND THE WORLD. THE IMPACT IS GREATER THAN HEART DISEASE AND CANCER COMBINED. AND AS I MENTIONED, THERE WE'VE ACTUALLY MADE SOME PROGRESS. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THERE IS A TECHNICAL FIX THAT MATTERS IN MY COMMUNITY AND OTHERS AROUND THE COUNTRY. BRINGING FAIRNESS TO HOSPITALS WHEN CONGRESS CHANGED THE HOSPITAL PAYMENT RULES LAST NOVEMBER, THERE WERE HOSPITALS, LIKE OREGON STATE HEALTH UNIVERSITY, WHO WERE CAUGHT UNFAIRLY IN THE MIDDLE OF PAYMENT CHANGES. THEY DID NOT PROVIDE ANY EXCEPTIONS FOR HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT THAT WERE UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT THAT TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. THAT MEANS HOSPITALS WHO MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN…

    THANK YOU. THAT MEANS HOSPITALS WHO MADE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS IN BUILDING OFFSITE DEPARTMENTS ON ONE -- UNDER ONE SET OF MEDICARE RULES SUDDENLY FACED A NEW SET OF RULES THAT WERE CHANGED BY CONGRESS MIDSTREAM. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS WILL PREVENT FULLING THE RUG OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THEM. SO IN SUM, MR. SPEAKER, THIS TECHNICAL FIX, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, SUPPORT FOR THE BRAIN INITIATIVE, IMPORTANT WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH, AND DEALING WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS ARE REASONS THAT I THINK THIS BILL IS WORTHY OF THE SUPPORT. ALTHOUGH I SHARE THE -- MY CONCERNS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM OREGON, SUZANNE BONAMICI, WHOSE UNDERLYING, BIPARTISAN, VERY IMPORTANT BILL SOMEHOW IS A CASUALTY OF THIS LEGISLATION. THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. I HOPE THE RULE IS DEFEATED SO WE CAN FIX THAT AND GET ON WITH BUSINESS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN -- OR TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN -- OR TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA TWO MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. COAL COAL THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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    MR. COLE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING THE RULE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. I WANT TO BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING CHAIRMAN UPTON, THE MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, FOR CRAFTING WHAT IS GENUINELY A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION IN A VERY DIVISIVE ERA AND WORKING IT FOR YEARS AND BRINGING IT TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION. THEY'VE GIVEN ALL OF US AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE FOR SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT TO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. A LOT OF FOCUS WILL BE PUT ON THE MONEY ASPECT OF THIS BILL. CERTAINLY SIX-PLUS BILLION DOLLARS IS A NICE CHUNK OF CHANGE AND WILL BE VERY, VERY GRATEFULFULLY RECEIVED. BUT IN THE SAME -- GRATEFULLY RECEIVED. BUT IN THE SAME PERIOD IN FIVE YEARS, IF WE DIDN'T INCREASE APPROPRIATIONS BY A DIME, WE WOULD SPEND $160 BILLION AT N.I.H. AND OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD, IF WE DIDN'T INCREASE ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS BY A DIME, WE'D SPEND $320 BILLION. SO THE REAL GENIUS OF THE BILL IS NOT THE MONEY, IT'S ACTUALLY THE THREE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED BY MULTIPLE SPEAKERS BEFORE ME. FIRST, THE REGULATORY REFORM. THAT AT THE F.D.A., THE NISHIKORI, WILL LITERALLY SAVE -- N.I.H., WILL LITERALLY SAVE BILLIONS OF CLARS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES -- DOLLARS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES. SECOND, THE OPENED INITIATIVE. WE ALL KNOW THE CRISIS. IT TOUCHES ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS. THE DIRECT MONEY THERE. AND THEN TO BUILD ON THAT THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS, EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT. I CONGRATULATE ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR TAKE THE LEAD HERE. FINALLY, THE MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION THAT'S WOUND UP IN THIS, OUR GOOD MUTUAL FRIEND TIM MURPHY PROVIDED, IS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR IN TERMS OF ITS LONG-TERM IMPORTANCE. SO WE CAN ALL DISAGREE WITH THIS OR THAT OR SOME TECHNICALITY IN THE RULE. THE REALITY IS, THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, IT F-35 IT DOESN'T PASS NOW, IT WON'T PASS AND WE'LL BE MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO URGE MY FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, DON'T EXPECT MY FRIENDS TO VOTE FOR THE RULE, THEY SHOULDN'T, THEY NEVER DO, I WOULDN'T IF I WERE IN THE MINORITY. BUT I HOPE THEY'LL VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. BECAUSE THAT LEGISLATION IS WORTHY OF PASSAGE, IT'S A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE, AND IT WILL IMPROVE THE LIFE OF EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I -- WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. POLIS

    THERE IS A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND I…

    THERE IS A LOT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND I WANT TO COMMEND CHAIRMAN UPTON, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, RANKING MEMBER DEGETTE, RANKING MEMBER GENE GREEN AND SO MANY OTHERS WHO WORKED HARD ON THIS LEGISLATION, THAT WILL SAVE LIVES BY IMPROVING THE ACCESS THAT AMERICANS HAVE TO POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING DRUGS AND DEVICES. HELPING TO KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY. AND INDEPENDENT AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. I PLAN TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I THINK WE ALSO ALL KNOW THAT IT'S A STARTING POINT. WE HAVE ADDITIONAL WORK TO DO TO MAKE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MORE AFFORDABLE, TO MAKE THE APPROVAL PROCESS MORE STREAMLINED FOR BOTH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MEDICAL DEVICES, REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND OF COURSE FUNDING LEVELS FOR RESEARCH. I'D LIKE TO INQUIRE IF THERE'S ANY SPEAKERS LEFT ON OTHER SIDE.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. AND MYSELF TO CLOSE.

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    MR. POLIS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE OR TO YIELD FOR TWO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE OR TO YIELD FOR TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH THAT PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN GETTING THE 21ST CENTURY CURES BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE, MR. PITTS OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. PITTS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, DR. BURGESS, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, DR. BURGESS, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. MOMENTOUS INNOVATION PACKAGE WHICH WILL HELP ADVANCE THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT, DELIVERY OF NEW TREATMENTS AND CURES FOR PATIENTS, WILL FOSTER PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATION HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. ADDITIONALLY, THE PACKAGE INCLUDES PROVISIONS OF H.R. 2646, THE HELPING FAMILY IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, AS WELL AS PROVISIONS TO INCREASE CHOICE, ACCESS, QUALITY AND HEALEDHEALT CARE FOR AMERICANS. ARRIVING HERE TODAY HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY, FULL OF LOTS OF STEPS AND TWISTS AND TURNS ALONG THE WAY. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS IN HELPING -- COUNSEL FOR THEIR TIRELESS EFFORTS IN HELPING TRANSLATE OUR LEGISLATIVE AMES TO LANGUAGE. THEY WORKED NIGHTS AND WEDNESDAYS, WERE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONALS THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. ADDITIONALLY, I WANT TO THANK THE HEALTH CARE STAFF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE FOR ALL THEIR HELP IN RECENT MONTHS. IN ADDITION, THEIR ROLE IN ESTIMATING THE BUDGETARY EFFECTS OF NUMEROUS POLICIES IN THE BILL. THEY WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING US SHAPE A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS THE COMMITTEE CONSIDERED. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT THANK AGAIN THE OUTSTANDING TEAM ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MOST ESPECIALLY THE HEALTH TEAM LED BY CHIEF HEALTH COUNSEL PAUL, SUPPORT BY JOSH, JOHN, CARLE, J.P., ADRIANNA, ADAM, SOFIA, JAY AND HEIDI AND MONICA OF MY STAFF. WITHOUT WHOSE EXPERTISE, WISDOM AND COUNSEL THIS LEGISLATIVE WORK WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. THIS LANDMARK MEDICAL INNOVATION PACKAGE INCLUDES PROVISIONS DESIGNED TO HELP ALMOST EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY, WHETHER IT'S LEADING TO DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF NEW TREATMENTS AND CURES OR ADVANCING THE INITIATIVE OR THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CANCER MOON SHOT, OR THE BRAIN INITIATIVE TO ADVANCE ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH, THIS PACKAGE IS AN INNOVATION GAME CHANGER, WILL TRULY BRING OUR HEALTH INNOVATION INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    MR. POLIS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. WALBERG

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    MR. POLIS

    IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

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    MR. BURGESS

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. POLIS

    OK. YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I DO WANT TO POINT OUT RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. POLIS

    TO DISCUSS THIS BILL BUT AS WE SPEAK THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IS HAVING…

    TO DISCUSS THIS BILL BUT AS WE SPEAK THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IS HAVING ELECTIONS FOR THE VICE CHAIR POSITION. WHILE WE WERE ON THE FLOOR WE HAD ELECTIONS FOR THE WHIP POSITION AND THE ASSISTANT TO THE LEADER POSITION, BOTH OF WHICH I WAS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BECAUSE, OF COURSE, I HAD TO CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF THE NATION. BUT, AGAIN, I WOULD HOPE BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPECTFUL OF THE SCHEDULING REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE INCUMBENT UPON BEING A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE TWO MAJOR PARTIES OF THIS BODY. IN THE PAST, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO WORK IN, WHEN REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE HAS A RETREAT OR REORGANIZATION MEETING AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO THIS BODY BECAUSE WHILE, OF COURSE, AS AMERICANS AND REPRESENTATIVES WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE DEMOCRATIC OR REPUBLICAN PARTY, WE DO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SELECT OUR LEADERS AND ESTABLISH OUR RULES. I DON'T THINK THAT THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT EITHER PARTY SPENDS DOING THAT IS UNREASONABLE, BUT I THINK THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT BOTH PARTIES AND LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY, THE SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY LEADER, ARE RESPECTFUL OF THAT WHILE OF COURSE UNDERSTANDING WE HAVE IMPORTANT PEOPLE'S BUSINESS TO CONDUCT AND THERE WERE, OF COURSE, MANY OTHER OPTIONS. THIS HOUSE COULD HAVE COME INTO ORDER AND GOTTEN THIS WORK DONE AT 8:00 IN THE MORNING OR THEY COULD DO IT LATER IN THE AFTERNOON. THERE'S A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS WE COULD HAVE WORKED AROUND THE PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED REORGANIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. AND FRANKLY, I AM DISAPPOINTED, NOT JUST FOR MYSELF HAVING BEEN UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PARTY FUNCTIONS BUT ALSO ON BEHALF OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS THAT WERE UNABLE TO COME SPEAK ON THESE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES BECAUSE OF PLAYING ACTIVE ROLES IN RUNNING FOR OR SUPPORTING OR SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF VARIOUS CANDIDATES FOR PARTY POSITIONS THAT IS OCCURRING AS I SPEAK. THIS BILL HAS TWO COMPLETELY UNRELATED BILLS THAT ARE, AGAIN, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I ADD MY VOICE TO THOSE WHO HAVE PRAISED THIS LEGISLATION AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL CHALLENGE THE NEXT CONGRESS TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH FACILITATING THE APPROVAL PROCESS. I'VE OFTEN HEARD THE APPROVAL PROCESS, FOR INSTANCE, FOR A NEW DRUG FOR INCEPTION INTO MARKET COULD BE IN EXCESS OF $1 BILLION TO $2 BILLION. WE HEAR A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FIGURES TOSSED AROUND. SOMETIMES IT'S IN THE HIGH MILLIONS OR AS HIGH AS A BILLION OR $2 BILLION. REGARDLESS, THAT'S THE REASON THERE IS UPWARD IN PRICES FOR PROPIE TEAR DRUGS. AND THAT'S WHY LIFESAVING DRUGS ARE UNAVAILABLE HERE WHILE THEY ARE ON THE MARKET IN EUROPE AND OTHER AREAS. AND WITHOUT COMPROMISING ISSUES, WE AGREE ON THAT, WE NEED TO FACILITATE, BRINGING NEW LIFESAVING PRODUCTS TO MARKET AT AN AFFORDABLE WAY. AN EXCELLENT MODEL FOR THAT THAT HAS SAVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES WAS PUT INTO THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION OF THE FIRST GEORGE BUSH THAT PROVIDED AN EXPEDITED ROUTE FOR H.I.V. DRUGS. THANKS TO THAT ROUTE THAT WAS USED FOR MANY OF THE H.I.V. DRUGS THAT ARE -- SOME OF WHICH ARE STILL IN USE TODAY, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY H.I.V., INCLUDING MANY LGBT AMERICANS, ARE STILL ALIVE TODAY BECAUSE OF THAT EFFORT. I'M ALSO CONFIDENT BECAUSE OF TODAY'S EFFORT WITH THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT THAT WE'LL SAVE THE LIVES OF MANY MORE AMERICANS. AGAIN, IT'S A STARTING POINT. WE HAVE ROOM TO GO. THE OTHER BILL WOULD FOR SOME REASON -- IT'S NOT SOMETHING I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS BUT SOMETHING REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO -- EXEMPT SOME OF THE BIGGEST BANKS FOR SOME OF THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER DODD-FRANK PREVENTING THEM FROM FAILING. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING IT ONLY AFFECTS A FEW DOZEN BANKS, THE VERY LARGEST BANKS, BANKS THAT ARE WORTH TENS OR HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I'M SURE THEY LIKE IT. PROBABLY REDUCES THEIR ABILITY TO HAVE TO COMPLY, BUT THERE'S A REASON THOSE REQUIREMENTS WERE PUT IN PLACE FOR THOSE VERY BIG BANKS. WE'RE WORRIED THAT THE FAILURE OF ANY ONE OR CERTAINLY MULTIPLE BANKS COULD CREATE A SYSTEMIC RISK AND FUTURE BAILOUT. I STRONGLY BEFORE THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY ON THE BANKING REGULATIONS, IF IT WERE TO BECOME THE LAW, IT WOULD INCREASE THE LIKELIHOOD OF FUTURE BAILOUTS WHICH SURPRISES ME BECAUSE MANY OF US HAVE BEEN TRADITIONALLY OPPOSED TO THOSE VERY KINDS OF BAILOUT. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THERE'S ONE REMAINING SPEAKER ON THE OTHER SIDE SO I WILL RESERVE MY TIME TO ALLOW THAT SPEAKER TO SPEAK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I AM PLEASED TO -- AND I THANK THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I AM PLEASED TO -- AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE ACCOMMODATION -- I AM PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. WALDEN.

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    MR. WALDEN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND ESPECIALLY THE COURTESY TO SPEND A MINUTE OR TWO TALKING ABOUT NOT ONLY THIS RULE BUT ALSO THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE COMING TO THE FLOOR SOON. I WANT TO THANK ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN FRED UPTON WHO HAS PUT HIS WHOLE HEART AND SOUL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, JOINED BY DIANA DEGETTE, CERTAINLY DR. BURGESS, CONGRESSMAN MURPHY AND OTHERS WHO HAVE REALLY PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN TRYING TO FIND CURES TO DISEASES THAT DON'T EXIST TODAY, FIND TREATMENTS FOR THOSE TO BRING BETTER HEALTH TO ALL AMERICANS, BOTH PHYSICAL HEALTH AND CERTAINLY IN THE CASE OF DR. MURPHY, MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL. THIS REALLY MEANS A LOT. THIS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN REAL PEOPLE'S LIVES BACK HOME IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND I'VE HEARD FROM THOSE PEOPLE LIKE CAROL FULKERSON IN BEND WHO HAS M.S. SHE'S ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS. SHE SAYS IT MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO FIND A CURE TO M.S. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THAT MEANS IN A PERSON'S LIFE? THERE ARE CRITICAL REFORMS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS, AS WE HEARD. THESE CHANGES WILL HELP PEOPLE ALL ACROSS AMERICA AND CERTAINLY IN OREGON, MEDFORD RESIDENT, JUSTIN, OVERCAME HIS OWN BATTLE WITH ADDICTION THROUGH A TREATMENT PROGRAM THAT DEALT WITH THE UNDERLYING PROBLEMS FUELING THE ADDICTION OTHER THAN A BAND-AID APPROACH. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF IDEAS COMING FROM OUR FOLKS BACK HOME THAT ARE NOW INCORPORATED IN THE LEGISLATION. I HEARD FROM A CLINICAL LAB OWNER, JUDY KENNEDY, WHO SUPPORTED DIAGNOSTIC TESTING SERVICES TO RURAL AND OTHER UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE ARE GOING TO DO SO MUCH TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WE REPRESENT WHEN THIS LEGISLATION BECOMES LAW. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M JUST DELIGHTED TO SUPPORT IT. I THINK IT'S AN ENORMOUS STEP FORWARD IN SO MANY, SO MANY WAYS AND I COMMEND CHAIRMAN UPTON AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS IN ITS WRITING. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE RULE SO WE CAN GET ONTO THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:10:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:10:19 PM

    MR. POLIS

    IS THE GENTLEMAN PREPARED TO CLOSE?

  • 01:10:20 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    ONCE AGAIN.

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    MR. POLIS

    SO, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I THINK THERE'S SOME GOOD AND SOME BAD IN THIS. THE…

    SO, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I THINK THERE'S SOME GOOD AND SOME BAD IN THIS. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND I HOPE THAT THIS BODY SEES IT'S A STARTING POINT, NOT AN ENDING POINT. THERE'S IMPORTANT REFORMS IN THERE THAT WILL SAVE LIVES AND ALSO HELP REMOVE SOME OF THE UPWARD PRESSURE ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES, BOTH SOMETHING WE HEAR ABOUT VERY OFTEN FROM CONSTITUENTS. THERE'S ANOTHER BILL IN THERE WHICH MOST DEMOCRATS WILL BE VOTING AGAINST WITH REGARD TO MAKING IT POTENTIALLY MORE LIKELY THAT LARGER BANKS CAN HAVE BAILOUTS AND THAT'S NOT SOMETHING MOST OF US HAVE AN APPETITE TO. AND OF COURSE THE CLOSED NATURE OF THE BILL IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE EXPRESSED DESIRE OF THE SPEAKER TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS. THE RULES COMMITTEE YESTERDAY SHUT DOWN A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT IDEAS AND AMENDMENTES THAT WERE OFFERED, AND THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED TO BE DEBATED HERE ON THE FLOOR. AND OF COURSE, THE TIMING OF THIS BILL, PARTICULARLY FOR A BIPARTISAN BILL TO BRING IT UP IN A WAY, IN A MANNER AND A TIME THAT CONFLICTS WITH THE PREVIOUSLY NOTICED MEETING THAT HAPPENS TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF ONE OF THE TWO POLITICAL PARTIES. IT'S NOT THE BEST WAY TO FOSTER THE TYPE OF BIPARTISAN COOPERATION THAT'S IMPORTANT TO GET THINGS DONE AROUND HERE. SO DEMOCRATS WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING THE RULE. MANY OF US WILL THANKS TO THE WORK OF CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER DEGETTE AND GENE GREEN AND OTHERS WILL BE PROUD TO HOPEFULLY SEND TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AS AN EXCELLENT STARTING POINT IN HOPING TO SAVE LIVES. SO I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:12:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BURGESS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 01:12:20 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST YIELD OUFS THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. TODAY'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST YIELD OUFS THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO IMPORTANT BILLS, A BILL THAT WILL TRANSFORM AND ADVANCE THE DISCOVERY, THE DEVELOPMENT, THE DELIVERY OF TREATMENTS AND CURES, AND A BILL THAT WILL HELP OUR SMALL AND COMMUNITY BANKS, INSTITUTIONS THAT IN TURN CAN FURTHER ASSIST SMALL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES AND HELP OUR COMMUNITIES GROW. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS WHO DID PUT IN A LOT OF EFFORT INTO THE FINAL PACKAGE ON THE CURES BILL AS WELL AS THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. ALL MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND THE HOUSE AS A WHOLE WERE ASKED TO BRING THEIR IDEAS TO THE TABLE AND WE WORKED TO INCLUDE AS MANY OF THOSE AS WE COULD. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS MY THANKS TO THE GREAT ATTORNEYS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL WHO SOMETIMES WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK TO GET THIS BILL READY FOR BOTH THE COMMITTEE AND FLOOR ACTIVITY. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, REPRESENTATIVE DEGETTE AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN PITTS AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE AND RANKING MEMBER GREEN FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP THROUGHOUT. IT'S ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED BUT I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE STAFF, BOTH IN OUR PERSONAL OFFICES AND AT THE COMMITTEE STAFF, WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. THIS WAS TRULY ALL HANDS ON DECK. THERE'S NOT ONE ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEALTH STAFFER THAT DOES NOT HAVE THEIR FINGERPRINTS ALL OVER THIS BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION --

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  • 01:14:07 PM

    MR. POLIS

    MR. CHAIR, ON THAT I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON ADOPTING THE RESOLUTION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 5047. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:34:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MILLER, TO PASS H.R. 5047 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 01:34:46 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 637, H.R. 5047, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 637, H.R. 5047, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO THE SECRETARY OF LABOR TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO VETERANS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES ABOUT ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:35:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:41:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 411. THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 411. THE NAYS ARE THREE. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:42:26 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:43:18 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF -- [NO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF -- [NO AUDIO]

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  • 01:43:39 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:43:40 PM

    MR. UPTON

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I ASK AVE MOTION OF THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE BILL, DESIGNATE THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND SENATE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 34, TO AUTHORIZE AND STRENGTHEN THE TSUNAMI DETECTION, FORECAST,…

    H.R. 34, TO AUTHORIZE AND STRENGTHEN THE TSUNAMI DETECTION, FORECAST, WARNING, RESEARCH AND MITIGATION PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENT. MR. UPTON MOVES THAT HOUSE CONCUR WITH AN AMENDMENT INSERTING THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-67 MODIFIED BY THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 114-839 IN LIEU OF THE MATTER PROPOSED TO BE ADDED BY THE SENATE.

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  • 01:44:26 PM

    E PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE SENATE AMENDMENT AND THE MOTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE MOTION SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR 80 MINUTES WITH 60 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDE AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND 20 MINUTES EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PALLONE, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN, EACH THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON.

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  • 01:45:12 PM

    MR. UPTON

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 34.

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  • 01:45:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:45:24 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 01:45:29 PM

    MR. UPTON

    YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER, WATCHING AT HOME…

    YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS CHAMBER, WATCHING AT HOME TODAY, WHO HAS NOT BEEN TOUCHED BY SOME DISEASE IN SOME WAY. WE'VE ALL SAID TOO MANY EARLY GOODBYES TO FOLKS THAT WE HOLD DEAR. FAMILIES ROBBED OF A PARENT THAT WILL NEVER GET TO SEE THEIR CHILD'S MILESTONES, A CHILD WITHOUT THE GIFT OF A FUTURE, EVERY DAY COUNTLESS FOLKS LIVING VIBRANT LIVES ARE DELIVERED UNEXPECTED DIAGNOSES AND IT'S A CYCLE THAT REPEATS ITSELF OVER AND OVER IN EVERY COMMUNITY. LIFE CHANGES IN AN INSTANT. HOPE JUST SEEMS OUT OF REACH, WHETHER IT BE ALZHEIMER'S, LUPUS, M.S., CANCER, YOU NAME IT. NO MATTER WHERE YOU'RE FROM, ONE THING THAT BINDS US ALL TOGETHER IS THAT WE ALL WANT MORE TIME WITH OUR LOVED ONES. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. BECAUSE THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK FOR ORDER IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 01:46:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN'S CORRECT. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLEMAN'S CORRECT. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:46:47 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, WHICH BRINGS US TO 21ST CENTURY CURES IN THIS BILL. THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHICH BRINGS US TO 21ST CENTURY CURES IN THIS BILL. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTH SYSTEM CAN KEEP PACE WITH INCREDIBLE ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. IN CURES WE'VE GOT A MEDICAL INNOVATION GAME CHANGER THAT WILL DELIVER HOPE TO PATIENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE. IN JULY OF 2015, AFTER A SERIES OF ROUND TABLE HEARINGS, WHITE PAPERS, PUBLIC FEEDBACK, THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED IN SUPPORT OF 21ST CENTURY CURES. SURE, WE'VE ENCOUNTERED A NUMBER OF DETOURS AND OBSTACLES ALONG THE PATH TO CURES, BUT WE'VE TAKEN GREAT INSPIRATION TO THOSE PATIENTS WHO HAVE PARTNERED IN THIS EFFORT TO PERSEVERE. STAY POSITIVE AND CONTINUE FORWARD TO GET THE JOB DONE. JUST LIKE MY TWO LITTLE MICHIGAN GIRLS, BROOK AND BRIELLE, WHO ARE BATTLING S.M.A., EVERY DAY THEY MUSTER INCREDIBLE STRENGTH AND COURAGE, CONQUERING CHALLENGES THAT MOST FOLKS WILL NEVER ENCOUNTER IN A LIFETIME. SO NOW THREE YEARS AGO WE HAD AN IDEA. THAT, YES, WE COULD DO BETTER. WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING AND TRANSFORM OUR HEALTH AND RESEARCH SYSTEM TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT DISEASE IN THIS CENTURY. FINDING CURIOUS AND BOOSTING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION WAS ABSENT FROM ANY POLICY TO-DO LIST. PEOPLE DIDN'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE GAP BETWEEN BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION IN OUR REGULATORY PROCESS -- AND OUR REGULATORY PROCESS WAS WINDING, OR THAT OF THE 10,000 KNOWN DISEASES, 7,000 OF WHICH ARE RARE, THERE ARE TREATMENTS FOR ONLY ABOUT 500. WE NEEDED TO CHANGE THE CONVERSATION AND RESTORE URGENCY. AND WORKING TOGETHER, WE HAVE. BUT FIRST WE LISTENED. TO MORE THAN JUST BROOK AND BRIELLE, BUT TO BARB AND BECKY AND LISA, GENO, BETSY, LITTLE MAX, LITTLE STEVE LATOURETTE SAT IN THE CORNER. VIRTUALLY EVERYONE HERE HAD A STORY TO TELL AND FOR FOLKS HERE TO LISTEN TO. SCIENCE AND BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION MADE INCREDIBLE STROOTSTRIDES OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES -- STRIDES OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES. MAPPING THE HUMAN GENOME, NEW BIOMARKERS, PERSONAL HEALTH CARE APPS, EACH OF HAVE OFFERED NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND NEW -- EACH HAVE OFFERED NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND NEW TREATMENTS AND CURIOUS. BUT THE -- CURES. BUT THE WAY THESE WERE APPLIED TO OUR REGULATORY PROCESS IN FACT HAS LAGGED BEHIND. CAN I HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL MINUTES? THESE AGENCIES AND THE RULES AND REGS THEY PRODUCE, EFFECTING THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF LIFE-SAVING DRUGS AND DEVICES, ALSO DESPERATELY NEED MODERNIZATION AND INNOVATIONS. THEY NEED A GAME CHANGER. AND NOW WE HAVE IT. THIS LEGISLATION BREAKS DOWN THE REGULATORY BARRIERS AND EXPEDITES THE APPROVAL FOR DRUGS AND DEVICES, COUPLED WITH BILLIONS MORE FOR RESEARCH. THE FORMER HEAD OF THE N.C.I. AND THE F.D.A., WHO CALLED IN THE MOST TRANSFORMATIONAL BIOMEDICAL LEGISLATION IN THE PAST 40 YEARS, HE'S RIGHT, BUT THIS PACKAGE IS NOT JUST ABOUT CURES. NO. IT ALSO ACHIEVES SEVERAL ADDITIONAL TOP LINE PRIORITIES FOR OUR ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, INCLUDING VALUABLE RESOURCES TO FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, DELIVERING LANDMARK MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS SPEAR HEADED BY DR. TIM MURPHY TO HELP FAMILIES IN CRISIS, AND TREAT MENTAL ILLNESSES RATHER THAN INCARCERATION. THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST IMPORTANT AND IMPACTFUL BILL THAT WE'LL ENACT IN THIS CONGRESS. PATIENTS AROUND INTERESTED IN DEBATING THE TIME -- AREN'T INTERESTED IN DEBATING THE TIMELINE, THE FAILURE RATES AND SIZE AND COST OF CONDUCTING CLINICAL TRIALS ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. THEY JUST KNOW THAT DESPITE THE PROMISE OF SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS, THEY CAN'T GET THE THERAPY THAT MIGHT SAVE THEIR LIFE. THAT'S WHY WE NEED THIS BILL. I WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS FOR MY MANY PARTNERS, INCLUDING, ESPECIALLY, DIANA DEGETTE, NOT TO MENTION JOE PITTS, FRANK PALLONE, TIM MURPHY, LAMAR ALEXANDER, LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, BOTH CHAMBERS, TRULY BRILLIANT COMMITTEE AND PERSONAL STAFF LED BY GARY AND JOAN, HEALTH COUNSEL PAUL, AND OF COURSE MY WIFE, AMY. WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF SOMETHING SPECIAL. A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFORM HOW WE TREAT DISEASE. WITH THIS VOTE WE ARE TAKING A GIANT LEAP ON THE PATH TO CURES, WORKING TOGETHER WE WILL DELIVER A CURES NOW -- DELIVER CURE YOU ARES NOW. I -- CURES NOW. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:51:34 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 JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:51:38 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC SPONSOR OF THE BILL, WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS DAY A REALITY, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO, MS. DEGETTE.

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  • 01:51:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 01:51:49 PM

    MS. DEGETTE

    FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    ALEX AS

    VOTE YES ON THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE…

    VOTE YES ON THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN'S

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  • 01:55:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CENTURY CURES ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS…

    CENTURY CURES ACT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:55:17 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND NOW…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE FORMER CHAIRMAN AND NOW CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, THE HONORABLE JOE BARTON, WHO REALLY HELPED US PUSH THIS BILL EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

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  • 01:55:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:55:32 PM

    MR. BARTON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:55:38 PM

    MR. BARTON

    OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    STRONGON WORK ON THIS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS…

    STRONGON WORK ON THIS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:57:13 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS MY…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS MY COLLEAGUES AND I ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HAVE WORKED TO CRAFT THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WITH THE GOAL OF GETTING NEW TREATMENTS AND CURES TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM THE MOST. IT'S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, CHAIRMAN UPTON AND REPRESENTATIVES DEGETTE AND GREEN, FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL, BUT AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, I BELIEVE THE BENEFITS OUTWEIGH MY CONCERNS AND I FULLY SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THIS FINAL BILL INCLUDES MANY PROVISIONS THAT MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES AND I, AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATION, FOUGHT HARD TO HAVE INCLUDED. THE BILL PROVIDES NEW FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, THE PRESIDENT'S PRECISION MEDICINE INITIATIVE, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CANCER MOON SHOT INITIATIVE. IT ALSO PROVIDES NEW RESOURCES FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND GRANTS FOR STATES CURRENTLY BATTLING THE OPIOID ABUSE CRISIS. THIS FINAL LEGISLATION ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT POLICY CHANGES THAT BREAK DOWN THE RESEARCH SILOS THAT HAVE EXISTED FOR YEARS. THE BILL ENSURES DATA SHARING AMONG NISHIKORI--- N.I.H.-SUPPORTED SCIENTISTS AND INCREASES THE NUMBER OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES IN CLINICAL TRIALS. THESE IMPORTANT CHANGES WILL ALLOW THE ENTIRE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY TO LEARN LESSONS FROM THIS CRITICAL N.I.H.-FUNDED RESEARCH AND WILL STRENGTHEN RESEARCH FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS. I'M ALSO PLEASED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE BILL INCLUDES A NEW F.D.A. GRANT PROGRAM TO STUDY THE PROCESS OF CONTINUOUS DRUG MANUFACTURING. THIS INNOVATE PROVE SESS WILL ALLOW FOR MORE -- PROCESS WILL ALLOW FOR MORE PRODUCTIVE -- PRODUCTION. IT ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT HIRING PROVISIONS TO HELP THE F.D.A. RECRUIT AND RETAIN THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST AND POLICIES TO MOVE US CLOSER TO ENSURING WE HAVE INTEROPERABLE ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS WHICH ARE CRITICAL TO REDUCING COSTS AND IMPROVING CARE. AS I SAID, THIS IS NOT A PERFECT BILL. I HAVE SOME CONCERNS WITH THE FINAL PRODUCT. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT THE BILL DOES NOT CONTAIN GUARANTEED FUNDING, INSTEAD WE MUST ENSURE EACH YEAR THAT THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LIVES UP TO THE PROMISE IT'S ST BEING MADE TODAY -- PROMISES BEING MADE TODAY AND WE WILL HOLD THEM TO THESE PROMISES. THE LACK OF IMMEDIATE FUNDING FOR THE F.D.A. IS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN, GIVEN THE FACT THAT THIS BILL ASKS F.D.A. TO TAKE ON SIGNIFICANTLY MORE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WE KNOW ARE EXTREMELY RESOURCE-INTENSIVE. I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE BILL REMOVES CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF MEDICAL SOFTWARE FROM F.D.A. OVERSIGHT. THIS MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR F.D.A. IN THE FUTURE TO BRING SOFTWARE THAT IS USED TO SUPPORT OR SUSTAIN HUMAN LIFE BACK UNDER F.D.A.'S JURISDICTION. I'M ALSO TROUBLED BY THE NEW PRIORITY REVIEW VOUCHER PROGRAM WHICH WILL LIKELY REQUIRE F.D.A. TO ISSUE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE P.R.V.'S. THIS COULD POSE A BURDEN ON F.D.A. DRUG REVIEWERS WHEN REDEEMED AND COULD PREVENT F.D.A. FROM BEING ABLE TO PRIORITIZE ITS REVIEW OF DRUGS BASED ON PUBLIC HEALTH PRIORITIES. THE BILL INCLUDES NEW LANGUAGE ADDED WITHOUT FULL CONSIDERATION BY THE HOUSE OR SENATE REGARDING F.D.A. OVERSIGHT OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE PRODUCTS, THOUGH MOST OF THE HARMFUL LANGUAGE WAS TAKEN OUT, DO I REMAIN TROUBLED THAT THE BILL CREATES A NEW DESIGNATION PROCESS UNDER F.D.A.'S ACCELERATED APPROVAL PATHWAY. I'M PLEASED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THIS PACKING AN INCLUDES THE HELPING FAMILY -- PACKAGE INCLUDES HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT. I'M SPECIFICALLY PROUD THAT THE BILL EXPANDS AN IMPORTANT SET OF MEDICAID BENEFITS THAT TO KIDS RECEIVING IN-PATIENT PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT, HOWEVER, LET'S BE CLEAR, THE BENEFITS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH BILL WILL BE FAR OUTWEIGHED BY THE CATASTROPHIC HARM CAUSED BY INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IF THE REPUBLICANS MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR RADICAL PLANS TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR BLOCK GRANT MEDICAID OR CUT BENEFITS FOR LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS. . ON BALANCE, THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I FULLY SUPPORT IT. I WANT TO THANK ALL MY COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES AND THE STAFF FOLLOWING THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    THANK YOU, MR. UPTON. CONGRATULATIONS. I WANT TO THANK FRANK, AS WE MOVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. UPTON. CONGRATULATIONS. I WANT TO THANK FRANK, AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING SIX OF MY BILLS THAT I HAD INVOLVED. ONE THAT DEALS WITH THE LACK OF -- ANTIBIOTICS IN THE MARKET IN THE PIPELINES SO THAT'S HELPFUL. FOUR OTHER BILLS HELP INNOVATION TO GET LIFESAVING DEVICES TO THE MARKET. I HOPE I CAN ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES NOW TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES NOW TO THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. GREEN OF TEXAS, WHO, AGAIN, HAS BEEN CRITICAL, PARTICULARLY IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, IN PUTTING THIS BILL TOGETHER.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE THE FULL STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD AND THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR --

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    FOR PROVIDING THE TIME. I WANT TO RISE TO EXPRESS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. ALMOST THREE YEARS AGO WE SET OUT A MISSION TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE, TO BOOST MEDICAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AND ACCELERATE THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF NEW CURES AND TREATMENTS. AFTER COUNTLESS HOURS DEVOTED TO ROUND TABLES, WHITE PAPERS, HEARINGS AND DRAFTS, TODAY CURES HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND ENDORSEMENTS FROM OVER 700 ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING A FULL SPECTRUM OF STAKEHOLDERS, AND THE STRONG SUPPORT OF THE ADMINISTRATION. MY HOUSTON AREA NEIGHBOR, CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON AND MIKE BURGESS AND I HELD A ROUNDTABLE IN THE HOUSTON AREA WITH THE GREAT INSTITUTIONS FROM THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER IN THE HOUSTON AREA. IT DEAD INDICATES $6.3 BILLION IN NEW INVESTMENTS TO SUPPORT PRIORITIES LIKE CANCER MOON SHOT, PRECISION MEDICATION INITIATIVE WITHIN THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND TO COMBAT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. THERE'S ALSO -- THIS ALSO PROVIDES MONEY FOR THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION TO ADVANCE THE AGENCY'S MISSION AND IMPLEMENT THE POLICIES IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. THIS INFLUX OF INVESTMENT WILL BE PUT TOWARDS SOLVING TODAY'S COMPLEX, SCIENTIFIC PROBLEMS, GETTING NEW TREATMENT FROM THE TABLE TO THE BED SIDE TO IMPROVE HELP. THERE ARE SO MANY PROVISIONS IN THIS PACKAGE WORTHY OF SUPPORT. FROM FACILITATING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW ANTIBIOTICS, TO FIGHT AGAINST SUPERBUGS, THE USE OF MODERN CLINICAL TRIAL DESIGNS TO FOSTERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEDICAL RESEARCHERS. 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WILL DEVELOP HOPE AND NEW TREATMENTS FOR AMERICANS IN NEED. WHILE SOME OF THESE PROVISIONS ARE TECHNICAL IN NATURE, THE REAL-WORLD IMPACT THEY WILL HAVE TO BE IS NOT ABSTRACT. PATIENTS AND FAMILIES DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPOND TO THEIR NEEDS AND THIS BILL DOES THAT. 18 MONTHS AGO, 344 MEMBERS SUPPORTED CURES WHEN IT PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SINCE THEN WE'VE RESPONDED TO FEEDBACK AND TAILORED THE BILL AND NOW INCLUDES IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND NONPARTISAN PROVISIONS TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE ON BEHALF OF BENEFICIARIES. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN UPTON, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, CONGRESSWOMAN DEGETTE AND CHAIRMAN PITTS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND VISION AND DETERMINATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR STAFF, THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL AND THE COUNTLESS STAKEHOLDERS WITHOUT WHOM WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY. IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF THIS LANDMARK EFFORT. AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR AND CO-AUTHOR OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD TWO MINUTES TO DR. MURPHY, ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD TWO MINUTES TO DR. MURPHY, ONE OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN CHAIRMEN, WHO HELPED CRAFT THE BIPARTISAN MURPHY MENTAL HEALTH BILL WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE 422-2 EARLIER THIS YEAR, A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. MURPHY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A MOMENT OF GREAT JOY OUT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS A MOMENT OF GREAT JOY OUT OF A SITUATION OF TREMENDOUS TRAGEDY. OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS SINCE THE TIME OF THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOLED FOLLOWED BY REPEATED OTHER ONES, OUR NATION HAS BEEN AWOKEN FROM A SLUMBER OF IGNORING THE PROBLEMS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN AMERICA, ONE WHEN WE CLOSE DOWN OUR INSTITUTIONS DECADES AGO WE TURNED OUR EYE TO THOSE WHO LAID HOMELESS ON THE STREET, WHO WE FILLED OUR PRISONS, WHO WE FILLED OUR CEMETERIES OR LAID ON A GURNEY IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM OR SENT BACK HOME TO A FAMILY WHO FELLED HELPLESS AND HOPELESS. WE CHANGE TO A SITUATION WHERE WE'RE COMING TOGETHER ON A BILL THAT WILL SAVE LIVES. THIS IS A NEW ERA OF HEALTH CARE AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF HOPE FOR AMERICANS THAT REALLY TRANSCENDS BOUNDARIES. TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO BROUGHT THEIR STORIES OUT OF THE SHADOWS, THAT DARED TO SHARE THEIR SORROWS, THEIR HOPES, THEIR SHATTERED DREAMS, TODAY IS A DAY OF JOY. AND TODAY IS ONLY POSSIBLE, I SAY TO ALL THOSE FAMILIES, BECAUSE THEY DARED TO STEP FORWARD. THERE'S NOT TIME ENOUGH TO THANK ALL THOSE INVOLVED BUT TO THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE HELPED, I SAY THANK YOU. ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE I THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, SPEAKER RYAN, EDDY BERNICE JOHNSON, MS. DEGETTE, MR. MCCARTHY, STEVE SCALISE AND SO MANY ON OUR COMMITTEE THAT WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. SCOTT, KAREN, PAUL, SUSAN AND SO MANY OF THE STAFF WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS. WE CAN LOOK BACK ON THIS MOMENT IN HISTORY AND SAY TODAY ALTHOUGH WE HAVE MUCH TO DO, ALTHOUGH WE DIDN'T GET EVERYTHING WE NEEDED, WE NEEDED EVERYTHING WE DID GET, BUT THIS IS A MOMENT FROM THIS DAY FORWARD WE CAN SAY TODAY WE TOOK ACTION TO SAVE LIVES AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR.

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    MS. CASTOR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES LEGISLATION AND THE IMPORTANT INVESTMENT THAT IT WILL MAKE IN MEDICAL RESEARCH ACROSS AMERICA. THIS LEGISLATION SUPPORTS AN ADDITIONAL $4.8 BILLION FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, SPECIFICALLY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PRECISION MEDICINE INITIATIVE AND THE BRAIN INITIATIVE SO WE CAN TACKLE THE CHALLENGE OF ALZHEIMER'S. IT SUPPORTS VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN'S CANCER MOON SHOT INITIATIVE AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL KEEP THE YOUNG SCIENTISTS ON THE JOB AT INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE MOFFETT CANCER CENTER AND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA INSTITUTE BACK HOME IN TAMPA. AND WHILE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR N.I.H. IS VITAL, AND THIS IS A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, I MUCH WOULD HAVE PREFERRED WE PUT THIS IN THE MANDATORY CATEGORY AS WE VOTED ON IN H.R. 6 EARLIER IN THE YEAR. I KNOW MANY OF YOU AGREE WITH THAT, THAT MEDICAL RESEARCH IN AMERICA SHOULDN'T BE SUBJECT TO THE WHIMS OF CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET BATTLES OR POLITICAL FIGHT. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR MANDATORY FUNDING FOR N.I.H. SO WE CAN REMAIN ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF MEDICAL INNOVATION AND BOOST HIRE WAGE JOBS BACK HOME. THESE INITIATIVES SAVE LIVES AND PROVIDE INVESTMENTS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DEVELOPING THE CURES OF TOMORROW. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE HERRERA BUTLER, WAS INCLUDED IN THISING -- HERRERA BEUTLER, WAS INCLUDED TO MAKE SURE EXPECTED MOTHERS AND DOCTORS HAVE ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICATIONS USED DURING PREGNANCY AND WHEN NURSING TO FACILITATE THE BEST HEALTH OUTCOMES. REPRESENTATIVE HERRERA BEUTLER HAS BEEN A CHAMPION FOR FAMILIES AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR HER FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF DATA AND INFORMATION ON MEDICATION USED DURING PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING. AND THE LANGUAGE TO IMPROVE OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. THE $1 BILLION TO ADDRESS THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THIS IS VERY POSITIVE. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRED UPTON FOR HIS DEVOTION TO THE ISSUE, TO CONGRESSWOMAN DEGETTE, TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. THIS IS THE WAY LEGISLATION IS SUPPOSED TO BE DEVELOPED -- IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, THROUGH STUDY --

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS OR SO.

