The House Will Convene At 10:00 AM Today
House Session - December 7, 2016

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:25 AM

    GUEST

    D.C., DECEMBER 7, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE RANDY NEUGEBAUER TO…

    D.C., DECEMBER 7, 2016. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE RANDY NEUGEBAUER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:46 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 10:05:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:10:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:10:54 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    -- MR. JONES MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE NAMES OF…

    -- MR. JONES MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT THE NAMES OF THE NINE AMERICAN HEROES FOR THE RECORD.

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  • 10:11:05 AM

    TEMPORE WITH

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:13:19 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:13:20 AM

    MR. JONES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I WILL ASK OUR MEN, OUR GOD TO BLESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT I WILL ASK OUR MEN, OUR GOD TO BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND I ASK GOD TO CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:13:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:19:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. STUART, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:00 AM

    MR. STUART

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I THINK ALL OF US KNOW TODAY MARKS THE 75TH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I THINK ALL OF US KNOW TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR.

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  • 10:25:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:29:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:34:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PUERTO RICO, MR. PIERLUISI,…

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PUERTO RICO, MR. PIERLUISI, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:39:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. TIPTON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:41:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:46:55 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. HOLDING, FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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  • 10:48:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. CAPPS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:48:56 AM

    MISS CAPS

    MR. SPEAKER --

  • 10:53:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:59:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:03:57 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. HUELSKAMP, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:06:40 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:11:38 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:17:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:19:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:24:16 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:24:24 AM

    MR. COSTA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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  • 11:24:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 11:28:42 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:34:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. WENSTRUP, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:36:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 11:38:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 12:00:25 PM

    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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  • 12:01:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 12:01:52 PM

    MR. BARTON

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

    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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  • 12:02:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 12:02:22 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AND CONGRATULATE DR. EDUARDO PADRON, PRESIDENT OF MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE AND CONGRATULATE DR. EDUARDO PADRON, PRESIDENT OF MY ALMA MATER, MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE, FOR RECEIVING THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM. AS A REFUGEE WHO ESCAPED THE CASTRO REGIME, I WAS HONORED TO HELP LEAD THE EFFORT TO GET THIS RECOGNITION. HE HAS ALWAYS MADE IT HIS LIFE'S WORK TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. THROUGH HIS EXPERT GUIDANCE AND LEADERSHIP, DR. PADRON HAS PROPELLED MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE INTO NATIONAL PROMINENCE BY IMPROVING STUDENT ACCESS, RETENTION, GRADUATION AS WELL AS HELPING THEM WITH THEIR PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS. TODAY, M.D.C. ENROLLS AND GRADUATES MORE MINORITY STUDENTS THAN ANY OTHER INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRY. CONGRATULATIONS, DR. EDUARDO PEDRON, ON RECEIVING OUR NATION'S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR. SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE M.D.C. COMMUNITY COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF YOU. FELICIDADES, AMIGO. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 12:03:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:03:35 PM

    MS. GABBARD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY HEART IS IN HAWAII TODAY. AT ALMOST THIS EXACT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY HEART IS IN HAWAII TODAY. AT ALMOST THIS EXACT TIME ON THIS VERY DAY 75 YEARS AGO, THE FIRST BOMBS WERE DROPPED IN THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR. MORE THAN 2,400 PEOPLE PERISHED ON THAT FATEFUL DAY THAT WILL FOREVER LIVE IN INFAMY. WE REMEMBER OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE AND THOSE WHO ANSWERED TO SERVE IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS THAT FOLLOWED, INCLUDING OUR TWO FORMER SENATORS, INOUYE AND AKAKA, AND THE MORE THAN 320,000 WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THAT WAR. WE REMEMBER THE JAPANESE AMERICANS WHOSE LIVES WERE FOREVER CHANGED WHEN AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR WERE THROWN INTO INTERNMENT CAMPS AND THE BRAVE PEOPLE WHO IN SPITE OF THESE ATROCITIES VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE, GO FOR BROKE 442ND REGIMENT. MAY WE NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED AT PEARL HARBOR, THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE SACRIFICES OF ALL WHO SERVED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:04:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:04:52 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FATEFUL PUBLIC SERVANT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A FATEFUL PUBLIC SERVANT OF LOUISIANA, MR. EDWARD GORDON RANDOLPH JR., BETTER KNOWN AS NED, WHO PASSED AWAY OCTOBER 4, 2016, AT THE AGE OF 74 THIS PAST YEAR. ED WAS A POLITICAL FORCE IN LOUISIANA. HE SERVED IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, LOUISIANA SENATE AND SERVED AS MAYOR OF HIS HOMETOWN, THE GREAT CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA. NOW, MED SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND HE HAD MANY, MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THAT JOB, BUT AMONG THOSE WAS HIS OPENING OF THE ALEXANDRIA RIVER FRONT CENTER, ADVOCATING FOR THE TRANSITION FROM ENGLAND AIRBASE TO ENGLAND AIR PARK, WHICH IS STILL IN GREAT EXISTENCE, AND HE REVITALIZED THAT ENTIRE CITY AND LEFT BEHIND A LEGACY OF GREAT, GREAT SUCCESS.

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  • 12:05:55 PM

    MR. ABRAHAM

    SO, AGAIN, JUST A TRIBUTE TO NED RANDOLPH, HE WILL BE MISSED. THANK YOU,…

    SO, AGAIN, JUST A TRIBUTE TO NED RANDOLPH, HE WILL BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 12:06:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:06:09 PM

    MR. HIGGINS

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC ATTACKS ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRAGIC ATTACKS ON PEARL HARBOR. IT'S A DAY WE REFLECT AND REMEMBER OVER 2,400 AMERICANS WHOSE LIVES WE LOST THAT MORNING. TODAY, I ESPECIALLY REMEMBER ARMY CORPORAL EARL WICKETTE, A SOUTH BUFFALO NATIVE, WHO WAS STATIONED AT PEARL HARBOR ON THE DAY OF THE ATTACKS. HE WENT ON TO FIGHT ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION FOR OVER FOUR YEARS. FOLLOWING HIS TOUR, HE RETURNED HOME TO WESTERN NEW YORK, RAISED A FAMILY AND CONTINUED TO SERVE HIS COMMUNITY AS A BUFFALO FIREFIGHTER. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. WICT IS NO LONGER WITH US -- WICKETTE, IS FLONGER WITH US, PASSING AWAY -- IS NO LONGER WITH US, PASSING AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO. I JOIN ALL AMERICANS TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE AT PEARL HARBOR AND THOSE WHO SOUGHT AND PROTECTED OUR FREEDOM HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:07:08 PM

    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 ROLL CALL ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:07:13 PM

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

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

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  • 12:07:18 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:07:20 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I PROUDLY HONOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY I PROUDLY HONOR MY CONSTITUENTS, THE FAIRFIELD AREA HIGH SCHOOL GIRL'S SOCCER TEAM, FOR EARNING THE PIAA SINGLE CHAMPIONSHIP. THESE WOMEN BROUGHT HOME THE FIRST TEAM SPORTS TITLE IN FAIRFIELD'S HISTORY. THE GREEN KNIGHTS DEFEATED DISTRICT SEVEN CHAMPION SHADY SIDE IN A 9-4 VICTORY AT HERBIE PARK STADIUM. THE GREEN KNIGHTSES -- HERSHEY PARK STADIUM. THE GREEN NIGHTS SCORED 27 GOALS INCLUDING TWO NINE-GOAL PERFORMANCES. FOR A TEAM FROM A SMALL -- FOR A TEAM FROM A SMALL COMMUNITY, THE GREEN NIGHTS HAD AN ARMY OF -- KNIGHTS HAD AN ARMY OF LOYAL SUPPORTERS. I EXTEND MY CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM, TO THE HEAD COACH AND THE SCHOOL OFFICIALS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO SUPPORTED THESE YOUNG WOMEN ON THIS INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. WE ARE ALL SO VERY PROUD OF YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:08:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:08:22 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

  • 12:08:26 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 12:08:32 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FALLEN ON THIS DAY, DECEMBER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, TOO, RISE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FALLEN ON THIS DAY, DECEMBER 7, AT PEARL HARBOR, THE DAY OF INFAMY, AND OFFER TO THEM OUR GREATEST ADMIRATION AND GRATITUDE. OUR PRAYERS CONTINUE TO BE WITH THEIR ONGOING FAMILIES. BUT I ALSO RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF PUBLIC SERVANTS. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, AIR FORCE ONE DOES NOT BELONG TO ANY PARTICULAR PRESIDENCY, REGARDLESS OF PARTY. AND THEREFORE, ANY ATTEMPT TO ENSURE THE TECHNOLOGICAL SOPHISTICATION AND THE QUALITY OF THAT AIRCRAFT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE DECISIONMAKERS WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR IN ESSENCE THOSE WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, WHICH INCLUDES THE CONGRESS AND CERTAINLY THE PENTAGON. I'M CONCERNED WHEN THE INCOMING PERSON THAT WILL TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE BEGINS TO ABUSE THE PROCESS AND SUGGEST THAT THIS IS TOO COSTLY AND THAT THIS COMPANY, BOEING, IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD BE UNDERMINED. OUR JOB IS TO CREATE AND SAVE JOBS, NOT TO DESTROY JOBS, BUT OUR JOB ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, IS TO PROTECT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THAT KIND OF INTERFERENCE UNINFORMED SHOULD BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:10:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:10:21 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO RISE TODAY ON THE 0TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO RISE TODAY ON THE 0TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK OF -- 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK OF PEARL HARBOR TO REMEMBER. ALSO, IN PARTICULAR, THE RECOGNITION OF ONE OF THE SURVIVORS WE STILL HAVE WITH US, DAVID EDWARD CALLAHAN, A GREAT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA VETERAN WHO PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE TO SERVE IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE NAVY AT A TIME WHEN THE WORLD WAS ON FIRE. LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AFTER HE REPORTED TO THE U.S. NAVAL TRAINING STATION AT SAN DIEGO AT THE AGE OF MR. CALLAHAN WOULD BE SOON TO BE STANDING ABOARD THE U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS WHEN THE FIRST DRONE WAS HEARD THAT MORNING. FOR SIX YEARS HE WOULD FIGHT THE JAPANESE IN ALMOST EVERY MAJOR BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC WAR AS A COMBAT SWIMMER WHICH LATER BECAME KNOWN AS THE NAVAL SEALS WHERE HE WAS AWARDED A PURPLE HEART. ON BEHALF OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, WE WANT TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO MR. CALLAHAN. HIS SERVICE DIDN'T END THERE AS WELL. LATER THE PACIFIC NUCLEAR PROVING GROUNDS, HE USED HIS DIVING SKILLS THERE TO SEE HOW THAT WOULD WORK IN THE NUCLEAR TESTING THAT WAS GOING ON AT THAT TIME. HE'S NEVER STOPPED SERVING. HE'S NEVER BEEN LESS THAN AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL OF US. HE WILL BE TAKING PART IN PEARL HARBOR CEREMONIES TODAY. WE'RE PROUD TO HAVE HIM AND HAVE HIM AS AN AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:11:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:12:01 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HASHON. IT -- PEARL HARBOR. IT WAS A DEFINING MOMENT IN AMERICA'S HISTORY AND THE DAY OF INFAMY. THIS DEON STRAIGHTED THE RESOLVE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE ARMED FORCES. IT IS A DAY WE HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY, BUT ALSO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE SAVED LIVES OF OTHERS DURING THIS TRAGEDY. PETTY OFFICER DORIS "DORI" MILLER FROM MY HOMETOWN OF WACO, WAS ONE SUCH INDIVIDUAL WHO WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY IN DEFENSE OF THIS COUNTRY AND FIZZ AMERICANS. HE'S WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS A HERO AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR FOR HIS REMARKABLE COURAGE WHEN HIS SHIP, THE U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA, CAME UNDER ATTACK BY THE JAPANESE. IN THE FACE OF IMMINENT DANGER, HE ASSISTED HIS SHIP'S COMMANDER WHO WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED TO SAFETY. HE THEN REPORTEDLY MANNED A.50 CALIBER ANTI-AIRCRAFT MACHINE GUN TO SHOOT DOWN AT LEAST THREE OF THE 29 JAPANESE PLANES THAT WENT DOWN THAT DAY. MR. SPEAKER, EVER SINCE I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE WORKED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO GET DORE MILLER AWARDED THE -- DORY MILLER AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. YET, HE'S LEFT WITH THE HONORABLE NAVY CROSS. IT'S TIME WE HONOR THE UNHEARD SACRIFICES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND AWARD DORY MILLER THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. FOXX

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

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S A NATION OF LAWS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA'S A NATION OF LAWS WHERE THE GOVERNMENT DERIVES ITS LIMITED POWERS FROM WE, THE PEOPLE, THE CONSENTING GOVERNED. SINCE 1789, THE CONSTITUTION HAS SERVED AS OUR COUNTRY'S LEGAL FOUNDATION. ITS WISDOM IS TIMELESS, AND JUST AS GEORGE WASHINGTON CALLED THE CONSTITUTION THE GUIDE HE WOULD NEVER ABANDON, WE WON'T ABANDON IT EITHER OR TRY TO TINKER UNNECESSARILY WITH ITS BRILLIANCE. THANKS TO THE FORESIGHT OF THE CONSTITUTION'S FRAMERS, THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF GOVERNMENT OVERREACH AND THEIR GRASP OF HUMAN NATURE, WE HAVE AN ABIDING DOCUMENT THAT CHECKS THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS. IT IS GENIUS IN ITS BREVITY, IN ITS ENDURANCE AND IN ITS FORETHOUGHT TO LIMIT AND SEPARATE THE GOVERNING POWERS ESTABLISHED THEREIN. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, IT'S AN HONOR AND SACRED DUTY TO PROTECT AND UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I WROTE TO DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. IN SEPTEMBER REQUESTING THE MATERIALS…

    I WROTE TO DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. IN SEPTEMBER REQUESTING THE MATERIALS RELATING TO THE F.B.I.'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS. ELIZABETH WARN JOINED IN THIS REQUEST AS WE MADE AS A RESULT OF THE PRECEDENT THAT THE F.B.I. ESTABLISHED AND HIGH PROFILE CASE CITING INTENSE PUBLIC INTEREST AND QUOTE, UNQUOTE, THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY, THE F.B.I. SAW FIT TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE TESTIMONY TO CONGRESS AND HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS GIVING CONTEXT TO WHICH DECISION NOT TO PROSECUTE. IT HAS BEEN EIGHT YEARS SINCE THE BETS AND CULTURE OF FRAUD ON WALL STREET CRASHED OUR ECONOMY AND CAUSED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO LOSE THEIR JOBS AND THEIR HOMES, YET NO TOP EXECUTIVES WERE CHARGED WITH CRIMES. IN MANY AMERICANS HAVE THE NAWING SENSE THAT JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED. YET AS TODAY, I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE WORD. THE D.O.J. HAS OBTAINED FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS FROM MAJOR INSTITUTIONS LIKE BANK OF AMERICA. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS A CLEAR INTEREST AND STAKE IN UNDERSTANDING WHY THE F.B.I. DID NOT PURSUE CHARGES AGAINST THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF ITS OWN COMMISSION.

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE LITTLE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, THE KEYSTONE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM FROM CLINTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. I HOSTED THEM FOR A CAPITOL TOUR AND JOINED ME. THE TEAM HAS A REMARKABLE 2016 CLAIMING THEIR DISTRICT AND SECTIONAL TITLES BEFORE WINNING THE STATEWIDE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PENNSYLVANIA. AS THE PENNSYLVANIA CHAMPIONS, THEY MADE AN IMPRESSIVE RUN IN THE PLAYOFFS COMING ONE GAME SHORT OF REPRESENTING THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION. PENNSYLVANIA'S DISTRICT HAS A GREAT TEAM AND THIS TEAM CONTINUES THAT LEGACY. THEY HAVE ROSS MCGINNIS, A WINNER. IN THE 2011 MID-ATLANTIC LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES TEAM, ALSO THE FORMER KEYSTONE TEAM HAILED FROM CLINTON COUNTY. IN KEEPING WITH THIS TRADITION, KEYSTONE MADE THEIR REGION PROUD THROUGH THEIR LOVE AND DEDICATION THROUGH AMERICA'S FAVORITE PASTTIME BASEBALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BECOME.

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

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    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT…

    I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WAS RELEASED LAST NIGHT. THE $7 MILLION APPROPRIATED TO REIMBURSE NEW YORK CITY FOR COSTS INCURRED IN PROVIDING SECURITY FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND HIS FAMILY WAS A MERE FRACTION OF THE $35 MILLION REQUESTED BY THE CITY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE SECURITY EFFORTS INVOLVED ARE UNPRECEDENTED AND IT IS TOTALLY UNFAIR TO ASK NEW YORK CITY TAXPAYERS ALONE TO PAY FOR THESE COSTS. THIS IS THE SECOND BUSIEST INTERSECTION, NOT IN NEW YORK CITY, NOT IN NEW YORK STATE, BUT IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. OVER 10,000 RESIDENTS PER HOUR CROSS AT 57TH AND FIFTH. AND IT IS A SECURITY CHALLENGE PERSONIFIED. BECAUSE OF THIS BUDGET FAILURE, NEW YORKERS ARE NOW BEING FORCED TO PROVIDE A NO-INTEREST LOAN TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH NO GUARANTEE OF BEING PAID BACK. THIS IS A TERRIBLE DEAL. SECURING THE PRESIDENT-ELECT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY AND IT MUST BE PAID FOR BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, FOR PURPOSE DOES HE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    MR. BARTON

    I RISE FOR TWO REASONS, FIRST TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY FATHER. HE DIED ON…

    I RISE FOR TWO REASONS, FIRST TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY FATHER. HE DIED ON THIS DATE DECEMBER 7, 1996. HE WAS A WORLD WAR II VETERAN AND BASED IN ITALY AND FLEW 40 COMBAT MISSIONS OVER CENTRAL EUROPE. I RISE TO COMMEND PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS PHONE CALL TO THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN. TAIWAN IS A FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES. WE RECOGNIZE TAIWAN FROM THE LATE 1940'S TO 1972. WE THEN RECOGNIZED MAINLAND CHINA BUT MAINTAIN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH TAIWAN UNTIL 1978. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO MAKE A PHONE CALL TO THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN. THEY ARE A FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES. IN MY OPINION THERE IS NO REASON WE CAN'T HAVE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH BOTH NATIONS. I'M TOLD THE PRESIDENT OF THE TAIWAN IS GOING TO COME THROUGH TEXAS IN THE FALL ON HER WAY TO GUATEMALA. AND I WILL WELCOME HER IF THAT TRIP OCCURS AND TRY TO GIVE HER THE HOSPITAL THAT SHE GAVE ME WHEN I VISITED HER GREAT NATION LAST MONTH. A PHONE CALL IS A PHONE CALL, MY COLLEAGUES. AND I COMMEND THE PRESIDENT-ELECT FOR CALLING THE PRESIDENT OF TAIWAN. I HOPE THIS MEANS A WARMING RELATIONSHIP WITH TAIWAN. I YIELD BECOME.

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

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    MR. POLIS

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    MR. POLIS

    HEATH, BELOVED MEMBERS OF BOULDER, COLORADO. THEIR FAMILY AND LOVE GREW…

    HEATH, BELOVED MEMBERS OF BOULDER, COLORADO. THEIR FAMILY AND LOVE GREW ALONG SIDE LOVE OF PUBLIC SERVICE. PEOPLE SAY TO HER, NOW THAT YOU ARE RETIRING YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. SHE SAYS I HAVE BEEN DOING WHAT I WANTED TO DO. SHE WAS THE HEAD OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND PRIOR TO THAT WAS IN THE COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD I VOLUNTEERED ON HER U.S. SENATE RACE. WALLY HEATH IS RETIRING AS A STATE SENATOR. PRIOR TO THE LEGISLATURE HE HAD A CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND FOUNDED THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WORLD TRADE CENTER. FOR WALLY AND JOESEY, THEIR JOBS WEREN'T ABOUT THE WORK THEY DID BUT ABOUT BUILDING COMMUNITIES. THEY SERVED ON SO MANY BOARDS, ADVOCATED FOR SO MANY JUST CAUSES AND ABOVE ALL THEY REMAINED TRUE TO THEMSELVES IN PURCHASE VAYORS OF PROGRESS. I'M HONORED NOT ONLY TO BE THEIR CONGRESSMAN BUT TO BE THEIR FRIEND. ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I LOOK FORWARD TO JOINING THEM IN FUTURE ADVENTURES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BYRNE

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

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    MR. BYRNE

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN WILLIAM PETERSON OF RICHLAND,…

    I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE CAPTAIN WILLIAM PETERSON OF RICHLAND, WASHINGTON WHO WAS INDUCTED INTO THE WALL OF HEROES AT THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY. WHILE SERVING WITH THE COAST GUARD, THEN LIEUTENANT PETERSON ENGAGED IN A RESCUE OF NINE SURVIVORS FROM HC-130 THAT HAD CRASHED IN BAD WEATHER OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA. WINDS GUSTING UP TO 40 KNOTS AND VISIBILITY AS LOW AS 50 FEET, LIEUTENANT PETERSON INCHED HIS HELICOPTER ALONG SIDE THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN AND TRANSPORTED NINE SURVIVORS BACK TO SAFETY OVER MULTIPLE TRIPS FROM THE CRASH SITE. CAPTAIN PETERSON DEMON STATED THE HIGHEST FORMS OF COURAGE, JUDGMENT AND UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO DUTY THAT DAY AND I CONGRATULATE HIM ON THIS MUCH DESERVED HONOR. I ALSO OFFER MY HUMBLE APPRECIATION TO CAPTAIN PETERSON ON SERVING ON MY ACADEMY NOMINATION BOARD. YOUR SERVICE IS AN INSPIRATION TO THESE FUTURE MILITARY LEADERS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 12:24:37 PM

    MRS. HARTZLER

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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    MRS. HARTZLER

    TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LINDA CRYSTAL WHO IS RETIRING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF…

    TODAY TO RECOGNIZE LINDA CRYSTAL WHO IS RETIRING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PETTIS COUNTY. SHE HAS SERVED THE PAST 12 YEARS. LINDA HAS ACHIEVED MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THREE ENHANCED ENTERPRISE ZONES RESULTING IN OVER 50 COMPANIES BENEFITING AND GROWING HER BUSINESSES IN HER COMMUNITY. ADDITIONALLY, THIS PAST YEAR, THE COMMUNITY WAS ABLE TO COMPLETE ITS THIRD STRATEGIC PLAN IN 15 YEARS. AS A RESULT, MULTIPLE TASK FORCES WERE ESTABLISHED TO ENHANCE THE COMMUNITY WHICH ALSO LED TO THE EVENTUAL CREATION OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM. IT IS AN HONOR TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK LINDA CRYSTAL FOR HER YEARS OF SERVICE. I'M BLESSED TO REPRESENT HER IN CONGRESS AND WISH HER ALL THE BEST IN HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS. I YIELD BACK.

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND RESIZE AND EXTEND.

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  • 12:25:57 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER WE NEED A NEW WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY, A NEW TERM FOR THE…

    MR. SPEAKER WE NEED A NEW WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY, A NEW TERM FOR THE MERGER OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE LIBERAL MEDIA HAVE NO REASON TO TREAT PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP FAIRLY OR OBJECTIVELY. THIS IS NO SURPRISE GIVEN THAT 96% OF NATIONAL REPORTERS' CONTRIBUTIONS WENT TO HILLARY CLINTON. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE MEDIA FAIRNESS CAUCUS, HERE'S MY PROPOSAL. LET'S COMBINE THE TWO WORDS MEDIA AND DEMOCRAT AND GO WITH MEDIACRAT. I REALIZE THE LIBERAL MEDIA IS NOT LIKELY TO USE THIS WORD VERY OFTEN BUT THERE ARE TWO REASONS FOR THEM TO DO SO. FIRST TO SHOW THEY HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR AND SECOND TO SHOW THEY HAVE A SENSE OF HUMILITY. I THINK MOST AMERICANS WOULD BE HAPPY THAT THE LIBERAL MEDIA DIDN'T DISPLAY THEIR BIAS EVERY TIME THEY COVER THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. MADE THE MEDIACRATS SHOULD SHOW BALANCED REPORTING.

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    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    TREND AT LEADING UNIVERSITIES REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH IMMIGRATION LAW. I'M…

    TREND AT LEADING UNIVERSITIES REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH IMMIGRATION LAW. I'M INTRODUCING THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW WITH CO-SPONSORS FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK TO FLORIDA. THIS ACT REQUIRES ANY ENTITY RECEIVING FEDERAL FUNDS INCLUDING INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING TO COMPLY WITH ALL LAWFUL REQUESTS MADE BY FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. SHOULD THE ENTITY REFUSE TO COMPLY, ALL FEDERAL FUNDING CAN BE WITHHELD. THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA WHICH CHARGES $51,000 TWUSE DESPITE OF HAVING AN ENDOWMENT WOULD LOSE FEDERAL GRANTS IF THEY CHOOSE TO CONTINUE THEIR POLICY OF NOT COMPLYING WITH FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW. CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE RULE OF LAW IN OUR COUNTRY AND PROVIDE FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN LOUDLY IN THIS PAST ELECTION THAT THEY WANT FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW ENFORCED. SHAME ON THOSE UNIVERSITIES WHO TAKE FEDERAL MONEY AND PROMOTE LAWLESSNESS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 162, HOUSE RESOLUTION 144 RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 162, HOUSE RESOLUTION 144 RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 5143, TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTE1 NATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS SETTING PROCESSES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-68 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES; TWO, THE FURTHER AMENDMENT PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION, IF OFFERED BY THE MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, WHICH SHALL BE IN ORDER WITHOUT INTERVENTION OF ANY POINT OF ORDER, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE SEPARATELY DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR A DIVISION OF THE QUESTION;. AND THREE ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, ON ANY LEGISLATIVE DAY OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE 114TH CONGRESS AFTER DECEMBER 8, 2016, A, THE JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED, AND, B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME, WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 3, THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS RESOLUTION AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF RULE 1. SECTION 4, EACH DAY DURING THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS RESOLUTION SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A CALENDAR DAY FOR PURPOSES OF SECTION 7 OF THE WAR POUSE RESOLUTION 50 UNITED STATES CODE -- WAR POWERS RESOLUTION 50 UNITED STATES CODE 1546. SECTION 5, EACH DAY DURING THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS RESOLUTION SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A LEGISLATIVE DAY FOR PURPOSES OF CLAUSE 7 OF RULE 13. SECTION 6, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF DECEMBER 8, 2016, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15. THE SPEAKER OR HIS DESIGNEE SHALL CONSULT WITH THE MINORITY LEADER OR HER DESIGNEE ON THE DESIGNATION OF ANY MATTER FOR CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION.

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    MR. BYRNE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    MR. BYRNE

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5143,…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5143, THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT OF 2016. THE RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR A STRUCTURED RULE. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN IMPORTANT EFFORT TO PROTECT THE U.S. MODEL OF INSURANCE SUPERVISION, PROVIDE FOR IMPROVED OVERSIGHT AND KEEP THE U.S. INSURANCE INDUSTRY STRONG AND COMPETITIVE. FOR OVER 150 YEARS, THE INDIVIDUAL STATES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY REGULATED INSURANCE AND COORDINATED THEIR ACTIVITIES. THIS MODEL HAS WORKED AND ENSURED THE FOCUS REMAINS ON THE CONSUMER. WELL, WHEN CONGRESS PASSED THE DODD-FRANK ACT BACK IN 2010, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSUMED A NEW ROLE IN THE REGULATION OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY. THIS CHANGE INCLUDED THE CREATION OF THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS F.I.O., AND CHARGED F.I.O. WITH REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF U.S. INSURERS, NOT CONSUMERS, INSURERS DURING THE NEGOTIATION OF ANY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. THE CHANGE ALSO ALLOWED FOR BOTH THE F.I.O. DIRECTOR AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS. PREVIOUSLY, INSURANCE REGULATORS FROM THE INDIVIDUAL STATES PARTICIPATED IN INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS. REMEMBER, THE STATE INSURANCE REGULATORS ARE THERE TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING REGULATORY GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR INSURANCE SUPERVISORS AROUND THE WORLD TO ADOPT. EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE VERY DIFFERENT REGULATORY MODELS FOR INSURANCE. RECENTLY, THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS DEVELOPED A REGULATORY PROTOCOL KNOWN AS SOLVENCY 2. SOLVENCY 2 IS SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE SUCCESSFUL STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATORY SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE U.S. FOR THE LAST 150 YEARS. THE FEAR IS THAT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS WILL ADOPT SOLVENCY 2 AS THE, QUOTE, GOLD STANDARD, CLOSED QUOTE, WHICH WOULD PUT U.S. INSURERS AND CONSUMERS AT A SEVERE DISADVANTAGE. MORE ALARMING, THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE ARE ALREADY ENGAGED IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION REGARDING, QUOTE, A AGREEMENT, CLOSED QUOTE, OVER INSURANCE REGULATIONS. IF BASED ON THE SOLVENCY 2 MODEL, THIS COULD SEVERELY HURT THE U.S. INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND CONSUMERS. THAT IS WHERE OUR LEGISLATION COMES IN. THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT SIMPLY ENHANCES CONGRESS' OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL DELIBERATIONS RELATED TO INSURANCE STANDARDS. THE BILL SETS REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS THAT MUST BE MET BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CAN AGREE TO ACCEPT, ESTABLISH OR ENTER INTO THE ADOPTION OF ANY INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARD. THE SAME REQUIREMENT WILL BE FOLLOWED THROUGHOUT ANY NEGOTIATIONS OVER AN AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION. TO BE CLEAR, THIS BILL WOULD NOT STOP THE INTERNATIONAL PROCESS. IT SIMPLY WILL ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS LEADING ON THE ISSUES INSTEAD OF BEING LED BY FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. THIS BILL ALSO REQUIRES THAT THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE REPORT AND TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR ABOUT ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS. I APPRECIATE MR. LUETKEMEYER AND CHAIRMAN HENSARLING FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I HOPE WE CAN COME TOGETHER TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD BE OPPOSED TO GREATER CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. ADOPTION OF THESE STANDARDS OR ENTERING INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION COULD FUNDAMENTALLY ALTER THE U.S. INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND, YES, HURT CONSUMERS. IT ONLY MAKES SENSE FOR THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED CONGRESS TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE PROCESS. THIS LEGISLATION IS SIMPLY ABOUT IMPROVING OVERSIGHT AND PROTECTING THE STATE-BASED MODEL OF INSURANCE REGULATION THAT HAS HELD UP SO WELL IN OUR COUNTRY OVER THE LAST 150 YEARS AND HAS ENJOYED WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL IS ENSURING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME FIRST, NOT SOME WORRY ABOUT A GROUP. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS ACROSS AMERICA BY SUPPORTING H.J.RES. 944 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA FOR YIELDING TO ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE, AND I RISE TO DEBATE THE RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 5143, THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT OF 2016. AT BEST THIS BILL IS UNNECESSARY. AT WORST, IT WILL HARM OUR ABILITY TO REACH VITAL INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS TO PROTECT OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. MR. SPEAKER, THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE SUBSEQUENT GREAT RECESSION WAS THE WORST FINANCIAL DISASTER IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. NEARLY NINE MILLION AMERICANS LOST THEIR JOBS, DOUBLING THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. MORE THAN 11 MILLION AMERICANS LOST THEIR HOMES TO FORECLOSURES. HOME VALUE DROPPED MORE THAN 30%. OUR NATION LOST MORE THAN $13 TRILLION IN ECONOMIC OUTPUT. TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE, THAT IS THE EQUIVALENT OF LOSING A YEAR'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. FROM THIS DISASTER, WE LEARNED MANY LESSONS AND PASSED THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE BETTER ABLE TO PREVENT SUCH A FINANCIAL CALAMITY FROM OCCURRING AGAIN. ONE LESSON WE LEARNED WAS THE SIGNIFICANT RISK CLOSE TO OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM BY POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE LARGE, GLOBALLY ACTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE NEAR COLLAPSE OF A.I.G. AS A RESULT, COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WERE PUT IN PLACE, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE, TO COORDINATE FEDERAL EFFORTS, DEVELOP POLICY AND REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS. THIS OFFICE, ALONG WITH NEW AUTHORITIES FOR THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, ALLOW OUR REGULATORS TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT OUR UNIQUE INSURANCE REGULATORY REGIME PROVIDES STABILITY IN OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM, BOTH NATIONALLY AND GLOBALLY. NOW, HOWEVER, THE MAJORITY SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THE LESSONS OF 2008'S FINANCIAL CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, AT BEST, THIS LEGISLATION IS UNNECESSARY. UNDER THE GUISE OF TRANSPARENCY , H.R. 5143 WOULD REQUIRE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE AND COMMENT REGARDING POTENTIAL AGREEMENTS ON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS, BUT SUCH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS WOULD ONLY TAKE EFFECT DOMESTICALLY AFTER REGULATIONS WERE PROMULGATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH U.S. LAW WHICH ALREADY INCLUDES A NOTICE AND COMMENT PERIOD. THE TRANSPARENCY THIS BILL IS SEEKING IS ALREADY ENSHRINED IN OUR RULEMAKING PROCESS. THEN AT WORSE, THIS BILL WILL HARM U.S. NEGOTIATORS BY TYING THEIR HANDS AND MAKING SETTING WORKABLE INSURANCE STANDARDS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE. MR. SPEAKER, BY REQUIRING OUR NEGOTIATORS TO SEEK CONSENSUS POSITIONS WITH ALL 50 STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS, THIS BILL WEAKENS THE UNITED STATES' ABILITY TO WORK WITH OTHER COUNTRIES TO IMPROVE THE REGULATION OF LARGE GLOBAL INSURANCE COMPANIES. BY PLACING UNNECESSARY, COUNTERPRODUCTIVE AND OVERLY CUMBERSOME REPORTING AND NEGOTIATING REQUIREMENTS ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND TREASURY, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE GLOBAL INSURANCE STABILITY WE NEED TO PREVENT FUTURE FINANCIAL DISASTERS. AS WE APPROACH THE END OF THE 114TH CONGRESS, I'M DISMAYED TO SEE THAT CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL IS HOW THE MAJORITY HAS DECIDED WE SHOULD SPEND WHAT FEW PRECIOUS LEGISLATIVE DAYS REMAIN. I GUESS MY DISMAY CARRIES OVER FROM LAST NIGHT'S SO-CALLED IMPEACHMENT CONSIDERATION OF THE I.R.S. COMMISSIONER WHO WILL BE GONE FROM OFFICE BY THE TIME THEY COULD GET THROUGH THIS PROCESS, AND I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THE CHAIRMAN OF JUDICIARY REFER IT TO HIS COMMITTEE WHERE I'M SURE IT WILL DIE. BUT IT JUST SEEMS WE GET TO THIS IMPORTANT JUNCTURE AND WE FIND OURSELVES CAUGHT UP IN BUMPER STICKER POLITICS AS WE HAVE FOR MOST OF THE SESSION OF THE 114TH CONGRESS. IT APPEARS THAT IN THE FINAL HOURS OF THIS CONGRESS, THE MAJORITY IS ATTEMPTING TO THROW UP ROADBLOCKS TO PREVENT COMMONSENSE FINANCIAL REGULATIONS AIMED AT PREVENTING LARGE INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM ONCE AGAIN THREATENING THE STABILITY OF OUR ECONOMY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ALL OF THEM, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, DESERVE BETTER. ASSUREDLY WE CAN ANTICIPATE THAT IF THIS MEASURE WHERE TO BECOME LAW -- AND I PREDICT IT WON'T -- BUT IF IT WERE TO BECOME LAW, THEN I CAN SEE US AT SOME POINT FACED WITH ANOTHER SERIOUS FINANCIAL CRISIS. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BYRNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA -- FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA -- FROM FLORIDA'S REMARKS, AND I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN THAT WE ALL HAVE WITH THE AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT RECESSION OF 2008. BUT THERE ARE MANY OF US THAT BELIEVE THAT THE DODD-FRANK LAW THAT CONTAINS A PROVISION THAT WE'RE TRYING TO AFFECT HERE, WENT WAY OUTSIDE TO WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO TO TRY TO PREVENT ANOTHER RECESSION FROM HAPPENING AGAIN. HOW DOES CEDING CONTROL OVER THE U.S. INSURANCE MARKET TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AND GROUPS HELP OUR ECONOMY OR HELP PREVENT A FUTURE RECESSION? HOW DOES A BILL LIKE THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT PROTECTS CONSUMERS AND PROVIDES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT HURT OUR ECONOMY? HOW DOES THAT NOT HELP OUR ECONOMY, HELP THE CONSUMERS? THIS BILL IS NECESSARY BECAUSE WE FACE, THE UNITED STATES FACES LOSING CONTROL OVER OUR INSURANCE THAT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT TO EVERYBODY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. . ONE THING WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS IS A STEADY EFFORT TO TAKE POWER AWAY FROM STATE GOVERNMENTS, WHICH IS FRANKLY CONTRARY TO THE INTENT OF OUR CONSTITUTION. OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS DO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS, LIKE THE PRIMARY PROVIDERS FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. BUT THEY ARE THE PRIMARY REGULATORS FOR INSURANCE AND THEY HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB AT THAT. WE HAVE 150 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WITH THAT. WE HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THAT. WHY WOULD WE BE TAKING POWER FROM THEM? WHY IS IT CONTINUING TO ALLOW THEM HAVE THAT POWER AND UTILIZE IT AS EACH STATE SEES FIT? AND MY COLLEAGUE TALKED ABOUT HOW AT THE END OF THIS CONGRESS WE ARE DOING BUMPER-STICKER THINGS. I BELIEVE THAT PASSING WITH A HUGE BIPARTISAN VOTE THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT LAST WEEK WAS A GOOD THING. IF THAT'S A BUMPER STICKER, I WANT THAT BUMPER STICKER. WE PASSED LAST WEEK THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT, WHICH I BELIEVE THAT'S GOING TO SAVE LIVES. IF THAT'S A BUMPER STICKER, I WANT THAT BUMPER STICKER AND TOMORROW, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A WATER BILL FOR EVERYBODY IN THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO ENHANCE THE WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. IF THAT'S ANOTHER BUMPER STICKER I WILL BE HAPPY TO HAVE ON MY CAR. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S REMARKS AND KNOWS THE TREMENDOUS RESPECT THAT I HAVE BUT I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH THE PREMISE OF HIS ARGUMENTS. AND I RESERVE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AND I DO HAVE MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AND…

    MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALABAMA AND I DO HAVE MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER AND I AGREE WITH HIM THE THREE MEASURES THAT HE CITED TO, TOO AND I COULD CITE OTHERS DURING THE 114TH THAT WERE SUBSTANTIVE LEGISLATION THAT RIGHTLY WE SHOULD HAVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR AND DID AND I AGREE WITH HIM THAT THE WURTE WRRDA BILL THAT WE COULD EQUALLY WEAR PROUDLY ON OUR BUMPER STICKERS. THE POINT THAT I WAS MAKING WAS THAT WE SPENT A GOOD PORTION OF THE 114TH CONGRESS, NUMBER ONE, DOING NOTHING. WE DIDN'T EVEN MAKE ANY BUMPER STICKERS BECAUSE WE WEREN'T HERE THAT OFTEN TO UNDERTAKE TO DO ANYTHING. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MANY OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID FELL IN THE CATEGORY AT LEAST AS I PERCEIVE IT OF BEING BUMPER-STICKER MEASURES. 60-PLUS TIMES REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THE SITTING PRESIDENT WAS NOT GOING TO SIGN ANYTHING. SO ALL WE DID IT FOR WAS FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE TO HAVE TALKING POINTS. WE ARE HE ON ENTITLED AND THAT'S WHAT POLITICS IS, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, WE DID A LOT OF BUMPER-STICKER LEGISLATION IN THE LAST SESSION BECAUSE A LOT OF IT WENT NOWHERE AND A LOT OF IT WAS DONE DURING A PERIOD THAT WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF SUBSTANTIVE LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS LEGISLATION I'M GOING TO AMEND THE RULE TO BRING UP A BILL THAT WOULD CLOSE A TAX LOOPHOLE THAT REWARDS COMPANIES FOR MOVING JOBS OVERSEAS AND WOULD INSTEAD PROVIDE A TAX CREDIT FOR COMPANIES THAT MOVE JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

    AND TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE BILL'S SPONSOR, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. PASCRELL.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. RANKING MEMBER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE . IN THE WANNING DAYS OF THE 114TH CONGRESS, HERE WE ARE DEBATING A BILL ONCE AGAIN TO ROLL BACK WALL STREET REFORMS. THIS IS WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO. HOW TONE DEAF CAN WE BE? HERE'S A NEWS FLASH. THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS FOCUSED ON DEFENDING BLUE COLLAR JOBS, BOLSTERING OUR INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING BASE. FOLKS ARE ZONED IN ON THAT, FOCUSED ON THAT ISSUE. SO WE NEED TO STOP OUTSOURCING NOW. AND THIS CONGRESS SHOULD START BY DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRINGING UP THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT. AROUND FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING JOBS HAVE BEEN LOST SINCE 1994. GOOD PAYING JOBS. THEIR LOSS HAS LED TO A SOMEWHAT DEMISE FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA. JUST ASK FOLKS IN PLACES LIKE OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA WHO HAVE SEEN STEEL MILLS AND RUBBER FACTORIES SHIPPED OVERSEAS. MY HOMETOWN OF PATTERSON, NEW JERSEY, FORMERLY THE HUB OF THE MANUFACTURING TEXTILE INDUSTRY, WHICH NO LONGER EXISTS. SO WHY ARE WE SUBSIDIZING IT? WHY ARE WE SUBSIDIZING AMERICAN COMPANIES TO MOVE TO OTHER SHORES? AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING. RIGHT NOW WHEN COMPANIES MOVE OVERSEAS, THEY CAN TAKE A TAX DEDUCTION FOR THE COST OF THE MOVE. THAT'S A HUGE TAX BREAK. HOW DO WE DEFEND IT AND WHY DO WE DEFEND IT? SO THE BILL THAT THE RANKING MEMBER REFERRED TO ELIMINATES THIS TAX DEDUCTION AND GIVES A TAX CREDIT OF UP TO 20% THE COST OF MOVING BUSINESSES -- BRING BUSINESSES BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THROUGH U.S. COMPANIES. THAT SEEMS TO ME TO MAKE MORE SENSE. WHY ARE WE PAYING FOLKS TO LEAVE WHEN WE COULD BE PAYING THEM TO GET BACK INTO THIS COUNTRY? I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DISAGREE WITH THAT. THE COMPANIES WOULD HAVE TO ADD JOBS TO CLAIM THE TAX CREDIT. THAT'S THE CAVEAT. I THINK IT WORKS. I ASK YOU TO CONSIDER IT. LET'S STOP SUBSIDIZING COMPANIES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS AND START BRINGING JOBS BACK TO OUR SHORES. AND LET'S STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. MR. SPEAKER, IT DOESN'T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA AT ALL. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE RAISED THIS BILL FOR YEARS AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS HAS BLOCKED THE BILL AT EVERY TURN. SENATOR STABENOW OF MICHIGAN NEEDS THIS BILL IN THE SENATE WHERE IT CLEARED A PROCEDURAL VOTE 93-7 TWO YEARS. 93-7. SO I CHALLENGE YOU TODAY TO TAKE UP AND PASS THE BILL TO STAND UP FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE WORKERS HERE AT HOME WHO NEED HELP. DON'T BE ALL TALK. STEP UP TO THE PLATE. TAKE A STAND WHERE IT COUNTS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING UP THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT AND START BRINGING JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK. AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 12:54:10 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WALL STREET AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CONSUMERS. SO I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY. I KNOW THAT IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THEM TO TRY TO CHARACTERIZE THIS BILL IF SOMETHING HAD TO DO WITH WALL STREET BUT HAS TO DO WITH YOU AND ME AND AVERAGE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. I LISTENED TO HIS REMARKS REGARDING HIS PROPOSAL REGARDING DOING THINGS TRYING TO KEEP COMPANIES FROM GOING ABROAD AND DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ATTRACT OTHER COMPANIES ABROAD WHETHER THEY ARE U.S.-BASED OR NOT AND COME BACK HERE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE WHAT PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP IS SAYING AND I THINK IT'S PRETTY CLEAR THAT THAT IS GOING TO BE A BIG PRIORITY FOR HIM WHEN WE COME BACK IN JANUARY. NOW, WE HAD BEEN TALKING ABOUT TAX REFORM HERE IN THIS HOUSE. AND THERE IS A PROPOSAL MOVING FORWARD THAT'S COMPREHENSIVE THAT WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE INCENTIVES FOR AMERICAN COMPANIES TO STAY HERE, BUT ALSO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR OTHER COMPANIES THAT ARE IN OTHER COUNTRIES TO COME HERE AND PROVIDE JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHICH IS REALLY WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. BUT OUR TAX REFORM PROPOSAL WOULD ACTUALLY LOWER TAX RATES FOR EVERYBODY IN AMERICA. AND WE SHOULD BE ABOUT THAT AS WELL. INSTEAD, OUR OTHER FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE EVERY TIME WE TALK ABOUT TAX REFORM, THEY WANT TO STICK SOME TAX INCREASES IN THERE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT A TAX INCREASE. THEY'RE TIRED OF TAX INCREASES. THEY'RE TIRED OF THE OVEREXTENSION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THEY'RE TIED OF CEDING OVER CONTROL IN AMERICA TO INTERNATIONAL GOVERNMENTS AND GROUPS. WHAT THE UNDERLYING BILL DOES IS IT KEEPS CONTROL OVER OUR DOMESTIC INSURANCE MARKET HERE IN AMERICA AND DOESN'T GIVE THAT CONTROL, DOESN'T GIVE ANY OF THAT AUTHORITY TO PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. SO I'VE LISTENED WITH INTERESTS TO THE REMARKS THAT WERE JUST MADE. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP BEING PRESIDENT TRUMP SO WE CAN HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO KEEPING AMERICAN BUSINESSES HERE AND ATTRACTING MORE BUSINESSES HERE FOR MORE JOBS AND I BELIEVE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE DURING THIS VERY EXCITING YEAR TO COME. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I WOULD ADVISE AND ASK IF HE HAS ADDITIONAL TIME. I HAVE NO FURTHER…

    I WOULD ADVISE AND ASK IF HE HAS ADDITIONAL TIME. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 12:56:58 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AS WELL.

