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House Session - May 16, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 12:00:07 PM

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    THE SPEAKERS ROOM, WASHINGTON, DC. I HEREBY COORDINATE THE HONORABLE EARL…

    THE SPEAKERS ROOM, WASHINGTON, DC. I HEREBY COORDINATE THE HONORABLE EARL CARTER TO SPEAK ON THIS DAY. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 12:00:34 PM

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    THE CHAIR WILL NO RECOGNIZE MEMBERS -- NOW RECOGNIZE LEADERS. THEY WILL…

    THE CHAIR WILL NO RECOGNIZE MEMBERS -- NOW RECOGNIZE LEADERS. THEY WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTY, ALL TIMES SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE ON 1:50 P.M. EACH MEMBER SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, ALL ACROSS AMERICA OVER THE PAST THREE WEEKS HAS BEEN AN EXCITING TIME FOR A LOT OF AMERICANS AND FAMILIES, GRADUATING SENIORS IN FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMS AND TWO-YEAR PROGRAMS ARE RECEIVING THEIR DEGREES AND BEGINNING A NEW EXCITING STAGE IN THEIR LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS STILL, THOUGH, A CLOUD OVER A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY FACE IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND LONG-TERM FUTURE AND MANY OTHERS WHO GRADUATED IN RECENT YEARS WHICH IS THE HIGH COST OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT. THE FEDERAL RESERVE HAS CALCULATED THAT ABOUT OVER $1 TRILLION OF OVERHANG EXISTS IN THE U.S. ECONOMY BECAUSE OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT. AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN CREDIT CARD DEBT. AMOUNT GREATER THAN AUTO DEBT. AT RATES THAT FAR EXCEED ANY OF THOSE FORMS OF CONSUMER DEBT. INCLUDING MORTGAGES FOR HOMES. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THE MEANTIME IS OUT SELLING BONDS AS A BORROWER TO PEOPLE WHO BUY TREASURY BONDS, 10-YEAR NOTES, AND THIS MORNING'S RATE, WHICH I CHECKED BEFORE COMING DOWN HERE, THE RATE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO PAY AS A BORROWER IS 2.3%. WELL, AS MANY I THINK LISTENING HERE, MR. SPEAKER, KNOW, THE FACT IS IS THAT STUDENT LOANS CARRY MUCH HIGHER RATES OF INTEREST. PARTICULARLY LEGACY DEBT THAT GOES BACK FIVE, SIX YEARS AGO , WHEN AGAIN, THE RATES FOR STAFFORD STUDENT LOANS, THE PUBLICLY FINANCED LOANS THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND CERTAINLY PRIVATE LOANS THAT BANKS GIVE TO STUDENTS THAT IS ON AN UNSECURED RATE CAN SOMETIMES EXCEED, 8%, 9%, 10%. TOMORROW MYSELF AND MANY OTHERS ARE GOING TO BE INTRODUCING LEGISLATION CALLED THE BANK ON STUDENTS EMERGENCY LOAN REFINANCING ACT, WHICH WILL ALLOW FOLKS WHO CARRY THIS STUDENT LOAN DEBT NOT TO GET THEIR DEBT FORGIVEN BUT TO ALLOW THEM TO ACTUALLY REFINANCE DOWN TO 3.76%, WHICH WAS THE INTEREST RATE LAST YEAR THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFERED FOR STAFFORD STUDENT LOANS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE ESTIMATES THAT THAT WILL PUT ABOUT $50 BILLION INTO THE POCKETS OF YOUNG PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO, BECAUSE OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT, ARE BEING INHIBITED IN TERMS OF GETTING MARRIED, STARTING A FAMILY, STARTING A BUSINESS. GETTING OUT OF THEIR PARENTS' HOUSE. THERE'S JUST ALL KINDS OF, I THINK, INHIBITORS, THAT STUDENT LOAN DEBT CREATES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, MILLENNIALS, ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AGAIN, I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE BILL THAT I'LL BE INTRODUCING TOMORROW WITH 61 CO-SPONSORS IS NOT DEBT FORGIVENESS. IT JUST SIMPLY DOES WHAT ANY MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY DOES IN A LOW-INTEREST RATE ENVIRONMENT, WHETHER IT'S A HOME MORTGAGE OR CREDIT CARDS, TO SIMPLY GET THEIR RATES DOWN TO A PROPORTIONATE LEVEL, WITH THE REST OF CONSUMER DEBT THAT'S OUT THERE IN THE ECONOMY. SIMULTANEOUS TOMORROW SENATOR LIZ LIZ WARREN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE INTRODUCING THE EXACT SAME BILL. WE'LL HAVE BILLS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. LAST YEAR WE HAD 182 CO-SPONSORS ON A SIMILAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SPEAKER NEVER ALLOWED THE BILL TO BE BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR FOR GATE DEBATE. BUT IT'S A NEW CONGRESS, 115TH CONGRESS SWORN IN LAST JANUARY, THIS PROBLEM, I WOULD SUBMIT, MR. SPEAKER, EXISTS IN REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS AND DEMOCRATIC DISTRICTS, RURAL DISTRICTS, SUBURBAN DISTRICTS, URBAN DISTRICTS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIFT A DEBT BURDEN FROM, AGAIN, THE VERY FOLKS THAT WE REALLY WANT TO ASSIST AND HELP AS THEY BEGIN A NEW PHASE, NEW CHAPTER IN THEIR LIFE, AND THAT THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE THE ALBATROSS OF HIGH STUDENT LOAN RATES HUNG AROUND THEIR NECK. AND HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE THE YEAR THAT WE WILL MOVE FORWARD ON THIS MEASURE, WHICH IS FULLY PAID FOR, IT DOES NOT ADD TO THE FEDERAL DEBT, AND JUST, AGAIN, ALLOWS YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT THEY DO WITH ALL OTHER FORMS OF CONSUMER DEBT. IT'S THE BANK ON STUDENTS EMERGENCY LOAN REFINANCING ACT. HOPEFULLY ANYONE LISTENING TO THIS WILL CALL THEIR MEMBERS TO TELL THEM TO GET ON THIS BILL. I URGE, MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO DEAL WITH AN ISSUE THAT REALLY IS A BREAD AND BUTTER, KITCHEN TABLE ISSUE ACROSS AMERICA, THAT, AGAIN, AT THIS SPECIAL TIME, WHEN STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING, WE CAN DO A REALLY POSITIVE THING TO HELP STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:05:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 12:05:46 PM

    MR. JONES

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AFTER 16 YEARS, $800 BILLION, OVER…

    MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AFTER 16 YEARS, $800 BILLION, OVER 2,000 AMERICANS KILLED, AND 20,000 AMERICANS SEVERELY WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN, IT IS TIME THAT THE HOUSE HAS A DEBATE ON OUR FUTURE INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME REMIND YOU AGAIN WE HAVE BEEN THERE 16 YEARS. AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED AT ALL. H.R. 1666 IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY JOHN GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA AND MYSELF. ALL THIS BILL DOES IS TO SAY THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AFTER 16 YEARS WILL HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FUTURE INVOLVEMENT OF OUR COUNTRY IN AFGHANISTAN. OBVIOUSLY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CAN VOTE FOR THIS BILL OR AGAINST THIS BILL. WE'RE JUST SAYING THAT AFTER 16 YEARS IT'S TIME FOR THE CONGRESS TO MEET ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF AMERICA. WE OWE THIS TO OUR MILITARY. WE OWE IT TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS CONTRY. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE 300 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TODAY THAT WERE NOT HERE IN 2001. 2001 WAS THE LAST TIME WE HAD A DEBATE ON THIS FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A MEANINGFUL DEBATE, ON THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. IN FACT, THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS, NOW RETIRED, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUPPORTERS OF MINE IN SAYING THAT IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO PUT PRESSURE ON THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SAY DEBATE THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN AND MAYBE TO PUT PRESSURE ON OUR CONGRESS TO SAY, IT'S TIME TO COME HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN. I HAVE CAMP LEJEUNE MARINE BASE IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WHICH I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT. I TAUGHT THE MANY -- TALKED TO MANY, MANY MARINES WHO HAVE BEEN TO AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THEM WILL TELL YOU NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE. MANY OF THOSE MARINES I'M TALKING ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE BEEN THERE THREE, FOUR, FIVE TIMES. MR. SPEAKER, AFGHANISTAN IS KNOWN AS THE GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES. WHY IN THE WORLD ARE WE CONTINUING TO SPEND OUR MONEY BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OVER IN A COUNTRY THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. IT IS A TRIBAL NATION. IT IS A NATION THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE. THAT'S WHY I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS WILL JOIN JOHN GARAMENDI AND I IN H.R. 1666 THAT ONLY ASKS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, PAUL D. RYAN, TO LET US HAVE THIS DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. AFTER 16 YEARS WE OWE IT TO THE MILITARY AND WE OWE IT TO THE TAXPAYERS TO SAY THAT WE'RE LISTENING TO THE TAXPAYERS AND OUR MILITARY. LET'S DEBATE THE FUTURE OF AMERICA IN AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I WANT TO ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, TO PLEASE BLESS THE FAMILIES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, TO ASK GOD IN HIS ARMS TO HOLD THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE GIVEN A CHILD DYING FOR FREEDOM IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, I ASK GOD TO PLEASE BLESS THE HOUSE AND WAKE THE HOUSE UP THAT WE WILL DEBATE THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. I WILL ASK THREE TIMES, GOD PLEASE, GOD PLEASE, GOD PLEASE BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:09:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK.

  • 01:59:18 PM

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    THE U.S. HOUSE COMES BACK INTO SESSION MOMENTARILY. TODAY THE HOUSE…

    THE U.S. HOUSE COMES BACK INTO SESSION MOMENTARILY. TODAY THE HOUSE CONSIDERS A NUMBER OF BILLS RELATED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. INCLUDING PROVIDED FOR RAPID D.N.A. TESTING BY POLICE OFFICERS. FLYING FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF WHEN A FIRST RESPONDER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND ENCOURAGING POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO HIRE VETERANS. THE VOTES EXPECTED LATER THIS AFTERNOON AT :30 EASTERN. MEANWHILE, THE SENATE GAVELING IN IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES. 2:15 EASTERN CONSIDERING THE NOMINATION THIS WEEK OF JEFFREY ROSEN TO BE DEPUTY TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY. FOLLOWING THE SENATE ON C-SPAN2. AND NOW LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 02:00:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, DR. BRUCE HARGRAVE, BRUCE HARGRAVE MINISTRIES AND CHARITIES, ROWLETT, TEXAS.

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  • 02:00:25 PM

    THE CHAPLAIN

    LET US PRAY. ALMIGHTY GOD, WE THANK YOU THIS DAY FOR THE BOUNTIFUL…

    LET US PRAY. ALMIGHTY GOD, WE THANK YOU THIS DAY FOR THE BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS YOU HAVE POURED OUT UPON THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE MEN AND WOMEN ELECTED AND ASSEMBLED HERE TODAY TO SERVE THE WE THE PEOPLE. GRANT US, O GOD, YOUR GRACE, KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM IN THE AFFAIRS THAT WE WILL DELIBERATE, DEBATE AND VOTE UPON. MAY THE OUTCOME OF OUR ENDEAVORS BE FOR THE GREAT BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HELP THESE MEMBERS AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THEIR VARIOUS CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS BE MORE THAN AN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE. HELP EACH OF THEM TO BE SERVANT LEADERS, GUIDING ALL OF US TO GREATER HEIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS, FOR ALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I ASK ALL OF THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD. AMEN.

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  • 02:01:21 PM

    THE SPEKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:01:39 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    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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  • 02:01:58 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SESSIONS, IS RECOGNIZED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. SESSIONS, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:02:02 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

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

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN WHO HAS JUST GIVEN OUR INVOCATION, DR. BRUCE HARGRAVE. AS A FAITH LEADER, CITY COUNCILMEMBER IN ROWLETT, TEXAS, AND A TRUSTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY, HE'S DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO HELPING OTHERS. HE'S SERVED IN THE BAPTIST AND THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES MORE MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND CONTINUES TO HELP THOSE NOT ONLY IN NEED IN HIS COMMUNITY BUT THOSE WHO SEEK HIM OUT AND WHO HE SEEKS THROUGH SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL GUIDANCE. AS A CIVIL SERVANT, BRUCE HAS PLAYED AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN HIS COMMUNITY. HE'S A MEMBER OF THE ROWLETT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE ROWLETT ROTARY CLUB, WHERE HE'S A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW. IN THE WAKE OF THE DEVASTATING TORNADOS THAT HIT NORTH TEXAS OVER A YEAR AGO ON DECEMBER 26, BRUCE DECIDED THAT HE WANTED TO DO MORE THAN JUST HELP. BUT RATHER, TO REBUILD THE CITY THAT HE CALLED HOME. SO, HE RAN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL AND WAS ELECTED TO SERVE IN MAY. IT TRULY IS A DISTINCT HONOR NOT ONLY TO HAVE A WELL RESPECTED PERSON FROM ROWLETT, TEXAS, IN THE 32ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WITH US TODAY, BUT IT HIGHLIGHTS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT EACH OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE SO PROUD OF THOSE THAT WE REPRESENT COME TO OUR GREAT NATION, OUR NATION'S CAPITAL, AND NOT ONLY GIVE US BEST WISHES, BUT PRAY FOR OUR SUCCESS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE HONORABLE DR. BRUCE HARGRAVE FOR HIS SERVICE TO NOT ONLY ROWLETT, TEXAS, TO HIS COUNTRY, BUT ALSO TO OUR LORD. AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS TEXAS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 02:03:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:04:03 PM

    MR. WILSON

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

  • 02:04:08 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 02:04:11 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. A TIME EACH YEAR WHEN WE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. A TIME EACH YEAR WHEN WE HONOR THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF OUR NATION'S HEROES IN BLUE. AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME I ESPECIALLY CHERISH THE MEMORY OF OFFICER GREG, A VETERAN OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE WAS A HARDWORKING, HUMBLE MAN, AN EAGLE SCOUT, AND GRADUATE OF RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. GREG'S END OF WATCH WAS SEPTEMBER 30, 2015. WHEN HE WAS SHOT WHILE PURSUING A SUSPECT. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, PARENTS, AND HIS YOUNG SON. CASSIE CONTINUES TO PROVIDE GREG'S LEGACY OF SERVICE THROUGH THE HEROES IN BLUE, AN ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SHARING THE CARING AND COURAGEOUS STORIES OF POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THE NATION. AS WE MARK NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE OFFICERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY CROWNED MISS U.S.A., CARA, A SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE, WHO REPRESENTED THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. ALSO CONGRATULATIONS TO MISS SOUTH CAROLINA U.S.A., MEGAN GORDON, OF NORTH AUGUSTA, WHO PLACED IN THE TOP FIVE.

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  • 02:05:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:05:38 PM

    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN REVEALING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN REVEALING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE RUSSIANS, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS COMPROMISED OUR ABILITY TO DEFEND OURSELVES AGAINST ISIS TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE AGAINST THEM, AND HE HAS JEOPARDIZED OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALLIES ACROSS THE GLOBE. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS WERE RECKLESS, THEY ARE INDEFENSIBLE , AND THEY MAKE AMERICA LESS SAFE. REPUBLICANS CANNOT STAY SILENT. THERE ARE SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S CARELESSNESS, ABOUT HIS LACK OF JUDGMENT. THE LAST SPEAKER, LAST JULY THE SPEAKER SAID THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EXTREMELY CARELESS WITH CLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHOULD BE DENIED FURTHER ACCESS TO IT. EVEN THE PRESIDENT'S OWN CHIEF OF STAFF SAID, THOSE WHO MISHANDLE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION HAVE HAD THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCES REVOKED. THEY HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. THEY FACED FINES. SOME HAVE GONE TO PRISON. I HAVE TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES, SHOULDN'T THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BE HELD TO THAT SAME STAND -- STANDARD? THEY SAY HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANT, BUT DOES THAT MAKE IT SMART? NO. DOES IT MAKE IT RIGHT? NO.

