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House Session - December 1, 2016

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

Speakers:
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Action
  • 10:00:07 AM

    GUEST

    IT FOR WASHINGTON JOURNAL.

  • 10:00:14 AM

    HOST

    IT FOR WASHINGTON JOURNAL. MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS…

    IT FOR WASHINGTON JOURNAL. MIKE BOST TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:41 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES WITH EACH PARTY LIMITED TO ONE HOUR AND EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND THE MINORITY WHIP LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:12 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE HOUSE PASSED THE 21ST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE HOUSE PASSED THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WITH A VOTE OF 392-26. I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE CURES ACT THAT EXAT THE INDICTS THE DISCOVERY, -- EXPEDITES THE DISCOVERY, THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICINES FOR NEW CURES. DISABLING CONDITIONS WHERE NONE EXIST TODAY. THIS INCLUDED LONG OVERDUE REFORMS TO OUR NATION'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, THE TEXT OF THE CURES ACT ADDITIONALLY CONTAIN MY SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST FAIRNESS ACT LANGUAGE. THIS CORRECTS A CIVIL RIGHTS OVERSIGHT OR ISSUE FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITY, TO BE ALLOWED TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST. WITHOUT THIS LEGISLATION, THE WAY THE LAW EXISTS TODAY, A PERSON, ANY PERSON LIVING WITH A LABEL OF DISABILITY IS DEEMED INCOMPETENT, TO BE ABLE TO SET UP AND MANAGE THEIR OWN SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST. THEIR PARENTS CAN DO IT, GRANDPARENTS, COURT-APPOINTED GUARDIAN, BUT THEY ARE DEEMED INCOMPETENT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES TORE THEIR SUPPORT AND -- FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ASK THE SENATE TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF DR. DAVID WRIGHT, A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT AND COMMUNITY LEADER FROM CLARNE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HE WAS A BELOVED PROFESSOR AND HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE TAUGHT FOR 30 YEARS. DR. WRIGHT SERVED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM 1976 TO 1996. HIS 20-YEAR TENURE IS THE LONGEST SERVED IN THE STATE HOUSE BY ANY REPRESENTATIVE FROM CLARION COUNTY. AS A HOUSE MEMBER, DR. WRIGHT SERVED AS CHAIRMAN ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES AND TOOK ON VARIOUS LEADERSHIP ROLES. HE CONTINUALLY ADVOCATED FOR RURAL PENNSYLVANIANS AND AUTHORED LANGUAGE THAT CREATED THE CENTER FOR RURAL PENNSYLVANIA. HE ALSO PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN ESTABLISHING THE STATE SYSTEM FOR HIGHER EDUCATION WHICH UNIFIED PENNSYLVANIA'S 14 STATE COLLEGES INTO A COMPRE HENCE OF SYSTEM. DR. WRIGHT PASSED AWAY ON NOVEMBER 18 AT THE AGE OF 80, LEAVING BEHIND A LEGACY THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT PENNSYLVANIANS FOR YEARS TO COME. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE WRIGHT FAMILY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM, THE LARGEST AND OLDEST WOODLAND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY. IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1941 TO PROTECT LANDOWNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND HELP MEET THE GROWING NEED FOR -- DEMAND FOR FOREST PRODUCTS. IN 1954, THE PRINCIPALS OF THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM HAD CERTIFICATION, ESTABLISHING A CLEAR OUTLOIN FOR PROPER FOREST MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION. TODAY, THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM IS COMPRISED OF MORE THAN 70,000 INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THAT MANAGE MORE THAN 20.5 MILLION ACRES OF FOREST. THESE TREE FARMERS BENEFIT OUR NATION'S FORESTS AND OUR ECONOMY WHILE PROVIDING TIMBER, HOMES FOR WILDLIFE, RECREATIONAL SPACE AND CLEAN WATER. IN HONOR OF ITS LEGACY LAST JUNE, I INTRODOUSED H.CON.RES 44, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM AND RECOGNIZING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY. I CONGRATULATE THE MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM ON THIS REMARKABLE MILESTONE AND APPLAUD THEIR WORK WITH LANDOWNERS AND FORESTERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:04:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:05:03 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MORK, DAY BY DAY, WE'RE -- MR. SPEAKER, DAY BY DAY WE'RE LEARNING MORE…

    MORK, DAY BY DAY, WE'RE -- MR. SPEAKER, DAY BY DAY WE'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND AS THE PICTURE BECOMES CLEARER, USUALLY THE NEWS IS TROUBLING. ONE OF THE MOST UNSETTLING INDICATIONS ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE ABANDONMENT OF A HALF CENTURY OF BIPARTISAN FOREIGN POLICY REGARDING ISRAEL AND OUR COMMITMENT TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. ISRAEL HAS NO GREATER FRIEND IN THE WORLD THAN THE UNITED STATES. BUT ONE OF THE WAYS TO DEMONSTRATE FRIENDSHIP IS TO BE CLEAR WHEN YOUR FRIENDS ARE MAKING MISTAKES. SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY BY ISRAEL ON THE WEST BANK AND THE RENEWED DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN HOMES AND CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY ARE MISTAKES. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF ISRAELIS STILL FAVOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THEY JUST DESPAIR OF IT BEING POSSIBLE. THE STEPS THE NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT IS MAKING ON THAT PATH MAKING IT MORE REMOTE. DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HE DOMINATED AT THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION ABANDONED THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HALF A CENTURY, THE BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION HAS BEEN STRIPPED FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM. THIS MATTERS. DONALD TRUMP HAS EMPOWERED TWO OF THE MOST EXTREME VOICES WHO HAVE EMBOLDENED AND DEFENDED SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY AND UNDERCUT THE NECESSARY TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO MANAGE HIS POLICY ADVICE ON ISRAEL. THIS SHOULD BE DISTURBING FOR EVERYONE CONCERNED ABOUT MIDDLE EAST PEACE. THE WORLD IS A COMPLICATED AND DANGEROUS PLACE. THERE ARE HINTS THAT DONALD TRUMP IS STARTING TO LEARN ABOUT THIS COMPLEXITY IN FITS AND STARTS. WITNESSES' STATEMENTS AFTER VISITING WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS WALKING BACK SOME OF HIS MOST EXTREME AND DEFINITIVE CAMPAIGN PROMISES. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE REALITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST CATCHES UP SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. A PRIME EXAMPLE IS THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT, ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT CHINA, RUSSIA, GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE AND GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES ALL AGREED UPON. IT'S NOT PERFECT, AND THERE ARE CERTAINLY IRANIAN LEADERS WHO ARE DANGEROUS PEOPLE, BUT THIS AGREEMENT WAS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE AND THE ONLY THING THAT ALL THESE PARTIES COULD AGREE UPON. NOW, IT'S EASY TO TALK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL ABOUT BLOWING IT UP. IT'S HARDER TO DO IN REALITY WHEN IT IS ACTUALLY WORKING, AS IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO, AND IN FACT IT'S SUPPORTED BY AN EVEN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF JEWISH VOTERS. WE ALL HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A THOUGHTFUL FOREIGN POLICY, AND DEMOCRATS MUST STAND FIRM TO REJECT SOME OF THE RECKLESS PROPOSALS FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. BUT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IN CONGRESS SHOULD NOT ALLOW A HALF CENTURY OF BIPARTISAN FOREIGN POLICY TO BECOME A CASUALTIES OF SOME OF THE MOST EXTREME VOICES OF AMERICAN AND ISRAELI POLITICS. THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT IS NOW. EVERYONE MUST FIND THEIR VOICE. FAILURE TO SUPPORT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION AND REJECT THE MISGUIDED SETTLEMENT EFFORTS WHICH WOULD MAKE THAT SOLUTION IMPOSSIBLE IS A PRESCRIPTION FOR MORE PAIN, UNREST AND VIOLENCE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. MIDDLE EAST PEACE SHOULD NOT BE A CASUALTY OF THE AMERICAN ELECTION.

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  • 10:08:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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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  • 10:09:04 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESSMAN TOM LANTOS WAS A GIANT OF A MAN, AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CONGRESSMAN TOM LANTOS WAS A GIANT OF A MAN, AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US WHO KNEW HIM AND GREATLY ADMIRED BY HIS PEERS. TOM WAS A PATRIOT, A RECIPIENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM WHO CHAMPIONED JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMAN DIGNITY ACROSS THE GLOBE. TOM LANTOS WAS A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, THE ONLY HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR EVER ELECTED TO SERVE IN THIS ESTEEMED INSTITUTION. COMING TO AMERICA AS A PENNILESS IMMIGRANT, TOM'S LIFE STORY IS ONE OF PERSEVERANCE AND FORTITUDE, YET, A KINDER AND MORE LOVING MAN YOU WOULD NOT EVER FIND. TOM WAS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, BUILDING A WONDERFUL LIFE FOR HIMSELF, FOR HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS. HE MADE IT HIS LIFE'S WORK TO SEE TO IT THAT THE HORRORS HE HAD SEEN, THE HORRORS THAT HE HAD LIVED THROUGH WOULD NEVER BE BROUGHT UPON OTHERS EVER AGAIN. HIS BACKGROUND AS A SURVIVOR AND A MEMBER OF CONGRESS GAVE HIM A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO FORGE AN EVER-STRONGER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL, AND TO GUARANTEE THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A HOMELAND. AND NOW TOM'S LEGACY AND HIS MEMORY ARE BEING HONORED IN ISRAEL ON DECEMBER 19 WHERE A STATUE WILL BE DEDICATED IN HIS HONOR. I EXTEND MY MOST SINCERE AND HEART-FELT WORDS OF ADMIRATION TO TOM'S FAMILY. I CONGRATULATE THEM ALL ON THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCASION. TOM LANTOS WAS AN HONORABLE GENTLEMAN, MR. SPEAKER, AND DESERVING OF SUCH A GREAT HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE BROTHER KEVIN, PRESIDENT OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL FOR HIS 45 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THIS WONDERFUL INSTITUTION AND FOR HIS 60TH ANNIVERSARY AS A BROTHER THIS YEAR. SINCE ARRIVING AT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL, HE HAS BEEN A CHAMPION FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, DEAN OF DISCIPLINE, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, VARSITY COACH FOR OVER 18 YEARS, DEVELOPMENTAL DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL. HIS LEGENDARY REPUTATION HAS CARRIED HIM THROUGH MANY RECOGNITIONS AND ACCOLADES, INCLUDING THE RESPECT AND ADMIRATION OF HIS PEERS, HIS CO-WORKERS AND OUR LOVING COMMUNITY. IN 2008, FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE CHURCH AND DEVOTION TO THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM, BROTHER KEVIN WAS DE-BESTOWED THE CROSS, THE HIGHEST MEDAL THAT CAN BE AWARDED BY THE POPE. AND SO AGAIN, BROTHER KEVIN, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS MAGNIFICENT MILESTONE AS THE HEART AND SOUL OF COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL, YOU HAVE BEEN A LEADER, YOU HAVE BEEN A ROLE MODEL BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, YOU HAVE GIVEN COUNTLESS STUDENTS THE ABILITY TO PURSUE THEIR DREAMS AND REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. GO, EXPLORERS, GO, BROTHER KEVIN. MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES ME GREAT JOY TO RECOGNIZE HIGH POINT ACADEMY, A WELL-RESPECTED BILINGUAL PRIVATE SCHOOL LOCATED IN MY COMMUNITY ON ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY. SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1976, HIGH POINT ACADEMY HAS PROVIDED GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS WITH AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION IN A POSITIVE AND NURTURING ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT. THIS PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION IS A MODEL OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, IMAGINATION, INNOVATION AND CREATIVE THINKING. I AM PROUD THAT OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS, THE GIFTED EDUCATORS AT HIGH POINT ACADEMY HAVE HELPED DEVELOP SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS WHO HAVE GONE ON TO BECOME LEADERS IN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMOUNT AND INDEED THROUGHOUT OUR -- COMMUNITY AND INDEED THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. THE PRINCIPAL AND THE WHOLE HIGH POINT ACADEMY, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS VERY SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY AND THANK YOU FOR DECADES OF OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY IS A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS BECAUSE WE ARE CELEBRATING THE 28TH WORLD AIDS DAY. FOR SURE, WE MUST CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO ENDING AIDS BY THE YEAR 2030, BOTH HERE IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD. I WILL REMAIN DEEPLY INVOLVED AS THE REPUBLICAN CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HIV-AIDS CAUCUS BECAUSE SOUTH FLORIDA, MY COMMUNITY, IS GROUND ZERO FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF THE BATTLE AGAINST HIV-AIDS. SADLY, FLORIDA'S NUMBER ONE IN THE NATION FOR NEW H.I.V. CASES, AND SOUTH FLORIDA ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF OF ALL NEW H.I.V. CASES IN OUR STATE. FLORIDA'S GROWING STRUGGLE WITH HIV-AIDS MIRRORS A LARGER DYNAMIC TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE SOUTH, FOR WHICH THE REGION AS A WHOLE IS NOT WELL PREPARED, AND SOUTH FLORIDA'S ISSUES IN PARTICULAR ARE EXACERBATED BY THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF H.I.V. OUR MAG ME TISM OF A -- MAGNETISM OF A TOURIST COMMUNITY. NEXT YEAR IS A BIG YEAR FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV-AIDS. THE AIDS COMMUNITY, THE CONGRESSIONAL AIDS -- HIV-AIDS CAUCUS WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO PUTTING AN END TO AIDS BY THE YEAR 2030. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:14:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 ILLINOIS, MR. QUIGLEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:14:35 AM

    MR. QUIGLEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EIGHT YEARS AGO OUR NATION WAS IN THE MIDST OF A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EIGHT YEARS AGO OUR NATION WAS IN THE MIDST OF A GREAT RECESSION. IT WAS THE WORST ECONOMIC DOWNTURN SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, UNPRECEDENTED IN BOTH SEVERITY AND DURATION. AN ECONOMIC TAIL SPIN THAT BLINDSIDED MANY, DEVASTATED MILLIONS AND ROBBED GOOD PEOPLE OF THEIR SAVINGS, THEIR SECURITY AND THEIR WAY OF LIFE. A DISASTROUS COMBINATION OF IRRESPONSIBLE LENDING, OVERLY COMPLEX DERIVATIVES AND INADEQUATE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT THAT LED TO A NEAR COLLAPSE OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. OVER THE COURSE OF THIS ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE, MORE THAN FIVE MILLION AMERICANS LOST THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD AND ANOTHER NINE MILLION LOST THEIR PAYCHECK THAT THEY RELIED ON TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. . THIS EXTENDED FAR BEYOND ECONOMICS. AT THE END OF 2008, ALMOST 16% OF THE POPULATION WAS UNINSURED. THIS MEANT THAT OVER 50 MILLION AMERICANS WERE CROSSING THEIR FINGERS, HOLDING THEIR BREATH, HOPING TO AVOID ANY UNPREDICTABLE, UNANTICIPATED, AND UNCONTROLLABLE HEALTH CONCERNS THAT WOULD TURN THEIR LIVES UPSIDE-DOWN. SIMPLY BEING A WOMAN OR HAVING ASTHMA WAS ENOUGH FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DENY YOU QUALITY CARE AND BASIC PREVENTIVE AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES WERE HARD TO COME BY. THOUSANDS OF BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAD BEEN KILLED AND SCORES MORE WOUNDED IN A LONG AND POLARIZING WAR IN IRAQ. LGBT AMERICANS HAD TO KEEP THEIR TRUE IDENTITIES HIDDEN. GAY MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THEIR NATION IN UNIFORM AND RISKED THEIR LIVES IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOM HAD TO STAY QUIET ABOUT WHOM THEY LOVED. AND THOSE WHO WERE OPEN ABOUT THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION WERE NOT ALLOW TO JOIN THEIR PARTNER IN MARRIAGE IF THEY LIVED IN ONE OF THE 48 STATES THAT PROHIBITED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. THIS WAS THE STATE OF OUR NATION, THIS WAS THE AMERICA THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA INHERITED ON JANUARY 20, 2009. THINGS LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT TODAY. AND I KNOW THAT I SPEAK FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THAT ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS FUELED BY REAL CHANGE THAT MADE OUR ECONOMY STRONGER AND OUR SOCIETY MUCH MORE JUST. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK HIS OATH OF OFFICE, THE ECONOMY WAS BLEEDING 800,000 JOBS A MONTH. TODAY WE HAVE SEEN RECORD PRIVATE SECTOR JOB GROWTH MARKED BY OVER 15 MILLION NEW JOBS OVER THE PAST 80 MONTHS. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE RECESSION IN 2009, UNEMPLOYMENT HIT AN ALARMING 10%. TODAY THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS BELOW 5%. TODAY THANKS TO DODD-FRANK, SYSTEMIC RISK IN OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED AND OUR LARGEST BRANK BANKING INSTITUTIONS ARE MORE TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN DECADES. TODAY MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS NOW THE LAW OF THE LAND IN ALL 50 STATES. TODAY NEARLY 18 MILLION PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED AMERICANS HAVE GAINED COVERAGE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RESULTING IN THE LOWEST UNINSURED RATE IN HISTORY. TODAY MEN AND WOMEN ARE CHARGED THE SAME PRICE FOR HEALTH CARE. AMERICANS CAN ACCESS PREVENTIVE CARE SERVICES AT NO COST. PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS DON'T BAR INDIVIDUALS FROM TREATMENT AND YOUNG PEOPLE CAN STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' PLAN UNTIL THEY ARE 26. TODAY BECAUSE OF LILY LEDBETTER FAIR PAY ACT, THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, WOMEN CAN MORE EFFECTIVELY CHALLENGE U.N. EQUAL PAY PRACTICES. TODAY PREVIOUSLY FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIPS WITH MANY ALLIED COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN RESTORED. TODAY THE COMBAT MISSION IN IRAQ IS OVER AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TROOPS ARE BACK HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES AFTER YEARS OF WAR. TODAY JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED AND OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD. TODAY OUR NATION HAS CHAMPIONED SOME OF THE MOST PROFOUND CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES IN THE WORLD LIKE THE CLEAN POWER PLAN AND THE PARIS ACCORDS TO HELP PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEFEND OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. IT IS UP TO US TO DECIDE IF WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD OR BACK. NEARLY A DECADE OF PROGRESS IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT EVERYONE IS STILL REELING FROM THE LONG AND DIVISIVE CAMPAIGN SEASON THAT CULMINATED IN ABELECTION -- ELECTION THAT LEFT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN FEAR ONCE AGAIN. THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND SOCIAL VICTORIES WE HAVE SEEN DURING THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIAL. BUT MUCH MORE WORK REMAINS. TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH TODAY LOOKS BETTER THAN IT DID EIGHT YEARS AGO, WHAT WILL TOMORROW LOOK LIKE? AS FOR NOW, AND AS FOR ME, I AM PROUD TO HAVE SERVED IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE UNDER THIS PRESIDENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:19:43 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:19:49 AM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP HAS MANY DIFFICULT TASKS AHEAD. ONE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP HAS MANY DIFFICULT TASKS AHEAD. ONE OF WHICH IS TO PROMOTE LONG OVERDUE INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION AT A TIME WHEN THE NATIONAL DEBT EXCEEDS OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY AND INTEREST COSTS ALONE ARE EATING US ALIVE. SOME HAVE SAID THAT A REBOUNDING ECONOMY RESULTING FROM TAX REFORM CAN PAY FOR IT. THAT MAY BE, BUT IT'S NOT GUARANTEED. IT CANNOT BE ACCURATELY FORECAST. AND WE'LL NEED ANY NEW REVENUES TO BEEF UP OUR DEFENSES AND REDUCE OUR DEFICIT, TWO OTHER CRITICAL OBJECTIVES OF THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. OTHERS HAVE PROPOSED TAX CREDITS TO LEVERAGE PRIVATE CAPITAL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. BUT TAX CREDITS REDUCE REVENUE AND WIDEN THE DEFICIT. WORSE, SUCH PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS HAVE PROVEN A FERTILE BREEDING GROUND FOR CORRUPTION, CRONY CAPITALISM, WASTE, AND FRAUD. AS WE LEARNED DURING THE OBAMA STIMULUS FIASCO, MASSIVE GOVERNMENT SPENDING MIGHT STIMULATE GOVERNMENT, BUT IT DOES LITTLE TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY WHEN IT'S SQUANDERED FOR BOONDOGGLES LIKE SUBSIDIZING SOLYNDRA AND PAYING CASH FOR CLUNKERS. HOW DO WE AVOID THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST, CONTROL THE DEFICIT, PROTECT TAXPAYERS, AND YET ADD $1 TRILLION OF NEW INFRASTRUCTURE IN A WAY THAT HELPS THE ECONOMY AND NOT JUST LINES THE POCKETS OF POLITICALLYWELL CONNECTED INTERESTS? FIRST, GET GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY. STOP OBSTRUCTING MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS LIKE THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE. KEYSTONE AND MANY OTHER PROJECTS LIKE IT ACROSS THE COUNTRY ALREADY HAVE PRIVATE CAPITAL READY TO FINANCE THEM. KEYSTONE BY ITSELF WOULD UNLEASH AN ESTIMATED $8 BILLION OF PRIVATELY FINANCED INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION AND WHEN COMPLETE WOULD MEAN A HALF MILLION BARRELS A DAY OF CANADIAN CRUDE OIL ENTERING U.S. MARKETS. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, ONE ABUSIVE OFFICIAL IN THE SACRAMENTO OFFICE OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SINGLE-HANDEDLY BLOCKED TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION DESPERATELY SOUGHT BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE REGION. MULTIPLY THAT ACROSS THE CONTRY, AND YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ALREADY ARE FINANCED BUT CANNOT MOVE FORWARD BECAUSE OF FEDERAL OBSTRUCTIONISM. SECOND, STREAMLINE RADICAL REGULATION THAT IS HAVE MADE MANY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS COST PROHIBITIVE. IN MY DISTRICT, THE LITTLE TOWN OF FOREST HILL, GETS ITS WATER FROM THE SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR, FORMED BY A DAM THAT HAS AN 18-FOOT SPILLWAY BUT NO GATE. THE TOWN IS TRYING TO INCREASE THE RESERVOIR'S CAPACITY BY ADDING THE MISSING GATE. THE GATE WILL COST $2 MILLION. BUT ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION, AND FOREST SERVICE FEES, HAVE INFLATED THE COST TO $11 MILLION. SO THIS PROJECT HAS STALLED. MULTIBILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION OF SHASTA DAM IN-- STALLED FOR SIMILAR REASONS. MULTIPLY THIS ACROSS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THIRD, USE REVENUE BONDS TO FINANCE CAPITAL INTENSIVE PROJECTS LIKE DAMS AND BRIDGES. CALIFORNIA BUILT ITS ICONIC GOLDEN GATE AND BAY BRIDGES WITH LOANS FROM PRIVATE INVESTORS, REPAID BY TOLLS THAT WERE CHARGED ONLY TO THE USERS OF THE BRIDGES. THE TAXPAYERS WERE NEVER ON THE HOOK FOR A DIME. AND THE LOANS WERE PAID BACK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. THE FAMOUS CALIFORNIA STATE WATER PROJECT CONSTRUCTED 21 DAMS AND 700 MILES OF CANALS MUCH THE REVENUE BONDS AND SELF-LIQUIDATING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THAT FINANCED IT WERE PAID BACK NOT BY GENERAL TAXPAYERS BUT BY THE USERS OF THE WATER AND POWER. FOURTH, RESTORE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. WE BUILT THE MODERN INSTATE SYSTEM WITH THE FEDERAL EXCISE TAX PAID BY HIGHWAY USERS AT THE GAS PUMP. THE MORE YOU DROVE, THE MORE YOU PAID FOR THE ROADS YOU WERE USING. BUT OVER THE DECADES, MORE AND MORE OF THESE FUNDS WERE BLED AWAY TO SUBSIDIZE MASS TRANSIT AND OTHER PURPOSES UNRELATED TO HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION. RESTORING HIGHWAY TAXES FOR HIGHWAYS WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD ADDRESSING THE MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION BACKLOG. FIFTH, REPEAL THE OUTDATED DAVIS-BACON ACT THAT REQUIRES FEDERAL PROJECTS TO PAY GROSSLY INFLATED WAGES. THINK TANKS LIKE THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION AND THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE ESTIMATE THAT DAVIS-BACON ALONE INFLATES TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COSTS BY ROUGHLY 10%. THAT MEANS JUST REPEALING THIS SINGLE ACT WOULD ADD ONE NEW PROJECT FOR EVERY 10 EXISTING ONES AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE WAYS THAT MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS CAN BE FINANCED AT ZERO COST TO GENERAL TAXPAYERS. BECAUSE THESE REFORMS ARE ACTUALLY DIRECTED AT PROJECTS FOR WHICH THERE IS A DEMONSTRATED ECONOMIC NEED, POLITICAL FAVORITISM AND CORRUPTION INHERENT IN GOVERNMENT DIRECTED PROGRAMS CAN BE GREATLY REDUCED. MR. SPEAKER, FREEDOM WORKS. AND IT'S TIME THAT WE PUT IT AND AMERICA BACK TO WORK. YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:25:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. COSTA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:25:16 AM

    MR. COSTA

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. COSTA

    NOVEMBER'S HERO WINE -- HEROINE OR HEROIN OF THE MONTH IS AN INDIVIDUAL IN…

    NOVEMBER'S HERO WINE -- HEROINE OR HEROIN OF THE MONTH IS AN INDIVIDUAL IN THE COMMUNITIES IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY IN CALIFORNIA WHO GO THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE FOR THE PEOPLE FROM WHICH I SERVE. LESLIE IS THE C.E.O. OF THE LIVINGSTON COMMUNITY HEALTH AND MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROVIDER WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT MERCED COUNTY. SHE'S BEEN A PART OF THE TEAM AT THE LIVINGSTON HEALTH CENTER FOR OVER 10 YEARS. AND SHE'S BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUCCESS OF THE HOUSE CERTAINTY, WHICH ENABLES RESIDENTS IN MERCED COUNTY TO RECEIVE HEALTH SERVICES OTHERWISE THAT WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE. 100% OF MERCED COUNTY IS A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL SHORTAGE AREA. NOT ENOUGH HEALTH CARE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE COUNTY HAS A MAJOR SHORTAGE OF PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS. LIVINGSTON HEALTH CENTER HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN WORKING TO FILL THAT GAP SO THAT NO ONE GOES UNTREATED. MOST RECENTLY LESLIE LED THE EFFORTS FOR THE OPENING OF THE WELLNESS CENTER AT THE LIVINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S THE ONLY SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER IN MERCED COUNTY. THE WELLNESS CENTER PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE AND COUNSELING AND DENTAL SERVICES TO STUDENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND LOCAL RESIDENTS AT NO OR VERY LOW COST. ADDITIONALLY, LESLIE HAS IMPLEMENTED THE PROGRAMS LIKE THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR, HOMELESS HEALTH DAY, AN ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER TO HELP ENSURE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH SERVICES. THIS WAS ALL MADE AVAILABLE AS A RESULT OF THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT. LIVINGSTON COMMUNITY HEALTH AND ITS DOCTORS, NURSES, AND STAFF WORK TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, MANY RURAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY, MANY THAT I REPRESENT, AND THROUGHOUT MERCED COUNTY, HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH SERVICES. AS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, IT'S A PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE AND GIVE A BIG THANK YOU TO LESLIE AND HER TEAM AND STAFF, DOCTORS, AND NURSES AT THE LIVINGSTON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE WATER AND CALIFORNIA'S ONGOING DROUGHT. THIS WEEK THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES ANNOUNCED THAT THE 2017 INITIAL ALLOCATION FOR THE STATE WATER PROJECT IS 20%. NOT GOOD. I JOINED WITH DROUGHT STRICKEN COMMUNITIES LIKE THOSE IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, THE CALIFORNIA FARMERS, FARM WORKERS, AND FARM COMMUNITIES WHO ARE ALL PRAYING THAT THE INITIAL WATER ALLOCATION OF 20% IMPROVES WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES ISSUES THE FINAL ALLOCATION, NOT JUST FOR THE STATE WATER PROJECTS, BUT FOR THE FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS AS WELL. HOWEVER, WITH THE CURRENT OPERATIONS OF CALIFORNIA'S WATER SYSTEM, IT WOULD TAKE STORMS OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS FOR THESE AGENCIES THAT ARE SERVED BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL WATER PROJECTS TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE THOSE ALLOCATIONS TO 100%. THAT'S WHY CONGRESS MUST ACT NOW TO PASS THE CALIFORNIA WATER BILL THAT WILL IMPROVE OPERATIONS TO FIX OUR BROKEN WATER SYSTEM. WE NEED LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO IMPROVE OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO MOVE MORE WATER WHEN LARGER STORMS ARE AVAILABLE AS IN LAST WEEKEND. CALIFORNIA MAY SOON FACE A SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DRY YEAR. AND THEREFORE AS A RESULT OF THE DROUGHT AND INADEQUATE BROKEN WATER SYSTEM, HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF ACRE-FEET OF WATER HAVE BEEN LOST. 600,000 ACRES OF PRODUCTIVE FARMLAND HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN LEFT UNPLANTED. SOME FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT DO NOT HAVE A RELIABLE WATER TO DRINK, COOK, OR BATHE IN. THE DROUGHT TOGETHER WITH THE CURRENT WATER POLICIES ARE DEVASTATING TO THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER IN THESE LAST FEW DAYS AS WE TRY TO ASSIST THE PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN AND FLINT AND BRING TOGETHER A PACKAGE OF LEGISLATION THAT WILL END THE IMPASSE THAT WE HAVE HAD AND PROVIDE WATER IF, IN FACT, THE GOOD LORD SEES TO BRINGING RAIN AND SNOW TO THE MOUNTAINS THIS WINTER IN CALIFORNIA. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. EMMER

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE ELK RIVER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM ON…

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE ELK RIVER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM ON THEIR CLASS 5-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY. ENTERING THE STATE TITLE GAME UNFEETED, THE ELKS SCORED AN IMPRESSIVE 42 POINTS AND RUSHED FOR A TOTAL OF 446 YARDS OVER SPRING LAKE PARK AT U.S. BANK STADIUM LAST SATURDAY. THE ELKS HAD AN INCREDIBLE SEASON, AVERAGING 45 POINTS AND 449 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME. EVERY ELK DESERVES MENTION BUT TWO IN PARTICULAR PLAYED A SPECIAL ROLE IN THEIR SUCCESS. NICK RICE AND SAM GIVIS. RICE FINISHED THE SEASON WITH 2,154 RUSHING YARDS AND A TOTAL OF 25 TOUCHDOWNS. AND GIVIS FINISHED WITH 1,330 RUSHING YARDS AND 23 TOUCHDOWNS. . THEY WORKED HARD THIS SEASON UNDER COACH HAMILTON AND THEIR HARD WORK PAID OFF. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE 2016 MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF ST. FRANCIS POLICE CHIEF JAKE RALEY, WHO LOST HIS BATTLE WITH A RARE FORM OF CANCER LAST MONTH. WHAT A LIFE HE LIVED. JAKE SPENT HIS LIFE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO BETTER THE ST. FRANCIS COMMOUNT AND THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND HIM. A NATIVE MINNESOTAN, JAKE GREW UP THERE AND ATTENDED BETHEL UNIVERSITY WHERE HE STUDIED CRIMINAL JUSTICE. UPON GRADUATION, JAKE JOINED THE ST. FRANCIS POLICE DEPARTMENT WHERE HE SERVED FOR 17 YEARS. HIS PASSION FOR HIS WORK AND THE COMPASSION HE DISPLAYED TO OTHERS ULTIMATELY LED TO HIS PROMOTION TO ST. FRANCIS POLICE CHIEF EARLIER THIS YEAR. JAKE WAS COMMITTED TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS COMMUNITY. HIS LIFE IS THE DEFINITION OF PUBLIC SERVICE. HE WILL BE MISSED. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO JAKE'S WIFE, BROOKE, AND SON, AIDAN. PLEASE KNOW THE IMPACT JAKE HAD ON THIS WORLD WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. WARREN WARWICK. AS A PROFESSIONOR OF PEDIATRICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, DR. WARWICK WAS A PIONEER IN THE ADVANCEMENT OF CARE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS. EARLY IN HIS CAREER, HE FOUNDED THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CYSTIC FIBROSIS CLINIC WHERE HE SERVED AS DIRECTOR FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS. DR. WARWICK IS -- WAS KNOWN FOR HIS COMPASSION, KINDNESS, INGENUITY AND TIRELESS COMMITMENT TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF PATIENT CARE. BECAUSE OF HIS WORK, THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENT REGISTRY WAS CREATED. BEFORE, CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS TYPICALLY LIVED INTO THEIR EARLY CHILDHOOD. TODAY, MANY LIVE WELL BEYOND THEIR 50'S THANKS LARGELY TO THE ADVANCEMENTS AND TREATMENT ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THE PATIENT REGISTRY AND DR. WARWICK'S UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH AND EXCELLENCE IN PATIENT CARE. IN ADDITION TO SERVING HIS PATIENTS, DR. WARWICK HONORABLY SERVED HIS COUNTRY FOR OVER 30 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE MEDICAL CORPS, RETIRING AS A COLONEL. HIS LEGACY, ONE OF A PASSIONATE, PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AND DEDICATING HIS LIFE TO HELPING OTHERS WILL LIVE ON. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GROWING UP IN HAWAII I LEARNED THE VALUE OF CARING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GROWING UP IN HAWAII I LEARNED THE VALUE OF CARING FOR OUR HOME AND CARING FOR OUR PLANET AND THE BASIC PRINCIPLES THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED IN THIS GREAT CHAIN OF CAUSE AND EFFECT. THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IS A THREAT TO THIS GREAT BALANCE OF LIFE. DESPITE STRONG OPPOSITION FROM THE SANDING ROCK SUH AND SERIOUS -- ROCK SIOUX AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS APPROVED CONFIRMED ACCESS TO THE PIPELINE WITHOUT ADEQUATELY CONSULTING THE TRIBES AND WITHOUT GIVING IMPACT TO THE SACRED SITES AND THEIR WATER SUPPLY. JUST ONE SPILL NEAR THE TRIBE'S RESERVATION COULD RELEASE THOUSANDS OF BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL, CONTAMINATING THE TRIBE'S DRINKING WATER. THE IMPACT OF THE DOORKT ACCESS PIPELINE IS CLEAR -- DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IS CLEAR. THE COMPANY CONSTRUCTING THE PIPELINE HAS A HISTORY OF SERIOUS PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS, WHICH HAS CAUSED INJURY, DEATH AND SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY DAMAGE IN THE PAST DECADE. THE FUTURE OPERATOR OF THE PLANNED PIPELINE, SEW KNOWINGO -- SONOKO LOGISTICS, HAS HAD OVER 200 SPILLS IN THE LAST SIX YEARS ALONE, MORE THAN ANY OF ITS COMPETITORS. PROTECTING OUR WATERS IS NOT A PARTISAN, POLITICAL ISSUE. IT'S AN ISSUE IMPORTANT TO ALL PEOPLE AND LIVING BEINGS EVERYWHERE. WATER IS LIFE. WE CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT IT. ONCE WE ALLOW AN AQUIFER TO BE POLLUTED, THERE IS VERY LITTLE THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT. THAT IS WHY IT'S ESSENTIAL THAT WE PREVEPT OUR WATER RESOURCES FROM BEING POLLUTE -- PREVENT OUR WATER RESOURCE FATHERS BEING POLLUTED IN THE FIRST PLACE. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS TOOK GREAT INSPIRATION FROM NATIVE AMERICAN FORMS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES THAT THEY WERE FOUNDED ON. THEIR UNIQUE FORM OF GOVERNANCE WAS BUILT ON AN AGREEMENT CALLED THE GREAT LAW OF PEACE, WHICH STATES THAT BEFORE BEGINNING THEIR DELIBERATION, THE COUNCIL SHALL BE OBLIGED, AND I QUOTE, TO EXPRESS THEIR GRATITUDE TO THEIR COUSINS AND GREET THEM AND THEY SHALL MAKE AN ADDRESS AND MAKE THANKS TO THE EARTH WHERE MEN DWELL, TO THE STREAMS OF WATER, THE POOLS, THE SPRINGS AND THE LAKES, TO THE MAZE AND THE FRUITS, TO THE MEDICINAL HERBS AND TREES, TO THE FOREST TREES FOR THEIR USEFULNESS AND TO THE GREAT CREATOR WHO DWELLS IN THE HEAVENS ABOVE WHO GIVES ALL THE THINGS USEFUL TO MEN AND WHO IS THE SOURCE AND THE RULER OF HEALTH AND LIFE, END OF QUOTE. THIS RECOGNITION OF OUR DEBT TO THE CREATOR AND OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THIS GREAT WEB OF LIFE WAS THERE FROM THE BEGINNING OF WESTERN DEMOCRACY. FREEDOM IS NOT A BUZZ WORD. THE FREEDOM OF OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WAS NOT THE FREEDOM TO BULLDOZE WHEREVER YOU LIKE. OUR FREEDOM IS A FREEDOM OF MIND, A FREEDOM OF HEART, A FREEDOM TO WORSHIP AS WE SEE FIT, FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY AND FREEDOM FROM TERROR. THAT'S THE FREEDOM THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON. THE FREEDOM CULTIVATED BY AMERICA'S NATIVE PEOPLE AND THE FREEDOM THAT THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX ARE NOW EXERCISING. THIS WEEKEND I'M JOINING THOUSANDS OF VETERANS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT STANDING ROCK TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS. TOGETHER WE CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO IMMEDIATELY HALT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS PIPELINE, RESPECT THE SACRED LANDS OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX AND RESPECT THEIR RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER. THE TRUTH IS WHETHER IT'S THE THREAT TO ESSENTIAL WATER SOURCES IN THIS REGION, THE LEAD CONTAMINATED WATER IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, OR THE THREAT POSED TO A MAJOR HAWAII AQUIFER, EACH EXAMPLE UNDERSCORES THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR WATER RESOURCES. WE CANNOT UNDO HISTORY, BUT WE MUST LEARN LESSONS FROM THE PATH AND GO FORWARD, TO ENCOURAGE COOPERATION BETWEEN FREE PEOPLE, TO PROTECT THE SACRED, TO CARE FOR THE EARTH AND FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN. WHAT'S AT STAKE IS OUR SHARED FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND OUR SHARED FUTURE ON THIS GREAT TURTLE ISLAND, OUR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. MEADOWS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MEADOWS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF A GREAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT ON HIS RETIREMENT, CAPTAIN WILLIAM B.J. FORD. B.J., AS I CALL HIM, A GREAT FRIEND FROM CALDWELL, NORTH CAROLINA, HAS SERVED IN THE CALLED WE WILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR MANY YEARS. I CAN RISE AND GO THROUGH A LITANY OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS ON HOW HE'S SERVED THAT GREAT COUNTY, BUT IT WOULD MISS THE POINT. IT WOULD MISS THE POINT OF WHO B.J. FORD REALLY IS. HE'S A GENTLEMAN THAT NOT ONLY DO I CALL A FRIEND BUT HE IS SOMEONE WHO HAS SERVED CALLED WE WILL COUNTY OVER AND OVER AND OVER -- CALLED WE WILL COUNTY OVER AND OVER -- CALDWELL COUNTY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HE HAS NOT ONLY SERVED THE CALLED WE WILL COUNTY AREA -- CALDWELL COUNTY AREA AS A OFFICER, BUT HE SERVED THOSE IN NEED. I REMEMBER SPECIFICALLY JUST A FEW YEARS BACK WHERE HE AND I WERE WORKING TOGETHER ON TRYING TO SERVE SOME OF THOSE THAT WERE IN MOST NEED DURING AN EVENT AT HALLOWEEN TIME. SOME THAT WOULD COME IN, THERE HE WAS MAKING SURE NOT ONLY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WERE RECOGNIZED FOR WHAT THEY HAD OR DIDN'T HAD BUT SOME OF THEM, PERHAPS AS THEY SHOWED UP TO GET THE MEAL THAT ONLY THEY COULD HAVE PROVIDED AT THAT PARTICULAR EVENT. IT IS THE HEART OF A BIG MAN, A BIG MAN OF COURAGE THAT I RECOGNIZE TODAY ON HIS RETIREMENT. I WISH HIM THE VERY HEART-FELT CONGRATULATIONS ON A LIFE THAT HAS SERVED CALDWELL COUNTY SO WELL AND I WISH HIM THE VERY BEST IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BARR

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR COMMERCE LEXINGTON, THE CHAMBER OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR COMMERCE LEXINGTON, THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR MY HOMETOWN OF LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, WHICH HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2016 CHAMBER OF THE YEAR BY THE ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES. COMMERCE LEXINGTON WON THE LARGE CHAMBER CATEGORY OVER THE GREAT CITIES OF BROCK LYNN, NEW YORK, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, AND TACOMA, WASHINGTON. THIS AWARD IS RECOGNITION OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON'S WORK TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, JOB CREATION AND OVERALL BUSINESS GROWTH IN LEXINGTON AND NEIGHBORING COMMOUNTS THROUGH ITS MANY -- COMMUNITIES THROUGH ITS MANY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. AS A MEMBER-DRIVEN ORGANIZATION, THE AWARD IS ALSO A REFLECTION OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON'S 1,700 MEMBERS AS WELL AS THEIR VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF ABLELY LED BY C.E.O. AND PRESIDENT -- ABLY LED AND C.E.O. -- BY C.E.O. AND PRESIDENT BOB QUICK. THEY RECEIVED A GRANT AWARD IN COMMOUNCATIONS FOR THEIR HERE'S OUR PROOF -- COMMOUNCATIONS FOR THEIR HERE'S OUR PROOF MARKETING CAMPAIGN DURING THE BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS WHICH SHOWCASED CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND THE BLUEGRASS REGION AS A GREAT PLACE TO DO BUSINESS AS WELL AS AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR CONVENTIONS AND TOURISM. IT HELPED, OF COURSE, THAT AMERICAN PHAROAH DID WHAT NO OTHER THOROUGHBRED HAD DONE IN HISTORY, WIN NOT ONLY THE TRIPLE CROWN BUT ALSO THE GRAND SLAM OF THOROUGHBRED RACING GOING WIRE-TO-WIRE IN THE BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC AT KEENELAND RACECOURSE. KEENELAND, OF COURSE, A KEY MEMBER OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING COMMERCE LEXINGTON ON ACHIEVING THIS NATIONAL HONOR AND FOR THEIR HARD WORK TO ENCOURAGE JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND TO SHARE HOW SPECIAL OUR CITY AND OUR REGION ARE WITH THE WORLD. OF COURSE, LEXINGTON, THE WORLD'S HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 10:42:38 AM

    MR. CARTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF MASTER FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF MASTER FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL CURRY WHO PASSED AWAY IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA. MR. CURRY'S WORK AS A FIREFIGHTER ALLOWED HIM TO DO WHAT HE LOVED MOST -- HELP PEOPLE. ON HIS LAST ALARM AS A FIREFIGHTER, HE RESCUED SEVEN PEOPLE FROM THE SAVANNAH RIVER WHEN A FERRY BOARDING PLATFORM COLLAPSED. HIS 13 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THE SAVANNAH COMMUNITY AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SHOWS IN HIS NUMEROUS VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES. HE WORKED AS AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER, DISASTER SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNICIAN, SWIFT WATER RESCUE TECHNICIAN, ADVANCED RESCUE DIVER AND WAS INVOLVED IN GROUPS, INCLUDING THE ALI TEMPLE, THE GEORGIA CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS FOUNDATION AND WAS THE CUB MASTER FOR PACK NUMBER 4102. MICHAEL CURRY IS A TRUE HERO WHO DIED IN SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY, RUNNING TOWARD AN EMERGENCY WHILE OTHERS SOUGHT OUT SAFETY. I AM HEART BROKEN BY THIS LOSS. OUR COMMUNITY IS HEART BROKEN BY THIS LOSS. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THE CURRY FAMILY AND FIRST RESPONDERS EVERYWHERE IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF DON LAGANA, A LONGTIME REPORTER IN THE SAVANNAH COMMUNITY, WHO PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20. MR. LAGANA JOINED THE LOCAL SAVANNAH NEWS STATION IN 2004, AND QUICKLY BECAME AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SAVANNAH NEWS SCENE AND A FAMILIAR FACE IN OUR HOMES. HIS CAREER BEGAN IN SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, AS AN INTERN. HIS TALENT FOR FIND AGNUS AND BRINGING A UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW ALLOWED HIM TO QUICKLY RISE UP THE RANKS. WHEN HE MOVED INTO SAVANNAH, HE BECAME THE WEEKDAY MORNING ANCHOR FOR THE NEWS AT DAY BREAK, AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER WHO EXPOSED CONSUMER ISSUES. A TESTAMENT TO HIS TALENT, HE RECEIVED MULTIPLE AWARDS AND WAS HONORED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER WITH THE MOST RECENT BEING BEST LOCAL TV NEWS ANCHOR 2016 BY CONNECT SAVANNAH. IN ADDITION TO HIS NEWS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MR. LAGANA HAD A HEART OF GOLD AND WAS CONSTANTLY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. IN 2011, HE COMPETED IN DANCING WITH THE SAVANNAH STARS, RAISING THE MOST MONEY FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN. HIS COLLEAGUES DESCRIBE HIM AS A TRUSTED FRIEND TO ALL AND SOMEONE WHOSE BRIGHT, LOVING PERSONALITY WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. MR. LAGANA'S LOSS IS FELT BY THE WHOLE SAVANNAH COMMUNITY. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THE LAGANA FAMILY AND WTOC SAVANNAH IN THEIR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. . I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE U.S. ARMY'S THIRD INFANTRY DIVISION AND ITS 99 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMENT FORCES. IT'S BEEN LOW CREATED IN COASTAL GEORGIA FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, YET IT'S AMAZING HISTORY DATES BACK TO 1917. DURING WORLD WAR I, THE THIRD INFANTRY MISSION EARNED THE NAME ROCK OF THE IMPORTANT. BY PUSHING THE GERMANS ACROSS THE RIVER. AND STOPPING THE IMPORTANT ALLIEDED CITY OF PARIS. THEY CONTINUED TO FIGHT THE GERMANS AS OTHER UNITS RETREATED. IN 1943, DURING WORLD WAR II, THE THIRD I.D. WAS ONE OF THE FIRST DIVISIONS TO FIGHT THE AXIS POWERS ON ALL EUROPEAN FRONTS. THEY FOUGHT IN NORTH AFRICA, ITALY, FRANCE, GERMANY, AND AUSTRIA. THE THIRD I.D. EVEN LIBERATED HALF OF FRENCH MOROCCO FROM NAZI INFLUENCE. SINCE THE WORLD WARS THE THIRD I.D. HAS CONTINUED TO SUPPORT AMERICA'S SAFETY AND FREEDOM BY FIGHTING BRAVELY IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE KOREAN WAR, OPERATION DESERT STORM, AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. THANK YOU TO THE THIRD I.D. FOR YOUR URGE, YOUR SACRIFICE, YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. WILSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY BEGAN A NEW ERA FOR THE PEOPLE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST FRIDAY BEGAN A NEW ERA FOR THE PEOPLE OF CUBA. TOO LONG THE MURDEROUS DICTATORSHIP OF FIDEL CASTRO HAS REDUCED ONE OF SOUTH AMERICA'S WEALTHIEST CONSEQUENCETRY TO POVERTY. A RECENT EDITORIAL IN THE CHARLOTTETON STATED FIDEL THOUGH HE THRIVED ON OPPOSING THE U.S. HE WAS LONG SUBCERTIFICATE VEEANT TO ANOTHER SUPER POWER, THE SOVIET UNION, UNTIL IT'S WELCOMED DEMISE IN 1991. HE ALSO WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC PROPONENT OF THE SOVIET'S RECKLESS DECISION TO PUT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION NAMED AT THE U.S. AND HIS COUNTRY, END OF QUOTE. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP HAS CORRECTLY REVIEWED, QUOTE, IT IS MY HOPE THAT TODAY MARKS A MOVE AWAY FROM THE HORRORS ENDURED FOR TOO LONG. AND TOWARDS A FUTURE IN WHICH THE WONDERFUL CUBAN PEOPLE FINALLY LIVE IN THE FREEDOM THEY SO RICHLY DESERVED, END OF QUOTE. I HAVE INSPIRED BY THE LATE LOUIE AND NINA WHO FLED CUBA WITH THEIR THREE DAUGHTERS AS ALL OF THEIR PROPERTY WAS STOLEN. THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THEIR DAUGHTERS. THEY WERE TOLD TO PACK FOR A TWO-WEEK VISIT TO VISIT A SICK AUNT IN NEW YORK. THEY WENT TO AN DEPARTMENT STORE THERE IN CUBA AND THEY BOUGHT SUITCASES AND THEN WHEN THEY ARRIVED HOME, THE SECRET POLICE WAS ALREADY AT THE HOUSE. AND THEY ASKED WHAT ARE YOU BUYING SUITCASES FOR? SO IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE BUYING SUITCASES TO GO VISIT A SICK AUNT IN NEW YORK AND THAT THEY WOULD BE RETURNING IN TWO WEEKS. THEY JUST DIDN'T HAVE THE HEART TO TELL THEIR CHILDREN, THREE YOUNG GIRLS, THAT THEY WOULD NEVER RETURN TO THEIR HOME. THEY WOULD NEVER SEE THEIR PERSONAL PROPERTY. THAT THEIR CARS, THE ONES THAT NOW APPEAR TO BE UNIQUE, THESE ARE ALL STOLEN CARS WHEN YOU SEE THE CLASSIC CARS IN CUBA. AND EVERYTHING THAT THE FAMILY OWNED WAS STOLEN BY THE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT. BUT THEY FLED TO WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, WHERE THEY WORKED HARD TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM OF EXTRAORDINARY ECONOMIC SUCCESS AS NEIGHBORS IN MY HOME COUNTY OF LEXINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. 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 U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN NEXT. THEY'LL TAKE UP THE 2017 DEFENSE PROGRAMS…

    THE U.S. HOUSE GAVELING IN NEXT. THEY'LL TAKE UP THE 2017 DEFENSE PROGRAMS BILL, OFFERING OVER $619 BILLION IN MILITARY PLANS, PROGRAMS AND PURCHASES. ALSO, A BILL DEALING WITH THE DODD-FRANK FINANCIAL REGULATION LAW AND A MEASURE PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE INVESTIGATING FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH. VOTES EXPECTED LATER THIS AFTERNOON. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE NOW HERE ON C-SPAN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    CHAPLAIN CONROY

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

    LET US PRAY. LOVING AND GRACIOUS GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. HELP US THIS DAY TO DRAW CLOSER TO YOU, SO THAT WITH YOUR SPIRIT AND AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE AMONG US, WE MAY ALL FACE THE TASKS OF THIS DAY. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. HELP THEM TO THINK CLEARLY, SPEAK CONFIDENTLY AND ACT COURAGEOUSLY IN THE BELIEF BELIEF THAT ALL NOBLE SERVICE IS -- IN THE BELIEF THAT ALL NOBLE SERVICE IS BASED UPON PATIENCE, TRUTH AND LOVE. YOU KNOW WELL THE PRESSING ISSUES FACING OUR NATION. GRANT OUR LEADERS ESPECIALLY THE WISDOM AND MAGAZINE ANYMORITY TO DO WHAT IS BEST -- MAGAZINE UNANIMITY TO DO WHAT IS BEST AND MAY WE ALL JOIN IN A COMMON WELL FOR ALL CONSTITUENCIES, EVEN THOUGH THIS WILL TAKE SOME SACRIFICE. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY , 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 FLORIDA, MR. BILL RAKES. -- BILL RACKS I. BIRLBIRL --

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    MR. BILBRAY

    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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH…

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM DAYTON, OHIO, SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF KIM HOLMES AS SHE RETIRES FROM…

    I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF KIM HOLMES AS SHE RETIRES FROM OVER 32 YEARS OF COMBINED CONSTITUENT SERVICES TO THE CITIZENS OF OHIO. KIM HOLMES JOINED MY DAYTON OFFICE IN 2007 AS A CASEWORKER. SHE BEGAN WORKING WITH ME AFTER WORKING WITH MIKE OXLEY. THOSE NUMBERS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WHEN YOU FACTOR IN THE 23 YEARS OF SERVICE IN CONGRESSMAN OXLEY'S OFFICE.

