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House Session - May 23, 2017

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

Speakers:
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  • 10:00:33 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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  • 10:00:41 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

    THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 23, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE MR. DAVIDSON TO -- TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:01:03 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 10:01:07 AM

    THE SECRETARY

    A MESSAGE. THE SECRETARY: MR. SPEAKER, I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF…

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

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  • 10:01:17 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 10:01:18 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:01:54 AM

    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT A TRULY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HIGHLIGHT A TRULY WONDERFUL BUSINESS K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES. I HAD THE HONOR TO GO TO K.C.F. AS THEY HIT A MILESTONE OF HIRING THEIR 50TH EMPLOYEE. IT WAS FOUNDED BY THREE PENN STATE RESEARCHERS, GARY, WI AND FRANK. IT'S A PRIVATE COMPANY AND EMPLOYEE OWNED. THIS FOCUSES ON PUTTING INVENTIONS TO WORK IN THE INDUSTRIAL WORLD. ITS STAFF DEVELOPS AND COMMERCIALIZES PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS FOR INDUSTRY AND THE MILITARY. K.C.F. SPECIALIZES IN ENERGY SENSORS, UNDERWATER NAVIGATION AND MART MATERIAL DEVICES. ITS SCHOOL IS TO BRING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES TO LIFE TO MAKE THINGS WE WORK AND LIVE WITH SMARTER. K.C.F. IS NOT ONLY EXPANDING ITS WORK FORCE BUT ITS REVENUES HAVE GROWN AT AN AVERAGE ANNUAL RATE OF MORE THAN 60%, AND OVER 500% SINCE 2005. IT SET A LOFTY GOAL THIS YEAR, TO SAVE ITS CUSTOMERS $100 MILLION IN 2017. AND K.C.F. IS PASSIONATELY WORKING TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. OUTSIDE OF ITS STATE COLLEGE HEADQUARTERS, THERE'S A THERMOMETER SIGN TO TRACK PROGRESS. WALLS WITHIN THE FACILITY IS ADORNED WITH THE POSTER. AS K.C.F. SAVES MONEY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THE THERMOMETER REFLECTS THAT PROGRESS BY FILLING UP. K.C.F. TECHNOLOGY NOT ONLY CARES ABOUT GIVING BACK TO ITS CUSTOMERS BUT THEY GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. EMPLOYEES EXCHANGED THEIR WORK DAY TO VOLUNTEER AT CENTERPIECE. CENTERPIECE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1994 WITH THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING A WHOLESOME WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR CENTER COUNTY INMATES. IT OPERATES THE LARGEST USED FURNITURE RECYCLING PROJECT IN THE COUNTY, WHICH PREVENTS TONS OF ITEMS FROM ENDING UP IN THE LANDFILLS. INMATES REPAIR AND RESTORE ELECTRONICS AND FURNITURE, TAKE CLASSES TO IMPROVE THEIR LIFE SKILLS AND LEARN HOW TO HANDLE CONFLICT. K.C.F. TECHNOLOGIES IS WORKING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS. THANKS TO RESEARCH FUNDED BY THE U.S. ARMY TELEMEDICINE AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. IT IS FULLY RESEARCHING AND DEVELOPING SELF-POWERED PROSTHETIC DEVICES AND THE PYLON FOR USE WITH LEG PROSTHESIS. THESE ELECTRONIC MECHANICAL DEVICES MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR EVERY AMPUTEE IN EVERY WALK OF LIFE. AND TODAY WITH MIKE THOMPSON OF CALIFORNIA WILL INTRODUCE A BILL THAT WILL CURVE MEDICARE FRAUD WHEN IT COMES TO DOCTORS OF PROSTHETICS. WE MAKE SURE THAT C.M.S. STOPS ALLOWING THESE ONLICENSE OPERATIONS TO APPLY FOR AND COLLECT FEDERAL PAYMENTS. AS A FORMER CERTIFIED THERAPIST AND LICENSING HOME NURSING ADMINISTRATOR, I KNOW THE IMPORTANT PORNS OF SAFE PRODUCTS THAT'S NEEDED. WHEN THEY RECEIVE THESE SERVICES, BOTH MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES AND THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ARE SHORTCHANGED. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN MEDICARE OR THODICS AND PROSTHETICS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:05:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:05:54 AM

    MR. KENNEDY

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS AREN'T ASKING FOR MUCH. THE ABILITY TO PUT AN…

    MR. SPEAKER, AMERICANS AREN'T ASKING FOR MUCH. THE ABILITY TO PUT AN HONEST DAY'S WORK AND PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY'S BASIC NEEDS. THE CHANCE TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WITHOUT FACING A SERIES OF IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES -- FOOD OR MEDICATION. MORTGAGE OR YOUR CAR REPAIR. A BUS PASS OR SCHOOL SUPPLIES. IN OTHER WORDS, THE BASIC ECONOMIC DIGNITY THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY DESERVES. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THAT THEIR BUDGET IS ABOUT DIGNITY. HERE'S WHAT THIS BUDGET DOESN'T UNDERSTAND. BIG NIT CAN BE THREATENED BY SOMETHING BEYOND YOUR CONTROL -- BY DISABILITY, BY JOB LOSS, BY ILLNESS, BY ACCIDENT, ABOUT AUTOMATION. BY A GOVERNMENT THAT SHAMES YOU FOR NEEDING A LITTLE HELP WHEN YOU'RE DEALT A TOUGH HAND. BY THE PAIN OF HAVING TO SEND YOUR KID TO SCHOOL KNOWING THAT HE'S NOT GOING TO HAVE THE LUNCH MONEY THAT HE NEEDS. COUNTLESS AMERICAN FAMILIES BATTLE THESE DAILY HEART BREAKS AND SMALL INJUSTICES WITH THEIR HEADS HELD HIGH. FOR THOSE FAMILIES, THIS BUDGET DOESN'T SEE THEM FOR THEIR DIGNITY BUT USE THEM WITH DISGRACE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:07:23 AM

    HE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FAZZO, FOR FIVE…

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. FAZZO, FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MR. FASO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:07:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    MINUTES. -- MR. FASO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 10:07:32 AM

    MR. FASO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES. TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE TWO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES. TODAY I RISE TO CONGRATULATE TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES, CRAFT BREWERIES, WITHIN THE 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN NEW YORK STATE. THESE TWO LOCAL BREWERIES, BREWERY ON THE GANG, LOCATED IN COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK, AND ANOTHER LOCATED IN SULLIVAN, NEW YORK, TIED FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE TASTE OF NEW YORK INAUGURAL CRAFT BEER CHALLENGE IN MANHATTAN. THIS COMPETITION WAS HELD ON MAY 17 AND WAS ANNOUNCED THEN IN NEW YORK CITY. 70 BREWERIES FROM ACROSS THE STATE PARTICIPATED IN THE CRAFT BEER CHALLENGE. BEERS WERE SELECTED BY SUCH FOODIE FAVORITES LIKE CHEF MARIO AND MANY OTHER NOTABLES IN THE NEW YORK FOOD BUSINESS. NEW YORK HAS CLEARLY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AND HAS THE 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT AS A CRAFT BEER DESTINATION. WE ARE ESPECIALLY PROUD OF OUR LOCAL UPSTATE CRAFT BREWERIES WHICH SUPPORT OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, JOBS, FARMS AND TOURISM. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AND TO CONGRATULATE THESE TWO FINE ESTABLISHMENTS WITHIN THE 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. MR. SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES, I'M ALSO PLEASED TODAY TO CONGRATULATE MY PREDECESSOR IN CONGRESS, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS GIBSON, FOR HIS WONDERFUL SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO CONGRESS. CHRIS WILL SOON BE HONORED BY THE COLUMBIA COUNTY ASSOCIATION IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AS MAN OF THE YEAR. I'VE KNOWN CHRIS FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND I'M BLESSED TO CALL HIM AND HIS FAMILY INSIDE NEIGHBORS IN THE VILLEAGE OF KENDRAHOOK WHERE WE BOTH LIVE. HE EXEMPLIFIES SERVICE IN ITS MANY FORMS. CHRIS IS A PROUD PATRIOT. HE SERVED 24 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, RISING TO THE RANK OF COLONEL. HE'S A HIGHLY DECORATED VETERAN WHO RECEIVED NOT ONLY THE BRONZE STAR BUT THE PURPLE HEART DURING HIS COMBAT DEPLOYMENTS. HE WAS DEPLOYED SEVEN TIMES, INCLUDING FOUR COMBAT TOURS IN IRAQ. HE MADE GREAT SACRIFICES, AS DID HIS FAMILY, AND HE FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM. AS THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN, HE CONTINUED TO FIGHT FOR THE CITIZENS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK. HE SERVED THREE TERMS IN THE 19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, FULFILL HIS PLEDGE TO SELF-IMPOSE TERM LIMITS. HIS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES WERE NATIONAL SECURITY, OUR VETERAN COMMUNITY AND COMBATING LYME DISEASE. HE ALWAYS HAD HIS FELLOW CITIZENS' BEST INTERESTS AT HEART. CHRIS GIBSON WAS ALSO A SCHOLAR. HE GRADUATED FROM SEAN COLLEGE IN LOUDONVILLE, NEW YORK, WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS ROTC COMMISSION. HE WENT ON TO SERVE NOT ONE BUT TWO MASTERS DEGREES AT CORNELL PLUS A PH.D. IN GOVERNMENT FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY. HE WAS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR FOR THREE YEARS, TEACHING CADETS AT WEST POINT AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY. TODAY HE CONTINUES HIS LOVE OF TEACHING AT WILLIAMS COLLEGE AS A VISITING PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP STUDIES. I AM PROUD TO CALL CHRIS GIBSON MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, AND IT IS CLEAR TO ANYONE THAT KNOWS HIM THAT HE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN ALL OF HIS PURSUITS. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD MY FULL STATEMENT HONORING MY COLLEAGUE, CHRIS GIBSON. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:10:55 AM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR.…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:11:01 AM

    MR. GREEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO THE MANY WHO HAVE CALLED. I RISE TO THANK PEOPLE FOR THE KINDNESS THAT THEY HAVE SHOWN. I RISE TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST, DEEPEST, MOST DEEPEST HEART-FELT APPRECIATION FOR THOSE WHO'VE HAD THE COLONEL TO STAND UP TO HATRED, -- COURAGE TO STAND UP TO HATRED, TO STAND UP TO BIGOTRY. I RISE, MR. SPEAKER, TO SAY THANK YOU. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THOSE WHO ARE IN LEADERSHIP. I ESPECIALLY THANK TWO PERSONS -- REPRESENTATIVE CLYBURN AND BENNIE THOMPSON. THEY CALLED ME TO GIVE ME BEST ADVICE HOW TO PROCEED. FOR THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW, SOME VERY UGLY THINGS HAVE BEEN SAID. BUT THEY ARE NOT IN ANY WAY COMPARABLE TO THE MANY KIND WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED. SO THANK YOU TO ALL ON BEHALF OF MY STAFF, MANY OF WHOM ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING THIS AS THEIR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH CONGRESS. THANK YOU ON THEIR BEHALF. I ALSO, MR. SPEAKER, WANT TO EXPLAIN WHY SOME OF THESE UGLY THINGS ARE OCCURRING, AND THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IN MY OPINION WOULD BE TO USE THE WORDS OF J. PATRICK KENNY. J. PATRICK KENNY HAS WRITTEN A POEM CALLED "THE COLD WITHIN" AND THIS POEM SPEAKS TO THE EXTREME QUPIDITY IN THE WORLD. NOT STUPIDITY. IT SPEAKS TO THE HE CAN TEAM PRESTIGIOUS THAT SOME HAVE TO EN-- PREJUDICE THAT SOME HAVE TO ENDURE. IT SPEAKS TO THE ABUSE OF IT. J. PATRICK KENNY TALK ABOUT THE COLDEST NIGHT ON THE PLANET EARTH. THESE ARE HIS WORDS. SIX HUMANS TRAPPED BY HAPPENSTANCE IN BLACK AND BITTER COLD. EACH ONE POSSESSED THE STICK OF WOOD, OR SO THE STORY'S TOLD. THEIR DYING FIRE IN NEED OF LOGS. THE FIRST MAN HELD HIS BACK BECAUSE ON THE FACES AROUND THE FIRE HE NOTICED ONE WAS BLACK. THE NEXT MAN LOOKING ACROSS THE WAY SAW ONE NOT OF HIS CHURCH AND HE COULDN'T CONVINCE HIMSELF TO GIVE THE FIRE HIS STICK OF BERCH. THE THIRD MAN SAT WITH AT THAT TIMERED CLOTHES. HE GAVE HIS COAT A HITCH. WHY SHOULD HIS STICK OF WOOD BE PUT TO USE TO WARM THE IDLE RICH. AND THE RICH JUST SAT BACK AND THOUGHT ALL HE HAD IN STORE AND HOW TO KEEP WHAT HE HAD EARNED FROM THE LAZY, SHIFTLESS POOR. THE BLACK MAN'S FACE SPOKE OF REVENGE AS THE FIRE FADED FROM SIGHT. FOR ALL HE SAW IN HIS STICK OF WOOD WAS A CHANCE TO SPITE THE WHITE. AND THE LAST MAN OF THE FOR LORNE GROUP DID NOT ACCEPT FOR GAIN, GIVING ONLY TO THOSE WHO GAVE WAS HOW HE PLAYED THE GAME. THEIR LOGS HELD TIGHT IN DEATH STILL HANDS WAS PROOF OF HUMAN SIN, THEY DIDN'T DIE FROM THE COLD WITHOUT, THEY DIED FROM THE COLD WITHIN. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:14:21 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, -- THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, -- THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CARBAJAL, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:14:36 AM

    MR. CARBAJAL

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE BECAUSE THREE SHORT YEARS AGO THE ISLA VISTA…

    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE BECAUSE THREE SHORT YEARS AGO THE ISLA VISTA COMMUNITY IN MY DISTRICT WAS ROCKED BY AN ACT OF TRAGIC AND SENSELESS GUN VIOLENCE. A YOUNG MAN TOOK THE LIVES OF SIX STUDENTS AND INJURED 14 OTHERS. THAT DAY FAMILIES WERE TORN APART BY A KIND OF GRIEF THAT NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO EVER EXPERIENCE, THE LOSS OF A CHILD. THE TRAGEDY IN ISLA VISTA, WE REMEMBER TODAY, IS ONCE AGAIN A REMINDER OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF INACTION BY CONGRESS REGARDING THE EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE ACROSS OUR NATION. . FAR TOO OFTEN THERE ARE MANY RED FLAGS OF SOMEONE INTENDING TO HARM, TO DO HARM, BUT NO ONE CAN CONNECT THE DOTS. TODAY I INTRODUCE LEGISLATION WITH MY COLLEAGUES, CONGRESSWOMAN ESTY AND CONGRESSMAN BEYER, THAT WILL ALLOW FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES WHO SEE DISTURBING WARNING SIGNS THE ABILITY TO WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COURTS SO THAT THEY MAY HAVE -- SO -- SO THAT THEY MAY INTERVENE AND BERT PREVENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE. STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND CONNECTICUT HAVE LED THE WAY ON IMPORTANT MEASURES TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE. THIS BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE OTHER STATES TO ADOPT THESE PROVEN PREVENTIVE MEASURES. THE GUN VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER ACT WOULD HELP ENSURE THAT FAMILY MEMBERS CAN GO TO COURT TO SEEK A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ORDER TO TEMPORARILY STOP SOMEONE WHO POSES A THREAT TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS FROM PURCHASING OR POSSESSING A GUN. WHEN SOMEONE ALERTS LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN FAMILY THAT THEY WISH TO DO HARM TO THEMSELVES OR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, AS WAS THE CASE IN IDENTIFY LA -- ISLA VISTA. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE OF LAWMAKERS NOT TO GIVE JUDGES AND POLICE THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO ACT AND TO PASS THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION SO THAT NOT ONE MORE FAMILY MUST LIVE THROUGH THE NIGHTMARE THAT PARENTS EXPERIENCE IN ILA VISTA ON MARCH 23, 2014. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:17:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZINGS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. LARSON, FOR…

    THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZINGS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. LARSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:17:15 AM

    MR. LARSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PERMISSION TO REVISE AND EXTEND.

  • 10:17:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:25 AM

    MR. LARSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT NATIONAL SERVICE. I'M…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT NATIONAL SERVICE. I'M DELIGHTED AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THESE POSTERS TO BE STANDING NEXT TO PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND GENERAL MCCHRYSTAL. MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW THAT THIS MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 29, WOULD BE THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY. WHAT BETTER WAY TO REMEMBER HIS LEGACY THAN BY A CALL TO NATIONAL SERVICE. A CALL THAT'S BEEN ECHOED BY GENERAL MCCHRYSTAL AS WELL. I LOVE THE HEADLINE THAT SAYS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A MILITARY UNIFORM TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. PRESIDENT KENNEDY CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THE PEACE CORPS AT A TIME WHEN WE FACED NUCLEAR THREATS AND RISING CONCERN OF PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR ARMS. AT A TIME WHEN RUSSIA AS IT STILL IS TODAY, WAS A VERY STRONG ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT KENNEDY FELT WHAT THE UNITED STATES NEEDED TO DO WAS PUT THE BEST FACE ON TO THE REST OF THE WORLD WOULD BE TO ESTABLISH A PEACE CORPS AND SEND THE BRIGHTEST AND BEST ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. SO THAT THEY COULD REPRESENT THE VALUES OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. WHAT BETTER WAY TO DO THAT THAN THROUGH SERVING YOUR COUNTRY. BY MAKING SURE YOU'RE NOT ASKING WHAT YOUR COUNTRY COULD DO FOR YOU, BUT WHAT YOU, IN FACT, COULD DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. SO WE'RE PROPOSING A CONCEPT CALLED ACTION FOR NATIONAL SERVICE. ACTION SO THAT WE CAN ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY TO PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTARY SERVICE. WHETHER YOU SERVE IN THE MILITARY, VOLUNTARILY, THE GUARD OR NATIONAL RESERVE, OR WHETHER IT'S THE PEACE CORPS, AMERICORPS, VISTA, OR YOU'RE PART OF THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE IN ONE OF THE MANY AGENCIES THAT WORK TO PROVIDE A BETTER WORLD BOTH HERE AT HOME AND ABROAD. SO OUR GOAL IS VERY SIMPLE AND DIRECT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE AS GENERAL MCCHRYSTAL HAS OUTLINED, THAT BY 2026, WHICH WOULD BE THE 250TH BIRTHDAY OF THIS NATION, THAT WE HAVE A MILLION VOLUNTEERS ANNUALLY THAT ARE COMING IN TO SERVICE. AND PROVIDING AN INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE TO DO SO. VERY CLEAR AND SIMPLE. IF YOU SERVE YOUR COUNTRY, WE WILL HELP YOU GET THROUGH COLLEGE. IF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH COLLEGE AND YOU WANT TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY, IF YOU SERVE YOUR NATION, WE WILL FORGIVE YOUR COLLEGE DEBT. WE KNOW THAT IN ATTRACTING A MILLION PEOPLE TO PUBLIC SERVICE WE CAN DO GREAT GOOD ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RAISE THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE TO A CABINET LEVEL POSITION WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE, MORE THAN 400,000 MI LENIALS, WERE TURNED AWAY FROM -- MILLENNIALS, WERE TURNED AWAY FROM SERVING THEIR COUNTRY LAST YEAR. LESS THAN 1% OF THE NATION, INCLUDING ALL OF OUR MILITARY, AND THE PEACE CORPS, AND AMERICORPS AND VISTA COMBINED ACCOUNT FOR LESS THAN 1% OF THE NATION. HOW CAN A NATION LONG SURVIVE WITH A POPULATION OF 330 MILLION PEOPLE AND LESS THAN 1% OF ITS COUNTRYMEN SERVING THIS GREAT NATION OF OURS. THIS IS A NATIONAL CRISIS. AND AT A TIME WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ENCOURAGING AND NURTURING OUR GREAT DEMOCRACY, WE NEED OUR CITIZENS TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED. SO THAT'S WHY ON THURSDAY OF THIS WEEK WE'RE GOING TO BE ROLLING OUT A BILL THAT WILL DO JUST THAT. AND DO SO IN A MANNER THAT WILL ELEVATE THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE TO A CABINET LEVEL POSITION, CREATE THE GOAL OF ESTABLISHING A MILLION VOLUNTEERS ANNUALLY BY 2026, INCENTIVIZING THEM TO SERVE, SO IF YOU SERVE YOUR COUNTRY WE'LL FORGIVE YOUR DEBT. IF YOU SERVE YOUR CONTRY, WE'LL HELP YOU GO TO COLLEGE OR GET THE KIND OF TRAINING YOU NEED TO BE A PARTICIPANT WHILE ALSO GAINING THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE AND THE VALUES THAT COME FROM COMMUNITY SERVICE. JOIN US, WE'LL BE LIVE ON YOU TUBE THURSDAY MORNING AT 9:00. THANK YOU. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, MR. BERS, FOR FIVE MINUTES. -- MR. MESSER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:23:10 AM

    MR. MESSER

  • 10:24:59 AM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS…

    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL NOON TAY.

