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House Session - January 5, 2017

Following one-minute speeches, members read aloud the entire U.S. Constitution.

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  • 10:05:34 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 10:05:41 AM

    CHAPLAIN CONROY

    LET US PRAY. GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US…

    LET US PRAY. GOD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, WE GIVE YOU THANKS FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. LORD, YOU KNOW OUR CAPABILITIES AS A NATION. YOU KNOW OUR LIMITATIONS BETTER THAN WE KNOW OURSELVES. YOU SEE CLEARLY THE NEEDS OF OUR DAILY -- OF OUR DAY AND THE STEPS THAT MUST BE TAKEN. FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, BE A GENTLE LIGHT. LEAD THEM FORTH DAY BY DAY ALONG THE PATH OF SKINTSY AND INTEGRITY -- CONSISTENCY AND INTEGRITY, AND TOGETHER YOUR PEOPLE WILL WALK WITH CLARITY OF VISION, DETERMINATION OF PURPOSE AND A NEW DEPTH OF HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. BLESS ALL THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN MOST NEED OF YOUR MERCY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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  • 10:06:45 AM

    THE SPEAKER

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

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND -- THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ.

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  • 10:07:03 AM

    MR. WALZ

    I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE…

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

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  • 10:07:13 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES…

    PURSUANT TO SECTION 5-A OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 5, THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, FOR THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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  • 10:07:28 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MORNING FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE WILL READ ALLOWED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THE FULL TEXT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THIS READING WILL HELP DEMONSTRATE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS DEDICATED TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SYSTEM IT ESTABLISHES FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY. WE ALSO HOPE THAT IT WILL INSPIRE MANY MORE AMERICANS TO READ THE CONSTITUTION THEMSELVES. THE TEXT WE WILL READ TODAY REFLECTS THE CHANGES TO THE DOCUMENT MADE BY THE 27 AMENDMENTS TO IT. THOSE PORTIONS SUPERSEDED BY AMENDMENT WILL NOT BE READ. IN ORDER TO ENSURE IN ORDER TO ENSURE FAIRNESS TO ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, WE HAVE ASKED MEMBERS TO LINE UP TO BE RECOGNIZED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVE BASIS. I WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS BASED ON THIS GUIDANCE. EACH MEMBER WILL APPROACH THE PODIUM AND READ THE PASSAGE LAID OUT FOR HIM OR HER. IN ORDER TO ENSURE RELATIVE PARITY AND FAIRNESS, I MAY RECOGNIZE MEMBERS OUT OF ORDER TO ENSURE BIPARTISANSHIP AND BALANCE. ADDITIONALLY, BECAUSE OF HIS LONG-TERM LEADERSHIP ON CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES, I WILL RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS TO READ THE 13TH AMENDMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS HISTORIC EVENT AND I WILL BEGIN BY READING THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. HULTGREN.

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  • 10:09:31 AM

    MR. HULTGREN

    ARTICLE I, SECTION 1, ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE…

    ARTICLE I, SECTION 1, ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE VESTED IN A CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF A SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:09:49 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

  • 10:09:53 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU. I'LL NOW READ FROM ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2, THE HOUSE OF…

    THANK YOU. I'LL NOW READ FROM ARTICLE 1, SECTION 2, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF MEMBERS CHOSEN EVERY SECOND YEAR BY THE PEOPLE OF THE SEVERAL STATES, AND THE ELECTORS IN EACH STATE SHALL HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUISITE FOR ELECTORS OF THE MOST NUMEROUS BRANCH OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE.

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  • 10:10:26 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. POLIQUIN.

  • 10:10:31 AM

    MR. POLIQUIN

    PERSON SHALL BE A REPRESENTATIVE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED TO THE AGE OF…

    PERSON SHALL BE A REPRESENTATIVE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED TO THE AGE OF 25 YEARS, AND BEEN SEVEN YEARS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AND WHO SHALL NOT, WHEN ELECTED, BE AN INHABITANT OF THAT STATE IN WHICH HE SHALL BE CHOSEN. THE ACTUAL ENUMERATION SHALL BE MADE WITHIN THREE YEARS AFTER THE FIRST MEETING OF THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WITHIN EVERY SUBSEQUENT TERM OF 10 YEARS IN SUCH MANNER AS THEY SHALL BY LAW DIRECT.

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  • 10:11:10 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ.

  • 10:11:12 AM

    MR. WALZ

    THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE FOR EVERY 30,000, BUT…

    THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE FOR EVERY 30,000, BUT EACH STATE SHALL HAVE AT LEAST ONE REPRESENTATIVE, AND UNTIL SUCH ENUMERATION SHALL BE MADE, THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CHOOSE THREE, MASSACHUSETTS EIGHT, RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS ONE, CONNECTICUT FIVE, NEW YORK SIX, NEW JERSEY FOUR, PENNSYLVANIA EIGHT, DELAWARE ONE, MARYLAND SIX, VIRGINIA 10, NORTH CAROLINA FIVE, SOUTH CAROLINA FIVE, AND GEORGIA THREE.

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  • 10:11:54 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE.

  • 10:12:00 AM

    MR. LANCE

    WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION FROM ANY STATE, THE EXECUTIVE…

    WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION FROM ANY STATE, THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY THEREOF SHALL ISSUE WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL SUCH VACANCIES. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE THEIR SPEAKER AND OTHER OFFICERS, AND SHALL HAVE THE SOLE POWER OF IMPEACHMENT.

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  • 10:12:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

  • 10:12:32 AM

    MR. GREEN

    SECTION 3, THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO…

    SECTION 3, THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO SENATORS FROM EACH STATE FOR SIX YEARS AND EACH SENATOR SHALL HAVE ONE VOTE. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THEY SHALL BE ASSEMBLED IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE FIRST ELECTION. THEY SHALL BE DIVIDED AS EQUALLY AS MAY BE INTO THREE CLASSES.

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  • 10:13:01 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. BOST.

  • 10:13:05 AM

    MR. BOST

    THE SEATS OF THE SENATORS OF THE FIRST CLASS SHALL BE VACANT AT THE…

    THE SEATS OF THE SENATORS OF THE FIRST CLASS SHALL BE VACANT AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SECOND YEAR, OF THE SECOND CLASS AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE FOURTH YEAR, AND OF THE THIRD CLASS AT THE EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTH YEAR, SO THAT ONE THIRD MAY BE CHOSEN EVERY SECOND YEAR.

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  • 10:13:28 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARDENAS.

  • 10:13:33 AM

    MR. CARDENAS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR WHO SHALL NOT HAVE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED THE AGE OF 30 YEARS AND HAVE BEEN NINE YEARS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND WHO SHALL NOT WHEN ELECTED BE AN INHABITANT OF THAT STATE FOR WHICH HE SHALL BE CHOSEN.

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  • 10:13:56 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT.

  • 10:14:00 AM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,…

    THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, BUT SHALL HAVE NO VOTE, UNLESS THEY BE EQUALLY DIVIDED. THE SENATE SHALL CHOOSE THEIR OTHER OFFICERS, AND ALSO A PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE, IN THE ABSENCE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, OR WHEN HE SHALL EXERCISE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:14:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARA BEGAN --

  • 10:14:41 AM

    MS. BARAGAN

    THE SENATE SHALL HAVE THE SOUL POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS. WHEN SITTING…

    THE SENATE SHALL HAVE THE SOUL POWER TO TRY ALL IMPEACHMENTS. WHEN SITTING FOR THAT PURPOSE, THEY SHALL BE ON OATH OR AFFIRMATION. WHEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRIED, THE CHIEF JUSTICE SHALL PRESIDE, AND NO PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED WITHOUT THE CONCURRENCE OF TWO THIRDS OF THE MEMBERS PRESENT.

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  • 10:15:01 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. LOUDERMILK.

  • 10:15:04 AM

    MR. LOUDERMILK

    JUDGMENT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT SHALL NOT EXTEND FURTHER THAN TO REMOVAL…

    JUDGMENT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT SHALL NOT EXTEND FURTHER THAN TO REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, AND BE DISQUALIFICATION TO HOLD AND ENJOY ANY OFFICE OF HONOR, TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE PARTY CONVICTED SHALL NEVERTHELESS BE LIABLE AND SUBJECT TO INDICTMENT, TRIAL, JUDGMENT, AND PUNISHMENT, ACCORDING TO LAW.

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  • 10:15:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

  • 10:15:35 AM

    MR. LIPINSKI

    THE TIMES, PLACE, AND MANNER OF HOLDING ELECTIONS FOR SENATORS AND…

    THE TIMES, PLACE, AND MANNER OF HOLDING ELECTIONS FOR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE PRESCRIBED IN EACH STATE BY LEGISLATURE THEREOF. THE CONGRESS MADE ANY TIME BY LAW MAKE OR ALTER SUCH REGULATION, EXCEPT AS TO THE PLACES OF CHOOSING SENATORS.

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  • 10:16:01 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GRIFFITH.

  • 10:16:05 AM

    MR. GRIFFITH

    EACH HOUSE SHALL BE THE JUDGE OF THE ELECTIONS, RETURNS, AND…

    EACH HOUSE SHALL BE THE JUDGE OF THE ELECTIONS, RETURNS, AND QUALIFICATIONS OF ITS OWN MEMBERS, AND A MAJORITY OF EACH SHALL CONSTITUTE A QUORUM TO DO BUSINESS, BUT A SMALLER NUMBER MAY ADJOURN FROM DAY TO DAY, AND MAY BE AUTHORIZED TO COMPEL THE ATTENDANCE OF ABSENT MEMBERS, IN SUCH MANNER, AND UNDER SUCH PENALTIES AS EACH HOUSE MAY PROVIDE.

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  • 10:16:30 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

  • 10:16:34 AM

    MR. WALBERG

    EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, PUNISH ITS MEMBERS…

    EACH HOUSE MAY DETERMINE THE RULES OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, PUNISH ITS MEMBERS FOR DISORDERLY BEHAVIOR, AND, WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF TWO THIRDS, EXPEL A MEMBER. EACH HOUSE SHALL KEEP A JOURNAL OF ITS PROCEEDINGS, AND FROM TIME TO TIME PUBLISH THE SAME, EXCEPTING SUCH PARTS AS MAY IN THEIR JUDGMENT REQUIRE SECRECY, AND THE YEAS AND NAYS OF THE MEMBERS OF EITHER HOUSE ON ANY QUESTION SHALL, AT THE DESIRE OF ONE FIFTH OF THOSE PRESENT, BE ENTERED ON THE JOURNAL.

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  • 10:17:15 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS,

  • 10:17:20 AM

    TERMAN MR.

    NEITHER HOUSE, DURING THE SESSION OF CONGRESS, SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT…

    NEITHER HOUSE, DURING THE SESSION OF CONGRESS, SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OTHER, ADJOURN FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS, NOR TO ANY OTHER PLACE THAN THAT IN WHICH THE TWO HOUSES SHALL BE SITTING.

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  • 10:17:37 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. GIBBS.

  • 10:17:41 AM

    MR. GIBBS

    SECTION 6, THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL RECEIVE A COMPENSATION…

    SECTION 6, THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL RECEIVE A COMPENSATION FOR THEIR SERVICES, TO BE ASCERTAINED BY LAW, AND PAID OUT OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY SHALL IN ALL CASES, EXCEPT TREASON, FELONY, AND BREACH OF THE PEACE, BE PRIVILEGED FROM ARREST DURING THEIR ATTENDANCE AT THE SESSION OF THEIR RESPECTIVE HOUSES, AND IN GOING TO AND RETURNING FROM THE SAME, AND FOR ANY SPEECH OR DEBATE IN EITHER HOUSE, THEY SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED IN ANY OTHER PLACE.

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  • 10:18:14 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, MR. PEARCE.

  • 10:18:19 AM

    MR. PEARCE

    REPRESENTATIVE SHALL, DURING THE TIME FOR WHICH HE WAS ELECTED, BE…

    REPRESENTATIVE SHALL, DURING THE TIME FOR WHICH HE WAS ELECTED, BE APPOINTED TO ANY CIVIL OFFICE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH SHALL HAVE BEEN CREATED, OR THE EMOLUMENTS WHEREOF SHALL HAVE BEEN INCREASED DURING SUCH TIME, AND NO PERSON HOLDING ANY OFFICE UNDER THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE A MEMBER OF EITHER HOUSE DURING HIS CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE.

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  • 10:18:52 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. GUTHRIE.

  • 10:19:01 AM

    MR. GUTHRIE

    SECTION 7, ALL BILLS FOR RAISING REVENUE SHALL ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF…

    SECTION 7, ALL BILLS FOR RAISING REVENUE SHALL ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT THE SENATE MAY PROPOSE OR CONCUR WITH AMENDMENTS AS ON OTHER BILLS.

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  • 10:19:14 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, MS. PELOSI.

  • 10:19:23 AM

    MS. PELOSI

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE…

    EVERY BILL WHICH SHALL HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE, SHALL, BEFORE IT BECOME A LAW, BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. IF HE APPROVE HE SHALL SIGN IT, BUT IF NOT HE SHALL RETURN IT, WITH HIS OBJECTIONS TO THAT HOUSE IN WHICH IT SHALL HAVE ORIGINATED, WHO SHALL ENTER THE OBJECTIONS AT LARGE ON THEIR JOURNAL, AND PROCEED TO RECONSIDER IT.

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  • 10:19:55 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD.

  • 10:20:05 AM

    MR. RUTHERFORD

    IF AFTER SUCH RECONSIDERATION TWO THIRDS OF THAT HOUSE SHALL AGREE TO PASS…

    IF AFTER SUCH RECONSIDERATION TWO THIRDS OF THAT HOUSE SHALL AGREE TO PASS THE BILL, IT SHALL BE SENT, TOGETHER WITH THE OBJECTIONS, TO THE OTHER HOUSE, BY WHICH IT SHALL LIKEWISE BE RECONSIDERED, AND IF APPROVED BY TWO THIRDS OF THAT HOUSE, IT SHALL BECOME A LAW.

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  • 10:20:28 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD.

  • 10:20:34 AM

    MS. GABBARD

    BUT IN ALL SUCH CASES THE VOTES OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY YEAS…

    BUT IN ALL SUCH CASES THE VOTES OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY YEAS AND NAYS, AND THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS VOTING FOR AND AGAINST THE BILL SHALL BE ENTERED ON THE JOURNAL OF EACH HOUSE RESPECTIVELY.

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  • 10:20:50 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DUNN.

  • 10:20:57 AM

    MR. DUNN

    IF ANY BILL SHALL NOT BE RETURNED BY THE PRESIDENT WITHIN 10 DAYS --…

    IF ANY BILL SHALL NOT BE RETURNED BY THE PRESIDENT WITHIN 10 DAYS -- SUNDAYS EXCEPTED -- AFTER IT SHALL HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO HIM, THE SAME SHALL BE A LAW, IN LIKE MANNER AS IF HE HAD SIGNED IT, UNLESS THE CONGRESS BY THEIR ADJOURNMENT PREVENT ITS RETURN, IN WHICH CASE IT SHALL NOT BE A LAW.

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  • 10:21:19 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. CROWLEY.

  • 10:21:27 AM

    MR. CROWLEY

    RESOLUTION, OR VOTE TO WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF…

    RESOLUTION, OR VOTE TO WHICH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY BE NECESSARY, EXCEPT ON A QUESTION OF ADJOURNMENT, SHALL BE PRESENTED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND BEFORE THE SAME SHALL TAKE EFFECT, SHALL BE APPROVED BY HIM, OR BEING DISAPPROVED BY HIM, SHALL BE REPASSED BY 2/3 OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND LIMITATIONS PRESCRIBED IN THE CASE OF A BILL.

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  • 10:22:07 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA,

  • 10:22:15 AM

    MR. ABRAHAM

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES, DUTIES, IMPOSTS,…

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES, DUTIES, IMPOSTS, AND EXCISES, TO PAY THE DEBTS AND PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT ALL DUTIES, IMPOSTS, AND EXCISES SHALL BE UNIFORM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:22:36 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA.

  • 10:22:44 AM

    MR. CORREA

    TO BORROW MONEY ON THE CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO REGULATE COMMERCE…

    TO BORROW MONEY ON THE CREDIT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN NATIONS, AND AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES, AND WITH THE INDIAN TRIBES, TO ESTABLISH AN UNIFORM RULE OF NATURALIZATION, AND UNIFORM LAWS ON THE SUBJECT OF BANKRUPTCIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:23:07 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON.

  • 10:23:13 AM

    MR. DAVIDSON

    TO COIN MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF, AND OF FOREIGN COIN, AND FIX…

    TO COIN MONEY, REGULATE THE VALUE THEREOF, AND OF FOREIGN COIN, AND FIX THE STANDARD OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE PUNISHMENT OF COUNTERFEITING THE SECURITIES AND CURRENT COIN OF THE UNITED STATES, TO ESTABLISH POST OFFICES AND POST ROADS.

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  • 10:23:39 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL.

  • 10:24:00 AM

    MR. CARBAJAL

    TO CONSTITUTE TRIBUNALS INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND…

    TO CONSTITUTE TRIBUNALS INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND PUNISH PIRACIES AND FELONIES TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND USEFUL ARTS, BY SECURING FOR LIMITED TIMES TO AUTHORS AND INVENTORS THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO THEIR RESPECTIVE WRITINGS AND DISCOVERIES.

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  • 10:24:18 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. ROTHFUS.

  • 10:24:22 AM

    MR. ROTHFUS

    TO CONSTITUTE TRIBUNAL INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND PUNISH…

    TO CONSTITUTE TRIBUNAL INFERIOR TO THE SUPREME COURT, TO DEFINE AND PUNISH PAY ACIES AND FELONIES COMMITTED ON THE HIGH SEAS AND OFFENSES AGAINST THE LAW OF NATIONS.

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  • 10:24:39 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

  • 10:24:48 AM

    BARRETT

    TO DECLARE WAR, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUE AND REPRISAL, AND MAKE RULES…

    TO DECLARE WAR, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUE AND REPRISAL, AND MAKE RULES CONCERNING CAPTURES ON LAND AND WATER, TO RAISE AND SUPPORT ARMIES, BUT NO APPROPRIATION OF MONEY TO THAT USE SHALL BE FOR A LONGER TERM THAN TWO YEARS.

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  • 10:25:03 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

  • 10:25:10 AM

    MR. YOHO

    TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY, TO MAKE RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND…

    TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A NAVY, TO MAKE RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT AND REGULATION OF THE LAND AND NAVAL FORCES, TO PROVIDE FOR CALLING FORTH THE MILITIA TO EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE UNION, SUPPRESS INSURRECTIONS, AND REPEL INVASIONS.

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  • 10:25:27 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN.

  • 10:25:40 AM

    MR. RASKIN

    TO PROVIDE FOR ORGANIZING, ARMING AND DISCIPLINING THE MILITIA, AND FOR…

    TO PROVIDE FOR ORGANIZING, ARMING AND DISCIPLINING THE MILITIA, AND FOR GOVERNING SUCH PART OF THEM AS MAY BE EMPLOYED IN THE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES, RESERVING TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY, THE APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS AND THE AUTHORITY OF TRAINING THE MILITIA ACCORDING TO THE DISCIPLINE PRESCRIBED BY CONGRESS.

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  • 10:25:53 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS.

  • 10:26:01 AM

    MR. WILLIAMS

    TO EXERCISE EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER, OVER SUCH…

    TO EXERCISE EXCLUSIVE LEGISLATION IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER, OVER SUCH DISTRICT, NOT EXCEEDING 10 MILES SQUARE, AS MAY BE BY CESSION OF PARTICULAR STATES, AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF CONGRESS, BECOME THE SEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TO EXERCISE LIKE AUTHORITY OVER ALL PLACES PURCHASED BY THE CONSENT OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE IN WHICH THE SAME SHALL BE, FOR THE ERECTION OF FORTS, MAGAZINES, ARSENALS, DOCK YARDS AND OTHER NEEDFUL BUILDINGS.

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  • 10:26:31 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. JAYAPAL.

  • 10:26:44 AM

    MS. JAYAPAL

    AND TO MAKE ALL LAWS WHICH SHALL BE NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR CARRYING INTO…

    AND TO MAKE ALL LAWS WHICH SHALL BE NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR CARRYING INTO EXECUTION THE FOREGOING POWERS, AND ALL OTHER POWERS VESTED BY THIS CONSTITUTION IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN ANY DEPARTMENT OR OFFICER THEREOF.

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  • 10:27:00 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD.

  • 10:27:06 AM

    MR. FARENTHOLD

    SECTION 9, THE MIGRATION OR IMPORTATION OF SUCH PERSONS AS ANY OF THE…

    SECTION 9, THE MIGRATION OR IMPORTATION OF SUCH PERSONS AS ANY OF THE STATES NOW EXISTING SHALL THINK PROPER TO ADMIT, SHALL NOT BE PROHIBITED BY THE CONGRESS PRIOR TO THE YEAR 1808 BUT A TAX OR DUTY MAY BE IMPOSED ON SUCH IMPORTATION, NOT EXCEEDING $10 FOR EACH PERSON.

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  • 10:27:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    PERSON.

  • 10:27:41 AM

    MR. PERFECT MUTTER

    PERLMUTTER. MR. PERFECT MUTTER: --

  • 10:27:45 AM

    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THE PRIVILEGE OF THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS SHALL NOT BE SUSPENDED, UNLESS…

    THE PRIVILEGE OF THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS SHALL NOT BE SUSPENDED, UNLESS WHEN IN CASES OF REBELLION OR INVASION THE PUBLIC SAFETY MAY REQUIRE IT. NO BILL OF ATTAINDER OR EX POST FACTO LAW SHALL BE PASSED.

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  • 10:28:04 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FARENTHOLD. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. FLORES. TEXAS, MR. FLORES.

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  • 10:28:28 AM

    MR. FLORES

    NO CAPITATION OR OTHER DIRECT TAX SHALL BE LAID, UNLESS IN PROPORTION TO…

    NO CAPITATION OR OTHER DIRECT TAX SHALL BE LAID, UNLESS IN PROPORTION TO THE CENSUS OR ENUMERATION HEREIN BEFORE DIRECTED TO BE TAKEN. NO TAX OR DUTY SHALL BE LAID ON ARTICLES EXPORTED FROM ANY STATE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. VARGAS.

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    MR. VARGAS

    NO PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN BY ANY REGULATION OF COMMERCE OR REVENUE TO…

    NO PREFERENCE SHALL BE GIVEN BY ANY REGULATION OF COMMERCE OR REVENUE TO THE PORTS OF ONE STATE OVER THOSE OF ANOTHER, NOR SHALL VESSELS BOUND TO, OR FROM, ONE STATE, BE OBLIGED TO ENTER, CLEAR, OR PAY DUTIES IN ANOTHER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY, BUT IN CONSEQUENCE OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE BY LAW,…

    DRAWN FROM THE TREASURY, BUT IN CONSEQUENCE OF APPROPRIATIONS MADE BY LAW, AND A REGULAR STATEMENT AND ACCOUNT OF THE RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES OF ALL PUBLIC MONEY SHALL BE PUBLISHED FROM TIME TO TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    NO TITLE OF NOBILITY SHALL BE GRANTED BY THE UNITED STATES, AND NO PERSON…

    NO TITLE OF NOBILITY SHALL BE GRANTED BY THE UNITED STATES, AND NO PERSON HOLDING ANY OFFICE OF PROFIT OR TRUST UNDER THEM, SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS, ACCEPT OF ANY PRESENT, EMOLUMENT, OFFICE, OR TITLE, OF ANY KIND WHATEVER, FROM ANY KING, PRINCE, OR FOREIGN STATE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS,

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    MR. HILL

    SECTION 10, NO STATE SHALL ENTER INTO ANY TREATY, ALLIANCE OR…

    SECTION 10, NO STATE SHALL ENTER INTO ANY TREATY, ALLIANCE OR CONFEDERATION, GRANT LETTERS OF MARQUE AND REPRISAL, COIN MONEY, EMIT BILLS OF CREDIT, MAKE ANY THING BUT GOLD AND SILVER COIN A TENDER IN PAYMENT OF DEBTS, PASS ANY BILL OF ATTAINDER, EX POST FACTO LAW, OR LAW IMPAIRING THE OBLIGATION OF CONTRACTS, OR GRANT ANY TITLE OF NOBILITY.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY.

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    MS. KELLY

    NO STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS, LAY ANY IMPOSTS OR…

    NO STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE CONGRESS, LAY ANY IMPOSTS OR DUTIES ON IMPORTS OR EXPORTS, EXCEPT WHAT MAY BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR EXECUTING ITS INSPECTION LAWS, AND THE NET PRODUCE OF ALL DUTIES AND IMPOSTS, LAID BY ANY STATE ON IMPORTS OR EXPORTS, SHALL BE FOR THE USE OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL SUCH LAWS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVISION AND CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. YODER.

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    MR. YODER

    NO STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS, LAY ANY DUTY OF TONNAGE,…

    NO STATE SHALL, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS, LAY ANY DUTY OF TONNAGE, KEEP TROOPS, OR SHIPS OF WAR IN TIME OF PEACE, ENTER INTO ANY AGREEMENT OR COMPACT WITH ANOTHER STATE, OR WITH A FOREIGN POWER, OR ENGAGE IN WAR, UNLESS ACTUALLY INVADED, OR IN SUCH IMMINENT DANGER AS WILL NOT ADMIT OF DELAY.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    ARTICLE 2, SECTION 1, THE EXECUTIVE POWER SHALL BE VESTED IN A PRESIDENT…

    ARTICLE 2, SECTION 1, THE EXECUTIVE POWER SHALL BE VESTED IN A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. HE SHALL HOLD HIS OFFICE DURING THE TERM OF FOUR YEARS AND TOGETHER WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT, CHOSEN FOR THE SAME TERM, BE ELECTED, AS FOLLOWS --

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN.

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    MR. ALLEN

    EACH STATE SHALL APPOINT, IN SUCH MANNER AS THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF MAY…

    EACH STATE SHALL APPOINT, IN SUCH MANNER AS THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF MAY DIRECT, A NUMBER OF ELECTORS, EQUAL TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES TO WHICH THE STATE MAY BE ENTITLED IN THE CONGRESS, BUT NO SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE, OR PERSON HOLDING AN OFFICE OF TRUST OR PROFIT UNDER THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE APPOINTED AN ELECTOR.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. DEMINGS.

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    MRS. DEMINGS

    THE CONGRESS MAY DETERMINE THE TIME OF CHOOSING THE ELECTORS, AND THE DAY…

    THE CONGRESS MAY DETERMINE THE TIME OF CHOOSING THE ELECTORS, AND THE DAY ON WHICH THEY SHALL GIVE THEIR VOTES, WHICH DAY SHALL BE THE SAME THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN.

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    MR. BABIN

    NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, OR A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED…

    NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, OR A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AT THE TIME OF THE ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION, SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, NEITHER SHALL ANY PERSON BE ELIGIBLE TO THAT OFFICE WHO SHALL NOT HAVE ATTAINED TO THE AGE OF 35 YEARS, AND BEEN 14 YEARS A RESIDENT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA,

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    MS. CASTOR

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL AT STATED TIMES RECEIVE FOR HIS SERVICES A…

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL AT STATED TIMES RECEIVE FOR HIS SERVICES A COMPENSATION WHICH SHALL NEITHER BE INCREASED NOR DIMINISHED DURING THE PERIOD FOR WHICH HE SHALL HAVE BEEN ELECTED AND HE SHALL NOT RECEIVE WITHIN THAT PERIOD ANY OTHER EMOLUMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR ANY OF THEM.

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  • 10:33:57 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. NEWHOUSE.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    BEFORE HE ENTER ON THE EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICE HE SHALL TAKE THE FOLLOWING…

    BEFORE HE ENTER ON THE EXECUTION OF HIS OFFICE HE SHALL TAKE THE FOLLOWING OATH OR AFFIRMATION -- I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR OR AFFIRM THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND WILL, TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER.

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    MR. BEYER

    SECTION 2, THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY AND NAVY…

    SECTION 2, THE PRESIDENT SHALL BE COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES, AND OF THE MILITIA OF THE SEVERAL STATES, WHEN CALLED INTO THE ACTUAL SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES, HE MAY REQUIRE THE OPINION, IN WRITING, OF THE PRINCIPAL OFFICER IN EACH OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS, UPON ANY SUBJECT RELATING TO THE DUTIES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES, AND HE SHALL HAVE POWER TO GRANT REPRIEVES AND PARDONS FOR OFFENCES AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, EXCEPT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PAULSEN.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    HE SHALL HAVE POWER, BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, TO…

    HE SHALL HAVE POWER, BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, TO MAKE TREATIES, PROVIDED 2/3 OF THE SENATORS PRESENT CONCUR, AND HE SHALL NOMINATE, AND BY AND WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, SHALL APPOINT AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS, JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT, AND ALL OTHER OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES WHOSE APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT HEREIN OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR AND WHICH SHALL BE ESTABLISHED BY LAW.

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  • 10:35:39 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON,

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    BUT THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW VEST THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH INFERIOR…

    BUT THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW VEST THE APPOINTMENT OF SUCH INFERIOR OFFICERS, AS THEY THINK PROPER, IN THE PRESIDENT ALONE, IN THE COURTS OF LAW, OR IN THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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    MR. CARTER

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO FILL UP ALL VACANCIES THAT MAY HAPPEN…

    THE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE POWER TO FILL UP ALL VACANCIES THAT MAY HAPPEN DURING THE RECESS OF THE SENATE, BY GRANTING COMMISSIONS WHICH SHALL EXPIRE AT THE END OF THEIR NEXT SESSION.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OREGON,

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    MS. BONAMICI

    HE SHALL FROM TIME TO TIME GIVE TO THE CONGRESS INFORMATION OF THE STATE…

    HE SHALL FROM TIME TO TIME GIVE TO THE CONGRESS INFORMATION OF THE STATE OF THE UNION, AND RECOMMEND TO THEIR CONSIDERATION SUCH MEASURES AS HE SHALL JUDGE NECESSARY AND EXPEDIENT.

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  • 10:36:43 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON.

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    MR. BACON

    CONVENE BOTH HOUSES, OR EITHER OF THEM, AND IN CASE OF DISAGREEMENT…

    CONVENE BOTH HOUSES, OR EITHER OF THEM, AND IN CASE OF DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN THEM, WITH RESPECT TO THE TIME OF ADJOURNMENT, HE MAY ADJOURN THEM TO SUCH TIME AS HE SHALL THINK PROPER.

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  • 10:37:04 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUM.

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    HE SHALL RECEIVE AMBASSADORS AND OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS, HE SHALL TAKE…

    HE SHALL RECEIVE AMBASSADORS AND OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS, HE SHALL TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS BE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED, AND SHALL COMMISSION ALL THE OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:37:24 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLSON.

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    MR. OLSON

    SECTION 4, THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND ALL CIVIL OFFICERS OF THE…

    SECTION 4, THE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND ALL CIVIL OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE ON IMPEACHMENT FOR, AND CONVICTION OF, TREASON, BRIBERY, OR OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.

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  • 10:37:51 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. BROWN.

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    MR. BROWN

    ARTICLE 3, SECTION 1, THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE…

    ARTICLE 3, SECTION 1, THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE VESTED IN ONE SUPREME COURT, AND IN SUCH INFERIOR COURTS AS THE CONGRESS MAY FROM TIME TO TIME ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH. THE JUDGES, BOTH OF THE SUPREME AND INFERIOR COURTS, SHALL HOLD THEIR OFFICES DURING GOOD BEHAVIOR, AND SHALL, AT STATED TIMES, RECEIVE FOR THEIR SERVICES A COMPENSATION, WHICH SHALL NOT BE DIMINISHED DURING THEIR CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE.

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  • 10:38:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND THE MAJORITY CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, MRS.…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND THE MAJORITY CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS.

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    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    THE JUDICIAL POWER SHALL EXTEND TO ALL CASES, IN LAW AND EQUITY, ARISING…

    THE JUDICIAL POWER SHALL EXTEND TO ALL CASES, IN LAW AND EQUITY, ARISING UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION, THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND TREATIES MADE, OR WHICH SHALL BE MADE, UNDER THEIR AUTHORITY. TO ALL CASES AFFECTING AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS, TO ALL CASES OF ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME JURISDICTION.

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  • 10:39:02 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY.

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    MS. ESTY

    TO CONTROVERSIES TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE A PARTY, TO…

    TO CONTROVERSIES TO WHICH THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE A PARTY, TO CONTROVERSIES BETWEEN TWO OR MORE STATES, BETWEEN CITIZENS OF ANOTHER STATE, BETWEEN CITIZENS OF DIFFERENT STATES, BETWEEN CITIZENS OF THE SAME STATE CLAIMING LANDS UNDER GRANTS OF DIFFERENT STATES, AND BETWEEN A STATE, OR THE CITIZENS THEREOF, AND FOREIGN STATES, CITIZENS OR SUBJECTS.

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  • 10:39:33 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. HUIZENGA.

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    MR. HUIZENGA

    IN ALL CASES AFFECTING AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS,…

    IN ALL CASES AFFECTING AMBASSADORS, OTHER PUBLIC MINISTERS AND CONSULS, AND THOSE IN WHICH A STATE SHALL BE PARTY, THE SUPREME COURT SHALL HAVE ORIGINAL JURISDICTION. IN ALL THE OTHER CASES BEFORE MENTIONED, THE SUPREME COURT SHALL HAVE APPELLATE JURISDICTION, BOTH AS TO LAW AND FACT, WITH SUCH EXCEPTIONS, AND UNDER SUCH REGULATIONS AS THE CONGRESS SHALL MAKE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER.

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    MS. KUSTER

    THE TRIAL OF ALL CRIMES, EXCEPT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT, SHALL BE BY JURY,…

    THE TRIAL OF ALL CRIMES, EXCEPT IN CASES OF IMPEACHMENT, SHALL BE BY JURY, AND SUCH TRIAL SHALL BE HELD IN THE STATE WHERE THE SAID CRIMES SHALL HAVE BEEN COMMITTED, BUT WHEN NOT COMMITTED WITHIN ANY STATE, THE TRIAL SHALL BE AT SUCH PLACE OR PLACES AS THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW HAVE DIRECTED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER.

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    MR. GALLAGHER

    SECTION 3, TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, SHALL CONSIST ONLY IN…

    SECTION 3, TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, SHALL CONSIST ONLY IN LEVYING WAR AGAINST THEM, OR IN ADHERING TO THEIR ENEMIES, GIVING THEM AID AND COMFORT. NO PERSON SHALL BE CONVICTED OF TREASON UNLESS ON THE TESTIMONY OF TWO WITNESSES TO THE SAME OVERT ACT, OR ON CONFESSION IN OPEN COURT.

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  • 10:41:08 AM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. MATSUI.

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    MS. MATSUI

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DECLARE THE PUNISHMENT OF TREASON, BUT NO…

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DECLARE THE PUNISHMENT OF TREASON, BUT NO ATTAINDER OF TREASON SHALL WORK CORRUPTION OF BLOOD, OR FORFEITURE EXCEPT DURING THE LIFE OF THE PERSON ATTAINTED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    MR. ZELDIN

    ARTICLE 4, SECTION 1, FULL FAITH AND CREDIT SHALL BE GIVEN IN EACH STATE…

    ARTICLE 4, SECTION 1, FULL FAITH AND CREDIT SHALL BE GIVEN IN EACH STATE TO THE PUBLIC ACTS, RECORDS, AND JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF EVERY OTHER STATE. AND THE CONGRESS MAY BY GENERAL LAWS PRESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH SUCH ACTS, RECORDS AND PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE PROVED, AND THE EFFECT THEREOF.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. MURPHY.

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    MRS. MURPHY

    SECTION 2, THE CITIZENS OF EACH STATE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ALL PRIVILEGES…

    SECTION 2, THE CITIZENS OF EACH STATE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ALL PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS IN THE SEVERAL STATES. A PERSON CHARGED IN ANY STATE WITH TREASON, FELONY, OR OTHER CRIME, WHO SHALL FLEE FROM JUSTICE, AND BE FOUND IN ANOTHER STATE, SHALL ON DEMAND OF THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE FROM WHICH HE FLED, BE DELIVERED UP, TO BE REMOVED TO THE STATE HAVING JURISDICTION OF THE CRIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FASO.

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    MR. FASO

    SECTION 3, NEW STATES MAY BE ADMITTED BY THE CONGRESS INTO THIS UNION. BUT…

    SECTION 3, NEW STATES MAY BE ADMITTED BY THE CONGRESS INTO THIS UNION. BUT NO NEW STATE SHALL BE FORMED OR ERECTED WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF ANY OTHER STATE, NOR ANY STATE BE FORMED BY THE JUNCTION OF TWO OR MORE STATES OR PARTS OF STATES WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE LEGISLATURES OF THE STATES CONCERNED, AS WELL AS OF THE CONGRESS.

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  • 10:43:05 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    MR. GARAMENDI

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DISPOSE OF AND MAKE ALL NEEDFUL RULES AND…

    THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO DISPOSE OF AND MAKE ALL NEEDFUL RULES AND REGULATIONS RESPECTING THE TERRITORY OR OTHER PROPERTY BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES, AND NOTHING IN THIS CONSTITUTION SHALL BE SO CONSTRUED AS TO PREJUDICE ANY CLAIMS OF THE UNITED STATES, OR OF ANY PARTICULAR STATE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. HOLLINGSWORTH.

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    MR. HOLLINGSWORTH

    THE UNITED STATES SHALL GUARANTEE TO EVERY STATE IN THIS UNION A…

    THE UNITED STATES SHALL GUARANTEE TO EVERY STATE IN THIS UNION A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT, AND SHALL PROTECT EACH OF THEM AGAINST INVASION, AND ON APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURE, OR OF THE EXECUTIVE, WHEN THE LEGISLATURE CANNOT BE CONVENED, AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MS. DELBENE.

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    MS. DELBENE

    ARTICLE 5, THE CONGRESS, WHENEVER 2/3 OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL DEEM IT…

    ARTICLE 5, THE CONGRESS, WHENEVER 2/3 OF BOTH HOUSES SHALL DEEM IT NECESSARY, SHALL PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THIS CONSTITUTION, OR, ON THE APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURES OF 2/3 OF THE SEVERAL STATES, SHALL CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS, WHICH, IN EITHER CASE, SHALL BE VALID TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, AS PART OF THIS CONSTITUTION, WHEN RATIFIED BY THE LEGISLATURES OF 3/4 OF THE SEVERAL STATES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MOOLENAAR.

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    MR. MOOLENAAR

    OR BY CONVENTIONS IN 3/4 THEREOF, AS THE ONE OR THE OTHER MODE OF…

    OR BY CONVENTIONS IN 3/4 THEREOF, AS THE ONE OR THE OTHER MODE OF RATIFICATION MAY BE PROPOSED BY THE CONGRESS, PROVIDED THAT NO AMENDMENT WHICH MAY BE MADE PRIOR TO THE YEAR 1808 SHALL IN ANY MANNER AFFECT THE FIRST AND FOURTH CLAUSES IN THE NINTH SECTION OF THE FIRST ARTICLE, AND THAT NO STATE, WITHOUT ITS CONSENT, SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF ITS EQUAL SUFFRAGE IN THE SENATE.

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  • 10:45:19 AM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING.

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    MR. KEATING

    ARTICLE VI, ALL DEBTS CONTRACTED AND ENGAGEMENTS ENTERED INTO, BEFORE THE…

    ARTICLE VI, ALL DEBTS CONTRACTED AND ENGAGEMENTS ENTERED INTO, BEFORE THE ADOPTION OF THIS CONSTITUTION, SHALL BE AS VALID AGAINST THE UNITED STATES UNDER THIS CONSTITUTION, AS UNDER THE CONFEDERATION. THIS CONSTITUTION, AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH SHALL BE MADE IN PURSUANCE THEREOF, AND ALL TREATIES MADE, OR WHICH SHALL BE MADE, UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, AND THE JUDGES IN EVERY STATE SHALL BE BOUND THEREBY, ANY THING IN THE CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF ANY STATE TO THE CONTRARY NOTWITHSTANDING.

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  • 10:46:01 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. SMITH.

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    MR. SMITH

    THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE MENTIONED, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE…

    THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE MENTIONED, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE SEVERAL STATE LEGISLATURES, AND ALL EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS, BOTH OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE SEVERAL STATES, SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, TO SUPPORT THIS CONSTITUTION, BUT NO RELIGIOUS TEST SHALL EVER BE REQUIRED AS A QUALIFICATION TO ANY OFFICE OR PUBLIC TRUST UNDER THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. TSONGAS.

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    MS. TSONGAS

    ARTICLE 7, THE RATIFICATION OF THE CONVENTIONS OF NINE STATES, SHALL BE…

    ARTICLE 7, THE RATIFICATION OF THE CONVENTIONS OF NINE STATES, SHALL BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS CONSTITUTION BETWEEN THE STATES SO RATIFYING THE SAME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOHNSON.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    DONE IN CONVENTION BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE UNITED STATES, PRESENT…

    DONE IN CONVENTION BY THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE UNITED STATES, PRESENT IN 17TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1787 AND OF THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE UNITED INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN THE 12TH IN WITNESS WHEREOF WE HAVE HERE UNTO SUBSCRIBED OUR NAMES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JOHNSON.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY FROM VIRGINIA, DELAWARE -- GEORGE…

    GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY FROM VIRGINIA, DELAWARE -- GEORGE READ, GUNNING BEDFORD JR., JOHN DICKINSON, RICHARD BASSETT, JACOB BROOM. MARYLAND - JAMES MCHENRY, DANIEL OF ST. THOMAS JENIFER, DANIEL CARROLL VIRGINIA -- JOHN BLAIR, JAMES MADISON, JR. NORTH CAROLINA -- WILLIAM BLOUNT, RICHARD DOBBS SPAIGHT, HUGH WILLIAMSON SOUTH CAROLINA -- JOHN RUTLEDGE, CHARLES COTESWORTH PINCKNEY, CHARLES PINCKNEY, PIERCE BUTLER GEORGIA -- WILLIAM FEW, ABRAHAM BALDWIN

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI, MRS. WAGNER.

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    MRS. WAGNER

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON NEW JERSEY -- WILL LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WILLIAM…

    ALEXANDER HAMILTON NEW JERSEY -- WILL LIVINGSTON, DAVID BREARLEY, WILLIAM PATERSON, JONATHAN DAYTON PENNSYLVANIA -- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, THOMAS MIFFLIN, ROBERT MORRIS, GEORGE CLYMER, THOMAS FITZSIMONS, JARED INGERSOLL, JAMES WILSON, GOUVERNEUR MORRIS AMENDMENT 1, CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR OF THE PRESS OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEFULLY TO ASSEMBLE AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS.

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    MR. JENKINS

    AMENDMENT 2, A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF…

    AMENDMENT 2, A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. SCHNEIDER.

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    MR. SCHNEIDER

    AMENDMENT 3,NO SOLDIER SHALL, IN TIME OF PEACE BE QUARTERED IN ANY HOUSE,…

    AMENDMENT 3,NO SOLDIER SHALL, IN TIME OF PEACE BE QUARTERED IN ANY HOUSE, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE OWNER, NOR IN TIME OF WAR, BUT IN A MANNER TO BE PRESCRIBED BY LAW.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. CARTWRIGHT.

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    MR. CARTWRIGHT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AMENDMENT 4 THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AMENDMENT 4 THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO BE SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, HOUSES, PAPERS, AND EFFECTS, AGAINST UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED, AND NO WARRANTS SHALL ISSUE, BUT UPON PROBABLE CAUSE, SUPPORTED BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, AND PARTICULARLY DESCRIBING THE PLACE TO BE SEARCHED, AND THE PERSONS OR THINGS TO BE SEIZED.

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  • 10:51:18 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. BIGGS.

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    MR. BIGGS

    AMENDMENT 5, NO PERSON SHALL BE HELD TO ANSWER FOR A CAPITAL OR OTHERWISE…

    AMENDMENT 5, NO PERSON SHALL BE HELD TO ANSWER FOR A CAPITAL OR OTHERWISE INFAMOUS CRIME UNLESS ON A PRESENTMENT OR INDICTMENT OF A GRAND JURY, EXCEPT IN CASES ARISING IN THE LAND OR NAVAL FORCES OR IN THE MILITIA, WHEN IN ACTUAL SERVICE IN TIME OF WAR OR PUBLIC DANGER.

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  • 10:51:52 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LOEBSACK.

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    MR. LOEBSACK

    NOR SHALL ANY PERSON BE SUBJECT FOR THE SAME OFFENSE TO BE PUT TWICE IN…

    NOR SHALL ANY PERSON BE SUBJECT FOR THE SAME OFFENSE TO BE PUT TWICE IN JEOPARDY OF LIFE OR LIMB, NOR SHALL BE COMPELLED IN ANY CRIMINAL CASE TO BE A WITNESS AGAINST HIMSELF, NOR BE DEPRIVED OF LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW. NOR SHALL PRIVATE PROPERTY BE TAKEN FOR PUBLIC USE WITHOUT JUST COMPENSATION.

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  • 10:52:24 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MRS. WALTERS.

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    MRS. WALTERS

    AMENDMENT 6, IN ALL CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS, THE ACCUSED SHALL ENJOY THE…

    AMENDMENT 6, IN ALL CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS, THE ACCUSED SHALL ENJOY THE RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL, BY AN IMPARTIAL JURY OF THE STATE AND DISTRICT WHEREIN THE CRIME SHALL HAVE BEEN COMMITTED, WHICH DISTRICT SHALL HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ASCERTAINED BY LAW. AND TO BE INFORMED OF THE NATURE AND CAUSE OF THE ACCUSATION, TO BE CONFRONTED WITH THE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM, TO HAVE COMPULSORY PROCESS FOR OBTAINING WITNESSES IN HIS FAVOR, AND TO HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL FOR HIS DEFENSE.

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  • 10:53:06 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN.

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    MR. NOLAN

    AMENDMENT 7, IN SUITS AT COMMON LAW, WHERE THE VALUE IN CONTROVERSY SHALL…

    AMENDMENT 7, IN SUITS AT COMMON LAW, WHERE THE VALUE IN CONTROVERSY SHALL EXCEED $20, THE RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY SHALL BE PRESERVED AND NO FACT TRIED BY A JURY SHALL BE OTHERWISE RE-EXAMINED IN ANY COURT OF THE UNITED STATES THAN ACCORDING TO THE RULES OF THE COMMON LAW.

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  • 10:53:41 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LAHOOD.

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    MR. LAHOOD

    AMENDMENT 8, EXCESSIVE BAIL SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED, NOR EXCESSIVE FINES…

    AMENDMENT 8, EXCESSIVE BAIL SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED, NOR EXCESSIVE FINES IMPOSED, NOR CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS INFLICTED. AMENDMENT 9, THE ENUMERATION IN THE CONSTITUTION OF CERTAIN RIGHTS SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO DENY OR DISPARAGE OTHERS RETAINED BY THE PEOPLE.

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  • 10:54:15 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP.

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    MR. HOYER

    AMENDMENT 10, THE POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE…

    AMENDMENT 10, THE POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE CONSTITUTION, NOR PROHIBITED BY IT TO THE STATES, ARE RESERVED TO THE STATES RESPECTIVELY, OR TO THE PEOPLE.

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  • 10:54:45 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MALONEY.

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    MR. MALONEY

    THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO EXTEND…

    THE JUDICIAL POWER OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO EXTEND TO ANY SUIT IN LAW OR EQUITY, COMMENCED OR PROSECUTED AGAINST ONE OF THE UNITED STATES BY CITIZENS OF ANOTHER STATE, OR BY CITIZENS OR SUBJECTS OF ANY FOREIGN STATE.

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  • 10:55:09 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. ARRINGTON.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, MS. ROSEN.

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    MS. ROSEN

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE SHALL, IN THE…

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE SHALL, IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, OPEN ALL OF THE CERTIFICATES AND THE VOTES SHALL THEN BE COUNTED. THE PERSON HAVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF VOTES FOR PRESIDENT SHALL BE THE PRESIDENT, IF SUCH NUMBER BE A MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF ELECTORS APPOINTED AND IF NO PERSONS HAVE SUCH MAJORITY, THEN FROM THE PERSONS HAVING THE HIGHEST NUMBERS NOT EXCEEDING THREE ON THE LIST OF THOSE VOTED FOR AS PRESIDENT.

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  • 10:56:40 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY.

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    MR. PERRY

    THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE IMMEDIATELY, BY BALLOT, THE…

    THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL CHOOSE IMMEDIATELY, BY BALLOT, THE PRESIDENT. BUT IN CHOOSING THE PRESIDENT, THE VOTES SHALL BE TAKEN BY STATES, THE REPRESENTATION FROM EACH STATE HAVING ONE VOTE. A QUORUM FOR THIS PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF A MEMBER OR MEMBERS FROM 2/3 OF THE STATES, AND A MAJORITY OF ALL THE STATES SHALL BE NECESSARY TO A CHOICE.

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  • 10:57:13 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM DELAWARE, MISS ROCHESTER. -- -- MS. ROCHESTER.

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    MISS ROCHESTER

    THE PERSON HAVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF VOTES AS VICE PRESIDENT SHALL BE…

    THE PERSON HAVING THE GREATEST NUMBER OF VOTES AS VICE PRESIDENT SHALL BE THE VICE PRESIDENT. IF SUCH NUMBER BE A MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF ELECTORS APPOINTED, AND IF NO PERSON HAVE A MAJORITY, THEN FROM THE TWO HIGHEST NUMBERS ON THE LIST, THE SENATE SHALL CHOOSE THE VICE PRESIDENT.

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  • 10:57:44 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    A QUORUM FOR THE PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF 2/3 OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF…

    A QUORUM FOR THE PURPOSE SHALL CONSIST OF 2/3 OF THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS, AND A MAJORITY OF THE WHOLE NUMBER SHALL BE NECESSARY TO A CHOICE. BUT NO PERSON CONSTITUTIONALLY INELIGIBLE TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO THAT OF VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 10:58:10 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA,

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    MR. LEWIS

    AMENDMENT 13, SECTION 1, NEITHER SLAVERY NOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, EXCEPT…

    AMENDMENT 13, SECTION 1, NEITHER SLAVERY NOR INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, SHALL EXIST WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OR ANY PLACE SUBJECT TO THEIR JURISDICTION. SECTION 2, CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 10:58:56 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    ALLPERSONS BORN OR NATURALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO THE…

    ALLPERSONS BORN OR NATURALIZED IN THE UNITED STATES AND SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION THEREOF ARE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OF THE STATE WHEREIN THEY RESIDE. NO STATE SHALL MAKE OR ENFORCE ANY LAW WHICH SHALL ABRIDGE THE PRIVILEGES OR IMMUNITIES OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES,

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  • 10:59:33 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. JOYCE.

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    MR. JOYCE

    NOR SHALL ANY STATE DEPRIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY…

    NOR SHALL ANY STATE DEPRIVE ANY PERSON OF LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, NOR DENY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS. SECTION 2REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE APPORTIONED AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES ACCORDING TO THEIR RESPECTIVE NUMBERS, COUNTING THE WHOLE NUMBER OF PERSONS IN EACH STATE, EXCLUDING INDIANS NOT TAXED.

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  • 11:00:05 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. SOTO.

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    MR. SOTO

    BUT WHEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT ANY ELECTION FOR THE CHOICE OF ELECTORS FOR…

    BUT WHEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT ANY ELECTION FOR THE CHOICE OF ELECTORS FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS, THE EXECUTIVE AND JUDICIAL OFFICERS OF A STATE, OR THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE THEREOF, IS DENIED TO ANY OF THE MALE INHABITANTS OF SUCH STATE BEING 21 YEARS OF AGE, AND CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, OR IN ANY WAY ABRIDGED, EXCEPT FOR PARTICIPATION IN REBELLION OR OTHER CRIME AND THE BASIS OF REPRESENTATION THEREIN SHALL BE REDUCED IN THE NUMBER OF PROPORTIONED IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF SUCH MALE CITIZENS SHALL BEAR TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF MALE CITIZENS 21 YEARS OF AGE IN SUCH STATE.

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  • 11:00:59 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    SECTION 3, NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS OR…

    SECTION 3, NO PERSON SHALL BE A SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS OR ELECTOR OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OR HOLD ANY OFFICE, CIVIL OR MILITARY, UNDER THE UNITED STATES, OR UNDER ANY STATE, WHO, HAVING PREVIOUSLY TAKEN AN OATH AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS OR AS AN OFFICER OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 11:01:28 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. SINEMA.