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    REACHING OUT AND WORKING WITH EXPERTS --

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    CASTOR

    REACHING OUT AND WORKING WITH EXPERTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THIS DOES…

    REACHING OUT AND WORKING WITH EXPERTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THIS DOES NOT IMMATE FROM COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT WE TAP THE EXPERTISE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GET SOMETHING DONE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE HONORABLE MARSHA BLACKBURN FROM TENNESSEE WHO, AGAIN, HELPED SO MUCH WITH THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO RALLY AROUND AND PROVIDE US THE INPUT NECESSARY TO MOVE THIS BILL TO WHERE IT IS TODAY, ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN UPTON AND ALL OF OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN UPTON AND ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES AT ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR A JOB WELL DONE AND DONE IN THE APPROPRIATE MANNER. IT REALLY HAS, AS MS. DEGETTE SAID, BEEN SO INTERESTING TO WORK ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND WORK WITH PATIENTS, WITH PHYSICIANS, WITH RESEARCHERS, WITH THOSE WHO ARE INNOVATING NEW CONCEPTS, WHO ARE DELVING INTO DELIVERY SYSTEMS THAT ARE NECESSARY FOR PRECISION MEDICINE WHICH UNDERPINS 21ST CENTURY HEALTH CARE. THREE COMPONENTS THAT I WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO, FIRST OF ALL, SECTION 36-C IS THERE ADDRESSING MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND SOFTWARE. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE GET THE F.D.A. ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND MOVE COMPONENTS OF THIS AWAY SO THAT IT DOES NOT FACE F.D.A. APPROVAL PROCESSES THAT WILL SLOW DOWN ACCESS TO THE MARKETPLACE FOR PATIENTS. ALSO, SECTION 2038, THE CHILDREN'S COUNT ACT. MRS. CAPPS AND I WORKED ON THIS, ALLOWING CHILDREN ACCESS TO CLINICAL TRIALS AND SECTION 3076, THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE REAGAN-UDALL LANGUAGE. WITH THAT I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES AND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. SCHRADER.

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    MR. SCHRADER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 21ST…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, MY FRIENDS MR. PALLONE, MS. DEGETTE AND MR. GREEN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE TO PRODUCE THIS QUALITY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. FOR TOO LONG CONGRESS HAS BEEN SH SHIRKING ITS RESPONSIBILITY WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDING THE RESEARCH THAT WILL LEAD TO CURES AT THE N.I.H. OUR SCIENTISTS, PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS GETTING CLOSER EVERY DAY TO MEDICAL BREAK THROUGHS, THIS WILL HELP FAMILIES SAVE LIVES. MY STATE ALONE, N.I.H. IS FUNDING RESEARCH INTO NEW THERAPEUTIC AVENUES TO COMBAT CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND ILLNESS BORNE BY POLLUTION. IT'S TIME TO STREAMLINE THE PATH FOR CRITICALLY NEEDED MEDICAL DEVICES AND PHARMACEUTICALS, FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO WAIT. THIS BILL TAKES A GIANT STEP FORWARD TO HELP FIX THE MENTAL HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. CURRENTLY, AS A RESULT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM'S INADEQUACYY, OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS, OUR -- INADEQUACY, OUR EMERGENCY ROOMS, OUR HOMELESS SHELTERS ARE FULL OF PEOPLE GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED. THE STATUS QUO IS NOT OK. THIS BILL MOVES US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, THROUGH INNOVATION AND INTEGRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE OVERALL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THE CURES ACT ENHANCES THE CAPABILITIES OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS, STRENGTHENS OUR CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAMS AND ENSURES THAT OUR MEDICAID PROGRAM DOES NOT DENY ACCESS TO BENEFICIARIES SEEKING MENTAL HEALTH CARE. IT ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF MEDICARE PROVISIONS TO MAKE SURE SENIORS AREN'T LEFT BEHIND BY BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. GETTING TO THIS POINT WASN'T EASY. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE ON EVERY PROVISION OF THIS BILL, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND FIND COMMON GROUND AND PRODUCE A BILL THAT TAKES GREAT STRIDES TO GETTING BETTER HEALTH CARE OUTCOMES. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT-ELECT IS TAKING NOTE INSTEAD OF PUSHING THROUGH DIVISIVE, HARMFUL POLICIES. LET'S PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS FOR ALL AMERICANS.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, AGAIN, A LEADER IN PUSHING THIS BILL FORWARD, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. GUTHRIE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US HAVE FAMILIES THAT COME TO OUR OFFICES AND THEY'RE ADVOCATING FOR RESEARCH OR CURES FOR DISEASE THAT THEY LOST A PARENT OVER OR A CHILD OR THEY HAVE THEIR CHILD WITH THEM THAT HAS THE DISEASE AND THEY'RE JUST HOPING FOR A MOVE FORWARD AND BEING ON THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, AT LEAST WEEKLY, SOMETIMES DAILY, INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS COME TO MY OFFICE AND THEY TALK ABOUT A NEW PROCEDURE, A NEW PRODUCT, SOMETHING THAT'S INNOVATIVE THAT WILL CHANGE THE LIVES OF THESE FAMILIES AND THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING THEM THROUGH THE SYSTEM AND GETTING THEM APPROVED. IT HURTS FAMILIES, LIKE A FAMILY IN ELIZABETHTOWN THAT HAS A SON WITH A DEGENERATIVE DISEASE THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO BEAT THE CLOCK. OR A SON FROM BOWLING GREEN, A SON THAT WENT THROUGH A DIABETES TRIAL AND FIRST TIME THEY SAID THEY GOT ANY SLEEP WHEN TARE KID WAS ON THIS TRIAL THROUGH THE NIGHT AND THEN THEY CALLED ME SAYING THEY'RE OUT OF THE TRIAL. IT MAY BE ANOTHER YEAR BEFORE THEY GET IT. SO TAKING OUR ENTREPRENEURS, OUR INNOVATORS AND PUTTING TOGETHER THESE CURES THAT'S NOT GETTING THEIR PRODUCT TO MARKET, IT'S CHANGING DYNAMICS OF THESE FAMILIES, THESE FAMILIES THAT ARE SUFFERING. . OUR CHAURM, MS. DEGETTE FROM COLORADO, PUT THIS FORWARD AND I URGE SUPPORT BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE FAMILY'S LIVES.

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    MR. PALLONE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. PALLONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK EVERYBODY'S BEEN…

    THANK YOU, MR. PALLONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK EVERYBODY'S BEEN THANKED THAT SHOULD BE. I WANT TO THANK MR. UPTON FOR ALL HIS WORK. MR. PALLONE FOR THE TIME AND HIS WORK. HIS DEGETTE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ROGER WICKER WHO WORKED ON A BILL THAT'S INCORPORATED INTO THIS BILL THAT CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN AND I SPONSORED CALLED THE EUREKA ACT. IT WILL INCENTIVIZE AND REWARD RESEARCH ON DISEASES WHERE THERE IS NOT GREAT PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS BUT THERE IS A GREAT HANDICAP AND PROBLEM FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC BECAUSE OF THE PARTICULAR DISEASE. AND IT REWARDS SUCCESSFUL TREATMENTS THROUGH A COMPETITION. I THINK THAT'S A GREAT WAY TO GO ABOUT ENCOURAGING RESEARCH AND THEN PAYING FOR IT. ROGER WICKER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA. I SPONSORED IT WITH JOHN DUNCAN AND IT'S INCLUDED IN THE BILL. IT WAS ORIGINALLY AIMED AT ALZHEIMER'S. IT'S NOW FOR OTHER DISEASES. ALZHEIMER'S IS ONE OF THEM. ALZHEIMER'S IS A DISEASE THAT'S HAD A PARTICULAR CRIPPLING EFFECT ON OUR COUNTRY IN THE FUTURE ECONOMICALLY, BEYOND THAT IT WILL AFFECT MANY OF US AND IT WILL AFFECT OUR POCKETBOOKS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THIS BILL GOES AFTER ALZHEIMER'S. IT DEALS WITH THE OPIOID CRISIS WHICH IS GREAT IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT IT WORKS AGAINST ALL DISEASES AND ENCOURAGES MONEYS IN THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. I LIKE SAID WHILE WE NEED TO HAVE A STRONG DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, THAT MY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE IS FRANCIS COLLINS, THE HEAD OF THE N.I.H. BECAUSE THE TRUE ENEMY OF EACH AND EVERY ONE EVER US ISN'T SOMEBODY IN SOUTH KOREA OR SOMEBODY IN IRAN OR ISIS OR ONE OF THOSE FOLK, IT'S CANCER, IT'S ALZHEIMER'S, IT'S AIDS, IT'S DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, IT'S PARKINSON'S. IT'S ALL THOSE DISEASES. THE DREADFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL DISEASES THAT N.I.H. IS LOOKING FOR CURES FOR. THAT'S OUR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO INVEST OUR MONEYS IN. I DON'T THINK THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY WE CAN PUT INTO THE N.I.H. BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT. IT AFFECTS ALL AMERICANS. INDEPENDENT OF POLITICAL PARTY, RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, YOU NAME IT. I THANK YOU FOR THE WORK ON THIS AND PROUD TO VOTE FOR IT. I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

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  • 02:18:52 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, A VALUABLE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE, WHOSE FATHER ONCE CHAIRED THAT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON THIS GREAT BILL. I ASK TODAY -- I RISE TO TALK ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE IMPACT OF 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT THAT WOULD HAVE ON SO MANY AMERICANS. DEADLY DISEASES LIKE CANCERS, ALZHEIMER'S, A.L.S. AND MORE. WITHIN CURES WE'LL FIND THE VOICES OF PATIENTS, DOCTORS, ADVOCACY GROUPS, AND FAMILIES I MET FROM THROUGHOUT FLORIDA'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT A LOT OF THEIR INPUT IS REFLECTED IN THIS FINAL BILL. SAMANTHA FROM FLORIDA HAS ALPHA 1, A RARE GENETIC CONDITION RESULTING IN SERIOUS LUNG PROBLEMS. WHEN WE MET, SHE TALKED ABOUT THE NEED TO USE BIOMARKERS FOR FASTER APPROVAL OF DRUGS FOR RARE DISEASES. WE DID THAT. WE HAVE A FRAMEWORK FOR BIOMARKER QUALIFICATIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION. WAYNE TAYLOR FROM HUDSON, FLORIDA, WAS A LEUKEMIA PATIENT. HE TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY OF PARTICIPATING IN THE CLINICAL TRIALS THAT EVENTUALLY SAVED HIS LIFE. THIS BILL HAS REFORMS TO MAKE CLINICAL TRIALS MORE PATIENT FOCUSED AND INPUT DRIVEN. DR. DAVID MORGAN, THE C.E.O. OF THE BYRD INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR STABLE FUNDING FOR ALZHEIMER'S. AND REFORMING INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS. THIS BILL INVESTS IN THE N.I.H. AND REFORMS THE IRB SYSTEM. CURES ALSO INCLUDE MY PROVISIONS TO REFORM THE F.D.A.'S OFFICE OF COMBINATION PRODUCTS TO STREAMLINE APPROVAL OF THESE PRODUCTS. ESTABLISH A NEW MEDICARE WEBSITE TO HELP SENIORS PRICE SHOP AND ALLOW PHYSICAL THERAPISTS TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS THEY CAN TAKE MATERNITY LEAVE OR SICK TIME WITHOUT HAVING TO TURN AWAY PATIENTS. FOR MANY FAMILIES, INCLUDING MY OWN, THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF 21ST CENTURY CURES COULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES. LET'S GET THIS MEANINGFUL BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:21:24 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A FEW ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ON THEIR WAY. AT THIS TIME I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A FEW ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ON THEIR WAY. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE.

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  • 02:21:32 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON, AGAIN A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE AND WORKED SO HARD TO GET THIS BILL TO WHERE IT IS TODAY.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND ADD MY O VOICE TO THE STEADY STREAM OF THE CLAIM THIS HAS ALREADY RECEIVED. THIS INNOVATIVE LEGISLATION WORKS TO ALIGN FEDERAL INCENTIVES AND REGULATIONS WITH THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKE TREATMENTS AND CURES POSSIBLE AND ATTAINABLE. AIM PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS BILL ALL ALONG THE WAY. THIS PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES MENTAL HEALTH REFORM, WORK THAT I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN A PART OF DURING MY TIME ON THE O.N.I. SUBCOMMITTEE WITH CHAIRMAN MURPHY. HIS TIRELESS EFFORTS WILL BENEFIT MANY INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES $1 BILLION FOR GRANTS TO STATES TO FIGHT OPIOID ABUSE. A RECENT REPORT SHOWS MY HOME STATE OF OHIO LEADS THE NATION IN OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS. THIS FUNDING IS SORELY NEEDED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE HEAD-ON. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CURES BILL TODAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    WE CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE IMPORTANT HEALTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE IMPORTANT HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, AGAIN A REAL PROPONENT OF THIS LEGISLATION FROM DAY ONE, THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MRS. ELLMERS FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MRS. ELLMERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, RANKING MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, MS. DEGETTE, MY GOOD FRIEND TIM MURPHY FROM PENNSYLVANIA. WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THE MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS. CHAIRMAN -- THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT PUT INTO THIS GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH BASICALLY HAS A GOAL OF BRINGING OUR HEALTH CARE, INNOVATION INFRASTRUCTURE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY CURES SO THAT REAL HOPE FOR PATIENTS AND LOVED ONES CAN BE ACHIEVED. FROM REMOVING BARRIERS IN THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM TO ENSURING COLLABORATION, TO MODERNIZING THE CLINICAL TRIAL PATHWAYS, 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IS A WIN FOR EVERYONE. IT WILL ACCELERATE THE DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVER -- DELIVERY OF LIFESAVING THERAPIES IN A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WAY. IT WILL ALSO EMPOWER FAMILIES TO SUPPORT THEIR LOVED ONES. IF CLOSING, CURES WILL CHANGE LIVES. AND I PERSONALLY AS A NURSE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION WE WILL PASS HERE IN THE HOUSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, WHO HAS BEEN…

    MINUTES NOW TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, WHO HAS BEEN SUCH A STRONG ADVOCATE ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

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  • 02:24:39 PM

    MR. KENNEDY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I ALSO WANT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING. I ALSO WANT TO THANK HIM THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN UPTON AND CONGRESSWOMAN DEGETTE WHO HAVE BEEN TIRELESS IN THEIR ADVOCACY TO TRY TO GET THIS BILL AS A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE. CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS FOR OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO RAISE THEIR VOICES AND SHAPE THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE FIRST PASSED THE VERSION OF THIS BILL LAST YEAR, IT WAS THE RESULT OF A STRONG BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE AND SACRIFICE. CERTAINLY WAS AMAZING, BUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THE FUNDING LEVELS FOR N.I.H. WERE CUT EVEN FURTHER, AND THE INVESTMENT IS NO LONGER MANDATORY, I TAKE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AT THEIR WORD THAT THEY WILL BE APPROPRIATED IN THE YEARS AHEAD. I'M ALSO PLEASED THAT THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO REMOVE OBSTACLES FOR CHILDREN COVERED BY MEDICAID. MY REAL CONCERNS WITH THIS LEGISLATION LYING WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH REFORM PROPOSALS WHICH DON'T GO NEARLY FAR ENOUGH. MENTAL HEALTH PARITY IS ALREADY THE LAW THANK TO THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. EACH STUDY WE READ, MR. SPEAKER, EACH STORY WE HEAR, PROVES THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE ZIRTING THOSE RULES. IN-- SKIRTING THOSE RULES. INSTEAD OF FURTHER GUIDANCE OR MEETINGS OR STUDIES CARRIED YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WE NEED ENFORCEMENT AND TRANSPARENCY TODAY. WE NEED RANDOM AUDITS BEFORE THERE HAVE BEEN VIOLATIONS NOT AFTER. WE NEED INSURERS TO PUBLICLY CLOSE THE RATES AND REASON FOR DENIALS IN A WAY THE PATIENTS AND FAMILIES CAN UNDERSTAND. NOT IN A WAY THAT MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES CAN'T OBTAIN. WE NEED TO EXPAND ACCESS TO CARE NOT REDUCE THEM OR ROLL BACK EXPANSION. WE NEED TO APPRECIATE THE DIFFERENCE THEY HAVE MADE FOR MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS, ESPECIALLY THE MOST VULNERABLE. UNTIL WE DO, WE CANNOT CONSIDER THESE PROPOSALS COMPREHENSIVE AND WE CERTAINLY CAN'T PRETEND THEY ARE NEARLY ENOUGH. THAT BEING SAID, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT COMPROMISE FROM AN AWFUL REPORT OF HARD WORK. I'M HAPPY AND PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:26:57 PM

    MR. UPTON

    I JUST ASK FOR 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. UPTON

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS STATEMENT. WE MOVED THIS…

    APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS STATEMENT. WE MOVED THIS LEGISLATION ON ALL FRONTS FORWARD. I LOOK VERY FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FUNDING IS THERE AS WE HAVE LAID OUT IN THIS BILL AND WORK WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK HOW MUCH TIME IS EACH SIDE?

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  • 02:27:35 PM

    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, ANOTHER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, ANOTHER VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LANCE, THE GENTLEMAN WHO PURSUED THIS LEGISLATION FROM THE VERY GET-GO. ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:27:49 PM

    MR. LANCE

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THIS BILL PROVIDES…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THIS BILL PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS, ACCELERATE THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT, AND DELIVERY OF NEW CURES AND TREATMENTS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, PROTECT AND CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS THE GLOBAL LEADER IN BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION AND DISCOVERY. MEASURE REAR FORMS AND STRENGTHENS THE COUNTRY'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM AND MAKES IT A STRONG NATIONAL PRIORITY. LEGISLATION INCLUDES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR STATES TO PREVENT OPIATE ABUSE AND PROVIDE NEEDED TREATMENT FOR THOSE SUFFERING FROM THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. REDUCING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, ADVANCING LIFESAVING RESEARCH, REFORMING OUR BROKEN MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM, AND TACKLING ABUSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WILL REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS AND GIVE MANY AMERICANS TO LIVE LONG, HEALTHY, AND PRODUCTIVE LIVES. I THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON FOR HIS UNPARALLELED LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE WORKED WITH HIM AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE TO CRAFT THIS LANDMARK LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:28:55 PM

    MR. PALLONE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND RISE IN STRONG…

    I THANK RANKING MEMBER PALLONE FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. WHICH DEDICATES MORE THAN $6 BILLION TO IMPLEMENT KEY HEALTH PRIORITIES SUCH AS COMBATING THE HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION OPIOID EPIDEMIC ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CANCER MOON SHOT. IT ALSO TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH. INCLUDING PROVISIONS THAT BUILD ON THE WORK OF THE PRESIDENT'S MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TASK FORCE AND INCLUDES POLICIES TO FURTHER MODERNIZE THE DRUG APPROVAL PROCESS. THIS WILL MEAN SO MUCH TO RESEARCHERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY TRYING TO UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF THE HUMAN BRAIN AND HEAL. THE LEGISLATION INCLUDES $1 BILLION OVER TWO YEARS, INCLUDING $500 MILLION IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, TO COMBAT THE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC AS WELL. THE LEGISLATION DEDICATES SUPPORT FOR OTHER KEY RESEARCH INITIATIVES WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING RESEARCHERS FIND NEW WAYS TO TREAT, CURE, AND PREVENT BRAIN DISORDERS SUCH AS ALZHEIMER'S, EPILEPSY, AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND A MUCH NEEDED RENEWED EMPHASIS ON EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES FOR TREATING MENTAL ILLNESS, INCLUDE COORDINATION BETWEEN SERVICES, RE-AUTHORIZATION OF IMPORTANT PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND OTHER PREVENTION SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROVISIONS. WHICH LIKE TO THANK A DOCTOR AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY IN CLEVELAND AND MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE TIM MURPHY, WHO CAME TO OHIO AND HOSTED A ROUND TABLE ON MENTAL HEALTH THAT CAN BE ADDED TO THIS MAJOR BILL IN ORDER TO MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN FRED UPTON, KNOWING THE DEEP COMMITMENT HE HAS TO SO MANY AMERICANS WHO DESPERATELY NEED THE HELP THAT THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE. . AGAIN, TO CONGRESSMAN FRANK PALLONE OF NEW JERSEY, I WANT TO COMPLIMENT BOTH MEN FOR DOING SOMETHING GREAT FOR SO MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE TRYING TO FIND ANSWERS FOR THOSE THAT ARE ILL. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN DO IAN DEGETTE OF COLORADO WHO HAS SHEPHERDED THIS TO THIS POINT. ALTHOUGH NOT PERFECT, THIS ADVANCES HEALTH THAT OUTWEIGH ANY CONCERNS WE MIGHT HAVE AND I'M PROUD TO ADD MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. BUCSHON WHO HAS HOSTED ROUND TABLES THROUGHOUT…

    I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. BUCSHON WHO HAS HOSTED ROUND TABLES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, AND WOULD YIELD HIM ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:31:57 PM

    MR. BUCSHON

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34, THE 21ST…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. OVER OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY, AMERICAN INNOVATORS HAVE PROVEN AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF DRUG AND DEVICE RESEARCH. 21ST CENTURY CURES STREAMLINES THE PROCESS FOR AMERICAN INNOVATORS TO SEE THEIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT REACH PATIENTS FASTER THAN EVER WHILE MAINTAINING A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE REVIEW PROCESS. IT ALSO INVESTS IN AREAS THAT WE NEED IT THE MOST, TO ADVANCE RESEARCH AND TESTING ON THE MOST COMPLEX AND DEVASTATING DISEASES IN OUR COUNTRY. AND IT ALSO GIVES YOUNG SCIENTISTS THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BRING NEW IDEAS TO THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY. THE MENTAL HEALTH AND OPIOID ABUSE PROVISIONS IN THIS LEGISLATION ARE ALSO CRITICAL. AS A PHYSICIAN WHO HAS RELIED ON MEDICAL INNOVATION TO CARE FOR PATIENTS, WORKING TO PASS THE 21ST CENTURY CURES AND ENSURING AMERICAN REMAINS ON THE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MYELITIS OF MY TIME IN -- MY HIGHLIGHTS OF MY TIME IN CONGRESS. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:33:12 PM

    MR. PALLONE

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

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    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES BILL AIMS TO PROMOTE BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION, MENTAL HEALTH, NOBLE GOALS THAT I SHARE BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS BILL SETS A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IN ITS ATTEMPT TO SPEED UP THE DRUG AND DEVICE APPROVAL PROCESS, THIS LEGISLATION NEGLECTS THE VERY PEOPLE WHO CLINICAL TRIALS ARE MEANT TO HELP, THAT IS THE PATIENTS. RATHER THAN PROTECT THOSE THAT RELY ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, IT REDUCES THE ALREADY WEAK REGULATIONS ON MEDICAL DEVICES, ALLOWS DRUGS TO BE APPROVED WITH ONLY LIMITED EVIDENCE OF THE DRUG SAFETY AND EFFICACY AND RUSHES THE NEW AND UNPROVEN ANTIBIOTICS. COMPASM, 13 MODELS OF THE ST. JUDE DEFIBRILLATORS ARE CURRENTLY BEING RECALLED FOR SUDDEN BATTERY FAILURE THAT HAS BEEN LINKED TO TWO DEATHS. 10 PEOPLE FAINTING AND 37 PEOPLE FEELING DIZZY. WHEN THE COST OF OUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IS SKYROCKETING, THIS BILL DOES NOTHING TO COMBAT EXCESSIVE PRICES. FINALLY, THIS BILL STRIPS AWAY FUNDING FROM THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTION FUND. AND WHILE THE BILL AUTHORIZES $4.8 BILLION TO THE N.I.H. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, ON AVERAGE A MERE $480 MILLION A YEAR. THIS IS BARELY A QUARTER PER YEAR OF WHAT THE HOUSE PASSED LAST YEAR. LET US NOT FORGET THAT WE WOULD NEED TO PROVIDE $7 BILLION A YEAR TO KEEP UP WHERE WE WERE IN 2003. THERE'S ALSO NO GUARANTEES THAT THE APPROPRIATORS WILL FOLLOW THROUGH AND PROVIDE FUNDING EACH YEAR. AS WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH PREVENTION FUND, WHICH HAS BEEN USED TO FILL APPROPRIATIONS SHORTFALLS. ILLNESS TOUCHES US ALL. WE OWE IT TO THE PATIENTS WHO DEPEND ON THE STANDARDS THAT WE SET AND UNFORTUNATELY I BELIEVE THE STANDARDS IN THIS BILL ARE BOTH WEAK AND DANGEROUS. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE WRONG PATH FORWARD, AND I STRONGLY OPPOSE IT AND I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHOSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WHOSE PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAZE OF THE REGULATORY APPROVAL PROCESS MADE HIM A VERY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE IN PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD, THE GENTLEMAN FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK, MR. COLLINS, TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS LEGISLATION A REALITY. SIMPLY STATED, THE GOAL OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO INCENTIVIZE INNOVATION TO DEFEAT DISEASE. TODAY, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WILL DO THAT AND MUCH MORE FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM CURRENTLY INCURABLE DISEASES. THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDES SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, INCLUDING $1.8 BILLION TO SPEED UP CANCER RESEARCH, $1.5 BILLION TO IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF DEBILITATING DISEASES SUCH AS ALZHEIMER'S AND ANOTHER $1.5 BILLION TO ASSIST IN GENETIC AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL-SPECIFIC RESEARCH EFFORTS. THIS BILL PROVIDES FUNDING TO FIGHT THE OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS WHICH HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY DEVASTATING TO WESTERN NEW YORK, AND INCLUDES MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THOSE SERVICES NATIONWIDE. I'M EXCITED THAT THIS FINAL BILL CONTAINS A FEW PROVISIONS I AUTHORED AND WORKED ON OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. SECTION 3021 ENCOURAGES THE BROADER APPLICATION OF INNOVATIVE CLINICAL TRIAL DESIGN TO ENHANCE AND ACCELERATE AFFECTED CLINICAL TRIALS. SECTION 3071 WILL EXAT THE DIED AND APPROVAL DRUG -- EXPEDITE AND APPROVAL DRUG PROCESSES BY MAKING THE SALARIES MORE COMPETITIVE WITH THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY. SECTION 9023, WHICH I WORKED ON WITH REPRESENTATIVE JOE COURTNEY, INCENTIVIZES CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST TO BEGIN THEIR PRACTICES IN UNDERSERVED AREAS LIKE THOSE IN RURAL WESTERN NEW YORK. LASTLY, SECTION 5006, WHICH I WORKED ON WITH CONGRESSMAN PAUL TONKO, INCLUDES THE HOUSE POIFED MEDICAID DOC ACT WHICH -- HOUSE-PASSED MEDICAID DOC ACT WHICH SHOWS PHYSICIANS THAT BILLED MEDICAID IN THE PAST YEAR AND WHETHER THEY'RE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE TIRELESS WORK OF CHAIRMAN FRED UPTON AND THE ENTIRE STAFF ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS EFFORT AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING INNOVATION DEFEAT DISEASE BECAUSE OF THIS GAME-CHANGING LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, CAN I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES?

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    MR. PALLONE

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. LUJAN.

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    MR. LUJAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS COME WOMAN DEGETTE FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN COOPERATION DURING -- CONGRESSWOMAN DEGETTE FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN COOPERATION DURING THIS LONG LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THIS WILL PROVIDE VITAL FUNDING FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND THE VICE PRESIDENT'S MOON SHOT WHILE TAKING STEPS TO STRENGTHEN OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. BUT I WANT TO FOCUS MY REMARKS ON THE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS THIS BILL PROMISES TO COMBAT, THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE PAIN OF ADDICTION TO OPIOIDS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, CONGRESS TOOK AN IMPORTANT STEP BY COMPRE HENCING THE -- COMPREHENSIVE CARA ACT. CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS DID NOT SUPPORT THE NECESSARY FUNDING TO CARA'S SUCCESS. THIS WAS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. IN THE MONTHS SINCE CONGRESS PASSED CARA, WE'VE LOST PARENTS, SIBLINGS, CHILDREN AND FRIENDS. 129 PEOPLE EVERY DAY. WHEN I TALK TO NEW MEXICANS ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS CRISIS, THE MOST URGENT NEED IS FOR MORE RESOURCES. THAT'S WHY I PRODUCED THE OPIOID AND HEROIN INVESTMENT ACT. THIS BILL, CO-SPONSORED BY NEARLY 100 OF MY COLLEAGUES, SOUGHT TO COMBAT THIS EPIDEMIC. THIS LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, LIKE MY BILL, PROMISES $1 BILLION FOR THE OPIOID CRISIS. THOUGH WE CANNOT BRING BACK THOSE WE LOST, WE OWE IT TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES TO PASS THIS BILL. THIS FUNDING WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES. WHILE I'M RELIEVED WE WILL SOON BE ABLE TO GET THE RESOURCES TO OUR COMMUNITIES, I AM FEARFUL THAT SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL SEE THIS AS A MISSION ACCOMPLISHED INSTEAD OF WHAT IT MUST BE WHICH IS ONLY A FIRST STEP TOWARD HEALING OUR COMMUNITIES. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORT THE ADVANCES WE'RE MAKING TODAY FOR MENTAL HEALTH. WHY ARE THEY PREPARING TO ROLL BACK THE MOST IMPORTANT ADVANCES WE MADE FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN THE PAST YEARS BY PROMISING TO REPEAL THE TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY OUT A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO MAGNETIC EEG/EKG-GUIDED RESONANCE THERAPY TECHNOLOGY TO VETERANS? THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT -- REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WILL SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE WORK ACROSS THE AISLE AND STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S HEALTH SYSTEM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF OUR BILL AND A GREAT PROPONENT FROM DAY ONE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MRS. WALTERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS I WORKED WITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS I WORKED WITH ORGANIZATIONS IN MY DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY, THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION AND ALZHEIMER'S ORANGE COUNTY. DURING MY VISITS WITH THESE GROUPS, I HAVE MET WITH CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DISEASES. I'VE MET WITH PARENTS OF CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION AND FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO FIND ADEQUATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON -- THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WOULD DIRECTLY IMPROVE THE CARE THEY RECEIVE. THIS INNOVATIVE LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH FASTER AND BETTER CURES AND TREATMENT. IN PASSING THIS LEGISLATION, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCELERATE THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF LIFESAVING AND LIFE-IMPROVING THERAPIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. IT'S TIME FOR CURES NOW. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD NOW THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MS. DEGETTE

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANKS TO MR. PALLONE FOR YIELDING ME…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANKS TO MR. PALLONE FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND FOR BEING AN AIRING PARTNER ON THIS QUEST THAT WE HAD. I JUST WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY THAT WE'VE HAD HERE. WHEN FRED UPTON CAME UP TO ME ON THE FLOOR ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO AND ASKED IF I WOULD HELP HIM WORK ON A BILL TO HELP MODERNIZE AND UPDATE THE WAY WE DO BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH IN THIS COUNTRY, LITTLE DID I REALIZE THE ROAD THAT LAID AHEAD AND THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF TWISTS AND TURNS IN THAT ROAD. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VERY INTERESTING SIGHTINGS ALONG THAT ROAD, AND IT HAS BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT FOR ALL OF US. IT'S REALLY BROUGHT THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN CONTINUE THOSE EFFORTS IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. SO MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE RIGHT, WE STILL HAVE A LOT THAT WE HAVE TO DO IN THE AREA OF MENTAL HEALTH, IN THE AREA OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND SO MUCH MORE. BUT I WANT TO THANK A NUMBER OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY REALLY ALL DESERVE TO BE THANKED. OF COURSE, CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE. GENE GREEN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, AND JOE PITTS, THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE, AS I SAID. I WANT TO THANK THE PATIENT ADVOCACY COMMUNITY WHO HAS BEEN WITH US THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK THE RESEARCHERS. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTREPRENEURS WHO CAME AND TALKED TO US ABOUT WHAT THEY NEEDED. I WANT TO THANK THE AGENCIES THEMSELVES, SPECIFICALLY THE F.D.A. AND THE N.I.H., FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. I WANT TO THANK A NUMBER OF PEOPLE. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK LISA CULLEN, MY CHIEF OF STAFF, WHO'S BEEN WITH ME FOR 20 YEARS THROUGH SICK AND THEN. I WANT TO THANK POLYWEBSTER, MY HEALTH POLICY DIRECTOR, WHO -- POLY WEBSTER, MY HEALTH POLICY DIRECTOR, WHO GOT MARRIED, PASSED THE BAR AND HELPED IN THIS PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK LYNN. ELEANOR, MY LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR. I WANT TO THANK RACHEL STOWE, MY FORMER HEALTH CARE DIRECTOR, WHO STARTED THIS. AND MATT ENZIO, WHO IS LYNN'S PREDECESSOR. I WANT TO THANK FROM THE UPTON STAFF, JOAN, PAUL, JOHN STONE, CARLEY MCWILLIAMS, AUDREY ANNA, AND J.P., ALL OF YOU GUYS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER AS A TEAM WITH MY TEAM. I WANT TO THANK KRISTEN O'NEIL FROM MR. GREEN'S STAFF. I DON'T THINK I THANKED MR. GREEN. I WANT TO THANK MR. GREEN WHO HAS DONE SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB AND REALLY BEEN MY WING MAN. I WANT TO THANK WENDALL WHO IS LEADER PELOSI'S SENIOR ADVICOR AND -- ADVISOR AND CHARLENE, WHO IS MR. HOYER'S ADVISOR. I WANT TO THANK MR. PALLONE'S TEAM WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY. JEFF, TIFFANY, KIM, WAVERLY AND MEGAN. YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN FABULOUS. WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS AGREED ON EVERYTHING BUT IN THE END WE ALL WORKED TOGETHER. IT REALLY IS A GREAT TEAM. I HOPE WE CAN USE THIS IN THE NEXT CONGRESS TO GET TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND I URGE THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS BILL ON A STRONG BIPARTISAN BASIS AND THEN I URGE THE OTHER BODY TO TAKE IT UP. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. UPTON

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, THE ONLY…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, THE ONLY PHARMACIST IN THE CONGRESS.

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    MR. CARTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 34,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 34, TH STREAMLINING THE DISCOVERY, DEVELOPMENT, AND DELIVERY OF CRITICAL MEDICINES. IT ALSO HELPS REFORM OUR NATION'S DETERIORATING MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS RECEIVE THE CARE THEY NEED. SUCH REFORMS INCLUDE THE REDUCTION OF REGULATORY RED TAPE THAT SLOWS PRESCRIPTION DRUGS' ENTRY INTO THE MARKET. THE BREAKING DOWN OF BARRIERS THAT RESTRICT DATA SHARING. AND EXPEDITING THE REVIEW OF POTENTIALLY BREAKTHROUGH DEVICES. WHILE SOME MAY BELIEVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO DEVELOP NEW CURES OR NEW DEVICES ARE TOO CLAUSLY AND TIME CONSUMING, THE POTENTIAL SAVINGS TO THE BROADER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM WILL BE SIGNIFICANT. BY MODENDIZING THE GOVERNMENT SURROUNDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW MEDICINES AND TREATMENT, WE ENSURE THAT THE LIVES OF MILLIONS, NOT ONLY HERE IN THE U.S. BUT ACROSS THE WORLD, WILL IMPROVE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND CHAIRMAN MURPHY FOR THEIR UNRELENTING DETERMINATION TO BRING THIS NEGOTIATED PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 34, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. PA CLONE

    I RESERVE. I HAVE --

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    MR. PALLONE

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A GOOD NUMBER OF SPEAKERS LEFT. WE'LL USE ALL OF OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE A GOOD NUMBER OF SPEAKERS LEFT. WE'LL USE ALL OF OUR TIME. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENTS AND REFORMS TO ACCELERATE THE DISCOVERY OF NEW TREATMENTS AND CURES FOR AMERICANS. I ALSO APPLAUD THE INCLUSION OF PROVISION I OFFERED CRUCIAL FOR OUR SENIORS. IT WOULD RESTORE THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR MEDICARE ADVANTAGE BENEFICIARIES UNTIL 2011 HAD THE ABILITY TO CHANGE ADVANTAGE PLANS DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE THREE MONTHS OF FLEXIBILITY HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH AN ANNUAL MEDICARE ADVANTAGE DISENROLLMENT PERIOD DURING THE FIRST 45 DAYS OF THE YEAR. GIVEN THE POPULARITY, SENIORS SHOULD BE GIVEN THE CHOICE OF CHANGING TO A PLAN THAT ADDRESSES THEIR NEEDS. RESTORING THIS 90-DAY OPEN ENROLLMENT WINDOW WILL ALLOW SENIORS WHO FIND THEIR PLAN IS NOT WORKING FOR THEM TO MAKE THE CHANGE THAT DOES WORK. THIS BILL ALSO CONTAINS VERY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY, TO HELP FAMILIES DEALING WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS BY SIGNIFICANTLY REFORMING OUR MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THESE REFORMS ARE CRUCIAL FOR FAMILIES, VETERANS, AND ALL INDIVIDUALS DEALING WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND DRUG ADDICTION THAT IS CAN OFTEN ACCOMPANY SUCH ILLNESSES. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN UPTON'S WORK ON BRINGING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR. I URGE ITS PASSAGE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY DEAR FRIEND, WHO I SERVED WITH ALL MY YEARS HERE IN THE CONGRESS, THE HONOR CHRIS SMITH FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 1992, 24 YEARS AGO I MET ALONG WITH A GREAT ADVOCATE, PAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 1992, 24 YEARS AGO I MET ALONG WITH A GREAT ADVOCATE, PAT SMITH, WITH TOP OFFICIALS OF N.I.H. AND C.D.C. ON FEDERAL GUIDELINES THAT PRECLUDED THE EXISTENCE OF CHRONIC LIME DISEASE. SUBSEQUENTLY EVERY CONGRESS I WOULD INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TRYING TO GET A DIVERSITY OF VIEWPOINTS SO THAT CLINICIANS, PATIENTS, AND OTHER ADVOCATES COULD BE HEARD. TODAY C.D.C. ESTIMATES THAT ABOUT 380,000 CASES OF LYME AND PROVISION IN THIS BILL, IMPORTANT GAME CHANGING PROVISION, INSISTED UPON BY MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY AND CHAIRMAN UPTON, REQUIRES THAT A NEW WORKING GROUP ON TICK-BORNE DISEASE INCLUDES MEMBERS WITH A DIVERSITY OF VIEWPOINTS, INCLUDING PATIENTS, CLINICIANS, AND RESEARCHERS. THIS WORKING GROUP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THOSE PATIENTS, THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF THEM, HAVE BEEN TOLD CHRONIC LYME DOESN'T EXIST. WHAT'S YOUR FEELING CAN BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO SOME OF THE DISEASE AND THEY DON'T GET BETTER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR DOING THIS. I ALSO WAS CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF BOTH THE ALZHEIMER'S CAUCUS 16 YEARS AND THE AUTISM CAUCUS 16 YEARS AGO. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT THIS WILL DO FOR THOSE PATIENTS AS WELL.

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    MISS BUTLER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BILL AND ABOUT AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS BILL AND ABOUT AN INCLUSION THAT WILL -- IN THE 21ST CENTURY BILL WE ARE VOTING ON TODAY THAT'S GOING TO HELP MOMS AND BABIES. NEARLY ALL OF THE 400 MILLION WOMEN WHO GIVE BIRTH EACH YEAR IN THE U.S. AND THE THREE MILLION WOMEN WHO BREAST-FEED WILL TAKE MEDICATIONS OR TAKE A VACCINE DURING THEIR PREGNANCY OR NURSING. THIS BILL CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT WE ARE VOTING ON THAT WE HOPE WILL PASS AND BE SIGNED INTO LAW THAT WILL REDUCE HEALTH RISKS FACED BY THESE MOMS. HERE'S WHERE THE RISK LIES. PREGNANT WOMEN ARE OFTEN NOT INCLUDED IN CLINICAL TRIALS ON MEDICATION SO WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE EFFECTS ARE OF DRUGS ON A WOMAN AND ON HER PREGNANCY. WITHOUT RELIABLE INFORMATION, WOMEN AND DOCTORS ARE PLAYING A GUESSING GAME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE IMPACTS OF MEDICATION. THAT COULD BE ON MEDICATION THAT'S A PRESCRIPTION FOR A CHRONIC DISEASE, HYPERTENSION, DIABETES, OR SEVERE DEPRESSION. THE OTHER CHOICE IS WHETHER OR NOT TO CHOOSE NOT TO TREAT THEIR CONDITION. IF THEY DON'T KNOW THE IMPACT, MAYBE THEY'LL FORGO THEIR THERAPY ALL TOGETHER. MOMS SHOULD BE ABLE TO MANAGE ONGOING CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THEIR PREGNANCIES AND BREAST-FEEDING WITHOUT PLAYING THIS GAME. FORM, THE SAFE MEDICATION FOR MOMS AND BABIES ACT IS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL AND I URGE SUPPORT.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. COSTELLO, ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. COSTELLO

    SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING…

    SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I ALSO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE AND NEIGHBOR, CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE. MR. PITTS AND I REPRESENT ADJOINING AND SIMILAR DISTRICTS IN PENNSYLVANIA, EACH INCLUDING PARTS OF CHESTER AND BROOKS COUNTIES. HE HAS DONE OUTSTANDING WORK FOR OUR CONSTITUENCIES BY INCORPORATING THE CONCERNS AND ISSUES IMPORTANT TO SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND THE CURES ACT. THIS BILL WILL MAKE AN IMMEDIATE LONG LASTING IMPACT ON THE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES WE REPRESENT. IT SUPPORTS MEDICAL RESEARCH, HELPS FIGHT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, AND WOULD IMPROVE THE DELIVERY OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE BY PUTTING PATIENTS AT THE CENTER OF THE PROCESS. THIS BILL INCLUDES MAJOR PRIORITIES THAT WILL MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES HEALTHIER AND SAFER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS POINT I WOULD YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, WHO THIS MAY BE HIS LAST SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS HE ANNOUNCED HIS RIRME SOME TIME AGO, A GOOD MEMBER, SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF 21ST CENTURY CURES. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF 21ST CENTURY CURES. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE MAJORITY LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY, AND MY COLLEAGUE, CHRIS SMITH, FOR INSISTING THAT WE RESTORE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE THAT DEALS WITH CHRONIC LYME AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO MY DISTRICT AND THE NATION. I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS THAT ARE SICK, CHRONICALLY SICK, AND THEY ARE DESPERATE FOR CURES AND SOLUTIONS.

