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House Session - December 2, 2016

The House convened for one-minute speeches.

Speakers:
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  • 09:00:26 AM

    GUEST

    WE ARE TAKING YOU THERE LIVE NOW. LIVE

  • 09:00:30 AM

    HOST

    WE ARE TAKING YOU THERE LIVE NOW. LIVE COVERAGE FROM C-SPAN. [CAPTIONING…

    WE ARE TAKING YOU THERE LIVE NOW. LIVE COVERAGE FROM C-SPAN. [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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  • 09:01:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 09:01:06 AM

    CHAPLAIN CONROY

    LET US PRAY. LOVING GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN…

    LET US PRAY. LOVING GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IN THE WANING DAYS OF THIS 114TH CONGRESS, WE ASK YOUR BLESSING UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE. MOST ESPECIALLY UPON THE LEADERSHIP. IT IS ON THEIR SHOULDERS THE MOST IMPORTANT NEGOTIATIONS OF THIS CONGRESS HAVE BEEN PLACED. THEY HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED BY THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS WITH THE AWESOME PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY SUSTAINING THE GREAT EXPERIMENT OF DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNMENT. GIVE THEM WISDOM, GRACE, INSIGHT, AND COURAGE TO FORGE LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS US ALL TO MOVE FORWARD TOWARD AN ENCOURAGING FUTURE. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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  • 09:01:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 09:02:11 AM

    MR. WILSON

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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  • 09:02:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL. JOURNAL. SO MANY AS…

    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL. JOURNAL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 09:02:27 AM

    MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 09:02:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. KILMER.

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  • 09:02:43 AM

    MR. KILMER

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE…

    PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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  • 09:03:00 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 09:03:14 AM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, SADLY THIS WEEKEND MARKS THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH…

    MR. SPEAKER, SADLY THIS WEEKEND MARKS THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF MARINE LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOSEPH MCCLOUD, A FORMER MILITARY FELLOW IN MY OFFICE. AN AMERICAN HERO. HE SERVED IN THE OFFICE IN 2003 PROMOTING DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM. AS AN ACTIVE DUTY MARINE, TRAIN PROVIDED INCREDIBLE INSIGHT INTO DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. I AM GRATEFUL THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TRAIN AND IT WAS A PRIVILEGE TO SEE HIS FIRST HAND DEDICATION TO THE MARINE CORPS, BUT EQUALLY TO HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN. TRAIN WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN IRAQ ON DECEMBER 3, 2006, WHEN A HELICOPTER HE WAS RIDING MALFUNCTIONED AND WAS FORCED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING. IN AN INTERVIEW IN THE "WASHINGTON POST," MAGGIE DESCRIBED HER HUSBAND AS, QUOTE, A MAN OF CHARACTER AND HONOR, END OF QUOTE. WORDS THAT I KNOW ACCURATELY DESCRIBE TRAIN. TO HIS WIFE, MAGGY, THEIR THREE CHILDREN, AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY, YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. HIS SERVICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. TRAIN LIVED UP TO THE HIGHEST IDEALS OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS. SEMPER FIDEL LAST. IN CONCLUSION GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MATE PRESIDENT BY HIS ACTIONS NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. FOR TRAIN WITH GENERAL JIM MATTIS, WE'LL ABELIEVE VICTORY TO PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES.

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  • 09:04:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FAMILIES.

  • 09:04:51 AM

    MR. KILL LETTER

    KILL LETTER: TODAY I RISE ABOUT JOBS. IN MY HOMETOWN OF PORT ANG LESS,…

    KILL LETTER: TODAY I RISE ABOUT JOBS. IN MY HOMETOWN OF PORT ANG LESS, WASHINGTON, WE RECENTLY OPENED UP A NEW INNOVATIVE CENTER FOCUSED ON COMPOSITE MANUFACTURING. THIS COMPOSITE RECYCLING CENTER, ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE NATION, IS ALREADY SHOWING THAT THE PENINSULA CAN BE A HUB FOR GROUND BREAKING INNOVATION. THEY WON GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE THAT WILL GIVE ENTREPRENEURS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO TAKE YESTERDAY'S RECYCLED PARTS AND TURN THEM INTO ADVANCED PRODUCTS. IT WILL ALSO ENCOURAGE GROWTH OF QUALITY JOBS IN MY REGION, INVESTING IN LOCAL CITIZENS SO THEY CAN BUILD CAREERS WORKING WITH COMPOSITES. THIS IS A TERRIFIC EXAMPLE TO USE A WAYNE GRETZKY QUOTE OF LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS GATING TO WHERE THE DUCK IS GOING TO BE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO BE A PARTNER IN THE EFFORT TOE BRING GOOD JOBS TO OUR NECK OF THE WOODS. THANKS SO MUCH.

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  • 09:05:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:05:50 AM

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

  • 09:05:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 09:05:56 AM

    MR. CHABOT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT MY ALMA MATER, LA SALLE LANCER, THEY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT MY ALMA MATER, LA SALLE LANCER, THEY WON THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP. MY BROTHER DAVE AND I BOTH PLAYED FOR LA SALLE BACK IN THE DAY. THEY FACE ADD TOUGH TEAM IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON. THE LANCERS' BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK CHIPS CAPPED OFF AN HISTORIC 2016 FOOTBALL SEASON WHICH LA SALLE WON ITS FIRST OUTRIGHT G.C.L. CHAMPIONSHIP AND BECAME THE FIRST EVER THREE-PEAT DIVISION TWO CHAMPIONS IN OHIO PLAYOFF HISTORY. I ALSO WANT TO WISH ONE OF LA SALLE'S RIVAL TEAMS, THE SAINT X BOMBERS, IN THEIR QUEST TO WIN THE DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP THIS EVENING. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE LA SALLE PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THE COACH, AND HIS COACHING STAFF, AND EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THE LANCER FOOTBALL PROGRAM. YOU HAVE ALL MADE THE ENTIRE CINCINNATI AREA EXTREMELY PROUD. LANCERS ROLL DEEP. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:06:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:07:03 AM

    MR. CICILLINE

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

  • 09:07:06 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

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

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  • 09:07:09 AM

    MR. CICILLINE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS TRUDY WILLIS, TRUDY AND HER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS TRUDY WILLIS, TRUDY AND HER HUSBAND ARE LIFELONG RESIDENTS OF MIDDLETOWN IN MY DISTRICT IN RHODE ISLAND. THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND FOUR WONDERFUL GRANDCHILDREN. LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, TRUDY RELIES ON MEDICARE TO PAY FOR HER HEALTH CARE NEEDS. FOR TRUDY, MEDICARE ISN'T ANONYMITY, IT'S A BENEFIT THAT SHE AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE EARNED AND A PROMISE OUR GOVERNMENT HAS MADE. THAT'S WHY I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS ANNOUNCED HE'LL APPOINT A SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WHO WANTS TO END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW T LET ME BE VERY CLEAR. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP DOES NOT HAVE A MANDATE TO END THE GUARANTEE OF MEDICARE. HE LOST THE POPULAR VOTE BY ABOUT 2.5 MILLION VOTES. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET HIM KILL ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS SENIORS HAVE TO LIVE THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS WITH DIGNITY. THE REPUBLICANS BRING UP LEGISLATION TO END MEDICARE, WE WILL STOP THIS LEGISLATION DEAD IN ITS TRACKS. WE DID IT A DECADE AGO WHEN PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH TRIED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN. AND BY DOING SO, WE'LL MAINTAIN THE PROMISE WE MADE TO TRUDY AND MILLIONS OF SENIORS ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:08:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:08:22 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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  • 09:08:27 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:08:29 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT FRIEND AND LEADER,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT FRIEND AND LEADER, CONGRESSMAN JOHN KLINE, WHO WILL BE RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS. HE HAS SERVED THE CITIZENS OF MINNESOTA'S SECOND DISTRICT IN THE U.S. HOUSE SINCE 2002. 25-YEAR VETERAN OF THE MARINE CORPS, HE ALSO SERVES ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF SERVING WITH JOHN KLINE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE FOR EIGHT YEARS. HIS CHAIR OF THIS COMMITTEE IS A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION AND HOW IT CREATES GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL. HIS STEADY LEADERSHIP HAS NAVIGATED CONGRESS TO SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCING LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE JOB TRAINING, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AND SO MUCH MORE. HIS SERVICE HAS TRULY MADE A DIFFERENCE THROUGHOUT OUR NATION. IN ADDITION TO SERVING UNDER CHAIRMAN KLINE'S CLEAREDSHIP, I ENJOYED THE FRIFF TO SHARE WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY WITH JOHN. THANK YOU, BEST WISHES TO CONGRESSMAN JOHN KLINE. HIS WIFE, FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE NATION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:09:29 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:09:40 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE OF THE INACTION OF THIS CONGRESS, OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BECAUSE OF THE INACTION OF THIS CONGRESS, OUR PRESIDENT, 2012, DEFERRED ACTION ON CHILDHOOD AA -- ARRIVALS TO THIS CONTRY, YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS BROUGHT HERE AT THE TERNED AGE OF 3, 5, 6 OR 7 NOW FLOURISHING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND MAKING THIS GREAT COUNTRY EVEN BERT. I CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, CLAUDIA, WHO ARRIVED IN THIS COUNTRY AT THE AGE OF 8 FROM VENEZUELA, INTERNED IN MY OFFICE IN 2013, AND NOW WORKS FOR OILER GREAT SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ, AND IS MAKING EL PASO, TEXAS, AND AMERICA, AN EVEN RATE GRATER PLACE TO LIVE. MR. O'ROURKE: BECAUSE OF HER MOTHER'S STATUS, CLAUDIA WAS NOT ABLE TO FOLLOW. HER MOTHER DIED LAST YEAR AND SHE WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO BE WITH HER MOTHER IN HER DYING DAYS AND GRIEVE WITH THEIR FAMILY AND BE WITH THEM. WE OWE CLAUDIA ANTI-750,000 OTHER DREAMERS IN THIS COUNTRY CERTAINTY. WE CERTAINLY OWE THEM SOMETHING BETTER THAN WHAT THE PRESIDENT-ELECT HAS PROMISED WHICH IS TO TERMINATE THIS DEFERRED ACTION. I ASK THIS BODY, I ASK THE PRESIDENT-ELECT, AND I ASK EVERY AMERICAN TO JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ALLOW THESE DREAMERS TO SUCCEED BECAUSE THEIR SUCCESS MEANS AMERICA'S SUCCESS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:10:22 AM

    MR. O'ROURKE

    WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

  • 09:10:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:11:02 AM

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    REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:11:06 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:11:08 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXPLOSIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL IN OUR NATION'S ARMED FORCES. AND THEIR NATION MISIS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN DANGEROUS TODAY THAN IT WAS 75 YEARS AGO. TODAY I RISE TO HONOR TWO E.O.D. TEXT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. TO KEEP OTHERS SAFE FROM HARM. U.S. NAVY E.O.D. SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SCOTTY DAYTON, AGE 42, KILLED IN SYRIA ON THANKSGIVING DAY. 24TH OF NOVEMBER, 2016. IN THE ONGOING CONFLICT IN SYRIA AGAINST ISIS. HE DIED FROM WOUNDS SUSTAINED FROM AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. ASSIGNED TO E.O.D. MOBILE UNIT TWO IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA, HE WAS NEAR RAQQA. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, TWO CHILDREN. E.O.D. CHIEF JASON FINEMAN, AGE 34, KILLED NEAR MOSTLE, IRAQ, OCTOBER, 2016, ALSO DIED FROM WOUNDS SUSTAINED FROM AN I.E.D. HE WAS OPERATING WHILE DEPLOYED WITH NAVY SEALS ADVISING IRAQI FORCES AND RETAKING THE CITY OF MOSUL. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, SON, AND MOTHER. AS A NATION WE'LL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE BOTH THESE MEN MADE IN SERVICE TO THEIR FELLOW SAILORS AND CONTRY.

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  • 09:12:27 AM

    MR. CRAWFORD

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT E.O.D. TEXT PLAY…

    PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT E.O.D. TEXT PLAY IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ANTI-RISK THEY TAKE EVERY DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. JOIP --

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  • 09:12:39 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 09:12:43 AM

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

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

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  • 09:12:47 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 09:12:49 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DIBI BUCKHOLTZ. HE WORKS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR DIBI BUCKHOLTZ. HE WORKS TIRELESSLY TO BRING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER. HE WORKS PART-TIME AS A CAMERA MAN FOR THE ZION PARK DISTRICT FILMING CITY COUNCIL AND TOWNSHIP MEETINGS.

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  • 09:13:08 AM

    MR. DOLD

    BECOME A STAPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, DOCUMENTING ALMOST EVERY SINGLE EVENT IN…

    BECOME A STAPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, DOCUMENTING ALMOST EVERY SINGLE EVENT IN ZION, FROM LOCAL PARK OPENINGS, VOLUNTEER EVENTS AT SOUP KITCHENS, TO POLICE AND FIREFIGHTER AWARDS, HE PROMOTES EVENTS SPECIAL MOMENTS THAT OFTEN GO UNNOTICED. AND HE RECOGNIZES INDIVIDUALS THAT GO ABOVE AND BEYOND. IT'S BEEN AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK ALONGSIDE HIM IN THE ZION COMMUNITY. HE NEVER ASKED FOR RECOGNITION BEHIND THE CAMERA AND ONLY ASKED PEOPLE CHERISH THE SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH OTHERS. TODAY I'M HONORED TO BE ABLE TO GIVE GIBBY A LITTLE BIT OF RECOGNITION FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, GIBBY, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 09:13:47 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELD BACK.

  • 10:01:37 AM

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    AS THE U.S. HOUSE IS GAVELING IN TO DEBATE 2017 DEFENSE POLICIES AND…

    AS THE U.S. HOUSE IS GAVELING IN TO DEBATE 2017 DEFENSE POLICIES AND PROGRAMS. FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES OF THE PARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR MILITARYONSTRUCTION, AND FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO DESCRIBE MILITARY EARN -- ERSONALTRGTHS. THSPEAKER O TEMPE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,

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  • 10:02:08 AM

    THSPEAKER O TEMPE

    ERSONALTRGTHS. THSPEAKER O TEMPE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    ERSONALTRGTHS. THSPEAKER O TEMPE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. SMITH, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MUTES THE CHAIR RECOGNIZESHE GENTLEN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 10:02:18 AM

    MR. THORERRY

  • 10:02:27 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOU

    WITHOUOBJECT SO ORDERED.MR. THORNBEY: IYID MYLF FIVE MINUTES. THEPEAKER…

    WITHOUOBJECT SO ORDERED.MR. THORNBEY: IYID MYLF FIVE MINUTES. THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 10:02:31 AM

    THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FIVE MINUTES. THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FO FIVE…

    FIVE MINUTES. THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FO FIVE MITES.

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  • 10:02:33 AM

    MR. THORNRRY

    MR. SPEAKERI AM PLEASED TORING TO THE HOUSE THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKERI AM PLEASED TORING TO THE HOUSE THE CONFERENCE REPORT FOR THE FISCAL AR 2017 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATIOACT. ONCE T PRESIDENT SIGNS THIS MEASURE INTO LAW, IT WILL BE THE 5 CONSECUTIVEEAR IN WHH CONGRESSES OF BOTH PARTIES AND PRESIDENTSBOTH PARTIES HAE ENACTEA DEFENSE AUTHORIZATI I WANT TO START BY THANKING THE DISTINGUISNTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTO, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMI. NOT ONLY HAS HE FOCUSED ON WHAT'S GOOOR THE TROOPS AND OD FOR THE COUNTRY IN IS BILLTHAT HAS BEEN HIS FOCUS THROUGHOUT THIS CONGRE. AND IT S CERTAINLY BE MY PLEASURE TOORK WITH HIM TOWARDS THND. WE DO NOTALWAYS AGREE ONHAT IS GOOD FOR TTROOPS A WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE TRY. BUT WE ALWAYS AGR THAT THAT COMEIRST AND OUR WORK TOGEER HAS CERTAINLY BEEN PRODUCTIVE AN APPRECIATE THAT OPPTUNITY. HE AND I HAVE AERRIFIC ON THE ARMED SVICES COEEMENT. 63 OUTSTANDING MEMBERS, ALL O WHOM HE CONTRI TO THIS PRODUCT. AND I CERTAINLY AECIATE THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HAVE MA -- THY HAVE MADE THAT HAVE MADE CH AARGE BILL POSSIBLE. MR. KER, THIS BILL DOES GOOD TNGS FOR THE MENND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR NATION IN THE MITARY AND IT TS OUR COUNTRIES' NATIONAL SECURITY. I WANTO TOUCH ON A FEW OF TE HIGHLS, STARTING WITH THE CT THAT THIS BILL AUTHORIZE SPENDING OF $3.2 BILL MO THAN THE ESIDE HAS REQUEST W, THAT'S NOT NEAR ENOUGH. AND MY GREAT HOPE IS THAT THE NEW INMING AINISTRATION WILL SUBMIT TO CONGRESS A SUPPLEAL REEST THAT CAN REALLY GET ABOUT THE JOB OF REBUILDING THE MILARY, WHICH IS SESSENTIAL. THE $3.2 BILLION IN ADDITION TO WHAT THE PRESIDENTAS RUESTED IS FOCUSED AND THAT IS O EXACTLY WHAT THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THIS BILL IS. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IT HAS -- IT PROVIDES THE FULL PAY RAISE TO WHICH THE TROOPS ARE STATUTORILY ENTITLED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS. THAT'S IN THIS BILL. IT STOPS THE LAYOFFS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL, WHICH HAVE BEEN GOING ON AND AT LEAST PREVENTS IT FROM GETTING ANY WORSE. IT STARTS TO STABILIZE THE READINESS PROBLEMS THAT ARE MAKING IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT FOR OUR TROOPS TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSION. AND INCREASINGLY REPRESENTS A DANGER TO THEIR LIVES. IT IMPROVES THE MILITARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE A MORE CONSISTENT EXPERIENCE THAT THEY WILL GET BETTER CARE, MORE CONVENIENT HOURS, AND A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE IN THIS BILL. IN ADDITION TO THE REFORMS RELATED TO MILITARY HEALTH CARE, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF VERY SIGNIFICANT REFORMS IN OTHER AREAS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN ACQUISITION, WE TRY TO MAKE SURE NOT OVERWHELM WE GET MORE VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, BUT THAT WE ARE MORE AGILE IN BEING ABLE TO GET NEW TECHNOLOGY INTO THE HANDS OF THE WAR FIGHTERS FASTER. WE HAVE COMMISSARY REFORM WHICH MAINTAINS THE BENEFIT, REDUCES THE BURDEN ON THE TAXPAYERS. WE HAVE THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE REWRITE OF THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE IN 30 YEARS, AND THAT'S A BIG PART OF THE REASON THAT THIS BILL IS THE SIZE THAT IT IS. WE HAVE ORGANIZATIONAL REFORM THAT STREAMLINES THE BUREAUCRACY. AND HELPS REDUCE THE OVERHEAD SO MORE RESOURCES CAN GO TO THE FRONTLINES. THERE ARE MANY ITEMS IN THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, FROM REPLENISHING MUNITIONS OF WHICH WE HAVE SHORTAGES, TO DEALING WITH THE CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD REPAYMENT ISSUE THAT HAS COME UP IN RECENT WEEKS. OTHER SPEAKERS WILL GIVE MORE DETAIL ABOUT MANY OF THOSE PROVISIONS. I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO FIRST THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR WORK IN PRODUCING THIS PRODUCT. WE HAVE A UNIFIED STAFF ON THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. WE WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. AND THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE POLITICAL CALENDAR AND ALL OF THE OTHER ISSUES THAT IMPACT OUR BILL, THEY HAVE DONE A TERRIFIC JOB IN GETTING US TO THIS POINT. AND HAVE SERVED THE NATION BY DOING SO. I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO STAFF ON BOTH SIDES FOR THAT WORK. FINALLY, I ALSO WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMITTEE WHO WILL NOT BE WITH US IN THE NEXT CONGRESS FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. THEY INCLUDE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. FORBES, CHAIRMAN JEFF MILLER, CHAIRMAN JOHN KLINE, DR. FLEMING, MR. CHRIS GIBSON, GENERAL DOCTOR JOE HECK, MR. NUGEYNTS FROM FLORIDA, MS. LORETTA SANCHEZ FROM CALIFORNIA, SENATOR ELECT DUCKWORTH, MS. GRAHAM FROM FLORIDA, AND MR. ASHFORD OF NEBRASKA. AND I PARTICULARLY WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN -- SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY FORBES, SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN JOE HECK, RANKING MEMBER LORETTA SANCHEZ, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND YEARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MILITARY OF OUR COUNTRY. WE WILL MISS THEM. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SMITH

    FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK -- THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT. IT WAS NOT…

    FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK -- THIS IS AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT. IT WAS NOT EASY TO PULL TOGETHER. IT IS A VERY LARGE BILL WITH A LOT OF VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES. AND AS THE CHAIRMAN INDICATED, A LOT OF PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED TO IT. CERTAINLY EVERYBODY ON OUR COMMITTEE, BUT THEN MANY MEMBERS WHO AREN'T ON THE COMMITTEE. IN THE HOUSE, OF COURSE OUR FRIEND IN THE SENATE. BUT WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND FOUND A WAY TO GET THROUGH THE AREAS OF DISAGREEMENT AND TO GET TO A VERY GOOD BILL WITH THE CENTRAL THOUGHT THAT IT IS OUR JOB IN PASSING THIS BILL TO GIVE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE US IN THE ARMED SERVICES ALL OF THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THE JOB WE ASK THEM TO DO. I REALLY WANT TO ECHO THE CHAIRMAN'S COMMENTS AND THANK OUR STAFF, FIRST OF ALL, FOR THE OUTSTANDING WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS PRODUCT. I THANK THE MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION. AND ALSO PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY THANK MR. THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR 20 YEARS. AND WE HAVE HAD A TRADITION FROM THE MOMENT I SHOWED UP AND FROM BEFORE THEN THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE THAT IS FOCUSED ON GETTING ITS WORK DONE. WHATEVER THE HURDLES, DIFFICULTIES, DISAGREEMENTS, WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO PRODUCE THIS BILL. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO OUR TROOPS WHO ARE FIGHTING TO PROTECT US AND PROVIDE THE NATIONAL SECURITY THAT WE NEED. MR. THORNBERRY HAS UPHELD THAT TRADITION. WE HAVE HAD MANY CHAIRMEN IN THOSE 20 YEARS. THEY HAVE ALL HAD THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MIND. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN COMMITTEE. THIS IS A COMMITTEE THAT WORKS TOGETHER TO GET ITS JOB DONE. MR. THORNBERRY'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB OF THAT. HE'S CERTAINLY BEEN AN EXCELLENT PARTNER FOR ME. AND WE EVEN FOUND A WAY TO WORK WITH THE SENATE. AND THEN MADE THAT WORK. SO I THANK ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS. THE CHAIRMAN'S ALSO RIGHT. I THINK THE MOST STRIKING THING ABOUT THIS BILL IS HOW MUCH IT DOES TO HELP REFORM THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. THERE IS MUCH ON ACQUISITION REFORM. ALL AIMED AT TRYING TO GET THE TAXPAYERS MORE FOR THE MONEY THEY SPENT. BECAUSE THE CHAIRMAN IS RIGHT. AS IN MANY AREAS OF GOVERNMENT, THERE ARE MORE NEEDS THAN THERE IS MONEY. SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT MONEY GO AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. ACQUISITION REFORM IS A KEY PART OF THAT. WE REALLY STRUGGLED IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 21ST CENTURY WITH A LOT OF PROGRAMS THAT WENT OVER BUDGET. WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH THE LEGACY OF SOME OF THAT. WE'RE VERY PROUD IN THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT HAS DECLINED AS WE HAVE PASSED ACQUISITION REFORM. AS WE HAVE FIGURED OUT BETTER WAYS TO GET THINGS IN THE FIELD. INTO SERVICE MORE QUICKLY. COMMERCIAL OFF THE SHELF TECHNOLOGY. THAT IS CRITICAL IF WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE THE SCARCE RESOURCES WE HAVE TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. WE PUT TOGETHER AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT. ALSO AS THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED WE DO HAVE THE FULL PAY RAISE FOR THE TROOPS THAT THEY NEED AND DESPERATELY DESOY. I GUESS I'LL CLOSE BY SAYING I THINK THAT'S THE THING THAT WE SEE FROM THIS BILL. IT PRIORITIZES THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN THE MILITARY. TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE PROVIDE FOR THEM, GIVE THEM ALL THE TRAINING THEY NEED, AND ALL THE SUPPORT THEY DID SO THAT WHEN WE ASK THEM TO DO SOMETHING THEY ARE TRAINED AND READY TO DO IT. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE DO ON THIS COMMITTEE. WE CAN HAVE MANY, MANY DEBATES ABOUT WHAT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY SHOULD BE. WHERE WE SHOULD EMPLOY OUR FORCES, WHAT EQUIPMENT WE SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THEM. THE ONE THING THAT WE HAVE TO AGREE ON IS WHATEVER WE DECIDE THE MISSION SHOULD BE, WE HAVE TO MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT WE PROVIDE THE MEN AND WOMEN EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO BE READY TO CARRY OUT THAT MISSION. THAT WE DO NOT SEND THEM INTO A FIGHT UNPREPARED. I THINK WE'RE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF THAT. THERE ARE MANY CHALLENGES AHEAD AS THE CHAIRMAN NOTED. WE HAVE A LOT OF DEMANDS. WE DO NOT HAVE AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP WORKING HARD TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT MONEY GO AS FAR AS POSSIBLE. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THIS PROCESS. THIS, I THINK, IS AN EXAMPLE HOW CONGRESS SHOULD WORK. HOW LEGISLATION SHOULD WORK. PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER, HAVING DIFFERENCES, WORKING THEM OUT, PRODUCING A PRODUCT THAT IMPROVES OUR NATION AND IN THIS CASE IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY. AGAIN I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BILL. I URGE PASSAGE. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SEA…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE SEA POWER AND PROJECTION FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. FORNS.

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    MR. FORBES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. FISCAL YEAR 2017. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING TO THE FLOOR THIS NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATIONAL DEFENSE OF THIS CONTRY. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF CONGRESSMAN SMITH AS THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, OUR MILITARY READINESS HAS BEEN IMPACTED AND OUR FORCE STRUCTURE HAS DECLINED. FOR EXAMPLE, NAVAL AVIATION IS ONLY THREE IN 10 NAVY JET AIRCRAFT FULLY MISSION CAPE AFPBLET AIRCRAFT CARRIER GAPS IN CRITICAL REGIONS PERSIST. NAVY SHIP DEPLOYMENTS HAVE INCREASED ALMOST 40%. AND SUBMARINE COMMAND CONTINUES TO OUTPACE ABILITY. AS TO THE AIR FORCE OUR B-1 FLEET WAS PULLED BACK FROM THE PERSIAN GULF THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE ENGINE MAINTENANCE ISSUES AND REPLACED WITH B-52'S OVER 50 YEARS OLD. THESE ARE DISTURBING TRENDS. IT'S OBVIOUS WE NEED TO INCREASE READINESS AND INVEST IN CRITICAL CAPABILITIES TO ENSURE OUR NATION IS CAPABLE OF PROJECTING FORCE AND DETERRING CONFLICT IN THE FUTURE. A 350 SHIP NAVY IS A MINIMAL INVESTMENT IN ENSURING OUR NAVY'S AND NATION'S STRATEGY PRIORITIES. I ORCH OUR N D.A.A. DOES A GOOD JOB -- NDAA DOES A GOOD JOFPBLET WITH THE FORCE STRUCK FUHR FOR THE ARMY AND MARINE CORPS AND 2.1% PAY RACE FOR THE SERVICE MEMBERS THESE ARE GOOD FIRST STEPS. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO WITH GETTING OUR MILITARY TO DEFEND OUR NATION. WITH THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, I'M OPTIMISTIC AS TO OUR ABILITY TO MAKE OUR MILITARY TRULY GREAT AGAIN. WITH THIS BEING MY LAST NDAA I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND MOST SPECIFICALLY RANKING MEMBER JOE COURTNEY. I HAVE OFTEN SAID OUR SEA POWER SUBCOMMITTEE IS LIKELY THE MOST BIPARTISAN SUBCOMMITTEE IN CONGRESS. I THINK THAT RANKING MEMBER COURTNEY HAS BEEN A RESOLUTE SUPPORTER OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND I'LL MISS WORKING WITH HIM ON A DAILY BASIS TO IMPROVE OUR NATION'S MILITARY. ONCE AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

    THANK YOU. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OFFER MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE 2017 DEFENSE BILL CONFERENCE REPORT. . DESPITE THE EXTREMELY POLARIZING CONGRESS, THEY HAVE MANAGED TWO DEFENSE BILLS THIS YEAR AND LAST. THE DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY ACCOMPLISHING THAT FEET CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SEA POWER SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED WITH THE FINAL BILL. WORKING TOGETHER, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE PRODUCED A STRONG MARK THAT MAKES IMPORTANT INVESTMENTS IN NEW SHIPBUILDING AS WELL AS INTRODUCING NEW ACQUISITION REFORM THAT WILL STRENGTHEN OUR NAVY. NINE NEW SHIPS ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE FINAL BILL, CONTINUING TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF OUR FLEET THAT IS ON PATH TO 300 FLEET SHIPS BY 2021. AS THE SECRETARY OF NAVY PUBLICLY STATED, THEY WILL HAVE A NEW ASSESSMENT THAT WILL CALL FOR RAISING THAT TARGET EVEN HIGHER. TODAY'S BILL PROVIDES A SOUND FOOTING TO TAKE ON THAT TASK WITH ENOUGH WORK IN SHIPYARDS THAT HAS AMPHIBS, DETROYERS IN HIGH LEVEL IN SHORT ORDER. THEY DID NOT RUBBER STAMP THE ADMINISTRATION'S BUDGET. IT PLUSES UP CRITICAL PROCUREMENT FUNDING FOR THE VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE THE TWO-YEAR BUILD RATE CONTINUES ON ITS CURRENT PACE. GIVEN THE IMPORTANT ROLE SUBMARINES PLAY, WE CAN'T LET THAT BUILD RATE SLIP BY UNDERFUNDING PROCUREMENT. THIS HAS A NEW MULTIMISSION VESSEL THAT WILL REPLACE THE AGING TRAINING SHIP AT OUR NATION'S MARITIME ACADEMIES. THIS PROGRAM IS VITAL TO ENSURING WE RETAIN A MARITIME WORK FORCE IN THE FUTURE AND THIS AGREEMENT PUTS US ON THAT PATH. I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THE MEASURE ALSO INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT I HELPED TO AUTHOR WITH CHAIRMAN FORBES IN THE HOUSE BILL TO ENHANCE THE NATIONAL SEA BASE DETERRENCE FUND. OUR LANGUAGE ADDS NEW AUTHORITIES TO THE FUND THAT WILL HELP REDUCE COSTS IN THE OHIO REPLACEMENT SUBMARINE BY BUILDING KEY COMPONENT. THE NAVY ESTIMATES THAT WE COULD SAVE AS MUCH AS 25% OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE MISSILE COMPARTMENT ALONE WITH THIS NEW AUTHORITY. AT A TIME WHEN WE'RE LOOKING TO GROW THE FLEET WHILE ALSO MEETY THE MULTIGENERATIONAL COMMITMENT, THIS APPROACH TO REDUCING COST IN SHIPBUILDING IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL. I WANT TO CONCLUDE BY SALUTING CHAIRMAN FORBES AS HE BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE IMPACT HE'S MADE ON OUR FLEET, OUR SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE LIVES OF SAILORS, MARINES, AIRMEN AND MARINERS TOUCHED BY HIS WORK WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONDUCTED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND EXPRESS MY HOPE WE'LL SEE HIM CONTINUE HIS WORK IN THESE AREAS, WHATEVER OPPORTUNITY COMES HIS WAY NEXT. I ALSO WANT TO SALUTE THE STAFF AND IN PARTICULAR LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JONATHAN SEBICK, WHO IS A FELLOW IN MY OFFICE WHO SPINNISH UP HIS DUTIES. HE DID A GREAT JOB ADVISING NOT ONLY MY OFFICE BUT THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE PANEL FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS YEAR'S DEFENSE BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. WILLSON CONTRERAS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU --

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    MR. WILSON

    THANK YOU, MAC THORNBERRY, FOR YIELDING. I AM IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MAC THORNBERRY, FOR YIELDING. I AM IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. GENERATIONS OF MY FAMILY HAVE SERVED OUR NATION IN UNIFORM. MY FATHER WAS A FLYING TIGER IN INDIA AND CHINA IN WORLD WAR II. I SERVED FOR 31 YEARS IN THE ARMY RESERVES AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA ARMY GUARD. I HAVE FOUR SONS WHO SERVED OVERSEAS ON THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE POSITIVE IMPACT THIS YEAR'S NDAA WILL HAVE ON OUR TROOPS, VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES. AFTER PASSING THIS BILL, I LOOK FORWARD TO TELLING MY CONSTITUENTS AT FORT JACKSON THAT JASON MCINTYRE JOINT FACE, NEIGHBORING FORT GORDON, THE THOUSANDS OF VETERANS AND COUNTLESS FAMILIES CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS THAT CONGRESS HAS DONE ITS JOB AND HAS FOR THE PAST 54 YEARS BY PASSING A DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL. IN THIS BILL, READINESS IS FIRST, PROTECTING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS OVERSEAS AND TRAINING MISSIONS AT HOME. CYBERSECURITIES ARE ENHANCED PROTECTING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND ENCOURAGING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. WE ARE FULLY RESOURCING OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS AND PROVIDING CRITICAL SUPPORT TO FIGHT ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, INCLUDING COUNTERPOP GO ANDA MEASURES. WE HAVE INCREASED OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING A REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT ON IRAN AS IT AGGRESSIVELY ACTS ON ICBM'S. THIS BILL IS CLEAR. IF OUR ENEMIES ATTACK OUR SOLDIERS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES WITH NEW AND UNCONVENTIONAL ATTACKS, WE'LL ENSURE OUR MILITARY HAS THE TOOLS TO RESPOND. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M VERY GRATEFUL AS THE MILITARY -- AS A MILITARY VETERAN AND A GRATEFUL DAD THAT THIS IS A VERY POSITIVE NDAA. I'D LIKE TO CLOSE, AGAIN, BY THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS REMARKABLE PERSISTENCE THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR'S REFORMS. WE ALSO HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE VISIONARY LEADERSHIP OF SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN RANDY FORBES WHO HAS SUCCESSFULLY PROMOTED A VIBRANT NAVY. I, ADDITIONALLY, WRANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBERS, ADAM SMITH AND JIM LANGEVIN, FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN MANNER THIS BILL WILL ENABLE PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AND THE INCOMING DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS TO ESTABLISH PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS.

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    MR. BORDALLO

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF WHO HAS WORKED MANY NIGHTS ON THIS DEFENSE BILL. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT WORKS TO ADDRESS READINESS SHORTFALLS, A PROCESS THAT TAKES TIME AND WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE STABLE, CONSISTENT FUNDING. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE NOT AFFORDED UNDER SEQUESTRATION AND RELIANCE ON CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS. I ALSO APPRECIATED THE EFFORTS TO FIGHT IN CONFERENCE FOR THE PROVISIONS THAT WERE IMPORTANT TO THE TERRITORY OF GUAM. IN PARTICULAR, I AM PLEASED THAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED FOR REMAINING WATER AND WASTE WATER CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AS WELL AS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE CULTURAL ARTIFACT REPOSITORY AND THAT MILITARY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS WERE AUTHORIZED AT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST LEVEL. AND I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR WORKING WITH ME TO GET A PROVISION THROUGH CONFERENCE MANDATING A REVIEW OF DISTINGUISHED ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER VETERANS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN UNJUSTLY OVERLOOKED IN THE MEDAL OF HONOR CONSIDERATION. WE MUST NEVER OVERLOOK THE PAST CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. AND TO THAT END, I AM ALSO HEARTENED TO SEE THE INCLUSION OF THE GUAM WAR CLAIMS. IT IS TIME THAT WE BRING RESOLUTION TO THE PEOPLE OF GUAM AFTER 70 YEARS AND ALL U.S. CITIZENS WHO HAVE SUFFERED UNDER ENEMY OCCUPATION DURING WORLD WAR II. WE HAVE ADVANCED THIS LEGISLATION THIS FAR IN THE PAST NUMEROUS TIMES, BUT I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL ALSO PASS THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. ULTIMATELY, FINDING AN OFFSET FOR THIS LEGISLATION HAS HELPED TO BRING RESOLUTION TO THE MATTER. THE PEOPLE OF GUAM DESERVE TO CLOSE THIS CHAPTER IN OUR HISTORY. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BILL PASSING THE HOUSE AS WELL AS THE SENATE BEFORE BEING SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT LATER THIS MONTH. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    TEXAS.

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    MR. TURNER

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF FISCAL YEAR…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF FISCAL YEAR 2017. MR. SPEAKER, CONSIDERATION OF THIS IMPORTANT BILL COMES AT A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR NATION AND FOR OUR MILITARY. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, THIS BILL, IF FUNDED, BEGINS THE PROCESS OF REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND RESTORING READINESS BACK INTO THE FORCE. THE BILL STOPS THE HARMFUL IN STRENGTH REDUCTIONS IN OUR MILITARY SERVICE AND BEGINS THE PROCESS OF REVERSING THIS DAMAGING TREND, REDUCING OUR MILITARY CAPACITY. I WANT TO THANK CHRIS GIBSON FOR ENDING THOSE IN STRENGTH REDUCTIONS. THE BILL PROVIDES $600 MILLION TO ADDRESS SHORTFALLS OF CRITICAL MISSIONS. I WANT TO REPEAT THAT WE HAD TO PUT IN $600 MILLION IN SHORTFALLS IN MUNITIONS. THAT'S HOW MUCH WE'RE SUFFERING IN OUR MILITARY AND IN SPENDING. THE BILL ALSO CONTINUES TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE COMPONENTS BY AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL $250 MILLION FOR EQUIPMENT MODERNIZATION FOR THE GUARD AND RESERVE. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL CALLS FOR CONTINUED ACTION TO ERADICATE SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY BY PROVIDING GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN THE MILITARY CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. IT ALSO ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEED FOR INTENSIVE TREATMENT FOR MALE VICTIMS AND CONTINUES TO ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES OF RETALIATION. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS ON THE PROTECTION OF CHILD CUSTODY RIGHTS OF OUR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT MILITARY SERVICES SUBMITTED OVER 22 BILLION DOLLARS OF UNFUNDED REQUIREMENTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 ALONE. I'D HOPE WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE MODERNIZATION SHORTFALLS AS WE DID IN THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL. THIS BILL FALLS SHORT OF THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL. IT IS ALSO ESSENTIAL WE BEGIN TO CORRECT THESE FUNDING SHORTFALLS IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. CURRENTLY WE HAVE A LACK OF READINESS AND A HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF RISK. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE NEW TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IN REGARDS TO AN EARLY SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST TO FULLY FUND THESE REQUIREMENTS AND I'D EXPECT THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL WOULD BE USED AS THE MINIMUM STARTING POINT IN ORDER TO START THE PROCESS FOR REBUILDING OUR MILITARY AND WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES TO CREATE CREDIBLE U.S. DETERRENCE. IT SADDENS ME WE WILL PASS THIS BILL AND THEN PASS A C.R. THAT UNDERFUNDS OUR MILITARY. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, I WANT TO THANK OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, MS. LORETTA SANCHEZ, WHO HAS TRULY BEEN MY DEAR FRIEND. WE WILL MISS OR GUIDANCE AND FRIENDSHIP. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MRS. DAVIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MRS. DAVIS FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL.

