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House Session - May 17, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:00:23 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 17, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MAY 17, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BRIAN K. FITZPATRICK TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:42 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR NOW WILL RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM LISTS SUBMITTED BY THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE. THE CHAIR WILL ALTERNATE RECOGNITION BETWEEN THE PARTIES. ALL TIME SHALL BE EQUALLY ALLOCATED BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND IN NO EVENT SHALL DEBATE CONTINUE BEYOND 11:50 A.M. EACH MEMBER OTHER THAN THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND MINORITY WHIP SHALL BE LIMITED TO FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:01:13 AM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT I HAD THE HONOR OF PRESENTING THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST NIGHT I HAD THE HONOR OF PRESENTING THE INTERNATIONAL REPUBLICAN INSTITUTE'S 2017 FREEDOM AWARD TO GREAT FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN MY NATIVE HOMELAND OF CUBA, THE LADIES IN WHITE. ALTHOUGH MY DEAR FRIEND, THE LEADER OF THE LADIES IN WHITE, WAS NOT ABLE TO BE THERE. WHY? BECAUSE THE CUBAN REGIEGE RE-- REGIME REFUSED TO ALLOW HER TO LEAVE THE ISLAND. WHILE WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE ONE OF THE ORGANIZATION'S FOUNDING MEMBERS, BLANCA, WITH US ACCEPTING THE AWARD ON THE GROUP'S BEHALF. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING BOTH BLANCA AND BERTHA FOR SO MANY YEARS AND IT'S BEEN AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE BRAVE AND INSPIRING LADIES IN WHITE, WHETHER I DO IT HERE FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR, OR BY HOSTING THEM HERE IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL, OR ANY MY DISTRICT IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. EACH SUNDAY IN CUBEA, THE LADIES IN WHITE FIGHT FOR THEIR RELATIVES AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN CUBA, DEMONSTRATING PEACEFULLY AS THEY WALKED TO CHURCH. AND YET EACH SUNDAY, MR. SPEAKER, THEY ARE HARASSED, THEY ARE BEATEN, THEY ARE ARRESTED BY THE REGIME'S THUGS. AS A CUBAN REFUGEE MYSELF, FLEEING THE ISLAND WITH MY PARENTS WHEN I WAS ONLY 8, I HAVE SEEN HOW THE REGIME HAS MORE OFED-MORPHED AND EVOLVED ITS OPPRESSION OVER THE YEARS. IT'S TREATMENT OF THE LADIES IN WHITE IS EMBLEMATIC HOW IT DREETS ALL DISSIDENTS. WITH INTIMIDATION, HARASSMENT, ARBITRARY ARREST WAS SHORT-TERM DETNGSES. DENYING THEM THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL. BY TRYING TO BULLY DISSIDENTS INTO SILENCE. ITS ATTEMPTS TO DISGUISE ITS TACTICS OF REPRESSION, TRYING TO FLY UBT THE-TURNED THE RADAR SO THAT OUTSIDE EYES ARE FOOLED OR PLACATED OR FEEL THEY CAN SIMPLY LOOK THE OTHER WAY, BUT WE WON'T, MR. SPEAKER. WE WON'T LOOK THE OTHER WAY. DESPITE ALL OF THE PROP GANTA, DE -- PROPAGANDA, DESPITE ALL THE MIDST GUIDED POLICY OVER THE PAST YEARS, THE REALITY IS THAT THE REGIME'S REPRESSION IS ONLY GETTING WORSE, AND DISSIDENTS LIKE THE LADIES IN WHITE ARE BEARING THE BRUNT OF THE REGIME'S INTIMIDATION AND VIOLENCE. THE REGIME IS TERRIFIED OF ANYONE WHO SPEAKS FOR THEIR GOD-GIVEN, HUMAN RIGHTS IN CUBA. IT WANTS TO PROJECT AN IMAGE TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD THAT THE SITUATION IN CUBA IS IMPROVING. BUT WE MUST NOT BE FOOLED, MR. SPEAKER. THE REGIME THEIR WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO REMAIN IN POWER. THAT IS ITS SOLE DESIRE TO REMAIN IN POWER. WE MUST BE CLEAR EYED, WE MUST BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN CUBA. WE MUST NOT BE PLACATED BY THE REGIME'S LIES OR BY THOSE WHO REPEAT THEM. WE MUST FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH AND SHOW THE CUBAN PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE. THAT TOGETHER WE ALL STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEM IN THE PURSUIT OF FREEDOM, IN THE PURSUIT OF DEMOCRACY AND THE ABILITY TO PRACTICE THEIR RELIGION. TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF ARBITRARY ARRESTS. TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR OF TORTURE. AND FINALLY, ONE DAY, TO BE ABLE TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS. AND WE CAN START BY SUPPORTING THE FACES OF CUBA'S FUTURE, THE DISSIDENTS. THE HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS, THE DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM LIKE THE BRAVE WOMEN OF THE LADIES IN WHITE. THEY REPRESENT THE TRUE CUBA. THEY ARE CUBA'S FUTURE. AND IT WAS MY HONOR TO PRESENT THEM WITH THE I.R.I.'S 2017 FREEDOM AWARD LAST NIGHT. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADIES IN WHITE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:05:30 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

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

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  • 10:05:35 AM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A HEAVY HEART. I RISE TODAY WITH A SPENCE OF RESPONSIBILITY -- SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND DUTY TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ELECTED ME. A SENSE OF DUTY TO THIS COUNTRY. A SENSE OF DUTY TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I RISE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO CALL FOR THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. I DO NOT DO THIS TORE POLITICAL PURPOSES, MR. SPEAKER. I DO THIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE GREAT IDEALS THAT THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR. LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THE NOTION THAT WE SHOULD HAVE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE. I DO IT BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A BELIEF IN THIS COUNTRY THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW, AND THAT INCLUDES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT RISK. MR. SPEAKER, THIS OFFENSE HAS OCCURRED BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. IT IS EASILY -- EASY TO UNDERSTAND. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A PRESIDENT WHO FIRED THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR WHO WAS INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRESIDENT'S ELECTION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE PRESIDENT FIRING THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR BECAUSE HE WAS INVESTIGATING SOMEONE ELSE, IT'S BECAUSE THE F.B.I. WAS -- DIRECTOR WAS INVESTIGATING THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF. AFTER FIRING THE DIRECTOR, HE WENT ON TO LET US KNOW THAT HE CONSIDERED THE INVESTIGATION WHEN HE FIRED HIM. AND THEN HE TWEETED LANGUAGE THAT WOULD BE INTIMIDATION OR A WARNING, AN ADMONITION VERY STRONG TO-TO-SAY THE VERY LEAST. MR. SPEAKER -- VERY STRONG TO SAY THE VERY LEAST. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO GO UNCHECKED. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW. IT IS TIME FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO WEIGH IN. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE A PART OF THIS DEMOCRACY. THIS IS A PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRATCY. THE HE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T PARTICIPATE ON ELECTION DAY ONLY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PARTICIPATE DAILY, AND THIS IS YOUR DAY TO ACT. THIS IS YOUR DAY. I'M SPEAKING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO ACT. IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO LET US KNOW WHERE YOU STAND. I HAVE SEEN A POLL THAT INDICATES THAT A MAJORITY NOW OF THOSE WHO ARE BEING POLLED ARE FOR IMPEACHMENT. AND I SEE ANOTHER POLL THAT SAYS A PLURALITY OF THOSE. WHETHER IT'S A MAJORITY OR PLURALITY, LET'S LET THE AMERICA PEOPLE WEIGH IN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT, STAND UP SO THAT WE WILL GET A SENSE OF WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. AND I DO NOT. I THINK THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST CALLING THAT A MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS TO ADDRESS. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS WHERE YOUR PATRIOTISM IS SHOWN, WHERE YOU DEMONSTRATE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHERE YOU REALLY STAND. SO I TAKE THIS STAND. IT'S A POSITION OF CONSCIOUS FOR ME. AND I HAVE NOT TALKED TO ANOTHER PERSON IN CONGRESS ABOUT THIS. EACH MEMBER OF CONGRESS HAS TO MAKE HIS OR HER OWN DECISION. THIS IS NOT ABOUT MY ENCOURAGING OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THINGS OTHER THAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS ABOUT MY POSITION. THIS IS ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE. AND THIS IS WHERE I STAND. I WILL NOT BE MOVED. THE PRESIDENT MUST BE IMPEACHED. FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW, IMPEACHMENT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL BE FOUND GUILTY. IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BRING CHARGES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. IT'S SIMILAR TO AN INDICTMENT BUT NOT QUITE THE SAME THING. ONCE THE PRESIDENT IS IMPEACHED, THEN THE SENATE CAN HAVE A TRIAL TO DETERMINE THE GUILT OR INCENSE OF THE PRESIDENT. WHETHER HE IS GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY, TO BE MORE SPECIFIC. BUT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS A DUTY THAT IT CAN TAKE UP AND THAT IS OF IMPEACHMENT. I STAND FOR IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT. HOW CAN YOU WEIGH IN? YOU CAN CONTACT MY GOOD FRIENDS OVER AT FREESPEECHFOR PEOPLE AND AT THIS ORGANIZATION THEY HAVE A PETITION, THE PETITION WOULD ALLOW YOU TO WEIGH IN AND BECOME A PART OF THE NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY SAID THE PRESIDENT OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED. YOU CAN WEIGH IN AT IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP NOW DOT-COM. AND BELIEVE ME, IF A PLURALITY OF THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING IT NOW, AND THAT'S THE POLL THAT I REALLY PUT MY EMPHASIS ON, THE ONE THAT SAYS PLURALITY BELIEVES THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED, MORE THAN 40%, I THINK THAT CAN GROW. I ASSURE YOU ONCE YOU WEIGH IN, AMERICAN PEOPLE, THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE IN THE ATTITUDES ABOUT THIS. I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. BECAUSE BUT FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY YOU MIGHT NOT HEAR MY VOICE. I AM A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS, BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT HISTORY WILL VINDICATE ME. I ASSURE YOU THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL PREVAIL. I ASSURE YOU THAT NO LIE CAN LIVE FOREVER AND TRUTH CRUSHED TOERT WILL RISE AGAIN. YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:11:22 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACCUSATIONS TOWARDS THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ACCUSATIONS TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. SUCH AS HE COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE AMENDMENT.

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  • 10:11:34 AM

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE THIS MORNING IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK.

  • 10:11:38 AM

    MR. MCHENRY

    AND IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMBER MORE YEA DAY WHICH WAS THIS…

    AND IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMBER MORE YEA DAY WHICH WAS THIS PAST MONDAY. NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WAS ESTABLISHED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY IN 1962 AS A DAY FOR AMERICANS TO REMEMBER POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THIS YEAR'S PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY WAS ESPECIALLY SOMBER IN MY DISTRICT IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AS IT WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE SHELBY POLICE OFFICERS TIM WAS KILLED. THE OFFICER WAS A DEDICATED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHO BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH THE CLEVELAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND LATER JOINED THE SHELBY POLICE DEPARTMENT. WHERE IN 2012 HE WAS HONORED AS THE OFFICER OF THE YEAR. LAST SEPTEMBER THE OFFICER WAS WORKING WITH HIS CANINE PART NEXT PSYCHO, WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. LEAVING BEHIND HIS YOUNG WIFE AND HIS 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER OFFICER AND ALL THE OFFICERS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY WHO SERVED US SO DILIGENTLY EVERY DAY. WHO LOST THEIR LIVES SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US AS AMERICANS TO THANK THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY SO THAT WE MAY LIVE PEACEFUL LIVES FOR OUR OWN BENEFIT AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH AND EVERY DAY TO KEEP US SAFE. WHEN SHOTS ARE FIRED, THEY RUN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUN WHILE OTHERS ARE RUNNING AWAY. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE AND I PRAY EACH DAY FOR THEIR CONTINUED SAFETY. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:13:28 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. JEFFERIES, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:13:37 AM

    MR. JEFFERIES

    THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A SEPARATE AND CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF…

    THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A SEPARATE AND CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. WE DON'T WORK FOR DONALD TRUMP. WE WORK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS GREAT NATION. AND THE EVENTS OF THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAVE BEEN DEEPLY TROUBLING. I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHEN WILL MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, DECIDE IT'S TIME TO DO YOUR JOBS AND HOLD THE WHITE HOUSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS ACTIONS. WHEN WILL YOU DO YOUR JOB? 17 DIFFERENT INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES CONCLUDED THAT RUSSIA INTERFERED WITH OUR ELECTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING TO ELECT DONALD TRUMP. BUT THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. HIGH LEVEL TRUMP ALLIES, SUCH AS CARTER PAGE, HIS FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR, MICHAEL FLYNN, HIS FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, JEFF SESSIONS, HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL, PAUL HIS CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, MICHAEL COHEN, HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY, ROGER STONE, HIS LONG-TIME POLITICAL CONFIDANT. . JERRY CUSHNER, HIS SON-IN-LAW, TOP TRUMP ALLIES WERE HAVING COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY WERE HACKING INTO OUR ELECTION, BUT APPARENTLY THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. MICHAEL FLYNN, THE FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, WAS DEMONSTRATED TO HAVE HAD AN ILLEGAL CONVERSATION WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR IN DECEMBER OF 2016. HE THEN LIED ABOUT IT TO THE VICE PRESIDENT WHO THEN DELIVERED MISLEADING INFORMATION TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT GUESS WHAT, FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TESTIFIED UNDER OATH BEFORE CONGRESS, AND HE SAID HE HAD NO COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS DURING THE CAMPAIGN. IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROVEN THAT HE COMMUNICATED WITH THEM TWICE , AT THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION AND THEN A FEW MONTHS LATER IN HIS OFFICE. HE EITHER LIED UNDER OATH, COMMITTED PERJURY OR DELIVERED MISLEADING INFORMATION TO CONGRESS, WHICH WOULD BE A MISDEMEANOR. EITHER WAY, HE LIKELY COMMITTED A CRIME. SILENCE FROM THE OTHER SIDE. APPARENTLY THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. DONALD TRUMP REFUSES TO RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS. UNLIKE EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT SINCE GERALD FORD, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT HIDING? WE CAN'T FIGURE IT OUT, AND APPARENTLY FOR THE OTHER SIDE, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, SALLY YATES, WAS FIRED BY THE PRESIDENT SHORTLY AFTER SHE WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND REVEALED HER SUSPENSION THAT MICHAEL FLYNN MAY BE A RUSSIAN ASSET. BUT APPARENTLY THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. THE PRESIDENT FIRED THE U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS PUBLICLY REVEALED THAT HIS OFFICE WAS INVESTIGATING ONE OF TRUMP'S CABINET SECRETARIES AND CLOSE ALLIES AT FOX NEWS. BUT FOR MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. THE FORMER F.B.I. DIRECTOR REVEALED THAT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR POSSIBLE COLLUSION WITH THE RUSSIANS, BUT FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, EVEN THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. AND THEN THE PRESIDENT FIRES THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR WHO'S LEADING THE INVESTIGATION INTO HIS CAMPAIGN AFTER IT APPEARS HE URGED THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR TO DROP THE CASE AGAINST HIS BUDDY, MICHAEL FLYNN, BUT EVEN FOR MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. THERE IS A CLOUD OF CORRUPTION HASING OVER 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE -- HANGING OVER 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. IT'S TIME FOR THE SPEAKER TO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND. IT'S TIME FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. SUPPORT OR -- OUR DEMAND FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION. IT'S TIME FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS TO PUT YOUR COUNTRY AHEAD OF YOUR PARTY.

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  • 10:18:44 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA,…

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

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  • 10:18:49 AM

    MR. EMMER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR SOCK RAPID CITIZEN OF THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR SOCK RAPID CITIZEN OF THE YEAR, JODY SPIKER. THE SOCK RAPID'S CHAMBER STARTED THIS AWARD IN 1986 TO RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE COMMUNITY FOR THE BETTER. JODY, A RESIDENT OF SOCK RAPIDS FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS, IS KNOWN FOR HER MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY. WHETHER SHE'S STRIVING FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY BY WORKING WITH THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, FIGHTING TO END DISEASE THROUGH HER WORK WITH THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION, AND THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S, HELPING TO PUT ON ST. CLOUD'S SENIOR EXPO, OR ADVOCATING FOR OUR CHILDREN BY SERVING ON THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION BOARD FOR THE SOCK RAPIDS DISTRICT, JODY IS ALWAYS PUTTING HER COMMUNITY FIRST. IT TAKES A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO DEDICATE THEIR TIME FOR HELPING AND SUPPORTING OTHERS, AND I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THAT KIND OF ACCOMPLISHMENT HERE TODAY. JODY, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY. YOU'RE TRULY DESERVING OF THIS AWARD. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE AN EDUCATOR IN MY DISTRICT WHO WAS RECENTLY NAMED MINNESOTA'S MIDDLE LEVEL ART TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY THE ART EDUCATORS OF MINNESOTA. PAM BEGAN HER TEACHING CAREER 31 YEARS AGO AT LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE WAS A FAVORITE TEACHER OF ONE OF MY STAFFERS. AFTER 13 YEARS, SHE MOVED TO ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE SHE'S BEEN FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS. WHILE PAM RECOGNIZES THAT NOT ALL OF HER STUDENTS WILL BECOME ARTISTS, SHE BELIEVES MANY LIFE LESSONS CAN BE CAUGHT THROUGH ART. PAM HAS BEEN HELPING STUDENTS LEARN HOW TO FIND JOY IN ADDITION TO NURTURING THEIR CREATIVE THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS THROUGH ART. I SPEAK FOR ALL MINNESOTANS WHEN I SAY THANK YOU, PAM. THE BEST TEACHERS ARE THE ONES WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND JUST TEACHING A SUBJECT. THE BEST TEACHERS ARE THE ONES LIKE YOU, WHO TEACH LESSONS AND SKILLS THAT OUR STUDENTS WILL CARRY WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. YOUR AWARD IS WELL DESERVED. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PRAISE THE STRENGTH AND RESOLVE OF FOREST LAKE PATROL OFFICER TROY MEYER FOR NOT ONLY OVERCOMING ADVERSITY OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS BUT FOR HIS AMAZING PERSEVERANCE. TROY HAS ESCAPED DEATH NOT JUST ONCE, TWICE BUT THREE TIMES BY OVERCOMING A SEVERE BRAIN INFECTION, A LUNG INFECTION AND A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT A YEAR LATER. HE ALSO HAD SURGERY TO REPAIR A HOLE IN HIS HEART JUST SIX MONTHS AFTER THAT. DESPITE HIS CHALLENGES, TROY ALWAYS MOVED AHEAD. DETERMINED TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND TO HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. HE'S DONE THAT BY RETURNING TO HIS JOB ON THE POLICE FORCE ONLY 13 MONTHS AFTER HIS THIRD SURGERY. OFFICER MEYER IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE RESILIENCY OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT. WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT HE'S MADE A FULL AND MIRACULOUS RECOVERY. FOREST LAKE, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE STATE OF MINNESOTA ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL LIKE TROY MEYER IN OUR COMMUNITY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEND SEVERAL POLICE OFFICERS IN MY DISTRICT FOR RECEIVING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PATRIOT AWARD. POLICE CHIEF TODD SCHWEIGERT AND POLICE RESERVE CAPTAIN RICHARD JOHNSON BOTH RECEIVED SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND PATRIOT AWARD FOR THEIR EFFORTS HELPING AN ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIER WORK IN THEIR DEPARTMENT WHILE CONTINUING HIS SERVICE FOR OUR COUNTRY THROUGH THE RESERVE. THEY SUPPORTED THE GUARD AND RESERVE WAS CREATED TO HELP EMPLOYERS UNDERSTAND THE OBLIGATIONS OF THEIR ACTIVE DUTY EMPLOYEES AND HOW TO MEET ANY CHALLENGES THAT MAY ARISE FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES. ST. FRANCIS RESERVE OFFICER AND ARMY RESERVE STAFF SERGEANT RICHARD CYBER, WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN HELPING, NOMINATED CHIEF SCHWEIGERT AND CAPTAIN JOHNSON FOR THIS AWARD. SERVING IN OUR NATION'S ARMED FORCES IS ONE OF THE MOST NOBLE WAYS ONE CAN ASSIST OUR NATION, AND IT'S IMPERATIVE WE HELP THE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS WHO CHOOSE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN. I THANK BOTH TODD SCHWEIGERT AND RICHARD JOHNSON FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS AS WELL AS THEIR OWN SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY FOR THEIR WORK IN THE ST. FRANCIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. YOUR WORK HASN'T GONE UNNOTICED. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:23:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:23:23 AM

    MR. DOGGETT

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY TROUBLING TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. OUR…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A VERY TROUBLING TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS IN DANGER. THE VERY FUTURE OF OUR DEMOCRACY IS AT STAKE. AND WITHOUT THE CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, THIS TROUBLING TIME COULD BECOME MUCH WORSE. THERE'S AN OLD ADAGE, LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS. BUT IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT WHEN IT COMES TO ABUSE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER, SEALED LIPS CAN SINK A DEMOCRACY. WE'VE GONE THROUGH A PERIOD WHERE IT WOULD APPEAR THAT SOME OF OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE IN A WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN UNABLE TO COME FORWARD WITH ANY WORDS TO COMMENT ON THE CONTINUED ABUSE OF POWER THAT WE SEE PLAYED OUT EACH DAY WITH ONE BEING MORE INCREDIBLE THAN THE ONE BEFORE. ALL UNITED STATES INTELLIGENCE SERVICES AGREE THAT THE RUSSIANS INTERFERED IN OUR LAST ELECTION. RUSSIA DESERVES SANCTIONS, NOT SECRETS, NOT REWARDS. THIS IS A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT INVITED PUTIN'S GANG RIGHT INTO THE OVAL OFFICE. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY LEFT BEHIND TO LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE CONVERSATIONS, ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT NEED TO LEARN THEM SINCE PRESIDENT TRUMP IN SUCH A CAVALIER WAY PROCEEDED TO SHARE SECRETS WITH THEM. AT LONG LAST, WE WONDER WHAT WILL AWAKEN THESE REPUBLICANS FROM THEIR PARTISAN STUPOR, BECAUSE WE NEED THEM TO SPEAK OUT AS WELL. LAST NIGHT WE LEARNED THAT TRUMP ASKED THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY BEFORE FIRING HIM TO DROP THE INVESTIGATION INTO NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN WHOM TRUMP HAD BEEN ADVISED BEFORE HE FIRED HIM THAT HE WAS SUBJECT TO BEING COMPROMISED BY THE F.B.I. -- BY THE RUSSIANS IN HIS OPERATIONS. OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES NEED TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO BE ACCESSORIES TO TRUMP'S OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AS HE CONTINUES TO ENDANGER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. TRUMP'S FIRING OF DIRECTOR COMEY IS A SHOCKING EXAMPLE OF INCREDIBLE DUE POLICITY THAT THREATENS THE VERY FUTURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. IT'S A NIXONIAN MISSILE THAT HAS COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. TRURP SEEN SAID HIMSELF DURING HIS NBC INTERVIEW WITH LESTER HOLT, REGARDLESS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, HE WAS PREPARED AND PLANNING TO FIRE THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR BECAUSE WHAT HE WAS DOING WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. AND THAT'S PART OF A PATTERN, HAVING FIRED THE U.S. ATTORNEY IN NEW YORK CITY, HAVING FIRED SALLY YATES, THE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND THEN MR. COMEY. IF YOU ARE PERCEIVED OF CROSSING THE LINE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, IT'S LIKE AN EPISODE OUT OF THAT OLD TV SERIES "THE APPRENTICE," YOU'RE FIRED. THIS IS NOT MAKE-BELIEVE, THIS IS THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. EVERY DAY WE HEAR NEW COVER-UP EVIDENCE. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY EXPLAIN THE CONTINUED REPUBLICAN SILENCE, THE CALOUS INDIFFERENCE? WELL, TRUMP IS THE REPUBLICAN'S GOLDEN TICKET TO DENYING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO 24 MILLION AMERICANS, AND AT THE SAME TIME SHOWERING ALREADY WITH A BILL PASSED IN THIS HOUSE ALMOST $1 TRILLION OF TAX BREAKS TO THE SUPERRICH AND A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL INTERESTS. HE WILL REWARD MORE TAX BREAKS WHILE BLOWING A HOLE IN THE DEFICIT THAT COULD CHANGE MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY FOREVER. TRUMP REPORTEDLY TOLD COMEY, I HOPE YOU CAN LET THIS GO. WELL, MY FELLOW AMERICANS, COMEY COULD NOT LET IT GO AND NOW HE'S GONE. WE CANNOT LET THIS GO. THIS IS NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL. THIS IS NOT JUST MORE TAX BREAKS FOR THE SUPERRICH, AS REPUBLICANS ARE URGING IN A HEARING TOMORROW IN THIS HOUSE. WE CANNOT LET THIS GO. HISTORY WILL BE UNKIND TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT FIND THEIR VOICE AT THIS CRITICAL TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY. I SAY IT'S TIME TO TRULY PUT AMERICA FIRST. REJECT PUTIN. REJECT PARTISANSHIP. HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN OUR DEMOCRACY BY SUPPORTING AN INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL AND THE TYPE OF INDEPENDENT, NONPARTISAN, NONPOLITICAL INQUIRY THAT I HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR SINCE LAST NOVEMBER INTO THIS RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE. TOO MUCH IS AT STAKE TO REMAIN SILENT. WE MUST JOIN TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THIS CHALLENGE TO OUR FUTURE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S TEACHERS. TEACHERS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S TEACHERS. TEACHERS CHANGE LIVES EVERY DAY. ACROSS OUR NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD. SHAPING OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITIES. EACH OF US CAN REMEMBER A TEACHER WHO MADE AN IMPRESSION ON OUR LIFE. AS AN EDUCATOR, A COACH MENTORED OFTEN BEYOND THE WALLS OF THE CLASSROOM. LAST WEEK IN HONOR OF TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, 2017, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL THE EIGHTH DISTRICT TO SEE FIRST HAND THE AMAZING WORK THAT TEACHERS DO ACROSS BUCKS AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ TO PRESCHOOL STUDENTS TO DISCUSS OUR NATIONAL OUR NATIONAL DEBT WITH EIGHTH GRADERS IN NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND HELD A STUDENT TOWN HALL WITH THE A.P. GOVERNMENT STUDENTS AT A HIGH SCHOOL. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK AND CALL ON EVERY AMERICAN TO CARRY OUT THAT APPRECIATION FOR OUR TEACHERS ALL YEAR LONG. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE TODAY, THIS WEEK, MARKS THE ONE-YEAR NIFF SINCE THE E.P.A. ESTABLISHED -- ANNIVERSARY SINCE THE E.P.A. ESTABLISHED TO LIMIT THE EXPOSURE LIKE PFOA AND PFOS. TO SAY THESE ACRONYMS MAY MEANING IN. BUT TO MY CONSTITUENTS IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CONFUSION, CONCERN, AND ANGER. SPARKED BY THE RIGHTFUL FEAR THEIR HEALTH HAS BEEN ENDANGERED BY THESE P.F.C.'S. THE USE OF FIREFIGHTING FOAM AT MILITARY BASES AROUND OUR DISTRICT HAS CONTAMINATED DOZENS OF PUBLIC WELLS AND OVER 140 PRIVATE WELLS WITH THESE COMPOUNDS. LEAVING MANY RESIDENTS COMPARED AND MUNICIPALITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN DESERVES ACCESS TO CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER. YET FOR TOO MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS THESE ELEVATED LEVELS OF P.F.C.'S HAVE PUT THEM AN THEIR FAMILIES AT RISK. WHILE WORK HAS BEEN DONE, THERE IS STILL FAR MORE WORK TO DO. AND I'M PLEASED THE RECENT GOVERNMENT FUNDING MEASURE INCLUDED DIRECTIONS FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE TO CONTINUE ADDRESSING THESE PRESSING ISSUES. SPECIFICALLY BY REQUIRING ALL MILITARY SERVICES ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES FOR PROMPT AND COST-EFFECTIVE REMEDIATION OF P.F.C. CONTAMINATION AND DELIVERING A REPORT TO CONGRESS BY THE END OF THE SUMMER, ASSESSING THE NUMBER OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IMPACTED AND AFFECTED THE DRINKING WATER AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. AS WELL AS DEPARTMENT WIDE PLANS FOR COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION OF CONTAMINATION AND PROCEDURES FOR TIMELY REMEDIATION. HOWEVER, OUR WORK CANNOT STOP HERE. NOT ONLY SHOULD A HEALTH STUDY BE EXECUTED TO KNOW IF THEY HAVE COMPROMISED BY CONSTITUENTS' LONG-TERM HEALTH, OTHER ISSUES MUTS BE ADDRESSED -- MUST BE ADDRESSED INCLUDING INTERACTING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS FOR CARE FOR MILITARY VETERANS IMPACTED. AND OFFSET TRICKLE-DOWN COSTS FOR THOSE TO CONNECT TO PUBLIC WATER. AFTER A YEAR MY CONSTITUENTS DESERVE MORE ANSWERS AND WE'LL GIVE THEM TO THEM AND THEY DEMAND ACTION. I WILL FIGHT FOR BOTH. I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME RAISE SEVERAL…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME RAISE SEVERAL QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE ANSWERS. I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED THE PRESIDENT IS COMPROMISING THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF OUR NATION. WHY WOULD A PRESIDENT SHARE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION WITH THE HIGHEST RANKING OPERATIVES OF RUSSIA CLOSE TO PUTIN? THOUGH THE PRESIDENT'S CAVALIER AND OUTRAGEOUS BEHAVOR CONVENIENTLY SUCKED UP THE AIRWAVES LAST WEEK, AMERICANS CANNOT BE DISTRACTED FROM HIS SIMULTANEOUS FIRING OF F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY, AN OFFICIAL WHO SPENT HIS LIFE PROTECTING AND DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION OF OUR COUNTRY LIBERTY'S BEA LET ME ASK WHY WERE NO U.S. JOURNALISTS ALLOWED INTO THE PRESIDENT'S HISTORIC MEETING WITH THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AND RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES FOR MANY YEARS. PROBABLY THE HIGHEST RANKING INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS AS WELL AS AMBASSADOR FROM RUSSIA TO THE UNITED STATES. TO MY KNOWLEDGE NO U.S. PRESIDENT HAS EVER RECEIVED OFFICIALS FROM RUSSIA IN THE OVAL OFFICE, AND THEN BROUGHT ONLY RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS WITH DIGITAL RECORDING EQUIPMENT INTO THAT OFFICE. LET ME REPEAT THAT. WE DON'T KNOW WHO THEY WERE. BUT THEY BROUGHT EQUIPMENT. DIGITAL RECORDING EQUIPMENT. THINK ABOUT THAT. THINK ABOUT THAT. MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT EXCLUDED AMERICAN PRESS, NOT A SINGLE JOURNALIST FROM THIS COUNTRY ALLOWED IN. HE REPLACED THEM WITH RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA OPERATIVES. TODAY CNN REPORTS THAT HOW CONVENIENTLY PRESIDENT PUTIN HAS NOW SAID HE WILL MAKE AVAILABLE TO AMERICA THE TRANSCRIPT OF THAT MEETING. HE'S WILLING TO SHARE IT. WELL, ISN'T THAT NICE. IT IS FURTHER ALARMING THAT HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, GENERAL MCMASTER, SAID DESPITE THE PRESIDENT BEING UNAWARE OF THE SOURCE OF THE INFORMATION, AT THAT MEETING HE MADE A SPUR OF THE MOMENT DECISION TO TELL THE RUSSIANS WHAT HE KNEW. ABOUT VERY IMPORTANT INTELLIGENCE WE RECEIVED FROM AN ALLY. IT IS STARTING TO PILE UP, MR. PRESIDENT. MORE AND MORE RECKLESS AND CAVALIER BEHAVIOR EVERY DAY WITH AMERICA'S SECURITY STAKES VERY HIGH. I DON'T HAVE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES. IT'S ON THE RECORD. RUSSIA HAS BEEN BUZZING INTO U.S. AIRSPACE OVER ALASKA. HER SUBMARINES ARE ALONTH EAST COAST. YOU KNOW -- ALONG THE EAST COAST. YOU KNOW, THIS ISN'T EXACTLY A FRIEND TO US. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, YOU DO NOT COMPROMISE AMERICA'S NURT. -- NATIONAL SECURITY. NOT ONLY IS THE PRESIDENT STRUGGLING FOR A COHERENT FOREIGN POLICY THAT KEEPS AMERICANS SAFE AND SECURE AND DOESN'T MAKE OUR ALLIES QUIZZICAL, HE FAILS TO KEEP HIS ATTENTION ON PROMISES TO WORKING AMERICANS HERE ON HOME TURF. PARTICULARLY ON TRADE AND JOBS. LET'S TAKE THE PROMISE HE MADE TO OUR STEEL WORKERS IN OHIO THAT THEY WILL NOT LOSE THEIR JOBS. AMERICA WILL BE GREAT AGAIN. THAT THE CALL OF FIELDS WILL JUST BOOM, RIGHT? WELL, IN LORRAINE, OHIO, THOUSANDS OF STEEL WORKERS ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS WITH HUNDREDS MORE AS I STAND HERE TODAY BEING PINK SLIPPED AND GETTING TERMINATION NOTICES. UNLESS THE PRESIDENT TAKES ACTION BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK IN JUNE, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY COMMUNITY IN AMERICA FACING, THIS BUT IT'S NOT GETTING ANY PUBLICITY BECAUSE ALL THIS OTHER STUFF IS ALL OVER THE FRONT PAGES, WE KNOW WE NEED DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SAVE AMERICA'S STEEL INDUSTRY THAT HAS BEEN DUMPED ON BY CHINESE, RUSSIAN, SOUTH KOREAN STEEL FOR YEARS NOW. WE NEED TO STOP FOREIGN-DUMPED STEEL. THESE WORKERS' JOBS ARE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING AT OUR BORDERS WITH ALL THAT STUFF COMING IN HERE. I HAVE INVITED THE PRESIDENT AND COMMERCE SECRETARY TO LORRAINE, OHIO, TO WITNESS FIRST -- LARAINE -- LORAIN, OHIO, TO SEE THIS. NO PROMISES YET. WHILE OUR WORKERS NEED TO BE THROWN A LIFE RAFT. IN THE HURRICANE THAT THEY ARE ENDURING. PERHAPS IT'S HARD TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN IF YOU'RE MOVING FROM ONE SELF-MADE CRISIS TO ANOTHER AND LOSING ATTENTION ON THE HOMELAND, ON THE HOMELAND, LARAIN COUNTY, CARRIED FOR HILLARY CLINTON, BUT ONLY 104 VOTES. THEY WERE HOPING JOBS MIGHT ACTUALLY BEGIN TO BE INCREASED IN THAT AREA NOT ZEROED OUT. RECAP, A ROLLER COASTER FOREIGN POLICY CONFUSING NOT JUST US BUT OUR ALLIES, BROKEN PROMISES REGARDING JOBS. HOW ABOUT HEALTH CARE? LET'S TAKE THIS. MORE CONFUSION. WE CAN BE CERTAIN TRUMPCARE REMOVES, REMOVES PROTECTIONS FOR OUR SENIORS AND THE COSTS OF RISING MEDICATIONS. HIS BILL WILL TAKE AWAY ASSISTANCE THAT CLOSED THE MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG HOLE AFTER SENIORS REACH A LEVEL OF $2,500. AND COSTING THEM OVER $1,000 MORE YEAR. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE SECURITY, THEY DESERVE JOBS. THEY DESERVE AFFORDABLE EDUCATION. AND THERE IS NO BETTER TIME TO START THAN TODAY. I YIELD BACK ANY REMAINING TIME.

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

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    MR. JENKINS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, TOO MANY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR NATION IN UNIFORM FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT STABLE, SECURE HOUSING. STATISTICS SHOW A VETERAN IS ALMOST TWICE AS LIKELY AS A CIVILIAN TO EXPERIENCE HOMELESS HENESS. -- HOMELESSNESS. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK THE HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS DOING TO REDUCE VETERANS' HOMELESSNESS THANKS TO ITS VETERAN HOUSING NISHTIFMENT BECAUSE OF THIS HAD BEENIVE INITIATIVE AND SUPPORT FROM THE HUNTINGTON V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS, HOMELESS VETERANS RESOURCE CLINIC, VETERANS CAN NOW MAKE DOWN PAYMENTS AND COMPLETE VOLUNTEER HOURS TO BUY THEIR HOMES. I RECENTLY TOURED. SO HE HOMES BUILT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM IN THE HISTORIC FAIRFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD IN MY HOMETOWN OF HUNTINGTON. SO FAR, 10 HOMES HAVE BEEN BUILT AND FIVE ARE NOW CALLED HOMES BY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE HOUSING NOT ONLY HELPS VETERANS, BUT IT ALSO HELPS THE COMMUNITY. THESE HOMES WILL HELP REVITALIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AN AREA FILLED WITH POSSIBILITIES. IT ALSO FREES UP MORE HOUSING FOR OTHER VETERANS AND NEEDS. AS A VETERAN MOVES INTO ONE OF THESE HOMES, HIS OR HER PREVIOUS RENTAL OR APARTMENT OR ROOM IS NOW AVAILABLE TO SOMEONE ELSE IN NEED. I AM GRATEFUL TO ALL THE HABITAT VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF WHO ARE A PART OF THIS LIFE CHANGING PROJECT. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO GIVE BACK TO THOSE WHO GAVE SO MUCH FOR OUR NATION. VETERANS IN HUNTINGTON NOW HAVE A BRIGHTER IF YOU TURE. AND -- BRIGHTER FUTURE AND BATH TO HOMEOWNERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEBRASKA, MR. BACON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BACON

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MAY 15 AS PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MAY 15 AS PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY. MAY 14 THROUGH THE 20TH AS POLICE WEEK. I STAND IN SUPPORT OF THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR THE PROTECTION OF THOSE WITHIN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA AND ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. MY DISTRICT IS HOME TO TWO SHERIFF OFFICES, A LARGE URBAN POLICE FORCE, NUMEROUS COMMUNITY POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND NEBRASKA STATE PATROL AND HANDFUL OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. THEY HAVE UNIQUE DIFFERENCES IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES, YET THEY ARE STRIKINGLY SIMILAR IN HOW THEY FUNCTION. THE DIFFERENT SHAPES OF THE BADGES THEY WEAR ON THEIR CHESTS PROUDLY PROCLAIMS THEIR DISTINCT ALLIANCE TO THEIR HOME AGENT YOU IS BUT -- AGENCY BUT ALSO A SYMBOL THAT BEHIND THEM TOGETHER. THESE GALLANT LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS ARE DRIVEN TO SERVE THE PUBLIC OF THEIR JURISDICTIONS. THEY PROTECT LIFE, LIMB, PROPERTY IN THEIR PATROL AREAS DURING THEIR LONG HOURS WHICH THEY HAVE THIS SOLEMN DUTY. TO THOSE FRONTLINE OF OUR SAFETY, IT IS NOT ABOUT THE PAY, THE HOURS, OR THE CONDITIONS THEY WORK IN. WHAT'S OF IMPORTANCE TO THEM IS THE SATISFACTION OF MAKING THE WORLD BETTER. A SAFER PLACE. THEY ARE THE THIN BLUE LINE THAT STANDS BETWEEN US AND SOME OF THE DARKEST PARTS OF OUR SOCIETY. ONE OF THESE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS PUT ON THE UNIFORM AND DEPARTS THEIR HOME FOR THE STREETS, THEY ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THEIR OWN SAFETY. THEY KNOW THEIR FELLOW OFFICER HAS THEIR BACK WHEN NEEDED. AT GREAT PERSONAL SACRIFICE, THEY ARE PAINED BY THE MISSING OF THE BASEBALL GAMES OR THE RECITALS OF BELOVED CHILDREN, BIRTHDAYS, HOLIDAYS THEY HAVE WORKED. INSTEAD OF BEING HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. I LIKE SO MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HAVE A VERY PERSONAL CONNECTION AND APPRECIATION FOR THOSE WHO SERVE THIS PROFESSION. I SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND MUCH OF THAT TIME WAS DEPLOYED WITH COMBAT FORCES PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS OVERSEAS. THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY UNIFORM DEPEND ON THOSE BACK HOME IN THE BLUE UNIFORM. LIKE SO MANY OTHERS IN THE MILITARY, WHEN I WAS OVERSEAS, I LEFT MY WIFE AND CHILDREN IN THE U.S. AND AS A FIVE-TIME FORMER COMMANDER, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE FASTEST WAY TO NEGATIVELY AFFECT A SOLDIER, SAILOR, AIRMAN, OR MARINE WITHIN A COMBAT SITUATION WAS HAVE THEM WORRY ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES BACK HOME. A GREAT OFFICERS ALLOW THE MILITARY TO BE A SUCCESS. I'M IN AWE WITH THE DEDICATION THAT EACH OFFICERS DISPLAYS DAILY. WHEN OUR MILITARY IS REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILY AFTER EMPLOYMENT, THEY CAN RELAX KNOWING THEIR FELLOW PUBLIC SERVANTS PROVIDE A SHIELD OF PROTECTION. THIS IS A PROFESSION THAT TAKES A DIFFERENT TYPE OF INDIVIDUAL. SOMEONE WHO IS CONSISTENTLY PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE. SOMEONE I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO AND A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS CAN I NOT THANK ENOUGH FOR THE BLANKET OF SECURITY THEY PROVIDE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY WHO SERVE, RETIRE, AND MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES. EVENTUALLY THEY GO HOME, LAY DOWN THEIR BADGE IN RETIREMENT. THEY WILL NO LONGER MISS THOSE FAMILY FUNCTIONS AND EVENTS. THESE PROFESSIONALS HAVE THE GRATITUDE OF THE CONSTITUENTS OF MY DISTRICT AND I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO PROTECT AND SERVE. I WOULD LIKETHONOR SOME THESE COURAGEOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOGGED DISTINGUISHED CAREERS. SERGEANT JOE EATON. 38 YEARS RETIRED. SERGEANT TROY, OVERWHELM MA HAD A POLICE DEPARTMENT, 29 YEARS RETIRED. CAPTAIN KEVIN, LA VISTA POLICE DEPARTMENT, 32 YEARS RETIRED. DEPUTY STEPHANIE, 32 YEARS RETIRED. SERGEANT DON, 39 YEARS AND WILL SOON RETIRE. AND DEPUTY DENNIS, DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE, 42 YEARS AND RETIRED. STILL SERVING, NEARING RETIREMENT. I WANT TO THANK THESE OFFICERS AND ALL OTHERS FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. BEFORE I YIELD, MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO SAY I'M OFTEN ASKED AS A 30-YEAR RETIRED MILITARY OFFICER TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMPARE. WHAT STRIKES ME IS I USED TO OPERATE OR TRAIN IN SAFETY OF HOME, BUT WE WOULD DEPLOY INTO HARM'S WAY. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT EVERY SINGLE DAY PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY. SO WE LOVE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE RESPECT THEM. AND WE THANK THEM. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. I THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. OLE SEN, FOR FIVE -- MR. OLSON FOR FIVE MINUTES. .

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    MR. OLSON

    MR. SPEAKER, AS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK ENDS, THE 800,000 TEXANS I WORK FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK ENDS, THE 800,000 TEXANS I WORK FOR BACK HOME WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, TELL THE AMERICANS THAT CAME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND ALL THOSE THAT ROSE UP IN HOMETOWNS ALL ACROSS AMERICA TO SUPPORT OUR POLICE OFFICERS, OUR SHERIFFS, OUR J.P.'S, OUR CONSTABLES AND TO JOIN OUR HEROES ON THAT THIN BLUE LINE. IN PEARLAND, TEXAS, WE WANT TO THANK AMERICANS FOR HONORING ONE OF OUR OWN. PEARLAND POLICE OFFICER ANDY A CPANA. IN 2016, 145 POLICE OFFICERS WERE KILLED ALL ACROSS AMERICA. ANDY SADLY JOINED THAT GROUP. HE WAS KILLED AT 3:15 IN THE MORNING ON SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016, 339 DAYS AGO. END OF WATCH. HE WAS KILLED ON AN EMERGENCY CALL BY A DRIVER WHO WAS HIGH ON DRUGS OR BOOZE. HE T-BONED HIS CAR. HE WAS 30 YOUNG YEARS OLD. ANDY LEFT BEHIND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, HIS FIANCEE, LUCY, AND HIS 2-YEAR-OLD SON, JULIAN. THEY ARE MOURNING IN FRONT OF HIS FLAG-DRAPED COFFIN AT HIS SERVICE BACK HOME THE WEEK OF HIS DEATH. HE -- THEY SHARED TEARS WITH LUCY AND JULIAN. THEY SWARMED THEM WITH LOVE. EVERY SINGLE PEARLAND POLICE OFFICER LEFT DUTY ON THAT DAY TO BE THERE. PEARLAND WAS PROTECTED FROM ALL OVER SOUTHEAST TEXAS, RISING TO THE OCCASION. WE CONTINUE WORKING TO ENSURE THE PERSON WHO KILLED ANDY GOES TO PRISON FOR A LONG, LONG, LONG TIME. THE PEOPLE OF PEARLAND ARE BUILDING A MEMORIAL AT THEIR POLICE STATION WITH ANDY'S LIFE ON ONE WALL. HE'LL BE THERE WITH TWO OTHERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN PEARLAND, TEXAS. OFFICER HENRY DWOW, END OF WATCH, NOVEMBER 6, 1967, AND OFFICER JAMES CASSIE JR., END OF WATCH, MAY, 1973. I HAVE KEPT UP WITH LUCY. THE LAST TIME WE TALKED WAS EARLY JANUARY. I CALLED TO TELL HER THAT THE ENTIRE TEXAS HOUSE DELEGATION, 36 STRONG, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, SIGNED MY BILL TO NAME THE POST OFFICE IN PEARLAND AFTER ANDY. SHE WAS HAPPY BUT SHE STILL FELT PAIN. THAT WAS HER FIRST CHRISTMAS BACK HOME WITH ANDY'S PARENTS IN NEW YORK. SADLY, LOST LIKE -- LOSTS LIKE ANDY ARE STILL HAPPENING. THIS WEEK WE LEARNED THAT A DEPUTY SHERIFF IN MONTANA WAS SHOT AND KILLED DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC SHOT. AND A POLICE CHIEF WAS SHOT IN RESPONSE TO A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENT IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. AND THAT WAS JUST YESTERDAY. THIS VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MUST END. DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, WE HONOR THESE HEROES, THE ONES WE LOST AND WE SAY A HUMBLE THANK YOU TO THEIR FAMILIES AND WE WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE. WE PRAY FOR THE DAY THAT LUCY AND JULIAN CAN JOIN ANDY IN HEAVEN. GOD BLESS ANDY ECPANA AND ALL THE HEROES THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES ON DUTY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ZELDI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MANY AMERICANS WHEN FACED WITH THAT SPLIT-SECOND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MANY AMERICANS WHEN FACED WITH THAT SPLIT-SECOND DECISION TO ACT IN A CRISIS WITH SELFLESS VALOR OR TO FLEE, ANSWER THE CALL OF DUTY IN SERVICE TO THEIR FELLOW MAN. IN JUNE, 2016, NYPD OFFICERS, BOTH OF WHOM I HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO MEET LAST MONTH, WERE ON PATROL IN TIMES SQUARE WHEN A SUSPECTED BOMB WAS THROWN INTO THEIR VEHICLE. RATHER THAN VACATING THEIR VEHICLE IN PLACE, THESE OFFICERS SELFLESSLY DROVE THEIR CAR 1 1/2 BLOCKS AWAY FROM A CROWDED TIMES SQUARE PUBLIC. IN THAT MOMENT WHEN OTHERS MIGHT HAVE SIMPLY FLED THE SCENE TO SAVE THEIR OWN LIVES, THE OFFICERS WERE PREPARED TO SACRIFICE EVERYTHING TO SAVE THE PEOPLE THEY WERE SWORN TO PROTECT. THIS SELFLESS ACT OF BRAVERY IS JUST ONE OF SO MANY ACTS OF HEROISM BY OUR POLICE OFFICERS EVERY SINGLE DAY. THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WHERE WE HONOR OUR MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND REMEMBER THE SACRIFICES OF THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR SELFLESS ACTS OF COURAGE AND COMMITMENT TO SERVING OUR UNION. THIS SPECIAL WEEK BEGAN IN 1962 WHEN PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SIGNED A PROCLAMATION WHICH DESIGNATED MAY 15 AS PEACE OFFICERS REMORIAL DAY. EVERY YEAR, THE WEEK ON WHICH THAT DATE FALLS IS DESIGNATED AS POLICE WEEK. SINCE THEN THOUSANDS OF OUR OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM ALL ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION COME TO WASHINGTON, D.C., DURING THIS WEEK TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SELFLESS DUTY AND TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN SERVICE TO THEIR COMMUNITY. I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT OUR NATION HAS A PERENNIAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE OUR POLICE OFFICERS WITH EVERY OUNCE OF SUPPORT THAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. THESE HEROES DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION, FOR WHOM THEY HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH, ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL. IT REALLY IS THE LEAST THAT WE CAN DO FOR THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I'VE COMMITTED MYSELF TO ENSURING LAW ENFORCEMENT IS GIVEN ALL OF THE SUPPORT NECESSARY AND MORE TO CARRY OUT THEIR SELFLESS MISSION. LAST YEAR AROUND THIS TIME WE PASSED FIVE KEY PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH BOTH HONOR OUR POLICE AND ENSURE THOSE STILL SERVING POSSESS THE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO CARRY OUT THIS RESPONSIBILITY. SOME OF THESE BILLS INCLUDED THE FALLEN HEROES FLAG ACT OF 2016, THE FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SELF-DEFENSE AND PROTECTION ACT, AND THE BULLETPROOF VEST PARTNERSHIP GRANT PROGRAM AND RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT, AND AGAIN THIS WEEK WE'RE DOING THE SAME, PASSING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO PROTECT US. IN RECENT YEARS, OUR NATION HAS BECOME FRACTURED, AND OUR POLICE HAVE BEEN SUBJECT TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND HATRED. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER BEFORE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT RECEIVES OUR UNWAVERING APPRECIATION AND SUPPORT AND RESPECT. COURAGE, LEADERSHIP AND A COMMITMENT TO SERVICE, THESE ARE THE QUALITIES EMBEDDED WITHIN OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE TRAITS WHICH THEY UPHOLD DEEPLY WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR. THIS WEEK AND EVERY WEEK, IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HONOR THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES INTO HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT US. OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. AND THEIR SACRIFICES WILL AND SHOULD BE REVERED FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    YIELD BACK.

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    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, THE RABBI THOMAS A. LOUCHHEIM, CONGREGATION OR CHADASH, TUCSON, ARIZONA.