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    MR. GIBSON

    THANKS TO THIS BILL THEY NOW HAVE A VOICE AND A FIGHTING CHANCE. DEEPLY…

    THANKS TO THIS BILL THEY NOW HAVE A VOICE AND A FIGHTING CHANCE. DEEPLY GRATEFUL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. UPTON

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, AGAIN THE…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, AGAIN THE STRONG ADVOCATE OF THIS LEGISLATION, A MINUTE.

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    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    UPTON FOR HIS TIRELESS LEADERSHIP ON THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THE BILL…

    UPTON FOR HIS TIRELESS LEADERSHIP ON THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THE BILL IS A RESULT OF YEARS OF HARD WORK AND BRINGS HOPE TO COUNTLESS AMERICANS SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DISEASES IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS AROUND THIS COUNTRY. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF CONGRESSMAN TIM MURPHY WHO SERVED AS A LEADER AND CHAMPION ON A CRITICAL ISSUE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND AUTHOR OF LEGISLATION INCLUDED IN THIS BILL THAT WILL OVERHAUL OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES PARTS OF A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED WITH SENATOR JOHN CORNYN TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS TO ALLOW BETTER RESPONSES TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISES. THESE PROVISION ALSO ALSO DIVERT LOW-LEVEL OFFENDERS TO TREATMENT PROGRAMS. HELP REDUCE RECIDIVISM, AND PROVIDE SUPPORT TO OFFENDERS RE-ENTERING THE COMMUNITY. MANY DIVERSE GROUPS CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THIS. INCLUDING MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES. I I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. UPTON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND THEREFORE WILL TAKE MY TIME TO CLOSE. I'LL…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND THEREFORE WILL TAKE MY TIME TO CLOSE. I'LL LET MR. PALLONE --

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    COULD I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS? SEARCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS 2 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN 3 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. PALLONE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY REFERENCING THE STATEMENT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY REFERENCING THE STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY, BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT REFLECTS MY POSITION FOR THE MOST PART. IF I COULD JUST READ SOME SECTIONS, I'M NOT READING THE WHOLE THING, IT SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION STRONGLY SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF A BIPARTISAN HOUSE AMOUNT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, WHICH DEDICATES MORE THAN $6 BILLION TO IMPLEMENT KEY PRIORITIES SUCH AS THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL TO COMBAT THE HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION OPIOID EPIDEMIC SHALL THE VICE PRESIDENT'S CANCER MOON SHOT, AND PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INITIATIVES. THE PRECISION MEDICINE AND BRAIN RESEARCH THROUGH ADVANCING INNOVATIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES OR BRAIN INITIATIVES. IT ALSO TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH. THE ADMINISTRATION IS COMMITTED TO TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION AND LAY THE GROUNDWORK TO ENSURE THE FUNDS IN THE BILL WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY SO WE CAN BEGIN TO ADDRESS THESE IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES. THERE ARE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL THAT RAISE CONCERN THAT HAVE BEEN MODIFIED FROM PREVIOUS VERSIONS TO HELP ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS SUCH AS PROVISIONS THAT ALLOW FOR THE MARKETING OF DRUGS TO PAYERS FOR OFF LABEL USES. IN ADDITION A NUMBER OF EFFECTIVE DATES WILL BE CHALLENGING TO MEET, ESPECIALLY WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FUNDING. THAT SAID, THIS LEGISLATION OFFERS ADVANCES THAT FAR OUTWAY THE CONCERNS AS SUCH THE ADMINISTRATION STRONGLY SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34. THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. LET ME JUST SAY ALSO IN CONCLUSION, I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE NEED TO PASS. I HOPE THAT THE SENATE WOULD TAKE IT UP AND PASS IT. OBVIOUSLY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN IT. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN WE PASSED THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, I THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE IMPORTANT STRIDES IN ACTUALLY DEALING WITH THOSE DISEASES FOR WHICH WE HAVE NOT MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS IN TERMS OF ADVANCING AND FINDING CURES. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I'M HAPPY THAT THIS LEGISLATION HAS NOW BECOME LITTLE MORE THAN A CATCH ALL, OR A LOT MORE, BECAUSE IT'S ADDRESSING FUNDING FOR OPIOIDS, MANY KNOW THAT WE PASSED AN OPIOID PACKAGE THE PRESIDENT SIGNED IN JULY BUT IT'S NOT FUNDED. THERE WILL BE FUNDING NOW. AS FAR AS THE MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS, OUR COMMITTEE SPENT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS TRYING TO ADDRESS THAT LEGISLATION. WE PASSED A BILL HERE IN THE HOUSE, AND AGAIN I'M HAPPY THAT THIS IS INCLUDED BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE KIND OF REFORMS THAT ARE IN THAT BILL ARE NOW IN THIS BILL. I THINK ARE IMPORTANT STRIDES IN TERMS OF ADDRESSING SOME OF THE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS WE HAVE IN THIS CONTRY. AND THE SAME IS TRUE FOR CANCER MOON SHOT. THE PRESIDENT SPENT A LOT OF TIME, VICE PRESIDENT AS WELL, THIS WILL MAKE AT LEAST A DOWN PAYMENT ON THAT. OVERALL THIS IS A GOOD BILL. I SUPPORT IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. UPTON

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

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    MR. UPTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED. THIS CHAMBER, OUR STAFF, OUR MEMBERS, SENATE AS WELL. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER WHO BROUGHT THEIR MESSAGE TO US. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO TO FROM THE VERY START WAS TO LISTEN. YOU TELL US WHAT WE NEED TO DO SO WE CAN FIND THESE CURES, NAME THE DISEASE. I'LL CONFESS SOME OF US PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF SOME OF THE DISEASES. AND SOME OF THE DISEASE PATIENT ADVOCACY GROUPS THAT CAME TO US. BUT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING. YES, WE LISTENED. YES, WE KNEW WE NEEDED MORE RESEARCH. AS FISCAL CONSERVATIVES, WE ALL CARE ABOUT THE DEFICIT, WE ALL DO. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE THE RESOURCES AND THE TIMELINE TO SPEND IT IN A PRUDENT MANNER, OUTLINING THE PRIORITIES THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHARE. . THE PRESIDENT WAS PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN THIS ISSUE. NOT JOHNNY COME LATELY. BUT COMING UP THIS AISLE, HIS LAST COUPLE OF STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESSES, BOTH ON PRECISION MEDICINE AND THE CANCER MOON SHOT. VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN SPENT WEEKS OF HIS TIME, MANY HOURS WITH US, HELPING US DRAFT LEGISLATION THAT WE ALL CARE ABOUT. AND IS INCLUDED IN THIS LEGISLATION. LAMAR ALEXANDER, MITCH MCCONNELL, PATTY MURRAY, OTHERS, CHUCK SCHUMER IN THE SENATE, CARING ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION, KNOWING ITS IMPACT ON SO MANY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. OUR RESEARCHERS WHO HAVE DEVOTED THEIR LIVES. AGAIN, MANY OF US HERE, WE TRAVELED TO M.D. ANDERSON, THE MAYO CLINIC, ANN ARBOR, SORRY ABOUT THAT, MR. TIBERI, ANN ARBOR, THE CLEVELAND CLINIC, AND OTHER GREAT PLACES THAT DO RESEARCH THAT ACTUALLY CAN SAVE PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND WE LEARNED A LOT. WE LEARNED A LOT THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE. -- A LOT, THAT WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN GET SOMETHING DONE. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. I'LL TELL YOU WHY IT'S IMPORTANT. WE DON'T WANT TO WIN BY A NARROW MARGIN. WE WANT TO WIN BY A HUGE MARGIN. WE WANT TO SEND THE MESSAGE TO THE SENATE THAT WHAT WE DID, THE COUNTLESS HEARINGS AND ROUND TABLES, HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE. THAT IT IS A STRONG, BIPARTISAN MESSAGE. INCLUDING THE MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION, AGAIN, WHICH WE DEBATED FOR WEEKS AND MONTHS HERE IN THE HOUSE. NOT ONLY IN THE COMMITTEE, BUT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. VERY IMPORTANT, IT'S IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE LIKE JOE KENNEDY WHO SPOKE ON THE FLOOR A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TODAY. THE WAYS AND MEANS PROVISIONS, WHICH PASSED ON A VOICE VOTE HERE, ARE INCLUDED SO WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE. OUR LEADERSHIP ON BOTH SIDES. JOHN BOEHNER, PAUL RYAN, KEVIN MCCARTHY, STEVE SCALISE, CATHY MCMORRIS ROGERS, NANCY PELOSI, STENY HOYER, THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN OUTSTANDING. THEY KNEW FROM THE GET GO THAT WE NEEDED TO GET THIS THING DONE. BECAUSE PATIENTS CAN'T WAIT. THEY CANNOT WAIT. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE CURE TO GET THIS THING DONE, AND, YES, IT WILL IMPACT MILLIONS OF LIVES . SO IN AN HOUR OR TWO WHEN WE VOTE ON THIS, I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE YES FOR PATIENTS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BRADY

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER IN CUTTING-EDGE MEDICAL TREATMENTS AND TECHNOLOGIES, BREAKTHROUGHS THAT HAVE SAVED COUNTLESS LIVES. DUE TO OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME FEDERAL HEALTH CARE POLICIES, MEDICAL INNOVATION IN OUR COUNTRY IS FAILING TO KEEP PACE WITH THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES FACING DOCTORS AND FAMILIES. TODAY'S AMERICANS NATIONWIDE ARE BEING FORCED TO WAIT FOR LIFE-SAVING TREATMENTS THEY NEED WHILE IMPORTANT ADVANCEMENTS ARE HELD UP BY UNNECESSARY RED TAPE. CHAIRMAN UPTON'S 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT AMERICA BACK AT THE FOREFRONT OF MEDICAL INNOVATION AND THE DELIVERY OF CUTTING-EDGE CARE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL EMPOWER AMERICA'S RESEARCHERS AND DOCTORS WITH THE TOOLS NEEDED TO SOLVE THE BIGGEST HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME. AND INCLUDES MANY BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT WILL INCREASE HEALTH CARE CHOICE, ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANKS TO CHAIRMAN UPTON'S LEADERSHIP AND THE HARD WORK OF MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM MULTIPLE COMMITTEES, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT BRINGS TOGETHER A VARIETY OF SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. 10 OF THESE PATIENT-FOCUSED MEASURES ARE FROM THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. ALL 10 ARE BIPARTISAN, MORE THAN 20 OF OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CRAFTED AND INTRODUCED THESE BILLS AND MANY MORE HELPED MOVE THEM FORWARD. IN PARTICULAR, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI AND JIM MCDOER MET, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANK -- MCDERMOTT, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. RANK MEMBER MCDERMOTT, BY THE WAY, IS RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE AND FRIENDSHIP. WANT TO THANK HE AND CHAIRMAN TIBERI FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. THE WAYS AND MEANS HEALTH CARE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL WILL REMOVE HARMFUL REGULATIONS ON PROVIDERS, IMPEDE THE DELIVERY OF CARE, THEY WILL INCREASE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR JOB CREATORS AND FAMILIES, AND THEY'LL EXPAND ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CARE FOR AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS. MOST EXCITED -- MOST EXCITING, THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A POLICY TO ENSURE PATIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO NEW HOME INFUSION BENEFITS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE NEXT YEAR TO QUICKLY IMPLEMENT THIS SOLUTION SO MORE PATIENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THIS VITAL SERVICE AT AN EARLIER DATE. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO THANK ALL MEMBERS ON BETTING SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO HELPED DEVELOP THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY AND I AGAIN WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. THIS HISTORIC LEGISLATION HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING. WE WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY WITHOUT CHAIRMAN UPTON'S DEDICATION, VISION AND COMMITMENT TO BIPARTISAN COLLABORATION. 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP AMERICANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS PASSAGE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL IS A TYPICAL…

    SPEAKER, I RESERVE AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THIS BILL IS A TYPICAL LAME DUCK BILL. IT HAS ONE PROVISION IN IT THAT PEOPLE REALLY WANT. AND THAT IS A GIVEAWAY TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. EVERY PROVISION THAT MR. BRADY'S TALKED ABOUT, WITH RESPECT TO THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, HAS ALREADY BEEN PASSED OUT OF HERE AND IT'S NOT -- NONE OF THEM ARE HARM L. BUT THE ISSUE HERE IS REDUCING THE AFFECT OF THE F.D.A. IN PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. MY COLLEAGUE, MS. DELAURO FROM CONNECTICUT, WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE WEAKENING OF THE F.D.A. IN PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS THE CENTRAL PART OF THIS BILL. NOW, IT'S WRAPPED IN $4 BILLION WORTH OF INADEQUATE MONEY FOR N.I.H. IT WOULD TAKE $7 BILLION TO KEEP US WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THE MONEY, WHEN IT WENT OUT OF HERE A FEW MONTHS AGO, WAS MANDATORY. AND NOW IT'S SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATION. AND EVERYBODY SAYS, OH, WELL THERE'S COMMITMENTS MADE. THERE'S COMMITMENTS MADE. ANYBODY WHO BELIEVES IN THE TOOTH FAIRY WILL BELIEVE THAT MONEY IS GOING TO GO TO N.I.H. BUT THE CHANGES IN LAW IN HOW WE PUSH DRUGS, THAT'S GOING TO BE IN LAW. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS. YOU PUSH DRUGS OUT THERE QUICKLY, PEOPLE, THERE ARE SOME SIDE EFFECTS, SOME PEOPLE DIE, PEOPLE SAY, WELL, IT'S TOO BAD, THE F.D.A. APPROVED IT. WE PUT THE F.D.A. IN THE POSITION OF PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND THEN WE CUT THEM OFF AT THE KNEES. AND ONCE WE'VE DONE THESE CURES, WE'VE COME UP WITH THESE GREAT DRUGS, WHO CAN AFFORD THEM? THE OTHER THING THAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BILL, AND THAT THIS HOUSE HAS FAILED TO DO, IS TO DEAL WITH THE COST OF PHARMACEUTICALS IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE'S NOT ONE SINGLE THING IN THIS BILL. HOWEVER, THERE'S A SPECIALTY DRUG. IT'S A TREATMENT FOR HEPATITIS C. THERE ARE SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND -- ACTUALLY, SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO NEED THAT DRUG. ONE PILL COSTS $1,000. FULL TREATMENT COSTS $84,000. WHO CAN AFFORD IT? WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR THAT? ARE YOU GOING TO BE WILLING TO PUT THE MONEY INTO PART D OF MEDICARE TO PAY FOR IT? THE QUESTION HERE IS WHAT ARE WE DOING IN GIVING AWAY TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AN OPEN DOOR TO PUSH ANY DRUG OUT THEY WANT, OR THAT THEY CAN GET THROUGH THE SCREEN, MAKE THE SCREEN BIG SO THE EASY TO GET THEM OUT -- IT'S EASY TO GET THEM OUT, AND THEN WE PICK UP THE PIECES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THAT'S THE REASON I OPPOSE THIS BILL. I THINK THERE ARE GOOD THINGS IN IT. I COME FROM THE UNIVERSITY THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE RECIPIENT OF RESEARCH MONEY IN THIS COUNTRY. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON IS NUMBER ONE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY. AND IT TAKES -- WE HAVE SO LITTLE MONEY IN N.I.H. NOW THAT YOU HAVE TO BE 40 YEARS OLD UNTIL YOU GET A GRANT FROM N.I.H. OR A RESEARCH PROJECT. THAT'S -- IT USED TO BE THAT 17% OF ALL THE GRANTS WERE APPROVED. NOW WE'RE DOWN TO 6%. THAT'S BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN SQUEEZING THE LIFE OUT OF N.I.H. AND THIS $4 BILLION SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY, BUT IT ISN'T EVEN THE $7 BILLION IT WOULD TAKE TO KEEP US AT THE PRESENT LEVEL. THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BRADY

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, WHO SHEPHERDED THESE BILLS THROUGH THE HOUSE EARLIER, LEADS THE EFFORT TO CORRECT ISSUES SO IMPORTANT TO OUR HOSPITALS AND CANCER HOSPITALS, AS WELL AS SOME NEW REFORMS FROM FUSION HEALTH CARE, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. TIBERI.

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    MR. TIBERI

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. CHAIRMAN…

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN BRADY, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. CHAIRMAN UPTON UNVEILED 21ST CENTURY CURES BACK IN 2014. QUICKER DEVELOPMENT AND PATHWAY TO APPROVE TREATMENTS AND CURE DISEASES. THIS BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL BILL IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE HOUSE IS DELIVERING ON PATIENT-FOCUSED SOLUTIONS FOR AMERICANS. I'M INCREDIBLY PLEASED THAT THREE OF MY INITIATIVES ARE INCLUDED IN THIS FINAL PACKAGE. THE FIRST OF WHICH IS A BILL THAT PROVIDES NECESSARY REGULATORY RELIEF TO PROVIDERS AND FIXES A SITE-NEUTRAL POLICY FOR HOSPITALS THAT WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF CONSTRUCTION WHEN THE POLICY WENT INTO EFFECT LAST YEAR. SECOND, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT GIVES RELIEF TO LONG-TERM CARE HOSPITALS, FROM THE 25% RULE AND COMMONSENSE MEDICARE REFORMS. LASTLY, THE BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION OF A BILL I SPONSORED THAT PROVIDES INFUSION THERAPY TO MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES IN THEIR HOME. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING WORK ON THESE ISSUES WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE NEXT SESSION OF CONGRESS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN UPTON FOR HIS INCREDIBLE WORK ON THIS. HE SOLICITED FEEDBACK FROM STAKEHOLDERS, FROM MEMBERS, FROM PATIENTS AND HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO MAKE THIS BILL THE BEST VERSION POSSIBLE. HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING HIS CHAIRMANSHIP ARE ADMIRABLE AND I'M GRATEFUL TO CALL HIM A CLOSE FRIEND. LET'S PASS 21ST CENTURY CURES ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS AND GET AMERICA BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT ON MEDICAL INNOVATION.

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

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE CERTAINLY SALUTING THE MANY MEMBERS WHO HAVE…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WHILE CERTAINLY SALUTING THE MANY MEMBERS WHO HAVE WORKED SO DILIGENTLY ON THIS MEASURE, I CANNOT VOTE FOR IT. YOU KNOW, IN THE DESERT, A WIDE AND ENDLESS DESERT OF SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH FUNDING, EVEN GETTING A FEW DROPS OF RAIN IS UNDERSTANDABLY WELCOMED BY THE THIRSTY. UNDER REPUBLICAN RULE, WE HAVE SEEN A DREADFUL DROUGHT IN RESEARCH FUNDING. THIS IS A BILL THAT ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS THAT AND I VOTED FOR IT WHEN IT WAS HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE AT A PREVIOUS TIME. AT THAT POINT IT PROMISED THE HOPE AFTER THIS LONG DROUGHT OF ALMOST $10 BILLION IN ASSURED CERTAIN FUNDING FOR RESEARCH SO THAT WE MIGHT FIND CURES FOR SOME OF THESE DISEASES BEFORE WE GET IT OURSELVES. THE CONCERN SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE. NOW THUNDERSTORM NEW MEASURE WE HAVE -- UNDER THIS NEW MEASURE WE HAVE ONLY ABOUT 1/4 OF THE FUNDING PREVIOUSLY APPROVED AND THE NO LONGER CERTAIN MUP MONEY, THE MAYBE -- MONEY, IT'S MAYBE MONEY FOR THE FUTURE. THERE MAY BE BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT BUT THERE'S NOT A BIPARTISAN ADVANCEMENT. AT THE SAME TIME THAT RESEARCH DOLLARS ARE DRAMATICALLY CUT, THE VERY RESEARCH DOLLARS THAT WERE THE REASON FOR HAVING THIS BILL IN THE FIRST PLACE, BILL PHRMA GOT A FEW OF ITS WISH LIST APPROVED. AND HOW VERY APPROPRIATE THAT THIS MEASURE AND SO MANY OTHER LIVING PARTS HAVE BEEN PACKED INTO WHAT IS CALLED THE TSUNAMI WARNING BILL. BECAUSE IF THERE'S ONE THING WE CAN BE SURE OF, THIS PAST YEAR, IS THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO RELY ON LIFE-SAVING DRUGS, WHO WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A PRESCRIPTION THAT THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBES, THEY HAVE HAD A REAL TSUNAMI, THEY HAVE BEEN BURIED IN ONE WAVE AFTER ANOTHER WAVE AFTER ANOTHER GIANT WAVE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRICE GOUGING. WHETHER IT IS EPIPEN OR A CHILD WHO'S GOING TO HAVE AN ALLERGIC REACTION, WHETHER IT IS INSULIN OR SOMEONE WHO IS DIABETIC AND RELIES ON THAINS LYNN, WHETHER IT IS -- ON THAT INSULIN, WHETHER IT'S A DRUG THAT COSTS OVER $100,000, IT IS WAVE AFTER WAVE OF A TSUNAMI OF PRICE GOUGING. AND WHAT HAS THIS CONGRESS DONE ABOUT THAT? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I MUST SAY, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE VERY LITTLE MORE. THEY HAVE LOOKED AT IT, THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW SPEECHES ABOUT IT, BUT THERE HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE ACTION. SO WHAT WE GET IN THIS BILL ARE A FEW THING THAT BIG PHRMA WANTS, THAT HAS BEEN ON ITS WISH LIST FOR A LONG TIME, AND CONSUMERS, THEY GET NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO OTHER THAN MORE OF THOSE BIG WAVES OF HUGE PRICE INCREASES. I'M ALSO CONCERNED THAT THE POLICY ARM THAT PUBLISHES "CONSUMER REPORTS" MAGAZINE HAS EXPRESSED DEEP CONCERNS ABOUT ADDITIONAL PATIENT RISK AS A RESULT OF SOME OF THE PROVISIONS THAT THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AND THE MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS HAVE INSISTED AS THE PRICE FOR GETTING A LITTLE ADDITIONAL RESEARCH FUNDING. SO I'M VOTING NO, NOT BECAUSE THIS PROVIDES SOME RESEARCH DOLLARS, IT OUGHT TO BE PROVIDING THE LEVEL OF CERTAIN RESEARCH FUNDING WE APPROVED ALREADY, BUT BECAUSE IT FAILS TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL HEALTH NEED. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 03:15:47 PM

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

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  • 03:15:51 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, ONE OF THE KEY MEMBERS…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, ONE OF THE KEY MEMBERS OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE THAT FOCUSES ON RURAL COMMUNITIES, THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, NS JENKINS.

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  • 03:16:06 PM

    MS. JENKINS

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IT IMPROVES ACCESS TO HEALTH…

    I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. IT IMPROVES ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES THROUGH MEASURES LIKE THE CONTINUING ACCESS HOSPITALS ACT WHICH STOPS REGULATIONS FROM INTERFERING WITH RURAL HEALTH CARE FACILITIES PROVIDING SERVICES. AND WILL ENSURE THE WORK THAT P.A.'S AND PRACTITIONERS ARE RECOGNIZED SO RURAL HOSPITALS CAN AFFORD TO REMAIN OPEN AND SERVE OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES. IT WILL HELP THE 40 MILLION AMERICANS WHO DEAL WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS EACH YEAR TO INCLUSION OF MY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID ACT. IT DELIVERS $15 MILLION EVERY YEAR TO TRAIN POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS, VETERANS, ADVOCATES AND OTHERS TO IDENTIFY AND AID THOSE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS, BUILDING A STRONGER MENTAL HEALTH SAFETY NET IN AMERICA AND ADDRESSES THE NEEDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:17:10 PM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:17:18 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RESERVE.

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

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  • 03:17:24 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR LEADERS IN MEDICAL DEVICES, INNOVATION…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR LEADERS IN MEDICAL DEVICES, INNOVATION AND BRINGING LIFESAVING CURES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN.

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  • 03:17:38 PM

    MR. PAULSEN

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN 21 CENTURY CURES…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE BIPARTISAN 21 CENTURY CURES ACT. THERE ARE MORE THAN 10,000 KNOWN DISEASES AND THERE ARE ONLY 500 RARE DISEASES THAT HAVE APPROVED TREATMENTS AND AMERICANS FEEL POWERLESS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DEADLY DISEASE AND NO HOPE FOR A CURE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH OR BARRIERS DISCOURAGING INNOVATION. THIS GIVES PATIENT NEW HOPE AND SUPPORTS MORE N.I.H. RESEARCH AND STREAMLINES THE REGULATORY APPROVAL PRIEST AND MORE TREATMENT. AND I'M PLEASED THAT WE ARE PROVIDING IMPORTANT REFORMS TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. FOR TOO LONG PATIENTS AND FAMILIES, MENTAL HEALTH CARE FIRST AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN CRYING FOR HELP. THIS LEGISLATIVE EFFORT REPRESENTS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT TO THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN OVER A DECADE. THIS IS AN INNOVATION GAME CHANGER AND ONCE IN A GENERALATIONAL TRANSFOR MATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO TREAT DISEASE AND EXPEDITES THE DELIVERY OF NEW TREATMENTS AND CURES AND ENSURES THAT AMERICA WILL BE A LEADER IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT FOR MEDICAL INNOVATION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:18:58 PM

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

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  • 03:19:07 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO MR. RENACCI.

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    MR. RENACCI

    RENACCI.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

  • 03:20:36 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RESERVE.

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  • 03:20:41 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER KEY MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE WHO…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER KEY MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE WHO HAS FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE, IN THIS CASE INCREASING INFORMATION TO SENIORS AND IMPROVING PHYSICAL THERAPY SO CRITICAL TO SO MANY IN HEALTH CARE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM HEALTH KAY, MR. MEEHAN.

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  • 03:21:03 PM

    MR. MEEHAN

    CURES OOKT IS LEGISLATION THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE BARRIERS STANDING…

    CURES OOKT IS LEGISLATION THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE BARRIERS STANDING BETWEEN US AND CURES FOR DISEASES LIKE ALZHEIMER'S, DIABETES AND CANCER. WE ENCOURAGE THE N.I.H. AND F.D.A. TO ESTABLISH A GLOBAL STUDY NETWORK WITH THE HOPE THAT MORE COLLABORATION WILL LEAD TO MORE TREATMENTS AND BUILD OUR UNDERING TO LEAD TO CURES FOR CHILDREN. THREE YEARS AGO, SARAHMONA HAN IS A 10-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS RECEIVED AN ADULT LUNG TRANSPLANT. AND TO SARAH'S HEROES WE HIGHLIGHT STORIES WHERE CHILDREN ARE TRYING TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES. MENTAL ILLNESS ARE AMONG OTHER CONDITIONS WITHOUT A CURE. IT INCREASES THE NUMBER OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TRAINED TO TREAT PARETS AND STRENGTHENS THE REQUIREMENT THAT MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE BE ON PAR FOR COVERAGE WITH PHYSICAL AILMENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 03:22:26 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RESERVE.

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  • 03:22:30 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR SMARTEST MEMBERS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS…

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR SMARTEST MEMBERS ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND HAS CARVED OUT A NICHE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. MR. DOLD, ONE MINUTE.

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  • 03:22:48 PM

    MR. DOLD

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I ALSO STAND HERE TODAY…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I ALSO STAND HERE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. I THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE, CONGRESSMAN DID HE GET AND CONGRESSMAN MURPHY FOR THEIR GREAT WORK ON COMPILING THINGS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL. I HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MODERNIZE AND WE TREAT MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOP LIFESAVING CURES. THIS ACCOMPLISHES BOTH OF THESE IMPORTANT GOALS. AND IN SUPPORT OF GROUNDBREAKING MEDICAL RESEARCH AND ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION TO HELP BRING DRUGS AND DEVICES TO PATIENTS MORE QUICKLY. WE WILL BE PROVIDING STATES WITH A BILLION DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO HELP COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC WHICH IS IMPACTING EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY. WE WILL INCREASE, CHOICE, ACCESS AND QUALITY IN HEALTH CARE BY MAKING SERIOUS IMPROVEMENTS TO MEDICARE. THIS PACKAGE IS PROOF -- BRAID --

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  • 03:24:01 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE HALF MINUTE.

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    MR. DOLD

    WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THROUGH CHANGES LARGE…

    WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THROUGH CHANGES LARGE AND SMALL. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT AND THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON, CONGRESSMAN MURTI AND CONGRESSWOMAN DID HE GET AND ALL THOSE WHO PUT THIS TOGETHER AND THE STAFF THAT WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING THIS BECOMING A REALITY TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 03:24:37 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 03:24:44 PM

    MR. BRADY

    CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN WOULD LIKE TO DO SO.

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

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  • 03:24:55 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR INTEREST IN CHILDREN. I…

    SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR INTEREST IN CHILDREN. I HEAR SOME OF THESE SPEAKERS STAND UP AND SAY THEY ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN KIDS AND YET THEY OPPOSE THE CHIP PROGRAM. THEY TALK ABOUT CUTTING BACK THE HELP TO CHILDREN. NOW THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT CURES AND YOU ARE GOING TO CREATE A MAGNIFICENT CURE THAT COSTS $80,000, IF YOU DON'T PROVIDE MEDICAID, THE CHILDREN WHO ARE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY AREN'T GOING TO GET ACCESS TO THAT CURE. THAT'S A CURE FOR RICH PEOPLE WHO CAN PAY IT OUT OF THEIR CLIPPINGS ON THEIR BONDS AND THEIR STOCK. AND THE EPSTD PROGRAM WHICH IS THE PROGRAM THAT COVERS KIDS, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT HAS PUT IN THE CHARGE OF THAT, A WOMAN FROM INDIANA, WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST IT. THIS IS THE BENEFIT THAT ENSURES SICK KIDS WILL GET CURES. NOW YOU ARE SETTING IN MOTION SOMETHING FOR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO FIND A WAY TO TAKE AS MUCH MONEY OUT OF THE SYSTEM AS THEY CAN WITH EVERY DRUG THEY CAN PUT OUT THERE AND YOU ARE AT THE SAME TIME MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR POOR CHILDREN TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN THIS COUNTRY. HOW MANY STATES HAVE THE GOVERNORS SAID, WE DON'T BELIEVE IN MEDICAID. WE DON'T BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE MEDICAID. WE BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF MEDICINE. SO THEY DENY THEIR OWN PEOPLE HEALTH CARE, SIMPLE EVERY DAY, ORDINARY HEALTH CARE AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CURES OF A DISEASE THAT SOMEBODY SAID, THERE ARE 50 CASES IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE LAST YEAR. ONE FEELS FOR THOSE 50. I'M A PHYSICIAN. I HAVE LISTENED TO THOSE PEOPLE. I KNOW THAT'S AWFUL. BUT YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN BALANCE AND SAY TO YOURSELF, ARE WE GOING TO SPEND ALL THE MONEY THERE OR SPEND IT WITH DEALING WITH ALL AMERICANS. AND THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BILL. THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY HAS NO CONTROLS ON IT WHATSOEVER. YOU, WHEN YOU PUT IN THAT BENEFIT IN PART D, TIED THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' HANDS AND HE OR SHE CANNOT NEGOTIATE LOWER PRICES. YOU SAID WHATEVER THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY SAYS THE COST IS, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO PAY. NOW THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, VETERANS ARE DIFFERENT THAN ORDINARY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS THE RIGHT TO NEGOTIATE CHANGES IN PRICES. AND THEIR PHARMACEUTICAL PRICES ARE DOWN 50%, 60% FROM WHAT PEOPLE PAY IN MEDICARE. NOW AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF GIVE-AWAY GOING ONTO THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, THIS BILL IS JUST FROSTING ON THE CAKE. MEMBERS WILL VOTE FOR IT. YOU ARE GOING TO PAY DOWN THE DOWN THE LINE. YOU PAY NOW OR PAY LATER. IF YOU DO NOT SCREEN THOSE DRUGS CAREFULLY AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE REALLY DOING SOMETHING AND LET THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, THEY ARE SIMPLY PUTTING DRUGS OUT ON THE TABLE THAT COST TOO MUCH FOR THE AMERICANS TO BUY. I URGE A NO VOTE.

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  • 03:28:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:28:44 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE REMAINING TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:28:50 PM

    MR. BRADY

    THERE ARE SO MANY AMERICANS WHO COULD BE WATCHING TODAY WHO WONDER WHEN…

    THERE ARE SO MANY AMERICANS WHO COULD BE WATCHING TODAY WHO WONDER WHEN THAT LIFE SAVING DRUG, THAT NEW TREATMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THEM. IT IS IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND READ ABOUT IT IN OTHER PLACES BUT CAN'T GET IT HERE IN AMERICA. THE CURES ACT CHANGES THAT. WHEN YOU ARE IN THAT TOUGH SITUATION, PROVIDES OPTIONS FOR HEALTH CARE AND EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS NEVER AVAILABLE TO THEM. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO THE PATIENTS. I URGE ITS SUPPORT. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:29:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. WOULD THE GENTLEMAN MAKE A MOTION -- WOULD YOU MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 03:29:35 PM

    MR. BRADY

    SO MOVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE PREVIOUS QUESTION HAS BEEN MOVED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

    THE PREVIOUS QUESTION HAS BEEN MOVED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 03:29:59 PM

    MR. MCDERMOTT

    MADAM CHAIR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. MCDERMOTT

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED . THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED . THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. 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 A VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORDED VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:31:39 PM

    MR. BISHOP

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6302,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6302, THE OVERTIME PAY FOR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ACT OF 2016.

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  • 03:31:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 658, H.R. 6302, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 658, H.R. 6302, A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASE IN PREMIUM PAY FOR UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE AGENTS PERFORMING PROTECTIVE SERVICES DURING 2016 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:32:04 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    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 MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH.

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  • 03:32:11 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. 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 MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 03:32:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:32:27 PM

    MR. CHAFFETZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6302, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6302, THE OVERTIME PAY FOR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ACT OF 2016. THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE HAS A ZERO FAIL MISSION. TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER PROTECTEES AT ALL COSTS. 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN YEAR WAS ESPECIALLY BUSY FOR THE SECRET SERVICE. THEY'VE DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB. I'LL GIVE YOU SOME METRICS OF WHAT THIS AGENCY WAS DEALING WITH. THEY STAFFED MORE THAN 2,500 CANDIDATE TRIPS, 8,580 TOTAL PROTECTIVE TRAVEL STOPS, AND 62 FOREIGN TRAVEL TRIPS WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT. MOST RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SAW SECRET SERVICE AGENTS WORKING RECORD HOURS TO FULFILL THEIR MISSION, INCREDIBLY THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED DESPITE THE SECRET SERVICE SUFFERING FROM HISTORIC LEVELS OF ATTRITION AND LOW STAFFING LEVELS. IN OUR DECEMBER, 2015, BIPARTISAN REPORT, THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM FOUND THAT THE SECRET SERVICE WAS, QUOTE, EXPERIENCING A STAFFING CRISIS THAT THREATENS TO JEOPARDIZE ITS CRITICAL MISSION, END QUOTE. THE SECRET SERVICE WAS AT A PEAK STAFF LEVEL OF 7,024 EMPLOYEES IN THE YEAR 2011. THAT NUMBER HAS DECLINED EVERY YEAR UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR WHEN THE AGENCY HAD 6,289 EMPLOYEES. THE STAFFING NUMBERS ARE BEGINNING TO IMPROVE, NOW AT 6,500. BUT THE PROBLEM IS THE AGENCY HOPES TO HAVE BETWEEN 8,000 AND 9,000 EMPLOYEES BY THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2020. IT'S HARD AND DIFFICULT TO HIRE A SECRET SERVICE AGENT AND ONCE THEY'RE HIRED YOU CAN'T SIMPLY PUT THEM OUT IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE OR NEXT TO A CANDIDATE OR ONE OF THE PROTECTEES AND EXPECT THEM TO SIMPLY FLIP ON THE SWITCH AND DO THEIR JOB. AS A RESULT, THE CURRENT POWER SHORTAGE, THE LACK OF EMPLOYEES, SECRET SERVICE AGENTS HAD TO WORK SIGNIFICANT OVERTIME TO ENSURE ROUND THE CLOCK PROTECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. NO MATTER THE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED, SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ARE SUBJECT TO A TITLE 5 STATUTORY CAP ON THEIR BIWEEKLY PAY. AS A RESULT, AGENTS WERE NOT COMPENSATED FOR OVERTIME HOURS WORKED THAT WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN COMPENSATION BEYOND THE CAP DURING ANY PAY PERIOD. WITHIN THE SECRET SERVICE, THIS BECAME KNOWN AS A MAX-OUT PROBLEM. THESE SO-CALLED MAX-OUTS CONTRIBUTED THE AGENCY'S LOW MORALE AND EXACERBATE ATTRITION. THE EXCESSIVE OVERTIME ALSO NEGATIVELY IMPACTS PROTECTIVE EFFORTS. THE AGENCY NEEDS FRESH AND ENERGETIC AGENTS TO FULFILL A CRITICAL MISSION, ONE THAT THEY HAVE TO BE IN TUNE AT EVERY MOMENT WHILE THEY'RE ON THE JOB. THE BILL, THE OVERTIME PAY FOR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ACT OF 2016, OFFERS RELIEF FOR AGENTS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED PAY DUE TO THE SO-CALLED MAX-OUT PROGRAM -- PROBLEM. SECRET SERVICE AGENTS WHO WORKED ON THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS UP TO THE BASIC PAY CURRENTLY GIVEN TO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE, LEVEL TWO, FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2016. EVERY SECRET SERVICE AGENT WITH OUTSTANDING OVERTIME WOULD RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR 2016 UNDER THIS BILL. THIS IS NOT A BONUS, THIS IS NOT EXTRA PAY, THIS IS SIMPLY TRYING TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR HOURS THAT THEY WORKED. WE HEARD STORY AFTER STORY ABOUT SECRET SERVICE AGENTS WHO WOULD LITERALLY GO WEEKS ON END WITH NO PAY AND YET CONTINUE TO DO THEIR JOB. AT THE SAME TIME THE LIMITATION OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE BILL PRESENTS A GOOD BALANCE AND ENCOURAGES SECRET SERVICE TO FIX ITS CURRENT STAFFING PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF RELYING ON EXCESSIVE AND EXPENSIVE OVERTIME PAY IN THE FUTURE. IT IS MY EXPECTATION THAT THE SECRET SERVICE MEET ITS STAFFING GOALS BY THE NEXT ELECTION CYCLE AND DOES NOT HAVE TO RELY ON SCHEDULING EXCESSIVE OVERTIME. IT IS ALSO MY EXPECTATION THAT THE SECRET SERVICE WILL FOCUS ITS STAFFING CAPITAL AWAY FROM INCREASING NONESSENTIAL INVESTIGATIVE AND CYBER-RELATED MISSIONS, WHICH DISTRACT FROM THE CORE MISSION OF PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER PROTECTEES. THESE ARE CURRENT -- THERE ARE CURRENTLY THREE ONGOING STUDIES ANALYZING THE SECRET SERVICE'S NONESSENTIAL MISSION OF CYBERINVESTIGATION. BY THE WAY, THESE NONPROTECTIVE MISSIONS USUALLY TAKE MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR TIME. BUT CERTAINLY DURING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CYCLE, YOU CAN SEE THE DEMAND THAT WAS THERE. I'M VERY PLEASED IN THE BIPARTISAN NATURE IN WHICH THE COMMITTEE CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE SECRET SERVICE. THEY HAVE DONE SO IN A VERY ADMIRABLE FASHION, THEY PROVIDED A GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION. BUT WHEN YOU HEAR STORIES WHERE PEOPLE WOULD GO 43 DAYS WITHOUT A SINGLE DAY OFF, WHEN THEY WOULD WORK LITERALLY 100-PLUS HOURS IN A WEEK AND THEY WOULD GO TO WORK KNOWING THAT THEY WEREN'T GOING TO BE COMPENSATED FOR THAT WORK, THAT'S UN-- INEXCUSABLE. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE THE RELIEF TO THEM, AGAIN, IT'S NOT A BONUS, NOT EXTRA PAY, BUT IT'S SOME COMPENSATION FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DID PROTECTING OUR NATION AND PROTECTING THOSE PROTECTEES. AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS, THEY DID AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB, WITHOUT ANY MAJOR INCIDENCE -- INCIDENTS IN THIS 2016 ELECTION PSYCH ALE. I WOULD URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL -- CYCLE. I WOULD URGE THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LYNCH

    GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. LYNCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6302, THE OVERTIME PAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6302, THE OVERTIME PAY FOR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ACT OF 2016. WHICH WAS APPROVED BY OUR COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY BY VOICE VOTE. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD AUTHORIZE AN INCREASE IN THE CURRENT PAY CAP, UP TO LEVEL TWO OF THE EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE, SO THAT SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ARE PERMITTED TO RECEIVE COMMENT SATION FOR THE HOURS OF OVERTIME THEY -- COMPENSATION FOR THE HOURS OF OVERTIME THEY WORKED IN 2016. AS THE CHAIRMAN HAS INDICATED, THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF 2016 HAS BEEN A YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES AND STRAIN ON THE SECRET SERVICE. THE SECRET SERVICE HAS PROVIDED INFORMATION TO THE COMMITTEE INDICATING THAT MORE THAN 1,000 SECRET SERVICE AGENTS, 1/3 OF THE AGENTS ONBOARD HAVE BJORKED -- WORKED SO MANY HOURS THAT THEY MAXED OUT THEIR ANNUAL OVERTIME AND SALARY. SOME AGENTS STARTED WORKING OVERTIME FOR FREE AS OF EARLY JUNE AND ARE EXCEEDING THE PAY CAP BY AS MANY AS $50,000 TO $60,000 PER AGENT. CURRENT LAW PROHIBITS THEM FROM RECEIVING ANY ADDITIONAL OVERTIME PAY AND THAT IS WHAT THIS BILL IS INTENDED TO FIX FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2016. I WOULD HOPE THAT AT SOME POINT, AND THESE SPIKES IN OVERTIME ARE A NECESSARY FACTOR IN THESE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, AS WE KNOW THERE WERE 16 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN THE PRIMARY, ALL THAT RECEIVED SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION, AS WELL AS SEVERAL CANDIDATES ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THERE WERE COUNTLESS STOPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE MONTHS OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY WAY TO AVOID THE NEED FOR OVERTIME. I WOULD HOPE, AND I'M GLAD THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, BUT EVERY FOUR YEARS WE HAVE TO HAVE AGENTS WORKING WITHOUT PAY. AND THERE'S GOT TO BE A WAY THAT WE CAN ESTIMATE ROUGHLY WHAT THE OVERTIME NEEDS WILL BE EVERY FOUR YEARS AND INCORPORATE SOMETHING THAT AT LEAST ELIMINATES THE NEED TO HAVE SECRET SERVICE AGENTS WORKING FOR FREE. IN A VERY DANGEROUS JOB. I THINK WE CAN FIGURE THAT OUT. I HAD A PROPOSAL IN COMMITTEE TO MAKE THIS AN EVERY FOUR YEAR THING AND INCORPORATE THAT. IT DID NOT SUCCEED. BUT I'M HOPE ING -- HOPING THAT IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER THE CHAIRMAN AND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE, I THINK WE CAN SOLVE THIS WITH THAT -- THIS. WITH THAT I WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO MAKE REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH AWARE THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO MAKE REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH AWARE THAT WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    OK. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER TESTIMONY ON MY SIDE AND I YIELD BACK…

    OK. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER TESTIMONY ON MY SIDE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6302. 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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6303.

