The House Will Convene At 10:00 AM Today
House Session - March 29, 2017

The House convened for Morning Hour, when members were permitted to speak on a variety of topics.

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  • 10:00:21 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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  • 10:00:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 29, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH 29, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE CHARLES J. FLEISCHMANN 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

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW…

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTED SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY 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 TENNESSEE, MR. DESJARLAIS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:03:07 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:03:17 AM

    MR. GUTIERREZ

    YESTERDAY IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION, THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN…

    YESTERDAY IN THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION, THE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, ATTEMPTED TO REPRIMAND ME BY REMINDING ME HOUSE RULES PREVENT MEMBERS FROM CASTING ASMERGSES ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- ASPERSIONS ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. WHAT DID I SAY? I SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAD SAID THAT MEXICANS WERE CRIMINALS AND RAPISTS. WELL, AS THE SPORTSCASTERS USED TO SAY, LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE. ALMOST THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF DONALD TRUMP'S MOUTH WHEN HE DESCENDED THE GOLDEN ESCALATORS TO LAUNCH HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WAS THIS. WHEN MEXICO SENDS ITS PEOPLE, THEY ARE SENDING THEIR BEST -- THEY ARE NOT SENDING THEIR BEST. THEY ARE BRINGING DRUGS. THEY ARE BRINGING CRIME. THEY ARE RAPISTS AND SOME I ASSUME ARE GOOD PEOPLE. UNQUOTE. WELL, I LEFT THAT PART ABOUT SOME I ASSUME ARE GOOD PEOPLE, BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAID I WAS NOT FOLLOWING THE HOUSE RULES BECAUSE I WAS CASTING ASPERSIONS ON THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE APPARENTLY I WAS SAYING WHAT THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAD ACTUALLY SAID. IF THAT WAS OFFENSIVE TO THE CHAIRMAN, I AGREE IT IS OFFENSIVE. THAT WAS THE POINT OF MAKING THE SPEECH. SO, IS PREETING THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT -- REPEATING THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT AGAINST HOUSE RULES, IF SO WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE HATEFUL AND UGLY THINGS TO SAY ABOUT OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS? I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD BE BARRED FROM REPEATING THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY ARE HATEFUL AND UGLY WORDS TO SAY ABOUT OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. BECAUSE HE SAID THEM AND HE'S THE PRESIDENT AND I RESPECT THE OFFICE. SO MAYBE IT HAS TO BE SOMETHING ELSE. MAYBE WE CANNOT SAY THINGS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID IS BECAUSE IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO SAY SOME OF THE THINGS HE HAS SAID ABOUT PEOPLE. LIKE THE DEHUMANIZING LANGUAGE HE USES WHEN DESCRIBING WHICH BODY PARTS HE CAN GRAB WOMEN BY EXAMPLE. RATHER SAYING AS I SAID EARLIER GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE, I THINK EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN HAS SEEN THAT VIDEOTAPE. WHEN I HAD DISCUSSED THE PRESIDENT SAYING THESE AWFUL, HURTFUL THINGS ABOUT WHERE HE CAN GRAB WOMEN EITHER HERE ON THE FLOOR OR IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I HAVE HAD TO CLEAN UP THE LANGUAGE SO IT IS SAFE FOR DAYTIME C-SPAN AUDIENCES. SO WHAT IS IT ABOUT REPEATING THE WORDS OF THIS PARTICULAR PRESIDENT IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN FEELS IS A VIOLATION OF THE RULES? MAYBE IT'S THE LYING. I LOOKED THROUGH THE HOUSE RULES AND I DIDN'T SEE ANY SECTION SAID MEMBERS SHALL NOT LIE. THAT WASN'T IN THE HOUSE RULES. BUT CLEARLY REPEATING THINGS THAT THIS PRESIDENT SAID MEANS THAT YOU WILL BE REPEATING LIES. IT JUST GOES WITH THE TERRITORY. THERE WAS THE ORIGINAL LIE AS PRESIDENT. BARELY A FEW HOURS IN OFFICE SAYING HIS CROWD WAS THE LARGEST CROWD IN THE HISTORY OF PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. THEN THERE WAS THE ONE ABOUT THE MUSLIM BAN WHICH THE PRESIDENT SAID WAS A MUSLIM BAN, HIS KEY ADVISOR, THE FORMER MAYOR OF NEW YORK, SAID WAS A MUSLIM BAN. HIS OTHER KEY ADVISOR SAID WAS A MUSLIM BAN, WHICH THE WHITE HOUSE SAID WAS NOT IN FACT A MUSLIM BAN BECAUSE IT DIDN'T BAN ALL MUSLIMS. SEVERAL FEDERAL COURTS HAVE AGREED WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT WHAT HE ORDERED WAS A MUSLIM BAN AND THIS AGREEING WITH THE PRESIDENT SAYING IT WAS NOT A PUS LIMB BAN. WHAT ABOUT WHEN THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT HE SAW AMERICAN MUSLIMS CELEBRATING IN NEW JERSEY ON 9/11? WE KNOW THAT WAS A LIE. OR THAT THREE MILLION ILLEGAL VOTES WERE CAST ON ELECTION DAY CAUSING THE PRESIDENT TO LOSE THE POPULAR VOTE WHICH HE HAD WALKED BACK FROM THE CLAIM ORIGINALLY THAT THREE MILLION UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS HAD VOTED ON ELECTION DAY. IT WAS A LY. THEN THERE WAS THE ILLEGAL WIRETAPPING ORDERED BY THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, OBAMA, ON PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP WHICH CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE A LIE AT THIS POINT. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'M STARTING TO WONDER IF REPEATING A LIE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS TOLD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS AGAINST THE HOUSE RULES, OR MAYBE IT'S ACCUSING THE PRESIDENT OF LYING THAT IS IN THE WORDS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CASTING ASPERSION. BUT LET'S TAKE A LOOK. HERE'S THE DEFINITION OF THE VERB TO LIE FROM WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY. QUOTE, TO MAKE AN UNTRUE STATEMENT WITH THE INTENT TO DECEIVE. QUOTE, TO CREATE A FALSE OR MISLEADING IMPRESSION. BY THOSE DEFINITIONS I WOULD SAY I'M ON PRETTY SOLID GROUND FROM A FACTUAL STANDPOINT THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS TOLD LIES. WATER IS WET, DOGS HAVE FOUR LEGS, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP TELLS LIES. THERE MAY BE EXCEPTIONS, BUT BASICALLY ALL THREE ARE TRUTHFUL STATEMENTS. UNLESS WE'RE ALLOWING -- OUTLAWING THE TRUTH IN CONGRESS, I THINK THAT POINTING OUT LIES BY OUR PRESIDENT IS NOT ONLY WITHIN THE RULES, IT IS OUR MORAL OBLIGATION AND DUTY AS ELECTED LEADERS OF A FREE NATION TO POINT THEM OUT. SO WHEN I'M LEFT TO WONDER WHAT IS IT ABOUT REPEATING THE PRESIDENT'S WORDS THAT SO UPSET THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN? AND I FIGURED IT OUT. IT IS UPSETTING TO REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO HEAR THE WORDS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO DEFEND THEM AS THE LEADER OF THEIR PARTY. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THAT WOULD MAKE ANY HUMAN BEING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.

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  • 10:08:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MEMBERS, ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:08:42 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY THE NATION CELEBRATED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ON SATURDAY THE NATION CELEBRATED MEDAL OF HONOR DAY. THIS RARELY CELEBRATED HOLIDAY WAS DESIGNATED BY CONGRESS IN 1990. BUT ONLY AFTER OFFICIALLY OBSERVED ONCE ON MARCH 25, 1991. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE OUR MOST DECORATED WAR HEROES HONORED LAST FRIDAY DURING A CEREMONY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE MEDAL OF HONOR IS THE HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR OUR NATION CAN BESTOW. AACCORDING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL MED A.F.L. HONOR SOCIETY THERE HAVE WITHIN 3,498 RECIPIENTS AND 75 ARE STILL LIVING TODAY. JUST LAST YEAR I WAS ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF PENNSYLVANIA'S ONLY RECIPIENTS, THE LATE ARMY SPECIALIST, ROSS MCGINNIS. I ASSISTED IN NAMING A POST OFFICE FOR HIM WHO DIED IN DECEMBER, 2006, IN IRAQ. SPECIALIST MCGINNIS WAS A NATIVE SON OF KNOX, PENNSYLVANIA. WHILE IN PATROL IN BAGHDAD, AN UNIDENTIFIED INSURGENT POSITIONED ON A NEARBY ROOF TOP THREW A GRENADE IN A HUMVEE CARRYING HIM. HE THREW HIS BODY ON TOTCHT GRENADE. ABSORBING ALL THE INTERESTINGMENTS OF THE GRENADE AND SAVING THE LIVES OF HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS. HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR BY GEORGE W. BUSH IN 2008 POSTHUMOUSLY. ANOTHER SUCH HERO FOSTER SAYERS, FROM MY HOMETOWN OF HOWARD, PENNSYLVANIA. HE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR ACTS OF BRAVERY NEAR FRANCE ON NOVEMBER 12, 1944. DURING ATTACK ON STRONG HOSTILE FORCES ENTRENCHED ON A HILL, HE RAN UP THE STEEP APPROACH TOWARDS HIS OBJECTIVE AND SET UP A MACHINE GUN 20 YARDS FROM THE ENEMY. REALIZING IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO ATTRACT FULL ATTENTION OF THE ENEMY WHILE HIS COMPANY CROSSED AN OPEN AREA AND FLANKED THE ENEMY, HE PICKED UP THE GUN, CHARGED A MACHINE GUN AND FIRE TO THE VERY EDGE OF THE EMPLACEMENT. HE KILLED 12 GERMAN SOLDIERS WITH DEVASTATING FIRE. HE TOOK UP A POSITION AND ENGAGED THE HOSTILE INFANTRY IN AN ATTEMPT TO DISTRACT THEIR ATTENTION WHILE HIS COMRADES OBTAINED THEIR OBJECTIVE. HIS FEARLESS ASSAULT ENABLED HIS COMPANY TO SWEEP THE HILL WITH MINIMAL CASUALTIES, KILLING OR CAPTURING EVERY ENEMY SORLEDE ON IT. P.C.F. SAYERS'S FIGHTING SPIRIT AND SUPREME DEVOTION TO DUTY LIVE ON AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE HIGHEST CAPTURING EVERY ENEMY TRADITIONS OF THE MILITARY SERVICE FOR WHICH HE WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. ANOTHER HEROIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS PRIVATE FIRST CLASS MELVIN L. BROWN. HE EARNED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS BRAVERY IN THE KOREAN WAR. DURING AN ATTACK ON HIS A PLATOON'S PERIMETER OF DEFENSE, HE TOOK HIS POSITION ON A RETAINING WALL. APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET HIGH. THE ENEMY SUPERIOR IN NUMBERS STARTED CLIMBING THE WALL JUST AS HIS LAND ROUND OF AMMUNITION WAS EXPENDED AND WOUNDED BY ENEMY FIRE. HIS CITATION SAID, I QUOTE, REALIZING ENEMY SUPERIOR IN NUMBERS STARTED CLIMBING THE WALL THE VITAL NECESSARYITY FOR HOLDING AND WITHHOLDING CONCERN FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL SAFETY, THE WOUNDED AND WITHOUT HIS RIFLE, BROWN CONTINUED TO THROW HIS FEW REMAINING HAND GRENADES INTO ENEMY CAUSING SEVERAL CASUALTIES WITH EACH GRENADE. WHEN THEY WERE DEPLETED, HIS COMRADES FROM NEARBY FOXHOLES COMMENCED BY THROWING GRENADES TOWARDS HIS POSITION. ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THE GRENADES WERE THROWN SHORT OF THE POSITION. WHEN THIS WOULD OCCUR, BROWN WOULD LEAVE HIS POSITION AND RETRIEVE THEIR GRENADES, EXPOSING HIMSELF TO ENEMY FIRE AND MACHINE-GUN FIRE, END QUOTE. THE ENEMY CONTINUED TO CLIMB AND BROWN WAS ABLE TO KNOCK 10 TO 12 ENEMY TROOPS FROM THE WALL WHICH SERVED AS AN INSPIRATION TO HIS COMRADES AND DELAYED THE ATTACK, ENABLED HIS PLATOON TO REPEAL THE ENEMY. BROWN WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND THEN DIED DURING THAT ACTION. 7 HEROIC ACTS FOR PENNSYLVANIA DURING TIMES OF CIVIL WAR GO BACK TO -- HEROIC ACTS FOR PENNSYLVANIANS DURING TIMES OF WAR GO BACK TO THE CIVIL WAR. THE MEDAL OF HONOR ESTABLISHED BY JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS 12TH OF JULY 1862 IS AWARDED THE NAME OF -- IN THE NAME OF CONGRESS TO A PERSON, WHILE A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES, DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF BY GALLANTRY AT THE RISK OF HIS LIFE ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS DURING THIS TIME WERE AWARDED THEIR ACTION INVOLVING FLAGS. ONE SUCH RECIPIENT FROM MY HOMETOWN WAS CIVIL WAR CORPORAL ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY. A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF MEDAL OF FRANKLIN HOGAN, A MEMBER OF THE COMPANY A, PENNSYLVANIA 45TH INFANTRY, AND HIS CITATION WAS AWARDED OCTOBER 1, 1864, FOR THE CAPTURE OF THE BATTLE FLAG OF THE SIX VIRGINIA INFANTRY. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE MORE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA'S FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT THIS PROUD NATION. EACH ONE DEMONSTRATED PERSONAL BRAVERY OR SELF-SACRIFICE THAT WARRANTED THIS MERIT. ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION, I SALUTE ALL OF OUR MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:13:49 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:13:59 AM

    MR. HOYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK WAS AN HISTORIC WEEK IN MANY RESPECTS.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK WAS AN HISTORIC WEEK IN MANY RESPECTS. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE INDICATED FOR SIX YEARS THEY WANTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THEY INTRODUCED A BILL WHICH REALLY DID NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT OBJECTIVE, BUT IT DID UNDERMINE VERY SEVERELY THE PROTECTIONS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROVIDED OUR CITIZENS. THAT BILL DID NOT COME TO A VOTE. HAD IT COME TO A VOTE, IT WOULD HAVE LOST VERY SUBSTANTIALLY. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THE PROCLAMATIONS LAST WEEK BY REPUBLICAN LEADERS THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL NOW REMAIN IN PLACE, AS PAUL RYAN, OUR SPEAKER SAID ON FRIDAY, AND I QUOTE, OBAMACARE IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS, INDEED, THE LAW OF THE LAND. . MR. SPEAKER, I RISE, HOWEVER, IN DEEP CONCERN, THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND ALLIES IN CONGRESS WILL TAKE STEPS TO UNDERMINE THE LAW AND WEAKEN IT. TO THE DETRIMENT OF MILLIONS WHO WILL SEE THEIR HEALTH CARE PUT AT RISK. IN OTHER WORDS, IN MY VIEW, THEY MAY WELL TRY TO DO INDIRECTLY WHAT THEY COULD NOT DO DIRECTLY. . LET IT BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE WHITE HOUSE, THE SENATE, AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AS A RESULT, THEY ARE THE GOVERNING PARTY AS A RESULT, THEY ARE THE GOVERNING PARTY AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS ON OUR HEALTH CARE -- TO OUR HEALTH CARE ON THEIR WATCH. EVEN WITHOUT PASSAGE OF A REPEAL BILL, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ACTIONS COULD FUNDAMENTALLY UNDERMINE THE LAW AND THE STABILITY OF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MUST COMMIT TO CONTINUING PAYMENTS FOR COST-SHARING SUBSIDIES. WE MET WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES YESTERDAY TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WAS BEING CREATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION WAS UNDERMINING CONFIDENCE THAT WOULD UNDERMINE THE ABILITY TO PRICE THE PRODUCT. -- PRODUCT THAT AMERICANS NEED, HEALTH CARE INSURANCE. COST SHARING PAYMENTS PAID FOR AND IN THE BILL ARE BEING PUT AT RISK BY A SUIT THAT THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE FILED. THEY OUGHT TO WITHDRAW THAT SUIT . TO GIVE CONFIDENCE TO THE SYSTEM. WE ALL KNOW THAT CONFIDENCE IN MARKETS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO PRESERVING THE AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND ENSURE STABILITY IN HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS. THE INSTABILITY PERPETRATED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S SILENCE ON THIS ISSUE MUST COME TO AN END. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID THE SYSTEM WILL IMPLODE. IT WILL ONLY IMPLODE IF THEY ARE FORCED TO DO SO BY THE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH EXEC AVE -- EXECUTIVE ACTION. INSURER ARE PREPARING TO FILE RATES AS SOON AS NEXT MONTH IN SOME STATES. WITHOUT A CLEAR AND PUBLIC COMMITMENT FROM THE ADMINISTRATION, WE COULD VERY WELL SEE PREMIUMS SPIKE AND INSURERS FLEE. AMERICANS HAVE MADE THEIR OPINION PRETTY CLEAR. THEY SAID, DO NOT DO THAT. DO NOT UNDERMINE THE SYSTEM. ALREADY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS UNDERMINED THAT REQUIREMENT THROUGH LAX LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENT A REPUBLICAN SUGGESTION, A HERITAGE FOUNDATION SUGGESTION, A ROMNEY-ADOPTED POLICY IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, PREMISE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, IS BEING UNDERMINED RIGHT NOW BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENT IS VITAL TO ENSURING THAT THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN BE GASHE TEED COVERAGE. TO MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WHO TALK OFTEN ABOUT DEFENDING OUR CONSTITUTION, I WOULD REMIND THEM THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SWORN AN OATH TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THIS NATION. NOT PICKING AND CHOOSING WHICH ONES HE LIKES. THIRD, THE ADMINISTRATION CAN AND I WOULD SUGGEST IT SHOULD, ENCOURAGE STATES THAT HAVE NOT YET ACCEPTED EXPANDED MEDICAID TO DO SO. IT WORKS. ACCORDING TO A 2016 REPORT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, IN THE EXPANDED MEDICAID STATES, PREMIUMS WERE 7% LOWER ON AVERAGE. JUST YESTERDAY, MR. SPEAKER, THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED KANSAS STATE LEGISLATURE, JUST YESTERDAY, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, REPUBLICAN HOUSE, REPUBLICAN SENATE, SENT A BILL TO THE GOVERNOR THAT WOULD EXPAND THE STATE'S MEDICAID PROGRAM. PRESUMABLY THEY MADE A JUDGMENT THAT WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR STATE AND THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR PEOPLE. THE REPUBLICAN SPONSOR OF THE BILL, STATE SENATOR VICKI SCHMITT SAID, I DON'T BELIEVE WE CAN WAIT FOR D.C. THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY AND THEY DIDN'T TAKE IT. SO HER RESPONSE WAS, AND THE LEGISLATURE'S RESPONSE HAS BEEN, ADOPT MEDICAID EXPANSION. WE'VE HEARD A LOT FROM GOVERNORS OF BOTH PARTIES FROM STATES WITH EXPANDED MEDICAID. ALMOST UNIVERSALLY EXTOLLING THE BENEFITS THAT THEY PROVIDED AND URGING CONGRESS NOT TO ROLL IT BACK. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MUST RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDICAID EXPANSION AND SUPPORT ONGOING EFFORTS IN STATES LIKE KANSAS AND VIRGINIA AND MAINE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEIR PEOPLE AND THEIR STATE. FOURTH, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES UNDER SECRETARY PRICE HAS A RESPONSIBILITY A DUTY, AN ONLY FWATION TO FOCUS AT LEAST AS MUCH ONOUT REACH AND ENROLLMENT AS DID HIS PREDECESSOR, SECRETARY BURWELL, TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAVE, WHAT PROTECTIONS THEY HAVE, WHAT SECURITIES THEY CAN ACHIEVE. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INSTEAD INTENTIONALLY SABOTAGED ENROLLMENT EFFORTS IN THE FINAL WEEK, PULLING MEDIA ADS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY COULD SIGN UP FOR AND ENDING OTHER OUTREACH PROGRAMS. THIS MOVE RESULTED IN HALF A MILLION FEWER PEOPLE OBTAINING AFORDABLE COVERAGE THROUGH THE MARKETPLACES. THE FIRST THE CLINE IN THE HISTORY OF THE LAW. THOSE PEOPLE WILL BE HURT. BECAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE GOING TO GET SICK. SOME OF THEM MAY HAVE A CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT. AND THEY WILL NEED INSURANCE. AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE IT. BECAUSE THEY DID NOT GET THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEEDED. NOW THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE LAW OF THE LAND TO USE WORDS FIRST SPOKE BIN FORMER SPEAKER BAYNE FOR THE 2012, THE ISSUE IN 2012 WAS THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROBABLY CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT. REPUBLICANS CALLED IT OBAMACARE, DERISIVELY. WE CALL IT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUPPORTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. AFTER THE 2012 ELECTION, SPEAKER BOEHNER SAID, WE'VE RESOLVED THAT ISSUE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE VOTED TO CONFIRM A PRESIDENT WHOSE PRINCIPLE LAW -- WHOSE PRINCIPAL LAW THAT WAS. BUT THE REPUBLICANS KEPT TRYING TO UNDERMINE IT. THEY KEPT TRYING TO SAY THEY WANTED TO REPEAL IT. NEW THEY HAVE ALL THE POWER. THEY HAVEN'T DONE THAT DON'T BREAK IT. IF YOU COULDN'T DO DIRECTLY SOMETHING, DON'T DO IT INDIRECTLY. DON'T UNDERMINE THE SECURITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INDIRECTLY, NOT THROUGH LAW. SO WHEN OPEN ENROLLMENT COMES LATER THIS YEAR, MR. SPEAKER, IT WOULD BE A DERELICTION OF DUTY, LET ME REPEAT THAT, IT WOULD BE A DERELICTION OF DUTY NOT TO INFORM AMERICANS TO KNOW HOW THEY CAN BENEFIT UNDER THE LAW, WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE FOR FINDING COVERAGE AT MORE AFFORDABLE RATES, OR THROUGH EXPANDED MEDICAID. LET THERE NOT BE A DERELICTION OF DUTY. THE LARGER POINT HERE, MR. SPEAKER, IS, AS I HAVE SAID THAT REPUBLICANS CANNOT NOW SIMPLY THROW UP THEIR HANDS AND SAY, WE FAILED TO OFFER A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE, AND WE WILL NOW BY ACTION AND INACTION, BY NEGLIGENCE AND MALFEASANCE, CONSPIRE TO UNDERMINE THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MORE THAN 2/3 OF AMERICANS HAVE SAID THAT IS NOT A RESPONSIBLE POLICY. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS BROUGHT PROTECTIONS AND BENEFITS TO MILLIONS, 20 MILLION MORE PEOPLE INSURED -- INSURED IN AMERICA. BUT NOW MY REPUBLIC FRIENDS WHO HAVE NO WORKABLE ALTERNATIVE ARE IN POWER. IT IS NOW THEIR DUTY TO ENSURE THAT THEY FAITHFULLY EXECUTE EXISTING LAWS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF THEY FAIL TO DO SO OR INTENTIONALLY SABOTAGE THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THEY WILL SURELY BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. DEMOCRATS DON'T WANT TO SEE THAT HAPPEN. WE REJECT THE PREMISE OF SOME KIND OF DEATH SPIRAL. AND BY THE WAY, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, AN INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN GROUP, ITS DIRECTOR APOINTED BY REPUBLICANS, SAID IT WAS NOT ONLY IN A DEATH SPIRAL BUT IT WAS STABLE. THE YARDSTICK BY WHICH WE ALL OUGHT TO BE JUDGED IS NOT WHETHER THE LAW SUCCEEDS JUST ENOUGH, BUT WHETHER WE CAN WORK TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, TO MAKE THE LAW WORK AS BEST IT CAN TO BENEFIT AS MANY AMERICANS AS IT CAN. PRESIDENT TRUMP, SPEAKING AT THAT ROSTRUM, LOOKED DIRECTLY INTO THE TV CAMERA OF HUNDRED -- OF 100 MILLION PLUS AMERICANS AND SAID, I WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT WILL BE CHEAPER AND HIGHER QUALITY THAN WE HAVE TODAY. MR. PRESIDENT, IF YOU SEND SUCH A BILL TO THIS HOUSE, I'LL VOTE FOR IT. I HAVEN'T SEEN A BILL LIKE THAT, IF -- BUT IF I SEE IT AND YOU SEND IT DOWN HERE AND THAT IS YOUR COMMITMENT, I WILL VOTE FOR IT. MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE WILL TAKE A LESSON FROM LAST WEEK, THAT THE -- THAT TO PARAPHRASE THE PRESIDENT, HEALTH INSURANCE IS INDEED COMPLICATED. AND THAT IT WILL TRULY TAKE BOTH PARTIES WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD CONSENSUS TO MEET THE HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES WE FACE. OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR COUNTRY, IS COUNTING ON US. NOT TO FIGHT, NOT TO THROW BRICKS AT ONE ANOTHER, BUT TO ACT IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS. WHAT I URGE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DO, MR. SPEAKER, DO NO HARM. UNTIL YOU HAVE A BILL THAT ACCOMPLISHES WHAT YOU SAID TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, MR. PRESIDENT, DO NO HARM. ENSURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE.

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  • 10:27:31 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. FLEISCHMANN.

  • 10:27:41 AM

    MR. FLEISCHMANN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF DR. TOM MASON, WHO HAS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE SERVICE OF DR. TOM MASON, WHO HAS SERVED AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE OAK RIBBLING NATIONAL RAB LA -- LABORATORY FOR 10 YEARS. TOM JOINED ORNL IN 1998 AS A CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICIST AND QUICKLY DEMONSTRATED HIS TALENTS AS A VISIONARY SCIENTIFIC LEADER HE LED THE COMPLETION OF THE ONE OF A KIND NEUTRON SOURCE WHICH HAS PROVIDED A DECADE OF EXCEPTIONAL RESERGE. WHEN -- RESEARCH. WHEN PROMOTED TO LAB DIRECTOR, TOM LED ORNL TO MANY OTHER SUCCESSES. THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO SUPERCOMPUTERS, WHICH AT DIFFERENT TIMES RANKED AS THE MOST POWERFUL IN THE WORLD, AND ORNL'S MANUFACTURING DEMONSTRATION FACILITY WHICH IS REVITALIZING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. TOM SERVED OUR COMMUNITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE OAK RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION, LEADING THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION OF OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE INNOVATION VALLEY A REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU, DR. TOM MASON, FOR MANY YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE, AND OUR NATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SAY TODAY WHAT I…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I WILL SAY TODAY WHAT I SAID WHEN WE WERE PASSING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WORKING TO PASS IT, WHAT WE SAID WHEN WE WERE HAVING SOME 79 WITNESSES, APPROXIMATELY, TO APPEAR, OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, HAVING 79 HEARINGS AND CORRECTION, 181 WITNESSES, MANY MORE WITNESSES. I SAID THEN THAT I WOULD FIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT HEALTH CARE WOULD NOT BECOME WEALTHCARE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. AND I STILL STAND ON THAT BASIC PREMISE. WE CANNOT ALLOW HEALTH CARE TO BECOME WEALTHCARE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WEALTH CARE WHERE THE WEALTHY WILL RECEIVE THE VERY BEST CARE THAT'S AVAILABLE AND THE POOR WILL GET CARE, BUT IT WON'T BE HEALTH CARE, IT'LL BE SICKNESS CARE. IT'LL BE SICKNESS CARE BECAUSE WHEN THEY ARE SICK THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM AND GET CARE. WHEN THEY ARE SICK, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO GET EMERGENCY CARE WHICH WILL COST ALL OF US MORE, BUT THEY WON'T GET PREVENTIVE CARE. THEY'LL GET STABILIZED IF THEY HAVE DIABETES BUT WON'T GET THE CONTINUED CARE THEY NEED TO TREAT THAT DISEASE. WE DON'T WANT, IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, HEALTH CARE TO BECOME WEALTH CARE. RECENTLY, WE HAD A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WAS GOING TO ACCORD THE RICHEST FAMILIES IN THIS COUNTRY, THE 400 RICHEST FAMILIES, $7 MILLION A YEAR. THAT WAS WHAT THE BILL WOULD HAVE DONE THAT FAILED. 400 RICHEST FAMILIES, MAKING $3 MILLION A YEAR WOULD GET $7 MILLION ADDITIONAL DOLLARS EVERY YEAR IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS ADD INFINITUM. -- AD INFINITUM. WE'RE THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, WE CAN AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO FIND THEMSELVES LIVING IN THE STREETS OF LIFE WHO CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. WE CANNOT ALLOW HEALTH CARE TO BECOME WEALTH CARE IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. HOW RICH ARE WE? WELL, ONE YEAR A WELL, ONE YEAR A MAN-MADE $3 BILLION. HE'S NOT THE ONLY PERSON TO MAKE THIS KIND OF MONEY. I JUST USE THIS EXAMPLE. $3 BILLION. A MINIMUM WAGE WORKER MAKING $7.25 AN HOUR, IT WOULD TAKE THAT WORKER 198,000 YEARS TO MAKE $3 BILLION. THAT MAN MAKING $3 BILLION WILL GET THE BEST WEALTH CARE THIS COUNTRY CAN AFFORD. BUT WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE WORKING AT MINIMUM WAGE, WORKING FULL-TIME, LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE, MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET THE BEST HEALTH CARE. I'M A PROUD TEXAN. I LOVE MY STATE. BUT I DON'T LIKE WHAT WE HAVE DONE WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE. TEXAS HAS REFUSED TO HELP THOSE LIVING IN THE STREETS OF LIFE. WE LOOK OUT FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE SUITES OF LIFE. WE TAKE CARE OF THEM. BUT TEXAS HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE $100 BILLION, WITH A B, $100 BILLION TO EXPAND MEDICAID. MEDICAID EXPANSION. THIS IS FOR THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE NOT AS FORTUNATE AS WE'RE HERE IN CONGRESS WHO WILL HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE IN THE WORLD, BY THE WAY, AS WE CUT HEALTH CARE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD IT. AS WE CUT THE EXPANSION OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INTO THOSE PERSONS WHO WOULD GET MEDICAID. AS WE CUT MEDICAID, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH CARE. TEXANS ARE GOING TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH CARE WHO HAPPEN TO BE OIL BARRONS AND RICH. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH CARE. BUT THOSE WHO NEED THAT MEDICAID , WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM THE $100 BILLION THAT THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS REFUSED TO ACCEPT AND HAS NEVER SAID THAT IT WASN'T NEEDED, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A CASE MADE FOR A LACK OF NEED FOR THE $100 BILLION TO HELP MEDICAID EXPANSION. PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF HELP. NEED OF HEALTH CARE. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT ALLOW THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, AND WE'RE. DON'T LET PEOPLE TRY TO CONVINCE YOU THAT WE'RE BROKE. WE'RE NOT BROKE. WE CAN AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WHO NEED HEALTH CARE. AND I WILL CLOSE WITH THIS. WE OUGHT TO HAVE A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY WHO MAY GET SICK. THERE IS THIS NOTION OF BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THERE GO I. IF WE HAD BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE GOOD HEALTH, REMEMBER --