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    THE CHAPLAIN

    LOVING GOD. EACH DAY RAISE UP THESE GOOD WOMEN AND MEN WHO ARE SERVING OUR…

    LOVING GOD. EACH DAY RAISE UP THESE GOOD WOMEN AND MEN WHO ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY WITH HONOR. RENEW IN THEM THE FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE THAT BROUGHT THEM TO THIS VITAL WORK. REKINDLE IN THEM THE PASSION THAT FIRST CALLED THEM TO SERVE. MAY YOU, OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM EVERY STATE IN THE OUR GREAT NATION, BE GRANTED TODAY THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONSES AND MAY YOUR EYES, YOUR EARS, YOUR HEARTS BE OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES YET IMAGINED. COMPASSIONATE GOD, MAY OUR FELLOW AMERICANS REMEMBER THAT THESE, YOUR SERVANTS, ARE EACH MADE IN THE DIVINE IMAGE. THEY ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN A FAMILY BRIDGING ALL PHILOSOPHICAL LINES. MAY WE TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT. FOR WE KNOW NOT THE HARD BATTLES THEY MUST FIGHT. MAY YOUR BLESSINGS BE ON OUR MILITARY AND DIPLOMATS SERVING OVERSEAS. KEEP THEM SAFE FROM HARM. KEEP THEIR SOULS STRONG. AND STRENGTHEN THEM TO SERVE WITH HONOR AND COURAGE. MAY OUR PRAYERS FOR KINDNESS AND JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND PEACE, BE ANSWERED IN OUR OWN DAY. AMEN.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    MR. WILLIAMS

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, IS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MS. MCSALLY

    ARIZONA, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR RABBI…

    ARIZONA, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR RABBI LOUCHHEIM WHO LED US IN THE OPENING PRAYER. HE'S A RABBI AT THE CONGREGATION CONGREGATION OR CHADASH IN TUCSON, ARIZONA. HE MOVED TO TUCSON WITH HIS WIFE IN 1989 AND BEEN A PILLAR IN OUR COMMUNITY EVER SINCE. HAVING SERVED AS A RABBI AT TEMPLE EMANUEL AND EXECUTIVE FOR HAND MAKER HOSPICE, HE'S A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR PEACE AND RELIGIOUS HARMONY. HE WORKED CLOSE-L WITH THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF SEPTEMBER 11 AND HAS CONTINUED TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING BY ORGANIZING ANNUAL MUSLIM-JEWISH PEACE WALKS. HE FOUNDED THE FIRST JEWISH CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM SCRIPTUAL STUDY GROUP IN OUR COMMUNITY AND CONTRIBUTED TO INTERFAITH LITERATURE. IN A WORLD WHERE RELIGION TOO OFTEN DIVIDES US, RABBI LOUCHHEIM HAS SHOWN WE'RE ALL STRONGER TOGETHER. RABBI LOUCHHEIM'S INFLUENCE EXTENDS PAST RECEIVERN ARIZONA. HIS INFLUENCE REACHES BEYOND THIS EARTH. THE RABBI IS A NAMESAKE FOR THE ONLY SPACE OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE NAMED AFTER A RABBI. ASTEROID 9584-LOUCHHEIM. I WAS HONORED TO JOIN RABBI LOUCHHEIM IN THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE WALK LAST YEAR. I PERSONALLY WITNESSED HIS COMPASSION AND LEADERSHIP IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY IN SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA. I'M HONORED TO WELCOME HIM TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY AND PERSONALLY THANK HIM FOR OFFERING THIS MORNING'S PRAYER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MNT…

    THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN UP TO 15 FURTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MNT SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT REASONS DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN --

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER

    MY COLLEAGUES, I AM PROUD TO STAND BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE…

    MY COLLEAGUES, I AM PROUD TO STAND BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY GATHER HERE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THEIR FALLEN BRETHREN AND STAND WITH THEIR FAMILIES. IT IS YET ANOTHER MEASURE OF THEIR COMMITMENT TO PROTECT AND SERVE. OVER JUST THIS LAST YEAR, FOUR OF WISCONSIN'S FINEST HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. TROOPER ANTHONY OF THE WISCONSIN STATE PATROL. DEPUTY DAN GLAZE OF THE RUSK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. OFFICER MICHAEL VENTURA OF SALEM'S DETCHT PUBLIC SAFETY. DETECTIVE JASON WYLAND OF THE EVEREST METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT. EARLIER THIS YEAR HE WAS KILLED ESTABLISHING A PERIMETER DURING THE STANDOFF OF A SHOOTER WHO TOOK THE LIVES OF THREE PEOPLE. JASON LEFT BEHIND A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN. ANNA, HIS DAUGHTER, ALMOST 11, SPOKE AT THE FUNERAL. QUOTE, OUR DAD WAS AN AMAZING MAN THAT SAVED LIVES EVERY DAY, SHE SAID. WE ALL KNOW HE IS ALWAYS AND WILL BE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. HE WILL BE LOOKING DOWN ON US, LAUGHING AND CRYING. LOOKING DOWN THAT DAY, ANNA'S DAD SAW SOME REMARKABLE THINGS. HE SAW THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, MANY OF WHOM HE HAD NEVER MET, LINED UP TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS. HE SAW COPS IN UNIFORM FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, FROM NEW YORK, CHICAGO, OREGON, AND CANADA. HE SAW MOURNERS AND PAUL BAYERS IN GREEN AND GOLD TO HONOR HIS LOVE OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. HE SAW BLUE RIBBONS EVERYWHERE. AT A TIME WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT IS TARGETED AND TOO OFTEN POLITICIZED, WE MUST NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED THE DANGERS THEY FACE. EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT. THEY LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND THEIR FAMILIES TO PROTECT OURS. THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT OURS. FOR THEIR LOVED ONES, ALL THEY HOPE FOR, ALL THEY PRAY FOR, IS TO HEAR THE CAR PULL INTO THE LOVED DRIVEWAY AND SEE THAT FAMILIAR FACE COME THROUGH THE DOOR. AND WHEN THE UNSPEAKABLE HAPPENS, WHEN THEIR WATCH IS CUT SHORT. OURS IS ONLY BEGINNING. THE SUPPORT THAT WE GIVE TO THEIR FAMILIES, THE RESPECT AND APPRECIATION WE SHOW FOR THEIR FELLOW OFFICERS, IT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO AS CITIZENS, AND MUST DO. THIS WEEK AND EVERY WEEK. TODAY I ASK THE WHOLE HOUSE TO JOIN ME IN EXPRESSING OUR PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HERE IN THE CAPITOL AND ACROSS THE NATION.

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

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

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    MR. SERRANO

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN HOUSE RESOLUTION 328…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN HOUSE RESOLUTION 328 WITH MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, FRANCES ROONEY, CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM. FOR CENTRIST THE JEWISH PEOPLE LEARNED TO PRAY AT THE WESTERN WALL. THE ONLY REMAINING CONNECTION TO THE GREAT TEMPLE DESTROYED IN 70 A.D. A CRY THAT INFUSED THE DAILY PRAYERS. 50 YEARS AGO IN 1967, THIS MERE HOPE BECAME A REALITY WHEN JERUSALEM WAS FINALLY REUNIFIED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SIX-DAY WAR. OF THAT FRESHES MOMENT, RABIN RECOULDN'TED, QUOTE, WE STOOD AMONG A TANGLE OF BUG RUGGED BATTLE WEARY MEN WHO WERE UNABLE TO BELIEVE THEIR IDENTIFIES. THEIR EYES MOIST WITH TEARS, SPEECH INCOHERENT, THE OVERWOMENING DESIRING WAS TO CLING TO THE WALL TO HOLD ON TO THAT GREAT MOMENT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM RESTORED THE CITY AS A BEACON OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR ALL OF THE RELIGIOUS. AND THE RIGHTS OF JEWS, MUSLIMS, AND CHRISTIANS TO PRAY AT THEIR RESPECTIVE HOLY SITES. WE SHARE THE JOY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS WE CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL MILESTONE AND CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR A TWO STATE ST. LOUIS WEAN ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANPIANS. OUR ENDURING RELATIONSHIP WAS NEVER MORE VITAL. I HAM HONORED TO STAND WITH OUR CLOSE FRIEND AND ALLY. THANK YOU.

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

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE J -- FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN SHERIFF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER BRANCH COUNTY MICHIGAN SHERIFF DEPUTY MICHAEL WINTER.

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    MR. WALBERG

    WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND TWO…

    WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE AND TWO DAUGHTERS. DEPUTY WINTER WAS KNOWN AS A COMMITTED FAMILY MAN WITH ANSWER OF HUMOR AND BIG SMILE. HE LOVED BEING AROUND HORSES AND LOVED THE POSSE. FROM HIS TIME IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY TO THE BRANCH COUNTY SHERIFF'S POSSE DEPUTY WINTER WAS THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO PUT HIS COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY BEFORE HIMSELF. HE'S BRANCH A HERO IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. THIS WEEK DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, HIS NAME WAS CARVED INTO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT'S A LASTING TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO PROTECT US. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE GRATEFUL NATION, WE HONOR DEPUTY WINTER'S MEMORY AND SERVICE TO BRANCH COUNTY AND OUR COUNTRY. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. I YIELD BACK.

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    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 NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF…

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. NOT ONLY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. NOT ONLY IN MY DISTRICT BUT AROUND THE NATION. THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND IT MARKS AN IMPORTANT TIME FOR OUR CONTRY. THESE MEN AND WOMEN ARE AN ELITE GROUP, WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE AND RECOGNITION.

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    THEY ARE A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHOSE ACTS OF COURAGE MUST BE HONORED…

    THEY ARE A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHOSE ACTS OF COURAGE MUST BE HONORED AND ACKNOWLEDGED. TOO MANY HEROES LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST YEAR. MULTIPLE OF THEM WERE IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, AS WELL AS MY DISTRICT. EVERY SINGLE DAY THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS AROUND THE COUNTRY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I CAME UP HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ALL AMERICANS AND EXPRESS OUR APPRECIATION FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. THESE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO KEEPING THE PEACE AND CARRYING OUT JUSTICE. CONGRESS HAS WORKED AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO GUARANTEE THAT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE PROVIDED WITH THE TOOLS NEEDED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND MAINTAIN PUBLIC SAFETY. WE WILL ALSO REMAIN PERSISTENT TO ENSURE THOSE WHO HARM LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. I APPLAUD THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO HAVE VOLUNTARILY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR ALL OF US. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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    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 MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. KILDEE

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

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    MR. KILDEE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT SEEMS LIKE WITH THIS WHITE HOUSE THERE IS A NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT SEEMS LIKE WITH THIS WHITE HOUSE THERE IS A NEW CRISIS EVERY SINGLE DAY. ON MONDAY IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE PRESIDENT REVEALED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN THE OVAL OFFICE TO RUSHANS, COMPROMISING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. COMPROMISING OUR ABILITY TO GATHER INTELLIGENCE ON ISIS. COMPROMISING OUR ABILITY TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. AND NOW WE LEARN THAT THE PRESIDENT TRIED TO INTERFERE WITH AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION ASKING THE HEAD OF THE ANYBODY FIB -- OF THE F.B.I. TO LAY OFF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, MR. FLYNN. TO LEAVE IT ALONE. TO LET IT GO. THIS IS AN ABUSE OF POWER. THERE IS NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE TO STAND UP AND DO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO PROTECT THIS DEMOCRACY. PARTISANSHIP HAS TO BE SETASIDE. WE HAVE TO DO OUR JOB. WE HAVE TO SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND WE HAVE TO PROTECT THIS PRECIOUS DEMOCRACY AND DO OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BOTH HAVE TO STAND TOGETHER ON THIS. WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION SO WE CAN INVESTIGATE THIS PROBLEM. WE NEED TO DO IT NOW.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK IS POLICE WEEK. A TIME WE HONOR ALL OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS WEEK IS POLICE WEEK. A TIME WE HONOR ALL OUR OFFICERS. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY KEEPING US SAFE.

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    MR. TIBERI

    IN HONOR AND REMEMBER OHIO POLICE CHIEF STEVEN DOSAROI. FATHER OF SIX WITH…

    IN HONOR AND REMEMBER OHIO POLICE CHIEF STEVEN DOSAROI. FATHER OF SIX WITH A BABY ON THE WAY WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON MAY 12, 2017. HE DIED AT THE HANDS OF A GUNMAN WHO ALSO KILLED TWO EMPLOYEES AT A LOCAL NURSING HOME. MARLENA AND CINDY. THIS IS A TRAGEDY THAT TRULY TESTS THE STRENGTH OF A COMMUNITY. THE STRENGTH OF NEIGHBORS. AND THE STRENGTH OF OUFER LAW ENFORCEMENT -- OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. TO THE CHIEF'S FAMILY I CAN'T IMAGINE THE GRIEF AND ANGUISH YOU MUST BE FEELING. WE'RE HEARTBROKEN FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE KNOW YOUR HUSBAND, YOUR FATHER, YOUR SON WAS AN AMERICAN HERO. HIS MEMORY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND IT IS THERE THAT I PRAY YOU FIND HOPE. TODAY AND EVERY DAY, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OUR POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. I YIELD BACK. .

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

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

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

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    MR. TONKO

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL URGENT ATTENTION TO AMERICA'S…

    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO CALL URGENT ATTENTION TO AMERICA'S DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. EVERY DAY MORE THAN 700 WATER MAINS BREAK IN CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES ACROSS OUR GREAT COUNTRY. EVERY DAY SEVEN BILLION GALLONS OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER ARE LOST DUE TO LEAKS AND BREAKS IN OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT'S TREATED WATER. AND OUR TAX DOLLARS DOWN THE DRAIN. WITH AS MANY AS 10 MILLION LEAD SERVICE LINES IN USE TODAY, AND DOZENS OF NEW UNREGULATED CONTAMINATES, THE THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH GOES FAR BEYOND FLINT, MICHIGAN, AND NEW YORK. OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A DUTY TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. WE MUST ACT DECISIVELY TO ADDRESS THIS GROWING CHALLENGE. WE MAINTAIN ROADS AND BRIDGES AND PORTS AND RAILWAYS AND SO MUCH MORE. BUT OUR INVESTMENT IN OUR WATER SYSTEMS HAS NOT KEPT UP AND NOW THESE SYSTEMS ARE FAILING. MANY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN'T KEEP UP. THEY NEED OUR HELP. THIS JOB NEEDS TO GET DONE NOW, THIS YEAR, IN THIS BUDGET. I URGE YOU TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 1071, THE AQUA ACT. AND LET'S RESPOND TO THIS GREAT NATION'S DRINKING WATER CHALLENGES WITH STRENGTH, COMPASSION AND PASSION. I THANK YOU. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

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    MR. POE

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

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

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    MR. POE

    MR. SPEAKER, SHE WAS BORN AT EVENING TIME AS A FULL MOON ROSE OVER TEXAS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, SHE WAS BORN AT EVENING TIME AS A FULL MOON ROSE OVER TEXAS. IVY FRANCIS SHOEMAKER JOINED THE WORLD WEIGHING SEVEN POUNDS AND WAS 20 INCHES LONG. HER BIRTH WAS ON MAY 9 IN DALLAS. THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH IS GOD'S BLESSING TO THE REST OF US. AND IT'S A BLESSING TO IVY'S PARENTS, KELLY AND ANTHONY, AND HER SISTERS, OLIVIA AND ROSS LYNN. IVY, OF COURSE, IS A BEAUTIFUL SMART-LOOKING BABY. SHE HAS THE PRIVILEGE TO BE BORN TO WONDERFUL PARENTS THAT WILL RAISE HER TO GROW IN WISDOM AND STATURE IN THE LORD. MY WIFE AND I ARE THE PROUD GRANDPARENTS OF IVY. WHO I WILL CALL FROM TIME TO TIME NUMBER 12. YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, I REFER TO MY OTHER GRANDCHILDREN BY THEIR BIRTH NUMBERS AS WELL. THERE ARE 11 OF THEM. MY HOPE FOR IVY IS THAT SHE SEES THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING GOOD TO OTHERS. THAT SHE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. THAT SHE IS FAITHFUL TO THE LORD. THAT SHE APPRECIATES

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    MR. HERRERA

    TAJ AND THAT, OF COURSE -- APPRECIATES HER HERITAGE, AND THAT, OF COURSE,…

    TAJ AND THAT, OF COURSE -- APPRECIATES HER HERITAGE, AND THAT, OF COURSE, SHE ALWAYS LIVES IN TEXAS. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CICILLINE

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. DRUG…

    MR. SPEAKER, OUR NATION IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. DRUG OVERDOSES ARE NOW KILLING MORE AMERICANS EACH YEAR THAN CAR ACCIDENTS. 336 RHODE ISLANDERS DIED LAST YEAR AS A RESULT OF A DRUG OVERDOSE. THAT'S UP FROM 290 IN 2015 AND 238 DEATHS IN 2014. NATIONWIDE OVERDOSE DEATHS INVOLVING PRESCRIPTION AND ELICIT OPIOIDS HAVE QUADRUPLED SINCE 1999. THIS IS A CRISIS THAT'S THREATENED AMERICANS OF ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS. YOUNG AND OLD, BLACK AND WHITE, URBAN AND RURAL. IT'S A CRISIS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND ALL OF US WHO SERVE IN GOVERNMENT HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO STOP IT. THAT'S WHY I WAS SO ALARMED EARLIER THIS MONTH WHEN I LEARNED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CONSIDERING SLASHING FUNDING FOR THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY BY 95%. SLASHING FUNDING TO A LEAD FEDERAL AGENCY IN THIS FIGHT WOULD HAVE A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON FAMILIES IN RHODE ISLAND AND ALL ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. SO LET'S WORK TOGETHER, LET'S WORK ACROSS THE AISLE, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, TO DEFEAT THIS SHORT-SIGHTED PROPOSAL AND INSTEAD ADVANCE REAL, COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS TO THIS PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND I RISE TO HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND I RISE TO HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WHO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. I ALSO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THERE ARE FEW JOBS MORE IMPORTANT OR MORE PERILOUS THAN THAT OF A POLICE OFFICER. SINCE I TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY, THERE HAVE BEEN AT LEAST FOUR INCIDENTS IN OR NEAR MY CENTRAL FLORIDA DISTRICT WHERE A POLICE OFFICER WAS SHOT. IN ONE OF THOSE CASES, AN OFFICER, ORLANDO POLICE LIEUTENANT DEBORAH CLAYTON, LOST HER LIFE.

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    MRS. MURPHY

    BECAUSE THEY RUN TOWARDS DANGER, POLICE OFFICERS FACE UNIMAGINABLE…

    BECAUSE THEY RUN TOWARDS DANGER, POLICE OFFICERS FACE UNIMAGINABLE CHALLENGES. LAST JUNE AN ARMED ATTACKER ENTERED THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB IN ORLANDO AND OPENED FIRE, KILLING 49 PEOPLE. SHOWING NO REGARD FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY, ORLANDO OFFICERS CHARGED INTO THE CLUB, EVENTUALLY BRINGING THAT LONG DARK NIGHT TO AN END. DESPITE THE RISKS, THEY PUT ON THEIR UNIFORMS EVERY DAY. SO TO ALL THE BRAVE OFFICERS AROUND THIS COUNTRY, I SAY THANK YOU. 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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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL POLICE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, A TIME TO HONOR AND THANK LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR ALL THEY DO IN SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITIES. AS A FORMER STATE AND FEDERAL PROSECUTOR, I HAVE WORKED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERSALITY EVERY LEVEL. LOCAL, -- OFFICERS AT EVERY LEVEL. LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL.

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    MR. LAHOOD

    AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT…

    AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT THAT IS BOTH RURAL AND URBAN. AND I HAVE SEEN THE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES THAT OUR OFFICERS HAVE FACED. AND THEY'VE DONE IT IN A TREMENDOUS WAY. BOTH AT THE LOCAL POLICE LEVEL AND AT THE SHERIFF LEVEL. THE WORK AND EFFORT PUT IN BY THE OFFICERS IN EACH COMMUNITY NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME AND IT'S A BIG REASON WHY OUR -- CEASES TO AMAZE ME AND IT'S A BIG REASON WHY OUR COMMUNITIES CONTINUE TO BE VIBRANT. THIS WORK DOESN'T COME WITHOUT ITS RISKS AND FAR TOO MANY OFFICERS PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE. LAST YEAR IN MY DISTRICT, ONE OF ITS OWN WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. LOSSES LIKE THIS ARE DEVASTATING FOR BOTH THE FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES AND MUST CONTINUE TO WORK TO KEEP OUR OFFICERS PROTECTED. AND I AM PROUD OF THE WORK THE HOUSE IS DOING THIS WEEK TO DO JUST THAT. I THANK EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR THEIR COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TOWARDS KEEPING AMERICA SAFE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE AND I WANT TO FOCUS…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE AND I WANT TO FOCUS ON ONE ASPECT OF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT TOUCHES THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AND THAT'S WATER. I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE URGENT CHALLENGES FACING OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, THE CRIPPLING RECENT DROUGHT AND SUBSEQUENT RECORD RAINFALL HAS PROMPTED MORE DISCUSSION ON A NEED FOR A SMART WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY TO IMPROVE DRINKING WATER, WATER REUSE, RECYCLED WATER SYSTEMS FOR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

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    MR. MCNERNEY

    UNNECESSARY ENERGY USE, AND CUT COSTS FOR AMERICANS. LET'S COMMIT TO…

    UNNECESSARY ENERGY USE, AND CUT COSTS FOR AMERICANS. LET'S COMMIT TO INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS THAT WILL ADDRESS THE WEAKNESSES A IN OUR WATER DRINKING SYSTEMS, FROM THREATS LIKE -- WEAKNESSES IN OUR WATER DRINKING SYSTEMS, FROM THREATS LIKE WATER SOURCE CONTAMINATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO FOCUS ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, FILLING THE SYSTEMS WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE -- BUILDING THE SYSTEMS WE NEED TO SUPPORT THE GREAT FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CELEBRATING THE FIFTH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN CELEBRATING THE FIFTH ANNUAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK AND TO HIGHLIGHT THE URGENT NEED FOR CONGRESS TO PASS A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE BILL.

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    MRS. LAWRENCE

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE SUMMER OF 2003, A POWER OUTAGE SWAMPED THE EASTERN…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN THE SUMMER OF 2003, A POWER OUTAGE SWAMPED THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AND CANADA, INCLUDING DETROIT WHERE I REPRESENT, AND LEFT 50 MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER FOR 70 DAYS. FOR SEVERAL DAYS. IN 2007, A BRIDGE ON I-35 WEST TO MINNEAPOLIS COLLAPSED INTO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THESE ARE NOT ISOLATED INCIDENTS. IN MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN, OUR CITIES, -- OUR CITIES ARE HOME TO SOME OF THE WORST ROADS IN THE COUNTRY. A RECENT STUDY BY A NONPROFIT RANKED DETROIT'S ROADS THE FOURTH WORST IN THE COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, MICHIGAN DESERVES BETTER. AND AMERICA, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE DESERVE AND DEMAND MORE. I, AS AN EXCITED MEMBER OF THE CONGRESSIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, STAND READY TO WORK ON FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS AND TO WORK FOR THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE. AND YIELD BACK.

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON THE FIRST DAY OF THIS MONTH, PRESIDENT TRUMP…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ON THE FIRST DAY OF THIS MONTH, PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED AN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT, QUOTE, IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS, MAYBE SOONER.

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    MRS. BUSTOS

    HERE WE ARE INTO WEEK THREE AND THE MIDDLE OF NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE…

    HERE WE ARE INTO WEEK THREE AND THE MIDDLE OF NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. SO, MR. SPEAKER MR. PRESIDENT, WHERE'S THE PLAN -- SO, MR. PRESIDENT, WHERE'S THE PLAN? I WISH WE WERE SPENDING TODAY WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE JOBS BY MAKING MEANINGFUL INVESTMENTS IN OUR ROADS, OUR BRIDGES, OUR RAIL AND OUR AIRPORTS. THAT'S WHAT THE HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN I REPRESENT WISH WASHINGTON WOULD FOCUS ON TOO. BUT INSTEAD AT BREAKFAST TABLES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, MOMS AND DADS TURN ON THE MORNING NEWS AND HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR KIDS, WHAT IS AN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE? BEFORE PUTTING THEIR KIDS ON THE SCHOOL BUS AND TRAVERSE OUR BUMPINGY AND POT HOLED ROADS -- BUMPY AND POT HOLED ROADS. THIS IS A DARK MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY AND HISTORY DEMANDS THAT WE RISE TO THE OCCASION. NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW. NOT EVEN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY. JOIN US IN DEMANDING A TRUE AND INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PRESIDENT'S TIES TO VLADIMIR PUTIN AND ANY POSSIBLE ATTEMPTED COVERUP. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. AND TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SITES OOST -- BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO WORK TOGETHER AND PASS A BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THE FACT IS, MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT RUN A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY ON A MID 20TH CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR ROADS ARE FILLED WITH POT HOLES, COSTING COMMUTERS ON AVERAGE $520 A YEAR IN REPAIRS. TRAFFIC CONGESTION ADDS ANOTHER $960 PER YEAR IN FUEL AND LOST PRODUCTIVITY. TOO MANY OF OUR BRIDGES ARE STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT AND WELL PAST THEIR 50-YEAR LIFE SPAN. AND NOW AS THE FLINT LEAD CRISIS PAINFULLY DEMONSTRATED, OUR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS FAILING TO PROVIDE TOO MANY AMERICANS WITH WATER THAT IS SAFE TO DRINK. IT'S TIME TO STOP TALKING ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT. THE SYSTEMS THAT ALLOW US TO TRAVEL FROM PLACE TO PLACE, PROVIDE US WITH CLEAN DRINKING WATER AND DISPOSE OF WASTE ARE NOT LUXURIES. THEY'RE ESSENTIALS. SO LET'S PASS A BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. LET'S INVEST IN SAFETY, JOBS AND THE COMPETITIVENESS OF AMERICAN BUSINESSES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MS. DELBENE

    THANK YOU, --

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. JAY ALLEN --

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    MS. JAYAPAL

    IN MY FIRSTIFY MONTH -- FEW MONTHS IN CONGRESS I MADE IT A PRIORITY TO…

    IN MY FIRSTIFY MONTH -- FEW MONTHS IN CONGRESS I MADE IT A PRIORITY TO MEET WITH OFFICIALS FROM EVERY MUNICIPALITY AND JURISDICTION IN MY WASHINGTON STATE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. AND I MET WITH THEM TO UNDERSTAND THEIR CRITICAL TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. TODAY I AM RELEASING A REPORT ON THOSE NEEDS. I'M PROUD THAT MY DISTRICT CONTINUES TO DRAW IN MORE AND MORE PEOPLE AND THAT WE HAVE ASSETS LIKE A NATURAL DEEP WATER PORT THAT FACILITATES COMMERCE FROM ACROSS OUR STATE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY BETWEEN 1990 AND 2015, AS OUR STATE'S POPULATION INCREASED BY 45%, SEATTLE HAS NOW GOT THE SECOND WORST EVENING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC IN THE COUNTRY. AND WE HAVE FAILED TO INVEST IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS ADMINISTRATION MADE PROMISES BUT HAS DONE NOTHING TO ACTUALLY FULFILL THOSE PROMISES, TO INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND TO ENSURE THAT OUR COUNTRY ACTUALLY MOVES FORWARD. INSTEAD IT HAS JUST BEEN LURCHING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS. INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT ONLY ESSENTIAL, IT CREATES JOBS, AND I INTEND TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT I FIGHT FOR MY DISTRICT'S PRIORITIES AND TO ENSURE THAT CONGRESS INVESTS IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THAT HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM ISRAEL, OUR ALLY, WAS COMPROMISED…

    THAT HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM ISRAEL, OUR ALLY, WAS COMPROMISED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A MEETING WITH OFFICIALS. BY RECKLESSLY SHARING THIS INTELLIGENCE, THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT ONLY ENDANGERED OUR TROOPS, INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS AND SOURCES WHO RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY TO KEEP YOU US SAFE, BUT HE HAS JEOPARDIZED THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH OUR MOST IMPORTANT ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL.

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    MS. ROSEN

    IF WE WISH TO DEFEAT ISIS, THE PRESIDENT MUST RECTIFY THIS UNACCEPTABLE…

    IF WE WISH TO DEFEAT ISIS, THE PRESIDENT MUST RECTIFY THIS UNACCEPTABLE BLUNDER. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST RECEIVE IMMEDIATE ASSURANCES THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO REPAIR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE PRESIDENT'S RECKLESS ACTIONS. THE ROLE OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF IS ONE THAT MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND SHOULD NEVER RESULT IN THE COMPROMISING OF OUR MOST SENSITIVE INFORMATION. . ESPECIALLY TO A FOREIGN ADVERSARY AT THE EXPENSE OF ONE OF OUR STRONGEST ALLIES. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY MEN AND WOMEN IN THE POLICE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY DAY MEN AND WOMEN IN THE POLICE FORCE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO KEEP US SAFE.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF THESE EXTRAORDINARY HEROES, SAN DIEGO POLICE…

    LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT ONE OF THESE EXTRAORDINARY HEROES, SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER JONATHAN DEGUZMAN, OR J.D. AS HIS FRIENDS KNEW HIM. HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO PROTECT THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY HE LOVED. HIS BRAVERY SHOWS THE KIND OF UNIQUE SELFLESSNESS FOUND IN POLICE OFFICERS. AFTER SUFFERING A BRUTAL STABBING FROM A SUSPECT, J.D. WENT BACK TO THE FORCE AND THAT SAME YEAR HE WON THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT PURPLE HEART AWARD FOR BRAVERY IN THE LINE OF DUTY. TRAGICALLY ON JULY 28, 2016, OFFICER DEGUZZMAN, A 16-YEAR VETERAN OF THE FORCE, WAS SHOT AND KILLED. A HERO TAKEN FROM US TOO EARLY. THERE IS A SPECIAL HONOR IN REPRESENTING THOSE WHO SERVE US EVERY SINGLE DAY. THOSE LIKE SAN DIEGO'S OWN J.D. OFFICERS DEGUZMAN. THANK YOU TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR POLICE FORCE WHO ARE -- YOUR SACRIFICE AND YOUR STRENGTH KEEPS US SAFE.

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    CARBAJAL

    EASING CONGESTION ON OUR HIGHWAYS IS ONE INVESTMENT THAT WILL HAVE A…

    EASING CONGESTION ON OUR HIGHWAYS IS ONE INVESTMENT THAT WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT RETURN. GIVING CENTRAL COAST RESIDENTS TO THEIR JOBS AND BACK HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES FASTER. THIS IS ALSO AN ISSUE OF SAFETY FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS. CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY HAS OVER 1,300 STRUCTURELY DEFISHENTS BRIDGES. 678 HIGH HAZARD DAMS. AND 50% OF ITS NEARLY 200,000 MILES OF PUBLIC ROADS ARE IN POOR CONDITION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO ADDRESS THE INFRASTRUCTURE CRISIS IN OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    WHOEVER SPOKE BEFORE ME, MR. SPEAKER, WAS A PRETTY TALL FELLOW. MR.…

    WHOEVER SPOKE BEFORE ME, MR. SPEAKER, WAS A PRETTY TALL FELLOW. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO BRING TO THE HOUSE'S ATTENTION TWO FINE TEXANS SITTING UP IN THE HOUSE GALLERY.

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    MR. BARTON

    BEN HAS BEEN ON MY AIR FORCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN TEXAS FOR THE ENTIRE 32…

    BEN HAS BEEN ON MY AIR FORCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN TEXAS FOR THE ENTIRE 32 YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS. HE AND THE OTHER TWO MEMBERS OF THAT NOMINATING COMMITTEE HAVE RECOMMENDED TO ME OVER 100 YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THAT WE HAVE NOMINATED TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND WHO ARE NOW SERVING DEFENDING OUR NATION. HIS SON IS DAN MATHISON, ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS, PROUD GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS LAW SCHOOL, FORMER HEAD OF THE TEXAS STATE FED OFFICE, AND SUCCESSFUL PRACTITION ATTORNEY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. I'M VERY PROUD TO HAVE THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND I'M GLAD TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE THESE TWO FINE AMERICANS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER REMINDS PEOPLE NOT TO MAKE DIRECT REFERENCE TO PEOPLE IN THE GALLERY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE -- SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE ON THE FLOOR AND RESERVE…

    REQUEST TO BE RECOGNIZED TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE ON THE FLOOR AND RESERVE AND REVISE MY REMARKS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. YET AT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. YET AT THE SAME TIME OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT PROMISED THAT AS SOON AS HE TOOK OFFICE HE WAS GOING TO PUT FORTH A TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE. WHERE IS THAT PACKAGE?

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  • 12:36:13 PM

    MR. CARDENAS

    WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ECONOMY IS THE NUMBER ONE…

    WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ECONOMY IS THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT WE SHOULD ALL BE FOCUSING ON AND EVERYTHING ELSE SHOULD FALL INTO PLACE AFTER THAT. BUT YET THIS WHITE HOUSE IS TOO BUSY IN TURMOIL TO TAKE CARE OF THE CORE BUSINESS OF THIS CONTRY. IT'S ACTUALLY WHITE HOUSE CRISIS WEEK AGAIN. THAT IS A SAD COMMENT BUT IT'S THE TRUTH. ONCE AGAIN WE HEAR ABOUT A PRESIDENT WHO IS NOT RESPECTING THE FACT THAT WE HAVE ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE THERE SHARING INFORMATION THAT SHOULD NOT BE SHARED WITH THE RUSSIANS AND YET AT THE SAME TIME THIS PRESIDENT CHOOSES TO VIOLATE THAT SPOT. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE ECONOMY ARE LOSING CONFIDENCE IN OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR WHITE HOUSE AND THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN -- THEY SHOULDN'T BE GIVEN THESE DISTURBING REPORTS THAT COME OUT ALMOST EVERY DAY. THE ACTIONS ARE UNDERMINING OUR ECONOMY. IT'S UNDERMINING THE CONFIDENCE IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AND IT'S UNDERMINING OUR CONFIDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES AROUND THE WORLD. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:37:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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    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 17, 2017, AT 9:20 A.M. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 419. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 583. THAT THE SENATE PASSED SENATE 867. THAT THE SENATE AGREED TO SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 22. APPOINTMENTS, ALICE SPOTTED BEAR AND WALTER COMMISSION ON NATIVE CHILDREN. WITH BEST WISHES I AM, SIGNED SINCERELY, KAREN L. HAAS.

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  • 12:38:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 323 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 49, HOUSE RESOLUTION 323. RESOLVED, THAT UPON…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 49, HOUSE RESOLUTION 323. RESOLVED, THAT UPON ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER IN THE HOUSE THE BILL, H.R. 115. TO AMEND TITLE 18 UNITED STATES CODE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AGGRAVATING FACTORS FOR THE IMPOSITION OF THE DEATH BASED ON THE STATUS OF THE VICTIM. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-17 SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED. THE BILL, AS AMENDED, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST PROVISIONS IN THE BILL, AS AMENDED, ARE WAIVED. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL, AS AMENDED, AND ON ANY FURTHER AMENDMENT THERETO, TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT, ONE, ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, AND TWO, ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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  • 12:39:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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    MR. BUCK

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

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

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. AS A FORMER FEDERAL AND STATE PROSECUTOR, I OFTEN HEAR HOW AMERICANS VALUE AND RESPECT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS. WE TALK ABOUT THEIR HEROISM, SELFLESSNESS, WILLING TONESS TO PROTECT AND SERVE NO MATTER THE COST. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRULY THE FABRIC THAT HOLDS OUR COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. HOWEVER, IN RECENT YEARS A VIOLENT AND DISTURBING TREND HAS DEVELOPED. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE INCREASINGLY BEING TARGETED FOR VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY BASED SOLELY ON THE UNIFORM THEY WEAR. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND, THERE WERE 64 POLICE SHOOTING DEATHS IN 2016. THAT NUMBER IS 56% HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS ALSO NOTES THAT AMBUSH-STYLE KILLINGS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS INCREASED BY 167% IN 2016. ALLOWING THIS APPALLING TREND TO CONTINUE UNCHECKED IS NOT ONLY UNACCEPTABLE, IT IS ALSO INDEFENSIBLE. CONGRESS MUST TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO ADDRESS THIS DEADLY PROBLEM. CURRENT FEDERAL LAW PROVIDES 16 AGGRAVATING FACTORS THAT A JURY MUST CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING WHETHER A DEATH SENTENCE IS WARRANTED. THESE FACTORS INCLUDE WHETHER THE DEFENDANT ACTED IN AN ESPECIALLY HEINOUS, CRUEL, OR DEPRAVED MANNER. WHETHER THE DEFENDANT ENGAGED IN SUBSTANTIAL PLANNING AND MEDITATION. WHETHER THE VICTIM WAS VULNERABLE. WHETHER THE VICTIM WAS A HIGH PUBLIC OFFICIAL WHICH INCLUDES HIGH RANKING PUBLIC PERSONS FROM A PRESIDENT TO A FOREIGN HEFFED STATE TO A JUDGE OR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. HOWEVER, STATE AND LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, PROSECUTORS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THESE PROTECTIONS. IN RESPONSE MY FRIEND, MR. BUCHANAN, INTRODUCED H.R. 115, THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION AMENDS FEDERAL LAW TO INCLUDE MURDERING, ATTEMPTING TO MURDER, OR TARGETING OF STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, PROSECUTORS, AND FIRST RESPONDERS AS AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR A JURY MUST CONSIDER WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER A DEATH SENTENCE IS JUSTIFIED. FURTHERMORE, THESE PROTECTIONS EXTEND TO ALL PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO ARE MURDERED OR TARGETED WHILE ENGAGING IN THEIR OFFICIAL DUTIES BECAUSE OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES OR BECAUSE OF THEIR STATUS AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL OR EMPLOYEE. THIS BILL SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE, THOSE WHO TARGET OUR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS, OR FIRST RESPONDERS WITH VIOLENCE WILL BE MET WITH AN EQUALLY HARSH PUNISHMENT. WE OFFER OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN OFFICERS. BUT WE MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT THESE BRAVE INDIVIDUALS. WE CAN'T STAND IDLY BY AS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO PROTECT OUR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES ARE TARGETED BECAUSE OF THE UNIFORM THEY WEAR. WE MUST ACT TO ENSURE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD COMMIT AN ASKET VIOLENCE AGAINST OUR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS KNOW THEY WILL FACE THE GRAVEST OF SENTENCE IT IS THEY GO THROUGH WITH THEIR HEINOUS PLOT. WE MUST SEND A MESSAGE THAT CONGRESS STANDS WITH THOSE FEARLESS INDIVIDUALS WHO DECLARE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES -- DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES NO MATTER THE COST. WE CAN'T CONTINUE ALLOWING THEM TO SUFERT PRICE OF OUR INACTION. I SUPPORT THIS EFFORT AND THANK CHAIRMAN GOOD LATH ANTI-JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS -- GOODLATTE AND THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COMMITTEE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 12:43:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE MAKING SURE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE MAKING SURE THAT LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS, SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES, PROSECUTORS, FIRST RESPONDERS, FIREFIGHTERS, HAVE THE SAME PROTECTIONS THAT THOSE IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM HAVE.

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  • 12:50:34 PM

    MR. BUCK

    ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, DR. BUCSHON.

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    MR. BUCSHON

    MR. SPEAKER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY GO TO WORK EVERY…

    MR. SPEAKER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY GO TO WORK EVERY DAY TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN RISK EVERYTHING TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR FAMILIES SAFE. AND SECURE. AND THEY DO ITSELFLESSLY. I RECENTLY ATTENDED A CEREMONY IN PUTNAM COUNTY, INDIANA, HONORING THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE OF THE INDIANA STATE POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. AND YESTERDAY I WAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH VICE PRESIDENT PENCE TO RECOGNIZE THE DEDICATION OF THE INDIANA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE AND REMEMBER THE SERVICE TO THE LATE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY, CARL KUNTZ, OF HOWARD BLINGT, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE -- COUNTY, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THESE ARE REMINDERS OF WHAT THESE HEROS WHO STAND ON THE THIN BLUE LINE AND THEIR FAMILIES SACRIFICE ON OUR BEHALF. WE SHOULD ALL BE GRATEFUL. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT OFFICERS WHO FALL IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND THEIR FAMILIES RECEIVE THE JUSTICE THEY DESERVE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION THAT CONFIRMS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS STANDS BEHIND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 12:51:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 12:51:50 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:51:57 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THEN I WILL YIELD TO A SPEAKER TO SPEAK FOR THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MR.…

    THEN I WILL YIELD TO A SPEAKER TO SPEAK FOR THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. MR. SPEAKER, IT MAY SOUND LIKE WE'RE GETTING READY TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT AND TO A RELATIVE DEGREE WE ARE. WE'RE IN VERY INTERESTING AND TROUBLING TIMES IN THIS NATION. AND WE HAVE SOME CONCERNS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS ALLOWED TO THE MY NORTH IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO -- MINORITY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT A PREVIOUS QUESTION. AND IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE, WE'RE DEEPLY CONCERNED BY LAST NIGHT'S REVELATIONS THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE WHEN HE ASKED THEN F.B.I. DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY TO END THE BUREAU'S INVESTIGATION OF FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FLYNN'S TIES TO RUSSIA. THIS MOVE CAME ONLY DAYS -- NEWS CAME ONLY DAYS AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE LATER FIRED DIRECTOR COMEY OVER THE BUREAU'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE LINKS BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA AND ONLY A DAY AFTER WE LEARNED THE PRESIDENT SHARED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS LAST WEEK. I SERVED FOR EIGHT YEARS ON THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY IN THIS CONGRESS. AND THE KIND OF INFORMATION THAT THE PRESIDENT SHARED WITH THE RUSSIANS, EVEN AS AN INTELLIGENCE MEMBER, I SAW SECRET, I SAW TOP SECRET, I SAW HIGH SECRET, BUT I DID NOT SEE CODE WORD INFORMATION, THE HIGHEST THAT'S ONLY SHARED WITH A FEW PEOPLE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BODY. AND THAT'S WHAT WAS ALLOWED TO BE TRANSMITTED. IT'S TIME THAT THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS DOES ITS JOB AND ACTS TO DEFEND OUR DEMOCRACY. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP THE BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 356, WHICH WOULD CREATE A NONPARTISAN COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR 2016 ELECTION. THIS MARKS THE SEVENTH TIME WE TRIED TO BRING THIS BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. ON THE PREVIOUS SIX OCCASIONS, THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY REGRETTABLY REFUSED TO ALLOW THE HOUSE TO EVEN DEBATE THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AS MORE AND MORE FACTS HAVE COME TO LIGHT, I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL FINALLY PUT COUNTRY AHEAD OF PARTY AND GET SERIOUS ABOUT THIS INVESTIGATION. MY GOODNESS. THE ALLEGATION HERE IS THAT PEOPLE IMPACTED OUR FUNDAMENTAL PREMISE OF OUR EXISTENCE, OUR ELECTIONS. WE NEED TO CREATE THIS COMMISSION WITH LEGISLATION, RATHER THAN JUST TWEETING ABOUT THE NEED FOR FACTS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE TEXT OF MY AMENDMENT IN THE RECORD, ALONG WITH EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 12:55:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    WITH THAT, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    WITH THAT, TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, A MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE, MR. SWALWELL.

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  • 12:55:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO EMPORE

    BEFORE RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO…

    BEFORE RECOGNIZING THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT.

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  • 12:55:48 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, MR. SPEAKER. I'VE HEARD THAT OFTEN. WILL THE…

    PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, MR. SPEAKER. I'VE HEARD THAT OFTEN. WILL THE SPEAKER DIRECT ME TO WHAT I SAID THAT WAS ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT IS A FACT HERE? CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT I SAID THAT WAS DEALING WITH THE PERSONALITY OF THE PRESIDENT?

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  • 12:56:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WOULD MAKE SURE -- SOME INDICATION THERE MAY HAVE BEEN…

    THE GENTLEMAN WOULD MAKE SURE -- SOME INDICATION THERE MAY HAVE BEEN ACTION BY THE PRESIDENT. WE'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.

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  • 12:56:16 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. SWALWELL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, ALLOW AN AMENDMENT TO COME FORWARD, SO THAT WE CAN DEBATE HAVING AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON RUSSIA'S INTERFERENCE IN OUR PAST ELECTION. THE EVENTS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE IS A HIGH COST, A COST THAT IS TOO HIGH TO BEAR WITH REGARD TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND ITS TIES WITH RUSSIA. WHAT IS THE COST EXACTLY? WHAT IS THE COST OF ALLEGED ABUSES AND THE PRESIDENT'S FIRING OF SALLY YATES, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY? WHAT IS THE COST OF THE QUESTIONS SWIRLING AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S TIES TO RUSSIA? WELL, THE COST CLEARLY WITH THE LEAKING THAT OCCURRED IN THE OVAL OFFICE IS NOW OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. THE COST IS OUR DEMOCRACY HAS BEEN LEFT IN RUINS. IT'S A MESS RIGHT NOW. HERE IN WASHINGTON. THE COST IS THAT THIS HOUSE IS UNABLE TO BRING FORWARD LEGISLATION, TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP PEOPLE PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE, TO SEEK TO PUT A ROOF OVER THEIR HOME, AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY TO THEIR CHILDREN. IT'S A HIGH COST THAT WE'RE PAYING RIGHT NOW FOR ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS. IT'S TOO MUCH FOR US TO BEAR. THE BEST THING WE CAN DO IS TO CHARTER AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION, TO TAKE THIS OUTSIDE OF CONGRESS SO THAT THEY CAN FOLLOW THE FACTS AND THE EVIDENCE AND REPORT BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. JUST -- PEOPLE, JUST EXACTLY HOW WERE WE SO VULNERABLE THIS PAST ELECTION, WHAT WAS OUR RESPONSE? PROSECUTE ANY U.S. PERSONS INVOLVED? AND -- WERE ANY U.S. PERSONS INVOLVED? AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WHAT REFORMS CAN WE MAKE? WHAT AWARENESS SHOULD WE ALL HAVE SO THAT WE NEVER FIND OURSELVES IN A MESS LIKE THIS AGAIN? IT'S NOT DISPUTED, RUSSIA ATTACKED OUR DEMOCRACY. IT WAS ORDERED BY VLADIMIR PUTIN. THEY USED A MULTIFACETED CAMPAIGN OF SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS, THE DISSEMINATION OF FAKE NEWS, THE HACKING OF DEMOCRATIC EMAILS, AND THE BREAKING INTO STATE VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEMS. THEY HAD A PREFERRED CANDIDATE IN MIND. AND DONALD TRUMP -- IN DONALD TRUMP. AND THEY DIDN'T DO IT BECAUSE THEY WERE BORED. THEY DIDN'T DO IT BECAUSE THEY WERE TESTING SOFTWARE. THEY DID IT BECAUSE THEY WANTED SOMETHING IN RETURN. THEY SAW A CANDIDATE WHO ADMIRED THEIR PRESIDENT. THEY WANTED SANCTIONS ROLLED BACK. AND THEY WANTED TO REDUCE THE ROLE OF NATO. BUT THE MOST DISTURBING, THE MOST BONE-CHILLING FINDING THAT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY MADE WAS THAT RUSSIA INTENDS TO DO IT AGAIN. AND BY THE LOOKS OF THINGS, THEY'LL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL NEXT TIME. BECAUSE SINCE THIS PAST ATTACK, WE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION. WE HAVE DONE NOTHING TO HAVE A FRANK CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT HOW WE ALL NEED TO BE MORE AWARE, ABOUT WHAT A FOREIGN ADVERSARY'S INTENT IS WHEN THEY HACK EMAILS AND THEN DISSEMINATE FAKE NEWS. THANKS TIME FOR REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO UNITE. DEMOCRATS MAY HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF THIS MOST RECENT ATTACK. IF HISTORY HAS ITS WAY, ANOTHER ADVERSARY, PERHAPS COULD ATTACK US AND REPUBLICANS MAY BE THE VICTIM. BUT THE CONSTANT SHOULD ALWAYS BE THAT BOTH PARTIES SAY WE WILL NEVER TOLERATE FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. THE FIRST STEP TO DOING THAT IS TO DEFEAT THIS PREVIOUS QUESTION, ALLOW AN AMENDMENT TO TAKE PLACE SO WE CAN DEBATE HAVING AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION, A COMMISSION THAT WOULD BE BIPARTISAN APPOINTED, HAVE A WIDE MANDATE TO FOLLOW THE EVIDENCE, EXPLORE ALL THE FACTS. AND THEN REPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECOMMENDATIONS SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. WE HAVE A DISCHARGE PETITION RIGHT NOW TO ALSO DO THAT. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF NAMES ON IT. AND I HOPE --

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  • 01:00:40 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE. .

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    MR. SWALWELL

    THIS COUNTRY RESPONDED AFTER THE ATTACK ON SEPTEMBER 11. OUTSIDE ON THE…

    THIS COUNTRY RESPONDED AFTER THE ATTACK ON SEPTEMBER 11. OUTSIDE ON THE CAPITOL STEPS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS JOINED HANDS. THEY SANG "GOD BLESS AMERICA." BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WERE THE REFORMS THEY TOOK OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO UNDERSTAND THE VULNERABILITY, TO PUT POLICIES IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE WE WERE NEVER VULNERABLE AGAIN AND REPORT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THEY HAD DONE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY, AGAIN, TO UNITE. OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE COUNTING ON US TO SHOW THAT UNITY, TO WEAR THE SAME UNIFORM AND MAKE SURE THIS DEMOCRACY IS STILL ONE WE PROTECT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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    MR. BUCK

    MR. SPEAKER, TO GET THIS DEBATE BACK ON TRACK, TO PROTECT LOCAL LAW…

    MR. SPEAKER, TO GET THIS DEBATE BACK ON TRACK, TO PROTECT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 01:01:40 PM

    MR. KNIGHT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO YOU NOT JUST AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO YOU NOT JUST AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM MY DISTRICT TODAY BUT SOMEONE WHO SERVED FOR 18 YEARS AS A LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICER ON THE STREETS, SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN IN UNIFORMAT ATTENTION AT SEVERAL POLICE OFFICER AND DEPUTY FUNERALS. AS TEARS ROLLING DOWN MY FACE AND LOOKING SIDE TO SIDE AND SEEING THE SAME OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. I AM SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO SPEAKS TODAY WILL HAVE A STORY, A HORRIBLE STORY THAT AFFECTED THEIR COMMUNITY. ON OCTOBER 5 OF LAST YEAR, ONE SUCH STORY HAPPENED IN OUR COMMUNITY. SERGEANT STEVE OWEN WAS BASICALLY EXECUTED. HE WAS SHOT FROM A FAR DISTANCE AND THEN THE KILLER CAME UP AND PUT FOUR MORE SHOTS INTO HIM AT CLOSE RANGE TO MAKE SURE HE WAS DEAD. THESE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT WE ARE SEEING IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AT AN ALARMING HIGH RATE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. I THINK THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT IS ONE MORE OF THOSE TYPES OF ISSUES THAT WE CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, OUR POLICE OFFICERS, OUR FIREFIGHTERS. TO GIVE THESE PEOPLE JUSTICE, TO GIVE THEIR FAMILIES JUSTICE. SO I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 01:02:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:03:01 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WOULD YOU BE SO KIND TO ADVISE MY GOOD…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. WOULD YOU BE SO KIND TO ADVISE MY GOOD FRIEND AND I WHAT AMOUNT OF TIME REMAINS?

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  • 01:03:10 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 14 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA HAS 14 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO HAS 24 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 01:03:16 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MORE SPEAKER, BUT AT THIS TIME I WILL RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BUCK

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE,

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    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL BY VERN BUCHANAN. ES IN A POLICE WEEK WE TAKE TIME TO HONOR OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FOR THE WORK THEY DO AND THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE TO KEEP US SAFE ON A DAILY BASIS. IT'S UNON CHENABLE THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE BEING TARGETED AND ARE MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND THIS BILL AIMS TO MAKE THE KILL OR ATTEMPTED KILLING OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR FOR THE IMPOSITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I SERVED FOR SIX YEARS AS A CITY COMMISSIONER AND TWO OF THOSE YEARS AS MAYOR OF MY SMALL TOWN OF JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE, AND HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH FIRST RESPONDERS, FIREMEN AND POLICE OFFICERS EVERY DAY. IT WAS A PRIVILEGED TO DO IT. I PUT ON A SCRUB SUIT TO GO TO WORK EVERY DAY. THEY PUT ON A KEVLAR VEST AND PUT THEIR LIVES IN DANGER. I CAN'T SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE SACRIFICES THEY MAKE. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE ON INTRODUCING THIS RESOLUTION AND FOR THE HOUSE CONSIDERING IT TODAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION IN HONOR OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HASTINGS

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. BUCK

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, DR. YOHO.

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    MR. YOHO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN BUCK. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN BUCK. I'M PROUD TO RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 115, THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT, WHICH WILL ACT AS A DETERRENT AGAINST CRIMINALS WHO SEEK TO HARM FIRST RESPONDERS. INCREASING THE FEDERAL PENALTIES THAT CAN BE IMPOSED AGAINST THOSE WHO WILL KILL OR ATTEMPT TO KILL POLICEMEN, FIREMEN OR FIRST RESPONDERS IS A JUST RESPONSE TO SUCH HEINOUS CRIMES. THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, AND I'M REMINDED OF THE WORDS ETCHED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHICH STATES, "THE WICKED FLEE WHEN NO ONE PURSUETH BUT THE RIGHTEOUS IS AS BOLD AS A LION." IT IS FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS. THEY SHIELD THE INNOCENT FROM THE WICKED, THAT IS WHAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS DO EVERY DAY. I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE MEN AND SERVE WHO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES AND I WAS HONORED TO BE PRESENT FOR POLICE WEEK IN A SMALL TOWN IN OUR DISTRICT. GREEN COAST SPRINGS IN CLAY COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY HAD THE POLICE MEMORIAL AND A VERSE FROM JOHN 15: 13. GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS. TO LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR ONE'S FRIENDS. AND I HOPE THAT GOD WATCHES OVER OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND KEEP THEM SAFE TO BRING THEM HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS.

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    MR. BROOKS

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER TUSCALOOSA PROSECUTOR AND MADISON COUNTY DISTRICT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A FORMER TUSCALOOSA PROSECUTOR AND MADISON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RULE OF LAW, THAT IN TURN PROTECTS US FROM ANARCHY, CRIME, DESTRUCTION AND DEATH. WITHOUT THE RULE OF LAW, CRIMINAL BRUTE FORCE PREVAILS. UNFORTUNATELY, LEFT IS POLITICAL FORCES WHO CARE MORE THAN INCITING RACIAL DIVISION FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND LESS ABOUT CRIME AND TERROR VICTIMS, REGULARLY SECOND GUESS THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TO PROTECT AND SERVE. ANTI-POLICE LEFT AS POLITICAL RECEIPTRHETORIC HAS INCITED POLICE IN PLACES LIKE DALLAS, BATON ROUGE. I SUPPORT THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT BECAUSE I APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND BECAUSE IT IS MORALLY RIGHT TO HELP PROTECT OFFICERS WHO RICK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OURS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BUCK

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS.