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  • 10:25:04 AM

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    UNTIL NOON TAY.

  • 11:59:55 AM

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    WATCH "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" ON OUR WEBSITE AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE ABOUT…

    WATCH "WASHINGTON JOURNAL" ON OUR WEBSITE AT C-SPAN.ORG. THE HOUSE ABOUT TO CONVENE FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. MEMBERS EXPECTED TO WORK ON THE DAY OF E.P.A. REGULATION OF PESTICIDES IN WATERWAYS. ALSO A NUMBER OF SMALL BILLS DEALING WITH CHILD PROTECTION AND VETERANS' ISSUES. THIS IS LIVE COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE HERE ON C-SPAN.

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  • 12:00:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 12:01:40 PM

    SPEAKER THE

  • 12:01:50 PM

    MR. HILL

    IF OUR GUESTS AND MEMBERS JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO…

    IF OUR GUESTS AND MEMBERS JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. 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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  • 12:02:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER

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

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

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  • 12:02:14 PM

    MR. WILSON

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

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

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  • 12:02:18 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:02:20 PM

    MR. WILSON

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY MARKS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, A SPECIAL TIME TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, MAY MARKS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH, A SPECIAL TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FAMILIES OFFER THEIR SERVICE MEMBERS. AS A SON OF A FLYING TIGER WHO SERVED IN INDIA AND CHINA AND AS THE GRATEFUL FATHER OF FOUR SONS WHO ALL SERVED OVERSEAS AND AS A 31-YEAR VETERAN OF THE ARMY RESERVE AND GUARD, I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE COMMITMENT OF OUR TROOPS, VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES. LAST WEEK I WAS HONORED TO JOIN SENATOR BLUNT, SENATOR GILLIBRAND AND KRISTEN DAVIS TO INTRODUCE A -- THE MILITARY FAMILIES STABILITY ACT WHICH PROVIDES GREATER FLEXIBILITY BY ALLOWING THEM A SIX-MONTH OPTION OF MOVING TO THE NEXT START OF THEIR NEXT ASSIGNMENT. THE HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS OF OUR MILITARY FAMILIES IS CRITICAL TO OVERALL TROOP READINESS AND RETENTION AND I'M CONFIDENT THIS LEGISLATION WILL GREATLY BENEFIT FAMILIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. OUR SYMPATHY AND SOLIDARITY FOR THE VICTIMS OF MANCHESTER AND OUR BELOVED ALLIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, TOGETHER WITH MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION PARLIAMENT, WE WILL DEFEAT THE MURDEROUS LOSERS.

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  • 12:03:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MS. GABBARD

    THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT FORTH HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. IT CUTS MEDICAID BY OVER…

    THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT FORTH HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. IT CUTS MEDICAID BY OVER $600 BILLION, CUTS THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM BY OVER 25%, AFFECTING THE MOST NEEDY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES. IT SLASHES INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS, ELIMINATES TIGER GRANTS, CUTS STUDENT LOAN AND FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM AND HAS CATASTROPHIC CUTS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. MY HOME STATE OF HAWAII, THIS BUDGET ZEROS OUT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN HOUSING BLOCK GRANT, THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM, AND CUTS NATIVE HAWAIIAN EDUCATION PROGRAMS BY NEARLY 33 MILLION DOLLARS. CRIPPLING THE PROGRESS THAT'S BEEN MADE FOR OVER 30 YEARS TO STRENGTHEN NATIVE HAWAIIAN EARLY EDUCATION, LITERACY, GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS, HIGHER EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND MORE. I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BUDGET, LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS TO PASS A BUDGET THAT ACTUALLY SERVES THE PEOPLE AND OUR PLANET. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. HILL

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

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

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    MR. HILL

    MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE ARE IN HORROR. VENEZUELA…

    MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF US IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE ARE IN HORROR. VENEZUELA IS A FAILED STATE AND POTENTIALLY ON THE BRINK OF CIVIL WAR. "THE WALL STREET JOURNAL" REPORTED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT THOUSANDS OF CUBAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS ARE HELPING THE MADURO REGIME MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE ARMY WHILE MADURO ORDERS HIS SOLDIERS TO SHOOT HIS OWN PEOPLE THAT ARE DEMONSTRATING IN THE STREETS. WE CANNOT LET COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN AND CUBA CONTINUE TO PLAY A ROLE IN PROPPING UP THE MADURO REGIME. WHILE I COMMEND TREASURY SECRETARY MNUCHIN FOR ISSUING SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS OF THE VENEZUELAN SUPREME COURT, I CALL ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO RATCHET UP THE PRESSURE ON THESE OUTSIDE FORCES AND HAVE THEM ANSWER FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE EMERGENCY SITUATION IN VENEZUELA. WHILE WE FACE MANY CHALLENGES ACROSS THE GLOBE, AMERICA MUST RE-ENGAGE IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE AND NOT LET THE NEIGHBORS IN OUR BACK YARD SLIDE BACK INTO TYRANNY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. KILDEE

    WHEN IT LANDS HERE IN THE HOUSE. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS WANT TO…

    WHEN IT LANDS HERE IN THE HOUSE. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS WANT TO THROW BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE ON DEFENSE PROGRAMS AND DRASTICALLY CUT INVESTMENTS IN JOB TRAINING. AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL RESEARCH. THINK ABOUT THIS. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS. SO IF YOU'RE A WORKER IN SAGINAW LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT JOB, YOU'RE OUT OF LUCK. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO CUT WORKER TRAINING PROGRAMS. IF YOU'RE A SENIOR IN BAY CITY, MICHIGAN, AND YOU DEPEND ON MEALS ON WHEELS, TOO BAD. PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO TAKE AWAY THOSE MEALS, TAKE AWAY THAT CONTACT THAT YOU HAVE. IF YOU'RE A PARENT IN FLINT WITH A CHILD IN HEAD START JUST TRYING TO FIND A WAY FORWARD, TOO BAD. PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL CUT SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION, FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. A BUDGET IS A STATEMENT OF OUR VALUES. WHAT DOES THIS DOCUMENT SAY ABOUT THE VALUES OF THIS PRESIDENT? WE MUST REJECT THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED BUDGET. IT'S BAD FOR AMERICA.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY APPRECIATION…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH.

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    MR. WILLIAMS

    THIS MONTH ALLOWS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE AMERICANS REGARDING THE…

    THIS MONTH ALLOWS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE AMERICANS REGARDING THE IMPACT OUR MILITARY'S HAD THROUGHOUT HISTORY. THIS MONTH ALLOWS US TO HONOR THE IMPORTANT MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED AND WHO ARE SERVING IN UNIFORM. AND MR. SPEAKER, THIS MONTH ALLOWS US TO CELEBRATE OVER 90 MILLION PATRIOTS WHO CHOSE TO PUT OUR COUNTRY BEFORE THEMSELVES. AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 25TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF TEXAS, IT'S MY HONOR TO REPRESENT FORT HOOD ARMY BASE. I'M PROUD TO SPEAK ON THE GREAT PLACE. LOCATED IN KILLEEN, TEXAS, THIS IS THE GOLD STANDARD FOR THE ARMY. MY BUSINESS TO FORT HOOD HAVE GIVEN ME A DEEPER APPRECIATION FOR OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES. THIS APPRECIATION IS WHY I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MEMORIAL DAY, WHICH WE WILL ALL CELEBRATE NEXT MONDAY ON MAY 29. THIS DAY REMINDS US OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE UP THEIR TODAYS SO WE CAN HAVE OUR TOMORROWS. IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO SAY THANK YOU TO A SOLDIER, SAILOR, AIRMAN, COASTGUARDSMAN OR MARINE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN PAYING TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, GOD BLESS THE GREAT PLACE AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. CONNELLY

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE…

    I THANK MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THE U.S. INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THEY ATTEND. THEY HAVE BEEN UNFAIRLY PENALIZED BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THROUGH UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO RECOGNIZE THE VITAL CONTRIBUTION THESE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS MAKE TO OUR COUNTRY. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HAVE SPENT TIME IN THE UNITED STATES, BECOME AMBASSADORS WHEN THEY RETURN HOME, SHARING AN APPRECIATION OF OUR VALUES, COUNTERACTING STEREOTYPES ABOUT AMERICANS AND THE UNITED STATES AND ENHANCING RESPECT FOR CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND DEMOCRATIC NORMS. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE UNITED STATES. ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, DURING THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES SUPPORTED 400,000 JOBS AND CONTRIBUTED $33 BILLION TO OUR DOMESTIC ECONOMY. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, 4,978 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND FAMILIES CONTRIBUTED $137 MILLION TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, SUPPORTING 1,725 JOBS. ACTIONS TAKEN BY THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS PRESIDENT HAVE GENERATED A GREAT DEAL OF FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY WITHIN ACADEMIA. IT HURTS AMERICA. I URGE US TO SUPPORT MORE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS COMING TO OUR COUNTRY.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF THE STUDENTS AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT FLAT ROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL IN TYRONE, GEORGIA. FOUR YEARS AGO, DR. MONICA RECOGNIZELY DECIDED TO HAVE A STEM PROGRAM AT FLAT ROCK TO GIVE HER STUDENTS MORE THAN A TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM. TODAY, THE PROGRAM HAS 150 STUDENTS SPREAD OVER SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADES AND HELPING STUDENTS DEVELOP AN INTEREST THAT COULD LEAD THEM TO NEW PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THE PROGRAM INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO STEM, BRINGS IN SPEAKERS IN THESE FIELDS AND ALLOWS STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN RELATED COMPETITIONS. LAST MONTH, 10 STUDENTS FROM THE PROGRAM PARTICIPATED IN THE GEORGIA TECH CHALLENGE AND HAD SEVERAL INVENTIONS SHOW CAFMENTSE

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    CAFMENTSE MR. FERGUSON

    YOUNG PEOPLE FOR CAREERS IN THE MODERN WORK FORCE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. KELLY

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    MS. KELLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S NEWLY RELEASED BUDGET REQUEST. WHEN I BEGAN READING THIS BUDGET REQUEST, ONLY ONE WORD CAME TO MIND AT LEAST THAT I COULD SAY HERE, AWFUL. IT'S AN AWFUL BUDGET FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHO HAVEN'T HAD A RAISE IN YEARS. IT'S AN AWFUL BUDGET FOR OLDER AMERICANS WHO PAID INTO SOCIAL SECURITY WITH THE PROMISE THAT IT WOULD BE THERE FOR THEM. IT'S AN AWFUL BUDGET FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO CAN'T GET THEIR PRODUCTS TO CONSUMERS BECAUSE OF OUR CRUMBLING ROADS AND BRIDGES. IT'S AN AWFUL BUDGET FOR COMMON SENSE. WITH UNNECESSARY SPENDING ON A BORDER WALL THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL PAY FOR. IT'S AN AWFUL BUDGET BECAUSE IT SETS THE STAGE FOR EVEN MAR WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE -- EVEN MORE WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IN GOVERNMENT. IN FACT, THE ONLY BUDGET THIS GROUP ISN'T AWFUL FOR IS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FRIENDS. THE PRESIDENT CALLS THIS AMERICA FIRST BUDGET. SO WHY IS IT LEAVING SO MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES BEHIND? I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO COMPLETELY REJECT THIS AWFUL BUDGET THAT DOESN'T CREATE JOBS, DOESN'T UPLIFT FAMILIES AND DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. THOMPSON

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

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

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    MR. THOMPSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRUE GEM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A TRUE GEM IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE ROLAND THEATER WHICH CELEBRATES ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. THEY OPENED ITS DOORS ON JUNE 4, 1917. ITS VISIONARY WAS CONGRESSMAN CHARLES ROLLAND WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE -- ROLAND WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN 1915 AND REPRESENTED THE 21ST DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA WHICH INCLUDING CAMERON, CENTER, MCCLEAN COUNTIES. THE THEATER WAS ONE SMALL PART OF CONGRESSMAN ROLAND'S LIFE BUT IT WILL BE THE PROJECT THAT WILL BECOME HIS LEGACY. THE THEATER NOT ONLY SHOWED THE LATEST SILENT MOVIES DURING THE FIRST FEW DECADES BUT WAS A LOCATION FOR THE TOP TRAVELING SHOWS IN THE COUNTRY. NOW THE ROLAND THEATER FEATURES FEATURE FILMS BUT ALSO HOSTS PLAYS AS WELL AS CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA. IT SLISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISS -- IT IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC FACILITIES. IT CLOSES ONLY ON CHRISTMAS EVE. MR. SPEAKER, THE ROLAND THEATER IS A REAL TREASURE. HERE'S TO ANOTHER 100 YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET HAS LIES AND HE PLANS TO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET HAS LIES AND HE PLANS TO MAKE MASSIVE CUTS TO PROGRAMS TO HELP OUR HARDWORKING FAMILIES GET AHEAD. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET? WHAT DON'T WE HAVE TO LOSE, MEDICAID FOR THE HEALTH, SAFETY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, SNAP BENEFITS, VETERANS, SENIORS. THE HITS THE HITS KEEP COMING. THIS ONE SHORTCHANGES PEOPLE IN AMERICA. THE PRESIDENT TALKS ABOUT PUTTING THE COUNTRY FIRST YET THE BUDGET DOES NO SUCH THING. THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOVERNING AND CAMPAIGNING. PRESIDENT TRUMP, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE A LOT TO LOSE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR BUDGET. OVER 40% OF THE POPULATION IN PHILADELPHIA LIVE IN WHAT YOU CALL MIDDLE NEIGHBORHOODS. MIDDLE NEIGHBORHOODS ARE NEIGHBORHOODS CAUGHT BETWEEN BUST AND BOOM. NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE DOING WELL ENOUGH. BUT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS COMPETE FOR PEOPLE. MY DISTRICT HAS A POVERTY RATE OF 28%. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO MAKE DEEP CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT OUR NEIGHBORS RELIE ON BY CALLING FOR MASS TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH. INSTEAD WE NEED TO MAKE INVESTMENTS IN FOOD POLICY, SOCIAL NET, EDUCATION POLICY. OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE TOO MUCH TO LOSE. TOGETHER, BUILDING STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS BLOCK BY BLOCK. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    THE CHAIR REMINDS MEMBERS TO ADDRESS ALL COMMENTS TO THE CHAIR, NOT TO OTHER MEMBERS OR THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEKS RECOGNITION FOR WHAT PURPOSE? THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM. TO THANK THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TODAY DEFEND OUR FREEDOM AND TO RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICE OF ALL THEIR FAMILIES. PENNSYLVANIA HAS PRODUCED SOME OF THE GREATEST EXAMPLES OF VALOR AND BRAVERY THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. IT IS HOME TO PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY LIKE GETTY -- GETTYSBURG, VALLEY FORGE, AND THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE. PENNSYLVANIA'S SONS HAVE STORMED THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY THEY LIBERATED THE OPPRESSED FROM FASCISM AND COMMUNISM, AND OUGHT OUT TERROR IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ TO PROTECT OUR WAY OF LIFE. MEMORIAL DAY IS COMING UP THIS WEEKEND. WE'LL ALL ENJOY TIME WITH OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. BUT WE MUST ALL REMEMBER THAT THAT IS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE WHAT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CALLED THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION AND THOSE WHO PROTECT US TODAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MRS. MALONEY