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    MS. SINEMA

    OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY STATE LEGISLATURE OR AS AN EXECUTIVE OR JUDICIAL…

    OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY STATE LEGISLATURE OR AS AN EXECUTIVE OR JUDICIAL OFFICER OF ANY STATE, TO SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, SHALL HAVE ENGAGED IN INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE SAME, OR GIVEN AID OR COMFORT TO THE ENEMIES THEREOF. BUT CONGRESS MAY BY A VOTE OF 2/3 OF EACH HOUSE, REMOVE SUCH DISABILITY.

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  • 11:02:02 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DENHAM.

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    MR. DENHAM

    THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES, AUTHORIZED BY LAW,…

    THE VALIDITY OF THE PUBLIC DEBT OF THE UNITED STATES, AUTHORIZED BY LAW, INCLUDING DEBTS INCURRED FOR PAYMENT OF PENSIONS AND BOUNTIES FOR SERVICES IN SUPPRESSING INSURRECTION OR REBELLION, SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED. BUT NEITHER THE UNITED STATES NOR ANY STATE SHALL ASSUME OR PAY ANY DEBT OR OBLIGATION INCURRED IN THE AID OF INSURRECTION OR REBELLION AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OR ANY CLAIM FOR THE LOSS OR EMANCIPATION OF ANY SLAVE, BUT ALL SUCH DEBTS, OBLIGATIONS AND CLAIMS SHALL BE HELD ILLEGAL AND VOID.

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  • 11:02:52 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,

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    MR. SERRANO

    SECTION 5, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE, BY APPROPRIATE…

    SECTION 5, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE, BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. AMENDMENT 15, SECTION 1, THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF RACE, COLOR OR PREVIOUS CONDITION OF SERVITUDE.

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  • 11:03:29 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS.

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    MR. DAVIS

    SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY…

    SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION. AMENDMENT 16, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO LAY AND COLLECT TAXES ON INCOMES, FROM WHATEVER SOURCE DERIVED, WITHOUT APPORTIONMENT AMONG THE SEVERAL STATES AND WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY CENSUS OR ENUMERATION.

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  • 11:04:01 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL.

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    MR. LOWENTHAL

    AMENDMENT 17, THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO…

    AMENDMENT 17, THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE COMPOSED OF TWO SENATORS FROM EACH STATE, ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE THEREOF, FOR SIX YEARS. AND EACH SENATOR SHALL HAVE ONE VOTE. THE ELECTORS IN EACH STATE SHALL HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUISITE FOR ELECTORS OF THE MOST NUMEROUS BRANCH OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES. WHEN VACANCIES HAPPEN IN THE REPRESENTATION OF ANY STATE IN THE SENATE, THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY OF SUCH STATE SHALL ISSUE WRITS OF ELECTION TO FILL SUCH VACANCIES.

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  • 11:04:51 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. ROUZER.

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    MR. ROUZER

    PROVIDED THAT THE LEGISLATURE OF ANY STATE MAY EMPOWER THE EXECUTIVE…

    PROVIDED THAT THE LEGISLATURE OF ANY STATE MAY EMPOWER THE EXECUTIVE THEREOF TO MAKE TEMPORARY APPOINTMENTS UNTIL THE PEOPLE FILL THE VACANCIES BY ELECTION AS THE LEGISLATURE MAY DIRECT. THIS AMENDMENT SHALL NOT BE SO CONSTRUED AS TO AFFECT THE ELECTION OR TERM OF ANY SENATOR CHOSEN BEFORE IT BECOMES VALID AS PART OF THE CONSTITUTION. AMENDMENT 19, THE RIGHT OF THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF SEX, CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:05:33 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. WOE MACK -- MR. WOMACK.

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    MR. WOMACK

    AMENDMENT 20, SECTION 1, THE TERMS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT…

    AMENDMENT 20, SECTION 1, THE TERMS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL END AT NOON ON THE 20TH DAY OF JANUARY AND ARE THE TERMS OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AT NOON ON THE THIRD DAY OF JANUARY OF THE YEARS IN WHICH SUCH TERMS WOULD HAVE ENDED IF THIS ARTICLE HAD NOT BEEN RATIFIED AND THE TERMS OF THEIR SUCCESSORS SHALL THEN BEGIN. SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL ASSEMBLE AT LEAST ONCE IN EVERY YEAR, AND SUCH MEETING SHALL BEGIN AT NOON ON THE THIRD DAY OF JANUARY, UNLESS THEY SHALL BY LAW APPOINT A DIFFERENT DAY. SECTION 3, IF, AT THE TIME FIXED FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM OF THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL HAVE DIED, THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL BECOME PRESIDENT. IF A PRESIDENT SHALL NOT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BEFORE THE TIME FIXED FOR THE BEGINNING OF HIS TERM, OR IF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL HAVE FAILED TO QUALIFY, THEN THE VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT SHALL ACT AS PRESIDENT UNTIL A PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED, AND THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE FOR THE CASE WHEREIN NEITHER A PRESIDENT ELECT NOR A VICE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED, DECLARING WHO SHALL THEN ACT AS PRESIDENT, OR THE MANNER IN WHICH ONE WHO IS TO ACT SHALL BE SELECTED, AND SUCH PERSON SHALL ACT ACCORDINGLY UNTIL A PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT SHALL HAVE QUALIFIED.

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  • 11:07:08 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. BISHOP.

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    MR. BISHOP

    SECTION 4, THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF…

    SECTION 4, THE CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF ANY OF THE PERSONS FROM WHOM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MAY CHOOSE A PRESIDENT WHENEVER THE RIGHT OF CHOICE SHALL HAVE DEVOLVED UPON THEM, AND FOR THE CASE OF THE DEATH OF ANY OF THE PERSONS FROM WHOM THE SENATE MAY CHOOSE A VICE PRESIDENT WHENEVER THE RIGHT OF CHOICE SHALL HAVE DEVOLVED UPON THEM. SECTION 5, SECTIONS 1 AND 2 SHALL TAKE EFFECT ON THE 15TH DAY OF OCTOBER FOLLOWING THE RATIFICATION OF THIS ARTICLE. SECTION 6, THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE LEGISLATURES OF THREE-FOURTHS OF THE SEVERAL STATES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ITS SUBMISSION. AMENDMENT 21, SECTION 1, THE 18TH ARTICLE OF THE AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES IS HEREBY REPEALED. SECTION 2, THE TRANSPORTATION OR IMPORTATION INTO ANY STATE, TERRITORY, OR POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR DELIVERY OR USE THEREIN OF INTOXICATING LIQUORS, IN VIOLATION OF THE LAWS THEREOF, IS HEREBY PROHIBITED. SECTION 3, THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY CONVENTIONS IN THE SEVERAL STATES, AS PROVIDED IN THE CONSTITUTION, WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF THE SUBMISSION HEREOF TO THE STATES BY THE CONGRESS.

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  • 11:08:47 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG.

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    MR. WALBERG

    AMENDMENT 22, SECTION 1, NO PERSON SHALL BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF THE…

    AMENDMENT 22, SECTION 1, NO PERSON SHALL BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT MORE THAN TWICE, AND NO PERSON WHO HAS HELD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, OR ACTED AS PRESIDENT, FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS OF A TERM TO WHICH SOME OTHER PERSON WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT SHALL BE ELECTED TO THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT MORE THAN ONCE. BUT THIS ARTICLE SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT WHEN THIS ARTICLE WAS PROPOSED BY CONGRESS, AND SHALL NOT PREVENT ANY PERSON WHO MAY BE HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT, OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT, DURING THE TERM WITHIN WHICH THIS ARTICLE BECOMES OPERATIVE FROM HOLDING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OR ACTING AS PRESIDENT DURING THE REMAINDER OF SUCH TERM. SECTION 2, THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE INOPERATIVE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN RATIFIED AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION BY THE LEGISLATURES OF 3/4 OF THE SEVERAL STATES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ITS SUBMISSION TO THE STATES BY THE CONGRESS.

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  • 11:09:58 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    AMENDMENT 23, SECTION 1, THE DISTRICT CONSTITUTING THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT…

    AMENDMENT 23, SECTION 1, THE DISTRICT CONSTITUTING THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL APPOINT IN SUCH MANNER AS CONGRESS MAY DIRECT A NUMBER OF ELECTORS OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT EQUAL TO THE WHOLE NUMBER OF SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS TO WHICH THE DISTRICT WOULD BE ENTITLED IF IT WERE A STATE, BUT IN NO EVENT MORE THAN THE LEAST POPULOUS STATE. THEY SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THOSE APPOINTED BY THE STATES, BUT THEY SHALL BE CONSIDERED, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, TO BE ELECTORS APPOINTED BY A STATE, AND THEY SHALL MEET IN THE DISTRICT AND PERFORM SUCH DUTIES AS PROVIDED BY THE 12TH ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT. SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION. AMENDMENT 24, SECTION 1, THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES TO VOTE IN ANY PRIMARY OR OTHER ELECTION FOR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT, FOR ELECTORS FOR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT, OR FOR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR ANY STATE BY REASON OF FAILURE TO PAY POLL TAX OR OTHER TAX. SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:11:23 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, MS. TENNEY.

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    MS. TENNEY

    AMENDMENT 25, SECTION 1, IN CASE OF THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT FROM…

    AMENDMENT 25, SECTION 1, IN CASE OF THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE OR OF HIS DEATH OR RESIGNATION, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL BECOME PRESIDENT. SECTION 2, WHENEVER THERE IS A VACANCY IN THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT SHALL NOMINATE A VICE PRESIDENT WHO SHALL TAKE THE OATH UPON CONFIRMATION BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF BOTH HOUSE OF CONGRESS. SECTION 3, WHENEVER THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HIS WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT HE IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, AND UNTIL HE TRANSMITS TO THEM A WRITTEN DECLARATION TO THE CONTRARY, SUCH POWERS AND DUTIES SHALL BE DISCHARGED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AS ACTING PRESIDENT. SECTION 4, WHENEVER THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF EITHER THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS OR OF SUCH OTHER BODY AS CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE, TRANSMIT TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THEIR WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY ASSUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE AS ACTING PRESIDENT. THEREAFTER, WHEN THE PRESIDENT TRANSMITS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HIS WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT NO INABILITY EXISTS, HE SHALL RESUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE UNTIL THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF EITHER THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT OR OF SUCH OTHER BODY AS CONGRESS MAY BY LAW PROVIDE, TRANSMIT WITHIN FOUR DAYS TO THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THEIR WRITTEN DECLARATION THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE. THEREUPON CONGRESS SHALL DECIDE THE ISSUE, ASSEMBLING WITHIN 48 HOURS FOR THAT PURPOSE IF NOT IN SESSION. IF THE CONGRESS, WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE LATTER WRITTEN DECLARATION, OR, IF CONGRESS IS NOT IN SESSION, WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER CONGRESS IS REQUIRED TO ASSEMBLE, DETERMINES BY 2/3 VOTE OF BOTH HOUSES THAT THE PRESIDENT IS UNABLE TO DISCHARGE THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE, THE VICE PRESIDENT SHALL DISCONTINUE THE SAME AS ACTING PRESIDENT, OTHERWISE, THE PRESIDENT SHALL RESUME THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    AMENDMENT 26, SECTION 1, THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO…

    AMENDMENT 26, SECTION 1, THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED BY THE UNITED STATES OR BY ANY STATE ON ACCOUNT OF AGE. SECTION 2, THE CONGRESS SHALL HAVE POWER TO ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION.

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  • 11:14:35 AM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL.

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    MR. WOODALL

    AMENDMENT 27, NO LAW, VARYING THE COMPENSATION FOR THE SERVICES OF THE…

    AMENDMENT 27, NO LAW, VARYING THE COMPENSATION FOR THE SERVICES OF THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, SHALL TAKE EFFECT, UNTIL AN ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL HAVE INTERVENED.

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  • 11:14:59 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT CONCLUDES THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I'D LIKE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THAT CONCLUDES THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT I MAY BE ALLOWED TO REVISE AND EXTEND REMARKS AND INSERT OMITTED MATERIAL IN THE RECORD DURING THE READING OF THE CONSTITUTION.

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    ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ONE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION…

    ABOUT TO GAVEL IN FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ONE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY DEALS WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND NOW LIVE TO THE FLOOR. ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS, SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. MR. WILLIAMS SPKS I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE 2016 LAKE TRAVELS CAVALIERS ON WINNING THEIR SIXTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN TEXAS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THE L.T. TAKEOVER OF CLASS 6-A FOOTBALL IS COMPLETE. THEY DEFEATED THE WOODLANDS IN GRAND FASHION BY A SCORE OF 31-14. COACH CAFERTER ASSEMBLE AT GREAT COACHING STAFF AND BUILT LAKE TRAVELS INTO ONE OF THE BEST FOOTBALL PROGRAMS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEING WHAT THE TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO ACCOMPLISH. I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE SENIOR QUARTERBACK CHARLIE BREWER, THE TEXAS SPORTS EDITORS PLAYER OF THE YEAR. HE LED THEM TO A BIG WIN AND HAD A RECORD BREAKING 75% COMPLETION. I WISH HIM AND THE OTHER SENIORS BEST OF LUCK IN THEIR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. GREAT JOB TO COACH CARTER AND THE 2016 TEAM. TEXAS IS THE GREATEST FOOTBALL STATE IN AMERICA. BECAUSE LAKE TRAVELS IS THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM IN TEXAS, IT MUST CERTAINLY BE THE GREATEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE COUNTRY IF NOT THE WORLD. GO CAVALIERS.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GREEN

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GREEN

    THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKS. THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS WANT TO MAKE…

    THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKS. THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS WANT TO MAKE AMERICANS SICK AGAIN. REPUBLICANS HAVE VOTED MORE THAN 60 TIMES TO ROLL BACK THE HISTORIC PROGRESS TO EXPAND HEALTH CARE TO 20 MILLION PLUS AMERICANS. TO IMPROVE COVERAGE FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE IT. AT EVERY TURN THEY'VE UNDERMINED THE LAW AT THE EXPENSE OF AMERICAN FAMILIES AND ARE SETTING THE PATH FOR REPEAL. 2.2 MILLION TEXANS STAND TO LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE, INCLUDING 20,000 IN OUR DISTRICT. 50,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS GAINED COVERAGE WITH EXPANDED MEDICAID, ALONG WITH MORE THAN A MILLION TEXANS. TEXAS STANDS TO LOSE $52 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDERING FOR ME CADE, CHIP, AND OTHER FUNDING IF THE NEW PRESIDENT REPEALS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MAKING AMERICA SICK AGAIN IS NOT THE SOLUTION. LET'S NOT HAVE A REPEAL UNTIL WE HAVE A REPLACEMENT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. .

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, IN AN ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE TITLED, QUOTE, AS OBAMA…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN AN ASSOCIATED PRESS ARTICLE TITLED, QUOTE, AS OBAMA ACCOMPLISHED GOALS, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FLOUNDERED, END OF QUOTE. THE DISASTROUS STATISTICS OF THE OBAMA LEGACY WERE REVEALED. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANALYZED, QUOTE, THERE'S ONE NUMBER YOU ALMOST NEVER HEAR -- MORE THAN 1,030 SEATS, THAT'S THE NUMBER OF SPOTS IN STATE LEGISLATORS, GOVERNORS AND CONGRESSIONAL SEATS THAT WERE LOST DURING HIS PRESIDENCY. IT'S AN UNEXPECTED TWIST OF THE OBAMA YEARS, END OF QUOTE. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE DEFEATS HAVE ALL BUT WIPED OUT A GENERATION OF YOUNG DEMOCRATS, LEAVING THE PARTY WITH LIMITED POWER IN STATE HOUSES AND A THIN BENCH TO CHALLENGE AN ASCENDENT G.O.P. MAJORITY EAGER TO UNDO MANY OF THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES. BUT, SAY EXPERTS, OBAMA'S TENURE HAS MARKED THE GREATEST LOSS OF SEATS THAN ANY PRESIDENT IN DECADES, END OF QUOTE. WHEN IT COMES TIME TO THE BATTLE OF PROGRAMS, AMERICAN FAMILIES OVERWHELMINGLY CHOOSE LIMITED GOVERNMENT. THAN BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND LESSER FREEDOM. THIS IS CLEAR OF OBAMACARE DESTROYING JOBS. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MAY THE PRESIDENT, BY HIS ACTIONS, NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN TED POE, ON HIS REMISSION ON THE TREATMENT OF CANCER. GOD BLESS TED POE.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE G.O.P. AGENDA WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN OPPOSITION OF THE G.O.P. AGENDA WHICH WILL REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND COST 30 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE -- CAUSE 30 MILLION AMERICANS TO LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THE REPUBLICANS TO PLEASE EXAMINE THE HARM THIS WILL DO. BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE UNINSURED RATE IN TEXAS HAS FALLEN BY 28% AND STILL HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF UNINSURED AMERICANS. ALLOWING 1.7 MILLION TEXANS TO GAIN COVERAGE. WHILE TEXAS DID NOT EXPAND MEDICAID, THE STATE STILL BENEFITS FROM THE MANY OTHER REFORMS BROUGHT BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. FOR INSTANCE, SHAWN, A PH.D. CANDIDATE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS AND HIS WIFE, JAMIE, RELIED ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHEN THEIR SON WAS BORN PREMA TURRILL AND WITH A HEALTH DEFECT THAT REQUIRED SURGERY AND A TRANSFER TO ANOTHER DALLAS HOSPITAL. SHAWN WAS REASSURED THAT WITH HIS FAMILY'S A.C.A. MARKETPLACE PLAN HIS NEWBORN SON WOULD NOT BE DENIED COVERAGE FOR LIFE SAVING TREATMENT. IT'S UNCONSCIONABLE TO ME THAT G.O.P. REFUSES TO LOOK AT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT IN THIS LAW INSTEAD OF A FULL REPEAL AS THE ONLY OPTION. THIS WILL DEEPLY HARM AMERICAN FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    E WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF EXCESSIVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF EXCESSIVE GOVERNMENT. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE, A COUNTRY CREATED TO PROVIDE EVERYONE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SURVIVE AND 3/5 HAS NOW BECOME THE REGULATION NATION. IN MY TRAVELS ACROSS THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA I MET AND TALKED WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

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    MR. EM

    TEACHERS AND ENTREPRENEURS AND COMMUNITY BANKERS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND…

    TEACHERS AND ENTREPRENEURS AND COMMUNITY BANKERS AND CREDIT UNIONS AND THEY ARE ALL CRYING OUT FOR RELIEF FROM THE EXCESSIVE, OVERLYBURDENSOME AND DUPLICATIVE REGULATION THAT'S STEALING GROWTH AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON. IF EVERY AMERICAN HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE THE AMERICAN DREAM, THIS MUST END. THAT'S WHY POLICY REFORM SUCH AS THE RAINES ACT, ARE SO IMPORTANT. UNDER THIS VITAL LEGISLATION, ANY MAJOR RULES FROM A FEDERAL AGENCY WILL REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. THIS IS A GREAT STEP TO END THE REGULATION NATION. WE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT MORE DIFFICULT. IN THE 115TH CONGRESS, WE MUST AND WE WILL WORK WITH THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION TO ROLL BACK EXCESSIVE AND UNNECESSARY REGULATION SO THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES NOT ONLY SURVIVE BUT CAN ONCE AGAIN THRIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. PALLONE

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS TODAY HAVE BETTER HEALTH COVERAGE AND HEALTH CARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS TODAY HAVE BETTER HEALTH COVERAGE AND HEALTH CARE THANKS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE A.C.A. HAS EXPANDED AND PROTECTED COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, MORE THAN 20 MILLION PREVIOUSLY UNINSURED AMERICANS HAVE NEW-FOUND HEALTH SECURITY, INCLUDING 95% OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN. NOW, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION TWO OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO TWEETED ME WITHIN THE LAST DAY OR SO ABOUT THE A.C.A. ONE IS FROM LAURENCE HARBOR AND SAID THE A.C.A. PROVIDED ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE FOR MY AUTISTIC SON WHO HAD AGED OUT OF MY EMPLOYER'S HEALTH PLAN. ATTEMPTS IN THE INTERIM TO FIND A HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR HIM WERE THWARTED BY INSURANCE COMPANIES THAT DID NOT WANT TO COVER HIM. ANOTHER ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS FROM MARSHALBORO, NEW JERSEY, MARSHALBORO, NEW JERSEY, SAID THE A.C.A. HELPED ME STAY ON MY PARENTS' HEALTH CARE THREE YEARS AFTER COLLEGE WHICH WAS A HUGE RELIEF IN A TOUGH JOB MARKET. THERE ARE SO MANY CASES, MR. SPEAKER, I COULD GO ON ALL AFTERNOON. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS ALSO CONTROLLING COSTS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. PREMIUM GROWTH HAS SLOWED OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS COMPARED TO THE YEARS BEFORE THE A.C.A. MR. SPEAKER, IF REPUBLICANS PROCEED WITH REPEALING A.C.A., THEY WILL MAKE AMERICA SICK AGAIN. THEY'LL RIP HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 30 MILLION PEOPLE AND RAISE PREMIUMS FOR MILLIONS OF OTHERS. REPEALING THE A.C.A. WILL MOVE US FROM TRUE CARE TO TOTAL CHAOS, AND REPUBLICANS ARE BLINDED OF THE SUCCESS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT LOGICAL. IT'S IDEOLOGICAL, AND I WOULD STRONGLY URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO START LOOKING AT THIS PRACTICALLY RATHER THAN IDEOLOGICALLY. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    TO TALK ABOUT A TREMENDOUS PUBLIC SERVANT IN NORTH CAROLINA. COMMISSIONER…

    TO TALK ABOUT A TREMENDOUS PUBLIC SERVANT IN NORTH CAROLINA. COMMISSIONER RONNIE HAWKINS. RONNIE PASSED AWAY RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AFTER A LENGTHY ILLNESS BUT IT WASN'T ONE THAT HE SHOWED OR REALLY EVEN SLOWED HIM. THROUGHOUT HIS ILLNESS, RONNIE DISPLAYED THE SAME PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS THAT HE SHOWED THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER OF PUBLIC SERVICE. AS A NATIVE OF CLEVELAND COUNTY, RONNIE WAS AN ARMY VETERAN AND DEVOTED HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE, LIBBY. HE WAS A RESPECTED AND COMPASSIONATE FUNERAL DIRECTOR, COMFORTING FAMILIES FROM THEIR TIME OF NEED AND GRIEF. HE TOOK THE SAME TYPE OF CARING AND COMPASSIONATE APPROACH TO HIS SERVICE AS ONE OF CLEVELAND COUNTY'S LONG--- LONGEST-SERVING ELECTED OFFICIALS, SERVING 12 YEARS ON THE KINGS MOUNTAIN SCHOOL BOARD. AND HE NEVER FORGOT WHO IS ACTUALLY HIS BOSS AT HOME, OUR CONSTITUENTS. SO RONNIE WAS A DEAR FRIEND AND I EXTEND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO HIS WIFE, LIBBY, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

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

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND JOBS. IN MY REGION, FEDERAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DEFEND JOBS. IN MY REGION, FEDERAL WORKERS AT OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WHICH BRINGS MILLIONS OF VISITORS TO THAT AREA, HELP THE RUN PARK SMOOTHLY. MR. KILL MOTHER REMEMBER --

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    MR. KILMER

    FEDERAL WORKERS SERVE OUR NATION AND HELP OUR SAILORS AND SUBMARINERS BE…

    FEDERAL WORKERS SERVE OUR NATION AND HELP OUR SAILORS AND SUBMARINERS BE SAFE THROUGH THEIR WORK AT THE PUGET SOUND NAVAL SHIP YARD WHICH HAS OPERATED FOR 125 YEARS AND WE SHOULD HAVE ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR THE WORK THEY DO. AND I DON'T THINK THIS CHAMEDER DID RIGHT BY THEM THIS WEEK. THAT'S BECAUSE THE HOUSE APPROVED A RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW ANY MEMBER TO ADD AN AMENDMENT TO SPENDING BILLS TO CUT FEDERAL JOBS AND LOWER THE PAY OF WORKERS. THESE WORKERS SHOULDN'T BE UNFAIRLY SINGLED OUT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO BUSINESS. HAVING WORKED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, YOU'D NEVER SEE A SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYER TREAT THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH THE DISRESPECT THAT CONGRESS TREATS THE FEDERAL WORK FORCE. IT IS TIME TO TELL EVERYONE AT THAT SHIP YARD, AT THE PARK, AT THE V.A. AND ALL FEDERAL WORKERS IN MY REGION AND THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY THAT CONGRESS RESPECTS AND HONORS THE WORK THAT THEY DO. IT'S TIME TO DO AWAY WITH THIS RULE. THANKS, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TRAVELED TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER DOZENS OF TIMES OVER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TRAVELED TO THE SOUTHERN BORDER DOZENS OF TIMES OVER THE YEARS AND THE PROBLEM IS ALWAYS THE SAME.

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    MR. POE

    THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEND OUR BORDER REALLY DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY DO THE BEST…

    THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEND OUR BORDER REALLY DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY DO THE BEST THEY CAN WITH WHAT THEY GOT BUT THEY'RE OUTMANNED, OUTGUNNED AND OUTFINANCED BY THE DRUG CARTELS AND THE PEOPLE COMING ACROSS FROM THE OTHER SIDE. THE CONTINUED FAILURE TO PROTECT OUR BORDER THREATENS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF AMERICA. THE REALITY IS THE MAJORITY OF THE SOUTHERN BORDER TERRITORY IS CONTROLLED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES. WHY? BECAUSE THERE'S NO WORKABLE PLAN, AND ALSO THERE IS NO MORAL WILL BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO PROTECT OUR BORDER. MY BILL, THE SMART BORDER ACT, OUTLINES A ROBUST BORDER PROTECTION STRATEGY THAT INCLUDES ACHIEVING OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF THE BORDER WITHIN ONE YEAR, PROVIDES SMART BORDER TECHNOLOGY, MANDATES MORE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, INCLUDING 10,000 NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOUR BORDER STATE GOVERNORS. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST HAVE THE MORAL WILL TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS. ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE ARE CROSSING THE BORDER INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY AND THOSE DAYS NEED TO END. NO ONE SHOULD COME INTO AMERICA WITHOUT AMERICA'S PERMISSION. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IF IS. I YIELD BACK. -- AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. JAYAPAL

    HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS ARE TRYING TO DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT…

    HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS ARE TRYING TO DISMANTLE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND STRIP MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE.

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

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

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS NEW PHENOMENON CALLED FAKE…

    MR. SPEAKER, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS NEW PHENOMENON CALLED FAKE NEWS. FAKE NEWS USUALLY CONSISTS OF FALSE AND MADEUP STORIES. ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT NEW AND HAS BEEN AROUND AS LONG AS THERE HAVE BEEN MEDIA. WHAT IS NEW, A FEW LIBERAL MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS ARE GOING TO LABEL NEWS STORIES SUSPECT IF THEY FEEL THE STORIES ARE NOT TRUE. THIS SHOULD BE OF GREAT CONCERN TO ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN FREE SPEECH. IT WORKS THIS WAY -- NEARLY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS GET INFORMATION FROM FACEBOOK. FACEBOOK HAS NOW DECIDED TO LET LIBERAL MEDIA, LIKE ABC NEWS, AND THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, DETERMINE WHETHER NEWS IS FAKE OR NOT. THIS REPRESENTS THE LIBERAL MINDSET THAT THE MEDIA KNOW BETTER THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT'S GOOD FOR THEM. A BETTER IDEA IS TO TRUST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND LET THEM DETERMINE WHAT'S REAL NEWS AND NOT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL LEARN TO DISCERN THE GOOD FROM THE BAD IF THE MEDIA STOPS TELLING THEM WHAT TO THINK. .

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZEDFISH ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TO REPEAL THE LAW AND DESTROY…

    TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP TO REPEAL THE LAW AND DESTROY THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE. REPEALING THE A.C.A. WILL LEAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS UNINSURE. REPEALING THE A.C.A. WOULD LET INSURANCE COMPANYNY COVERAGE TO MORE THAN TWO MILLION MINNESOTANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND REPEALING THE A.C.A. WOULD PREVENT FREE HIGH QUALITY PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT. REPUBLICANS' A.C.A. REPEAL PLANS WOULD TURN BACK THE CLOCK LEAVING MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ONE ILLNESS AWAY FROM BANKRUPTCY. FOR THE SAKE OF MINNESOTANS AND ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS LAW JOIN ME IN FIGHTING THIS SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    AS THE HOUSE IS SET TO BEGIN DEBATE ON THE EXECUTIVES IN NEED OF…

    AS THE HOUSE IS SET TO BEGIN DEBATE ON THE EXECUTIVES IN NEED OF SCRUTINIES ACT, THE RAINS ACT, I RISE TO EXPRESS STRONG SUPPORT FOR ITS PASSAGE. IT REQUIRES THAT ANY FEDERAL REGULATION WITH A SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC IMPACT BE SUBJECT TO AN UP OR DOWN VOTE IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS. CURRENTLY THE PRESIDENT HAS THE POWER TO IMPLEMENT REGULATIONS OVER EXECUTIVE AGENCIES ON A BROAD BASIS WITH LITTLE CONGRESSIONAL CONSENT. THE POWER, THE BALANCE OF POW FOR THE WASHINGTON HAS OFTEN SHIFTED INCREASINGLY TOWARD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THIS ENABLES EXECUTIVE AGENCIES TO MAKE REGULATIONS CONGRESS WOULD HAVE NEVER APPROVE THE PACE AND VOLUME OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND RULES ARE INCREASING. IN 2016 ALONE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BROKE ALL RECORDS IN PRINTING MORE THAN 97,000 PAGES AND ISSUING MORE THAN 3,800 RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BUREAUCRACY HAS BEEN EMPOWERED TO CREATE PUNITIVE REGULATIONS RATHER THAN PROMOTING COLLABORATIVE EFFORT STATES, BUSINESSES AND THE AVERAGE CITIZEN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND VOTE YES ON THIS ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO, I ATTENDED THE TUNALL OF DAVON…

    MR. SPEAKER, A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO, I ATTENDED THE TUNALL OF DAVON WILSON, THE SON OF MY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN DANNY DAVIS. HE WAS JUST 15 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN CHICAGO. AT THE FUNERAL, HIS BEST FRIEND REMEMBERED THEIR TALKS. WE WERE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT NEVER DIED IF WE GOT SHOT. WE WERE NEVER GOING TO DIE , HE SAID. NO CHILD SHOULD GROW UP IN A WORLD WHERE GUN VIOLENCE IS SO COMMON THAT THIS TALK SEEMS NORMAL. THIS WEEK WE TURN THE PAGE TO A NEW CONGRESS. THERE'S NO REASON COMMONSENSE MEASURES LIKE UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS, MAKING GUN TRAFFICKING A FEDERAL CRIME, AND REINSTATING THE BAN ON MILL STAIR -- MILL TAFERE STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS SHOULD FALL VICTIM TO PARTISAN GRIDLOCK. TOGETHER WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE LIVES AND MAKE OUR COMMUNITY SAFER. THIS IS A PRIORITY FOR ME AND MY CONSTITUENTS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO MAKE PROGRESS ON REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE AND BUILDING A SAFER FUTURE FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE 115TH CONGRESS KICKS OFF, EREMAIN COMMITTED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE 115TH CONGRESS KICKS OFF, EREMAIN COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THIS NATION'S VETERANS. WE MADE PROGRESS BUT THERE'S STILL MUCH MORE TO BE DONE.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    WHILE WE SPEND MONTHS PREPARING SOLDIERS FOR THEIR ASSIGNMENT, WE ONLY…

    WHILE WE SPEND MONTHS PREPARING SOLDIERS FOR THEIR ASSIGNMENT, WE ONLY SPEND DAYS PREPARING THEM FOR RETURNING TO CIVILIAN LIFE. WE MUST BRING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE V.A. IF A V.A. EMPLOYEE FAILS TO DO THEIR DUTY TO CARE FOR OUR NATION'S HERO, THEY SHOULD BE SWIFTLY TERMINATED. WE NEED TO TURN AROUND THE CULTURE OF MEDIOCRITY AT THE AGENCY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN ROW AND MY CLEENGS THE HOUSE -- ROE AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE V.A. COMMITTEE TO STAND UP FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM.

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    WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CONTINUE A SERIES OF ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON DIFFERENT TOPICS. TODAY I RECOGNIZE THOSE WORKING IN ANTARCTICA WHERE RESEARCH DEVELOPED A THREE DIMENSIONAL ELECTRONIC MAPPING SYSTEM USED TO DETECT LARGE PRECIOUS METAL DEPOSITS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    THEY MAPPED OUT A DEPOSIT IN MINNESOTA WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO CONTAIN 10…

    THEY MAPPED OUT A DEPOSIT IN MINNESOTA WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO CONTAIN 10 BILLION POUNDS OF COPPER, 3.1 BILLION POUNDS OF NICKEL, FOUR MILLION ONS OF PLATINUM, AND TWO MILLION OUNCES OF GOLD. THE VALUE OF THESE METAL DEPOSITS WILL MORE THAN PAY FOR THE SCIENCE INVESTMENT TO DEVELOP THIS TECHNOLOGY. CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT RESEARCH THAT FURTHERS THE UNDERSTANDING OF OUR INCREDIBLE UNIVERSE, INCLUDING THE GROUND BENEATH OUR FEET. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:23:03 PM

    MR. ROONEY

    HE WORKED AT THE PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2007.…

    HE WORKED AT THE PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2007. OUTSIDE OF WORK, SONNY PURSUED MANY DIFFERENT INTERESTS. HE WAS A LOYAL, LIFELONG REPUBLICAN, SERVED AS AN OFFICER AND COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR THE PENN RIDGE REPUBLICAN CLUB IN PENNSYLVANIA. HE WAS A CONSUMMATE GRASS ROOTS ADVOCATE AND COULD ALWAYS BE RELIED ON FOR SOWN ADVICE ON BOTH POLITICS AND SPORTS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH JUDY AND THE FAMILY AND THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AS THEY MOURN HIS PASSING TODAY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    IS ATROCIOUS THAT REPUBLICANS INTEND TO REPEAL OBAMACARE WITHOUT ANY PLAN…

    IS ATROCIOUS THAT REPUBLICANS INTEND TO REPEAL OBAMACARE WITHOUT ANY PLAN FOR REPLACEMENT. IT IS BARBARIC TO TAKE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM 0 MILLION MESHES. IT IS CRUEL AND DISGRACEFUL TO GO BACK TO THE DARK TIMES WHEN THERE WERE ANNUAL AND LIFETIME LIMITS ON CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IT IS GUTLESS TO REPEAL THE LAW THAT PROTECTS BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS LIKE ME AND UP TO 129 MILLION AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. IT IS FRAUDULENT TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE CAN KEEP POPULAR PROVISIONS LIKE THAT ONE WITHOUT ANY MECHANISM TO SHARE RISK TO KEEP HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE. IT IS GREEDY TO GIVE INSURANCE AND DRUG COMPANIES BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS BUT CUT FUNDING FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION. IT IS HEARTLESS TO TAKE AWAY FREE PREVENTIVE SERVICES LIKE CANCER SCREENINGS FROM 55 MILLION AMERICANS, PARTICULARLY SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MEDICARE. IT IS INDEFENSE NL TO ROLL BACK THE $23.5 BILLION IN PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS REALIZED BY SENIORS ON MEDICARE IN THE DOUGHNUT HOLE. IT IS PASTIME, LONG PASTIME, THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT REPEAL IS UNACCEPTABLE AND A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GAVE MY PARTY CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GAVE MY PARTY CONTROL OF THE ENTIRE CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE BECAUSE OF PROMISE BREAKING, JOB KILLING BILLS KNOWN AS

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  • 12:25:43 PM

    MR. OLSON

    THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON,…

    THE CRAZIEST THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, ON NOVEMBER 8, WE WERE ORDERED TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. AND THAT'S JUST WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. FEAR MONGERS ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE TELLING AMERICANS THEY WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE LIKE THAT. THAT WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF WE FOLLOW THEIR EXAMPLE AND PASS A BILL THAT BECOMES LAW BEFORE WE HAVE THE TIME TO READ IT. HOUSE REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO DOCTORS, NURSES, HOSPITALS, PATIENTS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. GIVE THEM THE HEALTH CARE THEY DESERVE AT LOWER COST, HIGHER QUALITY WORK THE DOCTOR OF THEIR CHOICE. WE HAVE OUR ORDERS. IT'S TIME TO GO TO WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT A MATTER OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT A MATTER OF POLITICS. IT'S A MATTER OF THE LIFE OR DEATH FOR THE PEOPLE BACK HOME. IN THE SAN DIEGO REGION, REPEAL OF THE A.C.A. WOULD MEAN NEARLY 300,000 PEOPLE COULD LOSE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    I HEARD FROM ONE CONSTITUENT JUST THIS WEEK WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN…

    I HEARD FROM ONE CONSTITUENT JUST THIS WEEK WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE WHERE THE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS IS NOT JUST ATTACKING HER JOINTS BUT HER ORGANS AS WELL. SHE NEEDS A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT TO STAY ALIVE. HER 7-YEAR-OLD SON, SHE WRITES, TELLS HER -- TELLS HER, MOMMY, I'M SCARED, I HOPE YOU GET YOUR NEW BALLOONS SOON. SHE LIVES WITH THAT ANXIETY AND FEAR OF HOW THE REPEAL OF THE A.C.A. MAY AFFECT HER TREATMENT EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF HER PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. I IMPLORE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO REMEMBER THE PEOPLE THAT THIS DECISION WILL IMPACT. THE EFFECT OF THIS REPEAL HAS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT CONSEQUENCES THAN POLITICS. LET'S NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHILD WHO SEES A MOTHER SUFFER OR EVEN LOSE HER LIFE WITHOUT THE TREATMENT SHE NEEDS. I YIELD BACK.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MISSOURI SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I STAND TO EXPRESS MY EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S…

    I STAND TO EXPRESS MY EXTREME DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S BETRAYAL OF ISRAEL.

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  • 12:28:26 PM

    MS. WAGNER

    ANTI-ISRAEL FIGHTERS AND ANTI-SEMITES ACROSS THE WORLD. THIS IS A CRUEL…

    ANTI-ISRAEL FIGHTERS AND ANTI-SEMITES ACROSS THE WORLD. THIS IS A CRUEL PARTING SHOT FOR AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IGNORES GLOBAL CHALLENGES. SYRIA, ALEPP POE, CHINA, IRAN, AND THE LIST GOES ON. BY ABSTAINING FROM THE VOTE TO CENSURE ISRAEL, PRESIDENT OBAMA VETOED THE U.S.-ISRAEL ALLIANCE AND VIOLATED THE FAITH OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW DAY, TO A NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT WILL SUPPORT ISRAEL AND REFUSE TO ABANDON OUR ALLIES ON THE WORLD STAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    ORDERED.

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    -- MR. MCEACHIN

    THIS IS TRUE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE…

    THIS IS TRUE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS ACT. IT IS MY HOPE THAT REASON WILL PREVAIL AND WHILE WE MAY TWEAK THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IT WILL NOT BE REPEALED. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:30:26 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MINUTE.

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    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE…

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO READ A LETTER FROM MY CONSTITUENT, MRS. HERN OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO READ A LETTER FROM MY CONSTITUENT, MRS. HERN OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. QUOTE, CONGRESSMAN BUYER, WE ARE A FAMILY OF FOUR.

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  • 12:31:56 PM

    MR. BEYER

    THE COMPANY MY HUSBAND WORKED FOR WENT BANKRUPT IN 2009 AFTER THE 2008…

    THE COMPANY MY HUSBAND WORKED FOR WENT BANKRUPT IN 2009 AFTER THE 2008 FINANCIAL MELTDOWN, LOSING INCOME, RETIREMENT SAVINGS AND HEALTH CARE. HE NOW OWNS A SMALL BUSINESS AND WE NOW GET OUR HURRICANE INSURANCE THROUGH HEALTH CARE.GOV. WE NEED YOU TO DEFEND ON THE A.C.A. WE DEPEND ON THE AVAILABILITY OF THIS INSURANCE OPTION. MY SON HAD SURGERY ON DECEMBER 30 AT FAIRFAX HOSPITAL TO REMOVE A BRAIN TUMOR. HIS PROGNOSIS IS GOOD BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW WE WOULD IMAGINE FINANCIALLY WITHOUT THIS HEALTH INSURANCE. PLEASE BE STRONG ON THIS MATTER AND REPRESENT THE NEEDS OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS. I NEED MY AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INSURANCE. REGARDS, KAREN O'HERN. MR. SPEAKER, MILLIONS LIKE KAREN O'HERN WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH CARE IF THIS IS REPEALED. WE CAN'T HAVE AMERICA SICK AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURPPED THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. PURPPED THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE WRANES ACT WHICH WILL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE ABOUT TO VOTE ON THE WRANES ACT WHICH WILL HOLD -- THE REINS ACT, WHICH WILL HOLD THE AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. I'M A CO-SPONSOR OF THISING LEGISLATION.

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    MR. JENKINS

    THE PEOPLE THROUGH CONGRESS HAVE TO APPROVE IT BEFORE IT GOES INTO EFFECT.…

    THE PEOPLE THROUGH CONGRESS HAVE TO APPROVE IT BEFORE IT GOES INTO EFFECT. THE REINS ACT IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS WE WILL BE CONSIDERING THIS WEEK TO STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON. WE WILL BE SAYING NO TO THE OVERREGULATION OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, NO TO THE RADICAL ANTI-COAL AGENDA THAT HAS CLOSED COAL MINES AND COST MY STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA THOUSANDS OF JOBS. NO TO A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WON'T EVEN COME TO WEST VIRGINIA TO HEAR HOW THEIR REGULATIONS AFFECT US. WEST VIRGINIAANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH. THEY WANT CHANGE. THEY WANT THEIR VOICE TO BE HEARD. THEY WANT TO WORK HARD AND PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. I'M HERE TO STAND UP FOR WEST VIRGINIANS, FAMILIES, MINERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE REINS ACT AND I YIELD BACK.

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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  • 12:34:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WROIRD. -- WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, WE CAME TOGETHER TO READ THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE CAME TOGETHER TO READ THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND ITS 27 AMENDMENTS.

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  • 12:34:26 PM

    MR. DEUTCH

    OVERTURN THE SUPREME COURT'S DISASTROUS DECISION IN CITIZENS UNITED.…

    OVERTURN THE SUPREME COURT'S DISASTROUS DECISION IN CITIZENS UNITED. SECTION 1, TO ADVANCE DEMOCRATIC SELF-GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL EQUALITY AND TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF GOVERNMENT AND THE ELECTORAL PROCESS. CONGRESS AND THE STATES MAY REGULATE AND SET REASONABLE LIMITS ON THE RAISING AND SPENDING OF MONEY BY CANDIDATES AND OTHERS TO INFLUENCE ELECTIONS. SECTION 2, CONGRESS AND THE STATES SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO IMPLEMENT AND ENFORCE THIS ARTICLE BY APPROPRIATE LEGISLATION AND MAY DISTINGUISH BETWEEN NATURAL PERSONS AND CORPORATIONS OR OTHER ARTIFICIAL ENTITIES CREATED BY LAW, INCLUDING BY PROHIBITING SUCH ENTITIES FROM SPENDING MONEY TO INFLUENCE OUR ELECTIONS. SECTION 3, NOTHING IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO GIVE GOVERNMENT OR THE STATES TO ABRIDGE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. MR. SPEAKER, CITIZENS UNITED LET UNLIMITED MONEY FLOOD INTO OUR ELECTIONS AND COMPROMISE OUR DEMOCRACY. I ASK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS 115TH CONGRESS TO JOIN OTHER EFFORT TO OVERTURN IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT IS A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT IS A PROMISE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE MUST KEEP. IT GUARANTEES ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE AS A RIGHT FOR ALL AMERICANS. BACKING OUT OF THIS COMMITMENT IS IRRESPONSIBLE, IT'S INEXCUSABLE AND REPREHENSIBLE. A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL -- AS A MEMBER OF A CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF THE HOUSE, SOME OF THE LARGEST HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY, HEALTH IS A CRUCIAL ISSUE FOR MY CONSTITUENTS. UNDER THE A.C.A., MILLIONS OF AMERICANS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE THROUGH INDIVIDUAL MARKETPLACES AND MEDICAID EXPANSION.

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  • 12:36:35 PM

    MR. ESPAILLAT

    TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 12:37:20 PM

    MS. LEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE LIFE-SAVING IMPACT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THE LIFE-SAVING IMPACT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS WEEK I HAVE BEEN HEARD -- HEARING FROM DOZENS OF CONSTITUENTS. I HEARD FROM ONE CONSTITUENT WHOSE MOTHER HAD TWO DEVASTATING LUNG DISEASES. WHILE SHE HAD GOOD INSURANCE, THEY PRICED HER OUT OF RECEIVING THE LIFE-SAVING TREATMENT SHE NEEDED. WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PASSED, WE ENDED THE CRUEL PRACTICE OF LIFETIME SPENDING CAPS. WITH THESE NEW PROTECTIONS SHE WAS ABLE TO RESUME HER TREATMENT AND STAY HEALTHY TO SPEND TIME WITH HER DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER. MR. SPEAKER, THE A.C.A. WORKS. IT REDUCES HEALTH CARE COSTS, ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE AND ENSURES LOW-INCOME AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES TO ACCESS THE CARE THEY NEED. IF REPUBLICANS REPEAL THIS BILL WITHOUT A VIABLE REPLACEMENT, THERE WILL BE REAL CONSEQUENCES TO REAL PEOPLE. BY REPEALING THE A.C.A., REPUBLICANS WOULD END HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS OF FAMILIES, PUT THE INSURANCE COMPANIES BACK IN CHARGE AND, YES, MAKE AMERICA SICK AGAIN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONSIDER WHAT'S STAKE HERE, REAL COSTS, REAL LIVES, NOT JUST A POLITICAL FOOTBALL. LET'S DO THE RIGHT THING AND PROTECT FAMILIES' HEALTH CARE.

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    MR. COLLINS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 22 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    THE RESOLUTION.

