House Defeats Goodlatte-McCaul Bill, 193-231
House Session - February 15, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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  • 10:00:28 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. FEBRUARY 15, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE HAROLD ROGERS TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:47 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND…

    CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES. AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:26 AM

    MR. BLUMENAUER

    LIKE MANY PEOPLE, I HAVE NOTICED RENEWED INTEREST IN THE 25TH AMENDMENT AS…

    LIKE MANY PEOPLE, I HAVE NOTICED RENEWED INTEREST IN THE 25TH AMENDMENT AS WE HAVE SEEN ERRATIC BEHAVIOR OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, AN ANDIBILITY OF DONALD TRUMP TO EVEN TELL WHETHER IT RAINED ON HIM DURING HIS INAUGURAL SPEECH, AND PREETING FALSE STATEMENTS THAT ARE DEMONSTRABLY WRONG. LAST FRIDAY, THE MECHANISM TO DEAL WITH PRESIDENTIAL INCAPACITY, THE 25TH AMENDMENT, CELEBRATED ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY. I BECAME INTRIGUED WITH ITS HISTORY AND APPLICATION BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR WHETHER WITH DONALD TRUMP OR A FUTURE PRESIDENT THIS MECHANISM IS VERY IMPORTANT. ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN. PRESIDENT REAGAN SUFFERED FROM EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S THAT CONCERNED HIS STAFF. PRESIDENT WILSON WAS INCASS TATED BY HIS -- INCAPACITATED BY HIS STROKE AND HIS WIFE EFFECTIVELY GOVERNED THE UNITED STATES FOR MONTH. IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE FACE THESE CHALLENGES AGAIN. AS I EXAMINED THE -- EXAMINED THE AMENDMENT, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT IN THE CASE OF MENTAL OR EMOTIONLE A CAPACITY, THERE IS A GLARING FLAW. FOR A MENTALLY UNSTABLE, PARANOID, OR DELUSIONAL PRESIDENT, THE 25TH AMENDMENT HAS NO GUARANTEE OF ITS APPLICATION. IN FACT, IT'S LIKELY THAT IT WOULD FAIL. AS WRITTEN, THE 25TH AMENDMENT REQUIRES THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A MAJORITY OF THE CABINET TO CONCUR THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NO LONGER CAPABLE OF EXERCISING AUTHORITY. THERE ARE OTHER SAFEGUARDS WOULD TAKE TIME TO PROCESS AND ULTIMATELY 2/3 OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS MUST AGREE. BUT LOOK AT THE CURRENT CABINET. EVEN IF ONE THINKS THAT A GROUP WITH NO MEANINGFUL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE, ALL APPROVED IN A HEIGHTENED PARTISAN CONTEXT, MOST OF WHOM DON'T EVEN KNOW THE PRESIDENT PERSONALLY, COULD OBJECTIVELY EXERCISE THE POWER SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BECOME MENTALLY INCAPACITATED, THE LARGER QUESTION IS WHETHER THEY WOULD EVER BE ALLOWED TO DO SO. A PRESIDENT WHOSE PARANOID OR DELUSIONAL IS VERY UNLIKELY TO TOLERATE DISSENT WITHIN THE RANKS. HE OR SHE COULD SIMPLY FIRE ANY CABINET MEMBER WHO WOULD STAND UP TO THEM. THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO EXERCISE THE OTHER PART OF THE 25TH AMENDMENT THAT ALLOWS CONGRESS TO DESIGNATE ANOTHER BODY INSTEAD OF THE CABINET. WHO COULD EXERCISE THAT AUTHORITY WITH THE CONFIDENCE OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT IT TAKES TO UNDERSTAND THE PERSONAL AND POLITICAL STRESSES OF THE PRESIDENCY? I SUBMIT THAT THE BEST FAIL-SAFE TO A PRESIDENT WHO IS EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE WOULD BE TO EMPANEL OUR PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION. THINK ABOUT HOW IT WOULD WORK. CURRENTLY THERE ARE 10 BIPARTISAN FORMER, DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS WHO, IN MOST CASES, ENJOY EVEN GREATER PUBLIC SUPPORT THAN WHEN THEY LEFT OFFICE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE IS NO GROUP OF PEOPLE BETTER SUITED TO EVALUATE THE EVIDENCE AND THE DYNAMICS AT WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE WHO -- AND THE PRESIDENT WHO NEEDS HELP. NOW, WE HAVE MADE REAL PROGRESS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. WE HAVE MADE IT EASIER TO GET CARE. WE'RE TAKING AWAY THE STIGMA FOR THE ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS WHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. WE FIND PEOPLE TO BE MORE OPEN AND CANDID AND ACCEPTING OF THEMSELVES AND OTHERS. WE'RE MAKING REAL STRIDES IN TERMS OF TREATMENT AND ACCEPTANCE. BUT ALL OF THIS REQUIRES ACCESS TO HELP AND THIS DRAMA SHOULD NOT PLAY OUT WITH SOMEBODY WHOSE FINGERS ARE ON THE NUCLEAR BUTTONS. AND WHOSE EVERY PRONOUNCEMENT CAN UNSETTLE DIPLOMATIC CONDITIONS, AFFECT WAR AND PEACE, AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. HAVING CONGRESS ESTABLISH THIS PANEL OF FORMER PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS FROM BOTH PARTIES AS A FAIL-SAFE MECHANISM IS IMPORTANT, AND IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE NEVER KNOW WHEN CATASTROPHE MIGHT STRIKE. THERE IS NO GOOD TIME TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. TODAY'S WORLD OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS AND FAKE NEWS IN A SEA OF BITTER PARTISAN CONTROVERSY, WE NEED TO HAVE A MECHANISM THAT CAN BE RELIABLE, COMMAND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE, AND BE ABOVE POLITICS. IT'S HARD TO THINK OF A GROUP THAT WOULD COLLECTIVELY HAVE MORE SUPPORT AND CREDIBILITY THAN THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THAT POSITION AND REGARDLESS OF PARTISAN DIFFERENCES, WHOSE ALLEGIANCE TO AMERICA IS UNQUESTIONED. WE NEED TO START NOW TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF THE MOST POWERFUL POSITION ON THE PLANET.

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  • 10:06:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR…

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA, MR. JENKINS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:06:39 AM

    MR. JENKINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA HAS ALMOST 20,000…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MY HOME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA HAS ALMOST 20,000 COAL MINERS. TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE WORK IN THE MINES. AND ARE NOW ENJOYING A WELL DESERVED RETIREMENT. THEY PROUDLY MINED THE COAL THAT POWERS OUR NATION AND IT PUTS FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. THESE MINERS WORKED HARD EACH AND EVERY DAY, AND WE OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. OUR NATION MADE THEM A PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM IF THEY DEVELOPED BLACK LUNG DISEASE. AND FOR DECADES NOW THE FEDERAL LAW, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS GUARANTEED BLACK LUNG BENEFITS. AND THE SO-CALLED BYRD AMENDMENT SEVEN YEARS AGO REITERATED THAT COMMITMENT TO OUR MINERS. AS WE DRAFT HEALTH CARE REFORM HERE IN CONGRESS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAINTAIN THESE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS, THE ESSENTIAL BLACK LUNG BENEFITS FOR OUR MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I HAVE INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO AFFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THE BYRD AMENDMENT AND THESE CRITICAL BLACK LUNG BENEFITS. I INTRODUCED IT LAST CONGRESS, TOO, AND I'M COMMITTED FOR CONTINUING TO FIGHT FOR IT BECAUSE WE CANNOT LET OUR MINERS DOWN. WHILE MINE SAFETY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE, WE MUST GUARANTEE THAT OUR MINERS HAVE THE BENEFITS THEY NEED IN CASE THEY ARE DIAGNOSED WITH BLACK LUNG DISEASE. THESE BENEFITS PROVIDE CRITICAL SUPPORT FOR OUR RETIRED MINERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. FOR SOME DISABLED MINERS, IT MAY BE THE ONLY INCOME THEY HAVE. IN WEST VIRGINIA, ALMOST 5,000 FAMILIES RELY ON THESE BENEFITS. THIS IS A PROMISE WE MADE TO THEM, AND IT IS A PROMISE THAT WE MUST KEEP. JUST AS WE HAVE RELIED ON OUR MINERS TO MINE THE COAL THAT BUILT THE SKYSCRAPERS AND WON WORLD WARS, OUR MINERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RELY ON US. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF BLACK LUNG BENEFITS AND SKYSCRAPERS AND WON WORLD WARS, OUR MINERS SHOULD TO HONOR THE HARD WORK OF OUR MINERS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:09:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:09:33 AM

    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS, WE'RE IN A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. MAKE NO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS, WE'RE IN A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. YES, IT THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, MICHAEL FLYNN, RESIGNED. YES, HE SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED. BUT HE IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. A GLACIER OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IS PLAGUING OUR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW. IN HIS RESIGNATION LETTER GENERAL FLYNN WROTE, QUOTE, I HAVE ALWAYS PERFORMED MY DUTIES WITH THE UTMOST OF INTEGRITY AND HONESTY TO THOSE I HAVE SERVED. TO INCLUDE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, UNQUOTE. I BELIEVE GENERAL FLYNN. I BELIEVE HE DID PRECISELY WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ASKED HIM TO DO. GENERAL FLYNN IS A MILITARY MAN. HE IS ACCUSTOMED TO THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. HE DID NOT DO ANYTHING THAT HE WAS NOT ASKED TO DO. HE WAS NOT A ROGUE AGENT. BUT HAD THE COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE AND COOPERATION OF HIS COMMANDER IN CHIEF. WE HAVE ALL HEARD DONALD TRUMP POST OF HOW SMART HE IS. -- BOAST OF HOW SMART HE IS. AND HOW HE CALLS HIS OWN SHOTS. WHY, THEN, SHOULD WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN IT COMES TO NATIONAL SECURITY HE PREFERS TO BE KEPT IN THE DARK? A PRESIDENT CAN'T BE BOTH IN CHARGE AND OUT OF THE LOOP. THE ONLY WAY WE CAN EVER HOPE TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IS IF THERE IS A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. I BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION, AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO GO DOWN THE ROUTE OF HAVING IT BE A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION, THEN IT NEEDS TO BE A COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION. AND ONE THAT HAS THE RESOURCES TO DO THE JOB. I'M CALLING ON CHAIRMAN NUNES OF THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE TO SCHEDULE HEARINGS IMMEDIATELY. WE HEARD 14 HOURS OF TESTIMONY FROM SECRETARY CLINTON ABOUT HER EMAILS. I THINK WE CAN AGREE THAT FOREIGN INFILTRATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IS AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT AS USING A PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER. ESPECIALLY, I MIGHT ADD, WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS TEAM USED UNENCRYPTED CELL PHONES DURING THEIR NORTH KOREA STRATEGY SESSION AT MAR-A-LAGO IN A MINING ROOM WITH MANY OTHER GUESTS. AND TODAY AN ACTIVE DUTY, FOUR STAR GENERAL SAID PUBLICLY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT, QUOTE, CONTINUES TO BE IN UNBELIEVABLE TURMOIL, UNQUOTE. AND THAT HE HOPES, QUOTE, THEY SORT IT OUT SOON BECAUSE WE'RE A NATION AT WAR. AS A COMMANDER, I AM CONCERNED OUR GOVERNMENT BE AS STABLE AS POSSIBLE. IT IS CRITICAL THAT CONGRESS TAKES HEED OF THIS UNPRECEDENTED PUBLIC WARNING AND ACT. I'M WELL AWARE THIS IS A PARTISAN INSTITUTION. I ALSO KNOW THAT THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES IN OUR PROUD HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WHEN MEMBERS HAVE PUSHED PARTISANSHIP ASIDE IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH. THE WARREN COMMISSION FOLLOWING THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY IS ONE EXAMPLE. THE 9/11 COMMISSION AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN 2011 IS ANOTHER. IN THE SENATE AT LEAST THREE REPUBLICANS HAVE DIRECTLY CALLED FOR INVESTIGATIONS INTO THIS MATTER. AND SEVERAL MORE HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THESE QUESTIONS MUST BE ANSWERED. WHEN I WONDER WILL ONE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MEMBER COME FORWARD AND SAY, WE MUST INVESTIGATE? COLLEAGUES, I URGE YOU TO THINK THIS THROUGH. PUTIN ORDERED AGENTS TO MEDDLE IN OUR ELECTION. DID HE DO IT OUT OF LOVE FOR MR. TRUMP? I DOUBT IT. MORE LIKELY HE DID IT SO HE CAN DO TO A DEMOCRACY WHAT WE AND OUR ALLIES DID TO COMMUNISM. SEND IT TO THE ASH HEAP OF HISTORY. IF AMERICA'S ELECTIONS CAN BE HACKED, WHAT CHANCE IS IT FOR BUDDING DEMOCRACIES TO MAKE IT? DON'T BELIEVE ME, LOOK WHAT PUTIN HAS DONE IN JUST THREE WEEKS OF THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION. HE HAD GOVERNMENT AGENTS POISONED. HE SENT A POLITICAL RIVAL TO PRISON. HE SENT $12 MILLION TO THE FAR RIGHT CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF FRANCE. HIS LATEST MOVE WAS TO LAUNCH A CRUISE MISSILE THAT IS IN DIRECT DEFIANCE OF TREATIES. PUTIN'S RUSSIA IS PLAYING CHICKEN WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND WHAT IS OUR PRESIDENT'S RESPONSE? A TWEET COMPLAINING ABOUT LEAKS WITHIN HIS ADMINISTRATION AND ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORTS, PRESSURING THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN TO FORGE CLOSER RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BROMANCE IS DANGEROUS. IT UNDERMINES OUR DEMOCRACY, AND IT IS DESTABILIZING THE GLOBE. WHAT DOES PUTIN HAVE ON PRESIDENT TRUMP? WHAT DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP OWE PUTIN? WE WILL NOT KNOW UNTIL WE EXERCISE THIS U.S. CODE SECTION 6103, A VOTE WAS TAKEN PLACE IN WAYS AND MEANS YESTERDAY BY A TOTALLY PARTISAN VOTE. WE DESERVE TO KNOW WHAT HIS TAX RETURN SHOWS US. WE DESERVE THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 10:15:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:15:32 AM

    MR. MCCLINTOCK

    ONE OF THE MOST TROUBLING ASPECTS OF CALIFORNIA'S LURCH TO THE RIGHT ARE…

    ONE OF THE MOST TROUBLING ASPECTS OF CALIFORNIA'S LURCH TO THE RIGHT ARE TWO DOCTRINES UNKNOWN IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE LAST GASP OF THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY. THE FIRST IS THE DOCTRINE OF NULLIFICATION, STATES MAY DEFY FEDERAL LAWS THAT THEIR LEADERS SIMPLY DON'T LIKE. THE MOST OUTSPOKEN WAS JOHN C. CALHOUN WHEN REFERENCING OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OBSERVED OUR NATION HAD BEEN FOUNDED ON, HIS WORDS, SELF-EVIDENT LIES. THE DOCTRINE OF NULLIFICATION HAS BEEN REVISED IN THE SANCTUARY CITIES MOVEMENT AND HAS NOW REARED ITS HEAD AS STATE LEGISLATION. OUR CONSTITUTION CLEARLY GIVES CONGRESS THE SOLE PREROGATIVE TO MAKE IMMIGRATION LAW AND IT COMMANDS THE PRESIDENT TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THESE LAWS. OUR PRESIDENT IS NOW DOING SO. YET, CALIFORNIA'S LEGISLATURE IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WOULD ASSERT AN INDEPENDENT POWER TO DEFY THEM. AND THIS IS NOT JUST HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, STATES OUGHT TO BE JEALOUS GUARDIANS OF THEIR ORGANIC POWERS AND THE PREROGATIVES AGAINST UNWARRANTED ENCROACHMENTS BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE BINDS THE STATES TO OUR FEDERAL LAWS. THIS IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF CONSTITUTIONAL FEDERALISM IN ARTICLE 6. THIS CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES WHICH SHALL BE MADE IN PURSUANCE THEREOF AND TO ALL TREATIES MADE OR WHICH SHALL BE MADE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE UNITED STATES SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND AND THE JUDGES OF EVERY STATE SHOULD BE BOUND THEREBY. ANYTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION OR LAWS OF ANY STATE TO THE CONTRARY NOTWITHSTANDING. IF A STATE IN RIGHTFULLY GUARDING ITS POWERS BELIEVES THAT A FEDERAL LAW UNCONSTITUTIONALLY INFRINGES ON THOSE POWERS, THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT THE COURTS SHALL RESOLVE SUCH DISPUTES. BUT ASSERTING THE POWER TO NULLIFY A FEDERAL LAW, A LAW THAT'S CLEARLY WITHIN THE ENUMERATED POWERS OF THE CONGRESS AND CLEARLY UNDER THE SUPREMACY CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION, THAT CROSSES A VERY BRIGHT LINE THAT NO STATE HAS BREACHED SINCE THE FIRST STATE SUSS SEEDED IN 1861. WHICH BRINGS US TO THE SECOND, EVEN MORE DISTURBING DEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA'S MARCH TO THE EXTREME LEFT. THIS IS NO SINGLE ACT WHICH MORE ULTIMATELY AND CATEGORICALLY REJECTS OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THAT THEY STAND FOR THAN A PROPOSAL TO SUCCEED FROM A UNION FOR NORTHERLY 2 1/2 CENTURIES. IT'S ILLOGICALLY -- IT'S ILLOGICAL. SUCCESSION IS THE ULTIMATE ACT OF DISLOYALTY. AND YET IN CALIFORNIA A FORMAL SECESSION MOVEMENT IS NOW CIRCULATING PETITIONS TO PLACE SUCH A PROPOSAL ON THE BALLOT. IT SHOULD COME TO NO SURPRISE AT THAT ONE OF THE LEADING PROPONENTS IS AN AMERICAN EXPATRIOT WHO IS LIVING IN RUSSIA WHO DECLARED, QUOTE, HE COULD NO LONGER LIVE UNDER AN AMERICAN FLAG. IT SHOULD NOT EVEN COME AS A SURPRISE THAT THE MOVEMENT IS CHEERED ON BY CALIFORNIA'S INCREASINGLY RADICAL LEFT. BUT WHAT CAME AS A STUNNING SURPRISE IS THAT 32% OF CALIFORNIANS SUPPORT THIS MEASURE, ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL. LET ME REPEAT THAT. ONE IN THREE CALIFORNIANS, ACCORDING TO THIS POLL, WANT TO REPUDIATE OUR FEDERAL UNION AND ITS CONSTITUTION. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE POLLING IS WRONG OR THAT THE DISAFFECTED CALIFORNIANS WHO ANSWERED THE POLL IN THIS FASHION DID SO WITH RECKLESS ABANDON THAT CALM REFLECTION WILL CURE. BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID THE IMPLICATION THAT SO MANY PEOPLE IN MY AFFLICTED STATE HOLD SO LITTLE LOYALTY TO OUR COUNTRY THAT THEY WOULD SUPPORT A MEASURE THAT WILLFULLY REYNOLDS IT ASUNDAYER. THESE MOVEMENTS, NULLIFICATION AND SUCESSION IS TURBULENT. IN THESE TIMES OUR GREATEST STRENGTHS ARE OUR RULE OF LAW, OUR CONSTITUTIONALIST INSTITUTIONS AND THAT LOYALTY OF AMERICANS TO THEIR PRICELESS LEGACY OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE AND THE UNION THAT PRESERVES THEM. EVERY PERSON WHO TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION SWEARS AN OATH TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. THESE MODERN RESURRECTIONS OF THE LONG BURIED DOCTRINES OF NULLIFICATION AND SECESSION STRIKE AT THE HEART OF THE CONSTITUTION. THIS WOULD UNDERMINE THE VERY FOUNDATION OF OUR AMERICAN CIVILIZATION. THEY OUGHT TO BE CONDEMNED IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS AND OPPOSED BY EVERY AMERICAN OF GOOD WILL WHO REMAINS LOYAL TO OUR FREE GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:20:47 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 CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:20:59 AM

    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE'RE SITTING HERE IN THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE'RE SITTING HERE IN THIS CHAMBER, 30 MILES FROM THE GROTON NAVY SUBBASE THERE IS A RUSSIAN SPY SHIP THAT IS LOITERING AS WAS REPORTED THIS MORNING BY THE NAVY AND NEWS SOURCES OFF THE COAST, AGAIN, WITHIN THE BARE MINIMUM OF INTERNATIONAL WATERS. I CAN ATTEST TO THIS, ANYONE THAT WOULD LOITER OFF THE COAST OF CONNECTICUT IS NOT DOING IT BECAUSE OF THE GREAT CLIMATE AND WEATHER. IT'S FREEZING WEATHER OUT THERE AND THEY ARE DOING IT, OBVIOUSLY, WITH AGGRESSIVE INTENT, TO SAY THE LEAST. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS PART OF A PATTERN THAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW, NOT JUST OFF THE EAST COAST OF THE U.S., BUT ALSO OVERSEAS. THE U.S.S. PORTER, WHICH IS A NAVY MISSILE SHIP, WAS BUZZED BY MILITARY AIRCRAFT FROM RUSSIA ON FEBRUARY 10. THEY CAME WITHIN 200 YARDS OF THE SHIP, AND, AGAIN, BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH INCREDIBLY COMPETENT AND PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP THAT CAPTAIN THOSE VESSELS, AN INCIDENT WAS AVOIDED. HOWEVER, THE DANGER OF JET AIRCRAFT MOVING WITHIN 200 YARDS OF A U.S. NAVAL SHIP OBVIOUSLY IS JUST COMMON SENSE TO ANYONE HOW HIGH RISK THAT IS IN TERMS OF CREATING AN INCIDENT THAT COULD HAVE HUGE RAMIFICATIONS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THE NEWS REPORTED, AGAIN, JUST LAST COUPLE DAYS OR SO THAT THE RUSSIAN MILITARY IS NOW DEPLOYING INTERMEDIATE MEDIUM-RANGE NUCLEAR WARHEADS IN DIFFERENT PLACES THROUGHOUT EASTERN EUROPE OR WESTERN RUSSIA NEAR EASTERN EUROPE, AND, AGAIN, THIS IS IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF TREATIES THAT GO BACK DECADES AND AS GENERAL BREEDLOVE WHO WAS THE COMMANDER OF NATO AND THE EUROPEAN COMMAND WHO JUST STEPPED DOWN SAID THIS NEW EFFORT REALLY JUST CANNOT GO UNANSWERED. IT COMPLETELY DESTABILIZES THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THAT THEATER OF THE WORLD AGAIN, THE FOLKS IN CONNECTICUT WOKE UP THIS MORNING WITH THAT NEWS ABOUT THE SPY SHIP OFF THE COAST. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, IT'S CREATED A LOT OF CONSTERNATION AND QUESTIONS. ONCE AGAIN, I WOULD REITERATE THAT I HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE IN OUR NAVY LEADERSHIP BOTH AT THE GROTON NAVY BASE AND HERE IN WASHINGTON THAT THEY WILL REACT TO THIS WITH TOTAL VIGILANCE AND PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE TO MAKE SURE OUR SECURITY IS PROTECTED. BUT I THINK IT'S TIME NOW FOR ALL OF US IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TO UNDERSTAND THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN DURING THE FIVE YEARS THAT HE'S BEEN IN POWER, AGAIN, HAS TAKEN A POSTURE THAT IS COMPLETELY DESTABILIZING ANY SORT OF GLOBAL SYSTEM OF PEACE AND SECURITY. THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION, WHICH CLEARLY HAS AN INFATUATION WITH PUTIN AND THIS GOES BACK DURING THE CAMPAIGN WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, TALKING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL ABOUT HIS HIGH REGARD FOR PUTIN'S LEADERSHIP, WE NEED TO BASICALLY MOVE ON AND RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS AN EMERGING THREAT AND THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO RESPOND TO IT, BOTH IN THE SHORT TERM BUT ALSO OBVIOUSLY AS WE TAKE UP DEFENSE POLICY AND DEFENSE BUDGETS WHICH IS THAT THE RESURGENCE OF THE RUSSIAN NAVY IS A GAME CHANGER IN TERMS OF DEMANDS ON OUR FLEET. THAT'S SOMETHING ON THE SEA POWER COMMITTEE WHICH I AM THE RANKING MEMBER WE ARE WORKING HARD IN TERMS OF IMPLEMENTING. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S BOOST TO NAVY SHIPBUILDING AND INCREASING THE FLEET SIZE, BUT, AGAIN, WE NEED TO REALLY, AS I SAID, JUST DISAVOW OURSELVES OF ANY NAIVE ASSUMPTIONS THAT SOMEHOW THE PUTIN GOVERNMENT IS SOMEHOW SOMETHING THAT WE CAN TRUST AND SHOWS ANY REGARD FOR INTERNATIONAL NORMS OR INTERNATIONAL LAW. AGAIN, TO THE FOLKS BACK HOME, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE MONITORING THE SITUATION WITH OUR NAVY TEAM DOWN HERE IN WASHINGTON, AND, AGAIN, I HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE THAT WE ARE ON TOP OF THIS SITUATION BUT IT IS A REMINDER THAT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE INVESTMENT THAT THEY HAVE PUT INTO THEIR NAVY FLEET IS NOT A FRIENDLY GESTURE IN TERMS OF CREATING A SYSTEM OF GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY. AND THIS ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO WAKE UP AND RECOGNIZE THAT AND MOVE ON TO A BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO RESPOND TO THIS THREAT, AND THEY CAN DO THAT BY, AGAIN, DISCLOSING ALL OF THE BACKGROUND REGARDING GENERAL FLYNN'S INTERACTION WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT'S PART AND PARCEL OF ALL THOSE INCIDENTS WHICH I LISTED IN TERMS OF AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS THAT'S HAPPENING IN REAL TIME AS WE'RE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TODAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:26:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE, MRS. BLACKBURN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:26:10 AM

    MRS. BLACKBURN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS GOING TO BE BEFORE US THIS WEEK. AND WE'RE BRINGING IT FORWARD THROUGH THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT. IN OUR OFFICE, WE'VE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE SAY, WHAT IS A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT AND HOW IS IT THAT YOU CAN RECALL THESE RULES? THIS ALLOWS CONGRESS TO EXERCISE NAIR AUTHORITY OVER THE AGENCIES AND THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE ZECK -- EXERCISE THEIR AUTHORITY OVER THE AGENCIES AND THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE EXECUTIVE WHERE THEY MAKE RULES AND IN MANY TIMES THEY MAKE THESE RULES, AS THIS PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DID, AT THE LAST MINUTE, AS THEY'RE HEADING OUT THE DOOR, TRYING TO PUT THEIR SUM AND IMPRINT ON ACTIONS AND PROHIBIT CONGRESS OR PROHIBIT THE STATES FROM TAKING AN ACTION. SO AS WE MEET IN THIS CHAMBER THIS WEEK, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE UP H.R. 43, AND H.R. 43 IS A RESOLUTION WHICH WILL DISAPPROVE OF ONE OF THESE LAST-MINUTE RULE CHANGES THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE AS HE WAS EXITING HIS OFFICE. THIS ONE DEALS WITH TITLE 10 FUNDS, AND THE GRANT ALLOCATIONS THAT COME THROUGH TITLE 10 FUNDS. NOW, TITLE 10 FUNDS WERE PUT IN PLACE TO SERVE WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS. UNDERSERVED WOMEN IN UNDERSERVED AREAS. AND TO MAKE CERTAIN THERE WERE PROVISIONS SO THEY COULD ACCESS WOMEN'S HEALTH AND HAVE ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS, TO ANNUAL IMMUNIZATIONS, THOSE CHECKUPS THAT THEY NEED TO HAVE EACH YEAR. AND MANY TIMES THESE FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL SAY, WE DO WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WE ALSO DO ABORTION SERVICES. NOW, WHAT THIS BILL -- WHAT THE RULE WOULD HAVE DONE WAS TO BLOCK THE STATE AND TO TAKE AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO GO IN AND SAY, WHO IS GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THESE FUNDS AND ARE WE GOING TO DISALLOW THEM TO GO TO ENTITIES THAT PROVIDE ABORTION SERVICES? SO H.J.RES. 43 REPEALS THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S RULE, AND IT RESTORES AND GIVES BACK TO THE STATES THE FLEXIBILITY THAT THEY WANT AND DESIRE TO HAVE TO DISTRIBUTE THESE TITLE 10 GRANTS. UNDER THE PARAMETERS FOR WHICH THIS PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED. STATES SHOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER FAMILY PLANNING FUNDS TO PROVIDERS THAT OFFER A FULL RANGE, A COMPLETE RANGE OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR WOMEN BUT DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ELECTIVE ABORTIONS. TITLE 10 FUNDS OUTSIDE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WERE INTENDED TO HELP KEEP PATIENTS HEALTHY AND TO HELP THEM ON THE ROAD TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AND BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES, NOT TO TAKE AWAY LIFE. H.J.RES. 43 ALSO REDIRECTS TITLE 10 GRANT FUNDS TO OTHER CLINICS COMPRISED OF LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, HOSPITALS AND FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CLINICS THAT SEEK TO PROTECT LIFE AND OFFER HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO WOMEN. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.J.RES. 43, WHICH REPEALS THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIVE EFFORTS WHICH UNDERMINE THE STATE LAWS AND RESTORE TO THE STATES THE TITLE 10 GRANT PROGRAM FOR ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    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. WE GIVE I THANKS, OMBING GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. AS…

    LET US PRAY. WE GIVE I THANKS, OMBING GOD, FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. AS YOU MAKE AVAILABLE TO YOUR PEOPLE THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DAY, WE PRAY THAT YOUR SPIRIT WILL BE UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, GIVING THEM THE RICHNESS OF YOUR WHICH IS TOMORROW. -- WISDOM. MAY THE POWER OF YOUR TRUTH AND OUR FAITH IN YOUR PROVIDENCE GIVE THEM ALL THE CONFIDENCE THEY MUST HAVE TO DO THE WORK REQUIRED FOR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR GREATER HONOR AND GLORY, AMEN.

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    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 GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY.

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    MS. KELLY

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

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

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    00 THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AS OUR NATION CELEBRATES AMERICAN HEART…

    00 THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AS OUR NATION CELEBRATES AMERICAN HEART MONTH, I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS WORKING TO ENSURE THAT SOUTH FLORIDA IS FILLED WITH HEALTHY HEARTS. ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE FORT LAUDERDALE-MIAMI CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION WORKS TIRELESSLY EVERY DAY TO RAISE AWARENESS AND SUPPORT PATIENTS AS WELL AS CAREGIVERS. THE MEMBERS WILL BE HOSTING THE MIAMI HEART AND STROKE BALL TO HELP FUND LIFESAVING RESEARCH AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN OUR COMMUNITY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE MEDICAL RESEARCHERS, THE DOCTORS, AND THE NURSES AT THE MIAMI CARDIAC AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE, AND SO MANY OTHER MEDICAL CENTERS THAT ARE WORKING TO PIONEER INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS THAT SAVE LIVES IN SOUTH FLORIDA EVERY DAY. THIS AMERICAN HEART MONTH LET US UNITE AS A COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE EXERCISE, HEALTHY EATING HABITS, AND FREQUENT CHECKUPS TO ENSURE THAT SOUTH FLORIDA IS HEART HEALTHY THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. KELLY

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF TROUBLING EVENTS IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE, I…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE WAKE OF TROUBLING EVENTS IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE, I HAVE ONE SIMPLE QUESTION, WHERE IS THE HEARING? IN LESS THAN A MONTH WE WATCH THE CREDIBILITY AND SECURITY OF OUR DEMOCRACY ENDANGERED BY A DISSENT INTO SCANDAL, DISTRUST, AND AUTHORITATIVE ENVIRONMENT. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? I SERVE AS THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE'S I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE. YET I HAVE HEARD NOTHING ABOUT A HEARING TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIA'S CYBERATTACKS ON OUR ELECTIONS. WHERE IS THE HEARING? OFFICIALS ARE HAWKING THE FIRST DAUGHTER'S PRIVATE CLOTHING LINE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. WHERE IS THE HEARING? I SIT ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WE HAVE NOT HAD A DISCUSSION ON RUSSIA'S POTENTIAL BLACK MAILING OF OUR PRESIDENT OR FORMER N.S.A. DIRECTOR FLYNN. WHERE IS THE HEARING? THE PRESIDENT'S TWEETS SHOW AN UTTER LACK OF RESPECT FOR OUR FREE PRESS AND INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM. HALLMARKS OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WHERE ARE THE HEARINGS? RUSSIA ELECTION HACKING, UNCONSTITUTIONAL MUSLIM BANS, GAG ORDERS ON PUBLIC SERVANTS, UNFINISHED AND UNFILED ETHICS PAPERWORK, POLITICALLY MOTIVATED WITCH-HUNTS AGAINST SCIENTISTS AND REPORTERS, BLACKMAIL FROM A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. ALL OF THESE DESERVE ANSWERS. ONCE AGAIN I ASK, WHERE IS THE HEARING? THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED TO KNOW. THEY DESERVE A HEARING.

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE ISSUE OF FOOD INSECURITY AND THE PROGRAMS THAT SERVE THOSE IN NEED BEYOND PERSONAL RESOURCES, FAMILY SUPPORT, AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS. MANY ARE SURPRISED TO LEARN 22,000 ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY FAMILIES RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE. OR SNAP. FOOD INSECURITY FOR THE FAMILIES OF THESE AMERICAN HEROES CAN BE TRIGGERED BY LOW PAY AMONG LOWER RANKING ENLISTEES, HIGH MILITARY SPOUSE UNEMPLOYMENT, LARGER HOUSEHOLD SIZES, AND UNEXPECTED FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES. WE LIFTED ONE BARRIER TO SNAP ASSISTANCE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES BY DISBANDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ADMINISTERED FAMILY SUBSTANCE SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE OR FSSA. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT FSSA BENEFIT WAS DUPLICATIVE, UNDERUTILIZED, HARD TO QUALIFY FORKS AND LESS VALUABLE THAN SNAP. WITH AS FEW AS 100 MILITARY FAMILIES UTILIZING FSSA. ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT BARRIER THAT PREVENTS SOME MILITARY FAMILIES FROM QUALIFYING FOR SNAP IS THE FACT THAT THEIR OFF-BASE HOUSING ALLOWANCE COUNTS AS INCOME WHEN COMPUTING ELIGIBILITY. IT IS MY HOPE WE REMEDY THIS. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE PREPARE FOR RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, REMEMBER THE NEEDS OF AMERICA'S FINEST AND THEIR FAMILIES, OUR AMERICAN MILITARY. AFTER ALL, NUTRITION MATTERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    PROTECTION AGENCY, AND MY HOME COMMUNITY OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK, WE HAVE…

    PROTECTION AGENCY, AND MY HOME COMMUNITY OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK, WE HAVE SEEN THE E.P.A.'S EFFECTIVENESS FIRST HAND. 30 YEARS AGO THE BUFFALO RIVER WAS DECLARED BIOLOGICALLY DEAD AND ECOLOGICALICALLY DESTROYED BECAUSE OF INDUSTRIAL DUMPING OF TOXIC WASTE DIRECTLY INTO THE RIVER BED. TODAY THE BUFFALO RIVER HAS BEEN REMEDIATED AND CONTINUES TO SHOW VASTLY IMPROVED WATER QUALITY. THE GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE ADMINISTERED BY THE E.P.A., THE BUFFALO NIAGARA RIVER KEEPER, AND CORPORATE PART NEXT HONEYWELL, HAS INVESTED MORE THAN $70 MILLION TO REMOVE 67,000 TRUCKLOADS OF TOXIC WASTE FROM THE BUFFALO RIVER. TODAY THE BUFFALO RIVER AND ADJACENT LANDS IS HELPING TO LEAD AN ECONOMIC AND LIFE QUALITY RENAISSANCE AT THE WATER'S EDGE IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS A BITTER REALITY THAT UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS A BITTER REALITY THAT UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS ARE UNDAILY ASSAULT AROUND THE WORLD. I RISE TODAY JOINING IN CELEBRATION AND IN MOURNING WITH CHINESE DEMOCRACY ACTIVIST, JU YU FU HE TURNED 64 BUT MARKED THE OCCASION IN PRISON. HE'S DOUGH VOTED HIS LIFE TO PROMOTING DEMOCRACY IN HUMAN RIGHTS TO THE IRE OF CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

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    MR. HULTGREN

    IN 2012 HE WAS CONDEMNED TO SEVEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON UNJUST CHARGES.…

    IN 2012 HE WAS CONDEMNED TO SEVEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON UNJUST CHARGES. SINCE THEN HIS HEALTH HAS DETERIORATED, MADE WORSE BY DENIAL OF MEDICAL CARE AND INHUMANE TREATMENT. HIS FAMILY FEARS FOR HIS LIFE. THE PALM THAT LED TO HIS IMPRISONMENT IS CALLED, IT'S TIME. I COMPLETELY AGREE. IT IS TIME. IT'S TIME FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HIM WITH PROPER MEDICAL TREATMENT AND HUMANE CARE. MORE THAN THAT, IT'S TIME FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE THEM AND POLITICAL PRISONERS LIKE HIM UNJUSTLY DETAINED. IT'S TIME FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO RECOGNIZE AND SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY AND THOUGHT AND BELIEF. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. BUSTOS

    NOT ONLY DID HE MISLEAD THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC ON HIS SECRET…

    NOT ONLY DID HE MISLEAD THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE PUBLIC ON HIS SECRET CONVERSATIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, HE MAY HAVE ALSO VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW. BUT WHAT IS JUST AS CONCERNING IS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS AWARE OF GENERAL FLYNN'S MISCONDUCT WEEKS AGO AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP KNEW AND WHEN HE KNEW T LET ME BE CLEAR, GENERAL FLYNN'S RESIGNATION IS NOT THE END OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S SHADY TIES TO RUSHA. WE STILL DON'T KNOW IF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FINANCIAL INTEREST IN RUSSIA BECAUSE HE REFUSES TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. WE STILL DON'T KNOW THE EXTENT OF RUSSIA'S DISTURBING INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION BECAUSE OUR CALLS FOR AN INVESTIGATION HAVE BEEN STONEWALLED. AND WE JUST LEARNED THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS IN REGULAR CONVERSATION WITH RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S COZINESS WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN IS AN URGENT MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY. IT IS TIME THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRULY PUT AMERICA FIRST RATHER THAN THE KREMLIN. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AMERICAN HEART MONTH AND…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AMERICAN HEART MONTH AND THE NEED TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER TO BE PROACTIVE AND PREVENTIVE HEART CARE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HONORING THE TRADITION OF DEDICATING FEBRUARY AS AMERICAN HEART MONTH SO WE MAY CONTINUE OUR FIGHT AGAINST HEART DISEASE AND HEART DEFECTS AS A NATION. EVERY YEAR ONE IN FOUR DEATHS IS CAUSED BY HEART DISEASE AND APPROXIMATELY 40,000 BABIES ARE BORN IN THE U.S. WITH A CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT, INCLUDING MY SEFMENT THE GOOD NEWS IS THE HEART DISEASE CAN OFTEN BE DETECTED EARLIER AND EVEN PREVENTED. WHEN WE'RE PROACTIVE AND MAKE HEALTHY CHOICE, MANAGE OUR HEALTH CONDITIONS, AND KEEP UP WITH OUR ANNUAL PHYSICALS. COMMUNITIES, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND FAMILIES CAN WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE HEALTHIER LIFE CHOICES AND TO LESSEN THE STIGMA AND FEAR OF SIMPLY GOING TO THE DOCTOR. AS THIS IS AN AMERICAN HEART MONTH, I ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICANS TO USE THIS MONTH TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HEART DISEASE AND HEART DEFECTS AND HOW WE CAN PREVENT, TREAT, AND COPE WITH THEM BOTH AT HOME AND THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITIES. THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS, GUIDANCE OF MY DOCTORS, AND THE GRACE OF GOD, I AM BLESSED TO BE STANDING HERE TO SUPPORT THOSE ACROSS OUR NATION. WHO ARE AFFECTED IN SOME WAY BY HEART DISEASE AND HEART DEFECTS. MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO EVERY ONE OF YOU. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN PROMOTING AMERICAN HEART MONTH SO WE CAN ALL HELP SAVE PRECIOUS LIVES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN'S…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN'S RESIGNATION IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ANSWERS TO THE SERIOUS QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN OVER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S QUESTIONABLE CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA. TO PUTIN. FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT FLYNN, WHO HELD SECRET COMMUNICATIONS WITH RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR, COULD HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED OR EVEN THE SUBJECT OF BLACKMAIL. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT DISCLOSED THIS DANGER TO THE WHITE HOUSE WEEKS AGO, YET THE PRESIDENT ALLOWED MR. FLYNN TO CONTINUE IN HIS POSITION AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR. AFTER HAVING THAT INFORMATION DISCLOSED TO THEM. THIS CONDUCT COULD ONLY BE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. THERE ARE SERIOUS UNANSWERED QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN. AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT STAKE. AMERICANS DESERVE ANSWERS. DID THE PRESIDENT OR OTHERS KNOW OR DIRECT FLYNN'S SECRET COMMUNICATIONS WITH RUSSIA? WHY DID THE WHITE HOUSE SIT ON ITS HANDS FOR WEEKS EVEN AFTER BEING TOLD ITS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR COULD HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED? WERE TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS COLLUDING WITH RUSSIANS? THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ANSWERS TO. WE NEED A BIPARTISAN, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO EXAMINE THESE QUESTIONS. THE CREDIBILITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT IS AT STAKE. CONGRESS MUST ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. SMITH

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

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

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE THE SATURATION, NEGATIVE MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE THE SATURATION, NEGATIVE MEDIA COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. A RECENT POLL FOUND THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THOUGHT MORE TRUSTWORTHY THAN THE NEWS MEDIA. THE ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERED TRUTHFUL BY 49% OF REGISTERED VOTERS, BUT THE MEDIA IS LESS TRUSTED THAN THE ADMINISTRATION WITH ONLY 39% FINDING IT HONEST. SO PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MORE CREDIBLE THAN THE LIBERAL NATIONAL MEDIA. THAT'S NO SURPRISE. IF THE MEDIA WANTS TO INCREASE THEIR CREDIBILITY, THEY SHOULD REPORT THE NEWS FAIRLY, OBJECTIVELY, AND WITHOUT MALL LIST. -- MALL LACE. -- MALICE.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEVADA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. TITUS

    SO FAR IN 2017, DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TEARGETTED WOMEN,…

    SO FAR IN 2017, DONALD TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TEARGETTED WOMEN, IMMIGRANTS, AND HEALTH CARE, NOW THEY ARE SITING THEIR SIGHTS ON BEAR CUBS, WOLVES, AND COYOTES. REPUBLICANS IN CAHOOTS WITH THE GUN LOBBY AND TROPHY HUNTERS WANT TO ELIMINATE A RULE THAT CURRENTLY PROHIBITS HUNTERS FROM USING BRUTAL MEANS TO KILL OUR MAJESTIC ANIMALS. THIS RULE PREVENTS SNARING AND TRAPPING BEARS, INCLUDING CUBS, HUNTING WOLVES IN THEIR DENSE, AND SHOOTING BEARS FROM A HELICOPTER, AMONG OTHER METHODS. THOSE OPPOSED TO THE RULE SAY THAT IT HURTS ALASKA'S ECONOMY, BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF THAT. IN FACT, BIG GAME HUNTING REPRESENTS ONLY 2% OF WILDLIFE RELATED RECREATION ON OUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES. MEANWHILE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS ESTIMATED THAT WILDLIFE WATCHERS, THOSE WHO GO TO SEE WILDLIFE NOT TO SHOOT THEM, CONTRIBUTE $1 BILLION TO THE STATE'S ECONOMY. I ASK YOU, IS A TROPHY ON THE WALL REALLY WORTH IT? PLEASE, VOTE NO ON H.J. RESOLUTION 69 INTRODUCED BY OUR COLLEAGUE, MR. YOUNG. I YIELD BACK.

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    INFLUENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND AT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE OF THE RUSSIAN…

    INFLUENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION AND AT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. THIS HOUSE SHOULD HAVE BEGUN THIS CRITICAL OVERSIGHT WORK IMMEDIATELY AND SERVED AS A CHECK ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT IT IS-T HAS FAILED TO DO SO. THE RESIGNATION OF GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN HAS RAISED FAR MORE QUESTIONS THAN IT ANSWERED. AND IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO SIMPLY SIT ON OUR HANDS OR TO SAY THAT SOMEHOW THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE LEAKS THAT EXPOSED THIS MISCONDUCT AND NOT THE MISCONDUCT ITSELF. THAT WON'T CUT IT. . THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE FULL INVOLVEMENT OF RUSSIA IN THE ELECTIONS AND WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK NO ACTION FOR WEEKS AFTER LEARNING OF GENERAL FLYNN'S MISCONDUCT. UNFORTUNATELY THIS ADMINISTRATION'S IDEA OF TRANSPARENCY IS CONDUCTING SENSITIVE NATIONAL SECURITY DISCUSSIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF A CROWDED MAR-A-LAGO DINING ROOM IN FULL VIEW OF HIS WEALTHY PATRONS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. THEY DESERVE AN INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN COMMISSION, AND IT'S TIME FOR THIS HOUSE TO DO ITS JOB. I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    DONALD TRUMP POSES THE GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY SINCE…

    DONALD TRUMP POSES THE GREATEST PRESIDENTIAL THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY SINCE RICHARD NIXON.

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    MR. JEFFRIES

    THE POTENTIAL CRIMES AND THE POTENTIAL COVER-UP. 17 DIFFERENT INTELLIGENCE…

    THE POTENTIAL CRIMES AND THE POTENTIAL COVER-UP. 17 DIFFERENT INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED WITH THE ELECTION IN ORDER TO HELP DONALD TRUMP. TOP TRUMP CRONIES LIKE CARTER PAIGE, PAUL MANIFORD, AND MICHAEL FLYNN ALL HAD REGULAR COMMUNICATIONS WITH HIGH-LEVEL RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS AT THE SAME TIME THEY WERE ENGAGING IN HACKING. THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR RESIGNED IN DISGRACE. BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR. THE PRESIDENT REFUSES TO DENOUNCE VLADIMIR PUTIN AND CONTINUES TO TRY TO MAKE RUSSIA GREAT AGAIN. CONNECT THE DOTS. IT'S TIME FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DO YOUR JOB AND PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF PARTY. JOIN US IN A BIPARTISAN INVESTIGATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO AVOID…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND MEMBERS TO AVOID IMPROPER REFERENCES TO THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE MANY VETERANS AND THE WORK THAT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE MANY VETERANS AND THE WORK THAT CONGRESS IS DOING TO SUPPORT AND REPRESENT THEM ON THE HOUSE FLOOR THIS WEEK. THESE ARE THE HEROS THAT KEEP US SAFE AND SECURE EACH AND EVERY DAY.