    MR. SPEAKER, CURRENTLY A PANEL OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE DECIDING THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, CURRENTLY A PANEL OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE DECIDING THE FATE OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE. TRAGICALLY, THEIR STARTING POINT IS THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL THAT WOULD FORCE NEW MOMS ON MEDICAID TO RETURN TO WORK RIGHT AFTER BIRTH, REDUCE WOMEN'S ACCESS TO CO-PAYS FOR CONTRACEPTION, WEAKEN PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS LIKE PREGNANCY, AND ELIMINATE THE GUARANTEE OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS THAT PROVIDE SERVICES LIKE MAMMOGRAMS AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS. SERVICES THAT SAVE LIVES. AND ALL OF THESE MEASURES HURT WOMEN AND ONLY WOMEN. AND WILL DO ENORMOUS HARM TO THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF WOMEN FROM CHILDHOOD TO OLD AGE. IT IS AN OUTRAGE AND A GROSS INJUSTICE WHEN WOMEN ARE TREATED SO UNEQUALLY WITH SUCH GROSS DISPARITY AND SUCH TOTAL DISREGARD TO THEIR LIVES AND WELL BEING. AND IT IS ONE MORE POWERFUL REASON WHY THIS CONGRESS SHOULD PASS AND SEND TO THE STATES TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT DECLARING IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT WOMEN ARE ENTITLED TO EQUAL RIGHTS, EQUAL JUSTICE, EQUAL TREATMENT, EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW AND THAT MEANS EQUAL TREATMENT IN HEALTH CARE. IN THIS COUNTRY, IT IS TIME AT LONG LAST FOR EQUAL TO MEAN JUST THAT. EQUAL.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH MUCH ADMIRATION AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH MUCH ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR COMMANDER JOANNE BURION OF OF THE UNITED STATES COAST FORWARD. HER TENURE AS THE CONGRESSIONAL LIAISON FOR THE COAST GUARD IS COMING TO AN END. SHE'S ON HER SECOND TOUR OF DUTY, THREE YEARS EACH, FOR A TOTAL OF SIX YEARS. DURING HER TENURE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE'VE SEEN UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH AND CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, BECOME SOMEWHAT OF A SWISS ARMY KNIFE OF AN AGENCY, COVERING EVERYTHING FROM OIL SPILL TO HOMELAND SECURITY, 9/11, ALIEN INTERDICTION, DRUG INTERSIXTH -- BEHR DICTION, MARITIME SECURITY AND MANY, MANY OTHER IMPORTANT MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD. COMMANDER BURION HAS FOSTERED TREA RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMITTEE, AND ASSISTED IN THE PASSAGE OF TWO MAJOR COAST FORWARD BILLS, FULL FUNDING OF THE OFFSHORE PATROL CUTTER, THE FAST PRERESPONSE CUTTER AND HELPING TO SECURE $150 MILLION IN THE FWOUGET ADDRESS POLAR ICE BREAK CAPABILITIES. COMMANDER BURION'S HARD WORK AND EFFORTERS IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE REWARDED WITH HER APPOINTMENT TO CHIEF RESPONSE SECTOR FOR PUGET SOUND. I WANT TO THANK HER AND HER FAMILY FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES AND YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAY AS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MAY AS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH. IN IN MICHIGAN, THERE ARE NEARLY 14,000 CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE AND MORE THAN 400,000 CHILDREN NATIONWIDE ALL IN NEED OF LOVE AND SUPPORT. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE MAJORITY OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE ARE AFFECTED BY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. AND OFTEN LACK ACCESS TO THE HELP THEY NEED. WE NEED TO PUSH FOR ACCESS TO SERVICES TO SUPPORT THESE VULNERABLE CHILDREN TO AVOID SERIOUS RISKS IN THE FUTURE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK KAREN BASS FOR RAISING AWARENESS ON A CRITICAL -- ON THE CRITICAL NEEDS FACING FOSTER YOUTH THROUGH THE CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS OF FOSTER CHILDREN. DURING THIS MONTH, LET US -- AND BEYOND, LET US CELEBRATE FOSTER PARENTS AN CARE GIVERS AND RECOMMIT TO ENSURING EVERY CHILD HAS A PERMANENT, SAFE, AN LOVING FAMILY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY MY RESPECTS TO YADEL BLANE. HE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO PAY MY RESPECTS TO YADEL BLANE. HE WAS A CODE TALKER IN WORLD WAR II -- AND WORLD WAR II ARMY VETERAN, FIGHTING AGAINST THE GERMANS IN ITALY UNTIL THEIR SURROUNDER IN 1945. HIS -- SURRENDER IN 1945. HIS HEROIC ACTIONS SAVED THE LIVES OF INNUMERABLE SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. HE WAS AWARDED THE AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, AMERICAN CAMPAIGN MEDAL AND THE EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EAST CAMPAIGN MEDAL. WE CAN NEVER REPAY THE DEBTS WE OWE MR. BELAY AND CODE TALKERS FROM ALL THE NATIONS. I AM HUMBLED TO STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY TO BRING ATTENTION TO HIS SERVICE AND HONOR HIS LEGACY. MR. BELAY WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY, A LOVING FATHER, A GRANDFATHER, AND ABOVE ALL, A HERO. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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  • 12:24:28 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    20 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ON THE BRINK OF FAMINE. THE WARNING SIGNS WERE THERE…

    20 MILLION PEOPLE ARE ON THE BRINK OF FAMINE. THE WARNING SIGNS WERE THERE LONG BEFORE JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. I AM SO PROUD THAT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS JOINED TOGETHER TO INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL $1 BILLION IN THE F.Y. 2017 OMNIBUS BILL TO ADDRESS THESE FAMINES. OUR CITIZENS AND FARMERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GENEROUS IN TIMES OF SUCH GREAT NEED. THEY KNOW WE HAVE TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HUNGER AND THE VIOLENCE OF WAR. THEY KNOW THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT TO AVOID FUTURE CATASTROPHES. OUR UNITED EFFORT MUST CONTINUE IN F.Y. 2018, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET ELIMINATES THE FOOD FOR PEACE AND THE MCGOVERN-DOLE PROGRAMS AND REDUCES FUNDING FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE. I ONLY HOPE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SEC RETEAR TILLERSON WILL COME TO THEIR SENSES. WE MUST NOT STAND BY AND WATCH MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES LITERALLY STARVE TO DEATH. WE MUST ACT AND WE MUST LEAD. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 12:25:29 PM

    MS. PLASKETT

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

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    MS. PLASKETT

    TODAY THE PRESIDENT PUT FORTH HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. THE BUDGET INCLUDES…

    TODAY THE PRESIDENT PUT FORTH HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL. THE BUDGET INCLUDES ROUGHLY $2.5 TRILLION IN CUTS TO PROGRAMS THAT HELP STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE AFFORD THE BASE EXS, LIKE PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE, KEEPING A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD AND AFFORDING HEALTH CARE. THE SUPPLEMENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, SNAP, WOULD BE CUT BY $192 BILLION OVER THE NEXT DECADE. MEDICAID, THE HEALTH PROGRAM FOR THE POOR, WOULD BE CUT BY $800 BILLION, AND TANF, ASSISTANCE TO NEEDILY FAMILIES WOULD BE CUT BY $14 BILLION. 20% OF MY -- OF PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT RECEIVE SNAP. SNAP FEEDS PRIMARILY POOR CHILDREN. 93% OF VIRGIN -- 29% -- 29% WENT WITHOUT HEALTH COVERAGE AT ALL. THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITIES ARE CLEAR. TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY TAKE PRECEDENT OVER ENSURING POOR CHILDREN HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT AND THAT LOW AND MODERATE INCOME AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. THE BUDGET WOULD MAKE INEQUALITY AND POVERTY SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE WHILE ALLOWING DEFICITS WHEN MEASURED. WE MUST REJECT THIS BUDGET.

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

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY. NEXT WEEK TISSUE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY. NEXT WEEK TISSUE OF MEMORIAL DAY, NEXT WEEK, TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE IN SERVICE TO OUR NATION AN THANK THEIR FELLOW SOLDIER, SAILORS, AIRMEN AND MARINES WHO WERE BLESSED TO MAKE IT BACK HOME. MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES PROTECTING OUR FREEDOMS. TODAY, CONGRESS IS HONORING THOSE LOST BY PASSING SEVERAL BILLS TO HELP PROTECT SURVIVING VETERANS AN ENSURE THEY'RE TREATED WITH THE DIGNITY AN RESPECT THEY'VE LEARNED.

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  • 12:27:41 PM

    MR. YODER

    WE ENSURE THE V.A. MEDICAL DRENTERS ARE MEETING RIRPES, INCREASE THE RATES…

    WE ENSURE THE V.A. MEDICAL DRENTERS ARE MEETING RIRPES, INCREASE THE RATES FOR VETERANS COMPENSATION FOR SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITIES AND MORE. I CAN THINK OF NO BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY AND HONOR THE MEMORY OF THOSE LOST THAN BY HONORING THE MEMORY OF VETERANS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO KEEP AMERICA SAFE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THESE MEASURES TODAY.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    TODAY WE HAVE A NEW TRUMP BUDGET AND MORE BROKEN PROMISES. IF YOU RECALL…

    TODAY WE HAVE A NEW TRUMP BUDGET AND MORE BROKEN PROMISES. IF YOU RECALL ON MAY , 2015, THE PRESIDENT SAID, I WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY POTENTIAL G.O.P. CANDIDATE TO STATE THERE'LL BE NO CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. BROKEN PROMISE NUMBER ONE. HIS BUDGET CUTS MEDICAID. IT CUTS MEDICARE. IT CUTS SOCIAL SECURITY. "WASHINGTON POST" ON JANUARY 15, 2017, THE PRESIDENT SAID, QUOTE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE INSURANCE FOR EVERYBODY, MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE AND MUCH BETTER. THIS BROKEN PROMISE NUMBER TWO IS THAT HE CUTS $1.4 TRILLION OUT OF HEALTH CARE AND COVERS 24 MILLION LESS PEOPLE AND JACKING UP INSURANCE RATES FOR COUNTLESS OTHERS. BROKEN PROMISE NUMBER THREE. TO THE FARM BUREAU AT AG.COM ON APRIL 24, 2017, I SUPPORT A STRONG SAFETY NET FOR OUR NATION'S FARMERS.

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    MR. SOTO

    AND BROKEN PROMISE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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  • 12:30:09 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 348 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    NUMBER 51, HOUSE RESOLUTION 348. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION…

    NUMBER 51, HOUSE RESOLUTION 348. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 953, TO AMEND THE FEDERAL INSECTICIDE, FUNGICIDE, AND RODENTICIDE ACT AND THE FEDERAL WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ACT TO CLARIFY CONGRESSIONAL INTENT REGARDING THE REGULATION OF THE USE OF PESTICIDES IN OR NEAR NAVIGABLE WATERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-21. THE -- THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS.

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  • 12:32:38 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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  • 12:32:57 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL…

    I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D ALSO LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS .

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    MR. WOODALL

    MR. SPEAKER, I FOUND MYSELF LISTENING TO THE READING CLERK AS HE READ…

    MR. SPEAKER, I FOUND MYSELF LISTENING TO THE READING CLERK AS HE READ THROUGH THE RULE. IT'S A FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD RULE, BUT IT SOUNDED PRETTY COMPLICATED AS HE WAS GOING THROUGH IT, AND I AM REMINDED THAT STANDING TO YOUR LEFT IS ONE OF THE GENTLEMAN THAT HELPS US SORT THROUGH THOSE ISSUES. AS EVERY MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION KNOWS WHO WAS LISTENING TO THE COLLOQUY LAST WEEK, BRIAN COOPER IS LEAVING THIS HOUSE AFTER 35 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE. HONORABLE SERVICE SHOWING UP DAY IN AND DAY OUT. MY FRIEND, MR. MCGOVERN AND I WORKING ON THE RULES COMMITTEE, WE SOMETIMES GOING TO 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 IN THE MORNING. WELL, FOLKS LIKE MR. COOPER CAN'T GO HOME UNTIL THE RULES COMMITTEE GOES HOME. SO DAY IN AND DAY OUT WITH ABSOLUTELY NO POMP OR CIRCUMSTANCE, JUST DEDICATED SERVICE BRIAN COOPER SERVED THIS INSTITUTION. I FEAR THIS WILL BE THE LAST TIME HE AND I ARE ON THE FLOOR TOGETHER. WHILE I HAVE CONTROL OVER THE MICROPHONE, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO YIELD CONTROL OVER THE MICROPHONE WITHOUT TELLING HIM HOW MUCH HIS ASSISTANCE MEANT TO ME. YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, STANDING IN THAT CHAIR IS A POWERFUL, POWERFUL RESPONSIBILITY. THE BURDEN SOMETIMES IS A LOT TO BEAR WHEN YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY A TEAM OF EXCELLENCE AS YOU ARE TODAY WITH EVEN TO YOUR RIGHT -- EASTEN TO YOUR RIGHT AND BRIAN TO YOUR -- ETHAN TO YOUR RIGHT AND BRIAN TO YOUR LEFT. I HELP THE FOLKS THAT HELP US SUCCEED. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. SPEAKER, HOUSE RESOLUTION 348 IS A STRUCTURED RULE AND IT PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 953. IT'S THE REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS OF 2017 ACT. IT MAKES IN ORDER TWO AMENDMENTS BY BOTH FROM MY DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES, ONE FROM MS. ESTY AND ONE FROM MR. HUFFMAN. AS YOU MIGHT REMEMBER, THE HOUSE PASSED NEARLY AN IDENTICAL VERSION OF THIS BILL LAST YEAR, MR. SPEAKER. BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT DID NOT GET ACROSS THE FINISH LINE IN THE SENATE SO IT DID NOT MAKE IT TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. WE'RE TRYING AGAIN THIS YEAR. MY SINCERE HOPE IS THAT WE WILL SUCCEED. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW YOU HEAR FROM CONSTITUENTS, AS I DO, WHY CAN'T WE BRING COMMONSENSE RULES AND REGULATION TO WASHINGTON. H.R. 953, THE BILL THAT THIS RULE WOULD MAKE IN ORDER, IS AN ATTEMPT TO DO THAT. THE BILL PROHIBITS E.P.A. FROM REQUIRING UNNECESSARY AND DUPLICATIVE POLLUTION PERMITS FOR CERTAIN PESTICIDES. NOW, SO OFTEN WHEN WE START A SENTENCE WITH THIS PREVENTS E.P.A., MR. SPEAKER, FOLKS THINK OH, THERE GOES THOSE REPUBLICANS AGAIN GOING AFTER THE ENVIRONMENT, WAVING THOSE REGULATIONS THAT -- WAIVING THOSE REGULATIONS THAT PROTECTS FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THAT IS NOT ACCURATE BUT IN PARTICULAR IT FAILS TO ADDRESS THIS SITUATION. FOR DECADE UPON DECADE, THE E.P.A. HAS REGULATED PESTICIDES IN THIS COUNTRY. AND IF WE PASS H.R. 953 TODAY, FOR DECADE AND DECADE TO COME, E.P.A. WILL CONTINUE TO REGULATE PESTICIDES IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT AS THE RESULT OF LITIGATION, MR. SPEAKER, THE COURTS ARE FORCING E.P.A. NOT TO REGULATE PESTICIDES AS PESTICIDES BUT TO REGULATE PESTICIDES AS POLLUTANT DISCHARGES, AS IF THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH PESTICIDE OTHER THAN TO SPRAY IT. THEY'RE SAYING YOU CAN'T JUST GET A PERMIT TO USE YOUR PESTICIDE, MR. SPEAKER. YOU CAN'T JUST READ THE LABEL AND THE PROPER APPLICATION AND GET A PERMIT TO APPLY AS INDICATED ON THE LABEL, YOU MUST ALSO GET A PERMIT TO DISCHARGE A POLLUTANT AS IF THE PESTICIDE IS NOT ALREADY REGULATED AS A PESTICIDE ITSELF. MR. SPEAKER, IT MAKES NO SENSE. AND THE GOOD NEWS IS I'M SURROUNDED BY A TEAM OF EXCELLENCE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND IN A BIPARTISAN WAY WE'VE ALREADY AGREED THAT IT MAKES NO SENSE. YOU'LL RECALL, MR. SPEAKER, WE BROUGHT A SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR MEASURE TO THE FLOOR. WE PASSED IT UNDER A PROCESS CALLED SUSPEND THE RULES. IT'S A PROCESS WE SAVE FOR THOSE BILLS THAT ARE RELATIVELY NONCONTROVERSIAL. IT PASSED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY BUT DIDN'T MAKE IT ACROSS THE SENATE FLOOR. WE BROUGHT IT BACK, AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, TO THIS FLOOR. WE BROUGHT IT UNDER A RULE AS WE'RE DOING TODAY, PASSED AGAIN IN A BIPARTISAN WAY, SENT IT TO THE SENATE. COULDN'T MAKE IT ACROSS THE SENATE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, WE ADDED IT TO THE FARM BILL THAT WE PASSED HERE IN THE HOUSE WHICH, AGAIN, PASSED IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. SENT IT OVER TO THE SENATE. IT WAS STRIPPED OUT ON THE SENATE SIDE. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE COME TOGETHER TIME AND TIME AGAIN AS A BODY TO MOVE THIS COMMONSENSE REGULATORY REFORM FORWARD. IT'S MY GREAT HOPE THAT I'LL GET SUPPORT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AGAIN TODAY, NOT JUST ON THIS RULE BUT ON THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION, AND WE'LL MOVE FORWARD IN A BIPARTISAN WAY AGAIN. WITH THAT I'LL VERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. -- I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS…

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

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  • 12:38:17 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. WOODALL, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION, AND THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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  • 12:38:30 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN AS WELL AND ECHO WHAT MR. WOODALL SAID IN…