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    MR. GREEN

    YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD THERE GO I.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS I JOINED…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST CONGRESS I JOINED SEVERAL OF OUR COLLEAGUES IN FORMING THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM. AS A CO-CHAIR, A DISTINCTION I'M PROUD TO CHAIR, ALONGSIDE MY PALLS, ELIOT ENGEL, CHRIS SMITH, TED DEUTSCH, KAY GRANGER, NITA LOWEY, PETER ROSKAM, AND MARC VEASEY, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CALL ATTENTION TO ANTI-SEMITISM IN ALL OF ITS FORMS AND TO WORK TO ROOT IT OUT WHENEVER WE K I'M ALSO EXTREMELY HONORED TO HAVE BEEN NAMED BY SPEAKER RYAN TO THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL COUNCIL EARLIER THIS YEAR. AS WE KNOW, IT WAS THE ANTI-SEMITIC ATTITUDES ACROSS EUROPE IN THE 1920'S AND 1930'S THAT GAVE RISE TO HITLER AND THE HASIES WHO EXPLOITED THE DEEP -- NAZIS WHO EXPLOITED THE DEEP-SEATED HATRED OF JEWS TO TAKE POWER CULMINATING IN THE SYSTEMATIC AND DELIBERATE MURDER OF OVER SIX MILLION JEWS DURING HUMANITY'S DARKEST PERIOD, THE HOLOCAUST. IN THESE CAPACITIES I INTEND TO CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE RISING LEVEL AND THIS TREND OF ANTI-SEMITISM WORLDWIDE, AND TO TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST IT AS I HAVE DONE FOR MANY YEARS NOW. THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM MUST START WITH STRONG U.S. LEADERSHIP. WE HAVE THE MEANS, WE HAVE THE LEVERAGE, BUT WE MUST BE RESOLUTE IN OUR EFFORTS TO STEM THE TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM AND TO REVERSE IT. TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, WE HEAR ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE WORLD AND HOW IN MANY PLACES JEWS ARE BEING TARGETED IN AN ALARMINGLY INCREASING TREND. BUT I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT AN AREA THAT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT INTO GREATER FOCUS WHEN WE DISCUSS COMBATING GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM. IT'S SOMETHING THAT AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE SO SUCCINCTLY AND ASTUTELY DESCRIBED. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITIES TO DISCUSS EVERYTHING FROM ANTI-SEMITISM TO OPPRESSION IN CUBA, MY NATIVE HOMELAND, AND IN RUSSIA, AND HIS INSIGHT IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE. WHAT HE HELPED DEFINE IS THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM AND WHAT HE CALLS THE 3-D'S. DOUBLE STANDARDS, DUE HUMANIZATION, AND DELEGITIMATIZATION. I THINK THE CLEAREST EXAMPLE TODAY OF THE 3-D'S CAN BE SEEN, UNFORTUNATELY, AT THE UNITED NATIONS. WITH ITS ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-SEMITIC AGENDA MOST NOTABLY AT BODIES LIKE UNESCO, UNHRC AND EVERYWHERE. ALL OF THESE CLEARLY EXHIBIT THE DOUBLE STANDARDS. CONDEMNING ISRAEL BASED ON FAULTY OR ILLEGITIMATE CLAIMS WHILE IGNORING THE VERY REAL PROBLEMS OF OTHER MEMBER STATES. ISRAEL IS REPEATEDLY AND SINGULARLY ISOLATED, TARGETED, AND DEMONIZED. OF COURSE THERE IS NO OTHER NATION THAT IS SUBJECT TO THE EFFORTS OF DELEGITIMATIZATION TORE ITS EXISTENCE LIKE ISRAEL. -- OR ITS EXISTENCE LIKE ISRAEL. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO? WE HAVE TO LOOK AROUND WHAT AGENCIES ARE DOING. THE EFFORTS AT UNESCO TO ERASE JEWISH HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TIES TO THEIR ANCIENT HOMELAND, JERUSALEM, HAVE BEEN APPALLING. THE MOVE BY THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO ESTABLISH A BLACKLIST TO TARGET INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES THAT DO BUSINESS WITH ISRAEL. LEGITIMATIZING THE BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS MOVEMENT, B.D.S. AND THE EFFORTS TO TAKE ISRAEL TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT OR TO FORCE ISRAEL TO AGREE TO ONE-SIDED PEACE PLAN. THESE ALL REACH THE HEIGHT OF DELEGITIMATIZATION. AND ALL OF THIS IS TAKING PLACE AT THE UNITED NATIONS, THE BODY THAT WAS FORGED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE HOLOCAUST AND WORLD WAR II. WE NEED TO FIGHT THE SCOURGE OF ANTI-SEMITISM ON ALL FRONTS, MR. SPEAKER, AND NOT JUST AT THE U.N., BUT IF WE FAIL TO REVERSE THE SYSTEMATIC AND ENDEMIC ANTI-SEMITISM AT THE U.N., WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME ACHIEVING MUCH SUCCESS IN ANY OF OUR OTHER ENDEAVORS. THAT IS WHY I'LL INTRODUCE A BILL SOON THAT ADDRESSES THESE PROBLEMS AT THE U.N. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN AN EFFORT TO DEFEAT THE INTOLERANCE WHEREVER AND WHENEVER IT APPEARS. ANTI-SEMITISM IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST FORMS OF HATRED. AND FOR TOO LONG HAS GONE UNADDRESSED. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE AND WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OURSELVES TO ROOT OUT THIS HATRED IN ALL OF ITS FORMS ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. BUDD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BUDD

    MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN DIVIDE THIS COUNTRY INTO TWO CLASSES OF PEOPLE. NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER, YOU CAN DIVIDE THIS COUNTRY INTO TWO CLASSES OF PEOPLE. NOT REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, BUT THE POLITICAL CLASS AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THE POLITICAL CLASS IS DOING BETTER THAN EVER. 11 OUT OF 20 OF THE RICHEST COUNTIES IN AMERICA ARE IN THE D.C. METRO AREA. FOR EVERY DOLLAR THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN D.C. EARNS, THE AVERAGE FAMILY IN THE COUNTY WHERE I LIVE EARNS 55 CENTS. THE POLITICAL CLASS IS ALIVE AND DOING WELL FOR THEMSELVES. ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE WHO ARE NOT ORIENTED TO GOVERNMENT, DOCTORS, AUTOMECHANICS, WAITRESSES, BARTENDERS, FACTORY WORKERS, ARE STILL EARNING EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID 10 YEARS AGO. I'M NOT THE FIRST PERSON TO POINT THIS OUT, BUT I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT A TEXAS BOOK EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS DYNAMIC PLAYS OUT IN REALITY. I'M REFERRING TO A RECENTLY ANNOUNCED $418 MILLION ARMS DEAL BETWEEN THE U.S. AND KENYA. IT'S FOR 12 AIRPLANES THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY ARMED CROP-DUSTERS. THERE IS ONLY ONE SLIGHT PROBLEM WITH THE DEAL, THE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR THAT WAS CHOSEN TO FULFILL THE SALE DOESN'T EVEN MAKE THESE TYPE OF AIRPLANES. THEY HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. IN FACT, THERE IS AN EXTRA $130 MILLION BUILT INTO THIS DEAL TO DESIGN A WHOLE NEW AIRPLANE. IMXUSA A SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS IN MY DISTRICT MAKES THESE AIRPLANES. THEY HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR SEVEN YEARS. THEY HAVE 50 OF THESE AIRPLANES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THESE PLANES HAVE DROPPED MORE THAN 4,000 BOMBS ON ISIS. THEY ARE THE ONLY U.S. MANUFACTURER OF THIS TYPE OF AIRCRAFT. THEY WERE NOT EVEN CONSIDERED FOR THE DEAL WHICH WAS AWARDED WITHOUT COMPETITION. NOBODY GOT A CHANCE TO BID, NOBODY KNEW ABOUT IT EXCEPT FOR THE COMPANY THAT GOT IT AND THE BUREAUCRATS THAT WERE INVOLVED. AND THAT'S HOW THE D.C. AREA GOT SO WEALTHY. YOU KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT LOBBYISTS, YOU GET AWARDS LIKE THIS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHOUT COMPETITION. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU DON'T MAKE THE PRODUCT, THEY'LL GIVE YOU EXTRA MONEY TO DESIGN IT FROM SCRATCH IF YOU KNOW THE RIGHT PEOPLE. IMX A SMALL BUSINESS LIKE THE MILLIONS OF OTHERS IN OUR COUNTRY DOESN'T HAVE THOSE CONNECTIONS. THE GIANT DEFENSE CONTRACTOR INVOLVED IN THIS DEAL DOES. AND SO THEY GET THE MONEY. SOMETHING'S WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE. THE PROBLEM LIES WITH THE SECRETIVE ACQUISITION UNIT WITHIN THE AIR FORCE CALLED BIG SAFARI. I DON'T SAY SECRETIVE LIGHTLY. AT ONE POINT IN 2013 BIG SAFARI'S COMMANDING OFFICER TOLD A REPORTER, DON'T BE ANGRY OR UPSET WHEN YOUR FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT GETS TURNED DOWN, THAT'S JUST WAIT WE DO BUSINESS HERE. AND THE COMMANDER'S WORDS WERE TRUE. I ASKED FOR INFORMATION ON THIS AND THEY TURNED ME DOWN SAYING THAT THE INFORMATION WAS SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED AND FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. I ASKED THEM 19 QUESTIONS AND THEY ANSWERED ONLY FOUR OF THEM HAVING TO DO WITH THE VERY BASIC ELEMENTS FOR THE DEAL THAT WERE ALREADY PUBLIC. UNDER THAT SECRET -- SECRECY, BIG SAFARI DOLES OUT BILLIONS IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. I IMAGINE IT MAKES THINGS CONVENIENT FOR WHEN BIG SAFARI EMPLOYEES GO TO WORK FOR THE SAME COMPANIES WHICH THEY DIRECT THESE LARGE DEFENSE CONTRACTS, WHICH WE FOUND THAT THEY DO WITH SOME REGULARITY. YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO GO TO A DIFFERENT BUILDING IN SOME INSTANCES. WE HAVE A CONFIRMED CASE OF A BIG SAFARI EMPLOYEE AWARDING A CONTRACT, QUITTING, AND THEN GOING TO WORK ON THE SAME PROGRAM WITH THE SAME COMPANY HE'S JUST GIVEN THE CONTRACT TO. THE FORGOTTEN MAN IN THIS EQUATION ARE THE EMPLOYEES OF IMX, MOSTLY VETERANS, MOSTLY BLUE COLLAR, WHO HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST A $13 BILLION DEFENSE CONTRACTOR, AND A $4 TRILLION FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT APPEARS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN IMPARTIALITY. WE NEED TO SHINE THE LIGHT ON THIS DEAL WITH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT AND WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES WHO EXACTLY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING FOR, THE COUNTRY OR FOR THE POLITICAL CLASS? MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO FIX THIS. IT'S A SYMPTOM OF A VERY SERIOUS DISEASE IN A OUR DEMOCRACY CANNOT LONG SURVIVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. CARTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    CARTER MR.

    I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF JOE ROGERS SENIOR, THE CO-FOUNDERS OF…

    I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF JOE ROGERS SENIOR, THE CO-FOUNDERS OF WAFFLE HOUSE WHO PASSED AWAN ON MARCH 3, 2017 IN 1919, MR. ROGERS WAS BORN IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE. BEFORE HE BECAME A WAFFLE COOK HE SERVED AS A CAPTAIN IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS DURING WORLD WAR II. AFTER THE WAR HE TOOK A JOB AS A SHORT ORDER COOK, EVENTUALLY MOVING TO ATLANTA IN 1949. IT WAS THERE THAT HE MET HIS FUTURE PARTNER IN THE WAFFLE HOUSE BUSINESS, TOM FORKNER. IN THE FAMOUS WORDS MR. ROGERS TOLD HIS FRIENDS -- HIS FRIEND, YOU BUILD A RESTAURANT AND I'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO RUN IT. THEIR DECISION WAS THE START OF SOMETHING SPECIAL. THE FIRST WAFFLE HOUSE OPENED ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND, 1955, IN AVONDALE ESTATES, GEORGIA. IT WAS MR. ROGERS' SUGGESTION TO KEEP THEIR RESTAURANT DOORS OPEN ALL DAY LONG SO PEOPLE WOULD ALWAYS HAVE A WARM PLACE TO EAT. SOON ENOUGH, MORE AND MORE TOWNS NEEDED THEIR OWN 24-HOUR DINER AND TODAY MORE THAN 2,400 LOCATIONS ARE SCATTERED ACROSS 25 STATES. GEORGIA LEADS THE WAY WITH MORE THAN 24 LOCATIONS. WHAT MR. ROGERS VALUED MOST WAS THE PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY WERE EMPLOYEES, TROP-INS OR THOSE WHO MADE HIS DREAM POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, MR. ROGERS, FOR WELCOMING ANY WHO ENTERED THE WAFFLE HOUSE DOORS, REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY WERE, WHAT TIME THEY CAME, OR HOW THEY ORDERED THEIR HASH BROWNS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE SOUTHERN SOUL BARBECUE FOR WINNING "SOUTHERN LIVING" MAGAZINE'S FIRST EVER BEST OF THE SOUTH AWARD. IN FALL OF 2016, "SOUTHERN LIVING" POLLED ITS READERS TO FIND THE FAVORITE MUSEUMS SHOPS, RESTAURANTS IN THE SOUTH. AT THE END THEY HAVE POLL THEY CROWNED ST. SIMON ISLAND'S OWN SOUTHERN SOUL BARBECUE AS THE BEST BARBECUE RESTAURANT IN THE SOUTH. IT HOPED IN 2007 WHEN HARRISON ZAP AND WINSTON BUCKMAN OPENED A RESTAURANT TO EMBRACE THEIR SOUTHERN ROOTS. IT WAS BORN IN A GAS STATION WITH SOUTHERN CHARM MAKING IT THE PERFECT ATMOSPHERE TO FEAST ON THE CREATION. THEY COOKED THEIR DELICIOUS PORK, RIBS, AND BRISKET OUTSDZ THE RESTAURANT IN A PIT SO PATRONS KNOW THEY'RE ENJOYING AUTHENTIC BARBECUE. THE RESTAURANT HAS ENJOYED A LOYAL FOLLOWING AND WAS FEATURED ON THE FOOD NETWORK. BUSINESS IS BOOMING AND SHOULD ONLY GROW FROM HERE. IN THEIR EFFORTS TO FEET THE FOLKS AT ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, THEY CREATED MORE THAN A BARBECUE RESTAURANT THEY CREATED A BARBECUE EXPERIENCE. CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. ZAP AND MR. BUCKMAN FOR WINNING THIS AWARD AND THE RECOGNITION THEIR HARD WORK HERBED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF FORMER GEORGIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE BERKE DAY. MR. DAY PASS AID WAY ON MARCH 5, 2017, AT THE AGE OF 62. MR. DAY WAS BORN IN JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, TO PARENTS CECIL AND MARIANNE, BUT HE GREW UP IN DUNWODIE HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE HE MET HIS WIFE SALLY. HE HELPED LAY THE FOUNDATION OF HIS FATHER'S BUSINESS, DAYS INN MOTEL HE WORKED TO BUILD THE FIRST LOCATION ON TYBEE ISLAND. AFTER STUDYING IN NEW YORK CITY, AND MERS UNIVERSITY IN ATLANTA , HE JOINED THE FAMILY BUSINESS OF REAL ESTATE LIKE HIS FATHER. IN 1991, HE MADE A START IN POLITICS BY RUNNING FOR THE TYBEE ISLAND CITY COUNCIL ON A TEAR AND WON. HE GREW TO LOVE PUBLIC SERVICE. THREE YEARS LATER HE RAN AGAIN, THIS TIME FOR THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHERE HE SERVED FOR THE NEXT 16 YEARS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2010. PERHAPS HIS GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT WHICH IS WORK ON THE STEVENS DAY LEGISLATION IN 2000 WHICH FREEZES THE VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AT THE TIME IT WAS PURCHASED THAT MEANS HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT TAXED OUT OF THEIR HOME WHEN PROPERTY VALUE INCREASES. HE SAVED RESIDENTS HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE TODAY MR. DAY'S TIME IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF GEORGIA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CALL YOUR ATTENTION TO THE UPCOMING GOLD STAR SPOUSES DAY OCCURRING APRIL 5, 2017, TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH TO OUR COUNTRY. GOLD STAR SPOUSES ARE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THE NATION'S ARMED FORCES. THROUGH THIS GROUP, THEY FIND COMFORT, UNPARALLELED SUPPORT SYSTEM. ON APRIL 5, WE ALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR FALLEN AMERICAN HEROES AN SURVIVING MILITARY SPOUSES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. TURNER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HONORABLE MICHAEL J. NEWMAN, MAGISTRATE JUBBLING FOR THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO AND WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION FOR HIS ACHIEVEMENTS IN PILOTING A SPECIAL VETERANS COURT IN DAYTON, OHIO. WITH WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE AND DAYTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTER BOTH LOCATED IN THE DAYTON COMMUNITY AND WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF VET REANS SIDE IN MY 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SOUTHWEST OHIO IS A PRIME REGION FOR ESTABLISHING A COURT THAT CONCENTRATES ON VETERANS ISSUES. JUDGE NEWMAN'S VETERANS COURT APPEARS TO BE THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN OHIO AND AIMS TO ADDRESS AN AREA OF NEED IN THE MIAMI VALLEY, ASSISTING MILITARY VETERAN WHO WAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RELATIVELY MINOR OFFENSES TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK. IN MANY CASES, TREATMENT AND STRONG GUIDANCE IS A BETTER COURSE OF ACTION TO REMEDY MISDEMEANOR FEDERAL OFFENSES THAN JAIL TIME WHICH CAN LEAD TO A CASCADE OF NEGATIVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE SUCH AS DIFFICULTY IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT. THANKS TO JUDGE NEWMAN'S EFFORTS TO COOPERATE WITH THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND THE FEDERAL PUBLIC OFFENDERS OFFICE, VETERANS CAN RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES THAT WOULD SO OFTEN UNDERPIN THESE MINOR OFFENSES RATHER THAT BE SITTING IN JAIL. VETERANS WHO DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM ARE REQUIRED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH A VETERANS JUSTICE OUTREACH COORDINATOR WHO ACTS AS A MENTOR AND CASEWORKER PROVIDING GUIDANCE, FACILITATING TREATMENT AND HELPING SECURE HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT. BESIDES MEETING WITH THE VETERAN OFFICER, VETERANS MUST ALSO ATTEND MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS, RECEIVE RECOMMENDED TREATMENT AND NOT RE-OFFEND IN ORDER TO GRADUATE. UPON COMPLETION, THE MISDEMEANOR CHARGES ARE FREQUENTLY DISMISSED, ALLOWING FORMER SERVICE MEMBERS TO TRULY HERB EARN THEMSELVES A SEC CHANCE AT LIFE. OF THE 33 PARTICIPANTS 20 HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROGRAM AND SEVERAL OTHERS ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS AS WE SPEAK. I COMMEVEND JUDGE NEWMAN FOR INSTITUTING A FEDERAL VETERANS COURT PROGRAM WHICH RESOLVES PROGRAMS LIKE REHABILITATING RATHER THAN PUNISHING THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE JUDGE, JUDGE NEW NAN -- NEWMAN, FOR HIS WORK IN IMPLEMENTING A CIVICS PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE FEDERAL COURTS. DEVELOPING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY AND FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, THESE COURT CAMPS INVITE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INTO COURT TO LEARN ABOUT THE THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. THEY MEET WITH GROUPS OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOL CLASSROOMS AS WELL AS FEDERAL COURTROOMS TO TEACH THEM ABOUT THE SELECTION PRORKSESS FOR FEDERAL -- SELECTION PROCESS FOR FEDERAL JUDGES, EXPLAIN HOW CASES WORK, AND OFFER AN INSIDER VIEW IN HOW THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM WORK. THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION'S PARTNERSHIP WILL GIVE THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH FEDERAL JUDGES AND EXPLORE THE JUDICIAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. IN DAYTON, OHIO, ALONE, WHERE JUDGE NEWMAN SITS, OVER 1,000 STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, LEARN MANAGER ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND BILL OF RIGHTS, SEPARATION OF POWERS, THE ROLL OF THE FEDERAL JUDGE, THE SFRUCKTURE OF THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM AND HOW TO BECOME A JUDGE OR LAWYER THEMSELVES. THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION HAS ALSO ADDED A CIVICS PAGE TO ITS WEBSITE TO MAKE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR LAWYERS AND JUDGES WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE AS MENTORS IN THE PROGRAM. IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE DIRECT INVOLVEMENT BY AMERICAN GOVERNMENT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ALIKE, THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, AGAIN UNDER JUDGE NEWMAN'S LEADERSHIP IS HOLDING A NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STHINETS SUBJECT, QUOTE, WHAT DOES AN IMPARTIAL JUDICIAL SYSTEM MEAN TO ME? IN ADDITION TO HONORING THE ESSAY WINNERS, THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION AND UNITED STATES COURTS WILL RECOGNIZE A SELECT GROUP OF TOP-NOTCH CIVICS TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. AS PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION AND A UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE, JUDGE NEWMAN HAS SPEARHEADED THIS EFFORT PUBLICLY URGING THE ASSOCIATION'S 19,000 MEMBERS TO JOIN HIM IN ENGAGING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF ATTORNEYS, JUDGE, AND LEGISLATORS. I COMMEND JUDGE NEWMAN ON HIS TIRELESS WORK TO CONNECT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST IN THE FIELD OF LAW AND FOR RE-EMPHASIZING THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF CIVICS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, IN GAL HER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT IS AT AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH AND IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY. OUR FEDERAL DEBT IS APPROACHING $20 TRILLION, A CHILD BORN TODAY IN THIS COUNTRY WILL INHERIT A CRUSHING BURDEN OF DEBT, PART OF IT INTERGENERATIONAL CRIME WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS BEING HOLLOWED OUT IF NOT DISAPPEARING ENTIRELY. WE HAVE A SEVEN MILLION MAN STRONG ARMY THAT OPTED OUT OF THE LABOR FORCE ENTIRELY.

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    MR. GALLAGHER

    FINALLY OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS IN CRISIS. THREATS CONTINUE TO RISE ABROAD…

    FINALLY OUR FOREIGN POLICY IS IN CRISIS. THREATS CONTINUE TO RISE ABROAD AND HERE AT HOME WE CONTINUE TO WREAK HAVOC ON OUR OWN MILITARY THROUGH MINDLESS DEFENSE SQUETHSER AND BY THE WAY, OUR VETERANS STILL AREN'T GETTING THE CARE THEY DESERVE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. DESPITE THIS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT CONGRESS BY ANY METRIC WE MIGHT DEVISE IS NOT DOING ITS BASIC JOB , IN 10 DAYS, THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WILL ADJOURN ON A TWO-WEEK VACATION. IN 10 LEGISLATIVE DAYS, IF WE DON'T MAKE SOME HARD CHOICES, THE GOVERNMENT MAY SHUT DOWN, CUTTING OFF OUR CONSTITUENTS FROM ACCESS TO PROGRAMS THEY DEPEND UPON FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD. SO MY MESSAGE IS SIMPLE. MY PLEA TO THIS BODY IS SIMPLE. LET'S END THE VACATION. WHAT OTHER JOB WOULD YOU GRANT YOURSELF A TWO-WEEK VACATION IF YOU FAILED TO DO THE FUNDAMENTAL JOB. I KNOW WE NEED TO GO BACK HOME. I KNOW PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE OUR CONSTITUENTS SENT US HERE TO DO OUR JOB, TO WORK TOGETHER, TO FIX PROBLEMS, RATHER THAN PUNTING THEM DOWN THE ROAD TO THE NEXT GENERATION. SO PLEASE, LET'S STAY HERE, LET'S DO OUR JOB, THAT'S THE VERY LEAST WE OWE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THE REST OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. FARENTHOLD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOLDIERS FROM SOUTH TEXAS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SOLDIERS FROM SOUTH TEXAS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE UNITED STATES VICTORY DURING WORLD WAR I. WITH THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR I QUICKLY APPROACHING, I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO THANK OUR VETERANS, ESPECIALLY TEXAS VETERANS, FOR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY IN 1916, THOUSANDS OF NATIONAL GUARDSMEN WERE STRAIGHTED ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER. WHEN TENSIONS BEGAN TO CALM, 3,500 SOLDIERS WERE MOVED TO CORPUS CHRISTI WHERE THE CITY PREPARED A 200 ACRE SITE THAT WOULD BECOME CAMP SCURRY. THE CAMP WAS CLOSED AFTER THE BORDER REMAINED QUIET FOR NEARLY A YEAR. ONCE THE UNITED STATES ENTERED WORLD WAR I, IT WAS REOPENED AND BECAME A TRAINING BASE. THROUGH THE DRAFT NEARLY 200,000 TEXAS ABS SERVED DURING THE WAR AND 50 -- AND 450 TEXAS WOMEN WORKED AS NURSES. TODAY, NOW, WE MUST REMEMBER THE 5,000 TEXANS WHO DIED DURING THE WAR, INCLUDING SEVEN GOLD STAR WOMEN NURSES. ALSO, A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE NUECES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR HOSTING THE WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION ON APRIL 6. THEIR WORK HELPS PRESERVE OUR SOUTH TEXAS HISTORY. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT ROLE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL -- HOW IMPORTANT IT IS AND HOW OUR ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS A HUGE ASSET TO OUR NATION AND THE WORLD. ISRAEL IS A BEACON OF DEMOCRACY IN A SEA OF TURBULENCE. IT'S A SUCCESS STORY OF ENTERPRISING SPIRIT AND INDOMITABLE WILL. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO VISIT ISRAEL IN 2011 AND SAW FIRSTHAND THE HIGH LEVEL OF STRATEGIC COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL. BOTH MILITARILY, BUSINESS WISE, TECHNOLOGY WISE AND SOCIALLY. ALMOST 32 YEARS AGO, THE U.S. SIGNED ITS FIRST EVER FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH ISRAEL LEADING TO ALMOST $40 BILLION IN TRADE ANNUALLY. ISRAEL MAKES UP MORE THAN 40% OF ALL INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA AND HAS COMPANIES LISTED ON THE NASDAQ STOCK EXCHANGE AND MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. THE STARTUP NATION HAS GIVEN THE WORLD THE U.S.B. FLASH DRIVE, THE FIRST P.C. C.P.U., VOICEOVER I.P. PHONE SYSTEM AND THEY RECENTLY ACQUIRED A COMPANY TO HELP BETTER DEVELOP AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES. THEIR DRIP IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY HAS HELPED MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD GROW CROPS ON LAND THAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE BARREN AND ISRAELI DOCTORS MADE DISCOVERIES IMPROVING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF FOLKS WORLDWIDE. THE U.S. AND ISRAEL MILITARY MAINTAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF COOPERATION AND SUPPORT. OUR TWO NATIONS REGULARLY HOLD JOINT EXERCISES AND WORK SIDE-BY-SIDE IN DEVELOPING NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, WEAPONS TECHNOLOGIES, AND MORE. SITUATED IN AN EXTREMELY HOSTILE NEIGHBORHOOD, ISRAELIS SHARE A UNIQUE UNDERSTANDING OF THE THREATS POSED BY ISLAMIC TERROR GROUPS AND THROUGH COOPERATION, WE'RE CONSTANTLY MONITORING AND DEFENDING NEW THREATS TO BOTH NATIONS. AYE BEEN HEARTENED TO SEE THE RENEWAL IN U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONS SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE AND HOPE TO SEE THEM CONTINUE TO FLOURISH. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN CO-SPONSORING H.R. 1697, THE ISRAELI ANTI-BOYCOTT ACT H.R. 1698, THE IRAN BALLISTIC MISSILES AND INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS ENFORCEMENT ACT. AND H.RES. 218, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UNITED STATES-ISRAELI ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP AND ENCOURAGING NOW AREAS OF COOPERATION. WHILE MANY AROUND THE WORLD ARE EAGER TO POINT FINGERS AND ATTEMPT TO DELEGITIMIZE OR DESTROY THE STATE OF ISRAEL, IT'S POSH NOW MORE THAN EVER THAT WE STAND STRONG WITH OUR ALLIES AND THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SKWLELT YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TODAY.

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    TODAY.

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    REVEREND DILLINGHAM

    CREATOR OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, WE COME TO YOU AS BROKEN…

    CREATOR OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, WE COME TO YOU AS BROKEN VESSELS, CALLED TO YOUR HOLY TASK OF GOVERNANCE, BE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THESE GATHERED, BUILDUP, EQUIP, PROTECT AND EMPOWER ALL TO THE TASK BEFORE THEM THIS DAY. BRING TOGETHER THROUGH YOUR SPIRIT THOSE WHO ARE DIVIDED AND THOSE WHO DIVIDE. BRING HEALING, BRING UNITY AS YOU CONTINUALLY OFFER HEALING AND HOPE TO ALL OF CREATION. CREATOR, YOU HAVE GUIDED CREATION THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. YOU HAVE CALLED US TO THIS TIME AND TO THIS PLACE, TO THIS ACTIVITY, TO THIS BODY. WE HAVE FOLLOWED THAT CALLING, NOW GUIDE US. EMPOWER US AND EMBOLDEN US TO THIS HOLY WORK OF SERVICE AND REPRESENTATION OF YOUR CREATION. GUIDE US OH GREAT JEHOVAH, 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 HIS APPROVAL THEREOF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1, RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY MS. STEFANIK.

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    MS STEFANIK

    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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    SHIMKUS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    I RISE TODAY TO ROBERT DILLINGHAM WHO LID US IN THE OPENING PRAYER. HE IS…

    I RISE TODAY TO ROBERT DILLINGHAM WHO LID US IN THE OPENING PRAYER. HE IS A PASTOR IN THE ILLINOIS GREAT RIVERS CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WHERE HE SERVES IF A RHINEA, ILLINOIS. -- FARINA, ILLINOIS. HE'S CHAPLAIN WITH THE MUTUAL AID BOX ALARM SYSTEM DIVISION 54. HE SERVES AS A HOSPICE CHAPLAIN WITH THE HOSPITAL SISTERS HENT SYSTEMS THROUGH ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL WHERE HE SERVES PATIENTS FROM OVER 20 COUNTIES IN THE CENTRAL PART OF MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT N ADDITION TO HIS SERVICE AS CHAPLAIN, HE'S ALSO ON THE BOARD OF THE FARINA FOOD PANTRY AND CLERGY CARE GUIDE WHERE HE IS A PASTORAL PRESENCE IN THE LIVES OF OVER 70 PASTORS. IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME REVEREND DILLINGHAM AND HIS WIFE WHO IS IN THE GALLERY TODAY AND PERSONALLY THANK HIM FOR OFFERING THIS MORNING'S PRAYER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DR. STEVEN…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE DR. STEVEN ANAHEIMER ON HIS SUCCESS PHIL FIVE YEARS AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER AT MY ALMA MATER, THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI. GO CANES. THROUGHOUT HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER, AS A NOTED LEUKEMIA AND STEM CELL TRANSPLANT RESEARCHER AND CLINICIAN, HE'S DEDICATED HIMSELF TO CARING FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN THEIR GREATEST HOUR OF NEED. HE HAS PROPELLED THE SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER INTO PROMINENCE BY BRINGING TOGETHER SUPERB TEAM OF LEADING MEDICAL EXPERTS WHO HAVE TRANSFORMED THE CENTER INTO ONE OF THE WORLDWIDE LEADERS IN CANCER TREATMENT AND INNOVATION. BECAUSE OF HIS EFFORTS, PEOPLE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA AND FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE COME TO VIEW HIM AS THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR CUTTING-EDGE CANCER PROGRAMS AS WELL AS THE REFUGE AND HELPING HAND AS THEY DEAL WITH THIS DIFFICULT DISEASE. CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. ANAHEIMER ON A SUCCESSFUL FIVE -- DR. NIMER ON A SUCCESSFUL FIVE YEAR TENURE. AND OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY IS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU HAD HE AT THE HELM, THANK YOU.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU.