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    MR. TURNER

    YOU ALL THE BEST. THANK YOU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MRS. BEATTY

    I RISE TODAY TO SALUTE THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYE COMMUNITY FOR THE STRENGTH…

    I RISE TODAY TO SALUTE THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYE COMMUNITY FOR THE STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE IN RESPONSE TO THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT WHEN AN OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT RAMMED HIS CAR INTO A CROWD OF STUDENTS ON CAMPUS. THEN STABBING SEVERAL OF THEM IN AN ATTACK THAT ENDED WHEN A POLICE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED HIM. I APPLAUD THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, MICHAEL DRAKE, UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AND ITS INCREDIBLE STUDENT ALERT SYSTEM ALONG WITH MULTIAGENCY POLICE OFFICIALS FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE UNIVERSITY. THESE FIRST RESPONDERS ACTED QUICKLY AND SELFLESSLY, INCLUDING AN OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE OFFICER WHO WITHIN SECONDS RESPONDED TO THE VIOLENCE, CONTAINING VIOLENCE AND DIFFUSING THE SITUATION. I WANT TO THANK THE SURROUNDING HOSPITALS FOR TREATING 11 PATIENTS TO ENSURE FULL RECOVERY. AS FORMER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY, I WAS NEVER PROUDER OF HOW WE CAME TOGETHER QUICKLY IN THE FACE OF TERROR. THANK YOU TO ALL AT THE UNIVERSITY FOR CONTINUING TO EXEMPIFY THE BUCKEYE SPIRIT AND REMAINING UNITED EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. GO, BUCKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. MURPHY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE COACH BROOK GOOD AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE COACH BROOK GOOD AND THE MESSIAH COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY TEAM OF PENNSYLVANIA'S FOURTH DISTRICT ON THEIR NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THEY PLAYED THROUGH FREEZING TEMPERATURES, WIND AND SNOW IN THE NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 20, AND THEY CAME AWAY WITH A 1-0 DECISION IN PENALTY STROKES THAT WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE BEST GAMES OF DIVISION III FIELD HOCKEY HISTORY. THE FALCONS ARE A GREAT TEAM WITH A GREAT LEADER WHO INSPIRED THEM TO BE THEIR BEST.

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    MR. PERRY

    NOT ONLY AS ATHLETES BUT WOMEN OF CHARACTER, DETERMINATION, PRIDE AND…

    NOT ONLY AS ATHLETES BUT WOMEN OF CHARACTER, DETERMINATION, PRIDE AND LOYALTY TO EACH OTHER AND THEIR SCHOOL. WE ARE ALL INCREDIBLY PROUD OF YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST,…

    FOR ONE MINUTE. MS. JACKSON LEE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS IS WORLD AIDS DAY AND MUCH OF THE SUCCESS HAS COME BECAUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDING AND THAT IS WHY I RISE TODAY, TO TALK ABOUT THE PUBLIC GOOD AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET MEMBERS TO DO THE PUBLIC GOOD. I REMEMBER WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS IN, GENERATED A MAJOR SURPLUS IN OUR BUDGET, 22 MILLION JOBS PURSUANT TO THE 1997 BUDGET. WE ALSO RECOGNIZED THAT THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION GENERATE ENORMOUS TAX CUTS, LOW JOB CREATION AND A SEISMIC DEBT THAT WAS CREATED BECAUSE OF THOSE TAX CUTS TO THE 1%. NOW TODAY, WE HAVE THE TOXICITY OF TWO BILLIONAIRES WHO HAVE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE KING OF FORECLOSURES, FORCED FORECLOSURES AND THE OTHER WHO WILL HEAD THE NO-JOB-CREATING COMMERCE DEPARTMENT BY THIS INDIVIDUAL. RATHER THAN SUPPORTING FULL EMPLOYMENT OR CREATING JOBS, EVERYTHING WILL BE FOR THE BIG POCKETS OF THE BIG CORPORATION, NOT THE POCKETS OF THE WORKING FAMILIES LIKE MY CONSTITUENTS. AND SO I RAISE THE QUESTION TO MR. TRUMP -- WHERE ARE THE APPOINTEES THAT ARE GOING TO WORK FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD? WHERE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE THE SUFFICIENT WISDOM TO PROVIDE THE FUNDING THAT WILL SUPPORT CONTINUED WORK ON STIFLING OUT, SNUFFING OUT HIV-AIDS? WHERE ARE THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO -- WHO ARE THOSE THAT ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE? THIS TOXIC BRAND HAS TO STOP. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF A PREMIERE U.S. MILITARY BASE IN MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF A PREMIERE U.S. MILITARY BASE IN MY DISTRICT. NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY CRANE. 75 YEARS AGO TODAY, DECEMBER 1, 1941, CRANE NAVAL INSTALLATION OFFICIALLY OPENED. ONE WEEK LATER, PEARL HARBOR WAS BOMBED AND THE NEED FOR AN ORDNANCE FACILITY ON THE COAST BECAME OBVIOUS.

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    MR. BUCSHON

    TODAY AT 100 SQUARE MILES, NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY CRANE IS THE U.S. NAVY'S…

    TODAY AT 100 SQUARE MILES, NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY CRANE IS THE U.S. NAVY'S THIRD LARGEST INSTALLATION IN THE WORLD. THE BASE IS HOME TO TWO VITAL COMMENTS, NAVAL SURFACE CENTER, STRATEGIC SYSTEMS, ELECTRONIC WARFARE AND EXPEDITIONARY SYSTEMS. AND CRANE ARMY AMMUNITION ACTIVITY THROUGH WHICH 25% OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S CONVENTIONAL MUNITIONS PASSES EVERY YEAR. CRANE IS ALSO A REGIONAL ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE, SUPPORTING 5,000 CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES, AND CONTRIBUTING $2 MILLION A DAY TO ANN'S ECONOMY. THIS CRITICAL MILITARY ASSET IS A NATIONAL TREASURE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND AN OUTSTANDING HOOSIER NEIGHBOR. I PROUDLY SALUTE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO CALL IT HOME. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:09:59 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    MR. SPEAKER, BUFFALO WILL SELECT A NEW SITE FOR A TRAIN STATION IN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BUFFALO WILL SELECT A NEW SITE FOR A TRAIN STATION IN THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS AND WILL BUILD A NEW PASSENGER TRAIN TERMINAL IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THIS OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMAKE BUFFALO'S STORIED CENTRAL TERMINAL. SELECTION OF THE CENTRAL TERMINAL WILL BE A CATALYST FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY'S BROADWAY, FILMORE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WILL REPRESENT THE NEXT EXCITING ITERATION OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE IN THE NEW BUFFALO. THIS IS NOT SIMPLY ABOUT BUILDING A NEW TRAIN STATION. SELECTION OF THE CENTRAL TERMINAL IS A BOLD STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE AND COMMITMENT BY A CITY OF LIMITLESS POTENTIAL AND POSSIBILITY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. OLSON

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. OLSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHY I PROUDLY VOTED FOR 21ST…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHY I PROUDLY VOTED FOR 21ST CENTURY CURES LAST NIGHT. SIX WORDS. SARAH HUGHES HAD SYSTEMIC JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC JUFE NIGHT ARTHRITIS. SHE FOUND OUT SHE HAD THIS DISORDER WHEN SHE WAS 11 MONTHS OLD. FOR OVER 20 YEARS SHE FOUGHT INTENSE PAIN, FEVERS OF 107 DEGREES AND GETTING FED THROUGH A TUBE FOR OVER A DECADE. HER MOM, FIONA, WAS TOLD BY HER DOCTORS, THAT SHE WOULD WATCH HER DAUGHTER DIE BEFORE SHE TURNED 20 YEARS OLD. SARAH PROVED THOSE DOCTORS WRONG BY GETTING STEM CELL THERAPY IN MY HOMETOWN OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. WITHIN TWO HOURS OF HER FIRST INFUSION, SARAH FELT A CHANGE. HERE SHE IS TODAY. HER MOM SAID OF SARAH'S MIRACLE, SHE SAID SHE'S HER AND I'M ME. WE'RE ENJOYING LIFE TOGETHER THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO PAY RESPECT OFFICER RHOADS WHO WAS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO PAY RESPECT OFFICER RHOADS WHO WAS KILLED LAST WEEK IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN DETROIT WHILE ON PATROL NEAR WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY.

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    MR. KILDEE

    TO THE ROSE FAMILY, I AM TERRIBLY SAD OF YOUR LOSS. AT 20 YEARS OLD, HE…

    TO THE ROSE FAMILY, I AM TERRIBLY SAD OF YOUR LOSS. AT 20 YEARS OLD, HE WAS TAKEN FROM YOUR FAMILY AND THIS WORLD FAR TOO SOON. OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE, OUR COUNTRY ARE ALL STANDING WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. HIS FELLOW OFFICERS DESCRIBED COLIN AS ALWAYS BEING KIND-HEARTED AND HARD WORKING. ONE OFFICER SAID COLIN WAS ALWAYS WITH AN ENGAGING SMILE AND A GENEROUS SPIRIT. ANOTHER OFFICER SAID HE WAS THE HARDEST WORKING PERSON HE'D EVER MET. HIS GRANDFATHER, CLIFFORD ROSE, TOLD A LOCAL NEWS OUTLET THAT AT THE AGE OF 8 COLIN KNEW HE WANTED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER. SO AS AN OFFICER AT WAYNE STATE, COLIN WAS MOST PASSIONATE, THOUGH, ABOUT K-9'S AND TRAINING CLYDE, HIS ROTTWEILER, AND WOLVERINE, A GERMAN SHORT HAIRED POINTER. HIS PASSION WAS TRAINING THOSE DOGS. THIS IS A TERRIBLE LOSS AND I ASK ALL PRESENT, ALL MY FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO JOIN ME IN OBSERVING AND HONORING THE MEMORY OF COLIN ROSE IN HIS SERVICE AND HIS SACRIFICE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND SERVICE OF AN AMERICAN HERO FROM ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, TUSS KEY GEE AIRMAN, WILL -- TUSKEGEE AIRMAN, WILLIE ROGERS. HE WAS THE REMAINING TUSKY AIRMAN OF THE 100TH FIGHTER SQUADRON, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AVIATORS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. HE WAS PART OF HISTORY, AND I'M SADDENED TO HEAR HE PASSED AWAY RECENTLY AT THE INCREDIBLE AGE OF 101. WILLIE TRULY REPRESENTED THE GREATEST GENERATION -- HUMBLE, HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED TO HIS COUNTRY AND HIS FAMILY. HE FOUGHT THE AXIS POWERS AND PROTECTED OUR FREEDOM AND OUR WAY OF LIFE DESPITE THE DISGRACEFUL WAY THAT TUSKEGEE AIRMEN WERE TREATED. WE WOULD NOT BE THE NATION WE ARE TODAY WITHOUT THOSE WHO SERVED, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY THANK WILLIE AND HIS FAMILY, AGAIN, FOR WILLIE'S HONORABLE SERVICE AND HIS UNWAVERING LOVE OF COUNTRY. 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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WECK, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SPOKEN ON THIS FLOOR MANY TIMES ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SPOKEN ON THIS FLOOR MANY TIMES ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE. THIS SUMMER MANY OF US TOOK TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND SHUT THIS CHAMBER DOWN FOR 26 HOURS, DEMANDSING THAT CONGRESS DO SOMETHING TO STOP GUN DEATHS. WE ALMOST LOST A COLLEAGUE, GABBY GIFFORDS, TO THIS VIOLENCE. WE STAND NOT TOO FAR FROM THE GABE ZIMMERMAN ROOM, MEMORIALIZING THE BRAVE STAFFER WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THAT TUCSON SHOOTING.

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    MR. KELLY

    I OFTEN QUESTION IF THE LOSS OF ONE OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE ENOUGH…

    I OFTEN QUESTION IF THE LOSS OF ONE OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE ENOUGH TO ACT. TWO WEEKS AGO WE LEARNED THAT OUR ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE, DANNY DAVIS', GRANDSON, DA VON WILSON, WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN CHICAGO. HE WAS ONLY 15. HE JOINS A LIST OF OVER 700 CHICAGOANS KILLED BY GUNS THIS YEAR. TO THOSE MEMBERS THAT HAVE OFFERED THEIR CONDOLENCES TO CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, I SAY THIS, TRUE CONCERN AND COMPASSION REQUIRES SOME ACTION. WE CAN START WITH THE BIPARTISAN BACKGROUND CHECK LEGISLATION. WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. DO SOMETHING. SO NO PARENT OR GRANDPARENT HAS TO FEEL THIS PAIN, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS' PAIN, EVER AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:17:20 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, MEDIA BIAS IS A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY. WHEN THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, MEDIA BIAS IS A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY. WHEN THE MEDIA DOESN'T REPORT THE FACTS OR REPORTS THEM IN A BIASED MANNER, AMERICANS CAN'T MAKE GOOD DECISIONS. AND IF AMERICANS CAN'T MAKE GOOD DECISIONS, OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK. AMERICANS UNDERSTAND THIS. AND A RECENT "U.S.A. TODAY" SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY POLL, FOUND A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE MEDIA POSES A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY. DUE TO ITS BLATANT BIASED, PARTICULARLY OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, THE NATIONAL MEDIA HAS LOST MUCH OF ITS CREDIBILITY. IN FACT, THE SAME POLL FOUND THAT LESS THAN 8% OF VOTERS TRUST THE BIG THREE NETWORKS TO PROVIDE FAIR AND BALANCED COVERAGE OF THE NEWS. AMERICANS AGREE THE LIBERAL NATIONAL MEDIA IS NEITHER OBJECTIVE BE NOR TRUSTWORTHY.

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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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:18:30 PM

    MS. ADAMS

    MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    CAMPUS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LAMALFA

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT…

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT OBJECTION, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT OBJECTION, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:21:26 PM

    MS. LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE WORLD AIDS DAY, THE THEME THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE WORLD AIDS DAY, THE THEME THIS YEAR IS LEADERSHIP, COMMITMENT IMPACT. FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK LEADER PELOSI FOR HER STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING H.I.V. AND AIDS AND FOR GUARANTEEING STRONG UNITED STATES LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA. ALSO, TO THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, FOR ITS LEADERSHIP IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PEPFAR, WHICH WAS A BIPARTISAN EFFORT THAT PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNED INTO LAW. AS THE CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HIV-AIDS CAUCUS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN AND CONGRESSMAN MCDERMOTT, WE HAVE SEEN SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS. FROM PEPFAR AND THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA, TO THE RYAN WHITE ACT AND THE MINORITY AIDS INITIATIVE LED BY CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS, YEAR AFTER YEAR WE HAVE COMMITTED CRITICAL RESOURCES TO END THIS DISEASE. PARTLY DUE TO OUR EFFORTS, $18.2 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE NOW LIVING ON ANTI-RETROVIRAL DRUGS AND 37 MILLION LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED. BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS, WHICH MUST CONTINUE TO BE BIPARTISAN. STILL, STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION PREVENT TOO MANY PEOPLE FROM SEEKING TESTING AND TREATMENT. AROUND THE WORLD, COUNTRIES CRIMINALIZE LGBT PEOPLE AND PREVENT THEM FROM ACCESSING CRITICAL HEALTH CARE. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WE PRESERVE THROUGH OUTDATED, UNSCIENTIFIC LAWS IN OVER 30 STATES. WE MUST END THESE LAWS AND REPEAL THE DISCRIMINATION LAWS AGAINST PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 12:23:11 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 1, 2016, AT 11:49 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 122. THAT THE SENATE CONCUR IN HOUSE AMENDMENT, SENATE 1550. WITH BEST WISHED I AM, SINNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HALS. -- SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS. THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 1, 2016, AT 9:12 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 2971. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 3183. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 3386, THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITHOUT AMENDMENT, H.R. 5509, THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITHOUT AMENDMENT, H.R. 5995. WITH BEST WISHED I AM, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 12:24:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE AN ENROLLED BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5785, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE , TO PROVIDE FOR AN…

    H.R. 5785, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE , TO PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUITY SUPPLEMENT FOR CERTAIN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS.

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  • 12:24:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 937. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 161, HOUSE RESOLUTION 937. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL S. 2943, 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 STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT AND AGAINST ITS CONSIDERATION ARE WAIVED. THE CONFERENCE REPORT SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ITS ADOPTION WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT IF APPLICABLE.

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  • 12:25:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. BRYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS…

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DWE BAIT ONLY. I NOW YIELD -- IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD 30 MINUTES TO MR. MCGOVERN, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BRYNE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BRYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. THIS MARKS THE 55TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARE COMING TOGETHER TO PASS A BILL TO AUTHORIZE SPENDING AND SET POLICY FOR OUR NATION'S MILITARY. JUST AS IMPORTANT AS IS THE CASE WITH MOST OF OUR WORK ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO SERVE ON, THIS WAS A BIPARTISAN PROCESS THAT ALLOWED FOR NUMEROUS MEMBERS TO HAVE INPUT INTO THE FINAL BILL. THAT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE GREAT WORK AND LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN MAC THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER ADAM SMITH, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, AND THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE STAFF. THIS IS TRULY A PROFESSIONAL TEAM THAT PUTS IN LONG HOURS TO MAKE THIS BILL POSSIBLE. AND THEY DESERVE A LOT OF CREDIT FOR THEIR EFFORTS. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE SAID ON THIS FLOOR MANY TIMES BEFORE THAT OUR MILITARY FACES A SERIOUS READINESS CRISIS. BUDGET CUTS HAVE REALLY THINNED OUT OUR MILITARY AND HURT OUR ABILITY TO TRAIN AND PREPARE FOR CONFLICT. ONE OF THE MOST STARTLING EXAMPLES OF THIS READINESS CRISIS IS THE FACT THAT SOME OF OUR MARINES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO GET PARTS FOR THEIR F-18'S OFF OF PLANES IN A MUSEUM. THAT IS SIMPLY ABSURD AND IT IS DEEPLY TROUBLING. JUST AS BAD, LESS THAN 1/3 OF ARMY FORCES ARE AT ACCEPTABLE READINESS LEVELS FOR GROUND COMBAT. AND OUR PILOTS ARE GETTING LESS TRAINING THAN MANY OF OUR ADVERSARIES. THANKFULLY THIS NDAA STOPS THE DRAWDOWN OF THE MILITARY AND AUTHORIZES CRITICAL FUNDING FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF OUR MILITARY. THE BILL AUTHORIZES IMPORTANT FUNDING FOR TRAINING, HELPS REBUILD OUTDATED INFRASTRUCTURE, AND ENSURES OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE THE MUNITIONS THEY NEED FOR ONGOING OPERATIONS. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR A $2.-- 2.1% PAY INCREASE FOR OUR MILITARY. THIS IS THE LARGEST PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS IN SIX YEARS, AND IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL SUPPORTS OUR NATION'S MILITARY OPERATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE. AS WE FIGHT THE ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, AND CONTINUE TO HAVE A PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN, IT IS VITAL THAT OUR MILITARY HAS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR MISSION AND DEFEAT RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM. JUST AS IMPORTANT, THIS NDAA PROVIDES FOR CONTINUED MILITARY PRESENCE IN EUROPE, TO SUPPORT OUR ALLIES AND DETER RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. AS WELL AS RESOURCES TO SUPPORT U.S. OPERATIONS IN THE EVER-IMPORTANT PACIFIC. FINALLY, THE NDAA INCLUDES IMPORTANT REFORMS TO MAKE OUR MILITARY AND THE PENTAGON MORE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFICIENT. THIS INCLUDES UPDATES TO THE GOLDWATER NICHOLS ACT, TO IMPROVE THE OVERALL ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AT THE PENTAGON AND THROUGHOUT OUR MILITARY. THE BILL BUILDS UPON RECENT REFORMS TO THE PENTAGON'S ACREE I WOULDSITION PROGRAMS, TO -- ACQUISITION PROGRAMS, TO CUT DOWN ON RED TAPE AND SPUR INNOVATION AND RESEARCH. IT ALSO UPDATES UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE, TO PROMOTE ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN OUR MILITARY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL. BUT IT ALONE WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TO FULLY TURN THE TIDE BACK IN FAVOR OF THE FULLY TRAINED, FULLY CAPABLE AND FULLY EQUIPPED MILITARY THAT WE NEED. CONGRESS AND THE INCOMING PRESIDENT MUST ACT EARLY NEXT YEAR ON A FUNDING BILL TO FULLY FUND OUR MILITARY. AND WE NEED TO GO ABOVE EVEN WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL, AS CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY HAS INDICATED, WE NEED TO PUSH FOR A DEFENSE SUPPLEMENTAL THAT INCLUDES IMPORTANT MILITARY PROGRAMS THAT WERE UNFORTUNATELY LEFT OUT OF THIS FINAL BILL. . I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION TO GET THIS FUNDING BILL TAKEN CARE OF AS SOON AS POSSIBLE NEXT YEAR BECAUSE WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING, WE WILL LEAVE THE JOB HALF DONE. WHILE THIS IS JUST ONE STEP IN ENSURING OUR MILITARY'S READY FOR THE FIGHT, IT IS AN IMPORTANT ONE, NONETHELESS. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS TRULY BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. SO FOR THE 55TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, LET'S SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS THAT SUPPORTING THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ISN'T A REPUBLICAN GOAL OR A DEMOCRAT GOAL, IT IS AN AMERICAN GOAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BYRNE, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:31:26 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORN BERRY, AND THE HONORABLE RANKING MEMBER FROM -- THORNBERRY, AND THE HONORABLE RANKING MEMBER FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, AND THIS BILL THAT SUPPORTS THE MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE DEFENSE BILL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT COMES BEFORE CONGRESS. I KNOW THE WEEKS AND MONTHS THAT GOES INTO WORK BY STAFF AND MEMBERS. THIS IS A BILL THAT ACHIEVES BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT WHICH SHOWS THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THEIR STAFF. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A GREAT DEAL TO SUPPORT IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT AND SOME PROVISIONS THAT CONTINUE TO RAISE CONCERN. SOME ITEMS THAT ARE OF GRAVE CONCERNS HAVE BEEN DROPPED FROM THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT LIKE THE FISCAL CLIFF, LANGUAGE THAT WOULD HAVE AUTHORIZED DISCRIMINATION BY FEDERAL CONTRACTORS AND SOME ANTI-ENVIRONMENT RIDERS. I AM VERY UPSET, HOWEVER, THAT FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THE HOUSE CAVED TO UNREASONABLE SENATE DEMANDS TO DROP THE HOUSE-PASSED PROVISION TO HONOR OUR ATOMIC VETERANS WITH THE SIMPLE SERVICE MEDAL. THESE UNIFORM MEN AND WOMEN LITERALLY GAVE THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, AND IN MANY CASES TOTALLY UNPROTECTED, THEY WERE EXPOSED TO EXTREME LEVELS OF RADIATION DURING THE POST-WORLD WAR II ERA. BECAUSE THEY SIGNED SECRECY OATES THEY COULD NOT INFORM THEIR DOCTORS THAT -- OATHS, THEY COULD NOT INFORM THEIR DOCTORS THAT THEY WERE EXPOSED TO RADIATION. THEIR HEROISM WAS RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENTS GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND BILL CLINTON. ALL WE'RE SEEKING IS THAT THEY RECEIVE A SIMPLE SERVICE MEDAL. MORE THAN THREE OUT OF EVERY FOUR OF THESE VETERANS HAVE ALREADY PASSED AWAY, UNRECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE. YET, THE SENATE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES CHAIRMAN JOHN MCCAIN AND A HANDFUL OF PENTAGON BUREAUCRATS, IN PARTICULAR, SEEMS TO THINK IT'S A MAJOR SCANDAL TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A SERVICE MEDAL. MY MEETINGS WITH SOME IN THE PENTAGON HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY TROUBLING. BECAUSE OF WHAT I PERCEIVED AS THEIR TOTAL LACK OF SENSITIVITY AND THEIR TOTAL LACK OF APPRECIATION FOR THE SERVICE THAT THESE VETERANS PROVIDED TO OUR COUNTRY. THESE MEN AND WOMEN DESERVE BETTER FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT AND I HOPE NEXT YEAR WHEN THE HOUSE ONCE AGAIN INCLUDES THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE IN THE DEFENSE BILL THAT IT WON'T BE SO WEAK KNEED AS TO CAVE FOR A THIRD TIME BEFORE SUCH UNREASONABLE INTRANSIGENTS. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT, LIKE ITS MOST RECENT PREDECESSORS, CONTINUES TO AUTHORIZE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR OUR WARS AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE IN SYRIA, IRAQ AND ELSEWHERE, WITHOUT ANY DEBATE ON AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IN THOSE COUNTRIES AND ELSEWHERE. I HOPE THAT ONE OF SPEAKER RYAN'S PRIORITIES DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY WILL BE TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND WORK OUT A TIMELINE FOR WHEN MR. TRUMP WILL SEND AN AUMF TO THE CONGRESS ON THESE WARS AND WHEN THE HOUSE WILL FINALLY FULFILL ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DEBATE AND VOTE ON THIS MATTER. FOR OVER 2 1/2 YEARS, THIS HOUSE HAS FAILED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO TAKE UP THIS SERIOUS DEBATE EVEN AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA SENT AN AUMF TO CAPITOL HILL FOR ACTION. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WITH A REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE, I HOPE THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS WILL FINALLY DO ITS DUTY. THE COWARDESS OF THE 113TH AND 114TH CONGRESSES MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXTEND INTO AND AFFECT THE 115TH CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALSO WANT TO SAY ONE MORE THING ABOUT THE NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES A VERY IMPORTANT TITLE THAT INCORPORATES THE GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. AS MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW, THIS IS A BIPARTISAN MEASURE CHAMPIONED AND INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE TO -- BY CHRIS SMITH AND MYSELF AND BEN CARDIN IN THE SENATE. IT BUILDS ON THE RULE OF LAW ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, LEGISLATION THAT I AUTHORED WHICH FOCUSED ON RUSSIA THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE CONGRESS AND SIGNED INTO LAW IN 2012. THE LAW TARGETS INDIVIDUAL RUSSIAN OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DEATH OF RUSSIAN LAWYER SERGEI MAG NISS KEY -- MAGNISKI. IT DENIES THEM VISAS TO THE UNITED STATES AND FREEZES THEIR ASSETS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE ACT WILL REDUCE IT TO ALL COUNTRIES, NOT JUST RUSSIA. IT WILL ENSURE THAT VISITING THE UNITED STATES AND HAVING ACCESS TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM, INCLUDING U.S. DOLLARS, ARE PRIVILEGES THAT SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED TO THOSE OFFICIALS WHO VIOLATE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE RULE OF LAW. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS MAINTAIN ITS BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. IT'S CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS CONTINUE TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND OFFICIALS AROUND THE WORLD WHO ENGAGE IN CORRUPTION, HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND WHO FLAUNT THE RULE OF LAW. YOU KNOW, DURING THE LONG CAMPAIGN, TWO WORDS I NEVER HEARD MR. TRUMP UTTER WERE HUMAN RIGHTS, AND QUITE FRANKLY, I WAS DISTURBED BY HIS PUBLIC ADMIRATION OF RUSSIAN STRONG MAN VLADIMIR PUTIN. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE PAST YEARS I HAVE VOTED AGAINST THE NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT. IN GENERAL, I CAN'T VOTE FOR A BILL THAT PROVIDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR WARS THAT CONGRESS REFUSES TO DEBATE AND AUTHORIZE. I CAN'T VOTE FOR A BILL THAT TIES THE HANDS OF THE PRESIDENT, ANY PRESIDENT, TO SHUT DOWN THE PRISON AT THE U.S. NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY. AND I CAN'T SUPPORT A BLOATED BUDGET THAT FAILS TO MAKE HARD CHOICES, PROVIDE THE PENTAGON WITH EVEN MORE MONEY THAN IT ASKS FOR AND CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN SIZE WITHOUT END FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF THE INCLUSION OF THE GLOBAL MAGNITSKY HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, THIS YEAR I WILL VOTE FOR SUPPORT OF THE F.Y. 2017 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT. THE GLOBAL MAGNITSKY ACT WILL GIVE CONGRESS A TOOL TO HOLD TO ACCOUNT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS, EVEN IF OUR NEW PRESIDENT ENDS UP TURNING A BLIND EYE. THIS LANGUAGE IN THIS AUTHORIZATION BILL IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SENDS A SIGNAL, NO MATTER WHAT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT BELIEVES ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, THAT IN THIS CONGRESS IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE BELIEVE THAT IF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STANDS FOR ANYTHING IT NEEDS TO STAND OUT LOUD IN FOUR SQUARE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. SO I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT, NOTWITHSTANDING MANY RESERVATIONS THAT WE MAY HAVE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BYRNE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. COLE.

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    MR. COLE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING AND, FRANKLY, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK HE PROVIDED AS MEMBER OF THE -- AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I WANT TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS' REMARKS ABOUT THE AUTHORIZATION. I THINK HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON THAT ISSUE. WE WORKED TOGETHER ON THAT, AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT OUGHT TO HAPPEN. THERE'S AN INSTITUTIONAL QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT WE RETAIN OUR WAR-MAKING AUTHORITIES. SO HE'S DONE ADMIRABLE WORK IN THAT AREA. THE BILL ITSELF, WHICH I SUPPORT AND OF COURSE THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, IS A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR FRIENDS ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION, FIRST, TO MAKE SURE THEY STOP THE EROSION OF IN STRENGTH IN THE MILITARY. IT'S AN ABSOLUTE CRITICAL THING TO DO. IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN IF THEY DIDN'T WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE THE TOUGH DECISIONS. I WANT TO POINT OUT THE REFORMS IN THIS LEGISLATION. PROCUREMENT, THEY HAVE GONE BEYOND APPROPRIATING FOR THE MILITARY. THEY HAVE DONE IMPORTANT WORK TO PUT IMPORTANT TOOLS IN OUR HANDS I THINK GOING FORWARD THAT WILL SAVE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I WANT TO ALSO COMMEND THEM FOR FULLY FUNDING A PAY RAISE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THING. THE AMOUNT OF MONEY, 2.1% INCREASE, IS RELATIVELY MODEST BUT APPROPRIATE BUT THE MORE IMPORTANT THING IS THE SIGNAL IT SENDS TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEMSELVES BETWEEN US AND HARM'S WAY AND I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS ROLE IN THAT. FINALLY, I ALSO WANT TO PICK UP ONE OF THE POINTS THAT MY FRIEND FROM ALABAMA MADE THAT I COULDN'T AGREE WITH MORE. AS IMPORTANT AND AS GOOD AS THIS LEGISLATION IS, IF WE DO NOT MARRY IT WITH THE MONEY THAT IT TAKES TO ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT IT, WE'RE MAKING A MISTAKE OF A LIFETIME. IN MY OPINION, WE COULD DO THAT LITERALLY THIS YEAR IF WE DID AN OMNIBUS, BUT IF WE FAIL TO DO THAT AND DO A C.R., MY FRIEND IS EXACTLY RIGHT. WE SHOULD ACT AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE IN JANUARY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ACTUALLY PUT THE MONEY TOGETHER WITH THE EXCELLENT AUTHORIZATION WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE HERE. OTHERWISE, WE SIMPLY UNDERCUT ALL THE GOOD WORK OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. SO THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE AUTHORIZATION IS IMPORTANT BUT IF WE DON'T APPROPRIATE THE MONEY, A LOT OF THE HARD WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THE AROUND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL BE FOR NAUGHT AND WILL BE FOR NAUGHT UNTIL WE MAKE THAT DECISION. WE SHOULDN'T WAIT UNTIL THE END OF APRIL OR THE END OF MAY. I'D LIKE TO GET IT DONE BEFORE WE GO HOME, BUT IF WE CAN'T DO THAT, WE OUGHT TO DO IT AS QUICKLY WHEN WE GET BACK. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS IS A MODEL OF BIPARTISAN. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS MENTIONED SOME OTHER MEASURES IN HERE WITH REGARD TO RUSSIA THAT I THINK ARE ABSOLUTELY ALSO APPROPRIATE. I APPLAUD THEIR INCLUSION. AND I WOULD JUST URGE EVERY MEMBER TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND CERTAINLY TO VOTE FOR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:42:18 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MR. ENGEL.

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  • 12:42:27 PM

    MR. ENGEL

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME. I SUPPORT THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE THE GREATEST FIGHTING FORCE IN THE WORLD. THEY DESERVE OUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS YEAR'S EFFORTS. I OPPOSE THE RULE BECAUSE THIS BILL COULD BE MADE BETTER, NOT BY EXPANDING IT BUT BY TAKING OUT PARTS THAT DON'T BELONG THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. YEAR AFTER YEAR CONGRESS HAS PLACED MORE AND MORE DIPLOMATIC PREROGATIVES UNDER THE MILITARY'S PURVIEW. THERE ARE 80 PROVISIONS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS AND IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT THAT CRAWLS INTO THE JURISDICTION OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. AS THAT COMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, I'M GRATEFUL TO MY FRIEND, MR. SMITH OF WASHINGTON. WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THESE PARTS OF THE BILL. BUT DIFFERENT AGENCIES HAVE DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND CAPABILITIES. THAT'S WHY DIFFERENT COMMITTEES OVERSEE THESE ISSUES. WE WOULD NEVER ASK A GROUP OF FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS TO CARRY OUT THE TARGETED STRIKE ON AN ENEMY. THAT'S NOT THEIR JOB, SO WHY WOULD WE ASSIGN DIPLOMATIC FUNCTIONS TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY HANDLING THE TALL ORDER OF PROTECTING AND DEFENDING US? TAKE THE ASIA MARITIME SECURITY INITIATIVE, A PROGRAM SEEKING GREATER COLLABORATION AMONG OUR ASIAN PARTNERS TO SOLVE MARITIME DISPUTES PEACEFULLY. THIS IS THE SORT OF THING OUR DIPLOMATS ARE TRAINED. IT TAKES TIME TO RAMP UP CAPACITY, BUT THE PENTAGON MOVED AHEAD WITHOUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND D.O.D.'S APPROACH WAS LIKE PERFORMING SURGERY WITH A HACKSAW. THE PHILIPPINES AND VIETNAM WERE SLOW TO COME ON BOARD. THAT'S WHERE I BELIEVE CAREFUL DIPLOMACY WOULD HAVE PAID OFF. INSTEAD, D.O.D. THREW MONEY AT THE PROBLEM. THE PHILIPPINES DIDN'T WANT THE MONEY, AND THEY WEREN'T READY TO ABSORB IT. SO THE EFFORT FELL APART AND NOW IN A DIFFICULT TIME AN AMERICAN-PHILIPPINES RELATIONS, WE HAVE A GAPING HOLE IN OUR MARITIME SECURITY STRATEGY. THIS SHOULD BE A LESSON LEARNED, BUT INSTEAD THIS BILL WILL PUT EVEN MORE DIPLOMATIC RESPONSIBILITY IN MILITARY HANDS. FOR INSTANCE, THE BILL DIVERTS DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DOLLARS TO THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER, THE G.E.C. IT'S A STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM FOCUSED ON COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMIST PROPAGANDA OVERSEAS. THE GOAL OF THIS PROVISION IS WORTHWHILE, BUT THE WAY IT'S WRITTEN IGNORES OVERWHELMING ADVICE FROM EXPERTS IN THE FIELD AND OUR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY OFFICIALS ALREADY HARD AT WORK IN FOGGY BOTTOM. INSTEAD OF BEING ON WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW FROM YEARS OF COUNTERING PROPAGANDA, IT SAYS D.O.D. SHOULD DECIDE HOW MUCH MONEY TO GIVE A STATE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S JUST BAD POLICY. AND THAT EXAMPLE JUST SCRATCHES THE SURFACE. SO I SUPPORT THE UNDERLYING BILL BECAUSE IT'S GOOD FOR OUR MILITARY, BUT I DON'T SUPPORT THIS RULE AND I DID NOT SIGN THE CONFERENCE REPORT BECAUSE I HAVE DEEP CONCERNS THAT THE LINE BETWEEN OUR MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS IS BLURRING. WE WILL BE BACK HERE IN A YEAR AND I HOPE AT THAT TIME WE'LL PASS A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION THAT DEALS WITH JUST DEFENSE. I YIELD BACK AND, AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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  • 12:45:42 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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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  • 12:45:48 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA, THE GENTLELADY WHO HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THIS ISSUE, MS. ESHOO, THAT WOULD REQUIRE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES TO DISCLOSE THREE YEARS OF THEIR TAX RETURNS. MR. SPEAKER, TAX RETURNS PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH VITAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. HAVE THEY PAID TAXES AT ALL? DO THEY KEEP MONEY OFFSHORE? OR HAVE THEY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF TAX LOOPHOLES? THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT VOTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT TO BE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT ABOUT THEIR TAX RETURNS. AND THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE THAT TRANSPARENCY. IT IS HARD TO -- FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT GIVING THE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES' FINANCIAL DEALINGS IS CONTROVERSIAL. I HOPE THAT THIS ISN'T. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 12:47:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ESHOO.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MS. ESHOO

    MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE…

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS . RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:50:35 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR KNOW COME DOWN HERE TO HANDLE PIECES OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR KNOW COME DOWN HERE TO HANDLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION FOR THE RULES COMMITTEE THAT PERTAIN TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. I FIND MYSELF -- AND FIND MYSELF IN A DEBATE THAT HAS NOTHING TOOT WITH NATIONAL DEFENSE -- NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL DEFENSE. WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT PROVIDING TAX RETURNS, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AUTHORIZING WITH THE ARMY, THE MARINE CORPS, THE AIR FORCE AND THE NAVY NEED TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY. SO, WHATEVER MAY BE THE MERITS OR DEMERITS OF THE PROPOSAL WE JUST HEARD FROM THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS TOTALLY IRRELEVANT TO THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND THE RESOLUTION ON THE RULE BEFORE THIS BODY. I THINK IT'S AN INTERESTING ARGUMENT, MAYBE THERE'S ANOTHER TIME TO HAVE IT, BUT THIS IS NOT THAT TIME. WE NEED TO STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE AUTHORIZED TO DEFEND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THE NOTION THAT WE JUST HEARD AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:51:32 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS YOU HAVE?

  • 12:51:34 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THEN I WILL UTILIZED REMAINING TIME ON OUR SIDE -- UTILIZE THE REMAINING…

    THEN I WILL UTILIZED REMAINING TIME ON OUR SIDE -- UTILIZE THE REMAINING TIME ON OUR SIDE. LET ME DISAGREE WITH MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE, THAT SOMEHOW THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH NATIONAL DEFENSE. I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH HIM ON THAT. I THINK WHERE A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OR A SOON TO BE PRESIDENT HAS FINANCIAL DEALINGS IS RELATED DIRECTLY TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. DOES HE HAVE INVESTMENTS IN RUSSIA? DOES HE HAVE INVESTMENTS IN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE BEEN HOSTILE TO HUMAN RIGHTS OR TO U.S. INTERESTS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD? THAT IS VERY RELEVANT. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE ARE UTILIZING THIS MECHANISM OF DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, BY THE WAY, IF WE DEFEEVE THE -- DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, WE STILL GET TO BRING UP THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION CONFERENCE REPORT, BUT ONE OF THE REASONS WE DO THIS IS BECAUSE THE WAY THIS HOUSE OPERATES IS THAT IF YOU'RE IN THE MINORITY, YOU DON'T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET ANY OF YOUR AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER OR YOUR BILLS MADE IN ORDER, ESPECIALLY BILLS OF ANY CONSEQUENCE. THAT IS WHY WE ARE UTILIZING THIS. BUT THIS IS VERY RELEVANT TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. AS I SAID, I NORMALLY VOTE AGAINST THESE AUTHORIZATION BILLS. BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE OVERBLOATED, I THINK THERE ARE ISSUES CONCERNING THE FACT THAT WE SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON WARS THAT WE NEVER DEBATE AND WE DON'T PROPERLY AUTHORIZE HERE IN THE CONGRESS. BUT I'M VOTING FOR THIS ONE BECAUSE OF THE GLOBAL LEGISLATION, BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROVISIONS, BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE HEAD OF OUR NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING UP TO ABUSES BY PEOPLE LIKE VLADIMIR PUTIN AGAINST OPPOSITION LEADERS AND JOURNALISTS, YOU KNOW, AND ANYBODY HE DISAGREES WITH. THIS BILL IS NAMED AFTER A GUY NAMED SERGEI WHO, BY THE WAY, WAS AN ACCOUNTANT IN RUSSIA, WHO UNCOVERED THE LARGEST CORRUPTION SCANDAL IN RUSSIA'S HISTORY AND WHAT WAS HIS REWARD? FOR DOING THAT? PUTIN HAD HIM PUT IN JAIL. HE WAS TORTURED AND HE WAS BEATEN TO DEATH. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN PLACES THAT ARE RUN BY STRONG MEN LIKE VLADIMIR PUTIN, SO, YEAH, I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT HAS INVESTMENTS IN RUSSIA. I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY RELEVANT TO KNOW. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THE REASON WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT IS TO GIVES US A TOOL TO PRESSURE THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION ON THE ISSUE OF HUMAN RIGHTS. AND IT IS A SIGNAL TO PEOPLE LIKE PUTIN AND OTHER DICTATORS AND STRONG MEN AROUND THE WORLD THAT -- THAT CONGRESS IS NOT GOING TO BE SILENT IN THE FACE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. SO, I THINK THIS IS ALL VERY RELEVANT. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN DO WHAT I WOULD THINK MOST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THINK IS NONCONTROVERSIAL, WHICH IS HAVE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT RELEASE THEIR TAX RETURNS SO WE KNOW. IT SHOULDN'T BE -- THIS SHOULDN'T BE A BIG DEAL. AND WE SHOULD DO IT NOW. AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT NOW AND STILL VOTE ON THIS NDAA BILL AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL DO THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM 20 NATIONAL OS VOICING CONCERN -- ORGANIZATIONS VOICING CONCERN ABOUT THE $3 BILLION ADDED TO THE OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATION ACCOUNT IN FUNDS NOT REQUESTED BY THE PENTAGON. ONE OF MY MANY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS BILL. IF IT WASN'T FOR THE GLOBAL ACT, I'D BE VOTING AGAINST THIS BILL BECAUSE OF THINGS LIKE THAT. VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE FINANCIAL DEALINGS OF THEIR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND SOON TO BE PRESIDENTS ARE. AND THEN WE GET ON DEALING WITH PASSING A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- ACT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 12:55:45 PM

    MR. BRYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OVER. MAYBE SOME PEOPLE WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OVER. MAYBE SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO RELITIGATE THE RESULTS, BUT CERTAINLY THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT IS NOT THE PLACE TO DO THAT. SO WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE FOCUS OF WHAT WE'RE HERE ABOUT TODAY AND THAT IS AUTHORIZING THE DEFENSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S SUPPORT FOR THE RULE. I APPRECIATE HIS SUPPORT WHICH HE SAYS IS UNUSUAL FOR THE UNDERLYING BILL. I ALSO AGREE WITH HIM, AS I HEARD THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA AGREE WITH HIM, ABOUT THE NEED FOR US IN THE FUTURE TO ADDRESS AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE AUTHORIZATION IS UNDER LAW FOR WHAT WE'RE UNDERTAKING TODAY IN YEMEN, WHAT WE'RE UNDERTAKING TODAY IN LIBYA, OR WHAT WE'RE UNDERTAKING TODAY IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE SOMALIA.