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    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT. I RISE TODAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND PASSAGE OF THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. THIS BILL MAKES SURE THAT ANYONE WHO TARGETS AND ATTACKS A STATE OR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE IN OUR LOCAL POLICE FORCES PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO KEEP US SAFE. THEY ARE EVERYDAY HEROES, MR. SPEAKER. IN 2014, TARPIN SPRINGS POLICE OFFICER CHARLES WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY A FUGITIVE WHILE ON DUTY. HE REPRESENTS TARPIN SPRINGS, FLORIDA. HE REPRESENTED -- HE WORKED THERE FOR 17 YEARS AND DID A WONDERFUL JOB KEEPING US SAFE. THESE AMBUSH-STYLE KILLINGS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE INCREASED ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY 167%. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE THING BLUE LINE ACT BRINGS US ONE STEP CLOSER TO JUSTICE FOR THESE HORRIFIC CRIMES. SO LET'S PASS THIS BILL. OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO PASS THE RULE FIRST SO WE CAN PASS THIS GOOD BILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE IT.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, DR. DUNN.

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    MR. DUNN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT WHICH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT WHICH WILL MAKE MURDER OR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRST RESPONDER AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR IN DEATH PENALTY DETERMINATIONS. THE OFFICERS OF THE THIN BLUE LINE PUT THEIR LIVES AT RISK EVERY DAY AND ARE WILLING TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE SO WE CAN REST EASY AT NIGHT. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS RUN INTO DANGER SO THAT OTHERS CAN RUN AWAY FROM IT. THEY DO THIS DESPITE THE RISE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM. WE HAVE WITNESSED A 167% INCREASE IN AMBUSH-STYLE KILLINGS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN 2016 ALONE. THIS IS TRAGIC AND IT IS UNACCEPTABLE. THE THEN BLUE LINE ACT WILL HOLD COP KILLERS ACCOUNTABLE AND SEEK JUSTICE FOR THOSE MURDERED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND IT WILL SHOW OUR RESOLVE AS CITIZENS TO PROTECT THE OFFICERS WHO'VE SWORN TO PROTECT US. DURING THIS WEEK, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, WE CAN ALSO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEIR FAMILIES BY PASSING THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. IT IS AN HONOR TO REPRESENT THEM IN CONGRESS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, DR. BABIN.

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    MR. BABIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IN OUR NATION, PROTECTING OUR LOCAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IN OUR NATION, PROTECTING OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS COULD NOT BE MORE IMPORTANT. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS AROUND THE COUNTRY HAVE PUT -- THEY PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES. SADLY, STATISTICS SHOW THAT SIMPLY DOING THEIR JOBS HAS BECOME VERY DANGEROUS FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS. IN 2016, POLICE OFFICER SHOOTINGS INCREASED BY 56% NATIONALLY. WITH AMBUSH-STYLE KILLINGS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS INCREASING BY A STAGGERING 167%. THESE DRAMATIC NUMBERS DEMONSTRATE THAT MORE PROTECTION IS NEEDED FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. IN MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, 17 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS GAVE THEIR LIVES JUST LAST YEAR INCLUDING FIVE WHO WERE KILLED IN THE HORRIBLE ASSAULT THAT TARGETED POLICE OFFICERS IN DALLAS, TEXAS. ON MONDAY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, WE HONORED FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AT A MEMORIAL CEREMONY IN DEER PARK, TEXAS, IN MY DISTRICT. WE NEED THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT, WHICH WOULD MAKE THE KILLING OF A LOCAL OR STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRST RESPONDER AN AGGRAVATING FACTOR IN FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY DETERMINATIONS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR LOCAL AND STATE POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE THE SAME SAFEGUARDS THAT FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ALREADY HAVE. THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS THAT I KNOW IN MY DISTRICT NOT ONLY SERVE THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH THEIR JOBS BUT ALSO GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES IN POSITIONS SUCH AS LITTLE LEAGUE COACHES, CITY COUNCILMEMBERS, SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND IN COUNTLESS OTHER POSITIONS OF SERVICE. THESE INDIVIDUALS PUT THEIR COMMUNITIES FIRST, MR. SPEAKER, AND THEY DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED BY MUCH STRONGER LAWS. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE TODAY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BUCK

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND FORMER SPECIAL AGENT WITH THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, MR. FITZPATRICK.

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    MR. FITZPATRICK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BUCK, FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. BUCK, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT. MR. SPEAKER, MY GREAT UNCLE, PHILIP FITZPATRICK, WAS A PROUD PATROLMAN WITH THE NYPD AND A POET. OFTEN REFERRING TO POLICE OFFICERS AS SOLDIERS OF PEACE. THIS WEEK AS WE RECOGNIZE POLICE WEEK, 2017, I FIND MYSELF THINKING OF HIM AND A LINE FROM ONE OF HIS POEMS WHERE HE WROTE, WHEN HE KISSES HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN GOODBYE, THERE'S A CHANCE HE WILL SEE THEM NO MORE. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. SPEAKER, THESE WORDS WERE TRUE FOR MY FAMILY. THIS MONTH MARKS 70 YEARS SINCE MY GREAT UNCLE WAS SHOT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO DISARM A ROBBER IN A MANHATTAN BAR. MR. SPEAKER, FOR TWO LONG LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN OR WORST YET OSTRACIZED. THEIR VITAL MISSION CONTINUES AND IT CONTINUES TO GROW MORE DANGEROUS. JUST LAST YEAR AMBUSH-STYLE KILLINGS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT INCREASED BY 167%, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS. DESPITE ALL THIS, EACH DAY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN CONTINUE TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS WEEK WE RECOGNIZE POLICE WEEK, 2017, BUT THE DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE OF OUR BLUE LINE DESERVES TO BE RESPECTED EVERY DAY. AS A FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THOSE BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN. TODAY, THE HOUSE HAS A CHANCE TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION TO PROTECT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS BY PASSING THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US. THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO WOULD INTENTIONALLY TARGET OUR POLICE OFFICERS. THIS ATTACK ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WILL BE MET WITH JUSTICE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND UP FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TODAY, SUPPORT THIS RULE AND PASS H.R. 115, THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT, THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IT DESERVES MUST BE DELIVERED TODAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. BUCK

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD 1 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM LOUISIANA, MR. GRAVES.

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    GRAVES MR.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. BUCK, FOR HIS EFFORT AND LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY BECAUSE I THINK THE REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THEIR ROLE IS. THESE ARE THE PEACEKEEPERS. THE MEN AND WOMEN RIGHT HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, THE CAPITOL POLICE, THEY'RE THE ONES THAT PREVENT CHAOS, THAT ALLOW FOR ORDER. TO STAND HERE IN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX. IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA IN MY HOMETOWN OF BATON ROUGE, BACK ON JULY 17, WE HAD AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT. WE HAD FIVE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THAT WERE RESPONDING TO A SHOOTER WITH A LONG GUN. CLEARLY SOMEONE THAT WAS DRESSED AND ARMED IN A WAY TO NOT BE HELPFUL TO THE COMMUNITY. WHILE THE REST OF US WERE RUNNING AWAY FROM THAT SHOOTER, THESE FIVE MEN WERE RUNNING TOWARD. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, DEPUTY BRAD GARAFALLOW LOST HIS WIFE AND HIS WIFE IS NOW A WIDOW. MATTHEW GERALD LOST HIS LIFE. AND HIS WIFE IS NOW A WIDOW. AND SHE FOUND OUT TWO WEEKS AFTER HIS DEATH THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT. AND HE'S NEVER SEEN THAT BABY. THAT BABY DOESN'T HAVE A FATHER TODAY. WE HAD MONDAY TRELL JACKSON, ANOTHER -- MONTRELL JACKSON, ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER, WHO LOST HIS WIFE. AND HIS WIFE IS NOW A WIDOW. WE HAVE BRUCE SIMMONS WHO GOT SHOT AND WHILE HE DID SURVIVE, HE STILL IS STRUGGLING WITH RECOVERY AND HE AND HIS WIFE CONTINUE TO GO THROUGH THAT. JULY 17 SHOOTING FROM LAST YEAR. AND NICK, I'VE BEEN WEARING MY PRAY FOR NICK BAND NOW FOR MONTHS. NICK CONTINUES TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL. EVEN TODAY. THIS BILL ALLOWS FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR OFFICERS. IT CLEARLY DISTINGUISHES THAT THESE ARE THE PEACEKEEPERS, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ORDER, NO LONGER CHAOS. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THIS UNANIMOUSLY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD ADVISE MY COLLEAGUE THAT I HAVE NO…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I WOULD ADVISE MY COLLEAGUE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE THAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE THEIR HEARTS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE THAT MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE THEIR HEARTS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. BUT WE NEED TO BE CLEAR THAT THESE MESSAGING BILLS DO LITTLE TO NOTHING TO PROTECT OUR POLICE OFFICERS. IF WE TRULY WANTED TO HELP OUR BRAVE OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS, WE WOULD PASS SENSIBLE GUN REFORM LEGISLATION. WE WOULD TAKE GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE MENTALLY ILL AND DOMESTIC ABUSERS, NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR THEM TO ACQUIRE SUCH WEAPONS AS MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE HAVE DONE ON SO MANY OCCASIONS. IF WE TRULY WANTED TO PROTECT OUR OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS, WE WOULD WORK DILIGENTLY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE BEST MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS MONEY CAN BUY, RATHER THAN LEAVING THEM TO MEND UNSEEN WOUNDS ON THEIR OWN. IF MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE TRULY WANTED TO HELP THIS COUNTRY'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THEY WOULD CHAMPION FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVES, BECAUSE I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT A COMMUNITY THAT TRUSTS ITS POLICE OFFICERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO TRUST THEIR COMMUNITY WILL LIVE A FAR SAFER AND RICHER LIFE. I MIGHT ADD, MY COLLEAGUE AND I, ALONG WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN SOUTH FLORIDA, HAVE BEEN ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF TRYING TO MAKE THAT A REALITY. AND FUNDING FOR THAT'S PROGRAMS IS PARTICULARLY -- THOSE PROGRAMS IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL APPLAUD AND THANK OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FOR THE BRAVE AND INVALUABLE WORK THEY DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT IN OUR COMMUNITIESES. BUT WE CANNOT BURY OUR HEADS IN THE SAND ANY LONGER. AND BELIEVE THAT BY SIMPLY PASSING MESSAGING BILLS, WE ARE ACTUALLY MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES ANY SAFER FOR OUR OFFICERS OR THE CITIZENS FOR WHOM THEY SWEAR AN OATH TO PROTECT. WE'VE HEARD OUTSTANDING COMMENTS FROM OUR FRIENDS THAT CAME, AND OUR COLLEAGUES TO SPEAK TODAY. ALL OF THEM SPOKE OF HEARTFELT CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING FALLEN OFFICERS. AND TOWARD THAT END, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING THAT I AGREE -- DISAGREE WITH THAT HAS BEEN SAID. I JUST SIMPLY ASK THAT WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION HOW WE CAN BEST HELP AND KEEP SAFE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WITH THAT, I YIELD.

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    MR. BUCK

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO PUT INTO THE RECORD FOUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO PUT INTO THE RECORD FOUR LETTERS WHICH I WILL BRIEFLY DESCRIBE. THE FIRST IS FROM THE MAJOR COUNTY SHERIFFS OF AMERICA, SUPPORTING THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. THE SECOND IS FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE ORGANIZATIONS. AGAIN, SUPPORTING THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. THE THIRD IS FROM THE NATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE SUPPORTING H.R. 115, THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. AND FINALLY, FROM THE SERGEANTS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION, IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 115. THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT.

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    MR. BUCK

    MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS SIMPLE. IT PROVIDES FOR…

    MR. SPEAKER, THE RULE BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY IS SIMPLE. IT PROVIDES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE THIN BLUE LINE ACT. WE OFTEN TALK OF HOW RESOLUTE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE IN THE FACE OF IMMENSE DANGER. THESE HEROIC INDIVIDUALS CHARGE INTO BURNING BUILDINGS, FACE DOWN VIOLENCE AND STAND READY TO JUMP INTO THE FRAY AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE. SIMPLY PUTTING ON A UNIFORM SHOULD NOT BE ONE OF THOSE DANGERS. IT IS OUR DUTY TO ENSURE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE EVERY TOOL AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO DO THEIR JOB SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY. AND TO ENSURE THEY RETURN HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. COUNTLESS SPOUSES AND CHILDREN KISS THE LOVED ONES GOOD-BYE AS THEY HEAD TO WORK, PRAYING THAT IT WILL NOT BE THEIR LAST DAY. WE MUST NEVER FORGET THIS AS WE ENSURE TO MAKE SURE OUR POLICE OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE EVERY POSSIBLE PROTECTION. THERE'S NO GREATER DETERRENT THAN THE THREAT OF LOSING ONE'S LIFE. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS LEDGE -- LEGISLATION MAKES INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD CONSIDER TAKING THE LIFE OF AN OFFICER STOP TO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES BEFORE GOING THROUGH WITH AN ATTACK. THAT WE ONE DAY REACH A POINT WHERE OUR NATION'S FINEST CAN GO TO WORK WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT BEING TARGETED BECAUSE OF THE UNIFORM ON THEIR BACK. THAT ONE DAY OUR OFFICERS' FAMILIES HAVE ONE LESS REASON TO WORRY. BUT UNTIL THAT DAY, WE MUST CONTINUE STANDING RESOLUTELY AGAINST THIS EVIL. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY, FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. PROTECT THEM FROM THE HAY NEWS TO ACTS OF VIOLENCE. GIVE THEIR -- HEINOUS ACTS OF VIOLENCE. GIVE THEIR FAMILIES SOME ASSURANCE THAT WE HAVE THEIR BACKS. VOTE YES ON THE RESOLUTION. VOTE YES ON THE UNDERLYING BILL. VOTE YES TO GIVE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS THE PROTECTIONS THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. I THANK CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE AND SESSIONS FOR BRINGING THIS BILL BEFORE US. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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

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  • 01:23:27 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, 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. ELECTED ELECTED -- MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. . PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 9 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO FIVE MINUTES THE MINIMUM TIME FOR ANY ELECTRONIC VOTE ON QUESTION OF THE ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 01:50:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION HAS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 230. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION HAS BEEN ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT.

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  • 01:50:56 PM

    MR. HASTINGS

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THAT I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A…

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

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  • 01:57:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233, THE NAYS ARE 184. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 02:00:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE AISLES AND STAFF -- AND, STAFF, TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE CHAMBER SO THE HOUSE MAY PROCEED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES ON WHICH A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED OR ON WHICH THE VOTE INCURS OBJECTION UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. MEMBERS WILL TAKE CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:01:34 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2266, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2266, THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2017.

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  • 02:01:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 80. H.R. 2266, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF THE…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 80. H.R. 2266, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE THE --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO CALL THE BILL AS…

    THE CLERK WILL SUSPEND. DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO CALL THE BILL AS AMENDED? THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:02:26 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2266, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2266, THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. -- UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 80, H.R. 2266, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF…

    H.R. -- UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 80, H.R. 2266, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 28 OF THE UNITED STATES CODE TO AUTHORIZE THE APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL BANKRUPTCY JUDGES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:03:11 PM

    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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON H.R. 2266, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 02:03:26 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    MR. SPEAKER, I RECOGNIZE MYSELF FOR SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 02:03:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:03:31 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS AN IMPOSING THREAT TO ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONAL…

    WE ARE HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS AN IMPOSING THREAT TO ONE OF THE FOUNDATIONAL ASPECTS OF OUR ECONOMY -- THE NATIONAL BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM, A WELL-FUNCTIONING BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM PROVIDES RELIEF TO CONSUMERS, ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO REORGANIZE, PRESERVES JOBS AND MAXIMIZES THE VALUE OF ASSETS AND ENSURES THE PROPER ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES. OUR BANKRUPTCY JUDICIARY IS THE HEARTBEAT THAT KEEPS THIS SYSTEM MOVING. IF THAT JUDICIARY IS STRAINED AND UNDERMANNED, THAT SYSTEM WILL GRIND TO A HALT, ELIMINATING THE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS IT PROVIDES AND SENDING REPERCUSSIONS THROUGHOUT THE ECONOMY. THERE ARE PRESENTLY 29 TEMPORARY BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS IN THE BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM WITH A LAPSE DATE OF MAY 25. THESE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS COMPRISE MORE THAN 8% OF THE CURRENT BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS NATIONWIDE. AFTER MAY 25, 2017, THESE JUDGESHIPS ARE AT RISK OF BEING PERMANENTLY LOST, RESULTING IN LARGER CASELOADS SHARED BY FEWER JUDGES AND CAUSING FURTHER STRAIN TO OUR JUDICIARY SYSTEM. THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2017 CONVERTS 14 OF THE EXISTING TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS TO PERMANENT STATUS AND CREATES FOUR NEW PERMANENT BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS IN DISTRICTS WITH SOME OF THE HIGHEST CASELOADS IN THE COUNTRY. IN FACT, SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE BANKRUPTCY ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 WHEN A MAJORITY OF THE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS WERE CREATED, THESE DISTRICTS HAVE SEEN WAITED FILINGS INCREASE BY MORE THAN 55%. THIS BILL IS BASED ON A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY OF JUDICIAL RESOURCE NEEDS CONDUCTED BY THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE AND IS SUPPORTED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE U.S. COURTS. THE CONFERENCE HAS ASSURED US THAT ITS REQUEST COMES ONLY AFTER IT HAS TAKEN STEPS TO MAXIMIZE ALL OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO REDUCE JUDICIAL WORKLOADS. MOREOVER, THE CONFERENCE HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT, WHILE A DISTRICT MAY HAVE A PERMANENT JUDGESHIP, IT WILL NOT BE FILLED UNLESS COMPLETELY NECESSARY. IMPORTANTLY, THIS BILL WILL NOT PRESENT ANY NEW COSTS FOR THE TAXPAYERS. THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT INCLUDES AN INCREASE IN THE QUARTERLY U.S. TRUSTEE FEES FOR LARGE CHAPTER 11 DEBTORS, EXCLUDING SMALL BUSINESSES. THIS FEE INCREASE IS DIRECTLY TIED TO THE BALANCE OF THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE SYSTEM FUND AND WILL ONLY BE APPLIED WHEN THE BALANCE OF THE FUND FALLS BELOW A $200 MILLION THRESHOLD, THEREBY ENSURING THAT THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRUSTEE IS PROPERLY FUNDED. THESE TEMPORARY BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS WERE FIRST SET TO LAPSE IN 2010. MOST HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR OVER 12 YEARS, AND SOME EVEN LONGER. DESPITE THIS COMMITTEE'S PREVIOUS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE, TO DATE THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY LIMITED SHORT-TERM FIXES. ADDITIONAL PERMANENT BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS HAVE NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED SINCE 1992. THE TIME HAS COME FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS NEEDS MORE PERMANENTLY. WE NEED A BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM THAT HAS A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF JUDGES TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE CASELOAD IN A JUST, ECONOMICAL AND TIMELY MANNER. THE EFFICIENCY OF THIS SYSTEM IS TOO IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY TO RISK. THIS BILL HELPS ENSURE THAT WE HAVE SUCH A SYSTEM. I'D LIKE TO THANK RANKING MEMBER CONYERS FOR HIS EFFORTS ON THIS ISSUE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK REGULATORY REFORM, COMMERCIAL AND ANTITRUST LAW SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MARINO, AND RANKING MEMBER CICILLINE, FOR JOINING ME AS ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF THE BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVORITE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:07:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 02:07:25 PM

    MR. CONYERS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:07:30 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2266, THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT, WHICH…

    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2266, THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT, WHICH WOULD MAKE 14 TEMPORARY BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS PERMANENT AND AUTHORIZE FOUR ADDITIONAL BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS. NOW, I INTRODUCED THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TOGETHER WITH THE SUPPORT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, ALONG WITH REGULATORY REFORM, COMMERCIAL AND ANTITRUST SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MARINO, AND RANKING MEMBER CICILLINE. H.R. 2266 WARRANTS THE SUPPORT FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR SEVERAL REASONS. TO BEGIN WITH, THIS MEASURE REFLECTS THE RECOMMENDATIONS THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES WITH RESPECT TO THE JUDICIAL RESOURCE NEEDS OF OUR NATION'S BANKRUPTCY COURTS. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THEMSELVES BASED ON A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF ALL JUDICIAL CIRCUITS. THIS ANALYSIS CONSISTS OF TWO COMPONENTS. THE FIRST IS PREMISED ON A CASE WAIT FORMULA DEVISED BY THE FEDERAL JUDICIAL CENTER THAT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A MORE ACCURATE AND USEFUL MEASURE OF JUDICIAL WORKLOAD THAN A MERE COUNT OF CASE FILINGS. THE SECOND COMPONENT CONSIDERS A BROAD ARRAY OF OTHER FACTORS, INCLUDING THE NATURE OF A COURT'S CASELOAD, FILING TRENDS, DEMOGRAPHIC CONSIDERATIONS, GEOGRAPHIC ISSUES AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS, AMONG OTHER ITEMS. TAKEN TOGETHER, THE RESULTING ANALYSIS PROVIDES A RELYABLE BASIS UPON WHICH -- RELIABLE BASIS UPON WHICH CONGRESS MAY ASSESS THE NECESSITY OF AUTHORIZING ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIPS AND EXTENDING TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS. IN ADDITION, H.R. 2266 ADDRESSES AN IMMEDIATE NEED. ALL OF THE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS ADDRESSED IN H.R. 2266 WILL LAPSE AS OF MAY 25, WHICH, OF COURSE, IS JUST A WEEK AWAY. ONCE A TEMPORARY JUDGESHIP LAPSES, ANY ENSUING VACANCY MAY NOT BE FILLED, WHICH PRESENTS A SERIOUS CONCERN. AS THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE WARRANTS, THESE BANKRUPTCY COURTS WOULD FACE, QUOTE, FACE A SERIOUS AND IN MANY CASES DEBILITATING WORKLOAD CRISIS IF THEIR TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS WERE TO EXPIRE, END QUOTATION. THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE WITH RESPECT TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN WHICH HAS A WAITED CASELOAD WELL IN EXCESS OF THE MINIMUM NECESSARY TO TRIGGER ADDITIONAL JUDICIAL RESOURCES. ALTHOUGH CONGRESS HAS PREVIOUSLY EXTENDED TEMPORARY BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS FROM TIME TO TIME, SOME HAVE ALSO LAPSED AS A RESULT OF CONGRESS' FAILURE TO TIMELY ACT. SO TO AVOID FUTURE LAPSES IN JUDICIAL RESOURCES, MY LEGISLATION CONVERTS 14 OF THESE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS TO PERMANENT STATUS. FINALLY, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT H.R. 2266 PAYS FOR ALL OF THESE JUDGESHIPS WITHOUT HAVING TO REQUIRE CONSUMER DEBTORS TO BEAR THAT EXPENSE. THE COST OF THIS LEGISLATION IS OFFSET BY INCREASING THE QUARTERLY FEES THAT THE LARGEST 10% OF CHAPTER 11 DEBTORS PAY TO THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE SYSTEM FUND, A PROPOSAL INITIALLY MADE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AS PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST FOR 2017. SPECIFICALLY, THE FEE INCREASE WOULD APPLY ONLY TO CHAPTER 11 DEBTORS THAT HAVE QUARTERLY DISBURSEMENTS IN EXCESS OF $1 MILLION AND ONLY DURING THE PERIOD WHEN THE FUND HAS LESS THAN $2 HUNDRED MILLION. AND SO FOR ALL OF THESE VARIOUS REASONS I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:12:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 02:12:43 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. CONYERS HAS ANY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. CONYERS HAS ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS, BUT I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 02:12:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME?

  • 02:12:57 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    I DO.

  • 02:12:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MR. CONYERS.

  • 02:13:00 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM DELAWARE,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PLEASED NOW TO YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM DELAWARE, REPRESENTATIVE ROCHESTER, AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 02:13:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:13:19 PM

    MS. BLUT ROCHESTER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:13:28 PM

    MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. CONYERS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK MR. CONYERS AND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE HOUSE JIRKE FOR THEIR WORK -- JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION AND FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. AN EFFICIENT BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT TO THE SMOOTH FUNCTIONING OF OUR ECONOMY. THE PRESERVATION AND ADDITION OF THESE POSITIONS WILL ADD NEEDED CERTAINTY TO OUR LEGAL SYSTEM. AS THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTED IN THEIR REPORT TO CONGRESS THESE RESOURCES WILL BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS AND CORPORATIONS AND ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP THIS SYSTEM WORKING. I AM PROUD OF THE WORK THAT THE U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE DOES TO PROTECT JOBS, CREDITORS, ECONOMIC ENGINES IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS LEGISLATION IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF CONGRESS HEARING THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL EXPERTS IN THE JUDICIARY AND ACTING IN A BIPARTISAN COLLABORATIVE MANNER TO ADDRESS A LOOMING PROBLEM. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES ON OTHER PRESSING PROBLEMS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS IN SUCH COLLABORATIVE WAYS. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2017. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 02:14:44 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 02:14:48 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

  • 02:14:53 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL MAKE CLOSING REMARKS AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WILL MAKE CLOSING REMARKS AND I YIELD MYSELF THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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  • 02:15:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE HIS TIME?

  • 02:15:04 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    NO, SIR. I'D LIKE TO --

  • 02:15:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:15:10 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE IN THE RECORD THE STATEMENT OF OUR COLLEAGUE ON JUDICIARY, MR. CICILLINE, IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2266.

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  • 02:15:23 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. .

  • 02:15:27 PM

    MR. CONYERS

    IN CLOSING, I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT H.R. 2266 IS SUPPORTED BY THE…

    IN CLOSING, I'M PLEASED TO NOTE THAT H.R. 2266 IS SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, THE FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF BANKRUPTCY, AND THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BANKRUPTCY JUDGES. I WANT TO ALSO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO OUR JUDICIARY CHAIRMAN, MR. GOODLATTE. TO CHAIRMAN MARINO AND RANKING MEMBER CICILLINE. AS WELL AS THEIR STAFFS FOR THEIR COOPERATIVE EFFORTS IN WORKING WITH ME ON THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. GIVEN THE TIME SENSITIVE NATURE OF THE TEMPORARY JUDGESHIPS ADDRESSED BY H.R. 2266, AND THE IMMEDIATE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIPS TO BE AUTHORIZED, IT IS MY HOPE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE WILL EXPEDITIOUSLY CONSIDER THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. SO I URGE ALL OF THE MEMBERS HERE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I AT THIS TIME YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:16:39 PM

    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.

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  • 02:16:43 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

  • 02:16:47 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:16:48 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    PERMANENT BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP HAS NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED SINCE 1992. OVER…

    PERMANENT BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP HAS NOT BEEN AUTHORIZED SINCE 1992. OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, WE HAVE LIMITED OUR PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM TO SHORT-TERM TEMPORARY FIXES. A WELL FUNCTIONING BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM, HOWEVER, IS TOO IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY TO RISK. NOW IS THE TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ADDRESS BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP NEEDS MORE PERMANENTLY. THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT IS A MEASURED, LONG-TERM SOLUTION CAREFULLY CRAFTED AND BASED ON THE WELL DEVELOPED RECOMMENDATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS. NOT ONLY DOES IT ENSURE THE VIABILITY OF OUR BANKRUPTCY SYSTEM, BUT IT ALSO ADDRESSES THE FUNDING CONCERNS OF THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE. THIS BILL IS A BIPARTISAN MEASURE THAT ENJOYS BROAD SUPPORT FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS, INCLUDING THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BANKRUPTCY JUDGES, AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF BANKRUPTCY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:17:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2266, AS AMENDED. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS THRAVENLT -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:18:27 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 419, THE PUBLIC…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS S. 419, THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT AFPKT 2017.

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  • 02:18:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:18:36 PM

    THE CLERK

    TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 02:18:47 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 MICHIGAN, MR. CONYERS, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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  • 02:18:56 PM

    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 INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON S. 419, CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 02:19:09 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 02:19:10 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

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

  • 02:19:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 02:19:14 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    IN 1976, CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE PUBLIC…

    IN 1976, CONGRESS PASSED AND THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS ACT. THE ACT WAS DESIGNED TO OFFER PEACE OF MIND TO MEN AND WOMEN SEEKING CAREERS AS PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS NAMELY THAT IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THEM IN THEIR DANGEROUS ROLES, THEIR FAMILIES WOULD HAVE SUPPORT. IT SHOWS THAT AMERICA PLACES ENORMOUS VALUE ON THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITIES WHO PROTECT AND SERVE. THOSE WHOSE RESPONSE TO DANGER IS TO FACE IT HEAD-ON AND WHO PUT OTHERS BEFORE THEMSELVES DAILY. THE PSOB PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PROVIDES DEATH BENEFITS TO THE FORM OF A -- IN THE FORM OF A ONE-TIME FINANCIAL PAYMENT TO ELIGIBLE SURVIVORS OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE PROGRAM ALSO PROVIDES BENEFITS TO PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO ARE PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED BECAUSE OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. FINALLY, THE PSOB PROGRAM PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO HELP PAY HIGHER EDUCATION COSTS FOR THE SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO HAVE DIED OR BEEN INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. IT IS A PROGRAM THAT IS MEANT TO HELP THE LOVED ONES OF FALLEN OFFICERS MOVE FORWARD IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGEDIES. UNFORTUNATELY, IN RECENT YEARS THE PSOB PROGRAM HAS HAD SOME INCIDENTS OF DELAY AND SOME FAMILIES WERE LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THE STATUS OF APPLICATIONS. THESE FAMILIES WERE UNABLE TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER THEIR TRAGIC LOSSES, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS NOT ACCEPTIBLE FOR A FAMILY THAT HAS SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. LEGISLATION WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LAST CONGRESS AND AGAIN THIS CONGRESS AS S. 419 TO ADDRESS THESE REGRETTABLE FAILINGS. THIS BILL PROVIDES FOR TRANSPARENCY IN THE PROCESSING OF CLAIMS IN THE PSOB PROGRAM AND CODIFIES MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SYSTEM IS STREAMLINED AND OPERATES IN A FAIR MANNER. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR WORK AND STRONG SUPPORT OF THESE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILIES. I ESPECIALLY LIKE TO COMMEND MR. KING OF NEW YORK FOR HIS UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF THE FAMILIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. IN HIS SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, PRESIDENT LINCOLN REMINDED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CARE FOR HIM WHO SHALL HAVE BORNE THE BATTLE AND FOR HIS WIDOW AND HIS OR FAN -- ORPHAN. THIS LEGISLATION IS DESIGNED TO DO EXACTLY THAT FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE WHO PROTECT AND SERVE ALL OF US EVERY DAY. YESTERDAY THIS BILL PASSED THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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  • 02:22:02 PM

    MR. CONYERS

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CONYERS

    MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, I RISE TODAY ALSO IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S.…

    MR. SPEAKER AND MY COLLEAGUES, I RISE TODAY ALSO IN STRONG SUPPORT OF S. 419, THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS IMPROVEMENT ACT. A BILL WHICH WAS JUST PASSED BY THE SENATE YESTERDAY. EACH DAY PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THOSE WHOM THEY HAVE TAKEN AN OATH TO SERVE AND PROTECT. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IS MADE AND THEY WILL DIE WHILE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS BENEFIT PROGRAM, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1976 TO PROVIDE CERTAIN BENEFITS TO THE FAMILIES OF THESE OFFICERS, AS WELL AS TO OFFICERS WHO ARE DISABLED AS A RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE. THE DEATH BENEFIT IS PROVIDED TO ELIGIBLE SURVIVORS OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHOSE DEATHS ARE A DIRECT AND PROXIMATE RESULT OF A TRAUMATIC INJURY, SUSTAINED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, OR DEATH FROM CERTAIN HEART ATTACKS, STROKES, AND VASCULAR RUPTURES SUSTAINED WHILE ON DUTY. A EDUCATION BENEFIT IS PROVIDED TO SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS KILLED OR DISABLED WHILE ON DUTY. AND THE PROGRAM PROVIDES DISABILITY BENEFITS TO OFFICERS CATASTROPHICALLY INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. SO I SUPPORT S. 419 BECAUSE IT WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE IN SEVERAL RESPECTS HOW BENEFITS CLAIMS OF FALLEN AND INJURED OFFICERS ARE PROCESSED UNDER THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS BENEFITS PROGRAM. TO BEGIN WITH, THE BILL RESPONDS TO THE FACT THAT ALL TOO OFTEN THESE OFFICERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AFTER EXPERIENCING A LOSS OF LIFE OR TRAUMATIC INJURY MUST THEN ENDURE MONTHS, SOMETIMES YEARS OF UNCERTAINTY AND DELAY CONCERNING THEIR BEN FIT CLAIMS. S. 419 REQUIRES THE BUREAU TO GIVE SUBSTANTIAL WEIGHT TO EVIDENCE AND FACTS PRESENTED BY A FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL AGENCY WHEN DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR DEATH -- FOR DEATH OR DISABILITY BENEFITS. IN ADDITION, THE MEASURE AUTHORIZES THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE TO ESTABLISH RULES BASED ON STANDARDS FOR THE BENEFITS PROGRAM. THESE TWO REQUIREMENTS WILL HELP FACILITATE AND EXPEDITE THE BENEFITS PROGRAM CLAIMS PROCESS AND THEREBY REDUCE THE BACKLOG OF FAMILIES AWAITING A DECISION ON THEIR BENEFITS CLAIMS. S. 419 ALSO INCREASES TRANSPARENCY OF THE BUREAU'S CLAIMS PROCESSING. IT REQUIRES, FOR EXAMPLE, THE BUREAU TO PUBLISH AND UPDATE A REPORT WITH INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF PENDING CLAIMS. REGARDING DEATH, DISABILITY, AND EDUCATIONAL CLAIMS SUBMITTED, WHICH WILL INCREASE TRANSPARENCY. AS WE ALL KNOW, TRANSPARENCY OFTEN LEADS TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND THIS BILL WILL MAKE THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MORE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN AND TRAUMATICALLY INJURED OFFICERS. CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC AS WELL . BY REQUIRING THAT UPDATES OR PENDING BENEFITS CLAIMS BE POSTED ON PUBLIC WEBSITES, CONGRESS AND THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF BUREAU IN TIMELY PROCESSING PENDING CLAIMS. AND FINALLY, S. 419 WILL HELP ENSURE THAT FAMILIES WHO ARE THE ULTIMATE VICTIMS OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR PROTECTION ARE NOT DEPRIVED OF BENEFITS THEY ARE DUE UNDER THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFIT PROGRAM. WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN A FIRST RESPONDER IS TRAGICALLY KILLED OR INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OF ENSURING THAT FAMILIES ARE NOT OVERLY BURDENED AND THAT THE PUBLIC IS AWARE OF HOW THE BUREAU AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARE HANDLING CLAIMS SUBMITTED BY FAMILY MEMBERS. THE SACRIFICE OF THESE FIRST RESPONDERS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED, AND THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD NOT BE UNDULY BURDENED WHEN APPLYING FOR BENEFITS UNDER THE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS' BENEFITS PROGRAM. ACCORDINGLY, I SUPPORT S. 419. URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SIGNATURE. I YIELD BACK

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    IS TODAY.

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    MR. CONYERS

    CENTURY WITH JAMESTOWN, WITH PLYMOUTH AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION…

    CENTURY WITH JAMESTOWN, WITH PLYMOUTH AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    >>

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE CLERK

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. SOTO

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. SOTO

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. MCEACHIN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST. BUT IN FACT THERE…

    AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT COLONIZATION OF THE EAST COAST. BUT IN FACT THERE WERE MILLIONS OF NATIVE AMERICANS HERE LONG BEFORE EUROPEAN COLONIZATION, AND THEY HAD RICH CULTURE. THEY HAD INCREDIBLE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. THEY HAD A WAY OF LIFE. IT WAS DISRUPTED BY EUROPEAN COLONIZATION, AND AS IF SOME GENOCIDAL POLICIES OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH IN TERMS OF THEIR TERRIBLE IMPACT ON THIS POPULATION, THE RACISM MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA DESCRIBED THAT WENT ON IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY DEEPLY COMPOUNDED BY THE PROBLEM BY DENYING THE IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES AS NATIVE AMERICAN. SO THAT THE BATTLE FOR THEM, TO HAVE THEIR RIGHTS RESTORED, THAT MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. WITTMAN, IS TRYING TO RIGHT TODAY, WAS MADE SO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT AND COMPLEX. IF I DESTROY YOUR IDENTITY PAPERS, I DESTROY YOUR ABILITY TO PROVE WHO YOU ARE, AND THAT'S THE DILEMMA, THAT'S THE CATCH 22 IN WHICH WE FIND OURSELVES TODAY. . THIS IS A MATTER OF SIMPLE JUSTICE. THIS IS A MATTER OF CONGRESS RIGHTING A LONG WRONG. IT'S A PROUD MOMENT TO STAND SO -- SHOULDER TO SHOULDER REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT FROM VIRGINIA TO WANT TO RIGHT THIS WRONG. I KNOW WE'RE JOINED BY ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES AND FORMER COLLEAGUES, INCLUDING OUR FRIEND, JIM MORAN, FOR HIS GREAT LEADERSHIP IN THIS MATTER. I PROUDLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF MY COLLEAGUE. I URGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND LET'S TURN A PAGE IN HISTORY THE RIGHT WAY. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME TO RIGHT THIS LONG INJUSTICE AND BRING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S TIME TO RIGHT THIS LONG INJUSTICE AND BRING TRUTH BACK TO OUR HISTORY. WITH THAT I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    JOOB. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. WITTMAN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERS OF OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THE LEADERS OF OUR VIRGINIA TRIBES TODAY. SEVERAL OF THOSE MEMBERS ARE WITH US IN THE GALLERY TODAY. HERE TO WITNESS A LONG OVERDUE ACTION BY CONGRESS TO FORMALLY RECOGNIZE THOSE VIRGINIA TRIBES. THOSE VIRGINIA TRIBAL LEADERS HAVE BEEN TREMENDOUS IN THEIR RESOLVE AND IN THEIR SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RIGHT THIS INJUSTICE. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THEY HAVE BEEN TIRELESS IN THEIR SUPPORT. AND THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE SURE WE ALL APPRECIATE AND UNDERSTAND THE GREAT HISTORY WITH THESE VIRGINIA TRIBES. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION THAT THOSE MEMBERS OF THE TRIBES TODAY, A NUMBER ARE GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER AND SMALLER. AND THIS IS REALLY ONLY ABOUT MAKING SURE WE'RE DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THOSE TRIBES AND MAKING SURE THEY GET THAT FORMAL RECOGNITION BECAUSE OF MANY INJUSTICES THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE PAST. I AM GOING TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 984 AND I BELIEVE WITH THE PASSAGE OUT OF THE HOUSE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO DO LIKEWISE, TODAY WILL BE A VERY, VERY PROUD DAY FOR OUR NATION IN COMING ABOUT AND RECOGNIZING THESE FIRST VIRGINIA CONTACT TRIBES THAT HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 984. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. NORTH CAROLINA.

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    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOW. -- VOTE.

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    TEMPORE REQUEST

    REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    I DO.

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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 PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:49:09 PM

    MR. HURD

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2227.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    MR. HURD

    THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT ACT OF 2017 AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2227, A BILL TO MODERNIZE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND FOR…

    H.R. 2227, A BILL TO MODERNIZE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 02:49:41 PM

    MR. HURD

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. HURD

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

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

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  • 02:49:59 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HURD

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 2227, THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 2227, THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY ACT, OR THE MGT ACT. EACH YEAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS OVER $80 BILLION A YEAR ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, WITH NEARLY 75% OF THAT DIRECTED JUST TOWARDS OPERATING AND MAINTAINING EXISTING I.T. SYSTEMS. COUPLE THIS WITH INNOVATION AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES THAT ARE DECADES BEHIND THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN IT COMES TO I.T., AND THE INCREASING COSTS OF MAINTAINING THESE AGING AND INSECURE SYSTEMS, THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THESE SYSTEMS POSE INCREASING OPERATIONAL AND SECURITY RISKS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AS WE SAW WITH THE DEVASTATING O.P.M. DATA BREACH WHICH IMPACTED 23 MILLION PEOPLE. AS WE SEE CYBERSECURITY ATTACKS ON THE RISE ACROSS THE GLOBE, IT IS IMPERATIVE WE MODERNIZE AND PROTECT OUR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS OF THE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT, ESPECIALLY ON AN ISSUE THAT IS COMPLETELY SOLVABLE. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY INTO THEIR NETWORKS TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND DECREASE OPERATIONAL COSTS. THIS BIPARTISAN I.T. REFORM PACKAGE IS DESIGNED TO REDUCE WASTEFUL I.T. SPENDING AND STRENGTHEN INFORMATION SECURITY BY ACCELERATING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S TRANSITION TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY LIKE CLOUD COMPUTING. THIS LEGISLATION IS AN INNOVATIVE SOLUTION AND A TREMENDOUS STEP FORWARD IN STRENGTHENING OUR DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL PASSED THE HOUSE ON VOICE VOTE LAST YEAR AND PASSED THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE BY VOICE THIS YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY, WE RAN OUT OF TIME ON THIS BILL LAST CONGRESS WITH THE SENATE. BUT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACT THIS YEAR WITH AN IMPROVED BILL. H.R. 227 AUTHORIZES TWO TYPES OF FUNDS TO MODENDIZE LEGACY I.T. AND INCENTIVIZE I.T. SAVINGS IN FEDERAL AGENCIES. THE BILL AUTHORIZES FUNDS WITHIN INDIVIDUAL C.F.O. ACT AGENCIES AND AUTHORIZES A CENTRALIZED FUND LOCATED WITHIN TREASURY AND OVERSEEN BY O.M.B. THE TWO FUNDS WILL INCENTIVIZE I.T. SAVINGS AND REWARD COST SENSITIVE AND RESPONSIBLE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICERS. UNDER M.G.T. SAVINGS OBTAINED BY FEDERAL AGENCIES BY DOING THINGS LIKE STREAMLINING I.T. SYSTEMS, REPLACING LEGACY PRODUCTS, AND TRANSITIONING TO CLOUD COMPUTING, CAN BE PLACED IN A WORKING CAPITAL FUND THAT CAN BE ACCESSED THROUGHOUT THE THREE YEARS FOR FURTHER MODERNIZATION EFFORTS. THIS APPROACH ELIMINATES THE TRADITIONAL USE IT OR LOSE IT APPROACH THAT'S PLAGUED GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY FOR DECADES. THIS APPROACH OF TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS WILL TRANSFORM GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY BY KEEPING OUR INFORMATION AND DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURE FROM CYBERATTACKS WHILE SAVING BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. THIS IMPORTANT BILL HAS ENJOYED WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FROM COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. I'D LIKE TO THANK MY RANKING MEMBER, MS. KELLY, MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, FOR HER SUPPORT ON THIS. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR ALL HE HAS DONE. AND ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ AND RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS FOR THEIR SUPPORT. AND THE MAJORITY LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY, AND THE MINORITY LEADER -- MINORITY WHIP, MR. STENY HOYER, HAVE BEEN VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF GETTING THIS BILL MOVING FORWARD. ALL OF THESE OTHER MEMBERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT FOR THE M.G.T., I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM AS WELL. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT LETTERS OF SUPPORT FROM A NUMBER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE GROUPS IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL BE RECORDED FOR THE RECORD.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. HURD

    LIKE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF…

    LIKE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY.

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  • 02:53:49 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. HURD, FROM TEXAS. AND MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. HURD, FROM TEXAS. AND MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, MS. ROBIN KELLY, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, H.R. 2227, THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, H.R. 2227, THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY ACT OF 2017. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE ALL WITNESSED THE CHAOS AND HAVOC THAT SOPHISTICATED CYBERATTACKS CAN AND DO WREAK ON OUR NATION AND AROUND THE WORLD. JUST THIS PAST WEEK THERE WAS A MASSIVE RANSOMWARE ATTACK THAT HIT 200,000 VICTIMS IN 150 COUNTRIES, AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY. THIS IS JUST THE LATEST IN A STRING OF HIGH-PROFILE ATTACKS, INCLUDING AGAINST SONY, YAHOO!, THE O.P.M. DATA BREACH, AND EFFORTS TO INFLUENCE OUR ELECTIONS AND THOSE IN EUROPE. THESE ATTACKS JEOPARDIZE AMERICA'S SAFETY, PRIVACY, AND COST I'M TOLD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND PUBLIC SECTOR AS WEFMENT THESE ATTACKS AFFECT BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR AND BAD ACTORS REPEATEDLY TARGET OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THOSE ATTACKS OFTEN SUCCEED. BECAUSE FEDERAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARE SO OUTDATED THAT THEY CANNOT IMPLEMENT NETWORK DEFENSES AS BASIC AS ENCRYPTION. SOME LEGACY SYSTEMS GO BACK A HALF CENTURY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS NEARLY $60 BILLION A YEAR SUSTAINING ITS EXISTING I.T. SYSTEMS. WHEN AGENCIES ARE FORCED TO SPEND NEARLY 80% OF THAT TO MAINTAIN LEGACY COMPUTER SYSTEMS, THEY HAVE FEWER RESOURCES TO MODERNIZE AND REINVEST. AS A RESULT, AGENCIES CANNOT AFFORD TO INVEST IN THE MODERN TECHNOLOGIES THAT OTHER LARGE ENTERPRISE NEED TO SURVIVE. MANY FEDERAL AGENCIES DO NOT USE CLOUD COMPUTING TO HELP SECURE COMPUTER NETWORKS AND APPROVE OUR ABILITY TO DELIVER SERVICES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE M.G.T. ACT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY AND ON WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE ONE OF THE LEAD DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS, IS A CRITICAL STEP TO HELP IMPROVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S I.T. SYSTEMS. M.G.T. ACT OF 2017 WILL HELP OUR CYBERDEFENDERS PROTECT OUR MOST IMPORTANT DIGITAL RESOURCES. THIS BILL MARIS TWO BILLS FROM THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS -- MARRIES TWO BILLS FROM THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS, BOTH OF WHICH I WAS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF, THE I.T. MODERNIZATION ACT AND MOVEMENT ACT. THE M.G.T. ACT ESTABLISHES A CLEAR ROLE FOR BOTH THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE FEDERAL I.T. SYSTEMS. I WAS AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR FOR WHIP STENY HOYER'S I.T. MODERNIZATION ACT WHICH CREATED A REVOLVING FUND USING $3 BILLION APPROPRIATION FOR TREASURY TO REPLACE LEGACY STIMS. I WAS PLEASED TO JOIN MY FRIEND, MS. KELLY, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MR. HURD, OWN THE MOVE IT ACT, WHICH REVIVED A PROPOSAL FOR US DISCUSSED DURING THE CONSIDERATION OF THE LEGISLATION, THE FEDERAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION REFORM ACT. THESE TWO BILLS WERE DIFFERENT BUT COMPLEMENTARY. AND WORKED ULTIMATELY TO JOIN THE TWO TO CREATE THIS ACT IN FRONT OF US TODAY, THE M.G.T. ACT. THAT ACT LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE OF I.T. MODERNIZATION FUNDING AND REINVESTMENT AND INVESTMENT BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LONG OVERDUE. THE ACT WILL AUTHORIZE AN UP FRONT INVESTMENT TO RETIRE VULNERABLE LARGE-SCALE LEGACY SYSTEMS AND AFFECT MULTIPLE AGENCIES THIS. BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE MECHANISMS AND MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR AGENCIES TO SPEED UP THAT SLOW PROCESS OF MOVING FROM LEGACY I.T. SYSTEMS TO CUTTING-EDGE 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES. IT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE NEEDED REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE THAT AGENCIES ARE ACQUIRING MODERN TECHNOLOGY AND THAT WE CAN MEASURE THAT IT'S BEING DONE IN A COST-EFFECTIVE WAY. IT PLACES AN EMPHASIS IN FOLINGT PRACTICES OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY, AND MOVING TOWARD -- FOLLOWING THE PRACTICES OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND MOVING TOWARD CLOUD SOLUTION SYSTEMS. IT WILL ALLOW AGENCIES TO REINVEST THOSE SAVINGS, AND THAT'S A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL BUT NOT ONE WE FIND COMMONLY IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE ACT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. HURD

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    TO RESERVE. E SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, GLAD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED WHIP ON THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, GLAD TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED WHIP ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, MY FRIEND FROM MARYLAND, STENY HOYER.

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    GENTLEMAN

    THE MAJORITY LEADER IS WITH US. MR. MAJORITY LEADER. MR. SPEAKER, MR.…

    THE MAJORITY LEADER IS WITH US. MR. MAJORITY LEADER. MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. RANKING MEMBER. MR. HURD, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. PLEASED TO WORK WITH YOU OIT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. IT WILL NOT BE A CONTROVERSIAL BILL. IT WILL NOT MAKE THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER TOMORROW. PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SEIZED OF THIS BILL PASSING. BUT THIS BILL MAY WELL HAVE A VERY GREAT CONSEQUENCE TO IT AND TO THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. LAST JULY I TLINED A SERIES OF REFORMS TO RENEW AMERICA'S FAITH ITHEIR GOVERNMENT WHICH INCLUDED MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY. NOT LONG AFTER I INTRODUCED THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MODERNIZATION ACT TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, AND OF COURSE MR. CONNOLLY WAS A CO-SPONSOR WITH ME ON THAT BILL. I'M GLAD THAT THIS BILL IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY INCLUDES MY LEGISLATION AND WOULD BE A MAJOR STEP TOWARD ENSURING THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS USING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS. IT IS WELL PROTECTED FROM CYBERTHREATS, AND CAN SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY. MR. HURD CAME OVER TO ME ON THE FLOOR AND WE TALKED ABOUT OUR TWO IDEAS, AND AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS SAID, THEY WERE COMPLEMENTARY. AND I'M PLEASED THAT WE COULD WORK TOGETHER TO PUT THESE BILLS TOGETHER AND THAT WE NOW HAVE AGREEMENT WITH THE SENATE. WE PASSED A BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE. LAST WEEK'S MAJOR GLOBAL CYBERATTACK WAS YET ANOTHER REMINDER OF HOW CRITICAL IT IS THAT OUR GOVERNMENT'S TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS ARE UPGRADED TO THE LATEST AND MOST SECURE TECHNOLOGY. . IF ANY LESSON WAS NEEDED, WE GOT IT. AMERICANS COUNT ON GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL DATA AND OUR SECURITY AGENCIES RELY ON OUR GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS TO SAFEGUARD CLASSIFIED AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION. UNFORTUNATELY OUR GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS ARE NOW FAR BEHIND THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF UPGRADES. I CONGRATULATE MS. KELLY, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, FOR HER WORK ON THIS EFFORT. WHAT THIS LEGISLATION DOES IS AUTHORIZE THE CREATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY MODERNIZATION FUND TO FINANCE RAPID UPGRADES OF GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS. SIMILAR TO FUNDS THAT ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SO THEY CAN MOVE QUICKLY AND SEIZE THE BEST AND LATEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE. IT WOULD PRIORITIZE THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AND IT WOULD IMPLEMENT BEST PRACTICES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IN OTHER WORDS, THOSE THAT ARE WORKING LEAST WELL WILL BE THE FIRST ADDRESSED. ONCE UPGRADES ARE COMPLETED, AGENCIES WILL PAY BACK INTO THE FUND FROM THE SAVINGS ACHIEVED THROUGH GREATER EFFICIENCY. I.E., A REVOLVING FUND. MAKING IT POSSIBLE THEN TO FINANCE ADDITIONAL PROJECTS IN A WAY THAT IS SELF-SUSTAINING AFTER THE INITIAL INVESTMENT. ALL OF THIS WOULD BE DONE IN A WAY THAT IS TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE. ONCE THIS BILL IS ENACTED, WE MUST TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND PROVIDE, OF COURSE, THAT INITIAL FUNDING. I'VE BEEN PROUD TO WORK ACROSS THE AISLE WITH MAJORITY LEADER MCCARTHY, CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ, MR. HURD, AND OF COURSE MY DEAR, DEAR FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, MY COLLEAGUE IN THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA, REPRESENTATIVE CONNOLLY. ON OUR SIDE. REPRESENTATIVE KELLY, WHO I JUST MENTIONED, AND CONGRESSMAN TED LU HAVE ALSO BEEN CHAMPIONS OF THIS EFFORT AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR INPUT AND THEIR STRONG SUPPORT AS WE WORK TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY HOW PLEASED I AM TO WORK ON THESE ISSUES. WITH ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES. BUT PARTICULARLY WITH THE MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY, MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA. AND THANK HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY ACT. AND I HOPE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL INCLUDE INVESTMENT TO CAPITALIZE THIS NEW FUND IN THEIR FISCAL 2018 BUDGET. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER, KEVIN MCCARTHY.