  • 12:57:03 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    KNOWS, WE ARE CURRENTLY DEBATING THE RULE. THIS IS A TOOL USED TO SET THE…

    KNOWS, WE ARE CURRENTLY DEBATING THE RULE. THIS IS A TOOL USED TO SET THE HOUSE'S AGENDA AND TO PRIORITIZE CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION. FOR THAT VERY REASON THIS IS IN FACT THE APPROPRIATE TIME FOR US TO EXPLAIN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT LEGISLATION WE WOULD LIKE TO PRIORITIZE AND WHAT AGENDA WE WOULD LIKE TO PURSUE IN THIS HOUSE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A PREVIOUS QUESTION. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN WOULD ALSO BE PLEASED TO LEARN THAT OUR AMENDMENT DOES NOT PREVENT THE HOUSE FROM CONSIDERING THE MAJORITY'S BILL. OUR AMENDMENT SIMPLY ALLOWS THE HOUSE TO CONSIDER OUR BILL AS WELL. AND AS MR. PASCRELL POINTED OUT, IT'S NOT AS IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HASN'T BEEN BROUGHT UP IN THE LAST TWO YEARS AND THEREFORE, I JOIN THE GENTLEMAN IN HIS EXRITEMENT ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF GOING FORWARD OF US BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS LEGISLATION. BUT NOW IS THE TIME THAT WE CAN DO IT IF WE WERE TO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AS REQUESTED. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, LET ME REITERATE THAT THE BILL BEFORE US IS UNNECESSARY AND A WASTE OF TIME AND IT WOULD BE HARMFUL TO OUR COUNTRY'S WELL-BEING AND LET ME GO BACK AND PUT A CAVEAT, IT WON'T BECOME THE LAW IN THE 114TH SESSION. IT MAY VERY WELL PASS THE 115TH SESSION. WE NEED TO PROTECT AND WISELY CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT COMMONSENSE REGULATION AND OVERSIGHT PASSED IN THE WAKE OF THE 2008 FINANCIAL CRISIS TO ENSURE THAT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:59:15 PM

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

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

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  • 12:59:20 PM

    MR. BYRNE

    IN CLOSING, I WANT TO GO BACK TO SOME REMARKS I MADE AT THE BEGINNING. NO…

    IN CLOSING, I WANT TO GO BACK TO SOME REMARKS I MADE AT THE BEGINNING. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE A REPEAT OF THE GREAT RECESSION. IT HARMED EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT IN RESPONSE TO IT, BY PASSING THE DODD-FRANK LAW, WHICH THIS PROVISION IS GOING TO TRY TO EFFECT, WE ESSENTIALLY TOOK A LIBERAL GRAB BAG AND THREW IT INTO A BILL AND TRIED TO PRETEND THAT SOMEHOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH PREVENTING A FUTURE RECESSION. VIRTUALLY THAT IS IN DODD-FRANK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PREVENTING A FUTURE RECESSION AND THE PARTICULAR PROVISION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PREVENTING A FUTURE RECESSION. WHAT IT DOES DO IS TAKE THE BILL THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, NOT THE UNDERLYING BILL BUT THE LAW WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, IT TAKES AUTHORITY AWAY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE SAT PACK AND WATCHED THIS ADMINISTRATION GO THROUGH NEGOTIATION AND AGREEMENT AFTER AGREEMENT THAT WERE BAD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY COLLEAGUE AND I AGREE OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE IRAN DEAL WAS A BAD DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHY WOULD WE CONTINUE TO CEDE CONTROL TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND GROUPS? I THINK THIS ELECTION WE JUST HAD WAS IN PART ABOUT TAKING CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY BACK. TAKING IT BACK FROM FEDERAL OVERREACH AND TAKING IT BACK FROM CEDING AUTHORITY TO PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL THAT THIS RULE DEALS WITH, GETS THAT AUTHORITY BACK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GETS THE CONTROL BACK TO THE STATES WHERE IT HAS BEEN FOR 150 YEARS SUCCESSFULLY. THAT'S WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THAT'S WHY WE CHOSE TO BRING THIS BILL FORWARD. MR. SPEAKER, I GLEN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:01:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:02:10 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON DECEMBER 7, 2016, AT 12:24 P.M. APPOINTMENTS, UNITED STATES-CHINA ECONOMIC SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION, VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES CENTENNIAL COMMISSION. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 01:02:40 PM

    RE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 01:03:04 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 329, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    OF THE BILL.

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    RE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, MR. SABLAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 01:03:47 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- MR. SPEAKER,…

    MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT -- MR. SPEAKER, EXCUSE ME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 01:04:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:04:03 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:04:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, THE 477 PROGRAM EMBODIES TRIBAL -- THE INDIAN EMPLOYMENT,…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE 477 PROGRAM EMBODIES TRIBAL -- THE INDIAN EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, RELATED SERVICES COULDN'T LATION ACT WILL EMPOWER TRIBES TO OFFER WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES THAT UPLIFT NATIVE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE CONTRY. THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL MAKE TRIBAL 477 PROGRAM PERMANENT AND MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE 477 PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1992. BY WAIT I WAS SPONSORED OF THAT LEGISLATION AT THAT TIME ALSO. AS A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM. IT ALLOWS TRIBES TO COMBINE EMPLOYMENT, CHILDCARE, AND JOB TRAINING FUNDING FROM A VARIETY OF FEDERAL SOURCES AND CONDUCT CONSOLIDATED COMPREHENSIVE REPORTING. THIS HAS NEIGHBORHOOD TRIBES TO RUN INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND SAVE EVERYONE MONEY AND RESOURCES. I WOULD SUGGEST RESPECTFULLY THIS IS A GREAT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ALLOWS TRIBES OR SELF-DETERMINES BY ALLOWING TRIBES TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAYLOR UNIQUE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. SIGNIFICANT EDUCATION AND TRAINING NEEDS EXIST IN INDIAN COUNTRY. 477 PROGRAM HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN ALASKA WHERE THE COOK AND TRIBAL COUNCIL HAS PIONEERED A SMART MODEL THAT PROVIDES HOLISTIC SERVICES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. MY BILL IMPROVES THE COUNTY PROCEDURES, REPORTING MECHANISMS TO UPHOLD THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF THE PROGRAM. ENSURE THAT AGENCIES TREAT TRIBES FAIRLY AND SETS THE FOUNDATION WHERE PRTISS PANTS CONTINUE SUCCESS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE 477 TRIBAL WORK GROUP WHO OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO DEVELOP AND ADVANCING THIS LEGISLATION. WITHOUT THEIR GROUP'S TIRELESS ADVOCACY, THIS BILL WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN BISHOP, RANKING MEMBER GRIJALVA, AND THEIR STAFFS FOR THEIR WORK ON THE BILL AND ADVANCING IT THROUGH THE COMMITTEE PROCESS. I SPECIFICALLY LIKE TO RECOGNIZE KEN DANGERFIELDER OF CHAIRMAN BISHOP'S OFFICE AND ALEX ORTIZ OF MY ST. FINALLY I'D LIKE TO OFFER MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN BRADY, CHAIRMAN KLINE, AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND THEIR STAFFS FOR WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE COMMITTEE WHICH I SERVE TO IMPROVE THIS BILL. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO INSERT FOR THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS WITH CHAIRMAN BRADY OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN KLINE OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REGARDING THIS BILL. I THANK THEM FOR AGREEING TO HELP EXPEDITE CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL TODAY. I URGE THE ADOPTION OF H.R. 2 -- 329 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:06:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:06:58 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:07:03 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    FOSTER EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAN CONTRY. THIS HIGHLY…

    FOSTER EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAN CONTRY. THIS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM AUTHORIZES TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS TO CONSOLIDATE UP TO 13 DIFFERENT FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS INTO A SINGLE PLAN WITH A SINGLE REPORTING SYSTEM. CURRENT PARTICIPANTS IN THE PROGRAM HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED EFFECTIVENESS OF SERVICES INCLUDED IN THEIR 477 PLAN WHILE LOWERING ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. THIS HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO MORE AND BETTER DIRECT SERVICES FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. H.R. 329 WILL BUILD ON THIS SUCCESS BY PERMANENTLY AUTHORIZING THE PROGRAM BY INCREASING THE SCOPE AND AVAILABILITY OF PARTICIPATING FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS AND BY SETTING A STREAMLINE PROCESS FOR STRIBES TO FOLLOW. -- TRIBES TO FOFMENT I WANT TO CONGRATULATE CHAIRMAN YOUNG FOR HIS TIRELESS WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS CONSIDER AND FOR BRINGING TOGETHER ALL OF THE STAKEHOLDERS TO ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS AND FIND A WORKABLE SOLUTION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:08:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I JUST URGE THE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION AND…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I JUST URGE THE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:08:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 329, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 01:09:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 01:09:08 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400.

  • 01:09:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 01:09:13 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REVISE THE BOUNDARIES OF CERTAIN JOHN H. CHAFEE…

    H.R. 6400. A BILL TO REVISE THE BOUNDARIES OF CERTAIN JOHN H. CHAFEE COASTAL BARRIER RESOURCES SYSTEM UNITS IN NEW JERSEY.

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  • 01:09:22 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND, MR. SABLAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 01:09:32 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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

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  • 01:09:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:09:44 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:09:48 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    H.R. 6400 WAS INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PALLONE FROM NEW JERSEY,…

    H.R. 6400 WAS INTRODUCED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PALLONE FROM NEW JERSEY, MAKES BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE UNITS OF THE COASTAL BARRIER RESOURCE SYSTEM ALONG THE COAST OF THE NEW JERSEY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THIS BILL AND COMPLIMENT THE GENTLEMAN FOR INTRODUCING THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:10:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

  • 01:10:09 PM

    MR. SAAB LAN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:10:14 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, THE…

    AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:10:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:10:23 PM

    MR. PALLONE

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400. THIS…

    I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6400. THIS BILL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MY CONSTITUENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN UNION BEACH, NEW JERSEY. PASSING THIS BILL WILL ALLOW THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO MOVE FORWARD ON AN IMPORTANT FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT FOR UNION BEACH. H.R. 6400 WOULD REALIGN THE MAPPING OF SEVERAL NEW JERSEY UNITS OF THE JOHN CHAFEE COASTAL BARRIER RESOURCE SYSTEM, CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL IS REQUIRED FOR ANY CHANGES TO THESE MAPS BY THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. OVER THE PAST YEAR, FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WORKED WITH THE CORPS TO MAKE NONCONTROVERSIAL CHANGES TO THE MAPPING, COMPLETED ITS REVIEW, AND TRANSMITTED THEM TO CONGRESS ON NOVEMBER 21 OF THIS YEAR. UNTIL THESE MAPS ARE APPROVED BY CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, THE UNION BEACH FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT WILL BE IN LIMBO. THE COURT CANNOT SIGN A PROJECT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT OR MAKE OTHER PROGRESS UNTIL THE UPDATE THE MAPS ARE APPROVED. UNION BEACH WAS DEVASTATED BY SUPER STORM SANDY. AND RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN WAITING FAR TOO LONG FOR THIS PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED. IT WAS INITIALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2007 ON NOVEMBER 8, 2007. AND FEND PFUNDING AN AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PROJECT CAME FROM SANDY RELIEF FUNDING IN 2013. MOVING FORWARD ON THIS PROJECT IS A PRIORITY FOR THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, AND THE ARMY CORPS. HOWEVER, THAT CAN ONLY BE DONE IF CONGRESS APPROVES THE NEW MAPS WHICH CAN CAN DO BY PASSING H.R. 6400. AGAIN, PASSING THIS BILL IS VITALLY IMPORTANT. IT IS NONCONTROVERSIAL. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN BISHOP, RANKING MEMBER GRIJALVA, AND THE HOUSE LEADERSHIP FOR ALLOWING THIS LEGISLATION TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UNION BEACH HAVE WAITED LONG ENOUGH TO REBUILD AND PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY FROM FUTURE STORMS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AGAIN. I YIELD BACK. RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:12:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 01:12:24 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. MY COMPLIMENTS TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. MY COMPLIMENTS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY. DO I HOPE HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS HIS DIS-- I DO HOPE HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS IS HIS DISTRICT AND I WILL SUPPORT HIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HIM DO THE SAME THING WHEN I BRING LEGISLATION TO THE FORM THAT ONLY AFFECTS MY DISTRICT. WITH COURTESY TO HIM I WILL SAY URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS LEGISLATION. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:12:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

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  • 01:12:55 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA CONTROLS THE TIME. HE'S YIELD BACK. I HAVE A…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA CONTROLS THE TIME. HE'S YIELD BACK. I HAVE A STATEMENT TO INSERT FOR THE RECORD AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:13:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6400. AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:13:37 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3711 AS AMENDED.

  • 01:13:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 661, H.R. 3711, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 661, H.R. 3711, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO CONDUCT A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF CHICANO PARK LOCATED IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:13:57 PM

    E PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA ISLAND, MR. SABLAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 01:14:05 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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

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  • 01:14:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 01:14:17 PM

    MR. YOUNG

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:14:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, LOCATED IN THE BURIAL LOGAN COMMUNITY OF SAN DIEGO, CHICANO…

    MR. SPEAKER, LOCATED IN THE BURIAL LOGAN COMMUNITY OF SAN DIEGO, CHICANO PARK IS A 7.4 ACRE PARCEL KNOWN FOR ITS DISPLAY OF NEARLY 50 VIBRANT MURALS DEPICTING THE HISTORY, CULTURE, AND CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. RESIDENTS SECURED THE CREATION OF THE PARK IN 1970 HE BY PROTESTING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PARKING LOT ON THE VACANT LAND, THE CITY PREVIOUSLY PROMISED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY PARK. AFTER SUCCESSFULLY TAKING OVER THE LAND, ARTISTS PAINTED DOZENS OF VIBRANT MURALS ON THE PILARS ON THE BRIDGE LOW CREATED IN THE PARK. CREATING THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF MURALS IN THE WORLD. H.R. 3711 AUTHORIZES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO EVALUATE THE NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PARK, DETERMINE A SUITABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF THE SITE, DESIGNATE IT AS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK OR AFFILIATED AREA OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE THROUGH A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY. THE BILL PROHIBITS THE SECRETARY FROM CONSIDERING ANY OPTIONS THAT RESULT IN THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION OF THE PARK. .

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  • 01:15:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM NORTHERN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM NORTHERN MARIANA AILEDS.

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  • 01:15:38 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO DISTINGUISHED THE…

    AT THIS TIME, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS.

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  • 01:15:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:15:51 PM

    MR. VARGAS

    I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORT OF H.R. 3711, THE CHICANO…

    I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES FOR SUPPORT OF H.R. 3711, THE CHICANO PRESERVATION ACT AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS KINDS ABOUT THE PARK AND RANKING MEMBER I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. CHICANO PARK IS A HISTORIC PARKT WHICH EMBODIES THE CULTURE IN SAN DIEGO. AS WAS SAID IN THE ORGANIZATION. UNITED TO ADVOCATE AND WITH THE STATE OFFICIALS, THE PARK WAS BORN. SINCE THEN THE PARK HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY MURALISTS WITH BREATHTAKING MURALS, CONSULTP TURS. CHICANO PARK IS HOME TO THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF OUTDOOR MURALS IN ADDITION TO EARTH WORKS AND ARCHITECTURAL PIECE. THE MURALS ARE RECOGNIZED AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS AS HISTORICAL, CULTURAL AND PUBLIC ART. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF THE PARK AND ITS MURALS TO EVALUATE THE WILL FEASIBILITY OF THE PARK BEING A HISTORIC LANDMARK. AND IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS TAKEN IT ON AS COMMUNITY PARK. UNFORTUNATELY, THE AREA HAS VERY FEW PARKS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE COMMUNITY NOW SINCE 1970 HAS BEEN COMING AND HAVING PICNICS THERE WITH THEIR FAMILIES, THE CHILDREN AND HAS BECOME A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, IF YOU GO THERE ON A SATURDAY, YOU WILL FIND ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AND ARIZONA AND OTHER PLACES TO LOOK AT THE MURALS AND THE ART. IT IS A VIBRANT AREA. IF YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS, YOU WILL SEE T-SHIRTS AND CULTURAL FOOD AND HAS BECOME A WONDERFUL PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO COME TOGETHER. I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE OPPORTUNITY HERE AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER AND ESPECIALLY THE CHAIRMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AND AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE HIM TO COME TO THE PARK. NOT QUITE AS GRAND AS SOME OF THE THINGS IN ALASKA AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GOING TO ALASKA SOME DAY BECAUSE I HAVE ONLY SEEN PICTURES AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS ABOUT THE PARK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:18:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA.

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  • 01:18:21 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ON THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION AND CLASSIC EXAMPLE WHERE PEOPLE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO HAVE A PLACE TO REST AND SAVE SOME GREAT ART. AND I CONGRATULATE YOU GENTLEMEN FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE THE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION AND I WILL RESERVE -- WHEN HE YIELDS BACK, I'LL YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:18:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM THE NORTHERN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

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  • 01:18:53 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    I RESERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

  • 01:18:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:18:58 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    THEY WILL EVALUATE THE CHICANO PARK FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER…

    THEY WILL EVALUATE THE CHICANO PARK FOR INCLUSION IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES AND POSSIBLEBLY TO BECOME AN AGENCY. CHICANO HAS SHOWN THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLES FOR THE COMMUNITY BUT HAS BECOME THE CENTER FOR DISCUSSIONS AROUND CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS FOR ALL MEXICAN-AMERICANS TODAY. TODAY THIS SPACE HAS BECOME A VIBRANT EXPRESSION OF THE HISTORY AND CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY AND BECAUSE OF THEIR EFFORT, I KNOW IT WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN A RELEVANT SITE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I AM GLAD TO SEE THIS COMMUNITY EFFORT WILL RECEIVE THE NATIONAL RECOGNITION IT DESERVES. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN VARGAS, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND I'M PLEASED TO SAY WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE THIS THROUGH THE HOUSE EXPEDITIOUSLY. I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT ALASKA, BUT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:20:06 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    I'M SURE I WOULD WELCOME YOU FOR A VISIT AND HOPE TO VISIT BOTH OF THEIR…

    I'M SURE I WOULD WELCOME YOU FOR A VISIT AND HOPE TO VISIT BOTH OF THEIR COMMUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. ONLY THINGS WE CAN GET DONE AND WHAT YOU TREASURE IN MY STATE OF ALASKA. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:20:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3711 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE SAME. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN ITS AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL.

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  • 01:20:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    REQUIRE LIMITATIONS ON PRESCRIBED BURNS.

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    TEMPORE P

    PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE…

    PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, IF ORDERED, THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1219 AND THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 3028. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONTINUED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 162, HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 162, HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 5143 TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS SETTING PROCESSES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES, PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS FOR THE PERIOD DECEMBER 2016 TO JANUARY 3, 2017 AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 178, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 178, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:56:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 180. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 232 AND THE NAYS ARE 180, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. AND…

    THE YEAS ARE 232 AND THE NAYS ARE 180, THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1219 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED.

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  • 01:58:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 655, H.R. 1219, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 655, H.R. 1219, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO CONVEY CERTAIN LAND OF THE ARBUCKLE PROJECT, OKLAHOMA, TO THE CONSERVANCY DISTRICT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THERE ARE 412 YEAS. ONE NAY. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING…

    ON THIS VOTE THERE ARE 412 YEAS. ONE NAY. 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. BISHOP, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 3028, AN WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 02:06:31 PM

    THE CLERK

    SENATE 3028, AN ACT TO RESETTING DESIGNATE THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS AS THE…

    SENATE 3028, AN ACT TO RESETTING DESIGNATE THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS AS THE DAMAGED J.P EVANS WILDERNESS.

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  • 02:06:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YET IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 401. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. WITH TWO RECORDED AS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 401. THE NAYS ARE EIGHT. WITH TWO RECORDED AS PRESENT. THIRDS THIRD, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:15:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION? ROMAIN ZAGO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE --

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  • 02:15:22 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6435.

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    THE CLERK

    INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORKS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER…

    INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORKS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH APPROPRIATE CIVILIAN ACCREDITATION ENTITIES OR APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE EVALUATION ENTITIES TO INVESTIGATE MEDICAL CENTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 02:15:55 PM

    MR. ROE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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  • 02:16:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROE

    MR. SPEAKER, MUMES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL --

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    MR. ROE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A MOMENT. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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  • 02:16:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6435, A BILL TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6435, A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTORS OF VETERANS INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORKS, OR VISN, OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS WITH APPROPRIATE CIVILIAN ACCREDITATION ENTITIES OR APPROPRIATE HEALTH CARE EVALUATION ENTITIES TO INVESTIGATE MEDICAL CENTERS. THIS WOULD HAVE VISN TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS TO INVESTIGATE ANY MEDICAL CENTER WITHIN THAT DIRECTOR'S CATCHMENT AREA. IT IS NO SECRET THAT LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN TUMULTUOUS FOR THE V.A. HEALTH CARE CENTER. BEGINNING WITH THE CRISIS IN PHOENIX AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN 2014 AND CONTINUING INTO LAST WEEK AFTER INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONCERNS AT A TROUBLED V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IN TOMAH, WISCONSIN. WHILE THE KENTUCKY HAS AN IMPORTANT INVESTIGATIVE AND OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY TOWARD V.A. AS A FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY, V.A. IS ALL TOO OFTEN CHARGED WITH POLICING ITSELF THROUGH INTERNAL WATCHDOG LIKE THE OFFICE OF MEDICAL INSPECTOR AND THE V.A. OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. HOWEVER, DESPITE ALL OF OUR BEST EFFORTS, WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE STILL PERSISTS AND STILL CONTINUES TO HARM VETERANS THROUGHOUT THE V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. H.R. 6435 WOULD PROVIDE V.A. REGIONAL LEADERSHIP YET ANOTHER TOOL TO ROOT OUT DEFICIENCIES WITHIN THE V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES BY GIVING VISN TO WORK WITH EXPERIENCED AND OBJECTIVE ENTITY TO GET ACCESS TO THE V.A.'S OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT. I BELIEVE THAT WILL TAKE VISN LEADERS TO CREATE A CULTURE OF QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEAD TO BETTER, SAFER CARE TO VETERAN PATIENTS. I'M COMBREAFL TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN MARKWAYNE MULLIN OF OKLAHOMA FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION, AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN SUPPORTING IT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:18:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. TAKANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION BY THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MARKWAYNE MULLIN. ENSURING V.A. DELIVERS SAFE AND HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE TO VETERANS IS AN IMPORTANT PRIORITY FOR THIS COMMITTEE. THIS BILL WILL ALLOW VETERANS INTEGRATE SERVICE NETWORK DIRECTORS TO CONTRACT WITH CIVILIAN ACCREDITATION AND HEALTH CARE EVALUATION ORGANIZATIONS TO INSPECT AND INVESTIGATE V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS. THIS GIVES V.A. ANOTHER TOOL TO EVALUATE AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE PROVIDED AT ITS FACILITIES. V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS ARE ROUTINELY INSPECTED AND ACCREDITED BY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE WORLD, SUCH AS THE JOINT COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF HOSPITALS AND THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES. THIS BILL WOULD ALLOW OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO INSPECT AND ACCREDIT V.A. HOSPITALS AT V.A.'S DISCRETION. SINCE THE V.A. INSPECTOR GENERAL AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE ALSO ROUTINELY CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS, INSPECTIONS AND AUDITS OF V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES, I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS BILL REQUIRES BOTH G.A.O. AND THE I.G. TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A VISN CHOOSES TO CONTRACT WITH CIVILIAN INSPECTION AND ACCREDITATION ORGANIZATIONS. COORDINATION OF EFFORTS WITH G.A.O. AND THE I.G. WILL AVOID DUPLICATION AND PREVENT THE WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. I ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THIS AUTHORITY SHOULD NOT BE USED TO REPLACE THE ROLE OF THE I.G. AND G.A.O. IN CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS, INSPECTIONS AND EVALUATIONS OF V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:20:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 02:20:32 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, MARKWAYNE MULLIN, WHO BROUGHT THIS LEGISLATION TO OUR COMMITTEE, FOR THREE MINUTES.

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  • 02:20:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. MULLIN

    AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN-ELECT ROE, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS…

    AND THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN-ELECT ROE, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS COMMITTEE. I WANT TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION TO YOU AND TO CHAIRMAN MILLER FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN GETTING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION. THIS BILL IS SIMPLE. SO I'LL KEEP IT SHORT. ALL THE BILL DOES IS AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CONTRACT WITH APPROPRIATE CIVILIAN HEALTH CARE ACCREDITING OR EVALUATING GROUPS TO INVESTIGATE THE V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS. OUR VETERANS DESERVE CARE EQUAL TO THE FINEST CIVILIAN HOSPITALS SO LET'S LET THE V.A. TO INVITE THOSE TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS WHEN THEY HAVE PROBLEMS. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE THE CARE OF OUR VETERANS WHO NEED US THE MOST. I URGE PASSAGE ON THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:21:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:21:41 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, AND I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND JOIN ME IN PASSING H.R. 6435. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:21:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS, AS MR. MULLIN SAID, THIS IS A VERY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS, AS MR. MULLIN SAID, THIS IS A VERY COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WORKED IN HOSPITALS FOR ALMOST FOUR DECADES, HAD JOINT COMMISSION SUPERVISION. IT'S A GOOD WAY. IT'S BEST FOR PATIENT SAFETY, AND WITH THAT I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:22:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6435. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:22:38 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5099, AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:22:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. TAKANO, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 02:23:03 PM

    MR. ROE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND ADD EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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  • 02:23:10 PM

    TEMPORE WITH

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

  • 02:23:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:23:15 PM

    MR. ROE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED, THE COMMUNITIES…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED, THE COMMUNITIES HELPING INVEST THROUGH PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR VETERANS ACT, THAT'S A MOUTHFUL, OF 2016, OR CHIP IN FOR VETS ACT OF 2016. THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BRAD ASHFORD FROM NEBRASKA, WOULD AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY OUT A PILOT PROGRAM TO ACCEPT FROM CERTAIN NONFEDERAL ENTITIES UP TO FIVE DONATIONS OF EITHER REAL PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES A CONSTRUCTED FACILITY OR TO BE USED AS A SITE OF A FACILITY CONSTRUCTED BY THE ENTITY OR A FACILITY TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY THE ENTITY ON V.A. REAL PROPERTY. SUCH DONATION MAY BE ACCEPTED ONLY IF IT'S FOR A PROJECT FOR WHICH FUNDS HAVE BEEN APPROPRIATED FOR A V.A. FACILITY OR IS IDENTIFIED MEETING BOTH THE V.A. NEED AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT'S LONG-RANGE CAPITAL PLANNING PROCESS AS A LOCATION FOR A V.A. FACILITY PROJECT THAT IS INCLUDED ON THE STRATEGIC CAPITAL INVESTMENT PLAN. V.A. IS ONE OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S LARGEST REAL PROPERTY HOLDERS, AND CONSIDERING THAT THE AVERAGE AGE OF A V.A. MEDICAL BUILDING IS FIVE TIMES OLDER THAN THE AVERAGE AGE OF A BUILDING IN A NONPROFIT HOSPITAL SYSTEM, V.A.'S CAPITAL NEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW IN BOTH COST AND COMPLEXITY. MEANWHILE, THE HIGH-PROFILE SCANDALS AND FAILURES AT -- THAT THE V.A. HAS UNDERGONE HAS BEEN WELL PUBLICIZED IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. IN APRIL, 2013, THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE FOUND THAT V.A.'S MAJOR MEDICAL FACILITY CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, WHICH ARE ALREADY COSTLY, COMPLICATED ENDEAVORS, EXPERIENCED COST INCREASES RANGING FROM 66% TO 427% AND SCHEDULE DELAYS FROM 14 MONTHS TO 86 MONTHS. NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT IS CLEAR THAT THE TIME TO LOOK FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO V.A.'S CAPITAL NEEDS IS NOW. CURRENTLY, V.A. HAS THE AUTHORITY TO ACCEPT A DONATED FACILITY IF THAT FACILITY IS ALREADY COMPLETE. HOWEVER, IT CAN BE CHALLENGING TO FIND EXISTING FACILITIES THAT BOTH MEET DEMONSTRATED V.A. NEED AND SATISFY ALL THE REQUIREMENTS AND MANDATES THAT A FEDERAL FACILITY MUST MEET. ALLOWING V.A. TO ACCEPT UNCONDITIONAL DONATIONS OF REAL PROPERTY, IMPROVEMENTS, GOODS OR SERVICES FROM COMMUNITY DONORS WITHIN CERTAIN PARAMETERS COULD PROVIDE A VIABLE SOLUTION TO MEETING V.A.'S CAPITAL NEEDS IN AN EXCELLENT, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE MANNER WHILE ALLOWING COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP UP AND CONTRIBUTE IN HONOR OF THEIR VETERAN FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE 115TH CONGRESS, I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO AGGRESSIVELY OVERSEE V.A.'S TROUBLED CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM AND TO LEAVE NO STONES UNTURNED WHEN LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO ENSURING THAT V.A. HAS THE FACILITIES THEY NEED TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES OUR VETERANS REQUIRE. I BELIEVE THAT THE PILOT PROGRAM COULD LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR DOING JUST THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. AND I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:26:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 02:26:33 PM

    MR. TAKANO

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:26:38 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    WELL, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED, THE COMMUNITIES HELPING…

    WELL, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED, THE COMMUNITIES HELPING INVEST THROUGH PROPERTY AND INVESTMENTS NEEDED FOR VETERANS ACT OF 2016. INDEED, IT IS A MOUTHFUL. BUT A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY TRANSFORMATIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. OTHERWISE WE CAN SHORTEN IT DOWN TO THE WORDS, THE CHIP IN FOR VETS ACT OF 2016, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, BRAD ASHFORD. IT IS A TESTAMENT TO HIS HARD WORK AS WELL AS MANY MEMBERS AND STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CAPITOL THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING THIS BILL TODAY. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WILL AUTHORIZE A PILOT PROGRAM, ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO PARTNER WITH NONPROFIT AND PRIVATE DONORS TO BUILD V.A. HOSPITALS, RECEIVE DONATED LAND AND ACQUIRE OTHER V.A. FACILITIES SO THAT THE V.A. MAY CONTINUE TO SERVE VETERANS. TODAY, THERE ARE GENEROUS DONORS AND ORGANIZATIONS READY TO PITCH IN AND INVEST IN THEIR COMMUNITY'S WILLINGNESS TO SUPPORT OUR VETERANS. THAT IS WHY WE MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND PASS H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED. THIS BILL WILL PERMIT THE V.A. TO ACCEPT FACILITIES CONSTRUCTED BY DONORS, LAND WHERE A FUTURE FACILITY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AND PERMIT A DONOR ON AN AGREEMENT TO DONATE THE FACILITY TO V.A. UPON COMPLETION. IT WILL ALSO PRESERVE V.A.'S AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE NEED BY ONLY ALLOWING PROJECTS TO MOVE FORWARD UNDER THIS PROGRAM BASED ON PROJECTS AUTHORIZED AND FUNDED BY CONGRESS. OR INCLUDE ON THE V.A. STRATEGIC CAPITAL INVESTMENT PLANNING PROCESS PRIORITY LIST. THIS BILL IS NECESSARY, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SIGNIFICANT BUDGET CONSTRAINTS, BUT ALSO SO THAT V.A. HAS CLEAR AUTHORITY TO UNDERTAKE THESE PROJECTS AND ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF FACILITIES. IT ALSO ALLOWS V.A. AND CONGRESS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THIS PILOT PROGRAM, THAT PERMITS THE V.A. AND NONFEDERAL ORGANIZATIONS TO COMBINE RESOURCES TO CONSTRUCT FACILITIES, IS A VIABLE FUTURE FUNDING OF MAJOR AND MYOR V.A. CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS -- MAJOR -- MAJOR AND MINOR V.A. CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. THE V.A. WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE MEANINGFUL STEPS TO PROVIDE OUR VETERANS THE QUALITY OF CARE THEY DESERVE AT STATE-OF-THE-ART V.A. FACILITIES ALL THE WHILE SAVING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE PROCESS. IT IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF A WIN-WIN SITUATION. MR. SPEAKER, STRENGTHENING THE V.A. AND INCREASING ITS CAPACITY TO PROVIDE AND COORDINATE CARE IS ONE OF OUR HIGHEST PRIORITIES AT THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT H.R. 5099, AS AMENDED, WHICH WILL ONLY IMPROVE V.A.'S ABILITY TO DO SO. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:29:40 PM

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  • 02:29:43 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM NEBRASKA, JEFF FORTENBERRY, FOR HIS COMMENTS.

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  • 02:29:53 PM

    MR. FORTENBERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS WE ARE ABOUT TO CONCLUDE THIS LEGISLATIVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AS WE ARE ABOUT TO CONCLUDE THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION, I HOPE EVERYONE HERE REALIZES THE MAGNITUDE OF WHAT THIS BILL BEFORE US DOES. YES, WE GOT A LOT GOING ON. WE'RE DISTRACTED. WE'RE EAGER TO FINISH UP BUSINESS AND START A TRANSITION PERIOD. BUT AS CONGRESSMAN TAKANO JUST SAID, THIS IS TRANSFORMATIVE. THIS CREATES A BLUEPRINT OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE 21ST CENTURY V.A. WHY? AS CONGRESSMAN ROE POINTED OUT, WE HAVE HAD EXTREME DIFFICULTIES AND COMPLEXITIES IN PROBLEMS WITH THE V.A. WITH SERVICE DELIVERY ALSO BUDGETARY COST OVERRUNS. WE HAVE HAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME AN AGING HOSPITAL IN OMAHA. WE HAVE HAD A COMMUNITY THAT IS VERY EAGER TO FIND A NEW INNOVATIVE WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM. WE HAVE A POT OF MONEY THAT'S BEEN SITTING HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WILL CONTINUE TO SIT THERE, HERE, FOR A VERY LONG TIME. UNLESS WE BE INNOVATIVE. UNLESS WE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THAT'S WHAT CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD HAS DONE WITH THE REST OF THE FEDERAL DELEGATION FROM NEBRASKA, INCLUDING SENATOR FISHER. HE HAS COME UP WITH AN INNOVATIVE, TRANSFORMATIVE MODEL THAT WILL CREATE A NEW CENTER OF EXCELLENCE BASED UPON A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP USING EXISTING FEDERAL MONEYS, USING A BASE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT THAT HAS ALREADY COME FORWARD, LOOKING TO HELP THE V.A. BETTER INTEGRATE WITH THE PRIVATE FACILITIES THAT ALREADY EXIST IN THE COMMUNITY OF OMAHA WHICH ARE QUITE EXTRAORDINARY. THIS AS CONGRESSMAN TAKANO SAID IS A WIN, WIN, WIN. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND VISION IN THIS REGARD. AS WELL AS THE INTEGRITY TO STAY WITH IT UNTIL THE VERY END. WE HAVE HAD SOME COMPLEXITIES ALONG THE WAY, BUT IT'S MY HOPE, MR. CHAIRMAN, PARTICULARLY AS YOU TAKE OVER THE RAINES -- REINS OF THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE, YOU WILL HELP US IMPLEMENT THIS RAPIDLY, AS I KNOW YOU WILL, BECAUSE IT IS A TRANSFORMATIVE MECHANISM BY WHICH WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER THE HIGHEST AND BEST POSSIBLE CARE FOR OUR VETERANS BACK HOME. ADVANTAGE THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 02:32:09 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. ASHFORD, WHO HAD THE TENACITY TO STICK IT THROUGH AND BRING THIS LEGISLATION FINALLY IN ITS FORM TO THE FLOOR.

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  • 02:32:30 PM

    MR. ASHFORD

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. RANKING MEMBER TAKANO, THANK YOU CHAIRMAN ROE AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. RANKING MEMBER TAKANO, THANK YOU CHAIRMAN ROE AND CHAIRMAN MILLER AND MR. SPEAKER, FOR BRINGING THIS BORN FILL BILL UP FOR A VOTE TODAY. H.R. 5099 THE CHIP IN FOR VETERANS ACT, WAS INTRODUCED BY MYSELF AND OTHERS IN THE HOUSE AND BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SENATOR DEB FISHER IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THERE IS AN IDENTICAL BILL IN THE SENATE WAITING ACTIONS AS WE SPEAK. AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED AND MENTIONED, THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO ENTER INTO DONATION AGREEMENTS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS IN ORDER TO COMPLETE V.A. CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. THIS IS A NEW AND INNOVATIVE IDEA, NOT NECESSARILY BROUGHT TO THIS BODY BY MYSELF, BUT BY SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED THAT HAVE WORKED ON THIS BILL FOR LITERALLY TWO YEARS. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS OF MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY, FROM LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, FOR HIS COMMENTS AND HIS ABILITY TO HOLD ME BACK FROM TIME TO TIME AS WE PROCEEDED DOWN THIS COURSE. THIS IS -- NO ONE UNDERSTANDS, I THINK WHEN WE STARTED OUT WITH THIS PROCESS, WHAT I WAS FOCUSED ON WAS THE IDEA IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES IT'S VETERANS WHO CAN MAKE THOSE TOUGH DECISIONS AS TO WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE. NOBODY BETTER THAN OUR VETERANS UNDERSTAND THOSE NEEDS. WHAT THIS BILL WILL ALLOW US TO DO IS COMBINE COMMUNITY DONORS WITH VETERANS TO ACTUALLY INVOLVE THEMSELVES TO TOGETHER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE PROJECTS. CERTAINLY IN OMAHA AND MY COMMUNITY IN IOWA AND NEBRASKA AREA, WE HAVE HAD A NEED FOR SUCH A RENOVATED FACILITY FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. MY BILL, I BELIEVE, EMPOWERS OUR VETERANS. IT PUTS AN END TO THE DECADES-LONG WAIT FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF VETERANS IN MY AREA WHO HAVE BEEN PROMISED NEW FACILITIES, AND I THINK AS CLEARLY AS CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY MENTIONED AND RANKING MEMBER TAKANO AND CHAIRMAN ROE, THAT THIS REALLY DOES OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR V.A. FACILITIES ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. AND STARTS THE COURSE MOVING FORWARD. SO LET ME JUST CONCLUDE BY THANKING SO MANY OF YOU. I WOULD BE HERE MUCH LONGER THAN FIVE MINUTES IF I WAS GOING TO NAME EVERYONE. BUT CERTAINLY I APPRECIATE MY CO-SPONSORS. CONGRESSMAN WALZ FROM MINNESOTA. CONGRESSMAN FORTENBERRY. CONGRESSMAN SMITH FROM NEBRASKA. CONGRESSMAN DAVE YOUNG FROM ACROSS THE RIVER IN IOWA. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN MILLER WHO GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS EVEN ON WEEKENDS SOME OF THE POSITIVE ELEMENTS OF WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO IN NEBRASKA. LASTLY, THANKS TO THE STAFF. CERTAINLY MY STAFF, LEADER ON THIS BILL, DENISE FLEMING, THIS IS GOING TO BE IN THE HOUSE A FEW MORE WEEKS, BUT I CAN'T SAY THAT SHE'S WELCOMING ME LEAVING, BUT SHE CERTAINLY HAS BEEN A TENACIOUS ADVOCATE AND HAS WORKED VERY, VERY HARD. THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER STAFF MEMBERS AS WELL. CERTAINLY THEY HAVE ALL ADDED TREMENDOUS AMOUNT TO THIS BILL. CHRISTINE HILL AND GRACE MOST PARTICULARLY. MOVING THIS BILL ENSURES THAT SENATOR FISHER'S BILL, WHICH IS NOW IN THE SENATE, CAN MOVE IN THE SENATE AND BECOME LAW SO WE CAN BEGIN THIS PROJECT NOW. MY FRIENDS IN OMAHA, IN NEBRASKA AND IOWA, ARE READY TO DONATE WHAT IS NECESSARY TO UNLEASH AS MR. FOR THEN BERRY SUGGESTS, THE MONEY ALREADY APPROPRIATED FOR OUR FACILITY. I LIKE TO THANK THE SECRETARY OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, ROBERT MCDONALD. I MET HIM TWO YEARS AGO ABOUT JUST NOW WHEN I WAS COMING INTO CONGRESS. AND I SUGGESTED TO HIM THAT WE NEEDED SOMETHING TO BE DONE IN OMAHA. AND SUGGESTED ALSO THAT I THOUGHT THAT OUR DONOR COMMUNITY AND OUR VETERANS COMMUNITY WOULD WORK TOGETHER ON AND KNOW VETERANS DAYIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO ENABLE SOME SORT OF NEW WAY, SERPT OF EXCELLENCE, TO DEVELOP. -- CENTER OF EXCELLENCE TO DEVELOP. CERTAINLY SECRETARY MCDONALD AND HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN GREAT AND SO INCREDIBLY HELPFUL IN MOVING THIS ALONG. LASTLY, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND FROM OUR YEARS TOGETHER IN THE LEGISLATURE OF NEBRASKA, DEB FISHER, WHOSE STAFF HAS BEEN TIRELESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:37:09 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 02:37:15 PM

    MR. ROE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO OUR GOOD FRIEND, DAVID YOUNG FROM IOWA, TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE.