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    MR. DAVIS

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

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    MS. STEFANIK

    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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    MS. STEFANI

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR RESILIENCE MILITARY FAMILIES.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR RESILIENCE MILITARY FAMILIES. THESE FAMILIES ENDURE COUNTLESS RELOCATIONS AND EMPLOYMENTS EVERY COUPLE YEARS TRANSITIONING TO NEW SCHOOLS, NEW JOBS, AND FITTING INTO NEW COMMUNITIES. MILITARY SPOUSES WEAR THEIR OWN PATCHES OF SERVICE AND SHARE A TRUE SENSE OF DUTY TO OUR COUNTRY. THEY SACRIFICE A GREAT DEAL OF THEMSELVES AMID STRAIN AND THE UNKNOWN, WHILE PROVIDING UNYIELDING SUPPORT TO THEIR SPROUSE IN UNIFORM. MILITARY SPOUSES ARE OFTEN EMPLOYED IN PROFESSIONS WHICH REQUIRE NEW LICENSING THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE WITH FEES AND WAIT TIMES. TO ALLEVIATE THIS BURDEN AND PROVIDE PREDICTIBILITIES IN THE LIVES OF MILITARY SPOUSES AND THEIR FAMILIES, I HAVE REINTRODUCING THE LIFT RELOCATION BURDEN FOR MILITARY SPOUSES ACT. MILITARY SPOUSES SERVE, TOO, AND MY BILL WILL HELP ALLEVIATE UNNECESSARY STRESS AND EXPENSES, HELP MAKE JOB CHANGES EASIER, AND WILL GIVE THESE SPOUSES AND THEIR FAMILIES SOME DESERVED PREDICTIBILITY AS THEY SERVE THEIR NATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. GREEN

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

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

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    MR. GREEN

    MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO THANK MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE MFLS…

    MR. SPEAKER AND MEMBERS, I WANT TO THANK MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE MFLS AMERICANS WHO CONTACT THEIR REPRESENT YAFSE LAST WEEK AND -- REPRESENTATIVES LAST WEEK AND VOICED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICAN BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ALTHOUGH TRUMPCARE FAILED THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE IS FAR FROM OVER. I HOPE THAT SPEAKER RYAN WILL REACH ACROSS THE AISLE SO WE CAN IMPROVE THE LAW THAT WORKS AND MORE POPULAR THAN EVER. THANKS TO THE A.C.A. MORE THAN 20 MILLION MORE AMERICANS ARE INSURED. PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED. CONSUMERS ARE PROTECTED FROM THE WORSE ABUSES OF THE INSURANCETRY. INDUSTRY. THERE ARE PARTS OF THE LAW THAT CAN BE IMPROVED AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD WORK ON. THE REPUBLICAN BILL NEVER TRIED. NOT ONE PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON THAT BILL. THEIR COMPLETE OF LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TRIED TO RAM IT THROUGH WITHOUT PUBLIC COMMENT. WE WORKED ON THE A.C.A. FOR MORE THAN A YEAR BEFORE THERE WAS A FINAL VOTE. TRUMPCARE WAS VOTED ON IN ONLY 18 DAYS AFTER IT WAS INTRODUCED. 18 DAYS. A BILL THAT WOULD CUT 24 MILLION AMERICANS FROM HEALTH CARE. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE, I HOPE TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION TO IMPROVE THE A.C.A. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE THE OUTSTANDING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AND CONGRATULATE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF FOUR YOUNG MEN IN MY DISTRIFPKT THE HERMITAGE ARKANSAS F.F.A. TEAM NOT ONLY PLACED FIRST IN ARKANSAS BUT ALSO WON THE 37TH ANNUAL NATIONAL FORESTRY INVITATIONAL AND NATIONAL F.F.A. CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT. THE TEAM WAS COMPRISED OF ETHAN BOY KIN, HUNTER SANDERS, CADE WILKERSON, AND CONNOR WILKERSON, ALL OF HERMITAGE, ARKANSAS. DURING THE INVITATIONAL, TEAMS VEET COMPETED FOR OVERALL TEAM IN INDIVIDUAL AWARDS IN EVENT SUCH AS TRUE IDENTIFICATION, INSECT AND DISEASE IDENTIFICATION, FOREST EVALUATION, AND WRITTEN FORESTRY EXAMPLE. THE C.D.E. TESTS STUDENTS' SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE IN FOREST MANAGEMENT. AS A FORESTER SERVING IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, I RECOGNIZE THE MANY HOURS THAT THESE YOUNG MEN DEDICATED TO COMPETING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL AND I ADMIRE THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK. ADDITIONALLY, SPECIAL RECOGNITION IS DUE TO MR. TAYLOR GWINN, WHO COACHED THE TEAM AND THE EXTENSION SERVICE. THEY PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN MAKING THIS VICTORY POSSIBLE. MR. SPEAKER, ACKING A AND FORESTRY ARE THE MAIN ECONOMIC ENGINES IN ARKANSAS. THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT IN MY MIND ONE DAY SOON TALENTED AND PASSIONATE YOUNG PEOPLE SUCH AS THESE WILL BE CALLED UPON TO LEAD OUR STATE INTO FOOT TURE. ONCE AGAIN I OFFER THEM MY MOST SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS AND WISH THEM THE BEST AS THEY CONTINUE TO PURSUE THEIR PASSION FORESTRY.

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. HIGGINS

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 2009 WHEN GAS PRICES WERE VERY HIGH, AND OUR DEPENDENCE ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN 2009 WHEN GAS PRICES WERE VERY HIGH, AND OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL WAS AT ITS PEAK, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SET STANDARDS TO INCREASE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF TRUCKS AND CARS. THIS HELPED ACHIEVE THREE MAIN GOALS. IT LESSENED THE BURDEN ON CONSUMERS FACED WITH HIGH GAS PRICES. AND ADDRESSED THE URGENT NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY RELATING TO OUR ADDICTION TO MIDDLE EAST OIL AND SOUGHT TO LIMIT THE EMITANCE OF HARMFUL FUMES INTO OUR ATMOSPHERE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE MADE AN UNPRECEDENTED COMMITMENT TO OUR AUTO INDUSTRY AND END THEIR MOST UNCERTAINTY AND DARKEST MOMENT FACING COLLAPSE AND BANKRUPTCY, AMERICA BAILED THEM OUT. WE DID THIS AND IT CAME WITH POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES, BUT WE BELIEVED THAT THEIR CENTRALITY TO THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND WE STILL DO. THAT IS WHY IT'S SO DISAPPOINTING TO SEE EAGERNESS OF THE AUTO INDUSTRY HAS WITH ITS ADMINISTRATION'S CHOICE TO CAVE AND COWARDLY ON FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. GAS PRICES MAY BE LOW NOW, BUT THEY WON'T BE FOREVER. AND IT WOULD BE A MISGUIDED DECISION TO SHELL EVERYBODY THESE FUEL EFFICIENCY RULES NOW. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MADE A PROMISE TO MY CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY SENT ME BACK TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MADE A PROMISE TO MY CONSTITUENTS WHEN THEY SENT ME BACK TO OFFICE THIS YEAR. THEY ENTRUSTED ME TO REPRESENT THEM AND THE ISSUES THAT AFFECT THEM THE MOST. THEY SENT ME HERE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, OUR HEALTH SYSTEM, OUR HEALTH INSURANCE SYSTEM IS CRUSHING THOSE THAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO HELP. THEY SENT ME HERE TO REMOVE WASHINGTON BUREAUCRATS FROM THE HEALTH CARE BUSINESS AND TO RESTORE THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS BROKEN DOWN F OBAMACARE HAS SHOWN US ANYTHING, IT IS THAT COVERAGE AND AFFORDABLE CARE ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

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    MR. MARCHANT

    THAT BENEFITS EVERY AMERICAN TO CREATE A TAX STRUCTURE THAT REWARDS…

    THAT BENEFITS EVERY AMERICAN TO CREATE A TAX STRUCTURE THAT REWARDS AMERICAN WORKERS AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES. LASTLY, THEY SENT ME HERE TO MAKE SURE WE SECURE OUR BORDERS AND ENFORCE OUR BORDER LAWS BECAUSE BORDER SECURITY IS NATIONAL SECURITY. THESE ARE THE ISSUES THIS HOUSE SHOULD BE TACKLING. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CICILLINE

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    MR. CICILLINE

    YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO LIMIT FORMER…

    YESTERDAY WE LEARNED THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO LIMIT FORMER DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES TESTIMONY ON RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION. AS REPORTED IN "THE WASHINGTON POST," SALLY MADE THREER THEIR TESTIMONY WOULD CONTRADICT STATEMENTS MADE BY OFFICIALS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE HEARING WHICH THEY WERE TO TESTIFY HAS NOW BEEN CANCELED AND ALL OF US HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK WHY. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE ABOUT HIS TIES TO PUTIN'S RUSSIA, THEN WHY DOESN'T PRESIDENT TRUMP WANT SALLY YATES TO TESTIFY? IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE WHY DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP CONTINUE TO WITHHOLD HIS TKS RETURNS? IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE WHY WON'T PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKE PUBLIC THE VISITORS LOGS AT MAR-A-LAGO. WE'RE NOW IN DAY 68 OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. EACH DAY MORE AND MORE INFORMATION EMERGES ABOUT TIES BETWEEN PUTIN'S REGIME AND TRUMP'S INNER CIRCLE AND CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS. EACH DAY THE WHITE HOUSE SCRAMBLES TO CONTAIN THE DAMAGE. IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO COME CLEAN WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. PRESIDENT, LET SALLY YATES TESTIFY. MR. PRESIDENT, RELEASE YOUR TAXES. MR. PRESIDENT, LET'S SEE THE GUEST LOGS AT MAR-A-LAGO, AND SUPPORT AN INDEPENDENT BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ANSWERS.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON TAX REFORM. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON TAX REFORM. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES KNOW THIS IS A MATTER THAT I AM THE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SECOND GENERATION SMALL BUSINESS OWN AND MY DAUGHTERS ARE THIRD GENERATION. I UNDERSTAND FIRSTHAND THE IMPACT THAT UNFAIR JOB-KILLING TAXES AND REGULATIONS HAVE ON MAIN STREET. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO NEARLY LOSE A FAMILY BUSINESS THAT WAS BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP JUST BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BELIEVES IN A DEATH TAX. THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS A TAX OF THE FAMILIES OF THE AMERICAN

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    MICHIGAN LEGEND, ARETHA FRANKLING. ARETHA HAS TAUGHT US TO BE A PROUD…

    MICHIGAN LEGEND, ARETHA FRANKLING. ARETHA HAS TAUGHT US TO BE A PROUD NATURAL WOMAN AND FORCED US TO THINK ABOUT IT BUT ALSO TO ACT.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    ONCE CALLED THE VOICE OF BLACK AMERICA, MS. FRANKLIN HAS BEEN A CHAMPION…

    ONCE CALLED THE VOICE OF BLACK AMERICA, MS. FRANKLIN HAS BEEN A CHAMPION IN THE COMMUNITY FOR DECADES AND AT HOME IN HER HOMETOWN OF DETROIT. WITH A HOLLYWOOD START, 20 R AND B, 18 GRAMMIES, A MEDAL OF FREEDOM FROM PRESIDENT BUSH, SHE REPRESENTS THE BEST OF DETROIT AND OUR COUNTRY. THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, WE MUST LIFT WOMEN UP ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, ENSURING THAT OUR LAWS AND POLICIES EMPOWER AND PROTECT ALL WOMEN. I'M PROUD TO CALL ARETHA FRANKLIN MY FRIEND AND WISH HER A HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WHICH WAS MARCH 25 AND STAND ALONG SIDE THIS GREAT CHAMPION FOR WOMEN EVERY DAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    KEARNEY WHO PASSED AWAY ON PEARL HARBOR DAY AT THE AGE OF 62.

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    MR. HILL

    JOHN RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO THE UNITED STATES NAVAL…

    JOHN RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. UPON GRADUATION AND COMMISSION, HE FOLLOWED IN HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS AND PURSUED A CAREER IN THE NAVY RETIRING AT THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HIS DISTINGUISHED MILITARY CAREER AND RECEIVED NUMEROUS MEDALS FOR HIS SERVICE WHICH INCLUDED WORK HERE IN WASHINGTON AND ON THE SEVENTH FLEET STAFF IN JAPAN. HE LEAVES BEHIND LEGACY OF WARMTH AND PASSION AND PEOPLE CAN ADMIRE. I EXTEND MY RESPECT, AFFECTION AND PRAYERS TO HIS FINE FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. I YIELD BACK.

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    I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THERESA LOPEZ. . SHE WAS CHOSEN BY MY OFFICE TO BE…

    I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THERESA LOPEZ. . SHE WAS CHOSEN BY MY OFFICE TO BE MARCH HEROINE OF THE MONTH. SHE HAS SERVED AT VETERANS' SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE. THERESA UNDERSTANDS THAT OUR VALLEY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES DESERVE THE BEST CARE AND SERVICE THEY CAN HAVE BECAUSE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION'S MILITARY, MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY AND MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY HAVE MADE SACRIFICES THAT WE SHOULD NEVER EVER FORGET. THERESA KNOWS SHE HAS BEEN WORKING WITH MY OFFICE SINCE 2008 AND I KNOW SHE WORKS HARD EVERY DAY TO ENSURE LOCAL VETERANS ARE RECEIVING THE V.A. BENEFITS THEY'VE EARNED. THERESA DOES OUTREACH TO THE MEN'S PRISON AND THE V.A. CLINIC IN OAKHURST. AND ALSO SERVES AS THE SECRETARY OF THE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICERS SINCE 2012. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE SERVICE OF THERESA LOPEZ AND HER STRONG COMMITMENT TO SERVING VALLEY VETERANS FOR WE CAN NEVER EVER SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH NOT ONLY FOR OUR VETERANS BUT FOR THE GOOD WORK THERESA HAS DONE. GOOD BLESS HER AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    HONOR CAPITOL POLICE SPECIAL AGGET ANGEL MORALES. HE IS RETIRING AFTER 21…

    HONOR CAPITOL POLICE SPECIAL AGGET ANGEL MORALES. HE IS RETIRING AFTER 21 YEARS ON THE FORCE.

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    MR. SCALISE

    TO 1991, HE PUT ON THE UNIFORM OF OUR COUNTRY WORKED HIS WAY UP TO…

    TO 1991, HE PUT ON THE UNIFORM OF OUR COUNTRY WORKED HIS WAY UP TO SERGEANT. FROM THERE HE TRADED HIS ARMY UNIFORM AND SERVED WITH THE D.C. METRO POLICE. THEN HE JOINED THE CAPITOL POLICE FORCE WHERE HE HAS PROTECTED ALL WHO COME THROUGH OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. SINCE 1998, HE HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE DIGNITARY DIVISION WORKING WITH DICK ARMIEY, ROY BLUNT AND ERIC CANTOR AND THE LEADER OF MY DETAIL TEAM. I THANK HIS WIFE SUSAN AND HIS TWO KIDS FOR SELFLESSLY ALLOWING ANGEL TO SERVE OUR NATION IN THESE ROLES. ANGEL, ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY AND THE ENTIRE CAPITOL FAMILY, THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE. WE'LL MISS YOU, YOUNG MAN.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE MY TIME IN CONGRESS, I WAS A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BEFORE MY TIME IN CONGRESS, I WAS A TRIAL LAWYER. AS A TRIAL LAWYER, I LEARNED THAT WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, THERE IS FIRE, AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THERE IS A FIRE THREATENING OUR REPUBLIC. MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, RUSSIA ATTACKED OUR COUNTRY WHEN IT TRIED TO MEDICAL IN OUR ELECTIONS BUT WE HAVE A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WHO BARELY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ACT MUCH LESS CONDEMN IT. WE HEAR TOUGH TALK FROM THE PRESIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO CHINA AND NORTH KOREA, WHEN A RUSSIA PATROL SHIP IN OUR WATERS, WE HEAR CONTRADICTS. WE HEAR IT IS INTERFERING WITH DEMOCRACIES OF EUROPE. INDEED THIS PRESIDENT SEES NO MORAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR DEMOCRACY AND THE PUTIN REGIME. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS SMOKE AND THERE IS FIRE, OUR REPUBLIC IS BEING THREATENED. WE CAN ONLY PUT THIS FIRE OUT WITH THE TRUTH. WE NEED TO ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH THE TRUMP-RUSSIA TIES AND FIND OUR WAY TO THE TRUTH. MR. SPEAKER, I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE 20 YEARS OF THE GLICK FELLOWS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE 20 YEARS OF THE GLICK FELLOWS PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE. SINCE 1996, THE FOUNDATION HAS SUPPORTED UNDERGRADUATES AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AS THEY BRING INNOVATIVE ARTS PROGRAMMING TO SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY CENTERS IN MY DISTRICT.

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    MR. TAKANO

    FAMILIES WITH THE EXPERIENCE ART, THEATER THROUGH WORK SHOPS AND…

    FAMILIES WITH THE EXPERIENCE ART, THEATER THROUGH WORK SHOPS AND PERFORMANCES. OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS, MORE THAN 300,000 INLAND EMPIRE RESIDENTS HAVE BENEFITED. I CONGRATULATE THE DEAN. GLOCK FELLOWS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND THE FOUNDATION AND ITS CHAIR, DR. JOHN KAZWICK. I WISH CONTINUED SUCCESS TO THE GLOCK FELLOWS PROGRAM OF THE ARTS AT U.C. RIVERSIDE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CLERK

    MARCH 29, APPOINTMENTS, ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE RECORDS OF CONGRESS.…

    MARCH 29, APPOINTMENTS, ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE RECORDS OF CONGRESS. WITH BEST WISHES, I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 233 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND…

    ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY; AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

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

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

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON TUESDAY, THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE HOUSE RESOLUTION 233, PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1431, THE E.P.A. SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD REFORM ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION WILL REFORM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OR THE E.P.A.'S SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD TO ENSURE THAT IT IS UNBIASED AND TRANSPARENT IN PERFORMING ITS DUTIES. THE S.A.B. WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESS IN 1978 AND PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN REVIEWING THE SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATION OF E.P.A.'S REGULATORY DECISIONS WHILE ALSO PROVIDING CRITICAL ADVICE TO US HERE IN CONGRESS AS WELL AS THE AGENCY. THE INFORMATION IT REVIEWS IS USED TO JUSTIFY IMPORTANT POLICY DECISIONS AT THE E.P.A. AND SHOULD BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, BECAUSE IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE REGULATED COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT E.P.A. DECISIONS ARE GROUNDED, THAT SCIENCE SHOULD BE BOTH REPRODUCE I BELIEVE AND TRANSPARENT. HOWEVER, SHORTCOMINGS WITH THE PROCESS HAVE ARISEN IN RECENT YEARS, INCLUDING LIMITED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, E.P.A. INTERFERENCE WITH EXPERT ADVICE, POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS AND SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES WITH THE PROCESS TO SELECT THE BOARD MEMBERS. FAR TOO OFTEN THE S.A.B.'S AUTHORITY HAS BEEN USED BY THE E.P.A. TO SILENCE DISSENTING SCIENTIFIC VIEWS AND OPINIONS RATHER THAN PROMOTING THE IMPARGET AND FAIRNESS THAT IS THE CORNERSTONE OF UNBIASED ADVICE. AT ITS INCEPTION, THE S.A.B. WAS INTENDED TO FUNCTION INDEPENDENTLY IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CANDID ADVICE AND GUIDANCE TO THE E.P.A. YET THE AGENCY UNDERMINES THIS AUTONOMY THEN THE VALUE TO E.P.A. AND CONGRESS IS SEVERELY DIMINISHED. MR. SPEAKER, TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES, H.R. 1431 WOULD REFORM THE S.A.B. AND REAFFIRM ITS INDEPENDENCE SO THE PUBLIC AND REGULATED ENTITIES CAN HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE THAT SOUND SCIENCE THAT IS DRIVING POLICY DECISIONS AT THE E.P.A. THE BILL MAKES SEVERAL IMPORTANT REFORMS TO THE S.A.B. SUCH AS REQUIRING BOARD MEMBERS TO BE QUALIFIED EXPERTS, DISCLOSING CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS AND SOURCES OF BIAS. AND ENSURING THAT THE VIEWS OF MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE DISSENTING MEMBERS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. . IT PROVIDES THE PUBLIC AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE WITH THE BOARD AND GIVES PEOPLE THE ABILITY TO VIEW THE AGENCY'S RESPONSES TO ISSUES RAISED BOY THE S.A.B. ADDITIONALLY, THE BILL REQUIRES THAT AT LEAST 10% OF THE BOARD IS COMPRISED OF STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL EXPERTS. THE BOARD MEMBERS DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ADVISORY ACTIVITIES THAT INVOLVE REVIEWS OR EVALUATIONS OF THEIR OWN WORK. AND THAT E.P.A. PUBLICLY DISCLOSED ALL BOARD MEMBER RECUSALS AND THAT COMMENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER. SO THESE REFORMS WILL IMPROVE THE EXISTING REGULATORY PROCESS WHILE ALSO REINVIGORATING THE SCIENTIFIC JUDGMENTS THAT ARE OFTEN DIRECTLY LINKED TO REGULATORY DECISIONS. THE E.P.A. RELIES ON S.A.B. REVIEWS AND STUDIES TO SUPPORT NEW REGULATIONS, NEW STANDARDS, ASSESSMENTS, AND OTHER AGENCY ACKS. -- ACTIONS. SO A TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT AND CAN ASSURE THE PUBLIC THAT THE DATA THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES RELY ON IS SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND AND UNBIASED. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REINFORCE THAT THE S.A.B. PROCESS IS A TOOL TO HELP POLICYMAKERS WITH COMPLEX ISSUES WHILE ALSO PREVENTING THE E.P.A. FROM TAKING ACTIONS THAT IMPEDE THE FREE FLOW OF IMPARTIAL SCIENTIFIC ADVICE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RULE PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF AN IMPORTANT MEASURE THAT WILL IMPROVE THE PEER REVIEW PROCESS AND ENSURE SOUND SCIENCE IS USED IN THE FEDERAL RULE MAKING PROCESS. IT'S A SIMPLE, RELATIVELY STRAIGHTFORWARD BILL THAT WILL MAKE THE S.A.B. MORE CONSISTENT, TRANSPARENT, AND ACCOUNTABLE TO OUR BOSSES, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TRANSPARENCY IN REGULATIONS BASED ON THE HIGHEST QUALITY SCIENCE SHOULD NOT BE PARTISAN ISSUES. IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, A NEAR IDENTICAL VERSION OF THIS BILL WAS PASSED BY THE HOUSE. I'M GLAD TO SAY WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I HOPE WE CAN JOIN TOGETHER AGAIN TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT BILL WITH SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FROM BOTH PARTIES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR.…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. NEWHOUSE, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. THIS IS THE 23RD CLOSED RULE OF THIS SHORT NEW CONGRESS. BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO AMEND NEARLY 60% OF THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BAN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR THROUGH THE HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE. THIS EFFORT BY SPEAKER RYAN AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP TO HALT A FAIR AND OPEN DEBATE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE IS OUTRAGEOUS. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE A DELIBERATIVE BODY. WHERE BOTH PARTIES GET TO DELIBERATE. THESE PUTIN-ESQUE RULES THAT SHUT DOWN ALL DEBATE NEED TO STOP. THIS ISN'T THE KREMLIN. I THINK REPRESENTATIVE ROONEY, A REPUBLICAN, SAID IT BEST LAST WEEK AND I QUOTE. I HAVE BEEN IN THIS JOB EIGHT YEARS AND I'M WRACKING MY BRAIN TO THINK OF ONE THING OUR PARTY HAS DONE THAT HAS BEEN SOMETHING POSITIVE, THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING OTHER THAN STOPPING SOMETHING ELSE FROM HAPPENING, END QUOTE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE ARE CONSIDERING A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT SEEKS TO PREVENT THE E.P.A. FROM PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. NOT EXACTLY POSITIVE. THIS BILL WAS BROUGHT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE IN AN EMERGENCY MEETING LAST NIGHT, AND LET ME EMPHASIZE THAT, AND EMERGENCY MEETING. MR. SPEAKER, I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA OF WHAT IS AND WHAT ISN'T AN EMERGENCY. A TREE FALLS ON YOUR HOUSE, THAT'S AN MESSAGECY. YOUR ROSE BUSH NEEDS BRUINING, NOT AN EMERGENCY. TIMMY FELL DOWN AN WELL, THAT'S AN EMERGENCY. TIMMY MIGHT STUB HIS TOE, NOT AN EMERGENCY. ON APRIL 28, THE GOVERNMENT WILL RUN OUT OF MONEY. THAT'S AN EMERGENCY. EVEN IF IT IS A SELF-INFLICTED -- EVEN IF IT IS SELF-INFLICTED BY THE REPUBLICANS. AND WE HAVE NO SHORTAGE OF OTHER ACTUAL EMERGENCIES THAT WE SHOULD BE DEALING WITH. A DEVASTATING OPIOID EPIDEMIC. CRUMBLING ROADS AND BRIDGES. MOUNTING EVIDENCE OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN OUR ELECTION. AND PEOPLE BEING KILLED EVERY DAY DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE, NOT TO MENTION FLINT, MICHIGAN, IS STILL DEALING WITH THE RESIDUAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF TOXICALLY POLLUTED WATER. THESE ARE NOT JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF ACTUAL EMERGENCIES THAT CONGRESS IS DOING NOTHING TO ADDRESS. INSTEAD, THE UNDERLYING BILL, THE E.P.A. SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD REFORM ACT, IS BROUGHT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE AND TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AS AN EMERGENCY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS WE LEARNED LAST WEEK, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT WE DO HERE. THEY ARE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT AN EMERGENCY IS AND THIS BILL ISN'T ADDRESSING AN EMERGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CREATING ONE. THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD AT THE E.P.A. PROVIDES A WAY FOR THE AGENCY TO USE SOUND, INDEPENDENT, AND OBJECTIVE SCIENTIFIC DATA TO HELP MAKE THEIR DECISIONS. SCIENCE, MR. SPEAKER, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF IT, IT'S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. BUT THIS BILL WON'T HELP THE E.P.A. TO INCLUDE MORE SCIENTISTS IN THEIR DECISIONS. IT WILL FORCE THEM TO INCLUDE PEOPLE WITH POTENTIAL FINANCIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ON THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD SO LONG AS THEY DISCLOSE THEM. DO WE REALLY WANT PEOPLE ON OUR ADVISORY BOARDS IF THEY COULD PROFIT FROM DECISION THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO MAKE? THERE'S NOTHING SCIENTIFIC ABOUT CORRUPTION AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS BILL WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO. THIS BILL ALSO LIMITS THE PARTICIPATION OF SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS AT THE E.P.A., LEADING TO A DISPROPORTIONATE REPRESENTATION OF BIG BUSINESS AND CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS. ARE THESE REALLY THE PEOPLE WE WANT MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THE HEALTH OF OUR KIDS AND THE POLICIES THAT SHOULD BE PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT? IS THAT WHAT WE WANT? WHAT IS THIS BILL REALLY ABOUT? WELL, IT'S ABOUT ALLOWING THE REPUBLICANS' BIG CORPORATE CRONIES A DIRECT ROUTE TO DEET SIGNIFICANCE MAKERS AT THE E.P.A. IT'S ABOUT DISRUPTING THE E.P.A.'S ABILITY TO FAIRLY ENFORCE THE RULES, HOLD CORPORATE POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE, AND PROTECT OUR HEALTH. IT'S ABOUT UNDERMINING SCIENTIFIC FACT WITH POLITICAL CRONYISM. MAYBE THINGS HAVE CHANGED LATELY. IT'S BEEN A CHILE SINCE MY LAST SCIENCE CLASS, BUT I'M SURE THERE IS NO STEP IN THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD THAT SAYS, CONSULT CORPORATE CRONIES. THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WANTS THE E.P.A. TO BASE THEIR DECISIONS ON FICTION NOT FACT. AMERICANS CAN'T AFFORD TO HAVE THE E.P.A. RUN BY PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN A FANTASY LAND WHERE FACTS AND SCIENCE DON'T MATTER. OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE HEALTH OF OUR FAMILIES IS TOO IMPORTANT. THIS LAW IS GOING TO HAVE REAL LIFE CONSEQUENCES. IT UNDERMINES SCIENCE. HURTS THE ENVIRONMENT. AND IT HELPS POLLUTERS. WE NEED TO ALLOW THE EP TAUPE MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON FACT. WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT E.P.A. IS ALWAYS FREE FROM FINANCIAL CONFLICTS. NOT MAKING DECISIONS BASED ON PANELS FILLED WITH INDUSTRY INSIDERS LIKE THE ONES THAT THIS BILL WOULD CREATE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL DEFIES LOGIC. IT DEFIES REASON. IT DEFIES SANITY. IT WILL HURT THE PEOPLE WHO SENT US HERE AND IT WILL HELP POLLUTERS. REPUBLICANS ARE PUTTING CORPORATE GREED AHEAD OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE THE ONES WHO WILL SUFFER. AMERICANS DESERVE BETTER. WE SHOULD BE FIGHTING ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME TELL MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS WHAT I TELL FIRST GRADERS THAT I TALK TO BACK IN MY DISTRICT IN MASSACHUSETTS WHEN GI TO VISIT THEIR SCHOOLS. I USUALLY BEGIN BY TELLING THEM THAT SCIENCE IS IMPORTANT. IT'S A BIG DEAL. IT'S SUCH A BIG DEAL THAT ALL OUR SCHOOLS TEACH IT. AND IF YOU DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND IF YOU STUDY HARD AND PAY ATTENTION, YOU MIGHT GROW UP SOMEDAY TO BECOME A SCIENTIST. AND SCIENTISTS ARE PEOPLE WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND THEY ARE -- THEY DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR PLANET. SCIENTISTS TELL US THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. THEY TELL US THINGS LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE IS CAUSED BY GREENHOUSE GASES. SOMETHING MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS CONTINUALLY DENY. THEY TELL US THAT POLLUTED AIR CAN GIVE CHILDREN ASTHMA. THEY TELL US THAT LEAD IN CHILDREN'S DRINKING WATER CAUSES LEARNING PROBLEMS. THEY TELL US PESTICIDE EXPOSURE CAN CAUSE CANCER. THESE ARE IMPORTANT THINGS. AND WE ALL LEARNED IN SCHOOL THANKS TO SCIENCE THAT THE EARTH OR BITS-ORR BITS AROUND THE SUN. GRAVITY CALL THIS IS PEN TO FALL WHEN I DROP T THAT PLANTS TURN SUNSHINE INTO ENERGY. THAT DINOSAURS ROAMED THE EARTH MFLS YEARS AGO. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE FIRST GRADERS I TALK TO, THEY GET IT. THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE. UNCORAL MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER DO NOT. AND I WOULD BET THAT THOSE FIRST GRADERS ARE GOING TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE IT IS SCIENTISTS WHO SIT ON SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARDS AND NOT CORPORATE CRONIES. WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 12:41:24 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. SOME OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S COMMENTS. SOME OF THOSE COMMENTS HE WAS MAKING I THOUGHT HE WAS QUOTING ME, AT LEAST QUOTING PARTS OF MY OWN SPEECH. CERTAINLY I AGREE THAT THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SHOULD BE BASED ON FACT NOT BY INDUSTRY INSIDERS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD DO. I CAN'T THINK OF ANY INSTANCE WHERE ASKING FOR MORE FULL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AS WELL AS TRANSPARENCY IS NOT A POSITIVE STEP. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO HERE. IN REFERENCE TO THE NUMBERS BEING PUT OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF CLOSED RULES THAT WE HAVE HAD THIS YEAR. LET ME JUST REMIND THE GOOD GENTLEMAN THAT 15 OUT OF THE 234 CLOSED -- 23 CLOSED RULES WERE ACTUALLY THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT, THE C.R.A.'S WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, AND THEY ARE PROSCRIBED TO BE A CLOSED RULE. THAT IS THE NATURE OF A C.R.A. I WOULD THINK THAT IN THE GOOD GENTLEMAN'S ESTIMATION OF THIS BILL AND ALL THE NEGATIVE THINGS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY COME OF IT, THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME TO SOME BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON THIS, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE POLITICAL CLIMATE THAT WE'RE IN TODAY, THE OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY, CERTAINLY IN REPUBLICAN HANDS, THAT I WOULD THINK OUR FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN ENSURING AN UNBIASED SOURCE OF INFORMATION THAT COMES FROM THE S.A.B. TO GIVE TO THE E.P.A. IN MAKING THEIR IMPORTANT DECISIONS. THIS I WOULD THINK WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. NO MATTER WHO IS IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I WOULD AGREE THAT IT IS. WITH THOSE COMMENTS AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WEBER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 12:43:20 PM

    MR. WEBER

    I THANK GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

    I THANK GENTLEMAN FROM MR. SPEAKER, I DO RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1430, AND I APPRECIATE THE PRIMER WE WERE GIVEN FROM THE OTHER SIDE WHAT AN EMERGENCY IS. I WOULD REMIND MY GOOD FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE THAT ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, THE AMERICANS STOOD UP AND ANNE SAID WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY. WE NEED TO CHANGE DIRECTIONS AND THEY ELECTED DONALD TRUMP THE PRESIDENT TO DO JUST THAT. SO THAT'S A GOOD REMINDER. MR. SPEAKER, OUR CONSTITUENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT E.P.A. REGULATIONS ARE BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE, AND IF THEY BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. KEEPING IN VAIN WHEN WITH WHAT I JUST SAID, WE HAVE A BETTER WAY, SPEAKER PAUL RYAN HAS PUT OUT HIS PLAN FOR A BETTER WAY. DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN LEEKTED FOR THAT BETTER WAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A BETTER WAY. AND SO THIS IS CALLED THE HONEST ACT, WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF. IT IS A BETTER WAY. IT IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. IT'S A MESSAGE TO GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS. THEY CANNOT PROPOSE COSTLY NEW REGULATIONS WITHOUT PROVIDING SUFFICIENT TRANSPARENCY. AS MY GOOD FRIEND FROM WASHINGTON SAID, WHY WOULD ANYBODY BE OPPOSED TO TRANSPARENCY AND A RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO KNOW? OPPONENTS OF THIS BILL APPARENTLY THINK AMERICANS DO NOT DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH, NOT TO MENTION THE SCIENCE, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, BEHIND E.P.A. BURDENSOME REGULATIONS. TRUST ME WHEN I SAY AMERICANS DESERVE THE TRUTH FROM THE VERY START. MR. SPEAKER, THE E.P.A.'S REGULATORY AGENDA SHOULD NOT REQUIRE SECRET SCIENCE OR MUCH LESS 30-YEAR-OLD DATA IN ORDER TO SELL IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE OTHER SIDE LIKES TO CLAIM THAT THERE IS A LOT OF SCIENTISTS BEHIND THIS CLIMATE CHANGE THEORY, BUT THEY WON'T RELEASE THAT DATA, SO WHAT ARE THEY HIDING BEHIND? BY THE WAY I REMEMBER MARK TWAIN SAID SOMETIMES THE MAJORITY SIMPLY MEANS ALL THE FOOLTS ARE ON ONE SIDE. -- ALL THE FOOLS IT IS LONG PAST TIME. THIS HONEST ACT WILL DO EXACTLY THAT BY PROHIBITING THE E.P.A. FROM PROPOSING OR FINALIZING REGULATIONS BASED UPON THE DATA THAT IS OUTDATED, THAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT NOR IS IT PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW. I THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I WANT TO THANK FINE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON STATE, MR. NEW HOUSE, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON RESERVES.

