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House Session - January 31, 2017

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

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  • 09:59:59 AM

    HOST

    IMMIGRANT FROM ANY OF THOSE NATIONS HAS COMMITTED A TERRORIST ACT IN THE…

    IMMIGRANT FROM ANY OF THOSE NATIONS HAS COMMITTED A TERRORIST ACT IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS A RESPONSIBILITY, A SACRED AND PUBLIC TRUST. TO DO EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PROTECT THIS NATION. WE HAVE THE SAME RESPONSIBILITY. THIS CONGRESS HAS A SACRED DUTY TO HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE AND OURSELVES FOR DOING SO IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS OUR CONSTITUTION AND OUR VALUES. THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS PATRIOTISM. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES, STAND AGAINST THIS ORDER. STAND UP FOR AMERICA. STAND UP FOR THE CONSTITUTION. STAND UP FOR OUR VALUES. STAND AGAINST AN ACT THAT DOES NOTHING BUT EMPOWER OUR ENEMIES AND ERODE FAITH IN OUR HIGHEST PRINCIPLES. AND IN OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE NATION, MR. SPEAKER, IS WATCHING. THE WORLD, MR. SPEAKER, IS WATCHING. I URGE US TO ACTION. REPRESENTATIVE LOFGREN AND CONYERS HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL TO BLOCK THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER. I'VE CO-SPONSORED IT ALONG WITH 160 OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. THIS IS A TIME WHEN PARTY SHOULD NOT BE PUT BEFORE COUNTRY. PARTY SHOULD NOT BE PUT BEFORE PATRIOTISM. PARTY SHOULD NOT BE PUT BEFORE PRINCIPLE. JOIN ME, COLLEAGUES, AND LET US DENY OUR ENEMIES THIS POTENT TOOL AND REMIND THE WORLD WHAT TRULY MAKES AMERICA GREAT.

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  • 10:11:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:11:58 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I SPEAK ABOUT THE UNSUNG HEROES AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I SPEAK ABOUT THE UNSUNG HEROES AND MANY COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT AMERICA, CERTAINLY MANY RURAL COMMUNITIES, OUR VOLUME RUN TEAR FIREFIGHTERS. -- OUR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS. THEY ANSWER THE CALL 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. THEY SPEND TIME AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND HOME TO -- AND HOME. THE TRAINING CAN BE VERY COSTLY AND TIME CONSUMER. THE VOLUNTEERIFY FIGHTERS MAKE THESE SACRIFICES BECAUSE THEY CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THEIR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITIES. BUT RURAL AMERICA IS FACING A REAL PROBLEM WITH DWINDLING NUMBERS OF THOSE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING. A REPORT LAST YEAR SHOWS THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS PER 1,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DECREASING SINCE 1986. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN THOSE SEEKING TO VOLUNTEER TO ADD THEIR NAMES TO A WAITING LIST TO JOIN THEIR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. SOMETIMES VOLUNTEERS COULD WAIT FOR YEARS TO BE ADDED TO THE ROSTER. BUT THAT'S NOT HOW IT IS ANYMORE AS FEWER INDIVIDUALS ARE INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO PENNSYLVANIA, BUT IT IS HAPPENING IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SMALL COMMUNITIES REAP THE BENEFITS OF HAVING VOLUNTEER FORCES. ACCORDING TO A 2016 NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION STUDY, THE TIME DONATED BY VOLUME UNTIRE FIREFIGHTERS SAVES LOCALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AN ESTIMATED $139.8 BILLION A YEAR. THE SAVINGS ARE CLEAR AND THE SERVICE COULD NOT BE MORE IMPORTANT. THAT'S WHY LAST YEAR I HOSTED TWO FIRE SUMMITS IN MY DISTRICT TO SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS AND TRY TO IDENTIFY NOT ONLY THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE BUT ALSO SOME SOLUTIONS TO THOSE PROBLEMS. FUNDING IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM THAT PLAGUES VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENTS AND IT CAN TRULY DECLINE QUICKLY WHEN WE THINK OF WHAT IT COSTS TO PURCHASE NEW EQUIPMENT AND BE COMPLIANT WITH THE LATEST REGULATIONS. SMALL COMMUNITIES ARE OFTEN ALREADY STRESSED ECONOMICALLY AND DO NOT HAVE A TAX BASE THAT CAN ASSUME ANOTHER INCREASE. BUT EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT IS PARAMOUNT AND IT CAN SOMETIMES MEAN THE LIFE OR DEATH OF A FIREFIGHTER. VOLUME UNTIRE FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALSO FACE -- VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALSO FACE TRAINING CHALLENGES. FIREFIGHTERS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES NEED TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES FOR INSTRUCTIONAL COURSES AND PAYING FOR THE NECESSARY TRAINING CAN BE DIFFICULT. TRAINING SESSIONS MIGHT NOT FOCUS ENOUGH ON FIREFIGHTING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES WHICH IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT IN URBAN COMMUNITIES IN A NUMBER OF WAYS. PERSONNEL CHALLENGES REMAIN A CONSTANT ISSUE WITH DECLINING POPULATIONS. AGING FIREFIGHTERS WHO ARE NOT BEING REPLACED WITH THOSE OF A YOUNGER GENERATION AND LACK OF TANGIBLE RETENTION INCENTIVES. YET, WITH ALL THESE CHALLENGES, FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE FACED WITH HIGHER CALL VOLUMES THAN EVER BEFORE, ACCORDING TO A STUDY FROM THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL. MOST FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE EXPERIENCED A STEADY INCREASE IN CALLS OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. THIS IS A MAJOR SOURCE OF THE INCREASED TIME DEMANDS ON VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS. THE NUMBER OF CALLS COUPLED WITH THE DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF VOLUME UNTIRE FIREFIGHTERS MEANS -- VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS MEANS FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE SPRID TOO THIN. THIS IS A SHARP RISE IN THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY CALLS, FALSE ALARMS AND USE OF MUTUAL AID AS THE NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS HAS DECREASED. MR. SPEAKER, THE DANGEROUS WORK THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN DO IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE HOMES AND LIVELIHOODS OF AMERICANS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. THESE FIRST RESPONDERS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND MAKE GREAT SACRIFICES IN ORDER TO PROTECT THEIR NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES FROM HARM. . FIRST RESPONDERS THAT THEY PROVIDE AND A CONSTANT STATE OF READINESS THAT THEY OPERATE UNDER. WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ARE RESPECTED AND HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PERFORM THEIR JOBS AND THAT'S WHY I'M WORKING WITH THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. IT'S MY HOPE BY INCREASING AWARENESS AND EXAMINING INCENTIVES WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO STRENGTHEN AND GROW THE ROSTERS OF OUR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS. . WE MUST RESPECT THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO SHOW UP DAY OR NIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR NEIGHBORS. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS WHO ANSWER WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS. WE VALUE YOU, WE RESPECT YOU, AND I HOPE WE CAN FIND MORE OF YOU TO SERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:17:10 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:20 AM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M AN AMERICAN MAN BORN IN CHICAGO TO PARENTS WHO WERE BORN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M AN AMERICAN MAN BORN IN CHICAGO TO PARENTS WHO WERE BORN CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE BAN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM -- LEGAL IMMIGRANT FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES DOT NO, SIR IMPACT ME OR MY FAMILY, BUT AS AN AMERICAN I AM SPEAKING OF TODAY. I AM AN IMMIGRANT. THE PROPOSED ROUND UP OF MILLIONS OF IMMIGRANTS WILL NOT HIT MY HOUSE DIRECTLY, BUT AS AN AMERICAN I'M STANDING UP TO SAY I, TOO, AM UNDOCUMENTED. I HAVE NOT FLED SINCE THE PERSECUTION, BUT TODAY LIKE A LOT OF AMERICANS I'M SPEAKING OUT AND SAYING CLEARLY, I, TOO, AM A REFUGEE. TODAY I'M AN 81-YEAR-OLD MAN ORIGINALLY FROM IRAN WHO TRAVELED TO THE UNITED STATES WITH A HEART PROBLEM, MR. SPEAKER, A GREEN CARD IN MY HAND, AND HIS AMERICAN FAMILY AND HE WAS DETAINED AT O'HARE AIRPORT IN CHICAGO. TODAY I'M A FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR WHO WAS PUT ON A PLANE BACK TO IRAN BECAUSE OUR GOVERNMENT DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE NEW PRESIDENT WAS DOING, HOW THEY WERE DOING IT, OR WHAT PEOPLE ALREADY TRAVELING SHOULD DO. TODAY I'M A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, I'M ENGLISH, WITH A GREEN CARD, WHO WAS BLOCKED ENTERING AT O'HARE WITH MY U.S. CITIZEN WIFE AND MY U.S. CITIZEN CHILD. THAT'S WHO I AM TODAY. TODAY I'M A STUDENT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY ACADEMIC CAREER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHETHER SHE CAN COME BACK TO SCHOOL AND CONTINUE HER EDUCATION. TODAY I'M ONE OF MORE THAN 67,000 REFUGEES ALREADY APPROVED FOR TRAVEL AND CERTIFIED BY BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND THE U.N. IN A PAINSTAKING PROCESS THAT TOOK ME YEARS TO COMPLETE, BUT I'M STRANDED OVERSEAS. TODAY I AM GAY OR JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, HINDU, SHIIA OR SUNNI FROM A TRIBE OR ETHNIC GROUP THAT IS SYSTEMATICALLY TARGETED FOR PERSECUTION OR LIVING IN A COUNTRY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, THAT'S WHO I AM, THAT CANNOT PROTECT MY BASIC SAFETY, AND THE UNITED STATES IS CLOSED TO ME. TODAY I AM AN IMMIGRANT WHO HAS A GREEN CARD AND HAS FOLLOWED ALL THE RULES TO THE UNITED STATES IS CLOSED TO LETTER, BUT I CANNOT RENEW MY GREEN GUARD OR LAWFULLY APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP HERE IN THE UNITED NATIONS BECAUSE I AM FROM ONE OF SEVEN MOSTLY MUSLIM COUNTRIES ON TRUMP'S LIST WHERE INCIDENTALLY THERE ARE NO TRUMP HOTELS, BUILDINGS, OR GOLF COURSES. BUT NOW THE ENTIRE WORLD KNOWS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SCREWED UP BIGLY LAST WEEK AND CAUSED AN INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CRISIS AND THAT HIS STAFF ARE LYING WHEN THEY SAY IT WAS A, QUOTE, HUGE SUCCESS. WHEN THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, HAS TO LECTURE YOUR PRESIDENT ABOUT THE GENEVA CONVENTION, YOU HAVE MADE ONE HELL OF A BAD DECISION. WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER OF ENGLAND IS SAYING ONE DAY THAT THE U.S. AND BRITAIN HAVE A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP, BUT YOU'RE KEEPING HER CITIZENSHIP -- HER CITIZENS OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY THE VERY NEXT DAY WHEN THEY ARE GREEN CARD HOLDERS, YOUR COUNTRY HAS MADE A MISTAKE. WHEN RUDY GIULIANI OF ALL PEOPLE MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED A MUSLIM BAN AND THEY DRESSED UP THE POLICY TO MAKE IT LOOK BETTER, BUT STILL CARVED UP EXCEPTION TO CHRISTIANS, YOU ARE PROBABLY ACTING IN AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL MANNER. THAT IS WHAT NOT ONE BUT TWO FEDERAL JUDGES THOUGHT, AND THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES RAISED BY RECENT EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TO STOP THE PRESIDENT'S ORDER FROM BEING IMPLEMENTED. AND HONESTLY, EVEN AT THIS HOUR, I'M NOT SURE THEY ARE FULLY COMPLYING WITH THE ORDER OR WILL REVERSE THE ACTION OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT AIRPORTS WHO COERCED, INTIMIDATED GREEN CARD HOLDERS INTO SIGNING AWAY THEIR RIGHTS AND BEING DEPORTED. ON SUNDAY, THE GLARING BALD SPOT OF THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS COMBED OVER BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY WHO SAID, KEEPING OUT TRAVELERS WHO ALREADY LIVE IN THE U.S. AND HAVE GREEN CARDS IS NOT IN THE INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. TO WHICH THE ENTIRE WORLD SAID, SARCASTICALLY, YOU THINK? TODAY I AM AN AMERICAN, I AM STANDING UP. TODAY I AM ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO WENT TO AIRPORTS, TRUMP HOTEL, OR TOWN SQUARE WHO ARE MARCHING PEACEFULLY, PRAYING PRIVATELY, AND PREPARING PERSONALLY TO ACT AS ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRANTS AND OTHER FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WOMEN, JEWS, GENTILES, LGBT, AND EVERYONE OF EVERY COLOR AND SHAPE, TODAY THEY DID NOT COME FOR US, BUT WE COULD NOT BE QUIET. WE JOINED ARMS AND WORKED TOGETHER AS AMERICANS. WE PLEDGED TO STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO ARE BEING TARGETED SO THAT WE CAN PROTECT EACH OTHER AND STEM THE NEXT WAVE OF TARGETED ATTACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:22:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:22:35 AM

    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS HAS LOST ANOTHER ONE OF OUR FINEST MEN IN BLUE. LAST…

    MR. SPEAKER, TEXAS HAS LOST ANOTHER ONE OF OUR FINEST MEN IN BLUE. LAST MONTH DETECTIVE JERRY WALKER RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A MAN BRANDISHING A RIFLE AND SCREAMING AND HOLLERING IN HIS BACKYARD. SO THE OFFICERS ARRIVED. AND THEY ORDERED THE MAN TO DROP THE WEAPON. BUT THE OUTLAW DID NOT COMPLY AND HE RAN INTO THE HOUSE AND STARTED FIRING HIS WEAPON. SHOOTING AT THE OFFICERS FROM INSIDE THE COVER OF HIS HOME. DURING THE SHOOT-OUT WITH THE OFFICERS. THE OUTLAW WAS KILLED, AN 18-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, WAS SHOT DURING THE SHOOT-OUT. THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF HIM. HIS FELLOW OFFICERS RUSHED DETECTIVE WALKER, RUSHED TO DEFECTIVE WALKER AND HE WAS LATER AIRLIFTED TO THE HOSPITAL. BUT HE DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. AS HIS BODY WAS TRANSPORTED FROM THE HOSPITAL, DOZENS OF OFFICERS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS LINED THE STREET. SALUTING THEIR FALLEN DETECTIVE. THE SONG, "AMAZING GRACE" COULD BE HEARD ON BAGPIPES AS HIS BODY WAS TAKEN AWAY AS IT TRAVELED DOWN THE STREET. NOT ONLY WAS DETECTIVE WALKER AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE LITTLE ELM POLICE DEPARTMENT, HE ALSO WORE ANOTHER UNIFORM, HE WORE THE UNIFORM OF A SOLDIER IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. WALKER SERVED OUR COUNTRY BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. MR. SPEAKER, LITTLE ELM IS IN NORTH TEXAS AND HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 3,500 PEOPLE. IT HAS 21 POLICE OFFICERS, AND DEEKTIVE WALKER WAS THE LONGEST SERVING OFFICER IN THAT TOWN. DETECTIVE WALKER'S YOUNGEST CHILD IS ONLY A FEW MONTHS OLD. HIS FOUR CHILDREN NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THEIR FATHER DIED A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE OF LITTLE ELM, TEXAS. HE'LL BE REMEMBERED BY HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITY AS A MODEL OFFICER WHO REALLY PROTECTED THE INNOCENT. MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE WOULD BE REMEMBERED AS SOMEONE WHO GENUINELY CARED ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY THAT HE LOIFED IN. BEFORE HE BECAME A DETECTIVE WITH LITTLE ELM POLICE DEPARTMENT, WALKER SERVED AS A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT LITTLE ELM HIGH SCHOOL. STUDENTS THERE REMEMBERED HIM AS SOMEONE WHO COULD TALK TO THE STUDENTS AND PUT THEM AT EASE. IN FACT, THE KIDS JUST LOVED HIM. THEY OFTEN WOULD ARM WRESTLE WITH THEIR BELOVED OFFICER DURING LUNCH TIME. ONE SUCH STUDENT, LIONEL VALDEZ, MET WALKER AT SCHOOL ABOUT THE SAME TIME VAL LES STARTED GETTING INTO TROUBLE. VALDEZ HAD WALKED OUT OF HIS OWN LIFE. WALKER TOOK A PARENTS' ROLE, MAKING SURE THAT VALDEZ KEPT HIS NOSE CLEAN AND STAYED OUT OF TROUBLE WHILE HE WAS IN SCHOOL. EVEN WENT SO FAR TO MAKE SURE HE SHOWED UP IN CLASS. YEARS AFTER VALDEZ GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL HE WOULD RETURN TO THE SCHOOL AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH WALKER. THE ONE MAN THAT SHOWED HIM THE LIGHT DURING HIS DARKEST TIMES AS A STUDENT AT SCHOOL. JERRY WALKER WAS A REAL-TIME HERO, DETECTIVE WALKER, MR. SPEAKER, IS THE SIXTH OFFICER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE FIRST 17 DAYS IN 2017. SIX DEATHS IN 17 DAYS IS TRAGIC. OUR NATION MUST HONOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WEAR THE BADGE, THE BADGE OF HONOR, SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST BACK THE BLUE. BACK THE BLUE. AND BACK OFFICERS LIKE JERRY WALKER OF LITTLE ELM, TEXAS. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:26:27 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:26:36 AM

    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THREE CENTURIES AGO HANDS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON WROTE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THREE CENTURIES AGO HANDS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON WROTE A FAIRY TALE ABOUT A KING WHO WAS SO VAIN AND INSECURE NOBODY DARED TO CHALLENGE HIM. ANDERSON WROTE, QUOTE, HE CARED NOTHING ABOUT REVIEWING HIS SOLDIERS, GOING TO THE THEATER, OR TAKING A RIDE IN HIS CARRIAGE. EXCEPT TO SHOW OFF HIS NEW CLOTHES. SOUND FAMILIAR? A LEADER SO VAIN AND INSECURE THOSE AROUND HIM ARE AFRAID TO CHALLENGE HIM. A MAN WHO THINKS HE'S SO SMART HE CAN IGNORE INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS AND SO POWERFUL HE CAN ATTACK AN ENTIRE RELIGION WITHOUT RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTION, CONSULTING CONGRESS, OR EVEN HIS OWN CAB NEFMENT -- CABINET. THE WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS THEIR BAN ON MUSLIM ENTERING THE COUNTRY IS ABOUT, QUOTE, KEEPING AMERICA SAFE. DON'T BE FOOLED. IT'S ABOUT KEEPING AMERICA SCARED. I'M NOT NAIVE. THERE IS GOOD AND EVIL IN THIS WORLD. MY ARGUMENT IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THE TWO SIDES CONFUSED. SATURDAY, A 5-YEAR-OLD MARYLAND BOY WAS HELD FOR HOURS AT DULLES AIRPORT WHILE HIS FRANTIC IRANIAN-BORN MOTHER WAITED OUTSIDE. MEANWHILE, AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA OUTRIGHT PROVOCATEUR, STEVE BANNON, REASSURED THE PRESIDENT THAT THEIR EXTREME VETTING WAS PROTECTING US FROM EVIL. OK, MR. A BANNON, LET'S TALK EXTREME VETTING. BEFORE A REFUGEE MAKES IT TO AMERICA, THEY ARE FIRST VETTED BY THE U.N. COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES. THEN THE STATE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES ANTI-INTERVIEWS THEM OVERSEAS. CHECKING THEM AGAINST DATABASES WITH DATA FROM BATTLEFIELD. EMAIL INTERCEPTS, INTELLIGENCE, AND OTHER INTERVIEWS. IF THEY MAKE IT THIS FAR, AND MANY DO NOT, THEY ARE FINGERPRINTED AND INVESTIGATED AGAIN BY THE F.B.I. THIS PROCESS CAN TAKE UP TO TWO YEARS AND EVERYONE IS VETTED. IN FACT, EXTREMELY VETTED. BUT NO EXTREME SEEMS EXTREME ENOUGH FOR THE EXTREMIST CURRENTLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE. AND HOW DID THEY CHOOSE THE SEVEN COUNTRIES TO TARGET? IN THE PAST 40 YEARS THERE HASN'T BEEN A SINGLE TERRORIST ACT IN AMERICA BY SOMEONE FROM SYRIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA, SOMALIA, YEMEN, AND IRAQ. OF COURSE THAT'S NOT ALL THESE COUNTRIES HAVE IN COMMON. THEY ARE ALSO NATIONS WHERE THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION HAS NO BUSINESS. MEANWHILE, THE HOMES OF EVERY ONE OF THE 9/11 HYDROGENERS, SAUDI ARABIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, EGYPT, AND LEBANON WERE LEFT OFF THE LIST. THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION HAS HOLDINGS IN THREE OUT OF THE FOUR. LAST WEEKEND AT SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AN AFTER GAINIAN INTERPRETER FOR OUR MILITARY WAS DETAINED, HELD, AND QUESTIONED. AFTER RISKING HIS LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY. IN CHICAGO, A PERSON TRAVELED FROM SYRIA TO CARE FOR HER DYING MOTHER. DESPITE HAVING A VALID VISA, SHE WAS PUT BACK ON A PLANE AND SENT HOME. BEFORE SHE LEFT, HER SISTER SAID SHE WASCOERSED TO SIGN PAPERS CANCELING HER VISA. OTHER DETAINEES SAY THEY WERE ASKED THEIR VIEWS ON THE CURRENT PRESIDENT. WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? IF HAVING A NEGATIVE VIEW OF THE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS CAUSE FOR GETTING KICKED OUT OF THE COUNTRY, WE'RE GOING TO LEAD AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE PLANES. SINCE FRIDAY, HUNDREDS HAVE BEEN DETAINED AND THOUSANDS OF LEGAL RESIDENTS AND VISA HOLDERS ARE IN LIMBO OVERSEAS. ISIS IS REJOICING, AND AMERICAN TROOPS AND TRAVELERS ARE IN DANGER. SO HOW DOES THE WHITE HOUSE DESCRIBE THE RESULT? QUOTE, A MASSIVE SUCCESS STORY ON EVERY SINGLE LEVEL. IF THIS IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S IDEA OF SUCCESS, GOD HELP US WHEN THEY FAIL. . HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON'S FOOLISH EMPEROR IS PARADED DOWN THE STREET WHILE THEY LOOK AT HIS MAGNIFICENT CLOTHES. THEY SAID, NEVER WAS HE EVER SUCH A COMPLETE SUCCESS. THEN, A CHILD CRIED OUT. BUT HE DOESN'T GOT ANY CLOTHES ON. WE ALL KNOW HOW THE STORY ENDS. JUST LIKE IN THE FAIRY TALE, SOMETIMES IT TAKES A CHILD TO SHOW US THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:31:23 AM

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. TAYLOR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:31:32 AM

    MR. TAYLOR

    I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:31:39 AM

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR CHIEF SPECIAL WARFARE OFFICER WILLIAM RYAN OWENS AND HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILDREN. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS ANNOUNCED HIS DEATH, JANUARY 28, IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA AFTER WOUNDS SUSTAINED IN A RAID AGAINST AL QAEDA. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT TWO OTHERS WERE WOUNDED ON THE RAID AND THREE OTHERS INJURED IN A CRASH LANDING. I LOOK FOR MY OWN WORDS TODAY, BUT I CAME ACROSS THE PROFOUND WRITING OF ANDREW STUMPF, AND I SHALL RECITE HIS POWER FL WORDS TODAY IN HONOR OF -- POWERFUL WORDS TODAY IN HONOR OF CHIEF OWENS AND HIS FAMILY. A DEBT THAT CANNOT BE REPAID. IN A COUNTRY THAT MOST WOULD STRUGGLE TO FIND ON A MAP, IN A COMPOUND THAT FEW POSSESS THE COURAGE TO ENTER, MEN FROM MY PREVIOUS LIFE TOOK THE FIGHT TO OUR ENEMY. IN THAT COMPOUND, THEY FOUND MEN THAT PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY FOR YOUR DESTRUCTION. THOSE MEN DON'T KNOW ME. THEY DON'T KNOW YOU, AND THEY DON'T KNOW AMERICA. THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND HOUR COMPASSION, OUR FREEDOMS -- OUR COMPASSION, OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR TOLERANCE. I KNOW IT MAY SEEM AS IF THOSE THINGS ARE CURRENTLY MISSING, BUT THEY REMAIN, AND I KNOW THEY WILL RETURN. OUR CAPACITY FOR THEM IS BOUNDLESS AND IS ONLY DWARFED FOR THEIR HATRED FOR YOU. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICAL OPINIONS. THEY DON'T CARE IF YOU SIT ON THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT, LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, PACIFIST OR WARRIOR. THEY DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU BELIEVE IN DIVERSITY, EQUALITY OR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. I'M SORRY THAT YOU NEVER SMELLED THE BREATH OF A MAN WHO WANTS TO KILL YOU. I'M SORRY THAT YOU NEVER FELT THE ALARM BELLS RINGING IN YOUR BODY, THE COMBINATION OF FEAR AND ADRENALINE AS YOU MOVE TOWARDS THE FIGHT INSTEAD OF RUNNING FROM IT. I'M SORRY YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD SOMEONE CRY OUT FOR HELP OR CRIED OUT FOR HELP YOURSELF, RELYING ON THE COURAGE OF OTHERS TO BRING YOU HOME. I'M SORRY THAT YOU HAVE NEVER TASTED THE SALT FROM YOUR TEARS AS YOU STAND AS FLAG-DRAPED COFFINS, BEARING MEN YOU WERE HUMBLED TO CALL YOUR FRIENDS. I DO NOT WISH THOSE EXPERIENCES ON YOU, BUT I WISH YOU HAD THEM. IT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU ACT. IT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU VALUE. IT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY YOU APPRECIATE. YOU BECOME QUICK TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND SLOW TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH. MOST WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICE REQUIRED TO KEEP MEN FROM THAT COMPOUND AWAY FROM YOUR DOORSTEP, BUT IT WOULD NOT HURT YOU TO TRY. IT WOULD NOT HURT TO YOU TAKE A MOMENT TO RESPECT THE SACRIFICES THAT OTHERS MAKE ON YOUR BEHALF. WHETHER THEY SHARE YOUR OPINIONS OR NOT. IT WOULD NOT HURT TO YOU TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK OF THE RELENTLESS STRAIN ON FAMILY, ON FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES THAT ARE LEFT BEHIND. IDEAS, NOT PROTECTED BY WORDS, PAPER MAY LAY THE FOUNDATION AND PRINCIPLES OF THIS NATION BUT IT IS BLOOD THAT PROTECTS IT. IN THAT COMPOUND, A MAN THAT YOU HAVE NEVER MET GAVE EVERYTHING HE HAD SO YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO THINK, SPEAK AND ACT HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE. HE WENT THERE FOR ALL OF US, WHETHER YOU LOVED HIM OR YOU HATED WHAT HE STOOD FOR. HE WENT THERE TO PRESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE PRIVILEGE TO BELIEVE, TO BE AND TO BECOME WHAT WE WANT. IN THIS COUNTRY, EVERY SINGLE PERSON LIVING INSIDE ITS BORDERS UNDER THE BANNER OF ITS FLAG OWE THAT MAN. WE OWE THAT MAN EVERYTHING. WE OWE HIM THE RESPECT THAT HIS SACRIFICE DESERVES. SAYING THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH. WE SEND OUR BEST AND LOSE THEM IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE WORST THIS WORLD HAS TO OFFER. IF YOU WANT TO RESPECT AND HONOR THEIR SACRIFICE, IT NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN WORDS. YOU HAVE TO LIVE IT. TAKE A MINUTE AND LOOK AROUND. SOAK IT IN, ALL OF IT. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. YOU HAVE THE CHOICE EVERY DAY AS TO WHICH CATEGORY YOU WANT TO BE IN AND WHICH DIRECTION YOU WANT TO MOVE. YOU HAVE THAT CHOICE BECAUSE THE BEST AMONG US, THE BEST WE HAVE EVER HAD TO OFFER FOUGHT, BLED AND DIED FOR IT. DON'T EVER FORGET IT, AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:36:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. KENNEDY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, I VISITED A COMMUNITY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON FRIDAY, I VISITED A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS. THERE AT A PLACE DEDICATED TO HEALING THOSE IN THEIR COMMUNITY, I MET ONE OF THEIR PATIENTS. A 42-YEAR-OLD REFUGEE FROM BAGHDAD WHO ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES THIS PAST NOVEMBER. HE, HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILDREN SPENT THREE YEARS IN A TURKISH REFUGEE CAMP FLEEING THEIR HOME COUNTRY. HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN TARGETED IN IRAQ. HE'D BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOUR TIMES WITH INJURIES. HE AND HIS WIFE HAD BOTH BEEN SHOT. HE HE WATCHED HIS OWN BROTHER BURN TO DEATH IN FRONT OF HIS EYES AND COUNTLESS MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY ARE STILL MISSING. HE WAS A MUSICIAN BACK HOME. HE STRUGGLED TO KEEP UP HIS CRAFT AS HE'S FLED. A DOCTOR IN THAT HEALTH CENTER MANAGED TO TRACK DOWN A YOUTH TRUMPET AND PRESENTED IT TO THAT MAN AS A GIFT. NOW EVERY TIME HE VISITS THAT HEALTH CENTER HE BRINGS THE TRUMPET AND PLAYS IT FOR THE STAFF. MY VISIT WAS NO EXCEPTION. HE STOOD IN FRONT OF OUR GROUP AND PROUDLY PLAYED OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY HAD GIVEN HIM A HOME. THIS COUNTRY IS HELPING HIM MEND HIS WOUNDS, HAS PROTECTED HIS FAMILY AND HAS GIVEN HIM A CHANCE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. IT IS A BADGE OF HONOR THAT HE SHARES WITH EVERY SINGLE PERSON LIVING IN OUR GREAT NATION REGARDLESS OF COLOR OR CREED THAT WE ARE ALL BOUND TOGETHER BY THE IMMENSE OPPORTUNITY OF THOSE GOLDEN DOORS, OPENED AT ONE POINT FOR OUR OWN FAMILIES SOMETIME DOWN THE ROAD. HOURS AFTER OUR VISIT, OUR PRESIDENT, HIS PRESIDENT TOLD HIM THAT HIS RELATIVES, HIS NEIGHBORS AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED JUST AS HE HAS WERE NO LONGER WELCOME HERE. TO SAMIR, A 30-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR TRAVELING TO BOSTON TO TRYING TO CURE TUBERCULOSIS, HE CLOSED THE DOOR. FOR AN IRAQI MAN TRAVELING HERE TO VISIT HIS RELOCATED FAMILY, OUR PRESIDENT CLOSED OUR DOORS. TO ALL OF THE 21.3 MILLION REFUGEES WORLDWIDE, THE LEADER OF OUR FREE WORLD TOLD THEM THEIR PAIN AND THEIR SUFFERING WAS NOT HIS PROBLEM AND HE CLOSED THE DOORS. AND TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY, HE MADE CLEAR THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE INTO TERROR, WILL MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON FEAR RATHER THAN STRENGTH. MR. PRESIDENT, I HOPE YOU HEAR US LOUD AND CLEAR WHEN WE SAY THAT THESE ACTIONS ARE AN INSULT TO THE COUNTRY WE ALL LOVE. THEY'RE AN INSULT TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE BLOOD, THE SWEAT AND THE TEARS THAT GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS HAVE SHED IN DEFENSE OF LADY LIBERTY. AND SO, MR. PRESIDENT, WE WILL FIGHT. WE WILL MARCH. WE WILL PROTEST. WE WILL RAISE OUR VOICES, AND ONE DAY WE WILL WIN. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO DIRECT THEIR COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR AND NOT A PERCEIVED VIEWING AUDIENCE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:40:43 AM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS AND I MIGHT ADD THAT I'VE HAD THE SADNESS TO BE STANDING WITH THEM DURING TIMES OF NEEDS OF THIS NATION. LETTING KNOWLEDGE DURING MY TENURE, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH WAS PRESIDENT DURING 9/11. I WAS IN THIS CAPITOL ON SEPTEMBER 9 -- SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND SO I WAS PHYSICALLY EVACUATED AS WE WERE LEAVING WITH NO UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAD COME FOR EARLY MORNING MEETINGS. NOT HAVING THE FULL IMPACT WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK AND NOT HAVING THE FULL IMPACT BUT AS WE WERE LEAVING, I MIGHT SAY, FLEEING THIS BUILDING, WE TOOK A LOOK TO OUR RIGHT. BECOULD SEE THE BUILDING BLACK SMOKE IN THE PENTAGON. WE WERE RUNNING FOR OUR LIVES. WE WERE RUNNING AS AMERICANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS, CHRISTIANS, PEOPLE OF MANY FAITH, MANY RACES, MANY GENDERS, MANY ORIENTATIONS. WE WERE RUNNING AS AMERICANS. I IMAGINE THOSE FAMILIES AT GROUND ZERO WERE ALSO AS THEY WATCHED IN HORROR OR HEARD IN HORROR THEIR LOVED ONES LOST IN SPITE OF THE HEROIC EFFORTS OF FIRST RESPONDERS. IT WAS A MULTITUDE OF THE UNITED NATIONS. THIS NATION HAS ALWAYS WELCOMED AND RESPECTED PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND SO IT DISTURBS ME WHEN THOSE OF US WHO HAVE NOW TAKEN A VISIBLE AND STOIC STAND AGAINST AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WE BEGIN TO RECEIVE ATTACKS FROM THE VERY PERSON WHO SHOULD BE BRINGING THIS NATION TOGETHER. I TAKE GREAT INSULT FROM THE FIRING OF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES, A PERSON WHO I HAVE WORKED WITH PERSONALLY AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. SHE IS OF PROFOUND INTEGRITY, HONESTY, RESPECTABILITY AND PROFESSIONALISM. DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES, I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR BEING A PATRIOT. AND SO LAST EVENING SHE RENDERED THIS STATEMENT. IN ADDITION, I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT THE POSITIONS WE TAKE IN COURT REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH THIS INSTITUTION'S SOLEMN OBLIGATION TO ALWAYS SEEK JUSTICE AND TO STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. AT PRESENT, I AM NOT CONVINCED THAT THE DEFENSE OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER -- THIS IS BY THE WHITE HOUSE -- BANNING MUSLIMS IS CONSISTENT WITH THESE RESPONSIBILITIES NOR AM I CONVINCED THAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IS LAWFUL. RESPONDING TO THAT, ALMOST LIKE NIXON SOME DECADES AGO, THIS WHITE HOUSE FIRED ATTORNEY GENERAL YATES AND PROCEEDED TO MAKE THIS STATEMENT -- THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES HAS BETRAYED THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BY REFUSING TO ENFORCE LEGAL ORDERS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS ORDER WAS APPROVED AS TO FORM AND LEGALITY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFERS OF LEGAL COUNSEL. SALLY YATES EXPLAINED IT. IT IS AN ENTITY. IT IS THE NOT AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT'S NOT THE CONSTITUTION. SHE HAS NO OBLIGATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. SHE HAS AN OBLIGATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION. THE WHITE HOUSE PROCEEDS TO GO ON TO SAY -- I ASSUME PRESIDENT TRUMP -- MS. YATES IS AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION APPOINTEE WHO IS WEAK ON BORDERS AND VERY WEAK ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OF WHICH I DON'T KNOW PROOF OF SUCH BUT WHAT I WILL SAY SHE WAS DOING HER CIVIC AND PATRIOTIC DUTY BY REMAINING THERE AS A SENIOR MEMBER WHO IS THE ONLY PERSON THERE THAT COULD SIGN SUBPOENAS. SHE WAS DOING AMERICA A FAVOR. SO I WILL SAY IN THE BACKDROP OF THAT, WERE YOU AT THE AIRPORT AS I WAS AT THE BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT WHEN IRAQI CITIZEN CAME IN, A LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT WITH A GREEN CARD, AND WAS DETAINED FOR FIVE HOURS WHILE HIS EMPLOYEE AND LAWYERS WERE GATHERING AND HOVERING OUTSIDE AND C.B.P., TO MY UNDERSTANDING, HOW FRIGHTENED THEY WERE, THEY DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON, DID NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK. OR DID YOU LISTEN LAST NIGHT WHEN AN IRAQI WOMAN INDICATED THAT HER HUSBAND WAS MURDERED AND SHE HID FOR 12 YEARS IN IRAQ UNTIL SHE WAS ABLE TO BRING HER CHILDREN HERE? DID YOU HEAR THAT REFUGEES ARE BEING DENIED TO COME IN FOR 120 DAYS ON FRIDAY, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT THEIR PAPERS WILL EXPIRE? AND FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, DID YOU HEAR THAT THE PAPER -- HAD ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HE WAS SUPPORTING OR PRAISING PRESIDENT TRUMP? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. REPEAL THIS ORDER. PASS THE SOLVE ACT. PASS THE U.S.A. ACT THAT I'VE INTRODUCED AS WELL --

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    STOP THIS MADNESS. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOUR KINDNESS. I YIELD…

    STOP THIS MADNESS. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR YOUR KINDNESS. I YIELD BACK. . THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. SWALWELL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:46:35 AM

    MR. SWALWELL

    AMERICA MUST WELCOME REFUGEES AND WE MUST WELCOME REFUGEES OF ALL…

    AMERICA MUST WELCOME REFUGEES AND WE MUST WELCOME REFUGEES OF ALL RELIGIONS. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS OUR COUNTRY UNDER A MUSLIM BANND, A MUSLIM BAN THAT MAKES US LESS SAFE AND LESS AMERICA. LESS SAFE BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAVE IN PLACE SINCE WORLD WAR II A PROCESS FOR VETTING REFUGEES WHO COME TO THIS COUNTRY, AN INTENSE PROCESS THAT TAKES 18 TO 24 MONTHS BEFORE WE CAN GET HERE. IF WE ARE NOT TAKING ON REFUGEES AS OUR ALLIES LIKE JORDAN AND GERMANY AND OTHERS WHO ARE IN THE THICK OF THIS FIGHT, WE WILL NOT BE SEEN AS A TEAM PLAYER AND WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COUNT ON THEM FOR COOPERATION. LESS SAFE BECAUSE IT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRES AN ENEMY WHO IS DETERMINED TO DISPEL A MESSAGE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT WELCOME TO MUSLIMS. IT MAKES US LESS AMERICAN BECAUSE REFUGEES HAVE HELPED AMERICA AS MUCH AS AMERICA HAS HELPED REFUGEES. . THE PATRIOTISM OF SECRETARY MADELEINE ALBRIGHT. I HAVE SEEN THIS IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE WITH MY CHIEF OF STAFF, RICKY LEE, WHO CAME TO OUR COUNTRY AT AGE 4 ON A RAFT FLEAING VIETNAM -- FLEEING VIETNAM AND WAS WELCOMED INTO THIS COUNTRY WHERE HE WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE, STARTED WORKING ON CAPITOL HILL AS AN INTERN, AND SERVES AS A CHIEF OF STAFF IN MY OFFICE TODAY. I HAVE SEEN THIS SPIRIT OF THE REFUGEE IN MUHAMMAD WHO WAS MY GUEST AT THE STATE OF THE UNION JUST TWO YEARS AGO. MUHAMMAD SERVED OUR COUNTRY AS AN INTERPRETER IN AFGHANISTAN. LOST HIS FATHER WHO WAS KIDNAPPED AND KILLED BY THE TALIBAN FOR HIS SERVICE, HAD HIS LITTLE BROTHER KIDNAPPED, AND HE GAVE HIS LIFE SAVINGS TO SAVE HIS BROTHER'S LIFE. WE BROUGHT HUMIDITY OVER TO THE UNITED STATES BUT TODAY IF MUHAMMAD WAS ON HIS WAY TO THE UNITED STATES UNDER THIS MUSLIM BAN, HE WOULD BE DETAINED IN AN AIRPORT. BUT WHAT IS AMERICAN? AMERICAN IS STANDING UP AND WELCOMING PEOPLE IN NEED. BEING AMERICAN MEANS GOING TO AN AIRPORT AS I SAW THOUSANDS DO WHEN I WENT TO S.F.L. AIRPORT IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS WEEKEND. I SAW THE LAWYERS ON OUR STAFF WORKING TO PROVIDE CASEWORK TO ANYONE WHO WAS DETAINED. I SAW THE SPIRIT OF AGAIN ROSSITY ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AS AIRPORTS AND TOWN SQUARES. BEING AN AMERICAN MEANS SUPPORTING CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN'S SOLVE ACT, THE STATUE OF LIBERTY VALUES ACT THAT WILL FIX AND END THIS MUSLIM BAN. BEING AN AMERICAN IS WHAT SALLYATES DID LAST NIGHT WHEN SHE STOOD UP AGAINST AN ILLEGAL BORDER AND SHE WAS FIRED. ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY ATES WAS NOT THE PERSON WHO DESERVED TO BE FIRED YESTERDAY. TO STOP THIS MUSLIM BAN WE MUST UNITE IN THIS COUNTRY. UNITE AND MAKE SURE WE'RE SAFE AND WELCOMING TO THOSE IN NEED. UNITED TO SAY WE WILL NOT TARGET PEOPLE FOR PERSECUTION FOR PROSECUTION. UNITED TO LIVE OUT WHAT WE'RE TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE. LUKE, CHAPTER 10, VERSE 25, A STUDENT ASKED JESUS, WHAT MUST I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE? JESUS SAYS, LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. THE STUDENT ASKS, WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? AND JESUS TELLS THEM THE STORY OF A TRAVELER FROM JERUSALEM HEADED TO JERICHO WHO WAS ATTACKED, ROBBED, AND BEATEN ALONG HIS JOURNEY AND STRIPPED OF ALL OF HIS CLOTHES. HE ENCOUNTERS A PRIEST WHO WALKS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN HE SEES THE TRAVELER. HE ENCOUNTERS A LEVI WHO ALSO LIKE THE PRIEST WALKS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD WHEN HE SEES THIS BEATEN WEARY TRAVELER. BUT THEN HE COMES ACROSS A SAMARITAN. THE SAMARITAN TOOK PITY ON THE TRAVELER, BANDAGED HIS WOUNDS, AND TOOK HIM AND PAID FOR HIM TO STAY AT AN INN. JESUS ASKED THE STUDENT, WHICH OF THESE MEN WAS A NEIGHBOR? THE STUDENT SAID, THE ONE WHO SHOWED MERCY. JESUS SAID TO THE STUDENT, GO AND DO LIKEWISE. TO MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND AMERICANS ACROSS THIS GREAT LAND, REFUGEES ARE OUR NEIGHBORS. THEY ARE THE WEARY TRAVELERS. HOW WILL WE RECEIVE THEM? THE AMERICAN SPIRIT IS TO BE LIKE THE SAMARITAN. WE MUST GO AND DO LIKEWISE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:51:19 AM