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  • 02:37:25 PM

    MR. YOUNG

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, THE BIPARTISAN CHIP…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5099, THE BIPARTISAN CHIP IN FOR VETS ACT OF 2016, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM ACROSS THE RIVER, CONGRESSMAN BRAD ASHFORD IN NEBRASKA. OUR VETERANS MAKE GREAT SACRIFICES IN DEFENSE OF OUR FREEDOMS AND IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE HEALTH CARE WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. MANY OF OUR DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FACILITIES ARE AGING. THEY ARE IN NEED OF UPGRADES AND REPAIR. COMPLETE OVERHAULS. YET COST OVERRUNS AND SIGNIFICANT DELAYS TROUBLE THE V.A. CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS AND HINDER WORK ON OTHER V.A. FACILITIES IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENTS. THE CHIP IN PREVENTS ACT OF 2016 SEEKS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS BY AUTHORIZING THE V.A. TO CARRY OUT A FIVE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM EXAMINING THE FEASIBILITY OF LEVERAGING PRIVATE DONATIONS TO CONSTRUCT NEW V.A. FACILITIES. A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP. THIS IS A NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS. A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TIMP AND FOR VETERANS. -- FOR THE TAXPAYER AND FOR VETERANS. THIS BILL COULD HELP FACILITIES, AND WILL, LIKE THE OMAHA V.A. MEDICAL CENTER, WHICH SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN IOWA, AS WELL AS THOSE IN NEBRASKA. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S WORK , CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD, FOR PUSHING THIS BILL ALONG AND WAS PROUD TO SIGN ON AS A CO-SPONSOR. CONGRESSMAN ASHFORD HAS SHOWN GREAT LEADERSHIP AND TENACITY IN GETTING THIS BILL OVER THE FINISH LINE. THAT'S WHAT HE CAME HERE TO DO. TO GET THINGS DONE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:39:14 PM

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  • 02:39:19 PM

    MR. TAKANO

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADD SOME MORE COMMENTS ABOUT THE LEGISLATION WE'RE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO ADD SOME MORE COMMENTS ABOUT THE LEGISLATION WE'RE ABOUT TO PASS. I CONCUR AND ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS WITH THE WORDS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEBRASKA, MR. FORTENBERRY, I WANT TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION TO THE MAJORITY FOR ITS AGAIN ROSSITY OF SPIRIT IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE. IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT FILLS ME WITH GREAT HOPE WE CAN RESTORE THE STEAM OF THIS INSTITUTION IN THE EYES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IT'S WHEN WE PASS LEGISLATION SUCH AS MR. ASHFORD'S BILL TODAY. WE ROSE ABOVE POLITICS. BOTH SIDES ROSE ABOVE POLITICS TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR VETERANS. AND WE -- IT WAS OUR REGARD FOR VETERANS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER. AND IT'S FITTING THAT THIS ACTION IS HAPPENING IN THE HEARTLAND OF OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS NO SMALL MEASURE TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT REALLY SEE THE DRAMA -- IT TOOK -- IT'S GOING TO BE VOICE VOTED, NO REAL BIG DRAMA WILL PLAY OUT IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKED TOGETHER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE -- SHOW MY APPRECIATION TO MY WHIP, MR. HOYER. HE WORKED HIS RELATIONSHIPS WITH SOME MEMBERS ON THE OTHER SIDE IN THE SENATE AND IT SHOWED THAT WE SHOULD BE SO HASTY TO MOVE OUR MORE SENIOR MEMBERS SO QUICKLY OUT OF THEIR POSITIONS BECAUSE THESE RELATIONSHIPS MATTER AFTER SO MANY YEARS. AND I'LL GO MORE INTO DETAIL WITH ANYONE WHO CARES TO KNOW MORE ABOUT T MR. MCCARTHY OF MY OWN HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, MY OWN LEADER, PA LOWSY, AND THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WORKED -- PELOSI, AND THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BRING THIS BILL. WE'RE ABOUT TO HEAD HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND I CAN'T THINK OF A GREATER GIFT THAT WE CAN GIVE -- CAN I THINK AFTER LOT GREATER GIFTS BUT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT GIFT THAT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE. IT IS TRULY A POTENTIALLY TRANSFORMATIVE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME. I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND JOIN ME IN PASSING H.R. 5099 AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:41:42 PM

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

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  • 02:41:47 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, WANT TO ASSOCIATE MY REMARKS WITH ALL THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, WANT TO ASSOCIATE MY REMARKS WITH ALL THE SPEAKERS AND THANK MR. ASHFORD FOR HIS PERSEVERANCE AND-N BRINGING THIS ALONG WITH MR. FOREEN BERRY ON OUR SIDE AND CHAIRMAN MILLER, RANKING MEMBER TAKANO. THIS IS THE WAY WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS MORE. THERE IS A FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE HAVE. THERE IS AN FINITE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE CAN PROVIDE FOR SERVICES AND LOOKING FOR PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS AS MY CITY IN JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE, IS DOING RIGHT NOW WITH OTHER PROJECTS. I THINK THIS IS A MODEL FOR WHAT COULD GO ON IN THE CONTRY. I HAVE A SEE BOBBING IN MY DISTRICT WHERE THE LOCAL MAYOR PROVIDED USE AT A HOSPITAL FOR $1 A YEAR FOR THE V.A. TO HAVE THE FACILITY THERE. I THINK THAT'S GOING ON IN NEBRASKA RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE TRYING TO SEE THAT A WE NEED TO BE THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN PROVIDE THESE FACILITIES TO SERVE THESE GREAT VETERANS THAT HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL THE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:42:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 5099 AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6076, TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6076, TO RESEARCH, EVALUATE, ASSESS AND TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT, OR THE TREAT ACT, AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:45:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    6076, A BILL TO REQUIRE THED A A MANUFACTURE OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND…

    6076, A BILL TO REQUIRE THED A A MANUFACTURE OF THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM FOR THE MEDICAL MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT OF ASTRONAUTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:45:20 PM

    MPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, MS. EDWARDS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 02:45:27 PM

    MR. BABIN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 6076, THE BILL NOW UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:45:49 PM

    MR. BABIN

    FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS ASKED ITS BRAVEST TO…

    FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS ASKED ITS BRAVEST TO TRAVEL TO SPACE IN SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY. FROM THE DYNAMIC LAUNCH ENVIRONMENT TO THE UNFORGIVING VACUUM OF SPACE, TO THE ENERGETIC RE-ENTRY TO EARTH, SPACE PLACES ASTRONAUTS IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS. EVEN TRAINING CARRIES RISK. I'M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT I REPRESENT A GREAT NUMBER OF THESE ASTRONAUTS WHO CALL HOUSTON THEIR HOME. AS A NATION, WE HAVE OBLIGATIONS TO THOSE WE PUT IN HARM'S WAY. AS A CONGRESS, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CONDITIONS CAUSED BY FEDERAL SERVICE. AS A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL MYSELF AND AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE, YOU CAN SAY THAT IT IS MY DUTY TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE FOLKS ARE TAKEN CARE OF PROPERLY. AND THIS IS WHY I SPONSORED H.R. 6076, THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT, A VERY COMMONSENSE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT MAKES SURE THAT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THAT VENTURE INTO SPACE RECEIVE THE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR SERVICE. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL DATA ASSOCIATED WITH AN ASTRONAUT'S HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT SERVICE IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR FUTURE SPACE ENDEAVORS. THE TREAT ACT WILL PROVIDE THIS ADDITIONAL DATA AND WILL ENABLE NASA TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MEDICAL RISKS OF SPACE FLIGHT, MINIMIZE THESE RISKS AND ENABLE FUTURE LONG DURATION MISSIONS TO MARS AND EVEN BEYOND. I'M VERY THANKFUL TO CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE TREAT ACT AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. I'M ALSO VERY GLAD THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MS. EDWARDS, IS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, AND THAT THE BILL WAS REPORTED OUT OF COMMITTEE BY VOICE VOTE WITH BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE AMENDMENT BEFORE US TODAY REPRESENTS COMPROMISE LANGUAGE AGREED UPON WITH THE SENATE IN GOOD FAITH THAT THIS LANGUAGE WILL BE INCLUDED AND PASSED IN A NASA AUTHORIZATION ACT BEFORE THE 114TH RECESSES. THE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED UNDER THIS COMPROMISED LANGUAGE IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE PROGRAM THAT PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE. IN DEVELOPING THIS BILL, MY STAFF AND I HAD EXTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS WITH FORMER ASTRONAUTS, WITH NASA AND A NUMBER OF OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. THE TREAT ACT IS ALSO INFORMED BY A HEARING THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE HELD IN JUNE IN WHICH A NUMBER OF FORMER ASTRONAUTS TESTIFIED, INCLUDING CAPTAIN SCOTT KELLY, WHO SPENT A YEAR ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. UNDER EXISTING STATUTES, NASA HAS THE AUTHORITY TO COLLECT VOLUNTARY ASTRONAUT MEDICAL DATA FOR RESEARCH. AND EXERCISES THAT AUTHORITY THROUGH THE LIFETIME SURVEILLANCE OF ASTRONAUT HEALTH PROGRAM, OR LSAH. HOWEVER, THERE ARE LIMITATIONS ON THE USEFULNESS OF THE LSAH PROGRAM. FORMER ASTRONAUT PARTICIPATION IS ONLY 61%, AND THE EXISTING LSAH PROGRAM ONLY AFFORDS NASA ACCESS TO YEARLY CHECKUP DATA, NOT THE ENTIRETY OF THE FORMER ASTRONAUT'S MEDICAL RECORDS. FURTHERMORE, NASA IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT UNDER THE EXISTING AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH. THE TREAT ACT SOLVES THIS PROBLEM BUT SUPPLEMENTING EXISTING AUTHORITIES. CONGRESS WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO ENSURE THAT THE TREAT ACT IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THE TREAT ACT IS NOT A MANDATE AND IS SUBJECT TO EXISTING DISCRETIONARY APPROPRIATIONS. IN ORDER TO ADDRESS COST RISKS, THE BILL ESTABLISHES NASA AS A SECONDARY PAYER TO EXISTING OBLIGATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES OR THIRD PARTIES ENSURING THAT COST TO NASA IS MINIMAL. ESTABLISHING NASA AS A SECONDARY PAYER IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS A SECONDARY PAYER TO CERTAIN TYPES OF VETERAN AND CIVILIAN HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS. ALLOW ME TO MAKE THIS CLEAR FOR THE RECORD. ALTHOUGH NASA IS A SECONDARY PAYER, THE TREAT ACT PROVIDES THAT NO PARTICIPATING FORMER ASTRONAUT OR PAYLOAD SPECIALIST WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING OUT OF POCKET, INCLUDING DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRIMARY PAYER. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING AN INDEPENDENT COST ESTIMATE AND AN ANNUAL FISCAL REPORT. THESE REPORTS WILL ENSURE THAT CONGRESS IS WELL INFORMED AND ABLE TO CONDUCT APPROPRIATE OVERSIGHT. PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM IS VOLUNTARY. NO ASTRONAUT SHOULD BE FORCED OR COERCED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. IN THE EVENT THAT AN ASTRONAUT CHOOSES NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, THERE ARE STILL OTHER OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM. BUT IF THEY DO PARTICIPATE, THE ASTRONAUTS HAVE CONSENTED THAT NASA CAN USE AND DISCLOSE THE DATA THAT THEY COLLECT, SUBJECT TO PROTECTING THEIR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION. AND IN CONCLUSION, I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE TREAT ACT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT MAKES SURE THAT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THAT VENTURE INTO SPACE RECEIVE THE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR SERVICE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. EDWARDS

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

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    MS. EDWARDS

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6076, AS AMENDED, THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT. THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6076, AS AMENDED, THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT. THE HOUSE PASSED BIPARTISAN NASA AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015 SET THE LONG-TERM GOAL OF SENDING HUMANS TO THE SURFACE OF MARS. THE AMENDMENTS TO THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT BEING CONSIDERED TODAY WILL HELP PROVIDE THE RESEARCH RESULTS NEEDED TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. AS CHAIRMAN BABIN NOTED, THE AMENDMENT REFLECTS COMPROMISE LANGUAGE AGREED UPON WITH THE SENATE IN GOOD FAITH. I JOIN WITH COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER JOHNSON AND I TO THANK SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BABIN AND HIS STAFF FOR WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE BIPARTISAN AND BICAMERAL CONSENSUS ON THIS AMENDMENT. CHAIRMAN BABIN AND I BOTH WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY THE HEALTH OF OUR FORMER AND CURRENT AND FUTURE ASTRONAUTS. THAT IS WHY I WAS PLEASED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS ACT TO PROVIDE FOR MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF FORMER ASTRONAUTS. OUR ASTRONAUTS ARE HEROES. THEY SERVE THIS NATION IN THE FACE OF EXTREME RISKS. SOME OF THOSE RISKS INVOLVE THE POTENTIAL FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT MAY NOT REVEAL THEMSELVES FOR YEARS OR EVEN DECADES AFTER AN ASTRONAUT'S SERVICE. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT WE AS A NATION ACKNOWLEDGE THE RISKS THAT THESE HEROES HAVE TAKEN AND IN RETURN PROVIDE OUR ASTRONAUTS WITH THE MEDICAL MONITORING AND TREATMENT THEY NEED. IT IS ALSO OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MITIGATE THE RISKS FOR FUTURE NASA EXPLORERS, ESPECIALLY AS WE PUT IN PLACE THE SYSTEMS AND MISSIONS TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION TO MARS. SUCH RISKS MITIGATION REQUIRES DATA ABOUT ASTRONAUT S'S MEDICAL -- ASTRONAUT'S HEALTH. THE FIRST PRINCIPLE IS GETTING CARE TO FORMER ASTRONAUTS UNDER THIS PROGRAM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. NASA INDICATED THAT SOME FORMER ASTRONAUTS COULD ALREADY BENEFIT FROM THIS NEW AUTHORITY. AS CHAIRMAN BABIN NOTED, THIS BILL PROVIDES NASA WITH SUPPLEMENTARY AUTHORITY. AS SUCH, I WOULD EXPECT THAT MONITORING PROVIDED BY NASA'S LIFETIME SURVEILLANCE OF ASTRONAUT HEALTH PROGRAM WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ANY FORMER ASTRONAUT OR PAYLOAD SPECIALIST ELECTING NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM BEING ESTABLISHED BY THIS LEGISLATION. THE SECOND PRINCIPLE IS BEING RESPECTFUL OF ASTRONAUT'S RIGHTS AND PRIVACY. AS WE EXPAND THE AMOUNT OF DATA COLLECTED ON FORMER ASTRONAUT HEALTH, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE PLACE A PRIORITY ON ENSURING THE PRIVACY OF THE DATA. NASA'S TASKED TO REPORT ON HOW THE AGENCY WILL ENSURE THE PRIVACY OF ASTRONAUTS IN THE PROGRAM WHEN DATA IS SHARED BEYOND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THE THIRD PRINCIPLE IS ENSURING THAT THE PROGRAM IS IN SYNC WITH THE GOAL OF SENDING HUMANS TO MARS. EXPANDED DATA REQUIRED FROM THE MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF FORMER ASTRONAUTS AND FORMER SHUTTLE PAYLOAD SPECIALISTS WILL BE INVALUABLE FOR INFORMING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW SPACE FLIGHT MEDICAL HARDWARE AND DEVELOPING CONTROLS TO PREVENT DISEASE OCCURRENCE IN THE ASTRONAUT CORPS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALSO MY HOPE THAT CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION WILL ENABLE NASA TO GET TO MARS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. AS PART OF THAT EFFORT, WE MUST ESTABLISH THE SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL GET OUR ASTRONAUTS THERE AND BACK SAFELY. SUPPORTING THIS BILL WILL ALLOW US TO STAY ON THAT VECTOR. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. BABIN

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE, LAMAR SMITH.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT CONGRESSMAN BRIAN BABIN IS JUST AN EXCELLENT CHAIRMAN OF THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FULL SCIENCE COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE NASA SELECTED THE FIRST GROUP OF ASTRONAUTS IN 1959, MORE THAN 300 BRAVE AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS HAVE VENTURED INTO THE KAZ MOWS AS EXPLORERS -- INTO THE COSMOS AS EXPLORERS. IT IS EASY TO OVERLOOK HOW DANGEROUS IT IS AND HOW LITTLE WE KNOW ABOUT ITS LONG-TERM HEALTH EFFECTS. H.R. 6076, THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT, ENSURES OUR COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN WHO VENTURE INTO SPACE RECEIVE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR SERVICE. THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT ALSO WILL HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MEDICAL SCIENCE OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT, ENABLING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EXPLORERS TO LITERALLY GO WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE. I SHOULD SAY NO MAN OR WOMAN HAS GONE BEFORE. THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT BUILD UPON NASA'S EXISTING LIFETIME SURVEILLANCE OF ASTRONAUT HEALTH PROGRAM AND WILL OPERATE WITHIN EXISTING NASA RESOURCES. IT PROVIDES FOR ENHANCED MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH SPACE FLIGHT SERVICE. I WANT TO THANK SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AGAIN, BRIAN BABIN, FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR HIS PERSISTENCE IN GETTING US TO THE POINT OF PASSAGE. WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY WITHOUT HIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT, AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND, WHO IS A FRIEND AND WHO HAS BEEN THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, FOR HER OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO CONGRESS, FOR BEING A WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTOR TO THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AS A WHOLE AND IN PARTICULAR THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE. TO ALMOST ANY SUBJECT, SHE ALWAYS BRINGS AN ENTHUSIASM, A KNOWLEDGE AND IN THIS CASE AN ALMOST UNEQUAL DEDICATION TO SPACE EXPLORATION WHICH WE WILL CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE AND APPRECIATE BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK HER, AGAIN, AS I SAY, HER MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMITTEE AND TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE. I SAY I HOPE SHE STAYS IN TOUCH WITH US AND SHE WILL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND OF THE COMMITTEES AND OF MANY MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SHARE WITH CHAIRMAN SMITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SHARE WITH CHAIRMAN SMITH THAT I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR HIS REMARKS TODAY ON THE FLOOR. HE BEAT ME TO THE PUNCH, BUT IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE BOTH TO WORK ON THE COMMITTEE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MY TIME HERE IN THE CONGRESS. IT IS THE MOST FUN I THINK THAT I HAVE EVER HAD, AND I HAVE TRULY ENJOYED THE COLLEGIAL WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP THAT WE'VE SHARED ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. AND WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEWOMAN, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, MS. JOHNSON OF TEXAS.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6076, AS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6076, AS AMENDED, TO RESEARCH, EVALUATE, ASSESS AND TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT, THE TREAT ASTRONAUTS ACT. LONG DURATION EXPOSURE TO MICRO GRAVITY AND SPACE RADIATION CAN LEAD TO A CHRONIC HEALTH EFFECT SUCH AS MUSCLE ATROPHY, BONE LOSS, PERMANENT VISION IMPAIRMENT AND CANCER. HOWEVER, THERE IS MUCH WE WILL NEED TO UNDERSTAND REGARDING HOW THE SPACE ENVIRONMENT RELATES TO THESE EFFECTS AND OTHER CRITICAL BIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS SUCH AS IMMUNITY AND TISSUE HEALING SO THAT APPROPRIATE COUNTERMEASURES CAN BE DEVELOPED. THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, WOULD PROVIDE NASA WITH THE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO PERFORM MONITORING , DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT FOR FORMER ASTRONAUTS FOR MEDICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT. THROUGH THIS AUTHORIZATION NASA WOULD BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE DATA FROM A LARGER SET OF PARTICIPANTS AND THE DATA ACQUIRED ON FORMER ASTRONAUTS WILL BE MORE COMPREHENSIVE. THIS BILL, AS AMENDED, REFLECTS SEVERAL CHANGES THAT STRENGTHEN AND IMPROVE THE BIPARTISAN BILL THAT PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE IN SEPTEMBER. IN PARTICULAR, THE PROVISION THAT WOULD SUNSET THE MONITORING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PROGRAM FOR FORMER ASTRONAUTS AFTER 10 YEARS HAS BEEN REMOVED. . IN ADDITION, THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE BILL REMOVED A PROVISION THAT WOULD HAVE REMOVED AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PROGRAM IF NASA DID NOT SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT ON TIME. NASA'S ASTRONAUTS ARE SOME OF THE MOST HIGHLY TRAINED INDIVIDUALS WHO SERVE IN PURSUING FURTHER EXPLORATION OF SPACE. WE OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR RISKING THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR LIVES IN FURTHERANCE OF SPACE EXPLORATION AND I WOULD URGE ALL HOUSE MEMBERS TO VOTE FOR AND PASS H.R. 6076 AS AMENDED. I TOO, -- I, TOO, WANT TO JOIN THE CHAIRMAN TO EBLINGS PRESS MY APPRECIATION AND THANKS FOR CONGRESSWOMAN DONNA EDWARDS FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS MEASURE TO THIS POINT AND FOR HER OVERALL LEADERSHIP AS SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE. SHE'S MADE MANY EFFORTS, HAS LED THE COMMITTEE WITH MUCH UNDERSTANDING, AND WE CERTAINLY WILL MISS HER. I THANK YOU, THANK HER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS --

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    MR. BABIN

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM MARYLAND.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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    MS. EDWARDS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN US IN THIS BIPARTISAN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN US IN THIS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET SIGNED INTO LAW THE TREAT ACT FOR OUR CURRENT, FORMER, AND FUTURE ASTRONAUTS AND I'D LIKE TO CLOSE BY EXPRESSING MY GRATITUDE TO CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH, TO RANKING MEMBER EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, TO OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR BABIN FOR YOUR GRACIOUSNESS AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. IT HAS TRULY BEEN A JOY TO WORK ON THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE. IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHERE OUR CHARGE IS REALLY TO THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND IT'S IN THE SPIRIT THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS IN FRONT OF US TODAY. I HADN'T ANTICIPATED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I WOULD HAVE A MOMENT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, MY LAST MOMENT ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE BEFORE I DEPART MY SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THAT. AS I REFLECT ON THE LAST 8 1/2 YEARS, IT HAS REALLY BEEN A PLEASURE, PARTICULARLY TO WORK ON THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE AND TO DO THAT IN WHAT SEEMS LIKE A CONTENTIOUS ENVIRONMENT SOMETIMES BUT HAS BEEN A LOT OF COLLEGIALITY. AND AS I CLOSE MY SERVICE IN THE CONGRESS, MR. SPEAKER, I'M REMINDED THAT AS A LITTLE GIRL I USED TO PICNIC WITH MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER AND MY SIBLINGS ON THE WEST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL. MY DAD WAS IN HIS AIR FORCE UNIFORM, PREPARED TO GO BACK TO WORK AFTER WE HAD HAD OUR LITTLE PICNIC. LITTLE GIRL, WE'D RUN AROUND TO THE EAST FRONT OF THE CAPITOL, MR. SPEAKER, AND CLIMB THE STEPS WHEN YOU COULD CLIMB THE STEPS AND WE WOULD SIT THERE IN BETWEEN MY FATHER AND LOOK AT ON THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. I NEVER WOULD HAVE IMAGINED, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IT HAS BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE AND A JOY TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF THE FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MARYLAND. AND I WISH FOR MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE CONGRESS THAT AS WE APPROACH THE 115TH CONGRESS, AND IN THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE TO THIS GREAT NATION, THAT WE WORK TOGETHER IN SERVICE TO THE NATION AND YOU KNOW, WHEN WE COME TO WORK EVERY DAY, MR. SPEAKER, PEOPLE THINK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THINGS THAT ARE BIG AND SMALL, BUT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE, A LOT OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, IT'S ABOUT THEIR HEALTH, AND THEIR LIFE, THEIR SAFETY AND SECURITY, THE ABILITY OF THEM TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AND TO MOVE FORWARD AND I WISH THAT IN THE UPCOMING CONGRESS THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THOSE THINGS TOGETHER AND THAT YOU DO. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE STAFF OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE, AND THE SPACE SUBCOMMITTEE, ALLEN LEE, PAM WHITNEY, DICK,EN THE MINORITY STAFF AND THE MAJORITY STAFF FOR ALL OF THEIR WORK. TO THE PEOPLE WHO SERVE IN THIS INSTITUTION AN SERVE US TREMENDOUSLY FROM THE PARLIAMENTARIANS TO THE STENOGRAPHERS AND CLERK'S STAFF AND THE MARSHAL'S SERVICE AND THE CAPITOL POLICE AND ALL OF IT BECAUSE IT MAKES THE TRAINS RUN AND MEANS WE CAN GET THE JOB DONE FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE CRITES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I CLOSE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BABIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR FULL COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ONCE AGAIN I'D LIKE TO THANK OUR FULL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, LAMAR SMITH AND RANKING SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBER, MRS. EDWARDS FROM MARYLAND AND ALSO OUR RANKING MEMBER, FULL COMMITTEE, EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON FROM TEXAS AS WELL AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF AND THE STAFF OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHO HAVE WORK SO HARD TO MAKE THIS BILL HAPPEN. IT WAS SO BADLY NEEDED FOR OUR ASTRONAUTS. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IDE LIKE TO, THE ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CHAPTER, THE GROUP THAT REPRESENTS AMERICA'S ASTRONAUTS, STRONGLY ENDORSING THIS BILL. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THE LETTER FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS INTO THE RECORD. THIS IS SIGNED BY THEIR PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS, ASTRONAUT MICHAEL HE PEZ ALEGRIA. -- MICHAEL LOPEZ ALEGRIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BABIN

    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE AS WELL.

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    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 6076 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER --

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  • 03:07:35 PM

    BABIN

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE AMENDMENT TO S. 2971.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE 2971, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE…

    SENATE 2971, AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE SYSTEM.

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    E PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 2971 AS AMENDED.

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  • 03:09:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BARLETTA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR HIS TREMENDOUS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. FOR…

    LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN SHUSTER FOR HIS TREMENDOUS WORK ON THIS ISSUE. FOR EIGHT YEARS THE BIPARTISAN LEADERSHIP OF THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE HAS BEEN THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND TRYING TO GET THESE REFORMS THROUGH CONGRESS AND TODAY WE ARE CLOSER THAN EVER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER DEFAZIO AND RANKING MEMBER CARSON FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A NEARLY IDENTICAL MEASURE EARLIER THIS YEAR AS PART OF THE FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE REFORM ACT, H.R. 1471. TODAY, WHEN MEMBERS OF THE SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARE FEDERALIZED AND SENT ACROSS STATE LINES, THEY DON'T KNOW WHO, IF ANYONE, WILL PAY FOR THEIR INJURIES, DISABILITIES, OR DEATHS. SO 2971 ADDRESSES THAT ISSUE AND CLARIFIED THAT LONG-STANDING CONCERN WHICH HAS HINDERED THE DEPLOYMENT OF CRITICAL SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS BETWEEN STATES. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 28 USAR TEAMS ACROSS THE NATION. MEMBERS OF THESE TEAMS ARE CROSS TRAINED IN AREAS SUCH AS SEARCH, RESCUE, MEDICAL, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND LOGISTICS. THE TEAMS INCLUDE FIREFIGHTERS, PHYSICIANS, STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AND FIRST RESPENDERS AND THEY ARE TRAINED AND EQUIPPED WITH HELP FROM FEMA. WHILE THE MEMBERS OF THESE TEAMS ARE NOT FEDERAL, THEY DO NOT HESITATE TO RESPOND TO DISASTERS IN OTHER STATES. THESE TEAMS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED OVER THE YEARS TO NUMEROUS DISASTERS, INCLUDING THE PENTAGON AND WORLD TRADE CENTER ON 9/11, HURRICANE SANDY, AND MOST RECENTLY, HURRICANE MATTHEW. THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN THAT WHEN THESE TEAM MEMBERS ARE FEDERALIZED, THEY DO NOT HAVE CLARITY ON WHO WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE IF THEY WERE INJURED OR EVEN KILLED WHILE PERFORMING THEIR JOBS. IT IS AMAZING THAT WE ASK THESE MEN AND WOMEN TO GO INTO A COLLAPSED STRUCTURE TO SEARCH FOR TRAPPED SURVIVORS, RISKING LIFE AND LIMB, WITHOUT PROVIDING THEM WITH A CLARITY WHEN IT COMES TO LIABILITY AND INJURIES. THE STORIES OF THESE -- OF THE SELFLESS HEROISM OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE NUMEROUS AND HUMBLING. THEIR WORK IS TIRELESS, PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONAL DEMANDING AND NERVE WRACKING. IN HURRICANE MATTHEW, ONE TEAM HELPED MAKE MORE THAN 100 RESCUES IN NORTH CAROLINA ALONE. INCLUDING THE RESCUE OF A 98-YEAR-OLD HOSPICE PATIENT WHEN THEY HAD TO GO INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER WAS FIVE TO SEVEN FEET. ABOVE STREET -- FIVE TO SEVEN FEET ABOVE STREET LEVEL AND THEY COULD ONLY SEE THE TOPS OF THE STREET SIGNS. IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE SANDY A SINGLE TASK FORCE RESCUED MORE THAN 850 INDIVIDUALS IN 17 HOURS FROM A FLOODED AREA OVER -- OVERWHELMED BY A TIDAL SURGE. THERE ARE HUNDREDS MORE SUCH AS THESE ACCOUNTS. THESE HEROES PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE FEDERAL RESPONSE TO NATIONAL DISASTERS AND KA IT'S A THES. IN ADDITION, THE NATIONAL USAR SYSTEM BENEFIT OURS STATE, LOCAL, AND REGIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS THROUGH TRAINING, EQUIPMENT, AND PREPAREDNESS. THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT SPONSOR THE MEMBERS OF THE TEAMS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING LEFT VULNERABLE OR EXPOSED BY ALLOWING THEIR EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH A CRITICAL NATIONAL ASSET. AFTER EIGHT YEARS, IT IS TIME TO GIVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK THE LIABILITY PROTECTIONS THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES NEED AND DESERVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE MESSENGER

    MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE…

    MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER A MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    THE SECRETARY

    THE SENATE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SECRETARY

    I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE…

    I HAVE BEEN DIRECTED BY THE SENATE TO INFORM THE HOUSE THAT THE SENATE CONCURS IN THE HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 34 CITED AS THE 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST I'D LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE SENATE ON PASSING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST I'D LIKE TO COMPLIMENT THE SENATE ON PASSING THE BILL WE PASSED LAST WEEK, 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT WHICH WILL HELP RESEARCH AND SAVE THE LIVES OF MANY AMERICANS, SOMETHING WE DID IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. PLEASED THAT THAT HAPPENED. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF S. 2971, THE NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE SYSTEM ACT OF 2016. AS AMENDED. WHICH CODIFIES THE URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE SYSTEM. AUTHORIZING THE URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS, BETTER KNOWNS A USAR TEAMS, AND CODIFYING PROTECHES FOR TEAM MEMBERS SUCH AS WORKERS COMP AND LIABILITY PROTECTIONS HAS BEEN A TOP PRIORITY OF MINE SINCE I INTRODUCED A BILL TO DO SO IN 2007 , MY FIRST YEAR IN CONGRESS. I WAS PLEASED THE LATE FORMER DEMOCRATIC INFRASTRUCTURE CHAIRMAN AND OUTSTANDING MEMBER, MR. OBERSTAR, NOW DECEASED, INCLUDING MY EWE SAR LANGUAGE IN-- MY USAR LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN A BILL FROM 2010. NOW IT'S PASSED THE HOUSE SEVERAL TIMES AND THE SENATE HAS PASSED ONE AS WELL. THE 28 URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARE STRATEGICALLY HE KATED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND ARE ABLE -- AND PROVIDE TIMELY RESPONSE IN THE AFTERMATH OF A DISASTER. THESE SPECIALIZED TEAMS OF FIRST RESPONDERS PROVIDE SEARCH AND RESCUE SERVICES, EXTRACTION FROM STRUCTURAL COLLAPSES AND SWIFT RAPID RESCUE. THEIR DEDICATION IS COMMENDABLE AS THEY DROP EVERYTHING IN THEIR DAILY LIVES TO COME TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THOSE WHO NEED IT. THEY EVEN RESPOND INTERNATIONALLY. TWO USAR TEAMS WERE DEPLOYED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL AND WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY RESCUES FROM STRUCTURAL COLLAPSES. IT IS ONLY APPROPRIATE THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THIS HELP THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND PEACE OF MIND REGARDING CLARIFICATION OF LIABILITY ISSUES. USAR TEAMS MAY BE COMPRISED OF POLICE, EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND K-9 HANDLERS. OFTEN THEY ARE CIVIL SERVANTS. WHEN ACTIVATED FOR FEDERAL SERVICE THEY KNOW THEIR JOBS WILL BE WAITED AT HOME FOR THEM. IN ADDITION, IT HELPS USAR RECRUIT AND RETAIN NEW MEMBERS. TENNESSEE'S USAR, KNOWN AS TENNESSEE THEY HAVE A STRONG COMMITMENT TO THEIR JOBS AND DO AN EXTRAORDINARILY GOOD BE JOB. THEY HAVE FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS AND RESPOND TO ASSIST IN THE AFTERMATH OF DISASTERS SUCH AS HURRICANE MATTHEW IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE TRAGIC WILDFIRE IN THE SMOKE MOUNTAINS. THEY DID SO DESPITE THE UNCERTAINTY. THEIR ACTIONS ARE TRULY HEROIC AND I APPLAUD THEM. THE PROTECTIONS IN TODAY'S BILL ARE LONG OVERDUE AND THEY WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF IF THEY ARE INJURED. I AM SADLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS CHOOSING WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO ENFORCE ITS BUDGET RULES. THE UNDERLYING SENATE BILL AUTHORIZED SUCH SUMS TO CARRY OUT THE USARR SYSTEM. DESPITE THE HOUSE HAVING PASSED THE BILL AUTHORIZING QUOTE SUCH SUMS AS NECESSARY FOR THE PUBLIC ALERT AND WARNING SYSTEM EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE ARE NOW TOLD THIS VIOLATES BUDGET RULES AND AN AMENDMENT IN FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE SENATE IS REQUIRED. OUR USARR TEAMS MUST WAIT ANOTHER DAY TO GET THE PROTECTIONS THEY DID HE ARE DESERVED. AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR ACTIVITIES AND THANK THE USARR TEAMS FOR THEIR SERVICE. AND I THANK MR. BARR LETA WORKING ON THIS BILL AS WELL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MRARLE BA

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

    I GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DATE.

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    MR. COHEN

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I WILL CLOSE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I WILL CLOSE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF THE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 03:18:03 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON S. 2971. AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON S. 2971. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE BILL 2971 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED --

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  • 03:18:31 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I DEMAND THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH SEEK RECOGNITION? CHAFECHAFE MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5790, THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2016 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF…

    ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFE ET CETERA AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFE ET CETERA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM MICHIGAN, MRS. LAWRENCE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH. CHAFECHAFE I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION

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  • 03:20:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. CHAFECHAFE I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5970…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. CHAFECHAFE I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5970 AS AMENDED. WE HAVE GREAT RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR THE F.B.I. THEY DO WONDERFUL WORK AND IN FACT, MY GRANDFATHER WAS ALWAYS PROUD OF MY GRANDFATHER, A CAREER F.B.I. AGENT SERVING HERE IN THE GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA AND THEN UP IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. AND IT'S BECAUSE I RESPECT THE F.B.I. AND ITS AGENTS THAT I HELPED INTRODUCE THIS BILL. THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS IN THE F.B.I. HAVE REALLY NOT KEPT UP WITH THE REST OF GOVERNMENT. AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED A CHANGE HERE. THE WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE F.B.I. SHOULD BE GIVEN -- TREATED THE SAME AS THEY ARE WITHIN THE REST OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THIS SIMPLE BILL GOES TO HELP CORRECT THAT. H.R. 5790 WOULD CLARIFY CONGRESS' LONG STANDING INTENT TO THE WHISTLEBLOWERS WHO TAKE PERSONNEL ACTION AGAINST THEM. WHILE A GREAT MANY CHANGES REMAIN TO BE MADE HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND F.B.I. RESPOND TO WHISTLEBLOWERS, THIS CLARIFICATION IS NOT A MINOR ONE. IF IMPLEMENTED IT WOULD HAVE FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS IN PROTECTING WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE F.B.I. JUST AS CONGRESS INTENDED IN 1978 IN THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT. MR. COMEY TESTIFIED A YEAR AGO IN THE SENATE THAT HE QUOTE VERY MUCH, END QUOTE, SUPPORTS LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR F.B.I. EMPLOYEES WHO FOLLOW F.B.I.'S OWN POLICIES AND REPORT WRONGDOING TO THEIR SUPERVISORS. SIMILARLY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, LORETTA LYNCH TESTIFIED, QUOTE, WE CERTAINLY PROTECT THOSE WHO REPORT WITHIN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND, END QUOTE. I WANT TO THANK IN PARTICULAR THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND SPECIFICALLY CHAIRMAN CHUCK GRASSLEY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN FIRST INTRODUCING THIS VERSION OF THE BILL. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES INCLUDED THAT KEEM JEFFRIES WHO JOINED ME AS THE LEAD DEMOCRAT ON THIS BILL IN THE HOUSE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, MR. CUMMINGS, A GREAT FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK AND COMMITMENT ON THIS ISSUE. MR. CUMMINGS PERSONALLY AND THROUGH HIS DEDICATED STAFF HAVE CONTINUALLY WORKED HAND IN HAND ON WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. WE SENT A MESSAGE THAT PROTECTING WHISTLEBLOWERS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. IN PASSING THIS BILL, MARKED THE END OF THE ROAD FOR REFORMING WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS AT THE F.B.I. IN THE NEXT CONGRESS, I LOOK FORWARD TO ADDRESSING OTHER ISSUES RAISED BY THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMMUNITY IN THE G.A.O. AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR MY TIME.

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  • 03:22:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5790 WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR BLOWING…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5790 WHICH WOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR BLOWING THE WHISTLE TO A SUPERVISOR AND MAKE IT A PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICE TO RETALIATE AGAINST A WHISTLEBLOWER FOR MAKING SUCH A DISCLOSURE. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT F.B.I. EMPLOYEES ARE PROTECTED WHEN THEY BLOW THE WHISTLE TO CERTAIN OTHER INDIVIDUALS INCLUDING THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL. THESE SMALL IMPROVEMENTS TO PROTECT THE PROTECT F.B.I. WHISTLEBLOWERS IS WHY I SUPPORT THIS MEASURE BEFORE US. THE VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS REPORTED BY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE DONE MUCH MORE TO PROTECT THE WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE F.B.I. THAN THE MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY. THE INTRODUCED VERSION OF THIS BILL WOULD HAVE STRENGTHENED THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS FOR THE F.B.I. EMPLOYEES BY MORE CLOSELY ALIGNING THEM WITH THOSE OF THE REST OF THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE. FOR EXAMPLE, IT WOULD HAVE STRENGTH THERNED THE APPEALS PROCESS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS BY REQUIRING A.M. ATE REVIEW BY THE TORN -- APPELLATE REVIEW BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND GIVING EMPLOYEES ACCESS TO THE COURT. IT WOULD HAVE DEFINED PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THOSE OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES THAN IT WOULD HAVE PROHIBITED THE USE OF NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS UNLESS THE EMPLOYEE WAS FULLY AWARE OF HIS OR HER RIGHTS BEFORE SIGNING SUCH AN AGREEMENT. WE SHOULD WORK TO ENACT THESE ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. ALL EMPLOYEES DESERVE STRONG WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION INCLUDING OUR EMPLOYEES OF THE F.B.I. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED. CHAFECHAFE MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND I WILL RESERVE MY TIME TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:25:34 PM

    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY TO MY CO-CHAIR, MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO SAY TO MY CO-CHAIR, MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS AND TO OUR CHAIR OF OVERSIGHT FOR THE HEARINGS AND THE DEDICATED WORK TO ENSURE THAT OUR F.B.I. AGENTS ARE PROTECTED AND ANY CASE OF WHISTLE BLOWING AND MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE. CHAFECHAFE I THANK RANKING MEMBER MR. CUMMINGS AND MRS. LAWRENCE AND THIS IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE TO PROTECT FEDERAL EMPLOY THE F.B.I. SO THEY CAN HAVE THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS AND URGE ITS ADOPTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE…

    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS LEGISLATION, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL 5790 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION -- CHAFECHAFE MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 944, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 5143 TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS SETTING PROCESSES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5143, A BILL TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL…

    H.R. 5143, A BILL TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS SETTING PROCESSES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    ORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 944 IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 114-68 IS ADOPTED AND THE BILL AS AMENDED IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HENSARLING AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. WATERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. HENSARLING

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MY CONSUME. TODAY, I RISE IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MY CONSUME. TODAY, I RISE IN SUPPORT EVER H.R. 5143, THE TRANSPARENCY INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT OF 2016 INTRODUCED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE OF OUR COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE LUETKEMEYER. IT ENHANCES CONGRESS' CONSTITUTIONAL OVERSIGHT RELATING TO INSURANCE STANDARDS. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN THIS IS LEGISLATION WHICH IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE LEGISLATION ESTABLISHES A SERIES OF REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BEFORE THE SNED INSURANCE OFFICE OR THE FEDERAL RESERVE MAY AGREE TO ACCEPT ESTABLISHED ENTER INTO OR CONSENT INTO A FINAL INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARD. PERMIT ME TO GO INTO GREATER DETAIL. FIRST, THE FEDERAL FIRST THEY MUST PUBLISH ANY PROPOSED STANDARD AND ALLOW FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. PUBLIC COMMENT IS CRITICAL TO OUR POSTURE, MR. SPEAKER. THEY MUST PROVIDE JOINT ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT THE STANDARD WILL HAVE ON CONSUMERS AND U.S. INSURANCE MARKS. BEFORE AGREEING TO ANY INTERNATIONAL STANDARD RELATING TO CAPITAL, THE FED IS REQUIRED TO FIRST PROMULGATE ITS DOMESTIC STANDARD RULE. SINCE NEGOTIATE -- IT SETS NEGOTIATING FOR U.S. PARTIES AND ALSO MANDATES THAT THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE AND THE FED REPORT AND TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS TWICE ANNUALLY. FINALLY, H.R. 514 ENSURES THAT THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER WITH INSURANCE EXPERTISE, WHO SITS ON THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL KNOWN AS FSOC IS PERMITTED TO ASSIST THE FSOC IN INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS AND ATTEND MEETINGS IN INTERNATIONAL BODIES WHERE INSURANCE STANDARDS ARE DISCUSSED. FOR ALMOST 150 YEARS, U.S. INSURANCE COMPANIES OF EVERY TIME, INCLUDING PROPERTY, LIFE, AUTO, ALL HAVE BEEN PRIMARILY REGULATED BY OUR STATES. CONGRESS AND THE STATES HAVE ODATIONALLY REVIEWED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS STATE-BASED REGULATION SYSTEM IN COORDINATED EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE GREATER REGULATORY UNIFORMITY. IN 1949, CONGRESS PASSED THE MCCARRAN-FERGUSON ACT WHICH CONFIRMED THE STATE'S REGULATORY AUTHORITY OVER INSURANCE EXCEPT WHERE FEDERAL LAW EXPRESSLY PROVIDES OTHERWISE. MR. SPEAKER THIS CHANGED WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT IN 2010. DODD-FRANK CHANGED THE INSURANCE LANDSCAPE AND FURTHER ENLARGED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY BY CREATING A FEDERAL OFFICE SPECIFICALLY TASKED WITH INSURANCE MATTERS. DODD-FRANK ESTABLISHED THE INSURANCE OFFICE AT TREASURY AND CHARGED ITS DIRECTRY WITH REPRESENTING THE INTEREST OF U.S. INSURANCE IN THE NEGOTIATING OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. AMONG OTHER THING, H.R. 5143 SEEKS TO PREVENT FEDERAL OVERREACH AND ESTABLISHING ESSENTIAL GUARDRAILS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHEN DISCUSSING INSURANCE ISSUES ABROAD. IT IS NOT INTENED TO BRING INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS TO ANY TYPE OF HALT. THE TEAM U.S.A. HAS EXPERIENCED VICTORIES AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS, IT'S KEPT CONGRESS INFORMED OF ITS ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE THE FIRST OF MANY COVERED AGREEMENTS. HOWEVER WE SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONVERSATIONS OR THE IMPLICATIONS THEY HAVE ON INSURERS AND AMERICAN CONSUMERS BECAUSE THEY NEED TO BE HEARD, THEY NEED TO BE REPRESENTED. IT IS THE LEAD -- AS THE LEADER OF A MISSOURI-BASED MID SIZED INSURANCE COMPANY HAS TOLD OUR COMMITTEE, QUOTE, WE WORRY ABOUT THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE IMPACTS ANY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT COULD HAVE ON THE DOMESTIC MARKETPLACE OR THE STATE BASED REGULATORY SYSTEM THAT'S SERVED CONSUMERS AND INSURANCE NEEDS FOR MORE THAN A SIMPLERY, END QUOTE. HE ADDED, QUOTE, CONGRESS SHOULD CONDUCT STRONG OVERSIGHT IN THIS AREA IN ORDER TO PROTECT DOMESTIC INSURANCE MARKETS, COMPANIES AND ESPECIALLY -- ESPECIALLY THEIR POLICYHOLDERS. STRONG OVERSIGHT AND TRANSPARENCY ARE INDEED ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AND THAT'S WHAT WE GET WITH THIS BILL. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR STATES, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCHING AND CONGRESS WORK COOPERATIVELY TO SIGNIFY TO THE SWER NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SOUP VISOR, THE FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS THAT WE WILL ONLY LEND OUR NAME TO STANDARDS AND AGREMENTS THAT BENEFIT U.S. CONSUMERS. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WILL ASSUREDLY LEAD US TO THIS GOAL. AGAIN, H.R. 5143 PROVIDES GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND ALLOWS FOR A STRONGER TEAM U.S.A. IN NEGOTIATIONS. IT SENDS A SIGNAL TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT THE U.S. AGAIN WILL LEAD AND NOT BE LED INTO BAD AGREEMENTS. WITH GREATER CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT THE BILL PROVIDES, WE CAN ENSURE THAT ANY DEAL THAT IS REACHED WILL BE A FAIR DEAL AND A GOOD DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. LUETKEMEYER, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP YET AGAIN ON BRINGING AN EXCELLENT BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:35:18 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I RISE TO YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE GO AGAIN. LAST WEEK THE MAJORITY MADE IT CLEAR IT WAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, HERE WE GO AGAIN. LAST WEEK THE MAJORITY MADE IT CLEAR IT WAS JUST GETTING STARTED WITH THE SPECIAL INTEREST GIVEAWAYS AT THE EXPENSE OF FINANCIAL STABILITY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION. NOW, BEFORE WE ADJOURN, WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE ONE LAST HOLIDAY GIFT TO WALL STREET. THIS BILL'S GIFT IS LESS OVERSIGHT OF THE LARGEST INSURERS IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH WILL PUT US AT RISK FOR ANOTHER A.I.G. DON'T FORGET, A.I.G. WAS BAILED OUT TO THE TUNE OF $182 BILLION AND WHILE DEMOCRATS PASS WALL STREET REFORM TO PREVENT ANOTHER CRISIS AND FUTURE BAILOUTS, CHAIRMAN LENSAR LING AND DONALD TRUMP HAVE MADE IT CLORE THAT DODD-FRANK SON THE -- IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK AND WITHOUT THE SAFEGUARDS IN DODD-FRANK, A LACK OF CAPITAL STANDARDS FOR LARGE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL PUT OUR ECONOMY AT RISK. BUT NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED AT WHAT'S TAKING PLACE HERE. THIS IS DONALD TRUMP'S AGENDA. DESPITE PROMISES TO HOLD WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT IS PROPOSING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS HEAVY ON WALL STREET INSIDERS. AND THEIR PLANS WILL DO LITTLE TO HELP THE MILLIONS OF MESHES STRUGGLING TO GET AHEAD. THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE DESIGNED IT IN THE WAY THAT THEY HAVE. BECAUSE TRUMPISM ISN'T REALLY ABOUT HELPING THE MIDDLE CLASS, IT IS ABOUT LINING THE POCKS OF SOME OF OUR BIGGEST BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES. A.I.G., AS I MENTIONED, IS A POSTER CHILD OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. IT ENGAGED IN FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES THAT MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLE INVESTMENT BANKING THAN TRADITIONAL INSURANCE. PRIOR TO THE CRISIS, STATE REGULATORS, WHICH HAVE PRIMARY JURISDICTION OVER INSURANCE COMPANIES, DID NOT EFFECTIVELY ACCOUNT FOR A.I.G.'S ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SECURITIES LENDING. FOR EXAMPLE, WHICH ALLOWED IT TO SKATE BY WITH MINIMUM CAPITAL. WHEN A.I.G.'S DEBTS ON MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES FAILED IT COLLAPSED AND REQUIRED A TAXPAYER BAILOUT. WE BAILED OUT A.I.G. BECAUSE IT WAS A COUNTERPARTY TO NEARLY ALL OF THE LARGEST GLOBAL BANKS, MEANING THAT IF A.I.G. FAILED, IT WOULD BRING DOWN A SERIES OF GLOBAL MEGA BANKS WITH IT. SO UNDER DODD-FRANK, WE IMPROVED THE OVERSIGHT OF INSURANCE COMPANIES BY GIVING FEDERAL REGULATORS THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO PREVENT ANOTHER COLLAPSE OF LARGE, GLOBALLY ACTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BIG BOYS HERE. A.I.G., METLIFE AND PRUDENTIAL. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, FEDERAL REGULATORS HAVE BEEN OVERSEEING SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE IDENTIFIED AS SUCH BECAUSE THEY ARE EXPECTED TO POSE A SUBSTANTIAL RISK TO OUR FINANCIAL STABILITY IF THEY FAIL. OUR FEDERAL REGULATORS HAVE ALSO BEEN NEGOTIATING WITH 140 OTHER COUNTRIES ON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR LARGE CONNECTED INSURERS. HOWEVER, TODAY'S BILL IS DESIGNED TO UNDERMINE THE PROGRESS MADE ON THIS FRONT AND TO ULTIMATELY PREVENT THE ADOPTION OF THESE CAPITAL STANDARDS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT, H.R. 5143 WOULD ADD LAYERS OF BURDENSOME RED TAPE AND UNWORKABLE REQUIREMENTS ON OUR FEDERAL NEGOTIATORS. MAKING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ADVOCATE EFFECTIVELY FOR U.S. INTERESTS ON THESE ISSUES OR AGREE TO ANY KIND OF STANDARDS, FOR EXAMPLE, THIS BILL WOULD PREVENT NEGOTIATORS FROM AGREEING TO ANY STANDARDS UNLESS IT FOCUSED EXCLUSIVELY ON A COMPANY'S ABILITY TO PAY CLAIMS. HOWEVER, BOE IF -- FOCUSING EXCLUSIVELY ON A COMPANY'S ABILITY TO PAY CLAIMS CAN LEAVE THOSE SAME POLICYHOLDERS VULNERABLE TO SYSTEMIC FAILURE. HOWEVER, BY CRIPPLING OUR SABBLET TO ENGAGE EFFECTIVELY ON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE ISSUE, BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL MOVEN OF TO ADOPT STANDARDS THAT ARE NOT IN OUR BEST INTERESTS. AT WORST, THIS BILL -- AND WORSE, THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, SOMETHING THAT ADMINISTRATION DETAILS IN ITS STATEMENT OF POLICY, RAISING MULTIPLE CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE PRESIDENT'S EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY ON INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND THE BILL'S REQUIREMENT TO DIRECTLY INCLUDE STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS IN INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS. AT BEST THIS BILL IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. IT CATERS TO AN -- TO A FEAR THAT INTERNATIONALLY AGREED UPON POLICIES COULD BE FORCED UPON SMALL DOMESTIC INSURANCE COMPANIES AND UNWILLING STATES. LET ME AGAIN REITERATE THAT THE STANDARDS BEING NEGOTIATED INTERNATIONALLY ARE FOR THE LARGEST INSURERS THAT OPERATE ALL OVER THE WORLD, COMPANIES LIKE A.I.G., METLIFE AND PRUDENTIAL. IT IS A SCARE TACTIC TO CLAIM THAT THESE STANDARDS WOULD BE APPLIED TO ANYONE BUT THE LARGEST AND MOST INTERCONNECTED GLOBAL INSURERS. SECOND, STATES CAN NEVER BE COMPELLED TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS SUCH AS THESE. THESE STANDARDS ARE NONBINDING AND EACH INDIVIDUAL STATE HAS THE DISCRETION TO ADOPT THEM, MODIFY THEM, OR REJECT THEM ENTIRELY AFTER GOING THROUGH THEIR FULL REGULATORY PROCESS. THIRD, STAKE HOLDERS HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON THESE DISCUSSIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, FEDERAL NEGOTIATORS HAVE HELD MULTIPLE SESSIONS WITH STAKE HOLDERS TO PROVIDE INPUT AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS HAS GREATLY IMPROVED PUBLIC ACCESS AND CONSULTATION, YET THIS BILL, H.R. 5143, WOULD REQUIRE SEVERAL ADDITIONAL NOTICE AND COMMENT PERIODS AND SEVERAL OTHER LAYERS OF UNNECESSARY RED TAPE. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE SPONSOR PO POSES TO PAY FOR THE BILL EAST COSTS BY TAKING $7 MILLION FROM THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE RESERVE FUND, WHICH MEANS THAT OUR FINANCIAL WATCHDOG WILL BE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO UNFORESEEN EVENTS LIKE THE FLASH CRASH. IN SHORT THIS BILL WOULD ASK TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR THE COST OF REJECTING CAPITAL STANDARDS TAKING AWAY THE FUNDING THAT S.E.C. NEEDS TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY SITUATIONS THAT THREATEN FINANCIAL STABILITY. THAT JUST DOUBLES DOWN ON THE IRRESPONSIBLE POLICYMAKING WE'VE SEEN BY THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE. AS THE VETO THREAT ISSUED BY THE WHITE HOUSE ON THIS BILL STATE, AND I QUOTE, THE NATION HAS MADE GREAT PROGRESS AS A RESULT OF DODD-FRANK AND WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS BILL TO HAMPER THE UNITED STATES' ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT THE BEST STANDARDS FOR OUR UNIQUE REGULATORY REGIME,ENT QUOTE. -- END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S CLEAR THAT REPUBLICANS WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS NECESSARY TO GIVE INDUSTRY WHAT IT WENTS, LESS OVERSIGHT, LESS SUPERVISION, AND LESS REGULATION. REPUBLICANS HAVE REPEATEDLY TRIED TO HAMSTRING OUR EFFORTS TO MORE EFFECTIVELY MONITOR AND RESPOND TO SYSTEMIC RISK BY WORKING TO DISMANTLE THE FSOC AND ITS DESIGNATION AUTHORITY FOR SIFIS. THEY HAVE CALLED THE FSOC UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND HELPED COMPANIES LIKE METLIFE CHALLENGE ITS DESIGNATION IN COURT. SO I'M NOT REALLY SURPRISED THAT REPUBLICANS WOULD CLOSE OUT 2016 BY BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR, BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. FOR THESE REASONS, I WOULD URGE MY LEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. I THANK YOU, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 5143, THE…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF H.R. 5143, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AN INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. LUETKEMEYER, THREE MINUTES.