    MR. SPEAKER, LET ME BEGIN AS WELL AND ECHO WHAT MR. WOODALL SAID IN PRAISING BRIAN COOPER FOR HIS MANY DECADES OF SERVICE TO THIS BODY. WE APPRECIATE ALL THE YEARS OF SERVICE. WE APPRECIATE ALL THE YEARS HE DROVE BACK AND FORTH TO WORK FROM BALTIMORE, AND WE APPRECIATE THE INCREDIBLE PATIENCE THAT HE HAS DEMONSTRATED OVER THE YEARS BY HAVING TO LISTEN TO US TIME AND TIME AGAIN. BUT ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF SERVING IN THIS BODY IS THAT YOU MEET SOME REMARKABLE PEOPLE AND BRIAN COOPER IS CERTAINLY A REMARKABLE PERSON AND HE WILL BE MISSED AND I THINK ON BEHALF OF EVERYBODY HERE WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. AND MR. SPEAKER, LET ME RISE IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RULE AND TO THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WOODALL, JUST REFERENCED ALL THE TIMES WE PASSED IT AND WENT OVER TO THE SENATE AND IT DIDN'T GO ANYWHERE. MAYBE WE SHOULD TAKE A HINT FROM THE SENATE THAT IT'S NOT A GOOD BILL, AND WE OUGHT TO KIND OF RECONSIDER SOME OF THE ASPECTS OF THIS BILL. BUT HERE WE ARE AGAIN ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH YET ANOTHER REGULATORY ROLLBACK. IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS HOUSE CONTINUES TO WASTE PRECIOUS TIME ON BILLS THAT SEEM TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF BIG INDUSTRY OVER THE NEEDS OF OUR CONSTITUENTS, ESPECIALLY AS WE HAVE SO MUCH THAT NEEDS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED. AND BY THE WAY, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO REGULAR ORDER? REMEMBER THAT WHEN COMMITTEES HELD HEARINGS AND MARKUPS? I MEAN, THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE, WHICH I SERVE, DID NOT HOLD A HEARING. HELD A MARKUP BUT DID NOT HOLD THE HEARING. AND THE COMMITTEE WITH PRIMARY JURISDICTION OVER THIS BILL HAD NO HEARING AND DID NO MARKUP. AND LET'S TALK ABOUT AMENDMENTS. THE MAJORITY MADE IN ORDER LESS THAN HALF OF THE AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED. TWO AMENDMENTS. BUT THEY BOUGHT THREE COMPLETELY GERMANE AMENDMENTS. MEMBERS JUMPED THROUGH ALL OF THE HOOPS. THEY DOTTED ALL OF THE I'S AND THEY CROSSED ALL OF THE T'S. THESE WERE PROPERLY DRAFTED AMENDMENTS, AND THEY WERE BLOCKED BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WAS AFRAID TO VOTE ON THEM. NOW, WHAT WERE THESE AMENDMENTS? WELL, AN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT THE DISCHARGE OF TOXICS IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THEY WOULD BE HARMFUL TO PREGNANT WOMEN OR HARM FETAL OR EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT. THE AMENDMENT PROTKTS PREGNANT WOMEN -- PROTECTS PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. BLOCKED. BLOCKED. AN AMENDMENT TO CREATE AN EXCEPTION FOR COMMUNITIES THAT USE A SOURCE OF DRINKING WATER WHERE A FEDERAL OR STATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION HAS BEEN ISSUED DUE TO ITS THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH SUCH AS HEIGHTENED EXPOSURE TO AN IDENTIFIED CONTAMINANT. BLOCKED. AN AMENDMENT TO ENSURE EXISTING CLEAN -- CLEAN WATER ACT PROTECTIONS APPLY TO WATERS THAT A STATE HAS ALREADY DETERMINED ARE POLLUTED BY PESTICIDES. BLOCKED. THEY WERE BLOCKED BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE PASSED. WHY ARE MY COLLEAGUES AFRAID OF PROTECTING PREGNANT WOMEN AND ENSURING CLEAN DRINKING WATER? THAT'S WHAT THESE AMENDMENTS WERE ABOUT. THEY WERE GERMANE. THE ONLY REASON WHY THEY'RE NOT IN ORDER IS BECAUSE YOU CHOSE TO BLOCK THEM IN THE RULES COMMITTEE. I WOULD SAY TO MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS, YOU ARE NOT RUNNING THIS INSTITUTION. YOU ARE RUINING THIS INSTITUTION. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DELIBERATIVE BODY. LET'S START ACTING LIKE IT. AND THAT MEANS BRINGING GERMANE AMENDMENTS TO THE FLOOR, LETTING US HAVE A DEBATE, LETTING REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS DEBATE AND THEN VOTE ON THOSE AMENDMENTS. THERE IS NO REASON, NOT A SINGLE REASON AT ALL OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT MY -- THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DID NOT WANT THESE AMENDMENTS TO PASS, THAT THEY WERE NOT NEAD IN ORDER. THAT IS NOT THE -- THEY WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. THAT IS NOT THE WAY THIS PLACE IS SUPPOSED TO WORK. AND SPEAKING OF A BAD PROCESS, LATE LAST WEEK WHEN BILLY HOUSE AT BLOOMBERG NEWS BROKE THE NEWS THAT THE HOUSE MAY NEED TO VOTE AGAIN ON THIS DEVASTATING TRUMPCARE BILL, I WANT TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THE ARTICLE BY BILLY HOUSE INTO THE RECORD.

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    I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT. I MEAN, WE'RE THROUGH WITH IT IN THE HOUSE BUT WE MAY NOT BE. AFTER REPUBLICANS USED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION TO RUSH THEIR BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WE FIND OUT THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERS HAVE YET TO SEND THE BILL OVER TO THE SENATE FOR ITS CONSIDERATION. INSTEAD, THEY HAVE WITHIN HIDING THE BILL FOR NEARLY THREE WEEKS. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE URGENCY THAT MY COLLEAGUES WERE TALKING ABOUT A FEW WEEKS AGO? WE HEARD FROM MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS THAT THE SKY WOULD FALL IT WE HADN'T WORKED ON TRUMPCARE. WE COULDN'T HEAR FROM THE -- WE COULDN'T SLOW DOWN ENOUGH SO PEOPLE COULD READ WHAT WAS IN THE BILL. WE COULDN'T SLOW DOWN TO HAVE HEARINGS OR TO GET REPORTS ON HOW THIS HEALTH CARE WOULD IMPACT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. BUT I THINK IT'S BECOME CLEAR TO ALL OF US, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE ONLY REASON TO RUSH THROUGH THIS PROCESS WAS TO TRICK THEIR OWN MEMBERS INTO VOTING FOR THIS DISASTROUS BILL. IT WAS TO KEEP THEIR MEMBERS FROM SEEING THE C.B.O. SCORE BEFORE THEY VOTED FOR THE BILL. BECAUSE IF THEY HAD SEEN IT, MANY OF THEM MAY NOT HAVE VOTED FOR IT. REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP COULDN'T RISK TRANSPARENCY, AND THEY WOULDN'T LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF PASSING TRUMPCARE. NOW, WE EXPECT C.B.O. TO RELEASE THEIR FINAL ANALYSIS TOMORROW, AND FINALLY WE WILL KNOW HOW MANY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BE KICKED OFF THEIR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE OF THESE RECKLESS AND HEARTLESS REPUBLICAN POLICIES. WE WILL FIND OUT HOW DEVASTATING THIS BILL WILL BE FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND WE'LL FINALLY LEARN JUST HOW BIG THAT TAX CUT FOR WEALTHY AMERICANS IS GOING TO BE. I GUESS MY QUESTION TO REPUBLICAN LEADERS OF THIS HOUSE IS -- WHAT WAS THE RUSH? I MEAN, IF YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE TO HOLD UP THE BILL OVER HERE UNTIL THE C.B.O. SCORE WAS RELEASED ANYWAY, WHY COULDN'T WE JUST HAVE WAITED TO RECEIVE THIS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE YOU ASKED THE HOUSE TO VOTE ON THIS TERRIBLE BILL? OH, WAIT. I KNOW WHY THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP NEEDED TO MOVE TRUMPCARE SO FAST. SO THAT THE BILL'S NAMESAKE, PRESIDENT TRUMP, DIDN'T THROW A TEMPER TANTRUM. THAT'S WHAT THIS WAS ALL ABOUT. SO WE COULDN'T CALL HIM OUT IN ONE OF HIS INFAMOUS TWITTER RANTS. BUT IT WASN'T ABOUT GOOD LEGISLATING. IT WAS A LOUSY PROCESS. BASICALLY DESIGNED TO PREMA TURRILL SHOVE BAIL THROUGH -- PREMATURELY SHOVE A BILL THROUGH ALL FOR SOME HEADLINER, TEMPORARY POLITICAL GAIN. IF YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS LATELY YOU'LL NOTICE THAT OUR 45TH PRESIDENT HASN'T BEEN GENERATING THE BEST HEADLINES LATELY, WHAT WITH THIS RUSSIA THING -- THAT'S HIS WORDS -- CONSTANT LEAKS FROM HIS STAFF TO THE PRESS. NEVER MIND THE PRESIDENT'S LEAKING OF SENSITIVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ON NATIONAL SECURITY MATTERS. PRESIDENT TRUMP NEEDED A WIN FOR HIMSELF EVEN THOUGH IT'S A LOSS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AS WE ALL KNOW, IT'S ALL ABOUT HIM. . I REMIND MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES THAT THEY WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THAT THE ULTIMATE BOSS FOR ALL OF US IS OUR CONSTITUENTS. NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS MADE A HABIT OF COMPLETELY SKIRTING REGULAR ORDER AND RUSHING THROUGH LEGISLATION CRAFTED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH NO OPPORTUNITY FOR MEANINGFUL DEBATE AND CONSIDERATION. AND THIS TRUMPCARE BILL IS A PRIME EXAMPLE. WE HAD EMERGENCY MEETINGS, BACK ROOM DEALS AND FIXES TO THE FIXES TO THE FIXES, AND WHAT WE WERE LEFT WITH IS A LOUSY PRODUCT THAT WE MAY HAVE TO CONSIDER AGAIN. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. PROCESS MATTERS. WE'RE ON THE RULES COMMITTEE. YOU DON'T BELIEVE THE PROCESS MATTERS, YOU OUGHT TO GET ON A DIFFERENT COMMITTEE. IT MATTERS FOR THE INTEGRITY OF THIS INSTITUTION AND IT MATTERS IF WE ARE TO PREVENT LOUSY LEGISLATION. FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, LET ME SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE TRUMP BUDGET THAT WAS JUST HE RELEASED THIS MORNING. WE'RE STILL DIGGING THROUGH THE TEXT AND COMBING THROUGH THE DETAILS BUT FROM WHAT WE'VE ALREADY SEEN, IT IS DEVASTATING. REPORTS INDICATE THAT THIS BUDGET MAKES THE DEEPEST CUTS TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE. THE POOR OVES THE POOR. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF. AT A TIME WHEN OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS REPAIR, OUR KIDS NEED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION AND OUR WORKERS NEED TRAINING TO MOVE INTO HIGH TECH JOBS, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO TURN OUR BACK ON THESE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS THAT WILL MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD BUT THIS BUDGET PLAN DOES JUST THAT. SINCE WE'RE ON THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT AN ANTI-ENVIRONMENT BILL TODAY, I SHOULD NOTE THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IS AMONG THE AGENCIES HARDEST HIT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RUTHLESS PROPOSAL. THROUGH MASSIVE CUTS TO THE E.P.A. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS PAVING THE WAY TOWARD DIRTIER AIR AND MORE POLLUTED WATERS. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES DON'T SEEM TO BE TOO CONCERNED WITH THAT. THEY HAVE BEEN PROPOSING CUTS TO THE E.P.A. FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. MR. SPEAKER, OF ALL THE ROTTEN PROVISIONS TUCKED INTO THE DOCUMENT AND I CAN GO AND ON AND ON, I FIND THE MOST TROUBLING TO BE THE RADICAL ASSAULT ON PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY. IT IS EASY TO SIT IN AN OFFICE AT O.M.B. AND CONCOCT PLANS TO THROW PEOPLE OFF SNAP AND OUT OF MEDICAID AND KICK THEM OUT OF THEIR HOUSING. THIS PLAN DOES JUST THAT. BY ANY READ, BY ANY MEASURE, THAT'S WHAT IT DOES. WE'RE READING ABOUT A $274 BILLION CUT TO OUR SAFETY NET ON TOP OF THE OVER $800 BILLION CUT TO MEDICAID INCLUDED IN THE TRUMPCARE BILL. THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER. THEY ARE OUR CONSTITUENTS. THEY ARE OUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS, OUR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL TOGETHER. BUT GIVEN SOME OF THE PROPOSALS I'VE SEEN FROM THIS MAJORITY PARTY, I HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES MIGHT NEVER HAVE TALKED WITH ANYONE LIVING IN POVERTY. I WOULD SAY TO THEM, LIFE IS VERY DIFFERENT WHEN YOU LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY CLUB. LIFE IS VERY DIFFERENT. IT'S VERY HARD FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING IN POVERTY. BEING POOR IN THIS COUNTRY IS HARD WORK. YOU OUGHT TO KNOW THAT BE BE -- YOU OUGHT TO KNOW THAT BY NOW MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES HAVE MADE A HABIT OF BELITTLING THE POOR INSTEAD OF TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THEIR STRUGGLES. THEY WORK HARD, MR. SPEAKER. OFTEN AT MORE THAN ONE JOB TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR KIDS AND TO FIND A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. THEY'RE EXHAUSTED FROM WORK. AND FROM WORRY. WE SEE THEM EVERY DAY. SERVING TABLES, WASHING DISHES, HAULING AWAY TRASH, CLEANING OFFICES, MOWING LAWNS, STACKING HEAVY LOADS, TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE'S CHILDREN, COMFORTING THE SICK. THEIRS ARE THE FACES IN THE BUS WINDOWS GOING HOME FROM WORK AT 2:00 IN THE MORNING. THEIRS ARE THE FACES ARRIVING AT WORK AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING. AND THE NEXT DAY. THEY DESERVE OUR RESPECT. NOT THE DISDAIN SHOWN TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THIS DISGRACEFUL BUDGET. AND I'D LIKE TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT POVERTY AND HUNGER IN RURAL AREAS IS OFTEN AS BAD AS AND SOMETIMES EVEN WORSE THAN IN CITIES. I FIND IT HIGHLY OFFENSIVE THAT THIS BUDGET SLASH OURS SAFETY NET FOR THE VERY PEOPLE PRESIDENT TRUMP PROMISED TO PROTECT, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO PUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN OFFICE. YOU KNOW, I HEARD SMOFT RATIONALE FOR THIS BUDGET FROM THE WHITE HOUSE SAYING, WELL YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO ARE ON SNAP, OUGHT TO WORK. LET ME JUST SAY FOR THE RECORD, SO IT'S CLEAR TO EVERYBODY HERE, THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON SNAP ARE CHILDREN. ARE SENIOR CITIZENS. ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED. OF THOSE WHO CAN WORK, A MAJORITY OF THEM WORK. THEY WORK. BUT THEY EARN SO LITTLE THAT THEY'RE STILL STUCK IN POVERTY. WHY ARE WE HAVING A DEBATE ABOUT INCREASING WAGES IN THIS COUNTRY. WHY IS THE DEBATE FOCUSED ON HOW WE MAKE THE LIVES OF THOSE IN POVERTY EVEN MORE MISERABLE? BUDGETS ARE MORAL DOCUMENTS. AND THIS IS THE MOST HEARTLESS, RECKLESS, AND DAMAGING PLAN I'VE EVER SEEN. IT IS IMMORAL. YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET DIRECTOR TALKED YESTERDAY ABOUT COMPASSION FOR TAXPAYERS AND FOR TRUMP SUPPORTERS. GIVE ME A BREAK. YOU KNOW, I WOULD TELL MR. MULVANEY, I DON'T THINK THAT WORD MEANS WHAT HE THINKS IT MEANS. COMPASSION. FEEDING STARVING CHILDREN. HELPING A FATHER GET BECOME ON HIS FEET AFTER A JOB LOSS. HELPING A MOTHER GET BACK ON HER FEET AFTER A JOB LOSS. CLEANING UP POISONED WATER. ENSURING EVERYONE HAS A CHANCE AT LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAVE. THAT'S COMPASSION. NOT TURNING OUR BACKS ON THESE PEOPLE. TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY NET IS CRUEL. IT IS COLDHEARTED. AND MR. SPEAKER, I'M SICK OF IT. I ASSURE YOU THAT'S NOT COMPASSIONATE. I HOPE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AGAINST THIS ADMINISTRATION AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA.

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  • 12:52:07 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I DO NOT HAVE REMAINING SPEEKSERS…

    I ADVISE MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, I DO NOT HAVE REMAINING SPEEKSERS REMAINING AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE IF HE IS.

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  • 12:52:17 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE PROMISES HE WOULD NOT CUT…

    THROUGHOUT HIS CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT TRUMP MADE PROMISES HE WOULD NOT CUT MEDICARE, MEDICAID OR SOCIAL SECURITY. NOW, WE HAVE COME TO FIND OUT THAT HE HAS BROKEN EVERY ONE OF THOSE PROMISES. THE TRUMP BUDGET INCLUDE THE MORE THAN $800 BILLION IN MEDICARE -- MEDICAID CUTS IN THE G.O.P. BILL AND ADDS ADDITIONAL CUTS ON TOP OF THAT, WITH THE TOTAL MEDICAID CUTS OF OVER $1 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. FURTHERMORE, THE TRUMP BUDGET GUTS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE. WHICH AS OF 2015 COVERED 10 MILLION RECIPIENTS. THE TRUMP BUDGET ALSO SLASHES FUNDING FOR SNAP, OUR NATION'S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST HUNGER. BY $193 BILLION. THAT'S A 25% CUT. SNAP IS A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES PEOPLE FOOD. THAT'S IT. FOOD. 42 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE FOOD INSECURE. 42 MILLION. WE SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED OF THAT. AND THE ANSWER IS TO CUT SNAP BY 25%? OH, AND BY THE WAY, THE AVERAGE SNAP BENEFIT IS $1.40 PER PERSON, PER MEAL. AND LET'S NOT FORGET THAT THE REPUBLICANS' HEALTH CARE DISASTER TAKES $75 BILLION OUT OF THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND.

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  • 12:53:45 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS TO FOR A MOMENT? I'D LIKE TOIN QUIRE OF THE SPEAKER, IS…

    GENTLEMAN YIELDS TO FOR A MOMENT? I'D LIKE TOIN QUIRE OF THE SPEAKER, IS MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS WORKING ON MY YIELDED TIME OR IS HE WORKING ON HIS TIME?

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  • 12:53:59 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS ON HIS OWN TIME.

  • 12:54:03 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

  • 12:54:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED AGAIN.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    IF THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO YIELD ME SOME TIME I WOULD GO ON. I

  • 12:54:21 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I HAD BEEN ADVISED I YIELDED AN ABUNDANCE OF TIME, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I…

    I HAD BEEN ADVISED I YIELDED AN ABUNDANCE OF TIME, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HADN'T YIELDED MORE THAN I THOUGHT.

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  • 12:54:29 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    HOUSE REPUBLICANS CONTINUALLY INSIST ON TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST…

    HOUSE REPUBLICANS CONTINUALLY INSIST ON TAX BREAKS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. WE NEED TO HOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HIS WORD. THEREFORE, I'M ASKING WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION I WILL OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE THAT WOULD CHANGE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE TO PREVENT ANY LEGISLATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED IF IT WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF GUARANTEED BENEFITS URN THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT. IF IT WOULD INCREASE EITHER THE EARLY OR FULL RETIREMENT AGENT TO RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. THIS WOULD PREVENT ANY LEGISLATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED IF IT WOULD PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. WE WOULD PREVENT ANY LEGISLATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED THAT WOULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF GUARANTEED BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS ENTITLED TO OR ENROLLED FOR BENEFITS UNDER THE MEDICARE OR RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF BENEFITS OREL JIBBLET FOR INDIVIDUALS ENROLLED IN OREL JIBBLE TO RECEIVE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH A STATE MEDICAID PLAN OR WAIVER. 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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  • 12:55:38 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. MCGOVERN

    FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I URGE EVERYBODY IN…

    FINALLY, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SAY TO MY COLLEAGUE THAT I URGE EVERYBODY IN THIS HOUSE TO REMEMBER WHY WE CAME TO CONGRESS. AND WHO SENT US HERE. OUR PRIMARY OBLIGATION IS TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. AND THEY DID NOT SEND US HERE TO MAKE THEIR LIVES MORE MISERABLE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PRIORITIES IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE IMPACT THAT THE HEALTH CARE BILL THE TRUMPCARE BILL THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE IMPACT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY, IT IS -- THESE BILLS WILL DEVASTATE PEOPLE. AND SO WE NEED TO GET BACK TO WHAT'S IMPORTANT. IT'S NOT ABOUT PROPPING UP THE PRESIDENT. DURING HIS DIFFICULTIES. IT'S NOT ABOUT PLAYING TO THE CHEAP SEATS AT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OR SOME OTHER RIGHT WING THINK TANK. OUR PRIMARY OBLIGATION IS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THIS BUDGET AND THE PRIORITIES OF THIS REPUBLICAN MAJORITY AND THE PRIORITIES OF THIS PRESIDENT UNDERCUT THE SECURITY AND THE ECONOMIC WELL BEING OF EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I URGE A -- VOTE NO, DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUTION AND A NO VOTE ON THE RULE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 12:57:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA FOR THE REMAINING TIME.