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

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

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  • 10:51:29 AM

    MR. EMMER

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A MINNESOTA PUBLIC SERVANT. AFTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR A MINNESOTA PUBLIC SERVANT. AFTER NEARLY A DECADE OF SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, MY FRIEND AND ST. MICHAEL'S FORMER MAYOR, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS RETIREMENT. JERRY HAS DEEP ROOTS IN ST. MICHAEL AS HE IS A PART OF THE FIFTH GENERATION OF HIS FAMILY TO LIVE THERE. AND THESE STRONG TIES TO HIS BELOVED COMMUNITY NO DOUBT INSPIRED JERRY TO SERVE. AS THE COMMUNITY BEGAN TO GROW AND DEVELOP, HIS MAIN GOAL WAS TO ENSURE THAT SAINT MICHAEL RESIDENTS WERE ALWAYS PUT FIRST. I THINK THAT'S -- I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT JERRY DID JUST THAT. DURING HIS 10 YEARS AS MAYOR, JERRY MADE NUMEROUS IMPROVEMENTS TO THIS EVER GROWING COMMUNITY AND CITY. ONE MAJOR PROJECT, JERRY PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN, IS THE EXPANSION OF THE I-94 CORRIDOR WHICH PUTS THROUGH MINNESOTA'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I WANT TO THANK JERRY FOR HIS UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO SAINT MICHAEL AND TO OUR GREAT STATE, AND I WESH HIM NOTHING BUT THE BEST -- WISH HIM NOTHING BUT THE BEST IN HIS FUTURE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE AN ATHLETE FROM MY DISTRICT WHO HAS PERSEVERED AND CONQUERED, ACHIEVED DESPITE CHALLENGES THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO HIM DURING HIS LIFE. THIS PAST WEEK SNOWMOBILE MOTOCROSS RACER, MIKE SHULTZ FROM SAINT CLOUD, MINNESOTA, WON HIS SIXTH GOLD MEDAL AT THE WINTER X GAMES. MIKE LOST HIS LEFT LEG DURING A TRAGIC ACCIDENT IN 2008. THIS PAST WEEK HE COMPETED AMONGST OPPONENTS WHO HO WERE ALSO AMPUTEES OR PARTIALLY PARALYZED. MIKE SHULTZ SERVES AS A WONDERFUL REMINDER OF WHAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN ONE NEVER GIVES UP AND DISPLAYS COURAGE IN THE FACE OF EXTREME CHALLENGE. IT IS INSPIRING TO SEE A YOUNG MAN COME OUT ON TOP AGAINST SUCH ADVERSITY. WE'RE PROUD OF YOU, MIKE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING YOU COMPETE IN THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE WORLD PARIS SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CANADA LATER THIS YEAR. I HAVE NO DOUBT YOU WILL BE VICTORIOUS ONCE AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE ONE OF THE GREAT LEADERS IN MINNESOTA. STANLEY S. HUBBARD, THE PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF HUBBARD BROADCASTING, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE FIRST AMENDMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM THE RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS FOUNDATION. HUBBARD BROADCASTING ON SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS, INCLUDING KSTP, A LOCAL NEWS AFFILIATE IN THE GREAT STATE OF MINNESOTA. STAND HUBBARD IS WELL-KNOWN IN HIS INDUSTRY. HE HAS ALREADY BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE BROADCAST AND CABLE HALL OF FAME, AND HE HAS RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS. THE FIRST AMENDMENT LEADERSHIP AWARD IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY TO A BUSINESS OR GOVERNMENT LEADER WHO HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROTECTION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. THIS AWARD WAS MADE FOR SOMEONE LIKE STAND HUBBARD. STAN HUBBARD OF HUBBARD BROADCASTING HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER IN THE MEDIA PROTECTING AND PROMOTING FREE SPEECH AND A FREE AND ACCOUNTABLE PRESS. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, STAN, AND TO THE ENTIRE HUBBARD BROADCASTING FAMILY. YOU DESERVE THIS AWARD BECAUSE YOU EARN IT EVERY DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:54:56 AM

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

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

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  • 10:55:08 AM

    MS. KAPTUR

    MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I RISE TO PLACE IN THE RECORD A VERY IMPORTANT STORY…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, TODAY I RISE TO PLACE IN THE RECORD A VERY IMPORTANT STORY FROM THE COLUMBUS, OHIO, DISPATCH NEWSPAPER. IT FOCUSES ON STEVE NEW CHEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S -- MUCHEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEE, TO BE TREASURY SECRETARY AND RAIDSES ISSUES OF DEEP CONCERN MUCH ACCORDING TO THE DISMATCH MNUCHIN -- HIS AGGRESSIVE ROLE IN HASTENING THOUSANDS OF HOME FORECLOSURES DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WHAT FOLLOWED -- 2000 FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WHAT FOLLOWED AND HIS MISDEEDS DEEPLY IMPACTED PLACES LIKE OHIO. MR. MNUCHIN WAS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ONE WEST, WHICH ENGAGED IN SO-CALLED ROBOSIGNING OF MORTGAGE DOCUMENTS, THAT MEANS YOU REALLY DON'T -- YOU TREAT PEOPLE LIKE OBJECTS. YOU DON'T GO INTO THE DETAILS OF EVERY CASE. THE DISPATCH SET ITS ANALYSIS OF DOZENS OF FORECLOSURE CASES IN OHIO AND SUBSEQUENT ACTION PROVE OTHERWISE. DASTARDLY PRACTICE OF ROBOSIGNING PREVALENT THROUGHOUT THE MORTGAGE INDUSTRY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THAT TERRIBLE FINANCIAL CRISIS HAD CERTAIN LEADERS OF WHICH MR. MNUCHIN WAS AT THE TOTCHT HEAP. THEIR EMPLOYEES SIGNED FORECLOSURE DOCUMENTS EN MASSE WITHOUT PROPERLY REVIEWING THEM AND FORCING UNJUST FORECLOSURES. THE DISPATCH FOUND MORE THAN 1,900 SUCH CASES IN OHIO ALONE. INDIVIDUAL CASES REVEAL ONE WEST DECLARED PROPERTIES VACANT EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE WAS LIVING IN THEM. ONE WEST TIME AND AGAIN REFUSED TO ABIDE BY AGREED UPON LOAN MODIFICATIONS. IS THAT THE KIND OF PERSON THAT WE REALLY WANT IN CHARGE OF THE U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT? NOMINEE MNUCHIN COMES WITH A GOLDMAN SACHS PEDIGREE. WOULDN'T WE KNOW THAT. HE WAS NICKNAMED THE FORECLOSURE KING. THE FORECLOSURE KING, AFTER BUYING UP INDY MAC, A SUBPRIME LENDER THAT EVICTED ABOUT 36,000 PEOPLE DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, WHILE PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP PROMISED TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, HIS NOMINEE FOR TREASURY SECRETARY PROVES HE'S NOT DOING THAT AT ALL. HE'S ENLARGING THE SWAMP. THE DISPATCH FOUND MORE THAN 1,900, I REPEAT, ONE WEST FORECLOSURES IN OUR STATE'S SIXTH LARGEST COUNTIES FROM 2009 TO 2015. IN ADDITION, MR. NEW PROFITED PERSONALLY OFF OF KICKING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES. DOES SUCH A PERSON ACTUALLY DESERVE CONFIRMATION AS SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? WAKE UP, AMERICA. WAKE UP. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS CITY BELONGS TO YOU. THIS CAPITAL BELONGS TO YOU. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PLACE ON THE RECORD A RELEASE I SENT OUT OVER THE WEEKEND RELATING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEES. AND I JUST WISH TO SAY THAT THE ANCESTORS OF THE TRUMP FAMILY AS WELL AS THE KAPTUR FAMILY PASSED THROUGH THE UNFORGETTABLE PORTAL OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IN NEW YORK HARBOR. AND THE WORDS AT THE BASE OF THAT STATUE ARE EMBLAZONED IN THE MIND OF FAMILIES LIKE OUR OWN GOING BACK GENERATIONS. GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE. SURELY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS READ THESE WORDS. I SUPPORT ROBUST EFFORTS TO MAKE AMERICA SAFE AND SECURE AND HAVE SERVED ON ALT COMMITTEES IN THIS CONGRESS THAT AIM -- ALL THE COMMITTEES IN THIS CONGRESSTRY THAT AIM TO DO THAT. WORKABLE SOLUTIONS SHOULD ENSURE AMERICA'S SAFETY WITHOUT DESTROYING OUR HER TAJE AS AN IMMIGRANT NATION. -- OUR HERITAGE AS AN IMMIGRANT NATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MANDATE ACTUALLY WILL MAKE AMERICA LESS SAFE BECAUSE IT PENALIZES WORTHY INDIVIDUALS AND PUTS THEM AT GREATER RISK. AND ACTUALLY GIVES TERRORIST CELLS AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST AMERICA. THINK ABOUT IT. THIS MANDATE PUTS PEOPLE AT RISK WHO HAVE HELPED AMERICA IN OUR BATTLE AGAINST TERRORISM ABROAD AND AT HOME. AND IT PUNISHES INNOCENT INDIVIDUALS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE FLEEING TERROR AND TRIBAL CONFLICT. DANGEROUSLY THIS MISCONCEIVED EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL SPUR ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT GLOBALLY. ON THE INTERNET, SPURRING MORE TERRORISM. THE OLD WORLD WAR II MOTTO, LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS. IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE WAY THIS WAS CONDUCTED. RECKLESS RHETORIC PUTS OUR NATION AT GREATER RISK AT HOME AND PUTS AMERICANS FIGHTING FOR US AND THOSE TRAVELING ABROAD IN GREATER DANGER. MR. SPEAKER, I CORDIALLY INVITE THE PRESIDENT TO NORTHERN OHIO. COME AND MEET SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES YOUR ORDER AFFECTED. I THINK YOU'LL CHANGE YOUR MIND. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. . THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:00:49 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE SEEING FROM COAST TO COAST DEMONSTRATIONS, PROTESTS,…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE SEEING FROM COAST TO COAST DEMONSTRATIONS, PROTESTS, PEOPLE SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE OUTRAGEOUS, RECKLESS AND CRUEL EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMULGATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION ON FRIDAY. IT'S WRONG, IT'S IMMORAL ON SO MANY LEVELS. IT'S HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO STOP. I JUST LEFT MY OFFICE WHERE THE PRESIDENT OF WESTERN STATE KIREPRACTOR COLLEGE, JOE BREMHALL, WAS HERE. HE HAS A NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO ARE DUAL CITIZENS WHO NEED TO LEAVE THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE THEIR BOARD CERTIFIED TESTS NEXT WEEK IN CANADA. HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO TELL THEM. PURSUE THEIR PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND MAYBE NOT BE ABLE TO COME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES AND FINISH AT THE COLLEGE. IT'S EMBARRASSING WE CAN'T GIVE HIM GUIDANCE AND THAT WE HAVE THIS ILL-THOUGHT OUT, RECKLESS EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WASN'T PLANNED AND STILL IS HAVING THE DETAILS WORKED OUT. BUT PERHAPS THE WORST ASPECT OF THIS BLANKET CANCELLATION IS AS IT AFFECTS SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR IRAQIS WHO ARE WAITING TO COME TO THE UNITED STATES. WHATEVER YOU THINK ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR, THE MEN AND WOMEN IN IRAQ WHO VOLUNTEERED TO HELP OUR FORCES WERE ESSENTIAL. THEY WERE GUIDES. THEY WERE INTERPRETERS. THEY WORKED ON THE PROJECTS. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THE JOB OVER THERE WITHOUT THEM. IN MANY CASES THEY BLENDED IN TO THE UNITS WITH WHICH THEY SERVED. I HAD CASES WHERE PEOPLE DESCRIBED TO ME, SOLDIERS, HOW THESE PEOPLE LITERALLY SAVED THEIR LIVES. I'VE HEARD FROM VETERANS WHO CARE DEEPLY AND WONDER ABOUT THE SIGNAL THEY'RE SENDING TO THE PEOPLE WHO THEY REGARDED ESSENTIALLY AS FAMILY. THEY WONDER HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION COULD HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THEM. THE GUARD IN MY OFFICE IN PORTLAND WHO'S A VETERAN WAS ASKING ME WHAT'S GOING ON. HE RECALLED HIS STORY ABOUT AN INTERPRETER WHO WAS CRITICAL TO HIM WHEN HE SERVED IN IRAQ. HOW COULD WE HAVE FORGOTTEN? WELL, I TELL YOU SOMEBODY WHO'S NOT FORGOTTEN THEM ARE THE TALIBAN, THE ISIS TERRORISTS WHO REGARD THESE PEOPLE AS TRAITORS, WE HAVE LONG MEMORIES WHO WANT TO MAKE THESE PEOPLE PAY FOR HELPING THE UNITED STATES. WE'VE SEEN COUNTLESS EXAMPLES OF THESE PEOPLE BEING HUNTED DOWN BY TERRORISTS. THEY'VE BEEN ASSAULTED. THEY'VE BEEN KIDNAPPED. THEY'VE HAD FAMILY MEMBERS HELD FOR RANSOM. THEY'VE BEEN MURDERED. THAT'S WHY I'VE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS FOR 10 YEARS ESTABLISHING THE SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM. WITH THE LATE SENATOR KENNEDY, WITH JOHN MCCAIN, SENATOR SHE HOUSTON, MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE, ADAM KINZINGER, CONGRESSMAN STIVERS AND HUNTER WHO WERE VETERANS THEMSELVES AND UNDERSTOOD WHY THIS PROGRAM WAS IMPORTANT. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT EXTREME VENTING. TRUST ME. THE APPLICANTS FOR THESE VISAS ARE EXTREMELY VETTED, TAKING TWO AND THREE YEARS, SOMETIMES LONGER, FIGHTING FOR THE BUREAUCRACY, TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN ESCAPE TO SAFETY. MANY HAVE BEEN KILLED BECAUSE THE EXTREME VETTING PROCESS TOOK SO LONG. AND NOW TO TURN THEIR LIVES UPSIDE DOWN AND PUT THEM AT RISK BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND OR WHO DON'T CARE IS APPALLING. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH PARTIES WHO ARE SPEAKING OUT AND ASKING THE ADMINISTRATION TO COME TO ITS SENSES ON THIS BLANKET BANFF MUSLIMS FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES -- -- BLANKET BAN OF MUSLIMS FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES. THIS IS NOT GOING TO MAKE US ANY SAFER. SOME HAVE SPECULATED THAT SOME OF THE COUNTRIES LEFT OUT, LIKE SAUDI ARABIA, WHERE MOST OF THE 9/11 TERRORISTS CAME FROM, WERE LEFT OUT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS BUSINESS INTERESTS THERE. I DON'T KNOW WHY THESE ITEMS WERE SELECTED, BUT THE FACT IS IT SHOULD END TODAY. AND IT SHOULD END NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN UNDER THE SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM FROM IRAQ WHOSE LIVES ARE NOW AT GREATER RISK BECAUSE OF THIS RECKLESS ACT. IT'S WRONG BECAUSE OF THE SIGNALS WE ARE SENDING TO FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO WE RELY UPON. IT'S NOT JUST IN IRAQ. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THE UNITED STATES WHO LIVE IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HELP US WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT, WITH THE MILITARY. WHAT MESSAGE ARE WE SENDING TO THEM IF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT GOING TO STAND UP AND PROTECT THEM?

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    SENATOR GRASSLEY

    YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

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    YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE ATTORNEY…

    YOU CAN CONTINUE WATCHING THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINATION LIVE ON C-SPAN3 AND ALSO STREAMING LIVE ONLINE. AS WE GET READY TO GO TO THE FLOOR OF THE U.S. HOUSE ABOUT TO GAVEL IN, MEMBERS WORKING TODAY ON LEGISLATION TO REPEAL AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULE ON DEALING WITH WASTE FROM COAL MINING AND CONSIDERING 19 HOMELAND SECURITY AND CYBERSECURITY BILLS. [CAPTIONS COPYRIGHT NATIONAL CABLE SATELLITE CORP. 2017] [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG]

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    CHAPLAIN CONROY

    LET US PRAY. GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IT…

    LET US PRAY. GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. IT IS YOUR NATURE TO HOLD US IN YOUR LIVING PRESENCE ALWAYS. IT IS OUR NATURE TO THINK IN PASSING. BE WITH US, EACH OF US THAT WE MAY BE OUR VERY BEST AND PROVE OURSELVES WORTHY OF YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE. BLESS THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND THEIR WORK AND DELIBERATIONS TODAY, THAT THEY MIGHT MERIT THE TRUST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MANIFEST THE STRENGTH OF OUR REPUBLICAN DEMOCRACY TO THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. AS THE NEW ADMINISTRATION FINDS ITS FOOTING AND SETTLES INTO ITS GOVERNING PRINCIPLES, MAY THIS ASSEMBLY ASSIST BY REMAINING FAITHFUL TO ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES WITH THE HELP OF YOUR GRACE AND WISDOM. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. ROGERS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. WILSON

    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. SERIOUS BODILY INJURY WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. --

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    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    WILSON CYBERVULNERABILITIES

    CYBERVULNERABILITIES ALLOWS HACKERS TO ACCESS A VEHICLE AND TAKE CONTROL…

    CYBERVULNERABILITIES ALLOWS HACKERS TO ACCESS A VEHICLE AND TAKE CONTROL FROM THE DRIVER. VEHICLE SAFETY IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO ME BECAUSE SOUTH CAROLINA IS AMERICA'S LEADING EXPORT OF AUTOMOBILES AND TIRES WITH B.M.W., VOLVO ALONG WITH MICHELIN, BRIDGESTONE, CONTINENTAL AND GETTY OF SINGAPORE. LAST WEEK I WAS GRATEFUL TO INTRODUCE THE SPY COURSE STUDY ACT OF 2017 WITH CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU OF CALIFORNIA. THIS DIRECTS THE GOVERNMENT PARTNERS WITH PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE SECURITY AND PRIVACY THREATS TO OUR MOTOR VEHICLES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND MAY THE PRESIDENT BY HIS ACTIONS NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS VETTED REFUGEES WHO ISIL INFILTRATED TO COMMIT CRIME IN FRANCE AND GERMANY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. WELCH

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WISH TO INTRODUCE PRUMP TO TWO SYRIAN --…

    I THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WISH TO INTRODUCE PRUMP TO TWO SYRIAN -- PRESIDENT TRUMP TO TWO SYRIAN FAMILIES JUST A WEEK BEFORE HE SLAMMED THE DOOR. THEY ARE FROM DAMASCUS. ANOTHER FROM ALEPPO. THESE FAMILIES SURVIVED A BOMB, AL QAEDA AND ISIS VIOLENCE. THEY FOUND TEMPORARY REFUGE IN TURKEY. THEY HAVE NOW FOUND PERMANENT FREEDOM IN VERMONT. THESE GOOD PEOPLE ENDURED ALL THESE HARDSHIPS TO DO WHAT ALL PARENTS STRIVE TO DO -- PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM HARM. MR. SPEAKER, I WISH PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITH ME LAST THURSDAY TO MEET THEM. DO WE REALLY FEAR THESE FAMILIES WHEN THEY'VE BEEN SO RIGOROUSLY VETTED? AND I WISH PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS WITH ME TO MEET THE GENEROUS PEOPLE OF RUTLAND. THEY HAD GOOD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REFUGEE PROGRAM, ITS COSTS AND THEIR SECURITY BUT, MADAM SPEAKER, UNLIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE FOLKS IN RUTLAND NEVER, NEVER WANTED TO BAN MUSLIMS AND WELCOME ONLY CHRISTIANS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HEARTENED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HEARTENED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT WILL PRESERVE WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS FOR LGBT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS. THIS IS A MEANINGFUL AND POSITIVE STEP TOWARD ENDING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HARDWORKING LGBT AMERICANS WHO ONLY WANT TO EARN A LIVING AND PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR MANY YEARS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH MY CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO PROTECT SKILLED, QUALIFIED AND MOTIVATED LGBT EMPLOYEES. TOO OFTEN THESE INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCE REJECTIONS AT JOB INTERVIEWS OR DENIED PROMOTIONS OR FACE OTHER TYPES OF HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY. THIS SHAMEFUL PRACTICE OF DISCRIMINATION ON THE JOB RUNS COUNTER TO OUR CORE VALUES OF FAIRNESS AND EQUALITY. I HOPE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO EXTEND EQUAL RIGHTS TO LGBT INDIVIDUALS IN EVERY SECTOR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?…

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

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  • 12:06:27 PM

    MR. MIG-INS

    I RISE ON BEHALF OF SO MANY WESTERN NEW YORKERS AND AMERICANS ABOUT THE…

    I RISE ON BEHALF OF SO MANY WESTERN NEW YORKERS AND AMERICANS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION. THE STORY OF AMERICA IS DEFINED BY THE STRUGGLE OF IMMIGRANTS OVERCOMING INCREDIBLE ODDS TO CLAIM THEIR PIECE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION IS CALOUS, UNLAWFUL AND…

    THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION IS CALOUS, UNLAWFUL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AND IMMIGRATION BAN BASED ON ANYONE ON RELIGION OR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN IS IN CONFLICT WITH BASIC AMERICAN VALUES AND WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE. INSPIRED BY THE WORK OF THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE, CATHOLIC CHARITIES, JERICHO ROAD, JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES AND SO MANY MORE, MY WESTERN NEW YORK COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO BE WELCOMING TO REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING THOSE COUNTRIES DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THIS ORDER. I KNOW MY COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND PROUDLY PROJECT AMERICAN VALUES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. POE

    MADAM SPEAKER, 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. POE

    QUOTE, IF HE BEATS YOU IT MEANS HE LOVES YOU. IN RUSSIA THAT HAS BECOME…

    QUOTE, IF HE BEATS YOU IT MEANS HE LOVES YOU. IN RUSSIA THAT HAS BECOME THE NORM. 40% OF ALL VIOLENT CRIMES IN RUSSIA ARE DONE WITHIN THE HOME. 36,000 PEOPLE ARE BEATEN BY THEIR PARTNERS EVERY DAY. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS DISTURBING, BUT THE RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT HAS VOTED OVERWHELMINGLY TO DECRIMINALIZE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IF IT DOES NOT CAUSE SUBSTANTIAL BODILY HARM AND DOES NOT HAPPEN MORE THAN ONCE A YEAR. SO IF A HUSBAND BEATS HIS WIFE ONCE A YEAR, THAT'S FINE, SAY IT THE LORDS OF SIBERIA. MADAM SPEAKER, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NOT JUST A FAMILY ISSUE. IT'S A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. AS LONG AS -- AS A LIFE-LONG ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS, OUR SOCIETIES AND COUNTRIES MUST RECOGNIZE THE DEVASTATING AFFECT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. IT TEARS AT THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY. AND NOT LEGALIZE IT BUT STOP THIS NIGHTMARE WHEREVER IT IS LIKE MY GRANDMOTHER SAID, YOU NEVER BEAT SOMEBODY YOU CLAIM YOU LOVE AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS 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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    MADAM SPEAKER, THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BAN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER SIGNED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BAN REFUGEES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FROM CERTAIN MUSLIM MAJORITY NATIONS IS A SHAMEFUL ATTEMPT TO CREATE A RELIGIOUS TEST FOR ENTRY INTO OUR COUNTRY. RATHER THAN MAKING OUR NATIONS SAFER IT DISCREDITS OUR HERITAGE AND UNDERMINES OUR SHARED VALUES. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMONSTRATE THESE VALUES EVERY SINGLE DAY. ONE EXAMPLE JUST LAST FRIDAY, ONE SYNAGOGUE WELCOMED A REFUGEE FAMILY FLEEING THE VIOLENCE IN SYRIA. 22 MEMBERS MET THE FAMILY AT O'HARE AIRPORT GREETING THEM WITH FLOWERS, TOYS AND WELL WISHES. VOLUNTEERS THEN BROUGHT THE FAMILY TO THEIR NEW APARTMENT FULL OF DONATED FURNITURE, CLOTHING AND FOOD TO HELP THEM START THEIR NEW LIFE HERE AT HOME.

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    MR. SCHNEIDER

    WAS THE LAST FAMILY BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP SLAMMED THE DOOR SHUT. I AM THE…

    WAS THE LAST FAMILY BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP SLAMMED THE DOOR SHUT. I AM THE SON AND GREAT GRANDSON OF THOSE WHO FLED CENTURIES AGO. THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE MUST NOT ALLOW FEAR TO TURN US INWARD OR BAR THE GATES OF -- TO INNOCENT REFUGEES SEEKING A SAFE HOME AND BETTER FUTURE HERE IN AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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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 ALABAMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SHARE MY DISGUST AND CONTEMPT BY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SHARE MY DISGUST AND CONTEMPT BY THE MANNING'S COMMUNTATION. IT WAS OPPOSED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER.

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    MR. ROGERS

    AFTER FIELD REPORTS AND INTELLIGENCE REPORTS, 200,000 DIPLOMATIC CABLES,…

    AFTER FIELD REPORTS AND INTELLIGENCE REPORTS, 200,000 DIPLOMATIC CABLES, THE TALIBAN WENT ON A KILLING SPREE TAKING OUT EVERYONE WHO SEEMED TO FIT THE DESCRIPTION OF INDIVIDUALS WORKING WITH THE U.S. IT WAS INDISCRIMINANT KILLING. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HEARING THE USUAL HAND WRINGING THIS MORNING FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CRITICS ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF HIS EXECUTIVE ORDERS OF THOSE WHO HELPED NEWS IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THESE INDIVIDUAL VOICES WOULD BE MUCH MORE CREDIBLE IF THEY HAD CRITICIZED PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS IRRESPONSIBLE COMMUNTATION OF INMATE MANNING. PRESIDENT OBAMA MAY BE GONE, THANKFULLY, BUT WE'RE STILL SUFFERING FROM HIS IRRESPONSIBLE DECISIONS. CHANGE HAS FINALLY COME TO AMERICA, MR. SPEAKER -- MADAM SPEAKER. MANNING AND OTHER ENEMIES OF OUR NATION SHOULD BE ON NOTICE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MS. JAYAPAL

    FOR HOURS I WORKED WITH COLLEAGUES FROM THE PORT OF SEATTLE, THE NORTHWEST…

    FOR HOURS I WORKED WITH COLLEAGUES FROM THE PORT OF SEATTLE, THE NORTHWEST IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS PROJECT, THE ACLU AND OUR GOVERNOR TO GET PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING HELD TO BE RELEASED BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN. IN THE UTTER CHAOS, I FOUND A GENTLEMAN WHO HAD COME FROM SOMALIA TO BE REUNITED WITH HIS WIFE, HAD AWFUL HIS LEGAL PAPERS AND INSTEAD WAS BLINDLY TURNED AWAY WITHOUT NDOU PROCESS. WE WERE ABLE TO GET TWO OTHER INDIVIDUALS RELEASED. ONE FROM YEMEN AND ONE FROM SUDAN, AFTER A BRUTAL AND DETERMINED EFFORT TO LITERALLY STOP THE PLANE THEY HAD BEEN BOREDED ONTO IN ORDER TO BE DEPORTED. THIS WASN'T -- BOARDED ONTO IN ORDER TO BE DEPORTED. THIS WASN'T JUST IN WASHINGTON. OUR OFFICE WAS CONTACTED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TERRIFIED. THESE ARE STUDENTS, LEGAL RESIDENTS, WHO DO NOT KNOW WHERE THEIR PLACE IN THIS COUNTRY IS. I MYSELF EMCOMBRATED WHEN WAYS 16 YEARS OLD AND TOOK ME 19 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN. I AM AWARE OF THE BARRIERS PEOPLE FACE IN OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AND I HOPE THAT ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER WORK TO WELCOME IMMIGRANTS THE WAY WE ALWAYS HAVE. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    OF OFFICER DENNIS MCWILL HE FARAH FROM DELAWARE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.…

    OF OFFICER DENNIS MCWILL HE FARAH FROM DELAWARE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. MADAM SPEAKER, 15 YEARS AGO YESTERDAY, OFFICER MCNAMARA WAS BRUTALLY GUNNED DOWN WHILE SERVING HIS COMMUNITY IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

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    MR. MEEHAN

    HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE DIANE AND CHILDREN SPIKE AND MELISSA. I WAS WITH…

    HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE DIANE AND CHILDREN SPIKE AND MELISSA. I WAS WITH THEM YESTERDAY AS WE DEDICATED A ROAD IN DENNIS' HOMETOWN IN UPPER DARBY. IT WAS A FITTING MEMORIAL TO HIS WONDERFUL LIFE AND THE LEGACY HE'S LEFT BEHIND AND ONE OF THE MANY WAYS DENNIS' OWN COMMUNITY HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN. I WILL SOON BE PRESENTING DENNIS AND HIS FAMILY WITH TWO FLAGS. THE FIRST FLAG FLEW OVER THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL YESTERDAY WHICH WAS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH. THE SECOND IS A FLAG OF THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION WHICH FLEW OVER THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL JUST BLOCKS FROM HERE IN JUDICIARY SQUARE DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. NO GESTURE WILL BRING DENNIS BACK TO HIS FAMILY BUT IT'S MY HOPE THESE FLAGS WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE HIS COMMUNITY HONOR HIS MEMORY AND THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE HE MADE. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. PASCRELL

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BOYD, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU. A STARK SIMILARITIES WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1850'S AND NOW, YOU…

    THANK YOU. A STARK SIMILARITIES WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 1850'S AND NOW, YOU JUDGE FOR YOURSELF. IN 1856, FORMER PRESIDENT MILLARD FILL MORE RAN FOR PRESIDENT -- FILMORE RAN FOR PRESIDENT FOR THE NO-NOTHING GROUP. THEY JOINED THE NEWLY FORMED REPUBLICAN PARTY. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP. . A PRIMARY CONCERN OF THE KNOW-NOTHING PARTY WAS THE LARGE NUMBER OF GERMAN AND IRISH CATHOLICS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES. A WORRY WAS THAT THE CHARACTER OF THE COUNTRY WOULD CHANGE BECAUSE THEY WERE COMING HERE. LINCOLN SAID THIS, AS A NATION WE BEGIN BY DECLARING THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. WE NOW PRACTICALLY READ IT, ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL EXCEPT NEGROS. WHEN THE KNOW-NOTHINGS GET CONTROL, IT WILL READ ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL EXCEPT FOR NEGRO, FOREIGNERS, AND CATHOLICS. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS, I SHOULD PREFER EMIGRATING TO SOME COUNTRY WHERE THEY MAKE NO PRETENSE OF LOVING LIBERTY. RUSSIA. THE SIMILARITIES ARE UNBELIEVABLE. WHERE DEPOTTISM CAB -- WHERE DESPOTISM CAN BE TAKEN HOUR, THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BUT THERE'S A LOT OF SIMILARITIES.

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS SHOULD…

    ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS SHOULD SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDERS. PUT ASIDE THE HYSTERIA OF HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, HERE ARE THE FACTS.

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    MR. SMITH

    THERE WILL BE A TEMPORARY HALT ON ADMISSION TO THE U.S. OF THOSE FROM…

    THERE WILL BE A TEMPORARY HALT ON ADMISSION TO THE U.S. OF THOSE FROM SEVEN DESIGNATED COUNTRIES, INCLUDING IRAQ, IRAN, SYRIA. THESE ARE THE SAME COUNTRIES DESIGNATED AS A SECURITY THREAT BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. CONGRESS PASSED LEGISLATION IN 2015 DESIGNATING THESE COUNTRIES AS SECURITY RISKS IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND FROM TERRORISM. THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BY A VOTE OF 407-19. DESPITE WHAT THE MEDIA AND OTHERS IMPLY, MUSLIMS ARE NOT BEING TARGETED. MANY MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES, IN FACT ARE NOT SINGLED OUT. THE PURPOSE OF THE TEMPORARY HALT IS TO ALLOW TIME TO IMPROVE PROCEDURES SO BETTER BACKGROUND CHECKS CAN BE DEVELOPED. WHO COULD POSSIBLY OPPOSE EFFORTS TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE?

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    AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ONE OF ARKANSAS' GREAT LEADERS AND A DEAR FRIEND. FORMER STATE SENATOR STANLEY RUSS WHO PASSED AWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH AT THE AGE OF 86. BORN AND RAISED IN CONWAY, ARKANSAS, HE SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR BEFORE BECOMING A STATE SENATOR FOR 25 YEARS.

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    MR. HILL

    STANLEY RECEIVED NUMEROUS REWARDS FOR HIS WORK, INCLUDING BEING NAMED ONE…

    STANLEY RECEIVED NUMEROUS REWARDS FOR HIS WORK, INCLUDING BEING NAMED ONE OF THE 10 OUTSTANDING STATE LEGISLATORS IN THE UNITED STATES BY THE ASSEMBLY OF STATE GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES. HE ALSO RECEIVED A DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FROM THE CONWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND WAS ELECTED INTO THE ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY HALL OF DISTINCTION AS WELL AS THE ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE HALL OF FAME. OUR STATE AND FAULKNER COUNTY WILL MISS STANLEY'S SMILE, HIS ENTHUSIASM AND ABILITY TO GET THINGS DONE TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF ALL ARKANSANS. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION, AND PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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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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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CHANGE DIRECTION NEW HAMPSHIRE, A…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CHANGE DIRECTION NEW HAMPSHIRE, A FIRST OF ITS KIND STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE FIVE SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND EMOTIONAL SUFFERING. SINCE ITS FIRST LAUNCH LAST MAY, CHANGE DIRECTION HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF GRANITE STATERS, HELPING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE AND ERASE THE STIGMA SURROUNDING MENTAL ILLNESS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS, MY DEAR FRIENDS THE HONORABLE JOHN BRODERICK, PETER EVERSE AND DR. BILL GUNN HAVE DEDICATED COUNTLESS HOURS TO HELP SPREAD THIS TWAIN -- CAMPAIGN THROUGH SCHOOLS, WORKPLACES ACROSS THE GRANITE STATE.

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    MS. KUSTER

    CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS ACROSS THE GLOBE WILL GATT FOR THE…

    MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND LEADERS ACROSS THE GLOBE WILL GATT FOR THE WASHINGTON, D.C. TOK ON OF OUR FINEST TRADITIONS, THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THIS EVENT IS HOSTED ANNUALLY ON THE FIRST THURSDAY IN FEBRUARY. MORE THAN…

    THIS EVENT IS HOSTED ANNUALLY ON THE FIRST THURSDAY IN FEBRUARY. MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE TYPICALLY GATHER FOR THIS FORUM THAT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS FROM VARIOUS SECTORS, INCLUDING POLITICAL, BUSINESS, AND SOCIAL, TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND COME TOGETHER IN FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, AND PRAYER. PERSONALLY I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST EACH YEAR AS A TIME WHERE THOUSANDS AROUND THE WORLD AND RIGHT HERE AT HOME CAN REFLECT ON FAITH, FOCUS ON THE YEAR AHEAD AND WALK AWAY FROM THIS REMARKABLE EVENT WITH A RENEWED SENSE OF HOPE AND FAITH THIS NONPARTISAN EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER SO MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL HEAR THE STORIES OF INSPIRATION FROM FAITH-FILLED SPEAKERS. THE BOOK OF FIRST CHRONICLES IN STRIPTURE TELLS US TO LOOK TOWARD THE LORD AND SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS. THIS IS WHAT WE'LL BE DOING, WE'LL BE SEEKING AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST. IT IS MY HOPE THAT I WILL SEE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES THERE THIS THURSDAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THE EXECUTIVED ORER IS PATENTLY AND CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AN EXECUTIVE…

    THE EXECUTIVED ORER IS PATENTLY AND CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BAN MUSLIMS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. NONE OF US STAND AGAINST THE STRINGENT REVIEW OF INDIVIDUALS TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD COME TO DO WELL OR WHO WOULD COME TO DO HARM. A BAN OR A TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF ALL THE REFUGEES AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE BEEN VETTED OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS CLEARLY DISCRIMINATORY. IT IS TRUE THAT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES HAS STARTED WITH WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ISSUE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE AND WELFARE. DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. MANY COURT JURISDICTIONS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT THIS IS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND DISCRIMINATORY ORDER. THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT REQUIRES YOU TAKE AN OATH TO DEFEND AND PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT SHOULD UPHOLD HIS OATH. SO I STAND HERE TODAY TO JOIN WITH THE RESOLVE OF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR THE -- FOR H.R. 724 AND H.R. 725, THE U.S.A. VALUES ACT, ALL DEALING WITH BANNING AND REPEALING AND RESCINDING NOW THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER ON BANNING MUSLIMS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I, LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, HAVE BEEN WATCHING OVER THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I, LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, HAVE BEEN WATCHING OVER THE LAST 10 OR 11 DAYS AND ESPECIALLY THIS PAST WEEKEND, SHAKING OUR HEAD AND WONDERING JUST WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT WHO WE ARE. I CAN'T TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT I SPOKE TO THIS WEEKEND FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ALL BACKGROUNDS, WHO HAVE SAID THIS PHRASE -- I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M REALLY SAYING THIS IN AMERICA.

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    MR. BOYLE

    ISIS AND IT MUST BE REPEALED. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS HERE ON AMERICAN SOIL…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS HERE ON AMERICAN SOIL MUST REMAIN OUR TOP PRIORITY. OUR BORDERS MUST ALWAYS BE SECURE AGAINST ANYONE WHO WOULD ENTER OUR COUNTRY LEGALLY OR ILLEGALLY TO CAUSE US HARM, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WISH TO EXPLOIT OUR NATION'S GENEROSITY AND COMPASSION.

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    MR. YODER

    HOWEVER, COMPASSION AND SECURITY ARE NOT CONFLICTING IDEALS AND WE MUST…

    HOWEVER, COMPASSION AND SECURITY ARE NOT CONFLICTING IDEALS AND WE MUST CONTINUE OUR NATION'S LEGACY OF BEING A BEACON OF HOPE AND FREEDOM AROUND THE WORLD. THE IDEA OF REFORM AND OVERSIGHT OF OUR NATION'S VETTING SYSTEM IS NOT IN CONFLICT OF OUR LONG-STANDING VALUE OF ACCEPTING REFUGEES AN IT IS NOT NEW. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ALIKE HAVE NOW BOTH PAUSED REFUGEE SETTLEMENTS INTO OUR NATION. PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HAVE OUR NATION'S SUPPORT TO CARRY OUT HIS MISSION TO PROTECT OUR NATION'S BORDERS, BUT HE MUST DO SO WITHOUT UNNECESSARILY BURDENING LAWFUL ENTRANCE INTO THE UNITED STATES. I STAND READY TO WORK WITH YOU AND MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO COME UP WITH CLEAR PROCEED WRURS TO ENSURE THAT OUR REFUGEE PROGRAM CAN CONTINUE IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE MANNER AND TOGETHER WE CAN LIVE IN A NATION THAT IS BOTH SECURE AND CHARITABLE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT -- TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT -- TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. . I AM SEA SADDENED BY THE ACTIONS BEING TAKEN IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. MR. TRUMP'S ACTIONS MAKE US LESS SECURE AS NATION. THEY TAKE AR SLEDGEHAMMER RIGHT TO THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF OUR NATION. AMERICA IS NOT AN ANTI-REFUGEE NATION. QUITE FRANKLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS IS BENEATH US AND DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS.

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    MR. ESPAILLAT

    THE PEOPLE HAVE HIT THE STREETS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MARCH AND WE WILL…

    THE PEOPLE HAVE HIT THE STREETS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MARCH AND WE WILL KEEP DEMANDING WHAT'S RIGHT. WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING TONE SURE AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE UPHELD AND THAT OUR EVIL -- THAT OUR CIVIL RIGHTS ARE NOT TRASHED LIKE YESTERDAY'S NEWS. TO OUR MUSLIM, LGBT, IMMIGRANT, WOMEN AND ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS HURT BY MR. TRUMP'S GARBAGE -- I MEAN, EXECUTIVE ORDERS -- I AM WITH YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REMOVE STEVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO REMOVE STEVE BANNON FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WAS CREATED IN 1947 AND IT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WITH DIPLOMATIC, MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE AND ECONOMIC INFORMATION TO COORDINATE, TO PLAN AND TO IMPLEMENT NATIONAL SECURITY.

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    MR. BROWN

    PROFESSIONALS AND NOT FROM POLITICAL OPERATIVES. AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY…

    PROFESSIONALS AND NOT FROM POLITICAL OPERATIVES. AND THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL HAS DONE THAT FOR SEVEN DECADES. YET, LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT ISSUED AN ILL-CONCEIVED, DANGEROUS AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT BANS MUSLIMS. IT PUTS AMERICANS ABROAD, AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AT HOME AND AMERICAN SOLDIERS AROUND THE WORLD AT RISK, AND I BELIEVE THAT STEVE BANNON, WHO MIGHT BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, WAS THE ARCHITECT OF THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP IF HE'S NOT WILLING TO REMOVE MR. BANNON FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, AT LEAST FOR THE SAFETY OF THIS COUNTRY, REMOVE HIM FROM THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS AFTERNOON REALLY WITH A…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS AFTERNOON REALLY WITH A VERY, VERY SAD AND HEAVY HEART.

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    MS. ESHOO

    WHAT TOOK PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WASN'T DISMAYED, THAT WASN'T HEART…

    WHAT TOOK PLACE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT WASN'T DISMAYED, THAT WASN'T HEART BROKEN, THAT WASN'T CONFUSED, AND AS MY CONSTITUENTS SAID, WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY. NOW, THERE ARE SOME THAT SAY THIS MUST BE DONE. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER MUST BE DONE IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY. I'M A VETERAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, BUT IT DOESN'T TAKE A VETERAN OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HARMS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE NEED TO HAVE MORE VOICES IN THE HOUSE. WE NEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS STANDING UP TOGETHER. BECAUSE HISTORIANS WILL REPLACE YOUR SURNAME, AND THOSE THAT DON'T RAISE THEIR VOICES WILL BE CALLED COWARD BECAUSE THIS IS RIPPING AT THE FABRIC AND THE SOUL OF OUR NATION. IT IS APPALLING, IT IS UNLAWFUL. I BELIEVE IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IF YOU STOOD UP FOR HISTORY AND WHAT WAS DONE TO OTHERS, IT'S TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW IN OUR COUNTRY.