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  • 03:44:37 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR UNTIRELESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, FOR YOUR UNTIRELESS HELP AND SUPPORT FOR GETTING THIS BILL TO WHERE IT IS TODAY. INSURANCE SERVES AS THE BACK BONE FOR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IT OFFERS SUPPORT SO CONSUMERS CAN BE SURE THEY'RE PROTECTED IN THE EVENT OF A LOSS. OUR HISTORY HAS A NATION OF THOUGHTFUL INSURANCE REGULATION AND STRONG CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. TO ENSURE THAT WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT FOREIGN REGULATORS DON'T DO ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE THAT. IT WOULD ENSURE REGIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO SUBMIT BEFORE THE TEAM U.S.A., THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT AND OTHER PARTIES, CONSENT TO ADOPTION OF FINAL INSURANCE STANDARD, H.R. 5143 WOULD ALSO REQUIRE TEAM U.S.A. TO PUBLY ANY PROPOSED FINAL STANDARD FOR CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW AN PUBLIC COMMENT. IT WOULD INSTITUTE A 90-DAY LAYOVER PERIOD ALLOWING CONGRESS TO BLOCK ANY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT BUT ALSO ENSURE STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS A BROADER ROLE, PROTECTING OUR STATE-BASED POLICY SYSTEM THAT HAS SERVED POLICYHOLDERS SO WELL. IN DOING SO, IT WOULD NOT ONLY HELP PROTECT THE BEST INTERESTS OF U.S. INSURANCE CUSTOMERS BUT ALSO RESTORE POWER VESTED IN CONGRESS IN ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES YOU THE INTENT WAS TO CRAFT A BILL BUT PROVIDED THIS BODY AND THE PUBLIC WITH MORE OPPORTUNITY. AS SUCH H.R. 5143 HAS BEEN DRAFTED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF STACK HOILEDERS AND GENERATED BROAD SUPPORT. THIS BILL IS NOT INTENDED TO BRING THE INTERNATIONAL PROCESS TO A GRINDING HALT BUT SERVE AS LEVERAGE AND ENSURE WHEN A POSITION TO EXPORT DOMESTIC STANDARDS RATHER THAN IMPORT THE EUROPEAN CENTRIC ONES. OUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T READ ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS. THESE CONVERSATIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS HAVE REAL IMPLICATIONS ON U.S. COMPANIES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY EVERY AMERICAN POLICY HOLDER. CONSIDERATION OF THIS BILL SHOULDN'T BE A PARTISAN AFFAIR. MANY OF MY FRIENDS AND CONSTITUENTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE SUNSHINE ON THAT. THE STATES AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND CONGRESS WORK COOPERATIVELY TO SIGNAL TO THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND ONLY LEND OUR NAMES TO STANDARDS AND AGREEMENTS THAT WILL WILL NOT BE LED. I CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:47:30 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, RANKING MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSING AND INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. CLEAVER.

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    MR. CLEAVER

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I…

    I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THIS LEGISLATION. I FIND GREATER SATISFACTION ON WORKING ON LEGISLATION WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN THAN OPPOSING SUCH. BUT MR. SPEAKER, I DO, IN FACT, BELIEVE THAT H.R. 5143 WILL NOORO TAYLOR REPORTING A GO NEGOTIATING REQUIREMENT THAT MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE ANY ANY SFARNED CAN BE AGREED UPON. IN THE WAKE OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE WAS TASKED WITH REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES AT INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE FORUM. THE F.I.O. HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING ALONG SIDE THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY'S INSURANCE INTERESTS. THEY HAVE HELD NUMEROUS HEARINGS ON THIS TOPIC GIVING US A.M. WILL OPPORTUNITY TO MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS AS BEING UNDERTAKEN AT THE NATIONAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS OTHER INTERNATIONAL BODIES. IT IS CRITICAL THAT TEAM U.S.A. CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE STRONGLY ON BEHALF OF THE U.S. INSURANCE SYSTEM AND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE DO NOT HAMSTRING THEIR ABILITY TO DO SO. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE BILL CONTAINS A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY DELAY OUR NEGOTIATIONS ABROAD. IF WE LIMIT THE ABILITY OF OUR NEGOTIATORS TO DO THEIR JOB, WE LOSE OUR SEAT AT THE INTERNATIONAL TABLE, WHICH I BELIEVE WILL WEAKEN OUR POSITION. LIKE MOST ON THE OTHER SIDE, I AM A STRONG PROPONENT OF THE STATE-BASED SYSTEM. OUR MISSOURI INSURANCE COMMISSIONER HAS RECENTLY HELD A NATIONAL POSITION. AND IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE OUR POSITION AND ADVOCATE FOR THIS AMERICAN SYSTEM, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE OUR INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES ARE EMPOWERED AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS ACTUALLY IMPACTS THEIR ROLE AT THE TABLE. ADDITIONALLY, NONE OF THE STANDARDS THAT MAY BE DECIDED UPON INTERNATIONALLY ARE BINDING AND THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING THAT I'M SAYING AND THAT IS AS EVERYONE KNOWS, THE STATES WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE ANY STANDARDS BECAUSE WE CAN'T IMPOSE THOSE STANDARDS ON THEM. THEY WOULD HAVE TO AGREE TO DOMESTICALLY APPROVE THESE STANDARDS AND WOULD HAVE TO GO TO EACH AND EVERY STATE AND IT WON'T BE APPROVED ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THIS PROCESS WOULD INCLUDE A NOTICE AND A COMMENT PERIOD. AND SO I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS BILL DOES NOT ADDRESS A SINGLE PROBLEM. IT DOES NOT FIX ANY BROKEN PART OF THIS PROCESS THAT IS GOING ON. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:51:06 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT PROVIDED AND A HEAVY -- PRIDE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS WITH GREAT PROVIDED AND A HEAVY -- PRIDE AND HEAVY HEART THAT I YIELD TO THE NEXT GENTLEMAN. A HEAVY HEART BECAUSE I BELIEVE THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME THAT I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. NEUGEBAUER AND WITH GREAT PRIDE FOR 14 YEARS, I HAVE CALLED HIM FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE. HE IS RETIRING FROM THIS INSTITUTION AND TIRELESS IN HIS SERVICE TO OUR COMMITTEE, HIS CONSTITUENTS AND THIS COUNTRY. HE HAS BEEN A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM, FREE ENTERPRISE AND THE LOT OF THE COMMON MAN AND COMMON WOMAN AND THIS WILL BE A LESSER INSTITUTION UPON HIS DEPARTURE. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND, RANDY NEUGEBAUER.

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    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND KIND WORDS AND HAS BEEN A…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND KIND WORDS AND HAS BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE TO SERVE ON THIS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. I THINK WE HAVE DONE SOME GOOD WORK AND I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ON SOME ISSUES AS WELL. SO WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST AS YOU CONTINUE AS A COMMITTEE TO WORK ON BEHALF OF AMERICANS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE FINANCIAL PRODUCTS THAT THEY NEED FOR THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 5143 OFFERED BY MR. LUETKEMEYER. THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARD ACT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT IN ENSURING THE MODEL FOR REGULATING INSURANCE IS PRESERVED AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS BENEFIT U.S. CONSUMERS. SINCE THE PASSAGE OF DODD-FRANK ACT, THE INCREASED ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN INSURANCE REGULATION HAS LED TO CHANGES IN U.S. PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE FORUMS LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE PROVIDERS. THE FEDERAL OFFICE IS CHARGED WITH REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS DURING NEGOTIATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. THE FEDERAL RESERVE IS AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS SETTING BODIES. OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE SUPERVISION HAS CREATED TENSION WITH OUR STATE-BASED MODEL. THE EUROPEAN UNION HAS MOVED TOWARDS A SINGLE REGULATORY STRUCTURE FOR ITS MEMBER STATES. THIS EFFORT KNOWN AS SOLVENCY TWO WILL HARMONIZE THE REGIMES IN MANY EUROPEAN NATIONS. MANY SAY IT WILL BE ADOPTED AS THE GOLD STANDARD FOR INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE SUPERVISION. SOLVENCY TWO COULD PUT THE U.S. INDUSTRY AND POLICY HOLDERS AT A DISADVANTAGE. H.R. 5143 IS AN IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT ENHANCES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL DELIBERATIONS FOR INSURANCE REGULATION. IT HOLETSDZ THE F.I.O. AND FEDERAL RESERVE TO IMPORTANT BENCHMARKS TO ENSURE THAT U.S. INTERESTS ARE BEING REPRESENTED. THE AGENCIES MUST PROVIDE JOINT ANALYSIS ON THE IMPACT OF PROPOSED INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ON U.S. CONSUMERS AND INSURANCE MARKETS. IT ALLOWS PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY PROPOSED FINAL STANDARD --

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  • 03:54:26 PM

    MR. HENSARLING

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL ONE MINUTE.

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  • 03:54:32 PM

    MR. NEUGEBAUER

    IT ALLOWS THE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY PROPOSED FINAL STANDARD THAT THE U.S.…

    IT ALLOWS THE PUBLIC COMMENT ON ANY PROPOSED FINAL STANDARD THAT THE U.S. MAY AGREE TO. THESE REGULATORY CHECKS ARE NOT NEW TO THE U.S. AGENCIES WHO MUST COMPLY WITH CERTAIN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACTS WHEN SETTING FEDERAL STANDARDS. THERE MAY BE CRITICAL ROLE FOR U.S. REPRESENTATIVES, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE U.S. INTERESTS ARE NOT PUSHED ASIDE IN THE NAME OF GLOBAL HARMONY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 5143 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:55:10 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING…

    I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE CAPITAL MARKETS AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ENTER PRICE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MRS. MALONEY.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    I THANK CONGRESSMAN NEUGEBAUER FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THIS…

    I THANK CONGRESSMAN NEUGEBAUER FOR HIS OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THIS INSTITUTION, TO HIS DISTRICT AND TO THIS COUNTRY. HE HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER AND PLEASURE TO SERVE WITH HIM. WE WILL MISS YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP, YOUR CONSIDERATION AND YOUR REALLY HARD WORK FOR GOOD SOUND POLICY IN THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 5143. I BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD UNDERMINE THE FED'S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS ON INSURANCE REGULATION AND I THINK THAT THAT WILL CAUSE A BIG PROBLEM FOR INSURANCE IN OUR COUNTRY. TELLING THE FED THAT THEY CAN'T AGREE TO ANY INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ON INSURANCE THAT ISN'T ALREADY THE LAW IN THE UNITED STATES ABSOLUTELY MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. THE OTHER COUNTRIES WOULD SIMPLY STOP NEGOTIATING WITH US AND I BELIEVE WE WOULD LOSE OUR VOICE AND OUR SEAT AT THE TABLE AND THAT'S NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT NOTHING THE FED OR TREASURY AGREES TO INTERNATIONALLY CAN BE BINDING ON STATE INSURANCE REGULATORS. THAT'S ALREADY THE LAW. WE DON'T NEED A NEW LAW TO TELL US THAT. BUT THE FED DOES REGULATE 14 INSURANCE COMPANIES THROUGH THEIR HOLDING COMPANIES, AND THIS HAS BEEN A FEDERAL AUTHORITY AND THERE'S NOTHING NEW ABOUT THAT. THE FED SHOULD BE ABLE TO ALIGN THE INSURANCE REGULATIONS THAT HAS AUTHORITY OVER WITH THE REGULATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES. ONE OF THE BIG LESSONS OF THE SCANDAL AND OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN OF 2008 WAS THAT DIFFERENT REGULATORY REGIMES IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES COULD HAVE DIFFERENT INCENTIVES AND SOME OF THEM WERE BAD INCENTIVES. A.I.G., THE ONLY PROBLEMS THAT EXISTED IN THIS COUNTRY WERE THE DIFFERENT INCENTIVES IN ENGLAND. BUT I AM VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH A BILL THAT HAMSTRINGS THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S ABILITY TO REGULATE THE SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS OF THE LARGE INSURANCE COMPANY HOLDINGS THAT IT HAS AUTHORITY OVER AND TO ENSURE THAT THOSE REGULATORY STANDARDS ARE CONSISTENT INTERNATIONALLY. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL.

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MISSOURI AND I…

    I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM MISSOURI AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF SUCH TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

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    COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THIS BILL AND THE…

    COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK I'M VERY COMFORTABLE WITH THIS BILL AND THE UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY THAT HAS BROUGHT US HERE. BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, I'M A FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE AND I KNOW FIRSTHAND THAT MICHIGAN DOES A BETTER JOB OF PROTECTING POLICY HOLDERS WITHIN THEIR BORDERS THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES OR COULD. MICHIGAN KNOWS HOW TO MAINTAIN A ROBUST INSURANCE MARKETPLACE THAT WORKS FOR MICHIGAN CUSTOMERS, BUT ADDITIONALLY, MICHIGAN SERVES AS AN ENTRY POINT FOR SEVERAL FOREIGN COMPANIES WHO THEN COME INTO THE U.S. MARKETPLACE. HOWEVER THERE ARE BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON THAT BELIEVE THEY KNOW BEST. THE DODD-FRANK ACT EXPANDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN THE INSURANCE MARKETPLACE BY CREATING THE OFFICE AND CHARGING THE DIRECTOR WITH REPRESENTING THE U.S. DURING INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS. AT THE SAME TIME, THE DODD-FRANK ACT CHANGED DOMESTIC INSURANCE REGULATION AND CHANGED IN U.S. PARTICIPATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS OR IAIS. IT DEVELOPS INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE REGULATIONS FOR 190 JURISDICTIONS AND IN MORE THAN 140 COUNTRIES TO THEN ADOPT THOSE. I AM CONCERNED THIS COULD REPLACE THE STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATORY MODEL WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS THAT WERE CREATED BY UNSELECTED EUROPEAN BUREAUCRATS. OUR STATES AS JUSTICE BRANDEIS COINED, LABORATORIES OF DEMOCRACY AND IN HIS WORDS THAT A STATE MAY IF THE CITIZENS CHOOSE SERVE AS A LABORATORY AND TRY IDEAS WITHOUT RISKS. I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER EXPERIMENT THAN THE STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATORY SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY THE PROTECTIONS PROVIDED IN THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT ARE SO VITALLY IMPORTANT. THE STRAIGHTFORWARD BILL SIMPLY GIVES THE STATES AND CONGRESS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON ANY INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARD BEFORE IT MAY BE ADOPTED. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT BILL AND SUPPORT OUR SYSTEM THAT HAS EXISTED FOR 150 YEARS.

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    MS. WATERS

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

    I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. HECK. . THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. HECK

    FIRST I'D LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    FIRST I'D LIKE TO ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK AND THE OTHER GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, REGARDING OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. NEUGEBAUER, FROM THE DAY THAT I WALKED INTO THIS CHAMBER, HE HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A PARAGON OF GENTLEMANNESS TOWARD MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES. IN FACT, EVERY FRESHMAN RECEIVES A FLAG FLOWN OVER THE CAPITAL THAT CONGRESSMAN NEUGEBAUER HAS HAD FLOWN. WOULDN'T A YOU KNOW IT, SMALL WORLD CATEGORY, 2,000 MILES AWAY, HE HAPPENED TO BE GOOD FRIENDS WITH MY UNCLE, WHICH I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW, UNTIL I ARRIVED HERE. HE WILL BE MISSED. HE'S A TESTAMENT TO HOW YOU CAN SEE THE WORLD COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY AND YET BE ABLE TO TREAT ONE ANOTHER WITH RESPECT. I'M A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK I'VE RISEN TO OPPOSE A PROPOSAL BY MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI WHO I THINK ACTUALLY IS TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND WITH WHOM I HAVE DEALT IN GOOD FAITH AND WHO HAS DEALT IN GOOD FAITH WITH US. BUT I DO RISE TO OPPOSE THIS BAIL BECAUSE IN SOME CASES IT GOES TOO FAR. IN SOME CASES IT WON'T WORK AND IN SOME CASES IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. IT GOES TOO FAR IN TERMS OF STEALING THE MONEY FROM THE S.E.C. RESERVE TO PAY FOR THIS. ITS COST AND THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH ITS IMPLEMENTATION SHOULD NOT BE BORNE BY ANOTHER ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHOSE JOB IT IS TO KEEP US SAFE. IT WON'T WORK IN TERMS OF ITS REQUIREMENTS -- REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, ALL THESE EXPENSIVE REQUIREMENTS THAT REQUIRE THE RATE ON THE S.E.C., THE TRANSPARENCY, THE REPORTING. ANYBODY WHO KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS KNOWS YOU CAN'T POST A PUBLIC NOTICE ABOUT WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO AND HOPE TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE OUTCOME. I HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN A PROFESSIONAL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LABOR MANAGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS TABLE AND I CAN TELL YOU, THE LAST THING IN THE WORLD YOU WANT TO DO IS POST YOUR PLAYBOOK. THAT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE FOOTBALL TEAM SAYING, COME HERE, DEFENSE, LET ME TELL WHAT YOU WE'RE GOING TO DO, AND THAT WOULD IN FACT BE THE NET EFFECT OF THIS PARTICULAR APPROACH. THE OBJECTIVE TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE MCCARRAN-FERGUSON ACT -- MCCARRAN-FERGUSON ACT IS THE RIGHT IS THE RIGHT ONE. IN SOME CASES IT DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. THE TRUTH IS, WE OUGHT TO HAVE THESE INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS. BUT THIS BILL WOULD ONLY APPLY TO THE IAIF. THERE ARE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL FORUMS WHERE INSURANCE IS AT THE TABLE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE STATE REGULATORS OUGHT TO BE AT THOSE TABLES AS WELL. LOOK, THERE'S A BETTER WAY. I OFFER IT TO YOU. IT IS A BILL I'VE INTRODUCED, WHICH IS H.R. 6436. IT TAKES A PRINCIPLE-BASED APPROACH. IT MERELY SAYS, THE INSURANCE REGULATORS GOT TO BE AT THE TABLE, THE STATE BASED INSURANCE REGULATORS GOT TO BE AT THE TABLE. AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT THAT SYSTEM. IT'S A PRINCIPLE BASE. NOT TOP-DOWN, COMMAND AND CONTROL, HEAVY BUREAUCRACY APPROACH TO ACHIEVING THE SAME OBJECTIVE, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENSURING THAT WE PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION AND REGULATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE COMPANIES. BUT RESPECTING THE STATE-BASED SYSTEM. I DON'T KNOW WHY WE CAN'T GET TO WIN-WIN HERE. I FIND IT IRONIC THAT MY LEGISLATION, 6436 ACTUALLY ENJOYS BROAD-BASED SUPPORT AMONG THE STAKEHOLDERS. THE REGULATED AND, YES, THE REGULATORS. THE STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATORS BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE BEST APPROACH TO TAKE. AND IT'S THE ONE I THINK IS A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY. IT ACHIEVES EVERYBODY'S OBJECTIVES. THAT'S NOT WHAT 5143 WILL DO. 54 -- 5143, I'LL GET THERE YET, GOES TOO FAR IN SOME CASES, WON'T WORK IN OTHERS, AND DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH IN OTHERS. SO I HOPE THAT YOU WILL REJECT IT. PROVIDE US WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH, AND GET TO WIN-WIN. BECAUSE WIN-WIN IS POSSIBLE IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND ONCE AGAIN THANK THE RANKING MEMBER VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. DUFFY, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. DUFFY

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER FOR ALL HIS WORK ON THIS BILL, H.R. 5143. I JUST -- AS WE ENTER INTO THIS DEBATE, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT WHO SUPPORTS WHAT. YOU LOOK AT STATE INSURERS, INSURERS IN STATES LIKE WISCONSIN, THEY'VE LOOK AT MR. LUETKEMEYER'S BILL AND THEY LOVE IT. THEY THINK IT'S A GREAT BILL. BECAUSE IT PROTECTS THE AMERICAN STATE-BASED MODEL. IF YOU'RE A LARGE GLOBAL INSURER, YOU DON'T LIKE THIS BILL. BECAUSE YOU WANT ONE GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL STANDARD THAT YOU HAVE TO COMPLY WITH. SO WE'RE HERE FIGHTING FOR THE LITTLE GUY, THOSE LITTLE INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT DOT ALL OF OUR STATES THAT SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES AND THE OPPOSITION STANDING WITH THE LARGE INSURERS WHO HAVE BEEN MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BILL THAN THE LITTLE GUY. WHICH GOES TO MY POINT. I'M CONCERNED THAT THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND TREASURY COULD ENTER INTO AN INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK THAT UNDERMINES THE U.S. SYSTEM IN FAVOR OF, AGAIN, THIS EUROPE-CENTRIC MODEL THAT'S INCONSIST WENT OUR AMERICAN MODEL. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS GREAT AMERICAN MODEL, IT'S WORKED FOR 150 YEARS. LOOK BACK TO THE 2008 CRISIS. THIS SYSTEM IN AMERICA, WITH A TON OF PRESSURE, IT PERFORMED BEAUTIFULLY. IT DID REALLY WELL. WHY DO WE WANT TO CASH THAT IN FOR A DIFFERENT MODEL? I GUESS MY CONCERN IS THAT THOSE STATE INSURERS, LIKE IN MY STATE, THEY'RE NOT EVEN REGULATED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, BUT THEY'RE CONCERNED THAT ON THE TRACK THAT WE'RE GOING, THEY VERY WELL MAY BE. THIS IS PRETTY SIMPLE STUFF. WHAT MR. LUETKEMEYER'S LOOKING FOR IS OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY. HE JUST DOESN'T WANT WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS NEGOTIATING A DEAL. HE WANTS ALL STAKEHOLDERS AS PART OF THIS DEAL. AND LO AND BEHOLD, IT'S A REMARKABLE CONCEPT, BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO OUR INSURANCE LAW, WHY ONLY HAVE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS MAKE THOSE DECISIONS, WHY NOT EMPOWER THE CONGRESS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIVE TO THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE, WE SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN THIS PROCESS, PUT US BACK IN CONTROL, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER DOES. GREAT BILL, I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY FRIENDSES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO GIVE -- FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO GIVE A ROUNDING SET OF SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. WATERS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. PEARCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS WORK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI FOR HIS WORK ON H.R. 5143. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. NOW, WHAT WE'RE HEARING ON THE FLOOR TODAY IS VERY SIMILAR I SUSPECT, TO THE -- SIMILAR, I SUSPECT, TO THE DISCUSSION AT THE FOUNDING OF THIS COUNTRY. YET SOME WHO WANTED A STRONG CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, STRONG REGULATING POWERS FROM WASHINGTON, AND SOME WHO SAID, NO, THAT WILL NOT BE THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE A STRONG ECONOMY, THAT WE SHOULD SEND -- WE SHOULD SEND THE DECISIONS CLOSER TO WHERE PEOPLE LIVE. FRANKLY, THAT DECISION -- THAT CHOICE IS BEING PLAYED OUT WORLDWIDE RIGHT NOW. AND THAT'S THE CASE WITH THE QUESTION IN FRONT OF US. SHOULD WE ALLOW PEOPLE IN EUROPE TO TELL US WHAT OUR MARKETS WILL LOOK LIKE HERE? NOW, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY YES. I'M IN THE GROUP THAT SAYS NO. BECAUSE OUR SYSTEM HERE HAS CREATED ITS OWN STABILITY, IN THE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES OF 2008 AND 2009, OUR MARKET PERFORMED JUST PERFECTLY. WE'VE GOT 56 DIFFERENT REGULATORS, EACH ONE HAS THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. IT PROVIDES A SAFER MARKET FOR THE CONSUMER, IT PROVIDES A SAFER PRODUCT FOR THE CONSUMERS TO PURCHASE. NOW, WHY WE WOULD SEND THAT AUTHORITY TO SOME OTHER COUNTRY ACROSS THE OCEANS JUST NEVER MADE SENSE TO THOSE OF US WHO WANT THE DECISION MAKING CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE. SECONDLY, WE HAVE TO THINK THAT IT IS GOOD FOR AMERICAN JOBS. ANY TIME PEOPLE IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY ARE DECIDING WHAT THE RULES ARE, THEY'RE GOING TO SKEW IT IN FAVOR OF THEMSELVES. AGAIN, OUR MARKET IS WELL DIVERSIFIED, IT'S SPREAD AMONG THE STATED ISLAMIC STATES, AND -- STATES, AND IT PROVIDES INSURANCE MARKETS FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL STATE, AND SOME MORE THAN JUST THE ONE, SO THAT TELLS US THAT IT'S GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, IT'S GOOD FOR THE CONSUMER. FINALLY, WE NEED THIS STABILIZING FORCE HERE. THE ABILITY FOR AMERICANS TO DETERMINE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. I THINK THAT THE RECENT ELECTION HAS BEEN MAYBE A REFERENDUM ON, DO WE WANT TO GIVE UP POWER TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE, OR DO WE JUST SEND IT AWAY? MR. LUETKEMEYER'S BILL RESERVES POWER FOR THE PEOPLE, IT PRESERVES -- PRESERVES POWER FOR THE PEOPLE, IT PRESERVES POWER FOR THE CONGRESS, I URGE SUPPORT FOR MR. LUETKEMEYER'S BILL, H.R. 5143, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM MISSOURI, MY COLLEAGUE, MRS. WAGNER, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. WAGNER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 5143, THE TRANSPARENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 5143, THE TRANSPARENT INSURANCE STANDARDS ACT OF 2016. WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF MISSOURI, REPRESENTATIVE LUETKEMEYER. DODD-FRANK REVERSED A NEARLY 100--- 150-YEAR PRECEDENT OF THE U.S. INSURANCE INDUSTRY BEING REGULATED PRIMARILY BY THE STATE. FROM PROPERTY CASUALTY, LIVE, REINSURANCE, HEALTH, AND EVEN AUTO, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND DODD-FRANK CREATED A MORIN VASIVE ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL -- SMOR INVASIVE ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SBE -- MORE INVASIVE ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE IN THIS. OUR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS, PARTICULARLY IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, ARE TRYING TO FORCE US TO ADOPT THEIR STANDARD AND FOREGO OUR STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGIME. MOST CONCERNING IS THAT MANY OF THESE MEETINGS TAKE PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WITH LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY OR TRANSPARENCY. WHILE OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY ARE NEGOTIATING ON BEHALF OF OUR BEST INTERESTS. H.R. 5143 WOULD ENHANCE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT INTO THESE DELIBERATIONS BY ESTABLISHING REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BEFORE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN AGREE TO THE ADOPTION OF ANY FINAL INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS OR COVERED AGREEMENTS. SETTING THESE PROCEDURES IN PLACE ENSURES THAT MISSOURI POLICYHOLDERS AND CUSTOMERS WILL BE PROTECTED FROM PREMIUM INCREASES BY HAVING TO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS THAT DON'T APPLY OR MAKE SENSE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. AMERICANS ARE TIRED, SICK AND TIRED OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAKING CHOICES ON THEIR BEHALF WITHOUT PROPER INPUT AND OVERSIGHT. CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS THAT COULD HAVE SUBSTANTIAL IMPACTS ON POLICYHOLDERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I HAVE TWO LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM COMPANIES IN MISSOURI THAT REPRESENT OVER 40,000 CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES IN THE STATE. AND THE COMPANIES -- COMPANIES SAY THE ISLAMIC STATE THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP -- STATE THAT THIS BILL WILL HELP PREVENT COSTS FROM GOING UP IN MISSOURI. I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THIS FOR THE RECORD. WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT INSTILLS TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT WHEN NEGOTIATING WITH THEIR FOREIGN COUNTERPARTS. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    MR. SPEAKER, CAN I INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON EACH SIDE?

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    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. BARR

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR YOU AND YOUR STAFF, FORED HARD…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND THANK YOU FOR YOU AND YOUR STAFF, FORED HARD WORK THAT WENT INTO -- FOR THE HARD WORK THAT WENT INTO CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION, COORDINATING WITH THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS AND CONSUMERS. MR. SPEAKER, FOR ABOUT 150 YEARS THE AMERICAN INSURANCE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN REGULATED AT THE STATE LEVEL. THIS HAS ENABLED THE TAILORING OF REGULATIONS AND BUSINESS MODELS TO LOCAL CIRCUMSTANCES. FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES OF ALL TYPES, STRUCTURES AND SIZES. THIS SYSTEM HAS PROVIDED OUR DOMESTIC INSURANCE INDUSTRY A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THAT BENEFITS CONSUMERS AND THE MARKET FOR ENSURING AGAINST RISK. IT IS A SUPERIOR MODEL TO THE CONCENTRATED NATIONAL CHAMPION INSURANCE MODELS OF EUROPE. SOME OF DODD-FRANK'S POLICIES THREATEN TO UP-END THIS EXISTING REGULATORY INFRASTRUCTURE, BY INTERJECTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ULTIMATELY INTERNATIONAL REGULATORS INTO THE OVERSIGHT OF THE AMERICAN INSURANCE INDUSTRY. . REGARDLESS OF ONE'S VIEWS, WE SHOULD HAVE GOVERNMENT IN STAKE IN THIS PROCESS ANDIN ENGAGE IN ROBUST OVERSIGHT OF ANY STANDARD. THE BILL DOES JUST THAT. THE LEGISLATION SETS CLEAR OBJECT VETSORS RULES OF THE ROAD FOR THE FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE THAT MUST BE MET DURING NEGOTIATION AND ULTIMATELY ADOPTION OF ANY INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS OR COVERED AGREEMENTS. THE BILL ENSURES THAT STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS, AND BEFORE ADOPTION OF SUCH AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD, THE PUBLIC AND CONGRESS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE FINAL TEXT AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE COMMENTS. F.I.O. AND THE FED WOULD BE REQUIRED TO FILE REPORTS AND COME TO CONGRESS TWICE A YEAR TO BRIEF US ON THE PROGRESS AND IMPLEMENTATION. IF THE STANDARDS INCLUDE CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, THE FED MUST HAVE PROMULGATED A DOMESTIC STANDARD FIRST, AND THIS WILL PREVENT THE TAIL WAGGING OF THE DOG THAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STANDARDS. THESE REFORMS AND SEVERAL OTHER PROVISIONS ENSURE THAT IF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING DOWN THE ROAD OF FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS, THE PROCESS IS TRANSPARENT AND CONGRESS, THE STATES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A SAY IN THAT PROCESS. AND FOR THESE REASONS I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, AND I URGE ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:16:59 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS…

    THE GENTLELADY CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:17:06 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR LAST SPEAKER, AND WITH THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR LAST SPEAKER, AND WITH THAT BUT NOT LEAST WE HAVE A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, AN ENTREPRENEUR WHO UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR THIS INSURANCE INDUSTRY TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE FREE ENTERPRISE FOLKS. I YIELD TO HIM TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. WILLIAMS MR. SPEAKER, I…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. WILLIAMS MR. SPEAKER, I THINK BY --

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  • 04:17:34 PM

    MR. WILLIAMS

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THE DODD-FRANK ACT HAS BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THAT THE DODD-FRANK ACT HAS BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE. FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT CONSUMERS, THE DODD-FRANK ACT HAS STIFFLES JOB CREATION FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH REGULATION AFTER REGULATION. H.R. 5043, WHICH I AM A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF, AIMS TO ROLL BACK MANY OF THE CONSEQUENCES FORCED UPON U.S. INSURERS. THE STATE-BASED MODEL, THE AMERICAN MODEL HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE IT FOCUSES ON ONE THING -- THE CONSUMER. THE U.S. STATE-BASED INSURANCE REGULATORY SYSTEM IS UNMATCHED BY ANY REGULATORY SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT U.S. INSURERS ARE NOT PUT AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE WORLDWIDE, AND WE CONTINUE TO ACT IN THEIR INTEREST. H.R. 5143 REQUIRES CONGRESS TO CONDUCT OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL CONVERSATIONS FOCUSED ON INSURANCE STANDARDS AND ESTABLISH A SERIES OF REQUIREMENTS TO BE MET BY OUR TOP NEGOTIATORS AT TREASURY'S FEDERAL INSURANCE OFFICE. FURTHERMORE, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IS OFTEN LACKING IN INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY DISCUSSIONS. SOMETHING THAT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE STATE-BASED SYSTEM. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT CONGRESS TAKES EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN DOORS, NOT CLOSE DOORS, AND ALLOWS ALL INTERESTED PARTIES TO PARTICIPATE IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL COUNTERPARTS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THIS LEGISLATION WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND INFORMATION SHARING AND BRING TO LIGHT THE TRUE OBJECTIVES. JUST AS CONGRESS IS ROUTINELY INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, THIS SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT. IT IS IMPORTANT WE WORK COOPERATIVELY AND ONLY AGREE TO STANDARDS AND AGREEMENTS THERE BENEFIT U.S. CONSUMERS -- THAT BENEFIT U.S. CONSUMERS AND GIVES US A STRONG MARKETPLACE. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN LUETKEMEYER AND THE WORK OUR COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO STAND UP FOR U.S. INSURERS AND CONSUMERS, AND I STRONGLY URGE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL. IN GOD WE TRUST, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:19:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE GENERAL DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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  • 04:19:36 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME. AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, AND I WILL YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN WHO JUST GAVE TESTIMONY INDICATED THAT THE SECRET IS OUT. I DON'T THINK HE DESCRIBED THE SECRET ACCURATELY, BUT LET ME JUST SAY IT IS OUT, AND JUST AS MR. HENSARLING SAID ON THE FLOOR THE OTHER DAY, WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET. THEY'RE OUT TO DESTROY DODD-FRANK. THEY'RE OUT TO DESTROY THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU, AND THEY KEEP COMING FORWARD AS THEY'RE DOING TODAY TO PROTECT WALL STREET. AND SO I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER THE GREAT PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF WALL STREET REFORM TO FIX THE BLIND SPOTS THAT PREVENTED OUR REGULATORS FROM SEEING THE BIG PICTURE. OUR U.S. FINANCIAL SYSTEM IS INCREASINGLY COMPLEX, AND THE REGULATORY STRUCTURE FOR THE OVERSIGHT OF OUR SYSTEM WAS FRAGMENTED BEFORE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY TRUE OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, WHICH IS REGULATED PRIMARILY BY THE STATES. AND WHILE OUR STATE-BASED SYSTEM FOR INSURANCE REGULATION HAS MANY STRENGTHS, BY ITS VERY NATURE IT'S ILL-SUITED TO ADDRESS ALL OF THE ISSUES RELATED TO LARGE GLOBALLY ACTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES. THAT IS WHY DODD-FRANK, WHILE CONTINUING TO RECOGNIZE THE PREMISE OF STATE-BASED REGULATION, CHANGED MANY OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS SUPERVISED FOR CONSOLIDATED SUPERVISION AND ENHANCED REGULATION. IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT A.I.G., OF COURSE, ONE CANNOT HELP BUT ASK, WHICH STATE REGULATED A.I.G., AND WHY DID WE GET INTO THE PROBLEM WE DID WITH A.I.G.? IT'S BECAUSE OF ITS LONDON-BASED OPERATION. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES ON THESE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT ARE OPERATING ALL OVER THE WORLD. SO LET'S REMIND EVERYONE WHAT THIS BILL REALLY DOES. IT TAKES US BACKWARDS. IT SAYS, FORGET ABOUT EXAMINING SYSTEMIC RISK ACROSS JURISDICTIONS, AND INSTEAD, LET'S CONTINUE TO LEAVE THE LARGEST INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE INSURE URS IN THE WORLD OFF THE HOOK FOR ANY RISK -- INSURERS IN THE WORLD OFF THE HOOK FOR ANY RISK. NOT THE SMALL DOMESTIC INSURERS THAT ENGAGE IN TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES, NOT THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE UP SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ECONOMY IN RURAL AREAS AND CERTAINLY NOT THE INSURERS THAT HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BIGGEST AND MOST COMPLEX INSURERS THAT HAVE OPERATIONS ALL OVER THE GLOBE AND POSE RISK TO INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL STABILITY. THIS BILL IS NOT ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AS ITS TITLE WOULD SUGGEST. IT IS ABOUT WEAKENING OVERSIGHT OF THESE LARGE FIRMS AND MAKING IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO AGREE TO ANY KIND OF INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARD. THIS BILL IS ALSO NOT ABOUT PROTECTING POLICYHOLDERS. IT IS ABOUT BURYING OUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND GOING BACK TO THE PRECRISIS DAYS WHERE ALL OF US, INCLUDING POLICYHOLDERS, WERE VULNERABLE TO A SYSTEMIC FAILURE. SO LET'S CALL THIS BILL WHAT IT IS. IT IS A GIVEAWAY TO THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY THAT IS TRYING TO ESCAPE MORE OVERSIGHT, AND LET'S NOT PRETEND THAT THIS BILL WOULD ENSURE A MORE UNIFIED POSTURE ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE. BECAUSE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL, THE U.S. WILL BE SEVERELY CRIPPLED IN ITS ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE ON THESE ISSUES WHICH MEANS THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL MOVE FORWARD WHILE AMERICAN INTERESTS GET LEFT BEHIND. WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CAPITALIZATION, AND IF WE'RE NOT WILLING TO ENGAGE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES IN THIS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ABOUT THESE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT ARE OPERATING ALL OVER THE WORLD ABOUT CAPITAL STANDARDS, WE'RE PUTTING OUR OWN COUNTRY AT RISK. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY ISSUED A STRONG VETO THREAT FOR ALL OF THESE REASONS, AND FOR THESE REASONS I URGE COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. LET ME SHARE WITH YOU EXACTLY WHAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS SAYING. THE RESTRICTIONES THAT THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO PLACE ON THE UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVES IN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE MATTERS UNDER 5143 WOULD RAISE SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS AND SEVERELY OUTWEIGH ANY POTENTIAL INTENDED BENEFITS. THEY GO ON TO SAY F.I.O., THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND STATE INSURANCE COMMISSION REMEMBERS ALL ACTIVELY ENGAGED AT THE AIAS AND REGULARLY COORDINATE WITH ONE ANOTHER, ENSURING ALL ASPECT OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATORY REGIME IS ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED IN ANY INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATION. DESPITE THEIR EFFECTIVE COORDINATION AND EXTENSIVE WORK THUS FAR TO IMPROVE GLOBAL INSURANCE REGULATION, THE RESTRICTIONS WHICH H.R. 5143 SEEKS TO IMPOSE WOULD STOP THIS WORK IN ITS TRACKS AND WOULD PUT IN PLACE CURVERSOME AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE -- CUMBERSOME AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE REQUIREMENTS. QUOTE, BECAUSE THIS BILL SEEKS TO TIE THE HANDS OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVES IN AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANNER AND PREVENT THEM FROM EFFECTIVELY NEGOTIATING ON INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE MATTERS, THE ADMINISTRATION STRONGLY OPPOSES H.R. 5143. AND SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, DESPITE THE FACT THAT MY COLLEAGUE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, PROMISED ME AND THREATENED ME AND OTHERS THAT WE AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET, I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE AISLE AND HOW MR. HENSARLING AND THE COMMITTEE ARE ALREADY CARRYING OUT THE TRUMP AGENDA. THEY'RE MAKING SURE THAT BEFORE WE LEAVE HERE ON BREAK, EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT THEY'RE NOT ABOUT TO SUPPORT DODD-FRANK IN ANY SHAPE, FORM OR FASHION BUT RATHER, THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERMINE DODD-FRANK BECAUSE THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN REFORMING WALL STREET. MR. TRUMP SAID THAT HE WAS RUNNING FOR THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE WANTED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP. BUT MR. TRUMP AND HIS LEADERSHIP IS ALREADY SHOWING US THAT THEY INTEND TO EXPAND THE SWAMP, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GROW THE SWAMP, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE EVERYBODY FROM WALL STREET, MANY OF WHOM HAVE ALREADY BEEN FINED, BEEN ACCUSED OF FRAUD, WHO ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION, SOMEHOW HE'S BRINGING THEM CLOSE TO HIM AND I WONDER WHY. WELL, THIS LEGISLATION TODAY BASICALLY TELLS YOU A STORY. IT TELLS YOU A STORY THAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT, THEY'RE SAYING IN ESSENCE THAT WE, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, OPERATE ONTO OURSELVES. YES, WE HAVE THESE BIG FIRMS AND WE DON'T MIND THEY HAVE BIG BUSINESSES IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE A.I.G. WE DON'T MIND THAT THEY'RE OPERATING INTERNATIONALLY. WE HAVE STATE REGULATIONS, AND OUR STATE REGULATIONS WILL TAKE CARE OF WHATEVER OUR NEEDS ARE FOR OVERSIGHT OF INSURANCE. BUT THEY CAN'T TELL YOU WHY THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN WITH A.I.G. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY DON'T MENTION A.I.G. THEY WISH THE STORY OF A.I.G. WOULD JUST SIMPLY GO AWAY. THEY DON'T WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REMIND -- BE REMINDED OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH A.I.G. THAT ALMOST BROUGHT THIS COUNTRY TO ITS KNEES. THEY DON'T WANT TO REMIND THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAD TO BAIL THEM OUT. THEY DON'T WANT TO REMIND THE PEOPLE THAT THEY WERE UNDERCAPITALIZED, THEIR CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS WERE FRAUDULENT. THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO BACK IT UP, AND SO HERE WE ARE, AND THEY'RE ASKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO IGNORE ALL OF THIS, JUST FORGET ALL OF THIS. WE'RE OUT TO PROTECT THOSE WHO CERTAINLY SHOULD NOT BE PROTECTED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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  • 04:29:12 PM

    MR. LUETKEMEYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO MYSELF. JUST TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO MYSELF. JUST TO RECAP WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A BILL IN FRONT OF US THAT IS BASICALLY TRYING TO GIVE LEVERAGE TO TEAM U.S.A., WHICH ARE THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE UNITED STATES, ONE OF WHICH WAS CREATED BY DODD-FRANK, TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES INSURANCE INDUSTRY AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH REGARDS TO THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE SUPERVISORS. NOW, THIS IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD THAT REGULATE INSURANCE COMPANIES IN EACH OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES. NOW, THESE REGULATORS HAVE DARREN SET OF RULES AND REGULATIONS FROM -- HAVE A DIFFERENT SET OF RULES AND REGULATIONS FROM THE STANDPOINT THEY REGULATE INSURANCE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IN EACH COUNTRY BUT WE REGULATE INSURANCE AT THE STATE LEVEL. THE INTERNATIONAL, THE A.I.S., IT'S KIND OF LYING PUTTING A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE WHEN THEY PUT THOSE REGULATIONS ON OUR COMPANIES HERE. AS A RESULT, THIS BILL IS TO TRY AND GIVE LEVERAGE TO OUR NEGOTIATIONS SO THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN, SO THEY CAN PROTECT OUR INDUSTRY AND IN FACT THE NEGOTIATORS WANT THIS BILL BECAUSE THEY NEED THAT LEVERAGE TO BE ABLE TO GO AND SAY, NO, SOME OF THE STANDARDS THAT ARE PROPOSED, BEING PROPOSED SO THEY CAN PROTECT THE INDUSTRY. . I'LL GIVE YOU A QUICK EXAMPLE. IN MY OWN STATE I HAVE A COMPANY THAT PROVIDES REINSURANCE FOR A STATE IN EUROPE. THAT COUNTRY RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO IMPOSE NEW STANDARDS ON THAT COMPANY TO BE ABLE TO DO BUSINESS THERE. WE NEED TO HAVE THE REGULATORS BE ABLE TO GO TO THE I.A.S. AND SAY, LOOK, THIS IS NOT WORKING, YOU CANNOT IMPACT AND UNDERMINE OUR OWN COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY WITH THESE RULES THAT DO NOT WORK. THEY NEED TO BE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD WITH EVERYBODY ELSE. SO THIS IS A WAY THAT WE CAN PROTECT OUR COMPANIES AND OUR INDUSTRIES AND OUR CONSUMERS FROM THIS REGULATION THAT WILL -- IS BASICALLY OUT OF CONTROL SOMETIMES. MR. HUIZENGA MADE A GREAT POINT. HE SAID, WHY WOULD WE ALLOW UNELECTED FOREIGN REGULATORS TO TELL OUR INDUSTRY WHAT TO DO? THAT'S WHAT WE'VE GOT. WE'VE GOT A GROUP OF BUREAUCRATS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO ARE TRYING TO TELL OUR COMPANIES, OUR INSURANCE INDUSTRY, IT ISN'T ONE COMPANY, THE EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY, WHAT TO DO. THEY'RE NOT ELECTED, BUT WE ARE IN THIS CONGRESS. SHOULDN'T WE PUT PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVE IN CHARGE OF THIS? MR. PEARCE MADE THAT COMMENT, THESE REGULATIONS NEED TO BE DECIDED BY THE PEOPLE. THE REPRESENTATIVES. THAT'S US. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL DOES. PUTS US IN CHARGE OF SAYING YES OR NO TO WHATEVER AGREEMENTS ARE DONE OVER THERE. MR. BARR MADE THE COMMENT THAT WE NEED TO PROTECT THE BUSINESS MODEL OF OUR INSURANCE INDUSTRY. THAT'S WHAT THIS DOES. WE IN THE CONGRESS CAN LOOK AND SEE IF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL PROTECT OUR INDUSTRY. IT DOESN'T MEAN WE THROW THEM ALL OUT EITHER. THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLE OF EVERYTHING THAT THE MINORITY -- RANKING MEMBER'S TALKING ABOUT HERE IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO THROW OUT EVERY REGULATION THAT'S BEING PROPOSED. NO, THAT'S NOT THE CASE. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE ONES THAT ARE PROPOSED ARE OK AND WILL NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR INDUSTRY. THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE HELPFUL, WE'LL SUPPORT THOSE. WE'LL LET THEM GO THROUGH. THAT'S UP TO CONGRESS TO MAKE THAT DECISION. WE SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF THOSE DECISIONS, NOT SOMEBODY ELSE AROUND THIS WORLD. MR. WILLIAMS MADE A GOOD POINT, HE SAID, THIS IS KIND OF LIKE A TRADE AGREEMENT. WE APPROVE ALL THE TRADE AGREEMENTS IN THE OTHER BODY. SHOULDN'T WE APPROVE AN AGREEMENT LIKE THIS, WHERE YOU'RE GOING TO IMPACT AN ENTIRE INDUSTRY? I THINK SO, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME JUST MOVE ON TO A COUPLE POINTS THAT WERE MADE BY A COUPLE OF FOLKS DURING THE DISCUSSION ON THE OTHER SIDE. THEY TALKED ABOUT THE PAY-FOR IN THE BILL. THE PAY-FOR IN THE BILL ACTUALLY COMES EXR A -- COMES FROM A SLUSH FUND OF THE S.E.C. WHICH IS OVERFUNDED AT THIS POINT AND THEY DON'T EVEN USE -- THEY'RE GOING TO USE LESS THAN 20% OF THE MONEY THIS YEAR. THE WELL PAID FOR. THE WELL -- IT'S WELL PAID FOR. IT'S WELL WITHIN THE REASON OF BEING ABLE TO AFFORD THIS. THE NOT GOING TO IMPACT THAT REGULATOR AT -- IT'S NOT GOING TO IMPACT THAT REGULATOR AT ALL. SOMEONE MADE THE COMMENT THE FED DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THESE RULES -- THE FED DOES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS, NO, THEY DON'T. THEY DON'T HAVE AUTHORITY TO MAKE A RULE ACROSS THE BOARD ON ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS NOT A TRUE STATEMENT. A STATEMENT WAS ALSO MADE ABOUT THE G-SIFIS. THIS BILL DOESN'T DO ANYTHING TO ADDRESS THE G-SIFI DESIGNATION. THIS BILL IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE IAIS WHICH IS A SUPERVISORY BODY. IT'S NOT THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD THAT DECIDES ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT G-SIFI DESIGNATIONS. THIS IS A BOARD THAT OVERSEES THE REGULATORY STRUCTURE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES. SOMEBODY SAID IT HAS CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS. IF IT HAS CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS, THEN YOU'VE JUST TOLD ME THAT DODD-FRANK IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING IS DEALING WITH WHAT'S GONE ON IN DODD-FRANK WHEN SETTING UP THE OFFICE TO TRY TO GIVE THEM THE LEVERAGE AND POWER THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING, BECAUSE THE RANKING MEMBER LAST WEEK WAS RAILING ON A BILL THAT WE HAD ON THE FLOOR ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT OF REGULATORS. WE LESS UNDERSTAND TO HER. THIS BILL DOES -- WE LISTENED TO HER. THIS BILL TODAY DOES THE SAME THING. WE'RE PROVIDING OVERSIGHT FOR THE REGULATORS. I WOULD THINK SHE'D BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS LEGISLATION AND BE WILLING TO SUPPORT IT. ONE OR COMMENT, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THEN I'LL CLOSE. THE RANKING MEMBER KEEPS THROWING A.I.G. OVER HERE AT US. THAT IS A RED HERRING FROM THE STANDPOINT THAT A.I.G. HAS MADE -- IS MADE UP OF TWO SEPARATE ENTITIES. ONE IS THE SHURENTS COMPANY, ONE IS THE -- INSURANCE COMPANY, ONE IS THE SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT COMPANY. THE COMPANY THAT WAS IN TROUBLE WAS THE SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT PART. THE INSURANCE COMPANY STAYED SOLID AND SOLVENT. THAT'S NOT THE ONE THAT WAS BAILED OUT. SO AGAIN, THE POINT WAS MADE BY ONE MUCH MY COLLEAGUES ABOUT -- MR. DUFFY, I BELIEVE IT WAS, THAT IN 2008 OUR SYSTEM WORKED. HE'S CORRECT. IT DID WORK. OUR INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN THIS COUNTRY WITHSTOOD ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST DEVASTATING RECESSIONS IN HISTORY SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND IT CAME OUT OF IT WITH VERY LITTLE NEGATIVE PROBLEMS THAT COULD IMPACT THE QUALITY OF INSURANCE BEING PROVIDED FOR OUR CITIZENS. SO, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THIS BILL DOES WHAT WE WOULD HOPE THAT EVERY BILL WOULD DO IN THIS CONFERENCE AND THAT IT GIVES LEVERAGE TO PEOPLE WHO CAN DO GOOD TO PROTECT OUR INDUSTRIES AND OUR PEOPLE, OUR WAY OF LIFE AND OUR ECONOMY WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- OUR ECONOMY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:36:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE ON THE BILL HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

  • 04:36:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

  • 04:36:20 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED THIS HOUSE REPORT 114- 846 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED THIS HOUSE REPORT 114- 846 OFFERED BY MR. DESANTIS OF FLORIDA.