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  • 12:57:06 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IF YOU…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IF YOU LOCK MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND ME IN A ROOM TOGETHER IT WOULD BE OVER BOTH OUR OKLAHOMAS BUT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SOLVE ABOUT 50% OF THE CHALLENGES THAT FACE THIS COUNTRY THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAT HAPPENS IN CONVERSATION AND DIALOGUE WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE TURNED OFF THAN HAPPENS WHEN THE CAMERAS ARE ON. AND OF COURSE WE'RE GOING TO KEEP THESE CAMERAS ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE FOR AS LONG AS YOU AND I ARE HERE BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO SEE AND A RIGHT TO KNOW BUT JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD DON'T WANT TO HAVE ALL THEIR CONVERSATIONS IN FRONT OF THE KIDS AND THE KIDS CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO HAVE ALL THEIR CONVERSATIONS IN FRONT OF MOM AND DAD, THERE'S A ROLE TO BE PLAYED FOR FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE DOOR AND SIT DOWN AND VISIT WITH EACH OTHER AND TRY TO MAKE THINGS BETTER MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS ABSOLUTE HE RIGHT, THE ONLY JOB THAT WE HAVE IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR CONSTITUENCY BACK HOME. SOMETIMES WE LEGITIMATELY DISAGREE ON HOW TO DO THAT. THE INTUDGET A GOOD EXAMPLE. YOU'LL REMEMBER, MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS EIGHT YEARS AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NEVER ONCE INTRODUCED A BUDGET THAT BALANCED. HE BORROWED FROM OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND EVERY SINGLE BUDGET -- IN EVERY SINGLE BUDGET. WHEN I SAY HE DIDN'T INTRODUCE A BUDGET THAT BALANCED, I DON'T MEAN HE DIDN'T BALANCE IN YEAR ONE, I DON'T MEAN HE DIDN'T BALANCE IN YEAR 10, I MEAN NEVER, EVER, EVER, LOOKING FORWARD IN MS. BUDGET, DID HE EVER STOP BORROWING. MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS INSTITUTION WHO BELIEVES THAT YOU CAN RUN A COUNTRY THAT WAY. THERE'S NOT ONE. THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS INSTITUTION WHO DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT BALANCING BUDGETS IS GOING TO MAKE HARD DECISIONS. AND SO IT'S ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THE DIALOGUE ABOUT WHAT THOSE HARD DECISIONS SHOULD BE, BUT LET US NOT BE CONFUSED FOR ONE MOMENT. THERE IS NO PATHWAY TO BALANCE THAT ISN'T HARD. BORROWING FROM YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO PAY FOR WHAT YOU WANT TODAY IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE EASIER. -- EASIER THAN PAYING FOR IT YOURSELF. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. I AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS, WE DON'T WORK FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THIS INSTITUTION. IF ANYTHING HE WORKS FOR US. I SIT ON THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE AND I PROMISE YOU WE ARE PROMULGATING OUR OWN HOUSE BUDGET. A WORK PRODUCT THAT IS GOING TO MAKE THIS INSTITUTION PROUD. I'M PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO BE WORKING WITH BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN DIANE BLACK ON THAT BUDGET EVEN AS WE SPEAK. AND IT WILL BALANCE, MR. SPEAKER, BY MAKING COMMONSENSE CHANGES TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS, ONE OF WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THIS BILL HERE TODAY. TAKE THE E.P.A., FOR EXAMPLE. I ENCOURAGE, IF YOU'VE NOT READ THE COMMENTS OF OUR NEW E.P.A. ADMINISTRATOR TO GET INTO THOSE. BECAUSE WHAT HE WOULD TELL YOU WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE IS THAT WE HAVE SUPER FUND SITES, THAT CAN'T WITH BUSE -- THAT CAN'T BE USED, THEY'VE BEEN SITTING ON THE SUPER FUND LIST, THERE IS NO PLAN TO CLEAN THEM UP. NO PLAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THOSE COMMUNITIES NO PLAN TO SERVE THOSE CONSTITUENCIES. THAT'S WRONG. THAT'S WRONG. INSTEAD OF SPENDING ITS TIME AND RESOURCES MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES, MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, WHAT'S THE E.P.A. HAVING TO DO? RESPOND TO COURT CASES THAT TELL IT TO TREAT THE REASONABLE AND LABELED APPLICATION OF PESTICIDE NOT AS SPRAYING PESTICIDE IN YOUR FIELD BUT AS IF YOU WERE OPERATING A FACTORY AND HAVING AS AN EFFLUENT PESTICIDE FLOWING OUT OF YOUR FACTORY. THAT'S NONSENSE. THE REASON WE PRODUCE PESTICIDE IS TO SPRAY IT IN FIELDS. WE DO NOT NEED AN EFFLUENT DISCHARGE PERMIT AS IF WE'RE RUNNING A FACTORY PUMPING IT INTO OUR STREAMS. WE'RE NOT. WE'RE SPRAYING IT ON OUR PLANTS TO DO WHAT? ADDRESS THE FOOD NEEDS OF THIS NATION. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RIGHT WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT HUNGER IN THIS NATION, MR. SPEAKER. HE'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. . I DO SAY THERE IS NOT A COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNTRY NOT AFFECTED BY HUNGERMENT BUT THE BIGGEST ADVOCATE WE HAVE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER IS THE AMERICAN FARMER, MR. SPEAKER. THERE IS NOBODY IN THE WORLD WHO DOES IT BETTER. THERE IS NOBODY IN THE WORLD WHO PRODUCES IT CHEAPER. THERE IS NOBODY IN THE WORLD THAT HAS THE CAPABILITY OF PRODUCING THE FOOD TO GO ON THE GROCERY STORE SHELVES IN AMERICA EXCEPT THE AMERICAN FARMER, AND THESE PESTICIDES AND HERBIESIDES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN GETTING THAT FOOD OUT OF THE FIELD AND ON TO THOSE STORE SHELVES. AND WE WANT TO DO IT WITH STRICT E.P.A. REGULATION. THAT'S WHAT'S LOST IN THIS DEBATE. THERE IS NOT ONE MEMBER OF THIS BODY THAT WANTS TO REPEAL E.P.A. REGULATION. WE WANT TO KEEP THAT E.P.A. REGULATION. IT'S CALLED FIFTH RULE, THAT REGULATION THAT PESTICIDES ARE REGULATED UNDER. NO ONE WANTS TO CHANGE THAT AT ALL. ALL FOLKS WANT TO DO IS SAY WAIT A MINUTE, THIS IS NOT A FACTORY DISCHARGE ISSUE, THIS IS A PESTICIDE ISSUE. MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I SIT ON THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER. WE DID NOT HAVE A HEARING OR A MARKUP ON THIS BILL, AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY REFERRED TO OUR COMMITTEE. WHY, MR. SPEAKER? IT WAS REFERRED TO OUR COMMITTEE BECAUSE WE HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, BUT THIS HAS NEVER BEEN A CLEAN WATER ACT ISSUE EXCEPT THE COURTS TRIED TO MAKE IT ONE. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN A CLEAN WATER ACT ISSUE EXCEPT THE LITIGANTS TRIED TO MAKE IT ONE. SO WHEN WE TRIED TO FIX THE PROBLEM, WE DIDN'T WASTE A MOMENT IN THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. DEALING WITH THE CLEAN WATER ACT, BECAUSE THIS HAS NEVER BEEN A CLEAN WATER ACT ISSUE. IT'S AN AG ISSUE, WHICH IS WHY IT WENT THROUGH MY FRIEND OF MASSACHUSETTS' AG COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BEGRUDGE ANYONE THE JOB THAT THEY HAVE TO DO IN THIS INSTITUTION. WE HAVE DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES. THEY ASK DIFFERENT THINGS OF US. WE ALL HAVE TO COME AND DO OUR WORK, BUT WILL I TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, EVERYTHING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE AN US AGAINST THEM BATTLE. SOMETIMES IT'S JUST ABOUT US. SOMETIMES THERE'S MORE THAT UNITES THIS COUNTRY THAN DIVIDES THIS COUNTRY, AND THAT'S OK. SOMETIMES WE'RE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER ON COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AND THAT'S OK. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THIS BILL CAME TO THE HOUSE UNDER SUSPEND THE RULES, AGAIN THAT PROCESS THAT WE USE FOR THINGS THAT ARE NONCONTROVERSIAL, MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS SUPPORTED IT AT THAT TIME. HE SUPPORTED IT BECAUSE IT'S GOOD LEGISLATION THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FOLKS BACK HOME. IT'S GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN COMBATING HUNGER IN EVERY JURISDICTION ACROSS THIS NATION. WHEN THIS BILL WENT THROUGH THE AG COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, THERE WERE NO AMENDMENTS OFFERED. THE AG COMMITTEE IS COMPOSED OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS. IT'S A PLACE WHERE DISCUSSION TAKES PLACE. IT WAS THE MARKUP OF THIS BILL, WHICH IS WHEN YOU GO AND TRY TO AMEND IT AND MAKE IT BETTER, NOT ONE AMENDMENT WAS OFFERED FROM EITHER SIDE. WHY? BECAUSE WE DISCUSSED THIS ISSUE. WE HAVE LITIGATED THIS ISSUE. WE WORKED TOGETHER ON THIS ISSUE. AND IT IS A COLLABORATIVE WORK PRODUCT. BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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  • 01:04:41 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THAT ARE GERMANE WERE…

    I WOULD SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS THAT ARE GERMANE WERE OFFERED IN THE RULES COMMITTEE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, AND THEY WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. AMENDMENTS WERE OFFERED AND BLOCKED. I POINT THAT OUT.

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    I THANK MY FRIEND. HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WHEN THE EXPERTS ON THE AG…

    I THANK MY FRIEND. HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WHEN THE EXPERTS ON THE AG COMMITTEE CONSIDERED THIS. WHEN THE FOLKS WHO SPENT THEIR ENTIRE CAREERS ON CAPITOL HILL WORKING ON PESTICIDE AND PESTICIDE SAFETY CONSIDERED THIS, THEY HAD ABSOLUTELY NO AMENDMENTS TO OFFER WHATSOEVER.

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  • 01:05:12 PM

    MR. WOODALL YOU

    WHEN IT CAME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ENTIRE HOUSE COULD OFFER…

    WHEN IT CAME TO THE RULES COMMITTEE AND ENTIRE HOUSE COULD OFFER AMENDMENTS, FOLKS ABSOLUTELY OFFERED AMENDMENTS. THE RULES COMMITTEE ON WHICH THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I SERVE, WE MADE TWO OF THOSE AMENDMENTS IN ORDER. WE REJECTED OTHERS. YOU HEARD MY FRENDS FRIEND'S OPENING STATEMENT, MR. SPEAKER, ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WE REJECTED WAS TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, FOR PETE'S SAKES, I SERVE WITH THESE MEN AND WOMEN AND HAVE BEEN IN THIS BODY FOR SIX YEARS. THERE'S NOT ONE MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION THAT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT PREGNANT WOMEN. THERE IS NOT ONE MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION DOESN'T CARE ABOUT CHILDREN. THERE IS NOT ONE MEMBER MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION THAT DOESN'T CARE. WHAT WE DO IN THIS INSTITUTION IS CARE. WHEN MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS SUPPORTED THIS BILL, WHEN HE SUPPORTED THIS BILL, THERE WERE NO AMENDMENTS ALONG THOSE LINES. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND IN ONE MOMENT. JUST ONE MOMENT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND. BUT NOT BEFORE I TELL HIM THAT WHEN HE SUPPORTED THIS BILL WITHOUT THE AMENDMENT DEALING PARTICULARLY WITH PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, I DON'T BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT HE FORGOT ABOUT THOSE PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. I DON'T BELIEVE FOR A MOMENT HE DECIDED HE WAS GOING TO PUNISH PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN. I BELIEVE THAT HE THOUGHT THOSE PROTECTIONS WERE INHERENT IN THE BASE TEXT AND HE WAS RIGHT WHEN HE THOUGHT IT AND HE WAS RIGHT WHEN HE SUPPORTED IT. BE HAPPY TO YIELD.

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  • 01:06:34 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    THE BILL HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. I VOTED AGAINST IT IN COMMITTEE. I…

    THE BILL HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. I VOTED AGAINST IT IN COMMITTEE. I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, THAT IF WE'RE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WHAT WAS THE HARM IN MAKING IN ORDER AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD HAVE DONE THAT? IT WAS PERFECTLY GERMANE. AND THE RULES COMMITTEE DECIDED NOT TO MAKE IT IN ORDER. I THINK THAT IS A QUESTION THAT THE GENTLEMAN HASN'T ANSWERED. I APPRECIATE ALL THE PEOPLE ON THE AG COMMITTEE ARE EXPERTS. YOU KNOW WHAT, THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO KNOW A LOT ABOUT SCIENCE AND PESTICIDES AND AGRICULTURE WHO ARE NOT ON THE COMMITTEE, AND JUST BECAUSE COMMITTEE TAKES ACTION, IF THAT'S THE NEW RULE IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE COMMITTEE YOU WANT OFFER -- CAN'T OFFER AMENDMENTS, THAT'S AN UNFORTUNATE NEW APPROACH.

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  • 01:07:21 PM

    MR. WOODALL

    I'LL TELL MY FRIEND TWO THINGS HE ALREADY KNOWS. NUMBER ONE S. WE DO…

    I'LL TELL MY FRIEND TWO THINGS HE ALREADY KNOWS. NUMBER ONE S. WE DO ACCEPT AMENDMENTS FROM THE ENTIRE CONGRESS. THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THE RULES COMMITTEE BEING IN EXISTENCE. WE ADDED TWO AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL FOR CONSIDERATION. WHEN THE GENTLEMAN SUPPORTED IT IN THE 112TH WE CONSIDERED NO OTHER AMENDMENTS. THAT'S A CHANGE THIS TY. WE'LL DO THAT. WHEN IT PASSED LAST TIME WE DID A RULE, NO ONE OFFERED ANY AMENDMENTS. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THAT TIME. WHEN WE PASSED IT IN THE AG BILL, NO ONE OFFERED ANY AMENDMENTS SO IT'S A CHANGE THIS TIME. WE ABSOLUTELY ARE OPENING UP THE PROCESS MORE AND MORE AND MORE WITH EVERY TIME THE HOUSE CONSIDERS THIS BILL. BUT I WOULD ALSO TELL MY FRIEND SOMETHING WE'LL HAVE TO GRAPPLE WITH AS AN INSTITUTION, AND THAT IS THAT I DON'T NEED A RULES COMMITTEE IF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS MAKE EVERY AMENDMENT THAT COMES TO THIS INSTITUTION IN ORDER. THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE A RULES COMMITTEE IS TO PICK AND CHOOSE. THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE A RULES COMMITTEE IS SET UP A TIMETABLE ON WHICH WE CAN DEBATE AND CONSIDER THINGS IN A REASONABLE MANNER. THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE A RULES COMMITTEE IS BECAUSE WE'RE NOT OPERATING UNDER UNANIMOUS CONSENT AS OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE DO. THOUGH WE ABSOLUTELY COULD AND I WOULD REFER HIM TO MY FRIEND, DANIEL WEBSTER, WHO HAS MARVELOUS IDEAS HOW WE MIGHT DO THAT. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I THINK IT'S LEGITIMATE FOR FOLKS BACK HOME TO WONDER, WHAT'S GOING ON IN THAT UNITED STATES HOUSE? THEY PASSED IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY ONCE, THEY PASSED IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TWICE. THEY PASSED IT IN A BIPARTISAN WAY THREE TIMES. AND HERE IT IS ON THE FLOOR TODAY AND IT'S AS IF THE SKY IS FALLING AND GOING TO OPEN UP AND SWALLOW EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD AND DECENT ABOUT THIS LAND. WHY IS THAT, MR. SPEAKER? WHY IS THAT THE CONVERSATION WE'RE HAVING TODAY INSTEAD OF THE ONE WE HAD NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES ABOUT HOW WE COULD USE THIS LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CITIZENS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. PERHAPS THAT'S JUST THE ENVIRONMENT WE'RE IN. PERHAPS THAT'S JUST THE CARDS WE HAVE BEEN DEALT IN POLITICS ACROSS AMERICA TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, BUT WE HAVE A CHANCE TOGETHER AS AN INSTITUTION TO STAUN AND SAY IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. WE HAVE A CHANCE TOGETHER TO STAND UP AND SAY WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THOSE PARTISAN SHIN NAN GANSZ. WE -- SHENANIGANS, WE CAN GET TOGETHER. THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY YOU'LL HAVE AFTER THIS SPEECH, MR. SPEAKER, TO DO THAT, IS IN SUPPORTING THE RULE FOR THIS BILL. THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY WE'LL HAVE TO DO THAT IS IN SUPPORTING THIS RULE AND THEN SUPPORTING THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND SENDING IT BACK TO THE SENATE ONE MORE TIME. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, MR. SPEAKER. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT TOGETHER. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, URGE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL, AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION.

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  • 01:10:04 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 GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL STATE HIS INQUIRY.

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  • 01:10:13 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN HEARING THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT WE ALL WANT TO PROTECT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN HEARING THE GENTLEMAN SAY THAT WE ALL WANT TO PROTECT THE LIVES OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN, I JUST WANT TO ASK AN INQUIRY, IS THE AMENDMENT BY EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON THAT PROHIBITS SUCH TOXIC IN CIRCUMSTANCE THAT IS COULD BE HARMFUL TO PREGNANT WOMEN OR FETAL, EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT, IS THAT MADE IN ORDER? IS THAT PART OF THE RULE?

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  • 01:10:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS FREE TO CONSULT THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT. THE RULES…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS FREE TO CONSULT THE RULES COMMITTEE REPORT. THE RULES COMMITTEE HE SERVES ON.

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  • 01:10:44 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I DON'T THINK IT IS. I WOULD JUST SIMPLY SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WANTS…

    I DON'T THINK IT IS. I WOULD JUST SIMPLY SAY TO THE GENTLEMAN IF HE WANTS MORE COOPERATION MAYBE WE OUGHT TO OPEN THE PROCESS UP --

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  • 01:10:53 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE QUESTION IS ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:11:03 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 01:34:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 229. THE NAYS ARE 191. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS AND STAFF, PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR.

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  • 01:35:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR…

    THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE CHAIR WOULD ASK THAT ALL PRESENT RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THE CHAIR ASKS THAT THE HOUSE NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN MANCHESTER, ENGLAND. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE RESOLUTION. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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  • 01:36:05 PM

    MASSACHUSETTS.MR. MCGOVERN

    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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    THE SPEAKER

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

    A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS 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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  • 01:43:05 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE RESOLUTION IS…

    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 232. THE NAYS ARE 189. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT.