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  • 12:46:00 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS SPEECH BUT IT'S ON A DIFFERENT…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS SPEECH BUT IT'S ON A DIFFERENT BILL THAN WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT NOW. THAT WAS ON THE RULE WE DEBATED YESTERDAY. THE RULE PASSED, BUT WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IT TODAY. I WAS A LITTLE CONFUSED TRYING TO FOLLOW THE GENTLEMAN. AND I REMIND THE GENTLEMAN, HE MENTIONED DONALD TRUMP'S ELECTION. I WILL REMIND HIM LESS THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ACTUALLY VOTED FOR HIM. HILLARY WON BY THE POPULAR VOTE CLOSE TO THREE MILLION AND THE GENTLEMAN KEEPS TALKING ABOUT A BETTER WAY, A BETTER WAY. WAS -- WAS THAT ON DISPLAY LAST WEEK WHEN WE SPENT 15 HOURS IN THE RULES COMMITTEE DEBATING REPEAL AND REPLACE THE OBAMACARE. AND I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN , MY COLLEAGUE, MR. NEWHOUSE, TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE CLOSED PROCESS AND SAYING SOME OF THESE BILLS WERE C.R.A.'S AND REPEALING REGULATIONS. MY FRIENDS CHOSE TO BRING UP THESE REPEAL REGULATION BILLS UNDER A VERY CLOSED PROCESS. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THESE RULES WERE MADE UNDER A VERY OPEN PROCESS, WHERE AGENCIES SOLE IS TED INPUT FROM STAKEHOLDERS AND FROM THE PUBLIC AND ALL OUT IN THE OPEN, BUT THE REPUBLICANS CHOSE TO BRING MEASURES TO THE FLOOR TO REPEAL REGULATIONS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THAT AGENCY CAN'T EVEN GO BACK AND REVISIT THE SAME SUBJECT OF THAT PARTICULAR REGULATION. SO THIS IS -- AND I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS. I DON'T THINK -- I CAN EVER RECALL A MORE CLOSED AUTHORITARIAN PROCESS THAN THE ONE WE HAVE EXPERIENCED UNDER THIS LEADERSHIP. AND THIS IS NOT ONLY SOMETHING THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH, I KNOW A LOT OF REPUBLICANS DO, TOO, BECAUSE WHAT THIS CLOSED PROCESS MEANS THAT ANYBODY WITH A GOOD IDEA CAN'T BRING IT TO THE FLOOR, CAN'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE ISSUE. FUNNY, LAST NIGHT IN THE RULES COMMITTEE, MR. BURGESS WAS KIND OF CROWING ABOUT THE FACT THAT NO AMENDMENTS WERE BROUGHT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE. AND I REMINDED HIM, THE REASON NO AMENDMENTS WERE BROUGHT BEFORE THE RULES COMMITTEE BECAUSE THIS BILL WAS NOTICED AS AN EMERGENCY AND THERE WAS NO CALL FOR AMENDMENTS. MEMBERS WEREN'T ASKED TO BRING THEIR IDEAS OR THEIR AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES COMMITTEE. I MEAN, THIS WOULD BE LAUGHABLE IF IT WEREN'T SO TRAGIC AND I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUES, IT'S THE SAME CLOSED PROCESS THAT BROUGHT US THIS DISASTROUS HEALTH REPEAL BILL THAT MY FRIENDS HAD TO PULL LAST WEEK THAT'S ON DISPLAY TODAY. WHEN YOU HAVE A LOUSY PROCESS, YOU HAVE LOUSY LEMMINGS. THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DELIBERATE. OPEN IT UP. OPEN IT UP A LITTLE BIT. LET THERE BE SOME AMENDMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL BRING TO THE FLOOR AN AMENDMENT WHICH I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED BY REPORTS FROM OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REGARDING RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN LAST YEAR'S ELECTION AND BY F.B.I. DIRECTOR'S SWORN TESTIMONY THAT THE F.B.I. IS NOW INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF COLLUSION BETWEEN MEMBERS OF TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN TEAM AND RUSSIA. MR. SPEAKER, THE LEGITIMACY OF OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS AT STAKE AND IT IS TIME THIS REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS DOES ITS JOB. RECENT ACTIONS BY THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN HAVE LEFT MANY MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CONVINCED THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL NOT CONDUCT AN IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION OF THIS CRUCIAL MATTER. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE SWALWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE CUMMINGS' BILL TO CREATE A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTION. I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS IS CONTROVERSIAL. MY COLLEAGUES ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE SHOULD BE JUST AS INTERESTED IN GETTING TO THE TRUTH AND GETTING TO THE TRUTH IN A WAY THAT HAS CREDIBILITY WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS WE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE DO. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 12:51:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 12:51:02 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR.…

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

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  • 12:51:10 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND HIS ABLE STAFF. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BILL…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND HIS ABLE STAFF. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BILL BEFORE US, THE E.P.A. SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT MR. MCGOVERN'S AMENDMENT ON RUSSIA AND THEY ARE LINKED. THE LAST TIME A GREAT POWER DECIDED TO DENY SCIENCE-BASED POLICY AND ACTUALLY DICTATE POLITICALLY WHAT WAS SCIENCE AND WHAT WASN'T, WAS STALIN'S SOVIET RUSSIA. FAMOUS SCIENTIST WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A FRAUD AND A CON ARTIST, BUT FOR 30 YEARS HIS THINKING DOMINATED SOVIET SCIENCE TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE SOVIET PEOPLE. IT LED TO A FAMINE IN THE UKRAINE KILLING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE BECAUSE HE INSISTED ON HIS BRAND, HIS POLITICAL BRAND OF SCIENCE, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE, WHICH WASN'T SCIENCE AT ALL. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS I THINK IS WRONG WHEN HE SAYS WHAT'S THE EMERGENCY? I DON'T THINK HE UNDERSTANDS THAT FROM THE REPUBLICAN POINT OF VIEW, SCIENCE MIXED WITH PUBLIC POLICY IS AN EMERGENCY. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THE WORLD WAS CREATED 4,273 YEARS AGO AND CARBON DATA IS A FRAUD. AND CLIMATE CHANGE AS YOUR COASTAL AREAS ARE UNDER WATER, THINK ABOUT THE COMFORT OF REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY, IT IS JUST A THEORY AND DISPUTEABLE ON THAT. LET'S BACK OUT OF OUR COMMITMENTS AND BE THE ONLY MAJOR NATION IN THE WORLD THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND IS GOING TO AFFECT US IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES GOING FORWARD, INCLUDING OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. WE OWE THEM BETTER. THAT'S THE EMERGENCY. GOD FORBID THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS POLICIES AND REGULATIONS THAT ARE SCIENCE-BASED. GOD FORBID WE LOOK AT EMPIRICAL RESEARCH TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC. GOD FORBID WE LOOK AT THE SCIENCE OF LEAD AND OTHER TOXINS IN WATER SUPPLIES, LET'S SAVE $7 MILLION IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. JUST TODAY THEY ANNOUNCED $100 MILLION SETTLEMENT, THAT POLITICAL DECISION PUT THE PEOPLE OF FLINT, MICHIGAN AT RISK AND NOW GOING TO COST $100 MILLION TO FIX. THAT'S THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN ANTI-EMPIRICAL FILL OSY AND THAT WILL BE THE PROBLEM WITH POLLUTING THIS BOARD OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GUILTY OF POLLUTING IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY WON'T WELCOME REGULATION OF THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIES AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE THEIR ENABLERS. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF THIS BILL PASSES. WITH RESPECT TO RUSSIA, EACH DAY THERE ARE MORE TROUBLING REVELATIONS THAT MAKE CLEAR SENIOR-LEVEL TRUMP OFFICIALS HAD UNDISCLOSED CONTACT WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN PERHAPS AND THE TRANSITION AND ABOUT SANCTIONS. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN WAS FIRED AFTER ONLY THREE WEEKS ON THE JOB FOR LYING ABOUT THIS VERY THING TO THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS HAD TO RECUSE HIMSELF FROM ANY RUSSIAN PROBE BECAUSE OF COMPROMISED TESTIMONY AT HIS NOMINATION HEARING. F.B.I. DIRECTOR COMEY CONFIRMED AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS, AND WHAT IS THE MOST VISIBLE REACTION FROM MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE BEHAVIOR OF THE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN HAS COMPROMISED. THIS OUGHT TO BE ABOUT RESTORING INTEGRITY, ONE OF OUR MOST CHERISHED DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED, FREE AND FAIR ELECTION. I SUPPORT MR. MCGOVERN'S AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 12:55:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

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  • 12:55:41 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GET BACK TO THE BILL AT HAND, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS WE GET BACK TO THE BILL AT HAND, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THERE ARE A LOT OF IMPORTANT TOPICS OUT THERE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO TOUCH ON AND THAT'S WELL AND GOOD, JUST LIKE MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS BRINGING UP OTHER BILLS THAT ARE IMPORTANT THAT RELATE TO WHAT WE ARE TALKING HERE TODAY I THINK IS IMPORTANT AS WELL. BUT I THINK SEE AN UNDERLYING THEME HERE, WE ALL AGREE ON ONE THING, WE WANT THE E.P.A. TO USE SOUND SCIENCE AND WE WANT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, WE WANT, WE NEED TRANSPARENCY, AND THIS IS CERTAINLY A POSITIVE STEP IN A BILL, MR. SPEAKER, THAT WENT THROUGH REGULAR ORDER, WAS INTRODUCED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, WENT THROUGH THE MARKUP PROCESS, WAS REPORTED OUT WITHOUT AMENDMENTS, SOMETHING THAT THIS BODY IN THE LAST CONGRESS PASSED. AND I BELIEVE IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. JUST TO UNDERSCORE THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING THIS IMPORTANT STEP AND LET ME UNDERSCORE AGAIN, NO MATTER WHICH SIDE OF THE AISLE YOU'RE ON, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THIS BECAUSE OF WHO YOU MAY THINK IS THE RIGHT PERSON OR WRONG PERSON OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE E.P.A. HAS AN UNBIASED SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR IT TO MAKE ITS DECISIONS. IF I COULD SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD JUST TWO LETTERS, THE FIRST FROM THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL COUNCIL AND THE SECOND FROM THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. NEWHOUSE

    I WOULD LIKE TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM EACH ONE. FROM THE AMERICAN CHEMISTRY…

    I WOULD LIKE TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM EACH ONE. FROM THE AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL AND I QUOTE, THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD REFORM ACT WOULD IMPROVE THE PEER REVIEW PROCESS, THE PROCESS USED BY E.P.A. IN THEIR REGULATORY DECISIONS ABOUT POTENTIAL RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH OR THE ENVIRONMENT. THE ACT WOULD MAKE PEER REVIEWERS ACCOUNTABLE TO PUBLIC COMMENTS, STRENGTHEN POLICIES TO ADDRESS CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS, ENSURE ENGAGEMENT OF A WIDE RANGE OF PERSPECTIVES OF QUALIFIED SCIENTIFIC EXPERTS IN E.P.A.'S SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW PANELS AND INCREASE TPC IN PEER REVIEW REPORTS, A STRONG STATEMENT. THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO REINFORCE THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD PROCESS AS A TOOL THAT CAN HELP POLICY MAKERS WITH COMPLEX ISSUES WHILE PREVENTING E.P.A. FROM MUZZ WILLING IMPARTIAL SCIENTIFIC ADVICE. THIS LEGISLATION DESERVES STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND WE APPLAUD YOUR LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT AND WILL WORK WITH YOU TO ENSURE PASSAGE. TWO BIPARTISAN GROUPS LOOKING OUT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CITIZENS OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY. SO I THINK THEY MAKE STRONG STATEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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  • 12:58:46 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:58:50 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    CAN I INQUIRE OF THE GENTLEMAN HOW MANY MORE SPEAKERS HE HAS.

  • 12:58:55 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    WE HAVE COME TO THE END OF OUR SPEAKERS.

  • 12:58:57 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

  • 12:59:03 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    SO, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME FIRST REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR A NO…

    SO, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME FIRST REMIND PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS DEFEATED, WE WILL BRING UP AN AMENDMENT THAT WILL ALLOW THE BILL THAT REPRESENTATIVE SWALWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE CUMMINGS HAS INTRODUCED WHICH WOULD CREATE A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR 2016 ELECTION. AND THIS IS THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO DO IT, BECAUSE WE ARE BLOCKED IN EVERY OTHER WAY IN TERMS OF TRYING TO BRING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND THE RULES COMMITTEE IS A COMMITTEE THAT PRIORITIZES LEGISLATION AND HELPS SET THE AGENDA. SO THIS OUGHT TO BE PART OF IT. THIS ANTI-SCIENCE BILL CAN BE DEBATED AND VOTED ON AND WON'T DERAIL THAT BUT WILL ALLOW THE HOUSE TO BE ABLE TO DELIBERATE ON THIS BILL THAT WOULD CREATE A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE THE TRUTH. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES OUGHT TO GET OUT OF THE WAY AND ALLOW THIS COMMISSION TO BE CREATED SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN HAVE SOME TRUST IN A PROCESS THAT DETERMINES THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTIONS. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. . WITH REGARD TO THE RULE WE'RE DEBATING TODAY, I WOULD REMIND EVERYBODY THAT THIS IS A CLOSED RULE. THERE ARE SOME MEMBER -- MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN AN OPEN RULE. EVER. AND YOU KNOW, I HOPE THAT CHANGES. BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT, AGAIN, THERE OUGHT TO BE MORE DELIBERATION HERE. THERE OUGHT TO BE MORE BACK AND FORTH. AND EVEN IDEAS THEY STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OUGHT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME HERE AND BE ABLE TO PRESENT THEM AND WE CAN VOTE UP OR DOWN ON THEM. AND I THINK WE NEED TO BREAK THIS PATTERN OF SHUTTING THE PROCESS DOWN. IT IS WHAT RESULTED IN THE DEBACLE LAST WEEK WITH YOUR HORRIBLE HEALTH CARE BILL. THE ONE THAT ONLY 16% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORTED. IT'S PRETTY HARD TO GET THAT LOW , BUT MY FRIENDS MANAGED TO BE ABLE TO SET A NEW RECORD ON UNPOPULAR LEGISLATION. SO BAD THAT IT HAD TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE FLOOR AND FROM CONSIDERATION. BUT I WOULD ARGUE, IT IS THE CLOSED AUTHORITARIAN LIKE PROCESS THAT PRODUCED A LOUSY BILL. AND IF MY FRIENDS CONTINUE TO ADHERE TO THIS CLOSED PROCESS, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MORE LOUSY PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT ARE GOING TO DO GREAT HARM TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BROUGHT TO THIS FLOOR THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY, AGAIN, HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR THUNDER EXPEDITED PROCEDURE CALLED AN EMERGENCY PROVISION. JUST BEING RUSHED TO THE FLOOR. AS AN EMERGENCY. THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY, YOU KNOW. THE OPIATE CRISIS IS AN EMERGENCY. THE CRISIS IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, IS AN EMERGENCY. OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE IS AN EMERGENCY. THERE ARE DEFICIENT BRIDGES AND ROADS IN EVERY ONE OF OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, THAT'S AN EMERGENCY, WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT. KEEPING THE GOVERNMENT OPEN IS AN EMERGENCY. BUT TO SAY THIS IS AN EMERGENCY? THAT'S KIND OF RIDICULOUS. THIS IS NOT AN EMERGENCY. YOU KNOW, IT'S KIND OF LIKE OUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND YOU'RE SAYING, I'LL GET OUT THE HOSE LATER BUT I NEED TO WASH THE DISHES FIRST. THAT'S HOW THIS FITS INTO WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THIS DOESN'T QUALIFY FOR THAT. ON THE SUBSTANCE OF THE BILL, WE HAVE THIS RADICAL IDEA THAT SCIENTISTS OUGHT TO SIT ON SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEES, NOT CORPORATE CRONIES. NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN COVERING UP FOR POLLUTERS OR DOING THEIR BIDDING. WE THINK EXPERTS AND SCIENTIST OUGHT TO SIT ON ADVISORY -- SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARDS. THAT'S THE RADICAL IDEA THAT WE HAVE. AND THIS BILL UNFORTUNATELY UNDERMINES THAT. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS THREATENS PUBLIC HEALTH BY STACKING ADVISORY -- BY STACKING ADVISORY BOARDS WITH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES AND IT WEAKENS SCIENTIFIC REVIEW. IT IS THAT SIMPLE. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOUR POLITICAL IDEOLOGY IS. I DON'T THINK YOU WANT THAT. LET ME JUST SAY FOR THE RECORD, LET ME JUST MENTION SOME OF THE GROUPS THAT ARE OPPOSED TO THIS. ALLIANCE OF NURSES FOR HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS THIS EAMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION STRONGLY OPPOSES THIS BILL. THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. THE AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY. THE ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA OPPOSE THIS BILL. CLEAN WATER ACTION OPPOSE THIS IS BILL. EARTH JUSTICE. THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ACTION FUND. HEALTH CARE WITHOUT HARM. THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS. THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES THIS BILL. THE NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL. PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS. ALL OPPOSE THIS BILL. THE FOOD POLICY ACTION OPPOSES THIS BILL. I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON. EVERY ORGANIZATION THAT IS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSES THIS BILL. AND ARE BRINGING IT UP FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE NEW YORK AMENDMENTS, CLOSED RULE, AND HERE WE ARE. I WOULD JUST SAY, MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, THIS IS A BAD IDEA. I GUESS IF YOU'RE AN ALLY OF BIG CORPORATIONS OR OF CORPORATIONS THAT ENGAGE IN POLLUTION, THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. BUT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE GLOBE, FOR THAT MATTER, THIS IS A BAD IDEA. AS I BEGAN, I MENTIONED, WHEN I SPEAK TO FIRST GRADERS, THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE. THEY GET IT. THEY WANT US TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THEY WANT US TO PROTECT THIS PLANET. THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE. BUT I'M ALWAYS AMAZED HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER JUST DON'T GET IT. AND I FIND THAT REALLY SAD. I WANT TO GIVE MY KIDS AND SOMEDAY MY GRANDKIDS AND GREAT GRANDKIDS, YOU KNOW, A FUTURE WHERE WE RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT. WHEN WE PASS BILLS LIKE THIS, IT MAKES THAT LESS CERTAIN. SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES AGAIN, VOTE NO ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND PLEASE, IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, REJECT THIS LOUSY PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:06:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

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

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  • 01:06:13 PM

    MR. NEWHOUSE

    THIS BILL IS A GOOD IDEA. I THINK THE DEBATE WE HAVE HAD HERE TODAY…

    THIS BILL IS A GOOD IDEA. I THINK THE DEBATE WE HAVE HAD HERE TODAY UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS AS WE CONSIDER THIS UNDER THE RULE. H.R. 1431 ADDRESSES PROBLEMS THAT HAVE ARISEN OVER THE YEARS WITH THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD AND ACTUALLY WOULD RETURN THE BOARD TO ITS INTENDED PURPOSE, SOMETHING MAYBE THE GENTLEMAN DOES NOT AGREE WITH, TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ADVICE ON SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION. SO BY MODERNIZING THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF THE GOVERNING OF THE S.A.B., CONGRESS, WITH THIS BILL, CAN TAKE CRITICAL STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE S.A.B. IS BEST EQUIPPED TO PROVIDE THAT INDEPENDENT THAT TRANSPARENT, THAT BALANCED REVIEW, AND THEAGE CEASE OF THE SCIENCE USED THAT GUIDES E.P.A.'S -- AND THE ANALYSIS OF THE SCIENCE USED THAT GUIDES E.P.A.'S REGULATIONS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS IS HAVING REGULATIONS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE, REPRODUCIBLE, AND ACCESSIBLE FOR PEER REVIEW. NOT ANTI-SCIENCE LIKE SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID. WE WANT SCIENCE. WE WANT GOOD SCIENCE. THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD DEMANDS THAT THE RESULT OF SCIENTIFIC STUDIES BE CAPE OBVIOUSLY REPLICATION. AND THIS IS ALL THE MORE CRITICAL WHEN THE INFORMATION IS USED TO DEVELOP AND SET PUBLIC POLICY WHICH IS WHY THE METHODS AND THE DATA USED BY E.P.A. AND THE S.A.B. MUST BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE FOR PURPOSES OF REPLICATION AND VERIFICATION. SO IF YOU DON'T WANT PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY, I GUESS YOU SHOULD VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. MR. SPEAKER, OPPONENTS OF THE LEGISLATION HAVE ARGUED IT MAKES IT UNNECESSARY. AND MAKES PROPRODUCT -- UNPRODUCTIVE CHANGES TO THE S.A.B. AND IT WOULD RESTRICT THE ABILITY OF SCIENTISTS TO ENGAGE ON THE ISSUES THEY SPECIALIZE IN. IT CREATES NEW BURDENS THROUGH THE PUBLIC COMMENT AND TRANSPARENCY PROVISIONS. WEAKENS THE ABILITY OF THE E.P.A. TO USE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE AND DATA TO SUPPORT ITS RULES AND REGULATIONS. I BELIEVE THAT THESE ARGUMENTS FAIL TO RECOGNIZE WHAT THIS BILL ACTUALLY DOES ACCOMPLISH, AND THEY SEEM TO IGNORE THE IMPORTANCE OF REFORMING THE FEDERAL RULE MAKING PROCESS IN A WAY THAT ENSURES SOUND SCIENCE IS THE BEDROCK ON WHICH FEDERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE BUILT. SOUND SCIENCE. IS THAT A RADICAL IDEA? AND THAT THESE ARE NOT PREDETERMINED POLITICAL AGENDAS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE E.P.A. HAS DILUTED THE BOARD'S CREDIBILITY BY SYSTEMATICALLY SILENCING DISSENTING OPINIONS, IGNORING CALLS FOR BALANCED PARTICIPATION AND PREVENTING THE BOARD FROM RESPONDING TO CONGRESSIONAL REPORTS. FULLY 10% OF THE SEATS ON THE BOARD WILL BE FILLED BY STATE, BY LOCAL, AND BY TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES. IMPROVING THE BALANCE OF THAT PARTICIPATION. H.R. 1431 SIMPLY ENCOURAGES GREATER TRANSPARENCY, DEBATE, AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT THE BOARD. WHICH WILL RESULT IN BETTER DECISION MAKING AT THE E.P.A. I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE ON. I DON'T THINK PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS A BURDEN. BUT RATHER A BENEFIT THAT IMPROVES THE RELATIONSHIP AND THE INTERACTION BETWEEN FEDERAL REGULATORS AND THE PUBLIC. SO BY STRENGTHENING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, IMPROVING THE PROCESS FOR SELECTING EXPERT ADVISORS, AND EXPANDING TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS, THIS LEGISLATION TAKES CRITICAL STEPS THAT WILL IMPROVE OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM WHILE ALSO ENSURING THAT THE MOST QUALIFIES AND THE MOST CAPABLE SCIENTISTS ARE FREE TO UNDERTAKE A BALANCED AND OPEN REVIEW OF REGULATORY SCIENCE. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME TO UPDATE THE LAW. IT'S TIME TO RESTORE INDEPENDENCE TO THE ADVISORY BOARD. AND IT'S TIME TO STRENGTHEN SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY. SCIENCE IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL THAT HELPS POLICYMAKERS NAVIGATE COMPLEX ISSUES. YET THIS RESOURCE HAS BEEN SEVERELY DIMINISHED IF THE E.P.A. INTERFERES WITH EXPERT ADVICE, IF IT LIMITS PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, AND IF IT FAILS TO DISCLOSE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST. AS PRESIDENT REAGAN SAID IN GUIDANCE TO THE E.P.A., AND I QUOTE, THE PURPOSE OF THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD IS TO APPLY THE UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED PRINCIPLES O-- PRINCIPLES OF SCIENTIFIC PEER REVIEW TO THE RESEARCH CONCLUSIONS THAT WILL FORM THE BASIS FOR E.P.A. REGULATIONS A FUNCTION THAT MUST REMAIN ABOVE INTEREST GROUP POLITICS. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE H.R. 1431 GETS TO THE HEART OF PRESIDENT REAGAN'S POINT. THE GREATER DEBATE, UNBIASED SCIENTIFIC ADVICE, AND INDEPENDENT PEER REVIEWS AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WILL ONLY RESULT IN BETTER DECISION MAKING AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE GOAL WE ALL SHARE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AS WELL AS THE UNDERLYING BILL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 01:12:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:12:12 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL…

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND BE DOWNED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING RISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON THE QUESTION OF ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:34:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VET, THE YEAS ARE 230 --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION POFF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:44:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 232, THE NAYS 188. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL AND AISLES AND TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER.

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  • 01:45:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO REMOVE THEIR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED TO REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:45:52 PM

    MR. SMITH

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 229, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1430 TO PROHIBIT THE…

    TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 229, I CALL UP THE BILL H.R. 1430 TO PROHIBIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM PROPOSING, FINALIZING OR DISSEMINATING REGULATIONS OR ASSESSMENTS BASED UPON SCIENCE THAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT OR REPRODUCEABLE AND ASK FOR ITS IMIMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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  • 01:46:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1430, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM…

    H.R. 1430, A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM PROPOSING, FINALIZING OR DISSEMINATING REGULATIONS OR ASSESSMENTS BASED UPON SCIENCE THAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT OR REPRODUCEABLE.

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  • 01:46:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SMITH, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS, MS. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER, PLEASE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 01:46:55 PM

    MR. SMITH

    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 ON THE BILL.

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  • 01:47:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. SMITH

    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. SMITH

    H.R. 1430, THE HONEST AND OPEN NEW E.P.A. SCIENCE TREATMENT ACT OF 20817…

    H.R. 1430, THE HONEST AND OPEN NEW E.P.A. SCIENCE TREATMENT ACT OF 20817 OR HONEST ACT REQUIRES THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO BASE ITS REGULATIONS ON SCIENCE THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO HIDE THIS INFORMATION FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? I THANK FORMER SCIENCE COMMITTEE MEMBER AND FORMER ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DAVID SCHWEIKERT FOR SPONSORING THE SECRET SCIENCE REFORM ACT IN THE LAST CONGRESS. THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. OUR GOAL IS TO HELP ADVANCE NOT JUST ANY SCIENCE BUT THE BEST SCIENCE. THE HONEST ACT IS A NONPARTISAN BILL. A CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT AFFECT THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO KNOW AND SEE THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE E.P.A.'S REGULATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT SOUND SCIENCE IS THE BASIS FOR E.P.A. DECISIONS AND REGULATORY ACTIONS. THE DAYS OF TRUST ME SCIENCE ARE OVER. IN OUR MODERN INFORMATION AGE, FEDERAL REGULATIONS SHOULD BE BASED ONLY UPON DATA THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERY AMERICAN TO SEE AND CAN BE SUBJECTED TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW. THAT'S CALLED THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD RELY ON THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ALWAYS HOLD TO THIS STANDARD. LOOKING AT THE E.P.A.'S PAST RECORD, IT IS CLEAR THAT THE AGENCY HAS NOT FOLLOWED AN OPEN AND HONEST PROCESS. FOR EXAMPLE, MANY MAJOR AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WERE JUSTIFIED BY DATA THAT THE E.P.A. SAID THEY HAD NOT SEEN EVEN THOUGH THEY PROPOSED THE REGULATION. THIS MEANS THAT THE E.P.A.'S CLAIMS ABOUT THE COST AND BENEFITS OF ITS REGULATIONS AND THE REAL RISK THEY ARE MEANT TO ADDRESS CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED BY UNBIASED EXPERTS. IF E.P.A.'S MANDATES REALLY ARE BASED ON SOUND SCIENCE, THEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEE THE DATA. E.P.A.'S PAST REFUSAL TO COOPERATE LEADS TO THE QUESTION, WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN HIDING. AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SUSPICIOUS.