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  • 04:36:29 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUAN

    MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT'S VERY --

  • 04:36:40 PM

    MR. DESAULNIER

    MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT'S VERY --

  • 04:36:43 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT'S VERY SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES THAT ANY…

    MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT'S VERY SIMPLE. IT REQUIRES THAT ANY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT NEEDS TO BE WRITTEN IN PLAIN WRITING AS A CONDITION TO ENTER THE AGREEMENT. I'M OFFERING THIS FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF PEOPLE IN FLORIDA, IN MY DISTRICT AND ELSEWHERE, WHO ARE SMALL BUSINESSES, WHO ARE SMALL COMPANIES, WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE LARGE LEGAL TEAMS SIMPLY TO UNDERSTAND OVERLY COMPLEX REGULATIONS. THEY'RE ALREADY BESSETTE WITH WAY TOO MUCH. BOTH IN TERMS OF THE SCOPE, BUT ALSO IN TERMS OF THE COMPLEXITY AND WHEN YOU HAVE A COMPLEX AGREEMENT OR REGULATIONS IMPOSED ON THEM, IT NOT ONLY MAKES MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM, IT ACTUALLY GIVES THEM A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE OVER SOME OF THE BIG COMPANIES THAT WE'RE ALWAYS HEARING ABOUT. SO I THINK WRITING IN PLAIN LANGUAGE, CLEAR AND CONCISE, MAKES IT EASIER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITHOUT AMASSING HUGE AMOUNTS IN LEGAL FEES AND OTHER OVERHEAD COSTS. PLAIN WRITING DOESN'T CHANGE THE REGULATION. YOU CAN HAVE A REGULATION. IT JUST REQUIRES IT TO BE WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU TO HIRE $500-AN HOUR ATTORNEYS TO INTERPRET FOR YOU. I THINK IT'S A COMMONSENSE WAY TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS WITH NO TAXPAYER EXPENSE. AND I WOULD NOTE THAT THE NEED FOR PLAIN WRITING HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT THE CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAS EMBRACED OVER DECADES. I APPRECIATE MY FRIEND FROM MISSOURI'S BILL. I INTEND TO SUPPORT IT. I THINK THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE ADDED PROTECTION FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO DO WELL IN AN ECONOMY IN WHICH SO MUCH THAT COMES OUT OF WASHINGTON SEEMS TO BE MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO SUCCEED. AND WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:38:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MS. WATERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 04:38:38 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO…

    I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. ALTHOUGH I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:38:45 PM

    TEMPORE WITHO

    THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT ANY FINAL STANDARD AGREED TO UNDER THE TERMS…

    THIS AMENDMENT REQUIRES THAT ANY FINAL STANDARD AGREED TO UNDER THE TERMS OF THIS BILL WILL BE COMPOSED IN PLAIN WRITING. THAT LAW BASICALLY REQUIRES THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES USE CLEAR GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION THAT THE PUBLIC CAN CAN UNDERSTAND AND USE AS A MATTER OF GENERAL POLICY. I THINK THAT MAKES GOODSSENLS. WE WANT THE PUBLIC -- GOOD SENSE. WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT IMPACT THEIR DAILY LIVES. WHEN GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ARE DIFFICULT TO COMPREHEND, IT UNDERMINES RATHER THAN ENHANCES OUR GOAL OF SETTING CLEAR RULES OF THE ROAD AND PREVENTING MISCONDUCT. BUT NO AMOUNT OF CLEAR COMMUNICATION OR PLAIN WRITING WILL IMPROVE THE BASIC ISSUES WITH THE UNDERLYING BILL. OF COURSE WE SUPPORT PLAIN WRITING AND I WISH THAT ALL OF US WOULD ADOPT AND CARRY OUT AND IMPLEMENT THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS PASSED, SUPPORTED BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, FOR PLAIN WRITING, WITH PLAIN ENGLISH. I WISH THE STATES WOULD DO. IT WITH THEIR PROPOSITIONS, ETC. WE ALL PAY LIP SERVICE TO TO IT. BUT THEN WE COME WITH THE GOOGLEY GMBING OP THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND -- GOP THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAS TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND. SO, YES, I SUPPORT PLAIN WRITING, I SUPPORT THE PUBLIC BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DO, BUT I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO BE CONFUSED. PLAIN WRITING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BASIC ISSUES IN THIS UNDERLYING BILL. SO WHILE I DO NOT ISSUE -- TAKE ISSUE, WITH THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, I CONTINUE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. IT IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. ONE THAT CERTAINLY DOES NOT EXIST. SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:40:44 PM

    MR. DESANTIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GLAD THIS IS AN AMENDMENT SO I THAT MY FRIEND FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M GLAD THIS IS AN AMENDMENT SO I THAT MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA CAN EMBRACE. AND I URGE EVERYONE TO EMBRACE IT AND WOULD JUST URGE PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT I WILL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL AS AMENDED, AND ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESANTIS. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF…

    A BILL TO PROVIDE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE STANDARDS-SETTING PROCESSES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASS AFPBLGT BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL --

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  • 04:41:44 PM

    MS. WATERS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. WATERS

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FIVE-MINUTE VOTES ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES WITH RESPECT TO H.R. 6076, SENATE BILL 2971, AND H.R. 5790. IN EACH CASE, BY THE YEAS AND NAYS. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 05:06:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 239, THE NAYS ARE 170. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 239, THE NAYS ARE 170. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H R. 6076S A AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED THIS ECLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6076, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL ERR…

    H.R. 6076, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL ERR NAUGHTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION TO ESTABLISH A PROGRAM FOR THE MEDICAL MONITOR, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT OF ASTRONAUTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 BEING IN THE…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 413, THE NAYS ARE 0. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 2971 AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 05:14:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE SYSTEM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 405. THE NAYS ARE SEVEN. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 405. THE NAYS ARE SEVEN. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM UTAH, MR. CHAFFETZ, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 5790, AS AMENDED, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 05:20:54 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 5790, A BILL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS AT…

    H.R. 5790, A BILL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 404. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 404. THE NAYS ARE ZERO. 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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  • 05:28:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MRS. BLACKBURN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WE TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE S. 3183 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    3183, AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE CIRCUMVENTION OF CONTROL MEASURES USED BY…

    3183, AN ACT TO PROHIBIT THE CIRCUMVENTION OF CONTROL MEASURES USED BY INTERNET TICKET SELLERS TO SHARE EQUITABLE CONSUMER ACCESS TO TICKETS FOR ANY GIVEN EVENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:29:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I SEND TO THE DESK A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

  • 05:29:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    RESOLUTION 181, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE…

    RESOLUTION 181, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO MAKE A CERTAIN CORRECTION IN THE ENROLLMENT OF SENATE 1635.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION?…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:30:12 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE BE DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF SENATE BILL 1632 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE 1632, AN ACT TO REQUIRE A REGIONAL STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE THREAT…

    SENATE 1632, AN ACT TO REQUIRE A REGIONAL STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE THREAT POSED BY BOKO HARAM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:30:52 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INSERT STATEMENTS OR EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS FOR THE BILL 163 2.

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  • 05:31:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. ROLT LEHTONEN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY, IT ADJOURN TO…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY, IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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  • 05:31:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    E PURSUANT

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

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

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4298.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4298, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO PLACE IN…

    H.R. 4298, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY TO PLACE IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY A MEMORIAL HONORING HELICOPTER PILOTS AND CREW MEMBERS OF THE VIETNAM ERA AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 05:32:49 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HECK, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. DAVIS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA.

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  • 05:32:58 PM

    MR. HECK

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

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

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  • 05:33:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:33:15 PM

    MR. HECK

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:33:20 PM

    MR. HECK

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4298 WHICH DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY TO…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4298 WHICH DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY TO PLACE IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, A MEMORIAL HON NORG HELICOPTER PILOTS AND CREW MEMBERS WHO SERVED ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE ARMED FORCES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S HARD TO THINK ABOUT THE VIETNAM WAR WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE BOTH MAN AND MACHINERY PLAYED THROUGHOUT THE WAR EFFORT. THE HELICOPTER WAS THE MAINSTAY FOR OPERATIONAL MOBILITY WITH APPROXIMATELY 12,000 HELICOPTERS USED DURING THE WAR BY THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINES, AND AIR FORCE. THESE HELICOPTERS, FLOWN BY TREMENDOUSLY SKILLED PILOTS AND MANNED BY BRAVE AND COMPETENT CREW CHIEFS, DOOR GUNNERS, AND MEDICS, BROUGHT A CONSTANT STREAM OF TROOPS AND SUPPLIES TO THE BATTLEFIELDS AND CARRIED THE WOUNDED FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS, ALL WHILE OPERATING UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS AT TREMENDOUS PERSONAL RISK. HELICOPTER SUPPORT TO COMBAT OPERATIONS IN VIETNAM WAS NOT WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT LOSS. AN ESTIMATED 5,000 HELICOPTER PILOTS AND CREW MEMBERS MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE DURING THE WAR. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL TO PERMANENTLY HONOR AND REMEMBER THE SACRIFICE BY THE EXTRAORDINARY HELICOPTER PILOTS AND CREW MEMBERS WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM BY PLACING A MEMORIAL IN THEIR HONOR IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. I THEREFORE STRONGLY URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:34:50 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:34:55 PM

    MR. HECK

    TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL,…

    TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE AND SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA,

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  • 05:35:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 05:35:07 PM

    MR. AM DAY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU TO THE RANKING MEMBER FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 05:35:17 PM

    MR. AMODEI

    I SHOULDN'T BE HERE TALKING THABT BILL RIGHT NOW. THE REASON THIS BILL WAS…

    I SHOULDN'T BE HERE TALKING THABT BILL RIGHT NOW. THE REASON THIS BILL WAS NECESSITATED IS BECAUSE PUBLIC LAW SAYS THE SEC RETEAR OF THE ARMY CAN HAVE MONUMENTS PLACED ONLY IN THOSE ACTIONS -- IN THOSE SECTIONS OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY DESIGNATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SUCH PLACEMENT AND ONLY ON LAND THE SECRETARY DEEMS NOT SUITABLE FOR BURIAL. THERE'S ABOUT 30 MILLION SQUARE FEET AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY WHEN YOU TAKE THE PRESENTLY CONSTRUCTED, UNDER CONSTRUCTION ADDITION AND THE PLANNED ADDITIONAL CONSTRUCTED ADDITION. 30 MILLION SQUARE FEET. THIS BILL SEEKS THIS AMOUNT OF SPACE OUT OF 30 MILLION SQUARE FEET BY THOSE CHALLENGED BY VISUAL NUMBER, THAT'S FIVE SQUARE FEET THEY HAVE ASKED FOR FOR ALL SERVICES, NOT JUST THE ARMY, ALL SERVICES, AND TO COMMEMORATE THE FACT THAT THEY WERE NEARLY 10% OF THE CASUALTIES IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE HELICOPTER WAR. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT GRAVES IS THE PRIMARY MISSION OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY AND I RESPECT THAT. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S A CONCERN ABOUT BEING OVERRUN WITH REQUESTS FOR MEMORIALS. AND I CONCUR WITH THAT CONCERN. MY CONCERN IS THAT PUBLIC LAW DOESN'T SAY THERE WILL BE NO MEMORIALS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. SO BY THE DECISION THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AT ARLINGTON HAS MADE SAYING, YOU CAN'T HAVE FIVE SQUARE FEET, THEY HAVE BASICALLY CHANGED THE LAW EFFECTIVELY TO, THERE ARE NO MEMORIALS. THE HIGH BARTHA THERE SHOULD BE FOR MEMORIALS, IN EFFECT, HAS BEEN SET UP THERE TOUCHING THE CEILING. IF THESE FOLKS, FOR ALL SERVICES, FOR NEARLY 10% OF THE CASUALTIES IN THE VIETNAM WAR, CAN'T QUALIFY, WONDER WHO CAN? SO THE NECESSITY FOR THIS LEGISLATION. FIVE SQUARE FEET. BY THE WAY, IN THE LAST QUARTER CENTURY, THE -- QUARTER CENTURY, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY MEMORIALS HAVE BEEN APPROVED FOR PLACEMENT AT ARLINGTON? FOUR. AS WE SIT HERE ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR AND TALK AGAIN ABOUT SOME VIETNAM VETERAN, ISN'T IT FUNNY THAT WE NOW HAVE TO COME TO CONGRESS AND RUN A BILL TO RESPECT THOSE FOLKS WHO, BY THE WAY, PROBABLY KEPT A HECK OF A LOT MORE NAMES OFF THAT WALL A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN THE MALL FROM HERE. SO I WOULD ASK YOU TO PLEASE SUPPORT, AND I WANT TO THANK THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT I'VE RECEIVED FOR MEMBERS IN BOTH HOUSE, NATIONWIDE SUPPORT, BUT MY REQUEST IS THIS. IF WE WANT TO SAY, NO MORE MEMORIALS AT ARLINGTON, THEN WE OUGHT TO SAY THAT IN LAW. WE SHOULDN'T TALK ABOUT SPACE NOT AVAILABLE FOR GRAVES AND WE SHOULDN'T TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT ALMOST 10% OF THE CASUALTIES IN A CONFLICT CAN'T, ARE NOT ENTITLED TO FIVE SQUARE FEET. BY THE WAY, AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNMENT. MAINTENANCE AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNMENT. SO WITH THAT IN HAND, I WOULD URGE YOUR BIPARTISAN, NATIONWIDE SUPPORT TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALMOST 5,000 PEOPLE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE HELICOPTER WAR IN THE SERVICE IN THESE WHAT WERE THEN CUTTING EDGE, ICONIC MACHINES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:38:55 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:39:01 PM

    MR. HECK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MY COLLEAGUE STATED, THE SERVICE COMMITMENT AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS MY COLLEAGUE STATED, THE SERVICE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION OF THE HELICOPTER PILOTS IN THE VIETNAM WAR IS CRITICAL TO SAVING MANY LIVES. AS SOMEBODY WHO IS A FLIGHT SURGEON, SPENT HUNDREDS OF HOURS IN THE BACK OF A HELICOPTER, WHO SERVED AS CHIEF OF MEDICAL EVACUATION IN IRAQ IN 2008 I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST TO THE BRAVERY AND COMMITMENT TO HELICOPTER PILOT AND CREW MEMBERS AND WHAT THEY DO FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I STRONGLY URGE THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND PROVIDE THIS MEMORIAL AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:39:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4298? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:40:35 PM

    >>

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 613, THE HOLOCAUST EX-PRESENTED…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 613, THE HOLOCAUST EX-PRESENTED ART RECOVERY ACT OF -- EXPROPRIATED ACT RE-- ART RECOVERY ACT OF 2016.

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  • 05:40:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 05:40:51 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6130, A BILL TO GIVE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THEIR HEIRS A FAIR…

    H.R. 6130, A BILL TO GIVE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THEIR HEIRS A FAIR CHANCE TO RECOVER WORKS OF ARTEMIS AAPPROPRIATED OR STOLE BIN THE NAZIS A CHANCE TO RECOVER THEIR ART.

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  • 05:41:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 05:41:10 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 6130, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 05:41:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:41:23 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:41:29 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM MUSEUMS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE.…

    CULTURAL OBJECTS FROM MUSEUMS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS THROUGHOUT EUROPE. INDEED, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUM THE NAZI REGIME ORCHESTRATED A SYSTEM OF THEFT, CONFISCATION, COERCIVE TRANSFER, LOOT, PILLAGE, AND DESTRUCTION OF OBJECTS OF ART AND OTHER CULTURAL PROPERTY IN EUROPE ON A MASSIVE AND UNPRECEDENTED SCALE. MILLIONS OF SUCH OBJECTS WERE UNLAWFULLY AND OFTEN FORCIBLY TAKEN FROM THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS. THIS SYSTEMATIC LOOTING AND CONFISCATION OF THE CULTURAL PROPERTY OF THE JEWS AND OTHER PERSECUTED GROUPS HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS THE GREATEST DISPLACEMENT OF ART IN HUMAN HISTORY. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THEIR HEIRS WITH FAIR OPPORTUNITY IN OUR COURTS TO RECOVER ARTWORK CONFISCATED OR MISAPPROPRIATED BY THE NAZIS, REPRESENTATIVE NADLER AND I, ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS, INTRODUCED THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED -- EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT OR HEAR ACT. IT'S BEEN CO-SPONSORED IN THE -- IT'S BEEN SPONSORED IN THE SENATE. IN RECENT YEARS, THE UNITED STATES HAS JOINED WITH OTHER NATIONS TO DECLARE THE IMPORTANCE OF RESTORING NAZI LOOTED AND CONFISCATED ART TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS. FOR INSTANCE, IN THE 198 -- IN THE 1998 WASHINGTON CONFERENCE, PRINCIPLES ON NAZI CONFISCATED ART, THE UNITED STATES AND 4 P OTHER NATIONS DECLARED THAT HOLOCAUST VICTIMS AN THEIR HEIRS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO COME FORWARD AND MAKE KNOWN THEIR CLAIMS TO ART THAT WAS CONFISCATED BY THE NAZIS AND NOT SUBSEQUENTLY REST CONSTITUTED AND THAT STEP -- SUBSEQUENTLY RESTITUTED AND STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO FURTHER SUCH CLAIM. AND IN 1999, WE SAID THAT LEGAL SYSTEMS SHOULD HAVE JUST AND FAIR SYSTEMS WITH REGARD TO NAZI LOOTED ART AND MAKE CERTAIN THAT CLAIMS TO RECOVER SUCH ART ARE RESOLVED EXPEDITIOUSLY AND BASED ON THE FACTS AND MERITS OF THE CLAIMS. ENACTMENT OF THE HEAR ACT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN FOLLOWING THROUGH ON THESE PRINCIPLES. THE VAST MAJORITY OF VICTIMS WHOSE PROPERTY WAS MISAPPROPRIATED IN THE HOLOCAUST SIMPLY LACK THE INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND SOMETIMES WHEREWITHAL TO PURSUE LITIGATION TO RECOVER THEIR PROPERTY. EVEN FOR THOSE WITH THE RESOURCES, LOCATING AND PROVING OWNERSHIP OF NAZI LOOTED ART PROVED TO BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. MOREOVER, THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA OF THE HOLOCAUST OFTEN PREVENTED VICTIMS FROM PURSUING LOST PROPERTY. THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN THE RECENT MOVIE "WOMAN IN GOLD" WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF MARIA ALTMAN'S ARDUOUS LEGAL BATTLE TO RECOVER HER FAMILY'S POSSESSIONS SEIZED BY THE NAZIS, INCLUDING THE FAMOUS PORTRAIT OF HER AUNT BY GUSTAV KLIMT CAN UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT LITIGATION TO RECLAIM NAZI CONFISCATED ART CAN BE. MS. ALTMAN WAS IN LITIGATION FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HER FAMILY'S ART WORK WAS RECOVERED FROM THE AUSTRIAN GOVERNMENT IN 2006. AT LEAST IN MS. ALTMAN'S CASE, LITIGATION WAS SUCCESSFUL. HOWEVER, AS THE NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HAS OBSERVED, MANY OBSTACLES FACE THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO RECOVER HOLOCAUST ERA ART THROUGH LAWSUITS, INCLUDING PROCEDURAL HURDLES SUCH AS STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS THAT PREVENT THE MERITS OF CLAIMS FROM EVER BEING ADJUDICATED. GIVEN THE UNIQUE AND HORRIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF WORLD WAR II AND THE HOLOCAUST, STATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS CAN BE AN UNFAIR IMPEDIMENT TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR HEIRS AND CONTRARY TO THE STATED POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDING TOLY THE HEAR ACT -- ACCORDING TOLY, THE HEAR ACT'S UNIFORM RULES IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THE UNITED STATES FULFILLS ITS PROMISE TO ENSURE JUST AND FAIR SOLUTIONS WITH REGARD TO NAZI CONFISCATED AND LOOTED ART AND TO MAKE SURE THAT CLAIMS TO RECOVER SUCH ART ARE AIDED EXPEDITIOUSLY AND BASED ON THE FACTS AND MERITS OF THE CLAIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION SO CASES INVOLVING NAZI CONFISCATED ARTWORK ARE RESOLVED IN OUR COURTS IN A JUST AND FAIR MANNER ON THE MERITS OF THOSE CLAIMS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:46:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:46:25 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. .

  • 05:46:28 PM

    MR. COHEN

    I APPRECIATE MR. GOODLATTE, THE CHAIRMAN, THE SPONSOR, MR. NADLER A…

    I APPRECIATE MR. GOODLATTE, THE CHAIRMAN, THE SPONSOR, MR. NADLER A DEMOCRAT CO-LEAD. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT OF 2016. H.R. 6130 CREATES A NEW SIX-YEAR FEDERAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR THOSE TO RECOVER ARTWORK THAT WAS STOLEN, SEIZED, SOLD UNDER DURESS OR SOLD DURING THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 1, 1933, TO DECEMBER 3 1,1945. THE BILL PROVIDES THAT THIS LIMITATION PERIOD BEGINS UPON A CLAIMANT'S ACTUAL DISCOVERY OF THE IDENTITY AND LOCATION OF THE ART THAT WAS UNLAWFULLY LOST, AND INFORMATION OR FACTS SUFFICIENT TO INDICATE THE CLAIMANT HAS A INTEREST IN THE ART. IN ADDITION, THE BILL SPECIFIES THIS NEW LIMITATION PRIOR TO DECEMBER 31, 2026. FINALLY, THE BILL'S PROVISIONS SUNSETS JANUARY 1, 2027. THE NEW FEDERAL LIMITATIONS PERIOD ESTABLISHED BY H.R. 6130 IS NECESSARY BECAUSE STATE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS BAR CLAIMS IF THEY ARE NOT FILED WITHIN SOME SPECIFIED MILLION OF YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE LOSS. FOR HOLOCAUST-ERA ART, THE VICTIMS DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE CULTURAL PROPERTY HAD BEEN STOLEN BY THE NAZIS AND LOCATED AND PRESENT. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 6130 RESTORES THE CLAIMS THAT WERE BARRED BY EXISTING STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS AS THE MOMENT OF ACTUAL DISCOVERYING THE BILL'S NEW SIX-YEAR LIMITATION PERIOD. THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION ENCOURAGES RESTITUTION FOR VICTIMS OF THE NAZI GOVERNMENT OR ITS ALLIES AND AGENTS, INCLUDING WITH RESPECT TO NAZI CONFISCATED OR LOOTED ART. AS RECENTLY AS THIS MORNING, A FEATURE ARTICLE IS IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES," "JEWISH DEALERS HEIRS FILE LAWSUIT OVER ART." NOW, INDEED, THAT CASE IS ABOUT THE FACTS BUT IT SHOWS THERE'S STILL ACTIVE CASES WHERE IT'S BEEN DISCOVERED THERE WAS ART THAT WAS OWNED BY JEWISH PEOPLE, THAT WAS TAKEN BY OTHERS IN THE HANDS OF THE NAZIS AND THERE'S ISSUE WHETHER OR NOT THERE'S A RIGHT TO RECOVER IT. THIS ART WAS DISCOVERED SOME PERSON'S HOUSE THAT HAD BEEN HIDDEN FOR YEARS, IN A PERSON'S HOUSE BEHIND WALLS AND ONLY DISCOVERED ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, ALL THIS VALUABLE ART THAT HAD BEEN STOLEN AND HIDDEN, THAT THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS ARE HEIRS TO THE OWNERS WOULD HAVE A RIGHT IN AMERICAN COURTS TO PURSUE JUSTICE. IN RECOGNITION OF THE NAZI GOVERNMENT'S DELIVERED CAMPAIGN TO STEAL ARTWORK AND OTHER CULTURAL PROPERTY FROM ITS VICTIMS, H.R. 6130 RIGHTFULLY ENSURES VICTIMS HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT TO PURSUE JUSTICE. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:49:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:49:30 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 05:49:36 PM

    MR. COHEN

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES AND 36 SECONDS TO MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES AND 36 SECONDS.

  • 05:49:44 PM

    MR. NADLER

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 61030, THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ART RECOVERY ACT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP RESTORE ARTWORK AND HERITAGE STOLEN BY THE NAZIS DURING THE HOLOCAUST TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS OR HEIRS. I WAS PROUD TO JOIN CHARM GOODLATTE IN INTRODUCING THIS BILL. IN ADDITION TO THEIR CRIMES OF GENOCIDE AND MASS MURDER, THE NAZIS ENGAGED IN THEFT OF ART AND PROPERTY. MOSTLY BUT NOT ENTIRELY FROM JEWS ALL ACROSS EUROPE. THE SCOPE OF THEIR THEFT WAS MASSIVE AND THE DAMAGING EFFECTS REMAIN WITH US TODAY, WITH VICTIMS STILL SEEKING JUSTICE IN SOME FORM OF COMPENSATION. NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO IN 1998, THE UNITED STATES BROUGHT TOGETHER 44 NATIONS TO PRODUCE A SET OF PRINCIPLES OF NAZI CONFISCATED ART. THEY AGREED STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN EXPEDITIOUSLY TO ACHIEVE A JUST AND FAIR SOLUTION TO THE OUTSTANDING CLAIMS. IN 2009, THE UNITED STATES JOINED 45 OTHER NATIONS IN PRAGUE TO ISSUE WAS WAS KNOWN AS THE TEREZIN DECLARATIONS WHICH AFFIRMED THESE DECLARATIONS. 71 YEARS AFTER THE DEFEAT OF THE NAZIS AND LIBERATION OF EUROPE, MANY ARE NOT ABLE TO PURSUE THEIR CLAIMS IN COURT BECAUSE OF RESTRICTED STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS IN THE STATES. THESE REQUIRE A CLAIMANT TO BRING A CASE WHEN THE LOSS WAS DISCOVERED. THE INFORMATION REQUIRED TO FILE A CLAIM REGARDING ARTWORK STOLEN BY THE NAZIS WAS NOT BROUGHT TO LIGHT UNTIL MANY YEARS LATER, FORCING COURTS TO DISMISS CASES BEFORE THEY COULD BE JUDGED ON THE MERITS. IN SOME CASES THE LAW WOULD HAVE WANTED IT TO BE BROUGHT TO THE COURT BEFORE WORLD WAR II. SUCH EFFORTS HAVE BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS AN INFRINGEMENT ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY OVER FOREIGN AFFAIRS. FEDERAL LEGISLATION, THEREFORE, IS NEEDED TO BRING JUSTICE TO THIS AREA. THIS BILL WOULD SET A UNIFORM SIX-YEAR FEDERAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR CLAIMS OF NAZI-CONFISCATED ART FROM THE TIME THE IDENTITY AND LOCATION OF THE ARTWORK AND THE OWNERSHIP OF THE CLAIMANT ARE DISCOVERED. IT WOULD RESTORE THE CLAIMS OF THOSE CLAIMANTS WHOSE CASES WERE DISMISSED PREVIOUSLY BECAUSE OF A STATUTE OF LIMITATION. THIS BILL WOULD FINALLY ENSURE THAT THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS AND THEIR DECEDENTS CAN HAVE THEIR CLAIMS PROPERLY ADJUDICATED. I WANT TO THANK RONALD LOUDER, PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS FOR HIS DETERMINED EFFORTS TO SEE THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED AND CHAIRMAN GOOD LET'S FOR WORKING WITH ME AND OUR COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. WHILE NO ACT OF CONTRITION WILL REVERSE THE HORRORS COMMITTED BY THE NAZIS, WHEN ONE THING WE CAN DO IS HAVE A FAIR PROCESS. I URGE STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:52:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:52:48 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. I'M PRECLEARED TO CLOSE.

  • 05:52:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:52:58 PM

    MR. COHEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE LADY FROM TEXAS AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE LADY FROM TEXAS AND CARRIER OF THE SPIRIT OF BARBARA JORDAN, THE HONORABLE SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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  • 05:53:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 05:53:11 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH, AND I THANK THE MANAGER, MR. COHEN, AND THE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH, AND I THANK THE MANAGER, MR. COHEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND BOTH SPONSORS AND OF COURSE THE LEADER OF SPONSORSHIP, MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK, AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CONYERS. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 6130, THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ACT -- RECOVERY ACT OF 2016. AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE BROUGHT THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE BUT ALSO THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO TRY TO BRING SOME REMEDY AND SOLACE TO A DEPEFF STATING ERA OF JEN -- DEVASTATING ERA OF GENOCIDE, THE HOLOCAUST, TO BRING SOME RELIEF TO THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST ERA, THEIR HEIRS, A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO RECOVER WORKS CONFISCATED OR MISS APPROPRIATED BY THE NAZIS. THEY WOULD HAVE THE PROPER TIME NECESSARY TO DO SO UNDER H.R. 6130. THE BILL WOULD APPLY TO ART AND OTHER ANTIQUITIES SUCH AS BOOKS, THAT WERE STOLEN FROM JEWISH PEOPLE AND OTHER PERSECUTED GROUPS BY THE GERMAN NAZI REGIME FROM 1933 TO 1945. IN THE TIMES THAT I VISITED ISRAEL, I HAVE SPENT MUCH TIME IN THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AS I HAVE SPENT TIME IN THE HOLOCAUST EXHIBIT AND TRIBUTE HERE IN WASHINGTON AND OUR OWN HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. I'VE BEEN ON THE ADVISORY BOARD OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, PARTICIPATED IN THE HOLOCAUST CEREMONIES HERE. AND SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT LEGAL REMEDY. WHILE THE UNITED STATES IS A SIGNATORY OF THE 200 TENEZIN DECLARATIONS THAT THEY CAN CLAIM ITEMS LOST DURING THE HOLOCAUST, THEY HAVE FACED BARRIERS BECAUSE OF STATE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS WHICH IN SOMECATIONS WOULD HAVE EXPIRED EVEN BEFORE THE END OF WORLD WAR II. UNDER THIS LEGISLATION, INDIVIDUALS WOULD HAVE AS MUCH AS SIX YEARS FROM THE TIME THEY DISCOVERED THE IDENTITY AND LOCATION OF THE PIECE OF THE ART OR OTHER PROPERTY OR LEARNED THEY MAY HAVE OWNERSHIP OF SUCH ART OR PROPERTY TO FILE SUCH AN OWNERSHIP CLAIM. THE BILL'S FINDINGS HAS A SENSE OF CONGRESS SETTING A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS WILL ALLOW CLAIMS TO BE SETTLED THROUGH ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODES THAT WILL PRODUCE MORE JUST AND FAIR OUTCOMES. THE ACTUAL BOTTOM LINE OF THIS LEGISLATION AS WE WERE ABLE TO SEE AND THE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS IN THE FILM "WOMEN IN GOLD" IS A FAIR AND JUST RELIEF TO THOSE SO PERSECUTED. WHAT MORE CAN BE TAKEN FROM YOU, YOUR LIFE, LIBERTY, LOST LOVED ONES AND THEN THOSE SPECIAL ARTIFACTS, ANTIQUITIES, THAT WOULD BRING BACK THE MEMORY OF YOUR FAMILIAR LEANED HISTORY? THIS LEGISLATION IS WELL-NEEDED. IT'S A RELIEF FOR THOSE IN PAIN AND I SUPPORT AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE HOLOCAUST EXPROPRIATED ACT OF 2016 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:56:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 05:56:43 PM

    MR. COHEN

    FIRST, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE CONYERS, THE RANKING…

    FIRST, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE CONYERS, THE RANKING MEMBER'S STATEMENT BE ACCEPTED AND MADE PART OF THE RECORD.

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  • 05:56:50 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:56:51 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU. I BELIEVE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'D LIKE TO…

    THANK YOU. I BELIEVE WE DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AND I'D LIKE TO CLOSE. THIS BILL, SUPPORTED BY MANY, THE WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS, THE WORLD JEWISH RESTITUTION ORGANIZATION AND THE ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS. DO I APPLAUD CHAIRMAN GOOD LACK AND MR. NADLER FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I JUST KIND OF PARAPHERNALIA THEYICALLY. I WATCHED A MOVIE CALLED "RACE" WHICH WAS PUT OUT LAST FALL ABOUT JESSE OWENS AND IT WAS A MOVE ABOUT THE 1936 OLYMPICS AND HOW HITLER DIDN'T WANT HIM TO PARTICIPATE AND HOW THERE WERE TWO JEWISH RUNNERS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO PARTICIPATE AND THEY WERE SCRATCHED BY OUR AMERICAN OLYMPIC CHAIRMAN BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT THE JEWISH MEN TO RUN IN FRONT OF HITLER AND WIN BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE AND THEY WON BY THE -- THE AMERICANS WON BY A LARGE AMOUNT OF SPACE AND TIME AND THAT WAS NOT ALLOWED. THINGS THAT HAPPENED THERE SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WASLE WAS REMEMBERED AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM RECENTLY AND PASSED EARLIER THIS YEAR AND HE TOLD US WE CAN NEVER FORGET AND WE SHOULD ALL BEAR WITNESS AND BEAR WITNESS AND REMEMBER AND TRY TO DO JUSTICE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST AS WE SHOULD TO THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISENFRANCHISED AND DAMAGED AND HURT BY OUR PERIODS OF JIM CROW AND SLAVERY. KEEP US ATUNED AND AWARE AND ALERT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:58:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:58:24 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AS WELL AS MEMBERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR BIPARTISAN SPIRIT IN PASSING THIS. THIS WILL ONLY DO A SMALL THING RELATIVE TO TRYING TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF THE HISTORY OF THE NAZI REGIME, BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THAT PROCESS AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT IT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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  • 05:58:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 6130. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:59:22 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE OF RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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  • 05:59:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    TORPT TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2028, MAKING…

    FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL H.R. 2028, MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL SENATE 612, TO DESIGNATE THE FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 1300 VIKTORIA STREET IN LOHR AIDO, TEXAS, AS THE GEORGE P. CASEN FEDERAL BUILDING AND UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE.

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  • 06:00:03 PM

    TEMPORE REFE

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:00:28 PM

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    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4919, THE KEVIN AND AVONTE'S LAW…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 4919, THE KEVIN AND AVONTE'S LAW OF 2016 AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:00:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 06:00:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 4919, A BILL TO AMEND THE VIOLENT CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT…

    H.R. 4919, A BILL TO AMEND THE VIOLENT CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 1919 9/11 4 TO RE--- 1994 TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE PROGRAM AND PROMOTE INITIATIVES THAT WILL REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY AND DEATH RELATING TO THE WANDERING CHARACTERISTICS OF SOME CHILDREN WITH AUTISM.

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  • 06:00:58 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZE -- EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:01:11 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I'M INQUIRING WHETHER OR NOT ANYONE IS IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, IF NOT…

    I'M INQUIRING WHETHER OR NOT ANYONE IS IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, IF NOT I'D LIKE TO CLAIM THE TIME.

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  • 06:01:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WOULD INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, IS…

    THE CHAIR WOULD INQUIRE IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, IS OPPOSED TO THE BILL.

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  • 06:01:25 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I SUPPORT THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 20 MINUTES.