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    THANK YOU, --

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH DURING THIS PROCESS. THIS WILL PROVIDE THE MILITARY SERVICES FLEXIBILITY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND TO CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO TAKING CARE OF MILITARY FAMILIES. ONE PROVISION I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT EXPANDS MATERNITY LEAVE FOR MILITARY MEMBERS UP TO 12 WEEKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BIRTH OF A CHILD AND AUTHORIZES SIX WEEKS OF LEAVE FOR THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER IN THE CASE OF ADOPTION. FOR THE FIRST TIME IT ALSO GRANTS 21 DAYS TO THE SECONDARY CAREGIVER FOR BOTH THE BIRTH OF A CHILD AND ADOPTION. THE CONFERENCE REPORT ALSO BEGINS TO REFORM AND MODERNIZE THE MILITARY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BY STANDARDIZING MILITARY TREATMENT FACILITIES ACROSS THE SERVICES AND INCREASING ACCESS FOR BENEFICIARIES. THE CONFERENCE REPORT REFORMS TRICARE INTO AN H.M.O. AND A P.P.O. SYSTEM. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, IT ESTABLISHES A TWO-FEE STRUCTURE FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS, THUS CREATING AN INEQUITY AND DEFINED BIN FIT FOR MILITARY RETIREES. I SINCERELY HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO WORK TOWARDS A BETTER SOLUTION IN THE FUTURE. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT PERFECT, THIS BILL IS A NECESSARY STEP TOWARD ENSURING OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, RETIREES AND THEIR FAMILIES CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE BEST, MOST EFFICIENT AND MOST ECONOMICAL HEALTH CARE POSSIBLE. WHILE I DO AGREE WITH THE IN-STRENGTH MILITARY SERVICES IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT, I'M STILL CONCERNED HOW IT IS PAID FOR, ESPECIALLY WITH THE POSSIBLE CONTINUING RESOLUTION UNTIL APRIL. IF THE F.Y. 2017 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL DOES NOT CONTAIN $3.2 BILLION IN O.C.O. FOR THIS INCREASE, PARTICULARLY THE ARMY, MAY BE FORCED TO REPROGRAM FROM OTHER CRITICAL ACCOUNTS OR GIVE PINK SLIPS TO DEDICATED SOLDIERS. LASTLY, I WANT TO THANK JOE HECK FOR HIS TWO YEARS OF LEADERSHIP AND BIPARTISANSHIP ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE. HIS DEDICATION TO WORKING WITH ME AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON BEHALF OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES IS A CREDIT TO HIMSELF AND HIS VALUES AS A PUBLIC SERVICE AND I WILL MISS WORKING WITH HIM. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. ROGERS.

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    MR. ROGERS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THE 55TH CONSECUTIVE NDAA ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES VITAL PROVISIONS, SUCH AS PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS, APICKSED TO THE IN-STRENGTH AND IT BEGINS TO ADDRESS THE READINESS CRISIS THAT IS LITERALLY CLAIMING THE LIVES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. A SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES TO MY FRIEND AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MR. COOPER. HE'S A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH. ROLL TIDE. THE CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES CRITICAL PROVISIONS RESULTING FROM OVERSIGHT OF THE STRATEGIC FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE. FOR EXAMPLE, REGARDING THE NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE, IT ENABLES RATIONAL -- A RATIONAL TRANSITION TO THE END OF OUR RELIANCE ON THE RUSSIAN RD-180 ENGINE. THE AGREEMENT PRIORITIZES FOR U.S. REPLACEMENT OF THE RD-180 ENGINE. IT REJECTS THE AIR FORCE STRATEGY TO PAY FOR THREE NEW LAUNCH SYSTEMS TO COMMERCIAL PROVIDERS. IN FACT, THE AIR FORCE SHOULD ONLY HOLD ITS INDUSTRY DAY AND TAKE NO FURTHER ACTION UNTIL THE NEW ADMINISTRATION HAS A CHANCE TO CONDUCT A FULL COST, POLICY AND LEGAL ANALYSIS. IT GIVES THE AIR FORCE ONE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WAR FIGHTER REQUIREMENTS AND BRING ORDER TO THE DEPARTMENT'S WEATHER COLLECTION PRACTICE. THE ANALYSIS. IT GIVES CONFERENCE REPORT PROHIBITS FUND FORG THE ADMINISTRATION'S MISGUIDED PROPOSAL TO ACCELERATE DISMANTJLT OF RETIRED NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AUTHORIZES AN ADDITIONAL $100 MILLION IN FUNDING TO PAY -- TO HELP PAY AND ADDRESS THE MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS AND DEFERRED MAINTENANCE BACKLOGS FOR THE N.S.A. GIVES THE AIR FORCE ONE FINAL CHANCE TO PRIORITIZE THE STRATEGIC MISSILE WARNING SYSTEM AND CONCERNING MISSILE DEFENSE, THE CONFERENCE REPORT RESTRICTS FUNDING FOR THE ARMY'S LOWER TIER AIR AND MISSILE DEFENSE RADAR MODERNIZATION PROGRAM. THE CHIEF WANTED MORE ACQUISITION AUTHORITY. THE BILL GIVES IT TO HIM AND I EXPECT HIM TO USE IT. I'M ALSO PROUD TO SEE THE CONFERENCE REPORT INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO REPEAL THE COLD WAR MISSILE DEFENSE ACT, WHICH SOUGHT TO LIMIT U.S. MISSILE DEPLOYMENTS AND PROVIDES FULL FUNDING OF THE REQUEST OF OUR ALLIES IN ISRAEL FOR $600 MILLION PER CO-DEVELOPMENT OF IRON DOME, AERO 3. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK AND REQUEST CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SMITH

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO MR. LANGEVIN.

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    3 1/2 MINUTES. I APOLOGIZE.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO BEGIN BY THANKING RANKING MEMBER SUBMIT,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO BEGIN BY THANKING RANKING MEMBER SUBMIT, CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, AND CHAIRMAN WILSON FOR THE TIRELESS WORK ON THIS BILL. AS WELL AS THE -- ALL THE WORK ON BEHALF OF THE STAFF OF THE FULL ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE. AND MY PERSONAL STAFF, KATHERINE MITCHELL, AND AMANDA. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A LOT TO BE PROUD OF IN THE CONFERENCE REPORT BEFORE US TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION BOTH PROVIDES FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR WAR FIGHTERS AND ULTIMATELY TAKE STRONG STEPS TORTS STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. -- TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE EMERGING THREAT CAPABILITIES OF THE NDAA FIRST AND HE FOREMOST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CYBERDOUGH NAIN. AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, MY COLLEAGUES AND I CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE EXECUTION OF CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS AND THE READINESS OF CYBERMISSION FORCES WARRANTS A NEW UNIFIED COMBATANT COMMAND. NOW CURRENTLY -- SUBUNIFIED COMMAND UNDER STRATCOME. THE BILL REITERATES THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY AND REGULAR UPDATES TO CONGRESS. CYBEROPERATIONS. INTERNAL POLICIES AND AUTHORITIES. AND OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES. THIS SETS THE STAGE FOR CREATING A FORMALIZED FRAMEWORK FOR OVERSIGHT OF U.S. CYBERCOMMAND NEXT YEAR. THE LEGISLATION ALSO FORMALIZES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRINCIPAL CYBERADVISOR TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND CYBERCOMMAND. AIDING THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF THEIR RESPECTIVE ROILS AND RESPONSIBILITIES -- ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. WE HAVE COME TO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT THESE DISTINCTIONS ARE TO BOTH PARTIES, THUS IT CLARIFIES THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, BY E.T.C. COLLEAGUES AND I STRIVE TO CHAMPION INNOVATION WHEREVER POSSIBLE. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES A DEMONSTRATION PILOT PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS SELECT D.O.D. LABORATORY DIRECTORS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS OF THEIR LABS. THIS WILL ENSURE THEY COULD USE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES TO VIOLENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGHS WITH GREATER LEVELS OF AGILLITY. AS DIRECTOR OF ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES CONTINUE TO MATURE AND BE READY TO BE FIELDED IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE BILL DESIGNATES A SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH -- WITHIN THE D.O.D. TO REDUCE REDUNDIANCY, AND ADVANCE KEY POLICY CONSIDERATIONS FOR USES OF SUCH TECHNOLOGY. EARLIER THIS YEAR THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER WAS CREATED BY EXECUTIVE ORDER WITHIN THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND TASKED WITH COORDINATING U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM MESSAGING WITH OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. THIS YEAR THE E.T.C. PORTION OF THE BILL FORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT CENTER AND EXPANDS THE SCOPE OF ITS MISSION TO INCLUDE COUNTERING PROPAGANDA OF STATE ACTORS BY PERMITTING THE D.O.D. TO TRANSFER FUNDS TO THE ORGANIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME WE COUNTER THE DANGEROUS RHETORIC OF BOTH ISIL AND RUSSIA ARE USING TO INFLUENCE POPULATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD AND HERE AT HOME. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL POLICIES AND PROGRAMS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF EMERGING THREATS AND CAPABILITIES. BEYOND THAT, I'M ALSO PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THIS BILL MAKES THE NECESSARY INVESTMENTS IN OUR NATION'S -- NAVY'S NUCLEAR SUBMARINE FORCE, THE MOST SURVIVABLE LEG OF THE TRY ADD. THE VIRGINIA -- TRIADE. THE VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINE AND OHIO CLASS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S DEFENSE. AND I'M VERY PLEASED THAT THEY ARE PRIORITIZED AND PROPERLY RESOURCED IN THIS LEGISLATION. SO WITH THAT I WANT TO AGAIN THANK THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY, RANKING MEMBER SMITH, AND CHAIRMAN WILSON. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:35:02 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,

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    MR. WITTMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 2943, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 2943, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND RANKING MEMBER SMITH FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP HERE AND ALSO OUR READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MS. BORDALLO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. AND CONSTANT AND TIRELESS EFFORTS IN THIS ENDEAVOR. THE EFFORTS BEHIND THE 2017 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WERE TRULY BIPARTISAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM ALL OF OUR SERVICE BRANCHES ABOUT THE NECESSITY TO ADDRESS OUR MILITARY'S ALARMING READINESS SHORTFALLS. THEIR ACCOUNTS WERE SOBERING TO SAY THE LEAST. WE NOW CONFRONT THE MAINTENANCE, SUSTAINMENT, AND READINESS ISSUES WE PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW. TODAY WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF REDUCING THE RISK FOR OUR WAR FIGHTERS BY MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE WELL TRAINED AND HAVE COMBAT READY EQUIPMENT. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT THAT NAME TO BOLSTER OUR MILITARY READINESS. IN ADDITION TO THE PAY RAISE, AND INCREASES IN END STRENGTH, THIS REPORT DIRECTS SEVERAL ASSESSMENTS OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT'S PLANS TO REBUILD READINESS, ENHANCE EXERCISES, AND MODERNIZE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS. IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR INCREASED MILITARY CONSTRUCTION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST. IT PROVIDES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH FLEXIBILITY FOR HIRING CIVILIANS TO FILL CRITICAL MANPOWER CAPABILITY GAPS, IN PARTICULAR AT OUR DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE FACILITIES OR DEPOTS, ARSENALS, AND SHIPYARDS. AND IT INCREASES FUNDING TO THE MILITARY SERVICE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS. CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO RESTORE READINESS. NONE OF THESE READINESS PROVISIONS WERE INCLUDED ARBITRARILY. THEY WERE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED TO BEGIN TO REVERSE THE DECLINE IN THE READINESS OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND BRING THEM CLOSER TO ACHIEVING FULL SPECTRUM READINESS LEVELS. THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST IF WE'RE TO COMBAT AND DETER THE THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, IN THAT VAIN I STRONGLY URGE S. 2943, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT IT AS WELL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, ALSO WAS ENORMOUSLY HELPFUL WITH A NUMBER ASPECTS OF THIS BILL. I APPRECIATE HIS HELP AND SUPPORT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. I HAVE THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA OF VIRGINIA. THE HEART OF OUR NATION'S SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRIAL BASE. I WANT TO UNDERSCORE MY SUPPORT FOR THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP MAINTENANCE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL. INCLUDING THE LANGUAGE URGING THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO SPEED UP THE PROCUREMENT SCHEDULE FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIERS TO ENSURE OUR CARRIER FLEET DOES NOT AGAIN BE REDUCED TO JUST 10 CARRIERS. THESE PROVISION ALSO NOT ONLY SIGNIFICANTLY BENEFIT MY REGION, BUT WILL BE CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, THE CHAIR OF THE SEA POWER SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. FORBES, AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. COURTNEY, FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THE SHIPBUILDING ASPECTS OF THE BILL. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WORK FORCE -- EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE, I'M PLEASED TO SEE THAT THE FINAL CONFERENCE REPORT ELIMINATED THREE MATTERS OF GRAVE CONCERN THAT WOULD HAVE ADVERSELY AFFECTED WORKING CONDITIONS FOR SHIPYARD WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES OF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS. THE FIRST PROVISION ELIMINATED FROM THE BILL WOULD HAVE SEVERELY UNDERMINED THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS MANY SHIPYARD WORKERS NOW RECEIVE. THE SECOND PROBLEMATIC PROVISION WOULD HAVE AUTHORIZED TAXPAYER FUNDED EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION. A THIRD PROVISION ELIMINATED FROM THE BILL WOULD HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY DIMINISHED THE APPLICATION OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON FAIR PAY AND SAFE WORKPLACES. THIS ORDER WILL NOW REMAIN IN EFFECT AND IT WILL HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD SO THAT THOSE CONTRACTORS WHO WILLFULLY AND REPEATEDLY VIOLATE WORKPLACE SAFETY, LABOR, AND CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS WILL NOT GAIN COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES OVER THOSE LAW-ABIDING CONTRACTORS WHO FAITHFULLY COMPLY WITH EMPLOYMENT LAWS. IN CLOSING, MR. CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE EXCEPTIONAL WORK MADE BY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. SMITH, WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. THORNBERRY, TO PRODUCE A BILL THAT ADDRESSES THE DEFENSE NEEDS OF OUR NATION, BUT ALSO ENSURES THAT WORKERS ARE TREATED FAIRLY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, A COMBAT VETERAN WHO HAS PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN FORMULATING THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. GIBSON.

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    MR. GIBSON

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. THIS MAY VERY WELL BE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO COME OUT OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE SINCE GOLDWATER-NICK OHMS. I SAY THAT FOR FIVE MINUTES. NUMBER ONE, IT REFORMS THE STRATEGY PLANNING PROCESS RECLAIMING ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE CONGRESS WITH REGARD TO PROVIDING STRATEGY GUIDANCE. TWO, IT EMPOWERS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. I THINK THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR UNITY OF EFFORT. EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES. ALSO FOR CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS. THREE, BOLD ACQUISITION REFORMS. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED IN TERMS OF AGILLITY, TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, WE BRING FORWARD MAJOR REFORMS HERE. AND QUITE FRANKLY WE'RE EMPOWERING THE SERVICES. THIS IS SOME OF THE TESTIMONY WE RECEIVED. AND IN THE PROCESS WE HAVE HAD PROVIDED INCENTIVES AND ALSO CONSEQUENCES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE. I THINK THIS IS ALL GOING TO BE GOOD NEWS FOR THE TAXPAYER THAT'S COUNTING ON US TO GET THIS RIGHT. FOURTH, DECISIVE STEPS TO IMPROVE READINESS. WE'RE ENTERING A NEW ERA, MR. SPEAKER. A THE THE DRAWDOWN IS OVER. WE'RE INCREASING IN STRENGTH AND I THINK THIS IS IMPORTANT ON A CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TRIP I LED THIS SUMMER, LISTENING TO THE COMMANDER THE IN THE EUROPEAN COMMAND, THIS BILL AND ALL THE RESOURCE THAT IS COME WITH IT IS GOING TO HELP STRENGTHEN DETERRENCE. THIS IS ALSO A GOOD BILL FOR NATO. AND I MENTIONED RESOURCES, THIS WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THE JOINT CHIEFS AND TO THEIR SENIOR ENLISTED ADVISORS. THEY SAID, THEY WELCOME THE END STRENGTH, BUT IT HAD TO COME WITH THE RESOURCES. THEY DID NOT WANT TO HOLLOW OUT THE FORCE. WE HAVE LISTENED AND WE HAVE DONE THIS. MONEY FOR TRAINING. IT'S A VERY DANGEROUS BUSINESS AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE TRAINING BE REALISTIC. WE REINFORCED THE ACCOUNT FOR THE C.T.C.'S. FLYING HOURS AND THE SPARE PARTS THAT COME WITH T FIVE, MR. SPEAKER, THE PAY RAISE, WHICH IS SO JUSTIFIABLY EARNED. I'M PROUD OF THIS BILL. I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF. THIS STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS SECOND TO NONE AND IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE. GOD BLESS THIS NATION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:42:30 AM

    MR. SMITH

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME EACH SIDE HAS REMAINING?

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU. WITH THAT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEFMENT COMMITTEE, MR. GARAMENDI.

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  • 10:42:49 AM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE,…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. THORNBERRY, THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. SMITH, AND THE MEMBERS, MY COLLEAGUES, FOR EXCEPTIONAL PIECE OF WORK HERE. IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BILL. DO I SUPPORT IT. I DO HAVE SOME RESERVATIONS I'D LIKE TO SPEAK TO AT LEAST ONE OF THEM AT THE MOMENT. I WANT TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE MEMBERS SECTION 671 OF THE NDAA CONCERNING THE ONGOING BONUS CLAWBACK ISSUE AFFECTING THOUSANDS OF CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARDSMEN. I'M PLEASED THAT A PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE FIX IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK, I THINK SOME OF THE LANGUAGE NEEDS TO BE CLARIFIED FURTHER TO ENSURE THAT GUARDSMEN ARE TREATED FAIRLY. FIRST AND FOREMOST I HAVE CONCERNS WITH THE STANDARD USED TO DETERMINE IF A GUARDSMAN'S DEBT SHOULD BE WAIVED OR NOT. THE CURRENT LANGUAGE SAYS THE D.O.D. NEEDS TO PRODUCE A PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE TO DEMONSTRATE FRAUD ON THE PART OF THE GARTSMAN AND WITHHOLD THEIR BONUS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN PRACTICE? WE'RE NOT SURE. THIS IS VAGUE AND SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. I BELIEVE THIS STANDARD MUST BE BETTER DEFINED AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT IN THE FUTURE. I'M ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT SUBSECTION C-1-B WHICH GIVES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FAR TOO MUCH LEEWAY IN DETERMINING WHICH CASES WARRANT REVIEW. SECRETARY CARTER HAS PLEDGED TO REVIEW EVERY CASE, THIS GIVES D.O.D. THE OPTION OF IGNORING ABOUT 2,000 CASES. THAT WOULD BE A PROBLEM. OUR JOB ISN'T YET DONE. THERE WILL BE A HEARING NEXT WEEK ON THIS ISSUE. WILL ATTEMPT TO GET FURTHER CLARIFICATION TO PROTECT THOSE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ACCEPTED A BONUS, WENT TO WAR, PERFORMED THEIR DUTIES, AND ARE NOW SUBJECT TO A CALLBACK. THAT SHOULD NOT HAPPEN. ONE MORE THING TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COMMITTEE IS THE STRATEGY ARMS PORTION OF THIS -- STRATEGIC ARMS FORCE OF THIS BILL WHICH CONTINUES A TRILLION DOLLAR PROJECT OF RECAPITALIZING OUR ENTIRE NUCLEAR ARSENAL. WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THAT IN THE FUTURE. IT'S EXTRAORDINARILY EXPENSIVE AND DANGEROUS W THAT I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:44:56 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS, THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MRS. HARTZLER, FOR PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY.