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    MR. YODER

    THIS WEEK THE BODY PASSED A FEW IMPORTANT BILLS, THE STREAMLINE ACCESS TO…

    THIS WEEK THE BODY PASSED A FEW IMPORTANT BILLS, THE STREAMLINE ACCESS TO CARE VETERANS, AS WELL AS PROVIDE NEW AND BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES AND VETERANS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. LAST MONTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS INCREASED TO 6.3%. MARKING THE FOURTH TIME IN THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS THAT GROUP'S PERCENTAGE HAS BEEN HIGHER THAN THE OVERALL VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE. THAT MEANS THAT ABOUT 211,000 IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR WORK. THAT IS 211,000 TOO MANY. THAT'S WHY ONE OF THE BILLS WE PASSED THIS WEEK ESTABLISHES A FEDERAL PROGRAM RECOGNIZING PRIVATE BUSINESSES THAT EMPLOY VETERANS AND ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE TO HELP OUR VETS. MR. SPEAKER, HELPING OUR NATION'S VETERANS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR US IS A CRITICAL PRIORITY AND REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES OF THIS CONGRESS. I WILL CONTINUE TO USE MY TIME AND EFFORT TO FIGHT FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THEM WHEN THEY RETURN HOME, TO GIVE THEM A HEROES WELCOME THEY -- THEM THE HEREO'S WELCOME THEY DESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEEBLINGER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2 H OF -- D 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE AT 9:19 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED, WITHOUT AMENDMENT, H.R. 255, H.R. 321. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 12:19:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS, I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE GROWING NUMBER OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MEMBERS, I RISE TO HIGHLIGHT THE GROWING NUMBER OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE SILENCE FROM OUR HOUSE MAJORITY. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS SIGNED 12 EXECUTIVE ORDERS IN THE FIRST FIVE WEEKS IN OFFICE. MANY, LIKE THE BORDER WALL, THE MUSLIM BAN, THE A.C.A. SABOTAGE ORDER, ARE HIGHLY MISGUIDED AND EXCEED THE INTENT OF THE LAW. CONGRESS HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO OVERSEE AND INVESTIGATE THE ACTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE. TO DATE THE HOUSE MAJORITY HAS SAID LITTLE AND TAKEN NO ACTION TO OVERSEE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ABUSE OF POWER THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDERS. WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THE HOUSE MAJORITY CALLED HIS ADMINISTRATION EVERY NAME UNDER THE SOB -- SUN. AGENCIES WERE SCRUTINIZED, FEDERAL OFFICIALS WERE REGULARLY SUBJECT TO QUESTIONING. WHERE'S THE OVERSIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, WHERE'S THE CRITICISM? WHAT HAPPENED TO LIMITING THE EXECUTIVE POWER? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE MAJORITY TO UPHOLD CONGRESS' CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES AND VIGOROUSLY SCRUTINIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ACTIONS AND THE MOUNTING ABUSE OF POWER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:20:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BURGESS

    BY DIRECTION OF COMMITTEE OF RULES, I CALM UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 -- CALL…

    BY DIRECTION OF COMMITTEE OF RULES, I CALM UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 -- CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 12. HOUSE RESOLUTION 123. RESOLVED -- 123 THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 12. HOUSE RESOLUTION 123. RESOLVED -- 123 THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 43, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, OF THE FINAL RULES SUBMITTED BY THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RELATING TO COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE 10 REQUIREMENTS. BY PROJECT RECIPIENTS IN SELECTING SUBRECIPIENTS. 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 OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES. AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 2. UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE JOINT RESOLUTION, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 69, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL UNDER CHAPTER 8 OF TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE, OF THE FINAL RULES OF THE -- RULE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR RELATING TO NONSUBSISTENCE TAKE ON WILDLIFE AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION A AND CLOSURE PROCEDURES ON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEES IN ALASKA. 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 OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES, AND, TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. SECTION 3. ON ANY LEGISLATE FPK DAY DURING THE PERIOD FROM FEBRUARY 17, 2017, THROUGH FEBRUARY 24, 2017, A, THE GENERAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE PREVIOUS DAY SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS APPROVED. AND B, THE CHAIR MAY AT ANY TIME DECLARE THE HOUSE ADJOURNED TO MEET AT A DATE AND TIME WITHIN THE LIMITS OF CLAUSE 4, SECTION 5, ARTICLE 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION. TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIR AND DE-- IN DECLARING THE ADJOURNMENT. SECTION 4, THE SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS TO PERFORM THE DUTIES OF THE CHAIR FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD ADDRESSED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS RESOLUTION, AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 8-A OF SPEAKER MAY APPOINT MEMBERS RULE 1.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. BURGESS

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

    MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY, I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE, MS. SLAUGHTER, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE…

    DURING CONSIDERATION OF THE RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 PROVIDES FOR A RULE TO CONSIDER TWO…

    MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 PROVIDES FOR A RULE TO CONSIDER TWO CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTRESSLUSIONS WHICH WILL UNDO BURDENSOME AND HARMFUL REGULATIONS PUT INTO PLACE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DURING THE FINAL HOURS OF HIS PRESIDENCY. THE RULE BRINGS BEFORE THE HOUSE THESE RESOLUTIONS SO THAT CONGRESS MAY REMOVE, THROUGH THE PROPER LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, RULES PROMULGATED BY BUREAUCRATS WHO REMAIN UNACCOUNTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS PROCESS ALLOWS THOSE WHO ARE ACCOUNTABLE, THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN THE CONGRESS, TO FIND FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS' RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES. HOUSE RESOLUTION 123 PROVIDES FOR A CLOSED RULE FOR EACH OF THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTRESSLUSIONS, BOTH H.J.RES. 43 AND H.J.RES. 69, THE STANDARD PROCEDURE FOR SUCH RESOLUTIONS, SINCE THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EACH IS TO REMOVE A HARMFUL REGULATION FROM THE FEDERAL REGISTER. THE RULE ALLOWS FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE MAJORITY AND THE MINORITY LEADER OR THEIR DESIGNEES FOR H.J.RES. 43, AND ONE HOUR OF DEBATE, EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES FOR H.J.RES. 69. ON EACH RESOLUTION CONTAINED IN THE RULE, THE MINORITY IS AFFORDED THE CUSTOMARY MOTION TO RECOMMIT. H.J.RES. 43 IS A JOINT RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD REPEAL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MIDNIGHT RULE THAT TAKES AWAY THE STATE'S ABILITY TO DIRECT FUNDING WITHIN THEIR OWN BORDERS TO CERTAIN HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT CONFORMED TO THE STATE'S VALUES. IN HER FINAL DAYS IN OFFICE, SECRETARY MATTHEWS BURWELL PUSHED FORWARD A RULE THAT WOULD REQUIRE STATES TO FUND, WITH PUBLIC DOLLARS, FACILITIES THAT PERFORM ABORTIONS, POTENTIALLY AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF THAT GIVEN STATE. FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE 10THTH AMENDMENT, WHICH GRANTS TO STATE -- 10TH AMENDMENT, WHICH GRANTS TO STATES THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE SUCH DECISIONS WITHIN THEIR BORDERS AND TO PRIORITIZE WHICH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SHOULD RECEIVE FUNDING BASED ON THE GREATEST NEED IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. THOSE OF US WHO CARE ABOUT THE CAREFULLY CRAFTED FEDERAL SYSTEM WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SET UP, WHICH ALLOWS DIFFERENT STATES TO OPERATE DIFFERENTLY BASED UPON THEIR OWN VALUES AND PRIORITIES, RECOGNIZED THIS OBAMA RULE FOR WHAT IT WAS. A POWER GRAB BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THIS IS WHY THE HOUSE WILL TAKE UP THIS RESOLUTION TODAY, TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR STATES' RIGHTS. AND WE'LL REPEAL THIS BURDENSOME REGULATION THAT TIES THE HANDS OF EVERY STATE LEGISLATURE AND TIES THE HANDS OF EVERY GOVERNOR IN THE NATION. H.J.RES. 69, A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTRESSLUSION TO REPEAL AN OVERREACHING REGULATION BY THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, AND USURPS ALASKA'S ABILITY TO MANAGE ITS OWN LANDS WITHIN ITS OWN BORDERS. FEDERAL LAW HAS LONG RECOGNIZED THAT ALASKA AND HER ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE IN THE BEST POSITION TO MAKE THE DECISIONS ON WHAT ACTIONS TO PERMIT ON THE PUBLIC LANDS IN THAT STATE. WHETHER THOSE LANDS ARE FEDERAL, STATE OR PRIVATE. DESPITE THIS LONG PRECEDENT, CODIFIED BY CONGRESS IN THE NATIONAL -- IN THE ALASKA NATIONAL INTEREST LAND CONSERVATION ACT, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MOVED FORWARD IN ITS WANING DAYS WITH A RULE THAT IMPOSES FEDERAL RESTRICTION ON LANDS THAT HAVE BEEN, UP UNTIL THE END OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, SUCCESSFULLY REGULATED BY THE STATE OF ALASKA. LIKE H.J.RES. 43, THIS RESOLUTION RECOGNIZES THAT IMPORTANT 10TH AMENDMENT PROTECTION PUT IN PLACE BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS IN OUR CONSTITUTION, WHICH PROTECTS STATES' RIGHTS TO GOVERN WITHIN THEIR OWN BORDERS. THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL MAINTAINING ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. ITS NECESSITY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS. WHERE THIS CONGRESS HAS NEEDED TO STEP IN AND REMOVE BURDENSOME AND UNBALANCED REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE BY THE -- PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS TEAM JUST AS THEY WERE WALKING OUT THE DOOR. HOUSE REPUBLICANS TODAY WILL STAND UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, WILL STAND UP AGAINST THE OUT-OF-CONTROL FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT TODAY'S RULE AND THE TWO UNDERLYING CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTRESSLUSIONS AND I'LL 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 NEW…

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

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM RULES FOR YIELDING ME…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM RULES FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY TIME. BEFORE I START I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD THE LETTER FROM OVER 20 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS REGARDING THE DANGER OF CUTTING CERTAIN PROVIDERS OFF FROM TITLE 10 FUNDING BECAUSE THEY ALSO PROVIDE ABORTIONS WITH PRIVATE FUNDS.

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    AND SECONDLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM MYSELF…

    AND SECONDLY, MR. SPEAKER, TO INSERT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM MYSELF AND 161 OTHER MEMBERS TO SPEAKER RYAN, OPPOSING THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S EFFORT TO UNDERMINE THE CHILD 10 FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM AND WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY IS IN THE MIDST OF AN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY IS IN THE MIDST OF AN UNPRECEDENTED AND RELENTLESS ASSAULT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND MANY OTHER REGULATIONS WHILE WE'RE AT IT, BEING OVERTURNED EVERY DAY HERE. ALTHOUGH IT PLEDGED TO GOVERN BY PRIORITIZING JOBS AND THE ECONOMY, THE MAJORITY'S INSTEAD ESCALATING ITS WAR ON WOMEN. WITH H.J.RES. 43, A DANGEROUS CONTINUATION OF ITS NEVER-ENDING CRUSADE AGAINST ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR WOMEN. . THE MAJORITY STARTED THE 115TH CONGRESS BY MOVING QUICKLY TO EVISCERATE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, A LAW THAT FINALLY BARRED INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM TREATING WOMEN AS BEING A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. WITHOUT THIS LAW, WOMEN ONCE AGAIN WOULD PAY A HIGHER RATE FOR COVERAGE THAN MEN. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT IF EVERYBODY DOESN'T KNOW IT, BUT BEFORE THIS LAW, SINGLE WOMEN PAID FROM 10% TO 57% MORE THAN MEN FOR THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE IN STATES THAT ALLOWED GENDER RATING. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT IT COST AMERICAN WOMEN NEARLY $1 BILLION EVERY YEAR. REPUBLICANS ARE RUSHING TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHOUT ANYTHING TO TAKE ITS PLACE. THE MAJORITY'S ALSO ADVANCED H.R. 7, SWEEPING BILL THAT WOULD GO BEYOND EVEN THE HYDE AMENDMENT, A 40-YEAR PROVISION THAT'S BEEN AROUND FOR FOUR DECADES TOO LONG. THIS LEGISLATION WOULDN'T JUST MAKE THIS AMENDMENT PERMANENT, IT WOULD ALSO PLACE UNPRECEDENTED LIMITS ON WOMEN'S ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES, EVEN IF THEY WANTED TO PAY OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS TO ACCESS ACTUALLY PROTECTED ABORTION SERVICES. THESE MOVES BY THE MAJORITY, ALONG WITH THE PRESIDENT SIGNING A DRAMATIC EXPANSION OF GLOBAL GAG RULE IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKING OFFICE, HAVE BROUGHT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE POURING INTO THE STREET IN PROTEST. DURING THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S MARCH, MILLIONS OF PEOPLE MARCHED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EVEN AROUND THE GLOBE TO DEFEND WOMEN'S RIGHTS. THESE MARCHES WERE LIKELY THE LARGEST DAY OF PROTEST IN AMERICAN HISTORY. MORE THAN HALF MILLION PEOPLE TOOK TO THE STREETS RIGHT HERE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL. AND THEY WERE PEACEFUL, WITHOUT A SINGLE ARREST REPORTED ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY. FAR FROM EXPECTING -- RESPECTING THOSE RIGHTS, THE MAJORITY IS TODAY CONSIDERING A MEASURE THAT MARKS AN ENTIRE-L NEW FRONT IN THEIR WAR AGAINST WOMEN'S RIGHTS. AND THIS IS THE MOST SERIOUS THREAT FACING WOMEN SO FAR IN THIS CONGRESS, AND IT'S ONLY FEBRUARY. PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY TITLE 10 HELP TO PROVIDE LIFESAVING, PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES LIKE CONTRACEPTION, CANCER SCREENING, S.T.D. TESTING TO MEN AND WOMEN WHO NEED THEM MOST. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS THAT THE MAJORITY IS TODAY TRYING TO ALLOW CONSERVATIVE STATE LEGISLATURES TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHO CAN PROVIDE THIS ESSENTIAL CARE WITH FEDERAL MONEY. AND THAT IS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS IN THE WORLD THAT THE LUCK OF THE DRAW WHERE YOU LIVE WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE ACCESS THAT IS ENTITLED TO ALL PEOPLE. THIS WOULD THREATEN HEALTH CENTERS FROM COAST TO COAST. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE FACING THE SAME PROBLEM TODAY WE FACED FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME. MEN IN BLUE SUITS AND RED TIES DETERMINING WHAT WOMEN CAN AND SHOULD DO WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR OWN HEALTH. THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT THE MAJORITY OF PERSONS, WOMEN, IN THE UNITED STATES, ARE INCAPABLE OF MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS. DO YOU THINK THAT ABOUT YOUR OWN MOTHER OR YOUR WIFE? BECAUSE WASHINGTON, D.C., IS CONTROLLED BY THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, THE STAKES FOR WOMEN ARE HIGHER TODAY THAN THEY HAVE BEEN IN GENERATIONS AS WE TURN OVER LAWS PASSED BY THE ELECTED GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN CONGRESS TURN A DEAF EAR TO THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO OPPOSE THIS DRAMATIC GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION INTO WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. THEY UNFORTUNATELY HAVE THE VOTES TO PASS IT. BUT THEY'LL HAVE TO RECKON WITH THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE PUBLIC WHO UNDERSTAND IT'S TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT OF THE BUSINESS OF TAKING AWAY WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE RIGHTS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME TAKE A PERSONAL MOMENT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE DEPARTURE OF A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THIS COMMITTEE IS LIKE FAMILY AND THAT WE HAVE ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED STAFFS ON CAPITOL HILL. ADAM BERG, A DEPUTY STAFF DIRECTOR AND COUNSEL ON THE DEMOCRAT STAFF PERSONIFIES THIS. AFTER DECADES WORKING FOR THE RULES COMMITTEE, ADAM'S BEGINNING A NEW CHAPTER ON A DIFFERENT COMMITTEE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HIS KNOWLEDGE AND GUIDANCE THESE LAST YEARS HAVE BEEN IMMEASURABLE. DURING HIS TIME HERE HE HAS MARRIED HIS WIFE, WHO IS BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED, AND BECAME A FATHER TO HIS DAUGHTER WHO WAS SINGLE SONGS WITH HER MOTHER AT THE AGE OF THREE MONTHS. THAT IS A PRENEGOTIATION CHILD. ADAM'S PLAYED A KEY ROLE AS THIS COMMITTEE BROUGHT LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. INCLUDING DODD-FRANK, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND LEGISLATION TO RAISE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE. THE COMMITTEE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AS EFFECTIVE WITHOUT ADAM'S COUNSEL, AND HE'LL BE GREATLY MISSED. AND I WISH HIM NOTHING BUT THE BEST IN HIS NEW ENDEAVOR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:35:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- TWO MINUTES TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE -- TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. DELAURO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. DELAURO

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH WOULD ENABLE STATES TO…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE WHICH WOULD ENABLE STATES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND DENY WOMEN ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THIS RULE WOULD PUT THE ONLY FEDERAL PROGRAM EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES IN JEP PARDONY. IT REVERSES THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TITLE 10 RULE PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST TITLE 10 HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND IT WOULD HAVE DEVASTATING HEALTH CARE CONSEQUENCES. IN 2015, 88% OF PATIENTS AT TITLE 10 CLINICS RECEIVED SUBSIDIZED OR NO-CHARGE CARE AND MANY OF THESE CLINICS PROVIDE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN ADDITION TO FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES. THIS COULD UP-END PUBLIC HEALTH NETWORKS IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE CONTRY. SUPPORTERS OF THIS AMENDMENT -- COUNTRY. SUPPORTERS OF THIS AMENDMENT CLAIM THAT OTHER HEALTH PROVIDERS COULD ABSORB THE CLIENTS WHO WOULD LOSE ACCESS TO THEIR TITLE 10 CLINICS. THIS IS FALSE. COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS, THEY HAVE SAID THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY AND THEY ARE OFTEN NOT LOCATED NEAR THESE PATIENTS. WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. WE NEED TO UPHOLD OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PROVIDE CRITICAL SERVICES TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS RULE OR THIS RESOLUTION. IT IS DETRIMENTAL TO WOMEN'S HEALTH IN THIS COUNTRY, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD MYSELF THREE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BURGESS

    DO I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT H.J.RES. 43 WOULD REPEAL THE OBAMA…

    DO I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT H.J.RES. 43 WOULD REPEAL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RULE THAT ALLOWS STATES TO ENJOY THE FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY TO DISTRIBUTE TITLE 10 GRANT MONEY IN A WAY THAT SERVES THE NEEDS OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS. JUST ON WAY OF BACKGROUND, DECEMBER 16, 2016, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FINALIZED A RULE THAT PREVENTS STATES FROM ELIMINATING ABORTION PROVIDERS FROM THE TITLE 10 GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS. TITLE 10 IS A FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM. AUTHORIZED IN 1970. AND WAS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME WOMEN. THEWOMAN RULE WAS WIDELY PERCEIVED AS AN ATTEMPT BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO REQUIRE STATES TO FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD, THE NATION'S LARGEST ABORTION BUSINESS. PRIOR TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RULE, STATES WERE FREE TO DIRECT THEIR TITLE 10 FUNDS TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN ABORTION. WHEN STATES HAD THIS FREEDOM, THEY WERE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO INVEST IN WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE INSTEAD OF INVESTING IN BIG ABORTION. STATES SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHOOSE TO PRIORITIZE FAMILY PLANNING FUNDS TO HEALTH CLINICS THAT OFFER A FULL RANGE OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES, INCLUDING FAMILY PLANNING, BUT DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ABORTION. STAILINGTS -- STATES CAN FULLY SUPPORT FAMILY PLANNING AND OTHER HEALTH SERVICES WITHOUT FUNDING ABORTION PROVIDERS LIKE PLANNED PARENTHOOD. PLANNED PARENTHOOD ONLY COMPRISES 13% OF APPROXIMATELY 4,100 TITLE 10 SERVICE SITES. REDIRECTING FUNDS AWAY FROM ABORTION PROVIDERS DOES NOT REDUCE FUNDS FOR THE TITLE 10 PROGRAM. WHEN STATES SET PERIOD THAT ELIMINATES ABORTION PROVIDERS FROM TITLE 10 DISTRIBUTIONS, THOSE FUNDS ARE THEN DIRECTED TO OTHER CLINICS, 87% OF CURRENT TITLE 10 SERVICE SITES ARE COMPRISED OF LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, LOCAL HOSPITALS, AND FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF. I THINK I NEED TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME YIELD MYSELF A MINUTE AND A HALF. I THINK I NEED TO MAKE THIS POINT ONE MORE TY. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE UNDERSTANDS THAT NOT A DIME OF FEDERAL MONEY IS USED FOR ABORTIONS. NEVER HAS BEEN, NEVER WILL. THERE IS METICULOUS CARE TAKEN BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO SEPARATE THOSE FUNDS. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED IN ANY WAY BY THE I.R.S. AS TO HOW THOSE FUNDS ARE BEING USED. I'M SICK AND TIRED OF EVERYBODY SAYING CAN'T GIVE ANYTHING TO PLANT PARENTHOOD. THE MONEY THAT GOES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD FROM THIS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOES TO REIMBURSE FOR SERVICES RENDERED. THE THINGS HI TALKED ABOUT BEFORE. CERVICAL CANCER TESTS, CANCER TESTS OF ALL SORTS. HEALTH CARE THAT THEY CAN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE. SCREENING FOR S.T.D.'S. THAT IS TOTALLY SEPARATE. AND YET THAT FABLE THAT FEDERAL MONEY IS USED FOR ABORTION TO YOU FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS TOTALLY FALSE AND I THINK IT'S TIME THAT GROWN-UP THAT IS CAN READ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DO AWAY WITH THAT NOTION. I ALSO WOULD PLEASE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. CARDENAS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THIS RULE AND THE HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 69 WHICH WE WILL BE DATE DEBATING TOMORROW. LAST YEAR THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE UPDATED ITS REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES IN ALASKA TO PROHIBIT THE CRUELEST KILLING METHODS OF WOLVES, GRIZZLY BEARS, AND OTHER NATIVE MAMMALS IN SKEA. THE RULE FWS PUT FORWARD THAT MAKES SENSE, IT EVEN MAKES CLEAR IT DOES NOT APPLY TO SUBSISTANCE HUNTING OR RESTRICT THE TAKING OF WILDLIFE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY PURPOSES OR IN DEFENSE OF PROPERTY. YET HERE WE'RE JUST SIX MONTHS LATER AND REPUBLICANS ARE PUSHING THROUGH THIS RESOLUTION TO OVERTURN THE RULE AND MAKE EGREGIOUS AND CRUEL HUNTING METHODS COMMON PRACTICE IN ALASKA. INHUMANE METHODS SUCH AS DENING OF WOLVES AND THEIR PUPS, USING AIRPLANES TO SCOUT AND SHOOT GRIZZLIES BEARS, AND TRAPPING GRIZZLY BEARS WITH STEEL-JAWED TRAPS, THESE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED ANYWHERE. THIS RESOLUTION IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND INHUMANE. AS WITH OTHER CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTIONS, H.J. RESOLUTION 69 WILL HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT. THIS AND FUTURE ADMINISTRATIONS WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM EVER ISSUING A SIMILAR RULE. MAKING INHUMANE AND REPREHENSIBLE HUNTING METHODS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THIS RESOLUTION HANDCUFFS OUR FEDERAL WILDLIFE MANAGERS FROM PROTECTING OUR REFUGES, OUR NATURAL RESOURCES, AND OUR WILDLIFE. WE MUST ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL SOMEDAY ENJOY THE MAJESTIC NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE NATIVE MAMMALS IN ALASKA AND ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS RULE AND ALSO VOTE NO ON HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 69. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BURGESS

    AND MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY BY A NUMBER OF SPORTS RELATED…

    AND MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY BY A NUMBER OF SPORTS RELATED ORGANIZATIONS. WE WRITE REPRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS THAT COLLECTIVELY INCLUDE MILLIONS OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONISTS, WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS, WILDLIFE SCIENTISTS, AND STRONG SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 49 FROM CONGRESSMAN DON YOUNG FROM ALASKA. OUR COMMUNITY EXHAUSTED ALL EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPEALS AND REMEDIES URGING THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO SLOW DOWN THE PROPOSED RULE AND TO REVISE IT TO REFLECT THE PROPOSAL MUTUALLY AGREED UPON BY THE STATE OF ALASKA AND THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BUT ALL TO NO END. THEY ASK, IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO NULLIFY THIS FINAL RULE. THEY GO ON TO SAY THE FINAL RULE BOLDLY PREEMPTS THE AUTHORITY OF THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO MANAGE WILDLIFE FOR BOTH RECREATIONAL AND SUBSISTANCE HUNTING ON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGEES, WHICH AUTHORITY OF THE STATE IS AFFIRMED BY CONGRESS IN THE ALASKA STATEHOOD ACT, THE ALASKA NATIONAL INTEREST LANDS CONSERVATION ACT, ANTI-NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT ACT. THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FINAL RULE WAS PREMISED ON A MEETING AS A PRIORITY TO THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ON BIOLOGIC INTEGRITY, DIVERSITY, AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. MANY MEMBERS OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS ENJOY ALASKA'S BOUNTY OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES AND THEIR HABITATS FOR UNRIVALED HUNTING, FISHING EXPERIENCES. THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THESE RESOURCES NEEDS TO BE LED BY THE STATE WORKING IN COOPERATION WITH THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE. WE URGE THAT YOU FAVORABLY CONSIDER H.J.RES. 49 WHICH WILL RESTORE THE JURISDICTIONAL STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONSHIP THAT CONGRESS PREVIOUSLY DIRECTED. I RESERVE MY TIME.

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

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

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. PANETTA.

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    MR. PANETTA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MADAM LADY FROM NEW YORK, THANK YOU AS WELL. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MADAM LADY FROM NEW YORK, THANK YOU AS WELL. I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST RESTRICTING THE FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED BY TITLE 10. . JUST PRIOR TO SIGNING TITLE 10 INTO LAW BACK IN 1970, PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON RECOGNIZED HOW ESSENTIAL FAMILY PLANNINGING WAS TO PUBLIC HEALTH. HE ACTUALLY SENT A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS TELLING THEM, AND I QUOTE, NO AMERICAN WOMAN SHOULD BE DENIED ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING ASSISTANCE BECAUSE OF HER ECONOMIC CONDITION. LAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA REAFFIRMED THAT SENTIMENT BY MAKING FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES A PART OF BASIC HEALTH CARE, REGARDLESS OF WHERE ONE LIVES. ALTHOUGH PRESIDENT NIXON AND OBMA COULDN'T BE MORE DIVIDED IN THEIR POLITICS, EVEN THEY WERE UNITED BEHIND TITLE 10. I BELIEVE THIS IS UNDERSTANDABLE, CONSIDERING HOW TITLE 10 ENSURES BASIC PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE AND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES FOR FOUR MILLION LOW-INCOME PEOPLE EVERY YEAR. IN MY DISTRICT, TITLE 10 FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES SAVES AN AVERAGE OF $7 ON MEDICAID-RELATED COSTS FOR EVERY $1 OF FEDERAL INVESTMENT. THAT MEANS THAT CLINICS IN MY DISTRICT, ARE ABLE TO HELP MORE WOMEN -- DISTRICT ARE ABLE TO HELP MORE WOMEN AND MEN RECEIVE A FULL RANGE OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES. SO RATHER THAN RESTRICTING FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS, WE SHOULD BE PROMOTING, WE SHOULD BE PROTECTING, AND WE SHOULD BE PRESERVING ACCESS TO THOSE VITAL SERVICES, ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE FAMILIES THAT VALUE AND NEED IT MOST. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD A LETTER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD A LETTER WRITTEN TO THE HONORABLE SYLVIA MATTHEWS BURWELL, SIGNED BY 110 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, TO EXPRESS STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' SEPTEMBER 7, 2016, NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TITLED, COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE 10 REQUIREMENTS BY PROJECT RECIPIENTS IN SELECTING SUBRECIPIENTS. I ASK FOR ITS INCLUSION INTO THE RECORD.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE IF MY COLLEAGUE IS READY TO CLOSE?

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    MR. BURGESS

    YES.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    THEN I SHALL CLOSE AS WELL.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT REPORTS FROM OUR INTELLIGENCE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT REPORTS FROM OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR MOST RECENT ELECTION. THE FEARS HAVE ONLY BEEN COMPOUNDED BY THE TROUBLING REVELATIONS PUBLISHED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" LAST NIGHT THAT MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS DURING THAT CAMPAIGN. MR. SPEAKER, THE FUTURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT STAKE. WE'RE SEEING THE SAME KINDS OF THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED ALL OVER EUROPE, AS GOVERNMENTS HAVE BEEN CHANGING FWREA DEMOCRACIES -- AWAY FROM DEMOCRATS. IT'S AT STAKE HERE AND THE TIME THIS -- DEMOCRACIES. IT'S AT STAKE HERE AND IT'S TIME THIS REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS DOES ITS JOB AND GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVES SWALWELL -- REPRESENTATIVE SWALWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE CUMMINGS' BILL, WHICH WOULD CREATE A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. 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 QUESTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RECENTLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETING HUNDREDS OF CONSTITUENTS WHO TRAVELED FROM ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, TO WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR THE NATIONAL WOMEN'S MARCH. SOME OF THEM CAME WITH THREE GENERATIONS AND IT WAS IMPRESSIVE. BUT IT IS TROUBLING TO ME THAT WE ARE FIGHTING MANY OF THE SAME BATTLES THAT WERE FOUGHT AND WON GENERATIONS AGO. THE UNPRECEDENTED MARCHES AND RALLIES THATBEEN HAPPENING ARE NECESSARY -- THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING ARE NECESSARY BECAUSE OF EFFORTS LIKE THIS, TO CONTINUALLY CHIP AWAY AT WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE RIGHTS. THE SAD REALITY IS THAT POLITICIANS HAVE ALWAYS WORKED TO PUT UP NEW ROADBLOCKS BETWEEN WOMEN AND THEIR HEALTH CARE. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY PERSONAL BELIEF THAT FACED WITH A DECISION THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE ABOUT A PREGNANCY, THAT A WOMAN SHOULD CONSULT WHOMEVER SHE CHOOSES, IS CERTAINLY HER HUSBAND, HER SPIRITUAL ADVISOR, HER MEDICAL ADVISOR, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO WAIT IN THE ROOM UNTIL THE CONGRESSPERSON GETS THERE TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION. WE ARE WAY GOING BEYOND OUR DEPTH TO TRY TO MAKE THAT DECISION FOR PERSONS. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING THAT. THE MAJORITY'S MADE ATTACKING THE WOMEN'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS THIS YEAR. WORKING ALONGSIDE OUR NEW PRESIDENT. AND IT IS SHAMEFUL. LASTLY, MR. SPEAKER, THE OTHER MEASURE BEFORE US TODAY WOULD REPEAL THE ALASKA PREDATOR RULE, WHICH PROTECTS THE INTERESTS OF ALL AMERICANS IN THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, WHILE BANNING SOME OF THE MOST INHUMANE TACTICS OF KILLING. LIKE KILLING BLACK BEARS FROM AN AIRPLANE AND KILLING COYOTE PUPS FROM THEIR DEN. WE SHOULD BE LISTENING TO SCIENTISTS WHO STUDY AND UNDERSTAND THESE SPECIES, NOT AN IDEOLOGICAL MINORITY THAT SEES EVERY ANIMAL WITH TEETH AS A THREAT TO CIVILIZATION AND A POTENTIAL ADDITION TO THEIR TROPHY HUNTING COLLECTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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  • 12:50:56 PM

    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA BE ALLOWED TO READ HER STATEMENT.

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  • 12:51:03 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN CONTROLS THE TIME.

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    MR. BURGESS

    I YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS ARE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, IN A TIME WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS ARE LOOKING FOR IDEAS AND POLICIES, WE CAN UNITE AROUND, ONE POINT OF AGREEMENT STANDS OUT. THERE'S STRONG CONSENSUS AMONG AMERICANS, THEY DO NOT WANT THEIR TAXPAYER DOLLARS BEING USED TO FUND ABORTIONS. A POLL RELEASED IN JANUARY REVEALED THAT 61% OF AMERICANS FEEL THIS WAY. STATES HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE FREEDOM TO DIRECT FUNDS AWAY FROM ABORTION PROVIDERS, SUCH AS THE NATION'S LARGEST ABORTION PROVIDER, PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND THERE ARE MANY REASONS STATES MAY WISH TO DO SO. THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON, ONE THAT WE SHOULD ALL CAREFULLY CONSIDER, IS THAT ABORTION IS NOT HEALTH CARE. ABORTION TAKES THE LIVES OF UNBORN CHILDREN AND HURTS WOMEN. MANY STATES HAVE RECOGNIZED THIS TRAGIC REALITY AND AS A RESULT HAVE CHOSEN TO AWARD FUNDS TO HEALTH CLINICS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT PROVIDE ABORTIONS. BUT IN DECEMBER, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ISSUED A REGULATION THAT FORCES MANY STATES TO ALTER DRASTICALLY THEIR PREVIOUS COURSE OF ACTION. THE REGULATION REQUIRES STATES TO INCLUDE ABORTION PROVIDERS AS RECIPIENTS OF TITLE 10 GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS. NOT ONLY DOES THIS REGULATION IGNORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S WISH THAT THEIR TAX DOLLARS BE DIRECTED AWAY FROM ABORTION PROVIDERS, IT ALSO DENIES STATES THE FLEXIBILITY TO CHOOSE TO ALLOCATE TITLE 10 FUNDS IN A WAY THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF THEIR CITIZENS. H.J.RES. 43 DISAPPROVES OF THIS UNACCEPTABLE REGULATION, ALLOWING STATES TO RETURN TO THE STATUS QUO UNDER WHICH THEY WERE OPERATING PRIOR TO THE RULE'S ISSUANCE. IF STATES WISH TO DISBURSE TITLE 10 FUNDS AWAY FROM ABORTION PROVIDERS, THAT WISH SHOULD BE RESPECTED. FOR THESE REASONS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS RULE AND H.J.RES. 43. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. BURGESS

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO CRITICAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY'S RULE PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF TWO CRITICAL CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTIONS. TO REPEAL BURDENSOME FEDERAL REGULATIONS DROPPED ON THE DOORSTEP OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE WANING HOURS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THE RULES THE HOUSE WILL BE VOTING TO REPEAL TODAY WOULD INFRINGE UPON STATES' RIGHTS TO GOVERN THEMSELVES WITHIN THEIR OWN BORDERS AND WOULD IMPOSE NEW FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS AND OVERSIGHT IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE 10TH AMENDMENT. THIS IS WHY REMOVING THESE REGULATIONS IS CRITICAL, IT'S CRITICAL TO MAINTAINING THE PROPER STATE-FEDERAL BALANCE THAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS SO CAREFULLY CRAFTED IN OUR CONSTITUTION. I DO WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE DIANE BLACK AND REPRESENTATIVE DON YOUNG FOR THEIR WORK ON THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT STATES' RIGHTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THE RULE, AND YES ON THE TWO UNDERLYING RESOLUTIONS. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE --

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    THE ORDER QU QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE…

    THE ORDER QU 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. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 12:54:28 PM

    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME OF ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THANKS 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 233, THE NAYS ARE 190. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 190. 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 GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

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    MS. SLAUGHTER

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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 2323, THE NAYS ARE 188. RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 2323, THE NAYS ARE 188. RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. 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. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED…

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, I OFFER A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION BY THE CHAMBER.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 127, RESOLVED THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBERS BE AND ARE…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 127, RESOLVED THAT THE FOLLOWING NAMED MEMBERS BE AND ARE HEREBY ELECTED TO THE FOLLOWING STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ONE, COMMITTEE ON ETHICS, MR. COHEN. TWO, COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM, MR. SARBANES. THREE, COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS, MR. SNYDER.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. WILL MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE BE IN ORDER. THE CHAIR REQUESTS ALL MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR SO WE CAN CONTINUE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. BRADY

    UP THE BILL, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE…

    UP THE BILL, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES…

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE BE IN ORDER. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE HOUSE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 99, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. NEAL, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BRADY.

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    MR. BRADY

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    MR. BRADY

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

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  • 01:29:25 PM

    MR. BRADY

    NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, WILL MARK FIVE YEARS SINCE THE MIDDLE CLASS…

    NEXT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, WILL MARK FIVE YEARS SINCE THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW. THIS 2012 LAW HAS MADE IMPORTANT REFORMS IN THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM, IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO HELP MORE OUT OF WORK AMERICANS SUCCESSFULLY RETURN TO THE WORK FORCE. THIS INCLUDED A KEY PROVISION WHICH OVERTURNED A 1960-ERA BAN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ON DRUG SCREENING AND TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE APPLICANTS. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SERVES THOSE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. IT SEEKS TO PROMOTE SWIFT RE-EMPLOYMENT THROUGH SEVERAL KEY REQUIREMENTS. NAMELY, TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS , APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO WORK, AVAILABLE TO WORK AND ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK. SO IF A WORKER LOSES HIS OR HER JOB DUE TO DRUG USE, THAT WORKER IS NOT TRULY ABLE TO WORK. IN ADDITION, IF A WORKER CANNOT TAKE A NEW JOB BECAUSE THEY CAN'T PASS A MANDATORY DRUG TEST FROM THEIR EMPLOYER, THIS WORKER IS NOT TRULY AVAILABLE TO WORK EITHER. IN RECOGNITION OF THIS ISSUE, THE 2012 MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT ALLOWED BUT DID NOT REQUIRE STATES TO DRUG SCREEN. . SPECIFICALLY, THOSE SEEKING A JOB OR AN OCCUPATION THAT REGULARLY REQUIRED NEW EMPLOYEES TO PASS A DRUG TEST. I WAS PROUD TO LEAD THIS EFFORT IN 2012 BECAUSE I KNOW IT WILL HAVE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF MANY AMERICANS STRUGGLING WITH DRUG USE. THE GOAL IS SIMPLE, GET THE INCENTIVES RIGHT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SO AMERICANS CAN CONFRONT AND OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES. AND WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS NOW REQUIRING DRUG TESTS FOR NEW WORKERS, WE WANTED TO EMPOWER THESE OUT-OF-WORK AMERICANS TO BE READY TO PASS THAT DRUG TEST, TAKE THAT NEW JOB AND GET BACK ON THE PATH TO EARNING THEIR OWN SUCCESS. MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO STEP UP WHEN THIS PROVISION WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE 2012 LAW. THEY EVEN CHANGED THEIR OWN LAWS TO GET READY. BUT BEFORE THIS PROVISION COULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY STATES, THE LAW REQUIRED THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO ISSUE A REGULATION DEFINING THOSE OCCUPATIONS THAT REGULARLY CONDUCT DRUG TESTING. THE INTENT WAS TO MATCH REAL-WORLD EXPECTATIONS FROM EMPLOYERS. IN A 2012 HEARING ON THE WAYS AND MEANS HUMAN RESOURCE SUBCOMMITTEE, AN OFFICIAL FROM THE DEP OF LABOR ASSURED US THE -- DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ASSURED US THAT THE LAW COULD BE DRAFTED QUICKLY AND ACCORDING TO CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. WELL, DESPITE THOSE ASSURANCES, MONTHS WENT BY WITH NO ACTION FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, AND DURING THAT TIME, WAYS AND MEANS HELD ANOTHER HEARING ON THIS ISSUE AND EVEN SENT A LETTER TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT IN ANTICIPATION OF THE REGULATION. WE URGED THEM TO CRAFT THE RULE BROADLY WHICH WAS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE WERE HEARING FROM BUSINESSES. IN OCTOBER OF 2014, MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER THE LAW WAS PASSED, THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED ITS PROPOSED RULE COUNTER TO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. THE DRAFT RULE WAS INCREDIBLY NARROW. SO NARROW, IN FACT, THAT STATES LIKE TEXAS WOULD BE SEVERELY LIMITED IN THEIR ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENT AN EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DRUG TESTING PROGRAM. AGAIN, THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MADE OUR CONCERNS KNOWN TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BY SUBMITTING A PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DRAFT RULE CALLING FOR SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS. WE MADE CLEAR THAT THE PROPOSED RULE DID NOT FAITHFULLY ADHERE TO THE INTENT OF CONGRESS, AND THESE SAME CONCERNS WERE ALSO ECHOED IN OTHER PUBLIC COMMENTS FROM PROMINENT STAKEHOLDERS. TWO MORE YEARS WENT BY. MEANWHILE, CONGRESS CONTINUED TO PRESS THE ADMINISTRATION TO REVISE THE RULES SO IT FOLLOWED THE INTENT OF THE BIPARTISAN LAW. THAT BRINGS US TO AUGUST OF LAST YEAR WHEN AT LONG LAST THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHED ITS FINAL RULE, AND JUST LIKE THE PROPOSED RULE TWO YEARS EARLIER, IT IGNORED THE INTENT OF CONGRESS. DISREGARDED MOST OF THE COMMENTS AND THE CONCERNS OF STAKEHOLDERS. ABOVE ALL, THE FINAL RULE DIRECTLY UNDERMINES THE ABILITY OF STATES TO IMPLEMENT THIS IMPORTANT BIPARTISAN REFORM THAT WILL HELP UNEMPLOYED WORKERS IN THEIR QUEST TO FIND A GOOD-PAYING NEW JOB. ON HIS WAY OUT OF THE OFFICE, FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT IMPLEMENT THE LAW THAT HE SIGNED IN 2012 THAT BLOCKS STATES FROM TAKING ACTION. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK OF WASHINGTON NOT KEEPING ITS PROMISES. THEY'RE SICK OF AN UNACCOUNTABLE FEDERAL BUREAUCRATS ABUSING THEIR AUTHORITY TO UNDERCUT THE WILL OF CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THIS 11TH HOUR RULE OF THE OBAMA LABOR DEPARTMENT IS JUST THAT. THAT IS NOW FOR THE STATES TO DECIDE BECAUSE IN 2012 CONGRESS PASSED A LAW PROVIDING THEM, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, WITH THE ABILITY TO DO SO. THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT PLACING A CHECK AND BALANCE ON BLATANT EXECUTIVE OVERREACH THAT ALL BUT PROHIBITS STATES FROM MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS REFORM. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT'S ABOUT ENSURING THAT THE WILL AND INTENT OF THIS BODY IS UPHELD. I WANT TO THANK THE HOUSE FOR ITS CONSIDERATION OF H.J.RES. 42, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING ITS PASSAGE. THANK YOU. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. SMITH, BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF TIME ON OUR SIDE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA WILL CONTROL THE REMAINING TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:35:27 PM

    MR. NEAL

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

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    MR. NEAL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.J. RESOLUTION 42, A MEASURE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.J. RESOLUTION 42, A MEASURE DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGARDING DRUG TESTING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD OVERTURN A DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REGULATION WHICH IS DIRECTED BY THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012 DEFINES THE OCCUPATIONS IN WHICH STATES MAY REQUIRE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS TO TAKE DRUG TESTS AS A CONDITION OF COLLECTING EARNED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. CONSISTENT WITH THE FOURTH AMENDMENT, WHICH PROTECTS US AGAINST SEARCHES WITHOUT REASONABLE CAUSE, THE REGULATION LIMITS DRUG TESTING TO OCCUPATIONS WHERE DRUG TESTING IS REQUIRED, LIKE PIPELINE SAFETY, SOME TRANSPORTATION OPERATORS AND JOBS THAT REQUIRE CARRYING A GUN. MANY COMMUNITIES ARE FACING A RISING RATE OF DRUG USE, INCLUDING MY HOMETOWN OF SPRINGFIELD. CONGRESS COULD AND SHOULD DO MORE TO HELP PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION, BUT THE LEGISLATION THAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FIGHTING DRUG ABUSE. IT'S ABOUT ALLOWING STATES TO PUT ONE MORE TIME-CONSUMING, HEW MULIATING OBSTACLE IN THE WAY OF -- HUMILIATING OBSTACLE IN THE WAY OF AMERICANS WHO NEED UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TO PAY THE BILLS WHILE THEY LOOK FOR NEW JOBS. A REMINDER, IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE RECESSION, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WENT TO 10%. THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT UNEMPLOYED WORKERS HAVE HIGHER RATES OF DRUG ABUSE THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. IN FACT, LOGIC SUGGESTS THAT RATES OF SERIOUS DRUG ABUSE ARE LOWER. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT, A WORKER MUST HAVE SUBSTANTIAL RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE. HE OR SHE MUST NOT HAVE BEEN FIRED FOR CAUSE, AND WORKERS CAN ONLY COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IF THEY DEMONSTRATE THEY ARE ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR WORK. INSTEAD, IT APPEARS THAT SOME STATES MAY BE TRYING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF WORKERS WHO COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WHEN THEY ARE LAID OFF AS A WAY TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON UNDERFUNDED UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUNDS. MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUNDS ARE STILL INSOLVENT YEARS AFTER THE GREAT RECESSION. DOZENS OF STATES HAVE CHANGED THEIR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, IMPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE HURDLES TO FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT OR CUT THE NUMBER OF WEEKS BENEFITS CAN BE SHARED WHILE INDIVIDUALS SEARCH FOR A JOB. PARTLY BECAUSE OF THOSE CHANGES, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FOUR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EVEN THOUGH THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM WORKED FOR EMPLOYERS WHO PAID UNEMPLOYMENT PAYROLL TAXES ON THEIR WAGES. THAT'S THE LOWEST LEVEL OF BENEFIT RECEIPT AMONG LAIDOFF WORKERS SINCE THE FEDERAL, STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM BEGAN. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE HERE CRAFTING BIPARTISAN POLICIES TO STRENGTHEN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROTECTIONS TO HELP WORKERS WHO GENUINELY WANT TO WORK TO PAY THEIR BILLS WHILE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR NEW JOBS. I REMIND OUR COLLEAGUES TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE WORKER PARTICIPATION RATE. NOT ENCOURAGING STATES TO CREATE MORE OBSTACLES. I HOPE THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WILL VOTE NO ON THIS RESOLUTION, AND MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MR. DAVIS BE ALLOWED TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

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

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, DISAPPROVING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, DISAPPROVING THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS. THE GOAL OF THE 2012 BIPARTISAN LAW SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN FEBRUARY, 2012, IS TO REASSURE EMPLOYERS WHO FUND THE U.I. SYSTEM THAT U.I. CLAIMANTS RE-ENTERING THE WORK FORCE ARE TRULY ABLE AND AVAILABLE FOR WORK. WHEN I SPEAK WITH EMPLOYERS IN NEBRASKA'S THIRD DISTRICT, THEY EXPRESS A STRONG DESIRE TO HIRE INDIVIDUALS IN A WAY THAT IS BENEFICIAL FOR BOTH THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE. ACCORDING TO U.W.C., THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING BUSINESSES IN THE AREAS OF U.I. AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION, QUOTE, THE REGULATIONS ADOPTED IN FINAL FORM NOT ONLY SEVERELY LIMITED THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A STATE MAY CONDUCT A DRUG TEST BUT ALSO UNDULY LIMITED THE TYPES OF TEST A STATE MAY BE PERMITTED TO CONDUCT, END QUOTE. STATES, WHICH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE U.I. PROGRAM, ARE ALSO CONCERNED. BACK IN 2014, WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER WROTE TO SECRETARY OF LABOR SAYING, QUOTE, PROVIDING STATES MORE FLEXIBILITY IN DEFINING OCCUPATIONS THAT REGULARLY CONDUCT DRUG TESTING NOT ONLY BETTER SERVES THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST BUT RECOGNIZES THE UNIQUE LABOR FORCE AND DIVERSITY IN INDUSTRY IN EACH STATE, END QUOTE. IN RECOGNITION OF THE SUPPORT WE RECEIVED FROM EMPLOYERS WHO FUND THE STATE AND STATES WHICH ADMINISTER IT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THEIR LETTERS OF SUPPORT INTO THE RECORD.