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  • 06:01:37 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 4919, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:01:49 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 06:01:50 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:01:54 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 60% OF THE 5.3 MILLION INDIVIDUALS WITH…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT 60% OF THE 5.3 MILLION INDIVIDUALS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND 49% OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO WANDERING OR LEAVING SAFE AREAS AND THE PROTECTION OF A RESPONSIBLE CAREGIVER. RESULTS OF WANLEDSERING CAN BE DEVASTATING TO THE -- WANDSERING CAN BE DEVASTATE TO GET INDIVIDUALS -- WANDERING CAN BE DEVASTATING TO THE INDIVIDUALS WITH THE DISEASE AND CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. THIS IS NAMED AFTER TWO BOYS WITH AUTISM WHO TRAGICALLY DROWNED. THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING CASES OF WANDERING INDIVIDUALS ARE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT PEOPLE IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES SUCH AS FIRST RESPONDERS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL ARE OFTEN NOT SPECIFICALLY TRAINED TO HANDLE. THE COST TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR A SEARCH FOR A MISSING PERSON IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, EVEN IN INSTANCES WHERE THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IS TRAINED. THAT IS WHY WE ARE CONSIDERING KEVIN AND AVONTE'S LAW OF 2016. IT RE-AUTHORIZES THE MISSING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE PATIENT ALERT PROGRAM AND BROADENS THE PROGRAM TO PROTECT CHILDREN WITH AUTISM. THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES D.O.J. TO MAKE GRANTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES, AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL WANDERING PREVENTION PROGRAMMING TO FAMILIES AND CARETAKERS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WANDER AS WELL AS TRAINING FIRST RESPONDERS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO FACILITATE RESCUE AND RECOVERY. THE BILL ALSO ENABLES PARENTS AND CARE GIVERS TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTARY NONINVASIVE TRACKING TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN BE USED TO HELP LOCATE A PERSON WHO HAS WANDERED AWAY FROM THE CARE AND SAFETY OF HIS OR HER HOME. WHILE THESE DEVICES ARE ALREADY IN WIDESPREAD USE, THERE ARE MANY FAMILIES IN A THANK SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD THEM -- FAMILIES THAT SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD THEM. THE RESULT IS OFTENTIMES AN EXPENSIVE SEARCH THAT ALL TOO FREQUENTLY RESULTS IN TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES. WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO ADDRESS THE PRIVACY CONCERNS THAT SOME HAVE RAISED ABOUT THIS BILL. THE UPDATED LANGUAGE MAKES IT EXPLICITLY CLEAR THAT THIS IS A COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY PROGRAM, THAT ALL TRACKING DEVICES MUST BE NONINVASIVE, AND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAY NOT STORE LOCATION DATA RELATED TO THE DEVICES. FINALLY, WE MAKE IT CLEAR THAT SUCH DEVICES ARE ONLY TO BE RECOMMENDED WHERE THEY ARE THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ALTERNATIVE. AMERICAN COMMUNITIES ARE SAFER WHEN THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE TRAINING TO PREVENT TRAGEDIES FROM HAPPENING. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ASSIST COMMUNITIES IN RECEIVING VALUABLE EDUCATION ON HOW TO PREVENT INDIVIDUALS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND CHILDREN WITH AUTISM FROM WANLEDSERING AND TO RESPOND QUICKLY AND -- WANDERING AND TO RESPOND QUICKLY AND APPROPRIATELY IN CASES WHERE THEY DO. I URGE ALL MEMBERINGS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I -- MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:04:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:04:47 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION WITH A HEAVY HEART. THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION WITH A HEAVY HEART. THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BILL ARE OFF THE CHART. THESE ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. I APPRECIATE THEIR MENTAL CLARITY, THEIR INTELLECTUAL, AND THEIR BIG HEARTS -- INTELLECT, AND THEIR BIG HEARTS. ALL INVOLVED IN PUSHING THIS LEGISLATION IN CONGRESS. CAN'T ATTRIBUTE MOTIVE OUTSIDE OF CONGRESS, BUT IN CONGRESS, I KNOW IT'S WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS AND THE BEST OF HEART. BUT WHEN WE START A FEDERAL PROGRAM, THINGS THAT WILL BE ONLY TEMPORARY, THINGS THAT WERE GOING TO BE ONLY TEMPORARY COME TO MIND LIKE THE INCOME TAX AND IT WAS GOING TO BE SMALL AND TEMPORARY. WELL, THE STILL GOING ON -- IT'S STILL GOING ON. IT'S GOTTEN BIGGER. AND I'VE READ THE BILL. AND I WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE INVOLVED, MY GOOD FRIEND, HAVE ULTIMATE RESPECT FOR, BOTH CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND MY FRIEND, COUNTRIES SMITH. I JUST COULDN'T HAVE STRONGER FEELINGS FOR PEOPLE AND MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, SURPRISE SOME PEOPLE, BUT WE GET ALONG QUITE WELL. AND I APPRECIATE THE CARE SHE HAS FOR PEOPLE. BUT, THOUGH THERE HAS BEEN PROVISIONS ADDED, THERE'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, CHANGES MADE TO TRY TO DEAL WITH SOME OF -- CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME HAVE HAD, IT'S STILL A PROBLEM. IF YOU LOOK AT PAGE 21, THE LAST PAGE OF THE BILL, IT HAS THIS LANGUAGE ADDED. VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION. NOTHING IN THIS ACT MAY BE CONSTRUED TO REQUIRE THAT A PARENT OR GUARDIAN USING A TRACKING DEVICE OR USE OF A TRACKING DEVICE TO MONITOR THE LOCATION OF A CHILD OR ADULT UNDER THAT PARENT OR GUARDIAN'S SUPERVISION, IF THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN DOES NOT BELIEVE THE USE OF SUCH DEVICE IS NECESSARY. HOWEVER, AND FRANKLY, I LOOKED AT MAKING A PROVISION LIKE THAT AND ASKING THAT IT BE IN THE BILL. AND THEN I REALIZE, -- REALIZED, WAITED A MINUTE, THERE'S BACK DOORS, THERE'S THINGS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL COULD DO THAT COULD SATISFY THE LANGUAGE WE HAVE FOR VOLUNTARY, OK, NO, THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN WON'T HAVE TO DO THAT ORMONDER TO THAT, BUT WE HAVE THE SYSTEM IN PLACE, IT'S A FEDERAL SYSTEM, SO NOW WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO MONITOR AND TRACK PEOPLE SO, YOU KNOW, GEE, THIS PERSON IS A PROBLEM. THE DEFINITION OF WHO -- OF WHOM COULD HAVE THIS PROCEDURE OR IMPLEMENT USED IS, AS WE'RE TOLD, PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S. PEOPLE WITH AUTISM. PEOPLE WHO MAY WANDER OFF OR, IN THE WORD -- AND THE WORDS ARE, A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY. WELL, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY, THAT'S A SEVERE OR CHRONIC DISABILITY OF AN INDIVIDUAL 5 YEARS OR OLDER THAT IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO A MENTAL OR PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT OR COMBINATION OF THOSE. AND SO THEN WE GET OVER INTO THE DIAGNOSTIC STATISTIC MANUAL AND WE'VE SEEN THE EVOLUTION OF THE D.S.M. THROUGH ONE, TWO, THREE MAJOR CHANGES AT THREE, FOUR, FIVE. PERSONALITY DISORDERS LIKE ANTI-SOCIAL DISORDER. ONCE CALLED SOCIOPATH OR PSYCHOPATH. BUT THERE'S AN ARGUMENT THAT THEY ARE A DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER. AND THEY ARE CHRONIC FOR SO MANY PEOPLE. SO, THEN YOU BEGIN TO SEE, WELL, WE DON'T HAVE A VERY TIGHT DEFINITION OF WHAT A DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PERSON IS AND WE LOOK TO THE BIG AND -- BILL, AND OF COURSE IN TRYING TO MAKE THIS BILL BROADER, SO IT WOULD INCLUDE AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WE SEE IT ON PAGE 2, IN THE SECTION HEADER, WE WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THIS IS THIS ISN'T JUST ALZHEIMER'S -- THIS ISN'T JUST ALZHEIMER'S, SO WE INSERT THE WORD AMERICANS, WHICH IS A LITTLE BROADER THAN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE PATIENT. AGAIN, THAT IS IN THE HEADER, SO IT'S NOT NECESSARILY LANGUAGE, AND PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT HAVE HAD TO REVIEW LANGUAGE AS A JUDGE OR A CHIEF JUSTICE AND WRITE OPINIONS ON WHAT WORDS MEAN, HOW THEY APPLY TO THEAST THESE CIRCUMSTANCES -- THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, I SEE WHERE THIS GOES. WE WILL HAVE A FEDERAL TRACKING PROGRAM. BUT THE ONLY FOR PEOPLE -- BUT IT'S ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S OR AUTISM THAT WANDER OFF. WELL, YEAH, OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. AND THAT IS PRETTY FAR-REACHING, WHERE WE GO WITH THAT. BUT IT'S JUST FOR -- IT'S A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE AND IT'S A PHYSICAL ISSUE. BECAUSE WE KNOW, AND KNOW THIS IS WHAT'S DRIVEN MY FRIENDS SUPPORTING THIS BILL, WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE WANDER OFF AND BE FOUND DEAD, ALL OF US HAVE SEEN STORIES LIKE THAT. THE QUESTION IS, IS IT THE JOB OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO START A TRACKING PROGRAM, AND SINCE IT'S MENTAL DISEASE, OBVIOUSLY THE PERSON THAT WOULD BE IN CHARGE OF SUCH A WONDERFUL PROGRAM, THAT WOULD HELP US TRACK PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S, AUTISM OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, IT WOULD BE THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. BUT WAIT. THE BILL GIVES THE AUTHORITY TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES. WE'RE TALKING DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND IT DOES SAY A COUPLE OF PLACES THAT THE A.G. WILL GET WITH THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND COLLABORATE, BUT ULTIMATELY THESE DECISIONS ARE THE DECISIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL MAKE THE CALL. THE BILL SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL ALSO BASICALLY MAKE ALL THE RULES AND REGULATIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS TRACKING SYSTEM. AND THEN IT ALSO SAYS THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL FORMULATE THE, AND I QUOTE, IN QUOTES, BEST PRACTICES. SO, MAYBE TO ME OR SOMEONE IN THIS BODY, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY WOULD MEAN ONE THING AND WE DO HAVE DEFINITION IN FEDERAL LAW, BUT THERE TOO IT'S QUITE BROAD. AND I SO MUCH APPRECIATE THE INSERTION OF THE WORD, HYPHENATED WORD, NONINVASIVE FOR THE TRACKING DEVICE OR SYSTEM. BUT THEN -- AND NONPERMANENT. WELL, I NOTAH TOOS ARE NON-- I KNOW TATTOOS ARE NONPERMANENT. IF YOU GO THROUGH WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS A PRETTY PAINFUL PROCESS. I HAD JUDGE FRIENDS WHO WOULD ORDER TATTOOS BE REMOVED. I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THOSE WERE NONPERMANENT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT DEFINITIONS OF WHAT NONINVASIVE IS, AND I DON'T FIND IT IN THE BILL, PERHAPS IT'S SOMEWHERE IN FEDERAL LAW, BUT EVEN THEN, YOU HAVE THE WORD NONINVASIVE SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. WHOSE INTERPRETATION? THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S HEAD, TO MAKE THE DETERMINATION OF WHAT IS NONINVASIVE. DEFINITION IN MEDICINE, THIS OR SOME SIMILAR ARE OFTEN USED, THAT NONINVASIVE WOULD BE A PROCESS THAT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE INTEGRITY OF THE MUMBINGS UCO -- MUCOCUTANEOUS BARRIERS. IF YOU INSERT A CHIP JUST UNDER THE -- WELL, ABOVE THE SUBCUTANEOUS BARRIERS, WOULD THAT BE NONINVASIVE? IF YOU GO A LITTLE BIT UNDER THAT, WOULD THAT BE NONINVASIVE? WELL, THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT. THAT IS ONCE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FORMULATES THE REGULATIONS AND THE BEST PRACTICES, THEN WE FIND OUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY NONINVASIVE. AND THERE IS A PROCEDURE, AND THIS INDICATES THAT PEOPLE THAT PREPARED THIS BILL, I'M NOT BEING SARCASTIC, THEY WERE REALLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO PROTECT AN OVEROPPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PROCEDURE OF APPEAL. AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL HELP SET THAT UP. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT, YOU THINK SOMETHING IS NOT BEING DONE PROPERLY, WELL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS GOING TO HELP CREATE THE RULES THAT ALLOW YOU TO COMPLAIN OR APPEAL ON THAT. BUT AS WE HAVE SEEN OVER AND OVER -- OH, AND BY THE WAY, I NEVER WANTED TO BE IN A FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL OR BASEBALL GAME, AND I LOVE ALL THOSE SPORTS AND PLAYED THEM ALL, I NEVER WANTED TO BE IN A GAME WHERE THE REFEREE IS THE ONE THAT WROTE THE RULES FOR OUR LEAGUE. BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T YIELD. AND THEIR OPINION WAS BETTER THAN THE RULES ON THE PAGE, NO MATTER WHAT THE PAGE SAID, BUT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CAN TELL US WHAT HE REALLY MEANT OR SHE REALLY MEANT. . I APPRECIATE THAT PART. BUT ONCE WE HAVE A FEDERAL TRACKING SYSTEM AND IT SAYS HERE IN THE BILL, IT IS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE OR INJURY OR EVEN DEATH TO ONESELF, TO THE PERSON, OR INJURY TO SOMEONE ELSE. NOW WHY WOULD THIS BE A CONCERN TODAY OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SEEN REPORTS COME OUT OF THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHO THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO DENY MANMADE CLIMATE CHANGE ARE COMMITTING BASICALLY A LAW AGAINST NATURE, THEY ARE VIOLATING A LAW AGAINST NATURE. AND WE SEE NOW WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE -- YOU JUST PUT IN YOUR SEARCH ENGINE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, MENTAL DISORDERS AND YOU WILL HAVE ALL KINDS OF INVESTIGATIONS COME UP, BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS GOVERNMENT LIKE THOSE IN THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS THAT THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS THAT THAT IS CODE FOR ISLAMO PHOBIA, NOT UNDERING THAT A TRUE CHRISTIAN IS BASING THEIR TRUTHS IN JESUS CHRIST WHO IS LOVE INKAREN ATE. WE HAVE GOVERNMENT FIRST WHO BELIEVE THAT RELIGIOUS ARE A PROBLEM. AND IF YOU ARE A VETERAN AND YOU BELIEVE IN THE STRICT INTERPRETATION OF THE WORDS ON THE PAGES OF THE CONSTITUTION, THAT MAKES YOU A BIGGER THREAT. SO WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TERMS THAT WE HAVE SEEN CHANGE OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN THE DIAGNOSE GNOSTIC STATISTICIC MANUAL HAVE MASSIVE CHANGE? WHY? SOMETIMES IT'S BECAUSE OF MEDICINE WHO HAS MADE GREAT DISCOVERIES IN IMPROVEMENTS AND SOMETIMES BECAUSE ONE HAS A BETTER LOBBYING GROUP THAN OTHERS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD HUMBLY SUBMIT -- AND OH BY THE WAY, THE OTHER BIG LANGUAGE IN HERE IS THAT NONE OF THE MONEY CAN BE USED FOR CONFERENCES THAT MAY COST MORE THAN $20,000 UNLESS THEY DO CERTAIN THINGS. ANOTHER GOOD PROVISION IS, NONE OF THE MONEY MAY BE USED TO CREATE A FEDERAL DATA BASE. BUT THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR STATE, LOCAL, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS -- I CAN'T FIND SOMETHING THAT SAYS THAT WE IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CANNOT FUND STATE AND LOCAL DATA BASES OF TRACKING INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE VEPTAL DISABILITIES SUCH AS TOO RELIGIOUS AND THEREFORE DEEMED TO HAVE A DEVELOP TALL DISABILITY. ANTI-SOCIAL PERSONALITY. IT'S JUST TOO OPEN AND TOO MANY LOOPHOLES. THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT, THE MORE I READ THE LANGUAGE, THE MORE I SAW THE OPEN LOOPHOLES THAT COULD RESULT IN A FEDERAL TRACKING SYSTEM THAT GEORGE ORWELL WOULD HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSED ABOUT. AND WITH BROERLY LOVE AND WITH APPRECIATION FOR THOSE PURSUING THIS BILL OUT OF THE BEST OF INTENTIONS JUST WANTING TO STEP DEATH AND HARM TO ONESELF BECAUSE YOU HAVE AUTISM OR ALZHEIMER'S, I HUMBLY SUBMIT THIS IS A DANGEROUS DOOR FOR ANY GOVERNMENT TO OPEN, A DOOR THAT ORWELL WOULD HAVE WARNED ABOUT, PEOPLE TOLD ME, WELL, GEE, THERE IS INK THAT YOU COULD USE IN A AT THAT TIME TOO THAT COULD BE -- TATTOO THAT SHOULD BE TRACKED, TO BEGIN A PROGRAM OF TRACKING NO MATTER WHETHER IT IS STATE OR LOCAL FIRST THAT HAVE THE DATA BASE AND WE GET LOOKS AT IT OR WHAT. SO I HOPE THAT THE BILL DOESN'T PASS AND WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO FIND WAYS TO HELP THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 06:20:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 17 MINUTES REMAINING AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 4 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 06:20:33 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE…

    I YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 06:20:57 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR YIELDING AND LET ME THANK THE…

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR YIELDING AND LET ME THANK THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL AND FIVE MINUTES CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TIME TO REFUTE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, BUT LET ME START BY SAYING TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES. LET ME SAY IT AGAIN. IT IS SQUARELY ON ITS FACE SIMPLY ABOUT SAVING LIVES. I SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN MEASURE, BECAUSE IT ADDRESSES AN URGENT NEED, ONE OF WHICH I HAVE HAD FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE. AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I TAKE GREAT CONCERN AS WE ALL DO, WITH THE INDIVIDUAL LIVES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. I HAVE HAD AT LEAST TWO OCCASIONS TO DEAL WITH MISSING ADULTS WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE BEEN IN PAIN AND THOSE ADULTS HAVE BEEN MISSING BECAUSE OF ALZHEIMER'S AND OUT OF THEIR FRIGHT, WE HAVE SOUGHT LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE OF HELP TO LOOK FOR THESE LOVED ONES. THE BILL WOULD AMEND THE VIOLENT CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT OF 199 TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND EXPAND THE MISSING PATIENT PROGRAM. ACROSS OUR NATION THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CHILDREN WHO SUFFER FROM AUTISM AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. WHAT IS THE CRUX OF THIS BILL? A FEW YEARS AGO, CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS AND MYSELF INTRODUCED INTO THE ELDER ABUSE ACT WHICH EXPANDED THE PATIENT ALERT PROGRAM KEY PROVISIONS. THIS DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROGRAM SUPPORTS THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS QUICKLY LOCATE AND IDENTIFY PERSONS WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES. ONE IN NINE OLDER AMERICANS HAVE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, SIX IN 10 PEOPLE WILL WANDER. ALINGS I'MER'S WAS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN TEXAS ALONE IN 2013. NEARLY HALF OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM ENGAGE IN WANDERING BEHAVIOR. MORE THAN ONE OF CHILDREN WHO WANDER ARE NEVER ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THEIR NAME, ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER. ACCIDENTAL DROWNING ACCOUNTS FOR APPROXIMATELY 90% OF LETHAL OUTCOMES AS IT RELATES TO CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WHO WANDER. LET ME SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US AND ANSWER THE CONCERNS. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IN THIS BILL THAT ANY INVASIVE ACTIVITY WILL OCCUR. NO CHIP WILL BE PUT IN AN ADULT OR A CHILD WHO IS SUFFERING EITHER FROM AUTISM AS A CHILD, A WANDERER OR AN ADULT. IT CLEARLY SAYS THAT THIS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WHO WILL ONLY FOCUS ON LEADING RESEARCH ADVOCACY AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP ESTABLISH STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICES RELATING TO THE USE OF NONINVASIVE, NONPERMANENT TRACKING TECHNOLOGY WHERE THE GUARDIAN OR PARENT IN CONSULTATION WITH THE INDIVIDUALS HEALTH CARE PROVIDER HAS DETERMINED THAT THE TRACKING DEVICE IS THE LEAST RESTRICTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO LOCATE INDIVIDUALS. NOTHING WILL OCCUR, TO MY COLLEAGUES, TO ANY LOVED ONE WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF THAT LOVED ONE'S GUARDIAN OR PARENT AND IT IS ONLY TO BE ABLE TO SAVE LIVES. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WILL HAVE NO FURTHER INPUT OTHER THAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER IS UTILIZED, NONINVASIVE IS BEST PRACTICES AND WILL DO KNOW HARM. WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? IT IS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COME TODAY FOR THE LOVED ONES ALL OVER AMERICA MEET THE FAMILY OF AN AUTISTIC CHILD, A LOVING CHILD, A LOVING FAMILY. THEY KNOW AS A TALENTED AND WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL CHILD, BUT THEY HAVE A TENDENCY TO WANDER. COME, FOR EXAMPLE, AND STAND IN THE SHOES OF THE FAMILY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, DURING A THANKSGIVING SEASON, A TIME OF JOY AND FAMILY GATHERING, A BEAUTIFUL NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY WALKED OUT OF THE HOUSE, THEY SAID HE MAY HAVE HIS IPAD WITH HIM. HE MAY HAVE HIS EARPHONES AND MAY NOT HAVE ANY SHOES ON, BUT DON'T CALL HIS NAME, BECAUSE DON'T BOTHER TO CHASE HIM, BECAUSE THE LIKELIHOOD HE WILL RUN AWAY FROM YOU. JUST THINK IF THERE HAD BEEN THAT ACCEPTABLE TRACKING DEVICE THAT THE YOUNG PERSON -- MAY I GET AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, MR. CHAIRMAN?

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  • 06:26:22 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN.

  • 06:26:31 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    ABOUT PRIVACY AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS. WE HAVE SUPPORTED FIRST WHEN…

    ABOUT PRIVACY AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS. WE HAVE SUPPORTED FIRST WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH THE ISSUES OF TERRORISM AFTER 9/11, THE PATRIOT ACT, WE CAME TOGETHER. WE WERE STANDING STRONG AGAINST THE INVASIVENESS TO VIOLATE THE PRIVACY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT THIS CASE. THERE ARE FAMILIES WHO ARE SUFFERING THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONES WHETHER IT IS AN ELDERLY PERSON OR THAT BEAUTIFUL YOUNG CHILD WHO HAPPENS TO BE AUTISTIC WHO IS IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN AND DECIDES TO WANDER. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE ON THIS BILL AS A LIFESAVING BILL THAT NEEDS THE LOVE AND AFFECTION OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO GIVE LOVE AND AFFECTION TO THOSE FAMILIES WHO ARE SUFFERING AND NEED OUR HELP. WE ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS. WITH THAT, I YIELD MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN

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  • 06:27:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE…

    TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:27:47 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THE CHIEF SPONSOR…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:27:58 PM

    MR. SMITH

    SMITH THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ENORMOUS EFFORTS AND HIS STAFF THAT THEY…

    SMITH THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR HIS ENORMOUS EFFORTS AND HIS STAFF THAT THEY MADE OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION TO ALLAY SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WHICH I DON'T THINK WERE INCLUDED OR AT RISK IN THE BILL. BUT BY CLARIFYING AND MAKING CLEAR ABOUT VOLUNTEERISM, THE ISSUE OF NONINVASIVE AND NONPERMANENT WHICH IS DEFINED IN THE LEGISLATION, WHICH IS AN IMPROVEMENT. AND MR. GOODLATTE CAME UP WITH THAT LANGUAGE. THE LANGUAGE THAT DEALS WITH THE COLLECTION, USE AND RETENTION OF DATA IS SOLELY, LET ME REPEAT, IS SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PREVENTING INJURY OR DEATH TO THE PATIENT. IN THE YEAR OF 2000, I CO-FOUNDED, THE AUTISM CAUCUS AND ALZHEIMER'S CAUCUS, I WROTE THREE LAWS WHICH NOT ONLY PROVIDES $1.3 BILLION FOR AUTISM FOR RESEARCH AT C.D.C. AND N.I.H. AND LOOKS AT THE AGING-OUT ISSUE. AND WE ARE NOT READY. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS NOT READY TO DEAL WITH SEVERELY AUTISTIC CHURCH WHO WHEN YOU APPROACH THEM NEED A CERTAIN APPROACH SO THEY DON'T REACT VIOLENTLY ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE A SENSE OF THREAT. AS THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN SAID, 49%, ABOUT 50% OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN WANDER. NEARLY 100 CHILDREN SINCE 2011 WHO HAVE DIED, TWO OF THEM ARE NAMED IN THIS BILL, NAMED AFTER THE -- THE BILL IS NAMED AFTER THEM WHO DROWNED. A BENIGN TRACKING SYSTEM THAT IS NOT INVASIVE, THERE IS NO STORAGE OTHER THAN FOR THE PREVENTION OF INJURY AND THERE IS NO NATIONAL STORAGE, YOU ASK YOUR COLLEAGUES, YOUR LOCAL SHERIFFS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT THE LIFESAVING PROGRAM. SOME HAVE IT, SOME DORNT. THEY GO OUT AND ABOUT ONE HALF HOUR OF AN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT OR AUTISTIC PATIENT BEING LOST, THEY FIND THEM. THOSE WHO DIE ARE LEFT UNFOUNDED IN 12, 14, 24 HOURS AND NOT ONLY GET HURT THEMSELVES BUT COULD HURT OTHER PEOPLE. ABOUT 6 TO% OF THE AUTISTIC COMMUNITY WANDER AT SOME POINT -- 60% OF THE AUTISTIC COMMUNITY WANDER AT SOME POINT. THIS IS A WAY OF PREVENT INJURY. I SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TSCA, HE'S READING INTO -- TEXAS, HE'S READING INTO THINGS THAT ARE NOT THERE. ONE OF THE GROUPS PUT OUT AN ALERT SUGGESTING A VOTE AGAINST THIS AND HAND EVEN READ THE GREAT CHANGES IN -- HADN'T EVEN READ THE GREAT CHANGES IN REFORMS, NOT REFORMS, BUT CHANGES, CLARIFICATIONS, PUT IN THERE BY MR. GOODLATTE. I WOULD HOPE THAT MEMBERS WOULD SUPPORT THIS. THIS WILL SAVE LIVES. WE'RE NOT REINVENTING THE WHEEL. THE ALZHEIMER'S PROGRAM WAS IN EFFECT WITHOUT ANY PARADE OF HORRIBLES OCCURRING AS A RESULT. I CHECKED WITH MY ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS ALL THE TIME. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION. AND OF COURSE AUTISM SPEAKS AND OTHERS ARE ALL FOR THIS. AND THEY WANT THIS DESPERATELY, BECAUSE WANDERING IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM. WE WANT TO GET OUR LOVED ONES, FIND OUR LOVED ONES, WHO HAVE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, OR HAVE A.L.S., AND MAKE SURE THEY GET BACK -- ALZHEIMER'S AND MAKE SURE THEY GET BACK TO A SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THAT'S ALL THIS DOES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I AGAIN THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I THANK MR. CONYERS AND OTHERS. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, SENATOR GRASSLEY ON THE SENATE SIDE, AND CHUCK SCHUMER, SPONSORED IT ON THE SENATE SIDE. MAXINE WATERS, IT'S THE LEFT, RIGHT, MIDDLE, HERB IN -- EVERYBODY IN BETWEEN. THIS IS ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE WHO ARE AT GRAVE RISK WHEN THEY WANDER. AND I THANK THE CHAIR.

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  • 06:32:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES.…

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

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  • 06:32:08 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:32:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS OTHER THAN MYSELF AND I BELIEVE I…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS OTHER THAN MYSELF AND I BELIEVE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I'LL RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:32:27 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. I WILL NOT BOW TO ANYONE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES. I WILL NOT BOW TO ANYONE WHO MAY THINK THEY HAVE GREATER LOVE OR CARE OR COMMITMENT TO PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROMDY MEANINGSIA -- FROM DEMENTIA OR OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. I'VE SPENT AN AWFUL LOT OF TIME WITH PEOPLE I LOVE. LET ME JUST TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET HE HAD FINISH THAT. -- LET ME FINISH. THAT THE PEOPLE I LOVE. I -- FINISH THAT. THE PEOPLE I LOVE. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY KNEW WHERE THEY WERE. I'VE SPENT TIME WITH FAMILY AND PEOPLE I LOVE WHO STRUGGLE WITH THESE VERY ISSUES. I KNOW THERE IS A DANGER OF DEATH. THERE'S A DANGER OF INJURY. WHETHER FRANKLIN SAID IT OR NOT, THOSE WHO WILL GIVE UP A LITTLE LIBERTY TO GET SECURITY DESERVE NEITHER. WHOEVER SAID IT. I THINK IT WAS FRANKLIN. SOME SAY IT WASN'T. BUT IT'S TRUE. WE'RE TOLD, GEE, THIS IS STRICTLY FOR ALL THOSE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT HAVE AUTISTIC KIDS OR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WELL, NOBODY HERE'S USED DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY BUT ME. BUT THE TRUTH IS THE REASON I HEARD ABOUT THIS BILL, MY STAFF TELLS ME, WE JUST GOT A CALL FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS AN AUTISTIC CHILD AND THEY ARE SCARED TO DEATH THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO START A TRACKING PROGRAM FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM. AND YET THEIR PROVISION IN HERE, THAT HE IS IT'S SUPPOSE -- THAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE VOLUNTARY, BUT ONCE YOU HAVE THE SYSTEM IN PLACE, I CAN GUARANTEE, I'VE SEEN PROGRAMS LIKE THIS GET STARTED, AND WHEN I'M A JUDGE, AND LAW OFFICERS COME IN, AND SAY, THIS PERSON'S A THREAT, THEY SWEAR TO IT, THE EVIDENCE IS IN THE AFFIDAVIT, THEN, YES, I WILL GIVE THEM A WARRANT TO GO USE WHATEVER THEY SAY THEY BELIEVE WILL BE THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. ONCE IT'S IN PLACE, IT'S GOING TO BE USED BY MORE THAN PARENTS. YOU CAN COUNT ON IT. AND IF YOU LOOK AT PAGE 17, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL DETERMINE THE CRITERIA, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL DETERMINE THE CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHO SHOULD HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THE TRACKING SYSTEM. AND DETERMINE WHAT'S NONINVASIVE, WHAT'S NONPERMANENT. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL MAKE SURE THAT THE TRACKING DEVICE ACCESS TO DATA IS RESTRICTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HEALTH AGENCIES, BUT WHOEVER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DETERMINES. I'M TELLING YOU, THIS IS OPENING PANDORA'S BOX AND AS A PARENT SAID TO US, WE CAN TRACK OUR CHILD USING OUR OWN RESOURCES. AND IF WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES, THERE ARE CHARITIES THAT WILL HELP US. PLEASE DON'T LET THE GOVERNMENT START A TRACKING PROGRAM BECAUSE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM COULD END UP BEING ON THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO END UP HAVING DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. AND THEY'RE A THREAT, AS HOMELAND SECURITY SAYS SO MANY OF OUR VETERANS AND OUR CONSTITUTIONALISTS ARE TODAY. THIS IS ABOUT USING RESOURCES THAT PEOPLE HAVE AND IF THEY DON'T, THEN LET'S USE CHARITABLE MONEY SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T INVADE OUR PRIVACY ANYMORE THAN IT ALREADY HAS, ALREADY DOES. I CARE ABOUT INJURIES, I'VE DEVOTED MY LIFE TO PUNISHING THOSE WHO VIOLATE PEOPLE'S SPACE, THAT HARM OTHERS, THAT KILL OTHERS. I HAVE NOT BACKED AWAY FROM THAT COMMITMENT. BUT THE GOVERNMENT'S JOB IS NOT TO BE A DICTATOR OR TO BE A BIG BROTHER. WE NEVER DO THAT WELL. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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  • 06:37:18 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, AND HE IS MY GOOD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, AND HE IS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, THAT I KNOW THAT HE LOVES PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S, FAMILIES THAT FACE THE CHALLENGE OF AUTISM. AND I KNOW THAT HIS HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT WE HAVE JUST AN HONEST DIFFERENCE OF OPINION ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE AND THE BEST WAY TO SAVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY'RE LOST. I KNOW IN MY COMMUNITY OF ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE BOTH WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND AUTISM WHO WANDER OFF. SOMETIMES FAMILIES ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE OTHER MEANS OF KEEPING THEM SAFE. SOMETIMES THEY'RE NOT. BUT I WOULD ARGUE TO YOU THAT A TRACKING DEVICE THAT IS NOT FEDERALLY ADMINISTERED, THAT HAS NOT -- DOES NOT HAVE DATA THAT'S STORED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THAT IS SIMPLY A PROGRAM THAT ALREADY EXISTS AND IS SIMPLY BEING CHANGED TO ALLOW IT TO APPLY TO FAMILIES WITH AUTISTIC MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY, WHO WANT TO VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN THIS, IS SOMETHING THAT NOT ONLY SAVES LIVES, BUT ALSO CREATES MORE FREEDOM, NOT MORE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE OR MORE GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN PEOPLE'S LIVES, AS THE GENTLEMAN'S CONCERNED ABOUT, BUT ACTUALLY MORE FREEDOM, MORE FREEDOM. SO THAT PEOPLE CAN MOVE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MORE FREELY AND OTHERS CAN KNOW, FAMILY MEMBERS CAN KNOW WHERE THEY ARE. I THINK THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THIS LAW THAT'S GOING TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR FAMILIES AND GIVE THEM PEACE OF MIND, MORE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, AND THE ABILITY TO FIND THEM IF THEY DO WANDER OFF, AS HAPPENS SO OFTEN, AS HAPPENED IN THE CASE OF KEVIN AND AVONTE, THE CHILDREN FOR WHOM THIS LEGISLATION IS NAMED. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY FOR HIS HARD WORK OVER A LONG -- LONG PERIOD OF TIME ON. THIS I THINK THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS DONE GOOD -- ON THIS. I THINK THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS DONE GOOD WORK ON THIS. I WANT TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBER, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR HARD WORK TO MAKE THIS BILL A GOOD BILL, EVEN BETTER, TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS RAISED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AGAIN, THIS IS VOLUNTARY, WE ARE NOT STARTING A PROGRAM, IT ALREADY EXISTS. AND THE AUTHORITY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, BECAUSE IT'S PRIMARILY A TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM, TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, SO THAT WHEN FIRST RESPONDERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL AND SO ON ARE CALLED TO LOOK FOR SOMEONE WHOSE LIFE IS IN DANGER -- ENDANGERED AS IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY, UNFORTUNATELY, SOMEONE IN THIS GREAT -- SOMEWHERE IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY, THEY WILL HAVE A NEW, GOOD, NONINVASIVE TOOL TO HELP PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE INNOCENT, THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY MIGHT BE HEADED OR WHERE THEY MIGHT BE AND THEREFORE CAN HELP FAMILIES FIND THEM, HELP FIRST RESPONDERSFIGHT FIND THEM, BRING THEM BACK TO -- RESPONDERS FIND THEM, BRING THEM BACK TO SAFETY, SAVE THEIR LIVES. THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 4919, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, --

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  • 06:41:11 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

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

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  • 06:41:44 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I MOVE TO PASS H.R. 6431, THE PROMOTE TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NATIONAL…

    I MOVE TO PASS H.R. 6431, THE PROMOTE TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 2016.

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  • 06:41:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 6431, A BILL TO ENSURE UNITED STATES JURISDICTION OVER OFFENSES…

    H.R. 6431, A BILL TO ENSURE UNITED STATES JURISDICTION OVER OFFENSES COMMITTED BY UNITED STATES PERSONNEL STATIONED IN CANADA AND FURTHERANCE OF BORDER SECURITY INITIATIVES.

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    TEMPORE P

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME JACKSON LEE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 -- MS. JACKSON LEE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 06:42:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 64 31 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:42:26 PM

    RE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER ON SUSPENSION H.R. 6431, THE PROMOTING…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE CONSIDER ON SUSPENSION H.R. 6431, THE PROMOTING TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 2016. THE BILL'S ORIGINS STEM FROM AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES IN MARCH, 2015, KNOWN AS THE AGREEMENT ON LAND, RAIL, MARINE AND AIR TRANSPORT PRECLEARANCE. THIS AGREEMENT ESTABLISHED AN IMMIGRATION AND TRADE PRECLEARANCE SYSTEM TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS AND NATIONAL SECURITY. PRECLEARANCE FACILITIES PERMIT TRAVELERS TO PASS THROUGH U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION INSPECTIONS AT A PARTICULAR FOREIGN PORT PRIOR TO ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. THIS PROCESS EXPEDITES A TRAVELER'S ARRIVAL IN THE U.S. WHILE ALSO PROTECTING NATIONAL SECURITY BY PREVENTING FROM ENTRY THOSE INDIVIDUALS DEEMED A THREAT. C.B.P. OFFICERS CURRENTLY CONDUCT PRECLEARANCE OPERATIONS AT AIRPORTS AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING VARIOUS CANADIAN AIRPORTS, MARINE PORTS, AND A RAIL STATION IN BRITISH COLOMBIA. H.R. 6431 -- BRITISH COLUMBIA. H.R. 6431 HELPS FOREGO THE AGREEMENT BY ENSURING U.S. GOVERNMENT PERSON WHOLE ARE STATIONED IN CANADA, PARTICULARLY C.B.P. PRECLURENS OFFICERS, MAY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IN U.S. COURTS IF THEY COMMIT A CRIME WHILE PERFORMING THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES, ASSUMING THEIR ACTIONS WOULD CONSTITUTE A CRIME IF COMMITTED IN THE UNITED STATES. STRENGTHENING OUR NATION'S RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBOR IS IMPORTANT FOR BOTH OUR ECONOMY AND NATIONAL SECURITY. H.R. 6431 HELPS PAVE THE WAY FOR INCREASED COOPERATION WITH CANADA TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH HERE AT HOME AND PREVENT THOSE WHO SHOULDN'T BE COMING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM ARRIVING IN THE FIRST PLACE. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES KUSTER AND STEFANIK FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 06:44:28 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, TO CONSUME SUCH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, TO CONSUME SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    -- TEXAS IS --

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:44:39 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH VERY MUCH. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER FOR HER…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH VERY MUCH. I THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS LEGISLATION. AND THEN TO MAKE MENTION OF A BILL JUST AN HOUR OR TWO AGO THAT BEARS MENTIONING, THAT I WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ITS PASSAGE. AND THAT IS S. 1632, IT WAS HOUSE BILL H.R. 2726, WHICH IS NOW PASSED. A BILL TO REQUIRE REGIONAL STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THE THREAT POSED BY BOKO HARAM. AS I BEGIN TO DISCUSS THIS BILL, THE ISSUE OF SECURITY IS ON ALL OF OUR MINDS, CERTAINLY THE TRAGEDY OF THE BOKO HARAM ONSLAUGHT IN NIGERIA AND THE MISSING GIRLS SHOULD BE ON OUR MIND AND THIS BILL THAT I JUST MENTIONED, THAT WAS PASSED AND SUPPORTED BY CONGRESSMAN WILSON, WILL BE A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT INITIATIVE, ONE OF WHICH I CO-SPONSORED AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE. . I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF PROMOTING TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NURELT ACT OF 2016. IT WOULD ESTABLISH JURISDICTION OVER OFFENSES COMMITTED BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IN CANADA. IN SO DOING, IT WILL STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AS WELL AS PROMOTE THE SAFE AND EFFICIENT FLOW OF TRAVELERS AND GOODS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. ONE OF THE UNITED STATES' STRONGEST ALIES. IT WILL FACILITATE THE EXPANSION OF CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION PRE-CLEARANCE ACTIVITIES. EACH DAY OUR COUNT TRIES TRADE. ANNUALLY THIS RELATIONSHIP GENERATES IN EXCESS OF $1.4 TRILLION IN VALUE AND THIS PARTNERSHIP CREATES MILL CRONS OF JOBS TO BOTH CANADIANS AND AMERICANS. TO PROTECT THIS IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP AND BEYOND THE BORDER AGREEMENT DEFEND THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA CREATED A PLAN TO ENHANCE NATIONAL SECURITY AND PROMOTE EFFICIENT TRAVEL AND TRADE. THIS AGREEMENT IS INTENDED TO FACILITATE THE EXPANSION OF U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION PRE-CLEARANCE FACILITIES IN CANADA WHICH PREVENTS FROM ITEMS ENTERING THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THEY REACH THE U.S. ENTRY POINT. THE UNITED STATES AS A RESULT OF THIS AGREEMENT SAVES MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROCESSING COSTS AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ARE STRENGTHENED BECAUSE POTENTIAL THREATS ARE STOPPED BEFORE THEY ACCESS U.S. SOIL. IN ADDITION TO THESE FACILITIES HELP ALLEVIATE CONGESTION FOR MILLIONS OF TRAVELERS AND THAT IS A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS LEGISLATION ALONG WITH THE VERY STRONG SECURITY COMMITMENT AND EXPANSION WILL INCLUDE RAIL PRE-CLEARANCE FACILITIES CREATING ANOTHER SPACE BETWEEN EACH COUNTRY. THIS BILL IS INTENDED TO RESOLVE A FINAL PROCEDURAL IMPEDIMENT TO THE FULL EXPANSION OF THE PRE-CLEARANCE FACILITIES IN CANADA BY ENSURING THAT U.S. PERSONNEL ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE UNDER U.S. LAW. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    IT IS MY DISTINCT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE CHIEF SPONSORS OF THIS…

    IT IS MY DISTINCT PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE CHIEF SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS STEFANIK

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS. FIRST I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK MY…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS. FIRST I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HER EFFORTS ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL. THE NEED FOR PRE-CLEARANCE IN THIS BILL STRETCHES ACROSS PARTY LINES AND ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. IN MY DISTRICT AND COMMUNITIES IN NORTHERN NEW YORK, CANADA IS MORE THAN JUST A BORDERING NATION. THEY ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS AND LARGEST TRADING PARTNER. A CITY IN MY DISTRICT HAS EVEN GRANTED ITSELF AS MONTREAL'S U.S. SUBURBAN HAVE CANADIAN COMPANIES WITH OUR WORK FORCE WORKING FOR A CANADIAN OR BORDER-RELATED EMPLOYER. I HELPED DRAFT THIS. A NECESSARY STEP TO SOME LID FILE THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA WHICH WAS REACHED OVER A YEAR AGO. THIS SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS GREAT NEWS FOR U.S.-CANADIAN RELATIONS AND MAINTAINS A POSITIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH BORDER FIRST ESPECIALLY IN RURAL REGIONS LIKE OURS AND ALLOWS FACILITY SHARING. THIS BILL EXPANDS U.S.- PRE-CLEARANCE SCREENING. THIS PROCESS WILL ALLOW FOR AN EASIER AND ACCELERATED TRIP WHILE ENSURING NECESSARY TRIPS FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS VITAL LEGISLATION TO SECURE A NORTHERN BORDER AND FACILITATE COMMERCE AND TRAVEL BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADA AND I URGE THE SENATE TO QUICKLY SEND THIS TO THE PRESIDENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR FIVE MINUTES.…

    YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR FIVE MINUTES. THE AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION. WE THANK YOU, CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. KUSTER

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND THANK YOU TO THE CHAIR, MR. DEMRAT.…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND THANK YOU TO THE CHAIR, MR. DEMRAT. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, THE PROMOTING TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 2016. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, GRANITE STATERS UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP THAT AMERICANS HAVE WITH CANADA. FOR FAMILIES IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND MY DISTRICT, MANY OF THEIR RELATIVES LIVE ACROSS THE BORDER IN QUEBEC AND MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES RELY ON CROSS-BORDER TRADE TO EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS. THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SHARE THE SINGLE LONGEST INTERNATIONAL BORDER IN THE WORLD AND TRADE OVER 1.8 BILLION EVERY DAY IN GOODS AND SERVICES, SUPPORTING MILLIONS OF JOBS IN THE U.S. FURTHERMORE, APPROXIMATELY 380,000 PEOPLE CROSS OUR BORDER EVERY DAY AND CAN DO SO SAFELY BECAUSE OF THE CLOSE COORDINATION BETWEEN THE U.S. AND CANADIAN BORDER SECURITY FIRST. MANY OF THESE TRAVELERS SAVE TIME BY UTILIZING PRE-CLEARANCE FACILITIES THAT ARE OPERATED BY BORDER FIRST AT NINE DIFFERENT CANADIAN AIRPORTS. PRE-CLEARANCE HAS TRADE BENEFITS THAT PRESENTS THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA WITH A WIN--WIN OPPORTUNITY. IT ENHANCES OUR NATIONAL SECURITY EFFORTS BY DETECTING THREATS. BECAUSE TRAVELERS GO THROUGH CUSTOMS AND BORDER INSPECTION PRIOR TO BOARDING THEIR PLANES, PRE-CLEARANCE CAN INTERCEPT TRAVELERS BEFORE THEY REACH THE U.S. IN FACT, IN 2014 ALONE, PRE-CLEARANCE OPERATIONS PREVENTED MORE THAN 10,000 INADMISSIBLE TRAVELERS FROM COMING TO THE UNITED STATES, SAVING AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $20 MILLION IN DETENTION, PROCESSING AND COSTS. PRE-CLEARANCE BOOSTS TRADE BY INCREASING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS CREATING NEW JOBS AND OPENING UP HIGH-VALUE YOU TOURISM IN THE UNITED STATES. PRE-CLEARANCE IMPROVES THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE FOR TRAVELERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO TRAVEL FOR WORK BY REDUCING WAIT TIMES AT BORDER CROSSINGS. BECAUSE THEY UNDERGO SCREENING, THEY ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO LONG LINES WHEN THEY ARRIVE IN THE UNITED STATES. TO BUILD UPON THE EXISTING BENEFITS, THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SIGNED A NEW GROUNDBREAKING PRE-CLEARANCE AGREEMENT IN 2015 THAT WILL PEAVE THE PATHWAY OF THESE EXPANSION FACILITIES AT LAND, RAIL AND MARINE ENTRIES. THIS IS A 21ST CENTURY APPROACH TO BORDER SECURITY. IN ORDER FOR THE AGREEMENT TO BE FINALIZED, WE MUST PASS LEGISLATION IN BOTH THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE CANADIAN PARLIAMENT, WHICH IS WHAT BRINGS US TO THE FLOOR TODAY. OUR BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, H.R. 64 1 PROMOTING TRAVEL, COMMERCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY ACT WILL FINALIZE THE 2015 PRE-CLEARANCE AGREEMENT BY ENSURING THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO FAIRLY HOLD C.B.P. OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE IF THEY ENGAGE IN WRONGDOING ABROAD. UNDER THE NEW AGREEMENT, THE UNDERSTAND SECURED THE RIGHTS TO PROSECUTE U.S. OFFICIALS IF THEY COMMIT CRIMES ON JOBS WHILE STATIONED IN CANADA. OUR LEGISLATION GIVES THE UNITED STATES THE ABILITY TO PROSECUTE ANY CASES OF WRONGDOING ON OUR OWN SOIL AND ENSURES THAT WE ARE HOLDING ALL OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. I'M SO PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO GET THIS BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR THE TIRELESS EFFORTS TO ADVANCE THIS CRITICAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE 23 BIPARTISAN CO-SPONSORS AND PASS THE BILL BEFORE THE CLOSE OF THE 114TH CONGRESS. I ASK FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. I THANK THE CHAIR AND THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:55:24 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND ONCE THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK, WE ARE…

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND ONCE THE OTHER SIDE YIELDS BACK, WE ARE PREPARED TO DO.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL CLOSE. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INDICATE…

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND WILL CLOSE. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INDICATE WHAT AN IMPORTANT BILL WHAT AN IMPORTANT BILL THIS IS BECAUSE IT WILL ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND I THANK THE TWO LEADING CO-SPONSORS FOR THEIR COLLABORATION AND FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD AND WORKING SO HARD ON IT TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIPS AND THE ABILITY FOR TRAVEL AND COMMERCE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL WHICH WILL ALLOW THE PRE-CLEARANCE FACILITIES IN CANADA, PROMOTE TRADE AND TRAVEL IN THE UNITED STATES. I ALSO ASK, MADAM SPEAKER, UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT INTO THE RECORD THE STATEMENT OF THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 6431, MR. CONYERS.

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  • 06:56:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THAT REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

  • 06:56:37 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY…

    I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK.

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  • 06:56:45 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD WORK TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE…

    CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD WORK TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE. THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND WE SHOULD PASS IT RIGHT NOW. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:57:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 64 1. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 06:57:31 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS S. 2854 THE EMMETT TILL…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RUSE AND PASS S. 2854 THE EMMETT TILL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2016 AS AMENDED.

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  • 06:57:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 06:57:44 PM

    THE CLERK

    THE EMMETT TILL UNSOLVED CRIMES ACT OF 2007.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE AND THE GENTLEMAN…

    TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 06:58:03 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON S. 2854 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 06:58:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:58:18 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 06:58:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 06:58:22 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE CRIMES AND TERROR INFLICTED ON…

    THIS BILL WILL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE THE CRIMES AND TERROR INFLICTED ON SO MANY INVOLVED ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THIS BILL WILL RIGHT THOSE PAST WRONGS AND HELP TO FIND JUSTICE FOR THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS EFFORT. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL RE-AUTHORIZES AND UPDATES THE CRIMES ACT THAT WAS PASSED 10 YEARS AGO. IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS THAT VICTIMS' FAMILIES AND THOSE WORKING IN THIS AREA HAVE HAD ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION IMPLEMENTATION. IT STRENGTHENS THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE F.B.I. AND LOCAL ENFORCEMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE GOALS OF THIS LEGISLATION ARE MET AND PROVIDING CLEARER DIRECTION AND IMPROVED COORDINATION BETWEEN THE RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THESE CRIMES WILL BE SOLVED AND LOVED ONES WILL BE ABLE TO FIND JUSTICE. THIS LEGISLATION ADDRESSES SOME OF THE CONCERNS WITH THE SENATE-PASSED LANGUAGE BY MAKING SURE THAT THE BILL IS FULLY OFFSET AND A SUNSET PROVISION IS INCLUDED AND PROVIDING CLARITY BETWEEN VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS. I THANK RANKING MEMBER CONYERS AND MR. LEWIS, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS AND I CONS ON THESE ISSUES FOR WORKING WITH SENATOR BURR AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO REACH AGREEMENT ON THIS BILL AND THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATES AND PROSECUTORS THESE CRIMES TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE AND THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WILL GIVE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THE ABILITY AND THE DIRECTION TO DO JUST THAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:00:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:00:27 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN JUNE OF 2007 THIS BODY PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN JUNE OF 2007 THIS BODY PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SUBSEQUENTLY SIGNED THE EMMITT TILL UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIMES ACTS. SINCE THAT TIME, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND COLD CASE ADVOCATES HAVE REVIEWED HUNDREDS OF CASES IN THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE AND A SENSE OF CLOSURE FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO FELL VICTIM TO RACIAL VIOLENCE AND -- IN ONE OF THE MOST TU MULL CHOUGS PERIODS IN THIS NATION'S HISTORY. FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT LIVE THROUGH THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE COMBINED CLIMATE OF EXCITEMENT OR CHANGE THAT COEXISTED WITH ONE OF FEAR AND VIOLENCE. SIMPLY FOR ACTING ON THEIR IDEALS OF RACIAL EQUALITY, INNOCENT PEOPLE, YOUNG AND OLD, BLACK, AND WHITE, WERE STRUCK DOWN. IN SOME CASES, UNFORTUNATELY, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CO-LEWDED WITH THE PERPETRATORS OF ANTI-CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLENCE AND ATTEMPTS AT JUSTICE OFTEN PROVIDED -- OR PROVED TO BE CHARADE. ENDING WITH THE JURY NULLIFICATION OR TAMPERING BY RACIST CITIZENS COUNCIL. THE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITY HAS REPORTED THAT FOR EVERY INFAMOUS KILLING THATTER TO AT THE SOUTH IN THE 19'S AND 1960'S, THERE WERE MANY MORE THAT WERE BARELY NOTED OR INVESTIGATED. WE, I'M PROUD TO SAY, PASSED THE EMMITT TILL UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIMES ACT IN 2007 TO HELP BRING THESE CASES TO LIGHT AND SEEK JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. EVEN AFTER NEARLY A DECADE OF EFFORT BY ADVOCATES IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, IT REMAINS CLEAR THAT MUCH WORK REMAINS TO HEAL THE WOUNDS OF THIS PERIOD OF HISTORY. TO THAT END, THE TILL RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT WILL CREATE A FRAMEWORK FOR PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND COLD CASE ADVOCATES TO SHARE INFORMATION AND REVIEW THE STATUS AND CLOSURE OF CASES THROUGH 1980. THE LEGISLATION FURTHER AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS AND TASKS THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE WITH BRINGING TOGETHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS THE TENSIONS RAISED BY CIVIL RIGHTS ERA CRIMES. THE TITLE OF THIS BILL SERVES AS A REMINDER OF ONE OF THE MANY LIVES THAT WAS CUT MUCH TOO SHORT AS A RESULT OF RACIALLY MOTIVATED HATE AND VIOLENCE. EMMITT TILL WAS A 14-YEAR-OLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUNG MAN FROM CHICAGO WHO ALLEGEDLY WHISTLED AT A WHITE WOMAN. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, HE WAS FOUND MURDERED AND TORE TUR -- AND TORTURED. THOUGH HIS ACCUSED KILLERS WERE TRIED, THEY WERE ACQUITTED BY AN ALL-WHITE JURY. DESPITE ATTEMPTS AT GAINING A FEDERAL INDICTMENT IN THE CASE, HIS TORTURE AN MURDER REMAIN UNPUNISHED. WHILE HIS FAMILY STILL GRIEVES, THEY HAVE CHANNELED THEIR SORROW INTO ACTIVISM FOR THOSE VICTIMS STILL SEEKING JUSTICE. I BELIEVE THAT IT REMAINS IMPORTANT THAT THE PERPETRATORS OF CIVIL RIGHTS ERA CRIMES BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE EVEN 50 YEARS LATER. WHILE JUSTICE HAS BEEN DELAYED FOR THE VICTIMS OF THESE CRIMES, THE FACT THAT WE ARE RAISING THESE COLD CASES BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM. I AM THANKFUL TO OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. OUT OUT -- ULTIMATELY THAT COMMITMENT BODES WELL FOR OUR COLLECTIVE FUTURE AND RECONCILIATION WITHIN THESE COMMUNITIES. I ACCORDINGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THOSE OF US WHO ARE LEADING IN THIS MOVEMENT AND EFFORT AND SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THE STATEMENT OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, JOHN LEWIS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:05:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:05:54 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE THE…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:06:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 07:06:03 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE BUT FIRST I WANT TO YIELD…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE BUT FIRST I WANT TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY NEED TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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  • 07:06:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:06:17 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE DEAN OF THIS INSTITUTION. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF…

    I THANK THE DEAN OF THIS INSTITUTION. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH JOHN CONYERS AND JOHN LEWIS HAVE NOTHING BUT ADMIRATION AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGH THEIR TEACHINGS OF THE LIFE OF WHICH THEY LIVED. SO THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION IS A REFLECTION OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO THESE FAMILIES AND THEIR PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAIN THAT SO MANY FAMILIES STILL NOW EXPERIENCE THROUGH UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CRIMES. EMMITT TILL WAS ONE OF THE MIDWEST NOTE WORTHY AND VIOLENT AND MANY OF US STILL ARE ABLE TO SEE IN OUR VISION A PICTURE OF THE OPEN CASKET OF HOW BRUTALIZED AND BEATEN YOUNG EMMITT TILL, A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY -- EMMETT TILL A 14-YEAR-OLD BOY HAD TO SUFFER. HIS MOTHER HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED ABSOLUTE HUMILIATION, IN TERMS OF SEEING HER SON'S BODY OPEN TO THE WORLD, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A HEINOUS CRIME SHE WAS WILLING FOR THE WORLD TO SEE. THIS LEGISLATION IS ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT EXTENDS UNTIL 2027 THE AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE UNSOLVED CRIMINAL CIVIL RIGHTS CASES AND EXPANDS BY A DECADE THE TIME PERIOD FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT CAN REOPEN CASES TO INVESTIGATE UNDER CURRENT LAW THE CUTOFF DATE WAS 1970. EMMETT TILL'S -- EMMETT TILL UNSOLVED CIVIL RIGHTS CASES OF 2007 REMAINS NECESSARY LEGISLATION INTENDED TO COMPLETE THE NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT UNFINISHED BUSINESS. I WILL JUST SAY IN CONCLUDING, LEGISLATION WILL HAVE TO BE A DOCUMENT ON WHICH THE -- WHICH THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO BREATHE LIFE INTO. WE WILL HAVE TO INSIST, REGARDLESS OF THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THAT THIS SECTION HAVE THE KIND OF FUNDING THAT IS NECESSARY. THE PATH OF THIS CONGRESS IS NOT FINISHED BY THE AUTHORIZATION. IT MUST BE FUNDED. MANY FAMILIES HAVE COME TO MY OFFICE IN DEEP PAIN, NEED MORE RESOURCES FOR THAT SECTION, MORE LAWYER, MORE ENERGETIC ACTIVITY. SO I SAY TO THOSE WHO MAY BE ASSIGNED TO THIS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, TAKE THIS AS A SPECIAL CAUSE. IT IS NOT JUST UNSOLVED COLD CASES. IT IS A SMEAR ON THE DEMOCRACY OF THIS NATION. IT IS A STAIN. IT IS A TAINT THAT WE SHOULD LIVE ABOVE BY INSISTING THAT EVERY FAMILY HAVE JUSTICE FOR THE MURDER OF THEIR LOVED ONES. PARTICULARLY, THOUGH -- PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE BATTLE OF CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN MANY IN THIS COUNTRY LIVED IN THE SECOND CLASS SHADOW OF RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION. THE CIVIL RIGHTS BATTLES WERE REAL. THEY WERE VIOLENT IN SOME INSTANCES. BUT THANK GOD THERE WERE LEADERS LIKE JOHN LEWIS, JOHN CONYERS, MANY IN THIS CONGRESS AND CERTAINLY THE LATE DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WHO ALWAYS BELIEVED, AS I D, THAT WE CAN DO THIS THROUGH PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE. THIS IS A TOOL OF NONVIOLENCE. WE MUST INSIST THAT THEY DO THEIR TASK AND THAT WE SOLVE THESE UNSOLVED MURDEROUS CIVIL RIGHTS CASES AND DO SO TO HEAL THE NATION AND TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE OUR DEMOCRACY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:09:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:09:59 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    BALANCE OF MY TIME -- I RESERVE IF -- I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:10:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 07:10:11 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM FINISHED WITH OUR PRESENTATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I AM FINISHED WITH OUR PRESENTATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:10:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:10:27 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    TO MYSELF TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, THE…

    TO MYSELF TO SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LEWIS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, THAT THIS IS A QUEST FOR JUSTICE THAT NEEDS TO BE ONGOING AND I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:10:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS SENATE 2854 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 07:11:29 PM

    THE CLERK

    3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED STATES CODE, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND…

    3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED STATES CODE, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MET IN OPEN SESSION TO CONSIDER SIX RESOLUTIONS INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONS CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE THE COST OF FEDERAL PROPERTY AN LEASE. OF THE SIX RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED, THE TWO CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS INCLUDE A FEDERAL COURTHOUSE CONSISTENT WITH EXISTING FUNDING AND SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS OF LEASED SPACE. THESE RESOLUTIONS REPRESENT $56 MILLION IN AVOIDED LEASE COSTS AND OFFSETS. I'VE ENCLOSED COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE ON DECEMBER 7, 2016. SIGNED, SINCERELY, BILL SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN.