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  • 10:45:08 AM

    MRS. HARTZLER

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AS WELL…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL AS WELL AS RANKING MEMBER SMITH AND HARDWORKING DEDICATED STAFF. THIS IS A GREAT BILL. IT IS A WIN FOR OUR TROOPS AND IT IS A WIN FOR NATIONAL DID HE FENCE, AND I FULLY SUPPORT IT. . THE RUSSELL AMENDMENT PASSED THIS HOUSE BUT WAS NOT IN THE FINAL BILL. THE ATTACKS ON THIS COMMONSENSE LANGUAGE HAS BEEN DISHONESTLY AND GROSSLY INACCURATE. THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS LANGUAGE USES EXISTING FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS TO CLARIFY HIRING PRACTICES OF RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS WHEN THEY PARTNER WITH THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH GRANTS AND CONTRACTS. RELIGIOUS CHARITIES ARE SELFLESS AND CRUCIAL PROVIDERS WHO OFTEN GO WHERE NO ONE ELSE WILL GO TO HELP THE VULNERABLE. THEY RESETTLE REFUGEES, COUNSEL VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING, PRAY FOR SOLDIERS IN WAR ZONES AND COMFORT VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS LOTTED THESE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND SENATE DEMOCRATS NEARLY IDENTICAL PROVISION IN NDAA IN 2013, MOST OPPOSING THIS VOTED FOR IN THE PAST. WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE VITAL PARTNERSHIPS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE CHAIRMAN NEXT CONGRESS TO ADDRESS THESE MOST BASIC OF INTERESTS.

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  • 10:46:27 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MRS. HARTZLER

    ABSOLUTELY.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I WANT TO REITERATE THIS ISSUE FOR HOUSE MAJORITY CONFEREES FOR MANY…

    I WANT TO REITERATE THIS ISSUE FOR HOUSE MAJORITY CONFEREES FOR MANY YEARS. ORGANIZATIONS OF FAITH HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BOTH CONTRACT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND HIRE, ACCORDING TO THEIR FAITH PRACTICES. THAT'S BEEN ESPECIALLY TRUE WITH RELIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES, CHAPLAIN SERVICES AND REFUGEE SERVICE PROVIDERS. YET, EXECUTIVE ACTION, UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, HAS CREATED A DIRECT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE POLICY AND THESE LONG STANDING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS' RELIGIOUS TENANTS. WHILE THE NDAA WAS ALWAYS AN IMPERFECT VEHICLE FOR THIS DISCUSSION, MAJORITY CONFEREES BELIEVE THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS MUST BE REVIEWED AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS, NOT JUST FOR D.O.D., BUT FOR THE GOVERNMENT NATIONWIDE. AND I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI ON THESE VERY ISSUES.

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  • 10:47:35 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MS. BORDALLO OF GUAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO MS. BORDALLO OF GUAM FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COLLOQUY WITH THE CHAIRMAN, MR. THORNBERRY.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND WISH TO ENGAGE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, IN A COLLOQUY. MR. CHAIRMAN, LET ME FIRST START BY THANKING YOU AND THE COMMITTEE STAFF, AGAIN, FOR WORKING DILIGENTLY WITH US TO ADDRESS A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS IMPORTANT TO OUR TERRITORY, OUR ISLAND AND U.S. POSTURE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. I ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR EFFORTS TO ADDRESS WORK FORCE ISSUES THROUGH THE INCLUSION IN THE HOUSE BILL OF A TARGETED REMEDY FOR THE H-2-V VISA DENIAL ISSUE, PARTICULARLY AFFECTING MILITARY HEALTH CARE AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON GUAM. THOUGH THE HOUSE JUDICIARY MAJORITY AND MINORITY APPROVED THE LANGUAGE, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PROVISION WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FINAL CONFERENCE AGREEMENT DUE TO CONCERNS RAISED BY THE SENATE JUDICIARY MAJORITY. AS WE LOOK TOWARDS NEXT YEAR, WILL THE CHAIRMAN COMMIT TO WORKING WITH ME TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE TO ENSURE THE REALIGNMENT OF U.S. MARINES TO OKINAWA IS NOT ADVERSELY IMPACTED?

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  • 10:48:51 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. THORNBERRY

    I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HER…

    I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HER HOSPITALITY. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE ISSUE THAT SHE RAISES DURING MY RECENT VISIT TO GUAM, AND I UNDERSTAND THE WORK FORCE ISSUES THERE MUCH BETTER AS WELL AS THE UNACCEPTABLE IMPACTS IT'S ALREADY HAVING ON OUR MILITARY ACTIVITY ON GUAM. OUR STRATEGIC PRESENCE THERE, MR. SPEAKER, AND THE U.S. MARINE REALIGNMENT ARE CRITICAL NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. AND THIS ISSUE MUST BE ADDRESSED SOON. WE NEED TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE WORK FORCE IS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE CURRENT MILITARY PRESENCE AS WELL AS THE ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE INCREASE. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TO WORK WITH THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM AND TO THE MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL TO FIND AN ACCEPTABLE SOLUTION IN THE COMING YEAR.

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  • 10:49:47 AM

    MS. BORDALLO

    I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I APPRECIATE THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO STOP…

    I THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND I APPRECIATE THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO STOP ON GUAM IN OCTOBER TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND THE STRATEGIC VALUE OF OUR ISLAND AND ALSO BETTER UNDERSTAND FIRSTHAND SOME OF THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES. IT WAS A REAL HONOR FOR YOUR VISIT TO THE PEOPLE OF GUAM. AND I THANK YOU BOTH YOU AND OUR RANKING MEMBER SMITH.

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  • 10:50:14 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE PERSONNEL SUBCOMMITTEE, GENERAL DR. HECK, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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    MR. HECK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO SENATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO SENATE 2943, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS CONFERENCE REPORT CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT POLICY AND FUNDING PRIORITIES TO CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING THE READINESS OF OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND THEIR FAMILIES. INCLUDED IN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT ARE MANY IMPORTANT INITIATIVES. SPECIFICALLY, IT PROVIDES A FULLY FUNDED PAY RAISE. THIS IS THE LARGEST PAY RAISE FOR OUR MILITARY IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND THE FIRST FULL PAY RAISE IN FOUR YEARS. AFTER THREE YEARS OF LOWER PAY RAISES THAN ALLOWED BY LAW, IT IS TIME THAT WE GIVE OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES THE PAY INCREASE THEY DESERVE. IT STOPS THE TROOP REDUCTIONS IN OUR ARMED FORCES, THEREBY INCREASING READINESS WHILE REDUCING THE STRESS AND STRAIN ON OUR FORCE AND THE FAMILIES. IT REFORMS THE MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE A READY MEDICAL FORCE AND A MEDICALLY READY FORCE WHILE PROVIDING A QUALITY HEALTH CARE BENEFIT VALUED BY ITS BENEFICIARIES. IT MODERNIZES THE UNIFORMED CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEM'S EFFICIENCY AND TRARNS PARENTSY WHILE -- TRANSPARENCY WHILE ALSO ENHANCING VICTIMS' RIGHTS AND IT PROTECTS THE ECONOMY SEAR SYSTEM WHILE IMPROVING IT SO THAT THE SYSTEM REMAINS AT GOOD VALUE FOR THE SHOPPERS. IN CONCLUSION, I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS, FOR HER CONTRIBUTIONS AND SUPPORT IN THIS PROCESS. IT'S TRULY BEEN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HER. I ALSO WANT TO WORK THE SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS AND OFFER MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THE HARD WORK, DEDICATION OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF. LASTLY, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. THORNBERRY, FOR HIS SUPPORT AND FOR ENTRUSTING ME WITH THE GREAT PRIVILEGE AND HONOR OF CHAIRING THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO SENATE 2943 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:52:28 AM

    MR. SMITH

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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  • 10:52:35 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO S. 2943, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. THIS ACT IS DESIGNED TO MEET THE THREATS WE FACE TODAY AS WELL AS THE FUTURE, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS -- CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE FROM TEXAS AS WELL AS THE RANKING MEMBER FROM WASHINGTON, BOTH HAVING WORKED TOGETHER IN THIS ENORMOUS TASK TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND OUR NATION. THE RESULTS OF OUR WORK HERE TODAY WILL REFLECT OUR STRONG COMMITMENT TO ENSURE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED SERVICES RECEIVE THE BENEFITS AND SUPPORT THAT THEY DESERVE FOR THEIR FAITHFUL SERVICE. BUILDING ON THESE EFFORTS, THIS BILL CONTAINS INITIATIVES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN. THIS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZES THE REALITY THAT WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD WHERE THREATS ARE NOT EASILY IDENTIFIABLE AND OUR ENEMIES ARE NOT BOUND BY BONDERS. IN CONFRONTING THIS TYPE OF ENEMY DESERVES A WELL-PREPARED READY MILITARY OF WHICH I STRONGLY SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M DELIGHTED AND VERY PLEASED THAT THE WORK THAT WE DID TOGETHER WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER , AMENDMENTS I OFFERED ARE IN THIS LEGISLATION. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING THE IMPORTANCE OF INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NORTHCOMM IN FULFILLING ITS CRITICAL MISSION IN PROTECTING THE HOMELAND IN THE EVENT OF WAR AND WORKING WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT CALLING FOR A REPORT ON AMERICAN EFFORTS IN TO COMBAT BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA AND THE COUNTRIES IN THE LAKE CHAD REGION BY WAY OF PROVISION OF TECHNICAL TRAINING AND EVIDENCE-GATHERING STRATEGIES, TO NAME A FEW. HAVING GONE TO THE REGION, HAVING BEEN DEALING WITH THE MISSING GIRLS FOR NOW FOUR YEARS-PLUS, WE KNOW THE DEVASTATION THERE. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO CONDUCT OUTREACH PROGRAMS TO ADDRESS SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS -- SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY WOMEN VETERANS AND SOCIALLY AND ECONOMIC MINORITIES. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE AN ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS LISTING THE COMMON GROUNDS FOR SUSTAINING PROTESTS, INCLUDING AND RELATING TO BIDS. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SPEAKER, AND LET ME JUST PERSONALLY THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR ALWAYS WELCOMING MEMBERS AND THE IDEAS AND NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE FOR THEIR DISTRICTS AND ALSO FOR THIS NATION. WE ARE BETTER FOR IT, AND WE'RE BETTER WE'RE PREPARING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY TO KEEP THEM SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:55:16 AM

    MR. THORNBERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUED MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VALUED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, DR. WENSTRUP.

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  • 10:55:25 AM

    MR. WENSTRUP

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO ACCOMPANY SENATE 2943, THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017. CONGRESS HAS UPHELD ITS CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE BY PASSING THE NDAA 55 YEARS IN A ROW AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING THIS THE 56TH. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL CONTAINS A NUMBER OF VITALLY IMPORTANT PROVISIONS TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DEPLOYED OVERSEAS, STOP THE DANGEROUS DRAWDOWN OF THE MILITARY AND BEGIN REBUILDING OUR FORCE FOR THE FUTURE. IT INCREASED THE IN STRENGTH OF OUR ARMED FORCES, GIVE OUR TROOPS A SUBSTANTIAL PAY RAISE AND RESTRAINS RESTRICTIONS ON THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO BRING DETAINEES FROM GUANTANAMO TO U.S. SOIL. ONE PROVISION I'M PARTICULARLY PROUD OF IS THE JOINT TRAUMA EDUCATION AND TRAINING DR.ATE. TOO OFTEN WE TAKE FOR -- DOCTORATE. TOO OFTEN WE TAKE FOR GRANTED DOCTORS AND SURGEONS. THEY WORK IN GRUELING CONDITIONS. THE JOINT TRAUMA EDUCATION AND TRAINING DOCTORATE WILL SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS, ALLOWING MILITARY TRAUMA SURGEONS AND PHYSICIANS TO EMBED WITH CIVILIAN CENTERS, MAINTAINING MEDICAL READINESS AND DEEMPLOYABILITY FOR FUTURE ARMED CONFLICTS. BY CONNECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH CIVILIAN HOSPITALS, THESE PARTNERSHIPS WILL SERVE THE NEEDS OF OUR MILITARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO THE BENEFIT OF THE WHOLE NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:57:03 AM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LEE.

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    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER FOR YIELDING AND FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP ON SMEEVEN THESE VERY CRITICAL ISSUES. MR. SPEAKER -- ON SO MANY OF THESE CRITICAL ISSUES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT WHICH WOULD AUTHORIZE ANOTHER $618 BILLION IN SPENDING TO OUR ALREADY OUT-OF-CONTROL DEFENSE BUDGET. IT WOULD ALSO EXPAND FUNDING FOR WARS THAT CONGRESS HAS NEVER DEBATED, AND ONCE AGAIN, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE USED AN ADJUST BOOKS SPENDING GIMMICK TO FURTHER EXPAND THE ALREADY BLOATED PENTAGON BUDGET. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. INSTEAD OF WRITING BLANK CHECKS TO THE PENTAGON, CONGRESS NEEDS TO LIVE UP TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO DEBATE MATTERS OF WAR AND PEACE. WE NEED TO RIP UP THE 2001 BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR. WE NEED TO STOP FUNDING WARS WITHOUT END WITH NO DEBATE ON THE COST AND CONSEQUENCES TO OUR TROOPS OR TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, I DO HAVE TO SAY THAT I'M PLEASED THAT MY AMENDMENT, WHICH I CO-AUTHORED WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN BURGESS, TO REPORT ON THE ODD READINESS OF THE PENTAGON, THAT BILL AND AMENDMENT PASSED, BUT MUCH WORK REMAINS. BY CALLING OUR SPEAKER TO ACT TO BRING SOME ACCOUNTABILITY TO PENTAGON SPENDING AND TO BRING FORTH AN AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THESE NEW WARS, WE NEED TO DO OUR JOB, SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL AND REJECT THIS WASTEFUL SPENDING.

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    MEERKS I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO -- MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO…

    MEERKS I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO -- MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIR OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON READINESS, MS. STEFANIK.

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    MS. STEFANIK

    I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE F.Y. 2017 NDAA…

    I RISE TODAY TO EXPRESS MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE F.Y. 2017 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT. I WANT TO FIRST THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS DEDICATION AND CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP DURING THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE PROCESS. I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL BILL THAT TRULY HITS HOME FOR MY DISTRICT AND FOR OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. MY DISTRICT IS THE PROUD HOME OF FORT DRUM, AND THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR THE ONGOING COMBAT OPERATIONS WHERE TROOPS FROM THE 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION CONTINUE TO SELFLESSLY SERVE, AND IT ALSO FULLY SUPPORTS OUR NAVY'S NUCLEAR COMMUNITY FROM OPERATIONAL CAPABILITIES TO NUCLEAR TRAINING SITES IN NEW YORK. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IS THE FULL 2.1% PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS. TO OUR NATION'S DEDICATED AND BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS WHO RISK IT ALL TO PROVIDE US WITH PROTECTION AND SECURITY AND TO THEIR LOVED ONES WHO ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THEIR RETURN. THIS BILL PREVENTS A POSSIBLE READINESS CRISIS BY INVESTING IN OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL AND PRESERVING THEIR EXPERTISE. IN ORDER FOR OUR MILITARY TO CONTINUE ITS SUPERIORITY IN ANY BATTLEFIELD AND THROUGH COUNTLESS COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS, THIS BILL ENDS THE MISGUIDED DRAWDOWN OF TROOPS. IT ENSURES WE HAVE A LAND FORCE'S IN STRENGTH TO FACE THE WORLD'S CHALLENGES AND PROTECT OUR NATION. EVERY DAY I AM GRATEFUL AND HUMBLED TO REPRESENT SO MANY BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR RESILIENT LOVED ONES. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS VITAL BILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

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    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. AIL CLOSE. I RESERVE. COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY.

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    MISS MCSALI

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SPORT OF THE NDAA AND THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR…

    I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SPORT OF THE NDAA AND THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND BEING A MEMBER OF THAT COMMITTEE. AS A RETIRED AIR FORCE COLONEL AND A-10 PILOT I'M TROUBLE BY THE ATROPHYING OF OUR MILITARY. WE ONCE HAD 134 FIGHTER SQUADRONS. TODAY WE HAVE 55. WE HAD 946,000 TOTAL FORCE MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AIRMEN, NOW WE'RE DOWN TO 660,000. WE'RE SHORT 700 FIGHTER PILOTS, 4,000 MAINTAINERS, AND CRITICAL NEW MISSIONS. YET THE WORLD ISN'T GETTING ANY SAFER. THIS BILL TAKES CRUCIAL STEPS TO REVERSE THE READINESS CRISIS, HELP ENSURE OUR MILITARY HAS THE TRAINING, MANPOWER, RESOURCES THEY NEED TO KEEP US SAFE. IT INCREASES END STRENGTH. IT FULLY PROTECTS THE MIGHTY A-10 WART HOG, OUR BEST CLOSE AIR SUPPORT ASSETS AND INCLUDES CRITICAL LANGUAGE I AUTHORED TO REQUIRE A FLY OFF BETWEEN THE A-10 BEFORE A SINGLE-A-10 CAN BE RETIRED. IT FUNDS THE AIR FORCE'S ONLY DEDICATED ELECTRONIC WARFARE ASSETS AND FULLY FUNDS VITAL MUNITIONS WE NEED FOR THE FUTURE LIKE CYBERINTELLIGENCE AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE. I'M PROUD TO HAVE WORK ON THE COMMITTEE WITH CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY AND CHAIRMAN MCCAIN ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL BILL. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

    AT THIS POINT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS, WHICH HAS MADE A NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS CONFERENCE REPORT, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. CHABOT.