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  • 02:07:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT…

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

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  • 02:07:18 PM

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  • 02:08:12 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:08:23 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK RECOGNIZES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. I'D…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK RECOGNIZES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY HIGHLIGHT THE SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT THINGS OFFICERS DO TO OUR COMMUNITIES. POLICE OFFICERS IN CLEAR WATER, FLORIDA, SURPRISED A 10-YEAR-OLD BAR BURY VICTIM WITH LUNCH AFTER HIS LUNCH MONEY WAS STOLEN AS HE WALKED TO SCHOOL. THE SHERIFFS WOULD DRIVE HOMELESS MEN AND WOMEN TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE AND HELP THEM WITH PAPERWORK. THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY INDIVIDUALS, MR. SPEAKER. THERE ARE COUNTLESS EXAMPLES OF LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DOING GOOD EVERY DAY. THIS WEEK WE COMMEMORATE THE FALLEN OFFICERS. FLORIDA LOST 11 OFFICERS IN THE PAST YEAR, INCLUDING DEPUTY SHERIFF JOHN ROBERT FROM HILLS BORROW COUNTY, WHO WAS KILLED AFTER A COLLISION WITH A WRONG WAY DRIVER. WE ALSO REMEMBER THE TARPON SPRINGS OFFICERS WHO WAS FATALLY SHOT BY A FUGITIVE WHILE ON DUTY IN 2014. THANK YOU TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN FLORIDA AND NATIONWIDE WHO KEEP US SAFE. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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  • 02:09:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE SPEAKER LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:10:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE SPEAKER LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

  • 02:10:12 PM

    THE CLERK

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

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON MAY 16, 2017, AT 9:40 A.M. APPOINTMENT, HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE, SIGNED, SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 02:10:39 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL APPROXIMATELY

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    REMINDER YOU CAN WATCH IT STREAMED LIVE AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'RE GOING LIVE TO…

    REMINDER YOU CAN WATCH IT STREAMED LIVE AT C-SPAN.ORG. WE'RE GOING LIVE TO THE HOUSE FLOOR NOW. SEVERAL BILLS THIS AFTERNOON DEALING WITH BILLS RELATED TO POLICE WEEK. SENTATIVES, SIR, PURSUANT TO THE PERMISSION GRANTED IN CLAUSE 2-H OF RULE 2 OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE CLERK RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE ON MAY 16, 2017 AT 3:44 P.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 139. SIGNED SINCERELY KAREN L. HAAS. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A

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  • 04:02:07 PM

    THE MESSENGER

    HAAS. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE…

    HAAS. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MR.

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  • 04:02:12 PM

    THE SECRETARY

    THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I AM DIRECTED BY THE…

    THE UNITED STATES. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 04:02:32 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONEFURTHER PROCEEDINGS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR VOTES OBJECTED TO ON CLAUSE 6, RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:02:58 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 510 THE RAPID D.N.A. ACT OF 2017.

  • 04:03:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:03:09 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 510, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATION OF RAPID D.N.A.…

    H.R. 510, A BILL TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATION OF RAPID D.N.A. INSTRUMENTS FOR USE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME AND REDUCE THE CURRENT D.N.A. ANALYSIS BACKLOG.

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  • 04:03:22 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:03:34 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 510 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:03:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. DEMRATDEMRAT I RECOGNIZE MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. DEMRATDEMRAT I RECOGNIZE MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. . INNOCENT ARRESTEES ARE PROMPTLY RELEASED AND THAT CULPABLE SUSPECTS ARE NOT RELEASED TO STRIKE AGAIN. RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO BOTH OF THOSE THINGS, AND AS SUCH, CAN BE AN IMPORTANT TOOL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND A KEY COMPONENT OF THIS BODY'S ONGOING EFFORTS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. I APPLAUD THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. SENSENBRENNER, FOR REINTRODUCING H.R. 510, THE RAPID D.N.A. ACT OF 2017, IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. WITH RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY, IT IS POSSIBLE TO TEST THE D.N.A. OF ARRESTEES AS SOON AS THEY ARE IN CUSTODY AND DETERMINE WITHIN HOURS WHETHER THEY MATCH THE D.N.A. PROFILE FROM A CRIME SCENE OR FROM OTHER EARLIER CRIMES. THIS TECHNOLOGY WOULD ALSO ENABLE POLICE TO CHECK THE FEDERAL D.N.A. DATABASE TO SEE IF AN ARRESTEE MATCHES THE D.N.A. PROFILE FROM PREVIOUS CRIMES FOR WHICH A D.N.A. SAMPLE EXISTS BUT NO KNOWN SUSPECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. RATHER THAN WAITING WEEKS FOR A D.N.A. SAMPLE TO BE PROCESSED AND RISK RELEASING A SUSPECT BACK INTO THE PUBLIC TO POTENTIALLY REOFFEND, CREATING NEW VICTIMS, POLICE WILL BE ABLE TO DETERMINE AT INITIAL BOOKING IF THE SUSPECT IS A PERSON OF INTEREST IN OTHER CRIMES. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE IMPORTANT TOOLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. FOR INSTANCE, IT WILL INFORM DECISIONS ABOUT PRETRIAL RELEASE OR DETENTION AND THEIR CONDITIONS. IT WILL SOLVE AND PREVENT ALL CRIMES, INCLUDING VIOLENT CRIMES. BY FREEING UP FORENSIC ANALYSTS, IT WILL PREVENT D.N.A. ANALYSIS BACKLOGS. I BELIEVE THIS IS NECESSARY, RESPONSIBLE LEGISLATION THAT WILL AID LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS BY KEEPING OFFENDERS OFF THE STREETS. I AGAIN THANK CONGRESSMAN SENSENBRENNER FOR SPONSORING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. RASKIN

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 510, THE RAPID…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 510, THE RAPID D.N.A. ACT OF 2017, AND ALSO WANT TO SALUTE MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR HIS HARD WORK ON THIS. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WOULD INTEGRATE RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY INTO THE F.B.I.'S COMBINED D.N.A. INDEX SYSTEM, POPULARLY KNOWN AS COIS, TO BE MORE FASTER AND EFFICIENTLY. D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY IS A RAPIDLY UNFOLDING ELEMENT OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY HELPS US IDENTIFY SUSPECTS, ELIMINATE FALSE SUSPECTS AND EXONERATE THE INNOCENT AND ULTIMATELY TO CONVICT RESPONSIBLE PERPETRATORS OF CRIME. MY STATE OF MARYLAND IS HOME TO THE FIRST CAPITAL PRISONER IN THE UNITED STATES WHO WAS EXONERATED WHILE IN PRISON FOR A HOMICIDE WITH D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY. CODIS AND THE NATIONAL D.N.A. INDEX SYSTEM PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. RAPID D.N.A. INVOLVES A FULLY AUTOMATED HANDS-FREE PROCESS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE THE D.N.A. PROFILE WITHIN MINUTES AT THE BOOKING STAGE OUTSIDE OF A CRIME LAB. EXISTING LAW DOES NOT PROVIDE FOR THE INCLUSION OF RAPID D.N.A. ANALYSIS INTO CODIS, AND H.R. 510 WOULD BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY AND CODIS BY AUTHORIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CONDUCT RAPID D.N.A. ANALYSIS AND UPLOAD THE ANALYSIS TO THE NATIONAL INDEX AS LONG AS THE RAPID D.N.A. MACHINES THAT ARE USED ARE ACCREDITED. THIS ADDS A REAL-TIME LAYER TO THE CODIS SYSTEM AND SAVES US ALL SIGNIFICANT TIME AND RESOURCES, IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS. H.R. 510 IS SIGNIFICANT, PRACTICAL AND HAS POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY. FOR EXAMPLE, DETROIT AS OF THIS APRIL HAS TESTED APPROXIMATELY 10,000 BACKLOG SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS. AS A RESULT, THIS HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 2,600 D.N.A. MATCHES, INCLUDING CODIS HITS. THE IDENTIFICATION OF NEARLY 800 POTENTIAL SERIAL RAPISTS. 92 CONVICTIONS OBTAINED BY THE WAYNE COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE, AND D.N.A. CRIMES LINKED TO 48 OTHER STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE ADDITION OF RAPID D.N.A. INFORMATION TO THE CODIS DATABASE WILL HELP IDENTIFY SERIAL RAPISTS ARE MATCHES ARE MADE TO THE LAB ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT SAMPLES. I HOPE THAT THE USE OF RAPID D.N.A. WILL ALLOW OTHER D.N.A. LABS FOCUS MORE THEIR RESOURCES, REDUCE THE BACKLOGS IN UNTESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. MY HOME STATE OF MARYLAND IS 3,700 UNTESTED RAPE KITS RIGHT NOW, ACCORDING TO A REPORT DONE LAST YEAR. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE CHAIRMAN AND JOIN THOSE OF US IN THE MINORITY IN SUPPORTING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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    MR. SENSENBRENNER

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR YIELDING. RAPID…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR YIELDING. RAPID D.N.A. IS A PROMISING NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS FOR THE ALMOST IMMEDIATE D.N.A. ANALYSIS OF AN ARRESTEE. UNLIKE STANDARD D.N.A. PRACTICES WHICH REQUIRE SENDING D.N.A. SAMPLES FROM ARRESTEES OUT TO LABS WITH THE RESULT TAKING WEEKS TO ASCERTAIN, RAPID D.N.A. RESULTS TAKE ONLY A FEW HOURS AND CAN BE DONE RIGHT AT THE BOOKING STATION. LIKE FINGERPRINTING, PHOTOGRAPHING AND OTHER BOOKING PROCEDURES WHICH AT THE TIME WERE NOVEL BUT NOW HAVE BECOME ROUTINE, RAPID D.N.A. WILL SOON BE STANDARD PROCEDURE IN POLICE STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM WITH RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY -- FEDERAL LAW. OUR LAW WRITTEN IN 1994 WHEN D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY WAS STILL IN ITS INFANCY, PROHIBITS THE USE OF RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY IN BOOKING STATIONS. THIS IS NOT BECAUSE OF ANY LIMITATION IN RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY BUT SIMPLY BECAUSE AT THAT TIME RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY WAS NOT EVEN CONTEMPLATED. SIMILAR TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF MUSICAL DEVICES, RECORDS LEADING TO CASSETTE TAPES, CASSETTE TAPES LEADING TO C.D.'S, C.D.'S LEADING TO MP-3 AND NOW IPODS AND ONLINE HOSTING MUSIC SERVICES, TECHNOLOGY MOVES QUICKER THAN WE CAN LEGISLATE. NOW IS THE TIME TO CHANGE THE LAW TO PERMIT RAPID D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY. RAPID D.N.A. MACHINES ARE COMPACT, APPROXIMATELYLY THE SIZE OF COPY MACHINES AND CAN PROVIDE A D.N.A. ANALYSIS FROM A CHEEK SWAB SAMPLE FROM AN ARRESTEE WITHIN TWO HOURS. THIS HAS TWO PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS. FIRST, ARRESTEES MAY BE EXONERATED OF CRIMES IN TWO HOURS RATHER THAN WAITING UP TO 72 HOURS OF RELEASE OR MONTHS FOR MORE STANDARD D.N.A. TESTING. SECOND, THOSE ARRESTED FOR A CRIME CAN QUICKLY BE MATCHED TO OTHER UNSOLVED CRIMES WHERE THERE WAS FORENSIC EVIDENCE LEFT AT THE CRIME SCENE BUT FOR WHICH THERE WAS NO IDENTIFIED SUSPECT. RAPID D.N.A. UPDATES THE CURRENT LAW TO ALLOW D.N.A. SAMPLES TO BE PROCESSED USING RAPID D.N.A. INSTRUMENTS LOCATED IN BOOKING STATIONS AND OTHER APPROVED LOCATIONS. THE BILL WILL REQUIRE THE F.B.I. TO ISSUE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF SUCH INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR RESULTING D.N.A. ANALYSIS TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF SUCH INSTRUMENTS AND THE ACCURACY OF THE RESULTS. IT WILL PERMIT THOSE RESULTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE D.N.A. INDEX IF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES TAKING THE SAMPLES COMPLY WITH THE STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES THAT THE F.B.I. APPROVES. IN THIS WAY, THE BILL WILL PERMIT THIS NEW CATEGORY OF D.N.A. SAMPLES TO BE UPLOADED TO THE INDEX WITH THE SAME PROTECTIONS AND QUALITY STANDARDS AS CURRENT D.N.A. SAMPLES. NOT ONLY DOES RAPID D.N.A. HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE CRIME, HELP EXPEDITIOUSLY EXONERATE THE INNOCENT BUT ALSO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE CURRENT BACKLOGS FOR RAPE KITS AND OTHER D.N.A. SAMPLE ANALYSIS. THIS COMMITTEE HAS SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AND SIGNIFICANT WORK TO TRY TO REDUCE THE FORENSIC D.N.A. BACKLOG, ESPECIALLY IN RAPE KITS. RAPID D.N.A. COULD NOT AT THIS TIME BE USED FOR RAPE KITS. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RAPID D.N.A. WILL ALLOW FOR FORENSIC LABS TO FOCUS ON FORENSIC SAMPLES, NOT ONLY IDENTIFICATION SAMPLES WHICH CAN BE EASILY HANDLED BY RAPID D.N.A. MACHINES. I HOPE THIS WILL REDUCE THE RAPE KIT BACKLOG, WHICH WILL ALSO PREVENT FUTURE RAPES FROM HAPPENING. I AM PLEASED THAT THE HOUSE IS TAKING A SIGNIFICANT STEP IN FURTHERING THE USE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:13:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RASKIN

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AGAIN. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TO THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU, AGAIN. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY HONOR TO YIELD TO THE THOUGHTFUL GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. COHEN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND WORK…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN, FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND WORK ON THIS. PARTICULARLY I WANT TO THANK MR. SENSENBRENNER FOR HIS WORK. 'S BEEN THE SPONSOR OF THIS I THINK IT'S -- HE'S BEEN THE SPONSOR OF THIS SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED. I WAS AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR AND HAVE BEEN SINCE I THINK IT WAS INTRODUCED AS WELL. IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE FOR TO US DO THIS AND TO GET D.N.A. EVIDENCE AND USE SCIENCE TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND PARTICULARLY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHERE WE GOT PROBLEMS IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS AND PROVING GUILT ON OCCASIONS AND THEN ALSO EXONERATING THE INNOCENCE. D.N.A. IS A PERFECT TOOL FOR US AS IT EXONERATES THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED BUT GETS THE PERSON WHO COMMITTED THE CRIME. I'M JUST HONORED TO BE A PART OF THIS. THIS BILL, WHILE A SMALL PART IN THE BIG PICTURE, IT SHOWS THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN WORK TOGETHER TO GET SOME THINGS DONE. I APPRECIATE THE HONOR TO BE ABLE TO SPONSOR AND APPRECIATE MR. SENSENBRENNER'S WORK AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:14:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:14:32 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. WE ARE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I DO NOT BELIEVE WE HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE MINORITY IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 04:14:40 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    WE ARE PREPARED AS WELL, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE QUESTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE QUESTION IS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:14:51 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I'M HAPPY TO PROVIDE MY CLOSING REMARKS NOW.…

    WE ARE PREPARED TO CLOSE AND I'M HAPPY TO PROVIDE MY CLOSING REMARKS NOW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RAPID D.N.A. ACT IS STRONGLY SUPPORTED BY SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS WHICH KNOW THAT THE EXPANDED USE AND AVAILABILITY OF RAPID D.N.A. WILL ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY BY REDUCING THE D.N.A. BACKLOG, REDUCING VIOLENT CRIME AND ALLOWING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO INVESTIGATE CRIMES AND IDENTIFY SUSPECTS WITH GREATER EFFICIENCY AND ACCURACY. THE ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME, THE POLICE FOUNDATION WHICH WORKS TO IMPROVE POLICING THROUGH INNOVATION AND SCIENCE AND THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION. . THIS WAS A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF A GRISLY RAPE AND MURDER OF A NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND HE SWORE EVERY DAY HE DIDN'T DO IT. HE SWORE IN COURT THAT HE WAS THE WRONG GUY. AND WHEN D.N.A. TECHNOLOGY WAS FIRST UNVEILED, HE READ ABOUT IT AND BEGGED HIS LAWYER WHO IS THE CHIEF JUDGE ON THE D.C. COURT TO GET THE TEST DONE AND THAT LAWYER TOOK $5,000 OUT OF HIS POCKET AND CAME BACK THAT IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BLOODSWORTH AND THE D.N.A. EVIDENCE PROVIDED A DIRECT MATCH TO A PRISONER BELOW BLOODSWORTH. AND HE WAS ABOUT TO GET OUT OF PRISON A FEW MONTHS LATER. THE D.N.A. EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES AN EXTRAORDINARY NEW ERA THAT WE ARE IN IN TERMS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND I'M PROUD TO BE SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION THAT MR. SENSENBRENNER HAS BROUGHT FORWARD. AND I APPLAUD HIS EFFORTS AND EFFORTS OF OUR CHAIRMAN TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY AND QUALITY OF THE ANALYSIS THAT WILL BE USED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR H.R. 510 TODAY. AND 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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:16:58 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND BIPARTISAN BILL AND I THANK BOTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A GOOD BILL AND BIPARTISAN BILL AND I THANK BOTH MEMBERS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS EFFORT AND I COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 510. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. . THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:17:42 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1616, THE STRENGTHENING STATE…

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1616, THE STRENGTHENING STATE AND LOCAL CYBER FIGHTING CRIME ACT.