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  • 12:56:31 PM

    HOST

    THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE A COMPLETELY RENEWED LOOK AT THAT AND…

    THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE A COMPLETELY RENEWED LOOK AT THAT AND COME TO US AND TAKE TEL US WHAT THEY THINK A REAL STRATEGY FOR SUCCESS AND VICTORY IS. THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL GET TOGETHER AND AUTHORIZE. THIS IS NOT THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS IT AND APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT MY FRIEND IS WILLING TO DROP HIS CONCERNS ABOUT THAT TO SUPPORT IT. WE ARE HERE TO DO ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING AND IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT THE CONGRESS DOES. AND THAT IS TO PROVIDE FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PURE AND SIMPLE. THIS RULE, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, DOES THAT. THERE'S MORE WORK TO BE DONE AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR. AND I HOPE AND I'M CONFIDENT THERE WILL BE A REAL EFFORT TO COME BACK AND DO THAT. BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THE IMPORTANT THAT WE MOVE FORWARD -- IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MOVE FORWARD -- WITH THIS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR THE 55TH STRAIGHT YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 12:57:32 PM

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

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

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  • 12:57:44 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER. ON THAT I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:03:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING A MOTION TO…

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING A MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 6392 MAY BE SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:03:50 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALLP THE BILL H.R. 6392, TO AMEND THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, I CALLP 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, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE. BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6392, A BILL TO AMEND THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER…

    H.R. 6392, A BILL TO AMEND THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TO SPECIFY WHEN BANK HOLING COMPANIES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN ENHANCED SUPERVISION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:04:24 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUA

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE BILL SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES. AFTER ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER THE AMENDMENT PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-839, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH 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 DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 01:05:13 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    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 SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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

    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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  • 01:05:32 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT, WHICH IS A VERY IMPORTANT BILL CO-SPONSORED BY A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. THE TEXT OF WHICH WAS APPROVED BY OUR COMMITTEE WITH A STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT OF 39-16. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN LUKE MYER, CHAIRMAN OF OUR HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE, ONE OF THE KEY LEADERS ON OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. HE HAS LED THESE EFFORTS VALIANTLY TO REFORM A FLAWED AND ARBITRARY FRAMEWORK USED BY REGULATORS TO DEG -- DESIGNATE SO-CALLED SYSTEM PLI FOREIGN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, ALSO KNOWN AS SIFIS, DESIGNATION, MR. SPEAKER, ANOINTS THESE INSTITUTIONS AS TOO BIG TO FAIL. MEANING THAT TODAY'S SIFI DESIGNATIONS ARE TOMORROW'S TAX FUNDED BAILOUTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS ISSUE HAS FOUND, AGAIN, A FAIR AMOUNT OF CONSENSUS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND THIS LEGISLATION REPRESENTS A VERY GOOD-FAITH EFFORT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI TO FORGE A BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT AT THE VERY LEAST, AT THE MINIMUM, WOULD GET RID OF A TOTALLY ARBITRARY AND STATIC THRESHOLD CURRENTLY USED TO DESIGNATE INSTITUTIONS AS SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT. MR. SPEAKER, I AND I SPEAK FOR MANY ON THIS FLOOR, I, FOR ONE, DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE SIFI ARCHITECTURE AT ALL. I THINK IT IS HARMFUL. I THINK IT IS DANGEROUS. CLEARLY IT SHOULD BE REPLACED BY HIGH LEVELS OF LOSS ABSORBING PRIVATE CAPITAL. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT WE'RE DEBATING TODAY. TODAY IN THE 114TH CONGRESS WE CONTINUE TO TRY TO FIND A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS TO SUPPORT NEEDED REFORMS, AGAIN, THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS. BIPARTISAN. IT RECOGNIZES THAT REGULATIONS SHOULD CONSIDER DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF RISK AND NOT SIMPLY A WASHINGTON ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL DEFINITION. THE CURRENT APPROACH, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, THE CURRENT APPROACH AS THE CO-AUTHOR OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT HIMSELF ADMITS IS A MISTAKE. IT IS A MISTAKE BECAUSE IT FAILS TO TAKE INTO DIFFERENCES IN THE VARIOUS BUSINESS MODELS OR SYSTEMIC RISK INSTITUTIONS POSE TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IN FACT, IT IS INDISPUTABLE THAT THE ASSET THRESHOLD USED IN DODD-FRANK IS NOT BASED ON LOGICAL FORMULA ON RESEARCH OR ANY EVIDENCE AT ALL. INSTEAD, IT IS SIMPLY A RANDOM NUMBER PICKED OUT OF THIN AIR. CONCERNS WITH THIS ARBITRARY NUMBER HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS I JUST MENTIONED BY NONE OTHER THAN FORMER FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BARNEY FRANK HIMSELF. AS I RECALL, HE'S THE FRANK OF DODD-FRANK. AND IN TESTIMONY BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, FORMER CHAIRMAN FRANK AGREED THAT THE THRESHOLD HE WROTE INTO LAW WAS, QUOTE, ARBITRARY. AND HE EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR ADJUSTING IT. THEN JUST LAST WEEK HE STATED THE ASSET THROSHE HOLD WAS QUOTE, A MISTAKE. I HOPE ALL MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TAKE CAREFUL NOTE. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD MEMBER, DAN, HAS ALSO EXPRESSED SKEPTICISM AS HAS THE COMPTROLLER OF THE CURN. EVEN THE RANKING MEMBER -- CURRENCY. EVEN THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE, SENATOR BROWN, STATED, QUOTE I DO NOT AGREE -- RATHER I DO AGREE THAT SOME BANKS ABOVE $50 BILLION SHOULD NOT, NOT BE REGULATED LIKE WALL STREET MEGABANKS, UNQUOTE. SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE TODAY WITH THIS BIPARTISAN BILL IS TRYING TO PROFILE A SOLUTION TO TRY TO FIX A GENERALLY RECOGNIZED MISTAKE IN DODD-FRANK. THOSE OPPOSE THE BILL ARE TRYING TO DO IS TO PRESERVE THAT MISTAKE IN LAW. PERHAPS AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT SMALL BANKS ON MAIN STREET, EVEN OUR REGIONAL BANKS, DID NOT CAUSE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. ARBITRARILY PAINTING BIG BANKS AND SMALL AND MID-SIZED BANKS WITH EXACTLY THE SAME BROAD BRUSH IS WRONG, IT'S BAD POLCY, AND IT IS BAD FOR OUR ECONOMY. SO THE DISCUSSION TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, SHOULD INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE APPROPRIATE MEASURE OF SYSTEMIC IMPORTANCE AND THE REGULATORY BURDEN IMPOSED BY THE SO-CALLED ENHANCED PRUDENTIAL STANDARDS ONCE AN INSTITUTION HAS BEEN DESIGNATED. BY FOCUSING EXCLUSIVELY ON ASSET SIZE, YOU IGNORE OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY BE MOREL VANT IN DETERMINING WHETHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS -- MORE RELEVANT IN DETERMINING WHETHER FINANCE INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE STANDARDS. AN ASSET-BASED APPROACH DOES NOT CAPTURE THIS. THE TYPES OF RISK THAT ENHANCE PRUDENTIAL STANDARDS ARE DESIGNED TO MITIGATE IN THE FIRST PLACE. BY DETERMINING RISK UNDER AN ACTIVITY-BASED STANDARDS, NO MATTER HOW FLAWED THESE STANDARDS MAY BE, OUR REGULATORS WOULD BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN STABLE ACTIVITIES AND THOSE THAT MAY POSE A THREAT TO FINANCIAL STABILITY. IT WOULD ALLOW MORE PRECISION IN IDENTIFYING SYSTEMIC IMPORTANCE WHILE ALSO PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY FOR INSTITUTIONS IN GAUGING IN MORE PRUDENT LENDING ACTIVITIES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S JUST SO IMPORTANT THAT WE KNOW THAT THE EFFECT OF THESE REGULATIONS TODAY ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, IT IS HARMING OUR ECONOMY. INSTEAD OF HELPING TO CAPITALIZE SMALL BUSINESSES LEADING TO MORE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WHO STILL LACK BOTH, FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE HAVING TO EXPEND CAPITAL ON COMPLIANCE, COMPLIANCE THAT EVEN THE CO-AUTHOR OF DODD-FRANK ADMITS IS A MISTAKE. MR. SPEAKER, I REGRETTABLY NEED NOT REMIND US THAT WE REMAIN STUCK IN THE SLOWEST AND WEAKEST ECONOMIC RECOVERY SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR II. THE ECONOMY SIMPLY IS NOT WORKING FOR WORKING AMERICANS. THEY CAN'T GET AHEAD. AND THEY FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR FAMILIES. THEIR PAYCHECKS HAVE REMAINED STAGNANT. THEIR SAVINGS HAVE DECLINED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. SO I URGE THE ADOPTION OF THIS MEASURE. I THANK CHAIRMAN LUKE MYER -- LUKET MYER FOR FORGING THIS BIPARTISAN SOLUTION. AND I URGE US TO CORRECT THIS DODD-FRANK MISTAKE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:12:19 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

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

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. WATERS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6392. THIS IS THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6392. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE TRUMP AGENDA TO DEREGULATE WALL STREET DESPITE CANDIDATE TRUMP'S PLEDGES TO HOLD ELITE BANKERS ACCOUNTABLE. IN FACT, AS WE DEBATE THIS BILL TODAY, TRUMP TOWERS' REVOLVING DOOR IS SPINNING WITH WALL STREET INSIDERS. YES, IN A SKYSCRAPER IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, TRUMP AND HIS TRANSITION TEAM ARE PLOTTING THEIR AGENDA TO WEAKEN FINANCIAL REFORM AND BRING US BACK TO THE PRECRISIS WHILE -- WILD WEST DAYS WHEN BANK COULD GAMBLE WITH TAXPAYER MONEY. BANK STOCKS ARE UP ON NEWS OF GIFTS TO COME, AND NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ARE ALREADY DOCUMENTING REPUBLICANS' AGGRESSIVE PLANS. IN FACT, PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE WILL NOMINATE STEVEN NEW SHIN -- NMUCHIN, A FORMER GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE WHO NOW SITS ON THE BOARD OF THE MEGABANK, C.I.T., TO BE HIS TREASURY SECRETARY. HIS BANK IS JUST ONE OF 27 BANKS THAT STANDS TO BENEFIT DIRECTLY FROM THIS LEGISLATION. THOUGH C.I.T. CRASHED, THAT'S THE BANK, AND WENT BANKRUPT DURING THE CRISIS BECAUSE OF HIGH RISK COMMERCIAL LENDING AND SUBPRIME LOANS, SOMEHOW MR. MNUCHIN STILL MANAGED TO SIGN AN EMPLOYMENT DEAL HANDING HIM $4 MILLION A YEAR IN 2016. I SUPPOSE PASSING THIS LEGISLATION IS JUST THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS' WAY OF GIVING HIM A SIGNING BONUS FOR COMING INTO GOVERNMENT. WE ENACTED WALL STREET REFORM IN RESPONSE TO THE STUNNING GREED AND REGULATORY FAILURES OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND YET WITH THIS BILL THE REPUBLICANS ARE DISPLAYING A STAGGERING DEGREE OF HISTORICAL AMNESIA. THIS BILL IS THE EPITOME OF THE DANGEROUS AGENDA WITH H.R. 6392 GUTTING OUR BANKING REGULATIONS ' OVERSIGHT OF $4.5 TRILLION IN BANKING ASSETS, OR APPROXIMATELY 30% OF THE INDUSTRY CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO ENHANCED RULES. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT HELPING THE COMMUNITY BANKS, BECAUSE 99% OF OUR COUNTRY'S COMMUNITY BANKS AND CREDIT UNIONS ARE ALREADY EXEMPT FROM MOST RULES IN DODD-FRANK. I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO COME OUT HERE SAYING OH, WE'RE HELPING THE COMMUNITY BANKS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COMMUNITY BANKS. . THIS IS ABOUT DEREGULATING THE BIG BANKS. IT IS ALSO NOT ABOUT TAILORING REGULATIONS FOR REGIONAL BANKS. WALL STREET REFORM ALREADY REQUIRED THAT AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS ALREADY TAKING STEPS TO DO SO. NO. THIS BILL IS ABOUT A WHOLESALE REGULATORY EXEMPTION FOR JUST 27, 27 OF THE BIGGEST BANKS IN AMERICA. BANKS WITH $100 BILLION, $200 BILLION AND EVEN $400 BILLION IN AS THE -- ASSETS. MANY OF THE TYPES OF BANKS THAT WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS BILL FAILED SPECTACULARLY DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. IN FACT, LARGE BANK HOLDING COMPANIES WITH MORE THAN $50 BILLION IN ASSETS RECEIVED TWICE AS MUCH BAILOUT MONEY PER DOLLAR THAN BANKS WITH LESS THAN $50 BILLION IN ASSETS. CONTRARY TO THE TALKING POINTS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE , THESE MEGAREGIONAL BANKS ARE NOT JUST BIG COMMUNITY BANKS. NO. THESE REGIONAL BANKS ARE SOME OF THE WORST PLAYERS IN PREDATORY, SUBPRIME LENDING, LEADING UP TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THEY HAVE PREYED ON MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND RURAL COMMUNITIES AND THEY HAVE PASSED THE BUCK ON TO TAXPAYERS WHEN THEIR BETS FAILED. REMEMBER COUNTRYWIDE? REMEMBER COUNTRYWIDE? A $200 BILLION 2015, THEY WERE THE NUMBER THREE SUBPRIME MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR AND NUMBER ONE ISSUER OF SUBPRIME MORTGAGES BONDS IN 2006. THEY ARE A POSTER CHILD OF THE CRISIS. REMEMBER WASHINGTON MUTUAL? WITH $300 BILLION IN ASSETS, WHOSE HOMETOWN PAPER, THE SEATTLE TIMES D, -- THE "SEATTLE TIMES" DESCRIBED AS PREDATORY. REMEMBER WACHOVIA WITH THEIR EXOTIC PICK A PAYMENT MORTGAGE LOANS, REMEMBER IN OCTOBER OF 2008 WHEN THEY POSTED A $24 BILLION QUARTERLY LOSS AND THE FDIC HAD TO FACILITATE A MIDNIGHT ACQUISITION BY WELLS FARGO. REMEMBER NEW CENTURY? OR AAMERIQUEST OR OPTION ONE? THIS BILL WOULD ENABLE MORE EMPLOYEEUPS LIKE THESE. H.R. -- BLOW JUSTICE-UPS LIKE THESE. H.R. -- BLOWUPS LIKE THIELS. H.R. 6392 WOULD MAKE SURE BANKS ARE SUBBLET TO CLOSER REGULATORY SCRUTINY AND PREVENT THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD FROM REGULATING THESE BANKS. INSTEAD, IT WOULD HAND OVER THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO WHAT IS KNOWN AS FSOC, THE FINANCIAL STABILITY YORE SIGHT COUNCIL, IN ORDER -- STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL, IN ORDER TO -- THEY SAY, REGULATE THE BANKS. THE FSOC WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PROCESS OF DESIGNATION WHICH TAKES TWO TO FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE, THIS WOULD GIVE THEM PLENTY OF TIME TO GO BACK TO THEIR OLD WAYS THAT DODD-FRANK IS TRYING TO PREVENT. EVEN IF A POTENTIAL TREASURY SECRETARY, MNUCHIN, DECIDED TO REGULATE HIS FORMER EMPLOYER BY THE TIME HE GOT AROUND TO IT, THE DAMAGE WOULD LIKELY ALREADY BE DONE. IT'S ALSO SIGNIFICANT TO NOTE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY TRIED TO DISMANTLE THE FSOC. AND ITS EXISTING DESIGNATION AUTHORITY FOR LARGE NONBANKS. THEY HAVE CALLED THE COUNCIL UNCONSTITUTIONAL, INTRODUCED BILLS TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR THE FSOC TO DO ITS JOB. AND HELP COMPANIES LIKE MET LIFE FIGHT ITS DESIGNATION IN COURT. WHAT'S MORE, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING 'S SWEEPING WALL STREET DE-REGULATION BILL, THE WRONG CHOICE ACT, WOULD REPEAL THIS EXACT SAME DESIGNATION AUTHORITY ALTOGETHER. WHY IS THE MAJORITY EVEN CONSIDERING THIS BILL TODAY? WHEN THE CHAIRMAN'S WALL STREET REFORM REPEAL PACKAGE WOULD RENDER THIS BILL MOOT. IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS IS JUST THE FIRST ACT IN A LONG, DANGEROUS PLAY THAT WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO NEXT YEAR. I THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING THIS HARMFUL BILL. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AS I SAID WHEN I TOOK THE FLOOR TO DEBATE THIS BILL, THIS IS THE FIRST ACT IN TRUMP'S PROMISE THAT HE'S GOING TO DE-REGULATE, HIS PROMISE THAT HE'S GOING TO GET RID OF DODD-FRANK, HIS PROMISE THAT HE'S GOING TO GET RID OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, HIS PROMISE THAT HE'S GOING TO IN ESSENCE TURN ALL OF THIS BACK OVER TO WALL STREET. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 01:20:26 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE SECONDS JUST TO SAY, IF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF FIVE SECONDS JUST TO SAY, IF THE RANKING MEMBER BELIEVES THIS IS THE FIRST ACT IN GETTING RID OF DODD-FRANK, SHE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN HELPING BRING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, THE GENTLEMAN FROM DALLAS, TEXAS,

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  • 01:20:56 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK MY DEAR COLLEAGUE FROM DALLAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THANK MY DEAR COLLEAGUE FROM DALLAS ALSO, FOR NOT ONLY YIELDING BUT I WANT TO COMMEND HIM AND WORKING WITH HIS COMMITTEE, INCLUDING MR. LUETKEMEYER, FROM MISSOURI, FOR THIS AWESOME LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THE POINT IS SIMPLE. WASHINGTON HAS ONCE AGAIN GOTTEN IN THE WAY OF LEGITIMATE BUSINESS AND IS HARMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND JOB GROWTH IN THIS COUNTRY. BY IMPOSING UNNECESSARY AND BURDENSOME COMPLIANCE COSTS ON MEDIUM-SIZED BANKS ALL ACROSS AMERICA. ASSET THRESHOLD, REGARDSLESS OF HOW HIGH OR LOW, ARE DISINCENTIVES TO GROWTH. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE AN INSTITUTIONALIZED SOMEWHERE THAT'S SLIGHTLY ABOVE OR BELOW SOME THRESHOLD, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT ARBITRARY NUMBERS TELL US VERY LITTLE ABOUT RISK THAT IS ACTUALLY INVOLVED. AND IT IS THE RISK TO INSTITUTIONS IN AMERICA THAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT. SO, SIMPLY PUT, THE DESIGNATION IS ARBITRARY. IT SIMPLY SUGGESTS SMALLER BANKS TO THE SAME STANDARDS AS TRILLION-DOLLAR GLOBALLY SYSTEMIC ORGANIZATIONS, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD ONLY MAKE SENSE HERE IN WASHINGTON. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IT IS AN IMPEDIMENT TO FREE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND IT IS AN IMPEDIMENT THAT IS BURDENING NOT ONLY OUR BANKS, BUT CONSUMERS ALSO. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN LUETKEMEYER FOR ADVANCING THIS IMPORTANT, COMMONSENSE REGULATION. OH, BY THE WAY, IT'S TAKEN SEVERAL YEARS TO GET HERE. WE NOW UNDERSTAND THAT THE AMERICAN ECONOMY CAN MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, WITH GOOD AND PROPER LEADERSHIP, NOT ONLY IN WASHINGTON, BUT BY THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE BALANCED, WILL HELP UNITED STATES FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND, SPECIFICALLY, SMALLER BANKS TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE, TO AUFERT SERVICES THAT ARE NECESSARY -- OFFER THE SERVICES THAT ARE NECESSARY. I COMMEND THE YOUNG CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HENSARLING, FOR ALLOWING THIS BILL TO COME HERE TODAY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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

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  • 01:23:26 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DEMOCRATS, SMALLTOWN, AMERICA, RUSTBELT, AMERICA, YOU…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DEMOCRATS, SMALLTOWN, AMERICA, RUSTBELT, AMERICA, YOU JUST HEARD WHAT HE SAID. MR. HENSARLING JUST SAID, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. YOU HEARD IT COMING OUT OF HIS MOUTH. AS THEY STAND HERE AND DEFEND DE-REGULATION OF THESE BIG BANKS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN, MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THREE MINUTES.

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  • 01:23:56 PM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER, THE HONORABLE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER, THE HONORABLE MAXINE WATERS. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT APPROPRIATE TO REFLECT FOR JUST A MOMENT ON WHAT THE CRISIS WAS LIKE IN 2008. BECAUSE IN 2008, WHEN THIS CRISIS HIT, AND IT STARTED TO BLOSSOM, STARTED TO BLOW UP, BANKS WOULD NOT LEND TO EACH OTHER. THE CRISIS WAS SO SERIOUS THAT BANKS WOULD NOT BAIL EACH OTHER OUT. WE HAD A CIRCUMSTANCE SUCH THAT PEOPLE WERE LOSING THEIR HOMES AND THEY WERE LOSING THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF THE SO-CALLED EXOTIC PRODUCTS THAT ALLOWED THEM TO BUY HOMES THAT THEY COULD NOT AFFORD, HOMES THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A TEASER RATE, THAT WOULD COINCIDE WITH A PREPAID PENALTY SUCH AS THAT THEY COULDN'T GET OUT OF THE RATE THAT WAS TO FOLLOW, WHICH WAS GOING TO BE HIGHER THAN THEY CAN AFFORD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, H.R. 6392, SHOULD BE APPROPRIATELY NAMED THE SYSTEMIC RISK CREATION ACT. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT DOES. IT CREATES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SYSTEMIC RISK TO EXIST. AND IT PUTS US BACK WHERE WE WERE BEFORE DODD-FRANK, SUCH THAT THESE VARIOUS BANKS AND LENDING INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF GREAT. A FINANCE WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO -- GREAT AMOUNT OF FINANCE WOULD BE IN THE POSITION TO FAIL WITHOUT HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO IMMEDIATELY ACT UPON THEM, AS WAS THE CASE WITH A.I.G. THERE WAS NO SYSTEM IN PLACE TO DEAL WITH THE A.I.G.'S OF THE WORLD. DODD-FRANK ALLOWS US TO DO THIS IN A SYSTEMIC WAY, A SYSTEMIC WAY, AN ORDERLY WAY. IT ALLOWS US TO, IF WE NEED TO, WIND DOWN THESE HUGE INSTITUTIONS, WIND THEM DOWN SUCH THAT THEY DON'T CREATE HARM TO THE BROADER ECONOMY. I WANT YOU TO KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THOSE WHO THINK THAT THESE ARE ALL SMALL BANKS, LET ME JUST GIVE YOU SOME INDICATION AS TO HOW SMALL THEY ARE. I'M LOOKING NOW AT THE TOP FIVE OF THE 27 IN QUESTION. THE TOP FIVE, NUMBER FIVE IS $217 BILLION. NUMBER FOUR, $255 BILLION. NUMBER THREE, $278 BILLION. NUMBER TWO, $350 BILLION. NUMBER ONE, $433 BILLION. ONLY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WOULD THIS BE CONSIDERED SMALL CHANGE. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THIS DE-REGULATION TO TAKE PLACE SUCH THAT WE PUT THE ECONOMIC ORDER AT RISK AGAIN. THIS BILL, DODD-FRANK, OF WHAT I SPEAK NOW, THIS BILL, DODD-FRANK, WHEN IT PASSED, ALLOWED US TO LOOK AT THE ENTIRE ECONOMIC ORDER AND TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THERE WERE INSTITUTIONS THAT WERE A SYSTEMIC RISK TO THE ECONOMIC ORDER. PRIOR TO DODD-FRANK THEY WERE ALL SILOED. PRIOR TO DODD-FRANK WE HAD LONG-TERM CAPITAL, LONG-TERM CAPITAL WAS THE FIRST CANARY IN THE COAL MINE AND LONG-TERM CAPITAL HAD ITS DEMISE IN 1998.

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  • 01:27:22 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 01:27:28 PM

    MR. GREEN

    LONG-TERM CAPITAL HAD ITS DEMISE IN 1998. IT WAS A CANARY IN THE NTH COAL…

    LONG-TERM CAPITAL HAD ITS DEMISE IN 1998. IT WAS A CANARY IN THE NTH COAL MINE. BEAR STEARNS FOLLOWED AS WELL AS INDY MACK, COUNTRYWIDE AND WAMI. THEY FOLLOWED IN 2008. WE DIDN'T HAVE A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWED US TO RECOGNIZE THESE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE AND TAKE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. THIS IS WHAT DODD-FRANK DOES. THIS IS WHAT FSOC DOES. TANNED WOULD BE A SEVERE MIS-- AND IT WOULD BE A SEVERE MISTAKE FOR TO US VOTE FOR LEGISLATION TO REPEAL THESE BILLS. WE'RE GOING TO LIVE TO REGRET THIS VOTE. THOSE WHO VOTE TO REPEAL WILL LIVE TO REGRET. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:28:07 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY I APPRECIATE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 10 SECONDS JUST TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE PASSION OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. AND THEIR CONCERN FOR TAXPAYERS AND SYSTEMIC RISK. SO I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CO-SPONSORSHIP OF OUR LEGISLATION TO GET RID OF DODD-FRANK'S TAXPAYER-FUNDED BAILOUT FUND. AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I AM VERY, VERY PLEASED TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO A REAL LEADER ON OUR COMMITTEE AND THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT, MR. LUETKEMEYER, AGAIN, I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 01:28:46 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TODAY THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2016. LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS AN INEFFICIENT REGULATORY STRUCTURE BY ACCOUNTING FOR ACTUAL RISK RATHER THAN ASSET SIZE ALONE IN DESIGNATION OF SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OR SIFIS. UNDER THE CURRENT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, ANY BANK HOLDING COMPANY WITH MORE THAN 50 $50 BILLION ASSETS IS SUBJECT TO ENHANCED REGULATORY AND SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS. THIS APPROACH FAILS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT DIFFERENCES IN BUSINESS MODELS OR RISK IMPOSED TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IT HAS REAL WORLD IMPLICATIONS TOO. STUNTING ECONOMIC GROWTH AND LIMITING ACCESS TO CREDIT. THE RISK OF A TRADITIONAL BANK IS NOT THE SAME AS AN INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE COMPLEX FIRM. H.R. 6392 WOULD REMOVE THE COMPLETELY ARBITRARY APPROACH AND REPLACE IT WITH ANALYSIS OF ACTUAL RISK IMPOSED TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. MORE SPECIFICALLY, MY LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE REGULATORS TO EXAMINE NOT JUST SIZE, BUT ALSO INTERCONNECTEDNESS, THE EXTENT TO READILY AVAILABLE SUBSTITUTES, GLOBAL CROSS-JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITY AND COMPLEXITY OF EACH BANK HOLDING COMPANY. THESE ARE METRICS THAT ARE PRESENTLY BEING USED BY THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD AND THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH TO DETERMINE WHEN A GLOBAL SIFI, IS. THIS BILL NUMBER MAY BE NEW. BUT THE CONCEPT IS NOT. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE OFFSET LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN SECTION 6 OF THIS BILL, H.R. 6392 IS IDENTICAL TO H.R. 1309, WHICH WAS LEGISLATIONED -- LEGISLATION INTRODUCED LAST YEAR THAT GARNERED 135 CO-SPONSORS AND BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. EVEN DODD-FRANK'S AUTHOR, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, BARNEY FRANK, SAID THIS ISSUE NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. DURING A NOVEMBER 20 RADIO INTERVIEW, CHAIRMAN FRANK SAID, AND I QUOTE, WE PUT IN THERE THAT BANKS GOT THE EXTRA SUPERVISION IF THEY WERE 50DS BILLION ASSETS -- $50 BILLION ASSETS, THAT WAS A MISTAKE. CHAIRMAN FRANKFURT WENT ON TO SAY, AND I QUOTE, WHEN IT COMES TO LENDING AND JOB CREATION, THE REGIONAL BANKS ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. I HOPE THAT IF WE GET REGULATORY CHANGES WE GIVE SOME REGULATORY RELAXATION TO THOSE BANKS. . CHAIRMAN FRANK TESTIFIED TO THAT EFFECT AND THIS IS A PICTURE OF HIM IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE AND EXPRESSED SUPPORT FOR OUR BILL BACK IN 2014. THIS WEEK WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REMEDY THIS OVERSIGHT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL NOT IMPACT THE AUTHORITY OF THE REGULATORY TO OVERSEE INSTITUTIONS. IT WILL HOWEVER ENCOURAGE ENHANCED AND MORE APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT OF INSTITUTIONS THAT COULD ACTUALLY HAVE A GREATER IMPACT ON THE OVERALL ECONOMY, FINANCIAL SYSTEM, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY CONSUMERS. MR. SPEAKER, TO TAKE A MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO FINANCIAL -- THIS IS A BILL TO TAKE MORE PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO FINANCIAL REGULAR LIGSE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO ACTUALLY MANAGE RISK AND LIMIT THREATS TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION, NAMELY MR. MURPHY, MR. STIVERS, MR. SCOTT, MR. WILLIAMS, MS. SEWELL, MS. SINEMA, AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT TODAY AND SPECIAL THANKS TO CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR TIRELESS SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. JUST ONE MOMENT IF I COULD TO ADDRESS A COUPLE OF COMMENTS MADE EARLIER. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SYSTEM PLI IMPORTANT FINANCE INSTITUTIONEST, THE DEFINITION OF A SIFI IS IT WILL CAUSE THE ECONOMY TO GO DOWN. A $50 BILLION BANK WILL BE IMPORTANT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY BUT NOT SOMETHING IMPORTANT TO THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. THIS IS WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. BIG BANKS HAVE BIG PROBLEMS. MEDIUM SIZED BANKS DO NOT AFFECT THE SYSTEMIC CONCERN WE SHOULD HAVE ABOUT THE ECONOMY. THIS IS WHERE THIS BILL IS DIRECTED. SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WE'RE MISSING THE POINT.

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  • 01:32:35 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    EVEN THE RANKING MEMBER MADE MY POINT A WHILE AGO WHEN THEY SAID 27 BANKS,…

    EVEN THE RANKING MEMBER MADE MY POINT A WHILE AGO WHEN THEY SAID 27 BANKS, A TOTAL $4.6 TRILLION. WE HAVE HALF A DOZEN BANKS OVER $1 TRILLION. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SMALL BANKS THAT WILL HAVE A SMALL IMPACT WITH REGARD IF THEY WENT DOWN OR NOT. THAT'S WHAT THIS PURPOSE OF DODD-FRANK WAS ABOUT TO STOP THE BIG GUYS FROM BRINGING THE ECONOMY DOWN. THE RANKING MEMBER WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MISSES THE ENTIRE POINT WHAT DODD-FRANK IS SUPPOSED TO BE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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  • 01:33:06 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE THE OTHER SIDE FIGHTS FOR THE BIG…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. WHILE THE OTHER SIDE FIGHTS FOR THE BIG BANKS AND WE OVER HERE FIGHTING FOR THE CONSUMERS, LET ME SAY MR. FRANK HAS NOT SUPPORTED 6392, AND YOU NEED TO STOP SAYING THAT. I WILL NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HECK.

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  • 01:33:32 PM

    MR. HECK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I HAVE A LITTLE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. I HAVE A LITTLE DIFFERENT TAKE ON THIS. I OPPOSE THIS BILL. IN FACT STRONGLY OPPOSE IT, BUT I DON'T EXACTLY OPPOSE THE IDEA AT ALL. LET ME EXPLAIN THAT. THE DODD-FRANK LEGISLATION WAS WRITTEN AS WE ALL KNOW DURING A PERIOD OF FINANCIAL CRISIS. LEGISLATORS AND REGULATORS HAD TO ACT QUICKLY. SOMETIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY YOU TAKE SHORT CUTS TO GET THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM STABILIZED. BUT TODAY THE DIFFERENCE WE HAVE THE LUXURY OF TIME TO GO BACK AND REPLACE THOSE SHORT CUTS WITH SOME MORE DELIBERATIVE DECISIONMAKING. DODD-FRANK SAID THAT EVERY BANK HOLDING COMPANY OVER $50 BILLION GETS HEIGHTENED SUPERVISION. WELL, FRANKLY, BACK THEN FOR STABILIZING A FINANCIAL CRISIS, THAT WAS A GREAT WAY TO MOVE QUICKLY. AND TO GET IT DONE. AND BRING ABOUT THE INTENDED RESULT. BUT AGAIN FOR MAKING POLICY OVER THE LONG TERM, THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE BECAUSE IT IS ARBITRARY SIZE THRESHOLD. IT WAS A SHORT CUT THAT MADE SENSE AT THE TIME AND I JOINED WITH YOU IN SUPPORTING A RE-EVALUATION OF THAT PARTICULAR THRESHOLD LEVEL. THAT'S THE IDEA OF THIS BILL. I SUPPORT THE BILL. AND AGAIN URGE -- SUPPORT THE IDEA. AGAIN, I DON'T SUPPORT THIS BILL. AT ALL. BECAUSE INSTEAD OF TAKING THE LUXURY OF TIME TO MAKE GOOD POLICY, FRANKLY IT ACTS LIKE WE'RE STILL BACK IN THAT CRISIS AND TAKING ANOTHER SHORT CUT. THE BILL SAYS FSOC SHOULD DETERMINE WHICH BANKS NEED HEIGHTENED SUPERVISION, AND THAT'S A GREAT IDEA. THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR. AND THEN IT SAYS, FSOC HAS TO COMPLETE ALL OF ITS WORK ON ALL OF THE BANKS WITHIN 12 MONTHS. THAT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA. THAT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA. THE LAST DETERMINATION THAT FSOC TOOK LASTED 16 MONTHS. AND THEY WERE WORKING ON ONE COMPANY AT THE TIME. AND IT TOOK 16 MONTHS. EVEN THEN THE JUDGE SAID YOU TOOK 16 MONTHS AND YOU ACTED TOO RASHLY AND SHOULD HAVE DELIBERATED MORE. BUT THIS BILL SAYS ONLY 12 MONTHS ARE ALLOWED. AND IT'S NOT JUST ONE COMPANY THEY WOULD BE LOOKING AT, IT COULD BE UP TO 40 COMPANIES. WITH OVER $50 BILLION IN ASSETS. SO I WOULD SAY TO MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI, I THINK YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA. WISH YOU WOULD HAVE BROUGHT A BILL REFLECTING THAT IDEA OUT HERE. LET'S REMEMBER THAT BEAR STEARNS WAS $400 BILLION IT CONTRIBUTED. WASHINGTON MUTUAL, $300 BILLION IT CONTRIBUTED. ALL OF THOSE BANKS ARE GOING TO BE IN ONE POT THAT HAVE 12 MONTHS TO BE LOOKED AT. WE'RE, IN FACT, GUTTING DODD-FRANK AND NO, I DO NOT AGREE WITH MY FRIEND, THE CHAIR OF TEXAS, THAT THAT IS A GAD IDEA AT ALL. THE AUTHORS KIND OF RECOGNIZED THIS, WHICH IS WHY THEY SAID BANKS GET HEIGHTENED SUPERVISION IF FSOC SAYS SO OR THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD IN SWITZERLAND SAYS SO. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE WOULD CEDE SOVEREIGNTY. I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI ON THAT ISSUE AS IT RELATES TO INSURANCE COMPANIES. WERE ARE WE CEDING OUR SOVEREIGNTY TO A REGULATORY ENTITY IN ANOTHER COUNTRY? I DO TAKE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THIS BILL. I ACTUALLY URGE --

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  • 01:36:52 PM

    MISS WATER

    YIELD 30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS.

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    MR. HECK

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IDEA BUT REJECTING THIS BILL WHICH…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IDEA BUT REJECTING THIS BILL WHICH WILL NOT ACHIEVE THE INTENDED RESULT, BECAUSE IT CAN'T WORK. BUT THE IDEA CAN. GO BACK. PUT IN A REASONABLE TIME FRAME. DROP THAT CRAZY F.S.B. PROVISION. LET THE REGULATORS GET TO WORK LOOKING FOR RISK THAT DEVASTATED THE ECONOMY A DECADE AGO SO WE DON'T HAVE TO RELIVE THAT. IF WE PASS THIS BILL, WE VERY WELL MAY. THANK YOU,

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI WILL CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:37:35 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN -- I KNOW THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN -- I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER, WHO IS SET TO RETIRE SHORTLY WHOSE EXPERTISE AND HARD WORK WE'RE GOING TO MISS. BUT HIS GUIDANCE ALL THESE YEARS HAS GIVEN US A LESSON ON HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. WE WELCOME HIM AND HOPE HE WILL TEN TO HAVE A GREAT RETIREMENT. AT THIS MOMENT RECOGNIZE HIM FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THOSE KIND WORDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THOSE KIND WORDS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392, OFFERED BY MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER. 6392, KNOWN AS THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT IS A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION THAT ENSURES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKES A THOUGHTFUL AND COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH WHEN EVALUATING THE FINANCIAL STABILITY CONCERNS POSED BY U.S. BANK HOLDING COMPANIES. UNDER 6392, THE BANK HOLDING COMPANIES WILL NO LONGER BE MEASURED BY THEIR SIZE ALONE WHEN EVALUATED FOR THE APPLICATION FOR HEIGHTENED PRUDENTIAL STANDARDS. INSTEAD THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL WILL USE METRICS BASED APPROACH THAT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THE TOTALITY OF THE BANK HOLING COMPANY'S OPERATIONS. USING THE FRAMEWORK, BANK HOLING COMPANIES WILL BE MEASURED ON SIZE, COMPLEXITY, THEIR INTERCONNECTEDNESS, CROSS JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITY, AND AVAILABLE SUBSTITUTES. THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE FRAMEWORK USED BY THE INTERNATIONAL BODY KNOWN AS THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD WHICH DESIGNATES GLOBALLY SYSTEMIC IMPORTANT BANKS. FURTHER, IT IS THE FRAMEWORK ALREADY BEING USED BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE WHEN IT EVALUATES THE FINANCIAL STABILITY CONCERNS STEMMING FROM BANK MERGERS. MOUNTING EVIDENCE COMING FROM REGULATORS AND ACADEMICS HAVE HIGHLIGHTED THE FLAWS IN USING A SIZE ONLY APPROACH TO MEASURING SYSTEMIC RISK. FURTHER, SEVERAL DEMOCRATICALLY REGULATORS HAVE NOTED WITHOUT THE FLAWS OF FRANC'S PRESH THRESHOLD OF $50 BILLION. IT RESULTS IN RESTRICTED LENDING, DECREASED SERVICES TO CUSTOMERS, AND INEFFICIENCIES IN THE MARKETPLACE. WE MUST STRIVE TO ENSURE THE GOVERNMENT POLICY IS THOUGHTFUL AND PROPERLY CALIBRATED. H.R. 6392 IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ASSURE WE MEET THOSE PRINCIPLES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES FOR H.R. OF 3 -- 6392. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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    MR. FOSTER

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2016. ALTHOUGH MANY ASPECTS OF THIS BILL HAVE SOUND ARGUMENTS BEHIND THEM, IT CONTAINS FATAL FLAWS WHICH SHOULD PRECLUDE OUR SUPPORT. THE FINANCIAL CRISIS TAUGHT US MANY THINGS ABOUT OUR MARKETS AND OVERTURNED SOME FAIRLY FUNDAMENTAL ASSUMPTIONS THAT WERE WIDELY HELD PRIOR TO IT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED WAS THE EXTENT TO WHICH SYSTEMIC RISK COULD BE -- COULD BUILD UP IN A REGULATORY PARADIGM THAT WAS FOCUSED ENTIRELY ON ENTITY RISK. IT WAS QUICKLY EVIDENT THAT THE FAILURE OF A LARGE INSTITUTION POSED A GREATER THREAT THAN PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED. AT THE SAME TIME, THE PHRASE, TOO BIG TO FAIL, BECAME PUBLIC SHORT-HANDED FOR SOME OF THESE FIRMS. ECONOMISTS AND OTHER EXPERTS TALKED ABOUT ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT, TOO INTERCONNECTED TO FAIL. ASSET SIZE IS A QUICK AND USEFUL METRIC FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A FIRM IS POTENTIALLY SO LARGE THAT THAT A FAILURE TO HAVE A MASSIVE IMPACT ON SYSTEM WIDE STABILITY. AND EVALUATING THE RISKS OF THAT SINGLE INSTITUTIONS CAN POSE TO THE SYSTEM, OFTEN REQUIRES A MORE NUANCED APPROACH. THE EXPOSURE OF COUNTER PARTIES TO A FAILING FIRM OR EXPOSURES OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO THE SAME RISKS ARE SYSTEMIC RISK FACTORS THAT WOULD -- SHOULD RIGHTLY BE CONSIDERED. ALSO, AS THE ECONOMY GROWS, MANY FIXED THRESHOLDS SUCH AS $50 WILL SHRINK IN IMPORTANCE, AT THE VERY LEAST THE IMPORTANCE GIVEN TO ANY ASSET SIZE THRESHOLD NEEDS TO BE PERIODICALLY RECONSIDERED IN THE SCOPE OF AN ECONOMIC INDICATOR LIKE G.D.P. WHEREVER THE LINE IS DRAWN, IT SHOULD REFLECT THE MA CROW ECONOMIC FACTORS OF THAT -- MACROECONOMIC FACTORS THAT THE BANK IS NES T'D IN. FIRMS WILL AVOID GROWTH, MEANING CUTTING BACK LENDING AS THEY APPROACH ANY FIXED THRESHOLD. I SEE THIS AS A MARKET DISTORTION THAT REFLECTS RISKS OF INCREASING CONCENTRATION RATHER THAN FREUDENT RISK MANAGEMENT. I SEE THIS CONCERN WITH ANY FIXED THRESHOLD FOR BEING DEEMED ACY OFY. HOWEVER I THINK A NUANCED WAY TO PROCESS THAT GIVES DIFFERENCE TO THE EXPERTISE OF REGULATORY AGENCIES IS APPROPRIATE. DRAWING LINES TO DETERMINE WHICH FIRMS WARRANT ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY WILL ALWAYS BE A DIFFICULT PROCESS. TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CONSIDER THAT THE BILL WE CONSIDER TODAY LOOKS TO OTHER FACTORS THAT A STRONG FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL WITH ADEQUATE RESOURCES AND LEADERSHIP SHOULD CONSIDER, I BELIEVE THIS IS A GOOD STAMPLET DO I THINK THERE ARE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE IN THE DESIGNATION THRESHOLD. I THINK THIS BILL HAS TWO CORE PROBLEMS THAT PREVENT MY SUPPORT. FIRST, LEGISLATION TO CHAPING THE THRESHOLD SHOULD GIVE SUFFICIENT SPECIFIC DIRECTION THAT IT WOULD NOT MOVE WITH CHANGES TO THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP OF THE FSOC. THE CONCENTRATION OF AN EFFECTIVE VETO POWER IN THE HANDS OF A SINGLE POLITICALLY -- POLITICAL APPOINTEE BASICALLY AGGRAVATES THAT CONCERN TREMENDOUSLY. AND SECOND, ALTHOUGH THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTIONS PRESENTLY CATEGORIZED AS CIVVIES BUT NOT G-SIBS -- RANKING MEMBER, 30 SECONDS?

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    MS. WATERS

    30 SECONDS.

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    MR. FOSTER

    SECONDLY, THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTIONS PRESENTLY CATEGORIZED AS…

    SECONDLY, THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTIONS PRESENTLY CATEGORIZED AS SIFIS BUT NOT G-SIBS REQUIRES MORE THAN A YEAR. THE BILL TODAY WRITELY LOOKS TO CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN ASSESSING SYSTEMIC RISK, BUT IT DOES NOT PROVIDE PREDICTIBILITY OR ADEQUATE TRANSITION PERIOD. THE MOST RECENT FINANCIAL CRISIS SAW THE FAILURE OF INSTITUTIONS OF A VARIETY OF SIZES, BUT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE SAVINGS AND LOAN CRISIS WAS SIMULTANEOUS FAILURE OF MANY SMALLER FIRMS. I SUPPORT AN APPROACH THAT LOOKS AT MANY DIFFERENT FACTORS AND GIVES DISCRETION TO A STRONG WELL RESOURCED FSOC TO DESIGNATE FIRMS BASED ON AN OBJECTIVE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE FIRM SO WE CAN PREVENT ANOTHER CRISIS. HOWEVER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 6392 BECAUSE --

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    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:44:34 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    COULD I INQUIRE AS TO THE AMOUNT OF TIME REMAINING ON OUR SIDE? BOTH SIDES?

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  • 01:44:48 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA, WHO IS THE MONETARY POLICY CHAIR. OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE GREATER, DEEPER THINKERS IN OUR COMMITTEE FROM THE STANDPOINT OF BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THAT COMMITTEE. AND I YIELD TO HIM TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    I YIELD ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE FIVE OPERATIONAL INDICATORS, SIZE,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THOSE FIVE OPERATIONAL INDICATORS, SIZE, INTERCONNECTEDNESS, COMPLEXITY, CROSS-JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITY, AND AVAILABLE SUBSTITUTES, YOU KNOW, THEREFORE WHAT IS HAPPENING IS WE'RE SEEING FEWER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE TO BANK CUSTOMERS BECAUSE THESE BANKS ARE HAVING TO POUR MORE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT COULD GO TOWARDS SERVICING THOSE CUSTOMERS INTO A REGULATION THAT ISN'T DOING ANYTHING TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY. AND THAT ULTIMATELY NEEDS TO BE OUR GOAL. OUR GOAL HERE NEEDS TO BE THAT WE RESTORE TRANSPARENCY BY ALLOWING REGULATORS TO REVIEW ALL OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THAT, AND NOT HAVE A WASHINGTON, D.C.,-DRIVEN ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH. AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL. I YIELD.

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  • 01:48:26 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT WAS JUST SAD THAT THIS HAS AFFECTED…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT WAS JUST SAD THAT THIS HAS AFFECTED MAIN STREET, IT HAS NOT. ALL THAT PASSION YOU SEE ON THE OTHER SIDE IS ABOUT THE BIG BANKS, NOT ABOUT COMMUNITY BANKS. I WILL YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, AND A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR THE PROTECTION OF WALL STREET REFORM, MR. SARBANES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. WATERS

    THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 01:48:55 PM

    MR. SARBANES

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY TO POSE -- OPPOSE LEGISLATION BUT I ALSO WANT TO SPEAK TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OF ALL POLITICAL STRIPES WHO WANT WASHINGTON TO CHANGE. WHO WANT TO RECLAIM THEIR VOICE AND THEIR DEMOCRACY AND WHO LONG , ACTUALLY, FOR THE INTERESTS OF MAIN STREET TO BE AHEAD OF THE INTERESTS OF WALL -- TO BE PUT AHEAD OF THE INTERESTS OF WALL STREET. UNFORTUNATELY WASHINGTON HASN'T HEARD YOU, AMERICA. THE SYSTEM IS STILL RIGGED. AND THE SWAMP IS ONLY GETTING DEEPER. SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBYISTS ARE SHARPENING THEIR NAIVES IN ADVANCE OF THE NEW CONGRESS -- KNIVES IN ADVANCE OF THE NEW CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATION IS GETTING READY TO CARVE UP THE TAX CODE FOR THEIR BENEFIT AND ELIMINATE THE OVERSIGHT OF WALL STREET. BANK STOCKS ARE SURGING NOW WITH WALL STREET GIDDY AT THE PROSPECT OF TOSSING OUT CRITICAL RULES AND REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PREVENT ANOTHER FINANCIAL COLLAPSE AND TAXPAYER BAILOUT. AS ONE WALL STREET AGE LIST PUT IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE -- ANALYST PUT IT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ELECTION, QUOTE, EVERYTHING IS IN PLAY. MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST USE MR. HENSARLING'S WORDS, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. IF YOU NEED FURTHER PROOF THAT SPECIAL INTERESTS AND THE WALL STREET ELITE WILL BE EMPOWERED IN THE NEW CONGRESS AND NEW ADMINISTRATION, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S NOMINATION FOR THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT, STEVE MNUCHIN. A BILLIONAIRE HEDGE FUND MANAGER, FORMER GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE, AND BANK C.E.O.. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, A SUPPOSED CHAMPION OF THE WORKING CLASS, NOW SEEKS TO APPOINT A FINANCIER LIKE TRUMP WHO SPECIALY PROFITED ON THE FINANCIAL RUIN OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE BILL WE HAVE BEFORE US, YOU MAY ASK. WELL, A LOT. TODAY BEFORE THE NEW PRESIDENT IS EVEN SEATED AND STEVE MNUCHIN IS EVEN CONFIRMED, H.R. 6392 WILL DRAMATICALLY UPEND SENSIBLE OVERSIGHT OF SOME OF THE NATION'S LARGEST BANKS. MANY OF WHOM WERE DIRECTLY IMPLE INDICATED IN THE FINANCIAL -- IMPLICATED IN THE FINANCIAL COLLAPSE OF 2008. TAXPAYERS LOSE UNDER THIS LEGISLATION. BUT GUESS WHO STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM IT? STEVE MNUCHIN. HE SERVES OP THE BOARD OF THE BANK C.I.T., RECEIVING A SALARY OF $4.5 BILLION AND C.I.T. IS ONE OF ONLY 27 BANKS IN THE COUNTRY THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS TERRIBLE LEGISLATION. WHOSE MORE, UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, MNUCHIN, IF CONFIRMED, WILL BE IN CHARGE OF OVERSEAING THE -- OVERSEEING THE REPLACEMENT DESIGNATION PROCESS FOR C.I.T. AND THE OTHER 26 LARGE REGIONAL BANKS REWARDED THINK ABOUT LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER THIS LEGISLATION AND THE NOMINATION OF STEVE MNUCHIN IS A DIRECT REBUKE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S PROMISE TO, QUOTE, DRAIN THE SWAMP. THE ONLY THING CLEANER ABOUT THE SWAMP IS THAT THE ALLIGATORS WILL BE WEARING SUITS AND TIES. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OF ALL POLITICAL STRIPES ARE HURTING. THEY WANT A MORE REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, THEY WANT PUBLIC POLICY DESIGNED FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST, NOT THE SPECIAL INTERESTS. THEY WANT A FAIR SHAKE. LET'S SHOW THEM WE'RE STILL FIGHTING FOR THEM. LET'S DEFEAT THIS WALL STREET GIVEAWAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:52:07 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE'D LIKE TO -- WITH THAT, WE'D LIKE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE'D LIKE TO -- WITH THAT, WE'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY, CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, ONE OF OUR TOUGHEST GUYS ON THE COMMITTEE, HE'S GOT ONE OF THE TOUGHEST COMMITTEES TO BE ABLE TO GO AFTER SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE WORKING ON. WITH THAT HE'S RECOGNIZED FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 01:52:27 PM

    MR. DUFFY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER, FOR ALL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER, FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON WHAT I THINK IS AN EXCELLENT BILL. IT'S FASCINATING TO SIT IN THIS CHAMBER AND LISTEN TO THE DEBATE AND THE FEAR MONGERING THAT TAKES PLACE. BEFORE I GET INTO THAT, LET'S TAKE JUST A LITTLE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. WE HAD TO LOOK AT THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WHAT THE DEMOCRATS CHOSE TO DO. THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN'T LET ANY GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE, THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. SO WE GO TO OUR FILE CABINETS, WE OPEN THEM UP AND EVERY PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL IDEA WE TAKE OUT AND PUT THEM INTO DODD-FRANK. A 2,300-PAGE BILL. A BILL THAT WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS INQUIRY COMMISSION EVEN CAME OUT WITH THEIR REPORT ON THE CAUSE OF THE CRISIS. SO THIS IS A VERY, VERY SIMPLE TWEAK. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE DESIGNATIONS FOR SYSTEMICALLY RISKY BANKS AT A SET ASSET THRESHOLD OF $50 BILLION. LET ME TELL WHAT YOU, I HAVE BANKS IN WISCONSIN THAT ARE SMALL, REGIONAL BANKS, NOT WALL STREET BANKS. THAT ARE GETTING CRUSHED BY THESE NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS. SO ALL WE'RE SAYING IS, MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, YOU LOVE THE REGULATORS. YOU THINK THE REGULATORS ARE AWESOME. WE'RE TRYING TO EMPOWER THE REGULATORS TO LOOK AT THE FACTS ON THE GROUND. TO LOOK AT THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS AND THE COMPLEXITY TO DETERMINE RISK. NOT JUST HAVE A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL MENTALITY. IT'S NOT ONE SIZE FIT ALL. WE'RE MORE COMPLEX, BANKS ARE AS DIFFERENT AS PEOPLE. LET'S LOOK AT THE COMPLEXITY AT EVERY BANK AND MAKE SURE THEY CAN OPERATE WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN A WAY THAT FITS THE RISK TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND THIS GETS BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? WHY IS THIS NOT JUST ABOUT FINANCING COMPLEX RULES? BECAUSE IF BANKS CAN'T LEND OR IF THEY LEND, YOU'RE DRIVING UP THE COST OF THE LENDING, THAT HAS A REAL IMPACT ON THE SMALL BUSINESSES IN MY COMMUNITY. THE FAMILIES IN MY COMMUNITY THAT CAN'T GET A LOAN. OR THE LOANS THEY DO GET THAT COSTS ARE GOING THROUGH THE ROOF BECAUSE OF ALL THE NEW COMPLIANCE COSTS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WHY DO WE WANT TO HAVE INCREASED REGULATORY BURDENS ON BANKS THAT AREN'T RISKY? LET'S FOCUS THE REGULATORY FOCUS LIKE A LASER ON THE BANKS ON WALL STREET WHO DO NEED THE INCREASED REGULATION, BUT NOT THE ONES THAT DON'T. ONE SIZE DOESN'T FIT ALL. LET'S WORK TOGETHER, LET'S MODIFY DODD-FRANK. THIS ISN'T HOLY TEXT, THIS ISN'T HOLY SCRIPTURE. IT DIDN'T COME DOWN FROM THE HEAVEN ON HIGH. IT CAN BE FIXED. IT'S NOT PERFECT. AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO SAY THIS ALL DAY, BARNEY FRANK EVEN THINKS THE THRESHOLD IS TOO LOW. IT CAN BE FIXED. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND RANKING MEMBER. COMMONSENSE REFORM THAT LOOKS, TAKE A SOLID LOOK AT RISK PROFILES AND THEN DECIDE WHAT KIND OF REGULATORY REGIME IS NECESSARY FOR THE RISK THAT'S PRESENTED BY EACH OF THESE BANKS. WITH, THAT MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, I KNOW ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE BILL THAT SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND AMERICAN FAMILIES, TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:55:48 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN HAS THE AUDACITY TO COME TO THIS FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT, WE'RE CRUSHING THESE PITIFUL LITTLE BANKS WITH $50 BILLION OR MORE. NO, YOU'RE CRUSHING THE AVERAGE PERSON WHO GETS UP EVERY MORNING, WHO GOES TO WORK, WHO'S TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES AND GET RIPPED OFF BY THESE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    FROM HAWAII. A MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MS. GABBARD.