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    I ALSO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT BECAUSE IT…

    I ALSO RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS CONFERENCE REPORT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES FOR OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE AND ALSO SUPPORTS AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES. AS WAS MENTIONED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS, I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND JUST HOW VITAL SMALL BUSINESSES ARE IN PROVIDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WITH THE GOODS AND SERVICES IT NEEDS IN A COST-EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MANNER. ALSO INCLUDED WITHIN THIS CONFERENCE REPORT ARE CONTRACTING REFORMS WHICH WILL PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESSES WITH GREATER ACCESS TO DEFENSE CONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES, AS WELL AS EXTEND SUCH IMPORTANT PROGRAMS AS SBIR AND STTR RESEARCH PROGRAMS. FINALLY THIS CONFERENCE REPORT CALLS ON AGENCIES TO PROVIDE CYBERSECURITY RESOURCES TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM CYBERATTACKS, WHICH IS BECOMING A GREATER AND GREATER THREAT TO BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND REALLY ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS HARD WORK, HIS LEADERSHIP. HE'S DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB IN GETTING THIS CRUCIAL LEGISLATION FINALLY ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, MANY OF THE SMALL BUSINESS PROVISIONS INCLUDED WITHIN THIS REPORT CAME OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE WITH STRONG, IF NOT UNANIMOUS, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. WORKING TOGETHER THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STRENGTHEN THE SMALL BUSINESS INDUSTRIAL BASE WHICH IS SO FUNDAMENTAL TO THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION AS A WHOLE. AGAIN I WANT TO THANK ALL THE MEMBERS OF MR. THORNBERRY'S COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS. IT'S A JOB WELL-DONE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. JUST WANT TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. JUST WANT TO MAKE THREE ISSUES. SOME OF THEM WERE RAISED DURING THE COURSE OF THE DEBATE. FIRST OF ALL I LIKE A LOT OF WHAT IS IN THIS BILL. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT WHAT IS NOT IN THIS BILL. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT WERE EXTRANEOUS TO THE ACTUAL BUSINESS OF NATIONAL SECURITY THAT HAD BEEN PUT IN BY ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER THAT IN CONFERENCE WE WERE ABLE TO REMOVE. AND ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT ONES WAS ONE RAISED EARLIER, THE SO-CALLED RUSSELL AMENDMENT, HAVING TO DO WITH THE ABILITY OF COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE RECEIVING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO DISCRIMINATE. AND I WAS VERY MUCH OPPOSED TO THE RUSSELL AMENDMENT. I'M HAPPY WE AGREED TO TAKE IT OUT. I JUST WANT TO EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. IT'S REALLY RATHER SIMPLE. ALL THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT THE PRESIDENT DID ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS WAS, ALL THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS SAYING IF YOU DO BUSINESS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT YOU CANNOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CERTAIN CLASSES OF PEOPLE. I DON'T REMEMBER ALL THE DIFFERENT CLASSES, BUT CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BIG ONES IS YOU CAN'T DISCRIMINATE BASED ON RACE. SO IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU'RE RELIGIOUS TENANTS ARE RACISTS, IF SAY, FOR INSTANCE, YOU DON'T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE AND DON'T EMPLOY THEM AND DON'T WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM, WE AS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE DECIDED THAT THAT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE. AND WE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO DO BUSINESS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ALL THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER DID WAS ADDED THE LGBT COMMUNITY TO THOSE PROTECTED CLASSES. SO BASICALLY WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS, NOT ONLY IS IT NOT ACCEPTABLE TOCK RACIST, IT IS ALSO NOT ACCEPTABLE TO BE HOMOPHOBIC. I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THAT. I WOULD HOPE OUR COUNTRY WOULD GET TO THE PLACE WHERE IT WOULD AGREE WITH THAT AS WELL. IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU MUST DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE SIMPLY BASED ON THEIR SEXUAL PREFERENCE, THEN WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU. THAT IS A POLICY THAT I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE. AND THAT IS THE -- WHAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER DOES. TO REVERSE THAT IN THE DEFENSE BILL I THINK WOULD BE AN ABOMINATION, THRICK SINCE WE MADE SUCH PROGRESS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. WE FINALLY GOT RID OF DON'T-ASK, DON'T-TELL. SO THAT GAY AND LESBIAN PEOPLE CAN SERVE OPENLY IN THE MILITARY. THEY HAVE SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR DECADES. I'M SORRY, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. IF WE COULD --

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    OF FLINT ARE STILL IN DIRE DISTRESS, WHICH IS TERRIBLY UNFORTUNATE GIVEN…

    OF FLINT ARE STILL IN DIRE DISTRESS, WHICH IS TERRIBLY UNFORTUNATE GIVEN THE LENGTH OF THIS CRISIS. AND THE CLAUSES -- CAUSES OF THIS CRISIS IN SOME RESPECTS. LASTLY, MR. LEADER, I ASKED YOU THIS AND YOU RESPONDED THAT THE 9TH WAS THE DATE, BUT DO YOU SEE ANY POSSIBILITY OF GOING BEYOND THE 9TH, THAT WE NEED TO WARN OUR MEMBERS ABOUT? BECAUSE WE ARE HEARING THAT BOTH ON THE SENATE SIDE AND ON OUR SIDE THAT THERE IS EVERY EXPECTATION THAT NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE LAST WEEK THAT WE WILL BE IN SESSION IN THE 114TH CONGRESS. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS BETTER THAN I,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS BETTER THAN I, HE'S BEEN HERE LONGER THAN I, THAT WE CAN ALWAYS SET A DATE, BUT CONGRESS HAS A PROBLEM SOMETIMES EVER MAKING THAT DATE. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT WE CAN BE FINISHED BY DECEMBER 8, BUT NO ONE PREDICTS TO -- WHAT HAPPENS ON THIS FLOOR. IT'S ALWAYS MY INTENTION THAT MEMBERS UNDERSTAND, IF THE WORK IS NOT DONE, WE WILL NOT LEAVE, SO WE WILL NOT LEAVE UNTIL WE GET A CONTINUING RESOLUTION DONE AND GET WRDA DONE AND I BELIEVE WE CAN. THE PRIOR WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE WORKING TOGETHER, AND KNOWING WHERE BOTH OF THEM ARE RIGHT NOW , THAT WE CAN FINISH THIS UP AND BE DONE ON TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. HE OF COURSE MIRRORS MY WORDS WHEN PEOPLE WOULD ASK…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. HE OF COURSE MIRRORS MY WORDS WHEN PEOPLE WOULD ASK ME, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO CONCLUDE, AND I'D SAY, WE'RE GOING TO CONCLUDE WHEN WE FINISH OUR WORK. WHETHER FINISHING I GUESS ONE'S WORK IS A SUBJECTIVE JUFMENT JUDGMENT, BUT CERTAINLY THESE -- JUDGMENT, BUT CERTAINLY THESE TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION NEED TO GET DND -- DONE AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THOSE DONE AND THEN I'M LOOKING FORWARD -- THIS WILL BE THE LAST COLLOQUY, IF WE DON'T HAVE A FURTHER WEEK, THIS WILL BE THE LAST COLLOQUY. I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO WORK ON A LOT IN THE 114TH CONGRESS. WE'VE HAD REAL, SUBSTANTIVE DIFFERENCES. WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE DIFFERENCES. BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE MAJORITY LEADER WHEN IN FACT WE AGREE AND WHEN WE DISAGREE TO TRY TO WORK CONSTRUCTIVELY ON TRYING TO GET TOON AGREEMENT. -- GET TO AN AGREEMENT. THIS ELECTION HAS CAUSED US, I THINK, SOME REAL CHALLENGES. THE ELECTION ITSELF WAS A CHALLENGE. I KNOW WE'LL HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY ON THAT AFTERWARDS, BUT I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER CONSTRUCTIVELY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHERE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT. UNLESS THE GENTLEMAN WOULD -- I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I FIRST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I FIRST WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR RE-ELECTION TO WHIP AND HOPEFULLY THIS IS OUR LAST COLLOQUY. BUT -- FOR THE YEAR. BUT YOU KNOW AS MUCH AS --

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    MR. HOYER

    I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THEM.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    YES. IT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT CONGRESS.…

    YES. IT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT CONGRESS. I DO ENJOY WORKING WITH THE GENTLEMAN. EVEN WHEN WE DISAGREE. BECAUSE YOU'RE HONEST AND FORTH RIGHT WITH YOUR DISAGREEMENTS. YOU'RE WILLING TO WORK WHERE WE DO FIND COMMON GROUND AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES. BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME COMMITMENT THAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD. AT TIMES WE ARE GOING TO DISAGREE. BUT THOSE TIMES THAT WE DO AGREE, WE WORK VERY WELL TOGETHER AND I ADMIRE YOU, YOU WORK VERY HARD WHEN YOU DISAGREE. THAT'S JUST PART OF WHAT I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO GO BEFORE US. THE ELECTION IS OVER. I THINK IT'S TIME THAT THIS COUNTRY COMES TOGETHER. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF WORK, AS YOU KNOW, THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, WITH THE NEW SCHEDULE. MEMBERS ARE GOING TO BE HERE MUCH MORE THAN THEY HAVE IN THE PAST. AND WE'RE PROBABLY GOING TO BE ON THIS FLOOR WITH LEGISLATION A LITTLE MORE THAN WE WERE LAST YEAR. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON WAYS THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK AND I WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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    OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURN TO MEET ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016, WHEN IT SHALL CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE, AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-GENTLEMEN'S WIN HIGH SCHOOL. THEY LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND THEY FOUND A SPECIAL WAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS. YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-JESUIT ARE VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TO SERVE AS PAUL BEARERS FOR HOMELESS VETERANS AT GREAT LAKES NATIONAL CEMETERY IN MY DISTRICT. THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR LOCAL MILITARY MEMBERS WHO DON'T HAVE FAMILIES AND ARE TYPICALLY BURIED ALONE. THE STUDENTS HAVE NEVER MET THESE VETERANS, BUT THEY HAVE A GENUINE SENSE OF PATRIOTISM AND GRATITUDE FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY. THEIR MISSION IS SIMPLE. TO GIVE THE PROPER BURIAL THAT EVERY VETERAN, EVERY PERSON, DESERVES. MR. SPEAKER, NO ONE ELSE CAME FORWARD, THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN STEPPED UP TO SAY THANK YOU.

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    MR. BISHOP

    OUR DISTRICT, OUR STATE, OUR COUNTRY COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD. OUR VETERANS…

    OUR DISTRICT, OUR STATE, OUR COUNTRY COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD. OUR VETERANS ARE THE BACKBONE OF WHAT MAKES THIS NATION GREAT AND WE OWE THEM THE DEEPEST RESPECT AND GRATITUDE. EVEN AT THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY. SO THANK YOU FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN OF THE MILITARY AND THANK YOU TO THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-J ESUIT FOR HONORING THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONTINUE A SERIES OF ONE MINUTE -- ONE-MINUTE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONTINUE A SERIES OF ONE MINUTE -- ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ABOUT A TOPIC. TODAY I WILL BE DISCUSSING APPLICATIONS OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION'S FUNDED RESEARCH INTO ARCTIC SPECIES, IN ORDER TO SURVIVE IN SUBZERO TEMPERATURES OF THE ARCTIC, SMALL ORGANISMS SUCH AS FISH, INSECTS, PLANTS, FUNGI AND BACTERIA, HAVE INVOLVED -- EVOLVED PROTEINS THAT LOWER THE FREEZING POINT OF WATER SOLUTIONS IN ORDER TO PROTECT THEMSELVES WHEN TEMPERATURES

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    STUDS OF THE PROTEINS OF THESE SPECIES WILL AID IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF…

    STUDS OF THE PROTEINS OF THESE SPECIES WILL AID IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AIRCRAFT DE-ICING SYSTEMS, PYRO PRESERVATION OF FOOD, FROST BITE PREVENTION AND OTHER INNOVATION. THESE ORGANISMS AND THEIR ABILITY TO SURVIVE IN EXTREME TEMPERATURES WILL YIELD INFORMATION OF GREAT VALUE TO SOCIETY. I APPLAUD THE N.S.F.'S FUNDING OF SUCH IMPORTANT RESEARCH. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, LATE IN THE AFTERNOON ON WEDNESDAY, MR. GUTIERREZ RESPONDED…

    MR. SPEAKER, LATE IN THE AFTERNOON ON WEDNESDAY, MR. GUTIERREZ RESPONDED TO A ZOMISTIC VIOLENCE CALL, DESPITE THE POTENTIAL DANGER HE KNEW LAY AHEAD, HE WENT FORWARD WITH COURAGE AND RESOLUTE FOCUS ON SAVING LIVES. SADLY SACRIFICING HIS OWN LIFE IN THE END. TRAGICALLY HE WAS ONE OF 133 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THIS YEAR TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THAT'S A 20% INCREASE, MR. SPEAKER, OVER LAST YEAR. OFFICER GUTIERREZ HAS SERVED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT 17 YEARS AND HE'S ONE OF THE FEW WHO ACCEPT THE CALLING TO SERVE. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR THE BADGE, LIKE OFFICER GUTIERREZ HAVE, HAVE CONTINUED TO SHOW RESILIENCE DURING DIFFICULT TIMES, VAND MAINTAINED AN UNSHAKABLE COMMITMENT TO PERFORM THEIR CRITICAL MISSION OF KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE AND PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS. WHETHER WE ARE RELAXING AT HOME OR PROTESTING IN THE STREET. WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY WAS NO EXCEPTION. WHAT BECAME AN 11-HOUR STANDOFF WITH THE TACOMA POLICE DEPARTMENT, THEY WERE ASSISTED TO MAKE SURE THE SURROUNDING AREA WAS SECURED. WHAT'S EXCEPTIONAL ABOUT THIS DEMONSTRATION, MYRICK, OF BRAVERY IS THAT IT'S NOT -- MR. SPEAKER OF BRAVERY IS THAT IT'S NOT -- PEOPLE WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE WITH THE BADGE TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES, PROTECT OUR KIDS AT SCHOOL. I ASK ALL OF US TO KEEP OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THEIR PRAYERS, MR. GUTIERREZ'S FAMILY AND THE TACOMA POLICE DEPARTMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO GIVE THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO GIVE THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO THE MOST BASIC OF RIGHTS, THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR OUR NATIONAL LEADER.

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    MR. GRAYSON

    IN ALL OF THE WORLD'S DEMOCRACIES, PUERTO RICO IS THE LARGEST TERRITORY BY…

    IN ALL OF THE WORLD'S DEMOCRACIES, PUERTO RICO IS THE LARGEST TERRITORY BY POPULATION THAT CANNOT CHOOSE OUR NATIONAL ELECTED OFFICIAL. 3 1/2 MILLION AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO HAVE NO SAY IN WHO SERVES AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WOMEN AND AFRICAN-AMERICANS WERE ONCE DENIED THIS BASIC VOTING RIGHT. NOW IT'S AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO RESIDE IN PUERTO RICO WHO SUFFER THIS DISENFRANCHISEMENT. THE CONTRADICTIONS ARE PAINFULLY CLEAR. PUERTO RICANS PARTICIPATE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY PROCESS. THEY SEND PLEDGED DELEGATES TO EACH MAJOR PARTY'S CONVENTION, BUT THEY DO NOT PARTICIPATE DIRECTLY IN THE CHOICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF THESE SAME AMERICAN CITIZENS MOVE TO THE MAINLAND, YET, THEY CAN QUICKLY AND EASILY HELP TO ELECT OUR NATIONAL LEADER. BUT THEY'RE DENIED THIS VERY BASIC RIGHT TO HELP CHOOSE THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT MERELY FOR LIVING WHERE THEY DO. THE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM IS A SIMPLE ONE AND WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED IT BEFORE. 55 YEARS AGO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WAS GRANTED ELECTORATES TO THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE 23RD AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. LIKE PUERTO RICO NOW, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WAS NOT AND IS NOT A STATE. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR 30 SECONDS MORE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. GRAYSON

    PUERTO RICANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. THANK YOU.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF OWEN HOLMES ON THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE OF OWEN HOLMES ON THE EVE OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-FULLERTON. DEDICATING HIS LIFE TO EDUCATION, OWEN HAS RECEIVED THE ROBERT AND LOUISE COLLABORATIVE TEACHING AWARD, SERVED AS AN EDUCATION POLICY FELLOW AT THE INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ANDOEN WAS THE INAUGURAL A-- AND OWEN WAS THE INAUGURAL AWARDEE FOR THE CRAWFORD AWARD FOR INNOVATION. AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH OWEN ON MANY ISSUES, GEARNT TOLLING, CHILDHOOD OBESITY, THE STRATEGIC LANGUAGE INITIATIVE, WATER HAZARD MITIGATION, THE ADVANCEMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE, ALL TO HELP THE UNIVERSITY'S EDUCATION EXPERIENCE. AND ON THE CAL STATE, D.C. SCHOLAR'S PROGRAM AND BRINGING STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY HERE TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WHERE HE ORCHESTRATED THAT EFFORT. THROUGHOUT HIS OVER 30 YEARS OF SERVICE, HE'S TOUCHED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS AND IMPROVED GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADVOCACY AT CAL STATE-FULLERTON. I AM PLEASED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH OWEN OVER THE YEARS TO HELP MAKE CSUF ONE OF THE NATION'S LARGEST AND MOST INCLUSIVE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. THANK YOU, OWEN, FOR DEDICATING YOUR LIFE TO IMPROVING EDUCATION. WE WISH YOU A HAPPY RETIREMENT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GENERAL MILLS,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GENERAL MILLS, AN ICONIC MINNESOTA COMPANY.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    ON THE BANKS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, A BOLD AND AMBITIOUS FLOUR MILL WAS…

    ON THE BANKS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, A BOLD AND AMBITIOUS FLOUR MILL WAS FOUNDED, IMMEDIATELY BECOMING ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY. THEN IN THE 1920 EARKS THE COMPANY RECOGNIZED THAT MILLING INDUSTRY NEEDED TO ADAPT. AND SO IT EXPANDED ITS SCOPE AND ITS VISION AND WAS RENAMED GENERAL MILLS, TURNING ITS ATTENTION TO FOOD AN CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND NOW BRANS SUCH AS CHERRIOS AND BETTY CROCKER BECAME STAPLES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. FOR 150 YEARS, GENERAL MILLS HAS MADE WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR GREAT STATE. GENERAL MILLS EMBODIES THE MINNESOTA SPIRIT OF HARD WORK, INNOVATION, PERSEVERANCE AND GENEROSITY. THEY ARE AN OUTSTANDING CORPORATE CITIZEN, REPRESENTING THE BEST OF MINNESOTA AND HAVING AN IMPACT AROUND THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, AS MINNESOTANS WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN GENERAL MILLS' SUCCESS OVER THE PAST 150 YEARS, AND WE WISH THEM CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. COLEMAN

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

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

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    MS. COLEMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TAKE THIS MINUTE TO APPLAUD THE PASSAGE BY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TAKE THIS MINUTE TO APPLAUD THE PASSAGE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL ACT, WHICH I WAS PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR. I WANT TO THANK BOTH SENATOR HIRONO AND REPRESENTATIVE GABBARD FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN SEEING THIS MEASURE GET SENT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DEMBING. THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB, AND I COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD TO WORK ALONGSIDE OTHER WOMEN IN CONGRESS WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR THOSE THEY SERVE. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND I'M HAPPY TO SEE THAT WE'RE FINALLY RECOGNIZING THESE HEROES TO HELP THE UNITED STATES WIN THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC. THE COUNTLESS SACRIFICES AND EFFORTS BY THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PHILIPPINES WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO ARMS FOR THE IDEALS WE HOLD SO DEAR TO NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES CAN FINALLY SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE PRESIDENT SIGN THIS LEGISLATION INTO LAW AND ONCE AGAIN THANK THOSE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE PHILIPPINES WHO FOUGHT ALONGSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE ALL VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE PASSAGE OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE ALL VERY PLEASED TO SEE THE PASSAGE OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TODAY, AND THAT IS HOW THE -- THIS IS HOW THE PROCESS IS ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO WORK. THE HOUSE AND SENATE CAME TOGETHER IN CONFERENCE, HAVE A DOCUMENT WE CAN SEND TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE URGE THE PRESIDENT, AFTER PREVIOUS VETO THREATS, TO PASS THIS MEASURE, TO SIGN THIS MEASURE SO WE CAN PUT THESE IMPORTANT PRIORITIES IN PLACE. SUCH AS STOPPING THE DECREASE OF OUR AMERICAN TROOP LEVELS. THIS HAS FUNDING TO DO THAT. VERY IMPORTANTLY, FINALLY, 2.1% PAY RAISE FOR OUR TROOPS, LARGEST IN SEVERAL YEARS. OTHER GOOD HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS INCLUDE THE STOPPAGE OF ANY FUNDING TO CLOSE DOWN GUANTANAMO BAY WHICH HELPS KEEP US SAFE ON AMERICAN SOIL. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO REDUCE THE HOUSING ALLOWANCE, INSTEAD, KEEP OUR SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ON BASE. SO THERE'S MUCH TO BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS -- WITH THIS. ONE OF THE THINGS I'M MOST HAPPY ABOUT IS CALIFORNIA'S CAL GUARD, THE NATIONAL GUARD WILL NOT BE SEEKING TO TAKE BACK THE BONUSES. THIS HAS STRONG MEASURES IN IT, LIKE MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE DENHAM AND I SPONSORED A BILL TO DO THIS, THIS HAS A LOT OF PIECES TO DO THAT AND MR. DENHAM'S BILL, TO STOP THE TAKING OF THE BONUSES. I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN IT. THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE, AND EVEN AFTER THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE, AND EVEN AFTER THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN, IT'S AN HONOR TO FIND WHEN YOU AND YOUR POSITIONS ACTUALLY DON'T MAKE YOU SPECIAL, THEY JUST MAKE YOU COMPLETELY IN ACCORD WITH OVER 70% OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS, NOT INCLUDING NEWSPAPERS, BUT THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. AS PRESIDENT OBAMA REFERENCED A NUMBER OF TIMES, ELECTIONS DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES, BUT WHAT HE FAILED TO REMEMBER WAS THAT, YES, BUTTED WE HAD ELECTIONS TO CONGRESS THAT ALSO SHOULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES WHEN WE'RE ACCOUNTABLE EVERY TWO YEARS, A PRESIDENT'S ONLY ACCOUNTABLE EVERY FOUR YEARS. BUT AT THIS TIME I DO WANT TO YIELD ALL SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND, MR. GRAVES.