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  • 04:17:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL…

    A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSIC INSTITUTE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 1616 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:18:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:18:33 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE SERVES A VITAL PURPOSE IN PREPARING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO COMBAT COMPUTER AND CYBER CRIME. LAST CONGRESS, THE HOUSE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION BY VOICE VOTE UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION ONCE AGAIN AND AM CONFIDENT THIS BILL WILL RECEIVE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS DECLARED THAT CYBER CRIME IS ONE OF THE GREATEST THREATS FACING OUR COUNTRY AND HAS ENORMOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY. WE HAVE SEEN THIS JUST IN THE PAST FEW DAYS AFTER CYBER VULNERABILITIES LED TO WIDESPREAD COMPUTER DISRUPTIONS AROUND THE WORLD. WITH THIS IN MIND, THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE PROVIDES LEGAL AND JUDICIAL PROFESSIONALS A FREE COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION ON CURRENT CYBER CRIME TRENDS, INVESTIGATIVE METHODS AND PROSECUTORIAL AND JUDICIAL CHALLENGES. THE INSTITUTE IS A 235 -- 32,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY AND BOASTS THREE CLASSROOMS, TWO NETWORKS INVESTIGATIONS, A MOCK COURTROOM AND FORENSICS LAB. AND THEY WORK DILIGENTLY TRAINING ATTENDEES IN COUNTERCYBER CRIME PROCEDURES AND EVIDENCE COLLECTION. WHEN THE ATTENDEES LEAVE, THEY TAKE WITH THEM THE CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO CONDUCT AUTONOMOUS AND THOROUGH CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIONS AT THEIR HOME AGENCIES. SINCE ITS CREATION IN 2008, THE INSTITUTE HAS EARNED PRAISE FOR ITS WORK IN PREPARING AMERICA'S LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN HOW TO DEAL WITH THESE IMPORTANT TECHNOLOGY ISSUES. OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, THE INSTITUTE HAS INSTRUCTED LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS FROM EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY AND FROM OVER 500 DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. IN FACT, LAW ENFORCEMENT IN MY OWN DISTRICT HAS BENEFITED FROM NCFI TRAINING AND THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY AND HIS STAFF. EACH PROFESSIONALS IS A FORCE MULTIPLIER FOR THE SECRET SERVICE. THE INSTITUTE IS A FORCE MULTIPLIER FOR OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT CYBER FORENSIC EFFORTS BY TRAINING THE NATIONAL WHITE COLLAR CRIME CENTER NONE AS NW 3C. AFTER COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAMS, THE STUDENTS CAN BRING THEIR NEW KNOWLEDGE BACK TO THEIR LOCAL AGENCIES HOW TO PROPERLY CONDUCT COMPUTER FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS. I BELIEVE FOR OUR NATION TO SUCCESSFULLY COMBAT THE CYBER CRIME THREAT, WE MUST SUPPORT LEGISLATION SUCH AS H.R. 1616. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, A MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSE SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. THIS WILL CEMENT ITS POSITION AS A HIGH TECH CYBER CRIME TRAINING FACILITY AND HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS NATIONWIDE IN THEIR EFFORTS TO COMBAT CYBER-RELATED CRIMES. I RESERVE.

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  • 04:21:59 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 MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:22:04 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R.…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1616, THE STRENGTHENING STATE AND LOCAL CYBER CRIME FIGHTING ACT. THIS BILL ESTABLISHES THE INSTITUTE AS AN OFFICIAL FEDERAL PROGRAM TO BE MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND OPERATED BY THE U.S. SECRET SERVICE. I STRONGLY SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT ADDRESSES A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND ADVANCES A SOLUTION THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT TO THE SAFETY OF OUR PEOPLE. CYBER CRIME POSES AN ENORMOUS THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY, ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THE RANGE OF THREATS AND THE CHALLENGES THEY PRESENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT MULTIPLIED JUST AS RAPIDLY AS TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES CAUSING SERIOUS INSECURITY IN THE PERSONAL LIVES AND WORK LIVES AND FINANCES OF OUR PEOPLE. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY HAS RECORDED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE QUANTITY, QUALITY, COMPLEXITY AND DANGER OF SOPHISTICATED CYBER CRIMES TARGETING PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS. THESE CRIMES INCLUDE INTRUSIONS, HACKING ATTACKS, THE INSTALLATION OF MALICIOUS SOFTWARE, IDENTITY THEFT AND MASSIVE DATA BREACHES THAT HAVE EXPOSED THE PERSONAL, FINANCIAL, BUSINESS, MEDICAL AND PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION OF MILLIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS. HOW MANY OF OUR PEOPLE SUFFERED THE DISRUPTION OF IDENTITY THEFT, FOR EXAMPLE. FOR AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED, ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS IS A TERRIFYING AND DEMORALIZING EXPERIENCES. FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED, IT IS COSTLY AND DRAINING. CYBER WARFARE HAS TRANSFERRED THE NATURE OF CRIME AFFECTING THE MEMBERS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES. THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSIC INSTITUTE HAS TRAINED MORE THAN 4,000 STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND 1,600 PROSECUTORS. WITH THIS LEGISLATION, THIS INSTITUTE WILL CONTINUE TO EDUCATE FIRBLINGS, PROSECUTORS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND JUDGES ON CYBER CRIME INVESTIGATIONS AND BEST PRACTICES TAKEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE INSTITUTE WILL TRAIN OFFICERS ON PROPER PROCEDURES TO CONDUCT THESE IMPORTANT INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTING MORE AND MORE AMERICANS EVERY YEAR. THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS' PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM UNWARRANTED GOVERNMENTAL INSTRUTION BY ESTABLISHING NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR CONDUCTING THESE INVESTIGATIONS THAT WILL PROTECT THESE IMPORTANT PRIVACY INTERESTS ALONG WITH THE SECURITY OF OUR BUSINESSES, OUR HOMES AND FINANCES AND PERSONAL EFFECTS. I PROUDLY SUPPORT H.R. 1616 AND I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME -- RESERVE MY TIME.

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  • 04:24:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, THE CHIEF…

    AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. RATCLIFFE, THE CHIEF SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:25:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RATCLIFFE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1616, THE STRENGTHENING STATE AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1616, THE STRENGTHENING STATE AND LOCAL CYBER CRIME FIGHTING ACT OF 2017. LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE FOR HIS SUPPORT IN ALLOWING THIS BILL TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND SENATOR GRASSLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND RANKING MEMBER FEINSTEIN FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN INTRODUCING A COME PAN MEASURE OVER IN THE SENATE. THE BICAMERAL, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT ON THIS ISSUE UNDERSCORES ITS CRITICAL IMPORTANCE, MR. SPEAKER AND THE NEED FOR THIS ISSUE TO TRANSCEND POLITICAL PARTIES AND PARTISAN POLITICS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS POLICE WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS OUR CHANCE TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT UNSUNG HEROES IN OUR NATION. AND I COULDN'T BE MORE GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE MY TIME BEFORE THIS LEGISLATIVE BODY TODAY TO THANK EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS COUNTRY'S BRAVE, DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. FROM PATROLING OUR STREETS, TO PURSUING CRIMINALS OF EVERY KIND, IT'S THESE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND UPHOLD THE PILLARS OF LAW AND ORDER IN SOCIETY EACH AND EVERY DAY. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO RUN TOWARDS DANGER, WHO MARCH INTO HARM'S WAY TO KEEP US SAFE. NEARLY A DECADE AGO, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING APPOINTED UNITED STATES ATTORNEY UNDER FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH. SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT'S TOP FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL GAVE ME THE CHANCE TO WORK SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WITH HUNDREDS OF GREAT POLICE OFFICERS AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE 33,000 SQUARE MILES OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TECH AS. IT ALSO INSTILLED IN ME AN INCREDIBLE SENSE OF GRATITUDE. FOR THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO WAKE UP EACH AND EVERY DAY SIMPLY WANTING TO MAKE THE WORLD AROUND THEM A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE FOR ALL OF US. I COULD SAY IT 1,000 TIMES AND IT WOULDN'T DO JUSTICE TO THE SERVICE THEY PROVIDE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. WE ARE ALL GRATEFUL. AND WHILE THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT WE CAN NEVER REALLY REPAY THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE EACH AND EVERY DAY AS A LAWMAKER, I WANT TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS TO HELP THEM KEEP US SAFE. TODAY THIS BODY HAS THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY AND OPPORTUNITY TO STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO SELFLESSLY AND DEPENDABLY STAND UP FOR ALL OF US. AND H.R. 1616, STRENGTHENING STATE AND LOCAL CYBER CRIME FIGHTING ACT DOES THAT BY AUTHORIZING INTO LAW THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE. AS THE CHAIRMAN SAID, IT IS A CRITICAL NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER LOCATED IN HOOVER, ALABAMA AND OPERATED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRAINING OUR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES ON HOW TO INVESTIGATE CYBER AND ELECTRONIC CRIMES, ON HOW TO CONDUCT COMPUTER AND MOBILE DEVICE FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS AND TO PRESERVE THE CHAIN OF CUSTODY FOR DIGITAL EVIDENCE. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, IN TODAY'S DIGITAL WORLD IT'S RARELY THAT DROP OF BLOOD OR STRAND OF HAIR THAT SOLVES A CRIME OR A CASE BUT INSTEAD FAR MORE FREQUENTLY IT'S PROOF OF A TEXT MESSAGE THAT WAS SENT OR ONLINE PURCHASE THAT WAS MADE OR GEOLOCATION DATA ON A MOBILE DEVICE. AND SINCE ITS CREATION, THE NCFI HAS EQUIPPED 6,000 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM ALL 50 STATES ON HOW TO HANDLE DIGITAL EVIDENCE AND SOLVE AND PROSECUTE CRIMES BY AUTHORIZING THIS LAW, CONGRESS CAN ENSURE THAT IT REMAINS OUR CYBER CRIME CENTER FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FOR MANY YEARS TO CRIME. THIS ISN'T SOME THEORETICAL PROGRAM. THE PROVERBIAL RUBBER IS HITTING THE ROAD. THREE DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN MY OWN DISTRICT HAD THEIR FOLKS TRAINED AT THE NCFI, FOLKS LIKE A 25-YEAR-OLD POLICE OFFICER IN MY HOME DISTRICT. I TALKED ABOUT THE TRAINING THAT DON RECEIVED AT NCFI, HE TALKED ABOUT THE VALUE THAT NOT JUST HE GOT AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BUT THE COMMUNITY THAT HE SERVES. I AM NOT THE MAIN BENEFACTOR OF THIS TRAINING HE TOLD ME, THE CITIZENS OF GREENVILLE AND HUNT COUNTY AND THE NORTHEAST TEXAS AREA REAP THE BENEFITS WITH RECOVERY RATES TORE STOLEN PROPERTY AND MORE PERPETRATORS BEING TAKEN OFF OF OUR STREETS. DON IS LIKE DETECTIVES, PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO BECAUSE OF THEIR TRAINING ARE BETTER ABLE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND DO LAW ENFORCEMENT JOBS IN AN EVER INCREASING DIGITAL WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, THE NEED FOR THIS BILL COULD NOT BE MORE CLEAR. CYBER CRIME HAS SURPASSED DUG TRAFFICKING IS THE MOST PROFITABLE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN THE WORLD. TODAY, LET'S VOTE TO HELP FIGHT CYBER CRIME BY PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND GIVE OUR OFFICERS A LEG UP FROM THE CRIMINALS WHO ARE INCREASINGLY USING DIGITAL MEANS AND CYBER SPACE TO EVADE JUSTICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON H.R. 1616. AND I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND MY SENATE COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS ALL THE REMAINING TIME.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO YIELDING TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO YIELDING TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND OR -- RECLAIMING THE TIME YOU INTENTIONALLY YIELDED BACK.

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    MR. RASKIN

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO CLOSE I WANT TO ECHO CONGRESSMAN RATCLIFFE IT…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. TO CLOSE I WANT TO ECHO CONGRESSMAN RATCLIFFE IT IS POLICE WEEK. WE HIGHLIGHT THE EFFORTS ALREADY TAKING PLACE TO COMBAT CYBERCRIME AS THE OPERATOR OF THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE, THE SECRET SERVICE HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS EXCELLENCE AND DILIGENCE IN PURSUING CYBERCRIME, BOTH DOMESTICALLY AND WORLDWIDE. THEY PRODUCED MORE THAN 4,000 ARRESTS INVOLVING MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN FRAUD AND SAVING THE PUBLIC BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE IN POTENTIAL FRAUD THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE ABSENT THEIR INTERVENTION. H.R. 1616 WILL STRENGTHEN THESE EFFORTS IN CONTINUING TO COMBAT ELECTRONIC AND CYBERCRIME. I YIELD BACK -- I YIELD WHATEVER TIME I HAVE BACK TO THE CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. PALMER.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PALMER

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN RATCLIFFE AND THE COMMITTEE FOR WORKING ON THIS BILL. THE INTERNET IS AN EVER INCREASING MEDIUM FOR CRIMINALS TO CARRY OUT CRIMES SUCH AS SEX TRAFFICKING, CREDIT CARD AND OTHER FRAUD. ATTACKS TO OUR ECONOMY, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, THIS HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TO BE TRAINED AT LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS TO RECOGNIZE AND COMBAT THIS ACTIVITY. PRIOR TO 2008, TRAINING FOR STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CYBERCRIMES WERE DIFFICULT TO FIND. RECOGNIZING THIS PROBLEM IN 2007, THE STATE OF ALABAMA OFFERED THE SECRET SERVICE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROPERTY AND FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD FUND THE TRAINING AND ALLOW THE SECRET SERVICE TO OPERATE IT. I'M PROUD TO SAY THIS FACILITY IS LOCATED IN MY DISTRICT IN THE CITY OF HOOVER. THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE, NCFI, OPENED ITS DOORS IN MAY OF 2008. STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COME FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BE TRAINED AT THIS ONE OF A KIND FACILITY WHERE THEY'RE TRAINED BY SECRET SERVICE AGENTS ON THE SAME EQUIPMENT AND SAME SOFTWARE THAT OUR SECRET SERVICE AGENTS USE. NCIF HAS -- NCFI HAS TRAINED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES FROM ALL 50 STATES AND ITS GRADUATES REPRESENT OVER 500 AGENCIES. THEY ARE NOT ONLY TRAINED IN SOLVING CRIMES BUT ALSO IN PROSECUTION. I'M PLEASED THAT THE WORK THAT NCFI DOES IS BEING RECOGNIZED, AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 1616 AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I THANK YOU AND YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE ONLY REMAINING TIME IS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS GOOD LEGISLATION AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS GOOD LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS -- AND AGREE TO H.R. 1616, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE IN THE --