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    H.R. 6303, THE BILL TO DESIGNATE FACILITIES OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO ESTABLISH NEW ZIP CODES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303, INTRODUCED BY CHAIRMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303, INTRODUCED BY CHAIRMAN JASON CHAFFETZ. THIS STRAIGHTFORWARD LEGISLATION WOULD CONSOLIDATE 10 POSTAL NAMING BILLS AND SOLVE IMPORTANT LOCAL ISSUES BY DESIGNATING FIVE NEW ZIP CODES. THE 10 POSTAL NAMING BILLS HAVE ALL BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE ALREADY THIS CONGRESS. THE FIVE ZIP CODES DESIGNATED BY THE BILL WILL ADDRESS SIGNIFICANT ISSUES FACED BY THOSE FIVE COMMUNITIES. IN EACH CASE, THE ZIP CODE DESIGNATED IS DRIVEN BY LOCAL LEADERS AND STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY THE RELEVANT MEMBER OF CONGRESS. LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE NOT ASKING FOR A NEW POSTAL BUILDING AND NO NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL BE REQUIRED TO ACCOMMODATE THE CHANGES. IN THE CASE OF SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK, CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ PERSONALLY MET WITH INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY THE DELIVERY PROBLEMS THAT COULD BE SOLVED WITH THE ADDITION OF A NEW ZIP CODE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE SPECIFICS OF THE SITUATION FROM REPRESENTATIVE ZELDIN OF NEW YORK WHO IS HERE TODAY. IN ANOTHER EXAMPLE, THE COMMUNITY OF FLORIDA FACES A LACK OF IDENTITY. ADDITIONALLY, SOME OF THE RESIDENTS THERE ARE FORCED TO PAY NONRESIDENT RATES OR FLATLY DENIED SERVICES BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT IDENTIFIED BY THE CORRECT ZIP CODE. THESE CONCERNS AREN'T JUST LIMITED TO MAIL DELIVERY. COMMUNITIES WITHOUT A UNIQUE ZIP CODE ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR EXTENDED RESPONSE TIMES WHEN CALLING 911 DUE TO CONFUSION IN SIMILAR STREET NAMES. ZIP CODES ARE ALSO USED TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRIBUTION OF TAX REVENUE AND INSURANCE FUNDS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES. WITHOUT THE PROPER ZIP CODE DESIGNATIONS, SOME LOCAL COMMUNITIES MAY NOT RECEIVE THEIR FAIR CUT OF LOCAL TAX REVENUES. IN MANY OF THE SITUATIONS, LOCAL LEADERS WITHIN THE NEW ZIP CODE DESIGNATIONS HAVE EXHAUSTED ALL OPTIONS TO OBTAIN THE REQUESTED CHANGES. SOME OF THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE EVEN OFFERED TO PAY THE POSTAL SERVICE FOR THE COST OF NEW ZIP CODES, SBRU BEEN REBUFFED. THIS -- BUT HAVE BEEN REBUFFED. THIS LEGISLATION IS THE LAST PATH FORWARD FOR THESE COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LYNCH

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

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    MR. LYNCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ZIP CODES ARE USED TO ORGANIZE OUR COUNTRY, TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ZIP CODES ARE USED TO ORGANIZE OUR COUNTRY, TO ENSURE THE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF THE MAIL FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH ZIP CODES AND TO ADJUST THEIR BOUNDARIES BASED ON CHANGES IN DELIVERY AND VOLUME OF OPERATIONAL CONCERNS. HOWEVER, COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES AND OTHER LOCAL ENTITIES CAN ALSO VOICE THEIR CONCERN WITH ZIP CODE BOUNDARIES AND PETITION FOR CORRESPONDING ADJUSTMENTS. H.R. 6303 WOULD MAKE THE ADJUSTMENTS BY REQUIRING THE POSTAL SERVICE TO ESTABLISH NEW ZIP CODES FOR FIVE INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE REQUESTED AND SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN DENIED ZIP CODE CHANGES. THESE COMMUNITIES HAVE BASED THEIR ZIP CODE REQUESTS ON DELAYS IN MAIL DELIVERY AND EMERGENCY SERVICE RESPONSE TIMES, DEBT NILE OF INCONSISTENT APPLICATION OF SERVICES TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND OTHER SIMILAR COMMUNITY CONCERNS. . THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS WORKED WITH AFFECTED COMMUNITIES TO FIND SOLUTIONS AND I COMMEND THOSE EFFORTS BY THE POSTAL SERVICE. THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS LOOKED TO FIND SOLUTIONS IN THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AND MOST OF THESE COMMUNITIES WOULD RECEIVE UNIQUE ZIP CODES AS PART OF THIS BILL. I SUPPORT H.R. 6303 TODAY AND I HIGHLIGHT MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD NAME 10 POST OFFICES AFTER HONORABLE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION. THE NAMING HAS PASSED THE HOUSE AND AWAITING ACTION IN THE SENATE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

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    MR. ZELDIN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303 WHICH WOULD CREATE A UNIQUE ZIPS FOR THREE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303 WHICH WOULD CREATE A UNIQUE ZIPS FOR THREE HAMLETS IN MY DISTRICT. THEY SHARE THE SAME THE SAME ZIP CODE WITH RIVER HEAD. THIS CAUSES A NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING DELAY OF MAIL AND PACKAGES WHICH COULD HOLD IMPORTANT GOODS LIKE MEDICATIONS. SHARED STREET NAMES DELAY THE RESPONSE TIME OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL, WHERE EVERY SECOND COUNTS. THIS COULD BE AVOIDED BY ASSIGNING A NEW ZIP CODE TO THE THREE HAMLETS, WHICH IS WHY I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA AND BRINGING HIM TO LONG ISLAND TO SPEAK TO THOSE IMPACTED IN THE COMMUNITY. I THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA FOR HIS EXCEPTIONAL HELP ON THIS ISSUE. RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THIS ISSUE AND THE PROBLEMS IT BRINGS, BUT DESPITE THE PREVIOUS EFFORTS, IT STILL SERVES TO BE A BURDEN IN THIS AREA IN THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. I THANK CHAIRMAN OF THE FLANDERS, RIVERSIDE AND NORTHHAMPTON AND PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF THESE ORGANIZES FOR CONTINUING THIS EFFORT OVER THE YEARS. THIS HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR THEM FOR MANY YEARS AND AN HONOR TO BE THEIR VOICE IN THE HOUSE. I KNOW THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A NEW ZIP CODE FOR THE AREA INCLUDING GLENDALE AND SPOKEN WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MS. MENG, WHO HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF GLENDALE. THANK YOU, MR. GOSAR, FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND EFFORTS AND THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE. CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA HAS AN AMAZING TEAM WORKING WITH HIM. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:48:37 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    OTHER CHAMPIONS OF THIS LEGISLATION, MS. MENG OF NEW YORK. .

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    MS. MENG

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303 WHICH GLISHES A NEW ZIP CODE FOR THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6303 WHICH GLISHES A NEW ZIP CODE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF GLENDALE, NEW YORK. IT IS SIMILAR TO H.R. 657. I THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND RANKING MEMBER. THE RESIDENTS OF GLENDALE, NEW YORK HAVE SOUGHT TO OBTAIN A UNIQUE ZIP CODE AND EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS DUE TO SHARING A ZIP CODE WITH THE NEIGHBORING COMMUNITY OF RIDGEWOOD. THESE INCLUDE MEDICATIONS THAT WERE SPOILED OR NOT RECEIVED DUE TO MAIL PROCESSING ERRORS, DELAYS IN FIRST RESPONDER SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN NEED OF CARE AND INACCURACIES WITH G.P.S. DEVICES. ROUGHLY ONE-QUARTER OF THE POPULATION IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE MEDICARE OR WILL BECOME ELIGIBLE IN THE NEXT DECADE. MANY USE A MAIL ORDER PHARMACY TO RECEIVE THEIR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MANY MORE WILL USE MORE SERVICES IN THE YEARS TO COME. A SINGLE UNIQUE ZIP CODE FOR GLENDALE WILL ENSURE THAT MAIL DELIVERY WILL BE IMPROVED IN THE FUTURE. CREATING A NEW ZIP CODE HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN CHALLENGE FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO PREVIOUSLY REPRESENTED THE AREA. I COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY MY PREDECESSOR, REPRESENTATIVE BOB TURNER. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE IN THE 113TH CONGRESS, THE ONLY RECOURSE LEFT TO ADDRESS THIS MATTER WAS THROUGH LEGISLATION. I'M GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA FOR INCLUDING GLENDALE IN THIS LEGISLATION. IT HAS BEEN A LONG FIGHT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO RECEIVE ITS OWN ZIP CODE. MR. SPEAKER. BEFORE I CLOSE, I THANK THE LOCAL ELECTED FIRST, CIVIC SOIRKSES AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE VOICED THEIR SUPPORT FOR THIS ISSUE OVER THE YEARS. IN PARTICULAR, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MELINDA KATZ AND NEW YORK STATE SENATOR AND ADEMBLY MEMBERS AND NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL WOMAN ELIZABETH CROWLEY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GLENDALE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, AND CITIZENS FOR A BETTER RIDGEWOOD FOR THEIR ADVOCACY. I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TODAY AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE. I YIELD MY REMAINING TIME TO MR. LYNCH.

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    MR. LYNCH

    HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GOSAR

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA MR. AMODEI.

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    MR. AMODEI

    WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN THIS ISSUE. AS THE…

    WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN THIS ISSUE. AS THE PERSON WHO REPRESENTS THE ONLY DISTRICT WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI THAT WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE CONSIDERED AS DESERVING IN THIS, I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS AND THAT IS AND FROM THE EARLIER TALKS, TOO, NONE OF THESE ZIP CODES WERE ONES THAT PEOPLE SAID HEY, LET'S CREATE A NEW ONE. EVERYBODY WENT TO THE POSTAL SERVICE AND SAID HERE'S OUR STUFF. AND WHAT WE GOT AND WHILE THE PEOPLE IN MY STATE WERE GOOD ABOUT, BUT WHAT WE GOT FROM THE FOLKS, WE KIND OF DON'T DO THAT AND IF YOU ARE TURNED DOWN YOU CAN'T ASK FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. IT'S ALMOST AN IMPLIED THREAT FOR ASKING ONE. I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR LOOKING INTO THIS ISSUE. THIS IS THE LARGEST INDUSTRIAL PARK IN THE NATION, THE MARKETING PEOPLE TELL ME, SO I ASSUME THEY'RE RIGHT AND HELPS IN ANOTHER AREA WHICH THE STATE DEPARTMENT COLLECTS SALES TAXES AND IT IS BASED ON ZIP CODES. IT WILL MAKE SURE THE SALES TAX DOLLARS ARE GENERATED AND CREDITED TO WHERE THE MATERIALS ARE GOING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I WANT TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT WHAT YOU HAVE HERE APPARENTLY IS THE THREE GREATEST STATES IN THE NATION, NEW YORK, FLORIDA AND NEVADA. AND THE OTHER 37, KEEP TRYING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DIAZ-BALART.

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    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR THE TIME AND I NEED TO THANK…

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR THE TIME AND I NEED TO THANK CHAIRMAN CHAFE ET CETERA FOR INTRODUCING THIS, A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WE HEARD WHAT THE ISSUE IS. THE CITY OF MIAMI LAKES HAS ATTEMPTED TO RECEIVE A UNIQUE ZIP CODE AND FOR ALL THE SAME REASONS THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD. AND THIS WOULD HELP WITH AUTO INSURANCE RATES AND BRANDING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WOULD LEAD TO LESS LEXICON CENSUS CONFUSION. IT'S A NO-BRAINER BUT THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS CONTINUED TO STONEBALL THE CITY DESPITE NO OPPOSITION FROM ANYONE IN THE MIAMI LAKES. I HAVE HAD MEETINGS WITH THE MAYORS FROM THE AREAS AROUND IT AND EVERYBODY SUPPORTS IT. SO THIS LEGISLATION SOLVES THE PROBLEM AND GRANTS MIAMI LAKES ITS OWN ZIP CODE. I NEED TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE MAYOR-ELECT OF MIAMI LAKES. HE HAS MADE THIS A PRIORITY AND TOLD NO TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT AS AN ANSWER AND CAME TO US. IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH HIM AND BECAUSE OF HIS HARD WORK, TOGETHER, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE COMMITTEE WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND ALL OF THE REST OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE TO GET THIS DONE THROUGH THE HOUSE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN CHAFE ET CETERA AND THANK THE COMMITTEE, THE STAFF, HIS STAFF HAS BEEN GREAT TO WORK WITH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD URGE THE PASSING OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WANT TO THANK MR. GOSAR AGAIN. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE REST OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:55:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:55:38 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

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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 H.R. 6303. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. 2/3 BEING IN THE MAJORITY -- BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:56:09 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5384,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5384, FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTER SAVINGS ACT OF 2016.

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  • 03:56:18 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 65, H.R. 5384, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 65, H.R. 5384, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 44, UNITED STATES CODE TO RESTRICT THE DISTRIBUTION OF FREE PRINTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER OFFICERS AND EMPLOY QUEES OF THE UNITED STATES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:56:36 PM

    PORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 03:56:45 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS 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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  • 03:57:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:57:01 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5384, FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTER SAVINGS ACT…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5384, FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTER SAVINGS ACT OF 2016 INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE RUSSELL OF OAK. THIS WILL CURB GOVERNMENT WASTE. THE FEDERAL REGISTER IS DESCRIBED AS THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ITS DAILY EDITIONS INCLUDE PROPOSED REGULATIONS, REQUEST FOR COMMENT, EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND INFORMATION CONCERNING OTHER GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES. TODAY, VIRTUALLY EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, THE WHITE HOUSE AND ANY FEDERAL AGENCIES RECEIVE PRINTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO NOT PROACTIVELY REQUEST OR PAY FOR THIS SERVICE. HOWEVER, FOR THE PUBLIC, AN ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION COSTS $929. IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE INTERNET, THIS PAPER BROUGHT GREAT VALUE TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE ALLOWING THEM TO KEEP TRACK OF ACTIVITY ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. TODAY, THE FULL FEDERAL REGISTER IS AVAILABLE ONLINE IN A COMPLETELY SEARCHABLE AND DOWNLOADABLE FORMAT. OFFICES ON CAPITOL HILL AND WHITE HOUSE THROW THE PAPER VERSION RESULTING IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF WASTE. THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 5384, WOULD CHANGE THIS BY BANNING AUTOMATIC SUBSUBSCRIPTIONS. INSTEAD MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OFFICES ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHO STILL WANT TO RECEIVE PRINTED COMPANIES WOULD BE REQUIRED TO REQUEST INDIVIDUAL COPIES OR AN ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION. THIS IS A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL SAMB THE TAXPAYER HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 03:58:52 PM

    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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  • 03:58:56 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    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. LYNCH

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5384, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5384, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTER SAVINGS ACT OF 2016 AND I GEE WITH THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA THAT THIS IS A COMMONSENSE GOOD GOVERNMENT BILL ABOUT CUTTING WASTE. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE TO AVOID SENDING PRINTED COPIES TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER FEDERAL OFFICES UNLESS THOSE OFFICES WANT THE PRINTED COPIES. THE FEDERAL REGISTER WOULD CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS BILL WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND GOOD FOR TAXPAYERS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THIS BILL WOULD SAVE $1 MILLION A YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5384 AND I RESERVE.

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  • 03:59:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. GOSAR

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH IS AWARE THAT I HAVE…

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT REPRESENTATIVE LYNCH IS AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 03:59:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. LYNCH

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE AND 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 ARIZONA.

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  • 04:00:09 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THE BILL. AND I YIELD.

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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 H.R. 5384. 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 UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:00:38 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6009.

  • 04:00:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6009, A BILL TO ENSURE THE EFFECT I HAVE PROCESSING OF MAIL BY…

    H.R. 6009, A BILL TO ENSURE THE EFFECT I HAVE PROCESSING OF MAIL BY FEDERAL AGENCIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:00:54 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:01:04 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    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. GO SAR

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAY FOSS REVISE AND EXTEND…

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAY FOSS REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:01:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:01:19 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6009, THE FEDERAL MAIL GGETGGET -- MANAGEMENT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6009, THE FEDERAL MAIL GGETGGET -- MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2016, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE RUSSELL OF OKLAHOMA. THIS LEGISLATION IS INTENDED TO MAKE A BIPARTISAN, TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO THE PRESIDENTIAL AND FEDERAL RECORDS ACTS AMENDMENTS OF 2014 ENACTED AS PUBLIC LAW 1113-187. AMONG THE PROVISIONS OF THAT WAS LANGUAGE DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE OUTDATED REFERENCES TO THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION RELATED TO RECORDS MANAGEMENT. THESE CHANGES UPDATED OUTDATED REFERENCES FROM A TIME PERIOD WHEN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES WAS PART OF G.S.A. SINCE THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES BECAME INDEPENDENT IN 1984, THESE HOUSEKEEPING CHANGES WERE LONG OVERDUE. HOWEVER, AFTER THE BILL WAS ENACTED, G.S.A. AND THE ARCHIVES REALIZED THAT G.S.A. RELIED UPON THE NOW ALTERED PROVISION OF THE OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FOR FEDERAL MAIL PROCESSING AND MANAGEMENT, A FUNCTION THAT HAD NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE ARCHIVES. IT WAS NEVER THE INTENT OF CONGRESS TO TRANSFER THIS FUNCTION. THE ARCHIVES AND G.S.A. HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER TO ASSURE THE LOU IS BEING APPROPRIATELY FOLLOW BUD BOTH AGENCIES SUPPORT OF CLARIFICATION THAT THIS RESPONSE SBLET PROPERLY G.S.A.'S. THIS BILL PROVIDES THAT CLARIFICATION. THE BILL MAKES TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE 2014 LAW TO CARVE OUT RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAIL ROOM MANAGEMENT TO RECORDS MANAGEMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE FORMER IS PROPERLY G.S.A.'S DUTY AND THE LATTER, THE ARCHIVES. I BELIEVE THIS IS A COMMON SENSE, GOOD GOVERNMENT BILL. I'M PLEASED TO SEE THAT MY COLLEAGUE IS A CO-SPONSOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND HOPE IT WILL MOVE QUICKLY THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS SO WE CAN PROPERLY RESOLVE ANY LINGERING UNCERTAINTY CREATED REGARDING FEDERAL MANAGEMENT. I RESERVE.

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  • 04:03:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. LYNCH

    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. LYNCH

    I SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH MAKE AZTECNY CALL CORRECTION TO…

    I SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WHICH MAKE AZTECNY CALL CORRECTION TO CLARIFY THAT THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING MAIL AND EXECUTIVE -- MAIL IN THE EXECUTIVE BRAMPLING. THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE G.S.A. HAS HISTORICALLY HAD THIS RESPONSEBILITY AND WHEN THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT WAS UPDATED, CHANGES MADE TO THE STATUTE MADE IT UNCLEAR WHETHER THE ADMINISTRATOR'S ROLE HAS CHANGED. THIS BILL MAKES CLEAR CONGRESS NEVER INTENDED TO TAKE AWAY THE G.S.A. ADMINISTRATOR'S AUTHORITY TO MANAGE THE EXECUTIVE MAIL. IN CLOSING, I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE STEVE RUSSELL AND REPRESENTATIVE JERRY CONNOLLY FROM VIRGINIA FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK THAT THEY'VE PUT INTO THIS LEGISLATION. I HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL TAKE IT UP BEFORE THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 04:04:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS AWARE I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 04:04:26 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR…

    HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON OUR SIDE, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 04:04:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

    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. 6009. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, FWIRDS 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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6186, THE FOLLOW THE…

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6186, THE FOLLOW THE RULES ACT.

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  • 04:05:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL PORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 660, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 660, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO EXTEND CERTAIN PROTECTIONS AGAINST PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:05:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GO SAR AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GO SAR AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE SWRELT FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:05:28 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:05:32 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6186 THIS EFOLLOW THE RULES ACT, INTRODUCED BY…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6186 THIS EFOLLOW THE RULES ACT, INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE SEAN DUFFY. IT REITERATES CONGRESS' INTENT THAT WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS BE BROADLY CONSTRUED. WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE THE BEST SOURCE OF INFORMATION ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE SHOULD DO ALL WE CAN TO PROTECT THEM. UNDER THE WHISTLE BLOWER PROTECTION ACT OF 1989 A WHISTLE BLOWER IS PROTECTED FOR DISCLOSING VIOLATIONS OF LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS, YET A RULE BIG THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS WOULD LIMIT THE SCOPE OF THOSE PROTECTIONS. IT HELD THAT A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE IS NOT PROTECTED IF THEY REFUSE TO VIOLATE A RULE OF REGULATION. THAT MEANS THEY COULD BE ORDERED TO VIOLATE THE SAME RULE OR REGULARLATION THEY WERE BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON AND IF THEY REFUSE THEY COULD BE DEMOTED OR FIRED. A CONTRACTING OFFICER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASED ORERED TO TELL A CONTRACTOR TO REHIRE A TERMINATED SUBCONTRACTOR. DR. RAINEY REFUSED ON THE GROUNDS IT WOULD VIOLATE THE FEDERAL ACQUISITIONS, GOVERNMENT-WIDE STANDARDS IN PLACE FOR 30 YEARS. THESE ARE EXACTLY THE SORT OF THING THE GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM COMMITTEE OVERSEES. YET IN RETURN FOR HIS OBJECTIONS, MR. RAINEY, DR. RAINEY, WAS GIVEN A NEGATIVE PERFORMANCE RATING. THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT HELD THAT BECAUSE DR. RAINEY WAS REFUSING TO OBEY AN ORDER THAT WOULD REQUIRE HIM TO VIOLATE A REGULATION, NOT A LAW, HE COULD NOT BE SHIELDED BY THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT. WE SHOULD PROTECT FEDERAL WORKERS WHO WORK IN GOOD FAITH TO ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THEIR AGENCY. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN DISOBEYING AN ORDER OF A SUPERVISOR OR BEING DISCIPLINED FOR VIOLATING RULES OR REGULATIONS. WHILE NEARLY ALL FEDERAL LAWS HAVE REGULATIONS, NOT ALL REGULATIONS HAVE A DETAILED BASIS IN LAW. FURTHERMORE, AGENCIES DO NOT ALWAYS TRAIN THEIR EMPLOYEES TO KNOW WHAT REGULATIONS ARE BASED IN LAW. THIS MEANS FEDERAL WORKERS MAY HAVE TO CONDUCT EXTENSIVE LEGAL RESEARCH FOR DECIDING ON THE SAFEST COURSE OF ACTION, IN THIS CASE WHETHER TO APPLY THE STANDARDS PUT INTO PLACE. WHETHER THE ISSUE IS REGULATIONS AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS OR WHISTLEBLOWERS TRYING TO UPHOLD OTHER REGULATIONS, THE SSH IS IS THE SAME. WE SHOULD PROTECT THOSE CIVIL SERVANTS. THE FOLLOW THE RULES ACT WOULD SEND A CLEAR, CONSISTENT MESSAGE THAT THEY'RE EXPECTED TO UPHOLD STANDARDS OF GOOD GOVERNMENT AND WOULD ENSURE THEY ARE PROTECTED IF THEY REFUSE TO OBEY AN ORDER IF IT WOULD REQUIRE TO VIOLATE A RULE OR REGULATION. WE ARE A NATION BASED ON THE RULE OF LAW. WE EXPECT AGENCIES TO ACT IN TRANSPARENT FASHION, GOVERNED BY PRETICKET -- PREDICTABLE RULES. WE SHOULD PROVIDE THE SAME PREDICTBILITY TO WHISTLEBLOWERS WHEN THEY APPLY WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TRAYED TO FOLLOW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:08:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. LYNCH

    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. LYNCH

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6186, THE FOLLOW THE RULES ACT. I…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6186, THE FOLLOW THE RULES ACT. I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK DONE BY REPRESENTATIVE DUFFY OF WISCONSIN AND MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA IN TAKING THE LEAD IN INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND THEN WORKING DILIGENTLY IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ACHIEVE ITS PASSAGE. THIS BILL WOULD CLARIFY THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHO REFUSES TO OBEY AN ORDER THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE EMPLOYEE TO VIOLATE THE LAW, A RULE OR REGULATION, IS PROTECTED FROM RETALIATION UNDER THE WHISTLE BLOW BROTHER TEXT ACT. IN JUNE, 2016, A U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT ISSUED A RULING THAT IS CONTRARY TO THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT AND CONTRARY TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. AS MR. GOSAR OF ARIZONA PREVIOUSLY LAID OUT THE FACTS IN RE NEE VS. MSPB, THE CONSIDERATE RULED THE EMPLOYEE WHO REFUSED TO OBEY AN ORDER IS PROTECTED ONLY IF THE ORDER WOULD VIOLATE A STATUTE. BUT THAT ME WOULD NOT BE PROTECTED IF THE ORDER WOULD SIMPLY VIOLATE A RULE OR REGULATION. THIS RULING IS INCORRECT. AND DOES NOT CORRECTLY INTERPRET CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. THE EMPLOYEE SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM RETALIATION IF THEY DO THE RIGHT THING. THAT INCLUDES REFUSING TO OBEY ORDERS THAT WOULD VIOLATE AGENCY RULES, REGULATIONS AS WELL AS STATUTES. IT IS MORE CRITICAL THAN EVER THAT WE SEND A MESSAGE TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THEIR JOBS FREE FROM POLITICAL PRESSURE, TO BEND OR VIOLATE THE RULES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION TODAY AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 04:10:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

  • 04:10:25 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR.…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY.

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  • 04:10:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 04:10:33 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA FOR YIELDING AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT AGAIN RIGHTS A WRONG PERCEPTION FROM THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS. MR. SPEAKER, MR. OF US IN THIS INSTITUTION DO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, ON JUNE , WHEN THE US COURT OF APPEALS HANDED DOWN ITS DECISION, THEY RULED THAT WE ARE NOT A NATION OF LAWS, WE ARE A NATION OF LAWS BUT NOT A NATION OF RULES AND REGULATIONS. AT LEAST AS IT APPLIES TO FEDERAL WORKERS. WE'VE HAD A GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CASE DR. TIMOTHY RAINEY, MAYBE TO SUMMARIZE AGAIN, HE'S A STATE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE WHO WAS ASKED TO VIOLATE THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT. SO HE DENIED AND HE INVOKED HIS RIGHT TO DISOBEY UNDER THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT. THIS WAS BROUGHT TO THE MERIT SYSTEM PROTECTION BOARD AND THEY RULED AGAINST MR. RAINEY. WHAT THIS DID WAS EXPOSE A GLARING INCONSISTENCY IN THE APPLICATION OF THE WHISTLE BLOW BROTHER TEXT ACT WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE INTENT OF THIS INSTITUTION. SO WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? I CHAIR THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT. WHISTLEBLOWERS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN EXPOSING MISMANAGEMENT AT FEDERAL AGENCIES AND SUPPORTING THE OVERSIGHT THAT ALL OF US DO IN THIS CONGRESS. CRITICAL TO THEM IS THAT THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT PROVIDES FEDERAL WORKERS WITH CERTAIN SAFEGUARDS TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION THAT AN EMPLOYEE REASONABLY BELIEVES EVIDENCES GROSS MISMANAGEMENT, WASTE OF FUNDS, ABUSE OF AUTHORITY OR VIOLATION OF THE LAW. THIS COURT RULING WILL TAKE AWAY THOSE PROTECTIONS WHEN FEDERAL EMPLOYEES STAND UP AGAINST BAD ACTORS BUT THEN -- WITHIN OUR FEDERAL WORK FORCE. IN FACT THSH RULING WILL GIVE PERMISSION TO SUPERVISORS IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY TO FORCE FEDERAL WORKERS TO VIOLATE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT CONGRESS, THROUGH LAW, DIRECT AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, AT THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, ONE OF THE AGENCIES I HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF OVERSEE, THIS WOULD MEAN THAT FEDERAL WORKERS COULD BE FORCED TO VIOLATE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIAN FOR VIOLATION OF UKRAINE'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY. MANY OF THOSE SANCTIONS ARE ENFORCED THROUGH THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO LAWS THAT ARE PASSED BY THIS CONGRESS. SO REGARDLESS OF YOUR OPINION ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND IF THAT WAS THE CONVERSATION TODAY I'M SURE WE'D HAVE A FAR MORE VIGOROUS DEBATE THAT WAS FAR MORE DISAGREEABLE BUT THAT WAS IN THE THE ISSUE. NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS WE SHOULD NOT LEAVE EXPOSED FEDERAL WORKERS WHO WANT TO FOLLOW THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS. SO THIS BIPARTISAN FOLLOW THE RULES ACT WHICH AGAIN I INTRODUCED WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, WILL CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE CREATED BY THE COURT. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ENSURING THAT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AREN'T JUST PROTECTED UNDER OUR WHISTLEBLOWER STATUTE FOR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL LAW, THEY'LL ALSO BE PROTECTED AS A WHISTLE BLOW FER THERE'S A VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL RULE OR REGULATION. THIS MAKES SENSE. IT CLOSES A LOOPHOLE, I THINK THAT'S WHY WE'VE SEEN SUCH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM THE FAR RIGHT OF THIS INSTITUTION AND THE FAR LEFT OF THIS INSTITUTION AND I THINK THIS IS A GREAT BILL AND I WANT TO THANK MY FRIENDS FOR SO CLOSELY WORKING WITH ME TO GARNER THE SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:14:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. LYNCH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE OTHER CHAMPION, ALONG WITH MR. DUFFY OF WISCONSIN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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  • 04:14:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 04:14:32 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I THANK MR. GOSAR FROM ARIZONA,…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I THANK MR. GOSAR FROM ARIZONA, AND I THANK MY FRIEND MR. DUFFY FROM WISCONSIN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL HE AND I HAVE INTRODUCED AND IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY, THE FOLLOW THE RULES ACT, H.R. 6186. I APPRECIATE MR. DUFFY'S EFFORTS TO WORK TO ADVANCE THIS LEGISLATION THAT FALLS URN THE UMBRELLA OF GOOD GOVERNANCE -- UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF GOOD GOVERNANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE PROMOTES. FOLLOW THE RULES ACT UPHOLDS THE COMMITTEE'S OBLIGATION TO PROTECT WHISTLEBLOWERS AND HELP IDENTIFY MISMANAGEMENT AT FEDERAL AGENCIES AND SUPPORT THE OVERSIGHT WORK OF CONGRESS. THE BILL'S LANGUAGE WAS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED BY A VOICE VOTE, SECTION 1206 OF THE HOUSE-PASSED FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2017, H.R. 5485. THE BILL CLOSES A LOOPHOLE IN THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT CREATED FALSELY IN MY VIEW BY THE RULING IN RE NEE V. MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD, A PRECEDENT-SETTING CASE DECIDED ON JUNE 7 IN THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT. . A EMPLOYEE REASONABLY BLOBES IS GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF A CONTRACT OR GRANT, GROSS WASTE OF FUNDS, ABUSE OF AUTHORITY REGARDING THE CONTRACT OR GRANT OR VIOLATION OF LAW OR RULE REGARDING A CONTRACT OR GRANT. THAT LANGUAGE OUGHT TO BE FAIRLY CLEAR, BUT APPARENTLY IT WASN'T TO THE APELL ATE -- APELLATE COURT. IT WAS DETERMINED TO ONLY PROVIDE PROTECTION TO FEDERAL WORKERS WHO REFUSE TO OBEY AN ORDER THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE INDIVIDUAL TO VIOLATE A LAW. BUT NOT TO FEDERAL WORKERS WHO REFUSE TO VIOLATE RULES OR REGULATIONS. GOD KNOWTH WHY. THE DISTINCTION LEAVES A GAP IN PROTECTIONS ORIGINALLY CLEARLY INTENDED FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES BY THIS CONGRESS. IN EFFECT, THE RULING EXPOSES WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO REFUSES TO VIOLATE THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT WERE PROMULGATED AS A RESULT OF RULES PASSED BY CONGRESS AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. THAT'S HOW IT FLOWS. THIS IS A GAP IN COVERAGE THAT MIGHT BE ADDRESSED BY CONGRESS AND CLARIFIED IN THE STATUTE, THOUGH HAD THE COURT APPROVED IT WOULDN'T BE NECESSARY. RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE COVERED BY THE RIGHT TO DISOBEY THE -- I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN THE AFFIRMATIVE FOR THE FOLLOWS THE RULES ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:17:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    >>

    I'D LIKE TO TELL MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. LYNCH, WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

  • 04:17:40 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    HAVING NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I YIELD BACK.

  • 04:17:46 PM

    MR. GOSAR

  • 04:17:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS…

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: 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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:18:06 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6304.

  • 04:18:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:18:14 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6304, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 6304, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 501 NORTH MAIN STREET IN FLORENCE, ARIZONA, AS THE ADOLFO "HARPO" CELAYA POST OFFICE.

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  • 04:18:25 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:18:33 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

  • 04:18:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:18:37 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

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

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  • 04:18:44 PM

    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:18:45 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6304, A BILL THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 6304, A BILL THAT DESIGNATES THE POST OFFICE IN FLORENCE, ARIZONA, AS THE ADOLFO "HARPO" CELAYA POST OFFICE. THIS HONORS A GREAT MAN AND ARIZONA HERO. HE SERVED HIS NATION IN BOTH OF COMBAT AND WITH A LIFETIME OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. THAT MAN IS ADOLFO "HARPO" CELEA. THE BILL WOULD DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE FACILITY IN FLORENCE, ARIZONA, AND THE ADOLFO "HARPO" CELAYA POST OFFICE. THIS IS A SMALL GESTURE TO HONOR A MAN THAT'S GIVEN SO MUCH TO THIS NATION AND TO HIS COMMUNITY. BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, HARPO CELAYA WAS BORN IN FLORENCE, ARIZONA, ON MAY 16, 1927. HE WORKED NUMEROUS JOBS INCLUDING PICKING COTTON AND WORKING AT THE LOCAL DAIRY FROM THE TIME HE WAS ONLY 8 YEARS OLD. HEARING THE NICKNAME HARPO BECAUSE HE HAD THICK BLACK CURLS THAT REMINDED HIS FRIENDS OF HARPO MARX. WHEN HE WAS JUST 17 YEARS OLD HE READ A RECRUITMENT POSTER THAT SAID "JOIN THE NAVY, SEE THE WORLD" AND HE BEGGED HIS FATHER TO LET HIM JOIN. HE WAS ASSIGNED TO THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS, THE FLAGSHIP OF THE FIFTH FLEET. HE SAW MANY BATTLES DURING WORLD WAR II AND HARPO WAS THERE WITH THE SHIP AT THE BATTLE OF UE WOE JEEMA AND WITNESSED THE HISS TORE FLAG RAISING ON THE ISLAND IN -- IWO JIMA AND WITNESSED THE HISTORIC FLAG RAISING ON THE ISLAND. HIS EXPERIENCE ON THE INDY WOULD CHANGE HIS LIFE FORE EVERY. ON JULY 30, 1945, THE INDIANA WAS ON ITS WAY BACK TO THE FILL -- THE INDY WAS ON ITS WAY BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES. HARPO AND MANY OF HIS MEATS WERE SLEEPING ON THE DECK BECAUSE IT WAS TOO HOT TO SLEEP IN THEIR BUNKS BELOW. DESPITE HIS HEAT, HARPO COVERED HIMSELF WITH A BLANKET, WHICH HE DID FOR MANY YEARS. A JAPANESE ROCKET HIT HIS SHIP AND HE WAS SAVED FROM BEING BURN MORE SEVERELY. HE WAS EN ROUTE TO RETRIEVE HIS LIFE JACKET WHEN HE SAW HIS FRIEND. THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS SANK WITHIN TWO MINUTES. THE TWO FRIENDS SEPARATED AFTER JUMPING IN THE WATER AND THREE DAYS PASSED BEFORE THEY FOUND EACH OTHER AGAIN. THEY CONTINUED TO ENDURE EXCRUCIATING CONDITIONS WITH THEIR SAILORS WITH THE CHOPPY OPEN SEAS, MOSTLY SLOWLY IS HE CUMMING TO DEHYDRATION -- SUCCUMBING TO DEHYDRATION AND SHARK ATTACKS. THEY SPENT ALMOST FIVE HARROWING DAYS IN THE WATER. OF THE 1,196 MEN ABOARD, ONLY 317 SURVIVED. AFTER THIS INCIDENT, HARPO WAS MEDICALLY DISCHARGED FROM THE NAVY AND AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART. STILL, ONLY 17 YEARS OF AGE, HE WENT BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL IN HIS HOMETOWN OF FLORENCE, ARIZONA, AND WAS RECRUITED TO PLAY IN THE FLORENCE GOFFERS BASKETBALL TEAM. EVEN THOUGH NONE OF THE PLAYERS WERE OVER SIX FEET TALL, HARPO LED HIS TEAM TO THE ARIZONA STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND WAS NAMED CAPTAIN OF THE FIRST STRING ALL-STATE TEAM. HARPO CONTINUED HIS WINNING STREAK BY PLAYING FOR AND EVENTUALLY COACHING THE BASKETBALL TEAM AT PALO VERDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN BLYTH, CALIFORNIA. HARPO WENT ON TO BECOME A COWBOY FOR A FEW YEARS AND EVENTUALLY RAN HIS OWN SMALL BUSINESS PROVIDING HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING TO PEOPLE IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE HARPO COULD BE FOUND COACHING OR REFEREING GAMES FOR LOCAL YOUTH. HE KNEW THE VALUE OF SPORTS AND EXERCISE AS MEANS TO KEEP YOUNG BOYS OUT OF TROUBLE. HARPO'S LAWS ARE ADORNED BY MANY PLAQUES AND AWARDS HONORING HIS EFFORTS. HE'S HONORED IN THE ARIZONA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, THE FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME AND SERVED AS GRAND MARSHALL IN THE JUNIOR PARADE IN 2009. HARPO CELAYA IS A TRUE HERO, BELOVED HIS HIS -- BY HIS HOMETOWN OF FLORENCE. I WANT TO THANK THOSE OF THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS. OF THE 23 STILL ALIVE TODAY, HARPO IS THE ONLY NATIVE AMERICAN. WE ARE HUMBLED TO HONOR HIM TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE TOWN OF FLORENCE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND FOR PROPOSING THIS GREAT HONOR FOR MR. CELAYA. THANK YOU TO THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EXPERTISE AND PATIENCE IN BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:23:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  • 04:23:43 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

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

  • 04:23:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:23:48 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF 6304, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF 6304, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 501 NORTH MAIN STREET IN FLORENCE, ARIZONA, THE ADOLFO "HARPO" CELAYA POST OFFICE. BORN IN 1927, MR. CELAYA OVERCOME A CHILDHOOD OF POVERTY, NEGLECT AND ABUSE. AT 17 HE JOINED THE NAVY AND SIGNED TO THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS DURING WORLD WAR II. HARPO FOUGHT IN THE BATTLES OF IWO JIMA AND OKINAWA AND WAS ABOARD THE U.S.S. INDIANAPOLIS DURING ITS SECRET MISSION TO DELIVER THE INGREDIENTS OF THE ATOMIC BOMB LITTLE BOY TO THE ISLAND OF PININE. IT WAS HIT WITH TWO TORPEDOS FROM A JAPANESE SUBMARINE. DESPITE BEING BADLY BURNED, HARPO JUMPED FROM A SINKING SHIP INTO THE WATER WHERE HE REMAINED FOR FIVE DAYS UNTIL RESCUERS ARRIVED. OF THE 1,196 MEN ABOARD THE SHIP THAT DAY, HARPO WAS ONLY ONE OF 317 SURVIVORS. HE RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART AND RETURNED TO HIGH SCHOOL IN HIS HOMETOWN OF FLORENCE, ARIZONA. THERE HE LED THE BASKETBALL TEAM TO THE ARIZONA STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND WAS NAMED CAPTAIN OF THE ALL-STATE TEAM IN SPITE OF HIS COMBAT INJURIES. HARPO CELAYA ATTENDO PALO VERDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND AGAIN LED THE BASKETBALL TEAM TO A CHAMPIONSHIP. HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE ARIZONA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1972 AND THE FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME IN 2008. OUTSIDE OF BASKETBALL, HARPO LED A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A COWBOY AND THEN AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER BUT ALWAYS MADE TIME TO MENTOR LOCAL YOUTH BY COACHING OR REFEREING ATHLETIC SPORTS. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR HARPO CELAYA FOR BOTH HIS VALIANT MILITARY SERVICE AND HIS ABILITY TO OVERCOME HARDSHIP AND HAVING A LASTING POSITIVE IMPACT ON HIS COMMUNITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:25:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:25:53 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    I WANT TO INFORM MY FRIEND FROM THE OTHER SIDE WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

  • 04:25:58 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

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

  • 04:26:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:26:07 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

  • 04:26:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6304. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:26:21 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I OBJECT TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND I MAKE A POINT OF ORDER THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 04:26:27 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUAN

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:26:37 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5948.