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    MR. GRAVES

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

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR YIELDING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME ON THE HOUSE FLOOR A NUMBER OF TIMES AND GIVE AN UPDATE TO THIS BODY ABOUT THE PROFOUND IMPACTS OF THE FLOOD WE HAD IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR IN SOUTH LOUISIANA. JUST TO REMIND YOU OF A FEW STATISTICS. THIS WAS BELIEVED TO BE A 1,000-YEAR STORM. THERE WERE TRILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER THAT FELL IN LOUISIANA. IT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 31 INCHES OF RAIN IN ABOUT 36 HOURS IN SOME AREAS OF SOUTH LOUISIANA. THAT'S MORE RAIN IN 36 HOURS THAN AN AVERAGE AMERICAN GETS IN A YEAR'S TIME. IF THAT WERE A SNOWSTORM, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN 25 FEET OF SNOW. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING NOW FOR MONTHS WORKING TO TRY AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AN EFFICIENT RECOVERY, MAKE SURE THAT THESE PEOPLE CAN GET BACK ON THEIR OWN TWO FEET, THAT THEY CAN RECOVER FROM THIS ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY THAT HAPPENED IN SOUTH LOUISIANA, THIS ONCE IN A -- ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT. WE SAW INCREDIBLE RESPONSE, RESCUE ACTIVITIES BUT THAT WASN'T ABOUT GOVERNMENT. THAT'S THE AMAZING THING. THIS WAS THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER RESCUING THEMSELVES, FEEDING ONE ANOTHER, SHELTERING ONE ANOTHER, CLOTHING ONE ANOTHER. THIS WASN'T GOVERNMENT THAT CAME AND SAVED THE DAY. WHILE THERE WERE GREAT FIRST RESPONDERS FROM OUR POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND OTHERS THAT CAME AND HELPED OUT, THE REALITY IS WELL OVER 90% OF THE RESPONSE AND RESCUE ACTIVITIES WERE DONE BY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THEY WEREN'T TRAINED, THEY WEREN'T ASKED TO DO IT. THEY JUST DID IT AND SO YOU SAW GREAT SPIRIT OF RECOVERY HAPPEN. THEN WHAT HAPPENED IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STEPPED IN AND BEGAN TAKING OVER SOME OF THE SHELTERING, BEGAN TAKING OVER SOME OF THE RECOVERY ACTIVITIES, AND WE HAVE SEEN A COMPLETE STOP. HERE WE ARE OVER 100 DAYS AFTER THIS FLOOD EVENT AND FEMA'S TELLING PEOPLE THAT THEY MAY GET A TRAILER UNIT IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S WINTERTIME. PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN TENTS. HEARD ABOUT A VETERAN OVER THE WEEKEND THAT'S LIVING IN A CAR WASH. WE HAVE PEOPLE LIVING IN THEIR STRIPPED AND GUTTED, UNINSULATED HOMES AND THEY CAN'T GET TRAILERS. MR. SPEAKER, A GUY BY THE NAME OF DARRELL WHITEHEAD THAT LIVES IN DENHAM SPRINGS, LOUISIANA. MR. WHITEHEAD HAD A TRAILER SENTING IN HIS FRONT YARD FOR FIVE WEEKS, A TRAILER FEMA BROUGHT AND THEY CAN'T LET HIM -- WELL, THEY COULDN'T LET HIM MOVE IN. HE STARED AT THIS THING FOR FIVE WEEKS. I MADE PHONE CALLS. CHIEF OF STAFF MADE PHONE CALLS. WE HAD OTHER CASEWORKERS IN THE OFFICE THAT MADE PHONE CALLS TRYING TO GET FEMA TO SIMPLY GET THIS GUY IN HIS TRAILER. MR. WHITEHEAD, ALREADY A VICTIM OF THE FLOOD, HAS BEEN REVICTIMIZED BY FEMA, BY HAVING A TRAILER SITTING IN HIS YARD, NOT GIVING HIM A PLACE TO GO FOR FIVE WEEKS AND JUST HAVE TO BE SIT THERE AND TORTURED TO STARE AT IT BECAUSE THEY NEEDED A SINK INSTALLED. MR. SPEAKER, IN IS RIDICULOUS, AND THIS ISN'T AN ISOLATED CASE. I CAN TELL YOU CASE AFTER CASE AFTER CASE WHERE THIS IS HOW FEMA HAS REVICTIMIZED PEOPLE THAT WERE FLOODED FROM THIS DISASTER. NOW A SHERIFF ARD, VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS HIGH PERCENTAGE OF SHERIFFS' DEPUTIES THAT WERE FLOODED. HE CAME IN AND SIMPLY SAID, LOOK, WE HAVE TO GET THESE DEPUTIES AND THEIR FAMILIES IN A SAFE, STABLE SITUATION SO THEY CAN FOCUS NOT ON FIGURING OUT WHERE THEIR FAMILY IS SLEEPING AT NIGHT OR WHAT THEY'RE EATING BUT FOCUS ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, FOCUS ON SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE COMMUNITY THAT'S BEEN DEVASTATED BY THIS FLOOD, SO HE CAME TO FEMA AND SAID, LOOK, I HAVE A PLAN. AVE TRAILER DEALER WHO'S WILLING TO GIVE US TRAILERS -- DON'T QUOTE ME ON THE NUMBERS BUT I'M WITHIN THE BALLPARK -- TRAILERS FOR $36,000. I'LL BUY THEM BACK FROM YOU FOR $27,000 IN A YEAR AND YOU CAN FIND A PIECE OF LAND, YOU CAN PUT ALL THESE TRAILERS AT, YOU CAN HAVE A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY GROUP HOUSING AREA. . INSTEAD FEMA SAYS, NO, WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS GET THESE TRAILERS FOR $100,000. THAT'S HOW MUCH FEMA'S PAYING FOR THESE TRAILER UNITS, TO BUY THEM, STORE THEM, TRANSPORT THEM. $100,000 VERSUS $10,000. I HAVE SPOKEN TO THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY, ASSISTANT SECRETARY, REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR OF FEMA, NOBODY CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS AND THEY'RE ALLTELING THEM NO. SO WE HAVE DISPLACED DEPUTIES, WE DON'T HAVE THE PROPER LAW ENFORCEMENT FOCUS IN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THE DEPUTIES APPROPRIATELY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR FAMILY AND WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO SLEEP AND EAT. AND WE'VE GOT FEMA SPENDING 10 TIMES, 10 TIMES THE. A MONEY THAT THE SHERIFF HAS FOUND A SOLUTION FOR -- THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE SHERIFF HAS FOUND A SOLUTION FOR. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS WHAT'S HAPPENING. SO, LASTLY, MR. SPEAKER, IN SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR WE DID APPROPRIATE A PORTION, A DOWN PAYMENT MONEY TO HELP WITH THE RECOVERY EFFORT. AND CERTAINLY IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AS I'VE SAID SEVERAL TIMES. NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THE LEVEL OF FUNDING THAT SHOULD BE PUT FORTH THROUGH A COST-EFFICIENT, COST-EFFICIENT RECOVERY EFFORT. WE'RE GOING TO END UP SPENDING MORE MONEY BY LOW BALLING THESE NUMBERS AND HAVING FEMA REVICTIMIZE PEOPLE FOR MONTHS HERE THAN IF WE HAD JUST APPROPRIATED THE RIGHT AMOUNT TO BEGIN WITH. BUT RIGHT NOW WE'RE NEGOTIATING A SECOND PAYMENT. UNDER H.U.D. RULES, REQUIRING THAT THE FUNDS FOCUS UPON LOW AND MODERATE INCOME ONLY. I WANT TO BE CLEAR. LOW AND MODERATE INCOME FOLKS NEED TO BE -- NEED TO HELP -- NEED HELP IN RECOVERY. WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND UPPER CLASS AND JOB CREATORS AND BUSINESSS? FOCUSING ONLY ON LOW AND MODERATE INCOME BEGINS A PARTIAL RESTORATION. FLOOD WATERS DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ONLY ONE SOCIOECONOMIC CLASS, ONLY ONE RACE, IT FLOODED EVERYBODY. AND THE RECOVERY SHOULD TREAT EVERYONE THE SAME. WE SHOULDN'T BE SPLITTING THIS UP AND ONLY RECOVERING CERTAIN FOLKS. IT'S INAPPROPRIATE. THE STATE OF LOUISIANA'S PLAN IN COMPLYING WITH THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT AND OVERHEAD AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ARE SAYING IT'S GOING TO COST 30% OF THE MONEY JUST TO DELIVER THIS PROGRAM. COMPLYING WITH ALL THESE CRAZY FEDERAL RULES. 30% OF THE MONEY GETS EATEN UP. THAT'S CRAZY. THESE PEOPLE ARE REBUILDING HOMES THAT WERE RIGHT THERE, MANY CASES WITHIN THE SAME FOUR WALLS THAT ARE THERE NOW. WHY ARE WE SPENDING $100 MILLION ON ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE? WHO COMES UP WITH THIS STUFF? AND IT'S FURTHER DELAYING PEOPLE GETTING BACK INTO THEIR HOMES. THIS IS CRAZY. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A MORE COMMONSENSE, APPROPRIATE PROCESS TO RECOVERY. MR. SPEAKER IN CLOSING I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I'VE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TALK ABOUT HOW SURPRISED THEY WERE WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE RECENT ELECTIONS THAT WE HAD. IT'S NOT A SURPRISE TO ME THAT PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED. BECAUSE WHAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING IN SOUTH LOUISIANA TODAY, BEING REVICTIMIZED BY FEMA, REVICTIMIZED BY THE S.B.A. AND OUR RECOVERY EFFORT, IT IS CAUSE FOR EXTRAORDINARY FRUSTRATION. THIS IS NOT WHAT ANYBODY IN AMERICA WANTS, HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE BUREAUCRACY, WASTING MONEY AND TAKING MONTHS AND SPENDING 10 TIMES TO DO WHAT THE LOCAL OFFICIALS OR OUR COMMUNITY COULD DO FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST AT A FRACTION OF THE TIME. PEOPLE WANT GOVERNMENT TO BE RESPONSE TO HAVE THEM. PEOPLE WANT GOVERNMENT TO BE EFFICIENT. WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS. AND THE ELECTION RESULTS DIDN'T SURPRISE ME BECAUSE I RAN BECAUSE I WAS FRUSTRATED. AND I UNDERSTAND THE SENTIMENT, UNFORTUNATELY MORE SO THAN MOST RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE WATCHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABSOLUTELY SCREW UP THIS RECOVERY EFFORT IS REVICTIMIZING FOLKS IN SOUTH LOUISIANA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK AND WANT TO THANK AGAIN THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, MR. GRAVES, BRINGING UP A REAL PROBLEM.…