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    MR. BUCSHON

    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 70 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 38, DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR KNOWN AS THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE JOINT RESOLUTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE JOINT RESOLUTION ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION AND ON ANY AMENDMENT THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE, ONE HOUR DEAF BAIT EQUALLY DIVIDED -- ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BY THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND, TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN AND MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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

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

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY, JUST YESTERDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE, HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, PROVIDING FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 38, LEGISLATION UTILIZING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO OVERTURN THE FINAL STREAM RULE -- STREAM PROTECTION RULE PROMULGATED BY THE OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING, RECLAMATION AND MANAGEMENT, OR THE O.S.M., WHICH IS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RULINGS UNDER A CLOSED RULE AS IS CUSTOMARY WITH THE C.R.A. MEASURES. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF A CRITICAL MEASURE THAT WILL HELP PROTECT AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND FAMILIES FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RAMPANT REGULATORY OVERREACH. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    AND WITH THAT I RESERVE

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THEIR JOINT STATEMENT, WE FEAR THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER

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    THEIR JOINT STATEMENT, WE FEAR THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THEIR JOINT STATEMENT, WE FEAR THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL BECOME A…

    THEIR JOINT STATEMENT, WE FEAR THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WILL BECOME A SELF-INFLICTED WOUND IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. UNQUOTE. NOTHING FURTHER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER MAY DO MORE TO HELP TERRORISTS RECRUIT THAN IMPROVE OUR SECURITY. SO I FIND IT INTERESTING NOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, EVEN THE ONES THAT VOICED OPPOSITION TO A MUSLIM BAN DURING THE CAMPAIGN WHEN THE PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP FIRST PROPOSED IT, INCLUDING OUR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ARE NOW DEAFENINGLY SILENT. INSTEAD, REPUBLICANS ARE USING THEIR TIME TODAY TO RESPOND TO THIS CHAOS INDUCING EXECUTIVE ORDER -- AN EXECUTIVED ORER THAT SO CLEARLY VIOLATES CORE AMERICAN VALUES BUT RATHER TO REPEAL A RULE THAT WAS ACTUALLY PROPERLY VETTED SEVEN YEARS USING THE BEST SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE AND ALLOWING INPUT FROM PUBLIC -- FROM THE PUBLIC AND LEADERS IN THE INDUSTRY. I CAUTION MY FRIENDS, THE EVENTS OF TODAY AND HOW YOU RESPOND TO THEM WILL BE WRITTEN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS OF TOMORROW. A QUESTION EMERGES FROM THE FOG THAT IS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S FULL FRONTAL ATTACK ON OUR CONSTITUTION -- WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT, APPEASING A MAN WHO IS JUST AS LIKELY TO TWEET INSULTS AT YOU AS HE IS -- AS HE IS TO RUSH OUT ILL-CONCEIVED AND HORRID EXECUTIVE ORDERS PROTECTING OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE IDEALS OF THIS GREAT NATION? THE IDEALS AND DEDICATION TO THE RULE OF LAW THAT HAVE INSPIRED THE POOR, THE TIRED, THE HUDDLED MASSES TO SEEK A BETTER AND FREER LIFE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT DIDN'T BEGIN WITH MUSLIMS, IT BEGAN WITH THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY AND IT WAS FOLLOWED BY COUNTLESS OTHERS FROM IRISH, ITALIANS, POLAND, HUNGARIANS, VIETNAMESE, CHINESE, ALL OVER THIS WORLDCOMING TO THIS COUNTRY TO SEEK THE KIND OF LIFE THAT MANY OF OUR ANCESTORS SOUGHT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME AND SOME OF OUR ANCESTORS HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO UNDERTAKE. THE TIME TO ACT IN THE NAME OF SHORT-TERM POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY IS OVER. IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. IT IS TIME TO PROTECT OUR CONSTITUTION, IT'S TIME TO DEFEND THE IDEA THAT WE CAN INDEED FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION. BUT WE CANNOT DO THAT WITH THE KIND OF DIVISION THAT'S BEING SOLD BY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND WE CANNOT DO THAT BY SPENDING WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY DISAPPROVING EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT ISSUED AND IT SEEMS TO ME SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER IN THAT FOG IS GOING TO BE THE KIND OF CONFUSION AND CHAOS THAT WE JUST WITNESSED THIS WEEKEND. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GETTING BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND, THE STREAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. GETTING BACK TO THE ISSUE AT HAND, THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE, THERE'S A COUPLE OF -- MANY POINTS THAT MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA BROUGHT UP BUT ONE OCCURRED TO ME AS WELL. IS THIS REALLY A MIDNIGHT RULE? COULD SOMETHING STARTED IN 2008 REALLY BE CONSIDERED AS SOMETHING THAT WAS SHOVED THROUGH AT THE LAST MINUTE? I DID ASK THAT QUESTION. AND THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING YES. DURING THE PROCESS OF 2011, SOME OF THE REPORTS CAME OUT THAT WERE LEAKED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS NOT -- DID NOT SEE AS FAVORABLE AS IT RELATED TO JOBS AND THE ECONOMY AND THE NEGATIVE IMPACT THEY WOULD HAVE ON THAT. SO THEY STOPPED THE PROCESS, SHUTTING OUT THE STATES, VIOLATING THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY'RE REQUIRED TO WORK WITH THE STATES ON RULE MAKING PROCESS, LEAVING THOSE STATES WITH NO RECOURSE BUT TO WITHDRAW FROM THE PROCESS. IN 2015, THIS CONGRESS TOLD THEM TO RE-ENGAGE WITH THE STATES WHICH THEY DID TO SOME DEGREE, PROVIDING -- MAKE IT NECESSARY FOR STATES TO PAY FOR THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT WAS NECESSARY FOR THEM TO BE ENGAGED , SO THERE'S SEVERAL PROBLEMS THAT CAUSE THIS TO BE AN ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS TODAY. CERTAINLY MAKING IT A MIDNIGHT RULE, THE LAST THING DONE AS THE ADMINISTRATION WALKS OUT THE DOOR, QUALIFIES THIS AS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING FOR MANY REASONS AND ON MANY LEVELS. AT THIS POINT, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TREE MINUTES TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. G.T. THOMPSON.

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    MR. FOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I --

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    MR. THOMPSON

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BOTH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BOTH MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE REFER TO THE RULE THEY SEEK TO DISAPPROVE AS A MIDNIGHT RULE. WELL, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU TAKE SEVEN YEARS OF MIDNIGHT THAT IT TOOK TO DEVELOP THIS RULE AND CALL IT A MIDNIGHT RULE. SEVEN YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND ENERGY AND COMMERCE, MR. PALLONE.

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    MR. PALLONE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY OPPOSE H.J.RES. 38, WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO STRONGLY OPPOSE H.J.RES. 38, WHICH WOULD DISAPPROVE THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR STREAM PROTECTION RULE. WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THE FINAL STREAM PROTECTION RULE, IT WAS A VICTORY FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN COAL COUNTRY. THE RULE PRIORITIZES THE HEALTH OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS BY ESTABLISHING CLEAR REQUIREMENTS FOR RESPONSIBLE SURFACE COAL MINING, ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING. IF THIS OBAMA RULE WAS FULLY ENFORCED, IT WOULD PROTECT OR RESTORE 6,000 MILES OF STREAMS AND 52,000 ACRES OF FORESTS OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES. AT THE TIME THE RULE WAS FINALIZED, I CALLED FOR A STRONGER STREAM BUFFER ZONE PROTECTIONS, BUT THE ANNOUNCED REGULATION WAS UNUNDOUBTEDLY A WIN FOR HUMAN HEALTH, CLEAN WATER, AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT OUR STREAM PROTECTION RULE DOES. THIS RULE REQUIRES THAT MINING COMPANIES AVOID PRACTICES THAT PERMANENTLY POLLUTE STREAMS AND SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER, DAMAGE FORESTS, AND INCREASE FLOOD RISKS. THE RULE REQUIRES FOR THE FIRST TIME STREAMS AROUND MINING SITES BE MONITORED OWN TESTED FOR THE PRESENCE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS LIKE LEAD AND ARSENIC. THIS RULE ALSO REQUIRES MINING COMPANIES TO RESTORE POLLUTED STREAMS AND REPLANT MINED AREAS WITH NATIVE TREES AND VEGETATION. THESE PROVISIONS ENSURE MINING COMPANIES TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTIONS. TO ENSURE COAL COUNTRY COMMUNITIES DO NOT SUFFER BECAUSE OF DESTRUCTIVE PRACTICE. WE'RE DEBATING AN ILL-CONCEIVED RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD NEGATE THESE ADVANCES F THIS RULE WERE TO BE OVERTURNED, AMERICAN FAMILIES LIVING NEAR IMPACTED STREAMS AND RIVERS WILL NOT BE PROTECTED FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS GETTING INTO THEIR WATER. WHAT'S EVEN MORE APPALLING BECAUSE THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT PREVENTS SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR REGULATIONS FROM BEING DEVELOPED IN THE FUTURE, THIS JOINT RESOLUTION MEANS THESE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES MIGHT NEVER BE IMPACTED FROM THE IMPACTS OF MINING WASTE IN THEIR WATER. PROTECTING OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS FROM THE DAMAGING IMPACTS OF MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR ME AND IT'S WHY IN PAST CONGRESSES I HAVE INTRODUCED THE CLEAN WATER PROTECTION ACT WHICH WOULD END THE DUMPING OF MINING WASTE INTO OUR COUNTRY'S RIVERS AND STREAMS. AND I'LL BE REINTRODUCING THAT LEGISLATION THIS SESSION. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S UNFATHOMABLE THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WOULD PASS THIS JOINT RESOLUTION AND DOOM GENERATIONS OF CHILDREN OF FAMILIES TO IRREPARABLE HARM. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. BILL JOHNSON.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE TIME TO SPEAK TODAY. IT'S INTERESTING TO ME…

    I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE TIME TO SPEAK TODAY. IT'S INTERESTING TO ME THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE TAKE OFFENSE TO THIS BEING REFERRED TO AS A MIDNIGHT RULE. THIS IS ACTUALLY A MIDNIGHT RULE TWICE. LET'S LOOK AT HOW THIS THING STARTED. 2005, DURING THE BIM -- THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION, FIVE YEARS OF EFFORT WENT IN TO CODIFYING HOW COAL MINING OPERATIONS SHOULD TAKE PLACE AROUND STREAMS. THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED DURING HIS CAMPAIGN THAT HE WAS GOING TO MAKE COAL-FIRED ENERGY FINANCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. THEREBY LAUNCHING HIS WAR ON COAL. THERE WAS A LAWSUIT WITH THE BUSH-ERA RULE. THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION SETTLED, PAYING THAT SETTLEMENT OUT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND THEN LAUNCHED AN EFFORT TO REWRITE THAT RULE. WHEN WE CAME IN IN 2011, THEY WERE PLANNING TO RELEASE THAT RULE IN APRIL. OF 2011. IN ONLY FOUR MONTHS WHAT TOOK FIVE YEARS TO CODIFY, THEY WANTED TO REDO IN JUST FOUR MONTHS. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THEY LEFT THE STATES OUT OF THE EQUATION. THE STATES COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT. NO ONE IN THE ADMINISTRATION WAS LISTENING. WHEN THE CONTRACTORS THEN TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS WERE GOING TO BE LOST AS A RESULT OF THIS RULE, THE ADMINISTRATION FIRED THE CONTRACTOR THAT WAS DOING THE WORK. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THEY PAID THEM IN FULL. NOW, GO FIGURE. LOOK, WE HAVE BEEN BACK AND FORTH WITH THE ADMINISTRATION ASKING THAT THE STATES BE INVOLVED. ASKING THAT THE RULE MAKING PROCESS BE TRANSPARENT. ASKING THAT IF IT REALLY HAD TO DO WITH STREAM PROTECTION, THEN WHY WAS IT TALKING ABOUT AND WAS IT GOING TO BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTING UNDERGROUND COAL MINING THAT TAKES PLACE HUNDREDS IF NOT THOUSANDS OF FEET BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH? YOU ANSWER ME THAT. SO HERE WE'RE TODAY. AND NOW WE HAVE THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT AND I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AND TO DO AWAY WITH THIS RULE NOW AND FOREVER. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT JOINT RESOLUTION 38 WHEN IT COMES TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S XENOPHOBIC EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING SYRIAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S XENOPHOBIC EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING SYRIAN REFUGEES AND SUSPENDING IMMIGRATION FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES IS DRIVEN BY FEAR. IT DEMONSTRATES A CALLOUS INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN SUFFERING. IT IGNORES THE CONSTITUTION. AND IT WILL NOT ONLY TARNISH OUR IMPASSENGER ABROAD BUT HARM OUR -- IMAGE ABROAD BUT HARM OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE LOFGREN'S BILL, TO OVERTURN AND DEFUND THIS DANGEROUS EXECUTIVE ORDER. LET ME BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR FOR PEOPLE WATCHING THIS DEBATE. THE QUESTION WE'RE ABOUT TO DECIDE IS SHOULD WE EVEN HAVE A VOTE ON UNDOING TRUMP'S ORDER. A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO OVERTURN THIS ORDER. A YES VOTE MEANS THAT THE HOUSE WILL DO NOTHING TO STOP TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ACTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WATCHING THIS DEBATE SHOULD TAKE NOTICE TO SEE HOW THEIR REPRESENTATIVE VOTES ON THIS IMPORTANT MOTION, AND THEY SHOULD HOLD THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. DID YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TURN A BLIND EYE TO TRUMP'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICY BY VOTING YES? OR DID YOUR REPRESENTATIVE REJECT THIS ATTACK ON OUR CORE AMERICAN VALUES AND VOTED NO? MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. LOFGREN

    ORDER OF FRIDAY VIOLATES THE LAW, IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION, AND IT…

    ORDER OF FRIDAY VIOLATES THE LAW, IT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION, AND IT VIOLATES GOOD SENSE. HOW DOES IT VIOLATE THE LAW? SECTION 202-A-1 OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITS NATIONALITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION IN THE ISSUANCE OF IMMIGRANT VISAS AND OTHER VISAS. THAT'S WHAT THIS ORDER DID. NOW, THE LAW IS CLEAR THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO POSE A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES CAN AND I SHOULD ADD SHOULD BE BARRED FROM THE UNITED STATES, BUT YOU CAN'T JUST LEGALLY MAKE A BLANKET OBJECTION BASED ON NATIONALITY, AND I WOULD ADD BASED ON RELIGION. AND THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S ORDER DOES. IT SUSPENDS REFUGEE ADMISSION COMPLETELY FOR MONTHS. WHO ARE THESE REFUGEES? MOST OF THE REFUGEES ADMITTED LAST YEAR WERE FROM BURMA AND THE CONGO, NOT FROM SYRIA. BUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN VETTED FOR YEARS, MANY OF WHOM ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES, WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN FEAR. AND IT DOES SOMETHING ELSE. IT SUSPENDS ADMISSION EVEN OF LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES, VIOLATING THEIR RIGHTS TO EQUAL PROTECTION AND TO DUE PROCESS. PEOPLE WANT TO KEEP THE COUNTRY SAFE. WE ALL DO. OF COURSE I DO. BUT HOW DOES THIS ORDER KEEP US SAFE? LET ME JUST GIVE AN EXAMPLE. GENERAL TALIB FROM IRAQ COMMANDS THE EWLEET AMERICAN TRAINED COUNTERTERRORISM FORCES THAT HAVE BEEN LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS FOR TWO YEARS. HIS FAMILY RELOCATED TO THE U.S. FOR SAFETY AND HE CAN'T VISIT THEM ANYMORE. HE SAID THIS, I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING TERRORISM FOR 13 YEARS AND WINNING. NOW MY KIDS ARE ASKING AM I A TERRORIST? I AM A FOUR STAR GENERAL AND I AM BANNED FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. I ASK YOU, HOW DOES THIS ADVANCE OUR SAFETY TO BAR OUR ALLIES WHO ARE FIGHTING ISIS? IT DOESN'T. I HAVE TO CORRECT SOMETHING ELSE. PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD AN ORDER IN 2011 BARRING IMMIGRANTS FROM IRAQ. THAT'S FALSE. WE DID ADDITIONAL VETTING IN 2011 BECAUSE WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT ANYONE COMING IN WAS THOROUGHLY EXAMINED. THAT SLOWED THINGS DOWN A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THERE WERE NEW PROCEDURES. THERE WAS NEVER A HALT TO ADMISSION FROM THOSE -- WHO ARE OUR ALLIES IN IRAQ FIGHTING WITH US. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS, IN ADDITION TO VIOLATING THE LAW, CAUSING HARDSHIP FOR FAMILIES TRYING TO VISIT PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL, PERMANENT RESIDENTS WHO ARE ENGINEERS TRYING TO COME BACK TO RUN THEIR COMPANIES IN SILICON VALLEY, THIS ORDER IS A GIFT TO ISIS. THEY ARE ALREADY USING IT TO RECRUIT ENEMIES OF OUR COUNTRY BY SAYING AMERICA IS FIGHTING ISLAM. AS GEORGE BUSH SAID WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT, OUR ARGUMENT, OUR FIGHT IS NOT WITH ISLAM. OUR FIGHT IS WITH TERRORISM. AND TO ISSUE THIS ORDER WITH THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC SAYING THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A DISTINCTION ON WHO IS ADMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES BASED ON THEIR RELIGION IS NOT ONLY ILLEGAL, IT'S CONTRARY TO AMERICAN VALUES AND IT'S CONTRARY TO OUR SAFETY. SO I HOPE THAT WE INSTEAD OF DOING THIS ANTI-ENVIRONMENT BILL TODAY THAT WE WILL, INSTEAD, TAKE UP H.R. 724, THIS IS A BILL THAT WOULD DEFUND AND RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ILL-ADVISED ORDER FROM FRIDAY. LET ME JUST SAY THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO ISSUE A FORMAL INVITATION TO EVERY REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE TO JOIN ME AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL. I'LL BE SENDING OUT A FORMAL NOTE TO EACH ONE OF YOU LATER TODAY, BUT YOU'RE ON NOTICE, PLEASE JOIN US OF. BECAUSE WE AS AMERICAN LEGISLATORS NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RULE OF LAW IS UPHELD. AND MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE VERY UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER THE RULE OF LAW IS GOING TO SURVIVE THIS PRESIDENCY. HELP GIVE THEM FAITH AND HOPE BY CO-SPONSORING THIS BILL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. TO THE GENTLEMAN MANAGING THE TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GOOD GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. MOONEY.

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    MR. MOONEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING JOINT RESOLUTION TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ROLLING BACK PRESIDENT OBAMA'S WAR ON COAL. NOT TO BE CONFUSED, THAT IS THE RULE WE'RE DEBATING HERE TODAY. THAT'S THE BILL BEFORE US. NOT THE OTHER ISSUE BEING DISCUSSED. . I WAS PROUD THAT IN THE LAST CONGRESS, I WAS THE LEAD SPON SO FAR THE STREAM ACT, H.R. 1644, WHICH WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NEW COAL REGULATION THAT WOULD HAVE COST UPWARDS OF 70,000 GOOD-PAYING JOBS. MY LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN JANUARY OF 2016 WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND SENT A CLEAR MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION THAT THE SO-CALLED STREAM PROTECTION RULE WAS BAD POLICY. UNFORTUNATELY, MY BILL NEVER RECEIVED A VOTE IN THE U.S. SENATE. DESPITE THE CLEAR MESSAGE FROM CONGRESS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN THE FINAL DAYS ISSUED A DISASTROUS STREAM PROTECTION RULE. AGAIN , HE DID THIS AS HE WAS LEAVING THE PRESIDENCY IN THE FINAL DAYS BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE. BUT DON'T LET THE CLEVER NAME FOOL YOU. THE NEW REGULATION WILL HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPACTS FOR THE COAL INDUSTRY. AN INDUSTRY, I MIGHT ADD THAT PROVIDES OVER 90% OF THE POWER GENERATION IN MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. THE RULE PRESCRIBES A ONE SIZE FITS ALL APPROACH IN DEFIANCE OF COMMONSENSE AND THE FEDERAL LAW. THERE IS NO NEED TO REWRITE OVER 400 REGULATIONS AND THIS RULE DOES OTHER THAN AS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO REGULATE THE COAL INDUSTRY OUT OF BUSINESS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS RULE TO MOVE FORWARD AND THUS WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING JOINT RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. LET US NOT FORGET THAT FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA PROMISED THAT HE WOULD BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY. PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND DIGNITY THAT COMES WITH WORK. OUR COMMUNITIES ARE ALSO SUFFERING. FEWER JOBS MEANS LESS ECONOMIC INVESTMENT AND LESS HOPE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VISIT WEST VIRGINIA OR APPALACHIA AND SEE FIRSTHAND WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICIES HAVE DONE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. IT IS HEART BREAKING TO HEAR THE STOYRRS -- STORIES AND SEE THE FACES OF STRUGGLING FAMILIES AS THEY TRY TO PAY THEIR BILLS. I STAND TODAY WITH THOSE COMMUNITIES IN ROLLING BACK THE POLICIES THAT HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH HARM AND PAIN. THESE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC TO THE COAL INDUSTRY AND ALL OF THE HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES THAT DEPEND ON COAL TO KEEP THEIR ENERGY COSTS LOW. AND THE SHAME OF IT ALL IS THAT IT'S PREVENTABLE. WE MUST END THIS WAR ON COAL NOW. AND THAT PROCESS BEGINS TODAY. I MADE A PROMISE TO MY CONSTITUENTS OF THE SECOND DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA THAT I WOULD FIGHT FOR THE COAL INDUSTRY AND BRING BACK JOBS TO MY STATE. TODAY IS THE FIRST OF MANY STEPS THIS CONGRESS, ALONG WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, WILL TAKE TO MAKE GOOD ON THE PROMISES WE MADE IN NOVEMBER. AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE AND THE UNDERLAYING -- UNDERLYING RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM WEARING COMMUNICATIVE BADGES WHILE UNDER RECOGNITION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES. THE CHAIRMAN RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 01:18:34 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO TELL ME HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES.

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    SIR, YOU HAVE 9.5 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS 11.5 MINUTES.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER,…

    AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY LEADER, MS. PELOSI, FOR THE PURPOSE OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT QUSM

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    MS. PELOSI

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP CONGRESSWOMAN LOFGREN'S H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE THE 30-YEAR-OLD IRANIAN CITIZEN AND WAS DETAINED AND TRANSFERRED TO COUNTY JAIL.

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    ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELD FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 01:19:34 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    I DO NOT YIELD.

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  • 01:19:58 PM

    MS. LOFGREN

    I PLEAD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO OVERTURN PRESIDENT…

    I PLEAD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO OVERTURN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN SO INDIVIDUALS LIKE HAMID KHALID DERWISH WHO HELPED THE UNITED STATES IN IRAQ WON'T BE DETAINED AT J.T.F.K. AIRPORT FOR 19 HOURS.

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELD FOR THE PUP OF THIS UNANIMOUS…

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON YIELD FOR THE PUP OF THIS UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 01:20:21 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M REITERATING MY EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT, ALL TIME YIELDED IS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M REITERATING MY EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY AND I WILL NOT YIELD FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN DOES NOT YIELD. THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST…

    THE GENTLEMAN DOES NOT YIELD. THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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  • 01:20:46 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD TO MS. ESHOO FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT QUFMENT

  • 01:20:51 PM

    MS. ESHOO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CON SONET BRING UP H.R. 74 TO RESCIND THE PRESIDENT'S BAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS NOT YIELDED FOR…

    THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE. THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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  • 01:21:10 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MS. WATERS FOR DEBATE.

  • 01:21:14 PM

    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M REFERRING TO H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M REFERRING TO H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN SO THAT GREEN CARDHOLDERS LIKE VISARAR USEF ON HIS WAY HOME AFTER GETTING ENGAGED IN KURDISTAN WON'T GET DETAINED AT L.A.X. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 01:21:40 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MR. BUTTERFIELD FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:21:47 PM

    MR. BUTTERFIELD

    I ASK THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RESCIND HIS REFUGEE BAN ON CHILDREN LIKE THE…

    I ASK THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP RESCIND HIS REFUGEE BAN ON CHILDREN LIKE THE 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BOARD A PLANE TO JOIN HER U.S. PARENTS LEAVING HER IN LIMBO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:22:06 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MR. CARDENAS FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:22:15 PM

    MR. CARDENAS

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND THE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE WHOSE…

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND THE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE WHOSE LIFE IS IN DANGER BECAUSE OF HER HUSBAND'S WORK WITH AMERICANS AND WHO WAS REFUSED BOARDING ON A FLIGHT TO THE U.S. OUT OF ERBIL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:22:40 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST, MS. BROWNLEY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWNLEY

    I RISE TO ASK THIS HOUSE TO BRING UP THE LOFGREN BILL, H.R. 724 TCH WOULD…

    I RISE TO ASK THIS HOUSE TO BRING UP THE LOFGREN BILL, H.R. 724 TCH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN FROM IRAQ LIKE NADA WHO WAS NOT ALLOWED TO BOARD A FLIGHT AND REMAINS SEPARATED FROM HER HUSBAND A FORMER INTERPRETER.

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  • 01:23:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEWOMAN MAKING A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST OR NOT? THE CHAIR…

    IS THE GENTLEWOMAN MAKING A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST OR NOT? THE CHAIR UNDERSTANDS THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS NOT YIELDED FOR THAT PURPOSE THEREFORE THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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  • 01:23:24 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. AM I NOT ALLOWED TO YIELD A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME…

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY. AM I NOT ALLOWED TO YIELD A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME TO MEMBERS FOR DEBATE.

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  • 01:23:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID -- YOU SAID YOU WERE YIELDING TO HER FOR THE PURPOSES…

    THE GENTLEMAN SAID -- YOU SAID YOU WERE YIELDING TO HER FOR THE PURPOSES OF A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 01:23:41 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I DID. MY QUESTION AND PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS AM I PERMITTED TO YIELD A…

    I DID. MY QUESTION AND PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY IS AM I PERMITTED TO YIELD A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME TO EACH MEMBER FOR PURPOSES OF DEBATE?

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  • 01:23:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY YIELD TO MEMBERS FOR DEBATE.

  • 01:23:56 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MS. -- MR. NADLER FROM NEW YORK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:24:03 PM

    MR. NADLER

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE…

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE THE DR. SUJAH SBUSHAMA A PRESTIGIOUS DOCTOR AT THE CLEVELAND CLINIC WHO WAS DENIED ENTRY AND FORCED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, THEREFORE DEPRIVING THE COUNTRY OF HIS MEDICAL SERVICES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 01:24:28 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MRS. NAPOLITANO.

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    MS. IN A POLL TAULOW

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724.

  • 01:24:48 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MS. VELAZQUEZ OF NEW YORK.

  • 01:24:55 PM

    MS. VELAZQUEZ

    MR. SPEAKER, BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WILL END PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE…

    MR. SPEAKER, BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WILL END PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN SO MEMBERS LIKE A 69-YEAR-OLD IRAQI NATIONAL WILL NOT BE REFUSED BOARDING ON A FLIGHT TO VISIT WIZ U.S. CITIZEN FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:25:18 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MR. BLUMENAUER OF OREGON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:25:26 PM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    I HOPE WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BAN ON…

    I HOPE WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BAN ON IRAQI TRANSLATORS FOR THE UNITED STATES LIKE FAROUD SHAH RIFF WHO WAS CLEARED TO SETTLE IN THE UNITED STATES BUT STOPPED BEFORE HE COULD BOARD HIS FLIGHT AND SENT BACK TO HARM'S WAY IN IRAQ.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 01:25:48 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MR. LEVIN OF MICHIGAN.

  • 01:25:52 PM

    MR. LEVIN

    HEADLINE IN "THE WASHINGTON POST," MUSLIM FAMILIES SOUGHT REFUGE IN…

    HEADLINE IN "THE WASHINGTON POST," MUSLIM FAMILIES SOUGHT REFUGE IN AMERICA'S HEARTLAND, NOW TRUMP'S VISA BAN IS TEARING THEM APART. ONE IS IN MY DISTRICT.

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  • 01:26:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

  • 01:26:08 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN, MR. GUTIERREZ.

  • 01:26:14 PM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION BAN SO STUDENTS CAN RETURN TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND OTHERS CAN CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES AT U.S. COLLEGES AN UNIVERSITIES.

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  • 01:26:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD TO MS. JAYAPAL FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 01:26:39 PM

    MS. JAYAPAL

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO ALLOW CHILDREN LIKE THE ONE WHO LOST HIS…

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO ALLOW CHILDREN LIKE THE ONE WHO LOST HIS FAMILY IN A BOMBING CAN COME TO AMERICA.

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  • 01:26:55 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 01:27:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP HOUSE RULE 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP HOUSE RULE 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE SARA, AN AFGHANI TELEVISION PRESENTER WHO FLED AMIDST DEATH THREATS, HAD WAITED FOR YEARS TO BE RESETTLED IN THE U.S., ONLY TO HAVE HER HOPES DASHED.

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  • 01:27:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:27:30 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY WHIP , MY GOOD FRIEND,…

    I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED MINORITY WHIP , MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HOYER.

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  • 01:27:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:27:37 PM

    MR. HOYER

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND URGE WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND URGE WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON CHILDREN LIKE A 5-YEAR-OLD THAT CAME TO DULLES AIRPORT WITH ANOTHER FAMILY, HER MOTHER WAS WAITING FOR HER AND FOR FOUR HOURS SHE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SEE HER MOTHER. THAT'S NOT GOOD POLICY, IT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR TROOPS, IT'S NOT GOOD FOR THE SAFETY OF AMERICA. LET'S PASS H.R. 724.

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  • 01:28:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:28:10 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE SECONDS TO MR. SNYDER FROM ILLINOIS.

  • 01:28:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:28:18 PM

    MR. SNYDER

    I ASK THIS HOUSE TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT…

    I ASK THIS HOUSE TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE SAJAR AGNINI WHO CAME HERE TO CARE FOR HER ELDERLY MOTHER WHO HAD JUST UNDERGONE SURGERY ONLY TO BE DETAINED AT O'HARE AIRPORT AND ULTIMATELY RETURNED TO ABU DHABI.

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  • 01:28:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:28:43 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

  • 01:28:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ONE QUARTER MINUTES.

  • 01:28:52 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. SERRANO.

  • 01:28:58 PM

    MR. SERRANO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON FAMILIES LIKE THE ONE EN ROUTE TO PENNSYLVANIA FROM SYRIA ON APPROVED VISAS AND TURNED AWAY AND FLOWN BACK TO QATAR.

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  • 01:29:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CON SENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CON SENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.

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  • 01:29:20 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD 10 SECONDS TO MR. ASBALLAH.

  • 01:29:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:29:31 PM

    >>

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WILL RESCIND PRESIDENT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WILL RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BAN MUSLIMS, HAVING BEEN AT J.F.K. AIRPORT THIS WEEKEND, I STAND IN SUPPORT OF MILITARY SOLDIERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVED AND WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE UNLAWFULLY DETAINED AND QUESTIONED AFTER THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS UN-AMERICAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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  • 01:29:58 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO MS. SCHAKOWSKY OF ILLINOIS.

  • 01:30:04 PM

    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHICH WOULD RESCIND ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT WHICH WOULD RESCIND ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN IN LIGHT OF INDIVIDUALS, WOMEN, LIKE S TAMBINGS AN DIAB, A SYRIAN REFUGEE AND FORMER CHARITY WORKER WHOSE FAMILY APPLIED FOR RESETTLEMENT TO THE UNITED STATES BUT WILL NOW NOT BE ABLE TO COME. . RECOGNIZED. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON THOSE WHO, LIKE 69 YIELD ARMAN AND 79-YEAR-OLD ARE CHRISTIAN REFUGEES WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR RESETTLEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES.

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  • 01:31:57 PM

    TEMPORE UNANIMOUS

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:32:00 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO MRS. DAVIS FROM CALIFORNIA.

  • 01:32:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:32:06 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE…

    I ASK TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN IN LIGHT OF INDIVIDUALS, A CARDIOLOGY FELLOW IN CONNECTICUT WHOSE WIFE IS A SYRIAN DOCTOR AND WHOSE FAMILY CANNOT VISIT BECAUSE OF THE BAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:32:29 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    10 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN.

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  • 01:32:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE JAMS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

    THE JAMS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:32:53 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY HOME GIRL 10 SECONDS FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:33:04 PM

    >>

    I ASK THAT WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S…

    I ASK THAT WE BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE AMIR BACCARI, A STATISTICAL PHYSICIST FROM IRAN WHO WAS JUST OFFERED AN ASSISTANT PROFFERS JOB AT YALE UNIVERSITY.

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  • 01:33:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. 24 EGENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:33:33 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MRS. ADAMS OF NORTH CAROLINA.

  • 01:33:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:33:39 PM

    MS. ADAMS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE THE 77-YEAR-OLD HELD AT DALLAS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT AS SHE TRIED TO SEE HER SON AND HIS FAMILY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS.

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  • 01:33:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED.…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUESTS CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. .

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  • 01:34:03 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD TO MR. SABLAN FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:34:08 PM

    MR. SABLAN

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A GRANDFATHER I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A GRANDFATHER I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE THE 69-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS SCHEDULED TO VISIT THE U.S. THIS PAST WEEKEND TO MEET HER NEW GRANDSON BUT IS NOW IN LIMBO.

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  • 01:34:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:34:30 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST MS. CHU FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST MS. CHU FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 01:34:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:34:41 PM

    MS. CHU

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON FAMILIES LIKE THE SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY OF SIX WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN CLEVELAND ON TUESDAY, ON JANUARY 31, BUT ARE NOW BLOCKED INDEFINITELY.

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  • 01:34:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:35:05 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MS. CLARK FROM NEW YORK FOR A…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MS. CLARK FROM NEW YORK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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  • 01:35:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:35:14 PM

    MS. CLARKE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND DONALD TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN AND HELP UNIFY THE FAMILY OF FARIAH, A REFUGEE WHO HISPANICED HER LIFE FOR UNITED STATES FORCES IN IRAQ AND WHOSE FATHER, MOTHER, AND SISTER ARE NOW BARRED FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE…

    AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED, THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST CANNOT BE ENTERTAINED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:35:40 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MRS. MALONEY FROM NEW YORK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MRS. MALONEY FROM NEW YORK FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:35:51 PM

    MRS. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND THE PRESIDENT'S REFUGEE BAN THAT IMPACTS GREEN CARD HOLDERS LIKE THE WOMAN LOCATED IN IRAN WITH HER 3-YEAR-OLD U.S. CITIZEN DAUGHTER.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO.

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    MR. DETAZZO

    H.R. 724 WOULD REPEAL TRUMP'S OVERREACHING EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT PURPORTS…

    H.R. 724 WOULD REPEAL TRUMP'S OVERREACHING EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT PURPORTS TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER. IT'S TIME TO RESTORE AMERICAN VALUES. ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS AFRAID OF? IF YOU SUPPORT HIS ACTION, BRING UP THE BILL AND VOTE AGAINST IT. IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT HIS ACTION, WE'RE GIVING YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESTORE THE LAWFUL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 10 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS. MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I DON'T KNOW WHY WE DON'T BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT…

    I DON'T KNOW WHY WE DON'T BRING UP H.R. 724 WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON STUDENT LIE THE IRANIAN BORN AN HE THROW POLGI STUDENT WHO LEFT THE US TO US CARRY OUT RESEARCH IS NOW LIKELY TO BE UNABLE TO RETURN TO DEFEND THIS THESIS IF YOU BELIEVE IN THIS BAN, IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IN A BAN, BRING IT UP SO WE CAN VOTE AGAINST THIS BAN. I YIELD BACK.

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    MISS TOREES -- TOREST FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS WHAT A REFUGEE LOOKS LIKE. I ASK FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS WHAT A REFUGEE LOOKS LIKE. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN AND HELP UNIFY THE FAMILY OF AN IRAQI REFUGEE WHO IS NOW SEPARATED INDEFINITELY FROM HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN BECAUSE OF THE BAN.

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    VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I SERVE ON THE RULES…

    VERY PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I SERVE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE WITH, MR. MCGOVERN, FOR 10 SECONDS, FOR DEBATE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S APPALLING AND DISCRIMINATORY REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE SAMIRA, A SCIENTIST FROM IRE RAN WHO WAS SET TO BEGIN A PROJECT TO STUDY TUBERCULOSIS AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL AND WAS STOPPED FROM BOARDING HER FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES. LET US HAVE A VOTE. LET US HAVE A LITTLE DEMOCRACY IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.

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    A UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MS. SHEA-PORTER.

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    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE THE SYRIAN SKIN CANCER RESEARCHER LIVING IN GERMANY WHOSE VISA TO VISIT COLLEAGUES IN PHILADELPHIA HAS NOW BEEN REVOKED. LET US VOTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MR. BOYLE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR A UNANIMOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MR. BOYLE FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE SURPRISED TO LEARN I ASK…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE SURPRISED TO LEARN I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, TO RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S APPALLING REFUGEE BAN ON INDIVIDUALS LIKE THE YOUNG SCIENTIST IN IRAN WHO WAS AWARDED A FELLSHIP TO STUDY MEDICINE AT HARVARD BUT WHOSE VISA HAS BEEN INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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    MR. SHERMAN

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S OUTRAGEOUS BAN ON MUSLIMS SO THAT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY'S OWN, DARREN, CAN BE REUNITED WITH HIS WIFE WHO IS A HUMANITARIAN WORKER WORKING WITH AFGHAN WAR VICTIMS IN IRAN. SHE HAS BEEN DENIED EVEN THE CHANCE TO SCHEDULE A VISA INTERVIEW AT OUR EMBASSY IN ABU DHABI.

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    MR. HUFFMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL MUSLIM BAN THAT LED TO A STANFORD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENT WHO HAS LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1993 GETTING HANDCUFFED AND THEN DETAINED AT J.F.K. AIRPORT FOR FIVE HOURS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DOLD COLD AND CALLOUS REFUGEE BAN LIKE TRAVELERS FROM A U.K. RESIDENT WHO HOLDS AN IRANIAN PASSPORT, DUE TO FLY BACK TO GLASS CAO VIA SMORK AND HAD HER VISA REVOKED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. RUIZ FROM CALIFORNIA FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    MR. RUIZ

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN AND HELP UNIFY THE FAMILY OF MUKTAR AND HIS WIFE WHO SPENT 24 YEARS IN A REFUGEE CAMP AFTER FLEEING SOMALIA AND CONTINUE TO BE SEPARATE INTERESTED THEIR CHILDREN WHO STILL LIVE IN THE CAMP.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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    MR. CAN RAREA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724 THAT WILL RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN IN LIGHT OF MOTHERS LIKE WHO ARRIVED FIVE YEARS AGO AND GOING THROUGH THE NATURALIZATION PROCESS BUT SEPARATED FROM HER SISTER AND TWO CHILDREN WHO WERE SET TO ARRIVE IN MID FEBRUARY.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST TO MS. KAPTUR FROM OHIO.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S MISGUIDED REFUGEE BAN SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE TODAY IN TOLEDO FROM WAR-TORN IRAQ WAS A FULLY VETTED MOTHER AND HER THREE YOUNG DAUGHTERS, ONE OF WHOM IS LESS THAN A YEAR OLD, THEY ARE FORCED TO REMAIN IN TUNISIA WITH THEIR FUTURES UNCERTAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MR. TONKO FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. TONKO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TRAGIC REFUGEE BAN THAT WOULD HAVE WOMEN LIKE THE SYRIAN VIOLINIST WHO HAS PERFORMED AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND WORRIED ABOUT HER FAMILY THAT REMAIN IN ALPEPPO.

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    MR. HASTINGS

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    MS. TSONGAS

    THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD…

    THANK YOU. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN THAT KEEPS APART FAMILIES LIKE THAT OF LUKEA WHO HAD PLANNED TO MOVE TO HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL IN MARCH BUT WHOSE IRANIAN WIFE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN HIM.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MS. DELAURO FROM CONNECTICUT FOR A UNANIMOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TO MS. DELAURO FROM CONNECTICUT FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO BRING UP H.R. 724, WHICH WOULD RESCIND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REFUGEE BAN ON WOMEN LIKE SHAHADDY, A PHILOSOPHY STUDENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF AT THIS REIN -- UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN ACCEPTED TO NEW YORK UNIVERSITY BUT NOW UNSURE IF SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, PARLIAMENT INQUIRY.

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    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE MEMBERS THAT HAVE COME HERE AND ASKED FOR UNANIMOUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE MEMBERS THAT HAVE COME HERE AND ASKED FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT AND WITH IT BEING DENIED BY VIRTUE OF MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON NOT AGREEING TO THE UNANIMOUS CONSENT, AND WITH THE NOTION IN MIND THAT THE PERIOD FOR DEBATE IS WHAT IS TO BE RECOGNIZED. MY QUESTION IS, DO THE PEOPLE WHO DID COME HERE AND SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT ACCEPTED, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO INSERT A STATEMENT IN THE RECORD SIGNIFYING OF THEIR INTENTIONS WITH REFERENCE TO THE MATTER AT HAND? .