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    MR. SMITH

    AS CHAIRMAN BRADY HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER, MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE CLEARLY…

    AS CHAIRMAN BRADY HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER, MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE CLEARLY STATED THEIR INTENT TIME AND TIME AGAIN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THROUGH LETTERS, HEARINGS, PUBLIC COMMENTS AND MEETINGS AND YET D.O.L. HAS CONTINUED TO PUSH CONGRESS' CONCERNS TO THE SIDE AND LEGISLATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION MEANS SUPPORTING THE ROLE OF CONGRESS TO WRITE LAWS AND FOR THEM TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS INTENDED. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER NEAL FOR YIELDING TIME. WORKERS COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EARN THEIR BENEFITS BY WORKING HARD. WORKERS ONLY RECEIVE BENEFITS IF THEY ARE OUT OF WORK THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN AND ARE ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR NEW JOBS. THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE CHALLENGES FACING OUR UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM. MORE THAN HALF OF THE STATE TRUST FUNDS, INCLUDING THAT IN MY HOME STATE, ARE INSOLVENT AND COULD ONLY PAY EARNED BENEFITS FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IF A RECESSION HITS. ONLY ABOUT ONE IN FOUR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS CURRENTLY RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS. SOME STATES HAVE CUT BENEFITS, INCREASING THE CHANCE THAT WORKERS WILL EXHAUST BENEFITS BEFORE FINDING JOBS. H.J.RES. 42 DOES NOT ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES. THERE ARE ALSO REAL PROBLEMS WITH DRUG USE IN THIS COUNTRY AND A SEVERELY SHORTAGE OF TREATMENT OPTIONS. H.J.RES. 42 DOES NOT ADDRESS THESE PROBLEMS EITHER. INSTEAD, WE ARE CONSIDERING A POLICY THAT SLANDERS UNEMPLOYED WORKERS BY ASSUMING THEY ARE DRUG USERS. THAT IGNORES ALL RESEARCH SHOWING THAT DRUG USE IS NOT HIGHER AMONG UNEMPLOYED WORKERS THAN IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. THAT VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION AGAINST ILLEGAL SEARCH AND SEIZURE. THIS REGULATION WAS APPROPRIATELY LIMITED TO A VERY NARROW GROUP OF WORKERS, THOSE FINDING SUITABLE WORK REQUIRED A DRUG TEST. COUNTER TO SOME G.O.P. ARGUMENTS, THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT ABOUT HELPING THOSE WITH DRUG PROBLEMS GET TREATMENT. IT IS ABOUT CUTTING BENEFITS. STATES WITH DRUG TESTING PROVISIONS DO NOT PAY FOR EXPENSIVE TREATMENT SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO TEST POSITIVE. MOREOVER, WORKERS CANNOT RECEIVE BENEFITS WHILE IN TREATMENT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ACTIVELY SEEKING WORK. THUS, THEY LOSE THEIR EARNED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. CONGRESS SHOULD BE HELPING COMMUNITIES SUFFERING FROM HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, ADDRESSING PERSISTENT LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT, AIDING WORKERS IN UPGRADING THEIR SKILLS TO GET GOOD JOBS. CONGRESS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENING OUR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE IT'S READY TO RESPOND IN THE NEXT RECESSION. WE SHOULD NOT ENGAGE STATES TO WASTE RESOURCES ON AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL BASIS, DRUG TESTING REQUIREMENT. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MRS. WALORSKI FROM THE STATE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MRS. WALORSKI FROM THE STATE OF INDIANA.

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    MRS. WALORSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. THIS RESOLUTION IS THE LATEST EFFORT IN THE HOUSE TO UNDO THE WAVE OF BUREAUCRATIC OVERREACH FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. FIVE YEARS AGO, CONGRESS PASSED A BIPARTISAN LAW THAT INCLUDED A COMMONSENSE PROVISION, GIVING THE STATES FLEXIBILITY TO DRUG TEST SOME APPLICANTS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE LAW, CONGRESS PASSED, AND ALLOWING, NOT REQUIRING STATES TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICIES RIGHT FOR THEIR CITIZENS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO TIE STATES' HANDS. . IT ISSUED A REGULATION THAT LEFT NO FLEXIBILITY FOR STATES, THE OPPOSITE OF THE BIPARTISAN LAW CONGRESS PASSED. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S FRANKLY SAD THAT WE'RE EVEN HERE TODAY. THIS ALL COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAD SIMPLY FOLLOWED THE CONGRESSIONAL INTENT. BUT YET, HERE WE ARE. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY DELIGHT TO GIVE -- YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY DELIGHT TO GIVE -- YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. SANDY LEVIN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, CERTAINLY A FORM RANKING MEMBER ON THIS SIDE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. LEV LEV REQUEST PERMISSION TO --

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    MR. LEVIN

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO EXTEND AND REVISE.

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    MR. LEVIN

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    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE…

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:51:21 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MISSOURI, MR. SMITH.

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, TO ELIMINATE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S INTENTIONALLY UNFAITHFULLY EXECUTION OF OUR LAWS. MAKE NO MISTAKE, MR. SPEAKER, THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING WHEN THEY WROTE THIS REGULATION. PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED OFF ON THE UNDERLYING LAW TO ALLOW STATES TO DRUG TEST CERTAIN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE RECIPIENTS, THEN HE WORKED TO BLOCK ITS IMPLEMENTATION. TODAY WE WILL VOTE TO END PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OBSTRUCTION. INSTEAD OF FAITHFULLY EXECUTING THE LAW AS OUR CONSTITUTION DEMANDS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS STATES FROM MAKING SURE HARDWORKING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ONLY GO TO OUR CONSTITUTION DESERVING CITIZENS. THE CONGRESS SPOKE IN 2012, BEFORE I ARRIVED HERE, BUT HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED. CONGRESS SPOKE AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW TO GIVE STATES AN OPTION, NOT A MANDATE, AN OPTION TO DRUG TEST. I STAND TODAY TO SAY, LET'S ROLLBACK AND YOU DO OUR PREVIOUS PRESIDENT'S UNFAITHFUL EXECUTION OF THE LAW AND ALLOW STATES LIKE MISSOURI TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES. THIS IS NOT A MANDATE, THIS IS SIMPLY ABOUT STATES' RIGHTS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS JOINT RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A TIRELESS…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A TIRELESS PROTECTOR OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS, REPRESENTATIVE HANK JOHNSON FROM GEORGIA.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND I RISE IN -- TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AND I RISE IN -- TO VOICE MY STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. -- H.RES. -- H.J.RES. 42. I THINK MOST AMERICANS ARE TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA DID OR DIDN'T DO, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEEN YEARS SINCE WE HAD HIS STABLE LEADERSHIP AND WE'VE BEEN PROCEEDING UNDER THE CHAOS OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. IT SEEMS LIKE MUCH LONGER THAN 25 DAYS. BUT I'LL TELL YOU, THE CAMPAIGN IS OVER. IT WAS A LONG CAMPAIGN. THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CAMPAIGN THE REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS. HOUSE AND SENATE. AND WE HAD THE PRESIDENT, WHO WAS A DEMOCRAT. SO THE REPUBLICANS COMPLAINED THAT THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO DO ANYTHING AND THEY NEEDED A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT. SO NOW THEY HAVE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT AND WHAT HAVE THEY DONE DURING THIS LAST 25 DAYS? IN TERMS OF A JOBS BILL, NOT ONE. NOT ONE JOB CREATED IN THE LAST 25 DAYS. IF THE PUBLIC GOES BACK AND LOOKS OVER THE CALENDAR OF PROCEEDINGS FOR THIS BODY, THEY WILL FIND THAT IT'S SIMPLY BEEN ONE REGULATORY BILL AFTER ANOTHER TO CHANGE A REGULATION THAT WAS SET DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. THAT'S ALL WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST THREE-PLUS WEEKS, IS TRYING TO REVERSE REGULATIONS. NOT ONE AFFIRMATIVE BILL THAT ESTABLISHES ONE JOB. SO, WHAT ARE THEY DOING? THEY'RE KIND OF DANCING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHILE THE HOUSE BURNS. WHILE THE PRESIDENT IS CONDUCTING FOREIGN POLICY AT MAR-A-LAGO, IN THE OPEN AIR, TO IMPRESS ALL OF THE FRIENDS THAT HAVE PAID $100,000 AND NOW HAVE TO PAY $200,000 TO JOIN HIS CLUB. WHILE WE SHOULD BE OVERSEEING THE OPERATIONS OF THE TRUMP HOTEL AND WHO'S PAYING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO RESERVE BANK WET FACILITIES IN THAT -- BANK WET FACILITIES -- BANQUET FACILITIES IN THAT TAXPAYER-OWNED LOCATION.

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

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CERTAINLY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING. WHAT IS…

    THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CERTAINLY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN KNOWING. WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THEIR PROPERTY? BUT INSTEAD OF CREATING A JOBS BILL, WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH HERE IS A MEASURE THAT WOULD REPEAL A DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE THAT LIMITS WHICH UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS CAN BE TESTED FOR DRUGS. SUPPORTERS OF THIS RESOLUTION ARE SUGGESTING THAT THERE IS A NEXUS BETWEEN LOSING YOUR JOB AND BEING UNEMPLOYED, AND ILLICIT DRUG ABUSE. HOWEVER, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT SUGGESTS HIGHER DRUG USE AMONG UNEMPLOYED WORKERS COMPARED TO THE GENERAL POPULATION. THOUGH I WILL CONCEDE THAT IT'S BEEN A TIME-HONORED TRADITION THAT WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, YOU GO DOWN TO THE LOCAL BAR AND DROWN IN A GLASS OF BEER. BUT NOBODY'S TALKING ABOUT DISABUSING ALCOHOL ABUSE WITH THIS LEGISLATION. NO ALCOHOL TESTING. JUST DRUG TESTING. WHY? IT'S BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET AT A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO THEY WANT TO DEPRIVE OF THE ABILITY TO RECEIVE THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION THAT THEY HAVE PAID IN AND EARNED. IT'S POUND WISE AND PENNY FOOLISH TO TAKE AWAY THE FINANCIAL SECURITY THAT THE LEAST -- OR THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE LEAST, THAT'S THE ONLY THING THEY HAVE, AND YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM THEM AND MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE DRUG TEST TOO. IT'S RIDICULOUS. WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CREATE JOBS AND ADDRESS ECONOMIC DISPARITIES. BUT INSTEAD WE'RE LOOKING TO ROLL BACK PROVISIONS THAT UNDERGIRD THE FINANCIAL SECURITY OF THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US. I WOULD ASK THAT MY COLLEAGUES OPPOSE THIS H.J.RES. 42 AND GET ON WITH THE BUSINESS THAT MATTERS MOST TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THAT I YIELD BACK -- PEOPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA,

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    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 42, AND THANK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 42, AND THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR TAKING THE LEAD IN FIGHTING FOR AMERICA -- AMERICAN WORKERS WITH THIS COMMONSENSE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I BELIEVE THERE HAS BEEN A MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE INTENT OF THIS C.R.A. CONGRESS IS NOT ACTING BECAUSE WE HAVE A MALICIOUS INTENT TO PUNISH AMERICAN WORKERS. WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING TO DISINCENTIVIZE THEM FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. DAVIS, SAID WE SHOULD STRENGTHEN OUR PROGRAMS. WHAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO IS EXACTLY THAT. STRENGTHEN THE SYSTEM THAT IS INTENDED TO HELP UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS AND ALLOW THEM TO PREPARE TO RE-ENTER THE WORK FORCE. THE 2012 MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT MADE COMMONSENSE REFORMS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SYSTEM WITH THE GOAL OF ASSISTING AMERICANS IN RETURNING TO GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT. YES, THIS INCLUDED ALLOWING STATE IT'S LIKE MY OWN OF FLORIDA TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANTED TO INCLUDE DRUG SCREENING AND TEST UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE APPLICANTS. YES, THE LAW SPECIFICALLY STATED TWO CONDITIONS. IF THE APPLICANT HAD LOST THEIR JOB DUE TO DRUG USE, FANDS THEY WERE SEEKING A NEW JOB -- AND IF THEY WERE SEEKING A NEW JOB THAT REGULARLY REQUIRED A NEW EMPLOYEE TO PASS A DRUG TEST. WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DRAFTED THE RULES, THEY WENT BEYOND THE INTENT OF CONGRESS AND TAILORED IT TOO NARROWLY. THIS WILL ONLY HURT PERSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES IN THE LONG TERM. THE RULE COVERS OCCUPATIONS SUCH AS THOSE THAT REQUIRE THE EMPLOYEES TO CARRY FIREARMS, TRANSPORTATION AND THE LIKE. THE PROBLEM IS HERE -- THE PROBLEM HERE IS THAT EMPLOYERS AND OCCUPATIONS OUTSIDE OF THIS NARROW SCOPE ALSO REGULARLY REQUIRE DRUG TESTING OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. SO UNDER THIS RULE, UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS WHO ARE USING AND LOOKING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE OF THE SPECIFIC OCCUPATIONS OUTLINED IN THE RULE COULD POTENTIALLY FIND EMPLOYMENT IN A DIFFERENT INDUSTRY. BEING DRUG TESTED AND SUBSEQUENTLY TERMINATED. HOW IS -- HOW IS THIS HELPING AMERICAN WORKERS? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME AND IT SHOULDN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME OF MY COLLEAGUES EITHER. THIS IS A BAD RULE AND IT NEEDS TO BE REPEALED SO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CAN GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND CRAFT A RULE THAT WILL ACTUALLY STRENGTHEN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND HELP THE AMERICAN WORKER AND ULTIMATELY STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. BARBARA LEE.

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    MS. LOWE

    THANK YOU. FIRST, LET ME THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR YOUR TIRELESS…

    THANK YOU. FIRST, LET ME THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN DAVIS, FOR YOUR TIRELESS ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF THE MOST VULNERABLE EVERYWHERE. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.J.RES. 42 WHICH IS ANOTHER BASELESS ATTACK ON THE POOR, ON LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS.

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    MS. LEE

    DRUG TESTING IS DOWNRIGHT WRONG. LET ME BE CLEAR. THIS RESOLUTION IS…

    DRUG TESTING IS DOWNRIGHT WRONG. LET ME BE CLEAR. THIS RESOLUTION IS ANOTHER WAY FOR REPUBLICANS TO STOP WORKERS FROM CLAIMING THEIR RIGHT TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. IT ALSO IS A SCARE TACTIC THAT FLIES IN THE FACE OF FACTS. FIRST, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE WHO USE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE USE DRUGS MORE FREQUENTLY THAN THOSE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, MIND YOU, IS NOT PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. BY UNNECESSARILY DRUG TESTING JOBLESS WORKERS, WE ARE THROWING THEM OUT IN THE COLD WHEN THEY ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET. MR. SPEAKER, WORKERS RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BECAUSE THEY WORKED HARD, THEY PLAYED BY THE RULES, THEY WERE LAID OFF THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. MORE IMPORTANTLY, WORKING PEOPLE HAVE EARNED THEIR RIGHT TO APPLY FOR THESE BENEFITS. THEY PAY INTO THE PROGRAM. THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS SHOULD NOT BE VIOLATED. I ALSO KNOW THAT PEOPLE WANT TO WORK. PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE ON UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE. THEY WANT TO PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND LET ME REMIND YOU, THERE'S AN OPIOID AND HEROIN DRUG EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY, AND IT NOT ONLY AFFECTS DEMOCRATS, THIS DRUG CRISIS IS AFFECTING REPUBLICANS, INDEPENDENTS, EVERYONE. AND, YES, ONCE AGAIN, YOU'RE THROWING THEM OUT INTO THE COLD. INSTEAD OF PASSING THIS APPALLING, AND IT IS APPALLING, THIS RESOLUTION, WE SHOULD BE EXPANDING JOB TRAINING, UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ALL AND PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR DRUG TREATMENT. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WANT TO PROVIDE -- EXCUSE ME -- HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WANT TO PUNISH PEOPLE, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION REALLY DOES, IT PUNISHES PEOPLE FOR WORKING. THAT'S REALLY A SHAME AND DISGRACE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO, AND ALSO URGE YOU TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WORK, TO PROVIDE THOSE JOB TRAINING RESOURCES AND DRUG TESTING -- EXCUSE ME -- RESOURCES FOR OUR MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS, FOR OUR DRUG COUNSELING CENTERS AND FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS TREATMENT RATHER THAN DRUG TESTING TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING A JOB. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 02:03:28 PM

    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A LADY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A LADY WHO HAD AN OFFICE NEXT TO MINE FOR MANY YEARS AND I KNOW THAT SHE HAS TREMENDOUS COMMITMENT, ENERGY AND FORTITUDE, REPRESENTATIVE SHE'LL -- SHEILA JACKSON LEE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS LEGISLATION. BUT MY…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I THANK THE MANAGER OF THIS LEGISLATION. BUT MY DWRISHED FRIEND, MR. DAVIS, AND I -- DWRISHED FRIEND, MR. DAVIS AND I WORKED WITH SOCIETAL ISSUES DEALING ACROSS THE GAMUT AND THE RESPECT HE HOLDS IN THE COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA THAT RECOGNIZES THAT SECOND CHANCES, UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, SUMMER JOBS, A WHOLE MANNER OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS TO RESTORE THEIR LIVES IS A RIGHT WAY FOR AMERICA TO GO. IN THE BACKDROP OF AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT SAW ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, A 16-YEAR-OLD, WITH PROPER PAPERS COMING IN FROM JORDAN HELD FOR 50 HOURS AT BUSH INTERCONTINENTAL AIRPORT IN DEFENSE OF THOSE EMPLOYEES THAT I RESPECT, C.B.P., THEY HAD NO INFORMATION HOW TO GOVERN BUT THEY TOOK THIS YOUNG MAN AND LO AND BEHOLD HE WOUND UP IN CHICAGO BECAUSE HE DIDN'T SPEAK ENGLISH AND THAT WAS THE ONLY BED THEY HAD. BUT WHY AM I MENTIONING THIS? I'M MENTIONING THIS BECAUSE SOMETIMES GOVERNMENT GETS IT WRONG. THEY GET IT WRONG. THIS DISAPPROVAL IS WRONG. WHAT DID HAPPEN, MR. DAVIS, AND I THANK YOU, IS RIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED WAS THIS RULE DIDN'T JUST POP UP IN THE ADMINISTRATION, MEANING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IT CAME ABOUT THROUGH A COMPROMISE, AN INTELLIGENT COMPROMISE DEALING WITH THE MIDDLE-CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION. BECAUSE AT THAT TIME THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO RANDOMLY WANTED TO DRUG TEST. BUT WISE INDIVIDUALS SAID THIS. THEY SAID YOU COULD ALLOW DRUG TESTS IF YOU HAD LOST YOUR JOB OR YOU ARE A DRUG USER, SO WE WANT TO GET YOU RIGHT, THEREFORE, YOU COULD BE TESTED. SOME PEOPLE AGREED TO DISAGREE BUT THAT'S REASONABLE. OR THAT THE JOB THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR OR HAD A JOB REQUIRED THE KIND OF CRITERIA AND THE KIND OF SKILLS THAT DRUG USE WOULD IMPAIR OR IMPACT. THAT MAKES SENSE. BUT NOW YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE AT THE LOWEST EBB OF LIFE. LOSING A JOB THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, GIVING STATES THAT MAYBE SENSITIVE TO HUMAN NEEDS ARE RECKLESS. THE ABILITY TO RANDOMLY TEST PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY LOST THEIR JOBS. BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN DEFEATED. WELL, I KNOW IT'S TOO LATE, MR. DAVIS, BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD AMEND FOR CONGRESS PERSONS, SENATORS, GOVERNORS WHO GET UNELECTED. THEY LOST A JOB, DIDN'T THEY? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I RUSHED TO THE FLOOR -- WE WERE IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ADDRESSING THE QUESTION OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO UTILIZE THE OVERSIGHT PLAN, WHETHER WE WERE GOING TO INVESTIGATE AND FIX FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS HORRIBLE SCENARIO OF THE RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE ELECTIONS AND THE CONNECTION TO THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION. WE WANT TO FIX THINGS, BUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE IS THAT YOU ARE CASTING A BAD LIGHT ON PEOPLE THAT ARE IN NEED. I JUST WANT TO SAY, STATES HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADMINISTER DRUG TESTING, AND THIS CHANGE WOULD NEEDLESSLY SHIFT EMPLOYER COSTS TO THE STATE. STATE UNEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS ALREADY PENALIZE JOB-RELATED DRUG USE, BUT WHAT WE MOST OF ALL NEED -- CAN I GET ANOTHER 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. DAVIS

    30 SECONDS TO THE GENTLELADY.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WHAT 20 STATES ALSO EXPLICITLY DENIED BENEFITS FOR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. WHAT 20 STATES ALSO EXPLICITLY DENIED BENEFITS FOR ANY JOB LOSS CONNECTED TO DRUG USE OR A FAILED DRUG TEST. IN ADDITION, SIX STATES PASSED LEGISLATION EQUATING DRUG SCREEN, REFUSING SUITABLE WORK. WE'RE ALREADY CONDEMNING EVERYBODY. OTHER STATES HAVE OTHER PROGRAMS. THIS IS NOT ONE THAT FALLS UNDER THE 10TH AMENDMENT. DRUG TESTING OF BENEFIT RECIPIENTS IS A LIKELY VIOLATION OF THE FOURTH AMENDMENT AND IT'S CRUEL AND IN HUMANE TREATMENT. F INDIVIDUALS WHO THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN ARE UNEMPLOYED OR MAY BE POOR OR MAY BE NEEDING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. LET AMERICA'S HUMANITY SHINE. I YIELD BACK AND DON'T VOTE ON THIS BILL. VOTE NO.

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  • 02:08:33 PM

    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO HOPEFULLY DRAW SOME ATTENTION TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO HOPEFULLY DRAW SOME ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A PROBLEM ON OUR HANDS. WE HAVE A PROBLEM THAT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GOING TOO FAR. WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENTS COMING TO US AS POLICYMAKERS AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WANTING TO HELP THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS, THEIR OWN CITIZENS IN NEED. RIGHT NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STANDS IN THE WAY. IT IS TIME FOR US AS POLICYMAKERS, HOPEFULLY, TO ACT IN A RESPONSIBLE FASHION TO ASSIST STATES IN THEIR NEED AND THEIR DESIRE TO HELP THEIR OWN CITIZENS. STATES ARE BETTER AT THAT THAN IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND I HOPE WE CAN EMPOWER THE STATES TO HELP THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I PREPARE TO CLOSE, LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS I PREPARE TO CLOSE, LET ME JUST FIRST OF ALL THANK THE MORE THAN 40 ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE SENT LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. ESPECIALLY THE AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, THE MINISTERS. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE PEOPLE, AND MANY OTHERS AND THEY'VE SENT LETTERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A WILL TO HELP, NOT A WILL TO HURT. THEY KNOW THAT THE INDIVIDUALS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO WORK, THEIR CONNECTION IN MANY INSTANCES WITH HUMANITY AND I WOULD URGE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HELP THEM FIND THEIR WAY BACK AND NOT HURT THEM. THEREFORE, I WOULD URGE ALL OF MY MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND VOTE NO, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

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

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED SOME FIVE YEARS AGO,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED SOME FIVE YEARS AGO, MEMBERS OF THIS BODY HAVE CLEARLY STATED THEIR INTENT TIME AND TIME AGAIN THROUGH LETTERS, HEARINGS, PUBLIC COMMENTS AND MEETINGS AND YET TO THE PREVIOUS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CONTINUED TO PUSH CAULK'S CONCERNS TO THE SIDE TO LEDGE -- CONGRESS' CONCERNS TO SIDE TO LEGISLATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION MEANS SUPPORTING THE ROLE OF CONGRESS TO WRITE LAWS AND FOR THE LAWS TO BE IMPLEMENTED AS INTENDED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, DISAPPROVING OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S REGULATION ON THE DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE APPLICANTS. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE JOINT LEGISLATION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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    JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    MR. CHAIRMAN, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 116, I CALL UP HOUSE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 116, I CALL UP HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66, JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES…

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66, JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY STATES FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 116, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED AS READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- IT'S NOT THE GENTLEMAN. IT'S THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE YOUR RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE YOUR RECOGNITION. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 66, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND TAXPAYER DOLLARS EMPHASIZING THE NEED TO PROTECT RETIREMENT SAVERS. BUT AS WAS OFTEN THE CASE WITH THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, THEIR RHETORIC RARELY MATCHED THEIR ACTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE OBAMA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SPENT YEARS ADVANCING A FLAWED RULE THAT WILL LIMIT ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT ADVICE FOR LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES. DESPITE REPEATED CALLS FOR A MORE RESPONSIBLE APPROACH, THE DEPARTMENT PUSHED FORWARD WITH AN EXTREME PARTISAN RULE. THEN LATE LAST YEAR THE DEPARTMENT FINALIZED TWO ADDITIONAL RULES THAT WILL ALSO NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF WORKERS. THE ADMINISTRATION CRAFTED A REGULATORY LOOPHOLE THAT ALLOWS STATES TO ESTABLISH GOVERNMENT-RUN E.R.A.'S -- I.R.A.'S BY CIRCUMVENTING PROTECTION THAT IS WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS HAVE ENJOYED FOR DECADES. AS WAS USUALLY THE CASE THE ACTIONS OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION HURT THE VERY PEOPLE IT CLAIMED TO BE HELPING. FIRST, THIS LOOPHOLE WOULD LEAD TO FEWER PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS. WORKING FAMILIES WOULD HAVE LESS INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THEIR RETIREMENT PLANS ARE MANAGED AND THEY WILL HAVE FEWER OPTIONS IF THOSE PLANS ARE NOT MANAGED WELL. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE LESS CONTROL OVER THE MONEY THEY WORK SO HARD TO PUT AWAY. WE NEED TO HONOR HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT AND NOT HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO THINGS TO HARM THEM. THE LOOPHOLE ALSO THREATENS TO INFLICT SIGNIFICANT HARM ON SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEES. IT'S ALREADY HARD ENOUGH FOR MANY SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROVIDE THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH RETIREMENT OPTIONS. AND THIS REGULATION ONLY MAKES IT LESS LIKELY THEY'LL DO SO. IN FACT, MANY SMALL BUSINESSES COULD ACTUALLY BE DISCOURAGED FROM OFFERING 401-K'S OR OTHER PRIVATE SECTOR OPTIONS. OTHERS COULD CANCEL THEIR RETIREMENT PLANS AND DUMP THEIR EMPLOYEES INTO GOVERNMENT-RUN RETIREMENT PLANS. FINALLY, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S REGULATORY ACTION PUTS TAXPAYERS AT RISK. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT MANY GOVERNMENT-RUN PENSION PLANS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE WOEFULLY UNDERFUNDED. LET ME REPEAT THAT, MR. SPEAKER. WE ALREADY KNOW THAT MANY GOVERNMENT-RUN PENSION PLANS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE WOEFULLY UNDERFUNDED. IF GOVERNMENT-RUN I.R.A.'S FOR PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS ARE MISMANAGED, DOES ANYONE SERIOUSLY BELIEVE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS WON'T BE ASKED TO FOOT THE BILL? THESE MAY BE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, BUT THEY WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO WORKERS, RETIREES, AND SMALL BUSINESS ALL THE SAME. TOO MANY HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN STRUGGLE TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND RETIRE WITH SOME FINANCIAL SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND. THE RESOLUTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY WILL CLOSE A LOOPHOLE THAT THREATENS THAT SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND. TO BE CLEAR THESE RESOLUTIONS WILL NOT PREVENT STATES AND CITIES FROM PROVIDING WORKERS AND RETIREES WITH NEW, INNOVATIVE RETIREMENT OPTIONS. THESE RESOLUTIONS WILL SIMPLY ENSURE THAT ALL WORKERS AND RETIREES ENJOY THE SAME PROTECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GUARANTEED FOR DECADES. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVES WALBERG AND ROONEY FOR LEADING THIS EFFORT AND WORKING TO PROTECT THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT BOTH RESOLUTIONS AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. BONAMICI

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

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66.…

    THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66. WORKING FAMILIES IN MY HOME STATE OF OREGON AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETIRE WITH SECURITY AND DIGNITY. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S NOT A REALITY FOR FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS WHO FACE A GROWING RETIREMENT SECURITY CRISIS. IN FACT, NEARLY 40 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS, INCLUDING AN ESTIMATED MILLION IN OREGON, DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS AT THEIR JOBS. THE AARP AND OTHERS HAVE NOTED THAT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SAVE FOR RETIREMENT RISK BECOMING DEPENDENT ON SOCIAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS AT INCREASED COSTS FOR TAXPAYERS. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS HAS NOT STEPPED UP TO ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S RETIREMENT SECURITY CRISIS, SO SEVERAL STATES, INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF OREGON, HAVE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP WORKERS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. OREGON'S PROGRAM IS SET TO LAUNCH IN JUST FIVE MONTHS. WORKERS WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT PLAN TO THEIR EMPLOYER WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A PLAN FACILITATED BY THE STATE. IT'S NOT MANDATORY. WORKERS CAN OPT OUT. AND THERE IS MINIMAL PAPERWORK FOR EMPLOYEES. OREGON'S PLAN IS PORT AND SO WORKERS CAN KEEP THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS WHEN THEY CHANGE JOBS. CONSIDER ORR GONIAN HE PENNY -- OREGONIAN PENNY WHO HAS WORKED HARD BUT DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT PLAN. PENNY MANAGED A RETIREMENT COMPLEX FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND SHE SAW THE HARDSHIPS RESIDENTS FACED WITHOUT RETIREMENT SECURITY. SOME LIVED ON $10 IN THE LAST 10 DAYS OF THE MONTH. AND SHE SAID IN SUPPORT OF OREGON'S PLAN NO ONE WANTS TO RETIRE INTO POVERTY AND RELY ON PUBLIC SERVICES, BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE WHEN THERE'S SO MANY OTHER FINANCIAL CHALLENGES FACING OUR FAMILIES. WE NEED A SIMPLE RETIREMENT ACCOUNT THAT MAKES IT EASY FOR EVERYONE TO SAVE PART OF WHAT THEY EARN REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY WORK. AND BOBBY, A HOME CARE WORKERS, WHO CARES FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. SHE DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN THROUGH HER EMPLOYER. SHE SAID WORKING WITH SENIORS IN POVERTY, MANY CARE PROVIDERS SEEN THEIR OWN FUTURE EVERY DAY. ONCE THEY REACH RETIREMENT AGE, THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE DECISION TO LIVE IN POVERTY OR KEEP WORKING UNTIL THEY DIE. EVEN IF IT MEANS JUST $50 OR $100 MORE PER MONTH THAT KIND OF INCOME WOULD MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO EACH EANCH ONE OF US. PENNY, BOBBY, AND PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY NEED ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS. OREGON AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES ARE WORKING TO FILL THAT NEED. AND CONGRESS SHOULD BE SUPPORTING THEM AND ENCOURAGING RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAMS LIKE OREGON'S AND SIMILAR PLANS IN CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, CONNECTICUT, AND MARYLAND. INSTEAD, HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE ADVANCING A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT JOINT RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL THAT WOULD ENDANGER THESE PLANS, DISCOURAGE OTHER STATES FROM TAKING ACTION, AND UNDERMINE STATES RIGHTS. SPECIFICALLY THIS RESOLUTION WOULD NULLIFY AN IMPORTANT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE THAT SIMPLY CLARIFIES THAT THESE STATE BASE SAVINGS PLANS DO NOT RUN AFOUL OF ERISA, THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT. THE SAFE HARBOR RULE WENT INTO EFFECT LAST OCTOBER. NOW MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE MAY CHARACTERIZE THIS AS CLOSING A REGULATORY LOOPHOLE AND THEY MAY QUESTION WHETHER MORE GOVERNMENT IS THE ANSWER, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES AND THE STATE TREASURERS OF OREGON, ILLINOIS, AND CALIFORNIA SUBMITTED LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. THEY FOUND THAT THE D.O.L. SAFE HARBOR PROVIDES FLEXIBILITY -- CODIFIES CLEAR PROTECTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS TO FACILITATE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS FOR EMPLOYEES AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE GROWING RETIREMENT CRISIS FACING THIS COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER THESE LETTERS AND SEVERAL OTHER LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION INTO THE RECORD.

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    IN SUMMARY, PRONES OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION ARE RUSHING…

    IN SUMMARY, PRONES OF THIS CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION ARE RUSHING TO NULLIFY A RULE THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY AND THIS RESOLUTION PUTS THAT FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN VALUE AT RISK. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN OPPOSING H.J.R. 66, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, BE PERMITTED TO CONTROL THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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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 AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.J.RES. 66.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 66, A RESOLUTION…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 66, A RESOLUTION TO PROTECT RETIREMENT SAVERS. DURING THE FINAL DAYS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IN FACT FINAL HOURS, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CREATED A REGULATORY LOOPHOLE THAT THREATENS THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF WORKING FAMILIES. WE'RE HERE TODAY TO USE CONGRESS' AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO CLOSE THAT LOOPHOLE BY BLOCKING A MISGUIDED REGULATION FROM TAKING EFFECT. THE REGULATION PAVES THE WAY FOR STATES TO FORCE CERTAIN EMPLOYERS TO AUTOMATICALLY ENROLL THEIR EMPLOYEES INTO GOVERNMENT I.R.A.'S. STATES WOULD BE ALLOWED TO SKIRT FEDERAL LAW AND DENY WORKERS IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS DESIGNED TO SAFEGUARD THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ACTION IS SOMEWHAT PERPLEXING. THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT, ERISA, HAS ENJOYED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR DECADES. AS PRESIDENT FORD SAID WHEN HE SIGNED THE LAW, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE, AND I QUOTE, GREATER ASSURANCES THAT RETIREMENT DOLLARS WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY ARE NEEDE YET OVER 40 YEARS LATER THE SAME ADMINISTRATION THAT FREQUENTLY TOUTED THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSUMER PROTECTIONS MOVE TO EXEMPT STATES FROM ERISA. THE QUESTION IS WHY? TO FACILITATE THE CREATION OF GOVERNMENT-RUN PLANS THAT WOULD LACK BASIC PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS? AS A RESULT WORKERS AND RETIREES WOULD HAVE NOWHERE TO TURN IF THEIR SAVINGS WERE MISMANAGED. LET'S BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT THIS REGULATION IS REALLY ABOUT. IT'S PART OF AN ASSAULT ON SMALL BUSINESS RETIREMENT PLANS THAT BEGAN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. . FIRST, SMALL BUSINESSES WERE HIT BY THE FIDUCIARY RULE THAT WOULD NOT GIVE THEM ACCESS TO SET UP RETIREMENT PLANS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. THEN, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CREATED A LAST-MINUTE REGULATORY LOOPHOLE THAT COULD DISCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESSES FROM OFFERING RETIREMENT PLANS IN THE FIRST PLACE. AS A RESULT, MANY FAMILIES COULD SOON REALIZE IF YOU LIKE YOUR 401-K PLAN YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP IT. BECAUSE OF THIS LOOPHOLE, TAXPAYERS ALSO ARE AT RISK. MANY OF THE STATES LEADING THE CHARGE ON THESE GOVERNMENT-RUN PLANS HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF MISMANAGING PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSIONS. TODAY, THERE'S AN ESTIMATED $5 TRILLION IN UNFUNDED STATE PENSION PROMISES. $5 TRILLION. THAT FIGURE IS COMPLETELY UNSUSTAINABLE AND IT BEGS THE QUESTION -- WILL TAXPAYERS OR RETIREMENT SAVERS FOOT THE BILL IF THESE GOVERNMENT-RUN I.R.A.'S ARE SIMILARLY MISMANAGED? HOWEVER, WE ARE NOT HERE TODAY TO DEBATE THE MERITS OF STATE POLICY. TO BE CLEAR, STATES SHOULD BE FREE TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW RETIREMENT OPTIONS, AND MORE OPTIONS ARE CERTAINLY NEEDED. IT'S UP TO THE VOTERS IN EACH STATE TO HOLD THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. THE POINT OF THIS DEBATE IS THAT STATES SHOULD NOT BE EXEMPT FROM A LAW THAT HAS FOR DECADES PROVIDED IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS. IF STATES WANT TO COME UP WITH NEW WAYS TO HELP WORKERS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT, THEY CAN, BUT THEY SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAW IN THE PROCESS. THE GOAL OF THIS RESOLUTION IS SIMPLE, IT IS TO UPHOLD PROTECTIONS CONGRESS, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES, HAS LONG AFFORDED RETIREMENT SAVERS. TODAY, WE CAN CLOSE REGULATORY LOOPHOLES THAT WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND WE CAN ENSURE RETIREMENT SAVERS IN EVERY STATE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE SAME PROTECTIONS UNDER FEDERAL LAW. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT STRONG PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF H.J.RES. 66, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    NEARLY 40 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT…

    NEARLY 40 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT SAVINGS AT THEIR JOBS. DATA RESEARCH SHOW THAT LOW AND MIDDLE-INCOME WORKERS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. SO TOO MANY AMERICANS LACK ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS AND TOO FEW ARE ABLE TO BUILD A RETIREMENT NEST EGG ON THEIR OWN. UNFORTUNATELY, CONGRESS HAS NOT STEPPED UP TO COMPREHENSIVELY ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S RETIREMENT SECURITY CHALLENGES, BUT MANY STATES HAVE STEPPED UP AND ENACTED INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO EXPANDING WORKING PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. CALIFORNIA PASSED A LAW ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM THAT ESTIMATES THAT 6.8 MILLION WORKERS WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN. IN ILLINOIS, MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED. SIX OTHER STATES HAVE ENACTED PROGRAMS. DOZENS MORE HAVE CONSIDERED PROPOSALS TO STUDY OR IMPLEMENT STATE-BASED RETIREMENT PLANS. SEVERAL OF THESE STATES HAVE WORKED WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO ENSURE THEIR WORKPLACE RETIREMENT INITIATIVES DID NOT RUN AFOUL OF ERISA, THE LAW ESTABLISHING MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR PENSIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINALIZED THE REGULATION THE SAFE HARBOR CONDITION. THE RULE WENT INTO EFFECT LAST OCTOBER. IN DECEMBER, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINALIZED ANOTHER RULE THAT MADE CERTAIN CITIES AND COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE SAME SAFE HARBOR PROTECTIONS. THIS RULE ONLY WENT INTO EFFECT LAST MONTH. IF THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS WITH THE RULES, THE TRURKS HAS THED A MINUTE -- THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS THE ADMINISTRATIVE -- HOWEVER, THE C.R.A. DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS JUST INTRODUCED LAST WEEK, WILL NULLIFY THE RULES THAT PUTS THE SAFE HARBOR IN PLACE TONE SURE THE PLANS DO NOT RUN AFOUL OF ERISA AND AT THE SAME TIME UNDER THE C.R.A. RULES, THEY MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO ENACT A SIMILAR RULE TO PROTECT SAVINGS -- THESE SAVINGS PLANS IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT SPECIFIC CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL. THIS AFTERNOON, THE HOUSE WILL ALSO CONSIDER A C.R.A. DISAPPROVAL RESOLUTION WHICH WOULD OVERTURN THE MONTH-OLD RULE AIMED AT HELPING CERTAIN CITIES AND COUNTIES OFFER WORKPLACE RETIREMENT PROGRAMS. MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF DESTABILIZING EFFORTS TO INCREASE A WORKER'S ABILITY TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT, AND WE SHOULD NOT BE GOING OUT OF OUR WAY TO UNDERMINE STATES RIGHTS TO IMPLEMENT THEIR OWN INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. THESE TWO RESOLUTIONS REPRESENT AN ATTACK ON OUR NATION'S WORKING FAMILIES. CONGRESS NEEDS TO STAND UP FOR WORKING FAMILIES WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT PLANS IN THEIR JOBS. AMERICANS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAVE ENOUGH TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY AND PEACE OF MIND. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT BOTH OF THESE C.R.A. JOINT RESOLUTIONS OF DISAPPROVAL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, THE IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR AND PENSIONS.

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    MR. ROE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.J. RESOLUTION 66, A RESOLUTION THAT USES THE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.J. RESOLUTION 66, A RESOLUTION THAT USES THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO ROLL BACK THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S HARMFUL SO-CALLED SAFE HARBOR RULE. THIS RULE WILL ALLOW STATES TO AUTOMATICALLY ENROLL EMPLOYEES IN THE GOVERNMENT-RUN I.R.A.'S WITHOUT THE IMPORTANT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS PROVIDED BY ERISA. THIS BUREAUCRATIC REGULATION RESTRICTS WORKING FAMILIES ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL PLAN INFORMATION REQUIRED TO MAKE WISE INVESTMENTS. AND WHILE ALSO INCREASING THE RISK FOR FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT OF STATE-RUN I.R.A.'S WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY FALL ON THE BACKS OF THE TAXPAYERS ACROSS THE U.S. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A RETIREMENT CRISIS OCCURRING IN THIS COUNTRY. THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORTS THAT 29% OF AMERICANS AGED 55 AND OLDER HAVE NO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. ZERO. AND NO TRADITIONAL PENSION PLAN. FURTHER, NEARLY 40 MILLION WORKING FAMILIES ALSO HAVEN'T SAVED A DIME FOR RETIREMENT. THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM, AND WE MUST WORK TOGETHER ACROSS THE AISLE TO PURSUE POLICIES THAT MAKE IT EASIER, NOT HARDER, FOR FAMILIES TO SAVE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S ANSWER TO THE RETIREMENT CRISIS WAS LESS CONSUMER CHOICE AND MORE FINANCIAL RISK. THIS ALL STARTED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S MISGUIDED DECISION TO PURSUE A FIDUCIARY RULE WHICH IF IMPLEMENTED WILL BE A DISASTER FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-CLASS SAVERS. THE D.O.L. RULE PUBLISHED RULE THAT IS NEARLY 1,000 PAGES TO DEFINE THE WORD FIDUCIARY. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. A THOUSAND-PAGE RULE TO DEFINE THE WORD FIDUCIARY. I HOLD IN MY HAND THE WEBSTER'S COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY WHICH HAS A FEW MORE PAGES IN THAT TO DEFINE EVERY WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THIS DICTIONARY DEFINES EVERY WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THAT TAKES A THOUSAND-PAGE RULE TO DEFINE FIDUCIARY. DOES ANYBODY THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE BETTER FOR SAVERS? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT. THANKFULLY THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DELAY ITS IMPLEMENTATION AND HERE WE ARE TODAY TRYING TO KEEP YET ANOTHER MISGUIDED RULE FROM THE WANING DAYS OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION FROM TAKING EFFECT. IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S, QUOTE, SAFE HARBOR, END QUOTE, RULE CONTINUES TO TREND TOWARD A LACK OF CONSUMER CHOICE AND MORE FEDERAL INVOLVEMENT THROUGH A PATCHWORK OF BUREAUCRACY. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS VEHICLE AND NOT TO BE THRUST INTO A GOVERNMENT-RUN I.R.A. THAT COULD EVENTUALLY FALL ON THE BACKS OF THEIR FELLOW TAXPAYERS TO FUND. I'VE WORKED TIRELESSLY WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO OVERTURN THESE HARMFUL REGULATIONS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DO JUST THIS. I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE AND CREATE POLICIES THAT ENCOURAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS, THE RANKING…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN NEAL OF MASSACHUSETTS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    MR. NEAL

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WANT TO THANK THE DOC FOR THAT WEBSTER'S…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. I WANT TO THANK THE DOC FOR THAT WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY. THAT DICTIONARY IS PUBLISHED IN SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS. I'M GLAD THAT THE DOCTOR FROM TENNESSEE SEES IT AS THE LAST WORD. SO MR. SPEAKER, LET ME RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE C.R.A. RESOLUTIONS WE'RE DEBATING TODAY THAT WOULD BLOCK LABOR DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS ON STATE-RUN RETIREMENT PRAFMENTS OUR COUNTRY IS IN THE MIDST OF A RETIREMENT SAVINGS CRISIS, AS DULY NOTED. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP PEOPLE GET INTO A RESPONSIBLE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN. HALF THE PEOPLE THAT GET UP AND GO TO WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY IN AMERICA ARE NOT IN A QUALIFIED SAVINGS PLAN FOR RETIREMENT. THIS OPPORTUNITY HERE IS TO BEGIN A HISTORY LESSON. IN JULY OF 2007, A DECADE AGO, I INTRODUCED THE AUTOMATIC I.R.A. ACT WITH MY REPUBLICAN WAYS AND MEANS COLLEAGUE, PHIL ENGLISH. THAT SAME YEAR, SENATORS BINGAMAN AND SMITH, INTRODUCED A COMPANION BILL IN THE SENATE. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARS DEVELOPED MY I.R.A. CONCEPT. SO LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES CAME TOGETHER IN A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR WORKING FAMILIES TO SAVE. HOWEVER, FAST FORWARD TO 2017, I CAN'T FIND A REPUBLICAN TO JOIN ME IN SPONSORING THE I.R.A. LEGISLATION. REMEMBER, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION WORKED WITH ME TO CONSTRUCT THIS INITIATIVE. AND LET ME -- IF WE CAN KEEP IT AMONGST OURSELVES HERE -- BEING A DEMOCRAT FROM MASSACHUSETTS, HAVING A PLAN THAT'S ENDORSED BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION IS NOT ONE OF OUR EASIER ENDEAVORS. BUT BETWEEN BROOKINGS, A LIBERAL THINK TANK, AND HERITAGE, A CONSERVATIVE THINK TANK, WE CAME UP WITH A PRETTY GOOD PLAN. TODAY, AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO PREPARE FOR RETIREMENT. AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, 55 MILLION AMERICANS WORK FOR EMPLOYERS THAT DON'T OFFER A RETIREMENT PLAN. AS I NOTED EARLIER, THAT'S HALF THE WORKERS BETWEEN 18 AND 64. AND BECAUSE OF CONGRESS' FAILURE TO ACT ON ANY LEGISLATION AND ADDRESS THE RETIREMENT SAVINGS CRISIS, MANY STATES IMPLEMENTED THEIR OWN AUTO I.R.A. PLANS BASED ON THE NEAL-ENGLISH BILL. IN FACT, 30 STATES HAVE MOVED TO IMPLEMENT OR CONSIDERING A STATE FACILITATED RETIREMENT PLAN. CREDIT UNIONS WOULD LOVE THIS. COMMUNITY BANKERS WOULD LOVE THIS, AND INSURANCE AGENTS WOULD LIKE TO SELL THESE PLANS. BUT HERE WE CAN'T FIND A REPUBLICAN TO SIGN ON. SO TODAY, THEY'RE TRYING TO BLOCK THE GUIDANCE THAT PROVIDES CLARITY AND FLEXIBILITY TO STATES WHO WANT TO LAUNCH THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. THIS IS TROUBLING. IF THESE RESOLUTIONS BECOME LAW, IT WOULD HAVE A CHILLING EFFECT ON STATE EFFORTS. THE STATES ARE THE LABORATORIES EXPERIMENTS ON THESE RETIREMENT PLANS BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOESN'T GET IT DONE. IF REPUBLICANS ARE LOOKING FOR A SINGLE NATIONAL EFFORT, LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO DEVELOP A FEDERAL AUTO I.R.A. LEGISLATION PIECE THAT WOULD WORK IN THE INTERIM AND WORK IN THE FUTURE AND HELP PEOPLE SET UP, MR. SPEAKER, A RESPONSIBLE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN. THANK YOU.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S THE POINT I WOULD MAKE AGAIN, NOT THE FACT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S THE POINT I WOULD MAKE AGAIN, NOT THE FACT THAT WE ARE TRYING TO STOP STATES FROM DOING THIS. IN FACT, THIS C.R.A. DOES NOT DO THAT AT ALL. IT JUST SIMPLY SAYS WE EXPRESS OUR CONCERN THAT STATES WOULD BE ALLOWED AS A RESULT OF WHAT WAS PUT THROUGH IN MIDNIGHT FASHION THAT THAT EXEMPTED FROM STATES TO HAVE COME UNDER THE SAME PROTECTIONS OF ERISA THAT WE WOULD EXPECT TO COVER ALL RETIREMENT PLANS. THAT'S THE CHALLENGE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT RETIREES' INCOMES ARE PROTECTED IN A SECURE, SAFE WAY, AND THAT'S THE VALUE OF ERISA. THIS PROPOSAL, THE RULE THAT WAS PUT THROUGH DID NOT COVER THAT AND THAT'S OUR CONCERN, AGAIN, PROTECTING RETIREES. AND WITH THAT I RESERVE.