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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

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

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

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1892, THE HONG…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1892, THE HONG HOMETOWN HEROES ACT. -- THE HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES ACT.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1892, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 4, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE…

    H.R. 1892, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 4, UNITED STATES CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE FLYING OF THE FLAG AT HALF-STAFF IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF A FIRST RESPONDER IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE CURRENT BILL, H.R. 1892, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ON JUNE 14, 1777,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. ON JUNE 14, 1777, THE SECRETARY CONTINENTAL CONGRESS PASSED A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING AN OFFICIAL FLAG FOR THE NEW AMERICAN NATION. THE RESOLUTION, NOW KNOWN AS THE FLAG ACT OF 1777, STATED THAT THE FLAG WOULD BE 13 STRIPES, ALTERNATE RED AND WHITE, AND THAT THE UNION BE 13 STARS, WHITE IN A BLUE FIELD REPRESENTING A NEW CONSTELLATION. FOR THE LAST 240 YEARS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CELEBRATED FLAG DAY EVERY JUNE 14, AND OVER THAT TIME THE FLAG HAS EVOLVED. AS WE ALL KNOW, CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO ITS DESIGN, SHAPE AND ARRANGEMENT. THE FLAG ACT OF 1794 CHANGED THE DESIGN FROM 13 TO 15 STARS TO ACCOMMODATE THE ADMISSION OF VERMONT AND KENTUCKY INTO THE UNION. THE FLAG ACT OF 1818 MANDATED THAT THE 13 STRIPES REPRESENTED THE ORIGINAL 13 COLONIES, THE NUMBER OF STARS MATCHED THE NUMBER OF STATES AND PROVIDED THAT SUBSEQUENT CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF STARS WOULD BE MADE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. WHAT HAS REMAINED ROCK SOLID OVER THAT QUARTER MILLENNIUM, HOWEVER, IS THAT OUR FLAG -- IS WHAT OUR FLAG REPRESENTS. IT REPRESENTS ONE NATION, FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL AND THE SACRIFICES MADE IN PURSUIT OF THOSE CORE AMERICAN VALUES. CURRENT LAW PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR DISPLAYING AND HANDLING THE FLAG SO IT IS AFFORDED WITH THE RESPECT IT DESERVES AND HAS EARNED. IN ABIDING BY THESE GUIDELINES, WE ALL COMMEMORATE THE VALUE AND LOVE WE HOLD FOR WHAT OUR FLAG REPRESENTS. THAT IS WHY THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, H.R. 1892, THE HOMETOWN HEROES ACT, IS NOT ONLY APPROPRIATE BUT NECESSARY. THIS BILL AMENDS FEDERAL LAW TO PERMIT STATE AND TERRITORIAL GOVERNORS AND THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, D.C., TO ORDER THAT THE FLAG BE FLOWN AS HALF-STAFF IN THE EVENT THAT A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS LEGISLATION, PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS, INCLUDING LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND E.M.S. PROFESSIONALS. THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE GREAT SACRIFICES SO WE ALL CAN LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY. THESE MEN AND WOMEN WORK LONG HOURS, SEPARATED FROM THEIR LOVED ONES AND CONSISTENTLY PLACE THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY SO WE AS AMERICANS CAN ENJOY OUR FREEDOM AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. THESE SACRIFICES OFTEN GO UNAPPRECIATED. WHEN AN OFFICER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY, HE OR SHE IS MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR FAMILY AND FOR THEIR COUNTRY. H.R. 1892 ALLOWS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION TO THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE TRULY THE PEOPLE BETWEEN ORDER AND CHAOS. THEIR SACRIFICES MUST BE PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE SO THEY ARE NOT TAKEN FOR GRANTED. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE LEAD SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSON. ON MAY 3, THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVED THE HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES ACT WITH UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I CAN MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND THE OTHER BILLS BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RASKIN

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

    MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AND I RISE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1892, THE HONORING HOMETOWN HEROES ACT. AND I WANT TO BEGIN BY SALUTING THE DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, CONGRESSMAN JOHN LARSON OF CONNECTICUT, WHO HAS NAVIGATED THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TO BRING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR WITH THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. H.R. 1892 WOULD BESTOW ONE OF THE HIGHEST HONORS IT CAN BE GIVEN IN AMERICA TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY TO HAVE THE FLAG BE LOWERED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS. THE BILL AMENDS THE U.S. FLAG CODE TO ALLOW THE DEPORCHOR OF A STATE, TERRITORY AND THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO ORDER THE FLAG BE LOWERED AT HALF-STAFF IF THE FIRST RESPONDER DIES WHILE SERVING IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE TAKEN AN OATH TO SERVE AND PROTECT. EVERY YEAR SOME FIRST RESPONDERS MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND LOSE THEIR LIVES WHILE SERVING AND PROTECTING THEIR COMMUNITIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. CURRENTLY UNDER THE FLAG CODE, A GOVERNOR OR THE MAYOR OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CAN ORDER THE FLAG BE LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF AFTER THE DEATH OF A PRESENT OR FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL OR AFTER THE DEATH OF A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES FROM THE JURISDICTION. IT'S ONLY FITTING THAT GIVEN THE HARD WORK AND SACRIFICES AND CRUCIAL ROLE OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS WE HONOR THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SAME WAY WE HONOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES WHEN THEY MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1892, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RASKIN

    MAY CONSUME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. LARSON

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTINGUISHED MEMBER FROM MARYLAND AND OUR DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN FROM VIRGINIA FOR TAKING THIS LEGISLATION UP. LET ME START BY THANKING SO MANY CO-SPONSORS AND STARTING WITH PETER KING AND BILL PASCRELL, THE CO-CHAIRS OF OUR FIRE SERVICE CAUCUS, FOR THEIR EXTRAORDINARY WORK. THE SHERIFF, AS I LIKE TO REFER TO DAVID REICHERT, WHO I SERVE WITH ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. TIM WALZ, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE E.M.S. CAUCUS AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. AND AMONGST OUR MEMBERS WHO WERE CO-SPONSORS, SO MANY WHO WERE FORMER FIRST RESPONDERS AS WELL, DUTCH RUPPERSBURGER, FORMER POLICE OFFICER, JOHN RUTHERFORD, FORMER SHERIFF OF FLORIDA, BRIAN FITZPATRICK, FORMER F.B.I. SPECIAL AGENT. JIM RENACCI, FORMER VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER FROM OHIO. SPECIAL THANKS TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR RECOGNIZING. HOWEVER, SIMPLE A SOLUTION, HOW POWERFUL THE MEANING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A MEMBER OF THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEIR FAMILY, WHO LINCOLN WOULD HAVE SAID, GIVEN THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION. SO I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND RANKING MEMBER CONYERS, STEVE KING AND STEVE COHEN ALSO FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS. AND I DEEPLY APPRECIATE IT. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK AND SINGLE OUT JIM MCLAUGHLIN, A VETERAN FIREFIGHTER, FROM CONNECTICUT. HE'S THE FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR GUARD COMMANDER ASSOCIATION, AND IT WAS HE WHO FIRST CAME TO ME WITH ENDORSING THIS CONCEPT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK FOR THEIR STRONG -- THE STRONG SUPPORT OF HAROLD SHAKEBURGER OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS, THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, THE SERGEANTS OF BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS, THE NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL AND AMONG OTHERS. AS HAS BEEN SAID ON THE FLOOR ALREADY TODAY, A NUMBER OF PEOPLE MENTIONED THAT THIS WEEK WE COME TOGETHER DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK TO RECOGNIZE FIRST RESPONDERS. IN FACT, THE WHITE HOUSE WAS LIT IN BLUE LAST NIGHT. IT'S THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT US IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS THE CHAIRMAN NOTED, OFTEN GET FORGOTTEN IN TERMS OF THEIR LINE OF DUTY. I AM A SON OF A PROUD FIREFIGHTER, AND I THINK IN EVERYIFY FIGHTER'S MEMORY AND EVERY -- IN EVERY FIREFIGHTER'S MEMORY AND EVERYONE WILL BE PERMANENTLY SEARED THAT VISION OF FIREFIGHTERS RUSHING UP THE STEPS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AS PEOPLE WERE COMING DOWN. WHETHER IT'S A NATIONAL OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY, THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE THE FIRST TO ANSWER THE CALL AND THEY DESERVE OUR RESPECT. SCRIPTURE TELLS US LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS AS WE LOVE OURSELVES, BUT ONLY A FEW ARE WILLING TO STEP INTO HARM'S WAY FOR OTHERS. WHEN EVERYONE ELSE FLEES FROM DANGER, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, E.M.S.'S HEROICICALLY PLACE THEIR LIVES IN JEOPARDY TO SAVE PEOPLE THEY HAVE NEVER MET. THESE JOBS ARE INHERENTLY DANGEROUS. REMINDERS ARE TOO COMMON AND AS ANY FAMILY OF A FIRST RESPONDER CAN TELL YOU, THEY OFTENTIMES DO NOT RETURN HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. JOE CROWLEY HAS SPOKEN ELOQUENTLY OF THAT ON THIS VERY FLOOR. THE BILL HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY BOTH THE CHAIRMAN AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS AS WELL. BUT I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THESE COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN DESERVE WHAT IS A SIMPLE TRIBUTE, BUT A VERY POWERFUL MESSAGE THE AMERICAN FLAG AND ALL THAT IT STANDS FOR IS LOWERED TO HALF STAFF WHEN THEY HAVE GIVEN THE FULL MEASURE OF THEIR DEVOTION TO THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR STATE AND THIS NATION. I URGE ITS PASSAGE AND THANKS FOR THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT WEEK FOR THESE INCREDIBLY REMARKABLE AND IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

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    MR. RASKIN

    I WILL RESERVE THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN…

    WE HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND PREPARED TO CLOSE WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. RASKIN

    WE ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL LEGISLATION AND TAKE…

    WE ENCOURAGE OUR COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL LEGISLATION AND TAKE THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK TO RESTATE EVERYONE IN THIS BODY'S APPRECIATION THE HARD WORK THAT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND POLICE OFFICERS DO. I YIELD BACK. GOODLATTE GRAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE BILL AND HAS H.R. 1892. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 04:47:58 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:48:25 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1428.

  • 04:48:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1428 THE TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS SAFE STREETS ACT OF 1968 TO AUTHORIZE…

    H.R. 1428 THE TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS SAFE STREETS ACT OF 1968 TO AUTHORIZE COPS GRANTEES TO USE GRANT FUNDS TO HIRE VETERANS AS CAREER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:48:50 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 04:48:59 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 14828 CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:49:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. POLICE OFFICERS AND MILITARY…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. POLICE OFFICERS AND MILITARY VETERANS HAVE MUCH IN COMMON, BOTH WEAR UNIFORMS, BOTH PROTECT AND SERVE AND BOTH FACE GREAT PHYSICAL RISK IN EXECUTING THEIR DUTIES. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THEN THAT MANY MILITARY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN SEEK EMPLOYMENT AS POLICE OFFICERS. SIMILARLY POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE SEEKING MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY FIT TO ASSUME THESE ROLES WHO ARE USED TO WORKING IN TEAMS AND WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE MAKING QUICK DECISIONS UNDER STRESS. TO A POLICE DEPARTMENT A MILITARY VETERAN MAY BE A PERFECT FIT. IN RECENT YEARS, WE HAVE STRIVED FOR COMMUNITY-ORIENTED APPROACHES TO POLICING. A COMMUNITY-ORIENTED APPROACH REQUIRES OFFICERS NOT JUST TO ENFORCE LAWS, BUT TO WEAR MANY OTHER HATS LIKE FIRST AID PROVIDER, SOCIAL WORKER, COUNSELOR, CRISIS MANAGER AND PEACEMAKER. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM, WE EXPECT THE POLICE TO SOLVE IT. THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITIES MILITARY VETERANS BRING TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS ENHANCE THE PROBLEM-SOLVING MISSION. H.R. 1428 THE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT HEROES ACT OF 2017 IS GOOD LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY MR. HURD. THE BILL AUTHORIZES GRANTEES WHO RECEIVE GRANTS UNDER THE COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES PROGRAM AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMMONLY KNOWN AS COPS TO BE USED FOR PRIORITIZING THE HIRING AND TRAINING OF MILITARY VETERANS. WHEN THEY RETURN FROM DEPLOYMENT AND ENTER CIVILIAN LIFE IT IS IS IMPORTANT WE RECOGNIZE THEIR SACRIFICES TO ENSURE THEY OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT. THIS BILL ENSURES VETERANS CAN DO JUST THAT. I THANK MR. HURD FOR INTRODUCING THIS LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. ANDRY RESERVE.

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  • 04:51:20 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 MARYLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:51:24 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1428. AND I WANT TO THANK THE…

    TIME AS I MAY CONSUME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1428. AND I WANT TO THANK THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, MR. HURD, FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD. THIS MEASURE HAS THE LAUDIBLE GOAL OF RECOGNIZING OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN ARMED SERVICES BUT ALSO SERVES TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES THROUGH COMMUNITY-ORIENTING POLICING AND I FAVOR H.R. 1428 FOR SEVERAL REASONS. THE OFFICE, THE COPS OFFICE, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVANCING COMMUNITY POLICING THROUGH INFORMATION AND GRANT RESOURCES. THE COPS OFFICE PROMOTES COMMUNITY POLICING WITH A COMMITMENT TO BUILDING TRUST AND MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN POLICE AND THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE BY AWARDING GRANTS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FOR THE HIRING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING. THROUGH THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM, FUNDS ARE PROVIDED DIRECTLY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO HIRE OR REHIRE CAREER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ENCREASE THEIR COMMUNITY POLICING CAPACITY AND CRIME PREVENTION ACTIVITIES. TO DATE, MORE THAN 129,000 OFFICERS OVER 13,000 AGENCIES HAVE BEEN FUNDED VIA THE COPS PROGRAM WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON IN 199. THE COPS OFFICE BEGAN SUPPORTING MILITARY VETERANS THROUGH THE COPS HIRING PROGRAM AND CURRENTLY GIVES ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT COMMIT TO HIRING OUR VETERANS. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NOT ADHERENCE TO DISCUSS THE IMPORT OF INCENTIVES FOR THE HIRING OF VETERANS BY STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, WE BELIEVE THE BILL IS WELL DESIGNED AND INTENTIONED AND PRIORITIZES GRANT APPLICATIONS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT WILL USE GRANT FUNDS FROM THE COPS OFFICE TO HIRE VETERANS GIVING PREFERENCE TO THOSE AGENCIES WHEN APPLYING FOR GRANT FUNDS. THE INTENT IS TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN ATTRACTING WELL QUALIFIED SERVICE-ORIENTED PEOPLE WHO HAVE SERVED THROUGH MILITARY SERVICE. ANOTHER POSITIVE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION IS TO PROVIDE OUR BRAVE VETERANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AND RESPECTIVE COMMUNITIES UPON COMPLETION OF MILITARY SERVICE. MILITARY SERVICE PROVIDES VITAL LEADERSHIP TRAITS THAT CAN BE VITAL IN ASSISTING MILITARY VETERANS FOR THEM TO SUCCEED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE. THEY OBTAIN SKILL SETS THAT RELATE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WORK SUCH AS DISCIPLINE, LOYALTY, ETHICAL STANDARDS, INTEGRITY, PHYSICAL FITNESS, FIREARMS AND TACTICAL SKILLS AND RESPOND APPROPRIATELY UNDER STRESS AND WORK WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS. THOSE WHO SERVED HAVE THE DESIRE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OTHERS AND A CAREER AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ALLOWS VETERANS TO CONTINUE SERVING OTHERS THROUGH COMMUNITY POLICING. A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ALSO PROVIDES VETERANS WITH LONG-TERM STABILITY AND GIVES THEM A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND PRIDE GIVES THEM A CAREER IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC. MEASURES SUCH AS H.R. 1428 WILL ENSURE OUR COMMUNITIES ARE PROTECTED THROUGH COMMUNITY-ORIENTED POLICING. ACCORDINGLY, WE SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 1428 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:54:50 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 VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:54:54 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, THE CHIEF AUTHOR OF THIS LEGISLATION.