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  • 01:49:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO

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    MR. SMITH

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPOR

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

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

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  • 01:52:02 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:52:09 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1430, THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT. THIS…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO H.R. 1430, THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT. THIS IS THE THIRD TIME THE MAJORITY HAS TRIED TO MOVE THIS MISGUIDED LEGISLATION WHICH WAS FORMERLY AS THE SECRET SCIENCE REFORM ACT. UNFORTUNATELY IN THIS CASE, THE THIRD TIME IS NOT THE CHARM. THE SECRET SCIENCE BILL, THE REPUBLICANS TRIED TO ENACT OVER THE PREVIOUS TWO CONGRESSES WERE DESIGNED FROM THE OUTSET TO PREVENT E.P.A. USING THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE TO MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE LAW. THOSE BILLS WERE CONSTRUCTED TO HAMSTRING THE ABILITY OF E.P.A. TO GO ABOUT ANYTHING TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. AS THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION SAID AT THE TIME, THE LEGISLATION WILL NOT IMPROVE E.P.A.'S ACTIONS, RATHER, IT WILL STIFLE PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS. THE HONEST ACT, IF ANYTHING IS EVEN WORSE THAN THOSE TWO PREVIOUS BILLS. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS FOR THIS. LIKE THE SECRET BILLS THAT REQUIRES E.P.A. TO RELEASE THE UNDERLYING DATA FROM ANY SCIENCE THAT IS RELIED UPON WHEN TAKING ACTION. THIS WOULD CAUSE A WHOSE OF CASCADING PROBLEMS FOR THE AGENCY, WHICH IS, OF COURSE, IS THE REAL REASON THEY ARE PUSHING THIS BILL. FIRST, THE E.P.A. RELIES UPON SCIENCE DRAWN FROM MANY SOURCES. SINCE E.P.A. DOES NOT OWN OR CONTROL THE DATA FOR MOST OF THESE SCIENTIFIC SOURCES, THE E.P.A. WOULD HAVE NO AUTHORITY TO ORDER THE PUBLIC RELEASE OF SUCH DATA. THIS WOULD PRECLUDE THE E.P.A. FROM USING THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEER-REVIEWED SCIENCE IN EXISTENCE TODAY. SECOND, SCIENTIFIC STUDIES RELIED UPON BY THE E.P.A. MUST BE REPRODUCEABLE FROM THE DATA THAT IS PUBLICLY RELEASED. HOWEVER, THE E.P.A. FREQUENTLY INVESTIGATES AND RELIES UPON SCIENTIFIC STUDIES THAT ARE NOT REPRODUCEABLE. FOR INSTANCE, THE E.P.A. MIGHT STUDY NATURAL OR MANMADE DISASTERS SUCH AS THE DEEPWATER HORS AND OIL SPILL. UNDER THIS BILL, THE E.P.A. COULDN'T USE THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION AT ALL. THESE PROBLEMS WITH THE LEGISLATION WERE APPARENTLY NOT ENOUGH FOR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, THEY HAVE WORKED TO MAKE THE BILL WORSE. THE NEWEST ADDITION WOULD PERMIT THE E.P.A. TO REDACT FROM PUBLIC DISCLOSURE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION SUCH AS TRADE SECRETS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION. HOWEVER, THE BILL THEN SETS UP AN UNRESTRICTED PROCESS WHEREBY ANYONE WHO SIGNS A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT CAN ACCESS ANY RESTRICTED INFORMATION IN E.P.A.'S POSSESSION. THIS PROVISION IS A PAN DORA'S BOX, WHICH COULD HAVE UNTOLD CONSEQUENCES FOR THE E.P.A. INDUSTRY AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. FIRST E.P.A. WILL FIND IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO COLLECT SCIENTIFIC DATA IN THE FIRST INSTANCE. IF PEOPLE THINK IT WILL BE DISCLOSED AT WILL. THIS WILL CRIPPLE THEIR ABILITY TO CONDUCT THEIR OWN SCIENCE, WHICH IS IMPORTANT, SINCE THE HONEST ACT ESSENTIALLY PLACES ALL NON-E.P.A. SCIENCE OFF LIMITS. THIS IS NG DIRECT CONFLICT WITH OTHER FEDERAL LAWS LIKE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND HIPAA. THE BILL PROVIDES NO GUIDANCE HOW TO NAVIGATE THE MAINFIELD IT CREATES WHICH WOULD LEAD TO LAWSUITS AND LEGAL BILLS FOR THE E.P.A. FINALLY, THIS BILL PLACES RESTRICTIONS ON WHO CAN ACCESS RESTRICTED INFORMATION. FOR INSTANCE, FOR THE CHEMICAL MANUFACTURER OBTAINS ACCESS TO THE TRADE SECRETS OF A COMPETITOR SIMPLY BY SIGNING A CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT? COULD INSURANCE COMPANIES SEEK THE HEALTH INFORMATION OF POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS? POTENTIAL FOR ABUSES ARE IN THIS. PERSONAL INFORMATION AND TRADE SECRETS, IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE WE ARE PROVIDING AN ACCESS TO CRIMINALS AROUND THE WORLD. THE HONEST ACT FORCES UPON THE E.P.A. A MASSIVE UNFUNDED MANDATE. WHILE WE HAVE NO C.B.O. COST ESTIMATE FOR THIS BILL, FIVE VERSIONS WERE ESTIMATED TO COST THE E.P.A. $550 MILLION. HOWEVER, THE BILL RESTRIGGETS THE E.P.A. TO SPEND ONLY $1 PILL MILLION TO IMPLEMENT ITS PROVISIONS. THIS HITS E.P.A. $249 MILLION UNFUNDED MAN DAILT EVERY YEAR. THIS BILL COMES IN THE FACE OF MASSIVE PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS. MR. SPEAKER REPUBLICANS CLAIM THAT THIS BILL IS JUST IMPLEMENTING SCIENTIFIC BEST PRACTICES. DEAS ODD THAT A HOST OF SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITIES AND STAKEHOLDER GROUPS HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION. THIS INCLUDES THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, THE ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC AND LAND GRANT UNIVERSITIES, THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. IF REPUBLICANS DON'T KNOW -- DON'T WANT TO BE LABELED AS SCIENCE HATERS, I THINK THEY WOULD WANT TO LISTEN TO WHAT SCIENTISTS SAY INSTEAD OF LECTURING ABOUT THINGS THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND. IN REALITY, THIS BILL ISN'T ABOUT SCIENCE, IT'S ABOUT UNDERMINING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT IS WHY A HOST OF PUBLIC HEALTH GROUPS ARE ACTIVELY OPPOSING THE BILL, THIS INCLUDES THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN THORACIC SOCIETY, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL FUND. I WILL BE PLACING SOME OF THE LETTERS WE RECEIVED IN OPPOSITION IN THE RECORD. MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE MANY REASONS I HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT TODAY, I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ALLEVIATE THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO ALLEVIATE THE RANKING MEMBER'S UNFOUNDED CONCERNS AND REMIND HER THAT THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ITSELF HAS EXPLAINED THE TRANSPARENCY IN SCIENCE IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ANY RISK TO CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY. THIS IS THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES QUOTE. NOTHING IN THE PAST CUTS THAT INCREASING ACCESS TO RESEARCH DATA WITHOUT DAMAGE TO PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY RIGHTS IS BEYOND SCIENTIFIC REACH, END QUOTE. I HOPE THAT WILL ALLEVIATE HER CONCERNS. IT COMES DOWN TO WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OPEN AND HONEST GOVERNMENT. I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. BABIN.

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    MR. BABIN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE HONEST ACT. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND THE MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, I'M PLEASED TO SEE THIS BILL COME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I REPRESENT THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH THE HIGHEST CONSENTRAGS OF CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING AND REFINING COMPANIES. THIS MEANS THAT THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN ARE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY THESE INDUSTRIES. IN FACT YEARS AGO, I SPENT SOMETIME AS A WORKER IN THESE VERY FACTORIES. YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY PUSHING FOR REFORM, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN THE E.P.A. WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT TO ME BECAUSE SO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS' LIVELIHOODS ARE AFFECTED BY BURDENSOME REGULATIONS FROM THE THE E.P.A. TIME AND AGAIN THE E.P.A. HAS ISSUED EXTENSIVE REGULATIONS WITHOUT EVER SHOWING THE SCIENCE TO BACK UP THEIR CLAIMS. JUST TO JUSTIFY THESE REGULATIONS. IT'S LIKE THEY HAVE A LITTLE BLACK BOX OVER THERE. THEY DON'T LET ANYONE ELSE LOOK INTO IT. THEY JUST SAY, TRUST US. WELL, WE'VE GOT GOOD SCIENCE BACKING UP OUR CLAIMS. I SAY IF YOUR SCIENCE IS SO GOOD THEN DON'T HIDE IT IN YOUR LITTLE BLACK BOX. SHOW US YOUR DAY TAFMENT THE HONEST ACT SIMPLY REQUIRES THE E.P.A. TO OPEN THEIR LITTLE BLACK BOX TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY. AFTER WE PASS THE HONEST ACT, ANY REGULATIONS COMING FROM THE E.P.A. MUST BE BASED ON DATA THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. WHAT IS SO OFFENSIVE ABOUT A LITTLE TRANSPARENCY? MOST COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES WOULD BE HAPPY TO COMPLY WITH THE E.P.A. WHEN DATA SHOWS THAT THEIR REGULATIONS ARE BACKED UP BY CLEAR EVIDENCE. BUT MANY TIMES, IF NOT MOST OF THE TIME, THIS IS NOT THE CASE. INSTEAD, THE REGULATIONS ARE BASED ON SECRET SCIENCE THAT NO ONE BUT THE REGULATORS THEMSELVES HAVE ACCESS TO. WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISSUES REGULATIONS BASED ON SECRET SCIENCE, THIS IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A FEDERAL AGENCY GETTING AWAY WITH SOMETHING THE REST OF AMERICA CANNOT DO. AMERICAN WORKERS ARE FED UP WITH AN OVERZEALOUS REGULATOR PUSHING OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. CAN I HAVE JUST A FEW MORE SECONDS?

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. BABIN

    AMERICAN WORKERS ARE FED UP WITH OVERSO LOUSE REGULATORS PUSHING OUR JOBS…

    AMERICAN WORKERS ARE FED UP WITH OVERSO LOUSE REGULATORS PUSHING OUR JOBS OVERSEAS. THIS BILL IS ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICAN JOBS AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IN MATH CLASS WE WERE TAUGHT TO SHOW OUR WORK. WHEN WE DIDN'T, WE GOT THE PROBLEM COUNTED WRONG. THIS BILL IS ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. ACCOUNTABILITY, AND HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT TO THE SAME STANDARD THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS. ACCORDING TO A POLL BY THE INSTITUTE OF ENERGY RESEARCH, 90% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT SCIENTIFIC DATA USED TO MAKE GOVERNMENT DECISIONS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, TO THE REST OF US. THAT'S NEARLY 100%. NOT MANY ISSUES IN OUR CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT ENJOY THAT LEVEL OF SUPPORT. BUT WHEN IT DOES, CONGRESS SHOULD VERY WELL LISTEN. THE HONEST ACT IS A COMMON SENSE LEGISLATION THAT I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT. IN CONCLUSION, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADD THIS LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL INTO THE RECORD.

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    MR. BABIN

    I APPLAUD THE TIRELESS WORK THAT CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH HAS DONE TO BRING…

    I APPLAUD THE TIRELESS WORK THAT CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH HAS DONE TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD SO THAT WE CAN BRING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE E.P.A. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MS. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MINNESOTA, MS. MCCOLLUMFUL

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    MS. MCCOLLUM

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL WHICH MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE…

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL WHICH MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO DO ITS JOB. THIS WOULD BRING E.P.A.'S WORK TO A HALT. THIS LEGISLATION INTERFERES WE THIS USE OF SOUND SCIENCE AND CREATES OBSTACLES THAT STOPS THE E.P.A. FROM ENFORCING THE LAW. THIS BILL IS JUST ONE MART OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS' ATTACK ON SCIENCE AND OUR ENVIRONMENT. SHORTLY AFTER THE INAUGURATION, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REMOVED, REMOVED TAXPAYER FUNDED SCIENTIFIC DATA FROM PUBLIC WEBSITES. NOW THAT'S NOT OPEN. THAT'S NOT HONEST. AND THAT'S NOT FAIR TO THE TAXPAYERS. THIS MONTH, PRESIDENT TRUMP PROPOSED TRAUMATIC BUDGET CUTS THAT WOULD MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE E.P.A. TO ENFORCE CLEAN AIR AND CLEAN WATER LAWS. YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP RESCINDED THE CLEAN POWER PLAN, PAVING THE WAY FOR MORE POLLUTION. I I REJECT THIS BILL. WE MUST PUT PUBLIC HELL AND SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY WERE POLLUTERS' PROFITS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. SPROY THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 02:05:18 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS, THE VICE…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BANKS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 02:05:31 PM

    MR. BANKS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SMITH. I THINK THIS BILL WILL TAKE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU, MR. SMITH. I THINK THIS BILL WILL TAKE AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF SCIENCE AT THE E.P.A. THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE THIS AGENCY ENSURES THAT OUR AIR AND WATER ARE CLEAN, SOMETHING THAT ALL AMERICANS WANT AND DESERVE. HOWEVER, IN RECENT YEARS, THE E.P.A. HAS NOT BEEN AS TRANSPARENT AND FORTH COMING WITH THE SCIENTIFIC DATA THAT THE AGENCY HAS USED AS THE BASIS FOR COSTLY REGULATIONS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE THE HONEST ACT COMES IN. BY REQUIRING THE AGENCY TO BASE ITS REGULATIONS ON PUBLICLY AVAILABLE SCIENCE, SCIENTISTS TAND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO TO EXAMINE THE DATA AND PURSUE THEIR OWN SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IF THEY WISH. IMPROVING THE SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY OF THE E.P.A. TRANSPARENCY THROUGHOUT ALL LEVELS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN IMPORTANT TENET OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. I STRONGLY SUPPORT ALL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH MORE INFORMATION ON HOW OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT WHEN REGULATIONS THAT IMPACT AMERICAN JOBS AND THE ECONOMY ARE INVOLVED. CRITICS OF THE HONEST ACT CLAIM THAT REQUIRING SCIENTIFIC TAI TA TO BE PUBLIC WOULD COMPROMISE PERSONAL INFORMATION. THIS IS A FALSE NARRATIVE. THIS LEGISLATION SPECIFICALLY PROTECTS THAT INFORMATION BY WAY OF REDAXES. IT IS NOT THE INTEREST OF CONGRESS OR THE E.P.A. TO COMPROMISE ANYONE'S PERSONAL DATA. PASSAGE OF THE HONEST ACT COMES AT A CRITICAL TIME FOR THE E.P.A. EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP REQUIRE THAT THE AGENCY REVIEW AND POTENTIALLY REVISE A NUMBER OF REGULATIONS FROM THE PAST ADMINISTRATION THAT WERE ONLY PARTLY BASED ON SCIENCE AND THAT WERE NEVER MADE PUBLIC TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE WANT TO AVOID SIMILAR SITUATIONS MOVING FORWARD REGARDLESS OF THE ADMINISTRATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE A MORE HONEST AND OPEN E.P.A. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:07:40 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF OVERSIGHT.

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    I HAVE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH THE --

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    MR. BEYER

    I HAVE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED TODAY. THIS BILL…

    I HAVE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH THE BILL BEING CONSIDERED TODAY. THIS BILL WOULD PROHIBIT THE E.P.A. FROM USING SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS WHEN THE E.P.A. DIDN'T HAVE TOTAL ACCESS TO UNDERLYING DATA, THIS WOULD ELIMINATE SOME OF THE BEST DATA AVAILABLE TO THE E.P.A. THERE IS NOTHING SECRET OR DISHONEST ABOUT RELYING ON PEER-REVIEWED STUDIES TO MAKE PUBLIC HEALTH DECISIONS. EQUALLY PROBLEMATIC, THE BILL WOULD FORCE THE E.P.A. TO GRANT FULL ACCESS TO ANY SCIENTIFIC DATA IT DOES POSSESS, INCLUDING HIGHLY SENSITIVE MATERIALS LIKE TRADE SECRETS AND PERSONAL HEALTH HISTORIES. MUCH HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT THE BILL -- THE ABILITY OF THE E.P.A. TO REDACT THE INFORMATION BUT THERE'S A PIECE OF THE LEGISLATION THAT SAYS BY SIGNING A NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT YOU CAN HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THE NONREDACTED INFORMATION. WE TALK ABOUT THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE E.P.A., WHAT'S THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF VIOLATING A SIMPLE NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT? IT BECOMES SO EASY FOR PRIVATE HEALTH INFORMATION SERVICES TO BE SOLD ON THE BLACK MARKET AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE SUCH AN EASY AVENUE TO POTENTIAL BAD ACTORS. MR. SPEAKER, I'D ALSO LIKE TO OBJECT TO THE TITLE OF THE LEGISLATION AND THE IMPLICATION THAT E.P.A. EMPLOYEES THE SCIENTISTS -- E.P.A. EMPLOYEES OR SCIENTISTS ARE NOT HONEST. MANY OF THOSE FOLKS LIVE IN VIRGINIA AND I'M TIRED OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BAD MOUTHING MY CONSTITUENTS. THESE ARE HARDWORKING PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, AND OUR GOOD HETH OUR GOOD HEALTH. I WANT TO REASSURE THE MEMBERS OF THE E. -- THE EMPLOYEES OF THE E.P.A. THAT WE DO APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LASTLY WE ALSO TALK ABOUT, MUCH LIKE THE TRUMPCARE BILL WE ALMOST CONSIDERED LAST WEEK, THERE'S NO C.B.O. COST ESTIMATE. THE CHAIRMAN MENTIONED HE ASKED THE C.B.O. TO USE A DIFFERENT METHODOLOGY, THE LAST ONE THEY SAID WOULD COST US HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE ANYTHING WHERE THE E.P.A. IS GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO FUND REQUIRED DATA THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE UNREASONABLY EX-TENSE I -- EXPENSIVE COMPARED TO ANYTHING BEFORE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF 15 SECONDS.

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    MR. SMITH

    I DON'T SEE HOW WE CAN MAKE IT MORE CLEAR TO THOSE WHO BRING UP PRIVACY…

    I DON'T SEE HOW WE CAN MAKE IT MORE CLEAR TO THOSE WHO BRING UP PRIVACY ARGUMENTS, THEY GO TO LINE 17 THROUGH 21 OF PAGE 2 OF THE BILL IF I -- ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION BTAINED FROM A PERSON IN PRIVILEGED OR CONFIDENTIAL SHALL BE REDACTED PRIOR TO PUBLIC AVAILABILITY. ANY MISCONSTRUING OF THAT IS UNFORTUNATE AND IT IS NOT AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THAT PROVISION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LAHOOD, ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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  • 02:10:59 PM

    MR. LAHOOD

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON…

    I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, MY DISTRICT IN CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST FERTILE FARMLAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD MY DISTRICT IS THE NINTH LARGEST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN TERMS OF CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION. WITH THAT SAID, FARMING FAMILIES ACROSS MY 19 COUNTIES I REPRESENT ARE FACED EVERY DAY WITH BURDENSOME RULES AND REGULATIONS CREATED BY THE E.P.A. WITH LITTLE OR NO TRANSPARENCY INTO THE DATA THAT INFLUENCE THOSE REGULATIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE. THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS HAVE AND CONTINUE TO CAUSE REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES TO THE AGRICULTURE COMMUNITY. MOREOVER, THESE E.P.A. DIRECTIVES HAVE FAR GREATER REACH OUTSIDE THE REM OF JUST FARMERS. MANUFACTURING AND TRADE INDUSTRIES IN MY DISTRICT HAVE ALSO SEEN A DIRECT NEGATIVE IMPACT FROM THESE AGENCY ACTIONS. THEY HAVE CONTINUED TO HURT THE ABILITY OF THESE INDUSTRIES TO CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS. AS SUCH, I AM HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE HONEST ACT. WHICH ENCOURAGES A MORE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT REQUIRES DATA AND STUDIES USED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES IN RULE MAKING PROCESS TO BE MADE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS. THE GOAL IS TO PROMOTE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR WASHINGTON, D.C., BUREAUCRACIES, SUCH AS THE E.P.A. THE BOTTOM LINE IS COSTLY FEDERAL RELATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE BASED UPON DATA THAT IS COMPRISED OF SOUND SCIENCE AND THAT CAN WITHSTAND SCRUTI AND REVIEW. SIMPLY PUT, THE HONEST ACT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO RESTORE TRUST IN THE E.P.A. AND IN FEDERAL BUREAUCRACIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 02:12:59 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK -- YIELD MS. ESTY OF CONNECTICUT FOUR MINUTES.

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    MS. ESTY

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT. WHETHER IN ITS…

    I RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT. WHETHER IN ITS INCARNATION LAST CONGRESS AS THE SECRET SCIENCE ACT OR THIS YEAR'S INCARN RATION ATION, LET'S BE CLEAR. THIS ORWELLIN NAMED BILL IS CLEARLY DESIGNED TO SUPPRESS CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT HAS BEEN CENTRAL FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND REGULATIONS. IN ADDITION TO HINDERI SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT THIS BILL RISKS VIOLATING PEOPLE'S PRIVACY BY EXPOSING SENSITIVE PATIENT DATA AND IT'S HARMFUL TO PUBLIC HEALTH THE CLEAR AIM OF THE HONEST ACT IS TO UNDERMINE E.P.A.'S EFFORTS TO TAKE AION IN A VARIETY OF AREAS, SUCH AS CLIMATE AND AIR POLLUTION. LET ME ALSO BE CLEAR , IN MY STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WE RELY ON THOSE REGULATIONS TO DEAL WITH THE ASTHMA CRISIS WE HAVE BASED ON POWER PLANTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY BLOWING POLLUTED AIR INTO MY STATE. THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT ACCOMPLISHES THIS OBJECTIVE BY EXCLUDING LEGITIMATE PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH FROM THE POLICY PROCESS. IF THIS BILL WERE TO BECOME LAW, E.P.A. WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LEAN INCREASINGLY ON INDUSTRY FUNDED STUDIES INSTEAD. AT MY RECENT TOWN HALL MEETING IN WATERBERRY CONNECTICUT, ONE AMERICAN AFTER ANOTHER STOOD UP AND EXPRESSED FEAR AND OUTRAGE AT THE ATTEMPTS MADE IN THIS HOUSE AND BY THE NEW ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE SCIENCE OUT OF PUBLIC POLICY. MY CONSTITUENTS WANT GENUINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH GUIDING OUR EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND SAFEGUARD PUBLIC HEALTH. THEY DON'T WANT AGENDA-DRIVEN STUDIES FUNDED BY FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES DETERMINING THE E.P.A.'S ACTIONS ON CLIMATE POLICY. WHILE THE MAJORITY ATTEMPTED TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF OUR PRIVACY CONCERNS WITH THIS BILL, THE REALITY IS THAT ANY PERSON WHOM E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR SCOT PRUITT DEEMS WORTHY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO SENSITIVE PATIENT INFORMATION. WHY IS THIS A PROBLEM? BECAUSE FEWER PEOPLE WILL BE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDIES THAT ARE NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND AIR AND WATER QUALITY ISSUES. WHO CAN BLAME THEM? NO ONE WANTS THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS SHARED WITH STRANGERS OR WORSE, MADE PUBLIC. THE RESULT IS THAT THE E.P.A. WILL HAVE TO RELY ON INCOMPLETE SCIENCE TO ISSUE LIFE-SAVING REGULATIONS. SADLY, THIS IS TH BILL IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE POLITICAL CRUSADE AGAINST SCIENCE WE'RE SEEING COMING FROM BOTH CONGRESS AND THE NEW ADMINISTRATION. WE SHOULD BE CONFRONTING THE ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL REALITIES OF OUR CHANGING CLIMATE, BUT JUST YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT WOULD HAVE US PRETEND THAT CLIMATE CHANGE DOES NOT EXIST. . OVERWHELM WEEKS YERL THE E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR HIMSELF SAID WITHOUT EVIDENCE HE DISAGREED WITH THE SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS THAT HUMAN ACTIVITY IS THE PRIMARY CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE N MY HOME STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WOOR DOWNWIND FROM THESE POWER PLANTS THAT ARE BURNING DIRTY COAL. WE SEE ELEVATED RATES OF ASTHMA, HIGHER RATES OF CARDIOPULMONARY ISSUES. AND IF THIS BILL IS PASSED, MANY LONGITUDINAL SCIENTIFIC STUDIES LIKE THE ONES THAT ESTABLISHED THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION AND ASTHMA, WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM PLAYING A ROLE IN THE E.P.A.'S ACTIONS. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S ALLOW THE E.P.A. TO DO ITS JOB. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MISGUIDED BILL. AND BEFORE I YIELD BACK MY TIME I HAVE TWO LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO PLACE IN THE RECORD FROM THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS AND FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. ESTY --

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    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. SMITH

    IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE MISSTATEMENTS ABOUT THIS BILL BUT I'M…

    IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH ALL THE MISSTATEMENTS ABOUT THIS BILL BUT I'M GOING TO TRY. THE IMMEDIATE PAST SPEAKER ON THE OTHER SIDE TALKED ABOUT THE COST OF THE BILL AND I'M SURE HE DIDN'T DO IT INTENTIONALLY BUT HE BECAUSE OOSING A TWO YEAR OUT OF DATE COST. WE HAVE AN EMAIL FROM THE C.B.O. AS OF THIS PAST MONDAY THAT SAYS C.B.O. ESTIMATES THIS LEGISLATION WOULD NOT AFFECT DIRECT SPENDING OR REVENUES. SO THERE IS NO COST DESPITE WHAT MEMBERS MIGHT HEAR OTHERWISE. ALSO, IT IS JUST HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND HOW ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS COULD OPPOSE OPEN AND HONEST GOVERNMENT. ALL THIS BILL DOES IS TO SAY THAT THE DATA HAS TO BE TRANSPARENT. THE DATA HAS TO BE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE F THEY WANT MORE GOVERNMENT CONTROL, MORE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, THAT CAN'T BE JUSTIFIED, THAT'S ONE THING. BUT DON'T OPPOSE THE BILL BECAUSE OF -- FOR THE WRONG REASONS. THE BILL DOES NOTHING MORE THAN REQUIRE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT AND HONEST GOVERNMENT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. GOSAR, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

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    MR. GOSAR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1430, THE HONEST…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1430, THE HONEST ACT, SPONSORED BY CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH. LET'S ALL GO BACK TO THE FIFTH GRADE WHERE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE STEPS OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND DO A QUICK REVIEW. AFTER WE FORMULATED OUR QUESTION AND CAME UP WITH OUR HYPOTHESIS, WHAT DID WE DO? WE TESTED THAT HYPOTHESIS BY PERFORMING AN EXPERIMENT AND COLLECTING THE DATA IN A REPRODUCEABLE MANNER. DATA ISN'T REPRODUCEABLE IF IT ISN'T EVEN MADE AVAILABLE. MR. CHAIRMAN, TRANSPARENCY AND REPRODUCIBILITY ARE BASIC TENETS OF SCIENCE AT EVERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT LEARNS AND VALUES. AND YET OUR VERY OWN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS ISSUED REGULATION AFTER REGULATION USING STUDIES AND DATA THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. DESPITE THE VERY SERIOUS RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT VERY DATA. IN 2012, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S OWN CHAIR OF THE SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, TESTIFIED AND I QUOTE, THAT LITERATURE AND DATA USED BY THE E.P.A. BE PIER REVIEWED AND MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, END OF QUOTE. THIS IS COMMON SENSE, MR. SPEAKER. LET'S MAKE PUBLIC POLICY USING PUBLIC DATA AND USE PUBLIC DATA FOR PUBLIC POLICY. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR LEADING THIS INITIATIVE AND I YIELD BACK.

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    YIELD BACK.

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    JOHNSON

    MINUTES TO -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MISS JOHNSON

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO.

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    MR. TONKO

    I RISE TODAY IN SOP SIGNIFICANCE TO H.R. 1430, THE HONEST AND OPEN NEW…

    I RISE TODAY IN SOP SIGNIFICANCE TO H.R. 1430, THE HONEST AND OPEN NEW E.P.A. SCIENCE TREATMENT ACT. I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS WITH THIS BILL THE MAJORITY HAS OFFERED. THIS BILL PRETENDS TO IMPROVE SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY WHILE IN REALITY IT WOULD STOP E.P.A. FROM DOING ITS CRITICAL JOB, ITS CRITICAL MISSION OF PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MANY CREDIBLE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE OPPOSED THE HONEST ACT. INCLUDING THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE. UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS. AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BY LOGICAL SCIENCES. AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION. AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS. NATURAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL. AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ACTION FUND. TWO OTHERS THAT I WILL PLACE RECORD -- INTO THE RECORD THE COPIES THAT I HOLD IN MY HAND IN OPPOSITION HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE CONSORTIUM FOR OCEAN LEADERSHIP AND THE OTHER FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL DATA AND GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE. THE UNION OF CONCERNED CITIZENS -- CONCERNED SCIENTISTS HAS RECENTLY SAID THAT, AND I QUOTE, THE BILL EFFECTIVELY PREVENTS THE E.P.A. FROM USING THE WEIGHT OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY GO ON TO SAY THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I AGREE. THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. INSTEAD, I HOPE THAT AS A CONGRESS WE CAN TURN OUR ATTENTION TO TRULY PROTECTING SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY. WE MUST PROTECT THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE WHICH IS WHY PROTECTING I RECENTLY INTRODUCED THE SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY ACT WHICH WILL REQUIRE OUR UNITED STATES FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ADOPT OR STRENGTHEN POLICIES TO INSILL LATE GOVERNMENT DIRECTED RESEARCH FROM THE INFLUENCE -- INSULATE GOVERNMENT DIRECTED RESEARCH FROM THE INFLUENCE. FEDERAL AGENCIES THAT CONDUCT OUR FUND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DEVELOP CLEAR, WRITTEN SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY POLICIES THAT CAN GUARANTEE RESEARCH IS BEING DONE AND PUBLISHED WITHOUT UNDO INFLUENCE, CENSORSHIP, OR DISTORTION. SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INFORMATION WOULD BE ABLE TO FLOW MORE EASILY WHILE PROTECT PRIVACY, CONFIDENTIALITY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. 24 SEPARATE FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE DEVELOPED SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY POLICIES TO DATE. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO CODIFY AND STRENGTHEN THESE POLICIES WITHIN A COMMON FRAMEWORK. EVERY DEMOCRAT ON THE SCIENCE COMMIT HAS SUPPORTED THE SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY ACT, AND I INVITE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE TO JOIN US IN WORKING TO TRULY PROTECT SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY. WITH THAT I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE SO-CALLED HONEST ACT AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SMITH

    WE HEARD A COUPLE TIMES TODAY THAT THE BILL PREVENTS THE E.P.A. THERE…

    WE HEARD A COUPLE TIMES TODAY THAT THE BILL PREVENTS THE E.P.A. THERE USING THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. I HOPE THAT MEMBERS WHO ARE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE AND OTHERS WILL TAKE THE TIME TO ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL. HERE'S THE EXACT LANGUAGE, PAGE 2, LINE 13, THE FIRST REQUIREMENT OF THE BILL IS THAT THE E.P.A., QUOTE, USE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT MORE WE CAN DO AND HOW BETTER WE CAN SPELL IT OUT. THE BILL IS ONLY THREE PAGES LONG. I DO RECOMMEND THAT THE FOLKS WHO OPPOSE IT READ THE BILL ITSELF. AND ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE AND THE USUAL UNDERSTANDING AND DEFINITION OF THE WORDS AND I HOPE THEY'LL BE SATISFIED. WE HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY OPPOSES THE BILL, BUT LET ME QUOTE FROM A COUPLE OF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS. THE PRESIDENT'S SCIENCE ADVISORS SAID ABSOLUTE LITH DATA OP WHICH REGULATORY DECISIONS ARE BASED SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMITTEE AND PUBLIC. THE SAME WAS SAID ABOUT THE CHAIR OF THE E.P.A. SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, THIS IS THE E.P.A.'S SCIENCE ADVISORY BOARD, THEY TESTIFIED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE THAT LITERATURE AND DATA USED BY E.P.A. BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. MARSHALL, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    ORE GENTLEMAN

    GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HASH SHALL

    I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND…

    I RISE TODAY AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY TO VOICE MY SUPPORT OF THE HONEST ACT. THIS LEGISLATION GIVES INDEPENDENT SCIENTIST AS FAIR CHANCE TO VALIDATE THE STUDIES E.P.A. USES TO MAKE REGULATIONS. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE A CLEAR IN SCIENCE, I KNOW DETERMINING ANYTHING LESS IS UNWISE AND UNSCIENTIFIC. WHETHER YOU ARE SETTING A NEW ONCOLOGY DRUG OR E.P.A. REGULATIONS, TRANSPARENCY AND THE ABILITY TO REPRODUCE AND SHARE THESE FINDINGS ARE SOME OF THE BASIC TENETS OF SCIENCE. COSTLY REGULATIONS THAT IMPACT AMERICAN CITIZENS AND KANSAS FARMERS SHOULD BE BASED UPON DATA THAT IS AVAILABLE TO INDMEANT SCIENTISTS -- INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS AND PUBLIC. LET'S BE THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE . THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. 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 TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 02:25:08 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THANKS TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND TO MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE…

    THANKS TO THE RANKING MEMBER AND TO MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. WE OFTEN AGREE ON THINGS IN THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN OUR DISAGREEMENTS ARE HUGE. AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE TIMES. SO, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE H.R. 1430E. WE HAVE SEEN THIS BILL IN THE LAST CONGRESS WHEN IT WAS CALLED THE SECRET SCIENCE REFORM ACT. IT WAS A LOUSY BILL THEN. AND IT'S STILL A LOUSY BILL TODAY. LET'S START WITH THE NAME OF THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER. THE HONEST ACT. BUT IT REALLY SHOULD BE CALLED THE DISHONEST ACT. THAT'S BECAUSE THIS BILL IMPROPERLY DESCRIBES WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE E.P.A., WHICH IS LOOKING TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT, FROM EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS THAT WE HAVE IN COLORADO, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND AROUND THE WORLD. THE E.P.A. IS WORKING TO PROTECT OUR CLEAN AIR AND OUR CLEAN WATER, AND HAS COME STRAABLY IMPROVED OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE HEALTH OF AMERICAN -- DEMONSTRABLY APPROVED OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE HEALTH OF AMERICA SINCE 1970. I WISH THESE ATTACKS TODAY AND TOMORROW ON THE E.P.A. AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ARE ISOLATED, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE NOT. EARLIER TODAY THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING ON CLIMATE SCIENCE. I WAS ASTONISHED AT WHAT I HEARD FROM THE MAJORITY REPUBLICAN PARTY CALLING INTO QUESTION WHETHER CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING AND WHETHER IT IS CAUSED BY HUMANS. ALL THIS SERVES IS TO ATTACK SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND JEOPARDIZE THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. JUST YESTERDAY PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO FURTHER ROLL BACK PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER TRIES TO DISMANTLE THE CLEAN POWER PLAN AND MANY OTHER IMPORTANT PROTECTIONS FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHICH WERE WORKED ON BASED ON THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE AND THROUGH AN OPEN AND DELIBERATE PROCESS. GATHERING MILLIONS OF COMMENTS ALONG THE WAY. THE FACT IS INVESTING IN CLEAN ENERGY AND REDUCING ADMISSIONS IS GOOD FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, GOOD FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND GOOD FOR JOBS. I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BOTH -- IMPROVE OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS AT THE SAME TIME. COLORADO HAS BEEN A LEADER IN REDUCING HARMFUL EMISSIONS, IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND INVESTING IN CLEAN ENERGY, AND WE HAVE REALIZED SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS FOR COLORADO THROUGH INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND THE CREATION OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO DO BETTER. THIS HOUSE AND THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE NEED TO TAKE THEIR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND AND STOP IGNORING WHAT'S GOING ON ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND ACROSS THE WORLD. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK -- I'D LIKE TO ENTER INTO THE RECORD, MR. SPEAKER, A LETTER DATED MARCH 8, 2017, FROM THE AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION AS PART OF THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXASES RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLFPBLGTS SMITH: I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. SMITH