  • 04:26:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:26:42 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5948, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL…

    H.R. 5948, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 830 KUHN DRIVE IN CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JONATHAN "J.D." DE GUZMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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  • 04:26:55 PM

    E PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MS. PLASKETT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:27:03 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

  • 04:27:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:27:08 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

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

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  • 04:27:15 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 04:27:16 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948, INTRODUCED BY MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948, INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA. THE BILL DESIGNATES A POST OFFICE IN CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA, AND THE JONATHAN "J.D." DE GUZMAN POST OFFICE BEING. HE WAS BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES IN 1972. HE LATER TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES AND BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND SERVED AS AN OFFICER WITH THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. OFFICER DE GUZMAN RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART OF BRAVERY FOR THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 2003 AFTER BEING STABBED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. HE RETURNED TO WORK BUT TRAGICALLY WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DOUBTY IN JULY OF THIS YEAR. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE, -- LINE OF DUTY IN JULY OF THIS YEAR. I JOIN MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS, TO PASS THIS BILL AND HONOR MR. DE GUZMAN. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  • 04:28:13 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948, A BILL TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 830 KUHN DRIVE IN CHULA VISA, CALIFORNIA, AND THE JONATHAN "J.D." DE GUZMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. JONATHAN EMIGRATED TO THE U.S. FROM THE PHILIPPINES WITH A STRONG DESIRE TO BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR TO HIS NEW COMMUNITY. HIS SELFLESSNESS LED HIM TO JOIN THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE SERVED FOR 16 YEARS. OFFICER DE GUZMAN WAS AWARDED THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT PURPLE HEART IN 2003 AFTER SURVIVING A STABBING WHILE ON DUTY. OFFICER DE GUZMAN WAS AGAIN ATTACKED WHILE ON DUTY IN JULY OF 2016. THIS TIME, HOWEVER, HE WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES AT POINT BLANK RANGE AND TRAGICALLY DID NOT SURVIVE. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HONOR OFFICER JONATHAN DE GUZMAN'S COURAGEOUS LIFE OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND ENSURE THAT THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE IS NEVER FORGOTTEN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 49 -- I'M SORRY -- 5948, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:29:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:29:30 PM

    MR. GOSAR

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WITH THAT I YIELD -- NO -- I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WITH THAT I YIELD -- NO -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:29:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  • 04:29:40 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS.

  • 04:29:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:29:47 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948 IN COMMEMORATING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER I ASK FOR SUPPORT OF H.R. 5948 IN COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF A HUMBLE ROLE MODEL AND A COURAGEOUS AMERICAN HERO. OFFICER JONATHAN DE GUZMAN, OR J.D. AS HE WAS BETTER KNOWN BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PROTECTING AND SERVING THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY THAT HE LOVED. BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES, J.D. TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES AT THE AGE OF 20 WITH HIGH HOPES OF ACHIEVING THE AMERICAN DREAM. . THROUGH HARD WORK AN PERSEVERANCE HE ACHEED HIS DREAM AS A SAN DIEGO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SERVING IN MANY DIFFERENT ROLES IN THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT. A DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANT, J.D. FELT MOST REWARDED BY THE BONDS HE CREATE THROUGH THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. J.D.'S FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS AND FELLOW OFFICERS, CHARACTERIZED HIM AS A SELFLESS, HONORABLE, AND CARING WARRIOR. SAN DIEGO POLICE CHIEF SHELLY ZIMMERMAN PRAISED J.D. SAYING, QUOTE, HE ALWAYS RAISED THE BAR AND CARED DEEPLY FOR HIS COMMUNITY. IN 2003, HE SURVIVED A BRUTAL STABBING FROM A SUSPECT HE HAD STOPPED FOR SPEEDING. A TRUE WARRIOR INDEED, UPON RECOVERY HE QUICKLY RETURNED TO THE FORCE TO DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF SAN DIEGO THAT SAME YEAR HE WAS AWARDED THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT'S PURPLE HEART FOR BRAVERY IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THOUGH HE APPRECIATED THE GESTURE, THE ACCOLADES WERE NOT WHAT MOTIVATED HIM TO SERVE. THE ARE -- THE REACTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY BROUGHT J.D. FULL -- FULFILLMENT. TRAGICALLY, ON JUNE 28, 2016, OFFICER DE GUZMAN WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES AT POINT-BLANK RANGE AND KILLED. PROSECUTORS ON THE CASE SAY THE ATTACK HAPPENED SO QUICKLY THAT J.D. NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PULL HIS SERVICE WEAPON. ON AUGUST 5, THOUSANDS, I MEAN, THOUSANDS, OF FELLOW OFFICERS AND PRIVATE CITIZENS LINED THE STREETS OF SAN DIEGO FOR J.D.'S FUNERAL PROCESSION, THROWING FLOWERS ALONG THE PATH, HOLDING SIGNS AND WAVING FLAGS. I CAN ASSURE YOU IT WAS A MOVING EXPERIENCE. THE AMOUNT OF LOVE AND ADMIRATION I WNGSED THAT DAY SHOWED HOW DEEPLY -- I WITNESSED THAT DAY SHOWED HOW DEEPLY HE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF THOSE HE ENCOUNTERED IN A LIFE CUT MUCH TOO SHORT. HE WAS ONLY 43 YEARS OLD. HE WAS A BELOVED SON HIS PROUD PARENTS, AN ADORING HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE MARY JANE, AND A PROUD FATHER OF HIS TWO CHILDREN. ED THEY OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MEETING WITH SOME OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. SAW THE WOUND LEFT BEHIND BUT THROUGH LOVING MEMORIES OF THEIR TIME TOGETHER, COMBINED WITH SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, HIS STRONG FAMILY WILL ENDURE THE PAIN. WHILE NOTHING EVER FILL THE VOID, WE CAN TAKE ACTION TODAY TO ENSURE THAT HIS LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. J.D. MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY AND THIS WILL WILL MEAN THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE COMMITMENT THAT OFFICER DE GUZMAN MADE AND THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CONTINUE TO MAKE EVERY DAY. I URGE YOU TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 5948 TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, LOCATED AT 830 KUHN DRIVE IN CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA, AS THE JONATHAN J.D. DE GUZMAN POST OFFICE BUILDING. THIS IS RIGHT IN THE COMMUNITY OFFICER DE FWUSEMAN CALLED HOME AND WILL STAND AS A LASTING REMEMBRANCE OF A TRUE HERO. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5948. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA RISE?

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    MR. GOSAR

    I ASK THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6138.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO EZZ DIG NATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

    A BILL TO EZZ DIG NATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 560 EAST PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD, PORT HUENEME, CALIFORNIA A THESE U.S. NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION "SEABEES" FALLEN HEROES POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS EACH…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA AND THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS EACH HAVE 10 MINUTES.

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    MR. GOSAR

    MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON…

    MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOSAR

    A POST OFFICE IN PORT HUENEME, CALIFORNIA, AS THE U.S. NAVAL CONSTRUCTION…

    A POST OFFICE IN PORT HUENEME, CALIFORNIA, AS THE U.S. NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION "SEABEES" FALLEN HEROES POST OFFICE BUILDING. THE SEABEES WERE FOUNDED IN WORLD WAR II TO HELP COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS SUCH AS AIR SFRIPS AND BRIDGES NECESSARY TO HELP U.S. SERVICEMEN WHEN THE WAR. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SINCE RISKED THEIR LIVES TO BUILD AIRSTRIPS AND OTHER PROJECTS, OFTEN IN COMBAT ZONES WHILE UNDER FIRE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SEABEES FROM MY COLLEAGUE, MS. BROWNLEE OF CALIFORNIA. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6138, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6138, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 560 EAST PLEASANT VALLEY ROAD, PORT HUENEME, CALIFORNIA, AS THE U.S. NAVAL CON INSTRUCTION BATTALION "SEABEES" FALLEN HEROES POST OFFICE BUILDING. FOR OVER 70 YEARS, SEABEES HAVE PROVIDED CRITICAL CONSTRUCTION CAPABILITIES IN TIMES OF WAR. THEY ASSISTED IN THE NORMANDY INVASION IN WORLD WAR II, CUT A MOUNTAIN IN HALF AND CARVE THROUGH THE A JUNGLE TO BUILD A RUNWAY DURING THE KOREAN WAR, CONSTRUCTED FACILITIES IN THE VIETNAM AND GULF WARS AND SUPPORTED COMBAT FORCES IN IRAQ. TODAY THEY CONTINUE TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN BASES AND INFRASTRUCTURES FOR COALITION FORCES IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. IN ADDITION TO THEIR MILITARY SUPPORT, THE SEABEES HAVE ALSO PROVIDED VITAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE AROUND THE WORLD IN TIMES OF PEACE. THEY HAVE HELPED REBUILD AFTER DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKES SUCH AS THE ONE IN HAITI IN 2010 AND THEY HAVE LED VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN A NUMBER OF UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS THIS BILL TO HON NOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN BOTH OUR MILITARY AND HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS AROUND THE GLOBE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6138 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE SHE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BROWNLEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWNLEE

    THE PROUD REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WEST COAST HOPE OL -- HOME OF THE NAVY…

    THE PROUD REPRESENTATIVE OF THE WEST COAST HOPE OL -- HOME OF THE NAVY SEABEES, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6138 WHICH WOULD DESIGNATE THE UNITED STATES POSTAL OFFICE AS THE U.S. NAVAL CONDITION INSTRUCTION BA TALLON "SEABEES" FALLEN HEROES POST OFFICE BUILDING. MY BILL IS INTENDED TO HONOR THE MANY BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE U.S. NAVY CONSTRUCTION BATTALION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SEABEES, WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. IN THEIR MORE THAN 70 YEAR HISTORY, THE SEABEES HAVE DILIGENTLY AND HONORABLY SERVED IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE WITH THEIR RENOWNED CAN-DO SPIRIT. THEY SAY, QUOTE, THE DIFFICULT WE IMMEDIATELY, THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A LITTLE LONGER. END QUOTE. FIRST ESTABLISHED AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, THE SEABEES WERE CREATED TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR CAPABLE BUILDERS WHO COULD ALSO FIGHT THEIR MOTTO IS, WE BUILD, WE FIGHT. DURING WORLD WAR II, OVER 250,000 SEABEES PASSED THROUGH THE NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION CENTER AT PORT HUENEME ON THEIR WAY TO OR FROM THE PACIFIC THEATER THIS ESEABEES ALSO PLAYED VITAL ROLES IN THE KOREAN WAR, THE VIETNAM WAR, THE PERSIAN GULF WAR, THE IRAQ WAR AND IN AFGHANISTAN, MOVING THE IMMOVABLE AND TAPING THE UNTAPEABLE -- UNTAMEABLE TO BUILD BASES, ROADWAYS, AIRSTRIPS AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY FOR OUR TROOPS TO SUCCEED IN THEIR MISSION. ALTHOUGH PRIMARILY KNOWN AS BUILDERS, MANY SEABEES FOUGHT TENACIOUSLY THROUGHOUT THESE CONFLICTS, SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS. FOR INSTANCE, CONSTRUCTION MECHANIC THIRD CLASS MARVIN GLEN SHIELDS WHO TRAINED AT PORT HUENEME BATTLED BRAVELY ALONGSIDE U.S. SPECIAL FORCES IN THE BATTLE OF -- IN A BAT UNTIL VIETNAM DESPITE BEING BADLY WOUNDED. IGNORING HIS WOUNDS, HE HELPED RETURN A WOUNDED SPECIAL FORCES SECOND LIEUTENANT BACK TO SAFETY WHILE DESTROYING A VOTE CONGRESS MACHINE GUN EMPLACEMENT. HIS BRAVERY AND HEROISM COST HIM HIS LIFE. FOR HIS CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY, HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR AFTER HIS DEATH. MY BILL WOULD HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL OF OUR FALLEN SEABEES TO OUR NATION. I AM BOTH HONORED AND PROUD TO LEAD THIS EFFORT TO RECOGNIZE THE HEROISM OF MANY BRAVE SEABEES LIKE MARTIN SHIELDS, WHO PAY SOD DEARLY FOR OUR FREEDOM. WE ARE FOREVER INDEBTED TO THEM FOR THEIR IMMENSE SERVICE TO OUR NATION. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT AND OVERSIGHT REFORM FOR SUPPORTING MY BILL AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES FROM CALIFORNIA WHO ARE ALL CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 6138 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6138. 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 ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE THE HOUSE --

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    MR. GOSAR

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6282.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6282, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE…

    H.R. 6282, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATE AT 2024 JEROME AVENUE, BRONX, NEW YORK, AS THE DR. ROSCOE C. BROWN JR. POST OFFICE BUILDING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOSAR

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6282, THE BILL DESIGNATES A POST OFFICE IN THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6282, THE BILL DESIGNATES A POST OFFICE IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK, AS THE DR. ROSCOE C. BROWN JR. POST OFFICE BUILDING. AS A MEMBER 240E6 -- MEMBER OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIGHTER PILOT TO SHOOT DOWN A GERMAN JET. HE EARNED HIS PH.D. AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY WHERE HE LATER TAUGHT AND SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE. HIS SERVICE TO THE NATION IS ADMIRABLE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO LEARNING MORE ABOUT HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE FROM MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SERRANO OF NEW YORK. FOR NOW, I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6282, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6282, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED AT 2024 JEROME AVENUE IN BRONX, NEW YORK, AS THE DR. ROSCOE C. BROWN JR. POST OFFICE BUILDING. BORN IN 1922, DR. ROSCOE BROWN JR. FELL IN LOVE WITH AVIATION AFTER VISITING THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION. DURING WORLD WAR II, DR. BROWN JOINED THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, CONDUCTING 6 MISSIONS AND BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FIGHTER PILOT TO SHOOT DOWN A GERMAN FIGHTER JET. HE EARNED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS FOR HIS SERVICE AND IN FWEVPB, DR. BRUN AND HIS FELLOW REMAINING TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. FOLLOW HIS HONORABLE MILITARY SERVICE, DR. BROWN EARNED HIS PH.D. AT N.Y. -- AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AND SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR 17 YEARS HE ALSO SERVED AS AN INFORMAL ADVISOR TO MANY POLITICAL LEADERS IN NEW YORK CITY AND FOUNDED 100 BLACK MEN, AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO IMPROVING CONDITIONS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD PASS H.R. 62 2 TO COMMEMORATE THE SELFLESSNESS EXHIBITED BY DR. ROSCOE BROWN JR.'S MILITARY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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    MR. GOSAR

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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    MS. PLASKETT

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR.…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME -- FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

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

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    MR. SERRANO

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THE TIME. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR THE TIME. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 6282. THIS LEGISLATION WILL RENAME THE MORRIS HEIGHTS POST OFFICE IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK, AFTER A LEGEND. DR. ROSCOE BROWN WAS A GIANT AMONG MEN AND REVERED FIGURE IN THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY, AND THE NATION. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING DR. BROWN FOR DECADES AND CONSIDERED HIM A DEAR FRIEND HE FACED THE HORRORS OF SEGREGATION EARLY IN HIS LIFE BUT HE NEVER LET THAT STOP HIM FROM ACHIEVING WHAT HE WANTED AND SET OUT TO DO. HE WAS A FEARLESS TUSSKEGEE AIRMAN IN WORLD WAR 2, BECOMING ONE OF THE FIRST FIGHTERS TO SHOOT DOWN A GERMAN FIGHTER JET. THE HEROISM HE DISPLAYED PAVED THE WAY FOR THE DESEGREGATION OF THE ARMED FORCES AND DECADES LATER EARNED HIM AND HIS FELLOW AIRMEN A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. AFTER THE WAR, HE WENT ON TO FURTHER HIS STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY WHERE HE EVENTUALLY SERVED AS A PROFESSOR AND ACADEMIC OF THE HIGHEST CALIBER. FOR 17 YEARS, DR. BROWN SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WHICH IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT. IT WAS AN INSTITUTION THAT GAI HOPE OF BETTER LIFE THROUGH EDUCATION TO PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY AND NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT POPULATION. THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, DR. BROWN WAS A QUIET YET FIERCE ADVOCATE AND LEADER THAT MANY TURNED TO DURING RACIAL DISCORD THAT PLAGUED THE CITY OF NEW YORK IN THE 1960'S AND 1970'S. HIS ACT VISIT STARTED 100 BLACK MEN, A CIVIC ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTED THE TREATMENT OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN NEW YORK. DR. BROWN WAS ALSO AN AVID RUNNER AND PARTICIPATED IN NINE NEW YORK CITY MARATHONS. DURING HIS TENURE AT BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE, HE ESTABLISHED THE ANNUAL HALL OF FAME FIVE KILOMETER AND 10 KILOMETER RACES TO HELP BENEFIT THE SCOOFMENT HIS INVITATION FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THOSE RACES STARTED ME BEING PART OF THEM AND I NOW RUN THAT PARTICULAR RACE FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. WHILE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS ARE FAR TOO NUMEROUS TO LIST, IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT DR. BROWN LEFT THE WORLD AROUND HIM A MUCH BETTER PLACE WHICH HE FOUNDED. HE WAS A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL WITH A GREAT SMILE, A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND A GREAT SENSE OF HISTORY. ABOVE ALL, HE WAS A, MR. SPEAKER, A COALITION BUILDER. NO ONE WAS TOO FAR FOR HIM TO SPEAK TO OR BRING CLOSE TO HIM. WE WILL MISS HIM, AND I KNOW THAT HE'S LOOKING ON US TODAY AND REALIZING THAT THIS IS A SMALL TRIBUTE FOR A VERY IMPORTANT TRIBUTE FOR A GREAT MAN, DR. ROSCOE BROWN. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

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  • 04:47:37 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:47:45 PM

    MR. GOSAR

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

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

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    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. 6282. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 04:48:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2992.

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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. 2992, A BILL TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, COLLECTIVELY, TO…

    H.R. 2992, A BILL TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, COLLECTIVELY, TO THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE OF WORLD WAR II, IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR DEDICATED AND VITAL SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II.

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  • 04:49:16 PM

    PORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 04:49:25 PM

    MR. HUIZENGA

    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 THIS BILL.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    MR. SPEAKER, MERCHANT MARINERS ACT AS AN AUXILIARY TO THE U.S. NAVY AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, MERCHANT MARINERS ACT AS AN AUXILIARY TO THE U.S. NAVY AND ARE RECOGNIZED AS AN INTEGRAL LINK BETWEEN DOMESTIC PRODUCTION AND FORCES OVERSEAS, DELIVERING COMBAT EQUIPMENT, FUEL, COMMODITIES TO THOSE STATIONED ABROAD. MILITARY SUCCESS IN THE WORLD WAR II HINGED ON THE MERCHANT MARINE DELIVERING THOSE SERVICES. SAILING WHILE EXPOSED TO ENEMY COMBATANTS BY BOTH AIR AND BY SEA. DURING WORLD WAR II, THEY SUFFERED THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA RATE THAN ANY OTHER BRANCH IN THE ARMED FORCES. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT HUNDREDS OF MARINER SHIPS AND THOUSANDS OF MARINERS WERE LOST TO ENEMY COMBATANTS AS A RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II. YET, MR. SPEAKER, THE MERCHANT MARINE IS RARELY MENTIONED WHEN PEOPLE LIST THE MILITARY BRANCHES OF SERVICE DURING THE WAR. I RISE TODAY TO HELP REMEDY THAT OVERSIGHT BY SUPPORTING H.R. 2992, THE MERCHANT MARINE OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS. THIS BILL, WHICH HAS 312 HOUSE CO-SPONSORS, WOULD AWARD A SINGLE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO THE AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE OF WORLD WAR II, AND THE RECOGNITION OF THEIR DEDICATED AND VITAL SERVICE. AFTER THE MEDAL IS AWARDED, IT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE MUSEUM WHICH IS HOUSED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY AT KINGS POINT, NEW YORK. THE TREASURY SECRETARY'S AUTHORIZED TO MAKE AN OFFER FOR SALE BRONZE REPLICAS OF THE MEDAL FOR A PRICE THAT HELP FRAY THE DESIGN. SENATE 2989 WHICH HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY LOWSA MURKOWSKI. MR. SPEAKER, THE MEMPANT MARINE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO EVERY WAR WHICH THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN INVOLVED, BEGINNING WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND CONTINUING RIGHT UP UNTIL DAY. ITS EFFORTS DURING PEACE TIME HELPS DELIVER TONS OF CARGO AND COUNTLESS PASSENGERS BUT THE MERCHANT MARINE'S EFFORTS IN LIGHTLY GUARDED SHIP IN THE DANGEROUS WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II WERE INVALUABLE TO THE OVERALL WAR EFFORT. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROWS AS A RESULT SUMMED IT SUCCINCTLY. THEY DELIVER THE GOODS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S OUR TIME TO DELIVER THE GOODS FOR THOSE HEROES WHO HAVE SO OFTEN GONE UNNOTICED. I URGE IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FOSTER

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

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    MR. FOSTER

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2992, LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE DEDICATED AND…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2992, LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE DEDICATED AND UNWAVERING SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE DURING WORLD WAR II. A BILL THAT I AM PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR. I HOPE THAT UPON ITS PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE THE SENATE WILL MOVE QUICKLY TO TAKE IT UP AND PASS THIS BILL BEFORE THE 114TH CONGRESS ADJOURNS. WHILE MANY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE SACRIFICES MADE BY THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II, LESS OFTEN DO WE STOP AND TAKE TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE WHO PLAYED AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN SUPPLYING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS WITH THE EQUIPMENT, THE FOOD, THE MATERIALS NECESSARY TO SUSTAIN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE AXIS POWERS. DESPITE THE UNRELENTING THREAT OF ATTACK AND THE RISK TO THEIR LIVES, THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE PROVIDED TO BE -- PROVED TO BE AN INVALUABLE ASSET ON INNEW MEXICO RABBLE OCCASIONS, PARTICIPATING IN EVERY LANDING OPERATION BY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS DURING THE WAR. IN SPEAKING OF THE BRAVE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT SAID THAT MERCHANT MARINE, QUOTE, DELIVERED THE GOODS WHEN AND WHERE NEEDED IN EVERY THEATER OF OPERATIONS, ACROSS EVERY OCEAN, IN THE BIGGEST, MOST DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS TRANSPORTATION JOB EVER UNDERTAKEN, END QUOTE. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ALSO SAID THAT, QUOTE, AS TIME GOES ON, THERE WILL BE GREATER PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF OUR MERCHANT FLEETS' RECORD DURING THIS WAR, UNQUOTE. IN FACT, DURING A RECENT VISIT TO THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, I WAS PLEASED AND PROUD TO SEE THE PROPER AND IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY DEDICATED TO THE ROLE OF THE MERCHANT MARINE IN THAT WAR. INDEED, MORE THAN 70 YEARS AFTER PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SPOKE THOSE WORDS, THE HOUSE IS TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP TODAY TO HONOR AND TO SHED LIGHT ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE MERCHANT MARINES THAT THEY MADE DURING WORLD WAR II. TO FURTHER THE PUBLIC'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE OF THE MERCHANT MARINES, THAT THE ROLE THE MERCHANT MARINES PLAYED IN DEFEATING THE AXIS POWERS, THE LEGISLATION WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE GOLD MEDAL WILL GIVE IT TO THE MERCHANT MARINE MUSEUM WHERE IT WILL BE VIEWED BY THE PUBLIC. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2992, THE MERCHANT MARINE OF WORLD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2992, THE MERCHANT MARINE OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT. IT IS IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR DEDICATED AND VITAL SERVICE TO OUR NATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS THE AISLE, CONGRESSWOMAN JANICE HAHN OF CALIFORNIA'S 44TH DISTRICT WHO WORKED WITH ME AND OTHER MEMBERS HERE IN THE HOUSE TO SECURE SO MANY CO-SPONSORSHIPS OF THIS BILL. THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL IS THE HIGHEST HONOR CONGRESS CAN BESTOW UPON AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP AND THESE BRAVE SERVICE MEN DESERVE SUCH AN HONOR. THE MERCHANT MARINE WAS THE LINCHPIN CONNECTING THE FIGHTING FORCES OVERSEAS WITH THE PRODUCTION FORCES AT HOME. IN THE FACE OF CERTAIN PERIL, THESE BRAVE MARINERS PROVIDED EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE TRANSPORT OF COMBAT EQUIPMENT, FUEL, FOOD, COMMODITIES, PERSONNEL AND RAW MATERIALS THAT WERE PIVOTAL IN THE ALLIED VICTORY. OFTENTIMES FORGOTTEN, MERCHANT MARINERS TOOK PART IN EVERY INVASION FROM NORMANDY TO OKINAWA. NEVER BEFORE HAD MARITIME POWER OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN SO EFFECTIVELY UTILIZED. THE TOTAL CARGO LIFT TRANSPORTED BY THE MARINERS TOTALED OVER 300 MILLION TONS. THEY TRANSPORTED THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE THOUSANDS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL AND CIVILIANS WHO TRAVELED OVERSEAS DURING THE WAR, AND THOSE RETURNING TO AMERICA AFTER TRIUMPHANT VICTORIES. RISKING THEIR LIVES TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED SUPPLIES FOR THE WAR, MERCHANT SHIPS FACED DANGER FROM SUBMARINES, MINES, ARMED RAIDERS AND DESTROY YORS, AIRCRAFT KAMIKAZES AND ELEMENTS FROM MOTHER NATURE. WITH AN ESTIMATED 9,300 CASUALTIES, THE MERCHANT MARINES HAD A HIGHER DEATH PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II. ABOUT 11,000 MERCHANT MARINERS WERE WOUNDED IN ACTION AND 663 WERE TAKEN PRISONERS OF WAR. YET, DESPITE THESE HEROIC EFFORTS, THEY WERE NOT RECOGNIZED AS VETERANS UNTIL 1988. AND THEY NEVER RECEIVED THE BENEFITS THAT OTHER WORLD WAR II VETERANS RECEIVED UNDER THE G.I. BILL. THEY CAME HOME FROM THE WAR WITHOUT THE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR SERVICE AND STILL TO THIS DAY THEIR SERVICE IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED. TODAY, THERE ARE LESS THAN 5,000 SURVIVING WORLD WAR II MARINERS, AND WITH NEARLY 500 WORLD WAR II VETERANS DYING EACH DAY, IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT MORE THAN EVER TO RECOGNIZE THESE BRAVE ACHIEVEMENTS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, THE MERCHANT MARINERS PROVIDED THE GREATEST SEA LIFT IN HISTORY AND BECAME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VICTORY AND DEFEAT. THESE LOYAL AND BRAVE MEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM AND SELFLESSLY ANSWERED THEIR NATION'S CALL TO DUTY. IT'S TIME WE GIVE THESE COURAGEOUS MARINERS THE RECOGNIZE THEY'VE EARNED WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, AND I'M PROUD THAT 312 OF MY COLLEAGUES AGREED AND ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL. NOW IT'S TIME TO GET IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE, PAY RESPECT TO THESE DESERVING VETERANS AND RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICES AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF THIS BRAVE GROUP. I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS FOR TIME. I -- REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND YIELD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, ALSO HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 1555, TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 1555, TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL COLLECTIVELY TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II IN RECOGNITION TO -- OF THE VETERANS DURING WORLD WAR 2.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    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 THIS BILL.

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    AND MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS…

    AND MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD.

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    ORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SPECIAL ONE FOR ME PERSONALLY. I RISE TODAY IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A SPECIAL ONE FOR ME PERSONALLY. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 1555, THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT OF 2015, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR HIRONO. THIS BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED IN THE SENATE ON JULY 13, HAS COMPANION LEGISLATION HERE IN THE HOUSE, H.R. 2737, INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE GABBARD, WHICH WAS -- HAS 312 HOUSE CO-SPONSORS. THE REASON WHY IT'S A SPECIAL ONE TO ME IS I'VE SPENT A SIGNIFICANT TIME IN THE PHILIPPINES AND HAVE MANY CLOSE FILIPINO FRIENDS AND KNOW THE DEDICATION OF THE PHILIPPINES COLLECTIVELY AND THOSE FAMILIES WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE DURING WORLD WAR II, AND I'VE ACTUALLY VISITED OUR WORLD WAR II CEMETERY IN MANILA AND HAVE SEEN THE HEADSTONES AND GRAVESTONES OF MANY FILIPINOS WHO WERE THERE FIGHTING ALONGSIDE OF US AS WELL. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ME AS CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT HAS JURISDICTION OVER THIS TO BE INVOLVED. . SO THIS BILL AWARDS THE STRIKING AND AWARDING OF A SINGLE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR HEROIC AND DEDICATED SERVICE. FOLLOWING THE AWARD, THE MEDAL WILL BE GIVEN TO THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE WHERE IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISPLAY AS APPROPRIATE OR VALUABLE TO DISPLAY ELSEWHERE, PARTICULARLY AT OTHER LOCATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II. THE TREASURY SECRETARY'S AUTHORIZED TO MAKE AN OFFER FOR SALE BRONZE REPLICAS OF THE MEDAL AT A PRICE THAT WILL HELP TO FRAY THE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION COSTS OF THE ACTUAL MEDAL. MR. SPEAKER, JAPANESE IMPERIAL FORCES ATTACKED THE PHILIPPINES THE DAY AFTER BOMBING THE U.S. BASE AT PEARL HARBOR, ALMOST EXACTLY 75 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 7, 1941. AT THAT POINT, THE PHILIPPINES STILL WERE A UNITED STATES COLONY. THROUGH -- THOUGH THE PROCESS THAT LED TO ITS INDEPENDENCE IN 1946 ACTUALLY BEGAN IN 1934. FORTUNATELY THE PHILIPPINES FORMED ITS OWN ARMED FORCES. FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE PEARL HARBOR ATTACK, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT BROUGHT THE 136,000 MEMBERS OF THE FORCE INTO A FULL STATE OF READINESS TO DEFEND THE U.S. AND ITS TERRITORIES AND COLONIES. I WILL LEAVE IT TO THE HOUSE SPONSOR OF THE COMPANION BILL TO DESCRIBE THE HEROISM OF THOSE SOLDIERS AND THE SACRIFICES THAT THEY MADE IN DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR HOMELAND, BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY IT WAS A DIFFICULT AND COSTLY DEFENSE THAT THEY WAGED. AND I'LL NOTE THAT OUR EMBASSY SITS RIGHT ON THE BAY IN MANILA TODAY AND OVERLOOKS SO MANY PLACES THERE IN THE PHILIPPINES THAT WITNESSED THOSE BATTLES, INCLUDING MY OWN UNCLE, WHO AT THE TIME SERVED IN THE NAVY AND HELPED DELIVER GOODS AND SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC AND INTO THE PHILIPPINES AS WELL. SO, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS HAS ALTOGETHER RITESED CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS -- AUTHORIZED CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS FOR JATCH NIECE AMERICANS -- JAPANESE AMERICANS, NATIVE AMERICANS AND OTHERS IN CONFLICTS. THIS THIS RECOGNITION OF FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II IS LONG OVERDUE. AND I URGE IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THE BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FOSTER

    WHILE WE ARE TAKING UP THE SENATE-PASSED VERSION OF THE FILIPINO VETERANS…

    WHILE WE ARE TAKING UP THE SENATE-PASSED VERSION OF THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL ACT TODAY, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, REPRESENTATIVE TULSI GABBARD, WHO HAS LED THE EFFORT TO MOVE THIS SAME LEGISLATION ACROSS THE FINISH LINE HERE IN THE HOUSE. SINCE INTRODUCING THE LEGISLATION, REPRESENTATIVE GABBARD HAS GARNER THE SUPPORT OF MORE THAN 300 HOUSE CO-SPONSORS AND I AM PROUD TO BE AMONG THEM. IN 1934, THE UNITED STATES BEGAN A 10-YEAR PERIOD OF BRINGING ITS COLONIAL RULE TO AN END. DURING THAT TIME, THE U.S. RETAINED CONTROL OVER PHILIPPINE FOREIGN POLICY AND MAINTAINED THE RIGHT TO CALL FILIPINOS INTO THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. AS TENSIONS WITH JAPAN BEGAN TO RISE IN 1941, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT INVOKED HIS AUTHORITY TO CALL ALL ORGANIZED MILITARY FORCES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES INTO THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES. RESPONDING TO HIS CALL FOR ARMS, MORE THAN 200,000 FILIPINOS FOUGHT ON BEHALF OF THE U.S. AS PART OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES IN THE FAR EAST. THE FORCE INCLUDED THE PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, THE PHILIPPINE COMMONWEALTH ARMY, THE NEW PHILIPPINE SCOUTS, PHILIPPINE CIVILIANS WHO SERVED ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, AND THE GUERRILLA SERVICES WHO FOUGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES THROUGHOUT THE WAR. OVER THE COURSE OF THE WAR, AN ESTIMATED 57,000 FILIPINOS IN UNIFORM PERISHED AND MANY MORE FILIPINO CIVILIANS' LIVES WERE LOST. DESPITE THIS LOYALTY AND TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE AND THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO PROVIDE FILIPINOS WHO SERVED AS PART OF THE ALLIED STRUGGLE WITH FULL VETERANS BENEFITS, THIS PROMISE WAS SHAMEFULLY WITHDRAWN BY THE RESCISSION ACTS OF 1946 AT THE CLOSE OF THE WAR. WHILE A NUMBER OF BENEFITS HAVE SINCE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS, WE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES AND THE FREE WORLD ARE PROVIDED WITH THE FULL BENEFITS, HONOR AND RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVE. THIS LEGISLATION HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILIPINO AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS, AND MANY OTHER DISTINGUISHED ORGANIZATIONS. AND I URGE MEMBERS TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION, WHICH MAKES A MODEST BUT WELCOMED STEP TO RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR SUCH TIME AS HE…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE FOR THE FILIPINO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT HERE FOR THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT. AND I'M ONE OF THE PROUD CO-SPONSORS, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES HERE, OF THIS ACT. I'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TO TRAVEL TWICE TO THE PHILIPPINES. ONE OF THEM WAS RIGHT AFTER THE CYCLONE HIT THERE AND WE TOOK A DELEGATION. AS YOU TRAVEL ACROSS THE ISLANDS OF THE PHILIPPINES, IT IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE ENORMITY OF THE SACRIFICE, AS YOU SEE THOSE BATTLE SITES, THE ENORMITY OF THE SACRIFICE MADE BY THIS UNSUNG GROUP OF HEROES WHO FOUGHT SO COURAGEOUSLY FOR THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY, DURING WHAT IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST PERILOUS MOMENTS OF AMERICAN HISTORY. AND THEIR VALOR AND THEIR PATRIOTISM IS DESERVING OF THIS RECOGNITION FROM CONGRESS. I DON'T THINK MANY AMERICANS UNDERSTAND HOW QUICKLY THE REACTION ACROSS THE PHILIPPINES, IN TERMS OF PEARL HARBOR, MORE THAN 250,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS RESPONDED TO PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S CALL TO ARMS, TO FIGHT UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, JUST IN MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WE HAD 16,000 FILIPINOS, FILIPINO AMERICANS, THAT WENT FORWARD AND ENLISTED, WHERE THE U.S. ARMY THEN FORMED THE FIRST AND SECOND FILIPINO AMERICAN INFANTRY REGIMENTS. THAT'S WHERE THOSE REGIMENTS WERE ORGANIZED. ON DECEMBER 8, 1941, AND THIS WAS NOT 24 HOURS AFTER THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR, IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME THAT JAPANESE IMPERIAL FORCES ATTACKED THE U.S. BASES IN THE PHILIPPINES. FILIPINOS AND FILIPINO AMERICANS FOUGHT VALIANTLY IN THE PUSH TO REGAIN THE PHILIPPINES FROM IMPERIAL JAPANESE FORCES, AND, MR. SPEAKER, 57,000 FILIPINOS IN UNIFORM DIED IN THE WAR EFFORT. MORE THAN THAT, AMONG THE CASUALTIES OF THOSE WHO STRUGGLED, THE JAPANESE -- AGAINST JAPAN, BUT 50,000 FILIPINOS IN UNIFORM. AND THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN BATTLES AND THEIR SACRIFICE WAS ABSOLUTELY INSTRUMENTAL IN DISRUPTING THE ENEMIES -- ENEMY'S ADVANCEMENT IN THE PACIFIC. AS PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN MADE CLEAR, THEY FOUGHT AS AMERICAN NATIONALS UNDER THE AMERICAN FLAG AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF OUR MILITARY LEADERS, THEY FOUGHT WITH GALLANTRY AND COURAGE, UNDER THE MOST DIFFICULT CONDITIONS. SO I'M HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF RECOGNIZING THESE GREAT HEROES, THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY, AND THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DESERVE THE RECOGNITION OF THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE LEAD SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS…

    I NOW YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE LEAD SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE VERSION OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD.

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    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN HAWAII, A STATE THAT HAS DEEP CULTURAL ROOTS AND TIES TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT FILIPINO AMERICANS HAVE MADE TO OUR NATION THROUGHOUT HISTORY. FROM DRIVING HAWAII'S PLANTATION-BASED ECONOMY IN THE EARLIEST 20TH CENTURY, SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCES, TO BECOMING LEADERS IN EVERY INDUSTRY AND SECTOR IN OUR STATE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IT'S AN HONOR TO STAND HERE TODAY AS A VOICE FOR THE MORE THAN 200,000 FILIPINO AND FILIPINO AMERICAN SOLDIERS THAT SERVED OUR COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II. THESE LOYAL AND COURAGEOUS SOLDIERS SUFFERED, SACRIFICED, FOUGHT AND GAVE THEIR LIVES ALONGSIDE THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS THROUGHOUT THE WAR. WE'VE WAITED FAR TOO LONG TO RECOGNIZE THESE HEROES WHO DESERVE THIS HONOR, IN STANDING ALONGSIDE UNITS LIKE HAWAII'S OWN INFANTRY BATTALION, WITH BEING AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, OUR NATION'S HIGHIST SET OFIAN HONOR. WITH JUST 18,000 OF THESE -- HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR WITH JUST 18,000 OF THESE FIGHTERS STILL WITH US TODAY, WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE 312 HOUSE MEMBERS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND 71 SENATORS THAT CO-SPONSORED THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, REPRESENTING NEARLY EVERY STATE AND TERRITORY IN OUR COUNTRY. I ALSO WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOE HECK, WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN LEAD ON THIS LEGISLATION. CONGRESSMAN --WOMAN JUDY CHU AND CONGRESSMAN MIKE -- CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU AND CONGRESSMAN MIKE HONDA, AND MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR HIRONO, WHO IS HERE TODAY, AS WELL AS SENATOR HELLER FOR CHAMPIONING THIS BILL IN THE SENATE, ALL OF OUR STAFF AND BOTH DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP FOR THEIR EFFORTS, COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT TO PASSING THIS LEGISLATION. I'D ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MAJOR GENERAL ANTONIO TAGUVA WHO JOINS US TODAY IN THE GALLERY AND THE FILIPINO VETERANS' RECOGNITION AND EDUCATION PROJECT, FOR THEIR YEARS OF COMMITMENT TO THIS HISTORIC EFFORT AND FOR CONTINUING TO FIGHT TO ENSURE WE REMEMBER AND AND THE RECOGNIZE THE LEGACY OF OUR FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS AS A CRITICAL PART OF OUR AMERICAN HISTORY. MAJOR GENERAL TAGUVA'S FATHER, STAFF SERGEANT THOMAS TAGUVA, WAS A SOLDIER IN THE 45TH INFANTRY REGIMENT PHILIPPINE DIVISION THAT SERVED ALONGSIDE THE U.S. ARMY DURING THE WAR, WHERE HE FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE. HE SURVIVED THE DEATH MARCH. THIS LEGISLATION IS A TESTAMENT TO STAFF SERGEANT THOMAS TAGUVA AND THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS WHO DESERVE A PLACE OF RECOGNITION AMONGST OUR GREATEST GENERATION. TO ALL OF THEM -- [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING TO PASS THIS LONG OVERDUE LEGISLATION TODAY. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WE MUST HONOR THESE COURAGEOUS MEN WHILE THEY ARE STILL AMONG US AND RECOGNIZE THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND OUR HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. MEMBERS ARE REPRINALD -- ARE REMINDSED NOT TO REFERENCE GUESTS IN THE GALLERY -- REMINDED NOT TO REFERENCE GUESTS IN THE GALLERY. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER WITH THAT ABONDISHMENT, I WON'T SAY WELCOME TO OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER WITH THAT ABONDISHMENT, I WON'T SAY WELCOME TO OUR FILIPINO FRIENDS IN THE GALLERY BUT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AT THIS POINT THE LEAD SPONSOR ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, CONGRESSMAN JOE HECK OF NEVADA, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HECK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DURING MY TIME HERE IN THE HOUSE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. DURING MY TIME HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, EACH CONGRESSIONAL SESSION I HAVE INTRODUCED THE WORLD WAR II FILIPINO VETERAN RENGNITION ACT. IN AN ATTEMPT TO RE-- RECOGNITION ACT. IN AN ATTEMPT TO RESTORE THE BENEFITS THAT WERE PROMISED TO THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS BY FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, WHEN THEY WERE INCORPORATED INTO THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES DURING WORLD WAR II. BUT THEN, HAD THOSE BENEFITS DENIED BY THE RESCISSION ACT OF 1946. THESE SOLDIERS SERVED SIDE BY SIDE WITH AMERICAN TROOPS. THEY SERVED UNDER AMERICAN OFFICERS. THEY BLED, FOUGHT AND DIED TO PROTECT THEIR HOMELAND AND ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES. I'VE HAD THE HONOR TO GET TO KNOW SIX OF THESE GENTLEMEN WHO LIVED IN SOUTHERN NEVADA. FRANCISCO SEDULA, ROMEO BARRERAS , AUGUSTA OPUS, JELSY, AND ALBERTO. UNFORTUNATELY OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS, FIVE OF THEM HAVE PASSED ON. NEVER RECEIVING THE RECOGNITION THAT THEY JUSTLY DESERVE. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. WHILE IT DOES NOT JUSTLY COMPENSATE THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS FOR THE SERVICE THAT THEY GAVE TO THIS COUNTRY, THIS BILL, SENATE 155, AND THE COMPANION, INTRODUCED BY MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, AND OF WHICH I AM THE LEAD CO-SPONSOR, IS IN SOME SMALL WAY A RECOGNITION OF THE SERVICE RENDERED BY THESE BRAVE PATRIOTS. IT IS FOR THAT REASON THAT I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 1555, SO THAT WE CAN FINALLY PAY SOME LEVEL OF RECOGNITION TO THOSE WHO SERVED SIDE BY SIDE WITH AMERICAN SOLDIERS UNDER AMERICAN COMMAND. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE RANKING MEMBER…

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, MR. BOBBY SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 1555. FILIPINO AMERICANS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 1555. FILIPINO AMERICANS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO AMERICAN LIFE AND CULTURE IN COUNTLESS WAYS. ONE OF THE MOST NOBLE OF WHICH IS THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE. OVER 200,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS AND GUERRILLA FIGHTERS SERVED IN WORLD WAR II. THEIR INVALUABLE SERVICE HELP PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SUPPORT TO DEFEAT THE JAPANESE IN THE PACIFIC. FOR OVER 60 YEARS FILIPINO VETERANS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES HAVE FOUGHT TO OBTAIN BENEFITS AND RECOGNITION THAT THEY WERE PROMISED. IN 2009, CONGRESS CREATED THE FILIPINO VETERANS COMPENSATION FUND WHERE THEY COULD RECEIVE A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $15,000, ELIGIBLE VETERANS WHO ARE NOT U.S. CITIZENS COULD RECEIVE A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $1,000. MANY OF THEM RECEIVED SOME COMPENSATION. IN CONGRESS WE'RE STILL WORKING TO MAKE SURE THEY GET ALL THE BENEFITS THEY ERPPED, DESERVED AND WERE PROMISED. ANOTHER WAY WE CAN RECOGNIZE THESE HEROES IS BY AWARDING THEM THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE FILIPINO WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT IN JULY. MR. SPEAKER, AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BILL AND A CO-CHAIR OF THE U.S. PHILIPPINES FRIENDSHIP CAUCUS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION SO THAT APPROXIMATELY 18,000 SURVIVING FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II MAY BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. WE'RE FOREVER INDEBTED TO THESE BRAVE SOLDIERS AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE APPROPRIATELY EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE FOR THAT SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, I THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AND I URGE -- AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    I YIELD AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER -- SORRY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I YIELD AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER -- SORRY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE JIRKE AND THE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIA PACIFIC CAUCUS, MS. CHU.