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  • 04:55:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:55:04 PM

    MR. HURD

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 5% IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE VETERAN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS CURRENTLY 5% IN TEXAS, HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 3.7. WHILE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE HAS STEADILY DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR YOUNG VETERANS AGES 18 TO 24 HAS SKYROCKETED TO 13% MORE THAN DOUBLE THE RATE IT WAS LAST YEAR. WE NEED TO DO MORE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR OUR FREEDOM AND SAFETY. I INTRODUCED THE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT HEROES ACT TO PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR THESE HEROES TO CONTINUE THEIR SERVICE RIGHT HERE AT HOME. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO MORE THAN 4,600 ACTIVE DUTY AND 45 THOUSAND MILITARY AND SERVED JOINT FORCE SAN ANTONIO AND FORT BLISS AND TOLD ME ABOUT THE STRUGGLES TO FIND GOOD JOBS ONCE THEY LEAVE. THIS BILL INCENTIVIZES STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES TO GIVE PREFERENCE WHEN APPLYING FOR GRANTS THROUGH THE COPS OFFICE, WHICH FUND ACADEMY AND FIELD TRAINING ALONG WITH PROMOTING A COMMUNITY COLLABORATION. IT IS MODELED AFTER AN EXPIRED PROGRAM WHICH HELPS ABOUT 1,000 VETERANS IN THE 1980'S. WE MUST DO A BETTER JOB FACILITATING THEIR TRANSITION INTO MEANINGFUL CIVILIAN CAREERS. ULTIMATELY, WE SHOULD BE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION IN ONE UNIFORM CONTINUE TO DO SO IN ANOTHER ONE RIGHT HERE AT HOME. IN COMMEMORATION OF BOTH NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, THIS BILL WILL BETTER SERVE OUR VETERANS AND BE A WIN FOR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE. I WANT TO THANK SENATOR CORNYN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1428. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:57:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.

  • 04:57:13 PM

    MR. RASKIN

    WE SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND YIELDS BACK.

  • 04:57:21 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I AGAIN COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL…

    I AGAIN COMMEND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. HURD, FOR HIS THOUGHTFUL LEGISLATION AND HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. THIS IS GOOD LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP YOUNG MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN FIND EMPLOYMENT IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHERE THEY CAN PROVIDE CONTINUED SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:57:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL HOUSE RULE 1428. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE RULINGS ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

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  • 04:58:16 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL…

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS PRIOR 90 DAYS OF THE DATE OF ITS DECLARATION, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE STABLE ISATION IN IRAQ THAT WAS IN EXECUTIVE ORDER OF MAY 22, 2003 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND MAY 22, 2017. OBSTACLES TO THE ORDERLY RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ, RESTORATION AND MAINTENANCE AND PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE COUNTRY AND DEVELOPMENT OF POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS IN IRAQ CONTINUE TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDINGLY, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO THE STABLEATION OF IRAQ. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, MAY 16, 2017.

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  • 06:30:32 PM

    TEMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8…

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM VICK, MR. GOODLATTE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1616 AS AMENDED ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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  • 06:30:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1616, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE…

    H.R. 1616, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO AUTHORIZE THE NATIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS INSTITUTE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 06:30:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL AS AMENDED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A 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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  • 06:53:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS 3, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE…

    VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 408, THE NAYS 3, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 06:54:04 PM

    >>

    MAY I INQUIRE, MR. SPEAKER --

  • 06:54:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS OR TAKE YOUR…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS OR TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

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  • 06:54:46 PM

    TEMPORE MEMBERS,

    MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

    MEMBERS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS TO THE BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY RISE?

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  • 06:54:56 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT --

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    >>

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT YET IN ORDER.

  • 06:55:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

  • 06:55:13 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    CLAUSE 2-A-1 OF RULE 9, I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE OF MY INTENT TO --

  • 06:55:23 PM

    MR. HOYER

    IS STILL NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ASK THE MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS…

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ASK THE MEMBERS TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 06:55:43 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    MY INTENT TO RAISE A QUESTION OF THE HOUSE, THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS…

    MY INTENT TO RAISE A QUESTION OF THE HOUSE, THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS, EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHEREAS IN THE UNITED STATES SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES, CONGRESS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF TRANSPARENCY TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS PLACED FIRST. WHEREAS ACCORDING TO THE TAX HISTORY PROJECT, EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE PRESIDENTFORD HAS DISCLOSED THEIR TAX RETURNS. TAX RETURNS HAVE AN IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN INFORMATION INCLUDING WHETHER A CANDIDATE PAID TAXES, NUMBER ONE. WHAT THEY OWN, NUMBER TWO, WHAT THEY HAVE BORROWED AND FROM WHOM, NUMBER THREE, WHETHER THEY HAVE MADE ANY CHARITABLE DONATIONS, NUMBER FOUR. AND WHETHER THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF TAX LOOPHOLES. WHEREAS THE DISCLOSURE OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS COULD HELP THOSE INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN THE 2016 ELECTION UNDERSTAND THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCIAL TIES TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE RUSSIAN CITIZENS, INCLUDING DEBTS OWED AND WHETHER HE SHARES ANY PARTNERSHIP INTERESTS, EQUITY INTERESTS, JOINT VENTURES OR LICENSING AGREEMENTS WITH RUSSIA OR RUSSIANS. WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT FIRED F.B.I. DIRECTOR DIRECTOR WHERE HE WAS INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN INVESTIGATING. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS WHO MADE THE RECOMMENDATION TO FIRE DIRECTOR COMEY DURING SWORN TESTIMONY, THE INTERIOR RYAN ZINKE TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPANDED SINCE 1996. THIS REVIEW WAS PRAISED BY INDUSTRY GROUPS WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM OIL, GAS, MINING AND CONDEMNED BY ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION CONCERNING THIS REVIEW OR SCRAP BACK FEDERAL DESIGNATION TO PROTECT TRIBAL OR HISTORIC LANDS. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN ARE KNOWING WHETHER THIS WAS TO JUSTIFY SELLING OR LEASING PUBLIC LANDS TO PRIVATE CORPORATIONS THAT COULD ENRICH THE PRESIDENT OR HIS BUSINESS PARTNERS WITHOUT REVIEWING THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS. WHEREAS IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS HAVE ISSUED GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS TO ASSOCIATES OF THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN SEEKING BUSINESS RECORDS AS PART OF THE ONGOING PROBE INTO RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2016 ELECTION. WHEREAS, ACCORDING TO THE 2016 CANDIDATE FILING WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, THE PRESIDENT HAS 564 FINANCIAL POSITIONS IN COMPANIES LOCATED NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES BUT AROUND THE WORLD. WHEREAS AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THE ETHICS ATTORNEYS IN THE OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO DIVEST HIS OWNERSHIP STAKE IN HIS BUSINESSES AND CAN STILL WITHDRAW FUNDS AT ANY TIME FROM THE TRUST OF WHICH HE IS SOLE BENEFICIARY, WHEREAS THE AMOL YOUMENTS CLAUSE WAS INCLUDED IN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF PREVENTING FEDERAL OFFICIALS FROM ACCEPTING, QUOTE FROM THE CONSTITUTION ARTICLE 1, SECTION 9, PRESENT EMOLUMENT FROM ANY KING, PRINCE OR FOREIGN STATE. WHEREAS THE POSITION ON THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO VERIFY COMPLIANCE. THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE AUTHORITY TO CHECK THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH IN SECTION 6103 OF THE TAX CODE WRITTEN IN 1924, ALLOWS FOR AN EXAMINATION OF HIS TAX RETURNS, THE AUTHORITY PUT IN PLACE SPECIFICALLY SO CONGRESS COULD EXAMINE THE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF THE 20TH SEPTEMBER TRY, THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL. NOTHING COULD BE MORE OF A THREAT TO NOTHING COULD BE A BIGGER THREAT THAN IGNORING OUR DUTY TO EXAMINE ANY ENTANGLEMENTS THIS PRESIDENT HAS WITH RUSSIA AND WHETHER HE HAS ABUSED THE TAX LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE HAVE NOTHING BUT EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY SUCH AN EXAMINATION. IF AND -- IF AND WHEN SUCH CONFLICTS ARE REVEALED, I DO NOT WANT TO SAY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS THAT WE HAD THE POWER TO REVIEW THESE CONFLICTS, BUT DID NOTHING. I DO NOT WANT MY INTEGRITY OR THE INTEGRITY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON EITHER SIDE OF THE AISLE IN THIS BODY TO BE DEMEANED BY SUCH A SHAMEFUL FAILURE. TO RESTORE THE DIGNY I HAVE TO THE HOUSE, WE MUST USE OUR AUTHORITY TO REQUEST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRANSPARENCY THEY DESERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 07:01:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST.

  • 07:01:44 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISMISS WITH THE ORAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE…

    ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISMISS WITH THE ORAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESOLUTION SO THE ENTIRE TEXT APPEARS IN THE RECORD.

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  • 07:01:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER RO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION OFFERED BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE RESOLUTION OFFERED BY ANYONE OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY MEMBER OR THE MINORITY MEMBER HAS IMMEDIATE PRECEDENCE ONLY AT THE DISCRETION THEY HAVE CHAIR TWO DAYS AFTER IT IS PROPERLY NOTICED. PENDING THAT, THE NOTICE FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD. THE CHAIR WILL NOT AT THIS POINT DETERMINE WHETHER THE REQUEST CONSTITUTES A QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE. THAT DETERMINATION WILL BE MADE AT THE TIME FOR DISCUSSION OF THE RESOLUTION.

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  • 07:02:36 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:02:57 PM

    >>

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

  • 07:03:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

  • 07:03:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 07:03:30 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    I RISE TONIGHT TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO. JEREMY SCOTT MCGUIRE WAS A…

    I RISE TONIGHT TO HONOR AN AMERICAN HERO. JEREMY SCOTT MCGUIRE WAS A SPECIAL AGENT ASSIGNED TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS GROUP AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IN NEW ORLEANS. SCOTT BEGAN HIS CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHILE PURSUING A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI WHERE HE RECEIVED THE MOST OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE PURSUING A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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  • 07:04:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    US IN THE BALCONY.

  • 07:04:19 PM

    MR. SCALISE

    ON THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

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    ON THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

  • 07:05:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT.

  • 07:06:15 PM

    MR. LANGEVIN

    ON THIS GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

  • 07:07:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:07:25 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE POLICE OFFICERS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE POLICE OFFICERS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEIR LIVE THORNSE LINE EVERY DAY FOR US AND OUR COMMUNITIES.

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  • 07:07:39 PM

    MR. PAULSEN

    IT'S A SPECIAL TIME TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY,…

    IT'S A SPECIAL TIME TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY, WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. POLICE OFFICERS ARE GATHERING AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL AS PART OF THAT REMEMBRANCE. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT SERVING IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IS A FAMILY AFFAIR AND REQUIRES DEDICATION FROM LOVED ONES AS WELL. I KNOW OUR COMMUNITIES ARE BETTER SERVED AND SERVED WELL THANKS TO THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT FROM OUR POLICE OFFICERS WHO TAKE ON COUNTLESS RISKS FOR OTHER PEOPLE, NOT JUST THEMSELVES. THE BADGE IS NOT JUST A SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY BUT ONE OF SELFLESSNESS AND COMMITMENT TO THE GREATER GOOD. MR. SPEAKER, WE OWE SO MUCH TOO TO THE THESE POLICE OFFICERS FOR THE MANY DIFFICULT DECISION THEY FACE EVERY DAY AND THANK THEM FOR KEEPING US SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE LEARNED THAT FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE LEARNED THAT FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY DOCUMENTED HIS CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A SERIES OF MEMOS. IN ONE MEMO, MR. COMEY CLAIMS THAT AFTER CLEARING THE ROOM, PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED HIM TO END THE INVESTIGATION OF GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN. IF TRUE, THIS ASSAULT ON THE RULE OF LAW WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF OUR DEMOCRACY UNSEEN SINCE WATERGATE.

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    OORTHI INVESTIGATIONS

    THE TRUTH. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN IN ENGAGING IN PERSONALS -- PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE WEEKEND, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LAW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. OVER THE WEEKEND, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARRIVED IN WASHINGTON FOR NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. ESTABLISHED BY A JOINT RESOLUTION OF CONGRESS IN 1962, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK PAYS SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THOSE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHO WAS LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOR THE SAFETY AND PROTECTION OF OTHERS. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS DEDICATED TO HONORING AMERICA'S LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. THE NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL SERVICE TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY AS THE NATION PAUSED TO REMEMBER OFFICERS WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL HELD SATURDAY EVENING RECOGNIZED NEARLY 400 FALLEN OFFICERS. THIS WEEK HONORS THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO GAI EVERYTHING TO PROTECT THEIR COUNTRY AND COMMUNS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, PENNSYLVANIA MOURNED THE LASS OF 23-YEAR-OLD STATE TROOPER LANDON WEAVER, KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON DECEMBER 30, 2016. OUR OFFICERS PUT ON THEIR UNIFORMS EACH DAY, KNOWING THEY CAN BE IN HARM'S WAY AT ANY MOMENT. WE HAVE TO -- ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL NATION, THANK YOU TO ALL THE OFFICERS WHO SERVE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THIS YEAR, THE CIVIL SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS GAVE AMERICA A D-PLUS RATING.

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    MS. WATSON COLEMAN

    I MUST HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR ROADS,…

    I MUST HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR INVESTMENT IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR ROADS, BRIDGES AND WATERWAYS ARE NEITHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT THEY BELONG TO ALL OF US. FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE FEDERAL INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS, INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS HAVE TRADITIONALLY ENJOYED BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND LEADERSHIP. IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING OUR 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM CREATES ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL, ALLOWING FOR JOB CREATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND FOSTERING INNOVATION. AS WE CONTINUE TO WAIT FOR THE PRESIDENT TO PUT FORTH A PLAN AND TRUE EFFORTS TOWARD INVESTMENT IN OUR NATION'S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, WE BEAR WITNESS TO HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN LOST ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY AND A THREAT TO THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR NATION. IT'S TIME TO BUILD, IT IS TIME TO INVEST IN AMERICA. THANK YOU.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS WE KNOW, THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    MANY OFFICERS HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IT'S…

    MANY OFFICERS HAVE COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IT'S A TIME FOR US TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR OUR OFFICERS AT HOME BY THANKING THEM FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE. I RECOGNIZE ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN IN MY DISTRICT WHO SACRIFICED TO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES EACH DAY. WE CAN'T ALLOW THESE SACRIFICES GO QUIETLY UNNOTICED LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR 135 OFFICERS NEVER MADE IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES OR LOVED ONES. IN CALIFORNIA, 20 LOST THEIR LIVES IN 2016, ONE OF WHICH WAS FROM MY DISTRICT. DEPUTY JACK HOPKINS WAS MURDERED WHILE RESPONDING TO A CALL IN A RURAL AREA. HIS WATCH SENDED ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016. JACK'S KILL ER IS RIGHTFULLY FACING THE DEATH PENALTY AND THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE IS VOTING ON THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT WHICH ADDS THE MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER AS AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR TO IMPOSE HARSHER PENALTIES. WE HAVE TO SEND THIS CLEAR MESSAGE AND CANNOT TOLERATE THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MARKS THE 54TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OFFICERS…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS YEAR MARKS THE 54TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY. I RISE TONIGHT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM FLORIDA WHO WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST YEAR.