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD URGE MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON THROUGH YOU…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD URGE MY FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON THROUGH YOU THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'LL BE PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN HE IS. IF HE'D BE SO KIND, AGAIN, TO GIVE US THE AMOUNT OF TIME EACH OF US HAVE.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE REPUBLICAN CONFERENCE, MR. MCCARTHY OF CALIFORNIA.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN FAVOR OF THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN FAVOR OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS, WE HAVE DEVOTED OURSELVES MOST PROMINENTLY TO A SINGLE GOAL. MAKING WASHINGTON WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AGAIN. AND THERE'S ONE THING HERE IN WASHINGTON THAT CONSISTENTLY STANDS AGAINST OUR PEOPLE, OUR ECONOMY, AND OUR CONSTITUTION. THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. AND NOBODY EVEN KNOWS HOW MANY THERE ARE. THEY SPEND THEIR LIVES THINKING UP NEW RULES AND THE RULES THEY PRODUCE WEIGH DOWN BUSINESSES. DESTROY JOBS, AND LIMIT AMERICAN RIGHTS. CAREER BUREAUCRATS WHO CAN'T BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE WIELD PUNISHING AUTHORITY WITH LITTLE TO NO ACCOUNTABILITY. THEY ARE AGENTS OF THE STATUS QUO AND THE REVOLVING DOOR OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MOVING TO LOBBYING ARMS AND CONSULTING FIRMS BREED THOUSANDS OF REGULATIONS THAT ENRICH THE CONNECTED AND POWERFUL. SOMETIMES AT THE GREAT EXPENSE OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN. THIS IS THE SWAMP. THIS IS WHAT OPPOSES THE PEOPLE AND WE ARE DRAINING IT. IN RECENT WEEKS THIS HOUSE HAS ALREADY STARTED OUR TWO-PART PLAN. TO TRIP THE BURACH -- TO STRIP THE BUREAUCRACY OF THE POWER, WE STARTED TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE IN WASHINGTON BY PASSING THE RAINS ACT THNDTHAND THE REGULATORY ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. THIS WEEK WE BEGIN PART TWO, TARGETING SPECIFIC RULES AND STRIPPING THEM FROM THE BOOKS. NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN NO INDUSTRY IN AMERICA MORE REGULATED THAN THE ENERGY INDUSTRY. WE'RE GOING TO USE THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO REPEAL THE STREAM PROTECTION RULES THAT COULD DESTROY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MINING JOBS AND PUT UP TO 64% OF OUR COUNTRY'S COAL RESERVES OFF LIMITS. THEN WE'LL TAKE ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S 11TH HOUR B.L.M. MEETHAIN EMISSIONS REQUIREMENT. -- METHANE EMISSIONS REQUIREMENT. THE OIL INDUSTRY IN AMERICA HAS ALREADY DRASTICALLY REDUCED METHANE EMISSIONS WHILE INCREASING OUTPUT AND THE E.P.A. HAS THE AUTHORITY TO REGULATE AIR EMISSIONS. INSTEAD OF HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT THIS RULE COULD COST THE AMERICAN ENERGY INDUSTRY UP TO $1 BILLION BY 2025 AND FORCE SMALLER OPERATIONS, ESPECIALLY OUT WEST, TO SHUT DOWN AND LAY OFF EMPLOYEES. SO THIS FRIDAY, THE HOUSE WILL GET RID OF IT. WE WILL ALSO TAKE THE AX TO THE S.E.C. DISCLOSURE RULE WHICH NOW, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, TARGETS PUBLICLY TRADED, AMERICAN ENERGY COMPANIES WITH EVEN MORE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE WHILE LETTING FOREIGN COMPANIES OFF THE HOOK. WASHINGTON SHOULD PUT AMERICAN COMPANIES FIRST. NOT PUT THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE TO FOREIGN COMPETITORS. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NOT JUST ENERGY. THAT WOULD BE BAD ENOUGH. BUT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE BUREAUCRACY HAS EVEN THREATENED OUR BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. A NEW RULE FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WOULD INCREASE SCRUTINY ON UP TO 4.2 MILLION DISABLED AMERICANS IF THEY ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE FIREARMS. FOR THE COMPLETELY UNRELATED CIRCUMSTANCE OF HAVING SOMEONE HELP MANAGE YOUR FINANCES. SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS COULD BE KEPT FROM EXERCISING THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT. IN AN EFFORT TO DUE PROCESS, THE BUREAUCRACY HAS EVEN ATTEMPTED TO BLACKLIST FROM FEDERAL CONTRACT ANY BUSINESS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING LABOR LAWS. AND THAT COULD BE BEFORE THE COMPANY HAS A CHANCE TO DEFEND ITSELF IN COURT. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE WILL BE GONE. WITH A VOTE IN THE HOUSE A VOTE IN THE SENATE AND THE SIGNATURE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, WE'LL GET RID OF EVERY ONE OF THESE JOB-KILLING AND DISRUPTIVE REGULATIONS. THE HOUSE IS ALWAYS AT THE SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE. NOW WE'RE MAKING THE BUREAUCRACY SERVE THE PEOPLE TOO. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK AGAIN THROUGH YOU, MR. SPEAKER, IF MY FRIEND IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, YES, WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MAJORITY LEADER JUST GOT THROUGH SAYING THAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE MAJORITY LEADER JUST GOT THROUGH SAYING THAT ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE GETTING READY TO DO TO DRAIN THE SWAMP. MY FEELING ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING, AND AISLE SPEAKING FOR MYSELF, IS THEY MAY VERY WELL DRAIN THE SWAMP BUT IF YOU TAKE OUT THE ALLIGATORS AND YOU PUT IN CROCODILES AND YOU PUT IN SNAKES, YOU'VE JUST MADE THE SWAMP JUST THAT MUCH MORE DANGEROUS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, THE CAVALIER NATURE BY WHICH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE APPROACH THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING IS AS DISTURBING AS IT IS DISAPPOINTING. YOU ALL OWN THIS NOW. YOU'RE IN CHARGE. AND ALTHOUGH I MAY UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVE DESIRE TO TURN THINGS ON THEIR HEAD, YOU ALL WOULD BE WISE TO COME TO THE REALIZATION SOONER RATHER THAN LATER THAT YOUR ACTIONS AFFECT REAL PEOPLE. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS JUST SEE WHAT TRANSPYRED THIS PAST WEEKEND. -- PLAN SPIRED THIS PAST WEEKEND. -- TRANSPIRED THIS PAST WEEKEND. THE CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY, THE STUDENTS WAITING IN AIRPORTS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, TRYING TO ESCAPE THEIR OPPRESSORS OR TRYING TO RETURN TO THEIR LIVES HERE AT HOME, ARE REAL PEOPLE. YOU HEARD THEM IDENTIFIED IN THE REQUESTS OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO CAME FORWARD. THE CHILDREN, THE ELDERLY AND ALL OTHER FOLKS WHO HAVE TO LIVE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S LESS CLEAN AN MORE LIKELY TO MAKE THEM SICK BECAUSE OF YOUR FLIPPANT APPROACH HERE TODAY ARE REAL PEOPLE. TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. YOU MUST ASK SERIOUSLY WITHIN THAT CONTEXT, I WOULD HAVE TO SURMISE THAT YOU ALL WOULD BE JUDGED AND FOUND WANTING. TO TRULY CONVEY THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED THESE PAST FEW DAYS, I COULD QUOTE FROM ONE OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS ABOUT THE IDEAL OF FREEDOM FROM RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. OR I COULD RECITE FOR YOU THE INSCRIPTION ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WHICH HAS GUIDED AND INSPIRED GENERATIONS OF IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AS THEY HAVE COME HERE SEEKING A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY. OR I COULD QUOTE FROM LUKE 10:25 IN WHICH JESUS TELLS THE PARAABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN. I WILL NOT. INSTEAD, I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF DR. AMIR ADARI, A BARE YAT RICK SURGEON AND UNITED STATES CITIZEN WHO HAS LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, AND WHO WAS DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING THIS PAST WEEKEND. HIS STATEMENT, AND I QUOTE, I WANTED TO LIVE SOMEWHERE THAT CELEBRATED FREEDOM. FREEDOM OF SPEECH. FREEDOM OF RELIGION. ALL OF THESE KINDS OF THINGS. THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE IN THE WORLD THINKS ABOUT THE U.S.A. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN THESE TYPES OF ACTIONS ARE TAKEN, THE IMAGE IS NOT THE SAME ANYMORE. UNQUOTE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RULE TODAY AND THE UNDERLYING MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO REMIND THE AMERICAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE THAT WE'RE HERE TODAY TO, AS THE MINORITY LEADER SAID, TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF UNWINDING BURDENSOME REGULATIONS THAT ARE TRULY STIFLING JOB CREATION AND HURTING OUR FRIENDS AND OUR FAMILIES IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MANY FROM THE OTHER SIDE HAVE TRIED TO DISTRACT FROM -- WITH UNRELATED ISSUES. I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT THE RULE TODAY DOES NOT ADDRESS IMMIGRATION. IN ANY WAY. AND NONE OF THEIR REQUESTS WENT THROUGH THE REGULAR AND BIPARTISAN PROCESS TO CLEAR SUCH REQUESTS. SO LET'S FOCUS ON WHY WE'RE HERE. WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE MUST TAKE A FIRM STAND AGAINST THE OVERLY BURDENSOME AND RESTRICTIVE REGULATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN THE WANING DAYS OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. BY PASSING THIS C.R.A., WE CAN RESCIND THE FINAL STREAM PROTECTION RULE WHICH O.S.M. PRODUCED WITHOUT INPUT FROM STATE RESPONSEABLE FOR ENFORCING MINING REGULATIONS AND WHICH DISREGARDS EXISTING REGULATIONS ON BOTH THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT HAVE PROVEN EFFECTIVE. THIS REGULATION WILL HAVE DEVASTATING EFFECTS ON MINING COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LEADING TO SIGNIFICANT JOB LOSSES AND HIGHER ELECTRICITY COSTS, ALL WHILE WEAKENING U.S. ENERGY SCOMMURT FOR DECADES. THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE WILL DRASTICALLY REDUCE OUR ACCESS TO COAL AND OUR ABILITY TO DEVELOP NEW, CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGIES, RESULTING IN REDUCED DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LOST JOBS IN COAL PRODUCING STATES, AS WELL AS INDUSTRIES RELIANT ON THIS ENERGY THAT ARE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IF WE FAIL TO PASS THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE RULE'S DEVASTATING IMPACTS WILL BE FELT FAR AND WIDE IN OUR GREAT LAND. AS APPROXIMATELY 78,000 MINING JOBS WILL BE LOST. WHICH IS IN ADDITION TO THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MINING JOBS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN LOST IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, COAL IS ESSENTIAL TO THE U.S. ECONOMY. PROVIDES AFFORDABLE ENERGY THAT ACCOUNTS FOR ALMOST 40% OF THE NATION'S ELECTRICITY SUPPLY. ALMOST 0% -- ALMOST 20% IN MY GOOD FRIEND'S HOME STATE OF FLORIDA. BECAUSE OF ITS ABUNDANCE, RELIABILITY, AND AFFORDABILITY, EELECT TRISSTIES GENERATED FROM COAL IS GENERALLY 30% CHEAPER THAN OTHER ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES. ADDITIONALLY, AT CURRENT CONSUMPTION RATES, OUR COUNTRY HAS MORE THAN 250 YEARS OF OH REMAINING COAL RESERVES, ENSURING WE'LL HAVE ENERGY SECURITY HERE AT HOME FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. PASSING H.J.RES. 38 WILL PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS AND FAMILIES FROM YET ANOTHER BURDENSOME REGULATION THAT FAILED TO FOLLOW THE BASIC TENETS OF TRANSPARENCY, INCLUSIVITY, AND COOPERATION WITH STAKE HOLDERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOW IS THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO OVERTURN THIS UNPARALLELED EXECUTIVE OVERREACH AND IMPLEMENT POLICIES THAT PROTECT COMMUNITIES LONG FORGOTTEN BY THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION. THE C.R.A. WAS DESIGNED FOR THIS EXACT PURPOSE AND WE NOW HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION THROUGH BOTH CHAMBERS AND SEE IT SIGNED INTO LAW. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD, STRAIGHTFORWARD RULE, ALLOWING FOR CONSIDERATION OF AN IMPORTANT RESOLUTION THAT WILL ENSURE MINING COMMUNITIES AND HARD WORKING FAMILIES ARE NOT CRUSHED BY ANOTHER CRIPPLING FEDERAL REGULATION. I BELIEVE THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION ARE STRONG MEASURES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE RESOLUTION 70 AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE…

    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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  • 01:59:58 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POST OPPONENT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS…

    RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POST OPPONENT FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INSECURES OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. RECORD VOTES ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN LATER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 276, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 276, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO ENSURE RELIABLE…

    H.R. 276, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 49 UNITED STATES CODE TO ENSURE RELIABLE AIR SERVICE IN AMERICAN SAMOA.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LOBIONDO, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. LOBIONDO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. LARSEN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY MR. LOBIONDO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I

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  • 02:02:01 PM

    LOBIONDO

    FROM NEW JERSEY MR. LOBIONDO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I YIELD MYSELF…

    FROM NEW JERSEY MR. LOBIONDO: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LOBIONDO

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 276.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LOBIONDO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276 AS AMENDED. THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION IN AMERICA SAMOA BY MAKING AIR SERVICE BETWEEN ITS ISLANDS MORE RELIABLE AND PREDICTABLE. SPECIFICALLY THE BILL STREAMLINES A BURDENSOME FEDERAL REGULATORY PROCESS THAT ARTIFICIALLY INHIBITS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS ON THE ISLANDS. THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED SIMILAR LEGISLATION IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND I AM HOPEFUL THEY WILL JOIN WITH US THIS YEAR IN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE. I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA, MRS. RADDY WAGEN, FOR HER TIRELESS EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF HER CONSTITUENTS AND FOR WORKING WITH US TO BRING A BILL THAT BENEFITS SO MANY OF THEM TO THE FLOOR. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT H.R. 276 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    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 WASHINGTON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LARSEN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. LARSEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276, AS AMENDED, INTRODUCED BY THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276, AS AMENDED, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM AMERICAN SAMOA. FOR RELIABLE AIR SERVICE INTO AMERICAN SAMOA. AMERICAN SAMOA IS SITUATED IN THE CENTER OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, ABOUT 2,500 MILES SOUTH OF HAWAII. THIS NEAREST NEIGHBORING ISLANDS ARE AT LEAST 500 MILES AWAY AND THE TERRITORY IS MORE THAN 7,000 MILES FROM WHERE WE STAND TODAY. THIS REMOTE LOCATION ALREADY MAKES EXPORT AND TRAVEL DIFFICULT AND COSTLY. COMPLICATING MATTERS, MORE IS THE FACT THAT THE CURRENT LAWS PROHIBIT FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS FROM CARRYING PASSENGERS BETWEEN THE ISLANDS EXCEPT IN CERTAIN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS AUTHORITY TO ISSUE WAIVERS IN SUCH EMERGENCY CASES, BUT THE WAIVERS ARE GOOD FOR ONLY 30 DAYS. A FOREIGN AIRLINE THAT IS OTHERWISE FIT TO PROVIDE SERVICE BETWEEN THE ISLANDS IS THEREFORE FORCED TO APPLY MONTHLY FOR WAIVER. H.R. 276 WOULD REMOVE THIS BURDEN BY PERMITTING THE D.O.T. TO HAVE THE WAIVER FOR SIX MONTHS. THIS ENSURES THE DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION IS VOWVIDED AND SUSTAINED BETWEEN THE ISLANDS' BENEFITING BOTH THE PEOPLE AND ECONOMY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING 24 -- IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY NNG IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:04:37 PM

    MR. LOBIONDO

    SAMOA, MISS RAD WAGEN -- RADEWAGEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM AMERICAN SAMOA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MAY SON…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM AMERICAN SAMOA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME SHE MAY SON SUME.

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    MISS R TAFMENT DEWAGEN

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBERS DEFAZIO AND LRSEN AND THEIR…

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE RANKING MEMBERS DEFAZIO AND LRSEN AND THEIR STAFF FOR THE EFFORT AND WORK THEY PUT IN TO QUICKLY SEE THIS MEASURE THROUGH THIS COMMITTEE. THEY DO AND EXLENT JOB AND IT'S ALWAYS ENCOURAGING TO WORK WITH SUCH BRIGHT PEOPLE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK LEADER MCCARTHY AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN GETTING THIS MEASURE TO THE FLOOR AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP TO BRING PROSPERITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE TERRITORIES. MR. SPEAKER, THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA DESPERATELY NEED IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR ACCESS TO RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN THE ISLANDS OF TUTUL A&M ANUA. THE ISLANDS ARE LOSING RESIDENTS AT AN ALARMING PACE, MOSTLY DUE TO THE LACK OF RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION AND IT'S CAUSING A GREAT HARDSHIP ON THE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES WHO RESIDE IN THESE ISLANDS WHICH LIE 60 MILES FROM THE MAIN ISLAND. ALSO, THE LACK OF RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION POSES A SEVERE HEALTH RISK TO THOSE WHO NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE AS THE ONLY HOSPITAL IN AMERICAN SAMOA IS IN TUTUILA. MY BILL, H.R. 276, WILL HELP ALLEVIATE THIS ISSUE BY EASING SOME OF THE BURDENSOME RED TAPE CAUTION THE ISSUE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE PRESIDENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. LARSEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTHERN MARIANAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. SABLAN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276. A…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 276. A BILL TO PROVIDE MORE RELIABLE AIR SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA FOR AIR TRAVEL WITHIN AMERICAN SAMOA. THE NORTHERN MARIANAS IS SIMILAR TO AMERICAN SAMOA IN MANY WAYS. ALTHOUGH THE LARGE MAJORITY OF OUR POPULATION RERESIDES ON SAIPAN, I HAVE SEVERAL THOUSAND CONSTITUENTS RESIDING ON OTHER ISLANDS. WE'RE FORTUNATE THAT AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN THESE ISLANDS IS POSSIBLE WITH THE PRESENCE OF COMMERCIAL AIR TRAVEL. UNFORTUNATELY, IN AMERICAN SAMOA THERE ARE NO U.S. CARRIERS OPERATING A ROUTE BETWEEN TUTILAI SO POLYNESIAN AIRLINES IS THE ONLY ONE OPERATING THAT ROUTE. THIS BILL INTRODUCED BY MY GOOD FRIEND REIN COLLEAGUE FROM AMERICAN SAMOA PRESENT A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO CUT RED TAPE AND ALLOW OUR REGULAR FLIGHTS TO CONTINUE BETWEEN THESE ELANDS. IT WOULD HELP THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN -- ISLAND T WOULD HELP THE PEOPLE OF AMERICAN SAMOA TO CONDUCT BUSINESS AND ACCESS HEALTH CARE. IT HAS MY FULL SUPPORT AND I ASK THE HOUSE TO PASS THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LOBIONDO

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. LARSEN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON HAS YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 02:08:22 PM

    MR. LOBIONDO

    THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME…

    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 276, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER STHRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE TITLE OF THE BILL?

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  • 02:09:23 PM

    MR. LOBIONDO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO AMEND THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE AMENDMENT.

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    THE CLERK

    LONG TITLE BY STRIKING A BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED. TO -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    RECOGNITION?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THELE OF THE…

    AS AMENDED. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THELE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 358, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SUBMIT A…

    H.R. 358, A BILL TO REQUIRE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO SUBMIT A STUDY ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY IMPACT THE EFFECTIVENESS AND AVAILABILITY OF FIRST RESPONDERS BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER A TERRORIST THREAT OR EVENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BARLETTA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. JOHNSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. BARLETTA

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

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 58, AS AMENDED.

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  • 02:10:45 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. BARLETTA

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST I'D LIKE TO WELCOME MR. JOHNSON FROM GEORGIA…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST I'D LIKE TO WELCOME MR. JOHNSON FROM GEORGIA TO THE COMMITTEE. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER TO DO GOOD WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, E.M.S., AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS ARE CRITICAL TO OUR NATION'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. FIRST RESPONDERS LEAVE THEIR OWN FAMILIES, EVEN DURING DISASTERS, TO PROTECT YOU AND ME. AS RECENTLY AS THIS PAST AUGUST, WE SAW DEVASTATING FLOODING IN BATON ROUGE AND IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. THE FLOODING TOUCHED EVERY HOME. INCLUDING THE HOMES OF FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS. THEY FOCUSED ON RESCUING FLOOD VICTIMS WHILE THEY KNEW THEIR OWN HOMES WERE FLOODED AND THEIR OWN FAMILIES WERE HOMELESS THIS. LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE A REPORT ON THE STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AND POLICIES IN PLACE TO PREPARE AND PROTECT FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN TIMES OF DISASTER. TAKING CARE OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES GIVES OUR FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, AND OTHER CRITICAL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL THE PEACE OF MIND TO FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND RATHER THAN WORRYING WHETHER THEIR FAMILY IS SAFE AND TAKEN CARE OF. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:12:22 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 58, THE FIRST RESPONDER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 58, THE FIRST RESPONDER IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY NEEDS AND DISASTER SITUATIONS, OR THE FRIENDS ACT. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, OR G.A.O., TO SUBMIT A REPORT ON HOW STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AFFECT THE PREPAREDNESS AND PROTECTION OF FIRST RESPONDERS. CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHETHER THESE PROGRAMS CONSIDER CIRCUMSTANCES THAT MAY AFFECT A FIRST RESPONDER'S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO AN EVENT. IN PARTICULAR, THE BILL REQUIRES G.A.O. TO EXAM THE DEGREE TO WHICH STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AND POLICIES CONSIDER THE PRESENCE OF A FIRST RESPONDER'S FAMILY IN AN AREA IMPACTED BY A TERRORIST ATTACK. THE AVAILABILITY OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, HE AND THE AVAILABILITY OF HOME KITS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR BIOLOGICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE. WHILE WE'RE ASKING G.A.O. TO EXAMINE STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AND POLCY, SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS AND POLICIES MAY BE FUNDED WITH FEDERAL DOLLARS. TO THAT EXTENT CONGRESS NEEDS TO KNOW WHETHER THESE FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS AND POLICIES ARE AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE TO PREPARE AND PROTECT FIRST RESPONDERS. THIS MONTH THE STATE OF GEORGIA RECEIVED TWO PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATIONS FROM DEVASTATING TORNADOES IN DISTRICTS NEIGHBORING MY OWN. WHILE THESE ARE NOT TERRORIST ATTACKS, THESE TORNADOES HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT FIRST RESPONDERS ARE OFTEN CALLED UPON TO RESPOND TO EVENTS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY AND THEIR LOVED ONES LIVE. OUR HEROES IMMEDIATELY RESPOND TO THE CALL OF DUTY EVEN THOUGH THEY THEMSELVES OR THEIR LOVED ONES MAY BE IMPACTED. THUS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT STATE AND LOCAL PREPAREDNESS PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO DEVELOP TO CONSIDER ALL SITUATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT FIRST RESPONDER PREPAREDNESS. WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SUPPORT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO ARE OFTEN CALLED UPON TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO HELP OTHERS EVEN WHEN THEIR OWN FAMILIES NEED THEM. SO I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE, FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND FOR HER DILIGENT WORK ON THIS ISSUE. AND IN RESPONSE TO MY CHAIRMAN'S WELCOME, I WOULD HAVE TO RESPOND BY SAYING I'M JUST GIDDY ABOUT BEING A PART OF THIS SUBCOMMITTEE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR STAFF TO MAKE THINGS GOOD FOR AMERICA AND FOR OUR FUTURE. AND WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN MY SUPPORT IN THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    OF THIS LEGISLATION, AND WOULD YIELD TO HER FOR A PERIOD OF FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND LIKEWISE CONGRATULATE HIM FOR…

    LET ME THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND LIKEWISE CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE ALONG WITH HIS CHAIRMAN. I RISE AS A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WHO -- WHICH THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON PROTECTING AND RESPONDING TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. AND SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT OF MOVING THIS BILL FORWARD AND I THANK THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND I THANK MY HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS FORWARD THROUGH AN AMENDMENT PROCESS AND NOW ULTIMATELY ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. SO I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 58, THE FIRST RESPONDER IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY NEEDS IN DISASTER SITUATIONS, OR FRIENDS ACT, AND YIELD MYSELF THE TIME ALLOTTED. I THANK MY CHAIRMAN, MR. MCCAUL, AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON, FOR THE VALUABLE ASSISTANCE IN BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT BILL BEFORE THE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION DURING THE 114TH CONGRESS. WE ARE NOW IN THE 115TH CONGRESS. I APPRECIATE CHAIRMAN SHUSTER AND RANKING MEMBER PETER DEFAZIO FOR ALLOWING THE FRIENDS ACT NOW TO COME FORWARD WHICH WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BE CONSIDERED UNDER TODAY'S SUSPENSIONS. THE FREDGEDS ACT REFLECTS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT. HOW MANY OF US STOP BY FIRE STATIONS, PAT A POLICE OFFICER ON THE BACK AND RECOGNIZE THAT 911 NUMBER IS A VERY SPECIAL NUMBER TO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WHEN NATURAL DISASTERS OR MAN-MADE DISASTERS SUCH AS THE HEINOUS ACT OF 9/11, WHO IS AMONG THE FIRST TO COME? IT IS THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEY GO TO FARAHWAY PLACES. THE FRIENDS ACT REFLECTS STAKEHOLDER IMPACT AND COLLABORATION WITH THE MAJORITY. I THANK THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE E.M.S. OFFICIALS WORKING WITH ME AND THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SOCIETY FOR THEIR INPUT IN THE FRIENDS ACT. OUR TWO COMMITTEES, TRANSPORTATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY, REALLY RESPOND IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WILL BE FACING MANY MOUNTING OF CONCERNS DEALING WITH INTELLIGENCE ISSUES, DEALING WITH THE ISSUES WITH RUSSIA, DEALING WITH THE ISSUES OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS BUT WE DO KNOW WE COME TOGETHER TO HONOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ARE OUR NATION'S HEROES. THEY RUN INTO BURNING BUILDINGS, THEY RESCUE PEOPLE TRAPPED BY DANGEROUS FLOODS AND PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT OTHERS. JUST LAST WEEK IN SAN BERNARDINO WE SAW THE BRAVE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO PURSUED TWO INDIVIDUALS THAT FLED FROM THE SCENE OF A DEADLY ATTACK RECENTLY OVER THE LAST YEAR. TO DO THEIR JOBS, FIRST RESPONDERS MUST LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES WHILE THE REST OF US CLING TO OURS. WHETHER IT WAS TO DEAL WITH THE AFTERMATH OF A TERRORIST ATTACK, AS I INDICATED, OR TO THE FIRES, HURRICANES, TORNADOES THAT WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS AMERICA, DEVASTATION OF SO MANY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, LOSS OF LIFE, FIRST RESPONDERS LEAVE THEIR HOMES TO ENSURE THAT OTHERS ARE SAFE. UNFORTUNATELY, TODAY, FIRST RESPONDERS ARE ASKED TO ANSWER THE CALL TO ACTION WITHOUT KNOWING WHETHER THEIR FAMILIES WILL BE SAFE AS THEY WORK TO RESCUE OTHERS. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS DESERVE BETTER. THE FRIENDS ACT REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO -- BY ASSESSING AMONG OTHER THINGS MEASURES TAKEN TO ENSURE FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES ARE SAFE, FIRST OF ALL, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT EXISTS. SO THEY CAN COME HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. IT WAS PARTICULARLY NOTICED DURING 9/11, FOR THOSE WHO WERE ABLE TO GO TO GROUND ZERO AS THEY WERE STILL CONTINUING THE RECOVERY, MANY OF YOU KNOW THEY CONTINUED TO RECOVER FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS AND YOU SAW THE KIND OF EXPOSURE THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS HAD. DURING COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION OF THE FRIENDS ACT, MY FRIEND FROM NEW YORK, MR. HIGGINS, OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE G.A.O. TO EVALUATE THE AVAILABILITY OF HOME MED KITS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I WAS PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE HIGGINS AMENDMENT AND IT ADDS TO THIS BILL. H.R. 58 ALSO DIRECTS G.A.O. TO DISTINGUISH POLICIES AVAILABLE IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS WHICH MAY BE BETTER RESOURCED AND RURAL AREAS WHERE EFFORTS TO ENSURE PREPAREDNESS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES MAY REQUIRE CREATIVE LEVERAGING OF RESOURCES. THIS PROVISION WILL ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE REPORT WILL BE APPLICABLE AND ADAPTABLE BY VARIOUS COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS THEY WORK TO BETTER PROTECT THEIR PROTECTORS. LET US REMEMBER BOTH THE RURAL COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE URBAN COMMUNITY. ADDITIONALLY, THE FRIENDS ACT DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY DIRECTED TO REVIEW ITS FINDINGS AND ASSESS WHETHER THE POLICIES IDENTIFIED COULD BE APPLICABLE TO FEDERAL FIRST RESPONDERS. THE FRIENDS ACT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS AND A NUMBER OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. BEFORE I CONCLUDE, LET ME AGAIN THANK ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, AND LET ME ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INTRODUCE INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS AND AS WELL THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE E.M.S. OFFICIALS.

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    THANK YOU.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE --

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    I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION…

    IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS PLAY IN THE LIVES OF FIRST RESPONDERS AND THEIR ADVOCACY FOR THEIR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND THEY CALL THEM THEIR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS. I WANT TO BRIEFLY READ THEIR WORDS. DEAR REPRESENTATIVE JACKSON LEE, ON BEHALF OF THE APPROXIMATELY 12,000 FIRE AND EMERGENCY SSH LEADERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING H.R. 58, THE FIRST RESPONDER IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY NEEDS IN DISASTER SITUATIONS, FRIENDS ACT. WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION BECAUSE IT WILL EXAMINE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THE NATION'S FIRST RESPONDERS DURING A MAJOR TERRORIST ATTACK, ADEQUATE PREPAREDNESS FOR THE FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES. IT GOES ON TO LIST THINGS AND RECOUNTS THAT THEIR CONCERN IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THEIR FAMILY UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. IN A LETTER FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE E.M.S. OFFICIALS OF WHICH I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT INTO THE RECORD --

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT FOR THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT WHICH…

    WE ARE WRITING TO EXPRESS OUR SUPPORT FOR THE JACKSON LEE AMENDMENT WHICH WAS THE BILL THE FIRST RESPONDER IDENTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY NEEDS IN DISASTER SITUATIONS, THIS BILL WOULD MAKE AN IMPORTANT REPORT ON THE STATE OF FAMILY SUPPORT PLANNING FOR THE FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM GRATEFUL OF MY COLLEAGUES AND TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR NAIR ASSISTANCE AS WE MOVE THE FRIENDS -- THEIR ASSISTANCE AS WE MOVE THE FRIENDS ACT FORWARD BUT I'M MORE GRATEFUL OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO UNSELFISHLY PUT THEMSELVES FORWARD AND IN DANGER TO HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS AND TO THEIR FAMILIES WE OWE THEM THEY ARE SAFE DURING THE TIME OF THEIR LOVED ONES BEING ON THE FRONT LINES OF OTHERS. WITH THAT I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE FRIENDS ACT, H.R. 58, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. JOHNSON

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

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    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THE BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 58, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 666.

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    H.R. 666, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH…

    H.R. 666, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH THE INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. KING

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

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    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. RECENT HIGH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. RECENT HIGH PROFILE CASES OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION HAVE CAUSED DRASTIC DAMAGE TO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY. THE NAME SNOWDEN AND MANNING ARE NOW SYNONYMOUS WITH THE TERM INSIDER THREAT. UNFORTUNATELY, SNOWDEN, MANNING AND OTHERS WERE ALLOWED TO CONDUCT THEIR TRAITOROUS WORK UNDETECTED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT GRANTED THEM ACCESS TO FACILITIES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS. IN RESPONSE TO THESE CASES, IT IS VITAL THAT CONGRESS ENSURE FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE THE TOOLS TO DETECT AND DISRUPT FUTURE INSIDER THREAT SITUATIONS BEFORE DAMAGE IS DONE. H.R. 666, IN CONTRAST TO ITS UNHOLY NUMBERING, HAS THE IMPORTANT AND RESPECTABLE GOAL OF AUTHORIZING HAVE DETECTION AND MITIGATION EFFORTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. D.H.S. HAS OVER 115,000 EMPLOYEES WITH ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND MANY MORE WITH ACCESS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE DATA. UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURES OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WHETHER DELIBERATE OR UNWITTING REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY. THE VERY NATURE OF MODERN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AS WELL AS D.H.S.'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION SHARING ROLE WITH STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERS ADDS COMPLEXITY TO THE CHALLENGE AND REQUIRES THOUGHTFUL PROGRAMS TO EDUCATE EMPLOYEES AND ENHANCE D.H.S.-WIDE DETECTION CAPABILITIES. THE BILL DIRECTS D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO IDENTIFY, PREVENT, MITIGATE AND RESPOND TO INSIDER THREATS AND REQUIRES D.H.S. TO ENSURE THAT PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND WHAT WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR MAY BE INDICATIVE OF A POTENTIAL INSIDER THREAT AND HOW THEIR ACTIVITY ON D.H.S. NETWORKS WILL BE MONITORED. THE BILL CODIFIES A COMPREHENSIVE INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM AT D.H.S. THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS COMPONENT AGENCIES. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY REINFORCES THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING FUTURE INSIDER ATTACKS. I WANT TO THANK HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND CONGRESSMAN DAN DONOVAN AND LOU BARLETTA FOR WORKING WITH ME TO MOVE THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. THIS BILL PASSED NOVEMBER, BY VOICE VOTE. I AM PLEASED THE HOUSE IS MOVING IT THROUGH THE PROCESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SENATE TO MOVE THIS MEASURE FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL SO WE CAN ESTABLISH A COMPREHENSIVE, TRANSPARENT D.H.S.-WIDE INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF THE TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 666, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 666, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INSIDER THREAT AND MITIGATION ACT OF 2017, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 666, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 666, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INSIDER THREAT AND MITIGATION ACT OF 2017, AUTHORIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ADDRESS THE HOMELAND AND NATIONAL SECURITY RISKS POSED BY TRUSTED INSIDERS. TYPICALLY, TRUSTED INSIDERS ARE GIVEN UNRESTRICTED ACCESS TO MISSION-CRITICAL ASSETS SUCH AS PERSONNEL, FACILITIES AND COMPUTER NETWORKS. WHILE D.H.S., LIKE OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, CONDUCT EXTENSIVE VETTING AND PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, THERE'S A RISK THAT SOMEONE WITH INSIDER STATUS EXPLOITS THEIR POSITION TO DAMAGE THE UNITED STATES THROUGH ESPIONAGE, TERRORISM OR THE UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION. AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, I AM SUPPORTIVE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S CURRENT INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM. IT IS TARGETED AT PREVENTING AND DETECTING WHEN A VETTED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OR CONTRACTOR WITH ACCESS TO U.S. GOVERNMENT RESOURCES, INCLUDING PERSONNEL, FACILITIES, INFORMATION, EQUIPMENT, NETWORKS AND SYSTEMS EXPLOITS SUCH ACCESS FOR NEFARIOUS, TERRORISTIC OR CRIMINAL PURPOSES. THOUGH I SUPPORT THE D.H.S. PROGRAM, I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT D.H.S. AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES DEPLOYING CONTINUOUS EVALUATION PROGRAMS WITHOUT TRANSPARENCY AND CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. . I'M KERP FEDERAL AGENCIES WITH AN UNDERSTANDABLE URGE TO PROTECT THEIR I.T. SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES ARE RACING TO AGUIRRE THE CAPABILITY BEFORE KNOWING WHETHER SUCH COSTLY SYSTEMS ARE EVEN EFFECTIVE. THEREFORE I'D LIKE TO REITERATE TO THIS CONGRESS AS I DID LAST CONGRESS THAT PRIOR TO ESTABLISHING ANY SUCH PROGRAM ON WHICH CERTAIN D.H.S. EMPLOYEES WOULD BE SUBJECTED TO ONGOING AUTOMATED CREDIT, CRIMINAL, AND SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING THE DEPARTMENT ENGAGING CONGRESS ABOUT NOT ONLY THE POTENTIAL COST AND BENEFITS OF SUCH PROGRAM, BUT WHAT PROTECTIONS WOULD BE IN PLACE FOR WORKERS SUBJECT TO SUCH A PROGRAM. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF 666 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KING

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. THE RANKING…

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. THE RANKING MEMBER PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, IF HE HAS NO OTHER SPEAKERS, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS. I AM…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN THE THREATS TO OUR NATION…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN THE THREATS TO OUR NATION ARE COMPLEX. WHEN THIS BILL WAS CONSIDERED LAST CONGRESS, THE PROSPECT FOR A FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WOULD CARRY OUT AN ESPIONAGE CAMPAIGN TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS MATERIAL FOR THE MOTIVES -- MOVIES OF A GOOD SPY THRILLER. TODAY IN LIGHT OF RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ACTIONS IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS, WE HAVE A GREATER APPRECIATION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTERINTELLIGENCE EFFORTS. AS SUCH, THIS BILL IS PARTICULARLY TIMELY. NONE OF US WANT TO SEE SOMEONE EXPLOIT THEIR ACCESS TO D.H.S. NETWORK TO CARRY OUT CYBERCRIMES OR OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. EVEN AS D.H.S. WORKS TO DETECT AND PREVENT SUCH THREATS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT SUCH ACTIVITIES BE CARRIED OUT IN A TRANSPARENT WAY SO AS NOT TO COMPOUND THE CHRONIC MORALE CHALLENGES THAT EXIST WITHIN THE WORK FORCE. EACH TIME D.H.S. CONSIDERS MAKING AN ADJUSTMENT TO ITS INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM, THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION MUST BE PAID TO WHETHER THE OPERATIONAL DRAWBACKS AND COSTS OF SUCH AN ADJUSTMENT OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS OF SUCH CHANGE. THAT SAID, I COMMEND GENERAL TAYLOR, THE PREVIOUS UNDERSECRETARY FOR INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS AT D.H.S., FOR THE ATTENTION HE GAVE TO THE INSIDER THREAT CHALLENGE. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S SUCCESS SOAR TO BOAST SECURITY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO GIVE MR. KING PARTICULAR CREDIT FOR HIS INTEREST IN THIS EFFORT. TO MAKE SURE THAT PROBLEMS DON'T COME FROM THE INSIDE IF WE CAN HELP IT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 666 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME OF THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI YIELDED BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 02:33:43 PM

    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS SUPPORT AND KIND WORDS. LET ME FULLY AGREE WITH HIM ON THE OUTSTANDING JOB THAT GENERAL TAYLOR DID DURING HIS TIME AT D.H.S. AND THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, ON A DAILY BASIS ADVERSARIES ARE TARGETING D.H.S. AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES SEEKING TO AGUIRRE SENSITIVE INFORMATION. U.S. CITIZENS WOULD -- TO AGUIRRE -- ACQUIRE SENSITIVE INFORMATION. THIS BILL PROVIDES THE FRAMEWORK FOR D.H.S. TO IMPLEMENT AN INSIDER THREAT PROGRAM THAT IDENTIFIES AND DISRUPTS MALICIOUS INSIDERS WHO SEEK TO DO THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS EMPLOYEES HARM. IT ALSO SEEKS TO PROTECT THE DEPARTMENT'S WORK FORCE BY CONDUCTING A TRANSPARENT PROCESS TO REINFORCE SISHE HYGIENE, DATA SECURITY, AND AWARENESS OF MALICIOUS ACTIVITY TO A ROBUST TRAINING PROGRAM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:34:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXSIRED, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXSIRED, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 666. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:35:05 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, MORPH THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 697.

  • 02:35:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:35:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 697, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO IMPROVE THE…

    H.R. 697, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESSES THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:35:26 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:35:36 PM

    MR. KING

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

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

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  • 02:35:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:35:47 PM

    MR. KING

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

  • 02:35:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 02:35:54 PM

    MR. KING

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 697, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 697, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLEARANCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION ACT, AND I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI WHO IS SPONSORING T A SECURITY CLEARANCE IS A PRIVILEGE. GRANTED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE PLEDGED TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM THREATS DOMESTICALLY AND ABROAD. D.H.S. HAS APPROXIMATELY 115,000 EMPLOYEES WITH VARYING ACCESS TO CLASSIFIED MATERIALS. ONE IMPORTANT ELEMENT FROM H.R. 697 IS THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CONDUCT AN INVENTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT'S POSITIONS THAT REQUIRE SECURITY CLEARANCES AND ASSESS WHAT POSITIONS MAY BE DUPLICATIVE OR ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY. IT IS JUST GOOD GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUALS STILL HAVE A NEED TO KNOW. IN 2013, THEN DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, JAMES CLAPPER, CALLED THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CLEARANCES, QUOTE, TOO HIGH, UNQUOTE. AND A MEMO TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES DIRECTOR CLAPPER EXPRESSED HIS CONCERN WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY TSCI CLEARANCES. SECURITY CLEARANCES ARE COSTLY TO INVESTIGATE, ADJUDICATE, AND MAINTAIN THIS. BILL WILL ENSURE THAT D.H.S. CONDUCTS A THOROUGH ACCOUNTING OF ITS WORK FORCE NEEDS AND REDUCES THE NUMBER OF POSITIONS IF DETERMINED APPROPRIATE. THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY AND OUR SECURITY CLEARANCES ARE ADJUDICATED. INCLUDING WHEN THERE ARE REASONS TO SUSPEND OR DENY A SECURITY CLEARANCE. H.R. 687 INTRODUCED BY RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE ACCOUNTING AT EACH FEDERAL DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE CONDUCTING TODAY. AND WILL LEAD TO MORE EFFECTIVE AND LEAN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE FUTURE. THE BILL IS IDENTICAL TO THE VERSION THE HOUSE PASSED LAST CONGRESS BY VOICE VOTE. I URGE SUPPORT FOR THE GENTLEMAN'S BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:37:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:37:44 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 697, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 697, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLEARANCE MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION ACT AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:37:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 02:37:57 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO START OFF BY THANKING CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTERTERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. KING, AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR MY BILL. I REINTRODUCED H.R. 697, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CLEARANCE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION ACT, TO REFORM HOW THE DEPARTMENT MANAGES ITS SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESSES. THIS MEASURE, WHICH THE HOUSE APPROVED BY VOICE VOTE IN NOVEMBER, 2015, SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES HOW D.H.S. CARRIES OUT THE COMPLEX AND EXTENSIVE TASK OF, NUMBER ONE, IDENTIFYING POSITIONS THAT WARRANT SECURITY CLEARANCES. NUMBER TWO, INVESTIGATING CANDIDATES FOR CLEARANCES. AND NUMBER THREE, ADMINISTERING ITS CLEARANCE ADJUDICATIONS DENIALS, SUSPENSIONS, REVOCATION, AND APPEAL PROCESSES . SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, THERE HAS BEEN A MASSIVE PROLIFERATION OF CLASSIFIED MATERIALS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ALONG WITH THE ENORMOUS GROWTH IN CLASSIFIED MATERIALS HOLDING HAS COME A SIZABLE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF FEDERAL POSITIONS REQUIRING SECURITY CLEARANCES. H.R. 697 REFLECTS REGULATIONS ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE TO HELP ENSURE THAT NATIONAL SECURITY POSITIONS ARE PROPERLY DESIGNED FOR FEDERAL AGENCIES. BY DOING SO, AGENCIES CAN AVOID THE COSTLY EXERCISE OF RECRUITING, INVESTIGATING, AND HIRING INDIVIDUALS AT CLEARANCE LEVELS AND SALARIES WELL ABOVE WHAT IS NECESSARY. SIMPLY PUT, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 697 SEEKS TO PUT D.H.S. ON A PATH TO RIGHT SIZING THE NUMBER OF CLASSIFIED POSITIONS IN ITS WORK FORCE. SPECIFICALLY, MY BILL DIRECTS D.H.S. TO ENSURE THAT THE SENSITIVITY LEVELS OF NATIONAL SECURITY POSITIONS ARE DESIGNATED APPROPRIATELY ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS COMPONENTS. IT ALSO REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT'S CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER TO ADMIT NATIONAL SECURITY POSITIONS PERIODICALLY -- TO AUDIT NATIONAL SECURITY POSITIONS PERIODICALLY TO ENSURE THAT SUCH SECURITY DESIGNATIONS ARE STILL APPROPRIATE. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL DIRECTS D.H.S. TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO ENSURE THAT ADJUDICATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY FOR A SECURITY CLEARANCE ARE DONE ACCURATELY ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. LASTLY, MR. SPEAKER, IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING SECURITY THREATS FROM DATA BREACHES, MY BILL ALSO PROVIDES SAFEGUARDS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE APPLICANTS' PERSONNEL INFORMATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 697, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:40:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:40:57 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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  • 02:41:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, HE IS…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, HE IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL FOR THE MINORITY.

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  • 02:41:11 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THE BILL. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I DO NOT HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THE BILL. I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:41:19 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I MENTIONED, PASSAGE OF H.R. 697 WILL HELP…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I MENTIONED, PASSAGE OF H.R. 697 WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TAKES TARGETED STEPS TO IMPROVE CRITICAL ASPECTS OF ITS SECURITY CLEARANCE PROGRAM. IF ENACTED, H.R. 697 WOULD MAKE D.H.S. A LEADER AMONG FEDERAL AGENCIES WITH RESPECT TO SECURITY CLEARANCE AND POSITION DESIGNATION PRACTICES. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES' SUPPORT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:41:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THE BILL.

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  • 02:41:57 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 697. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:42:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXSPIFEREDE ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 697. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:42:38 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 642.

  • 02:42:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    THE BILL.

  • 02:42:59 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KING, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:43:07 PM

    MR. KING

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

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

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  • 02:43:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 02:43:19 PM

    MR. KING

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

  • 02:43:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 02:43:23 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CERTAINTY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CERTAINTY ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017, INTRODUCED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN BARLETTA. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, IS FOCUSED ON IMPROVING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. THE BILL AMENDS SECTION 210-A OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT TO CLARIFY AND ENHANCE THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN D.H.S. AND FUSION CENTERS. AS UNITED STATES IS FACING THE HIGHEST THREAT ENVIRONMENTS SINCE 9/11, IT IS VITAL THAT STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES ARE RECEIVING REAL TIME THREAT INFORMATION AND HAVE ACCESS TO FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE AND SUPPORT. THIS WAS A KEY LESSON LEARNED FROM THE 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS, UNFORTUNATELY REINFORCED AFTER THE 2012 BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING. D.H.S. IS A LEGAL MANDATE TO ASSIST FUSION CENTERS IN THIS EFFORT, AND H.R. 642 HELPS MOVE THE BALL FORWARD. THE THREAT OF LONE WOLVES INSPIRED BY ISIS AND OTHER RADICAL ISLAMIST TERRORIST GROUPS ARE NOT DETERIORATING, AND IT IS CRITICAL THERE ARE STRONG PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THIS BILL WILL HELP THE DEPARTMENT AND THE NATIONAL NETWORK MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THEIR CURRENT PARTNERSHIP. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS BY VOICE VOTE AND I AM PLEASED THE HOUSE IS WILLING TO MOVE IT AGAIN THIS YEAR. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BARLETTA FOR LEADING THE COMMITTEE'S EFFORTS IN DEVELOPING THIS RESPONSIBLE AND COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. CONGRESSMAN BARLETTA'S BACKGROUND AS A BUSINESSMAN, CITY COUNCILMAN, MAYOR, AND CONGRESSMAN LEFT HIM WITH A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH HIM ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WHERE HE IS A VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL COORDINATION AND INFORMATION SHARING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TO ENSURE THAT THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN D.H.S. AND THE NATIONAL NETWORK IS STRONG AND AGILE TO PROTECT UNITED STATES AGAINST THE EVER CHANGING TERRORISM THREAT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 02:45:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:45:24 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CENTER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CENTER ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:45:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME. THOMPSON THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 02:45:39 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS WE UPDATED THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS WE UPDATED THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. H.R. 642 CLARIFIES THAT FUSION CENTERS ARE STATE AND LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED AND REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO CENTERS IN ITS NETWORK BY DEPLOYING PERSONNEL AND PROVIDING ACCESS TO TIMELY INFORMATION. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 642 ALSO ADDS SEVERAL NEW RESPONSIBILITIES TO DO D.H.S.'S UNDERSECRETARY OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS WITH RESPECT TO THE GRANT GUIDANCE, NATIONWIDE SPRISHES ACTIVITY REPORTS AND FUSION CENTERS ACCESS TO INFORMATION. THE BILL MAKES SEVERAL TECHNICAL CHANGES TO EXISTING LAW TO HELP ENSURE MORE INFORMATION SHARING RESOURCES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AT OUR NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. IF ENACTED, H.R. 642 WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PROVIDE STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT HAVE INVESTED SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES IN STANDING UP FUSION CENTERS WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ULTIMATELY THE NATION SECURED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 642 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:47:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 02:47:16 PM

    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. BARLETTA.