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    THREE MINUTES.

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  • 01:56:20 PM

    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIZING -- RISING TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIZING -- RISING TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 3692. IT'S A DANGEROUS BILL THAT PUTS THE ECONOMIC SECURITY OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AT RISK. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT JUST EIGHT SHORT YEARS AGO THE LIVES OF AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WERE SHAKEN AND DEVASTATED BY THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THE LIVELIHOODS OF HARDWORKING FEAMINGS WERE PUT AT RISK -- FAMILIES WERE PUT AT RISK. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOST THEIR HOMES AND SAW THEIR LIFE SAVINGS WIPED OUT. ALL BECAUSE OF RISKY BANKING PRACTICES AND THE OVERGROWN QUOTE-UNQUOTE TOO BIG TO FAIL BANKS. AT THAT TIME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS RAILED AGAINST THE TRAFFIC ESTY THAT THESE BANKS EXACTED ON THE AMERICAN -- TRAVESTY THAT THESE BANKS EXACTED ON AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL THREATENS TO UNRAVEL THE PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE TO REVENT A REPEAT OF THIS ECONOMIC CRISIS. IT WOULD GUT THE HIGHER CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS ON 27 BANKS THAT TOGETHER HOLD OVER $4 TRILLION IN ASSETS. NEARLY 1/4 OF ALL BANKING SYSTEM ASSETS IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WATERDOWN THE INDEPENDENT AUTHORITY OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO REGULATE LARGE BANK RISK. EIGHT YEARS AGO THE FAILURE OF LARGE REGIONAL BANKS LIKE COUNTRYWIDE, WASHINGTON MUTUAL, AND WACHOVIA, MAJOR SUBPRIME MORTGAGE LENDERS LEADING UP TO THE CRISIS, CREATED SHOCK WAVES THROUGHOUT OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. AND HURT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL WOULD SCALE BACK THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S ABILITY TO REGULATE THESE BANKS, PLACING GREATER RISK AND BURDEN ON THE BACKS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH THE PEOPLE AND VOTE AGAINST THIS DANGEROUS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:58:07 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WOULD YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, ONE OF OUR BRIGHT SHINING STARS ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THREE MINUTES.

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  • 01:58:15 PM

    MR. BARR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT AND I APPLAUD YOUR EXCELLENT WORK ON THIS BILL. THE RANKING MEMBER, MY FRIEND, SAID THAT THIS IS NOT ABOUT MAIN STREET. WELL, LET ME TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS BILL IS TRYING TO FIX. THE PROBLEM WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE HERE. DODD-FRANK, THE LEGISLATION THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE DEFENDING, HAS PRODUCED THIS. SMALL BUSINESS LENDING FROM BANKS IS AT THE LOWEST LEVEL IT'S BEEN IN 20 YEARS. MORE THAN 75% OF CORPORATE TREASURERS IN THIS COUNTRY SAY THAT FEDERAL REGULATIONS ARE STIFLING ACCESS TO FINANCIAL SERVICES. AS A RESULT, NEW BUSINESS FORMATION IN THIS COUNTRY IS AT A 35-YEAR LOW. THIS BILL IS ABOUT MAIN STREET, BECAUSE MAIN STREET CANNOT ACCESS FINANCIAL SERVICES BECAUSE OF DODD-FRANK. THIS BILL IS ABOUT FIXING AN ARBITRARY PROVISION IN THE DODD-FRANK LAW THAT HARMS CONSUMERS AND DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO STABILIZE MARKETS. DODD-FRANK DIRECTS THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL TO DESIGNATE BANKS AS SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OR SIFIS. THEY'RE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL REGULATION AND AN IMPLICIT TAXPAYER BAILOUT. THAT'S RIGHT. THEIR BILL IS WHAT GIVES WALL STREET A BAILOUT. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, LET'S FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON WALL STREET, BUT LET'S GIVE REGIONAL BANKS SOME REGULATORY RELIEF SO THAT THEY CAN SERVE THEIR CUSTOMERS ON MAIN STREET. THE PRIMARY TEST FOR SYSTEMIC IMPORTANCE IS THIS ARBITRARY THRESHOLD OF $50 BILLION. ABOVE THAT LINE AN INSTITUTION IS DESIGNATED SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT. OR TOO BIG TO FAIL. BELOW THAT LINE, REGARDLESS OF THE INSTITUTION'S RISKY ACTIVITIES, IT'S EXEMPT. THIS BILL THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING DOES AWAY WITH THIS BLUNT THRESHOLD AND DIRECT IT'S FSOC AND ITS CONSTITUENT AGENCIES TO CONSIDER THE INSTITUTION'S ACTUAL ACTIVITIES, TO DETERMINE IF IT ACTUALLY IS RISKY, IF IT'S NOT IT DESERVES RELIEF. SO THAT IT CAN SERVE ITS CUSTOMERS BETTER. SIZE IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE, IT'S INTERCONNECTEDNESS, IT'S RISKY ACTIVITIES, AND MANY OF THESE REGIONAL BANKS THAT SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN KENTUCKY, NOT WALL STREET, CENTRAL AND EASTERN KENTUCKY, FARMERS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, HOMEOWNERS IN KENTUCKY ARE BEING CRUSHED AND DENIED ACCESS TO CAPITAL BECAUSE OF ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATION FROM WASHINGTON. UNLIKE DODD-FRANK'S ARBITRARY APPROACH, THIS WILL BETTER PROMOTE FINANCIAL STABILITY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY TARGETS THE ENHANCED REGULATION TO WHERE IT BELONGS AND NOT ON WALL STREET. . THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE'RE HEARING FROM REGIONAL BANKS AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT THE EBLINGTS SPENCE OF COMPLYING WITH THESE ENHANCED REGULATIONS AND THE SIFI SURCHARGE MEANS LESS CAPITAL FOR EMPLOYMENT IN MORTGAGES AND AUTOMOBILE LOANS, SMALL BUSINESS LOANS. IT MEANS HIGHER CREDIT CARD RATES. IT MEANS FEWER CUSTOMER REWARDS. TIM PACTS THESE INSTITUTIONS' ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN IF I LAN THROW AT THIS PI AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES. TREATING THESE REGIONAL BANKS AS COMPLEX WALL STREET FIRMS IS ILLOGICAL. THESE ARE TRADITIONAL BANKS --

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  • 02:01:51 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, ONE OF OUR MORE…

    WE RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS, ONE OF OUR MORE THOUGHTFUL MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE. YIELD HIM TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392. THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6392. THIS BILL, THE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT OFFERS A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO THE PROCESS OF DESIGNATING SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. IN DOING SO, IT ADDRESSES A PROBLEM THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT FOR SOME TIME. DODD-FRANK'S $50 BILLION THRESHOLD FOR IDENTIFYING SIFIS IS A CRUDE AND ARBITRARY WAY TO DESIGH WHICH FIRMS POSE A RISK TO THE STABILITY OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT SIFI DESIGNATION ISN'T TRIVIAL. WHEN THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IS LABELED AS A SIFI, IT FACES SUPERVISION AND COSTS WITHOUT REGARD TO THE NATURE OF THE BANK OR THE BANK'S ACCORDINGLY, SIFI DESIGNATION IMPACTS A FIRM'S LENDING ABILITY AND THEREFORE THE FIRM'S CUSTOMERS IN THEIR -- AND THEIR CUSTOMERS' ABILITY TO THRIVE. IF WE CARE ABOUT PROTECTING FINANCIAL STABILITY AND HAVING A HEALTHY FINANCIAL SYSTEM, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PURSUE A FAIRER, MORE TRANSPARENT, AND MORE ACCURATE PROCESS. THE APPROACH SET FORTH UNDER H.R. 6392 REPRESENTS A MORE RATIONAL PROCESS FOR EVALUATING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AS OPPOSED TO THE WASHINGTON TRADITION OF ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL. UNDER THIS BILL THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL WOULD BE REQUIRED TO LOOK AT NOT ONLY THE SIZE OF A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, BUT ALSO IT'S INTERCONNECTEDNESS, COMPLEXITY, CROSS JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITY, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SUBSTITUTES. KEEP IN MIND THAT BANKS DESIGNATED AS SIFIS TODAY MAY STILL BE DESIGNATED AS SIFIS UNDER THIS NEW APPROACH. THIS BILL'S REFORMS WILL INJECT THE FSOC'S SIFI DESIGNATION PROCESS WITH GREATER CLARITY AND FAIRNESS AND IT WILL RESULT IN MORE APPROPRIATELY TARGETED REGULATORY EFFORTS. I COMMEND CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:04:05 PM

    MS. WATERS

    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND MADAM RANKING MEMBER.

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    MR. GREEN

    LET'S LOOK AT THIS QUESTION BECAUSE $50 BILLION WAS SELECTED FOR A REASON…

    LET'S LOOK AT THIS QUESTION BECAUSE $50 BILLION WAS SELECTED FOR A REASON ANTI-REASON IS THIS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A THRESHOLD, WE KNEW AT THE TIME AS WE KNOW NOW THAT YOU WON'T GET ANY BANKS DESIGNATED BECAUSE THE BANKS ARE GOING TO SUE AND THEY ARE GOING TO TIE YOU UP IN COURT. MAYBE SOME WILL NOT, BUT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A REAL FIGHT ON YOUR HAND GETTING THEM TO BE DESIGNATED AND IT CAN TAKE TWO TO FOUR YEARS TO GET IT DONE. LOOKING AT THE BANKS THAT ARE COVERED, ONLY THREE OF THE BANKS COVERED ARE IN THE $50 BILLION RANGE. THE TOP 15 ARE OVER $100 BILLION, AND THE TOP BANK IS ABOUT HALF TRILLION DOLLARS. AGAIN, ONLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WOULD THIS KIND OF MONNY, A HALF TRILLION FOR ONE BANK, BE CONSIDERED SMALL CHANGE. WE CANNOT ALLOW THE BANKS TO DOMINATE THE PROCESS. WE PUT THE PROCESS IN THE HANDS OF THE BANKS WHEN THE REGULATORS HAVE TO TAKE THEM ON ONE AT A TIME. FINALLY, WHAT'S WRONG WITH TELLING A BANK YOU HAVE TO TELL US HOW TO ELIMINATE YOU IF YOU BECOME A SYSTEMIC RISK? THAT'S WHAT DODD-FRANK DOES. THIS BILL ELIMINATES THE ABILITY OF FSOC TO DETERMINE AND TELL BANKS THAT THEY MUST GIVE US LIVING WILLS.

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  • 02:05:42 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, ONE OF OUR HARDEST WORKING MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 02:05:53 PM

    MR. TIPTON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI,…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM MISSOURI, REPRESENTATIVE LUETKEMEYER, FOR OFFERING THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY. THE BIPARTISAN SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT REPLACES AN ARBITRARY ASSET THRESHOLD WITH INDICATOR-BASED APPROACH THAT WILL BETTER ASSIST FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL IN DETERMINING THE TRUE SYSTEMIC RISK OF A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. IT IS A MISTAKE FOR REGULATORS TO CONTINUE REGULATING A $50 BILLION BANK IN THE SAME WAY THEY REGULATED A $1 TRILLION GLOBALLY SYSTEMIC IMPORTANT INSTITUTION. IN FACT, THIS VIEW IS SHARED AMONG REGULATORS AND LEGISLATORS. COMPTROLLER CURRY, FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD MEMBERS, SENATOR BROWN, AND FORMER CHAIRMAN BARNEY FRANK HAVE MADE PUBLIC COMMENTS AGREEING THAT THE $50 BILLION SIFI THRESHOLD IS NOT THE BEST DETERMINATION FOR IMPOSING HEIGHTENED PRUDENTIAL STANDARDS. THIS BILL INTRODUCES A BETTER ANNA LIST DRIVEN APPROACH REQUIRING THE COUNCIL TO CONSIDER METRICS CONSIDERED ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMITTEE ON BANKING SUPERVISION WHEN IT IDENTIFIES GLOBALLY SYSTEMICALLY BANKS. THE DESIGNATION IMPROVEMENT ACT WILL STOP THE CURRENT REGULATORY MODEL OF NEEDLESSLY INCREASING COMPLIANCE COSTS AND FORCING INSTITUTIONS TO DECREASE FINANCIAL SERVICES. BY ENSURING THAT THE SIFI DESIGNATION PROCESS TAKES INTO ACCOUNT INDICATOR FACTORS, FINANCE INSTITUTIONS NOT THE CAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, WILL ONCE AGAIN BE ABLE TO FULLY SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. NOT ONLY WILL THIS LEGISLATION PROVIDE RELIEF FOR STABLE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, BUT IT WILL ALSO ALLOW REGULATORS TO FOCUS THEIR RESOURCES, WORKING WITH INSTITUTIONS TO POSE AN ACTUAL SYSTEMIC RISK TO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT STRIP THE FSOC OF DESIGNATION POWERS. IT IS CONCERNING THAT SOME GROUPS OPPOSE A BILL THAT ENCOURAGES COUNCIL TO USE ACCEPTED MEASURES OF STANDARDS TO JUSTIFY A SIFI DESIGNATION. SYSTEMIC IMPORTANCE SHOULD BE DETERMINED BY APPROPRIATE CRITERIA RATHER THAN BY ARBITRARY LINES. AND HAVE NO JUSTIFIABLE PURPOSE. TO ADVOCATE FOR THE STATUS QUO AND AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION SHOWS A FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND SYSTEMIC RISK. I'M HAPPY TO LEND MY SUPPORT TO THIS BILL AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE MEASURE. AGAIN THANK GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS MEASURE.

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  • 02:08:20 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:08:25 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    MADAM SPEAKER, COULD INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT FOR BOTH SIDES?

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  • 02:08:37 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    WITH THAT WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE, ONE OF OUR --…

    WITH THAT WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LADY FROM UTAH, MRS. LOVE, ONE OF OUR -- WE HAVE A GOOD CROP OF YOUNG FOLKS IN OUR COMMITTEE. SHE'S ONE OF THOSE BRIGHT STARS FOR US. RECOGNIZE HER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:08:53 PM

    MRS. LOVE

    WE HAVE BEFORE US A SOLUTION TO REGULATION THAT CAUSES REAL HARM TO…

    WE HAVE BEFORE US A SOLUTION TO REGULATION THAT CAUSES REAL HARM TO IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. ESPECIALLY IN MY STATE. ZIONS BANK CORPORATION WHICH SUPPORTS THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF MANY FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT UTAH AND THE WESTERN STATES. LAST YEAR ZIONS BANK CORPORATION C.E.O. AND CHAIRMAN SPOKE ABOUT INCREASED COMPLIANCE COSTS HIS INSTITUTION HAS TO FACE AS A RESULT OF ENHANCED PRUDENTIAL STANDARD REQUIREMENTS OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT. SPECIFICALLY, ZIONS HAD TO DIVERSE RESOURCES TO ADD NEARLY 500 ADDITIONAL FULL-TIME STAFF TO AREAS SUCH AS COMPLIANCE, INTERNAL AUDITS, CREDIT ADMINISTRATION, AND ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT. MR. SIMMONS ALSO TESTIFIED AT THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SUBCOMMITTEE THAT THESE INCREASED COMPLIANCE COSTS ARE OFFSET BY REDUCTIONS IN OTHER AREAS OF THE ORGANIZATION. MANY OF THEM ARE CONSUMER FACING FUNCTIONS. ZIONS BANK HAD TO REMOVE RESOURCES AWAY FROM LENDING TO CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMER SERVICE BECAUSE OF THESE EXTRA REGULATION. YET ZIONS IS ONE OF THE SMALLEST SIFIS WITH A BUSINESS MODEL CENTERED ON VERY TRADITIONAL BANKING ACTIVITIES. PRIMARILY COMMERCIAL LENDING WITH PARTICULAR FOCUS TO LENDING ON SMALLER BUSINESS. I SUPPORT H.R. 6392 AND ALLOW BANKS LIKE ZIONS BANK TO GET BACK TO WHAT THEY DO BEST.

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    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:10:35 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WITH THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WITH THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, WHO BRINGS A WEALTH OF FINANCIAL SERVICE BACKGROUND TO THE COMMITTEE AND CERTAINLY WANT TO HELP HIM WITH HIS EXPERTISE HERE. WITH THAT WE YIELD HIM ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:10:53 PM

    MR. HILL

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE MADAM SPEAKER. THIS BILL TODAY IS NOT…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE MADAM SPEAKER. THIS BILL TODAY IS NOT ABOUT DANGEROUS AGENDAS, GREED, OR SIGNING BONUSES, OR WHOLESALE EXEMPTIONS OF REGULATION FOR 27 BIG BANKS. NOT AT ALL. THIS BILL IS ABOUT USING COMMONSENSE AND -- COMMON SENSE AND TAKING OFF THE AUTO PILOT THAT'S IN DODD-FRANK WHICH DESIGNATES OUR SIFIS ON SIZE ALONE. IN FACT, INCLUDES ALL THE FACTORS THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR INSTITUTIONS THAT MIGHT PRESENT A SYSTEMIC RISK. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HAS SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. CHAIRMAN -- FORMER CHAIRMAN FRANK'S COMMENTS HAVE BEEN READ INTO THE RECORD BUT HOW ABOUT GOVERNOR TIRRILLO. THEY DO NOT SEEM TO BE NECESSARY FOR BANKS BETWEEN $50 BILLION AND $100 BILLION. TOM CURRY, OUR COMPTROLLER OF THE CURNCY, THE BETTER APPROACH IS TO USE AN ASSET FIGURE AS A FIRST SCREEN AND THEN GIVE DISCRETION TO SUPERVISORS BASED ON RISKS IN THE BUSINESS PLAN AND OPERATIONS. AND SENATOR SHERROD BROWN, CERTAINLY A SUPPORTER OF DODD-FRANK, I DO NOT AGREE THAT SOME BANKS OVER $50 BILLION SHOULD BE REGULATED LIKE WALL STREET MEGABANKS. I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:12:14 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH , MADAM CHAIR LADY. HERE WE'RE IN THE LAME DUCK…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH , MADAM CHAIR LADY. HERE WE'RE IN THE LAME DUCK SESSION OF CONGRESS AND WE ARE SIGNALING TO SPECIAL INTERESTS ALL THE GIVE AWAYS THAT ARE ABOUT TO COME WITH REPUBLICANS IN CONTROL OF WASHINGTON. AND WE DO THIS JUST AFTER THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SELECTED A MAN TO HEAD THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WHOSE BANK HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF RED LINING AND VIOLATING THE FAIR HOUSING ACT. WHOSE BANK WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 40% OF REVERSE MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES IN 2009 TO 2014. AND WHOSE BANK WAS CHARACTERIZED BY A NEW YORK JUDGE AS ENGAGING IN HARSH, REPUGNANT, SHOCKING, AND REPULSIVE ACTS AGAINST DEBTORS. DONALD TRUMP RAN A CAMPAIGN ON ANTI-WALL STREET RHETORIC. BUT APPOINTING A FORMER HEDGE FUND MANAGER, GOLDMAN SACHS EXECUTIVE, AND BANK C.E.O. AS TREASURY SECRETARY, SHOWS HIS TRUE COLORS. MR. MNUCHIN IS A WALL STREET INSIDER WITH TIES TO BIG BANKS THAT HAVE A TROUBLING PAST OF PUTTING PROFITS AHEFFED CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS. DURING HIS TIME AT, FORECLOSURE OF HOMES ON 36,000 FAMILIES. MR. MNUCHIN NOW SITS ON THE BOARD OF C.I.T., WHICH BOUGHT HIS FORMER BANK. HE TOOK A REPORTED $10.9 MILLION PAYOUT WHEN THE MERGER WAS COMPLETED. C.I.T.'S REGULATORY FILINGS INDICATE THAT THE BANK PROVIDES MR. MNUCHIN WITH ANNUAL COMPENSATION OF $4.5 MILLION FOR EACH OF 2015, 2016, AND 2017 WHICH GIVES A BASE SALARY OF $800,000. SHORT-TERM INCENTIVES OF $1.4 MILLION, AND LONG-TERM INCENTIVES OF $2.3 MILLION. THAT IS 88 TIMES THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY. WHAT'S WORSE, C.I.T. IS A MEGABANK AND INSTEAD OF PAYING BACK TAXPAYERS, IT WENT BANKRUPT LIKE MANY OF MR. TRUMP'S FAILED BUSINESSES. SO MNUCHIN IS A MAN WHO GOT RICH OFF THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS AND TAXPAYER BAILOUTS AGAIN, NOT UNLIKE MR. TRUMP HIMSELF. AND WILL NOW HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER SIGNIFICANT SWATHS OF OUR FINANCIAL REGULATORY SYSTEM. H.R. 6392 IN PARTICULAR IS PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S AND THE CONGRESSIONAL G.O.P.'S FIRST EFFORT TO DEREGULATE WALL STREET SINCE THE ELECTION. THIS BILL STANDS TO BENEFIT JUST 27 BANKS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND ONE OF THOSE BANKS IS MR. MNUCHIN'S BANK, C.I.T. IN FACT C.I.T. JUST RECENTLY COMPLETED A MERGER WITH ONE WEST WHICH MADE MR. MNUCHIN RICH. THAT MERGER ALSO PUSHED C.I.T. OVER THE $50 BILLION THRESHOLD THAT WOULD MAKE THE BANK SUBJECT TO DODD-FRANK RULES RATHER THAN SUBMIT TO MORE STRINGENT REGULATIONS, C.I.T. IS TRYING TO GREASE THE SKIDS TO GET FAVORABLE TREATMENT IN CONGRESS SO THAT THEIR MEGAMERGER WON'T COME WITH ANY STRINGS ATTACHED. . SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE C.I.T. BEING MORE STRINGENT ON DODD-FRANK RULES RELATED TO CAPITAL, LIQUIDITY, RISK MANAGEMENT AND LIVING WILLS, STRESS TESTING AND OTHER CRUCIAL REQUIREMENTS THAT PREVENT BAILOUTS. WHAT'S MORE, THE LEGISLATION WOULD TAKE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE BANKS AWAY FROM OUR INDEPENDENT REGULATORS AND HAND THAT POWER OVER TO THIS MAN THAT I'M TELLING YOU ALL ABOUT WHOSE GOT -- WHO'S GOT A HISTORY, WHICH HAS FORECLOSED ON A LOT OF INNOCENT HOMEOWNERS BUT MAYBE I THINK UNDER THE INVESTIGATION NOW FROM H.U.D. AND SO, AGAIN, THIS LEGISLATION WOULD TAKE THIS AUTHORITY AWAY TO REGULATE BANKS AWAY FROM OUR INDEPENDENT REGULATORS AND HAND THAT POWER OVER TO HIM. MR. MNUCHIN WOULD NOW BE IN THE DRIVER SEAT TO DETERMINE WHICH BANKS GET REGULATED AND HOW. THAT MEANS IT COULD GIVE SPECIAL FAVORS TO HIS BANK WHILE IGNORING SIMILARLY SITUATED BANKS, NOT TO MENTION OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY. WELL, YOU KNOW, MY FRIENDS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE, YOU KNOW, WILL TELL US, OH, THAT BAILOUT THAT WE HAD TO DO IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY FROM GOING INTO A DEPRESSION, YOU FORCED TAXPAYERS TO HAVE TO MAKE THAT BAILOUT AND TO PAY FOR IT. WELL, HERE WE ARE TODAY WITH THE PRESIDENT-ELECT WHO PAYS NO TAXES. SO WHY WOULD HE BE WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BAILOUT OR NOT? I WOULD SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST BILLS THAT'S GOING TO COME BEFORE US, BUT JUST LIKE MR. HENSARLING SAID, WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. I YIELD BACK THE BAFFLE MY TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST TO RECAP. DODD-FRANK WAS -- CAME INTO A…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST TO RECAP. DODD-FRANK WAS -- CAME INTO A BANG AS A RESULT OF THE CRISIS. ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS WAS TO BE ABLE TO FIND SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BEFORE THEY BROUGHT THE ECONOMY DOWN. COMING UP THE SIFI DEFINITION WAS ONE WAY TO DO THAT THE PROBLEM WAS THE SIFI DESIGNATION WAS TOO LARGE, BEING IMPACTED IN TOO MANY AND WRONGFUL WAYS AND EVEN DODD-FRANK'S ORIGINAL AUTHOR, BARNEY FRANK, RECOGNIZED THAT WITH HIS TESTIMONY THIS PAST WEEK AS WELL AS IN OUR COMMITTEE. THE METRICS THAT WE HAVE IN THE BILL ARE VERY SIMPLE. THERE ARE THINGS USED BY FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH WHEN THEY LOOK AT GLOBAL SIFIS, C.I.T.-WEST MERGER THAT THE RANKING MEMBER IS TALKING ABOUT, THESE ARE THE METRICS USED. WE'RE TRYING TO TAKE THE BURDEN OFF THE MID-SIZED REENG NATIONAL BANKS THAT HAVE FEWER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES PROVIDED TO CUSTOMERS. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ENSURE THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF H.R. 6392, THE SYSTEMIC RISK IMPROVEMENT SNAKES AGENT OF 2016.

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  • 02:19:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-839 OFFERED BY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 114-839 OFFERED BY MR. DAVIDSON OF OHIO.

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  • 02:19:35 PM

    E PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 934, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO.

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  • 02:19:44 PM

    MR. DAVIDSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 2 1/2 MINUTES. TODAY'S BILL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF 2 1/2 MINUTES. TODAY'S BILL SPELLS OUT THE CRITERIA, FSOC MUST USE TO DETERMINE INSTITUTIONS OF SYSTEMIC RISK. MY AMENDMENT WILL PREVENT THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND TREASURY FROM BLINDLY IMPLEMENTING NEW REGULATIONS PROPOSED BY AN INTERNATIONAL ENTITY, WHETHER COMING FROM THE BASEL COMMISSION OR UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ON THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD. WHEN CONGRESS BEGINS TO APPLY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, WE NEED TO MAKE CERTAIN EXECUTIVE AGENCIES DON'T OVERREACH BY SIMPLY RATIFYING EVERY DECISION MADE INTERNATIONALLY. RECENTLY, TREASURY AND THE FED HAVE BEEN FOUND TO MAKE DETERMINATIONS THAT MIRROR THE STANDARDS ISSUED BY THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD WITHOUT SUFFICIENT REVIEW. SIMPLY RUBBER STAMPING THEM. THEY HAVE GONE ALONG WITH THE DECISIONS MADE BY INTERNATIONAL UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS AND IN THE PROCESS HARMED OUR REGIONAL AND COMMUNITY BANKS AND AMERICANS' ACCESS TO CREDIT. SIMILAR CONCERNS HAVE BEEN RAISED BY U.S. INSURANCE COMPANIES. THAT'S WHY MR. LUETKEMEYER IS ALSO SPONSORING LEGISLATION TO MAKE SURE THESE ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATIONS ARE NOT USED TO SUPERSEDE OUR STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATIONS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. H.R. 6392 WILL PROVIDE THE NECESSARY RELIEF AND TRANSPARENCY NEEDED IN THESE SYSTEMIC RISK DESIGNATIONS. I AM PROUD TO OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY THAT OUR FEDERAL AGENCIES CANNOT USE THE LOOPHOLE OF INTERNATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO EXPAND THEIR POWERS OR SUBJECT OUR COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BANKS TO EVEN MORE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:21:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:21:35 PM

    MS. WATERS

    RECOGNITION TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. WATERS

    MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS BILL…

    MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS BILL OUTSOURCES OUR DOMESTIC REGULATION BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND HANDS IT OVER TO AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF REGULATORS KNOWN AS THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD, OR THE F.S.B., TO DETERMINE WHICH BANKS SHOULD BE REGULATED BY OUR REGULATORS. IT SAYS THIS INTERNATIONAL BODY SHOULD DECIDE WHICH BANKS ARE REGULATED, NOT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THE U.S. IS JUST ONE MEMBER NATION AMONG MANY REPRESENTED ON THE F.S.B., AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE OFTEN CRITICIZED THIS BOARD OF REGULATORS FOR BEING SHADOWY AND NOT SUFFICIENTLY DIFFERENTIAL TO AMERICAN INTERESTS. CURRENTLY THE F.S.B. MAKES DETERMINATIONS ON WHICH GLOBAL BANKS ARE SYSTEMICALLY SIGNIFICANT, NOT SIGNIFICANT TO THE U.S., BUT TO THE ENTIRE GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS LEGISLATION IMPORTS THOSE DETERMINATIONS AND SETS OUR DOMESTIC REGULATION ON AUTOPILOT. IF THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATORS SAY WE ARE IMPORTANT, THEN THIS BILL WOULD GRANDFATHER YOU INTO DODD-FRANK. IF NOT, THEN YOU GET THE BIG GIVEAWAY OF DEREGULATION. THIS AMENDMENT RIGHTFULLY SAYS THAT THE U.S. SHOULDN'T BE GIVING AWAY OUR SOVEREIGNTY OVER OUR ECONOMY TO INTERNATIONAL REGULATORS, BUT THE AMENDMENT FAILS TO HAVE THE COURAGE OF ITS CONVICTIONS. IT SAYS NOTHING IN THIS BILL SHALL BROADLY APPLY INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY STANDARDS TO THE U.S. WITH AN EXCEPTION OF THE PART OF THE BILL THAT APPLIES INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY STANDARDS TO THE U.S. IN SUMMARY, DEMOCRATS WHO OPPOSE DEREGULATION OF BIG BANKS SHOULD OPPOSE H.R. 6392, AND REPUBLICANS WHO OPPOSE OUTSOURCING OUR REGULATION TO FOREIGN BUREAUCRATS SHOULD OPPOSE H.R. 6392. THIS AMENDMENT DOES NOTHING TO SOLVE THIS FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE IN THE BILL, AND THIS LEGISLATION IS STILL DEEPLY PROBLEMATIC EVEN IF THE AMENDMENT IS ACCEPTED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:23:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:23:57 PM

    MR. DAVIDSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MR. LUETKEMEYER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON, FOR HIS INTEREST FOR HIS AUTHORING THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT MAKES CLEAR THAT H.R. 6392 SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED TO HAVE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS BE IMPOSED ON THE U.S. A SIMILAR FRAMEWORK UTILIZED BY THE COMMITTEE AND USED BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND TREASURY IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE LARGEST U.S. BANKS HAVE THEIR SIFI DESIGNATIONS. IT WILL BE HIGHLY INAPPROPRIATE FOR ANY INTERNATIONAL BODY TO IMPOSE ANY STANDARD ON AN ENTITY. AS WE ADVOCATE TODAY FOR RISK-BASED SUPERVISION, WE AVOID ANY SORT OF BLANKET APPROACH THAT'S SEEN OUT OF REGULATORY BODIES. FOREIGN BANKS DOING BUSINESS IN THE U.S., FOR EXAMPLE, THE $50 BILLION RESULT IN A HUGE NUMBER OF BANKS BEING TREATED AS SIFIS. DESPITE THE FACT MANY OF THEM HAVE UNDER $10 BILLION IN ASSETS. AS WE CONSIDER THESE DESIGNATIONS, WE NEED TO AVOID ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL MODELS AND LOOK AT THINGS LIKE COMPARABLE HOME COUNTRY STANDARDS BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD ON ENHANCED STANDARDS. I HOPE WE CAN ADDRESS THESE ISSUES IN THE NEXT CONGRESS AND WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL REGULATORS, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, TO HAVE THE STANDOFF ON BANK CAPITAL RULES. WE SHOULD INJECT COMMON SENSE AND FINANCIAL REGULATION THAT WILL PROTECT U.S. TAXPAYERS AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS WITHOUT CONSTRICTING ECONOMIC GROWTH. AGAIN, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:25:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE,…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS IN ORDER ON THE BILL AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 02:26:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMEND DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TO SPECIFY…

    AMEND 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.

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  • 02:26:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:26:51 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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    MS. WATERS

    I OPPOSE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE…

    I OPPOSE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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  • 02:27:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO DISPENSING WITH THE READING?

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I OBJECT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL READ.

  • 02:27:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 6392 TO THE…

    MS. WATERS OF CALIFORNIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 6392 TO THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. PAGE 4, LINE 17, STRIKE QUOTATION MARK AND FOLLOWING SEMICOLON AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING -- FOUR. CERTAIN COMPANIES WITH ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS BY OPERATION OF LAW. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS SUBSECTION, A BANK HOLDING COMPANY SHALL BE DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF A FINAL DETERMINATION UNDER PARAGRAPH 1 IF THE BANK HOLDING COMPANY AS OF THE DATE OF ENACTMENT OF THIS SUBSECTION. A, HAS TOTAL CONSOLIDATED ASSETS EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN $50 BILLION AND, B, HAS DISCLOSED IN A FILING WITH THE COMMISSION THAT A DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS A PENDING LAWSUIT OR ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST THE BANK HOLDING COMPANY RELATED TO THE ORIGINATION, SECURITIZATION OR SALE OF RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES.

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  • 02:28:24 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I RESERVE A POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    A POINT OF ORDER IS RESERVED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:28:40 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN AND MEMBERS, THIS IS THE FINAL…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN AND MEMBERS, THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED, THE BILL WILL IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. MADAM SPEAKER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS BILL IS THE OPENING SALVO IN THE TRUMP PLAN TO DISMANTLE DODD-FRANK. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR SIX YEARS EVER SINCE WE PASSED WALL STREET REFORM AND ON THE EVE OF PRESIDENT-ELECT TAKING OFFICE, THIS IS THEIR BIG CHANCE TO DEREGULATE 27 OF THE NATION'S LARGEST BANKS. THIS BILL WOULD STRIP RULES AROUND CAPITAL, LIQUIDITY, STRESS TESTING AND LIVING WILLS, KEY COMPONENTS TO GUARD AGAINST CATASTROPHIC BANK FAILURES. THESE ARE NOT COMMUNITY BANKS, NO. THESE ARE 50, 100, 200 AND $4 BILLION BANKS, BANKS THAT ENGAGE IN EXOTICS LIKE PICK A PAYMENT, WHICH YOU CHOOSE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO PAY AND THE LOAN PRINCIPAL GOES UP, NOT DOWN, LEADING UP TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS BILL WOULD STRIP FED CHAIR JANET YELLEN OF THE FED'S INDEPENDENT AUTHORITY AND HAND IT OVER TO TRUMP'S WALL STREET TREASURY SECRETARY, A MAN WHO FORECLOSED ON 36,000 FAMILIES WHEN HE RAN THIS BANK, A MAN WHO'S BEEN ACCUSED OF REDLINING AND FAIR LENDING DISCRIMINATION, BY CIVIL RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS. A MAN THAT WOULD BE HANDED THE AUTHORITY TO DEREGULATE THE BANK ON WHOSE BOARD HE NOW SERVES IF THIS BILL BECAME LAW, BUT THOSE CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS ARE PAR FOR THE COURSE IN THIS INCOMING ADMINISTRATION. . PRESIDENT ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST THAN ANY INCOMING PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CONTRY. TRUMP'S SON-IN-LAW AND CLOSE ADVISOR, HAS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOANS OUTSTANDING FROM DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN BANKS AND HAS OBTAINED DEVELOPMENT FINANCING THROUGH A CONTROVERSIAL U.S. PROGRAM THAT SELLS GREEN CARDS. LEGAL SCHOLARS BELIEVE TRUMP'S LEASE WITH THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE OLD POST OFFICE BUILDING, WHERE HIS HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., STANDS WILL TRIGGER A BREACH OF CONTRACT AND A CONFLICT OF INTEREST THE MOMENT HE IS SWORN IN. AND TRUMP MAY EVEN VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION ON THE DAY HE TAKES OFFICE WITH FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH'S ETHICS LAWYERS SAYING THAT FORMER FOREIGN -- FORMER DIPLOMATS STAYING IN HIS HOTEL WOULD BE AN UNLAWFUL FOREIGN GIFT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS AMENDMENT HIGHLIGHTS YET ANOTHER CONFLICT OF INTEREST WE'RE FACING. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP IS DEEPLY IN DEBT TO DEUTSCHE BANK. OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, DEUTSCHE BANK HAS BEEN A LENDER OR A CO-LENDER IN AT LEAST $2.5 BILLION IN LOANS TO DONALD TRUMP OR HIS COMPANIES. HERE'S A SAMPLING OF TRUMP'S INDEBTEDNESS TO DEUTSCHY, THE BUSINESS WITHIN TRUMP'S NETWORK CURRENTLY OWE THE BANK NEARLY $360 MILLION IN OUTSTANDING PRINCIPAL, INCLUDING $125 MILLION FOR HIS FLORIDA GOLF COURSE, UP TO $69 MILLION FOR HIS CHICAGO HIGH RISE, AND $170 MILLION LINE OF CREDIT USED TO FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS NEW HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS LEGISLATION, H.R. 6392, DEREGULATES HUGE MEGABANKS REPRESENTING ALMOST 30% OF THE ASSETS CURRENTLY SUBJECT TO STRICTER RULES UNDER DODD-FRANK. IN THE BILL IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE U.S. OPERATIONS OF GLOBAL MEGABANKS, MEGABANKS LIKE DEUTSCHE BANK, WOULD ALSO BE DEREGULATED AND WITH DONALD TRUMP'S APPOINTMENTS INTERPRETING THE LAW, I SUSPECT THEY WILL INDEED DEREGULATE THESE GLOBAL MEGABANKS. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WELL, IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE DEUTSCHE BANK HAS THE POTENTIAL $14 BILLION SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PENDING RELATED TO TOXIC MORTGAGES THEY PACKAGED AND SOLD LEADING UP TO THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THEY SLICED AND DICED THE PRIME LOANS AND DUPED NOT ONLY HOMEOWNERS BUT UNSUSPECTING INVESTORS JUST LIKE PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, THEY SAW THE SPECTER OF A FORECLOSURE CRISIS AND FINANCIAL COLLAPSE AS A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY NOT A HUMAN TRADGEDY. AFTER TRUMP'S ELECTION, NEWS HEADLINES SAID THAT DEUTSCHE BANK STOOD TO GET A WINDFALL BECAUSE THE NEW SHERIFFS IN TOWN WOULD GO EASY ON THEM.

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  • 02:34:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. WATERS

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WHILE THE TRUMP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAY GIVE DEUTSCHE…

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WHILE THE TRUMP JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MAY GIVE DEUTSCHE BANK A BANK --

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  • 02:34:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. WATERS

    TRUMP'S CONFLICT OF INTEREST GREASE THE SKIDS FOR POWER INTERESTS IN…

    TRUMP'S CONFLICT OF INTEREST GREASE THE SKIDS FOR POWER INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON.

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  • 02:34:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:34:30 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    MADAM SPEAKER, I WITHDRAW MY POINT OF ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE RESERVATION IS WITHDRAWN.

  • 02:34:36 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    I CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:34:40 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST TO HIGHLIGHT SOME COMMENTS HERE WITH…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. JUST TO HIGHLIGHT SOME COMMENTS HERE WITH REGARDS TO THE RANKING MEMBER'S LAST DISCUSSION ON THIS POINT OF ORDER, WE BELIEVE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH FINANCIAL STABILITY. TITLE 1 OF THE BILL DEALS WITH OPERATIONAL STANDARDS OF BANK HOLDING COMPANIES. THIS BILL THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH DEALS DIRECTLY WITH HOW REGULATORS DEAL WITH BANKS. PENDING LAWSUIT HAS NOTHING TO DO FINANCIAL STABILITY OF THIS BANK. THIS MAY BELONG SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE DODD-FRANK BILL BUT NOT HERE. WITH REGARDS TO THE UNDERLYING BILL AS WELL, MADAM SPEAKER, TO REITERATE SOME OF THE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED ALREADY, WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THE FIX FOR THE CRISIS OF 2008 WAS DODD-FRANK, AS WAS SPOKEN TO ELOQUENTLY BY SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, AND SOME OF THE FIXES, AS ANY BILL WE PUT TOGETHER AROUND HERE, IS NEVER PERFECT. THERE IS ALWAYS PROBLEMS WITH T ALWAYS NEEDS TO BE TWEAKED DOWN THE ROAD. THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY, SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT DESIGNATION OF INSTITUTIONS, PART OF A SOLUTION TO TRY TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY BANKS BY DEFINITION THAT WOULD BRING DOWN THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. THIS CAN NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. WE HAVE A BIG BANK GO DOWN. IT COULD BE SUCH A SIZE AND MAGNITUDE AND CONNECTEDNESS IT WOULD BRING DOWN THE ENTIRE ECONOMY. WHEN UNAN UNTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF -- AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE IS IT WILL ROLL DOWNHILL. AND BARNEY FRANK, THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, HAS MADE SADE IN OUR COMMITTEE HE TESTIFIED TO THAT FACT THIS IS AN UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE, IT SHOULD BE FIXED. ALL IT DOES IS FIX THAT PROBLEM THAT THESE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS WOULD CARRY COST WITH THEM ARE ROLLING DOWNHILL TO THE MIDSIZE REGIONAL BANKS AND ROLLING BELOW THAT. BELOW 50. YOU TALK TO $10 BILLION TO $50 BILLION BANKS, ALL THE THINGS THE HIGHER BANKS ARE DEALING WITH THEY ARE DEALING WITH. THESE REGULATIONS -- THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FOR THE BIG BANKS, WHATEVER, ARE ROLLING ALL WAIT DOWNHILL TO THE SMALL BANKS. THEY'LL ARGUE ABOUT THE FACT THAT $50 BILLION AN ARBITRARY FIGURE. SOMETHING WE NEED TO KEEP. THAT'S A BIG BANK. SORRY. MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS A REGULATOR IN MY FORMER LIFE. I WAS A BANKER IN A FORMER LIFE. CAN I TELL YOU THAT'S A BIG BANK BUT NOT SOMEBODY THAT WILL BRING DOWN THE ECONOMY. UNLESS THEY ARE INTERCONNECTED, WHICH THE METRICS IN MUDVILLE SAY IF THEY ARE INTERCONNECTED THEY HAVE ALL SORTS OF OTHER RISKY ACTIONS THAT THEY ARE ENGAGED IN. $50 BILLION IS NOT GOING TO DO T THINGS YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT ARE SIZE AND THESE OTHER CRY TEARAS. THEY ARE NOT PULLED OUT OF THE AIR. THESE ARE CRITERIA THAT THE FEDERAL STABILITY BOARD USES, THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH USE WHEN IS THEY LOOK AT G-SIBS, GLOBAL SIFIS. THESE ARE ANALYSIS TOOLS THAT ARE THERE, HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TY. WHY NOT GIVE THE EXAMINERS, THE REGULATORS, THESE TOOLS? I CAN TELL YOU AS A REGULATOR THEY ALREADY DO THIS. A POINT WAS MADE IT TAKES 12 MONTHS ON THE BILL TO COME UP WITH THESE DESIGNATIONS. THE REGULATORS ALREADY DO THIS. THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION IN HAND. THERE'S NO REASON THAT THEY CAN'T DO THIS IN A 12-MONTH PERIOD. I HAVE BEEN THERE. DONE THAT. IT'S EASY TO DO. THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION. WHAT WE'RE DOING IS TAKE EXISTING CRITERIA AND ASKING THEM TO LOOK AT THE RISK AND THE BUSINESS MODEL OF THIS PARTICULAR ENTITY TO SEE IF IT IS SOMETHING BIG ENOUGH AND CONNECTED ENOUGH TO GO DOWN. $50 BILLION IS NOT SOMEPLACE WHERE BANKS SHOULD BE IT'S GOING TO CAUSE THE ENTIRE ECONOMY TO COLLAPSE. NO WAY. COMMONSENSE -- COMMON SENSE WILL TELL YOU THAT. I THINK TO CLOSE OUT HERE VERY QUICKLY, I THINK THAT WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE THESE REGULATIONS ARE COSTING MONEY TO THE CONSUMERS, TO THE BUSINESSES THAT THE BANKS LEND TO. ONE QUICK FACTOID IS 75% OF THE BANKS BEFORE DODD-FRANK HAD FREE CHECKING. NOW ONLY 37. THOSE ARE JUST. SO FACTS AS THEY ROLL DOWNHILL THAT SHOW THAT THESE REGULATIONS ARE HITTING HAVING A INITIATIVE EFFECT ON OUR -- HAVING A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON OUR ECONOMY. THE BANKS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ARE NOT THE INTERCONNECTED GLOBAL FOLKS. THESE ARE LARGE COMMUNITY BANKS THAT SERVE COMMUNITIES. MOM AND POP SHOPS. WE WANT TO KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS. KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES GROWING. AND WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION SONT MOTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 02:39:21 PM

    MS. WATERS

    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 YAINT. -- YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. IT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE QUESTION OF ADOPTING A MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.RES. 933 MAY BE SUBJECT TO POSTPONEMENT AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20.

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    EMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER, AT THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, I CALL…

    SPEAKER, AT THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 933 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 02:41:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 158, HOUSE RESOLUTION 933. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 158, HOUSE RESOLUTION 933. RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR FURTHER EXPENSES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE IN THE 114TH CONGRESS. RESOLVED SECTION 1, AMOUNT FOR COMMITTEE EXPENSES, FOR FURTHER EXPENSES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, HEREAFTER IN THIS RESOLUTION REFERRED TO AS THE COMMITTEE FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS, THERE SHALL BE PAID OUT OF THE APPLICABLE AMOUNTS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NOT MORE THAN $800,000. SECTION 2, VOUCHERS. PAYMENTS UNDER THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE MADE ON VOUCHERS AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMITTEE. SIGNED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, AND APPROVED IN THE MANNER DIRECTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION. SECTION 3, REGULATIONS, AMOUNTS MADE AVAILABLE UNDER THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BE EXPENDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30…

    MADAM SPEAKER, FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BRADY, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY.

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

    MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD ON THE CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 933, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HARPER

    OCTOBER 7, THE HOUSE PASSED BY A MAJORITY VOTE A MEASURE CREATING THE…

    OCTOBER 7, THE HOUSE PASSED BY A MAJORITY VOTE A MEASURE CREATING THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL ON INFANT LIVES WITHIN THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. OUR COMMITTEE HAS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT EACH COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE HAS SUFFICIENT RESOURCES TO FULFILL THEIR ASSIGNED OVERSIGHT DUTIES. LAST YEAR OUR COMMITTEE TRANSFERRED FUNDS FROM THE COMMITTEE RESERVE ACCOUNT TO THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE SO THAT THE PANEL COULD BEGIN ITS WORK. AN ADDITIONAL TRANSFER WAS MADE EARLIER THIS YEAR. THESE FUNDS WERE ALLOCATED BASED ON THE FULL COMMITTEE'S NEED TO FULFILL ITS MISSION. THESE INITIAL TRANSFERS WERE INSUFFICIENT TO COVER THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SELECT PANEL. THE MEASURE BEFORE US ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY WILL RECTIFY THE SITUATION AND ALLOW THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE AND THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNTIL THE END OF CONGRESS. PASSING THIS MEASURE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDS IS AN INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. IF WE DO NOT ALLOCATE THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS, THE WORK OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, BOTH FOR THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY, WOULD GRIND TO A HALT. THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE UNABLE TO COMPLETE ITS VITAL WORK. THIS WORK COVERS IMPORTANT AREAS SUCH AS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, AND HEALTH CARE. . WE SAW -- THERE ARE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION ON THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL. HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT HERE TO RELIT GAIT A DECISION OF THE HOUSE MADE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO BUT TO FULFILL OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WE WILL SWIFTLY PASS THIS MEASURE TODAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE EXISTENCE OF THE PANEL GENERALLY. IT HAS BEEN NOTHING MORE THAN A WITCH-HUNT THAT WILL COST TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $1 MILLION AND HAS FOUND NO WRONGDOING. THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES AND 13 STATES LAUNCHED THEIR OWN SIMILAR INVESTIGATIONS AND CAME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION, THE PANEL HAS BEEN A ONE-SIDED OPERATION FROM THE START.