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    MRS. DEMINGS

    TODAY WE REMEMBER THEM AND HONOR THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND DEDICATION.…

    TODAY WE REMEMBER THEM AND HONOR THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE AND DEDICATION. DEPUTY SHERIFF ERIC JAMES OLIVER FROM THE NASSAU COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. MAJOR JORGE SANCHEZ OF THE MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT. DEPUTY SHERIFF MICHAEL SCOTT WILLIAMS FROM THE TAYLOR COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. SERGEANT HOR RAY ROMA FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. DEPUTY SHERIFF JOHN ROBERT JR. OF THE HILLS BRO COUNTY SHERIFF'S -- HILLSBORO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. AND AS YOU'VE ALREADY HEARD TONIGHT, SPECIAL AGENT JAY SCOTT MCGUIRE OF THE U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATION. MR. SPEAKER, WE REMEMBER THESE BRAVE MEN AND PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO HAVE MOURNED THEIR LOSS. I YIELD BACK. .

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

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    MR. OLSON

    MR. SPEAKER, IT ALL STARTED 11 YEARS AGO. THE GLEN EAGLES WON THEIR FIRST…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT ALL STARTED 11 YEARS AGO. THE GLEN EAGLES WON THEIR FIRST STATE TEXAS SOFTBALL TITLE. YEARS LATER, THE NAME WAS CHANGED TO SOMETHING ELSE, BUT THE DYNASTY HAD BEEN BORN. THE LADY EAGLE WON THEIR SICKTH TEXAS TITLE LAST WEEK -- SIXTH TEXAS TITLE LAST WEEK BY DEFEATING DALLAS CHRISTIAN BY A SCORE OF 6-2. ONE WORD CAN DESCRIBE THE LADY EAGLE' PLAYOFF, THEIR RUN -- EAGLES PLAYOFF, THEIR RUN, DOMINATION. IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES, THEY SCORED 37 RUNS. THEIR OPPONENTS ONLY TWO -- OPPONENT, ONLY TWO. OUR FOUR SENIORS, CLARA, LAUREN, DANIELLE AND KENDALL HAVE SET US UP TO MAKE HISTORY. OUR THIRD STRAIGHT TEXAS TITLE IN 2018. ONE OF THEM HAS THE HOBBER -- HONOR THE LORD, CONGRATULATIONS EAGLES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WHY DID PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRE F.B.I. DIRECTOR COMEY?

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    MR. BROWN

    HE CALLED COMEY A SHOW BOAT AND GRANDSTANDER AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO FIRE…

    HE CALLED COMEY A SHOW BOAT AND GRANDSTANDER AND SAID HE WAS GOING TO FIRE HIM REGARDLESS OF THE RATIONALE OUTLINED BY THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL. HE JUSTIFIED FIRING COMEY, WHO WAS LEADING THE INVESTIGATION INTO MICHAEL FLYNN AND RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS, BY SAYING IT'S A MADE-UP STORY. BUT THE PRESIDENT'S POLITICAL REMOVAL OF COMEY, WITHOUT ANY LEGAL OR ETHICAL REASON, SHATTERED THE IDEA THAT THE F.B.I.'S INDEPENDENT AND INSULATED FROM PARTISAN POLITICS. THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FIRE THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR FOR POLITICAL OR PERSONAL REASONS. THAT'S WHY TODAY I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO RAISE THE STANDARD FOR THE PRESIDENT TO DISMISS THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR. CONGRESS PLACED SIMILAR RESTRICTIONS ON THE PRESIDENT'S POWER TO REMOVE MEMBERS OF THE NUKELER REGULATORY COMMISSION, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CFBP AND SPECIAL COUNCILS. THE F.B.I. SHOULD BE NO DIFFERENT. CONGRESS CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE A RUBBER STAMP FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION. LET'S UPHOLD OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN AUSTIN FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS. THE COMFORT CREW FOR MILITARY KIDS DEVELOPS AND DELIVERS PROGRAMS TO HELP SUPPORT THE CHILDREN IN OUR GOLD STAR FAMILIES -- AND OUR GOLD STAR FAMILIARS -- FAMILIES WHO SERVE AROUND THE WORLD. THIS MONTH THE ORGS IS CELEBRATING THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY. AS A CONGRESSMAN FROM FORT HOOD, THE LARGEST U.S. MILITARY BASE, COMFORT CREW FOR MILITARY KIDS HOLD AS VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. FOR TOO LONG MILITARY FAMILIES HAVE FACED CONSTANT STRUGGLES AND HAVE HAD FEW PLACES TO TURN. THE COMFORT CREW HELPS PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THESE AMERICAN FAMILIES WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY.

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN HONOR -- TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE IN HONOR -- TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, OUR STREETS AND OUR COMMUNITIES. 55 YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT KENNEDY PROCLAIMED MAY 15 POLICE WEEK. EACH YEAR AMERICANS COME TOGETHER TO HONOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS AND REMEMBER THOSE THAT HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. I REMEMBER THAT INFAMOUS DAY, 91 -- 9/11, WHEN THOUSANDS WERE RUNNING AWAY FROM BURNING AND CRUMBLING BUILDINGS. YET AT THE SAME TIME OUR POLICE AND FIRST RESPONDERS RAN INTO THOSE SAME BURNING AND CRUMBLING BEINGS TO SAVE LIVES. CORCOR --

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    MR. CORREA

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

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

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

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE A CHARACTER OUT OF LOONY TUNES, THE INCOURAGEABLE LITTLE…

    MR. SPEAKER, LIKE A CHARACTER OUT OF LOONY TUNES, THE INCOURAGEABLE LITTLE KIM OF NORTH KOREA AND HIS MINIONS CAN'T STOP RATTLING THE SABERS. NEW SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW A PROLONGED AND HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF ACTIVITY AT NORTH KOREA'S UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR SITE. SINCE COMING TO POWER, LITTLE KIM HAS CONTINUALLY DEFIED U.N. SANCTIONS AND INCREASED TESTING OF MISSILES AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS. JUST THIS LAST WEEKEND, NORTH KOREA ILLEGALLY LAUNCHED YET ANOTHER MENACING BALLISTIC MISSILE. NORTH KOREA PLANS TO DEVELOP SUBMARINES FROM WHICH TO LAUNCH THESE MISSILES TOWARD THE UNITED STATES. DESPITE LITTLE KIM'S WIDELY -- WHILE WILY COYOTE ANTICS -- WILE E. COYOTE ANTICSER WE CANNOT IGNORE HIM. LITTLE KIM'S WEAPON CAPABILITIES HAVE SHOWN IMPROVEMENT WITHIN THE PAST YEAR. RESULTING IN, QUOTE, UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF ACTIVITY. THE LAST ADMINISTRATION'S APPEASEMENT POLICY OF NORTH KOREA AND ITS STRATEGIC PATIENCE HAS FAILED. THE UNITED STATES MUST CRIPPLE NORTH KOREA'S REGIME WITH MULTIPLE SANCTIONS. WE MUST CONVINCE CHINA NOTICE THEIR INTEREST TO REIN IN THEIR PUPPET STATE OF NORTH KOREA. AND QUICKLY DEPLOY THE NEW THAD MISSILE SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE REGION IN ASIA. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MAY 7 -- MAY 6, NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RELEASED THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MAY 7 -- MAY 6, NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS RELEASED THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF 82 SCHOOL GIRLSES WHO HAVE BEEN HELD CAPTIVE BY BOKO HARAM SINCE APRIL 14, 2014. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT. IT IS TRULY, TRULY A REASON FOR CELEBRATION. AND THANK EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE WHO HAS SHOWN SUPPORT FOR THIS EXTREMELY ENDLESS CAUSE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M THRILLED FOR THE FAMILIES WHOSE DAUGHTERS WERE AMONG THE 82 RELEASED. BUT WE CANNOT FORGET THAT THERE ARE STILL 113 WAITING TO BE FREED. NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HAS VOWED TO BRING THEM ALL HOME. WHEN WE BEGAN THIS FIGHT, THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 200 GIRLS WERE AT STAKE. SLOWLY BUT SURELY WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. THE RELEASE OF THE 82 UNDERSCORES WHY WE CANNOT GIVE UP. WE HAVE TO KEEP PUSHING AND PRESSING, DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT THIS FIGHT DOESN'T END UNTIL THE LAST GIRL HAS RETURNED HOME. MR. SPEAKER, TOMORROW IS WEAR SOMETHING RED WEDNESDAY AND I HOPE THAT THIS NEWS WILL COMPEL EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO WEAR SOMETHING RED AND SHOW HIS OR HER SUPPORT FOR THE #BRINGBACKOURGIRL. WOMEN OF CONGRESS, WEAR YOUR RED SCARF THAT YOU GOT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN DINGELL. WEAR A RED TIE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. AND TWEET, TWEET, TWEET, BRING BACK OUR GIRLS.

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    MR. WILSON

    I YIELD BACK. --

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    MS. WILSON

    I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. AND TO THANK THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS RUN TOWARD THE DANGER WHEN WE'RE RUNNING AWAY FROM IT AND THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN EVER TRULY SAY THANK YOU FOR THEIR WILLINGNESS TO SERVE. LAST WEEK I HELD MY FIFTH ANNUAL FIRST RESPONDERS TOUR TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITIES OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND BEYOND.

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    MR. DUNCAN

    THE TOUR CONSISTS OF FIVE OF THE COUNTIES I REPRESENT, NEWBERRY, SALUDA,…

    THE TOUR CONSISTS OF FIVE OF THE COUNTIES I REPRESENT, NEWBERRY, SALUDA, HEDGEFIELD, MCCORMICK AND GREENWOOD, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT THEIR COMMITMENT ARE UNMATCHED. I VISITED THE FACILITIES AND MET WITH THE MEN AND WOMEN ON FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. THE ONES WHO ARE SO CRITICAL TO THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS. THESE FOLKS ENCOUNTER DANGEROUS AND LIFE-THREATENING SITUATIONS THAT REQUIRE CRITICAL ON THE SPOT DECISION MAKING. BUT THEY NEVER SECOND GUESS ANSWERING THAT CALL AND GOING TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. I HOPE THAT EVENTS LIKE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND FIRST RESPONDER TOURS ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO LEARN ABOUT THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT FACE THESE HEROES EVERY DAY. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO KNOW THAT THEIR HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT SERVE AND HAVE SERVED. THEY ARE TRULY HEROES AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE TO KEEP US SAFE. MAY GOD BLESS THESE HEROES AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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    THEAK, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK WE…

    THEAK, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK -- THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK WE HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE IT THEIR LIFE DUTYY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR CITIZENS, OUR NATION AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. POLICE OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WAKE UP EVERY MORNING UNAWARE OF THE CHALLENGES THEY MAY FACE. THE THREATS THEY MUST OVERCOME. AND THE LIVES THEY WILL AFFECT AND PROTECT IN THE PROCESS. THE BADGE OFFICERS DON IS A SYMBOL OF THEIR DEVOTION TO THE COMMON GOOD. I BELIEVE IN BACKING THE BLUE. AND VISIT FIRST RESPONDERS THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT IN TEXAS TO EXPRESS MY UNYIELDING SUPPORT. AMERICA'S POLICE OFFICERS REPRESENT THE BEST IN ALL OF US . AND ARE THE FINEST OUR COUNTRY HAS TO OFFER.

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  • 07:27:52 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    FOR THEIR SERVICE, THEIR SACRIFICE AND THEIR SELFLESSNESS, WE ARE…

    FOR THEIR SERVICE, THEIR SACRIFICE AND THEIR SELFLESSNESS, WE ARE ETERNALLY THANKFUL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:28:08 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

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

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. I TOO RISE TO HONOR THIS WEEK OF…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER VERY MUCH. I TOO RISE TO HONOR THIS WEEK OF CELEBRATING OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR BRAVERY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. BUT I AM OVERWHELMED AND SHOCKED AT THE ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TO HAVE YIELDED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, CODE WORD INTELLIGENCE, INSIDE A ROOM WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF RUSSIA AND THE AMBASSADOR. IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT AMBASSADOR IS REPORTEDLY CONSIDERED BY THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TO BE ONE OF RUSSIA'S TOP SPIES AND A CENTRAL FIGURE IN THE F.B.I. INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIA'S COLLUSION WITH TRUMP CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS DURING THE 2016 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, ALONG WITH THE DOWNFALL OF GENERAL FLYNN. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE WAY FOR A PRESIDENT TO ACT. MR. PRESIDENT, YOU'VE JEOPARDIZED THE LIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, YOU JEOPARDIZED THE LIVES OF INTELLIGENCE ASSETS AROUND THE WORLD, AND YOU HAVE BREACHED THE LIAISON RELATIONSHIP WE'VE HAD WITH MANY OF OUR ALLIES. THIS NEEDS TO HAVE A FULL INVESTIGATION. BESIDES A NUMBER OF TOOLS THAT THE COMMISSION, SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, THIS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON THE HOUSE SIDE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND HAVE FULL HEARINGS REGARDING THE INVESTIGATION OF THESE HORRIFIC ACTIONS, VIOLATIONS THAT MAY BREACH ON HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:29:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION. -- SEEK RECK ANYTHING? -- SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:29:52 PM

    >>

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE COURAGE AND COMMITMENT OF OUR POLICE MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY. EVERY DAY INDIVIDUALS DONNING THE POLICE SHIELD RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. HAVING SERVED AS A FEDERAL ORGANIZED CRIME PROSECUTOR FOR 20 YEARS, I'VE HAD THE DISTINCT PLEASURE AND HONOR OF WORKING WITH COUNTLESS POLICE OFFICER ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. CAT CAT INCLUDING MY HOME --

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  • 07:30:18 PM

    MR. KATKO

    HOMETOWN, THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SYRACUSE GANG VIOLENCE TASK…

    HOMETOWN, THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THE SYRACUSE GANG VIOLENCE TASK FORCE AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, AMONG MANY OTHERS. TOGETHER WE'VE WORKED TO MAKE SYRACUSE SAFER BY GOING AFTER DRUG AND GANG ORGANIZATIONS THAT PLAGUED OUR COMMUNITY. WHILE I NOW PROUDLY REPRESENT NEW YORK'S 24TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THEIR MISSION CONTINUES. I'M ELATED THAT THIS BODY WILL CONSIDER TWO BILLS. THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT AND THE PROBATION OFFICER PROTECTION ACT, THAT WILL HELP PROTECT THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO PROTECT US EVERY DAY. FURTHER, I HAVE A BILL THAT WILL BE DEBATED TOMORROW. THIS BILL WILL HELP FUSION CENTERS DISSEMINATE INFORMATION TO OUR POLICE MEN AND WOMEN AS THEY CONTINUE TO TACKLE NEW AND ADAMENTING THREATS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. -- AND ADAPTING THREATS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF OUR NATION'S POLICE OFFICERS AND HONOR THEM THIS DAY FOR THEIR DUTIFUL SERVICE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 07:31:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WEATHER THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 07:31:29 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY I RISE TODAY TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE SERVICE AND PROFOUND COMMITMENT OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS AROUND OUR GREAT NATION. THE DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE OF OUR BLUE LINE DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED EVERY DAY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK GIVES US ALL THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND TOGETHER IN SUPPORT FOR THOSE IN BLUE AND TO RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO THE IDEAS AND LAWS OF OUR NATION THAT THEY ARE TASKED TO UPHOLD.

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  • 07:31:56 PM

    MR. FATES PATRICK

    NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS A TIME TO UNITE NATIONWIDE, TO HONOR THOSE WHO…

    NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IS A TIME TO UNITE NATIONWIDE, TO HONOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR LOVED ONES. TO THOSE WHO MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE LINE OF DUTY, WE STAND ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. AISLE PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND JOIN WITH MILLIONS OF PROUD AMERICANS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY TO THANK OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMBERS FOR THEIR CONTINUED SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:32:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. HIGGINS, SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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  • 07:32:37 PM

    MR. HIGH FWINS

    MR. SPEAKER --

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    MR. HIGGINS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE UNSCRIPTED IN SOBER AND RESPECTFUL SUPPORT FOR MY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE UNSCRIPTED IN SOBER AND RESPECTFUL SUPPORT FOR MY BROTHERS AND CYSTERS OF THE THIN BLUE LINE FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. THESE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE BADGE ARISE EACH DAY, SERVE EACH NIGHT AS WE WORK AND AS WE SLUMBER. SURE, THEY FACE DANGER UNKNOWN, CERTAIN TO FACE ENEMIES UNSEEN, AND SOMETIMES TO BE COMPLETELY UNAPPRECIATED. BUT THIS WEEK, WE RECOGNIZE THEM, WE CELEBRATE THEM AND TO MY BROTHERS AN CYSTERS OF THE THIN BLUE LINE, PLEASE HEAR THAT YOUR SUPPORT WITHIN THIS BODY IS UNWAVERING AND SHALL NOT FALTER. GOD BLESS YOU ONE AND ALL. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:33:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE ANY OTHER MEMBERS SEEKING RECOGNITION…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ARE THERE ANY OTHER MEMBERS SEEKING RECOGNITION FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? SEEING NONE, THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUESTS.