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  • 02:47:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

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

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  • 02:47:27 PM

    MR. BARLETTA

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. KING FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MR. KING FOR YIELDING AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642. I WANT TO THANK HIM AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR WORKING WITH ME TO INTRODUCE THIS LEGISLATION. THE PURPOSE OF MY BILL IS TO CLARIFY AND ENHANCE THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. THE BILL AMENDS THE EXISTING STATUTE TO UPDATE THE DEPARTMENT'S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SHARING INFORMATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WITHIN THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CREATED FUSION CENTERS AS A WAY TO COMMUNICATE FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AS WELL AS FEW STATE AND LOCALLY COLLECTED INFORMATION WITH FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE. CONGRESS SUPPORTED THIS PARTNERSHIP BY MANDATING THAT OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY COORDINATE AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH FUSION CENTERS. THERE ARE NOW 78 STATE AND LOCALLY OWNED FUSION CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF THE PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER, PCIC, WHICH IS RUN BY THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE. IN 2015 OUR FUSION CENTER RECEIVED THE FUSION CENTER OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL FUSION CENTER ASSOCIATION. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE MEN AND WOMEN WORKING AT PCIC FOR THEIR COMMITMENT, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY. THEY SHARE VITAL INFORMATION WITH POLICE DEPARTMENTS THAT KEEP OFFICERS AND OUR CITIZENS SAFE. PCIC PROVIDES INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION PRODUCTS TO OVER 1200 LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES WHILE ALSO WORKING WITH OVER 6,000 PRIVATE AND PUBLIC CENTER PARTNERS TO ALSO SHARE INFORMATION TO HELP PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND KEY RESOURCES. OUR CENTER HAS BEEN NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE WITH ISSUES OF PRIVACY, CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. THEY PRODUCE DOCUMENTS THAT HIGHLIGHT THREATS AND SCAMS THAT TARGET PENNSYLVANIANS AND HELP MAKE SURE THAT LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS HAVE INFORMATION ON PUBLIC EVENTS RANGING FROM LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES TO THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS. A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE BY STATES AND FUSION CENTERS WITHIN THE NATIONAL NETWORK TO IMPROVE INFORMATION SHARING AND ANALYTIC SUPPORT. MANY CENTERS, INCLUDING PCIC, PROVIDE ALL CRIME -- ALL-CRIME, ALL-HAZARD SUPPORT. AND THEY MAINTAINT SHARING SPECIFIC ACTIVITY SUPPORT -- MAINTAIN SHARING SPECIFIC ACTIVITY SUPPORT. H.R. 642 WILL HELP SUPPORT, SHARE INFORMATION AND COORDINATE WITH FUSION CENTERS. THIS INCLUDES IMPROVING COORDINATION WITH OTHER FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE BETTER OPERATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, REDUCE INEFFICIENCIES AND COORDINATIONWIDE SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING. AS A MAYBE OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AND A FORMER MAYOR, I HAVE HEARD CONCERNS RAISED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN MY DISTRICT AND ELSEWHERE ABOUT THE LACK OF INFORMATION AND COORDINATION FROM SEVERAL D.H.S. COMPONENT AGENCIES, INCLUDING I.C.E. AND C.B.P. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, I INCLUDED LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT EACH COMPONENT IS PROVIDING INFORMATION AND PERSONNEL TO WORK WITH FUSION CENTERS. TO ADDRESS THE NEED FOR BETTER ACCOUNTABILITY, LANGUAGE IS INCLUDED THROUGHOUT THE BILL REQUIRING D.H.S. TO COORDINATE WITH FUSION CENTERS AND STATE HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORS IN CARRYING OUT THE ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITIES. ADDITIONALLY, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO SUBMIT A REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THEIR EFFORTS, INCLUDING THE COMPONENTS TO SUPPORT FUSION CENTERS AND SPECIFICALLY REPORT ON HOW THEY ARE MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE SET FORTH IN THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL SO THAT WE CAN ADD IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INTERACTS AND SHARES INFORMATION WITH KEY STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS. I'LL YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 02:52:08 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON MY SIDE, AND I AM PREPARED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON MY SIDE, AND I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME. I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KING

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL.

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    MR. MARSHALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CENTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CENTER ENHANCEMENT ACT. I SPENT THE LAST TWO YEARS TRAVELING ACROSS THE STATE OF KANSAS AND WAS REMINDED TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT NATIONAL SECURITY IS A TOP THREE ISSUE FOR MY RESIDENTS. WHY IS THIS? AFTER YEARS OF TURMOIL AND THE LACK OF STRONG AMERICAN LEADERSHIP, PEOPLE IN KANSAS NO LONGER FEEL SAFE. THIS LEGISLATION THAT MY COLLEAGUE FROM PENNSYLVANIA HAS INTRODUCED WILL ENSURE THAT THOSE ON THE FRONT LINE OF PROTECTING OUR NATION'S CITIZENS THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE CRITICAL INFORMATION TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL CENTER AND SECURITY. FUSION CENTERS CONDUCT ANALYSIS AND FACILITATE INFORMATION SHARING WHICH ARE NECESSARY AND FUNDAMENTAL ACTIONS THAT ASSIST STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO CRIME AND TERRORISM. JUST THIS LAST WEEK, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK TO MY STAFF AND VISIT THE KANSAS THREAT INTEGRATION CENTER IN TOPEKA, KANSAS, AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THE WORK THEY'RE DOING IS VITAL TO THE CITIZENS AND TO THE STATE. THEY FOCUS ON PROTECTING OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 642 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. KING

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 642, THE FUSION CENTER ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017, WHICH IF ENACTED, WOULD SEND A MESSAGE THAT CONGRESS VALUES THE INVESTMENT THAT STATES AND LOCALITIES HAVE MADE TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF A POST-9/11 WORLD AND STAND WITH D.H.S. IN SUPPORTING THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 642 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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    MR. KING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. KING

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE -- STRONGLY URGE SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S BILL. I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE -- STRONGLY URGE SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 642, TO BOLESERING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 642. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 526 AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 526 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 526, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH…

    H.R. 526, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY A BOARD TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE DEPARTMENTAL INTELLIGENCE, ACTIVITIES, AND POLICY RELATED TO COUNTERTERRORISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI, MR. THOMPSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KATKO

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. KATKO

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

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    MR. KATKO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEARLY 16 YEARS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, OUR COUNTRY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NEARLY 16 YEARS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, OUR COUNTRY CONTINUES TO FACE THE PERSISTENT THREAT OF TERRORISM, FROM ISIS TO AL QAEDA, RADICAL GROUPS CONTINUE TO TARGET THE UNITED STATES AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. LAST YEAR ALONE, WE SAW MORE THAN 131 PLOTS BY ISIS ALONE AGAINST THE WEST. AS TERRORISTS CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, THIS BODY MUST ENSURE THAT THE SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS ADAPT TO MEET THESE THREATS. FACED WITH THE MOST DANGEROUS THREAT ENVIRONMENT SINCE 9/11, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON ITS CORE MISSION OF PROTECTING AMERICANS FROM THESE THREATS IN AN INCREASINGLY EXPEDITIOUS MANNER. I AM PROUD THIS BODY IS WORKING TO CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY BY DEBATING THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY. H.R. 526, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD AUTHORIZATION ACT, WILL HELP INTEGRATE INTELLIGENCE, OPERATIONS AND POLICY DECISIONS TO ENSURE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REMAINS ADAPTABLE BY ELIMINATING WASTE AND DUPLICATION. THIS SAME BILL WAS INTRODUCED LAST YEAR AND PASSED THE HOUSE BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY. MR. SPEAKER, WITH OPEN INVESTIGATIONS IN ALL 50 STATES AND MORE THAN 119 ARRESTS, THIS BODY MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND. FURTHER, THESE THREATS WILL LIKELY EXPAND AS FOREIGN FIGHTERS FLEE PLACES LIKE RAQQAH AND MOSTLE. MR. SPEAKER, THE WORLD IS -- MOSUL. MR. SPEAKER, THE WORLD IS FACING THE WORST THREAT. MORE FIGHTERS HAVE TRAVELED TO THE BATTLEFIELDS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ. WITH THIS THREAT ENVIRONMENT IN MIND, I'VE INTRODUCED H.R. 526. INITIALLY ESTABLISHED AT THE END OF 2010, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD BRINGS TOGETHER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S TOP ECHELON COUNTERTERRORISM DECISION ERK MAKERS. WHILE WE WERE COMBATING THE FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL, WE FOUND THAT THE COUNTERTERRORISM BOARD DID NOT KEEP PACE WITH THE THREATS. WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL TO MAKE SURE THAT D.H.S. HAS POLICY TO BETTER COMPILE AND UNDERSTAND THREAT INFORMATION TO SUCCESSFULLY FIGHT TERRORISM. THIS LEGISLATION FORMERLY ESTABLISHES THE CTAP IN LAW AND MAKES IT THE CENTRAL COORDINATION BODY FOR COUNTERTERRORISM ACTIVITIES AND UPDATES THE BOARD'S CHARTER TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO TOMORROW'S CHALLENGES AND REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO APPOINT A COORDINATOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM TO OVERSEE THE BOARD'S ACTIVITIES. ADDITIONALLY, THIS LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE CTAB TO ADVISE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY ON THE ISSUANCE OF TERRORISM ALERTS, ENSURING THAT TOP COUNTERTERRORISM OFFICIALS PROVIDE THESE TO THE PUBLIC. FINALLY, THIS BILL CONTINUES CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT BY REQUIRING D.H.S. TO REPORT ON THE STATUS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE CTAB SO WE CAN BE SURE IT IS MEETING ITS MANDATE. I'D LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FROM THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE FOR APPOINTING ME TO LEAD THE TASK FORCE ON FOREIGN FIGHTER TRAVEL LAST YEAR. THIS TASK FORCE PRODUCED 32 KEY FINDINGS AND MORE THAN 50 RECOMMENDATIONS, ONE OF WHICH SERVES AS A BASIS FOR THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY. I'M PROUD TO SAY WE HAVE NOW ACTED LEGISLATIVELY ON THE TASK FORCE'S FINDINGS THANKS IN LARGE PART TO THE TASK FORCE AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. I WANT TO THANK MR. THOMPSON FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER ON THIS AND MANY OTHER BILLS WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY. I WILL END BY URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I WILL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. .

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 526, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT OF…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 526, THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD ACT OF 2017 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    H.R. 526 AUTHORIZES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE…

    H.R. 526 AUTHORIZES WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOAR, OR CTAB, COORDINATE THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE POLICIES AND ACTIVITIES AS RELATED TO COUNTERTERRORISM. SINCE 010, THIS INTERNAL BODY, COMPRISED OF TOP D.H.S. OFFICIAL, HAS HELPED TO HARR MONOIZE COUNTERTERRORISM PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES ACROSS D.H.S. H.R. 526 DIRECTS THE BOARD TO MEET ON A REGULAR BASIS TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE THE DEPARTMENT'S COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS AND SET FORTH THE LEADERSHIP AND COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD. H.R. 526 ALSO REQUIRES D.H.S. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE BOARD'S STATUS AND ACTIVITIES. TO ENSURE THAT THE BOARD REMAINS AN INTEGRAL PART OF COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESPONSES ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT, H.R. 526 WOULD CODIFY IT IN LAW. AT THIS TIME, WHEN HOMELAND SECURITY CHALLENGES WE FACE ARE IN MANY WAYS MORE COMPLEX AND DIVERSE THAN EVER BEFORE, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE NEW D.H.S. SECRETARY AND ANY SUCCESSORS HAVE A MATURE, STABLE MECHANISM FOR COUNTERTERRORISM DECISION MAKING JUST AS HIS PREDECESSORS HAD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE THE PASSAGE OF H.R. 526 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NONE,…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI HAS NONE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON MY SIDE AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, H.R. 526 WILL AUTHORIZE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD TO COORDINATE AND INTEGRATE THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES AND POLICIES AS RELATED TO COUNTERTERRORISM. THIS BOARD ALREADY PLAYS A CENTRAL AND NECESSARY ROLE WITHIN D.H.S. ENACTMENT OF H.R. 526 WILL ENSURE THE COUNTERTERRORISM ADVISORY BOARD WILL REMAIN IN PLACE FOR YEARS AND DECADES TO COME. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 526 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KING

    I URGE SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 665, THE…

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 665, THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS CONTROL SECURITY ACT OF 2017.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 665, A BILL TO MODIFY AND ENHANCE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS SESS…

    H.R. 665, A BILL TO MODIFY AND ENHANCE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS SESS CONTROL SECURITY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SECURITY STRATEGIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KATKO

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. KATKO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KATKO

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 665, THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 665, THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS CONTROL SECURITY ACT, SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN KEATING. OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE SEEN A DISTURBING NUMBER OF ATTACKS AGAINST AIRPORTS AND AIRCRAFTS OVERSEAS AND AROUND THE WORLD. IN EACH CASE THE SECURITY OF THE AIRPORT HAS BEEN OF UTMOST CONCERN. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ENSURE THE PECULIAR CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THEIR TRAVELS WILL BE SAFE AND SECURE IN A HIGH THREAT ENVIRONMENT. THIS REQUIRES THAT THE T.S.A.'S COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENT OF PERIMETER AND ACCESS CONTROL SECURITY IS MORE REGULARLY UPDATED AND THE T.S.A. CONDUCTS ACCESS VULNERABILITIES AND MITIGATION EFFORTS. SOMETHING T.S.A. HAS NOT DONE ACROSS THE BOARD SINCE 2012 DESPITE MULTIPLE SECURITY BREACHES AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE CANNOT ALLOW LAPSES IN SECURITY AROUND THE PERIMETER AND IN THE STERILE AREA OF AIRPORTS. A DEAD BOLT ON THE FRONT DOOR DOES NO GOOD IF THE BACK DOOR SLEPT WIDE OPEN. CONGRESSMAN KEATING AND I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE DISTURBING VULNERABILITIES AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. TREMENDOUS EFFORTS TO HELP EP HANCE SECURITY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHILE THERE MAY BE GRIDLOCK AND PARTISAN BICKERING AT TIMES, ON THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE WE HAIR AN UNSHAKEABLE COMMITMENT TO ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE TRAVELING PUBLIC BECAUSE WE KNOW THE CONSEQUENCE OF FAILURE ARE TOO GREAT. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK CONGRESSMAN KETOING FOR INTRODUCING THIS PORN LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE JLT FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. KEATING

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 665, THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 665, THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS CONTROL SECURITY ACT, AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. KEATING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE JOINED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUES, RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND RICE, RICHMOND AND SWALWELL. SINCE I FIRST WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 2010, I'VE WORKED TO SECURE OUR NATION'S AIRPORTS FROM POROUS PERIMETERS AND UNSECURED ACCESS CONTROL POINTS. LAST YEAR AT MY REQUEST, THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE RELEASED AN INDEPENDENT REPORT OF ALL AIRPORTS WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION'S PRESENCE. WHILE T.S.A. HAS MADE SOME PROGRESS IN ASSESSING RISK AT AIRPORT PERIMETER, THE G.A.O. REPORT REVEALED THAT THE AGENCY HAD NOT TAKEN EMERGING THREATS OR THE UNIQUE MAKEUP AND DESIGN OF INDIVIDUAL AIRPORTS INTO CONSIDERATION. MORE AND MORE WE'VE SEEN THAT TERRORISTS ARE TARGETING THE SOFT AREAS IN OUR AIRPORT PERIMETERS AND WITHIN THE AIRPORT ITSELF. TERRORISTS LOOKING FOR THESE SOFT TARGETS, WE HAVE SEEN IT IN EUROPE. WE'VE SEEN THESE TRAGEDIES IN BRUSSELS. WE'VE SEEN IT IN ISTANBUL AND SADLY, WE'VE SEEN IT HERE AT HOME IN FORT LAUDERDALE. UPDATING THE RISK ASSESSMENT OF AIRPORT SECURITY WITH INFORMATION THAT REFLECTS THE CURRENT THREAT ENSURES THAT T.S.A. BASES ITS DECISION ON THE LATEST INFORMATION, ENABLING IT TO FOCUS LIMITED RESOURCES ON THE HEEGEST PRIORITY RISKS TO AIRPORT SECURITY. THE T.S.A.'S EFFORTS TO ACCESS REALLY OUR ENTIRE AIRPORT SECURITY AROUND THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN FRANKLY INADEQUATE. THE NUMBERS ARE STARTLING. FROM 2009 TO 2015, T.S.A. CONDUCTED KMP REHENCIVE RISK ASSESSMENTS AT ONLY 81 OF THE 437 COMMERCIAL AIRPORTS NATIONWIDE. OR 19%. SOME YEARS, THIS REALLY REPRESENTED ONLY 3% OF THE AIRPORTS THAT WERE ASSESSED AT ALL. THE AIRPORT PERIMETER AND ACCESS CONTROL SECURITY ACT WILL MAKE LAW THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE INDEPENDENT REPORT AND INCREASE SAFETY AT AIRPORTS NATIONWIDE. FURTHER, THIS BILL INCORPORATES THE INPUT OF MAJOR AIRPORT OPERATORS WHOSE CONCERNS FOR A LACK OF INDIVIDUALIZED SECURITY STRATEGY WE HEARD FROM FIRSTHAND. LAST YEAR, THE ASSOCIATEDS PREREVEALED THAT THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST 268 PERIMETER SECURITY BREACHES AT 31 MAJOR U.S. AIRPORTS. FROM 2004 TO 2015, THEIR INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT INTRUDERS BREACHED AIRPORT FENCES ON AVERAGE EVERY 13 DAYS. THIS FIGURE INCLUDES A FATAL INCIDENT A TRAGIC INCIDENT, THAT I INVESTIGATED BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS AS A DISTRICT ATTORNEY WHEN DELVON TAI TISDALE A TEENAGER FROM NORTH CAROLINA, SNUCK ON THE TAR MACAT CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND STOWED AWAY UNDETECTED IN A WHEEL WELL OF A COMMERCIAL 737 ON A FLIGHT TO BOSTON. THE FIGURES I MENTION REALLY DENT ACT FOR MANY UNREPORTED INSTANCES OF PERIMETER BREACHES, INCLUDING THINGS LIKE TRESPASSERS OR PEOPLE THAT SCALE THE FENCE AROUND THE PERIMETER. WE'RE LUCKY THAT ALL THESE INDIVIDUALS DO NOT HARBOR NEFARIOUS INTENTIONS. BUT THAT DOES NOT MITIGATE THE RISK POSED BY SUCH BEHAVIOR AT AIRPORTS AND EMPLOYEES AND OTHERS AND THE PASSENGERS AND TRAVELERS WHO RELY ON T.S. AMPLE OFFICERS IN THE AIRPORT -- AND THE AIRPORT OPERATORS WERE THEIR SECURITY. AS YOU MAY RECALL, THIS LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUES LAST YEAR AND IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. KATKO

    BEFORE I CLOSE I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS UNWAVERING…

    BEFORE I CLOSE I WANT TO COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS UNWAVERING DEDICATION TO ISSUE. HIS PASSION SHAZZ SHOWN THROUGH COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND IN WORKING WITH HIM. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 665 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. KEATING

    I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN HAS YIELDED BACK.

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    MR. KEATING

    I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS BILL A REALITY…

    I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS BILL A REALITY AND TO HAVE THE SUCCESS IT DID LAST YEAR AND HOPEFULLY GO ALL THE WAY AND BE ENACTED INTO LAW THIS YEAR. THE RECENT TRAGEDIES DEMONSTRATED AT AIRPORTS REMAIN A TARGET FOR THE NARES ACTORS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL CLOSE LOOPS IN AIRPORT SECURITY PRACTICES AND BRING US CLOSER TO ENSURING THE ACCESS CONTROL POINTS AND THE PERIMETERS OF ALL THE UNIQUE DESIGNS ARE SECURE AS POSSIBLE. PASSAGE OF H.R. 665 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE SAFETY OF PASSENGERS, PILOTS, AND AIRPORT EMPLOYEES. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE AGAIN, MR. KATKO, THE FULL COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER, MR. THOMPSON, AND REPRESENTATIVES RICE AND RICHMOND AS WELL FOR REQUESTING THIS REPORT AND SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 665 AN I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 665. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 505 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 505 TO STRENGTHEN THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT FOR BORDER SECURITY…

    H.R. 505 TO STRENGTHEN THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT FOR BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 03:13:39 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    THIS BILL SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF BORDER SECURITY MANAGEMENT…

    THIS BILL SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF BORDER SECURITY MANAGEMENT PRGTS, SAFEGUARD TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SOME OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S LARGEST ACQUISITION PROGRAMS. AS THE COMMITTEE CHAIR WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ENTIRE 2,000 MILE SOUTHERN BORDER AND AS A MEMBER WHOSE DISTRICT REPRESENTS 80 MILES OF THE BORDER, I'VE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS MEETING WITH BORDER RESIDENTS, LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, RANCHERS AND MEN AND WOMEN WHO TIRELESSLY PATROL THE BORDER EVERY DAY. I KNOW FIRSTHAND WHEN OUR BORDER TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS LACK PROPER OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, IT IS BAD FOR TAXPAYERS, THOSE WHO DEFEND OUR BORDER AND THOSE WHO LIVE ALONG OUR BORDER. THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS REPEATEDLY INCLUDED D.H.S. ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON ITS HIGH-RISK LIST, DEMONSTRATING THESE PROGRAM ARE HIGHLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO WASTE, FRAUD, ABUSE, OR MISMANAGEMENT. THE SECURE BORDER INITIATIVE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF ACQUISITION MISMANAGEMENT. INITIAL PLANS DEVELOPED IN 2005 AND 2006 CALL FOR IT TO EXTEND ACROSS THE ENTIRE U.S.-MEXICO LAND BORDER. HOWEVER DEPLOYMENT IN ARIZONA WAS FRAUGHT WITH MISMANAGEMENT, INCLUDING A FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SET REQUIREMENTS SO THE SYSTEM WOULD MEET THE NEEDS OF ITS USERS, OUR BORDER PATROL AGENTS. AFTER SPENDING NEARLY $1 BILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY WITH MINIMAL RESULTS, D.H.S. CANCELED S.B.I. NET IN 2011, SHOWING THE HIGH COST OF FAILING TO PROPERLY OVERSEE NEW BORDER ACQUISITIONS. WITH A RENEWED FOCUS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION AND THIS CONGRESS ON IMPROVING BORDER SECURITY THIS BILL HELPS ENSURE AMERICAN DOLLAR -- AMERICANS' DOLLARS ARE USED EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE. IT REQUIRES THAT BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS AT THE DEPARTMENT HAVE AN ACQUISITION PROGRAM BASELINE. A CRITICAL DOCUMENT THAT LAYS OUT WHAT A PROGRAM WILL DO, WHAT IT WILL COST, AND WHEN IT WOULD BE COMPLETED. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES PROGRAMS TO ADHERE TO INTERNAL CONTROL STANDARDS AND HAVE A PLAN FOR TESTING AND EVALUATION AS WELL AS THE USE OF INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION RESOURCES. BEING PROPER STEWARDS OF OUR LIMITED RESOURCES REQUIRES THAT PROGRAMS ARE ON TIME, ON BUDGET, AND FOLLOW SOUND MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WASTE ANOTHER MINUTE OR ANOTHER DOLLAR. WE MUST PUT INTO PLACE STRONG, EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS TO SECURE OUR BORDER. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THESE BASIC, COMMONSENSE COST CONTROL MECHANISMS SO THAT WE CAN RESPONSIBLY SECURE OUR BORDER. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. .

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    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA FOR HER WORK ON THIS BILL.…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA FOR HER WORK ON THIS BILL. AND STATE THAT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE HAS EXAMINED VARIOUS HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS AND CONCLUDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOT FOLLOWED STANDARD BEST PRACTICES FOR ACQUISITIONS MANAGEMENT.

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  • 03:16:54 PM

    MR. KEATING

    THOUGH D.H.S. HAS TAKEN STEPS TO IMPROVE ITS PERFORMANCE, THERE REMAINS…

    THOUGH D.H.S. HAS TAKEN STEPS TO IMPROVE ITS PERFORMANCE, THERE REMAINS SPECIFIC DEFICIENCIES IN HOW IT CARRIES OUT MAJOR ACQUISITIONS. WHEN A D.H.S. ACQUISITION PROGRAM FALLS SHORT IN TERMS OF ITS EFFECTIVENESS OR EFFICIENCY, THIS NOT ONLY RISKS UNDERMINING THAT PROGRAM, BUT ALSO RISKS WASTING THE LIMITED HOMELAND SECURITY DOLLARS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US. WE OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC NOT TO REPEAT OUR MISTAKES. THIS BILL IS INTENDED TO STRENGTHEN ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE ACQUISITION AND USE OF BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE ALL MAJOR ACQUISITIONS FOR BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY TO HAVE WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION OF COSTS, SCHEDULE AND PERFORMANCE THRESHOLDS AND DEMONSTRATES THAT THE PROGRAM IS MEETING THESE THRESHOLDS. THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES COORDINATION AND SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS OF A PLAN OF TESTING, EVALUATION AND THE USE OF INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF RESOURCES FOR BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY. ADDRESSING BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION S IS AN IMPORTANT STEP -- IS AN IMPORTANT -- ACQUISITIONS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. WE OWE IT TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE MANAGING THESE INVESTMENTS WISELY AND PREVENTING WASTEFUL SPENDING. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS NO FURTHER SPEAK, -- SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED DO TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES. -- PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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  • 03:18:29 PM

    MR. KEATING

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. KEATING

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 505 AIMS TO FOCUS AND IMPROVE THE WAY WE INVEST AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 505 AIMS TO FOCUS AND IMPROVE THE WAY WE INVEST AND MANAGE BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY BY PROVIDING A SPECIFIC FRAMEWORK FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:18:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:18:55 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 505, TO HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 505, TO HAVE TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY OF VITAL BORDER SECURITY TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:19:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 505, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:19:28 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 677.

  • 03:19:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 677. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH…

    H.R. 677. A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. AND TO REQUIRE DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ANALYZED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO ENTITIES WITH RESPONSIBILITIES RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 03:20:08 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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

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  • 03:20:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:20:17 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:20:21 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 677, THE CBRN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 677, THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACT OF 2017. WE KNOW THAT TERRORIST GROUPS HAVE LONG SOUGHT TO EMPLOY CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR, OR CBRN, MATERIALS IN THEIR ATTACKS. IN THE 2016 WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE NOTED THAT WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION CONTINUE TO POSE A THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. WHETHER IT'S FROM NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR TEST OR THE DUAL USE NATURE OF BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS THAT MAKE THREATS DIFFICULT TO DETECT. IN ADDITION, LAST YEAR THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS COMPLETED A YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION, FOUND THAT BOTH SYRIA AND CISPA HAVE USED CHEMICAL WEAPON -- ISIS HAVE USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS. ISIS' INTEREST IN USING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION MATERIAL IN ATTACKS AGAINST THE WEST IS ALSO WELL DOCUMENTED. H.R. 677 WILL ENHANCE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS AND INFORMATION SHARING AND WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS GET THE ACTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO STOP OR MITIGATE A CBRN ATTACK. AS THE PREVIOUS CHAIRWOMAN OF THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, I HELD A NUMBER OF HEARINGS ON THE THREAT POSED BY TERRORIST ATTACKS USING CBRN AGENTS. MANY NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS, FIRST RESPONDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY HAVE TESTIFIED TO THE NEED OF INCREASED INFORMATION SHARING WITH APPROPRIATE STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. THIS BUDGET-NEUTRAL BILL SEEKS TO ADDRESS THOSE FINDINGS. IT REQUIRES THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS AT D.H.S. TO SUPPORT HOMELAND SECURITY FOCUS INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS OF CBRN THREATS, INCLUDING EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES. IT DIRECTS THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE OF ANALYSIS TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH STATE, LOCAL, TRIBAL AND PRIVATE ENTITIES, AND GET THEIR FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE TWO-WAY SHARING OF INFORMATION. OF -- FINALLY THIS DIRECTS THE SECRETARY OF D.H.S. TO REPORT ANNUALLY FOR FIVE YEARS ON THE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACTIVITIES AND D.H.S.'S ACTIVITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH RELEVANT INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES. THE HOUSE PASSED A NEARLY IDENTICAL BILL I INTRODUCED LAST CONGRESS BY A VOTE OF 420-2. I URGE MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:22:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 03:22:40 PM

    MR. KEATING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 677, THE CBRN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 677, THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACT OF 2017. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. LAST CONGRESS THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY HELD SEVERAL HEARINGS TO EVALUATE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL CAPABILITIES TO PREVENT, IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO A CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL AND RADIOLOGICAL OR A NUCLEAR ATTACK . A CBRN THREAT. ALTHOUGH THE STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS -- FROM THEM WE HEARD THAT GENERALLY THEY WERE AWARE OF AN EVOLVING CBRN THREAT. THERE WAS A CONSISTENT MESSAGE FROM WHONCHE TESTIFIED. FROM PUBLIC -- EVERYONE WHO TESTIFIED FROM PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. IMPROVED INFORMATION SHARING WOULD MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER. H.R. 677 WOULD FACILITATE IMPROVED CBRN INFORMATION SHARING BY DIRECTING D.H.S. TO ANALYZE CBRN-RELATED TERRORIST THREATS AND SHARE RELEVANT THREAT INFORMATION WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS. THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BOTH IMPROVE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND HELP D.H.S. GRANT RECIPIENTS BETTER, TARGETED AND LIMITED GRANT DOLLARS TO ADDRESS THIS PARTICULAR THREAT. THE CBRN INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SHARING ACT PASSED THE HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY LAST CONGRESS, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MEASURE ONCE AGAIN. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:24:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:24:10 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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  • 03:24:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. KEATING

    I KWLEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    I KWLEELED MYSELF SUCH TIME AS -- I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. INFORMATION SHARE SOMETHING AT THE CORE OF OB OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO THREATS POSED BY BAD ACTORS. H.R. 677 WOULD FACILITATE INFORMATION SHARING IN THE CBRN SPACE WHERE THE THREATS ARE CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION COSTS NEXT TO NOTHING, BUT WILL REAP SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 677 AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:24:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:24:45 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

  • 03:24:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 677, THIS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 677, THIS LEGISLATION THAT WILL ENHANCE THE SHARING OF CBRN-RELATED THREAT INFORMATION. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:24:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 677. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:25:20 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 67.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 03:25:25 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 678, A BILL TO REQUIRE AN ASSESSMENT OF FUSION CENTER PERSONNEL NEEDS…

    H.R. 678, A BILL TO REQUIRE AN ASSESSMENT OF FUSION CENTER PERSONNEL NEEDS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:25:33 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KEATING, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 03:25:40 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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

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  • 03:25:48 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:25:49 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:25:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:25:53 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 678, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 678, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPORT TO FUSION CENTERS ACT OF 2017. ENSURING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SHARING INTELLIGENCE AND HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS IS A VITAL COMPONENT OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND OUR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANT WORK OF FUSION CENTERS, WHICH DISSEMINATE FEDERAL THREAT AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. THESE CENTERS ALSO COLLECT STATE AND LOCAL INFORMATION AND FUSE IT WITH FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE. THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THIS EFFORT ENHANCES TERRORIST INVESTIGATIONS AND CREATES A MORE COMPLETE DOMESTIC THREAT PICTURE. TO HELP BREAK DOWN INFORMATION SHARING STOVEG PIPES, MY STATE'S FUSION CENTER, THE ARIZONA COUNTERTERRORISM INTELLIGENCE CENTER, AND THE 77 OTHER FUSION CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED GREATER ACCESS TO INFORMATION. PARTICULARLY FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND ITS COMPONENTS. WHILE PERSONNEL FROM D.H.S. OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND ANALYSIS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED TO MOST FUSION CENTERS, ONE REMAINING CHALLENGE, ACCESS TO D.H.S. COMPONENT PERSONNEL AND INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY I.C.E., C.B.P. AND T.S.A. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, THIS BILL REQUIRES THE G.A.O., THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, TO CONDUCT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE D.H.S. PERSONNEL DETAILED TO FUSION CENTERS, AND WHETHER DEPLOYING ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL WILL ENHANCE THREAT AND HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION SHARING. THIS THIRD PARTY ASSESSMENT OF D.H.S. PERSONNEL DEPLOYMENTS WILL BE VALUABLE WHEN MAKING STAFFING DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD. ADDITIONALLY, THIS BILL SUPPORTS ONGOING D.H.S. EFFORTS TO SPONSOR TOP SECRET CLEARANCES TO APPROPRIATE STATE AND LOCAL ANALYSTS IN FUSION CENTERS. THE COMMITTEE HAS RECEIVED COUNTLESS TESTIMONY FROM STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT THE VALUE ADDITIONAL CLEARANCES WILL PROVIDE. THE BILL ALSO DIRECTS D.H.S. TO REVIEW CURRENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS USED TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH FUSION CENTERS AND MAKE ENHANCEMENTS TO ENSURE SYSTEMS SUCH AS THE HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION NETWORK ARE USER-FRIENDLY AND MEETING THE NEEDS OF STATE AND LOCALS. LASTLY, THE BILL REQUIRES THE UNDERSECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF INTELLIGENCE AND AA NAL SIS TO SIGN A -- AND ANALYSIS TO SIGN A MEMORANDUM. THE PURPOSE IS TO LAY OUT WHAT TYPE OF INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED. BETWEEN D.H.S. AND THE FUSION CENTERS. AND HOW THAT INFORMATION WILL BE PROTECTED. A CRITICAL ELEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE THOUSANDS OF STATE AND LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS WORKING IN FUSION CENTERS IS TRUST. THE PROCESS WILL HELP IMPROVE THIS IMPORTANT CONNECTION. OUR COUNTRY IS AT ITS HIGHEST THREAT POSTURE SINCE 9/11. GIVE THE LARGE NUMBER OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS -- GIVEN THE LARGE NUMBER OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND ISIS-INSPIRED THOUGHTS. THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE GETTING ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. KEATING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 678 AND YIELD MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 678 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. KEATING

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT AND AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 678, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPORT FOR FUSION CENTERS ACT OF 2017. SINCE COMING TO CONGRESS, I'VE WORKED TO ENHANCE AND SECURE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION SHARING AMONG BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. A KEY MECHANISM TO FOSTERING SUCH INFORMATION SHARING HAS BEEN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS ACROSS THE NATION. THESE CENTERS ALLOW FEDERAL INTELLIGENCE AND HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION TO BE SHARED WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER KEY STAKEHOLDERS. FOR FUSION CENTERS TO REALIZE THEIR FULL PROMISE, IT REMAINS CRITICAL THAT PERSONNEL SIGNED TO FUSION CENTERS BE ABLE TO ACCESS DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION DATA AND PERSONNEL. IN THE COURSE OF CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF FUSION CENTERS, THE COMMITTEES LEARN THAT NOT ENOUGH STATE AND LOCAL ANALYSTS AND OFFICIALS ASSIGNED TO THESE CENTERS HAVE THE CLEARANCES THESE TYPE OF TOP SECRET CLEARANCES NECESSARY TO FOSTER THE TIMELY SHARING OF HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION AND INTELLIGENCE. H.R. 678 WOULD AUTHORIZE D.H.S. TO SPONSOR SUCH STATE AND LOCAL ANALYSTS FOR SECURITY CLEARANCES. LAST CONGRESS THIS BILL PASSED UNANIMOUSLY BY OUR COMMITTEE. . WITH THAT, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 678 AND RESERVE MY TIME.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    MR. KEATING

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. KEATING

    I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 678, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPORT…

    I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 678, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUPPORT FOR FUSION CENTERS ACT OF 2017. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT KEY FUSION CENTER PERSONNEL HAVE ACCESS TO THE SECURITY CLEARANCE THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SECURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS TO SHARE INFORMATION. AS FUSION CENTERS MATURE…

    OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS TO SHARE INFORMATION. AS FUSION CENTERS MATURE INTO NATIONAL ASSETS, CONGRESS MUST ENSURE THAT DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS SUPPORTING FUSION CENTERS WITH RERESOURCES NEEDED TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 678 AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELD BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 678? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 366.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLIP H.R. 366, A BILL TO…

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL. CLIP H.R. 366, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN MANAGING THE DEPARTMENT'S VEHICLE FLEET AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PERRY, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY, MRS. WATSON COLEMAN, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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    MR. PERRY

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. PERRY

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PERRY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY BEFORE YOU IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 366,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY BEFORE YOU IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 366, THINK D.H.S. STOP ASSET AND VEHICLE EXCESS OR D.H.S., DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, SAVE ACT OF 2016. IN OCTOBER OF 2015, THE D.H.S. INSPECTOR GENRE LEASED A SCATHE REGULAR PORT OF THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES MANAGEMENT OF THEIR VEHICLE FLEET. A REPORT THAT READS LIKE A LAUNDRY LIST OF POOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS. THE I.G. FOUND THAT THE F.P.S. HAD MORE VEHICLES THAN OFFICERS AND OFFICERS WERE THORSED TO DRIVE FROM HOME TO WORK WITH GOVERNMENT-OWNED VEHICLES AND ACTUALLY PUT MORE MILES ON THE VEHICLE DRIVING FROM HOME AND BACK TO WORK THAN THEY DID ON THE JOB. AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS. ADDITIONALLY THE REPORT STATED IT WAS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL AND DEPARTMENTAL COMPLIANCE WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED THE D.H.S. SAVE ACT. THIS BILL IMPROVES THE MANAGEMENT OF THE VEHICLE FLEETS BY AUTHORIZING THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT AT THE HEADQUARTERS LEVEL TO OVERSEE THE COMPONENTS FLEET -- VEHICLE FLEETS, REQUIRES THEM TO EVALUATE FLEETS ON AN ONGOING BASIS, INVOLVES PENALTIES FOR MISMANAGEMENT OF FLEETS, AND REQUIRES THEM TO IDENTIFY ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR FLETS -- FLEETS. THE D.H.S. MUST HAVE STRICTOR CONTROLS IN PLACE AT THE HEADQUARTERS LEVEL IN ORDER TO REIN IN ROGUE COMPONENTS. AS THE NEW ADMINISTRATION SCRUTINIZES D.H.S.'S OPERATIONS THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE IMPORTANT AUTHORITIES TO ROOT OUT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT. AT THIS TIME, I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 366 AND YIELD MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 366 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 366 SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 366 SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S MANAGEMENT ACQUISITION AND OVERSIGHT OF ITS FLEET OF ROUGHLY 53,000 VEHICLES. H.R. 366 REQUIRES THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT TO PROVIDE DEPARTMENTAL COMPONENTS WITH A STANDARDIZED VEHICLE ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY FOR COMMONETS TO UTILIZE TO DEVELOP FLEET MANAGEMENT PLANS. THIS LEGISLATION WAS INFORMED BY OVERSIGHT CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT'S INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THAT IN 2014 AND 2015 D.H.S. DID NOT ADEQUATELY MANAGE OR HAVE THE ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY OVER COMPONENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE COMPOSITION OF ITS MOTOR VEHICLE FLEET WAS RIGHT SIZED THIS LACK OF EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT LED TO THE OVERUSE OF SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES, UNNECESSARY DISCRETIONARY EQUIPMENT PACKAGES AND OVERPAYMENTS TO G.S.A. FURTHER, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RECEIVED TESTIMONY FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL PROTECTIVE SERVICES THAT ROUGHLY HALF OF THE 1,100 VEHICLES IN THE FLEET WERE UNDERUTILIZED OR HAD FEWER THAN 12,000 MILES. H.R. 366 GRANTS AUTHORITY TO D.H.S. HEADQUARTERS OVER COMPONENTS WITH RESPECT TO MANAGING VEHICLE FLEETS. SPECIFICALLY, H.R. 366, D.H.S. IS DIRECTED TO ESTABLISH REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPONENTS TO MORE RIGOROUSLY EVALUATE THEIR FLEETS ON AN ONGOING BASIS. ADDITIONALLY THIS BILL DIRECTS D.H.S. TO IDENTIFY ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR MANAGING COMPONENT FLEETS, SUCH AS A SHARED MOTOR POOL. D.H.S. HAS THE SECOND LARGEST CIVILIAN VEHICLE FLEET IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT AN OPERATING COST OF ABOUT $462 MILLION. THERE IS A CRITICAL LINKAGE BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT'S OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND NATIONAL SECURITY MISSIONS AND EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE RESOURCES AND REQUIREMENTS BY D.L.: -- BY D.H.S. LEADERSHIP. AS SUCH, ENHANCING OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT SHOULD HELP THE DEPARTMENT MORE EFFECTIVELY SPEND LIMITED TAX DOLLARS ON WHAT THE DEPARTMENT ACTUALLY NEEDS TO CARRY OUT ITS MISSION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE PASSAGE OF H.R. 366 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    D.L.