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    MR. MCCARTHY

    DEPARTS, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. THIS HAS REALLY BEEN A…

    DEPARTS, I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. THIS HAS REALLY BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT AND IT'S REALLY PUTTING THE COUNTRY FIRST AND YOU'RE CORRECT. THIS MIGHT NOT MAKE HEADLINES, BUT THIS WILL HAVE A GREATER EFFECT ON YOUR GOVERNMENT BEING MORE EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE. AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON IT. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE GET USED TO HEARING. BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT'S AMAZING JUST HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE CHANGED. YOU KNOW, I HEAR A FRIEND SAY THAT ALL THE PHOTOS HE TOOK ON HIS PHONE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED TO HIS CLOUD. NOT SURPRISING THERE. BUT HOW LONG AGO WAS IT THAT WE COULDN'T EVEN TAKE PICTURES ON OUR PHONE? MUCH LESS HAVE THEM SAVED AUTOMATICALLY ON A CLOUD. NOWADAYS IT'S NOT UNCOMMON TO CASH YOUR CHECKS ONLINE, MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNTS ON MINT, PAY INDIVIDUALS BACK ONLINE. MANY MILLENNIALS DON'T EVEN CARRY CASH ANYMORE. THAT'S A REVOLUTION IN MONEY MANAGEMENT THAT JUST HAPPENED IN A MATTER OF YEARS. SO WHY, MR. SPEAKER, WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE USE A 54-YEAR-OLD SYSTEM AS A BACKUP TO SEND AND RECEIVE EMERGENCY MESSAGES FOR OUR NUCLEAR FORCES? A 54-YEAR-OLD SYSTEM THAT RELIES ON FLOPPY DISKS. WHY WOULD THE MASTER FILE OF THE PUBLIC'S TAXES AT THE I.R.S. RUN ON A 1950 CODE? 80% OF THE $80 BILLION WE SPEND EACH YEAR ON I.T. IS USED TO MAINTAIN LEGACY SYSTEMS. TO BUY EXPENSIVE PARTS THAT NOBODY USES ANYMORE FOR A 54-YEAR-OLD SYSTEM WE SHOULDN'T EVEN HAVE. WE'D EXPECT MORE FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE'D EXPECT MOBILE CAMERAS, CLOUD COMPUTING, ONLINE BANKING, HECK, WE'D EVEN EXPECT TO UPGRADE OUR PHONES AND APPS AND TECHNOLOGY ON A ROLLING BASIS EVERY SINGLE WEEK. WHY SHOULD WE EXPECT LESS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? I WOULD SAY, THIS IS ABOUT MORE THAN EXPECTATIONS. WE ALL SAW WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND, WITH THE MASSIVE GLOBAL CYBERATTACK. HOSPITALS SHUT DOWN. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. THIS IS A GOVERNMENT SERVICE ISSUE. IT IS A GOVERNMENT WASTE ISSUE. IT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. NOW, GOVERNMENT MAY NEVER BE LIKE SILICON VALLEY, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE STUCK IN THE AGE OF "MAD MEN." THAT'S NOT ONLY COSTLY, IT'S DANGEROUS. WILL HURD, AN INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS SERVED HIS NATION IN SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS PARTS OF THE WORLD, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WORKED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHEN IT CAME TO TECHNOLOGY. AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SERVES IN THIS BODY, AND I WILL SAY THIS BASED UPON EVERYBODY ELSE I'VE SERVED, PROBABLY HAS THE MOST BIPARTISAN APPROACH TO ANYONE I'VE EVER SEEN SERVE IN THAT POSITION. HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT PARTY. IT'S JUST AS WHEN HE WORKED IN THE C.I.A. HE CARES ABOUT HIS COUNTRY. HE HAS SEEN THE MOST DEADLY THINGS HAPPEN. AND THROUGH HIS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, HE'S SEEN THE PEOPLE FIGHT WARS NEW WAYS. SO HE TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF, IT'S NOT THE ISSUE THAT PEOPLE WOULD CAMPAIGN UPON, BUT IT'S AN ISSUE THAT HE SAW NEEDED A SOLUTION. YOU WORK WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE -- HE WORKS WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND HE SAID, WHY CAN'T WE MODERNIZE OUR OWN TECHNOLOGY? YOU KNOW, THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION WAS CREATED IN 1921. AND IF SOMEBODY THAT WAS A VETERAN THAT HAD A PROBLEM AND A CLAIM, THEY WOULD WRITE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER. IN 1921 ON A WARM DAY LIKE TODAY, WE'D HAVE FANS GOING TO TRY TO COOL OURSELVES DOWN. WE'D RUSH AFTER WE GOT DONE VOTING TO TURN ON OUR RADIOS TO SEE WHAT THE NEWS WAS SAYING. WELL, THE WORLD ALL CHANGED. WE CAN LOOK AT OUR PHONES AND GET THE NEWS. WE GOT CENTRAL AIR TO COOL OURSELVES DOWN. AND WE HAVE A CLAIM WITH THE V.A., LOTS OF TIMES THEY WRITE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER. YOU KNOW WHAT? THAT'S ALL GOING TO STOP TODAY. THAT'S GOING TO STOP BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A SMART INVESTMENT. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THE SAME ACCOUNTABILITY WE EXPECT IN BUSINESS OR ANYWHERE ELSE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN? GOVERNMENT WILL BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE, MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE ACCOUNTABLE. AND MORE TRANSPARENT. SO I WANT TO TIP MY HAT TO BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. ESPECIALLY TO CONGRESSMAN WILL HURD. HE TOOK THE LEADERSHIP AND THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH ALL. ON REALLY THE ISSUE THAT PEOPLE WOULDN'T TALK ABOUT BUT EXPECT TO HAPPEN. AND HE WAS THE RIGHT PERSON AT THE RIGHT TIME TO MAKE IT PUSH. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME OF TIME IS LEFT ON THIS SIDE? -- HOW MUCH TIME…

    MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME OF TIME IS LEFT ON THIS SIDE? -- HOW MUCH TIME IS LEFT ON THIS SIDE?

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES, 5 1/2 MINUTES, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES, 5 1/2 MINUTES, TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS, ROBIN KELLY.

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    MS. KELLY

    THANK YOU, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. CONNOLLY, FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT UPDATES OUR WOEFULLY OUTDATED I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND PARTNER ON THE I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN HURD, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. AND TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS BILL. CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ, RANKING MEMBER CUMMINGS, DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER FROM THE MAJORITY, MR. MCCARTHY. MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA FOR HIS ENERGY AND WORK IN DEALING WITH THIS BILL. AND I ALSO WANT TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF THE STAFF AND A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO MY STAFF, JAY AND ZACH. THE MODERNIZING GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY ACT HAS COME A LONG WAY FROM THE EARLY DAYS WHEN IT WAS CALLED MOVE I.T. THE BEEN A TOUGH AND SOMETIMES FRUSTRATING JOURNEY, BUT WE'VE MADE IT AND WE HAVE A GOOD BILL IN FRONT OF US. LAST YEAR THE HOUSE PASSED THIS BILL ONLY TO HAVE IT DIE IN THE SENATE. DESPITE THESE ROAD BLOCKS WE KEPT WORKING BECAUSE IT'S WORTH IT. THIS BILL WILL REVOLUTIONIZE AND UPGRADE OUR OUTDATED I.T. INFRASTRUCTURE BY BRINGING COST SAVING, INNOVATION AND GREATER SECURITY TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IN MY YEARS SERVING AS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE'S. I T. SUBCOMMITTEE, I'VE LEARN -- COMMITTEE'S I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE, I'VE LEARNED ONE THING, WE NEED TO GET BACK TO BASICS AND THIS BILL DOES JUST. THAT OUR CURRENT LOSE IT OR LOSE IT APPROACH TO FEDERAL I.T. ISN'T WORKING. IT'S NO SECRET THAT FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE WORKING TO -- STRUGGLING TO STAY UP TO DATE, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. EACH YEAR WE SPEND $80 BILLION IN TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO MAINTAIN LEGACY I.T. SYSTEMS THAT ARE VULNERABLE TO CYBERATTACKS. AND EACH YEAR THAT WE DON'T UPGRADE THESE SYSTEMS, THEY BECOME EVEN MORE DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE TO SECURE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. FOR TOO LONG WE'VE KICKED THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND LEFT OUR OUTDATED I.T. SYSTEMS VULNERABLE TO COSTLY ATTACKS. THE DANGERS OF OUR SYSTEM ARE CLEAR. EVERY DAY WE'RE REMINDED OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING MODERN I.T. SYSTEMS AND ROBUST CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES IN PLACE. IN 2015 HACKERS MADE OFF WITH THE PERSONAL INFORMATION OF MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS, INCLUDING CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS IN THE O.P.M. DATA SYSTEM. DATA BREACH. AND JUST THIS PAST WEEK, AS YOU'VE HEARD, A COMBLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK, -- A GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK WREAKED HAVOC WORLDWIDE. THESE ATTACKS WILL ONLY GROW MORE FREQUENTLY AND MORE DIFFICULT TO COMBAT. THE M.G.T. ACT IS A MAJOR STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT WILL CUT COSTS AND ENHANCE OUR SECURITY. IT BUILDS ON PRIOR WORK LIKE COHEN AND GIVES AGENCIES THE FLEXIBILITY NEEDED TO MODERNIZE VULNERABLE SYSTEMS AND DEVELOP COST SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS. UNDER THIS BILL, AGENCIES CAN TAKE THE SAVINGS FROM UPGRADING THEIR SYSTEMS AND REINVEST THEM INTO THEIR WORKING CAPITAL FUND FOR FUTURE I.T. MODERNIZATION. WE'RE GOING TO GO FROM AN OUTDATED METHOD OF PURCHASING I.T. TO ONE THAT EMPOWERS C.I.O.'S TO MAKE SMART, STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES. AND AS AN END RESULT, OUR DATA WILL BE MORE SECURE AND OUR GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT. I AM PROUD OF THIS BILL AND I'M PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE. PROUD OF WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED BY WORKING TOGETHER ON THE I.T. SUBCOMMITTEE. THE M.G.T. ACT IS A NECESSARY COMPONENT TO STRENGTHENING OUR CYBERSECURITY THAT SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HURD

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INFORM MY FRIEND FROM THE COMMONWEALTH THAT I…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO INFORM MY FRIEND FROM THE COMMONWEALTH THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, -- MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I THINK…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IN CLOSING, -- MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT PIECE IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THED -- MODERNIZATION EFFORT THAT OUR COMMITTEE AND THIS BODY HAS UNDERTAKEN FOR THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS. ONE OF THE KEY PIECES OF LEGISLATION UNDERGIRDING TODAY'S BILL IS THE FEDERAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION REFORM ACT, I WAS PROUD TO CO-WRITE AND CO-ALTOGETHERER WITH THEN CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA. EQUALLY PROUD TODAY TO HAVE WORKED WITH MY FRIEND, MR. HURD FROM TEXAS, MY FRIEND, MS. KELLY FROM ILLINOIS, AND OF COURSE MR. STENY HOYER, THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP, IN FORGING THIS ADDITIONAL PIECE THAT WE BELIEVE WILL BRING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. TECHNOLOGICALLY LITERATE AND PROTECTING THE DATABASES THAT PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF PIECES OF DATA ARE AT RISK IN THE CURRENT CYBERENVIRONMENT. AND SOME SIMPLE BUT CRITICAL INVESTMENTS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE VOTING FOR TODAY. I URGE PASSAGE OF THE LEGISLATION AND AGAIN CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS FOR WORKING TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN -- IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO BRING THIS BILL TO FRUITION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. HURD

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SOME YOUNG FOLKS IN THE CHAMBER RIGHT NOW. AND I HOPE…

    MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE SOME YOUNG FOLKS IN THE CHAMBER RIGHT NOW. AND I HOPE THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS HOW THEIR GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER, PUTTING THEIR DIFFERENCES PAST THEM, IN ORDER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR GREAT NATION. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS WITH SO MANY OF MY FRIENDS THAT I HAVE GROWN TO LOVE AND RESPECT OVER THESE LAST FEW YEARS. AND WE GET TO SAVE GOVERNMENT MONEY, PROTECT OUR DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE, AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING THE KIND OF SERVICES WE SHOULD AND THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DEMAND. AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ADOPTION OF THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2227 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE ORDERING OF THE YEAS AND NAYS ON H.R. 94…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE ORDERING OF THE YEAS AND NAYS ON H.R. 94 BE RAY VACATED AND IT BE PUT TO A VOTE.

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    IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

    IS THERE OBJECTION? HEARING NONE, SO ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 984. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 137, H.R. 194, A BILL TO ENSURE THE EFFECTIVE…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 137, H.R. 194, A BILL TO ENSURE THE EFFECTIVE PROCESSING OF MAIL BY FEDERAL AGENCIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM YK, MR. RUSSELL, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM YK, MR. RUSSELL, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:17:07 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:17:12 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. RUSSELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I PRESENT TODAY H.R. 194, THE FEDERAL AGENCY MAIL MANAGEMENT…

    MR. SPEAKER, I PRESENT TODAY H.R. 194, THE FEDERAL AGENCY MAIL MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2017. APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW THE PRESIDENTIAL AND FEDERAL RECORDS ACT AMENDMENTS OF 2014. THE LAW MODERNIZED AND IMPROVED FEDERAL RECORDKEEPING STATUTES BY CODIFYING AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES THAT HAVE BEEN IN PRACTICE FOR DECADES. ONCE THE LAW WAS ENACTED THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, G.S. A, IDENTIFIED TECHNICAL PROVISIONS IN THE LAW THAT IT INTERPRETED AT LIMIT -- AS LIMITING FEDERAL MAILROOM REGULATIONS. THE G.S.A. HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OVERSIGHT OF FEDERAL MAIL MANAGEMENT FOR MANY YEARS. CONGRESS DID NOT INTEND FOR THE 2014 LAW TO CHANGE THE MAIL MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 194 PROVIDES CLARIFICATION TO ENSURE THAT THE G.S.A. IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MAIL ROOM MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT AND NOT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION. BOTH G.S.A. AND THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES HAVE WORKED WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE THE CORRECTION AND BOTH ENTITIES SUPPORT H.R. 194. MR. SPEAKER, AN IDENTICAL BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE WITH UNANIMOUS VOICE VOTE NEAR THE END OF LAST CONGRESS, WE HOPE THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE SIGNED INTO LAW THIS CONGRESS TO CORRECT THE UNINTENDED CONS QUOVENSE A PREVIOUS LAW. THIS CORRECTIVE MEASURE HAS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND I APPRECIATE HAVING MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, MR. CONNOLLY OF VIRGINIA, JOIN ME AS A CO-SPONSOR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:19:02 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA. I YIELD MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAN -- AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL AGENCY MAIL MANAGEMENT ACT WHICH I…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE FEDERAL AGENCY MAIL MANAGEMENT ACT WHICH I INTRODUCE AID LONG WITH THE AUTHOR OF THE BILL, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE RUSSELL. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE RUSSELL FOR WORKING IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE BILL WOULD MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO CLARIFY THAT THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING MAIL IN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. THE ADMINISTRATOR OF G.S.A. HAS HISTORICALLY HAD THIS RESPONSIBILITY BUT WHEN THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT WAS UPDATED IN 2014, CHANGES MADE TO THE STATUTE LEFT IT UNCLEAR WHETHER THE ADMINISTRATORS' ROLE HAD CHANGED. YOU'D THINK A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE MEASURE BUT IT REQUIRE AN ACT OF CONGRESS TO CLARIFY. CONGRESS NEVER INTENDED TO TAKE AWAY THEIR AUTHORITY TO MANAGE MAIL. THE BILL WAS APPROVED BY THE HOUSE WITHOUT OPPOSITION LAST YEAR. WE'RE HOPING THE SAME WILL PERTAIN THIS YEAR. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ESTIMATE THIS IS BILL WOULD COST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOTHING BECAUSE G.S.A. ALREADY PROCESSES MAIL FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, PENDING CLARIFICATION FROM MY FRIEND AS TO WHETHER THERE ARE PEEKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. RUSSELL

    THANK YOU, MECHANIC. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MY FRIEND, MR. CONNOLLY, AWARE…

    THANK YOU, MECHANIC. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MY FRIEND, MR. CONNOLLY, AWARE THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 03:20:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, WE YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

  • 03:20:51 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOWLS -- WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 194. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 03:21:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. RUSSELL

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL…

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTING SAVINGS ACT OF 2017.

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  • 03:21:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 7 , H.R. 195, A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE TO…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 7 , H.R. 195, A BILL TO AMEND UNITED STATES CODE TO RESTRICT FREE DISTRIBUTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    3UR SUNT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND THE…

    3UR SUNT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTE. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:22:09 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:22:14 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

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

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

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  • 03:22:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:22:24 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    MY BILL, H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTING SAVINGS ACT OF 017, WILL…

    MY BILL, H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTING SAVINGS ACT OF 017, WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS -- OF 2017 WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS AND IS NEEDED REFORM IN HOW WE CONDUCT DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS IN CONGRESS. THE FEDERAL REGISTER INCLUDES A LARGE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING RULES AND REGULATIONS AND PRESIDENTIAL ORDERS THIS INFORMATION IS COMPILED BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND PUBLISHED DAILY BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE OR G.P.O. OFTEN DESCRIBED BY THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES AS, QUOTE, THE DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THIS ALLOWS MEMBERS AND STAFF TO KEEP TRACK OF ACTIVITY ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. IN 1994, THEY STARTED PUBLISHING IT ONLINE. IT NOW INCLUDES LINKS TO RELATED CONTENT. IT IS NOW FULLY SEARCHABLE AND DOWN LOADABLE, MAKING FOR QUICK ACCESS TO ANY DOCUMENT. SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE THE ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND FEDERAL OFFICES AND ACROSS THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT STILL RECEIVE PRINTED COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER EVERY TAI. IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR, THIS STACK OF REGISTERS WOULD BE 16 FEET HIGH. THIS RESULTS IN THOUSANDS OF COPIES GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE TRASH EACH WEEK UNLESS OCCASIONALLY USED AS DOORSTOPS. SUB PRESCRIPTIONS -- SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER COST ABOUT $1,000 ANNUALLY, MEANING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE WASTED EACH YEAR THIS SAME MONEY COULD PAY FOR THE SALARIES OF 50 SOLDIERS WHO DEFEND OUR REPUBLIC IN A GIVEN YEAR. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 195 MAKES A SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO FIX THE PROBLEM AND ENSURE THAT WE OPERATE IN THE 21ST CENTURY. INSTEAD OF AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVING PRINTED COPIES, MEMBERS OR OFFICERS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WHO WANT TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE COPIES NEED ONLY SUBMIT A REQUEST. THERE WILL BE AN OPT-IN INSTEAD OF AN OPT-OUT. CURRENT PRINT AND ON-DEMAND TECHNOLOGIES MAKE THIS POSSIBLE. THE SUBSCRIPTIONS WILL LAST FOR ONE YEAR TO ENSURE MEMBERS AND OFFICES ARE ABLE TO EVALUATE IF THEY WANT TO CONTINUE THE SERVICE. FOR MEMBERS AND OFFICES THAT DO NOT USE OR WANT THE PRINTED VERSION, THEY STILL -- THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE IT AND WILL STILL HAVE FULL ACCESS TO THE SEARCHABLE DIGITAL VERSION WHICH MOST MEMBERS USE. THIS CHANGE WILL REDUCE UNNECESSARY PRINTING AND IN CONTEXT WILL PREVENT 96 AMERICANS FROM HAVING TO WORK EACH YEAR SO WE CAN THROW REGISTERS IN THE TRASH. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS EFFICIENT BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:25:17 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

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

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

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTING SAVINGS ACT.…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 195, THE FEDERAL REGISTER PRINTING SAVINGS ACT. MY FRIEND, MR. RUSSELL, IS GOING TO DEVELOP A REPUTATION FOR BEING TOO COMMON SENSE THIS WOULD PRIBT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE FROM SENDING COPY OS THEY HAVE FEDERAL REGISTER TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHERS UNLESS THEY WANTED THEM. THE FEDERAL REGISTER INCLUDES RULES, REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS. IT'S AN IMPORTANT AND USEFUL PUBLICATION. IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, HOWEVER, FOR G.P.O. AUTOMATICALLY TO SEND IT TO OFFICES THAT DON'T WANT IT AND END UP PUTTING IT IN THE GARBAGE, HOPEFULLY -- HOPEFULLY RECYCLING. THE FEDERAL REGISTER IS AVAILABLE ONLINE WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY CUTS DOWN ON THE NEED FOR PRINTED COPY FOR MOST OF US THIS WOULD REDUCE WASTE, BOTH IN PAPER AND FEDERAL DOLLARS. THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SAYS THIS BILL WOULD REDUCE FEDERAL SPENDING BY $1 MILLION A YEAR. IT WAS THE LATE EVERETT DIRKSEN OF ILLINOIS WHO SAID, A MILLION HERE A MILLION THERE, PRETTY SOON IT ADDS UP TO REAL MONEY. IT WOULD RESULT IN A THOUSAND FEWER COPIES OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER BEING PRINTED EACH TAI. THIS BILL IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, GOOD FOR TAXPAYERS AND A USEFUL DISCIPLINE FOR US ALL IN TERMS OF EXCESS WE DON'T NEED. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND PENDING NOTIFICATION FROM MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA WITH RESPECT TO OTHER SPEAKERS RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:26:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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    MR. RUSSELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO LET MR. CONNOLLY KNOW I HAVE NO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO LET MR. CONNOLLY KNOW I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. RUSSELL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND HIS WORK ON OUR…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. RUSSELL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, AND HIS WORK ON OUR COMMITTEE. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE IT. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:27:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

  • 03:27:22 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    I URGE ADOPTION OF THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 195. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:27:53 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 653, THE FEDERAL…

    I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 653, THE FEDERAL INTERN PROTECTION ACT OF 2017.

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  • 03:28:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    334, A BILL TO PROTECT UNPAID INTERNS FROM WORKPLACE HARASSMENT AND FOR…

    334, A BILL TO PROTECT UNPAID INTERNS FROM WORKPLACE HARASSMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:28:18 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. CONNOLLY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:28:26 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:28:32 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

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

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

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  • 03:28:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:28:43 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 653, THE FEDERAL INTERNAL…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SUPPORT H.R. 653, THE FEDERAL INTERNAL PROTECTION ACT OF 2017, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE ON THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, RANKING MEMBER ELIJAH CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WELL SERVED BY INTERNS WHO PROVIDE INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE TO AGENCIES ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OUR INTERNALS WORK ALONGSIDE US AND OTHER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, HELPING CONDUCT AGENCY BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS ALSO HELP TO IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. IN EXCHANGE, INTERNS GAIN INVALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE IN A FIELD THEY MIGHT HOPE TO ENTER UPON GRADUATION AND CREDIT THEY CAN APPLY AT THEIR INSTITUTION OF LEARNING. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE NO EXISTING PROVISIONS IN FEDERAL LAW THAT PROTECT INTERNS WORKING AT FEDERAL AGENCIES AGAINST HARASSMENT OR DISCRIMINATION. IN THE CASE O'CONNOR VS. DAVIS, THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT UPHELD A DECISION FINDING AN INTERN COULD NOT BRING SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS UNDER FEDERAL LAW. THE COURT REASONED THAT SINCE THE INTERN WAS NOT A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE, THAT PERSON WAS NOT COVERED BY EXISTING LAW. THE COURT CONCLUDED THAT, QUOTE, IT IS FOR CONGRESS, IF IT SHOULD CHOOSE TO DO SO, TO PROVIDE A REMEDY, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY SHOWING THE DAMAGE THIS LOOPHOLE CAN HAVE AT FEDERAL AGENCIES. IN A 2015 HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY MISMANAGEMENT, WITNESSES DESCRIBED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AGAINST INTERNS. ACCORDING TO TESTIMONY, QUOTE, ONE FORMER INTERN STATED THAT BECAUSE OF THIS HARASSMENT, SHE CHANGED HER MIND ABOUT NOT ONLY WORKING FOR THE E.P.A., BUT ALSO FOR WORKING IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR AT ALL, END QUOTE. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. MR. SPEAKER, THE FEDERAL INTERN PROTECTION ACT OF 2017 ENSURES THAT INTERNS WORKING FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RECEIVE ANTI-DISCRIMINATORY AND ANTI-HARASSMENT PROTECTIONS, SPECIFICALLY THE BILL PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, OR HANDICAPPING CONDITION FOR INTERNS WORKING AT FEDERAL AGENCIES. THESE PROTECTIONS ARE ALREADY IN PLACE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. I THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, RANKING MEMBER, MR. CUMMINGS, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING INTERNS WHO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:31:26 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:31:30 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 653. THE FEDERAL INTERN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 653. THE FEDERAL INTERN PROTECTION ACT. IN FACT, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE WE NEED THIS LEGISLATION AT THIS POINT IN THE 21ST CENTURY. BUT WE DO. UNDER CURRENT LAW, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE PROTECTED FROM DISCRIMINATION ON BASIS OF RACE, RELIGION, AGE AND SEX. FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. UNFORTUNATELY, INTERNS DON'T QUALIFY. THEY HAVE NO SUCH PROTECTIONS. I APPRECIATE THE WONDERFUL WORK OF OUR DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER, REPRESENTATIVE CUMMINGS OF MARYLAND, ON THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE. I'M NOT SURPRISED AND NEITHER ARE MY COLLEAGUES THAT HE WOULD PICK UP ON THIS. HE WOULD SEE THE NEED FOR THIS PROTECTION. TO BE EXTENDED TO MEN AND WOMEN, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF GOODWILL WHO WANT MAYBE TO PURSUE A CAREER OR PART OF THEIR CAREER IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY NEED THESE PROTECTIONS LIKE THE EMPLOYEES THEY'RE WORKING WITH SIDE BY SIDE. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER FROM MARYLAND, MR. CUMMINGS.

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  • 03:32:31 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 03:32:34 PM

    MR. CUMMINGS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. CONNOLLY FOR YIELDING AND FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MR. CONNOLLY FOR YIELDING AND FOR HIS KIND WORDS. I WANT TO THANK MR. RUSSELL ALSO FOR YOUR VERY KIND WORDS. AND FOR YIELDING. THE BILL BEFORE US, THE FEDERAL INTERN PROTECTION ACT, WOULD CLOSE A LOOPHOLE IN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAW THAT CURRENTLY LEAVES UNPAID INTERNS OPEN TO DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT WITH NO LEGAL RECOURSE. IT IS INTERESTING, AS I LISTENED TO MR. CONNOLLY, HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. IT IS SURPRISING THAT THEY DON'T ALREADY HAVE THIS PROTECTION. LAST YEAR THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HELD A HEARING AT WHICH WE HEARD TESTIMONY ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION IN AN E.P.A. REGIONAL OFFICE. DURING THE HEARING, BOTH CHAIRMAN CHAFFETZ AND I EXPRESSED OUR DISGUST AT THE EXPLOITATION OF THESE YOUNG WOMEN AND DEMANDED ACTION TO PREVENT THIS ABUSE IN THE FUTURE. UNFORTUNATELY THE ACT OF HARASSING UNPAID INTERNS ON THE BASIS OF RACE, RELIGION, AGE, OR IN THIS CASE SEX, IS NOT PROHIBITED BY FEDERAL LAW. UNDER THE CURRENT LAW, VICTIMS RELY ON THE DISCRETION OF MANAGERS TO PREVENT THIS BEHAVIOR, SOMETHING THAT DOES NOT ALWAYS OCCUR. AS ONE WITNESS TESTIFIED BEFORE OUR COMMITTEE, AND I QUOTE, EVEN AFTER FINDING OUT ABOUT THE NUMEROUS HARASSMENT VICTIMS, THE DIRECT REPORTING MANAGER CONTINUED TO FEED THE HARASSER A STEADY DIET OF YOUNG WOMEN. END OF QUOTE. THAT IS VERY SAD COMMENTARY. AS I'VE OFTEN SAID, WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT. SO WE SAW AT OUR HEARING THAT ALLOWING THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR TO GO UNCHECKED CAN HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES ON THE LIVES AND CAREERS OF THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO COME INTO GOVERNMENT SERVICE. WE WANT THEM TO COME IN AND TO DO WHAT WILL FEED THEIR SOULS, BY MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION. THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD CAUSE THEM TO SAY, THIS IS SOMETHING I DON'T WANT TO DO. SO MANY INTERNS ARE WILLING TO WORK FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHOUT RECEIVING ANY PAY. THAT'S THE OTHER PIECE. SO MANY OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE COME, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCE, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITY. THEY SIMPLY WANT A CHANCE TO GET THEIR FOOT IN THE DOOR. BUT WE MUST PROTECT THEM FROM THIS KIND OF DESPICABLE BEHAVIOR. OUR BILL WILL AFFORD FEDERAL INTERNS PROTECTIONS IN THE SAME MANNER AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. SO I TAKE THIS MOMENT, I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR MOVING THIS BILL EXPEDITIOUSLY THROUGH OUR COMMITTEE. WHERE IT WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY. AND FOR BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:36:02 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA. RUSS RUSS THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD --

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  • 03:36:11 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 03:36:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

  • 03:36:16 PM

    MR. CONNOLLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO LAUDE MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO LAUDE MY FRIEND FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MR. CUMMINGS, FOR BRINGING UP THIS ISSUE. IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ONE. THE USE OF INTERNSHIPS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS A VERY UNDERUTILIZED TOOL, WHEN COMPARED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. MANY PRIVATE SECTOR COMPANIES WILL USE INTERNSHIPS FOR RECRUITING, FOR RECRUITING THE TALENT IT NEEDS FOR THE FUTURE. IN MANY CASES 70% AND 80% OF THOSE WHO INTERN FOR PRIVATE SECTOR CORPORATIONS END UP BEING HIRED. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A CAREFULLY MONITORED PROGRAM FROM ORIENTATION AND RECRUITMENT TO THE TASKS AT HAND DURING THE INTERNSHIP. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NO SUCH THING SYSTEMICALLY. AND AT THE VERY BEGINNING, IF WE'RE GOING TO USE INTERNSHIPS AS CREATIVELY AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR, TO RECRUIT THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, SINCE 1/3 OF THE CURRENT WORK FORCE IS ELIGIBLE FOR RETIREMENT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LEAD MY FRIEND, MR. CUMMINGS, HAS JUST GIVEN US, AND OF COURSE MY FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. RUSSELL, AND THAT'S TO MAKE SURE IT'S A SAFE WORKPLACE. OTHERWISE WHO WOULD BE ATTRACTED TO IT? SO THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION IS CRITICAL TO OUR MAKING FEDERAL INTERNSHIPS A MEANINGFUL TOOL IN RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. SO LONG AS THAT WORK FORCE IS PROTECTED BY THE SAME NORMS AND SAME REGULATIONS AS ANY FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. CUMMINGS, FOR BRICKING -- BRINGING THIS TO OUR ATTENTION AND I THANK MY FRIEND, MR. RUSSELL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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  • 03:37:54 PM

    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 OKLAHOMA.

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  • 03:37:58 PM

    MR. RUSSELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE THE ADOPTION AND THANK THE HARD WORK FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE THE ADOPTION AND THANK THE HARD WORK FROM MR. CUMMINGS ON THIS MEASURE. THE BROAD BIPARTISAN, UNANIMOUS SUPPORT THAT WE'VE HAD IN COMMITTEE, AND ALSO THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE IN BRINGING THIS PRACTICAL MEASURE. AND WOULD URGE ADOPTION OF IT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:38:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE PRACTICAL MEASURE. AND SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 653. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:39:45 PM

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2169, THE IMPROVING FUSION CENTERS' ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT AS AMENDED.

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  • 03:39:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 03:39:57 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2169, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ENHANCE…

    H.R. 2169, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO ENHANCE INFORMATION SHARING IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, STATE, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FUSION CENTER INITIATIVE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:40:12 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 03:40:20 PM

    MR. KATKO

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

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

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  • 03:40:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 03:40:34 PM

    MR. KATKO

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

  • 03:40:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:40:38 PM

    MR. KATKO

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2169. THE IMPROVING FUSION CENTERS'…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2169. THE IMPROVING FUSION CENTERS' ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT. IN THE YEARS SINCE 9/11, CONGRESS AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH HAVE TAKEN MANY STEPS TO ADDRESS INFORMATION SHORTFALLS AND INFORMATION SHARING SHORTFALLS. HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT SILOS REMAIN. THE PURPOSE OF H.R. 2169 IS TO ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS TRULY SERVING AS A STATE AND LOCAL INFORMATION SHARING ADVOCATE AS ORIGINALLY INTENDED BY THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT. THIS BILL REQUIRES D.H.S. TO REGULARLY REVIEW INFORMATION SHARING EFFORTS AT A NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS AND THEN WORK WITH OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES TO CLOSE ANY IDENTIFYIFIED GAPS. -- IDENTIFIED GAPS. STATE AND LOCAL FUSION CENTERS HAVE GROWN IN MATURITY AND NUMBER SINCE 9/11. THERE ARE NOW 78 FUSION CENTERS WITHIN THE NATIONAL NETWORK. AS A NET -- THE NETWORK HAS MA TOURED, FUSION CENTERS HAVE -- MATURED, FUSION CENTERS HAVE ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES AS A CONDUIT FOR SHARING TERRORISM, HOMELAND SECURITY AND CRIMINAL INFORMATION WITH FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, TRIBAL AND TERRITORY -- TERRITORIAL PARTNERS. AS A THREAT -- THE THREAT ENVIRONMENT CONTINUES TO EINVOLVE, IT IS VIE THAT WILL -- EVOLVE, IT IS VITAL WE HAVE ACCESS TO STAY AHEAD OF THREATS TO THE HOMELAND. DESPITE EXISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR D.H.S. TO SHARE INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION WITH STATE AND LOCAL ENTITIES, I HAVE FOUND THAT THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT REGULARLY ASSESS IF FUSION CENTERS HAVE ACCESS TO NECESSARY INFORMATION OR DATABASES HELD BY OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. H.R. 2169 ADDRESSES THIS DEFICIENCY BY REQUIRING THE SECRETARY TO CONDUCT OUTREACH TO THE FUSION CENTERS, TO IDENTIFY INFORMATION SHARING GAPS AND WORK WITH THE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO ADDRESS THESE GAPS. ADDITIONALLY, THE SECRETARY IS REQUIRED TO IDENTIFY FEDERAL DATABASES AND DATA SETS THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE INFORMATION SHARING ENVIRONMENT AND COORDINATE WITH THE APPROPRIATE FEDERAL AGENCY TO DEPLOY SUCH SYSTEMS. H.R. 2169 INCLUDES INPUT FROM THE FUSION CENTERS, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. I AM PLEASED THAT THE NATIONAL FUSION CENTER ASSOCIATION HAS ENDORSED THE BILL AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INCLUDE THEIR LETTER INTO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.

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  • 03:42:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:42:55 PM

    MR. KATKO

    I AM VERY PLEASED TO REPORT THAT H.R. 2169 IS A VERY BIPARTISAN BILL THAT…

    I AM VERY PLEASED TO REPORT THAT H.R. 2169 IS A VERY BIPARTISAN BILL THAT PASSED THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY UNANIMOUSLY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE MEASURE AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:43:08 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:43:17 PM

    MR. VELA

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2169, THE IMPROVING FUSION CENTERS'…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2169, THE IMPROVING FUSION CENTERS' ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT OF 2017. AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 03:43:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 03:43:29 PM

    MR. VELA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2169, A BILL THAT SEEKS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. TODAY WE CONSIDER H.R. 2169, A BILL THAT SEEKS TO AUTHORIZE D.H.S.'S STATE, LOCAL AND REGIONAL FUSION CENTER INITIATIVE. THE BILL REQUIRES THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO CARRY OUT OUTREACH TO IDENTIFY GAPS IN INFORMATION SHAREING. THIS MEASURE HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUIPPING FUSION CENTERS SO THAT THEY CAN QUICKLY ADAPT TO THE EVER-EVOLVING TERRORIST THREATLAND ESCAPE. CONGRESS HAS GIVEN PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FUSION CENTERS, IN THE 114TH CONGRESS, EBB ACTED MEASURES TO SUPPORT FUSION CENTERS. FUSION CENTERS OPERATE A STATE AND URBAN AREA FOCAL POINTS FOR RECEIPT, ANALYSIS, GATHERING AND SHARING OF THREAT INFORMATION BETWEEN FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS. I WANT TO PARTICULARLY HIGHLIGHT A PROVISION OF THIS BILL FOCUSED ONISM PROVING THE INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION BY REQUIRING THE D.H.S. SECRETARY TO CONSULT WITH OTHER FEDERAL PARTNERS IN ORDER TO DEVELOP NEW METHODS TO ADDRESS SUCH GAPS. D.H.S. MUST CONTINUE TO ADDRESS AND IMPROVE THE NATION'S FUSION CENTERS' CAPABILITIES IN GATHERING, ANALYZING AND SHARING THREAT-RELATED INFORMATION BETWEEN PARTNERS ON EVERY LEVEL. WITH THAT, I URGE PASSAGE OF 2169 AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:44:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:44:47 PM

    MR. KATKO

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO OTHER SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS HAS NO…

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

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  • 03:44:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:44:57 PM

    MR. VELA

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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  • 03:45:03 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 03:45:06 PM

    MR. VELA

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

  • 03:45:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:45:11 PM

    MR. VELA

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO AGAIN EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THIS BILL AND THANK MR. KATKO FOR HIS EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN THE THREATS WE FACE AS NATION REMAIN COMPLEX AND THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT TOOL TO ENSURE OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS HAVE THE RESOURCES AND METHODS TO PREVENT AND DETER TERROR THREATS. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:45:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 03:45:42 PM

    MR. KATKO

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2169 AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ONCE AGAIN URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2169 AND BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO NOTE THAT I ROUTINELY ENGAGE IN BIPARTISAN EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF HOMELAND SECURITY WITH CONGRESSMAN VELA AND OTHERS. THE COMMITTEE WORKS IN A VERY BIPARTISAN MANNER TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY, TO KEEP IT SAFE, AND THIS BILL IS ONE OF THOSE BILLS THAT HELPS KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE ENSURE THE PROPER FLOW OF INFORMATION TO ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND THAT THEY PROPERLY USE THAT INFORMATION, THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO IT ON A REGULAR BASIS, NO MATTER WHETHER THEY'RE A LOCAL POLICE OFFICER WHO IS WORKING AT A FUSION SENT OR WHETHER IT'S AN F.B.I. AGENT -- CENTER OR WHETHER IT'S AN F.B.I. AGENT. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE WE'RE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE. I THINK OUR BIPARTISAN EFFORTS WE ENGAGE IN WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY ON A REGULAR BASIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN CONGRESS AND I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF IT. I'M PROUD TO HAVE MR. VELA AS MY COLLEAGUE ON THAT AS WELL. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 03:46:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2169 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM YORK -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:47:18 PM

    MR. KATKO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THE HOUSE PASS H.R. 22 1 AS AMENDED.

  • 03:47:23 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 03:47:27 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2281, TO ENHANCE THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE WITHIN…

    H.R. 2281, TO ENHANCE THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME LAN SECURITY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:47:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. KATKO AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VAY LAS, EACH WILL CONTROL -- MR. VELA, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 03:47:47 PM

    MR. KATKO

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

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

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  • 03:47:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:48:02 PM

    MR. KATKO

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2281,…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2281, THE BORDER SECURITY TASK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017. WE ARE LIVING IN UNPRECEDENTED TIMES. A QUICK GLANCE OF RECENT HEADLINES SHOWS -- SHOWS THAT OUR NATION IS SUFFERING FROM THE LARGEST HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. LAST WEEK, BLOOMBERG "BUSINESS WEEK" REPORTED THAT HEROIN HAS BECOME SO PERVASIVE IN OUR CITIES AND SO PROFITABLE FOR THE CARTELS THAT SUPPLY IT THAT EVEN OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE DISHEART AND ADMIT THAT SPORADIC, STREET LEVEL ARRESTS SEEM TO HAVE NO EFFECT. RECENTLY IN MY DISTRICT WE WITNESSED THE DISMANTLING OF A LARGE SCALE ORGANIZATIONLE NEWS REPORTS INDICATE 52 INDIVIDUALS ARE FACING CHARGES FOR ABOUT 370 CRIMES, INCLUDING OPERATING AS DRUG DEALERS AND TRAFFICKERS. MR. SPEAKER, IF THESE INDIVIDUALS HAD NOT BEEN STOPPED, THEIR NEFARIOUS ACTIVITIES WOULD HAVE BROKEN THE DREAMS OF CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA AND THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE WOULD HAVE CAUSED MILLIONS IN ECONOMIC LOSS THROUGH INCARCERATION, REHAB AND MEDICAL EXPENSES. HAD THEY NOT BEEN STOPPED, THEIR ACTIONS WOULD HAVE CONTINUED TO INTRODUCE POISON IN OUR COMMUNITIES. A RECENT TREND SHOWS THAT HEROIN HITTING OUR STREETS IS BECOME MANAGER LETHAL AS DRUG DEALERS HAVE BEEN LACING HEROIN WITH FENTANYL MAKING THE DOSES MORE ADDICTIVE AND CHEAPER TO PRODUCE. IN MY YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR, I HAVE SEEN ALL SORTS OF DRUGS, NEVER SEEN ANYTHING WITH THE LETHALITY OF HEROIN. THERE ARE STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKE TON SHUT DOWN THE ILL LIST PATHWAYS OVER OUR BORDERS. THANKFULLY, THERE'S A FEDERAL TASK FORCE DEDICATED TO THIS SINGULAR PURPOSE. IN 2005, IN RESPONSE TO INCREASING VIOLENCE ON THE SOUTHWEST BORDER, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AS WELL AS BORDER PROTECTION CREATED BEST, THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCES. TO DATE, 44 UNITS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND IN PUERTO RICO MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK IS WELL SERVED BY THREE BEST TEAMS TWO ON THE NORTHERN BORDER, ONE WHICH I HELPED STAND UP IN MESSINA, NEW YORK. BEST TEAMS COMPRISE OVER 1,000 MEMBERS WHO REPRESENT OVER 100 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO JOINTLY INVESTIGATE TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ALONG THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHERN BORDERS AND AT OUR NATION'S MAJOR AIRPORTS. SINCE THEIR INCEPTION, THEIR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS HAVE INITIATED MORE THAN 10,000 -- MORE THAN 10,644 INVESTIGATIONS WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN ALMOST 13,000 CRIMINAL ARRESTS. THE SEIZURE OF 1.2 MILLION POUNDS OF NARCOTICS. AND MORE THAN $130 MILLION. THE STREET VALUE IS OF 1. MILLION POUNDS OF NARCOTICS IS ASTRONOMICAL. AN IMPRESSIVE FEAT BY ANY MASH. -- BY ANY MEASURE. AS WE CONSIDER RE-AUTHORIZING THIS TASK FORCE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHERE THERE'S ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. EVERY PROGRAM MAKES ADJUSTMENTS WHEN NEEDED. OF THE 44 TOTAL BEST UNIT, 20 ARE DESIGNATED BY HOMELAND SECURITY AS HAVING A MARITIME SECURITY FOCUS. WHILE THE COAST GUARD PROVIDES CRITICAL SUPPORT TO FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL PART NERKS NOT EVERY BEST GROUP IS BENEFITING FROM THEIR HELP. THIS IS MANDATING A COAST GUARD SPECIAL AGENT AND UNIFORMED COAST GUARD OFFICER ON EVERY MARITIME BEST. BY USING BOTH PLAIN CLOTHES INVESTIGATORS AN URINE FORMED OFFICERS, BEST WILL BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH THE COAST GUARD AND AN GENERATION OF ACTIONABLE MARINE MARITIME INTELLIGENCE. THE COAST FORWARD IS THE ONLY AGENCY IN D.H.S. THAT'S ALSO AN INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY THIS UNIQUE POSITION, COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE UNPARALLELED AWARENESS MAKES IT IMPERATIVE THAT THEY ARE INCLUDED IN ALL MARITIME BESTS IN A MANDATORY FASHION. AS WE FIND OURSELVES HALFWAY THROUGH POLICE WEEK THIS WEEK, I WANT TO TAKE A SECOND TO PAUSE AND THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT NATION, MANY OF WHOM I STOOD SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH FOR 25 YEARS FOR ALL THEY DO, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MR. VELA FOR INTRODUCING THIS BILL AND URGING MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF RE-AUTHORIZING THIS IMPORTANT TASK FORCE AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT IN THE RECORD A LETTER EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE.

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  • 03:53:11 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION SO ORDER.

  • 03:53:13 PM

    MR. KATKO

    I RESERVE.

  • 03:53:15 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:53:18 PM

    MR. VELA

    IN SUPPORT OF THE -- OF H.R. 22 1, THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK…

    IN SUPPORT OF THE -- OF H.R. 22 1, THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE RE-AUTHORIZE EIGHT -- RE-AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 017.

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  • 03:53:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:53:33 PM

    MR. VELA

    TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE, OR BEST. U.S.…

    TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE, OR BEST. U.S. IMGRAILINGS AND ENFORCEMENT LEADS 42 BEST UNITS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND PUERTO RICO. EACH UNIT IS COMPRISED OF MEMBERS FROM HOMELAND -- FROM I.C.E., HOMELAND SECURITY, AS WELL AS OTHER FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO INVESTIGATE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ALONG THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTHERN BORDERS AND AT THE NATION'S SEA PORTS. THESE UNITS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN ADVANCING D.H.S.'S SECURITY EFFORTS BY ENSURING THAT ALL LEVELS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE SHARING INFORMATION. BEST UNITS HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN JOINT OPERATIONS TO THWART THREATS POSED BY TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. THIS LEGISLATION IS IN FURTHERANCE OF MY EFFORTS AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON BORDERING -- ON BORDER AN MARITIME SECURITY, TO BOLSTER SECURITIEN CROSS BORDER THREATS AND TO ENSURE THAT RESOURCES ARE USED IN A STRATEGIC MANNER TO MITIGATE SUCH THREATS, PARTICULARLY IN RESPONSE TO DRUG CARTELS. THOSE REPRESENTING BORDER DISTRICTS ARE WELL AWARE THAT THE CARTELS ADAPT QUICKLY TO EXPLOIT REAL OR PERCEIVED WEAKNESSES IN OUR SECURITY. AS THEY SHIFT THEIR CRIMINAL OPERATIONS TO NEW LOCATIONS, SMUGGLE THEIR CONTRABAND INTO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH PORTS OF ENTRY OR UTILIZE MARITIME ROUTS INTO THIS COUNTRY, D.H.S. MUST BE AT THE READY TO QUICKLY INTERCEPT AND DISRUPT THEIR OPERATIONS THIS LEGISLATION SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT D.H.S. CONTINUES TO USE BEST UNITS TO MAXIMUM EFFECT. THIS BILL INSTRUCTS D.H.S. BEFORE SENDING -- STANDING UP A BEST UNIT TO CONSIDER THE CROSS BORDER THREATS POSED BY TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINALING OR NEIZATIONS, THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND AND BORDER SECURITY STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AS WELL AS THE OPERATION OF D.H.S.'S JOINT TASK FORCE AND OTHER MULTIAGENT EFFORTS. H.R. 22 1 ALSO UPDATES EXISTING REPORTING REQUIREMENTS SO CONGRESS HAS BETTER INFORMATION ON HOW EFFECTIVELY BEST UNITS ARE EDEUCING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY SUCH AS THE TRAFFIC FING OF DRUGS, WEAPONS AND PEOPLE ALONG THE BORDERS, ENHANCING INFORMATION SHARING AMONG LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS, COORDINATING WITH THE DEPARTMENT'S JOINT TASK FORCE AND GENERALLY ADVANCING THE D.H.S.'S HOMELAND AND BORDER SECURITY STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. I WANT TO THANK THOSE WHO HAVE CO-SPONSORED THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDING SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN MARTHA MCSALLY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 22 1 AND A-- AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:56:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. KATKO

    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS I'M…

    I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEMAN HAS NO MORE SPEAKERS I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEMAN DOES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VELA

    PREPARED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. VELA

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VELA

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    MORE SAFE AND SECURE

    MORE SAFE AND SECURE: H.R. 2 1 WAS APPROVE BY VOICE VOTE BY THE FULL…

    MORE SAFE AND SECURE: H.R. 2 1 WAS APPROVE BY VOICE VOTE BY THE FULL COMMITTEE ON MAY 3 AND ENJOYS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. BEFORE I YIELD BACK, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAL AND RANKING MEMBER THOMPSON AS WELL AS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN MCSALLY FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 03:57:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. KATKO

    PROSECUTOR, I WAS ON THE BORDER IN EL PASO, TEXAS. I HAD A FRONTLINE VIEW…

    PROSECUTOR, I WAS ON THE BORDER IN EL PASO, TEXAS. I HAD A FRONTLINE VIEW AS I WAS GOING AFTER DRUG RUNNERS BACK THEN. MANY PEOPLE THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM AT THE BORDER IS ILLEGAL ALIENS BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT DRUG TRAFFICKING REMAINS A GIGANTIC ISSUE. THE POISON THAT IS KILLING OUR KIDS IS STREAMING ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST BOARD FOR THE FAMILIAR. -- IN PARTICULAR. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT BILLS LIKE THIS CONTINUE. IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT CONGRESSMAN VELA AND OTHERS ON THE SUBCOMMITTEE CONTINUE IDENTIFYING ISSUES ALONG THE BORDER, BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH, AND THAT THE BEST CONCEPT CONTINUES AND INDEED EXPANDS IN THE FUTURE. TARGETED LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT INVOLVES PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IS THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. I COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:58:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE…

    ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 281 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1177.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 77, H.R. 1177, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 77, H.R. 1177, A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO RELEASE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES THE CONDITION THAT CERTAIN LANDS CONVEY TO THE CITY OF OLD TOWN, MAINE, BE USE FORWARD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    ORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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  • 04:00:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. DAVIS

    FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND…

    FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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  • 04:00:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO

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    MR. DAVIS

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1177. IN THE EARLY 1980'S, THE CITY OF OLD TOWN,…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1177. IN THE EARLY 1980'S, THE CITY OF OLD TOWN, MAINE, PURCHASED LAND FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BE PART OF THEIR OLD TOWN AIRPORT. THE DEED INCLUDED A USE RESTRICTION. LIMITING THE USE OF LAND TO A MUNICIPAL AIRPORT OR OTHER PUBLIC USE. OLD TOWN HAS INVESTED HEAVILY IN THIS LAND IN ORDER TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES BUT THE OUTDATED DEED RESTRICTION NEEDS TO BE LIFTED BEFORE FURTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CAN OCCUR. H.R. 1177 PROVIDES FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE DEED RESTRICTION ON THE PARCEL OF LAND AROUND THE OLD TOWN AIRPORT TO ALLOW FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. THE BILL ALLOWS THE CITY OF OLD TOWN TO SEND A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE DETAILING WHICH LANDS IT WOULD LIKE RELEASED FROM THE DEED RESTRICTION AND DIRECTS THE SECRETARY TO RELEASE THAT LAND TO THE CITY OF OLD TOWN. PASSAGE OF THIS COMMONSENSE PROVISION WILL ALLOW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OLD TOWN TO MOVE FORWARD, CREATING AS MANY AS 200 MUCH-NEEDED JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL PROVIDE CERTAINTY TO PRIVATE INVESTORS AND HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY THRIVE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE POLIQUIN FOR ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE AND OUR CHAIRMAN, MIKE CONAWAY. THIS IS A GOOD GOVERNMENT BILL THAT UNLEASHES PRIVATE INVESTMENT AT A TIME WHEN RURAL AMERICA IS STRUGGLING. AND WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, MANY THAT WE ALL SERVE. BUT ALSO THE ONES THAT REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN SERVES IN OLD TOWN, MAINE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:02:37 PM

    MR. PETERSON

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:02:49 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    H.R. 1177 IS A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW OLD TOWN, MAINE TO HAVE ECONOMIC…

    H.R. 1177 IS A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW OLD TOWN, MAINE TO HAVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS. H.R. 1177 REMOVES THE CURRENT DEED RESTRICTION ON THE LANDS SURROUNDING THE OLD TOWN AIRPORT. THIS WILL ALLOW THE CITY TO IMPLEMENT ECONOMIC INITIATIVES THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND SPUR ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE AREA. AS A PILOT, I'M GLAD TO SEE THE AIRPORT WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY THIS CHANGE AND WILL CONTINUE TO MEET THE REGION'S AIR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS. H.R. 1177 IS COMMON SENSE, REASONABLE LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. . -- DOES THE GENTLEMAN RESERVE?