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    MR. BRADY

    TIME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BRADY

    THANK YOU.

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    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SELECT AND INVESTIGATIVE PANEL,…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE SELECT AND INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL WAS FORMED TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL WAS FORMED TO INVESTIGATE AREAS THAT PRIOR TO THE REVELATIONS OF UNDERCOVERED JOURNALISTS RECEIVED TOO LITTLE ATTENTION. FOR MOST OF US, IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF AN OUTRAGE THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER ABORTION CLINICS SUPPLEMENT THEIR BUDGETS BY SELLING THE LEFTOVER PARTS OF BABIES THEY HAVE ABORTED. THIS CHAMBER CHARGED THE PANEL WITH INVESTIGATING FETAL TISSUE TRAFFICKING, SECOND AND THIRD TRIMUSTER ABORTION PRACTICES, THE STANDARD OF -- TRIMESTER ABORTION PRACTICES, THE ROLE OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS PLAY IN THIS SECTOR OF SOCIETY. OVER THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE HELD HEARINGS THAT EXPLORED THE BIOETHICS SURROUNDING FETAL TISSUE USE AND REVEALING THE SOBER REALITY OF HOW FETAL TISSUE IS PRICED. OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED FOUR MODELS BY WHICH THE SUBJECT OF OUR INVESTIGATION IMPLICATE SERIOUS PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS. THE FIRST, THE MIDDLE MAN MODEL COMPRISES A MIDDLE MAN AND TISSUE PROCURER THAT OBTAINS TISSUE DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE SUCH AS AN ABORTION CLINIC OR HOSPITAL AND THEN TRANSFERS THE TISSUE TO A CUSTOMER, USUALLY A UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER. AS THE EXAMPLE OF IT ILLUSTRATES, IT WOULD EMBED A LAB TECHNICIAN INSIDE AN ABORTION CLINIC WHERE THE TECHNICIAN WOULD RECEIVE THE DAY'S ORDERS FOR BODY PARTS AT SPECIFIED GESTATION PERIODS, ACCESS PATIENT FILES IN VIOLATION OF WOMEN'S HIPAA PRIVACY RIGHTS AND COLLECT THE TISSUE. THEN, THE TECHNICIAN WOULD RECEIVE PAY AND EVEN BONUSES BASED ON THE TISSUES SHE SECURED. A SECOND MODEL, THE UNIVERSITY CLINIC MODEL REVEALS THE COZY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ABORTION CLINICS AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS. MOST OF THEM, STATE UNIVERSITIES FUNDED BY THE TAXPAYERS. THE CLINIC PROVIDES THE UNIVERSITIES THE TISHUDE USED FOR RESEARCH. THE UNIVERSITY ADOPTS THE CLINIC DOCTORS AS FACULTY MEMBERS, GIVING THEM BENEFITS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ACTUALLY TEACH AND IN MANY CASES, THANKS TO PROGRAMS LIKE THE RYAN FELLOWSHIP, MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE DEPLOYED TO ABORTION CLINICS TO BE TRAINED AS THE NEXT GENERATION OF ABORTION PROVIDERS. THE PANEL'S INVESTIGATION INTO A THIRD MODEL, THE LATE-TERM ABORTION CLINIC REVEALED THE APPALLING ABSENCE OF MECHANISMS OR PROCEDURES TO SAFEGUARD THOSE INFANTS WHO SURVIVE THE ABORTION PROCEDURE. PUT BLUNTLY, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THE BORN-ALIVE INFANTS PROTECTION ACT, THE PROHIBITION OF PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION ON THE BOOKS, THEY ARE NOT ENFORCED. FOURTH, THE PANEL INVESTIGATED THE MODEL BY WHICH FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS MAKE THEIR WAY TO ABORTION CLINICS. TYPICALLY BY MEDICAID PAYMENTS UNDER TITLE 19 AND FETAL TISSUE RESEARCHERS TO PROVIDE JUST A SNAPSHOT OF THE 51 KNOWN EXTERNAL AUDITS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS, NEARLY ALL --

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    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. TO PROVIDE JUST A SNAPSHOT OF THE 51 KNOWN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. TO PROVIDE JUST A SNAPSHOT OF THE 51 KNOWN EXTERNAL AUDITS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINICS, NEARLY ALL FOUND TITLE 19 OVERPAYMENTS FOR FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICE CLAIMS. THE OVERBILLING TOTALED MORE THAN $8.5 MILLION, AND THAT IS WITHOUT COUNTING SEVERAL FALSE CLAIMS ACT LAWSUITS THAT ALLEGE MILLIONS MORE IN OVERBILLING. CONSIDER ALL THAT OUR PANEL HAS IDENTIFIED DESPITE HAVING JUST BARELY A YEAR, EVEN LESS BY THE TIME WE WERE FULLY STAFFED, TO CONDUCT THE INVESTIGATION. IT IS NOW UP TO US TO BUILD ON THE WORK, TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE, AND TO STOP THESE AFFRONTS TO HUMAN DIGNITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING THE TIME TO ME, AND I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING THE TIME TO ME, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, THE PANEL THAT WE CALL THE SELECT PANEL TO ATTACK…

    INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, THE PANEL THAT WE CALL THE SELECT PANEL TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH. AND IT REALLY SHOULDN'T COME TO ANY SURPRISE THAT ONE OF THE VERY FIRST THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE DONE COMING BACK NOW TO WASHINGTON IS TO APPROVE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE SELECT SO-CALLED INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, DOUBLING ITS BUDGET AND PUTTING IT ON TRACK TO SPEND NEARLY $1.6 MILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. THIS INVESTIGATION IS ESSENTIALLY BUILDS ON A PACK OF LIES THAT ARE PERPETRATED BY ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMISTS AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN AND HAS NO CHANCE OF BECOMING A FACT-BASED INVESTIGATION. THE PANEL REPUBLICAN HAVE CONTINUALLY RELIED, EVEN TODAY, ON DOCTORED VIDEOTAPE -- THE VIDEOTAPE, SO-CALLED EVIDENCE, EVEN THOUGH THAT EVIDENCE AND THOSE VIDEOTAPES HAVE BEEN DISCREDITED ALREADY BY THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES, 13 STATES AND A TEXAS GRAND JURY. THROUGHOUT THIS INVESTIGATION, REPUBLICANS HAVE ABUSED CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY, ISSUING 42 UNILATERAL SUBPOENAS IN VIOLATION OF HOUSE RULES, DEMANDING THAT CLINICS AND UNIVERSITIES NAME NAMES OF THEIR DOCTORS, STUDENTS AND STAFF AND RELEASING SOME OF THESE NAMES KNOWING THAT DOING SO PUTS LIVES IN DANGER, A TRULY MCCARTHY-ESQUE ATTACK ON INDIVIDUALS. THEY HAVE COMPARED RESEARCHERS TO NAZI WAR CRIMINALS AND ECHOED THE WORDS OF ANTI-ABORTION ACTIVISTS THAT WERE ALSO USED BY A GUN MAN WHO SHOT 12 PEOPLE, KILLING THREATT A PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IN COLORADO SPRINGS. DESPITE REPUBLICANS' FAILURE TO FIND ANY EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING , THEY CONTINUE TO MAKE INFLAMMATORY, GROTESQUE ALLEGATIONS TO JUSTIFY THE PANEL'S EXISTENCE AND BY THEIR WORDS AND ACTIONS HAVE PUT LIFESAVING RESEARCH AND WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE AT RISK. THE PANEL HAS ALREADY HAD A CHILLING EFFECT ON RESEARCH, DRYING UP THE SUPPLY OF NEEDED TISSUE FOR RESEARCH ON MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND THREATENING RESEARCH ON EVERYTHING FROM A TO Z, FROM ALZHEIMER'S TO ZIKA. IT HAD BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. IT IS THE BASIS FOR KEY VACCINES THAT HAVE SAVED LITERALLY MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF LIVES, INCLUDING THE POLIO VACCINE. THAT IS WHY OVER 60 OF OUR NATION'S LEADING MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS RELEASED AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH USING FETAL TISSUE. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LET A SET OF RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE CLAIMS STOP THIS VITAL MEDICAL RESEARCH. THIS PANEL AND ITS INVESTIGATION ARE A DISGRACE TO THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE NEED TO END THIS DANGEROUS AND UNJUSTIFIED WITCH-HUNT AND INSTEAD OF PROVIDING MORE FUNDING FOR THIS DIVISIVE AND DANGEROUS INQUISITION, CONGRESS SHOULD SHUT DOWN THIS PANEL AND PUT AN END TO ITS SHAMEFUL PROCEEDINGS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:55:13 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PITTS.

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    MR. PITTS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS A MEMBER OF THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, I…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AS A MEMBER OF THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.RES. 933. AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE UNDERCOVER VIDEOS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD, ONE LITTLE KNOWN TISSUE PROCUREMENT COMPANY BECAME A HOUSEHOLD NAME, STEM EXPRESS. THEY'RE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PLAYERS IN THE SALE OF ABORTED BABY BODY PARTS IN THE UNITED STATES, IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE INTENT OF FEDERAL LAW. THEY PROMISE PROFITS TO ABORTION CLINICS IN RETURN FOR OTHERWISE DISCARDED -- AND I'LL USE THEIR QUOTE -- PRODUCTS OF CONCEPTION, END QUOTE. THE SELECT PANEL LEARNED THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE AS MUCH TISSUE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AS POSSIBLE AND THUS RAKE IN HUGE PROFITS, STEM EXPRESS SOUGHT TO CONTRACT WITH THE NATIONAL ABORTION FEDERATION. CONTRACTING WITH THIS NETWORK OF ABORTION CLINICS WOULD MEAN ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF BABY BODY PARTS, WHICH STEM EXPRESS COULD PROCURE AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SELL AT HUGE MARKUPS. AND OUR INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT THEY HAD CREATED A DROPDOWN MENU. HERE'S A COPY OF PART OF IT ON THEIR WEBSITE. SUCH AS ONE MIGHT FIND ON AMAZON.COM. TO FACILITATE THEIR SALES. THEY COULD SELECT THE GESTATIONAL AGE, THE NUMBER OF SPECIMENS. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU COULD SELECT THREE 12-WEEK OLD BABY SCALPS. 12 14 PAIR OF BABY EYES OR SEVEN 16-WEEK BABY LIVERS, JUST TO NAME A FEW OF THE BABY COMBINATIONS. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD THIS IS THE AMAZON.COM OF BABY BODY PARTS. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. IT'S DISGUSTING. IT'S A VERY DISTURBING PRACTICE THAT HAS BEEN TUCKED AWAY AND OUT OF SIGHT FOR TOO LONG. THE C.E.O. OF STEM EXPRESS TOLD ONE UNDERCOVER JOURNALIST OVER LUNCH AND A CLASS OF WINE THAT SOME OF THE BUYERS' LAB TEXT, QUOTE, FREAK OUT AND HAVE MELTDOWNS, END QUOTE, WHEN THEY SEE LITTLE BABY HANDS, LITTLE BABY FEET ATTACHED TO THE ORDER AND ORDER OF LIMBS SO SHE MAKES SHER HER TECHES CUT OFF THE HANDS AND THE FEET BEFORE SHIPPING OFF BOXES OF THESE BODY PARTS. IT IS THIS CALOUS, DARK TALK THAT HAS SO MANY AMERICANS CONCERNED WITH THE STATE OF RESEARCH IN OUR COUNTRY. THE SELECT PANEL IS PROUD TO SUPPORT LIFESAVING ETHICAL RESEARCH, BUT LIKE THE REST OF AMERICA, MY COLLEAGUES AND I KNOW THAT ETHICAL BOUNDARIES DO EXIST. AND I HOPE STEM EXPRESS RESEARCH WILL CEASE TO COME AT THE EXPENSE OF UNBORN CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD NO SAY IN THE SO-CALLED DONATION OF THEIR BODY PARTS. MANY YEARS FROM NOW WE'LL LOOK BACK ON THIS PRACTICE AS A DARK AND HORRIBLE TIME WHERE HUMANITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY LOST TO FINANCIAL PROFITS. WE MUST END THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. HARPER

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER ON OUR…

    I WOULD NOW LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER ON OUR TEAM OF THE SELECT PANEL AND THAT IS CONGRESSMAN NADLER FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. NADLER

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. FROM START TO FINISH, THIS SELECT…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. FROM START TO FINISH, THIS SELECT PANEL HAS ABUSED CONGRESSIONAL POWER IN ORDER TO INTIMIDATE AND THREATEN PRIVATE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES ENGAGED IN LEGAL BUSINESSES. REPUBLICANS ON THE SELECT PANEL HAVE NOW SPENT $1.5 MILLION IN THE SO-CALLED INVESTIGATION. WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR SPENDING THEIR HARD-EARNED TAX DOLLARS? THEY HAVE NOT PRESENTED ANY EVIDENCE THAT ANY ENTITY BROKE THE LAW SURROUNDING FETAL TISSUE DONATION OR RESEARCH. THEY HAVE NOT PRESENTED ANY EVIDENCE THAT ANY ENTITY OR PHYSICIAN ENGAGED IN THE HORRIFYING BEHAVIOR OF WHICH REPUBLICANS ACCUSE THEM. WE HAVE HEARD TODAY ON THIS FLOOR AS WE HAVE REPEATEDLY FROM THE SELECT PANEL THE LIES THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD SOLD FETAL TISSUE FOR PROFIT. WE HAVE HEARD THE LIE THAT CLEARLY DOCTORED AND DISPROVEN VIDEOTAPES WERE SOME REALITY -- WERE SOME RELATIONSHIP TO REALITY. WE HAVE HEARD THE DISPROVED LIE THAT STEM EXPRESS PROCURED FETAL TISSUE, FOUGHT FOR LIFESAVING MEDICAL RESEARCH, BUT FOR PROFIT. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE WASTED COUNTLESS HOURS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS RUNNING IN CIRCLES AFTER EVIDENCE THAT DOES NOT EXIST. THEY HAVE INSISTED THAT ENTITIES NAME NAMES WITH NO PLAN TO PROTECT THOSE INDIVIDUALS AND WHEN ASKED WHY THEY NEED NAMES THEY DON'T SAY ANYTHING. THEY KNEW EXPOSING THEIR NAMES WOULD HAVE HARASSMENT, THREATS AND EVEN MURDER. THE REPUBLICANS ON THE PANEL HAVE MADE ACCUSATIONS OF WRONGDOING WITH NO CONCERN FOR THE CONSEQUENCES. THEY HAVE HAD A CHILLING EFFECT ON LIFESAVING MEDICAL RESEARCH THROUGH THEIR INTIMIDATION TACTICS. THEY HAVE FLOWN IN THE FACE OF CONGRESSIONAL RULES AND ABUSED CONGRESSIONAL POWER TO MEET THEIR BLATANTLY PARTISAN NEEDS. AND NOW THE REPUBLICANS ON THE SELECT PANEL HAVE THE AUDACITY TO ASK FOR MORE TAXPAYER MONEYS TO FIND THIS WITCH-HUNT. IN WORDS ONE SUGGESTS THE LAST MEMBER OF CONGRESS THAT SO CLEARLY VIOLATES AUTHORITY, SENATOR JOSEPH MCCARTHY, I SAY, HAVE YOU AT LONG LAST NO DECENCY? . THIS GROTESQUE AND MURDEROUS PANEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN A LONG TIMING TOO. VOTE AGAINST THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, VOTE AGAINST THIS ABSURD FUNDING BILL AND STAND UP FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND FOR THE DIGNITY OF THIS INSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACK.

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    MRS. BLACK

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ONE OF THE STRIKING DISCOVERIES WHOA WE HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. ONE OF THE STRIKING DISCOVERIES WHOA WE HAVE MADE IN THIS SKEGS HAS BEEN THE SHEER NUMBER OF LAWS IMPLICATED BY TROUBLING ACTIONS OF ABORTION PROVIDERS, TISSUE PROCUREMENT BUSINESSES AND RESEARCHERS. ONE SUCH LAW IS THE HIPAA PRIVACY RULE. THE PANEL'S INVESTIGATION UNCOVERED A SERIES OF BUSINESS CONTRACTS BETWEEN STEM EXPRESS, WHICH IS A TISSUE PROCUREMENT BUSINESS THAT IS NOT COVERED BY HIPAA, AND SEVERAL ABORTION CLINICS THAT ARE. STEM EXPRESS PAYS FEES TO THE ABORTION CLINIC FOR FETAL TISSUE AND MATERNAL BLOOD AND THEN RESOLD THE FETAL TISSUE AND THE BLOOD TO RESEARCHERS. HERE'S A QUICK HIPAA PRIVACY TUTORIAL. THE HIPAA PRIVACY RULE PROTECTS ALL INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION KNOWN AS PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION OR P.H.I. THAT IS HELD OR TRANSMITTED BY A COVERED ENTITY. THIS INFORMATION IDENTIFIES AN INDIVIDUAL OR CAN REASONABLY BE BELIEVED TO BE USEFUL IN IDENTIFYING AN INDIVIDUAL SUCH AS A NAME OR AN ADDRESS AND INCLUDES DEMOGRAPHIC DATA RELATED TO HER PHYSICAL OR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION, TREATMENT AND PAYMENT. THE PANEL'S INVESTIGATION INDICATES THAT STEM EXPRESS AND FOUR ABORTION CLINICS, INCLUDING THREE PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOCATIONS, COMMITTED SYSTEMIC VIOLATIONS OF THE HIPAA PRIVACY RULE OVER A COURSE OF ABOUT FIVE YEARS. THE ABORTION CLINICS PROVIDED PATIENTS' PRIVATE, PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION TO STEM EXPRESS TO HELP THEM OBTAIN HUMAN FETAL TISSUE FOR RESALE. HOW DID THEY DO THIS? WELL, THE ABORTION CLINICS PERMITTED THE EMPLOYEES OF STEM EXPRESS TO ENTER THEIR CLINICS TO OBTAIN HUMAN FETAL TISSUE FROM THE ABORTED INFANTS, OBTAIN PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR PATIENTS, AND INTERACT WITH THE PATIENTS AND, YES, EVEN SEEK AND OBTAIN PATIENT CONSENT FOR THE TISSUE DONATION. STEM EXPRESS DID NOT HAVE A MEDICALLY VALID REASON TO SEE AND THE ABORTION CLINICS DID NOT HAVE A REASON TO DISCLOSE THE PATIENTS' PRIVATE INFORMATION. INSTEAD THE ABORTION CLINICS INTENTIONALLY SHARED PARENTS' MOST INTIMATE -- PATIENTS' MOST INTIMATE, PRIVATE INFORMATION WITH STEM EXPRESS TO FINANCIALLY BENEFIT STEM EXPRESS AND THE CLINIC. THE PANEL HAS MADE A REFERRAL OF EACH OF THESE ENTITIES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND HAS REQUESTED A SWIFT AND FULL INVESTIGATION BY H.H.S. OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS. MORE IMPORTANTLY WE HAVE DISCOVERED A DEEPLY CONCERNING VIOLATION OF A LAW THAT PROTECTS THE MOST CHERISHED PRIVATE RIGHT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I FINDS IT SO HYPOCRITICAL THAT THE MAJORITY IS TALKING ABOUT PUTTING…

    I FINDS IT SO HYPOCRITICAL THAT THE MAJORITY IS TALKING ABOUT PUTTING PEOPLE'S PRIVATE NAMES OUT INTO THE PUBLIC WHEN WE'VE HAD PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ATTACKED AND LIVES THREATENED AS A RESULT OF THEIR PUTTING NAMES OUT. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR SELECT PANEL, MS. DELL BENNIE FROM WASHINGTON STATE -- MS. DELBENE FROM WASHINGTON STATE.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BUCSHON, WHO IS A…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BUCSHON, WHO IS A MEDICAL DOCTOR.

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    UCHANAN MR.

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT HUMAN LIVE -- NEW HAMPSHIRE

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    HAMPSHIRE MR. BUCSHON

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RESEARCH. FROM THE BEGINNING, WE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RESEARCH. FROM THE BEGINNING, WE RECOGNIZED THE OTHER SIDE WOULD TRY TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM OUR INVESTIGATION BY FALSELY CLAIMING WE ARE OPPOSED TO SCIENCE. AS A DOCTOR, I FIND THAT OFFENSIVE. I THINK IT'S A DANGEROUS PRACTICE TO INTRODUCE FEAR INTO IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC DEBATES. EVERY MEMBER OF THE PANEL IS COMMITTED TO MEDICAL RESEARCH THAT FINDS CURES. THE ET RICK THAT WE ARE OPPOSED -- THE RHETORIC THAT WE ARE OPPOSED TO RESEARCH IS RIDICULOUS AND WRONG. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS A GLOBAL LEADER IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE IN OUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORT IT WITH TAX DOLLARS. THE HOUSE PANEL REPUBLICANS ON INFANT LIVES SHARE THIS SUPPORT. WE ARE STRONGLY COMMITTED TO PROMOTING BOTH BASIC AND CLINICAL RESEARCH. THE GOAL OF THE HOUSE SELECT PANEL IS NOT TO OPPOSE SCIENCE BUT RATHER TO DETERMINE HOW BEST TO SUPPORT SCIENCE SO THAT IT IS -- ITS IMPORTANT WORK CAN ADVANCE AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ETHICAL COMPROMISE. AS THE HISTORY OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH IN THE 20TH CENTURY CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES WHEN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS SEPARATED FROM ETHICS OR THE LAW, GRAVE INJUSTICES CAN OCCUR. WE HERE IN CONGRESS, LIKE THE REST OF AMERICANS, CARE DEEPLY ABOUT PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF PATIENTS AND ENSURING ETHICAL OVERSIGHT OF RESEARCH PROCEDURES. THESE ARE NOT MEANT TO HINDER ADVANCES IN SCIENCE. BUT RATHER TO ENSURE THAT THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE FULFILLS ITS PROMISE TO -- PROMISE TO SOCIETY. THOUGH THE PANEL -- THROUGH THE PANEL'S INVESTIGATION WE HAVE DISCOVERED INACCURACIES ABOUT THE ROLE OF HUMAN FETAL TISSUE AND HAVE SOUGHT TO CORRECT THEM TO REALISTICALLY ADDRESS THE OBSTACLES FACING RESEARCH. ANY ARGUMENT FROM THE 1950'S OR EVEN THE 1990'S FOR THAT MATTER ABOUT BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH IS OUTDATED. AND THE ACTUAL RECORD IS CLEAR. HUMAN FETAL TISSUE DID NOT DIRECTLY RESULT IN A VACCINE FOR DISEASES LIKE MEASLES. SIMILARLY, THE NOBEL PRIZE WAS NOT AWARDED FOR CURING POLIO USING HUMAN FETAL TISSUE. IN FACT, WITH THE 75 VACCINES IN USE TODAY, NOT ONE WAS PRODUCED ABOUT FETAL TISSUE -- WITH FETAL TISSUE. THE N.I.H. HAS NOT FUNDED FETAL TISSUE TRANSPLANT GRANTS FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS. THAT SHOULD TELL US SOMETHING. WE EXAMINED 30 MAJOR GRANTS THAT WERE FUNDED BY THE N.I.H. OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND FOUND THAT HUMAN FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH REPRESENTS ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF THE OVERALL SCIENTIFIC INTERPRICE. IN FACT, ONLY.2% USED HUMAN FETAL TISSUE. HYSTERICAL CALLS FOR ENHANCED FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH THROUGH EXPANDED ABORTIONS LICENSE ARE A MATTER OF POLITICS, NOT MEDICINE OR SCIENCE. A SMALL SUBSET OF N.I.H.-FUNDED GRANTS USES FETAL TISSUE TO STUDY THINGS LIKE BIRTH DEFECTS. THESE TYPES OF GRANTS REPRESENT ONLY ONE IN 100,000. TISSUE OR CELLS FOR THESE STUDIES COULD BE DERIVED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE THAN ABORTED BABIES.

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    I YIELD ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO MR. BUCSHON.

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    MR. BUCSHON

    TISSUE OR CELLS FROM THESE STUDIES COULD BE DERIVED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE…

    TISSUE OR CELLS FROM THESE STUDIES COULD BE DERIVED FROM ANOTHER SOURCE OTHER THAN ABORTED BABIES, LIKE PREMATURE NATURAL DEMISED INFANTS WHOSE PARENTS ARE WILLING TO DONATE. THE OTHER GRANTS USE FETAL TISSUE WHEN ALTERNATIVES ARE EASILY AVAILABLE, LIKE PLA SENTA OR CORD BLOOD OR MODIFIED ADULT STEM CELL. OM GRANTS EVEN STUDY ADULT MACULAR DEGENERATION. RESEARCH ON THAT SHOULD BE CONDUCTED USING ADULT DONOR EYES BUT THESE GRANTS ARE INSTEAD USING FETAL EYES FROM ABORTED INFANTS. NOWS BEHALF OF -- BECAUSE OF SCIENCE, BUT -- NOT BECAUSE OF SCIENCE BUT BECAUSE OF CONVENIENCE. I KNOW THESE THINGS CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE TO DISCUSS BUT THAT'S WHY THE OTHER SIDE WANTS TO AVOID THE FACTS AND THAT'S WHY THIS DEBATE IS SO IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT CONDUCTING MEDICAL RESEARCH IN AN ETHICAL AND JUST MANNER. SO LET'S SIT DOWN AND TALK SCIENCE WITH THE N.I.H. AND OTHERS SO THAT RESEARCH WORKS FOR EVERYONE IN AN ETHICAL AND MORAL WAY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS 14 MINUTES. AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS HAS 21 1/2 MINUTES.

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    RESERVE.

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  • 03:11:54 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    NOW I'D LIKE TO INVITE ANOTHER DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF OUR PANEL.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    THANK YOU. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE'RE HERE TODAY ASKING THE AMERICAN…

    THANK YOU. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE'RE HERE TODAY ASKING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO WASTE ANOTHER $800,000 ON AN UNNECESSARY, DANGEROUS INQUISITION. THIS SELECT PANEL WAS FORMED BASED ON FRAUDULENT VIDEOS CREATED BY ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMISTS TO ATTACK PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND PROVIDES HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO THREE MILLION WOMEN AND MEN EACH YEAR. I WAS PROUD TO BE THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THESE VIDEOS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEIR RELEASE. AND HERE WE ARE A YEAR AND A HALF LATER WITH NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING, AFTER 17 SEPARATE INVESTIGATIONS IN THREE HOUSE COMMITTEES, 13 STATES AND ONE GRAND JURY. YET REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO CHASE FALSE, INFLAMMATORY ALLEGATIONS AT A SEVERE COST TO ADVANCES IN MEDICINE. AND TO THE SAFETY OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS LIFE-SAVING RESEARCH. PANEL REPUBLICANS HAVE CONDUCTED THEMSELVES IN WAYS REMINISCENT OF JOE MCCARTHY'S ABUSIVE TACTICS. WITNESSES HAVE BEEN HARASSED AND INTIMIDATED DURING TESTIMONY, NAMES OF RESEARCHERS, STUDENTS, CLINICAL PERSONNEL AND DOCTORS HAVE BEEN RELEASED PUBLICLY, PLACING THEIR LIVES IN GREAT DANGER. MISLEADING EXHIBITS HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED, CRITICAL DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN WITH HELD FROM DEMOCRATS, AND REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTINUED TO FAN THE FLAMES OF ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMISM WITH THEIR INFLAMMATORY RHETORIC. LET US NOT FORGET THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDY THAT OCCURRED IN COLORADO PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC WHERE A GUNMAN SHOT 12 PEOPLE AND KILLED THREE, ECHOING THE SAME ANTI-ABORTION RHETORIC USED BY REPUBLICANS TO THIS DAY. WHAT THIS INVESTIGATION TRULY IS IS AN ATTACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S ACCESS TO LEGAL HEALTH SERVICES. THE SELECT PANEL COMES AT A TIME WHEN REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY VOTED TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, ELIMINATE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES AND RESTRICT ACCESS TO ABORTIONS. THIS INVESTIGATION, THIS HONORS THIS INSTITUTION AND HURTS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT CONGRESS IS ELECTED TO SERVE. LET'S PUT AN END TO THE WITCH HUNT, STOP WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND REJECT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER.

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    MRS. HARTZLER

    THANK YOU. THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL ON INFANT LIVES INVESTIGATION…

    THANK YOU. THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL ON INFANT LIVES INVESTIGATION HAS UNCOVERED MANY VALID CONCERNS AND POTENTIAL LAW VIOLATIONS THAT ARE DISTURBING, HORRIFIC AND UNACCEPTABLE. IN THE COURSE OF OUR INVESTIGATION, WE DISCOVERED A HARDNESS, A CALLOUSNESS AND A TRACK RECORD FOR DECEPTIVE TACTICS THAT SOME ABORTION CLINICS AND FETAL TISSUE PROCURERS EXERCISE TOWARD VULNERABLE WOMEN. IT IS DIFFICULT TO IMAGINE A MORE VULNERABLE TIME IN A WOMAN'S LIFE THAN WHEN SHE IS CONSIDERING AN ABORTION. WHAT IF DURING THAT TIME THE WOMAN IS LIED TO AND TOLD THAT BY HAVING AN ABORTION SHE WILL FULFILL -- FACILITATE RESEARCH THAT WILL CURE TRAGIC DISEASES? THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF CONCERN THAT OUR PANEL ADDRESSED DURING OUR HEARING ON BIOETHICS AND FETAL TISSUE. DURING THAT HEARING I SHARED A CONSENT FORM WIDELY USED BY ABORTION CLINICS TO OBTAIN A MOTHER'S CONSENT TO DONATE FETAL TISSUE AND THE FORMS STATED THAT RESEARCH USING THE BLOOD FROM PREGNANT WOMEN AND TISSUE THAT'S BEEN ABORTED HAS BEEN USED TO TREAT AND FIND A CURE FOR SUCH DISEASES AS DIABETES, PARKINSON'S DISEASE, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, CANCER AND AIDS. THIS IS CLEARLY FALSE. . THE EXPERT AGREED AND SAID THE IDEA THAT CURES WERE FOUND IS A POWERFUL MOTIVATOR AND THE STANDARDS FOR FETAL TISSUE ARE ABSENT AND SAYING THE THOROUGHNESS OF THE CONSENT SEEMS TO BE MISSING AND A RESEARCHER FOR THE MINORITY TESTIFIED DURING THE HEARING, HE ALSO AGREED SAYING THE FORM WOULD NOT HAVE MADE PAST HIS INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD BUT THESE ARE BEING USED. THE TESTIMONY PROVIDED BY BOTH THE WITNESSES BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY RAISED CONCERNS THAT THE PRINCIPLES EMBODIED IN ETHICS REPORTS AND INCORPORATED IN FEDERAL REGULATIONS ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED SEEKING CONSENT FOR THE DONATION OF HUMAN FETAL TISSUE. WE MUST RAISE THIS AWARENESS AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW AND MAKE SURE WOMEN ARE PROTECTED. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HARPER

    RESERVE.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MS. DEGETTE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. DEGETTE

    TO INVESTIGATE THE SALE OF ILLEGAL FETAL TISSUE. THAT DIDN'T TURN OUT. NOW…

    TO INVESTIGATE THE SALE OF ILLEGAL FETAL TISSUE. THAT DIDN'T TURN OUT. NOW THEY ARE GOING AFTER FETAL TISSUE RESEARCH ITSELF SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN USED AND IN AN ETHICAL WAY SINCE THE 1930'S AND TO FIND MOST VACCINES AND OTHER DISEASES IN THIS COUNTRY, SOMETHING WHICH A PANEL APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN FOUND UNANIMOUSLY IN 1980 TO BE ETHICAL. WHAT THE HECK ARE WE BEING ASKED TO SPEND ANOTHER $800,000 ON? THE TOTAL FUNDING FOR THIS WITCH HUNT AND RECKLESS ENDEAVOR IS $1.5 MILLION. WE HAVE GONE AFTER WOMEN AND PUNISHED THEM AND GONE AFTER MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK, LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD OF COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. WE HAVE PUT DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS ON THE LINE AND WE HAVE HAD A CHILLING EFFECT ON IMPORTANT BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH. I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE NEED TO DISBAND THIS SELECT COMMITTEE. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ETHICAL MEDICAL RESEARCH IN THIS COUNTRY, BECAUSE A FRANKLY THAT WILL LEAD TO THE CURES THAT AFFECT DISEASES THAT AFFECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS, WHO IS…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HARRIS, WHO IS ALSO A MEDICAL DOCTOR.

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    MR. HARRIS

    THE GENTLELADY TALKED ABOUT THE NEED OF ETHICAL MEDICAL RESEARCH. ONE OF…

    THE GENTLELADY TALKED ABOUT THE NEED OF ETHICAL MEDICAL RESEARCH. ONE OF OUR HEARINGS UNDERMINED THE ETHICS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. THEY NEED TO OBTAIN INFORMED CONSENT FROM EACH PERSON. THE BASIC ELEMENT OF INFORMED CONSENT IS AN EXPLANATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE RESEARCH FOR WHICH TISSUE IS BEING OBTAINED. STEM EXPRESS DID NOT FOLLOW THAT REQUIREMENT. H.H.S. REGULATIONS THAT OBTAINING CONSENT MINIMIZE THE POSSIBLE BILL OF COERCION OR UNDUE INFLUENCE. STEM EXPRESS DOCUMENTS SHOWED THAT ITS EMPLOYEES WERE PROMISING TO DELIVER BABY BODY PARTS EVEN BEFORE THE ABORTIONS WERE PERFORMED. THAT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN COERCION OR UNDUE INFLUENCE ON WOMEN TO DONATE BODY PARTS. SECOND FEDERAL REGULATIONS REQUIRE THAT ALL RESEARCH THAT INVOLVES HUMAN SUBJECTS NEEDS APPROVAL FROM AN INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD. I HAD TO FILE I.R.B. APPLICATIONS AND RECEIVE APPROVAL FROM MY UNIVERSITY'S I.R.B. THE STEM EXPRESS RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM A COMPANY CALLED BIOMED I.R.B. A CALIFORNIA FIRM THAT IS AN ONLINE MAIL ORDER I.R.B. THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY BARRED FOR TWO BARS BECAUSE THEY VIOLATED F.D.A. RULES. THE F.D.A. GAVE THE PANEL ITS FILE ON BIOMED I.R.B. THAT FILE WAS MORE THAN A FOOT HIGH. H.H.S. REGULATIONS REQUIRE I.R.B.'S TO MAINTAIN ADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING COPIES OF ALL RESEARCH PROPOSALS RESUED, RECORDS OF CONTINUING REVIEW ACTIVITIES AND COPIES OF ALL CORRESPONDENCE, ALL CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE I.R.B. AND THE INVESTIGATORS. STEM EXPRESS' FOUNDER. THE PANEL WAS SUBPOENAED FOR ALL DOCUMENTS RELATED TO ITS REQUIREMENTS. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INFORMED THE PANEL THAT IN REGARD TO THOSE RECORDS, QUOTE, THERE ARE NONE. IN OTHER WORDS, BIOMED VIOLATED FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON I.R.B.'S. BUT THE HEAD WENT FURTHER, HE TOLD THE PANEL TO JUST BRING ON A CONTEMPT PROCEEDING. THAT'S THE I.R.B. STEM EXPRESS USED. THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THEIR MOTIVES AND A LOT ABOUT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SELECT PANEL. NONE OF THESE SHAMEFUL PRACTICES WOULD HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED. AS A PHYSICIAN AND RESEARCHER, I KNOW IF I USED THE SAME SHADY TACTICS, AT BEST MY RESEARCH REPUTATION WOULD BE AT RISK AND AT WORST, I WOULD BE FACING PRISON. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. AND THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:22:38 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I OFFER ONE MINUTE TO THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. ET CETERA ET CETERA I RISE IN OP -- ETET I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL THAT WOULD WASTE 800,000 ON THE PARTISAN WITCH HUNT AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I LEARNED FROM A YOUNG AGE THE VALUE OF MAKING QUALITY REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. IN THE RURAL TOWN I GREW UP, TOO MANY YOUNG WOMEN DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES. TOO MANY GOT PREGNANT, DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND NEVER PURSUED THEIR DREAMS. THAT IS WHY IN COLLEGE I VOLUNTEERED WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO ENSURE LEGAL ACCESS TO THE FULL RANGE OF SAFE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES FOR ALL WOMEN. INSTEAD OF FUNDING A SHAM INVESTIGATION, $800,000 COULD FUND BREAST EXAMS, PAP SMEARS AND OVARIAN CANCER SCREENINGS. I STAND WITH WOMEN AND MEN TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST A BASELESS INVESTIGATION, WHICH HAS SHAMEFULLY WASTED TAX DOLLARS TO ATTACK THE VERY PEOPLE WHO MOST NEED OUR HELP. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:24:03 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM UTAH.

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    MRS. LOVE

    MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE SAID THAT THE THREE HOUSE COMMITTEE…

    MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE HAVE SAID THAT THE THREE HOUSE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION RELATED TO THE SALE OF FETAL TISSUES HAVE PRODUCED NOTHING. OTHERS HAVE SAID THAT THE STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL HAVE ALSO LOOKED INTO THE MATTER AND FOUND NOTHING AND COMPLAIN THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME AND WASTE OF MONEY. FIRST OF ALL, THERE IS SO MUCH WE DON'T KNOW AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY. HOWEVER SINCE THE PANEL'S INVESTIGATION, WE HAVE UNCOVERED ALARMING REVELATIONS ABOUT THE FETAL TISSUE INDUSTRY AND BECAUSE OF THIS THERE HAVE BEEN CRIMINAL AND REGULATORY REFERRALS AND RESULTED IN NUMEROUS INVESTIGATIONS AROUND THE NATION AND I WILL HIGHLIGHT EIGHT OF THESE. FIRST THE PANEL DISCOVERED THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO WAS VIOLATING THEIR STATE ANATOMICAL GIFT ACT BY RECEIVING TISSUE FROM LATE TERM ABORTION CLINICS. THE PANEL MADE AN ANALYSIS OF STEM EXPRESS' LIMITED PRODUCTION AND DETERMINED THEY WERE PROFITTING FROM THE SALE OF BABY BODY PARTS. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY AND UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ARE INVESTIGATING THAT. THIRD, THE PANEL LEARNED THAT STEM EXPRESS AND CERTAIN ABORTION CLINICS WERE VIOLATING HIPAA PRIVACY RIGHTS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF INCREASING AND HARVESTING FETAL TISSUE TO MAKE MONEY. FOURTH, THE PANEL DISCOVERED THAT AN ABORTION CLINIC IN ARKANSAS VIOLATED STATE LAW WHEN IT SENT TISSUE TO STEM EXPRESS. THIS, TOO, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. FIFTH, THE PANEL DISCOVERED THAT A UNIVERSITY IN OHIO WAS TRAFFICKING IN BABY BODY PARTS. SIX, IT WAS COVERED THAT ANOTHER TISSUE PROCUREMENT COMPANY WAS PROFITTING FROM THE SALE OF FETAL TISSUE AND VIOLATED CALIFORNIA STATE LAW. THIS CASE HAS BEEN FILED. SEVENTH, THE PANEL LEARNED THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF GULF COAST VIOLATED TEXAS AND U.S. LAW WHEN IT SOLD BABY BODY PARTS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TECH AS. EIGHT, ADVANCED BIOSCIENCE RESOURCE MADE A PROFIT WHEN IT SOLD TISSUE TO VARIOUS UNIVERSITIES. AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WE ARE TASKED WITH OVERSIGHT OF OUR GOVERNMENT THAT ENFORCES OUR LAWS. THESE EIGHT REFERRALS ARE PROOF OF POTENTIAL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THE FETAL TISSUE INDUSTRY AND JUSTIFY THE EXISTENCE OF THE PANEL AND THE INVESTIGATION. THE WORK OF THE SELECT PANEL IS NOT OVER. AND MORE REFERRALS ARE TO COME -- MORE REFERRALS WILL COME AND WE NEED TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS. CONTINUED FUNDING FOR A PANEL'S UNFINISHED WORK IS NEEDED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FULFILL THE OBLIGATIONS THAT WE HAVE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND RULE OF LAW. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    DO NOT A CONVICTION MAKE AND THEY HAVE OFFERED TO COME IN AND ANSWER ALL…

    DO NOT A CONVICTION MAKE AND THEY HAVE OFFERED TO COME IN AND ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS. AND THEY WERE DENIED THAT. I YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, CONGRESSWOMAN CLARK.

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  • 03:27:32 PM

    MS. CLARK

    REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING US TO SPEND MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS TO CONDUCT A…

    REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING US TO SPEND MILLION AND A HALF DOLLARS TO CONDUCT A RADICAL DANGEROUS INQUESTION SITUATION THAT TARGETS AND INTIM DATES PRIVATE CITIZENS TO SATISFY THEIR OBSESSION WITH ROLLING BACK WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO BASIC HEALTH CARE. THIS OVERREACHING PANEL RECKLESSLY HAS DEMANDED NAMES AND INTERFERES OF THE LIVES OF LAW-ABIDING STUDENTS SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS WHOSE PRIVATE LIVES AND JOBS HAVE BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. AND WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR THIS DISPLAY OF GOVERNMENT ABUSE? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. IN FACT, IT'S WORSE THAN NOTHING. TODAY, THEY ARE INVOKING INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK THE TAXPAYERS TO FOOT A BILL FOR $800,000 OF THEIR OWN COST OVERRUNS. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO HELP FAMILIES, FEED THE HUNGRY, HELP OUR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES AND GO TOWARDS EDUCATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS DANGEROUS ABUSE OF POWER AND TAXPAYER FUNDING.

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  • 03:28:55 PM

    MR. HARPER

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY.

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    MR. DUFFY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI FOR YIELDING. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR.…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI FOR YIELDING. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. THIS IS ABOUT FOLLOWING THE LAW. WE NEGOTIATE, WE VOTE AND PASS LAWS AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNS THEM AND THEY SHOULD BE ENFORCED. THAT'S WHAT THIS CONVERSATION IS ABOUT, MADAM SPEAKER. STEM EXPRESS HAS THUMBED ITS NOSE AGAINST THE INVESTIGATIVE PANEL AND OBSTRUCTED OUR EFFORTS TO BRING LIGHT TO THE FETAL TISSUE PROCUREMENT INDUSTRY. NEARLY A YEAR AGO, THE PANEL REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM STEM EXPRESS REGARDING WHERE THEY PROCURE THEIR FETAL TISSUE, WHO THEY DISTRIBUTE IT TO. ANY COMMUNICATIONS INSTRUCTING COMPANY EMPLOY QUEES TO PRODUCE FETAL TISSUE AND ALL ACCOUNTING AND BANK RECORDS RELATED TO FETAL TISSUE. STEM EXPRESS, IN RESPONSE TO THAT REQUEST HAVE GIVEN US NONE, ZERO, NO DOCUMENTS. SO WE COMPELLED STEM EXPRESS TO PROVIDE THE PANEL WITH THIS INFORMATION. THE PANEL SHOULD A COMPANY SUBPOENA. INSTEAD OF COMPLYING WITH THE SUBPOENA, STEM EXPRESS ONLY TURNED OVER LIMITED INFORMATION TO THE PANEL AND THE INFORMATION THAT THEY TURNED OVER TO US WAS SO HEAVILY REDACTED THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY USELESS FOR INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES. TODAY, THE PANEL HAS NOT RECEIVED A SINGLE ACCOUNTING OR BANK RECORD FROM STEM EXPRESS. SO THEY HAVE FAILED TO COMPLY WITH OUR REQUESTS AND OUR SUBPOENAS IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW. IF STEM EXPRESS IS WITHIN ITS LIMITS IN THE LAW AND NOTHING IS ILLEGAL OR MORAL, WHY DO THEY REFUSE TO TURN OVERALL THE DOCUMENTS THAT OUR PANEL HAS REQUESTED? OPEN YOUR ACCOUNTING RECORDS SO SHALL TO A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL SHOULDN'T BE THAT DIFFICULT. STEM EXPRESS HAS HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND PROVIDE US THE DOCUMENTS WE HAVE ASKED FOR. OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WE HAVE REACHED OUT AND MADE THE SAME REQUESTS HAVE TURNED OVER THE DOCUMENTS IN A PRETTY TIMELY FASHION. FOR FAIL TUR TO COMPLY WITH A SUBPOENA, THIS PANEL HAS RECOMMEND THE THE HOUSE TO HOLD THEM IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS. . WE SUBPOENAED THE BANK. THE BANK PROVIDED US WITH STEM EXPRESS' BANKING RECORDS. SO, AGAIN, STEM EXPRESS WON'T GIVE US THE RECORDS BUT WE GOT THEM FROM THE BANK. WE NOW KNOW WHY STEM EXPRESS WAS HIDING THE DOCUMENTS. THE BANKING RECORDS REVEAL THAT STEM EXPRESS MAY HAVE BEEN SHREDDING DOCUMENTS THAT WERE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS PANEL'S INVESTIGATION. THE BANK RECORDS SHOW THAT PAYMENTS WERE MADE TO A SHREDDING COMPANY, A SHREDDING COMPANY. AND WE LOOKED BACK, ALL THE RECORDS WE SAW FROM STEM EXPRESS, BACK TO 2012, THERE IS NO PAYMENTS TO A SHREDDING COMPANY. BUT WHEN THIS PANEL STARTED ITS INVESTIGATION, WHEN WE STARTED ASKING FOR DOCUMENTATION, GUESS WHAT? YOU HAVE BANK RECORDS THAT SHOW THEY HIRED A SHREDDING COMPANY. WHY HIRE A SHREDDING COMPANY? WHEN WE'RE STARTING OUR INVESTIGATION? CAN I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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    MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME WE HAVE REMAINING?

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    WE'LL YIELD AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. DUFFY

    RECOGNIZED.

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    RESERVE.

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    IT'S REALLY A PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A NEW MEMBER WHO HAS…

    IT'S REALLY A PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A NEW MEMBER WHO HAS SERVED OVER THREE DECADES IN THE PENTAGON LEGISLATURE AND NOW HAS JOINED US, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. EVANS.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. IN THE SHORT TWO WEEKS I'VE BEEN HERE, MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE OBSERVED A LOT OF INTERESTING THINGS TAKE PLACE. WHAT I ESPECIALLY OBSERVE AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THAT THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SHOULDN'T BE ASKED TO SPEND ANOTHER $800,000 ON AN UNNECESSARY AND DANGEROUS SELECTIVE INVESTIGATION. DON'T TAKE MY WORD, MR. SPEAKER. LOOK AT THE ASPECT OF QUOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. TENNESSEE, RIGHT NOW THE PANEL'S CREATING THE PERCEPTION THAT CENTRAL BROILED IN A WILD GOOSE CHASE. "THE NEW YORK TIMES," NEEDED A VIDEO OR THE MANY -- NEITHER THE VIDEO NOR ANY INVESTIGATIONS THAT HAVE FOLLOW FOUND ANY EVIDENCE THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD OFFERS TO SELL TISSUE REGARDING PROFIT. ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT USE THE POWER OF THE OFFICE TO INTIMIDATE CITIZENS WHO HOLD DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. "THE NEW YORK TIMES," NOW THERE IS ANY REASON TO CONDUCT THIS INVESTIGATION. REPUBLICANS ARE POINTLESSLY ATTACKING A PRACTICE THAT COULD SAVE LIVES IN THE PROCESS, POLITICALLY PUTTING LIVES AT RISK. "THE HILL," THE COMMITTEE IS A ABUSING ITS POWER AND -- IS ABUSING ITS POWER. SCIENCE LABS AND TECHNICIANS ARE RECEIVING HATE MAILS.

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    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN ANOTHER MINUTE.

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    MR. EVANS

    THE FACT IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOESN'T SELL FETAL TISSUE FOR PROFIT AND…

    THE FACT IS PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOESN'T SELL FETAL TISSUE FOR PROFIT AND NEVER HAS. A REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE PANEL IS UNDETERMINED IN CONDUCTING ITS OWN INVESTIGATION, EVEN MORE TROUBLING THAN THE CONSIDERABLE TIME AND MONEY THAT WILL BE WASTED ON THIS POLITICAL DAMAGE TO HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT NEEDED. WE SHOULD BE AGAINST IT. THANK YOU.

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    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA,…

    NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, CONGRESSWOMAN CHU.

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    MINUTE.

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

    SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS THE MINORITY MAY HAVE?