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  • 01:43:34 PM

    THE CLERK

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. ON FEBRUARY 28, I SPOKE TO A JOINT…

    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. ON FEBRUARY 28, I SPOKE TO A JOINT SESSION OF THE CONGRESS ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER OF AMERICAN GREATNESS. I ASKED THE NATION TO LOOK FORWARD NINE YEARS AND IMAGINE THE WONDERS WE COULD ACHIEVE BY AMERICA'S 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR INDEPENDENCE IF WE SET FREE THE DREAMS OF OUR PEOPLE BY REMOVING THE BARRIERS HOLDING BACK OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. THIS BUDGET'S DEFINING AMBITION IS TO UNLEASH THE DREAMS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS REQUIRES LAYING A NEWFOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN GREATNESS. THROUGH STREAMLINE GOVERNMENT, WE WILL DRIVE AND ECONOMIC BOOM THAT RAISES INCOMES AND EXPANDS JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL AMERICANS. FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH CUPPLED WITH FISCAL RESTRAINT WILL ENABLE US TO FULLY FUND OUR NATIONAL PRIORITIES, BALANCE OUR BUDGET, AND START TO PAY DOWN OUR NATIONAL DEBT. MY MORAL COMMITMENT TO REPLACING OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC STAGNATION WITH ECONOMIC GROWTH RESTS ON THE FOLLOWING PILLARS OF REFORM. HEALTH REFORM. WE NEED TO ENABLE AMERICANS TO BUY THE HEALTH CARE THEY NEED AT A PRICE THEY CAN AFFORD WE MUST REPEAL OBAMACARE AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS AND MANDATES AND REPLACE IT WITH A FRAMEWORK THAT OFFERS JOYCE IN COMPETITION THIS. WILL LOWER THE COST OF CARE SO MORE AMERICANS CAN GED THE MEDICAL ATTENTION THEY NEED. ADDITIONALLY, MEDICAID WHICH INADEQUATELY SERVES ENROLLEES MUST BE REFORM TO ALLOW STATES NOONG THEIR OWN PROGRAMS WITH CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TAX REFORM AND SIMPLIFICATION. WE MUST REDUCE THE TAX BURDEN ON AMERICAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES SO THAT WE CAN MAXIMIZE INCOMES AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE MUST ALSO SIMPLIFY OUR TAX SYSTEM SO THAT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES DO NOT WASTE COUNTLESS HOURS AND RESOURCES SIMPLY PAYING THEIR TAXES. . IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE WILL ADOPT COMMONSENSE PROPOSALS THAT PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS, REDEUCE BURDENS ON TAXPAYERS AND PUBLIC RESOURCES AND FOCUS FEDERAL FUNDS ON UNDERSERVED AND DISADVANTAGED CITIZENS. REDUCTIONS IN FEDERAL SPENDING. WE MUST SCRUTINIZE EVERY DOLLAR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS. JUST AS FAMILY DECEMBER SIDE HOW TO MANAGE LIMITED BUDGETS, WE MUST ENSURE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SPENDS PRECIOUS TAXPAYER DOLLARS ONLY ON OUR HEEGEST PRIORITIES AND ALWAYS IN THE MOST EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE MANNER. REGULATORY ROLLBACK. WE MUST ELIMINATE EVERY OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY FEDERAL REGULATION AND MOVE AGGRESSIVELY TO BUILD REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS THAT STIMULATE RATHER THAN STAGNATE JOB CREATION. EVEN FOR THOSE REGULATIONS WE MUST LEAVE IN PLACE, WE MUST STRIKE EVERY PROVISION THAT'S COUNTERPRODUCTIVE, INEFFECTIVE, OR OUTDATED. AMERICAN ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. WE MUST INCREASE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICA'S ENERGY RESOURCES, STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, LOWERING THE PRICE OF ELECTRICITY AN TRANSPORTATION FUELS, AND DRIVING DOWN THE COST OF CONSUMER GOODS SO EVERY AMERICAN INDIVIDUAL AND BUSINESS HAS MORE MONEY TO SAVE AND INVEST. A CONSISTENT, LONG-TERM SUPPLY OF LOW-COST AMERICAN ENERGY AND GREATER SECURITY FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE. WELFARE REFORM, WE MUST REFORM OUR WELFARE SO IT DOES NOT DISCOURAGE ABLE BODIED ADULTS FROM WORKING WHICH TAKES AWAY SCARCE RESOURCES FROM THOSE IN REAL NEED. IT MUST BE THE CENTER OF OUR SOCIAL POLICY. EDUCATION REFORM, WE NEED TO RETURN DECISIONS REGARDING EDUCATION BACK TO STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS WHILE ADVANCING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO CHOOSE FROM ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS THE SCHOOL THAT BEST FITS THEIR NEEDS TO LEARN AND SUCCEED. TO INLEASH THE POWER OF AMERICAN WORK AND CREATIVITY AND DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH WE MUST REPRIORITIZE FEDERAL SPENDING SO IT ADVANCES THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS INCLUDES $364 MILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, A $-- $364 BILLION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, A $52 BILLION INCREASE THIS WILL BE OFFSET BY TARGETED REDUCTIONS ELSE. WHERE THIS DEFENSE FUNDING IS VITAL REBUILDING, MODERNIZING AND PREPARING OUR ARMED FORCES FOR THE FUTURE SO OUR MILITARY REMAINS THE WORLD'S PREEMINENT FIGHTING FORCE AND WE CAN CONTINUE TO ENSURE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. THIS BILL ALSO INCREASES FUNDING TO TAKE CARE OF OUR GREAT VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY WITH HONOR, WITH SUCH HONOR AND DISTINCTION. THE BUDGET ALSO MEETS THE NEEDS OF MATERIAL INCREASED FUNDING FOR BORDER SECURITY, IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE DEPARTMENTS OF HOMELAND SECURITY AN JUSTICE. THESE FUNDING INCREASES WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR A SOUTHERN BORDER WALL, EXPANDED CAPACITY AND INITIATIVES TO REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME AS WELL AS MORE IMMIGRATION JUDGES, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AN BORDER PATROL AGENTS. THE BUDGET ALSO INVESTS SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES IN EFFORTS TO COMBAT OPIOID ABUSE. IN THESE DANGEROUS TIMES, OUR INCREASED ATTENTION TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND NATIONAL SECURITY SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD A MESSAGE OF AMERICAN STRENGTH AND RESOLVE. IT FOLLOWS THROUGH ON MY PROMISE TO FOCUS ON KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE, KEEPING TERRORISTS OUT OF OUR NATION, AND PUTTING VIOLENT OFFENDERS BEHIND BARS. THAT IS BUDGET RETURNS US TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY, WE WILL ALSO ALLOW US TO FUND ADDITIONAL PRIORITIES, INCLUDING INFRASTRUCTURE, STUDENT LOAN REFORM AND INITIATIVES TO HELP WORKING FAMILIES WITH SUCH -- SUCH AS PAID PARENTAL LEAVE. WE WILL CHAMPION THE HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS WHO HAVE ENDURED TOO LONG. ONCE WE RETURN TO ROBUST GROWTH, SO MANY OF OUR ASPIRATIONS WILL BE WITHIN REACH. IT IS NOW UP TO THE CONGRESS TO ACT. I PLEDGE MY FULL COOPERATION IN ENDING THE ECONOMIC MALAISE THAT HAS FOR TOO LONG CRIPPLED THE DREAMS OF OUR PEOPLE. THE TIME FOR SMALL THINKING IS OVER. AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR 250TH YEAR I'M CALLING ON ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO JOIN ME IN STRIVING TO DO BIG, BOLD, ENDURING THINGS FOR OUR NATION. WE HAVE IT IN OUR POWER TO SET FREE THE DREAMS OF OUR PEOPLE. LET US BEGIN. SIGNED, DONALD J. TRUMP, THE WHITE HOUSE, MAY 23, 2017.

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  • 01:49:46 PM

    TEMPORE REFERRED

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT…

    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND ORDERED PRINTED. 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 VOTES OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 0. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON POSTPONED QUESTIONS AT A LATER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:50:18 PM

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1809 AS AMENDED.

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  • 01:50:24 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 01:50:26 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1809 A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND…

    H.R. 1809 A BILL TO RE-AUTHORIZE AND IMPROVE THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT OF 1974 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 01:50:36 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. LEWIS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. SCOTT, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA.

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  • 01:50:46 PM

    MR. LEWIS

    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 IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1809.

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  • 01:50:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. LEWIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1809 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1809 AND YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 01:51:06 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 01:51:07 PM

    MR. LEWIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MORE THAN ONE MILLION KIDS ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MORE THAN ONE MILLION KIDS ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. A STARTLING FACT THAT CARRIES DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED ARE 26% LESS LIKELY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND UP TO 26% MORE LIKELY TO RETURN TO JAIL AS ADULTS. THERE ARE MANY KIDS EXPERIENCING GRIM AND CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES. AS A RESULT SOME MAKE BAD DECISIONS WITH COSTLY CONSEQUENCES. THE REALITY IS WE DON'T LIVE IN A PERFECT SOCIETY. SOMETIMES MISTAKES ARE MADE. REGARD LOFSE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING A BAD DECISION, EVERY KID DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY OF A BETTER PATH FORWARD. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY. TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS PROVIDE KIDS WITH THAT BETTER PATH FORWARD. IN 1974, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW WITH THE GOAL OF HELPING STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS IMPROVE THEIR JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS. THESE SYSTEMS CAN PLAY AN PORN ROLE IN HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND AND GAIN THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE THE FEDERAL LAW AIMED AT SUPPORTING STATE AND LOCAL JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEMS HAS BEEN REFORMED. WE MUST UPDATE THIS LAW TO DEVELOP MORE EFFECTIVE SUPPORT SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE YOUTH AND TO EQUIP STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS WITH THE TOOLS THEY NEED. I, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE ACROSS THE AISLE REPRESENTATIVE BOBBY SCOTT HAVE PUT FORWARD THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017. A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT HELPS SET KIDS UP FOR LONG-TERM SUCCESS. THE REFORMS IN THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE LOCAL COMMUNITIES THE FLEXIBILITY THEY NEED TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTH TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY. H.R. 1809 PRIORITIZES WHAT WORKS BY USING EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES AND CURRENT, RELIABLE DATA TO HELP REDUCE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. BY STRENGTHENING THE CORE PROTECTIONS FOR YOUTH IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, THIS BILL MAKES SENSIBLE REFORMS TO ENHANCE THEIR SAFETY AND KEEP MORE KIDS FROM BEING UNNECESSARILY INCARCERATED. THE BILL ALSO IMPROVES ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENHANCES THE OVERSIGHT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO ENSURE THEY'RE BEING USED RESPONSIBLY. PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY THIS BILL IMPROVES SUPPORT FOR PREVENTION SERVICES ESPECIALLY AMONG AT-RISK YOUTH. THERE'S NO DOUBT WE WANT TO HELP KIDS GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK. BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE MORE KIDS DON'T EXPERIENCE THE SAME BIT FALLS. H.R. 1809 IS A STRONG, BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LYES OF MANY YOUNG AMERICANS, ENABLING THEM TO GET THEIR LIVES BACK ON TRACK AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 01:53:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. WITHOUT OBJECTION. --

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 01:54:13 PM

    MR. SCOTT

    I WANT TO THANK MR. LEWIS FOR WORKING ON THIS -- WITH THIS SIDE OF THE…

    I WANT TO THANK MR. LEWIS FOR WORKING ON THIS -- WITH THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELYNN AGAINITY PR TEXT ACT. JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM WERE STARTED BASE ODD THEORY THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS IN THE SAME WAY AS ADULTS. THE OPPORTUNITY TO REHABILITATE CHILDREN BECAME THE FOCUS OF THIS SYSTEM RATHER THAN PUNISHMENT OF OFFENDERS. CONGRESS FIRST ARTICULATED NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT OF 1974, LONG OVERDUE FOR RE-AUTHORIZATION, THE BILL IS AN IMPORTANT -- CREATES IMPORTANT CORPS PROTECTIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IN EACH STATE. IN THE 15 YEARS SINCE CONGRESS LAST RE-AUTHORIZED THE PROGRAM, THERE HAVE BEEN ADVANCEMENTS IN RESEARCH AND EXPANSION OF EVIDENCE THEN IT COMES TO THE PREVENTION OF YOUTH INCARCERATION AND DELINQUENCY. THE BILL WE'LL CONSIDER TODAY INCLUDES NECESSARY IMPROVES TO FEDERAL POLICY GROUNDED IN FACTS, PROVING THAT THE PUBLIC INVESTMENTS IN THE CONTINUUM OF TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE AND ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION AND SECURE DETENTION PRODUCE POSITIVE RESULTS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH. THESE RESULTS IN TURN WILL REDUCE CRIME AND CREATE LONG-TERM SAVINGS. H.R. 1809 REQUIRES FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT STATE JUVENILE JUSTICE PLANS HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE LATEST SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION IN JUVENILE CRIME POLICY. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO LEGISLATE THIS. BUT WE HAVE SEEN TOO OFTEN THE SLOGANS AND SOUND BITES HAVE DICTATED OUR NATIONAL APPROACH TO CRIME POLICY, PARTICULARLY JUVENILE CRIME. THESE SLOGANS AND SOUND BITES UVEN DO NOTHING TO DECREASE TIME AND IN FACT SOME HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE THE TIME RATE. H.R. 1809 ENCOURAGES STATES TO CONSIDER PROMISING PRACTICES SUCH AS PROGRAMMING TO ENSURE THAT YOUTH HAVE ACCESS TO PUBLIC DEFENDERS WITH YUFLE COURT EXPERIENCE, THE YOUTH -- THE USE OF PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS AS A -- AN ALTERNATIVE TO INCARCERATION ANCON FINEMENT, ENCOURAGING THE SEALING AND EXPUNGING OF JUVENILE RECORDS. FINALLY THE BILL RETOOLS THE CURRENT TITLE 5 LOCAL DELINQUENCY GRANT PROGRAMS RETITLED AS THE YOUTH PROMISE INITIATIVE GRANTS FOR LOCAL DELINQUENCY -- FOR LOCAL DELINQUENCY PREVENTION PROGRAM TO SUPPORT COMMUNITIES IN THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EVIDENCE-BASED PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO REDUCE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND GANG INVOLVEMENT. RECIPIENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO ANALYZE THE UNMET DELINQUENCY NEEDS OF THE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY AND DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO ADDRESS THOSE UNMET NEEDS WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE PROGRAM COORDINATION RESM SEARCH SHOWS THAT COMMUNITY WIDE COORDINATED APPROACH TO DELINQUENCY PREVENTION THAT UTILIZES A CONTINUUM OF SERVICES CAN SAVE THE COMMUNITY MONEY AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY. I WOULD LIKE TO ESPECIALLY THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR WORKING WITH ME ON THE TITLE 5 PROVISIONS, MODELED AFTER A BILL I'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR NEARLY 10 YEAR THE YOUTH PROMISE ACT. I'M CONFIDENT IF ENACTED THIS INCENTIVE GRANT PROGRAM WILL VASTLY IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR AT-RISK YOUTH ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE COLLABORATIVE WORK ON THIS -- OF THIS COMMITTEE GIVES ME HOPE WE CAN GET FULL RE-AUTHORIZATION OVER THE FINISH LINE THIS YEAR. SENATORS GRASSLEY AND WHITEHOUSE HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL IN THE SENATE ALREADY AND I'M OPTIMISTIC WE'LL BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE A BILL TOGETHER THAT BUILDS ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LAST 15 YEARS AND MAKES ITS WAY TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK FOR SIGNATURE. I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LEWIS

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017. MR. SPEAKER,…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE IN OPPORTUNITY. I BELIEVE THAT GIVEN TOOLS ANYONE CAN CHANGE THEIR SITUATION FOR THE BETTER. TOO OFTEN AT-RISK YOUTH END UP IN THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE. WHEN DESIGNED EFFECTIVELY, JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS CAN HELP RESET A TROUBLE YOUTH'S PATH TO SUCCESSFUL ADULTHOOD. THAT'S WHY I SUPPORT THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017. THIS LEGISLATION WILL HELP YOUTH IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM GET ON THE RIGHT PATH BY FOCUS PROGRAMS ON APPROACHES THAT WORK USING EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES AND PROVEN TRACK RECORDS.

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    MR. MITCHELL

    IT STRENGTHS ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT TO DELIVER PROVEN OUTCOME. IT…

    IT STRENGTHS ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT TO DELIVER PROVEN OUTCOME. IT ALSO GIVES COMMUNITIES GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO DELIVER SERVICES THAT MEET THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF YOUTH IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I'M PROUD TO CO-SPONSOR THIS LEGISLATION TO HELP YOUTH BREAK FROM THEIR TROUBLED PAST AND TURN THEIR LIVES ARN AND BECOME AN ASSET IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION, THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A STRONG SUPPORTER OF AT-RISK YOUTH,…

    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO A STRONG SUPPORTER OF AT-RISK YOUTH, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MRS. WILSON.

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON JUVENILE JUSTICE ISSUES SINCE HE WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE, LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL, MR. CARDENAS.