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  • 04:03:40 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:03:46 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER FOUR MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, MR. POLIQUIN, WHO ACTUALLY WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THIS BILL TO THE ATTENTION OF THE HOUSE AG COMMITTEE. IT'S HIS HARD WORK AND NOT MANY IN THIS INSTITUTION THAT WORK HARDER THAN REPRESENTATIVE POLIQUIN IN ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF RURAL AMERICA. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO OUR COLLEAGUE FROM MAINE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. POLIQUIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THE KIND REMARKS. I'M SO PROUD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN FOR THE KIND REMARKS. I'M SO PROUD TO REPRESENT THE MOST HONEST AND HARD-WORKING AMERICANS YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE. MAINE'S 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS NOT THE LARGEST, THE SECOND LARGEST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. IT'S ABOUT AN EIGHT-HOUR DRIVE AND SPEND YOUR TIME DODGING MOOSE, BUT WE NEED JOBS. WE NEED JOBS. WE HAVE HAD A SITUATION, MR. SPEAKER, IN OUR STATE FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS WHERE OUR PAPER MILLS AND SAW MILLS AND TEXTILE MILLS HAVE CLOSED. WE HAVE A HANDFUL LEFT AND RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR DISTRICT IS THE GREAT TOWN OF OLD TOWN, MAINE, JUST A LITTLE BIT NORTH OF BANGOR. OLD TOWN HAS SUFFERED FROM THE CLOSURE OF A SIGNIFICANT MILL OR TWO. AND WHEN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR OF OLD TOWN REACHED OUT TO OUR OFFICE AND SAID, BRUCE, WE HAVE A PROBLEM HERE. WE HAVE A TERRIFIC PIECE OF PROPERTY SURROUNDING OUR AIRPORT. WE HAVE GONE THROUGH EXTENSIVE WORK AND COST OF THE TOWN TO EXTEND UTILITIES TO THIS PIECE OF LAND BUT LO AND BEHOLD, THERE IS A FEDERAL DEED RESTRICTION ON THAT LAND THAT DATES BACK DECADES THAT DOESN'T ALLOW US TO SELL THE LAND AND DEVELOP IT FOR MORE JOBS. NOW, I DON'T DOUBT AT THE TIME, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT WAS BUYING UP LOCAL PROPERTY ACROSS THE COUNTRY, RECLAIMING IT AND TURNING IT INTO AGRICULTURAL LAND, I DON'T QUESTION THE PURPOSE OF THAT. BUT THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. WE KNOW OF A SITUATION WHERE THE TOWN OF OLD TOWN NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO SELL THIS PROPERTY IN ORDER TO ATTRACT OTHER INVESTMENT, OTHER JOBS TO HELP OUR FAMILIES IN CENTRAL MAINE AND REMOVING THIS DEED RESTRICTI WILL ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN I'M ASKING EVERYBODY IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, AND THANK YOU VERY CH, SIR. MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA, FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, PLEASE SUPPORT H.R. 1177. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE MANY TIMES, MR. SPEAKER, THAT ALL THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO IS GET OUT OF THE WAY. AND THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE. T THE GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, GET OUT OF THE WAY. WE KNOW HOW TO CREATE JOBS IN THE STATE OF MAINE AND LET'S REMOVE THIS RED TAPE AND LET THIS LANBE SOLD TO FOLKS WHO WANT TO CREATE JOBS AND I WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL TO SUPPORT 1177 ANDET THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL MAINE TO HAVE BETTER JOBS AND MORE FREEDOM. YIELD BACK. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, VERY MUCH.

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  • 04:07:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE YIELDS BACK.

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    MR. PETERSON

    HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, SO I PREFER TO CLOSE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBA ON THIS BILL.

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  • 04:07:24 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT PASSAGE H.R. 1177 AND I YIELD BK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R.…

    THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1177. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THAFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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  • 04:07:49 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, 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, 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 ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITIO

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  • 04:08:20 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2154 AS…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2154 AS AMENDED.

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  • 04:08:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 48, H.R. 2154, A BILL TO RENAME THE RED RIVER VALLEY…

    HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 48, H.R. 2154, A BILL TO RENAME THE RED RIVER VALLEY AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER AS THE EDWARD T. SCHAFER AGRICULTURAL CENTER.

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  • 04:08:43 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAVIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. PETERSON, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 04:08:53 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

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

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  • 04:09:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. .

  • 04:09:11 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 215 TO RENAME THE RESEARCH CENTER IN FARGO,…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 215 TO RENAME THE RESEARCH CENTER IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA AS THE EDWARD T. SCHAFER AGRICULTURAL CENTER IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT IT'S LOCATED AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHO IN JANUARY OF 2015, BEAT MY ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS FOR THE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND CAUSED ME TO HAVE TO BRING CUPCAKES FROM NORMAL, ILLINOIS TO PAY A DEBT TO MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN KEVIN CRAME IR. REGRETFULLY, I SUPPORT THIS BILL, BECAUSE IT'S A GOOD BILL. HE SERVED AS NORTH DAKOTA'S GOVERNOR FROM 1992 TO 2000 AND OUR NATION'S SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE FROM 2008 TO 2009. RENAMING THE RESEARCH CENTER IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER. LOCATED IN ONE OF THE PREMIER LAND GRANT UNIVERSITIES, THIS RESEARCH CENTER IMPROVES CROPS. I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE WORK IN SPITE OF THE CUPCAKES THAT CONGRESSMAN KRAMER HAS PUT FORTH ON THIS BILL, HIS LEADERSHIP AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME TODAY IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE.

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  • 04:10:43 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 MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:10:46 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CONSUME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:10:54 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    H.R. 2154 RECOGNIZES FORMER NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR EDWARD T. SCHAFER BY…

    H.R. 2154 RECOGNIZES FORMER NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR EDWARD T. SCHAFER BY RENAMING THE AGRICULTURAL CENTER IN HIS HONOR. IT SERVES THE REGION INCLUDING MY DISTRICT BY COORDINATING FIVE RESEARCH UNITS AND TWO FARGO LABORATORIES. THE CENTER DOES A WIDE RANGE OF WORK ON AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS, INSECT GENETICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY. AND SUNFLOWER AND PLANT BIOLOGY RESEARCH. OVER THE YEARS, I WORKED CLOSELY WITH EDWARD T. SCHAFER WHEN HE WAS AT U SMPDMP A AND DURING THE TIME HE WAS NORTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR AND WE WORKED ON THINGS TOGETHER, SOME OF THEM PLEASANT AND NOT SO PLEASANT, LIKE FLOODS. IT IS A FITTING RECOGNITION FOR AN OUTSTANDING CAREER IN GOVERNMENT AND I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE TO SUPPORT THAT. AND I RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:11:58 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR SUPPORTING THIS PIECE…

    AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR SUPPORTING THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, MY COLLEAGUE, KEVIN CRAMER FROM NORTH DAKOTA.

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  • 04:12:19 PM

    MR. CRAMER

    I THANK MR. DAVIS AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PETERSON, FROM ACROSS THE RED…

    I THANK MR. DAVIS AND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. PETERSON, FROM ACROSS THE RED RIVER IN MINNESOTA FOR THIS SUPPORT FOR RENAMING OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER. FOR ALL THE REASONS THAT REPRESENTATIVE PETERSON TALKT ABOUT, IT IS A WORLD CLASS CENTER AND SHOULD BE NAMED AFTER A WORLD-CLASS GUY. I SERVED UNDER ED IN HIS CABINET. HIS INTELLECT AND HIS COMMON SENSE ARE MATCHED BY HIS ETERNAL OPTIMISM, QUALITIES THAT HE BRINGS TO EVERY JOB INCLUDING HIS WORK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. WHEN HE WAS RECOGNIZED BY HIS FORMER COLLEAGUE, PRESIDENT BUSH, FORMER GOVERNOR COLLEAGUE OF HIS AND ASKED TO JOIN THE ADMINISTRATION IN THAT DEPARTMENT, IT WAS A REMARKABLE THING, NOT JUST FOR AGRICULTURE BUT FOR OUR STATE. NORTH DAKOTA IS NUMBER ONE IN THE PRODUCTION OF MANY CROPS. AGRICULTURE IS THE NUMBER ONE INDUSTRY IN OUR STATE. IT IS WHAT MAKES NORTH DAKOTA WHAT NORTH DAKOTA IS, THE ABILITY TO FEED HUNGRY PEOPLE IN A GROWING WORLD. AND ED BROUGHT THAT COMMON SENSE TO USDA AND THAT WORK ETHIC THAT WORKS THE LAND SO EFFECTIVELY. AND I FEEL THIS IS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO HIM AND A CELEBRATION NOT ONLY TO HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS BUT TO THE RED RIVER VALLEY AND CONGRESSMAN PETERSON'S DISTRICT AND OUR WORLD. OUR TWO SENATORS, WHILE IT'S EASY FOR ME TO GET YOU NAMITY IN THE HOUSE, THE HOUSE CAUCUS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT OUR TWO SENATORS HAVE A COMPANION BILL. AND THEY SUPPORT THIS EFFORT AS WELL. I APPRECIATE THE FOUR MINUTES. I WON'T NEED THAT MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORK OF ED AND HOPEFULLY A CELEBRATION IN THE RENAMING.

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  • 04:14:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 04:14:37 PM

    MR. PETERSON

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. SO I WANT TO THANK MR. CRAMER FOR…

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE. SO I WANT TO THANK MR. CRAMER FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND MR. CRAMER, HE SPENDS TIME IN MY HOMETOWN EVERY YEAR AND I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM VERY WELL AND VERY MUCH DESERVES THIS HONOR. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:15:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 04:15:08 PM

    MR. DAVIS

    I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I…

    I AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:15:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2154 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. , THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. .

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  • 04:19:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 04:19:09 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 672 -- H.R. 672, THE COMBATING EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED.

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  • 04:19:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:19:24 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 672, A BILL TO REQUIRE CONTINUED AND ENHANCED ANNUAL REPORTING TO…

    H.R. 672, A BILL TO REQUIRE CONTINUED AND ENHANCED ANNUAL REPORTING TO CONGRESS IN THE ANNUAL REPORT ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ON ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN EUROPE, THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF EUROPEAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES, AND THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED STATES TO PARTNER WITH EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS, THE EUROPEAN UNION, AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS, TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:19:51 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:20:01 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD.

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  • 04:20:11 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    AND CHAIRMAN EMERITUS ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THE…

    AND CHAIRMAN EMERITUS ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM, AND FOR THEIR GOOD WORK ON THIS TIMELY AND IMPORTANT BILL. AND MR. SPEAKER, I WILL LAY OUT THIS CASE, BUT IT'S ONE WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH. HOSTILITY TOWARDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN SOME EUROPEAN CITIES IS VERY DEEP, MAKING JEWS IN CERTAIN AREAS LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDERS, AFRAID TO WALK THE STREETS AT NIGHT AND IN RECENT YEARS THIS SURGE IN ANTI-SEMITISM HAS LED TO AN OUTBREAK OF VIOLENT ATTACKS. THOSE VIOLENT ATTACKS ARE TARGETING CERTAIN JEWISH NEIGHBORHOODS. THEY ARE TARGETING PLACES OF WORSHIP. I THINK BACK TO 2015, THE DEADLY ATTACKS ON THE KOSHER SUPERMARKET IN PARIS. LATER ON THE SYNAGOGUE IN COPENHAGEN. EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS HAVE SINCE PASSED LAWS DESIGNED TO BETTER PROTECT THEIR JEWISH STEPS, DESIGNED TO PUNISH THOSE WHO PERPETRATE ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS, BUT MUCH MORE WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. BECAUSE THERE NEEDS TO BE A BETTER COORDINATION ON THESE EFFORTS BETWEEN JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORTING ON THE INCIDENTS TO IDENTIFY TRENDS, TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMATIC REGIONS. IN ADDITION, IN ADDITION, IN ORDER TO CONSISTENTLY APPLY ANTI-SEMITISM LAWS THROUGHOUT EUROPE, THERE NEEDS TO BE A UNIFORM LEGAL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT CONSTITUTES ANTI-SEMITISM. LET ME EXPLAIN. WE MUST BE CLEAR ON THIS. THE FIREBOMBING OF SYNAGOGUES IS NOT A POLITICAL PROTEST. THE DEFACING OF CEMETERIES, THE YELLING SLURS AT RABBIS, THE THREATENING OF JEWISH SCHOOLCHILDREN, THIS IS NOT POLITICAL PROTEST. THIS IS ANTI-SEMITISM AND IT MUST BE STOPPED. ABSENT A CLEAR-EYED DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, PERPETRATOR OF VIOLENT ACTS HAVE AT TIMES BEEN GIVEN A PASS FOR THEIR ACTIONS DUE TO THE FLIMSY DEFENSE OF POLITICAL PROTEST. ADOPTION ACROSS EUROPE OF A SINGLE DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM WOULD PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT FOUNDATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, ENABLING THEM TO BETTER ENFORCE LAWS AND DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVED SECURITY FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. AND THIS BILL, H.R. 672, THE COMBATING EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM ACT OF 2017, CALLS FOR THESE FUNDAMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AND IT REAFFIRMS THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM. IT URGES EUROPEAN NATIONS TO ADOPT A WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, AND IT CALLS FOR INCREASED REPORTING ON IT. ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN EUROPE HAVE TO BE REPORTED IN A WAY IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN U.S. AND EUROPEAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE SECURITY FOR COMMUNITY -- JEWISH COMMUNITIES IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS LEGISLATION. SO NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT AND PASS THIS IMPORTANT MEASURE, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:24:09 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MEASURE AND YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY THANKING MY GOOD FRIEND AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY THANKING MY GOOD FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR FROM CALIFORNIA, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, NITA LOWEY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR HIS STEADFAST FOR IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S SO SHOCKING AND SO HEARTBREAKING TO ME THAT IN THE YEAR 2017 WE WAKE UP DAY AFTER DAY TO READ ABOUT ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM AND ANTI-SEMITIC SLURS ON MUNICH BUSES, ANTI-SEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORIES, A BOMBING IN A KOSHER MARKET IN PARIS TWO YEARS AGO AND HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, BOMB THREATS TO JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS, DESSCREGS OF CEMETERIES. ACTUAL -- DESECRATION OF CEMETERIES. ACTUALLY, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IT. IT'S A HARD CORNER INTO NEW SOME NEW GROUP ON THE FRINGE TRIES TO PULL IT BACK IN THE MAINSTREAM. AND I FEEL WE ARE SEEING THIS RESURGENCE RIGHT NOW. WHEN WE HEAR THESE TOXIC IDEAS EMANATING FROM MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES AND GOVERNING BODIES IN EUROPE, WE KNOW IT'S TIME FOR ACTION. IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED, AND THIS BILL WILL HELP. THIS LEGISLATION BUILDS ON THE 1998 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT, WHICH ESTABLISHED ANNUAL REPORTING ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WORLDWIDE AS WELL AS 2004 GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM REVIEW ACT WHICH REQUIRED THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO REPORT EVERY YEAR ON ANTI-SEMITISM AROUND THE WORLD. THIS MEASURE CALLS FOR CONTINUED AND ENHANCED REPORTING ON ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN EUROPE. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON WHAT HAS BEEN A HOTBED OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN RECENT YEARS SO THAT NO ACT OF ANTI-SEMITIC HATRED GOES UNNOTICE. THIS IS IN OUR COUNTRY'S INTEREST TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM, HERE AND ABROAD, AND IT'S CRITICAL TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES THAT MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE U.N. AND OSEC HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM, THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO REPORT ON ANTI-SEMITIC ACTS WORLDWIDE AND OUR ALLIES SHOULD FOLLOW OUR LEAD SO WE CAN SHARE OUR FINDINGS AMONGST OTHERSELVES. WE ALSO CALL ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO ADOPT THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM USED BY THE INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE ALLIANCE, BECAUSE WORDS DO MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE. YOU KNOW, IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING THAT 70-SOME-ODD YEARS AFTER WORLD WAR II ENDED AND THAT DECADE CULMINATED IN THE DEATH OF MILLIONS OF JEWS IN THE HOLOCAUST, MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, IT'S ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE THAT 70 YEARS LATER YOU'D SEE ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE SAME PLACES IN EUROPE REAR ITS UGLY HEAD BY STUPID PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE SAYING OR DOING. AND IT'S JUST AMAZING. YOU THINK THERE WOULD BE SOME KIND OF SENSITIVITY ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST AND ABOUT ALL THE INNOCENT PEOPLE THAT WERE MURDERED FOR JUST THE ONE REASON THAT THEY WERE JEWISH, AND YET YOU SEE NO-NOTHINGS AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED POPPING UP AGAIN WITH THEIR ANTI-SEMITIC HATRED. IT'S BAD WHEREVER IT GOES, BUT IT'S ESPECIALLY REPUGNANT TO HAVE IT IN EUROPE, THE SITE OF THE MURDER OF SIX MILLION JEWISH PEOPLE. SO I'M VERY GRATEFUL TO REPRESENTATIVE LOWEY FOR HER HARD WORK ON THIS BILL. I'M PLEASED TO SUPPORT IT. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:04 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    JUDGE POE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. POE

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR COMMENTS ON THIS…

    I THANK THE CHAIR AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR COMMENTS ON THIS LEGISLATION. THE BILL PROMOTES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED, IT'S BEEN 60 TO 70 YEARS SINCE THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN EUROPE WAS DECIMATED BY THE HOLOCAUST. NOW MORE THAN EVER THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IS UNDER ASSAULT YET AGAIN. IN EUROPE ANTI-SEMITIC INDIVIDUALS ARE BACK LIKE NEVER BEFORE. A STUDY COMMISSIONED BY THE GERMAN PARLIAMENT THIS YEAR FOUND THERE WERE 644 ANTI-SEMITIC OFFENSES IN THE COUNTRY IN 2016 ALONE. IN COUNTRIES LIKE HOLLAND, JEWISH SCHOOLS AND SYNAGOGUES NEED TO BE PROTECTED BY SPECIAL FORCES BECAUSE OF FEAR OF ATTACK ON THOSE SCHOOLS. AND UNFORTUNATELY OUR COUNTRY HAS NOT BEEN IMMUNE. JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TARGETS OF BOMB THREATS. EVEN RECENTLY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, MY HOMETOWN, SUCH BOMB THREATS. THIS PAST SUNDAY, HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE IN NEW YORK CITY WAS ATTACKED AND BURNED DOWN BY ARSONISTS. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL, THE COMBATING EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITIC ACT, IS SO IMPORTANT. WE MUST CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH OUR EUROPEAN FRIENDS TO ENSURE THAT WE STAMP OUT THE CANCER OF ANTI-SEMITISM. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF A COUNTRY FOUNDED ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS MUST SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO JEWS AND NON-JEWS FROM HOUSTON TO AMSTERDAM THAT WE WON'T LET THE HORRORS OF THE HOLOCAUST REPEAT THEMSELVES. WE MUST REITERATE THE COMMITMENT THE FREE WORLD MADE OVER 60 YEARS AGO, NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, THE…

    IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, MRS. LOWEY.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY GOOD FRIENDS, CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY GOOD FRIENDS, CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ELLIOTT ENGEL AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN ADVANCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 672, THE COMBATTING EUROPEAN ANTI-SEMITISM ACT, WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY THE CO-CHAIRS OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM. WITH THE RISING THREAT OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE, THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE ENHANCED REPORTING TO CONGRESS ON ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN EUROPE, THE SAFETY AND COMMUNITY AND THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED STATES TO PARTNER WITH EUROPEAN ENTITIES TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM. THIS BILL ALSO URGES THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO CONTINUE ING ENCOURAGING EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS AND MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONS TO HAVE A DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM. I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IN THE 21ST CENTURY EUROPEAN JEWS WORRY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A FUTURE FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE. BUT INCREASED ANTI-SEMETIC SENTMENTS THROUGHOUT EUROPE, MANY JEWS ARE BECOMING THE TARGET OF VERBAL, PHYSICAL AND DEADLY TERRORIST ATTACKS. THE SECURITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF EUROPEAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES HAS DETERIORATED. THIS IS SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE. ANTI-SEMITISM IS NOT SIMPLY A JEWISH PROBLEM. OTHER FORMS OF RACISM ARE NEVER FAR BEHIND WITH THIS PERSONISHOUS THREAT REARS ITS UGLY HEAD. THE UNITED STATES MUST REMAIN A LEADER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM WHEREVER IT OCCURS TO ENSURE THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO NEVER AGAIN REMAINS A REALITY. FINALLY, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO MY FELLOW CO-CHAIRS OF THE ANTI-SEMITISM TASK FORCE. REPRESENTATIVES SMITH, ENGEL, RANGER, DEUTCH, ROS-LEHTINEN, VEASEY AND ROSKHAM. THE TASK FORCE REMAINS COMMITTED TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES TO CONDEMN ALL ANTI-SEMITISM AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF JEWS TO LIVE FREELY WITHOUT FEAR AT HOME AND ABROAD.

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    MR. ROYCE

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGN…

    TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH AFRICA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING TO HELP…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR WORKING TO HELP BRING THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR IN A TIMELY MANNER AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FOR CONDUCTING THE AFFAIRS OF OUR FULL COMMITTEE IN AN EVEN-TEMPERED, PROFESSIONAL MANNER THAT IS AN EXAMPLE TO THE REST OF THE HOUSE. IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP. AND I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND NITA LOWEY, BECAUSE SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS BILL BUT I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER LEADERSHIP FOR FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM ACROSS THE WORLD AND HAS BEEN AT THIS FIGHT FOR MANY A YEAR. WE HAVE WORKED CLOSELY TOGETHER. ONE OF THE WORLD FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF HER BILL AND I THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK. THIS BILL, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE FOR OUR BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE FOR COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM, A TASK FORCE WHICH I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CHAIR ALONG WITH MR. ENGEL AND MRS. LOWEY, REPRESENTATIVE SMITH, MARC VEASEY AND SO MANY MORE GOOD MEMBERS. BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT INITIATIVE FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES ACROSS EUROPE WHO HAVE BEEN FACING A TROUBLING INCREASE IN ANTI-SEMETIC INCIDENTS AND ATTACKS OVER THE PAST YEARS THAT HAVE PUT THEIR SAFETY AND THEIR SECURITY AT RISK. ALL ACROSS EUROPE, MR. SPEAKER, JEWS HAVE BEEN TARGETED, THEIR PLACES OF WORSHIP HAVE BEEN TARGETED. THEIR HOMES TARGETED. THEIR BUSINESSES TARGETED. WHY? BECAUSE OF THEIR FAITH. THEY HAVE BEEN THE TARGET OF DEADLY ATTACKS IN EUROPEAN CITIES. DEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES THAT WE CALL ALLIES, FRANCE, BELGIUM, DENMARK, ELSEWHERE, HORRIFIC, THIS IS SIMPLY UNCONSCIONABLE. THERE IS NO TIME TO DELAY IN TAKING ACTION. WE CANNOT ALLOW FOR AN ATMOSPHERE OF INTOLERANCE AND HATRED TO ONCE AGAIN REAR ITS UGLY HEAD IN EUROPE. THIS IS WHY THIS BILL IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED GROWING ANTI-SEMITISM AS A PROBLEM BEFORE, BUT THIS BILL WILL ENHANCE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS SO THAT WE CAN MORE ACUTELY IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS. SO EQUALLY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, WE CAN IDENTIFY THE SECURITY CHALLENGES FACING THESE JEWISH COMMUNITIES. THEN WE CAN LEARN HOW TO BEST TACKLE THIS AND PARTNER WITH OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES AND OUR FRIENDS AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ALONG WITH CIVIL SOCIETY TO PROTECT AGAINST ANTI-SEMETIC ACTS. WE CAN GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW OUR PARTNERS IN EUROPE CAN BETTER EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN. WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON HOW TO BETTER PROMOTE AWARENESS IN THEIR SOCIETIES TO THE DANGERS OF SUCH BLIND HATRED. AND THE FIRST STEPS IN FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM IS IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM AREAS AND THEN DEVELOPING A PLAN TO ADDRESS IT. THIS BILL WILL HELP US IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN TAKING THE NECESSARY ACTION IN PROTECTING THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF EUROPE AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT BILL.

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  • 04:37:27 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    OTHER SPEAKERS ON THE MAJORITY SIDE, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE. I DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS.

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    MR. ENGEL

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME TO CLOSE. AND I AGREE WITH THE ELOQUENT STATEMENTS…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME TO CLOSE. AND I AGREE WITH THE ELOQUENT STATEMENTS MADE BY BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE PERTAINING TO THIS BILL. I THANK MRS. LOWEY AND IT'S IMPORTANT WE DON'T SWEEP THIS UNDER THE RUG AND DON'T TRY TO HIDE IT OR SUGAR COAT, WHETHER IT HAPPENS HERE OR IN EUROPE, NO MATTER WHERE IT HAPPENS, ANY FORM OF HATRED OF ONE GROUP TOWARD ANOTHER NEEDS TO BE ROUNDLY CONDEMNED AND STOPPED. AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. IT HASN'T EVEN BEEN A CENTURY HEARD THIS CAN ARI IN THE COAL MINES. AND JEWISH POPULATION AS MEMBERS OF CERTAIN SOCIETIES, GOVERNMENTS, SAYING IT WAS OK TO HATE. WE DON'T THINK IT'S OK TO HATE AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. WE ARE HERE IN LIGHT OF THAT HISTORY. WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN TOO FEW GOOD PEOPLE STOOD UP AND SPOKE OUT. WE MUST ENSURE THAT IT DOESN'T HAPPEN AGAIN. THIS BILL WILL HELP US ADDRESS THAT CONCERN AND SHARE A BRIGHT LIGHT ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE. AND I'M PROUD TO STAND WITH MY COLLEAGUES TODAY TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO THE SAME. I THANK THE OTHERS ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE AND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO HAVE SPOKEN ON THIS, ESPECIALLY CHAIRMAN ROYCE, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 04:39:42 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    LET ME JUST SAY WITH THE WORDS JUST SPOKEN BY RANKING MEMBER ENGEL IS…

    LET ME JUST SAY WITH THE WORDS JUST SPOKEN BY RANKING MEMBER ENGEL IS PRECISELY THE SENTIMENT THAT WE ALL WISH TO CONVEY. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM IN ALL OF ITS INSIDIOUS FORMS. AND WE DO IT BECAUSE THE CONSEQUENCES, THE HORRIFYING CONSEQUENCES OF DOING NOTHING IN THE FACE OF SUCH EVIL IS UNCONSCIONABLE. WE MUST NOT REPEAT THE MISTAKES OF THE PAST BY REMAINING SILENT AS THE SAME POISON AFFECTS OUR COMMUNITIES TODAY. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL SENDS A CLEAR SIGNAL THAT ANTI-SEMITISM HAS NO PLACE IN FREE SOCIETIES. AND URGES OUR EUROPEAN PARTNERS TO PROVIDE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE THAT WILL EMPOWER LAW ENFORCEMENT AND BETTER EQUIP THEM TO TACKLE THIS RISING PROBLEM AND SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT OUR OWN LAW ENFORCEMENT IS WILLING TO TO WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH THEIRS TO TACKLE THIS PROBLEM. I APPRECIATE THE WORK OF CONGRESSWOMAN LOWEY AND CONGRESSWOMAN ROS-LEHTINEN AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 672 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED. AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:41:49 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS HOUSE RESOLUTION 145 AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SINCE OF THE HOUSE OF…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SINCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 04:42:18 PM

    MR. ROYCE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS IN THE RECORD.

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  • 04:42:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, WHICH AFFIRMS THIS BODY'S…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, WHICH AFFIRMS THIS BODY'S SUPPORT FOR THE INDEPENDENT ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSIONS IN CENTRAL AMERICA THAT SEEK TO COMBAT CORRUPTION AND COMBAT IMPUNITY IN THE COUNTRIES OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE REGION. AND I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. TORES, A NEW MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE, FOR HER WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND OF COURSE, I APPRECIATE, MR. ENGEL, THE RANKING MEMBER AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE SUBCOMMITTEE FOR HIS FOCUS ON THIS REGION. THE U.S. HAS SEEN A SURGE IN ILLEGAL MIGRATION FROM EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS, THAT IS THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA AND MANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE FLEEING CORRUPTION. MORE THAN ANYTHING, THE CITIZENS OF THESE COUNTRIES WANT GOVERNMENTS THAT WILL WORK FOR THEM. AS A RESULT OF THESE GOVERNMENTS, THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS RESPONDED. GOVERNMENTS IN THE REGION, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES HAVE HELPED TO ESTABLISH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION AGAINST IMPUNITY IN GUATEMALA, THAT IS CESIG AND THE COMMISSION TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY IN HONDURAS KNOWN AS MOXI. IN BOTH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE MAKING IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO TACKLE CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES AND WORKING TO GIVE THE CITIZENS OF THESE COUNTRIES CONFIDENCE IN THEIR OWN JUDICIARY. THESE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE PUT POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS ON NOTICE THAT NOBODY SHOULD BE ABOVE THE LAW AND THAT THEIR CITIZENRY DEMANDS TRANSPARENCY. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS SPECIAL BODY IN HONDURAS HAS BEGUN TO ASSIST THE ATTORNEY GENERAINTO THE INVESTIGATION OF MORE THAN $300 MILLION THAT WAS EMBEZZLED FROM THE INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SECURITY. AND IN GUATEMALA HAS TRAINED THE PROSECUTORS THAT SUCCESSFULLY BUILT HIGH-PROFILE CORRUPTION CASES AGAINST MULTIPLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS INCLUDING THE FORMER PRESIDENT. ONCE AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE TORRES AND THANK HER FOR BRINGING THIS MEASURE FORWARD AND HER EFFORTS IN WORKING WITH THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES TO URGE GREATER RESPECT FOR AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY AND TO BRING GREATER SECURITY AND PROSPERITY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 04:45:42 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME. ENING THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME START BY THANKING OUR CHAIRMAN ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA. I'M ALSO ESPIALLY GRATEFUL TO ANOTHER COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, NORMA TORESS, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE -- NORMA TORRES, A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND FOUNDING CO-CHAIR OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN CAUCUS. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN A CHILD FROM EL SALVADOR OR GUATEMALA OR HONDURAS ARRIVES AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER, HE OR SHE DIDN'T GET THERE BECAUSE IT WAS AN EASY JOURNEY. IT WAS BECAUSE POVERTY OR CRIME OR LACK OF OPPORTUNITY AT HOME LEFT THAT CHILD NO OPTION BUT TO FACE THAT LONG, DANGEROUS TREK. NO CHILD ANYWHERE SHOULD BE FORCED TO MAKE THE HEARTBREAKING CHOICE, AND THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN IS NOT TO BUILD A WALL OR ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM OUR NEIGHBORS, IT'S TO STOP CHILDREN FROM HAVING TO MAKE THAT JOURNEY IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S BY MAKING LONG-TERM STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS IN A MORE SECURE AND PROSPEROUS CENTRAL AMERICA. OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO DO JUST THAT. WE'VE MADE A BOLD NEW FOREIGN ASSISTANCE COMMITMENT TO CENTRAL AMERICA THAT HELPS ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF CHILD MIGRATION FROM THE REGION. A BIG PART OF THIS EFFORT IS SUPPORTING THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WORNG DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO ROOT OUT CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS, THE HEADS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION AGAINST IMPUNITY IN GAT MALLA AND THE -- GUATEMALA AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION AGAINST IMPUNITY IN HONDURAS. THIS RESOLUTION WE'RE VOTING UPON SIGNALS THAT THE UNITED STATES AGREES WITH THEM AND HAS THEIR BACKS. TO GUATEMALA ATTORNEY GENERAL, HONDURAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, SALVADORAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, CICIG COMMISSIONER, IVAN VELASQUEZ, AND JUAN JIMENEZ, TODAY WE COME TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESND TO SAY THANK YOU AND PROCLAIM WE STAND WITH YOU AND YOUR INSTITUTIONS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION. THIS MEASURE SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE THAT OUR CONGRESS, WHICH HAS THE ULTIMATE SAY OVER FUNDING FOR CENTRAL ARICA, STANDS WITH THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO PUTTING AN END TO CORRUPTION IN EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS. WE MAY HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND A NEW SECRETARY OF STATE AT FOGGY BOTTOM, BUT CONGRESS CONTINUES TO HAVE THE POWER OF THEURSE, AND DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE BELIEVE THAT CONTINUED INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL AND CICIG AND MOXI IS THE KEY TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE. IN DECEMBER I LED A LETTER ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN AND SEVERAL OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE COMMENDING THEIR EFFORTS, PLEDGING OUR SUPPORT AND KNOWING HOW CRUCIAL IT IS THEY BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THEIR WORK FREE FROM ANY INTERFERENCES FROM POLITICAL LEADERS IN THEIR COUNTRIES. WITH PASSAGE OF THIS H.RES. 145, THENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAN AND WILL SEND THAT SAME MESSAGE. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGNFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.

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    HE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    I THANK THE SPEAKR AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME. I APPLAUD THE…

    I THANK THE SPEAKR AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE TIME. I APPLAUD THE WORK OF BOTH CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL, THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE IN HELPING TO FOCUS MORE OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY PRIORITY HERE IN OUR OWN WESTERN HEMISPHERE. I ALSO APPLAUD CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES FOR AUTHORING THE MEASURE THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US TODAY, HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, REAFFIRMING OUR DEDICATION TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA. IT'S AN IMPORTANT MEASURE, MR. SPEAKER, AND IT IS AN IMPORTANT FIGHT. FOR YEARS I HAVE BEEN A STRONG AOCATE FOR THIS FIG BECAUSE WHERE CORRUPTION IS ALLOWED TO SPREAD, DRUG TRAFFICKING AND CRIME INEVITABLY THRIVE, AND THIS IS NEGATIVE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS. IT IS BAD FOR US. IT'S BAD FOR OUR INTERESTS. THAT'S WHY IT'S VITAL WE MAKE BATTLING CORRUPTION IN THE REGION MORE OF A PRIORITY OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY. IN FACT, EARLIER THIS YEAR I TRAVELED TO HONDURAS AND TO GUATEMALA WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, ALBIO SIRES,ND WE SAW FIRSTHAND HOW THESE GOVERNMENTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO TACKLE CORRUPTION IN THR COUNTRIE IT IS NOT EASY, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE MANG PROGRESS AND TAKING SOME OF THE TOUGH DECISIONS NECESSARY,UT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE. THERE'S SO MUCH MORE THAT THEY NEED TO DO, BUT THEY NEED THE HELP FROM THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S WHAT WE HRD WHEN WE HOSTED THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL FROM THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., JUST LAST MONTH TO DISCUSS WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO FIGHTING CORRUPTION AND WHAT ASSISNCE THEY MIGHT NEED FROM US. THAT IS WHY TH RESOLUTIO BEFORE US IS SO IMPORTANT AND IT IS SO TIMELY. WE MUST URGE THE VERNMENTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA TO DO MORE TO BATTLE CORRUPTION, BUT WE ALSO MUST EDGE TO DO MORE OURSELVES BECAUSE THEY CANNOT DO IT ALONE. CENTRAL AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS MUST TAKA STAND AND VOICE THEIR SUPPORT FOR ANTI-CORRUPTIONROGRAMS. THEY MUSTESPECT AND DEFEND THE AUTHORITY OF THE JUDICIAL BRANCH, AND THEY MUST MAKE IT A PRIORITY. NOT EASY FOR THEM TO DO. SOME OF THESE GOVERNMENTS HAVE SHOWN A WILLINGNESS TO TA THESE STEPS, BUT SADLY, MR. SPEAKER, NOT ALL OF THEM HAVE. WHILE WE URGE WILLING PARTNERS TOAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, WE MUST BE WILLING TO DO MORE FOR THOSE UNWILLING. THAT IS WHY I HAVE REINTRODUCED MY BILL WHH AIMS AT GHTENINGHE ECONOMIC SCREWS ON THE ORTEGA REGIME UNTIL WE SEE SOME DRTIC REFORMS, INCLUDING EFFORTS TO END CORPTION. IT IS OUR DUTY TO SUPPORT OUR NEIGHBORS THAT OUR PARTNERS TO THE SOUTH CAN LIVE IN A FAR MORE OPEN, FREE AND DEMRATIC SOCIETY. BUT IT'S ALSO IN THE BENEFIT OF OUR SECURITY. IT'S IN THE BENEFIT OF OUR NATIONAL INTEREST TO DO SO. THAT IS WHY I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SPO HOUSE RESOLUTION 145. I ALSO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY NICA ACT AND TAKE A MORE ENGAGED ROLE IN OUR FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS IN OUR OWN WESTERN HEMISPHE THA YOU, MR. SPEAKER, FORHE TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW RK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. GEL

    RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE

    NORMA TORRES. THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE: THE GTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    NORMA TORRES. THE SPEAKEPRO TEMPORE: THE GTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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    MRS. TORRES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISEN STRG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 145,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISEN STRG SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 145, EXPRESSING THE SUPPORT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA. IN TOO MANY CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES, IT HAS BECOME COMMON PRACTICE FOR GOVNMENT OFFICIALS TO USE PUBLIC OFFICE TO ENRICH THEMSELVES INSTD OF SERVING THE PUBLIC GOOD FOR TOO LONG, CORRUPTION HAS ALLOWED VIOLENCE AND POVERTY TO HOLD THESE COUNTRI BACK, BUT RECENTLY THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY ARE READY FOR A CHANGE. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE REGION VE TAKEN TO THE STREETS AND DEMONSTRATED AND SOME REAL PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE. IN GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, THE ATTORNEYS GENERAL HAVE DEMONSTRAD INDENDENCE AND REAL CURMING. IN GUATEMALA ATTORNEY GENERAL THELMA ALDANA HAS WORKED WITH CICIG WITH IVAN VAZQUEZ TO HELP THE PROSECORS AND HAS ASSISTED WITH EFFECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS INTO CORRUPTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. INONDURAS, ATTORNEY GEN OSCAR CHINCHILLA HAS WORK WITH MISSION TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND IMPUNITY IN HONDURAS, MACCI, SINCE 2016. LED BY JUAN JIMENEZ, MACCIH HAS IMPORTANT LEGAL REFORMS AND ASSISTING WITH THE INSTIGATIONS OF HIGH-PROFILE CORRUPTION CASES. IN EL SALVADOR GENERAL ATTORNEY DOUGLAS MELENDEZ HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS IN TACKLING HIGH-LEVEL CORRUPTION CASES. I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF EL SALVADOR WILL RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF CICIG AND MACCIH AN HELP THE INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE THAT THEORNEY GENERAL AND HIS PROSECUTORS HAVE SO CLEARLY NEEDED. MR. SPEAKER, THE COUNTRIES OF THE NORERN TRIANGLE AA CRUCIAL POINT IN THIS FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION. AND WE CANNT TURN BACK THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE THIS RESOLUTION WILL SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE THAT E UNITEDTATES WL BE A STEADFAST PARTNER IN ITS SUPPORT FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN CNTRAAMERICA. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION A IN CLOSING, I WILL LIKE THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEER ENGEL OR THEIR SUPPORT AND HARD WORK IN ADVANCING THIS RESUTION. ADDITIONALLY, I WOULD LIKE T THANK CONGRESSMAN MOOLENAAR WHO WORKED WITH ME TO DRAFTND INTRODUCE THIS RESOLUTION AND WHO HAS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER AND ADVOCATOF THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTIO IN CENTRAL AMERA. I WOULD LSO LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS RESOLUTION. TH YOU, MR. SER, AND I YIELD BACK. THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAK PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MR. ROYCE

    WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGESSWOMAN WE WANT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK CONGESSWOMAN WE WANT TO YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MOOLENAAR, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    MR. MOOLENAAR

    I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND MOVING…

    I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION AND MOVING IT THROUGH THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN TORRES, WHO IS A TRUE CHAMPION ON THIS ISSUE AND HELPING US UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS. THIS RESOLUTION MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE UNITED STATES STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS IN THE NORTHERN TRIANGLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA. ALREADY, OFFICIALS ACROSS THE REGION ARE MAKING HEADWAY. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF GUATEMALA IN PARTICULAR HAS MADE ROW AGREES IN TAKING ON CORRUPTION AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. THIS RESOLUTION WILL REINFORCE SUPPORT FOR THESE EFFORTS IN THE REGION. IT WILL SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS THAT THE UNITED STATES WANTS THEM TO HAVE A SAFE COUNTRY FREE OF CORRUPT OFFICIALS WHO STEAL FROM THEM. BY SUPPORTING THE EFFORTS OF OUR ALLIES TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, IT IS MY HOPE THAT THESE GOVERNMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO PROMOTE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW, THEREBY MAKING IT BETTER FOR RESIDENTS TO LIVE, WORK AND RAISE A FAMILY IN THEIR HOMELANDS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:58:06 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I HAVE NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS RESOLUTION FOR THE MINORITY.

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  • 04:58:21 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THAT AS A FATHER, I CANNOT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY THAT AS A FATHER, I CANNOT IMAGINE BEING FACED WITH THE CHOICE OF LETTING MY CHILDREN RISK VIOLENCE OR DEATH FROM CRIMINAL GANGS OR MALNUTRITION OR TAKING A DANGEROUS JOURNEY HUNDREDS OF MILES ON THEIR OWN. NO PARENT OR CHILD SHOULD EVER BE FORCED TO MAKE THIS CHOICE. UNFORTUNATELY, FAR TOO MANY FAMILIES IN EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS MUST DO SO ON A DAILY BASIS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT OUR CONGRESS HAS DECIDED TO MAKE A MUCH-NEEDED, LONG-TERM INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THE CORE OF THESE EFFORTS IS OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION. H.RES. 145 MAKES IT CAREER THAT OUR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN CENTRAL AMERICA WILL DEPEND ON SUPPORT FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS FROM THE SALVADORAN, GUATEMALAN AND HONDURAN GOVERNMENTS AND I'M HEARTENED THAT THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN THE HEMISPHERE IS NOT LIMITED FROM CENTRAL AMERICA. FROM BRAZIL TO CHILE TO THE CARIBBEAN, THE CITIZENS OF THE AMERICAS HAVE FINALLY HAD ENOUGH AND VOWED TO PUT AN END TO CORRUPTION ONCE AND FOR ALL. THE LEAST OUR CONGRESS CAN DO IS SUPPORT THESE VALIANT EFFORTS. I ALSO, AGAIN, WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR WORKING SO WELL WITH ME AND PUTTING OUR HEADS TOGETHER ALL THE TIME AND PASSING GOOD RESOLUTIONS AND LEGISLATION LIKE THIS. I WANT TO, AGAIN, THANK CONGRESSWOMAN TORRES FOR INTRODUCING THIS CRUCIAL RESOLUTION AND FOR HER HARD WORK ON IT, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES AFFIRMS THIS BODY'S SUPPORT FOR ALL EFFORTS TO…

    CONGRESSWOMAN NORMA TORRES AFFIRMS THIS BODY'S SUPPORT FOR ALL EFFORTS TO COMBAT CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA. THE PEOPLE OF THIS REGION HAVE BEEN LIVING IN SOCIETIES THAT, BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION -- AND THAT CORRUPTION HAS BECOME ENDEMIC -- HAS LED TO GANG VIOLENCE, TO CRIM NATIONALITY, -- CRIMINALALITY AND THIS DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE ABILITY OF THESE GOVERNMENTS TO BRING PEACE AND PROSPERITY TO ALL OF ITS CITIZENS AND THAT IN TURN FUELS THE FLOWS OF THOSE WHO LEAVE ILLEGALLY, MY GRANT -- MIGRANTS, TO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE, TO THE UNITED STATES. SO THE CITIZENS OF NORTHERN TRIANGLE COUNTRIES, THOSE IN THIS REGION, WANT TO LIVE IN SAFETY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES AND WE CAN HELP BY SUPPORTING EFFORTS BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION AGAINST IMPUNITY IN GUATEMALA AND THE COUNTERPART IN HONDURAS AND OTHERS IN THE REAMING THAT ARE FIGHTING FOR THESE EFFORTS THAT ENABLE AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY AND A JUDICIARY THAT COMBATS CORRUPTION. . NORMA TORRES' WORK ON CENTRAL AMERICA HAS HELPED TO BUILD CAPACITY IN THESE COUNTRIES TO BEGIN PROVIDING SECURITY FOR ITS CITIZENS AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS RESOLUTION, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND AGREE THOUSAND RESOLUTION 145 AS AMENDED -- AGREE ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 145 AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 05:02:12 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1677, THIS IS THE CAESAR…

    I MOVE THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1677, THIS IS THE CAESAR SYRIA CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT AS AMENDED.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1677, THE HALT OF THE WHOLESTEAL SLAUGHTER OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND…

    H.R. 1677, THE HALT OF THE WHOLESTEAL SLAUGHTER OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND HOLD SYRIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR CRIMES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. ROYCE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 05:02:46 PM

    MR. ROYCE

    CALIFORNIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE RECORD. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS…

    I ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE INTO THE RECORD EXCHANGES OF LETTERS WITH OTHER COMMITTEES REGARDING THIS BILL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ALSO WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. ROYCE

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO START BY COMMENDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO START BY COMMENDING THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, THE RANKING MEMBER, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN AUTHORIZING THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. MR. ENGEL HAS LONG BEEN THE VOICE ON SYRIA AND I MUST -- I MUST MENTION THAT THE OUTLINE THAT HE HAS GIVEN IN TERMS OF THE INITIAL PROBLEMS, WHEN WE SAW THOSE CITIZENS ON THE STREETS OF DA MASS CASS WALKING -- DAMASCUS, WALKING, PEACEFUL, PEACEFUL. THEN AS WE SAW ON CNN, THE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS OPEN UP AND SAW THE ASSAD REGIME MOW THOSE CIVILIANS DOWN, HE WAS THE FIRST TO BEGIN TO RING THE ALARM. AND I WISH THIS BODY AND PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AS WELL HAD DONE MORE TO HEED HIS CALLS. FOR SIX YEARS WE HAVE WATCHED THE SYRIAN REGIME LAUNCH WAVE AFTER WAVE OF UNRELENTING DESTRUCTION ON THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA. AIR STRIKES, CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS, FORCED STARVATION. INDUSTRIAL SCALE TORTURE. THE DELIBERATE TARGETING OF HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, MARKETPLACES . AND THIS DONE WITH PRECISION BOMBS AND WITH CRUDE BARREL BOMBS AND, AS A CONSEQUENCE, SYRIANS SUFFERING EVERY DAY. NOW JUST LAST MONTH WE SAW FOOTAGE OF ENTIRE FAMILIES KILLED, SUFFOCATED BY SYRIAN GAS. A CHEMICAL WEAPON THAT ASSAD SUPPOSEDLY GAVE UP UNDER A DEAL BROKERED BY RUSSIA AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. THE NUMBER OF DEAD IS ESTIMATED NOW TO BE CLOSE TO ONE-HALF MILLION. AND ANOTHER 14 MILLION HAVE BEEN DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES. AND WHILE ISIS PLAYS A ROLE IN THE VIOLENCE IN SYRIA, IT IS BASHAR AL-ASSAD AND HIS BACKERS, AMONG THEM RUSSIA, IRAN AND HEZBOLLAH, WHO ARE THE MAIN DRIVERS OF THIS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. ISIS HAS NO AIRPORTS. IT IS RUSSIAN AND SYRIAN FIGHTER PLANES AND HELICOPTERS THAT DROP THOSE BOMBS ON THOSE HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS. IT IS HEZBOLLAH AND IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS FIGHTERS WHO ATTACK CITIES, WHO BURN CROPS, WHO PREVENT FOOD AND WATER AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM REACHING VULNERABLE CIVILIANS. IT IS ASSAD'S SECRET POLICE AND INTELLIGENCE GROUPS WHO KIDNAP AND TORTURE AND MURDER CIVILIANS FROM EVERY ETHNIC GROUP AND POLITICAL PARTY. SUNNI, SHI'A, CHRISTIANS, NONE ARE SAFE. ONE OF THE WORST FACILITIES IS JUST 20 MILES FROM DAMASCUS. A PRISON. IT'S A PLACE SO TERRIBLE THAT IT IS CALLED A HUMAN SLAUGHTER HOUSE. AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TORTURED AND HUNG AND SHOT AND LEFT TO STARVE TO DEATH WITHIN THE PRISON. AND THE NUMBERS ARE SO HIGH THAT IN 2013 ASSAD BEGAN CONSTRUCTING A CREMATORIUM TO DISPOSE OF THE BODIES. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS OUR COMMITTEE HEARD AGONIZING TESTIMONY FROM SYRIANS CAUGHT UP IN THIS HORROR. INCLUDING THE BRAVE SYRIAN DEFECTOR KNOWN TO THE WORLD AS CAESAR, AND FOR WHOM THIS BILL IS NAMED. CAESAR TESTIFIED ABOUT THE SHOCKING SCALE OF TORTURE BEING CARRIED OUT WITHIN THE PRISONS OF SYRIA. WE SAW HIS PHOTOGRAPHS. THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS HE TOOK WITH THOSE BODIES NUMBERED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS ABOUT TOTALITARIAN REGIMES THAT LEADS THEM TO WANT TO NUMBER THEIR DEAD AND CATALOG IT. BUT BECAUSE OF HIS BRAVERY, WE HAVE THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS. AND WE'VE ALSO HEARD FROM DOCTORS WHO TREAT VICTIMS OF CHEMICAL ATTACKS, VOLUNTEERS WHO DIG THROUGH RUBBLE WITH THEIR BAREHANDS TO RESCUE THOSE TRAPPED WITHIN. AND WE'VE HEARD FROM THE SURVIVORS OF TORTURE IN ASSAD'S PRISONS. AS SYRIA DRAG ON AND ON, VITAL U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS ARE AT STAKE. ASSAD'S BRUTALITY IS BOTH A MAGNET FOR TERRORIST RECRUITMENT AND A DESTABILIZING FORCE DRIVING TENS OF MILLIONS OF REFUGEES OUT OF THAT COUNTRY. WE HAVE 14 MILLION SYRIANS, AS I SAID, WHO ARE DISPLACED RIGHT NOW. MANY OF THEM STILL IN THE COUNTRY, AND MILLIONS OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY. YET WE'VE TAKEN NO STEPS TO APPLY THE ECONOMIC TOOLS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO US WITH RESPECT TO ASSAD AND HIS BACKERS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LEGISLATION IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE COST TO ASSAD. AND TO THOSE OUTSIDE BACKERS, BY TARGETING THE SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY THAT ALLOW ASSAD TO MURDER WITH IMPUNITY. IN THE BILL COMPANIES AND BANKS WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN DOING BUSINESS WITH THE REGIME OR WITH THE UNITED STATES. IT WOULD ALSO SANCTION ANYONE WHO FLIES WEAPONS OR SENDS FIGHTERS INTO SYRIA TO SUPPORT THE ASSAD REGIME. AND THIS BILL IS ALSO ABOUT CREATING ECONOMIC LEVERAGE TO PUSH THE PARTIES TO NEGOTIATE. CREATING THE CONDITIONS FOR A NEGOTIATED PEACE. IT'S ABOUT FINDING A WAY FORWARD , TO BE DETERMINED BY THE SYRIAN PEOPLE, THAT DOES NOT ALLOW ASSAD TO EXTERMINATE HIS OWN COMMUNITY. DOES NOT ALLOW HIM TO DO IT WITH IMPUNITY. DOES NOT GUARANTEE ISIS A SAFE SPACE FROM WHICH TO OPERATE. AND IT DOES NOT DRIVE ANOTHER 10 MILLION PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES. FOR THERE TO BE PEACE? SYRIA, THE PARTIES MUST -- FOR THERE TO BE PEACE IN SYRIA, THE PARTIES MUST COME TOGETHER. SO LONG AS ASSAD AND HIS BACKERS CAN SLAUGHTER THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA WITH NO CONSEQUENCES, THERE'S NO HOPE FOR PEACE. AS WE SPEAK, RUSSIA AND IRAN HAVE PROCLAIMED THEMSELVES THE GUARANTEE ORS OF PEACE AND HAVE -- GUARANTORS OF PEACE AND HAVE DE-ESCALATION ZONES WHERE CIVILIANS CAN SEEK SAFETY. BUT THESE ZONES WOULD BE POLICED BY THE SYRIAN ARMY. SUPPORTED BY RUSSIAN MILITARY POLICE, BY HEZBOLLAH FIGHTERS, AND I.R. -- IRGC, IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS COMMANDERS, BACKED BY THOSE SHI'A MILITIAS. THE VERY SAME PEOPLE WHO HAVE MURDERED THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN CIVILIANS THROUGHOUT THIS CONFLICT. AND WHO ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN FOMENTING SECTARIAN-BASED VIOLENCE THROUGHOUT THE REGION. WITH THIS SCENARIO, PEACE DOES NOT HAVE A CHANCE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS LONG OVERDUE. LAST YEAR, ELIOT ENGEL AND I BROUGHT THIS UP, WE PASSED IT UNANIMOUSLY. YET THE OTHER BODY DID NOT TAKE IT UP BEFORE WE ADJOURNED. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, AS WE SEEK TO EASE THE SUFFERING OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    GRATEFUL THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING MY BILL TODAY. THE CAESAR SYRIA…