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    AFFAIRS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED…

    AFFAIRS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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  • 12:41:24 PM

    MR. COLLINS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND THE GENTLEMAN IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND THE GENTLEMAN IS NOW RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 12:41:51 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PLEASED TO BRING FORWARD THIS RULE ON BEHALF OF THE RULES COMMITTEE. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. H.RES. 11, A RESOLUTION REGARDING THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. IT PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE ON H.RES. 11 EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. ADDITIONALLY, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR LEGISLATION THAT I INTRODUCED, H.R. 26, THE REGULATION IN NEED OF SCRUTINY, OR REINS ACT. IT MAKES IN ORDER 12 AMENDMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLES AND PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE CONTROLLED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER AND MINORITY LEADER. YESTERDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE RECEIVED TESTIMONY FROM THE JUDICIARY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEES. MR. SPEAKER, BEGINNING -- AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS NEW CONGRESS IS A TIME OF HOPE AND A TIME TO ESTABLISH CLEAR PRIORITIES AND GOALS. THIS IS A TIME TO SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE AS THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND ON PRINCIPLES THAT MADE US WORTHY OF THEIR TRUST. THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR TWO PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT REPRESENT THE COMMITMENT AND OUR COMMITMENT TO THE INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF THIS INSTITUTION. H.RES. 11, INTRODUCED BY CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND CO-SPONSORED BY RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, OBJECTS TO UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334, AN OBSTACLES TO ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN PEACE. IT MAKES CLEAR THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO -- IT WILL NOT PROTECT ISRAEL FROM SUCH U.N. RESOLUTIONS. IT PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE ACTION TO COUNTERACT THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT H.RES. 11 AND YET IT SHOULDN'T BE NECESSARY. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S REFUSAL TO VETO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION WAS A RADICAL AND DANGEROUS DEPARTURE FROM U.S. PRECEDENT. PRIOR TO THIS, MOST RECENT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD EXERCISED THE VETO POWER OF THE UNITED STATES ON EVERY RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. HIS FAILURE TO DO SO AT THIS TIME JEOPARDIZES AND UNDERMINES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR STRONGEST ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND UNDERCUTS THE PEACE PROCESS. I STOOD IN THIS CHAMBER AND DEMANDED SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AND I AM GOING TO DO SO AGAIN HERE TODAY. I REFUSE TO SIT IDLY BY AND WATCH ANTI-ISRAEL POLICIES TAKE ROOT. WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND. THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO ACT, TO EVEN PARTICIPATE IN THE VOTE, WAS AN ACT OF COWARDESS. IT CAN'T BE ERASED. THIS RESOLUTION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AS A NEW PRESIDENT IS SWORN IN THIS MONTH, I'M HOPEFUL WE AS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE UNITED STATES WILL REAFFIRM OUR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AND RETURN TO THE POLICIES THAT STRENGTHENED THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN OUR TWO NATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, ALSO AS THE NEW CONGRESS STARTS, WE MUST LOOK AT DOMESTIC POLICIES AND HOW TO GROW OUR ECONOMY. WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT RIGHT HERE IN THE HOUSE BY TAKING THE LEAD ON REGULATORY REFORM TO HELP LIFT THE BURDEN OF AN INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT WHILE JUMP-STARTING THE ECONOMY. AS PART OF THIS EFFORT, I INTRODUCED H.R. 26, THE REINS ACT. THIS BILL WAS ORIGINALLY AUTHORED AND INTRODUCED BY FORMER CONGRESSMAN GEOFF DAVIS IN 2009 AND LAST CONGRESS AND BEFORE INTRODUCED BY NOW-SENATOR TODD YOUNG, INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE. THIS CONGRESS I AM PROUD TO CARRY THE TORCH FOR THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND HIS STAFF FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION GRANTS LEGISLATIVE POWERS TO CONGRESS. WE READ ABOUT THAT RIGHT HERE ON THE FLOOR THIS MORNING. BUT FOR TOO LONG, CONGRESS HAS CREDITED THAT POWER TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THIS IS A PROBLEM WE HAVE SEEN UNDER ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTIES AND MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SHOULD BE CONCERNS. IN RECENT YEARS THE PROBLEM HAS EXPLODED. IN 2015 ALONE, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ISSUED OVER 3,000 RULES AND REGULATIONS. 76 WERE MAJOR REGULATIONS. LATE ME EXPLAIN THAT. UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS WITHOUT INPUT FROM THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS WOULD IMPACT OUR ECONOMY BY MORE THAN $100 MILLION EACH IN ONE YEAR ALONE. THE. . THE REENS ACT WOULD REQUIRE AGENCIES TO SUBMIT A MAJOR RULE TO CONGRESS FOR APPROVAL. UNDER THIS BILL MAJOR RULES WOULD HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED BY BETH CHAMBERS AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT TO BECOME EFFECTIVE THIS BILL RESTORES ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND ENSURES THAT LAWMAKER, NOT NAMELESS BUREAUCRATS, ARE THE ONES MAKING LAW, JUST LIKE OUR CONSTITUTION OUTLINES. WE HAVE SEEN THE HARM THAT CAN COME FROM AN OUT OF CONTROL REGIME. RIGHT NOW, HARDWORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PAYING THE PRICE. ON ARCH, EACH U.S. HOUSEHOLD IS BEARING THE ANNUAL ECONOMIC WEIGHT OF $15,000 IN REGULATORY BURDEN. THE OPRO-- OPPRESSIVE COST OF REGULATIONS DEMAND ACTION. ONE REGULATION PUT FORTH BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN 2015 WOULD COST MY HOME STATE OF GEORGIA OVER 11,000 JOBS. WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE WATT ORSE THEY HAVE U.S.A. RULE WHICH ASSERTED AUTHORITY OVER ALL GROUNDWATER IN THE COUNTRY. IF YOU'VE BEEN TO NEEVET GEORGIA YOU KNOW WATER COLLECTS IN POOLS, PUDDLES, AND STREAMS AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR. IF THAT ALL WOULD BE REGULATED UNDER THIS RULE IT WOULD BE A DISASTER NOT ONLY FOR MY DISTRICT BUT THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO DO THAT RULE HAS BEEN HALTED BY A COURT BUT WE'RE -- WERE IT TO GO INTO EFFECT, IT WOULD CUT FARMERS, RANCHERS AND OTHERS OFF AT THE KNEES. I COULD FAR EXCEED MY TIME JUST ILLUSTRATING EXAMPLES. WITH THE REINS ACT WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CARVE A ET BEHR WAY GOING FORWARD. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED TAOS REPRESENT THEM. THE REINS ACT ALLOWS THEIR VOICE TO BE HEARD MORE CLEARLY. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT PARTY IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH IS THE ONE THAT MAKES AND SETS THE BILLS, NOT THE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS. THAT BILL CREATES A SENSIBLE WAY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS WHILE BETTER PROTECTING OUR ECONOMY FROM REGULATIONS THAT AMERICANS NEVER VOTED TO ENACT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE CUST MIR 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING THE CUST MIR 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    RESERVE MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S CONCERNS, I THINK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE'S CONCERNS, I THINK IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE, THOUGH, THAT THERE WAS MANY OF US VERY CONCERNED NOT ONLY HIS CONCERN ABOUT A CLOSED RULE, WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT A CLOSED VOICE OF AMERICA AT THIS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL BUT ALSO AS WE LOOK AT THIS GOING FORWARD IS A SUBSTITUTE THAT WAS OFFERED IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION THAT DOES TAKE A STAND AGAINST WHAT HAPPENED, IT WAS NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION AND WE'LL CONTINUE ON AS WE GO THAT RUTH. I YIELD TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM FWEAM, A FELLOW MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, REPRESENTATIVE BYRNE FOR 2 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. BYRNE

    COLLEAGUE FOR YIELD, I RISE TO SHARE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS RULE AND…

    COLLEAGUE FOR YIELD, I RISE TO SHARE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO GREATER FRIEND TO THE UNITED STATES THAN ISRAEL. ISRAEL IS A BEACON OF HOPE IN A VERY DANGEROUS PART OF THE WORLD. THEY'RE AN IMPORTANT ECONOMIC AND MILITARY PARTNER OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM. GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONSHIP, I WAS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED TO SEE THE UNITED NATIONS RECENTLY PASS A FLAWED ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION THAT WILL ONLY MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. EVEN MORE DISAPPOINTING WAS THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES JUST STOOD BY AND DID NOTHING AS IT HAPPENED. INSTEAD OF VETOING THE RESOLUTION, THE UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR ABSTAINED FROM VOTING AT ALL. IN OTHER WORDS, HE IN OTHER WORDSERS THE URNS TURNED OUR BACK AND LOOKED THE OTHER WAY AS THE U.N. PASSED A FLAWED RESOLUTION ATTACKING ISRAEL. THIS REPRESENTS A DANGEROUS BREAK IN A LONG-STANDING AND BIPARTISAN POLICY TO PROTECT OUR SOLE DEMOCRATIC ALLY IN THE REGION FROM ONE-SIDED RESOLUTIONS THAT -- AT THE U.N. LET'S BE CLEAR, THIS RESOLUTION DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO MAKE PEACE MORE LIKELY IN THE REGION. INSTEAD IT MUDDIES THE WATER AND FURTHER COMPLICATES WHAT IS ALREADY A VERY COMPLEX ISSUE. NO SOLUTION TO THE ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY IS GOING TO COME FROM AN INTERNATIONAL BODY LIKE THE UNITED NATIONS TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO. ANY REAL SOLUTION MUST COME THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE INVOLVED PARTIES. HONESTLY, GIVEN THE MANY BLUNDERS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON THE WORLD STAGE, I GUESS THIS MOST RECENT ACTION SHOULDN'T BE ALL THAT SURPRISING, BUT THIS ACTION IS ONE OF THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE ACTS EVER BY AN OUTGOING PRESIDENT. IT WILL BE A DARK STAIN ON AN ALREADY DISASTROUS LEGACY. BY ABSTAINING AND ALLOWING THIS RESOLUTION TO PASS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS UPSET DECADES OF BIPARTISAN POLICY AS IT RELATES TO ISRAEL AND PUT A PATHWAY TO PEACE EVEN FURTHER OUT OF REACH. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE STANDING UP FOR ISRAEL NOT TURNING AWAY FROM THEM. IT IS MY HOPE AND MY BELIEF THAT UNDER PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP, THE UNITED STATES WILL ONCE AGAIN STAND ARM IN ARM WITH ISRAEL AND THIS RESOLUTION IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    STOP COZYING UP TO PRESIDENT PUTIN. ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS HAVE A…

    STOP COZYING UP TO PRESIDENT PUTIN. ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS HAVE A LITTLE DEMOCRACY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. PEOPLE CAN VOTE WHATEVER WAY THEY WANT TO VOTE. BUT THE RULES COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT STAYING TRUE TO FORM ACTUALLY DENIED US THE ABILITY TO BRING TO THE FLOOR AND DEBATE AN ALTERNATIVE, WHICH WE THINK IS, QUITE FRANKLY, MORE APPROPRIATE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO URGE WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. IF WE DO I'LL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT WILL MAKE IN HOARD H.RES. 23, THE DAVID PRICE-ELIOT ENGEL-GERRY CONNOLLY RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE ABALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT. THIS RESOLUTION WAS BLOCKED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE ALONG PARTY LINE. THE REPUBLICANS SAID NO TO AN OPEN DEBATE. AND EVEN THOUGH IT COMPLIES WITH ALL THE RULES OF THE HOUSE, SO, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH STROORL -- EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM

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    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. PRICE

    FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN SESSIONS.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, BRIGHT, YOUNG MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, WHO TODAY IS OFFERING THE RULE ON TWO VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT FACE THIS GREAT NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE WORK THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE DID FOR THE RIGHT REASON AND WILL YIELD THE RIGHT RESULTS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE ON NOVEMBER 8 AND THEY ASKED FOR CHANGE. CHANGE FROM BUSINESS AS USUAL. MR. SPEAKER, THAT DOES MEAN YOU CAN LOOK AT GEOPOLITICAL FACTS AND DRAW A CONCLUSION AS OPPOSED TO GEOPOLITICAL FACTS AND IGNORE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THE WORLD. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NO LONGER WANT UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS PROMULGATING RULES. THEY NO LONGER WANT WASHINGTON TO BE SO IMPORTANT IN THEIR LIVES. THEY WANT AND NEED TO BE ABLE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND TO WORK WELL WITHIN THE LAW. THEY HAVE SPOKEN AND THEY WANT WHAT I BELIEVE THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE, REPUBLICAN SENATE, AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WILL BRING TO THE COUNTRY. IT'S CALLED ACCOUNTABILITY. THE REINS ACT SPONSORED BY MR. COLLINS TODAY ADDRESSES MANY OF THE ISSUES I JUST DISCUSSED. THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES THAT A JOINT RESOLUTION MUST APPROVE AND MUST BE PASSED BY BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS AND SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT BEFORE ANY MAJOR NEW RULE OR REGULATION IS PROMULGATED BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH BEFORE IT CAN TAKE PLACE. RULES WRITTEN BY THE CONGRESS, RULES THEN ASSOCIATED AND DETERMINED BY THE EXECUTIVE BUT WITH THE INTENT OF CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT FURTHER HARMED. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE JUST HEARD AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS WHAT WAS THIS DISCUSSION THAT WE'RE HAVING ABOUT ISRAEL AND THE ADMINISTRATION. THE BOTTOM LINE IS IS THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, CAME BEFORE THE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AND SAID HE REILLY DID NOT TAKE ISSUE -- HE REALLY DID NOT TAKE ISSUE WITH WHAT THEY WERE DOING. HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT DID NOT ADDRESS THE PROBABLE THAT OCCURRED WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES HUNG THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL OUT FOR THE WORLD TO CONKEM AND -- CONDEMN AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. IT BYPASSED YEARS AND YEARS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND IT STUNNED NOT ONLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BUT IT ALSO STUNNED BY PEOPLE WHO RECOGNIZE THAT ISRAEL IS IN A FIGHT FOR THEIR LIFE. MR. SPEAKER, WE DID NOT, BASED UPON THE DETERMINATION OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MAKE IN ORDER THE BILL THAT THEY HAD ASKED FOR, AND THEY CAN BRING IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT EVEN DISCUSS THE BASIC FACTS. THAT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES UNILATERALLY ALLOWED THE STATE OF ISRAEL, WHO IS A DEAR FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES, TO BE HUNG OUT IN THE POLITICAL AND THE ECONOMIC WORLD AND THE WORLD OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO BE TARNISHED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE TO SAY THAT WE WERE APPALLED BY WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT DID. WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP AND CALL IT FOR WHAT IT IS. AMERICA SHOULD ALWAYS BE A TRUSTED FRIEND TO ISRAEL AND WE'RE DOING EXACTLY THAT HERE TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I PREDICT AN OVERWHELMING VOTE THAT WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY TO ENUNCIATE WHAT WE BELIEVE IS CORRECT AND ALSO WHAT WAS WRONG. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME I YIELD TO BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE RULES COMMITTEE SAID THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT BUSINESS AS USUAL AND YET HERE WE'RE ON THIS OPENING WEEK AND WHAT WE SEE IS BUSINESS AS USUAL. MORE PUTIN-LIKE CLOSED RULES COMING TO THE FLOOR. 113TH AND 114TH CONGRESS WERE THE TWO MOST CLOSED CONGRESSES IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. AND HERE WE'RE BEGINNING THE NEW SESSION WITH, AGAIN, THIS CLOSED PROCESS. SO THE SPEAKER ON OPENING DAY MADE A PROMISE TO UPHOLD THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT MEANS THAT THE MINORITY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO BE HEARD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. THAT WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO BRING AMENDMENTS AND SUBSTITUTES TO THE FLOOR. YET WE GET REJECTED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THIS IS NOT THE WAY THE MOST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE RUN. THIS IS NOT THE WAY CONGRESS SHOULD BE RUN. BY CLOSING DOWN THIS PROCESS THE WAY THE MAJORITY DOES IS A GREAT DISSERVICE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINE.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH WAS PUSHED THROUGH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH WAS PUSHED THROUGH THE RULES COMMITTEE AS A CLOSED RULE AND DIDOT MAKE IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT WHICH I SUPPORT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUES, MR. PRICE AND MR. CONNOLLY AND MR. ENGEL. THE AMENDMENT LIKE H.RES. 11 OBJECTS TO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 WHICH I BELIEVE WAS AN UNFAIR AND UNSIDED RESOLUTION THAT PLACED UNDUE BLAME UPON THE STATE OF ISRAEL FOR THE IMPASSE ON PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. LIKE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, I'M FRUSTRATED BY THE LACK OF PROGRESS IN RECENT YEARS TO ACHIEVING A TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CRY SIFMENTS HOWEVER DO I NOT BELIEVE THE RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE SECURITY COUNCIL CONTRIBUTES IN ANY WAY TO POSITIVELY MOVING THIS PROCESS ALONG. LET'S NOT MISTAKE THE FACT THAT THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT WHICH CURRENTLY INCLUDES THE TERRORIST FACTION HAMAS, HAS DONE LITTLE TO SUPPORT PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. BY REFUSING TO PUBLICLY RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AS A JEWISH STATE, CONDONING TERRORIST ACTIVITY, IN VIOLATION OF THE OSLO ACORKTS THE PALESTINIANS HAVE PLACED ROADBLOCKS TO ACHIEVING PEACE. LET ME BE CLEAR, THE JUNE GOING SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY SANCTIONED BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS ALSO COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO THE PEACE PROCESS. IF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT WANTS TO REMAIN A BEACON OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY MUST RECOMMIT THEMSELVES TO ACHIEVING A PEACEFUL TWO-STATE SOLUTION WHERE JEWISH ISRAEL EXISTS PEACEFULLY WITH THE PALESTINIAN STATE. WITH THE EVENTS OF RECENT YEARS I'M FEARFUL THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION IS IF NOT DEAD IN CRITICAL SOLUTION. I THINK AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO STRONGLY SUPPORT ISRAEL, WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO CONVEY TO BOTH THE ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS WE WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH THEM TORPEDO THE HOPE OF A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THIS CRISIS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I AM PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR.

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    MR. BARR

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE GOVERNING THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND IN PARTICULAR THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, THE REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY OR REINS ACT, H.R. 26. MR. SPEAKER, DURING THE FIRST TWO TERMS THAT I HAVE SERVED IN THIS CONGRESS, THE MOST COMMON QUESTION POSED TO ME BY MY CONSTITUENTS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN KENTUCKY IS WHAT IS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE THAT YOU HAVE CONFRONTED AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS? AND REGRETTABLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE BIGGEST SURPRISE THAT I HAVE DISCOVERED AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS THAT CONGRESS IS NO LONGER IN CHARGE. REGRETTABLY UN-ELECTED, UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH RUN THE COUNTRY. MOST OF THE LAWS THAT ARE ENACTED IN THIS COUNTRY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL COME OUT OF UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. . AND MEMBER OF CONGRESS, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE ELECTED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO BE THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE CAN'T STOP IT. I'M PROUD TO HAVE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED THE REINS ACT BECAUSE IT REASSERTS THE POWERS OF THIS BOD BODDY AND THIS CONGRESS UNDER ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION WHICH PROVIDES VERY SIMPLY AS FOLLOWS. ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS HEREIN GRANTED SHALL BE VESTED IN A CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH SHALL CONSIST OF A SENATE AND A HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD IN ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION IS THAT FIRST SUBSTANCIVE WORD. ALL. IMPLYING THAT NONE OF THE LEGISLATIVE POWERS SHOULD BE IN ANY OTHER BRANCH. THIS WE KNOW AS THE NONDELEGATION DOCTRINE. THE PRINCIPLE THAT CONGRESS MAY NOT AND SHOULD NOT DELEGATE ITS LEGISLATIVE POWER TO ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES. THE NONDELEGATION DOCTRINE FORCES A POLITICALLY ACCOUNTABLE CONGRESS TO MAKE POLICY CHOICES RATHER THAN LEAVE THIS TO UNELECTED ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS. AND YET, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER -- OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES AND ESPECIALLY OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS HAS BEEN THE RISE OF AN UNACCOUNTABLE, OUT OF CONTROL ADMINISTRATIVE STATE. OVER TIME, LEGISLATIVE POWERS THAT ARE VESTED EXCLUSIVELY IN CONGRESS BY THE CONSTITUTION HAVE BEEN INCREASINGLY AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY CLAIMED, ASSUMED AND EXERCISED BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. AND NOW, UNACCOUNTABLE, UNELECTED BUREAUCRAT DECEMBER SIDE HOW YOU WORK, WHAT GOODS AND SERVICES YOU CAN BUY AND SELL, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR OWN PROPERTY. ALL WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE BALLOT BOX. SO THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS IS FUNDAMENTALLY IN CONFLICT WITH THE FOUNDATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE THAT CONGRESS ALONE POSSESSES THE FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE POWER. LOOK THIS HAS ENORMOUS ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES. IT'S COSTLY TO OUR ECONOMY. AND I DON'T HAVE TO GO INTO THAT. IT'S -- THE ESTIMATES ARE $1.8 TRILLION IN COST TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. THE BIGGER ISSUE IS THIS. IS THAT NONE OF THESE RULES FROM THESE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN APPROVED, LET ALONE EVEN CONSIDERED BY CONGRESS, EVEN THOUGH THEY DO HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY. THE MEASURE WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD SIMPLY REQUIRE THOSE REGULATIONS WITH THE GREATEST ECONOMIC IMPACT TO BE APPROVED BY BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS PLIRE TO THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. AND THIS HAS TWO POSITIVE OUTCOMES. FIRST, OBVIOUSLY, IT HAS THE EFFECT OF BLOCKING COSTLY RULES. SECONDLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT WILL NO LONGER ALLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DELEGATE THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITYABLE TO THE OTHER BRANCH. I HEARD MY FRIEND MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT CONGRESS ISN'T INTERESTED IN THESE REGULATIONS AND WE'RE NOT CAPABLE OF SERIOUSLY REVIEWING THESE RULES. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT EXPERTS WITH SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCHING REVIEW AND PROMULGATE THESE RULES. BUT WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? WE SHOULD JUST TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, LOCK THE DOOR AND LEAVE AND GIVE THE KEEFS THE GOVERNMENT TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. WE HAD A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION COMING. THIS IS NOT ABOUT REPUBLICANS AN DEMOCRATS. THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE. THIS IS ABOUT THE INTEGRITY OF THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS. LET'S STAND UP FOR THE CONGRESS AND PASS THE REINS ACT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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    MS. LEE

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, FOR YOUR STEADFAST COMMITMENT…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING, FOR YOUR STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO ENSURING GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND H.RES. 11 WHICH IS A FLAWED AND MISGUIDED EFFORT AS CURRENTLY WRITTEN. LET ME BE CLEAR. H.RES. 11 WOULD UNDERMINE LONG-STANDING AN BIPARTISAN U.S. POLICY ON A TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT THIS RESOLUTION IS DEEPLY FLAWED BECAUSE IT DOES NOT ACCURATELY PORTRAY U.S. POLICY ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS. WHAT'S WORSE, THIS RESOLUTION COMPLETELY, IT COMPLETELY MISCHARACTERIZES THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION AND THE UNITED STATES ABSTENTION VOTE. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY THE RULES COMMITTEE SHAMEFULLY REJECTED AN ALTERNATIVE INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN PRICE, CONGRESSMAN CONNOLLY AND CONGRESSMAN ENGEL WHICH REFLECTS CURRENT U.S. POLICY. THAT WOULD HAVE REAFFIRMED OUR COMMITMENT TO A NEGOTIATED AND PEACEFUL TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THIS IS THE ONLY PATHWAY TO PEACE AND SECURITY. IT'S APPALLING BUT REALLY IT'S NOT SURPRISING THAT REPUBLICANS PUSH THROUGH A CLOSED RULE AND HURRIED THIS TO THE FLOOR. MAY I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS?

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    MS. LEE

    THIS IS A DISGRACE. YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE ARE SOME OF US HERE WHO ARE NOT…

    THIS IS A DISGRACE. YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE ARE SOME OF US HERE WHO ARE NOT GOING TO BE GAGGED, THERE ARE SOME OF US HERE WHO ARE GOING TO SPEAK OUR MIND, THERE ARE SOME OF US HERE WHO ARE GOING TO PUT FORTH OUR VIEWS, THAT'S OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEBATE WHETHER YOU AGROW OR DISAGREE. IT'S REALLY A VERY SAD DAY FOR OUR DEMOCRACY WHEN BILLS LIKE THIS COME TO THE FLOOR AND RULES LIKE THIS WHICH DON'T ALLOW DEBATE. I URGE A NO VOTE.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M SO GLAD THE GENTLELADY GOT THE CHANCE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M SO GLAD THE GENTLELADY GOT THE CHANCE TO DEBATE ON THE FLOOR AND USE THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH. WITH THAT, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROTH.

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    MR. ROTH

    PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION'S --

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    MR. ROSS

    ISRAEL HAS WORKED TO FORGE PEACE WITH ITS NEIGHBORS. THE TERRITORIES…

    ISRAEL HAS WORKED TO FORGE PEACE WITH ITS NEIGHBORS. THE TERRITORIES DISCUSSED IN THE MISGUIDED U.N. RESOLUTION WERE AREAS ISRAEL GAINED IN SELF-DEFENSE IN THE 1967 SIX-DAY WAR, INCLUDING THE OLD CITY, THE TEMPLE MOUNT AND WESTERN WALL. AREAS THAT WERE THE ORIGIN OF ISRAELI CULTURE, HERITAGE, AND RELIGION. ISRAEL DIDN'T SEEK TO TAKE THE LAND BUT RATHER WHEN THREATENED THEY WERE FORCED TO ACT IN SELF-DEFENSE AND REPEL THESE ATTACKS. SINCE THAT TIME, ISRAEL HAS SUCCESSFULLY REACHED PEACEFUL AGREEMENTS WITH MANY OF THE ARAB COUNTRIES WHO AT THAT TIME SOUGHT TO WIPE THEM OFF THE MAP. ISRAEL IS THE ONLY THRIVING DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT PROTECTS INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS REGARDLESS OF GENDER OR RACE OR CITIZENSHIP. ISRAEL IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF TAKING CARE OF THOSE WHO ARE AROUND THEM. EVEN AS THEY FACE CONSTANT THREAT OF VIOLENT TERRORIST ATTACKS. I HAVE BEEN APPALLED AT WHAT'S TAKEN PLACE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY KERRY AND OTHERS IN THE ADMINISTRATION. IN RESPONSE, I INTRODUCED A BILL. THE PRESIDENT TURNED HIS BACK ON ISRAEL AND TURNED HIS BACK ON AMERICA. THE ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION THREATENS PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. IT WILL MOST LIKELY INCENTIVIZE VIOLENCE AND BOYCOTT. NONE TO DATE HAVE BEEN THIS DELIBERATE AND CALCULATED. THAT'S WHY I'VE COME TO THE FLOOR TO SUPPORT CHAIRMAN ROYCE'S BIPARTISAN SOLUTION. AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE HAVE EXPRESSED CONTEMPT FOR THE PRESIDENT'S LACK OF ACTION, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP IN CORRECTING THE TACTICS AS WE WORK TO NORM A STRONGER BOND WITH ISRAEL AND WORK TO PROMOTE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCHENRY

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

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    MR. WELCH

    I WANT TO SAY TO MR. ROSS, I AGREE WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING SINGLE THING…

    I WANT TO SAY TO MR. ROSS, I AGREE WITH JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING SINGLE THING YOU SAID ABOUT THE STATE OF ISRAEL BUT I DISAGREE ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION. LET ME EXPLAIN WHY. ISRAEL IS A JEW HERB DEMOCRATIC STATE. IT'S BEEN OUR STRONG ALLY. WE HAVE SUPPORTED IT THROUGH THICK AND THIN, MOST RECENTLY WITH A $38 BILLION APPROPRIATION FOR THEIR SECURITY OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. I SUPPORTED THAT. BUT THIS QUESTION THAT WE FACE FUNDAMENTALLY COMES DOWN TO WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION OR MOVE TOWARD A ONE-STATE SOLUTION. THE BOTTOM LINE HERE IS THAT SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY, EVERY SETTLEMENT THAT IS MADE, 600,000 SETTLERS LIVING IN THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM MAKES IT EVER MORE DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THAT TWO-STATE SOLUTION. PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS ABSTENTION ON THAT VETO WAS ACKNOWLEDGING WHAT HAS BEEN THE POLICY OF THIS COUNTRY, RONALD REAGAN WAS OPPOSED TO SETTLEMENT. YOU KNOW YOU GET A FAMILY THAT SETTLES ANYWHERE BUT IN THE WEST BANK THEY PUT DOWN ROOTS THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE. THEY HAVE A BELIEF THAT THE WEST BANK BELONGS TO THE -- BIBLICALLY TO ISRAEL. THAT'S THEIR VIEW, MANY POLITICIANS, INCLUDING NETANYAHU, APPEARS TO BE EMBRACING THAT. THAT'S NOT THE INTERNATIONAL POSITION. IT'S NOT THE UNIFIED POSITION IN ISRAEL. MANY FOLKS IN ISRAEL THINK THE SETTLEMENTS ARE A THREAT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ACHIEVING THE SECURE BORDERS AND THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL AND THE MAINTENANCE OF IT AS A DEMOCRATIC JEWER STATE. THERE'S ANOTHER ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER. WITH 600,000 SETTLERS, WITH 4.5 MILLION PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK AND LIVING IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND 6.5 JEWISH MEMBER THEEFS STATE OF ISRAEL, THE DEMOGRAPHICS LONG-TERM ARE GOING TO REACH A TIPPING POINT WHERE THERE COULD BE MORE ARAB VOTERS THAN JEWISH VOTERS. THE STATE OF ISRAEL WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION, JEWISH OR DEMOCRATIC. I WANT THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO CONTINUE TO BE THAT JEWISH AND DEMOCRATIC STATE THAT IT IS AND THAT'S WHY I OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COLLINS

    AT THIS POINT I'M PRIVILEGED TO YIELD TO A FELLOW CLASSMATE, THE GENTLEMAN…

    AT THIS POINT I'M PRIVILEGED TO YIELD TO A FELLOW CLASSMATE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, ONE MINUTE, MR. MESSER.

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    MR. MESSER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOTHING UNITES YANE'S SIXTH…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NOTHING UNITES YANE'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT QUITE LIKE THE SIMPLE PHRASE, WE MUST STAND WITH ISRAEL. THROUGHOUT MOST OF MY RURAL DISTRICT THAT HAS FAR MORE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES THAN SYNAGOGUES, HOOSIERS ARE UNITED IN THEIR SUPPORT OF THE JEWISH STATE. HOOSIERS, MYSELF INCLUDED, WERE DEEPLY DISTRESSED WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STOOD SILENT AS OUR GREAT ALLY WAS DEMONIZED BY THE U.N. ISRAEL WAS OUR MOST IMPORTANT FRIEND IN THE REGION AND AMONG AMERICA'S BEST PARTNERS IN THE WORLD. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SILENCE AND DEFECTION FROM ISRAEL WAS UNCONSCIONABLE AND HE'S MADE OUR ALLY LESS SAFE AND PEACE LESS LIKELY. I'M EAGER TO VOTE TODAY TO SEND A STRONG SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REJECT THE U.N.'S ONE-SIDED, SHORTSIGHTED U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S STAND -- THE AMERICAN PEOPLE STAND UNITED WITH ISRAEL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. THANK YOU.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ISRAEL IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN A TROUBLED AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ISRAEL IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN A TROUBLED AND STORIED LANDSCAPE, SACRED GROUND FOR THREE OF THE WORLD'S MAJOR RELIGIONS. ISRAEL'S SECURITY IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT. THE JEWISH HOMELAND IS THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THIS BROADER REGION OF CONFLICT. I ABHOR THE TERRORIST ACTS. ISRAEL'S SECURITY MERITS OUR SUPPORT. WHICH IS WHY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WITH CONGRESS' APPROVAL, JUST AWARDED AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF MILITARY AID OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, ISRAEL'S FUTURE IS BEING THREATENED BY ITS OWN ACTIONS. AS WELL AS ITS ADVERSARIES'. FOR YEARS, RECKLESS SETTLEMENT EXPANSION HAS BEEN OPPOSED BY THE UNITED STATES AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. THEY'RE CONFISCATING PALESTINIAN LAND IN A WAY THAT'S NOT JUST CONTRARY TO LONG-STANDING AMERICAN POLICY BUT IS OFTEN ILLEGAL UNDER ISRAELI LAW. IT LOOKS LIKE THE INCOMING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS RECONSIDERING 50 YEARS OF BIPARTISAN POLICY URGED ON BY THE EXTREMIST VIEWS OF HIS PROPOSED AMBASSADOR WHOSE POSITION ON SETTLEMENT EXPANSION IS ON THE FRINGE OF EVEN ISRAELI POLITICS. H.RES. 11 SENDS THE WRONG SIGNAL TO THE INCOMING PRESIDENT, TO ISRAELI POLITICIANS, AND ESPECIALLY TO ISRAELI PEOPLE. IT DRIVES A WEDGE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. INCLUDING THE MAJORITY OF JEWISH AMERICANS. IT WEAKENS THAT SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP AND FURTHERS THE ISOLATION OF ISRAEL IN EVIDENCE AS THE RESOLUTION WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE OTHER 14 COUNTRIES. ISRAEL WILL BECOME MORE VULNERABLE AND CANDIDLY MORE LIKELY WILL EMBOLDEN FORCES THAT ARE HOSTILE TO THE JEWISH STATE. INSTEAD OF THIS RESOLUTION WE SHOULD REJECT THE RULE AND SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION I CO-SPONSORED WITH MR. PRICE THAT REAFFIRMS OUR COMMITMENT TO THE LONG STANDING AMERICAN POLICY IN SUPPORT OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION AND TO HELP SECURE ISRAEL'S FUTURE AS A STABLE, DEMOCRATIC, PEACEFUL STATE.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAPPILY YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. MCCLINTOCK OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAPPILY YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. MCCLINTOCK OF CALIFORNIA.

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    I SUPPORT THE REINS ACT AND THE RULE THAT BRINGS IT TO US. I WANT TO…

    I SUPPORT THE REINS ACT AND THE RULE THAT BRINGS IT TO US. I WANT TO UNDERSCORE THE POINT MADE EARLIER BY MR. BARR THIS EREINS ACT SAYS ANY REGULATION, AN ACT WITH THE FORCE OF LAW, THAT'S ADOPTED BY THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND COSTS MORE THAN $100 MILLION MUST THEN BE APPROVED BY CONGRESS TO TAKE EFFECT. AS NECESSARY AS THIS BILL IS IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, I'M AFRAID IT'S GOT IT COMPLETELY BACKWARDS. UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, READ ON THIS FLOOR TODAY, IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO MAKE LAW, AND FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH THEN TO APPROVE OR VETO IT. QUITE THE CONTRARY, MAKING LAW IS THE SINGULAR PREROGATIVE OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND THE EXECUTIVE APPROVES OR VETOES THAT LAW. THE REINS ACT A NECESSARY BECAUSE FOR YEARS WE HAVE CEDED AUTHORITY TO THE EXECUTIVE. IT'S TIME TO RESTORE THE PROPER ROLE OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH TO MAKE LAW AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO EXECUTE IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR MANAGING…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR MANAGING THIS RULE TODAY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE CLOSED RULE FOR H.R. 11. RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, MR. PRICE, AND I HAVE SUBMITTED AN AMENDMENT TO H.R. 11 WHEN IT CAME BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE. OUR AMENDMENT OFFERED A BALANCED APPROACH AND STRONGLY REAFFIRMED LONG-STANDING BIPARTISAN PRINCIPLES THAT UNDERGIRD U.S. POLICY ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. WE INTRODUCED THAT AMENDMENT AS A REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE THAT WOULD ALLOW ALL OF US TO CONVENE THE BROADEST POSSIBLE BIPARTISAN COALITION HERE IN THE HOUSE. PERSONALLY, I BELIEVEHE U.S. SHOULD HAVE VETOED THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION AND NOTABLY OUR RESOLUTION SUPPORTED THE U.S. VETO OF ANYONE ONE-SIDED OR ANTI-ISRAELI U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION OR ANY RESOLUTION THAT SEEKS TO IMPOSE A SOLUTION ON THE CONFLICT. OUR RESOLUTION ALSO CONDEMNED BOYCOTT IN THE CAMPAIGNS AND SANCTIONS THAT TARGET ISRAEL. IT REITERATED SUPPORT FOR NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT LEADING TO A SUSTAINABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION THAT REAFFIRMS ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AS A DEMOCRATIC JEWISH STATE. WE ALL AGREE THAT THERE CAN BE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR DIRECT BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS AS WE TRANSITION INTO A NEW ADMINISTRATION, BEGIN THIS NEW CONGRESS, WE SHOULD RESIST TEMPTATION TO REWRITE U.S. POLICY ON THE PEACE PROCESS ON A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO FURTHER DRIVE A WEDGE WHERE NONE SHOULD EXIST. THE POINT OF H.R. 11 SEEMS TO BE TO BASH OBAMA ON THE WAY OUT. THE FACT THERE ARE DISTORTIONS IN THE HISTORY, IN FACT, SEEM NOT TO BOTHER US. ON THIS POINT I WOULD NOTE THAT H.R. RES. 11 MENTIONS SETTLEMENTS BUT MAKES NO ATTEMPT TO REAFFIRM LONG-STANDING U.S. OPPOSITION TO THOSE SETTLEMENTS. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT CONGRESS MAINTAIN ITS CONSISTENT BIPARTISAN POLICY TOWARD THE CONFLICT. WE BELIEVE THE CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGE IN OUR RESOLUTION DID JUST THAT BUT WE WERE NOT ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY BY THE RULES COMMITTEE TO BRING IT BEFORE THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, TO VOTE NO ON H.R. 11 AND THE RULE AND TO SUPPORT AND CO-SPONSOR H.R. RES. 23, A MUCH MORE BIPARTISAN AND BALANCED APPROACH. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE HAVE OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS NOW THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE HAVE OUR NEW MEMBERS COMING IN AND THIS IS A GREAT TIME FOR US ON OUR SIDE BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT NEW MEMBER FROM FLORIDA, MR. BRIAN MASS, I YIELD TO HIM ONE MINUTE.

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    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE THE…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY BECAUSE THE CURRENTLY ADMINISTRATION HAS BIRLLY UNDERMINED PEACE WITH THEIR SHAMEFUL FAILURE TO VETO U.N. RESOLUTION 2334, CONDEMNING ISRAEL IS CONDEMNING THE MOST PEACEFUL COUNTRY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND IT'S DONE SIMPLY TO APPEASE PALESTINIANS, A GROUP THAT HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY DEFINED BY THEIR RESPONSIBLE FOR TERROR AND THIS DOES NOT BRING US ONE STEP CLOSER TO PEACE.

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    MR. MAST

    I CAN TELL YOU AFTER DEFENDING FREEDOM IN THE U.S. I CHOSE TO VOLUNTEER…

    I CAN TELL YOU AFTER DEFENDING FREEDOM IN THE U.S. I CHOSE TO VOLUNTEER ALONGSIDE THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES BECAUSE OUR COUNTRIES DO SHARE THE UNCOMMON IDEALS OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND MUTUAL RESPECT FOR ALL PEOPLE. DURING MY TIME WITH THE I.D.F. I DID LEARN THAT THE TABLE OF ISRAELI FAMILIES JUST HOW MUCH EACH ONE OF THEM TRULY DOES DESIRE PEACE. BY FAILING TO VETO THIS HATEFUL U.N. RESOLUTION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SENT A TERRIBLE MESSAGE. WE MUST COUNTER THIS UNDERHANDED CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL WITH A UNANIMOUS SHOW OF SUPPORT TODAY FOR HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. DOGGETT.

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  • 01:34:57 PM

    MR. DOGGETT

    THANK YOU. THIS HOUSE CONTAINS MANY FRIENDS OF ISRAEL, REPUBLICAN AND…

    THANK YOU. THIS HOUSE CONTAINS MANY FRIENDS OF ISRAEL, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC. INDEED, AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN HERE, I HAVE NEVER FOUND AN ENEMY OF ISRAEL IN THIS HOUSE. CERTAINLY THAT FRIENDSHIP WAS VERY APPARENT WHEN ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO PROME APPROVED GIVING ISRAEL -- PRESIDENT OBAMA APPROVED GIVING ISRAEL $38 MILLION IN AMERICAN TAX MONEY IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE. YOU KNOW WHY THE KNESSET IN JERUSALEM WE DO DISAGREE ABOUT WHAT THE MESS BEST WAY TO ASSURE PEACE AND SECURITY AND LIVELY DEBATE IS IMPORTANT TO THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS RULE IS BILLION STIFLING KNESSET-STYLE DEBATE. IT RESTRICTS AND DENIES ANY AMENDMENT, ANY ALTERNATIVE, THE STRICT LIMITATION ON DEBATE, THIS SURPRISE PRESENTATION OF TODAY'S MEASURE WITH NO PUBLIC HEARING AND LITTLE WARNING, IT SHOWS HOW FEARFUL OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE OF A LEGITIMATE DISCUSSION OF THIS TROUBLING ISSUE. THIS IS A HORRIBLE WAY TO MAKE CRITICAL FOREIGN POLICY. IT'S ONLY A STEP ABOVE DOING IT BY TWEETS WHICH SEEMS TO BE THE APPROACH OF THE DAY. TODAY'S RESOLUTION WHICH PURPORTS TO SUPPORT ISRAELI SECURITY ACTUALLY UNDERMINES THAT SECURITY. IT FAVORS GOING IT ALONE WITH THE CURRENT ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IN DEFIANCE OF OUR OTHER ALLIES IN THE 14 COUNTRIES THAT UNANIMOUSLY VOTED FOR THIS SECURITY COUNCIL MEASURE. ISOLATION, MORE AND MORE ISOLATION, IS NOT THE WAY TO PROTECT ISRAEL. THOSE WHO DEMONSTRATE THEIR FRIENDSHIP WITH ISRAEL BY FOLLOWING MR. NETANYAHU ON ONE RIGHT TURN AFTER ANOTHER ARE BOXING IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL. HE'S MOVING US FURTHER AND FURTHER TO THE EXTREMES SO THAT WE EVENTUALLY GO OFF A CLIFF INTO CHAOS. AS TOM FRIEDMAN NOTED IN URGING A NEGOTIATED TWO-STATE SETTLEMENT, A WEST BANK ON FIRE WOULD BECOME A RECRUITMENT TOOL FOR ISIS AND IRAN. VOTE FOR PEACE, REJECT THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. COLLINS

    AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO WELCOME TO THE FLOOR AND ALSO ANOTHER FRESHMAN…

    AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO WELCOME TO THE FLOOR AND ALSO ANOTHER FRESHMAN OF OURS FROM INDIANA AND YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. HOLLINGSWORTH FROM INDIANA.

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  • 01:37:31 PM

    MR. HOLLINGSWORTH

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND UNDERLYING REINS ACT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND UNDERLYING REINS ACT BECAUSE I WAS SENT TO CONGRESS TO HELP HARDWORKING HOOSIERS CREATE JOBS, KEEP JOBS, AND RAISE WAGES. AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO BUILD A BUSINESS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY AND I WANT THE HOOSIERS OF THE INDIANA'S NINTH DISTRICT TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR FUTURE WITHOUT FEAR OF UNACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS WITH POLITICAL AGENDAS CREATING REGULATION TO RESTRICT THEIR PURSUIT OF SUCCESS. I BELIEVE THE REINS ACT WILL ENSURE THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE INDIANA'S NINTH DISTRICT WILL NOT ONLY HAVE A VOICE BUT ALSO A CHOICE IN THE LAWS THAT GOVERN THIS GREAT NATION. HARDWORKING HOOSIERS ARE SHINING EXAMPLES OF WHAT AMERICANS CAN DO WITH THE FREEDOM TO MAKE THEIR OWN ECONOMIC DECISION AND I DON'T WANT UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON IMPEDING THE JOB CREATING GROWTH OF INDIANA'S AND AMERICA'S BUSINESSES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 01:38:33 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 01:38:38 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW CONGRESS GETS IN LINE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF NEW CONGRESS GETS IN LINE OUR NEW FACES ARE COMING FORWARD, ANOTHER NEW FACE LOOKING TO FACE LOOKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. GAETZ, I RECOGNIZE HIM FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 01:39:01 PM

    MR. GAETZ

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. TODAY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RULES EXCEED 97,000 PAGES. THE MOST IN AMERICAN HISTORY. SO WE ASK OURSELVES, DO WE REALLY NEED 20 PAGES OF RULES GOVERNING VENDING MACHINES? COULD WE COVER FUEL STANDARDS IN LESS THAN 578 PAGES? WOULD THE UNION CRUMBLE IF WE DIDN'T HAVE 61 PAGES OF REGULATIONS ON RESIDENTIAL DEHUMIDIFIERS? EACH OF THESE RULES HAVE COMPLIANCE COSTS THAT EXCEED $100 MILLION. IN MY HOME STATE OF FLORIDA, WE PASSED A VERSION OF THE REINS ACT. THE RESULT HAS BEEN THE REPEAL OR REPLACEMENT OF OVER 4,000 JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS. WE CAN ONLY MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN IF WE MAKE AMERICANS FREE AGAIN. FREE FROM THE TYRANNY OF UN-ELECTED WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS, HUDDLED IN WINDOWLESS CUBICLES, DICTATING TO AMERICANS HOW THEY SHOULD LIVE THEIR LIVES, BUILD THEIR BUSINESSES, AND PROTECT THEIR OWN PROPERTY. VOTERS SENT US HERE TO DRAIN THE SWAMP. WITH SO MANY REGULATIONS WE WOULD BE LUCKY TO GET PERMISSION TO MOP UP A PUDDLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 01:40:10 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I RESERVE.

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  • 01:40:16 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY FRIEND FROM IOWA, MR. KING.

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    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY PRIVILEGE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY PRIVILEGE TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. I WANTED TO ADDRESS THIS RULE AND I SHARE SOME OF THE SENTIMENT THAT CAME FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. I LIKE TO HAVE OPEN RULES. I LIKE TO HAVE OPEN DEBATES. I LIKE TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE DEBATE ON WHAT WE MIGHT DO WITH THIS RESOLUTION THAT'S BEFORE US. I'D LIKE TO HAVE HAD A DEBATE ON THE ONE STATE SOLUTION VERSUS THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION HAS RUN ITS COURSE. AND WE NEED TO PACK UP OUR TOOLS AND SHIP THOSE OFF TO THE SIDE AND START ALL OVER AGAIN WITH A NEW LOOK. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE A RESOLUTION THAT REFRESHED THIS IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT COMPLETELY REJECTED RESOLUTION 2334, THAT VOTE THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE UNITED NATIONS, AND SAID TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, LET'S START THIS FRESH WITH A NEW LOOK RATHER THAN A DIRECTION OF BEING BOUND BY IMPLICATION TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US. WE HAVE AHEFFED US A RESOLUTION THAT'S COME TO THE FLOOR UNDER A CLOSED RULE THAT SENDS A LOT OF A GOOD AND RIGHT MESSAGE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT AMERICA, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, REJECTS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE UNITED NATIONS THE OTHER DAY AND THAT DECISION TO ABSTAIN FROM THAT VOTE. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE REALLY DON'T HAVE THE FOCUS HERE TO TAKE ON THE REST OF THIS ISSUE. I'M HOPEFUL WE WILL. I'LL BE INTRODUCING A RESOLUTION LATER TODAY THAT ADDRESSES THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION IN A WAY I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE DONE IT WITH A RESOLUTION HERE. AS I SAID TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, IT'S NOT MY INTENT TO BLOW UP YOUR BILL OR NISHTIFMENT I WANT TO SEE THE BEST SUCCESS WE CAN ON WHAT'S GOING ON HERE TODAY.

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  • 01:42:06 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR ONE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN ROYCE.

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  • 01:42:18 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS U.N. RESOLUTION IS NOT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS U.N. RESOLUTION IS NOT SIMPLY THAT IT CRITICIZES ISRAELI ACTIONS. IT IS THAT IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY ONE-SIDED. IT IS ANTI-ISRAEL. THAT'S A DEPARTURE FROM LONG-STANDING BIPARTISAN U.S. POLICY. U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S FAILURE TO END INCITEMENT OF HATRED. FRANKLY, THEY ENCOURAGE T THE VIOLENCE THAT WE SEE AGAINST ISRAELI CIVILIANS COMES FROM THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF P.A. OFFICIALS. IT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S CONTINUED PAYMENTS AND INCENTIVE PAYMENT IN THEIR BUDGET OVER $300 MILLION A YEAR, IS PAID TO THOSE WHO WILL CARRY OUT ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELI CIVILIANS. AND THE MORE MAYHEM YOU CREATE, THE LONGER THE TERM YOU HAVE IN PRISON, THE LARGER THE STIPEND. THAT COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE BUDGET OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. THE U.N. RESOLUTION DID NOT CALL UPON PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP TOE FULFILL -- TO FULFILL THEIR OBLIGATIONS TOWARDS NEGOTIATIONS. AND THE MIDDLE EAST SUMMIT IS PLANNED NEXT MONTH. FIRST THE ADMINISTRATION ABSTAINS ON THIS AND NEXT MONTH IN FRANCE THERE IS REAL CONCERN THAT ANOTHER DAMAGING SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION SHOULD FOLLOW. THAT'S WHY THIS DANGEROUS POLICY MUST BE REJECTED. HOPEFULLY UNANIMOUSLY BY THIS HOUSE. THANK YOU.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS.

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  • 01:44:10 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS RULE. IT'S NOT FAIR. AND I URGE YOU TO VOTE FOR THE -- VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT MR. PRICE AND MR. ENGEL AND MR. CONNELLY CAN BRING UP THEIR ALTERNATIVE TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY FINALLY THAT I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THAT THE INSTITUTION OF CONGRESS HAS BEEN UNDERMINED TIME AND TIME AGAIN BY THIS TENDENCY TO BE OVERLY RESTRICTIVE AND OUTRIGHT CLOSED. AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE GREATEST DELIBERATIVE BODY IN THE WORLD, BUT THE PROBLEM IS WE DON'T DELIBERATE VERY MUCH. EVERYTHING THAT KIND -- THAT IS BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR TENDS TO BE A PRESS RELEASE SUBSTITUTING FOR LEGISLATION. THERE IS NO BIPARTISANSHIP, THERE IS NONE. . THERE'S NO WORKING TOGETHER, THERE'S NONE. THAT'S UNFORTUNATE. I THINK ONE OF THE MESSAGES OF THE LAST ELECTION WAS THEY WANTED TO SEE THINGS HAPPEN HERE. NOT JUST WHATEVER THE REPUBLICANS WANT OR WHATEVER THE DEMOCRATS WANT, THEY WANT TO SEE US WORKING TOGETHER. I SERVED HERE AS A STAFFER DURING A TIME WHEN THERE WAS COLLEGIALITY. WHEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CAME TOGETHER AND PASSED APPROPRIATIONS BILLS AND AUTHORIZATIONS BILLS. PASSED MAJOR REFORM BILLS. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN ANYMORE. ON THE ISSUE OF REGULATORY REFORM, YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU COULD ACTUALLY GET A CONSENSUS ON REGULATORY REFORM. THERE'S NOBODY IN THIS HOUSE THAT THINKS THE REGULATORY PROCESS IS PERFECT. THE PROBLEM IS, WHEN YOU BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR THAT'S SO ONE-SIDED, THAT IS POORLY WRITTEN, THAT IS IMPRACTICAL, WE CAN'T SUPPORT IT. YOU KNOW, ON THE ISSUE OF ISRAEL, WE COULD HAVE COME TO A CONSENSUS, I THINK, AND SPOKEN WITH ONE VOICE TO SHOW OUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE STATE OF ISRAELI. BUT INSTEAD WE HAVE A BILL THAT COMES TO THE FLOOR THAT'S POLITICALLY CHARGED AND I THINK THAT IS VERY CLEAR BASED ON THE TONE OF SOME OF THE SPEECHES HERE TODAY BUT ALSO HAS FACTUAL ERRORS IN IT. THE FRUSTRATION LEVEL HAS GROWN TO THE POINT WHERE SOME OF US IN THE MINORITY HAVE TAKE TON PROTESTING. WE HAD A SIT-IN IN RESPONSE TO THE FAGGET THAT -- FACT THAT WE COULDN'T GET LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR THAT SAID IF YOU'RE ON A TERRORIST LIST AND YOU CAN'T FLY, THEN YOU CAN'T BUY A GUN. AND A BILL THAT CALLED FOR UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE THOUGHT WE HAD A PROMISE TO BE ABLE TO BRING SOME OF THIS TO THE FLOOR MY FRIENDS COULD HAVE VOTED AGAINST IT. BUT WE WERE TOLD NO, YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEBATE THESE BILLS. I'M GOING TO SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES SINCERELY THAT UNLESS THINGS CHANGE, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE DISCORD AND THE ANGER AND THE FRUSTRATION BUILD ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IT BUILD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THERE'S A REASON WHY PEOPLE HOLD CONGRESS IN SUCH DISDAIN. IT'S BECAUSE THEY SEE THIS PLACE NOT AS A -- AN INSTITUTION WHERE WE CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS BUT AS A PLACE WHERE IT'S ALL ABOUT ON INSTRUCTION OR MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY. THIS IS A LOUSY WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR. PLEASE VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND VOTE NO ON THIS RULE.

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  • 01:47:40 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THAT. IT'S AMAZING TO ME, SOME OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THAT. IT'S AMAZING TO ME, SOME OF THE THINGS I HAVE HEARD IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES, I APPRECIATE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, IT'S AMAZING THE DEBATE WE HAVE BEEN HAVING HERE. THAT IS SOMETHING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT. BUT ALSO SOMETHING THAT CAME UP, JUST TO TAKE A FEW STEPS DOWN THE ROAD. IT'S BEEN MENTIONED MANY TIMES HERE ON THE FLOOR TODAY THAT A UNANIMOUS VOTE BY THE SECURITY COUNCIL IN SOME WAY IMPLIES THAT IT WAS RIGHT OR THAT IT WAS PROPER. I'M SORRY, THE GROUP THINK OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ON THIS ISSUE WAS WRONG. THE ONES THAT WAS LEFT SILENT WAS THE DEEBY CON OF FREEDOM TO THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES, AND INSTEAD OF ENGAGING, INSTEAD OF WORKING, WHEN WE HAVE IN THE PAST ABSTAINED OR VOTED AGAINST, THERE'S BEEN TIMES WHEN WE ACTUALLY, AS MY FRIEND SAID JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO, WORKING TOGETHER, WHEN THAT DID HAPPEN IN THE PAST IT WAS TIMES IN WHICH ISRAEL AND THE U.S. WORKED TOGETHER TO SOFTEN OR CHANGE AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME SOMETHING THAT NOT LIKED BUT COULD BE LIVED WITH. IN THIS CASE, IT WAS NOTHING. ISRAEL SAID THIS IS BAD AND AMERICA TURNED ITS BACK. WHERE WAS THE VOICE? IT WAS SILENT. WHERE WAS THE VOICE? WE VOTED ABSENT. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD SHOULD DO. THAT IS NOT WHAT THE LEADER OF THE FLEE WORLD SHOULD DO TO HIS CLOSEST ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THAT'S WHY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS. THERE'S OTHER THINGS WE CAN DISCUSS TODAY. THERE'S OTHER SOLUTIONS ON THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. OTHERS ON THE SETTLEMENT. BUT IT GOES DEEPER THAN OTHER ISSUES. THE DEEPER PART IS WE SAT SILENT WHILE THE WORLD MOCKED AND CRITICIZED OUR STRONGEST ALLY, MR. SPEAKER. DON'T TALK TO ME ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER. I GET IT. WHERE WAS THE WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS? IT WAS ABSENT. UNANIMOUS VOTE, ESPECIALLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, USING THAT AS YOUR JUSTIFICATION, I THINK WE NEED TO TALK. BUT ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE COME TO AN END, WHEN WE COME TO THE END, REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, THE REINS ACT, IS SIMPLY SAYING CONGRESS DO, WHAT CONGRESS IS SUPPOSED TO DO. CONGRESS, WORK AS THE VOICE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WORK FOR THE VOICE OF HELPING COMPANIES START AND CREATE JOBS. WORK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO TAKE THEM, MR. SPEAKER, FORWARD. INSTEAD OF MOVING BACKWARDS. THE REINS ACT SIMPLY SAYS LET'S DO OUR JOB HERE. NOT THE ONES WHO ARE CLOSED OFF FROM INPUT BUT THE FOLKS ELECTED TO COME TO THIS PLACE, TO COME TO THESE HALLOWED HALLS AND DEBATE WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. DEBATE THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT. DEBATE THE ENVIRONMENT. WHEN WE DO THAT, THAT IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND THE UNDERLY -- THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO RULE -- TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. 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.] P

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 235. THE NAYS ARE 188. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE FRUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY LEADER, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER.

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    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE MAJORITY LEADER, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE FIRST ELECTED, BEFORE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WERE FIRST ELECTED, BEFORE WE'RE SWORN IN, BEFORE WE INTRODUCE OUR FIRST BIT OF LEGISLATION, THE FIRST THING WE DO IS BEGIN TO HIRE TO FORM A TEAM. MUCH OF THE SUCCESS THAT HAPPENS ON THIS FLOOR IS A LOFT WORK THAT'S DONE BEHIND THE SCENES BY OUR STAFFS. THEY DO A TREMENDOUS JOB FOR THIS COUNTRY AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE THEY PROVIDE. I PERSONALLY I PERSONALLY COUNT MYSELF BLESSED TO HAVE MY CHIEF OF STAFF SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN LEADERSHIP WITH TIMBERY. TODAY IS HIS LAST DAY ON OUR FLOOR. TIM, FOR HIS YEARS OF SERVICE, HAS BEEN 18 YEARS TO THIS INSTITUTION. HE'S BEEN IN OTHER LEADERSHIP OFFICES. HE WENT INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHEN I GOT ELECTED MAJORITY WHIP I ASKED HIM IF HE WAS WILLING TO COME BACK.

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    MY COLLEAGUE,

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    TO SERVE. TIM

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    TO SERVE. TIM BERRY SERVED, NOTWITHSTANDING THE DANGERS THAT WERE…

    TO SERVE. TIM BERRY SERVED, NOTWITHSTANDING THE DANGERS THAT WERE SELF-EVIDENT. LISA IS IN THE GALLERY AND HIS CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN MENTIONED BY LEADER MCCARTHY. YOUNG PEOPLE. YOU CAN BE EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD OF YOUR DAD. I KNOW, LISA, YOU ARE AS WELL. HE'S MADE THIS INSTITUTION A BETTER INSTITUTION. HE'S MADE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PARTIES MORE POSITIVE IN TIMES WHEN IT WAS GREATLY STRAINED. TIM, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE CONGRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY, AND THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD SPEED.