    366 AND I YIELD BACK THE

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    IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION

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    IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION

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    IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION ACT OF 2007 TO CLARIFY…

    IMPLEMENTING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION ACT OF 2007 TO CLARIFY CERTAIN ALLOWABLE USES OF FUNDS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECURITY GRANTS AND ESTABLISH PERIODS OF PERFORMANCE FOR SUCH GRANTS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 549,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 549, THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT. WITH MORE THAN 10 BILLION RIDERS USING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ANNUALLY, AND LIMITED SECURITY SCREENING, IT SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISING TO US THAT TERRORISTS HAVE AN INTEREST IN TARGETING MASS TRANSIT. WE SAW IT IN LONDON, MADRID, AND BRUSSELS. AND WHEN A TERRORIST LEFT A BACKPACK OF I.E.D.'S AT A TRANSIT STATION IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY, LAST FALL. GIVEN THE REPEATED CALLS FROM ISIS AND OTHER RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORIST GROUPS FOR LONE WOLVES AND SYMPATHIZERS TO PLAN SMALLER ATTACKS WHERE LARGER CROWDS GATHER, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND TRANSIT AGENCIES HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SECURE OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS. THAT IS WHY LAST CONGRESS I INTRODUCED THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT. THIS BILL ADDRESSES CONCERNS RAISED DURING A FIELD HEARING THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS HELD LAST YEAR IN RANKING MEMBER PAYNE'S DISTRICT ON PREPAREDNESS FOR INCIDENTS IMPACTING SURFACE TRANSPORTATION. AS CHAIRMAN OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE, I INTRODUCED THIS LEGISLATION TO ENSURE ACTION FOLLOWS OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT. AND THAT IS WHY I REINTRODUCED THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION IN THE 115TH CONGRESS. WITNESSES AT LAST YEAR'S FIELD HEARING TESTIFIED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM. BUT FOUND THAT THE PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE WAS A CHALLENGING TIME FRAME TO MEET. ESPECIALLY FOR COMPLETING VITAL, LARGE-SCALE, CAPITAL SECURITY PROJECTS. THESE PROJECTS ARE VITAL TO TRANSIT AGENCIES, TO HELP ENHANCE THEIR SECURITY FEATURES, SYSTEM-WIDE AND HARDENED INFRASTRUCTURE. H.R. 549 ADDRESSES THIS CHALLENGE BY CODIFYING THE PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE FOR TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AWARDS AT 36 MONTHS, FOR THE MAJORITY OF ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS -- PROJECTS, AND EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF FERRE FOR -- PERFORMANCE FOR LARGE SCALE PROJECTS TO 55 MONTHS. ADDITIONALLY, TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AWARDS CAN BE USED TO PROVIDE PERSONNEL WITH EFFECTIVE SECURITY TRAINING. UNFORTUNATELY RECIPIENTS OF THESE AWARDS ARE NOT CURRENTLY PERMITTED TO USE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS TO PAY FOR BACK FILLING PERSONNEL ATEBLEDING SUCH TRAINING -- ATTENDING SUCH TRAINING. IN SOME CASES, THAT EXTRA COST AT THE TRANSIT AGENCY HAS RESULTED IN AN INABILITY TO SEND STAFF FOR VITAL SECURITY TRAINING. MY BILL WILL PERMIT TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDS TO BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE, CONSISTENT WITH OTHER HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAMS. THE CURRENT THREAT ENVIRONMENT IS EVOLVING AND COMPLEX. WHICH MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPERATIVE THAT THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM PROVIDE FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR GRANT RECIPIENTS. I AM PROUD TO SPONSOR THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE BY VOICE VOTE LAST YEAR. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 549, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. PAYNE

    MR. SPEAKER A, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. -- MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT…

    MR. SPEAKER A, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. -- MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 549, THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT, AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND CONTINUE TO EVOLVE,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS THE THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND CONTINUE TO EVOLVE, TRANSIT SYSTEMS DOMESTICALLY AND ABROAD HAVE BECOME A LEADING TARGET FOR TERRORISTS. LAST YEAR THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS HELD A FIELD HEARING IN NEW JERSEY TO ASSESS HOW TRANSIT OWNERS AND OPERATORS IN LOCAL -- AND LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS WERE COORDINATING EFFORTS TO SECURE DOMESTIC MASS TRANSIT. AND TO DETERMINE WHAT FEDERAL -- WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD DO TO ASSIST THOSE EFFORTS. AT THE HEARING, TRANSIT OPERATORS REPEATEDLY PRAISED THE TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM, ALTHOUGH THEY RAISED SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT FUNDING, WHICH HAS DECREASED DRAMATICALLY SINCE ITS PEAK IN 2009. WITNESSES ALSO TESTIFIED THAT THE PERIOD OF THE PERFORMANCE FOR THE TRANSIT SAFETY GRANT PROGRAM WAS TOO SHORT TO SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE HARDENING PROJECTS. UNDER H.R. 549, THE PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE FOR SECURITY HARDENING PROJECTS WOULD BE EXTENDED FROM 36 MONTHS TO 55 MONTHS IN ORDER TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR TRANSIT AGENCIES TO COMPLETE PROJECTS THAT THEY -- THAT MAY TAKE LONGER THAN THE TIME PERIOD ALLOWED UNDER CURRENT LAW. THIS IS A BIPARTISAN -- THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO AGAIN SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER A, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN HAS CLOSED.

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    MR. PAYNE

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

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GIVE TRANSIT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GIVE TRANSIT PROFESSIONALS THE FLEXIBILITY THAT THEY NEED TO KEEP OUR TRANSIT SYSTEMS SAFE AND SECURE. H.R. 549 WILL ALLOW TRANSIT -- WILL ALLOW TRANSIT SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM GRANTEES TO USE THE FUNDS DESIGNATED FOR SECURITY HARDENING PROJECTS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND WITHIN A MORE REASONABLE TIME FRAME. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 549 AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 549 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 549. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 687.

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    H.R. 687, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH…

    H.R. 687, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS FOR CERTAIN GRANTS TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT OR SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT MEET OR EXCEED ANY APPLICABLE NATIONAL VOLUNTARY CONSENSUS STANDARDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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

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    MR. DONOVAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 687. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ESTABLISH A REVIEW ROSESS FOR GRANT APPLICANTS -- PROCESS FOR GRANT APPLICANTS SEEKING TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT OR SYSTEMS THAT DO NOT MEET OR EXCEED NATIONAL VOLUNTARY CONSENSUS STANDARDS. WITH THREATS CONSISTENTLY EVOLVING, IT IS REASSURING TO SEE NEW TECHNOLOGY EMERGE WHICH WILL PROMOTE THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND FIRST RESPONDERS. HOWEVER, EMERGING TECHNOLOGY IS FREQUENTLY DEVELOPED FASTER THAN VOLUNTARY CONSENSUS STANDARDS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED. RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS UNDER FEMA'S STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE MUST PROCURE EQUIPMENT THAT MEETS THESE STANDARDS. UNFORTUNATELY IF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY OR EQUIPMENT DOES NOT HAVE A VOLUNTARY CONSENSUS STANDARD, AND A GRANT RECIPIENT WOULD LIKE TO USE THOSE FUNDS TO PURCHASE SUCH TECHNOLOGY, FEMA DOES NOT HAVE A UNIFORM REVIEW PROCESS TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR THAT EQUIPMENT. H.R. 687 REQUIRES FEMA TO DEVELOP SUCH A PROCESS FOR REVIEWING THESE REQUESTS. PREVIOUSLY THIS BILL WAS INTRODUCED IN THE 114TH CONGRESS BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE'S RANKING MEMBER, MR. PAYNE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY RECEIVED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT BY MY SUBCOMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, AS WELL AS THE HOUSE, WHEN IT WAS PASSED UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES IN SEPTEMBER OF 2016. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, MR. PAYNE, FOR REINTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. I AM PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 687, BECAUSE IT WILL ENSURE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO EFFECTIVELY ADAPT TO THE CURRENT THREAT LANDSCAPE. EARLIER THIS MONTH, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASED THE JANUARY TERROR THREAT SNAPSHOT, WHICH FOUND THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS A TOP TARGET FOR TERRORISTS. IT IS CLEAR THAT THE THREAT TO OUR COMMUNITIES IS NOT GOING AWAY. CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER AND STRONGER. WE CAN DO SO BY ENSURING COMMONSENSE MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THESE THREATS. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 687, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 687, THE FIRST RESPONDERS ACCESS TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 687, THE FIRST RESPONDERS ACCESS TO INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACT, AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HATE WHEN THIS HAPPENS. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY TIME…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HATE WHEN THIS HAPPENS. MR. SPEAKER, IN MY TIME SERVING AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I'VE COME TO LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE VERY IMPORTANT, VERY CHALLENGING JOB OF FIRST RESPONDERS. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RUN TOWARDS DANGE AER -- DANGER WITH OUR SAFETY AS THEIR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, NOT THEIRS, BUT OURS. SINCE SEPTEMBER 11 -- SINCE THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAS REDOUBLED ITS EFFORTS TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS TO USE AND TO CARRY OUT THEIR VITAL MISSIONS. YET, THOUGH OUR SUBCOMMITTEE'S OVERSIGHT, WE HAVE SEEN WHERE IN SOME INSTANCES INDUSTRY STANDARDS HAVE FAILED TO KEEP UP -- KEEP THE PACE WITH BREAKTHROUGHS IN TECHNOLOGY. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE FOUND THAT FIRST RESPONDERS CANNOT ALWAYS ACCESS THE MOST UP TO DATE EQUIPMENT BECAUSE THEY CANNOT USE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT FUNDS TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY THAT DOES NOT MEET OR EXCEED VOLUNTARY INDUSTRY STANDARDS. H.R. 687 WOULD REQUIRE FEMA TO DEVELOP A TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR REVIEWING REQUESTS TO USE GRANT DOLLARS -- GRANT FUNDS TO PURCHASE TECHNOLOGY THAT DO NOT MEET OR EXCEED VOLUNTARY INDUSTRY STANDARDS -- AND/OR THAT ARE NOT ON THE AUTHORIZED EQUIPMENT LIST. THE BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE LAST SEPTEMBER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO AGAIN SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PAYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM THE SECURITY INDUSTRY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM THE SECURITY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION TO BE SUBMITTED INTO THE RECORD.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU. I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. SO I'M READY TO CLOSE.

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    MR. PAYNE

    OH, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE ON THE…

    OH, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE. IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR BRAVERY AND SACRIFICES, THEY MAKE EVERY DAY A, IN AND OUT, WE MUST MAKE -- DAY, IN AND OUT, WE MAKE MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE THE ACCESS TO THE MOST UP TO DATE TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP THEM DO THEIR JOBS BETTER AND SAFER. TO THAT END, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 687 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD

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    MR. DONOVAN

    I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 687. I YIELD BACK THE…

    I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 687. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELD. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 687. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 584,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 584, THE CYBER PREPAREDNESS ACT OF 2017.

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    H.R. 584, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ENHANCE…

    H.R. 584, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ENHANCE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE CAPABILITIES FOR CYBERATTACKS AND DISSEMINATION OF HOMELAND SECURITY INFORMATION RELATED TO CYBERTHREATS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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    MR. DONOVAN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 584, THE CYBER PREPAREDNESS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 584, THE CYBER PREPAREDNESS ACT OF 2017. CYBERSECURITY IS A MAJOR NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE AND THE THREAT IS REAL AND IMMEDIATE. DAY IN AND DAY OUT, NATION STATES OR CRIMINAL ACTORS TARGET THE UNITED STATES' CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, PRIVATE SECTOR AND EVERY DAY AMERICANS AND THEY ARE SUCCEEDING. HOWEVER, WITH THE HEIGHTEND AWARENESS ON CYBERSECURITY, IT APPEARS THAT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ADEQUATELY PREPARED TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO CYBERATTACKS. SINCE 2012, FEMA HAS RELEASED AN ANNUAL NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS REPORT, WHICH HIGHLIGHTS STATES' PROGRESS IN MEETING 32 CORE CAPABILITIES AS DEFINED BY THE NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS GOAL. EVERY YEAR, STATES HAVE RANKED THEIR CYBERSECURITY CAPABILITIES AS ONE OF THEIR LOWEST. I FOUND THESE FACTS VERY ALARMING AND WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF CYBER PREPAREDNESS. THAT'S WHY LAST CONGRESS, MY SUBCOMMITTEE, THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS SKI HELD A JOINT HEARING WITH THE CYBERSECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE TO LOOK AT CYBER PREPAREDNESS AND HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN HELP STATES ADDRESS SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE. WE HEARD FROM A HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISER, A FUSION CENTER REPRESENTATIVE, THE CENTER FOR INTERNET SECURITY, A CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND A CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER WHO EXPLAINED THE GREAT PROGRESS THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE IN ENHANCING THEIR SECURITY CAPABILITIES. HOWEVER, THEY CAUTION THAT CHALLENGES STILL REMAIN, ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO INFORMATION SHARING OF CYBERTHREATS AND RISKS. AND WHERE THE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS MAY BE USED FOR CYBERSECURITY ENHANCEMENTS. LAST CONGRESS, I INTRODUCED THIS BILL TO ADDRESS THE FINDINGS FROM THAT HEARING. I INTRODUCED THIS BILL IN THIS CONGRESS TO ENSURE THAT STATES AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR AND PROTECT AGAINST CYBERATTACKS. THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION WILL ENHANCE CYBER RISK INFORMATION SHARING WITH STATE AND MAJOR URBAN AREA FUSION CENTERS, AUTHORIZE REPRESENTATIVES FROM STATE AND URBAN AREA FUSION CENTERS TO BE ASSIGNED TO THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION CENTER AND PERMIT THE END KICK PERSONNEL TO BE DEPLOYED TO THE FUSION CENTERS AND ALLOW INFORMATION SHARING ON CYBER PREPAREDNESS BEST PRACTICES WITH STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS AND CLARIFY THE ELIGIBILITY OF STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDING FOR CYBERSECURITY ENHANCEMENTS AND IT WILL WORK TO COMBAT AND -- THE OVERCLASSIFICATION OF CYBER RISK INFORMATION SO IT CAN BE SHARED MORE BROADLY WITH STAKEHOLDERS, WHO HAVE A NEED TO KNOW. I APPRECIATE THAT CHAIRMAN MCCAUL, CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE AND RANKING MEMBER PAYNE JOIN ME AGAIN AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF H.R. 584. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION PASSED THE HOUSE BY VOTE LAST CONGRESS. I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS WILLING TO TAKE UP THIS MEASURE AGAIN IN THE NEW CONGRESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 584, THE CYBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 584, THE CYBER PREPAREDNESS ACT OF 2017 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE I BECAME RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, SINCE I BECAME RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOUR YEARS AGO, STATES HAVE REPEATEDLY EXPRESSED THE CONCERN ABOUT ABILITY TO CONFRONT THE CYBERTHREAT AND HAVE RATED CYBERSECURITY AMONG THE CORE CAPABILITIES IN WHICH IT HAD THE LEAST CONFIDENCE. LAST CONGRESS, THE SUBCOMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON STATE AND LOCAL EFFORTS TO COUNTER THE CYBERTHREAT WITH STATE EMERGENCY MANAGERS AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS TESTIFIED ABOUT ACTIVITIES THEY WERE UNDERTAKING TO SECURE THEIR NETWORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. FOR EXAMPLE, MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY HAS BEGUN DEVELOPING ITS OWN CYBER INFORMATION SHARING CAPABILITY SIMILAR TO D.H.S.'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION CENTER. SINCE THE SUBCOMMITTEE HELD ITS HEARING LAST YEAR, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN PROVIDING CYBERSECURITY GUIDANCE TO FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS. IN DECEMBER, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUED ITS NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN WHICH DESCRIBES ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AMONG STAKEHOLDERS WITH RESPECT TO PREVENTING, DISRUPTING AND RESPONDING TO A CYBER EVENT. ADDITIONALLY, THE PLAN ALSO PROVIDES GUIDANCE ON INFORMATION SHARING RELATED TO CYBERTHREATS. H.R. 584 WOULD HELP FACILITATE IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL CYBER INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN BY PROMOTING THE SHARING OF CYBERTHREAT INDICATORS AND INFORMATION AS WELL AS CYBERSECURITY'S BEST PRACTICES WITH STATE AND MAJOR AREA URBAN FUSION CENTERS. THE BILL DESIGNATES CYBERSECURITY AS AN ALLOWABLE USE OF STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS IN URBAN SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDS WHICH WOULD HELP OTHER STATES REPLICATE THE CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION SHARING CAPABILITIES DEVELOPED IN NEW JERSEY. THIS IS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION PASSED BY THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MEASURE ONCE AGAIN. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES SO.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PAYNE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. PAYNE

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST FALL, THE THREATS OF CYBERTHREATS WE FACE CAME INTO…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAST FALL, THE THREATS OF CYBERTHREATS WE FACE CAME INTO FOCUS WHEN A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTED TO INTERFERE AND UNDERMINE THE ININTELLIGENT OF OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY HACKING INTO THE CAMPAIGN AND POLITICAL DATA BASES. H.R. 584 INCLUDES LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS THIS THREAT BY DIRECTING D.H.S. TO SHARE CYBERTHREAT INFORMATION REGARDING ELECTION EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY WITH FUSION CENTERS. H.R. 584 SEEMS TO SECURE OUR CRITICAL CYBERNETWORKS BY IMPROVING CYBER INFORMATION SHARING WITH FUSION CENTERS IN THE FULL SPECTRUM OF CYBERTHREATS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 584 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 584. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 584. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 690, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 690, THE GAINS AND GLOBAL NUCLEAR ARCHITECTURE ACT.

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    H.R. 690 A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ENHANCE…

    H.R. 690 A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ENHANCE CERTAIN ZUTES OF THE DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PAYNE, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 690…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 690 SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE RICHMOND. H.R. 690 DIRECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN DOCUMENTATION THAT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON HOW THE OFFICE'S RESEARCH INVESTMENTS ALIGN WITH GAPS IN THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR DETECTION ARCHITECTURE AND THE RESEARCH CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED BY THE DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE. IT FURTHER DIRECTS THE DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE TO DOCUMENT THE RATIONALE FOR SELECTING RESEARCH TOPICS AND DEVELOP A SYSTEM ATTIC APPROACH IN EVALUATEING HOW THE OUT COMES OF THE INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROPER JETS COLLECTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THE RESEARCH CHALLENGES. ISIS HAS DECLARED ITS INTENTION TO DEVELOP WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WHICH INCLUDE NUCLEAR DEVICES AS WELL AS RADIOLOGICAL DISPERSAL DEVICES. THE KEY IS TO MAKE SURE NUCLEAR MATERIAL NEVER FALLS INTO TERRORIST HANDS. ACCORDING TO DATA COMPILED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, THERE WERE NEARLY 1,150 INCIDENTS INVOLVING THEFT, CRIMINAL POSSESSION OR LOSS OF RADIOLOGICAL MATERIAL REPORTED BETWEEN 1993 AND 2014. THE JAMES MARTIN CENTER FOR NONPROLIFERATION STUDIES IN CALIFORNIA IDENTIFIED 325 INSTANCES ALONE BETWEEN 2013 AND 2014. AND 38 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES WHERE NUCLEAR OR RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL WAS STOLEN, LOST OR OUTSIDE OF REGULATORY CONTROL. THE AMOUNT OF NUCLEAR MATERIAL IN PEACEFUL USES IN THE WORLD HAS RISEN BY 70% SINCE 1999. IT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE COMING DECADES AS GLOBAL USE OF NUCLEAR POWER INCREASES. JUST LAST SUMMER, SIX MEN WERE CONVICTED IN GEORGIA FOR TRYING TO SELL URANIUM 238 AND IN JANUARY OF 2016, THREE MEMBERS OF A CRIMINAL GROUP WERE DETAINED WITH TRYING TO SELL CEASE ANYIUM 137 WHICH COULD BE USED TO MAKE A DIRT BOMB. WE MUST MAKE SURE THEY NEVER GET THEIR HANDS ON RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS AND THIS BILL WILL ENHANCE THE OFFICE'S ABILITY TO PROVIDE RADIATION PROTECTION DEVICES SPECIFICALLY AIMED AT PREVENTING TERRORISTS FROM BEING ABLE TO OBTAIN ENOUGH RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL TO CONSTRUCT A DIRTY BOMB. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT THE RESEARCH TOPICS IT CHOOSES TO INVEST IN TO DETECT SMUGGLED NUCLEAR MATERIALS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE GAPS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR ARCHITECTURE, A MULTIAGENCY FRAMEWORK FOR DETECTING, ANALYZING AND REPORTING ON NUCLEAR AND OTHER RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS THAT ARE OUT OF REGULATORY CONTROL. REQUIRING THE OFFICE TO DOCUMENT THEIR RATIONALE FOR CHOOSING RESEARCH TOPICS WILL ENSURE THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT GAPS IN THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR DETECTION ARCHITECTURE ARE ADDRESSED. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. RICHMOND FOR THE WORK THAT HE AND HIS STAFF HAVE DONE ON THIS LEGISLATION. I BELIEVE THIS WILL BETTER UNABLE THIS COUNTRY TO DETECT THE SMUGGLING OF NUCLEAR MATERIALS AND PREVENT ISIS AND OTHER TERRORISTS FROM CARRYING OUT A NUCLEAR RADIOLOGICAL ATTACK ON AMERICAN SOIL. BEFORE I CLOSE, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD AN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN CHAIRMAN SMITH OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY AND CHAIRMAN MCCAUL OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY.

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    I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL. AND I RESERVE THE…

    I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RICHARD

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, FOR HIS HELP AND SUPPORT AND HIS BIPARTISANSHIP. H.R. 690 IS BASED ON A BIPARTISAN BILL I INTRODUCED LAST YEAR, H.R. 5391, WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE IN SEPTEMBER. FOR DECADES SECURITY EXPERTS HAVE WARNED OF THE DANGER THAT RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS COULD BE SMUGGLED WITHIN AND ACROSS OUR BORDERS AND USE AS AN ACT OF NUCLEAR TERRORISM. THE DNDO BRINGS TOGETHER EXPERTISE FROM ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DETECT AND PREVENT THE ILLICIT TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND ASSEMBLY OF RADIOLOGICAL WEAPONS. THESE INTERAGENCY PARTNERS COORDINATE THEIR EFFORTS USING A MULTILAYERED FRAMEWORK. THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR DETECTION ARGUE TEXTURE OR THE GNDA. IT DESCRIBES FEDERAL PROGRAMS, GUIDELINES AND DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND IDENTIFIES RESEARCH CHALLENGES AND SECURITY GAPS. IN 2015, G.A.O. LOOKED AT HOW DNDO MANAGES ITS $350 MILLION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. THE REPORT FOUND THAT DNDO NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF DOMING HOW IT CHOOSES WHICH PROJECTS -- DETERMINING HOW IT CHOOSES WHICH PROJECTS TO DO. H.R. 690 WOULD RESOLVE THESE ISSUES BY REQUIRING DNDO TO DOCUMENT THE RATIONALE IT USES TO PRIORITIZE RESEARCH TOPICS, EXPLAIN HOW SELECTED INVESTMENTS ALIGN WITH GAPS AND RESEARCH CHALLENGES AND DEVELOP A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO EVALUATE THE OUTCOMES FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS. SUCH DOCUMENTATION IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT DNDO IS MAKING THE RIGHT RESEARCH INVESTMENT TO KEEP THIS NATION SECURED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 690 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES SO.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    THANK YOU, AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. MY BILL, H.R. 690, WOULD HELP DNDO USE ITS…

    THANK YOU, AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. MY BILL, H.R. 690, WOULD HELP DNDO USE ITS LIMITED RESOURCES TOWARDS PROJECTS THAT ACTUALLY CLOSE THE VULNERABILITY GAPS. PREVENTING AND DETECTING NUCLEAR SMUGGLING IS A COMPLEX ENDEAVOR. IT REQUIRES SEAMLESS COORDINATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 690 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 690, AND I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 690, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 690. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 655,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 655, THE SECURING THE CITIES ACT OF 2017.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 655, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH…

    H.R. 655, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO ESTABLISH THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETECT AND PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER HIGH CONSEQUENCE EVENTS UTILIZING NUCLEAR OR OTHER RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS THAT POSE A HIGH RISK TO HOMELAND SECURITY IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. RICHMOND, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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

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    MR. DONOVAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 655, THE SECURING THE CITIES ACT OF 2017. REPRESENTING NEW YORK'S 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES STATEN ISLAND AND BROOKLYN, AND AS A FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY, I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR MAJOR CITIES FROM SCATSTROFFIC TERRORIST ATTACKS. IN KEEPING -- CATASTROPHIC TERRORIST ATTACKS. IN KEEPING OUR PLEDGE TO NEVER FORGET 9/11, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE AN ATTACK LIKE THAT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. THIS BILL GIVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO CARRY OUT THIS MISSION. IN 2015, THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY HELD A HEARING AT GROUND ZERO IN LOWER MANHATTAN. AT THAT HEARING, WE HEARD FROM COMMISSIONER BRATON OF THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO DESCRIBED THE CURRENT THREAT ENVIRONMENT FACING NEW YORK CITY. IN HIS TESTIMONY, HE SPECIFICALLY REFERENCED THE RISKS THAT TERRORISTS MAY INTRODUCE ILLICIT NUCLEAR MATERIALS IN THE CITY TO CONDUCT AN ATTACK. SIMILARLY, SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY KELLY RECENTLY STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES MUST PREPARE FOR THE VEALITY OF A CATASTROPHIC -- EVENTUALLYITY OF A CATASTROPHIC ATTACK. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ENHANCE THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO DETECT AND PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER HIGH-CONSEQUENCE EVENTS USING NUCLEAR OR OTHER RADIOLOGICAL MATERIALS IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS. THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM WITHIN THE DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE PROVIDES TRAINING, EQUIPMENT AND OTHER RESOURCES TO STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN HIGH-RISK URBAN AREAS TO PREVENT A TERRORIST GROUP FROM CARRYING OUT AN ATTACK USING RADIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR DEVICE. THIS PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2006 AS A PILOT PROGRAM IN THE NEW YORK CITY REGION WHICH INCLUDED JERSEY CITY AND NEWARK. SINCE 2007, THE NEW YORK CITY REGION HAS PURCHASED NEARLY 14,000 RADIOATION DETECTORS AND TRAINED NEARLY 20,000 PERSONNEL. THE PILOT PROGRAM HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. IT WAS EXPANDED TO THE LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH REGION IN FISCAL YEAR 2012, THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION IN FISCAL YEAR 2014 AND FOR THE CITIES OF HOUSTON AND CHICAGO IN 2016. ONCE THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM IS FULLY IMPLEMENTED, IT WILL PROTECT NEARLY 100 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR ITS HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT TO THIS PROGRAM. GIVEN THE ALARMING TERRORIST THREAT FROM ISIS AND AL QAEDA AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO CARRY OUT AN ATTACK USING A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THIS PROGRAM CANNOT BE MORE VITAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 655 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 655, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 655, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR OVER A DECADE, THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR OVER A DECADE, THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED A GROWING NUMBER OF FIRST RESPONDERS FROM NEW YORK CITY AND NEWARK, NEW JERSEY TO LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH TO WASHINGTON, D.C., HOUSTON AND CHICAGO WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DETECT RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR THREATS. SECURING THE CITIES IS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S DOMESTIC NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE, DNDO, WHICH HOUSES THE DEPARTMENT'S EXPERTS ON PREPARING FOR AND RESPONDING RARE NUKE EVENTS. THE PROGRAM MAKES FUNDING AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATING JURISDICTIONS FOR PLANNING AND ANALYSIS RELATED TO RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR THREATS AS WELL AS EQUIPMENT PURCHASES, TRAINING AND EXERCISES. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, DNDO SUPPORTS GRANTEES BY PROVIDING SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE, TRAINING, COORDINATION AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT. H.R. 655 WOULD FORMERLY AUTHORIZE THE EXISTING SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM AND IMPROVE IT BY DIRECTING THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE TO ASSESS THE PROGRAM AND OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW IT CAN BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS BY A VOTE OF 441-4. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT ONCE AGAIN AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES SO.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    MR. SPEAKER, THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE SECURING THE CITIES PROGRAM PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN PROTECTING COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA FROM THE THREAT POSED BY RADIOLOGICAL AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS. H.R. 655 WILL ENSURE THAT THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM CONTINUES AND BECOMES MORE ROBUST IN FUTURE YEARS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 655 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. DON MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. DON MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 655 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 655. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. DONOVAN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 437,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 437, THE MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ALOUBLET USE ACT. -- ALLOWABILITY USE ACT.

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    AUTHORITY UNDER EXISTING GRANT GUIDANCE AUTHORIZING USE OF URBAN AREA…

    AUTHORITY UNDER EXISTING GRANT GUIDANCE AUTHORIZING USE OF URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE AND STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING FOR ENHANCING MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS, MEDICAL SURGE CAPACITY AND MASS PROPHYLAXIS CAPABILITIES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. DONOVAN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. RICHMOND, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. DONOVAN

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

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

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    MR. DONOVAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY'S SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 437, THE MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ALLOWABILITY USE ACT. H.R. 437 WAS INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS, A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SUBCOMMITTEE. THIS BILL AMENDS THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANT FUNDS MAY BE USED TO ENHANCE MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS AND PURCHASE MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES. H.R. 437 CODIFIES CURRENT GRANT GUIDANCE TO ENSURE THAT RECIPIENTS OF THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE GRANTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO USE THESE FUNDS FOR MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS EQUIPMENT AND ACTIVITIES. MR. SPEAKER, THE THREAT OF A TERRORIST ATTACK USING A CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL AGENT IS REAL. WE MUST ENSURE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE TOOLS AND CAPABILITIES THEY NEED SHOULD SUCH AN EVENT OCCUR. IN MY DISTRICT, THE CITY OF NEW YORK HAS PUT THEIR HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS TO GOOD USE FOR THIS PURCHASE. IN 2014, THEY HELD A FULL-SCALE EXERCISE WHICH SIMULATED AN ANTHRAX ATTACK ON THE CITY. PARTICIPANTS FROM AGENCIES ACROSS THE CITY, INCLUDING THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKED TO SET UP LOCATIONS TO QUICKLY DISTRIBUTE LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES TO CITY RESIDENTS ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS. WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM AND THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE FUNDS CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE DESPITE ANY CHANGES TO YEARLY GRANT GUIDANCE FOR EXERCISES LIKE THE ONE CONDUCTED BY NEW YORK CITY AND OTHER IMPORTANT MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES. THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT. IDENTICAL LANGUAGE TO H.R. 437 PASSED THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS BY A VOTE OF 377-2. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK CONGRESSMAN BILIRAKIS FOR INTRODUCING THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 437 AND YUMEDS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 437 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 437 AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    ANTHRAX ATTACKS WHICH SHOOK WASHINGTON AFTER 9/11, WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR…

    ANTHRAX ATTACKS WHICH SHOOK WASHINGTON AFTER 9/11, WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR MEDICAL RESPONSE COMMUNITIES ARE PREPARED TO RESPOND TO EVENTS THAT MAY STRETCH THEIR CAPABILITIES. IN RECENT YEARS, THE METROPOLITAN MEDICAL RESPONSE PROGRAM HAS BEEN ELIMINATED AND GRANTS SUPPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SUCH AS THE HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM HAVE BEEN CUT. AS A RESULT, MANY MANY HOSPITALS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES AND DIVERT LIMITED FUNDING TO SUPPORT MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS. THE URBAN AREA SECURITY INITIATIVE AND STATE HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT PROGRAM FUNDING CAN BE USED TO BOLSTER MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES BUT THE ABILITY TO USE FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE IS CONTINGENT ON THE GRANT GUIDANCE ISSUED EVERY YEAR. H.R. 437 WOULD MAKE ENHANCING MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS AND MEDICAL SURGE CAPACITY AND CAPACITIES ELIGIBLE FOR GRANT FUNDS UNDER THE LAW. THIS MEASURE PASSED IN THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DONOVAN

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN AND I THANK THE RANKING MEMBER FOR HIS SUPPORT. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF CRITICAL LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY AND FIRST RESPONDERS. THE MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ALLOWABLE USE ACT, H.R. 437. MY BILL WILL HELP SECURE MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ENSURING WE ARE PREPARED FOR ANY TYPE OF EMERGENCY. FOR INSTANCE, LAST YEAR IN FLORIDA WE FACED THE OUTBREAK OF THE ZIKA OUTBREAK. THIS WILL CONDUCT MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES SUCH AS PLANNING, TRAINING AND PURCHASING PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO COMBAT ZIKA OR OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS GOING FORWARD. OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE THERE FOR US ON THE FRONT LINES. I CONSISTENTLY FIND MYSELF IN AWE OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE ON THE PUBLIC'S BEHALF. THEY'RE HEROES. THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND KEEP US SAFE AND THAT'S WHY MY BILL -- THAT'S WHAT IT SEEKS TO ACCOMPLISH. AND THE LEGISLATION AUTHORIZES GRANT FUNDS FOR THE STOCKPILING OF COUNTERMEASURES INCLUDING MEDICAL KITS, PROTECTIVE GEAR, VENTILATEORS AND MORE. THIS SHOULD GIVE US ALL PEACE OF MIND TO KNOW THIS VITAL EQUIPMENT WILL BE THERE IN CASE OF A CRISIS. IMPORTANTLY THE GRANT FUND USED IN H.R. 437 ALREADY EXISTS. THE BILL DOES NOT REQUIRE NEW OR ADDITIONAL FUNDING. ALSO SIGNIFICANT, THIS BILL HAS RECEIVED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVE SUSAN BROOKS AND PETER KING FOR BEING THE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF H.R. 437. I WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE THIS LEGISLATION DURING MY TIME AS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN IN THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE AFTER A SERIES OF HEARINGS WITH FOLKS FROM EMERGENCY -- FROM THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMUNITY. THEY EXPRESSED THE URGENT NEED FOR STOCKPILING THESE MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES AND FOR PROVIDING FIRST RESPONDERS THE ASSURANCE THAT GRANT FUNDING MAY BE USED TO SUPPORT THEM NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. THEY NEED CERTAINTY, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICE COALITION AND THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS ON THIS ISSUE. THE MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS ALLOWABLE USE ACT IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND PROTECT OUR PROTECTORS. I STRONGLY URGE PASSAGE TODAY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. RICHMOND

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 437, DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING MEDICAL…

    I STRONGLY SUPPORT H.R. 437, DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WONDER IF THEY WILL BE ABLE TO USE GRANT FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE FROM YEAR TO YEAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 437. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 437 AND I YIELD BACK THE…

    I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 437 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 437. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 612, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017.

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    H.R. 612, A BRILL TO ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    H.R. 612, A BRILL TO ESTABLISH A GRANT PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PROMOTE COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ON CYBERSECURITY.

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. LANGEVIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT H.R. 612, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT H.R. 612, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017. I WAS DEBATEFUL TO WORK CLOSELY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. LANGEVIN, FROM RHODE ISLAND, ON THIS VITALLY IMPORTANT LEGISLATION THAT WILL BUILD UPON THE EXISTING COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL ON CRITICAL CYBERSECURITY ISSUES. FOLLOWING OUR SUCCESSFUL CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO ISRAEL IN MAY OF LAST YEAR TO DISCUSS HOMELAND SECURITY AND CYBERSECURITY ISSUES, MR. LANGEVIN AND I WORKED CLOSELY TO CHAMPION TWO IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION. LAST YEAR, I INTRODUCED H.R. 5877, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ADVANCED PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 2016, WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW ON DECEMBER 16 WITH MR. LANGEVIN'S HELP AND SUPPORT. THAT LEGISLATION EXPANDED A CURRENT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES BY ADDING CYBERSECURITY TO A PROGRAM THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY FOCUSED ONLY ON BORDER SECURITY, EXPLOSIVES DETECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO HAVE H.R. 612R, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2017 COME BEFORE THE HOUSE. THIS BILL WOULD EXPAND THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT ALREADY IN PLACE BETWEEN OUR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL BY AUTHORIZING THE SECRETARY TO CARRY OUT A GRANT PROGRAM AT D.H.S. TO SUPPORT CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS THE DEMONSTRATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF CYBERSECURITY TECHNOLOGIES. DURING OUR CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION, MR. LANGEVIN AND I WERE ABLE TO MEET WITH TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU TO DISCUSS HOW THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL CAN BETTER COOPERATE IN THESE VITAL AREAS. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH MANY OF ISRAEL'S CYBERSECURITY COMPANIES AND TECHNOLOGY STARTUPS. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, ISRAEL HAS BECOME A LEADER IN CYBERSECURITY AND DEVELOPED A DEEP AND TALENTED CYBER WORK FORCE, SOMETHING WE NEED GREATER FOCUS ON HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. TO THAT END, MUCH OUR DISCUSSION WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES REVOLVED AROUND HOW THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL CAN WORK MORE CLOSELY TOGETHER AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AS WE COMBAT GROWING CYBERSECURITY THREATS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A PRODUCT OF THOSE SUCCESSFUL DISCUSSIONS. MR. SPEAKER, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ARE BOTH UNDER CONSTANT THREAT FROM NATION STATES AND OTHER ACTORS THAT WISH TO DO OUR COUNTRIES HARM, SO IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL WORK HAND-IN-HAND TO BUILD OUR CYBER DEFENSES TO COMBAT THESE CYBERTHREATS TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALSO VITAL THAT HERE IN THE HOUSE, BOTH PARTIES WORK HAND-IN-HAND IN AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY VULNERABILITIES. GIVEN THE CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO DO JUST THAT AS DEMONSTRATED BY HIS PARTNERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. AND I VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH HIM ON MORE CYBERSECURITY ISSUES DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 612, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 612, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION ACT OF 2017. AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME START BY THANKING CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE AND IN PARTICULAR, ON THE ISSUE OF CYBERSECURITY. I HAVE GREATLY ENJOYED OUR PARTNERSHIP ON THIS AND MANY ISSUES AND I APPRECIATE HIS DUE DILIGENCE AND HIS HARD WORK ON MANY NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES. LET ME ALSO START BY EXPRESSING MY DEEP GRATITUDE TO CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON IN ACTING SO QUICKLY IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. BOTH THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER LED A VERY PRODUCTIVE COMMITTEE LAST CONGRESS AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO EXTEND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY HAS EXTENDED TO SWIFT ACTION AS WELL. THAT URGENCY IS PARTICULARLY RELEVANT TO THIS BILL. AS CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE MENTIONS, LAST MAY, HE AND I TRAVELED TO ISRAEL TO MEET WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CYBERSECURITY OFFICIALS. I THINK I CAN SPEAK FOR MY FRIEND WHEN I SAY WE WERE IMPRESSED BY THE ISRAELI'S EFFORTS IN THIS. ISRAEL WAS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO RECOGNIZED THE THREAT. AND THEY HAD THEIR LEADERS IN CYBERSECURITY NOW FOR A DECADE. FOR INSTANCE, THE FIRST FIRE WALL TECHNOLOGY WAS DEVELOPED BY AN ISRAELI FIRM. THESE ARE ACROSS THE SECURITY LANDSCAPE. ISRAEL IS THE SECOND LARGEST EXPORT OF CYBERSECURITY GOODS AND SERVICES BEHIND ONLY THE UNITED STATES. U.S. COMPANIES CERTAINLY HAVE TAKEN NOTICE AND MR. RATCLIFFE AND I MET WITH SOME OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES DURING OUR TRIP. JUST LAST WEEK, REUTERS REPORTED THAT ONE OF THE COMPONENTS OF MICROSOFT $1 BILLION CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY IS ACQUISITION OF THREE ISRAELI CORPORATIONS. COLLABORATION WITH OUR CLOSEST MIDDLE EAST ALLY IN THIS EMERGING THREAT DOMAIN MAKES SENSE FROM A NATIONAL SECURITY PERSPECTIVE, PRESERVING ISRAELI SECURITY IS IMPORTANT TO SECURING SECURITY IN THE REGION. WE HAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AS WELL, WHICH IS WHY I CHAMPIONED GOVERNMENT-TO-GOT REACTION FOR MORE INFORMATION BETWEEN D.H.S. AND ISRAEL THAT WAS CHAMPIONED BY FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY. BEYOND OUR GOVERNMENT'S WORKING TOGETHER, CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE AND I ALSO BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO MORE TO ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION BETWEEN OUR PRIVATE SECTOR ON ISSUES RELEVANT TO HOMELAND SECURITY. THAT'S WHY UPON OUR RETURN, WE WORKED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION TO DEVELOP TWO BILLS TO ENHANCE THESE RELATIONSHIPS. I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER PARTNERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT AND I WAS THRILLED THAT OUR FIRST BILL, THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL ADVANCED RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW LAST MONTH. IT IS OUR SECOND BILL WHICH THE HOUSE PASSED IN NOVEMBER, BUT FAILED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE SENATE BEFORE CONGRESS ADJOURNED LAST YEAR THAT WE ARE DISCUSSING THIS BILL TODAY. SPECIFICALLY, THIS BILL CREATES A CYBERSECURITY GRANT PROGRAM TO JOINT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT VENTURES BETWEEN ISRAELI AND AMERICAN ENTITIES. PROJECTS WOULD BE SELECTED AFTER A MERIT-REVIEW PROCESS AND ADDRESS REQUIREMENTS AND CYBERSECURITY DETERMINED BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY. THE GRANTS WOULD ALSO BE SUBJECT TO A COST-SHARING WITH AT LEAST 50% OF PROJECT FUNDS COMING FROM A NON-FEDERAL SOURCE. IMPORTANTLY, H.R. 612 LEVERAGES EXISTING UNITED STATES-ISRAEL R&D INFRASTRUCTURE, THE BYNATIONAL OR BIRD INFORMATION AND B.S.F. BOTH ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF ENCOURAGING JOINT RESEARCH VENTURES. BIRD HAS FINANCED R&D AND COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECTS THAT HAVE LED TORE $8 BILLION IN COMMERCIAL SALES SINCE ITS FOUNDING WHILE B.S.F. FUNDS COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN THE TOP SCIENTISTS IN OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES AS 45 NOBEL LAUREATES HAVE RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM THE FOUNDATION. CONGRESS PASSED THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT IN 2007 THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF BIRD ENERGY AND CAPITALIZES ON BOTH NETWORKS, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAELI ENTITIES TO HELP CREED THESE JOINT VENTURES. THESE FACTORS ARE CRITICAL IN THE CYBERSECURITY DOMAIN WHERE TECHNIQUES AND TACTICS CHANGE ON A WEEKLY OR MONTHLY BASIS. . HAVING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND THE SECURITY CULTURE WORKING TOGETHER ENGENDERS AN ENVIRONMENT WITH SUCH RE-EXAMINATION IS ENCOURAGED. WHILE BOTH THE U.S. AND ISRAEL HAVE ROBUST CYBERSECURITY COMMUNITIES, FURTHER COLLABORATION WILL SPUR MORE ADVANCEMENT TO COMBAT THE THREATS THAT WE FACE. AND ALTHOUGH SOME OF THESE ADVANCES ARE TECHNOLOGICAL IN NATURE, BASIC CYBERSECURITY RESEARCH, SUCH AS INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SECURE INTERFACE DESIGN AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING IS ALSO SUPPORTED BY THE BILL. ALL TOLD, THE PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED IN H.R. 612 WILL BOTH ADDRESS URGENT HOMELAND SECURITY NEEDS AND BUILD CAPACITY FOR FURTHER TRANSNATIONAL COLLABORATION ON CYBERSECURITY ALL WHILE MATCHING FEDERAL INVESTMENT WITH PRIVATE SECTOR DOLLARS AND FUNDS FROM THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I NORMALLY PREFACE MY REMARKS ON CYBERSECURITY WITH THE SPECULATION OF THE THREAT OUR COUNTRY FACES. I WOULD HOPE GIVEN RECENT EVENTS I DON'T HAVE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF THE DANGERS WE FACE WHICH I SEE AS ONE OF THE KEY NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES OF THE 21ST CENTURY. THOUGH I WOULD HOPE INCIDENTS LIKE THE RECENT ATTACK ON UKRAINIAN POWER GRID DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF A COMPUTER KEYBOARD TO AFFECT OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE, I WOULD HOPE THE BREACH OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS AT YAHOO!, WHICH AFFECTED AROUND 10% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION, DEMONSTRATES HOW PERVASIVE DATA COLLECTION IS AND ITS VULNERABILITIES. AND I WILL CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THE RUSSIAN INFORMATION WARFARE OPERATIONS TARGETING THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR ELECTIONS, DEMONSTRATES THE STAKES WE FACE. IN THE FACE OF THESE THREATS, WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER WITH OUR ALLIES TO PROTECT A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET AND ENSURE THAT THE AMAZING BENEFITS OF TECHNOLOGY ARE NOT OVERSHADOWED BY THE NEW VULNERABILITIES THAT THEY OPEN UP. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 612 IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO DRIVING THE INNOVATION WE NEED IN THE SECURITY SPACE TO MEET THESE TWO GOALS. AS WITH ANY BILLS THAT MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR, THIS BILL OWES MUCH TO THE DEDICATED STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS BEHIND THE SCENES REVIEWING THIS LEGISLATION. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY AND EXCEPTIONAL WORK. I'M GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN MCCAUL AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AND SUBCOMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER RICHMOND FOR THEIR CONTINUED LEADERSHIP ON THIS, ON CYBERSECURITY AND CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE FOR HIS WORK AND THEIR ASSISTANCE IN QUICKLY ACTUALIZING THE LESSONS WE HAVE LEARNED ON OUR TRIP TO ISRAEL. SO FINALLY, I OH, ONCE AGAIN IN CLOSING, TO MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE, WHO IN HIS FIRST TERM IMMEDIATELY HAD A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY WITH WHOM IT'S BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE TO WORK. I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED WORK IN THIS CONGRESS AND BEYOND AND, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 612 DOES THREE THINGS. IT ENCOURAGES INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO ADDRESS TOP PRIORITIES IN HOMELAND SECURITY R&D, IT STRENGTHENS TIES WITH ISRAEL, ONE OF OUR CLOSEST ALLIES, AND IT DOES SO IN A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT MATCHES FEDERAL INVESTMENT. SO WITH THAT I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 612, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS, AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM RHODE ISLAND DOES.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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    MR. LANGEVIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU INDULGE ME FOR A MOMENT, I'D…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU INDULGE ME FOR A MOMENT, I'D LIKE TO READ SOMETHING THE SAUDI ARABIAN COMPUTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PUT OUT LAST WEEK. QUOTE, FOLLOWING A RECENT CYBERATTACK WHICH TARGETED SEVERAL NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, THIS IS AN URGENT CALL FOR YOUR CYBERSECURITY TEAM TO BE ON THE ALERT. ATTACKS WHICH COULD POSSIBLY CRIPPLE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS. THOSE OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE NOT AWARE, THE SHAMOON ATTACK OF 2012 TOOK OUT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF COMPUTERS AT THE SAUDI STATE OIL COMPANY SAUDI ARAMCO. IT HAS BEEN TARGETING SAUDI GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY SINCE NOVEMBER. I BRING THIS UP, MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE OPEN SOURCE INTELLIGENCE REPORTS POINTS TO IRAN AS BEING RESPONSIBLE TO THE ORIGINAL SHAMOON ATTACK. I BELIEVE IT'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT IRANIAN ALIGNED ACTORS ARE BEHIND THE RECENT INCIDENT AS WELL. OUR PARTNERS REMAIN UNDER THIS THREAT EVERY DAY AND SO DO WE. SEVEN IRANIAN ATTACKERS WERE ARRAIGNED FOR PROBING THE NETWORK OF A NEW YORK DAM. THE SAME THREATS THAT LEAVE ME UNABLE TO SLEEP, KEEP MY FRIEND, DR. MATANA, HEAD OF THE ISRAELI CYBERSECURITY BUREAU UP AT NIGHT AS WELL. CLOSING OUR VULNERABILITY IS HARD, MR. SPEAKER, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE IF WE BRING OUR TWO COUNTRIES PERSPECTIVE TO BEAR ON THE PROBLEM. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE SHARE THESE SENTIMENTS AND I HOPE THEY WILL QUICKLY TAKE THIS BILL UP AND START FOSTERING FURTHER COLLABORATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. SO WITH THAT LET ME AGAIN THANK CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS OUTSTANDING WORK ON THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK HIM AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON CYBERSECURITY ISSUES FOR MANY YEARS IN THIS HOUSE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM FOR MANY YEARS, HOPEFULLY, TO COME AND I THANK HIM FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP AND COLLABORATION IN HELPING TO MAKE AMERICA SAFER. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I, AGAIN, URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 612, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 612. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THE QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER, ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 70 AND ADOPTION OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, IF ORDERED. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 70 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF…

    NUMBER 6, HOUSE RESOLUTION 70, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 38, DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR KNOWN AS THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 183. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 186. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 05:26:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RISE?