    GRATEFUL THAT THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING MY BILL TODAY. THE CAESAR SYRIA CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT. I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, ED ROYCE, FOR JOINING AS THE LEAD REPUBLICAN CO-SPONSOR OF THIS MEASURE. I'M PROUD THAT WE'RE BRINGING IT UP TO THE FLOOR WITH 108 CO-SPONSORS. MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. MR. SPEAKER, EVERY WEEK MORE AND MORE BAD NEWS POURS IN ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA. I'M GRATEFUL TO CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR MAKING THE COMMENTS HE JUST MADE. BECAUSE MY HEART HAS BEEN BLEEDING FOR SYRIA OR CRYING OUT FOR SYRIA FOR FOUR OR FIVE YEARS NOW. EVER SINCE MR. ROYCE -- EVER SINCE, MR. ROYCE SAID, THERE WERE PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS AND THEY WERE MOWED DOWN BY THE ASSAD REGIME. THE UNITED STATES DIDN'T DO MUCH . WE SORT OF WATCHED AND RETREATED AND PERHAPS WERE AFRAID THAT WE WOULD BE BOGGED DOWN IN ANOTHER WAR. BUT WE SHOULD HAVE AT THAT POINT IN MY ESTIMATION, HELPED THE FREE SYRIA ARMY. WHICH BEGGED US FOR HELP. NOT PEOPLE, NOT TROOPS, BUT HELP. AND WE DIDN'T DO IT. DIDN'T GIVE IT TO THEM. WE THOUGHT THAT ASSAD WOULD FALL ON HIS OWN ULTIMATELY. BUT HE DIDN'T. WE ARE PAYING THE PRICE TODAY. THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA UNFORTUNATELY ARE THE ONES PAYING THE PRICE. AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND HAVE BEEN MISPLACED AND JUST THE HORRORS OF WAR AND THE HORRORS OF CIVILIANS. SO MY HEART REALLY BLEEDS FOR THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. THIS WEEK IT WAS THE REVELATION OF A CREMATORIUM. WHERE THEY CAN PILE THE BODIES AND TRY TO BURN AWAY THE EVIDENCE OF THEIR ATROCITIES. ALSO THIS WEEK, RUSSIA ANNOUNCED THAT THEY'LL WORK WITH IRAN, IRAQ AND ASSAD TO OPEN AND SECURE ROADS FROM BAGHDAD TO DAMASCUS. WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS, MR. SPEAKER, IS A ROAD FROM BEIRUT TO TEHRAN IN IRAN. A PERMANENT IRANIAN FOOTHOLD RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE EAST. A PERMANENT IRANIAN FOOTHOLD RIGHT ON ISRAEL'S BORDER. A PERMANENT IRANIAN FOOTHOLD TO DO MISCHIEF AND THE USUAL NEFARIOUS THINGS THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT DOES. THIS CRISIS HAS BEEN BURNING OUT OF CONTROL FOR SIX LONG YEARS. I WAS AN EARLY VOCAL SUPPORTER, AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, INVOLVING THE MODERATE SYRIAN OPPOSITION. I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE DONE MUCH MORE TO PUSH ASSAD OUT OF POWER AND HELP THE SYRIAN PEOPLE CHART THE COURSE FOR THEIR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. WHEN WE DIDN'T, I SPOKE OUT. AND SINCE THEN, ASSAD HAS PLOWED AHEAD WITH HIS CAMPAIGN OF CARNAGE. THE FEW TIMES HE APPEARED TO BE TAKING ON WATER, HE WAS GIVEN A LIFE LINE BY HIS DEVOTED ENABLERS, RUSSIA AND IRAN. THROUGH HIS TERRORIST PROXY, HEZBOLLAH. EVERY TIME ASSAD SEEMED TO BE LOSING, HE WAS GIVEN A LIFE LINE. AS WE JUST MENTIONED, AS I JUST MENTIONED, BY HEZBOLLAH, ALSO GIVEN A LIFE LINE BY THE RUSSIANS WHO CAME IN. SO WHILE IT WAS SUSPECTED IN THE HIGHEST ANALS OF WASHINGTON THAT ASSAD WOULDN'T LAST MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS, NO ONE WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT FOUR AND FIVE YEARS LATER THERE WOULD BE ASSAD WINNING THE WAR, AGAIN WITH THE HELP OF RUSSIA, IRAN AND THEIR TERRORIST PROXIES. IT'S A DISGRACE, MR. SPEAKER. WE NEED TO ACT OUT. WE NEED TO HELP. TODAY WE FIND OURSELVES NO CLOSER TO A SOLUTION. AND FOUR MONTHS INTO THE NEW ADMINISTRATION, WE'RE YET TO HEAR A STRATEGY FOR DEALING WITH SYRIA. THE TOMAHAWK MISSILE STRIKE LAST MONTH WAS AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE TO THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK. ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE THE ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY SHIFT WITH RESPECT TO ASSAD EMBOLDENED ASSAD TO LAUNCH THAT ATTACK. AND A SINGLE MISSILE STRIKE IS NOT A STRATEGY. WE NEED PLAN TO STOP THE VIOLENCE. PUSH A POLITICAL TRANSITION THAT SEES THE END OF ASSAD'S RULE, AND HELPS THE SYRIAN PEOPLE RECOVER AND MOVE FORWARD. MY BILL, THIS BILL, WOULD BE PART OF THAT STRATEGY. IT'S NAMED, AS MR. ROYCE POINTED OUT, FOR CAESAR, A FORMER SYRIAN GOVERNMENT PHOTO GRAFFER -- PHOTOGRAPHER. HE DEFECTED AND ESCAPED SO HE COULD SHOW THE WORLD EXACTLY WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE REGIME'S VICTIMS. I'LL NEVER FORGET THE IMAGES HE SHOWED US WHEN HE CAME TO THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THOSE IMAGES ARE STILL SERED IN MY BRAIN AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THEM. THE DEPTH OF BRUTALITY AND INDIFFERENCE TO HUMAN LIFE. . WE NAMED THIS BILL AFTER HIM. WE'RE SENDING A MESSAGE, IF YOU'RE ENABLING THE BUTCHER IN DAMASCUS AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE, YOU'RE GOING TO FACE CONSEQUENCES. THIS BILL WOULD SANCTION ANYONE WHO PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR THE ASSAD REGIME. WE WANT TO GO AFTER THE ACTUAL HARDWARE THAT KEEPS HIS WAR MACHINE RUNNING, THE PLANES AND BOMBS THAT TERRORIZE THE SYRIAN PEOPLE AND SPARE PARTS AND OIL THAT KEEP EVERYTHING RUNNING. IF YOU DO BUSINESS WITH ASSAD, THE BLOOD OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE IS ON YOUR HANDS AND YOU'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP IN THESE SANCTIONS AND, YES, THAT MEANS IRAN AND RUSSIA. IF CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND CHANGE AND NEGOTIATIONS WERE IN SIGHT, IT MIGHT BE USEFUL TO DIAL BACK THESE SANCTIONS IN ORDER TO HELP END THE SILENCE, SO WE BUILT IN SOME DEGREE FLEXIBILITY. THE MEASURES ARE TOUGH, BUT WE DON'T WANT THEM TO BE A ROADBLOCK TO PEACE. THIS BILL ALSO SEEKS TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF TO THE SYRIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW SUFFERING TERRIBLY. IT WOULD IMPROVE OVERSIGHT OF ASSISTANCE FLOWING INTO SYRIA AND EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A NFLS. WE ALSO NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT -- NO-FLY ZONE. WE ALSO NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHO NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE SO THIS BILL REQUIRES THE REPORTING OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS AND WOULD SUPPORT EFFORTS TO GATHER CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. THIS BILL ISN'T A SILVER BULLET, ISN'T RESOLVING THE CRISIS IN SYRIA. CONGRESS CAN DO A LOT, THOUGH, WHEN IT COMES TO FOREIGN POLICY. WE CAN GIVE AN ADMINISTRATION TOOLS AND RESOURCES, BUT IT'S UP TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO LEAD ON THIS ISSUE. IT'S THE FIRST STEP IN A SERIOUS STRATEGY STOPPING THE VIOLENCE AND I THINK IT IS. THIS LEGISLATION CAN HELP DIAL UP PRESSURE ON THOSE DRIVING THE WAR. SO I CONTINUE TO PUSH AHEAD WITH MR. ROYCE AT MY SIDE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE FOR MOVING THIS SWIFTLY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, A…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KINZINGER, A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND AN AIR FORCE PILOT.

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    MR. KINZINGR

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND THE…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AN THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO COMMEND MR. ENGEL FOR YOUR FORESIGHT IN THIS BILL AND BRINGING IT TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I WAS JUST RECENTLY IN AUSCHWITZ AND IT WAS MY FIRST VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ , AND OBVIOUSLY SEEING SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU'RE GOING TO FORGET VERY QUICKLY. SEEING SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AN INDUSTRIAL MACHINE PUT TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE PEOPLE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT HUMANITY WAS CAPABLE OF UNTIL THEY FOUND OUT IT ACTUALLY WAS POSSIBLE. AND SO IN PRESERVING AUSCHWITZ, THE PURPOSE WAS TO SAY, HEY, THIS IS POSSIBLE, NEVER FORGET THAT THIS CAN HAPPEN AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS JUST RECENTLY THAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE CREAMTORIUM THAT WAS BUILT AT A SYRIAN PRISON. NOW, WHY WAS THIS BUILT? IT WAS BUILT TO HIDE THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF BODIES COMING OUT TORTURED TO DEATH, DESTROYED THE LIVES CUT SHORT IN THIS SYRIAN PRISON AND IT WAS USED TO DISGUISE THAT. IT WAS USED TO PREVENT MASS GRAVES FROM BEING DUG. I THINK THAT PROVES THAT BASHAR AL-ASSAD IS ACTUALLY A MODERN-DAY HITLER. AND IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK AT WHEN -- AS WAS MENTIONED -- PRIOR CAESAR CAME TO OUR COMMITTEE AND SHOWED US IMAGES OF BRUTALITY, THE GOVERNMENT CATALOGGING THE VICTIMS OF THE SYRIAN REGIME WITH MARKERS WRITTEN ON THE BODY, A NUMBER SYSTEM AND CATALOG TO SAY IN ESSENCE, DOCUMENT THESE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DEATH, IT BECAME VERY CLEAR TO US IN A VERY VISUAL SENSE WHAT WAS GOING ON IN SYRIA. MR. SPEAKER, OFTENTIMES IT'S EASY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF COMFORTS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS GRANTED TO US THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED TO LOOK AT A SITUATION HAPPENING OVERSEAS AND THINK IT DOESN'T APPLY TO US OR DOESN'T AFFECT US. IT'S REALLY TEMPTING SOMETIMES TO GET INTO THAT BECAUSE IT'S EASY TO PRETEND SOMETHING DOESN'T AFFECT US BUT IT DOES. WE SEE THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MIGRATION FROM SYRIA, THE YOUNG 7 AND 8-YEAR-OLDS, THE 9-YEAR-OLDS THAT AREN'T GOING TO SCHOOL NOW BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN DISRUPTED AND THEIR LIVES HAVE BEEN DISRUPTED AND IN FIVE OR SIX YEARS, IF THEY DON'T GET AN EDUCATION AND DON'T GET HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY, THEY'LL PROVIDE NOW THE NEXT RECRUITING GROUND FOR ISIS OR ISIS 2 OR AL QAEDA 3, BECAUSE PEOPLE WITHOUT HOPE AND WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY ARE EASY TO BRING IN TO A TERRORISTISTIC IDEOLOGY LIKE THOSE. MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT RIGHTLY DECIDED TO ENFORCE THE RED LINE IN SYRIA WHEN IT CAME TO THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, SOMETHING THAT THE WESTERN WORLD HAS HELD VERY DEAR THAT CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON THE BATTLEFIELD WILL HAVE NO PLACE AND HE DESTROYED A SYRIAN AIRFIELD. WAY MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. I'VE CALLED FOR ACTION IN SYRIA AS MANY ON THIS COMMITTEE HAVE FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND THIS, THE CAESAR BILL, IS A FANTASTIC FIRST STEP TO DOING IT. IT WOULD INCREASE SANCTIONS ON THE ASSAD REGIME AND ITS SUPPORTERS FOR CONTINUED ATROCITIES COMMITTED AGAINST THE SYRIAN PEOPLE, AND IT REQUIRES THIS ADMINISTRATION AND ANY FUTURE ADMINISTRATION TO STAND UP AND IMPOSE COSTS ON THE RUSSIANS, ON THE IRANIANS AND THE SYRIAN BACKERS TO THE BARREL BOMBING AND GASSING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. I MEAN, THINK ABOUT THAT, A BARREL FILLED WITH EXPLOSIVES DROPPED INDISCRIMINANTLY ON A POPULATION CENTER INTENDED TO COMMIT THE LARGEST AMOUNTS OF CASUALTIES POSSIBLE. A G.P.S.-GUIDED BOMB OR A LASER-GUIDED BOMB INTENTIONALLY DROPPED INTO A HOSPITAL AND THEN THE DELAY OF 20 MINUTES SO THEY CAN HIT IT AGAIN OR HIT AREAS WHERE FIRST RESPONDERS HAVE SPONNED TO. -- RESPONDED TO. MR. SPEAKER, THIS ISN'T A WAY OF FIGHTING WAR. THIS IS BRUTALITY AT THE TOP LEVEL AND THIS IS A GREAT STEP FOR THIS CONGRESS TO TAKE AND WE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THIS LAST TIME. I SURE HOPE WE CAN DO THAT AGAIN. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP FOR LEADING ON THIS. I WANT TO THANK MR. ENGEL, CHAIRMAN ROYCE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME AND JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THIS VERY IMPORTANT BILL AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED DEMOCRATIC WHIP, SOMEONE WHO I KNOW THROUGH OUR MEETINGS FEELS SO STRONGLY ABOUT THIS AND FEELS AS WE DO, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. HOYER.

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    MR. HOYER

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I THANK MR. KINZINGER FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND AS WELL HIS STATEMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WHICH WILL IMPOSE TOUGH SANCTIONS ON ENTITIES AIDING THE ASSAD REGIME IN SYRIA. BASHAR AL-ASSAD IS A BRUTAL MURDERER, A BRUTAL MURDERER AND VERY FRANKLY THERE ARE TOO MANY COUNTRIES FACILITATING AND COMPLICIT IN THE MURDERS THAT HE PERSON TRAITS. HE'S -- PERPETRATED. HE'S GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE AND GASSED MILLIONS -- AND DISPLACED MILLIONS. I SAW SOME OF THE WHITE HELMET CIVIL DEFENSE WORKERS WHO ARE DAILY RISKING THEIR LIVES TO RESCUE CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE AND TARGETED BY GOVERNMENT FORCES. FACILITATED, I MIGHT SAY, BY MR. PUTIN'S TROOPS IN SYRIA. THE ASSAD REGIME IS BEING PROPPED UP BY IRAN AND RUSSIA IN A DANGEROUS AND DESTABILIZING GEOPOLITICAL GAME. NOW, THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT IS NOW CREMATING VICTIMS OF MASS MURDER IN ATTEMPT TO HIDE THE EVIDENCE OF ITS NUMEROUS CRIMES . WHILE THIS IS TAKING PLACE, AMERICANS WATCHED IN DISBELIEF, FRANKLY, AS PRESIDENT TRUMP MET IN THE OVAL OFFICE WITH THOSE WHO ARE PROTECTING AND AIDING AND ABETTING BASHAR AL-ASSAD. AND THOSE COMMITTING ATROCITIES BY HIS COMMAND AND IN HIS NAME. NOT ONLY DOES THAT SHOW HOW LITTLE THIS PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS ABOUT THE CONFLICT IN SYRIA AND ITS BROADER COMPLEXITIES, IT ALSO REMINDS US THAT HE HAS ARTICULATED NO CLEAR STRATEGY ON HOW TO END THAT CONFLICT AND TO DEFEAT ISIS. NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, LET ME CONGRATULATE THE PRESIDENT FOR TAKING THE ACTIONS AGAINST THE AIRFIELD AFTER THE CHEMICAL ATTACK, BUT FRANKLY THAT WAS BUT A SMALL, SIGNIFICANT BUT SMALL STEP. THE CONTINUATION OF THE WAR THAT THE ASSAD GOVERNMENT IS WAGING AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE ONLY MAKES IT HARDER TO DEFEAT THE TERRORISTS WHO THREATEN AMERICA, THE REGION AND THE WORLD. TODAY'S LEGISLATION WILL HELP ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM. I SEE ON THE FLOOR MY FRIEND, CHAIRMAN ROYCE, WHO IS A GREAT LEADER ON ISSUES RELATING TO OUR FOREIGN POLICY AND TO HUMAN RIGHTS. I CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. WORKING WITH HIS PARTNER, MR. ENGEL, WE HAVE TAKEN SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO RAISE BOTH THE MORAL AND THE FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE RAISED. THE EFFORTS ARE BIPARTISAN AND REFLECTS HARD WORK ON THE PART OF THE RANKING MEMBER AND THE CHAIRMAN AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN STRONG AND HOPEFULLY UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO…

    I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, WHO CHAIRS THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.

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    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, AGAIN, FOR…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER, AND I THANK CHAIRMAN ROYCE, AGAIN, FOR YIELDING THE TIME AND, MR. SPEAKER, I STAND IN STRONG SUPPORT OF RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL'S CAESAR SYRIAN CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT, H.R. 1677, OF WHICH I AM PROUD TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR AND I COMMEND HIM AND THE CHAIRMAN FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK IN AUTHORING THE BILL AND BRINGING IT BEFORE US TODAY. DURING OUR COMMITTEE'S HEARING ON SYRIA IN APRIL -- AND WE HAD SO MANY HEARINGS -- ONE OF OUR WITNESSES MADE A POINT THAT I THINK BEARS REPEATING, A POINT THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RANKING MEMBER'S BILL BEFORE US TODAY. AS LONG AS ASSAD REMAINS IN POWER, THERE IS VERY LITTLE CHANCE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEFEAT ISIS OR ITS OFFSHOOTS BECAUSE ASSAD IN MANY WAYS HAS FACILITATED THE GROWTH OF THE VERY JIHADIST GROUPS FOR WHICH HE CLAIMS ARE PROTECTING SYRIA. HOGWASH. AS WE TALK ABOUT HOW TO STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN SYRIA, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT NO ONE BEARS MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT SLAUGHTER THAN ASSAD. HE AND HIS REGIME ARE THE ONES DROPPING BARREL BOMBS, THEY'RE THE ONES UNLEASHING CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE, AND IF WE WANT TO HAVE ANY CHANCE AT STOPPING THE BLOODBATH OF DEFEATING ISIS OR OF PUTTING AN END TO THE IMMENSE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND BEYOND, WE MUST PUT A STOP TO ASSAD. THIS BILL RATCHETS UP THE PRESSURE ON ASSAD AND HIS COLLABORATORS, ESPECIALLY HIS MAIN ALLIES, RUSSIA AND IRAN, WHILE EXPANDING ON THE IRAN THREAT REDUCTION AND SYRIA HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, A BILL WHICH I AUTHORED AND WHICH BECAME LAW IN 2012. IT GIVES THE ADMINISTRATION NEW TOOLS TO GO AFTER INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES WORKING WITH ASSAD IN THE FINANCE, AIRCRAFT, TRANSPORTATION, TELECOM AND ENERGY SECTORS AS WELL AS IT GIVES THEM THE TOOLS TO TARGET INDIVIDUALS COMPLICIT IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. I'M GLAD TO HAVE WORKED WITH THE RANKING MEMBER AND OUR ESTEEMED CHAIRMAN TO INCLUDE MY AMENDMENTS IN THIS BILL, AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD DETERMINE THAT DENYING OR HINDERING ACCESS TO HUMANITARIAN AID IS A SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, AND AS SUCH, IT WOULD ALLOW THE ADMINISTRATION TO SANCTION ANY INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING SO. ALL OF THESE TOOLS, MR. SPEAKER, ARE VITAL COMPONENTS OF DOING SOMETHING THAT WE STILL DESPERATELY NEED IN SYRIA, A COMPREHENSIVE, HOLISTIC STRATEGY THAT LOOKS BEYOND SHORT-TERM TACTICAL SUCCESSES AND INSTEAD TARGETS THE FOUNDATION OF SO MANY OF THE PROBLEMS RIPPLING THROUGH THE REGION. IF WE CONTINUE TO NARROWLY FOCUS ON ISIS WITHOUT GETTING AT THE ROOT OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT, ASSAD, RUSSIA AND IRAN, THEN WE WILL ONLY BE TREATING THE SYMPTOMS INSTEAD OF THE DISEASE. AND IF WE ARE TO HAVE ANY HOPE AT FINDING A SOLUTION IN SYRIA, THE KIND OF PRESSURE THAT THIS BILL WOULD ACHIEVE IS AN ESSENTIAL PIECE OF THAT PUZZLE. SO I OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT TO THIS BILL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. CHAIRMAN. .

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL CONTROL THE TIME. THE TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA IS NOW RECOGNIZED. COLLINBLE I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I --

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I ADD MY VOICE TO MY COLLEAGUES' ON THIS…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER AND I ADD MY VOICE TO MY COLLEAGUES' ON THIS LEGISLATION. SYRIA IS A MESS AND IT DOES AFFECT ALL OF US. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. IT IS DESTABILIZING THE ENTIRE REGION AND I BELIEVE THIS BILL CAN BE A USEFUL TOOL IN OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS. MR. SPEAKER, IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE NOW TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, OUR COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, THE GENTLEWOMAN, MS. FRANKEL.

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    MS. FRANKEL

    THANK YOU, MR. CONNOLLY, AND THANK YOU TO OUR CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. CONNOLLY, AND THANK YOU TO OUR CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER FOR YOUR GREAT LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IMAGINE A MOTHER CRYING IN DESPAIR WHILE HOLDING HER CHILD IN HER ARMS, A CHILD WHO IS GASPING FOR HIS LAST BREATH. AND IN THIS, A VICTIM OF A BARREL BOMB FILLED WITH GAS DROPPED ON HIS SCHOOL. THE SITUATION IN SYRIA IS THE WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II. PRESIDENT ASSAD'S BRUTAL REGIME HAS KILLED A HALF A MILLION INNOCENT VICTIMS AND DISPLACED 14 MILLION MORE. MILLIONS FLEEING INTO JORDAN AND LEBANON, TURKEY AND EUROPE, STRAINING THEIR RESOURCES, THREATENING REGIONAL STABILITY, WEAKENING EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS. AND UNDERMINING UNITED STATES ECONOMIC AND SECURITY INTERESTS. WE MUST HOLD ASSAD AND HIS SUPPORTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ATROCITIES. AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IS NEEDED MORE NOW THAN EVER. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE CAESAR SYRIA CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT. MR. SPEAKER, I FEAR THAT ONE DAY WE WILL LOOK BACK AND WE WILL ASK, WHY DID WE NOT DO MORE? AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I'LL CONTINUE TO RESERVE, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. CONNOLLY

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND MEMBER OF THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE --

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS RECLAIMED THE TIME FROM THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED TO PRESENT TIME, GIVE TIME TO WHO? ENGENING I --

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    MR. ENGEL

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. -- THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA. -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    MS. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE CAESAR SYRIA CIVILIAN PROTECTION ACT OF 2017. SINCE 2011 THE ASSAD REGIME'S FORCES HAVE KILLED AN ESTIMATED 500,000 PEOPLE. MOSTLY CIVILIANS. BY UNCON SZENABLY TARGETING AND ATTACKING MAJOR POPULATION CENTERS. ACCORDING TO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, LAST MONTH THE SYRIAN REGIME USED A NERVE AGENT IN NORTHWEST SYRIA THAT KILLED AT LEAST 92 PEOPLE, INCLUDING 30 CHILDREN. EVEN MORE HEARTBREAKING IS THE FACT THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK BY THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE. TO THE CONTRARY. REPORTS SUGGEST THAT THE ASSAD REGIME'S USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS HAS BECOME WIDESPREAD AND SYSTEMATIC. AND IT HAS DROPPED BOMBS WITH NERVE AGENTS ON AT LEAST FOUR OTHER OCCASIONS SINCE DECEMBER 12. JUST YESTERDAY, OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT REVEALED THAT THE SYRIAN REGIME IS ACTIVELY USING A LARGE CREMATORIUM TO DISPOSE OF THE REMAINS OF THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WHO THEY CONTINUE TO SLAUGHTER. NOT ONLY HAS THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT BECOME A SOURCE OF SUCH CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, BUT SYRIA HAS ALSO INDISPUTABLY BECOME A HOT BED FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITY PROPPED UP BY IRAN, RUSSIA AND HEZBOLLAH. BOTH ISIS AND AL QAEDA ARE OPERATING NEAR THE SYRIA-ISRAEL BOARD,ER, PUTTING ISRAEL AND OUR REGIONAL SECURITY IN GRAVE DANGER. AS A MOTHER AND A JEW I CANNOT TURN MY CHEEK TO THIS UNADULTERATED EVIL. AND AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I HAVE A DUTY TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE AND HOLD THE ASSAD REGIME ACCOUNTABLE FOR ITS WAR CRIMES AND BRUTALITY. THAT IS WHY I STRONGLY SUPPORT THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION AND I THANK RANKING MEMBER ENGEL FOR ALL OF HIS HARD WORK HAD SPONSORING IT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WOULD EXPAND SANCTIONS ON THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO COMMIT SUCH MONSTROUS ACTS OF VIOLENCE AND INFLICT SUCH EXTREME SUFFERING UPON INNOCENT SYRIANS. IT WOULD ENSURE THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS THE TOOLS IT NEEDS TO REACH ITS ULTIMATE GOAL OF ENDING THE ASSAD REGIME'S CAMPAIGN OF CARNAGE ONCE AND FOR ALL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ENGEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE NOW FOR OUR SIDE. WE'VE HEARD BOTH…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'LL CLOSE NOW FOR OUR SIDE. WE'VE HEARD BOTH SIDES SIMPLY AGREE. THIS IS AS BIPARTISAN AS YOU CAN GET. AS UNANIMOUS HOPEFULLY AS YOU CAN GET. SIX YEARS INTO A SYRIAN CIVIL WAR WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD AND MILLIONS MORE DRISKEN FROM THEIR HOMES -- DRIVEN FROM THEIR HOMES. WE CANNOT WASTE TIME LOOKING BACKWARD OR JUST SIMPLY PLACING BLAME. WE NEED TO FACE THE REALITY OF THIS CRISIS TODAY AND DO ALL WE CAN TO FORGE A NEW STRATEGY TO DEAL WITH IT. THREE, FOUR, FIVE YEARS AGO NO ONE WOULD HAVE IMAGINED THAT ASSAD WOULD STILL BE CLINGING TO POWER OVER MORE AND MORE DEATHS OF HIS OWN PEOPLE. SO WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO PUSH FOR AN END TO THE VIOLENCE. BRING ABOUT A POLITICAL RESOLUTION THAT GETS ASSAD OUT OF POWER. AND BY THE WAY, THAT'S GOING TO BE HARDER TO DO BECAUSE THE RUSSIANS AND THE IRANIANS ARE REALLY BACKING HIM. AND LET'S ALLOW THE SYRIAN PEOPLE TO START THEIR LONG JOURNEY FORWARD. THERE'S LEGISLATION -- THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP US MEET THAT CHALLENGE. IT WILL IMPOSE A NEW COST ON THOSE WHO SO FAR HAVE AIDED THE ASSAD REGIME WITH IMPUNITY. IT WILL APPLY NEW PRESSURE TO THE REGIME WHICH RELIES ON THE PATRONAGE OF ITS ENABLERS IN MOSCOW. IT WILL SIGNAL TO THE SYRIAN PEOPLE THAT WE SHARE A VISION OF A FUTURE IN WHICH THEY MAKE THE DECISIONS AND ASSAD HAS NO ROLE. THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY A YEAR AGO. I'M HOPEFUL IT WILL SOON PASS IN A LITTLE WHILE AGAIN, OVERWHELMINGLY. AND I URGE THE OTHER BODY TO ACT ON IT WITHOUT DELAY SO WE CAN GET IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. ROYCE

    MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I'D LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING I'D LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZE THE WORK OF RANKING MEMBER ENGEL AND THE OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS BILL. OUR COMMITTEE HAD HEARD THE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF THE SUFFERING. WE HEARD THE TESTIMONY FROM THE SYRIAN WHITE HELMETS AS THEY SPOKE OF THEIR EFFORTS TO RESCUE AND TREAT THOSE WHO WERE KILLED AND INJURED IN ASSAD'S BRUTAL AIR ASSAULTS. WHEN THE BOMBS COME, AS THEY OFTEN DO, THAT ORGANIZATION, WHICH WAS NOMINATED FOR THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, RUNS TOWARDS THOSE BOMBS. RUNS TOWARDS THOSE SHELTERS BEING DESTROYED. TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR THE VICTIMS, TO PULL THEM OUT. WE HAVE HEARD OF THE TERROR. MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, DR. MUHAMMAD OF THE SYRIAN AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY DESCRIBED FOR THE COMMITTEE THE SOUND OF HELICOPTERS OVERHEAD, THE THUMP OF EXPLODING BOMBS, THE OVERPOWERING SMELL OF BLEACH IN THE AIR. THIS BRAVE DOCTOR DESCRIBED THE HORRENDOUS EFFECTS OF THIS TOXIC GAS. THE EFFECTS IT HAS ON THE HUMAN BODY. THE SLOW, AGONIZING DEATHS, AS THE CHLORINE GAS TURNED TO HIDE RICK ACID IN THE -- HYDRIC ACID IN THE LUNGS OF THE PEOPLE TARGETED. PEOPLE TARGETED AS THEY SLEPT IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO ONE FAMILY LOST 20 RELATIVES IN A SINK SINGLE SEREN GAS ATTACK OF THE OF THE 92 VICTIMS OF THAT ATTACK ON THAT DAY, 23 WERE CHILDREN. SO, MR. SPEAKER, IN 2016, EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH A LASTING CEASEFIRE FAILED, RESULTING IN AN AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN BY SYRIAN AND RUSSIAN AIR ASSETS AGAINST ALEPPO, AGAINST EASTERN ALEPPO. AND THAT ASSAULT, U.N. OFFICIALS DESCRIBED AS CRIMES OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. SO I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1677 AS AMEND. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. -- H.R. 1677, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- NO. THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED AND, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I RISE TO THE QUESTIONS OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AND OFFER THE…

    I RISE TO THE QUESTIONS OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AND OFFER THE RESOLUTION PREVIOUSLY NOTICED.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    WHEREAS IN THE UNITED STATES SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES CONGRESS HAS A…

    WHEREAS IN THE UNITED STATES SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES CONGRESS HAS A 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 GERALD FORD HAS DISCLOSED THEIR TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. WHEREAS TAX RETURNS PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT BASELINE DISCLOSURE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN HIGHLY INSTRUCTIVE INFORMATION, INCLUDING WHETHER THE CANDIDATE PAID TAXESES, WHAT THEY OWN, WHAT THEY HAVE BORROWED AND FROM WHOM. WHETHER THEY HAVE MADE ANY CHARITABLE DONATIONS AND WHETHER THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF TAX LOOP HOLES. WHEREAS 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 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 JAMES COMEY LAST WEEK, WHOSE F.B.I. WAS INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA, TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 ELECTION. WHEREAS ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS, WHO MADE THE RECOMMENDATION TO FIRE DIRECTOR COMEY, DURING SWORN TESTIMONY, NEGLECTED TO MENTION HIS CONTACTS WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR AND RECUSED HIMSELF FROM ANYTHING INVOLVING THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION. WHEREAS SENATE RUSSIA INVESTIGATORS HAVE REQUESTED INFORMATION FROM THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION, THE FINANCIAL CRIMES ENFORCEMENT NETWORK, WHICH HANDLES CASES OF MONEY LAUNDERING FOR INFORMATION REPRESENTED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS TOP OFFICIALS AND CAMPAIGN AIDES. FINCEN HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF FOREIGN MONEY LAUNDERING, PURCHASES OF U.S. REAL ESTATE. WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS WOULD SHOW US WHETHER HE HAS FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS AND HOW MUCH PROFIT HE RECEIVES FROM HIS OWNERSHIP IN MYRIAD PARTNERSHIPS. WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT HIRED A LAW FIRM TO SEND A LETTER TO SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM TO FIGHT SUGGESTIONS HE HAS RUSSIAN BUSINESS TIES. THIS LETTER LEFT OPEN THE QUESTION WHETHER MR. TRUMP OR HIS FIRMS RECEIVE -- RECEIVED RUSSIAN INCOME OR LOANS OR DERIVED INCOME FROM RUSSIAN-LINKED PARTNERSHIPS. WHEREAS DONALD TRUMP JR. SAW MONEY POURING IN FROM THE RUSSIANS AND RUSSIANS MAKE UP A PRETTY DISPROPORTIONATE CROSS SECTION OF A LOT OF OUR ASSETS. WHEREAS THE WHITE HOUSE WILL NOT CONFIRM WHETHER THE PRESIDENT HAS FILED A 2016 TAX RETURN. WHEREAS CONGRESS GAVE ITSELF THE AUTHORITY TO REVIEW AN INDIVIDUAL'S TAX RETURNS TO INVESTIGATE AND REVEAL POSSIBLE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL. WHEREAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON THE REVIEW OF DESIGNATIONS UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT HAS DIRECTED THE U.S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO REVIEW NATIONAL MONUMENTS THAT PRESIDENTS HAVE DESIGNATED OR EXPANDED SINCE 1996. WHEREAS THIS REVIEW IS PRAISED BY INDUSTRY GROUPS WHO COULD BENEFIT FINANCIALLY FROM OIL, GAS AND MINING, AND CONDEMNED BY ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED THIS REVIEW WILL SCRAP OR SCALE BACK CRITICAL FEDERAL DESIGNATION TO PROTECT TRIBAL AND HISTORIC LANDS. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN THE DARK TO KNOWING IF THIS REVIEW IS SCRAP OR SCALE STARTED 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 SOCIETIES OF 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 HIS 2016 CANDIDATE FILING WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, THE PRESIDENT HAS 564 FINANCIAL POSITIONS IN COMPANIES LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. WHEREAS AGAINST THE ADVICE OF ETHICS ATTORNEYS AND 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 TRUSTS OF WHICH HE IS THE SOUL BENEFICIARY -- SOLE BENEFICIARY. WHEREAS IT'S THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE WAS INCLUDEED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION FOR EXPRESS PURPOSE OF PREVENTING FEDERAL OFFICIALS FROM ACCEPTING ANY PRESENT, EMOLUMENT, OFFICE OR TITLE FROM ANY KING, PRINCE OR FOREIGN STATE. WHEREAS THE MOST SIGNED PETITION ON THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO VERIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE. WITH 1,000,094,000 SIGNATURES TO THE DATE OF THIS RESOLUTION. WHEREAS THERE IS THE AUTHORITY TO REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS UNDER SECTION 6103 OF THE TAX CODE. WHEREAS THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION REVIEWED THE TAX RETURNS OF PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN 1974 AND MADE THE INFORMATION PUBLIC. WHEREAS THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE USED I.R.C. 6103 AUTHORITY IN 2014 TO MAKE PUBLIC THE CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION OF 51 TAXPAYERS. WHEREAS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THEIR PRESIDENT IS OPERATING UNDER CONFLICTS INTEREST OF RELATED TO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, TAX REFORM, GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, OR OTHERWISE. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL, ONE, IMMEDIATELY REQUEST THE TAX RETURN INFORMATION OF DONALD J. TRUMP FOR TAX YEARS 2006 THROUGH 2015, FOR REVIEW IN CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION BY THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 6103 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. AND VOTE TO REPORT THE INFORMATION THEREIN TO THE FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. TWO, SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT AND THE LONG STANDING TRADITION OF PRESIDENTS AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, DISCLOSING THEIR TAX RETURNS. .

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    DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY WISH TO PRESENT ARGUMENT ON THE PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION WHETHER IT REPRESENTS A PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STUNNING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ARE PILE UP AS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STUNNING CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ARE PILE UP AS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS PROFIT IN THEIR PERSONAL BUSINESS ENDEAVORS WHILE SERVING IN PUBLIC OFFICE. UNDER RULE 9, CLAUSE 1, QUESTIONS OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE ARE, QUOTE, THOSE AFFECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE COLLECTIVELY, ITS SAFETY, ITS DIGNITY AND THE INTEGRITY OF ITS PROCEEDINGS. THERE IS NOTHING MORE OF A THREAT TO THE INTEGRITY OF THIS HOUSE THAN IGNORING OUR DUTY TO PROVIDE A CHECK AND BALANCE TO THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, TO RESTORE THE DIGNITY OF THE HOUSE, WE MUST USE OUR AUTHORITY TO QUESTION MR. TRUMP -- PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS AND BEGIN TO SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT TRANSPARENCY THEY DESERVE. THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BE GIVING THEM. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S EVIDENCE TIME. TODAY IN "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL," IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "RUSSIAN STATE-RUN BANK FINANCED A DEAL INVOLVING TRUMP HOTEL PARTNER," IT'S A VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE, AND I ADVISE AND I WANT TO PUT IT INTO THE RECORD WITH YOUR PERMISSION. THANK YOU. MR. CHAIRMAN, A LETTER WAS SENT JUST RECENTLY FOR MR. TRUMP'S LAWYERS, TO MR. TRUMP AND THEN ON TO SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM. THAT LETTER WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AN EXPLANATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES' INVOLVEMENT IN THE FINANCES AND VICE VERSA OF RUSSIA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP. IT DOES NOT IN ANY MANNER, SHAPE OR FORM, MR. SPEAKER, GO INTO ANY PARTNERSHIP WHICH MAY EXIST. THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT THAT. THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THE RUSSIAN STATE BANK FINANCING A DEAL INVOLVING MR. TRUMP'S HOTEL PARTNER IN TORONTO. AND NUMBER THREE, THE FINANCIAL CRIMES ENFORCEMENT NETWORK, FINCEN, WHICH IS CALLED, WHICH IS PART OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT BUT INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT, THEY HAVE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIVE POWERS. THEY ARE LOOKING INTO THE MONEY LAUNDERING IN THAT SITUATION. THEY ARE ALREADY INVESTIGATING THAT WITH THESE RUSSIAN OLIGARCHES. VERY INTERESTING -- RUSSIAN OLIGARCHS. VERY INTERESTING.

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    THE QUESTION OF ORDER, THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, THE ONLY WAY. SO I'VE HEARD SOME HOUSE LEADERS…

    THE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, THE ONLY WAY. SO I'VE HEARD SOME HOUSE LEADERS ARGUE THAT THE HOUSE SHOULD NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH THINGS OUTSIDE OF ITS CONTROL, BUT SECTION 6103 OF THE I.R.S. CODE IS VERY MUCH WITHIN THE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, IF YOU'VE READ IT, GIVING SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING THE CONGRESS REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS BE EXOR SIZED FOR SEVERAL REASONS. MR. TRUMP HAS NOT DIVESTED HIMSELF FROM THOSE BUSINESSES WHICH WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNMENT ETHICS AND, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT IS RELEVANT IF WE LOOK AT WHAT WAS PRODUCED -- REMEMBER, IT'S EVIDENCE TIME, MY FRIENDS. WHAT WAS PRODUCED ON JANUARY 21 OF 2009, THE ETHICS COMMITMENTS BY EXECUTIVE BRANCH PERSONNEL, AND WHAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED AND PRODUCED UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION, THEY HAVE LAUGHED AT MR. SHAB WHO IS THE ETHICS COMMISSION CHAIRMAN. THEY LAUGHED AT HIM BECAUSE IT'S ALMOST LIKE CORNELIUS VANDERBILT, YOU HAVE THE LAW, I HAVE THE POWER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS ON WHETHER THIS…

    THE GENTLEMAN WILL SUSPEND. THE CHAIR WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS ON WHETHER THIS QUALIFIES UNDER THE REQUEST.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    ON THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE, MR. SPEAKER. SORRY TO INTERRUPT. I'M TALKING…

    ON THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE, MR. SPEAKER. SORRY TO INTERRUPT. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PRIVILEGE OF THIS HOUSE. TALKING ABOUT THE PRIVILEGE OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. WE ARE ALL ALIKE. WE'RE ALL EQUAL. NOBODY'S BETTER THAN ANYBODY'S ELSE, AND WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU TONIGHT, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT THIS GOES TO THE VERY HEART OF THE ISSUE AND WHY THIS IS A PRIVILEGE RESOLUTION. BECAUSE WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO UPHOLD THE INTEGRITY OF THIS INSTITUTION. EVERYBODY. NOT JUST SOME. MR. TRUMP HAS NOT DIVESTED HIMSELF FROM HIS BUSINESSES, AS WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS. WE NEED TO SEE HOW OUR PRESIDENT, OUR PRESIDENT WOULD PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM CHANGES TO OUR TAX CODE. TAX CODE CHANGES PROPOSED BY THIS ADMINISTRATION COULD LOWER HIS OWN PERSONAL TAX BILL BY TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THAT. WE'VE LEARNED THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE PRESIDENT APPARENTLY ASKED MR. COMEY TO CEASE HIS INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FLYNN . AND A SURPRISE MOVE LAST WEEK, MR. TRUMP FIRED THE DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED HIS REMARKS MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION OF…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED HIS REMARKS MUST BE CONFINED TO THE QUESTION OF ORDER.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO I'M SAYING HERE AND VERY SPECIFICALLY WE HAVE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO I'M SAYING HERE AND VERY SPECIFICALLY WE HAVE NO WAY WHETHER MR. TRUMP OR HIS FIRMS HAVE RECEIVED RUSSIAN INCOME. IT IS AN INSULT TO THE INTEGRITY OF THIS HOUSE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE. WE NEED TO KNOW THIS. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS BEYOND QUESTION IN HIS OBJECTIVITY WITH ANY NATION AND PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE PRETTY SHAKY IN RELATIONSHIPS LIKE RUSSIA. A CERTIFIED LETTER FROM PAID ATTORNEYS THAT ACTUALLY CONFIRMS THE PRESIDENT IN FACT DOES HAVE FINANCIAL TIES TO RUSSIA DOES NOTHING TO ASSUAGE THESE CONCERNS. THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY, IT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CHECK THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, SECTION 6103-F-1. VERY CLEAR, VERY DISTINCT. THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE, THE PRIVILEGE OF THE TAX CODE WHICH ALLOWS FOR AN EXAMINATION OF THE TAX RETURNS, THE AUTHORITY PUT IN PLACE SPECIFICALLY SO CONGRESS COULD EXAMINE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THE EXECUTIVE FOLLOWING THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL. AND AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, THE POSSIBLE SALE OF PUBLIC LANDS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF THE 20TH CENTURY AT TEAPOT ROCK, WYOMING. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING COULD BE MORE OF A THREAT TO THE INTEGRITY OF THIS DISTINGUISHED --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    GENTLEMAN'S ARGUMENT, IS PREPARED --

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I ONLY HAVE TWO MORE MINUTES. MAY I FINISH?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IF THE GENTLEMAN CONFINES HIS REMARKS TO THE QUESTION OF ORDER, THE…

    IF THE GENTLEMAN CONFINES HIS REMARKS TO THE QUESTION OF ORDER, THE GENTLEMAN MAY CONCLUDE IN THE TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I'M CONFINING MY REMARKS TO THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE WHICH I SAID LAST…

    I'M CONFINING MY REMARKS TO THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE WHICH I SAID LAST NIGHT. AND MR. SPEAKER, I WILL NOT YIELD ON THAT ISSUE. THAT'S ALL I'M DOING. NO MORE. NO LESS. THIS IS NOT A COURT. ALL I AM SAYING IS PUTTING FORTH THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE RESOLUTION WHICH I PUT FORTH TODAY. PUT FORTH YESTERDAY AND WAS READ TODAY. WE HAVE NOTHING BUT EVIDENCE TO JUSTIFY AN EXAMINATION, MR. SPEAKER. THIS IS NOT HOT AIR. IF AND WHEN SUCH CONFLICTS ARE REVEALED, I DO NOT WANT TO SAY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS WE HAD THE POWER TO REVIEW THESE CONFLICTS BUT WE DID NOTHING. I FOR ONE DO NOT WANT THE INTEGRITY, MY INTEGRITY, THE INTEGRITY OF MY COLLEAGUES AND THE INTEGRITY OF THIS HOUSE TO BE DEMEANED BY SUCH A SHAMEFUL FAILURE, AND THAT GOES TO THE VERY HEART AND THE OWN WORDS OF WHAT A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION IS. TO RESTORE THE DIGNITY OF THE HOUSE WE MUST USE OUR AUTHORITY TO REQUEST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS AND GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRANSPARENCY THEY DESERVE. AND MY CONCLUDING STATEMENT IS THIS, MR. SPEAKER. I MENTIONED VANDERBILT BEFORE, BECAUSE THAT'S A VERY POWERFUL STATEMENT HE MADE. VERY RICH GUY. HE FELT HE COULD DO ANYTHING. THE LAW, WHAT LAW? I AM ALL THE POWER. THIS IS NOT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS NOT OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS IS NOT WHAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE FOUGHT FOR SINCE THEY'VE BEEN IN THIS HOUSE AND BEFORE. I STAND WITH US AND ONLY GETTING WHAT WE DESERVE AND THEN WE DECIDE WHETHER WE WILL COMMUNICATE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THROUGH THE SPEAKER. I THANK YOU AND, MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESIES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE MATERIAL REFERENCED BY THE GENTLEMAN'S EARLIER UNANIMOUS CONSENT…

    THE MATERIAL REFERENCED BY THE GENTLEMAN'S EARLIER UNANIMOUS CONSENT REQUEST WILL BE INSERTED FOLLOWING DISPOSITION OF THE QUESTION OF ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEKS TO OFFER A RESOLUTION AS A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNDER RULE 9. AS THE CHAIR RULED MOST RECENTLY ON APRIL 5, IT DIRECTS THE WAYS AND MEANS TO WAIT AND CONSIDER AN ITEM OF BUSINESS UNDER THE PROCEDURES SET FORTH IN 26 U.S.C. 6103 AND THEREFORE DOES NOT QUALIFY AS A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGE OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 05:57:38 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I APPEAL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DO YOU SEEK RECOGNITION? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE CHAIR.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS -- IT STANDS AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT…

    THE QUESTION IS -- IT STANDS AS THE JUDGMENT OF THE HOUSE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

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    THE CLERK

    MR. ROTHFUS OF PENNSYLVANIA MOVES THAT THE APPEAL BE LAID ON THE TABLE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE.…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, PLEASE SAY NO.

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  • 05:58:12 PM

    MR. PASCRELL

    NO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY…

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THIS 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1177. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229 AND THE NAYS ARE 188 AND THE MOTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 229 AND THE NAYS ARE 188 AND THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS ON THE VOTE OF THE MOTION OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS TO PASS H.R. 1177 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. THE CLORT.

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  • 06:22:30 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1177 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO RELEASE ON…

    H.R. 1177 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE TO RELEASE ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES THAT LANDS BE LANDS BE USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR…

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

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  • 06:30:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 418, THE NAYS ARE 1. ZERO RECORDED AS PRESENT.…

    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 418, THE NAYS ARE 1. ZERO RECORDED AS PRESENT. 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE S.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S TABLE S. 583, THE AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT HEROES ACT, AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    SENATE 583, AN ACT TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS CRIME CONTROL AND SAFE STREETS ACT…

    SENATE 583, AN ACT TO AMEND THE OMNIBUS CRIME CONTROL AND SAFE STREETS ACT TO AUTHORIZE COPS GRANTEES TO USE FUNDS TO HIRE VETERANS AS CAREER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

    IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE BILL IS READ A THIRD TIME AND PASSED AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS TAKE YOUR CONVERSATION OFF THE FLOOR, PLEASE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK A FEDERAL COURT TEMPORARILY OVERTURNED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEK A FEDERAL COURT TEMPORARILY OVERTURNED THE TERMINATION OF FIRED V.A. HOSPITAL DIRECTOR HELLMAN. SHE WAS TERMINATED AFTER THE UNCOVERING OF A STRING OF SCANDALS. IN A SEPARATE COURT CASE SHE WAS -- SHE PLED GUILTY OF ACCEPTING $50,000 IN GIFTS. CONGRESS MUST TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO ENSURE CURRENT AND FORMER V.A. EMPLOYEES LIKE MS. HELLMAN ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

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  • 06:34:55 PM

    MR. BIGGS

    I THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS, SALARIES OR BENEFITS AFTER…

    I THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR JOBS, SALARIES OR BENEFITS AFTER PROVING DERELICTION OF DUTY. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO HAVE THOSE OTHER THE HEALTH OF THOSE IN UNIFORM. WE MUST FINISH OUR JOB. THAT'S WHY I WAS PROUD TO VOTE YES ON THE V.A. ACCOUNTABILITY FIRST ACT. AMERICAN VETERANS ARE COUNTING ON US TO KEEP OUR PROMISES AND PROTECT THEM FROM SELF-SERVING BURECRATS. I INTEND TO DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE KILLED WHILE PROTECTING US. LAST YEAR, 145 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

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  • 06:35:57 PM

    MRS. DEMINGS

    SIREMI WAS AN OFFICER WITH THE PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT. SHE WAS…

    SIREMI WAS AN OFFICER WITH THE PALM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT. SHE WAS RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL. SHE WAS KILLED DAYS AFTER RETURNING FROM MATERNITY LEAVE. HER FELLOW OFFICER, JOSE GILBERT VEGA WAS ALSO MURDERED IN THE SHOOTING. A DEVOTED FATHER, HE WAS ONLY DAYS AWAY FROM RETIRING. OF THOSE KILLED, 10 WERE STATE TROOPER. INCLUDING TROOPER PLATH OF THE NEW YORK STATE POLICE. HE WAS STRUCK BY A CAR AS HE WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD ASSISTING A STOPPED VEHICLE HE HAD 30 YEARS ON THE JOB. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'LL ENCOUNTER WHEN THEY RESPOND TO CALLS. WE APPLAUD THEM FOR THE BRAVERY AND COURAGE THEY DISPLAY IN THE FACE OF DANGER. MR. SPEAKER, LET US NOT FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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  • 06:37:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. THOMPSON

    I RISE IN MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH TO TALK ABOUT A GROWING GROUP OF…

    I RISE IN MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH TO TALK ABOUT A GROWING GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT NEED OUR HELP, OUR VETERANS. MORE THAN 16% OF VETERANS HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. UP TO 40% STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES SUCH AS DRINKING EXCESSIVELY. THESE ARE RESULTED IN AN UNACCEPTABLY HIGH SUICIDE RATE FOR OUR VETERANS. EVERY DAY, 20 VOTEN -- VETERANS TAKE THEIR OWN LYES, ALMOST DOUBLE THE RATE OF NONVETERANS. THIS IS HEARTBREAKING. IT'S UNACCEPTABLE. WE MUST ACT. THAT'S WHY I WAS PROUD TODAY TO JOIN WITH CONGRESSMAN TIM RYAN IN INTRODUCING THE VETERANS WELLNESS ACT OF 017. THIS BILL BRINGS MENTAL HEALTH CARE TO OUR VETERANS BY ESTABLISHING A TWO-YEAR GRANT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE WELLNESS CARE AND ADDITIONAL THERAPIES AT VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE AMERICAN LEGION, THE V.F.W. AND AMVETS. MANY OTHER SKILLED ASSISTANTS WITH V.A. ENROLLMENT TO HELP OUR VETERANS GET THE CARE THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUE IN THE HOUSE TO MAKE SURE OUR VETERANS GET THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH HUNDREDS OF BUSINESS, LABOR, AND ADVOCACY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH HUNDREDS OF BUSINESS, LABOR, AND ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. THE PURPOSE OF THIS WEEK IS TO HIGHLIGHT THE STATE OF THE NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ITS CRITICAL IMPORTANCE TO OUR ECONOMY AND WELL BEING.