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  • 07:33:50 PM

    THE CLERK

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. MARINO OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TODAY, MANY…

    LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MR. MARINO OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR TODAY, MANY NAPOLITANO OF KALE FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, MR. NEWHOUSE OF WASHINGTON FOR TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK, AND MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD OF CALIFORNIA FOR TODAY.

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  • 07:34:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUESTS ARE GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. GARAMENDI IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY PARTY.

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  • 07:34:31 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HEY, THIS IS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. INFRASTRUCTURE.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HEY, THIS IS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. INFRASTRUCTURE. CAN YOU IMAGINE CONGRESS TALKING ABOUT BUILDING THINGS? THINGS THAT AMERICA NEEDS LIKE ROADS? HIGH SPEED INTERNET? AND MAYBE A FEW PORTS AND SHIPS AND TRAINS AND HIGH SPEED TRAINS FROM HERE TO THERE. IT'S INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. OH, MR. PRESIDENT, YOU PROMISED US A TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. HOWEVER, YOU SEEM TO BE OCCUPIED ON A FEW OTHER THINGS SO WE'LL -- SO WE'LL BE UNDERSTANDING AND WE'LL JUST KIND OF TAKE UP THE ISSUE HERE AND TALK ABOUT IT AND SEE IF WE CAN MOVE THIS ISSUE FORWARD SINCE WE REALLY HAVEN'T HEARD FROM THE ADMINISTRATION ON YOUR TRILLION DOLLAR PROGRAM. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE ELEMENTS OF IT TODAY. I'M GOING TO START WITH A REALLY, REALLY OLD BLAH CARD THAT WE'VE USED NOW FOR SEVEN YEARS. WE CALL THIS THE MAKE IT IN AMERICA AGENDA, AND IT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT MR. HOYER OF MARYLAND AND I AND MANY OTHERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR SOME TIME. WE TALK ABOUT TRADE, WE TALK ABOUT TAX POLICY, ENERGY POLICY, LABOR ISSUES SUCH AS THE DAVIS-BAY CONDITION CON ACT THAT GUARANTEES THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A RUSH TO THE BOTTOM, BUT THAT WE'RE GOING TO HOLD UP THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE MAKING THINGS IN AMERICA, LIKE ROADS AND BRIDGES. EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND DOWN AT THE BOTTOM BUT ALWAYS IMPORTANT, INFRASTRUCTURE. TODAY WE TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE AND AS WE DO SO, I WANT TO -- I WANT US TO ALWAYS, ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THAT INFRASTRUCTURE OFFERS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICA TO DO MORE THAN JUST LAY DOWN CONCRETE. MORE THAN JUST PUTTING ASPHALT ON A ROAD OR A PIPE IN THE GROUND. THAT INFRASTRUCTURE OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO REBUILD THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR. MANY DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN DO THAT. FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE'RE GOING TO BUILD LOCOMOTIVES FOR THE EASTERN CORRIDOR OF THE AMTRAK SYSTEM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. NEW ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES. WAY BACK WHEN, SOME OF US DO REMEMBER THE GREAT RECESSION AND THE EFFORT OF THIS CONGRESS, THEN CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS, TO JUMP START, TO REBUILD THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IN WHAT WAS THE STIMULUS LEGISLATION, THERE WAS A PIECE OF IT THAT CALLED FOR SOME, I THINK, 800, -- THAT CALLED FOR $800 MILLION, $700 MILLION FOR ABOUT 80 NEW ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES FOR AMTRAK. SOME BRILLIANT STAFFER WROTE INTO IT, 100% AMERICAN MADE. AND GUESS WHAT? SIEMENS, A GERMAN COMPANY SAID, $700 MILLION OR $00 MILLION CONTRACT TO MAKE A BUNCH OF LOCOMOTIVES, WE CAN DO THAT. SO IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA THEY EXPANDED THEIR TROLLEY PLANT AND MADE IT INTO A LOCOMOTIVE PLANT. AND THEY'RE NOW BUILT, ALL OF THOSE, 100% AMERICAN MADE. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, IN THIS CASE THE AMTRAK SYSTEM, IT CAN BE MADE IN AMERICA. MANUFACTURING MATTERS. TO GET DOWN TO THE DETAILS HERE OF WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS ALL ABOUT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE IS CRITICAL. CRITICAL. TO THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. UNFORTUNATELY WE'RE RUNNING A TRADE DEFICIT BUT ALL OF THAT TRADE, WELL ABOUT 90% OF IT ACTUALLY, COMES THROUGH THE PORTS OF AMERICA. SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, YOU'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT THE PORTS. NOW THE HARBOR MAINTENANCE IS PARTICULAR PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR A LONG TIME. IT'S A TAX ON EVERY CARGO CONTAINER THAT ARRIVES IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE PORTS AND IT'S BASICALLY USED FOR DREDGING. NOW, MY COLLEAGUE WHO WILL BE JOINING ME IN A FEW MOMENTS, ON THE INFRASTRUCTURE -- TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, WE MADE A CHANGE HERE AND SAID THAT MONEY CAN'T JUST GO IN FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE TREASURY AND THE DEFICIT. BUT RATHER, IT MUST BE USED ON HARBOR MAINTENANCE AND WE EXPANDED THE DEFINITION OF HARBOR MAINTENANCE TO INCLUDE ON THE WHARF AND RELATED ISSUES. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, MUCH OF THAT INFRASTRUCTURE WILL START AT THE PORTS. THE GREAT PORTS ON THE WEST COAST IN SEATTLE, PUGET SOUND, SAN FRANCISCO BAY. DON'T LET ME FORGET OREGON, THEY'VE GOT SOME GREAT PORTS IN OREGON AND THE BUSIEST PORT IN AMERICA, WELL, PROBABLY, AMONG THE BUSIEST, L.A.-LONG BEACH PORT IN CALIFORNIA. INFRASTRUCTURE. ARE THE AMERICAN PORTS READY FOR TOMORROW'S INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE? THE ANSWER IS, NOT REALLYMENT YOU SEE, THE PANAMA CANAL HAS BEEN EXPAND AND NOW WE HAVE SHIPS CALLS PANAMAX SHIPS AND SUPER PANAMAX SHIPS, ALL OF WHICH REQUIRE OUR PORTS TO BE UPGRADED. THE CHANNELS DEEPENED, THE WHARFS EXPANDED, THE NUMB OF CONTAINERS THAT CAN BE HANDLED AT ANY ONE TIME INCREASED. SO YOU'VE GOT CHANNEL DEEPENING, WHARFS THAT NEED TO BE MADE, DOCKS AND THE REST, AND ALL THE CRANES AND MOVEMENT NECESSARY TO HANDLE THESE SHIPS THAT HAVE THOUSAND UPON THOUSANDS OF CONTAINERS, ALL OF WHICH HAVE TO BE UNLOADED QUICKLY. SO THE ENFRA STRUCTURE ISSUE I WANT TO BEGIN WITH AT THE PORTS. BUT THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN THAT. IT'S SHE SHIPS. THAT ARRIVE AT THE PORTS. YOU SEE THIS EUNITED STATES USED TO HAVE A GREAT MARITIME INDUSTRY. AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II, THERE WERE MORE THAN 1,500 AMERICAN FLAGGED AND BUILT SHIPS. OVER THE YEARS WE'VE SEEN A CONTINUING DECLINE IN THAT. 500 ABOUT 10 YEARS -- ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO AND TODAY LESS THAN 80 SHIPS ARE AMERICAN FLAGGED. WE DO HAVE THE JONES ACT WHICH IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, THAT'S FOR THE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. THOSE ARE AMERICAN FLAGGED AND AMERICAN BUILT SHIPS. BUT THOSE ARE ALL DOMESTIC. THE INTERCONTINENTAL SHIPS, WHAT THEY CALL THE BLUE OCEAN SHIPS, NOT MADE IN AMERICA ANYMORE. BUT THEY COULD BE. AND THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO TAKE THIS DISCUSSION. I WANT TO TAKE THIS DISCUSSION BACK TO ANOTHER PART OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE. REMEMBER, I WAS TALKING TO YOU ABOUT THE TRAINS? THE LOCOMOTIVES. MADE IN AMERICA. REALLY REBUILDING THE AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA WITH A GERMAN COMPANY, SIEMENS BUILDING THOSE TRAINS OR LOCOMOTIVES. NOW, GUESS WHAT. AMERICA IS NOT ENERGY INDEPENDENT YET BUT WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO THAT. WE WOULD EXPECT TO BE THE THIRD LARGEST EXPORTER OF NATURAL GAS IN THE FORM OF LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS BY 2020. AND ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST EXPORTERS OF CRUDE OIL BY 2025. AS OF TODAY, NONE, NADA, NONE OF THAT LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS OR OIL WILL BE ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS. DON'T YOU THINK IT OUGHT TO BE THE AMERICAN POLICY THAT SOME OF IT SHOULD BE ON AMERICAN-BUILT SHIPS, WITH AMERICAN FLAGS AND AMERICAN MARINERS? IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE NATIONAL SECURITY, YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT BLUE WATER SHIPPING, SHIPBUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES. SO THERE ARE TWO BILLS THAT I'M INTRODUCING THAT GO DIRECTLY TO THIS. SO THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION IS THIS. WILL THE L.N.G. SHIPS BE MADE IN CHINA, KOREA? OR JAPAN? OR WILL THEY BE MADE IN AMERICA? AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY DEPENDS UPON THE U.S. NAVY AND THE ABILITY TO BUILD SHIPS IN THE UNITED STATES. RIGHT NOW, THE GREAT OCEAN GOING SHIPS ON THE COMMERCIAL SIDE ARE NOT BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES. AND OUR SHIP YARDS ARE LOSING THE TRAINED MEN AND WOMEN FROM NAVAL ARCHITECTS TO WELD TERSE STEAM FITTERS AND ON AND ON THAT CAN BUILD THESE SHIPS. SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO RE-ENER NICE THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY AND THE -- REENERGIZE THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY AND THE WORK THAT GOES WITH IT BY PASSING LEGISLATION WE CALL ENERGIZING AMERICAN MARINERS AND ENERGIZING THE AMERICAN SHIPBUILDING INDUSTRY. ALL PART OF AN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES THE PORTS, THE DOCKS, THE TRAINS AND TRUCKS THAT ARRIVE THERE, MULTIMEDIA, AND ON THE WATER ITSELF. AMERICAN BUILT SHIPS WITH AMERICAN SAILORS PROVIDING AT LEAST SOME OF THE EXPORT POTENTIAL THAT IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING ACHIEVED. LICK FIED NATURAL GAS WE WOULD EXPECT TO HAVE MORE THAN 100 SHIPS MOVING THAT L.N.G. FROM AMERICAN PORTS TO SOMEWHERE AROUND THE WORLD. MOSTLY CHINA. JAPAN. INDIA. AND EUROPE. RIGHT NOW, IT WILL BE ZERO UNLESS WE PASS A BILL, 16 LINES OF LAW, THAT SAY BUILD IT IN AMERICA. MAKE IT IN AMERICA. AMERICAN MARINERS, AMERICAN SHIPS. WE CAN DO THIS AS PART OF A LARGE TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE. SHIPS ON THE OCEAN, PORTS IN AMERICA THAT ARE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THE CHARGEST -- THE LARGEST SHIPS IN THE WORLD, DOCKS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF UNLOADING THESE SHIP HS IN AN EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE MANNER, RAIL YARDS THAT MOVE THE GOODS OUT OF THE PARTS -- PORTS AND INTO THE PORTS FOR EXPORT, AND THE TRUCKS THAT MOVE ACROSS THE HIGHWAYS. ALL OTHIS, PART OF AN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE. ONE PIECE, JUST ONE PIECE OF A MUCH LARGER ISSUE. NOW, JOINING ME JOINING ME TONIGHT IN OUR DISCUSSION IS AN EXTRAORDINARY REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CONNECTICUT, WHO HAS NOW TAKEN A LEADERSHIP POSITION ON THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE AS VICE RANKING MEMBER, ELIZABETH ESTY. WITH THE MEASURITION -- PERMISSION OF THE SPEAKER, SHE'LL TAKE CHARGE OF THE OF THE REMAINDER OF THIS HOUR. MR. SPEAKER, -- OF THE REMAINDER OF THIS HOUR. MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THAT MS. ESTY TAKE THE REMAINING PART OF THE TIME AVAILABLE HERE AS SHE CARRIES ON THE DISCUSSION ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE IN AMERICA.

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  • 07:46:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER.

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  • 07:46:16 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

  • 07:46:18 PM

    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MR. GARAMENDI, FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR SHARED COMMITMENT TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND TO ENSURE THAT ONCE AGAIN MESH BE THE ENVY OF THE WORLD -- AMERICA BE THE ENVY OF THE WORLD FOR FANTASTIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN BY RECOGNIZING MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. PAYNE, WHO I BELIEVE I YIELD HIM SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME TO IT BE -- CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION ON THIS, THE SECOND DAY OF NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK, TO TALK ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS NEED THAT WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY TO DO A BETTER JOB TO ENSURE OUR CITIZENS GET TO WORK ON TIME AND SAFELY AND GET HOME IN THE SAME WAY. MR. PAYNE.