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    MPORE WITHOUT

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    THE YEAS ARE 231. THE NAYS ARE 187. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    THE COMMITTEE OF THE

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATION FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE COMMITTEE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:34:41 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, REGULATORY REFORM PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN ENSURING THAT OUR…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, REGULATORY REFORM PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN ENSURING THAT OUR NATION FINALLY ACHIEVES A FULL ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RETAINS ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. CONGRESS MUST ADVANCE PRO-GROWTH POLICIES THAT CREATE JOBS AND RESTORE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY FOR FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES ACROSS THE NATION AND MAKES SURE THAT ANY ADMINISTRATION AND IT'S REGULATORY APPARATUS IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE SUFFOCATING UNDER MOUNTAINS OF ENDLESSLY GROWING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE COST OF UPCOMING REGULATIONS DISCOURAGES EMPLOYERS FROM HIRING NEW EMPLOYEES AND EXPANDING THEIR BUSINESSES. EXCESSIVE REGULATION MEANS HIGHER PRICES, LOWER WAGES, FEWER JOBS, LESS ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND A LESS COMPETITIVE AMERICA. TODAY AMERICANS FACE A BURDEN OF OVER $3 TRILLION PER YEAR FROM FEDERAL TAXATION AND REGULATION. IN FACT, OUR FEDERAL REGULATORY BURDEN IS LARGER THAN THE 2014 DOMESTIC GROSS PRODUCT OF ALL BUT THE TOP EIGHT COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. THAT BURDEN ADDS UP TO ABOUT $15,000 PER AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD. NEARLY 30% OF AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN 2015. EVERYONE KNOWS IT HAS BEEN THIS WAY FOR FAR TOO LONG. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEM HAS KNOWN ONLY ONE RESPONSE -- INCREASE TAXES, INCREASE SPENDING, AND INCREASE REGULATION. THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN PAINFULLY DEMONSTRATED, A SIMPLE -- THEY HAVE PAINFULLY DEMONSTRATED A SIMPLE TRUTH, AMERICA CANNOT TAX, SPEND, AND REGULATE ITS WAY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY, ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND DURABLE PROSPERITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 02:36:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    REINS ACT. I RESERVE THE

  • 02:37:01 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    CREATE ONE SINGLE JOB. BUT WHAT

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    THE CHAIR

    CREATE ONE SINGLE JOB. BUT WHAT

  • 02:39:57 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    CREATE ONE SINGLE JOB. BUT WHAT IT WILL DO IS CUT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND…

    CREATE ONE SINGLE JOB. BUT WHAT IT WILL DO IS CUT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING MEASURES -- IT WILL CUT MEASURES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL-BEING OF AMERICANS. . THIS WOULD REQUIRE THAT BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS PASS AND THE PRESIDENT SIGN A JOINT RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL WITHIN 70 LEGISLATIVE DAYS BEFORE ANY MAJOR RULE ISSUED BY AN AGENCY CAN TAKE EFFECT. IN OTHER WORDS, THIS BILL WOULD SUBJECT NEW MAJOR RULES TO NULLIFICATION BY CONGRESS THROUGH AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATIVE VETO BY ONE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. FOLLOWING REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS EARLIER THIS WEEK TO GUT ETHICS AND OVERSIGHT RULES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO POLICE CORRUPTION, IT IS TELLING THAT THE REINS ACT IS THE NEXT BILL THAT THE HOUSE WOULD CONSIDER IN THE 115TH CONGRESS. AMERICANS SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GAME PLAN IS OF THE REPUBLICANS. THEY WANT THE FOX TO GUARD THE HEN HOUSE. THAT'S WHY THEY, THE VERY FIRST ACT THEY TRIED TO GET PASSED WAS REFORM OF THE HOUSE ETHICS REGIME. THEY WANTED TO NEUTER IT, PLACE IT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE WHERE IT WOULD THEN LANGE WISH AND -- LANGWISH AND DIE ON -- LIKE A PRUNE ON A VINE THAT IS UNWATERED. THAT'S THE FIRST THING THEY CAME UP WITH. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CALLED THEM ON IT AND WOULDN'T LET THEM GET PAST IT, WOULDN'T LET THEM PASS IT SO THEY HAVE POSTPONED IT. AMERICA, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR EYES ON THIS CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THAT MEASURE THAT WOULD INSTALL THE FOXES OVER THE HEN HOUSE. AND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS INSTALL THE CORPORATE FOXES OVER AMERICA'S HEN HOUSE WITH THIS REINS ACT. THE REINS ACT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SPEAKER'S SO-CALLED BETTER WAY AGENDA WHICH IS BETTER FOR RICH CORPORATE ELITES TO FURTHER INSULATE THEMSELVES FROM PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY AND IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE SAME TIRED , CAPITALISTIC PROPOSALS THAT HAS BEEN KICKED AROUND SINCE THE 1980'S. IN FACT, IN 1983, CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS, WHO WAS THEN A COUNSEL TO PRESIDENT REAGAN, CRITICIZED A SIMILAR PROPOSAL AS UNWISE BECAUSE IT WOULD HOBBLE AGENCY RULEMAKING BY REQUIRING AFFIRMATIVE CONGRESSIONAL ASCENT TO ALL MAJOR RULES AND WOULD SEEM TO IMPOSE EXCESSIVE BURDENS ON THE REGULATORY -- ON THE REGULATORY AGENCIES. IN ADDITION TO BEING AN UNMITIGATED DISASTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, PROPOSALS LIKE THE REINS ACT WILL ACTUALLY DO MAJOR HARM TO REGULATORY REFORM ATTEMPTS AS THE LATE JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA WROTE IN 1981. THEN A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL, JUSTICE SCALIA CAUTIONED, QUOTE, THOSE IN THE CONGRESS SEEMED PERVERSELY UNAWARE THAT ACURSED, UNELECTED OFFICIALS DOWNTOWN ARE NOW THEIR UNELECTED OFFICIALS PRESUMEABLE, SEEKING TO MOVE THINGS IN THEIR DESIRED DIRECTION AND THAT EVERY CURTAILMENT OF DESIRABLE AGENCY DISCRETION OBSTRUCTS PRINCIPALLY DEPARTURE FROM DEMOCRAT-PRODUCED PRO-REGULATORY STATUS QUO. IT'S NOT OFTEN I QUOTE JUSTICE SCALIA, BUT IRONICALLY I DO SO TODAY. THE REINS ACT ALSO IMPOSES DEADLINES FOR THE ENACTMENT OF A JOINT RESOLUTION APPROVING A MAJOR RULE THAT COULD BE REFERRED TO AS BISENTINE, BUT NOT TO USE TOO LOFTY A LANGUAGE, I WILL SAY THIS IS LIKE THROWING A MONKEY WRENCH IN A WELL-OILED MACHINE. UNDER NEW SECTION 802, THE HOUSE MAY CONSIDER A MAJOR RULE ON THE SECOND OR FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. IN 2014, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WERE ONLY 13 SUCH DAYS ON THE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR. I THINK ON THE LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR FOR 2017, THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 13, MAYBE 14 OR 15 OF SUCH DAYS WHERE WE COULD CONSIDER THESE MAJOR RULES UNDER -- ON THIS LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR. AND I WILL POINT OUT THERE ARE 80 SUCH RULES OF IMPORTANCE THAT COME THROUGH IN A TYPICAL YEAR. FURTHERMORE, UNDER NEW SECTION 801, CONGRESS MAY CONSIDER SUCH RESOLUTIONS WITHIN 70 LEGISLATIVE DAYS OF RECEIVING A MAJOR RULE. THIS CREATES A LOT OF RED TAPE THAT THREATENS TO END RULEMAKING AS WE KNOW IT, AND THAT'S THE EXACT PRECISE INTENT OF THIS CONGRESS. EVEN IF AGENCIES REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MAJOR RULES IN CONTEMPLATION OF A BILL'S ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS, CONGRESS WOULD STILL LACK THE EXPERTISE AND POLICY JUSTIFICATIONS FOR REFUSING TO ADOPT A MAJOR RULE. OVER 80 OF THE NATION'S LEADING PROFESSORS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW NOTED IN A LETTER, WITHOUT THIS EXPERTISE, ANY DISAPPROVAL IS THEREFORE MORE LIKELY TO REFLECT THE POLITICAL POWER OF SPECIAL INTERESTS, A POTENTIAL THAT WOULD BE MAGNIFIED IN LIGHT OF THE FAST TRACK PROCESS. LASTLY, BY FLIPPING THE PROCESS OF AGENCY RULEMAKING SO THAT CONGRESS CAN SIMPLY IMPLEMENTATION BY NOT ACTING ON A MAJOR RULE, THE REINS ACT LIKELY VIOLATES THE PRESENTMENT AND BICAMERALISM REQUIREMENTS OF ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. AND SO IT IS MY PLEASURE TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DO THE SAME AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:51:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. -- VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:52:02 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MARINO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

  • 02:52:08 PM

    MR. MARINO

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT.…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM GEORGIA, MR. COLLINS, FOR TAKING CHARGE OF THIS BILL IN THE 115TH CONGRESS AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR QUICKLY BRINGING TO TO THE FLOOR. THIS WEEK AND NEXT THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF DEBATE HERE IN THE HOUSE IS THE STRANGLE HOLD OF REGULATION ON THE ECONOMY AND ITS INTRUSION INTO THE EVERYDAY LIVES OF AMERICANS. THESE ONEROUS BURDENS ARE WELL-KNOWN TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, I HAVE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS TRAVELING ACROSS THE NEARLY 6,600 SQUARE MILES OF MY DISTRICT. I HAVE MET WITH MY CONSTITUENTS IN THEIR HOMES, IN THEIR WORKPLACES AND SOCIAL HALLS. THEY HAVE PLEADED WITH ME FOR RELEASE FROM THE REGULATIONS THAT LIMIT THEIR ABILITY TO PROSPER, INNOVATE AND GROW. UNLIKE THE NAMELESS, FACELESS, EVER-GROWING BUREAUCRACY HERE IN WASHINGTON, WE HAVE LISTENED TO THE PEOPLE'S CONCERNS. WE HAVE MADE REGULATORY REFORM A PRIORITY AND THE FOCAL POINT FOR JUMP-STARTING OUR ECONOMY. BY PLACING FINAL APPROVAL OF MAJOR REGULATIONS IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS, THE REINS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT LAUNCH POINT IN OUR EFFORTS TO DISMANTLE THE ADMINISTRATIVE STATE AND MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. OUR FOUNDERS VESTED IN CONGRESS AND CONGRESS ALONE THE POWER TO WRITE THE LAWS. UNFORTUNATELY, OVER OUR HISTORY, WE HAVE DELEGATED MUCH OF THAT POWER AWAY. THE FOUNDERS COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED OUR CURRENT SCENARIO WHERE THE COMPLAINTS OF MANY FALL ON THE DEAF EARS OF AN UNELECTED FEW IN WASHINGTON. THINKING OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, THE REINS ACT COULD HAVE PREVENTED NUMEROUS REGULATIONS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW WERE THREATS TO THEIR VERY WAY OF LIFE. PERHAPS $1 TRILLION IN COSTS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE HOW MANY JOBS MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED OR CREATED IF WE AVOIDED THE REGULATORY BARRAGE BROUGHT ON BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. FOR EXAMPLE, WE COULD HAVE PREVENTED THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATION THAT IMPACTS THE FARMERS NEAR MY HOME IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA. THE S.E.C.'S NET NEUTRALITY RULE MIGHT HAVE BEEN OVERTURNED, A CLASSIC RULEMAKING BAIT AND SWITCH WHERE THE S.E.C. IGNORED THE MOUNTAINS OF PUBLIC COMMENT TO ACHIEVE ITS OWN POLITICAL END. AN UNCONSCIONABLE SUM OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS MIGHT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BEFORE DESTROYING LARGE SWATHS OF OUR INDUSTRY AND IMPOSING HUGE COSTS ON TAXPAYERS. OUR PRIME TAKEAWAY FROM THESE INSTANCES AND OTHERS IS THAT THE RUNAWAY REGULATORS ISSUED WIDE-RANGING AND ECONOMY-DESTROYING REGULATIONS WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN CITIZENS WHOSE LIVELIHOODS WERE AT STAKE. TODAY WE TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TO REASSERT THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OUR GOVERNMENT. THE REINS ACT RE-ESTABLISHES THE CONGRESS AS THE FINAL JUDGE OF WHETHER OR NOT ANY PARTICULAR REGULATION ACTUALLY DOES WHAT THE CONGRESS MEANT IT TO DO, RETURNING THIS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT MOST ATTENTIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE, ADHERES TO THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR NATION'S FOUNDING. IT IS AN EFFORT THAT ALL ELECTED TO CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE REINS ACT, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:56:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:56:14 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE ELOQUENCE OF MY FRIEND,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO YIELD TO THE ELOQUENCE OF MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN STEVE COHEN OUT OF THE GREAT CITY OF MEMPHIS, THE GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE.

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  • 02:56:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FOR HOW LONG?

  • 02:56:31 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:56:34 PM

    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN LIVE UP TO THOSE WORDS BUT I APPRECIATE…

    THANK YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN LIVE UP TO THOSE WORDS BUT I APPRECIATE THEM. I WAS THE RANKING MEMBER ON THIS COMMITTEE, AND I WAS CHAIR AT ONE POINT, AND WE HAD THIS BILL OVER THE YEARS. IT IS INDEED A MONKEY WRENCH OR A MONKEY IN THE WRENCH, AS JOHN MCCLAIN, MIGHT HAVE SAID. IT WILL MESS UP THE ENTIRE SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE OF CONGRESS PASSING LAWS, DELEGATING, GIVING THE EXECUTIVE THE ABILITY TO ENACT THEM IN WAYS THAT MAKE THEM FUNCTIONAL AND APPROPRIATE AND COME UP WITH THE DETAILS THAT THE CONGRESS IS NOT EXPERTISE ENOUGH TO DO. THE OTHER SIDE REFERS CONSTANTLY TO PEOPLE THAT PREPARE THESE RULES, WHICH TAKE MANY, MANY YEARS, AND HAVE AS MUCH INPUT AS BROUGHTS, WHICH ARE PER JOR TIFF. THEY HAVE EXPERTISE IN CERTAIN AREAS AND WHO STUDY AN AREA AND BECOME SO MUCH MORE EXPERT THAN WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT THAT THEY CAN COME UP WITH FINE TUNED LAWS THAT ARE CHECKED AND BALANCED TO MAKE SURE THE LAWS ARE IMPLEMENTED IN THE WAY THAT CONGRESS INTENDS. IF CONGRESS DOESN'T LIKE IT CONGRESS CAN PASS A BILL BY BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE TO REPEAL IT. WE'VE ALREADY GOT THAT POSSIBILITY. UNDER IN UNIQUE APPROACH, EITHER ONE OF THE HOUSES OF CONGRESS CAN STOP REGULATION, A RULE FROM GOING INTO EFFECT BECAUSE BOTH HOUSES WOULD HAVE TO APPROVE A RULE AND THE PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE TO SIGN IT BEFORE IT COULD GO INTO EFFECT. THAT GIVES ONE HOUSE THE ABILITY TO VETO, BASICALLY, AN EXECUTIVE ACTION. IT'S THE EXECUTIVE THAT HAS THE POWER TO VETO ACTS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND NOT VICE VERSA. WE CAN PASS LAWS WHICH IS IN A BICAMERAL SPIRIT WHICH IS WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION HAS WHEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AGREE, BUT NEITHER HOUSE INDEPENDENTLY IS GIVEN ANY POWER TO VETO LAWS OR LEGISLATION. THIS WOULD BREAK THAT, AND I BELIEVE, WOULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THAT'S WHY I OPPOSE H.R. 26, THE REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY ACT 2017. INDEED, THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY ACT IS MOST APPROPRIATE THIS YEAR AS WE START BECAUSE IN 2017, 2018, 2019 AND 2020, WE ARE INDEED GOING TO HAVE AN EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY. SO I THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR NAMING THIS BILL APPROPRIATELY, BECAUSE WE ARE INDEED IN THE TIMES OF AN EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY. WE NEED SCRUTINY OVER INCOME TAX RETURNS THAT HAVE BEEN HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC, THAT MIGHT DISCLOSE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OR LOANS FROM CHARACTERS THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED OLIGARCHES AND HAVE INFLUENCE OVER OUR POLICY. WE NEED AN EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY ACT THAT DEALS WITH THESE CONFLICTS, THAT INCOME TAXES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED, PEOPLE COULD GO TO HOTELS AND BE IN FAVOR WITH THE EXECUTIVE. INDEED, WE NEED AN EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF SCRUTINY ACT, SO I APPRECIATE THE WELL-NAMED BILL THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BROUGHT US AND THE AWARENESS THROUGH THIS BILL THEY'VE SEEN WE NEED SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE COMING BECAUSE HE CERTAINLY NEEDS SCRUTINY. THIS BILL, THOUGH, IS THE WORST OF CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS BECAUSE IT WILL GIVE CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OVERRIDE RULES THAT TAKE EFFECT UNLESS BOTH HOUSES PASS IT. . IT'S DIFFICULT FOR THE HOUSE TO GET LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE DAYS WE HAVE LEGISLATION, BUT TO HAVE BOTH HOUSES TO HAVE A POCKET VETO, THE HOUSE WOULD HAVE TO POSITIVELY PASS AND THE SENATE POSITIVELY PASS. IF THE SPEAKER DOESN'T WANT TO DO IT, THE SPEAKER CAN POCKET VETO THE LEGISLATION, IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO BE SCHEDULED. THIS IS NOT DRAINING THE SWAMP. IT'LL HEIGHTEN THE INFLUENCE OF CORPORATE LOBBYISTS ON CONGRESS WHERE THEY CAN COME TO THE SPEAKER AND ASK THAT AGENCY RULES THEY DON'T LIKE THAT MIGHT PROTECT THE LIVES OF CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY ARE REGULATIONS DEALING WITH TOYS THAT ARE SEEN TO BE DEFECTIVE OR AUTOMOBILES WHERE THEY NEED SAFETY DEVICES OR OTHER CONSUMER PROTECTIONS, THAT INTERFERE WITH BUSINESS INTERESTS. BUSINESS IS GOOD AND IMPORTANT BUT SOMETIMES BUSINESS DOES THINGS THAT IS INJURIOUS TO THE PUBLIC. TO GIVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO STOP RULES AND REGULATIONS FROM GOING INTO EFFECT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC IS WRONG AND AS WAS SUGGESTED, MAYBE IT'LL HELP THE ECONOMY BUT AT WHAT COST? WHAT IS ONE LIFE WORTH? OR SEVERAL LIVES? LIVES ARE LOST BECAUSE SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE NOT APPROVED BY THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE OR ONE OR THE OTHER AND THEN DON'T GO INTO EFFECT. THIS IS AS I MENTIONED SERIOUSLY CONSTITUTIONALLY DEFECTIVE. AND THE -- CAN I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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  • 03:01:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

  • 03:02:05 PM

    MR. COHEN

    JUSTICE SCALIA, I'LL MENTION CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS WHO OPPOSED A SIMILAR…

    JUSTICE SCALIA, I'LL MENTION CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS WHO OPPOSED A SIMILAR RULE THAT WOULD -- BECAUSE IT WOULD HOBBLE RULE MAKING SUCH THAT IT WOULD, QUOTE, SEEM TO IMPOSE EXCESSIVE BURDENS ON REGULATORY AGENCIES. JOHN ROBERTS. SOME OF THE UNDERLYING FACTS GIVEN WERE ABOUT THE ECONOMY. NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE ON THE ECONOMY. WE SAVED THE HOUSING MARK, SAVED THE COUNTRY FROM THE GREAT RECESSION, WE BROUGHT ABOUT KE RE-COVERY, NOT SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD DISPARAGE BUT WE SHOULD PRAISE. THE STOCK MARKET HAS GONE UP TO RECORD HIGHS, UNEMPLOYMENT IS DOWN, JOBS ARE UP, THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN SAVED. I ASK YOU TO REJECT THIS BILL BECAUSE IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT'LL COST LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS BECAUSE SAFETY REGULATIONS WON'T BE PASSED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:03:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:03:18 PM

    MR. FARENTHOLD

    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED US TO HAVE A LIMITED GOVERNMENT. IF THEY SAW…

    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED US TO HAVE A LIMITED GOVERNMENT. IF THEY SAW WHAT WE HAVE TODAY THEY'D BE APPALLED. OUR GOVERNMENT HAS GOTTEN HUGE, IT'S OUT OF CONTROL, AN ALPHABET SOUP OF UNELECTED AGENCIES AND BUREAUCRATS ARE WRITING THE LAWS. THEY CALL THEM REGULATIONS BUT THEY'RE LAWS. ANY POWER THESE AGENCIES HAVE TO WRITE REGULATIONS WAS DELEGATED TO CONGRESS. WE'RE PULLING SOME OF THAT POWER BACK. BACK TO CONGRESS. BACK TO PEOPLE ELECTED BY PE THE PEOPLE AND BACK TO WHERE THE FOUNDING FATHERS PUT IT IN ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THAT'S WHY I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE REINS ACT. IT SAYS IF AN AGENCY ENACTS A REGULATIONLATION THAT HAS AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MORE THAN $100 MILLION THAT HAS TO COME BACK BEFORE CONGRESS FOR A PSTIVE VOTE BEFORE IT TAKES EFFECT. FRANKLY, BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION PUTS ALL THE LEGISLATIVE POWER IN CONGRESS, I THINK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE REGULATIONS SHOULD COME BACK TO CONGRESS BUT THE REINS ACT IS A GREAT START. THROUGHOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION, A FLOOD OF REGULATIONS HAS PUT EXTREME PRESSURE AND BURDENS ON AMERICAN JOB CREATORS AND AMERICAN FAMILIES. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE E.P.A.'S WATTS OF THE U.S. RULE. IT'S A POWER GRAB BY THE E.P.A., ATTEMPTING TO REGULATE ANY BODY OF WATER ON A PRIVATE LAND BASICALLY THAT'S ANY BIGGER THAN A BATHTUB. THIS GOES WAY BEYOND WHAT THE CLEAN WATER ACT SAYS THEY CAN DO. USING THIS NEW INTERPRETATION, THE E.P.A. HAS FULL AUTHORITY TO BULLY LAND OWNING AMERICAN CITIZENS LIKE WYOMING RANCHER ANDY JOHNSON WHO GOT A PERMIT FROM THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO BUILD A STOCK POND SO HIS CATTLE COULD HAVE SOMETHING TO DRINK. GUESS WHAT? THE E.P.A. SAID NO, THEY CAME IN AFTER THE FACT AND SAID IF YOU DON'T TAKE THAT OUT, WE'RE GOING TO HIT YOU WITH $37,500 A DAY IN FINES. FINALLY AFTER DRAWN OUT LITIGATION, THE E.P.A. WAS SLAPPED BACK AND JOHNSON'S $16 MILLION IN FINES WAS ERASED. THIS IS JUST ONE OF BUT MANY EXAMPLES OF THE HUGE POWER GRAB THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE DOING. YOU NEED PEOPLE WHO ARE ELECTED AND ANSWERABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WRITING THE LAWS. NOT UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS. THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE REINS ACT. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO RESTORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER GRANTED TO THIS BODY IN ARTICLE 1. THE REINS ACT IS A GREAT START AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:06:00 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 03:06:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:06:06 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    EXECUTIVE BRANCH AUTHORITY TO MAKE THE LAW, AND NO ONE COULD ARGUE WITH…

    EXECUTIVE BRANCH AUTHORITY TO MAKE THE LAW, AND NO ONE COULD ARGUE WITH THAT. I WILL OINT OUT THAT ARTICLE 2, SECTION 2, SUBSECTION 2-3 IMPOSES ON THE PRESIDENT THE EXECUTIVE, THE OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LAWS, OR TO TAKE CARE THAT THE LAWS ARE FAITHFULLY EXECUTED AND SO RULE MAKING COMES UP UNDER THAT AUTHORITY. THAT CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY. AND SO WHAT WE HAVE IS A MOVE BY THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH TO INTRUDE UPON AND TO INDEED REGULATE, CERTAINLY WE HAVE THAT POWER TO DO SO. BUT IS IT WISE? IS IT PRUDENT? OR DOES IT SIMPLY POSITIVELY IMPACT OUR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS, THE PEOPLE WHO PUT MONEY INTO OUR CAMPAIGNS? IS THAT THE SOLE REASON WHY WE'RE DOING THIS. YOU KNOW. WE NEED TO GIVE CARE AND THOUGHT INTO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE IN CONGRESS, IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. EVEN THOUGH ONE PARTY HAS ALL OF THE POWER NOW, THEY HAVE THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE, THEY HAVE THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, AND THEY HAVE AN INCOMING PRESIDENT, IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY SHOULD GO OFF THE RAILS WITH A PHILOSOPHY THAT IS NOT IN KEEPING WITH WHERE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE. I WOULD POINT OUT TO THEM THAT THERE IS NO MANDATE THAT THEY HAVE. EVEN THOUGH THEY DO HAVE CONTROL OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND THEY HAVE HELD UP, WHAT SOME SAY ACTUALLY STOLEN AN APPOINTMENT FROM THE U.S. SUPREME COURT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS PLACED IN A POSITION TO MAKE LAST FEBRUARY, UPON THE DEMISE, THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF JUSTICE SCALIA. SO SINCE JULY, SINCE FEBRUARY, THE COURT, THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, HAS HAD TO SUFFER THROUGH POLITICS BEING PLAYED BY THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH AND NOT CONFIRMING A PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEE AND NOW THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT UNDER THESE CONDITIONS. AND EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE PLAYED LOOSE AND FANCY WITH THE PROTECTIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND WITH THE WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND INDEED OUR REPUBLIC BY PLAYING THESE POLITICAL GAMES, I WOULD ASK MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF IT, EVEN THOUGH YOU WANT TO GET AT THE E.P.A. TO TRY TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR OIL COMPANIES TO BE ABLE TO POLLUTE OUR ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT REGULATIONS TO PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING. IS THAT GOOD FOR OUR NATION? IS IT GOOD FOR OUR CHILDREN? IS IT GOOD FOR OUR ELDERLY? WHAT DOES IT -- WHERE DOES IT LEAVE US AS FAR AS ASTHMA RATES WHICH CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET IN THIS COUNTRY? DO YOU WANT TO GUT THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM, TO PUT US BACK IN A SITUATION WHERE PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR HOMES AND BANKS ARE BEING BAILED OUT BECAUSE THEY'VE BECOME TOO FAT TO FAIL? DO WE WANT TO PUT OURSELVES BACK IN THAT POSITION AGAIN? WELL IF WE DO, THEN WE WILL PASS REGULATIONS LIKE THIS ONE. SO-CALLED REINS ACT. AND WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    THIS TIME, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR.…

    THIS TIME, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. BISHOP.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BISHOP

    THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS MATTER. I RISE…

    THANK YOU TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS MATTER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 26, THE REINS ACT, WHICH WILL RESTORE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY OF CONGRESS AND REIN IN RUNAWAY GOVERNMENT. AS WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, OUR ECONOMY HAS BEEN STRANGLED BY FEDERAL REGULATIONS WHICH ARE BURYING SMALL BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES. FEDERAL REGULATIONS IMPOSED ON AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS AND HOUSEHOLDS CREATED A STAGGERING ECONOMIC BURDEN OF ALMOST $2 TRILLION IN 2014. THAT'S ALMOST $15,000 PER U.S. HOUSEHOLD AND 11.5% OF AMERICA'S REAL G.D.P. BUT TODAY THE HOUSE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CUT THROUGH THE RED TAPE AND RESTORE THE BALANCE OF POWERS. ECONOMIC GROWTH CANNOT HAPPEN THROUGH WASHINGTON, D.C. IT CAN OBVIOUSLY COME FROM MAIN STREET. THAT'S WHY I ADAMANTLY OPPOSE UNELECTED AND UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS ISSUING THEIR OWN CLOSED DOOR REGULATIONS IN PLACE OF CONGRESSIONAL REGULATIONS. THE REINS ACT WILL RESTORE CONGRESS' ARTICLE 1 POWERS AND GIVE A VOICE BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR H.R. 26 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:12:07 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. TROTH , CURRENTLY A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE BUT SOON TO MOVE TO ANOTHER COMMITTEE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THE STATEMENT OF RANKING MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THE STATEMENT OF RANKING MEMBER JOHN CONYERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE REQUEST WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU LEAVING JUDICIARY, I THINK MR. TROTH , YOU'VE -- MR. TROTT, YOU'VE --…

    YOU LEAVING JUDICIARY, I THINK MR. TROTH , YOU'VE -- MR. TROTT, YOU'VE -- WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING THERE. YOU'RE GOING ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS. I WOULD SAY TO YOU IT'S SURPRISING TO ME THAT THE BLOOMBERG GOVERNMENT REPORT SHOW S THAT OF ALL OF THE JOB CUT ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE BY INDUSTRY DURING THE YEAR 2016, AND THAT WAS A YEAR, BY THE WAY, UNLIKE -- WHICH WAS NOT UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, BASICALLY, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CREATING ABOUT 1.9 MILLION NEW PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS PER YEAR. AND I'M JUST STARTLED BY THIS STATISTIC HERE FOR THE YEAR 2016. . AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF JOB CUT ANNOUNCEMENTS BY REASON. AND THE REASON GIVEN FOR GOVERNMENT REGULATION BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE JOB CUT IS 1,580. THAT'S OUT OF 1.9 MILLION NEW JOBS CREATED DURING THE ENTIRE 2016 YEAR. 1,580 JOBS LOST DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATION. THAT'S ALMOST AS MANY AS WERE LOST DUE TO THE LESS TEARIA OUTBREAK -- LYSTERIA OUTBREAK OR LEGAL TROUBLE. GRAIN DOWNTURN. GOVERNMENT REGULATION, 1,580 JOBS LOST OUT OF 1.9 MILLION CREATED. SO, THIS ARGUMENT THAT WE KEEP HEARING FROM MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT THERE'S A STRANGULATION OR A STRANGLEHOLD ON JOB CREATION BY OBAMA'S REGULATIONS, NOTHING COULD BE MORE FALSE THAN THAT. WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. CHARLIE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE

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    CHARLIE

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    CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:17:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS 15 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS FIVE MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 03:17:59 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. ROTHFUS

    PENNSYLVANIA.

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    CHARLIE

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

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I JUST TALLIED UP THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WOULD BE CREATED BY PASSAGE OF…

    I JUST TALLIED UP THE NUMBER OF JOBS THAT WOULD BE CREATED BY PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I DID THAT BY MULTIPLYING BY EIGHT, THE FIGURE OF 1,580, WHICH IS THE NUMBER OF JOBS LOST DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATION OVER -- IN 2016, AND I MULTIPLIED THAT EIGHT TIMES, I COME UP WITH 12,640 JOBS. THAT'S HOW MANY JOBS WOULD BE CREATED BY THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:21:02 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME THE MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME THE MY PLEASURE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. YOUNG.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. YOUNG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT, LEGISLATION THAT I, MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR, TO HELP BRING EXPENSIVE AND EXPANSIVE REGULATIONS UNDER CONTROL. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, MAJOR REGULATIONS HAVE COST SMALL BUSINESSES, STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INDIVIDUALS, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND HAS COST THEM JOBS. SO THIS IS A COMMONSENSE BILL TO ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY AND TO GIVE AMERICANS GREATER SAY IN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVE COLLINS AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. BY REQUIRING CONGRESS TO APPROVE ANY MAJOR REGULATION WITH AN ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $100 MILLION OR MORE ON THE ECONOMY, THE BILL OPENS THE PROCESS SO OUR CONSTITUENTS, THE PEOPLE, CAN HAVE THEIR VOICE HEARD IN THE PROCESS. I'M ALSO PLEASED AN AMENDMENT I OFFERED LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS ACCEPTED BY THIS BODY, IS INCLUDED IN THE BILL'S BASE TEXT, SECTION 801. THAT PROVISION REQUIRES MORE TRANSPARENCY BY FORCING AGENCIES TO PUBLISH THE DATA AND JUSTIFICATION THEY ARE USING TO ISSUE THE RULE. IT'S IMPORTANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION IN WHICH THESE CONCLUSIONS ARE MADE. SECTION 801 DIRECTS THE REGULATORY BODIES TO POST PUBLICLY THE DATA, STUDY, ANALYSES THAT THEY USE TO COME UP WITH THEIR RULES AND CONCLUSIONS SO THAT WE CAN ALL BE ON THE SAME PAGE. TRANSPARENCY. TOO OFTEN I HEAR CONCERNS FROM IOWANS ABOUT HOW OVERREACHING REGULATIONS ARE HURTING THEIR FARMS, BUSINESSES AND IMPACTING THEIR DAILY LIVES. FROM HOW OUR KIDS ARE TAUGHT, HOW WE MANAGE OUR PERSONAL FINANCES OR EVEN DRAIN THE WATER IN OUR COMMUNITIES, WE'VE SEEN HOW REGULATIONS AND THOSE WHO CRAFT THEM, IT HAS AN ENORMOUS IMPACT. I HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS HOW THESE REGULATIONS ARE OUT OF TOUCH, THEY'LL REFLECT THE BASIC FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANT SECTORS DRIVING OUR ECONOMY, THE DAILY LIVES OF IOWANS AND ALL AMERICANS. THESE REGULATIONS, WHICH HAVE THE FULL FORCE OF LAW, ARE PUTTING AMERICANS OUT OF WORK AND INCREASING COSTS FOR CONSUMERS. THE REINS ACT IS AN IMPORTANT, COMMONSENSE BILL TO HELP ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. WE MUST DO MORE, I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE'S COMMITMENT TO WORK WITH ME ON MY FINGERPRINTS BILL TO ENSURE FURTHER TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY, BY NAMING THOSE WHO OFTEN WRITE THESE REGULATIONS. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, REPRESENTATIVE COLLINS, FOR PRIORITIZING THE REINS ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    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 GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:23:34 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 2.8 MILLION CIVIL SERVANTS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 2.8 MILLION CIVIL SERVANTS OUT THERE , AMERICANS WHO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THAT GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES, THEY HAVE A GOOD MIDDLE CLASS JOB, YOUR JOBS ARE AT STAKE, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, AND THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THAT WE HAVE TOO MANY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. WELL, THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE NOW IS AT THE SAME LEVEL AS THEY WERE IN 2004, WHICH WAS WHEN PRESIDENT BUSH WAS IN OFFICE. AND BASICALLY WE'RE AT A 47-YEAR LOW AS FAR AS THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SINCE 2013. THE FEDERAL REGULATORY REGIME, WHICH IS JUST SIMPLY FEDERAL WORKERS, FEDERAL CIVIL SERVANTS, IS NOT OUT OF CONTROL, BUT YOUR JOBS ARE GOING TO BE LOST WHEN THESE REPUBLICANS FINISH DOING WHAT THEY WANT TO DO TO THESE REGULATIONS. WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:24:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:24:47 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LANCE, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. LANCE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS FINE WORK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY THANKS TO CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS FINE WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT, BECAUSE IT FULFILLS A PROMISE CONGRESS MADE TO AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, ONEROUS REGULATIONS OFF THE BACK -- GET ONEROUS REGULATIONS OFF THE BACK OF JOB CREATORS. IT SETS A VERY REASONABLE STANDARD. IF A NEW REGULATION HAS AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF $100 MILLION OR MORE, IT NEEDS TO COME TO CONGRESS FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. CONGRESS WILL THEN HAVE A SAY. WE WILL DEBATE THE MERITS AND THEN WE WILL DECIDE. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HANDED DOWN A RECORD BREAKING 600 MAJOR NEW REGULATIONS. IMPOSING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS ON THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND MILLIONS OF HOURS OF COMPLIANCE, BUSY -- COMPLIANCE BUSY WORK ON EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALL OF THAT EXCESSIVE RED TAPE PLACES A HUGE BURDEN ON SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES THAT CREATE JOBS IN NEW JERSEY, THE STATE I REPRESENT, AND ACROSS THE NATION. I HAVE TOURED QUITE A FEW BUSINESSES AND THE CONSENSUS IS CLEAR. LET AMERICAN WORKERS INNOVATE, BUILD AND CREATE AND NOT SPEND TIME COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS THAT ARE IMPRACTICAL AND OFTEN A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. THE REINS ACT IS CONSTITUTIONAL. IT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE DOCTRINE BECAUSE IT DOES NOT PERMIT CONGRESS TO OVERTURN VALID REGULATIONS. ALSO, A JOINT RESOLUTION SATISFIES THE BICAMERALISM AND PRESENTMENT REQUIREMENTS OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE REINS ACT WILL BRING AN IMPORTANT CHECK AGAINST OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND FOSTER STRONGER ECONOMIC GROWTH. IT IS AN IMPORTANT START TO THE AGENDA FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS AND I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA -- VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING -- REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS NINE MINUTES REMAINING.

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  • 03:27:03 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:27:08 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I STAND HERE TODAY WITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I STAND HERE TODAY WITH AN URGENT PLEA TO MY COLLEAGUES. WE WERE ELECTED BY THE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES WHO BELIEVE IN OUR VISION OF AMERICA, WHO BELIEVE IN OUR DEDICATION TO DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND ACHIEVABLE. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THE REINS ACT MUST PASS. FEDERAL REGULATIONS IMPOSED ON THE AMERICAN JOB CREATORS AND HOUSEHOLDS, AN ESTIMATED $1.9 TRILLION BURDEN IN 2015, AND WHO PAYS THAT? THE AMERICAN CITIZEN DOES. AND IT COSTS ON AN AVERAGE, AS CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE BROUGHT UP, $15,000 PER U.S. HOUSEHOLD. CAN THAT MONEY -- COULD THAT BE BETTER USED TO OFFSET THE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION? OR MAYBE THE STAGGERING COST OF HEALTH CARE DUE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? LET ME GIVE YOU A REAL-LIFE ILLUSTRATION FROM MY DISTRICT. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, A CONSTITUENT, A DAIRY FARMER, WAS TARGETED BY AN INCREDIBLY VAGUE BROAD -- VAGUE, BROAD WOE TULLS. THE E.P.A. SUED AND WON -- WOE TULLS. THE E.P.A. SUED AND -- WOTUS. THE E.P.A. SUED AND WON THE CASE BECAUSE OF THE VAGUENESS OF THIS RULE AND DETERMINATION IN THE COURT. IT COST MY CONSTITUENT OVER $200,000 IN FINES AND COURT COSTS FOR NATURAL DEPRESSION IN HIS PASTURE THAT THE E.P.A. DETERMINED COULD QUALIFY AS NAVIGABLE WATERS. THE RULE STATES THAT ANY WATER OR ANY LAND THAT BECOMES SEASONABLY WET IS AFFECTED. I LIVE IN FLORIDA. WE GET 54 INCHES OF RAIN A YEAR. THAT'S MY WHOLE STATE OF FLORIDA. THIS IS DOWN RIGHT OUTRAGEOUS. THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY TIMES THE E.P.A.'S OVERSTEPPED ITS AUTHORITY BY ENFORCING VAGUE REGULATIONS UNFAIRLY, ON INDIVIDUALS. THE REINS ACT WILL PREVENT THESE COSTLY JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS FROM GOING INTO EFFECT AND SAFEGUARD AGAINST FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS, IMPOSING HEAVIEST BURDENS ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND THIS WILL INCREASE THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK AND THANK YOU.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:29:20 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I'LL RESERVE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:29:25 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    MR. CHAIRMAN, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. I RISE TODAY IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE REINS ACT, H.R. 26, FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT POINT OUT THAT I'VE HEARD MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL REFER ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS TO THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY AS A WELL-OILED MACHINE. MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE ARE INDEED WELL-OILED MACHINES THAT UNDERGIRD THIS INSTITUTION, BUT I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY IS NOT ONE OF THOSE. WE'VE HEARD THAT THE REGULATORY BURDEN, AS IT RELATES TO LOSS OF JOBS, IS EQUAL TO A LYSTERIA OUTBREAK. WHAT I WOULD SUBMIT IS IF WE COULD AVOID AN OUTBREAK, WOULD WE NOT CHOOSE TO DO JUST THAT? WHILE LOOKING AT THE LOSS OF JOBS AS RELATED TO FEDERAL REGULATIONS, WE OVERSTEP THE ARGUMENT BY AVOIDING THE JOBS NOT CREATED AS A RESULT OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. SHOULD THESE THINGS ALSO NOT BE AMONGST THE ITEMS THAT WE CONSIDER? A WISE MAN ONCE SAID THAT THE BUREAUCRACY WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND TO MEET THE EXPANDING NEEDS OF THE BUREAUCRACY AND IN 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES, INDEED, IT SEEMS WE FINDS OURSELVES IN THAT VERY SITUATION. . AN ARGUMENT THAT THE REINS ACT IS CON STRARE TO THE CONSTITUTION, I WOULD SUBMIT, ARE 180 DEGREES OUT FROM THE TRUTH. ARTICLE 106 THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE POWER TO MAKE LAW TO THIS LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND GIVES THE POWER TO GENERATE REVENUE HERE AS WELL AS SPEND. THE DEFINITION OF LAW, ACCORDING TO THE OXFORD DICTIONARY IS A SYSTEM OF RULE WHICH IS A PARTICULAR COUNTRY OR COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES AS REGULATING THE ACTIONS OF ITS MEMBER WHICH IS IT MAY ENFORCE BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PENALTIES. I WOULD SUBMIT THAT THE REGULATORY OVERREACH WE CONSIDER HERE TODAY IS TANTAMOUNT TO LAW AND EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL IN AND OF ITSELF. MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA SUGGESTED, AND I AGREE, THAT THE REINS ACT IS BUT A GOOD START. THE POWER TO SPEND IS ARTICLE 1. THE POWER TO MAKE LAWS IS ARTICLE 1. REINS IS A BROADER, OR A RUDD OWN THE SHIP OF CONSTITUTIONALITY THAT WILL RIGHT THAT SHIP AND MOVE IT ONLY IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION. REGULATIONS THAT HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE LIBERTY OR PROPERTY RIGHTS OR THE WEALTH OF THOSE EARNED BY THEIR OWN LABOR ARE TANTAMOUNT TO LAW AND INDEED EXTRA -- EXTRAORDINARY CONSTITUTIONALLY AS IT RELATES TO AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH ENTITY AND SHOULD NOT BE EXERCISED. MR. CHAIRMAN, WE HEAR THAT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT WELL, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS TO ENSURE THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE A VOICE IN THE MATTERS OF SPENDING AND LAW MAKING THAT OUR FOUNDERS WHO LAID OUT ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION ENVISIONED AND CURRENTLY THAT IS SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. H.R. 26 IS SIMPLY A STEP BACK TOWARD THAT RIGHT DIRECTION TO CONSTITUTIONALITY AND WITH THAT IN MIND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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  • 03:32:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:32:42 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    STATE OF COLORADO, REPRESENTATIVE PERLMUTTER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PERLMUTTER SPRK THANKS,…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. MR. PERLMUTTER SPRK THANKS, MR. SPEAKER, --

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN SPOKE ABOUT RULE, TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE GENTLEMAN SPOKE ABOUT RULE, TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BUREAUCRATS. WHAT WE REALLY SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IS THE EFFECT OF THIS BILL ON OUR AGENCIES AND HOMELAND SECURITY AND OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES GIVEN THE UNPRECEDENTED INTRUSION BY THE RUSSIANS IN OUR ELECTIONS AND OTHER AFFAIRS OF THIS NATION. AND IF WE DON'T STAY FOCUSED ON THAT LIBERTY AND THE FOUNDATION FOR FREEDOM THAT ANOTHER COUNTRY DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH OUR AFFAIRS, WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE IGNORING THE OATH THAT WE JUST TOOK TWO DAYS AGO. SO I WOULD SUGGEST TO MY FRIENDS, I APPRECIATE THERE CAN BE OVERREGULATION. BUT I WOULD SUGGEST YOU HAVE TO LOOK CLOSELY AT HOW THIS BILL AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR LIBERTIES AND OUR FREEDOM. AND I'M AFRAID IT AFFECTS IT BADLY IN THE FACE OF INTERFERENCE THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY SINCE 1776. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:34:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. KELLY.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KELLY

    MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I COME FROM THE PRIVATE…

    MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I COME FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WHEN I COME TO THE HOUSE AND LISTEN TO THE DEBATE GOING BACK AND FORTH, I ALMOST FEEL LIKE I'M NOT FROM A DIFFERENT PLANET, BUT A DIFFERENT GALAXY. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OVERREGULATION AND THE EFFECTS OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS, LEVELING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE $2 TRILLION AND AN IMPACT TO THE ECONOMY, THEN SOMEBODY OUGHT TO SIT UP AN LISTEN. ALL WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS SCRUTINY. SCRUTINY OF ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATION, ANY EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT COMES OUT, THAT'S GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT OF $100 MILLION OR MORE ON THE ECONOMY. AROUND HERE, $100 MILLION SOUNDS LIKE NOTHING. WHERE I'M FROM, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT WE WOULD EVEN THINK THAT $100 MILLION SHOULD BE THE POINT THAT WE LOOK AT. WHAT COULD BE MORE COMMON SENSE THAT THAT -- THAN TO LOOK AT THE HEAVY BURDEN WE'RE PUTTING ON EVERYDAY AMERICANS AND SAYING THAT SOMEHOW, UNELECTED BUREAUCRAT WHO WAS NEVER WALKED IN THEIR SHOES, WHO HAVE NEVER DONE THEIR JOB, WHO HAVE NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT MEETING A PAYROLL, NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT REGULATIONS AND TAXATION THAT MAKE IT IMPABBLE FOR THEM TO COMPETE AND SAY, THOSE, POOR, STUPID, FOLKS JUST DON'T GET IT. 705,687 PEOPLE IN YOUR DISTRICTS ARE WHO YOU REPRESENT. WHETHER THEY VOTED FOR YOU OR NOT IS NOT THE POINT. THE POINT IS, WE REPRESENT THEM. WHY WOULD CONGRESS CEDE ITS POWER TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO DETERMINE WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE BURDENED WITH? IT IS JUST COMMON SENSE. WHY CAN WE NOT SEE WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF US RIGHT NOW? I INVITE YOU TO PLEASE GO HOME TO YOUR DISTRICT, WALK IN THOSE SHOPS, WALK IN THOSE LITTLE TOWNS, TALK TO THOSE PEOPLE AND FIND OUT THE TWO THINGS THAT INHIBIT THEM FROM BEING SUCCESSFUL ARE OVERTAXATION AND OVERREGULATION. WE CAN HANDLE BOTH OF THOSE THINGS RIGHT HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THIS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT HOUSE. THIS IS NOT A REPUBLICAN HOUSE. THIS IS AMERICA'S HOUSE. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THINGS THAT BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF WE TRULY WANT TO ACT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, LET'S STOP THIS BACK AND FORTH DEBATE ABOUT WHAT REPUBLICANS WANT, WHAT DEMOCRATS WANT, AND LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHO SENT US. THAT'S WHO THE RESPONSIBILITY IS, THE BURDEN WE HAVE ON OUR SHOULDERS. IF WE CAN'T DO THAT, WE OUGHT TO GO HOME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:36:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I HAVE ONLY ONE SPEAKER REMAINING, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID HE'S PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID HE'S PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:37:11 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU. AS FAR AS UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ARE CONCERNED, THAT WE'VE HEARD…

    THANK YOU. AS FAR AS UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ARE CONCERNED, THAT WE'VE HEARD PEOPLE RAIL AGAINST, SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER TODAY, THOSE ARE NOTHING MORE THAN THE CIVIL SERVANTS THAT MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT WORK. THEY PROTECT OUR WATER. PROTECT OUR AIR. THEY PROTECT US, AS A MATTER OF FACT. F.B.I. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT. THESE ARE PEOPLE, GOOD PEOPLE, WHO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY, WORK HARD, LIKE MY DADDY, FOR INSTANCE, HE WAS A CIVIL SERVANT. I GUESS YOU COULD CALL HIM AN UNELECTED BUREAUCRAT. BUT HE DID EVERYTHING DURING HIS JOB THAT HE NEEDED TO DO AND HE RETIRED WITH DIGNITY. AND THERE ARE SO MANY OTHERS WHO WORK FOR THE POST OFFICE, THEY WORK FOR T.S.A., HOMELAND SECURITY. DOING NOTHING BUT WORKING A JOB, HONESTLY, AND THEY DESERVE MORE THAN TO BE REFERRED TO DERISIVELY. AND WE NEED THEM. BUT MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. WE NEED REAL SOLUTIONS FOR REAL PROBLEMS. IN STARK CONTRAST, HOWEVER, THE REINS ACT ATTEMPTS TO ADDRESS A NONEXISTENT PROBLEM WITH A VERY DANGEROUS SOLUTION. WE NEED LEGISLATION THAT CREATES MIDDLE CLASS FINANCIAL SECURITY AND OPPORTUNITY, NOT LEGISLATION THAT SNATCHES THAT AWAY. WE NEED SENSIBLE REGULATIONS THAT PROTECT AMERICAN FAMILIES FROM ECONOMIC RUIN AND THAT BRING PREDATORY FINANCIAL PRACTICES TO AN END. WE NEED WORKPLACE SAFETY REGULATIONS THAT ENSURE HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO GO TO WORK EACH DAY ARE PROTECTED FROM HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS ON THE JOB. WE NEED STRONG REGULATIONS THAT PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THE FOOD THAT WE EAT AND THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE AND THE WATTER THAT WE DRINK. UNFORTUNATELY, H.R. 26 DOES NOTHING TO ADVANCE THOSE CRITICAL GOALS. THIS EXPLAINS WHY MORE THAN 150 ORGANIZATIONS STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION, INCLUDING AMERICANS FOR FINANCIAL REFORM, THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, CONSUMERS UNION, THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS, PUBLIC CITIZEN, THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES. EARTH JUSTICE. THE COALITION FOR SENSIBLE SAFEGUARDS. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ACTION FUND. THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS. AND THE TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH. I THEREFORE URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE H.L. 26 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:40:12 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. DURING THIS DEBATE,…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. DURING THIS DEBATE, MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE RAISED QUITE A FEW FALSE ALARMS. IF THIS BILL PASSES, WHY, ALL IMPORTANT REGULATION WILL STOP, THEY SAY. THAT'S NOT TRUE. ALL REGULATION THAT IS WORTHY OF CONGRESS' APPROVAL WILL CONTINUE. IF THIS BILL PASSES, WHY, EXPERT DECISION MAKING WILL STOP BECAUSE CONGRESS WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON NEW MAJOR REGULATIONS. NOT WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS. THAT'S NOT TRUE. CONGRESS WILL HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THE BEST EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENTS EXPERT AGENCIES CAN OFFER IN SUPPORT OF THEIR NEW REGULATION. CONGRESS IS CAPABLE OF DETERMINING WHETHER THAT EVIDENCE AND THOSE ARGUMENTS ARE GOOD OR NOT AND DECIDING WHAT FINALLY WILL BECOME LAW. THAT IS THE JOB OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ENTRUSTED TO US IN THE CONSTITUTION. WE SHOULD NOT SHIRK FROM IT. I WILL TELL YOU, THOUGH, WHAT WILL STOP IF THIS BILL BECOMES LAW, THE ENDLESS AVALANCHE OF NEW MAJOR REGULATIONS, THEY IMPOSE MASSIVE, UNJUSTIFIED COSTS THAT CRUSH JOBS, CRUSH WAGES AND CRUSH THE SPIRITS OF AMERICA'S FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS. THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT WILL MEAN TO REAL AMERICANS WHO HAVE SUFFERED THE REAL BURDENS OF OVERREACHING REGULATION. SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND LISTEN TO THE MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHICH I WILL, AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME, SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD WHO SUPPORT H.R. 26, THE REINS ACT. SUPPORT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SUPPORT THE REINS ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:41:45 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE BILL SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINNED IN THE REPORT, BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT, EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECK ANYTHING?