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE SELECT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE SELECT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL OINFANT LIVES HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING TO -- PANEL ON INSTANT LIVES HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THIS ISSUE. THE EVIDENCE REVEALED APPALLING PRACTICES. FOR EXAMPLE, ON VIDEO WE SAW A PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOCTOR TALKING ABOUT DOING, QUOTE, LESS CRUNCHY TYPES OF ABORTIONS. THAT WAS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAD IN TACT BODY PARTS TO SELL. THE GRUESOME PRACTICES THE PANEL DISCOVERED SHOCKED THE CONSCIENCE. WHERE DOES THIS END? IT WAS STARTLING TO LEARN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HAD A SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM IN WHICH STUDENTS DISSECTED THE BRAINS OF UNBORN CHILDREN. ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY THE PANEL, THE UNIVERSITY ORDERED FROM A LATE-TERM ABORTION DOCTOR, QUOTE, WHOLE, FIXED BRAINS TO DISSECT WITH SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS. THINK ABOUT THAT. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS, TEENAGERS, DISSECTING THE BRAIN. WHAT

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    MR. BARROW

    ITY ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN -- WHAT BARBARITY ARE WE TEACHING OUR…

    ITY ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN -- WHAT BARBARITY ARE WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN? HOW SEARED HAVE OUR CONSCIENCES BECOME? THE SELECT PANEL MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF THESE ALARMING VIOLATIONS OF LAW AND ASSAULTS ON HUMAN DIGNITY AND CONSCIENCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HARPER

    RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- ONE MINUTE TO CONGRESSMAN AND DR. RAUL…

    NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- ONE MINUTE TO CONGRESSMAN AND DR. RAUL RUIZ OF CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. RUIZ

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 933. I OPPOSE FUNDING FOR…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 933. I OPPOSE FUNDING FOR THE SELECT PANEL TO ATTACK AND INTIMIDATE WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. THE SELECT PANEL IS A BASELESS COMMITTEE FORMED WITH NO REGARD TO THE FACTS OR EVIDENCE OF THIS CASE. IN FACT, THE CREATORS OF THE PURPOSELY DOCTORED AND HIGHLY MANIPULATED VIDEOS THAT THEY CONSISTENTLY BRING UP THAT THIS INVESTIGATION IS BASED ON HAVE BEEN INDICTED ON CRIMINAL FELONY CHARGES WHICH WE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATING THEIR LEGAL PRACTICES INSTEAD. CONTINUING TO FUND THIS PANEL IS A DISGRACE AND THIS INVESTIGATION MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY. INSTEAD OF TAKING ACTION THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THIS PANEL CONTINUES TO CHASE BASELESS ALLEGATIONS. AS AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN, I AM EXCEPTIONALLY DISAPPOINTED THE RECKLESS WORK OF THIS PANEL PUTS WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN JEOPARDY AND THREATENS TO UNDO THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS -- 40 YEARS. IT IS ALSO A COMPLETE WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY. I STAND IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION AND CALL ON THIS PANEL TO BE DISBANDED. LET'S TAKE REAL ACTION TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THIS COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HARPER

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    CONGRESSWOMAN FROM THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE, ONE…

    CONGRESSWOMAN FROM THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE, ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER --

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    MS. MOORE

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS. I RISE TODAY IN STRIDENT OPPOSITION TO H.R. 933. MADAM SPEAKER, WE'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT FAKE NEWS LATELY. AND NOW WE'RE BEING ASKED FOR TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR FAKE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES. THIS RESOLUTION PROVIDES ANOTHER $800,000 TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE REPUBLICANS' ONGOING HATCHET JOB AGAINST PLANNED PARENTHOOD. WE ALREADY KNOW THE FACTS ON THE FAKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEOS, THE UNETHICAL VIDEO, AND THE GOALS TO CREATE UNTRUE FACTS. SO FAR THIS FAKE COMMITTEE HAS FOUND NO WRONGDOING BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD OR THEIR DOCTORS AND OF COURSE THIS PANEL KNOWS THAT THEY WOULDN'T FIND ANYTHING BECAUSE PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAS BEEN CLEARED OF WRONGDOING 17 TIMES. BY THREE DIFFERENT HOUSE COMMITTEES, 17 STATE INVESTIGATIONS AND A GRAND JURY. NOW, DESPITE ALL THIS, REPUBLICANS WANT TO WASTE MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS --

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    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY 30 SECONDS.

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    DESPITE ALL THIS, REPUBLICANS WANT TO WASTE MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR…

    DESPITE ALL THIS, REPUBLICANS WANT TO WASTE MORE TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THEIR SMEAR CAMPAIGN . MONEY THAT COULD BE USED ON MEANINGFUL MEASURES TO REDUCE INFANT MORTALITY, FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN OR IMPROVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IS WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET REPUBLICANS TO GET THE TARGET OFF WOMEN'S BACKS? DO THAT AND WE MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE SOME PROGRESS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    NOW I'D LIKE TO CALL ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSMAN DAN…

    NOW I'D LIKE TO CALL ON THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, CONGRESSMAN DAN KILDEE .

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    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR HER…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING. LOOK, LET'S JUST BE CLEAR. WE KNOW WHAT THIS IS. THIS IS YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO FUND WITH FEDERAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS A REPUBLICAN MESSAGING EFFORT TO ATTACK PLANNED PARENTHOOD. MORE THAN 2 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE, 2 1/2 MILLION WOMEN EVERY YEAR RELY ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR LIFE-SAVING CANCER SCREENINGS, FOR OTHER HEALTH SERVICES. WE HAVE IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE WORK TO DO AND WE OUGHT NOT BE USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND THIS EFFORT WHICH HAS CLEARLY BEEN DESCRIBED IN ALL SORT OF LOFTY TOWNES BUT IS ESSENTIALLY -- TONES BUT IS ESSENTIALLY A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO WOMEN. THE MAJORITY CANNOT DENY THE CHILLING EFFECT THAT THIS EFFORT HAS HAD ON MEDICAL RESEARCH. EN THE THS ALREADY BEEN REVEALED -- IT'S ALREADY BEEN REVEALED THAT THIS IS ALSO AN ATTACK ON STEM CELL RESEARCH. I MEAN, JUST HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE DEBATE. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE PURSUING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, TO FIGHT DISEASES LIKE DIABETES, LIKE ALZHEIMER'S, LIKE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, THE DISEASE OF MY WIFE JENNIFER. IF I CAN HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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    ANOTHER 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KILDEE

    TO FIGHT DISEASES LIKE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. A DISEASE MY WIFE JENNIFER HAS…

    TO FIGHT DISEASES LIKE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. A DISEASE MY WIFE JENNIFER HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR 18 YEARS. WE'RE ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES THAT WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT MEDICAL RESEARCH AND STEM CELL RESEARCH IN PARTICULAR, OUR EARS PRICK UP BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE'S HOPE IN THAT RESEARCH. THIS EFFORT, NO MATTER WHAT ANYBODY WANTS TO SAY, IT'S WELL DOCUMENTED IT'S HAD A CHILLING EFFECT ON THAT MEDICAL RESEARCH AND WE OUGHT TO SHUT THIS DOWN. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    YES, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    YES, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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    MR. DEUTCH

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    I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, ONE MINUTE, BARBARA LEE.

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    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY ISSUES THAT AFFECT WOMEN. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.RES. 933, WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICALLY MOTIVATED BILL THAT WOULD SHAMEFULLY PROVIDE $800,000 TO THE PANEL TO SOKOL INVESTIGATE PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH. REPUBLICANS ARE ASKING FOR MORE MONEY TO CONTINUE THEIR BASELESS ATTACKS TO UNDERMINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. HOW OUTRAGEOUS. THIS IS ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO DENY WOMEN, ESPECIALLY LOW-INCOME WOMEN ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE HEARINGS AND COMMITTEE INVESTIGATIONS, NONE OF WHICH WHICH RESULTED IN ANY EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING BY PLANNED PARENT HOOD. THIS RESOLUTION AND THE ACKSURD SELECT PANEL INVESTIGATION AMOUNTS TO NOTHING MORE THAN A WITCH HUNT. INSTEAD OF WASTING MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON THIS SMEARING, WE SHOULD BE INVESTING IN WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. CALL FOR AN END ON THIS SELECT PANEL TO ATTACK WOMEN'S HEALTH.

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    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. FRANKEL

    I JOIN MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN OPPOSING FUNDING FOR A LEGISLATIVE…

    I JOIN MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN OPPOSING FUNDING FOR A LEGISLATIVE PANEL THAT INSTEAD OF PROTECTING IS JEOPARDIZING LIFE. JUST ASK THE WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN AND 10 GRANDCHILDREN OF GEORGE TILLER, A GOOD DOCTOR WHILE ATTENDING CHURCH WAS SHOT DEAD BY AN ANTI-ABORTION EXTREMIST. HIS LOVED ONES KNOW THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING A TARGET ON ONE'S BACK AND WHAT THIS PANEL IS DOING IS FUNDING AND CREATING NEW TARGETS. EVERY DAY CLINICS DEALING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS, BOMB SCARES, HARASSMENT, WE ARE PLAYING DEADLY POLITICS HERE, ENDANGERING LIVES AND HALTING MEDICAL BREAK-THROUGHS. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    TO SAY A FEW THINGS BEFORE YIELDING BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    TO SAY A FEW THINGS BEFORE YIELDING BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. YOU KNOW WE HAVE HEARD A LOT OF ACCUSATIONS AGAINST THE -- CERTAIN BUSINESSES ET CETERA AND INSTITUTIONS. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SELECTIVELY AND REPEATEDLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS AND LETTERS, INCLUDING A SO-CALLED REFERRAL TO THE NEW MEXICO ATTORNEY GENERAL TO THE PRESS BEFORE SHARING THEM WITH DEMOCRATS. THIS IS CLEARLY A POLITICAL MOVE AND MANUFACTURED THEIR OWN MISLEADING SO-CALLED EXHIBITS AND WITHHELD DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION FROM DEMOCRATS IN VIOLATION OF THE HOUSE RULES. THEY HAVE ABUSED THEIR POWER THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TIME AND SHOULD NOW NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO GET ANY MORE MONEY FOR THIS PANEL. SO, MR. -- MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION FFMENT WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WOULD OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RESOLUTION THAT WOULD ABOLISH THE SELECT PANEL INSTEAD OF FUNDING IT. LET'S BE DONE WITH THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL. AND AT THIS POINT, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINING TIME TO MR. BRADY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:51:11 PM

    MR. BRADY

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I RESERVE A LITTLE BIT OF MY TIME BECAUSE I…

    URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO. I RESERVE A LITTLE BIT OF MY TIME BECAUSE I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE THE LAST TIME THAT OUR CHAIRMAN MRS. MILLER WOULD BE HERE. INSTEAD WE GOT MR. HARPER. THAT'S OK, WE'LL TAKE THE SECOND. BUT MRS. MILLER IS GOING ON TO OTHER THINGS. SHE'S ON OTHER ENDEAVORS. THE SWEETNESS IS SHE IS LEAVING HERE AND GOING HOME. SHE HAS BEEN A GREAT CHAIRMAN. WE HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING TOGETHER. WE AGREE 99.9% OF THE TIME AND WITHOUT QUESTION, SHE WAS A -- THE CLASSIEST PERSON IN THIS INSTITUTION. I WISH HER WELL AND WHATEVER I COULD DO -- IF I'M IN MICHIGAN, I WILL STOP AND SEE HER AND IF SHE'S IN PHILADELPHIA, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER. WITH THAT, 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 MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:52:30 PM

    MR. HARPER

    SPEAKER, I SHARE THAT ADMIRATION FOR REPRESENTATIVE MILLER WHO WILL BE…

    SPEAKER, I SHARE THAT ADMIRATION FOR REPRESENTATIVE MILLER WHO WILL BE LIVING AT THE END OF THIS TERM AND GREAT TO SEE THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP THAT THEY HAVE HAD TOGETHER ON THE COMMITTEE OF HOUSE ADMINISTRATION. IT HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS PLACE CAN OPERATE. LET US COME TOGETHER, THOUGH, TO FULFILL OUR RESPONSE BUILTS AND PROVIDE THE COMMITTEE, BOTH THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY THE FUNDING THEY NEED TO FINISH THEIR WORK THIS YEAR. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 03:53:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT CONSENT REQUEST?

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 03:53:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 03:53:42 PM

    MR. BRADY

    I CALL FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE.

  • 03:53:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE.

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    TEMPORE P

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY,…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20 AND ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 933, ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 933, IF ORDERED, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 937, ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 937, IF ORDERED, ADOPTION OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 6392, AND PASSAGE OF H.R. 6392, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 933 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 158. HOUSE RESOLUTION 933, RESOLUTION PROVIDING…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 158. HOUSE RESOLUTION 933, RESOLUTION PROVIDING AMOUNTS FOR FURTHER EXPENSES FOR THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS.

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  • 05:12:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A 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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  • 05:34:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 174.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 176. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED.

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  • 05:36:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 177. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 177. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:36:51 PM

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    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:44:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 18 -- 181. THE RESOLUTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 18 -- 181. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 937 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 05:44:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 937, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE…

    RESOLUTION 937, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY THE BILL, SENATE 2943, 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 STRENGTHS FOR SUCH FISCAL YEAR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:45:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:51:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 180. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 AND THE NAYS ARE 180. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:51:37 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:58:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277 AND THE NAYS ARE 139. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 277 AND THE NAYS ARE 139. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF TODAY, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE QUESTION ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 6392 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS RECORDED. THE CLERK ARE REDESIGNATE THE MOTION.

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  • 05:58:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 6392 OFFERED BY MS. MAXINE WATERS OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. 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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  • 06:06:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YEAS ARE 178 AND THE NAYS ARE 236. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION…

    YEAS ARE 178 AND THE NAYS ARE 236. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 06:07:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 06:07:07 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE, A A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. 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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  • 06:15:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 254, THE NAYS ARE 161, THE BILL IS PASSED AND…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 254, THE NAYS ARE 161, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 06:17:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA STAND?

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    SPEAKER'S TABLE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION H.CON.RES. 122, WITH THE SENATE…

    SPEAKER'S TABLE THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION H.CON.RES. 122, WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO, AND CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND THE…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND THE SENATE AMENDMENT.

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  • 06:18:13 PM

    CALLER

    122, SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO STOP THE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR SALE OF TRIBAL…

    122, SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO STOP THE ILLEGAL POSSESSION OR SALE OF TRIBAL CULTURAL ITEMS OF AMERICAN INDIANS, ALASKAN NATIVES AND NATIVE HAWAIIANS IN THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONALLY. SENATE AMENDMENT, ONE, STRIKE ALL AFTER THE RESOLVING CLAUSE AND INSERT THE FOLLOWING, SECTION ONE, SHORT TITLE, THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION MAY BE CITED AS THE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT OF TRIBES TO STOP THE EXPORT OF CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL OR THE PROTECT PATRIMONY RESOLUTION. SECTION TWO, DEFINITIONS, IN THIS RESOLUTION, ONE, NATE I AMERICANS, TERM. NATIVE AMERICAN MEANS, A, WITH RESPECT TO AN INDIVIDUAL, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS A MEMBER OF AN INDIAN TRIBE --

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  • 06:19:00 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE ORIGINAL REQUEST OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA STAND?

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  • 06:19:44 PM

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

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

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  • 06:19:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE REQUEST IS GRANDED.

  • 06:19:51 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 06:19:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WE HAVE AN INTERESTING ONE-MINUTE SPEECH COMING UP HERE.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN RECOGNITION OF SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY THIS PAST WEEKEND, A DAY TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AND CELEBRATE THE ROLE THAT THEY PLAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS YEAR, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SAW A RECORD 112 MILLION SHOPPERS. A NUMBER WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS MOVEMENT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THEY ARE THE BACK BONE OF A STRONG ECONOMY. IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT, SMALL BUSINESS PROSSVIDE VALUABLE SERVICES RANGING FROM CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING TO HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE. BETTERING THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS AND CONSUMERS. ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN GROWING SMALL BUSINESS, FOR EXAMPLE, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY INTRODUCED A BUSINESS PREACCELERATOR THIS YEAR, KNOWN AS THE HAPPY VALLEY LAUNCH BOX. IT'S A SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF THE INVENT PENN STATE INITIATIVE AND I'M CONFIDENT IT WILL SERVE AS A PLATFORM FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION. I REMAIN GRATEFUL FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR NATION'S ECONOMY AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:21:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU. DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECH? THE CHAIR…

    THANK YOU. DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECH? THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 06:21:42 PM

    CALLER

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON FOR TODAY AFTER 5:00…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. DEFAZIO OF OREGON FOR TODAY AFTER 5:00 P.M. AND TOMORROW.

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  • 06:21:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:22:06 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    MACE REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE MATERIALS IN THE RECORD.

  • 06:22:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:22:17 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT THE HOUSE GET IN ORDER.

  • 06:22:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE SHOULD BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:22:39 PM

    MR. MULLIN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT THAT PASSED YESTERDAY. IT IS NOT TOO OFTEN THAT WE GET TO BE PROACTIVE IN SUCH IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS IN THIS HOUSE. HOWEVER, YESTERDAY, WE SAW A GREAT VICTORY FOR THE FAMILIES THAT SO MANY OF US HAVE HEARD FROM. WE'VE HEARD FROM MOTHERS AND FATHERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AUNTS AND UNCLES. ABOUT LOVED ONES THAT ARE DEALING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. OR DEALING WITH DRUG ADDICTION. OR DEALING WITH A DISEASE THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO ACCURATELY ADDRESS BECAUSE WE'VE HAD ROADBLOCKS BECAUSE OF LEGISLATION AND RULES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE BY THE F.D.A. BUT YESTERDAY, WE GOT TO PASS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION BY OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO SAY YES, WE'RE LISTENING. YES, WE HEAR YOU, AND YES, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE CHANGES. WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO LET MY OTHER COLLEAGUE SPEAK, AT THIS TIME I'M GOING TO YIELD TO MY CHAIRMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MURPHY, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 06:23:53 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    AFFECTS EVERY SINGLE FAMILY IN AMERICA, AND THAT IS THEIR HEALTH. AS THE…

    AFFECTS EVERY SINGLE FAMILY IN AMERICA, AND THAT IS THEIR HEALTH. AS THE GENTLEMAN SAID, YESTERDAY WE PASSED A VERY IMPORTANT BILL, THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WITH THE CHARGE LED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE, FRED UPTON. I WAS PLEASED THEY INCLUDED IN THAT PRACTICE OUR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM BILL WHICH WE MOVED OUT OF ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY OVER JULY. WE HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THIS ISSUE AT GREAT LENGTH THE LAST FEW YEARS BECAUSE IT IS WORTHY OF THAT TIME. WE SPOKE OF IT BECAUSE OF THE 60 MILLION AMERICANS WHO SUFFER FROM SOME LEVEL OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE 10 MILLION THAT SUFFER FROM SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE FACT THAT 40% OF THEM CANNOT GET CARE. THAT HALF THE COUNTIES IN AMERICA HAVE NO PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHIATRIST, OR SOCIAL WORKERS THAT WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH HOSPITAL BEDS FOR PEOPLE IN CRISIS. THERE THERE ARE ONLY 9,000 PSYCHIATRISTS WHEN WE NEED 30,000, PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS IN HALF THE CASES EMERGES BY AGE 14 AND 75% BY AGE 24. WE'VE SEEN TOO MANY LIVES LOST, THE BODY COUNT IN THIS NATION LAST YEAR, RELATED PRIMARILY AND SECONDARY -- SECONDARYLY TO MENTAL ILLNESS EXCEEDS THE BODY COUNTS OF U.S. SOLDIERS IN WORLD WAR I, VIETNAM, KOREA, BOSS NEEA, AND AFGHANISTAN COMBINED. AND BECAUSE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER, BECAUSE OUR PRISONS ARE FILLED WITH THE MENTAL ILL, AND BECAUSE OUR MORGUES ARE ALSO FILLED. YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE TOOK DEFINITIVE, BIPARTISAN APPROACH IN CHANGING THAT TRAJECTORY. THE ISSUES WE'VE COVERED ON MENTAL HEALTH ALONG WITH ADVANCES IN THE 21ST SEVERAGE RECURES BILL SETS A NEW DIRECTION WHERE WE NEED TO BE GOING IN THIS NATION ADRETCHING -- APPROACHING HEALTH CARE OVERALL. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE RESEARCH CHANGES WE MADE ADVANCING CURE, NOT ONLY IN SMALL POPULATION ORPHAN DISEASES AND ALSO WITH REGARD TO THE TOTAL 10,000 DISEASES OUT THERE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SUFFICIENTLY AND MORE EFFECTIVELY IDENTIFY MEDICAL DISORDERS AND PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS EARLY ON AND GET THEM TREATMENT SOONER. WHEN THE ASPECTS THAT HAVE TAKEN CARE OF IN THE HELPING FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT IS A PROGRAM CALLED RAGE, RESPONSE AFTER INITIAL -- CALLED RAISE, RESPONSE AFTER INITIAL SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE. RESEARCH TELLS US WHEN YOU PROVIDE MEDICATION AND EFFECTIVE TARGETED COUNSELING EVERY I LISTEN -- EARLY ON, YOU CAN IMPROVE THE PROGNOSIS GREATLY. WHEN THAT IS NOT PROVIDED, EVERY CRISIS MOMENT MEANS NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE G -- DAMAGE, WORSENS THE PROGNOSIS AND INCREASES THE CHANCES THAT A PERSON WILL HAVE TIME IN PRISON, 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE IN PRISON. NEW RESEARCH WILL GET US IN THAT DIRECTION. LET ME LAY OUT WHERE THIS TAKES US AS CONGRESS IS LOOKING TO CHANGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN ADD NAUSEAM ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WITH THAT ACT. IT'S COST FAMILIES A GREAT DEAL, HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE AFFORDABLE BUT IT'S NOT. PREMIUMS HAVE GONE UP DRAMATICALLY , IN DOUBLE DIGITS AND TRIPLE DIGITS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. HOW THE DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYS PUT IT OUT OF FAMILY'S REACH AND HOW IT'S NOT A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH BECAUSE IT DOES NOT STEM THE TIDE OF INCREASING HEALTH CARE COSTS. THERE ARE SPECIFIC REASONS FOR THAT. AS LONG AS WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT'S BASED ON A FEE FOR SERVICE MODEL AND AS LONG AS WE HAVE A SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT PUT THE PATIENT AT THE CENTER OF THIS FOCUS, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH COST OVERRUNS AND QUITE FRANKLY, CARE PROBLEMS. WE HAVE SEEN CHANGES IN THE -- IN THE TRAJECTORY OF IMPROVEMENTS IN THE REDUCTION OF MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY. FOR EXAMPLE, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES WE SEEN A REDUCTION IN MORTALITY RATES FOR CANCER, FOR ACCIDENTAL DEATHS IF H.I.V.-AIDS. BUT WE'VE SEEN INCREASES FOR MORTALITY RATES FOR SUICIDE AND ALSO FOR DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS. SO THIS REALLY MEANS WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT A DIFFERENT KIND OF MODEL. THAT MODEL IS THE INTEGRATED CARE MODEL, THE MODEL WITH BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL MEDICINE WORK TOGETHER. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? WE KNOW THAT A PERSON WITH A SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS HAS 75% OF THEM WILL HAVE SOME OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESS LIKE HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE, INFECTIOUS DISEASE. AND 50% OF THEM HAVE AT LEAST TWO CHRONIC DISEASES. A THIRD WILL HAVE AT LEAST THREE. WE KNOW A PERSON WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS HAS TRIP THEY WILL CHANCE OF MOVING INTO POVERTY AND WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE IN POVERTY HAVE THREE TIMES THE RATE OF MENTAL ILLNESS. BUT BEYOND THAT, IF WE LOOK AT PEOPLE WHO ENTER INTO USING THE MEDICAL FIELD FROM THE AREA OF CHRONIC ILLNESS, PERHAPS THE FIRST DIAGNOSIS MIGHT BE ANYTHING FROM CANCER, INFLAMMATORY BOWL DISEASE, DIABETES, ETC., THE CHANCES OF THEM DEVELOPING A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM SUCH AS DEPRESSION, PANIC DISORDER, ANXIETY IS MASSIVE. TWICE THE RATE OF THE REST OF THE POPULATION. THIS IS WHERE THE COSTS BEGIN TO SOAR. WHEN A PERSON RECOGNIZES THEY HAVE THIS LONG-TERM PROBLEM WITH PAIN, WITH DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS WORK THE OBSTRUCTION OF THEIR LIFESTYLE, WITH IMMOBILITY, DISABILITY, ETC., IT IS EXPECTED AND IT IS COMMON FOR THEM TO DEVELOP OTHER PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. BUT WE HAVE HAD A SYSTEM THAT HAS IGNORED THAT. AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE IGNORE THAT, A PERSON HAS A CHRONIC ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION, FOR EXAMPLE, UNTREATED DEPRESSION, IT DOUBLES. IT DOUBLES THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS. WHEN THERE ARE MODELS OUT THERE, HOWEVER THAT SAY LET'S INTEGRATE BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE AN PHYSICAL MEDICINE TO A PHYSICIAN BEING A COORDINATED CARE MODEL, WHEN THEY HAVE A PATIENT WITH ONE OF THOSE ILLNESSES, CHRONIC ILLNESS, THEY BEGIN TO TREAT THE WHOLE PATIENT. THE PATIENT-CENTERED MODEL. THE TEAM APPROACH BETWEEN THE DOCTOR AND PATIENT THERE. WHAT CAN IT DO? WELL, I WANT TO CITE A STUDY DONE BY A YOUNG DOCTOR BY THE NAME OF JEFFREY BRENNER WHO WAS OUT IN NEW JERSEY. HE RECOGNIZED THAT PEOPLE WITH COMPLEX HEALTH AND SOCIAL ISSUES HAVE HIGH RATES OF GOING TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. THEY'RE CALLED SUPERUTILIZERS. MEDICAID POINTS OUT THAT 5% OF THE PEOPLE ON MEDICAID ACCOUNT FOR 50% OF MEDICAID SPENDING AND I MIGHT ADD, VIRTUALLY ALL OF THOSE ARE THOSE WITH A CONCURRENT PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER SUCH AS DEPRESSION. . IF YOU RECOGNIZE THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAD HUGE NUMBER OF VISITS TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. HE SAID NEARLY HALF OF THE CITY OF CAMDEN, 77,000 RESIDENTS WERE GOING TO EMERGENCY ROOMS FOR HEAD COLDS, SOAR THROATS AND 20% OF THE PATIENTS ACCOUNTED FOR 90% OF THE COSTS. WHAT HE LOOKED AT WAS MODELS WAS CALLED HOT SPOTTING, AREAS OF THE CITY WHERE THEY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF CRIME. THE POLICE WOULD GO IN AND PREVENT CRIME. IN BRENER'S MODEL, HE LOOKED AT MANAGING THESE PATIENTS' CARE. IF YOU IGNORE THEM, THEY GO TO EMERGENCY ROOMS. WHEN YOU IGNORE FOLKS THEY CONTINUE TO GO TO EMERGENCY ROOMS, OVERUTILIZERS. THEY MADE A LOT OF MONEY. BUT WHAT WAS IT THAT WAS DRIVING PEOPLE REPEATEDLY TO GET THIS CARE INSTEAD OF DOING SOMETHING ELSE? WHAT BRENER DID AND OTHER STUDIES FOUND PEOPLE COULD NOT ACCESS THEIR PRIMARY CARE SPECIAL LIFT. THEY PANICED. WEREN'T MANAGING THEIR MEDICATION AND MAKES THEM MORE PRONE TOWARDS OTHER INFECTIONS. WHAT BRENER DID, HE IDENTIFIED FOLKS WITH A VERY COMPLICATED MODEL BUT DEVELOPED A CARE MANAGEMENT TEAM WITH THE ABILITY TO MANAGE HEALTH CARE ON THEIR OWN. THEY HELPED THEM TO SEE DOCTORS MORE FREQUENTLY. THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH DID THE SAME THING. THEY DEVELOPED A CARE TEAM INCLUDING CONSULTING TO HELP THE PERSON DEAL WITH THEIR PAIN AND CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR PATTERNS AND MAKE SURE IT HAD EASY ACCESS AND DOCTOR'S CELL PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS AND RESPOND IN 72 HOURS. WHAT BRENER FOUND, THE FIRST 36 PATIENTS HAD 62 HOSPITAL ROOM VISITS BEFORE THEY BEGAN INTERVENTION AND DROPPED TO 37 VISITS AFTERWARDS. THEY FOUND THE HOSPITAL BILL FELL FROM $1.2 MILLION TO JUST UNDER $500,000. SIMILAR RESULTS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN OTHERS WHEN THIS IS TARGETED. WE KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAD SOME MODELS BUT THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN CHANGED. BUT THE POINT IS THIS, RECOGNIZING IF WE ARE GOING TO GET HOLD OF THE COST OVERRUNS WITH HEALTH CARE, IT NEEDS TO BE AN INTEGRATED CARE MODEL AND WORKING TOGETHER, A COORDINATED CARE MODEL WITH A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN OR THE SPECIALISTS ARE WORKING WITH THE PATIENTS AND A CARE MODEL WHERE IT IS WORTH FOR THE PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT TO WORK TOGETHER NOT JUST TO SAY GO TO THE HOSPITAL OR EMERGENCY ROOM WHEN YOU WANT BUT GET THE CARE AND THE QUALITY YOU NEED. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT STARTED DOWN THIS ROAD BUT WASN'T FULLY FOLLOWED. AND WE HOPE THE SENATE PASSES IT NEXT WEEK BY MAKING SURE PHYSICIANS GET TIMELY, QUALITY INFORMATION FOR WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, BY MAKING SURE IT IS DISS AMERICA NATURED TO PHYSICIAN IS WHETHER IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN OR RURAL SOUTH DAKOTA. BY MAKING SURE THAT THE HEALTH CARE THAT WE HELPED NO MATTER WHERE PHYSICIANS ARE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO SIGH KY TERRORISTS TO INTEGRATE THAT CARE TOGETHER. A HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH DID A STUDY OF WHEN THAT BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION IS DONE DURING A PEDIATRIC VISIT. THEY MEET THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL AND 90% FOLLOW-UP. WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN A CARD AND SAY CALL ANOTHER DAY, IT GOES DOWN TOLESS THAN HALF. LOOK AT OPIOIDS ABUSE, DEATH TOLL OF 47,000 AND REACHING A POINT THAT PEOPLE WHO DIE IS REACHING THAT AT THE LEVEL OF OUR COMBAT DEATHS DURING THE ENTIRE VIETNAM WAR. THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE THE MANY FOLKS WHO STILL REMAIN ADDICTED. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WITH CARE TORE THE ADDICTED. OUT OF EVERY 1,000 PERSONS, 900 WILL NOT SEEK CARE. OUT OF THE 100 WHO DO SEEK CARE, 37 CAN'T FIND IT, IT'S NOT AVAILABLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY. OF THE 63 WHO DO SEEK CARE AND FIND IT, ONLY SIX OF THEM WILL FIND EVIDENCE-BASED CARE. WHAT IF WE CHANGE THAT TRAJECTORY AND SAY IT IS PART OF OUR REVISION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE MAKE SURE WE INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE TOGETHER. I KNOW CHAIRMAN UPTON WOULD NOT FORGIVE ME, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, SOMEONE CAME TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, THEY DIDN'T HAND SOMEONE SAY YOU HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM, YOU NEED TO GO GET HELP. IN THOSE CASES, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE DON'T FOLLOW UP. THEY PROVIDED QUALIFIED DRUG COUNSELING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. IF A PERSON HAD A BROKEN ARM, THE HOSPITAL WOULD SET IT BEFORE THEY WENT HOME. THEY WOULDN'T SAY HERE'S THE CARD AND GET THE ARM SET. IF A PERSON CAME IN WITH CHEST PAINS AND SAY MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. THE SAME THING GOES FOR PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS. THERE WAS AN INCREASE, 50% INCREASE AND PEOPLE FOLLOWING ON DRUG TREATMENT. SO LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT ARE DONE BECAUSE THE BILL WE PASSED INVESTS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO MORE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM. IT ISN'T ENOUGH. THOSE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. YOU HAVE TO GET THEM INTO EFFECTIVE COUNSELING PROGRAMS. THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS THAT HAVE WORKED THROUGH HERE, MADE SOME BIG DIFFERENCES AND WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH RESEARCH AND CARE WILL SET US ON A STRONG TRAJECTORY TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO CHANGE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO REALLY BEING AFFORDABLE AND BEING CARE FOCUSED. THAT BEING SAID, WE'LL STILL HAVE TRAGICALLY TOO MANY STORIES WHILE WE ARE WAITING TO GET THAT CARE OUT THERE. TOO MANY EPISODES WHERE A HOMICIDE OR A SUICIDE OR DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH OR SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST THEIR JOB OR A MARRIAGE HAS BROKEN UP OR FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN BEEN ABAND BY SOMEONE ELSE CONTINUES ON AS LONG AS WE ARE NOT PROPERLY ADDRESSING THE ISSUES OF MENTAL ILLNESS IN AMERICA. I TELL I, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE THOSE LONG SOMBER MOMENTS OF SADNESS, THERE IS SOME JOY IN WHAT THIS HOUSE DID YESTERDAY. AND IN A STRONG BIPARTISAN COORDINATED EFFORT SAYING WE ARE CHANGING THE DIRECTION OF HOW WE RECOGNIZE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AND WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT AND IT HAS TO BE A COMPONENT AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO CHANGE HEALTH CARE OVERALL. WE CAN DO THIS. WE CAN REDUCE COSTS DRAMATICALLY BY PROVIDING MORE EFFECTIVE CARE. FOR ALL THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN CONTACTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM THESE DISEASES OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TENS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WHO RECOGNIZE THE SUFFERING, HELP IS ON ITS WAY. THE ACTIONS THAT TOOK CONGRESS YESTERDAY AND HOPEFULLY THE SENATE NEXT WEEK AND THE PRESIDENT WILL SIGN, AND WE'LL CREATE A NEW DAWN, A BRIGHTER HORIZON FOR PEOPLE UP TO THIS POINT WHO HAD VERY LITTLE HOPE OF WHERE THINGS ARE. WE KNOW WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. AND THIS NEXT CONGRESS AS WE MOVE INTO NEXT YEAR ARE GOING TO HAVE THEIR HANDS FULL. WE CAN DO THIS. AND THERE ARE DEDICATED PEOPLE WAITING AND EAGER TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR AMERICA'S FAMILIES. WHERE THERE IS HELP, THERE IS HOPE. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OAK AND THANK HIM FOR THE -- OKLAHOMA AND THANK HIM FOR THE TIME.

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  • 06:39:40 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS. HE HAS BEEN THE…

    FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS. HE HAS BEEN THE LEADER AND VOICE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS, FOR MY ENTIRE TIME, WHICH I HAVE BEEN UP HERE, WHICH IS FOUR YEARS. I APPRECIATE HIS PASSION AND DEDICATION TO THIS. UNFORTUNATELY MENTAL ILLNESS ISN'T GOING AWAY AND BECOMING MORE OF A PROBLEM AND WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN ON THIS. YESTERDAY WAS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT WE HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO. AND WE'RE IN THIS FIGHT AND IN THIS FIGHT TOGETHER AND I COULDN'T IMAGINE BEING WITH ANYONE BETTER THAN YOURSELF. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA, MS. SUSAN BROOKS.

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  • 06:40:41 PM

    MRS. BROOKS

    THANK HIM FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND ISSUE THAT SO MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS…

    THANK HIM FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND ISSUE THAT SO MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH UNTIL HE BEGAN TALKING ABOUT IT. I THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS SPECIAL ORDER, TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA BECAUSE WE HAVE HEARD FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS AND WE KNOW FAMILIES WHERE ONE IN FOUR ADULTS, A TOTAL OF 61.5 MILLION AMERICANS WILL STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN ANY GIVEN YEAR AND WHILE THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING AND CERTAINLY THE COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA KNOWS THE NUMBERS FROM THE STATISTICS BETTER THAN MAYBE THIS CHAMBER COMBINED, THEY DON'T ACTUALLY TELL THE DEEPLY PERSONAL AND TYPICALLY PAINFUL STORIES THAT THIS DISEASES THAT IT TOUCHES, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND FAMILIES. WHETHER IT WAS COLUMN BINE, SANDY HOOK, TRAGEDIES HAVE LEFT OUR COMMUNITIES WONDERING IF OUR CITIZENS COULD HAVE BEEN SPARED THE VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED IF WE HAD SEEN THE SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS. MANY LESSONS FOLLOWED IN THE WAKE OF ALL OF THESE TRAGEDIES, BUT CHIEF AMONG THEM ALWAYS CAME OUT THE FACT THAT OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS BROKEN. WE ARE UNABLE TO FULLY RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN INDIVIDUAL SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. WE OFTEN DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO HELP THESE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR FAMILIES. AND WE HAVE VERY LIMITED MENTAL HEALTH WORK FORCE WHICH IS OVERWHELMED AND OVEN UNDER PREPARED FOR THE VAST CHALLENGES THEY FACE DAY IN AND DAY OUT. MENTAL ILLNESS IS REFERRED TO AS AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE IT, DOESN'T MEAN IT ISN'T THERE. IT IS A SERIOUS DISEASE AND TO IDENTIFY AND TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS, WE MUST RECOGNIZE IT AS SUCH. BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, WE HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE THE FIRST MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORMS THIS COUNTRY HAS SEEN IN OVER 50 YEARS. AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IN SUPPORT OF HIS YEARS OF WORK TO BRING TO THE FOFERE FRONT THIS HEALTH CRISIS WE ARE FACING IN AMERICA, A CRISIS OFTEN PURNED SIDE BECAUSE IT MAY BE TOO DIFFICULT OR UNCOMFORTABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT. I APPLAUD HIS EFFORTS PARTICULARLY THE STAFF WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE TO WORK TO INCLUDE THESE IMPORTANT REFORMS TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY. OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM DOES NOT ALLOW FAMILIES OF THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS TO BECOME TRUE PARTNERS IN THEIR CARE. THE LANGUAGE IN OUR BILL TAKES SIGNIFICANT STEPS TOWARDS EASING THESE BARRIERS AND PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS WILL HAVE MORE ACCESS TO THE CARE AND TREATMENT THEY NEED. OUR PRISONS AND EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE BECOME DEFACTO TREATMENT CENTERS AND OVERCROWDED WITH INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS. WE HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS WE CANNOT ARREST AWAY THIS PROBLEM. I'M PLEASED THERE ARE REFORMS TO THE WAY OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HANDLES INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. AND AS SOMEONE WHO WORKED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, SUCH SUPPORT IS LONG OVERDUE AND SO VERY NECESSARY. ONE OF THE GREATEST ISSUES WITH OUR MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM THERE IS A CRITICAL SURGERY IN OUR MENTAL HEALTH WORK FORCE. THIS MEASURE TRAINS AND EXPANDS THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT WORK FORCE. THESE ARE SIMPLY SOME OF THE IMPORTANT REFORMS INCLUDED IN 21ST CENTURY CURES WHICH SETS A HIGHER STANDARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA. I APPLAUD CONGRESSMAN MURPHY'S INCREDIBLE WORK AND I HAVE SUPPORTED THIS EFFORT THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND LOOK TO THE SENATE TO TAKE UP THE 21ST CENTURY CURES AND BRING RELIEF TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA WHO NEED IT THE MOST. AND I YIELD IT BACK. . .

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    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA FOR LAYING IT OUT IN THE FORM…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM INDIANA FOR LAYING IT OUT IN THE FORM YOU ALWAYS TO.

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  • 06:45:27 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ME ASSIGNMENT, I DON'T KNOW IF I WISH YOU…

    ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ME ASSIGNMENT, I DON'T KNOW IF I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK OR NOT, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA FOR YIELDING TIME ON WHAT IS AN INCREDIBLY…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA FOR YIELDING TIME ON WHAT IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TOPIC. I ALSO WANT TO WEIGH IN AND THANK MY FRIEND, DR. TIMUR FI, FOR HIS INCREDIBLE WORK ON A REALLY COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION -- DR. TIM MURPHY FOR HIS INCREDIBLE WORK ON A REALLY COMPREHENSIVE PIECE OF LENNELL HEALTH LEGISLATION. IT IS NOW UP TO THE SENATE TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE AS NOT ONLY AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR BUT TO HELP INTRODUCE THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT, ANOTHER BILL I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT.

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  • 06:46:29 PM

    MR. DOLD

    ALL THE BEST.

  • 06:51:58 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    THANK YOU, SIR. MY GOOD FRIEND IS GOING TO BE MISSED, HIS SERVICE IS…

    THANK YOU, SIR. MY GOOD FRIEND IS GOING TO BE MISSED, HIS SERVICE IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL HOLD IN GREAT RESPECT. I'M GOING TO MISS SEEING YOU IN THE MORNING AT OUR WORKOUT. BUT YOU HAVE INFLUENCED US IN A BETTER WAY AND IF WE CAN ALWAYS LEAVE WHERE WE'VE BEEN BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT, THAT'S A LEGACY WE CAN ALL WALK WITH. SO I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND HOPE OUR FRIENDSHIP WILL CONTINUE. THANK YOU, SIR. YOU KNOW, AS MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS WAS SAYING ABOUT THE OPIOID ADDICTION, I WANT TO POINT OUT A SAD STATISTIC. OKLAHOMA IS RANKED 28TH IN POPULATION THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND YET WE HAVE THE 10TH HIGHEST, 10TH HIGHEST ACCIDENTAL OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS. WE HAVE MORE ACCIDENTAL DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS CAUSED BY PAINKILLER ADDICTIONS THAN VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA. AND THESE AREN'T FROM THE YOUNG THAT MAY BE GOING THROUGH A TIME OF EX-PERSONALITYING, THIS ISN'T FROM THE ELDER THAT MAY IN THE UNDERSTAND THE PRESCRIPTION TO WHICH THEY ARE TAKING, THIS IS COMING FROM OUR MOTHERS. OUR NUMBER ONE -- NUMBER ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT IS LOSING THEIR LIFE TO OPIOID OVERDOSE IS A MIDDLE AGE -- IS MIDDLE-AGED MOTHERS. THERE'S A PROBLEM. 21ST CENTURY CURES DOES ADDRESS THIS. BUT JUST THE SAME AS MENTAL HEALTH, IT'S A FIRST STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO ANOTHER GOOD FRIEND OF MINE A TRUE PATRIOT TO THIS COUNTRY, ONE WHO HAS YEARS AND YEARS OF SERVICE, I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR HIM, MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. SCOTT PERRY.

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  • 06:54:26 PM

    MR. PERRY

    THANK YOU TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA. YOU TALK ABOUT THAT STATISTIC,…

    THANK YOU TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA. YOU TALK ABOUT THAT STATISTIC, I'M HERE TO TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS BUT THIS OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS TOUCHED EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN THE CITY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN UNDERPRIVILEGED AREAS. I KNOW VERY GOOD FRIENDS THAT IT HAS RACKED THEIR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT IS THE HELP THAT'S ON THE WAY. IT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH BUT WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN AT LEAST TO MAKE THESE FIRST STEPS AT WRAPPING OUR MINDS AND OUR HANDS AROUND THIS PROBLEM AND GETTING TO A SOLUTION. SO I'M THANKFUL THAT YOU'VE TAKEN THE TIME TO HOLD A SPECIAL ORDER TO BRING THAT AS WELL AS OTHER ISSUES UP AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH SITUATION IN OUR COUNTRY. AND I THINK YOU'VE ALLUDED TO MUCH OF IT IN YOUR CONVERSATION. MR. SPEAKER. BUT MORE THAN 11 MILLION AMERICANS, 11 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFER FROM SEVERE SCHIZOPHRENIA, BIPOLAR DISORDER AND MAJOR DEPRESSION, YET MILLION, LITERALLY MILLIONS, ARE GOING WITHOUT ANY TREATMENT WHATSOEVER. FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING TO CARE FOR THESE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE A BROKEN ARM OR SOME PHYSICAL MALADY YOU CAN SEE THAT AND GET TO A CURE IN MANY, MANY CASES. BUT THESE MENTAL ILLNESSES VEX US WHERE YOUR LOVED ONE IS FINE ONE MOMENT AND THE NEXT MOMENT IS NOT AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OR THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION, HOW BAD IT MIGHT BE AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. THESE ARE OUR LOVED ONES OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND NEIGHBORS. THE FRFT'S APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH HAS BEEN A CHAOTIC PATCHWORK OF ANTIQUATED PROGRAMS AND INEFFECTIVE POLICIES SPREAD ACROSS NUMEROUS BUREAUCRATIC AGENCIES THAT SIMPLY DON'T GET TO THE ISSUE AT HAND AND I THINK WE CAN ALL SEE THAT. SADLY, MANY PATIENTS END UP IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OR ARE ON THE STREET BECAUSE SERVICES ARE UNAVAILABLE. I KNOW IN THE STATE I RESIDE IN, THE GREAT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, YEARS BACK, WE CLOSED OUR STATE HOSPITALS WHERE MUCH OF THE CARE WAS GIVEN TO THESE PEOPLE. THEY JUST ENDED UP OUT ON THE STREET OR BACK WITH THEIR FAMILY, WHICH OFTEN CASES THEIR FAMILIES JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE, CAN'T HANDLE IT. THESE FOLKS ENUP IN THE PENAL SYSTEM WHICH IS NO PLACE FOR PEOPLE THAT JUSTIFIABLY ARE SICK HAVE AN ISSUE, THAT ARE STICK. -- THAT ARE SICK. THEY'RE NOT CRIMINAL, THEY ARE SICK. IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO SOME INDIVIDUALS COMMIT ACTS OF VIOLENCE. EVERY ONE OF US HAS HEARD STORIES AND SEEN FILM FOOTAGE OF THE NEWS, THESE ACTS OF VIOLENCE CAN BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO MENTAL ILLNESS. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FEEL SAFE IN OUR HOMES. ALL OF US. IN OUR -- AND OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR HEARTS JUST BREAK EVERY SINGLE TIME A SENSELESS ACT OF VIGES OCCURS AND WE SEE THAT. CERTAINLY THE PARENTS, FOR PARENTS, THESE TRAGEDIES, THEY HIT ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO HOME. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THE BENEFICIARIES OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT AREN'T ONLY THOSE DIRECTLY TREATED FOR MENTAL ILLNESS BUT ALSO OUR BROADER COMMUNITY. WE SEE THOSE THINGS, THOSE IMAGES ON TV BECAUSE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT IS A PREVENTIVE MEASURE TO REDUCING ACTS OF VIGES, TO PREVENT -- IT'S A PREVENTIVE MEASURE. IT STOPS THOSE THINGS FROM EVER OCCURRING IF WE GET TO IT. NOW I WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORTER AND CO-SPONSOR OF MY THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT TIMUR FI'S HELPING FAMILIES IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACT, HE WORKED ON IT FOR YEARS AND I WATCHED HIM STRUGGLE THROUGH THAT. THAT BILL WAS INCLUDED IN THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WHICH PASSED THIS HOUSE LAST NIGHT. THIS LEGISLATION COORDINATES PROGRAMS ACROSS DIFFERENT AGENCIES. THOSE DISPARATE AGENCIES THAT DON'T SEEM TO WORK WITH ONE ANOTHER. IT COORDINATES THOSE PROGRAMS. AND PROMOTES EFFECTIVE EVERYDAY-BASED PROGRAMS. EVIDENCE-BASED. SO WE CAN GET TO SOLUTIONS. JUST LIKE MOST OTHER THINGS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BY REMOVING FEDERAL BARRIERS TO CARE, ADVANCING EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS, ADDING ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONALIZATION AND IMPROVING THE TRANSITION FROM ONE LEVEL OF CARE TO ANOTHER, WE DIRECTLY ADDRESS OUR NATION'S BROKEN MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. FINALLY. FINALLY. A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SO ONCE AGAIN, I APPLAUD AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME AND BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO THE FLOOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO SEND THIS BILL DIRECTLY TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, ABSOLUTELY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. CAN'T WAIT FOR ANOTHER TRAGEDY TO OCCUR, WE'RE ALL WATCHING ON TELEVISION THE FOOTAGE OF SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED AND AVOIDED. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:59:15 PM

    MR. MULLIN

    THANK YOU, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ALSO BEING…

    THANK YOU, I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ALSO BEING EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH MENTAL HEALTH. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CONTINUE TO LOOK OVER AND AS I STATED WHEN WE FIRST STARTED TONIGHT, WE HAD AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON PASSING THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT. WE COULD SEE THAT THE HARD WORK THAT THE STAFF OVER IN ENERGY AND COMMERCE ON BOTH SIDES, REPUBLICAN STAFF AND DEMOCRAT STAFF, WORKED TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH A BIPARTISAN BILL TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PUTTING OUR FAMILIES FIRST. THAT WE ARE PUTTING OUR CONSTITUENTS FIRST. WE'RE SETTING THE PARTISANSHIP THAT OFTEN FINDS ITS WAY INSIDE OUR CONVERSATIONS, WE SET IT ASIDE AND ACTUALLY WAS VERY PROACTIVE ON A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. CHAIRMAN MURPHY WITH HIS PASSION ON MENLT HEALTH, I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM. -- ON MENTAL HEALTH, I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM. AND OUR OUTGOING CHAIRMAN, MR. FRED UPTON, WHO HAS DEDICATED YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE BETTERMENT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS AND HIS PASSION FOR FIGHTING THIS AND SEEING THIS THROUGH, I'D LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATION. YOU WILL BE MISSED AS OUR CHAIRMAN AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I SEE NO OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. SO I'D LIKE TO YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:00:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    I ASK THAT MEMBERS INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS REMARKS. I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE…

    I ASK THAT MEMBERS INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS REMARKS. I RISE TODAY TO SHARE THE STORIES OF AND CELEBRATE THE DREAMERS WHO LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, MINE IN EL PASO, TEXAS AND NEARLY EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY ACROSS THE GREAT UNITED STATES. ALL TOGETHER, WE ESTIMATE THERE ARE CLOSE TO 750,000 DREAMERS IN THE UNITED STATES. THESE ARE BENEFICIARIES OF AN EXECUTIVE ACTION UNDER THIS PRESIDENT, KNOWN AS THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARIFLES THAT ENSURED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHO ARRIVED IN THIS COUNTRY AT A VERY EARLY AGE, BROUGHT HERE BY THEIR PARENTS FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, WHO ARE GOING TO SCHOOL, LIVING BY OUR LAWS, BEING PRODUCTIVE AND NET CONTRIBUTORS TO THEIR COMMUNITY, WHO IN SOME CASES STRIVE TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY OR PERFORM SOME OTHER COMMUNITY OR CIVIC SERVICE, ARE ABLE TO RESIDE IN THIS COUNTRY AFTER THEY COME FORWARD VOLUNTARILY, OUT OF THE SHADOWS, TO GIVE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION, THEIR FINGERPRINTS, THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION, THEIR NAMES, ADDRESSES, THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS, IN OTHER WORDS TO REGISTER WITH THE GOVERNMENT SO WE KNOW WHO IS IN THIS COUNTRY AND SATISFY SOME LEGITIMATE SECURITY CONCERNS WE HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRATION. THESE YOUNG DREAMERS HAVE SATISFIED THOSE CONCERNS BY COMING FORWARD. AND THIS TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM DEPORTATION ALLOWS THEM TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES, TO CONTINUE TO BE OUR NEIGHBORS, TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AND MAKE CITIES LIKE EL PASO, THE SAFELY, WONDERFUL COMMUNITIES THEY ARE. AND EL PASO HAS MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF DREAMERS AND THE SAFEST CITY NOT ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER BUT THE SAFEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY. THE URGENCY BEHIND OUR ACTIONS TODAY LIES WITH THE COMMITMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT-ELECT TO IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE THE CURRENT PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THESE DREAMERS. THIS COMMITMENT TO TERMINATE THIS ACTION WILL ALSO TERMINATE ANY CERTAINTY THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE. IT WILL REDUCE THE SECURITY OF OUR COMMUNITIES WHEN YOUNG PEOPLE NO LONGER FEEL COMFORTABLE APPROACHING OR WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR FEAR OF DEPORTATION AND IT PRODUCES EXTREME ANXIETY AND FEAR THAT I CAN ONLY BEGIN TO IMAGINE FOR MYSELF AND MY KIDS IF I KNEW THAT I HAD GIVEN ALL OF MY PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION INCLUDING THE ADDRESS I RESIDE, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND NAMES OF MY PARENTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WHICH NOW MAY HAVE A POLICY TO IMMEDIATELY DEPORT ME BACK TO THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN WHICH IF I WAS 20 YEARS OLD AND ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IN EL PASO, I MAY HAVE COME OVER AT THE AGE OF THREE AND FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS, ONLY LIFE I KNEW WAS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE ONLY CITY I KNEW WAS EL PASO TEXAS. THE ONLY LANGUAGE I SPOKE WAS ENGLISH. I HAD NO COUNTRY OF ORGANIZATION ORIGIN. I WOULD BE UNABLE TO THRIMB AND I THINK FOR SOME OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THEY QUESTION THE ABILITY TO SURVIVE. IT'S REALLY THAT CRITICAL AND VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE REMIND OURSELVES AND CERTAINLY OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE HOUSE OF THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION. BEYOND THE MORAL IMPERATIVE, WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, THERE IS AN ECONOMIC DYNAMIC OF THIS. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESTIMATES THAT THE DREAMERS, THE 750,000 STRONG DREAMERS WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING EVERY SINGLE DAY, GOING TO OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AND MAKING OUR COUNTRY BETTER THAT OVER THEIR LIFE TIMES IN THE UNITED STATES THEY WILL EARN UP TO $4 TRILLION OF TAXABLE INCOME, TAXABLE INCOME THAT WILL ALLOW THE COMMUNITIES THEY LIVE IN TO FLOURISH, TO THRIVE TO ENRICH THOSE THEY HIRE AND TO WORK WITH AND TO ADD SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE FEDERAL TREASURY. THAT'S JUST ONE POINT IN TERMS OF THE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE OF CREATING ADDITIONAL CERTAINTY AND AT A MINIMUM, NOT FORCIBLY REMOVING THESE DREAMERS OR TERMINATING THE PROTECTION UNDER WHICH THEY CURRENTLY RESIDE. BEFORE I RECOGNIZE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SHARE THEIR STORIES ABOUT THE DREAMERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND AGAIN THEY ARE IN EVERY SINGLE STATE OF THE UNION AND EVERY COMMUNITY IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE STATES, I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THE STORY OF ONE OF THE DREAMERS I MET THIS MONDAY IN EL PASO, TEXAS, WHEN I HELD A TOWN HALL ON SHORT DAYS' NOTICE BUT NOTIFIED THEM OVER FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPER. AND MORE THAN 300 SHOWED UP TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND WHAT THEY ARE NOW DOING IN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVELY AND POIGNANTLY FOR ME AND IN THE AUDIENCE THAT NIGHT WERE THE U.S. CITIZENS IN EL PASO WHO SHOWED UP TO STAND IN STRENGTH WITH THESE DREAMERS AND LET THEM KNOW THAT COME WHAT MAY, WHATEVER EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ARE TERMINATED, WHATEVER NECESSARY IMMIGRATION REFORM LAWS ARE NOT ENACTED THAT WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE GOING TO STAND WITH THESE DREAMERS AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL AND MAKE SURE THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR. AND ONE OF THESE DREAMERS THAT HAD THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED ON MONDAY NIGHT WAS A 17-YEAR-OLD. SHE ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES IN EL PASO TEXAS, WHICH HAS SERVED AS THE ELLIS ISLAND FOR MUCH OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE AT THE AGE OF THREE YEARS OLD AND I ASK YOU TO TELL ME WHAT THREE-YEAR-OLD UNDERSTANDS CONCEPTS LIKE CITIZENSHIP OR NATIONALITY. SHE DOESN'T SPEAK THE SPANISH LANGUAGE ANYMORE THAT SHE BARELY KNEW AT THE AGE OF THREE. SHE ONLY SPEAKS ENGLISH. SHE IS A JUNIOR AT A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL. CAPTAIN OF THE SOCCER TEAM, ON THE STUDENT COUNCIL AND PRESS BOX MANAGER AND EARNING A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO BE ABLE TO TAKE HOME AT THE END OF THE DAY AND HELPS OUT AND GOES TO EVERY SINGLE FOOTBALL GAME TO SUPPORT THE HOMETOWN TEAM AND SHE RUNS ON THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM. MY EIGHT-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, MOLLY O'ROURKE HAS AN EXAMPLE. I WANT MOLLY TO BE ABLE TO DO THOSE THINGS. SHE IS PROUD OF WHAT MAKES EL PASO SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE IN AND SO PROUD TO REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY AND HELPS AGAIN TO KEEP US THE SAFEST CITY IN AMERICA, BAR NONE. THERE ARE 750,000-PLUS WHO HAVE COME FORWARD TO REGISTER WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND DEFER THE ACTION THAT OTHERWISE WOULD DEPORT THEM BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN AND MAKE THIS COUNTRY SUCCESSFUL. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, WHO UNDERSTANDS THESE ISSUES JUST AS WELL AS ANYONE WHO HAS THOUSANDS OF DREAMERS IN HIS COMMUNITY AND WHO I AM SO GRATEFUL TO FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. CASTRO.