    I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO ATTENDED THE HEARING WE HAD THIS…

    I KNOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO ATTENDED THE HEARING WE HAD THIS MORNING ON THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD AND CLIMATE CHANGE BUT I'M NOT SURE HE WAS LISTENING BECAUSE NOT A SINGLE WITNESS ON EITHER SIDE DENIED THE FACTS AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE. I ALSO WANT TO REASSURE HIM HE'S WORRIED ABOUT COLORADO AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. THAT THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE FOUND THAT THERE WAS LOW CONFIDENCE IN ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. SO I HOPE THERE WILL NOT BE ANY UNUSUAL EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS IN COLORADO. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, AND HE IS A MEMBER OF THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SMITH, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK YOU THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN SMITH, FOR YIELDING ME TIME HERE TODAY. AS THESE ISSUES AFFECT MY CONSTITUENTS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AS WELL. BEING HERE TO SUPPORT H.R. 1430 PLEASES ME, THE HONEST ACT. WE HAVEN'T HAD A LOFT HONESTY THE WAY THE E.P.A. HAS APPLIED NEW INTERPRETATIONS TO NEW RULES TO SOME OF THE FOLKS IN MY DISTRICT THAT FARM AND RANCH AND OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT USE OUR RESOURCES AND LAND IN THE WAY THEY SEE FIT. WE NEED TO ENSURE E.P.A. RULES AND REGULATIONS ARE MADE USING VERIFIABLE PUBLIC AVAILABLE DATA AND SCIENCE. A FUNDAMENTAL TENET OF OUR NATION IS THAT CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW HOW AND WHY THE GOVERNMENT MAKES DECISIONS AND JUST AS IMPORTANTLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHALLENGE THOSE DECISIONS. . WE HAVE SEEN THE DEPARTMENT REFUSING TO SHARE THE DATA THE DECISIONS ARE BASED ON CLAIMING IT IS TOO SENSITIVE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE WHICH WOULD HAVE INSERTED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO LOCAL LAND USE RULES CONTRADICTS THE DATA PREPARED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, BUT THE E.P.A. REFUSED TO RELEASE DATA. FARMERS IN SOME CASES CANNOT EVEN USE THEIR LAND UNDER THREAT OF LITIGATION, FINES, OR ARRESTS. EVEN THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS DISPUTES THE E.P.A.'S REFUSAL, NOTING IN 2015 THAT E.P.A. PROVIDE NOD SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR ITS JURISDICTIONAL POWER GRAB. WATTS OF THE UNITED STATES, WE HAVE HEARD INTERPRETATIONS THAT PEOPLE PLOWING THEIR FIELDS COULD BE INTERPRETED NOW AS A REGULATEABLE LAND BECAUSE THAT COULD BE SEEN AS A WATERSHED BECAUSE YOU HAVE FURROWS THAT ARE NEW WATERSHEDS. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT NEEDS TO BE HEARD PUBLICLY IN REVIEW OF CONGRESS AND THE PEOPLE, NOT MADE IN THE BACK ROOM OF THE E.P.A. SOMEWHERE. SHAST NOT AN HONEST WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. THAT'S WHY 143 IS -- 1430 IS AN HONEST WAY. WE NEED PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR DAY HAVE A RIGHT TO ODISPUTE NON-SCIENCE-LED DECISIONS MADE BY THE E.P.A. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DID NOT DEPEND ON PEER-REVIEWED SCIENCE DESPITE THE E.P.A.'S CLAIMS ITS EFFORTS WAS BACKED BY SCIENCE. THE TENDENCY FOR AGECIES TO MAKE REGULATIONS BASED ON SECRET DATA IS MORE INSIDIOUS WHEN YOU NOTE THAT THESE ARE NOT ELECTED OFFICIALS, THESE ARE CAREER BUREAUCRATS THAT CANNOT BE REMOVED OR SOMETIME EVEN MET UP WITH BY VOTERS. WHEN AMERICANS FACE REGULATIONS IMPOSED BY UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS AND BASED ON SECRET SCIENCE THAT CANNOT BE VERIFIED OR VIEWED, HOW CAN THEY EMPLOY THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO PETITION THEIR GOVERNMENT? THE ANSWER, COLLEAGUES, IS SIMPLE. THEY CAN'T. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL TO PROTECT EVERY AMERICAN'S RIGHT TO KNOW HOW AND WHY THEIR GOVERNMENT MAKES DIGS TO PROTECT THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT, PROTECT THEIR PROPERTY, AND THEIR ABILITY TO THRIVE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS EFFORT AND FOR YOUR BATTLE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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  • 02:32:49 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE.

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    MR. SMITH

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'LL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA, MR. DIGGS WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE -- MR. BIGGS WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUBCOMMITTEE.

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    MR. BIGGS

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE AND SPONSORING THIS HONEST ACT. I FULLY SUPPORT THIS BILL. THAT WILL REQUIRE EFFORT P.A. REGULATIONS BE BASED -- REQUIRE E.P.A. REGULATIONS BE BASED ON SCIENCE THAT'S PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THE HONEST ACT PUSHES FORWARD THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD WHICH IS CLEARLY IMPORTANT IN AREAS WHERE SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND LAWS INTERACT. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT. SO IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY BE ABLE TO SEE THE DATA THAT UNDERPIN THESE RULES. WHAT IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT IS THAT THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY BE ABLE TO SCRUTINIZE E.P.A. DATA TO ENSURE THAT THE AGENCY IS USING THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE REGARDLESS OF THE ADMINISTRATION. CRITICS OF THE HONEST ACT CLIM THAT SCIENTIFIC DATA UNDERPINNING E.P.A.'S A REGULATIONS ARE ALREADY SUBJECT TO THE STANDARDS OF PEER REVIEW. WHILE THIS MAY BE TRUE, PEER REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC STUDIES IS NOT ADEQUATE BECAUSE THIS PROCESS RARELY INVOLVES A REVIEW. IT RARELY CHECKS THE ANALYSIS AND RARELY DOES IT ATTEMPT TO REPLICATE THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY. RIGHT NOW WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THOSE CONDUCTING THE SCIENCE CAN BE TRUSTED WITH THE RESULTS. THE E.P.A. SHOULD PROMOTE THE USE OF RIGOROUS SCIENCE. THOSE WHO SAY PEER REVIEW IS ADEQUATE ARE MISGUIDED. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER AND THE HONEST ACT ENSURE THEIRS EXPECTING AS ARE MET. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE INTERESTED IN AN OPEN AND HONEST E.P.A. TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION. AGAIN, I THANK CHAIRMAN SMITH FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:35:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

  • 02:35:12 PM

    MR. SMITH

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE? AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF THE OTHER…

    HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON EACH SIDE? AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW IF THE OTHER SIDE, THE MINORITY HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS.

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  • 02:35:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 8 3/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS HAS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS 8 3/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS HAS 10 1/2. DOES THE GENTLELADY HAVE ANY MORE SPEAKERS?

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  • 02:35:35 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    WE HAVE NO FURTHER REQUESTS FOR TIME.

  • 02:35:38 PM

    MR. SMITH

    OK, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

    OK, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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  • 02:35:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:35:50 PM

    MR. GRAVES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN STANDING HERE LISTENING TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN STANDING HERE LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE. LET'S GO BACK AND THINK ABOUT THIS FOR JUST A MINUTE. RIGHT NOW IN THE UNITED STATES THE COST OF REGULATION IN OUR NATION IS APPROXIMATELY $2 TRILLION. $2 TRILLION IS THE COST THAT OUR NATION SPENDS EVERY YEAR JUST COMPLYING WITH REGULATIONS. IN FACT, THAT DISTILLED DOWN TO THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SPENDING AROUND $15,000 JUST TO COMPLY WITH REGULATIONS. LET ME BE CLEAR. REGULATIONS ARE IMPORTANT. WE'VE GOT TO HAVE REGULATIONS TO MAKE SURE WE PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT, PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS. THAT'S CRITICAL. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS IT SIMPLY PROVIDES FOR TRANSPARENCY SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE BASIS OF REGULATIONS. THAT'S ALL THIS DOES. TO MAKE SURE WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE THAT REGULATIONS WERE BASED UPON. AND DURING A PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS, WE SHOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO SCRUTINIZE THAT SCIENCE AND UNDERSTAND THE BASIS. BECAUSE MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU BEGIN HIDING THE BASIS FOR DECISIONS, THEN YOU HAVE GOVERNMENT IN MANY CASES ACTING WITHOUT PROVIDING FOR TRANSPARENCY. WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THAT IS DANGEROUS TO HAVE PEOPLE MAKING DECISIONS BASED UPON SECRET INFORMATION. THAT'S DANGEROUS FOR OUR ECONOMY AND IT IS GOING TO FURTHER CHALLENGE THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO KEEP THEIR BUDGETS BALANCED. IT IS ALREADY $15,000 PER HOUSEHOLD. HOW MANY THOUSANDS DOES IT HAVE TO BE BEFORE WE SAY STOP, THIS IS UNREASONABLE? MR. SPEAKER, YOU LOOK RIGHT NOW AT THE TRADE DEAF SOIST THIS COUNTRY YOU LOOK AT THE COST OF GOODS AND PRODUCTS IN OTHER NATIONS, AND MANY OTHERS WE'RE LOSING THE TRADE WAR BECAUSE OUR REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT HERE, OUR TAX ENVIRONMENT HERE, IS SIMPLY NOT COMPETITIVE. WHAT HAPPENS IN A SCENARIO WHERE YOU RELEASE THE SCIENCE YOU PROVIDE FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ALLOW FOR BETTER SOLUTIONS, YOU ALLOW FOR MORE EFFICIENT REGULATIONS, FOR BETTER WAYS TO ACHIEVE THOSE OBJECTIVES TO IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT. TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE SAFETY OF WORKERS AND AMERICAN CITIZENS. THIS BILL IS IN AMERICA'S INTERESTS, IN THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST TO LISTEN TO PEOPLE STAND HERE AND TALK ABOUT PEOPLE HIDING AND SHIELDING SCIENCE AND MAKING UP RED HERRINGS ABOUT PRIVACY AND OTHER THINGS THAT'S ABLUTE -- ABSOLUTELY CONTRARY TO THIS COUNTRY'S INTEREST, CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST. THIS BILL SHOULD BE PASSED. I'M SHOCKED THERE'S OPPOSITION TO IT. WE SHOULD PASS THIS WITH UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:38:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:38:24 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I'M PREPARED TO YIELD TO ANOTHER SPEAKER AND THEN CLOSE AFTER THAT.

  • 02:38:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS RESERVE IN

  • 02:38:34 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    I RESERVE.

  • 02:38:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:38:38 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA A FORMER MEMBER OF THE…

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA A FORMER MEMBER OF THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE WHO IS STILL MISSED, A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THE AUTHOR OF A VERY SIMILAR BILL TO THIS IN A PREVIOUS CONGRESS, MR. SCHWEIKERT.

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  • 02:38:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

  • 02:38:56 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. LOOK, I MISSED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, MADAM RANKING MEMBER. LOOK, I MISSED THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE -- I MISS THE SCIENCE COMMITTEE, BUT I KNOW I'VE BEEN BANNED. I'VE HAD A LOT OF COFFEE TODAY SO I WAS GOING TO COME UP TO THE MICROPHONE AND SORT OF DO THE BLAST AWAY, BUT LET ME BACK AWAY. A NUMBER OF THINGS I HAVE HEARD IN THIS DEBATE FROM THE LEFT AND EVEN A COUPLE OF THE THINGS FROM MY SIDE, OK, YOU'RE CONFLATING ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T DO. THIS BILL IS THREE PAGES. SO CAN I ASK A QUESTION? IF I CAME TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND SAID, TELL ME THAT THE E.P.A. IS ACTUALLY -- HAS THE RIGHT RULE SETS FOR HYDROCARBONS, IF IT HAS THE RIGHT RULE SETS FOR PM-10, IT AS THE RIGHT RULE SETS FOR OZONE, YOU'D SAY, WELL, I HAVE A PEER-REVIEWED STUDY THAT SAYS THIS. I WANT TO MAKE YOU THE ARGUMENT IN TODAY'S TECHNOLOGY, WHY SHOULDN'T YOUR UNIVERSITY, WHY SHOULDN'T THE REALLY SMART PERSON WHO HAS THE COMPUTER SYSTEM AND -- IN THEIR BASEMENT, WHY SHOULDN'T THE NEW STATISTICAL PACKAGES ON THESE BE ALLOWED TO TAKE THE DATA THAT TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID FOR AND WORK IT. AND MODEL IT. AND BOUNCE IT OFF OTHER TYPES OF DATA SETS AND UNDERSTAND, IS THE WAY WE MODEL AND REGULATE RATIONAL? THIS BILL DOESN'T REDUCE REGULATIONS. IN MANY WAYS IT ALLOWS US ALL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITIZEN SCIENCE TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER WE'RE DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY. WHY IS THE LEFT SO SCARED OF CITIZEN SCIENTISTS? OF UNIVERSITY SCIENTISTS? OF PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST DARN INTERESTED OF THE MATCHING OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF DATA SETS? YOU AND I MIGHT FIND OUT WE'RE DOING THINGS THE WRONG WAY. YOU AND I MIGHT FIND OUT WE'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH. YOU AND I MAY FIND OUT WE'RE DOING FAR TOO MUCH. BUT STOP BEING AFRAID OF PEOPLE HAVING ACCESS TO INFORMATION. IF SOCIETY IS GOING TO LIVE UNDER A REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT, THEN SOCIETY DESERVES ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION THAT CREATES THOSE REGULATIONS. PUBLIC INFORMATION FOR PUBLIC POLICY. WHY IS THAT SO FEARFUL? WHY IS THERE SO MUCH TRUST IN THE BUREAUCRACY? INSTEAD OF SCIENCE AND INFORMATION. I WANT TO ARGUE WITH YOU THAT IN TODAY'S WORLD, WHEN WE'RE ON THE CUSP, WHERE SENSORS ARE GOING TO BE ATTACHED TO THIS TAKING THOUSANDS OF READINGS IN OUR COMMUNITIES, THAT THAT INFORMATION IS JUST AS NOBLE AS SOMETHING THAT'S LOCKED UP IN THE CABINET WHERE NONE OF US CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE BASE DATA SET. WITH THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:42:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:42:09 PM

    MS. JOHNSON

    MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE TIME THAT PRESIDENT NIXON SIGNED INTO LAW…

    MR. SPEAKER, SINCE THE TIME THAT PRESIDENT NIXON SIGNED INTO LAW AUTHORIZING E.P.A., IT APPEARS TO ME THAT THERE'S BEEN NO EVIDENCE THAT THEY'VE DONE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ATTEMPT TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS LEGISLATION IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO FURTHER THAT. IT WILL GIVE THEM A LOT OF UNFUNDED MANDATES, FAR MORE THAN WHAT THEY'D EVER BE FUNDED TO CARRY OUT. I WOULD ASK EVERYONE TO RESPECT THE AGENCY AND VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:42:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 02:42:59 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 02:43:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:43:04 PM

    MR. SMITH

    COSTLY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE BASED UPON DATA THAT IS…

    COSTLY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS SHOULD ONLY BE BASED UPON DATA THAT IS AVAILABLE TO INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS AND THE PUBLIC AND THAT CAN BE VERIFIED. H.R. 4030, THE HONEST ACT, GIVES INDEPENDENT SCIENTISTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO VALIDATE THE STUDIES THE E.P.A. USES TO MAKE NEW REGULATIONS. WHAT THIS BILL DOES NOT DO IS ROLL BACK THE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE AIR WE BREATHE AND THE WATER WE DRINK. IT SIMPLY REQUIRES THE E.P.A. TO BASE REGULATIONS ON SCIENCE THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THIS IS A NONPARTISAN BILL. A CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT CHANGE THE NEED OR JUSTIFICATION FOR IT. THIS IS THE SAME BILL VIRTUALLY INTRODUCED IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. AND THAT IS EVIDENCED BY MY INTRODUCTION OF THIS GOOD GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION WITH MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUE HENRY CUELLAR. THAT SHOWS IT'S A GOOD, BIPARTISAN BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND PROMOTE A MORE OPEN AND HONEST FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID OF LETTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE DATA THAT THE E.P.A. OR OTHER AGENCIES SAY JUSTIFIES THEIR REGULATION. SO LET'S VOTE FOR AN OPEN AND HONEST GOVERNMENT AND SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I'LL YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:44:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 229 THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE BILL. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL, THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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  • 02:44:38 PM

    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM PROPOSING,…

    A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FROM PROPOSING, FINALIZING OR DISSEMINATING REGULATIONS OR ASSESSMENTS BASED ON SCIENCE THAT IS NOT TRANSPARENT OR REPRODUCIBLE.

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  • 02:44:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:44:53 PM

    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

  • 02:44:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

  • 02:44:57 PM

    >>

    I AM OPPOSED.

  • 02:44:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE BILL.

  • 02:45:04 PM

    THE CLERK

    MR. MCGINN TA OF VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO…

    MR. MCGINN TA OF VIRGINIA MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. AT THE END OF THE BILL, ADD THE FOLLOWING. SECTION 3, EXCEPTION, NOT WITHSTANDING THE AMENDMENT MADE BY SECTION 2, THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SHALL, IN CARRYING OUT THE ACTIVITIES DESCRIBED IN THAT AMENDMENT, MAKE USE OF THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE WHETHER OR NOT IT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE IN ANY FORM WHEN RESPONDING TO THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH INCLUDING BLACK LUNG DISEASE AND ASTHMA CAUSED BY OR EXACERBATED BY EXPOSURE TO POLLUTION OR TOXIC CHEMICALS. .

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  • 02:45:45 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES IN SUPPORT OF HIS MOTION.

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  • 02:45:48 PM

    MR. MCEACHIN

    THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR…

    THIS IS THE FINAL AMENDMENT TO THE BILL WHICH WILL NOT KILL THE BILL OR SEND IT BACK TO COMMITTEE. IF ADOPTED THE BILL WOULD IMMEDIATELY PROCEED TO FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED. MR. SPEAKER, MY AMENDMENT IS SIMPLE. IT ASSURES THAT THE E.P.A. CONTINUES TO USE THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE TO RESPOND TO THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, INCLUDING BLACK LUNG AND ASTHMA, CAUSED BY OR EXASER BITTED BY EXPOSURE TO POLLUTION OR TOXIC CHEMICALS. THIS MOTION TO RECOMMIT REVERSES HARMFUL RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY THIS BILL THAT MAKE IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BASE PUBLIC PROTECTIONS ON THE BEST AVAILABLE SCIENCE -- SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION, MUCH OF WHICH IS PRIVATE OR PROPRIETARY, AND CANNOT ALWAYS BE PUBLISHED. IN ITS CURRENT FORM, MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL, THE SO-CALLED HONEST AND OPEN E.P.A. SCIENCE TREATMENT ACT, SERIOUSLY IMPEDES THE E.P.A.'S ABILITY TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC FROM POLLUTANTS, TOXINS, AND OTHER DANGEROUS THREATS TO THEIR WELL-BEING. THE TRUE INTENTION OF THIS BILL IS NOT TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND POLICYMAKING, BUT RATHER TO BAR SCIENTISTS AND CIVIL SERVANTS FROM ENFORCING THE INTENT OF BEDROCK PROTECTIONS IN THE CLEAN AIR ACT AND THE CLEAN WATER ACT. AND OTHER IMPORTANT LAWS. IF THIS SECRET SCIENCE BILL PASSES IN ITS CURRENT FORM, THE E.P.A.'S WORK WILL GRIND TO A HALT. AND COUNTLESS AMERICANS WILL SUFFER OR EVEN DIE AS A RESULT. HARDWORKING MINERS WHOSE WORK AND CONTRIBUTION HAS BEEN OVERLY POLITICIZED IN THE DEBATE TO KEEP ACCESS TO SCIENCE ARE THE GREATEST AT RISK. GENERATIONS OF MINERS TOIL DUTIFULLY TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, ALL THE WHILE EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO TOXICITY AND POLLUTION THAT CAN LEAVE THEM WITH LIFELONG DEBILITATING DISEASES SUCH AS BLACK LUNG AND ASTHMA. FAMILIES WHO WILL STRUGGLE FROM THE COST OF TREATING THESE EXPENSIVE DISEASES AND FOR THE LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO DAYS MISSED FROM WORK DO NOT NEED MORE OBSTRUCTION OR POLITICAL FOOTBALL. THEY NEED ACCESS TO THE BEST CARE AVAILABLE WHICH RELIES UPON EVIDENCE-BASED SCIENCE. THEY DESERVE FAR BETTER THAN WHAT THE MAJORITY IS OFFERING. MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO CONGRESS WITH A MISSION, TO UPHOLD THE VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF THE GREAT CONSTITUENTS LIVING IN VIRGINIA'S FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I BELIEVE THAT MISSION INCLUDES ADVOCATING FOR THE HEALTH OF ALL AMERICANS. THAT MEANS ADVOCATING FOR SOUND SCIENCE AND REASONABLE POLICIES. IT MEANS REJECTING DANGEROUS SHORTSIGHTED AND ASTONISHINGLY HARDHEARTED PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT IS CURRENTLY BEFORE YOU. MR. SPEAKER, SCIENCE IS THE BEDROCK OF SOUND, MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH DECISIONMAKING. E.P.A.'S SCIENCE-BASED DECISIONMAKING PROCESS HAS SAVED LIVES AND LED TO THE DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN THE QUALITY OF AIR WE BREATHE, WATER WE DRINK, AND EARTH WE SHARE. ALL AMERICANS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE RESEARCH-BASED SCIENTIFIC ADVANCE -- ADVICE THAT SCIENTIST VS. PROVIDED THE E.P.A. AND THAT -- SCIENTISTS HAVE PROVIDED THE E.P.A. AND THAT'S WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY MOTION TO RECOMMIT.

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  • 02:48:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK?

  • 02:48:55 PM

    MR. MCEACHIN

    I YIELD BACK.

  • 02:48:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 02:48:58 PM

    >>

    I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

  • 02:49:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 02:49:35 PM

    MR. SCHWEIKERT

    SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

  • 02:52:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IT THE NOES HAVE T THE MOTION IS NOT AGREED TO.

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  • 02:52:19 PM

    MR. MCEACHIN

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

  • 02:52:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND NAYS.

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    PORTION OF "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AS THE HOUSE HAS RETURNED NOW FOR VOTES.…

    PORTION OF "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" AS THE HOUSE HAS RETURNED NOW FOR VOTES. LIVE COVERAGE ON C-SPAN. FOLLOWING OER. DOPPING OF THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT ON H.R. 1430 A SSAGE OF H.R. 1430 IF ORDERED. THEIRST ELECTONIC VOTWILL BE CONDUED AS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. THE REMAINING ELECTRONIC VES WILL BEONDUCD AS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. THENFINISD BUSINESISHE QUESTIONNGREEING TO HE MOTIONO RECOITN H.R 1530, FERED BY THE GENEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. MCKEON, ON WHH THEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK LL REDESIGNATE THE MOION. THE CLERK MOTI TRECOMMIT ON H.R. 143FFERE BY MR. MCKEON OF VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:21:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMRE

    THE QUESTIOIS ON AGREEING TO E MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD EIR…

    THE QUESTIOIS ON AGREEING TO E MOTION TO RECOMMIT. MEMBERS WILL RECORD EIR VOTES BYCTRONIDEVICE THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VO. [PTIONING MADE SSIBLE BTHE AL CAPTIING INSTITE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNID STAT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Y USE OF CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERA OF THE HOUSE OCEEDIFOR POLITIL OR MMERAL PURPOS IS EXPRESSLY OHIBITED BY THE S. HOUSE OF REPRENTATIS.]

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  • 04:45:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 232. THE MOTION IS NOT…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 232. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:46:20 PM

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    I'D LIKE TO REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:55:19 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 194. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 228, THE NAYS ARE 194. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:56:12 PM

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    HOUSE ADJOURN TODAY, IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:56:34 PM

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE FOR A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

  • 04:56:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN MAY STATE THE REQUEST, PLEASE.

  • 04:56:45 PM

    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. DURING YESTERDAY'S EVENING'S VOTE SERIES, I WAS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. DURING YESTERDAY'S EVENING'S VOTE SERIES, I WAS PRESENT ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, HOWEVER, MY VOTE WAS NOT RECORDED ON ROLL CALL NUMBER 202 DUE TO A TECHNICAL MALFUNCTION. HAD I RECORDED IT I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO ON S.J. RESOLUTION 34 AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS BE ENTERED INTO THE RECORD.

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  • 04:57:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

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    MR. TO BE COE

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. --

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    -- MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. WOULD…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. WOULD MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:57:52 PM

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

    I REQUEST UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS. AND THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 04:58:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR, MEMBERS. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:58:17 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE FIRST OFFICIAL…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE FIRST OFFICIAL NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY. JUST YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW PERMANENTLY DESIGNATING MARCH 29 AS THE DAY WE HONOR OUR VIETNAM VETERANS. IN MANY INCE CANSES, OUR VIETNAM VETERANS --

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  • 04:58:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT OF THE CHAMBER. THE HOUSE WILL…

    MEMBERS PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OUT OF THE CHAMBER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

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  • 04:58:54 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN MANY INSTANCES OUR VIETNAM VETERANS OFTEN DID NOT…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN MANY INSTANCES OUR VIETNAM VETERANS OFTEN DID NOT RECEIVE A WARM WELCOME HOME WHEN THEY RETURNED FROM WAR. THIS IS A SMALL STEP TOWARD GIVING THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE. IT WAS ON THIS DAY IN 1973 THAT THE LAST COMBAT TROOPS WERE ORDERED OUT OF VIETNAM. 44 YEARS LATER, THE HOUSE AND SENATE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THIS FEDERAL STATUTE RECOGNIZING AND HONORING OUR VIETNAM VETERANS WHO ANSWERED THE NATION'S CALL AND SERVED WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION. THIS EFFORT BEGAN IN PENNSYLVANIA AS THE BRAIN CHILD OF SERGEANT HAROLD READING, A VIETNAM VETERAN FROM YORK, PENNSYLVANIA. PENNSYLVANIA'S OWN SENATOR, PAT TOO MANY MI, LED THE CHARGE TO MAKE THIS A REALITY. WE ALL KNOW SOMEONE WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM. THOSE VETERANS ARE OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY, OUR NEIGHBORS. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VIETNAM VETERANS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ON THIS NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HOYER

    DEAR FRIEND, MARINE MO GILLMAN WHO RETIRED AS THE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR OF…

    DEAR FRIEND, MARINE MO GILLMAN WHO RETIRED AS THE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES' UNION. HE SERVED WITH GREAT ABILITY FOR 31 YEARS AFTER WORKING IN THIS HOUSE. N.T.U. REPRESENTS 150,000 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WORKING IN 31 FEDERAL AGENCIES. MO HAS BEEN A TIRELESS IN THE EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES RECEIVE THE PAY, BENEFITS AND WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS THEY DESERVE. MO SPENT AT N.T.U. EDUCATING ABOUT THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT FEDERAL SERVANTS CARRY OUT. AT THE TIME WHEN SOME IN CONGRESS AND IN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION ARE DENIGRATING FEDERAL SERVANTS AND CUTTING THE BUDGETS FOR WHICH THEY WORK, I'M MORE THAN A LITTLE SAD TO SEE MO RETIRE. AS SHE DOES, I'M CERTAIN SHE WILL INSPIRE US ALL TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT WITH THE SAME RESOLVE SHE SHOWED EVERY DAY OF HER CAREER. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL WISH HER WELL AND THANKING HER FOR HER EXTRAORDINARY WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY AND I YIELD BACK.

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    FOREIGN NATIONAL TOMMY VENTURA HAS A STRING OF ARRESTS TO HIS NAME,…

    FOREIGN NATIONAL TOMMY VENTURA HAS A STRING OF ARRESTS TO HIS NAME, INCLUDING ASSAULT, IMPERSONATION, DRUNK DRIVING AND CONTEMPT OF COURT NOT TO MENTION HE HAS BEEN DEPORTED FOUR TIMES. AND HE IS A MS-13 GANG MEMBER. DESPITE BEING DEPORTED, HE MADE HIS WAY BACK TO AMERICA. THIS TIME HE STABBED A WOMAN IN A PARKING LOT, THEN HE WENT TO A HOUSE ONLY TO SEXUALLY ASSAULT A TWO-YEAR-OLD AND WHEN THE GIRLFRIEND SAW THE BRUISES ON THE CHILD, HE STABBED HER AS WELL. EVENTUALLY NYPD ARRESTED HIM. OUR POUROUS BORDER IS NOT SECURE. VIOLENT CRIMINALS WHO ASSAULT AND RAPE WOMEN AND CHILDREN KEEP COMING BACK. BORDER OFFICIALS ARE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN DO WITH WHAT THEY HAVE. BUT THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE TO SECURE THE BORDER. WASHINGTON MUST SEND BOOTS ON THE GROUND, MILITARY EQUIPMENT IF NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH A VIRTUAL BORDER WALL AGAINST OUTLAWS LIKE VENTURA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    $880 BILLION CUT FROM THE INSURANCE OF HARDWORKING LOW INCOME FAMILIES,…

    $880 BILLION CUT FROM THE INSURANCE OF HARDWORKING LOW INCOME FAMILIES, $600 BILLION GOING TO THE TOP 1% OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA. THOSE WERE THE FEATURES OF THE TRUMPCARE BILL. NOT CARING FOR ANY ONE OF YOU, BUT SIMPLY TAKING AWAY AND PROVIDING FOR THE RICH. HEALTH CARE IN MY DISTRICT AND IN AMERICA IS VERY SERIOUS. I HEARD THE TESTIMONY FOR MANY YEARS OF MOTHERS WHO HAD AUTISTIC CHILDREN OR CHILDREN WITH SEVERE DISORDERS OR VISITED NURSING HOMES OR MAYBE HEARD THE PLEAS OF CANCER SURVIVORS WHO WOULDN'T HAVE LIVED BUT FOR AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH AND ANY SUGGESTION THAT HEALTH CARE IS EASY, MR. TRUMP OR WE CAN GET TOGETHER WITH THE MODERATES IS NOT A DIRECTION TO GO. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, WE ARE SERIOUS. BUT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE IN JEOPARDY AND PROVIDING ACCESS AND HEALTH CARE TO ALL OF AMERICA INCLUDING OUR RURAL HOSPITALS AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS WHO BEGGED FOR US NOT TO PASS TRUMPCARE. WE ARE PREPARED TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE. BUT HEALTH CARE IS NOT EASY, BUT ESSENTIAL AND LIFE SAVING AND I WANT TO SAVE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS. IT'S NOT EASY AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING TO FOOL ROORNED WITH. I YIELD BACK.