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  • 07:47:01 PM

    MR. PAYNE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FIRST, LET ME THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT, MS. ESTY, FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME TO ENGAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN A SUBJECT THAT IS CRUCIAL TO THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION AND FOR THE CITIZENS THAT USE TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY. I THINK MR. GARAMENDI STARTED OUT, REALLY GAVE US A BANG IN TERMS OF LOOKING AT THE RAIL SITUATION. AND THAT IS AN AREA THAT I AM ALSO GOING TO SPEAK ON. LET ME SAY THAT, WITH EVERY DAY THAT PASSES, THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT GROWS MORE AND MORE URGENT. ROBUST AND RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND SECURITY. BUT FOR TOO LONG THE UNITED STATES HAS UNDERINVESTED IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND THIS ONCE VIBRANT FOUNDATION HAS CRUMBLED. I YESTERDAY, IN MY DISTRICT, TOOK A VISIT WITH AMTRAK, TO THE 107-YEAR-OLD PORTAL BRIDGE, THAT CAR IS -- CARRIES ABOUT 450 TRAINS AND THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS OVER A RIVER IN NEW JERSEY EVERY WEEK DAY. IT IS MAJOR BOTTLE NECK ALONG THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. THE NATION'S BUSIEST RAIL LINE. THIS RAIL LINE GOES THROUGH NEW JERSEY. ACTUALLY, STARTS HERE IN WASHINGTON AND WILL TRAVEL TO BOSTON. SO IT TRAVELS THROUGH CONNECTICUT AS WELL. BUT WE HAVE A MAJOR BOTTLE NECK IN NEW JERSEY. THIS OLD INFRASTRUCTURE, THIS 107-YEAR-OLD BRIDGE IS REALLY OUTDATED, OUTDATED MACHINERY. BECAUSE YOU SEE, THIS BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER HAS TO SPEND -- SPIN ON ATURE ITS. -- ON A TURRET. WHEN THERE IS BARGES, I'M SORRY. BARGES COMING THROUGH. AND NORMALLY IT GETS STUCK. THE REPLACEMENT OF THE BRIDGE IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE $23.7TH 9/11 BILLION GATE -- $23.9 BILLION GATEWAY PROGRAM. A PROGRAM TO DOUBLE RAIL CAPACITY BETWEEN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY. ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY RELEASED BY AMTRAK, THE PROGRAM COULD GENERATE $3.87 WORTH OF ECONOMIC BENEFIT FOR EVERY $1 INVESTED. NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK HAVE AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE $750 MILLION TOWARDS THE ESTIMATED $ 1.5 BILLION COST FOR THE PORTAL BRIDGE PROJECT. BUT THE PROGRAM WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT FEDERAL INVESTMENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPOSAL TO ZERO OUT THE NEW STARTS PROGRAMS THREATENS TO DERAIL THE OVERALL GATEWAY PROGRAM AND THE PORTAL BRIDGE PROJECT ALONG WITH IT. AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE IS FAILING. NOW'S THE TIME TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WE NEED TO GROW OUR ECONOMY AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE AND BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE. EVERY DOLLAR OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT MEANS ANOTHER $3 OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS COULD BE MET. AND THEN SOME FOR A FRACTION OF THE COST OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN. WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO INCREASE THE DEFICIT BY $3 TRILLION TO $7 TRILLION. OVER THE NEXT DECADE. WHILE CONTRIBUTING IMMENSELY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH. MR. SPEAKER, WE SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING ACROSS THIS NATION. WE SEE WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH BRIDGES CRUMBLING. PORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND TUNNELS. AND IT IS TIME FOR THIS NATION TO INVEST ONCE AGAIN IN ITS INFRASTRUCTURE. IF IT WANTS TO REMAIN THE BEACON IN THE WORLD FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY ONCE AGAIN FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT A CRITICAL, CRITICAL TOPIC. IF NO ONE HEARSES THIS CALL, WE ARE DOOMED -- HEARS THIS CALL, WE ARE DOOMED IN TERMS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:52:21 PM

    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. I WILL RESUME FROM THE WELL IN A MOMENT, THANK YOU.…

    THANK YOU, MR. PAYNE. I WILL RESUME FROM THE WELL IN A MOMENT, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. I DO THIS PROUDLY AS THE DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER OF CIVIL ENGINEERS. MEN WHO BUILT BRIDGES AND ROADS AND AIRPORTS AND DAMS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. AND ALL ACROSS THE WORLD. HOWEVER, SADLY TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT AMERICA IS NOT GETTING A GOOD GRADE IN INFRASTRUCTURE. IN FACT, JUST THIS LAST MONTH, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS GAVE AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE A GRADE OF D-PLUS. NOW, BEFORE WE DESPAIR, WE CAN BE HAPPY IT'S NOT AS BAD AS FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN IT WAS D. BUT THERE'S NO PARENT IN AMERICA WHO WILL CHEER WHEN THEIR CHILD COMES HOME AND SAYS, I MADE IT ALL THE WAY FROM D TO D-PLUS. AMERICA CAN AND MUST DO BETTER. AND THIS CONGRESS NEEDS TO FULFILL ITS DUTY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND UNDER THE BASIC TENANTS WHAT HAVE A GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO DO BY MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THERE'S NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW AND THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE THAN HERE, IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, FOR US TO TAKE UP THIS CALL. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, INFRASTRUCTURE IS ABOUT JOBS. IT'S ABOUT PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK RIGHT NOW, REPLACING THOSE BRIDGES, AND ROADS, AND DAMS, AND AIRPORTS, AND RAILS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT'S ABOUT GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK SAFELY AND ON TIME TOMORROW AND GETTING HOME IN TIME TO SEE THE SOCCER GAME. SO WE'RE GOING TO GO THROUGH A LITTLE BIT, SOME OF WHAT THESE GRADES WERE. THE COMPOSITE GRADE OF D-PLUS IS MADE UP OF ROADS, D. AND BRIDGES, C-PLUS. MANY AMERICANS WILL REMEMBER AN AUGUST NIGHT 10 YEARS AGO, IN 2007, IN THE TWIN CITIES. PEOPLE WERE DRIVING ACROSS A HEAVILY TRAVELED BRIDGE ON I-35. THE BRIDGE COLLAPSED. SENDING PEOPLE CRASHING DOWN INTO THE RIVER. 20 AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES. 20 AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES. WHEN THAT BRIDGE COLLAPSED. IN MY OWN STATE OF CONNECTICUT, PEOPLE REMEMBER WHEN THE RIVER BRIDGE COLLAPSED ON I-95. THE MAJOR BACKBONE OF THE ENTIRE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. FORTUNATELY, FORTUNATELY THE BRIDGE COLLAPSED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND ONLY THREE PEOPLE DIED. HAD IT BEEN DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, THAT NUMBER WOULD HAVE BEEN FAR HIGHER. BUT MR. SPEAKER, AMERICA SHOULD NOT WAIT, NOR SHOULD THIS CONGRESS WAIT UNTIL BRIDGES COLLAPSE OR TRAINS DERAIL, UNTIL WE FIX OUR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. IT IS THE BACKBONE OF WHAT GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO DO. OUR ROADS ARE CONGESTED. IN 2014 ENGINEERS ESTIMATE THAT CONGESTION COST AMERICAN COMMUTERS $160 BILLION IN A SINGLE YEAR. FOR THE AVERAGE COMMUTER IN AN URBAN AREA, THAT WAS 42 HOURS OF THEIR LIVES. 42 HOURS. A FULL WORKWEEK. THE NOT JUST DOLLARS AND AGGRAVATION. IT'S POLLUTED AIR, IT'S BROKEN AXELS. BUT IT IS ALSO TIME. WHICH FOR MANY AMERICANS IS THE MOST VALUABLE THING WE HAVE. WE WANT TO SEE OUR FAMILIES. WE WORK HARD IN THIS COUNTRY. AND WE IN CONGRESS SHOULD BE WORKING HARDER TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR HARDWORKING PEOPLE WE REPRESENT CAN GET HOME ON TIME TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE WITH BRIDGES AND ROADS. I HAD A CONSTITUENT COME UP TO ME IN THE NEARBY CITY OF WATERBURY LAST WEEK. WE WERE LOOKING AT AN AGING INFRASTRUCTURE INTERSECTION AND SHE SAID, YOU KNOW WHAT, I CAME OVER HERE JUST TO TELL YOU THAT I HIT SUCH A BIG POT HOLE LAST WEEK, I'VE GOT A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLAR REPAIR BILL FOR MY CAR AND DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. YOU HAVE TO TELL THOSE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, WE NEED TO FIX THINGS SO I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A POT HOLE RUINING MY CAR AND MAKING ME UNABLE TO PAY MY BILLS. TOO MANY OF OUR ROADS ARE -- TOO MANY OF OUR BRIDGES ARE STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. ALMOST FOUR IN 10 OF OUR BRIDGES. 39% ARE 50 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. THAT'S THE STRUCTURAL LIFE SPAN OF A BRIDGE. 50 YEARS. I DRIVE ACROSS SOME OF THOSE EVERY SINGLE DAY. NEARLY 10% OF THE NATION'S BRIDGES ARE GRADED STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. JUST TO SAY THEY'RE REALLY NOT SAFE. IT'S NOT JUST BRIDGES AND ROADS THAT ARE IN DIRE NEEDS OF REPAIR. WE ALSO HAVE OUR RAIL SYSTEM. WE SAW FROM MY COLLEAGUE MR. PAYNE, COLLEAGUE, MR. PAYNE, THAT -- FROM MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PAYNE, THAT OUR RAIL SYSTEM IS IN TROUBLE. PASSENGER RAIL, WE DON'T EVEN HAVE A FULL ESTIMATE OF WHAT THAT WOULD TAKE TO BRING IT UP TO SPEED. WE HAVE PASSENGER RAIL THAT RUNS THROUGH CONNECTICUT. 100,000 PEOPLE COMMUTE EVERY SINGLE DAY. THE COMMUTE RIGHT NOW, FROM NEW HAVEN TO CONNECTICUT, TO NEW YORK CITY, IS AS LONG AS IT WAS 14U7B YEARS AGO -- 100 YEARS AGO. SURELY, SURELY AMERICA CAN DO BETTER. AND THE NOT JUST PASSENGER RAIL AND FREIGHT RAIL. I CAN SAY, WE SHOULD SAY A GOOD WORD ABOUT FREIGHT RAIL HERE HERE. FREIGHT RAIL IS THE REASON WE'RE UP TO A D-PLUS FROM A D. FREIGHT HAS MOVED UP TO B. SO WE CAN BE GLAD ABOUT FREIGHT GRADE THIS PAST YEAR. WE ALSO HAVE AIRPORTS. NOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH AIRPORTS RECENTLY. IF YOU HAVE, YOU MIGHT EVEN BE SURPRISED THAT WE'RE UP TO A D AND NOT LOWER THAN THAT. AMERICAN AIRPORTS ARE CONGESTED, MANY OF THEM ARE AGING. AND ARE IN NEED OF SIGNIFICANT WORK. CONGESTION AT AIRPORTS IS GROWING. 24 OF THE TOP 30 AIRPORTS IN THE U.S. ARE EXPERIENCING THE, QUOTE, THANKSGIVING PEAK TRAFFIC VOLUME ONCE A WEEK. THAT USED TO BE A TERM THAT WAS USED ONCE A YEAR. AND ACROSS AMERICAN AIRPORTS, THEY'RE SEEING TWO MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR. I CAN TELL YOU, A RECENT TIME I LANDED IN LAGUARDIA AIRPORT IN NEW YORK. USED TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE NATION'S SHINING EXAMPLES. PEOPLE CAME AND ARRIVED IN LAGUARDIA AND WERE AMAZED AND IMPRESSED WITH THIS GREAT COUNTRY. ONE OF THE LAST TIMES I WAS IN LAGUARDIA AIRPORT, I WAS GREETED BY A PLASTIC BLUE TARP DUCKTAPED TO THE CEILING, INSIDE THE TERMINAL, FUNNELED DOWN INTO A 30-GALLON TRASH CAN TO COLLECT THE WATER THAT WAS THE LEAKING THROUGH -- THAT WAS LEAKING THROUGH THE TERMINAL -- WATER CAN THAT WAS LEAKING THROUGH THE TERMINAL. THAT'S NOT THE WAY A GREAT COUNTRY GREETS ITS OWN CITIZENS OR ANY OTHER TO ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT CITIES. IN ADDITION TO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO ON OUR AIRPORTS, IN ADDITION STOT WORK, WE HAVE OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THE CLEAN WATER SYSTEM AND IT'S ALSO OUR WASTEWATER SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT SURVEY, THE E.P.A. REPORTS THAT THE TOTAL WASTE WATER AND STORMWATER CAPITAL NEEDS IN THE NEXT 25 NEEDS ARE $271 BILLION, THAT IS BILLION WITH A B. AND YET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTING LESS AND LESS TO THAT GROWING NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS AND WATERWAYS ARE CLEAN. AND ALL OF AMERICA SAW LAST YEAR WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ONE SINGLE COMMUNITY, FLINT, MICHIGAN, FAILED TO ADD A SING THE CORROSION PREVENTION AGENT TO ITS CLEAN WATER AND ENDED UP LITERALLY POISONING ITS CHILDREN WITH LEAD. IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO DO BETTER. THERE ARE COSTS WHEN WE DON'T INVEST IN THIS COUNTRY. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK OF IT MORE OR LESS LIKE THE ROOF ON AMERICA'S HOUSE. NOW, MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW, IT IS PRETTY EXCITING WHEN YOU PUT AN ADDITION ON YOUR HOUSE, BUT IT IS NOT EXCITING TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF. BUT IF YOU DON'T REPLACE YOUR ROOF AND KEEPS LEAKING, ULTIMATELY, YOU LOSE YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE AND THE CEILING COLLAPSES. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. WE HAVE STOPPED FIXING AMERICA'S ROOF, STOPPED IT AT BRIDGES AND ROADS AND AIRPORTS AND RAIL. AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO GET GOING. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I'M ENCOURAGED BY REPORTS COMING FROM THE NEW ADMINISTRATION ABOUT MAKING A SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO INVEST IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE NEED TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE. ONE IS TO REMEMBER THAT IT USED TO BE CALLED BY ANOTHER NAME. IT USED TO BE CALLED PUBLIC WORKS. THERE'S A REASON IT WAS PUBLIC WORKS AND NOT PRIVATE WORKS. SO I THINK IT IS CERTAINLY APPROPRIATE THAT WE LOOK TO DO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO LEVERAGE THE POWER OF PRIVATE INVESTORS TO FIX SOME OF OUR AGING INFRASTRUCTURE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO BUILD SOME NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT WE SHOULD MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS COUNTRY BECAME GREAT AND IT WAS TRANSFORMED BY THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM LITERALLY LINK LINKING AMERICA FROM END TO END. BUT WE CANNOT ACCEPT NOR SHOULD WE THINK THAT THE BASIC PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE OUTSOURCED TO THE PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY. IF THAT WERE THE CASE, THEY WOULD HAVE ALREADY DONE IT. THESE ARE BASIC PUBLIC WORKS THAT WE NEED REAL DOLLAR INVESTMENTS. AND THERE ARE MANY OF US IN CONGRESS WHO ARE READY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT. WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, THERE IS ANOTHER PIECE THAT WE REALLY NEED BECAUSE PART OF INFRASTRUCTURE IS GETTING PEOPLE TO WORK, BACK, GETTING THINGS THEY BUY AND WANT THEY WANT TO EAT AND PUT ON THE TABLE. BUT THE 21ST CENTURY IS GOING TO BE BUILT ON INFORMATION. AND INFORMATION IS WHAT IS MOVING MOST IN THIS SOCIETY AND CREATING MUCH OF THE VALUE. SO IF WE NEED INFORMATION, THAT MEANS WE NEED ENERGY AND WE NEED INTERNET EVERYWHERE. SO IN ADDITION TO INFRA STRUCTURE, WE NEED TO HAVE RELIABLE, SECURE ENERGY SYSTEMS ACROSS AMERICA AND WE NEED TO HAVE INTERNET AVAILABLE FOR EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXCITING NEW ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, THE ROOF OF AMERICA'S HOUSE IS LEAKING. THE TIME IS NOW FOR THIS BODY, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO COME TOGETHER TO WORK ON REAL TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS. WE HAVE DOZENS OF THEM AVAILABLE IN THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE AND OTHER COMMITTEES, BUT THE TIME HAS PASSED. THE TIME HAS PASSED FOR US TO WAIT TO PASS THE BUCK TOM DELAY FIXINGAL ROOF BECAUSE LEAKS ARE GETTING WORSE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. AND WHEN IT'S YOUR FAMILY THAT'S ON THE BRIDGE THAT IS STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT, YOU WOULD WANT, IF YOUR FAMILY CROSSES THAT BRIDGE EVERY DAY, YOU WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE IT GETS FIXED AND NOT WAIT UNTIL IT FALLS DOWN. THIS IS THE SORT OF BASIC FUNCTION GOVERNMENT USED TO DO WITHOUT THE QUESTION. IT IS WHAT USED TO HAPPEN IN THIS CHAMBER BECAUSE PEOPLE DIDN'T CARE IF THERE WAS AA D OR R AFTER THEIR NAME AND BRIDGES DON'T HAVE A D OR R. IT IS TIME TO SET ASIDE WHATEVER PARTISAN BICKERING IN OTHER VENUES, ON THIS, BRIDGES AND ROADS, RAIL SYSTEMS AND DAMS, WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND INFOSTRUCTURE, JOIN ME AND ALL OF US AND MAKE THIS NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK THE START OF THE 115TH CONGRESS' COMMITMENT TO DO RIGHT BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO MAKE THESE INVESTMENTS AND DO THE COMPROMISE AND NEGOTIATION THAT THIS BODY IS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT HAVE A MOTION?

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    , I DO, MR. SPEAKER. IN LIGHT OF THE HOUR AND THE LACK OF ANY OTHER…

    , I DO, MR. SPEAKER. IN LIGHT OF THE HOUR AND THE LACK OF ANY OTHER MEMBERS IN THE CHAMBER, MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT WE ADJOURN.

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

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115th Congress - House
Total Hours: 1482 (After 679 days)
  • Debate689 Hours
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