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    MRS. BEATTY

    OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS VITAL TO ALL OF US BUT IT'S OFTENTIMES -- BUT IT…

    OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS VITAL TO ALL OF US BUT IT'S OFTENTIMES -- BUT IT OFTENTIMES GOES UNNOTICED. OUR NATION'S DETERIORATING INFRASTRUCTURE IS HAMPERING OUR ABILITY TO COMPETE IN THE THRIVING GLOBAL ECONOMY AND CREATE JOBS THAT OUR NATION NEEDS. AS AN EXAMPLE, IN MY HOME STATE OF OHIO, WE FACE SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES. 17% OF THE PUBLIC ROADS ARE IN POOR CONDITION AND ALMOST 7% OF ALL THE BRIDGES ARE STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT. MR. SPEAKER, WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO TURN A BLIND EYE TO OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. COONK MUST WORK TOGETHER TO UPGRADE OUR NATION'S HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, AIRPORTS, WATER SYSTEMS, ENERGY GRID, BROADBAND NETWORK AND THE LIKE SO THAT OUR ECONOMY CAN CONTINUE TO LEAD THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY AND BEYOND. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    I RISE TODAY IN NATIONAL POLICE WEEK TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE NATION'S LAW…

    I RISE TODAY IN NATIONAL POLICE WEEK TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT MEN AND WOMEN. ESTABLISHED IN 196 BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK SERVES AS A REMINDER OF THE INCREDIBLE SACRIFICE OUR POLICE OFFICERS MAKE EVERY TAI TO SERVE THE PEOPLE IN OUR STATES AND COMMUNITIES.

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  • 06:40:28 PM

    MR. HILL

    DUTY IN DARTANELLE, ARKANSAS. THIS REMINDS US OF THE DANGER ALL THE MEN…

    DUTY IN DARTANELLE, ARKANSAS. THIS REMINDS US OF THE DANGER ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO POLICE OUR STREETS HAVE TO FACE. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE PROUD OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND FELLOW CITIZENS THAT GET UP EVERY MORNING, PUT ON THEIR UNIFORM AND BADGE, LEAVE THEIR FAMILIES AND SERVE US ALL, KEEPING OUR CITIES AND TOWNS SAFE AND TRYING TO BUILD THE TRUST AND FAITH AMONG OUR CITIZENS. I RESPECT AND APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANT WORK OF OUR POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT MEN AND WOMEN IN ARKANSAS AND THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THEY DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE I MADE A COMMITMENT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE I MADE A COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THESE UNITED STATES. OUR PRESIDENT'S LATEST ACTIONS HAVE SHOWN US THAT WE CANNOT TRUST HIM TO DO THE SAME. WHETHER IT IS A LAPSE OF JUDGMENT OR JUST PLAIN INEXPERIENCE, THE PANDEMONIUM COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IS WORSE THAN A SCENE FROM "HOUSE OF CARDS."

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  • 06:41:54 PM

    MR. ESPAILLAT

    THE METHOD IN WHICH MR. TRUMP CHOSE TO REVEAL INFORMATION TO RUSSIANS,…

    THE METHOD IN WHICH MR. TRUMP CHOSE TO REVEAL INFORMATION TO RUSSIANS, IMPULSE I. THE WAY HE CHOSE TO FIRE F.B.I. DIRECTOR COMEY, IMPRUDENT. AND IF THE LATEST REPORTS ARE TRUE, THE WAY HE CHOSE TO INTERFERE WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF MIKE FLYNN, IMPEACHABLE. I DON'T USE THIS WORD LIGHTLY, I HOPE THE REPORTS ARE NOT TRUE BUT IF IT IS, IT IS A GREY, GRAVE OFFENSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE…

    ARE REMINDED TO REFRAIN FROM ENGAGING IN PERSONALITIES TOWARD THE PRESIDENT. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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  • 06:42:49 PM

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    MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK, I WISH TO, ON BEHALF…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON THIS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK, I WISH TO, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND THE FINE CITIZENS OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA, EXTEND OUR THANK YOU. SINCE 1791, 2 -- GREATER THAN 22,000 LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. OVER 70 IN A SINGLE DAY IN 2001, INCLUDING 37 FROM THE NYPD AND 23 FROM THE PORT AUTHORITY POLICE. AN AVERAGE OF OVER 140 A YEAR AND YET THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LOOK LIKE US, EVERY RACE, EVERY COLOR, EVERY GENDER, ARE THE BEST OF US BECAUSE EVERY DAY THEY GET UP AND GO TO WORK AGAIN.

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  • 06:43:36 PM

    MR. GARRETT

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SERVED IN THE MILITARY, I BECAME FAMILIAR WITH ISAIAH…

    MR. SPEAKER, WHEN I SERVED IN THE MILITARY, I BECAME FAMILIAR WITH ISAIAH 8:6. THEN THE VOICE OF THE LORD SPOKE TO US, WHO SHALL I SEND? WHO WILL GO FOR US? AND I SAID, HERE I AM, SEND ME. MR. SPEAKER, TAKE THAT AS A THANK YOU FROM MYSELF AND THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA 5. TO THOSE PROFESSIONAL MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE US EVERY DAY. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:44:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:44:30 PM

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    SPEAKER, IT'S TIME THAT ALL AMERICA KNOWS A PHRASE THAT THE MAYAVILLE…

    SPEAKER, IT'S TIME THAT ALL AMERICA KNOWS A PHRASE THAT THE MAYAVILLE MAVERICKS IN TEXAS 2 KNOW WELL.

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  • 06:44:40 PM

    MR. OLSON

    WELL.

  • 06:45:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    FOR THE LAST EIGHT DAYS I WANT THE TO REPORT WHAT I SAW, WHAT I SAW WAS…

    FOR THE LAST EIGHT DAYS I WANT THE TO REPORT WHAT I SAW, WHAT I SAW WAS TOO MUCH DESPAIR IN THE EYES OF HARD-WORKING HOOSIERS WHO DON'T FEEL THEY HAVE CONTROL AND PARTICIPATE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM, WHO NO LONGER FEEL THEY CAN START SMALL BUSINESSES OF THEIR OWN. BUT I TOLD THEM EVERY SINGLE DAY WHEN I WAS BACK HOME THIS PAST WEEK WHAT WE ARE DOING TO CHANGE THAT, TO ROLL BACK THE PROVISIONS OF DODD-FRANK THAT HAVE PUT UNDUE BURDENS ON LENDERS TRYING TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES ACROSS INDIANA 9TH AND HELP HARD-WORKING HOOSIERS TO CONTROL OVER THEIR FUTURE AND HELP INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO GET JOBS AT GROWING ENTERPRISES. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, LOAN GROWTH HAS STAGNATED. COMING OUT OF RECESSIONS, WE HAVE SEEN LOAN GROWTH OF 6 % BUT ONLY BEEN 18% AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE TWO THAT HAS CURTAILED THE FUTURES OF MANY AMERICANS. I WANT TO GIVE IT BACK TO THEM. AND I'M VOTING IN SUPPORT OF THE CHOICE ACT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:47:28 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

    ARE THERE FURTHER ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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  • 06:47:58 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    I ASK THAT ARE MEMBERS MAY INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF…

    I ASK THAT ARE MEMBERS MAY INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 06:48:08 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY THIS WEEK, HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS,…

    MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY THIS WEEK, HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND LOVED ONES FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY GATHERED IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL DAY. THEY WERE HERE TO HONOR ALL OF THOSE NAMES AT THE MEMORIAL, 21,000 NAMES, MR. SPEAKER, AND THIS YEAR, 394 MORE WERE ADDED. SOME OF THOSE ARE OVER PAST YEARS, NOT JUST THIS PAST YEAR, BUT PRIOR YEARS, BUT 394 ADDITIONAL NAMES ADDED TO THE NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL. THEIR NAMES WILL EVER BE ETCHED IN OUR HEARTS AND ON THE WALLS OF THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' MEMORIAL. AND AS I SAID, 21,000 OTHERS THAT CAME BEFORE THEM. PEOPLE WHO WALK BY AND VIEW THESE NAMES MAY NOT RECOGNIZE THE NAMES, AND MAY NOT KNOW ALL OF THE NAMES, BUT MAY HAVE A SPECIAL LOVED ONE WHOSE NAME APPEARS ON THAT MOST HALLOWED WALLS, BUT THE THING TO REMEMBER HERE IS THAT THESE ARE BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOTHERS, FATHERS, SOME EVEN GRANDFATHERS. THEY'RE REAL PEOPLE. THEY SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES. SOME WERE AMBUSHED AND EXECUTED. SOME LOST THEIR LIVES RESPONDING TO A CALL TO SAVE A LIFE OR SOMEONE WHO CALLED FOR HELP. THESE ARE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES SO WE COULD, IN MANY CASES, KEEP OURS. I HAVE A LOT MORE TO SAY ON THIS. AND WE HAVE SOME TIME. I'M GOING TO RECOGNIZE OTHER MEMBERS, MR. SPEAKER, WHO ARRIVED HERE TONIGHT TO SHARE THEIR STORIES AND REMEMBER THE OFFICERS THAT SERVED THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THE FIRST PERSON I WANT TO RECOGNIZE IS CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE, CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.

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  • 06:50:41 PM

    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY PRETION TO DAVE REICHERT FOR TAKING THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO EXPRESS MY PRETION TO DAVE REICHERT FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS VERY APPROPRIATE SPECIAL ORDER TO RECOGNIZE OUR NATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT. NO ONE BETTER REPRESENTS THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS THAN FORMER SHERIFF REICHERT. AND I THANK HIM FOR NOT ONLY HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE, BUT ALSO FOR HIS SERVICE AS A SHERIFF FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, PRIOR TO HIS ELECTION TO CONGRESS. OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON THE RULE OF LAW. THE PREAMBLE TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION STATED THAT ITS PURPOSE WAS, IN PART, TO ESTABLISH JUSTICE AND ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY. THEY FIGHT CRIME, PROMOTE JUSTICE AND KEEP THE PEACE. THEY PATROL LATE AT NIGHT AND EARLY IN THE MORNING WHILE WE SLEEP IN THE COMFORTS OF OUR HOMES. AND OVER THE PAST 16 YEARS, OUR NATION LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE OFTEN BEEN THE FIRST TO RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS. ON THAT DAY 16 YEARS AGO, FIRST RESPONDERS WERE RUNNING INTO THE CRUMBLING TOWERS AS EVERYONE ELSE WAS RUNNING OUT. FOLLOWING THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS IN APRIL OF 2013, BOSTON POLICE RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY TO AID THE WOUNDED AND IMPLEMENT EMERGENCY PLANS. THAT LEGACY HAS CARRIED ON THROUGH THE RECENT CATASTROPHES. MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE A SACRIFICE. 50 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HAVE DIED INCLUDING CURTIS ALAN BARTLETT WHO WAS KILLED IN A VEHICLE CRASH WHILE RESPONDING TO ASSIST A DEPUTY AND STATE POLICE TROOPER. THESE ARE TRAGIC REMINDERS THAT OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS FACE DANGERS EVERY DAY AS THEY CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES. CHILLINGLY IN RECENT YEARS, POLICE OFFICERS HAVE INCREASINGLY BECOME TARGETS FOR VIOLENCE AND AMBUSH-STYLE ATTACKS. TOMORROW, THIS HOUSE WILL VOTE TO ENSURE THAT STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RECEIVE THE SAME PROTECTIONS AS THEIR FEDERAL COUNTERPARTS. IN FACT, THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE WILL PASS MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN BILLS TO HELP OFFICERS DO THEIR JOBS AND RETURN HOME SAFELY. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE FAIL TO RECOGNIZE HOW THE DID INDICATED MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MAKE SACRIFICES TO PROMOTE LAW AND ORDER AND KEEP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE. THAT IS TRUE AT EVERY LEVEL. OUR LOCAL POLICE AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES, OUR STATE POLICE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN MERM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND OTHER AGENCIES. AS A FATHER, GRANDFATHER, HUSBAND AND CITIZEN, THE MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE HAVE MY PROFOUND RESPECT AND SINCERE THANKS. THANK YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:54:13 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    CHAFRLEAP YOUR HARD WORK TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I…

    CHAFRLEAP YOUR HARD WORK TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ON SOME OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT REFORMS THAT YOUR COMMITTEE IS LOOKING AT. IT IS AN HONOR TO LEAD THIS SPECIAL HOUR. I'M VERY, VERY HUMBLED AT THE RESPONSE WE RECEIVED TONIGHT BY THE MEMBERS WHO WANT TO BE HERE AND TALK ABOUT THEIR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND ONE OF OUR MEMBERS THAT WANTS TO SHARE HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AS A SON OF A STATE TROOPER FROM GEORGIA, I WANT TOLL WELCOME MR. COLLINS FRRL GEORGIA.

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  • 06:54:58 PM

    MR. COLLINS

    I APPRECIATE THIS. THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME. AS A TROOPER'S KID AND WHEN I…

    I APPRECIATE THIS. THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME. AS A TROOPER'S KID AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT, I THINK ABOUT THIS WALL AND THE HEROES THAT I'M LOOKING AT AND THINKING ABOUT MY OWN FATHER, WHO I JUST TALKED TO MOMENTS AGO. MY MOM WITH HIM RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE BEEN THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT LAW ENFORCEMENT GOES THROUGH SO MANY TIMES. AND TONIGHT, AS I'LL SHARE A FEW MORE MINUTES LATER ABOUT THAT, BUT I WANTED TO REMIND THOSE OF WHY WE ARE HERE AND GEORGIA OFFICERS WHO HAVE FALLEN IN 2017. DEPUTY SHERIFF BUTLER, SERGEANT GREGORY MICHAEL, IN 2016, WE SAW JODY CARL SMITH, OFFICER NICHOLAS SMALL, DEPUTY SER I HAVE WHITE AND SERGEANT PATRICK. AND OFFICER KEVIN SMITH OF EAST MONDAY POLICE DEPARTMENT. OFFICER ANTHONY FREEMAN. AND MAJOR GREGORY BARNEY AND THE ONE, MR. SPEAKER THAT CAME AT A TIME IN WHICH THE SHERIFF AND I WERE ON THE POLICE WORKING GROUP, WE WERE IN ATLANTA. AND GOING THROUGH DISCUSSING THE ISSUES THAT POLICE ARE GOING THROUGH AND WE GOT WORD OF A SHOOTING IN SOUTH GEORGIA. AT THE TIME, WE JUST GOT A NAME AND WEREN'T SURE WHAT WENT ON, BUT THERE WAS A SHOOTING AND FATALITY INVOLVED. WHAT I CAME TO FIND OUT LATER WAS THAT THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS KILLED WAS DEPUTY COMMANDER U.S. MARSHAL WAS PATRICK CARUTHERS. HE DEPOSIT HAVE TO BE THERE. HE COULD HAVE TOOK A STEP BACK BUT INSTEAD LED THE CHARGE. HE WENT IN FIRST AS THE LEADER DOES AND WAS KILLED. AS IT BECAME MORE AND MORE CLEAR, THE MARSHAL, I BEGAN TO REALIZE I HAD A SPECIAL CONNECTION TO HIM. BECAUSE JUST A FEW MONTHS EARLIER, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF APPOINTING HIS SON TO THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. IT IS A MATTER OF FAMILY. IT'S A MATTER OF HEART. AS SOMEONE GROWING UP WHO THOUGHT IT WAS AWKWARD COMING TO PICK YOU UP IN THE PATROL CAR AND THE KIDS WERE LAUGHING AND THEY WOULD SAY, A STATE TROOPER IS PICKING YOU UP, AND I WOULD SAY IT'S MY DAD. THEY DIDN'T SEE IS WHEN THE TIMES I CAME HOME AND I WOULD WAKE UP AND MY DAD CHANGED HIS SHIRT BECAUSE IT WAS RIPPED, TORN AND BLOODIED BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN A FIGHT. WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WAS A YOUNG SON WHO HAD LISTENED TO ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT POLICE OFFICERS AND SAY THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT MY DAD. ONE WHO SUPPORTED ME ALL OF MY LIFE. I CANNOT NOT TALK ABOUT THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO SERVE EVERY DAY. THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL HAS GONE ON NOW, FOLKS THAT I LOOK IN THOSE BLUE AND GRAY CARS ARE THOSE THAT I GREW UP WITH, THEY WERE MY BIG BROTHERS AND NOW WHO ARE THESE YOUNGER PEOPLE. HE THEY ARE CARRYING ON THAT PUBLIC SERVICE THAT MEANS SO MUCH. SO TONIGHT, SHERIFF, YOU HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB OF GETTING US HERE BECAUSE THESE FOLKS HAVE FAMILIES, THEY HAVE KIDS AND THEY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THEY NEVER TURN FROM IT. I THANK YOU TO THE TAM LIST WHO LOST AND GAVE THEIR LOVED ONES AND THE FAMILIES WHO GET UP EVERY DAY WITH THOSE IN THE FIGHT AND MY FATHER WHO GAVE SO MUCH, I SAY THANK YOU. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:59:33 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND SHARING YOUR STORY ABOUT YOUR…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA AND SHARING YOUR STORY ABOUT YOUR FATHER. REMINDS ME OF MY OWN STORY IN COMING HOME TO MY OWN THREE YOUNG KIDS AND MY UNIFORM BEING TORN AND BLOODIED IN SOME CASES. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT MY KIDS OR MY SPOUSE WAS THINKING WHEN I CAME HOME. I WAS STILL WRAPPED UP IN THE SHIFT I HAD JUST COME FROM AND THE STRUGGLES THAT I CAME FROM ON THE STREETS. I SERVED FOR 33 YEARS IN THE KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND I WOULD DO THAT JOB ALL OVER AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER. I LOVED IT. . BUT I WANTED TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY. OFFICER JAKE GUTIERREZ FROM THE TACOMA POLICE DEPARTMENT, A CITY JUST SOUTH OF SEATTLE. OFFICER GUTIERREZ TRAGICALLY DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. HE LOST HIS LIFE WHILE PROTECTING A WOMAN FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. AND JAKE WAS SUPPOSED TO EXCHANGE WEDDING VOWS WITH HIS FIANCEE JUST A FEW WEEKS LATER. HIS FIANCEE, INSTEAD, AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS, AND HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, ATTENDED HIS FUNERAL. THEY STRUGGLED, AND I THINK STILL STRUGGLING TODAY, TO PICTURE A LIFE WITHOUT HIM. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TIME TO MR. GOWDY, OUR U.S. ATTORNEY, PROSECUTOR, KNOWS LAW ENFORCEMENT WELL. HE HAS A STORY TO TELL ABOUT ONE OF HIS OFFICERS. MR. GOWDY.

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  • 07:01:33 PM

    MR. GOWDY

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A…

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I WANT TO START BY THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND IN CONGRESS. I CALL YOU SHERIFF WHEN I PASS BY YOU BECAUSE I ALWAYS BELIEVE IN CALLING PEOPLE BY THEIR HIGHEST TITLE AND AS MUCH AS IT IS WONDERFUL AND I'M SURE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY ARE PROUD OF YOUR SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, I'M PROUDEST OF YOUR WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON AS A SHERIFF. KEVIN HARPER WAS A UNION FORMED PATROL OFFICER, HE WAS NOT A DETECTIVE, HE WAS NOT IN MANAGEMENT, HE WAS JUST A REGULAR POLICE OFFICER LIKE THE ONES WE SEE EVERY DAY IN OUR TOWNS AND CITIES AND KEVIN DERE-SPONDED TO A DEMEST -- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL. THOSE WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT SOMETIMES CALL THOSE ROUTINE CALLS. THERE IS NOTHING ROUTINE -- ROUTINE ABOUT A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL. OFF OF SPARTANBURG ROAD, KEVIN AND HIS PARTNER ARRIVED TO WIND WILLIAM SEEVEP ON THE FRONT PORCH OF HIS HOME POINTING A LARGE CALIBER GUN AT HIS WIFE JUDY. JUDY WAS TRYING -- CROUCHED DOWN IN THE YARD, TRYING TO SHIELD HERSELF BEHIND A TREE. WILLIAM WAS POINTING THE GUN AT HER AND ALTERNATIVELY POINTING THE GUN AT LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO HAD JUST ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. YOU KNOW, IT ALL SEEMS SO EASY IN HINDSIGHT, DO YOU SHOOT? DO YOU PULL THE TRIGGER? IS THE GUN REAL? YOU HAVE SPLIT SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION, ONLY TO HAVE THEM SECOND-GUESS FOR MONTHS IF NOT YEARS, AFTERWARDS. IS THE GUN REAL? IS IT LOADED? WILLIAM SE; CH TURNED THE GUN TOWARD HIS WIFE, HE SHOT HER AND AS HE WAS TURNING THE GUN TOWARD LAW ENFORCEMENT NEW YORK DOUBT TO SHOOT THEM THEY RETURNED FIRE. THEY STRUCK WILLIAM SEECH, AS ONE OFFICER RAN TO THE WIFE, OFFICER HARPER RAN TO THE FRONT PORCH AND HIS HE RAN TO THE FRONT PORCH HE HEARD THE CRIES OF CHILDREN. UNBEKNOWNST TO KEVIN AND HIS PARTNER, THERE WERE CHILDREN INSIDE THAT MOBILE HOME AND THE BULLETS FROM ONE OF THE OFFICER'S GUNS HAD STRUCK ONE OF THE CHILDREN. WILLIAM SEECH SURVIVED AND WAS CHARGED WITH MURDER. BOTH OF THE LITTLE GIRLS ULTIMATELY SURVIVED ALTHOUGH ONE WAS BADLY, BADLY INJURED. AND I MET KEVIN WHEN WE WERE PREPARING FOR TRIAL. HE WAS AN ESSENTIAL WITNESS, I NEEDED TO PREPARE HIM FOR WHAT WOULD COME IN THIS TRIAL. HE WOULD BE SECOND-GUESSED. HIS EVERY MOVE WOULD BE SCRUTINIZED. IN A VERY REAL SENSE HE WOULD NOT ONLY BE BLAMED FOR JUDY SEECH'S MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE BUT FOR SHOOTING ONE OF THE LITTLE GIRLS IN THE HOME. AND THEN HE WOULD BE BLAMED FOR NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT JUDY SEECH, NOT MAKING THE RIGHT SPLIT SECOND DECISION. I TRIED TO PREPARE KEVIN FOR WHAT WOULD BE A GRUELING CROSS-EXAMINATION. IT WAS CLEAR TO ME HIS MIND AND HEART WERE -- WERE SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO FINALLY I SAID, KEVIN, YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG. YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE. HE SAID, I KNOW, SOLICITOR GOWDY. HE HAD TEARS STREAMING DOWN HIS FACE. I KNOW, MR. GOWDY, BUT I SHOT THAT LITTLE GIRL. OBJECTIVELY, KEVIN CARPER DID EVERYTHING RIGHT THAT NIGHT. HE RESPONDED TO AN INCREDIBLE TENSE DOMESTIC CALL. HE WAS CONFRONTED WITH A MAN HOLDING A GUN. WAS IT A REAL GUN? WAS IT LOADED? ALL THESE THOUGHTS GOING THROUGH HIS MIND. AS SOON AS WILLIAM SEECH SHOT AND MURDERED HIS WIFE , HE RETURNED FIRE. OBJECTIVELY, WE KNOW EVERYTHING HE DID WAS RIGHT. BUT IT DIDN'T MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I TOLD KEVIN. HE -- HOW MANY TIMES I TOLD KEVIN HE DID THE RIGHT THING. DEPUTY KEVIN CARPER HEARD ME. FATHER, HUSBAND KEVIN CARPER HAD TEARS STREAMING DOWN HIS FACE AT THE THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE HURT A CHILD. WELL, WE WENT THROUGH THE TRIAL. HE WAS, AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, AN INDISPENSABLE WITNESS. MR. SPEAKER, HE COULD NOT HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB IN THAT MURDER TRIAL. AND YEAH, HE WAS A TOUGH POLICE OFFICER IN A UNIFORM. BUT WHEN IT CAME TO -- BUT WHEN IT CAME TIME TO DESCRIBE WALKING ON THE FRONT PORCH AND HEARING THE CRIES OF CHILDREN, HE BECAME A HUSBAND AND FATHER AGAIN. IN FRONT OF A JURY, SHERIFF, AND YOU KNOW THIS IS HARD FOR POLICE TO DO, IN FRONT OF A JURY, THIS TOUGH, BRAVE MAN BROKE DOWN IN TEARS. AND THE JURY HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE HUMANITY OF POLICE OFFICERS. THE JURY HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THAT PROTECT AND SERVE AND DEFEND PART OF POLICE OFFICERS. AND HE WAS CONVICTED, WILLIAM SEECH WAS CONVICTED IN NO SMART PALL BART OF KEVIN CARPER'S HELP AND IN SOUTH CAROLINA, THE SENTENCING TAKES PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIAL SO THERE WAS FAMILY TO TALK TO AND TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE SENTENCING HEARING SO THEY COULD AL KUT ON WHAT JUDY'S LIFE -- SO THEY COULD ALLOCUTE ON WHAT JUDY'S LIFE MEANT TO THEM. I WANTED TO TELL KEVIN WHAT A GREAT JOB HE HAD DONE. I WANTED TO TELL KEVIN HOW IMPRESSED I WAS WITH HIS HUMANITY. I WANTED TO TELL KEVIN, I INTENDED TO TELL KEVIN THAT YOU TOOK A CYNICAL OLD PROSECUTOR AND YOU MADE HIM BELIEVE AGAIN THAT THERE ARE WOMEN AND MEN WHO GO INTO THIS LINE OF WORK FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS. THAT'S WHAT I INTENDED TO TELL HIM. BUT IN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF SENTENCE , HE SLIPPED OUT THE BACK OF THE COURTROOM AND WE WENT ON WITH THE SENTENCING HEARING. BUT I KNEW I WOULD SEE HIM AGAIN AND I WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL HIM. I'D HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL HIS BOSS, YOU NEED TO WATCH THAT GUY, MAKE HIM A HOMICIDE DETECTIVE, HE'S REALLY GOOD, I'D HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL HIM HE DID GREAT BY THOSE LITTLE GIRLS. I KNEW I'D SEE HIM AGAIN AND I'D HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL HIM AGAIN. AND I DID SEE HIM AGAIN. LAYING ASIDE A ROADSIDE. SHOT TO DEATH. DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP. HE WAS SHOT BY A MAN WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED MORE THAN 30 TIMES. IF YOU'VE EVER ATTENDED AN OFFICER'S FUNERAL, THE FINALITY OF THAT DEATH HITS YOU HARDEST AT THE END, WHERE THEY DO THE RADIO CALL. DEPUTY KEVIN CARPER, DO YOU READ? DEPUTY KEVIN CARPER, CAN YOU HEAR US? AND OF COURSE THERE'S SILENCE. AND THEN AT THE END, IT'S DEPUTY KEVIN CARPER, YOU ARE CLEARED TO GO HOME. I NEVER TOLD KEVIN WHAT I SHOULD HAVE TOLD HIM. DEPUTY KEVIN CARPER, YOU WERE A CREDIT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, HUSBAND, FATHER KEVIN CARPER, YOU'RE A CREDIT TO HUMANITY AND YOUR FAMILY. I WISH I'D HAVE TOLD YOU WHEN I SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU AND I HOPE THAT ALL OF MY OTHER FRIENDS IN PROSECUTION AND LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW WILL NOT WAIT TOO LONG TO TELL MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT HOW GRATEFUL THEY ARE FOR THEIR SERVICE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:10:02 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    THANK YOU. MR. GOWDY, I HAVE A FEELING THAT KEVIN KNEW ANYWAY WHEN HE LEFT…

    THANK YOU. MR. GOWDY, I HAVE A FEELING THAT KEVIN KNEW ANYWAY WHEN HE LEFT THAT COURTROOM HOW YOU FELT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT POWERFUL STORY. I THINK IT REALLY CLEARLY POINTS TO A LOT OF THINGS. ONE, THE JOB IS TOUGH AND YOU'VE GOT TO MAKE SPLIT SECOND DECISIONS. AND THEY ARE LIFE AND DEVITT DECISIONS. TWO, THAT THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE POLICE OFFICER IS NOT VERY OFTEN RECOGNIZED THAT THAT THE -- THAT THE CONNECTION TO THEIR FAMILY, AS I SAID IN MY OPENING STATEMENT, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE FATHERS, WHO ARE SONS, WHO ARE SISTERS, BROTHERS, IN SOME CASES THEY'RE GRANDPARENTS. SOMETIMES WE SEE A PERSON WEARING A UNIFORM BUT THERE'S A HUMAN BEING INSIDE THAT UNIFORM, WEARING THAT BADGE, CARRYING THAT GUN. MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET HOME TO OUR FAMILIES AND ENJOY OUR FAMILIES. I LOST A PARTNER, BEST FRIEND AND PARTNER, IN 1982. STILL HURTS TODAY. IF I CAN GET PAST THE EMOTIONAL PART I MIGHT SHARE THAT STORY A LITTLE BIT LATER BUT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE JUDGE POE FROM TEXAS.

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  • 07:11:42 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS, LAWYER GOWDY, AS I CALL…

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS, LAWYER GOWDY, AS I CALL HIM, HIS COMMENTS. I KNOW THAT THE OUTLAWS IN WASHINGTON STATE ARE GLAD YOU'RE IN CONGRESS AND YOU'RE NOT BACK IN WASHINGTON ARRESTING THEM AND PUTTING THEM IN THE JAILHOUSE WHERE A LOT OF THEM BELONG. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT THIS VERY IMPORTANT SPECIAL ORDER. AS YOU KNOW, WHILE YOU WERE SHERIFFING IN WASHINGTON, I WAS DOWN AT THE COURTHOUSE IN TEXAS, FIRST AS A PROSECUTOR, LIKE LAWYER GOWDY, THEN FOR 22 YEARS I TRIED CRIMINAL CASES, FELONIES, EVERYTHING FROM STEALING TO KILLING, MET A LOT OF POLICE AS I CALL THEM, DURING THAT TIME. SOME OF THEM AS MR. DOW DOW -- AS MR. GOWDY POINTED OUT, GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY. I MET THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN THEY WOULD COME BRINGING A WARRANT TO ME TO SIGN SO THEY COULD GO ARREST SOMEBODY WHILE THE REST OF US ALL SLEPT. THEY'RE DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST. AND THAT'S PROTECTING AND SERVING OUR COMMUNITIES. THE -- A LOT OF POLICE OFFICERS, I DON'T THINK IT'S BEEN SAID YET, THEIR JOB IS BEING A POLICE OFFICER. BUT MOST OF THEM HAVE OTHER JOBS. JUST TO MAKE ENDS MEET. THEY HAVE AN EXTRA JOB, AS WE CALL IT, BECAUSE THEY DON'T MAKE A LOT, BEING POLICE OFFICERS. NONE OF THEM EVER DO IT FOR THE MONEY. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD DO THEY DO IT FOR THE MONEY. SO TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES, THEY HAVE TO HAVE OTHER JOBS TO DO THAT. I THINK WE AS A NATION NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THAT THEY DO WHAT THEY DO BECAUSE THEY FEEL, AND IT IS, AN IMPORTANT SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. THEY DRN LAST YEAR, 135 POLICE OFFICERS THROUGHOUT THE NATION WERE KILLED. 64 OF THEM WERE SHOT AND KILLED AND 21 OF THOSE WERE AMBUSHED. AMONG THE STATES , MY HOME STATE OF TEXAS, HAD THE MOST POLICE OFFICERS KILLED. 21. WERE KILLED LAST YEAR IN THE LINE OF DUTY. WE ALSO HAD FIVE CANINES KILLED THAT WORK WITH POLICE. I HAVE HERE A PHOTOGRAPH OR POSTER OF THE 21 OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS LAST YEAR, RAUL RACES, BOTH SEXES, ALL AGES. THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF TEXAS. AND LAST YEAR, WE SAW PROBABLY MORE THAN -- THAN I CAN REMEMBER THIS PHENOMENA OF HATE AND AMBUSH OF POLICE OFFICERS. ON JULY 7, 2016, FIVE -- FIVE DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS WERE SHOT AND KILLED AS THEY WERE PROTECTING A PROTEST DEMONSTRATION IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. WHAT OCCUR WAS A SNIPER, WHO HAD BEEN PREPARING OBVIOUSLY FOR SOME TIME, WAS WATCHING THIS PROCESSION GO BY AND HE OPENED FIRE ON THOSE POLICE OFFICERS. OTHER THAN 9:, THIS WAS THE MOST -- 9/11, THIS WAS THE DEADLIEST DAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS IN THE UNITED STATES. SHORTLY BEFORE 9:00 P.M., A DOMESTIC TERRORIST, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE HIS NAME. HIS NAME IS NOT IMPORTANT. THE NAMES OF THE OFFICERS IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT. HE PARKED HIS BLACK S.U.V. ON LAMAR STREET. HE PUT ON HIS BODY ARMOR. HE GOT HIS AUTOMATIC WEAPON READY TO FIRE. AND HE STARTED STALKING DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS. AS THOSE DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS AND A DART OFFICERS, DART IS DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT OFFICER, MARCH AID LONG MAIN STREET WITH THE PROTEST, HE OPENED FIRE ON THEM WITH THE INTENT IS TO KILL AS MANY AS HE COULD. SO GUN FIRE RANG OUT AND BULLETS STRUCK AND KILLED SENIOR CORPORAL LAUREN AARONS, OFFICER MICHAEL COLE, OFFICER PAT RICK ZAMARRIPA, AND THREE DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS WERE WOUNDED ALONG WITH A CIVILIAN. BUT THE SNIPER WASN'T THROUGH YET. HE HEADED BACK UP LAMAR STREET AND THAT'S IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS, SHOOTING OUT THE WINDOWS OF A NEARBY COLLEGE CAMPUS, DURING THAT TIME HE INJURED TWO EL CENTRO COLLEGE POLICE OFFICERS TRYING TO GET INTO THE SCHOOL. HE CONTINUED ON HIS QUEST TO KILL OFFICERS AND HE SNUCK UP BEHIND A DART OFFICER. HIS NAME, BRENT THOMPSON. SHOT HIM IN THE BACK. AND KILLED HIM. HE THEN TURNED ONTO HE WILL MUCH STREET, NEARBY, AND -- ELM STREET, NEARBY, AND SHOT HIT WAY INTO EL CENTRO COLONEL. ALL OF THIS TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES. POLICE OFFICERS ARE FOLLOWING THIS SNIPER. TRYING TO CAPTURE HIM. BUT THIS INDIVIDUAL WENT UP TO THE LIBRARY IN THE SCHOOL, STARTED FIRING DOWN. HIS NEXT VICTIM WAS OFFICER MICHAEL SMITH. AND HE INJURED YET ANOTHER DART OFFICER. HE WAS CORNERED IN THE LIBRARY. CHIEF OF POLICE BROWN SAID THAT DURING THAT TWO-HOUR-LONG NEGOTIATION, THE INDIVIDUAL LIED TO US, PLAYED GAMES, LAUGHED AT US, SANG AND CONTINUALLY ASKED HOW MANY OF THOSE COPPERS DID HE KILL. EVENTUALLY THE DALLAS SWAT TEAM TOOK CARE OF THE SNIPER. AND HE WAS KILLED. TO TOTAL, FIVE OFFICERS KILLED. SEVEN OTHERS WERE WOUNDED. AND THESE OFFICERS WERE KILLED FOR THE SOLE REASON THAT THEY WORE A UNIFORM. THAT THEY WORE A BADGE OR A STAR OVER THEIR HEART. SYMBOLIZING PROTECTING US FROM THE DO-BAD. THAT'S WHY THAT BADGE IS THERE. OVER THEIR HEART. WILLING TO GIVE THEIR LIFE SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE PEACE AND ORDER AND SAFETY. ON THAT DAY, FIVE OF THEM DID. IN TOTAL, LIKE I MENTIONED, 21 OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN TEXAS LAST YEAR. THE MOST IN ANY STATE. THEIR NAMES, AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT INTO THE RECORD THEIR FULL BACKGROUND AND THE DEPARTMENTS THAT THEY WORKED WITH.

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  • 07:18:42 PM

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. POE

    NAMES, OFFICER DAVID WHO HAVER, PATROLMAN DAVID ORTIZ. TROUPER JEFF…

    NAMES, OFFICER DAVID WHO HAVER, PATROLMAN DAVID ORTIZ. TROUPER JEFF NICHOLSES. AGENT JOSE ABOUT A RAZZA. OFFICER EDNY APACA. SERGEANT STACY BLUMGARNER. SERGEANT MICHAEL SMITH. OFFICER MICHAEL KROLL. OFFICER PATRICE YO ZAMA -- ZAM RIPPY. OFFICER BRENT THOMPSON. OFFICER MARCO ZARATI. CORRECTIONS OFFICER MARY JOHNSON. OFFICER JUSTIN RYAN SCHERRLAND. OFFICER AMIR KHALIK. DEPUTY SHERIFF KENNETH MALTBY. CORPORAL ROBERT RANSOM. AGENT DAVID GOMEZ. COMMANDER KENNETH STARS. AND DETECTIVE BENJAMIN MAR KONY. -- MARCONI. MR. SPEAKER, THESE WERE REAL FOLKS, REAL PEOPLE. AS THE SHERIFF SAID EARLIER, THESE PEOPLE HAVE FAMILIES. LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO MENTION ONE OTHER OFFICER THAT I DID READ HIS NAME. HIS NAME WAS STACY -- SERGEANT STACY BLUMGARNER. HE WORKED AT A LITTLE BITTY POLICE DEPARTMENT CALLED PATTIN VILLAGE, TEXAS. RIGHT OUTSIDE OF HOUSTON. AND HE WAS KILLED WHEN HIS PATROL CAR COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE WHILE HE WAS INVOLVED IN A HOT PURSUIT. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, HIS SON, AND HIS DAUGHTER, CHLOE. THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH OF CHLOE TAKEN LAST WEEK IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, AT THE TEXAS MEMORIAL POLICE OFFICERS EVENT. THIS IS HER, IT WAS POSTED BY THE POLICE CHIEF OF PATTIN VILLAGE, TEXAS -- PATTON VILLAGE, TEXAS. IT HE CAN PRESSES THE FAMILIES, THE HUMANITY OF THEIR FATHERS AND THEIR MOTHERS, AND HOW WE AS A PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCESES WHEN PEOPLE MURDER OUR FINEST. GOD BLESS THE THIN BLUE LINE. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. THANK YOU, SHERIFF.

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    THANK YOU, JUDGE. YOU MENTIONED POLICE OFFICERS DON'T DO THIS FOR THE…

    THANK YOU, JUDGE. YOU MENTIONED POLICE OFFICERS DON'T DO THIS FOR THE MONEY. I WAS CONSIDERED -- I ALWAYS CONSIDERED IT A CALLING. IF YOU TALK TO ANY POLICE OFFICER, DEPUTY OUT ON THE STREET TODAY, I THINK THEY'D TELL YOU THAT THEY FELT CALLED TO SERVE.

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  • 07:21:38 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    AND CALLED TO SERVE IN THE UNIFORM. CALLED TO PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE…

    AND CALLED TO SERVE IN THE UNIFORM. CALLED TO PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE AND TO RISK THEIR LIFE FOR OTHERS. AND I WAS GOING TO SHARE THIS STORY WITH MY PARTNER, SAM HICKSES, WHO WAS KILLED IN 1982 HE LEFT BEHIND FIVE SONS. AND HE WAS AMBUSHED AND SHOT IN THE CHEST. AND KILLED INSTANTLY. THIS WAS A MAN WHO WAS ALREADY WANTED FOR MURDER. ONE OF THE HARDEST THINGS I EVER DID WAS TO BE -- I WAS THE ONLY HOMICIDE DETECTIVE AT THE SCENE WHEN THEY CAPTURED HIM, WAS TO SIT IN THE BACK SEAT WITH THIS KILLER, ADVISE HIM OF HIS RIGHTS, GET HIM A GLASS OF WATER AND SOMETHING TO EAT. BECAUSE HE'D BEEN ON THE RUN FOR THREE DAYS. I SPENT AN HOUR IN THE BACK SEAT OF THAT COP CAR WITH HIM. KNOWING THAT HIS FIVE SONS NO LONGER HAD A FATHER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORDS TONIGHT, JUDGE.

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  • 07:22:48 PM

    MR. POE

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF.

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    MR. REICHERT

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE NEXT ANOTHER SHERIFF, THE SECOND SHERIFF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE NEXT ANOTHER SHERIFF, THE SECOND SHERIFF IN THE HOUSE. SHERIFF RUGGETFORD FROM -- RUTHERFORD FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.

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  • 07:23:07 PM

    MR. RUTHERFORD

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM HONORED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING WITH MY FRIEND, SHERIFF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM HONORED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING WITH MY FRIEND, SHERIFF DAVE REICHERT, AND ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO STAND WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEIR COMMUNITIES , FOR THIS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK. IT IS A TIME WHERE WE COME TOGETHER AS A COUNTRY TO RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICES OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS, THAT THEY MAKE FOR US EVERY TIME THEY PUT ON THAT UNIFORM. LAST WEEK I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING THE NASA COUNTY -- NAWCA COUNTY SHERIFF -- NAUSSAU COUNTY SHERIFF'S MEMORIAL IN FLORIDA. WE RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTYY. IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY WE HONOR THE LIFE OF ERIC JAMES OLVER, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY NOVEMBER 22, 2016. OFFICER OLIVER DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED. PROTECTING AND SERVING HIS COMMUNITY. BEFORE HE JOINED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, OFFICER OLIVER SERVED OUR NATION IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. BUT HIS MOST IMPORTANT JOB, MR. SPEAKER, WAS BEING THE LOVING FATHER TO HIS 6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, SHELBY. TONIGHT I COMMEND THE MANY SACRIFICES MADE BY EACH AND EVERY LAW ENFORCE OF THE OFFICER IN FLORIDA'S FOURTH DISTRICT -- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN FLORIDA'S FOURTH DISTRICT. BUT THIS YEAR WE GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO OFFICER ERIC OLIVER AND THE GREAT LOSS FELT BY HIS FAMILY, HIS COLLEAGUES AND OUR ENTIRE NORTHEAST FLORIDA COMMUNITY. TONIGHT I ALSO WANT TO HONOR IN A SPECIAL WAY TWO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY. FIRST I RISE TO HONOR SPECIAL AGENT JEREMY SCOTT MCGUIRE. SCOTT SERVED WITH THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, ASSIGNED TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS GROUP AT THE HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS OFFICE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. ON JANUARY 25, 2016, SPECIAL AGENT SCOTT MCGUIRE LOST HIS LIFE WHILE ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. IN HIS FINAL ASSIGNMENT, HE WAS CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS TO IDENTIFY, DISRUPT AND DISMANTLE TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES AND TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS THAT THREATENED THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, SUSIE, AND SON, FINN. SPECIAL AGENT MCGUIRE EARNED AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF AWARDS AND ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITION OF HIS ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HIS INVESTIGATIVE SUCCESSES. IN FACT, HE RECEIVED THE H.I.S. NATIONAL AWARD FOR TOP ILLICIT DRUG TRADE INVESTIGATOR OF 2016. SPECIAL AGENT MCGUIRE LEFT BEHIND THE GREATEST LEGACY A MAN CAN LIVE. HE WAS TRULY A MAN OF DISTINCTION AND A MAN OF DEVOTION, TO NOT ONLY HIS WORK, BUT ALSO TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND HE LIVES ON AS THE HERO. SECOND, I RISE TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICER BRIAN BELISO. A U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ASSIGNED TO THE FUGITIVE OPERATIONS UNIT AT THE ENFORCEMENT AND REMOVAL OPERATIONS OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO. OFFICER BELISO BEGAN HIS WORK WITH I.C.E. IN 2007. VERY EARLY IN HIS CAREER, BRIAN DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF AS A CHARISMATIC LEADER AND A DEDICATED EMPLOYEE WHO ALWAYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND IN ALL HIS DUTIES. HIS FINAL ASSIGNMENT, THE OFFICER CONDUCTED FIELD OPERATIONS TO LOCATE AT-LARGE CRIMINAL AND FUGITIVE ALIENS WHO WERE IN VIOLATION OF OUR NATION'S IMMIGRATION LAWS. HE WAS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROSECUTIONS OF NUMEROUS CRIMINAL ALIENS WHO ILLEGALLY RE-ENTERED THE COUNTRY FOLLOWING THEIR DEPORTATION. ON JUNE 8, 2016, OFFICER BELISO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. NOT ONLY WAS BRIAN GREATLY RESPECTED BY HIS COLLEAGUES AND SUPERIORS, HE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR HIS SELFLESS SERVICE TO HIS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. HE WAS A BELOVED HUSBAND AND FATHER. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, CHRISTINA, AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN, NOAH, SOFIA AND BELLA. MR. SPEAKER, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS A NOBLE PROFESSION. AND IT IS A NOBLE PROFESSION NOT ONLY BECAUSE THESE MEN AND WOMEN SERVE, BUT BECAUSE THEY SERVE WITH SELF-SACRIFICE. OFFICER OLIVER, OFFICER BELISO, SPECIAL AGENT MCGUIRE LAID THEIR LIVES ON THE ALTAR OF FREEDOM AND WE MUST NEVER FORGET THEM AND THE MANY OTHER MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SO THAT WE MAY EXPERIENCE THE SAFETY AND FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY TODAY. ON BEHALF OF A VERY GRATEFUL NATION, WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR NOBLE SERVICE AND WE HONOR THEM FOR THEIR DUTY AND SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION TWO OTHER OFFICERS. I HAD THE GREAT HONOR FOR 12 YEARS OF BEING SHERIFF OF THE JACKSONVILLE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. DURING MY TENURE, I WAS DEEPLY SADDENED TO BURY TWO OF MY OFFICERS WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. THEY WERE OFFICERS SCOTT BELL, WHO GAVE HIS LIFE IN SERVICE IN 2007, AND THEN AGAIN OFFICER CHRISTOPHER MCCAIN -- CHRISTOPHER CANE IN 2008. SO I SAY AGAIN, ON BEHALF OF A VERY GRATEFUL NATION, WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR NOBLE SERVICE AND WE HONOR THEM FOR THEIR DUTY AND SACRIFICE. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE BACK.

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  • 07:30:38 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    THANK YOU,

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    MR. REICHERT

    I THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND HONORING THOSE WHO FELL IN YOUR COMMUNITY,…

    I THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND HONORING THOSE WHO FELL IN YOUR COMMUNITY, UNDER YOUR COMMAND. THANKS FOR YOUR 40 HOURS WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN JACKSONVILLE. I'M PROUD TO SERVE WITH YOU IN CONGRESS. WE NEED MORE SHERIFFS IN CONGRESS, BY THE WAY. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. FERGUSON.

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  • 07:31:08 PM

    MR. FERGUSON

    I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR ORGANIZING…

    I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON FOR ORGANIZING THIS EVENT FOR US TO THANK THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I, SHERIFF, LIKE YOU, HAVE THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF SERVING WITH SHERIFF RUTHERFORD AND CHIEF DEMINGS, IT IS QUITE AN HONOR TO BE WITH BOTH OF THEM IN THE 115TH CONGRESS. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE MOMS AND DADS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS, SIBLINGS AND FRIENDS TO THE VERY PEOPLE THEY SERVE. WE ASKED ASK THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO UPHOLD THE LAW, BUT SO OFTEN THIS SEEMINGLY STRAIGHTFORWARD MANDATE SENDS THEM INTO THE MOST DIFFICULT AND TRAGIC SITUATIONS OUR SOCIETY FACES. TERRIBLE ACCIDENTS, DOMESTIC DISPUTES, THAT THREATEN THE HEARTS OF OUR TOWNS AND COMMUNITIES. THEIR BRAVERY AND COURAGE IS UNIMAGINABLE TO SOMEONE LIKE ME AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THEIR JOBS AND THE TOLLS IT TAKES ON THEIR LIVES ARE OFTEN UNDERESTIMATED. HAVING A SAFE COMMUNITY OFFERS OUR CITIZENS MORE THAN JUST PEACE OF MIND. IT OFFERS THEM A PLACE TO LIVE, TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES PRORKVIDE A LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILY, TO BE NOT ONLY ECONOMICALLY SECURE BUT SOCIALLY SECURE. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. EACH GENERATION OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY EVOLVES AS SOCIETY CHANGES, THEIR TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING IMPROVE. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO POLICE OUR COMMUNITIES MORE RESPONSIBLY, EFFECTIVELY, AND SOMETIMES EVEN TO RIGHT WRONGS OF THE PAST GENERATION. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE SPECIFIC EXAMPLE IN MY DISTRICT IN GEORGIA, THE THIRD DISTRICT. NEARLY EIGHT DECADES AGO, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN NAMED AUSTIN CALLOWAY WAS LYNCHED IN THE TOWN OF LA GRAGE, GEORGIA. THIS TERRIBLE -- LAGRANGE, GEORGIA. THIS TERRIBLE CRIME HAS BEEN PART OF THE TOWN'S HISTORY FOR A LONG TIME. RECENTLY, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO BEGIN THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS. THEY WORKED WITH NAACP CHAPTER PRESIDENT EARNESTWARD TO DRAFT A LETTER OF APOLOGY FOR FAILING TO INVESTIGATE THE LYNCHING NEARLY 77 YEARS PRIOR. I COMMEND THEM FOR THEIR ACTIONS TO BEGIN TO HEAL THIS OLD WOUND. I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT THIS COMMUNITY WHO IS ENGAGED IN THE HARD WORK OF RECONCILIATION. POLICE OFFICERS DO SO MUCH MORE THAN ENFORCE THE LAW. THEY WORK ACTIVELY EVERY SINGLE DAY TO BRING THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE TOGETHER. I'M SO PROUD THAT THERE ARE SUCH GREAT EXAMPLES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE THIRD DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DO MORE THAN JUST KEEP US SAFE. THEY HELP OUR COMMUNITY, THEY SHOW LOVE AND COMPASSION, THEY BRING US TOGETHER, AND WE OWE THEM A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. I'M PROUD THEY ARE SUCH BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, WILLING TO SERVE IN ALL OUR COMMUNITIES AND HOMETOWNS. I WANT TO EXTEND MY DEEP FWRATTUDE FOR THE HARD WORK OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND OFFER SPECIAL THANKS, SPECIAL PRAYER TO THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:34:37 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DESJARLAIS.

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  • 07:34:46 PM

    MR. DESJARLAIS

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND THE…

    THANK YOU, SHERIFF. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND THE COURAGEOUS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO PROTECT THE GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE. THIS WEEK WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF POLICE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO HONOR THE VALUE YENT MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE. AMONG THE 145 FALLEN HEROS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2016, 60 HAIL FROM THE VOLUNTEER STATE. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SPECIAL AGENT FRAZIER WITH THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, SERGEANT ALL RED WITH THE LIVINGSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT. DEPUTY SHERIFF BARNARD WITH THE JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, OFFICER MOST WITH THE MARYVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. SERGEANT SMITH WITH THE MEMPHIS POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND DEPUTY SHERIFF STERGIL WITH THE HUMPHREY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT. I STAND TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THEIR SERVICE AND EXTREME SACRIFICE. TENNESSEE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OFTEN RISK THEIR OWN LIVES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF OTHERS. I HONOR AND RESPECT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND PRAY FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. MR. SPEAKER, DURING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, LET US ALL REMEMBER TO BACK THE BADGE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:36:11 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I YIELD TIME TO MR. GUSTAV FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 07:36:23 PM

    MR. GUSTAV

    SLFER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP TONIGHT AND THROUGHOUT THE…

    SLFER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP TONIGHT AND THROUGHOUT THE COURSE AS WE HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POLICE HERE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR POLICE FORCES IN THE EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE NATION. I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT'S CHALLENGING TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS TO THANK THOSE WHO LITERALLY LAY THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR OTHERS EACH AND EVERY DAY. MOST OF THE TIME FOR PE -- FOR PEOPLE THEY HAVE NEVER MET. THIS PAST MONDAY I HAD THE INCREDIBLE PRIVELEBLING OF JOINING THE JACKSON POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT A MEMORIAL SERVICE IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE.

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  • 07:37:14 PM

    MR. KUSTOFF

    YOU.

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    MR. REICHERT

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND YIELD…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. BROOKS.