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    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LOSS OF A FLORIDIAN, A PATRIOT AND ONE OF THE…

    I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LOSS OF A FLORIDIAN, A PATRIOT AND ONE OF THE AIR FORCE' FINEST. THREE SERVICE MEMBERS WERE LOST IN A CRASH OF A SURVEILLANCE PLANE IN NEW MEXICO. THESE YOUNG MEN WERE NOT JUST SERVICE MEMBERS SERVING IN OUR UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, THEY WERE SONS, BROTHERS, HUSBANDS AND FATHERS.

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    MR. YOHO

    HIS HUMOR AND HE WAS TOUCHED BY ANIMALS. HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY REVEALED…

    HIS HUMOR AND HE WAS TOUCHED BY ANIMALS. HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY REVEALED THAT HE SHARED A HOT DOG WITH A FLORIDA-BITTEN STRAY. AND ENDED UP TAKING HER IN AND GIVING HER A SECOND CHANCE AT A NEW LIFE. I TAKE A MOMENT ON BEHALF OF ALL AMERICANS AND THE MEMBERS HERE TODAY TO THANK HIM FOR HIS SERVICE, LIEUTENANT FREDERICK DELLEKER, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOT YES OR NO. I YIELD BACK.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN THIS INSTITUTION. MADAM…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I'M SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN THIS INSTITUTION. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS WEEK TO ME HAS BEEN AN EMBARRASSMENT. IT'S AN EMBARRASSMENT THAT WE HERE IN THE HOUSE CAN'T HAVE A REAL AGAIN YOU INBIPARTISAN INVESTIGATION OF OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. NOW FORTUNATELY THIS AFTERNOON, THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER, ONE DEMOCRAT AND ONE REPUBLICAN OF THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAVE SIGNALED IN A JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THEY ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING A REAL INVESTIGATION. WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WOULD DO THE SAME? MADAM SPEAKER, I SAY THIS AND GIVES ME NO PLEASURE TO SAY THIS, BUT THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS ACTED IN A WAY THAT MAKES A REAL INVESTIGATION IN OUR HOUSE IMPOSSIBLE. HE SHOULD DO THE RIGHT THING AND RECUSE HIMSELF. AND THIS HOUSE SHOULD JOIN THE SENATE IN HAVING A REAL INVESTIGATION. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    I COME FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHERE WE HAVE MANY OF OUR CITIZENS WHO…

    I COME FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHERE WE HAVE MANY OF OUR CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN NURSING HOMES AND DESPITE THE VIEWS OF SOME, THOSE RESIDENTS CAN LIVE REMARKABLE AND PRODUCTIVE AND FULFILLING LIVES. ONE SUCH RESIDENT IS ANGELINA STEINER. SHE SHARES HER TALENTS IN WEEKLY POETRY READINGS AND BECAME A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION. IN 2014, SHE PUBLISHED HER FIRST BOOK CHASING DREAMS AND "BEAUTIFUL WORDS COMING MY WAY" IS BEING PUBLISHED IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. A LOVING WIFE AND MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN, SHE IS INSPIRED BY EVERY DAY EVENTS AND HAS THE TALENT TO PAINT BEAUTIFUL PICTURES THROUGH HER POETRY AND I'M INCREDIBLY PROUD OF HER AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE 80 SOCIAL SCIENTISTS WHO ARE VISITING WASHINGTON…

    I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE 80 SOCIAL SCIENTISTS WHO ARE VISITING WASHINGTON TODAY AND TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK KEEPING OUR STEM ENTERPRISE STRONG. THEY ARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT THE VALUE OF SCIENCE -- SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH HAS PROVIDED US WITH NUMEROUS BENEFITS. SOME OF THESE INCLUDE STRENGTHENING CYBERSECURITY BY SHOWING US HOW CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR CAN ELIMINATE CYBER VULLNERBLET. MAKING OUR SOLDIERS SAFER AND SAVING LIVES BY IMPROVING THE SYSTEM OF MATCHING KIDNEY DONORS WITH PATIENTS. MADAM SPEAKER, WE MUST HAVE STRONG FEDERAL FUNDING. CUTS WOULD MAKE AMERICA WEAKER, NOT GREATER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE CUTS IN THE N.S.F. BUDGET AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. LAMALFA

    TONIGHT I RISE TO COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR PASSING H.R. 1430, WHAT IS KNOWN…

    TONIGHT I RISE TO COMMEND THE HOUSE FOR PASSING H.R. 1430, WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE HONEST ACT. THIS WOULD PUT MORE OF THE OWN US ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SOMETIMES KNOWN AS THE EMPLOYMENT PREVENTION AGENCY, TO DISCLOSE WHERE THEY GET THEIR SCIENCE, WHERE THEY GET THEIR DATA,. MY OWN CONSTITUENTS HAVE SUFFERED FROM THAT IN MY DISTRICT IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WHERE ARBITRARY RULES ARE PUT IN PLACE WITHOUT EVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FACE THEIR ACCUSER OF WHAT KIND OF SCIENCE THEY ARE USING AND REASONING THEY ARE USING TO PUT A REGULATION IN PLACE IF THEY HAVE TO FIGHT, SOMETIMES FOR MANY YEARS IN ORDER TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE THEIR LAND, USE THEIR LAND FOR PLANTING CROPS, FOR GRAZING OTHER THINGS THAT WOULD HELP THEM WITH THEIR LIVELIHOOD OR ECONOMY LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN USING FOR SO MANY YEARS. HONEST ACT WILL PUT VULNERABILITY BACK ON THE E.P.A. SAYING YOU HAVE TO COME FORWARD WITH REASONING, LOGIC AND SCIENCE THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE AND NOT HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC SO WE CAN SEE WHAT YOU ARE USING TO REGULATE THE PEOPLE.

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    I RISE TODAY TO CONTINUE THE CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO…

    I RISE TODAY TO CONTINUE THE CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE PRESIDENT'S TIES WITH RUSSIA. CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE WE INVESTIGATE THESE MATTERS. WE MUST PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH ANSWERS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS ISSUES WITH THE HOUSE INTELL COMMITTEE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, SO IT'S TIME WE ASK FOR AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO TAKE THE LEAD. LET'S BE HONEST, AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU ARE THE COMPANY YOU KEEP AND SO FAR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TEAM HAS INCLUDED A NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR WHO WAS PAID BY RUSSIAN COMPANIES TO APPEAR AT RUSSIAN EVENTS OR FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER WHO HAD A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT TO ADVANCE PUTIN'S AGENDA AND NOW WE HAVE THE ISSUES AGAIN WITH THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE INTELL COMMITTEE TO COVER UP TRACKS LEFT BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AS WE FURTHER UNTANGLE THE WEB CREATED BY TRUMP AND HIS TEAM, IT IS CLEAR THAT REPUBLICANS ARE FEARFUL OF WHAT POTENTIAL INVESTIGATIONS MAY REVEAL. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE ANSWERS.

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

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    MS. KAPTUR

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

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    MS. KAPTUR

    CONGRESS THAT THE SUPREME COURT MISINTERPRETED THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE…

    CONGRESS THAT THE SUPREME COURT MISINTERPRETED THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IN THE CASE OF BUCKLEY VERSUS VALLEJO AND WILL RESTORE EQUAL FOOTING TO ALL KEAM ANSWER. THE LANDMARK CASE WAS DECIDED OVER 40 YEARS AGO. THEN JUSTICE BYRON WHITE CALLED IT A MORTAL DANGER AGAINST OCCURTIVE STEPS MUST BE TAKEN. IN THE WAKE OF THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WE CLEARLY SEE THE INFLUENCE OF BIG MONEY. THAT MONEY EX ERTS INFLUENCE OVER OUR POLITICS AND TRUE TO FORM IT HAS ENDOWED DONORS WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF CABINET POSITIONS IN THE TRUM OF ADMINISTRATION, OVER ONE-THIRD OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S HIGH LEVEL GOVERNMENT POSTS WERE AWARDED TO HIGH CAMPAIGN DONORS. IF MONEY EQUALS FREE SPEECH, THEN LACK OF MONEY MEANS LACK OF FREE SPEECH. OUR CAMPAIGNS SHOULD BE REFLECTIVE OF THE PEOPLE'S VOICES. BUCKLEY CASE TOOK THIS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT FROM THE PEOPLE AND THIS RESOLUTION IS THE REMEDY TO RESTORE IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR FROM HOUSE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MY NAME BE REMOVED AS A CO-SPONSOR FROM HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 17.

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    OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MADAM SPEAKER.

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    SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED…

    SECRETARY. THE SECRETARY: I'M DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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

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    MR. RASKIN

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE SPECIAL ORDER.

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    MR. RASKIN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM SPEAKER, WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON ON BEHALF OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS, WE'RE TAKING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR TO FOCUS ON THE QUESTION OF THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION. THIS IS A MATTER OF THE UTMOST SERIOUSNESS AND URGENCY TO THE MEEOPL PBECAUSE IT GOES TO THE QUESTION OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN DEMOCRACY ON OUR OWN. WITHOUT FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, SUBVERSION, AND SABOTAGE. I'M GOING TO CALL FIRST, MADAM SPEAKER, ON THE DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MAXINE WATERS. IF I MIGHT. AND YIELD TO HER FOR SIX MINUTES. IN ORDER TO PREPARE, IF SHE'S READY TO GO.

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    MS. WATERS

    I'D LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN RASKIN FOR ORGANIZING THIS TIME AND FOR…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK CONGRESSMAN RASKIN FOR ORGANIZING THIS TIME AND FOR HELPING TO KEEP THIS CONGRESS FOCUSED ON THIS EXTRAORDINARY CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND DRAWING ATTENTION TO WHAT SHOULD BE A CREDIBLE INVESTIGATION ABOUT THE TIES BETWEEN THIS PRESIDENT AND VLADIMIR PUTIN AND THE KREMLIN. WHY IS THIS PRESIDENT SO FOCUSED ON COMPLIMENTING PUTIN? WHY HAS HE WRAPPED HIS ARMS AROUND HIM? WHY HAS HE SAID HE'S A GREAT PRESIDENT? WHY DOES HE REFUSE TO EVEN TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT PUTIN HAS INVADED CRIMEA? WHY DOES HE REFUSE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID WHEN PUTIN IS CHARGED TO BE A KILLER AND ALL OF THE DEATHS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE FROM OPPONENTS OF HIS, FROM PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE HIM? WELL, I THINK THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT THE CONNECTIONS THAT THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS ALLIES HAVE, THE MORE THESE QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BECOME VERY, VERY SERIOUS AND IT'S GOING TO LEAD US TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME BIG DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THIS PRESIDENT IS FIT TO LEAD THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I HAVE BEEN DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THESE ISSUES FOR MONTHS. PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN AND SINCE HIS ELECTION HAS CHOSEN TO SURROUND HIMSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE CLOSE TIES WITH RUSSIA. WHEN OUR -- WHEN OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ANNOUNCE THEIR CONCLUSION THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTIONS, I CALL KAED FOR AN INVESTIGATION FOCUSING ON THE POSSIBILITY OF COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP'S KREMLIN CLAN THAT I HAVE DUBBED THEM AND THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. I INTRODUCED H.CON.RES. LUTION 15, URGING CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE THE POSSIBILITY OF COLLUSION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. INVESTIGATIONS SHOULD FOE COUNS THE CREME CLIN CLAN. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF -- KREMLIN CLAN. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE ALLIES AND FOLKS WHO ARE ALIGNED WITH TRUMP AND RUSSIA. MICHAEL FLYNN, FIRED FROM THE N.S.C. AFTER LYING ABOUT DISCUSSING SANCTIONS WITH A RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR. PAUL MANAFORT, TRUMP'S FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER, WAS A PAID LOBBYIST FOR VICTOR YUKOVIC WHO FLED TO RUSSIA IN 2014. IT APPEARS MANAFORT SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE AND PUTIN ALLY OLEG VASCASA. THE TIMES ALSO REPORTS MANAFORT TRIED TO HIDE $750,000 IN PAYMENTS. CARTER PAGE, FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISOR, A CONSULTANT AND INVESTOR IN THE KREMLIN STATE GAS COMPANY, GAZPROM. HE RECENTLY REVEALED THAT HE MET WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR KIZLAK IN THE 2016 R.N.C. THEN THERE'S ROGER STONE WHO WORKED IN THE UKRAINE. STONE ANNOUNCED IN A SPEECH LAST SUMMER THAT HE'S SPOKEN TO WIKI LEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASAUNG AND HE HAD BEEN EXCHANGING MESSAGES WITH GUCCIFER 2.0, THE RUSSIAN HACKER WHO HACKED THE D.N.C. LAST SUMMER. THEN SEC RETEAR OF COMMERCE WILL BURR ROSS WAS A PARTNER IN A MAJOR FINANCIAL PROJECT INVOLVING THE BANK OF CYPRUS. SECRETARY OF STATE TILLERSON SIGNED A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA IN 2011 ON BEHALF OF EXXON FOR OIL DRILLING PROJECTS IN THE ARCTIC AND IS FOCUSED ON LIFTING SANCTIONS. THE "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTED THAT PRIOR TO HIS RESIGNATION, MIKE FLYNN WAS DELIVERED A PROPOSAL OUTLINING A WAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO LIFT THE RUSSIAN SANCTIONS AND BROKER A DEAL BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE AND ALSO INCLUDED THE PUBLIC SMEARING OF UKRAINE'S CURRENT PRESIDENT POOSHENKO. THE DEAL IS BEING PUSHED BY THE SUPPORT IN UKRAINE. THE PROPOSAL REMAINS ALONG WITH THOSE PUSHING IT. THEN THERE'S MIKE COHEN, THE PERSONAL LAWYER, WHO WAS INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING THE DOCUMENT AND DELIVERING THE DOCUMENT. THEN THERE'S PHILIP S. SEDER, A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AND FORMER CRIMINAL WHO SERVED TIME WHO REPORTEDLY HAD TIES WITH THE MAFIA, WHO HELPED MR. TRUMP SCOUT DEALS IN RUSSIA. THEN THERE'S ANDRE ARDAMINKO A UKRAINIAN LAWMAKER TRYING TO RISE IN A POLITICAL OPPOSITION MOVEMENT SHAPED IN PART BY MR. TRUMP'S FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER, PAUL MANAFORT. THEN OF COURSE THERE'S OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS, WHO WAS FORCED TO RECUSE HIMSELF FROM INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT HE MET WITH RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS DURING THE CAMPAIGN CYCLE, INFORMATION WHICH HE FAILED TO DISCLOSE DURING HIS CONFIRMATION HEARING. THIS IS THE SAME AMBASSADOR WITH WHOM MIKE FLYNN DISCUSSED U.S. SANCTIONS AND BY THE WAY , HE LIED ABOUT IT. IT IS NOW -- IT HAS NOW BEEN REVEALED THAT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR MET WITH THE FOLLOWING TRUMP ASSOCIATES. CARTER PAGE, JEFF SESSIONS, MIKE FLYNN, AND JARED KUSHNER IN DECEMBER 2016 IN TRUMP TOWER DURING THE TRANSITION. NONE OF THESE MEETINGS WERE MADE PUBLIC AND WERE ONLY DISCOVERED AFTER THE PRESS RELEASED REPORTS. BEFORE THE PRESS REPORTING ON THE MEETINGS ABOVE, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAD REPEATEDLY DENIED ITS CAMPAIGN HAD CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. THE PRESS HAS NOTED THAT THE MEETINGS ARE NOT UNUSUAL BUT THAT PUBLIC CONCERN IS HEIGHTENED BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALL LIED ABOUT OUR FAILED TO DISCLOSE -- DISCLOSE THE MEETINGS. DEUTSCHE BANK WASED OR TORTE PAY MORE THAN $600 MILLION IN FINES INCLUDING A $425 MILLION FINE TO NEW YORK'S DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND A $204 MILLION FINE TO THE U.K.'S FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY FOR FAILING TO HAVE ADEQUATE MONEY LAUNDERING CONTROLS IN PLACE TO PREVENT A GROUP OF CORRUPT TRAITORS FROM IMPROPERLY AND SECRETLY TRANSFERRING MORE THAN $10 BILLION OUT OF RUSSIA. PRESS REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS INVESTIGATING THIS MATTER. DEUTSCHE BANK IS TRUMP'S LARGEST LENDER, LENDING HIS CAMPAIGN AN ESTIMATED $360 MILLION. SO OIL AND GAS, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNED LAST MONTH A BILL STRIKING SECTION 1504 OF THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM ACT WHICH REQUIRED BIG OIL COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE THE MONEY THEY PAID TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TO DRILL ON THEIR LAND, STRIKING SECTION 1504 WILL ALLOW BIG OIL COMPANIES LIKE EXXONMOBIL TO CONDUCT SECRETIVE DEALINGS WITH CORRUPT PARTIES SUCH AS VLADIMIR PUTIN AND RUSSIA. TRUMP -- THE WHITE HOUSE ATTEMPTED TO ENLIST THE F.B.I., THE C.I.A. DIRECTOR, POMPEO AND TOP REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE AND SENATE INTEL COMMITTEES TO HELP PUSH BACK AGAINST "NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTING ON TRUMP'S TIES TO RUSSIA. THERE IS DEVON NUNES, I DON'T NEED TO TALK ABOUT HIM, HE ISSUED A JOINT STATE WMENT ADAM SCHIFF, A JOINT STATEMENT IN JANUARY, ANNOUNCING THE SCOPE OF THEIR INVESTIGATION WOULD INCLUDE LINKS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS. F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAYMES COMEY ANNOUNCED ON -- JAMES COMEY ANNOUNCED IN TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE THAT THEY WERE INVESTIGATING WHETHER MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN CO-LEWDED -- COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE ELECTION. DEVON KNEW NETS ANNOUNCED TO THE PRESS THAT MEMBERS OF THE TEAM WERE UNDER INCIDENTAL SURVEILLANCE AFTER THE ELECTION AND BRIEFED PRESIDENT TRUMP ON MARCH 22. HOWEVER , HE DID NOT BRIEF ADAM SCHIFF OR OTHER HOUSE INTEL MEMBERS AND NEVER REVEALED HIS SOURCE. DEVON NUNES HAS CLEARLY COMPROMISED THE INVESTIGATION AND CAN NO LONGER BE TRUSTED TO LEAD IT. IN CONCLUSION, CONGRESS MUST CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE, INDEPENDENT, BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO EXPOSE THE FULL TRUTH OF TRUMP'S TIES TO RUSSIA. I BELIEVE THAT ONCE WE HAVE KREMLIN CLAN WE WILL FIND THERE WAS COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA TO VIOLATE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS. AT THAT POINT THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF PARTY AND I SAY IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP. I THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AS WE WITNESS WHAT ATTEMPTS TO BE A COVERUP NOW ABOUT ALL OF THIS. THANK YOU.

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  • 05:27:21 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    MS. WATERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR ZEALOUS WORK ON BEHALF OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS…

    MS. WATERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR ZEALOUS WORK ON BEHALF OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND ALL AMERICANS. I TURN NOW TO OUR COLLEAGUE IF NEW YORK MR. NADLER, A LEADING MOVE THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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  • 05:27:36 PM

    MR. NADLER

    MADAM SPEAKER, THERE IS AN OBVIOUS CANCER AT THE HEART OF THE CREDIBILITY,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THERE IS AN OBVIOUS CANCER AT THE HEART OF THE CREDIBILITY, PERHAPS EVEN OF THE HE YIT MACY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT CANCER CONSISTS OF QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO THE RELATIONSHIP OF THIS ADMINISTRATION WITH RUSSIA. WE KNOW THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERVENED IN THE LAST ELECTION WITH THE GOAL OF ADVANTAGING TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN OVER HILLARY CLINTON'S. WE KNOW THAT THERE WERE NUMEROUS TRUMP CAMPAIGN TRANSITION TEAM AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS IN CONTACT WITH THE RUSSIANS. PRIOR TO, DURING, AND AFTER THE CAMPAIGN. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A PATTERN OF THESE INDIVIDUALS AT FIRST DENYING SUCH CONTACT BUT LATER AFTER BEING FORCED TO COME CLEAN ADMITTING THEM. EXAMPLES TO DATE INCLUDE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN, ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS, AND ROGER STONE WHO ADMITTED HE WAS IN CONTACT WITH GUCCIFER 2.0, THE HACKER THE F.B.I. SAYS IS A FRONT FOR RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE. WE KNOW THE -- THEY GAVE FALSE TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SENATE REGARDING MEETINGS WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. WE KNOW PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS FINANCIAL TIES WITH RUSSIA. THOUGH HE DENIES IT, WE KNOW THERE ARE LARGE RUSSIAN INVESTMENTS IN THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION. THE PRESIDENT'S SON, DONALD TRUMP JR., SAID A FEW YEARS AGO THAT MONEY, WAS, QUOTE, FLOWING IN, UNQUOTE FROM RUSSIA. THAT OBVIOUSLY CAN HAVE A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON THE PRESIDENT AND THE DECISIONS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. WE KNOW THAT THERE WAS A CHANGE IN THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM DEALING WITH UKRAINE TO FAVOR RUSSIA. A CHANGE THAT WAS ENGINEERED BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. WE EVEN KNOW WHO IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN GAVE THE INSTRUCTION TO MAKE THIS CHANGE. WE KNOW THAT THERE'S AN ONGOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BY THE F.B.I. OF POSSIBLE COLLUSION BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN IN THE ADMITTED RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN THE ATTEMPT BY RUSSIA TO SUBVERT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. KNOWING ALL THIS, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE OR TO DISMISS QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CREDIBILITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND CERTAINLY WE MUST ASK QUESTIONS REGARDING ITS LEGITIMACY AS WELL. IF THERE IS PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE THAT CRIMES WERE COMMITTED IN COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA TO SUBVERT THE ELECTION. WE HAVE A DUTY TO RESOLVE THIS QUESTION, TO GET ANSWERS AND PURSUE THE TRUTH AND REMOVE ANY CANCER WE MAY FIND. A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONSIDERED A RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY I INTRODUCED DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT'S CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, HIS POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION'S EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE AND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT POSSIBLE CRIMINAL OR COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INVESTIGATIONS RELATED TO THE PRESIDENT AND/OR HIS ASSOCIATES. YET TO DATE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE OPPOSED OUR AMENDMENTS AND VOTED DOWN OUR RESOLUTIONS OF INQUIRY. IN EFFECT, ABDICATING THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT AND TO ENFORCE THE LAW. NOW THE INTELLIGENCE CHAIRMAN IS CONDUCTING AN OBVIOUS COVERUP FAILING TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, INFORMATION THAT REVEALS PRESIDENT TRUMP'SAL ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA AS COMPLETELY FALSE. WHILE INAPPROPRIATELY BRIEFING PEOPLE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE INVESTIGATION. THIS IS SO ABSURD, SO INAPPROPRIATE AND BEYOND BELIEF THAT IT IS TOUGH TO ACCEPT THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION. SADLY, THIS ISN'T A TELEVISION DRAMA WE CAN TURN OFF OR WALK AWAY FROM. INTEGRITY OF OUR DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT IS AT STAKE. WHILE WE NEED IS HONESTY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST HAVE FAITH IN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR JOB TO ENSURE IT. IT IS TIME FOR ANSWERS. IF THE TRUTH REVEALS A CONSPIRACY, IF THERE IS PROOF OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT, DONALD TRUMP MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM ACCOUNTABLE AND WE MUST ACT. THERE IS NO SUPERIOR WAY TO GET AT THE TRUTH AND TO FULFILL OUR DUTY TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY THAN TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE. I URGE THAT BE DONE AND THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE ONCE AGAIN IN THEIR GOVERNMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 05:32:12 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    MR. NADLER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. I YIELD TO MY…

    MR. NADLER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT PRESENTATION. I YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM WASHINGTON STATE WHO IS THE CO-CONVENOR OF THE SPECIAL ORDER HOUR.

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  • 05:32:36 PM

    MS. JAYAPAL

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. RASKIN, FROM MARYLAND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. RASKIN, FROM MARYLAND FOR HIS INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO LEAD THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR FOR THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS HERE EVERY WEEK AND WE TRY TO PICK A DIFFERENT TOPIC FOR THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE. WE PICK A DIFFERENT TOPIC AND THIS EVENING IS THE TIES TO RUSSIA OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. YESTERDAY, SEAN SPICER TOLD VETERAN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT APRIL RYAN THAT QUOTE, SHE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE NO FOREIGN ANSWER WHEN SHE ASKED HIM ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA. WELL, MR. SPICER, WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT WE WILL NOT JUST TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT BACK AND BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT IS COMING OUT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN THERE IS MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN MAY HAVE COLUDED WITH RUSSIA TO TIP THE ELECTION IN HIS FAVOR. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SAW THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY, WE HAD A RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY FROM REPRESENTATIVES JEFFRIES AND TED LIEU ABOUT THIS VERY ISSUE IN RELATION TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS AND HIS TIES TO RUSSIA. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER AND CAMPAIGN ADVISER ONLY LASTED A RECORD-SETTING 24 DAYS IN THE ROLE BECAUSE HE BLATANTLY LIED ABOUT MEETING WITH RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR KISSLY ACK DURING THE CAMPAIGN. WHAT OTHER TIES TO RUSSIA HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED. I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO HAVE A DIAGRAM AND TO REALLY SHOW EXACTLY WHAT THE CONNECTIONS HAVE BEEN BEEN BETWEEN TOP TRUMP OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WHO ARE NOW SERVING IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND ARE THE PRESIDENT'S CLOSE AND PERSONAL FRIEND. THE FACT THAT A DIAGRAM IS EVEN NECESSARY TELLS US SOMETHING. SO LET'S START AT THE TOP WITH THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A LONG HISTORY WITH RUSSIA, HIS FIRST TRIP TO MOSCOW WAS 30 YEARS AGO. HE WENT TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITIES AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTRY HAS CLEARLY GROWN. IN THE LATE 1990'S, HE STARTED BANKING WITH DEUTCH BANK WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR FUNNELS RUSSIAN MONEY OFFSHORE AND HE LINKED UP WITH A RUSSIAN COMPANY WHICH HAS TIES TO THE MAFIA AND TO CRIMINAL INTERESTS IN RUSSIA. THEIR PARTNERSHIP WAS INTEGRAL IN HELPING TO EXPAND THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION WITH PROPERTIES SPRINGING UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HIS TIES TO RUSSIA GREW DEEPER AND IN THE LATE 2000'S, SEVERAL RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN BOUGHT PROPERTIES FROM THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION NETTING THEM HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFIT. LET'S FORWARD TO 2016. PRESIDENT TRUMP BROUGHT ON CARTER PAGE, WHO IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR COMMUNICATING WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS AND IN FACT, IT WAS THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN'S FORMER MANAGER WHO GAVE CARTER PAGE THE GREEN LIGHT TO VISIT MOSCOW JUST LAST JULY. AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, MR. PAGE MET WITH KISSLY ACK BUT SAID HE WILL NOT REVEAL THE DETAILS OF THAT CONVERSATION TO THE PUBLIC. AND THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT CONSISTENT FACT THAT WE SEE. OUR RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY TODAY THAT WE DEBATED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE WAS ABOUT THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION SO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON WITHOUT NYACK CUE SAYINGSES. WE ARE SAYING LET US INVESTIGATE WHAT THESE TIESR WHAT THE CONVERSATIONS WERE AND LET US DETERMINE IN AN INDEPENDENT BIPARTISAN WAY, LET US DETERMINE THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN COLLUSION AND LET US MAKE SURE THERE IS NO FOREIGN GOVERNMENT THAT IS EFFECTING OUR DEMOCRACY. SO VARIOUS MEMBERS OF TRUMP'S TEAM MET WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS DURING THE CAMPAIGN. BUT ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS JUST DIDN'T MEET WITH OFFICIALS BUT HE LIED. AND AGAIN THE TOP PROSECUTOR IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIED UNDER OATH DURING A CONFIRMATION HEARING. THIS CANNOT BE IGNORED. ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT SAYING DON'T HAVE CONVERSATIONS, BUT DON'T LIE ABOUT THEM. DON'T MAKE US WONDER WHAT HAPPENED DURING THOSE CONVERSATIONS. HOW DO WE TRUST THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO FAIRLY AND IMPARTIALLY PRESIDE IF HE HAS SHOWN THAT HE IS WILLING TO MAKE FALSE STATEMENTS JUST TO GET THE JOB. HE IS NOT THE ONLY HIGH LEVEL TRUMP OFFICIAL WHO HAS BEEN DISHONEST WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MICHAEL FLYNN WAS PUT IN PLACE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, RESIGNED DUE TO THE SHADY BACKDOOR DEALINGS THAT PUT HIM IN THE POCKET. HE WAS PAID $45,000 TO ATTEND A STATE-SPONSORED GALA DINNER AND SIT AT THE TABLE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN. AND IN ADDITION TO FLYNN, PAGE AND SESSIONS AND THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHERS. TRUMP'S FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER, PAUL MANA FOR THE, FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER, ROGER STONE, HIS PERSONAL LAWYER, MICHAEL COHEN ARE ALL UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THEIR CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SON-IN-LAW IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AS WELL FOR HIS ACTIONS DURING THE CAMPAIGN. NOT ONLY DID JARED KUSHNER MEET WITH AMBASSADOR KISSLY ACK AND MET WITH THE BANKERS AND THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THE MEETINGS WERE DIPLOMATIC BUT ONE OF THE BANKERS HE MET WITH IS SERGEI GORKOV AND GRADUATE OF THE FEDERAL SECURITY SERVICE WHICH IS AN ACADEMY THAT IS TASKED WITH TRAINING INDIVIDUALS TO BECOME MEMBERS OF RUSSIA'S SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE FOR THE TRESS AND NOW THE CHAIRMAN OF A BANK AND HE WAS APPOINTED BY PUTIN HIMSELF. THIS IS NOT A MOM AND POP BANK BUT A STATE-OWNED CORPORATION THAT HAS BEEN UNDER SANCTIONS BY THE UNITED STATES FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. JARED KUSHNER WHOSE FAMILY IS WORTH $2 BILLION AND HE SAT DOWN ALLEGEDLY UNDER HIS ROLE WITH THE PRESIDENT TO CHAT WITH THIS OWNER OF THE BANK AND A PERSON FROM THE KREMLIN SAID THIS MEETING WAS THE BANK'S PREROGATIVE AND THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS UNAWARE. WE NEED MORE INFORMATION TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT MEETING BECAUSE OTHERWISE, WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, WE THINK THERE IS FIRE. WE NEED TO HAVE THE INFORMATION SO WE CAN ACTUALLY DETERMINE WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THESE CONNECTIONS, BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS MEETING WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS AND DON'T WANT TO TELL US WHY OR WHAT'S DISCUSSED, THEN WE HAVE TO START WONDERING WHETHER THE CONVERSATIONS ARE IN THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR IN THE INTERESTS OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. AND WE ALSO HAVE REX TILLERSON, PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SECRETARY OF STATE WHO HAS STRONG BUSINESS TIES AND AWARDED THE ORDER OF FRIENDSHIP FROM PRESIDENT PUTIN AND THIS IS THE HIGHEST HONOR THAT RUSSIA CAN BESTOW ON NON -RUSSIAN CITIZENS AND HE STRUCK AN OIL DEAL WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT. WE COULD GO ON AND ON WITH THIS. BUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE HAVE EXPECTATIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THAT HIS CABINET ARE WORKING IN THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE HAVE EXPECTATIONS THAT IF A DEAL IS STRUCK, IT IS NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOME OTHER COUNTRY OR FOR THE PERSONAL BENEFIT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL IN OFFICE, BUT IT IS FOR THE PUBLIC'S BENEFIT. AND IF A DEAL IS STRUCK THAT TAKES BENEFIT AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC IN ORDER TO GIVE IT TO A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR TO AN INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL INTEREST OF OUR GOVERNMENT, THEN THAT IS AN ENORMOUS DISSERVICE TO OUR DEMOCRACY AND OF COURSE THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL RAMIFICATIONS FOR ALL OF THIS. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS TRIED TO TELL US THAT THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN TRUMP'S ADVISERS AND HIGH-LEVEL RUSSIAN BUSINESSMEN AND FIRST WERE ABOUT DIPLOMACY. AND YET THIS SHROUD OF SEE CREASE SI CONTINUES EVERY TIME WE TRY TO GET INFORMATION AND MAKE SURE THERE IS AN INDEPENDENT, BIPARTISAN INVESTIGATION THAT SOMEHOW THE SHROUD OF SEE CREASEY CONTINUES AND BEGS THE QUESTION IF THIS IS ADVOCATING FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND NOT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OR THE POCKETBOOK OF CABINET MEMBERS, THEN WHY? WHY ARE YOU HIDING. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, LET US HAVE THE INFORMATION AND THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF REQUESTS UNLESS THERE IS SOME INFORMATION THAT IS CLASSIFIED. WHY ARE THE CAMPAIGN ADVISERS AND OFFICIALS DENYING THAT THEY COMMUNICATED WITH RUSSIA ONLY THEN TO BE FORCED TO WALK BACK THEIR STATEMENTS OR RECUSE THEMSELVES AS JEFF SESSIONS HAD TO DO OR TO EVEN RESIGN. FOREIGN POLICY IS KEY TO AMERICAN INTERESTS BUT THESE BAM-REEM CONVERSATIONS AND SUBSEQUENT LIES ARE DOING NOTHING TO MAKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL CONFIDENT IN AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THEM. IT IS CLEAR THERE IS A STRONG TIE HERE THAT WAS ONLY STRENGTHENED DURING THE CAMPAIGN. BUT LET'S BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THE CONNECTTIVE TISSUE IN ALL OF THIS, IN ALL OF THESE LINES THAT GO BACK AND FORTH, WHAT IS THE CONNECTTIVE TISSUE THAT CONNECTS ALL OF THIS? IT'S MONEY. HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT? OF COURSE WE REMEMBER THE HACKING OF THE ELECTION THAT OCCURRED LAST YEAR, IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING INVESTIGATED, EVEN THOUGH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FEELS THAT HIS FIRST DUTY IS TO THE PRESIDENT AND NOT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE. BUT LAST YEAR, PRESIDENT TRUMP DEFENDED VLADIMIR PUTIN BY PLACING THE BLAME ON THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO DISTRACT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IN JULY, HE OUTRIGHT URGED RUSSIA TO HACK HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS. AND SAID, QUOTE, I HOPE YOU ARE ABLE TO FIND THE 30,000 EMAILS THAT ARE MISSING. IN DECEMBER, A C.I.A. INVESTIGATION ASSESSMENT CONCLUDED THAT RUSSIA WAS TRYING TO HELP THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP WIN THE ELECTION. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE AN ALLY IN PRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS WILLING TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY NOT BE IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KNOW THEY ARE WELL CONNECTED AT EVERY LEVEL IN HIS ADMINISTRATION. AND LET'S BE CLEAR WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH MR. PUTIN. THIS IS A DICTATOR, A HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSER, SOMEONE WHO REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE HAVE SAID WE CANNOT BE ASSOCIATED WITH HIM. YOU HEARD OF THE ENTRY IN CANADA AND MAY HAVE ENDED UP WITH THE KREMLIN CANDIDATE AND THE SCRIPT WRITES ITSELF. WE WERE HOPING TO GET A CHANCE TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. WE WERE HOPING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS IN A HEARING IN THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, BUT WE NEVER GOT THE CHANCE. LAST TUESDAY, REPRESENTATIVE NUNES WENT TO THE SECRET BRIEFING IN A NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL FACILITY AND WHAT HE FOUND APPARENTLY WASN'T GOOD FOR THE PRESIDENT, BECAUSE HE RAN OVER THERE TO TELL THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF DOING HIS DUTY AND REPORTING THE INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. HE WENT STRAIGHT TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HIS FINDING. . HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE CHAIRING AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED, NOT BEING A RUNNER FOR INFORMATION TO THE PRESIDENT. AFTER BRIEFING PRESIDENT TRUMP, PRESIDENT NUNES CANCELED THE HEAR, DENYING AMERICANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM FORMER ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES AND RANKING MEMBER JIM HIMES WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SAID THE MONDAY HEARING LAST WEEK WAS, I'M SURE, NOT TO THE WHITE HOUSE'S LIKING. HE WENT ON TO SAY,S THAT DIRECT QUOTE, SINCE MONDAY I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT THE CHAIRMAN, CHAIRMAN NUNES, HAS CEASED TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF AN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE AND HAS BEEN RUNNING INTERFERENCE FOR THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. THE FACT THAT WE ARE QUESTIONING WHETHER OR NOT SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S CABINET, NOT JUST ONE, NOT EVEN JUST TWO, BUT SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S CABINET, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, ARE GUILTY OF COLLUSION WITH A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT IS A DOWN RIGHTOUT RAGE. AND IN MY HOME DISTRICT, THE SEVENTH DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON STATE, I'VE BEEN RECEIVING NUMEROUS CALLS, HUNDREDS OF CALLS FROM CONSTITUENTS, SINCE DAY ONE, SAYING HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING IN THIS DEMOCRACY? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE IN AMERICA? HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS REPRESENTING US AND NOT A FOREIGN ENTITY? WHY IS IT THAT SOMEBODY WOULD LIE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IF THERE WAS NOTHING TO HIDE? PEOPLE ARE LOSING FAITH IN THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. IT IS A CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T TRUST THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT IS ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET -- TO GET TO THE WITH THE TOM OF WHAT'S GOING ON AND ACTUALLY REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE WHITE HOUSE MAY HAVE A FRIEND IN REPRESENTATIVE NUNES, BUT I WANT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A FRIEND IN US. WE WON'T BACK DOWN ON OUR DEMANDS. REPRESENTATIVE NUNES SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF FROM THIS INVESTIGATION. THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN EXPECT A FULL AND IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION AFTER WHAT'S JUST OCCURRED. AND THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE. EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, SHOULD BE DEMANDING TO KNOW THE FACTS. WE'RE NOT MAKING JUDGMENTS. WE WANT TO KNOW THE FACTS. IF THERE ARE FACTS THAT WE DON'T KNOW, THAT SAY NO, THERE WERE LEGITIMATE CONVERSATIONS, THERE WAS NO COLLUSION, THEN WE'RE DONE. WHY TIE UP THE AIRWAVES WITH THIS? SO TONIGHT, AS WE THINK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE IN THIS DEBATE AND WE THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT FOR THREE MONTHS THIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN UNDER THE SHADOW OF SECRECY, UNDER THE SHADOW OF MISTRUST FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THERE'S A VERY EASY WAY TO CLEAR ALL OF THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THIS LIST, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THAT IS TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION, TO ENSURE THAT REPRESENTATIVE NUNES RECUSES HIMSELF AN STEPS DOWN AS THE CHAIR OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, GIVEN WHAT'S HAPPENED, AND TO ENSURE THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE REMEMBER THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ARE ONE DUTY -- OUR ONE DUTY IS TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WITH THAT, MR. RASKIN, I YIELD BACK, AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR YIELDING ME TIME.