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  • 07:12:29 PM

    TEMPORE R

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:12:55 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. CLYBURN OF SOUTH CAROLINA FOR TODAY.

  • 07:13:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2016 THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:13:18 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JODY…

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JODY HEIST. -- JODY HICE.

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  • 07:13:27 PM

    MR. HICE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WHAT AN HON NOR IT IS TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. WHAT AN HON NOR IT IS TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES THIS EVENING IN TAKING A MOMENT TO HONOR MY GOOD FRIEND AND FELLOW ALUM FROM ASBURY COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS MY FRIEND JOE PITTS HAS SPENT HIS LIFE LITERALLY ENGAGED IN SERVING THOSE AROUND HIM. IN FACT, EARLY IN HIS CAREER, JOE AND HIS WIFE WORKED AS TEACHERS TO EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION UNTIL HE JOINED THE AIR FORCE IN 1963. HE ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY IN SERVING THREE TOURS IN VIETNAM WHERE HE COMPLETED 116 COMBAT MISSIONS AND EARNED THE AIR MEDAL WITH FIVE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS. JUST A FEW YEARS AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM THE WAR EFFORT, JOE CONTINUED HIS SERVICE IN HIS STATE AND OUR NATION AS A MEMBER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPENDING SOME 24 YEARS ASSISTING HIS FELLOW PENNSYLVANIANS. IN 1997, JOE BROUGHT HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND HIS SERVANT'S HEART RIGHT HERE TO THE HALLS OF CONGRESS WHERE HE'S NOW SERVED FOR 20 YEARS. IN THIS ROLE AND THROUGH HIS SERVICE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VALUES ACTION TEAM, JOE HAS BEEN A GUIDING FORCE FOR BRINGING OUR JUDEO CHRISTIAN ETHICS AND MORAL VALUES TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND HE'S LITERALLY BEEN A CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE OF LIFE. IN MARK CHAPTER 10, THE LORD TELLS US THAT THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO LEADERSHIP MUST BE GREAT SERVANTS. AND FURTHER, IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7, WE FIND THAT WE ARE RECOGNIZED -- WE WILL RECOGNIZE OUR FLUTES. YOU CAN TELL WHO SOMEONE IS NOT MERELY BY WHAT THEY SAY BUT WHAT THEY DO. JOE, I WOULD SAY TO YOU, SIR, THANK YOU. YOU'VE BEEN TESTED AND YOU HAVE SHOWN YOURSELF APPROVED AND WE ARE ALL GOING TO SINCERELY AND DEEPLY, GENUINELY MISS JOE PITTS AND SO I HOPE, JOE, THAT AS YOU CONTINUE IN YOUR NEXT CHAPTER THAT IN YOUR ABSENCE HERE THAT WE MAY EACH HAVE A PORTION OF YOUR SERVANT'S HEART AND HOW BLESSED THIS BODY WILL BE IF WE DO SO. SO I JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THIS GIANT OF A LEADER HERE IN CONGRESS AND HOW WE'LL DEEPLY MISS HIM AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 07:16:11 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ELOQUENT REMARKS. AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ELOQUENT REMARKS. AND I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA.

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  • 07:16:25 PM

    MR. ADERHOLT

    I THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENING SO WE CAN THANK JOE PITTS FOR HIS…

    I THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENING SO WE CAN THANK JOE PITTS FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE NOT ONLY TO THIS CHAMBER AND THE PUBLIC IN GENERAL. JOE IS RETIRING AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE AND HE SERVED AS HAS BEEN SAID 24 YEARS IN THE PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, JOE PITTS, IS A HERO FOR CONSERVATIVES. HE FIGHTS DAILY FOR FAMILIES, UNBORN CHILDREN AND PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD. AND I KNOW ABOUT HIS WORK AS FAR AS PERSECUTING CHRISTIANS BECAUSE ONE OF THE FIRST TRIPS I HAD AS A MEMBER OF PROGRESS WAS TO TRAVEL WITH JOE PITTS TO THE COUNTRY OF EGYPT TOLL ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS. I HAD A CHANCE TO SIT THERE WITH JOE AS WE BOTH TALKED ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN THE COUNTRY OF CHRISTIANS AND SAT ACROSS THE TABLE FROM PRESIDENT MUBARAK AND LET HIM KNOW THE CONCERNS WE HAD AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAD FOR CHRISTIANS THAT WERE TREATED UNFAIRLY AND FOR NO OTHER REASON BECAUSE OF THEIR BELIEF IN THEIR FAITH. JOE PITTS HAS BEEN A FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE SINCE WE WERE FIRST ELECTED. HE AND I WERE FIRST ELECTED HERE IN 199. HE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE VALUES ACTION TIME WHEN NEWT GINGRICH ASKED HIM TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE OF PRO-LIFE, PRO-FAMILY ISSUES. HE HAS BEEN A LEADING MEMBER OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS ALONG WITH CONGRESSMAN SMITH SINCE THAT TIME. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH JOE ON THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE SECURITY AND COOPERATION OF EUROPE. AND WE MEET IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY ONCE A YEAR TO TRY TO WORK ON ISSUES AND I CAN TELL YOU THE PRO-LIFE ISSUE AND TRYING TO PROTECT THE UNBORN AND THE FAMILY. I WANTED TO THANK HIS STAFF OVER THE YEARS THAT I HAVE WORKED HAND-AND-GLOVE WITH CONGRESSMAN PITTS WHO HAVE BEEN CHAMPIONS OF CONSERVATIVE CAUSES AND WE WILL CERTAINLY MISS WORKING WITH THEM AS THEY GO ONTO THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIFE. AGAIN, I WANT TO WISH JOE PITTS ALL THE BEST AS HE MOVES ONTO THE NEXT PHASE OF HIS LIFE AND PRAY THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WILL HAVE MAYBE A SLIGHTLY SLOWER PACE AS THEY GO BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA. AND I KNOW JOE AND WHATEVER NEXT CHAPTER OF LIFE THAT HE IS INVOLVED IN, IT WILL BE INVOLVED IN PROTECTING FAMILIES AND HE WILL BE PROTECTING THE UNBORN, THE MOST VULNERABLE AND MAKING SURE WHAT HE FEELS IS THE BEST INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. AGAIN, WE WISH JOE PITTS AND HIS FAMILY ALL THE BEST IN THE MANY YEARS TO COME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 07:20:05 PM

    MR. SMITH

    FROM TENNESSEE, REPRESENTATIVE BLACK.

  • 07:20:11 PM

    MRS. BLACK

    LIFE AND FAMILIES AND I APPRECIATE MR. SMITH'S WORK IN THIS AREA AS WELL.…

    LIFE AND FAMILIES AND I APPRECIATE MR. SMITH'S WORK IN THIS AREA AS WELL. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY, I RISE TO HONOR MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS ON HIS UPCOMING RETIREMENT FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS THE FORMER TEACHER, CONGRESSMAN PITTS SPENT YEARS INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS AND AS AN AIR FORCE CAPTAIN WITH THREE TOURS OF DUTY IN VIETNAM HE WAS ON THE FRONT LINE THAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THIS CHAMBER EVERY DAY. HIS SERVICE IN CONGRESS NOW SPANNING 20 YEARS WILL BE MARKED BY A QUIET STRENGTH AND A STEADY LEADERSHIP THAT ALWAYS SOUGHT SOLUTIONS AND RAN TOWARDS ANSWERS INSTEAD RUNNING TO THE CAMERA. CONGRESSMAN PITTS WAS NEVER AA LOUD PERSON IN THE ROOM BUT HE MAY HAVE BEEN THE WISEST. AS THE FOUNDER AS THE VALUES ACTION TEAM, HE CREATED A PLATFORM TOLL BUILD STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN VALUE-ON THE PARTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHARE THOSE SAME PRINCIPLES AND THROUGH HIS APPOINTMENT AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE HE BUILT SOLUTIONS THAT EMPOWERED SOLUTIONS NOT BUREAUCRATS. BUT I WILL BE MOST GRATEFUL TO CONGRESSMAN PITTS FOR HIS FEARLESS UNFLINCHING DEFENSE OF OUR NATION'S UNBORN. FROM HIS OWN LEGISLATION, LIKE PROTECT LIFE ACT, TO HIS INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP IN THE FIGHT TO PASS THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT TO HIS WORK ON THE SELECT INVESTIGATION PANEL ON INFANT LIFE, CONGRESSMAN PITTS HAS BEEN THE VOICE FOR THE VULNERABLE AT EVERY TURN. I THANK CONGRESSMAN PITTS FOR HIS SERVICE, FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP, FOR HIS GUIDANCE. AND I WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE AND HIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ALL THE BEST IN THE NEXT CHAPTER OF THEIR LIFE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:22:34 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THOSE VERY, VERY ELOQUENT REMARKS. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO RANDY HULTGREN.

  • 07:22:45 PM

    MR. HULTGREN

    I THANK CHRIS CHRIS SMITH TO DO THIS AND SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE IN THIS…

    I THANK CHRIS CHRIS SMITH TO DO THIS AND SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE IN THIS AMAZING PLACE. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE PLEASING TO MEET OUR HEROES. SOME OF US HAVE THE GREATER BLESSING OF NOT ONLY TO GET TO MEET THEM PU WORK WITH THOSE HEROES AND THOSE VERY SPECIAL FEW BECOME FRIENDS WITH OUR HEROES. AND THAT'S THE FEELING I HAVE WITH JOE PITTS. JOE PITTS IS A MENTOR TO ME, A HERO TO ME, SOMEONE WHO HAS SERVED SO WELL AT EVERY STEP OF HIS LIFETIME. AND I'M HERE TO HONOR HIM TONIGHT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE AND LET HIM KNOW WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL. JOE PITTS IS KNOWN FOR MANY THINGS. HE IS A MAN OF FAITH. FAITH AND HIS LOVE FOR GOD AND JESUS CHRIST AND INFLUENCES EVERYTHING HE DOES. I LOVE HIS COMMITMENT AND LOVE FOR HIS FAMILY. JOE AND HIS WIFE HAD A LONG TRADITION OF HAVING GRANDKIDS' CAMP AND NO PARENTS ALLOWED AND HAVE THE GRAND KIDS COME WITH THEM. THEY DO SPECIAL TRIP AND SPECIAL TRAINING AND RAISING UP GRAND KIDS TO LOVE GOD AND THIS NATION AND SHARE THE VALUES THAT WERE SO IMPORTANT TO JOE AND HIS FAMILY. I'M GRATEFUL FOR HIS SERVICE HERE IN THIS CONGRESS. JOE HAS BEEN FAITHFUL. HE WAS THE LEADER OF THE VALUE ACTION TEAM TO RECOGNIZE OUR VALUES ARE SO IMPORTANT AND WE NEED CHAMPIONS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PASSING LEGISLATION THAT REFLECTS OUR VALUES, THE VALUES OF OUR FOUNDERS AND THE VALUES OF SO MANY WHO LED THROUGHOUT OUR NATION AND MAKING SURE WE ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. JOE HAS BEEN A CHAMPION FOR LIFE. A CHAMPION FOR THE PERSECUTED, ESPECIALLY RELIGIOUSLY PERSECUTED, FIGHTING FOR THEM AND STEPPING UP FOR THEM AND MAKING SURE THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD AND FIGHTING FOR THE UNBORN IS SOMETHING THAT IS A BIG PART OF JOE'S LIFE AS WELL. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE NOT ONLY TO MEET JOE PITTS AND GET TO KNOW JOE PITTS BUT TO SAY JOE IS A FRIEND OF MINE. JOE, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, FOR YOUR GOD AND FAMILY AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE AMERICA A WONDERFUL PLACE AND TO LEAVE A RICH CHALLENGE AND HERITAGE TO PROTECT THE WONDERFUL VALUES THAT WE ENJOY. GOD BLESS YOU, JOE. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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  • 07:25:37 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE LAMALFA.

  • 07:25:42 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    I THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS OVER THE MANY YEARS FOR STICKING UP FOR THE…

    I THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS OVER THE MANY YEARS FOR STICKING UP FOR THE VALUES THAT ARE SO IMPORTANT. AND IT IS A NIGHT TO RECOGNIZE OUR LEADER OF THE VALUE ACTIONS TEAM MR. JOE PITTS AND HIS DEDICATION TO THESE IMPORTANT CAUSES FOR OUR VALUES, THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO SAY ARE GOING TO BE REMEMBERED LONG PAST WHEN ALL THE OTHER STUFF WE DO, THE FISCAL-RELATED THINGS, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT NOBODY WILL REMEMBER. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THEY WILL REMEMBER WE STOOD UP FOR THE THINGS THAT ARE TRULY IMPORTANT TO FAMILIES AND THINGS THAT WILL ENDURE OVER TIME. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS A PRIVILEGE TO ME. AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH JOE OVER THE FEW SHORT YEARS I HAVE BEEN HERE IN THE HOUSE. GOTTEN TO KNOW WHAT HE'S ABOUT AND RESPECT GREATLY. A MAN OF FAITH AND COURAGE AND STANDING AGAINST THE TIDE THAT WOULD BE PRETTY UNPOPULAR THESE DAYS, A LOT OF TIMES IN THIS ERA OF WHAT IS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. HE STOOD IN THERE FOR VERY DIFFICULT ISSUES ON LIFE AND BASIC LIBERTIES, ON MORAL CONSCIENCE AND GETTING INTO ISSUES FROM CRAZY CALIFORNIA WHERE I COME FROM AND HELP FIGHT A BATTLE THERE THAT WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE TO HAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE WHICH IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THIS COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN LOST IN RECENT RE-INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT I THINK TRUE TRADITIONAL VALUES ARE. HE HAS GIVEN THAT VOICE TO THE UNBORN. STOOD BY BY SIDE WITH THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR IN THEIR DIRECT FIGHT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. HE DEFENDED THE CONSCIENCE OF AMERICA THAT SHOULDN'T GO AGAINST THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES THAT OUR NATION WAS FOUND, LIFE WITH RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS. JOE PITTS, WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO PROTECTING CONSERVATIVE VALUES IN OUR GOVERNMENT OR OUTSIDE OF IT, NO ISSUE TOO SMALL, TOO INSIGNIFICANT OR ANYTHING HE WOULD SHY AWAY FROM, INDEED, HE INSPIRES US TO BE BOLD, TO STAND UP FOR THOSE THAT CAN'T ALWAYS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES OR HAVE BEEN BEATEN DOWN BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS TO EVEN SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. SO WE NEED THESE CONSERVATIVE VALUES AND NEED VISION LIKE JOE PITTS HAS ALWAYS EXHIBITED AND TO BE ABLE TO WORK BESIDE HIM AND THE YEARS I HAVE BEEN IN THE HOUSE HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE AND I APPRECIATE HIS WORK, HIS COURAGE AND BEING FEARLESS AGAINST A TIDE THAT SOMETIMES THAT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND. SO AT THE END OF ALL OF THIS, I THINK SOME OF THE MOST REWARDING WORDS IN TRYING TO EXPRESS HERE TONIGHT, WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. GOD BLESS JOE PITTS. WE THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE ON THE VALUES ACTION TEAM AND ALL HE HAS STOOD FOR AND PROUD TO STAND BESIDE HIM AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:29:15 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS FINE REMARKS. I WOULD LIKE…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA FOR HIS FINE REMARKS. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK BECAUSE THERE ARE A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER. MADAM SPEAKER, IT IS HARD TO EXAMINE A CONGRESS WITHOUT THE INCOMPARABLE JOE PITTS, A REMARKABLE AND HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED LAWMAKER, DISTINGUISHED STATESMAN, A MAN OF PRINCIPLE AND BEDROCK MORAL CONVICTION WHO SOUGHT TO DO GOD'S WILL ON EARTH NO MATTER THE SACRIFICE AND THE HARDSHIP. AS I THINK SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES NOTED THAT JOE WAS BORN IN KENTUCKY IN A FAMILY OF STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH THAT WAS PASSED ON TO HIS OWN THREE CHILDREN AND THAT WOULD BE CAROL, KAREN AND DANIEL. HIS FATHER WAS AN ARMY CHAPLAIN DURING WORLD WAR II. THE ELDER PITTS RETURNED TO THE PHILLIPINES WITH HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN TO SERVE AS A MISSIONARY IN A WAR-RAVAGED COUNTRY. HE SAW THE AFTER-FEBTS OF WAR AND THAT SO PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED JOE PITTS. HE DEVELOPED A COMMITMENT TO A STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE. . HE MET VIRGINIA, GINNY, AS WE KNOW HER, MY WIFE AND I HAVE TRAVELED WITH THEM. THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND A NUMBER OF GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL. HE TAUGHT MATH AND SCIENCE AND COACHED BASKETBALL HE SERVED 5 1/2 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, INCLUDING THREE TOURS IN VIETNAM. HE WAS THE E.W. OFFICER, ELECTRONIC WARFARE OFFICER, ON A B-52 AND COMPLETED 116 COMBAT MISSIONS AND WON THE AIR MEDAL WITH FIVE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS. HERE IN WASHINGTON, HE'S WORKED HARD ON POLITICAL PRISONERS, INCLUDING PEOPLE LIKE SAID ABADINI, AND JEWISH AND OTHER POLITICAL PRISONERS AND RELIGIOUS PRISONERS AROUND THE WORLD RM HE'S BEEN TENACIOUS IN PROMOTING PRAYER BREAKFASTS AROUND THE WORLD SO THAT MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTS AND CONGRESSES ALL AROUND THE WORLD WOULD KNOW THE BLESSINGS OF FELLOWSHIP AND PRAYER AND BEING IN TOUCH WITH GOD. HE EVEN TRAVELED TO MONGOLIA FOR THE FIRST PRAYER BREAKFAST IN THE LATE 1990'S. HE LEADS AN AMBASSADOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST AND FELLOWSHIP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF JOINING HIM FOR THOSE LUNCHES ON OCCASION. IT'S A TIME FOR AMBASSADORS TO GET TOGETHER FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, FROM DIFFERENT REGIONS, SOMETIMES FROM MANY REGIONS, TO BREAK BREAD, TO TALK ABOUT THE SCRIPTURE, WITH SOME EMPHASIS ON POLICY BUT MOSTLY ABOUT HOW GOD DOES MINISTER TO US, HOW FORGIVING HE IS, AND HOW ALL OF RUSS IN NEED OF RECON SILL YANKEES. JOE PITTS IS THERE LEADING THAT FELLOWSHIP AND HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR DECADES. HE'S BEEN A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ONGOING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN WESTERN SAHARA AND ELSEWHERE. HE'S CO-CHAIR OF THE LANTOS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION NAND CONGRESS, OF COURSE, WE KNOW HE'S SERVED IN A NUMBER OF KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS, INCLUDING HIS CURRENT POSITION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE FOR THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND OBVIOUSLY SO MANUFACTURE MANY OF THE IMPORTANT ISSUES OF DISEASES, DISABILITIES, THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM ITSELF PRESENTS THEMSELVES BEFORE HIS COMMITTEE. HE'S BEEN A PROBLEM SOLVER. HE AND HIS STAFF WORKING -- WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE TO TRY TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THESE OFTEN VEXING ISSUES OF HEALTH CARE. ON THE GREATEST HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE OF OUR TIME, PROTECTING UNBORN BABIES AND THEIR MOTHERS FROM THE VIOLENCE OF ABORTION, JOE PITTS HAS NOT ONLY SAVED COUNTLESS PRECIOUS LIVES AND FOSTERED RECONCILIATION AND HOPE FOR POST-ABORTIVE WOMEN, BUT HE'S ALSO BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US IN CONGRESS. THE WAY HE COMPORTS HIMSELF. NEVER GETS ANGRY. DEALS WITH THE ISSUE IN A WAY THAT REACHES OUT TO PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW IN THE HOPES THAT THEY WILL SEE THE WISDOM OF PROTECTING THE INNOCENT AND MOST VULNERABLE. HE HAS BEEN A LEADER ON EVERY PRO-LIFE CONGRESSIONAL POLICY, BILLS, AMENDMENTS, ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION; SINCE HE WON HIS POWERFUL VOICE AND VOTE ON ENDING THAT HIDEOUS METHOD CALLED PARTIAL BITH ABORTION, ENACTING MULTIPLE ANNUAL ABORTION FUND BANS, FROM BANNING GENDER ABORTIONS, THE ULTIMATE VIOLATION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS, SAYING YOU MAY BE UNWORTHY OF BEING BORN BECAUSE YOU'RE FEMALE, HAS BEEN REMARKABLE. HIS LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN REMARKABLE. HAD THE HOUSE PASSED THE PITTS AMENDMENT, OBAMACARE WITH ALL ITS EGREGIOUS FLAWS WOULD HAVE AT LEAST BEEN ABORTION-FREE. JOE PITTS HAS BEEN THE GREATEST FRIEND AND ALLY A PERSON -- FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, INCLUDING HIS ROBUST DEFENSE OF TERRI SCHIAVO. HIS SERVICE IN THE PENNSYLVANIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM 1973 TO 1997, INCLUDING HIS CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE POWERFUL APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WHICH HE WAS ELECTED BY HIS PEERS, WAS FILLED WITH ACCOMPLISHMENTS, INCLUDING HIS BOLD LEADERSHIP IN ENACTING THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT. SOMEDAY, FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL LOOK BACK ON AMERICA'S CULTURE OF DEATH AND WONDER HOW AND WHY A SEEMINGLY ENLIGHTENED SOCIETY, SO BLESSED WITH CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS, WEALTH, EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, INFORMATION, MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS, A FREE PRESS AND A STRONG AND DIVERSE FAITH COMMUNITY COULD HAVE ALLOWED 60 MILLION UNBORN CHILDREN TO BE KILLED BY ABORTION. WHEN THE DAY COMES AND LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR THE WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE ARE RESTORED, I BELIEVE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE THE TENACIOUS HERO, EHUMAN RIGHTS HEROES OF TODAY, PEOPLE LIKE HENRY HYDE, COMPASSIONATE WOMEN LIKE MOTHER TERESA, AND JOE PITTS, WHO PERSEVERED, PRAYED, AND WORKED TENACIOUSLY ON BEHALF OF THE LEAST OF THESE. ST. FRANCIS ONCE FAMOUSLY SAID, ALWAYS PREACH THE GOSPEL AND WHEN NECESSARY USE WORDS. BY HIS EXAMPLE, BY HIS PERPETUAL RADIATING OF CHRIST, JUST LOOK IN HIS EYES, THERE'S KINDNESS AND COMPASSION AND EMPATHY OF JOE -- IN JOE PITTS' EYES, HE HAS INSPIRED ALL OF US TO DO HIS WILL ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN AND IT IS A DISTINCT HONOR TO BE KNOWN AS ONE OF JOE PITTS' FRIENDS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:37:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. LOFGREN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:37:27 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM HONORED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO TALK…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I AM HONORED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE REMARKABLE RECORDS OF FIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE RETIRING FROM THE CONGRESS. I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF CHAIRING THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC DELEGATION FOR MANY YEARS AND THESE FIVE MEMBERS, REPRESENTATIVES SAM -- REPRESENTATIVE SAM FARR, REPRESENTATIVE LOIS CAPPS, REPRESENTATIVE LORETTA SANCHEZ, REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HONDA, AND REPRESENTATIVE JANIS HAHN, ARE GOING HOME TO CALIFORNIA. AFTERER IS -- SERVING DISTINGUISHED CAREERS HERE IN THE HOUSE. YOU KNOW, I'LL START WITH MY NEAR NEIGHBOR WHO HAS SERVED SINCE 1993, CAME IN IN A SPECIAL ELECTION, AND THAT IS CONGRESSMAN SAM FARR. HE HAS HONORABLY REPRESENTED THE CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS AND HERE IN CONGRESS FOR THE LAST 23. SAM WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE MONTEREY COUNTY AREA. BEFORE HIS SERVICE HERE IN THE HOUSE, HE EARLY ON SERVED IN THE PEACE CORPS IN COLOMBIA. AND HIS WONDERFUL, FLUENT SPANISH IS A PRODUCT OF HIS PEACE CORPS SERVICE IN COLOMBIA. TO THIS DAY , HE HAS A SPECIAL SOFT SPOT FOR THAT COUNTRY. AS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, HE'S CHAMPIONED SAFE AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR CONSUMERS, FARMERS, AND PRODUCERS AND HE'S MADE SURE THAT THE NEED OF GETTING FRESH FOOD INTO SCHOOL LUNCHES HAS NEVER BEEN FAR FROM OUR THOUGHTS. HE'S HAD REMARKABLE SUCCESS THERE WHICH HAS SERVED THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AFTER SERVING IN THE PEACE CORPS, SAM REPRESENTED HIS CONSTITUENTS ON THE MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR SIX YEARS. HE -- AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS , HE CONTINUED TO FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE DISADVANTAGED, AND OF COURSE AFTER THAT, HE SERVED IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE. HE FOUNDED THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE OCEANS CAUCUS AND AUTHORED THE OCEANS ACT WHICH CREATED THE U.S. COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY. HE'S THE LONGEST SERVING DEMOCRAT ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS. WHILE HE SERVED ON THAT SUBCOMMITTEE, HE DID SOMETHING SIMPLY REMARKABLE. WE ALL KNOW THAT BASES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WERE CLOSED UNDER THE BRAC SYSTEM AND ONE OF THOSE WAS THE FORT ORD MILITARY BASE, THE BIGGEST CALIFORNIA BASE, AND IT LEFT A HOLE IN THAT COUNTY. WHAT SAM DID WAS HE WORKED WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT BASE COULD BE REPURPOSED TO GOOD USE AND HE LED THE EFFORT TO MAKE THE CAL STATE UNIVERSITY AT MONTEREY A REALITY AT FORT ORD. SAM IS A FORMER CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND DID SUCH A GREAT JOB WHEN HE CHAIRED THIS GROUP HE STANDS FOR PEACE, FOR DIPLOMACY, SAM IS ALWAYS STANDING UP FOR THE LITTLE GUY. AND ONE OF THE THINGS IN ADDITION TO THAT IS THAT HE HAS BEEN THE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS. WHENEVER WE GO ANYWHERE, SAM IS THERE WITH HIS CAMERA AND WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHO IS GOING TO KEEP TRACK OF OUR ACTIVITIES WHEN SAM RETIRES. WE WISH HIM WELL. WE KNOW HE'S GOING TO HAVE A GREAT TIME IN THE SERENE BEAUTY OF THE REGION WHERE HE GREW UP. HE SAID IT'S TIME TO GO HOME AND BE A BRAND PA AND WE KNOW THAT HE'S A WONDERFUL GRANDPA. LOIS CAPPS IS ALSO RETIRING. NOW, LOIS WAS SWORN IN ON MARCH 17, 1998, BUT I REMEMBER THE DAY THAT HER LATE HUSBAND, WALTER CAPPS, PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY, SHE AND WALTER WERE ON THEIR WAY TO THE CAPITOL AND WALTER PASSED AWAY. WE HAD AN UNPLANNED SPECIAL ORDER HERE, WE WERE ALL SO SHOCKED THAT THAT HAD HAPPENED. LOIS WAS HERE WITH US. SHE LATER WENT ON TO RUN FOR THE SEAT THAT HER HUSBAND HAD REPRESENTED REALLY FOR A SHORT TIME. SANTA BARBARA, SAN LUIS OBISPO AND PARTS OF VENTURA COUNTY. SHE'S REPRESENTED THAT AREA WITH TREMENDOUS DISTINCTION. SHE'LL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU, SHE NEVER EXPECTED TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. SHE'S A FORMER NURSE, A PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE. SHE WAS A SCHOOL NURSE AND STILL TALKS ABOUT THE WORK SHE DID AS A SCHOOL NURSE WITH CHILDREN. AND WHEN SHE GOT ELECTED TO CONGRESS, SHE WAS COMMITTED TO IMPROVING SCHOOLS, TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE, AND A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT. SHE BUILT A LEGACY OF COMMON SENSE SOLUTIONS THAT HAVE HELPED MAKE HER DISTRICT, HER STATE, AND OUR COUNTRY CLEANER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE SUSTAINABLE. AND HERE'S SOMETHING NOT EVERYONE KNOWS BUT WHEN THEY HEAR IT, IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. SHE'S BEEN VOTED THE NICEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SO SHE IS. SE SERVES ON THE POWERFUL ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND SITS ON THE HEALTH, ENERGY, AND POWER COMMITTEE, ALONG WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC -- AND ECONOMY SUBCOMMITTEES. SHE'S FOCUSED ON MEDICARE REFORM, THE NURSING SHORTAGE, MENTAL HEALTH, THE PROTECTION OF OUR AIR AND WATER SHE ALSO SERVES ON THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE. LOIS IS SOMEONE WHO NOT ONLY SERVES WITH DISTINCTION BUT WHO IS A WARM FRIEND. WE WILL MISS HER GREATLY NEXT CONGRESS BUT WE KNOW THAT SHE DESERVES THE RETIREMENT SHE HAS EARNED AND SHE WILL BE GOING HOME TO HER BEAUTIFUL DISTRICT. OUR COLLEAGUE, LORETTA SANCHEZ IS A TRUE TRAIL BLAZER. BEGINNING WITH HER ELECTION IN 1996, WHERE IN THEN-REPUBLICAN ORANGE COUNTY SHE HAD AN UPSET VICTORY AGAINST A FORMER REPRESENTATIVE, BARB --, -- DORNAN. SHE DEFEATED REPRESENTATIVE DORNAN BY LESS THAN 1,000 VOTES. WHEN SHE GOT HERE, SHE IMMEDIATELY TRIED TO DO WHAT SHE COULD FOR THE DEFENSE OF THIS NATION. SHE HAS SERVED HONORABLY AS A SENIOR MEMBER ON THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE TACTICAL AIR AND LAND FORCES SUBCOMMITTEE. SHE'S CONSIDERED A LEADER ON MILITARY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. SHE'S ALSO THE CO-CHAIR OF THE WOMEN IN THE MILITARY CAUCUS WHERE SHE ADVOCATED FOR FEMALE SERVICE MEMBERS TO SERVE IN COMBAT ROLES AND SHE FOUGHT TO END SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE ARMED FORCES. SHE SERVED ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON STRATEGIC FORCES WHERE SHE MADE SURE OUR NATION IS PREPARED FOR ANYTHING. ANY MISSILE OR NUCLEAR ATTACK. ANOTHER THING ANOTHER THING I KNOW ABOUT LORETTA ABOUT HOW SHE CARES ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS AND HER ADVOCACY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN VIETNAM. SHE AND I CO-CHAIRED THE CAUCUS ON VIETNAM AND HAS GONE TO VIETNAM AND IS A SMART, DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LABOR RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE IN VIETNAM. OBVIOUSLY A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS AND SERVED IN THE PAST AS CO-CHAIR OF THE IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE. I WILL MISS HER A GREAT DEAL AND I'M THINKING ABOUT WHO DO I GO TO TALK ABOUT THE NERDY BUT IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE THE NATIONAL ADMISSIONS FACILITY AND BIG SCIENCE PROJECTS. SHE SERVED HER COUNTRY SO WELL. MIKE HONDA WILL BE GOING HOME. I HAD THE HONOR OF KNOWING MIKE HONDA FOR MANY DECADES. I FIRST MET MIKE WHEN HE WAS SERVING ON THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF SAN JOSE APOINTED BY THE THEN-MAYOR NORMAN MA NETA AND ELECTED TO THE SANTA FE SCHOOL BOARD AND THEN THE SUPERVISEORS. WE SERVED TOGETHER ON THE SANTA CLARA BOARD OF SUPERVISEORS. DURING WORLD WAR II, MIKE HONDA AND HIS FAMILY SPENT THREE YEARS IMPRISONED IN AN INTERNMENT CAMP FOR JAPANESE-AMERICANS. THAT EXPERIENCE WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE FUEL FOR HIS ZEAL AND HIS FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. WE WILL MISS HIM, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH WE HAVE A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER IN REPRESENTATIVE MATSUI WHO WAS BORN IN AN INTERNMENT CAMP. MIKE HONDA IS THE LAST OF OUR MEMBERS WAS OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER BEING IN THAT INTERNMENT CAMP. AND WE HAVE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT LOCKING UP PEOPLE, THAT PEOPLE LIKE MIKE HONDA CAN STAND UP AND SAY AMERICA MADE A MISTAKE, AMERICA, APOLOGIZE FOR THAT MISTAKE. LET'S NEVER MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. MIKE SERVES ON THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND IS SERVING NOW AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMERCE, JUSTICE AND SCIENCE COMMITTEE. HE IS IN THAT POSITION, HE PLAYED A KEY ROLE WITH ME AND CONGRESSWOMAN ESHOO IN LOCATING THE PATENT OFFICE IN SAN JOSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS THE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THE BACKLOG IN RAPE KITS. HE ALSO SERVES ON THE ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE. AND HE IS CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ASIA-PACIFIC-AMERICA CAUCUS AND VIGSE CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND THE LGBT EQUALITY CAUCUS AND SPENT SO MANY YEARS FIGHTING ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY AND AGAINST THE LGBT. AND JANICE HAHN WHO TOOK OFFICE THIS WEEK AS A MEMBER OF THE LOS ANGELES BOARD OF COUNTY SUPERVISORS. SHE WAS ELECTED IN 2011 AND IMMEDIATELY MADE STRONG CONTRIBUTIONS TO HER DISTRICT IN A SHORT TIME. BUT THE STORY DOESN'T BEGIN WITH HER ELECTION TO CONGRESS BUT BEGINS LONG BEFORE THAT. HER FATHER, SUPERVISOR KENNY HAHN SERVED LONGER AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS THAN ANYONE IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND JANICE TELLS STORIES OF HER FATHER AND SHE SAID MEANS GETTING DOWN AND PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES TO THEM. HE HAD A TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE ON HER AND SHE SERVED ON THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CITY COUNSEL -- THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL BEFORE SHE RAN FOR CONGRESS SUCCESSFULLY. HERE, SHE SERVED ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, WHERE SHE DID IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE HELPING TO PASS THE NATIONAL FREIGHT NATIONAL ACT TO INCREASE PORT AND FRAGGETE INFRASTRUCTURE. AS A RESULT OF HER EFFORTS. THE TRUST FUND PROVIDED OVER $1 BILLION IN RESOURCES TO REMAIN GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. THE PORT OF LONG BEACH WHICH SHE REPRESENTED IN CONGRESS MOVES MORE THAN 180 BILLION OF GOODS EACH YEAR AND SECOND BUSIEST SEAPORT IN THE UNITED STATES. SHE'S ALWAYS MADE SURE THAT THAT PORT GOT THE RESOURCE IS NECESSARY TO BE EFFICIENT, NOT ONLY FOR THE NEED FOR BUSINESS IN HER DISTRICT, BUT RECOGNIZING THAT THE GOODS THAT COME THROUGH THAT PORT HELP SUPPORT THE ECONOMY THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. SHE SEVERED ON THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE, WHERE SHE WORKED TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO LOANS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO IMPROVE JOB CREATION. AND CO-FOUNDED THE BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL PORTS OPPORTUNITY RENEWAL, TRADE AND SECURITY CAUCUS, THE PORTS CAUCUS AND SHE ALSO SERVED WITH JIM COSTA AND ME ON THE CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL CAUCUS WHERE SHE CHAMPIONED THE HIGH-RAIL PROJECT WHICH WILL IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN CALIFORNIA AND REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. AND JANICE HAHN IS SOMEONE WHO CARED ABOUT HER DISTRICT IN CONGRESS, BUT HER DISTRICT IN CONGRESS WAS TINY COMPARED TO THE DISTRICT SHE REPRESENTS ON THE L.A. COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. WE KNOW SHE WILL DO A TERRIFIC JOB THERE. SHE IS VERY INVOLVED IN THE PRAYER BREAKFAST MOVEMENT HERE IN CONGRESS. SHE MADE MP FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE AS SHE DID THAT AND WE WILL MISS HER. BUT WE SEE ALL OF THESE FINE INDIVIDUALS WHEN WE GO HOME AS WE DO EVERY WEEK IN CALIFORNIA. NOW BEFORE CALLING ON MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FARR, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT THE TIMING OF THIS WAS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WE HAD EXPECTED AND A LOT OF MEMBERS HAVE STATEMENTS. SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS REMARKS INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 07:52:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:52:37 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    AND I WOULD LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD THE REMARKS OF…

    AND I WOULD LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE IN THE RECORD THE REMARKS OF DORIS MATSUI. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO SAM FARR, FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 07:52:58 PM

    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM LEADER. MADAM CHAIR, VERY MUCH. THIS IS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM LEADER. MADAM CHAIR, VERY MUCH. THIS IS PROBABLY THE LAST TIME I RISE ON THIS FLOOR TO SPEAK AFTER 2 YEARS OF SERVING HERE. IT MAY TAKE ME MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES. AND MY DAUGHTER IS ON THE WAY WITH MY GRAND KIDS AND MAYBE WE CAN DELAY IT. I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION. YOU ARE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE IN OUR CAUCUS FROM CALIFORNIA, THE LARGEST CAUCUS, JUST THE DEMOCRATS ALONE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT WHAT THE POLITICS OF THE WEST HAS DONE SINCE I FIRST GOT ELECTED IN 197. I ARRIVED HERE WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS REPRESENTING CALIFORNIA. THERE ARE 39 DEMOCRATS AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE STATE HAS REALLY SHIFTED IN THEIR REGISTRATION AND VOTING. SO CALIFORNIA, DEMOCRATIC DELEGATION, THAT ZOE IS THE CHAIR OF BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST DIVERSE DELEGATION IN CONGRESS. MAJORITY OF WOMEN, HIGHEST DELEGATION OF HISPANICS, WOMEN, ASIANS AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WITH MIKE AND PEACE CORPS' VOLUNTEERS AND IT HAS BEEN A HERE BECAUSE LEON PANETTA HAD BEEN ELECTED AND SWORN IN THAT JANUARY AND THEN WHEN THE PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS SWORN IN FOR HIS FIRST TERM, HE FURNED AROUND AND APOINTED LEON PANETTA TO BE THE HEAD OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND RESIGNED AND HE DECLARES A SPECIAL ELECTION. A SPECIAL ELECTION IN CALIFORNIA, IT'S AN OPEN ELECTION, SO THE HIGHEST GO-GETTER WOULD BE THE RUNOFF AND 27 PEOPLE FILED. I WAS IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY AND THEY SAID YOU FILE AND CLEAR THE FIELD. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN AT ALL. IT WAS QUITE THE PRIMARY AND ENDED UP WITH A JUNE ELECTION AND ON JUNE 15, I WAS SWORN HERE IN THIS VERY SPOT TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. WHAT WAS INTERESTING, I WAS THE LAST PERSON. AND TODAY, MY SENIORITY RANKS ME AROUND 50, 51-55. TAKES 23 YEARS TO MOVE FROM THE BOTTOM SLOT TO THE TOP 50 IN THIS HOUSE. IT HAS BEEN A VERY INTERESTING EXPERIENCE. THIS TRULY IS AND I HAVE SEEN IT THROUGHOUT ALL THE YEARS, A REPRESENTATIONAL DEMOCRACY. THERE ARE ALL KIND OF DEM IN CONGRESS WITH ALL KINDS OF ISSUES, FINANCIAL ISSUES, FAMILY ISSUES, IT IS REPRESENTATIONAL OF THE SOCIETY WE LIVE IN. ONE THING IN COMMON, THEY ALL WANT TO SERVE THE PUBLIC. THEY WANT TO SERVE THIS COUNTRY. SO THAT SERVICE, PARTICULARLY IN THIS HOUSE, BECAUSE WE ARE REPRESENTATIVES, WE SERVE DISTRICTS. MADAM CHAIR, WHO WAS A FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR AS I WAS AND WE ALL SERVED DISTRICTS AND LIKE 435 COUNTY SUPERVISORS AND WE ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR DISTRICTS THAN THE WHOLE COUNTRY. THAT'S A STRENGTH FOR THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO THEIR ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND PROBABLY A DRAWBACK TRYING TO DRAW THE WHOLE COUNTRY AND VERY DIFFICULT TO GET 218 TO AGREE AND THAT'S THE CHALLENGE HERE. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING ON THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE, THE RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND IN THE LAST 20 OR SO YEARS ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU ARE ABLE TO REALLY GET INVOLVED IN THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WITH ALL THE DETAILS OF RUNNING GOVERNMENT. AND I'M RANKING MEMBER, THE CHIEF DEMOCRAT ON THE AGRICULTURE CHIEF APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND OUR BUDGET IS ABOUT THE ENTIRE BUDGET AS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. THAT IS AN AGENCY WHICH WAS CREATED BY ABRAHAM LINCHINGON AND DEAL WITH THE HOME EC. OF WESTWARD EXPANSION ALL OF THE POVERTY PROGRAMS ARE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. YOU HAVE EVERY EMBASSY IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD WHO HAVE THE COMMODITIES FUTURE EXCHANGE AND WALL STREET. AND IT'S INTERESTING AND THE BIGGEST FEEDING PROGRAM THROUGH FOOD STAMPS. I HAVE CHANGED POLICY SO WE GOT FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND TRYING TO GET THEM IN EVERY SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT IS GOOD FOR CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE AND THE KIDS OF THIS NATURE. IMTHE ONLY ONE IN THIS HOUSE TO CREATE A NATIONAL PARK DURING MY SERVICE. IT WAS THE 58TH NATIONAL -- 59TH NATIONAL PARK CREATED IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE A BIG EXPANSION WITH THE MONTEREY BAY MARINE SANCTUARY. WE CREATED WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND CENTER IN SANTA CRUZ AND THE LARGEST BASE CLOSURE, A CLOSURE AT FORT OR DMP. A GREAT UNIVERSITY REACHING OUT TO THE UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS. BEEN ABLE TO RAISE THE PAY FOR FEDERAL WORKS. CALLED THE LOCALITY PAY. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SAVE THE DEFENSE LANGUAGES INSTITUTE FROM BEING CLOSED OR RE-ORGANIZED OR RE-ALIGNED TO OTHER STATES. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. AND I THINK WHAT I'M MOST PROUD OF IS THE FACT THAT I HAVE SUCH INCREDIBLE STAFF AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO TELL YOU THAT ROCHELLE MY CHIEF OF STAFF HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 23 YEARS. SAM, AND ZOWO AND ROSEY AND ANNA IS MY DISTRICT STAFF, MY DISTRICT STEVE, ERIC, CA RENA, NANCY AND CHRISTIAN PETERSON AND ELISEA. CHRISTIAN GOT ELECTED TO THE CAPITOL CITY COUNSEL. THEY ARE MOVING ON AS I LEAVE TOMORROW AND I'M VERY EXCITED THEY WERE PART OF MY LIFE. AND IF JUST IN CLOSING, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY MY DAUGHTER JESSICA IS HERE IN THE CLOAKROOM, I HOPE. AND SHE HAS -- MY GRANDSON ZACH AND GRANDDAUGHTER AND I'M SO PLEASED THEY COULD BE HERE TO SHARE THIS MOMENT WITH YOU. CONGRESS IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. CHECK AND BALANCE, INITIATER OF GREAT IDEAS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. I JUST HOPE THAT AS MEMBERS FACE THIS NEXT UNCERTAINTY OF A NEW ADMINISTRATION, THERE'S ALWAYS UNCERTAINTY, PROBABLY MORE SO NOW WITH THE CONTROVERSIAL ELECTION WE HAD IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT THIS HOUSE WILL RAISE TO THE OCCASION, TO NOT LET THE PEOPLE DOWN. NOT LET THE PEOPLE DOWN. WE FIGHT FOR ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL REASONS AND THIS HOUSE HAS GOT -- THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE HAS REALLY GOT TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YIELDING TIME FOR ME TO MAKE A FEW COMMENTS AND I'M SURE THAT I'LL HAVE A LOT MORE THAT I'D LOVE TO SAY, MAYBE I'LL ENTER THEM AS EXTRANEOUS COMMENTS. BUT I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THIS LIST THAT I HAVE HERE OF OVER 20 YEARS OF GETTING RESULTS TO THE 20TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT.