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    I YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE…

    I YIELD TO CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER THE EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS OF THIS WEEK, I CERTAINLY HAD…

    MR. SPEAKER, AFTER THE EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS OF THIS WEEK, I CERTAINLY HAD HOPED THE HOUSE WOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SWIFT INVESTIGATION INTO WHITE HOUSE DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA. BUT NOT TO BE DISTRACTED IT LOOKS LIKE THE MAJORITY WOULD RATHER SPEND THE DAY STRIPPING RETIREMENT BENEFITS FROM MILLIONS. WE'VE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME WORKERS WHO HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT PLANS THROUGH THEIR WORKPLACE ARE MOST LIKELY TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT THAN THOSE WHO DON'T. IT MAKES SENSE. WE ALSO KNOW THAT NEARLY HALF A MILLION -- HALF OF MIDDLE-CLASS WORKERS WILL FALL INTO POVERTY WHEN THEY RETIRE. LAST YEAR, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DID A GREAT THING. IT ESTABLISHED A PROGRAM TO PROVIDE SEVEN MILLION CALIFORNIANS WITH THE TOOLS TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. . THIS PROGRAM LETS WORKERS WHO HAVE THE RETIREMENT PLAN THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER TO CONTRIBUTE A SHARE OF THEIR INCOME TO AN I.R.A. ACCOUNT ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE. UNDER THIS VOLUNTARY PROGRAM, I STRESS VOLUNTARY, COUNTLESS CALIFORNIANS WILL GET ACCESS TO TAX DEFERRED RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. THAT'S EXTRAORDINARY. IN AUGUST THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CLEARED THE WAY FOR SECURE CHOICE BY RULING THAT STATES COULD MOVE FORWARD WITH THEIR OWN PROGRAMS TO HELP WORKERS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. SEVEN OTHER STATES ARE IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING SIMILAR LAWS AND DOZENS MORE ARE CONSIDERING THEIR OPTIONS. THE RESOLUTION IN QUESTION TODAY WOULD UNDO THE D.O.L.'S RULING, LEAVING STATES IN THIS REALLY LEGAL GRAY AREA THAT COULD PUT THESE PROGRAMS IN JEOPARDY. SO I ASK, MR. SPEAKER, IS THIS REALLY HOW WE SHOULD BE SPENDING OUR TIME? D.O.L. SPENT MONTHS REVIEWING PUBLIC COMMENTS AND CAREFULLY CRAFTING THIS RULE. AND THE HOUSE WILL VOTE TO REPEAL IT WITHOUT EVEN A SINGLE HEARING. REALLY? WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE SAVINGS ACROSS THE BOARD. CERTAINLY NOT VOTING MAKING SAVINGS HARDER. FOR FOLKS IN STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS EFFORT HAS BEEN BIPARTISAN. SO I WONDER IF WE SHOULD EVEN BE CONSIDERING THIS RESOLUTION IF THE RULE IN QUESTION HAD NOT BEEN ISSUED BY A DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION. THE WORD IRRESPONSIBLE DOES NOT EVEN BEGIN TO DO THIS. BUT WHAT WOULD BE JUSTICE IN THIS AREA? SO I URGE, MR. SPEAKER, A NO VOTE ON THIS. LET'S MOVE FORWARD, LET'S ALLOW MORE STATES TO EXPERIMENT SO THEY CAN DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE FOLKS IN THEIR STATE WANT TO DO. THANK YOU,

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO MAKE NOTE AS WE DISCUSS THIS HERE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JUST WANT TO MAKE NOTE AS WE DISCUSS THIS HERE TODAY THERE'S BEEN POINTS MADE ABOUT BUSINESSES WANTING THIS CHANGE. THEY WANT TO WORK WITH THE STATES. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT LIABILITIES F THAT WERE THE CASE -- LIABILITIES. IF THAT WERE THE CASE WE WOULDN'T HAVE ENDORSEMENTS LIKE THIS COMING FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA, AMERICAN BENEFITS COUNCIL, NFIB. JUST LOOKING THROUGH, SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COUNCIL. NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS. NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION. NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. AND I COULD GO ON AND ON. BUSINESS AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS AND GROUPS THAT DEAL WITH THIS AND HAVE CONCERN ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES, THEIR RETIREES, HAVING A GOOD AND SAFE MECHANISM BY WHICH TO HAVE THEIR RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROTECTED. SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS HERE TO TAKE BACK WHAT TOOK PLACE UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, AS IT WERE, WHICH TOOK RETIREE SAVINGS OFF THE BENEFIT OF ERISA. I JUST WANT THAT TO BE MADE CLEAR. I RESERVE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    JUST TO CLAIRE FY. THERE WAS A COMMENT MADE THESE ARE GOVERNMENT-RUN…

    JUST TO CLAIRE FY. THERE WAS A COMMENT MADE THESE ARE GOVERNMENT-RUN PLANS. UNDER THESE PLANS, THE STATES ESTABLISH THE FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCTING THE CONTRIBUTIONS, BUT THESE WILL BE MANAGED BY INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS NOT BY THE STATE. NOW I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN DESAULNIER, FROM CALIFORNIA, A LEADER ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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    MR. DESAULNIER

    THANK YOU, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF OREGON, FOR THE BRIEF…

    THANK YOU, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM THE STATE OF OREGON, FOR THE BRIEF OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I DID WANT TO SPEAK PERSONALLY, BRIEFLY ON MY EXPERIENCE IN MY PREVIOUS JOB IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE WHEN I VOTED FOR THIS SECURE CHOICE ACT. THEN WE SPENT OVER FOUR YEARS WORKING WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE INVESTMENT COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE -- AND OUR ATTORNEYS TO MAKE SURE THE ISSUES THE MAJORITY BRAT UP WITH REGARDS TO ERRRIES -- BROUGHT UP WITH REGARDS TO ERISA AND OTHER CONCERNS, ANDDY THIS, TO MAKE SURE THESE CONCERNS WERE TAKEN CARE OF. WE THINK THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF. AND WE'RE PROUD OF THE SECURE CHOICE ACT. CLOSE TO SEVEN MILLION CALIFORNIANS AND 55 MILLION PEOPLE NATIONWIDE, MOST LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME, DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT BENEFITS THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE MOSTLY WHO WORK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, NEITHER EMPLOYER NOR EMPLOYEE CAN AFFORD TO ENROLL IN EXPENSIVE WALL STREET-TYPE FINANCIAL ADVISORS. THEY AREN'T ABLE TO PAY THE FEES AND EXPENSES. THIS ELEMENT OF THE U.S. ECONOMY, AND AT THIS POINT I HAVE TO AGREE WITH "THE NEW YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL TODAY, THIS RESOLUTION APPEARS TO BE MORE DIRECTED TOWARDS WALL STREET THAN MAIN STREET. WALL STREET, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, TAKES AROUND 25% OF ALL CORPORATE PROFITS IN THE UNITED STATES. REPRESENTS 7% OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. AND CREATES MERELY 4% OF ALL JOBS. THE SECURE CHOICE ACT WAS DIRECTED AWAY FROM THOSE EXPENSIVE INVESTMENTS AND ALLOWED FOR MORE EFFICIENT PROCESS FOR WORKING CLASS CALIFORNIANS AND AMERICANS TO BE ABLE TO REPLICATE THIS PROGRAM AND BE ABLE TO HAVE A SECURE RETIREMENT. THE MAJORITY OFTEN TALKS ABOUT STATES RIGHTS AND HAVING STATES BE THE LABORATORIES OF CREATION. AND I THINK IN CALIFORNIA WE HAVE DONE THAT ON MULTIPLE ISSUES AND CERTAINLY ON THIS ISSUE. WITHOUT PROGRAMS LIKE THIS, MOST OF THE 55 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR AMERICANS WILL END UP RELYING ON SOCIAL SECURITY FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR RETIREMENT INCOME, WHICH AVERAGES ABOUT LESS THAN $1,400 MONTREAL CALIFORNIA AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES THAT HAVE CREATED SIMILAR RETIREMENT PROGRAMS ARE LOOKING OUT FOR WORKING FAMILIES. AMERICAN WORKERS ARE DOING MORE TODAY THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEFORE. OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS, WORKER PRODUCTIVITY HAS RISEN 73% AND HOURLY PAY HAS ONLY INCREASED 11%. NOW THEY FIND THEIR RETIREMENT MORE AND MORE IN JEP PARDONY. I WOULD ASK THE MAJORITY TO STRONGLY RECONSIDER THIS APPROACH AND TO WORK WITH CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN APRODUCE THESE AMERICANS TO HAVE ACCESS TO SECURE RETIREMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE CERTAINLY WILLING TO WORK WITH THE STATES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'RE CERTAINLY WILLING TO WORK WITH THE STATES AND WOULD CONCUR THAT THEY OUGHT TO BE A LABORATORY. BUT AGAIN OUR CONCERN, THE KEY -- BASICALLY THE ONLY CONCERN THAT THIS RESOLUTION DEALS WITH IS THAT THEY BE MANAGED IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY COME UNDER THE PROTECTIONS GIVEN UNDER ERISA. AND WHY DO WE SAY THAT? WE LOOK AT, FOR INSTANCE, ILLINOIS' UNFUNDED LIABILITY. LOOKING AT 114.8 BILLION AT THE END OF FISCAL YEAR 2016. A STATE PLAN MANAGED BY, YES, AN OUTSIDE MANAGER, BUT $114.8 BILLION UNDER. LOOK AT CALIFORNIA, PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION SYSTEM. 228.3 BILLION SHORTFALL IN FUNDING. OREGON, UNFUNDED ACTUARIAL LIABILITY OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT FUND, AGAIN MANAGED BY SOMEONE FOR OREGON, OF $21.8 BILLION. WE LOOKED AT ALL PUT TOGETHER, WE HAVE OVER $5 TRILLION UNFUNDED LIABILITY FOR STATE PLANS MANAGED BY SOME OUTSIDE SOURCE. THAT'S WHERE OUR CONCERN COMES FROM THIS RULE THAT WAS PUT THROUGH THAT TAKES PEOPLE OUT OF PROTECTIONS OF ERISA. SO WE'RE SAYING HAVE AT IT, STATES. BUT DO IT ACCORDING TO THE RULES. AND THE PROTECTION THAT IS ARE THERE. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING. WE WANT RETIREE SAVINGS TO BE PROTECTED FOR THE PURPOSES THAT THEY PLAN FOR AND NOT COME UP SHORT SOMEDAY BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF CARE AND THE COVERAGE BY ERISA ON THEIR PLANS. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    BONAMICI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASSURE MY COLLEAGUES AS SOMEONE WITH A SCUNALER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASSURE MY COLLEAGUES AS SOMEONE WITH A SCUNALER PROTECTION BACKGROUND I WOULD NOT BE OPPOSING THIS RESOLUTION IF IT DIDN'T HAVE CONSUMER PROTECTIONS. THIS RULE APPLIES WHEN STATES HAVE STRICT INVESTOR PROTECTIONS. NOW I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS OF CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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    MS. WATERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO H.J.RES. 66, WHICH IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN'S ATTACK ON WORKING FAMILIES AND THEIR RETIREMENT SECURITY. H.J.RES. 66 WOULD DISMANTLE THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE ALLOWING FOR STATE BASE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAMS. THIS DOES NOTHING MORE THAN MAKE IT HARDER FOR THIS COUNTRY'S ROUGHLY 40 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS WHO DO NOT HAVE A WAY TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT DIRECTLY OUT OF THEIR REGULAR PAYCHECK. UNDER THE CURRENT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE, STATE ADMINISTERED RETIREMENT PROGRAMS CAN ALLOW EMPLOYEES WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A WORKPLACE SAVINGS PLAN TO ESTABLISH AN I.R.A. THROUGH A PAYROLL DEDUCTION. IN MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA, WE HAVE THE CALIFORNIA SECURE CHOICE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM THROUGH WHICH THE STATE IS WORKING TO PROVIDE A SAVINGS OPTION TO ROUGHLY 6.8 MILLION LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME WORKERS. LAST CONGRESS HOUSE REPUBLICANS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO UNDERMINE ANOTHER DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE DESIGNED TO PROTECT RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR WORKING FAMILIES. IN THAT CASE, THE RULE ENSURED THAT WORKERS RECEIVED RETIREMENT INVESTMENT ADVICE THAT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST REFERRED TO AS A FISH -- FIDUCIARY RULE. NOW CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WANT TO PREVENT WORKS FROM PARTICIPATING IN VOLUNTARY SAVINGS PLANS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE THAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOW SEEKING TO ROLL BACK PROVIDES CLARITY FOR STATES AND EMPLOYERS SO THAT CALIFORNIA AND THE SEVERAL OTHER STATES THAT HAVE ALREADY ENACTED SIMILAR PLANS CAN PROVIDE A SIMPLE SAVINGS TOOL FOR MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE AGAINST THE AVERAGE WORKING PERSON WHO WOULD LIKE TO HAVE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. I DON'T KNOW WHO IS GOING TO BENEFIT IF WE DO AWAY WITH THEIR ABILITY TO HAVE A SAVINGS PLAN EVEN IF THEY DON'T HAVE ONE UNDER THE JOB THAT THEY WORK ON. WHO BENEFITS? IS IT WALL STREET AGAIN? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE? AND WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE H.J.RES. 66? WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST RESPONDING THROUGH YOU WE'RE NOT OPPOSING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. JUST RESPONDING THROUGH YOU WE'RE NOT OPPOSING VOLUNTARY PLANS. WE'RE NOT OPPOSING STATES SETTING UP PLANS THAT WILL ENCOURAGE RETIREMENT. WE'RE NOT OPPOSING THAT. WE'RE JUST SAYING WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PROTECTED UNDER THE SAME REQUIREMENTS OF ERISA THAT ALL OTHER PLANS ARE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE DOLLARS ARE THERE WHEN THE PEOPLE NEED T THAT'S ALL WE'RE SAYING. WE'RE NOT OPPOSED TO VOLUNTARY OR PLANS FOR RETIREMENT. WITH THAT LET ME YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE AND GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, THE CHAIRMAN IN FINANCIAL SERVICES OF THE TAX POLICY SUBCOMMITTEE, MR. ROSKAM.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND CHAIRMAN WALBERG. THERE IS AN IRONY HERE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND CHAIRMAN WALBERG. THERE IS AN IRONY HERE AND ONE THAT'S WORTH POINTING OUT. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY IN THE CONTEXT LIKE THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA POINTED OUT, THE FIDUCIARY RULE, WHICH WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH, THAT WAS AN EFFORT BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PROMULGATE A NEW RULE TO CREATE A NEW STANDARD THAT WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT, MR. SPEAKER, ON INVESTMENT ADVICE. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE NET RESULT OF THAT WAS TO DO WHAT? IT WOULD HAVE CROWDED PEOPLE OUT AT THE LOWER END OF THE ECONOMIC SPECTRUM, NOT GIVE THEM ACCESS TO THE COVERAGE -- ADVICE THAT THEY NEEDED BECAUSE THE ADVICE, MR. SPEAKER, WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO EXPENSIVE, AND IT WOULD HAVE CREATED THIS SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY, UNFORTUNATELY, WHERE WEALTHIER PEOPLE WHO CAN AFFORD IT ARE ABLE TO GET GOOD ADVICE. IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA. WE WORKED ON A BIPARTISAN NEW STANDARD THAT WOULD BASIS. THE ADMINISTRATION WOULDN'T HAVE ANY PART OF THE BIPARTISAN SOLUTION. THEY JAMMED THE RULE DOWN. IT WAS A BAD IDEA. AND YET THE SAME ADMINISTRATION, MR. SPEAKER, IS NOW SAYING TO THE ENTITIES THAT WE REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THAT IS STATES AND LOCALITIES ON THESE PENSIONS, YOU HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY. THINK ABOUT IT. TAKING AWAY FLEXIBILITY FROM PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP, LOCKING THEM OUT, NOT INTENTIONALLY, BUT LOCKING THEM OUT, AND YET GIVING MORE FLEXIBILITY TO THE VERY ENTITIES THAT HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY HAVE NOT USED THAT PROPERLY. 7 IT'S IRONIC. YOU -- IT'S IRONIC. YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP. THIS IS -- WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN AND HERE'S WHAT WE CAN DO. WE CAN SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, H.J.RES. 66 AND 67, MOVE ITS PASSAGE, RESET THIS DEBATE, AND FUNDAMENTALLY HAVE A NEW DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS. BUT WE DON'T HAVE TO YIELD TO THESE POOR PLANS FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. I YIELD BACK. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    CAN I INQUIRE TO THE REMAINING TIME?

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    AT THIS POINT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF…

    AT THIS POINT I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF OREGON, MR. EARL BLUMENAUER, SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    I RESERVE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD ADDITIONAL LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. AND I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN SCHAKOWSKY OF ILLINOIS, THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SENIORS TASK FORCE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION ON THE MOTION YOU REQUESTED. THE GENTLELADY IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION ON THE MOTION YOU REQUESTED. THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THE WORKING…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THE WORKING FAMILIES AGENDA. GET THIS. AMERICANS OVER 44 YEARS OF AGE ARE MORE AFRAID OF RUNNING OUT OF INCOME IN RETIREMENT THAN THEY ARE AFRAID OF DYING. MEDIAN RETIREMENT SAVINGS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS ONLY $2,500. WE HAVE A RETIREMENT CRISIS. ONLY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE MESSAGE. "THE NEW YORK TIMES" ASKED, QUOTE, WHO WOULD WANT TO LIMIT RETIREMENT PLANS, AND ANSWERED WITH TWO WORDS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS. IT ISN'T JUST THAT REPUBLICANS HAVEN'T MADE RETIREMENT SECURITY A PRIORITY. THEY'RE ACTUALLY WORKING AGAINST IT. THEY OPPOSE THE RULE THAT SAVES RETIREES UP TO $17 BILLION A YEAR, LOST TO BAD INVESTMENT ADVICE. A RULE THAT SIMPLY REQUIRES FINANCIAL ADVISORS TO GIVE ADVICE THAT IS IN THE CLIENTS' BEST INTEREST, NOT THEIR OWN. TODAY REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO PREVENT STATES AND CITIES FROM EXPANDING PRIVATE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. NEARLY 1.3 MILLION WORKERS IN MY STATE, ILLINOIS, LACK-BASED RETIREMENT SAVINGS OPTIONS. STATE SENATOR BISS WON PASSAGE OF THE ILLINOIS SECURE CHOICE PROGRAM THAT CREATES A RETIREMENT PLAN WITH AUTOMATIC DEDUCTIONS THAT HAVE PROVEN SUCCESSFUL IN INCREASING INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT SAVINGS. LAST SUMMER, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ACTED TO MOVE THIS PLAN FORWARD FOR ILLINOIS AND OTHER STATES. AND TODAY WE FACE REPUBLICAN EFFORTS TO BLOCK ACTION, TO OVERTURN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE AND JEOPARDIZE THE FINANCIAL SECURITY OF 1.3 MILLION ILLINOIS WORKERS AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITHOUT ACCESS TO JOB-BASED RETIREMENT PLANS. THERE'S A SAYING THAT SAYS, LEAD, FOLLOW OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. IF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WON'T LEAD, OR FOLLOW, AT LEAST THEY SHOULD GET OUT OF ILLINOIS' WAY. AND I URGE A NO VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HAVE PLACED INTO THE RECORD A LETTER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO HAVE PLACED INTO THE RECORD A LETTER UNDERSIGNED REPRESENTING THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES, INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES FROM ALMOST TWO DOZEN SPECIFIC GROUPS THAT I'D LIKE TO ADD INTO THE RECORD IN SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 66.

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    I RESERVE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN KAPTUR OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO CONGRESSWOMAN KAPTUR OF OHIO, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.

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    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA SHOULD NO LONGER…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA SHOULD NO LONGER BE SHOCKED WITH THE REPUBLICAN MANTRA OF NO TO EVERYTHING. THAT IS UNTIL WALL STREET AND THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY CALLS. TODAY'S ACTION ON H.J.RES. 66 AND 67 ILLUSTRATES THIS UNFORTUNATE REALITY. CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ONCE AGAIN ARE PUTTING THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY AHEAD OF AVERAGE AMERICAN WORKERS. THEIR ATTEMPT TO ROLLBACK PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULES, WHICH EXPANDED WORKING FAMILIES' ABILITIES TO SAVE THEIR OWN RETIREMENT MONEY THROUGH STATE AND LARGE CITY ADMINISTERED RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAMS. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL RESTRICTS SAVING OPTIONS FOR WORKING PEOPLE. FOR YEARS REPUBLICANS HAVE HAWKED A FALSE CRISIS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY SOLVENCY. MEANWHILE, NOW THEY'RE PROPOSING A VERY REAL RETIREMENT SECURITY CRISIS FOR AMERICA'S SENIORS. WE ARE NEARING A BOILING POINT. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT AVERAGE AMERICANS HAVE SAVED FOR RETIREMENT AND WHERE THEIR SAVINGS SHOULD BE, STAGGERING, MORE THAN $6 MILLION IN SHORTFALLS. ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL U.S. FAMILIES HAVE NO MONEY SET ASIDE FOR RETIREMENT. 39 MILLION AMERICANS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO A WORKPLACE RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN. AND EVEN AMERICANS WHO WORK DILIGENTLY TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT ARE FALLING BEHIND. WITH 10,000 AMERICAN SENIORS REACHING RETIREMENT AGE EVERY DAY, ENORMOUS STRAIN ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET IS MOUNTING TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. TODAY MOST WORKERS DON'T HAVE A PENSION. THOSE THAT DO CAN'T BE SO SURE IT WILL BE THERE THROUGHOUT THEIR GOLDEN YEARS. AND THERE'S BEEN A DRAMATIC DECLINE IN GUARANTEED RETIREMENT BENEFITS THROUGH EMPLOYER SUPPORT. WITHOUT ACCESS TO EASY AND AFFORDABLE SAVINGS VEHICLES, FAR TOO MANY AMERICAN WORKERS WILL RETIRE INTO POVERTY. THIS LEADS TO OVER-RELIANCE ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER STATE AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. IT SURELY ISN'T THE AMERICAN DREAM. PRESIDENT OBAMA IDENTIFIED THIS CRISIS, HE SPOKE TO CONGRESS ABOUT TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADDRESS IT THROUGH BIPARTISAN ACTION. BUT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAID NO. THEIR FAILURE TO ACT DROVE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO COORDINATE WITH STATES, EIGHT OF WHICH HAVE ALREADY PASSED LAWS TO CREATE STATE-ADMINISTERED RETIREMENT PROGRAMS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS WHICH H.J.RES. 66 AND 67 WOULD ROLL BACK. MORE THAN HALF THE STATES ARE CONSIDERING SIMILAR ACTIONS TO IMPROVE RETIREMENT READINESS AND THESE PLANS HELP SMALL BUSINESS OFFER SAVINGS PLANS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. MIGHT I HAVE AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS?

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    MS. BONAMICI

    I YIELD THE GENTLELADY AN ADDITIONAL 10 SECONDS.

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    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. SO WHAT DO CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE AS AN…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. SO WHAT DO CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE AS AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION? NOTHING. THE COST TO ROLL THIS RULE BACK IS SIGNIFICANT. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR RETIREES OR WORKERS AND IT MAINTAINS THE GROWING BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS WHO FUND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS SHORT-SIGHTED ACTION. STAND UP FOR THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS AND OPPOSE BOTH H.J.RES. 66 AND 67. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST MAKE ONE COMMENT. WHEN MY COLLEAGUES…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD JUST MAKE ONE COMMENT. WHEN MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAD BOTH HOUSES ANDED THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE OPPORTUNITY -- AND THE WHITE HOUSE, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THESE REFORMS , THEY WEREN'T DONE. YET NOW WHEN WE STAND WITH GREAT CONCERN BECAUSE OF A MIDNIGHT RULE THAT WAS PUT THROUGH, THAT TAKES AWAY THE SECURITY OF RETIREES IN PROGRAMS THAT WILL BE, AND AS I SAID EARLIER, FOISTED UPON EMPLOYERS TO AUTOMATICALLY ENROLL THEIR EMPLOYEES INTO GOVERNMENT-RUN I.R.A.'S, ALLOWING THE STATES, THESE SAME STATES TO SKIRT THE FEDERAL LAW OF AS REMAINA -- OF ERISA, AND DENY FEDERAL WORKERS PROTECTION, WERE PUSHED BACK ON. I HAVE SOME CONCERN ABOUT THAT. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WANT TO BE DONE COULD HAVE BEEN DONE WITH BOTH HOUSES UNDER CONTROL OF THE SAME PARTY AND THE WHITE HOUSE, THIS WAS NOT UNDERTAKEN. AND YET WE ARE CALLED OUT AND TOLD THAT WE ARE HURTING RETIREES? WHEN IN FACT WE ARE GIVING ASSURANCES TO RETIREES THAT WILL YOU COME UNDER THE SAME PROTECTIONS, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU GO, AND WE EXPECT THAT TO BE THE CASE. BECAUSE A IT'S WORKED -- BECAUSE IT'S WORKED. THAT'S DECRIED. I FIND THAT LESS THAN OBJECTIVE. -- OBJECTIVE IN ITS HONESTY. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY PELOSI FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. AND I THANK HER FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST IN THE PROMISE THAT AFTER A LIFE OF HARD WORK, A SECURE AND DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT WILL BE THERE FOR THEM. BUT TODAY THAT PROMISE IS AT RISK. HALF OF ALL PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES IN AMERICA, ALMOST 60 MILLION PEOPLE, DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANY TYPE OF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED RETIREMENT PLAN. IT'S A PROBLEM THAT REPUBLICANS SHOULD REMEMBER WHEN THEY PLAN TO RAISE COSTS ON SENIORS, WHEN THEY WORK TO SLASH MEDICAID, AND THEY DESTROY THE SACRED GUARANTEE OF MEDICARE. YET ONCE AGAIN REPUBLICANS HAVE COME TO THIS FLOOR, NOT WITH THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF HARDWORKING FAMILIES IN MIND, BUT WITH A GREEDY WALL STREET-FIRST AGENDA. UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR EMPOWERED THE STATES TO CREATE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE RETIREMENT SAVINGS CRISIS. THE GENTLEMAN IS TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THESE SAVINGS THAT DIDN'T EVEN EXIST WHEN WE HAD THE MAJORITY. IN STATES ACROSS THE NATION, HOWEVER, THE GREAT LABORATORIES OF OUR DEMOCRACY WENT TO WORK JUST AS THEY SHOULD. MY STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECIDED TO CREATE SOMETHING CALLED SECURE CHOICE. A STATE-RUN RETIREMENT PLAN THAT ALLOWS EMPLOYEES TO BE AUTO-ENROLLED INTO AN I.R.A. IF THEY WORK FOR A BUSINESS WITH FIVE OR MORE PLOLES. IN DOING SO -- EMPLOYEES. IN DOING SO, CALIFORNIA WOULD GIVE ALMOST SEVEN MILLION WORKERS ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS. NO SUBSTITUTE FOR A PENSION OR A 401-K, BUT A VITAL STEP TOWARD A GREATER RETIREMENT SECURITY -- TOWARD GREATER RETIREMENT SECURITY. OTHER STATES HAVE STEPPED FORWARD WITH THEIR OWN PLAN. THE GENTLELADY'S STATE OF OREGON BEING ONE OF THEM, HAS BEEN ONE THAT -- OREGON, CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, WASHINGTON STATE, CONNECTICUT. THE REPUBLICAN MEASURE TARGETS WORKERS' SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN THOSE STATES, AND EFFORTS TO FOSTER RETIREMENT SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN SOME 20 OTHER STATES. IN SOME CITIES, INCLUDING THE CITY OF OUR CHAIR, MR. CROWLEY, NEW YORK CITY IS ATTEMPTING TO MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION. SO TODAY, INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING STATES' INNOVATION, THIS IS A STATES' RIGHTS BILL, TO THE PARTY OF STATES' RIGHTS. REPUBLICANS HAVE DECIDED WALL STREET'S PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WORKERS' RETIREMENT SAVINGS. THIS REPUBLICAN RESOLUTION IS OPPOSED BY THE AARP, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES, THE AFL-CIO, IN FACT, THE AARP LETTER TO CONGRESS STATES, IT STARTS, AS A MATTER OF FACT, ON BEHALF OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS WHO STRUGGLE TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. AARP URGES YOU TO VOTE AGAINST A CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION TO OVERTURN THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S FINAL RULES ON SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY STATES FOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES. WHILE REPUBLICANS RACE TO DO THE BIDDING OF THEIR WALL STREET FRIENDS, THEY STILL HAVE NOT LIFTED A FINGER TO CREATE MORE GOOD-PAY AING JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS. LET'S JUST MAKE A COMPARISON. FRIDAY WILL BE THE FOUR-WEEK -- IT WILL BE FOUR WEEKS SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE. LET'S GO BACK EIGHT YEARS TO WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE. ON JANUARY 20, 2009, PRESIDENT OBAMA STOOD ON THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL AND ASKED FOR SWIFT, BOLD ACTION NOW TO CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS, TO ESTABLISH EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, THE LIST GOES ON. FOR SWIFT, BOLD ACTION NOW. ONE WEEK AND ONE DAY LATER, THE HOUSE PASSED A RECOVERY ACT, ONE WEEK AND ONE DAY LATER, THE HOUSE PASSED THE RECOVERY ACT. ONE WEEK AFTER THAT THE SENATE PASSED THE BILL. AND ON FEBRUARY 17, WHICH WOULD BE FRIDAY OF THIS WEEK, FOUR WEEKS SINCE THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW THE RECOVERY ACT, WHICH CREATED OR SAVED AROUND FOUR MILLION JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. STOPPING THE LOSS OF JOBS THAT EXISTED IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. . AND THAT IS SOMETHING SO REMARKABLE. WHERE IS THE JOBS BILL? WASN'T THIS ELECTION ABOUT JOBS? WHERE'S THE JOBS, WHERE'S THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. PRESIDENT OBAMA PASSED THE LILLY LEDBETTER BILL EVEN BEFORE THE RECOVERY ACT, THE SCHIP PROGRAM AND MUCH MORE. THIS DO NOTHING PROGRESS EXEPTS DO STUFF FOR YOUR FRIENDS WHO WILL EXPLOIT THE ENVIRONMENT, CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, RETIREMENT SAVINGS, HAS DONE NOTHING. WHILE REPUBLICANS AS I SAID, WITHIN FOUR WEEKS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, ALL THAT HAD PASSED. SO TODAY, FEBRUARY 15, I ASK MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, WHERE IS YOUR JOBS BILL? WHY DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR WALL STREET'S AGENDA, BUT NO PLARNS TO CREATE JOBS FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS? THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE AND WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB. WHEN YOU ARE READY TO DO THAT, WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN THAT REGARD. I JOIN THE AARP AND URGING A NO VOTE ON THIS ILL'S ADVISED BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN RESPONSE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT MANY -- MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE INCLUDING TODAY IS TO GIVE A SHOT IN THE ARM TO OUR ECONOMY, WORKFORCE, OUR RETIREES AND SAVERS. TO TAKE OFF SOME OF THE TRAPS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE THAT FRUSTRATED THIS ECONOMY AND THE GROWTH OF THIS ECONOMY FOR EIGHT YEARS. THERE IS A REASON FOR WHAT TOOK PLACE AT THE BALLOT BOX AND THE EXPECTATIONS THAT WE MOVE TO TAKE SOME OF THE CLAMPS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE STATES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. SARBANES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO YET ANOTHER RECKLESS ATTACK BY THE MAJORITY ON THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. I DON'T GET WHY THE MAJORITY IS SO DETERMINED TO GO AFTER THE RETIREMENT SECURITY OF SO MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, BUT THAT'S WHAT H.J.RES. 62 WOULD DO. IT MAKES IT HARDER FOR EVERYDAY AMERICANS TO PREPARE FOR THEIR REERMENT AND THE RESOLUTION WE ARE CONSIDERING WOULD PREVENT FROM PROVIDING RETIREMENT SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES FOR CITIZENS. THIS RESOLUTION WAS DESIGNED AT THE BEHEST OF WALL STREET TO SIDELINE COMPETITION AND TRANSPARENT FINANCIAL PRODUCTS IN THE RETIREMENT SAVINGS MARKET. BUT THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME. THEY PUT ALL THEIR ENERGY BEHIND BLOCKING THE AUTOMATIC I.R.A. WHEN THERE WAS A PROPOSAL THAT CAME FORWARD A FEW YEARS BACK. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A HERITAGE FOUNDATION PROPOSAL AND THEN WENT AFTER THE FIDUCIARY RULE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SOUGHT TO PUT IN PLACE THAT WOULD PROTECT OUR RETIREES FROM UNSCRUPULOUS INVESTMENT ADVISERS. THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP COMES IN WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO UNDO WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO. WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED BY THIS ACTION BUT OUGHT TO BE FURIOUS ABOUT IT. MY STATE OF MARYLAND WAS ONE OF THE STATES WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PROTECT RETIREES BECAUSE WE COULDN'T GET IT DONE UP HERE. THE PARTY OF STATES' RIGHTS IS ADVANCING A RESOLUTION TO HINDER STATE LEGISLATURES THAT ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO SAFE AND AFFORDABLE SAVINGS OPTIONS FOR THEIR CITIZENS. WE SHOULDN'T ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALBERG

    I RESERVE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUES TO CAME THIS AFTERNOON TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUES TO CAME THIS AFTERNOON TO SPEAK IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION AND THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR THE WORKING PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICTS. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A RETIREMENT PLAN. THAT'S WHO WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR WORKERS WHO DESERVE THAT CHANCE AND WHO WILL GET THAT CHANCE BECAUSE OREGON AND OTHER STATES HAVE STEPPED UP AND ARE TAKING ACTION. AND AGAIN, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S SAFE HARBOR RULES APPLIES TO STATES THAT HAVE STRICT INVESTOR PROTECTIONS. BUT I ESPECIALLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES PARTICULARLY THOSE OF US WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT STATES' RIGHTS NOT TO UNDERMINE STATES LIKE OREGON AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO HAVE STEPPED UP TO CREATE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. THERE IS A GAP. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. PLEASE, COLLEAGUES, PLEASE JOIN US IN OPPOSING HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND MAY I EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND MAY I EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR THE FULL-THROATED DEBATE THAT WENT ON HERE. IT'S GOOD TO DO THAT. IT'S GOOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE VERY CLEAR THAT RETIREMENT SECURITY IS A SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE FACING THIS COUNTRY. WE'VE SAID THAT AND I'M GLAD ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TODAY, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE INDICATED CONCERNS FOR THAT. FAR TOO MANY MEN AND WOMEN ARE STRUGGLING TO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. UNFORTUNATELY IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN REGULATIONS LIKE THE FIDUCIARY RULE THAT WILL MAKE IT HARDER FOR LOW AND MIDDLE-CLASS INCOME FAMILIES TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. AND WE HAVE SEEN A REGULATION THAT WOULD STRIP AWAY IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS. AS POLICY MAKERS, WE MUST DO MORE TO EXPAND RETIREMENT OPTIONS FOR WORKERS. THAT'S A GIVEN. THAT WE CAN AGREE ON. HOWEVER, THE REGULATORY LOOPHOLE CREATED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS CLEARLY NOT THE ANSWER. I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT PREVENT STATES FROM COMING UP WITH NEW RETIREMENT OPTIONS FOR WORKERS. THAT IS NOT WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT. AND SIMPLY READING IT WILL ASSURE YOU OF THAT. THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT ENSURING EVERY AMERICAN HAS STRONG PROTECTIONS FOR A SECURE RETIREMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROTECT RETIREMENT SAVERS BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF H.J.RES. 66. AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED AND THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IT'S ADOPTED. THIRD READING.

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    JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING OF THE RULE SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OF STATES FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE AYES HAVE IT. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED.

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    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    RESOLUTION 116, I CALL UP H.J.RES. 67 AND I ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 116, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS CONSIDERED READ. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. WALBERG, AND THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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

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

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    STRONG SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 67 AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 67, THE SECOND OF TWO RESOLUTIONS THE…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.J.RES. 67, THE SECOND OF TWO RESOLUTIONS THE HOUSE IS DEBATING TODAY TO ENSURE STRONG PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS. THERE ARE TWO PARTS TO THE REGULATORY LOOPHOLE WE ARE SEEKING TO CLOSE TODAY. FIRST, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CREATED A SWEETHEART DEAL THAT WOULD ALLOW STATES TO DENY IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS AND A SECOND REGULATION EXTENDED THAT SWEETHEART DEAL TO COVER CERTAIN CITIES AND COUNTIES. THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING RIGHT NOW WOULD BLOCK THE SECOND REGULATION AND ENSURE RETIREMENT SAVERS IN EVERY CITY ARE AFFORDED LONG STANDING PROTECTIONS UNDER FEDERAL LAW. IT WOULD ALSO ENSURE EMPLOYERS CONTINUE TO HAVE CLEAR RULES OF THE ROAD FOR RETIREMENT PLANS. LAST THING EMPLOYERS WHO ARE TRYING TO PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES' NEED IS A PATCH WORK THAT VARIES ACROSS CITIES AND COUNTIES AND EVEN IN THE STAPLE STATE. AS I MENTIONED IN THE EARLIER DEBATE, STATES AND CITIES SHOULD BE FREE TO EXPERIMENT TO HELP NEW WORKERS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. ALL THIS RESOLUTION SAYS IS THEY MUST FOLLOW THE LAW AND PROVIDE RETIREMENT SAVERS STRONG PROTECTIONS. THAT'S A COMMONSENSE IDEA THAT WE SHOULD ALL GET BEHIND. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.J.RES. 67 AND I RESERVE.

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    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.J.RES. 67 WHICH WOULD AN ABLE STATES'…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.J.RES. 67 WHICH WOULD AN ABLE STATES' POLITICAL SUBDIVISION SUCH AS CITIES OR COUNTIES TO ESTABLISH PAYROLL DEDUCTION PAYROLL SAVINGS PLANS. WORKING FAMILIES DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETIRE WITH SECURITY AND DIGNITY. THAT IS NOT A REALITY FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. IN FACT, ABOUT 40 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS AT THEIR JOBS AND ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SEVERAL STATES INCLUDING MY HOME STATE OF OREGON HAVE DEVELOPED AND ARE READY TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP WORKERS SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. THE MUNICIPALITIES ARE STEPPING UP TO ADDRESS THIS CHALLENGES AND HELP THEIR RESIDENTS SAVE. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A PLAN CURRENTLY AND WANT HELP AND NEED HELP IN SAVINGS. IN AUGUST OF 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUED ITS FINAL RULE PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND CLARITY TO STATES AND PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES ON THE KIND OF STATE-BASED PAYROLL DEDUCTION RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAMS THAT WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO ERISA, THE EMPLOYMENT RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT. AS PART OF THAT AUGUST, 2016 FINAL RULE, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INDICATED THAT IT WOULD INITIATE ANOTHER RULEMAKING PROCESS TO CONSIDER WHETHER AND HOW TO INCLUDE OTHER JURISDICTIONS. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVITED AND CONSIDERED PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS PROCESS. AS A RESULT, IN DECEMBER OF 2016, THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ISSUED A FINAL RULE THAT WOULD ALLOW CERTAINLY LOCALITIES UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS TO ESTABLISH RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM. TO BE ELIGIBLE, THE LOCALITY MUST HAVE AN AUTHORITY UNDER RELEVANT STATE LAW, IT MUST BE LARGER THAN THE LEAST POPULOUS STATE, WHICH IS CURRENTLY WYOMING, AT APPROXIMATELY 600,000 RESIDENTS, IT MUST NOT BE IN A STATE THAT HAS ALREADY ENACTED A STATEWIDE PAYROLL DEDUCTION SAVINGS PLAN, AND IT MUST IMPLEMENT AND ADMINISTER THE PLAN FOR ITS WORKERS. ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S FINAL RULE, THREE CITIES, NEW YORK CITY, PHILADELPHIA AND SEATTLE, WERE IDENTIFIED AS HAVING POTENTIAL INTERESTS. NEW YORK CITY'S COMPTROLLER HAS NOTED THAT 57% OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT PLAN AT THAT PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT. NOW THIS FINAL RULE JUST WENT INTO EFFECT LAST MONTH. AND NOW MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE ARE TRYING TO PREVENT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT FROM ISSUING A SIMILAR RULE IN THE FUTURE. . CONGRESS SHOULD BE IN THE BUSINESS OF HELPING PEOPLE SAVE FOR RETIREMENT, NOT JEOPARDIZING WORKERS' ABILITY TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. NOR SHOULD CONGRESS GO OUT OF ITS WAY TO UNDERMINE THE RIGHTS OF CITIES AND COUNTIES TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR THEIR RESIDENTS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REJECT HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67 AND GET TO WORK ON MEANINGFUL SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS OUR COUNTRY'S RETIREMENT SECURITY CRISIS. AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SAVE ENOUGH TO RETIRE WITH DIGNITY AND SECURITY. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, WHO EVIDENCED HIS COMPLETE COMMITMENT TO MEETING THE NEEDS OF ALL PEOPLE BY RECEIVING AN AMBASSADORSHIP AND PERFORMING DUTIES VERY WELL TO THE HOLY SEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. ROONEY.