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    MS. CHU

    TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS DURING WORLD WAR II. THESE…

    TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS DURING WORLD WAR II. THESE SOLDIERS SERVED ON THE FRONT LINES AND PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN ULTIMATELY HELPING THE UNITED STATES TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC. IT IS BECAUSE OF THEIR COURAGE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PROTECT AMERICANS AT HOME WHILE DEFENDING DRAUKS ABROAD. MANY OF -- DEMOCRACY ABROAD. MANY OF THESE VETERANS ARE IN THEIR TWILIGHT YEARS AND IT'S TIME WE HONOR THEM FOR THEIR SACRIFICE TO OUR NATION. WHILE WE CAN NEVER FULLY REPAY THE DEBT WE OWE THESE VETERANS, TODAY WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO AWARD THEM WITH OUR NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR BY PASSING THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING TO PASS THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO HONOR OUR FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS WITH THE RECOGNITION THEY HAVE EARNED.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    I WILL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND CHAIR EMERITUS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIA PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS,

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    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FOSTER, AND ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FOSTER, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, CONGRESSMAN HUIZENGA, FOR BRINGING THIS UP. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING FORWARD. AND TO MR. HECK, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS ALSO REGARDING THE FILIPINO VETERANS HISTORY IN WORLD WAR II. PRIOR TO THIS, WE TALKED ABOUT THE MERCHANT MARINES, AND I THINK THAT THE MERCHANT MARINES , A LONG TIME BEING PAST -- A LONG TIME PAST BEING RECOGNIZED. AND BRINGING MATERIALS AND ARTILLERY TO FIGHT FASCISM IN EUROPE. TODAY WE STAND HERE IN 2016 TO ASK FOR SUPPORT FOR THE BRAVERY AND PATRIOTISM AND SACRIFICE OF NEARLY 250,000 FILIPINOS AND IF I PEENO AMERICANS TO WHOM OUR NATION OWES MUCH. I WILL ASK THIS CHAMBER TO SHOW ITS COMMITMENT TO THOSE WHO HAVE -- AT A TIME OF GREAT ADVERSERY TO HONOR THESE BRAVE SOULS WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. IT IS A SYMBOL OF OUR RECOGNITION OF THE SERVICE, BUT IT DOES VERY LITTLE TO RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICE AND THE PATIENCE THEY HAD TO ENDURE SINCE WORLD WAR II WHEN IT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER THAT THIS CONGRESS HAD PASSED TWO RECISION BILLS IN THE APPROPRIATIONS IN 1946, REMOVING THE FILIPINO VETERANS FROM VETERANS' BENEFITS AND THE KINDS OF PROMISES THAT PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND MCKART YOU ARE HAD GIVEN TO THE -- MCARTHUR HAD GIVEN TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS. THE STORY BEGINS MORE THAN 70 YEARS OLD WHEN PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT DID ASK THE FILIPINOS AND FILIPINO AMERICANS WHO SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II UNDER OUR FLAG. WE DRAFTED THEM AND WE ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS AND WE GOTH -- GOT BOTH FROM THEM. THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES STOOD UP TO THIS CHALLENGE AND SECURED A VICTORY FOR THE U.S. AND ITS ALLIES IN THE PACIFIC THEATER. HISTORIANS HAVE LONG SINCE CONCLUDED THESE VALIANT EFFORTS BY THE FILIPINO AND FILIPINO AMERICAN SOLDIERS TO KEEP THE ISLANDS DURING THE CRUCIAL HAND DURING WORLD WAR II. OVER 60,000 FILIPINO SOLDIERS ALONGSIDE 15,000 AMERICAN BROTHERS IN ARMS WERE CAPTURED AND FORCED TO WALK OVER 65 MILES TO THE PRISON CAMPS WHICH WAS CALLED THE INFAMOUS BATON MARCH, THE INFAMOUS BATAAN DEATH MARCH TO THE CHIPS THAT WOULD TAKE THEM TO JAPAN WHERE THEY WOULD BECOME P.O.W.'S. SEVERAL THOUSAND FILIPINO AMERICANS DIED ALONG THE WAY MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN OUR MUTUAL STRUGGLE AGAINST FASCISM AND PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY AND SELF-DETERMINATION. A LOT OF THE FILIPINOS HAD INTERCEDED DURING THE MARCH TO THE SHIPS ENDANGERING THEMSELVES OF BEING BEHEADED OR LOSING THEIR ARMS OR LIVES BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO OFFER WATER AND SUSTENANCE TO OUR P.O.W.'S WHO ARE BEING MARCHED TO THE SHIPS. WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT AND HOPEFULLY TODAY THIS CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR WILL HELP US REMEMBER THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT THEY HAVE SACRIFICED. CONGRESS SHAMEFULLY PASSED A RECISION ACT OF 1946 WHICH WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, BETRAYING THE PROMISE OF FULL ELIGIBILITY OF RIGHTS TO FILIPINO SOLDIERS, TURNING THEIR BACKS ON THESE VALIANT SOULS. WE DID THIS CONSCIOUSLY TWICE. IN FEBRUARY, 2009, WE WERE HERE IN CONGRESS AT LONG LAST PASSED LEGISLATION -- MAY I ASK FOR 30 MORE SECONDS?

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    MR. FOSTER

    I WILL YIELD THE MEMBER AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. HONDA

    THANK YOU. IN FEBRUARY OF 2009, WE WERE HERE IN CONGRESS THAT LONG LAST…

    THANK YOU. IN FEBRUARY OF 2009, WE WERE HERE IN CONGRESS THAT LONG LAST PASSED LEGISLATION THAT INCLUDED BENEFITS FOR FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS. THIS COMES AT THE END OF A 15-YEAR LEGISLATIVE BATTLE WHICH HAS SEEN THOUSANDS OF VETERANS LOSE THEIR LIVES TO THE PASSAGE OF TIME. THIS YEAR WE MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE SURVIVING 18,000 FILIPINO AND FILIPINO AMERICAN WORLD WAR II VETERANS THAT WE ARE HONORED BIR THEIR SPIRIT AND MOVED BY THEIR HEROISM AND PATIENCE. THE SPIRIT THAT REMAINED HOPEFUL THROUGH MANY, MANY YEARS THAT THE REPRESENTATIVES IN THIS CONGRESS WOULD DO THE RIGHT THING. THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. JOIN ME IN HONORING ALL THE FILIPINO WORLD WAR II VETERANS WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. AND I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    I WILL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII AND A MEMBER OF…

    I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII AND A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MS. HANABUSA.

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    MS. HANABUSA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE JUST RETURNED TO THE CONGRESS, THE 114TH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE JUST RETURNED TO THE CONGRESS, THE 114TH CONGRESS, AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE EVERYONE REMEMBER THAT WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE IN THE 112TH CONGRESS IS WHEN WE HAD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDALS TO THE JAPANESE AMERICANS WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR II. I REMEMBER HOW MUCH PRIDE THEY ALL HAD TO RECEIVE THAT GOLD MEDAL AND THAT IS WHY I INTRODUCED IN THE SUBSEQUENT CONGRESS THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO GET THE GOLD MEDAL FOR THE FILIPINO WAR VETERANS. IN SEVEN DAYS, MR. SPEAKER, WE WILL BE COMMEMORATING IN HAWAII THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY. IMAGINE 75 YEARS AND WE HAVE STILL NOT KEPT OUR PROMISE TO THE FILIPINO WAR VETERANS. MANY OF THEM ARE IN BOTH CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD AND MY DISTRICTS AND I MUST TELL YOU. ALL THAT THEY HAVE ASKED FOR IS THE RECOGNITION BY THIS COUNTRY THAT THEY WILL KEEP THE PROMISES TO THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT IT IS SUCH PRIDE THAT I STAND HERE TO SEE THAT ACROSS THE AISLE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION HOPEFULLY PASS AND TO ALSO KNOW THE HARD WORK OF MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY SENATOR HIRONO IN THE SENATE AND, OF COURSE, CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD. BUT THERE ARE TWO GENTLEMEN THAT I ALSO WANT US ALL TO REMEMBER AND THAT IS FORMER SENATOR DANIEL K. INOUYE AND SENATOR DANIEL K. AKAKA. THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE THEY BOTH SAID THAT THE GREATEST REGRET THEY HAD WAS THAT WE COULD NOT AND THEY COULD NOT CHANGE THAT ACT IN 1946 AND KEEP THEIR WORD TO THE FILIPINO VETERANS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE FULL BENEFITS, THAT THEY COULD NOT REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY HAD ALL PROMISED. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THIS ACT, THE ACT OF THIS GOLD MEDAL WILL MAKE THINGS SOMEWHAT RIGHT. IT WILL AT LEAST SAY THAT THIS GREAT COUNTRY RECOGNIZES THE PROMISES THAT WE HAVE MADE AND THIS GREAT COUNTRY WILL NOT FORGET THE SACRIFICES THAT THEY HAVE MADE FOR US. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT ALL MY COLLEAGUES VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS MATTER, THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    I WILL CONTINUE TO ZVEREV.

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    MR. FOSTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR-TIME. I URGE MY CLOSING TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR-TIME. I URGE MY CLOSING TO SUPPORT THIS -- FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, URGE PASSAGE FOR THIS BILL AND THANK THE FILIPINO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, URGE PASSAGE FOR THIS BILL AND THANK THE FILIPINO PEOPLE FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND FRIENDSHIP FOR THE MANY, MANY YEARS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 1555. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED SHES AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. HUIZENGA

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL SENATE BILL 2234, TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, COLLECTIVELY, TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRENALIC SERVICES IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SUPERIOR SERVICE AND MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS DURING WORLD WAR II.

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    SENATE 2234, AN ACT TO AWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, COLLECTIVELY,…

    SENATE 2234, AN ACT TO AWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL, COLLECTIVELY, TO THE MEMBERS OF OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, O.S.S., IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SUPERIOR SERVICE AND MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS DURING WORLD WAR II.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE TORLE MATERIELS ON THIS BILL.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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    SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    MR. SPEAKER, EVERY WARTIME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND PROBABLY…

    MR. SPEAKER, EVERY WARTIME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND PROBABLY EVERY WARTIME LEADER IN HISTORY HAS HAD SOME CLANDESTINE HELP FROM MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK LIFE AND LIMB TO REPORT ON AND SOMETIMES TO DISRUPT THE ACTIONS OF THE ENEMY. NO LEADER OF SUCH CLANDESTINE FORCES WAS AS UNIFORMERLY SUCCESSFUL AS VISIONARY OR ULTIMATELY HAD AS MUCH IMPACT ON BOTH HIS COUNTRY'S AFFAIRS AND THOSE OF THE ENTIRE WORLD AS COLONEL WILLIAM J. "WILD BILL" DONE VON. HE STREAMLINED THE PREVIOUSLY AD HOC U.S. EFFORTS AT INTELLIGENCE GATHERING. THE UNIT HE FOUNDED, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, WAS THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THE POSTWAR GOVERNMENT BILLED THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. EACH BRANCH OF THE ARMED SERVICES CONTRIBUTED MEMBERS TO THE O.S.S. WHICH TRAINED, EQUIPPED AND FOUGHT WITH RESISTANCE FORCES IN THE ATLANTIC AND THE PACIFIC THEATERS. ITS VARIOUS OPERATIONS WERE THE FORERUNNERS OF MANY OF TODAY'S SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES. FOUR DIRECTORS, ALAN, WILLIAM CASEY, WILLIAM COLBY AND RICHARD HELMS, WERE ALL O.C.C. OPERATIVES AND AT LEAST A THIRD OF THE OPERATIVES WERE WOMEN, INCLUDING THE FAVORITE TV CHEF, JULIA CHILD, OF ALL SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 2234, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL MEDAL ACT, INTRODUCED BY SENATOR BLUNT OF MISSOURI. IT HAS COMPANION LEGISLATION TO HOUSE BILL H.R. 3929, INTRODUCED BY OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE LATTA, WHICH HAS 320 HOUSE CO-SPONSORS. . THE BILL AUTHORIZES THE STRIKING AND AWARDING OF A SINGLE GOLD MEDAL OF APPROPRIATE DESIGN TO COMMEMORATE THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SUPERIOR SERVICE AND MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS DURING WORLD WAR II. AFTER AWARDING THE MEDAL, IT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM WHERE IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISPLAY THERE OR ELSEWHERE AS APPROPRIATE. THE TREASURY SECRETARY'S AUTHORIZED THEN TO MAKE AN OFFER FOR SALE BRONZE REPLICAS OF THE MEDAL AT A PRICE THAT WILL HELP DEPRAY THE -- THE DEFRAY AND -- HELP DEFRAY THE DESIGN PRODUCTION OF THE COST. WE PROBABLY STILL DO NOT KNOW ALL THE HAIR-RAISING SALES THAT MIGHT BE TOLD. ONE THING IS -- TALES THAT MIGHT BE TOLD. ONE THING IS NOT SECRET. WE OWE THESE MEN AND WOMEN AN ENORMOUS DEBT OF GRALTGRATHTUDE, NOT ONLY FOR THEIR WORK DURING THE WAR, BUT FOR THE GROUNDWORK THAT THEY LAID TOWARD WHAT IS CLEARLY THE BEST INTELLIGENCE SERVICE IN THE WORLD TODAY. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS BY AWARDING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO THESE HEROES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. FOSTER

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

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    MR. FOSTER

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 2234, LEGISLATION TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF S. 2234, LEGISLATION TO AWARD A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SIGNIFICANT SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS AGAINST THE AXIS POWERS DURING WORLD WAR II. I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE LEGISLATIONS THAT ALREADY PASSED THE SENATE WITH UNANIMOUS CONSENT, AND THAT COMPANION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED HERE IN THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED THE ENDORSEMENT OF 320 CO-SPONSORS. UPON PASSAGE HERE IN THE HOUSE, THE LEGISLATION WILL BE CLEARED FOR THE PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE. CREATED AT THE START OF WORLD WAR II, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES WAS THE NATION'S FIRST EFFORT TO IMPLEMENT A COORDINATED INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM, LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR OUR MODERN DAY INTELLIGENCE AND SPECIAL OPERATION AS CAPABILITIES. IN ADDITION TO HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE MEANINGFUL AND PERSONAL SACRIFICE OF THE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WHO SERVED AS PART OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, THE LEGACY OF THE O.S.S. OFFERS A NUMBER OF LESSONS THAT CONTINUE TO HOLD VALUE TO THIS DAY. IMPORTANTLY, THE LEGACY OF THE O.S.S. SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE -- THAT EFFECTIVE COORDINATION ACROSS OUR NATION'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CONTINUES TO PLAY A FOUNDATIONAL ROLE IN PROMOTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. THE O.S.S. ALSO SERVES TO REMIND US OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING STRATEGICALLY AND IN CONCERT WITH OUR LONG STANDING ALLIES TO PREVAIL AGAINST THOSE WHO SEEK TO DO OUR NATION HARM. INDEED, DURING WORLD WAR II, THE O.S.S. PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN ORGANIZING, TRAINING, SUPPLYING AND FIGHTING ALONGSIDE RESISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND ASIA. MOREOVER, THROUGHOUT THE WAR, THE O.S.S. DEMONSTRATED THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS AT ITS BEST WHEN IT BRINGS TOGETHER A WIDE RANGE OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS. AT ITS HEIGHT IN LATE 1944, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES EMPLOYED NEARLY 13,000 INDIVIDUALS, NEARLY 1/3 OF WHOM WERE WOMEN. THE SERVICE ALSO DREW ITS PERSONNEL NOT ONLY FROM THE MILITARY, BUT ALSO FROM CIVILIANS OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, INCLUDING ECONOMISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, GEOGRAPHIES -- GEOGRAPHIERS AND A WIDE RANGE OF OTHER FIELDS -- JOGEREAFERS AND A WIDE RANGE OF OTHER FIELDS. THE MAN WHO HEADED THE O.S.S. STATED THAT, QUOTE, WE HAVE COME TO THE END OF AN UNUSUAL EXPERIMENT. THIS EXPERIMENT WAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER A GROUP OF AMERICANS CONSTITUTING A CROSS SECTION OF RACIAL ORIGINS, OF ABILITIES, OF TEMPERAMENTS AND TALENTS, COULD MEET AND RISK AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LONG-ESTABLISHED AND WELL-TRAINED ENEMY ORGANIZATIONS, UNQUOTE. HE WENT ON TO CONCLUDE THAT, QUOTE, YOU CAN GO WITH THE ASSURANCE THAT YOU HAVE MADE A BEGINNING AND SHOWING THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA THAT ONLY BY DECISIONS OF NATIONAL POLICY, BASED ON ACCURATE INFORMATION, CAN WE HAVE THE CHANCE OF A PEACE THAT WILL ENDURE. SO, I AM PLEASED THAT WE ARE HONORING THE THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE THE SACRIFICE TO SERVE AS PART OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, WHOSE CONTRIBUTION WAS SO CRUCIAL TO AMERICA'S ULTIMATE TRIUMPH OVER THE AXIS POWERS. I AM ALSO PLEASED THAT THE LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW FUTURE GENERATIONS TO APPRECIATE THESE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION AND THE WORLD. BY DESIGNATING THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AS THE CUSTODIAN OF THE MEDAL, AND BY ALLOWING FOR ITS DISPLAY AT OTHER LOCATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, THE LEGISLATION WILL ENDURE -- WILL ENSURE THAT THE LEGACY AND THE LESSONS THAT CAN BE DRAWN FROM THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. SO AS WE ENTER INTO UNCHARTED WATERS WITH THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION, I HOPE THAT WE WILL ALL TAKE PAUSE AND HEED THE LESS OBS OF THE O.S.S. AND -- LESSONS OF THE O.S.S. AND REMEMBER THAT AMERICA IS AT ITS BEST WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR LONDSTANDING ALLIES AND WHEN WE -- LONGSTANDING ALLIES AND WHEN RECRUIT DIVERSE PERSON TOLZIEN SERVE OUR GOVERNMENT. I HOPE IT ALSO SERVES AS AN IMPORTANT OF TAKING CARE OF OUR VETERANS ONCE THEIR SERVICE HAS ENDED AND THEY RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE. WITH THAT, I URGE ADOPTION OF THE LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE BILL, REPRESENTATIVE LATTA OF OHIO.

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    MR. LATTA

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 2234, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT. COMPANION LEGISLATION TO THE LEGISLATION I INTRODUCED EARLIER THIS CONGRESS AS H.R. 3929, TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THESE BRAVE VETERANS FOR THEIR SUPERIOR SERVICE AND MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS MADE DURING WORLD WAR II. THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES, THE O.S.S., WAS AMERICA'S FIRST STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE SERVICE DURING WORLD WAR II AND PROVIDES THE BASIS FOR THE MODERN DAY AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMUNITIES. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF O.S.S. FOUNDER, GENERAL BILL DONOVAN, THE O.S.S. CONDUCTED ACTS OF GREAT BRAVERY DURING THE WAR AND THEIR EFFORTS WERE ANOTHER FACTOR TO THE ALLIED VICTORY IN WORLD WAR II. LET ME NAME A FEW. THESE EFFORTS INCLUDED ORGANIZING, TRAINING, SUPPLYING AND FIGHTING WITH RESISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND ASIA, ENGAGING IN SUCCESSFUL GUERRILLA WARFARE DEEP IN ENEMY TERRITORY, ESTABLISHING INTELLIGENT NETWORKS BEFORE THE SUCCESSFUL ALLIED INVASION OF FRENCH NORTH AFRICA KNOWN ASPIRATION TORCH, RESCUING MORE THAN 500 DOWNED AIRMEN BEHIND ENEMY LINES IN YUGOSLAVIA DURING OPERATION HELL YARD, ONE OF THE MOST DARING AND SUCCESSFUL MISSIONS OF WORLD WAR II. CONDUCTING MERCY MISSIONS AT THE END OF THE WAR THAT SAVED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF ALLIED PRISONERS OF WAR AND INVENTING AND UTILIZING NEW TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONS AND REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT NEVER BEFORE SEEN. GENERAL EISENHOWER SAID THAT IF IT DID NOTHING ELSE, THE PHOTO GRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE CONDUCTED BY THE O.S.S. BEFORE THE D-DAY INVASION IN JUNE OF 1944 JUSTIFIED ITS CREATION. I AM TRULY PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO HONOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TRULY EMBODY THE GREATEST GENERATION. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE O.S.S. CAME FROM NORTHWESTERN OHIO, INCLUDING ARTHUR, WHO TOOK PART IN OPERATION HELL YARD IN YUGOSLAVIA, CAPTAIN STEPHANIE RAIDER, AND ANOTHER VETERAN WHO FLEW O.S.S. MISSIONS IN B-24'S BEHIND ENEMY LINES INTO OCCUPIED FRANCE. THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE THIS RECOGNITION. CONGRESS AND OUR NATION ARE PROUD OF YOU AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE. THIS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL IS ONE WAY WE CAN EXTEND OUR GRATITUDE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO THANK SPEAKER RYAN, LEADER MCCARTHY AND ALL THE LEADERSHIP TEAM, SENATORS BLUNT AND WARNER, CHAIRMEN NUNES AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, MARCY KAPTUR AND ALL THE OTHER COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING THE 320 MEMBERS THAT CO-SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION FOR THEIR TIME, HARD WORK AND SUPPORT. I'D ALSO BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ALSO THANK THE O.S.S. SOCIETY, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED FOR THEIR TIME AND HARD WORK IN KEEPING THE LEGACY OF THESE O.S.S. VETERANS FOREVER ALIVE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING PASSAGE OF SENATE 2234 AND BESTOW UPON THE O.S.S. THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, A MEMBER OF THE…

    I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, A MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MS. KAPTUR.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN FOSTER, FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I'M…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN FOSTER, FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND I'M DEEPLY HONORED TO RISE TODAY IN OFFICIAL CAPACITY, BUT ALSO PERSONALLY, TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE PATRIOTIC AND FEARLESS SOLDIERS, HEROES AND HER WINS OF THE O.S.S. THEIR WORTHINESS TO BE AWARDED THIS CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL BY OUR NATION FOREHEROISM IN BATTLE IS LONG OVERDUE. DOCTOR FOR HEROISM IN BATTLE IS LONG OVERDUE. OVER 13,000 EXCEPTIONAL AMERICANS COMPRISED THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES FORMED CLANDESTINELY DURING WORLD WAR II BY PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. ROOSEVELT AIMED TO CREATE A CORPS OF ESPECIALLY TRAINED INTELLIGENCE WARRIORS TO HELP WIN THAT HARROWING CONFLICT. FOR THESE MANY DECADES, SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II, THE SECRECY OF THE O.S.S. AND ITS MEMBER SHOLD SOLDERS HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED -- SOLDERS HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED. I CAN ATTEST TO THIS. OUR FAMILIES' BELOVED UNCLE TONY, FULL NAME, ANTHONY R EGOWSKI, OUR MOTHER'S BROTHER, WAS SELECTED AS ONE OF ITS MEMBERS. HE'S BURIED IN A SIMPLE GRAVE IN TOLEDO, OHIO, WITH A GRAVE STONE MARKER PROVIDED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. YES, THERE'S AN ARMY CREST ON ITS FACING. BUT THERE IS NOTHING THERE OR IN ANY OTHER LOCATION THAT WOULD TELL HIS FAMILY OR THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT OUR NATION IN THE YEARS AHEAD WHAT A BRILLIANT MAN AND BRAVE SOLDIER HE WAS. AFTER HIS DEATH, IT WAS MY PARTICULAR PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT HIS PRECIOUS LEATHER FLIGHT JACKET TO HIS DAUGHTER AND HIS SON OF TOLEDO. UNCLE TONY WAS PART OF THE ELITE O.S.S., TRAINED RIGOROUSLY AS WAR FIGHTERS. WE STILL DO NOT KNOW WHERE HE WAS TRAINED. WE KNOW HE WAS DISPATCHED TO THE PACIFIC FRONT, FLOWN OVER THE HUMP IN THE CHINA-BURMA-INDIA CAMPAIGN. HE PARACHUTED AT NIGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES UNDER FIRE, AS HE HIT THE GROUND TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE. HE DROVE JEEPS, FILLED WITH DYNAMITE, TO THE FRONT, ALONG THE BURMA ROAD, FIGHTING TO CUT OFF THE SUPPLY OF OIL TO THE JAPANESE MILITARY. OUR BILL RECOGNIZES O.S.S. DETACHMENT 101, THAT OPERATED IN BURMA AND PIONEERED THE ART OF UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE. IT WAS THE FIRST UNITED STATES UNIT TO DEPLOY A LARGE GUERRILLA ARMY DEEP IN ENEMY TERRITORY AND IT HAS BEEN CREDITED WITH THE HIGHEST KILL-LOSS RACIAL YEAH FOR ANY INFANTRY-TYPE UNIT IN AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY AND WAS AWARDED A PRESIDENTIAL UNITE CITATION. OUR UNCLE WAS KNIFED IN A FOX HOLE IN BURMA BY A SOLDIER FROM THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY, WOUNDED BADLY, AND HE SUFFERED THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE WITH TERRIBLE MALARIA BOUTS AND FLASHBACKS CONTRACTED IN THEATER. HE PASSED AWAY IN HIS MID 50'S, FAR TOO YOUNG, OF POOR HEALTH, ALL DUE TO WAR INJURIES. HE WAS NEVER RECOGNIZED OR ACKNOWLEDGED FOR HIS HEROISM, LIKE THE OTHER MEN AND WOMEN WHO VALUE YANLTLY FOUGHT AS MEMBERS OF THE O.S.S. I LOVED UNCLE TONY. HE WAS A COMPLICATED MAN, WITH A RARE AND DEVILISH SENTS OF HUMES -- SENSE OF HUMOR AND A HEARTY LAUGH AND GRIN. YOU JUST KNEW ON MEETING HIM THERE WAS DEPTH AS WELL AS HONOR. HE WAS WAR-WISE, SHARING GRIPPING STORIES ABOUT THE WAR WHEN I WAS A CHILD, PEPPERED WITH HIS OWN CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE MERITS OF THE CONFLICTS IN WHICH HE PARTICIPATED. HIS LETTERS SENT HOME DURING THE WAR TO OUR MOTHER, WHICH SHE KEPT BANDED IN A SPECIAL CORNER OF OUR PARENTS' CEDAR CHEST, WERE UNUSUAL. PARTS OF THE LETTERS HAD BEEN CUT OUT BY HIS SUPERIORS. OTHERS, HEADLINES THAT WERE BLACKENED OUT, SO AS NOT TO REVEAL HIS LOCATION OR ANY ASPECT OF WHAT HE WAS DOING. AS A CHILD, THAT FASCINATED ME, THOUGH I DID NOT COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANT. HIS FAMILY NEVER REALLY KNEW WHERE HE WAS DEPLOYED, NOR HOW HE ARRIVED WHERE HE WAS SENT. HE NEVER REVEALED THE SPECIFIC DETAILS OF WHAT HE ACTUALLY DID. AND NOW THROUGH THIS LEGISLATION, SPONSORED BY MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, OHIO CONGRESSMAN BOB LATTA, AND 320 OTHER MEMBERS, ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, WE NOW MAKE AMERICA'S MILITARY HISTORY MORE WHOLE AND COMPLETE. FRANKLY, IT IS THE HIGHEST HONOR TO PAY JUST TRIBUTE TO THE O.S.S. MEMBERS, THE LONG OVERDUE. AS I PARTICIPATE IN PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, I AM REMINDED OF HOW AMERICA'S GREATEST STRENGTH IS THE WEAVING TOGETHER OF INTERGENERATIONAL EXPERIENCE FROM ONE ERA TO ANOTHER. MIGHT I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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    ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. . THEN EXTENDED TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY AND SO TODAY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. . THEN EXTENDED TO THE AMERICAN FAMILY AND SO TODAY IN THE GALLERY WE HAVE NOBLE VETERANS OF THE O.S.S. WE KNOW OUR NATION STANDS ON YOUR BROAD SHOULDERS. THROUGH THEIR PATRIOTISM AND SACRIFICE, AMERICA STILL IS A YOUNG NATION BUT GROWING AND KEEPING WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS. IN PAYING GOLD MEDAL TRIBUTE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE O.S.S., AMERICA HONORS THOSE WHO BEQUEATH LIBERTY TO US AND WE MUST CARRY THAT TORCH FORWARD AS IT WAS CARRIED BY OUR FORBEARERS. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THIS VALIANT GROUP. MAY GOD BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THE O.S.S., THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND MAY OUR EFFORTS HERE AWARD THEM THE GOLD THEY SO NOBLY, ROYALY AND SELFLESSLY EARNED AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE 2234, TO AWARD THE CONLED GOLD MELDAL…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF SENATE 2234, TO AWARD THE CONLED GOLD MELDAL TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES AND THEIR MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS DURING WORLD WAR II. WE CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT THE WORLD WOULD LOOK LIKE TODAY HAD EVIL FORCES PREVAILED OVER GOOD IN WORLD WAR II, BUT THANKS TO THE INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION OF THE BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS OF THE O.S.S., WE DO NOT HAVE TO. THE U.S.S. FOUGHT, TRAINED AND FOUGHT THOSE IN EUROPE AND ASIA THAT PLAYED A ROLE IN THE VICTORY DURING WORLD WAR II. THEY WERE PIONEERS IN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE. IT WAS THE PROTOTYPE FOR MODERN DAY INTELLIGENCE. THE OUTSTANDING AMERICANS WHO SAVE TODAY AS NAVY SEALS, U.S. ARMY SPECIAL FORCES, OUR AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND, MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND CAN TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO THE O.S.S. AUTHORIZE FOR THOSE REASONS WE MUST RECOGNIZE THEM AND THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS LEARN ABOUT THE CRUCIAL ROLE THEY PLAYED IN KEEPING AMERICA SAFE. WHILE SO MANY OF THE O.S.S. SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY GONE TO THEIR ETERNAL REST, INCLUDING MY OWN FATHER-IN-LAW, EDGAR LEWIS, IT'S FITTING AND GOOD WE PASS THIS LEGISLATION WHILE WE CONTINUE TO HAVE O.S. MEMBERS AMONG US TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS BUT WOULD LIKE TO SAY I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS BUT WOULD LIKE TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE PERSONAL TOUCHES AND DISCUSSIONS FROM REPRESENTATIVE LATTA AND REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR AS THEY TALK ABOUT THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION. WITH THAT I URGE PASSAGE AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2234. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS OF THE GALLERY IT'S AGAINST HOUSE RULES TO SHOW APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6393, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6393, THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017.

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    H.R. 6393, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 FOR…

    H.R. 6393, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT, AND THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY SYSTEM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

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

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL, H.R. 6393.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY FULL STATEMENT BE ENTERED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY FULL STATEMENT BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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

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    MR. NUNES

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

    MR. SPEAKER, PASSING AN ANNUAL INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BILL THAT CONGRESS CAN DO. TODAY, RANKING MEMBER SCHIFF AND I ARE BRINGING A FISCAL YEAR 2017 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR. WHEN ENACTED IT WILL MARK THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. IN MAY, H.R. 5077 PASSED THE HOUSE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN VOTE. I AM PLEASED TO SAY THIS BILL, H.R. 6393, IS LIKEWISE A BIPARTISAN PRODUCT THAT REFLECTS THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THE BILL CONTAINS PROVISIONS FROM H.R. 5077 THAT WON WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN MAY, AND AFTER EXTENSIVE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SENATE, INCORPORATES NUMEROUS PROVISIONS FROM SENATE BILL 3017 WHICH WAS REPORTED BY THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE IN JUNE. BECAUSE MOST OF THE INTELLIGENCE BUDGET INVOLVES HIGHLY CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS, THE COMMITTEE'S SCHEDULE OF AUTHORIZATIONS AND THE BULK OF THE COMMITTEE'S DIRECTION IS FOUND IN THE CLASSIFIED ANNEX TO THE BILL. THIS CLASSIFIED ANNEX HAS BEEN AVAILABLE IN 304 FOR ALL MEMBERS TO REVIEW SINCE YESTERDAY. AT THE UNCLASSIFIED LEVEL I CAN REPORT THE TOTAL FUNDING AUTHORIZED BY H.R. 6393 BALANCES FISCAL DISCIPLINE AND NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS BILL WILL KEEP THE INTELLIGENCE BASE FUNDING AT THE SAME SHARE OF THE BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT, DISCRETIONARY CAP AS IN FISCAL YEAR 2016, AND IS CONSISTENT WITH THE ADMINISTRATION'S AMENDED BUDGET REQUEST FOR OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. FURTHERMORE, THE BILL FUNDS MILITARY INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM IN LINE WITH THE LEVELS OF THE CONFERENCE VERSION OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. THE AGREED TEXT PRESERVES KEY COMMITTEE HOUSE AND SENATE FUNDING INITIATIVES THAT ARE VITAL TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THE BILL FUNDS HIGH PRIORITY INITIATIVES NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST AND TRIMS REQUESTED INCREASES THAT LACK CLEAR JUSTIFICATION. IT REFLECTS CAREFUL JUDGMENTS AS TO WHICH PROGRAMS REPRESENT THE BEST VALUE FOR INTELLIGENCE DOLLARS IN A CHANGING BUDGET ENVIRONMENT. THE BILL WILL ENSURE THAT MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAVE THE FUNDING AUTHORITIES AND SUPPORT THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION AND TO KEEP US SAFE. BEFORE CLOSING, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SERVE IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING IN SILENCE. I'M HONORED TO GET TO KNOW SO MANY DEDICATED INTELLIGENCE PERSONNEL IN THE COURSE OF THE COMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT WORK. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THE COMMITTEE'S MEMBERS, MAJORITY AND MINORITY, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS BILL. MANY HEARINGS, BRIEFINGS AND OVERSIGHT VISITS BY OUR MEMBERS CARRIED OUT DURING THE YEAR PROVIDED THE INPUTS FOR AUTHORIZATION AND DIRECTION IN THIS ANNUAL BILL TO ENSURE THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REMAINS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE ROBUST OVERSIGHT OF THE PEOPLE'S ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF, INCLUDING OUR STAFF DIRECTOR, DAMON NELSON, GEORGE PAPAS, JEFF, SHANNON, MICHAEL ELLIS, SCOTT, JACK, NICK, MERSA, BILL, LISA, CHELSEA, DOUG, ANDREW, STEVE AND ANGEL. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR TWO FELLOWS FROM LOWS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY, SCOTT AND PHILIP. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THE COMMITTEE SHARED STAFF, BRANDON, KIMBERLY. IN CLOSING, FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. SCHIFF, MY RANKING MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN JUST A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AND WITHOUT HIS WORK AND HIS STAFF'S HARD WORK WE WOULD NOT BE IN A POSITION TODAY WHERE WE COULD STAND UP HERE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN PRODUCT. AND WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SCHIFF

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

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    MR. SCHIFF

    TODAY WE'RE VOTING ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT,…

    TODAY WE'RE VOTING ON THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT, THE FOURTH MAJOR PIECE OF LEGISLATION I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING ON WITH CHAIRMAN NUNES AND THE MEMBERSHIP OF OUR COMMITTEE, AND I WANT TO JUST RETURN THE COMPLIMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN. IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM. ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT OUR COMMITTEE IS IT'S TRULY A REFUGE FROM A LOT OF THE PARTISANSHIP OF THIS INSTITUTION. TO BE ABLE TO GRAPPLE WITH SOME OF THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGES OF THIS COUNTRY AND TO DO SO IN A NONPARTISAN WAY IS A REAL, I THINK, HONOR AND PRIVILEGE FOR ALL OF US ON THE COMMITTEE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN MAKING IT SO. HE CONTINUES TO BE JUST AN INVALUABLE PARTNER ON THE COMMITTEE. EACH BILL WE WORK ON TOGETHER PROVIDES A NEW -- PROVES WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER CONSTRUCTIVELY IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER TO SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS. IN THIS ITERATION OF THE BILL WHICH THE HOUSE FIRST PASSED IN THE SPRING BY AN OVERWHELMING 371 VOTES TO 35, WE ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, PARTICULARLY CHAIRMAN BURR AND VICE CHAIRMAN FEINSTEIN. AS ALWAYS THEY'VE BEEN INVALUABLE PARTNERS. 98% OF THIS BILL REPRESENTS AGREEMENTS FORGED BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL, BEHIND THE SCENES EFFORTS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. WE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THIS BILL AND BELIEVE IT'S AN EVEN BETTER BILL THAN THE ONE WE PASSED IN THE SPRING. IT PRESERVES IN SOME CASE -- AND IN SOME CASE FURTHERS THE PRIORITIES OF THE MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE INITIATIVES OF OUR DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS, IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. THE BILL INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE HIMES' PROVISIONS TO IMPROVE THE TIMELINESS AND FAIRNESS OF PREPUBLICATION REVIEW PROCESSES THROUGHOUT THE I.C. IT INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE SULE'S LANGUAGE ON INVESTMENT IN -- SEWELL'S LANGUAGE IN INVESTMENTS ON ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, HOPING THAT STUDENTS CAN TAKE PART IN I.C. PARTNERSHIPS. AND COLLECT DATA TO EVALUATE THE I.C.'S FEDERALLY FUNDED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE CARSON'S PROVISION TO ASSIST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ENTITIES IN SWIFTLY REMOVING TERRORIST CONDEPARTMENT ONLINE. HIS PROVISION ON COOPERATION AND DECONFELIX BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND STATE REGARDING COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM PROGRAMS AND HIS REQUIREMENT TO HAVE THE COMMITTEE RECEIVE INFORMATION ON THE OPERATIONAL IMPACTS OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES. REPRESENTATIVE SPEIER'S FOUR PROVISIONS ARE INCLUDED WHICH WOULD STANDARDIZE DECLASSIFICATION, PHOTO COPYING FEES ACROSS THE I.C. TO INCREASE AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION AND ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY. HER PROVISION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. HER LANGUAGE ON OBTAINING INFORMATION ON MENTAL HEALTH RESILIENCE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO I.C. MEMBERS RETURNING FROM COMBAT ZONES AND REPRISALS TAKEN AGAINST I.C. CONTRACTORS WHO MAKE DISCLOSURES THAT WILL BE LEGALLY PROTECTED IF MADE BY I.C. EMPLOYEES. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE QUIGLEY'S LANGUAGE TO CONTINUE SUPPORT THE SECURITY SERVICES IN UKRAINE. IT INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE SWALWELL'S THREE PROVISIONS, INCLUDING ONE TO TRACK FOREIGN FIGHTERS. ANOTHER TO ANALYZE THE STATUS OF LOAN FORGIVENESS AND DEBT COUNSELING PROGRAMS WITHIN THE I. CRRMENT AND IT A PRO-- I.C. AND TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF SECURITY AND ENERGY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXPERTISE RESIDENT AT OUR NATIONAL LABS. IT ALSO INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVE MURPHY'S THREE PROVISIONS TO PROVIDE A REPORT DEALING CYBERTHREATS TO OR VULNERABILITIES IN SYSTEMS EMPLOYED BY SEA PORTS AND TRANSSHIPMENT HUBS INCLUDING EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR PREPAREDNESS IN RESPONSE TO A CYBERATTACK. IT HAS LANGUAGE WITH RESPECT TO IRAN'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION. AND IT REQUIRES A REPORT ON SECURITY THREATS EMANATING FROM MARITIME SMUGGLING ROUTES AND WAYS TO BETTER COOPERATE WITH OTHER NATIONS TO MITIGATE THESE THREATS. LET ME ALSO SAY THAT PATRICK WILL BE DEARLY MISSED WHEN HE LEAVES OUR COMMITTEE AT THE END OF THIS SESSION. HE'S BEEN A TREMENDOUSLY VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE. THE I.A.A. ALSO FURTHERS IMPORTANT PRIVACY AND TRANSPARENCY GOALS, INCLUDING BY FULLY AUTHORIZING THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD. THE BILL DOES NOT CONTAIN LEGISLATIVE RESTRICTIONS ON THE SCOPE OF THE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW THE IMPACT OF I.C. PROGRAMS ON THE PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF AMERICANS AND NON-U.S. PERSONS. THANKS TO SENATE PROVISIONS WE INCORPORATED, IT ALSO ADVANCES DECLASSIFICATION EFFORTS POTENTIALLY GETTING MUCH MORE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. THERE ARE NO GITMO TRANSFER RESTRICTIONS IN THE BILL AND IT AIMS AT COUNTERING RUSSIA'S DESTABILIZING EFFORTS AND RESOLVES THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S OBJECTIONS WHICH WERE LAID OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR. CRITICALLY, THIS I.A.A. ALSO CONTINUES TO ADDRESS THE KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS WE MUST CONTINUE TO ASK NOW AND IN THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION IN CONGRESS. FIRST, ARE WE FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON THE THREATS OF THE DAY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE THREATS OF TOMORROW? IT'S EASY TO GET DISTRACTED BY NONSTOP CRISES, HARDER TO REMAIN FOCUSED ON THE LONG TERM EVEN WHEN THE FUTURE CAN BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE PRESENT. WE HAVE SPENT SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES ON COUNTERTERRORISM PRIORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA, AND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON C.T. AND THE THREAT POSED BY ISIS AND ITS FOLLOWERS, BUT WE MUST NOT DISREGARD THE GROWING THREAT POSED BY RUSSIA, WHOSE GLOBAL EFFORTS OF DISRUPTION MUST BE CHECKED, PARTICULARLY AGAINST OUR ALLIES AND OUR ALLIANCES. AND WHICH MUST NOT TURN AWAY FROM THREATS POSED BY CHINA, WHOSE NAVAL ADVENTURISM, INFILTRATION OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN AND EFFORTS TO GET AROUND PROCESSES IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO UNDERMINE DATA SECURITY, MORE GENERALLY, CHALLENGE OUR SECURITY AND BUSINESS INTERESTS ABROAD AND THREATEN OUR ASIAN PARTNERS. SECOND, ARE WE SUFFICIENTLY PROTECTING WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE, WHETHER IN SPACE, AT SEA OR IN THE CYBER REALM? THIRD, ARE WE LEVERAGING COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME MAKING INVESTMENTS IN REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGIES THAT DO NOT YET HAVE COMMERCIAL APPLICATION? FOURTH, ARE WE RECRUITING AND TRAINING AND DEVELOPING THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND DIVERSE WORK FORCE AS WELL AS LEVERAGING FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE RELATIONSHIPS AND BUILDING FOREIGN PARTNER CAPACITY? THE U.S. HAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE MOST ADVANCED CAPABLE AND RELIABLE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD. THIS WILL SUPPORT -- THAT BILL WILL SUPPORT THAT BY PROMOTE TRAVEL, SUPPORT LANGUAGE TRAINING AND INCREASE DIVERSITY. IT DOES THIS IN PART BY EXPANDING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES IN THE I.C. TO STUDENTS FROM DIVERSE REGIONS AND BACKGROUNDS AND ALLOCATES RESOURCES TO BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF OUR FOREIGN PARTNERS. . THERE ARE VALUES AND WHO WE ARE AS A COUNTRY. THERE ARE MANY UNKNOWNS ABOUT THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION AND HOW IT WILL INTERACT WITH THE I.C. WE NEED TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO KEEP US SAFE AND THE OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THAT THEY ACT IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES AND AT ALL TIMES. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS PROVIDES CRITICAL OVERSIGHT OF THE I.C., ENSURING OUR NATION IS SECURE AND TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE PARAMOUNT. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND I URGE THE SENATE TO PASS THIS BILL AND SEND THIS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. AND WORK WITH US BEFORE ANY DIFFERENCES BEFORE THE END OF THE CONGRESS.