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    TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE CLERK

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 74, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR…

    REPORT TO ACCOMPANY HOUSE RESOLUTION 74, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 36, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5 UNITED STATES CODE OF THE FINAL RULE OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT RELATING TO WASTE PREVENTION, SUBJECT TO ROYALTIES AND RESEARCH CONSERVATION AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 37, DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AND THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION RELATING TO THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION.

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    TEMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS KINDLY TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:30:26 PM

    MS. FOXX

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. FOXX

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. EVERY CAMPAIGN SEASON, LIKE CLOCKWORK, FAMILIES…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. EVERY CAMPAIGN SEASON, LIKE CLOCKWORK, FAMILIES ARE BOMBARDED WITH AN ENDLESS STREAM OF POLITICAL ROBO CALLS. THERE'S LITTLE VOTERS CAN DO TO STOP THE ANNOYANCE WHICH ALL TOO OFTEN COMES RIGHT IN THED MY OF FAMILY DINNERS AND BEDTIMES BECAUSE POLITICIANS MADE SURE TO EXEMPT THEMSELVES FROM THE POW ORE THEY HAVE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY. THAT'S WHY I'VE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION H.R. 740 TO STOP THE INTRUSION OF POLITICAL ROW BO CALLS THIS HOMES ACROSS -- ROBO CALLS IN HOMES ACROSS AMERICANS. THE ROBO CALLS OFF PHONES ACT OR ROBOCOP ACT REQUIRES A REVISION OF LEGISLATION REGARDING THE DO NOT CALL LEGISLATION AND PROHIBIT PRERECORDED CAMPAIGN MESSAGES FROM BEING SENT TO THOSE ON THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY. IT GIVES AMERICANS THE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF BOTHERSOME INTERRUPTIONS. REMOVING THESE POLITICAL ROBOCALLS IS A MATTER OF FAIR NS AND WILL HELP BRING PEACE AND QUIET TO HOMES THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN SEASON. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN AND NOW CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL JAVIER BECERRA. ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA HOLDS NEARLY THREE DECADES OF ELECTED PUBLIC SERVICE AS A STATE LEGISLATOR A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, AND NOW AS CALIFORNIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL. I AM PROUD TO CALL JAVIER BECERRA MY FRIEND. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK ALONGSIDE HIM AS HE CLAGESLY FOUGHT FOR ALL AMERICAN, FOR WOMEN, LGBTQ COMMUNITIES, MINORITIES AND COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. HE'S THE FIRST LATINO TO SERVE IN ON ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL COMMITTEES OF OUR HOUSE AND THE FIRST LATINO CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS.

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    MR. CARDENAS

    OUR -- THROUGH HIS WORK OUR PRIORITIES HAVE BECOME REFINED. ATTORNEY…

    OUR -- THROUGH HIS WORK OUR PRIORITIES HAVE BECOME REFINED. ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIRELESS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY, YOU HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL LEADERS OF OUR TIME. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    HE WAS ELECTED IN CONGRESS IN 1992. HE MOST RECENTLY SERVED AS THE FIRST…

    HE WAS ELECTED IN CONGRESS IN 1992. HE MOST RECENTLY SERVED AS THE FIRST HISPANIC MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS. HE WAS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS. HE WORKED WITH HIS COLLEAGUES TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES TO IMPROVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE HE FOUGHT FOR A TAX CODE THAT WAS FAIR TO HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND SMALL BUSINESSES HE STOOD FOR IMMIGRANTS OF ALL COMMUNITIES IN HIS SUPPORT OF THE DREAM ACT AND COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM HE CONTINUES THIS IMPORTANT WORK NOW AS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CALIFORNIA WHERE HE IS ALREADY USING HIS POSITION, KNOWLEDGE, AND EXPERIENCE TO UPHOLD OUR VALUES BY REJECTING POLICIES THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HOPES TO EXACT ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. REPRESENTATIVE BECERRA, THANK YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR YOUR SERVICE, YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR COLLEAGUES, YOUR COUNTRY, AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE? FROM CALIFORNIA. TEXAS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    OF NORTHBOUND APPREHENSION COMING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IN MODERN…

    OF NORTHBOUND APPREHENSION COMING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER IN MODERN HISTORY. WE HAVE MORE MEXICAN NATIONALS GOING SOUTH TO MEXICO TODAY THAN COMING NORTH TO THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE LESS THAN ZERO MIGRATION FROM MEXICO. IN EL PASO, TEXAS THE BORDER COMMUNITY, IS THE SAFEST CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. MR. O'ROURKE: ON TOP OF THAT, THERE'S BEEN NOT A TERRORIST A TERRORIST

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    MR. O'ROURKE

    MR. O'ROURKE: ON TOP OF THAT, THERE'S BEEN NOT A TERRORIST A TERRORIST…

    MR. O'ROURKE: ON TOP OF THAT, THERE'S BEEN NOT A TERRORIST A TERRORIST PLOT, OR A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THAT'S CONNECTED TO OUR BORDER WITH MEXICO. BUT JUST IN CASE, WE'RE BEING VIGILANT, SPENDING $19 BILLION A YEAR TO SECURE THAT BORDER, 20,000 BRAVE MEMBERS OF THE BORDER PATROL WHO PATROL EVERY INCH OF THAT 2,000-MILE BORDER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE D NOT NEED A WALL ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. IT'S A WASTE OF TIME, IT'S A WASTE OF RESOURCES, AND IT TAKES OUR EYE OFF THE REAL THREATS TO THIS COUNTRY. MADAM SPEAKER, I ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME IN OPPOSING A WALL FROM THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY FRIEND AND FORMER COLLEAGUE JAVIER…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK MY FRIEND AND FORMER COLLEAGUE JAVIER BECERRA FOR HIS LONG AND EFFECTIVE RECORD OF SERVICE ON BEHALF OF CALIFORNIA IN CONGRESS. ATTORNEY GENERAL JAVIER BECERRA HAS BEEN A TRUE MENTOR AND A FRIEND TO ME, ESPECIALLY DURING HIS TRANSITION SERVING -- DURING THE TRANSITION SERVING AS A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS. HIS SUPPORT AND SERVICE AFFIRMED THAT THE CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS AND THE IMMIGRANTS THEMSELVES HAVE A CRUCIAL ROLE TO PLAY IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

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  • 05:37:00 PM

    MR. CARBAJAL

    PROGRESS IN AMERICA. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:37:46 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    HAMS, I RISE TO FOCUS ON --

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    MS. KAPTUR

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ACTION TO…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ACTION TO DENY ENTRANCE TO THE UNITED STATES OF CERTAIN REFUGEES AND TRAVELERS WHO WERE CLEARED AND PROPERLY VETTED. THE ARBITRARY AND DISCRIMINATORY NATURE OF HIS ORDER IS ODD IN THAT HE ONLY IDENTIFIED SEVEN COUNTRIES TO BE INCLUDED AN ONE MUST ASK, WHY WERE OTHER NATIONS EXCLUDED? YES, EXCLUDED FROM THE EXECUTIVE ORDER ARE SEVERAL MIDDLE EASTERN, AFRICAN AND OTHER NATIONS WHERE THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION HAS BUSINESS INTERESTS. INCLUDING TURKEY, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, AZERBAIJAN, AND SAUDI ARABIA WHERE THE MAJORITY OF 9/11 TERRORISTS ORIGINATED FROM. WE KNOW MR. TRUMP HAS FAILED TO DIVEST FROM HIS COMPANY AS ETHICS EXPERTS HAVE DULY NOTED. EVERY MORNE -- AMERICAN SHOULD WONDER IF HE DESIGNED THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER WITH HIS OWN BUSINESS INTERESTS AT LEAST PARTLY IN MIND. THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF DIVESTITURE, TO ELIMINATE ANY POSSIBLE QUESTION OF DOUBT OR POSSIBLE MAL INTENT. WITHOUT DIVETHSING FROM MANAGEMENT AND OWNERSHIP, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CIRCUMSTANCES THREATENS THE BASIC TENET OF THE RULE OF LAW THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL ITS ACTORS WILL DISCHARGE DUTIES IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT THEIR SELF-INTEREST OR THEIR INTERESTS OF THEIR CRONIES OR THE INTEREST OF THEIR BRAND. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTES? UNDER THE…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER ONE-MINUTES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MIGHT SAY, IT IS GREAT SEEING YOU IN THE CHAIR,…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MIGHT SAY, IT IS GREAT SEEING YOU IN THE CHAIR, MADAM SPEAKER. YOU'RE A NATURAL FIT. MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AT SOME POINT. IT'S GREAT. IT IS AN HONOR TO SPEAK IN 24 -- SPEAK IN THIS HALLOWED HALL AND THERE HAS BEEN MUCH ADO MADE ABOUT CONTRIVED MISREPRESENTATIONS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING SEVEN COUNTRIES THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DESIGNATED AS BEING PROBLEMS WHEN IT COMES TO REFUGEES COMING FROM THOSE COUNTRIES. AND IT'S BEEN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE AND I THINK SOME OF US WERE TALKING, IT REALLY EXEMPLIFIES WHY NETWORKS LIKE CNN THAT WAS THE ONE, THE ONLY 24-HOUR CABLE NEWS NETWORK, HAVE LOST SO MUCH TO OTHER NETWORKS. MSNBC, CNBC, AND EVEN FOX NEWS GOT CAUGHT UP IN SOME OF THE MISREPRESENTATIONS AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THEY WERE SPENDING THE KIND OF TIME TALKING ABOUT A CONTRIVED ISSUE. NOW, THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN SOME INNOCENT PEOPLE BEING DELAYED AND IMPROPERLY HANDLED. PEOPLE THAT DIDN'T DESERVE THAT. I'M FAMILIAR WITH HOW THAT FEELS BECAUSE I DEAL, LIKE MOST OF US DO IN THIS BODY, I DEAL WITH T.S.A. ON VIRTUALLY A WEEKLY OR EVEN SOMETIMES MORE OFTEN BASIS. BUT THERE'S A GREAT ARTICLE HERE BY JOHN HAYWARD FROM JANUARY 29, AND MR. HEYWARD SAYS THE SOBER AND LOGICAL REASONS FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON REFUGEES AND VISITORS ARE RISING ABOVE THE NOISE AFTER AN EVENING OF HIS TERICAL OVERREACTIONS AND EMOTIONAL METDOWNS ON THE NATION'S TV NETWORKS. ADVOCATES OF SANE, SECURE IMMIGRATION POLICY HAVE LONG NOTED IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A REASONABLE DISCUSSION OF THE REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES BECAUSE IT'S BEEN SENTIMENTALIZED, POLITICIZED, EVEN BEYOND THE REALM OF RATIONAL THOUGHT. THIS WEEKEND BRINGS THEM ANOTHER SUPERB EXAMPLE OF MEDIA MAGNIFIED SLEEKING ABOUT FASCISM -- SHRIEKING ABOUT FASCISM, BLEEDING ABOUT -- BLEETING ABOUT WHITE NATIONALISTS, HOWLING ABOUT PERSECUTION, FALSE INVOCATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION, AND THEATRICAL SOBBING ON BEHALF OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. WE DO HAVE THAT WATER COMING OFF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BEING ANALYZED SO THAT WE CAN DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT IT'S TEARS OR SOMETHING ELSE. BUT NONETHELESS, READERS WHO WANT TO WALLOW IN THE MOTION FOR THEM EXAMPLES CAN BE FOUND IN THIS HANDY DOSSIER OF HYSTERIA COMPILED BY "THE WASHINGTON POST." BUT CLEAR-EYED ADULTS PREFER TO EXAMINE PLAIN FACTS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER. NUMBER ONE. IT WAS NOT A MUSLIM BAN. I HAVE THE EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE AND UNLIKE THOSE IN THE SENATE AND THOSE IN THE MEDIA WHO WERE JUST EXCORIATING THE PRESIDENT AND ANYONE INVOLVED IN THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER, I ACTUALLY READ IT, UNLIKE THOSE PEOPLE. I READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. AND BECAUSE I READ THE EXECUTIVE ORDER, I UNDERSTOOD THERE WAS NO BAN AGAINST MUSLIMS, NO BAN AGAINST ISLAM, IT WAS VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD. AND HAYWARD'S ARTICLE POINTS THAT OUT HE SAID, YOU'LL SEARCH THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN VAIN FOR MENTIONS OF ISLAM OR ANY OTHER RELIGION. BY SUNDAY MORNING, THE MEDIA BEGAN SUFFERING ACUTE ATTACKS OF HONESTY AND WRITING HEADLINES SUCH AS, QUOTE, TRUMP'S LATEST EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING PEOPLE FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES AND MORE, UNQUOTE. AND THAT WAS FROM CNN. AND MADAM SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED THAT CNN FINALLY GOT AROUND TO HAVING A MORE TRUTHFUL HEADLINE. GRANTED, CNN STILL SLIPS THE PHRASE MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRIES IN THE ARTICLE INCLUDING "THE POST" WHICH THEY REPRINTED ITS TEXT IN FULL, BUT CNN USED THE WORD "MUSLIM," NOT "TRUMP." THE ORDER APPLIES TO ALL CITIZENS OF IRAQ, IRAN, SYRIA, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN AND YEMEN. IT DOES NOT SPECIFY MUSLIMS. THE INDEFINITE HOLD ON SYRIAN REFUGEES WILL AFFECT CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ALIKE, NOT TO MENTION PEOPLE OF EVERY OTHER RELIGION AND PEOPLE OF NO RELIGION. AS TIM CARNEY OF "THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER" POINTS OUT, THE LARGEST MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ARE NOT NAMED IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. MORE COUNTRIES MAY BE ADDED TO THE MORATORIUM IN THE DAYS TO COME, AS THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO COMPLETE A 30-DAY REVIEW OF NATIONES THAT DON'T PROVIDE ADEQUATE INFORMATION FOR VETTING APPLICANTS. IT'S ALSO NOTEWORTHY THAT THE BAN IS NOT ABSOLUTE. EXCEPTIONS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRAVELING ON DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS, NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION VISAS, C-2 VISAS FOR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED NATIONS, AND G-1, G-2, G-3 AND G-4 VISAS ARE EXPRESSLY MADE IN ORDER. THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE AND HOMELAND SECURITY COULD ALSO GRANT EXCEPTIONS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. THAT'S ALL IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER. AND, QUOTE, WHEN IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST ISSUE VISAS OR OTHER IMMIGRATION BENEFITS TO NATIONALS OF COUNTRIES FOR WHICH VISAS AND BENEFITS ARE NOT OTHERWISE BLOCKED, UNQUOTE. THERE'S A PROVISION IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT SAYS APPLICATIONS BASED ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION WILL BE PRIORITIZED, QUOTE, PROVIDED THAT THE RELIGION OF THE INDIVIDUAL IS A MINORITY RELIGION IN THE INDIVIDUAL'S COUNTRY OF NATIONALITY, UNQUOTE. AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE HERE, I THINK, FROM THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IT SAYS, APPLICATIONS BASED ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. THAT MEANS THAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE APPLIED FOR VISAS OR IMMIGRATION BENEFITS TO COME IN THE UNITED STATES WHO THEMSELVES RAISE THEIR RELIGION AS A REASON TO LET THEM IN THE UNITED STATES, THOSE NEED TO BE PRIORITIZED BASED ON WHETHER OR NOT THEIR RELIGION IS ACTUALLY BEING PERSECUTED. THOSE HOLDING THOSE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARE ACTUALLY BEING PERSECUTED, AND I THINK THAT'S A RATHER INTELLIGENT WAY TO APPROACH THINGS. BUT IN THOSE CASES, IT WOULD BE THE APPLICANT THAT WOULD RAISE THE ISSUE OF RELIGION, NOT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, NOT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, NOT HOMELAND SECURITY. IT WOULD BE THE FOREIGN APPLICANT TRYING TO COME IN THE UNITED STATES WHO WOULD BE THE ONE TO RAISE THAT ISSUE. THE ARTICLE GOES ON, THIS HAS BEEN DENOUNCED AS A, QUOTE, STEALTH MUSLIM BAN, UNQUOTE, BY SOME OF THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO WERE CONSPICUOUSLY SILENT WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUSHED CHRISTIANS THROUGH THE MOST SAVAGEDLY PERSECUTED MINORITY IN THE UNITED STATES WITH ONLY THE YAZIDIS TO THE BACK OF THE MIGRATION LINE. SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT FOR YEARS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN PART OF THE DISCRIMINATION AND PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN THE WORLD AGAINST WHOM THERE HAS BEEN A GENOCIDE IN PROGRESS. SO WHEN THE HEAD OF THE U.N. WAS IN CHARGE OF THE REFUGEE PROGRAM, WAS ASKED, WHY IS THERE NOT A SIMILAR PERCENTAGE OF CHRISTIANS COMING IN AS REFUGEES TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO THE PERCENTAGE THAT CHRISTIANS MAKE UP IN THAT NATION THEY COME FROM, AND BASICALLY THE MAN WHO IS NOW HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS SAID, WELL, IT'S IMPORTANT TO LEAVE THEM WHERE THEY HAVE THIS HISTORICAL PRESENCE, BASICALLY. SO IN OTHER WORDS, YES, THERE'S A GENOCIDE GOING ON. THEY WANT TO KILL OFF EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THOSE AREAS, EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND SO THE U.N. -- NOW SECRETARY GENERAL, SAYS, LET'S LEAVE THEM IN THE AREA WHERE THEY'RE BEING WIPED OFF THE MAP , BRUTALLY KILLED, LET'S LEAVE THEM THERE UNTIL WE CAN SAY THIS PLACE WHERE THEY WERE HISTORICALLY HAS NOW SHOWN THERE ARE NONE THERE, THEY'VE ALL BEEN BRUTALLY MURDERED, AS THE U.N. WATCHED AND DIDN'T HELP. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS HOW UNCIVILIZED THIS UNITED NATIONS HAS BECOME, AND I FILED THE BILL AND I STILL THINK WE SHOULD BRING IT TO THE FLOOR THAT WOULD REQUIRE A COMPLETE DEFUNDING BY THE UNITED STATES OF THE UNITED NATIONS UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY WITHDRAW THE RESOLUTION OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL THAT CONDEMNED ISRAEL. I MEAN, IT'S LIKE A TEACHER OF MINE IN THE FIFTH GRADE AFTER I GOT BEAT UP BY A BULLY WHO HAD BEEN HELD BACK TWO GRADES, WAS ABOUT 18 INCHES TALLER, SHE POINTED TO THE CLASS AND SAID, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LITTLE BOYS TRY TO PLAY WITH BIG BOYS. WELL, THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN DOING. IT'S BASICALLY WHAT THE U.N. HAD BEEN DOING. THEY TOOK THE SIDE OF THE MEAN BULLIES THAT HAD BEEN DEVASTATING THE CHRISTIANS IN THE AREA, AND HAVING TALKED TO SO MANY CHRISTIANS WHO WERE LIVING IN SYRIA AND WHO THE MAINSTREAM PRESS SAID, OH, THEY'RE BIG ASSAD FANS. NO, THEY'RE NOT BIG ASSAD FANS. THEY KNEW HE COULD BE QUITE BRUTAL, BUT THEIR ONLY POINT THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA AND THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD WAS MISSING THAT ASSAD PREVENTED CHRISTIANS FROM BEING THE VICTIMS OF A GENOCIDE. AND AS ASSAD WAS WEAKENED, THE ASSAULTS AND THE MURDERS AND THE RAPES OF CHRISTIANS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY. AND I DO THINK THAT THE UNITED STATES MAY STILL BE HELD TO ACCOUNT IN THE LEDGER OF WORLD HISTORY, WHAT I WOULD SUBMIT IS GOD'S LEDGER, FOR HAVING THE POWER AND THE MORAL RIGHT TO STOP A GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND WE PARTICIPATED IN LEAVING THEM WHERE THEY WERE, AS DID THE U.N., SO THEY COULD BE BRUTALLY MURDERED. GOING BACK TO MR. HAYWARD'S ARTICLE. NUMBER TWO, THE ORDER, TALKING ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF DONALD TRUMP, THE ORDER IS BASED ON SECURITY REVIEWS CONDUCTED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S DEPUTIES. AND MADAM SPEAKER, FOR THOSE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REPEAT THAT LINE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT DIDN'T BAN MUSLIMS BUT THAT ORDERED A TEMPORARY PAUSE ON PEOPLE FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES FROM WHOM WE HAD NO INFORMATION OR INADEQUATE INFORMATION TO VET THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING IN, IT WAS BASED ON SECURITY REVIEWS CONDUCTED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S DEPUTIES. AS WHITE HOUSE COUNSELOR KELLYANNE CONAWAY POINTED OUT, THE SEVEN COUNTRIES NAMED IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ARE DRAWN FROM THE TERRORIST PREVENTION ACT OF 2015. THE 2015, QUOTE, VISA WAIVER PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT AND TERRORIST TRAVEL PREVENTION ACT OF 2015 NAMED IRAQ, IRAN, SUDAN, SYRIA. WHILE ITS 2016 UPDATE ADDED LIB ARE A, SOMALIA AND -- LIBYA, SOMALIA AND YEMEN. QUOTE, THESE ARE COUNTRIES THAT HAVE A HISTORY OF TRAINING, HARBORING, EXPORTING TERRORISTS. WE CAN'T KEEP PRETENDING AND LOOKING THE OTHER WAY, SAID CONWAY. MORATORIUM IS LARGELY TEMPORARY. CITIZENS OF THE SEVEN COUNTRIES -- AND BY THE WAY, IN THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED, THERE'S NO MENTION OF THE COUNTRIES. IT REFERS TO WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED, DECLARING FIRST THE FOUR COUNTRIES AND THEN THE THREE COUNTRIES. THIS REFERS TO THAT WHICH PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED. HE DOESN'T SINGLE OUT OR NAME THE COUNTRIES, AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK, AS INTELLIGENT AS SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE THAT ARE ASSISTING PRESIDENT TRUMP, THAT THEY SHOWED A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF NAIVITY BECAUSE IT APPEARS THAT THEY THOUGHT IF IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER PRESIDENT TRUMP REFERS TO DOCUMENTS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED DESIGNATING THESE COUNTRIES AS COUNTRIES WHERE WE DIDN'T HAVE ADEQUATE INFORMATION, THEN EVEN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND LOOK ABOVE HIS SIGNATURE AND SEE THAT THESE ARE PLACES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID WERE THREATS. AND THEN THEY WOULD, HAVING SOME SEMBLANCE OF A CONSCIENCE, HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT ACTUALLY TRUMP IS JUST PUTTING IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WHAT BASICALLY OBAMA SIGNED OFF ON BUT DIDN'T GO AHEAD AND CARRY OUT WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE BASED ON THAT LAW. BUT, AS I SAY, THESE FOLKS WERE RATHER NAIVE AND AS THE SAYING GOES IN WASHINGTON, NO MATTER HOW CYNICAL YOU GET, IT'S NEVER ENOUGH TO CATCH UP IN THIS TOWN. AND SO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE TRUMP ADVISORS HAVE A LOT OF GROWING TO DO TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW UNFAIR THE MEDIA CAN BE. IT'S A VALID PRESUMPTION THAT IF YOU DON'T NAME THE COUNTRIES, YOU MAKE THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THAT THEY'LL UNDERSTAND, OH, THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA PROCLAIMED THAT HE'S BASING THIS ON SO WE CAN'T BE SO MEAN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. WELL, IT DIDN'T TURN OUT THAT WAY, AND THEY'RE LEARNING THAT JUST BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE GREAT SENSE, BE COMMON SENSE IN MOST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY, AREAS THAT ARE NOT THE FRINGE, THAT VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON, BUT MOST OF THE COUNTRY WOULD SAY IT'S COMMON SENSE. IT ISN'T COMMON WITHIN THE ORIGINAL 10-BY-10 MILE BOUNDARIES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHICH ARE NO LONGER 10-BY-10 AFTER CEDING THE LAND WEST OF THE POTOMAC TO VIRGINIA BACK IN THE 1840'S. BUT NUMBER FOUR -- THIS IS THE HEYWARD ARTICLE -- OBAMA BANNED IMMIGRATION FROM IRAQ AND CARTER BANNED IMMIGRATION FROM IRAN. FACT CHECKING WEBSITE POLITIFACT, TWISTS ITSELF INTO KNOTS TO AVOID GIVING A TRUE RATING TO THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE FACT THAT JIMMY CARTER BANNED IRANIAN IMMIGRATION IN 1980 UNLESS APPLICANTS COULD PROVE THEY WERE ENEMIES OF THE COULD HE MAINY THEE OCKRASS -- KHOMEINI THEOCRACY. THEY STATED THAT CARTER, QUOTE, ACTED AGAINST IRANI NATIONALS, NOT AGAINST AN ENTIRE RELIGION. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER IS PRECISELY THE SAME. IT DOESN'T NAME A RELIGION. IT NAMES SEVEN COUNTRIES. I HAVE HAD PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH POLITIFACT AND I USED THE WORD EARLIER TODAY HACK, POLITICAL HACK IN AN INTERVIEW, AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK OF POLITIFACT. THEY SHOULDN'T BE CALLED POLITIFACT. THEY SHOULD BE CALLED POLITIHACK. I WAS SPEAKING ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, I THINK IT WAS LAST YEAR, AND I MADE A STATEMENT BASED ON DATA RECEIVED BY THE SENATE ON THE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND THE PERCENTAGE OF NONCITIZENS, NON -AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT WERE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. . AND THE REASON I SINGLED OUT POSSESSION IS BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TALKED ABOUT, HE'S TRIED TO MAKE IT APPEAR THAT PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON HAVE GOTTEN SUCH A BAD RAP BECAUSE THEY REALLY -- THEY JUST -- SIMPLE POSSESSION, YOU KNOW, THEY DIDN'T DESERVE TO BE IMPRISONED SO LONG. I MEAN, THERE'S THIS WHOLE INTIMATION THAT, GEE, PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN LET OUT A LONG TIME AGO, THAT'S WHY WE NEEDED TO HAVE OUR LAWS CHANGED. WELL, SINCE THE PRESIDENT HAD MENTIONED PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION, I SINGULARLY POINTED OUT THAT THE HUGE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SIMPLE POSSESSION WERE NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS. AND GOING FROM MY MEMORY, BUT APPARENTLY POLITIFACT WANT TO DO, AS THEY NORMALLY DO, AND COVER FOR THE DEMOCRATS, AND TRY TO DO A HALF JOB ON A -- HACK JOB ON A REPUBLICAN BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT POLITICAL FACT, THEY'RE POLITICAL HACK. SO MY COMMUNICATIONS PRESIDENT GETS AN EMAIL FROM POLITIHACK THAT USES THE NAME POLITIFACT, AND WANTED TO KNOW THE SOURCE OF MY INFORMATION. BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO RATE MY STATEMENT. AND SHE PROVIDED THE FACTS. AS PROVIDED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION TO THE SENATE. AND CLEARLY WHAT I HAD SAID WAS EXACTLY TRUE. I HAD QUOTED SPECIFICALLY FROM THE DATA FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND IT WAS 100% ACCURATE. SO THEN THEY COME BACK, THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD CATCH ME IN NOT HAVING PROPER INFORMATION, THEY COME BACK TO MY COMMUNICATIONS PERSON AND SAY, WELL, WE'VE GOTEN INFORMATION FROM THE BUREAU -- GOTTEN INFORMATION FROM THE BUREAU OF PRISONS THAT SHOWED IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OFFENSES THAT INVOLVE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES, THE PERCENTAGE OF NONCITIZENS IS NOT NEARLY THAT HIGH. SO WHY WOULD HE USE JUST POSSESSION? AND THE POINT WAS, BECAUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAD USED SIMPLE POSSESSION TO TRY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON WERE NOT THERE FOR VERY SERIOUS CRIMES. AND THERE WAS CERTAINLY A SMALLER NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION THAN FOR DEALING DRUGS, OTHER CHARGES. SO, IN THE END, AFTER ALL THE BACK AND FORTH, THEY BASICALLY PERPETUATED A FRAUD UPON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. POLITIFACT. BUNCH OF POLITIHACKS. BY NOT BEING WILLING TO SAY THAT MY STATEMENT WAS 100% TRUE, BECAUSE THEY, IN SOME CONTORTED MANNER, DIDN'T WANT TO POINT OUT THAT MY STATEMENT WAS EXACTLY TRUE. THEY REFERRED BASICALLY TO -- OH, THAT THE NUMBER WASN'T NEAR THAT HIGH OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. AND I DIDN'T MENTION EVERYBODY IN CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. ANYWAY, THAT'S JUST A PARENTHETICAL IN THE ARTICLE FOR ME, BECAUSE I KNOW PERSONALLY POLITIFACT D A POLITICAL JOKE -- POLITIFACT IS A POLITICAL JOKE. IF WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS NOT SO SERIOUS AND HARMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY MISREPRESENTING THE TRUE FACTS OF WHAT'S GOING ON. I HOPE THAT AT SOME POINT, BEING -- STILL REMAINING AN ENTREPRENEURIAL COUNTRY FOR A LITTLE LONGER, AT LEAST WE'VE GOT NEARLY FOUR YEARS TO GO, THAT WE CAN BE ASSURED OF AS AN ENTREPRENEURIAL COUNTRY, AT LEAST IN THAT TIME PERHAPS WE'LL HAVE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL GROUP THAT WILL RISE UP AND START SCORING POLITIFACT TO SHOW JUST HOW UNFAIR THEY ARE. AND ON OCCASION, WHEN THEY'RE ACTUALLY FAIR, SHOW THAT AS WELL. SO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC CAN ACTUALLY SCORE THE ILLEGITIMATE SCORERS. BUT GOING BACK TO THIS ARTICLE, IT SAYS, AS FOR BARACK OBAMA, HE DID INDEED BAN IMMIGRATION FROM IRAQ FOR MUCH LONGER THAN TRUMP'S ORDER BANS IT FROM THE SEVEN LISTED NATIONS. AND NONE OF THE PEOPLE MELTING DOWN TODAY UTTERED A PEEP OF PROTEST. RICHARD GRANELL SUMMED UP IT -- SUMMED IT UP PERFECTLY IN A TWEET. QUOTE, OBAMA TOOK SIX MONTHS TO REVIEW SCREENING FOR ONE COUNTRY. TRUMP WILL TAKE THREE MONTHS FOR SEVEN COUNTRIES. THIS ARTICLE GOES ON, NUMBER FIVE, TRUMP'S REFUGEE CAPS ARE COMPARABLE TO OBAMA'S PRE-2016 PRACTICES. DAVID FRENCH, WHO WAS TOUTED AS A SPOILER CANDIDATE TO KEEP DONALD TRUMP OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, IN OTHER WORDS, NOT A BIG TRUMP FAN, WROTE A LENGTHY AND CLEAR-HEADED ANALYSIS OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR NATIONAL REVIEW. HE NOTED THAT AFTER THE MORATORIUM ENDS IN 120 DAYS, AND THAT'S ONE SECTION, IT ENDS IN 120 DAYS, THE OTHER SECTION IS 90 DAYS, ANOTHER PART SAYS THEY'LL HAVE 30 DAYS TO PRODUCE A REPORT, BUT IT GOES ON TO SAY, TRUMP CAPS REFUGEE ADMISSIONS AT 50,000 PER YEAR. WHICH IS ROUGHLY THE SAME AS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMISSIONS IN 2011 AND 2012 AND NOT FAR BELOW THE 70,000 PER YEAR CAP IN PLACE FROM 2013 TO 2015. OBAMA HAD FAIRLY LOW CAPS ON REFUGEES DURING THE WORST YEARS OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR. HE DIDN'T THROW OPEN THE DOORS TO MASS REFUGEE ADMISSIONS UNTIL HIS FINAL YEAR IN OFFICE. DEPENDING ON HOW TRUMP'S REVIEW OF SYRIAN REFUGEE POLICY TURNS OUT, HE'S DOING A LITTLE MORE THAN RETURNING ADMISSIONS TO NORMAL LEVELS AFTER A FOUR-MONTH PAUSE FOR SECURITY REVIEWS. NUMBER SIX, THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IS LEGAL. THOSE INVOKING THE CONSTITUTION TO ATTACK TRUMP'S ORDER ARE SIMPLY EMBARRASSING THEMSELVES. THE PRESIDENT HAS CLEAR STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO TAKE THESE ACTIONS. AS NOTED, HIS PREDECESSORS DID SO WITHOUT MUCH CONTROVERSY. MOST OF THE LEGAL ARGUMENTS AGAINST TRUMP'S ORDER SUMMARIZED BY "U.S.A. TODAY" ARE ENTIRELY SPACIOUS. SUCH AS ATTACKING HIM FOR, QUOTE, BANNING AN ENTIRE RELIGION, UNQUOTE. WHICH THE ORDER MANIFESTLY DOES NOT DO. CRITICS OF THE ORDER HAVE A POLITICAL OPINION THAT IT WILL IN EFFECT, QUOTE, BAN MUSLIMS, UNQUOTE, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT IT SAYS. DESIGNATING SPECIFIC NATIONS AS TROUBLE SPOTS AND ORDERING A PAUSE IS ENTIRELY WITHIN THE PRESIDENT'S AUTHORITY AND THERE IS AMPLE PRECEDENT TO PROVE IT. IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ARGUE WITH THE REASONING BEHIND THE ORDER OR ARGUE THAT IT WILL HAVE NEGATIVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES WITHOUT ADVANCING HOLLOW LEGAL ARGUMENTS. OF COURSE THIS IS AMERICA, 2017. SO A WAVE OF LAWSUITS WILL SOON BE SLUSHING THROUGH THE COURTS. NUMBER SEVEN, THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER IS A SECURITY MEASURE, NOT AN ARBITRARY EXPRESSION OF SUPPOSED XENOPHOBIA. CONAWAY STRESSED THE NEED TO ENHANCE IMMIGRATION SECURITY FROM TROUBLE SPOTS IN HER FOX NEWS SUNDAY INTERVIEW. FRENCH ALSO ADDRESSED THE SUBJECT IN HIS POST. AS FOLLOWS. WHEN WE KNOW OUR ENEMY IS SEEKING TO STRIKE AMERICA, AND ITS ALLIES, THROUGH THE REFUGEE POPULATION, WHEN WE KNOW THEY'VE SUCCEEDED IN EUROPE, AND WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DOUBTS ABOUT OUR ABILITY TO ADEQUATELY VET THE REFUGEES, WED A -- REFUGEES WE ADMIT INTO THIS NATION, A PAUSE IS AGAIN NOT JUST PRUDENT, BUT ARGUABLY NECESSARY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PROVIDE SUFFICIENT AID AND PROTECTION TO KEEP REFUGEES SAFE AND HEALTHY IN PLACE, BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BRING SYRIANS TO THE UNITED STATES TO FULFILL OUR VITAL MORAL OBLIGATIONS. THE ARTICLE GOES ON, BUT -- IT'S WELL WRITTEN, POINTS WELL MADE. AND WE WOULD HUMBLY SUBMIT, MADAM SPEAKER, THAT WHEN WE HAD THE STATISTICS LAST YEAR THAT SHOWED THAT FOR THE COST OF BRINGING ONE SYRIAN REFUGEE TO THE UNITED STATES FOR ONE YEAR WE COULD HELP TAKE CARE OF 12 SYRIAN REFUGEES IN PLACE IN A SAFE ZONE OVER NEAR THEIR HOME, NOW, I'M VERY ENCOURAGED THAT EVEN THOUGH PRESIDENT OBAMA SIMPLY WOULD NOT EVER AGREE OR STRIVE TO HAVE A SAFE ZONE IN AREAS NEAR THE REFUGEES' HOMES SO WE COULD TAKE CARE OF 12 TIMES MORE THAN WE COULD POSSIBLY BRING TO OUR COUNTRY FOR THE SAME COST. AND HE'S WORKING ON THAT. AND HE'S GOTTEN SOME AGREEMENTS. AND IT LOOKS LIKE THAT MAY BE A POSSIBILITY. WE GIVE AIR COVER, HELP CREATE SAFE ZONES IN AREAS THERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST SO THE REFUGEES CAN LIVE WITHOUT BEING KILLED AND HORRIBLY, BRUTALLY MURDERED, ABUSED. THAT MAKES MORE SENSE. AND IT APPEARS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS WORKED WITH OR TALKED WITH THE SAUDI AUTHORITIES AND PERHAPS WILL BE ABLE TO GET SOMETHING LIKE THAT WORKED OUT. AND THERE WERE PEOPLE JUST QUITE EMOTIONAL OVER THE FACT THAT SAUDI ARABIA WAS NOT MENTIONED, EGYPT WAS NOT MENTIONED. WELL, ACTUALLY THE ORDER DID NOT MENTION ANY NATIONS BY NAME. THE TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER SIMPLY REFERRED TO WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED OFF ON, WHICH INCLUDED SEVEN COUNTRIES. AND THESE ARE SEVEN COUNTRIES WHERE IT SHOULDN'T EVEN BE ARGUABLE AMONG PEOPLE OF COMMON SENSE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE, HAVE NOT RECEIVED, CANNOT GET ADEQUATE INFORMATION FROM WHICH TO DETERMINE WHETHER PEOPLE WANTING TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES ARE ACTUALLY REFUGEES OR IF THEY ARE PART OF AL QAEDA, AL-NUSRA, ISIS, AND THEY WANT TO COME KILL AMERICANS AND END OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. THAT'S WHY SUCH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE. AND ALTHOUGH I SUPPORTED A DIFFERENT CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT FOR OVER A YEAR, I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP IN CARING SO DEEPLY ABOUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, THAT HE WOULD TAKE THE HONORABLE AND APPROPRIATE STEPS TO PROTECT AMERICANS THAT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION WOULD NOT TAKE. GREAT ARTICLE IN TOWN HALL FROM MATT VES PMBING A AND IT'S ENTIRELIED -- VESPA, AND IT'S ENTITLED, FRIENDLY REMINDER. THAT CERTAINLY SHOULD BE NOTED YET AGAIN. AND ANOTHER GREAT ARTICLE HERE, SAYS, OBAMAED A'S -- OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION MADE THE MUSLIM BAN POSSIBLE AND THE MEDIA WON'T TELL YOU. GOOD ARTICLE THERE. AND I THINK THIS ARTICLE FROM JOHN HEYWARD FROM JANUARY 27, ON BREITBART, MAY GIVE US INSIGHT AS TO WHY THERE IS SO MUCH HOWLING BY CAIR AND CAIR ASSOCIATES, BECAUSE THERE WERE IMPLICATIONS OF PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH CAIR, IN THE HOLYLAND FOUNDATION TRIAL, ONE JUST MERELY NEEDS TO GO LOOK AT THE PLEADINGS. HERE IN CONGRESS, SINCE ERIC HOLDER AND LORETTA LYNCH WENT THROUGH THEIR ENTIRE TERMS AS ATTORNEYS GENERAL, AND CONTINUED TO REFUSE TO PROVIDE THE DOCUMENTS, THE DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS IN THE HOLYLAND FOUNDATION TRIAL THAT WERE PROVIDED IN PRETRIAL TO THE CONVICTED TERRORISTS, SUPPORTERS, IT'S PRETTY INCOMPREHENSIBLE FOR SOME OF US. AND ON ONE OCCASION WHERE ATTORNEY JENNER HOLDER POINTED OUT, WELL, -- WHEN ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER POINTED OUT, WELL, THERE MAY BE SOME CLASSIFIED ISSUES INVOLVED, AND I POINTED OUT TO HIM THAT APPARENTLY IT WENT RIGHT OVER HIS HEAD AND HE CURRENT DISCERN, BUT THE FACT THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GAVE THE DOCUMENTS I'M REQUESTING TO PEOPLE THAT WERE THEN CONVICTED OF SUPPORTING TERRORISM. IF JUSTICE COULD GIVE THEM TO THE TERRORISTS WITHOUT CONCERN WITHOUT BEING CLASSIFIED, SURELY, THEY COULD GIVE THEM TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. AND ALTHOUGH SOME OF US MAY ARGUE IN SUCH WAYS THAT IT TERRIFIES SOME PEOPLE, WE'RE NOT TERRORISTS AND WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZED IN CONGRESS TO RECEIVE THE SAME DOCUMENTS THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDED TO THE TERRORISTS' SUPPORTERS WHO WERE CONVICTED. BUT THIS ARTICLE FROM HAYWARD JANUARY 27, POINTS OUT THAT ACCORDING TO REUTERS, A DEBATE IS UNDER WAY IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IN ADDING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OF FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. THIS IS A MEASURE OFTEN CALLED FOR BY CRITICS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AS CENTER FOR SECURITY WHO ONCE AGAIN RECOMMENDED A TERRORIST DESIGNATION. A SOURCE IN THE TRUMP TRANSITION TEAM SAID THE EFFORT TO DESIGNATE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IS LED BY MICHAEL FLYNN. THE SOURCE WAS PERSONALLY IN AGREEMENT WITH FLYNN. IN CONGRESS, A BILL TO ADD THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO THE OFFICIAL TERRORIST LIST WAS INTRODUCED BY SENATOR CRUZ AND AND REPRESENTATIVE DIAZ-BALART. REX TILLERSON DENOUNCED THEM AS AN AGENT DURING HIS CONFIRGES HEARINGS BUT NOT MADE STATEMENTS ADDING THEM TO THE FOREIGN TERRORIST LIST. MEMBERS OF THE INTELLIGENCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES ARGUED THE BROTHERHOOD HAS QUOTE EVOLVED PEACEFULLY IN SOME COUNTRIES, REUTERS CLAIMS. THEY EXPRESS THE CONCERN THAT GOING HARD ON THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD COULD COMPLICATE WITH RELATIONS WITH TURKEY. IT COULD BE UNQUESTIONABLY, HOWEVER -- SUCH U.S. ALLIES AS EGYPT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND SAUDI ARABIA, ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNS THAT THE SAUDIS ARE SOFTENING AS THEY SEARCH FOR ALEYES. ONE CONCEDED THAT THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD'S IDEOLOGY HAS INFLUENCED HAMAS BUT SINCE IT IS A LARGE ORGANIZATION SPREAD OVER SEVERAL NATIONS, IT COULD BE LEGALLY DIFFICULT TO APPLY THE TERRORIST DESIGNATION. BRITAIN HAS EXPRESSED ITS SUSPICIONS ABOUT THE INFLUENCE WHILE STOPPING SHORT OF A FORMAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. THAT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE. IT'S A GOOD ARTICLE, BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IF THE COUNCIL ON ARAB OR AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS, CAIR, MAY NOT BE GETTING CONCERNED ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR DESIGNATING THEIR FRIENDS IN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THERE MAY BE A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP THERE AND MAY BE PEOPLE PART OF BOTH GROUPS. BUT NO DOUBT, CAIR IS GETTING QUITE CONCERNED ABOUT HEIGHTENED TALK ABOUT MAKING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OR NAMING THEM, NOT MAKING THEM, BECAUSE THEY ALREADYR BUT NAMING THEM THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THEY ARE. IT'S JUST THAT THEY DON'T USE TERRORIST TACTICS WHEN THEY ARE MAKING GREAT PROGRESS WITHOUT TERRORISM. BUT KNOWING THAT EVENTUALLY THAT AFTER GETTING AS FAR AS THEY CAN WITH PEACEFUL METHOD, THEN THEY WILL BE RESULTING TO TERRORISM TO BRING THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS AND COUNTRIES INTO THE INTERNATIONAL CALIPHATE WHEREIN WE'RE RULED BY A CALIPH. IT'S INTERESTING TIMES. AND HERE TONIGHT AND PERHAPS IN AN HOUR AND A HALF OR SO, OUR NEW PRESIDENT WILL NOMINATE OR NAME THE NOMINEE TO FILL THE RIGHT HONORABLE ANTONIN SCALIA'S SPOT ON THE SUPREME COURT HE IS STILL GREATLY MISSED. HE WAS A GREAT MAN. HE WAS A GREAT JURIST, A GREAT PATRIOT. AND HE WAS GREAT FOR AMERICA. AND OUR FREEDOMS. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THAT. AND AT THIS POINT, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY FRIEND, MR. SANFORD.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I THANK YOU ON A NIGHTLY BASIS YOU…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I THANK YOU ON A NIGHTLY BASIS YOU COME DOWN TO THE WELL AND HELP INFORM PEOPLE. JEVERSORN, FOUNDING FATHERS TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO HAVE AN INFORMED ELECT RATE AND I APPRECIATE THE WAY YOU GIVE PEOPLE CLARITY AND INFORMATION THAT THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS WITH. THAT PROCESS OF INFORMING IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE BODY POLITIC. AND I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU DO SO TO ME AND THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT. I APPRECIATE -- AND BORROWING A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR TIME AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED TODAY ENTITLED THE REAL I.D. PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL AND SUPPORTED BY REPRESENTATIVE MEADOWS AND REPRESENTATIVE PINGREE FROM MAINE. AND THEY DO SO BECAUSE IT IS A COMMONSENSE BILL THAT GETS TO THE DEFICIENCIES THAT SOME CAN FIND IN REAL I.D. IT ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT THAT YOUR PERSONAL DOCUMENTATION AND DOCUMENTS BE HELD IN ARCHIVES IN ESSENCE WAREHOUSES FOR 10 YEARS. THAT IT NOT REQUIRE YOUR STUFF BE OUT IN GOVERNMENT DATA BASES FOR 10 YEARS. AND SECONDLY, ELIMINATES THE REQUIREMENT THAT D.M.V. DATA BASES WILL BE CO-LINKED AND CREATES UNIFORMITY WITH REGARD TO THE WAY IN WHICH EXTENSIONS ARE GRANTED. SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS, YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE CAN GO TO THE MARINE CORPS THIS OR IN CHARLESTON OR A WHOLE HOST OF FACILITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND USE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE TO GET ON THE PLANE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? INDIVIDUAL PRIVACY MATTERS AND EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW MATTERS AND IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE 10TH AMENDMENT REALLY MATTERS, THAT STATES HAVE A ROLE IN THE WAY THE FOUNDING FATHERS INTENDED THE IF I HAD GOVERNMENT TO FIT WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. LET'S EXAMINE EACH ONE OF THOSE COUPLE THINGS, ONE, IF YOU LOOK AT SOUTH CAROLINA DRIVER'S LICENSES, THEY ARE SECURE. WE HAVE BAR CODES, WE HAVE A WHOLE HOST OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT CREATES SECURITY. IN THE WAKE OF 9/11, WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECIDED AT THAT TIME, HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHERS, WAS THAT IT WAS NOT SUFFICIENT, WHAT IN ESSENCE, THEY WANTED A DEFACTO NATIONAL I.D. CARD AND FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FEDERALIZE WHAT HAD BEEN A STATE FUNCTION WITH STATES ISSUING DRIVERS' LICENSES. TEXAS HAS DRIVERS' LICENSES, FLORIDA. EACH STATE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT WAY OF DOING SO, BUT IT WAS A STATE PREROGATIVE. AND IN THE WAKE OF THAT FEDERAL REQUIREMENT, I WAS WEARING A GOVERNOR HAT. I JOINED WITH GOVERNOR FROM MONTANA AND SAYING, WAIT, THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE THAT STATES HAVE A VITAL ROLE HERE. THIS ROLE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE NATIONALIZED. WE PUSHED BACK AND WE WERE SUCCESSFUL WITH MANY OTHERS IN THAT EFFORT AND YET WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THAT MANY OF THOSE DEADLINE REQUIRMENTSE ARE RE-EMERGING AND APPROACHING AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT. ARE WE GOING TO PUSH BACK AGAIN OR LET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COME IN AND STEAMROLL WHAT HAS BEEN A STATE FUNCTION? I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE ACT AND INTRODUCED THIS BILL. ONE, PRIVACY MATTERS. QUITE SIMPLY, IF GOVERNMENT DOESN'T NEED YOUR STUFF, THEY DON'T GET YOUR STUFF. I THINK THAT'S THE SIMPLE PREMISE. IF GOVERNMENT REALLY DOESN'T NEED YOUR STUFF, IT SHOULDN'T GET YOUR STUFF. WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT? WHAT I MEAN IS, IF THE REQUIREMENT AS IS NOW THE CASE, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TAKE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND THEY ARCHIVE IT FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, DO YOU REALLY FEEL THAT YOU ARE MORE SECURE? I WOULD ARGUE THAT'S NOT AT ALL THE CASE. I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT'S MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A SYSTEM WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, MARRIAGE LICENSE, DIVORCE AND CITIZENSHIP PAPERS, TAKE IT ALL, LET FOLKS AT THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL DECIDE WHETHER YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE OR NOT WHO YOU ARE AND GIVE THAT STUFF BACK TO YOU AND DON'T NEED TO HOUSE IT. THAT'S ALL THIS BILL DOES. IF YOU HELD IT FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS, IT IS AT CONSIDERABLE COST. THE UNFUNDED MANDATE TO STATES IS $17 BILLION. WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS MAKE THE DETERMINATION AND TAKE YOUR STUFF AND LOOK AT IT BUT THEN GIVE IT BACK RATHER THAN REQUIRING STATES TO ARCHIVE IT FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. IT ALSO MATTERS AGAIN BECAUSE OF INDIVIDUAL HUMAN PRIVACY. WHETHER IT'S A DIVORCE DECREE, A MARRIAGE LICENSE, WHETHER CITIZENSHIP PAPERS, WHATEVER IT IS, WE HAVE BEEN IN HEARINGS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WHERE IT WAS PROVEN THAT THE RUSSIANS WERE QUITE INVOLVED IN HACKING OF AMERICAN DATA BASES. WHY DO WE WANT TO OPEN THAT UP TO CHINESE OR RUSSIAN HACKERS IF IT ISN'T REQUIRED OR NECESSARY. TWO, THIS BILL GETS AT THE NOTION THAT STATES MATTER. THE 10TH AMENDMENT MATTERS. PATTON WAS ATTRIBUTED WITH SAYING, IF YOU TELL A SOLDIER TO TAKE A HILL, TELL HIM TO TAKE THE HILL, DON'T TELL HIM HOW TO TAKE THE HILL. THE SAME IS TRUE WITH RESPECT TO THE STATES. ALLOW TEXAS TO GO ABOUT TAKING THE HILL, IF YOU WILL AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO COME UP WITH ITS WAY AS LONG AS WE TAKE THE HILL WHICH IS THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENT. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF SECURITY ONE THING WE HAVE LEARNED OVER TIME IS THAT CENTRALIZATION OF DATA DOES NOT MAKE DATA MORE SECURE. AND WE HAVE A HOST OF BREACHES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THAT PROVES THIS POINT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT PEARL HARBOR IS THAT ALL THE VOTES WERE IN ONE SPOT AND ONE-STOP-SHOPPING FOR THE JAPANESE. AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN TERMS OF MILITARY STRATEGY, PEOPLE SPREAD ASSETS OUT AND DON'T CONGREGATE IN ONE SPOT SO AN ATTACKER WOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE DOWN A MULTITUDE OF ASSETS WITH ONE PARTICULAR RAID. I THINK THE SAME IS TRUE IN THE INFORMATION AGE AS IT RELATES TO DATA BASES. THIS BILL IS ABOUT EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW. I THINK WHAT MANY STATES, SOUTH CAROLINA WOULD BE AMONG THEM, ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS, IS THIS TOO SUBJECTIVE, IF YOU ARE A RED OR BLUE STATE, DOES THAT HAVE SOME DEGREE OF DETERMINATION IF YOU GET AN EXTENSION OR DON'T GET AN EXTENSION AND 18 STATES AND TERRITORIES HAVE BEEN GRANTED EXTENSIONS, SEVEN STATES HAVE BEEN GRANTED VERY LIMITED EXTENSIONS AND ALL THIS BILL IS SAY, LET MAKE THIS PROCESS IS TRANSPARENT AND STATES CAN SAY HOW WAS IT THAT YOU COULD CHOOSE, BUT I DIDN'T. I THINK THAT LEVEL OF UNIFORMITY WOULD MAKE SURE THAT NOBODY SUSPECTS THIS SYSTEM OF BEING ARBITRARY OR CA APPRECIATEOUS BY NATURE. THAT'S IN SIMPLE FORM WHAT THE BILL DOES. WE HAVE HAD A LONG DEBATE ON SECURITY VERSUS FREEDOM AND WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO DO IS GIVE UP CERTAIN, IN ESSENCE, SOLE CONDITIONS, IF YOU WILL FOR FREEDOM, INCLUDING THIS NOTION OF FEDERALISM IN OUR EFFORTS TO BE SECURE. . A $7 BILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY DOES MATTER TO THE TAXPAYERS OF DIFFERENT STATES. AND FINALLY, IT'S ABOUT EQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE LAW. AGAIN, THE BILL IS CALLED THE REAL I.D. PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT. AND I WOULD ASK MEMBERS TO JOIN IT -- US ON THAT BILL AND I WOULD ASK FOLKS OUT THERE LISTENING TO TALK TO THEIR HOUSE MEMBER ABOUT THAT BILL. BECAUSE I THINK IT'S ONE THAT MAKES A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE. WITH THAT I WOULD YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AND I WOULD SAY AGAIN HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU LETTING ME BORROW JUST A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR TIME AND I'D SAY, MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR THE WAY YOU COME DOWN TO THE WELL ON SUCH A REGULAR BASIS TO INFORM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.