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    MR. CARDENAS

    I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR ALL OF HIS…

    I WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR ALL OF HIS DILIGENCE AND INCREDIBLE EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY WITH THE SUCCESS OF THIS PASSAGE OF THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THE-R THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, THE -- THE BILL WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY IS A BILL THAT PUTS CONGRESS BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT OF EVIDENCE-BASED REFORM OF OUR NATION'S JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. FOR FAR TOO LONG CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO RE-AUTHORIZE THE LANDMARK JUVENILE JUSTICE DELINQUENCY PREVENTION ACT PASSED IN 1974. THE MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL JUVENILE JUSTICE STATUTE HAS EXPIRED FOR ALMOST A DECADE. I CAME TO CONGRESS TO AFFECT CHANGE AT A NATIONAL LEVEL TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY. CONGRESS HAS FALLEN BEHIND THE LEADERSHIP AND THE PROGRESS OF DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN STATES ALIKE AND CITIES AS WELL ACROSS THE NATION WHO HAVE HAD TO TAKE THE LEAD WITHOUT US. PASSING THIS BILL IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WILL DEMONSTRATE TO STATES AND CITIES ACROSS THIS GREAT COUNTRY THAT CONGRESS IS LISTENING. AND ACTING. THIS BILL ADDRESSES MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IN MY CAREER AS A STATE LEGISLATOR, CITY COUNCILMAN, AND NOW AS A FEDERAL ELECTED PUBLIC SERVANT. FOR INSTANCE, IT HELPS CITIES AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS FUND COMMUNITY-BASED GANG SPREENGS AND INTERVENTION PROGRAMS. WHEN I WAS ON THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL, I MADE SURE THAT ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS FROM OUR CITY WERE ACTUALLY ACHIEVING THE RESULTS THAT THEY HAD PROMISED. I'M PLEASED THAT THIS BILL INCLUDES A STRONG EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH AND SCIENCE AND MAKING SURE THAT EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAMS ARE PRIORITIZED. IT ENSURES THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK, WHICH WILL SAVE THE TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE SHORT RUN AND ALSO HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THE LONG RUN. AND ALSO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES MUCH, MUCH SAFER. THIS BILL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS THAT ENSURE YOUTH HAVE ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND PROGRAMS TO EXPAND ACCESS. THIS BILL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES ABOUT HOW THEY CAN GO ABOUT CEILING AND EXPUNGING THEIR JUVENILE RECORDS AND TO HELP THEM DO THAT ALONG THE WAY. THIS BILL SUPPORTS PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON GIRLS IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT THIS BILL MAKES SURE THAT ALL ETHNICITY IS RECORDED SO WE CAN GET A BERT UNDERSTANDING OF WHO IS IN OUR JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND ADDRESS ANY DISPARATES IF WE -- DISPARITY IT IS WE FIND THEM. THIS WILL PUT US ON A PATH THAT KIDS ARE NOT DETAINED FOR AN OFFENSE THAT WOULD NOT BE A CRIME IF COMMITTED AS AN ADULT SUCH AS SKIPPING SCHOOL OR RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME. IT'S HIGH TIME WE RE-AUTHORIZE THE JJDPA AND I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE CAN COME TOGETHER TO ADVANCE THIS CRITICAL UPDATE TO OUR JUVENILE JUSTICE LAWS. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO BE LEADERS BY VOTING FOR THIS JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017, ONCE AGAIN, IT'S LONG, LONG OVERDUE. I YIELD BACK TO MY COLLEAGUE.

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    MR. LEWIS

    I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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    CURBELO

    A FORMER MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE THIS WAS AND…

    A FORMER MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE THIS WAS AND REMAINS ONE OF MY PRIORITIES AS I BELIEVE THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION CAN HELP US ACHIEVE OUR ANTI-POVERTY GOALS HERE IN THE U.S. HOUSE. THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017 WILL HELP SET KIDS UP FOR SUCCESS THAT IS LONG-TERM SO THEY ARE NOT CAUGHT UP IN A SYSTEM THAT PUTS THEM ON A PATH WHERE FAILURE IS INEVITABLE. THIS BILL INCLUDES REFORMS THAT WILL HELP JUVENILES TRANSITION OUT OF THE SYSTEM THROUGH COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES AND EDUCATION. IT ALSO ENSURES THAT STAKEHOLDERS CAN OFFER THEIR EXPERTISE IN ORDER TO BEST SERVE THIS POPULATION, WHILE ALSO SUPPORTING PREVENTION SERVICES TO KEEP KIDS ON THE RIGHT TRACK. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE IS THAT THIS BILL PRIORITIZES EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES TO REDUCE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY DIRECTING NECESSARY RESOURCES TO WHAT ACTUALLY WORKS. EVERYONE DESERVES A CHANCE TO IMPROVE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. MANY KIDS WHO END UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THESE KIDS AND THE STAKEHOLDERS AND POLICYMAKERS WHO SUPPORT THEM NEED THE FLEXIBILITY AND TOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY SERVE THEM. I BELIEVE THIS LEGISLATION IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF IT. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTH GET ON A PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SCOTT

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK AGAIN THE GENTLEMAN…

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK AGAIN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. LEWIS

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMARNEDE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. LEWIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENSURING KIDS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULT LIFE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ENSURING KIDS EXPERIENCING DIFFICULT LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES, AVOIDING A LIFE OF CRIME IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. I FIND IT A PRIVILEGE TO STAND WITH PARENTS, TEACHERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO ENSURE AT-RISK YOUTH ARE ABLE TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND GROW INTO PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017 MAKES COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT MOVE US IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. BY PROVIGGEDE SUPPORT TO KIDS WHO NEED HELP THE MOST. I AM PLEASED TO HELP LEAD THIS BIPARTISAN EVIDENT AND I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT, FOR THE WORK HE HAS DONE ON THIS LEGISLATION. BY WORKING TOGETHER HERE AND IN CONGRESS, WE CAN ENSURE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEED TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND AND EARN A LIFETIME OF SUCCESS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF H.R. 1809. 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. 1809, 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 LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

    MR. SPEAKER, MORPH THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1808, AS AMENDED.

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    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 64, H.R. 1808, A BILL TO AMEND AND APPROVE THE…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 64, H.R. 1808, A BILL TO AMEND AND APPROVE THE MISSING CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. GUTHRIE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURTNEY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 1808.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    SUCH TIME AS I MAY

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    FROM ACCOUNT K MR. COURTNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG…

    FROM ACCOUNT K MR. COURTNEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, TO AMEND AND IMPROVE THE MISSING CHILDREN ASSISTANCE ACT. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, IT'S AN HONOR TO STAND WITH MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AGAIN, IT'S AN HONOR TO STAND WITH MY FRIEND, MR. GUTHRIE, IN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION WHICH, AGAIN, MAKES SOME IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE EXISTING LAW FOR THE CERTAINTY FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN -- CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, A PROGRAM CREATED IN 1984. SADLY, HAS NOT FINISHED ITS MISSION. AGAIN THE F.B.I. REPORTS EVERY YEAR THAT THERE ARE ROUGHLY ABOUT 460,000 REPORTS OF MISSING CHILDREN. DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF PROGRAMS WHICH NICMIC HAVE OPERATED OVER THE YEARS, AGAIN, THIS IS STILL A SCOURGE WHICH AFFLICTS MANY FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, RURAL, SUBURBAN, AND URBAN AREAS. AGAIN THIS BILL WILL BASICALLY UPDATE AND MODERNIZE THE LANGUAGE OF THE ACT TO RECOGNIZE THERE ARE NEW FORMS OF THREATS AND RISKS TO MINOR CHILDREN SUCH AS HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ONLINE PREDATORS. SO IT DOES THREE ESSENTIAL THINGS. NUMBER ONE, IT INCORPORATES NEW TERMINOLOGY TO ALIGN THE LAW WITH THESE NEW THREATS, WHICH I MENTIONED ABOVE, AND STRENGTHENS PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN AT RIFPBLGT NUMBER TWO, IT CLARIFIES THAT IT'S A NONPROFIT ENTITY, WHICH IS AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN ENSNARED IN THE COURTS. CONGRESS' ENACTMENT AND PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WILL CLARIFY THIS CRITICAL ISSUE. AND LASTLY, IT CLARIFIES THAT IT'S A RESOURCE THAT PROVIDES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NOT JUST TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT TO FAMILIES, COMMUNITY GROUPS, SCHOOLS, AND THE PUBLIC AT-LARGE. . LAST YEAR, CONGRESS PASSED PUBLIC ACT 114-184 WHICH PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW, A MEASURE WHICH I CO-SPONSORED WITH MR. PAULSEN FROM MINNESOTA. THIS BILL GAVE STATE AND LOCAL POLICE ANOTHER TOOL IN TERMS OF RECOVERING MISSING CHILDREN. INCREDIBLY, THE TAX CODE PREVENTED STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TO GETTING ACCESS FROM TAX RETURNS FROM ADULTS WHO ACTUALLY HAD ABDUCTED CHILDREN. INCREDIBLY, THOSE ADULTS WERE CLAIMING THESE CHILDREN WHO WERE IN THEIR CUSTODY, ILLEGAL CUSTODY AS A TAX CREDIT AND TAX EXEMPTION BUT STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS WERE, AGAIN, BARRED BY PRIVACY PROVISIONS FROM THE I.R.S. CODE FROM ACCESSING THAT INFORMATION. ON THE ONE HAND, YOU HAD ONE ARM OF GOVERNMENT LOOKING FOR CHILDREN AND THE OTHER ARM OF GOVERNMENT WHO KNEW EXACTLY WHERE THEY WERE BASED ON THE TAX RETURNS WHERE THEY WERE. NCMIC IS IN THE PROCESS OF DISSEMINATE THE NEW TOOL WHICH AN AUDIT OF THE I.R.S. DEMONSTRATED THERE ARE ROUGHLY 2,000 TAX RETURNS EACH YEAR WHERE ADULT INDIVIDUALS ARE ACTUALLY CLAIMING CHILDREN AS A TAX DEDUCTION AND OBVIOUSLY WITH THEIR RESIDENCE AND EYE DEPARTMENTITY INCLUDED. AGAIN, THAT JUST IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHERE WE NEED TO UPDATE AND MODERNIZE THE LAW. MY WIFE WORKS AT THE CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT. SHE HELPS CHILDREN OF SEX ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING AND NCMEC, CONSTANTLY IN THAT -- YOU KNOW, REALLY IMPORTANT WORK SHE DOES AND HER COLLEAGUES USE NCMEC AS A WAY TO TRY TO ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT IN TERMS OF HELPING CHILDREN WHO, AGAIN, ARE IN THESE SITUATIONS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF, AGAIN, ONLINE USE OF IMAGES WHICH, AGAIN, IS ABOUT AS LOW DEPRAVED ACTIVITY AS -- THAT'S OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. THE WORK OF THIS CENTER I CAN ATIST FROM A PERSONAL LEVEL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL, AGAIN, UPDATE, MODERNIZE AND GIVE TOOLS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE GOOD GUYS OUT THERE, THE FOLKS -- THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR CAN HELP FAMILIES IN THIS TERRIBLE, HORRIFIC SITUATION. AGAIN, I WANT TO APPLIED MY COLLEAGUE FROM KENTUCKY FOR HIS GREAT WORK AS WELL AS CHAIRMAN FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR BRINGING THIS LEGISLATION FORWARD. IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN COMMITTEE, AND I STRONGLY URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THIS BILL AND WOULD RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    I ECHO MY SUPPORT AND ENJOY WORKING WITH MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT AND…

    I ECHO MY SUPPORT AND ENJOY WORKING WITH MY FRIEND FROM CONNECTICUT AND YIELD TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN FOR THE HEALTH SUBCOMMITTEE FOR THE FULL COMMITTEE, MR. WALBERG OF MICHIGAN, ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. WALBERG

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT OF 2017. FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, OR NCMEC, HAS OPERATED A UNIQUE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN ORDER TO BUILD A NATIONAL RESPONSE TO CRIMES AFFECTING THOSE WE CHERISH MOST -- OUR CHILDREN. I'M GRATEFUL THAT THE BILL MAINTAINS LANGUAGE THAT I SUPPORTED WHICH GRANTS NCMEC THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND FIRST RESPONDERS IN IDENTIFYING AND RECOVERING VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING. DURING THE COMMITTEE'S HEARING IN MARCH, WE HEARD FROM NCMEC'S DIRECTOR ON HOW THEIR ABILITY TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE HAS ALLOWED THEM TO WORK IN TANDEM WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO RECOVER NUMEROUS CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN NO CHILDREN ARE EVER TAKEN AND ABUSED, AND THIS BILL HELPS ENSURE NCMEC HAS THE TOOLS TO GET US ONE STEP CLOSER TO THAT GOAL. I APPRECIATE THE BIPARTISAN EFFORT ON THIS, AND I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT.

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    MR. COURTNEY

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DELEGATE FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AGAIN, A CITY WHICH HAS BEEN CHALLENGED WITH THIS ISSUE AND I KNOW SHE'S DOING GREAT WORK AND, AGAIN, VERY POWERFUL THOUGHTS ON THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DELEGATE.

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    MS. NORTON

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. AND I AM PLEASED TO…

    I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME. AND I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL, WHICH YOU CALL THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT. I SUPPORT IT BECAUSE IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT ITS TITLE SAYS. IT FILLS THE GAP IN OUR PRIOR LEGISLATION ON MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, AND WE NEED TO LOOK AT SUCH LEGISLATION VERY OFTEN BECAUSE OF WHAT WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. I PARTICULARLY -- AND MANY PARTS OF THIS BILL, ALL PARTS OF THIS BILL I SUPPORT BUT I PARTICULARLY SUPPORT SOMETHING WE DIDN'T HAVE NEARLY AS MUCH KNOWLEDGE OF IN THE PASSAGE OF THE LAST BILL, TO IMPROVE THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN IN STATE CARE. THESE ARE OFTEN FOSTER CHILDREN , CHILDREN WITHOUT PARTIES. THOSE ARE THE CHILDREN MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO TRAFFICKING. I WOULD CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF THE COMMITTEE IN MAKING SURE THAT PROVISIONS OF THE ACT THAT I BELIEVE GOT TO YOU TOO LATE ARE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL HOUSE AND SENATE BILL. BECAUSE THEY ARE ENTIRELY CONSISTENT WITH THE BILL ON THE FLOOR. THEY COME OUT OF EXPERIENCE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE D.C. POLICE BEGAN TO DO SOMETHING WHICH I URGE ALL OF YOU TO DO AND THAT IS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WHEN THERE ARE MISSING CHILDREN. WELL, IT UNNERVES -- IT UNNEMBD RESIDENTS -- UNNERVED RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNTIL WE DIDN'T HAVE MORE MISSING CHILDREN THAN ANYONE ELSE. WE SIMPLY DON'T KNOW ENOUGH. MY PROVISIONS WOULD HAVE US COLLECT SUBSETS OF DATA WE DON'T COLLECT TODAY. FOR EXAMPLE, WE FOUND IN THE DISTRICT THAT THEY WERE TWEETING ON SOCIAL MEDIA MORE FOR MISSING GIRLS OF COLOR THAN BOYS. WE OUGHT TO HAVE KNOWN THAT FROM NATIONAL STATISTICS. YOU DON'T KNOW IT BECAUSE THERE ARE NO NATIONAL STATISTICS ON THE SUBSETS. SO MY BILL WOULD COLLECT AND PUBLISH DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS THAT SIMPLY ARE NOT PUBLISHED TODAY ON RACE, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY. AND IF YOU THINK OF THOSE CATEGORIES, YOU UNDERSTAND WHY THESE MAY BE THE CHILDREN IN PARTICULAR NEED OF PROTECTION. THERE IS NO CURRENT COMPREHENSIVE COUNT OF MISSING CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES, SO OUR BILL NEEDS MORE WORK. WE NEED TO BREAK DOWN WHAT NIECE SUBSETS ARE SO THAT JURISDICTIONS LIKE MY OWN WILL KNOW WHERE TO FOCUS WHEN WE'RE FOCUSING ON AMERICAN CHILDREN. I'M PLEASED THAT THE DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE MORE MISSING THAN OTHERS. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE COVER ALL OUR CHILDREN AND THAT WE DO WHAT THIS BILL DOES. WHAT ARE THE GAPS? WHERE DO WE NEED TO FILL IN? THIS IS THE FIRST BILL ON MISSING CHILDREN IN A NUMBER OF YEARS. JUST MAKE SURE NO CHILDREN ARE LEFT BEHIND. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE V.A.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE V.A. COMMITTEE, A MEMBER OF THE -- AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, DR. ROE FROM TENNESSEE.

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    MR. ROE

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, THE IMPROVING…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN'S ACT, WHICH IMPROVES THE MISSING CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE ACT. MR. SPEAKER, THIS THURSDAY IS NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY. I CAN'T IMAGINE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT OCCURS WHEN A CHILD GOES MISSING. I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND PROUD OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE FOR ITS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. THIS LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS EXISTING EFFORTS TO HELP RECOVER MISSING CHILDREN AND PREVENT MORE CHILDREN FROM BEING VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION. THIS BILL ALSO INCLUDES A PROVISION TO INCORPORATE DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGIES RELATED TO THE REPORTING OF CHILD EXPLOITATION. THIS PROVISION WAS THE RESULT OF SOMETHING SHARED BY A CONSTITUENT OF MINE, MICHAEL REED. HIS WIFE WAS A VICTIM OF ABUSE AS A CHILD AND HE'S DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO MAKING SURE OTHER CHILDREN HAVE A VOICE AND THE ABILITY TO REPORT THE ABUSE THAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING. I'M COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT CONGRESS' WORKING TO PROTECT THESE CHILDREN. I WANT TO THANK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    EXCUSE ME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE RANKING…

    EXCUSE ME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO THE RANKING MEMBER ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, STRONG PROPONENT OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. SCOTT FROM VIRGINIA.

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    MR. SCOTT

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF 1808, AND THIS BILL WILL STRENGTHEN THE RECOVERY AND PREVENTION EFFORTS OF MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN BY RENEWING AND UPDATING THE SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN, OR NCMEC. THE TERROR EXPERIENCED BY PARENTS OF A MISSING CHILD IS UNFATHOMABLE. BOTH THE PARENTS AND THE CHILDREN WILL EXPERIENCE PAIN, TRAUMA, FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY. THIS IS WHY AFFECTED FAMILIES NEED THE FULL SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES AND OTHER ENTITIES THAT MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN LOW INDICATE -- LOCATING MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN. CONGRESS UPDATED THE ROLE OF NCMEC, THE ORGANIZATION IS REQUIRED AT THAT TIME TO COORDINATE WITH THE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON HOMELESSNESS IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE HIGH NUMBER OF SEX TRAFFICKING VICTIMS WHO ARE HOMELESS YOUTH. NOW IN 2017, CONGRESS IS INCLUDING SEVERAL ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS AS THE BILL HEADS TO THE SENATE, I WILL WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN BOTH CHAMBERS TO IMPROVE THE REPORTING OF CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDREN TRAFFICKED AS IT RELATES TO THE OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICES, INCIDENTS OF MISSING CHILDREN STUDY. MR. SPEAKER, DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF NCMEC, MORE THAN 10,000 CHILDREN GO MISSING EACH YEAR, AND SCORES OF CHILDREN ARE FORCED INTO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING. I'M HOPEFUL THE ENACTMENT OF THESE INITIATIVES WILL ASSIST IN THE EFFORTS TO END EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING. I'M ALSO HOPEFUL THAT CONGRESS WILL EMPOWER THE WORK OF NCMEC BY APPROPRIATE FUNDING IN FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND ABOVE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE FULL ED AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO A MEMBER OF THE FULL ED AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, TO MY FRIEND FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MITCHELL.