    I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE MY FRIEND, MR. GRAVES, BRINGING UP A REAL PROBLEM. AND WE'VE SEEN IT IN LOUISIANA AND NOT JUST IN SOUTHERN LOUISIANA, BUT OTHER PARTS OF LOUISIANA WITH MASSIVE FLOODING. AND NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT KATRINA. BUT THERE WAS A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF WASTE UNDER HURRICANE KATRINA THAT ALSO AFFECTED MY DISTRICT IN EAST TEXAS. I HAVE 120-MILE BORDER THAT I SHARE WITH SOMETHING CALLED LOUISIANA. AND WE'VE SEEN THE SAME PROBLEMS. WE HAVE HAD A FLOOD, A MASSIVE FLOOD, ONE TIME THE LARGEST NATURAL LAKE IN AMERICA, BUT -- LARGEST FRESHWATER NATURAL LAKE BESIDES THE GREAT LAKES, BUT A NATURAL DAM APPARENTLY WAS EXPLODED MANY YEARS AGO. BUT IT'S STILL ONE OF THE GREAT TREASURES OF THE STATE AND OUR COUNTRY. AND IT HAD A MASSIVE FLOOD AND I WAS VISITING OVER IN CARNACK, TEXAS, LAST WEEK WITH SOME OF THE EMERGENCY, LOCAL EMERGENCY PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF THE ISSUE. AND THE LOCAL FOLKS THERE IN HARRISON COUNTY ARE ACTING VERY RESPONSIBLY, LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS ACTING RESPONSIBLEY. BUT YOU HAVE OUTRAGEOUS THINGS LIKE MY FRIEND, MR. GRAVES, WAS TALKING ABOUT. ONE FAMILY, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY GOT A LOAN TO BUY A NEW MOBILE HOME THAT WASN'T DESTROYED LIKE THE LAST ONE WITH THE FLOOD, HAD BEEN TOO MUCH WATER, SO THEY GOT A NEW MOBILE HOME AND GOT THE LOAN. WELL, AS WE'VE HEARD WITH FEMA, IN THIS CASE THERE WERE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE MOBILE HOME BE LIFTED UP MUCH HIGHER, THE ELEVATION HAD TO BE MUCH HIGHER THAN WHERE IT WAS. AND IN THE PROCESS OF LIFTING IT UP, THE MOBILE HOME FELL AND COMPLETELY DESTROYED AND THEY STILL HAVE TO MAKE PAYMENTS ON THEIR MOBILE HOME FOR THE LOAN. AND THEY HAVE NO HOME. THEY WERE DOING EVERYTHING WITHIN THEIR POWER TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARES, I WAS HEARING STORIES ABOUT HOW SOME OF THE CHURCHES IN EAST TEXAS BANDED TOGETHER, THE BAPTIST MEN CAME IN AND DID AMAZING WORK. YES, I UNDERSTAND WOMEN TOO. I THINK THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE BAPTIST MEN. BUT ANYWAY, THEY CAME IN AND DID EXTRAORDINARY WORK AND WHEN PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE ANY PLUMBING, THEY HAD NOTHING, THEY BROUGHT IN PORTABLE SHOWERS AND RESTROOMS AND PROVIDED THE HELP, LONG BEFORE FEMA COULD GET THERE AND DO WHAT WAS NEEDED. AND TO HEAR PEOPLE WHO WERE SO AFFECTED BY MASSIVE FLOODS SAY, IF WE EVER HAVE ANOTHER DISASTER LIKE THAT, BEFORE WE CALL FEMA, WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE BAPTIST MEN, BECAUSE THEY COME IN AND THEY GET STUFF DONE, THEY HELP PEOPLE WHERE IT IS, AND THEY DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE, ALL OF YOUR BACKGROUND INFORMATION, THEY SEE WHO'S HURTING AND THEY HELP THEM. THAT'S THE WAY IT USED TO BE. THEN WE BECAME TOO RELIANT ON LETTING THE GOVERNMENT FIGURE EVERYTHING. BECAUSE THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT REALIZED , IF WE CAN MAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE ULTIMATE INSURER OF EVERYTHING, YOUR SCHOOL LOANS, YOUR HOME, YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE, WE'LL START SMALL, BUT WE'LL WORK UP UNTIL MAYBE ONE DAY WE CAN EVEN HAVE THE GOVERNMENT BEHIND EVERYONE'S HEALTH INSURANCE. BECAUSE IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE AWAY PEOPLE'S FREEDOM, YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT DICTATING EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE, THE WAY TO DO IT IS HAVE THE GOVERNMENT INSURE ALL THOSE ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE. BECAUSE ONCE SOMEONE HAS THE RIGHT TO PAY IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ARE HARMED, THEN THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU HOW TO AVOID THEM HAVING TO PAY. AND THERE GOES YOUR FREEDOM. SO, THE MORE POWER OF INSURANCE THAT HAS COME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MANY THOUGHT, NO, WE CAN GIVE UP SOME OF OUR LIBERTY, JUST FOR A LITTLE MORE SECURITY, BUT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, WITH ALL THE WISDOM THAT MAN HAD, HE UNDERSTOOD BACK THEN, BASICALLY THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY DESERVE NEITHER. FOR TOO LONG IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GIVING UP THEIR LIBERTY IN ORDER TO GET SECURITY , ONLY TO FIND THAT THEY'RE NOT EVEN SECURE. JUST LIKE MR. GRAVES WAS TALKING ABOUT. YOU KNOW, WE THOUGHT, JEE, IF WE SET UP A -- GEE, IF WE SET UP A FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY TO HELP TAKE CARE OF EMERGENCIES, IT WILL BE FANTASTIC. IF WE WILL SET UP A CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO HELP WITH OUR WATER PROJECTS IT WILL BE FANTASTIC. IF WE SET UP AN E.P.A., ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, TO PROTECT THE WORLD, THE ENVIRONMENT, IT WILL BE A GREAT THING. BUT THE LONGER THESE AGENCIES EXIST, THE LESS SENSITIVE THEY ARE TO WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO. WE FOUND IT RIGHT HERE IN THE CAPITOL. ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, WHO WORKS FOR THE HOUSE AND SENATE, HAD DECIDED THAT WE ALL WORK FOR HIM AND STARTED MAKING DEMANDS. ONE OF WHICH WAS, I COULD NOT COOK RIBS AND SHARE THEM WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AS I HAD BEEN DOING FOR A QUARTER -- ONCE A QUARTER, AND MOST OF THE NETWORKS HAD WANTED TO DO STORIES ON MY COOKING RIBS. NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO A TV THING ON THIS. IT'S JUST BETWEEN THE MEMBERS. WELL, I AM GRATEFUL THAT STEVE SCALISE GOT INVOLVED AND HE GOT PAUL RYAN TO HELP, THE SPEAKER WAS ABLE TO PERSUADE THE BUREAUCRACIES HERE ON CAPITOL HILL THAT WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK AND HAVE IT SAFE IF WE WORK WITH EACH OTHER AND WAS ABLE TO GET PEOPLE TO WORK TOGETHER SO THAT MY COLLEAGUES, THEY TELL ME, MANY OF THEM, THEY'RE THE BEST MEAT THEY'VE EVER TASTED. SOME SAY THE BEST RIBS THEY'VE EVER TASTED. I HAVE ENOUGH OF MY LATE MOTHER IN ME THAT I ENJOY COOKING AND ENJOY PEOPLE ENJOYING WHAT I COOK. IT'S PROBABLY THE ONLY TIME HERE ON CAPITOL HILL WHEN I ACTUALLY LEAVE A GOOD TASTE IN PEOPLE'S MOUTHS INSTEAD OF A BITTER TASTE. BUT, AS WE CONTINUE TO SEAY BUSES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THEN WE SEE -- SEE ABUSES BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THEN WE SEAY BUSES GOING ON ACROSS -- SEE ABUSES GOING ON ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S BADLY ABUSED ITS AUTHORITY, ISN'T IT SUPPOSED TO PROTECT US FROM OTHER ABUSES? AND THE ANSWER IS YES, IF THEY'RE FEDERALLY RELATED. WELL, WHEN YOU HAVE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND ELECTERS ELECTED AS PART OF THAT SYSTEM, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THAT BE A PROTECTED SYSTEM OF VOTING, JUST AS THE CONSTITUTION WOULD REQUIRE, AND AS THE LAW ACTUALLY REQUIRES. SO, THIS STORY BY JENNIFER MATHIS AND ANOTHER SAYS, BEFORE DONALD TRUMP'S STUNNING VICTORY ON NOVEMBER 8, LIBERALS CALL FOR ACCEPTANCE OF ELECTION RESULTS. BUT SINCE THE ELECTION DIDN'T GO AS THEY PLANNED, SOME HAVE TAKEN TO HARASSING AND INTIMIDATING ELECTERS IN AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE ELECTION RESULTS. SOME OF THESE THREATS MAY ACTUALLY VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW. YET THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACTS STRANGELY UNINTERESTED IN INVESTIGATING. WHICH TAKES US BACK TO HAVING PEOPLE ARMED WITH BILLY CLUBS, STANDING, TRYING TO INTIMIDATE VOTERS AT THEIR PLACE OF VOTING, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUST US, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE JUSTICE , SAID, NO, NO, NO, THAT'S FINE FOR THEM TO DO IT. THERE'S NO PROBLEMS WITH THEM DOING THAT. IF ANYBODY ELSE WERE TO DO THAT, NEIGHING, WE'D PROBABLY GO AFTER THEM -- YEAH, WE'D PROBABLY GO AFTER THEM. BUT THIS IS THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY OR SUCH AS THAT, SO, YEAH, IT'S FINE IF THEY DO IT. WE'VE GOT TO GET BACK TO BEING A NATION WHERE THE LAWS ARE ENFORCED EVENLY ACROSS THE BOARD AND IF THE LAWS DON'T MAKE SENSE, LIKE OUR OWN RULES HERE ON THE CAPITOL HILL, IF THINGS DO NOT ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE FAIRLY AND EQUALLY, THEY'RE JUST ARBITRARY DECISIONS LIKE WE GOT FROM THE ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL, WHEN THE VISITORS CENTER WAS BEING BUILT, OR WHEN PEOPLE A WERE JUST WANTING TO -- PEOPLE WERE JUST WANTING TO HAVE A LIFE UP HERE, WE SHOULD BE STOPPING THE BUREAUCRATS AND GETTING RULES THAT APPLY ACROSS THE BOARD, FAIRLY ACROSS THE BOARD. . YES, HERE WE MAKE THE RULES AND WE SHOULD HAVE RULES THAT APPLY TO EVERYBODY, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE AN ARBITRARY DICTATOR, THEY DON'T GET APPLIED QUITE SO EVENLY. BUT HERE WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THIS REPORT OF ELECTORS THAT ARE GOING TO BE VOTING VERY SOON IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO ELECT THE PRESIDENT AND THEIR VERY LIVES ARE BEING THREATENED. SOME OF THEM HAD TO MOVE THEIR FAMILIES, AND THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS NOT INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF THE ELECTION. THAT'S THE PROBLEM WE'VE BEEN SUFFERING FOR QUITE SOMETIME AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN ENFORCING THE LAW FAIRLY ACROSS THE BOARD, SO WE END UP ALL THE WORSE OFF FOR IT. THIS ARTICLE GOES ON TO SAY IN GEORGIA AND IDAHO THE THREATS HAVE BECOME SO EXTREME THAT THE SECRETARIES OF STATE BOTH RELEASED STATEMENTS CALLING FOR THE HARASSMENT TO END. I ABSOLUTELY KNOW WITHOUT DOUBT THAT IF HILLARY CLINTON HAD WON THE ELECTION, AS THE RULES SET IT UP, WITH A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT -- LITTLE R. NOT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. BUT WITH A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT, JUST AS BEN FRANKLIN ASKED AFTER THE CONSTITUTION CAME TOGETHER WITH WHAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION SAID WAS DIVINE PROVIDENCE OR THE FINGER OF GOD WITHOUT THE FINGER OF GOD BEING INVOLVED, THEY COULD NEVER HAVE COME UP WITH THAT CONSTITUTION, FRANKLIN SAYS, A REPUBLIC, MADAM, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT. SO WE HAD FOUND AND OUR FOUNDERS HAD WISELY, SO MANY OF THEM SOUGHT TRUTH IN SCRIPTURE, A BIBLE THEY WOULD USE TO ARGUE POSITIONS, AND THEY REALIZED PROBABLY A COMPLETE PERFECT DEMOCRACY IS NOT BEST FOR GOVERNING PEOPLE BECAUSE IF IT'S A TRUE DEMOCRACY, THEN THE LAW GETS CHANGED ON WHIMS. IF SOMEONE BECOMES THE OBJECT OF SCORN AND IT'S A TRUE DEMOCRACY, THEY'RE NOT GOVERNED BY LAWS THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN OUR CONSTITUTION WHICH INDICATE YOU CAN'T HAVE EX POST FACTO LAWS. YOU CAN'T MAKE A LAW CRIMINALIZING THINGS AFTER THE FACT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. OUR CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES AGAINST THAT. WELL, IN A PERFECT DEMOCRACY, THERE IS NO SUCH EX POST FACTO LAW. A MAJORITY CAN MAKE A DECISION TO CRIMINALIZE CONDUCT THAT PREVIOUSLY OCCURRED SO THAT WHEN THE PERSON COMMITTED THE ACT THEY WERE NOT VIOLATING THE LAW, THEY WERE ACTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW AND IT WAS LATER CHANGED. OF COURSE, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE VIOLATE THE EX POST FACTO LAW LIKE PRESIDENT CLINTON SHOVED THROUGH IN 1993 TAXES ON SOCIAL SECURITY, TAXES ON MONEY THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN EARNED UNDER DIFFERENT RULES OF TAXATION. ES THAT WITH A A VIOLATION OF THE -- THAT WAS A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT WAS NOT THROWN OUT, BUT IT WAS CLEARLY A VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION . SO THOSE THINGS DO HAPPEN EVEN IN A REPUBLIC, BUT WITH A REPUBLIC, AS THE FOUNDERS GAVE US, THIS IDEA OF LIBERTY COULD TAKE HOLD. IT WASN'T JUST MIGHT MAKES RIGHT, SOMEBODY POWERFUL INTIMIDATE THE REST IN DEVOTING TO STRING YOU UP OR TO THROW YOU OUT OF THE COMMUNITY. NO. YOU HAD TO ABIDE BY EXISTING LAWS, AND YOUR CONDUCT, IF APPROPRIATE UNDER THE LAW AT THE TIME, COULD NOT BE CHANGED TO PUNISH YOU FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED BEFORE IT WAS A CRIME. SO MUCH IS IN THE CONSTITUTION AND THAT WISDOM IS BEING CAST ASIDE BUT THAT WISDOM GAVE US THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE WITHOUT WHICH YOU WOULD NEVER SEE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES GOING TO ALL THE DIFFERENT STATES. THEY WOULD NEVER GO TO ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES THAT THEY HAVE BECAUSE THE ELECTIONS WOULD BE DECIDED BY THE BIG URBAN AREAS AND YOU CAN LOOK ON THE MAP THAT SHOWS MOST OF THEM HAVE RED FOR REPUBLICAN, BLUE FOR DEMOCRATS. YEARS AGO IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND. RED DEPICTED DEMOCRATS, BUT SINCE SO MANY OF THEM WERE BECOMING SOCIALISTS, THEY WERE OFFENDED THAT THE RED MADE IT LOOK LIKE THE RED COMMUNISTS SO SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY -- CAN'T FIND WHO DECIDED WHO MADE THE COLOR CHANGE -- BUT RED BECAME REPUBLICANS AND BLUE DEMOCRATS. COLORS DON'T MATTER, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE COUNTIES THAT VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON YOU QUICKLY YOU SEE THAT SHE WAS A FRINGE CANDIDATE. SHE WAS FRINGE ON THE WEST COAST, THE BIG CITIES ON THE WEST COAST, A FRINGE CANDIDATE ON THE EAST COAST, THE BIG CITIES ON THE FRINGE OF THE NATION. FRINGE UP IN THE VERY NORTH, THE BIG CITIES IN THE VERY NORTH. FRINGE ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER AND BASICALLY JUST A FRINGE CANDIDATE WHICH, I GUESS, WOULD MAKE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHO VOTED FOR THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE YOU'D HAVE TO SAY, THIS IS NOW A FRINGE PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT APPARENTLY, ACCORDING TO THE VOTES OF THE MAJORITY, REPRESENTS OVER 90% OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL UNITED STATES AND YOU HAVE THIS OTHER PEOPLE, THIS FRINGE PARTY, THAT REPRESENTS THE FRINGES AROUND THE EDGE OF THE COUNTRY BASICALLY. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A FEW LARGER IN THE MIDDLE, BUT THERE -- BUT THEY'RE A BIT OF AN ANOMALY BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE IS MOSTLY A FRINGE CANDIDATE AND A FRINGE PARTY. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THAT IS NOT INTERESTED IN PROTECTING OUR CONSTITUTION, PROTECTING THE ELECTION PROCESS AS THEY ARE MANDATED TO DO. AND FRANKLY, WHEN YOU HAVE A DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THAT SELECTIVELY ENFORCES THE LAW AND SO TOTALLY DISREGARDS OTHER PARTS OF THE LAW, THEN THEY'RE REALLY NOT A DEPARTMENT OF DODGE. AND IF THIS ADMINISTRATION -- DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. AND IF THIS ADMINISTRATION HAD CONTINUED ON, THEN WE WOULD SERIOUSLY NEED TO LOOK TO PROSIDE A MORE APPROPRIATE NAME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT -- IT HAS NOT BEEN A DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN CRIMES COMMITTED BY I.R.S. PERSONNEL, LIKE LOIS LERNER, PERJURY COMMITTED BEFORE CONGRESS, CRIMES ACROSS AMERICA, AS MY FRIEND JOHN FUND WROTE IN HIS BOOK ABOUT ILLEGAL VOTING, AS I HEARD JOHN FUND SAY, PERHAPS THE BIGGEST FRAUD IN AMERICA ABOUT OUR ELECTIONS IS THE FRAUD THAT HAS BEEN TELLING PEOPLE THAT THERE IS NO ILLEGAL VOTING GOING ON. THERE IS CERTAINLY ILLEGAL VOTING GOING ON, AND MANY HAVE CHOSEN TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. BUT A MAJORITY OF THE GEOGRAPHIC AND A MAJORITY OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE ELECTED ELECTORS INDICATE THEY WANT THE LAW APPLIED ACROSS THE COUNTRY FAIRLY. SECTION 11-B OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT MAKES IT A CRIME FOR ANYONE TO, QUOTE, INTIMIDATE, THREATEN OR COERCE OR ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE, THREATEN OR COERCE ANY PERSON FOR VOTING OR ATTEMPTING TO VOTE. WHILE THIS HAS BEEN APPLIED IN THE PAST TO ORDINARY EVERYDAY VOTERS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS, THE LANGUAGE IS NOT LIMITED ONLY TO SUCH VOTERS. ELECTORS WHO ARE CASTING THEIR VOTES FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ARE ALSO PROTECTED BY SECTION 11-B SINCE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE FEDERAL VOTING PROCESS. THIS IS SUPPORTED BY SECTION 14-C OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT WHICH SAYS THAT VOTING INCLUDES ALL ACTION NECESSARY TO MAKE A VOTE EFFECTIVE IN ANY PRIMARY, SPECIAL OR GENERAL ELECTION, UNQUOTE. OBVIOUSLY, THE VOTES CAST BY AMERICANS ON NOVEMBER 8 WILL NOT BE EFFECTIVE IF THE ELECTORS THEY CHOSE ARE INTIMIDATED FROM CASTING THEIR VOTES IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. FEDERAL LAW WHICH IS 3 U.S.C. SECTION 7 REQUIRES ELECTORS TO CAST THEIR VOTES ON THE FIRST MONDAY AFTER THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF DECEMBER, WHICH THIS YEAR IS DECEMBER 19. THESE ARE RECORDED AS CERTIFICATES OF VOTES SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED BY DECEMBER 28 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. OR UNITED STATES. CONGRESS IS REQUIRED TO MEET ON JANUARY 6 IN A JOINT SESSION TO COUNT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES. AND AS WE KNOW FROM SO MUCH OF THE LAME STREAM MEDIA LIKE CNN, MSNBC -- MAINSTREAM MEDIA LIKE CNN, MSNBC, THERE WAS OUT RAGE WHEN DONALD TRUMP SAID HE COULDN'T SAY BEFORE-HAND ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION IF THERE WERE INDICATIONS OF MASSIVE FRAUD IN THE ELECTION. BUT AS WE HEARD FROM THE LAME STREAM MEDIA, OH, THAT WOULD THREATEN THE VERY FOUNDATION OF THIS COUNTRY. IT WOULD DESTROY THE BASIS FOR THIS COUNTRY. IT WAS JUST SUCH A THREAT TO OUR VERY EXISTENCE. WELL, NOW THOSE SAME PEOPLE THAT SAID THOSE THINGS ARE, ACCORDING TO THEY THEMSELVES, THEY ARE RISKING THIS COUNTRY, THEY'RE PUTTING THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR COUNTRY AT RISK AND WE ALL KNOW NOW SOME RAISED THIS DURING THE ELECTION BUT IT WAS NOT CLEAR UNTIL A RECOUNT BEGAN TO BE DEMANDED BY A THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE BUT WE CAN NOW SAY CLEARLY THE EVIDENCE IS IN. I USED TO TRY FELONY CASES AS A JUDGE, YEARS BEFORE THAT AS A PROSECUTOR, WE CAN NOW REST OUR CASE. JILL STEIN WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A SHAM CANDIDATE FOR -- TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON. TRY TO PULL VOTES AWAY FROM OTHERS TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON WIN THE ELECTION. CLEARLY THAT IS WHAT SHE WAS. SOME SUSPECTED THAT. SOME RAISED THAT ISSUE. AND NOW OBVIOUSLY SHE HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING ANYTHING IN A RECOUNT. NOTHING. SHE HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING ANYTHING AFTER A RECOUNT. SO CLEARLY THE ONLY REASON SHE'S DOING IT IS TO CONTINUE HER EFFORT TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON BECOME PRESIDENT DESPITE THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, THROUGH THE LAW AS IT WAS DESIGNED AND SET UP. ELECTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SHOULD NOT BE GETTING THREATENED. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE OUTRAGED, BUT THEY'RE NOT. THEY'RE NOT BOTHERED IN THE LEAST THAT THE LIVES OF THE ELECTORS WHO WILL DECIDE THE PRESIDENCY ARE BEING THREATENED AND THAT A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IS AT HAND. IT SHOWS YET AGAIN WHY OVER 90% OF THE -- EXCEPT FOR THE FRINGES -- AMERICANS HAVE SAID WE WANT A CHANGE. WE WANT AMERICA THAT CAN ACTUALLY MOVE TOWARD DR. KING'S DREAM OF PEOPLE BEING JUDGED NOT BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN BUT BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER. . I HOPE AND CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT WE WILL GET THERE. THIS QUOTE IN THE ARTICLE, THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHICH IS CHARGED WITH PROTECTING ALL VOTERS, SHOULD ACT TO QUASH THIS OUTRAGE IMMEDIATELY. OBVIOUSLY THEY'RE NOT INTERESTED IN QUASHING AN OUTRAGE. THEY HAVE DONE MORE TO STIRRUP RACIAL DISHARMONY IN THIS COUNTRY, THEY HAVE DONE MORE TO SUPPLANT AND SUBVERT THE INTENT OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE CLEAR MEANING IN THE CONSTITUTION, AND I CANNOT WAIT TO HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WILL AT LEAST MAKE AN OVERT EFFORT TO ENFORCE THE LAW AS IT EXISTS. THE PRESIDENT IN HIS FIRST TERM TOLD PEOPLE OVER 20 TIMES, I CAN'T JUST DO AMNESTY. THAT HAS TO BE DONE BY CONGRESS. SOMEBODY FIGURED OUT AFTER HIS FIRST TERM, IT APPEARS TO BE WHEN IT FIRST KICKED UP HEAVILY, LOOK, WHO WILL STOP YOU? SURE, IT'S AGAINST THE LAW, SURE IT'S AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION FOR YOU TO DO AMNESTY, TO DO EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT TAKE AWAY A REWRITE -- OR REWRITE LAWS THAT WAS PASSED BY HOUSE AND SENATE, SIGNED BY ANOTHER PRESIDENT, YOU JUST WRITE THEM LIKE ANY GOOD MONARCH WOULD, WHO'S GOING TO STOP YOU? SOMEBODY FIGURED OUT TO PRESENT THAT TO THE PRESIDENT, THAT HAD TO BE WHAT HAPPENED. BECAUSE HE HAD SAID SO MANY TIMES HE DIDN'T HAVE THE POWER TO DO IT WHAT HE ULTIMATELY STARTED -- TO DO WHAT HE ULTIMATELY STARTED DOING. AND YOU REALIZE, GEE, THAT'S RIGHT. THE SOON TO BE LEAVING HARRY REID WILL SURELY PROTECT PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM THE SENATE ALLOWING ANYTHING THAT FOLLOWS THE LAW COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE TO ENFORCE THE LAW, THE SENATE WILL BE ABLE TO STOP IT. SO IF CONGRESS WANTS TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S DOING ILLEGALLY, THE SENATE DEMOCRATS WILL PROTECT THE PRESIDENT. AND PROTECT HIS ILLEGAL CONDUCT AND SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO WORRY. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. AMNESTY WAS OFTEN GRANTED BY NOT EVEN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER. IT WAS GRANTED BY A SERIES OF MEMOS BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY. JEH JOHNSON. SO HE REWROTE THE LAW WITH MEMOS . SO IT WILL BE NICE TO GET BACK TO HAVING ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW BECAUSE THIS ARTICLE YESTERDAY, FROM PAUL BEDARD, SAYS A UNITED NATIONS MIX OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE NOW FLOODING THROUGH THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, ESPECIALLY FROM HAITI AND PAKISTAN, RAISING CONCERNS OF TERRORISM, COSTING AMERICANS BILLIONS ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT AND SENATE TESTIMONY. THEY HAVE A QUOTE HERE FROM MY FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR FROM TEXAS, DEMOCRAT. BUT A GREAT MAN. HE SAID, IT IS BECAUSE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD, ARE NOW REALIZING THAT IF ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER IS GET TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THERE'S A PROCESS THERE, YOU CAN CLAIM A LEGAL DEFENSE, YOU JUST GET TO COME IN. I MEAN, PEOPLE, THE SMUGGLING ORGANIZATIONS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE DOING. AND AS THE BORDER PATROLMEN WHO SLO -- HAVE TOLD ME DURING THE LATE HOURS, EARLY MORNINGS, TALKING TO THEM OUT ON THE BORDER, THE DRUG CARTELS CONTROL EVERY INCH OF THE MEXICO-U.S. BORDER. THEY DO SO FROM THE MEXICO SIDE. BUT THEY CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS ON THE U.S. SIDE UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION. AND WE SAW ROUTINELY THERE WERE GROUPS THAT CAME ACROSS WHO WERE NOT THREATS CRIMINALLY, BUT THEY EITHER WANTED JOBS OR THEY WANTED U.S. WELFARE. AND THEY KNEW THAT UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION WE WOULD NOT TURN THEM BACK AND SAY, NO, YOU CANNOT COME IN ILLEGALLY. THEY WOULD NOT INTERDICT AND HE FORCE THE LAW -- ENFORCE THE LAW. THEY WOULD SAY, COME ON IN, WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOU BEFORE WE GIVE YOU A SLIP OF PAPER, SEND YOU ON YOUR WAY, OR HOUSE YOU OR, AS SOME OF THE BORDER PATROLMEN SAID, YOU KNOW, WE END UP SENDING THEM WHEREVER THEY WANT TO GO IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY CALL THE BORDER PATROL LOGISTICS. THEY GET THEM TO OUR SIDE OF THE BORDER AND WE SHIP THEM ANYWHERE THEY WANT TO GO. SO, IT'S NO WONDER THAT WE WOULD HAVE A REQUEST FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION ASKING FOR BILLIONS MORE MONEY TO PROCESS FOLKS, I KNOW $2.2 BILLION WAS MENTIONED, BUT I SAW ANOTHER ARTICLE WHERE IT LISTS THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WANTED TO DO, YOU ADD UP ALL THE DIFFERENT REQUESTS AND DIFFERENT WAYS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO USE THE MONEY FROM AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, AND IT IS TO TAKE MONEY AWAY FROM AMERICANS WHO ARE HERE LEGALLY, WHO ARE WORKING, WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY, TAKE THEIR MONEY AWAY AND GIVE THAT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING IN ILLEGALLY. THERE WAS A LAW FOUND -- I FOUND OUT ABOUT IN ENGFLND VISITING WITH SOME OF THEIR -- ENGLAND IN VISITING WITH SOME OF THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY TYPE FOLKS IN THEIR GOVERNMENT, THEY HAVE A LAW THAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR FIVE YEARS CONTRIBUTING TO THAT SOCIAL SECURITY TYPE SYSTEM FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE YOU CAN EVER MAKE A CLAIM FOR A DIME OF IT. I HEAR THERE ARE ABUSES OF THAT SYSTEM. BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE BEST CONTROL OVER IT. BUT, IT IS A SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY, SOME OTHER COUNTRIES, YOU'RE TAKING MONEY FROM PEOPLE THAT EARNED IT AND GIVING IT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW. IF YOU DO THAT LONG ENOUGH, THAT PLACE THAT AT ONE TIME WAS A SHINING LIGHT ON THE HILL GOES BROKE. THE LIGHT GOES OUT. AND ONCE THAT HAPPENS IN AMERICA , AS FRIENDS FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD HAVE SAID, IF YOU LOSE YOUR FREEDOM IN AMERICA, THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS NO CHANCE. AND YOU REALIZE HISTORICALLY A UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHERE PEOPLE WILL GO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM , THEY'LL CREATE STRENGTH, A STRONG ECONOMY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, STRONG ENOUGH BECAUSE THEY ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW ACROSS THE BOARD, AND BECOME STRONG ENOUGH ECONOMICALLY THAT THEY WILL GO SHED THEIR BLOOD, SPEND THEIR MONEY TO GET FREEDOM FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE FORCES OF EVIL. EVERY NOW AND THEN YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT LIKE JIMMY CARTER WHO WILL SAY, LET'S GET RID OF THE SHAH AND THEN WELCOMES THE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI AS, AS HE SAID, A MAN OF PEACE, WHICH OPENED PANDORA'S BOX, RADICAL ISLAMISTS HAD BEEN PUT IN A BOX FOR MANY DECADES, BUT PRESIDENT CARTER WAS COMPLICIT IN HELPING BECAUSE HE'S A WELL-INTENTIONED MAN. A GOOD MAN. WELL-INTENTIONED. MAYBE A LITTLE ANTI-ISRAEL. BUT HE WANTED TO HELP FOLKS. AND OUT OF HIS IGNORANCE ON RADICAL ISLAM, HE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY DECADES, PLACED RADICAL ISLAMISTS IN CHARGE OF A MASSIVE MILITARY AND A WHOLE COUNTRY. AND SINCE THEN THE WORLD HAS BEEN PAYING A VERY HEAVY PRICE FOR WHAT HAPPENED. SO, WE HAVE A JOB TO DO, WE TOOK AN OATH IN THIS BODY TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. AND AS DONALD TRUMP WAS SAYING YESTERDAY IN OHIO, OUR DEVOTION IS TO -- OUR OATH IS TO ONE COUNTRY. WE SAY A PLEDGE TO A FLAG. WELL, THAT USED TO BE TRUE. IT USED TO BE THAT PEOPLE LEARNED ENOUGH HISTORY -- I LOVED HISTORY. PEOPLE LIKE COACH SAM PARKER INSPIRED ME TO LOVE HISTORY. AND WE LEARNED IT AND WE KNEW WHAT IT TOOK TO KEEP A REPUBLIC, MADAM, IF WE COULD. BUT KIDS, BECAUSE OF FEDERAL INTERVENTION IN EDUCATION, WE'VE NOT HELPED OUR SUFFERING SCHOOLS. WE HAVE MADE THEM SUBJECTS TO THIS MASTER FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. YOU DO WHAT WE SAY OR WE DON'T SEND YOU ANY OF THE MONEY YOU SENT TO US. WE'LL FIX UP OUR OFFICES, WE'LL FIX UP THE MASSIVE BUREAUCRACY AND WE WILL DICTATE TO YOU FROM ON HIGH WHAT WE WANT DONE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT CONGRESS SAYS . THEY'RE NOT AS BAD AS THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THE E.P.A., F.D.A. HAS BEEN RECENTLY. BUT THEY'VE REALLY NOT HELPED, AS I SAID TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, VERY NICE PERSON, BUT SHE HAD HELPED, I THINK, TEXAS SCHOOLS WHEN SHE WAS IN AUSTIN. BUT WHEN SHE CAME HERE AND DISREGARDED THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND THE CONSTITUTION THAT DID NOT INNUMERATE EDUCATION AS A FEDERAL POWER, AND SO IT WAS RESERVED TO THE STATES AND THE PEOPLE, SHE BEGAN ACTING UNCONSTITUTIONALLY. AS I EXPLAINED TO HER, YOU KNOW, YOU OUGHT TO COME TO GLADE WATER, TEXAS. THERE'S AN AMAZING SCHOOL THERE THAT HELPS BETWEEN 120, 130 SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS. ONE OF THEM, IF HE TOUCHES SOMETHING SHINY, HE'S HAD A BIG DAY. AND YOU MANDATE THAT THEY HAVE TO DO A TEST FOR THAT CHILD. HAD A CHILD IN A ST. LOUIS SCHOOL IN TYLER, TOLD HER SHE NEEDED TO COME VISIT BECAUSE THEY HAD AS A GOAL THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR THIS YOUNG MAN WOULD BE ABLE TO STICK A FORK IN A PIECE OF FOOD AND GET IT TO HIS MOUTH, THE GOAL THEY BELIEVED WAS REACHABLE. BUT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS INVOLVED AND THEY SAY, YOU DON'T GET ANY OF THE MONEY YOU SENT US FROM TEXAS UNLESS YOU DO EXACTLY WHAT WE SAY, THAT WAS NOT ALLOWED. THEY ALLOWED AN ALTERNATIVE TEST THAT IF HE COULD POINT TO A STICKER THAT HAD A PICTURE OF FOOD ON IT, BY THE END OF THE YEAR, THEN HE WOULD PASS THE TEST AND THAT SCHOOL WOULD GET BACK MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT THOSE TEXAS TAXPAYERS HAD SENT TO IT TO SIPHON OFF FOR WHATEVER THEY WANTED. SO BY THE END OF THE YEAR, THAT YOUNG MAN, SPECIAL NEEDS, SEVERE SPECIAL NEEDS, HE WAS ABLE TO POINT TO A STICKER THAT HAD A PICTURE OF FOOD, BUT HE COULD NOT FEED HIMSELF. THAT IS THE KIND OF INSANITY THAT'S ONLY GOTTEN WORSE OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. I THOUGHT A SILVER LINING TO PRESIDENT OBAMA BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT WAS AT LEAST HE'S GOING TO END NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, BECAUSE THAT WOULD MEAN RETURNING THE POWER TO THE STATES AND THE PEOPLE THAT KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. WHO YEARS AGO, WE WERE FAR MORE -- FAR HIGHER IN THE STUDIES OF THE CAPABILITIES OF SCHOOLCHILDREN. WE HAVE DROPPED -- WE'RE NOT DOING SO WELL. AND THERE MAY BE IMPROVEMENT ONE YEAR OVER ANOTHER, BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND, THEN YOU NEED TO STOP CODDLING THE TEACHERS UNIONS AND CODDLE THE TEACHERS BY LETTING THEM DO WHAT THEY KNOW IS BEST. SUBJECT TO LOCAL CONTROL. AND IF THEY'RE NOT DOING THEIR JOB, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO BEGGING TO WASHINGTON OR A TEACHERS UNION, YOU CAN GO TO THE SCHOOL BOARD AND IF THE SCHOOL BOARD WON'T DO THE RIGHT THING, YOU CAN RUN AGAINST THEM AND GET ELECTED AND THEN FIX IT YOURSELF. WHEN SUNNY BONO IN CALIFORNIA RAN UP AGAINST -- SONNY BONO IN CALIFORNIA RAN UP GEANS CITY MANAGER THAT WAS SO BIGOTED HE WOULD NOT LET SONNY HAVE THE LICENSE TO OPEN HIS RESTAURANT, THAT'S HOW HE GOT INVOLVED IN POLITICS, HE FOUND OUT WHO HIRED HIM, FIRED THE CITY MANAGER, IT WAS THE MAYOR, SO HE RAN FOR MAYOR, THE FIRST THING DID HE WAS FIRE THE ABUSIVE CITY MANAGER. THAT'S HOW A REPUBLIC SYSTEM IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. IT'S A FORM OF DEMOCRACY, NOT A PURE DEMOCRACY, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE LAWS, WE CAN KEEP PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEIR CONDUCT CRIMINALIZED AFTER THEY COMMITTED IT. . BUT WE HAVE GOT TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR AND START THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO HEAL AMERICA. PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT MAKE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM BETTER. HE MADE MATTERS WORSE. HAD A VOUCHER PROGRAM HERE IN D.C. THAT MINORITY KIDS -- MINORITIES ARE THE MAJORITY HERE, MINORITY ELSEWHERE, THESE POOR KIDS SUFFERING FROM A BROKEN SCHOOL SYSTEM HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY TO PROPERLY EDUCATE THE KIDS, BUT KIDS WERE THE VICTIMS OF THE BUREAUCRACY. WHAT ELSE HAS THIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DONE? THEY'VE GONE AROUND AND STIRRED UP RACIAL TENSIONS WHERE THERE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN. THEY STIRRED UP RUMORS THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU WERE A BLACK YOUNG MAN IN AMERICA, YOU ARE 20 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE SHOT THAN IF YOU WERE A WHITE PERSON IN AMERICA OF THAT SAME AGE. IT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE. AND WE SAW DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHEN WE HAD THE BLACK MAYOR, BLACK POLICE CHIEF, OF THE COUNTRY NOT A RACIST. NOT OUT TO HARM BLACKS IN AMERICA, BUT TRY TO DO JUSTICE BY THEM. AND THEY ULTIMATELY FOUND IN MOST CASES THAT HAD BEEN BROUGHT ACTUALLY THE POLICE WERE JUSTIFIED IN WHAT THEY WERE DOING. SINCE POLICE ARE COMPOSED OF HUMAN BEINGS, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME ROTTEN APPLES. I SAW ONE EVERY NOW AND THEN. I WOULD CONTEND FROM MY EXPERIENCE HANDLING THOUSANDS OF FELONY CASES THAT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS I DEALT WITH HAVE A MUCH TINIER PERCENTAGE OF PROBLEMS THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION OF AMERICA. WHEN WE FIND A POLICE OFFICER WHO IS ABUSIVE, WHO IS PROBLEMATIC, HE OR SHE SHOULD BE PUNISHED. BUT AFTER 9/11, AMERICA WAS JARRED AWAKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES TO REALLY BEGINNING AGAIN TO APPRECIATE THE JOB LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE DONE FOR US, TO KEEP THE PEACE, TO ALLOW US NOT TO BE BEAT UP BY A BIGGER BULLY ON OUR BLOCK, BUT ALLOW THE LAW TO BE ENFORCED MORE EQUALLY AND FAIRLY. NEVER PERFECT. THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. AND PEOPLE BEGIN TO APPRECIATE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WITHOUT CONTEMPT BECAUSE THEY WERE STOPPING TRAFFIC. AND BEGAN TO APPRECIATE OUR MILITARY MORE BECAUSE IT WAS WILLING TO GO DOWN AND LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, WHICH JESUS SAID IS THE GREATEST LOVE. AND HE ABSOLUTELY KNEW. HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR US. BUT IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, WE HAVE BECOME SO RACIALLY DIVIDED. THE REGRET I HAVE GOING BACK TO MOUNT PLEASANT IS THAT THE MOST CHOKED UP I GOT GOING BACK TO MY OLD HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS SO GOOD TO ME, SO GOOD TO ME, DID SUCH A GREAT JOB OF EDUCATING ME, MY BROTHERS, MY SISTER. I LOVE COACH WILLIE WILLIAMS AND I SAW HIM AFTER SO LONG AND GOT A HUG, JUST TOUCHED DEEPLY. AND SOMEBODY SAID, DID YOU TAKE A PICTURE? I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT A PICTURE. I WASN'T THINKING PICTURE. HERE WAS A MAN THAT COACHED ME, WHO WOULD NOT PUT UP WITH ANYBODY USING RACE. DIDN'T MATTER TO COACH WILLIAMS. HE EXPECTED US TO PERFORM. I WISH I GOT A PICTURE. I GOT TO DO THAT. WHAT A GREAT MAN. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE OTHER INFORMATION THAT WAS DAMNING, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORT THAT EXPOSES THE ADMINISTRATION'S CLAIM THAT AS MANY AS 81% OF PEOPLE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE BORDER ILLEGALLY WERE APPREHENDED AND FOUND OUT THAT IT IS NOT LIKE 81%. IT MAY BE MORE LIKE 54%. SHOCKINGLY, THE REPORT AUTHORS FOUND THAT THE ESTIMATED APPREHENSION RATE BETWEEN PORTS OF ENTRY IN 2005 WAS ONLY 36%. AND THAT WAS 2005. IT HAS NOT GOTTEN BETTER EVEN THOUGH TRICKS OF ADJUSTING THE STATISTICS HAVE GOTTEN MORE MULTIPLIED. WE HAVE GOT TO DEFEND OUR NATION. WE HAVE GOT TO ENFORCE THE LAW. WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY AS A SHINING -- GET IT BACK TO BEING A SHINING LIGHT ON THE HILL INSTEAD OF BEING OVERWHELMED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO VIOLATE OUR LAW. THEY DON'T WANT TO DO IT, BUT FAILING TO ENFORCE OUR BORDERS WILL ELIMINATE OUR ABILITY TO BE THE MOST GENEROUS COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO VISAS AND LEGAL ENTRY. NO COUNTRY, NO OTHER COUNTRIES ARE MASSIVELY LARGER IN SIZE GEOGRAPHICALLY AND SIZE POPULATION-WISE, NO ONE AWARDS MORE VISAS THAN WE DO. OVER A MILLION. AND YET THAT WILL END UP COMING TO AN END AS THE FAILURE TO ENFORCE THE LAW -- THERE WERE PROBLEMS IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION, BUSH ADMINISTRATION BEFORE THAT, BUT IT HAS JUST GONE CRAZY UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION AND WE HAVE TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL. ONE OTHER THING, I CONTINUE TO HEAR SOME IN AMERICA SAY THE DAYS OF THE UNITED STATES BEING A MANUFACTURING POWERHOUSE ARE OVER. I KNOW FROM HISTORY AND APPARENTLY DONALD TRUMP FROM JUST HIS BUSINESS INSTINCT THAT IF A STRONG COUNTRY CANNOT PRODUCE THE THINGS IT NEEDS TO DEFEND ITSELF AND DEFEND FREEDOM, THEN IT WILL CEASE BEING A FREE COUNTRY AFTER THE NEXT SIGNIFICANT CONFLICT. IT'S JUST A FACT. AND THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, SO MANY DON'T REALIZE THAT EVEN AS LATE AS THAT OCCURRED IN WORLD WAR II, IT HAD A GOOD SHOT OF PREVAILING AND DRIVING THE ALLIED FORCES FROM THE BULGE IN THE MIDDLE OUT TO THE WATER'S EDGE, BUT ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS WAS THEY RAN OUT OF FUEL. WELL EAST TEXAS WAS THE LARGEST KNOWN RESERVE WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED, AND IT PROVIDED PLENTY OF OIL. OUR TANKS HAD FUEL. BUT AS WE BECAME MORE DEPENDENT ON OTHER COUNTRIES, THAT BECAME A PROBLEM. BUT AMERICAN INGENUITY HAS ALLOWED US TO FIND MORE NATURAL GAS AND MORE OIL. AND NOW IN WEST TEXAS, NATURAL GAS IS FAR CLEANER AND I HOPE UNDER DONALD TRUMP, WE USE MORE OF THAT. BUT IF WE GET BACK THE FACTORIES -- AND WE JUST DIDN'T LOSE THEM FROM THE RUST BELT. I LOST A LOT OF STEEL PLANTS -- LUFKIN INDUSTRIES. IT GOT BOUGHT UP BY GE. THEY DIDN'T CARE. BOUGHT THEM UP AND TOOK THEIR PATENTS AND TOLD ME THE HEADQUARTERS FOR THEIR OPERATION WAS IN ITALY,, THIS IS A COMPANY THAT DOESN'T PAY US TAXES BUT THE HEAD OF IT IS CLOSE FRIENDS WITH THE PRESIDENT. WELL, IT'S TIME WE GOT BACK TO MANUFACTURING STEEL IN AMERICA, STEEL PIPE IN AMERICA, MANUFACTURING WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE TANKS, PLANES, CARS, BUSES. DO THAT HERE. IT'S TIME WE GOT BACK JOBS TO MAKE PAPER. WE HAVE RENEWABLE RESOURCES HERE THAT WE QUIT USING. THEY ARE NOT REDWOODS OR PINE TREES. YOU CAN FIND PLACES IN EAST TEXAS WHERE THERE WERE NO TREES AND YET AFTER THE TIMBER INDUSTRY CAME IN, THEY BECAME FORESTED AGAIN. WE CAN BECOME GREAT AGAIN, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM THOSE WHO WANT TO DO US HARM AND VIOLATE OUR LAWS. AND IF WE WOULD DO THAT, A LITTLE GIRL IN MY COUNTY WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    I MOVE THAT WE NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    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 NOON MONDAY NEXT FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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