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    MR. ROONEY

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG. MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN WALBERG. MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67. A RESOLUTION WHICH WILL PROTECT INDIVIDUAL SAVINGS FOR THEIR RETIREMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS RETIREMENT PLANS. I WAS PROUD TO INTRODUCE THIS RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE BIPARTISAN PROTECTIONS THE ERISA BILL -- LAW HAS AFFORDED WORKERS FOR DECADES. ERISA OFFERS IMPORTANT LEGAL SAFEGUARDS SO WORKERS AND RETIREES WILL RECEIVE THEIR HARD-EARNED SAVINGS. WE NEED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POLICIES THAT WILL EMPOWER WORKERS TO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, INCENTIVIZE SMALL BUSINESSES TO OFFER 401-K PLANS TO THEIR EMPLOYEES. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67 PRESERVES THESE POLICIES AND PROTECTIONS AND WILL TERMINATE THE DEFECTIVE EFFORTS INSTITUTED IN THE LAST HOURS OF THE RECENT ADMINISTRATION, IN WHICH THEY IMPLEMENTED REGULATORY LOOPHOLES TO REPLACE PRIVATE SAVINGS FOR RETIREMENT WITH SWEETHEART DEALS FOR CITY AND STATE-RUN PROGRAMS, WITH FEWER PROTECTIONS AND LOWER STANDARDS. THE CALIFORNIA FOLKS THAT ARE IN CHARGE OF THIS STUFF WERE QUOTED IN AN ARTICLE, IN A NATIONAL PUBLICATION IN THE SPRING, GLOAT BEING THEIR EXCITING WIN -- GLOATING ABOUT THEIR EXCITING WIN AND IT WOULD HAVE NO DUTY FOR THE PLAN. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT. THE REGULATION WE'RE TERMINATING HERE WOULD RESTRICT OUR HARDWORKING SAVERS FROM DECIDING WHAT THEY CAN INVEST IN. THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO BLINDLY ENTRUST THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO STATE AND LOCAL BUREAUCRATS UNLESS THEY AFFIRMATIVELY OPT OUT. THE GOVERNMENT WILL DECIDE WHAT INVESTMENT OPTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THEM. THERE'S A SERIOUS RISK OF POLITICAL OR SOCIAL INVESTING BY THESE BUREAUCRATS, INSTEAD OF INDIVIDUAL INVESTOR-BASED DECISIONS. WORST OF ALL, THE REGULATION WHICH WE'RE ABOLISHING WOULD UNDERMINE THE VERY SUCCESSFUL 401-K RETIREMENT SAVINGS PROGRAM. DUE TO 401-K'S AND RELATED CONTRIBUTION PLANS, SAVINGS HAVE GONE FROM 7.-- $7.8 BILLION TO OVER $25 BILLION IN ABOUT 20 YEARS. IT'S BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. WE SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING AMERICANS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES TO PRIVATELY INVEST IN 401-K PLANS, WHICH OFFER THREE DISTINCT ADVANTAGES. THE CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT TO A 401-K PLAN IS THREE TIMES WHAT CAN BE PUT IN AN I.R.A. EMPLOYERS MATCH CONTRIBUTIONS. IN MY COMPANIES WE MATCH $1 FOR $1 UP TO 4%. THAT'S A POWERFUL INCENTIVE, 1% OF WHAT THE EMPLOYEE PUTS IN. THAT'S A POWERFUL INCENTIVE FOR THE EMPLOYEE TO SAVE. THE LAST THING IS, 401-K PLANS ARE PROTECTED BY THE ERISA LAW. THEY ASSURE THAT WORKERS' SAVINGS ARE SECURE. FURTHERMORE, SOME $57 MILLION AMERICANS CURRENTLY -- 57 MILLION AMERICANS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN PRIVATELY FUNDED I.R.A.'S. IN THE END, THE REGULATIONS WHICH WE'RE ABOLISHING WERE JUST ANOTHER BIG GOVERNMENT MANDATE TO CROWD OUT THE PRIVATE SECTOR. THESE RESOLUTIONS WILL PUT AN END TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S SWEETHEART DEAL. AND WILL ENSURE THAT PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE STRONG PROTECTIONS AS THEY SAY FOR -- SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT. THIS RESOLUTION WILL BLOCK THE CHANCE FOR CITIES AND STATES TO GET THEIR HANDS ON OUR FRIENDS AND OUR -- OUR FRIENDS' AND OUR EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SAVINGS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PROTECT RETIREMENT SAVERS TODAY BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THANK YOU. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY OF NEW…

    THANK YOU. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY OF NEW YORK, THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, AND THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

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    MR. CROWLEY

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME SUCH TIME. SWEETHEART DEALS. SINCE…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING ME SUCH TIME. SWEETHEART DEALS. SINCE WHEN IS IT A SWEETHEART DEAL TO HAVE A MODICUM OF RETIREMENT FOR WORKING POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE? THAT'S A SWEETHEART DEAL? ALL WE HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IS PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT OVERREACH, EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND UNNAMED BUREAUCRATS. SO IT'S SURPRISING THAT TODAY THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S CREATING A MAN-MADE ROADBLOCK TOWARD HELPING WORKING AMERICANS SAVE THEIR OWN MONEY FOR THEIR OWN RETIREMENT. WE'VE ALL HEARD ABOUT THE OLD DAYS, WHEN IF YOU WORKED FOR A COMPANY FOR LIFE, COULD YOU RETIRE WITH A GUARANTEED PENSION. NOW, WITH THE EXPANSION -- I'M SORRY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF UNION WORKERS, THE DAYS OF A GUARANTEED PENSION PLAN FOR MOST PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS ARE A THING OF THE PAST. CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY DON'T OFFER THEM ANYMORE. THEY LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS INSTEAD. SOME EMPLOYERS HAVE TRIED TO FILL THAT RETIREMENT INCOME GAP BY OFFERING 401-K RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS. NOT A BAD THING. BUT IT WAS NOT THE ANSWER THAT EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE. THE PANACEA THAT EVERYONE MADE IT OUT TO BE. FOR FAR TOO MANY COMPANIES, THEY DON'T OFFER ANY RETIREMENT PACKAGE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AT ALL. TODAY HALF OF ALL AMERICANS GO INTO WORK, THEY'RE NOT OFFERED A RETIREMENT PLAN FROM THEIR EMPLOYER. MEANING THESE WORKERS ARE NOT ACCUMULATING ANY NEST EGG OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL SECURITY. NOT ACCUMULATING ANY NEST EGG OUTSIDE OF OCEAN SECURITY FOR THEIR RETIREMENT YEARS. TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING RETIREMENT SAVINGS CRISIS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MADE IT EASIER FOR STATES AND LARGE MUNICIPALITIES TO SPONSOR THEIR OWN 401-K STYLE RETIREMENT PLAN FOR THEIR RESIDENTS. WHO WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR -- RESIDENTS WHO WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUT ARE NOT OFFERED, NOT OFFERED ANY RETIREMENT PLAN FROM THEIR PRIVATE SECTOR JOB. THEY'RE NOT OFFERED BY THEIR EMPLOYER A 401-K PLAN. THEY HAVE NOTHING. NO OPPORTUNITY. THESE RULES DO NOT REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE. SO THE CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY WHO DON'T OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES A RETIREMENT PLAN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULES WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE TO PARTICIPATE. THESE RULES DO NOT REQUIRE ANY EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS. WHAT THESE RULES SIMPLY DO IS CREATE A PATHWAY FOR STATES AND LARGE CITIES, IF THEY CHOOSE, TO ENROLL PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS INTO A RETIREMENT SAVINGS VEHICLE SO THEY CAN START SAVING EARLY TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF A MORE FINANCIALLY SECURE RETIREMENT. AND WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT? IT'S A UNIVERSAL FACT THAT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WAY TO GET PEOPLE TO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT IS TO ENROLL THEM IN A RETIREMENT PLAN THROUGH THEIR WORKPLACE. AND HAVE A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR PAY TAKEN OUT AUTOMATICALLY AND INVESTED FOR THE LONG-TERM FUTURE AND FOR THEIR BENEFIT. SO THESE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RULES WERE ACTUALLY ADOPTING BEST PRACTICES TO HELP WORKERS WHO HAD BEEN OFFERED NO OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, TO START TO BUILD THEIR OWN NEST EGG, WITH THEIR OWN MONEY, FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE POFMENT TENSIONLY EVEN -- FUTURE. POTENTIALLY EVEN INVESTING IN A PRIVATE 401-K PLAN DOWN THE ROAD. THE CRUEL IRONY IS THAT THESE TWO BILLS -- IF THESE TWO BILLS PASS, CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE PROHIBITED STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM TRYING TO HELP THOSE WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN, WHO HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN ABOUT BY SOME IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND IGNORED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR MARKETPLACE. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT BEING THE LABORATORY OF DEMOCRACY? I CAN UNDERSTAND THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS --

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  • 03:39:47 PM

    MS. BONAMICI

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. CROWLEY

    IS RECOGNIZED.

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    PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:40:54 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I JUST, FORMATTERS OF ACCURACY ABOUT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I JUST, FORMATTERS OF ACCURACY ABOUT THE LEDGE -- FOR MATTERS OF ACSY -- ACCURACY ABOUT THE LEGISLATION IN FRONT OF US. I THINK IT OUGHT TO BE CLEAR THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CAN AGREE THAT WE OUGHT TO ENCOURAGE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. AND WE OUGHT TO BE WILLING TO LOOK FOR CHOICES, OPPORTUNITIES, VARIETY, ALL OF THAT, AND ALLOW STATES, LOCAL COMMUNITIES, CITIES TO BE CREATE AIVE, TO LOOK FOR -- CREATIVE, TO LOOK FOR A MEANS BY WHICH WE CAN FOSTER INCREASED RETIREMENT SAVINGS. ALL THIS LEGISLATION IS DOING, THOUGH, IS SAYING, WE WANT THOSE APPROACHES TO BE PROTECTED FOR THE RETIREES. THAT'S ALL WE'RE SAYING. WE'RE NOT OPPOSING STATES, WE'RE NOT OPPOSING CITIES, WE'RE NOT OPPOSING COUNTIES, MUNICIPALITIES, FROM ESTABLISHING PLANS -- MUE MISS PALLETS FROM ESTABLISHING -- MUNICIPALITIES FROM ESTABLISHING PLANS. BUT WE WANT THEM TO COME UNDER ERISA. THAT'S ALL WE'RE SAYING. MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. NONE OF THE PROPOSALS OR THE STATEMENTS THAT ARE BEING MADE, THAT WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING A -- HAVING RETIREMENT OPTIONS, IS ACCURATE. WE JUST WANT THEM TO BE PROTECTED. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:42:51 PM

    MR. ESPAILLAT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67, WHICH IS YET ANOTHER ASSAULT ON WORKING FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONLY ARE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES LAUNCHING A BROAD, OVERREACHING ATTACK ON INCREASING ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR WORKERS, BUT THROUGH H.J.RESOLUTION 67, THEY ARE DIRECTLY TARGETING MY HOME CITY OF NEW YORK CITY, AND THE CONSTITUENTS OF NEW YORK'S 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. ONCE AGAIN, WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE RECKLESS ACTIONS, REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING POLITICS WITH THE LIVES AND FINANCIAL SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS. IF PASSED, H.J.RESOLUTION 67 WILL NULLIFY A DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RULE JUST ONE MONTH AFTER IT WENT INTO EFFECT. THAT SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF LARGE CITIES OR COUNTIES, LIKE NEW YORK CITY, IN ESTABLISHING RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS FOR THEIR RESIDENTS. THIS RULE IS NARROWLY APPLIED TO JURISDICTIONS THAT ARE POPULOUS ENOUGH TO BE THEIR OWN STATES AND STATES SHOULD NOT HAVE ALREADY PROVIDED STATE-WIDE SAVINGS PLANS. THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE POLICY ONLY GOES INTO EFFECT IN CITIES WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE IN REAL NEED. IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE, 1.5 MILLION PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS, ALMOST 60% OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT PLAN THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYER OR BUSINESS. THIS RULE GIVES NEW YORK CITY THE ABILITY TO EXPAND ACCESS FOR PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLANS. ROLLING BACK THIS RULE RIPS THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SAVE FOR RETIREMENT OUT OF THE HANDS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, RUSHING TO OVERTURN THIS INNOVATIVE RULE WITHOUT OFFERING A SINGLE CONSTRUCTIVE ALTERNATIVE IS IRRESPONSIBLE. AGAIN, THEY'RE NOT OFFERING A SINGLE CONSTRUCTIVE ALTERNATIVE AND THAT IS IRRESPONSIBLE. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF REPUBLICANS ATTEMPTING TO HASTILY UNDO PROVISIONS THAT HAVE HELPED PEOPLE IN REAL NEED, WITHOUT EVEN PROVIDING A REPLACEMENT PLAN TO ENSURE WORKING FAMILIES HAVE FINANCIAL SECURITY AFTER THEIR RETIREMENT. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT TO ROLL BACK THIS RULE WILL PREVENT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FROM RE-ISSUING ANY SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR RULE IN THE FUTURE. . THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT TOLL NULLIFY THE FIDUCIARY RULE, WHICH ENSURED THAT WORKERS -- ADVICE WORKERS RECEIVED WAS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN HELPING WORKERS. INSTEAD, THEY ARE CONSTRUCT DECONSTRUCTING RULES THAT PROTECT OUR WORKERS. THEY FAILED TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE AND BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS OUR NATION'S RETIREMENT SECURITY CRISIS AND PUSHING PARTISAN LEGISLATION HARMFUL TO OUR NATION'S WORKERS. AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 03:46:22 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    I RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM OREGON IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:46:28 PM

    MS. BONAMICI

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES TO MR. CROWLEY OF NEW…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AN ADDITIONAL THREE MINUTES TO MR. CROWLEY OF NEW YORK, BECAUSE NEW YORK HAS NOTED THAT 57% OF THE CITY'S PRIVATE SECTOR WORKERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A RETIREMENT PLAN AT THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.

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    MR. CROWLEY

    WE NEED TO TACKLE A CHALLENGE THAT IS THREATENING THE FINANCIAL SECURITY…

    WE NEED TO TACKLE A CHALLENGE THAT IS THREATENING THE FINANCIAL SECURITY OF THE MIDDLE CLASS WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO REMAIN IN IT. THAT IS NOT IN NEW YORK CITY BUT THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY AND THAT IS A CRISIS IN AMERICA. THE WORD CRISIS IS NO EXAGGERATION. NEARLY HALF OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS DO NOT HAVE A SAVINGS PLAN. LESS THAN A THIRD HAS SAVINGS TO COVER EXPENSES LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. THE STATUS OF RETIREMENT SAVINGS IS EVEN MORE DIRE, MR. SPEAKER. REMEMBER, ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO AMERICANS GOING TO WORK TODAY DOESN'T HAVE A RETIREMENT PLAN PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYER. WE ARE SEEING A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS GROWING UP WITH LITTLE OR NO SAVINGS TO HELP THEM CLIMB THE ECONOMIC LADDER AND SIMPLY WEATHER A DIFFICULT TIME. WORKERS ARE TRYING TO SAVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO GO TO COLLEGE, THEY ARE TRYING TO BUY A HOME OR BUILD THE EMERGENCY FUND THEY NEED IF A CAR BREAKS DOWN, OTHERS ARE WONDERING IF THEY START THEIR OWN BUSINESS OR HAVE THE FINANCIAL SECURITY TO LEAVE THEIR JOB FOR A BETTER OPPORTUNITY. OLDER AMERICANS ARE WONDERING IF THEY CAN MAINTAIN A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE WITHOUT WORKING. WE KNOW THAT SAVINGS ARE THE PATH FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM, YET THE DREAM IS BEING PUT AT RISK. WE CAN TURN THIS AROUND, MR. SPEAKER. WE CAN PUT BUILDING A COLLEGE SAVINGS ACCOUNT, A RETIREMENT PLAN BACK IN REACH FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. THAT'S WHY I HAVE PUT FORWARD A PLAN OF ACTION, A PLAN OF ACTION TITLED BUILDING BETTER SAVINGS, BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES. YOU CAN READ MY ACTION PLAN ON MY WEBSITE AT CROWELL.HOUSE.GOV. THIS IS A PLAN TO ENSURE THAT NO AMERICAN WHO WORKS THEIR WHOLE LIFE WILL SPEND THEIR LIVES IN POVERTY. WE NEED TO STOP WASTING TIME GOING BACKWARDS. LET'S ALLOW STATES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO CONTINUE DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND HELP WORKERS WHO ARE BEING LEFT BEHIND. OPPOSE THESE TWO BILLS THAT TARGET AMERICAN WORKERS' SAVINGS AND WORK TOWARDS POSITIVE SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS THE REAL PROBLEMS OF AMERICA'S WORKING FAMILIES. WE CAN DO THAT WITH MY PROPOSAL BUILDING BETTER SAVINGS, BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 03:49:42 PM

    MR. WALBERG

    I RESERVE.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD DISCUSSION BUT I WANT TO RE-EMPHASIZE, THERE IS A…

    THIS HAS BEEN A GOOD DISCUSSION BUT I WANT TO RE-EMPHASIZE, THERE IS A NEED IN THIS COUNTRY, PEOPLE ARE INSECURE ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENTS AND THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. SO TODAY, MY COLLEAGUES AREN'T COMING HERE AND SAYING WE HAVE A PLAN, LET'S HELP THESE PEOPLE SAVE FOR RETIREMENT. INSTEAD, THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE IT HARDER FOR STATES AND MUNICIPALITIES WHO ARE STEPPING UP TO FILL THIS CRITICAL NEED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND WITH WORKERS WHO DESERVE A CHANCE AT SAVING FOR RETIREMENT AND WHO WILL GET THAT CHANCE, BECAUSE AS WITH THE STATE BILL, NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL LARGE MUNICIPALITIES STEPPING UP TO HILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO UNDERMINE THE WORK OF THOSE CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES THAT ARE WORKING TO ENACT INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. AND AGAIN THESE ARE MANAGED BY INVESTMENT PROFESSIONALS AND INVESTOR PROTECTIONS IN THESE PLANS. AND PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE TO PARTICIPATE, BUT THEY ARE HUNGRY FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WATCHING, WHERE IS THE SOLUTION. LET'S NOT GET IN THEIR WAY. JOIN ME IN OPPOSING HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66 AND HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE FULL-THROATED DEBATE THAT WENT ON…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE FULL-THROATED DEBATE THAT WENT ON HERE IN THE DISCUSSION OF A MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE, GRATEFUL THAT ERISA WAS IN PLACE, AS MY FATHER, A TOOL AND DIE MAKER MACHINEIST WHO DIDN'T HAVE PENSIONS, BUT WAS ABLE AS A RESULT OF MAKING LITTLE-BY-LITTLE ALLOCATIONS TO A RETIREMENT SAVING PLAN THAT HE SET ASIDE TO MAKE SURE. MOST SPECIFICALLY MY MOTHER WAS TAKEN CARE OF. AND SHE WAS. AS A RESULT OF PROTECTIONS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE, REQUIREMENTS THAT WERE PUT IN PLACE AND A SAVINGS PLAN FOR RETIREMENT OUTSIDE OF ANY PENSION, CARED FOR HER BASIC NEEDS UNTIL THE END OF HER LIFE. AND SO I CERTAINLY RESONATE WITH THE DESIRE TO MAKE SURE MIDDLE-INCOME, MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES AND EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SECURE RETIREMENT SAVINGS. WE ALL SUPPORT CREATING NEW OPTIONS FOR RETIREMENT SAVERS. UNFORTUNATELY THE REGULATORY LOOPHOLE CREATED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS NOT THE ANSWER. EVERY AMERICAN REGARDLESS OF WHAT CITY OR STATE THEY LIVE IN DESERVES STRONG PROTECTIONS AND SECURE RETIREMENT. THAT'S WHY FOR OVER 40 YEARS, THE EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT HAS BEEN THE LAW OF THE LAND. DENYING THOSE PROTECTIONS OF CERTAIN WORKERS IS A COMPLETELY WHACK WARDS APPROACH THAT UNDERMINES RETIREMENT SECURITY OF WORKING FAMILIES. AND I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. AND WE AGREE ON THAT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.J.RES. 67 TO ENSURE WORKERS AND RETIREES IN EVERY CITY ACROSS THE COUNTRY CONTINUE TO HAVE THE LEGAL SAFEGUARDS THEY NEED TO RETIRE WITH SECURITY AND PEACE OF MIND. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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    RULES RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS BY EQUAL FADE STATE POLITICAL…

    RULES RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS BY EQUAL FADE STATE POLITICAL SUBDIVISION BY NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOY QUEES.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY…

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT, THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED.

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    MS. BONAMICI

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    NAYS.

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    RULES. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE NOW ON C-SPAN. AEROSPACE FIELD INCLUDING…

    RULES. LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE NOW ON C-SPAN. AEROSPACE FIELD INCLUDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS THROUGH AN INTERNSHIP AND OUTREACH.

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    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON QUESTIONS PREVIOUSLY POSTPONED. VOTES WILL BE TAKEN IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER -- PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67, PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66, AND PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. THE FIRST ELECTRONIC VOTE WILL BE CONDUCTED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. REMAINING ELECTRONIC VOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FIVE-MINUTE VOTES. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 67 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY QUALIFIED STATE POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES.

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    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL…

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

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    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234. THE NAYS ARE 191. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 234. THE NAYS ARE 191. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF JOINT RESOLUTION -- HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 66 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    OF LABOR RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE STATES FOR…

    OF LABOR RELATING TO SAVINGS ARRANGEMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE STATES FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 193. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 231, THE NAYS ARE 193. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON PASSAGE OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42, ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES…

    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 42. JOINT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING THE RULES SUBMITTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RELATING TO DRUG TESTING OF UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION APPLICANTS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION. MEMBERS WILL…

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236, THE NAYS ARE 189. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236, THE NAYS ARE 189. THE JOINT RESOLUTION IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 05:11:52 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR. PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULES 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON FEBRUARY 15, 2017, AT 3:59 P.M. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO, WITHOUT AMENDMENT, HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 40. SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT, PURSUANT TO 2 U.S. CODE 05…

    THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT, PURSUANT TO 2 U.S. CODE 05 -- 501-B AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS TO THE HOUSE COMMISSION ON CONGRESSIONAL MAILING STANDARDS.

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    THE CLERK

    MRS. DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, AND MR. MCEACHIN OF…

    MRS. DAVIS OF CALIFORNIA, MR. SHERMAN OF CALIFORNIA, AND MR. MCEACHIN OF VIRGINIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. WILL MEMBERS MOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. WILL MEMBERS MOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECH AS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. POE

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON A RECENT FLIGHT, FLIGHT ATTENDANT SHEILA FREDERICK OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON A RECENT FLIGHT, FLIGHT ATTENDANT SHEILA FREDERICK OF ALASKA AIRLINES NOTICED A YOUNG GIRL, 14 OR 15 YEARS OLD, WITH BLONDES HAIR. SHEILA APPROACHED TWO OF THE INDIVIDUALS, BUT THE YOUNG GIRL REFUSED TO SPEAK OR MAKE CONTACT WITH HER. THE MAN NEXT TO THE GIRL WAS DEFENSIVE, AS SHE TRIED TO MAKE CONVERSATION. SOMETHING WAS JUST NOT RIGHT. SHEILA QUICKLYDY VICED A PLAN. SHE CONVINCED THE GIRL TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, WHERE SHEILA HAD LEFT A NOTE STUCK TO THE MIRROR. THE GIRL WROTE BACK ON THE NOTE AND SHE NEEDED HELP. THE FLIGHT CREW QUICKLY ALERTED THE POLICE ON THE GROUND. SHEILA FREDERICK ENDED UP SAVING A VICTIM OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TRAFFICKERS OFTEN SHIP THEIR VICTIMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY LIKE BAGGAGE. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ARE WORKING TOGETHER THROUGH TRAINING TO SPOT WARNING SIGNS OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY. THANKS TO SHEILA FREDERICK AND OTHER FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FOR THEIR WORK IN RESCUING VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. WE MUST CONTINUE TO STOP TRAFFICKERS IN THEIR TRACKS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK. .

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLE.…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLE. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE AISLE, FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 05:16:39 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON AN ISSUE THAT IS OF CRITICAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON AN ISSUE THAT IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM, EVERY FATHER, MOTHER, EVERY FAMILY IN OUR NATION. THAT ISSUE IS OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WHILE THE RESIGNATION OF GENERAL FLYNN WAS APPROPRIATE IT HAS LED TO MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS.

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  • 05:16:58 PM

    MRS. DEMINGS

    WHO DIRECTED GENERAL FLYNN TO DO WHAT HE DID? IN MY 27 YEARS AS A LAW…

    WHO DIRECTED GENERAL FLYNN TO DO WHAT HE DID? IN MY 27 YEARS AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I HAVE CONDUCTED BOTH INTERNAL AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING THE TRUTH THROUGH SUCH INVESTIGATIONS. IN A TIME OF CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ANSWERS AND TRANSPARENCY. THAT CAN ONLY COME THROUGH A THOROUGH, BIPARTISAN, INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CALLING ON FOR A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. I KNOW THEY UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF THIS ISSUE AND BELIEVE IT IS OUR DUTY TO WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 05:18:00 PM

    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH A LOT OF RAIN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH A LOT OF RAIN THIS YEAR, A LOT OF SNOWFALL IN ORDER TO ALLEVIATE A DROUGHT. IT'S GONE A LITTLE EXTREME HERE BUT WE'RE STILL THANKFUL FOR THE WATER. I'D LIKE TO REPORT THAT LAKE OROVILLE IS STABLE NOW WITH THE DAM AND SPILLWAY SITUATION IS SUCH THAT THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE IF WE GET CONTINUED RAINFALL WE'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE NEW LOAD. I ALSO WANT TO COMMEND AND THANK PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR HIS VERY RAPID REACTION TO OUR REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON OROVVILLE DAM. HIS TEAM RESPONDED -- OROVILLE DAM. HIS TEAM RESPONDED QUICKLY AND HE UNDERSTANDS IT'S NOT ABOUT BUILDING NEW THINGS BUT GOING BACK AND REPAIRING OUR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE, WHETHER THAT'S OUR HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES OR WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE LIKE ON OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY. I APPRECIATE THAT. AGAIN, MY FULL THANKS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STAFF AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF ON HIS SPEEDY RESPONSE TO OUR NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. LOWENTHAL

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

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

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. LOWENTHAL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK CONGRESSMAN STEVE CHABOT AND I, AS THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK CONGRESSMAN STEVE CHABOT AND I, AS THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE CAMBODIA CAUCUS, WE CALLED UPON SECRETARY TILLERSON AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO PRIORITIZE HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW IN CAMBODIA. JUST DAYS LATER, SAM, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY IN CAMBODIA, RESIGNED IN THE FACE OF A PROPOSED BILL THAT WOULD DISSOLVE THE OPPOSITION PARTY IF HE CONTINUED TO LEAD THE PARTY. THIS LAW ON POLITICAL PARTIES WOULD GIVE THE GOVERNMENT FAR-REACHING POWERS TO SUSPEND POLITICAL PARTIES AT WILL. I URGE THE CAN BODYIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO SET -- CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO SET ASIDE THIS THAT DANGEROUSLY MOVES CAMBODIA TO BEING A ONE-PARTY STATE AND TO ALLOW THE CAMBODIA PEOPLE TO FREELY CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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  • 05:20:48 PM

    MR. DEFAZIO

    JUST SEEN A NEWS REPORT THAT PRESIDENT MAY INVADE SYRIA WITH GROUND…

    JUST SEEN A NEWS REPORT THAT PRESIDENT MAY INVADE SYRIA WITH GROUND TROOPS. NOW, I CRITICIZED FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS ACTIONS IN LIBYA, IRAQ AND SYRIA WITHOUT SEEKING AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS AND LEANING ON THE NEED THAT THESE WERE SOMEHOW BACKED IN THE AUMF AFTER 9/11. THIS IS FAR BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THAT RESOLUTION WHICH I HELPED WRITE. SO TO HAVE A GROUND INVASION OF SYRIA WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM CONGRESS WILL TRIGGER THE WAR POWERS ACT. LET'S BE CLEAR, THE CONSTITUTION SAYS ONCE WE'RE AT WAR THE PRESIDENT RUNS THE WAR AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF. BUT IT IS ONLY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THAT HAS THE POWER TO DECLARE WAR, AUTHORIZE WAR WHICH THIS ESSENTIALLY WOULD BE. SO THE PRESIDENT MUST COME TO THE CONGRESS, ASK FOR NEW AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY GROUND INVASIONS OF SYRIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION?…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY HOMETOWN, THE HE CITY OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY HOMETOWN, THE HE CITY OF SEATTLE, ON ITS HISTORIC DECISION TO TERMINATE ITS DELB 3 BILLION WITH WELLS FARGO BANK OVER ITS FINANCING AND SUPPORT OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE.

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  • 05:22:24 PM

    MS. JAYAPAL

    LAST MONTH THEY DIVESTED FROM WELLS FARGO. LED BY NATIVE AMERICAN AND…

    LAST MONTH THEY DIVESTED FROM WELLS FARGO. LED BY NATIVE AMERICAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS, OUR CITY MADE AN IMPORTANT STATEMENT ABOUT THE VISION THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR WORLD. THAT VISION CENTRALIZES BOTH THE RIGHTS OF OUR NATIVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. JUST LIKE IT DID WITH THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE. SEATTLE CONTINUES TO BE A LEADER AND MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AND ACTIVISTS IN CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAVE PICKED UP THE TORCH. WE STAND UNITED IN PRIORITIZING OUR ENVIRONMENT AS IT IS DEEPLY CONNECTED TO THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES. RATHER THAN ALLOWING DANGEROUS PIPELINE PROJECTS TO CONTINUE, PUTTING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK, WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON BEING LEADERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. I AM COMMITTED, MR. SPEAKER, TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT OUR RESOURCES AND FIGHT FOR A BOLD ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PLAN THAT INCLUDES A JUST TRANSITION THAT CREATES GREAT UNION JOBS AND PUTS US ON A SUSTAINABLE PATH FORWARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE HONORABLE JOHN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF THE HONORABLE JOHN MERCER LANGUAGESTON WHO SEARCHED IN THE 51ST CONGRESS AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. MCEACHIN

    AND REPRESENTED THE SAME DISTRICT I DO, VIRGINIA FOUR. REPRESENTATIVE…

    AND REPRESENTED THE SAME DISTRICT I DO, VIRGINIA FOUR. REPRESENTATIVE LANGUAGESTON BECAME THE FIRST -- LANGSTON BECAME THE FIFTH PERSON TO BECOME THE PRESIDENT AT OBLEMAN. ALTHOUGH HE WAS DEPRIVED ADMISSION TO THE LAW -- RATHER, HE WAS DEPRIVED ADMISSION TO LAW SCHOOL, MR. LANGSTON STUDIED LAW UNDER FILIMON BLISS. HIS PASSION TO UPLIFT THE BLACK COMMUNITY WAS DEMONSTRATED THROUGH THE ORGANIZATION OF STATE AND LOCAL ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETIES AND HIS EFFORTS TO ASSIST RUNAWAY SLAVES AND TO CALLS FOR SOCIAL REFORM. AMONG HIS MANY OTHER LIFE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, LANGSTON ALSO SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY. I HAVE GREAT APPRECIATE AND RESPECT FOR MR. LANGSTON AND THE LIFE HE LIVED. NOW ONLT WILL HIS LIFE THROUGH HIS DESCENDENTS BUT ALSO MYSELF AND THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:25:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS LITERALLY EVERY DAY NOW THAT SOMETHING NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS LITERALLY EVERY DAY NOW THAT SOMETHING NEW AND EVEN MORE SHOCKING COMES OUT ABOUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ITS CONNECTIONS WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT.

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  • 05:25:49 PM

    MR. BOYLE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    YIELD BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO READ A LETTER FROM A SYRIAN REFUGEE TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO READ A LETTER FROM A SYRIAN REFUGEE TO THE INTERFAITH COALITION SPONSORING HIS FAMILY WHICH SETTLED IN BLOOMFIELD, NEW JERSEY, LAST MONTH.

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    MR. PAYNE

    MOHAMMED IS A FATHER OF FOUR. HIS FAMILY IS ONE OF THE LAST ARRIVED PRIOR…

    MOHAMMED IS A FATHER OF FOUR. HIS FAMILY IS ONE OF THE LAST ARRIVED PRIOR TO THE SIGNING OF THE -- OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BAN. MOHAMMED WROTE, I FEEL ASHAMED WHEN I REPEAT THE WORD THANK YOU. IT IS VERY FEW AND VERY WEAK IN FRONT OF YOUR INTERESTS AND YOUR GENEROSITY. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO LEARN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS HOW I CAN THANK YOU MORE AND MORE. AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN IT. THESE ARE THE KIND OF FAMILIES THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO TURN AWAY. THEY ARE -- THEY ARE THE OPPRESSED AND THE PERSECUTED, THE KIND OF PEOPLE THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED FOR. UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO VET PEOPLE COMING TO OUR COUNTRY AND IT'S THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING OUR NATION'S SECURITY, NO ONE QUESTIONS THAT AT ALL. BUT WE CANNOT CLOSE OUR COUNTRY TO REFUGEES LIKE MOHAMMED AND HIS FAMILY. WE CANNOT SACRIFICE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN. MOHAMMED IS RIGHT. AMERICA IS BEAUTIFUL AND WE CAN KEEP IT THAT WAY BY REMAINING A BEACON OF FREEDOM AND HOPE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:28:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO 22 U.S. CODE 276…

    THE CHAIR ANNOUNCES THE SPEAKER'S APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO 22 U.S. CODE 276 AND THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBER ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE TO THE BRITISH-AMERICAN INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP.

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  • 05:29:11 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. RODNEY DAVIS OF ILLINOIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY, IS RECOGNIZED…

    OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 05:29:33 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    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 SUBJECT OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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    PORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. VEASEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WE ARE GOING TO TALK TODAY ABOUT SOME OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WE ARE GOING TO TALK TODAY ABOUT SOME OF THE VERY IMPORTANT -- OUR ECONOMY, JOBS, THE STATE OF AMERICA IN REGARDS TO THOSE SUBJECT MATTERS. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO CALL A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, OUR COLLEAGUE, OUR ASSISTANT LEADER, MR. JIM CLYBURN FROM THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, TO COME AND ADDRESS ON AN IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT RELATES TO MANY OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, AND LEADER CLYBURN, I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO COME AND TALK TODAY AND REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING PART OF THIS HOUR. .

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  • 05:30:30 PM

    MR. CLYBURN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MY FRIEND,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MY FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN VEASEY, FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AS PART OF THE OBSERVATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. TO CONTINUE MY SERIES OF REMARKS REGARDING HBCU'S. HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. I ASKED MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CELEBRATING BENEDICT COLLEGE IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. FOUNDED IN 1870, JUST FIVE YEARS AFTER THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR, BY THE AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETY, BENEDICT WAS ORIGINALLY NAMED BENEDICT INSTITUTE, AFTER STEVEN AND BETHSHEBA BENEDICT OF RHODE ISLAND. BAPTIST ABOLITIONISTS WHO DONATED THE FUNDS TO ACQUIRE THE PROPERTY ON WHICH THE CAMPUS SITS. FORM EARLY THE SITE OF A PRE-CIVIL WAR PLANTATION. THE FIRST CLASSES WERE HELD IN A DELAPTATED MANSION ON THE GROUNDS. BENEDICT INSTITUTE WAS FORMALLY CHARTERED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 1894. AND RENAMED BENEDICT COLLEGE. FROM ITS FOUNDING, THROUGH 1930, BENEDICT WAS LED BY NORTHERN WHITE BAPTIST MINISTERS. IN 1930, REVEREND JOHN STARKS, AN ALUMNUS OF BENEDICT, BECAME THE SCHOOL'S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT. THE HEART OF ITS CAMPUS HAS BEEN DESIGNATED THE BENEDICT COLLEGE HISTORIC DISTRICT, CONSISTING OF MORGAN HALL, FRAT HALL, DUCKET HALL, AND TISDALE CHAPEL AND STARKS CENTER. ITS NEIGHBOR, BENEDICT COLLEGE HAS A LONG LEGACY OF ACTIVISM FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. ONE OF THE VERY FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNS IN SOUTH CAROLINA WAS ORGANIZED AS BENEDICT COLLEGE IN 1937. STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN A NATIONAL N A AACP CAMPAIGN -- NAACP CAMPAIGN LED A DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-LYNCHING LEGISLATION PENDING IN THE CONGRESS. ONE OF BENEDICT'S EARLY GRADUATES WAS REVEREND RICHARD CAROL, BORN INTO SLAVERY IN SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS A PROMINENT MINISTER IN THE LATE 1800'S, WHO RECEIVED HONORS AND APPOINTMENTS FROM BOTH PRESIDENT WILLIAM MCKINLEY AND PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT. OTHER PROMINENT ALUMNI INCLUDE SIMP KINS, A PROGRAM -- JESSICA SIMPKINS. GENERAL MATTHEW ZIMMERMAN, WHO SERVED AS CHIEF OF CHAPLAINS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. AND LEVI JOHNSON, THE FIST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BAR. IN THE MODERN ERA, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT DAVID SWINGTON, BENEDICT HAS GROWN TO A STUDENT BODY OF MORE THAN 2,800 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. IN 1995, PRESIDENT SWINGTON REVIVED THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AND MARCHING BAND. 30 YEARS AFTER THEY HAD BEEN SHUT DOWN. HE ALSO CHAMPIONED A NEW SPORTS COMPLEX ON TWO NOTCH ROAD IN COLUMBIA, WHICH INCLUDES A FOOTBALL STADIUM, TENNIS COURTS, BASEBALL FIELD, AND FINANCE FACILITIES. THE LIBERAL ARTS CURRICULUM NOW OFFERS DEGREES IN 30 DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES. PRESIDENT SWINGTON ALSO HAS LED THE EFFORT TO PRESERVE AND RESTORE MANY OF THE HISTORIC BUILDINGS ON THE CAMPUS. IN PART, PAID FOR WITH FEDERAL FUNDS FROM THE HBCU HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM THAT WE IN THIS CONGRESS HAVE CHAMPIONED. PRESIDENT IS SWINTON WILL RETIRE THIS SUMMER AFTER 23 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE INSTITUTION. I WISH HIM WELL AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. TODAY, ON THE SAME LAND WHERE BLACKS ONCE TOILED IN SLAVERY, THEIR DESCENDENTS WILL NOW -- ARE NOW LEARNING THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO LIVE UP TO BENEDICT COLLEGE'S MOTTO, TO BE POWERS FOR GOOD. LIKE SO MANY HBCU'S, BENEDICT OFFERS A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN WHICH STUDENTS FROM MANY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS SHARE A COMMON STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY. AND I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THEM TODAY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:36:00 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    I WANT TO THANK THE LEADER FOR HIS COMMENTS AND FOR PARTICIPATING TONIGHT.…

    I WANT TO THANK THE LEADER FOR HIS COMMENTS AND FOR PARTICIPATING TONIGHT. REALLY APPRECIATE HIS WORDS AND THAT RECOGNITION. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT IS WITH US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT OUR BLUE COLLAR CAULK US AND JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY -- CAUCUS AND JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. I THINK THERE'S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO ANY INDIVIDUAL, ANY MAN OR WOMAN, THAN THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A GOOD JOB, TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, AND TO BE ABLE TO BE A PART OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THAT ECONOMY. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT -- START OFF TALKING ABOUT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. UNDER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY ADDED 9.3 MILLION JOBS AND OVERCAME ONE OF THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISES OUR NATION -- CRISIS OURING NATION HAS EVER SEEN -- OUR NATION HAS EVER SEEN. IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS, WHICH IS PART OF THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA, WE HAVE A GENERAL MOTORS PLANT. AS YOU KNOW, WE COULD HAVE LOST OUR CAR INDUSTRY. WE HAVE PROBABLY THE MOST PROFITABLE PLANT IN THE GENERAL MOTORS FAMILY, ALL OF THE CARS YOU SEE AROUND HERE, ALL OF THE YUKONS, THE SUBURBAN, THE TAHOES, THE ESCALADES, WE MAKE THOSE IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS, AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF OUR PLAN. VERY PROUD OF THE COMPANY BEING THERE ALL THOSE YEARS. AND FOR THE U.A.W. WORKERS THERE THAT HELPED MAKE THAT PLANT GREAT. DESPITE THE GAINS THAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA SAVING THE AUTO INDUSTRY, WITH THE 9.3 MILLION JOBS AND US OVERCOMING ONE OF THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS AGAIN THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER SEEN, MANY WORKERS ACROSS THE U.S. FELT THAT THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAD LEFT THEM BEHIND. THE RISE OF AUTOMATION, OUTSOURCING, PUSHED MANY OF THOSE WORKERS OUT OF JOBS THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVED. THE FRUSTRATION FELT BY THESE WORKERS IS UNDERSTANDABLE. EVERYONE, EVERYONE WANTS A GOOD JOB THAT LETS THEM, FOR THEIR FAMILY, TAKE -- BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. BE ABLE TO PAY THEIR BILLS, SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE, BUY A CAR. PRESIDENT TRUMP APPEALED TO MANY BLUE COLING COLORADOER WORKERS DURING HIS -- BLUE COLLAR WORKERS DURING THE CAMPAIGN WITH A POPULOUS MESSAGE AND PLEDGES TO HELP WORKING AMERICA. YOU HIS ACTIONS SINCE TAKING OFFICE DIRECTLY CONTRADICT SO MANY OF HIS PROMISES. PRESIDENT TRUMP, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS PLAYING ONE OF THE SLICKEST POLITICAL SCAMS WE'VE EVER SEEN ON HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES. IT IS A SCAM, IT IS NOT REAL. ON HIS FIRST DAY IN OFFICE, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT RAISED MORTGAGE RATES FOR NEW HOMEOWNERS. THOSE SAME PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THOSE RUSTBELT STATES, THOSE SAME INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE DEMOCRATS, THAT WENT ON TELEVISION AND WENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SAID THEY WERE GOING TO GIVE THIS GUY A CHANCE, AND WHAT DOES HE DO ON THE VERY FIRST DAY? WE'RE GOING TO RAISE INTEREST RATES ON NEW HOMEOWNERS. PEOPLE TRYING TO LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM. THERE'S NOTHING MORE THAT EMBODIES THE AMERICAN DREAM THAN BEING ABLE TO BUY THAT FIRST HOME. IT WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THOSE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS AND A BOOST TO WALL STREET. PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT MADE IT EASIER FOR WALL STREET BANKERS TO MAKE MONEY ON RISKY BETS. HIS LABOR, HIS TREASURY CAPTAIN NOMINEES BOTH HAVE TRACK RECORDS THAT ARE VERY UNFRIENDLY TO MIDDLE CLASS AND HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING WHAT MIDDLE CLASS WORKERS FACE. IT IS CLEAR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DOES NOT HAVE A PLAN TO FIGHT FOR THE WORKING MAN AND WOMAN, AS HE PROMISED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. THAT'S WHY MY COLLEAGUES AND I, BRENDAN BOYLE, WHO IS HERE WITH ME FROM THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WE FORMED THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES FACING BLUE COLLAR WORKERS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY. WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WHEN HE TURNS HIS BACK ON WORKING CLASS AMERICA. OUR MISSION IS TO LISTEN DIRECTLY TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA'S CONCERNS AND TRANSLATE THEIR NEEDS INTO POLICIES THAT ALLOW THEM TO ADAPT TO THE CHANGING JOB MARKET. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO EQUIP OUR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS WITH TRAINING THAT LEADS TO JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES. WE JUST CAN'T SAY JOB TRAINING. WE HAVE TO -- THOSE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES HAVE TO LEAD TO SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE, WHICH IS A REAL JOB WITH A PAYCHECK AND SOME BENEFITSES. THIS YEAR -- BENEFITS. THIS YEAR ALONE THE U.S. IS EXPECTED TO ADD 2.5 MILLION MIDDLE SKILLED JOBS. THE MAJORITY OF WHICH EMPLOYERS ARE TELLING ME, AND THEY'VE BEEN TO MY OFFICE, BRENDAN, YOU PROBABLY HEARD THE SAME THING, THAT HE SAYING THAT THESE JOBS ARE HARD TO FILL -- THEY'RE SAYING THAT THESE JOBS ARE HARD TO FILL. THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS IS GOING TO PRIORITIZE TRAINING INITIATIVES TO PROVIDE REAL OPPORTUNITY AND SECURITY TO WORKING CLASS AMERICANS. I HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY BUT DO I WANT TO TURN IT OVER TO BRENDAN BOYLE FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MY GOOD FRIEND WHO ALSO HAS THE SAME PASSION TO REPRESENT AN REALLY STAND UP FOR WORKING CLASS -- AND REALLY STAND UP FOR WORKING CLASS AMERICA, FOR BLUE COLLAR AMERICA, NOT JUST PROMISE THEM THINGS AND GET THEM PUMPED UP WITH A BUNCH OF HYPE, BUT TO REALLY TALK ABOUT REAL POLICY INITIALTIVES THAT WILL HELP THEM BE ABLE TO PUT SOME FOOD ON THE TABLE AND PUT A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY IN THE BANK AND BE ABLE TO BUY THAT FIRST HOUSE AND BUY THAT CAR THAT THEY ALWAYS WANTED. BRENDAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO BLUE COLLAR AMERICA.

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  • 05:41:35 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    THANK YOU. I THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE JOINING IN THIS…

    THANK YOU. I THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE JOINING IN THIS EFFORT WITH YOU . THIS COMES OUT OF A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS THAT MY COLLEAGUE, MARC VEASEY, AND I HAVE HAD. JUST IN THE BACK OF THIS CHAMBER. ABOUT BOTH OF OUR EXPERIENCES GROWING UP, WHICH WERE VERY SIMILAR, COMING FROM WORKING CLASS OR BLUE COLLAR PARENTS WHO WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN HAD OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY MAY NOT HAVE HAD. IN MANY WAYS, THAT IS THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD, PLAY BY THE RULES, PAY TAXES, RAISE THEIR KIDS, AND HOPE THAT THEIR KIDS WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE. THAT IS WHAT BUILT THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS. AND WHAT IS SO DIFFICULT ABOUT THE TIME IN WHICH WE'RE LIVING IS THAT THE NOT JUST ABOUT AN ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT IS 2%. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE STATISTICS THAT WE OFTEN CITE ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR. THE ABOUT A LOSS OF HOPE AND THE POWER OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. THERE WAS A STATISTIC THAT CAME OUT, HAVING JUST SAID THE NOT ABOUT STATISTICS, LET ME CITE ONE, THAT I THINK IS VERY TELLING. AND REALLY SHOCKING. THE WORLD WAR II GENERATION, 92% OF THAT GENERATION WENT ON TO EARN MORE THAN THEIR PARENTS DID. FOR THE GENERATION OF WHICH I'M A PART AND MARC IS A PART, TAKEN AT EXACTLY THE SAME POINT IN LIFE, THAT FIGURE IS EXACTLY 1/2, 46%. CONSIDER ANOTHER STATISTIC. THAT COMPARED TO THE YEAR 2000, IN INFLATION-ADJUSTED FIGURES, THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS LESS WEALTH TODAY THAN AT THAT POINT 16, 17 YEARS AGO. THAT IS THE ONLY DECADE AND A HALF THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT IN AMERICAN HISTORY IN WHICH THE MIDDLE CLASS IS WORSE OFF THAN THE DECADE AND A HALF THAT PRECEDED IT. SO WHILE THESE ARE PRESENTED AS QUOTE-UNQUOTE ECONOMIC ISSUES, REALLY THEY'RE MUCH MORE THAN THAT. THEY STRIKE AT THE VERY HEART OF WHO WE ARE AS AMERICANS AND WHAT WE STAND FOR. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING, AS PART OF THIS CAUCUS, AND OVER THE NEXT -- CLOSE TO AN HOUR OR SO, BUT FOR MANY WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME, ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO SPECIFICALLY FOR THE BLUE COLLAR ECONOMY. FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN MANY WAYS HELD BACK, BECAUSE OF TRANSITIONS THAT OUR ECONOMY HAS FACED. I HAVE MANY THINGS THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AS PART OF THAT, BUT I DON'T WANT TO GO ON TOO LONG BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN JOINED BY SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T JUST TALK THE TALK, BUT HAS WALKED THE WALK. A UNION WORKER HIMSELF, AN IRON WORKER, I BELIEVE. A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE FROM MASSACHUSETTS, AND SOMEONE WHO WORKS HARD HIMSELF, BOTH IN HIS PREVIOUS OCCUPATION AND NOW STANDING UP AND FIGHTING FOR WORKING PEOPLE HERE AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH.