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  • 07:09:40 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    THANK YOU FOR ALL OF --

  • 07:09:44 PM

    MR. COSTA

    YOU FOR YOUR WORK -- THESE YOUNG PEOPLE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES…

    YOU FOR YOUR WORK -- THESE YOUNG PEOPLE BROUGHT TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND GROWN UP HERE. PRESIDENT OBAMA DURING HIS TERM WAS SO GOOD TO ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ACTION TO GIVE DACA TO GIVE FOLKS A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY.

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    MR. CASTRO

    DACA ALLOWS THEM TO WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL AND NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR AND…

    DACA ALLOWS THEM TO WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL AND NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN FEAR AND NOT LIVE IN FEAR OF DEPORTATION. AS YOU MENTIONED, MANY OF THESE FOLKS ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE BROUGHT HERE AT THE AGE OF THREE, FIVE OR NINE OR HAD NO CHOICE ABOUT COMING. THEY DIDN'T REALIZE THEY WERE NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS UNTIL THEY HAD TO APPLY FOR COLLEGE OR A DRIVER'S LICENSE OR SOME OTHER WAY INTERACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT. THERE HAS BEEN RHETORIC OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS ABOUT IMMIGRANTS AND BEEN CALLED RAPISTS, MURDERERS AND CRIMINALS. THERE IS SO MUCH OF THAT KIND OF RHETORIC THAT IS USED WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE BORDER, FOR EXAMPLE, AND EVEN THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN OUR BORDER CITIES, WHETHER IT ISELLE PASSO, SAN DIEGO. MY WIFE IS FROM THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHERE YOU HAVE A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF DREAMERS, FOR EXAMPLE. BUT -- SOMETIMES, IN ALL OF THAT RHETORIC AND UGLINESS, THERE IS A PROFOUND MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE. AND SO THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO HIGHLIGHT THEIR STORIES AND REALLY FOR THE COUNTRY PUT A HUMAN FACE TO THESE FOLKS, WHO ARE GOOD PEOPLE. AND I'LL TELL YOU, BECAUSE I KNOW OTHER MEMBERS HAVE STORIES OF DREAMERS IN THEIR DISTRICTS, JUST A QUICK STORY ABOUT SOMEBODY FROM SAN ANTONIO, A YOUNG MAN NAMED ERIC. ERIC WAS THE VALUE DICK TORIAN IN 2009. HE WAS NUMBER ONE IN HIS LAST AT HIGHLANDS SCHOOL, HE PLAYED VARSITY SOCCER AND RECEIVED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY. AND WHILE RETURNING TO HARVARD IN 2010 TO COMPLETE SUMMER RESEARCH IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS DETAINED AT THE SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR TRAVELING WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION. AFTER EFFORTS FROM SENATOR DURBIN AND HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, IMMIGRATION SERVICES WAS ABLE TO GRANT HIM DEFERRED STATUS AND HIS STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING. HE GRADUATED FROM HARVARD IN 2013. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER FOLKS WHO ACHIEVED JUST AS MUCH WHO ARE PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COUNTRY AND SOCIETY, BUT OFTENTIMES, THEY ARE MALIGNED AND OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD AND WE ARE AT A CRITICAL MOMENT IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY AND THERE IS A QUESTION ABOUT HOW WE WILL TREAT THESE DREAMERS, THESE YOUNG STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE AGAIN WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN A LEGAL LIMBO, WHO ARE AS AMERICAN AS WE ARE, WHO HAVE ONLY KNOWN AMERICA AS OUR HOMELAND. THERE IS A BIG QUESTION ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THEM. THE PRESIDENT-ELECT HAS TALKED ABOUT GETTING RID OF DACA EARLY ON, PERHAPS IN THE FIRST DAY IN OFFICE. SO I'M SURE YOU FOUND, THERE IS A LOT OF ANXIETY FROM THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND ALSO THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM. THEY PLAYED BY THE RULES. THEY ARE BEING PRODUCTIVE AND WORKING HARD AND GOING TO SCHOOL AND PAYING THEIR TAXES AND LIVING AS AMERICANS AND THIS WILL BE A REAL TEST FOR THE CONGRESS, FOR THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, WHO WILL ON JANUARY 20 BE THE NEW PRESIDENT AND REALLY FOR THE NATION ABOUT WHAT KIND OF NATION WE ARE. THIS REALLY TUGS AT OUR CONSCIENCE. AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE RHETORIC THAT HAS BEEN USE ONED. SOME PEOPLE CALL THEM CRIMINALS AND SAY THEY HAVE BROKE THE LAW. I THINK WHEN I HEAR THAT, AS AN ATTORNEY I THINK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT LEGAL STANDARDS THAT WE APPLY IN CRIMINAL CASES, FOR EXAMPLE. THERE IS SOMETHING KNOWN AS STATE OF MIND. OFTEN WHEN YOU ARE CHARGED WITH A CRIME, A JURY OR A JUDGE ASKS DID YOU INTEND TO DO WHAT YOU DID? DID YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WERE DOING? EVEN IN OUR CIVIL CASES, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE NEGLIGENCE STANDARD AND THERE IS A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER SOMEBODY WAS INDIFFERENT TO WHAT THEY WERE DOING, WELL, IN THIS CASE, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON. THEY HAD NO PARTICIPATION IN EVEN COMING TO THE UNITED STATES. BUT THEY FIND THEMSELVES HERE AS AMERICANS. AND I HOPE THAT OUR NATION AND THIS CONGRESS AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE BIG ENOUGH, GRACIOUS ENOUGH AND WILL RESPECT THEIR HUMANITY AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROTECTED UNDER THE LAW. AND AS YOU KNOW -- FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR HOLDING YOUR TOWN HALL WHICH MAMB THE FIRST ONE IN THE SEASON AFTER THE ELECTION. WE WILL HAVE ONE IN SAN ANTONIO ON DECEMBER 11, WHICH IS A SUNDAY WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE WHO ORGANIZED AND SPEARHEADED, AND LLOYD DOGGETT AND STATE SENATOR MENENDEZ AND OTHER MEMBERS WHO ARE GOING TO HOLD SIMILAR TOWN HALLS AND I'LL READ OFF JUST A FEW OF THEM BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WORK. . RUBIN GALLEGO IN PHOENIX. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM IN NEW MEXICO AND RAUL RUIZ WHO HAS A DISTRICT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHERS THAT ARE BEING SCHEDULED BUT I THINK ALL OF THIS WORK IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DACA, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING TAKE MONTHS TO COME THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE. THIS IS SGS SOMETHING, A DECISION, THAT THE PRESIDENT ON -- THIS IS SOMETHING, A DECISION, THAT THE NEW PRESIDENT ON JANUARY 20 CAN MAKE A DECISION TO DO AWAY WITH IT COMPLETELY. AND TO SUBJECT THESE KIDS TO DEPORTATION. OFTEN TO A COUNTRY THAT THEY HAVE NEVER KNOWN, THAT THEY HAVE NO RECOLLECTION OF BEING PART OF OR GROWING UP IN. AND THIS REALLY IS A MORAL QUESTION, AS YOU MENTIONED, FOR THE COUNTRY. THAT PULLS AT OUR CONSCIENCE. THANK YOU FOR ALL AREA WOURK. -- WORK.

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    AND ENSURING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE STORY OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME TO…

    AND ENSURING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE STORY OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO COME TO OUR COUNTRY. WHO -- IT IS NOT SIMPLY A MATTER OF SYMPATHY, ALTHOUGH I SYMPATHIZE WITH THEIR SITUATION. IT'S ALSO A MATTER OF OUR SELF-INTERESTS AS A COUNTRY AND AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO BECOME A STRONGER AND BETTER COUNTRY, SO MUCH OF THAT LIES WITH THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THE VERY DIFFICULT CHOICE TO COME HERE AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SUCCESS AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR CONTINUINGING TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM AND TO SHARE THOSE STORIES WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. I'D NOW LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER VERY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, A STATE THAT HAS KNOWN ITS SHARE OF AMAZING STORY OF IMMIGRATION AND -- STORIES OF IMMIGRATION AND SEEING THOSE IMMIGRANTS FLOURISH AND BECOME THE BEST OF US IN THIS COUNTRY. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY.

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  • 07:18:01 PM

    MR. KENNEDY

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    BACK. MR. O'ROURKE: I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR…

    BACK. MR. O'ROURKE: I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS FOR HIS ELOQUENCE ON THIS AND FOR HIS EMPATHY IN ALLOWING US TO TRY TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT MUST FEEL LIKE TO BE WORKING ON THAT FINALS PAPER OR THAT HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL OR AT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR AT ONE OF OUR GREAT UNIVERSITIES AND NOT KNOW IF AT THE START OF NEXT SEMESTER YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, IN A PLACE THAT IS NOW STRANGE TO YOU, WITH A LANGUAGE THAT YOU DON'T SPEAK. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THESE MASS DEPORTATIONS, LITERALLY USING THE INFORMATION THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES CAME FORWARD WITH TO REGISTER UNDER THE DACA PROGRAM, AND THEN USING THAT AGAINST THEM AFTER THEY VOLUNTARILY CAME FORWARD TO FIND OUT WHERE THEY LIVE -- FORWARD, TO FIND OUT WHERE THEY LIVE, PICK THEM UP, PROCESS THEM, DEPORT THEM BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN, BEYOND THE INCALCULABLE EMOTIONAL HUMAN PSYCHOLOGICAL TOLL, BEYOND WHAT THAT WOULD DO TO THE CONSCIENCE OF THIS COUNTRY, YOU LOOK AT WHAT IT WOULD COST US IN FINANCIAL TERMS. WE WOULD LOSE 2% TO 2.6% OF OUR G.D.P. WE'D LOSE NEARLY $5 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. AND GOVERNMENT RECEIPTS ON THE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THESE DREAMERS WOULD OTHERWISE EARN WOULD ALSO BE GONE WITH THOSE DREAMERS. NEARLY $900 BILLION THAT WE WOULD LOSE FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY. AND WE WOULD LOSE YOUNG AMERICANS LIKE THE ONE WHO IS PICTURED NEXT TO ME. DAVID GOMEZ, WHO IS NOW 20 YEARS OLD AND JOINED US MONDAY AT OUR TOWN HALL IN EL PASO, TEXAS. ONE OF THESE BRAVE, YOUNG, EL PASOANS, YOUNG AMERICANS, WHO HAD THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD AND SHARED WITH US AT THAT TOWN HALL THAT HE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY AT THE AGE OF 10. HE CAME FROM MEXICO CITY. HE IMMEDIATELY APPLIED HIMSELF, LEARNED ENGLISH, ROSE TO THE TOP OF THE RANKS IN HIS HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES, TOOK A.P. COURSES, AND IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE STEM CLUB AT THE EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND IS PURSUING A CAREER IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. HE'S AN ARTIST, HE LOVES TO DRAW, HE LOVES TO PAINT, HE WANTS TO BE AN INNOVATOR AND HIS HEROES ARE ALL AMERICAN HEROES. HIS HEROES ARE ELAND MUSK, BILL GATES, LAR YELLSON, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE -- LARRY ELLISON, THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COUNTRY, CREATING JOBS, INNOVATING, CREATING, GROWING THIS ECONOMY. THAT'S WHAT DAVID WANTS TO DO. THAT'S WHAT HE WILL DO IF HE'S ABLE TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO GIVE DAVID THE CERTAINTY AND ALSO AT THE SAME TIME NOT TO PROVOKE ANXIETY AND FEAR THAT WILL CAUSE HIM TO LOSE THIS OPPORTUNITY, TO LOSE HIS WAY, AND FOR US TO LOSE OUT ON ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS THAT HE CAN CREATE. AS I INTRODUCE A MEMBER WHO HAS BECOME A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND A MENTOR TO ME, WHO'S FROM THIS SAME TOWN OF EL PASO, TEXAS, THAT I HAVE THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING, I'M GOING TO, WITHOUT EMBARRASSING HER, -- WELL, SHE'S VERY GRACIOUSLY YIELDING TO HER COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA, SO I'M GOING TO NOW RECOGNIZE MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEVADA, WHO I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SITTING WITH ON THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE -- VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, AND OVER THE LAST YEARS I'VE LEARNED FROM BECAUSE SHE'S THE MOST TIRELESS CHAMPION FOR VETERANS, SHE'S THE MOST TIRELESS CHAMPION FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY. SHE'S OFTEN THE MOST TIRELESS CHAMPION FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE A VOICE IN OUR SYSTEM OR WHOSE VOICE IS NOT LOUD ENOUGH, SO IT IS UP TO MS. TITUS TO AMPLIFY THAT VOICE AND BECOME THEIR ADVOCATE. IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I YIELD TO MS. TITUS OF NEVADA.

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  • 07:25:20 PM

    MS. TITUS

    NEVADA.

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    FEAR. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA FOR SHARING THESE…

    FEAR. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA FOR SHARING THESE PERSONAL STORIES OF THE PEOPLE IN HER COMMUNITY WHO INSPIRE HER AND THESE STORIES OF COURAGE THAT THE GENTLELADY JUST RECOUNTED AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO SHARE ABOUT THE YOUNG DREAMERS IN MY COMMUNITY OF EL PASO, THAT WERE THE IMPET TUESDAY OF OUR COMING TOGETHER THIS EVENING AND SHARING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES THE TRUTH ABOUT A GROUP OF VERY SPECIAL YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE TOO MISUNDERSTOOD. SO I'M GRATEFUL TO YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS VERY SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE. AND WHEN I'M THINKING ABOUT THESE COURAGEOUS YOUNG PEOPLE THAT I HAVE BEEN INTRODUCING YOU TO TONIGHT FROM THE CITY OF EL PASO WHO HAVE HAPPENED TO HAVE COME TO MY CITY ATAL TENDER AGE, THREE, FIVE, SEVEN YEARS OLD AND NOW AS THEY ARE IN THEIR TEENS AND EARLY 20'S THEY ARE FLOURISHING AND INSPIRING US. I WANT TO SHARE A STORY THAT GOES BACK A FEW GENERATIONS. AND THAT IS THE STORY OF MILDRED TUTT WHO IN EL PASO TEXAS IN 1955 AFTER HAVING BEEN GRADUATED FROM DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, A SEGREGATED ALL-BLACK INSTITUTION IN MY COMMUNITY OF EL PASO TEXAS, HAD THE AUDACITY TO APPLY FOR ENROLLMENT AT TEXAS WESTERN COLLEGE NOW KNOW AS THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO. AND HER APPLICATION WAS REJECTED SOLELY BASED ON HER RACE. SO MILDRED AND HER FRIEND, THELMA WHITE, AND A FEW OTHER STUDENTS TEAMED UP AND WITH THE HELP OF THE NAACP AND AN ATTORNEY THURGOOD MARSHAL AND TOOK THIS ISSUE TO A FEDERAL COURT AND THANKS TO THE WISDOM AND JUDGMENT OF OUR FEDERAL JUDGE AT THE TIME, NOT ONLY WAS IT FOUND THAT TEXAS WESTERN'S BAN ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, HIS RULING AND THEIR EFFORT AND MILDRED ACOURAGE EFFECTIVELY DESEGREGATED THE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING IN TEXAS FOR EVERY SINGLE TEXAN AND AS I WAS SHARING WITH SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES YESTERDAY AS I WAS INTRODUCING BARBARA LEE, THIS TOOK INCREDIBLE PERSONAL SACRIFICE. AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE DIFFICULTY THAT MILDRED FACED ON THAT DAY AND YET IT WAS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT FOR THIS COUNTRY. AND THAT'S THE KIND OF STORY WE ARE TELLING ABOUT THESE COURAGEOUS YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW TO FLOURISH. I WANT TO AT THIS TIME INTRODUCE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, BARBARA LEE, WHO HAS HER ROOTS DEEPLY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS AT EL PASO. I YIELD TO

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  • 07:34:51 PM

    MS. LEE

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    CONGRESSMAN. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND I…

    CONGRESSMAN. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA AND I THANK HER FOR CONTINUING THE PROFILE IN CONGRESS AND THE ISSUES THAT MATTER MOST AND CONTINUES TO STAND OUT AS AN EXAMPLE TO ME AND TONIGHT IS TESTIMONY TO THAT. I'M GRATEFUL TO HER FOR BEING HERE. I NOW WANT TO RECOGNIZE YET ANOTHER GOOD FRIEND, EMBARRASSMENT IN THE CHAMBERS TO HAVE SO MANY TALENTED MEMBERS WHO HAVE DECIDED TO STAND UP AND WITH SOME OF THE BEST AMONGST US. AND IN MY OPINION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, WHO IN THE FOUR YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE HAS TAUGHT ME SO MUCH AND MUCH OF THAT BY EXAMPLE IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO SHARE HIS EXPERIENCES, THOSE OF THE COMMUNITY HE REPRESENTS AND WHAT HE WANTS TO SEE GOING FORWARD FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND I RECOGNIZE AND YIELD TO MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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  • 07:42:45 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    OREGON.

  • 07:49:08 PM

    MR. O'ROURKE

    MR. O'ROURKE: I'M SO GRATEFUL TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON AND COULD NOT…

    MR. O'ROURKE: I'M SO GRATEFUL TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON AND COULD NOT AGREE MORE FORCEFULLY WITH HIS WORDS. IN ADDITION TO THESE, AGAIN, INSPIRING EXAMPLES OF WHAT THE DREAMERS MEAN TO US AS A COUNTRY, AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO THE GENTLEMAN PERSONALLY, I ALSO ENJOYED HEARING ABOUT HOW THE COMMUNITY HE REPRESENTS IS RALLYING AROUND THEM AND SUPPORTING THEM AND ENSURING THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, DESPITE THE RHETORIC, DESPITE THE CHANGES THAT WE MIGHT SEE IN EXECUTIVE ACTIONS GOING FORWARD. AND I'M ALSO DEEPLY APPRECIATIVE OF THE GENTLEMAN'S REMINDER THAT IT'S THIS INSTITUTION THAT REALLY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY, THE RESPONSIBILITY , AND THE POWER TO CORRECT THIS. AND IN THESE FOUR YEARS THAT I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF JOINING YOU HERE IN THE HOUSE, I KNOW THAT BOTH OF US AND DOZENS OF OTHER COLLEAGUES HAVE -- OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE TRIED MIGHTILY TO DO THAT. UNFORTUNATELY TO NO AVAIL. BUT THAT DOES NOT IN ANY WAY DAMPER MY ENTHUSIASM TO DO THIS. IN FACT, THESE STORIES THAT WE'RE SHARING TONIGHT ONLY CAUSE ME TO WANT TO REDOUBLE MY EFFORTS AND WORK WITH YOU AND OUR COLLEAGUES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN AND THAT BEYOND THAT, THAT WE'RE ULTIMATELY EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL IN STUDYING THIS COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO THE IMMIGRATION LAWS AND IT COMES TO THE LIVES OF THESE 750,000 DREAMERS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, SO I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING AND ONE THING THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SAID THAT REALLY STRUCK HOME AND HELPS ME TO INTRODUCE A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE FROM EL PASO, CLAUDIA, IS HIS COMMENTS ABOUT FAMILY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY AND HOW FUNDAMENTAL FAMILY IS TO OUR SUCCESS. SO, I ASK THOSE IN THE CHAMBER THIS EVENING TO THINK ABOUT CLAUDIA, WHO'S PICTURED HERE TO MY RIGHT, IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, PERHAPS IN 2013 WHEN SHE SERVED AS AN INTERN IN MY CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE HERE. SHE CAME TO THIS COUNTRY FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE AGE OF 8 FROM VENEZUELA. AND HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT EXCEPTIONAL TO THE COMMUNITY THAT SHE LIVES IN, TO THE COUNTRY THAT IS NOW HER HOME AND TO THOSE THAT SHE'S WORKED WITH, INCLUDING ME AND MY OFFICE, OUR STATE SENATOR, JOSE RODRIGUEZ, FOR WHOM SHE WORKS TODAY, AND FOR THE COURAGE SHE SHOWED AT COMING TO OUR TOWN HALL ON MONDAY EVENING WHERE SHE TOLD US ABOUT ALL OF THIS. AND THEN SHARED SOMETHING THAT WAS SO PERSONALLY PAINFUL AND TRAGIC THAT IT COULD ONLY HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND TRULY WHAT'S AT STAKE HERE. BECAUSE IN 2010, CLAUDIA'S MOTHER TRAVELED BACK TO VENEZUELA. AND BECAUSE OF CLAUDIA'S STATUS AND BECAUSE SHE WAS A DREAMER AND BECAUSE OF THE PROVISIONS WITHIN THE DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL, SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO GO BACK TO VENEZUELA WITH HER MOTHER. UNFORTUNATELY LAST YEAR, CLAUDIA'S MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN VENEZUELA AND CLAUDIA COULD NOT BE THERE TO COMFORT HER MOTHER IN HER DYING DAYS, NOR COULD SHE BE THERE FOR THE FUNERAL, NOR COULD SHE BE THERE WITH THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO CAME TOGETHER TO GRIEVE HER MOTHER'S PASSING. OUR INACTION CAUSES TREMENDOUS PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR THOSE WHO WE HAVE THE POWER TO HELP RIGHT NOW. I WOULD LIKE AT THIS POINT TO RECOGNIZE ANOTHER COLLEAGUE WITH WHOM I WAS ELECTED IN 2012 , THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. FOSTER.

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  • 07:52:46 PM

    MR. FOSTER

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    YOU SO MUCH. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING HERE THIS…

    YOU SO MUCH. MR. O'ROURKE: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING, FOR STANDING UP FOR SOME WHO, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW, FEEL THAT PERHAPS OUR GOVERNMENT IS NOT WITH THEM, PERHAPS THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. PERHAPS THESE COMMITMENT THARPS MADE TO THEM -- COMMITMENTS THAT WERE MADE TO THEM, THAT ENGENDERED THEIR TRUST, THEIR WILLINGNESS TO COME FORWARD TO SHARE THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION, THEIR ADDRESSES, THEIR IDENTITIES, THAT PERHAPS THEY HAVE BEEN ABANDONED. AND YOUR PRESENCE HERE TONIGHT, YOUR WORDS I THINK DO MUCH TO SHOW THEM THAT THAT IS NOT THE CASE. AND THAT THERE'S STILL A CHANCE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AND I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT WHETHER IT IS THESE 750,000-PLUS DREAMERS, THESE YOUNG AMERICANS, WHO AT A VERY TENDER AGE WERE BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY BY THEIR PARENTS OR RELATIVES, AND IN EVERY SINGLE WAY, EXCEPT FOR CITIZENSHIP, ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN MY THREE CHILDREN OR ANYONE ELSE THAT I REPRESENT IN THE GREAT CITY OF EL PASO, TEXAS. THESE DREAMERS WHO ARE GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL, WHO ARE SERVING IN OUR ARMED FORCES, WHO ARE ATTENDING OUR UNIVERSITIES, WHO ARE IN MANY RESPECTS THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITIES, OF OUR COUNTRY, WHO HAVE SO MUCH TO GAIN PERSONALLY AND SO MUCH TO GIVE BACK TO THIS COUNTRY, THESE DREAMERS MUST BE SPARED FROM ANY DECISIONS THAT WOULD BREAK THE TRUST THAT WAS CREATED WITH THEM, THAT WOULD FORCE THEM BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN, WHICH THEY NO LONGER KNOW AS HOME, WHOSE LANGUAGE THEY NO LONGER SPEAK WHERE -- SPEAK, WHERE THEY NO LONGER HAVE FAMILY WITH WHOM THEY CAN RESIDE. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE ALSO IMPORTANT ON THE LARGER SUBJECT HOW WE TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COUNTRY FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. THAT WE REMEMBER A FEW FACTS. THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BORDER THAT CONNECTS US WITH OUR COUNTRY AND NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH, MEXICO, IS AS SAFE TODAY AS IT HAS EVER BEEN. AND THAT THE COMMUNITY THAT I HAVE THE HONOR TO REPRESENT AND TO SERVE, EL PASO, TEXAS, WHICH IS CONJOINED WITH JUAREZ, TO FORM THE LARGEST INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD SRK THE SAFEST CITY -- WORLD, IS THE SAFEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. AND IT IS SAFE NOT IN SPITE OF BUT PRECISELY BECAUSE OF OUR CONNECTION WITH MEXICO, THE MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS, THE MEXICAN AMERICANS, AND THOSE WHO ARE IN OUR COMMUNITY, DOCUMENTED OR OTHERWISE, THAT MAKE EL PASO SUCH A TREMENDOUSLY SAFE, WONDERFUL, THRIVING COMMUNITY. AND WE KNOW THAT U.S. CITIES ON THE BORDER WITH MEXICO AND U.S. CITIES WITH LARGE IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS ARE IN FACT FAR SAFER THAN THE AVERAGE U.S. CITY IN THE INTERIOR. BE THAT IN KENTUCKY, BE THAT IN IOWA. THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO BE PROUD OF. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO SHARE WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE ALSO NEED THEM TO KNOW THAT IMMIGRANTS, DOCUMENTED OR OTHERWISE, AND INCLUDING ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE UNDOCUMENTED, COMMIT CRIMES, INCLUDING VIOLENT CRIMES AT A FAR LOWER RATE THAN DO NATIVE-BORN U.S. CITIZENS. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE PROUD OF, SO MUCH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR, SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE IN THE IMMIGRANT STORY, ESPECIALLY THESE DREAMERS WHO RIGHT NOW LIVE IN A PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY, FEAR AND ANXIETY, AND IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US IN THIS CHAMBER TO DO WHAT WE MUST, TO CHANGE OUR LAWS, TO REFLECT OUR VALUES, AND THE REALITY IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND IN OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I STAND READY TO WORK WITH ANY MEMBER ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO DO JUST THAT. AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES WHO JOINED ME TONIGHT TO HELP DRIVE HOME THE VERY IMPORTANT POINT THAT EVERYONE WHO IS IN OUR COUNTRY THAT HAS REGISTERED WITH THE GOVERNMENT, THAT HAS COME FORWARD, THAT HAS APPLIED SUCCESSFULLY UNDER THE DACA PROGRAM, DESERVES TO STAY HERE AND DESERVES OUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT OUR LAWS ALLOW THEM TO DO THAT GOING FORWARD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:59:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, MR. CRAMER. 30 MINUTES.