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  • 05:49:16 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN JAY PAL, FOR YOUR -- JAYAPAL, FOR YOUR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSWOMAN JAY PAL, FOR YOUR -- JAYAPAL, FOR YOUR FANTASTIC LEADERSHIP FOR THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON IN THE CITY OF WASHINGTON AND YOUR ZEALOUS ADVOCACY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET ME TRY TO RECAP SOME OF THE THEMES WE HAVE BROUGHT UP THIS EVENING AND TALK ABOUT WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE HERE. I WANT TO START WITH SOME GOOD NEWS BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME GREAT NEWS OUT OF RUSSIA ON SUNDAY, WHERE MORE THAN 75,000 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BRAVED THE TYRANNY AND DESPOTISM OF THEIR GOVERNMENT TO GO OUT INTO THE STREETS, EXPRESS THEIR COMMITMENT TO DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND AGAINST CORRUPTION. AND THEY WERE FOCUSED VERY SPECIFICALLY ON SOME OF THE OLIGARCHES WHO SURROUND VLADIMIR PUTIN, ONE OF THEM, PRIME MINISTER MEDVEDEV, IT HAS JUST BEEN LEARNED, HAS AMASSED MORE THAN $1 BILLION AS A PUBLIC SERVANT IN MANSIONS , IN VINEYARDS, IN ITALY, IN FANCY CARS, IN JEWELRY. $1 BILLION. AND THE PEOPLE OF RUSSIA ARE UP IN ARMS. ABOUT THE CORRUPTION, THE CLEPPING TO BECY, THE STEALING FROM THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE WHICH IS INCREASINGLY IMPOVERISHED BY THE IMPERIAL DESIGNS AND THE CORRUPT PRACTICES OF PUTIN AND HIS TEAM. SO TEBS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WENT OUT IN THE STREETS TO PROTEST. THESE ARE BRAVE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AN AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENT THERE. A DICTATOR. A DESPOT. SOMEONE WHO ORDERS OUT FOR THE ASSASSINATION OF HIS POLITICAL ENEMIES. AND MANY OF THEM WERE ARRESTED. HUNDREDS OF THEM WERE ARRESTED. IN MOSCOW. AND SOME OF THEM ARE STILL IN JAIL RIGHT NOW. MADAM SPEAKER, WE SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE PROTESTERS. IN RUSSIA. THAT'S WHO WE ARE. AS AMERICA. WE ARE A NATION CONCEIVED IN REVOLUTIONARY INSURGENCY AGAINST CORRUPTION. AGAINST MONARCHY. AGAINST DICTATORS AND AUTOCRATS AND THEOCRATS AND CLEP TO CONTRACTS WHO STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE AND CLEPT CONTRACTS WHO STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE MEETING WITH THEM, WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, WITH THE ANTI-TRUPPINGS -- ANTI-CORRUPTION MARCHERS WHO ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES ON -- THEMSELVESES ON THE FRONT LINE OF HISTORY. WE SHOULD BE MEETING WITH THE DISSENTERS AND CRITICS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN AND OLIGARCHES AND THE BIG BUSINESS KLEPTOCRATS THAT SURROUND HIM. INSTEAD, OUR GOVERNMENT HAS ALIGNED WITH PUTIN HIMSELF WORK THE INSIDERS IN RUSSIA. THAT'S TOTALLY ANTITHETICAL TO THE DESIGN OF AMERICA. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE THE GREAT GOOD FORTUNE TO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY SURROUNDED BY PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE WHO BUILT THIS COUNTRY, LIKE GEORGE WASHINGTON WHO IS RIGHT OVER THERE. WE'VE GOT PORTRAITS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON, WE'VE GOT PORTRAIT OS FREDERICK DOUGLASS, WE'VE GOT PORTRAITS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO ACTUALLY SERVED IN THIS BODY, AND WHEN HE WAS HERE, SPENT A LOT OF TIME RAILING ABOUT A WAR THAT WAS CONCOCTED WITH LIES BY PRESIDENT JAYMES POLK, THE MEXICAN WAR. BUT LINCOLN KNEW HOW DELICATE AND PRECIOUS AN PRECARIOUS AND ENTERPRISE DEMOCRACY IS. IN THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS HE POSED THIS EQUESTION HOW LONG THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE CAN LAST? WILL IT PERISH FROM THE EARTH? HE PUT THE QUESTION TO THE PEOPLE BECAUSE HE SAID IT'S UP TO US. DEMOCRACY IS A RARITY IN HUMAN HISTORY. DEMOCRACY IS NOT THE NORM. THAT'S WHY AMERICA IS AMY RACK LOUSE EXPERIMENT ON EARTH. IF YOU DON'T DO ANYTHING, YOU'RE GOING TO END UP WITH DICTATORS AND DESPOTS AND KLEPTOCRAT FING S WHO STEAL FROM -- KHEPTOCRATS WHO STEAL FROM THEIR OWN PEOPLE. THE FIRST THREE WORDS OF OUR CONSTITUTION ARE WE THE PEOPLE WE FLIPPED THE WHOLE DESIGN. BEFORE THAT, THE WHOLE THEORY WAS THAT THE KING HAD THE POWER AND THE KING GOT POWER DIRECTLY IN GOD. EVERYBODY WAS SUBJECT TO THE KIPPING. EVERYBODY SERVED THE KING. AND OUR FOUNDERS HAD THE VISION IN THAT OUTBURST OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ENTHUSIASM, TO SAY, NO, WE'RE GOING TO TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE'RE GOING TO START A GOVERNMENT BASED ON WE THE PEOPLE AND WE'RE GOING TO SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO DICTATE TO PEOPLE THEIR RELIGIOUS WORSHIP. WE'RE NOT GOING TO DICTATE TO PEOPLE THEIR BELIEFS. THERE'S GOING TO BE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND FREE TOM OF SPEECH WE FEEL DON'T TRUST THE COLLAPSE OF POWERS INTO ALL ONE WHICH MADISON SAID WAS THE DEFINITION OF TIRTHI. -- TYRANNY. WE'RE GOING TO SEPARATE THE POWERS. THE LEGISLATURE, CONGRESS WILL COME FIRST, IT WILL REPRESENT THE PEOPLE. THEN WE'LL HAVE SOMEONE ELSE EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE THE PRESIDENT. AND WHEN THERE ARE DISPUTES, THEY WILL BE ADJUDICATED IN A THIRD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, BY THE SUPREME COURT, TO FIGURE IT OUT. WE'RE GOING TO SEPARATE THE POWERS BECAUSE WHEN ONE GUY HAS ALL THE POWER, IT ENDANGERS THE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES OF EVERYBODY ELSE. WE EVEN SAID, EVEN THOUGH OUR PRESIDENT IS LIMITED BY THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND ALSO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL HAVE AN UNDIVIDED, ZEALOUS LOYALTY ONLY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ARTICLE 1, SECTION 9, SAYS WE CANNOT ACCEPT PRESENTS, EMOLUMENTS, WHICH ARE ANY KIND OF PAYMENTS, OFFICES, OR TITLES FROM FOREIGN PRINCES, FOREIGN KINGS, OR FOREIGN STATES, PERIOD. WE CAN'T ACCEPT THEM WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS. DOESN'T GO. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF POWERS THAT WERE SENDING SPIES AND SABOTEURS TO WASHINGTON WHEN THE COUNTRY FIRST BEGAN TO TRY TO PAY OFF ELECTED OFFICIALS BUT OUR FOUNDERS HAD THE VISION TO SAY NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THAT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW PAYMENTS AND BRIBES AND FANCY PRESENTS BEING GIVEN TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. SO ONE GOVERNMENT SEPARATED POWERS BASED ON PUBLIC INTEGRITY, HONESTY, AND DEVOTION TO THE PEOPLE. THAT'S THE MODEL HERE. NOW, WE SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENTS ALL OVER THE EARTH LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO ASSEMBLED IN MOSCOW. ON SUNDAY. WHO ASSEMBLED IN SIBERIA ON SUNDAY. IT WAS LIKE OUR WOMEN'S MARCH, IT TOOK PLACE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THOSE ARE OUR PEOPLE. WE SHOULD BE ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO OVERTHROW THE DESPOTISM. IN RUSSIA. BUT LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING. TYRANNY AND AUTHORITARIANISM ARE ON THE MARCH. ALL OVER THE WORLD. RUSSIA IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF IT BUT YOU CAN FIND IT EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. PHILIPPINES. A MADMAN DICTATOR WHO THINK HE IS HAS THE POWER TO STAND HIS -- TO SEND HIS AGENTS OUT TO GO AND SHOOT PEOPLE ON THE STREET BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE A DRUG DEALER. AND BRAGS ABOUT IT. DUTERTE. HUNGARY, ANOTHER FAVORITE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN'S. MR. ORBAHN, CRACKING DOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM, ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN HIS COUNTRY. IRAN. AUTHORITARIAN, THEOCRATIC STATE. PEOPLE BEING THROWN IN JAIL FOR BLASPHEMY, FOR HERESY, FOR RELIGIOUS OFFENSES. SAUDI ARABIA. FOMENTING RACIST, ANTI-SEMITIC PROPAGANDA AND SENDING IT OUT. OPPRESSING PEOPLE BASED ON RELIGION, NOT EVEN ALLOWING WOMEN TO DRIVE IN THEIR SOCIETY. EVERYWHERE YOU TURN, TYRANNY, DESPOTISM, ON THE MARCH. AND MR. PUTIN HAS A PLAN. HOW DO WE KNOW IT? DO WE KNOW IT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS OR THE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS? NO, WE KNOW IT FROM OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES. FROM THE F.B.I. THE C.I.A. THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY. THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. 17 OF AMERICA'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CAME BACK WITH A REPORT AND THEY SAID VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS A PLAN TO CONTINUE TO DESTABILIZE AND UNDERMINE LIBERAL DEMOCRACY ALL OVER THE WORLD. BREXIT WAS PART OF IT. THE INTERVENTION IN OUR ELECTION WAS PART OF IT. THEY'RE GOING AFTER FRANCE WHERE THEY WANT THE RIGHT WING ULTRA NATIONALIST ANTI-IMMIGRANT CAMPAIGN OF MARINE LE PEN TO TRIUMPH IN FRANCE. TRYING TO DO IT IN GERMANY, NOW THE STRONGEST OUTPOST OF LIBERAL DEMOCRACY LEFT ON EARTH, AS YET UNCONTAMINATED BY THE PENETRATION OF RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE AND PUTIN'S AGENTS. BUT WHAT DID THEY DO TO US? WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? WE HAD AN ELECTION IN 2016. THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE OF AMERICA HAD AN ELECTION. NOW UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE STILL USING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, WHICH IS ANTIQUATED AND OBSOLESCENT, THERE'S A MOVEMENT TO CHANGE IT AFOOD, BUT -- AFOOT, BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, THAT'S OUR SYSTEM. IT'S OUR SYSTEM. IT'S OUR ELECTIONS HERE IN AMERICA. BUT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE MAKES IT MORE VULNERABLE BECAUSE YOU JUST HAVE TO INTERVENE IN A HANDFUL OF STATES IN ORDER TO SWAY THE VOTE. AND WHAT DID PUTIN DO? AGAIN, WE KNOW THIS, I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP. WE KNOW THIS FROM OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, GO TO YOUR COMPUTER AND LOOK AT THE -- LOOK UP THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY REPORT ON RUSSIA INTERFERENCE ANDEST PEE NAUBLING AND SABSTADGE IN OUR 2016 ELECTION. WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY SPIED ON DIFFERENT DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE. AND THEY SPIED ON PARTICULAR PEOPLE. THEY ENGAGED IN NOT JUST CYBER ESPIONAGE BUT CYBER SABSTADGE. THEY ORCHESTRATED A SERE -- SABOTAGE. THEY ORGANIZED A -- ORCHESTRATED A SERIES OF LEAKS WHICH DOMINATED NEWS COVERAGE FOR WEEKS. THEY ORCHESTRATED A CAMPAIGN OF FAKE NEWS AND PROPAGANDA TO UNDERMINE HILLARY CLINTON WHO WAS REVILED AND IS REVILED, PRESUMABLY, BY VLADIMIR PUTIN BECAUSE SHE CHALLENGED HIM AND CHALLENGED THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN RUSSIA AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF RUSSIA WITH VARIOUS DICTATORS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. SO THEY INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION. WHEN I FIRST GOT TO CONGRESS, THAT WAS STILL BEING DISPUTED. WHEN WE TRIED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, IT WAS BEING SAID, THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT RUSSIA DID THIS. GUESS WHAT, THE EVIDENCE IS HE RE-PLEAT. IT'S DECISIVE. IT'S DETERMINED. NOW WE'RE NOT HEARING FROM OUR FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, RUSSIA DIDN'T DO THIS. NOW THEY'RE SAYING, IT MAY HAVE BEEN A MASSIVE, ORCHESTRATED CAMPAIGN TO SUBVERT OUR ELECTION BUT THERE'S NO PROOF THERE WAS ACTUAL COLLUSION BY THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. ABOUT THAT I WANT TO ABOUT THAT I WANT TO SAY TWO THING. NUMBER ONE, IT SHOULDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE. LET'S SAY NOBODY IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN KNEW ANYBODY IN RUSSIA. KNEW ANYBODY -- NEVER HEARD OF VLADIMIR PUTIN. IT WOULD MAKE NO DIFFERENCE BECAUSE WE SHOULD STILL VIEW THIS AS A RADICAL THREAT TO THE POLITICAL SOVEREIGNTY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT THE SECOND ANSWER IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT. AS ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WERE POINTING OUT BEFORE. EVERY DAY WE GET MORE EVIDENCE, NOT JUST OF CONTACTS AND KECKS, BUT ACTUAL -- CONNECTIONS, BUT ACTUAL COLLABORATION AND COOPERATION BETWEEN PEOPLE IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THE TRUMP FAMILY AND THE TRUMP UNIVERSE, WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AND ITS CLOSEST AGENTS AND ASSETS THROUGHOUT RUSSIA AROUND AND -- AND AROUND THE WORLD. LET'S JUST RECAP A FEW OF THOSE. FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN WAS FORCED TO RESIGN. OR I GUESS HE WAS FIRED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. AFTER HE FAILED TO DISCLOSE THE SCOPE OF HIS CONTACTS WITH RUSSIANS, INCLUDING AMBASSADOR. HE WAS PAID MORE THAN $33,000 IN 2015 BY RUSSIAN-FUNDED PROPAGANDA MEDIA. AND THE FULL HE CAN TENT OF HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE RUSSIANS IS -- EXTENT OF HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE RUSSIANS IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS FORCED TO RECUSE HIMSELF OF THIS WHOLE MATTER BECAUSE HE MET SEVERAL TIMES WITH AMBASSADOR -- WITH THE AMBASSADOR, WHO HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS RUSSIA'S TOP SPY IN AMERICA. DURING THE 2016 ELECTION. AND THEN I WILL SPEAK CHARITABLEY HERE, MISLED HIS OWN COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE ABOUT IT AT HIS SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARING. DENYING, RAISING SHOOT AND THEN DENYING THAT HE'D HAD ANY CONTACT WITH THE RUSSIANS AT ALL. SENIOR ADVISORER AND SON-IN-LAW MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AT TRUMP TOWER A FEW MONTHS AGO, IN DECEMBER OF 2016. WE'VE GOT FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR, CARTER PAGE, WHO HAS ADMITTED THAT HE MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AND OTHER RUSSIANS IN CLEVELAND AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION. AND MET WITH MANAGERS FROM THE RUSSIAN-OWNED OIL COMPANY. HE HIMSELF OWNS SHARES OF A RUSSIAN ENERGY COMPANY. ROGER STONE, TRUSM'S LONG-TIME BUDDY -- TRUMP'S LONG-TIME BUDDY AND POLITICAL ADVISOR, WAS WORKING WITH WIKILEAKS, WHICH PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS DURING THE ELECTION, BASED ON INFORMATION DIVULGED BECAUSE OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE AND ESPIONAGE THAT TILT TILTED THE SCALES AGAINST -- THAT TILTED THE SCALES AGAIN IN FAVOR OF TRUMP. AND HE HOSTED A SERIES ON THE RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA NETWORK. PAUL MANAFORT, HE WAS TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR SIX MONTHS. HE WAS AN ADVISOR TO UKRAINIAN OLIGARCHS WHO GOT SWEET BUSINESS DEALS FROM PUTIN'S ASSOCIATES. HE WAS ALSO A BUSINESS PARTNER OF RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS CLOSE TO PUTIN. HE RESIGNED IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR AFTER REPORTS SURFACED THAT SUGGESTED THAT HE HAD RECEIVED $12.7 MILLION FROM UKRAINE'S PRO-RUSSIA FORMER PRESIDENT, VICTORIAN COVISH. HE WAS ON THE PAYROLL FOR $10 MILLION, IT HAS JUST COME OUT, IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE AND PUTIN'S PROPAGANDA IN WASHINGTON AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. IN ORDER TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF U.S. POLITICS. OK. NOW, I'M SORRY TO PUT THESE OUT THERE AS A BUNCH OF CLUES. I WISH WE HAD A COHERENT STORY TO TELL. WE DON'T. BECAUSE WHAT WE NEED IS A COMPREHENSIVE 9/11-STYLE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION TO FIGURE OUT WHAT PRECISELY HAPPENED. IN AMERICA, YOU'RE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. NOBODY'S PUTTING ANY OF THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL. BUT IT HAS COME OUT, DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS IN SOME CASES, THAT THEY ARE UP TO THEIR NECKS IN THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR AMERICAN DEMOCRACY? WHAT WE KNOW IS THERE WAS A MASSIVE INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE IN 2016. THAT'S WHAT WE CALL IT UNDER OUR FECK LAW, WHEN YOU GO -- F.E.C. LAW, WHEN YOU GO OUT AND TRY TO SPEND MONEY TO DESTROY ONE CANDIDATE TO HELP ANOTHER. THERE WAS A MASSIVE FOREIGN INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE. THE QUESTION IS, WAS IT A COORDINATED EXPENDITURE, THAT IS, DID THE TRUMP TEAM ACTIVELY WORK WITH THEM? AS WE'RE SAYING, THERE'S LOTS OF CLUES THAT SUGGEST IT'S SO. I'M NOT WILLING TO SAY THAT THEY WERE DEFINITELY IN CAN HOOTS WITH THEM. I'M -- CAHOOTS WITH THEM. I'M NOT WILLING TO SAY THAT THEY WERE NECESSARILY COLLABORATING. BUT THE EVIDENCE ACCUMULATES EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT POINTS IN THAT DIRECTION. AND NOW EVERY DAY IN WASHINGTON, WHAT WE'RE DOING IS RUNNING AROUND BECAUSE THERE'S A COVER-UP THAT HAS BEEN UNFOLDING. AND TODAY OF COURSE WE'RE DEALING WITH A RESOLUTION IN THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO TRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHAT CHAIRMAN NUNES OF THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE ACTUALLY DID WHEN HE RAN OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITH SOME INFORMATION THAT HE HAD ABOUT TRUMP APPARENTLY BEING PICKED UP INCIDENTALLY IN CONVERSATIONS THAT WERE BEING TAPPED BY THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY WITH FOREIGN OPERATIVES. AGAIN, IT'S SHADOWY BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE THING. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT CHAIRMAN NUNES WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP OR HIS DEPUTIES BEFORE HE TOLD ANYBODY HERE IN CONGRESS. WE'VE BEEN SAYING FROM THE BEGINNING, WE WANT AN INDEPENDENT OBJECTIVE -- INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE, 9/11-STYLE COMMISSION. NO ELECTED OFFICIALS. LET'S AGREE ON GIFTED STATESMEN AND STATESWOMEN WHO CAN REALLY GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS. IF WE CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH. AND THEIR ANSWER HAS BEEN, NO, WE'VE GOT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE TO DO IT INSTEAD. BUT NOW WHAT WE'VE GOT IS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR TRAVELING BACK AND FORTH TO THE WHITE HOUSE, SPILLING THE BEANS , WHICH UNDERMINES EVERYBODY'S CONFIDENCE IN THE INTEGRITY OF THE INVESTIGATION THAT'S TAKING PLACE. INTO THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION. AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE 2016 ELECTION. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IN THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE TO HAVE UNDIVIDED LOYALTY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY WE'VE GOT THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE. NO PRESENTS, NO EMOLUMENTS, NO OFFICES, NO TITLES FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. THAT'S WHY WE SWEAR AN OATH TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. EACH ONE OF US WHO HAS THE GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF COMING TO WASHINGTON TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, WE SWEAR AN OATH TO OUR CONSTITUTION. TO OUR PEOPLE. WE'RE NOT A COUNTRY LIKE SO MANY THAT ARE DEFINED BY ONE RELIGION. WE'RE NOT DEFINED BY ONE RACE. WE'RE NOT DEFINED BY ONE ETHNICITY. WE'RE NOT DEFINED BY ONE POLITICAL PARTY. WE'RE NOT DEFINED BY ONE POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. WE'RE DEFINED BY ONE CONSTITUTION. THAT'S WHAT UNIFIES US AS AMERICANS. WE MUST BE CONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOTS HERE. AND INSIST UPON OUR CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES AND THE RULE OF LAW, FOR DEMOCRACY TO BE MEANINGFUL IN THE 21ST CENTURY. THERE'S A NEW MODEL OF TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT TRAVELING ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND ALL THE BULLIES AND DESPOTS HAVE FOUND EACH OTHER. THEY'RE IN LEAGUE TOGETHER. THEY WANT GOVERNMENT AS A MONEY MAKING OPERATION. THEY WANT GOVERNMENT AS A MONEY MAKING OPERATION FOR PRIVATE ELITES IN THEIR COUNTRY. WHETHER IT'S IN RUSSIA OR THE PHILIPPINES OR SAUDI ARABIA OR, SAD TO SAY, WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THAT RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SO, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO EXERCISE OUR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT, AND TO EXERCISE OUR PRIVILEGES AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS UNDER THE SPEECH AND DEBATE CLAUSE TO SPEAK UP AGAINST THE MARCH OF TYRANNY ALL OVER THE EARTH. WE'VE GOT AN OBLIGATION TO RESIST THE CORRUPTION, THE SAME CORRUPTION THAT THE PEOPLE IN RUSSIA WERE MARCHING AGAINST ON SUNDAY. AND WE MUST DEMAND REAL ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE IN OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2016. THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WARNED US THAT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 WAS A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT TIME AND THE TIME AFTER THAT. AND I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE GEOPOLITICS OF THIS. THINK ABOUT IT FOR A SECOND. WHO HAS THE STRONGEST ECONOMY ON EARTH? WE DO. THE FREEST, THE ORIGINAL DEMOCRACY, WE'VE WWW.THE STRONGEST ECONOMY -- WE'VE GOT THE STRONGEST ECONOMY. WHO HAS THE STRONGEST MILITARY? WE DO. CRUSH ARE A -- RUSSIA CAN'T COME CLOSE. THE WAY I UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 WAS THAT VLADIMIR PUTIN, WHO IS NOT AN HONEST MAN, BUT HE'S A CLEVER MAN, DECIDED THAT THIS WAS A MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY FOR RUSSIA. YOU KNOW, HE'S THE FORMER CHIEF OF THE K.G.B. LET'S NOT FORGET THAT. HE'S A GUY WHO SAID THAT THE GREATEST CATASTROPHE OF THE 20TH CENTURY WAS THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION. OK. HE'S AN IMPERIALIST WHO WANTS TO GO BACK AND RECONSTRUCT THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE. BUT WHAT HE SAW WAS AN OPPORTUNITY, WHICH IS THAT TODAY THE WHOLE WORLD IS LINKED. AND IT'S LINKED BY THE INTERNET. AND HE CREATED SOMETHING THAT I THINK OF AS LIKE A MANHATTAN PROJECT FOR MILITARY CONQUEST AND DEFEAT OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY. HE SET ABOUT TO FIGURE OUT THIS QUESTION. HOW CAN WE UNDERMINE AND SUBVERT THE LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES? THESE ARE OPEN SOCIETIES. AMERICA'S AN OPEN SOCIETY. WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT. ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH. ON FREE DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION. SO HE SAYS TO HIMSELF, HOW CAN I SUBVERT AND UNDERMINE THEM? AND THE ANSWER BECAME VERY CLEAR. TO CREATE REALLY ON THE CHEAP, BECAUSE COMPARED TO MILITARY MIGHT, THIS IS PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR. HE WAS GOING TO CREATE AN INTERNET ARMY IN EFFECT, TO TRY TO UNDERMINE AND SUBVERT OUR DEMOCRACY. WITH FAKE NEWS, WITH PROPAGANDA, WITH PAID TROLLS, TO GET INFORMATION OUT, TO TRY TO DESTROY THE REPUTATIONS OF OPPOSITION POLITICIANS, TO TRY TO PROMOTE THE PARTIES THAT HE VIEWED AS WITHIN HIS CAMP. AND GUESS WHAT, IT'S STILL GOING ON TODAY. IT'S STILL HAPPENING. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ANCIENT HISTORY. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN ONGOING PROJECT -- TALKING ABOUT AN ONGOING PROJECT. THAT'S WHY I'M PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MINORITY CAUCUS HERE. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUCUS. WHICH IS INSISTING THAT WE CREATE AND INDEPENDENT, OBJECTIVE-NEUTRAL, 9/11-STYLE COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ATTACK ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN 2016. WE'VE GOT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT. 2/3 OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN PUBLIC OPINION POLLS SAY THEY SUPPORT SUCH A COMMISSION. THERE'S NOBODY WHO WOULD OPPOSE IT EXCEPT FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE. BUT FOR THE REST OF US, WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PLOT TO DESTROY OUR ELECTION IN 2016. AND WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO DEFEND THIS GREAT CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY WITH EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR LAYS…

    FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE.

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    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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