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  • 05:44:54 PM

    MR. LYNCH

    THANK YOU, MR. BOYLE. I APPRECIATE THAT. THE WONDERFUL TO JOIN BOTH…

    THANK YOU, MR. BOYLE. I APPRECIATE THAT. THE WONDERFUL TO JOIN BOTH YOURSELF AND MR. VEASEY FROM TEXAS. THANK YOU FOR CREATING THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS. I THINK IT'S TIME IS PERFECT FOR THE CHALLENGES WE FACE AS A COUNTRY -- ITS TIME IS PERFECT FOR THE CHALLENGES WE FACE AS A COUNTRY. AND I THINK ALSO AS A DEMOCRAT, EMBRACING SOME OF OUR TRADITIONS. I THINK IN SOME CASES WE'VE DRIFTED FROM THAT. . I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BLUE COLLAR ECONOMY AND WHAT'S HAPPENING TO PEOPLE WHO WORK IN THE BUILDING TRADES AND WORK AS TRUCK DRIVERS AND NURSES AND PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY THE BACKBONE OF THIS COUNTRY. AND AS HE MENTIONED, I WAS AN IRONWORKER FOR 20 YEARS AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO WORK PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK STRAPPING ON BOOTS EVERY SINGLE DAY. I DO WANT TO FOCUS ON ONE OF MR. TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND POLICIES THAT'S REALLY HURT PEOPLE IN OUR DEMOGRAPHIC, REGULAR WORKING PEOPLE, AND I WANT TO SPEAK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT VETERANS. AS MOST PEOPLE HEARD PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN HE CAME INTO OFFICE INITIATED WHAT WAS CALLED A FEDERAL WORKER HIRING FREEZE, STOPPING ANY WORKERS FROM GOING TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I JUST WANT TO REMIND PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ABOUT 30% OF THOSE WORKERS ARE VETERANS. SO 30% OF THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE VETERANS. SO BY PUTTING A FREEZE ON FEDERAL WORKERS, YOU'RE BLOCKING THAT 1/3, ALMOST 1/3 OF WORKERS WHO ARE VETERANS WHO WILL BE TRYING TO GO TO WORK. NOW, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EXPANSIVE. THAT INCLUDES WORKERS AT THE V.A., IT INCLUDES WORKERS AT THE F.A.A., IT INCLUDES WORKERS AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT, DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, ON AND ON AND ON. SO THIS IS REALLY FREEZING OUT VETERANS FROM GOING TO WORK. I HAD A YOUNG VETERAN IN MY OFFICE THE OTHER DAY WHO HAD SOME SKILLS IN RADIOLOGY. HE LEARNED THAT THROUGH THE V.A. -- EXCUSE ME -- THROUGH HIS MILITARY SERVICE IN THE NAVY BUT ALSO WHEN HE GOT OUT WITH THE G.I. BILL TRYING TO GO TO WORK AT THE V.A. AND I HAD TO EXPLAIN TO HIM THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN HE CAME INTO OFFICE PUT A HIRING FREEZE ON AND THAT WE WERE GOING TO FIGURE OUT ANOTHER WAY TO PUT HIM TO WORK. WELL, THAT CASE IS PLAYING OUT OVER 50 STATES AND THOUSANDS, PROBABLY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORKERS RIGHT NOW, VETERANS ARE BEING DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND MANY OF THEM HAVE SKILLS THAT ARE NECESSARY. WE HAVE PEOPLE RETIRING AND LEAVING THE FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT ON A DAILY BASIS. WE HAVE NURSES THAT ARE RETIRING AT THE V.A., AND FOLKS THAT WORK FOR THE E.P.A., THEY'RE LEAVING. IT'S THE END OF THEIR WORKING LIVES. THEY'RE RETIRING. WE'RE BLOCKING THE VETERANS BECAUSE OF THE HIRING FREEZE. SEEING THAT, I ACTUALLY DRAFTED A BILL THAT I'M HAPPY TO SHARE. IT'S H.R. 1001, AND IT WAS -- IT WILL BASICALLY CREATE AN EXEMPTION. IT WILL KEEP THE PRESIDENT'S FREEZE IN PLACE EXCEPT, EXCEPT FOR VETERANS COMING BACK FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED IN PREVIOUS CONFLICTS, ANYONE WHO HAS PUT ON THIS COUNTRY'S UNIFORM AS A VETERAN WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THE HIRING FREEZE. WE CAN DO THE RIGHT THING. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN -- AND THERE ARE A LOT OF WOMEN. ANYBODY -- I'VE BEEN TO IRAQ 17 TIMES NOW. AFGHANISTAN ABOUT NINE TIMES. AND I AM AMAZED AT THE NUMBER OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM FOR OUR COUNTRY. SO THIS BILL -- IT ALREADY -- I ALREADY HAVE 23, INCLUDING MY COLLEAGUES HERE, 23 DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON. I WOULD LOVE TO GET SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS ON THIS BILL. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE TRYING TO PUT VETERANS TO WORK, AND I'M SURE WE GOT SOME GOOD DEMOCRATS AND GOOD REPUBLICANS OUT THERE THAT AGREE ON THIS AND THIS SHOULD BE A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. BUT WE CAN STOP THE -- LET'S BE HOPEFUL IT WAS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THIS HIRING FREEZE, BUT WE CAN STOP THIS BY COMING TOGETHER, SIGN ON TO H.R. 1001. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF WORKERS. I NOTICED TODAY THAT THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE FOR LABOR SECRETARY WHO HAD A VERY BAD RECORD WITH WORKERS, I NOTICED THAT HE PULLED OUT HIS -- HE WITHDREW HIS NOMINATION -- HIS NOMINATION. HE'S WITHDRAWN FROM CONSIDERATION, AND I THINK IT'S BECAUSE OF THE HARD WORK THAT MR. VEASEY AND MR. BOYLE HAVE DONE IN SPEAKING OUT ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN WORKERS AND POINTING OUT THE BAD DECISIONS, THE WAGE AND GARNISHMENT ISSUES THAT HE HAD. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK THEY DO ON EVERYTHING AND THANK YOU.

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  • 05:50:49 PM

    MR. VEASEY

  • 05:51:03 PM

    PUTTING THE FOX -- MR. BOYLE

    LITERALLY PUTTING THE FOX -- MR. BOYLE: I BOTCHED THAT METAPHOR. MAYBE…

    LITERALLY PUTTING THE FOX -- MR. BOYLE: I BOTCHED THAT METAPHOR. MAYBE MARC CAN HELP ME OUT WITH THAT. BUT TO PUT SOMEONE IN CHARGE OF THE LABOR DEPARTMENT WHO HAD A COMPLETE HISTORY OF RIPPING OFF FAST FOOD WORKERS, PAYING IN SOME PLACES, IN SOME PLAYING BELOW MINIMUM WAGE BECAUSE THEY WERE FALSELY CLASSIFYING WORKERS, I CAN'T THINK OF REALLY SOMEONE WHO IN MANY WAYS EPITOMIZED THE KIND OF GREED THAT WE SEE IN OUR ECONOMY TODAY THAN THE FORMER LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE. AND THAT ACTUALLY WORKS TO A POINT THAT I WANTED TO RAISE BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A BIG PART OF WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY TODAY. IN THE WORLD -- POST-WORLD WAR II AREA FOR ROUGHLY THREE DECADES WE HAD LARGE GAINS IN PRODUCTIVITY AND LARGE GAINS IN WAGE GROWTH. FROM ROUGHLY MID 1940'S TO ABOUT THE LATE 1970'S. YOU SAW WORKERS BECOMING MORE PRODUCTIVE, WORKING HARDER AND SMARTER AND BETTER THAN EVER, AND YOU SAW WAGES GROWING TO ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME PERCENTAGE. 97% INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY. 91% INCREASE IN WAGE GROWTH. BUT THEN OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS SOMETHING DIFFERENT, QUITE DIFFERENT HAS HAPPENED. THE PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH HAS CONTINUED. THE AMERICAN WORKER IS MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN AT ANY POINT IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND IS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WORK FORCE IN THE WORLD. THAT'S NOT BOASTING. THAT IS AN ECONOMIC FACT. AND YET SINCE THE 1970'S, WAGES HAVE BARELY GONE UP AT ALL. AND THOSE ARE THE AVERAGES. THAT DOESN'T ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE BLUE COLLAR ECONOMY, WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE A HIGHER EDUCATION, WHEN YOU SEE THAT GROUP, WAGES ARE LOWER TODAY THAN THEY WERE 30, 40 YEARS AGO. YOU MIGHT WONDER, WELL, HOW ARE C.E.O.'S DOING? HAVE THEY SHARED IN THE PAIN? WELL, 50 YEARS AGO, C.E.O.'S MADE 20 TIMES WHAT TYPICAL WORKERS MADE. AS OF 2013, THEY MAKE JUST UNDER 300 TIMES A TYPICAL WORKER'S PAY. FROM MAKING 20 TIMES MORE THAN YOUR AVERAGE WORKER TO MORE THAN 300 TIMES YOUR AVERAGE WORKER. I BELIEVE IN CAPITALISM. I BELIEVE IN THE MARKET, BUT CLEARLY SOMETHING IS DEEPLY WRONG IN OUR ECONOMY, THE STRUCTURE OF IT WHEN WE HAVE THAT SORT OF A SITUATION, WHEN WORKERS ARE NOT BEING REWARDED FOR THEIR HARD WORK. AND YOU KNOW, I WANTED TO BRING IN HERE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VEASEY, BECAUSE I RECALL HIM TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS FAMILY EXPERIENCE AND THE SIMILARITIES TO MY OWN AND THE FACT THAT BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS LIKE OUR PARENTS ACTUALLY HAVE FEWER OPPORTUNITIES IN AMERICA TODAY THAN THEY DID WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP. FEWER JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOWER WAGES AND NOT AS RICH BENEFITS. I SAY NOT AS RICH BENEFITS. ACTUALLY, VERY INSECURE BENEFITS IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE AND LACK OF A DEFINED PENSION. SO I'LL YIELD NOW TO MR. VEASEY TO POSSIBLY TALK MORE ABOUT THAT AND OTHER PARTS OF THE HEART AND SOUL OF OUR BLUE-COLLAR CAUCUS.

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  • 05:54:43 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I REMEMBER…

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I REMEMBER GROWING UP IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS, WAS, YOU KNOW, WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE SEVERAL MANUFACTURING FACILITIES THAT WERE UNION SHOPS. WE HAD GENERAL DYNAMICS WHICH IS NOW LOCKHEED MARTIN. WHEN I WAS GROWING UP WE HAD ABOUT 30,000 EMPLOYEES OUT THERE. BELL HELICOPTER, WHICH IS OWNED BY TECHSTRON NOW. LOTS OF EMPLOYEES OUT THERE. WE HAD MILLER BREWERY NOW. NOW IT'S MILLER-COORS BREWERY. WE HAD, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL PLACES LIKE GENERAL MOTORS. I THINK I MENTIONED A LITTLE BIT EARLIER. SO WE HAD SEVERAL PLACES THAT HAD GOOD BENEFITS. I HAD FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WORKED AT MANY OF THOSE PLACES. GOOD BENEFITS, GOOD JOBS THAT PEOPLE COULD REALLY BE PROUD OF. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'VE SEEN A DECLINE IN PAY IN THIS COUNTRY IS BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS AND THEIR EFFORTS TO UNDERMINE LABOR, AND WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT UNDERMINING LABOR AND YOU TURN ON THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW, YOU TURN ON THESE SHOWS, THEY'RE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HOW BAD UNIONS ARE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHEN YOU -- WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY OWN EXPERIENCE GROWING UP IN FORT WORTH AND I THINK ABOUT TOWNS LIKE WHITE SETTLEMENT, TOWNS LIKE BENBROOK, THE COMMUNITY THAT I GREW UP IN IN STOP 6 AND COMO, AND I THINK ABOUT THE MIDDLE CLASS JOBS THAT MANY OF THESE UNION SHOPS BROUGHT TO ALL COMMUNITIES, AGAIN, WHETHER THEY WERE -- IT WAS THE WHITE COMMUNITY, HISPANIC COMMUNITY, BLACK, THEY ALLOWED PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO PUT SOME FOOD ON THE TABLE. I GOT TO TELL YOU, I WAS REALLY KIND OF TICKLED AND SHOCKED AT THE SAME TIME BY AN ARTICLE IN THE OPINION SECTION IN "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" BACK ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2015. IT WAS TILED "THE SHOP STEWARD IN THE WHITE HOUSE" IT WAS TAKING A SHOT AT PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HE WAS DOING FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, AND MANY OF THE THINGS THAT THE WALL STREET GUY THAT WROTE THE ARTICLE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT, SAYING ALL THESE THINGS ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA, THEY WERE ALL ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD THINGS THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS ADVOCATING FOR. MY QUESTION AND WHAT I WANT TO KNOW AND WHAT I WANT RUST BELT WORKERS AND PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY TO ASK, IS THIS PRESIDENCY, IS THIS ADMINISTRATION GOING TO EMBODY AND REALLY EMBRACE THOSE SAME PRINCIPLES THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE WAS REALLY TRYING TO PROTECT THESE WORKERS, IS THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO DO THE SAME THING? ARE HIS -- ARE HIS PARTNERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HERE IN THE HOUSE, OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE SENATORS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL THAT ARE REPUBLICANS, ARE THEY GOING TO ALSO STOP GOING AFTER AMERICAN WAGES, STOP GOING AFTER AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEIR BENEFITS AND START STANDING UP FOR THESE WORKERS SO THEY CAN PUT SOME MORE FOOD ON THE TABLE? THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF QUESTIONS THAT WE SHOULD BE ASKING AND THAT WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT. ONE OF THE THINGS, PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD PUT OUT A STATEMENT, BUT HE HAS A LOT OF OTHER THINGS GOING ON. DAVIS-BACON ACT. IT'S THE RULE THAT ENSURES THAT ALL FEDERAL CONTRACTORS ARE PAID A FAIR WAGE WHILE THEY ARE WORKING ON PUBLIC WORKS' PROJECTS. IF THERE WAS EVER A REPEAL, WE WOULD SEE A DECREASE IN BLUE-COLLAR JOBS AND WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT. STAGNATING WAGES, IT HAS LEFT WORKERS UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. AND ONE-THIRD OF BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS ARE ENROLLED IN A SAFETY NET PROGRAMS. BLUE COLLARS WANT THE ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN FAMILIES AND DON'T WANT THE SAFETY SOCIAL NET PROGRAMS. THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS INTENDS TO DEFEND THE THE ACT AND DEFEND WAGES FOR AMERICA'S STRUGGLING WORKING CLASS. WE CAN BUILD AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY IF WE JUST WORK TOGETHER. SO WORK WITH US AS WE STAND AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S UNFULFILLED PROMISES AND STAND UP FOR THESE BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS. BUT WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE RIGHT NOW, EVEN BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP REACHES OUT TO HIS REPUBLICAN FRIENDS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, I WANT HIM TO COME OUT AND MAKE A STATEMENT FOR THESE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS AND THESE PEOPLE IN THE RUST BELT AND PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH, I WANT HIM TO COME OUT AND MAKE A STATEMENT ON WHERE HE STANDS ON DAVIS-BACON. ONE THING TO TALK IN BROAD CATEGORIES IN BRINGING JOBS BACK TO OUR COUNTRY, THIS IS AN ACTUAL POLICY THAT WE KNOW HAS BEEN GOOD FOR MANY WORKERS IN YOUR DISTRICT AND MINE. AND AGAIN, EVERYWHERE. WHERE IS THE PRESIDENT ON THIS ISSUE. WHY ISN'T HE SAYING ANYTHING ON DAVIS-BACON. I WANT TO HEAR WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. AND I KNOW THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT JUST HOW IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE DAVIS-BACON ARE AND OTHER ISSUE AREAS ARE. MR. GORSUCH, WHERE IS HE GOING TO RULE WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING FAMILIES. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. I HOPE PEOPLE ON THE FACTORY FLOORS AND SHOPS START TALKING ABOUT, HOW IS THIS MAN GOING TO RULE. HE HAS MADE SEVERAL BAD RULINGS AS IT RELATES TO WORKING FAMILIES AND RULINGS ON HOW BIG THEIR PAYCHECKS ARE AND TAKEN MONEY OUT OF THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND NOT 35,000 FEET UP IN THE AIR-TYPE STUFF BUT POLICY DETAILS THAT CAN IMPACT OUR WORKING FAMILIES.

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  • 06:01:24 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    I WAS SO GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP UNIONS AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT THEY PLAY.…

    I WAS SO GLAD YOU BROUGHT UP UNIONS AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT THEY PLAY. WHEN I TALKED EARLIER ABOUT THE FACT THAT FOR 30, 40 YEARS WITH AN ECONOMY THAT WAS WORKING WELL THAT SAW PRODUCTIVITY GAINS, BUT ALSO WAGE GAINS IN ROUGHLY EQUAL PROPORTION. AND THEN SUDDENLY THE LAST 30 YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN THAT CHANGE. YOU HAVE SEEN THE PRODUCTIVITY GAINS CONTINUE BUT WAGE GROWTH AT PRACTICALLY ZERO. WELL, IT'S NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT FOR THREE, FOUR DECADES, YOU HAD STRONG UNIONS FROM THE MID-1940'S UNTIL ABOUT THE LATE 1970'S OR SO. THEY WERE THERE FIGHTING FOR WORKERS, FIGHTING FOR INCREASED WAGES, FIGHTING FOR A SECURED RETIREMENT, FIGHTING FOR HEALTH BENEFITS AND SAW AN ECONOMY IN THE EARLY 1980'S, THE POWER OF THE UNIONS DECLINE. THE NUMBERS OF WORKERS DECLINED. AND I DON'T THINK IT IS A COINCIDENCE AND THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AND UNIONS DECLINE AND THE NUMBER OF UNIONS DECLINED AND THE POWER OF UNIONS DECLINED, YOU SAW REAL WAGES DECLINED. CERTAINLY, NO COINCIDENCE,. FOR 70 YEARS, WORKERS' WAGES AND STRENGTH OF UNIONS HAVE MOVED IN TANDEM. GOING UP OR DOWN TOGETHER. CRITICAL TO THE STRNG OF THE AMERICAN WORK FORCE, OUR PROVISIONS LIKE DAVIS-BACON THAT HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE LATE 1940'S THAT GUARANTEED A PREVAILING WAGE ON FEDERAL PROJECTS, YOU KNOW, IT HELPS NOT JUST THOSE WORKERS WHO ARE UNIONIZED, BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE A UNION THAT IS FIGHTING FOR BETTER BENEFITS, IT HELPS ALL WORKERS, IT HELPS ALL OF THOSE IN THE WORKFORCE. I TALKED EARLIER AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS WHEN MARC WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS FAMILY'S EXPERIENCE, THOSE TOWNS IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA, I REMEMBER THAT MY DAD WITHOUT A COLLEGE EDUCATION WITH THE EQUIVALENT OF OF A HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION, WAS ABLE TO GET AFTER MANY YEARS WAS ABLE TO BREAK INTO TEMPERATURE STEER'S LOCAL 169 AS A WAREHOUSEMAN. DID THAT FOR 25 YEARS. THERE WERE A COUPLE THOUSAND SUCH WORKERS WHO WERE EMPLOYED IN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA. IN THE LATE 1990'S AND THEY CLOSED ALL THE WAREHOUSES AND LAID OFF TO CLOSE TO 2,000 WORKERS AND DECIDED THEY WOULD SET UP SHOP IN A PLACE WHERE THEY COULD PAY THE WORKERS HALF THE WAGES, REDUCE THE BENEFITS AND NOT AS MANY WORKERS. THINGS ENDED UP OK FOR MY DAD AND SPENT THE LAST 16 YEARS AS A JANITOR FOR OUR CITY'S SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, BUT MANY OF THE GUYS WHO GOT LAID OFF IN THEIR 50'S, 60'S WEREN'T AS LUCKY. THEY NEVER FOUND A JOB AS WELL PAYING OR AS SECURE. SOME TURNED TO ALCOHOL. SOME TURNED TO DRUGS. A COUPLE EVEN COMMITTED SUICIDE. I WANT TO SHOW THESE ARE NOT JUST ECONOMIC ISSUES. SOMETIMES THE ELITE, AND I MEAN ELITES NOT JUST ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, ELITES OF ALL POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES, LOOK AT THESE AS ECONOMIC ISSUES. THESE ARE REAL-LIFE ISSUES. WHEN WE SEE THE DISEASES OF HOPELESSNESS THAT ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA IN TEXAS, KENTUCKY, ARE ALL PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY. AND BY THE WAY, WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, ASIAN, WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TOUCHES ALL RACES, ALL ETHNICITIES AND ALL BACKGROUNDS. THESE DISEASE EASE ARE A REAL PROBLEM FOR OUR SOCIETY WHERE IT IS JUST A DRUG PROBLEM OR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM AND NOT SEE THE ECONOMIC LINK IS VERY NAIVE AND INCOMPLETE AND WILL NEVER SOLVE THE REAL PROBLEMS. GO TO THE HEART OF SOLVING THE REAL PROBLEM. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD WITH MARC AND I, WE BOTH LOOK FORWARD AND I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING, MARC, THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT WE LOOK FORWARD COMING TO THIS HOUSE FLOOR AND ADDRESSING THE PRESIDENT'S ISSUES. HE TALKED A LOT DURING THE CAMPAIGN. HE IS GREAT AT MAKING PROMISES. HE WILL PROBABLY SAY HE IS THE BEST EVER OF MAKING PROMISES. WE WILL BE SHOWING HIS RECORD TO SEE IF HE IS KEEPING THOSE PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON SOME ISSUES, HE SOUNDED LIKE A DEMOCRAT. ON SOME ISSUES WHEN IT CAME TO INFRASTRUCTURE OR TRADE, HE SAID THINGS THAT I CAN AGREE WITH AND DO AGREE WITH. NOW THAT HE IS PRESIDENT, LET'S SEE IF THE RECORD MATCHES THE RHETORIC. WE WILL HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE, HOLD BOTH SIDES ACCOUNTAL. THIS TOWN FOR MANY DECADES HAS NOT LOOKED OUT FOR THE BLUE-COLLAR WORKER. WE ARE QUICK TO INDICT THE OTHER SIDE WHEN THEY ARE WRONG AND I THINK APPROPRIATELY SO, BUT THIS BLUE-COLLAR CAUCUS IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PUT THE AMERICAN WORKER FIRST AND FOREMOST. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT OFF TO A GREAT START. LOOKS MORE LIKE THE BOARD AT GOLDMAN SACHS THAN ANY UNION HALL. I HOPE THAT THIS FIRST MONTH WILL NOT BE A SIGN OF MORE TO COME AND WHETHER HE IS GETTING AN A OR AN F, WE WILL GRADE HIS PERFORMANCE ON THESE REAL LIFE OF MEAT AND POE TATEA ISSUES THAT MATTERS TO THE VAST MAJORITY OF AMERICAN FAMILIES. MARC, SINCE WE REPRESENT TWO DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY, YET IN MANY WAYS, EXACTLY THE SAME KIND OF FOLKS. I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE HEARING WHEN YOU GO OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY IN FORT WORTH ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR AMERICAN WORKERS AND WHAT THEY WANT FROM THIS ADMINISTRATION.

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  • 06:08:25 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    ABSOLUTELY. WHEN I'M BACK IN THE DISTRICT IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA…

    ABSOLUTELY. WHEN I'M BACK IN THE DISTRICT IN THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA AND DALLAS AND FORT WORTH ARE THE TWO MOST RECOGNIZABLE CITIES THAT I REPRESENT AND WE HAVE IRVING THAT'S THERE. WE HAVE GRAND PRARIE AND ARLINGTON WHERE COWBOY STADIUM IS LOCATED AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE ASKING, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET THESE GOOD JOBS BACK. WE WANT TO SOME -- SEE SOME OF THESE GOOD JOBS. AND THE PRESIDENT TALKED ABOUT BRINGING THESE GOOD JOBS BACK AND I WANT TO SEE THEM COME BACK, TOO. WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON RIGHT NOW, WITH THE RESIGNATION OF GENERAL FLYNN AND THERE BEING SO MUCH TALK ABOUT CAMPAIGN OPERATIVES ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN TALKING TO SOVIET -- RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS, I THINK HE IS GOING TO BE TOO DISTRACTED TO HELP THESE WORKERS. REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO BE TOO DISTRACTED TO HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS AND BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS. DURING OUR RETREAT LAST WEEK IN BALTIMORE, I OPENED THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" AND SAW THE ARTICLE ABOUT -- AND IT WAS TITLED "JOBS STILL POURING INTO MEXICO." AND IT WAS REALLY ONE OF THE SADDEST THINGS THAT I EVER READ. MEXICO STILL THE BEST MOVE AND SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT OUR COOPERATION. I HOPE I'M PRONOUNCING IT CORRECTLY, THE CORPORATION, AND IT BROKE MY HEART WHEN I WAS READING THE ARTICLES ABOUT HOW THEY WERE ASKING THE WORKERS AT THIS PLANT IN AMERICA, IN OUR COUNTRY, TO ACTUALLY TRAIN INDIVIDUALS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO REPLACE THEM. THEY WANTED THEM TO TRAIN THEM FOR THE JOBS THEY CURRENTLY HAD IN OUR COUNTRY AND ASKING THEM TO, HEY, TRAIN PEOPLE SO WE CAN SHIP YOUR JOB OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND YOU CAN BE REPLACED. HOW DEMORALIZING TO GO TO WORK KNOWING YOU ARE TRAINING SOMEONE NEXT TO YOU FOR YOUR JOB TO BE SENT OVERSEAS OR SENT OUT OF THE COUNTRY. YOUR LIVELIHOOD. EVERYTHING THAT YOU'VE SNONE. AND FOR A LOT OF THESE LITTLE SMALL TOWNS, THESE COMPANIES REALLY ARE THE FACE OF THE TOWN. AND IN TEXAS AND I'M SURE IT'S LIKE THIS IN INDIANA AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE RUST BELT AND OTHER PARTS OF BLUE-COLLAR AMERICA. FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WAS A BIG DEAL AND A BASKETBALL GAME WAS A REALLY BIG DEAL BUT THAT RANKS UP THERE WITH THOSE TWO ACTIVITIES IN THEIR TOWNS. THEIR IDENTITY IS DRIVEN BY THEIR JOB. AND I FELT THAT WAS SUCH A SAD COMMENTARY ABOUT WHERE WE ARE NOW. AND AGAIN, YOU KNOW, WITH ALL OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS, WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT THE TRAVEL BAN ON CITIZENS FROM MUSLIM COUNTRIES AND START TALKING ABOUT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER TO RAISE INTEREST RACE ON FIRST-TIME HOMEOWNERS, NO EXECUTIVE ORDERS WHATSOEVER TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN WORKER. WE ARE A MONTH INTO THE ADMINISTRATION. NO EXECUTIVE ORDER. NO ACTION. NO COMMENTS ON DAVIS-BACON, NOTHING TO REINFORCE THE FACT THAT WE ARE WITH THESE GUYS. AND YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY SAD AND I'M SURE THAT THESE WORKERS OUT THERE IN AMERICA, IN YOUR STATE, IN NEW JERSEY, I BET THEY ARE SAYING HOW IS THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO HELP US WITH ALL THE DISTRACTIONS GOING ON ALL OVER. HE HAS DONE THESE EXECUTIVE ORDERS, WHY NOT DO SOMETHING WITH THE AMERICAN WORKER.

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  • 06:12:48 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    AND INTRODUCE HIM BY DONALD NORDQUIST, OUR COLLEAGUE WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC…

    AND INTRODUCE HIM BY DONALD NORDQUIST, OUR COLLEAGUE WITHIN THE DEMOCRATIC AND MY NEIGHBOR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DELAWARE RIVER. MARC BROUGHT UP FOOTBALL A COUPLE OF TIMES. YES, HE IS A DIEHARD COWBOYS AYE FAN AND I'M JOINED BY AN EAGLES' FAN, SOMEHOW THAT I WAS INTRODUCING STEPHEN LYNCH WHO HAS WORKED WITH HIS HANDS AND SOMEONE WHO BRINGS GREAT CREDIBILITY TO THESE ISSUES AND WHO WAS OUT AS A BLUE-COLLAR WORKER EVERY DETAIN AND HAS A CHANCE TO FIGHT FOR THEM ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 06:13:54 PM

    MR. NORCROSS

    THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING HERE IS FOCUSING ON JOBS, JOBS WHICH IS…

    THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING HERE IS FOCUSING ON JOBS, JOBS WHICH IS THE BEST SOCIAL PROGRAM. I ENTERED MY PROFESSION AS AN WLECK TRISH AND AND I HAD AN APPRENTICESHIP AND I WORKED ON BRIDGES ANDRY FINERIES AND PIPELINES. I UNDERSTOOD HOW TOUGH IT IS SOMETIMES FOR PEOPLE TO MAKE IT. WORK GOT SLOW, WE GOT LAID OFF, COLLECTED UNEMPLOYMENT. THOSE ARE THE STRUGGLES THAT MEN AND WOMEN ARE GOING THROUGH EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND IT'S ANYTHING THIS LAST ELECTION CYCLE, REMINDED US OF THAT, THAT SOMETIMES BEING ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL AND RETIRE WITH DIGNITY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO. I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND WHAT HAPPENS WITH MINIMUM WAGE. THEY TEND TO THINK IT'S A BUNCH OF KIDS FLIPPING HAMBURGERS. IT'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT. A WOMAN I SPOKE TO WHO HAD A CHILD EIGHT YEARS OLD HAD TO WORK TWO JOBS THAT WHEN HER DAUGHTER NEEDED A COAT FOR WINTER, THAT SHE COULD TAKE OF HER. AND SHE RECALLED TO US HOW BADLY SHE FELT THAT HER DAUGHTER'S TEACHER OR P. TRMENT A. WANTED HER TO COME IN AND HELP AND HAD TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO KEEP FOOD ON HER TABLE OR PARTICIPATE IN HER CHILD'S SCHOOL. THAT'S THAT'S A TOUGH DECISION. WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE DONE AS A COUNTRY, COMPARED TO ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD, IT'S VERY DIFFERENT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE BLUE COLLAR, PARTICULARLY IN THE BUILDING TRADES WHERE I CAME FROM. THROUGHOUT EUROPE, PARTICULARLY IN SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY, THEY LOOK AT WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS AS THE SAME DIGNITY AS GOING TO COLLEGE. THIS COUNTRY DOESN'T ALWAYS DO THAT. GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TEND TO PUSH COLLEGE AS THE ONLY MEASUREMENT. COLLEGE ISN'T FOR EVERYBODY. I HAVE THREE BROTHERS, THEY WENT THE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE ROUTE. I DECIDE ID ENJOYED WORKING WITH MY HANDS. I WENT AND BECAME AN ELECTRICIAN. THOSE JOBS WERE 20 YEARS AGO. I STILL TALK TO MY KIDS ABOUT IT TODAY, THE DIGNITY OF WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS. THIS COUNTRY IS STARTING TO CHANGE, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU NEED AN ELECTRICIAN, WHO DO YOU CALL? THAT ELECTRICIAN IS WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOLD, ISN'T HE? I KNOW YOUR STORY, PARENTS WHO CAME OVER HERE AS FIRST GENERATION, LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM, THEY HAVE TO BE SO PROUD OF YOU. AND MARK, IN YOUR DISTRICT, THOSE REFINERY, THEY'RE IMPORTANT FOR JOBS, AS THEY ARE IN MINE. I THINK WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO KEEP THE FOCUS ON MAKING SURE WE HAVE RENEWABLE, THAT WE HAVE CLEAN ENERGY. BUT WE ALSO UNDERSTAND WITH EACH OF THOSE DECISIONS COMES WITH WHETHER OR NOT SOMEBODY IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO HOME AND SAY, HONEY, I LOST MY JOB TODAY. TODAY WAS A REMARKABLE DAY. THE FIRST WITHDRAWAL OF A NOMINEE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. AND I GUESS THIS IS WHERE DURING THE ELECTION CYCLE WHERE I'D SEE THINK DIFFERENCE. IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO TALK ABOUT JOBS. GOOD JOBS. PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK. AND THEN WE HAVE THE SECRETARY NOMINEE PUT UP WHO TALKS ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE IS A BAD THING. TALKS ABOUT ROBOTS ARE THINGS YOU DON'T HAVE ARGUMENT WITH. HE WANTS TO OUTSOURCE, THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO REBUILD THE ECONOMY. USED TO TALK ABOUT THE DISCREPANCY BETWEEN THOSE WHO WORK FOR A LIVING, THE AVERAGE WORKER ON THE LINE, AND THOSE WHO ARE THE C.E.O.'S. SEE, WHEN I GREW UP, THERE WAS AN IMPLIED PARTNERSHIP WITH SO MANY OF NOSE COMPANIES. THOSE WHO WENT TO WORK, THE FIRST GENERATION COMPANY, THAT C.E.O. KNEW EVERY EMPLOYEE'S NAME. BUT TIME AFTER TIME, WHEN THAT COMPANY GETS SOLD, THAT DISCONNECT COMES IN. THEY FORGET ABOUT THAT. AND THAT'S WHERE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS, THAT PARTNERSHIP THAT'S SO IMPORTANT, STARTS TO BREAK DOWN. WE HAD A CONVERSATION IN OUR WORK FORCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE THE OTHER DAY ABOUT THE NRB, WHICH IS THE GROUP FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR THAT JUDGES WHETHER OR NOT ELECTIONS WITH UNIONS ARE DONE FAIRLY. AND THERE WAS A SUGGESTION SOMEHOW THAT THEY'RE NOT BEING TREATED FAIRLY. COULDN'T BE ANY FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IF WORKERS WANT TO HAVE A VOICE, THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT VOICE. AND CHOOSE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO JOIN WITH THE UNION. THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY. THAT DEMOCRACY. IF WORKERS WANT YET THE NOMINEE FOR LABOR WANTED TO DO AWAY WITH THE NLRB. IN FACT, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TOTAL CASE HISTORY, IT'S LIKE PUTTING THE FOX IN CHARGE OF THE HEN HOUSE. UNLESS OF COURSE YOU OWN THE HEN HOUSE, AND THEN IT'S OK. SO I JUST, AGAIN, WANT TO FINISH UP BY SAYING TO MARK AND BRENDAN HOW APPRECIATIVE I AM OF KEEPING THIS FOCUS ON THE FOREFRONT OF WHAT WE DO HERE IN CONGRESS. I CREATED A BUILDING TRADES CAUCUS ALONG WITH A COLLEAGUE, MCKINLEY, OUT OF WEST VIRGINIA. SO WE COULD TRY TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. CREATE AN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT PUTS AMERICA BACK TO WORK AND KEEP OURS ROADS, OUR BRIDGES, AN OUR GRID SAFE. SO LET'S REMEMBER ONE THING. FAIR DAY'S PAY FOR A FAIR DAY'S WORK AND THE DIGNITY OF A JOB. WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE DONE AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:20:33 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, APPRECIATE YOUR…

    THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, APPRECIATE YOUR HEART FELT WORDS AND THANK YOU FOR TELLING US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY AND EMPLOYMENT AND HOW MUCH ELECTRICIANS MEAN TO THIS COUNTRY AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS. I THINK IT'S SAD THAT IN A LOT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT THAT TYPE OF WORK HAS BEEN, QUITE FLANKLY, THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT, SOME OF IT HAS BEEN PUT DOWN. BUT THOSE WORKERS ARE IMPORTANT. WE NEED TO, YOU KNOW, STOP HAVING PEOPLE RANK JOBS AND MAKE SURE WE KNOW ALL JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE IMPORTANT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OF THE -- SINCE 2000, THE UNITED STATES HAS LOST ABOUT 4.8 MILLION MANUFACTURING JOBS. THAT'S A 29% DECREASE IN JOBS FOR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS. AGAIN, MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. MANUFACTURING JOBS PAY ABOUT 20% HIGHER THAN SERVICE JOBS DO. SO ANY MANUFACTURING JOB THAT WE LOSE IN THIS COUNTRY IS BAD AND ONE OF THE SADDEST STORIES AND THERE ARE SO MANY SAD STORIES ABOUT PLANTS THAT CLOSE DOWN AND SO MUCH FOCUS HAN ON THE RUST BELT AN RIGHTFULLY SO, AND MARCY KAPTUR MAY TELL ME IF I'M PRONOUNCING THE NAME OF THIS CITY CORRECTLY, BUT THERE'S A STORY ABOUT THE CLOSING OF A RUBBERMAID FACILITY IN A PLACE CALLED WORCESTER, W-O-O-S-T-E-R. THEY WERE SHOOTING DOWN THIS FACILITY IN WOOSTER, OHIO, BUT THEY WERE GOING TO KEEP THE BIG OUTLET MALL OPEN. I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN PEOPLE AFFORD TO GO TO THE OUTLET MALL, OR ANY SHOP, IF THE JOBS ARE GONE? AND IT'S JUST ANOTHER SAD STORY ABOUT HOW AMERICA IS LOSING MANUFACTURING JOBS, BUT WE, LUCKILY, WE HAVE PEOPLE LIKE MARCY KAPTUR FROM OHIO, THAT FIGHT FOR HER STATE AND FIGHT FOR MANUFACTURING JOBS AND NOT JUST IN HER STATE. BUT FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. MARCY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION TO THE WORKING CLASS MAN AND WOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY AND FOR ALL BLUE COLLAR WORKERS.

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  • 06:22:44 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN VEASEY OF TEXAS, FOR YOUR GREAT…

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN VEASEY OF TEXAS, FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP BRINGING US TOGETHER. I FEEL COMFORTABLE, I HAVE BLUE ON TODAY, TO THANK CONGRESSMAN BOYLE OF THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA AREA, CONGRESSMAN NORCROSS OF NEW JERSEY, AND MYSELF FROM THE TOLEDO AN CLEVELAND, OHIO PART OF OUR COUNTRY, TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE FACT, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT WORKERS IN NORTHERN OHIO SINCE THE YEAR 2000 EARN ON AVERAGE $7,000 LESS THAN THEY DID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY. THEY HAVE TAKEN SOME GREAT HITS. THEY'RE HARD WORKING PEOPLE, THEY'RE FIGHTING BACK, BUT THEY NEED OUR HELP. AND IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS, IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TERM THUS FAR, WE BEGIN TO SEE THE REAL DONALD AT WORK, IF I MIGHT QUOTE ONE OF THE NEWS MEDIA. AFTER MONTHS OF GRANDIOSE CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA, BRING BACK AMERICAN MANUFACTURING JOBS, AND MAKE AMERICA GREAT, WE CAN BEGIN TO ASSESS WHERE HE IS PUTTING HIS ATTENTION AND I THINK THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US AS WE REPRESENT BLUE COLLAR AMERICA. WHAT IS HE DOING FOR THEM? I THINK THE PROOF IS IN HIS ACTIONS, OR LACK THEREOF. AFTER ROUGHLY 20 EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND ACTIONS, WE SEE PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A PENCHANT FOR MEDIA-GENIC EVENTS AND MOMENTS WITH A HODGEPODGE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS, BUT APARAPHERNALIALY NOT SENDING ANY LEGISLATION UP HERE YET, AND MOST STRIKING IS HIS CLEAR MOTIVATION TO ASSIST HIS WEALTHY FRIENDS ON WALL STREET WITH APPOINTMENTS TO THE ADMINISTRATION SUCH AS SECRETARY OF TREASURY, RATHER THAN PAYING ATTENTION TO AVERAGE AMERICANS WHO VOTED FOR HIM. HE EXHIBITS A GREAT PENCHANT FOR PUBLIC APPROVAL, RATHER THAN A FOCUS ON EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE CURRENT ECONOMIC STAGNATION OF AVERAGE AMERICANS. WE'RE NOTING THAT HE FILLED HIS CABINET WITH BILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES AND MULTIMILLIONAIRES WHO SIMPLY CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO WALK IN THE SHOE OF BLUE COLLAR AMERICA AND HIS ACTIONS TO HELP THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES. SO WHAT HAPPENED WITH HIS PROMISE TO DRAIN THE SWAMP? I THOUGHT IN THE FIRST MONTH WE WOULD HAVE HAD SOMETHING THAT WOULD REALLY RESONATE OUT IN THE HEARTLAND. WHILE ALL OF THIS HAPPENS JUST MILES AWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, OUR REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES REMAIN EITHER SILENT OR MOVING THE CAR IN REVERSE. WHY WOULD THEY CRITICIZE ACTIVITY THAT HELPS THOSE WHO FUND THEIR ELECTIONS? WE NEED CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, TO DOMINATE THEIR POLITICAL FOCUS AND DOMINATE THEIR OBJECTIVES, LIKE TODAY TAKING AWAY THE ABILITY OF WORKERS TO SAVE MONEY FOR THEIR OWN PENSIONS, FOR HETCH'S SAKE. IN TRUMP'S FIRST DAY HE TOOK ACTION TO ROLL BACK THE FINANCIAL REFORM BILL CALLED DODD-FRANK AND TRIED TO ELIMINATE PROTECTIONS FOR SENIORS AS THEY SEEK RETIREMENT INVESTMENT ADVICE. WE KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF SHARKS OUT THERE IN THE FINANCIAL WATERS, WHY WOULDN'T YOU WAN TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RATHER THAN HURT THEM MORE? HE DID NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE TRADE ISSUES, WHICH ARE IN HIS POWER TO DO ON DAY ONE, AND PROPEL HIS VICTORY THROUGH OUR PART OF THE COUNTRY. I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES COME FROM TEXAS AND PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY, ME BEING FROM OHIO, IT WAS ACTUALLY THE MID WESTERN STATES THAT LIFTED THIS PRESIDENT TO VICTORY. AND HE HASN'T DECLARED CHINA AS A CURRENCY MANIPULATOR , HE COULD HAVE DONE THAT HE HAD NO ELIMINATION OF THE BUY AMERICA WAIVER WHICH AFFORDS ACCESS TO U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, FROM 45 FREE THROW TRADE NATIONS AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS THAT EXIST, NOT A WORD ABOUT THAT NO NAFTA RENEGOTIATION. HE COULD HAVE PULLED THE PLUG ON THAT ON DAY ONE. WHETHER THE NEGOTIATING TEAM TO TAKE CARE OF WHAT NAFTA HAS DONE TO PEOPLE IN THE HEARTLAND AND OUR COUNTRY IN GENERAL. WHAT WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP DO FOR ONGOING NEGOTIATIONS HE INHERITED ON THE U.S.-CHINA BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATY, THE TRADE AND SERVICES AGREEMENT, THE TRANSATLANTA I THINK PARTNERSHIP, WILL HE PUT GLOBAL WORKERS AT THE FOREFRONT OF GOS OR CONTINUE TO ALLOW CORPORATE AND WEALTHY FINANCIAL INTERESTS TO DOMINATE AND RUN ROUGHSHOD OVER WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES? CANDIDATE TRUMP PROMISED THE 15,000 STEELWORKERS LAID OFF DUE TO A FLOOD OF UNFAIRLY TRADED IMPORT HE IS WOULD SUPPORT AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL BASE. HE CAME TO OHIO AND SAID THAT PROMISED TO PROTECT OUR INDUSTRIES FROM THE CHINESE AND KEEP JOBS AT HOME. IN THE PIPELINE OF EXECUTIVE ACTION HE ACTUALLY ENFORCED THE TRADE AGREEMENT BUY AMERICA WAIVER NEGATING HIS PROMISES TO HELP AMERICA'S STEELWORKERS. HOW ABOUT THAT? THAT WAS DONE IN THE FIRST MONTH. JUST RECENTLY, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RELEASED A REPORT THAT SHOWED THE U.S. TRADE DEFICIT HIT A FOUR-YEAR HIGH AS IT ROSE TO OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS FOR 2016. MIDDLE AMERICA ISN'T SURPRISED THIS TRADE DEFICIT CONTINUES TO HOLLOW OUT U.S. MANUFACTURING JOBS AND DEPRESS INCOMES ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. REDUCING OUR TRADE DEFICIT SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT PUTS A BIG SCOREBOARD IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE ON HIS PROGRESS ON THIS FRONT. IT WOULD DO WONDERS TO FIX THE ECONOMY IF WE BALANCE TRADE DEFICITS. AS CONGRESSMAN VEASEY SAID, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS LONG CHAMPIONED ISSUES FOR BLUE COLLAR AMERICA THAT CREATE REAL LIFE SUCCESS FOR WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. LOST IN THE POLITICAL DIALOGUE IS THE REALITY THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE ALWAYS STOOD FOR INDIVIDUAL AND ECONOMIC RIGHTS FOR AVERAGE AMERICANS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS. EACH OF US IN OUR OWN MINDS REPRESENTS THAT AN IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE HERE IN THIS HOUSE. FOR BLUE COLLAR FAMILIES, EDUCATION REMAINS A VITAL STEPPINGSTONE IN UPWARD MOBILITY. DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO PRIORITIZE EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY AN STEM EDUCATION. EFFORTS TO MAKE AMERICA GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, SCIENCE, MEDICINE, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO EXPAND APPRENTICESHIP OPTIONS, TO ALLOW YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE TRAINED AND WITHOUT THE ENORMOUS BURDEN OF STUDENT LOANS. MEANWHILE, REPUBLICANS PUSH POLICIES THAT EXACERBATE THE EVER-EXPANDING WEALTH GAP, ALLOWING THEM TO INVADE OUR HEALTH SYSTEM. JUST WATCH THE ATTITUDE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NEWLY-APPOINTED EDUCATION SECRETARY BETSY DEVOS HAVE TOWARD EDUCATION. I DON'T SEE THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS DRAINING THE SWAMP. HE'S ACTUALLY DIGGING DEEPER INTO IT. I REALLY THANK YOU FOR BEING AN ACCOUNTABILITY WING HERE IN THE FIRST BRANCH MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION, THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. I CONGRATULATE BOTH OF YOU AND IT'S BEEN A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO JOIN YOU THIS EVENING.

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  • 06:29:41 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO…

    THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED TONIGHT, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE, WE YIELD BACK THE TIME. THANK YOU.

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  • 06:29:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK.