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  • 03:42:28 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. OFFERED BY MR. GOODLATTE OF VIRGINIA. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:42:49 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I OFFER THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT JUST AS THE REINS ACT…

    I OFFER THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO ENSURE THAT JUST AS THE REINS ACT STRENGTHENS CONGRESS' CHECK ON RULES THAT IMPOSE MAJOR NEW COSTS ON THE ECONOMY, IT DOES NOT UNDULY DELAY THE EFFECT I HAVENESS OF MANGE NEW DEREGULATORY ACTIONS, THOSE THAT ALLEVIATE REGULATORY BURDENS OF $100 MILLION OR MORE. WHEN FIRST INTRODUCED DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS, THE REINS ACT INCORPORATED THE DEFINITION OF MAJOR RULE IN THE UNDERLYING CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT, GENERALLY. A RULE THAT HAS AN ANNUAL EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY OF $100 MILLION OR MORE. THIS WAS DONE IN THE INTEREST OF CONSISTENCY WITH PRIOR TERMINOLOGY. AND IT'S SWEPT IN BOTH ACTIONS THAT IMPOSED COSTS AND ACTIONS THAT LIFTED COSTS. BUT ESPECIALLY AFTER THE REGULATORY ONSLAUGHT WE HAVE WITNESSED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IT IS TIME TO REVISE THAT DEFINITION. WE SHOULD ASSURE THAT THE REINS ACT FOCUSES CONGRESS' HIGHEST ATTENTION ON THE RULES THAT HURT THE ECONOMY THE MOST. THOSE THAT IMPOSE $100 MILLION OR MORE IN COSTS PER YEAR. WE WOULD LIKE -- SHOULD LIKEWAYS MAKE SURE THAT THE REINS ACT DOES NOT IMPOSE ADDITIONAL HURDLES IN THE WAY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND DESPERATELY NEEDED DEREGULATORY ACTIONS, THOSE THAT FREE THE ECONOMY OF $100 MORE OR MORE IN ANNUAL REGULATORY BURDENS. A DEREGULATORY ACTION WITH THAT LEVEL OF ECONOMIC EFFECT IS ONE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING, NOT SLOWING DOWN. THIS REFINEMENT OF THE REINS ACT'S MAJOR RULE DEFINITION IS ALSO NEEDED TO ENSURE CONSISTENTCY WITH A MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE ACT REFORM LEGISLATION. THE -- LEGISLATION THE HOUSE IS DUE TO CONSIDER NEXT WEEK, THE REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017 THAT MEASURE ALREADY MODERNIZES THE MAJOR RULES STANDARD FOR A.P.A. PURPOSES TO $100 MILLION OR MORE IN ANNUAL COSTS IMPOSED ON THE ECONOMY. THE REINS ACT SHOULD MIRROR IT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MANAGER'S AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:44:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:44:52 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT CLARIFIES THAT A MAJOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE GOODLATTE AMENDMENT CLARIFIES THAT A MAJOR RULE IS ANY RULE WITH AN ANNUAL COST ON THE ECONOMY OF $100 MILLION OR MORE. ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION. THIS AMENDMENT REVISES THE BILL'S DEFINITION FOR A MAJOR RULE TO INCLUDE ANY RULE WITH AN ANNUAL COST OF $100 MILLION OR MORE AS DETERMINED BY THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS, ALSO KNOWN AS OIRA. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT FOCUSES ONLY ON THE COSTS OF REGULATORY PROTECTIONS, WHILE COMPLETELY OVERLOOKING THE MONETARY BENEFITS OF THESE CRITICAL RULES. IT ALSO STRIPS OIRA'S ABILITY TO CONSIDER THE BENEFITS OF A RULE IN CONNECTION WITH A RULE'S COSTS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LOGIC OF THAT IN 2015, THE "WASHINGTON POST" FACT CHECKER BLOG CRITICIZED COST-ONLY REGULATORY ESTIMATES AS MISLEADING. UNBALANCED. AND HAVING SERIOUS METHOD LOGICAL PROBLEMS. THE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC CITIZEN LIKE-WISE OBSERVED IN 2015 THAT IGNORING THE BENEFITS OF REGULATION IS AKIN TO GROCERY SHOPPERS DECIDING TO BUY NO GROCERIES SIMPLY BECAUSE GROCERIES COST MONEY. THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME. EVEN THOMAS DONOHUE, PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HAS STATED THAT MANY OF THESE RULES WE NEED, THEY'RE IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMY AND WE SUPPORT THEM. CONCEDING THAT THE BENEFITS OF REGULAR PROTECTIONS MUST BE CONSIDERED HAND IN HAND WITH THEIR COSTS. INDEED, UNDER BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATIONS, THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET REGULARLY HAS REPORTED TO CONGRESS THAT THE BENEFITS OF REGULATIONS FAR EXCEED THE COSTS. DURING THE THREE HEARINGS ON THE REINS ACT IN PREVIOUS CONGRESSES, WE HEARD FROM THREE DISTINGUISHED WITNESSES THAT THE BENEFITS OF REGULATION ROUTINELY , ROUTINELY OUTWEIGH THEIR COSTS , ACCORDING TO COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS DONE BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET UNDER ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH PARTY AS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE 112TH CONGRESS, SALI CATSON, A FORMER ADMINISTRATOR OF THE O.M.B.'S OFFICE OF INFORMATION AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS, TESTIFIED THAT, QUOTE, NUMBERS ARE STRIKING. ACCORDING TO THE O.M.B., THE BENEFITS FROM THE REGULATIONS ISSUED DURING THE 10-YEAR PERIOD FROM FISCAL YEAR 1999 THROUGH 2009 RANGED FROM $128 BILLION TO $616 BILLION. I WILL REPEAT. BENEFITS FROM REGULATIONS RANGED FROM $128 BILLION TO $616 BILLION. THEREFORE, EVEN IF ONE USES O.M.B.'S HIGHEST ESTIMATE OF COSTS AND ITS LOWEST ESTIMATE OF BENEFITS, THE REGULATIONS ISSUED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS HAVE PRODUCED NET BENEFITS OF $73 BILLION TO OUR SOCIETY. END QUOTE. THOSE ARE THE WORDS OF SALI CATSON. THAT 10-YEAR TIME FRAME ENCOMPASSES THE CLINTON, BUSH AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS. WE ALSO HEARD IN THE 112TH CONGRESS FROM DAVID GOLDSTEIN, A FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE COMMITTEE CHIEF OF STAFF, WHO TESTIFIED THAT, QUOTE, ADMINISTRATIONS UNDER BOTH PARTIES HAVE REVIEWED THE AGGREGATE IMPACT OF REGULATIONS AND FOUND THEIR BENEFITS TO HAVE EXCEEDED THEIR COSTS, AND NOT ALL BENEFITS ARE QUANTIFIABLE, END QUOTE. THEIR TESTIMONY IS BOLSTERED BY THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET'S 2016 DRAFT REPORT TO CONGRESS WHICH NOTES THAT ESTIMATED ANNUAL BENEFITS OF MAJOR FEDERAL REGULATIONS REVIEWED BY O.M.B. OVER THE PAST DECADE, ESTIMATED ANNUAL BENEFITS OF REGULATORY PROTECTIONS ARE BETWEEN $269 BILLION AND $872 BILLION. WHILE REGULATORY COSTS ARE BETWEEN $74 BILLION AND $110 BILLION. MR. SPEAKER, I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT, ONCE AGAIN, BECAUSE IT FOCUSES ONLY ON THE COST OF REGULATORY PROTECTIONS, WHILE COMPLETELY OVERLOOKING THE MONETARY BENEFITS OF THESE CRITICAL RULES. AND FOR THAT REASON I OPPOSE MY COLLEAGUE'S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:50:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME -- THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:50:06 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    ONLY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND NOT…

    ONLY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT AMENDMENT AND NOT LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM DEREGULATORY REFORMS THAT WILL GROW OUR ECONOMY AND SAVE AMERICA'S ECONOMY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE A.I.S HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED -- THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. AYE -- IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:50:49 PM

    MR. MESSER

    I HAVE AND EAMENT AT -- AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-1 OFFERED BY MR. MESSER OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-1 OFFERED BY MR. MESSER OF INDIANA.

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  • 03:50:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    FROM INDIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

    FROM INDIANA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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  • 03:51:08 PM

    MR. MESSER

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS HELP ON THIS AMENDMENT…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR HIS HELP ON THIS AMENDMENT AS WELL. IT'S AN AMENDMENT DESIGNED TO TAKE AN ALREADY VERY GOOD BILL AND MAKE IT JUST A LITTLE BETTER. YOU KNOW, A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, FORMER INDIANA GOVERNOR MITCH DANIELS, USED TO SAY, YOU'D BE AMAZED HOW MUCH GOVERNMENT YOU'LL NEVER MISS. WHEN TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY. SO MUCH OF GOVERNMENT'S EXCESS IS CREATED BY UNELECTED OFFICIALS WHO YIELD ENORMOUS INFLUENCE OVER OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. LAST YEAR FEDERAL AGENCIES ISSUED 18 RULES AND REGULAR LYINGS FOR EVERY ONE LAW THAT PASSED CONGRESS. THAT'S A GRAND TOTAL OF 3,853 REGULATIONS IN 2016 ALONE. IN 2015, FEDERAL REGULATIONS COST THE AMERICAN ECONOMY NEARLY $1.9 TRILLION. T, TRILLION DOLLARS IN LOST GROWTH AND PRODUCTIVITY. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. A $1.9 TRILLION TAX, GOVERNMENT BURDEN, ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT MEANS LOST JOBS, STAGNANT WAGES, AND DECREASING BENEFITS FOR WORKERS. MY AMENDMENT LOOKS TO HELP CHANGE ALL THAT. VERY SIMPLY, MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES EVERY AGENCY ISSUING A NEW RULE TO FIRST IDENTIFY, THEN REPEAL OR AMEND AT LEAST ONE EXISTING RULE. TO OFFSET ANY ANNUAL COSTS, THE NEW RULE WOULD HAVE ON THE U.S. ECONOMY. THIS ISN'T SOME NEW RADICAL IDEA. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP ANNOUNCED HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL IMPLEMENT A NEW PRACTICE THAT FOR EVERY NEW REGULATION, TWO WOULD HAVE TO BE REPEALED. GOVERNMENTS IN CANADA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AUSTRALIA AND THE NETHERLANDS HAVE ALL IMPLEMENTED SITCH SIMILAR VERSIONS OF -- SIMILAR VERSIONS OF ONE IN-ONE OUT WHEN ADDRESSING NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS. IN FACT, IN CANADA, BUREAUCRATS USE THE NEW DIRECTION TO FIND AND CUT MORE RED TAPE THAN WAS EVEN REQUIRED BY THE LAW. MY AMENDMENT GIVES THE NEW ADMINISTRATION THAT SAME FLEXIBILITY. MR. CHAIR, IT'S PAST TIME WE STOP BUREAUCRATIC ABUSE AND SHIFT THE BALANCE A OF POWER FROM GOVERNMENT BACK TO THE PEOPLE, WHERE IT BELONGS. THAT CAN START TODAY BY PASSING THE REINS ACT AND PUTTING OUR GOVERNMENT ON A PATH TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RED TAPE THAT OUR BUSINESSES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEAL WITH EVERY DAY. MR. CHAIR, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT AND THE UNDERLYING BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:53:56 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:54:01 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THAT…

    THANK YOU. I OPPOSE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE THAT AGENCIES OFFSET THE COSTS OF NEW RULES NO MATTER HOW CRITICAL OR MUNDANE THESE PROTECTIONS MAY BE PRIOR TO PROMULGATING NEW RULES. THIS PROPOSAL ALSO REFERRED TO AS REGULATORY CUT-GO APPEARS AS TITLE 2 OF H.R. 1155, THE SEARCHING FOR CUTTING REGULATIONS THAT ARE UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME ACT, OR THE SCRUB ACT. THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS. IN THE CONTEXT OF A VETO THREAT OF THAT BILL, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CAUTIONED THAT THIS REQUIREMENT WOULD MAKE THE PROCESS OF RETROSPECTIVE REGULATORY REVIEW LESS PRODUCTIVE, AND IN THE PROCESS, CREATE NEEDLESS REGULATORY AND LEGAL UNCERTAINTY AND THAT IT WOULD INCREASE COSTS FOR BUSINESSES AND FOR STATES, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, AND IT WOULD ALSO IMPEDE COMMONSENSE PROTECTIONS FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BY ENACTING -- EXCUSE ME, BY ENACTING FEDERAL STATUTES TASKED OR TASKING AGENCIES WITH RESPONSIBILITIES, CONGRESS AUTHORIZES AGENCIES TO CARRY OUT MATTERS THAT ARE TOO COMPLEX, ROUTINE OR TECHNICAL FOR CONGRESS ITSELF TO ADMINISTRATE. WE MUST ENSURE THAT AGENCIES HAVE THE PROPER FLEXIBILITY TO ISSUE NEW PROTECTIONS WITHOUT ENCUMBERING OTHER REGULATIONS WITH POLITICAL OBSTRUCTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:55:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. -- THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS…

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

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  • 03:55:58 PM

    MR. MESSER

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,…

    THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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  • 03:56:01 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AND I RISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA FOR OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF IT. THE CUMULATIVE BURDEN OF FEDERAL REGULATION WILL SURELY BE REDUCED BY THE REINS ACT. BUT THAT BURDEN HAS TWO ELEMENTS. THE BURDEN BEING ADDED BY NEW REGULATIONS AND THE BURDEN ALREADY THERE. THIS AMENDMENT ADDS A USEFUL PROVISION TO THE REINS ACT TO ADDRESS THE ELIMINATION OF UNNECESSARY BURDENS ALREADY IN THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. IT DOES SO MOREOVER IN A MANNER THAT PARALLELS PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S PROMISE TO PURSUE A POLICY OF ONE IN-TWO OUT WHEN IT COMES TO NEW REGULATORY ACTIONS BY HIS ADMINISTRATION. I SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:56:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 03:56:47 PM

    MR. MESSER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK IT'S LONG PAST TIME TO STOP THE RUNAWAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THINK IT'S LONG PAST TIME TO STOP THE RUNAWAY TRAIN OF THE FEDERAL REGULATORY BUREAUCRACY AND I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:56:57 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE A.I.S HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED -- THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO.

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  • 03:57:09 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 114-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA -- 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:57:33 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1114 -- 115-1, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 1114 -- 115-1, OFFERED BY MR. GRIJALVA OF ARIZONA.

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  • 03:57:43 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 03:57:52 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDSES HAVE BEEN TRYING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDSES HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CONVINCE EVERYONE THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE SCARY, UNPOPULAR, AND IN REALITY, AMERICANS SUPPORT FEDERAL RULES THAT PROTECT THEM FROM INJURIES, DISEASES AND DEATH. THEY ALWAYS HAVE AND THEY ALWAYS WILL. THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT DON'T WANT THOSE RULES TO GO AWAY. THEY WANT STRONGER RULES TO PROTECT THEIR JOBS, THEIR PAY, THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR FAIR TREATMENT IN THE WORKPLACE. LET'S REMEMBER THAT IT TAKES YEARS TO FINALIZE MOST RULES. BEFORE AN AGENCY MAKES A RULE, IT CONSIDERS SCIENCE, COST, BENEFITS, PUBLIC STAKEHOLDER INPUT AND PUBLIC COMMENTS. REPUBLICANS HAVE INVENTED STORIES ABOUT SURPRISE REGULATIONS THAT APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE. THESE STORIES SOUND INTERESTING UNTIL YOU REALIZE THEY WERE INVENTED TO HELP THEIR CORPORATE FRIENDS GET WHAT THEY WANT. WE KNOW WHERE THIS LEADS. WHERE THIS WILL LEAD US. BIG BANKS GOT AWAY WITH ROBBING US AND CREATING A MAJOR RECESSION BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T REGULATED STRONGLY ENOUGH. REPUBLICANS THINK THE ANSWER IS MAKING IT HARDER TO REGULATE THEM. IF THIS BILL PASSES, IT WON'T BE THE NAMELESS, FACELESS, UNELECTED CORPORATE C.E.O.'S WHO FEEL THE PAIN, IT WILL BE THE AMERICANS FROM BIG CITIES AND SMALL TOWNS WHO NEED FEDERAL STANDARDS TO KEEP THEIR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN, TO KEEP THEIR WORKPLACE SAFE AND TO MAKE SURE THE PRODUCTS THEY BUY WON'T HURT THEIR FAMILIES. MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES ARE OFFERING AMENDMENTS TODAY THAT EXEMPT CERTAIN KINDS OF RULES FROM THE UNREALISTIC BURDENS THIS BILL CREATES. I SUPPORT THESE AMENDMENTS. MY AMENDMENT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. IT'S NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO -- THE NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO SAVE THIS TERRIBLE BILL, BUT IT TAKES A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT DOING NOTHING CARRIES A MAJOR COST. IT ACKNOWLEDGES HUMAN COSTS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND REQUIRES AGENCIES THAT PROPOSE REGULAR LYINGS TO REPORT HOW A RULE IMPACT -- REGULATIONS TO REPORT HOW A RULE IMPACTS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. IF WE REQUIRE REPORTING A RULE'S COST, WITH YOU WWE SHOULD REPORT ITS IMPACT TO OUR PLANET AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. IT ALSO REQUIRES ANALYSIS OF A RULE'S IMPACT ON LOW INCOME AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHETHER NEW REGULATIONS MANGE BIG BUSINESS AND WALL STREET INVESTORS HAPPY. I THINK IT'S TIME WE AELSE IS THE IMPACTS OF REGULATIONS ON THE URBAN POOR, THE RURAL POOR OR OUR COASTAL NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES ALREADY FLEEING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE OR THE FARMERS IN THE WEST AND SOUTH STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH DROUGHT, FLOODING AND EXTREME WEATHER. . MY AMENDMENT REQUIRES CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF REZUSING -- REDUCING OR INCREASE CARDIOVASCULAR OR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS. IF HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE SO EAGER, THEY SHOULD BE WILLING TO CAST RECORDED VOTES ALLOWING THE RELEASE OF METRIC TONS OF POLLUTION INTO OUR AIR AND PUBLICLY VOTE TO INCREASE THE RATES OF THESE TERRIBLE DISEASES. PASSING THIS AMENDMENT IS A -- IS AT THE VERY LEAST WE CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THE BILL DOESN'T PUT AMERICANS AT RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:01:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:01:33 PM

    >>

    CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    >>

    CONGRESS ON GREENHOUSE GAS IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RULE. IT REQUIRES…

    CONGRESS ON GREENHOUSE GAS IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE RULE. IT REQUIRES AGENCIES TO REPORT ON A RULE'S EFFECT ON LOW-INCOME AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. FURTHER, THE AMENDMENT EXPANDS THE DEFINITION OF MAJOR RULE TO INCLUDE RULES THAT ALLOW INCREASES OF CARBON EMISSIONS BY MORE THAN 25,000 METRIC TONS OR THAT MIGHT INCREASE THE RISK OF CERTAIN DISEASES IN RURAL OR LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. THE REINS ACT ISN'T TO ADDRESS RULES OR REGULATIONS WITH HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY AND NOT OTHERS. IT IS TO RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH THE LARGEST REGULATORY DECISIONS WHERE THE SUBJECT IS INVOLVED. FURTHER AND CONSISTENT WITH THAT, THE CONGRESSIONAL FINDINGS IN ONE POLICY AREA, CLIMATE CHANGE, BUT NO OTHER, HAS NO PLACE IN THE REINS ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE.

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  • 04:02:56 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    HEALTH OR CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND THE EFFECTS ON CONSTITUENTS, THE…

    HEALTH OR CLEAN AIR AND WATER AND THE EFFECTS ON CONSTITUENTS, THE ENVIRONMENT OR THE COST TENANT ANT WITH INCREASED ILLNESSES AND WITH THAT SWEEPING DEREGULATION PROCESS THAT IS BEING PROPOSED BY THE MAJORITY, WE HAVE AN EXPOSURE ON ISSUES OF PUBLIC HEALTH, CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER AND THE REGULATIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MY AMENDMENT JUST REQUIRES THAT IF THIS SWEEPING CHANGE IS TO OCCUR THAT MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TAKE THE VOTES THAT WOULD RELEASE ADDITIONAL METRIC TONS INTO THE ATMOSPHERE, THAT WOULD PROMOTE AN INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF DISEASE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IS HARMFUL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS ONE OF DISCLOSURE AND ACCOUNTABILITY. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:04:02 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:04:08 PM

    MR. MARINO

    RESERVED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS THE REMAINING TIME.

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    MR. MARINO

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT --

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  • 04:04:25 PM

    MR. GRIJALVA

    ON THAT, I WOULD REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FUFERT PROCEEDINGS ON THE -- FURTHER…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FUFERT PROCEEDINGS ON THE -- FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1.

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  • 04:04:48 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 04:05:11 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    MY AMENDMENT IS TO ENSURE THAT POLICIES THAT PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CANCER,…

    MY AMENDMENT IS TO ENSURE THAT POLICIES THAT PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CANCER, ASTHMA ATTACKS OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE ARE NOT DELAYED OR DENIED. FOR EXAMPLE, THE CLEAN AIR ACT, WHICH HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAS IMPROVED OUR HEALTH AND PROTECTED ALL AMERICANS FROM HARMFUL TOXIC AIR POLLUTION SUCH AS OWES OWN, SULFUR DIOXIDE AND PARALLEL -- PARTICLE POLLUTION, WE NEED THE BEST SCIENCE. TOXIC POLLUTANTS SUCH AS OZONE ARE LINKED TO ASTHMA, HEART AND LUNG DISEASE AND RESULT IN HUNDREDS OF DEATHS A YEAR AND UP TO 100 MISSED DAYS OF SCHOOL AND OUR KIDS ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THIS POLLUTION BECAUSE THEIR LUNGS ARE DEVELOPING AND ON AVERAGE THEY TAKE DEEPER BREATHES AND PLACE THEM AT HIGHER RISK. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION SAYS INHAILING SMOG POLLUTION IS LIKE GETTING A SUNBURN ON YOUR LUNG AND RESULTS IN IMMEDIATE BREATHING TROUBLE. I REMEMBER BACK IN THE EARLY 1970'S WHAT THE AIR WAS LIKE IN MY HOMETOWN IN TAMPA. WE HAD A LOT OF INDUSTRIAL USERS AT THE PORT OF TAMPA, A LOT OF INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, AND I HAVE SEEN THE PROGRESS OVER TIME THAT THE CLEAN AIR ACT HAS BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY. WE ARE NOT LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. WE ARE STRONGER, BETTER AND HEALTHIER BECAUSE OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT. SO LET'S NOT GO BACKWARDS. LET'S NOT THROW A ROAD BLOCK LIKE THE REINS ACT INTO THE MIX HERE. BUT WE DO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY COMMUNITIES IN AMERICA THAT CONTINUE TO SUFFER AND THEY ARE OFTEN THE UNDERSERVED, ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED COMMUNITIES. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN WORKING CLASS COMMUNITIES OFTEN BEAR THE BANKRUPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION BECAUSE THE ONLY HOMES THEY CAN AFFORD ARE OFTEN LOCATED NEAR INDUSTRIAL SITES. 78% OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS LIVE WITHIN 30 MILES OF AN INDUSTRIAL POWER PLANT AND 71% OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS LIVE IN COUNTIES THAT VIOLATE FEDERAL AIR POLLUTION STANDARDS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, A STUDY BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND FOUND THAT OUR LATINO NEIGHBORS ARE LIKELY THREE TIMES TO DIE FROM ASTHMA. LET'S NOT GO BACKWARDS. BECAUSE WHAT THE REINS ACT DOES, IT REALLY COMPLICATES THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES. LET'S NOT GO BACKWARDS, BECAUSE IT'S NOT ONLY OUR FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS THAT WOULD SUFFER, IT'S ALSO OUR ECONOMY THAT SUFFERS -- THAT WOULD SUFFER AS WELL. THIS TYPE OF REGULATORY SCHEME OF MIRRORS AND FALSE PROMISES WOULD CREATE GREAT UNCERTAINTY FOR MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES. AND THE CLEAN AIR ACT IS ONE EXAMPLE. THESE CLEAN AIR PROTECTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE A GREAT TRACK RECORD AND WE HAVE GROWN AS A COUNTRY. THE ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS TRIPLED. OUR ECONOMIC BASE HAS MORE THAN TRIPLED. CLEAN AIR PROBINGS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS GO HAND-IN-HAND WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH. SINCE 1970, WE HAVE CUT HARMFUL AIR POLLUTION BY 70% WHILE OUR ECONOMY HAS GROWN LIKE GANGBUSTERS. I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE YOUR ICE ON THE TAMPA BAY AREA WHEN WE HAVE THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN TAMPA WITH ALABAMA VERSUS ALABAMA VERSUS CLEMSON AND LOOK AT OUR CLEAN SKIES AND I WISH WE COULD BE BACK THERE. IT HASN'T BEEN ALL THAT WAY WHEN YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSET ACROSS TAMPA BAY, THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE REGULATORY CLIMATE. IF YOU HAVE TO COME BACK TO CONGRESS FOR EVERY SINGLE LITTLE NEW POLICY THAT IS BASED ON UPDATES AND NEW SCIENCE, THAT'S GOING TO COMPLICATE EVERYONE'S LIVES. I WORRY AT THE OUTSET OF THIS NEW CONGRESS BECAUSE THE FIRST BILL PASSED YESTERDAY WAS ONE THAT SHORT CIRCUITED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND NOW THIS BILL APPEARS TO BE A LATE CHRISTMAS GIFT TO CORPORATE POLLUTERS WHO PUT PROFITS OVER PEOPLE. YOU CAN PROVE ME WRONG BY SUPPORTING THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:09:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:09:54 PM

    MR. MARINO

    CLAIM TIME TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS EXEMPTS FROM THE…

    CLAIM TIME TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. THIS EXEMPTS FROM THE BILL ANY RULE REDUCING CANCER, PREMATURE MORTALITY AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN CHILDREN, BUT DO NOT BE TOOLED. THIS IS NOT REDUCING ILLNESSES BUT TRANSFERRING THE POWER TO DECIDE HOW BEST TO DO SO FROM ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO UNACCOUNTABLE BUREAUCRATS. GOVERNMENT COULD SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE TEENAGE MORTALITY BY BARRING TEENAGED DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD. OF COURSE THERE WOULD BE A SUBSTANTIAL COST TO THAT POLICY AND THERE ARE LESS BURDENSOME WAYS TO RECEIVE THE SAME REDUCTIONS IN MORTALITY. THE RIGHT DECISION REQUIRES A BALANCING OF INTERESTS. AGENCIES CAN PROVIDE VALUABLE EXPERTISE BUT WHEN THERE IS A LOCALITY OF STAKE, HOW BEST TO STRIKE THAT BALANCE IS PROPERLY MADE BY ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. THAT IS THE INTUITION BEHIND THE REINS ACT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL POINT THAT IS LOST ON THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT. REDUCING SERIOUS DISEASE IS A GOAL THAT ALL MEMBERS SHARE. THIS BILL DOES NOT FRUSTRATE THAT GOAL BUT ENSURES THAT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES DECIDE HOW BEST TO ACHIEVE THAT POLICY SO THAT OUR REPUBLIC REMAINS GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE AS THE CONSTITUTION DESIGNED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:11:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:11:28 PM

    MS. CASTOR

    OF COURSE THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS ALL POWER TO GO BACK TO POLICY MAKING…

    OF COURSE THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY HAS ALL POWER TO GO BACK TO POLICY MAKING AFTER AN TOUCHDOWN ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY MAKES A DETERMINATION, BUT WE ARE NOT MICROMANAGERS BUT LEGISLATORS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE CASTOR AMENDMENT. IF YOU WON'T CREATE AN EXCEPTION TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH, I WONDER YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO RECOGNIZE THE FUNDAMENTAL CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS OF THIS GOVERNMENT. IT'S ONE THAT RELIES ON CHECKS AND BALANCE ASES AS THE BASIS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CASTOR AMENDMENT BUT OPPOSE THE REINS ACT IN THE END. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:12:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MARINO

    I REELED BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:12:50 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 04:13:00 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:13:07 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 26 WOULD EXEMPT RULES CONCERNING PUBLIC HEALTH OR…

    MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 26 WOULD EXEMPT RULES CONCERNING PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY FROM THE BURDENSOME REQUIREMENTS OF THAT LEGISLATION. SIMPLY PUT WHEN A RULE IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC, IT'S CRITICAL THAT THE RULE BE PUT INTO EFFECT WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY. IF THIS LEGISLATION IS ENACTED WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT, IT WILL CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR AGENCIES TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC WELFARE. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BRING TO A GRINDING HALT CRITICAL RULEMAKING SUCH AS RULES RELATING TO THE TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, CLEAN AIR REGULATIONS BY THE E.P.A. AND WORKER PROTECTION STANDARDS BY OSHA. THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTED A SIGNIFICANT RULE THAT BY MAY 2018, ALL NEW VEHICLES MUST HAVE REARVIEW CAMERAS. IT WILL REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF BACKOVER CRASHES. UNDER THE REINS ACT THIS WILL REQUIRE AN UNJET PARTICULAR TIME LINE. FOR EVERY YEAR THIS RULE WOULD BE DELAYED, THE TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION ESTIMATES THERE WOULD BE ON AVERAGE 15,000 INJURIES AND 257 FATALITIES RESULTING FROM BACKOVER CRASHES. PROPONENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION MAY ARGUE THAT H.R. 26 CONTAINS AN EMERGENCY EXEMPTION WHICH ALLOWS A RULE TO TAKE INTO EFFECT SAYING THERE IS AN IMMINENT HEALTH TO SAFETY. THE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE MAY BE GREAT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC REMAINS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD HINDER THE ABILITY OF AGENCIES TO FULFILL THIS OBLIGATION PLACING AMERICANS AT DEBATER RISK. IN ITS PRESENT FORM, THE COALITION FOR SENSIBLE SAFEGUARDS AND ALLIANCES OF CONSUMER, LABOR AND PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS PRESENT DIFFICULTIES BY ALLOWING CONGRESS TO VETO RULES THAT PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY WOULD BE AN OBSTRUCTION THAT PLAGUES OUR SOCIETY. THE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CAN YOU COUNCIL WHICH REPRESENTS 200 BUSINESSES OPPOSES H.R. 26 BECAUSE IT WOULD PLACE THE BURDENEN OF PROOF ON CONSUMERS. SHIFTING RESPONSIBILITY AWAY FROM POWERFUL CORPORATE INTERESTS. WHILE MY AMENDMENT WILL NOT CURE THIS LEGISLATION IT WILL ADDRESS ONE OF THE MOST GLARING FLAWS, BY PROTECTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. AND I RESERVE. . .

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  • 04:15:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE --

  • 04:15:58 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MARINO

    HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY REGULATIONS SERVE IMPORTANT GOALS, AND THE BILL…

    HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY REGULATIONS SERVE IMPORTANT GOALS, AND THE BILL DOES NOTHING TO FRUSTRATE THE EFFECTIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF THOSE GOALS. BUT FEDERAL HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY REGULATIONS CONCITY INSTITUTES AN IMMENSE PART OF TOTAL REGULATION AND HAS BEEN THE SOURCE OF MANY OF THE MOST ABUSIVE, UNNECESSARILY EXPENSIVE AND JOB-WAGE DESTROYING REGULATIONS. TO REMOVE THESE AREAS OF REGULATION FROM THE BILL WOULD SEVERELY WEAKEN THE BILL'S IMPACT AND INCREASE THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM AND THE CONGRESS TO THE PEOPLE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:16:49 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:16:53 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY GOOD FRIEND JUST MADE AN ASSERTION THAT NOTHING IN THIS…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY GOOD FRIEND JUST MADE AN ASSERTION THAT NOTHING IN THIS LEGS, IT DOES NOTHING TO FRUSTRATE THE GOALS OF PROTECTING HEALTH AND SAFETY. OF COURSE IT DOES. IT PREVENTS IMPLEMENTATION OF RULES WHICH IN FACT PROTECTS HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY. IF MY AMENDMENT PASSES, IT WOULD DO NOTHING TO FRUSTRATE IT. WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT IT PREVENTS IMPLEMENTATION OF A RULE THAT MAY IN FACT OR WOULD IN FACT PROTECT THE HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT. IT'S A REASONABLE EXEMPTION THAT WILL ENSURE WE PROTECT THE WELL-BEING AND THE HEALTH OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, AND I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:17:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. MARINO

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT --

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  • 04:17:48 PM

    MR. CICILLINE

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:18:09 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK AND ASK IT BE REPORTED.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. CONYERS OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. CONYERS OF MICHIGAN.

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  • 04:18:20 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 04:18:28 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM H.R. 26, THE REINS ACT, RULES…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM H.R. 26, THE REINS ACT, RULES ISSUED TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LEAD IN PUBLIC DRINKING WATER. THE INJECTION OF LEAD, OF COURSE, CAUSES SERIOUS, HARMFUL EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH, EVEN AT LOW EXPOSURE LEVELS, AND THAT'S WHY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS SET THE MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL FOR THIS TOXIC METAL IN DRINKING WATER AT ZERO. ACCORDING TO THE E.P.A., YOUNG CHILDREN, INFANTS AND FETUSES ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE TO THE LEAD BECAUSE THE PHYSICAL AND BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF LEAD IS AT LOWER LEVELS -- IN CHILDREN, LOW LEVELS OF EXPOSURE HAVE BEEN LINKED TO DAMAGE TO CENTRAL AND PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. LEARNING DISABILITIES, SHORTER STATURE, IMPAIRED HEARING AND IMPAIRED FORMATION AND FUNCTION OF BLOOD CELLS. TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE FLINT WATER CRISIS, WHICH I HAVE SOME LITTLE EXPERIENCE WITH, WHICH WAS A PREVENTABLE HUB HEALTH DISASTER. WHILE MUCH BLAME FOR THE FLINT WATER CRISIS LIES WITH UNELECTED OFFICIALS WHO PRIORITIZE SAVING MONEY OVER SAVING LIVES, THE PRESENCE OF LEAD IN DRINKING WATER IS UNFORTUNATELY NOT UNIQUE TO FLINT. IN FACT, THE DRINKING WATER OF POTENTIALLY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS MAY BE CONTAMINATED BY LEAD. AND SO MY AMENDMENT HIGHLIGHTS ONE OF THE MOST PROBLEMATIC ASPECTS OF H.R. 26, THAT IT COULD SLOW DOWN OR COMPLETELY BLOCK URGENT RULEMAKINGS THAT PROTECT HEALTH AND SAFETY. THIS IS BECAUSE MEMBERS SIMPLY LIKE THE REQUISITE SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TO INDEPENDENTLY ASSESS THE BONAFIDES OF MOST REGULATION WHICH ARE OFTEN THE PRODUCT OF EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS BY AGENCIES AS WELL AS INPUT FROM ENTITIES AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC. AS A RESULT, MEMBERS WOULD HAVE TO MAKE THEIR OWN DETERMINATION BASED ON THEIR OWN, USUALLY INEXPERT USE AND LIMITED INFORMATION. WORSE YET, SOME MAY BE PERSUADED TO DISAPPROVE A RULE IN RESPONSE TO WIDE-RANGING INFLUENCE EXERTED BY OUTSIDE SPECIAL INTERESTS THAT FAVOR PROFITS OVER SAFETY. MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY PRESERVES CURRENT LAW WITH RESPECT TO REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE CONTAMINATION OF DRINKING WATER BY LEAD. AND SO ACCORDINGLY, I SINCERELY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:22:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    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 PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:22:08 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I RISE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MARINO

    THE AMENDMENT SEEKS TO CARVE OUT FROM THE REINS ACT REFORMS, REGULATIONS…

    THE AMENDMENT SEEKS TO CARVE OUT FROM THE REINS ACT REFORMS, REGULATIONS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF LEAD IN PUBLIC DRINKING WATER. BUT LIKE OTHER AMENDMENTS, THIS AMENDMENT IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT ACHIEVING A PARTICULAR HEALTH OR SAFETY RESULT. THIS IS ABOUT TAKING THE DECISION ON THE BEST HOW TO DO THAT AWAY FROM ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AND HANDING IT DOWN TO UNELECTABLE BUREAUCRATS. AGENCIES CAN PROVIDE VALUABLE EXPERTISE, BUT WHEN THERE'S A LOT AT STAKE, THE ULTIMATE DECISION ON HOW TO BEST TO STRIKE THE BALANCE IS PROPERLY MADE BY ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. THIS IS THE INTUITION BEHIND THE REINS ACT AND THE FUNDAMENTAL POINT IS LOST ON ITS OPPONENTS. PREVENTING DANGEROUS LEVELS OF LEAD IN OUR DRINKING WATER IS A GOAL ALL MEMBERS SHARE. THIS BILL DOES NOT FRUSTRATE THAT GOAL. IT MERELY ENSURES THAT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES DECIDE HOW BEST TO ACHIEVE THAT POLICY SO THAT A REPUBLIC REMAINS GOVERNED BY THE PEOPLE AS THE CONSTITUTION DESIGNED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:23:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:23:31 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MODIFY MY REQUEST TO ALLOW THE…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MODIFY MY REQUEST TO ALLOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:23:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN ASKING TO RECLAIM HIS TIME?

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    MR. CONYERS

    I ASK TO RECLAIM THE TIME, SIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. CONN THEN, I AM PLEASED TO YIELD --

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    MR. CONYERS

    THEN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A…

    THEN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TWO MINUTES.

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  • 04:24:06 PM

    THE CHAIR

    AND A HALF OF WHAT'S REMAINING FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN'S TIME.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK THE SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HIS AMENDMENT. PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS IS ONE OF THE CORE RESPONSIBILITIES OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND CONGRESS AND TRUSTS MUCH OF ITS AUTHORITY TO FEDERAL AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT THIS OBLIGATION. THIS AMENDMENT SIMPLY PRESERVES CURRENT LAW WITH RESPECT TO REGULATIONS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE CONTAMINATION OF DRINKING WATER BY LEAD. AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS OBSERVED IN THE CONTEXT OF A VETO THREAT TO A SUBSTANDIVELY IDENTICAL VERSION OF THIS BILL LAST CONGRESS, THE REINS ACT WOULD DELAY AND IN MOST CASES THWART IMPLEMENTATION OF STATUTORY MANDATES AND EXECUTION OF DULY ENACTED LAWS, CREATE BUSINESS UNCERTAINTY, UNDERMINE MUCH-NEEDED PROTECTIONS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, AND CAUSE UNNECESSARY CONFUSION. UNFORTUNATELY, AS I NOTED IN MY OPENING STATEMENT, THE REINS ACT WOULD DELAY AND WORSE YET POSSIBLY STOP MAJOR RULES FROM GOING INTO EFFECT, INCLUDING THOSE THAT ARE NEEDED TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING, INCLUDING THOSE THAT REQUIRE US TO KEEP LEAD FROM DRINKING WATER. SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE TYPICALLY THE PRODUCT OF A TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE PROCESS THAT INCLUDES EXTENSIVE INVESTIGATION, ANALYSIS AND INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS. IT IS NO ANSWER TO SAY THAT H.R. 26 CONTAINS A LIMITED EMERGENCY EXCEPTION. THAT PROVISION IS INSUFFICIENT. IT MERELY ALLOWS A MAJOR RULE TO TEMPORARILY TAKE EFFECT WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL FOR 90 DAYS. SO WITH THAT, I WILL YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:26:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

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

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  • 04:26:14 PM

    MR. MARINO

    IT'S ABOUT TIME WE IN D.C., IN CONGRESS TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITY BACK FROM…

    IT'S ABOUT TIME WE IN D.C., IN CONGRESS TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITY BACK FROM UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS AND MAKE THESE DECISIONS. WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS WHAT OVERBURDENSOME REGULATION HAS DONE TO THIS COUNTRY AS FAR AS CRUSHING JOBS . WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:26:38 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 04:26:51 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:27:09 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE TO -- AS DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON…

    I RISE TO -- AS DESIGNEE OF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, SHEILA JACKSON LEE, TO PRESENT HER AMENDMENT IN HER ABSENCE.

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  • 04:27:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-1 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT NUMBER 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA.

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  • 04:27:29 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 04:27:37 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT EXEMPTS FROM THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT EXEMPTS FROM THIS BILL'S ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL, THE CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL REQUIREMENT THAT ANY PROPOSED RULE THAT'S MADE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF PRODUCTS USED OR CONSUMED BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 2 IS NOT HURT BY THIS BILL. THIS AMENDMENT SHOULD PASS FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. IF PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY MEAN ANYTHING, IT SURELY MUST INCLUDE THE PROTECTION OF OUR CHILDREN. BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL VULNERABILITY OF YOUNG CHILDREN, ANY REGULATION AFFECTING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY MUST NOT BE DELAYED. UNFORTUNATELY, IF THIS BILL PASSES, AS WRITTEN, WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THE YOUNG CHILDREN WILL BE VULNERABLE TO PRODUCTS THAT ARE UNSAFE AND THAT COULD HURT THEM. AND FOR THIS REASON, SHEILA JACKSON LEE HAS OFFERED THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH I SUPPORT. FOR EXAMPLE, A REGULATION MEANT TO PROTECT A CHILD FROM DEATH OR INJURY FROM CONTAMINATED FORMULA, SUCH A RULE WOULD BE IMPEDED IMPEDED OR THE PROMULGATION OF SUCH A RULE AND THE ENACTMENT OF THAT RULE WOULD BE IMPEDED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION, AND THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DECLARE THAT IN THAT CASE THE RULE WOULD NOT APPLY. OR THIS LEGISLATION WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM THIS LEGISLATION. SO TOXIC CHEMICALS, DANGEROUS TOYS OR DEADLY FALLS FROM UNSAFE PRODUCTS COULD BE AVOIDED, AND SO, THEREFORE, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PROTECT CHILDREN UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. AND SO THOSE KINDS OF RULES NEED TO BE IMPLEMENTED PROMPTLY TO SAVE LIVES. AND FOR THAT REASON, THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT DESERVES YOUR SUPPORT. I HOPE THAT YOU CAN SUPPORT IT OUT OF YOUR HEART, AND WITH THAT I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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  • 04:30:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:30:17 PM

    MR. MARINO

    TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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    MR. MARINO

    AMENDMENT IS PROTECTING CHILDREN. WHILE SAFETY IS A GOAL OF ALL MEMBERS…

    AMENDMENT IS PROTECTING CHILDREN. WHILE SAFETY IS A GOAL OF ALL MEMBERS THAT WE SHARE, BUT TO SHIELD BUREAUCRATS WHO WRITE CHILD SAFETY REGULATIONS FROM ACCOUNTABILITY OF CONGRESS IS NO WAY TO GUARANTEE CHILD SAFETY. THE ONLY THING IT WOULD GUARANTEE IS LESS CAREFUL DECISION MAKING AND MORE INFLUENCE OF BUREAUCRATS. CONSTITUTION AND TRUST THE AUTHORITY TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND ALL CITIZENS FROM HARMFUL PRODUCTS FLOWING IN INTERSTATE COMMERCE. WHILE SHE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE THAT WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS TO PROTECT CHILD SAFETY WHEN WE DELEGATE LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO REGULATORY AGENCIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:31:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:31:22 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THE FACELESS, NAMELESS DEADLY BUREAUCRATS OUT HERE WHO MEAN THE PUBLIC…

    THE FACELESS, NAMELESS DEADLY BUREAUCRATS OUT HERE WHO MEAN THE PUBLIC HARM, THOSE ARE ARE OUR RELATIVES, OUR MOTHERS AND FATHERS WHO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE THE CIVIL SERVANTS THAT SERVE US. THEY ARE NOT NAMELESS AND FACELESS PEOPLE OF BAD WILL AND BAD INTENT. THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY AND TRY TO PROTECT US AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING FOR WITH THIS AMENDMENT IS FOR THERE TO BE A CARVE OUT TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US, OUR CHILDREN. THEY LEGISLATION IS BASED ON THE FAULTY PREMISE THAT THE COSTLY REGULATIONS OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS. WHAT IS THE BENEFIT WHEN IT COMES TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF A CHILD? THE PEOPLE WHO PROMULGATE THESE RULES MEAN TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN AND THIS AMENDMENT GOES TO THAT ABILITY OF THE REGULATORS TO DO THAT. SOMETIMES REGULATION IS GOOD. SO EVEN THOUGH A COUPLE OF JOBS MIGHT GO AWAY BECAUSE OF THE REGULATION, ISN'T IT THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN THAT A COUPLE OF JOBS COULD NOT REACH FRUITION? I MEAN, LET'S LOOK AT IT -- EVERYTHING IS NOT COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS. SOMETIMES THERE IS SOME HUMANITY IN THE MIX THAT WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO THINK ABOUT IT ONE MORE TIME AND BE IN FAVOR OF THE VERY REASONABLE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:33:28 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:33:32 PM

    MR. MARINO

    REINS ACT DOESN'T PREVENT THE BUREAUCRACY OR AGENCIES MAKING…

    REINS ACT DOESN'T PREVENT THE BUREAUCRACY OR AGENCIES MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS TO CONGRESS, IT SIMPLY SAYS CONGRESS WILL HAVE THE LAST WORD AND NOT A HANDFUL OF BUREAUCRATS WHOM MANY DO NOT HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THIS AREA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO NOT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT BUT SUPPORT THE REINS ACT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:33:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT --

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  • 04:34:06 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA…

    FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1.

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  • 04:34:22 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE MR. CHAIR IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 26.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 8 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:34:44 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 26, WHICH WOULD EXEMPT FROM THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY AMENDMENT TO H.R. 26, WHICH WOULD EXEMPT FROM THE BILL RULES THAT IMPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT, RETENTION AND WAGES OF WORKFORCE PARTICIPANTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. SINCE ONE OF THE JUSTIFICATIONS OR THE MAIN JUSTIFICATION FOR THIS UNDERLYING LEGISLATION IS TO PROMOTE JOB GROWTH FROM CORPORATE TITANS AT THE EXPENSE, BY THE WAY, OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OF AMERICANS. AT LEAST WE COULD EXEMPT FROM THE BILL RULES THAT IMPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT, RETENTION AND WAGES OF WORKFORCE PARTICIPANTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE IN 2009, HE INHERITED THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THIS ECONOMIC QUAGMIRE WAS CREATED BY MISGUIDED REPUBLICAN POLICIES THAT RESULTED ON RECKLESS DECISIONS ON WALL STREET THAT COST MILLIONS OF AMERICANS THEIR HOMES AND JOBS. SO IN OTHER WORDS, THE GREAT RECESSION WHICH WAS CAUSED BY THE COLLAPSE OF THE FINANCIAL MARKET DUE TO AN UNRELIABILITY AND INSTABILITY OF THE PREDATORY LENDING MARKET WHICH HAD TAKEN HOLD AND SO MUCH PAPER OUT THERE ON WALL STREET WHICH WAS WORTHLESS BECAUSE IT WAS BASED ON THESE HOPES THAT PEOPLE COULDN'T PAY THE NOTES FOR AND ALL OF THAT WAS CAUSED BY DEREGULATION, LACK OF REGULATION . NOW WE HAVE A PERIOD WITH DODD-FRANK COMING INTO PLAY AND THE FINANCIAL MARKETS IMPROVING THE PROTECTION AND ECONOMIC SECURITY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES INCREASING, BEING STRENGTHENED AND NOW AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS, WE GET LEGISLATION TO GUT THE DODD-FRANK REGULATION AND OTHER REGULATIONS THAT WOULD PROTECT PEOPLE FROM EXCESSES OF THE CORPORATE COMMUNITY. AND I'M JUST ASKING IN THIS AMENDMENT THAT WE DON'T LET IT APPLY IN THE CASE OF SITUATIONS WHERE THE BILL IMPROVES EMPLOYMENT REDETENTION OR WAGES OR WORK FORCE PARTICIPANTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. AND SO ACCORDING TO LEADING ECONOMIC INDICATORS, PRIVATE-SECTOR BUSINESSES HAVE CREATED 15.6 MILLION NEW JOBS. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED TO WELL BELOW 5% TO THE LOWEST POINT IN NEARLY A DECADE AND INCOMES ARE RISING FASTER WHILE THE POVERTY RATE HAS DROPPED TO THE LOWEST POINT SINCE 1968. THIS HAS ALL OCCURRED DURING AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS PRO-ENVIRONMENT, PRO--CLEAN ENERGY AND PLOWL PRO-WORKFORCE SAFETY. DURING THIS TIME, OUR NATION HAS DOUBLED ITS PRODUCTION OF CLEAN ENERGY AND REDUCED OUR CARBON EMISSIONS FASTER THAN ANY OTHER NATION AND GAS IS $2 A BARREL. DESPITE THESE OPPRESSIVE REGULATIONS THAT THE OTHER SIDE COMPLAINS ABOUT, THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO REMAIN OUT OF WORK, UNDEREMPLOYED OR HAD NOT SEEN SIGNIFICANT WAGE GROWTH POST RECESSION. CONGRESS SHOULD BE WORKING ACROSS PARTY LINES TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO STAGNANT WAGES SUCH AS A PUBLIC INVESTMENT AGENDA THAT WILL INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND DOMESTIC OUTPUT WHILE TURNING THE PAGE OF OUR HISTORIC UNDERINVESTMENT IN OUR ROADS, BRIDGES AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. CHAIR, THIS BILL, THE REINS ACT IS NOT A JOBS BILL BUT A LEGISLATIVE HACKSAW TO THE CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS THAT ENSURE OUR NATION IS CLEAN AND HOMES AND CONSUMERS' PRODUCTS ARE SAFE. WITH THAT, I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:39:50 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MARINO

    ACT REGULATES ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT, RETENTION IN EARNINGS,…

    ACT REGULATES ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT, RETENTION IN EARNINGS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. THE DANGER IN THE AMENDMENT IS THE STRONG INCENTIVE IT GIVES AGENCIES TO MANIPULATE THEIR ANALYSIS OF MAJOR REGULATIONS' JOB AND WAGES IMPACT. AGENCIES WILL BE TEMPTED TO SHAVE THE ANALYSIS TO SKIRT THE BILL'S CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL REQUIREMENT. IN ADDITION, REGULATIONS ALLEGED TO CREATE NEW JOBS OFTEN DO SO BY DESTROYING EXISTING JOBS AND CREATING NEW HOPE-FOR JOBS ASSOCIATED WITH REGULATORY COMPLIANCE. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, THE E.P.A., CLEAN AIR ACT RULES HAVE SHUT DOWN EXISTING POWER PLANTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THROWING MILLIONS OF WORKERS OUT OF WORK. THEY TEMPT TO JUSTIFY THAT WITH CLAIMS THAT MORE NEW GREEN JOBS HAVE BEEN CREATED. THIS IS A WAY THAT GOVERNMENT PICKS THE JOBS' WINNERS AND LOSERS AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT ALL OF THE NEW GREEN JOBS WILL EVER ACTUALLY EXIST. THE REINS ACT IS NOT INTENDED TO FORCE ANY PARTICULAR OUTCOME AND DOES NOT CHOOSE BETWEEN CLEAN AIR AND DIRTY AIR AND DOES NOT BETWEEN NEW JOBS AND OLD JOBS. THE REINS ACT CHOOSES BETWEEN TWO WAYS OF MAKING LAWS. IT CHOOSES THE WAY THE FRAMERS INTENDED WHICH ACCOUNTABILITY FOR LAWS WITH MAJOR ECONOMIC IMPACTS RESTS WITH CONGRESS. IT REJECTS THE WAY WASHINGTON HAS OPERATED FOR TOO LONG AND THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY BECAUSE DECISIONS ARE MADE BY UNELECTED AGENCY OFFICIALS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 04:41:55 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS NO TIME REMAINING.

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    MR. MARINO

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT AND THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:42:26 PM

    MR. NADLER

    I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK.