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  • 08:02:35 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    REMARKABLE THING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY IS THAT WE HAVE 200 PEOPLE WALK IN FROM…

    REMARKABLE THING ABOUT OUR COUNTRY IS THAT WE HAVE 200 PEOPLE WALK IN FROM 150 COUNTRIES AND THEY WALK OUT THE CITIZENS OF JUST ONE COUNTRY. SAM HAS BEEN A LEADER IN IMMIGRATION, IN THE ENVIRONMENT, SO MANY THINGS, AND WE HONOR YOU, WE RESPECT YOU, SAM, AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.

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  • 08:02:59 PM

    MR. FARR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I PASSED LEGISLATION CALLED PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I PASSED LEGISLATION CALLED PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN DAY. I WAS HOPING WE COULD DO THAT ON FOURTH OF JULY IN THE MORNING, FOURTH OF JULY. BUT BECAUSE IT'S A FEDERAL HOLIDAY, THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION PEOPLE DON'T WORK THAT DAY. SO WE'VE BEEN SCHEDULING THIS ARBLEDS THE FOURTH OF JULY -- AROUND THE FOURTH OF JULY, DAYS BEFORE, AND IT'S BEEN A HUGE TURNOUT. THE LARGEST TURNOUT FOR PRESS BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY INTERESTING PEOPLE TO INTERVIEW. AN I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOU -- AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU COMING AS AN IMMIGRANT FAMILY AND TALKING ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BROUNLED. IT'S BEEN A HIGHLIGHT TO SEE THE -- BACKGROUND. THE BEEN A HIGHLIGHT TO SEE THE SMILES AND HE ENTHUSIASM OF A REAL DAY WHEN WE'RE REALLY PROUD TO BE AMERICANS.

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  • 08:03:39 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    SAN DIEGO, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, EDUCATION…

    SAN DIEGO, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, EDUCATION AND LABOR, SUSAN DAVIS.

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  • 08:03:50 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE ONLY MEMBER FROM THE 53RD DISTRICT,…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE ONLY MEMBER FROM THE 53RD DISTRICT, ONLY ONE DISTRICT IS 53 IN THE COUNTRY, THE HIGHEST NUMBER DISTRICT EVER. I'M SO AWARE OF THE SIZE AND THE SCOPE OF CALIFORNIA AND ITS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. WE HAVE SUCH A WIDE RANGE OF TALENTS AND PERSPECTIVES AND CONTRIBUTIONS THAT CALIFORNIA MEMBERS BRING TO THIS BODY. AND AS WE SEE THE 104 -- 114TH CONGRESS NOW COME TO A CLOSE, WE HAVE MORE DEPARTING MEMBERS THAN MANY DELEGATIONS HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THEM. WE ARE LOSING LEADERS. WE ARE LOSING FRIENDS AND MENTORS, MEMBERS WHO WE HAVE LOOKED TO AND SERVED BESIDE. WE'RE LOSING MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN SO INFLUENTIAL AS THEY HAVE SHARED THEIR PASSION TO MAKE LIVES BETTER EACH IN THEIR OWN WAY. AS WE BID THEM FAREWELL, I WANT TO TAKE JUST THIS MOMENT TO PAY FRBT -- TRIBUTE TO FIVE MEMBERS THAT I'M GOING TO DEARLY MISS. FIRST ONE IS LOIS CAPPS. LOIS HAS REALLY BEEN AN EXAMPLE AND ROLE MODEL FOR HOW TO BE THE QUINNS AT THE MALCONGRESSWOMAN. SHE'S GENEROUS, SHE'S CLASSY, HARDWORKING, COLLABORATIVE, SHE'S NEVER AFRAID TO TAKE A STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED. ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT LOIS THAT WE ALL KNOW, SHE HAS A LOCK ON THE NICEST MEMBER OF CONGRESS AWARD AND THAT'S FOR A REALLY GOOD REASON. SHE'S BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO ME AND MY STAFF FROM THE MINUTE I CAME TO CONGRESS. CAME A FEW YEARS AFTER SHE DID. AND ALWAYS SINCE THEN THEY HAVE BEEN HELPFUL WHENEVER WE NEEDED THEM. I CERTAINLY WILL MISS HER LEADERSHIP, HER PERSPECTIVE AS A NURSE AND HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE, AND OUR REGION'S VOICE ON THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. SHE'S ALWAYS LOOKED OUT FOR AND SHE HAS DELIVERED FOR WOMEN, FOR KIDS, CONSUMERS, AND ANYONE WHO'S HAD PROBLEMS WITH HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. ON THAT COMMITTEE, SHE REALLY HAS BEEN A LEADER ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND A LEADER IN PROMOTING CLEAN ENERGY AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY. EVERYBODY KNOWS LOIS HERE ON THE FLOOR. AND WE WILL ALWAYS JUST -- ALL JUST LOOK FOR HER ASHURENLS AND SMILE ALL THE TIME -- ASSURANCE AND SMILE ALL THE TIME. SAM FARR JUST SPOKE A FEW MINUTES AGO. HE REALLY IS A MEMBER THAT YOU LOOK TO WITH RESOLVE. I LEARNED ABOUT SAM WHEN I WAS A MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE. AND ONE YEAR WHEN THE CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CAME TO VISIT OUR MENS OF CONGRESS, SAM WAS THERE TO GREET US. I REMEMBER HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH HIM, WE WERE BOTH CHAIRING CONSUMER AFFAIRS AT ONE TIME IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. AND SO WE CAME -- BECAME KIND OF FAST FRIENDS. SAM WAS ALSO ONE OF MY WALKING BUDDIES. AND THERE WERE A FEW YEARS THERE WHERE WE WALKED OFTEN IN THE MORNING, MEETING ABOUT 6:00. AND WE HAD A GANG OF US WHO WENT DOWN TO THE PARK AND WERE JUST THERE TALKING ALWAYS AND HAVING A GOOD TIME AND REALLY SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE HERE. ONE THING WE ALL KNOW ABOUT SAM, HE WAS A LEGENDARY PHOTO TAKER. I CAN ASSURE YOU, WHENEVER YOU SEE SAM WANDERING DOWN HERE ON THE FLOOR, HE WAS OFTEN BRINGING PICTURES OF PEOPLE FROM ONE EVENT OR ANOTHER THAT HE HAD TAKEN. THEY WERE GREAT MOMENTOS. I KNOW WE ALL TREASURE THEM DEARLY. SAM IS KNOWN FROM MONTEREY WHERE HE'S REPRESENTED TO COLOMBIA. AND EVERYWHERE HE GOES HE SPEAKS TO PEOPLE AND OFTEN IF YOU TRAVEL WITH SAM, YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET HIM MOVING. BECAUSE HE REALLY WANTS TO STOP AND TALK TO EVERYBODY ALONG THE WAY. SAM WAS REALLY SHAPED BY HIS SERVICE IN THE PEACE CORPS. AND HE DEDICATED HIMSELF TO GIVING BACK AND LOOKING AT TOUGH ISSUES. LOOKING AT TOUGH ISSUES FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. HE'S BEEN AN EARMARK AND APPROPRIATIONS LEADER. HIS STAFF MADE HIM A BOOK OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND IT WAS SO THICK, THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS THAT THEY HAD TO SHARE ABOUT SAM AND WHAT HE'D ACCOMPLISHED. JUST LIKE MY COLLEAGUE HAS SAID, HE REALLY STANDS FOR HOW WE CAN WORK HARD AND WE CAN GET THINGS DONE, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH PEOPLE. AND SAM KNOWS HOW TO DO THAT. THAT'S WHY HE HAS SUCH A GREAT THICK BINDER AND LOTS OF WONDERFUL PICTURES. HE'S BEEN A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST OFFSHORE DRILLING AND A SMART THINKER WHEN IT COMES TO BRAQUE SOLUTIONS -- BRAC SOLUTIONS. I ALSO WANT TALK TO ABOUT LORETTA SANCHEZ. AS MY ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE COLLEAGUE, SHE ACTUALLY WAS MY HOUSEMATE AND NEIGHBOR AS WELL, LORETTA IS SOMEONE I REALLY GOT TO SEE A LOT OF. IN THIS KIND OF FUNNY BUTTON-TOWN TOWN THAT WE HAVE, LORETTA IS REALLY A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. WE KNOW SHE'S NEVER AFRAID TO BE HERSELF. NOT LIKE ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS EVER SERVED. SHE SURPRISED PEOPLE WHEN SHE CAME TO CONGRESS AFTER A VERY LONG SHOT CAMPAIGN THAT REALLY WASN'T DECIDED FOR MONTHS AFTER SHE CAME HERE. AND OF COURSE SHE'S NEVER BEEN AFRAID TO TAKE ON A TOUGH-ODDS -- TOUGH-ODDS FIGHT. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST YOUNGER WOMEN, BEFORE WE HAD A LOT OF WOMEN COMING HERE TO CONGRESS, WOMEN WHO HAD YOUNG CHILDREN, WOMEN WHO WERE REALLY IN THEIR EARLIER YEARS, A LOT OF US WAITED UNTIL WE WERE LATER IN OUR CAREERS. BUT NOT LORETTA. SHE CAME WHEN SHE WAS REALLY A YOUNG WOMAN. AND SHE'S FAMOUS, OF COURSE, FOR HER HOLIDAY CARDS. A LOT OF THINGS THAT, WELL, I JUST CAN'T REPEAT RIGHT NOW. BUT FOR BEING ONE OF THE SMARTEST AND THOUGHTFUL AND FUNNIEST MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE HERE IN CONGRESS. I KNOW THAT WHEN SAN DIEGO GROUPS COME TO TOWN AND WANT AN INTERESTING SPEAKER, I ALWAYS RECOMMEND LORETTA. AND I NEVER KNOW WHAT SHE'S GOING TO SAY. BUT THAT'S WHY PEOPLE LISTEN. SHE'S SOMEONE I WILL DEARLY MILLS. BUT AT LEAST SHE'S LEAVING HER LITTLE SISTER HERE WITH US AND IN LEADERSHIP NO LESS. WE'RE GLAD TO HAVE LINDA IN THAT POSITION. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY FRIEND, MIKE HONDA. MIKE AND I HAVE BEEN ON THE SAME PATH. WE SERVED IN THE THE -- IN THE LEGISLATURE TOGETHER, WE CAMPAIGNED IN THE YEAR OF GEORGE W. AND CAME TO CONGRESS IN THE SAME SMALL DEMOCRATIC CLASS IN 2000. OUR STAFFS HAVE WORKED VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER. AND HE'S RULED THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF LONGWORTH FROM THE SAME OFFICE THAT HE'S HELD THE WHOLE TIME HE'S BEEN HERE IN CONGRESS. LIKE SAM FARR, MIKE WAS SHAPED BY HIS SERVICE IN THE PEACE CORPS. HIS SERVICE IN EL SALVADOR. HE'S BEEN A WARRIOR FOR JUSTICE, WHETHER IT'S EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE OR CIVIL RIGHTS, HE'S TAKEN A.P.I. ISSUES TO A NEW LEVEL AND REALLY MADE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE STRUGGLES OF A.I.G. ASIAN MARINE MERNS, FROM INTERNMENT -- ASIAN AMERICANS FROM INTERNMENT CAMPS TO P.O.W. ISSUES TO SEX TRAFFICKING. MIKE IS SOMETHING OF A BRIDGE AS WELL BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS. HE'S REPRESENTED SILICON VALLEY, WITH PRIDE, AND BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR AND EXAMPLE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY. HIS OFFICE ALWAYS CRUSHES ALL OF US IN THE GELLEDEN MOUSE WEBSITE COMPETITION -- GOLDEN MOUSE WEBSITE COMPETITION. I THINK HE WAS THE FIRST MEMBER TO DRIVE A PRI US. HE STILL -- PRIUS. HE STILL HAS THAT SAME MINT GREEN PRIUS WITH THE SAME STUFFED ANIMAL WE SEE PARKED ALL OVER CAMPUS. AND MIKE'S FAMOUS KARAOKE NIGHT. I HEAR NOBODY DOES SINATRA BETTER. AND GIANNIS JUAN. GIANNIS ACTUALLY TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF MY -- JANIE HAHN. JANICE ACTUALLY TURN THE OUTSIDE TO BE ONE OF MY NEAREST COLLEAGUES FROM L.A. SHE JOINS SOME OF OUR FORMER COLLEAGUE -- A FORMER COLLEAGUE HERE, A FORMER COLLEAGUE OF MINE OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE, AND, YOU KNOW, GO GIRL. I MEAN, SHE IS GOING TO DO TREMENDOUS WORK AND THE GROUP OF THEM WHO ARE IN CHARGE NOW AT L.A. COUNTY, I KNOW WILL MAKE TREMENDOUS STRIDES FOR THE REGION. AND FOR ALL OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS. IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT JANICE IS AN EXPERT ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHE'S HELPED A LOT OF US TO UNDERSTAND PORT ISSUES AND STANDS UP FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE GOODS MOVE. IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO TRAVEL WITH JANICE AND I HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY ON A FEW OCCASIONS. I'M CERTAINLY GLAD SHE'LL BE SERVING IN ELECTIVE OFFICE BECAUSE SHE STILL HAS SUCH A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE. IN CLOSING, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE CERTAINLY ARE GOING TO MISS THESE MEMBERS. FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. BUT THOSE OF US STILL HERE WILL CARRY ON THEIR LEGACIES AND NEVER FORGET THE MARKS THEY'VE EACH MADE. I'VE LEARNED FROM AUM OF YOU AND I'LL -- ALL OF YOU AND I'LL TRY TO CARRY ON YOUR LEGACIES BY MAKING MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION TO BE AS GENUINE AS LOIS, AS EDGY AS LORETTA, AS ENGAGING AS SAM, AS GOOD AT SINGING AS MIKE, AND AS SPIRITUAL AS JANICE. AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:13:32 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    HUFFMAN WHO REPRESENTS NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO AND THE NORTH COAST AND I…

    HUFFMAN WHO REPRESENTS NORTH OF SAN FRANCISCO AND THE NORTH COAST AND I WOULD YIELD TO MR. HUFFMAN.

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  • 08:13:47 PM

    MR. HUFFMAN

    GENTLELADY, OUR CHAIR OF THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION, AND ONE OF THE THINGS…

    GENTLELADY, OUR CHAIR OF THE CALIFORNIA DELEGATION, AND ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SERVING IN CONGRESS IS I'M ALWAYS PRESENTED WITH NEW AND INTERESTING EXPERIENCES EACH YEAR -- EXPERIENCES. EACH YEAR BRINGS MORE OF THESE EXPERIENCES. I'VE ALREADY IN FOUR YEARS FOUND THAT THERE'S ONE EXPERIENCE I'VE HAD QUITE ENOUGH OF. AND THAT'S SAYING GOODBYE TO INCREDIBLE, IRREPLACEABLE COLLEAGUES, WHO ARE JUST REMARKABLE PUBLIC SERVANTS. I WISH THEM WELL. I'M HAPPY FOR THEM IN RETIRING. BUT I'M GOING TO REALLY MISS THEM. LAST YEAR WE HAD THE TOUGH DUTY OF SAYING GOODBYE TO HENRY WAXMAN AND GEORGE MILLER AND THIS YEAR WE'VE GOT ANOTHER CLASS OF TERRIFIC PEOPLE WHO ARE MOVING ON. I'M GOING TO MISS ALL OF MY CALIFORNIA COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING OUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FRIENDSES, JANICE HAHN AND LORETTA SANCHEZ BUT I WANT TO FOCUS THE TIME I HAVE ON OUR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NEIGHBORS, STARTING WITH OUR GREND FRIEND, SAM FARR. A LOT WILL BE SAID NOW AND LONG INTO THE FUTURE ABOUT SAM'S INCREDIBLE PUBLIC SERVICE CAREER. PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT HIS TIME IN COLOMBIA AND THE PEACE CORPS, THE SIX YEARS THAT HE SPENT ON THE MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, HIS 12 YEARS IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY, HIS NEARLY 23 YEARS IN CONGRESS . SAM HAS BEEN SUCH A DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE PUBLIC SERVANT, BUT IT'S NOT JUST THE DURATION AND THE BREADTH OF THOSE OFFICES, IT'S REALLY THE QUALITY AND THE CHARACTER OF SAM'S SERVICE. . SAM WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE HOUSE OCEAN'S CAUCUS AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR COASTS AND OCEANS AND HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO OUR ECONOMY. HE LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR A NATIONAL POLICY THAT RECOGNIZES THERE ARE ARE TENS OF MILLIONS OF JOBS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT DEPEND ON HEALTHY OCEANS. SAM HAS HELPED ALL SORTS OF SPECIAL PLACES THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER ESPECIALLY IN THE CENTRAL COAST AND NEVER RESTED ON HIS LAURELS AND ALTHOUGH THERE ARE TOO MANY TO LIST HERE, HE CREATED THE OPINION ACK CALLS NATIONAL PARK WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN 201 AND LOBBIED TO HAVE THE NATIONALMON YOU METROPOLITAN WHICH WAS DESIGNATED IN 2012 AND SAM HAS TOLD ME MANY TIMES IN RECENT DAYS THAT THE MOST SATISFYING PART OF HIS WORK IN CONGRESS IS THE ENDURING PART OF HIS LEGACY, THOSE HARD WORK HAS BEEN ABLE TO MAKE HAPPEN. BEYOND ALL OF THIS, ALL OF THESE ACHIEVEMENTS AND OFFICES THAT ZIBES HIS CAREER, HE IS A HECK OF A HUMAN BEING, I WILL MISS SAM AND IT HAS BEEN SAID BY SUSAN AND OTHERS HE HAS A WARM SMILE. HE GREETS YOU ON THE AIRPLANE. HE IS A PRESSURE PLEASURE TO TRAVEL WITH AND GIVE YOU A PICTURE THAT HE TOOK A YEAR AND A HALF HOUR EARLIER AND HE IS A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND HUMAN BEING AND I'M HONORED TO HAVE SERVED WITH HIM. LET'S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER GREAT BEING, LOWE IS CAPPS. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT LOIS IS THAT SHE IS A NURSE TO THE CORE AND A HEALTH ADVOCATE. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS AND AS A HEALTH ADVOCATE WALKS THE WALK ALL THE TIME, CONSTANTLY ADVOCATING FOR AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE AND BEING A CHAMPION WITH HER CARE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT SHE LEAVES THIS INSTITUTION AS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED MEMBERS AND KINDEST MEMBERS, WITH WIDESPREAD AFFECTION FROM HER COLLEAGUES AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE IN PUBLIC LIFE SHOULD STRIVE FOR. SHE IS A STALWART FOR OUR COAST AND LED THE CHARGE AGAINST OFFSHORE DRILLING BUT THE PART THAT I WILL MISS, SHE IS MY LIVING BRIDGE WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT U.C. SANTA BARBARA AND SHE IS A GRADUATE OF THE SAME UNIVERSITY AND MY FELLOW ALUMNI AND EVERYBODY IS SO PROUD OF HER AND EXTRA SPECIAL BECAUSE SHE HELD A SEAT IN CONGRESS BY WALTER CAPPS WHO WAS ONE OF MY GREATEST PROFESSORS. FINALLY, IT'S TOUGH TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO OUR GREAT FRIEND, MIKE HONDA WHO HAS REPRESENTED THE BAY AREA ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND MADE SURE THAT CONGRESS HAS INVESTED IN OUR BAY REGION, THE EXTENSION OF BART IS ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES OF MIKE'S GREAT WORK. HE SERVED IN THREE DECADES FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO THE CALIFORNIA A SEE HIMBLY AND HERE IN CONGRESS. AND MIKE'S VERY SPECIAL SERVICE DRAWS ON HIS LIFE EXPERIENCE, HE IS A CHAMPION ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY AND HAS BEEN OUR NORTH STAR HERE IN CONGRESS. HE HAS GONE TO BAT FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY AND ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN DISADVANTAGED AND WHO NEEDS A CHAMPION. MIKE IS MY NEIGHBOR HERE IN WASHINGTON. I WILL MISS RUNNING INTO HIM AND MISS SEEING THAT TOYOTA PRIUS AND WILL MISS HIS WARM SMILE AND FRIENDSHIP. BUT I DO KNOW THAT FRIENDSHIP WILL CONTINUE. SO, MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TO LEND MY VOICE OF APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE TO THESE GREAT, GREAT CHAMPIONS FOR CALIFORNIA AND OUR COUNTRY. WE WISH THEM WELL.

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  • 08:20:36 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    WE HAD A NUMBER OF OTHER MEMBERS WHO HAD PLANNED TO BE HERE BUT BECAUSE OF…

    WE HAD A NUMBER OF OTHER MEMBERS WHO HAD PLANNED TO BE HERE BUT BECAUSE OF THE HOUR, THERE IS A CONFLICT EVENT. THEY WILL BE ADDING THEIR VOICES TO THE RECORD. LET ME JUST CLOSE BY SAYING OUR DELEGATION, REALLY ALL THE CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC ARE GOING TO MISS THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE OF SAM FARR, LOIS CAPPS, LORETTA SANCHEZ, MIKE HONDA AND THEY MADE THEIR MARK THAT WILL BE FORGOTTEN. WE ARE SAD TO SEE THEM GO. WE HAVE FRESH FACES WHO ARE VERY DISTINGUISHED AND WILL HEADACHE THEIR MARK BECAUSE WE ARE JUST PASSING THROUGH THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE IN AN EFFORT TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AS BEST WE CAN. CERTAINLY THESE MEMBERS HAVE SERVED THEIR PUBLIC AND WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE SERVED WITH THEM AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 08:21:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 6, 2015, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 08:22:03 PM

    MR. HILL

    I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE THIS EVENING.…

    I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE THIS EVENING. LAST NIGHT I TALKED ABOUT MY INITIAL REFLECTION OF HAVING BEEN A FRESHMAN SPENDING MY FIRST TERM IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND LAST EVENING I TALKED AT LENGTH ABOUT THE GROWTH OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE, THE EXPANSION OF EXECUTIVE POWER TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE FIRST BRANCH, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I TRACED THOSE CHANGES FROM MY PREVIOUS SERVICE ON CAPITOL HILL ON CAPITOL HILL AS A AND WORKING FOR PRESIDENT BUSH 41 DURING HIS FOUR YEARS IN THE PRESIDENCY. TONIGHT, I WANT TO TURN AND CONTINUE THAT DISCUSSION WITH OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, AND TALK ABOUT HOW THE CABINET AGENCIES, SINCE I WORKED FOR PRESIDENT BUSH, WORKED IN CABINET AFFAIRS, COORDINATED ECONOMIC POLICY DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS OF HIS PRESIDENCY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE STAFF, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CABINET AGENCIES AND HOW IN MY VIEW THEY HAVE BECOME UNMANAGEABLE. YOU CAN SEE THE CRITICAL NEED FOR SPENDING AND PERSONNEL REFORM. ONE MAY ASSUME THAT CHANGE IS AND YET REFORM FLOUNDERS, WHETHER IT WAS AT THE PENTAGON UNDER RUMSFELD OR THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT UNDER THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. I WATCHED THE V.A. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. SECRETARY MCDONALD'S LAWS HAS CHANGED AND MALFEASANCE AND INCOMPETENCE PERSIST. THE "WASHINGTON POST" PUBLISHED A SHOCKING REPORT THAT PENTAGON OFFICIALS BURIED EVIDENCE OF 125 BILLION IN BUREAUCRATIC WASTE DURING 2015. FOR THAT HORRIFIC ACTIVITY, THEY WERE THE RECIPIENT OF THIS MONTH'S GOLDEN FLEECE AWARD BY MY OFFICE. TO MAKE IT WORSE, THEY MADE THE EFFORT, ACCORDING TO "THE POST" OF HIDING THIS EFFORT KNOWING IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR THE CONGRESS TO COME TOGETHER AND CUT THEIR BUDGET. CLEARLY THAT IS A PROBLEM WITH AN UNMANAGEABLE CABINET AGENCY. I HAVE SEEN THIS FIRSTHAND RIGHT IN LITTLE ROCK, MY HOMETOWN, WHERE THE CENTER OF THE C-10 PROGRAM IS, WHERE AMERICA'S AIRLIFT, WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF AIR FORCE OFFICIALS PLANNED FOR YEARS THE TRANSFER AIRCRAFT FROM THE AIR FORCE BASE IN MISSISSIPPI TO LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, BASING IT AS A COST-SAVING INITIATIVE ALONG WITH CHANGES WITH $192 MILLION ACROSS THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN. AND YET CONGRESS PREVENTED THIS COMMONSENSE PLAN INITIATIVE. SO THESE EFFORTS THAT MAKE THEM UNMANAGEABLE COME BOTH FROM THE EXECUTIVE AND FROM THE LEGISLATIVE. LOOKING AT THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, SOME 360,000 EMPLOYEES, UP 140,000 IN THE PAST DECADE ALONE. ABOUT 2/3 OF THE MEMBERS ARE CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES ARE A PART OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND SERVE IN THE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION. AND THESE V.A. EMPLOYEES ARE SUBJECT TO THE PROTECTIONS OF THE MERIT SYSTEM PROTECTION BOARD. WHILE THERE ARE MANY HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED V.A. EMPLOYEES IN THE HEALTH CARE AND BENEFITS AND MANY, MANY UNION MEMBERS FIGHT FOR HIGH STANDARDS AND FIGHT FOR HIGH QUALITY, THE FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS AND REMAIN THAT THE V.A. HAS SERIOUS QUALITY, ETHICS THAT ARE HURTING VETERANS AND HURTING THE REPUTATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. JUST THIS THIS CONGRESS ALONE UNDER CONGRESSMAN MILLER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WE HAVE SEEN REFORMS TO REIGN IN SPENDING, FIRE BAD ACTORS, STOP PAYING OFFICIAL TIME TO DO UNION WORK AND WE HAVE SEEN, THOUGH, PEOPLE NOT FIRED, EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN V.A. HEALTH CARE. WE HAVE SEEN A $300 MILLION HOSPITAL COMPLEX BE $1 BILLION OVER BUDGET. NOT POSSIBLE IN MY VIEW IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. SO THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT OUR CABINET AGENCIES NEED REFORM. WE TALK ABOUT REGULATORY REFORM AND EXECUTIVE OVERREACH REFORM, BUT WE MUST HAVE WORK RULE REFORM IN OUR AGENCY. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BEFORE I TALK ABOUT SOLUTIONS IS JUST SPENDING OVERALL TO FUND THE OBLIGATIONS OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. YOU KNOW, EVERY MONTH I RECEIVE NUMEROUS LETTERS ABOUT THE $1.1 TRILLION IN ANNUAL SPENDING THAT CONGRESS TYPICALLY APPROVES EACH YEAR. AND WHEN DONE PROPERLY, THIS ANNUAL SPENDING IS DONE BY 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS AND SIX APPROPRIATION BILLS IN THE SENATE. THEY ARE CONFERENCED TOGETHER AND PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS VETO OR APPROVAL. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THIS VERY TYPICAL, VERY CONSTITUTIONAL PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN APPLIED FOR 240 YEARS ABOUT HOW TO AUTHORIZE AND APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO APPROPRIATE OUR GOVERNMENT IS NO LONGER TYPICALLY HAPPENING. THIS IS CONGRESS' MOST FUNDAMENTAL OBLIGATION UNDER ARTICLE ONE. A 16-WORD LONG, NO MONEY SHALL BE DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY BUT IN CONSEQUENCE BY THE TREASURY MADE BY LAW. THIS IS OUR JOB AND THE LAST TIME THAT ALL THE APPROPRIATION BILLS WERE PASSED INDIVIDUALLY AND ENACTED INTO LAW BEFORE OCTOBER 1 OF A NEW FISCAL YEAR WAS 1994. MY, THAT'S A TERRIBLE TRACK RECORD. THIS ISN'T A PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUE OR PRESIDENT BUSH ISSUE. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF THE CONGRESS ITSELF. AND NOW YOU KNOW WHY AFTER 20 YEARS I HAVE SEEN SO MANY THINGS CHANGE AND NOT FOR THE BETTER COMING BACK TO WASHINGTON TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS. WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT SUCH A PROCESS OF APPROPRIATIONS BILLS IS WHAT WE WILL BE VOTING ON THIS WEEK, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH SIMPLY FREEZES SPENDING AND EXTENDS FORWARD TO A DATE CERTAIN OR AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO THAT KIND OF CONTINUING RESOLUTION AN OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL WHERE EVERYTHING IS ROLLED INTO ONE AND THESE MASSIVE BILLS ARE REFLECTING THE WORK HOPEFULLY OF OUR HOUSE AND SENATE CONTEST. BY THEY CONTAIN ITEMS THAT ARE PARACHUTED INTO THE BILL AT THE END OF THE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND PRODUCE FIREWORKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THE IRONY OF THAT $1.1 TRILLION OF TYPICAL ANNUAL SPENDING APPROVED BY THIS BODY IS THAT IT COMPOSES $600 BILLION, 50% THAT GOES TO OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE THAT GOES TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, 80% GOES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND EVERYTHING ELSE WE CONSIDERED IN GOVERNMENT, HIGHWAY FINANCE AND HIGHWAY INITIATIVES, HELP TO OUR ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. BUT WHAT SHOCKS THE PEOPLE OF ARKANSAS IS WHY I APPRECIATE THEIR CORRESPONDENCE AND EMAILS ABOUT THE $1.1 TRILLION, SO-CALLED DOMESTIC DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. I REMAIN FRUSTRATED THAT CONGRESS' LACK OF ACTION ON THE OTHER $3.5 TRILLION THAT THIS GOVERNMENT SPENDS IT'S IN THE MANDATORY PORTION OF THE PORTION. IT'S NOT SUBJECT TO ANNUAL APPROPRIATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR MAIL AND SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE CAN REFORM SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON OR SPENDING IN OUR NATIONAL FORESTS, BUT $. TRILLION IS IN MANDATORY SPENDING WHICH IS IN MEDICARE, MEDICARE FOR THE ELDERLY AND INTEREST ON OUR NATIONAL DEBT. AND THEY'RE BASED ON ELIGIBILITY. YET MANY OF US REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT THE SIZE OF OUR ANNUAL DEFICIT, THE TOTAL SIZE OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THE NATIONAL DEBT TO OUR TOTAL ECONOMY. WE CURRENTLY HAVE ABOUT $19 TRILLION IN OUTSTANDING DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES. WITH ABOUT $6 TRILLION OF THAT OWED TO FOREIGN INVESTORS OUTSIDE THE U.S., PRINCIPALLY IN JAPAN AND CHINA, AND THIS DEBT AS A PERCENTAGE OF OUR G.D.P., THIS $19 TRILLION, IS ABOUT 100% OF G.D.P. BACK IN MY 20'S, WHEN I WORKED FOR A SENATOR FROM TEXAS ON THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE, DEBT TO G.D.P. WAS ABOUT 30%. WHEN I WORKED FOR PRESIDENT BUSH 41, AS A MEMBER OF HIS WHITE HOUSE STAFF FOR ECONOMIC POLICY, OUR DEBT WAS ABOUT 50% OR 60% OF G.D.P. NOW YOU KNOW WHY AFTER 20 YEARS I REMAIN SO CONCERNED. BECAUSE IT'S NOW DOUBLED. THERE'S A LOT OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH THAT TELLS US ABOUT THE DAMPENING IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL GROWTH RATES IF WE HAVE NATIONAL DEBT AT THESE KINDS OF LEVELS. IT SAPS CAPITAL ALTERNATIVES TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT CAN BRING FASTER GROWTH AND CLEARLY, SINCE THE GREAT RECESSION OF 2008, WE'VE HAD LOW GROWTH, WELL BELOW WHAT I BELIEVE SHOULD BE THE GROWTH RATE OF THIS GREAT ECONOMY. AND LIKE-WISE, WE'RE AT A TIME OF LOW INTEREST RATE. INTEREST RATES ARE LIKELY TO RISE AND WHILE WE'RE PAYING A MODEST AMOUNT OF INTEREST ON THAT $19--SON HAD BEEN TO-BE TRILLION TODAY, AS INTEREST RATES GRADUALLY INCREASE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS AND YEARS, INTEREST WILL MOVE FROM ABOUT $220 BILLION TO $830 BILLION, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. SURPASSING WHAT WE SPEND AS A NATION ON OUR NATIONAL DEFENSE. SO THERE'S NO DOUBT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS GROWN TOO BIG AND TOO COMPLEX AND INTERFERES TOO GREATLY. WE MUST GET OUR FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER. AND, MR. SPEAKER, ELIMINATING WASTE, FRAUD WILL NOT DO IT. RAISING TAXES WON'T DO IT. I'M ALWAYS REMINDED BY MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITION THAT INSIST THAT WE CAN ONLY BALANCE OUR BUDGET RAISING TAXES. WINSTON CHURCHILL'S FAVORITE QUOTE ABOUT TAXES, WE CONTEND FOR A NATION THAT TRIED TO TAX ITSELF INTO PROSPERITY IS LIKE A MAN STANDING IN A BUCKET AND TRYING TO LIFT IT HIMSELF BY THE HANDLE. IT'S NOT GOING TO DO IT, MR. SPEAKER. THIS PROBLEM IS TOO LARGE AND REQUIRES REFORM AND IT REQUIRES THIS CONGRESS TO REFORM IN THE OUT YEARS AND PUT US ON THE RIGHT TRACK. FORMER JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF CHAIRMAN MICHAEL MULLIN SAID IN 2010, SIX YEARS AGO, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE BIGGEST NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM FACING THE UNITED STATES WAS THE SIZE OF OUR NATIONAL DEBT. SO LET ME TALK NOW, MR. SPEAKER, ABOUT POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS THAT THIS CONGRESS HAS TO ADOPT, WORKING WITH OUR PRESIDENT-ELECT IN THE COMING DAYS AND THE COMING YEARS AND THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. FIRST, CONGRESS HEAL THYSELF. WE MUST REASSERT OUR ARTICLE 1 POWERS. THE POWER OF THE PURSE. THE POWER OF THE PROPER APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. WE DON'T NEED SOMEONE TO IMPOSE THAT, WE NEED TO IMPOSE IT ON OURSELVES. WE NEED TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CONTACT US, TO RETURN US, HELP US RETURN TO REGULAR ORDER. RETURN TO THE APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. WE NEED ALL 12 OF THOSE BILLS PASSED AND STOP DEPENDING ON CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS LIKE WE WILL THIS WEEK. THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK THAT'S FUNDAMENTAL. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE REFORMS TO THAT BUDGET PROCESS TONIGHT. IN THIS CONGRESS, I WAS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE BIANNUAL BUDGETING AND ENHANCED OVERSIGHT ACT WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY REID RIBBLE OF WISCONSIN. IF THIS PASSES, IT WILL HELP OUR GOVERNMENT FIX OUR BROKEN SYSTEM BY ESTABLISHING A TWO-YEAR BIANNUAL BUDGET CYCLE. I THINK THIS WOULD PROVIDE FEDERAL AGENCIES WITH THE KIND OF PLANNING CAPABILITY THAT WOULD MAKE THEM MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE, WE COULD IDENTIFY COST SAVINGS, AND NO DOUBT IN THE IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE AREA AND LONG-TERM SYSTEMS ISSUES THAT WE HAVE, PARTICULARLY IN THE PENTAGON, THIS WOULD BE A LARGE ADVANTAGE. AFTER REFLECTING ON THIS, I SUPPORT ABOLISHING OUR BUDGET COMMITTEE PROCESS. PUT IN PLACE IN 1974. A WAY TO REIN IN THE EXECUTIVE WAS THE INTENT OF THE BUDGET ACT OF 1974, TO HELP PUNISH RICHARD NIXON. BUT I BELIEVE THAT IF WE ABOLISH THE BUDGET COMMITTEE, WE CAN ALLOW OUR AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES TO SERVE BOTH IN AUTHORIZING AND APPROPRIATING FUNK, WE CAN ELIMINATE REDUNDANCIES AND WE CAN LOOK INWARD IN HOW WE CAN ELIMINATE UNNECESSARY PROCEDURES IN CONGRESS THAT WASTE TIME. IN TURN, OUR APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WOULD OVERSEE THE BUDGET RESOLUTIONS, MAKING SURE THAT CONGRESS SPENDS NO MORE THAN WHAT WE'VE APPROVED IN A BUDGET RESOLUTION. AND THAT WE CAN REVIEW INDIVIDUAL CEILINGS FOR APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR THOSE GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS THAT DON'T REQUIRE AN AUTHORIZATION. I ALSO SUPPORT THE IDEA OF PROPERLY DIRECTING THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO ACCOUNT FOR OR SCORE, IN THEIR TERMINOLOGY, FOR LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS AS BUDGET IMPACTS VERSUS JUST CURRENT-YEAR SPENDING. THESE IDEAS ARE NOT REVOLUTIONARY. THEY'RE WELL KNOWN. BUT WE ARE STUCK IN THE PAST, MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST REFORM OURSELVES STARTING WITH THIS BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS. IN FACT, THESE IDEAS ARE AS OLD AS MY BOSS' SUGGESTION, JOHN TOWER, 4-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SENATE, SERVED ON THE -- 24-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SENATE, SERVED ON THE BUDGET ARMED FORCES COMMITTEE, THESE ARE THE IDEAS UPON HIS RETIREMENT IN 1984 AS TO HOW THE MAKE THE CONGRESS MORE EFFECTIVE. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE RELIES ON A SET OF GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, INCLUDING G.D.P. GROWTH , INFLATION AND TAX RECEIPT. IT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT DYNAMIC SCORING. BUT THESE THINGS NEED TO BE DONE MORE IN MY VIEW IN A MORE PROPER WAY TO BETTER CALCULATE THE COSTS OF LEGISLATION AND THE BENEFITS FOR COMET. FOR EXAMPLE, -- THE ECONOMY. FOR EXAMPLE, C.B.O. DOESN'T CURRENTLY INCLUDE INTEREST PAYMENTS ON DEBT WHEN SCORING NEW LEGISLATION. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, THIS INTEREST WILL GROW EXPONENTIALLY IN THE COMING YEARS AND NEW SPENDING PROGRAMS AND SPENDING REFORMS IN MY VIEW OUGHT TO BE CALCULATED AND TAKEN -- TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE AGENCY COSTS, THE CARRYING COSTS, ON OUR NATIONAL DEBT. ANOTHER RECOMMENDED REFORM TO THE C.B.O. FROM OUR HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE WOULD BE TO ELIMINATE BUILD-IN -- BUILT-IN DISCRETIONARY INFLATION, REMOVING THE AUTOMATIC EXTENSIONS OF EXPIRING PROGRAMS AND REMOVING THE CURRENT ASSUMPTION THAT ENTITLEMENT PAYMENTS WILL CONTINUE AT CURRENT LEVELS, EVEN WHEN THEIR TRUST FUNDS ARE PREDICTED TO BE INSOLVENT. THESE PRACTICES CURRENTLY USED BY C.B.O. RESULT IN AUTOMATIC PLUS-UPS FOR THE BASELINE BUDGET. AND THESE REFORMS IN MY VIEW WILL REMOVE THE CURRENT BIAS TO EVER HIRE SPENDING LEVELS -- HIGHER SPENDING LEVELS. WE OUGHT TO CONSIDER WHAT WE DO IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, MR. SPEAKER, ZERO-BASE BUDGETING, TO ASSESS WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED AND NOT NEEDED IN OUR FEDERAL AGENCY. WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR MR. TRUMP'S INCOMING NEW DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. INTERIOR DEPARTMENT. LET'S GO TO ZERO-BASE -- ZERO BASE BUDGETING. LET'S HAVE YOU JUSTIFY TO THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER IN THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT EVERY PROGRAM AND THEN COME TO CONGRESS WITH YOUR RECOMMENDATION EVER WHAT WE REALLY SHOULD BE DOING -- RECOMMENDATION OF WHAT WE REALLY SHOULD BE DOING AT INTERIOR OR ANY OTHER BUREAU OR CABINET AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT. HOUSE AND SENATE BILLS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCE A RADIO -- INTRODUCED ON THIS ISSUE. REPRESENTATIVE DUNCAN OF TENNESSEE, SENATOR THUNE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WOULD, I THINK, BRING A LOT OF COMMON SENSE, THEY WOULD SAY, IF PRIVATE ENTERPRISES ARE PERFORMING ACTIVITIES DUPLICATED BY AN ARM OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THAT THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR THAT WORK. AND THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES UNNECESSARILY HANDLING -- OR HANDLING IN-HOUSE, AND THEREFORE GIVE BETTER VALUE TO OUR TAXPAYER. I.T. INVESTMENT. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. A CRITICAL FUNCTION IN ALL OF OUR PRIVATE SECTOR LIFE. AND YET G.A.O., THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, FOUND THAT 75% OF TECHNOLOGY BUDGET FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOES TO JUST HANGING UP AND FIGURING AGING TECHNOLOGY. RATHER THAN MODS EARN EYES ISING AND GOING IN -- MODERNIZING AND GHG A DIFFERENT DIRECTION ON I.T. -- DIAGNOSE IN -- GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION ON I.T. THEY'RE ACTUALLY STILL USING FLOPPY DISKS AT THE PENTAGON AND MAINTAINING 1970'S-ERA COMPUTER PLATFORMS. LOOK, THAT STUFF OUGHT TO BE IN THE SMITHSONIAN. NOT AT THE PENTAGON. THE REPORT NOTES THAT IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEMS THAT ARE USED TO DETERMINE OUR ELIGIBILITY AND OUR BENEFITS ARE MORE THAN 30 YEARS OLD AND ARE BASED ON COMPUTER LANGUAGE. MR. SPEAKER, I USED COBALT COMPUTER LANGUAGE WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. ALMOST 40 YEARS AGO. WE NEED THAT KIND OF REFORM IN ORDER TO BE COMPETITIVE AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND SAFE CYBER-READY PROTECTIONS. WE'VE ALREADY WITNESSED THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT LOSING PEOPLE'S IDENTITIES, CREATING IDENTITY THEFT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A FEDERAL COMPUTER SYSTEM. THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST. OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, JASON CHAFFETZ, HAS EXPRESSED HIS SUPPORT FOR MODERNIZING OUR GOVERNMENT'S AGING SYSTEMS, CALLING IT A VITAL PART OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE. WE DON'T NEED TO SHORTCHANGE THESE AGENCIES WHEN IT COMES TO DELIVERING A SAFE CYBERPROTECTED I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE. LET'S TALK NOW MORE ABOUT LAST -- LAST NIGHT I TALKED ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE, THE GROWTH OF REGULATION, THE COST OF REGULATION, EXCEEDING THAT OF ALL THE REVENUES OF THE TAX SYSTEM, LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO REIN IN REGULATORY COSTS. THE HOUSE PASSED THE SEPARATION OF POWERS RESTORATION ACT IN 2016, WHICH WOULD AMEND THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT TO REQUIRE THE COURTS TO DECIDE ALL DE NOVO RELEVANT QUESTIONS OF LAW, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL STATUTORY PROVISIONS AND RULES. THIS BILL WOULD ELIMINATE THE CHEVRON DEFERENCE, WHICH IN MY VIEW IS BLOCKING COMMON SENSE BEING USED AND DIRECTION OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND THE SENATE OVER OUR REGULATORY BODY. NOT A NEW TOPIC, MR. SPEAKER. JAMES MADISON IN FEDERALIST 51 DISCUSSED THE NEED OF EACH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO GUARD AGAINST OVERREACH BY ANOTHER. AND HE ISE STATED, WHEN AN OVERREACH OCCURS, AMBITION MUST BE TO COUNTERACT AMBITION. THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DO IN THIS HAD HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER -- IN THIS HOUSE, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE PASSED THE REINS ACT. REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY ACT. THE REINS ACT. WHICH PASSED THIS HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY. THE THING THAT ANY MAJOR RULE LIKE THE ONES I DESCRIBED LAST NIGHT THAT COST THE ECONOMY MORE THAN $100 MILLION WOULD REQUIRE COMING BACK TO CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL. THAT WILL PUT THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES HERE REPRESENTATIVES HERE IN CHARGE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. I REFERENCED A FEW MINUTES AGO "THE WASHINGTON POST" STORY ABOUT UNCOVERING $125 BILLION OF HIDDEN-AWAY, MISDIRECTED SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON, THAT I AWARDED THIS MONTH'S GOLDEN FLEECE AWARD. I BROUGHT BACK TO THE GOLDEN FLEECE FROM THE 1970'S, IT WAS CREATED BY SENATOR WILLIAM PROXMIRE OF WISCONSIN, AND IT'S THAT KIND OF THING THAT I THINK CALLS ATTENTION TO EGREGIOUS BEHAVIOR BY THE EXECUTIVE AND ALLOWS US TO HAVE POLICY CHANGES HERE. I COMMEND FORMER SENATOR TOMKO BURN AND HIS SUCCESSOR -- TOMORROW COBURN AND HIS SUCCESSOR FOR THE SAME KIND OF WORK. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO TURN TO THE SUBJECT OF THE COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE, SOMETHING THAT I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON IN MY DISTRICT IN LITTLE ROCK. . AND I HAD FILE WAYS TO FIND A BETTER WAY TO ENHANCE THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND GET THEM OUT OF POVERTY AND THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN OUR ECONOMY. THIS IS THE BIG CHALLENGE BEFORE THE INCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IN THIS CONGRESS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND HAVE A SENSE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ABOUT HOW WE DO ABOUT HOW I TALKED ABOUT LAST NIGHT THAT PEOPLE CLOSEST TO THE PROBLEMS SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS AND NOT BE DEPENDENT ON ONE SIZE FITS ALL CHALLENGES HERE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE RE-ELECTED AND SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS. I'M HUMBLED TO AAFFIRM ON JANUARY 3. EVERY THURSDAY MORNING WE ASSEMBLE FOR THE HOUSE PRAYER BREAKFAST AND I FEEL THE PRAYERS AROUND MY COUNTRY AND WE IN THAT GROUP PRAY FOR ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AND PRAY FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN AROUND OUR WORLD PROTECTING OUR LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS AND I PRAY FOR EACH OF THE FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT THAT THEY HAVE THE HEALTH AND PROSPERITY AND THE ABILITY TO PURSUE HAPPINESS UNDER OUR GREAT CONSTITUTION. ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY, I WISH ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS A BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. HILL

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS REMARKS ON THE SPECIAL ORDER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE STAND ADJOURNED. I MAKE A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED

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    ON A BILL THAT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THIS LEAD, MICHIGAN WATER SYSTEM. ALSO…

    ON A BILL THAT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR THIS LEAD, MICHIGAN WATER SYSTEM. ALSO ON

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