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  • 06:31:17 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND NOT MERELY FOR THE BILL, BUT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA AND NOT MERELY FOR THE BILL, BUT THIS GENTLEMAN'S BILLS, JUST LIKE THE REASONED ARGUMENT MADE HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, WELL REASONED, WELL THOUGHT OUT. HAVING SAT AND LISTENED TO SO MANY LAWYERS DURING MY YEARS ON THE BENCH, BOTH TRIAL BENCH AND APPELLATE BENCH, I WOULD HAVE WELCOMED THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM MY FRIEND FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IN ANY COURTROOM WHERE I WAS SITTING. BUT WELL REASONED. A LOT OF GOOD RESEARCH IN TRYING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. I LOOK FORWARD TO A LOT OF US READING THAT BILL AND FINDING OUT -- BECAUSE THERE'S NO DOUBT IT INVOLVED JUST AS GOOD A REASON AS YOU WERE USED IN YOUR ARGUMENT HERE TODAY. I ALSO HEARD FROM ANOTHER COLLEAGUE OF OURS, DON YOUNG, HONORABLE DON YOUNG FROM ALASKA. AND I'M ACTUALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT SO MANY THINGS WITH THIS PRESIDENT IN OVAL OFFICE NOW. AND ONE OF THEM IS THAT OUR FRIEND, DON YOUNG, IN ALASKA, MAY FINALLY GET SOME HELP. PRESIDENT CARTER HAD IDENTIFIED AN AREA THAT REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ANY WILDLIFE TO SPEAK OF. YES, IT WAS PART OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE AREA, BUT IT WAS AN AREA THAT REALLY DIDN'T HAVE WILDLIFE TO SPEAK OF. AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THERE ARE SOME CAR BOO THAT MAY WALK -- CARIBOU THAT MAY WALK ACROSS THERE FROM TIME TO TIME BUT THEY CAN'T STAY BECAUSE THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TO SUSTAIN THEM. BUT PRESIDENT CARTER, AS ANTI-CARBON ENERGY AS HE WAS, REALIZED THAT'S AN AREA THAT WE CAN AGREE OUGHT TO BE DRILLED FOR THE PRODUCTION OF OIL AND GAS. AND IT HAS BEEN FOUGHT OVER AND OVER. WHO STAND TOSS GAIN? WELL, ACTUALLY -- STANDS TO GAIN? WELL, ACTUALLY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. BUT CINCH SO MUCH OIL HAS NOW BEEN FOUND -- BUT SINCE SO MUCH OIL HAS NOW BEEN FOUND IN WEST TEXAS AND THE DAKOTAS, WE'RE NOT AS NEEDFUL OF THAT AS WE WERE. BUT THE PEOPLE THAT WERE REALLY -- THAT WILL REALLY BENEFIT ARE THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA. AND THEN ADDITIONAL BENEFICIARIES WILL BE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WILL BE THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET OUT FROM UNDER THE IRON FIST OF RUSSIA RISING, AND WILL BE ABLE TO HELP THEM WITH THAT BY NOT ONLY BECOMING ENERGY INDEPENDENT, BUT AFTER ENERGY INDEPENDENT, EXPORTING OIL AND GAS TO OTHER NATIONS SO THEY DON'T FEEL THE PINCH THAT NATIONS LIKE CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE PUTTING ON THEM. WITH THAT, THANKING MY FRIEND, MR. YOUNG FROM ALASKA, MY FRIEND, FORMER GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. SANFORD, MADAM SPEAKER, I WOULD NOW YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:34:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN…

    UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:35:32 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    GOOD EVENING, MR. SPEAKER. AND OTHERS WHO ARE LISTENING AND WATCHING. I…

    GOOD EVENING, MR. SPEAKER. AND OTHERS WHO ARE LISTENING AND WATCHING. I BELIEVE TODAY IS MONDAY, THE 30TH OF JANUARY. THE BEEN 10 DAYS SINCE THE INAUGURATION OF OUR NEW PRESIDENT. AND OH, MY GOODNESS. HAS IT BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY 10 DAYS. I JUST HARDLY KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN. NORMALLY I COME UP HERE AND WE TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN GROW THE AMERICAN ECONOMY, HOW WE CAN PROVIDE JOBS, HOW WE CAN SEE A RETURN OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. BUT I'M COMPELLED TODAY TO PICK UP COMMENTS ON THE LAST 10 DAYS. I WAS AT A DINNER OUT IN CALIFORNIA ON FRIDAY EVENING. AND A WIDE, WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE FROM MULTIPLE INTEREST GROUPS THERE WERE, SOME LABOR UNIONS, SOME FARMERS, SENIOR CITIZENS, HEALTH CARE FOLKS, TEACH AERS -- TEACHERS. AND THERE WAS AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF CONCERN, DEEP, DEEP CONCERN ABOUT THE DIRECTION THIS COUNTRY IS GOING. SOME OF THESE FRIENDS OF MINE WERE REPUBLICANS AND OTHERS WERE DEMOCRATS. SOME LIBERAL, SOME CONSERVATIVE. BUT TO A PERSON THEY CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, OH, MY GOD, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON? WHERE'S THIS GOING? WHAT'S HE DOING? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO US? SOME OF THEM SAID, WILL THEY REALLY, WILL THEY REALLY ACTUALLY TERMINATE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? IS OBAMACARE REALLY GOING TO END? WHAT ABOUT MY INSURANCE POLICY? WILL I LOSE IT? I'M ON MEDICAL. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME? AND TEACHERS SAYING, HOW DOES THIS FIT WITH THE EFFORT TO IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS? AND SOME THAT HAD BEEN IN THE MILITARY LOOKED AT SOME OF WHAT WAS GOING ON AND SAID, BUT VETERANS CARE, THIS HIRING FREEZE EFFECTS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? WHAT'S HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON? SOME OTHERS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT , WELL, THERE'S GOING TO BE THIS TRANSPORTATION BILL. INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. BUT HOW ARE THEY GOING TO FUND IT? IS IT REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN? I'VE BEEN TO MANY, MANY EVENTS IN MY YEARS IN PUBLIC OFFICE. BUT I'VE NEVER BEEN TO AN EVENT IN WHICH THERE WAS THIS OVERWHELMING CONCERN ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN WASHINGTON. I'VE SEEN CHANGES OCCUR. JIMMY CARTER TO RONALD REAGAN. THERE WAS CONCERN. BUT NOT THE KIND OF ANGST, DEEP, EMOTIONAL CONCERN ABOUT WHERE THISKY IS GOING -- THIS COUNTRY IS GOING. I'VE SEEN GEORGE BUSH, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, TO BILL CLINTON. AND I'M SURE THERE ARE MANY REPUBLICANS CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE BILL CLINTON WOULD GO AND THEN CLINTON TO GEORGE W. BUSH. AND THEN TO OBAMA. BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS. AND THE NOT JUST LAST FRIDAY NIGHT -- IT'S NOT JUST LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. TODAY IN FRONT OF MY OFFICE IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, 200 PEOPLE SHOWED UP. TO SAY, YOU'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING. YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE CAN'T HAVE THESE -- SHUTTING DOWN OUR BORDERS, YOU CAN'T LET THEM DO THAT. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, THERE ARE 5,000 FOREIGN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ON THAT CAMPUS. THERE ARE MORE THAN 200 FROM THE COUNTRIES THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE IMMIGRATION AND BY THE BAN ON PEOPLE COMING IN FROM THOSE SEVEN COUNTRIES. WHAT DOES IT MEAN, THEY ASKED ME. AND WHAT ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? ALL ACROSS THIS NATION PEOPLE ARE DEMONSTRATING. IT'S NOW 20 MINUTES TO 7:00 HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND I SUPPOSE AT 8:00 TONIGHT THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPOSED TO GIVE A NATIONWIDE ADDRESS ON HIS NEXT SUPREME COURT NOMINEE AND I AM QUITE CERTAIN THAT TOMORROW MORNING THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ERUPTION OF CONCERN BY AMERICANS AS TO WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF THE SUPREME COURT THROWS OUT THE ROLL OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT -- ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN PROTECTING VOTER RIGHTS? YOU WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF -- WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T THERE TO ASSURE THAT A WOMAN'S BODY IS HER OWN? ALL ACROSS THIS NATION PEOPLE ARE GOING -- OH, WHAT IS HAPPENING? EXECUTIVE ORDER AFTER EXECUTIVE ORDER. STARTING WITH THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND INSTRUCTIONS TO EVERY AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STOP IT. SEE THAT IT DOESN'T WORK. AND HERE IN CONGRESS A BUDGET RESOLUTION THAT WOULD ELIMINATE -- WHICH CALLS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WHICH, IF YOU REMOVE THE MONEY, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE TAX SUBSIDIES THAT PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO USE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD HEALTH CARE? -- HEALTH CARE, INSURANCE? THE ADDITIONAL MONEY THAT GOES TO THE STATES FOR THEIR MEDICAID PROGRAMS. AND OH, A WHAT ABOUT THE SENIORS -- AND OH, WHAT ABOUT THE SENIORS? IF THAT BUDGET RESOLUTION ACTUALLY GOES THROUGH, THE MONEY THAT IS IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT TO PROVIDE THE SENIORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR DRUG BENEFIT COST REDUCED, AFFECTING MILLIONS OF AMERICAN SENIORS, THE MONEY'S GONE. WOULD THE DRUG BENEFIT BE GONE ALSO? MOST ASSUREDLY IT WOULD. UNLESS INCOME YOU -- OF COURSE YOU WANT TO JUST INCREASE THE DEFICIT. AND ABOUT THAT FREE ANNUAL VISIT , THAT'S AVAILABLE TO SENIORS, THAT HAS CLEARLY EXTENDED THE LIFE OF THOUSANDS OR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SENIORS, BECAUSE THEY FIND OUT THEY HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THEY CAN TAKE A CHEAP PILL, GET THAT BLOOD PRESSURE DOWN AND NOT HAVE A STROKE. OR MAYBE DIE BEAT. THE ONSET OF DIABETES. THAT FREE ANNUAL BENEFIT, CHECKUP, WILL IT STILL BE AVAILABLE IF THE BUDGET RESOLUTION -- AND IF MR. TRUMP'S ATTACK ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ACTUALLY HAPPENS? PEOPLE ARE WORRIED. PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED. AND THEY SHOULD BE. THEY SHOULD BE. BECAUSE THIS GOES TO THE VERY ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO CARRY ON THEIR TASKS, PROTECTIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM FRAUD. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY VOTED TO PASS A RULE THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE ELIMINATION OF PROTECTIONS THAT AMERICANS HAVE IN THEIR FINANCIAL SERVICES. OH, WE'RE GOING TO PROTECT AMERICA BY BUILDING A WALL. WHAT'S IT GOING TO COST? $15 BILLION, $20 BILLION, $30 BILLION. THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO LOOK AT THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE RATIONALLY WOULD SAY, IT'S NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. AND BY SIDES THAT, THE PROBLEM IS DRAMATICALLY -- BESIDES THAT, THE PROBLEM IS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED AS A RESULT OF THE MEXICAN ECONOMY GROWING AND JOBS BEING AVAILABLE THERE, AS A RESULT OF THE ENORMOUS BUILDUP THAT'S ALREADY OCCURRED WITH THE BOARD PAR PETROLEUM AND THE -- BORDER PATROL AND THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE. WE'VE SEEN A DRAMATIC REDUCTION. AND I WAS TOLD TODAY BY SOME PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THIS FIELD IN CALIFORNIA THAT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY ARE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN FROM CERTAINLY AMERICA WHO ARE SEEKING REFUGE FROM THE HORRIBLE GANG AND VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THEY'RE NOT SNEAKING OVER THE BORDER, THEY'RE PRESENTING THEMSELVES AT THE BORDER AS JEFF I -- AS REFUGEES. WE'LL COME BACK TO THE REFUGEE ISSUE IN A FEW MOMENTS. HOW PROUD HE LOOKS SIGNING YET ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ORDER. THIS ONE ON A WALL. WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL. 1,400 MILES OF WALL. BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO. SO WITH THE LOOK OF PRIDE HE WANTS TO SPEND ANYWHERE FROM $15 BILL -- BILLION TO $35 BILLION. SO, TELL ME WHAT YOU COULD DO WITH $15 BILLION. THAT'S THE MINIMUM COST FOR THE WALL. MOST PEOPLE SAY IT IS CLOSER TO $30 BILLION. WHAT COULD YOU DO? I SUPPOSE YOU COULD BUILD PART OF A WALL OR START TO BUILD A WALL AND CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO FINISH IT. BUT LET'S SAY YOU HAVE $15 BILLION AND THAT'S YOUR DOWNPAYMENT ON A WALL. THE MOST EVERYBODY SAYS IT WOULDN'T WORK. YOU BUILD A 50-FOOT WHO WALL AND SOMEONE WILL GET A 51-FOOT LADDER. CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY HAS 460,000 STUDENTS AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY. FOR $15 BILLION, YOU COULD FUND THE ENTIRE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, PROVIDE TUITION-FREE EDUCATION FOR THREE YEARS FOR 460,000 STUDENTS AND PAY ALL THE FACULTY AND THE JANITORS AND ALL THE OTHERS. THAT'S FOR $15 BILLION. WITH THE $30 BILLION WALL, THEN IT'S SIX YEARS. AND SO A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE $30 BILLION COULD GO FREE, TUITION-FREE. ALL EXPENSES PAID. EVERY PROFESSOR, EVERY JANITOR, FULLY PAID FOR SIX YEARS, $460,000 STUDENTS AND THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS PROFESSORS, JANUARY TORS, ET CETERA. OR YOU COULD REPLACE EVERY PIPE IN FLINT, MICHIGAN 270 TIMES OVER. YOU WANT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, THE LEAD PIPE PROBLEM, 270 TIMES FOR $15 BILLION OR MORE THAN 540 TIMES. OR MAYBE YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S. AND WHAT AMERICAN FAMILY IS NOT CONCERNED? IF WE WERE TO SPEND THAT $15 BILLION ON RESEARCH, WE WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY BE ABLE TO DEVELOP A TREATMENT, AND THIS IS WHAT THE SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS AND RESEARCHERS SAY. WE DID INCREASE THE FUNDING FROM AROUND $500 MILLION TO UNDER A BILLION LAST YEAR, BUT IF YOU WERE ABLE TO RAMP IT UP AND DEVELOP THAT TREATMENT FOR ALZHEIMER'S, YOU COULD DELAY THE ONSET OF ALZHEIMER'S IN YOUR FAMILY OR MINE, BY FIVE YEARS. AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS ABOUT A $220 BILLION SAVINGS TO THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, BECAUSE THAT IS MONEY THAT WILL BE SPENT FROM MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. OR MAYBE YOU ARE JUST INTERESTED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE. YOU LIKE SUBMARINES? THE NEW VIRGINIA-CLASS SUBMARINE. WELL, LET'S SEE, WE COULD BUILD FIVE OF THEM. MAYBE YOU LIKE AIRCRAFT CAR YEARS, FOR $15 BILLION, YOU COULD BUILD AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER AND A SUBMARINE. SO, PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE? YOU DON'T LIKE THESE CHOICE AND NOBODY BELIEVES WILL DO EACH GOOD DEALING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. I LIKE THIS NEXT ONE. 27,777 FOUR-YEAR FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, THAT'S ABOUT THE TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE POPULATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING. BUT, WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A WALL. WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A WALL. FOR WHAT PURPOSE? 435 OF US HERE AND 100 AND ONE PRESIDENT HAVE A TASK OF MAKING CHOICES ABOUT WHAT AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT. CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE SPEND YOUR TAX MONEY. YOU WANT YOUR TAX MONEY SPENT ON A WALL? EXCUSE ME. MEXICO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT. YOU THINK SO? THE PRESIDENT HAS STARTED A TRADE WAR WITH MEXICO. HAS CREATED A SERIOUS DELEMENTIC CRISIS WITH -- PLOTEIC CRISIS OVER TRYING TO FORCE MEXICO TO PAY FOR HIS WALL. THAT WAS REALLY SMART. BUT, HEY, HE IS THE PRESIDENT AND THINKS HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT SAID NO. NO. NOT GOING TO BE PAID FOR BY MEXICO. WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT. I SAY WE HAVE CHOICES. I WOULD MUCH RATHER SPEND OUR MONEY ON EDUCATION, NATIONAL DEFENSE, ALZHEIMER'S AND ON THINGS THAT ACTUALLY HELP AMERICANS IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE IN PLAY. IMMIGRATION, OH, WE PUT OUT A NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION AND SEVEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD CANNOT HAVE THEIR CITIZENS ANY LONGER COME TO AMERICA FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME AND REFUGEES CAN'T COME TO AMERICA. WHAT ARE THOSE COUNTRIES? AMONG THOSE SEVEN IS A COUNTRY CALLED IRAQ. EXCUSE ME. MR. TRUMP, ISN'T IRAQ OUR ALLY IN FIGHTING ISIS? I THINK SO. IT'S THEIR TROOPS PLUS 6,000 OF OUR TROOPS THAT ARE NOW ENGAGED IN A BITTER FIGHT TO RECLAIM MOSUL TO GET ISIS OUT OF MOSUL. AND SO YOU ARE GOING TO PUT A LIMITATION ON IRAQI CITIZENS AND REFUGEES COMING TO THE UNITED STATES? I'M SORRY. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT SENSE THAT MAKES, MR. PRESIDENT. DO YOU? DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT JUST DID? HERE'S A FOUR-STAR GENERAL IN IRAQ WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR SPECIAL FORCES THAT ARE LEADING THE FIGHT IN MOSUL RIGHT NOW. THIS MAN'S FAMILY CAME TO THE UNITED STATES FOR SAFETY BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT EXISTED THERE IN IRAQ. HE CANNOT VISIT HIS FAMILY. AND UNLESS THERE IS SOME SORT OF A WAIVER THAT HAS SUDDENLY BEEN DEVELOPED FOR FOUR-STAR IRAQI GENERALS, HE CAN'T GO TO THE CENTRAL COMMAND IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, TO WORK ON A STRATEGY FOR THE REST OF THE FIGHT. OH MY GOD. WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? WHAT IS HAPPENING? WHAT SENSE DOES ANY OF THIS MAKE? FOREIGN POLICY EXPERTS, NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS, EXPERTS ON ISIS, ON RADICAL ISLAM ALL SAY THE SAME THING. THE BAN ON PEOPLE TRAVELING FROM THOSE SEVEN, MAJORITY-MUSLIM STATES, WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON OUR ABILITY TO DEAL WITH ISIS. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY. NOT IN MY VIEW. THAT'S THE VIEW OF SECURITY EXPERTS ALL ACROSS THE SPECTRUM, FROM THE MOST CONSERVATIVE TO THE MOST AGGRESSIVE AND LIBERAL AND THEY SAY THIS MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, MR. PRESIDENT. WE SOMETIMES USE THE WORD HALF-BAKED. THIS ISN'T EVEN BEGINNING THE PROCESS BAKED. THIS WAS PUT TOGETHER BY SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. IF THEY HAD CONSULTED WITH POLICY EXPERTS, OUTSIDE OF THAT LITTLE KABAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SOMEONE WOULD HAVE SAID, TIME OUT, TIME OUT, LET'S THINK THIS THROUGH. WHY IRAQ? WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE SECOND STEP HERE? WE ARE GOING TO SET THE BAN, BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT SUDDENLY AMERICA IS SEEN AS SHUTTING THE DOOR OR SHALL WE SAIL SLAMMING THE DOOR ON MUSLIMS? WHAT DOES IT MEAN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES? IT MEANS THAT WE ARE NOT SAFER. IT MEANS THAT OUR COUNTRY IS NOT PROTECTED, AND, IN FACT, THE ACTION TAKEN IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS. WHO DID THIS? WHO IS THE ARCHITECT OF THIS POLICY? WAS IT THE STATE DEPARTMENT? APPARENTLY, NOT. WAS IT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT? WE KNOW FROM THE MIDNIGHT FIRING OR I GUESS IT WAS 6:00 FIRING YESTERDAY OF THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THAT IT WASN'T THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW AND LOOK AT THE LEGALITY OF THE BAN. THEY DIDN'T INVOLVE THEMSELVES. AND APPARENTLY THE MILITARY DIDN'T INVOLVE THEMSELVES. SO WHO WAS IT THAT DREAMED UP THIS BAN ON MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, REFUGEES COMING FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES? NONE OF THE RESIDENTS AND REFUGEES FROM THOSE COUNTRIES IN THE LAST 40 YEARS HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE TERRORIST DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT THOSE COUNTRIES FROM WHICH WE KNOW THE TERRORISTS CAME FROM FROM 9/11 WAS NOT INCLUDED. SAUDI ARABIA. NOT INCLUDED IN THE BAN. HOW IS THAT? IF WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT THIS PROBLEM OF REFUGEES OR CITIZENS FROM THOSE COUNTRIES COMING INTO THE UNITED STATES TO CARRY OUT TERRORIST ATTACKS. WHY NOT SAUDI ARABIA OR THE CONGO OR NIGERIA? WHO WROTE IT? WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? WELL, TWO NAMES HAVE EMERGED. ONE, A MR. MILLER AND ANOTHER MR. BANION. MR. BANION WHO IS THE ARCHITECT OF THE EMERGENS OF THE ATLANTA RIGHT. WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT THE CONSERVATIVE RIGHT, BUT TALKING ABOUT THE FAR RIGHT WHITE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT IN THIS NATION. MR. BANNON, WHO BECAME MR. TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, WHO IS NOW THE KEY PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE, NOT JUST ON POLITICAL POLICY BUT ON NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY. HE IS SAID TO HAVE SAID IN 2013 THAT HE IS A LENINIST AND HIS GOAL IS TO BLOW UP THE SYSTEM. HE SAID HE DOESN'T REMEMBER HAVING SAID THAT. WELL, I'LL TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD. BUT I DO KNOW WHAT HE DID WITH THIS BAN IS TO MAKE OUR NATION LESS SAFE. THAT WE KNOW. AND JUST TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THIS ISSUE OF THIS SUPERCONSERVATIVE FELLOW AND HIS CO-HORT, MR. MILLER, JUST TO MAKE CLEAR WHERE WE ARE HEADED, THERE HAS BEEN A RE-ORGANIZATION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. THESE ARE MEN AND WOMEN OVER THE YEARS THAT HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING CERTAIN THAT OUR AMERICAN SPOLSI, MAXIMIZES OUR SECURITY, THAT DEALS WITH INTERNATIONAL ISSUES OF GREAT CONCERN. WHAT TO DO ABOUT CHINA IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, WHAT TO DO ABOUT NORTH KOREA, HOW DO WE HANDLE MISSILE DEFENSE AND DEAL WITH RUSSIA IN THE UKRAINE. NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. SO WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? WELL, THE PRESIDENT, WHICH HE HAS A RIGHT TO DO, RE-ORGANIZED THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. AND TWO GENTLEMEN OR TWO PEOPLE THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY BEEN ON THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL HOLE SEEM TO KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY WERE PREVIOUSLY IN WHAT IS CALLED THE PRINCIPALS. THESE ARE THE HANDFUL OF PEOPLE THAT MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT, THE KEY NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF IS ONE OF THEM AND DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATION. TWO OF THEM. SO, THE PRESIDENT SAID, I DON'T NEED YOU IN MY LITTLE INNER CIRCLE, GO AWAY. YOU CAN BE PART OF THE LARGER THING AND WHEN I WANT YOU, I'LL CALL YOU. THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COLLECTION OF OUR NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, PUSHED HIM ASIDE. BUT WHO CAME IN TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE TWO PEOPLE? THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE? GUESS GUESS WHO, MR. BANNON. IS HE A NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT ME? SPENT A FEW YEARS IN THE MILITARY. DECADES AGO. BUT NOW HE'S SITTING AS ONE OF THE PRINCIPALS IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. AND WHAT IS HIS MINDSET? READ HIS HISTORY. I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND YOU GO TO BREITBART. I WOULDN'T SPEND A WHOLE LOT OF TIME ON THAT. BUT THERE'S A HISTORY HERE. THERE'S A HISTORY. AND IT'S A DANGEROUS HISTORY. THIS MAN IS NOW SITTING AS THE PRINCIPAL VOICE, BECAUSE HE HAS THE PRESIDENT'S EAR, IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL. THE FELLOW, TOGETHER WITH MR. MILLER, THAT'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BAN OF -- ON IMMIGRANTS, TRAVELERS AND REFUGEES INTEREST FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES -- REFUGEES FROM SEVEN COUNTRIES. THAT'S BECOME A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC CRISIS. AND ISIS ALREADY, IT'S RIGHT HERE IN THE NEWSPAPER, ISIS ALREADY USING THAT BAN TO RECRUIT. TO RECRUIT IN THE MIDDLE EAST, TO RECRUIT IN AFRICA, AND TO ENCOURAGE HOMEGROWN VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WELL DONE, MR. MILLER. WELL DONE, MR. BANNON. AND VERY BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. SO, WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS. ONE AFTER ANOTHER. OFTEN TWO A DAY. AND MY FINAL CONCERN IS ONE THAT COMES UP 25 DAYS FROM NOW. FIVE DAYS AGO TRUMP WENT OVER TO THE PENTAGON, SIGNED YET ANOTHER EXECUTIVE ORDER, CAME OUT OF THE MEETING AND SAID, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A NEW WAR PLAN. WE'RE GOING TO WIPE ISIS FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND THE PENTAGON WILL DELIVER TO ME IN 30 DAYS A WAR PLAN. TO WIPE ISIS OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. ACTION, ACTION, ACTION. GO WITH CARE. BE SLOW TO WAR. BE SLOW TO WAR. WE'LL SEE WHAT THAT PLAN IS. MY GUESS IS IT WILL COST MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS IF NOT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IT WILL PUT OUR TROOPS, BOOTS, BACK ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ AND SYRIA. AND WE'LL START THE CYCLE ONE MORE TIME. WE'LL SEE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THE PENTAGON COMES UP WITH IN A WAR PLAN. WE'VE NOT BEEN TOLD THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS THAT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS GIVEN TO THE PENTAGON. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE -- I WILL TELL YOU THIS MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE IS VERY CONCERNED. KEEP IN MIND THAT OUR EFFORT AGAINST ISIS AND AL QAEDA IS BASED ON A 2001 AUTHORIZATION TO USE MILITARY FORCE IN AFGHANISTAN AGAINST AL QAEDA AND RELATED ENTITIES. IT'S BEEN STRETCHED. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M QUITE CONCERNED ABOUT COMING OUT OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS THAT THAT ADMINISTRATION STRETCHED THE 2001, A 16-YEAR-OLD AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE, A DECLARATION OF WAR AGAINST AL QAEDA, TO JUSTIFY THE AMERICAN MILITARY ACTIONS IN IRAQ, SYRIA, LIBERIA, YEMEN, SOMALIA, AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. WE'LL SEE WHAT THE WAR PLAN IS. WE WILL LEARN SOON ENOUGH. AND I SUSPECT THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL BE ASKED TO FINANCE IT. WILL BE ASKED TO PAY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WILL BE SENT INTO HARM'S WAY. AND THE MUNITIONS AND THE AIRPLANES AND THE OTHER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY. AND I WOULD HOPE THAT ALL OF US TAKE A LONG, LONG LOOK AT THIS AND THAT WE ASK THIS QUESTION -- IF WE DO THAT, THEN WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? WE DIDN'T ASK THAT QUESTION WHEN WE WENT TO WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2002, 2001 AND 2002. WE DIDN'T ASK THAT QUESTION WHEN WE INVADED IRAQ A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. AND I'M NOT SURE WE'VE ASKED THAT QUESTION AS WE RE-ENGAGED OURSELVES IN THE CURRENT IRAQI WAR. AND SYRIA. BUT WE SHOULD ALWAYS ASK, WHAT IS THE RESULT OF OUR ACTION? WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN? WE HAVE CHOICES. WE HAVE CHOICES. WE HAVE CHOICES TO BUILD A WALL OR EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. OR CARE FOR OUR SENIORS. WE HAVE CHOICES ABOUT WAR OR NOT. WE HAVE CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE DEAL WITH PEOPLE AROUND THIS WORLD. CHOICES ABOUT WHAT WE DO WITH REFUGEES. PEOPLE THAT ARE FLEEING PERSECUTION, FLEEING DEATH, DOING THE VERY, VERY BEST THEY CAN TO CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN IN THE MOST DESPERATE OF SITUATIONS. WE HAVE A CHOICE. WE CAN SLAM THE DOOR ON THEM AND SAY, TOUGH LUCK. OR WE CAN DO WHAT OUGHT TO BE THE AMERICAN TRADITION AND THAT'S TO PROVIDE COMFORT, PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND TO SHOW THE GOOD PART OF AMERICA. MR. PRESIDENT, YOU'VE GIVEN US 10 DAYS OF THE MOST DISRUPTIVE CHAOS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY MANY YEARS IN PUBLIC LIFE. YOU HAVE A CHOICE TOO, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, TO NOT TRY TO CARRY OUT EVERY ONE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN PROMISES, MOST OF WHICH I THINK WERE ILL-FOUNDED. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT DAY ONE, DAY TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, 10. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. YOU CAN THINK TOGETHER WITH MR. BANNON OR MR. MILLER OR PERHAPS SOMEBODY OUTSIDE OF YOUR INNER CIRCLE. MR. PRESIDENT, YOU MIGHT ASK OTHER PEOPLE, WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING? THINK ABOUT THE SECOND LEVEL OF EFFECT AND SLOW IT DOWN. AND BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR EVERY -- CONSEQUENCES. FOR EVERY ACTION THERE'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER REACTION. WE'RE ALREADY SEEING THAT. I'M SURE YOU'VE SEEN THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THE STREETS PROTESTING WHAT YOU HAVE THUS FAR DONE. CONTINUE ON AND YOU'LL SEE MORE. AMERICANS ARE CONCERNED. THEY'RE FRIGHTENED. I YIELD BACK.

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