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  • 04:42:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. NADLER AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 04:42:46 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM THE BILL ANY REGULATIONS THAT…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM THE BILL ANY REGULATIONS THAT PERTAIN TO NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY. MY AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE N.R.C. TO CONTINUE TO ISSUE RULES MAKING IT EASIER TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM POTENTIAL NUCLEAR DISASTER. THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION WOULD GRIND THE GEARS OF LAW MAKING TO A HALT BY REQUIRING REGULATIONS TO BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY CONGRESS SM THE REGULATIONS WOULD BE BLOCKED IF EVEN ONE CHAMBER DECLINES TO PASS AN APPROVAL RESOLUTION. THE GOAL IS TO STOP THE REGULATORY PROCESS IN ITS TRACKS REGARDLESS OF THE IMPACT ON PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. ONE EXAMPLE THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE RISKS AND DANGERS OF THIS LEGISLATION IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS AMENDMENT, NUCLEAR POWER. THE WORLD WATCHED IN HORROR WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE AND RESULTING TSUNAMI DEFICIENT VATED AREA AROUND JAPAN A FEW YEARS AGO. THAT DISASTER CAUSED THE MELTDOWN OF THREE ACTORS AT THE POWER PLANT. THE MELTDOWN LED TO THE RELEASE OF RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, THE EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE POWER PLANT AND THE DISPLACEMENT CONSEQUENTLY OF 156,000 PEOPLE. LAST MONTH, JUST LAST MONTH, SEABORNE RADIATION WAS DETECTED ON THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SAME YEAR AS THE JAPAN'S MELTDOWN, THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE FELT UP AND DOWN THE EASTERN SEABOARD. THE EARTHQUAKE REQUIRED A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO GO OFFLINE AND SERVED AS A WAKEUP CALL THAT OUR REACTORS NEEDED ADDITIONAL SAFETY PROTOCOLS. FOR ME, THIS CONCERN IS CLOSE TO HOME. INDIAN POINT, WHICH HAS SUFFERED NUMEROUS MALFUNCTIONS, LESS THAN 40 MILES AWAY FROM MY NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT. 20 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS AROUND THE PLANT THE SAME RADIUS USED AS THE EVACUATION ZONE. INDIAN POINT SITS NEAR TWO EARTHQUAKE FAULTS AND ACCORDING TO THE N.R.C. IS THE MOST LIKELY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN THE COUNTRY TO HAVE CORE DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF AN EARTHQUAKE. PREVENTION OF METDOWNS IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL. SINCE THE JAPAN MELTDOWN, THE N.R.C. HAS ISSUED NEW ROWLS TO WITHSTAND EARTHQUAKES AND BACKUP POWER TO AVOID A MELTDOWN. THE N.R.C. MUST ISSUE NEW REGULATION TO SAFEGUARD THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF ALL AMERICANS. THIS BILL IS INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED SO NEW AND IMPORTANT REGULATIONS INCLUDING THOSE TO PREVENT A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT MELTDOWN WHICH COULD AFFECT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL LIKELY NEVER BE PUT IN PLACE. CONGRESS DELEGATES AUTHORITY TO EXECUTIVE AGENCIES BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE THE EXPERTISE OR THE TIME TO CRAFT ALL TECHNICAL REGULATIONS OURSELVES. WE SHOULD DEFER TO THE ENGINEERS TO DETERMINE AFTER CAREFUL STUDY THAT A PARTICULAR REGULATION IS CRITICAL TO OUR SAFETY AND SAFE OPERATION OF A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. THIS, WOULD HOWEVER ALLOW CONGRESS TO SUBSTITUTE THEIR VIEWS. THIS WEEK, WE BEGAN A NEW CONGRESS AND WE WILL HAVE A NEW ADMINISTRATION ALL CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS. BETWEEN THIS BILL AND THE MIDNIGHT RULES BILL WE PASSED YESTERDAY, THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE THEIR FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS TO DISMANTLE THE REGULATORY PROCESS REGARDLESS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. THIS THESE ARE THE PRIORITIES WE SHOULD EXPECT IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. WE SHOULD TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE ANTI-REGULATORY AGENDA DOES NOT HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE NADLER AMENDMENT TO EXEMPT NUCLEAR SAFETY REGULATIONS FROM THE ONEROUS REQUIREMENTS OF THE UNDERLYING BILL. .

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  • 04:47:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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  • 04:47:20 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MARINO

    THAT PERTAIN TO NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY STANDARDS, REINS ACT SUPPORTERS…

    THAT PERTAIN TO NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY STANDARDS, REINS ACT SUPPORTERS BELIEVE IN NUCLEAR SAFETY. WE WANT TO GUARANTEE THAT REGULATORY DECISIONES THAT PERTAIN TO NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY ARE THE BEST DECISIONS THAT CAN BE MADE. BUT THAT IS PRECISELY WHY I OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. BY ITS TERMS THE AMENDMENT SHIELDS FROM THE REINS ACT'S CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL PROCEDURES, NOT ONLY MAJOR REGULATIONS THAT WOULD RAISE NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY STANDARDS BUT ALSO REGULATIONS THAT WOULD LOWER THEM. ALL MAJOR REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY STANDARDS, WHETHER THEY RAISE OR LOWER STANDARDS, SHOULD FALL WITHIN THE REINS ACT. THAT WAY AGENCIES WITH AUTHORITY OVER NUCLEAR REACTOR SAFETY WOULD KNOW THAT CONGRESS MUST APPROVE THEIR MAJOR REGULATIONS BEFORE THEY GO INTO EFFECT. THAT PROVIDES A POWERFUL INCENTIVE FOR AGENCIES TO WRITE THE BEST POSSIBLE REGULATION. ONES THAT CONGRESS CAN EASILY APPROVE. IT IS THE SOLUTION THAT EVERYONE SHOULD SUPPORT BECAUSE IT MAKES CONGRESS MORE ACCOUNTABLE AND ENSURES AGENCIES WILL WRITE BETTER RULES WHILE AMERICANS WILL BE SAFER FOR IT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:48:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 REMAINS SECONDS.

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  • 04:48:43 PM

    MR. NADLER

    YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION. I THANK THE CHAIR. MR. CHAIRMAN, NUCLEAR…

    YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION. I THANK THE CHAIR. MR. CHAIRMAN, NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS ARE A TREMENDOUS DANGER TO THE LIFE AND SAFETY OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT PROVIDES THAT IF THE N.R.C. MAKES A REGULATION, CONGRESS CAN SAY NO. THAT'S APPROPRIATE. BUT TO SAY THAT CONGRESS HAS TO APPROVE ANY REGULATION IN ADVANCE, WHEN THERE MAY BE THOUSANDS OF REGULATIONS OR HUNDREDS OF REGULATIONS FROM DIFFERENT AGENCIES, THEY MAY NOT GET TO IT. WE MAY NOT HAVE TIME TO STUDY IT AND LIVES ARE AT SAKE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. THAT'S WHY THIS AMENDMENT AT LEAST CUTS OUT NUCLEAR MELTDOWN REGULATIONS, NUCLEAR SAFETY REGULATIONS TO SAY CONGRESS CAN VETO THEM APPROXIMATE IT DOESN'T AGREE. BUT BUT -- THEM IF IT DOESN'T AGREE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:49:34 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS…

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

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  • 04:49:37 PM

    MR. MARINO

    ONCE AGAIN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PROVEN HOW THOUSANDS OF REGULATIONS…

    ONCE AGAIN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PROVEN HOW THOUSANDS OF REGULATIONS HAVE CRUSHED JOBS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY. ONCE AGAIN, THE REINS ACT DOES DESIGNATE AND ALLOWS AND WANTS AGENCIES TO MAKE DECISIONS AS FAR AS WHAT THEY THINK THE LAW SHOULD BE AND SEND IT TO CONGRESS. WE DO HAVE THE TIME. WE HAVE THE RESOURCES. WE HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE FULL COMMITTEES. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE SUBCOMMITTEES. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE EXPERTS COME IN AND TESTIFY. BUT YET WE STILL NEED TO GET BACK THAT THE 535 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, MAKE THE FINAL DECISION AND NOT A HANDFUL OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS. I RESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:50:15 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT --

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  • 04:50:27 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE?

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    MR. NADLER

    I DO.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SOOK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:50:52 PM

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    MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE FOR

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. MCNORTHWESTERNY OF CALIFORNIA. -- MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:51:16 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    PIPELINES THREATEN THE SAFE AND HEALTH OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THIS…

    PIPELINES THREATEN THE SAFE AND HEALTH OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THIS AMENDMENT WILL ENSURE THAT ANY RULE INTENDED TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY OF NATURAL GAS OR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PIPELINES IS NOT CONSIDERED A MAJOR RULE UNDER THIS BILL AND WOULD THEREFORE BE EASIER TO CREATE. PIPELINE SAFETY IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. CONGRESS HAS SHOWN, ISSUING REGULATIONS RELATED TO PIPELINES IS A PRIORITY AS EVIDENT WITH THE ENACTMENT OF THE PIPES ACT LAST YEAR. HOWEVER, THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 26, CONTRADICTS THIS HISTORICAL PRECEDENT, WON'T PREVENT ANY RULE GOING FORWARD. PIPELINES CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES OR DEATHS AND HARMS THE ENVIRONMENT. THERE'S APPROXIMATELY 2.9 MILLION MILES OF PIPELINES IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY TRAVEL THROUGH RURAL AND URBAN AREAS, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS, COASTLINES, INLAND AREAS. EVERYONE IS IMPACTED. QUALITY CONTROL MEASURES, NEW INFRASTRUCTURE AND OVERSIGHT ARE PARAMOUNT. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE SEEN THE DEVASTATING IMPACT OF PIPELINE INCIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING SEVERAL ACCIDENTS AND SPILLS IN CALIFORNIA IN RECENT YEARS. SUCH AS THIS SPILL IN SANTA BARBARA THAT RELEASED MORE THAN 100,000 GALLONS OF CRUDE OIL. WE'VE SEEN HOW LIQUID SPILLS CAN DEVASTATE THE PEOPLE AND ECONOMIES IN PLACES LIKE MICHIGAN AND THE IRREPLAYERSABLE NATURAL RESOURCES LIKE THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER IN MONTREAL OR THE PRECIOUS COASTLINE OF -- IN MONTANA OR THE PRECIOUS COASTLINE IN SANTA BARBARA. THESE CAUSE SUPPLY SHORTAGES AND PRICE INCREASES THAT IMPACT AMERICANS FAR FROM THE SITE OF THE ACCIDENT. THE COLONIAL PIPELINE ACCIDENT LAST SEPTEMBER IN ALABAMA LEAKED ROUGHLY 8,000 BARRELS OF GASOLINE AND SAW PRICES INCREASE BY UP TO 31 CENTS A GALLON IN METROPOLITAN AREAS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WE WANT EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT, BUT IN REALITY PIPELINE SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO DUPLICATIVE AND TIME-CONSUMING ANALYSES, INCLUDING RIGOROUS RISK ASSESSMENT AND COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS REQUIRED BY THE PIPELINE SAFETY STATUTE. THESE ALREADY DUPLICATIVE REVIEW REQUIREMENTS ARE AMONG THE TOP REASONS WHY THE PIPELINE AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION INCREASINGLY LAGS BEHIND THE CONGRESSIONAL MANDATE TO ISSUE THE RULES TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM DANGEROUS PIPELINE INCIDENTS. IN FACT, THIS IS THE SUBJECT OF GREAT DEAL OF DISCUSSION WHEN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE MARKED UP THE PIPELINE SAFETY RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL LAST YEAR. I WORKED WITH CHAIRMAN UPTON AND RANKING MEMBER PALLONE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. AS BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGREED THAT THE DUPLICATIVE REVIEWS CURRENTLY REQUIRED ARE ALREADY SLOWING DOWN THESE CRITICAL SAFETY LAWS, IT'S FRUSTRATING AND DANGEROUS. WHILE WE MADE PROGRESS IN THE PIPES ACT, I BELIEVE WE SHOULD DO MORE. THE LAST THING WE NEED IS ONE MORE LAYER OF BUREAUCRACY TO FURTHER SLOW DOWN IMPLEMENTATION OF CRITICAL PROTECTIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY IN THE ENVIRONMENT. WE NEED TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACTS ON SPILLS OR WHEN INCIDENTS DO OCCUR. THIS INCLUDES AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF VALVES, LEAK DETECTION, TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE RUPTURE. A VOTE FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS THE VOTE FOR THE SAFETY FOR THE PUBLIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT. IT'S A VOTE TO PROTECT THE LAND AND WATER THAT ARE THREATENED BY THOSE SPILLS, AND IT'S A VOTE FOR INDUSTRY THAT WANTS CERTAINTY AND CLARITY AND DOESN'T WANT TO OR BENEFIT FROM WAITING YEARS FOR RULES TO BE FINALIZED. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IN AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:55:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:55:26 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I RISE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. MARINO

    THE AMENDMENT SEEKS TO CARVE OUT FROM THE REINS ACT'S REFORMS REGULATIONS…

    THE AMENDMENT SEEKS TO CARVE OUT FROM THE REINS ACT'S REFORMS REGULATIONS THAT CONCERN NATURAL GAS OR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, PIPELINE SAFETY OR THE PREVENTION OF PIPELINE SPILLS AND THEIR ADVERSE IMPACTS. WE ALL SUPPORT PIPELINE SAFETY AND THE PREVENTION OF HARMS FROM PIPELINE SPILLS, BUT THERE'S NO ASSURANCE THAT THE AMENDMENT WOULD GUARANTEE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THOSE GOALS. ON THE CONTRARY, THE AMENDMENT WOULD SHIELD PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS THAT ACTUALLY THREATEN TO DECREASE SAFETY. THEY ALSO WOULD SHIELD FROM THE BILL'S CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS NEW IDEOLOGICAL DRIVEN REGULATIONS INTENDED TO IMPEDE'S AMERICA'S ACCESS TO CHEAP, CLEAN NATURAL GAS. AND THE LEGISLATIVE BODY IS THE LEGISLATIVE BODY. WE ARE TRYING TO HAVE OVERSIGHT OVER THE BUREAUCRACY. THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IS NOT A BUREAUCRACY. IT'S A LEGISLATIVE BODY, ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION THAT REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND, THEREFORE, THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE THE LAST SAY IN WHETHER SOMETHING BECOMES LAW OR NOT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:56:44 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS REMAINING 610EKDS.

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  • 04:56:48 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. --

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    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR UZZ HIS REMAINING 60 SECONDS.

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  • 04:56:59 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT FOR THE AGENCY TO GO INTO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THE GENTLEMAN IS RIGHT FOR THE AGENCY TO GO INTO THE DETAILS IN CREATING THESE RULES. I KNOW THAT THE OTHER SIDE IS OPPOSED TO THE RULES. THEY'VE BEEN TOUTING ABOUT REGULATIONS, BUT POOR REGULATIONS REDUCES JOBS TOO. IT CREATES MONOPOLIES. IT CREATES POLLUTION. BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS PUBLIC SAFETY, AND I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC SAFETY, WHAT'S GOING TO PROTECT LIVES, PROPERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND THAT'S WHAT THIS BILL -- THAT'S WHAT THIS AMENDMENT DOES. IT'S SIMPLE. IT EXEMPTS PIPELINE SAFETY FROM H.R. 26, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 04:57:48 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 04:57:51 PM

    MR. MARINO

    WHAT BETTER GROUP SUCH AS THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE OR OTHER…

    WHAT BETTER GROUP SUCH AS THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE OR OTHER COMMITTEES HERE, THE FULL COMMITTEES, THE SUBCOMMITTEES WOULD BE LOOKING OUT AND SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT FOR THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE WELFARE THAN THE 435 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS? WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:58:09 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 04:58:19 PM

    MR. MCNERNEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I CALL FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WILL BE POSTPONED. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:58:37 PM

    MR. SCOTT

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

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:58:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT,…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:58:56 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, MY AMENDMENT WOULD EXEMPT FROM COVERAGE UNDER THE REINS ACT ANY RULE WHICH PERTAINS TO WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY MADE BY THE OCCUPATIONAL SSAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, OR OSHA, OR THE MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, MSHA, THAT IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT OR REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF TRAUMATIC INJURY, CANCER OR IRREVERSIBLE LUNG DISEASE. I'M OFFERING THIS AMENDMENT BECAUSE WE SHOULD NOT BE CREATING OBSTACLES TO THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND LIMB. WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT REPEALING SUCH WORKPLACE RULES, AND ACTUALLY THREES -- THESE CONCERNS ARE NOT THEORETICAL. THERE WAS A REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FREEDOM CAUCUS THAT ACTUALLY CALLS FOR THE REPEAL OF MULTIPLE SAFETY AND HEALTH RULES. ONE OSHA RULE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WOULD REDUCE SLIP, TRIP AND FALL HAZARDS, WHICH -- ARE ACTUALLY A LEADING CAUSE OF WORKER DEATHS AND LOSS TO WORK DAY INJURIES, WE FOUND THIS RULE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE 1971, AND OSHA HAS CALCULATED OVER 10 YEARS THE RULE WILL PREVENT NEARLY 300 WORKER DEATHS AND MORE THAN 58,000 LOST TIME INJURIES. CASH BENEFIT OF THE RULE IS PROTECTED TO BE OVER $3 BILLION OVER 10 YEARS. ANOTHER RULE AT RISK IS THE MODERNIZATION OF OSHA'S EXPOSURE LIMIT, A 70-YEAR-OLD HEALTH STANDARD THAT WAS OBSOLETE EVEN BEFORE IT WAS ISSUED. . WORKERS DEVELOPED INCURABLE AND FREQUENTLY FATAL ILLNESSES, ONE KNOWN AS CHRONIC BERYLLIUM DISEASE, ALSO INCREASED RISK OF LUNG CANCER IN THE 1940'S, WORKER AT THE ATOMIC PLANTS WERE DEVELOPING THIS. TWO SCIENTISTS AGREED TO SET THE EXPOSURE LIMIT AT TWO MICROGRAM PERS CUBIC METER OF AIR WHILE SITTING IN THE BACK OF A TAXICAB ON THE WAY TO THE MEETING. THIS DISCREDITED STANDARD IS OFTEN CALLED THE TAXICAB STANDARD BECAUSE THERE'S NO DATA TO SUPPORT IT. THERE'S NOW SIGNIFICANT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO SHOW IT FAILED TO PROTECT WORKERS. THE COST OF KEEPING THE SO-CALLED TAXICAB STANDARD IS ESTIMATED AT THE LOSS OF NEARLY 100 LIVES PER YEAR. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THIS RULE IS UPDATED AND IT IS IN FINAL STAGES AFTER 18 YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT THE FINALIZED RULE IS EXPECTED TO COME OUT SOON. OTHER RULINGS INVOLVE MINE SAFETY AND OTHER SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERNS. THE REINS ACT WOULD MAKE IT HARDER TO PROTECT WORKERS' HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE BILL WOULD CREATE MORE BUREAUCRACY BY REQUIRE ANYTHING MAJOR RULE RECEIVE BICAMERAL LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT WITHIN 70 LEGISLATIVE DAYS PRIOR TO THE RULE TAKING EFFECT. IT EVEN INCLUDES A REACH BACK TO CONSIDER RULES FROM LAST SPRING. A SINGLE HOUSE OF CONGRESS COULD BLOCK A RULE THAT RAISES CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS, ALLOWING A ONE-HOUSE VETO. IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. MY AMENDMENT ENSURES THE CENTRAL WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS ARE NOT JEOPARDIZED BY THIS FLAWED LEGISLATION. I URGE A YES VOTE ON MY AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:02:25 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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    I RISE RESPECTFULLY TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE MR. SCOTT TO CLAIM THE TIME…

    I RISE RESPECTFULLY TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE MR. SCOTT TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 05:02:37 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THIS --

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    MR. MARINO

    THIS AMENDMENT CARVES OUT. BUT IT IS NOT ABOUT REDUCING INJURIES, IT'S…

    THIS AMENDMENT CARVES OUT. BUT IT IS NOT ABOUT REDUCING INJURIES, IT'S ABOUT TRANSFERRING POWERS, HOW BEST TO DO SO, FROM ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO BUREAUCRATS. ARIVING AT THE RIGHT DECISION REQUIRES A DELICATE BALANCING OF INTERESTS. AGENCIES CAN PROVIDE VALUABLE EXPERTISE BUT WHEN THERE'S A LOT AT STAKE, THE ULTIMATE DECISION ON HOW BEST TO STRIKE THE MANS IS PROPERLY MADE BY ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE. S THE INTUITION BEHIND THE REINS ACT AND THAT FUNDAMENTAL POINT THAT IS LOST ON ITS OPPONENTS. PREVENTING WORKPLACE INJURY IS A GOAL ALL MEMBERS SHARE. THIS BILL DOES NOT FRUSTRATE THAT GOAL, IT MERELY ENSURES THAT ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES MAKE THE FINAL CALL ABOUT MAJOR DECISIONS SO THAT A REPUBLIC REMAINS GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE AS THE CONSTITUTION FRAMERS DESIGNED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE.

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  • 05:03:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HIS REMAINING 90 SECONDS.

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  • 05:04:01 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN I YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN I YIELD 90 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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  • 05:04:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 90 SECONDS.

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    FOR 90 SECONDS.

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    MR. CONSIDERATE NEE

    CHAMBER. MR. CONSIDERATE NEE: A BUNCH OF WORKERS LOST THEIR LYES IN A…

    CHAMBER. MR. CONSIDERATE NEE: A BUNCH OF WORKERS LOST THEIR LYES IN A HORRIFIC EXPLOSION BECAUSE THERE WAS A NATURAL GAS BLOW WHEN THEY INTENTIONALLY PUT NATURAL GAS THROUGH A PIPE TO CLEAN IT. THIS IS A PRACTICE THAT MANUFACTURERS HAVE SAID WAS AN UNSAFE PRACTICE. THAT WASN'T FOLLOWED THIS DAY, SIX MEN LOST THEIR LIVES. ONE OF THEM WAS A FRIEND OF MINE. IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE WORKPLACE STANDARD WAS THERE, BUT THERE'S NO WORKPLACE STANDARD IN OSHA WHICH AGAIN IS TRAPPED IN THE REGULATORY PROCESS. THIS BILL IS JUST GOING TO DO NOTHING BUT ADD ADDITIONAL OBSTACLES SO THAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES THAT OSHA IS REALLY ABOUT, IT'S ABOUT COMPLIANCE, NOT RETRIBUTION. THERE WAS A $16 MILLION FINE IMPOSED AFTER THE FACT. THE CONTRACTOR WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND PAID JUST A FRACTION OF IT. THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO PROTECT WORKERS' LIVES. LET'S ALLOW A HEALTHY REGULATORY PROCESS SO PEOPLE LIKE RONNIE CRABB WON'T LOSE THEIR LIVES IN THE FUTURE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE SCOTT AMENDMENT AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 05:05:26 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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    MR. MARINO

    YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK? THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 05:05:48 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    ON THAT, I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

  • 05:05:51 PM

    THE CHAIR

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN ASK FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE?

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    MR. SCOTT

    I ASK FOR A ROLL CALL VOTE.

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    THE CHAIR

    I HAVE --

  • 05:06:11 PM

    MR. SKING

    I HAVE --

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    MR. KING

    IVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DISK.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHLORIC WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA.

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    MR. KING

    I'VE BEEN A LONG AND STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE REINS ACT. I WANT TO…

    I'VE BEEN A LONG AND STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE REINS ACT. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT CONGRESSMAN GEOFF DAVIS OF KENTUCKY FOR INTRODUCING AND CRAFTING THAT LEGISLATION. WHILE HE WAS DOING THAT, I WAS DRAFTING A BILL THAT I NAMED THE SUNSET ACT. I LOOK AT IT FROM THE BROAD SCOPE OF THIS THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF REGULATIONS THAT EXIST AND HAVE EXISTED FOR DECADES AND SOME OF THEM ARE BURDENSOME. SOME OF THEM ARE NOT. BUT THE EFFECT OF THE REINS ACT, WHICH I CERTAINLY WILL SUPPORT ON FINAL PASSAGE, HOPEFULLY WITH THE KING AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN IT, BUT THE REINS ACT DE FACTO GRANDFATHERS IN EXISTING REGULATIONS. SO IT'S ONLY PROSPECTIVE. IT ADDRESSES THE MAJOR REGULATION GOING FORWARD BUT NOT THOSE WE ARE STUCK WITH SUCH AS THE WATTS OF THE UNITED STATES, THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, THE OVERTIME RULE, THE FIDUCIARY RULE, THE NET KNEW RALITY RULE, DODD-FRANK RULES AND HEAVEN FORBID THE OBAMACARE RULES SHOULD WE FAIL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. WHAT THE KING AMENDMENT DOES IS, IT DIRECTS AND ALLOWS THE AGENCIES AND THE EXICK -- -- AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO SEND A MINIMUM OF 10% OF THEIR REGULATIONS TO CONGRESS EACH YEAR FOR THE DURATION OF A DECADE, ENCOMPASSING A FULL 100% OF THE REGULATIONS IN PLACE AT THE TIME OF PASSAGE AND ENACTMENT OF THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THAT GIVES CONGRESS, THEN, AUTHORITY AND A VOTE OVER ALL OF THIS IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO AMEND THAT LEGISLATION. WE CAN PASS THEM ALL EN BANC OR AMEND THEM ACCORDINGLY. WE CAN DO WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS EP VISIONED WE SHOULD DO, AND THAT IS THE ESSENCE OF THIS. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP HAS MADE SOME STRONG PLEDGES ON DRAMATICALLY REDUCING REGULATION IN THE UNITED STATES. HE DOESN'T HAVE THE TOOLS WITHOUT THE KING AMENDMENT. AND WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:08:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:08:19 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    TO RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE KING AMENDMENT.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    WHICH ESTABLISHING AND IDIOSYNCRATIC PROCESS, ESTABLISHING AN AUTOMATIC…

    WHICH ESTABLISHING AND IDIOSYNCRATIC PROCESS, ESTABLISHING AN AUTOMATIC SUNSET OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTECTIONS. IT REQUIRES THAT AGENCIES CONDUCT AN ANNUAL REVIEW OF CURRENT RULES TO DESIGNATE 10% OF ITS EXISTING RULES TO BE ELIMINATED WITHIN 10 YEARS OF THE BILL'S ENACTMENT UNLESS CONGRESS ENACTS A JOIN RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL FOR ELIGIBLE BILLS. I UNDERSTAND TO THE LISTENING PUBLIC THAT THAT SOUNDS KIND OF COMPLICATED BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THEMENT TO DO AWAY , MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THEY WANT TO DO AWAY WITH NET NEUTRALITY. WHICH WAS SOMETHING THAT A FEDERAL AGENCY REQUIRES. REQUIRES. SO IF YOU WANT THE NET, THE INTERNET WHICH WE ALL BUILT AND PAID FOR THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THROUGH OUR TAXES, AND THEN WE TURNED IT OVER THTH PRIVATE SECTOR, BUT WE STILL HAVE A PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE NET BEING NEUTRAL SO THAT ALL TRAFFIC FLOWS EQUALLY OVER THE WEB WITHOUT SOME BEING SLOWER THAN OTHERS, ACCORDING TO HOW MUCH YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY, THAT'S NOT FAIR. AND SO THIS KING AMENDMENT IS A PART OF A REGULATORY SCHEME PROPOSED BY THIS LEGISLATION, THE REINS ACT WHICH IS GOING TO HURT AMERICANS. IT'S GOING TO HURT YOUR HEALTH, THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE WHEN YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO HAVE CLEAN WATER, CLEAN FOOD, EDIBLE FOOD, SAFE PRODUCTS, CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, I MEAN, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT THE REINS ACT GETS AT. IT DOESN'T WANT AMERICANS TO BE HEALTHY. IT DOESN'T WANT THE INTERNET TO BE NEUTRAL. WHY? BECAUSE CORPORATE AMERICA AND WALL STREET PUT PEOPLE IN OFFICE TO DO THEIR BIDDING. THAT'S WHAT THE REINS ACT IS ALL ABOUT. THIS KING AMENDMENT WILL MAKE IT WORSE. UNDER CURRENT LAW, FEDERAL AGENCIES ALREADY CONDUCT AN EXTENSIVE RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW PROCESS OF EXISTING RULES AND HAVE ALREADY SAVED TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COST SAVINGS. SINCE 2011, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE A DURABLE COMMITMENT TO ENSURING RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF EXISTING REGULATORY PROTECTION. UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDERS 13563 AND 13610, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS REQUIRED THAT AGENCIES -- HAS REQUIRED THAT OF AGENCIES. ACCORDING TO HOWARD SHALANSKI, OF THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW INITIATIVE HAS ACHIEVED AN ESTIMATED $37 BILLION IN COST SAVINGS, REDUCED PAPERWORK AND OTHER BENEFITS FOR AMERICANS FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS. FURTHERMORE, AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STATED IN THE CONTEXT OF A VETO THREAT OF A SIMILARLY DRACONIAN ANTI-REGULATORY PROPOSAL IN A PREVIOUS CONGRESS,S THE -- IT IS IMPORTANT THAT RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW EFFORTS NOT UNNECESSARILY CONSTRAIN AN AGENCY'S ACT TO PROVIDE A TIMELY RESPONSE TO CRITICAL PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY ISSUES OR CONSTRAIN ITS ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT NEW STATUTORY PROVISIONS. THAT IS WHAT THE KING AMENDMENT WOULD DO. IN FACT, BECAUSE AGENCIES ARE ALREADY COMMITTED TO A THOROUGH REVIEW PROCESS TO IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE REGULATORY BURDENS, IT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR AGENCIES TO MAKE ADDITIONAL CUTS WITHOUT SEVERELY AFFECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. LASTLY, WHILE THE MAJORITY HAS REPEATEDLY NOTED THAT H.R. 26 IS FORWARD-LOOKING LEGISLATION, THIS AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE THE BILL APPLY RETROACT ILY TO PROTECTIONS AND SAFEGUARDS THAT EXIST AT THE BILL'S DATE OF ENACTMENT. A BOLD ATTEMPT TO GUT PROTECTIONS ADOPTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING NET NEUTRALITY. I OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME AND WITH THAT, I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:12:58 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. EFOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. EFOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:13:03 PM

    MR. KING

    INQUIRE AS TO HOW MUCH TIME MAY BE REMAINING FOR EACH SIDE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS 3 1/2 MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA HAS A HALF MINUTE REMAINING.

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  • 05:13:16 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'D BE HAPPY TO YIELD A MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MARINO. CHIP THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 05:13:23 PM

    MR. MARINO

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN KING. I FULLY SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN KING'S AMENDMENT.…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN KING. I FULLY SUPPORT CONGRESSMAN KING'S AMENDMENT. IT IMPROVES THE VIABILITY OF THE REINS ACT AND MAKES SURE THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEGISLATION IS IN THE HANDS OF WE LEGISLATORS. BUT LET ME JUST ASK THIS SIMPLE QUESTION. MY GOOD FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE SAYS WE SHOULD LET THE AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS REGULATE AND MAKE RULES. LET ME ASK YOU THIS. HOW HAS IT BEEN GOING THE LAST 2 YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY? WE'RE $20 TRILLION IN DEBT. 20 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK OR UNDEREMPLOYED. ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LET BUREAUCRATS MAKE THESE DECISIONS THAT CRUSH JOBS? NO, I DON'T THINK SO. IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE HOUSE, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN THE SENATE. WE CAN HEAR FROM THOSE INDIVIDUALS AS I'VE REPEATEDLY SAID HERE AND THOSE AGENCIES, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION BECAUSE LOOK AT THE TRACK RECORD OVER THE LAST 20 OR 30 YEARS OF UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS MAKING THESE RULES, LAWS, AND REGULATIONS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:14:27 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 05:14:36 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    TRILLION DEFICIT OR DEBT ON NAMELESS, FACELESS BUREAUCRATS. WE CAN BLAME A…

    TRILLION DEFICIT OR DEBT ON NAMELESS, FACELESS BUREAUCRATS. WE CAN BLAME A LOT OF THAT ON THE GEORGE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THE LEGISLATORS WHO VOTED FOR INCOME FOR TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR AND FUNDED TWO WARS THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR. THAT'S WHAT WE CAN BLAME THAT $20 TRILLION DEFICIT -- DEBT ON. AGAIN, IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR OF NET NEUTRALITY, YOU SHOULD BE IN FAVOR OF THIS AMENDMENT. YOU SHOULD OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I'M SORRY.

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  • 05:15:19 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KING

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. .

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    MR. KING

    THERE IS A HUGE COST TO OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. THE…

    THERE IS A HUGE COST TO OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. THE UNNECESSARY COMPONENT, ALL THOSE GOES AGAINST OUR DEBT AND DEFICIT. AND WE SAW AS BARACK OBAMA CAME IN AS PRESIDENT, WE HAD A $10 TRILLION DEBT, WHICH HE WAS VERY CRITICAL OF THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN IN 2007 AND 2008. NOW AS HE LEAVES OFFICE HERE, THANKFULLY IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, IT'S A $20 TRILLION AND WE CAN START TO RATCHET THIS THING BACK DOWN. LOOKING AT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THEIR REPORTS ON THE COST OF REGULATION, THEY COME UP WITH THIS NUMBER. REPORTED TO THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION THAT THE ANNUAL COST OF REGULATIONS TO THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IS $108 BILLION, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND SO THAT IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT HERE FOR COST. I WANT TO GET AT THE REAL MEAT OF THIS. ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION SAYS CONGRESS SHALL MAKE ALL LAW, AND YET WE HAVE THE COURTS MAKING LAWS OVER ACROSS THE STREET AND WE HAVE REGULATIONS COMING AT US AT A RATE OF, I EXPRESS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, 10-1. FOR EVERY LAW WE PASSED IN THE LAST CONGRESS, 114TH CONGRESS, THERE WERE AT LEAST 10 REGULATIONS THAT WERE POURED OVER OUR HEAD AND WE'RE SITTING IN A PLACE WHERE WE DON'T HAVE THE TOOLS TO UNDO THEM. NOW WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT'S READY, AND HE WANTS TO UNDO THESE REGULATIONS. IF WE MAKE HIM MARCH THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT, IT'S HEAVY, IT'S BURDENSOME AND IT'S TIME CONSUMING, BUT THIS KING AMENDMENT GIVES THE TOOLS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO WORK WITH CONGRESS, TO TRIM THIS REGULATORY BURDEN DOWN AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS, IT MAKES ALL OF US, ALL OF US IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, ACCOUNTABLE, THEN, FOR ALL OF THE REGULATIONS. REGULATIONS WERE ALLOWED -- THE E.P.A. WAS PASSED TO DISH OFF THIS LEGISLATIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. CONGRESS TOOK A PASS. THEY DUCKED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL LEGISLATION AND FOUND A WAY TO BE PRODUCING LESS THAN 10% OF THE LEGISLATION THAT EXISTS EVEN IN A GIVEN YEAR. SO THE KING AMENDMENT SAYS, OVER A PERIOD OF A DECADE, 10% A YEAR AT A MINIMUM, CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO REVIEW ALL THE REGULATIONS AND THE PEOPLE FROM ACROSS AMERICA, WE THE PEOPLE, WILL WEIGH IN ON THAT REGULATION AND THEN AN EVEN BETTER PART OF THIS, NOT OM WILL WE BE ACCOUNTABLE HERE IN CONGRESS, AND WE SHOULD BE, BUT WHEN THE BUREAUCRATS, THE NAMELESS, FACELESS BUREAUCRATS REFUSE TO LISTEN TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, THERE WILL BE A LITTLE BUG IN THE BACK OF THEIR EAR SAYING, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS CONSTITUENT THAT MAY BE LOSING THEIR BUSINESS OVER THIS REGULATION, THE NEXT STOP THEY MAKE WILL BE WITH THEIR CONGRESSMAN AND THESE REGULATIONS THAT WE PROMULGATED ARE GOING TO BE SUBJECT -- ARE GOING TO BE SUBJECT THEN BEING REPEALED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS THEY SHOULD BE. SUPPORT THE KING AMENDMENT. IT PUTS THE AUTHORITY BACK INTO THE HANDS OF ARTICLE 1, WE, THE PEOPLE.

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  • 05:18:12 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS -- PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:18:46 PM

    MR. MARINO

    I MOVE THAT THE COMMITTEE DO NOW RISE.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. MR. SPEAKER, THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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  • 05:19:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:19:39 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 11 AND ASK FOR…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 11 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 05:19:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

  • 05:19:48 PM

    THE CLERK

    AN OBSTACLE TO ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE…

    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE.

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  • 05:20:10 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    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 TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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  • 05:20:22 PM

    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 05:20:23 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE ESTEEMED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE ESTEEMED SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. RYAN.

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  • 05:20:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:20:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    MY COLLEAGUES, I'D LIKE TO READ YOU A QUOTE. QUOTE, PEACE IS HARD WORK.…

    MY COLLEAGUES, I'D LIKE TO READ YOU A QUOTE. QUOTE, PEACE IS HARD WORK. PEACE WILL NOT COME THROUGH STATEMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS. IF IT WERE THAT EASY, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED BY NOW. ULTIMATELY, IT IS THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS WHO MUST LIVE SIDE BY SIDE, CLOSED QUOTE. THAT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2011, AND HE WAS RIGHT. I AM STUNNED, I AM STUNNED AT WHAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH. THIS GOVERNMENT, OUR GOVERNMENT ABANDONED OUR ALLY, ISRAEL, WHEN SHE NEEDED US THE MOST. DO NOT BE FOOLED. THIS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION WAS NOT ABOUT SETTLEMENTS, AND IT CERTAINLY WAS NOT ABOUT PEACE. IT WAS ABOUT ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY -- ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AS A JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE. THESE TYPES OF ONE-SIDED EFFORTS ARE DESIGNED TO ISOLATE AND DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL. THEY DO NOT ADVANCE PEACE. THEY MAKE IT MORE ELUSIVE. THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT HERE IN CONGRESS. THIS INSTITUTION, THE HEART OF OUR DEMOCRACY HAS STOOD BY THE JEWISH STATE THROUGH THICK AND THIN. WE WERE THERE FOR HER WHEN ROCKETS RAINED DOWN ON TEL AVIV. WE WERE THERE FOR HER BY PASSING HISTORIC LEGISLATION TO COMBAT THE BOYCOTT DIINVESTMENTS AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT. AND WE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR HER BY ENSURING THAT ISRAEL HAS THE TOOLS TO DEFEND HERSELF BY THOSE WHO SEEK HER DESTRUCTION. AND IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE INSTANCES, EVERY ONE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS WORKED TOGETHER TO GET THESE THINGS DONE. THAT'S BECAUSE OUR HISTORIC ALLIANCE WITH ISRAEL TRANSCENDS PARTY LABELS AND PARTISAN BICKERING. WE SEE THAT BIPARTISANSHIP RIGHT HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TODAY IN CONDEMNING THIS ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION. I WANT TO THANK OUR CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE, AND I WANT TO THANK OUR RANKING MEMBER, RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL, ALL OF OUR MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THEM FOR SPEAKING OUT ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR HELPING ASSEMBLE THIS LEGISLATION. IT SENDS A POWERFUL MESSAGE, AND IT TURNS A PAGE. IT IS TIME TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE BY THIS MISGUIDED HIT JOB AT THE U.N. IT'S TIME TO REBUILD OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH ISRAEL AND REAFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO HER SECURITY. AND IT'S TIME TO SHOW ALL OF OUR ALLIES THAT REGARDLESS OF THE SHAMEFUL EVENTS OF LAST WEEK, THE UNITED STATES REMAINS A FORCE FOR GOOD. I ASK THE WHOLE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:24:16 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE, AND I THANK THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE, AND I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR HIS WORDS. BEFORE MAKING MY STATEMENT, THOUGH, I WOULD LIKE TO FIELD 15 MINUTES OF MY TIME TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. DAVID PRICE, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT HE BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL THAT TIME.

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  • 05:24:41 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL CONTROL 15…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL CONTROL 15 MINUTES.

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  • 05:24:47 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    NOW I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME OR IS THE CHAIRMAN -- THIS…

    NOW I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME OR IS THE CHAIRMAN -- THIS IS GOOD. ALL RIGHT. I WANT TO START BY THANKING OUR CHAIRMAN, ED ROYCE, WHO OFFERED THIS RESOLUTION. I'M PROUD TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSOR AND GLAD TO SAY THAT MORE THAN 30 DEMOCRATS REPRESENTING A BROAD CROSS SECTION OF OUR PARTY HAS SIGNED ON AS CO-SPONSORS TO THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION. ED ROYCE AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, AND WE BELIEVE THAT FOREIGN POLICY SHOULD BE BIPARTISAN AND THAT PARTISANSHIP SHOULD STOP AT THE WATER'S EDGE. FRANKLY, THIS IS WHAT WE'RE DOING TODAY. WE ARE CONDEMNING WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE WE THINK IT'S UNFAIR AND UNJUST. I WANT TO ALSO MENTION THAT I JOIN WITH MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. PRICE, IN AUTHORING AN AMENDMENT TO THIS RESOLUTION THAT WASN'T ACCEPTED WHICH EMPHASIZES A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. I WANT TO THANK MR. PRICE FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THAT APPROACH, AND I SUPPORT IT. WE TALK IN THIS RESOLUTION ABOUT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT ITS ENTIRE HISTORY, THE STATE OF ISRAEL HAS NEVER GOTTEN A FAIR SHAKE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS. YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR, MEMBER STATES MANIPULATED THE U.N. TO BULLY OUR ALLY, ISRAEL, TO PILE ON WITH ONE-SIDED RESOLUTIONS, PLACING ALL OF THE BLAME FOR THE ONGOING CONFLICT ON ISRAEL. WE SAW A RESOLUTION LIKE THIS COME BEFORE THE SECURITY COUNCIL A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND TODAY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL GO ON RECORD SAYING THAT THAT U.N. RESOLUTION IS WRONG, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, AND FRANKLY WE SHOULD NOT HAVE VOTED FOR THAT. THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION IS HIGHLY CRITICAL OF ISRAEL, IT ASKS NOTHING DIRECTLY BY THE PALESTINIANS. IT'S BIASED, IT'S UNFAIR, IT'S UNBALANCED AND, AGAIN, WE SHOULD HAVE OPPOSED IT, WE SHOULD HAVE VETOED IT. THE LANGUAGE ABOUT JERUSALEM IS NOT NEW BUT IT REMAINS OFFENSIVE TO JEWS WHOSE HOL SITE IS IN JERUSALEM. THE WESTERN WALL IS SIMPLY NOT OCCUPIED TERRITORY AND IT'S OFFENSIVE TO HEAR THAT. SO IN THE MEASURE THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING TODAY, WE REPUDIATE THIS FLAWED SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION, AND AT THE SAME TIME WE WILL SAY ONCE AGAIN THAT WE SUPPORT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION, THAT THE ONLY WAY TO REACH THAT GOAL IS THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS AND THAT THE SHAMEFUL SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION PUT THAT GOAL FURTHER OUT OF REACH. MR. SPEAKER, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FACEST THE LONGEST OPPRESSING ISSUES -- MASS KILLINGS IN SOUTH SUDAN, A CRISIS IN YEMEN, A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER IN SYRIA, RUSSIA'S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION OF UKRAINE AND NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. YET, RATHER THAN DEAL WITH THOSE CRITICAL PROBLEMS, THE MEMBER STATES OF THE U.N. HAVE CHOSEN INSTEAD TO USE THE INTERNATIONAL BODY TO EMBARRASS ISRAEL. IT'S OUTRAGEOUS AND THIS HOUSE RESOLUTION THAT I'M CO-SPONSORING WITH MR. ROYCE RIGHTFULLY SAYS THAT IT'S OUTRAGEOUS. NOW, I THINK IT WAS A MISTAKE FOR THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TO ABSTAIN ON THIS VOTE IN THE U.N. I HAVE BEEN CLEAR ABOUT THAT. I WANT TO BE FAIR. BEFORE ANYONE TURNS THIS DEBATE ON ANOTHER ATTACK BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE HISTORY OF THIS ISSUE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS ALLOWED A RESOLUTION OPPOSED BY ISRAEL TO GO FORWARD. THE GEORGE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN SIX TIMES. THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION THREE TIMES. THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION 10 TIMES, INCLUDING VOTING FOR CONDEMNING ISRAEL FOR ITS PREMED DATED ACT OF AGGRESSION, THAT'S A QUOTE, WHEN IT WIDELY DESTROYED THE NUCLEAR REACTOR IN 1981. REGARDLESS OF THAT HISTORY DOESN'T JUSTIFY THESE LATEST ABSTENTION. MY MOTHER USED TO SAY TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT AND SHE WAS RIGHT. IT WAS WRONG THEN AND IT'S WRONG NOW. I THINK ALLOWING GOVERNMENTS TO BULLY ISRAEL IN THE U.N. IS A MISTAKE NO MATTER WHO'S IN POWER. INSTEAD, LET'S FOCUS ON WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING WHEN IT CORPORATION TO ADVANCING THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION CALLS FOR US TO GET BACK TO THE POLICY THAT MANY OF US SUPPORT. ONE, STANDING WITH ISRAEL IN THE UNITED NATIONS. TWO, STOPPING ONE-SIDED RESOLUTIONS. THREE, SUPPORTING DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS IS THE ONLY WAY TO MOVE TOWARD A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION SAYS ALL THAT. EVERYONE IN THIS CONGRESS SHOULD BE VOTING FOR IT BECAUSE IT'S BALANCED. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:29:13 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 CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 05:29:23 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

  • 05:29:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:29:28 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO BEGIN BY THANKING THE RANKING MEMBER, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, AND I THANK HIM FOR WORKING WITH ME IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER, NOT JUST ON THIS RESOLUTION BUT ON THE ONE THAT WE WORKED ON LATE LAST YEAR IN ORDER TO FORESTALL, UNANIMOUS VOTE BY THIS BODY DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION NOT TO TAKE THE STEPS THE ADMINISTRATION HAS TAKEN. I APPRECIATE THE LEADER -- I APPRECIATE THE SPEAKER AS WELL WORKING WITH US TO ENSURE THIS RESOLUTION WAS BROUGHT QUICKLY TO THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. TODAY, WE PUT CONGRESS ON RECORD OBJECTING TO THE RECENT U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION THAT HURT OUR ALLY, THAT HURT ISRAEL, AND I BELIEVE THAT PUTS AN ENDURING PEACE FURTHER OUT OF REACH. . THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THAT A SOLUTION TO THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT CAN ONLY COME ABOUT THROUGH DIRECT, BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THESE TWO PARTIES AND THAT IS WHY IT IS LISTENINGSTANDING U.S. POLICY TO VETO THE MANY ONE-SIDED, THE MANY ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS AT UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL THAT VIOLATE THAT PRINCIPLE. BUT JUST THE OTHER WEEK, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BROKE WITH THIS LONG-STANDING U.S. POLICY BY FAILING TO VETO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. THIS DANGEROUS RESOLUTION EFFECTIVELY STATES THAT THE VIEWISH QUARTER OF THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AND THE WESTERN WALL, JUDAISM'S HOLIEST SITE, ARE IN THE WORDS OF THE RESOLUTION, OCCUPIED TERRITORY. WHY WOULD WE NOT VETO THAT? IT ALSO LENDS LEGITIMACY TO EFFORTS BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO PUT PRESSURE ON ISRAEL THROUGH THE U.N. RATHER THAN TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF ENGAGING IN DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS AND IT PUTS WIND IN THE SAILS OF THE SHAMEFUL BOYCOTT DI VESTMENT AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT. UNQUESTIONABLY, THIS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL ACTION DAMAGES THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE. THE RESOLUTION AND BULLYING AND HARASSMENT OF ISRAEL THAT IT WILL SPUR ONLY HAPPEN FOR ONE REASON. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LET IT HAPPEN. AND THAT WENT AGAINST THE DISTINCT WARNINGS FROM THIS BODY, MR. ENGEL AND I ENGAGED IN LETTERS, IN CONVERSATIONS, WITH SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SEEKING THEIR ASSURANCE THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD VETO ONE-SIDED ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS AND IN NOVEMBER, THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY, ALL OF US, PASSED A RESOLUTION WHICH WARNED THE ADMINISTRATION AGAINST TAKING SUCH LAST-MINUTE ACTION. AND WITH THAT RESOLUTION, HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 165, THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO OPPOSE AND VETO UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS THAT SEEK TO IMPOSE SOLUTIONS TO FINAL STATUS ISSUES OR ARE ONE-SIDED AND ANTI-ISRAEL. YET THE ADMINISTRATION REJECTED THE CALL FROM CONGRESS AND CHOSE A COURSE THAT WILL BRING HARM FOR YEARS TO COME BY FAILING TO VETO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. IF THE PALESTINIANS WANT A LASTING PEACE, THEY MUST ACCEPT THAT ISRAEL, NOT THE U.N., IS THEIR NEGOTIATING PARTNER AND THAT MEANS ENDING THE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE AGAINST ISRAELIS THAT GOES ON IN SO MANY OF THE MOSQUES, THAT GOES ON IN THE SCHOOLS THAT GOES ON IN THE NEWSPAPERS, AND ON TELEVISION THERE AND IT ALSO MEANS -- AND I THINK THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT BECAUSE LEAVING THIS OUT OF THE RESOLUTION AT THE U.N. IS BEYOND ME. ENDING THEIR PAY TO SLAY SCHEME. YOU TALK ABOUT A LACK OF BALANCE. HERE WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE SINCE 2003, IT HAS BEEN PALESTINIAN LAW TO REWARD PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS, TERRORISTS, TO GO OUT AND THEY'RE GIVEN THIS INCITEMENT THIS STIPEND FOR LIFE AND THE MORE MAYHEM THEY CREATE, THE MORE HORRIFIC THE NUMBER OF CIVILIANS THEY ATTACK AND THEREFORE THE LONGER THE SENTENCE, THE MORE THEY KNOW, WELL, I CAN SERVE MY TIME AND THEN WHEN I GET OUT, I CAN GET THIS STIPEND FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND IT IS LARGER AND LARGER, DEPENDING UPON THE AMOUNT OF MAYHEM. IF I DON'T MAKE IT OR IF I'M A SUICIDE BOMBER , MY FAMILY GETS THE STIPEND. THAT, BY LAW IS THE WAY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY HAS ENGINEERED THIS. COSTING THE LIVES AND YOU CAN READ ABOUT IT EVERY MONTH, THOSE CIVILIANS ATTACKED ON THE STREETS. IT'S NOT JUST ISRAELIS, OF COURSE. TAYLOR FORREST, A U.S. MARINE, WAS KILLED SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WAS IN ISRAEL, BUT IT WAS BY SOMEONE RESPONDING TO THE INCITEMENT. SO $300 MILLION PER YEAR SPENT TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO DO THAT. NO MENTION OF THAT BY THE UNITED NATIONS. AND THAT'S WHY TODAY'S ACTION IS SO IMPORTANT. TO DEMN STRAIT OUR UNITED OPPOSITION TO U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334, CALL FOR ITS REPEAL, TO HEAD OFF ANY MORE MOVES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MIGHT HAVE IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WITH RESPECT TO THE PARIS CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK AS WELL AND TO PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE FORCEFULLY TO COUNTERACT ITS DANGEROUS IMPACT. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:35:42 PM

    THE CHAIR

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THEY HAVE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA…

    RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THEY HAVE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED. --

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  • 05:35:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN PRERESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME ON A RESOLUTION…

    I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S WILLINGNESS TO WORK WITH ME ON A RESOLUTION THAT'S MORE ACCURATE AND LESS DIVISIVE, A RESOLUTION THE MAJORITY HAS UNFORTUNATELY DENIED HEARING ON THE FLOOR TODAY. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 05:36:21 PM

    MR. PRICE

    THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY FAILS TO CONFIRM OUR SUPPORT FOR A…

    THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY FAILS TO CONFIRM OUR SUPPORT FOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. IT PROVIDES AN INACCURATE COUNTING OF THE LONG STABDING U.S. POLICY TOWARD THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. IT INCLUDES RECKLESS AND DIVISIVE CHARGES REGARDING THE RECENT UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION. DESIGNED, IT WOULD APPEAR, SOLELY TO EMBARRASS THE OUTGOING ADMINISTRATION. IT FALSELY CLAIMS, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT THE SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION, QUOTE, CONTRADICTS THE OSLO ACCORDS. IT GOES SO FAR AS TO LINK THE RESOLUTION TO THE BOYCOTT AND DI VESTTURE MOVEMENT. NOW MR. SPEAKER -- AND DIVESTITURE MOVEMENT. NOW MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S ROOM FOR DEBATE ABOUT THE U.N. RESOLUTION AND THE U.S. DECISION TO ABSTAIN. BUT THERE SHOULDN'T BE ROOM FOR THIS DISGRACEFUL DISTORTION. H.RES. 11 DOESN'T REALLY ENGAGE THE ISSUES. IT OBSCURES AND DISTORTS THEM. I SUGGEST THAT BOTH THOSE WHO SUPPORT AND OPPOSE RECENT U.S. ACTIONS SHOULD OPPOSE THIS IRRESPONSIBLE AND DIVISIVE RESOLUTION. IT DOES DISTORT THE RECORD. IN FACT, DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, FEWER U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS RED LIGHTING TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT HAVE PASSED THAN UNDER ANY OTHER MODERN PRESIDENCY. THE DECEMBER RESOLUTION IS THE ONLY ONE THAT'S PASSED UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S LEADERSHIP AND IF YOU WANT A FAIR AND COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF THE THINKING THAT WENT INTO THAT DIFFICULT DECISION, I COMMEND TO EVERY MEMBER SAMANTHA POWERS' STATEMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS, ONE OF THE FINEST STATEMENTS OF ITS SORT THAT I'VE EVER READ. HOUSE RESOLUTION 11 ALSO DOESN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FACT THAT REPUBLICAN AN DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS ALIKE HAVE ALLOWED SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS ADRISSING THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT TO PASSMARK OF WHICH WERE OPPOSED BY ISRAEL. THE FACT IS, H.RES. 11 RUNS A REAL RISK OF UNDERMINING THE CREDIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AS A PROACTIVE FORCE WORKING TOWARD A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. IN THIS PERIOD OF GREAT GEOPOLITICAL TURMOIL AND UNCERTAINTY, WE MUST REAFFIRM THOSE FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY INCLUDING OUR STRONG AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL WHILE ALSO COMMON STRAITING TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO A DIPLOMACY THAT DEFENDS HUMAN RIGHTS AND PROMOTES ISRAEL AND PALESTINIAN STATE, ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN STATES THAT LIVE SIDE-BY-SIDE IN PEACE AND SECURITY. A FORMULATION THAT HAS CHARACTERIZED OUR COUNTRY'S DIPLOMACY FOR DECADES. H.RES. 11 WOULD MUDDY THE WATERS OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY AT BEST. AT WORST, IT COULD SET BACK OUR EFFORTS TO ACHEE AND JUST AND LASTING PEACE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. I CAN'T IN GOOD FAITH SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I URGE A NO VOTE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:39:31 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 05:39:39 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    IN RESPONSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE DID HAVE A SUBSTITUTE FROM MR. PRICE BUT IT…

    IN RESPONSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE DID HAVE A SUBSTITUTE FROM MR. PRICE BUT IT DIDN'T MENTION THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY SUN SILL -- COUNCIL RESOLUTION 3334. WE WORKED HARD TO DEVELOP A STATEMENT THAT REPUDIATE THIS DANGEROUS RESOLUTION THAT WAS PASSED AND ALSO WARN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAINST TAKING ADDITIONAL MORE THANS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMIND THE BODY THAT THIS IS VERY CONCERNING, GIVEN THE BACKDROP OF THE PARIS CONFERENCE ON THE 15TH OF THIS MONTH AND THE VERY REAL CONCERN THAT THE PRESIDENT COULD TAKE FURTHER STEPS AT THE U.N. AGAIN, MR. PRICE'S AMENDMENT DID NOT INCLUDE THIS URGENT WARNING, SO I WANTED TO SAY THAT I AM HAPPY TO WORK WITH MR. PRICE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER ONCE THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ORGANIZES BUT TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. WE MUST ACT TO REJECT UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334, NOT REMAIN SILENT ON IT. AND WE'VE GOT TO LIMIT THE DAMAGE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CAUSED TO PROSPECTS FOR A LASTING PEACE. I WILL YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

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  • 05:40:54 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:40:58 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 05:41:03 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS RESOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER, WILL NOT UNDO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS RESOLUTION, MR. SPEAKER, WILL NOT UNDO THE DAMAGE THAT HAS BEEN DONE AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL BUT IT SENDS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS RESOUNDINGLY AND IN A STRONG, BIPARTISAN MANNER DISAPPROVES OF THE VOTE TAKE ON RESOLUTION 2334. IT SENDS A WARNING TO THE NATIONS THAT WILL GATT FOR THE PARIS NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS THE PEACE PROCESS THAT THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS IF THERE IS A MOVE TO INTRODUCE A PARAMETERS RESOLUTION BEFORE THE 20TH AND IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER ISOLATE ISRAEL. OUR CLOSEST FRIEND AND ALLY, THE DEMOCRATIC JEW HERB STATE OF ISRAEL, HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTANT ATTACK BY THE UNITED NATIONS. ABU MAZIN AND THE PALESTINIANS HAVE PUSHED A CAMPAIGN TO DELEGITIMIZE THE JEWISH STATE, TO UNDERMINE THE PEACE PROCESS, TO ACHIEVE UNILATERAL STATEHOOD RECOGNITION. WE'VE SEEN IT THIS YEAR. AT UNESCO WHERE THAT SHAM OF AN INSTITUTION VOTED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO DENY AND DISTANCE JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TIES TO JERUSALEM. WE'VE SEEN IT AT THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WHERE ISRAEL IS CONSTANTLY DEMONIZED AND FALSELY ACCUSED OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS WHILE THE REAL ABUSERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS GO UNPUNISHED BECAUSE THAT BODY HAS OUT LERFI -- UTTERLY FAILED TO UPHOLD ITS MANDATE. S THAT BODY THAT ALLOWS THE WORST ABUSERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS LIKE CUBA, VENEZUELA, AND CHINA, TO ACTUALLY SIT IN JUDGMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS WORLDWIDE. WHAT A PATHETIC JOKE. YET THE ONLY THING THEY CAN AGREE ON IS TO ATTACK ISRAEL, THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE ONLY PLACE IN THE REGION WHERE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED. WE'VE SEEN THIS SCHEME TO DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHERE IN ITS CLOSING LEGISLATIVE SESSION, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSED 20 -- 20 -- ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS AND ONLY FOUR COMBINED FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. THESE INSTITUTIONS HAVE NO CREDIBILITY AND NOW WE HAVE THE UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE OF THE WHITE HOUSE DECIDING TO ABSTAIN FROM THIS ANTI-ISRAEL, ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL. OUR ALLY WAS ABANDONED AND CREDIBILITY AND MOMENTUM WERE GIVEN TO THE PALESTINIAN SCHEMES TO DELEGITIMIZE THE JEWISH STATE, TO UNDERMINE THE PEACE PROCESS, AND WHILE THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE, MR. SPEAKER, BY THIS ACT OF COWARDICE, AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL, WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVERSE THAT DAMAGE. IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS, THIS CONGRESS AND THE INCOMING ADMINISTRATION MUST SHOW UNYIELDING SUPPORT FOR OUR ALLY ISRAEL AND TO UNDO THE DAMAGE DONE. THIS RESOLUTION BY THE SPEAKER AND THE RANKING -- BY THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER IS AN ALL-IMPORTANT FIRST STEP THAT SIGNALS OUR INTENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND FURTHER STRENGTHENING OUR U.S.-ISRAEL BOND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. ENGEL

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA AND…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA AND SENIOR MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR. BRAD SHERMAN.