  • 06:29:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GOHMERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:30:48 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    IN OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY, WE HAVE BEEN MARKING UP WHAT SHOULD HAVE…

    IN OUR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY, WE HAVE BEEN MARKING UP WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF RATHER SIMPLE BILLS, BUT IT'S REALLY AS IF THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE SOROS' FUNDED WEBSITE, MANUAL, TELLING PEOPLE HOW TO OBSTRUCT THE CURRENT MAJORITIES IN THE HOUSE, SENATE AND ADMINISTRATION COULD POSSIBLY BE CARRYING OVER HERE INTO THE CAPITOL ITSELF. BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY AMENDMENTS BEING OFFERED AND THINGS BEING DRUGGED OUT. AND PEOPLE SAYING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER, IT'S ABOUT RUSSIA AND CORRUPTION AND ONE THING OR ANOTHER, ON AND ON AND ON. AND IT'S JUST INTERESTING WHEN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THEIR DRAMATIC CONCERNS OVER RUSSIA, WHO FOR YEARS, HAD BEEN TOTALLY SILENT WHEN EVERYBODY I KNOW OF ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HERE, HAD BEEN ASKING THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE TERRIBLE HACKING PROBLEM FROM RUSSIA, CHINA, NORTH KOREA, IRAN, HE DIDN'T SEEM TERRIBLY BOTHERED. IT'S AS IF HE MIGHT HURT PUTIN'S FEELINGS OR CUE MAINY AND KILL AMERICANS IN A BRUTAL WAY. AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THERE WILL BE PEOPLE IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, WHO ARE AMERICANS, WHO ARE MUSLIM, JEWS, CHRISTIANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE GROUPS, WHO WOULD BE KILLED BECAUSE OF THE BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION FORCED INTO THE HANDS OF THE LARGEST SUPPORTER OF TERRORISM IN THE WORLD, IRAN. IT WAS AS IF THE WORLD AND IN PARTICULAR, THE UNITED STATES, HAD NOT BEEN PUNISHED ENOUGH, FOR THE MISTAKES OF THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION IN THINKING THAT BY PUSHING THE SHAH OF IRAN, NOT A GREAT MAN -- APPARENTLY, PRETTY BRUTAL IN HIS OWN RIGHT -- BUT HE KEPT RADICAL ISLAM AT BAY. AND WHEN PRESIDENT CARTER ENCOURAGED HIS FORCING OUT OF OFFICE MUCH AS PRESIDENT OBAMA DID THE SAME THING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT, IN BOTH CASES, THEY CREATED A VACUUM THAT WAS IMMEDIATELY FILLED BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT AND FILLED IT AS THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DID AND IN IRAN, IT WAS RADICAL ISLAMISTS. AND PROBABLY SINCE THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, RADICAL ISLAMIST LEADERS WERE GIVEN A COUNTRY TO WREAK THEIR HAVOC ON THE WORLD. IT'S JUST HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE INTERVENING YEARS BETWEEN PRESIDENT CARTER LEAVING OFFICE IN JANUARY OF 1981 AND PRESIDENT OBAMA COMING IN IN JANUARY OF 2009, ALL HISTORY HAD BEEN FORGOTTEN OR POSSIBLY EVEN NOT REALLY LEARNED -- I GUESS IF YOU ARE LEARNING AT THE HANDS OR AT THE FEET OF JEREMIAH WRIGHT, WHO HAS CONTEMPT, G.D. AMERICA WAS HIS FEELINGS AND EXPRESSION, IF YOU ARE AT THE FEET OF BILL AYERS, BLOWING UP POLICE STATIONS, THINGS LIKE THAT, HADN'T QUITE SERVED THE PURPOSE AND PERHAPS IF WE TAKE OVER EDUCATING COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO WILL TRAIN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, THEN WE CAN CREATE THE ANARCHY WE WERE TRYING TO CREATE IN THE LATE 1960 AND AND EARLY 1970'S. GREAT INROADS HAVE BEEN MADE RECENTLY. BUT YOU WOULD JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA WAS THE PROBLEM FOR THE WORLD IN THE LAST 100 YEARS AND APPARENTLY THERE ARE THOSE THAT FEEL THAT WAY. BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE TALKED WITH FRIENDS, DIFFERENT RELIGIONS, MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, JEWS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY FAIR-MINDED MAKE VERY CLEAR THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN THE GREATEST FORCE FOR GOOD AS A NATION THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN SINCE THE DARK AGES. IT JUST HAS. AND THANK GOD WE HAVE HAD SUCH WONDERFUL ALLIES IN THE ENDEAVORS THAT WE HAVE UNDERTAKEN. OF COURSE IN THE LIBERATION OF KUWAIT FROM SADDAM HUSSEIN'S HANDS, WE HAD MANY WHO -- OTHER COUNTRIES THAT JOINED WITH US. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH WAS GOING TO LIBERATE IRAQ, AS SO MANY DEMOCRATS, WHO HAD SCREAMED AT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, AS TROOPS WERE MOVING INTO IRAQ AFTER THE LIBERATION OF KUWAIT SCREAMING STOP, STOP, STOP, THEY ARE GIVING UP. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ORDERS THE STOPPAGE AND IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER, THE DEMOCRATS ARE SCREAMING FOR HIM TO STOP, BEGAN BERATING BUSH, BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FINISH THE JOB IN IRAQ. SOME OF THOSE SAME PEOPLE WERE AROUND TO CONDEMN HIS SON WHEN HE ACTUALLY DID FINISH THE JOB. THERE WAS YELLOW CAKE URANIUM THAT WAS TAKEN OUT THAT SHOWED THAT THE JOSEPH WILSON THAT APPARENTLY SAID ONE THING TO C.I.A. AGENTS AND TESTIFIED TO SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT, WHO SAID SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM HIS ORIGINAL INTERVIEW WHEN HE GOT BACK FROM AFRICA. HE WAS HERALDED AS A HERE OOVEH -- HERALDED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA. AND REFLECTING BACK, AS I DID EARLIER TODAY AS SO MUCH FROM MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS IN JUDICIARY WAS MADE ABOUT CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND RUSSIA, IT'S JUST HARD NOT TO REMEMBER SO VIVIDLY THE COMMENTS BY MITT ROMNEY IN THE DEBATE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2012 THAT RUSSIA WAS ESSENTIALLY THE GREATEST THREAT -- I MAY BE MISTAKEN BUT IT SEEMS LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA EVEN SAID SOMETHING LIKE GLIBLY, THE 1980'S CALLED -- SOMETHING RATHER CHEEKY LIKE THAT, WHEN ACTUALLY MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE IN JUDICIARYVILLE COME TOLL REALIZE THAT THAT WAS ONE THING ROMNEY WAS RIGHT ABOUT AND PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS WRONG ABOUT. IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID, AS SOON AS PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, INSTEAD OF TAKING A PRINCIPLE STAND -- AND I KNOW THERE WAS A LOT OF PERCEIVED HATRED BY THOSE COMING IN FOR THOSE AGAINST GEORGE W. BUSH AND PERHAPS IT GOES TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DAYS WHEN HE GREW UP IN INDONESIA AND COMMENTED IN HIS BOOK, ABOUT HOW HIS STEPFATHER WAS APPARENTLY PAID -- PAID OFF BY THESE FAT-CAT GUYS FROM TEXAS, OIL GUYS, FAT-CAT GUYS FROM TEXAS, SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT, AND YOU REALIZE, HOLY SMOKES, HE HAS HAD A GREAT DISDAIN FOR TEXAS, LOUISIANA, GOING BACK TO PRE-TEEN YEARS. AND YOU COULDN'T HELP BUT WONDER IF IN POLICIES, IT WAS CARRIED THROUGH. AND HE DIDN'T APPRECIATE HIS STEPFATHER FOR WORKING, WORKING WITH THE AMERICANS BACK IN THOSE DAYS. BUT PERHAPS THAT HAS AFFECTED. SO IF GEORGE W. BUSH, TOOK A PRINCIPLED STAND AGAINST RUSSIA, AFTER RUSSIA ASSAULTED THE INDEPENDENT NATION OF GEORGIA, I MEAN SOME OF US REMEMBER THAT PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, TRYING TO LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN PEOPLE. CAME BACK FROM MEETING PUTIN AND SAID I LOOKED INTO HIS EYES AND SAW HIS SOUL. AND HE FELT THAT'S WHAT HE SAW. MAY HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO SHARK EYES AND HE SOON LEARNED THE WAYS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKED ABOUT PRESIDENT BUSH, IF HE MADE A MISTAKE, AND SAID HE WOULD TRY TO FIX IT. AND THAT'S WHAT HE DID IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA. AND WHEN RUSSIA ATTACKED GEORGIA , UNPROVOKED, REALLY, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, HIS ADMINISTRATION, PROPERLY TOOK A PRINCIPLED STAND. SOME DIDN'T THINK IT WENT FAR ENOUGH. BUT HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED A CESSATION OF THE GREAT RELATIONS THAT HAD BEEN GOING ON AND TOOK SOME STEPS TO CHILL THOSE RELATIONS BY RUSSIA'S UNILATERAL ATTACK AGAINST GEORGIA. AND HOPING TO WAKE PUTIN UP, THAT YOU JUST CAN'T GO ATTACK A NEIGHBORING COUNTRY LIKE THAT. YOU CAN'T DO THAT WITHOUT REPERCUSSIONS. SO BECAUSE OF PUTIN'S IMPERIAL IS PARTICULAR ATTACK, BUSH TOOK A STRONG STANCE AND LET RUSSIA KNOW, WE DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND WE ARE COOLING THINGS. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT OCCURRED AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, HIS NEW SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON, TO MEET WITH THE RUSSIANS AND HAD THIS RED PLASTIC BUTTON, LOOKED PRETTY CHEAP, BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE SAID, RESET, BUT COULDN'T GET THE TRANSLATION RATE. I'M NOT SURE WHAT IT SAID. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT SAID. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. BUT SOMEBODY THAT DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO TRANSLATE RESET, PUT IT ON AND DELIVERED THE WRONG MESSAGE. BUT THE MORE IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT SECRETARY CLINTON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA DELIVERED TO THE RATHER RUTHLESS IMPERIALIST LEADER OF RUSSIA, WAS THIS. GEORGE W. BUSH OVERREACTED WHEN YOU ATTACKED YOUR NEIGHBOR, GEORGIA, MR. PUTIN. AND WE WANT YOU TO KNOW. WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU ATTACKING GEORGIA, ATTACKING YOUR NEIGHBORS, TRYING TO TAKE OVER THEIR TERRITORY. AND SO WE'RE HERE WITH BIG SMILES AND BIG LAUGHS, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE SUCH A GOOD FRIEND OF YOURS AND WE THINK IT'S PERFECTLY FINE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. WE THINK YOU'RE TERRIFIC. THAT'S THE MESSAGE, AFTER BUSH LEFT PUTIN KNOW, WAIT A MINUTE, WE AREN'T GOING TO LET YOU BE THE BIG BULLY. BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAID, WE AREN'T BUSH. WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOU ATTACKING GEORGIA, AND IT'S HARD TO THINK ANYTHING BUT. THAT MESSAGE THAT HILLARY CLINTON AND PRESIDENT OBAMA CENTS TO PUTIN WAS CLEAR. WE WE'D BE ECK IF YOU ATTACKED CRY MIA, WHATEVER, IF IT'S ADJOINING YOU, ATTACK AWAY. WHAT ELSE IS PUTIN SUPPOSED TO THINK WHEN MONTANA BUSH REACTS HARSHLY WHEN HE ATTACKS A NEIGHBORING COUNTRY AND THE NEW PRESIDENT COMES IN AND SAYS, WE'RE FINE WITH EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING, WE'RE NOTHING BUT SMILES AND PLASTIC RED BUTTONS, WE'RE GOOD. WE DON'T MIND ANYTHING YOU'VE DONE. WE WANT TO BE YOUR GOOD FRIEND. IF THE MESSAGE FROM THAT WAS NOT CLEAR ENOUGH, BEFORE HE WAS RE-ELECTED IN 2012, A MICROPHONE HE DIDN'T REALIZE COULD PICK HIM UP PICKED UP OUR PRESIDENT TELLING THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA, YOU KNOW, BASICALLY TELL VLADIMIR I'LL HAVE A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY AFTER THE ELECTION. THAT COULD ONLY HAVE ONE MEANING AND THAT IS, I'VE GOT TO LOOK TOUGH AND LIKE I'M STANDING UP TOUGH TO PUTIN RIGHT NOW BEFORE THE 2012 ELECTION BUT MAKE SURE PUTIN KNOWS THAT THAT AFTER THE ELECTION I CAN GIVE AWAY THE FARM A WHOLE LOT EASIER, I CAN LET HIM DO A WHOLE LOT MORE HE WANTS TO DO. WE CAN BE A LOT MORE CHUMMY ONCE I GET PAST MY SECOND AND LAST ELECTION AS PRESIDENT. SO YOU MAKE SURE VLAD KNOWS, MY BOSOM BUDDY OVER THERE, MY BEST FRIEND FOREVER, I'M GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH HIM LIKE HE WANTS ME TO ONCE I GET PAST THE NEXT ELECTION. SO WITH THOSE KIND OF MESSAGES, THEN AS IF IT WASN'T ENOUGH, FOLLOWED UP BY ANOTHER MESSAGE TO RUSSIA AND THE WORLD WHEN HE STATED THAT BASICALLY IF PRESIDENT ASSAD IN SYRIA USED GAS ON PEOPLE IN SYRIA, THAT WOULD BE A RED LINE AND HE'D BE CROSSING IT, OBVIOUSLY WE'D HAVE TO DO SOMETHING AND HE CREATED A RED LINE, NOBODY ASKED HIM TO, BUT PUTIN, HE PICKS UP MESSAGES LIKE THAT. FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS HE PRESENTS, ONE PROBLEM HE DOES NOT PRESENT IS WHERE HE STANDS, WHERE HE WANTS TO GO, AND WHAT MOTIVATES HIM. VERY CLEAR. I'VE NEVER MET THE MAN. BUT I'VE STUDIED ENOUGH ABOUT RUSSIA AND I'VE LEARNED ENOUGH ABOUT PUTIN TO KNOW EXACTLY WHO HE IS, WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF, WHAT HE WANTS TO DO, AND PRETTY CLEAR, HE WANTS TO REBUILD HIS EMPIRE. HE HATES THE UNITED STATES. HE BLAMES THE UNITED STATES FOR THE FALL OF THE GLORIOUS SOVIET UNION, THAT GREAT USSR THAT ONCE RULED THE WAVES AND THE WORLD , HE WANTS A GRAND RETURN TO THOSE DAYS. AND HE WANTS TO BE THE LEADER, LIKE CREWS CLEVER OR BREZZ NEVE OR REALLY -- LIKE KRUSCHNEV OR BREZHNEV, OR MAYBE HE'D REALLY LIKE TO BE LIKE STALIN. AS STALIN ONCE SAID, WITH POWER, DIZZINESS. STALIN SAID THAT. HE SHOULD CERTAINLY KNOW. I THINK PROBABLY PUTIN HAS RUN INTO THAT AS HE'S GOTTEN ALL THIS GLAMOUR AND DURING THE OBAMA YEARS, SO MANY MAGAZINES AND JOURNALISTS JUST COULDN'T GET ENOUGH OF PUTIN WITH HIS SHIRT OFF. AND I MEAN, IT MAY HAVE HELPED THE SEX STATUS OF, AS STATUS SYMBOLS, OF PEOPLE THAT WERE BALD, MAYBE I SHOULD BE PROUD, HAPPY FOR THAT, BUT DIDN'T SEEM TO AFFECT ME AT ALL. BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH LAID ON THE SHOULDERS, THE MANTLE LAID BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON THE SHOULDERS OF PUTIN AND WHEN THAT DIDN'T SEEM TO WORK OUT VERY WELL, IT LOOKED LIKE THE NEXT BIG STEP WAS TO INGRATIATE THIS NATION'S PRESIDENCY, ADMINISTRATION, TO THE MOST EVIL LEADERS IN THE WORLD, THOSE WHO ARE LEADING IRAN. THEY CAN BE AN EVIL EMPIRE ALL BY THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE WREAKED SO MUCH HAVOC IN THE WORLD, SO MANY OF THE AMERICANS THAT DIED LIBERATING IRAQ LOST THEIR LIVES AT THE HANDS OF I.E.D.'S OR OTHER WEAPONS OF WAR INFLICTED ON THEM BY IRANIANS. OR SENT TO IRAQ FROM IRAN. THERE'S A BIG PRICE TO PAY FOR MISTAKES IN JUDGMENT OF PRESIDENTS. AND I BELIEVE DONALD TRUMP WILL ULTIMATELY END UP BEING ONE OF THE GREATEST PRESIDENTS IN FOREIGN RELATIONS BECAUSE I THINK HE'S GOING TO FIGURE OUT, AS GEORGE W. BUSH DID, PUTIN IS NOT SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHERE HE'S COMING FROM, WHERE HE WANTS TO GO, AND YOU CAN USE HIM WHEN IT'S TO OUR ADVANTAGE AGAINST A COMMON ENEMY BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, HE WOULD GLORY IN THE FALL OF THE UNITED STATES, HE WOULD CONSIDER IT BECAUSE HE'S WRONG ABOUT WHY THE SOVIET UNION FELL, IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS BASED ON COMMUNISM, TOTALITARIANISM AN IT WAS DESTINED TO FALL. I COULD SEE THAT DURING THE SUMMER THAT I WAS THERE AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT AND WENT OUT TO A COLLECTIVE FARM AND BEING FROM EAST TEXAS, WORKED ON FARMS AND RANCHES AND DURING SUMMER, AS THIS WAS, JULY, SOMETIME IN JULY, WENT OUT TO A COLLECTIVE FARM THERE AND THERE WERE MASSIVE ACRES, HUGE NUMBERS OF ACRES OUT THERE, BUT I COULDN'T REALLY TELL WHAT WAS BEING CULTIVATED AND WHAT WASN'T. WHAT EVEN THE CROP WAS. DIDN'T LOOK GOOD. IT WAS BROWN. I COULDN'T GET OVER HOW SAD THINGS LOOKED OUT THERE. AND THIS IS DOWN IN UKRAINE. BREAD BASKET OF WHAT WAS THE SOVIET UNION AT THE TIME. AND I KNOW THAT IF YOU'RE GOING TO WORK AROUND THE LATITUDE THAT THAT WAS IN UKRAINE, VERY TO OURS BACK IN TEXAS -- SIMILAR TO OURS BACK IN TEXAS, IN THE SUMMER YOU BEST START AROUND SUN UP SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORK WHEN THE SUN REACHES ITS HOTTEST TIME OF THE DAY. AND SEEING ALL OF THE FARMERS GATHERED IN THE SHADE THERE NEAR THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE, LITTLE TOWN THEY HAD THERE, THEY WERE ALL SITTING IN THE SHADE, MID MORNING, AND I TRIED TO USE MY BEST RUSSIAN THAT I COULD SPEAK AT THE TIME AND ASK THEM, TRIED TO USE A SMILE, WHEN DO YOU WORK OUT IN THE FIELD? AND ONE OF THEM, THEY LAUGHED. I THOUGHT, WELL MEAB I DIDN'T -- MAYBE I MESSED UP A WORD AND MADE IT INTO A WEIRD TRANSLATION BUT THEN ONE OF THEM SPOKE UP IN RUSSIAN AND HE SAID, I MAKE THE SAME NUMBER OF RUBLES IF I'M OUT THERE IN THE FIELD OR IF I'M HERE IN THE SHADE. IF I'M OUT THERE IN THE SUN OR HERE IN THE SHADE SO I'M HERE IN THE SHADE. AND I THOUGHT AT THE TIME, THAT'S WHY SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM CAN NEVER WORK. IF YOU'RE GOING TO PAY PEOPLE THE SAME THING NOT TO WORK AS YOU DO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING, THEN EVENTUALLY MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO WORK. AND IT'S A GOOD THING TO HAVE A SAFETY NET FOR THOSE THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN FIND THEMSELVES UNEMPLOYED, BUT YOU CAN'T TURN INTO A SOCIALIST NATION WHERE YOU REWARD PEOPLE, PROVIDE THE SAFETY NET THIS SURE, BUT YOU KVENT PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO SIT IN THE SHADE AND NOT WORK AT ALL. BECAUSE EVENTUALLY SOMEDAY YOUR PEOPLE WILL GO HUNGRY AND YOUR NATION WILL FAIL AS A NATION STATE. AND IT DID. AND THERE WERE MANY FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THAT TYPE OF SYSTEM CAN NEVER WORK IN THIS WORLD, IN THIS LIFE. THE PILGRIMS TRIED IT. THAT BEAUTIFUL MAYFLOWER COMPACT, WHERE THEY WERE ALL GOING TO WORK AND BRING INTO THE COMMON STOREHOUSE AND SHARE AND -- IT WAS JUST A BEAUTIFUL, LOVELY WAY TO APPROACH THINGS. AND I'VE LOVED LOOKING, AS I DID LAST NIGHT, AT THE PAINTING THERE IN THE ROTUNDA, REFLECTING THE PILGRIMS' FAMOUS PRAYER MEETING THERE IN HOLLAND, IT SAYS SPEEDWELL, RIGHT UNDER THE PLATFORM WHERE THEY ARE. THEY WERE ON THE SHIP THE SPEEDWELL BEFORE THEY LEFT IN TWO SHIPS, THE BIG SPEEDWELL AND THE SMALL PLAYFLOWER, WENT OVER TO ENGLAND. -- AND THE SMALL PLAYFLOWER, WENT OVER TO ENGLAND. AND THE SPEEDWELL THAT WAS GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO TAKE SO MANY MORE TO THE NEW LAND, AMERICA, BEGAN TAKING ON WATER, FOR WHATEVER REASON. THERE WERE DIFFERENT THINGS SAID ABOUT WHAT MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE. BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY HAD TO DO A BIT LIKE GIDEON DID, THEY HAD TO WINNOW DOWN TO THE MOST HARDY, THE PEOPLE THAT HAD THE BEST CHANCE OF MAKING IT INTO AMERICA SO THEY COULD FIT ON THAT SMALL MAYFLOWER. SO THEY WENT A GROUP DOWN, CAME OVER ON THE MAYFLOWER AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING. LOVING, WORKING HARD AS THEY DID. BUT WHEN SO MANY, SUCH A HUGE NUMBER OF THEIR SETTLERS DIED DURING THAT FIRST WINTER, BASICALLY, SHORT VERSION, THEY ULTIMATELY TRIED SOMETHING NEW, RESEMBLING PRIVATE PROPERTY. YOU TAKE YOUR PROPERTY, YOU GROW , YOU USE IT HOWEVER YOU WANT. AND WHATEVER YOU GROW AND PRODUCE, THAT'S YOURS. AND AMAZING, THAT WORKED OUT SO WELL. UNLIKE THE COLLECTIVE FARMS IN THE SOVIET UNION, THERE WAS INCENTIVE TO WORK HARD. PRODUCE. AND PEOPLE THRIVED. DID SO WELL. AND THAT ACTUALLY GAVE A LOT OF INCENTIVE TO OTHERS. HEY, THIS PRIVATE PROPERTY THING CAN WORK OUT WELL. AND HERE ALL THESE YEARS LATER, WE HAVE PEOPLE WANTING TO GO BACK TO THAT WAY OF LIFE THAT HAS FAILED EVERY TIME IT'S BEEN TRIED, EVEN WHEN THE APOSTLE PAUL TIED IT, HE HAD TO THROW UP HIS HANDS AND SAY, NEW RULE IF YOU DON'T WORK YOU DON'T EAT. WAS THE SOCIALIST WAY OF DOING THINGS IN THIS WORLD ARE NOT GOING TO WORK. I AM GLAD THAT MY FRIENDS THAT WERE SO VOCAL ABOUT NOT WANTING A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CURRENT LEADER OF RUSSIA, I'M GLAD THEY FINALLY REALIZE WHAT THOSE OF US ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, MOST OF US, HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR A VERY LONG TIME. YEAH, WE CAN WORK WITH THE RUSSIANS TO DEFEAT A COMMON ENEMY, BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT PUTIN DOES NOT REALLY WANT US FOR FRIENDS. HE WANTS TO SEE THIS COUNTRY GONE. HE WANTS TO SEE OUR WAY OF LIFE FAIL. SO JUST DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF THAT. AND IT'S ALSO INTERESTING, WE HAD AMENDMENTS BEING PROPOSED TODAY WITH THE SAME THEME BEING REPEATED CONSTANTLY ABOUT A MUSLIM BAN IN ESSENCE THAT WE SHOULD NOT EVER TAKE RELIGION INTO ACCOUNT WHEN IT COMES TO IMMIGRATION. THAT HAS NO PLACE. AND YET, WHEN OUR CHAIRMAN, ONE OF OUR OTHER MEMBERS BROUGHT UP THE, I BELIEVE IT WAS RAUL LAB -- LABRADOR, BROUGHT UP THE AMENDMENT WHICH MANY OF US SUPPORT, SO WHEN YOU KNOW A GROUP OF PEOPLE, SUCH AS JEWISH PEOPLE, IN ANOTHER PART OF THE WORLD ARE BEING KILL, BEING PERSECUTED, WHEN WE KNOW THAT'S TAKING PLACE, IT IS A GOOD THING TO CONSIDER WHO THEY ARE AND THAT THEIR RELIGION IS BEING PERSECUTED. WHEN THERE ARE CHRISTIANS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD BEING PERSECUTED BEYOND WHAT OTHER RELIGIONS ARE. IT'S A GOOD THING TO TRY TO HELP THEM. WHEN THERE WERE MUSLIMS BEING PERSECUTED IN EASTERN EUROPE, THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION RESPONDED, CAME TO THEIR AID. AND FOR THAT SAY, GEE, STANDING UP TO RADICAL ISLAM WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE MORE RECRUITMENT, MY WORD. HOW MUCH WORSE CAN IT GET THAN IT HAS GOTTEN DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS? THERE WAS NO ISIS. PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK OFFICE, AFGHANISTAN, THERE WAS STILL FIGHTING. BUT ACTUALLY THE TALIBAN HAD BEEN TOTALLY DESTROYED -- ANYING ORNY SISE -- ORGANIZED TALIBAN HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY FEBRUARY OF 2002 AND WE HADN'T LOST A SINGLE AMERICAN LIFE. WE HAD USED -- WE LET THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE, RESIDENTS, CITIZENS WE LET THEM FIGHT OUR ENMY, THOUGH THEY WERE MUSLIM, MOST OF THEM, THEY DIDN'T WANT RADICAL ISLAMISTS RUNNING AFGHANISTAN. AND A MISTAKE WAS MADE AFTER OUR FRIENDS IN THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE TOTALLY ROUTED THE TALIBAN. WE SENT IN TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN TROOPS. AND OUR FRIENDS WHO LOVED US AND HERALDED US, BEGAN TO LOOK AT US AS OCCUPY YEARS. AND I HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN ENOUGH AND I HAVE I HAVE SEEN THE RELATIONSHIP FROM US GOING THE HEROES FROM THESE RADICAL ISLAMISTS THAT WERE A BAIN TO THE EXISTENCE AND NOT BE TERRORIZED BY RADICAL ISLAMISTS. AND SOMEHOW, WE ENDED UP BECOMING BAD GUYS TO SO MUCH OF THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF OUR MASSIVE PRESENCE. I DO BELIEVE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS POTENTIAL WITH ALL OF THE CHAOS THAT IS BEGINNING TO RAISE ITS HEAD AGAIN IN AFGHANISTAN -- I HEARD A REPORT THIS MORNING THAT AFGHANS HAD CONFIDED TO REPUBLICANS HERE IN TOWN, WHEN HE WAS OVER THERE VISITING, THAT AL QAEDA IS EVEN BACK IN AFGHANISTAN. SO IT'S NOT JUST THE TALIBAN BACK STRONGER THAN EVER, NOW AL QAEDA'S BACK IN AFGHANISTAN. AND WHAT WAS THE COST TO AMERICA, TO OUR MILITARY OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS IN ALLOWING THE TALIBAN TO COME BACK STRONGER THAN THEY WERE ORIGINALLY, AL QAEDA TO COME BACK STRONGER THAN THEY WERE ORIGINALLY? I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND LOST FOUR TIMES MORE LIVES IN AFGHANISTAN DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S COMMAND THAN WERE LOST WITH JUST UNDER EIGHT YEARS UNDER COMMANDER GEORGE W. BUSH. HOW COULD WE LOSE FOUR TIMES MORE AMERICAN MILITARY AND SUFFER SUCH A SETBACK OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WHERE WE'RE BACK MAYBE MAYBE A LITTLE WORST OFF THAN WE WENT INTO AFGHANISTAN IN OCTOBER OF 2001? WELL, IT HAS TO DO WITH THE COMMITMENT -- I HEARD FORMER VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SAY THAT WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCED HE'S COMMITTED TO AFGHANISTAN AND SENT A SURGE INTO AFGHANISTAN, HE ALSO ANNOUNCED WHAT SEEMED ALMOST SIME YOU WILL KAINE YOUSE AND WE ARE GOING TO BE OUT IN 18 MONTHS, AS WE KNOW FROM THE HISTORY, NOBODY THAT EVER WON A WAR, A POLICE ACTION, A CONFRONTATION, EVER SET A DEADLINE, WE'RE GOING TO WIN BY THIS DATE OR WE'RE COMING OUT WHETHER WE WON OR NOT. THAT MESSAGE WENT OUT LOUD AND CLEAR TO THE TALIBAN THAT IF WE CAN HANG ON FOR 18 MONTHS, WE WILL OWN AFGHANISTAN ALL AFGHANISTAN ALL OVER AGAIN. SO -- AND I UNDERSTAND THAT APPARENTLY GENERAL HARWARD HAS BEEN NAMED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AS THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M SORRY, I'VE GOT TO SAY THIS, BECAUSE OF WHAT BILLY AND KAREN VAUGHN HAVE MEANT TO ME AFTER THE DEATH OF THEIR SALE TEAM SIX SON AARON, I HAVE COME TO KNOW AND I NEVER MEANT HIM WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, BUT I FEEL LIKE I KNEW HIM AS A FRIEND AND AS ONE OF HIS ADMIRERS THROUGH HIS PARENTS, BILLY AND KAREN. AND WHEN I HEARD THE GENERAL'S NAME COME BACK AS ONE OF THOSE BEING CONSIDERED, I THOUGHT, OH, PLEASE, SURELY NOT. BECAUSE BILLY AND KAREN MADE CLEAR AS FAMILY MEMBERS WERE FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED THERE IN AFGHANISTAN THAT TOOK THE MOST SEAL TEAM LIVES WE EVER HAD , WENT ON TO A CHINOOK THAT SHOULD HAVE NOT CARRIED OUR SALE TEAM MEMBERS AND WENT ON A MISSION AND YET BECAUSE OF THE RULES LAID DOWN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, THEY HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AFGHANS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING TO OCCUR, WHERE THEY WERE GOING, WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO. EVEN KNOWING AFTER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S GAFFE WHERE HE RELEASED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT THE SEALS TOOK OUT OSAMA BIN LADEN. WASN'T SUPPOSED TO COME OUT. ANOTHER GAFFE, BUT IMMEDIATELY, BILLY AND KAREN SAID AFTER BIDEN OUTED THE SEALS AND CAME OUT IT WAS SEAL TEAM SIX, THEY GOT A CALL FROM AARON SAID YOU NEED TO GET OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA. THE RED CALL ISLAMISTS ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR US, FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS. SO THIS ADMINISTRATION PUT BIG TARGETS ON SEAL TEAM SIX BY DISCLOSING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION THAT ULTIMATELY LED TO THEIR DEATHS. AND PUT TARGETS ON FAMILY MEMBERS OF SEAL TEAM SIX. AND KNOW THEY DIDN'T MEAN TO DO IT. IT WASN'T INTENTIONAL BUT DIDN'T REALIZE HOW SERIOUS THINGS WERE. AND I KNOW THEY MUST NOT HAVE REALIZED, AT LEAST PRESIDENT OBAMA WASN'T AWARE OF HOW SERIOUS IT WAS. HIS BODY MAN WAS WITH HIM FOR SO MANY DAYS AND HE WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA -- BEEN SOME YEARS BACK THAT I WATCHED, BUT HE WAS ASKED IN EFFECT, WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE WENT INTO THE ROOM WHERE THEY WERE WATCHING SEAL TEAM SIX GO AFTER OSAMA BIN LADEN, AND HE SAID WE DIDN'T STAND THERE LONG AND THE PRESIDENT LOOKED IN AND THE PRESIDENT SAID I'M NOT WATCHING THIS AND PLAYING SEVERAL HANDS OF CARDS WHILE SEAL TEAM SIX WAS PUTTING THEIR LIVES FOR THE COUNTRY. YOU WOULDN'T APPRECIATE THE DANGERS IN WHICH YOU PUT SEAL TEAM SIX AS YOU OUT THEM THAT WENT AFTER OSAMA BIN LADEN. BUT THEY KNEW AND THE CHATTER WAS CLEAR AND IT WAS LOUD, THEY WANTED TO TAKE CASUALTIES AND GET A PRICE BACK WITH LIMBS OF SEAL TEAM SIX MEMBERS. AND THE ADMISSION -- THE MISSION THEY WERE ON SHOULD HAVE ENDED RIGHT THERE WHEN THE AFGHAN COMMANDER CAME UP. HE COMES UP AND PULLS OFF THEIR ELITE SOLDIERS OFF THE HELICOPTER AND REPLACED THEM WITH PEOPLES' NAMES THAT WEREN'T ON THE MANIFEST. UNDER THE RULES, THAT SHOULD HAVE ENDED THE OPERATION RIGHT THERE. THEY WERE TOLD TO GO ON. SO THEY WENT. I HAVE SEEN THE TRANSCRIPT OF TESTIMONY, STATEMENTS BY GUN SHIP, C-130 GUNSHIP IN THE AREA. THEY HAD ALL KINDS OF IMAGING AND THIS ISN'T CLASSIFIED, BECAUSE THIS WAS ON THE DVD GIVEN TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND LATER ASKED IF THEY WOULD GIVE IT BACK AND DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MUCH INFORMATION THEY PUT OUT. THEY SURE DIDN'T. BECAUSE THE FAMILY MEMBERS, LIKE THE VAUGHNS, WATCHED IT AND READ IT. WE HAD A C-130 GUNSHIP. AND MY FOUR YEARS ON ACTIVE DUTY IN THE ARMY, I WAS NEVER IN COMBAT. WE SHOULD HAVE WENT INTO COMBAT IN IRAN WHEN OUR EMBASSY WAS ATTACKED. BUT THAT WAS COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S CARTER'S CALL AND HE DECIDED NOT TO SEND ANYBODY. IF HE RESPONDED WITHIN 48 HOURS AND SAID YOU NEED TO RELEASE OUR HOSTAGES OR ELSE WE ARE SENDING OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY, OR ELSE THERE WILL BE A PRICE PAID BY YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY, I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE RELEASED THEM. I WAS WATCHING THEM CLOSELY FREE FORT BEENING, ARE ANY OF US GOING TO BE SENT. ANN TOLLA HAD A SPOKESMAN AND I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING ABOUT IT SINCE I WATCHED BACK IN THOSE DAYS, 1979, BUT I RECALL HIM -- VERY INTERESTING FOR A FEW DAYS, HE KEPT DISTINGUISHING THAT IT WAS THE STUDENTS THAT ATTACKED THE U.S. EMBASSY. IT WAS THE STUDENTS THAT HAD THE HOSTAGES. AND I SAID TO SOME OF MY ARMY FRIENDS AT FORT BEENING, I THINK HE IS AFRAID, CARTER IS GOING TO SEND OUR MILITARY AND HE'S USING THE STUDENTS AS A BACKDOOR FOR HIM. IF CARTER CHOSE A BACKBONE AND SAID YOU NEED TO RELEASE OUR HOSTAGES. YOU ARE GOING TO FEEL THE FULL VENTIONANCE OF THE MILITARY, THEY HAD A BACKDOOR AND THE EYE TOLLA SAID, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT, WE NEGOTIATED WITH THE STUDENTS. HERE ARE YOUR HOSTAGES BACK. YOU DON'T HAVE TO INVADE IRAN. SEE, WE ARE YOUR FRIEND AND HELPED YOU OUT. AFTER A FEW DAYS, IT WAS CLEAR, I THINK TO THE IRANIAN LEADERS THAT THIS PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING. HE IS GOING TO ASK US TO LET THEIR PEOPLE GO. AND SO WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY. AND THEY BEGIN TO SAY, WE HAVE THE HOSTAGES, BECAUSE THEY KNEW CARTER WASN'T GOING TO DO ANYTHING. AND I STILL BELIEVE WHAT I LEARNED AT FORT BEENING THAT PRESIDENT CARTER ALLOWED ALL THE HELICOPTERS TO GO AND I WAS TOLD THAT WERE ORIGINALLY REQUESTED THERE -- THEY HAD TO HAVE SIX TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT 500 MILES INTO THE SFAGING AREA THERE IN IRAN. AND AS COME OUT PUBLICLY, THEY ALL KNEW IF WE DON'T GET SIX CHOPPERS OUT OF THE EIGHT THAT THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED TO GO, THEY SHOULD HAVE EXPECTED A 50% LOSS. TURBINE ENGINES, THEY KNEW TO HAVE SIX OR THE MISSION WAS AN AUTOMATIC ABORT. AND AS WE KNOW, WHEN ONLY FIVE GOT THERE AND IT WAS CLEAR THERE WAS NOT ANOTHER ONE COMING, THEN IT WAS ABORT. AND AS I UNDERSTAND THE INVESTIGATION INDICATED THE HELICOPTER PILOT AS SANDS SWIRLED AROUND HIS CHOPPER, MUST HAVE SUFFERED VERTIGO. THE BLADE WENT THROUGH THE C-130 AND EVERYBODY IN THE C-130 CHOPPER WERE KILLED. BUT ONCE AGAIN, WE WERE EMBARRASSED BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAT WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO DOING WHAT IT TOOK TO GET OUR HOSTAGES OUT. AND AGAIN, I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IF HE HAD SHOWN A BACKBONE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF OUR EMBASSY BEING ATTACKED AND OUR HOSTAGES BEING TAKEN, THERE WOULD BE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN MILITARY LIMBS STILL IN BEING TODAY. SO HAVING WITNESSED FIRSTHAND LESSONS OF POOR DECISIONS BY COMMANDERS IN CHIEF, HAVING SEEN THE DATA, THE STATISTICS OF DEAD AMERICAN MILITARY IN AFGHANISTAN, FOUR TIMES MORE UNDER COMMANDER OBAMA THAN UNDER COMMANDER BUSH IN APPROXIMATELY THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, WE HAVEN'T LEARNED THE LESSONS OF THE PAST VERY WELL. . AND I FEEL ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS GOING TO LEARN HIS LESSONS. HE MADE A COUPLE OF MISTAKES. AND CERTAINLY I AGREE YOU CAN'T HAVE A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR THAT'S NOT COMPLETELY HONEST WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT. YOU JUST CAN'T. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TOTALLY TRUST THEM. THAT'S BEEN A PROBLEM IN OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY. THEY WERE LEAKING, UNDERMINING PRESIDENT BUSH, AND NOW THE HAPPENING AGAIN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. SO, AS I WAS TALKING ABOUT SEAL TEAM SIX, THESE DEVASTATED FAMILIES THAT HAD LOST THE GREATEST MILITARY MEMBERS THAT WE COULD HAVE LOST AT THAT POINT, EVERY LIFE IS PRICELESS, INVALUABLE. BUT THERE WAS SO MUCH MONEY SPENT IN TRAINING UP THESE SEALS TEAMS. IT'S AN INVESTMENT. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT, THAT YOU DON'T HAVE AFGHANS PULLED OFF THAT ARE THE BEST FIGHTING MEMBERS THAT AFGHANISTAN HAS, AND YOU PUT WHAT THEY CONSIDERED EXPENDABLE AFGHANISTAN SOLDIERS ON WITH OUR ELITE SEAL TEAM SIX. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU KNOW THERE ARE TARGETS ON THEIR BACK. BUT WHEN THE FAMILIES MET, GENERAL HEYWARD -- MET GENERAL HEYWARD, THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE JUST SO CRUSHED. THEY WERE SO DEVASTATED. AND THEY FOUND OUT THAT THIS C -130 GUNSHIP, THAT THERE WERE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE OUT THIS PATROL, THIS TEAM THAT SHOT DOWN THE CHINOOK. THERE WERE OTHERS, THERE WERE OTHER PRECIOUS AMERICAN LIVES ON THAT HELICOPTER IN ADDITION TO THE SEAL TEAM SIX MEMBERS. AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE SHORTED IN WHAT WE OWE THEM AND THEIR MEMORIES. BUT THEY ASKED, IF THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THESE GUYS OUT, AND THE CRUSADE THEY DID, THEY HAD THE THERMAL IMAGING, THEY COULD SEE THESE GUYS MOVING LIKE MILITARY, THEY SAW THEM GOING UP TO THE HIGH POINT AND GETTING READY TO FIRE, AND THEY ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO TAKE THEM OUT AND THEY WERE DENIED PERMISSION TO TAKE THEM OUT, THEY WATCHED THEM FIRE OVER AND OVER AT THE HELICOPTER , WITH THE ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADE, APPARENTLY, OF SOME KIND. AND THEY MISSED WITH THE FIRST ONE, AS I UNDERSTAND IT. THEY WERE STILL NOT ALLOWED TO SHOOT THEM DOWN. SHOOT, TAKE OUT THE AFGHANISTAN REBELS. AND THEY FIRED AGAIN AND THEY FIRED AGAIN AND THE SECOND AND THIRD TOOK OUT OUR PRECIOUS AMERICAN MILITARY MEMBERS, ALONG WITH THOSE PRECIOUS AFGHANISTAN LIVES -- AFGHAN LIVES, WHO SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ON THAT HELICOPTER TO BEGIN WITH. THEN THEY WATCHED THEM DISMANTLE THEIR EQUIPMENT AND START TO CLIMB DOWN. THEY ASKED PERMISSION TO TAKE THEM OUT, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING. AND ONCE AGAIN THEY WERE TOLD THERE MAY BE CIVILIANS IN THE AREA SO, NO, DO NOT FIRE. THEY WATCHED THEM FADE BACK INTO THE POPULATION OF AFGHANISTAN AFTER KILLING SO MANY OF OUR SEAL TEAM SIX AND OTHERS ON THE HELICOPTER. THEY ASKED THE GENERAL, WHO IS NOW APPARENTLY GOING TO BE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, THEY ASKED HIM, WHY DIDN'T YOU TAKE OUT THESE PEOPLE, THESE AFGHAN RADICAL ISLAMISTS, WHY DIDN'T YOU TAKE THEM OUT BEFORE THEY TOOK OUT OUR MILITARY MEMBERS, OUR SEAL TEAM SIX? WHY? AND HIS STATEMENT FROM THEIR MEMORY IS RELATED -- AS RELAID TO ME WAS IN ESSENCE, BECAUSE WE WERE TRYING TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR IS GOING TO BE MORE INTERESTED, OR AT LEAST HE HAS IN THE PAST, APPARENTLY BEEN MORE INTERESTED IN WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS OF PEOPLE THAT HATE OUR GUTS THAN HE IS OF PROTECTING THE MOST PRECIOUS ASSETS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAS, AMERICAN LIVES. WELL, WE HAVEN'T WON ANY HEARTS AND MINDS BY ALLOWING SEAL TEAM SIX, SO MANY OF THOSE MEMBERS ON THAT CHINOOK, TO BE KILLED. WE HAVEN'T. THAT STRATEGY DIDN'T WORK. AND I'M SORRY, I WANT TO BE SUPPORTIVE, I WAS EXCITED PRESIDENT TRUMP WON. BUT WHEN I KNOW HOW THIS MANTHA I UNDERSTAND TODAY -- THIS MAN THAT I UNDERSTAND TODAY HAS NOW BEEN NAMED TO BE THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF ENCOURAGING AND BEING EVERYONE THETIC TO THE -- EMPATHETIC TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOST THOSE PRECIOUS FAMILY MEMBERS IN THAT CHINOOK THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SHOT DOWN, SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO TAKE OFF, AND THE BEST COULD HE DO WAS SAY, SORRY, THEY HAD TO DIE BECAUSE WE WERE TRYING TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS INSTEAD OF WIN THE WAR. I HOPE THAT HIS MENTALITY HAS CHANGED. I HOPE HE WILL NOT BE WILLING TO EXPEND THE BEST TRAINED, THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST MILITARY MEMBERS WE HAVE AS HE TRIES TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO WIN A BATTLE AND WIN THE WAR. BUT I GUESS TIME WILL TELL. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO FINISH BY SALUTING ALL THOSE BRAVE AMERICANS THAT HAVE DEFENDED FREEDOM, THAT HAVE FOUGHT FOR AMERICA, WHO HAVE RESPONDED IN A VOLUNTARY MILITARY SINCE 1979, AND GIVEN THEIR LIVES AT THE HANDS OF RADICAL ISLAMISTS. I HOPE AND PRAY THIS PRESIDENT WILL PICK PEOPLE FROM HERE WHO WILL HAVE THE SAME FEELINGS ABOUT PRECIOUS AMERICAN LIVES. I KNOW DONALD TRUMP DOES. AND I THINK HE'LL BE A GOOD PRESIDENT. I THINK HE BLEW IT ON THIS CALL. BUT TIME WILL TELL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:23:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 07:23:17 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO WELCOME MY COLLEAGUE,…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO WELCOME MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN JOE CROWLEY, THE CHAIR OF THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, WHO IS JOINING US THIS EVENING AS WELL. I KNOW HOW VERY BUSY HE IS AND WE APPRECIATE IT. I ALSO WANT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE REMARKS OF CONGRESSMAN BRENDAN BOYLE, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. IN SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS HERE THIS EVENING. AS AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION THAT CREATED OUR NATION'S WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, I FELT OBLIGATED AND ACTUALLY COMPELLED TO COME TO THIS WELL TONIGHT. I WISH TO PLACE ON THE RECORD THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S HOLLOW JANUARY 27 STATEMENT COMMEMORATING INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DO THAT.

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  • 07:24:07 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MATERIALS WILL BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

  • 07:24:09 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    ASTOUNDINGLY, THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT MADE NO REFERENCE TO THE SIX…

    ASTOUNDINGLY, THE WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT MADE NO REFERENCE TO THE SIX MILLION JEWS THAT PERISHED IN THE HOLOCAUST. THERE WAS NO MENTION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, NOR REFERENCE TO ISRAEL, AS HAS BEEN CUSTOMARY IN PRIOR STATEMENTS ISSUED BY OUR PAST PRESIDENTS. AND I WILL BE SUBMITTING FOR THE RECORD A STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH IN 2008, AND ALSO SUBMITTING TO THE RECORD A STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA FROM 2015, SHOWING WHAT THOSE WHITE HOUSES SAID ABOUT HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.