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    MR. CRAMER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW. THE IMPORTANCE OF ENFORCEMENT OF THE RULE OF LAW. THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOVERNMENT THAT STANDS FOR LAW AND ORDER. AND I ASK YOUR INDULGENCE, MR. SPEAKER, AS I BEGIN MY COMMENTS TONIGHT BY READING A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT, A RESOLUTION THAT ILLUSTRATES THE POSITION OF A VERY IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION IN MY STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS COORDINATING COUNCIL. IT READS LIKE THIS. WHEREAS THE PROTESTS AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 100 DAYS IN NORTH DAKOTA. WHEREAS THE PROTESTS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND WITHOUT PROPER PERMISSION. WHEREAS THE PROTESTS HAVE NOT REMAINED PEACEFUL. IN FACT, THE PROTESTERS HAVE CAUSED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE, THEY'VE DESTROYED PUBLIC AND PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTY, VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT TO INCLUDE HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND TRUCKS OWNED BY PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, AT LEAST TWO GOVERNMENT TRUCKS, CUT PRIVATELY OWNED FENCES AND SLAUGHTERED FARM ANIMALS OWNED BY PRIVATE FARMS. . PROTESTERS HAVE ASSAULTED AND THROWN MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AND HARD OBJECTS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO ARE SWORN TO KEEP THE PEACE AND PROTECT NORTH DAKOTA'S CITIZENS. WHEREAS PROTESTERS HAVE DESECRATED NORTH DAKOTA STATE AND FEDERAL PROPERTY TO INCLUDE THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE CAPITOL AND YES, THE NORTH DAKOTA PILLAR OF THE WORLD WAR II MONUMENT RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LOCATED AT THE NATIONAL MALING. WHEREAS THE PROTESTERS OF THE NORTH DAKOTA -- OR THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IN AND AROUND STANDING ROCK HAVE DESECRATED THE AMERICAN FLAG BY FLOYING IT UPSIDE DOWN, SEWING EMBLEMS OVER THE FLAG AND DISPLAYING EMBLEMS IN A DOMINANT MANNER IN VIOLATION OF NORTH DAKOTA CODE. WHEREAS 95% OF THE PROTESTERS ARE NOT NORTH DAKOTA CITIZENS OR NATIVE AMERICANS. MANY ARE PROFESSIONAL PAID PROTESTERS UNAWARE OF THE TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES AT HAND. WHEREAS AS FORMER MILITARY MEMBERS WE HAVE ALL TAKEN AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ENEMIES, THE AMERICAN FLAG AND OUR FREEDOM, AS VETERANS WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR. WHEREAS, AS VETERANS OF U.S. MILITARY WE HAVE FOUGHT FOR AND MAINTAINED THE RIGHTS OF OUR CITIZENS TO PEACEFULLY PROTEST. THE PROTESTS IN STANDING ROCK HAVE NOT BEEN PEACEFUL AND THEREFORE VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF THOSE LIVING PEACEFULLY AROUND THE PROTEST SITE AND THREATENED THE SANCTITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR BASIC FREEDOM OF PEACEFUL PROTEST BY CROSSING THE LINE INTO UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES. WHEREAS INDIVIDUAL VETERANS AND VETERAN GROUPS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA HAVE REACHED OUT TO NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS AND VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS FOR SUPPORT IN THEIR PLAN TO RECRUIT VETERANS TO ASSEMBLE IN NORTH DAKOTA IN SUPPORT OF THE STANDING ROCK PROTESTS AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE. WHEREAS VETERANS STANDING IN A NONPEACEFUL PROTEST AGAINST THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WILL ALSO BE STANDING AGAINST NORTH DAKOTA LAW ENFORCEMENT, MILITARY, PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, REFLECTS POORLY UPON THEMSELVES, OUR VETERANS ORGANIZATION, VETERANS AS A WHOLE, THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA AND OUR COUNTRY. THEREFORE, LET IT BE THE POSITION OF THE NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS COORDINATING COUNCIL, MADE UP OF THE NORTH DAKOTA AMVETS, AMERICAN LEGION, DISABLED AMERICAN VISITS, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS AND THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA ADAMANTLY OPPOSE AND CONDEMN ANY VETERAN ORGANIZATION OR PERSONS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES AS U.S. MILITARY VETERANS WHO ASSOCIATE OR INVOLVE THEMSELVES WITH THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES HAVE HAVE OCCURRED OR TAKE PART IN ANY UNLAWFUL OR UNBECOMING CONDUCT OR ASSEMBLY IN PROTEST TO THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IN NORTH DAKOTA, MR. SPEAKER, I COULD NEVER SAY IT BETTER THAN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT, HAVE BEEN WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR LIBERTIES. THEY'VE SAID IT PERFECTLY IN THIS POSITION IN SUPPORT OF A LEGALLY PERMITTED PIPELINE AND IN SUPPORT OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE EXERCISED TREMENDOUS RESTRAINT AGAINST VIOLENCE THROWN AT THEM AND I FOR ONE AM TIRED, AS ARE THE VAST MAJORITY OF NORTH DAKOTANS, TIRED OF PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR STATE WITH A POLITICAL AGENDA WHO HAVE CO-OPTED THE REASONABLE, REASONABLE PEACEFUL PROTEST THAT ONCE BEGAN WHAT HAS BECOME A FULL FLEDGED RIOT. MR. SPEAKER, FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS, THOUSANDS OF RIOTERS DISGUISING THEMSELVES AS PRAYERFUL PEACEFUL PROTESTERS HAVE ILLEGALLY CAMPED ON FEDERAL LAND OWNED OR AT LEAST MANAGED BY THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER, OWN BY THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE ILLEGALLY CAMPED ON THE SHORSE OF THE MISSOURI RIVER. BY THE WAY, MR. SPEAKER IF YOU AND I DECIDED TO GO FOR A WALK ON THAT SAME LAND AND PICKED UP A ROCK AND THREW IT IN THE RIVER WE'D BE FINED BY THIS GOVERNMENT. BUT OH, NO. NOT ANTI-FOSSIL FUEL RIOTERS, THEY'RE ENABLED, NO, ENCOURAGED BY OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AT LEAST THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. CELEBRITIES. BAD ACTORS. CELEBRITIES. POLITICAL ACTIVISTS. AND ANTI-OIL EXTREMISTS ARE BLOCKING THIS PIPELINE'S PROGRESS AND THEY'RE DOING SO BASED NOT ON GOOD INFORMATION, NOT ON THE LAW, BUT RATHER ON A LEFT WING POLITICAL AGENDA. OH, BY THE WAY, THESE CELEBTIES AND THESE RIOTERS FLY IN ON JETS. ON JET AIRPLANES THAT ARE FUELED BY JET FUEL THAT IS REFINED FROM OIL IN MANY CASES, THIS OIL BUT LET'S IGNORE THE HYPOCRISY FOR A MOMENT. NORTH DAKOTANS LIKE THESE VETERANS I JUST READ ABOUT HAVE RESPECTED THE RIGHTS OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS BUT THIS HAS GONE WAY BEYOND THAT IT'S BECOME RIOTING, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. IN FACT, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT TWO FEDERAL COURTS RIGHT HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE UPHELD THE LEGALITY OF THIS PIPELINE. FIRST, A D.C. CIRCUIT DISTRICT JUDGE APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, I MIGHT ADD, DENIED A REQUEST FOR AN INJUNCTION TO STOP THIS PIPELINE. BASED ON THE FACT THAT NOT ONLY HAS THE COMPANY AND THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND THE NORTH DAKOTA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION MET EVERY LETTER OF THE LAW BUT EXCEEDED IT, INCLUDING ACCORDING TO THIS JUDGE'S OWN OPINION, EXCEEDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE SOVEREIGN TRIBES. THE PROJECT DEVELOPER AND THE ARMY CORE TRIED DESPERATELY TO ENGAGE THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE DOZENS OF TIME, ONLY TO BE REJECTED. FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, ALL THAT REMAINS FOR THE PIPELINE TO BE FINISHED IS AN EASEMENT TO BEGIN THE PROCESS AND TO FINISH THE PROCESS OF CONNECTING THIS PIPELINE UNDER THE MISSOURI RIVER IN NORTH DAKOTA. AN EASEMENT THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED AND FINISHED FOR MONTHS. OF COURSE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESCINDED A PERMIT THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN ISSUED, A 408 PERMIT, TO ALLOW THE PIPELINE TO BE BUILT UNDER THIS RIVER. THE SAME ADMINISTRATION, BY THE WAY WHO HAS GONE TO COURT TO DEFEND IT. IT'S IRONIC TO SAY THE LEAST. IT'S CHAOS. TO SAY THE BEST. AT THE CENTER OF THIS ISSUE IS AN ADMINISTRATION THAT REFUSES, NOT JUST REFUSING TO FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW BUT ENABLES AND ENCOURAGES THE BREAKING OF THE LAW BEGINNING WITH THE FACT THAT THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL PROTESTERS ARE ALLOWED TO CAMP, TO TRESPASS, ON FEDERALLY OWNED LAND. IF YOU ALLOW SOMEBODY TO ILLEGALLY ASSEMBLE, WHY WOULD THEY NOT THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BURN PROPERTY? WHY WOULD THEY NOT THINK THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TRESPASS ON PRIVATE LAND? WHY WOULD THEY THINK THEY SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO, OH, SAY, THROW MOLOTOV COCKTAILS AT POLICE OFFICERS, WHY WOULD THEY NOT THINK THEY COULD FOLLOW A POLICE OFFICER HOME AND HARASS HIS FAMILY UNTIL THEY HAD TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR HOME OR FOLLOW A NATIONAL FORWARD MEMBER TO THEIR APARTMENT AND THEN HARASS THEM AT THEIR APARTMENT AND FORCE THEIR FAMILY TO LEAVE, TO SPIT ON THEM. WHY WOULDN'T THEY THINK THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DO THAT IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAYS GO AHEAD AND TRESPASS. NEVER MIND THAT THIS IS A LEGALLY PERMITTED PIPELINE. LET'S JUST IGNORE THAT. LET'S WITHDRAW THE PERMIT WE'VE ALREADY ISSUED, THAT WE'RE DEFENDING IN COURT. WHY WOULDN'T THEY THINK THAT? WHAT HAS HAPPENED, MR. SPEAKER, TO VIRTUE IN THIS COUNTRY? WHEN I SEE THESE PROTESTERS, RIOTERS, CRIMINALS, THUG, YES, THUGS, IT'S NOT A RACIAL COMMENT, IT'S JUST WHAT YOU CALL PEOPLE WHO ARE THUGS, I LOOK AT THEM AND I THINK, WHO IS THEIR MOTHER? WHERE WERE THEY RAISED? HOW WERE THEY RAISED? WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN WE STAND HERE IN THIS CHAMBER , IN THIS ASSEMBLY, IN THIS TOWN AND WE HEAR SOME PEOPLE, POLITICSES -- POLITICIAN, SUPPOSED LEADERS, TALK ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT AS THOUGH THEY'RE THE PROBLEM. WHAT'S HAPPENED THAT PEOPLE HAVE BECOME CONFUSE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BREAKING THE LAW AND ENFORCING THE LAW? IT'S HARD FOR NORTH DAKOTANS TO SEE THAT BECAUSE WE'RE NOT CONFUSED ABOUT THAT. WE WERE RAISED BY PARENTS WHO TOLD US WHAT WAS RIGHT AND WHAT WAS WRONG, WHO TAUGHT US TO RESPECT, TO RESPECT THE LEGAL SYSTEM. TO RESPECT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE HAVE REALLY RESPECTABLE POLICE OFFICERS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND WE DO THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN THEM COME FROM MULTIPLE STATES, MULTIPLE STATES, THE NATIONAL SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION HAS SENT MANY OFFICERS, OTHER STATES AND CITY POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND COUNTIES HAVE SENT LAW ENFORCE. OFFICERS TO GIVE US SOME ASSISTANCE TO OUR OVERWORKED, OVERTAXED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RIGHT IN NORTH DAKOTA. WE'RE TIRED OF IT. STAY HOME, JANE FONDA. DON'T COME BACK AND DELIVER FOOD, PRETEND THAT SOMEHOW YOU CARE AND TAKE OFF AGAIN IN YOUR PRIVATE JET, UNLESS YOU WANT TO TRY TO FLY THAT JET ON SOLAR PANELS, THEN COME ON, WE'LL TAKE YOU. YOU CAN'T ENCOURAGE ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR AND THEN WONDER WHY THERE'S VIOLENCE, MR. SPEAKER. THAT'S WHAT OUR PRESIDENT HAS DONE. LET'S GIVE A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THIS. I KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SITING PIPELINES, I WAS A REGULATOR FOR 10 YEAR I SITED SEVERAL OF THEM. THIS 1,172 MILE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WILL DELIVER AS MANY AS 570,000 BARRELS OF CRUDE OIL EVERY DAY TO THE MARKETS. THIS IS 570,000 BARRELS OF OIL BEING PRODUCED EVERY DAY, IT'S BEING TRANSPORTED NEW. IT WILL ALWAYS FIND ITS WAY TO MARKET BUT IT'S BEING TRANSPORTED BY TRAIN AND TRUCKS. THOSE AREN'T AS SAFE OR AS EFFICIENT OR EVEN AS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAYS TO MOVE OIL AS A SAFE PIPELINE IS. ESPECIALLY ONE THAT'S GOING TO BE BURIED 100 FEET BELOW THE BOTTOM OF THE RIVER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WATER IS SAFE. FROM THE OUTSET OF THIS PROCESS, THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX LEAD VERSE REFUSED TO SIT DOWN AND MEET WITH EITHER THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS OR THE PIPELINE DEVELOPER. HOWEVER, 55 OTHER TRIBES HAVE. THE CORPS CONSULTED WITH 55 NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES AT LEAST 389 TIMES, AFTER WHICH THEY PROPOSED 140 VARIATIONS OF THE CURRENT ROUTE TO AVOID CULTURALLY SENSITIVE AREAS IN NORTH DAKOTA ALONE. THAT'S RIGHT, MR. SPEAKER. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO READ ABOUT THAT IN THE "NEW YORK TIMES" OR THE WASHINGTON PEST. YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO HEAR ABOUT IT ON NBC OR ABC OR CBS. YOU MAY NOT EVEN HEAR ABOUT IT IN NORTH DAKOTA BECAUSE FRANKLY, EVEN OUR MEDIA ARE AFRAID OF THE RAMIFICATIONS OF VIOLENT RIOTERS WHO ARE WILLING TO COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS IF YOU CROSS THEM. YEAH, EVEN MY HOME ADDRESS HAS BEEN POSTED ON THEIR WEBSITE, ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGES, SO THEY KNOW WHERE MY FAMILY AND I LIVE. THESE ARE THE PRAYERFUL, PEACEFUL PROTESTERS YOU HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT ON THE NBC NEWS. THIS PROJECT ROUTE WAS EXAMINED, REVIEWED, STUDIED AND ULTIMATELY SUPPORTED BY THE NORTH DAKOTA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, THE STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICER, ASORTED TRIBAL CONSULTANTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL INDEPENDENT ARCHAEOLOGISTS. THIS IS A THOROUGHLY VETTED PIPELINE WHICH IS WHY IT HAS OVER 200 FEDERAL PERMITS. ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN DELIVERED AND HAVE BEEN BUILT EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE WHICH WAS RESCINDED TO MAKE A POLITICAL STATEMENT. THEY SAY THAT THEY OBJECT TO THE PIPELINE BEING CLOSE TO THE WATER INTAKE OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, HOWEVER THIS SHOULDN'T BE ANY CONCERN. THIS IS GOING TO GO BETWEEN 90 AND 115 FEET BELOW THE FLOOR OF THE RIVER. IT'S DOUBLE LINED PIPE. IT'S GOT CONTROL VALVES AT BOTH ENDS AND SENSORS AT BOTH ENDS. IT'S THE SAFEST PIPELINE IN THE WORLD. BY THE WAY, THE INTAKE FOR STANDING ROCK'S DRINKING WATER, THE NEW ONE, WHICH WILL BE IN SERVICE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR, IS 70 MILES AWAY. THERE'S A RAILROAD TRACK THAT CARRIES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BARRELS EVERY DAY OVER THE TOP OF THE MISSOURI AS CLOSE AS THAT. BY THE WAY, THE OTHER THING YOU OFTEN HEAR IS THAT THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL ROUTE, THAT THERE'S OTHER PREFERRED ROUTES BUT BECAUSE THEY CROSSED AT PLACES THAT AFFECTED DIFFERENT KIND OF PEOPLE THAN THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, THAT THIS WAS DISCRIMINATORY. LET ME SET THAT RECORD STRAIGHT AS WELL. I KNOW, AS I SAID A FAIR BIT ABOUT PIPELINES. I'VE READ THE PERMIT, I'VE READ THE APPLICATION, I'VE READ THE JUDGE'S OPINION. IT WAS ALWAYS PLAN NRD LOCATION FOR A VERY GOOD REASON, MR. SPEAKER. BY THE WAY, THERE ARE AT LEAST 10 TO 12 OTHER PETROLEUM PIPELINES NORTH OF THIS SAME LOCATION. THIS IS JUST GOING TO BE THE LATEST AND GREATEST OF THEM. BUT THE MAIN REASON THIS ROUTE WAS CHOSEN IS BECAUSE IT WAS THE LEAST INTRUSIVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT, ON WATER WAYS, ON PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND ON CULTURAL RESOURCES. THE OTHER LOCATIONS THAT WERE UNDER CONSIDERATION THAT WERE NOT CHOSEN CROSSED MANY MORE BODIES OF WATER, MUCH CLOSER TO MANY WELLS AND CULTURAL RESOURCES AND VERY IMPORTANT HISTORICAL RESOURCES. THERE WAS 48 EXTRA MILES OF PRIESTLY UNDISTURBED FIELD AREAS. THIS WAS THE -- THIS IS AND WAS THE BEST ROUTE. BECAUSE IT'S AN EXISTING CORRIDOR. IN THIS SAME CORRIDOR THERE'S LFER A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE. THERE'S ALREADY A LARGE ELECTRIC TRANSITION LINE -- TRANSMISSION LINE. THAT'S WHY IT WAS CHOSEN. . LET ME TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE IMPACT THIS IS HAVING ON MY STATE. RECENT VANDALISM OF THE GRAVES IN BISMARCK, THAT'S RIGHT, THEY VANDALIZED GRAVES IN A BISMARCK CEMETERY, OF COURSE THE UNCONSCIONABLE GRAFFITI MARKINGS ON THE NORTH DAKOTA WORLD WAR II PILLARS, EXAMPLES OF HOW THESE PEACEFUL PROTESTERS' ACTIONS DON'T MATCH THEIR CLAIMS. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING PROPERTY AND RESIDENCE HAS FALLEN ON THE SHOULDERS OF STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA. WHEN WE ASKED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT HELP, FOR REIMBURSEMENT AT LEAST FOR OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTIES, FOR A SITUATION THAT THEY CREATED BY THEIR REFUSAL TO OBEY THE LAW THEMSELVES, THEY SENT SOME P.R. PEOPLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THEY SENT PEOPLE TO WATCH OUR COPS, TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T DO SOMETHING WRONG. SEE, AGAIN, THEY'RE CONFUSED ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BREAKING THE LAW AND ENFORCING THE LAW. WE'RE NOT CONFUSED ABOUT THAT IN NORTH DAKOTA. SO ATTEMPTS TO GET REIMBURSEMENT OR GET U.S. FEDERAL HELP HAS FALLEN ON DEAF EARS, SO FAR NORTH DAKOTA HAS HAD TO BORROW $17 MILLION TO COVER LAW ENFORCEMENT COSTS. I WILL TELL YOU THIS, WE'VE HEARD IN THE CHAMBER TONIGHT A BUNCH OF -- A LOT OF BAD MOUTHING OF THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION. I CAN'T WAIT. I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS, EXPLAIN THE SITUATION TO HIM AND ASK HIM FOR ASSISTANCE. I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S FAVORABLE COMMENTS ABOUT THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE EARLIER TODAY. THESE PROTESTERS, THESE DEMONSTRATORS, THESE RIOTERS, HAVE BROUGHT PROTESTS INTO THE COMMUNITIES OF BISMARCK AND THEY HAVE BLOCKED ROADS AND TRAFFIC, FORCING LOCKDOWNS AT THE STATE CAPITOL AND FEDERAL BUILDINGS, THEY'VE FORCED PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES. THEY'VE FORCED DAYCARE CENTERS TO CLOSE. IT WAS FORCED INTO -- THIS DAYCARE CENTER FORCED INTO LOCKDOWN TWICE. CAN YOU IMAGINE EXPLAINING TO CHILDREN WHO DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A PIPELINE AND THEY DON'T CARE AND THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WHY THEY'RE IN A LOCKDOWN, WHY THEY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL? BECAUSE SOME OUT OF STATE THUGS ARE CIRCLING THE BLOCK, HARASSING THE OWNERS. MANY OF OUR RESIDENTS ARE FEARFUL FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. AND VOLUNTEERS ARE HESITANT TO EVEN DELIVER MEALS ON WHEELS. WE'VE HAD PEOPLE CALL US, SAY THEY CAN'T DELIVER MEALS ON WHEELS BECAUSE PEOPLE WON'T ANSWER THEIR DOORS. BECAUSE THEY'VE SEEN THESE RIOTERS WALKING AROUND THEIR PROPERTY. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN STOCKED AND RIOTERS HAVE REPEATEDLY TRIED TO INTIMIDATE THEM. ON THANKSGIVING DAY, 300 PROTESTERS BLOCKED TRAFFIC IN NORTH DAKOTA, CARRYING A LARGE DEAD PIG ON A STICK WHILE AT LEAST AS MANY PROTESTERS, AGAIN, TRESPASSED AND BUILT A BRIDGE TO REACH A HILL TOP. ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS SHOWN TREMENDOUS CONSTRAINT, GIVING VERBAL WARNINGS, THAT THEY STOP MAKING THE BRIDGE, THERE WOULD BE NO ARRESTS. IT WAS IGNORED. THE BRIDGE WAS BUILT. RIOTERS CROSSED. DISMANTLED THE BRIDGE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HELD THE LINE FOR HOURS AGAINST TREMENDOUS NUMBERS. WELL OUTNUMBERED. WITHOUT A SINGLE ARREST. THE PROTESTERS ARE THE CLEAR AGITATORS AND THE CRIMINALS HERE, NOT THE POLICE OFFICERS. THERE WOULD BE NO LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE IF THESE PROTESTS WERE TRULY PEACEFUL. FOR EXAMPLE, MOST MEDIA HAVE DEMONIZED THEIR LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR USE OF WATER, OF WATER AS A LESS THAN LETHAL TOOL. DURING A PROTEST. DURING COLD TEMPERATURES. THEY USED IT TO HOLD BACK PROTESTERS, ONLY AFTER THEY USED THE WATER TO PUT OUT PRAIRIE FIRES THAT WERE STARTED BY THE PROTESTERS. AND WHEN THE PROTESTERS GOT WET, NOT FROM A WATER CANNON, BY THE WAY, THAT'S A MADE-UP TERM BY THE NATIONAL MEDIA TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE SOME SORT OF VIOLENT ACT BY OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT, IT WAS A WATER HO SEMBINGS BROUGHT THERE TO PUT OUT -- HOSE BROUGHT THERE TO PUT OUT FIRES. WHEN THEY USED THAT TO PUSH BACK HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS WHEN THERE WERE ONLY DOZENS OF POLICE OFFICERS, NOW THEY'RE BLAMED FOR BEING THE AGITATORS. AS YOU CAN TELL, I'M FRUSTRATED, MR. SPEAKER. I'M FRUSTRATED NOT JUST BY THE ACTIONS OF THESE THUGS, BECAUSE WE'VE COME TO EXPECT THAT FROM CERTAIN PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, UNFORTUNATELY. I'M FRUSTRATED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION'S REFUSAL TO OBEY THE LAW, TO ENFORCE THE LAW, TO SUPPORT THE LAW, BUT INSTEAD ENABLE AND ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE THE BREAKING OF THE LAW. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE ELECT A PRESIDENT FOR. I'M SO GRATEFUL WE HAVE A LAW AND ORDER PRESIDENT COMING INTO OFFICE SHORTLY. THEY'VE BEEN FORCED TO ARREST MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE. MOST OF THEM FROM OUT OF STATE. THEY GET BAILED OUT RATHER QUICKLY, SOMEHOW THEY HAVE A SOURCE OF LOTS OF MONEY. READILY AVAILABLE. TO BAIL PEOPLE OUT. AND COVER THEIR EXPENSES. THEY'VE CHAINED THEMSELVES TO EQUIPMENT, TO PREVENT WORK FROM BEING DONE. HERE'S WHAT'S -- HERE'S AN INTERESTING FACT. WHEN IT WAS MUCH WARMER IN NORTH DAKOTA THAN IT IS TODAY, THEY WOULD CHAIN THEMSELVES TO THE EQUIPMENT AND THEN AFTER HOURS OF BEING THERE, THEY WOULD GET THIRSTY. AND POLICE OFFICERS, RATHER THAN, RATHER THAN JUST LETTING THEM STAY THERE, ACTUALLY HELPED PROVIDE THEM WATER AND HELD THE WATER SO THAT THE PROTESTERS, THE ILLEGAL RIOTERS, COULD GET A DRINK OF WATER. THAT'S THE QUALITY OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. THEY BURNED TIRES AND FIELDS, AS I SAID EARLIER, THEY DAMAGED CARS AND BRIDGES, THEY'VE HARASSED RESIDENTS, TORE DOWN FENCES, THEY'VE KILLED AND SLAUGHTERED NEIGHBORS' CATTLE AND BISON AND HORSES. AND AT LEAST ONE REPORT WHERE GUNSHOTS WERE FIRED AT THE POLICE. BY THE WAY, THIS PROTEST IS NOT ABOUT CLIMATE. WE HEAR ABOUT THAT, WHICH BY THE WAY SHOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CLIMATE. THE OIL IS BEING PRODUCED. NOW SHOOT IS, HOW DO YOU TRANSPORT IT? DO YOU TRANSPORT IT IN THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY AND ECONOMICAL AND EFFICIENT WAY IN A PIPELINE? OR DO YOU TRANSPORT IT IN SOME LESS SAFE, LESS EFFICIENT, LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAY? THE SIMPLE FACT IS -- FACT IS OUR NATION WILL NOT CONTINUE TO PRODUCE AND CONSUME OIL OR WILL CONTINUE TO AND PIPELINES ARE THE BEST WAY TO MOVE THAT OIL. LEGALLY PERMITTING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS HAVE TO BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED WITHOUT THE THREAT OF IMPROPER GOVERNMENT MEDDLING AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AND BY THE WAY, WHAT OF SHOVEL-READY JOBS, MR. SPEAKER? WHAT OF THAT? WHAT OF BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY, WITH PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY? WHAT A GREAT THING. BUT FOR THE SHALE AND OTHER OIL PLAYS IN THIS COUNTRY IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, WE STILL WOULD BE IN A RECESSION. MOST OF THE JOBS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR. THE NOT ABOUT WATER PROTECTION, AS I -- IT'S NOT ABOUT WATER PROTECTION, AS I SAID. THERE'S A BRAND NEW INTAKE SYSTEM BEING BUILT THAT WILL BE OPERATIONAL, 73 MILES FROM THIS PIPELINE. THAT'S NOT THE ISSUE. THAT'S JUST AN EXCUSE. BY THE WAY, THAT NEW INTAKE IS ABOUT 1.6 MILES DOWNSTREAM OF A RAILROAD TRACK, A RAILROAD BRIDGE THAT WILL CARRY CRUDE OIL AS WELL. THE PIPELINE'S NOT GOING TO COME IN CONTACT WITH WATER. IT EMPLOYS THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY. A DOZEN OR MORE OTHER OIL AND GAS AND REFINED PRODUCT PIPELINES ALREADY CROSS THE MISSOURI RIVER UPSTREAM FROM THE TRIBES -- TRIBE'S DRINKING WATER INTAKE. AND THIS PIPELINE IS CROSSING AT A POINT WHERE THERE'S EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. IT IS AN INFRASTRUCTURE CORRIDOR. MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE OF LAW MATTERS. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, AS I SAID, NOT JUST IN MORTON COUNTY, NOT JUST AROUND BISMARCK, NOT JUST FROM NORTH DAKOTA, BUT FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY WHO HAVE COME TO THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR STATE. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IF WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO REBUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY AND EVERY TIME WE BUILD A RAILROAD TRACK OR A HIGHWAY OR A BRIDGE OR A PIPELINE OR A TRANSMISSION LINE OR A WIND FARM OR A FACTORY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS, WHAT KIND OF INVESTMENT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY? AS I SAID, WE ARE NOT CONFUSED IN NORTH DAKOTA ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BREAKING THE LAW AND ENFORCING THE LAW. THE VAST MAJORITY OF NORTH DAKOTANS, AND WHEN I SAY VAST, I MEAN WELL INTO THE 90%, SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT THEY DO. WE ARE SORRY THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THIS. I WILL FIGHT WITH EVERYTHING I HAVE AND USE EVERY OUNCE OF INFLUENCE I HAVE OVER THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET A DAY OFF. TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STATE GETS REIMBURSED. THAT YOUR FAMILIES ARE COMPENSATED FOR WHAT YOU'VE GONE THROUGH. THANK YOU, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FOR TAKING AND MAKING THE TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE YOU MAKE. TO PROTECT LEGAL COMMERCE, PEACEFUL CITIZENS, AND, YES, IRONICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS OURSELVES IN A PEACEFUL MANNER. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I FINISH MY COMMENTS 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. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE RECOGNIZED TO ADDRESS YOU HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA AND STRESS THAT THEY HAVE UP THERE -- AND THE STRESS THEY HAVE UP THERE, IN PARTICULAR WITH REGARD TO THE PIPELINE BEING BUILT THROUGH THERE. I WOULD JUST WANT TO REINFORCE THE STATEMENTS MADE BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA AND POINT OUT THAT THE PERMITS ARE THERE, THE PROCESS IS THERE, WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MILES OF PIPELINES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WE HAVE VERY, VERY FEW PROBLEMS WITH LEAKS OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD CAUSE ONE TO THINK THAT THERE'S A SAFER WAY TO TRANSPORT OIL. THERE IS NOT. THE SAFEST WAY IS WITH THE PIPELINE. I'M ONE WHO HAS SPENT MY LIFE, I ACTUALLY STARTED OUT IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS BUILDING PIPELINES. WE'VE BEEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS FOR 42 YEARS. AND WE DIG IN THE GROUND AND WE'RE DOING UNDERGROUND UTILITY WORK EVERY DAY, EXCEPT FOR SUNDAYS. AND WE GO DEEP SOMETIMES, WE GO INTO HYDRAULIC SOIL FROM TIME TO TIME, WATER TABLES ARE ABOVE WHERE WE'RE WORKING, WE DO WELL POINTS, WE'RE WORKING WITH THE FLOW OF WATER IN THE SOIL AND UNDERGROUND, AND WE HAVE GOT AS GOOD A LOOK AT THIS AS ANYBODY I KNOW. AND I WOULD POINT OUT TO THOSE THAT ARE DETRACTORS THAT SAY, WELL, WE COULD PLUTH THE UNDERGROUND AC WHICH -- POLLUTE THE UNDERGROUND AQUIFER IF THE PIPELINE SHOULD LEAK. I WOULD POINT OUT SOMETHING THAT THEY OUGHT TO KNOW IF THEY EVER SAW A MOVIE OF A SHIP WRECK, OIL FLOATS ON WATER. THEREFORE IT CANNOT PENETRATE DOWN INTO THE AQUIFER, YOU'RE NOT PUMPING OFF OF THE TOP-SKIMMED SURFACE OF THE AQUIFER, YOU'RE PUMPING DOWN BELOW. AND IF YOU SHOULD GET A LEAK, WHICH IS EXTRAORDINARILY RARE, THE OIL POOLS AND FLOATS ON TOP AND IT CAN BE PUMPED OFF AND CLEANED UP. THERE'S NO SAFER WAY TO TRANSPORT PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND THERE'S NO MORE EFFICIENT WAY TO DO SO. IT IS BY FAR THE BEST WAY, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MILES OF PIPELINES ALL OVERY THINK. MOVING ALL KINDS OF -- ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. MOVE ALL KINDS OF PRODUCT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'VE BUILT PIPELINES, I'VE BEEN DOWN IN THE TRENCH, I'VE BEEN TOSSED INTO THE AIR AND SLAMMED TO THE GROUND AND CLIMBED ON THE MACHINE AND THE WIND, THE DUST, THE NOISE, THE HEAT, THE COLD HAS ALL BEEN AROUND ME AND WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS WHY ANYBODY WOULD TAKE PEOPLE SERIOUSLY TO THINK THAT OIL DOESN'T FLOAT ON WATER OR THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO TRANSPORT OIL OR THAT SOMEHOW IF THEY JUST GET ORGANIZED AND PEOPLE FUND THEM WE'RE GOING TO PAY ATTENTION TO THEM AS IF THEY WERE LOGICAL. THEY ARE NOT. SO THAT IS -- CONCLUDES MY STATEMENT ON THE OIL PIPELINE AND I'M HOPEFUL, THOUGH, THAT IN THE UPCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THAT THE FUTURE SECRETARY OF STATE SIGNS THAT PERMIT THAT OPENS UP THAT -- THEY NEED ONE SECTION OF PIPE TO GO ACROSS THE 49TH PARALLEL, MR. SPEAKER. IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. AND WE CAN BUILD THAT PIPELINE DOWN TO THE CANADIAN BORDER FROM THE NORTH, AND WE CAN BILL BL THAT PIPELINE UP TO THE -- AND WE CAN BUILD THAT PIPELINE UP TO THE CANADIAN BOARDER FROM THE SOUTH. WHAT'S ALWAYS BEEN SHORT OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS A HILLARY CLINTON OR JOHN KERRY SIGNATURE ON THE DOCUMENT THAT SAYS, WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH CANADA TO CONNECT THESE PIPELINES TOGETHER AT OUR BORDER. THAT'S ONE SECTION OF PIPE THAT WOULD NEED TO GO IN THERE. I BELIEVE THAT HAPPENS UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AND WE SHOULDN'T SET ASIDE THESE RIDICULOUS -- SHOULD SET ASIDE THESE RIDICULOUS ARGUMENTS. AMERICA LOOKS RIDICULOUS TO THE WORLD IF WE'RE GOING TO ARGUE AGAINST THAT LOGIC THAT IF PETROLEUM NEEDS TO MOVE AND WE'RE GOING TO USE IT TO MOVE PRODUCT AROUND AMERICA AND HEAT OUR HOMES, THEN GENERATE ELECTRICITY AND ALL THE THINGS THAT WE DO, THEN WE NEED TO DO IT AS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE OR WE'LL BECOME NONCOMPETITIVE WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I EMPHASIZE THE POINTS MADE BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA AND I URGE THAT THEY -- THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS ACCELERATE THE OPERATION UP THERE AND THEY CAN COMMENCE TO FINISH THEIR WORK THAT GOES ACROSS WHAT IS THE RESERVOIR AND SLASH RIVER, THE MISSOURI RIVER, GET THAT CONNECTED AND GET IT DONE, THIS DEMONSTRATION ISN'T GOING TO BE OVER UNTIL YOU GET DONE. SO, BORE ON THROUGH WOULD BE MY ADVICE. . THEN, I MADE MYSELF A PROMISE YESTERDAY WHEN I STOPPED INTO ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN'S OFFICE, TO CONGRATULATE HER, I WENT TO DO THAT WITH MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE RELATED TO, FROM, WHO HAD TO LEAVE CUBA AND THOSE THAT ARE THERE TODAY AND WEREN'T ABLE TO LEAVE CUBA, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THE BIOLOGICAL SOLUTION WHICH WOULD BE CASTRO BEING TRANSFERRED INTO THE NEXT LIFE. THE VERY DEFINITION OF BUY Y LOGICAL SOLUTION IN THE VERNACULAR AROUND THIS TIME WAS THAT THE EVENTUAL DEATH OF FIDEL CASTRO. IT FINALLY HAPPENED, MR. SPEAKER. SO HAD A CELEBRATORY CUP OF CUBAN COFFEE IN THE OFFICE OF ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN AND NOW I WOULD MAKE THIS CALL THAT IT'S TIME FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE AND IT'S TIME FOR THE INCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO PUT TOGETHER WHAT AMOUNTS TO THE NEED FOR A REGIME CHANGE ON THE ISLAND OF CUBA FOR THE 11 MILLION PEOPLE THAT ARE FREE SPIRITED, HARD WORKING, HAPPY PEOPLE GIVEN THAT ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THEY HAVE TO FIGHT AGAINST IN THE POOR EDUCATION COUNTRY IN ALL THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE AS FAR AS THEIR SPIRIT IS CONCERNED. I WOULD PASS THE MESSAGE ALONG THERE IS A -- THERE'S A WOND EVERYFUL, WONDERFUL NUN IN MY DISTRICT NAMED SISTER MARIE HUSSED, WHO SERVED UNDER MOTHER THERESA FOR SEVERAL YEARS, SERVED IN CUBA FOR A LONG TIME, SHE'S BEEN TO ALL, MAYBE NOT ALL, BUT MOST OF THE WORST PLAYS -- PLACES IN THE WORLD TO SERVE PEOPLE AND SERVE THE LORD. SHE USED TO SNEAK INTO CUBA WITH SEEDS SEWN INTO THE SEAMS OF HER CLOTHING SO SHE COULD GROW A GARDEN SO THAT GARDEN COULD HELP THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING OFF THEIR MONTHLY RATION OF RICE, BEANS AND SUGAR. SHE TOLD ME OF ALL THE PLACES SHE'S BEEN, CUBA IS THE POOREST PLACE. $20 A MONTH FOR INCOME. BUT THE POOREST PLACE BECAUSE OF THEIR SPIRIT. THE SPIRIT OF -- THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH HAS BEEN SO SU PRESSED BY CASTRO, CLOSED SO MANY OF THE CHURCH THE CATHEDRALS. I WALK INTD A CATHEDRAL IN CUBA, YOU COULD SEE WHERE THE PEWS WERE THAT THERE WAS DUST THERE. THERE WEREN'T TRACKS BY THE PEW. BUT THE LINES DOWN THROUGH THE CENTER AISLE WAS ALL POLISHED FROM PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH THE CENTER AISLE. WHEN YOU ROOK AT THAT YOU REALIZE THE REASON THAT THERE'S DUST IN THE PEWS AND THE -- THERE'S NOT A PATH OF PEOPLE MOVING BACK AND FORTH IN THE PEWS OF THE CATHEDRAL IN CUBA IS BECAUSE THAT CHURCH IS NOT FUNCTIONING ANY LONGER AS A CHURCH. IT'S FUNCTIONING AS A MUSEUM. CASTRO SHUT DOWN MANY, MANY OF THE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS THROUGHOUT CUBA AND DID HIS BEST TO SUPPRESS CHRISTIAN FAITH ON THAT ISLAND. OCCASIONALLY, A LITTLE CHAPEL POPS UP HERE AND THERE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IF YOU'RE LOOKING CLOSELY, YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT OF IT BUT HE HAS BEEN AN AGGRESSIVE OPPONENT TO OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE FAITH IN CUBA. AND SO I AM NOT SORRY TO SEE THE END OF THE LIFE OF FIDEL CASTRO. AND I HAVE -- I MADE A PACT WITH SOME OF MY CUBAN FRIENDS THAT ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO CUBA AND WE WILL SWIM ASHORE AT THE BAY OF PIGS. AND THAT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE SYMBOLIC ACT THAT WOULD -- WHEN THE DAY COMES, THAT IT'S POSSIBLE FOR, SAY, CUBAN EXILES TO COME TOWARD THE SHORE. I WOULD SAY I WANT TO DIVE OUT OF THAT BOAT AND SWIM ASHORE AND WADE OUT ONTO A FREE CUBA. THAT'S OUR PACT, THAT'S OUR MISSION, I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO STAY IN SHAPE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT MISSION. HERE'S SOME THINGS I SAW IN MY DRIP TO CUBA, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE BODY HERE PAY ATTENTION TO SOME OF THIS. I HEAR A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT HOW GOOD THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS HOW GOOD THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS. WE WENT TO VISIT SOME OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, MR. SPEAKER. ONE OF THEM WAS A COUNTRY SCHOOL. AND THEY HAD, OH, I DON'T KNOW, 15 OR 18 KIDS SITTING AT KESKS IN THIS -- DESKS IN THIS LITTLE SHACK OUT IN THE COUNTRY, A TEACHER UP FRONT, LOOKING LIKE A COUNTRY SCHOOL FROM 150 YEARS AGO IN MY HOME STATE OF IOWA. WHEN WE WALKED IN, OF COURSE, EVERYTHING STOPPED AND KIDS ALL PAID ATTENTION THEY DIDN'T GET TO SEE AMERICANS VERY OFTEN, I SUPPOSE WE LOOK A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENCE ON BALANCE THAN THEY DO AND THEIR PARENTS DO, BUT WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD HANDFUL OF PENCILS THERE. THAT HANDFUL OF PENCILS WAS SWEPT UP IMMEDIATELY. THEY COULDN'T WAIT TO GET THEIR HANDS ON PENCILS SO THEY COULD WRITE. THAT'S ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF THE SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES THAT ARE THERE AND THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM ALSO, WE TOOK A RIDE UP, UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS ABOUT 70 KILOMETERS FROM SANTA CLARA IN CUBA. THERE'S AN EXTENSION COLLEGE UP THERE THAT TEACHES AGRICULTURE. THERE WAS A RIDE UP THERE THAT TOOK AT LEAST 90 MINUTE IT IS GET UP THE MOUNTAIN. WE WERE SITTING BACK IN THE OF A RUSSIAN D D OUSENHAF. WHEN WE GOT THERE, THIS LITTLE CAMPUS BUILDING IN THE MOUNTAIN WELL, HAD A -- THE EQUIVALENT, WE HAD ABOUT 40 PEOPLE ON THE TOUR ALTOGETHER. WE'RE STANDING THERE, THEY BROUGHT OUT THE CUBAN MINDERS BROUGHT AT THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE UNIVERSITY AND THEY STOOD THERE IN THEIR GRAY SMOCKS, THE CUBAN MINDERS BEGAN TRANSFERING OUR QUESTIONS TO THEM. AND SO I WAS ASKING QUESTIONS OF THE FACULTY AT THE EXTENSION COLLEGE IN THE MOUNTAINS THERE AND AS I WOULD ASK THE QUESTION, THE CUBAN MINDER WOULD TRANSLATE THE QUESTION FROM ENGLISH TO SPANISH AND ASK IN SPANISH A QUESTION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY, THEY WOULD HEAR THE QUESTION, THEY WOULD ANSWER IN SPANISH, THE CUBAN MINDER WOULD INTERPRET IT BACK INTO ENGLISH AND TELL US WHAT HE SUPPOSEDLY SAID. I'M TRYING TO LEARN THE THINGS I CAME THERE TO LEARN AND THE INTERPRETER STANDING NEXT TO ME, HE WAS ON THE TOUR. HE WAS NOT DESIGNED TO BE THE INTERPRETER BUT HE WAS THE BEST INTERPRETER I'VE EVER HAD, HIS NAME WAS ED SABBATINI. HIS PARENTS OWNED PROPERTY IN CUBA THAT HAD BEEN NATIONALIZED, THEY HAD FLED THE ISLAND AND LIVED IN MIAMI. ED, THE SON OF REFUGEES THAT HAD GOTTEN OUT OF CUBA, HE SAID TO ME AS I'M LISTENING TO THE RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS THAT I THINK ARE BEING ASKED, HE SAID, YOU REALIZE, DON'T YOU, THAT THESE CASTRO MINDERS ARE NOT ASKING THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ARE ASKING, AND WHEN THEY GET THE ANSWERS BACK, THEY'RE NOT GIVING BACK TO YOU THE ANSWERS THAT WERE GIVEN TO THEM BY THE FACULTY HERE AT THIS UNIVERSITY? AND I SAID, NO. I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT. OF COURSE I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND ENOUGH SPANISH TO REALIZE THAT SO HE BEGAN TO INTERPRET THIS FOR ME. HE WAS INTERPRETING NOT ONLY WHAT WAS SAID BUT HE WAS INTERPRETING WHAT WASN'T SAID, WHAT BODY LANGUAGE WAS THERE, AND FILL ME IN ON THE THINGS HE WAS SOAKING UP IN THAT ENCOUNTER. AFTER A LITTLE WHITE -- LYTLE WILL WE REALIZED, IT DOESN'T PAY FOR US TO STAND HERE AND TALK TO THESE PEOPLE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET THE TRUTH FROM THEM. WE STEP AID WAY FROM THE GROUP, WENT DOWN AND SPOKE SOME STUDENTS ON THE CURB. I ASKED THE FACULTY, DO YOU HAVE INTERNET SERVICES ON THE MOUNTAIN. THE FACULTY HAD ANSWERED BACK, OR AT LEAST THROUGH THE MINDER, YES WE HAVE INTERNET SERVICES. I BEGAN TO TALK TO THE STUDENTS AND GOT STRAIGHTER ANSWERS. THEY DID HAVE INTERNET SERVICES, THEY HAD A COMPUTER CLASS GOING ON RIGHT THEN IN A BUILDING ADJACENT TO WHERE WE WERE. I ASKED, IF YOU WANT TO ACCESS THE INTERNET, HOW DO YOU GET TO THAT INTERNET? THE ANSWER WAS IF WE HAVE RESEARCH OR A QUESTION WE WANT TO GET RESOLVED, WE WRITE THAT QUESTION DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER. AND THEN WE HAND THAT TO OUR INSTRUCTORING OUR INSTRUCTOR DECIDES WHETHER TO APPROVE OUR REQUEST OR NOT. IF HE APPROVES IT, THEN THAT GOES INTO A PACT THAT GOES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, 70 KILOMETERS TO SANTA CLARA WHERE THE INTERNET CONNECTION IS, THAT'S RUN BY CASTRO'S PEOPLE. THEY LOOK AT THE REQUEST, THEY TYPE THAT REQUEST OUT ONTO THE INTERNET IF IT'S APPROVED THAT THE QUESTION CAN BE ALLOWED TO BE ASKED AND ANSWERED AND THEN THE QUESTION GOES OUT ON THE INTERNET THEY DOWN LOAD THE RESPONSE THAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, IF THEY APPROVE IT, THEY WILL TAKE THAT RESPONSE DOWN AND REDACT THE THINGS THEY DON'T WANT THE STUDENT TO KNOW, BUT PRINT THE DOCUMENT, PUT THAT DOCUMENT BACK ON A RUSSIAN VEHICLE AND GO 70 KILOMETERS BACK UP THE MOUNTAIN. IT TAKES DAY OR WEEKS TO GET AN ANSWER FROM THE INTERNET AND WHEN I ASKED THEM, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR INTERNET SERVICE AND THEY ANSWER IS, YES, WE HAVE INTERNET SERVICE HERE, GOOD ACCESS TO INTERNET SERVICE, THAT'S WHAT IT IS. GIVE A PIECE OF PAPER A RIDE DOWN THE MOUNTAIN 70 KILOMETERS FWING THROUGH THE MINDERS AND THROUGH THE SENSORS AND OUT TO THE INTER-- THROUGH THE CENSORS, BACK ON THE VEHICLE, BACK UP THE MOUNTAIN. HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO RESEARCH ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET IF YOU HAVE TO PROCESS THINGS THROUGH THAT MEANS? IT WAS AMAZING TO ME THAT ANYONE COULD EVEN SERIOUSLY SUGGEST SUCH A THING, THAT IT WAS INTERNET ACCESS WHEN IT HAD TO TAKE TWO RIDES IN A RUSSIAN VEHICLE AND GO THROUGH A CENSOR AND A COUPLE OF MINDERS. THAT'S WHAT WE SAW DOWN THERE AT THAT UNIVERSITY. AND SO I SAID, I WANT TO GO LOOK AT THIS COMPUTER CLASS THAT'S GOING ON. AND AS I HEADED UP THAT WAY, THE LEADER OF OUR TOUR GROUP WAS GATHERING PEOPLE TOGETHER AND I SAID, I'M GOING TO GO LOOK AT THIS COMPUTER CLASS UP HERE HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE, WHICH MEANT, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO JUMP IN THESE VEHICLES AND TAKE OUR RIDE BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. I SAID, I'M GOING TO GO UP AND SEE THE COMPUTERS. AND HE SAID, WELL WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE YOU HERE. I SAID, THEN I'LL SEE YOU IN HAVANA. SO I THOUGHT THEY WERE BLUFFING, AND THEY WERE, BUT ED AND I WENT INTO THAT CLASSROOM, DOWN IN THE BASEMENT OF A SCHOOL BUILDING THERE, AND THERE SAT ABOUT 12 COMPUTERS, ALL OLD 386'S OR MAYBE EVEN EARLIER, AND THEY HAD TWO OR THREE MALE STUDENTS ALL SITTING IN FRONT OF EACH COMPUTER AND THERE ON THE SCREEN WAS THE FIVE POINTS OF WHY CAPITALISM IS BAD AND MARXISM IS GOOD. THEY WERE TEACHING THE LESSON OF MARXIST IDEOLOGY RIGHT THERE ON THE SCREENS OF THOSE OLD COMPUTERS WHILE THESE STUDENTS SAT THERE SHARING A SCREEN TO LOOK AT. AND WHEN WE WALKED IN IT KIND OF TOOK OVER THE ROOM AND ONCE THEY FOUND OUT THAT WE WERE FROM AMERICA, THE STUDENTS HAD QUESTIONS THEY WANTED TO ASK. AND THEY BEGAN TO ASK THE QUESTIONS, THEY WERE INTERPRETED THROUGH ED SABBATINI, ME AND I ANSWERED THEM. AFTER A WHILE IT BECAME SO RAPID FIRE ED ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS AND HE TOLD ME WHAT HAPPENED AS WE WALKED OUR. THINK THEY ASKED QUESTIONS LIKE, THIS IS AGRICULTURE EXTENSION, SO THEY WERE ASKING, WHO SETS THE PRICE ON MARKETS FOR, SAY, GRAIN? THEY'RE PROBABLY THINKING RICE AND SUGAR, MAYBE BEANS. I'M THINKING CORN AND SOYBEANS. WHO SETS THE PRICE? WE SAY, THE MARKET SETS THE PRICE. WHAT IS THE MARKET? WELL IT'S IT'S SUPPLY AND DEMAND. BUYERS COME IN AND MAKE AN OFFER IF THEY CAN BUY WHAT THEY WANT AT THAT PRICE, THEN THAT'S THE PRICE. IF THEY'RE GETTING MORE THAN THEY WANT THIS THEY LOWER THE PRICE IF THEY'RE GETTING LESS THAN THEY WANT THEY RAISE THE PRICE. YOU COULD SEE THE TIME -- SEE THEM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT MEANT. THEY ASKED, WHEN DOES THE PRICE CHANGE? THINKING THERE WAS STILL SOME GOVERNMENT THAT SET OUR COMMODITIES OF GRAIN PRICE ONCE A MONTH OR TWICE A YEAR. I SAID THAT PRICE CAN CHANGE SEVERAL TIMES A MINUTE. IT'S KIND OF A LIVE, MOVING MARK BECAUSE IT REACTS TO THE BIDS THAT ARE OUT THERE. HARD TO THINK OF WHAT THAT MEANS. WHO SETS -- THEY WANTED TO KNOW WHAT OUR LAND VALUE IS. I TOLD THEM. WHO SETS THE VALUES ON LAND? WELL, THE BUYERS AND THE SELLERS SET THE VALUE ON LAND. JUST DIDN'T HAVE A CONCEPT OF THAT. THEN THEY WOULD BE, WHY WOULD ANYONE SELL LAND IF THEY OWN LAND? THERE'S A CONCEPT OF REAL ESTATE OWNERSHIP THAT DOESN'T EXIST IN ANY SIGNIFICANT WAY IN A MARXIST ECONOMY THAT CONTROLS AN OWNS EVERYTHING. SO WE WENT THROUGH THAT. IT WAS A FASCINATING TIME FOR THEM AND IT WAS FASCINATING FOR ME TO SEE HOW THEY REACTED. THE INQUISSTIVENESS OF THOSE YOUNG STUDENTS THAT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR WHAT IT'S LIKE IN AMERICA YOU HEARD FROM THEM, I WANT TO GO TO AMERICA. I WOULD SAY EVERYONE IN THAT ROOM WANTED TO GO TO AMERICA. THE SENSE OF THE NOT ONLY THE DEPRIVATION THAT'S THERE BECAUSE THEY'RE ON RATIONS OF RICE AND BEANS AND SUGAR, BUT DEPRIVED ALSO OF IDEAS. THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION. TO EXCHANGE IDEAS. THAT'S BEEN CRUSHED BY CASTRO. SO THE POTENTIAL OF THE PEOPLE IN CUBA, WHICH I THINK IS TERRIFIC HAS BEEN SO BADLY DAMAGED. BY THE OPPRESSION OF CASTRO WHO THREW THOUSANDS OF HIS POLITICAL ENEMIES INTO PRISON, TORTURED THEM, BEAT THEM, AND EXECUTED MANY, MANY OF THEM. I REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, THE -- THE VISION, THE IMAGES I SAW ON TELEVISION BACK IN 1959 AND 1960'S AND BEYOND WHEN CASTRO AND CHE GUEVARA TOOK OVER CUBA AND EXECUTED THE POLITICAL ENEMIES. THEY TOOK THEM UP AGAINST THE WALL, MANY OF THEM WEARING WHITE SLACKS AND WHITE CUBAN SHIRTS THAT HANG OUTSIDE THEIR BELT, AND THEY WERE PUT UP TO THE WALL, BLINDFOLDED, STOOD THERE WITH THEIR HANDS TIED AND THEY WERE SHOT. AND THIS -- THAT WAS BACK WHEN TELEVISION SHED -- SHOWED THE REALITY OF WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE. WE HADN'T GOT SON SENSITIVE THAT WHEN THERE WAS MURDER THAT WAS PICKED UP ON CAMERAS IT WENT ON TELEVISION WITHOUT BEING BLURRED OUT AS IF SMU WE'RE TOO -- SOMEHOW WE'RE TOO SENSITIVE TO SEE THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE WAS AN AWFUL SIGHT. I RECALL A MAN WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE EXECUTED, ONE OF CASTRO'S ENEMY, HE INSISTED THAT HE NOT BE BLINDFOLDED AND HE INSISTED THAT HE NOT BE TIED, AND HE INSISTED THAT HE GIVE THE ORDER FOR THEM TO FIRE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, HE STOOD IN FRONT OF THAT EXECUTION WALL AND IN HIS WHITE CUBAN SHIRT AND WHITE SLACKS AND SANDALS AND RAISED HIS HAND WITH NO BLINDFOLD ON HIM, LOOKED AT THE FIRING SQUAD, RAISED HIS HAND AND IN A MIAMI OF, I'LL SAY, JUST AN AMAZING DISPLAY OF COURAGE AND NERVE, DROPPED HIS HAND AND THAT FIRING SQUAD FIRED AND EXECUTED THAT PROBABLY VERY INNOCENT CUBAN THERE IN FRONT OF THAT WALL AND HE BECAME ONE OF THOUSANDS WHO WERE PUT INTO THEIR GRAVES BECAUSE THEY WERE POLITICAL OPPONENTS OF THE MARXIST, THE COMMUNIST, THE DICTATOR, THE TYRANT THAT HAS TURNED CUBA INTO A PRISON ISLAND AND IT'S BEEN A PRISON ISLAND SINCE 1959 AND FINALLY, FINALLY THE BIOLOGICAL SOLUTION HAS KICKED IN AND CASTRO, FIDEL IS NO MORE, THERE IS ONE MORE TO GO, THAT'S RAUL. . THE CUBAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW, WHEN THEY GO TO THEIR GRAVE, THE GRIP ON ISLAND OF CUBA IS LETTING GO. IT'S GOT TO LET GO. AND THE FREE SPIRIT THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE HEARTS OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE NEEDS TO BE RELEASED. AND THEY NEED TO BE FREED UP ON THAT ISLAND SO THAT THEY CAN CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINIES, THEY CAN LIVE THEIR OWN LIVES, THEY CAN BECOME PROSPEROUS BY THEIR BRAINS AND THE SWEAT OF THEIR OWN BROW. AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE ABOUT REGIME CHANGE IN CUBA. NOT ONLY HAS THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE BEING TERRORIZED BY THE POLICIES OF FIDEL CASTRO, AND HIS SUPPORT FOR THE MARXISTS THROUGHOUT A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, AND THAT INCLUDES NICARAGUA AND IT INCLUDES THE VENEZUELAN -- WITH HUGO CHAVEZ AND NOW HIS SUCCESSOR. INCLUDES A NUMBER OF OTHER COUNTRIES. AND THE TROUBLE THAT CASTRO HAS ENGAGED IN IN GRANADA AND ALSO OVER IN AFRICA, THAT HE'S FOE MEANTED THAT KIND OF TERROR -- FO -- FOMENTED THAT KIND OF TERROR, IF WE HAD BEEN ABSENT HIS INFLUENCE IN THIS HEMISPHERE, CHANCES ARE SOUTH AMERICA ITSELF WOULD BE MUCH MORE FREE THAN IT IS TODAY. THAT'S CASTRO. I RECALL VISITING THE HOTEL NATIONALE. IN THERE, WHEN YOU WALK INSIDE, THAT'S THE PLACE WHERE THE RICH AND FAMOUS FROM AMERICA USED TO PLAY DOWN IN CUBA IN HAVANA. IT LOOKS OUT ACROSS THE SEA AND THERE'S A GUN IN PLACEMENT THERE, A CANNON THAT SITS DOWN IN A BUNKER THAT WAS USED TO DEFEND THE SHORES OF CUBA BACK DURING THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR. THEY SAY THE SPANISH CUBAN AMERICAN WAR IN 1898. BUT THERE IN THAT HOTEL YOU'LL SEE PICTURES OF THE MOVIE STARS OF THE TIME. MARILYN MONROE, ROCKY MARCIANO IS THERE. WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH, YOU SEE THE PEOPLE THAT WERE, I'LL SAY, LIVED IN BLACK AND WHITE FAME IN AMERICA, THEIR PICTURES ARE ON THE WALL IN THE HOTEL NATIONALE AND ALSO THERE IN THE PARKING LOT WAS A 1959 JAGUAR STATION WAGON THAT WAS THE VEHICLE OF THE PREVIOUS DICTATOR, BATISTA'S WIFE, WHO HAD THAT GREEN 1959 JAGUAR STATION WAGON. BUT THINGS HAVE STOPPED, THEY'RE FROZEN IN TIME. THE MOST TYPICAL TAXI CAB IN HAVANA WAS A 1954 CHEVY AND IT WOULD HAVE A THREE-CYLINDER RUSSIAN DIESEL ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE ISLAND, YOU WOULD SEE RUSSIAN TRACTORS THAT WERE PARKED AND THEY'VE BEEN STRIPPED FOR PARTS. I DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THEM OUT THERE RUNNING. IT'S THE ONLY PLACE OF CIVILIZATION THAT I KNOW THAT ONCE WENT FROM ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, AGRICULTURE, WHERE THEY USED BEASTS OF BURDEN, TO TILL THE FIELDS, THEY WENT TO RUSSIAN TRACTORS, WHEN THE RUSSIANS WERE SUBSIDIZING THE CUBANS, AND THEN WHEN THE SOVIET UNION IMPLODED, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT ENDED ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 1991, WHEN THE SOVIET UNION WENT UNDER AND WAS NO MORE, OVER A PERIOD OF TIME THEIR SUBSIDY FOR THE ISLAND OF CUBA DRIED UP. THEY WERE SUBSIDIZING CUBANS THIS WAY. CUBANS THEN WERE PRODUCING SUGAR. THE GLOBAL MARKET ON SUGAR, THE OPEN MARKET ON SUGAR WAS SIX CENTS A POUND. THE RUSSIANS WERE SENDING THEM OIL FOR SUGAR. MAKING A TRADE. THE SUGAR THAT WAS GOING TO RUSSIA WAS COSTING THE RUSSIANS 51 CENTS WORTH OF OIL. SO YOU HAVE A MORE THAN EIGHT TIMES MULTIPLIER EFFECT, SUGAR FOR OIL, AND THAT PROFIT THAT WAS IN THERE IS WHAT WAS PROPPING UP THE ECONOMY OF CUBA. THE FAILED, FAILED, FAILED ECONOMY OF CUBA. THE SOVIET UNION IMPLODED, THAT SUBSIDY ENDED, AND THOSE RUSSIAN TRACTORS BROKE DOWN AND FINALLY DIED, AND SO YOU END UP WITH OBJECTIONEN THAT ARE OUT THERE -- OXEN THAT ARE OUT THERE DOING THE TILLING IN THE FIELD, THEY WOULD TIE THEM ON A PIECE OF ROPE AND THEY'D HAVE A PIVOT GRAZING SYSTEM INSTEAD OF A PIVOT IRRIGATION SYSTEM, AND PLOW BEHIND A TEAM OF OXEN OUT THERE, JUST KIND OF SFOR SPORT, OUT IN THE -- FOR SPORT, OUT IN THE FIELD WORKING. I ASKED TO TAG AROUND. I GOT TO DO THAT AND GOT A PICTURE OF THAT, MR. SPEAKER. THAT EELED HAD DIGRESSED SO MUCH THAT THE TRACTORS WERE PARKED AND THE ANIMALS HAD BEEN PUT BACK TO WORK. HUGO CHAVEZ DECIDED HE WOULD PROP UP THE CUBAN ISLAND WITH A WEALTH OF HIS OIL. OF COURSE WHEN CHAVEZ HIMSELF WENT TO HIS MAKER, THANKFULLY, AND THE PROSPERITY THAT VENEZUELA ENJOYED COLLAPSED AROUND THE FAILED IDEOLOGY OF A MARXIST-CONTROLLED ECONOMY, THAT THEN SHUT DOWN THE SUBSIDY FOR CUBA, WHO SHOULD COME ALONG TO SAVE THE DAY, BARACK OBAMA. WHO DECIDES HE'S GOING TO OPEN UP TRADE WITH CUBA, ESTABLISH AN EMBASSY THERE, AND LET AMERICAN DOLLARS COME DOWN INTO CUBA SO THAT THE ISLAND COULD BECOME PROSPEROUS AGAIN. WE NEEDED TO LET THE MARXIST REGIME FINALLY BE STARVED OUT. THAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE SANCTIONS AGAINST CUBA. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S NEVER BEEN WISE TO OPEN UP FREE TRADE WITH CUBA. NOW IT'S WISE FOR THIS TRUMP, INCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, TO PROMOTE REGIME CHANGE IN CUBA. RAUL CAN'T LAST MUCH LONGER. FREEDOM MUST COME TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO SWIM ASHORE AT THE BAY OF PIGS AND WALK OUT ONTO A FREE CUBA. I'VE DONE THAT AT GTMO. I WANT TO DO IT AT THE BAY OF PIGS, MR. SPEAKER. ALSO, ANOTHER WAY THAT CUBA WAS PROPPED UP WOULD BE ANY FOREIGN CURRENCY THAT CAME. IN TOURISTS COULD COME INTO CUBA. THEY QUOO COME INTO CUBA, ESPECIALLY FROM EUROPE, THEY'D GO TO THE BEACHES AND SO THEY SPENT THEIR EUROS THERE. AMERICANS WOULD SNEAK IN TO CUBA BY GOING THROUGH THE BAHAMAS AND GET THEIR PASSPORT PUNCHED OUT THERE AND THEN TAKE A SEPARATE FLIGHT AND FLY INTO CUBA. THEY MIGHT ALSO COME IN FROM THE SOUTH OR COME IN THROUGH MEXICO. BUT AMERICAN DOLLARS CAME DOWN. HERE'S THE RULE. WE THINK WE'RE HELPING CUBANS BY DOING BUSINESS IN CUBA WITH AMERICAN DOLLARS. HERE'S HOW IT WAS WHEN I WAS THERE. I DON'T THINK IT'S ANY DIFFERENT TODAY. THE EXCHANGE RATE OF CUBAN PESO TO THE DOLLAR WAS 21 PESOS TO THE DOLLAR. CUBANS COULD EARN AMERICAN DOLLARS, THEY COULD HOLD AMERICAN DOLLARS, BUT THEY CAN'T SPEND AMERICAN DOLLARS UNLESS THEY GO TO A CUBAN BANK WHERE THEY HAVE TO TAKE THEIR AMERICAN DOLLARS AND LAY THAT DOWN ON THE COUNTER AND GET AN EXCHANGE CUBAN CURRENCY. BUT THE CUBAN CURRENCY DOESN'T GIVE THEM 21 PESOS WHICH IS THE EXCHANGE RATE FOR THEIR AMERICAN DOLLAR, IT GIVES THEM ONE PESO FOR AMERICAN DOLLAR AND 20 PESO GOES INTO CASTRO'S BANK ACCOUNT -- PESOS GO INTO CASTRO'S BANK ACCOUNT. OR THEY CAN GO INTO A DOLLAR STORE WHERE THEIR DOLLAR WOULD ONLY GET THEM A PESO. THAT'S HOW THAT MONEY WENT BACK INTO THE HANDS OF CASTRO. HE'S RAKING UP THE FOREIGN CURRENCY AND USING THAT TO PROP UP HIS MILITARY, KEEP HIS PRISONS OPEN, AND SUPPRESS AND REPRESS THE CUBAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ON A PLACE IN HISTORY HERE WHERE I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION UNDERSTANDS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN CUBA. I'M HOPEFUL THE CUBAN PEOPLE HAVE ENOUGH OF THAT SPIRIT IN THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. BUT MOURN FOR FIDEL IS NOT WHAT THEY NEED TO DO, BUT REPLACE HIM WITH A LEADER OF, BY AND FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE, AND A CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS THE INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF THE CUBAN PEOPLE IS WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. AND I FULLY SUPPORT THE EFFORT ON THE FREE-MINDED AND FREE-SPIRITED CUBAN PEOPLE TO ONE DAY ALSO BE FREE, ALL 11LE MANUFACTURE -- 11 MILLION OF THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL DO MY BEST TO STAY IN SHAPE SO I CAN SWIM ASHORE AND WADE OUT ONTO A FREE CUBA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

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    MR. KING

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

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    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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    HOUSE PASSED A MEASURE AND LAWMAKERS APPROVED A PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL…

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