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  • 07:41:23 PM

    MRS. BROOKS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND IT'S ALSO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK AND IT'S ALSO MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES -- COLLEAGUE WHO WE AFFECTIONATELY CALL SHERIFF A SHERIFF WHO SERVED HIS GREAT STATE FOR 33 YEARS AND I WANT TO EXPRESS MY PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO SERVE AND SACRIFICE SO MUCH TO PROTECT OUR SAFETY. BUT I THINK WE ALSO NEED TO TALK ABOUT A WAY THAT WE CAN REPAY THESE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AN SERVICE BY MAKING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MORE AVAILABLE TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SO THEY HAVE THE RESOURCES TO HANDLE SO MANY DIFFICULT ON-THE-JOB SITUATIONS THAT THEY DEAL WITH EVERY SINGLE DAY. POLICE OFFICERS ARE UNDER CONSTANT ATTACK, OFTEN ON THE JOB. CAUGHT LITERALLY IN THE CROSSFIRE OF VIOLENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISPUTES, VIOLENT CRIME, FINDING AND RECOVERING BODIES OF MURDER VICTIM, SOME OF WHOM ARE YOUNG CHILDREN, TARGETS FOR LONE WOLF SHOOTINGS AND ATTACKS, INJECTING NARCAN, THE OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUG INTO PEOPLE WHO OVERDOSED ON HEROIN TO TRY TO SAVE THEM. THINK ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE TO DO DAY IN AND DAY OUT. FOR MOST PEOPLE JUST ONE OF THESE EXPERIENCES WOULD BE ENOUGH TO CAUSE TRAUMA. BUT OUR POLICE OFFICERS FACE THESE AND UNTHINKABLE SITUATIONS DAILY. SOMETIMES LEADING TO SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES FOR OUR OFFICERS, LIKE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, ANXIETY, POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND DEPRESSION. FORTUNATELY, WE HAVE MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS INCLUDING THE INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE INDIANA FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE WHO ARE WORKING TO OFFER OUR OFFICERS THE SUPPORT AND TREATMENT THEY NEED TO CONTINUE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY. SINCE 2010 OFFICERS IN INDIANAPOLIS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE COUNSELING AND REFERRALS TO DOCTORS AND CLINICIANS THROUGH UNIQUE, IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS STAFFED BY FELLOW TRAINED OFFICERS. TO HELP POLICE DEPARTMENTS DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SIMILAR PROGRAMS, I INTRODUCED ALONG WITH MY GOOD FRIEND A NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM FLORIDA, VAL DEMOCRAT THE FORMER POLICE CHIEF IN ORLANDO, WE INTRODUCE H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT THIS WILL IMPROVE THE SHARING OF FEDERAL BEST PRACTICES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AN V.A. WITH LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS. IT WILL MAKE GRANTS AVAILABLE TO INITIATE PEER MENTORING PILOT PROGRAMS AND DEVELOP TRAINING FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS SPECIFIC TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, STUDYING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CRISIS HOTLINES AND GET OFFICERS ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH CHECKUPS. IF OUR POLICE OFFICERS ARE HEALTHY, OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE EVEN SAFER. WE OWE IT TO ALL OF OUR HEROS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING AND I'LL URGE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION. THANK YOU FOR LEADING THIS AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:44:22 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN --

  • 07:44:25 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME IS REMAINING?

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  • 07:44:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    SHE GENTLEMAN HAS PHI MINUTES.

  • 07:44:33 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    -- HAS FIVE MINUTES.

  • 07:44:37 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    FIVE MINUTES. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ORLANDO, THE…

    FIVE MINUTES. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ORLANDO, THE FORMER POLICE CHIEF OF ORLANDO, MRS. DEMINGS.

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  • 07:44:46 PM

    MRS. DEMINGS

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, FIRST OF ALL, SHERIFF, FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER,…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, FIRST OF ALL, SHERIFF, FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF MY GREATEST HONORS WAS SERVING AS A POLICE OFFICER IN ORLANDO FOR 27 YEARS. MY HUSBAND IS A SHERIFF IN ORANGE COUNTY, AND HE IS -- HAS BEEN SERVING IF -- SERVING FOR 35 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. TODAY I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN BETTER TAKE CARE OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AS THEY CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF US. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE CALLED TO SOME OF THE MOST HORRIFIC SITUATIONS AND RUN INTO HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT US AND OUR FAMILIES EVERY DAY. ALMOST A YEAR ALMOST A YEAR AGO OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE PULSE NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING KNOWN NOW AS THE SITE OF THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY. 49 PERSONS LOST THEIR LIVES THAT NIGHT AND MORE WERE SEVERELY INJURED. IMAGINE THE SCENE AS THE OFFICERS RESPONDED. ONE OFFICER SAID ONE THING HE WILL NEVER FORGET IS HEARING THE SOUND OF THE CELL PHONES RINGING AS LOVED ONES CALLED THE VICTIMS, BUT OF COURSE THE VICTIMS COULD NOT ANSWER. DURING THE MOST DANGEROUS AND MOST TRAGIC OF CIRCUMSTANCES, OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MAY APPEAR SUPERHUMAN. BUT THEY ARE ONLY HUMAN. AND RESPONDING TO SCENES LIKE THIS OR ANY OTHER HORRIFIC SCENE, NO ONE CAN REALLY PREPARE FOR THAT. IT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT OUR OFFICERS FACE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. THAT'S WHY I AM VERY PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR H.R. 2228, THE LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT OF 2017, WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, SUSAN BROOKS, FROM INDIANA. THE BILL WOULD DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEFENSE AND VETERAN AFFAIRS, AS YOU'VE HEARD, TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES THAT CAN HELP LAW ENFORCE OF THE SFECKS -- ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN TRAGIC SITUATIONS. I AM SO PROUD TO SHARE THIS LEGISLATION WITH MY GOOD FRIEND AND URGE OTHER COLLEAGUES WITHIN THE CONGRESS TO JOIN US, TO MAKE THIS VISION A REALITY. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEEP OUR CITIES, OUR TOWNS, AND OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE. AGAIN, SHERIFF, I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SO DESERVING OF THIS HONOR.

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  • 07:47:33 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    THIS HONOR.

  • 07:47:58 PM

    MR. O'HALLERAN

    MR. O'HALLERAN: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND THE…

    MR. O'HALLERAN: I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON AND THE SHERIFF. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT PAVED THE -- PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES. IN 2016, TWO BRAVE ARIZONA OFFICERS DIED AS THEY RESPONDED TO CALLS. DAVID VAN GLASSER, PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND DARIN REID, A POLICE DEPARTMENT IN MY DISTRICT. BOTH OF THESE MEN LEFT BEHIND FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. AS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND HOMICIDE INVESTIGATOR, NATIONAL POLICE WEEK HAS A SPECIAL MEANING TO ME. I HAVE LOST FRIENDS, PARTNERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY. I HAVE GRIEVED WITH THEIR FAMILIES DURING THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. AND I HAVE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND THE REAL SACRIFICES THEY MAKE. EACH OF THE 135 OFFICERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2016 WORKED TO KEEP OUR NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE. AND WHILE WE CAN NEVER REPAY THE DEBTS WE OWE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, WE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THEIR SERVICE. AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT WORK BEING DONE IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO NOT ONLY BETTER PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, BUT ALSO THE LIVES OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. IN ARIZONA, SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY POLICING PROGRAMS IN FLAGSTAFF, PHOENIX AND COUNTLESS OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS HAVE IMPROVED RELATIONSHIPS. I AM PROUD TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THE HOUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT CAUCUS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THE BIPARTISAN WORK WE ARE DOING TO IDENTIFY AND SOLVE THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:49:46 PM

    MR. REICHERT

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS OUR LAST SPEAKER, CONCLUDES OUR SPECIAL HOUR. THANK…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS OUR LAST SPEAKER, CONCLUDES OUR SPECIAL HOUR. THANK YOU.

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  • 07:49:50 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 07:50:04 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK FOR ONE MINUTE OUT OF ORDER.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:50:12 PM

    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU. I WILL CONTINUE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN HONORING OUR LAW…

    THANK YOU. I WILL CONTINUE TO JOIN MY COLLEAGUES IN HONORING OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ACROSS AMERICA. AND PARTICULARLY IN MY HOME STATE. AND LOOK FORWARD TO PROVIDING THAT TRIBUTE IN DAYS TO COME. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, SHERIFF, FOR HIS WORK. I'VE COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY, HOWEVER, TO, AGAIN, COMMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THE SPECIAL COUNCIL TO INVESTIGATE THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION, ALLEGED RUSSIAN COLLUSION, OF THE PRESIDENT'S CAMPAIGN OPERATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT AS IT RELATES TO THE 2016 ELECTION. DIRECTOR MULER IS A WELL RESPECTED LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADER. I LOOK FORWARD TO HIS QUICK RESPONSE. BUT I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THIS CONGRESS, AND I ASK SPEAKER RYAN TO ENSURE THAT THE COMMITTEES OF JURISDICTION, OVERSITE, HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, AND HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, DO THEIR WORK AS WELL. THAT WORK WOULD INCLUDE HEARINGS ON THE ISSUES BEFORE US AND AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY TO DETERMINE THE FACTS. I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER, MR. SPEAKER. NOT AS REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, BUT AS AMERICANS. THE TRUTH MUST BE FOUND AND AMERICA WILL BE BETTER FOR IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:51:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. BOYLE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 07:51:50 PM

    MR. BOYLE

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE ANY EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE SUBJECT OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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  • 07:52:03 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 07:52:04 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WHILE…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK IN THE UNITED STATES. AND WHILE HALLMARK MAY NOT QUITE YET BE MAKING CARDS TO OBSERVE INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK, I HOPE THOSE OF US HERE IN CONGRESS CAN TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE STATE OF OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS A TIME, AS I WAS MENTIONING, REALLY TO FOCUS ON ALL MODES OF TRANSPORTATION AND OUR UTILITY SYSTEMS, THAT MOST OF US ONLY TEND TO NOTICE WHEN THEY ARE BROKEN. MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A LOT OF BROKEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR COUNTRY TO NOTICE LITERALLY. IN FACT, EVEN PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP HAS RECOGNIZED THAT THE ROADS, BRIDGES AND ALL THE OTHER UNDERPINNINGS THAT MAKE OUR MODERN WORLD POSSIBLE ARE CRUMBLING AND NEED URGENT ATTENTION. SO THE PRESIDENT HAS VOWED REPEATEDLY, BOTH AS A CANDIDATE AND AS PRESIDENT, TO INVEST AT LEAST $1 TRILLION IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEM. THAT WAS A KEY PROMISE OF HIS CAMPAIGN AND CRITICAL TO HIS APPEAL TO WORKING CLASS AMERICANS, INCLUDING IN MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. BUT THAT PROMISE IS SO FAR AS BROKEN AS OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. INSTEAD, FOUR MONTHS INTO HIS ADMINISTRATION, THIS PRESIDENT IS LAYING THE GROUNDWORK TO SHORTCHANGE AMERICAN WORKERS AND MANUFACTURES -- MANUFACTURERS. MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS MOST DISAPPOINTING. I STOOD ON MONDAY MORNING AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, I STOOD WITH THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF OUR STATE, WHO IS A PART OF A BIPARTISAN GROUP CALLED BUILD AMERICA'S FUTURE. I STOOD WITH BOTH DEMOCRATS -- DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THIS BODY WHO HAPPENED TO REPRESENT THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA AREA. ALSO STOOD WITH THE SENATOR OF DELAWARE, WHO HIMSELF LIVES NOT TOO FAR FROM PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT. AND WE USED THAT SETTING TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK AND REINVESTING IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW. AND I MENTIONED IN THOSE REMARKS SOMETHING THAT I'M GOING TO MENTION HERE TONIGHT. 100 YEARS AGO THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS THE LEADER IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE. OUR ROADS, OUR BRIDGES, OUR WATERWAY SYSTEMS, OUR MASS TRANSIT, OUR GAS LINES, RATED NUMBER ONE. TODAY, IF YOU SEEK OUT THE REPORT OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, THESE ARE NOT DEMOCRATS, THEY'RE NOT REPUBLICANS, REALLY NONPARTISAN, THEY'RE CIVIL ENGINEERS. WE ARE RATED A D-PLUS. THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL ENGINEERS DO NOT RATE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE TOP 20 WHEN IT COMES TO INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT SHOULD BOTHER ALL OF US. WHETHER YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN OR INDEPENDENT OR NONPOLITICAL. I HAVE TO SAY, AS SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES THAT -- WHO BELIEVES IN THIS COUNTRY, AND BELIEVES THAT WE SHOULD ALWAYS STRIVE TO BE NUMBER ONE, NOT EVEN BEING IN THE TOP 20 BOTHERSES ME. AND IT'S SIMPLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH. AND IT IS UNWISE ECONOMIC POLICY. PART OF WHY THE 20TH CENTURY BECAME KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN CENTURY IS BECAUSE WE WERE THE NUMBER ONE WORLD LEADER WHEN IT CAME TO OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO COMPETE TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE IF WE ARE NOT EVEN IN THE TOP 10 OR THE TOP 20? SO, MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE NEEDS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, AND FOR A MYRIAD OF OTHER ISSUES RELATED TO THIS, I HAVE CO-FOUNDED THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS. I HAVE SPOKEN ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR ABOUT THE NEED FOR OUR COUNTRY'S LEADERS TO PAY ATTENTION AGAIN TO OUR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS AND OUR BLUE COLLAR ECONOMY. I AM SO HAPPY THAT WHILE TONIGHT MIGHT BE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THAT SLIVER OF THE OVERALL BLUE COLLAR ECONOMY, I AM HAPPY TO BE JOINED IN THIS EFFORT WITH MY CO-FOUNDER, THE CO-CHAIRMAN OF THIS CAUCUS, MARC VEASEY OF TEXAS. HE'LL BE SPEAKING IN A MOMENT, AS WELL AS A FEW OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR CAUCUS, ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF REINVESTING IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. WHY THAT IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY. MR. SPEAKER, IF WE REALLY WANT TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK, AND PUT THEM BACK TO WORK NOT IN LOW-PAY JOBS, BUT IN GOOD-PAYING JOBS, FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS, THE WAY TO DO IT IS TO REINVEST IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. SO I HAVE MANY OTHER THINGS TO SAY ON THIS TOPIC. AND WILL BE SAYING THROUGHOUT THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. BUT RATHER THAN TAKE UP ALL THE TIME INITIALLY, WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO NOW IS TO YIELD TO THE CO-CHAIRMAN OF OUR BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A REAL LEADER ON THIS ISSUE AND FEELS JUST AS PASSIONATE ABOUT IT AS I DO, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VEASEY OF TEXAS.

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  • 07:57:38 PM

    MR. VEASEY

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR…

    I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR HELPING CO-FOUND THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS AND JUST DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB. BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN OF PENNSYLVANIA, IN PARTICULAR THE PHILADELPHIA AREA, HAVE BEEN SO RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE REALLY MADE OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT IS. MANY OF THE GREAT PUBLIC WORKS, MANY OF THE AMAZING MUSEUMS, MANY OF THE AMAZING THINGS, BRIDGES, JUST THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED, THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE THAT BUILT THOSE THINGS. THERE WAS SOMEONE THAT TOILED POSSIBLY IN THE HEAT, IN THE SNOW, BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO BRING HOME A GOOD WAGE DOING IT. THEY WERE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. THEY WERE ABLE TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE. I LOVE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND THE SACRIFICES THAT YOUR PARENTS MADE WORKING IN A BLUE COLLAR JOB, THAT ULTIMATELY HELPED YOU GO TO ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES IN NOTRE DAME. JUST REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU APPRECIATE THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN THAT REALLY MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT. WE NEED TO DO MORE FOR THEM. ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN DO MORE FOR THEM IS TO PASS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY DOUBT ABOUT THAT. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. AND WITH ROUGHLY $700 BILLION A YEAR THAT'S BEING INVESTED AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL, INFRASTRUCTURE IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY. AND WE HAVE TO HAVE GOOD INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT MAY SOUND LIKE QUITE A BIT OF MONEY. BUT WE CAN'T SPEND ENOUGH MONEY TO REPAIR AND REPLACE OUR CRUMBLING ROADS, BRIDGES AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE. I LISTENED TO ELIZABETH ESTY LAST NIGHT, ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM CONNECTICUT, TALK ABOUT THE DANGERS THAT ARE INVOLVED BY NOT INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND SOME OF THE DEATHS THAT TRAGICALLY HAVE OCCURRED ON AMERICAN ROADS BECAUSE OF COLLAPSING BRIDGES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE WANT. WE NEED FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THE ROADS THAT THEY'RE DRIVING ON, THAT THE AIRPORTS THAT THEY'RE USING ARE UP TO DATE. THAT WE HAVE THE BEST PORTS, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO -- THAT WE HAVE THE BEST TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT WE HAVE THE MONEY TO KEEP THOSE THINGS WORLD CLASS SYSTEMS AND EFFICIENT SYSTEMS IN OUR COUNTRY. . ONE OUT OF EVERY FIVE MILES OF PAVED HIGHWAYS IS IN POOR CONDITION, 56,000 OF THE NATION'S BRIDGES THAT ARE ALSO STRUCTURALY DEFICIENT. THINK ABOUT THE TRUCK DRIVER OR THE UBER DRIVER THAT GOES OUT THERE EVERY DAY AND THE PERSON WHO MAKES THEIR LIVING AND THINK ABOUT HOW MANY FAMILIES WANT THEIR LOVED ONES TO TRAVEL ON SAFE ROADS AND THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THEIR LOVED ONES TO MAKE THEIR LIVING ON THEIR ROADS AND THAT IS HOW THEY PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. HOWEVER THEY GET THEIR CHECK. AND THEY NEED TO BE SAFE. THOSE FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW THOSE HARD-WORKING MEN AND WOMEN USE THEM TO HELP FUEL AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM AND THAT THOSE ROADS ARE SAFE. MODERNIZING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET OUR NEED ARE GOING TO REQUIRE $5 TRILLION IN ADDITIONAL SPENDING. FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IS AN ECONOMIC BOOST THAT CAN CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS. MANY WERE ENCOURAGED,, THEY WERE ENCOURAGED, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE WHEN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FLOATED THE IDEA OF A $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. BUT INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE PLAN TO PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT LACKS DETAILS AND DOESN'T GO INTO HOW WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE. THE REPORTS THAT I'VE SEEN SAYS IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT A PLAN, IT CONTAINS VERY FEW DETAILS AND TAX INCENTIVES FOR PRIVATE SFRISS THAT MAKE UP AS MUCH AS 80% OF THE COSTS OF THE DEAL. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHY IT'S BAD FOR TWO REASONS. IT WOULD ENRICH COMPANIES WHO WOULD HAVE BUILT THEIR PROJECTS ANY WAY AND THE ONLY PRIVATE INVESTMENT IT WOULD ENCOURAGE ARE PROJECTS, SUCH AS TOLL ROADS. IF TOLL ROAD ARE THE ONLY CHOICE THAT PEOPLE HAVE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THEY'LL TAKE THEM. BUT I KNOW A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF TEXANS AND I SAW THIS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE BEFORE I CAME TO CONGRESS, THEY ARE UPSET WITH TOLL ROADS AND THEY WANT TO SEE THE INVESTMENT AND RELIEVE CONGESTION. ENCOURAGING PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT A BAD IDEA BUT REQUIRES THE OVERSIGHT AND THE RIGHT KIND OF PROJECT. AND THERE IS A BIPARTISAN GROUP THAT BELIEVES IN THAT, BOTH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNDER SECRETARY FOX AND MARRY PETERS, THEY AGREE THAT THE PARTNERSHIPS ARE ONLY TO ADDRESS A SMALL FRACTION OF WHAT IS NEEDED. WE RISK TAXPAYERS' FUNDS AND GIVING TAX BREAKS TO HUGE CORPORATIONS. AND REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE, I'M GOING TO TALK TO SOME MORE ABOUT DAVIS-BACON AND SOME OTHER THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. BUT I WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE HEAR FROM ANOTHER ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES AND FRIEND, MS. MARCY KAPTUR. AND WHEN SHE TALKS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN OHIO, SHE WORKS WITH PEOPLE WHO WORKS IN MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION AND SHE HAS SOME THINGS THAT WILL HELP OUR STATE AND OUR COUNTRY.

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  • 08:04:44 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    AND THANK YOU, AS MY COLLEAGUE WAS JUST MENTIONING, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A…

    AND THANK YOU, AS MY COLLEAGUE WAS JUST MENTIONING, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN A CHAMPION ON THESE ISSUES NOR DECADES, SOMEONE WHO GETS IT AND SPEAKS ON THESE ISSUES NOT JUST WITH HER HEAD, BUT WITH HER HEART. AND NOW THE CLIMATE HAS EVOLVED SOME OF THESE ISSUES, SOME PEOPLE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT WHAT SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT FOR QUITE A WHILE HAS BEEN CORRECT. LET ME YIELD TO PART OF OUR FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE, YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE KAPTUR?

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  • 08:05:29 PM

    MS. KAPTUR

    IDEAS THAT YOU BRING HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY AND TALKING ABOUT THE…

    IDEAS THAT YOU BRING HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY AND TALKING ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR COUNTRY AND MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE BILL AND APPROPRIATE DURING THIS INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK. THE WHOLE VITAL WEEK, THE PLAN AND INVESTING IN THOSE WHO WILL MODERNIZE AMERICA TRANSLATES INTO GOOD JOBS AND PROGRESS FOR AMERICA THAT CONGRESSMAN BOYLE HAS TALKED ABOUT. WHEN WE THINK OF INFRASTRUCTURE, LOTS OF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ROADS AND BRIDGES AND WE NEED ATTENTION TO THOSE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND SO MANY OF OUR NATION. THE ROAD I LIVE HAS A BIG SINK HOPE HOLE. AND MANY ARE IN THE POOR AND THEY ESTIMATE THAT THE AVERAGE OHIO DRIVER PAYS AN EXTRA $475 FROM DRIVING ON ROADS NEEDING REPAIR. I PAID 500 FOR A FRONT END FOR HITTING A BIG POTHOLE. LET ME URGE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE ADMINISTRATION NOT TO LIMIT THEIR THINKING ON AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. INFRASTRUCTURE SHOULD BE ABOUT OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES FOR SURE, BUT IT SHOULD GO FAR BEYOND THAT FOR MODERNIZING THE NATION. I TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY AMERICA'S RESPONSIBILITY TO MODERNIZE THE COUNTRY FOR THIS NEW CENTURY. OUR ENERGY GRID DESPERATELY NEEDS AN UPDATE AND POWER OUTAGES ATTEST TO THAT. OUR WATERWAYS NEED HELP AND JUST IN OHIO, IT WILL COST $12.2 BILLION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. AS HARD AS IT IS TO FATHOM AND I'M SURE THE PRESIDENT HASN'T READ THE FINE PRINT, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET OFFICE HAS PROPOSED TO VITAL IN OUR VAST REGIONON. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE WANTS TO PEOPLE WHO HELP PEOPLE IN FLINT, MICHIGAN. IT'S A BOTH AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE FUNDING IN THE GREAT LAKES INITIATIVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE WATER ISSUES CONFRONTING THE GREAT LAKES WHEREAL GEORGIA BLOOMS. OUR WATERWAYS, OUR DRINKING WATER IS PART OF OUR VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE. JUST ON LAKE ERIE, THEY NEED THE FRESH WATER AND THE SYSTEMS ARE VERY OLD. SOME ESTIMATE, CITIES ARE LOSING 30% OR MORE OF THE WATER DISTRIBUTION UNDERGROUND BECAUSE OF AGING PIPELINES. WE TRULY NEED TO LOOK ABOVE THE GROUND AND UNDERNEATH IT. THROUGH MANY OF THE COUNTIES THAT I REPRESENT, THERE ARE OLD SEPTIC SYSTEMS IN PLACE AND 74% ARE LEAKING AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROBLEMS WE ARE HAVING. THESE COMMUNITIES NEED A HELPING HAND AND EXTRA FINANCING TO PUT THEIR WASTE WATER SYSTEMS INTO COMPLIANCE. I HAVE PROPOSED A BILL FOR A 21ST SENT BILL FOR AND WE NEED TO PLAN 20 MILLION TREES TO REPLACE THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY INVASIVE SPECIES. WE REPRESENT URBAN COMMUNITIES AND MANY OF THOSE HAVE HOUSING THAT IS 100 YEARS OLD, SOME OLDER, LITTLE BIT LESS. WE COULD PLACE NEW ROOFS ON MILLIONS OF HOUSES AND BRING UP THE YOUNGER GENERATION AND ALSO, WINDOWS AND INSULATION, IF WE LOOK AT THE CONDITION OF AMERICA'S HOUSING STAFF AFTER 2008, IF WE LOOK AT SAVINGS AMERICANS MONEY THAT THEY SERVE ON ENERGY, WE COULD REALLY HELP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND AS WE HELP TO IMPROVE AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, I BELIEVE HOUSING HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS REGARD ESPECIALLY WITH ENERGY CONSERVATION. AS I CLOSE MY REMARKS TONIGHT AND I THANK CONGRESSMAN BOYLE AND CONGRESSMAN VEASEY AND NOT ONLY TO WORK WITH THEM, AMERICANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR US AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THEM A HELPING HAND UP. AND I KNOW WORKING TOGETHER ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WE CAN PRODUCE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THAT THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN WAITING FOR THAT CONGRESSMAN BOYLE HAS BEEN SAYING FOR DECADES. OUR MAYORS AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WORK HAND IN HAND WITH US AND AMERICANS WOULD APPLAUD WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO HERE IN ORDER TO HELP OUR COUNTRY REBUILD ITSELF IN THIS NEW CENTURY. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 08:11:26 PM

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    KAPTUR, AND I MENTIONED AT THE BEGINNING OF MY REMARKS.

  • 08:11:35 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    WEEK ON MONDAY MORNING AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ONE OF THOSE…

    WEEK ON MONDAY MORNING AT PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO JOINED ME IS THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, SOMEONE WHO PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUES THAT MOST CONCERN THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS AND SOMEONE WHO CAN SPEAK ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE FROM MANY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES, I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY , MR. NORCROSS.

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  • 08:12:14 PM

    MR. NORCROSS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I APPRECIATE THAT KIND INTRODUCTION AND IT WAS A…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I APPRECIATE THAT KIND INTRODUCTION AND IT WAS A REMARKABLE TIME SITTING AT OUR AIRPORT AND HOW WE DEPEND ON SAFE, SECURE TRAVEL IN THOSE AIRPORTS RUINED THE COUNTRY AND MARK AND BREND AND, THANK YOU FOR THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS AND BRINGING TO ISSUES THAT AT TIMES WE AS A NATION MIGHT HAVE FORGOTTEN QUITE FRANKLY. THOSE WHO WORK WITH THEIR HANDS. GOING TO WORK AND HAVING A JOB, TAKING CARE OF YOUR FAMILY AND FOCUSING ON THAT IS SO IMPORTANTMENT MYSELF INVOLVED WITH THE BUILDING TRADES' CAUCUS AND SOMETHING THAT IS NEAR AND DEAR TO EVERYBODY'S HEART. IT ITS IS CALLED INFRASTRUCTURE. PEOPLE ARE THINKING WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR COUNTRY. THE T WORD, NOT DONALD TRUMP. BUT A TRILLION DOLLARS AND WE NEED IT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. INFRASTRUCTURE MEANS MANY THINGS TO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE IN FLINT, MICHIGAN, THAT'S ABOUT HAVING CLEAN WATER AND THE PIPES NEED TO SHALL REPLACED. BUT IF WE THINK BACK, ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT IT DURING THE EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION IS BUILDING THAT INTERSTATE SYSTEM CONNECTING COASTS, CONNECTING CITIES, CONNECTING STATES AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN SO IMPORTANT TO US. BUT APPARENTLY NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO KEEP AND MAINTAIN. I'M VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE SYSTEMS THAT WE HAVE. I WENT TO THE OTHER FOUR YEARLY SCHOOL, APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM WHERE I SPENT FOUR YEARS IN AFTER GRADUATING AND WORKING UP AND DOWN THE DELAWARE RIVER ON REFINERIES, ON BRIDGES AND OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS IN . AND BECAUSE OF MANY OTHERS, WE NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THE DIGNITY OF THE JOB IS SO IMPORTANT. WE HAVE 211 ATTORNEYS HERE IN THE CONGRESS, BUT ONLY ONE ELECTRICIAN. ONLY ONE CARPENTER, ONE IRON WORKER AND ONE PAINTER. DIVERSITY COMES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZER, THERE ARE ATTORNEYS, FARMERS AND DOCTORS, BRAGE THOSE EXPERIENCES IN THIS FLOOR TO REMEMBER WHY WE ARE HERE AND ANYBODY WHO DROVE ON A ROAD TO GET HERE TODAY UNDERSTANDS WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE MEANS. BUT SOMEHOW, WE HAVEN'T PAID ATTENTION. WE HAD THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS BRIEF US TO THE BUILDING TRADES CAUCUS ON THE GREAT HEART THAT THEY GIVE EACH AND EVERY YEAR. AVIATION, BRIDGES A C PLUS, AND TRANSIT A D. THE OVERALL REPORT CARD WAS A D. IF I HAD COME WITH A D ON MY REPORT CARD, I KNOW WHAT MY PARENTS WOULD HAVE DONE TO ME. AND THE VERY INFRASTRUCTURE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN ACCEPTABLE. WELL, IT'S NOT. WE ARE DEFERRING THIS PROBLEM TO THE NEXT GENERATION. WHEN WE OWE THEM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF TURNING OVER OUR WORLD TO THEM, IT WILL BE IN BETTER SHAPE NOT WORST SHAPE. . SO WHEN WITH WE LOOK AT THAT INVESTMENT, IT DOES SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST TO FIX THE VERY PROBLEMS WE LOOK AT EACH AND HE WAS DAY. IT'S ABOUT A JOB. WHAT BETTER WAY TO PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK THAN FIXING OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE? AND NOBODY DOES IT BETTER THAN THE BUILDING TRADES WHO HAVE TRAINING PROGRAMS SECOND TO NONE AND DOES NOT USE ONE DIME OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT. ALL FUNDED PRIVATELY. 15 DIFFERENT TRADES COMING TOGETHER TO FIX OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. IN ADDITION, THEY DO SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY SPECIAL. WE ALL KNOW THE FIGURE WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE WHO HAVE PUT THE UNIFORM ON, TO HELP PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. IT'S LESS THAN 1%. WE HAVE SO MANY OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE COMING HOME TODAY AND THERE'S A PROGRAM THAT THE BUILDING TRADES HAVE PUT TOGETHER CALLED HELMETS TO HARD HATS. TAKING THOSE WHO WANT TO COME HOME AND START A CAREER, TOOK THEIR HELMET OFF AND GO RIGHT INTO AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, PUT THE HARD HAT ON. WHAT BETTER WAY TO SAY TO THOSE VETERANS, YOU'RE WELCOME HOME, THAN TO GIVE THEM A JOB. BUT NOT JUST A JOB, A CAREER. SO, AS WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE DISCUSSIONS DAY TO DAY, THE T WORD IS ABOUT TRILLION DOLLARS. IT'S ABOUT PUTTING BACK INTO OUR COUNTRY THE INVESTMENT THAT IT'S DUE. AND AGAIN, TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR COMING HERE TODAY, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE REMEMBER THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DON'T NECESSARILY PUT ON A SUIT AND TIE, BUT HAVE THE DIGNITY OF GOING TO WORK EACH DAY AS WHETHER YOU COLLAR WORKERS AND WE'RE DAMN PROUD OF IT. THANK YOU.

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  • 08:17:59 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    THANK YOU. I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED WHEN I WAS INTRODUCING MR. NORCROSS,…

    THANK YOU. I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED WHEN I WAS INTRODUCING MR. NORCROSS, HE'S THE FOUNDER AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUILDING TRADES CAUCUS. AND WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THAT ONE ELECTRICIAN, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIMSELF. I UNDERSTAND FROM SOME OF HIS FORMER ELECTRICIAN BUDDIES HE WAS TOP-RATED ELECTRICIAN. SO SOMEONE WHO HAS LITERALLY WALKED THE WALK. I NOW GIVES ME A REAL PLEASURE -- IT NOW GIVES ME A REAL PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE SOMEONE WHO HAS REPRESENTED CHICAGO AND THE CHICAGOLAND AREA FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, SOMEONE WHO ALSO GETS IT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ISSUES THAT MOST CONCERN THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS, AND THEN SPECIFICALLY WHAT WE'RE ADDRESSING TONIGHT IN THE SPECIAL ORDER, THE NEED TO REINVEST IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. LIPINSKI.

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  • 08:18:54 PM

    MR. LIPINSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. BOYLE. I WANT TO SAY, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S AN HONOR TO FOLLOW…

    THANK YOU, MR. BOYLE. I WANT TO SAY, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S AN HONOR TO FOLLOW MR. NORCROSS, AS MR. BOYLE SAID, ONE OF THE VERY FEW IN THIS BODY WHO'S AN ACTUAL MEMBER OF THE BUILDING TRADE. I DIDN'T INTEND TO TALK ABOUT THIS ORIGINALLY, BUT I WANT TO SAY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL OF US IN THIS NATION GIVE MORE RESPECT TO THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TRADES AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE TRADES WHO HAVE BUILT THIS NATION. THESE ARE GREAT JOBS, PROVIDE A GOOD LIVING FOR FAMILIES, AND THEY'RE BUILDING OUR NATION. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO INTO THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TRADES. I USED TO TEACH COLLEGE. I WAS A COLLEGE PROFESSOR. BUT I KNOW WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY UNDERSTAND WHAT A GREAT LIFE THEY CAN HAVE, WHAT GREAT JOBS THESE ARE. IN THE TRADE. I WANT TO THANK MR. NORCROSS FOR THE WORK THAT HE'S DONE HELPING TO BUILD THIS NATION, AND NOW WORKING HERE IN CONGRESS. I WANT TO THANK MR. BOYLE AND MR. VEASEY FOR THEIR WORK ON THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO THINK WASHINGTON HAS FORGOTTEN THEM. MANY BLUE COLLAR MEN AND WOMEN WHO TURNED OUT IN THE ELECTION AND I THINK WERE MOTIVATED IN MANY WAYS BY THE FEELING THAT THEY'D BEEN FORGOTTEN. MANY OF THESE AS A BLUE -- ARE THE BLUE COLLAR MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK SO HARD EVERY DAY. BUT WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO SAY, WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN. WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT YOU ARE TO OUR NATION. AND THE WORK THAT YOU DO. AND ESPECIALLY TONIGHT TO TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THE WORK YOU DO BUILDING AND REPAIRING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS TO ALL OF US. THERE ARE A LOT OF -- A LOT OF INFRASTRUCTURE WE HAVE IN THIS NATION THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. AND TO BE BUILT. MS. KAPTUR TALKED ABOUT MANY OF THESE DIFFERENT AREAS. ONE OF THEM, OF COURSE, IS IN DRINKING WATER AND SEWERS. SO MUCH OF IT IS BUILT RIGHT AFTER EITHER THE EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY OR AFTER WORLD WAR II AND NOW IS DETERIORATING. I HEAR STORIES FROM SOME OF MY MUNICIPALITIES BACK HOME SAYING THAT THEY'RE AFRAID THE PIPES ARE COMPLETELY GONE. THE WATER RIGHT NOW IS JUST RUNNING THROUGH THE HOLE THAT WAS LEFT FROM THE PIPES. SO, THERE'S SO MUCH INFRASTRUCTURE WE NEED TO BUILD. I WANT TO FOCUS ESPECIALLY TONIGHT ON TRANSPORTATION. I SIT ON THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED THAT HE WOULD HAVE A $1 TRILLION BILL TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE. I THINK IT'S CRITICAL THAT IN THESE DAYS, WHERE WE HAVE SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WE ARE FOCUSED ON, THAT WE DON'T FORGET AND WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE FACT THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. FOCUSING ON TRANSPORTATION, WE ALL KNOW, WE ALL, YOU KNOW, NEED OUR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET ANYWHERE WE'RE GOING. YOU GET UP IN THE MORNING, YOU TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL, YOU GO TO WORK, YOU'RE GOING TO THE STORE. YOU'RE GOING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY. ANYWHERE YOU GO YOU NEED THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE. IF IT WASN'T THERE, YOU COULDN'T GET THERE. SO, WE'RE TALKING NOT JUST ABOUT ROADS AND BRIDGES, TALKING ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSIT. PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS IN MANY OF OUR BIG CITIES ARE CRUMBLING. WE KNOW THAT IN CHICAGO, WE KNOW ALL THE PROBLEMS RIGHT NOW FROM THAT CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. SOMETHING WE OFTENTIMES DON'T THINK ABOUT IS PUBLIC TRANSIT. HOW CRITICAL IT IS. HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS. SO LET'S REMEMBER ALL OF THAT. LET'S REMEMBER THE SIDEWALKS, THE BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHS. EVERYTHING THAT GETS PEOPLE TO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. SO EVERYBODY KNOWS THE PROBLEMS THAT IS WE FACE. EVERYONE KNOWS IN THEIR DAILY LIVES WHAT WE NEED TO DO, HOW MUCH INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS WORK. CHICAGO'S OFTENTIMES LABELED THE MOST CONGESTED CITY IN AMERICA. IT'S NOT NUMBER ONE, IN THE TOP THREE. SO WE KNOW, PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW IT. WE NEED TO DO THIS WORK. WE DO THIS WORK, WE'RE PUTTING -- FIRST OF ALL, WE'RE PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK IMMEDIATELY. BUILDING THE ROADS, BRIDGES, REPAIRING THE INFRASTRUCTURE, THE RAILS. ALSO WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT OUR -- THE LOCKS AND DAMS ON OUR INLAND WATERWAYS, THINGS THAT MANY OF US NEVER SEE, BECAUSE WE JUST PASS OVER OUR WATERWAYS ON THE ROAD, ON BRINGS AND DON'T EVEN SEE THE VITAL -- BRIDGES AN DON'T SEEN SEE THE VITAL WATERWAYS THAT -- AND DON'T EVEN SEE THE VIRAL -- VITAL WATERWAYSES THAT PLAY A ROLE IN OUR COUNTRY. AND THE PORTS. PUT PEOPLE TO WORK IMMEDIATELY, BUT ALSO WHAT'S IMPORTANT, BESIDES THE FACT IT HELPS US GET AROUND, GET TO WHEREVER WE'RE GOING EVERY DAY, IT ALSO MAKES OUR ECONOMY MORE EFFICIENT. IT MAKES AMERICAN BUSINESS MORE EFFICIENT. -- EFFICIENT. IF WE HAVE AN EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN OUR COUNTRY, AMERICAN BUSINESSES IS MORE EFFICIENT. THAT'S WHY SO MANY OF THEM, INCLUDING THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HAS BEEN ON THIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THAT WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SO AMERICAN BUSINESS CAN THRIVE AND IF AMERICAN BUSINESS THRIVES, MORE AMERICANS GET HIRED BY BUSINESSES, NOT JUST BUILDING THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, NOT JUST WORKING ON IT, BUT ALL BUSINESSES IN AMERICA ARE MORE EFFICIENT, CAN HIRE MORE PEOPLE, IT MAKES OUR ECONOMY RUN. SO THIS IS SOMETHING CRITICAL. WITH EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT IS AND WE NEVER KNOW WHAT'S COMING DAY TO DAY. WE CANNOT FORGET, ALL THESE OTHER THINGS HAD ARE IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND LOOKING AT, BUT WE CANNOT FORGET. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THIS. WE NEED TO DO OUR WORK HERE. AND WE NEED TO PASS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. AND INCLUDING A BIG TRANSPORTATION COMPONENT TO THAT. SO WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THAT. NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON HERE, NO MATTER WHAT ELSE YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT, WE'RE HERE TO SAY WE NEED TO DO THIS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WE NEED TO DO THIS. IT HELPS ALL AMERICANS. ESPECIALLY THE BLUE COLLAR AMERICANS, THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR MANY YEARS IN OUR COUNTRY. AND ONE OTHER THING. PRESIDENT TRUMP TALKS ABOUT BUY AMERICAN. AND I'M HAPPY THAT HE CAME OUT LAST MONTH AND SAID HE'S GOING TO HAVE -- HE'S GOING TO LOOK -- THE ADMINISTRATION'S GOING TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN IMPROVE OUR BUY AMERICA AND BUY AMERICAN LAW. SO THAT WE -- WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUYS THINGS, THEY ARE GOING TO BUY AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS. BUT I HAVE TO SAY, IF WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY, I HAVE A BILL THAT I INTRODUCED, THE BUY AMERICA IMPROVEMENT ACT, WHICH CLOSES A LOT OF THE LOOPHOLESES THAT EXIST RIGHT NOW -- LOOPHOLES THAT EXIST RIGHT NOW IN OUR LAWS. IT EXTENDS BUY AMERICAN LAWS, DOMESTIC LAWS, TO PLACES, FEDERAL SPENDING THAT IT'S NOT APPLIED TO RIGHT NOW. FOR EXAMPLE, DRINKING WATER. AND THE STATE REVOLVING FUND FOR DRINKING WATER. SO IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE USE YOUR TAX DOLLARS, AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS, TO PUT AMERICANS TO WORK. SO IT'S GREAT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING AT WHAT CAN BE DONE, BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THIS BILL IS A BILL -- THE BUY AMERICA IMPROVEMENT ACT, WE CAN GET THIS DONE, GET THIS PASSED, GET THIS INTO LAW AND IT WILL HELP. WHEN WE PASS AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, IT WILL PUT MORE AMERICANS -- MAKE SURE AMERICANS ARE BEING PUT TO WORK WITH AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS. , SO I WANT TO AGAIN THANK -- SO, I WANT TO AGAIN THANK BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS AND MR. BOYLE, MR. VEASEY, FOR ALL THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. AND MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE FIGHTING FOR THEM, ESPECIALLY THOSE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS WHO THINK THEY'VE BEEN FORGOTTEN. YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN.

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  • 08:28:16 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    THANK YOU, MR. LIPINSKI. I APPRECIATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE BLUE COLLAR…

    THANK YOU, MR. LIPINSKI. I APPRECIATE YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN THE BLUE COLLAR CAWCULLS. YOU KNOW, -- CAUCUS. YOU KNOW, IN GOING THROUGH THIS ENTIRE DISCUSSION ON INFRASTRUCTURE, THERE'S A POINT THAT -- BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT WE COULD TALK ABOUT AS PART OF THIS, CERTAINLY I WOULD ENCOURAGE THOSE INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC TO READ THE REPORT OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS. IT IS AN OVERWHELMING CASE FOR WHY WE NEED AT LEAST A TRILLIONEN THIS DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. REALLY MAKING UP FOR DECADES UPON DECADES OF UNDERINVESTMENT IN OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. SO WE COULD CERTAINLY TALK ABOUT THAT. TALK ABOUT MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF IT. BUT I WANT TO -- IN THE FEW MINUTES THAT WE HAVE REMAINING, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ITS OVERALL EFFECT ON OUR COUNTRY. AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT DOLLARS AND CENTS. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT IN A TANGIBLE WAY. I MEAN SOMETHING THAT'S NOT TANGIBLE. THAT YOU CAN'T EXACTLY PUT YOUR FINGERS ON. AND THAT IS THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA. MR. SPEAKER, SOMETHING THAT AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN FOR IS OUR ETERNAL OPTIMISM. SO MUCH SO THAT IF YOU'RE FRIENDS WITH FOLKS IN EUROPE AND IN OTHER PLACES, THEY WOULD ALWAYS GENTLY MAKE FUN OF AMERICANS FOR BEING SO OPTIMISTIC. FOR OUR UNDENIABLE, UNENDING BELIEF IN THE POWER OF THE FUTURE. THAT TOMORROW WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER THAN TODAY. YET WE KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, IN RECENT TIMES TOO FEW AMERICANS ARE FEELING OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE. ALL THE POLLSES ARE SHOWING THAT -- POLLS ARE SHOWING THAT. A PRETTY DRAMATIC TURN IN JUST THE LAST 20, 30 YEARS IN HOW AMERICANS FEEL THEIR OWN PERSONAL FUTURES AND THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY. PART OF IT IS STAGNANT ECONOMIC WAGES AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT ON THE FLOOR AS A PREVIOUS BLUE CAUCUS HOUR AND PART OF IT IS THE SENSE THAT WE AREN'T BUILDING ANYMORE, 100 YEARS AGO, WE WERE BUILDING AND WE WERE LAUNCHING THE FIRST AIRPLANE, THAT 50 YEARS AGO, WE WERE GOING TO THE MOON AND THE EISENHOWER ERA, BUILDING THE BEST HEY WAYS, BUT WE DON'T BUILD ANYMORE. AND THAT GROWTH IS HAPPENING IN ASIAN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. JUST IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD DO, NOT JUST FOR THE ECONOMY AND OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD DO FOR THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA IF THEY SAW A TRILLION DOLLAR INFRASTRUCTURE BILL TAKE HOLD AND OUR ROADS BEING BUILT, IF THEY SAW THE INVESTMENTS THAT WE CAN MAKE IN OUR MASS TRANSIT AND INTERCITY RAIL. I REPRESENT A DISTRICT IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR. I MET WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTHEAST PROJECT, TO TAKE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS IN JAPAN AND BUILD IT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND GET FROM NEW YORK CITY TO MY DISTRICT IN PHILADELPHIA IN A HALF HOUR AND GET FROM MY DISTRICT TO WASHINGTON, D.C., IN ONE HOUR. THEY WOULD HAVE A GREAT EFFECT. AND JAPAN INVENTED THE TECHNOLOGY. SO MAKING SURE WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, ACHIEVING SOMETHING WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORKING TOGETHER WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION, WE WOULD SEND SUCH A SIGNAL BEYOND THE SUBSTANCE OF THE ISSUE ITSELF. I BELIEVE THAT WE WOULD HAVE A DRAMATIC EFFECT IN IMPROVING THE WAY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THEIR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING THAT THE JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED, LITERALLY OVER 1 MILLION JOBS BY A $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, I WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE IN HIGH-PAYING JOBS AND WHY THE DAVIS-BACON ACT IS LINKED TO THAT AND KNOWING THAT MY CHAIRMAN WILL SPEAK ABOUT THAT AND I TURN IT OVER TO HIM TO SPEAK ABOUT THAT ISSUE. AND MAY BE MY LAST TIME SPEAKING ON THIS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR PASSION ON THIS ISSUE AND I APPEAL TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, PLEASE WORK WITH US ON THIS ISSUE. IT IS, I BELIEVE, THE SINGLE BEST WAY WE COULD UNITE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND IT IS SOMETHING WE MUST GET DONE AND PUT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND OVER A MILLION AMERICANS BACK TO WORK AND IT IS CRITICALLY NEEDED TODAY AND TOMORROW AND EVEN DURING THIS TIME, TO WORK WITH US ON THIS ISSUE AND FOUR MONTHS AFTER TAKING OFFICE, UNVEIL YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN. AND I YIELD TO MR. VEASEY. SEES VEES I THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE. YOUR POINTS ARE SO IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT THOSE THINGS DURING INFRASTRUCTURE WEG WEEK AND THE BLUE COLLAR WEEK AND THE ROLE THAT IT IS PLANNING OUT IN A LOT OF THESE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE TALKED ABOUT. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. IF WE HAD THE PROGRAM AND WE COULD PUT THE UNITED STATES BACK ON A PRE-RECESSION JOB GROWTH PATH AND SOME PEOPLE SAY CREATE CLOSE TO 11 MILLION JOBS. INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING TODAY, THAT'S WHAT WE SPEND ON INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING RIGHT NOW IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 15.5 MILLION FOR DIRECT AND INDIRECT U.S. JOBS. AND SALARIES OF $68,000 PER YEAR. THAT IS 28% ABOVE THE MEDIAN INCOME. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE ADDS MORE INDIRECT JOBS IN THE MANUFACTURING, LOW GIST TIES, TRANSPORTATION AND STEEL, GLASS AND CONCRETE GET THE JOBS GROWING IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, MORE THAN HALF OF THE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS WILL GO TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS. IF WE CAN GIVE THEM A JOB, SO MANY OF OUR YOUNG MEN WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN INCARCERATIONS' SYSTEM, THAT WE COULD FIND THEM A JOB AND NOT LEFT BEHIND IN CHANGES DUE TO ECONOMIC FACTORS AND HELP THOSE YOUNG MEN. AND ACCORDING TO THE SAME ANALYSIS, JOBS AND OCCUPATIONS THAT ARE EXPECTED TO GROW ARE PAID MORE THAN TYPICAL WAGES FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT JOBS WHICH REQUIRE HIGHER LEVELS OF EDUCATION OFFER GREATER OPPORTUNITIES. WITH -- THEY PROVIDE HIGHER EARNINGS. THE PLUS COLLAR CAUCUS ADVOCATES MORE JOBS AND BETTER QUALITY JOOBS. I HEARD PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THE CARD TABLE AND PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE GOOD JOBS WERE. AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT HOW TO CREATE MORE OF THOSE. DAVIS-BACON ACT, HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS. AND WE SHOULD BE TROUBLED. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT GOOD-PAYING JOBS, WE SHOULD BE TROUBLED THAT CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN STEPS TO REPEAL THE DAVIS PATRIOTICON ACT. AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHY IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,, WE START TALKING ABOUT THESE TERMS AND THE PEOPLE IN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THEY KNOW WHAT DAVIS-BACON IS. PEOPLE DON'T COME UP TO ME AT THE DOLLAR STORE IN FORT WORTH AND SAY, HEY, MAC, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO PROTECT DAVIS BACON. BUT THEY SAY HOW ARE WE GOING TO PUT MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS. AND THAT'S WHERE THE REPUBLICANS FAIL. THE ACT REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN CONTRACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR CARRYING OUT PAY THEIR LABOR ORSERS THE PREVAILING WAGES FOR THE AREA. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, PUTTING MORE MONEY IN YOUR POCKET AND FOOD AND PAYING THE LIGHT BILL OR CAR BILL OR MAKING THAT TRUCK PAYMENT. ARE I WANT TO SELL MORE CARS. AND YOU GET THAT WITH THE PREVAILING WAGE RATES THAT REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO DO AWAY WITH AND EVERYBODY NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND. ENSURING WORKERS ARE PAID A FAIR WAGE ESPECIALLY FOR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS. IT PROVIDES PROTECTIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THE TAXPAYERS AND ENSURE THAT ALL CONTRACTORS WHO ARE BIDDING WILL PAY FAMILY-SUPPORTING WAGES AND PROJECTS WILL BE BUILT TO THE HIGHIST STANDARDS BY SKILLED, SAFE AND WELL TRAINED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. STUDIES HAVE KNOWN SHOWN THAT DAFLSE BACON WAGE PROTECTIONS DO NOT INCREASE TAXPAYERS' COST. THAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WILL HEAR FROM REPUBLICANS AND DOWNTOWN BUSINESS INTERESTS AND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME INCOME EQUALITY. AND DAVIS-BACON DRAWS UP WAGES. AND I THINK THAT'S AG DOGGONE SHAME. FAIRLY PLAYED CRAFTSMEN AND AED VALUE AND DAVIS-BACON MUST BE INCLUDED. REPEAL WOULD DID HE REESE THE QUALITY OF BLUE COLLAR JOBS AND THAT IS A LOSS WE CANNOT AFFORD AND WOULD HE DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF HOME YOU TAKE HOME. AND HOWEVER YOU LOOK FOR THAT DIRECT COMPANY AND MAKE THOSE BILLS. IF WE WE REAL DAVIS-BACON, YOU WILL NOT BE MACKING THOSE BILLS AND LET YOUR HE CONGRESSMAN KNOW THAT YOU WANT THESE REVAILING WAGES AND IT WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR YOUR FAMILY. ANOTHER AREA THAT THE BLUE COLLAR CAUCUS HAS TALKED ABOUT, ANOTHER AREA THAT WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AND THE CONGRESS SHOULD PRESS FORWARD IN GREAT SPEED IS THE BUY AMERICA PROVISIONS. THEY HAVE TO BE IN ANY INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE THAT WE PASS. BUY AMERICA GERMLY REQUIRES PROJECTS CARRIED OUT BY STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT THEY U.S. MANMADE IRON AND STEEL AND OTHER MANUFACTURED GOODS BE MADE RIGHT HERE IN THE GOOD ORN LE U.S.A. THEY ARE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY AND ENSURING THAT THESE PROJECTS ARE MADE WITH QUALITY AMERICAN-MADE GOODS MEANS WE GET PE BETTER VALUE AND OUR OWN PEOPLE TO WORK. ALL OF THIS MEANS MORE AND BETTER JOBS FOR HARD-WORKING AMERICANS OUT THERE. AS WE SET ABOUT READ BUILDING AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE BUILDING AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE AND NOT JUST THE CORPORATE INTSDZ IN THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT NICK INQUALITY. PRODUCTIVITY IS UP. AND PEOPLE'S PAYCHECKS ARE STAGNANT AND THERE IS PAIN BECAUSE THEY SEE THE TECHNOLOGY, BUT DON'T SEE THEIR PAYCHECKS GETTING ANY FATTER BUT THEY FIND THEMSELVES SFRUG WILLING MORE AND MORE AND MORE. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE BOYLE JUST FOR BEING AN ADD ROW INDICATE FOR THE HARD-WORKING CITIZENS IN THE DISTRICT AND BEING A VOICE. AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THAT CAME OUT TONIGHT, MARCY KAPTUR AND WE KNOW THIS IS IMPORTANT AND WE HAVE TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO LET THE AMERICAN WORKER FAIL OR LET THE AMERICAN WORKER DOLLAR NOT GROW WELL. WE SEE AN ECONOMY GOING WELL AND CORPORATE AMERICA GETTING RICH WITH THE AVERAGE EVERY DAY AMERICAN, THIS CONTINUES TO FALL FURTHER AND FURTHER BEHIND. IT HAS TO END. AND CONGRESS HAS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND I'M GLAD THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE HUPES HAS TAKEN THE LEAD OL THIS ISSUE.

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    WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

  • 08:43:37 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION?

  • 08:43:43 PM

    MR. BOYLE

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY CONGRESSIONAL CAREER, I MOVE TO ADJOURN.

  • 08:43:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO ADJOURN. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR DEBATE.

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    DEBATE.

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