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  • 07:24:49 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    SO LET ME BE CLEAR. BETWEEN 1933 AND 1945, 14 MILLION UNARMED MEN, WOMEN…

    SO LET ME BE CLEAR. BETWEEN 1933 AND 1945, 14 MILLION UNARMED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE MURDERED IN EASTERN EUROPE. THESE BLOOD LANDS WERE WHERE MOST OF EUROPE'S JEWS LIVED. AND WHERE HIFTLER AND STALIN'S IMPEER YOR PLANS OVERLAPPED. OF THE -- -- OF THE 14 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS WHO WERE KILLED, AT LEAST SIX MILLION WERE JEWS. JEWISH SOULS. THEIR CARNAGE WAS THE LARGEST IN HUMAN HISTORY. THUS, THE BREVITY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S STATEMENT WAS SURPRISINGLY AND UNUSUALLY SHORT AND GENERAL. ONLY ABOUT 100 WORDS. WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE WAS ASKED ABOUT THESE GLARING OMISSIONS, MULTIPLE OFFICIALS IN THE NEW ADMINISTRATION, AT THE WHITE HOUSE, MERELY CONFIRMED, QUOTE, THE STATEMENT WAS NO MISTAKE. THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT CHOSE NOT TO EXPLICITLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEATHS OF SIX MILLION JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. THIS IS ATYPICAL OF ANY FORMER PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY. MOREOVER, THE TRUMP STATEMENT IMPLIES THAT THE RECOGNITION OF THE DEATH OF JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST WOULD COME AT THE EXCLUSION OF OTHER GROUPS. THE TONE OF THOSE REMARKS TAKE THE READER IN THE DIRECTION OF DENYING THE SUFFERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. FOR THE PRESIDENT NOT TO MENTION JEWS IS A TERRIBLE OMEN. SO LET US GO THROUGH SOME HISTORY. THE TERM HOLOCAUST ARISING FROM WORLD WAR II HAS COME TO MEAN ANNIHILATION OF JEWISH PERSONS. FROM 1933 TO 1945, THOSE JEWISH SOULS WHO PERISHED IN EUROPE TOTALED AT LEAST SIX MILLION HUMAN BEINGS. BETWEEN 2.7 MILLION AND THREE MILLION JEWS WERE MURDERED IN NAZI-RUN DEATH CAMPS. IN THE U.S. -- USSR, 1,340,000 JEWISH DEATHS WERE ORDERED BY JOSEF STALIN. AT LEAST 1.5 MILLION OF THE VICTIMS FORCIBLY KILLED BY HITLER AND STALIN WERE CHILDREN . CUMULATIVELY, THIS CARNAGE REPRESENTED ABOUT 2/3 OF THE NINE MILLION JEWS WHO HAD RESIDED IN CENTRAL EUROPE. BY WAY OF EXPLANATION, FOR THE EIGHT MILLION CHRISTIANS AND OTHERS WHO WERE ALSO MURDERED, THE TERM GENERALLY USED TO DESCRIBE THEIR CARNAGE IS MARTYRDOM. AS AN EXAMPLE IN POLAND, THREE MILLION CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN POLES WERE MARTYRED BY NAZI AND SOVIET KILLING MACHINE. THE HOLOCAUST ALSO INCLUDED STALIN'S MASS EXECUTIONS AND FORCED STARVATION AND RELOCATION OF SOVIET PRISONERS OF WAR TO FIGHT IN PLACES LIKE -- IN HORRENDOUS PLACES LIKE THE BATTLE AFTER BEING MARCHED THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST, MANY OF THEM BURIED IN TEHRAN. STALIN ALSO PERPETRATED A MASSIVE POSTWAR ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS CLEANSING OF JEWS AND NONJEWS. -- NON-JEWS. AS HITLER AND STALIN FOUGHT FOR CONTROL OF THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT, OVER 14 MILLION INNOCENT PEOPLE, THESE AREN'T SOLDIERS, I'M TALKING -- SOLDIERS I'M TALKING ABOUT, THAT WAS IN ADDITION TO THE 14 MILLION, WOMEN, CHILDREN, MEN WHO WERE CIVILIANS DIED. IN THEIR VASTLY EVIL PLUNDER. MILLIONS OF EASTERN EUROPEANS WERE TRAPPED BETWEEN THE TWO MOST MURDEROUS REGIMES IN NOT ONLY EUROPEAN HISTORY BUT HUMAN HISTORY. NAZI GERMANY AND COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION. AS AN ASIDE, I FOUND IT CHILLING THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TOP ADVISOR, STEVE BANNON, IN ANDREAS TO THE VATICAN IN 2014 -- IN AN ADDRESS TO THE VATICAN IN 2014 REFERENCED THE NAME OF JULIUS EVOLA AND HIS MURDEROUS MOVEMENT. JEWS -- JULIUS EVOLA HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FASCIST RACIST IN I TAMIAN HISTORY, ADMIRED BY THE NAZI S.S., ITS COMMANDER AND MUSSOLINI. NAZI S.S. RIKES FIRER -- FUROR, -- RIKES FUROR, HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HOLOCAUST. HITLER'S MADNESS, OBSESSED OVER CREATING AN ARYAN NATION. JOSEF STALIN'S DEPRAVED DREAM OF CONQUEST KNEW NO BOUNDS. STALIN EVEN CON SCRIPTED JEWS TO LEAD HUNTS TO EXTERMINATE OTHER ETHNIC GROUPS AND THEN KILL THE JEWS WHEN THE MISSION WAS COMPLETED. THE LEVEL OF STALIN'S DEPRAVITY IS DIFFICULT FOR SANE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND. VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITISM AND HATRED DID NOT END WITH THE DEFEAT OF NAZI GERMANY AND THE ULTIMATE COLLAPSE OF THE COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION. WE CAN OBSERVE A RESURGENCE IN CERTAIN PLACES IN EUROPE, AND SADLY EVEN IN ISOLATED INCIDENTS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. HISTORY TELLS US THAT THE RICE RISING ANTI-SEMITIC VIOLENCE IS NOT JUST A THREAT TO CIVIL SOCIETY TODAY, BUT THE FUTURE OF FREE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. . THE RECENT ANTI-SEMITIC TERRORIST INCIDENTS IN PARIS THEY ARE NAZI SYMBOLS APPEARING IN HATEFUL SITUATIONS APPEARING HERE IN OUR OWN BELOVED COUNTRY THAT PEACEFUL PEOPLE STARE DOWN HATE. "BLOODLAND" DOCUMENTS THE SIX MILLION SOULS OF THE HOLOCAUST AND EIGHT MILLION SOULS OF MURDER. THE NAZIS ESTABLISHED KILLING CENTERS AND THESE CENTERS REFERRED TO AS EX TERMATION CAMPS WERE DEATH FACTORIES. GERMANS AND POLICE MURDERED 2.7 MILLION JEWS IN THESE KILLING CENTERS BY POISON GAS OR BY SHOOTING. FOR THE NONE-JEWISH POPULATION OF EUROPE, THESE INCLUDED ROMAS, SOVIET PRISONERS OF WAR AND UKRANIAN AND FAMINE VICTIMS, THE DISABLED, THE LGBTQ COMMUNITIES. AND THERE WERE CRIMES AGAINST ENTIRE NATIONS AS POLAND AND BELARUS. POLAND LOST 20% OF ITS ENTIRE POPULATION WITH SIX MILLION KILLED IN THE WAR. BELARUS LOST 25% OF ITS POPULATION. IN POLAND, OPPOSERS WERE I NILE ATED. AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS SUPPRESSED FOR NEARLY A FIFTH OF ALL PRIESTS, OVER 3,000 WERE KILLED BETWEEN 1939 AND 1945, MOST IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS. FROM 1932 TO 1932, STALIN ENGULFED UKRAINE AND THE HEAVIEST LOSSES WERE IN UKRAINE. AND STALIN WAS DETERMINED TO CRUSH ALL EVIDENCE OF UKRANIAN PRIDE ANDS WITH POLE AND'S LEADERSHIP IT WAS DEVASTATED BY A PURGE. MILLIONS OF PEASANTS WERE CONDEMNED TO DEATH BY STARVATION. TROOPS AND SECRET POLICE WAGED A WAR AGAINST PEASANTS WHO REFUSED TO GIVE UP THEIR GRAIN. ANY MAN OR WOMAN OR CHILD WERE EXECUTED OR DEPORTED TO WORK CAMPS. STALIN'S SYSTEM OF BRUTAL SECRET POLICE FORCE, THE COMMUNIST RUN PRODUCTION AND AFTER A LONG SEARCH I CAN GIVE TESTIMONY THAT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN UKRAINE THAT MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS WERE MARRIED HAD A DARK SECRET. AND KILLED 168 PEOPLE IN ITS BASEMENT AS STALIN'S TRUCKS DROVE THE INNOCENTS TO THEIR DEATH. HISTORIANS CONTINUE TO SEEK TRUTHS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. THEIR RESEARCH INCLUDES INFORMATION FROM THE ARCHIVES.

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    MY GRANDMOTHER WELCOMED HER BEFORE AND AFTER CHURCH AND TELLING HER TO…

    MY GRANDMOTHER WELCOMED HER BEFORE AND AFTER CHURCH AND TELLING HER TO CHANGE INTO HER CHURCH SHOES THERE BEFORE ATTENDING MASS AND AFTER HER FIVE-MILE HIKE TO HER VILLAGE AND THE JEWISH STORE KEEPER WOULD GIVE HER A PIECE OF CANDY. I'M GRATEFUL FOR OUR MEMBERS BECAUSE WE ARE THE BEERER OF LIBERTY'S TORCH AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY TO BE HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I YIELD YOU SO MUCH TIME AS YOU MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:34:42 PM

    MR. CROWLEY

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO HAVE THIS SPECIAL ORDER AND SPEAK ON AN ISSUE ON SUCH MAGNITUDE AND OF IMPORTANCE. WE AS A PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, IMPORTANT TO THE WORLD THAT WE NEVER FORGET WHAT TOOK PLACE, THE HORROR, THE UTTER DESTRUCTION OF HUMANKIND DURING THE HOLOCAUST, BUT IN PARTICULAR, THE FOCUS OF THAT DESTRUCTION UPON THE JEWISH RACE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AS WELL. IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING A RISE, QUITE FRANKLY, OF ANTI-SEMITISM NOT ONLY AROUND THE WORLD BUT RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. IT TAKES DIFFERENT FORMS AND IN DIFFERENT PLACES, BUT IN THE END IT TARGETS AND HURTS ONE OF THE HISTORICALLY MOST VULNERABLE GROUPS IN OUR WORLD, THE JEWISH PEOPLE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CONCERNING TO ME IS THE MINIMIZING OF THE SUFFERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE DURING THE HOLOCAUST. FRANKLY, IT IS OUTRIGHT DISTURBING -- I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS JUSTICE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE HOME OF OUR PRESIDENT, OUR PRESIDENT, OUR PRESENT ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTING THE SAME COUNTRY THAT DEFEATED NAZI GERMANY, THE SAME COUNTRY THAT BORE THE GREATEST GENERATION, THE SAME COUNTRY THAT LED THE FIGHT OF ANTI-SEVMENTISM WORLD RIDE -- SEMITISM WORLDWIDE. OUR COUNTRY, THE SAME WHITE HOUSE THAT I REFER TO, DELIBERATELY REFUSED TO MENTION THAT THE HOLOCAUST WAS DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF THE FINAL SOLUTION. THE FINAL SOLUTION TO OBLITERATE, TO ELIMINATE THE JEWISH PEOPLE OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. GENTLEMEN, MANY PEOPLE DIED IN THE HOLOCAUST, AS THE GENTLELADY MADE REFERENCE TO SO ELOQUENTLY, DISTURBINGLY, BUT SO ELOQUENTLY, OF THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED. WE KNOW OF THE HISTORY. NO RACE OR RELIGION WAS DESIGNATED FOR ELIMINATION LIKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE. THE FINAL SOLUTION WAS ABOUT RIDDING THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. THAT'S SIMPLE. AND IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT THIS MOMENT DOES NOT PASS, DOES NOT PASS WITHOUT SOME CLARITY. AND WHAT IS CLEAR THAT THE WHITE HOUSE PURPOSEFULLY REMOVED REFERENCE -- THEY ARE PROUD OF IT, THEY DOUBLED DOWN, THEY TRIPLED DOWN AND REMOVED REFERENCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT FEEDS THE EXTREMIST. AND LET'S FACE IT, THEY HE WELCOMED THIS STATEMENT. THEY WELCOME IT AND GLORIFY. NOT JUST THEORETICALLY, BUT LITERALLY, LITERALLY WHITE SUPREMACISTS HAVE WELCOMED THE WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO LEAD ANY MENTIONING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. AND SECONDLY, IT MATTERS BECAUSE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY, EITHER DON'T KNOW THAT THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED OR DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED. NOT JUST THEORETICALLY, BUT LITERALLY, DON'T BELIEVE THAT THE HOLOCAUST TOOK PLACE. LITERALLY, A 214 GLOBAL SURVEY OF ANTI-SEMITIC ATTITUDES FOUND THAT 35% OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST. MAYBE YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT AN ADDITIONAL 32%, MORE IMPORTANTLY, BELIEVE IT IS A MYTH OR GREATLY EXAGGERATED. THIRDLY, IT MATTERS BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS -- I KNOW THEM -- AND THEIR DENS END ANTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND THE ACTIONS BEHIND THE STATEMENT WERE JUST DOWNRIGHT CRUEL AND INHUMANE TO THEM. NOT JUST THEORETICALLY, BUT LITERALLY CRUEL AND INHUMANE. LITERALLY GROUPS THAT ARE DEDICATED TO THIS ISSUE ARE DEEPLY, DEPPLY DISTURBED. THE ANNE FRANK CENTER AND OTHERS HAVE RAISED THEIR VOICES. AND THIS ISN'T JUST COMING FROM DEMOCRATS. THERE ARE A RANGE OF REPUBLICAN GROUPS THAT HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR ANGER AT THE WHITE HOUSE'S POSITION ON THE HOLOCAUST. BUT ONE ENTITY WILL COME BACK TO THIS HOUSE FOR THE MOMENT. THE WHITE HOUSE HASN'T SEEMED TO HEARD THEIR OUTCRY. BUT THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO AND I, THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, WE HAVE HEARD. WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IS WRONG. SIMPLY WRONG. YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD CORRECT THE SITUATION. IN FACT, TODAY, HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONDEMN ANTI-SEMITISM AT HIS PRESS CONFERENCE WITH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU. AND WHEN HE WAS ASKED ON THE VERY SUBJECT, HE USED THE OPPORTUNITY NOT TO CLARIFY HIS POSITION, BUT TO MAKE REFERENCE TO HOW GREAT HIS ELECTION VICTORY WAS. AND WATCHING THAT PRESS CONFERENCE, AS DISTURBED AS I WAS FROM THE ANSWER FROM OUR PRESIDENT, I WAS MORE THAN A BIT DISAPPOINTED, QUITE FRANKLY, BY PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU CHALLENGES ON THAT. I WISH PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU WOULD HAVE ASKED PRESIDENT TRUMP TO CHANGE HIS STATEMENT, NOT TO WHITEWASH BUT CHANGE HIS STATEMENT. AND I STILL HOPE THAT THE PRIME MINISTER DOES THAT IN THE TIME THAT HE'S HERE. THIS SPECIAL ORDER WILL HELP US TO SEND THE RECORD STRAIGHT. BUT TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. BUT I ASK THIS QUESTION, WHERE ARE OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THIS ISSUE? DO YOU HEAR THAT? SILENCE. WE HAVE GIVEN THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE HAS DONE. AND OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES REFUSE TO CRITICIZE THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE OMISSION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE HOLOCAUST RESOLUTION. COUPLE IMAGINE FOR A MOMENT WHAT THE OUTCRY WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD PRESIDENT OBAMA ACCIDENTALLY OMITTED THIS? PUTTING ASIDE PURPOSEFULLY OMITTING IT. THE OUT CRY, IF HE HAD ACCIDENTALLY OMITTED THE MENTIONING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN HIS STATEMENT. HE NEVER DID THAT, THOUGH. NOR DID PRESIDENT BUSH, AS THE GENTLELADY POINTED OUT. THIS WAS NO MISTAKE. IT WAS WILLFUL, WILLFUL OMISSION, AND YET, STILL, NOTHING FROM OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO KNOWS THAT I HAVE OFFERED A RESOLUTION AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ASK OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US ON THAT RESOLUTION ASKING THE WHITE HOUSE TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT AND TO INCLUDE THE MENTIONING OF A FINAL SOLUTION AND THE ATTEMPT BY THE NAZI REGIME TO ELIMINATE THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH, WHO WILL USE EVERY LEGISLATIVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE NIMPLE POSSIBLE TO DO THAT, WHETHER IT'S A MOTION TO DISCHARGE. I'M PUTTING MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON NOTICE, BECAUSE THEY MUST RAISE THEIR VOICES FOR WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THIS WHITE HOUSE, WHETHER IT'S STEVE BANNON AND THOSE WHO WORK WITHIN THE DEEP CELLAR OF THE WHITE HOUSE WHO CAME UP WITH THIS RESOLUTION TO PURPOSEFULLY MENTION THE JEWISH PEOPLE. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL ET THEY ARE HAD TO ANSWER FOR THE WHITE HOUSE OR CONDEMN IT. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. SO I THANK THE GENTLELADY ONCE AGAIN, FROM OHIO, FOR BRINGING US TOGETHER. . WE WILL CONTINUE TO RAISE THIS QUESTION UNTIL THE WHITE HOUSE COMES TO ITS SENSES AND SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT. AND NO LONGER CONTINUES TO ENABLE HOLOCAUST DENIERS. I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING.

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  • 07:46:02 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY, I'M SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR…

    CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY, I'M SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR ELOQUENT REMARKS THIS EVENING. REPRESENTING ONE OF THE MAJOR CITIES IN OUR COUNTRY, WHERE JEWISH LEADERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE HAVE HELPED ELEVATE AMERICA. I KNOW HOW PROUD THEY ARE OF YOU AND WHAT YOU'RE ATTEMPTING TO DO. I HOPE EVERY ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES, ALL 435, SIGN ON TO YOUR RESOLUTION. IT IS MOST WORTHY. AND THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING. I WANTED TO JUST TELL A STORY. THE REGION THAT I REPRESENT, THIS PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD WAS CUT OUT OF MY DISTRICT, A NAZI SWASTIKA WAS PAINTED ON THE DOOR RECENTLY, A GARAGE DOOR OF THE HOME OF A MUSLIM FAMILY. IT WAS REALLY REPUGNANT. AND VERY CRUEL. BUT WHAT HAPPENED IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHAT DID THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO? ONE NEIGHBOR CAME OVER WITH A BOTTLE OF RED PAINT AND SHE MADE A BIG HEART OVER THE SWASTIKA. THEN THE CONDUCTOR OF THE SYMPHONY CAME AND MUSICIANS CAME AND THEY PLAYED "ODE TO JOY" TO THE FAMILY. AND OTHER FRIENDS CAME AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -- AND I LOVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE -- BECAUSE DEEP IN THEIR HEARTS THEY LIVE THE VALUES OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. AND THE GARAGE DOOR ITSELF WAS REPLACED BY THE TOLEDO OVERHEAD DOOR COMPANY. THEY GAVE THE FAMILY A NEW DOOR FOR FREE. I'M JUST SO PROUD OF THEM. I'M JUST SO PROUD OF THEM. AND OUR COMMUNITIES DON'T HAVE TO BEAR THIS SADNESS OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND OF DEGRADATION BY THOSE WHO REALLY DON'T GET WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS MADE OF. AND I KNOW THAT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT ON THE HOLOCAUST FALLS FAR SHORT OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO PROPERLY RECOGNIZE AND RECORD HISTORY ACCURATELY. THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE HAS THE MEANS TO HIRE APPROPRIATE STAFF TO PREPARE THOUGHTFUL, CAREFULLY RESEARCHED STATEMENTS. AND THEIR 2017 STATEMENT IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH HISTORY. HISTORY TEACHES US THAT WHEREVER ANTI-SEMITISM HAS GONE UNCHECKED, THE PERSECUTION OF OTHERS HAS BEEN PRESENT OR NOT FAR BEHIND. PRESENTING HISTORICAL TRUTH AND DEFEATING ANTI-SEMITISM MUST BE A CAUSE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, NOT ONLY FOR JEWS, BUT ALSO FOR US. FOR PEOPLE WHO VALUE LIBERTY, TRUTH, FREE EXPRESSION OF RELIGION, JUSTICE FOR ALL. I KNOW THAT IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I WANTED TO THANK MR. BRENDAN BOYLE ALSO FOR COMING TO THE FLOOR THIS EVENING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF OUR SPECIAL ORDER THIS EVENING. AND IF THERE IS ANY REMAINING TIME, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO READ A COUPLE OF THE SENTENCES OF CONGRESSMAN BOYLE'S REMARKS, BECAUSE THEY'RE SOIN CREDIBLE. AND HE TALK -- BECAUSE THEY'RE SOIN CREDIBLE. -- BECAUSE THEY'RE SO INCREDIBLE. AND HE TALKS ABOUT DEBORAH LIDSTAT. SHE WROTE AN IMPORTANT ARTICLE IN "THE ATLANTIC" ENTITLED, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S FLIRTATION WITH HOLOCAUST DID YOU KNEEL -- DENIAL. AND SHE -- HE TALKS ABOUT HARD CORE HOLOCAUST DENIAL AND IN THIS IN -- IN THIS TYPE OF RHETORIC, PEOPLE ARGUE THE HOLOCAUST DID NOT OCCUR, THERE WAS NO PLAN TO DESTROY THE JEWISH PEOPLE BASED SOLELY ON THEIR RELIGION AND THIS TYPE OF HATE SPEECH HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN ESPOUSED BY THOSE WHO SEEK TO DE-LEGITIMATIZE THE SUFFERING OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE SINCE THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN. BUT HE TALKED ABOUT A MORIN SIDIOUS FORM OF DENIAL -- MORE INSIDIOUS FORM OF DENIAL IN RHETORIC THAT HAS CREPT INTO OUR NATIONAL DISCUSSION. HE TERMS THIS SOFTCORE HOLOCAUST DENIAL. AND THIS FORM OF DENIAL ARGUES HAS DIFFERENT TACKITIES -- TACTICS. IT MINIMIZES THE FACTS, ARGUING THE JEWS USE THE HOLOCAUST TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM CRITICISM OF ISRAEL AND SOFTCORE DENIAL ALSO INCLUDES HOLOCAUST MINIMIZATION AS WHEN SOMEONE SUGGESTS IT WAS NOT SO BAD. SOFTCORE DENIAL THEN IS POTENTIALLY MORIN SIDIOUS -- MORE INSIDIOUS THAN OUR TRADITIONAL FORM OF DENIAL. SUGGESTING THAT WHILE THE HOLOCAUST MAY HAVE OCCURRED, IT WAS NOT JUST ABOUT THE JEWS PER SE. SO I WISH TO HAVE HIS VERY EXCELLENT STATEMENT PLACED IN THE RECORD AS WELL. AND I APPRECIATE THOSE LISTENING THIS EVENING AND AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE THIS PRIVILEGE OF ENTERING INTO THE RECORD MATERIALS WE BELIEVE IMPORTANT TO OUR REPUBLIC, BUT TO FREE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:50:47 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

  • 07:50:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THANK YOU, MA'AM.…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THANK YOU, MA'AM. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. RYAN, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 07:51:00 PM

    MR. RYAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AND JUST WANT TO SAY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AND JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM OHIO, MS. KAPTUR, FOR HER GREAT WORDS AND CONGRESSMAN CROWLEY, WHO WAS HERE A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, FOR HIS GOOD WORDS AS WELL. I'M STARTING TONIGHT A SEGMENT THAT I AM CALLING AMERICA 2.0. I THINK WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF OBVIOUSLY SOME CHAOS IN THE UNITED STATES. IN WASHINGTON, D.C., AND IN SO MANY COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT FEEL WE ARE DISORIENTED WITH OUR POLITICS, DISCONNECTED FROM OUR POLITICS. THAT WE ARE DISORIENTED AROUND THE IDEA OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR ECONOMY, GLOBALIZATION, AUTOMATION, ALL OF THESE THINGS HAVE DRAMATICALLY AFFECTED THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. AND AMERICAN WAGES. AND STANDARD OF LIVING. WE HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN, MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 20 YEARS, A HUGE DECLINE, A SUCKING OUT OF MIDDLE CLASS WAGES, THAT HAVE WENT PRIMARILY TO THE TOP 1%. I'M NOT HERE TO BASH RICH PEOPLE. I'M NOT HERE TO MAKE ANY ENEMIES. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AND INSTRUCTIVE FOR US TO LOOK AT WHERE WE WERE AND WHERE WE ARE NOW. AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHERE WE WERE IN 1980, OF ALL THE INCOME GROWTH IN THE NATION IN 1980, 70% OF ALL INCOME GROWTH WENT TO THE BOTTOM 90% OF AMERICANS. BUT WE HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT INCOME GROWTH AND 70% OF IT WENT TO THE BOTTOM. 90%, 30% WENT TO THE TOP 10%. THE WEALTHY WERE GETTING MORE, BUT THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS, THE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS, THE BOTTOM 90% SAW 70% OF THE GAINS. FAST FORWARD FROM THE EARLY 1990'S UNTIL JUST RECENTLY, JUST A FEW YEARS BACK, THE BOTTOM 90%, MR. SPEAKER, GOT 0% OF THE INCOME GROWTH THAT HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES. 0%. SO THE ECONOMY IN 1980 FOR AVERAGE FAMILIES IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO, OR INSTRUCTERS, OHIO, OR AKRON, OHIO, SAW THAT HARD WORK PAID OFF. THAT YOU WORKED HARD, YOU PLAYED BY THE RULES, YOU DID WHAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO DO, AND IF YOU WERE IN THE BOTTOM 90%, YOU SAW SOME INCOME GAIN. FAIR ENOUGH. WHERE THE ANXIETY HAS COME IN NOW IS THAT PEOPLE ARE WORKING HARDER, THEY'RE WORKING LONGER HOURS, AND THEY'RE NOT SEEING ANY GROWTH IN THEIR INCOMES. WE HAVE TEACHERS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS THAT HAVE NOT SEEN A COST OF LIVING RAISE IN NINE YEARS. NINE YEARS. POLICE AND FIRE, PEOPLE WHO CUT HAIR, PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITRESSES, PEOPLE WHO TAKE SHOWERS AFTER WORK INSTEAD OF BEFORE WORK, THOSE PEOPLE AREN'T GETTING AHEAD. AND THE COST OF EVERYTHING IS GOING UP. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. EROSION OF OUR MANUFACTURING BASE AND GLOBALIZATION AND AUTOMATION. I WAS JUST LOOKING AT AN ARTICLE EARLIER ABOUT A NEW AMAZON PROJECT, I THINK IT'S CALLED AMAZON-GO, WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO INTO A GROCERY STORE, HOW COOL IS THIS, YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO INTO A GROCERY STORE AND SHOP, PICK OUT WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WANT AT THE GROCERY STORE, AND WALK OUT . AND EVERYTHING GETS RUNG UP AND YOU GET BILLED. YOU PAY YOUR BILL. HERE WE ARE IN 2017, THAT'S PRETTY COOL STUFF. THE DOWNSIDE OF THAT IS THERE ARE 2.7 MILLION WORKERS WHO WORK AT GROCERY STORES, AND WHERE I COME FROM, SOME OF THOSE GROCERY STORES ARE ACTUALLY UNIONIZED, WHERE THE PERSON AT THE COUNTER ACTUALLY MAKES A PRETTY GOOD WAGE AND HAS A PENSION AND HAS A DECENT HEALTH CARE PLAN, STANDING ON THEIR FEET ALL DAY LONG. PROBABLY NOT THE EASIEST LINE OF WORK TO BE IN. BUT PEOPLE GO THERE AND THEY WORK HARD. THOSE JOBS ARE GOING TO BE GONE. WE HEAR ALL THIS TECHNOLOGY ABOUT DRIVERLESS CARS AND DRIVERLESS TRUCKS AND YOUNGSTOWN'S NOT TOO FAR FROM PITTSBURGH AND FORD JUST COMMITTED $1 BILLION TO PITTSBURGH TO ADVANCE DRIVERLESS VEHICLES. UBER'S IN PITTSBURGH TALKING ABOUT INVESTING IN THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR DRIVERLESS VEHICLES. IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT. THE DOWN SIDE IS IN ABOUT 25, 26, 27 STATES, THE NUMBER ONE JOB IS DRIVING A TRUCK. THE DRIVING A TRUCK. -- IT'S DRIVING A TRUCK. PRETTY COOL THAT MY SON, WHO IS GOING TO BE 3 IN JUNE, HE MAY NEVER HAVE TO DRIVE A CAR. AND AS A PARENT WHO ALSO HAS A 13-YEAR-OLD AND 14-YEAR-OLD AT HOME, AND TALKING ABOUT WHEN THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE KEYS TO THE CAR, I KIND OF LIKE THE IDEA OF A DRIVERLESS CAR. KIND OF LIKE THAT. AT THAT POINT IT WOULD BE PRETTY IS SAFE. -- PRETTY SAFE. BUT WE HAVE THE DOWN SIDE TO THAT. WHICH IS THE LOSS OF ALL THE THESE JOBS. -- OF ALL OF THESE JOBS. SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS A COUNTRY, AS A DYNAMIC COUNTRY, AS A WEALTHY COUNTRY, AS A CREATIVE COUNTRY, IS WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S AMERICA 2.0? BECAUSE THIS ISN'T YOUR DAD'S OR YOUR GRANDFATHER'S AMERICA. THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S AMERICA OR EVEN YOUR MOTHER'S AMERICA. THINGS ARE ACCELERATING SO QUICKLY THAT AS A LEGISLATIVE BODY THAT WAS DESIGNED TO BE SLOW, AND THOSE OF US OPERATING IN A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT WAS DESIGNED TO SLOW THINGS DOWN, WE DIDN'T WANT A CONCENTRATION OF POWER, WHERE A KING RULED. WE TOOK THAT AND WE DIVIDED THE POWER UP INTO A LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, AND THEN DIVIDED THAT UP BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE, AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH, EXECUTIVE HAS SOME POWERS. THEY'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER AND IF THEY'VE GOT A PROBLEM, WE'VE GOT A JUDICIAL BRANCH THAT'S GOING TO REFERENCE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COUNTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON IS ABIDING BY THE BASIC VALUES IN WHICH WE STARTED THE HE COUNTRY -- STARTED THE COUNTRY. PRETTY COOL SYSTEM. ELECTIONS EVERY TWO YEARS. REPLENISH THE IDEAS IN THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, EVERY FOUR YEARS IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, SO WE CAN TRY TO GET SOME NEW IDEAS. BUT THE SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO BE SLOW. SO HERE WE ARE WORKING WITHIN A SYSTEM THAT'S DESIGNED TO BE SLOW, WITH AN ECONOMY THAT'S GOING 150 MILES PER HOUR DOWN THE HIGHWAY. WHICH MEANS THE LEGISLATORS AND THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNORS AND THE PEOPLE TO ELECTED OFFICE, WE BETTER GET OUR ACT TOGETHER. WE BETTER FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE THINGS WORK. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE OWE OUR CONSTITUENTS. THAT'S WHAT WE OWE THAT FAMILY WHO FOR 30 YEARS HASN'T SEEN A RAISE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY WANT TO SEND THEIR KID TO COLLEGE. YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY WANT TO HAVE A JOB. THEY WANT TO HAVE A PENSION. THEY WANT TO HAVE A SECURE RETIREMENT. AND THEY WANT THEIR KID TO HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITY THAN THEY HAD. AND THEY'RE NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO MOAN, THEY'RE GOING TO PUT THEIR BOOTS ON, THEY'RE GOING TO GO TO WORK. IT'S OUR JOB TO HELP CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN GO AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. . GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES. GOT TO GO TO WORK. GOT TO PUT THE TIME IN. NOT GOING TO BE EASY, ESPECIALLY IN THIS ECONOMY. GOING TO BE TOUGH. SEEMS LIKE IT'S GOING TO GET HARDER. BUT WITH ALL OF THIS AUTOMATION COMING DOWN THE PIKE, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO AS A COUNTRY? WITH ALL OF THESE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT THAT ARE 50-YEAR-OLD MEN WHO USED TO WORK IN A STEEL MILL, NOW IT'S CLOSED, USED TO WORK IN AN AUTO PLANT THAT USED TO HAVE 16,000 PEOPLE WORKING THERE AND NOW IT'S DOWN TO 3,000. OR THE SUPPLIER TO THAT AUTO PLANT USED TO BE 13,000 PEOPLE, NOW IT'S ONE. SO WE CAN SAY, YEAH, PULL YOURSELF UP BY OUR BOOT STRAPS, WORK HARD. BUT THE JOBS AREN'T THERE. THEY'RE NOT THERE ANYMORE. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO HERE IN 2017, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET OUR PRESIDENT WITH HIS GOOD BRAIN THAT HE HAS TO SIT DOWN WITH US AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. SO AMERICA 2.0 IS WHAT'S THE NEXT VERSION OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY? WHAT'S THE NEXT VERSION. TO WHERE -- SO WHERE MY GRANDFATHER COULD BE A STEELWORKER AND A COUPLE OF GENERATIONS LATER, HIS GRANDKIDS ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, AND CONGRESSMEN. THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT THESE JOBS WE HAVE. THAT'S WHY THEY SHOULDN'T BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. THAT'S WHY INSTEAD OF TWEETING ABOUT SOME SHOW OR SOME FAMILY BUSINESS, YOU SHOULD BE FOCUSED LIKE A LASER BEAM ON HOW WE FIX THESE PROBLEMS. BECAUSE IF YOU'RE NOT, YOU'RE NOT DOING WHAT YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO DO. SO AMERICA 2.0 IS A SERIES OF IDEAS THAT I WILL SHARE, A FEW TONIGHT, A FEW OVER TIME, ON WHAT I THINK WE NEED TO DO. AND WE HAVE A NEAR TERM PROBLEM, MID TERM, AND LONG TERM. SOME OF WHAT I MENTIONED. AND THE NEAR TERM PROBLEM IS WAGES, JOBS, WORK FORCE PARTICIPATION. WORK FORCE PARTICIPATION RATES OF 63%. STILL TOO LOW. PEOPLE AREN'T JUST -- ARE EMEMPLOYED BUT UNDEREMPLOYED. MAKING LESS TODAY THAN THEY WERE BEFORE THE GREAT CRASH IN 2008, 2009, 2010. SO WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? I KNOW WE'VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT, WE'RE GOING TO RETRAIN YOU, IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT, WE'RE GOING TO GET YOU THIS JOB, YOU'RE GOING TO BE TRAINED UP, READY TO TAKE IT. WHAT JOB? WE NEED TO CREATE JOBS. AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS WE NEED TO REBUILD THE COUNTRY. SO LET'S MAKE THE INVESTMENT TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK BY REBUILDING THE COUNTRY. WE NEED WATER LINE, WE NEED NEW SEWER LINES, WE HAVE LEAD IN OUR PIPES THAT PEOPLE ARE DRINKING. WE HAVE OLD, DILAPIDATED HOMES ALL OVER OLDER COMMUNITIES THAT NEED TAKEN DOWN, EVEN IF WE'RE GOING TO PUT UP JUST PARKS AND GREEN SPACE. TAKE THOSE DOWN. THOSE ARE ALL JOBS THAT COULD BE CREATED. WE NEED ROADS AND NEW BRIDGES. MOST BRIDGES ARE DEFICIENT IN THE UNITED STATES. A GOOD MANY OF THEM NEED REBUILT. AND WE NEED STEEL IN THOSE BRIDGES. AND WE NEED CONCRETE. SO LET'S DO A BIG JOBS BILL WHERE WE REBUILD THE COUNTRY, NOT MAKING STUFF UP, WE'VE GOT TO DO THIS. LET'S BUT BUY -- LET'S PUT BUY AMERICAN PROVISIONS IN THERE SO WE PUT THE AMERICAN STEELWORKER BACK TO WORK AND THE PEOPLE THAT WORK AT THE CONCRETE PLANTS IN AMERICA GET THE MONEY NEE. GET THE CONTRACT. AND THOSE PRIVATE BUSINESSES WHO DO THE ROADS AND BRIDGES AND ALL THE REST, LET'S MAKE SURE IT'S DAVIS-BACON, IT'S A PREVAILING WAGE SO OUR FRIENDS WHO WORK SO HARD AND ARE SO SKILLED IN THE UNIONS ARE ABLE TO GET THAT WORK BECAUSE THEY GOT A GOOD PENSION A GOOD WAGE A GOOD RETIREMENT PLAN, GOOD HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. AND THEY'RE THE MOST SKILLED WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY. LET'S MAKE SURE THEY GET THE WORK. SO WE'RE ACTUALLY LIFTING PEOPLE UP. GET PEOPLE IN THESE UNIONS. SO THAT MORE PEOPLE CAN EARN A GOOD WAGE. HAVE A SECURE RETIREMENT. AND A LITTLE BIT LESS ANXIETY. SO ROADS, BRIDGES, PIPES, RIGHT. AIRPORTS. PORTS ON THE OCEAN. REBUILD THEM. THIS IS NOBODY'S FAULT. THE COUNTRY IS GETTING OLDER, A LOT OF THIS STUFF WAS DONE 50, 60, 70 YEARS AGO. TIME TO REINVEST. TIME TO PUT A NEW ROOF ON THE HOUSE. WE'LL PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. FOR EVERY $1 BILLION WE SPEND ON INFRASTRUCTURE, WE PUT ABOUT 27,000 PEOPLE TO WORK. SO IF WE HAVE A $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN, AND WE ASK THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY, MAYBE PEOPLE IN THE CAPITAL MARKETS WHO HAVE SEEN A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WAGE GROWTH, WE ASK THEM TO HELP US. PAY FOR IT. SO WE DON'T HAVE TO BORROW THE MONEY AND PUT IT ON THE BACKS OF OUR KIDS. WE'RE PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. USING AMERICAN STEEL, AMERICAN CONCRETE AND AMERICAN UNION WORKERS. AND HAVING MORE PEOPLE JOIN THE UNIONS SO MORE PEOPLE CAN HAVE A SECURE LIVING. AND WE'RE CREATING JOBS. THAT'S STEP ONE. WHAT ALSO NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS IS HOW ARE WE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR SUCCESS IN THE NEXT 10, 20, 30 YEARS? HOW ARE OUR KIDS GOING TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE IN THIS BRIDGE WE'RE CREATING TO THIS NEW ECONOMY. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO IS WE NEED TO WIRE THE COUNTRY. WE NEED TO HAVE THE MOST SOPHISTICATED BROADBAND CAPABILITIES IN EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY. SO THAT EVERY COMMUNITY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE NEW ECONOMY. THAT IS DRIVEN BY A DIGITAL WORLD. WE HAVE COMPANIES, FOR EXAMPLE, YOUNGSTOWN, WHERE WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF BROADBAND IN YOUNGSTOWN. DON'T HAVE A LOT OF PENETRATION. FOR BROADBAND IN YOUNGSTOWN. SO WE HAVE COMPANIES THAT ARE VERY SOPHISTICATED THAT TRY TO GET DEFENSE WORK OR WORK WITH DEFENSE CONTRACTORS, THAT ACTUALLY ARE PUT AT A DISADVANTAGE BECAUSE THEY DON'T, AND WE DON'T HAVE THE BROADBAND CAPABILITY FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THE KIND OF FILES THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD IN ORDER TO GET THE CONTRACTS THEY NEED TO DO THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING WORK. SO NOT HAVING BROADBAND IN YOUR COMMUNITY WOULD BE LIKE NOT HAVING A ROAD GOING IN AND OUT OF YOUR COMMUNITY. OR WATER LINES GOING IN AND OUT OF YOUR COMMUNITY. 50, 60, 70 YEARS AGO. WANT TO START A FACTORY, CREATE JOBS, HOW YOU GOING TO GET THE RAW MATERIALS IN AN THE PRODUCT OUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A ROAD? SAME CONCEPT WITH BROADBAND IN 2017, 2027, 2037, 2047 ECONOMY. SO THIS IS A GREAT INVESTMENT. AND THE WORLD BANK HAS STUDIED THIS. AND THEY HAVE SAID THAT FOR EVERY 10 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE IN BROADBAND PENETRATION EQUALS 1.2% GROWTH IN YOUR G.D.P. SO YOU'RE MAKING THESE INVESTMENTS AND YOU'RE GROWING YOUR ECONOMY AT THE SAME TIME. AND I THINK WE GO TO THESE COAL MINERS WHO HAVE BEEN PUT OUT OF WORK. WE GO TO THE STEELWORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN PUT OUT OF WORK, WE GO TO THE AUTO WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN PUT OUT OF WORK, THROUGH THE DEINDUSTRIALIZATION, GLOBALIZATION AND AUTOMATION, WE SAY, YOU'RE HIRED. YOU'RE GOING TO GET ON THE JOB TRAINING. THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE, WE'RE GOING TO TRAIN YOU FOR SOME JOB THAT MAY OR MAY NOT COME. YOU ARE HIRED. IN AMERICA 2.0. YOU'RE GOING TO WORK. YOU'RE GOING TO LAY BROADBAND. WE NEED TO UPGRADE OUR ENERGY GRID. WE NEED SMARTGRIDS THAT ARE MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE SECURE, LESS BROKEN TO -- LESS PRONE TO TERRORIST ATTACK. MORE EFFICIENT. CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE END USER BETTER SO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY YOU'RE SPENDING WHEN YOU WASH YOUR CLOTHES AND YOU MAY GO OFF HOUR AND WASH THEM AT A DIFFERENT TIME AND SAVE A LITTLE MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY BILL. MONEY IN YOUR POCKET. BECAUSE WE MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS. YOU'RE GOING TO WORK NOW ON THE SMARTGRID. YOU'RE HIRED. IN THIS COUNTRY, AS WEALTHY AS WE ARE, WE'RE GOING TO PAY FOR IT, GOING TO BUILD IT, AND CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. AND WIE GOING TO BE READY TO PLAY BALL IN THE NEW ECONOMY. SO THESE WORKERS THAT WE ARE HIRING THAT MAY BE 50 OR 55 YEARS OLD, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW THEY'RE GOING TO GET THE RETIREMENT, THEY'RE HIRED. THEY'RE HIRED. AND THIS IS NOT -- THIS IS NO MAKE WORK JOB BECAUSE WE FEEL BAD FOR YOU. THIS IS A JOB WE NEED YOU TO HAVE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR COUNTRY FOR YOUR KIDS. FOR YOUR GRANDKIDS. BECAUSE IF WE DON'T MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS, IF WE DON'T MAKE THIS HAPPEN, AMERICA IS GOING TO BE BRINGING UP THE REAR. WE'VE GOT A GREAT DYNAMIC ECONOMY STILL, EVEN WITH THE STAGNATION THAT WE HAVE, WE'VE GOT TO MAKE A FEW KEY INVESTMENTS. AND NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THIS POLARIZED, POLITICAL DISCUSSION THAT IS GETTING US NOWHERE. AND NOBODY IN THIS CHAMBER SUFFERS, EVERYBODY IN THE CHAMBER DRAWS A PAYCHECK. GOT A JOB. YOU KNOW. IT'S THE FAMILY IN YOUNGSTOWN. IT'S THE FAMILY IN GARY, INDIANA. IT'S THE FAMILY IN MILWAUKEE. THAT SUFFERS BECAUSE WE HAVE FAILED TO MAKE THE BASIC INVESTMENTS THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS ALWAYS MADE. ALWAYS. THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, THE INTERCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, LAND GRANT COLLEGES, NASA. THE SPACE PROGRAM. LOOK AT ALL THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT SPUN OUT OF NASA. IN HEALTH, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY. BECAUSE WE SAID WE'RE GOING TO THE MOON AND IT WAS AS MUCH ABOUT GOING TO THE MOON AND AS MUCH ABOUT SPINNING OFF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND SAY, WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO GO TO THE MOON. BECAUSE WE WERE COMMITTED AS A COUNTRY TO DO GREAT THINGS. AND NOW WE'RE COMMITTED TO TWEETING ABOUT SOME NONSENSICAL SHOW THAT'S ON TV OR SOME BACKHANDED COMMENT THAT SOMEBODY GIVES. THERE'S TOO MUCH AT STAKE BECAUSE EVERY TIME WE DO THAT WE FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. ONE OTHER PIECE OF AMERICA 2.0. THE FINAL PIECE OR TWO I'LL SHARE TONIGHT. IS GREEN ENERGY. RESUSCITATING MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES. HOW DO WE DO IT? I KNOW WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, DISCUSSIONS HERE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S NOT HAPPENING. SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'S NOT MANMADE. IT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT TO MAKE THAT 98% OF SCIENTISTS WHO HAVE REVIEWED ALL THE LITERATURE ON THIS SAY IT'S HAPPENING. AND IT IS CAUSED BY MAN. I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT POINT. BUT LET'S SET THAT ASIDE. HOW DO WE HELP PEOPLE WITH THEIR ENERGY BILL AND HOW DO WE RESUSCITATE MANUFACTURING IN THE UNITED STATES? I BELIEVE THAT IF WE MOVE TOWARD A GREEN ECONOMY THAT WE WILL HAVE A RENAISSANCE IN MANUFACTURING. LET ME TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE FOR EVERY WINDMILL THAT WE PUT UP, THERE ARE 8,000 COMPONENT PARTS TO THE WINDMILL. GEAR SHIFTS, HYDRAULICS, STEEL, ALUMINUM, PLASTICS, ALL KINDS OF THINGS. BOLTS. THERE'S A MILE -- A SIDEWALK MILE OF CONCRETE IN A WINDMILL. THESE ARE THINGS WE MAKE IN THIS COUNTRY. THESE ARE THINGS WE MAKE IN NEEVET OHIO. TALK TO PARKER HANAFIN. TALK TO SOME OF THE ENERGY COMPANIES THAT MAKE SOLAR PANELS. THAT STUFF NEEDS MANUFACTURED. WE CAN DO IT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WITH THE SMART ENERGY GRID, BROADBAND, USE RENEWABLE ENERGY TO INCREASE OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. REDUCE CAN OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT IN OUR COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. EXPORT THE TECHNOLOGIES AN THE STUFF WE MAKE. AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. LIKE, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THIS? WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? AND WE HAVE A COUNTRY NOW THAT IS MORE RELIABLE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY THAT'S INCREASING OUR MANUFACTURING BASE, THAT'S PUTTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. TO ME THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE. SO THESE FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING, BECAUSE WE'LL BE MAKING A HECK OF A LOT MORE SOLAR PANELS THAN WE ARE NOW, WE CAN START GETTING THESE SOLAR PANELS UP ON PEOPLE'S HOMES. AND REDUCING THEIR ENERGY COSTS. IF WE DO THE SMART GRID, AND WE DO THE SOLAR PANELS, AND WE START REDUCING PEOPLE'S ENERGY COSTS IN THEIR HOMES, YOU'RE PUTTING MONEY IN THEIR POCKET AND YOU'RE STARTING TO CLOSE THAT GAP A LITTLE BIT. YOU'RE STARTING TO REDUCE THAT ANXIETY A LITTLE BIT. AND YOU'RE STARTING TO GET US IN THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NEW IDEAS THAT ARE GOING TO LEAD TO GROWTH. SO LET'S BUILD OUT THE COUNTRY, LET'S BUILD OUT OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND PORTS, AND AIRPORTS. LET'S EXTEND BROADBAND TO EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY, AND HIRE AMERICANS TO GO DO THAT WORK. LET'S REDO OUR GRID. AND EXTEND IT. SO THAT WE CAN GET THIS RENEWABLE ENERGY ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PUT PEOPLE TO WORK DOING THAT. RECESSTATE OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. AND CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR COUNTRY SO THAT OUR KIDS ARE WIRED, PREPARED AND LIVING IN A COUNTRY THAT'S READY TO LEAD THE WORLD AGAIN. IN SOME OF THE GREAT CHALLENGES THAT FACE US. THAT IS THE OUTLINE OF AMERICA 2.0. IN MY MIND, THAT'S THE DIRECTION WE NEED TO GO IN. AND IT STARTS, MR. SPEAKER, BY GETTING PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. BY US GETTING FOCUSED AND BEING DISCIPLINED AND TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO WORK OUT THE DEALS THAT NEED TO BE WORKED OUT HERE IN ORDER TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE BACK HOME. THAT'S OUR OBLIGATION. BECAUSE THE GENERATIONS BEFORE US, WHERE IT WAS THE INTERCONTINENTAL RAILROAD, THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT, THE EQUALITY MOVEMENT, OR THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY OR THE LAND GRANT COLLEGES OR NASA, THE GENERATIONS THAT CAME BEFORE US GAVE US A PRETTY GOOD WORLD TO GROW UP IN. AND NOW IT'S OUR OBLIGATION TO TAKE THIS TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND CREATE THE NEXT VERSION OF AMERICA. CREATE AMERICA 2.0. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

  • 08:18:54 PM

    MR. RYAN

    MOTION THAT THE HOUSE DO NOW ADJOURN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ADJOURN.

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1299 (After 537 days)
  • Debate609 Hours
  • Special Orders263 Hours
  • Votes204 Hours
  • One Minute Speeches109 Hours
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