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  • 06:02:13 PM

    MR. NUNES

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

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    MR. STEWART

    I THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE…

    I THANK CHAIRMAN NUNES TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. SOMETIMES IT'S EASY FOR US TO FORGET THAT THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO HELP TO KEEP US SAFE. I FELT THE WEIGHT WHEN I WAS SERVING AS AN AIR FORCE PILOT AND REMINDED OF THAT SAME RESPONSIBILITY IN MY ROLE ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD. THE NEWS IS FILLED DAILY WITH DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES. ALL OF US ARE AWARE, A YOUNG MAN, CERTAINLY INSPIRED BY TERRORIST IDEOLOGY ATTACKED STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. AND IT DOESN'T STOP WITH TERRORISM. WE FACE TREMENDOUS THREATS FROM CHINA, RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING WHO OPERATE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS WHICH PROTECT AMERICANS AND KEEP US SAFE. WE MUST PASS THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL CONTAIN CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAMS AT A TIME WHEN WE FACE THE MOST CRITICAL THREAT, BUT IT CONTAINS GOOD GOVERNMENT PROVISIONS THAT HAVE GAINED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS BILL SHINES LIGHT ON GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES AND STRENGTH THENTION CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND WHISTLEBLOWERS' PROVISIONS. THIS DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY PROVISIONS FOR RELATED AUTHORITIES. THIS BILL IS CRITICAL TO PROVIDING THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO PROTECT AMERICANS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT BILL. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. SWAL WELL, A VERY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MR. SWAL WELL, A VERY VALUABLE PEOPLE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE.

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    MR. SWALWELL

    I STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN I.A.A. AND THE MANY…

    I STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN I.A.A. AND THE MANY PROVISIONS THAT IT HAS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AND EMPOWER OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THIS BILL CONTAINS A FEW PROVISIONS I HAVE CHAMPIONED DURING MY TIME ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. IT INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT I ADDED REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ON PROGRAMS FROM THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO MANAGE STUDENT LOAN DEBT, KNOWING THIS IS CRITICAL FOR RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF QUALITY INTELLIGENCE MEMBERS. THE BILL INCLUDES A PROVISION THAT INCLUDES A STAND-ALONE BILL TO TRACK FOREIGN FIGHTERS AS THEY ATTEMPT TO MOVE. THIS PASSED THIS LAST YEAR BY 4 23-0. IT INCLUDES A REPORT ON THE CURRENT UTILIZATION OF OUR NATIONAL LABORATORIES WIN THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ENERGY AND THE COMMUNITIES CAN EXPAND. I REPRESENT TWO OF THESE LABORATORIES AND I HAVE SEEN HOW IMPORTANT THEIR WORK IS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THIS BILL IS A RESULT OF BOTH PARTIES AND BOTH CHAMBERS TO PRIORITIZE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY NEEDS. I ALSO JUST WANT TO ECHO WHAT I HAVE HEARD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER WHICH IS THERE IS NOTHING MORE FULFILLING ESPECIALLY DURING SINCE NATIONAL DISCORD TO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY AND WORK WITH THE MEMBERS ON THIS COMMITTEE. I THINK MAYBE THE THOUGHT IS HERE THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER ARE BOTH OAKLAND RAIDERS' FANS, BUT WHEN YOU GO INTO OUR COMMITTEE HEARING, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS PUT PARTY ASIDE AND PUT NATIONAL SECURITY FIRST. I ALSO WANT TO SAY I'M GOING TO MISS TWO MEMBERS AND THAT IS CONGRESSMAN PATRICK MURPHY AND HE AND I SAT. HE SHOWED UP EVERY DAY, WORKED HARD AND ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS ON BEHALF OF HIS CONSTITUENTS AND NATIONAL SECURITY. I'M GOING TO MISS CONGRESSMAN MIKE POMPEO OF KANSAS AND I CONGRATULATE OF HIM BEING NOMINATED AS THE NEXT DIRECTOR OF THE C.I.A. I ENJOYED TRAVELING WITH HIM TO IRAQ AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM SERVE IN HIS NEW ROLE.

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  • 06:07:23 PM

    MR. NUNES

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET ME SAY ON BEHALF OF MY CHAIRMAN AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND LET ME SAY ON BEHALF OF MY CHAIRMAN AND MYSELF, WE WERE FANS OF RAIDERS EVEN WHEN THEY WERE NOT WINNING. I'M PROUD TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MS. SEWELL, A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 06:07:52 PM

    MS. SEWELL

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. OUR NATIONAL…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS YEAR'S INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE AND THIS LEGISLATION IS A REFLECTION OF BOTH PARTIES' SHARED COMMITMENT TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL AMERICANS OF THE THIS PROVIDES OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND CAPABILITIES TO DEFEND OUR NATION AGAINST ONGOING AND EMERGING THREATS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. AS A RANKING MEMBER ON THE D.O.D. AND OVERHEAD INTELLECTUAL SUBCOMMITTEE, I WAS PLEASED THIS LANGUAGE CONTINUES TO ADVANCE OUR CAPABILITIES ON THE GROUND AND IN SPACE AND PROVIDES NECESSARY OVERSIGHT OF MANY CRITICAL, D.O.D. AND N.G.A. PROGRAMS. THIS LEGISLATION TAKES IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS ENHANCING THOROUGH OVERSIGHT OF OUR SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITIES WHU WHILE MAKING INVESTMENTS IN CRITICALLY IMPORTANT STRATEGIC EFFORTS. WE INVESTED IN OUR GREATEST NATIONAL RESOURCE, OUR PEOPLE. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR ACCEPTING PROVISIONS THAT I PROMOTED. WE ARE NOW ABLE TO PROVIDE A SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM TO STUDENTS FROM EXISTING CENTERS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN INTELLIGENCE. WE ALSO NOW HOLD THE I.C. MORE ACCOUNTABLE TORE DOING A BETTER JOB TO ASSESS MINORITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS AND HOW THEY ACHIEVE THEIR DESIRED RESULT WHICH IS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MINORITIES HIRED BY THE I.C. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HOSTING A DIVERSITY IN INTELL SUMMIT. THIS SERVED AS A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR MINORITY GROUPS INTERESTED IN THE I.C. TO GAIN INSIGHTFUL AND HELPFUL ADVICE FROM TOP NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICIALS. IT FURTHER REAFFIRMS OUR COMMITTEE'S SHARED COMMITMENT TO HELP TO ENSURE ROBUST DIVERSITY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE I.C. I SUCCESSFULLY INCLUDED BIPARTISAN LANGUAGE THAT PROMOTES ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE I.C. FEDERALLY FUNDED ENTIRE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS TO REPORT ON THEIR RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION EFFORTS. INCREASING DIVERSITY IS AN ISSUE OF GOOD GOVERNANCEANCE AND ENCOURAGES UNIQUE WAYS OF PROBLEM SOLVING WHICH IS NECESSARY AS WE FACE MORE COMPLEX INTELLIGENCE CHALLENGES. I'M PROUD OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE. WE HAVE CUT UNNECESSARY FUNDING WHILE PRIORITIZING THE NEED TO IMPROVE UPON PROCESSES AND BE MORE EFFICIENT IN THE I.C. THE REALITY IS WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE POTENTIAL THREATS ARE DEVELOPING CHANGING. AS OUR MILITARY MISSIONS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, WE NEED AN I.C. THAT IS BOTH DIVERSE, AGILE AND ADEQUATELY FUNDED. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCHIFF

    I'M READY TO CLOSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER…

    I'M READY TO CLOSE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME. EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON WE DEBATED H.R. 3929 HONORING THE HEROES. WE HONOR THEM TODAY TO EXPRESS OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE DURING WORLD WAR II AND OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE EXAMPLE THEY SET FOR THE PRESENT INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS HEROES. THEY WERE PART OF AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERATION, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HONOR. THEY FACE A COMPLEX AND DANGEROUS WORLD AND MET THOSE IN EUROPE AND IN THE PACIFIC. INTELLIGENCE WAS CRITICAL TO WINNING THE WAR AND PRESERVING THE PEACE. AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE AND THE DANGEROUS WORLD WE INHABIT TO, WE WOULD DO GREAT TO KEEP THAT IN OUR MIND. WE SHOULD LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND STRENGTH. OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS THE MOST CAPABLE AND COMMITTED IN THE WORLD TO THE IDEALS AND RULE OF LAW. THEY SEEK TO ENSURE WE ARE GIVEN THE INFORMATION TO GUARD AND DEFEND OURSELVES. WE REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN NUNES, AND THE MEMBERS WHO ARE LEAVING THE COMMITTEE AND TO OUR EXCELLENT COMMITTEE STAFF. I WANT TO THANK THE MANY PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO LED THE I.C. WITH WHOM WE HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH OVER THE PAST PARTICULAR YEARS AND I THANK THOSE WHO ARE ENDING AT THE ADMINISTRATION, AND JAMES CLAPPER, C.I.A. DIRECTOR BRENNAN. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OTHE TREASURY WHO TODAY IS RETIRING AFTER 31 YEARS OF FEDERAL SERVICE AND UNDERSECRETARY OF INTELLIGENCE. THANK YOU TO THE LIEDERS WHO ARE REMAININGEYOND JANUARY 20 AND THANK YOU TO THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY ON WHO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY DAY AND NIGHT THROUGH THEIR CRUCIAL WORK. WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHG YOU DO. AND YOU HAVE OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. I WANT TO THANK NOT ONLY THE HPSCI MEMBERS AND THE INCLUDING STAFF. ROBERT, LDA, AMANDA, WELLS, REAND, THOMAS, PATRICK, KRISTEN, BRANDON AND KIMBERLY FOR THEIR VALUABLE SERVICE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:13:54 PM

    MR. NUNES

    YIELD MYSELF THE REST OF THE TIME. WE HAVE FOUR RETIRING MEMBERS FROM OUR…

    YIELD MYSELF THE REST OF THE TIME. WE HAVE FOUR RETIRING MEMBERS FROM OUR COMMITTEE, MR. MURPHY, WHO WAS SPOKEN ABOUT EARLIER, WHO DID A GREAT JOB ATTENDING A LOT OF THE COMMITTEE HEARINGS OR ALMOST ALL OF THE COMMITTEE HEARINGS. WE ALSO HAVE JEFF MILLER, WHO SERVED ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR A VER LONG TIME, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVE WESTMORELAND ANDR. JOE HECK, WHO CHAIRED OUR ARCHITECTURE COMMITTEE. AND FINALLY, IT'S PREMATURE, BUT WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONGRATULATE MR. POMPEO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. HE WILL HAVE TO HAVE SENATE CONFIRMATION NEXT YEAR, SO I IMAGINE HE WILL BE WITH THE COMMITTEE FOR A FEW MONTHS. BUT IF WE DON'T COME DOWN TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM. WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE SOMEONE FROM OUR COMMITTEE TO BE CHOSEN IN THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO RUN THE C.I.A. WITH THAT, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:15:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6393. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE --

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  • 06:15:24 PM

    MR. NUNES

    I ASK 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, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:15:44 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    I SEND TO THE DESK FROM THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

  • 06:15:49 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 937, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONFERENCE…

    TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 937, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL SENATE 2943 TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PRESCRIBE PERSONNEL STRENGTH FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:16:15 PM

    TEMPORE REFERRED

    CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINT. PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THE QUESTIONS…

    CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINT. PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THE QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. QUESTION ON THE MOTION TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 WITH AN AMENDMENT, THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6393 AND MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6304. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING VOTES IS FIVE-MINUTES. CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 ABOUT AN AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR. UPTON ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE WAS ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:17:00 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 34, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE TSUNAMI FORECAST WARNING RESEARCH AND…

    H.R. 34, AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE TSUNAMI FORECAST WARNING RESEARCH AND MITIGATION PROGRAM OF NOAA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ISM THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING TO THE MOTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 06:39:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 392 AND THE NAYS ARE 26. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT…

    THE YEAS ARE 392 AND THE NAYS ARE 26. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6393 ON WHICH YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:39:41 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6393, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2017 FOR INTELLIGENCE…

    H.R. 6393, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE APPROPRIATIONS FOR 2017 FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. THE COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ACCOUNT AND THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE RETIREMENT SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:40:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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  • 06:48:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 390, THE NAYS ARE 30. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 390, THE NAYS ARE 30. 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. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT OF THE ROOM. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSES OF MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

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  • 06:49:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THIS MORNING, THE RULES COMMITTEE ISSUED THE PROCESS FOR FILING…

    THIS MORNING, THE RULES COMMITTEE ISSUED THE PROCESS FOR FILING AMENDMENTS, THE AMENDMENT DEADLINE IS SET FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 10:00 A.M. THE AMENDMENT SHOULD BE DRAFTED IN THE TEXT OF THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-68 WHICH CONTAINS THE TEXT OF THE BILL AS REPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES WITH A MODIFICATION AND CAN BE FOUND ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WEBSITE. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME OR THE STAFF IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 06:50:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON SUSPENDING THE RULES AND PASSING H.R. 6304, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 06:50:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6304, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY AT 501 NORTH MAIN STREET IN…

    H.R. 6304, A BILL TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY AT 501 NORTH MAIN STREET IN NORNS, ARIZONA A THE ADOLFO HARPO CELAYA POST OFFICE.

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  • 06:50:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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  • 06:51:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 174, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 174, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MAKE A CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF H.R. 34.

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  • 06:51:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO. WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:53:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERSING PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIDEL CASTRO LED A BRUTAL REGIME OF IMPRISONMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIDEL CASTRO LED A BRUTAL REGIME OF IMPRISONMENT IN AN ISLAND NATION. WHILE HE AND HIS FAMILY LIVED LIKE KINGS, THE PEOPLE OF CUBA LIVED IN POVERTY.

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  • 06:56:35 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS WERE KILLED OVER THE YEARS. CASTRO WAS EAGER TO…

    OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS WERE KILLED OVER THE YEARS. CASTRO WAS EAGER TO SEE THE SOVIET UNION AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE A NUCLEAR WAR. KRUSCHEV HAD TO REMIND CASTRO THE PURPOSE OF THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN CUBA WAS TO HAVE POWER NOT TO START ARMAGEDDON. THE DENIED THE FREE PRESS AND DENIED INTERNATIONAL MONITORS SUCH AS THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF RED CROSS ACCESS TO THE ISLAND TO INVESTIGATE HUMANS RIGHTS ABUSES. PERHAPS WITH THIS DESPOT DEAD, THE PEOPLE OF CUBA CAN CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEIR LIVES. I HOPE WE CAN BE SUPPORTIVE OF A FREE CUBA AND NOT FURTHER A BAD REGIME. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:57:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 06:57:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TOP POSITIONS FOR THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    IN HIS -- WHILE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, HE PROMISED TO DRAIN SHE THE…

    IN HIS -- WHILE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, HE PROMISED TO DRAIN SHE THE SWAMP BUT PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP EVEN CLOSED HIS CAMPAIGN WITH A POLITICAL AD BASHING GOLDMAN SACHS, YET NOW ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS HE'S CHOSE AN SECOND GENERATION GOLDMAN SACHS PARTNER, STEVEN MNUCHIN, TO SERVE AS TREASURY SECRETARY. HE'LL TAKE THE PEST MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR WATCHING THE HIGH RISK, HIGH STAKES GAMBLING BEHAVIOR OF WALL STREET WHICH HE HIMSELF HAS ENDWAGED IN FOR DECADES HE WORKED AT GOLDMAN SACHS FOR DECADES, HIS FATHER WORKED THERE, HIS BROTHER STILL WORKS THERE AND HE FREQUENTLY RETURNS FOR ALUMNI AND SOCIAL GATHERS. HE WAS NAMED THE FORECLOSURE KING AFTER BUYING THE REMAINS OF INDY MAC, A CALIFORNIA MORTGAGE LENDER AND EVICTED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT KEEP UP THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS. WHILE PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP PROMISES TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, HE'S NOT DOING IT. HE'S ENLARGING IT. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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  • 06:59:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES?…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. ARE THERE FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, ON OCTOBER 7, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON OCTOBER 7, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ON ELECTION SECURITY RELEASED THE JOINT STATEMENT SAYING THAT THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IS CONFIDENT THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT DIRECTED THE RECENT COMPROMISES OF EMAILS FROM U.S. PERSONS AND INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING U.S. POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, UNQUOTE.

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  • 06:59:45 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WENT ON TO EXPLICITLY STATE THAT THESE…

    THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WENT ON TO EXPLICITLY STATE THAT THESE DISCLOSURES ARE INTENED TO INTERFERE WITH U.S. ELECTION PROCESSES. ONLY RUSSIA'S SENIOR MOST OFFICIALS COULD HAVE AUTHORIZED THESE ACTIVITY, THEY SAID, UNQUOTE. DESPITE THIS CERTIFICATION, THE MAJORITY IN THIS BODY HAS DEMONSTRATED ZERO INTEREST IN EXAMINING THE UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK ON ONE OF OUR MOST CHERISHED INSTITUTIONS, DEMOCRATIC FREE ELECTIONS. I'M HERE TODAY TO PLEAD WITH THE MAJORITY TO TAKE AN INTEREST, NOT BECAUSE I SEEK TO UNDERMINE THE RESULTS OF THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, THAT'S NOT MY INTENTION. RATHER, IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE AND HOW TO GUARD AGAINST IT IN ALL FUTURE ELECTIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:00:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 07:00:42 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 34, THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO SENATE AMENDMENT, THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 34, THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO SENATE AMENDMENT, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, I'M CELEBRATING. AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON, I'M CELEBRATING BECAUSE OF THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER, THIS WILL CALL FOR $6.3 BILLION TO BE DELIVERED OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. IT ALSO PROVIDES THAT EVERY ONE DOLLAR OF N.I.H. FUNDING GENERATES $2.21 IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS. IT WILL DEAL WITH THE CURING OF DISEASES AND DEVELOPING RESEARCH THAT WILL HELP SAVE LIVES. THIS LEGISLATION BEFORE US ALLOWS FOR THE CREATION OF AN INNOVATION FUND THROUGH THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH SO WE CAN DESIGN THE WAYS OF CURING DISEASE OF HELPING CHILDREN AND SENIORS AND HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE DEALING WITH INCUREABLE DISEASE. THE CURES ACT IS AN ACT OF THE 21ST CENTURY AND THANK YOU TO MR. UPTON AND MS. DID HE GET. I SERVE AS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR. IT WILL SAVE LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:02:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. ARE THERE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY , 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:02:32 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO STAND BEFORE THE HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M HONORED TO STAND BEFORE THE HOUSE TONIGHT TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MY FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, MS. JACQUELINE ELLIS. MS. ELLIS SERVED WELL. SHE, IN A SENSE, OF MANY, WAS THE 436TH MEMBER OF CONGRESS. SHE HELPED TO EDUCATE NOT ONLY NEW PERSONS WHO WERE HERE IN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITIES, BUT ALSO CONGRESSPERSONS. SHE HELPED US TO UNDERSTAND WHAT CONGRESS WAS ALL ABOUT. AND I'M HONORED TONIGHT TO SAY SOME KIND WORDS ABOUT HER AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE A COLLEAGUE WHO'S HERE AND WILL BE SAYING A WORD AS WELL, BECAUSE TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, I WILL YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE AT THIS TIME AND ASK THAT SHE WOULD GIVE HER COMMENTS AND SHE TELLS ME THAT SHE WILL BE COMING RIGHT BACK. SO LET ME CONTINUE. TO MY RIGHT IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF MY VERY DEAR FRIEND AND FORMER CO-WORKER, JACQUELINE ELLIS. SHE WAS BORN IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, AND SHE WAS BORN AT A TIME WHEN PERSONS OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY COULD BUY A HAT, BUT THEY COULDN'T TRY IT ON, AT A TIME WHEN PERSONS OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY WOULD HAVE TO STEP ASIDE SO OTHERS COULD STEP FORWARD, AT A TIME WHEN PERSONS OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY WERE RELEGATED TO CERTAIN PLACES IN LIFE, CERTAIN SCHOOLS, CERTAIN PLACES OF BUSINESS. THEY HAD TO GO TO THE BACK DOOR FOR THEIR FOOD, THEY WOULD DRINK FROM COLORED WATER FOUNTAINS. SHE WAS BORN AT A TIME WHEN THIS COUNTRY DID NOT RESPECT ALL OF HER RIGHTS. AND WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN THAT WHEN SHE WAS BORN IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, THAT SHE WOULD MAKE HER WAY FROM MOBILE TO CAPITOL HILL. THERE WAS NO WAY TO PREDICT AT THE TIME OF HER BIRTH THAT SHE WOULD COME TO THIS NATION'S CAPITAL AND THAT SHE WOULD SERVE THREE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ONE UNITED STATES SENATOR AND TWO U.S. REPS, MAJOR OWENS, THE HONORABLE MAJOR OWENS FROM NEW YORK'S 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE HONORABLE SENATOR HEFLIN AND SHE SERVED IN MY OFFICE. AND THIS SPEAKS TO THE GREATNESS OF THE COUNTRY THAT WE MOVED LIGHT YEARS AWAY FROM SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE HAD TO ENDURE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. BUT NOTWITHSTANDING ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE THERE IS GREAT WORK TO BE DONE. BUT TONIGHT I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, THIS PERSON BORN IN MOBILE, DURING VERY DIFFICULT TIMES, HAS RECEIVED AN INDICATION FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT HE WAS SADDENED TO LEARN OF HER DEMISE. I HAVE THE LETTER IN MY HAND FROM THE PRESIDENT THAT I SHALL PLACE IN THE RECORD THAT WAS DELIVERED TO THE FAMILY. BUT SHE HAS BEEN HONORED BY A GOOD HONORABLE MEMBERS ON THE HILL, INCLUDING NANCY PELOSI, WHO ARE EXPRESSED HER SYMPATHY AND STENY HOYER AND HONORABLE JIM CLYBURN AND HONORABLE BECERRA AND HONORED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN MANY CAPACITIES. WE HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT HAS BEEN FILED AND THIS RESOLUTION THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER AND IT HAS BEEN SIGNED ON TO BY A GOOD MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS WELL. SO TONIGHT, I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT JACQUELINE ELLIS, BORN IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, FOUND HER WAY THROUGH AND TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS IS NOW RESTING IN PEACE. SHE IS A PERSON THAT LIVED EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE IN THE SENSE THAT SHE WAS BUSY DOING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE EVERY DAY OF HER ADULT LIFE. SHE WORKED UP UNTIL THE MOMENT SHE WAS HOSPITALIZED, LITERALLY, I WAS THE LAST PERSON TO SPEAK TO HER. SHE AND I WERE GOING TO AN EVENT, THE ALC DINNER AND SHE WAS THERE TO PICK ME UP AND TAKE ME TO THE DINNER AND CALLED ME AND SAID TO ME, I'LL BE WAITING FOR YOU. I'M DOWNSTAIRS. I SAID I'LL BE DOWN IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES. WITHIN THAT PERIOD OF TIME, SHE CALLED ME BACK AND INFORMED ME THAT SHE NEEDED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. I RUSHED DOWN TO HER AND WHEN I GOT THERE, THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANTS WERE ALREADY THERE. SHE CALLED THEM PRIOR TO CALLING ME APPARENTLY. AND I IMMEDIATELY ASSISTED THEM AND WE WENT TO THE HOSPITAL TOGETHER AND SHE STAYED IN THE HOSPITAL FOR SOME DAYS AND MADE HER TRANSITION. THE IMPORTANT POINT TO MAKE IS THAT SHE WAS WORKING. HER WORK WAS HER LIFE. SHE LIVED TO PERFORM HER DUTIES. SHE WAS ON HER JOB IN THE SENSE THAT SHE WAS ASSISTING THAT EVENING AND SHE WAS THERE ALL DAY LONG. SHE WAS ILL, BUT SHE WOULD NOT STOP WORKING. THERE WERE TIMES WHEN WE WOULD ASK THAT SHE TAKE SOME TIME, BUT SHE ALWAYS WANTED TO COME TO WORK. HER WORK WAS HER INSPIRATION, IN A SENSE. HER WORK WAS THE THING THAT GAVE HER REASON TO CONTINUE TO GO ON. AND SHE NEVER EVER COMPLAINED. THERE IS A SONG THAT SPEAKS TO THE KIND OF PERSON THAT SHE WAS, BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY OF US RIGHT HERE IN CONGRESS THAT CAN RELATE TO THIS. WHEN YOU SEE THE GREAT EAGLE FLYING, YOU ASSUME IT'S THE WINGS. BUT THERE IS A SONG THAT ADDRESSES HOW IT IS THAT THE EAGLE CAN SOAR TO THOSE HIGH HEIGHTS. AND IT IS NOT THE WING, BUT RATHER IT IS THE WIND BENEATH THE WING. AND SHE WAS THE WIND BENEATH THE WINGS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE ABLE TO SOAR TO HIGH HEIGHTS, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DID NOT UNDERSTAND ALL OF WHAT WAS BEFORE THEM WHEN THEY BECAMEAL MEMBER OF CONGRESS. SHE BECAME THE WIND BENEATH THEIR WINGS AND HELPED GUIDE THEM THROUGH CONGRESS. I'M PLEASED TO TELL YOU WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL CELEBRATIONS OF HER LIFE. WE HAD THIS ONE IN THIS AREA UNTIMELY TO HER DEMYSELF. I HAD HOPED SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH US A LOT LONGER AND A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE IN HER HOMETOWN IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, ATTENDED BY DIGNITARIES AND STAFFERS FROM THE HILL, A CELEBRATION OF LIVE IN THE HOUSTON, TEXAS, SIMILARLY ATTENDED. SHE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AND HONORED BY PEOPLE THAT SHE CAME IN CONTACT WITH. SHE MADE A DIFFERENCE. ONE THING BEFORE I ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO COME TO THE PODIUM, WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR MY FIRST CHIEF OF STAFF AND SHE WAS MY ONLY FIRST AND CHIEF OF STAFF AND WHEN I WAS LOOKING FOR MY FIRST CHIEF OF STAFF, AND I BROUGHT HER ON BOARD, YOU ARE ALWAYS UNSURE ABOUT A NEW HIRE, ESPECIALLY A PERSON WHO IS GOING TO BE KEY TO A NEW OFFICE ESPECIALLY THINGS THAT EVOLVE AROUND. I WAS UNSURE IF I HAD MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AND SHE AND I WERE TOGETHER AND I SAW HER PULL OVER RATHER ABRUPTLY. SHE WAS DRIVING. MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT THIS HAPPENED MORE THAN ONCE BUT AS SHE PULLED OVER, SHE RAN OVER TO A PERSON AND I SAW HER HAND A PERSON SOMETHING AND SHE CAME BACK TO THE CAR. AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS WAS SOMEBODY SHE KNEW. SHE SAID NO, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT PERSON. THAT PERSON WAS NOT DRESSED IN A SUIT OR TIE. THE PERSON DID NOT HAVE THE APPEARANCE OF WHAT WE WOULD CALL STATUS, ALTHOUGH I THINK EVERYBODY HAS STATUS, THE PERSON DID NOT HAPPEN TO BE A CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY, IF YOU WILL, AND SHE WENT OVER AND GAVE THAT PERSON MONEY. I FOUND OUT LATER ON, THAT SHE WOULD GO TO THE CREDIT UNION AND SHE WOULD EXTRACT DOLLAR BILLS, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY IN THE STACK, AND SHE WOULD USE THAT MONEY TO GIVE TO PEOPLE THAT SHE WOULD ENCOUNTER THAT SHE WAS OF THE OPINION THAT NEEDED SOME HELP. WHEN SHE DID IT ON THAT DAY, I KNEW I HAD MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. BECAUSE I THEN KNEW THAT I SAW THE SERMON THAT MANY PEOPLE PREACH. IT IS BETTER TO SEE A SERMON THAN TO SAY ONE OR TO BE ONE THAN TO SAY ONE. AND I SAW THAT DAY, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF. I SAW ON THAT OCCASION HELP SOMEBODY. I SAW HER LIVE UP TO THE TRUE MEANING OF THE SPIRIT OF THE STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN, WHO SAW THE PERSON IN THE STREETS OF LIFE AND WENT OVER AND TOOK THAT PERSON TO THE END AND SAID HERE IS MONEY. USE THIS TO HELP THIS PERSON. AND IF THIS IS NOT ENOUGH, WHEN I COME BACK, I'LL GIVE YOU MORE. I SAW THE GOOD NEIGHBOR IN JACKIE ELLIS. AND I KNEW THEN THAT I MADE A GOOD HIRE BECAUSE I HAD A PERSON WHO WOULD NOT ONLY SPEAK A SERMON BUT WOULD BE A SERMON. WITH THIS SAID, I WILL NOW YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHO HALES FROM THE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SERVES ON JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND HOMELAND SECURITY AND SERVED US IN CONGRESS FOR A GOOD MANY YEARS, THE HONORABLE JACKSON LEE.

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  • 07:14:15 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MY COLLEAGUE, THE HONORABLE AL GREEN. WE ARE LIKE FAMILY IN THIS HOUSE,…

    MY COLLEAGUE, THE HONORABLE AL GREEN. WE ARE LIKE FAMILY IN THIS HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AS WE WORK WITH OUR STAFF. AND I'M VERY CLEAR OF THE FACT THAT MS. ELLIS WAS THE ONLY CHIEF OF STAFF THAT CONGRESSMAN GREEN HAD AND MADE AN A-CHOICE AND SHE LIKEWISE IN ACCEPTING HIS OFFER TO BE HIS CHIEF OF STAFF. BUT SHE IS A 30-YEAR VETERAN AND SHE BROUGHT TO HIS OFFICE, WHAT BROUGHT TO THIS HOUSE, A SENSE OF AFFECTION AND LOVE FOR THE INSTITUTION, FOR DEMOCRACY AND FOR AMERICA. NOT ONLY DID SHE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING FOR CONGRESSMAN GREEN AND HE THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING HER WORKING AS A CHIEF OF STAFF, SHE WORKED FOR CONGRESSMAN OWENS AND LATE FORMER ALABAMA SENATOR, HOWARD HEFFLIN. IT MEANINGS SHE UNDERSTOOD THE INSTITUTION THAT HELPED TO LAY DOWN THE PILLOWS OF DEMOCRACY. AND SHE WAS A SPIRITUAL MOTHER, TO THE TENS UPON TENS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THIS PLACE WITH STARRY EYES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, SPIRITUAL MOTHER, SISTER, MENTOR AND FRIEND TO MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING ELECTED AND PEOPLE OF HIGH-RANKING STATUS. . SHE HAD A BACKGROUND IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE HAD A BIG HEART. AND SHE WAS EAGER, AS I AM TOLD BY THE STAFF, TO BE ABLE TO HELP ALL THE NEW AND YOUNG STAFF, THEY KNEW THEY COULD GO TO JACKIE ELLEN. SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN WOMAN AS WELL. AND SHE SERVED ON MANY IMPORTANT ORGANIZATIONS. IN PARTICULAR, I WORKED FOR THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. SHE WAS A NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER. THE ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING AND RALPH DAVID ABERNATHY AND WHERE ANDREW YOUNG WORKED AND JOSE WILLIAMS AND SO MANY OTHERS. JAMES ORANGE, AND THOSE OF US YOUNG PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED THAT WE COULD OVERCOME. SHE WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE ELLA BAKER AWARD FROM THE FCLC, AND MARTIN LUTHER KING III. WHERE I GOT TO SEE JACKIE REALLY MAKING IT AND DOING IT WAS IN HER LEADERSHIP WITH C. DOLORES TUCKER AND HER WORK WITH THE NATIONAL CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN. AS A BOARD MEMBER, I REMEMBER COMING AS A YOUNG MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND WE WOULD GO TO THAT VERY FAMOUS BREAKFAST, CONGRESSMAN GREEN, THE SUNDAY AFTER THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, AND THERE WAS JACKIE. SHE WAS THE ORCHESTRATER, THE GUIDER, SHE RESPECTED C. DOLORES TUCKER, SHE HONORED THE WOMEN WHO CAME, SHE WAS AT THEIR BECK AND CALL, WE NEED THIS, AND SHE WAS THE PERSON THAT THE LIKES OF MALCOLM X'S WIFE, ROSA PARKS, AND CORETTA SCOTT KING, BECAUSE THEY USED TO COME DURING THEIR LIFETIME EVERY YEAR, AND THOSE OF US WHO WERE YOUNG MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SHE WELCOMED US WITH OPEN ARMS AND ALLOWED US TO SIT IN THE ROYAL PLACE, AT THE FEET OF THESE GREAT WOMEN, WHO SHE HAD COME TO KNOW AND THEY HAD COME TO KNOW AND LOVE HER, AS WE HELD THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM ABOUT THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND IN PARTICULAR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN. SHE WAS AS WELL THE CO-CHAIR OF THE INSTITUTE LEADERSHIP FORUM AND AS WELL SHE'S RECEIVED AWARDS FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS. SO I CLOSE BY SIMPLY SAYING, YES, SHE HAS A LITANY OF ACCOLADES AND HONORS. WE WISH THAT SHE COULD HAVE LIVED ON AND ON AND ON. SOME SAY THE YOUNG DIE YOUNG. WE CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT JACKIE ELLIS, OUR FRIEND, OUR LOVER OF THIS INSTITUTION, THIS GREAT STAFF PERSON, WAS TAKEN WAY TOO YOUNG. AS I TOLD MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE EARLIER THIS YEAR, I EXPERIENCED AN ENORMOUS TRAGEDY IN LOSING A DEAR STAFF PERSON WHO, THOUGH A SHORT TIME, HAD BECOME SO MUCH A PART OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY. SO, CONGRESSMAN GREEN, I KNOW IT HURTS. IT HURTS MANY OF HER FELLOW STAFFERS AND FRIENDS, CERTAINLY WE KNOW HER FAMILY SUFFERED GREAT PAIN. BUT I CAN SAY, AS WE SALUTE GREAT AMERICANS, AND EACH HAVE DONE SOMETHING IN THEIR WAY TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD, I WANT TO SAY THAT JACKIE ELLIS LIVED IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. IT WAS ALREADY A GREAT COUNTRY. BUT SHE WAS SO MUCH A PART OF MAKING THIS COUNTRY A COUNTRY THAT WELCOMED ALL OF THE YOUNG TALENT AND THOSE NEW FACES THAT DESIRE TO BE PART OF THE GREATNESS OF THIS COUNTRY. SHE DID IT WITH OPEN ARMS AND A BIG HEART. WE WILL MISS HER GREATLY, BUT SHE HAS LEFT A LEGACY OF SERVICE , AS YOU HAVE NOTED, SHE STOPPED ALONG THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE AND GAVE WHAT SHE HAD TO SOMEONE WHO LOOK LIKE THEY NEEDED IT MORE. SO TO JACKIE I SAY, FAREWELL, OUR DEAR FRIEND, FAREWELL. FOR YOU ARE CERTAINLY ONE WHO IS A GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:20:03 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY, VERY THOUGHTFUL AND KIND WORDS. YOU DID KNOW…

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR VERY, VERY THOUGHTFUL AND KIND WORDS. YOU DID KNOW JACKIE WELL. AND SHE HAD A LOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING THE TIME TO COME BY THIS EVENING. I WANT TO ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE HONORABLE EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON WAS HERE, BUT HAD TO STEP AWAY AND SHE HAS A STATEMENT THAT WILL BE SUBMITTED INTO THE RECORD. I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOME 150 INDIVIDUALS HAVE GIVEN US EXPRESSIONS, CONCERNING JACKIE. A NUMBER OF ORGANIZATIONS, AT LEAST 20, AND WE HAVE 41 CO-SPONSORS OF THE RESOLUTION THAT I SPOKE OF EARLIER, H.RES. 905, WHICH EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY AND COMMEMORATES HER LIFE. FINALLY, WE HAVE ELECTED OFFICIALS, AT LEAST 64, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT AND FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON, WHO HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES. SHE WAS TRULY A PERSON WHO TOUCHED A LOT OF PEOPLE IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY. AND I AM HONORED TO SAY THAT I WAS ASSOCIATED WITH HER AND THAT SHE TRULY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE TRAVEL THE ROAD OF LIFE, WE MEET MANY PEOPLE. WE REMEMBER SOME AND A GOOD MANY WE DO NOT. JACKIE ELLIS IS SOMEONE THAT I WILL REMEMBER, AND MY BELIEF IS THAT A GOOD MANY OTHER PERSONS WHO CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HER, WHETHER IT WAS FOR A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, OR FOR SOME DURATION, WILL REMEMBER HER AS WELL. THESE WOULD INCLUDE THE MEMBERS OF THE SORORITY THAT SHE WAS AFFILIATED WITH, DELTA SIGMA THETA. SHE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN THIS SORORITY. AND SHE WAS LOVED AND IS STILL LOVED BY THE MEMBERS OF DELTA SIGMA THETA. THEY WOULD COME TO THE HILL ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND THEY ALWAYS TOOK TIME TO COME BY AND VISIT HER. SHE WOULD ALWAYS WELCOME THEM AND PROVIDE SERVICES. THIS IS BUT ONE OF THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO HONOR HER, I AM SURE. OF THE OTHERS THAT WILL REMEMBER HER THAT SHE CAME IN CONTACT WITH, WOULD BE SCLC, AS WAS MENTIONED BY MY COLLEAGUE, THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. THIS WAS THE ORGANIZATION THAT DR. KING LED. THIS WAS THE ORGANIZATION THAT FOUGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY ACROSS THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THIS COUNTRY. SHE WAS A PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION. IN FACT, SHE WAS ON THE BOARD. SHE AND MARTIN KING, NOT MARTI KING THE FATHER, BUT MRTIN KING III, THE SON OF DR. KING, WERE THE VERY BEST OF FRIENDS. THE VERY BEST OFRIENDS. HE HAS TRAVELED GREAT DISTANCES TO PAY TRIBUTE TO HER. HE WAS THERE IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, CAMEERE FOR THE SERVICES THAT WE HAD, A HELWAYS, ALWAYS WHEN HE WAS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO COME BY OUR OFFICE TO SAY HELLO TO JACKIE. PEOPLE WHO MET HER ALONG LIFE'S WAY WOULD ALSO INCLUDE THE LINKS. THE LINKS WAS AN ORGANIZATION THA SHE WAS AFFILIATED WITH AND THAT SHE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN ASSISTING AS THEY WERE HAVING THEIR VARIOUS EVENTS. SHE WAS ALWAYS HELPFUL TO OTHER PEOPLE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE ENDEAVORS. WHEN YOU TRAVETHE ROAD OF LIFE, THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE, YOU MEET MANY PEOPLE, YOU DON'T REMEMBER THEM ALL. BUT THEREARE SOME WHO ARE SPECIAL AND THESE ARE THE PERSONS WHO WILL STAND OUT IN YOUR MIND AND WILL BE REMEMBERED IN THE VERY YEARS TO COME OF YOUR LIFE. SO TONIGHT I'M GRATEFUL THAT THE LEADERSHIP HAS ALLOWED US THIS TIME TO PAY TRIBUTE TO JACKIE LIS, WHO WAS BORN IN MOBILE, ALABAMA, BORN ON OCTOBER 2 -- OCTOBER 22, 1957. A VERY DIFFICULT TIME IN THE LIFE OF THE COUNTRY. WHO MADE HER TRANSITION ON SEPTEMBER 21 OF 2016. SHE IS GONE, BUT SHE IS NOT FORGOTTEN. SHE WILL BE REMEMBERED AND WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT WE'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO COMMEMORATE HER LIFE AND CELEBRATE THE WONDERFUL PERSON THAT SHE WAS. WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:25:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY PARTY.