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    MR. SHERMAN

    LET'S LOOK AT THE TIMELINE. THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER…

    LET'S LOOK AT THE TIMELINE. THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE FAILED IN THE PAST TO VETO ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS AND THAT'S NOT BEEN HELPFUL TO THE CAUSE OF PEACE. OVER THE LAST FEW DECADES, ISRAEL THAT IS FROZEN OR REMOVED SETTLEMENTS IN AN EFFORT TO NEGOTIATE PEACE, ALL TO NO AVAIL. ON NOVEMBER 29 OF LAST YEAR THIS HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY URBLINGED OUR U.N. AMBASSADOR TO VETO ANY U.N. RESOLUTION THAT SOUGHT TO IMPOSE PEACE SETTLEMENT TERMS. BUT A MONTH LATER, OUR U.N. AMBASSADOR IGNORED THE INPUT OF THIS HOUSE AND ALLOWED THE U.N. TO ADOPT A ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION THAT SAW -- SOUGHT TO IMPOSE PEACE TERMS ON THE PARTIES. WORSE YET THAT U.N. RESOLUTION EQUATES THE WESTERN WALL, JUDAISM'S HOLIEST SITE, WITH OUTPOSTS DEEP IN THE WEST BANK THAT ARE ILLEGAL UNDER ISRAELI LAW. TODAY WE CONSIDER A HOUSE RESOLUTION THAT HAS OVER 30 DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS. IT IS NOT A PRO-SETTLEMENTS RESOLUTION. IT STRONGLY AND REPEATEDLY REAFFIRM OURS SUPPORT FOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION, ACHIEVED THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS. AND IT OBJECTS TO A U.N. RESOLUTION THAT SET BACK THE CAUSE OF PEACE. VOTE YES. .

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SMITH, THE LONGTIME CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON AFRICA, GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL --

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    MR. SMITH

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR AUTHORING THIS RESOLUTION ALONG WITH RANKING…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR AUTHORING THIS RESOLUTION ALONG WITH RANKING MEMBER. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ABSTAINING AND NOT VETOING RESOLUTION 2334 ABANDONS ISRAEL IN A CRITICAL HOUR AND DOES SERIOUS INJURY TO THE HISTORICAL RECORD. THE EGREGIOUSLY FLAWED U.N. TEXT SAYS ALL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS AFTER THE 1949 ARMISTICE, INCLUDING EAST JERUSALEM AND WEST BANK HAVE NO LEGAL VALIDITY AND CONSTITUTES A FLAGRANT VIOLATION UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW. THIS RESOLUTION REPUDIATES 2334. IT MAKES CLEAR THAT A DURABLE AND SUSTAINIBLE PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS WILL ONLY COME THROUGH DIRECT BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS, NOT ONE-SIDED ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE U.N. RESOLUTION COULD ON VALI LEADERS AND EVEN AVERAGE ISRAELI SETTLERS TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. ISRAEL'S ENEMIES ARE LIKELY TO EXPLOIT 2334 BY SEEKING PROSECUTIONS IN VENUES LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT FOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES EVEN THOUGH THE VAST MAJORITY OF THIS ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE LEGALLY PURSUANT TO ISRAELI LAW. A FEW HOURS AGO THE EUROPEAN JEWISH PRESS REPORTED THAT LEADERS OF THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS HAVE CALLED ON FRANCE TO CANCEL OR AT LEAST POSTPONE WHAT THEY CALLED AN ILL CONCEIVED, POORLY TIMED AND DAMAGING EVENT, THE PARIS MIDEAST CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 15. I HOPE WE WILL ALSO CALL UPON OUR GOVERNMENT NOT TO GO TO THIS RIGHT BEFORE A TRANSITION OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENCY AND MISCHIEF THAT COULD BE FORTHCOMING FROM THAT. THEY POINTED OUT IN THEIR STATEMENT THAT ISRAEL HAS LONG SOUGHT DIRECT TALKS AND THAT IT IS NOW TIME FOR THE PALESTINIAN LEADERS TO STOP EVADING THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AND SEEKING TO USE INTERNATIONAL FORAY TO AVOID THE ONLY TRUE PAST TO LASTING PEACE AND THAT'S A SETTLEMENT. ONE POINTED OUT THAT U.N. IS A LONG -- AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA SAID A MOMENT AGO, 20 ISRAELI RESOLUTIONS AGAINST JUST FOUR IN 2016. A BIAS AND DISCRIMINATION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, MS. SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I STAND HERE AS A PROUD JEW AND SOMEONE WHO THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS…

    I STAND HERE AS A PROUD JEW AND SOMEONE WHO THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND I AM STANDING HERE TO OPPOSE H.RES. 11. AND AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I'VE BEEN COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING AMERICA'S UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL, WHICH HAS LASTED FROM THE VERY FIRST MOMENTS OF ISRAEL'S EXISTENCE. THE U.S.-ISRAEL BOND IS UNBREAKABLE DESPITE THE FACT THAT UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE NOT ALWAYS AGREED WITH THE PARTICULAR POLICIES OF AN ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. CONTRARY TO THE ASSERTIONS OF H.RES. 11, THE U.S. HAS OFTEN EXPRESSED THOSE DIFFERENCES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNITED NATIONS. PRESIDENTS FROM LYNDON JOHNSON TO GEORGE W. BUSH HAVE EACH VETOED AND SOMETIMES VOTED FOR A U.N. RESOLUTION CONTRARY TO THE WISHES OF ISRAEL -- ISRAEL'S GOVERNMENT AT THE TIME. ONLY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNTIL TWO WEEKS AGO NEVER, EVER CAST A VOTE AGAINST WHAT ISRAEL WANTED. BUT OPPOSITION TO THE BUILDING OF SETTLEMENTS ON LAND BELONGING TO PALESTINIANS BEFORE 1967 WAR WAS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LAND, OF COURSE, THAT'S GOING TO BE SWAPPED, AGREED TO BY BOTH PARTIES, HAS BEEN THE OFFICIAL U.S. POLICY FOR MANY DECADES CONTRARY, AGAIN, TO THE ASSERTIONS OF H.RES. 11. IT HAS ALSO BEEN THE POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES TO RECOGNIZE THAT THE ONLY LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, THE VIOLENCE, LOSS OF LIFE IS TO CREATE TWO STATES. ONE FOR THE PALESTINIANS AND ONE FOR ISRAEL. A TWO-STATE SOLUTION IS THE ONLY WAY ISRAEL CAN CONTINUE AS BOTH A DEMOCRATIC AND A JEWISH STATE, LIVING IN PEACE AND SECURITY THAT HAS ELUDED HER FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. THE BUILDING OF SETTLEMENTS IS AN OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING THAT GOAL. AND, OF COURSE, SETTLEMENTS AREN'T THE ONLY OBSTACLE TO ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE. THE U.S. RESOLUTION REITERATES THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY SECURITY FORCES MUST CONTINUE TO COUNTERTERRORISM AND CONDEMN ALL OF THE PROVOCATIONS. I YIELD BACK AND URGE A NO VOTE.

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    YES. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE TED POE, WHO…

    YES. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, JUDGE TED POE, WHO HAS SERVED FOR YEARS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TERRORISM, NONPROLIFERATION AND TRADE.

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    MR. POE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE RECENT STUNT AT THE UNITED NATIONS TARGETING…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE RECENT STUNT AT THE UNITED NATIONS TARGETING ISRAEL IS THE LATEST EFFORT BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO CEMENT A LEGACY OF A FOREIGN POLICY THAT HAS FAILURE, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR TRUSTED ALLY, ISRAEL. IT HAS BEEN THE U.S. POLICY TO VETO ANY U.N. RESOLUTION DICTATING PARAMETERS ON THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PROCESS. THE REASON IS SIMPLE -- TRUE PEACE CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE BETWEEN THE PALESTINIANS AND THE ISRAEL I.C.E., NOT AT THE UNITED NATIONS. -- THE ISRAELIS, NOT AT THE UNITED NATIONS. THE ONE-SIDED ANTI-ISRAELI RESOLUTION WILL ONLY MAKE PEACE HARDER. THE U.N. ADOPTED 20 ANTI-ISRAELI RESOLUTIONS LAST YEAR WHILE PASSING JUST FOUR FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD. THE U.N. IS NOT FAIR AND UNBIASED. BY POINTING THE FINGER SOLELY AT ISRAEL, THE RUENT -- THE RECENT RESOLUTION DID NOT GO TOWARD PEACE. THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY HAS FAILED TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST JEWS, AND IT CONTINUES TO GET -- GET THIS, MR. SPEAKER -- TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO JAILED PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS WHO HAVE HARMED OR KILLED JEWS. OVER THE YEARS ISRAEL HAS TRADED LAND FOR PROMISED PEACE. THEY HAVE NO PEACE, AND SOON IF THE UNITED NATIONS GETS ITS WAY, IT WILL HAVE NO LAND. DESPITE THE ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY OF ABANDONING OUR TRUSTED ALLY, ISRAEL, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS MUST STAND WITH OUR ALLY, ISRAEL. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEVADA, WHO HAS MADE SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL PART OF HER ENTIRE LIFE AND GIVING HER FIRST SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND SUPPORT OF ITS, MS. JACKY ROSEN.

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    MS. ROSEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND WITH BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM PROUD TO STAND WITH BOTH OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND TO LEND MY NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR. THE UNITED STATES' ALLIANCE WITH ISRAEL IS CRITICAL, AND THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO SHOW UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP. THIS RESOLUTION DOES A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT THINGS, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT IT REAFFIRMS CONGRESS' LONG-STANDING SUPPORT FOR BILATERAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT AND OBJECTS TO THE UNITED NATIONS' SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. PARAGRAPH 5 OF THAT RESOLUTION IS REMINISCENT OF A RECENT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL RESOLUTION THAT ESTABLISHED A DATABASE OF COMPANIES IN THE SETTLEMENTS FACILITATING A BOYCOTT. THE U.N. RESOLUTION DOES NOTHING TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF PEACE AND IS IN FACT AN OBSTACLE TO IT. STRONGLY ENSURING THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL IS THE ONLY PATHWAY TO LASTING SETTLEMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON.

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    MR. WILSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, FOR YIELDING. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP FOR PEACE. I AM IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE RESOLUTION WHICH IS TAKING A FIRM STAND AND CLEAR STAND OBJECTING TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION AS AN OBSTACLE TO ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE. THIS UNITED STATES HAS STOOD WITH ISRAEL AGAINST ONE-SIDED BIAS RESOLUTIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS AND IN OTHER INTERNATIONAL FORUMS. ADDITIONALLY, THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN ADDMENT THAT A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION WILL COME BY DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS, NOT ADDRESSED IN AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM. THE DISTORTED IDEOLOGY OF MORAL NEUTRALITY IS SUICIDAL FOR CIVILIZATION, ENCOURAGING WHAT THE CHAIRMAN CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED IS PAY FOR SLAVE AS EVIDENCE BY THE MURDER OF ONE THIS YEAR. ON DECEMBER 23, MY CONSTITUENTS WERE SHOCKED AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, UNDERMINING THE PEACE PROCESS BY FAILING TO VETO THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY KERRY'S ACTIONS REVEAL DANGEROUS IRRESPONSIBILITY, PUTTING ISRAELI AND AMERICAN FAMILIES AT RISK OF MORE TERRORIST ATTACKS. FORTUNATELY, GOVERNOR NICKY HALEY, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S APPOINTEE, WILL SOON BE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE AS U.N. AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES, PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. TODAY, I'M GRATEFUL TO STAND STRONG WITH ISRAEL BY BEING AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. I APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY, CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE, THE RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL FOR SPONSORING THIS RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. YOHO.

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    MR. YOHO

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER, MR. ENGEL. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL, ONE OF OUR GREATEST ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.RES. 11, OBJECTING TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 CALLS FOR A PALESTINIAN STATE BUT NOT A JEWISH STATE. IT DOES NOTHING TO CONDEMN OR STOP THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITIES PAY TO SLAVE, AS WE'VE TALKED OVER AND OVER AGAIN, THAT REWARDED OVER $300 MILLION TO TERRORISTS IN ISRAELI JAILS LAST YEAR FOR CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST ISRAELI CITIZENS AND OTHERS. IT LEGITIMIZE OTHER EFFORTS TO SANCTION ISRAEL. IT DECLARES THE JEWISH QUARTER OF THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM WHERE THE CITY OF DAVID HAS BEEN EXCAVATED AND THE WESTERN WALL, THE HOLIEST SITE AS OCCUPIED TERRITORIES. THIS IS ABSURD. FURTHERMORE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO VETO IT, THIS SHAMEFUL MOVE BROKE WITH YEARS OF U.S. BIPARTISAN EFFORTS TO PROTECT ISRAEL FROM DEEPLY FLAWED AND BIASED U.N. RESOLUTIONS. H.RES. 11 REASSERTS THE U.S. POSITION THAT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT CAN ONLY BE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THOSE TWO PARTIES. H.RES. 11 MUST PASS TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE OUTGOING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE U.N., THE WORLD AND THAT THE UNITED STATES STANDS WITH ISRAEL, AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER NE NEW MEMBER OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO ANOTHER NE NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS -- TO ANOTHER NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS, WHO IS ALSO MAKING HIS MAIDEN SPEECH, ABOUT THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL AND THE U.S.-ISRAEL PARTNERSHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW YORK OF WHICH I BELONG,

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    MR. SOUZZI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THE BIPARTISAN HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. IN 2002, DURING THE SECOND INTIFADA, I HAD THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNE OF BEING IN JERUSALEM WITH PEREZ. HE EXPLAINED WHY A TWO-STATE SOLUTION IS THE ONLY PATH TO PEACE AND I WILL NEVER ABANDON HIS DREAM OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. U.N. RESOLUTION 2334, HOWEVER, PUSHES THE HOPE OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION FARTHER AWAY FOR THREE REASONS. ONE, IT DISCOURAGES DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS. TWO, IT FAILS TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN LONG ACCEPTED AND MORE CONTROVERSIAL SETTLEMENTS. LONG ACCEPTED SETTLEMENTS SUCH AS THE LONG ESTABLISHED JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS IN EAST JERUSALEM, THE JEWISH QUARTER, PLACES LIKE THE WESTERN WALL, AND THE CONSENSUS SETTLEMENTS, VERSUS MORE CONTROVERSIAL HILLTOP SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK, SETTLEMENTS THAT EVEN THE ISRAELI SUPREME COURT HAS DECLARED ILLEGAL. AND, THREE, IT FAILS TO EXPLICITLY CONDEMN THE NUMBER-ONE IMPEDIMENT TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. ANTI-ISRAEL TERRORISM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DESAN TILLS.

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    MR. DESANTIS

    MR. SPEAKER KS I CON IT -- MR. SPEAKER, I CONDEMN U.N. RESOLUTION 2334.…

    MR. SPEAKER KS I CON IT -- MR. SPEAKER, I CONDEMN U.N. RESOLUTION 2334. THE AN OUTRAGEOUS ATTACK AGAINST THE STATE OF ISRAEL, THE WORLD'S ONLY JEWISH STATE AND THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I ALSO CONDEMN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURE TO VETO SUCH A RESOLUTION. BECAUSE IT BETRAYED ISRAEL AND IT HARMED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS, OR LACK OF ACTIONS, WERE MORE THAN JUST A SIN OF OMISSION. THEY WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES TO MOVE THIS RESOLUTION FORWARD SO THAT IT COULD BE VOTED ON IN THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THAT IS A SIN OF C.E.O. MISSION. WE HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT -- CO-MISSION. WE HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT HOW THE TWO SIDES HAVE ACTED ON THIS AND TO PUT PRESSURE ON ISRAEL AND NOT THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY. REMEMBER, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION, PALESTINIAN ARABS REJECTED A STATE IN 1948. THEY TRIED TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP. THEY TRIED TO BEAT THEM IN 1967. IT'S BEEN A CONSTANT STATE OF WAR AND THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO GET RID OF THE JEWISH STATE AS SOMETHING THAT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO THEM THAN THE CREATION OF THEIR OWN STATE. AND WE HAVE TO BE HONEST ABOUT THAT. THIS RESOLUTION I WILL SUPPORT. I VIEW IT AS A GOOD STATEMENT, BUT JUST A FIRST STEP. WE NEED SOMETHING IN THE COMING DAYS THAT HAS TEETH TO DEAL WITH THE UNITED NATIONS AND ITS OUTRAGEOUS CONDUCT. IT'S BECOME A HOT BED OF ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVITY. WHERE ALL THESE TIN POT COUNTRIES GET TOGETHER AND RAIL AGAINST THE WORLD'S ONLY JEWISH STATE. THEY DID 20 RESOLUTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN 2016. WE NEED TO TAKE THE POWER OF THE PURSE, DEFUND THE U.N. UNTIL RESOLUTION 2334 IS REVOKED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DOGGETT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. FOR WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS,…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. FOR WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS, THIS RESOLUTION , ITS AUTHORS, UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF FAMILIES HERE AND IN ISRAEL. THIS GO-IT-ALONE APPROACH WITH THE CURRENT ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, DEFYING A NAN VOTE OF 14 COUNTRIES -- UNANIMOUS VOTE OF 14 COUNTRIES AND IGNORING THE CONCERNS OF MANY OF OUR ALLIES, IS NOT A PATH TO PEACE. WE WILL NOT PROTECT OURSELVES, NOR OUR ALLIES IN ISRAEL, IF WE PURSUE OF PATH OF ISOLATION. FOR DECADES WE'VE ENJOYED A BIPARTISAN COMMITMENT TO TWO STATES LIVING IN PEACE AND SECURITY NEXT DOOR TO ONE ANOTHER. IT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT GOAL TO ACHIEVE, BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO GIVE UP ON IT. THERE ARE, SADLY, SOME IN ISRAEL AND SOME AMONG THE PALESTINIANS WHO WHOLLY REJECT THIS COMMITMENT. THEY BELIEVE IT'S ALL THEIRS. THEY BELIEVE IN A DIVINE ENTITLEMENT TO EVERY PIECE OF LAND WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER. THEIR IDEA OF A REASONABLE NEGOTIATION IS THAT THE OTHER SIDE GETS NEXT TO NOTHING. FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS DIFFICULT ISSUE AND HAVE TRIED TO OVERCOME SUCH ZEALOTRY AND ACHIEVE A JUST RESOLUTION HAVE DONE AS MUCH AS SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY. DESPITE THE INSULTS AND THE INTRANSIGENCE, HE HAS MADE NEAR HERCULEAN EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE PEACE. AND TO BE HONEST, THE ROAD BLOCKS THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN IN HIS PATH HAVE NOT COME FROM JUST ONE SIDE. IN NO WAY DO WE CONDONE THE MANY, MANY WRONGS OF THE PALESTINIANS AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BY SAYING THAT SOME OF THOSE ROADBLOCKS WERE INITIATED BY THE CURRENT ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. AND TO TALK OF ONE-SIDED, WHAT IRONY. INDEED, I THINK IT'S HYPOCRISY TO TALK ABOUT A ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION WHEN THIS IS A ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION. IF THERE HAD BEEN THE SLIGHTEST INTEREST IN BRINGING THIS BODY TOGETHER, ALL OF US SUPPORTING ISRAEL, ALL OF US SUPPORTING ACCESS TO THE WESTERN WALL, ALL OF US SUPPORTING THE SECURITY OF OUR FRIEND THAT WAS REFLECTED IN $38 BILLION, THE MOST MONEY IN MILITARY ASSISTANCE WE'VE EVER PROVIDED TO A SINGLE ALLY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION DID, IF THERE WAS ANY INTEREST IN THAT, INSTEAD OF ATTACKING THE GOODWILL AND THE GOOD FAITH OF THIS ADMINISTRATION, WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY. THERE'S NO URGENCY FOR US TO ACT TODAY. THERE'S AN URGENCY FOR THEM TO BESMIRCH JUST AS THE NEW HE ISINGNY FOR THE AMBASSADOR TO -- NEW DESIGNEE FOR THE AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL. THE TRUTH IS THAT EVER-EXPANDING ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS, MANY OF THEM FIRST CONSTRUCTED IN TOTAL VIOLATION OF ISRAELI LAW ARE A SIGNIFICANT -- LAW, ARE A SIGNIFICANT OBSTACLE. BUT THEY'RE CERTAINLY NOT THE ONLY ONE. CLEAR GOAL OF SETTLERS IS TO HAVE FACTS ON THE GROUND. TO BE IRREVERSIBLE IN MOVING TO SPLIT UP ANY POTENTIAL PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

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    PROTECT OUR FAMILIES AND THOSE IN ISRAEL BY REJECTING THIS RESOLUTION.

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    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN.

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    MR. ZELDIN

    MR. SPEAKER, I OPPOSE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334, AN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I OPPOSE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334, AN ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-JEWISH ATTEMPT ON BEHALF OF PRO-PALESTINIAN NATIONS TO DELEGITIMATIZE ISRAEL AND ETHNICALLY CLEANSE EAST JERUSALEM AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE. THE ISRAELIS HAVE LONG BEEN WILLING TO COMPROMISE LARGE SWATHS OF LAND IN ITS REGION IN PURSUIT OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. IT HAS BEEN THE PALESTINIANS WHO HAVE TIME AND AGAIN DECLINED REAL OFFERS ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR OWN STATE. JUST THINK ABOUT THIS REALITY. IF THE ISRAELIS AGREED RIGHT NOW TO MAKE ALL OF THE CONCESSIONS THIS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION CALLS FOR, THERE WOULD STILL NOT BE PEACE. A VIABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION ISN'T JUST ABOUT ISRAEL RECOGNIZING THE PALESTINIANS' RIGHT TO EXIST. IT'S ALSO ABOUT THE PALESTINIANS RECOGNIZING ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST. AS FOR ME, I STAND FOR FREEDOM. AND AMERICA SHOULD STAND STRONG, SHOULDER TO SHOULDER, WITH ISRAEL. PRESIDENT OBAMA LIT A MINORA THIS YEAR AT THE WHITE HOUSE. HE FLECTED ON -- HE REFLECTED ON THE MACK BEES FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM. THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND PRAYED IN THE LAND THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION NOW CALLS AN ILLEGAL OCCUPIED TERRITORY. IT'S AN INSULT THIS WAS PASSED ONE DAY BEFORE THE START OF HANUKKAH. ISRAEL IS ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST ALLIES AND A BEACON OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY IN A VERY DARK REGION OF THE WORLD. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, BY ALLOWING ITS RESOLUTION TO PASS, IS ATTEMPTING A DANGEROUS SHIFT IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND. TO STAND. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOW MY GREAT PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. DAVID SCOTT.

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    MR. SCOTT

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. ENGEL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I RISE IN GREAT…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. ENGEL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I RISE IN GREAT SUPPORT OF THE ROSS-ENGEL BILL -- ROYCE-ENGEL BILL, AGAINST THIS MOST DECEITFUL AND SHAMEFUL U.N. RESOLUTION. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE FOR. THIS ACT WAS SHAMEFUL. AND IT WAS DECEITFUL. WHEN THE U.N. VOTED FOR THIS 2334 RESOLUTION, IT WAS LIKE CUTTING ISRAEL'S LEGS OUT FROM UNDER THEM. AND THEN CONDEMNING ISRAEL FOR BEING A CRIPPLE. SHAMEFUL AND DECEITFUL. BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO PUT ALL OF THE BLAME ON ISRAEL. WHEN IT'S THE PALESTINIANS WHO REFUSE TO EVEN MEET, TO DISCUSS OR EVEN TALK ABOUT A TWO-NATION SETTLEMENT. IT'S THE PALESTINIANS WHO SAY ISRAEL DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXIST. HOW IN THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO MEET WITH SOMEBODY TO TALK ABOUT A COMBINED FUTURE WHEN THEY WILL NOT GIVE YOU THE DECENT RECOGNITION THAT YOU HAVE -- I ASK YOU, WITH ALL OF OUR -- THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. ENGEL. BECAUSE THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS NATION IS BLESSED. WE'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH DIVINE INTERVENTION. ALL THROUGH OUR HISTORY, TO BE THAT SHINING LIGHT ON THE HILL. TO LET ALL OF OUR GREAT WORKS SHOW FOR THE WORLD. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TONIGHT FOR THIS CONGRESS TO STAND UP AND SHOW THAT LIGHT FOR ISRAEL. STAND UP FOR ISRAEL. AND SHOW OUR GREAT WORKS TO THIS WORLD. AND THAT'S WHAT I SAY. SO LET IT BE WRITTEN AND LET IT BE DONE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MR. TROTT

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 11, WHICH OFFERS A STRONG OBSERVATION TO SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. PRESIDENT OBAMA STARTED HIS FOREIGN POLICY EIGHT YEARS AGO WITH AN APOLOGY TOUR IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NOW NEW YORK CITY SURPRISINGLY, ENDS IT WITH A SLAP IN THE FACE TO OUR ALLY AND FRIEND, ISRAEL. FOR OVER 40 YEARS THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH OUR ALLY, VETOING COUNTLESS RESOLUTIONS AT THE UNITED NATIONS. HOWEVER THIS PAST DECEMBER, PRESIDENT OBAMA BROKE THAT TRADITION AND CHOSE TO ALLOW THIS RESOLUTION TO COME BEFORE THE SECURITY COUNCIL FOR A VOTE. AS PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU SAID, THIS WAS A DISGRACEFUL ANTI-ISRAEL MANEUVER. NOT ONLY DOES THIS ONE SIDED RESOLUTION BLATANTLY TARGET ISRAEL, BUT IT SERIOUSLY IMPEDES THE PEACE PROCESS. UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE I WHOLEHEARTEDLY REJECT WHAT HAPPENED AT THE UNITED NATIONS, I CANNOT SAY THAT I'M SURPRISED. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN MORE CONCERNED WITH APPEASING ACTORS LIKE IRAN AND CUBA, ALL THE WHILE IGNORING FRIENDS LIKE ISRAEL. I LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW ERA OF FOREIGN POLICY WHERE OUR ENEMIES FEAR US AND OUR ALLIES RESPECT US. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE -- REQUIRE AS TO THE AMOUNT REMAINING ON EACH…

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE -- REQUIRE AS TO THE AMOUNT REMAINING ON EACH SIDE?

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    AND THE OTHERS?

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    MR. PRICE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY,…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO OUR FRIEND FROM KENTUCKY, MR. YARMUTH.

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    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. AS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE. AS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION, AS A JEWISH MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND AS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN TO ISRAEL AND SEEN THE SETTLEMENTS FIRSTHAND, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. SETTLEMENTS ARE AN IMPEDIMENT TO PEACE BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS. THIS RESOLUTION ONLY PROVIDES AMMUNITION TO THOSE WHO OPPOSE A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THE APPROACH THAT IS OUR ONLY HOPE FOR A LASTING PEACE. WE ALL AGREE THAT INCITEMENT OF VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM MUST END, WHICH U.N. RESOLUTION 2334 DISCUSSES. BUT AS SECRETARY KERRY SO ELOQUENTLY STATED IN HIS SPEECH ON DECEMBER 28, AND QUOTE, SOME SEEM TO BELIEVE THAT THE U.S.'S FRIENDSHIP MEANS THE U.S. MUST ACCEPT ANY POLICY, RARLEDLESS OF OUR OWN INTEREST, OUR OWN POSITIONS, OUR OWN WORDS, OUR OWN PRINCIPLES. EVEN AFTER URGING AGAIN AND AGAIN THAT THE POLICY MUST CHANGE. FRIENDS NEED TO TELL EACH OTHER THE HARD TRUTHS AND FRIENDSHIPS REQUIRE MUTUAL RESPECT. END QUOTE. WELL, MY FRIENDS, ISRAEL MUST END SETTLEMENT EXPANSION. CLOSE THEIR OUTPOSTS. AND GET TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU HAS NOT TREATED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WITH RESPECT AND THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE HONEST, TRUE DEBATE WE SHOULD BE HAVING ABOUT THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MEASURE AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER MY FULL STATEMENT INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 06:15:19 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROHRABACHER.

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    MR. ROHRABACHER

    CONTRARY TO THE U.N. RESOLUTION WE ARE CONDEMNING TODAY WHICH CONDEMNS THE…

    CONTRARY TO THE U.N. RESOLUTION WE ARE CONDEMNING TODAY WHICH CONDEMNS THE SETTLEMENTS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN ISRAEL, THE NEW SETTLEMENTS THAT THE ISRAELIS FIND THEMSELVES PERMITTING ARE NOT UNDERMINING THE CAUSE OF PEACE. LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT. THE SETTLEMENTS ARE UNDERMINING PEACE. NO. WHAT UNDERMINES PEACE IS WHEN THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE CONTINUE WITH THEIR POLICIES OF TERRORISM, BOTH ATTACKING WITH MISSILES AND ROCKETS AS WELL AS STABBINGS AS WELL AS THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE UNWILLING -- THEIR LEADERS UNWILLING TO STAND UP AND RECOGNIZE THAT ISRAEL EXISTS AND THEY DON'T HAVE A RIGHT TO FLOOD INTO THAT COUNT FRIDAY WITH A RIGHT OF RETURN. THAT'S WHAT UNDERMINES THE PEACE. THE SETTLEMENTS WOULDN'T BE TAKING PLACE EXCEPT THE ISRAELIS AND UNITED NATIONS AND SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIANS HAVE MADE A MOCKERY OF THE DEAL THAT WAS MADE. THE ISRAELIS WITHDREW FROM THE TERRITORY AND THEY PERMITTED THE PALESTINIANS TO ESTABLISH AUTHORITY THERE WITH TWO PROMISES. NUMBER ONE, THEY WOULDN'T USE THE TERRITORY TO ATTACK ISRAEL AND THEY WOULD RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXIST AND ELIMINATE IT THAT WAY, DID NOT EXIST. THE PALESTINIANS HAVE GIVEN UP NOTHING. THE ISRAELIS HAVE GIVEN UP TERRITORY AND MADE THEMSELVES VULNERABLE TO THE TYPE OF TERRITORY THAT LEAVES ISRAELIS DEAD EVERY DAY FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS. THE U.N. HAS IT WRONG. THE RESOLUTION BY THE U.N. MAKES PEACE LESS LIKELY THAN MORE LIKELY.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, STENY HOYER.

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    YOU DON'T HAVE IT.

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    MR. ENGEL

    YOU DON'T HAVE IT.

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    MR. HOYER

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. HOYER

    ONE IS A TWO-STATE SLUSE THAT I SUPPORT. THERE ARE PARTIES TO THIS BOTH…

    ONE IS A TWO-STATE SLUSE THAT I SUPPORT. THERE ARE PARTIES TO THIS BOTH FOOD TO TAKE STEPS TOWARDS PEACE. FOR ISRAEL THIS MEANS NOT BUILDING AREAS AND FOR PALESTINIANS, IT MEANS ENDING INCITEMENT AND TERRORISM AND ACCEPTING ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO EXISTENCE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. LANCE

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. THE U.N. RESOLUTION IS VASTLY…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 11. THE U.N. RESOLUTION IS VASTLY DISPROPORTIONATE AND INCLUDES LANGUAGE THAT IS DESIGNED TO PROVOKE ISRAEL. CAT GORE ISING THE WESTERN WALL AS OCCUPIED TERRITORY IS ENFIRLE INAPPROPRIATE. I BELIEVE PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD HAVE DIRECTED UNITED STATES TO VETO THE U.N. RESOLUTION. INSTEAD OUR AMBASSADOR SAT SILENT. AND SUSTAINING ON THIS VOTE HANDED A VICTORY TO THE FORCES THAT WISH TO DELEGITIMATE ISRAEL. AND THIS RESOLUTION ERECTS A GREATER BARRIER, HINDERING CRITICAL GOIRKS. THESE PROCESSES MUST BE NEGOTIATED BILATERALLY BY ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS WITH SUPPORT NOT PROVOCATION BY OUTSIDE ACTORS. IN THIS NEW YEAR AND NEW CONGRESS WE SHOULD REASSERT A POSITION OF STRENGTH ON THE WORLD STAGE AND STAND BY OUR ALLIES INCLUDING ISRAEL WHOSE COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE EXERCISED ITS VETO POWER AND THWARTED THIS DIVISIVE ANTI--ISRAEL EFFORT.

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    WHO ARE WE --

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    WHO ARE WE KIDDING. EVERYONE IS TRASHING PRESIDENT OBAMA. IF YOU WANT TO…

    WHO ARE WE KIDDING. EVERYONE IS TRASHING PRESIDENT OBAMA. IF YOU WANT TO CONDEMN THE U.N. RESOLUTION, LET'S DO SO, I'LL JOIN YOU, BUT THAT ISN'T WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THIS IS ABOUT KICKING A PRESIDENT ON THE WAY OUT ONE MORE TIME AND ENHANCING A FALSE NARRATIVE ABOUT HIS LACK OF SUPPORT FOR OUR ALLY ISRAEL. AND IT AGREESES THE SKID TO DEFUND THE UNITED NATIONS WHILE THEY'RE AT IT. AND I SAY TO MY FRIENDS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE, DON'T BE FOOLED OR ENABLELERS. THERE WAS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. WE COULD HAVE HAD ON THE FLOOR AND WE WERE DENIED THAT RIGHT. WE WERE EVEN DENIED THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT FOR A REASON, BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO RISK THAT. THEY WANT TO CONTROL A PLATFORM THAT IS NEGATIVE AND INSIDIOUS AND A RESOLUTION FILT WITH INSINUATIONS AND DISTORTIONS OF FACT. VOTE NO ON H.R. 11.

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    MR. ROYCE

    WHAT THIS RESOLUTION ATTEMPTS TO DO IS TO RESCRECT THE U.N. RESOLUTION…

    WHAT THIS RESOLUTION ATTEMPTS TO DO IS TO RESCRECT THE U.N. RESOLUTION THAT CALLS FOR A PALESTINIAN STATE BUT NOT A JEWISH STATE. A RESOLUTION THAT OPENS THE DOOR FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO IMPOSE BOYCOTT OR OTHER MEASURES AGAINST ISRAEL OR ISRAELI COMPANIES AND IN ESSENCE IN CLUDES THE HOLIEST SITES AS OCCUPIED TERRITORY. THAT IS WHAT IS IN THIS RESOLUTION. THAT'S THE FACTS THAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE. AND I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. COSTELLO. THAT IS THE FACT THAT NEEDS TO BE REJECTED, MY COLLEAGUES.

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    PATH TO PEACE AND MONDAY YINES ISRAEL. OUR POLICY HAS LONG BEEN THAT THE…

    PATH TO PEACE AND MONDAY YINES ISRAEL. OUR POLICY HAS LONG BEEN THAT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT SHOULD BE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. THIS U.N. RESOLUTION CONTRADICTS OUR LONG STANDING POLICY BY DELEGITIMATING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS TO CARRY OUT ITS OWN SOLUTION. AND SECOND, BY NOT PROVIDING FOR THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO UPHOLD THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY AS IT RELATES TO THE PEACE NEGOTIATIONS. AND THE U.N. RESOLUTION DISREGARDS THE HAMAS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION CONTROLS THE PALESTINIAN STATE. THAT IS AN OUTRAGE. WE MUST NOT SIT ON THE SIDELINES OR BE SILENCED WHEN THESE RESOLUTIONS ARE PRESENTED. I SUPPORT H.RES. 11 TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. WE…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS. WE ARE PLEASED THAT HE IS BACK. MR. BRAD SCHNEIDER.

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    MR. SCHNEIDER

    19 YEARS, JORDAN OCCUPIED THESE TWO, JEWS COULD NOT GO TO THE WESTERN WALL…

    19 YEARS, JORDAN OCCUPIED THESE TWO, JEWS COULD NOT GO TO THE WESTERN WALL AND WERE DENIED ACCESS WHERE 2,000 YEARS THEY MADE A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THEIR FAITH AND THEIR HISTORY. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SEPARATE JEWISH IDENTITY FROM THE WESTERN WALL OR THE WESTERN WALL FROM ITS JEWISH IDENTITY OR JERUSALEM FROM THE JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL BUT THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE UNITED NATIONSES FOR YEARS AND WHAT SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 SOUGHT TO DO. THE RESOLUTION ASSIGNS BLAME TO ISRAEL WHILE AVOIDING DIRECT CRITICISM OF INCITEMENT AND VIOLENCE. I URGED PRESIDENT OBAMA TO VETO THE RESOLUTION. THE U.S. MUST SEEK A TWO-STATE STATE SOLUTION AND DEMILITARIZE. BUT THE ONLY PATH TO TWO STATES IS THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BY THE TWO PARTIES. EFFORTS TO FORCE A SOLUTION AT THE U.N. ARE MISGUIDED AND RISK MOVING PEACE. I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING HOUSE RESOLUTION 11.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. FRENCH HILL.

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    MR. HILL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. WE NEED TOE CLOSE RANKS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE NEED AS COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT WHAT FOR DECADES HAS BEEN THE CORNSTONE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY TOWARDS ISRAEL AND PALESTINE. THAT'S DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THESE TWO COUNTRIES IS THE ONLY WAY THAT PEACE CAN BE ACHIEVED. THE FACT THAT OUR AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS WENT AGAINST THAT BY AND SUSTAINING FROM THIS VOTE IS APPALLING. IT'S ANOTHER VOTE FOR A TYRANT AND TERRORISTS. AND SO ALL OF US NEED TO CLOSE RANKS TO SUPPORT A TWO-STATE SOLUTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE. I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TONIGHT, MR. ENGEL, MR. ROYCE, IN OPPOSING THIS MISTAKE THAT HAS BEEN MADE BY OUR U.N. AMBASSADOR AND BY THE U.N. RESOLUTION ITSELF. BOTH ARE WRONG. BOTH OUR DECISION TO AND SUSTAIN AND THE DRAFTING HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE AND I'M PROUD TO HAVE THIS RESOLUTION IN THE HOUSE TO UNDO THIS HARM AND SUPPORT OUR ALLY.

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  • 06:29:05 PM

    MR. PRICE

    I RESERVE.

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    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN.

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    MR. ALLEN

    THIS 1972 THE UNITED STATES HAS VETOED 4 U.N. RESOLUTIONS. THE FACTS ARE…

    THIS 1972 THE UNITED STATES HAS VETOED 4 U.N. RESOLUTIONS. THE FACTS ARE IN THE VERY FINAL DAYS, OBAMA LEFT OUR ONLY ALLY IN THE UNITED STATES BY ALLOWING THEM TO VIOLATE UNITED STATES POLICY. EITHER WE ARE WITH ISRAEL OR NOT. I COULD GO ON ON THE PRESIDENT'S REFUSAL TO VETO U.N. RESOLUTION AND HIS DECISION TO AND SUSTAIN FROM A VOTE. I'LL LET PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU'S WORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES ITS. THEY NOT ONLY FAILED TO PROTECT ISRAEL, IT COLUDED WITH IT BEHIND THE SCENES. AND ANTAGONIZING OUR ALLIES, THIS IS BETRAYAL OF THE WORST KIND. THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. WE ARE PARTNERS IN THIS WORLD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH ISRAEL AND SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:30:38 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MRS. LOWEY.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF TODAY'S BIPARTISAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF TODAY'S BIPARTISAN MEASURE. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO PEACE. ONLY THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS CAN RESOLVE THEIR COMPLICATED DIFFERENCES THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS. THAT IS WHY IT HAS BEEN LONG STANDING POLICY TO DEFEND OUR ALLY, ISRAEL, AGAINST ONE-SIDED U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS SEEKING TO IMPOSE SOLUTIONS. LAST YEAR CONGRESSWOMAN GRANGER AND I LED A LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED BY 394 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY CAUTIONING AGAINST ONE-SIDED U.N. INITIATIVES THAT DANGEROUSLY BEHINDER THE PROSPECTS FOR RESUMING DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS. I BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION'S BE A STENTION IS A STAIN ON OUR COUNTRY'S LONG AND CONSISTENT RECORD.

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  • 06:31:47 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I HAVE ONLY ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER, I BELIEVE. I WILL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 06:31:55 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM VERMONT, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES NOW TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM VERMONT, MR. WELCH.

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    MR. WELCH

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK OUR CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND OUR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK OUR CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER. AND I'M HERE TO STAND WITH ISRAEL. THE QUESTION OF THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS ONE OF LEGITIMATE DEBATE. IT'S A DEBATE THAT WE'RE HAVING HERE IN THE HOUSE, IT'S A DEBATE THAT THE FOLKS IN ISRAEL ARE HAVING THERE. AND THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US IS NOT THE ONE THAT EVERYONE WOULD HAVE WRITTEN OR THE ONE THAT WAS BEFORE THE U.N. WAS ONE EVERYONE WOULD HAVE WRITTEN. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THERE'S FAULT ON THE SIDE OF THE PALESTINIANS WITH RESPECT TO COMING TO THE TABLE FOR PEACE. BUT HERE'S THE QUESTION. THAT'S STARTING TO REALLY MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE POSSIBILITY OF ACHIEVING THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION THAT BOTH SIDES BY AND LARGE BELIEVE IS ESSENTIAL. AND THAT IS, SOMETHING THAT IS WITHIN THE CONTROL OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, WILL IT CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY THE SUPPORT FORSETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK? IF IT DOES, AS IT HAS BEEN, THERE ARE 600,000 SETTLERS NOW BETWEEN THE WEST AND BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM, IF IT CONTINUES TO DO THAT, IT MAKES THIS A PRACTICAL MATTER, VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE THE LAND FOR PEACE SWAP THAT WE KNOW IS ESSENTIAL TO GET TO A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THAT'S THE PRACTICAL CHALLENGE WE HAVE. WE'RE ALL FRIENDS OF ISRAEL. ALL OF US HERE BELIEVE IN A JEWISH STATE AND A DEMOCRATIC STATE. THE SECOND ISSUE OF MAJOR CONCERN THAT'S DISCUSSED IN ISRAEL AS WELL AS HERE IS THE FACT THAT DEMOGRAPHICS ARE GOING TO CATCH UP AND CAUSE A REAL CRISIS IN ISRAEL TO MAINTAIN THAT JEWISH IDENTITY AND THAT DEMOCRATIC TRADITION. THERE'S 4 1/2 MILLION ARABS TWO W.H.O. LIVE BETWEEN THE WEST AND -- WHO LIVE BETWEEN THE WEST BANK AND ISRAEL PROPER. THERE ARE 6 1/2 MILLION JEWISH CITIZENS. IF THERE IS NOT SOME RESOLUTION, AT SOME POINT A DECISION HAS TO BE MADE TO MAINTAIN THE JEWISH CHARACTER AT THE EXPENSE OF DEMOCRATIC IDEALS, OR COMPROMISE DEMOCRATIC IDEALS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THAT JEWISH IDENTITY. THE ISRAELI STATE HAS A PROUD, STRONG TROTRADIGS OF BEING DEMOCRATIC, OF BEING RELIABLE, OF STANDING UP FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS. MANY THERE AND SOME OF US HERE BELIEVE SETTLEMENTS ARE AN IMPEDIMENT TO THAT TRADITION.

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  • 06:34:28 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR.

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    FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:36:03 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 06:36:15 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MY PLEASURE TO NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MY PLEASURE TO NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE ON THE NORTHERN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE MIDDLE EAST SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. TED DEUTCH.

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    MR. DEUTCH

    I THANK MY FRIEND. IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, 394 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE SENT A…

    I THANK MY FRIEND. IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR, 394 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE SENT A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT URGING HIM TO OPPOSE AND VETO IF NECESSARY ANY ONE-SIDED U.N. RESOLUTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY THE RESOLUTION THAT PASSED THE SECURITY COUNCIL WITHOUT OUR VETO WAS EXACTLY THAT. IT WAS ONE-SIDED. THE RESOLUTION CONTAIN NOD FEWER THAN FIVE PROVISIONS ON ISRAELI SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY, IT CALLS THE JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS OF JERUSALEM ILLEGAL AND IT CHARACTERIZES JEWS PRAYING AT THE WESTERN WALL AS BEING IN FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. BUT EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT EVERY PROVISION ON SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY, THE RESOLUTION INCLUDED ONLY ONE VERY GENERAL STATEMENT ABOUT VIOLENCE. THE U.N., WHICH IS HISTORICALLY BIASED AGAINST ISRAEL, COULD NOT EVEN CONDEMN PALESTINIAN TERRORISM AGAINST ISRAEL AS AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE. IT IS. AND THE U.N. MUST ACKNOWLEDGE IT. THAT IS NOT BALANCE. IT IS ONE-SIDED. MY FRIENDS, TODAY'S RESOLUTIONS CLEARLY SUPPORTS THE GOAL OF TWO STATES. A JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE OF ISRAEL LIVING NEXT TO A DEMILITARIZED PALESTINIAN STATE AS IT STANDS AGAINST ONE-SIDED U.N. RESOLUTIONS THAT TAKE US FURTHER THAN THIS GOAL. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:37:55 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 06:38:01 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ALL FRIENDS OF ISRAEL. BUT THAT FRIENDSHIP REQUIRES…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE ALL FRIENDS OF ISRAEL. BUT THAT FRIENDSHIP REQUIRES MORE THAN DEMONIZING THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. IN FACT, IT REQUIRES THE FACING OF HARD TRUTHS, THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECT OF INCITEMENT AND VIOLENCE ON THE PALESTINIAN SIDE, WHICH THE U.N. RESOLUTION EXPLICITLY ACKNOWLEDGES, AND THE THREAT TO PEACE AND TO ANY CONCEIVABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION BY RELENTLESS SETTLEMENT EXPANSION ON THE ISRAELI SIDE, PUSHED BY THE RIGHT WING, UNCHALLENGED BY H.RES. 11. THE MAJORITY SEEKING TO PUSH THIS RESOLUTION THROUGH HAS DISPLAYED LITTLE INTEREST IN WHAT IT WOULD TAKE ACTUALLY TO ACHIEVE PEACE. CHOOSING INSTEAD TO DISTORT THE HISTORY, TO IMPUGN THE MOTIVES OF THOSE ATTEMPTING TO ACHIEVE THESE. IT'S NOT WORTHY OF THIS BODY. I URGE ITS REJECTION.

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  • 06:38:56 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE.