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  • 07:25:32 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, 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 SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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  • 07:25:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:25:47 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, MOST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE, MOST ESPECIALLY MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA DELEGATION, BUT OTHER HOUSE MEMBERS WHO SERVED WITH THREE OF OUR VIRGINIA COLLEAGUES, ARE HERE TO EXPRESS OUR THANKS AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THEIR SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE ARE SADDENED TO LOSE THREE MEMBERS OF OUR GREAT VIRGINIA DELEGATION. BUT WE HAVE THE UTMOST REGARD FOR ALL OF THEM AND WE WISH THEM WELL IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I'M GOING TO START BY RECOGNIZING MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, CONGRESSMAN RANDY FORBES. I REMEMBER WHEN RANDY ARRIVED HERE, I'D KNOWN HIM FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO THE HOUSE, AND WAS FRANKLY THRILLED WHEN HE DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND GOT ELECTED. AND OF COURSE HIS FIRST PRIORITY , REPRESENTING THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WAS TO GET ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. AND ONCE HE'D SECURED THAT, HE WAS LOOKING FOR A SECOND COMMITTEE AND I ENCOURAGED HIM TO SEEK A POSITION ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND HELPED HIM IN HITS EFFORT TO DO THAT -- HIS EFFORT TO DO THAT. HE'S A FINE ATTORNEY AND SOMEONE WHO WAS A GREAT VALUE TO I AND MY PREDECESSORS WHO HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF CHAIRING THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. BORN AND RAISED IN CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA, RANDY FORBES HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN WHO HE IS OR WHERE HE CAME FROM. GROWING UP AS A SON OF A WORLD WAR II NORMANDY VETERAN, RANDY WAS RAISED ON THE VALUES OF DUTY, HARD WORK, FAMILY AND FAITH. HE CARRIED THOSE PRINCIPLES WITH HIM TO RANDOLPH MACON COLLEGE WHERE HE GRADUATED AS VALEDICTORIAN OF HIS 1974 CLASS, AND THROUGHOUT HIS YEARSALITY THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA -- YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW. SINCE FIRST ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 2001, RANDY'S HIGHEST PRIORITY HAS BEEN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR NATION. THE FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IT WAS FOUNDED UPON AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FIGHT FOR THOSE FREEDOMS. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES SEA POWER AND PROJECTION FOR EXAMPLES -- FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, RANDY IS ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST FORCEFUL ADVOCATES FOR A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. AS A RESULT OF HIS DEDICATED EFFORTS, CHAIRMAN FORBES IS ONE OF THE FEW INDIVIDUALS TO BE HONORED WITH THE HIGHEST CIVILIAN AWARDS OFFERED BY BOTH THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND THE UNITED STATES NAVY. HE'S ALSO A SENIOR MEMBER, AS I MENTIONED, OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, ARE WE SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE INTERNET, AS WELL AS THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY AND INVESTIGATIONS. AND HE'S THE FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PRAYER CAUCUS, AND THE CONGRESSIONAL CHINA CAUCUS. RANDY BEGAN HIS CAREER IN PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE, ULTIMATELY BECOMING A PARTNER IN THE LARGEST LAW FIRM IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA, AND FROM 1989 TO 2001 HE SERVED THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. HE AND HIS WIFE, CHERYLY, HAVE FOUR CHILDREN AND -- SHIRLEY, HAVE FOUR CHILDREN AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN WHICH RANDY PERSONALLY REGARDS AS HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT. AND NO DOUBT AS A GRANDFATHER MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND WELL THAT SENTIMENT. AND I WISH HIM VERY WELL WITH HIS FAMILY AND HOPE THAT HE HAS MUCH TIME TO ENJOY WITH THEM. BUT NOT TOO MUCH TIME, BECAUSE HE'S TOO VALUABLE TO OUR COUNTRY NOT TO BE AFFORDED ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN SOME GREAT CAPACITY. CONGRESSMAN ROBERT HURT ALSO SERVED WITH DISTINCTION IN THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THEN A LITTLE OVER SIX YEARS AGO CAME TO VISIT ME AND MY WIFE IN OUR HOME TO TALK ABOUT HIS POSSIBILITY OF SEEKING ELECTION TO THE CONGRESS. WE ENCOURAGED THEM TO DO JUST THAT AND HE DID AND WAS SUCCESSFUL. ROBERT HURT'S A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS JURISDICTION OVER ALL ASPECTS OF THE NATION'S FINANCIAL AND HOUSING SECTORS. WITHIN THE COMMITTEE HE SERVES AS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED ENTERPRISES SUBCOMMITTEE, AND SERVES ON THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE. A NATIVE OF PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY, ROBERT BEGAN HIS TIME IN PUBLIC SERVICE IN 2001 AS A MEMBER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL FROM 2002 TO 2007, ROBERT SERVED IN THE HOUSE -- VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, REPRESENTING PARTS OF PENNSYLVANIA COUNTY, HENRY COUNTY AND THE CITY OF MARTINSVILLE. STARTING IN STARTING OF 2008, INCLUDES THE CITY OF DANCEVILLE, FRANKLIN COUNTY AND CAMPBELL COUNTY. RECEIVED HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION AT SIDNEY COLLEGE AND LAW AGREE FROM MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL OF LAW IN 1995. FROM 1999-2010, HE WAS ENGAGED IN A GENERAL LAW PRACTICE IN CHATHAM, WHERE HE LIVES WITH HIS WIFE KATHY AND THREE SONS. SCOTT RIDGE ELL WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS THE SAME YEAR THAT CONGRESSMAN HURT WAS AND WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM COME AND JOIN US AS WELL AND STRONG ADVOCATE FOR OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. HE HAS MADE CREATING JOBS AND CHANGING CONGRESS HIS MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY. HE IS WORKING TO PRESERVE OUR REGION'S UNIQUE MILITARY ASSETS AND SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. HE KEPT ALL AIRCRAFT CARRIERS IN NORFOLK AND IMPROVED THE LANGUAGE OF MILITARY HOUSING INCLUDING THE 2013 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. THE HOUSE AND SENATE PASSED HIS DRYWALL SAFETY ACT OF 2012 WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2013. THIS SETS CHEMICAL STANDARDS FOR DOMESTIC AND IMPORTED DRYWALL AND DISPOSAL OF ALL DRYWALL AND CHINA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE THAT THE DAMAGE THIS PRODUCT HAS CAUSED IN OUR COMMUNITY. PRIOR TO HIS ELECTION TO CONGRESS, HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURF AND COMMUNITY LEADER AND FOUNDER OF FREEDOM AUTO MOTIVE, SHE OWNED DEALERSHIPS. HE SERVED SIX YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVES. HE HAS EARNED HIS B.B.A. FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY. AND HE AND HIS WIFE ARE THE PROUD PARENTS OF FOUR CHILDREN AND FOUR GRANDCHILDREN. THEY ARE COMPETING WELL WITH THE FORBES' FAMILY IN THE GRANDCHILDREN DEPARTMENT AND I KNOW THEY WILL ENJOY MORE TIME. BUT I HOPE WE SEE CONGRESSMAN RIGELL. I'M DELIGHTED THAT WE HAVE MEMBERS WHOSE DISTRICTS AJOIN THE CONGRESSMEN'S DISTRICTS AND CONGRESSMAN ROB WHITMAN HAS TO GET SOMEWHERE ELSE AND AISLE TURN TO HIM FIRST AND TURN TO CONGRESSMAN SCOTT AND I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 07:34:02 PM

    MR. WHITFIELD

    IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO REFLECT ABOUT CONGRESSMAN FORBES AND CONGRESSMAN…

    IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO REFLECT ABOUT CONGRESSMAN FORBES AND CONGRESSMAN RIGELL AND CONGRESSMAN HURT. THEY ARE ALL LEADERS PUTTING OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES AND DONE THAT THROUGHOUT A TREMENDOUS CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. RANDY IS ONE OF THOSE UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS THAT TRULY, TRULY PUTS OTHERS FIRST. AND EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS DONE. I HAVE KNOWN RANDY THROUGH HIS DAYS IN THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHERE HE CREATED GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOLKS NOT ONLY IN THE DISTRICT HE REPRESENTED BUT MADE AN IMPACT IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. HE WAS A LEGISLATOR AND UNDERSTOOD WHAT GOVERNMENT'S ROLE WAS AND HE ALSO PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN HIS PARTY. THE GRAND OLE PARTY WAS BETTER OFF. SO WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE HIM IN THAT CAPACITY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. I HAVE KNOWN RANDY AS A DEAR FEND BUT AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE LEGISLATORS. HIS TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN, ON YOUR COMMITTEE IS MARKED BY MANY GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS WELL AS VERY SOUND AND THOUGHTFUL JUDGMENTS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SOME VERY PROBING QUESTIONS WHEN IT CAME TIME TO INTERVIEW WITNESSES THAT CAME BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. HE WAS ADEPT TO THAT AND STILL IS ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. IT WAS TREMENDOUS TO WATCH HIM PICK APART AN ISSUE AND GET ANSWERS WHETHER IT WAS AS A BRIEFING OR WHETHER IT WAS THERE TO ASCERTAIN THE FACTS OF THE SITUATION. HE WAS EXTRAORDINARY IN HIS OPPORTUNITIES THERE AND CARES PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT SERVE, BUT ALSO WHAT WE PROVIDE FOR THEM TO SERVE. HE HAS DONE A SPECTACULAR JOB IN EFFORTS TO REBUILD OUR NATION'S NAVY. THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS, OUR NAVY IS BACK TO GROWING AGAIN. WE ARE BUILDING MORE SHIPS THAN RETIRING AND THAT IS NO SMALL PART TO RANDY FORBES AND THINGS HE HAS DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR NEW OHIO-CLASS REPLACEMENT SUBMARINES ARE ON ON CLASS. HE HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY IN MAKING SURE HE HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE TO MAKE SURE OUR SAILORS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND OUR MARINES HAS DONE WHAT THEY NEED. I HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM RANDY AND HAVE VALUED HIS COUNSEL AND WATCHED HIS LEADERSHIP. AND I THINK THEY ARE EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT AND I BELIEVE THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE THINGS THAT WILL BE VALUED AND WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON THIS NATION NOT JUST IN YEARS TO COME BUT DECADES. HE HAS HAD THAT INFLUENCE. I HOPE THAT CHAIRMAN RANDY FORBES OF THE SEA POWER SUBCOMMITTEE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THIS NATION IN ANOTHER CAPACITY WHERE HE COULD USE THAT EXPERTISE AND LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP THERE ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES IN OTHER CAPACITIES. I THINK OUR NATION WILL BE BETTER OFF FOR HAVING RANDY. SO I'M HOPEFUL THAT WILL HAPPEN AND TRULY VALUE THE THINGS HE HAS DONE. AND RANDY ISN'T SOMEBODY THAT FOCUSES ON THE NATION'S MILITARY, HE FIGHTS FOR OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS. HE HAS BEEN THE CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PRAYER CAUCUS AND WE PUSH BACK ON THOSE INTRUSIONS AND HE HAS DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB THERE. I VALUE THAT RELATIONSHIP AS A MEMBER OF THE PRAYER CAUCUS AND UNAFRAID TO BE OUT THERE TO MAKE SURE HE POINTS OUT THOSE EFFORTS THAT ARE ANTI-FAITH EFFORTS AND MAKE SURE HE STANDS STRONG ON THE SIDE OF THOSE FOLKS THAT THOSE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARE PROTECTED. NOT JUST HERE IN VIRGINIA, BUT ALSO ACROSS THE NATION. HE HAS BEEN SEEN AS A TRUE LEADER. AND AGAIN, IT GOES TO THE HEART OF THAT TRUE LEADER. WE WILL MISS HIM IN THOSE CAPACITIES. HE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE HE IS A BEACON OF DEFENDING RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES IN WHATEVER CAPACITIES HE CONTINUES AFTER HIS TERM HERE IN CONGRESS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS EFFORTS THERE ALSO. YOU SPOKE TO ROBERT HURT. WE COME FROM A SMALL TOWN. AND HE BEGAN THERE IN THE SMALL PLACE. AND ROBERT HAS THAT HEART OF A SERVANT LEADER AND LOOKED AT WHERE HE COULD BEST SERVE HIS CITIZENS IN THE TOWN OF CHATHAM AS WELL AS GOING ONTO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN THE TOWN OF RICHMOND WHERE HE AND I SERVED IN THE HOUSE AND LATER IN THE SENATE AND HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ROBERT AND HIS WIFE KATHY GRACIOUSLY SAT DOWN WITH MY WIFE AND MYSELF WHAT SERVICE WOULD BE LIKE IF HE WERE TO DECIDE TO RUN FOR U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND WE TOLD HIM WHAT THE CHALLENGES WERE BUT ALSO WHAT HE COULD ACCOMPLISH IN THAT ROLE. AND I BELIEVE THAT HE, AGAIN, PUT VIRGINIA WAY FIRST IN MAKING SURE HE WAS THERE TO SERVE WHEN HE MADE THAT DECISION AND IT WAS ONE THAT I KNOW WAS A DIFFICULT ONE FOR HIM AND ONE HE CAME WITH A LOT OF PASSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE DIRECTION OF THIS COUNTRY. AND ROBERT HAS CONTINUED THAT. AND I HAVE KNOWN ROBERT THROUGH THE YEARS AND HAS BEEN A MAN OF DEEP PERSONAL CONVICTION. ROBERT IS A LOVER OF LIFE, BUT HE IS ALSO ONE THAT NEVER BACKS AWAY FROM AN ISSUE THAT HE FEELS PASSIONATELY ABOUT. I WATCHED ROBERT GIVE UP AND GIVE SPEECHES AND DOESN'T MAKE THE HAIR STAND UP ON THE BACK OF YOUR NECK. HE IS AN EFFECTIVE STANDARD BEARER FOR ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE ISSUES OF VIRGINIA AND BEEN A REAL LEADER WHERE HE KNOWS THE ISSUES BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS. BUT IT'S THAT BACKGROUND THAT HE BRINGS FROM LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT THAT MAKES HIM EXTRAORDINARILY AN EFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR HERE. BUT HIS NEXT STEP IN HIS CAREER THERE WITH HIS WIFE KATHY AND THREE SONS IS WHERE HE WILL ENJOY IN THE SMALL TOWN OF CHATHAM AND WILL GET BACK TO THE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF WHAT MAKES CHATHAM SPECIAL AND VIRGINIA SPECIAL. BUT I KNOW HE WILL BE SPECIAL. NOW TO SCOTT RIGELL. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE RM CONVERSATION I HAD AND HOW PASSIONATE ABOUT HOW THE NATION WAS GOING AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO SMALL BUSINESSES. HE, AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND LATER TO OWN SIGNIFICANT BUSINESSES THERE IN THE TIEDWATER AREA SAW WHAT WAS UNFOLDING IN OUR NATION AND CAUSED HIM DEEP, DEEP CONCERNS NOT ONLY FOR HIMSELF AND HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. WHAT A PERSON OF PASSION AND VERY ELOQUENT. AND HE WAS A PERSON THAT WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE REFORMED THE WAY GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED BUSINESS. AND HE AND I HAD DEEP DISCUSSIONS OF HOW MAKING SURE WE ARE DOING WORK OF THE NATION WAS CRITICAL AND WHAT WE WERE DOING TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES OR ENSURE THAT OUR NATION'S MILITARY HAD WHAT IT NEEDED OR ADDRESS THE NATION'S FINANCES, HE WAS WELL SCHOOLED IN THOSE SUBJECT AREAS. HE WAS A THOROUGH STUDY. HE WAS EXHAUSTIVE IN HOW HE WOULD LOOK AT INFORMATION AND WHAT HE COULD DO ON A PARTICULAR ISSUE. YOU KNEW WHEN HE CAME TO THE FLOOR TO VOTE HE KNEW THAT BILL BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS. AND I WOULD TALK TO HIM ABOUT A BILL THAT WAS COMING UP, SCOTT KNEW IT WITHOUT LIMITATIONS. HE WAS VERY, VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. AND THAT'S WHY HE CAME HERE AND HE DID AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB HERE IN CONGRESS AND I APPRECIATE HIS SERVICE AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HIS FAMILY PUT INTO THIS. THERE ARE LONG HOURS THAT WERE SPENT HERE AND TERRY CAME UP HERE ON THE HILL AND WAS BY SCOTT'S SIDE. AND SO FOR THE RIGELL FAMILY IT WAS A FAMILY OF SERVICE. AND HIS EFFORTS WILL INDEED INCLUDE PUBLIC SERVICE. SO WE WISH SCOTT AND TERRY AND HIS FAMILY THE BEST. AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE THREE VIRGINIA STATESMAN TO AFFECT HIRE COMMUNITY IN CHESAPEAKE OR VIRGINIA BEACH BUT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO AFFECT OUR COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AND THE LASTING MARK. WE ARE INDEBTED TO THEIR SERVICE AND THE LEGACY THEY HAVE LEFT BEHIND AND MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE THE LEGACIES OF PASSION AND THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION, WHETHER FOR THE MILITARY, SMALL BUSINESSES OR OUR NATION'S FINANCIAL PREDICTMENT, ALL OF THEM HAVE BROUGHT LASTING CHANGE TO THIS BODY AND WILL AFTER. AND WE THANK THEM IMMENSELY. WE ARE ALL BETTER OFF FOR THEIR SERVICE AND I KNOW WE WILL CONTINUE TO CONFER WITH THEM NOW AS REPOSITORIES OF WHICH IS DOMS AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME FOR ALL OF US TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THEIR TRUE LEADERSHIP FOR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. THEIR SACRIFICE AND THE FAMILIES. AND THERE ARE SACRIFICES FRRM FAMILIES. WE WISH THEM ALL THE BEST AND WISH THEM GOD BLESSINGS IN THEIR YEARS AHEAD AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD AND SERVE IN DIFFERENT CAPACITIES. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 07:46:02 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHARING HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, HIS FRIENDSHIP…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SHARING HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH THESE THREE OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I'M NOW GOING TO TURN TO THE OTHER NEIGHBORING CONGRESSMAN, THE CONGRESSMAN FROM THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHO HAS SERVED WITH ME FOR MANY YEARS ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, UNTIL HE WENT TO BECOME THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE AND HAS SERVED HERE AS LONG AS I HAVE. HE HAS MUCH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THAT PART OF THE WORLD AND ABOUT THESE THREE GENTLEMEN. I THANK HIM FOR TAKING TIME THIS EVENING AND HAPPY TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN SCOTT.

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  • 07:46:39 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM…

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR ORGANIZING TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER. TONIGHT WE HONOR THREE RETIRING MEMBERS FROM THE VIRGINIA DELEGATION TO CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN RANDY FORBES, ROBERT HURT, AND SCOTT RIGELL. DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES, FROM TIME TO TIME ON NATIONAL POLICY, THE VIRGINIA DELEGATION HAS A LONG HISTORY OF BEING ABLE TO CONSTRUCTIVELY WORK TOGETHER ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. FORMER SENATOR JOHN WERNER, THE LONG-TIME DEAN OF OUR DELEGATION, EMBODIED THIS BIPARTISAN WORK ETHIC AND WVE ALREADY HEARD IT REFERRED TO AS THE VIRGINIA WAY OF DOING THINGS. DURING THEIR SERVICE IN CONGRESS, RANDY, ROBERT AND SCOTT HAVE EACH PUT THEIR MARK ON THIS INSTITUTION AND ON NATIONAL POLICY. ROBERT HURT HAS BEEN A LEADER IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND FOCUSED ON POLICIES TO EXPAND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND SOUTH-SIDE VIRGINIA AND COMMUNITIES AROUND THE NATION. A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS OVER HIS THREE TERMS IN CONGRESS, ROBERT HAS ALSO WORKED TO ENSURE THAT CONSUMERS ARE FINANCIALLYLY THE ARE A RAT WITH THE NECESSARY -- FINANCIALLYLY THE ARE A RAT WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION -- FINANCIALLY LITERATE WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION PEOPLE NEED. I'VE COME TO KNOW SCOTT ANDY AND VERY WELL AS OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ARE ADJACENT TO ONE ANOTHER IN THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA OF VIRGINIA. ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUE, ROBERT WOODMAN, WE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN COUNTLESS JOINT APPEARANCES AND EVENTS ACROSS HAMPTON ROADS. BOTH PRIVATE AND -- IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR, SCOTT RIGELL HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING THE HAMPTON ROADS COMMUNITY AND HIS THREE TERMS IN CONGRESS HE'S DEVELOPED A WELL DESERVED REPUTATION AS PRAGMATIC, BIPARTISAN LEADER, AS HE ADDRESSES THE NATION'S FISCAL ISSUES AND REFORMING HOW CONGRESS OPERATES. WE'VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER ON MANY ISSUES, BUT I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE HIS STRONG SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY OF THE SAFE JUSTICE ACT, A COMPREHENSIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL, THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, AND I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR. I WISH SCOTT, HIS WIFE, AND HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ALL THE BEST AS HE TRANSITIONS BACK TO PRIVATE LIFE. RANDY AND I HAVE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS DURING HIS TIME IN CONGRESS, WE SERVED TOGETHER FOR MANY YEARS ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. HAMPTON ROADS IS THE HOME TO MANY MILITARY FACILITIES, BOTH PRIVATE AND PRIVATE SECTOR, DEFENSE CONTRACTORS AND MILITARY FACILITIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE NAVY. AND THERE'S NO MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT OUR NAVY THAN RANDY FORBES. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SEA POWERS SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, HE'S BEEN AN IMPORTANT VOICE ON DEFENSE AND SHIP BUILDING POLICY. HAMPTON ROADS HAS BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE RANDY FIGHTING FOR OUR REGION'S MILITARY AND SHIP BUILDING INTERESTS OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS. I'LL ALSO MISS WORKING WITH HIM ON MODELING AND SIMULATION. HE WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE MODELING AND SIMULATION CAUCUS. HE ROW MOTED THAT MODELING AND SIMULATION TECHNOLOGY AS A WAY TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND TO SAVE THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. I WOULDN'T COUNT RANDY OUT JUST YET. I KNOW HE'LL FINDAYS TOEN TO SERVE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS AHEAD, SO I WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILEN WELL AS THEY START THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIVES. MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, FOR ORGANIZING TONIGHT'S SPECIAL ORDER. THE DEPARTURE OF ROBERT, SCOTT AND RANDY IS A LOSS FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. EACH OF THESE MEN DESEE OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE, THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION, AND THE CIVILITY THAT THEY HAVE EXEMPLIFIED DURINGHEIR SERVICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:50:40 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND REMARKS ABOUT ALL THREE OF THESE FINE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND REMARKS ABOUT ALL THREE OF THESE FINE REPRESENTATIVES. NOW I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM INDIANA, REPRESENTIVE WALORSKI, WHO KNOWS THEM WELL AS WELL.

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  • 07:50:57 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS WE HONOR THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS WE HONOR THE EXEMPLARY SERVICE OF THREE DEPARTING MEMBER OF THIS DISTINGUISHED BODY. RANDY FORBES, ROBERT HURT AND SCOTT RIGVILLE SERVED THEIR DISTRICTS AND OUR NATION WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION AND WILL SORELY MISSED. BUT I MUST TAKE A MOMENT AND TALK ABOUT THE PRIVILEGE I HAVE HAD OF SERVING ALONGSIDE MY FREND, RANDY FORBES, ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND ON THE SEA POWER AND PROJECTION FORCESUBCOMMITTEE HE CHAIRS. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS SOUGHT TO SHRINK THE SIZE OF OUR ARMED FORCES, AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SHIPS IN OUR NAVY, IT'S BEEN RANDY THAT HAS LED WITH A STRONG, PASSIONATE ADVOCACY FOR OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AND A STRONG INFORMED DEPPED DEFENDER OF OUR NAVY. ARTICLE ONE OF THE INSTITUTION STATES THAT CONGRESS SHOULD SHAL HAVE THE POWER TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY. NO ONE HAS FULFILLED THAT TASK MORE HONORABLY OR DILIGENTLY THAN RANDY FORBES. RAPIDY, YOUR EXPERIENCE AND YOUR INSIGHTS WILL BE MISSED IN THE CONGRESS ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, BUT IOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHERE YOUR COMMITMENT TO SERVICE LEADS YOU. UNTIL THEN, MY FRIEND, I WISH YOFAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:52:07 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLOMAN. AND I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHE VALUED…

    I THANK THE GENTLOMAN. AND I'M NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TO ANOTHE VALUED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WHO HA SERVED ONGSIDE CONGRESSMAN FORBES. I THINK YOU SAT NEXT TO IF NOT CLOSE TO EACH OTHER FOR MANY YEARS ON THE COMMITTEE. THE GENTLEMAN FROMOWA, MR. KING.

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  • 07:52:25 PM

    MR. KING

    THANYOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE…

    THANYOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO HAVE SOME TIME YIELDED TO ME FROM CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FROM VIRGINIA, WHO I NOLA MEANTS THE DEPARTURE OF THREE VERY ESTEEMED MEMBERS OF THVIRGINIA DELEGATN AND PEOPLE'VE HAD PRIVILEGE TO SERVE WITH. CERTAINLY TIP MY HAT AND BOW TO AND ABSOLUTE ALLHREE OF THEM, RANDY FORBES AND SCOTT RIGELL AND ROBERT HURT. BUT I CAME HERE THIS EVENING TO FOCUS THE MAJORITY OMY REMARKS ON THATOF RANDY FORBES. BECAUSE, AS CHAIRMA GOODLATTE SAID, I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO T NEXT TO RANDY FBES ON THE JUDIARYOMMITTEE AND OUR MEMORIES ARE NEVER ALWAYS EXACTLY GHT. IT COULD BE FOR THE FULL 14 YEARS I'VE BEEN HERE. NEXT TO EACH OTHER OR WITHIN ONE SEAT OF EACH PERIOD OF TIME. I'VE LONG VIEWED RANDY FORBES AS MY WINGMAN ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. HE'S THE ANCHOR, HE'S A MAN WHO WE KNOW THAT HE'S A MAN OF FAITH, HE LED THE PRAYER CAUCUS HERE FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF YEARS. WE KNOW THAT HE'S A CONSTITUTIONALIST, HE SERVED ON THE CONSTITUTION SUBCOMMITTEE ALSO WITH ME FOR MANY, IF NOT ALL OF THOSE YEARS. AND WHEN A MAN PUTS THAT KIND OF COMMITMENT AND EFFORT INTO DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION AND DEFENDING INNOCENT, UNBORN HUMAN LIFE, AND DEFENDING THE VALUES AND THE ANCHORS OF OUR FAITH, OF OUR FAMILY, OF OUR CONSTITUTION, AND BY THE WAY ON THE CRIME SUBSIDY, OR EXCUSE ME, THE CRIME SUBCOMMITTEE, DEFEBBEDSING THE RULE OF LAW AND BRINGING ABOUT APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT FOR PEOPLE WHO VIOLATE THAT LAW, THAT'S THE LIFE OF RANDY FORBES. AND I MAY BE A LITTLE TIGHTER THAN RANDY, I WOULD SIT DOWN ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I MIGHT BE ALL WOUND UP. RANDY WAS ALWAYS A CALMING INFLUENCE ON ME. I'M SURE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE APPRECIATES THAT. RANDY WOULD REACH OVER AND SAY, NOW, STEVE, HERE'S WHERE WE ARE, HERE'S WHERE WE'RE GOING, AND THERE WOULD ALSO BE TIMES HE WOULD TURN HIS EAR AND HE WOULD LISTEN TO THE ARGUMENTS THAT I WOULD MAKE. WE HAD HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF CONVERSATIONS THAT HELPED SHAPE ME AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. AND ALWAYS WERE ANCHORED IN THE RIGHT VALUES. THESE VALUES THAT YOU KNOW COME FROM A MAN WHO HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. I THOUGHT TOO THAT RANDY WAS ONE OF THE BEST CROSS EXAMINERS OF A WITNESS THAT I'VE SEEN IN THIS UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THOSE AMONG THE BEST DO SERVE ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. THOSE ISSUES SEEM TO COME TO US AND THEY REFINE YOUR SKILL SETTINGS. AND RANDY WOULD BE SITTING THERE AND AS THE LINE WAS COMING DOWN TOWARDS US, ON WHERE WE SAT ON SENIORITY, I MIGHT WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S ON MY MIND, AND CHAT WITH HIM A LITTLE BIT ON THE OTHER SIDE, BUT I ALWAYS KNEW THE TIME WHEN RANDY HAD HIS PEN UP AND HE WOULD HAVE HIS RESEARCH PAPER THERE AND HE WOULD BE TAKING NOTES IN BETWEEN THAT. WHAT HE WAS REALLY DOING, MR. SPEAKER, WAS PREPARING HIMSELF TO TAKE HIS -- SOMETIMES WE ONLY HAD -- MOST TIMES ONLY FIVE MINUTES. TO TAKE THAT WITNESS DOWN TO THE BASE FACTS THAT WERE NECESSARY. RANDY DID THAT AS WELL AS ANYBODY THAT I HAVE SEEN. IT ALWAYS WAS ANCHORED IN. THE RULE OF LAW, THE CONSTITUTION, THE FAITH AND FREEDOM AND VALUES, AND OF COURSE HIS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE MILITARY AND STRENGTHENING OUR MILITARY. I WANTED TO PUT INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, SOMETHING THAT IMPRESSED ME ABOUT RANDY. WAS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA, HIT NEW ORLEANS AND RABIDDY FORBES WENT DOWN IN THAT AREA -- RANDY FORBES WENT DOWN IN THAT AREA, SIX MONTHS OR A YEAR AFTERWARDS, AND HE CAME BACK WITH THIS DATA WHICH I WROTE DOWN AND TYPED INTO MY NOTES BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT JUST REALLY GRIPPED ME. THAT THE MURDER RATE IN NEW ORLEANS POST-KATRINA HAD RISEN TO THE POINT THAT IT WAS 90 OUT OF EACH 100,000 PEOPLE WERE VICTIMS OF MURDER IN NEW ORLEANS AT THAT TIME. ONLY ONE OUT OF 83.33 MURDERS RESULTED IN PRISON TIME. AND ONLY ONE IN 10 MURDERS RESULTED IN AN ARREST. AND OF THOSE, OF THOSE TOTAL MURDERS, ONLY ONE IN 8.33 RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS. AND SO ONE IN EIGHT MURDERS WERE SOLVED AND THAT WAS THE RATE THAT'S ASTONISHINGLY HIGH, WHEN YOU COMPARE THOSE NUMBERS. 90 OF 100,000 MURDERS, THE VIOLENT DEATH RATE OF THE MURDER RATE FOR NEW ORLEANS, WHEN THE UNITED STATES BROADLY IS AROUND SIX PER 100,000, AS OPPOSED TO THE 90 PER 100,000. RANDY BROUGHT THAT KIND OF INFORMATION BACK TO ME. HE WAS ALSO A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GANG VIOLENCE AND GANG CRIME AND HE BROUGHT THAT CASE BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE A NUMBER OF TIMES FOR US AND EACH TIME RANDY SPOKE WE DID LISTEN AND IT MOVED POLICY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I CHERISH IS MY PERSPECTIVE OF THIS, BUT MRS. DAVIS, WHO REPRESENTED VIRGINIA'S FIRST DISTRICT AT THE TIME, AND PASSED AWAY UNTIMELY IN THE YEAR 2007, I WENT DOWN TO HER FUNERAL, AND I HAD, OF COURSE, SERVED WITH JOANNE AND TRAVELED OVERSEAS WITH HER INTO THE WAR ZONES AND SHE WAS ALSO ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND RANDY FORBES GAVE THE EULOGY FOR FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN JO ANN DAVIS. AND I REMEMBER SITTING IN THAT CHURCH IN VIRGINIA AND RANDY STEPPED UP TO SPEAK ABOUT THE LIFE OF JO ANN DAVIS AND WITHOUT NOTES GAVE ONE OF THE MOST MOVING AND DEEPEST EULOGIES HAVE I HEARD IN MY LIFE. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE FOR RANDY FORBES TO GIVE SUCH A PRESENTATION HAD HE NOT RESPECTED, REVERED AND LOVED JO ANN DAVIS THE WAY THAT HE DID. AND WATCHED HER MOVES -- THE THINGS SHE DID IN HER LIFE REFLECTED UPON HIM IN A WAY THAT HE COULD HONOR HER LIFE AT A TIME LIKE THAT, THAT HAD TO GIVE COMFORT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT WERE IN THAT CHURCH THAT DAY. I'D EXPRESS THIS ABOUT RANDY, AND I HOPE HE'S WWW.A LONG TIME TO SERB -- GOT A LONG TIME TO SERVE AMERICA, BUT HE'S AFFECTED MY LIFE IN A SIMILAR WAY. HE'S MADE ME A BETTER CONGRESSMAN. HE'S DONE SO WITH DIGNITY AND WITH CLASS AND THE TIME THAT HE SPENT IN PUBLIC LIFE, MR. SPEAKER, FROM THE TIME HE WAS ELECTED TO THE VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES IN 1990 AND UNTIL 1998, ON THE DELEGATE SIDE, AND THEN TO THE STATE SENATE OF VIRGINIA IN 1998, UNTIL 2001, WHEN HE CAME HERE AT MIDTERM, JUNE OF 2001, AND SERVED IN THIS CONGRESS AND WILL SERVE IN THIS CONGRESS UNTIL JANUARY 3 OF 2017. THAT IS GOING TO ADD UP TO SOMEWHERE REALLY CLOSE TO 27 YEARS, 26 1/2 YEARS, AT LEAST, OF SERVICE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, I GOT THAT RIGHT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HIS WIFE, SHIRLEY, IS A CLASS ACT AND ANYONE THAT KNOWS HER KNOWS THAT AND THEIR FOUR CHILDREN, NEIL AND JAMIE AND JORDAN AND JUSTIN, I HOPE THEY KNOW TONIGHT THAT THEY HIT THE JACKPOT HAD THEY WERE BORN INTO THE FAMILY OF RANDY AND SHIRLEY FORBES. I HIT THE JACKPOT WHEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO BE SEATED NEXT TO RANDY FORBES AND I HOPE THAT I CAN DO MY BEST TO CARRY ON THAT KIND OF LEGACY THAT HE'S LEAVING WITH US. HE'S MADE US ALL BETTER, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S BETTER, THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA'S BETTER, AND I APPRECIATE THE SERVICE THAT RANDY FORBES HAS GIVEN TO OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:59:32 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    GENTLEMAN FOR THAT HEARTFELT APPRECIATION OF THESE THREE MEMBERS. AND IT'S…

    GENTLEMAN FOR THAT HEARTFELT APPRECIATION OF THESE THREE MEMBERS. AND IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MAINE, REPRESENTS MY ALMA MATER, BAITS COLLEGE, HE'S JUST ABOUT TO START HIS SECOND TERM IN CONGRESS, BUT HE MAKES FRIENDS FAST. AND SO I'M DELIGHTED THAT HE'S HERE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THESE THREE OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS AS WELL. HAPPY TO YIELD TO CONGRESSMAN POLIQUIN.

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  • 08:00:05 PM

    MR. POLIQUIN

    THANK YOU. WE'RE VERY PROUD IN OUR SECOND DISTRICT OF MAINE TO HOUSE BAITS…

    THANK YOU. WE'RE VERY PROUD IN OUR SECOND DISTRICT OF MAINE TO HOUSE BAITS COLLEGE, WHICH I UNDERSTAND IS YOUR ALMA MATER. I'D LIKE TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT THESE THREE GENTLEMEN FROM VIRGINIA, FROM A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, AS A FRE FRESHMAN MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND SOMEONE WHO HAS A BUSINESS BACKGROUND, BUT NOT A LEGISLATIVE BACKGROUND. . RANDY FORBES HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HELP TO MY DISTRICT BY GIVING ME COUNSEL WHEN IT COMES TO THE TREMENDOUS SHIPBUILDING SKILLS B.I.W. HAS MAKING THE BEST DESTROYERS TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE AN THE BEST SHIPMAKER, SHIPBUILDERS, I SHOULD SAY, IN THE WORLD. RANDY FORBES' GUIDANCE ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE TO HELP SECURE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR B.I.W. IS SOMETHING I'LL NEVER FORGET AND SOMETHING THAT THE 6,000 WORKERS AT-BAT IRONWORKS IN BATH, MAINE, HAVE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO MR. FORBES FOR HIS HELP IN THAT REGARD. SCOT RIGELL AS A BUSINESS OWNER HERE IN VIRGINIA IN THE AUTO DEALERSHIP AREA HAS ALSO BEEN ENCREDIBLY HELPFUL TO ME ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE THAT DEALS WITH CREDIT WHEN IT COMES TO THE AUTO DEALERSHIPS EXTENDING THAT CREDIT TO CONSUMERS. SCOT'S GUIDANCE IN THAT REGARD HAS BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL. I DO SERVE ON THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH REPRESENTATIVE ROBERT HURT WHO HAS BECOME A GOOD FRIEND, SOMEONE WHO I TURNED TO ON MANY OCCASIONS TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IS, MR. SPEAKER. AS A BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL, I UNDERSTAND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD, MOVE OUR ECONOMY FORWARD, AND TO CREATE MORE JOBS IN MAINE AND THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY BUT THE GEARS OF HOW CONGRESS WORKS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN NEW TO ME AND I WANT TO THANK ROBERT HURD VERY MUCH FOR THE PATIENCE HE'S EXTENDED TO ME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS I HAVE HAD. HE'S A VERY THOUGHTFUL MAN. HE'S SOMEONE THAT KNOWS THIS PROCESS INSIDE AND OUT AND HE'S BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO ME ALONG WITH MR. FORBES AND MR. RIGELL. SO WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO SALUTE THESE TREMENDOUS GENTLEMEN FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA FOR EXTENDING THEIR HELP TO ME AS A FRESHMAN TO OUR STATE AND TO OUR COUNTRY. THANK YOU, SIR, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THESE WONDERFUL CONGRESSMEN.

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  • 08:02:43 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE THEM WITH US THIS EVENING. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NINTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA , MY FRIEND AND NEIGHBORING CONGRESSMAN, HE SERVED IN THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH BOTH RANDY FORBES AND ROBERT HURT AND WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS THE SAME YEAR THAT ROBERT HURD WAS AND I APPRECIATE HIM TAKING THE TIME TO SPEAK AS WELL.

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  • 08:03:28 PM

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    THANK YOU, MR. GOODLATTE. SCOTT RIGELL AND I WERE ELECTED, HE'S ONE OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. GOODLATTE. SCOTT RIGELL AND I WERE ELECTED, HE'S ONE OF THE THREE RETIRING THAT I DID NOT KNOW PRIOR TO COMING TO SERVICE IN CONGRESS, LEARNED THAT HE WAS A HARD WORKER, DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT, SOMEONE WHO TRULY BELIEVED IN TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING THE RIGHT WAY, LIKE MYSELF EVERY NOW AND THEN A LITTLE BIT OF A MAVERICK, WOULD CUT HIS OWN WAY BUT THAT'S IMPORTANT IN CONGRESS THAT WE DON'T ALL WALK IN LOCKSTEP, THAT WE WORK TOGETHER BUT THAT WE RESPECT EACH OTHER'S OPINIONS AND SCOT WAS A GENTLEMAN AND IS A GENTLEMAN WHO CERTAINLY DOES THAT. AS A REPRESENTATIVE, HE'S DONE THAT VERY WELL.

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  • 08:04:12 PM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    I GO NEXT TO RANDY. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, I THINK PROBABLY CONGRESSMAN…

    I GO NEXT TO RANDY. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF, I THINK PROBABLY CONGRESSMAN SCOTT HAS KNOWN RANITY LONGER, HAVING SERVED A COUPLE OF YEARS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS WITH RANDY, I THINK I HAVE SERVED LONG WE ARE RANDY BECAUSE I SERVED WITH HIM FIRST IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES WHERE HE WAS A ROLE MODEL, ONE OF THE LEADERS TON THE FLOOR IN THE VIRGINIA HOUSE, HE THEN MOVED ON TO THE SENATE JUST BEFORE REPUBLICANS TOOK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 120-SOMETHING YEARS. BUT HE WAS A FEISTY FLOOR DEBATER, ONE WHO WAS ALWAYS PREPARED AND SOMEBODY THAT I LOOK UP TO AND USED AS A ROLE MODEL IN TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW I WAS GOING TO BEHAVE ON THE FLOOR AND ACT AS A GENTLEMAN AND YET BE DETERMINED AND FIERCE IN DEFENDING MY POSITIONS. RANDY FORBES ALWAYS DID THAT IN THE VIRGINIA HOUSE HE WENT ON TO THE VIRGINIA SENATE WHERE HE LIKEWISE DEFENDED HIS POSITIONS AND WAS KNOWN AS A LEADER. THEN HE CAME TO CONGRESS WHERE HE KEPT SAYING TO ME, YOU'D LOVE IT. THERE'S SO MANY POLICY ISSUES YOU WOULD GET INTO. HE ENJOYED HIS TIME HERE VERY MUCH AND NOT BECAUSE HE FELT THAT IT WAS JUST SOMETHING HE ENJOYED DOING BY BECAUSE HE COULD TAKE HIS TALENTS AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA WITH THOSE TALENTS AND SERVE HIS NATION, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WITH THOSE TALENTS AS WELL. SO I SUSPECT THAT WE WILL SEE RANDY DOING OTHER PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE BUT I AM GLAD, SO VERY GLAD THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AND THE UNITED STATES. LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST , MY FRIEND ROBERT HURD. HE, TOO, MADE THE ERROR OF MOVING TO THE SENATE. I THINK CONGRESSMAN BOBBY SCOTT MADE THAT ERROR TOO. BUT ROBERT AND I GOT TO BE FRIENDS IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. HE WAS A NEWER MEMBER, HE HAD TO MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS EARLY ON. WE DIDN'T ALWAYS AGREE BUT I TOLD HIM TO STICK TO HIS VIEWPOINT AND HE WOULD BE FINE. HE'S A FANTASTIC INDIVIDUAL A GOOD FRIEND. I'M SORRY HE DECIDED TO RETIRE, I WELCOME HIS SUCCESSOR BUT I'M SORRY HE DECIDED TO RETIRE BECAUSE AYE ENJOYED BOUNCING IDEAS OFF HIM AND SITTING IN THE BACK ROW AND TALKING ABOUT BIRDS WE MIGHT HAVE SEEN ALIVE OR DEAD SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY OR KEEPING NOTES ON SOME OF THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF OUR PART OF VIRGINIA, OUR DISTRICTS ABUED WHERE CONGRESSMAN GOOD LAT AND I -- ABUTTED, WHERE CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE AND I SHARE THE VALERIE, ROBERT AND I SHARED THE COUNTY. I DIDN'T GET TO SERVE WITH ANY OF THE GENTLEMEN ON THE COMMITTEE. WE'VE HEARD ABOUT WHAT GREAT COMMITTEE MEMBERS THEY WERE, I DIDN'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY BUT I DID SERVE IN THE HOUSE WITH TWO OF THEM HERE ON THIS FLOOR FOR SEX YEARS. IT WAS AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH THEM AND TO LEARN FROM THEM AND WATCH AS THEY BEHAVED AS GENTLEMEN OUGHT TO DO IN A SOCIETY AND IN A PLACE WHERE WE MAY DISAGREE BUT WE CAN BE AGREEABLE WHILE WE DISAGREE ON ISSUES. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE, I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:07:44 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE FURTHER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS REMARKS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE FURTHER REMARKS? I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS WHO TOOK TIME THIS EVENING TO HONOR THESE THREE COLLEAGUES. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY MORE WHO WISH THEM WELL. THE RECORD IS OPEN AND I KNOW SOME ADDITIONAL MEMBERS WILL PUT REMARKS INTO THE RECORD. BUT I JUST WANT TO CLOSE BY SAYING THAT I WAS PROUD TO SERVE WITH ALL THREE OF THEM. THEY ARE STRONG ADVOCATES FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS, THEY HAVE A STRONG LAS VEGAS FOR THEIR COUNTRY, AND THEY ARE FIGHTERS FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM. THEY BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY IN LOWER TAXES AND LESS GOVERNMENT REGULATION. THEY WORK HARD FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND PASSING LEGISLATION THAT STRENGTHENS AMERICAN FAMILIES AND MOST ESPECIALLY, THEY ARE ALL STRONG BELIEVERS IN A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE AND HAVE WORKED HARD FOR THEIR NATION IN THIS BODY, THEY DESERVE ALL THE ACCOLADES THEY HAVE RECEIVED THIS EVENING AND MANY, MANY MORE. AND I WISH THEM GOD SPEED AND GREAT FUTURES WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:09:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 08:10:33 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

  • 08:10:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    NOW ADJOURN.

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Total Hours: 1482 (After 657 days)
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