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  • 06:39:03 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN AN UNFAIR, ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION MOVES FORWARD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHEN AN UNFAIR, ONE-SIDED RESOLUTION MOVES FORWARD IN THE U.N., AS ISRAEL'S ALLY, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO SAY IT'S WRONG. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES. THIS RESOLUTION ALSO CALLS FOR A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE SOMEHOW PORTRAYING THIS RESOLUTION AS NOTHING FOR A TWO-STATE RESOLUTION, THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY WRONG. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, ESPECIALLY MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE U.S.-ISRAEL ALLIANCE. AND YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT BY VOTING FOR THIS RESOLUTION. THIS IS A FAIR RESOLUTION. LET'S REMEMBER, WHEN ISRAEL LEFT GAZA AND UPROOTED SETTLEMENTS, WHAT DID IT GET IN RETURN? NOT PEACE, BUT TERRORISM. STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL. VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION.

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  • 06:40:04 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    HAVE THE OTHER MANAGERS ALL YIELDED BACK AT THIS TIME?

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, IN SHORT , UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN SHORT , UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 HAS HARMED OUR ALLY, ISRAEL, IT HAS HARMED THE PROSPECTS FOR PEACE, IT IS ONE-SIDED, IT IS AN ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION, THE KIND OF WHICH IT HAS BEEN LONG STANDING U.S. POLICY TO VETO WITHIN THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL. AND IT IS NOT HARD TO SEE WHY. BECAUSE THIS RESOLUTION OPENS THE DOOR FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO IMPOSE BOYCOTT, DIVEST. -- DIVESTMENT OR OTHER SANCTIONS MEASURES AGAINST ISRAEL OR AGAINST ISRAELI COMPANIES AND IN ESSENCE IT DOES DECLARE JEW DAY. 'S HOLEYIST SITE, DECLARES THE WESTERN WALL AS OCCUPIED TERRITORY. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS REMINISCENT OF ANOTHER ACTION BY THE UNITED NATIONS, THE INFAMOUS ZIONISM IS RACISM RESOLUTION, WHOSE DAMAGE TOOK DECADES TO UNDO. FORTUNATELY THE BIPARTISAN REJECTION OF THE PRESIDENT'S U.N. DECISION PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE HOUSE TO RALLY AROUND A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE POLICY AND RENEWED U.S. LEADERSHIP IN THE REGION. I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE -- ON BOTH SIDES OF THE I'LL TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION SO THAT -- OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION SO THAT THE BIPARTISAN POLICY OF REJECTING THIS HARMFUL U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION AND ENCOURAGING DIRECT NEGOTIATION IS ENDORSED LOUD AND CLEAR. IT IS FAR PAST TIME FOR THE INCITEMENT TO STOP AND THE BUDGETING OF $300 MILLION BY THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TO PAY PEOPLE TO SLAY ISRAELI CIVILIANS BE DISCONTINUED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE RESOLUTION AND ON THE PREAMBLE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO.

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  • 06:42:30 PM

    MR. PRICE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I REQUEST 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 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. 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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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 342, THE NAYS ARE 80. FOUR ANSWERING PRESENT. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE OUT OF ORDER.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. SINN SINN MR. SPEAKER, -- SALVATION ARMY MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY --

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  • 07:07:37 PM

    MR. SALI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM ARIZONA AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES FROM ARIZONA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, TO COMMEMORATE THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JANUARY 28, 2011, SHOOTING IN TUCSON THAT KILLED SIX PEOPLE AND WOUNDED 13 MORE.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    13 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE. SIX…

    13 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE. SIX YEARS AGO, THIS WEEK, SHE HEADED HOME TO HER DISTRICT JUST LIKE WE ALL WILL TOMORROW. AND SIX YEARS AGO, ON SUNDAY, SHE WAS ENGAGING IN ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL ACTIVITIES THANK OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, BY MEETING WITH HER CONSTITUENTS, TO HEAR THEIR THOUGHTS, CONCERNS AND IDEAS. JUST LIKE WE WILL ALL DO IN THE DAYS AHEAD. AS REPRESENTATIVES, WE EACH CARRY OUT THIS CRITICAL DISCOURSE WHEN HOME IN OUR DISTRICTS. IT'S EXER -- ITS EXERCISE IS VITAL OUR FREE SOCIETY, WHICH IS WHY THE SHOOTING WASN'T JUST AN ATTACK ON TUCSON, BUT THIS BODY AND OUR VERY DEMOCRATIC FOUNDATION. THE ATTACK MARKED THE FIRST TIME IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY THAT AN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT WAS MADE ON A CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER ENGAGING WITH HER CONSTITUENTS. IT ALSO IS REMEMBERED AS THE FIRST ASSASSINATION OF A CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER, GABE ZIMMERMAN, IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AS WE REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST, WE ALSO REFLECT ON THE RENEWED SENSE OF COMPASSION AND CIVILITY THAT EMERGED FROM THIS TRAGEDY. THIS WEEKEND IN TUCSON, WE WILL COMMEMORATE HOW OUR COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THOSE GRIEVING AND PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE OF COURAGE AND UNITY THAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY COULD FOLLOW. IN THIS SPIRIT OF UNITY WE STAND HERE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER THE SIX LIVES THAT WERE CUT TRAGICALLY SHORT THAT DAY.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    9-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, DOROTHY MORRIS, JUDGE JOHN ROLL,…

    9-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, DOROTHY MORRIS, JUDGE JOHN ROLL, PHYLLIS SNECK AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER, GABRIEL ZIMMERMAN.

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  • 07:09:52 PM

    RE PURSUANT

    CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE…

    CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 26. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, MR. SIMPSON, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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    THE CHAIR

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF L. 26, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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  • 07:10:21 PM

    THE CLERK

    CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE THAT MAJOR RULES OF THE…

    CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE THAT MAJOR RULES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SHALL HAVE NO FORCE OR EFFECT UNLESS A JOINT RESOLUTION OF APPROVAL IS ENACTED INTO LAW.

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  • 07:10:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A…

    WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, A REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, HAD BEEN POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER IT 2 BY MR. MESSER OF INDIANA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 BY MR. GRIJALVA OF ARIZONA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 5 BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND, AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 BY MR. CONYERS OF MICHIGAN, AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 BY MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 BY MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK, AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 BY MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA, AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 BY MR. KING OF IOWA. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ELECTRONIC VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. MESSER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. MESSER OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. MESSER OF INDIANA.

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  • 07:11:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:15:11 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 185678 THE MAJORITY VOTING IN…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 235, THE NAYS ARE 185678 THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS DOTCHTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GRIJALVA, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:15:33 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MR. GRIJALVA…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MR. GRIJALVA OF ARIZONA.

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  • 07:15:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:19:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 191, THE NAYS ARE 230. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 191, THE NAYS ARE 230. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT DOPPED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINNED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, ON WHICH THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOYS VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:19:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 4 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA.

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  • 07:19:33 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A ROSHEDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. ROSHEDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED.…

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

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  • 07:22:35 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE AYES ARE 19, 0 THE NAYS ARE 233. LESS THAN A MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE AYES ARE 19, 0 THE NAYS ARE 233. LESS THAN A MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPT THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. SIS LINO, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:22:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MR.…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 5, PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, OFFERED BY MR. CICILLINE OF RHODE ISLAND.

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  • 07:23:05 PM

    THE CHAIR

    THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE…

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

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  • 07:25:53 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186, THE NAYS ARE 232. LESS THAN A MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 186, THE NAYS ARE 232. LESS THAN A MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 6 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:26:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. CONYERS OF MOCH.

  • 07:26:22 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. THIS WILL BE A TWO-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 07:29:10 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 192, THE NAYS ARE 231, LESS THAN A MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 192, THE NAYS ARE 231, LESS THAN A MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER SEVEN PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1, BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:29:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 7 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. JOHNSON OF GEORGIA.

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  • 07:29:40 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A VORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 07:33:23 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190RK THE NAYS ARE 234. 2/3 OF THOSE NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190RK THE NAYS ARE 234. 2/3 OF THOSE NOT RESPONDING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 BY MR. NADLER ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON I NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE.

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  • 07:33:40 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 9 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. NADLER OF NEW YORK.

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  • 07:33:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORD VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 07:37:36 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 194, THE NAYS ARE 231. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 194, THE NAYS ARE 231. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCNERNEY, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:37:56 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. MCNERNEY…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 10 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. MCNERNEY OF CALIFORNIA.

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  • 07:38:03 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:41:13 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 235. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 235. LESS THAN THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDISNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:41:35 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 11 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. SCOTT OF VIRGINIA.

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  • 07:41:39 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A RECORD THE VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR…

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

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  • 07:44:52 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193, THE NAYS ARE 232 LESS THAN A MAJORITY…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193, THE NAYS ARE 232 LESS THAN A MAJORITY VOTING IF THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. KING, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND THE AYES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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  • 07:45:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF…

    AMENDMENT NUMBER 12 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-1 OFFERED BY MR. KING OF IOWA.

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  • 07:45:18 PM

    THE CHAIR

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

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

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  • 07:48:16 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON AT THE VOTE, THE YAYS -- ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE…

    ON AT THE VOTE, THE YAYS -- ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 190.

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  • 07:49:46 PM

    THE CHAIR

    ON THIS VET, THE AYES HAVE 230, THE NAYS 193. THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE…

    ON THIS VET, THE AYES HAVE 230, THE NAYS 193. THE MAJORITY VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE AMENDMENT IS EXPECTED. THERE BEING NO FURTHER AMENDMENTS, THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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  • 07:50:07 PM

    THE CHAIR

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 26 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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  • 07:50:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

    THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 26 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 22 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH SUNDRY AMENDMENTS ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON ANY AMENDMENT? IF NOT THE CHAIR WILL PUT THEM ENGROSS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO. THE REQUEST IS -- THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, THIRD READING.

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  • 07:51:04 PM

    THE CHAIR

    A BILL TO --

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF CHAPTER 5 THAT REGULATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE…

    A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 8 OF CHAPTER 5 THAT REGULATIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH SHALL HAVE NO FORCE UNLESS RECEIVING JOINT HOUSE AND SENATE APPROVAL BEFORE BEING ENACTED INTO LAW.

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  • 07:51:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ASK ALL MEMBER IT IS TAKE THEIR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL ASK ALL MEMBER IT IS TAKE THEIR SEATS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:51:38 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEWOMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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    I AM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    MS. MURPHY MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE JEW DISH…

    MS. MURPHY MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE JEW DISH WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. ADD AT THE END OF THE BILL THE FOLLOWING --

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  • 07:52:05 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA…

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 07:52:13 PM

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    I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE MOTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE READING IS SUSPENDED. THE HOUSE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? WITHOUT OBJECTION THE READING IS SUSPENDED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS, PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HER MOTION.

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  • 07:52:48 PM

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    THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, IT WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND…

    THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, IT WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. LIKE A NUMBER OF COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE I WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS IN 2010 WHEN CONGRESS ENACTED THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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  • 07:53:10 PM

    MS. MURPHY

    YEARS AND BECOME PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE…

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK ALL MEMBERS TO PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR AND ALLOW THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA TO BE HEARD. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 07:53:30 PM

    MS. MURPHY

    FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE WAY WE PROVIDE AND PAY PA FOR HEALTH CARE IN…

    FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGING THE WAY WE PROVIDE AND PAY PA FOR HEALTH CARE IN THIS COUNTRY. THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER, OUR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SENATE AND THE INCOMING PRESIDENT WILL SOON HAVE A BUYNARY CHOICE TO MAKE. AND THE STAKES FOR PATIENTS, PHYSICIANS, HOSPITALS AND HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDERS COULD NOT BE HIGHER. THE CHOICE IS THIS. WILL WE RETAIN THE MANY PROVISIONS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT ARE FUNCTIONING WELL AND WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO REFORM, REFINE, AND RECTIFY THOSE PROVISIONS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT? OR, ON THE OTHER HAND, WILL WE REPEAL THE ENTIRE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHOUT A CLEAR AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN PLACE TO REPLACE THE LAW WITH SOMETHING AS GOOD OR BETTER WHICH IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO CAUSE CHAOS IN OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND DISRUPT THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT PERFECT BUT I BELIEVE THE RESPONSIBLE AND MORAL COURSE OF ACTION FOR THIS BODY IS TO STRENGTHEN THE LAW, NOT REPEAL IT. A LOOK TO HISTORIC PRECEDENT GIVES US GUIDANCE HERE. IN THE PAST, WHEN CONGRESS HAS ENACTED IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE, DESIGNED TO ADDRESS SERIOUS NATIONAL PROBLEMS, IT RARELY GETS IT PERFECTLY RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. CONGRESS ALMOST ALWAYS NEEDS TO REVISIT THE LAW DOWN THE LINE, TO OBSERVE HOW THE LAW HAS OPERATED IN PRACTICE, TO SEE WHO THE LAW HAS HELPED OR WHO IT MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY HAVE HARMED. TO LEARN FROM THAT EXPERIENCE AND THEN BASED ON EVIDENCE AND COUNSEL OF OUR CONSTITUENTS TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LAW. THE PERFECT MUST NEVER BECOME THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD. JUST AS IN BUSINESS, WHEN YOUR BUSINESS PLAN RUNS INTO CHALLENGES, YOU DON'T SCRAP THE WHOLE PLAN YOU MAKE LEFT AND RIGHT ADJUSTMENTS ALONG THE WAY AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD TOWARD YOUR GOAL. HEALTH CARE IS TOO CENTRAL TO THE LIVES OF OUR CONSTITUENTS TO BE REBOOTED EVERY FEW YEARS IN A PARTISAN, HAPHAZARD MANNER. MY AMENDMENT IS CONSISTENT WITH THIS BROADER PHILOSOPHY. ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND WELL FUNCTIONING PROVISIONS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS A PROVISION REQUIRING CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PLANS TO ALLOW YOUNG ADULTS TO STAY ON THEIR PARENT'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS UNTIL THE AGE OF 26. THIS PROVISION HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY BENEFICIAL FOR MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, WHICH HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST MEDIAN AGES OF ANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN THE SUNSHINE STATE. AND WHICH IS HOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, THE NATION'S SECOND LARGEST UNIVERSITY WITH OVER 63,000 ENROLLED STUDENTS. PRIOR TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, TOO MANY YOUNG ADULTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY WERE UNINSURED. EITHER BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT EMPLOYED OR BECAUSE THEY WERE EMPLOYED AT JOBS THAT DID NOT PROVIDE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE OR ANY COVERAGE AT ALL. IF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WERE TO BECOME SICK OR GET INJURED, THE RESULTING MEDICAL BILLS COULD BANKRUPT THEM OR THEIR FAMILY. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SOUGHT TO MITIGATE THIS RISK AND THE EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT IT HAS DONE SO SUCCESSFULLY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID OVERWHELMINGLY THAT THEY WANT TO KEEP THIS POPULAR PROVISION. ACCORDINGLY, MY AMENDMENT WOULDEST TABLY AN EXCEPTION TO THE REINS ACT. IT WOULD ENSURE THAT ANY FEDERAL REGULATION THAT EXECUTES OR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVISION ENABLING YOUNG ADULTS UP TO AGE 26 TO OBTAIN HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH THEIR PARENT'S PLAN WILL NOT BE ANNULED BY CONGRESS BY VOTING FOR MY AMENDMENT, YOU WILL SEND A SIGNAL THAT YOU SUPPORT THIS PROVISION, WHICH HAS BENEFITED MILLIONS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, WHETHER THEY LIVE IN RED STATES, BLUE STATES, OR PURPLE STATES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 07:57:39 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IN 2011, THE PRESIDENT OF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE IN 2011, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES PROMISED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT, AND I QUOTE, TO REDUCE BARRIERS TO GROWTH AND INVESTMENT, WHEN WE FIND RULES THAT PUT AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN ON BUSINESSES, WE WILL FIX THEM, END QUOTE. BUT MR. SPEAKER, THOSE WERE JUST PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WORDS. HIS ACTIONS WERE STARKLY DIFFERENT. THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE EIGHT YEARS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, A FLOOD OF NEW MAJOR REGULATIONS HAS BEEN BURYING AMERICA'S JOB CREATORS AND HAAS HOLDS AT RECORD LEVELS AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, WHEN CONGRESS DECLINED TO LEGISLATE THE PRESIDENT'S MISGUIDED POLICIES FOR HIM , HE INCREASINGLY RESORTED TO UNILATERAL REGULATORY ACTIONS TO LEGISLATE BY EXECUTIVE FIAT. IT IS TIME TO SAY NEVER AGAIN. THE REINS ACT, IN ONE FELL SWOOP, PUTS A STOP TO ABUSES LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S AND ASSURES THAT CONGRESS, THE BODY TO WHICH THE CONSTITUTION ASSIGNS THE POWER TO LEGISLATE, HAS THE NECESSARY TOOLS TO BLOCK THE MOST OVERREACHING REGULATIONS AND MANDATES ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLEMENT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT SEEKS ONLY TO DISTRACT FROM THE URGENT NEED TO REFORM OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM AND REDUCE UNNECESSARY BURDENS ON THE PUBLIC. WHEN HEALTH CARE REFORM REGULATIONS ARE ADOPTED, THEY SHOULD BE ADOPTED WITH APPROVAL OF THIS BODY. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, REJECT THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT, AND SHOW AMERICA THAT CONGRESS CAN ACT FOR THE GOOD OF JOB CREATORS AND ALL AMERICANS WHO DESPERATELY WANT AND NEED JOBS. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:59:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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  • 07:59:49 PM

    MS. MURPHY

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FARING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THIS FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL IF ORDERED. 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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  • 08:05:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO. THE…

    THE YEAS ARE 190, THE NAYS ARE 235. THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED --

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL…

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF A RECORDED VOTE WILL STAND. 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.] . THE YEAS ARE 237 AND THE NAYS ARE 187 AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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    AT NOON TOMORROW AND FURTHER, WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THAT DAY, IT…

    AT NOON TOMORROW AND FURTHER, WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THAT DAY, IT ADJOURNS TO MEET ON MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2017 AND CONVENE AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE AND 2:00 FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 08:13:01 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON ETHICS, MS. SANCHEZ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE.

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  • 08:14:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    TODAY, FOUR PEOPLE WERE CHARGED WITH VIOLENT CRIME AFTER A FACEBOOK VIDEO.…

    TODAY, FOUR PEOPLE WERE CHARGED WITH VIOLENT CRIME AFTER A FACEBOOK VIDEO. THIS BARELY COVERS THE EXPERIENCE OF AN 18-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS FORCED TO COWER IN A CORNER BY PEOPLE HE THOUGHT WERE HIS FRIENDS. HIS MOUTH WAS DUCT TAPED SHUT. HIS HANDS AN FEET WERE TIE. THEY CUT HIS CLOTHES, HAIR, AND SCALP WITH A KNIFE. HE WAS HUMILIATED AND BERATED. THIS WAS NOT JUST BULLYING, IT WAS VIOLENT TORTURE PERPETRATED BY YOUNG ADULTS.

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  • 08:15:49 PM

    MR. MURPHY

    THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA WILL HAUNT HIM FOR YEARS. CHILDREN WITH…

    THE PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA WILL HAUNT HIM FOR YEARS. CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE ASSAULTED THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. WE ENACTED HEALTH CARE REFORMS WEEKS AGO, BUT WE CANNOT LEGISLATE MORALITY FOR PERPETRATORS WHO HAVE NO SENSE OF SHAME. TODAY AS A NATION WE SHOULD BULL BE ASHAMED AND RECOMMIT TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THERE IS NEVER ANY EXCUSE TO HARM A DISABLED PERSON, NEVER. I PRAY FOR THE VICTIM AND HIS FAMILY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY CARE CAUCUS, I RISE ON BEHALF OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY CARE CAUCUS, I RISE ON BEHALF OF MOTHERS AND BABIES WHO WILL SUFFER IF REPUBLICANS REPEEL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. IT IS UNDISPUTABLE THAT WITH PRENATAL CARE, BABIES ARE BORN HEALTHIER. BEFORE THE A.C.A., APPROXIMATELY 10% OF CHILDBEARING WOMEN HAD NO INSURANCE AND THE PLANS OF 60% OF CHILDBEARING WOMEN HAD NO MATERNITY COVERAGE. AS A RESULT OF THE A.C.A. MORE THAN HALF OF THE WOMEN UNINSURED BECAME ELIGIBLE FOR MATERNITY KAY.

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  • 08:17:13 PM

    MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD

    MATERNITY CARE AND BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENT OF LEROY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENT OF LEROY BALDWIN A TRUE AMERICAN ORIGINAL. LEROY BALDWIN WAS BORN AND RAISED IN OCALA, FLORIDA, IN 1952. NOT COMING FROM A FAMILY WITH A RICH AG BACKGROUND, HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST CALF WHEN HE WAS 6 YEARS OF AGE FROM THE MONEY HE EARNED DELIVERING NEWSPAPERS. HE SERVED HONORABLY IN THE U.S. ARMY FROM 1952 TO 1955 IN THE KOREAIAN WAR. AFTER THAT HER PURSUED HIS LIFE HONGPRGT, THE BALDWIN ANGUS RANCH. IT NOW COVERS 61 ACRES AND HAS TAKEN FLORIDA'S ANGUS BREED ALL OVER THE WORLD. HE BLESSED GOD EVERY DAY FOR THE BLESSINGS HIS BUSINESS ENJOYED. GOD, FAMILY, AND COUNTRY ARE WORDS HE LIVED BY. WE HAVE LOST A TRUE GIANT, MR. BALDWIN, MAY GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT UP DONE FOR FLORIDA AND OUR NATION'S AGRICULTURE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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  • 08:19:15 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    TODAY IN THE SENATE, THE OTHER BODY, UNFORTUNATELY, JOINED THE PATHWAY OF…

    TODAY IN THE SENATE, THE OTHER BODY, UNFORTUNATELY, JOINED THE PATHWAY OF DESTRUCTION FOR MOST AMERICANS AND VOTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS. THE PATHWAY OF DESTRUCTION. THIS IS EVIDENCED BY WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. BY REPEALING BY REPEALING WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT, WHICH DOES NOT EXIST, INSURANCE WILL BE TAKEN AWAY FROM NEARLY 30 MILLION, 82%, IN WORKING FAMILIES. NOW SOME FOUR MILLION UNINSURED CHILDREN WILL HAVE NO INSURANCE. LET IT BE VERY CLEAR THAT MANY OF THESE INDIVIDUALS DO NOT HAVE COLLEGE DEGREES. MANY OF THEM, THE VOTERS OF THOSE WHO NOW WILL TAKE THE REIN OF GOVERNMENT. HEALTH CARE PLEEM YUMS WILL INCREASE BY 50% FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL GO TO TAX BREAKS FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES WHILE ELIMINATING THE TAX CREDITS AND SUBSIDIES FOR MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES. IT WILL TAKE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF LOW AND MODERATE INCOME AMERICANS BY CUTTING MEDICAID AND WILL CLOSE RURAL HOSPITALS AND PUBLIC HOSPITALS THAT PROVIDE A LIFELINE FOR MANY AMERICANS. CUT OFF FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN THROUGH PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND YES, ELIMB NATE AND HAVE CUTS IN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A PATHWAY OF DISASTER. WE SHOULD NOT REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD THAT IN MY FIRST WEEK AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PROUD THAT IN MY FIRST WEEK AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF MICHIGAN'S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WE HAVE PASSED TWO IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO STEM THE AVALANCHE OF FEDERAL REGULATION. THE TOP CONCERN I HEAR FROM EMPLOYERS OF ALL SIZES ACROSS MY DISTRICT IS THAT REGULATION FROM WASHINGTON IS MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM TO DO BUSINESS. I SPENT MY CAREER IN BUSINESS. ACQUIRED FIRST -- I HAVE FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OF THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY EXCESSIVE FEDERAL REGULATION. THE MIDNIGHT RULES ACT AND THE REINS ACT WHICH I PROUDLY CO-SPONSORED WILL PROVIDE MUCH-NEEDED RELIEF TO FAMILIES AN MS.S ALIKE. IT WILL MAKE UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS ACCOUNTABLE TO CONGRESS. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ACHIEVEABLE AND AS THE SON OF A FEDERAL MOTORS LINEWORKER, MY LIFE IS PROOF OF IT. BUT IT IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN PEOPLE ARE GIVEN THE FREEDOM TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN OUR ECONOMY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE REQUESTS? UNDER THE SNEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 08:22:43 PM

    MR. SANFORD

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT MYSELF AND JIM MCGOVERN OF MASSACHUSETTS HAVE THAT WE WILL BE OFFERING TOMORROW. I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT BILL FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ADVANCING AN PERPETUATING THIS AMERICAN NOTION CALLED FREEDOM. IT'S A BILL THAT HAD 130 SPONSORS IN THE LAST CONGRESS. IT'S A BILL THAT I'M JOINED ON BY TOM EMMER AND MR. POE AND MR. AMASH AND OTHERS AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS AS WE DROP THE BILL TOMORROW. IT'S QUITE SIMPLY ENTITLED THE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL TO CUBA BILL. AND WHAT IT DOES IS WHAT THE NAME SUGGESTS, WHICH IS TO LIFT THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN ENCUMBERING AN AMERICAN'S ACT TO TRAVEL TO CUBA. THE QUESTION IS, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT REASONS. FIRST OF WHICH IS TIED TO THE BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL NOTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY. AMERICAN LIBERTY IS BUILT OF MANY DIFFERENT THINGS, YOU KNOW, THE SUPREME COURT HAS ACTUALLY DETERMINED THAT AS REAL AS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR OR WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO EAT OR WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO READ IS THIS BASIC FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO TRAVEL. THAT IN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM, WE CAN TRAVEL AS WE SEE FIT. I THINK I'LL GO HERE. I THINK I'LL GO THERE. I'M GOING TO VISIT MY GRANDMOTHER IN DES MOINES, I'M GOING TO VISIT MY COUSIN IN CHICAGO. WE CHOOSE WITHOUT GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND GOVERNMENT EDICT WHERE WE COME AND WHERE WE GO. IT'S A FAR CRY FROM WHAT WE SAW IN THE FORGER SOVIET UNION WHERE YOU HAD TO HAVE YOUR PAPERS TO DETERMINE WHERE YOU COULD TRAVEL. AND SO, YOU KNOW, WHAT I THINK IS INTERESTING, I HAVE A MAP OF THE GLOBE HERE. AND DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL TO ANY COUNTRY ON THIS GLOBE EXCEPT FOR ONE. YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA. YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL TO SYRIA. YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL TO IRAN. YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL TO IRAQ. IT MAY NOT WORK OUT WELL FOR YOU. MAY NOT BE THE BEST OF TRIPS. BUT YOU OR I COULD TRAVEL WITHOUT GOVERNMENT PROHIBITION TO ANY SPOT ON THIS GLOBE EXCEPT FOR ONE. AND THAT ONE IS CUBA. AND THAT MAY HAVE MADE SENSE IN 1960. FOR SECURITY REASONS, AT THE TIME OF THE COLD WAR, IT MAY HAVE MADE A LOT OF SENSE TO HAVE THAT PROHIBITION IN PLACE. BUT THE QUESTION IS, DOES IT MAKE SENSE TODAY. AND I DON'T THINK THAT IT DOES FOR A WHOLE VARIETY OF REASONS. SO THIS IS ABOUT THE BASIC FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN RIGHT OF TRAVEL AS WE SEE FIT, NOT AS GOVERNMENT SEES FIT. TWO, THIS IS ABOUT THE AMERICAN LIBERTY AND THIS FRAGILE NOTION OF, YOU KNOW IF WE DON'T PROTECT IT, GOVERNMENT TENDS TO GROW. JEFFERSON TALKED ABOUT THIS THEME A LONG TIME AGO. WE SAID THE NORMAL COURSE OF THINGS WAS FOR GOVERNMENT TO GAIN GROUND AND LIBERTY TO YIELD. SO IF WE DON'T PUSH BACK, THIS IS WHAT THE REINS ACT WAS ALL ABOUT IF WE DON'T PUSH BACK AGAINST REGULATIONS OR GOVERNMENT EDICT OR LAWS THAT HAVE OUTGROWN THEIR USEFULNESS, THEN WHAT WE'RE DOING IS ALLOWING GOVERNMENT TO ENCROACH ON THIS FRAGILE NOTION OF LIBERTY. SO YOU KNOW, FUNDAMENTAL TO, I GUESS, THE NOTION OF COMMON SENSE IS, IF YOU TRIED SOMETHING FOR 50 YEARS AND IT'S NOT WORKING, MIGHT WE NOT TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT? I WAS HERE IN THE 1990'S. I ACTUALLY SIGNED ON TO HELMS-BURTON. BUT IT DIDN'T WORK. SO I SAID, WHY DON'T WE TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT? WHAT RONALD REAGAN PROPOSED AT THE TIME THAT THERE WAS THE IRON CURTAIN IS FOR AMERICANS, KIDS WITH BACKPACKS TO TRAVEL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT CURTAIN AND THAT PERSONAL DIPLOMACY THAT ONE-ON-ONE DIPLOMACY WOULD BE KEY TO BRINGING DOWN THAT WALL. AND IT WAS PART. THAT NOTION OF ENGAGEMENT. SO I THINK THIS IS ABOUT SAYING, YOU KNOW, AMERICAN POLICY HAS BEEN THE EXCUSE THAT THE CASTROS HAVE USED FOR 50 YEARS. WE HAVE ALMOST THE LONGEST SERVING DICTATORSHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE GLOBE THERE WITH THE CASTRO BROTHERS. AND WHAT WAS OFTEN TIMES THE CASE WAS THAT THEY WOULD BLAME THE BLOCKADE, THE EMBARGO, AMERICANS' INABILITY TO TRAVEL, WHATEVER IT WAS, FOR WHAT WAS GOING WRONG IN THEIR COUNTRY RATHER THAN ADDRESSING THE RELATIONSHIP. THE PROBLEM WAS COMMUNISM AND THE WAY IT ENCUMBERS PEOPLE AND THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR HOPES. BUT WE GAVE THEM AN EXCUSE. THIS IS ABOUT PULLING BACK THE EXCUSE AND TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IT'S ABOUT PUSHING BACK ON A REGULATION THAT HAS NOT SERVED ITS PURPOSE. THIS IS ABOUT ENGAGING BECAUSE THAT IS PART AND PARCEL TO AMERICAN LIBERTY. I DON'T LIKE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN RUSSIA. I DON'T LIKE SOME OF THE THINGS GOING ON IN CHINA. I DON'T LIKE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN VIETNAM OR YOU CAN PICK YOUR COUNTRY. BUT WHAT WE'VE CHOSEN AS AN AMERICAN POLICY IS THIS NOTION OF ENGAGEMENT. WE'RE ALL ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE MORE BY ENGAGING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES. THAT'S WHY RONALD REAGAN EMBRACED IT WITH COUNTRIES OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION IN HELPTOLOGY BRING DOWN THAT WALL. THIS IS ABOUT PERPETUATING THE NOTION OF ENGAGEMENT. IT'S ABOUT GOVERNMENT REGULATION. WE HAVE JUST PASSED THE REINS ACT WHICH IS ALL ABOUT SAY, YOU KNOW IF SOMETHING DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, LET'S PEEL IT BACK. LET'S NOT HAVE THE FOURTH BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT GOING OUT AND PERPETUATING ALL KINDS OF REGULATIONS WITHOUT THEM GOING THROUGH CONGRESS. YET WHAT WE HAVE WITH REGARD TO CUBA TO TRAVEL, YOU HAVE TO SIGN AN AFFIDAVIT OF WHY YOU'RE GOING THERE. YOU HAVE TO KEEP RECEIPTS FOR UP TO FIVE YEARS PROVING WHERE YOU DID OR DIDN'T SPEND MONEY. IF YOU FILL OUT A FORM WRONG YOU COULD BE SUBJECT TO A $250,000 FINE. IS THAT KIND OF REGULATION CONSISTENT WITH, AGAIN, FREE TRAVEL THAT WE ALL SHOULD ENJOY AS AMERICANS? AND FINALLY, I THINK THAT THIS BILL IS ABOUT BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE TO CUBA. MY INTEREST IS NOT PRIMARILY ABOUT CUBA. ANY INTEREST IS ABOUT AMERICAN LIBERTY AND THE NEED TO PERPETUATE AMERICAN LIBERTY. ONE OF THE OFFSHOOTS, ONE OF THE BENEFITS THAT WOULD COME WOULD BE BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE TO CUBA. EVEN THE WORST DETRACTOR OF THE BILL, WE'RE ALL ABOUT THE SAME THING WHICH IS HOW DO YOU BRING ABOUT MORE IN THE WAY OF HUMAN FREEDOM TO THAT COUNTRY AND THE 11 MILLION PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THAT COUNTRY. I THINK THAT ALLOWING AMERICANS TO GO THERE AND TO, AGAIN, TELL FOLKS ABOUT, NO, WHAT YOU'RE HEARING FROM THE -- FROM YOUR STATE-RUN RADIO STATION OR TELEVISION STATION IS NOT THE TRUTH, HERE'S WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON, IS PART AND PARCEL TO BRINGING ABOUT A CHANGE IN CUBA. IT'S PART AND PARCEL TO ELIMINATE EGG THE EXCUSES USED BY THE COMMUNIST REGIME THERE. IT'S PART AND PARCEL TO CONTINUING A THEME OF ENGAGEMENT WE'VE EMPLOYED FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AND MOST OF ALL IT'S PART AND PARCEL TO MAINTAINING THE FRAGILE NOTION OF AMERICAN LIBERTY WHICH ALWAYS NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED. IF SOMETHING HAS ENCROACHED ON AMERICAN LIBERTY THAT'S NOT ABOUT A TANGIBLE RESULT IN THE HERE AND NOW IT NEEDS TO BE PUSHED BACK. FUNDAMENTALLY, THIS BILL IS ABOUT THOSE FIVE THINGS. SO I WOULD ASK THAT VIEWERS TALK TO THEIR HOUSE OR SENATE MEMBER AND ASK THEM TO SIGN ON TO THIS BILL. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 08:30:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 08:30:40 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, WE TOOK UP WHAT WAS INTENDED TO BE A VERY NOBLE ACTION…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY, WE TOOK UP WHAT WAS INTENDED TO BE A VERY NOBLE ACTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 11, TO REIGN IN THE OUT OF-OF-CONTROL ACTIONS OF SO MANY DESPOTS WHO OCCUPY POSITIONS IN THE UNITED NATIONS. THE UNITED NATIONS, WHETHER YOU GO BACK TO LIBYA BEING IN CHARGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS -- YOU HAVE U.N. TROOPS MOLESTING SO MANY FEMALES, THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN WROUGHT AND THE U.N. HAS THE GALL TO CONTINUALLY SHOW HOW BIG ON THED IT IS HOW ANTI-JEWISH, ANTI--ISRAELI THAT IT IS. IT'S EASY TO FIND, IF ANYONE BOTHERS TO CHECK, THAT THE UNITED NATIONS NEVER ASKED ONCE FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY TO PONY UP LAND, AND MUCH LESS DEMAND THAT OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE JORDAN, WHO IS A GOOD FRIEND OF THE UNITED STATES, BUT THE U.N. NEVER SAID, LOOK, YOU ARE OCCUPYING THIS LAND THAT THEY CALL PALESTINE, SO YOU OUGHT TO GIVE IT UP. NEVER DID. UNTIL IT WAS CONTROLLED BY THE ISRAELI PEOPLE. THUS MAKING CLEAR, THIS IS REALLY A BIG ON THED MOVE -- BIGOTTED MOVE BY THE U.N. TO SLAM THE NATION OF ISRAEL. ALSO, ONE WANTS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER TEST TO CHECK TO SEE HOW BIGOTTED THE U.N. IS. AND YOU CAN CHECK ON THE CONDEMNATIONS BY THE U.N. FOR ACTIVITIES OF ISRAEL, COMPARE THOSE ACTS OF THOSE ACTIVITIES IN SELF-DEFENSE EFFORTS BY ISRAEL AND COMPARE THEM TO ACTS OF OTHER NATIONS, THE GENOCIDE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT EVEN SECRETARY KERRY, AS TOUGH AS IT WAS FOR HIM TO FINALLY ADMIT THAT THERE WAS A GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST. AND IS THERE ANY OUTRAGE BY THE U.N.? NO. IN FACT, THE U.N., HEAD OF REFUGEES WHO IS THE U.N. GENERAL SECRETARY MADE CLEAR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THAT THE REASON THEY WEREN'T HELPING CHRISTIANS TO THE EXTENT THEY WERE HELPING MUSLIM REFUGEES IS BECAUSE OF THE HISTORIC IMPORTANCE THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE IN STAYING WHERE THEY WERE. THAT MEANS WHERE THEY ARE BEING MURDERED AND HAVING THEIR THROATS SLASHED, BEING CRUCIFIED, TORTURED, RAPED, INCINERATED, THE U.N. GENERAL SECRETARY THOUGHT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO LEAVE CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST SO THEY COULD BE MURDERED IN SOME OF THE MOST HEINOUS EGREGIOUS FASHIONS IMAGINABLE. SO IT WAS JUST IMPROPER, TO BORROW FROM HISTORY, THAT WE CONDEMN THE UNITED NATIONS' RESOLUTION, 2334, AS BEING AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE IN THE ISRAEL. PALESTINIANS HAVE MADE CLEAR THEY DON'T WANT PEACE WERE ISRAEL. THEY WANT IT ELIMINATED FROM THE MAP. THEY NAME HOLIDAYS AND SQUARES AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO GO OUT AND KILL INNOCENT JEWISH CHILDREN AND OTHERS JUST FOR BEING JEWISH. AND THEY REWARD THEIR FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO GO AND BLOW THEMSELVES UP, KILLING IN ATROCIOUS FASHIONS, INNOCENT ISRAELI PEOPLE. AND UNITED NATIONS TURNS A BLIND EYE TO IT. SINCE THE U.N. HAS BECOME SO RACIST, SO BIGOTTED, SO ANTI--ISRAEL, THE MOST ANTI--TERRORIST COUNTRY IN ALL OF THE MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING NORTH AFRICA, ALTHOUGH EGYPT IS DOING GREAT HELP AND THERE ARE THOSE IN LIBYA, BUT PRESIDENT OBAMA TURNED LIBYA INTO ANARCHY AND CHAOS, THEN EGYPT IS HAVING PROBLEMS COMING FROM LIBYA. WHAT HAS THE U.N. HAD TO SAY? NOT REALLY ANYTHING. IF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SUPPORTS IT, THEN SO DOES THE U.N. AND SO HAS THE BAUM ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S WHY I GUESS ISRAEL GOT THE LECTURE FROM SECRETARY JOHN KERRY. SECRETARY KERRY, EVEN IN THE DAYS WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THE HEINOUS ACTS OF KHAN, NEVER MENTIONED THE PLIGHT OF THE POOR PALESTINIANS BEFORE 1967 WHEN THEY WERE UNDER CONTROL OF THE MOST NON-ISRAELI PEOPLE YOU COULD IMAGINE. THERE HAS BEEN NO DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT. ONLY LEVELING REALLY BIGOTTED ALLEGATIONS AT ISRAEL. SO WE HAVE HOUSE RESOLUTION 11 TODAY AND IT MEANT THAT I WAS GOING TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND VOTE TO CONDEMN THE U.N. PASSAGE OF U.N.'S SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334. UNFORTUNATELY, AS SOME OF MY FRIENDS HERE IN CONGRESS HAVE POINTED OUT, I'M A BIT ANAL AT TIMES AND I'M GOING TO READ THE THINGS WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON. I GOT MY COPY OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 11, IMMEDIATELY NOTING THAT IN THE VERY FIRST WHEREAS, IT SAYS THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG SUPPORTED A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. IT DOES SAY SUSTAINABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. AND IT SAYS WHEREAS SINCE 1993, THE UNITED STATES HAS FACILITATED DIRECT BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN BOTH PARTIES IN ACHIEVING A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. WELL, IT IS TRUE THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON TWISTED THE ARM OF THE ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER AND CONVINCED HIM TO BASICALLY GIVE ARAFAT ALMOST EVERYTHING HE WANTED. NOW IF YOU BELIEVE WHAT SCRIPTURE SAYS ABOUT MOSES GOING AND PLEADING TO PHARAO TO LET THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL GO, WE ARE TOLD THAT GOD HARDENED PHARAO'S HEART SO HE COULD MAKE A BIG DEMONSTRATION OF HIS POWER AND GLORY DOWN THE ROAD AND ALTHOUGH THERE WAS SUFFERING THAT CAME, GREAT SUFFERING, ULTIMATELY, INCREDIBLE MIRACLES WERE PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF HIS HARDENED HEART. I THINK IT'S LIKELY WHEN ARAFAT GOT ALMOST EVERYTHING HE WANTED IN THE OFFER FROM ISRAEL, I THANK GOD THAT ARAFAT TURNED HIM DOWN. FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN IN THE MILITARY AND GOES TO ISRAEL, YOU CAN SEE READY IF ARAFAT HAD ACCEPTED WHAT THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL HAD BEEN WILLING TO OFFER, IT WOULD HAVE MADE ISRAEL INDEFENSIBLE, UNLESS THEY WERE USING NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. ISRAEL NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND ITSELF. AND SINCE KING DAVID WAS RULING FROM HEVRON IN THE YEAR OF 1020 B.C. TO AROUND 1012 B.C. AND THEN HE MOVED AND HE WAS RULING OVER ISRAEL AND WHAT'S NOW CALLED THE WEST BANK WAS ACTUALLY CALLED ISRAEL. IT WAS PART OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL. SOLOMON HAD CONTROL, BUT HE DID SO FROM UP THE CITY OF DAVID, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE UP TO JERUSALEM THAT DAVID HAD MOVED THE CAPITAL FROM HEVRON WHERE ABRAHAM IS BURIED AND I VISITED THE TOMB OF DAVID'S FATHER, JESSE, THERE IN HEVRON. AND TO BE TOLD, OH, NO, THIS NEEDS TO BE PALESTINIAN LANDS. AND THE REASON SOME OF US THINK THAT HEVRON AND JUDEA SHOULD BE PALESTINIAN LANDS BECAUSE 1,600 YEARS AFTER DAVID RULED, MUHAMMAD CAME ALONG, SOME SAY IT WAS A VISION, SOME SAY A DREAM, SOME SAY HE ACTUALLY, DURING ONE NIGHT, WAS TAKEN BY WINGED HORSE OR DONKEY AND FLOWN TO JERUSALEM AND SOME SAY HE GOT THERE BACK TO BED FOR MORNING, WHATEVER THE CASE, 1,600 YEARS BEFORE THAT HAPPENED, DAVID WAS RULING OVER THAT WHOLE COUNTRY. THERE IS NO ONE ALIVE TODAY, DESCENDED FROM THE OCCUPANTS OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL, DESCENDED FROM PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THAT LAND PREDATING KING DAVID AND KING SAUL BEFORE HIM AND KING SOLOMON AFTER HIM, NOBODY. NOBODY ALIVE TODAY HAS A PRIOR CLAIM. THERE IS NOBODY, NO COUNTRY FROM WHOM THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DEMANDED A CESSATION OF LAND BACK TO PEOPLE THAT ATTACKED THAT COUNTRY AND THE LAND WAS TAKEN BACK IN A DEFENSIVE MODE IN PROTECTION FROM THE ATTACK. SO AT PAGE THREE OF OUR U.S. HOUSE RESOLUTION 11, IT POINTS OUT THAT THE U.N. RESOLUTION IS A MAJOR OBSTACLE TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. AND AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE FIVE, SAYS A DURABLE AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS WILL COME ONLY THROUGH DIRECT BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE PARTIES RESULTING IN A JEWISH DEMOCRATIC STATE LIVING SIDE-BY-SIDE NEXT TO A DEMILITARIZED STATE IN PEACE AND SECURITY. THERE CANNOT BE PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHEN PEOPLE WHO ARE ALLOWED TO OCCUPY AN AREA AND THOSE PEOPLE CONTINUE WITH THE ENCOURAGEMENT WITH THE UNITED NATIONS WITH JOHN KERRY AND THIS PRESIDENT TO CONDUCT INTENSIVE TERRORISM ON THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL AND WE CONTINUE TO CONDEMN THE VICTIMS OF THAT TERRORISM. YOU CAN'T HAVE PEACE IN A LAND WHERE THE MOST POWERFUL NATION, POSSIBLY THE MOST POWERFUL NATION UP TO NOW -- WE WERE UP TO ONE TIME -- OUR NAVY IS DOWN TO PRE-WORLD WAR 1 STANDARDS, BUT AT ONE TIME WE WERE THE MOST POWERFUL NATION. WE ARE THE NEAR MOST POWERFUL NATION IS TAKING UP FOR THE VICTIMS AND ENCOURAGING THAT THE VICTIMS GIVE AWAY MORE OF THE LAND THAT THEY'VE ALREADY GIVEN SO MUCH OF TO THOSE WHO ARE INFLICTING TERROR UPON THEM. I MEAN, IT'S LIKE MY FRIENDS ON THE FAR LEFT CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT BULLIES WHO NEVER HAD BEEN BULLEYED LIKE I WAS AS A SMALL CHILD, BECAUSE I WAS VERY SMALL IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND I GOT BEAT UP A LOT AND I DEFENDED MYSELF. AND WHEN YOU ARE TAKING ON PEOPLE WHO ARE A FOOT TALLER THAN YOU ARE AND FLUNKED TWO GRADES. MY FIFTH GRADE TEACHER TOOK ME UP IN FRONT OF THE CLASS, MY NOSE IS STILL BLEEDING, I WANT EVERYBODY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE LITTLE BOYS TRY TO BIG BOYS AND STUCK UP FOR THE BULLEYS AND THAT IS WHAT THE UNITED NATIONS IS DOING, TAKING UP FOR THE TERRORIST BULLEYS. . I'M AMAZED THAT ISRAEL HAS HELD BACK ALL HELL BREAKING LOOSE ON THE GAZA STRIP BECAUSE THE ASSAULTS, DAY AFTER DAY, SENDING ROCKET INTO ISRAEL, ISRAEL SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THE CONSTANT ATTACK FROM THE GAZA STRIP, AND WHAT HAPPENS? THEY TRY TO PROTECT THEMSELVES WITH A LEGITIMATE BLOCKADE TO MAKE SURE NOBODY IS TAKING ROCKETS IN, AND THE U.N. AND WORLD OPINION GOES NUTS OVER THAT. PAGE 6 OF OUR RESOLUTION WE VOLTED ON TODAY GOES ON TO SAY THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CALLS FOR UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL 2334 TO BE REPEALED OR FUNDAMENTALLY ALTERED SO THAT NO LONGER ONE-SIDED AND ANTI-ISRAEL. AND HERE'S MY PROBLEM, AGAIN, B, IT ALLOWS ALL FINAL STATUS ISSUES TOWARD A TWO-STATE SOLUTION BE RESOLVED AND HAVE DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. NOBODY AT THE U.N., IF WE'RE PART OF IT, AND NOBODY IN A UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION SHOULD EVEN MENTION THE LITTLE PHRASE TWO-STATE SOLUTION. THIS BODY SHOULD NOT EVEN MENTION IN A RESOLUTION THAT WE'RE IN ANY WAY ENDORSING A TWO-STATE SOLUTION. I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF CHRISTIANS THAT AREN'T AS FAMILIAR WITH THE BIBLE PERHAPS AS THEY WILL BE ONE DAY BUT MY FRIEND JOEL ROSENBERG POINTED OUT NUMEROUS TIME IN THE BOOK OF JOEL, CHAPTER 3RKS IT SAYS, AT THAT TIME I WILL RETURN THE EXILES TO JUDAH AND JERUSALEM. I WILL GATHER ALL THE NATIONS, BRING THEM DOWN TO THE VALLEY OF JEHOSEPHAT, I WILL BRING THEM TO JUDGMENT CONCERNING MY PEOPLE ISRAEL WHO ARE MAY PEOPLE WHO THEY SCATTERED AMONG THE NATIONS. THEN IT LISTS THE NUMBER ONE GRY ADVANCE THAT THE GOD OF THE BIBLE, THE GOD I BELIEVE IN, HAD AGAINST THOSE NATIONS, GOING TO RAIN DOWN JUDGMENT ON, THE NUMBER ONE GRIEVANCE IS, THEY PARTITIONED MY LAND. THEY DIVIDED MY LAND. THE PROMISED LAND. WHEN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS EMBRACES DEMAND THAT ISRAEL BE DIVIDED INTO SEPARATE STATES INSTEAD OF BEING ABLE TO LIVE IN PEACEFULLY THE LAND THAT WAS OCCUPIED AND PROMISED OVER 3,000 YEARS AGO I THINK WE'RE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE AND THAT'S WHY I HAD TO VOTE NO ON THE RESOLUTION. NOW JUST AS OUR LEADERSHIP RUSHED THIS RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR, I AM HOPEFUL THEY WILL RUSH HOUSE RESOLUTION 311 TO THE FLOOR. I FILED IT TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, AND HOUSE RESOLUTION 311 IS VERY BASIC. IT SAYS TO WITHHOLD UNITED STATES ASSESSED AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND CONGRESS -- IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, SECTION 1, SHORT TITLE, THIS ACT MAY BE CITED AS THE REFUSING TO ASSIST PAYING FOR THE UNITED NATIONS ACTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL. -- AGAINST ISRAEL ACT. THE UNITED STATES ASSESSED AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SECTION 2, AND THE OPERATIVE WORDING SAYS, NO FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE FOR ASSESSED OR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE UNITED NATIONS OR TO ANY ORGAN, SPECIALIZED AGENCY, COMMISSION, TREATY, OR TREATY BODY OR OTHER AFFILIATED BODY OF THE UNITED NATIONS. AND IT GOES ON, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 REGARDING ISRAEL'S SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM IS REPEALED IN ITS ENTIRETY. THEN SECTION 3 SAYS NO FUNDS ARE AUTHORIZED TO BE APPROPRIATED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO PAY INTEREST ON ASSESSED OR VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS THAT ARE WITHHELD UNDER THIS ACT. AND SO THE PURPOSE OF THAT IS I'M HOPING AND PRAYING THAT THIS BODY WILL NOT JUST PAY LIP SERVICE TO A U.N. RESOLUTION AND ACTUALLY EMBRACE, AS JOHN KERRY WAS SAYING TODAY, NOT THAT MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AIPAC'S POSITION SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION , HE MAY NOT HAVE MENTIONED THERE WAS SUPPORT FOR THE RESOLUTION, BUT THE AIPAC POSITION AND JOHN KERRY'S POSITION AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S IN THE RESOLUTION, HE MAY HAVE SOMETHING THERE. BUT THIS WOULD ACTUALLY PUT SOME TEETH INTO IT. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE NATIONS AROUND THE WORLD THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE SO ANTI-ISRAEL, SO BIGOTTED, SO RACIST SO ANTI-JEWISH, THEN THE UNITED STATES IS NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO FUND YOUR OUTRAGEOUS, BIGOTTED ACTIVITIES. YOUR LUSH, LAVISH LIFESTYLE. AND I WOULD THINK IF THE UNITED NATIONS WERE TO DELAY IF WE COULD PASS THIS, THE UNITED NATIONS DELAYED IN WITHDRAWING THAT RESOLUTION, OR RESCINDING IT, THEN THAT SHOULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO OUR DENIAL OF ANY VISAS TO DIPLOMATS OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND THEN ONCE THAT OCCURS, APPARENTLY UNDER THE DEED TO THE UNITED NATIONS, IT WAS ONLY FOR SUCH TIME AS THE HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK IS THE MAIN HEADQUARTERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND SO IF THEY CAN'T GET DIPLOMATS THERE, THEY'LL HAVE TO MOVE THE HEADQUARTERS ELSEWHERE AND THAT LAND WOULD BE CEDED BACK TO THE FOUNDATION. SO HOPEFULLY THIS, WE WILL GO AHEAD AND TO SOMETHING THAT HAS TEETH IN IT AND NOT EMBRACE LANGUAGE THAT WILL BE FATAL TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THAT COULD BRING PEACE IN THE WORLD. BECAUSE TERRORISTS ONLY UNDERSTAND POWER. AND SOMETIMES POWER IS CONVEYED IN THE WAY OF MONEY. WE SHOULD NOT BE FUNDING A UNITED NATIONS THAT IS SO BIGOTTED AND SO HATEFUL TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:54:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 08:54:29 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I MOVE THAT WE DO NOW HEREBY ADJOURN.

  • 08:54:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1450 (After 628 days)
  • Debate672 Hours
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