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    MR. MITCHELL

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED ACT. MY WIFE AND I HAVE SIX CHILDREN. OUR YOUNGEST IS JUST 7 YEARS OLD. WE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEM. I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE THE PAIN OF HAVING A CHILD GO MISSING, TO LEARN THEY'VE BEEN HURT OR ABUSED IN ANY MANNER. TRAGIC, THIS IS A REALITY FOR FAR TOO MANY CHILDREN AND TOO MANY FAMILIES IN AMERICA. LAST YEAR THERE ARE MORE THAN 465,000 OF MISSING CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES. TO PUT THAT NUMBER IN PERSPECTIVE. ABOUT 700,000 PEOPLE LIVE IN MICHIGAN'S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MY HOME. ONE CHILD GOING MISSING OR BEING ABUSED IS TOO MANY. WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS PROBLEM, AND WE MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. THIS IMPORTANT BILL WILL ASSIST NCMEC IN LOCATING MISSING CHILDREN AND IDENTIFYING ABDUCTORS. IT WILL HELP CHILDREN FROM BEING THE VICTIM OF EXPLOITATION ONLINE AND INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF HOW TO RECOVER MISSING CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY WE COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT AMERICA'S CHILDREN. I'M PROUD TO BE A SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO AN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA, MS. ADAMS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. ADAMS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. I PROUDLY STAND TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT. THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION REFLECTS BOTH DEMOCRATS' AND REPUBLICANS' DESIRE TO PROTECT OUR GREATEST ASSET, CHILDREN. IN NORTH CAROLINA, THE TRAFFICKING OF YOUNG WOMEN HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC. THERE WERE 181 HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASES REPORTED IN NORTH CAROLINA IN 2016. CHARLOTTE WAS HOME TO MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. THAT FIGURE GAVE US THE DISHONOR OF BEING RANKED THE TOP 10 STATES IN THE NATION IN THE NUMBER OF TRAFFICKING REPORTS. AND THAT DOESN'T EVEN ACCOUNT FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT YET BEEN IDENTIFIED AS VICTIMS OF THIS SHAMEFUL PRACTICE. IN NORTH CAROLINA, LAWMAKERS HAVE SPONSORED EFFORTS TO ESTABLISH PILOT PROGRAMS TO HELP VICTIMS AND TRAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF TRAFFICKING. IT'S TIME CONGRESS DOES ITS PART AND PASS H.R. 1808, TO SUPPORT STATES IN THEIR EFFORTS. THIS BILL WOULD IMPROVE EFFORTS BY BOTH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING, AND IT WOULD ENHANCE THE IDENTIFICATION AND LOCATION OF MISSING CHILDREN AND THEIR ABDUCTORS. IT WOULD PROTECT CHILDREN FROM BEING VICTIMS TO ONLINE PREDATORS, A PROMISE WHEN CONGRESS FIRST PASSED THE MISSING CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE ACT. AND WE VOWED TO ASSIST THE NCMEC IN PROTECTING OUR MISSING AND VULNERABLE YOUTH. I'M A PARENT. I'M A GRANDPARENT, MR. SPEAKER, AND I AM A CONCERNED MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY AND MY DISTRICT AND MY STATE HAVE BEEN TORN APART BY HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AS AMERICANS AND SUPPORT AN INITIATIVE THAT COULD SAVE LIVES. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 1808 AND PROVE WE CAN ALL PUT POLITICS ASIDE WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRWOMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE AND ED WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MY FRIEND, DR. FOXX.

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    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GUTHRIE, FOR HIS GREAT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. GUTHRIE, FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON HANDLING THIS BILL TODAY AND ON THE BILL ITSELF. NO CHILD SHOULD LIVE IN FEAR, MR. SPEAKER, AND YET EVERY YEAR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE ABDUCTED, ABUSED, OR EXPLOITED. THE SAFETY OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN HAS LONG BEEN A NATIONAL PRIORITY. THAT'S WHY I STAND HERE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT. IN 1984, CONGRESS PASSED THE MISSING CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE ACT AND ESTABLISHED A GRANT TO ENHANCE OUR COUNTRY'S EFFORTS TO FIND MISSING CHILDREN AND PREVENT CHILD EXPLOITATION. FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ALSO KNOWN AS NCMEC HAS USED A GRANT TO COORDINATE A NATIONAL RESPONSE TO CRISES AND CRIMES AFFECTING AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. THROUGH UNIQUE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, THEY HAVE WORKED WITH FAMILIES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND NONPROFITS IN ITS EFFORTS TO FIND CHILDREN WHO ARE MISSING AND PROTECT YOUTH WHO ARE VICTIMS SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. THE REFORMS AND IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT WILL ENSURE THE VITAL WORK OF RECOVERING AND SUPPORTING VULNERABLE YOUTH IS ABLE TO CONTINUE. REUNITING MORE FAMILIES WITH THEIR LOVED ONES AND HELPING VICTIMS RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY DESPERATELY NEED. THIS IS A BILL THAT DELIVERS THE REFORMS NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES. I'M ALSO PROUD TO SAY IT'S A BILL WITH STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. AT THE OPENING OF NCMEC FORMER PRESIDENT ROMMED REAGAN SAID NO SINGLE SECTOR OF OUR NATION CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ALONE, BUT BY WORKING TOGETHER, POOLING OUR RESOURCES, AND BUILDING ON OUR STRENGTHS, WE CAN ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS. TOGETHER WE CAN TURN THE TIDE ON THESE HATEFUL CRIMES. TOGETHER WE CAN TURN THE TIDE, THE WORK OF OUR COLLEAGUES' REPRESENTATIVES GUTHRIE AND COURTNY, HAVE DONE TO GET THIS IMPORTANT BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR DEMONSTRATES THE TYPE OF COLLABORATION PRESIDENT REAGAN SPOKE OF ON THAT DAY AT THE OPENING OF NCMEC. AND THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT ISN'T THE ONLY BILL WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE ON AND DELIVERY FORMS THAT WILL HELP VULNERABLE YOUTH. WORKING TOGETHER WE'RE ALSO ADVANCING POSITIVE BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS IN H.R. 1809, THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017, THIS BILL AIMS AT ASSISTING A DIFFERENT KIND OF VULNERABLE YOUTH ENSURING KIDS WHO FIND THEMSELVES IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS. EVERY CHILD DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER IF THAT CHILD HAS MADE A MISTAKE. BY WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM ACT OF 2017, MY COLLEAGUES, REPRESENTATIVES LEWIS AND SCOTT, HAVE PUT FORWARD A BILL THAT WILL HELP ENSURE AT-RISK YOUTH ARE AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT. BOTH OF THESE BILLS RENEW THE COMMITMENT WE HAVE MADE TO HELP AND PROTECT OUR NATION'S MOST VULNERABLE CHILDREN. ALL OF THESE REFORMS WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS CHILDREN, YOUNG ADULTS, PARENTS, AND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I'M PROUD OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES LEWIS, GUTHRIE, AND COURTNEY FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THESE ISSUES. I URGE OUR FELLOW COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 02:35:14 PM

    MR. COURTNEY

    I RESERVE.

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    MR. GUTHRIE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO ON HIS WORK ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE RECOGNIZE A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHO ON HIS WORK ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THIS ISSUE AND DEDICATED THIS ISSUE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MINNESOTA, ERIK PAULSEN.

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    MR. PAULSEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ON A BIPARTISAN…

    MR. SPEAKER, I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS WORK ON THIS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS WITH MR. COURT NIFMENT I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1808, THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSION AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT. THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE, IT BUILDS ON THE BIPARTISAN WORK WE HAVE ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED. TO COMBAT SEX TRAFFICKING AND CHILD EXPLOITATION. SINCE ITS CREATION IN 1984, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM BEING EXPLOITED, TO REUNITE MISSING CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND TO PROVIDE RESOURCES AND TRAINING TO OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY TO HELP ASSIST IN THEVERT. THIS LEGISLATION -- IN THIS EFFORT. THIS LEGISLATION TODAY WILL ASSIST THE SENTER IN STRENGTHENING ITS PREVENTION AND RECOVERY PROGRAMS. ONE OF THOSE PROGRAMS IS THE CYBERTIP LINE. WHICH SINCE BEING LAUNCHED IN 1998 HAS RECEIVED 12.7 MILLION REPORTS OF SUSPECTED CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. IT'S PROGRAMS SINCE BEING LAUNCHED IN 1998 HAS RECEIVED LIKE THIS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT GO A LONG WAY TO HELPING US SAVE LIVES AND PUT AN END TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I YIELD BACK. THANK THE GENTLEMAN.

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    GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ACCOUNT K

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    GUTHRIE

    PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    MR. COURTNEY

    IN SUMMARY WE HAVE HEARD A VERY BROAD BASED, BIPARTISAN CHORUS OF VOICES…

    IN SUMMARY WE HAVE HEARD A VERY BROAD BASED, BIPARTISAN CHORUS OF VOICES IN SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. AGAIN I LIKE IN COMMITTEE HOPEFULLY ALL OF US WILL STAND TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THIS REALLY IMPORTANT UPDATE MAKING SURE THAT FAMILIES GET ALL THE HELP AND LAW ENFORCEMENT GET ALL THE HELP THEY NEED TO ELIMINATE THE SCOURGE OF THIS PROBLEM. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    BACK.

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    COMPLFMENT GUTHRIE

    CONTRACT COMPLFMENT GUTHRIE: MR. SPEAKER, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT…

    CONTRACT COMPLFMENT GUTHRIE: MR. SPEAKER, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE CENTER. THE BUILDING I GOT TO VISIT THERE WAS FULL OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO SHOW UP EVERY DAY WHO DO EXCEPTIONAL WORK DEALING WITH THE DISTURBING ISSUES. MY HAT'S OFF TO THEM. THEY DEAL WITH STUFF THAT'S NOT -- UNIMAGINABLE TO MOST OF US AND IN A WAY THAT'S DIGNIFIED AND A WAY THAT IS WELL WORTHY OF THE EFFORT THAT WE'RE GIVING THEM TO GIVE MORE TRANSPARENCY AND POWER THEM TO HELP MORE. I APPRECIATE WORKING WITH MY FRIEND, MR. COURTNEY. H.R. 1808 IS A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN ACT OF 2017. 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. 1808, 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 -- TABLE. -- IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 02:38:27 PM

    MR. ROE

    I CALL UP H.R. 2288 AS AMENDED.

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    MR. ROE

    YES.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 22LE 88, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO REFORM THE…

    H.R. 22LE 88, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO REFORM THE RIGHTS AND PROCESSES RELATED TO APPEALS OF DECISIONS REGARDING CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS UNDER THE LAW ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND TO INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD ON H.R. 2288, AS AMENDED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN VIRGINIA TECH.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288, AS AMENDED. FIRST I WANT TO THANK THE DISABILITIES ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN B.O.S. AND RANKING MEMBER ESTY FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN BRINGING H.R. 2288 TO THE FLOOR. I ALSO WANT TO THANK EVERY MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, WHO ALL ARE ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS OF THIS BILL. THE COMMITTEE'S BEEN WORKING ON OVERHAULING V.A.'S APPEALS PROCESS ESTABLISHED IN 1933. THE PROBLEM IS THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS SLOW, COUPLE BER SOME, FRUSTRATING, AND FULL OF BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. AS A RESULT THERE ARE CURRENTLY 470,000 VETERANS, MANY OF WHOM MAY HAVE BEEN INJURED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, WHO ARE WAITING FOR A DECISION ON THEIR APPEAL. MANY OF THESE FOLKS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. AND VETERANS ARE FILING MORE APPEALS EVERY DAY. LAST YEAR V.A. DEPUTY SECRETARY SLOAN TESTIFIED THAT IF CONGRESS DOESN'T PASS REFORM SOON BY 2027, VETERANS MAY HAVE TO WAIT AS LONG AS 10 YEARS TO GET A DECISION ON THEIR APPEAL. THINK ABOUT THAT. IN 2027 MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED OUR NATION MAY HAVE TO WAIT A DECADE TO GET A DECISION ON THEIR APPEAL. THE VETERANS HAVE BILLS TO PAY AND FAMILIES TO SUPPORT, EVEN WORSE THEY MAY NEED MEDICAL TREATMENTS SO THEY CAN'T GET TO THE V.A. BECAUSE THEIR APPEAL HASN'T BEEN DECIDED. MR. SPEAKER, I HAD ONE OF THE DEAREST FRIENDS I HAD IN MY LIFE DIED A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO WAITING ON A DECISION ON AN APPEAL. H.R. 2288 WOULD HELP STREAMLINE V.A.'S APPEALS PROCESS WHILE GIVING VETERANS MORE OPTIONS IN PROTECTING THEIR DUE PROCESS RIGHTS. THIS LEGISLATION INCLUDES A COMPROMISE AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED BETWEEN V.A. AND VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WHICH PASSED THE HOUSE LAST CONGRESS AS PART OF H.R. 5620. WE HAVE ADDED A FEW IMPROVEMENTS SINCE LAST YEAR. FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE EXPANDED THE BILL TO ALLOW SOME VETERANS WHO CURRENTLY HAVING PENDING APPEALS TO OPT IN TO THE NEW SYSTEM. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE CHANGES IN THIS BILL WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND HELP EXPEDITE THE PROCESS SO THAT VETERANS CAN GET A DECISION ON THEIR APPEAL AND THEN GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES. I'M GOING TO PULL OUT ALL STOPS TO GET THIS BILL ON THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE'RE ASKING -- WE'RE TALKING WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE, INCLUDING CHAIRMAN ISAKSON, RANKING MEMBER AND SENATOR BLUMENTHAL TO RESOLVE A FEW MINOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSION. THE SEENER WE GET THIS BILL PASSED, THE SOONER OUR NATION'S VETERANS WILL BE ABLE TO GET THEIR DECISIONS ON A BILL IN A TIMELY MANNER. VETERANS DESERVE NO LESS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 22LE 88 AS AMENDED. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALZ

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEAL IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ASKET 2017. THIS IS TRULY PROVEN TO BE A ONCE IN A GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM THE DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS TO THE BENEFIT OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS. I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY THANK CHAIRMAN ROE FOR BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY AND FOR ENSURING THAT THE ENTIRE PROCESS THAT GOT US HERE WAS OPEN, FAIR, BIPARTISAN, AND FOLLOWED REGULAR ORDER. IT IS GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED AND I THINK WE END UP WITH A GOOD PIECE OF LEGISLATION BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP. ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS OF OUR COLLEAGUES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISABILITIES ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE MR. BOST, HE'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE POSITION OF THE V.A. COMMITTEE AND DUG HIS HEELS IN AND GOT US THIS FAR. AND TO HIS COUNTERPART ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, RANKING MEMBER ESTY, FOR EXCEPTIONAL WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE TOGETHER TO GET THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS. THIS IS HOW I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK LEGISLATION SHOULD BE BROUGHT. ON ISSUES AT HAND, EXPERTS ARE BROUGHT N. REPRESENTATIVES TALK, THE -- IN, REPRESENTATIVES TALK, THE EXPERTISE HELPS US WORK OUT THE KINKS, IT'S NOT PERFECT BUT THE COALITION GOT TO US A POINT WHERE I THINK MANY OF US ARE COMFORTABLE MOVING FORWARD. THE BILL IS COMPLICATED. TO THOSE WHO STILL HAVE CONCERNS IN THE PROCESS, LET US KNOW. THERE IS STILL WORK TO BE DONE. STILL WORKING IN THE SENATE, BUT THERE IS AN OPENNESS THAT HAS BEEN EXPRESSED THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS. SECRETARY SHULKIN AND THE V.A. LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN VITAL IN THEVERT. THEY HELPED PULL THE STAKEHOLDERS TOGETHER, PROVIDE THE TECHNICAL EXPERTISE TO HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE OUR FOAM COLLEAGUE ON THE COMMITTEE, DEANA TITUS, SHE'LL SPEAK LATER, BUT I THINK WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT ON VETERANS ISSUES, MEMBERS WHO COME AND GO FROM THE COMMITTEE BUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO GETTING THIS RIGHT STAYS AND HER TENACIOUSNESS IN THE 114TH CONGRESS LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR THIS. IN SHORT, MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU HEARD THE CHAIRMAN SAY, THERE IS 470,000 VETERANS. EACH ONE OF THEM'S AN INDIVIDUAL. EACH ONE OF THEM IS SOMEONE'S FRIEND, FATHER, MOTHER, SISTER, BROTHER. IT'S TIME WE PEEL BACK THE LAYERS OF COMPLICATED RULES GOVERNING THE PROCESS, MODERNIZE IT WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY, AND GET THE BENEFITS DELIVERED IN A TIMELY MANNER TO THOSE WHO EARN THEM. I SUPPORT THE MANAGER'S AMENDMENT TO H.R. 22888 AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ROE

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    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR YIELDING, CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR YIELDING, CHAIRMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MY BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION H.R. 2288. . THIS THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED. THIS IS A PRODUCT OF HARD WORK BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEE STAFF AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS. THIS BILL GIVES VETERANS MORE OPTIONS WHEN PURSUING THE APPEALS CLAIM BY CREATING THREE PATHWAYS OR LANES. LANE ONE ALLOWS FOR THE VETERAN TO REQUEST THAT A NEW INDIVIDUAL REVIEW THEIR CASE WITHOUT A HEARING WHICH WILL ALLOW A FAST RESPONSE TIME FROM THE V.A. ON THEIR APPEAL. LANE TWO ALLOWS A VETERAN TO REQUEST A HEARING. LANE THREE SENDS THE APPEAL DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS. THESE THREE LANES, WORKING TOGETHER, WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS FOR OUR VETERANS AND ENSURE THE APPEALS SYSTEM WORKS FOR THEM. AN IMPORTANT COMPROMISE IN THIS LEGISLATION ALSO ALLOWS FOR VETERANS TO KEEP THE ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE OF THEIR CLAIM AS LONG AS THEY FILED THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK WITHIN ONE YEAR OF A V.A.'S DECISION. THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO ENSURE THAT THE APPEALS SYSTEM IS WORKING FOR THE VETERANS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT LEAVE ANY VETERAN BEHIND. MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE WORKED TO ENSURE THAT SOME OF THE MORE THAN 470,000 VETERANS WITH A CURRENT APPEAL IN THE SYSTEM WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AT CERTAIN POINTS TO OPT INTO THE NEW SYSTEM. THIS WILL HELP THE VETERANS WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS TO HEAR FROM THE V.A. THIS BILL ALSO ENSURES TRANSPARENCY IN THE V.A. IMPLEMENTATION. THIS NEW SYSTEM, BY REQUIRING RIGOROUS REPORTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT ALL VETERANS ARE TREATED FAIRLY. IN CLOSING, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK THE DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS RANKING MEMBER MS. ESTY FOR HER HARD WORK AND HELP IN CRAFTING THIS LEGISLATION. I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288, AS AMENDED, AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD SIX MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, OUR RANKING MEMBER OF THE DISABILITY ASSISTANCE MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONNECTICUT,

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    MS. ESTY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017, AS AMENDED. FIRST, I WANT TO THANK OUR EXCELLENT CHAIRMAN, DR. ROE, AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK. IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION DURING MY FIRST TERM AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' DISABILITY, ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE. I WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO MY NEW FRIEND, OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. BOST, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND FOR ENSURING THAT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WAS BIPARTISAN AT EVERY TURN. AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK CONGRESSWOMAN DINA TITHE U.S. FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON -- TITUS FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AS SHE HELPED PASS SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT FORMED THE BASIS FOR OUR WORK IN CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, CLAIMS, APPEALS ARE BACKING UP. VETERANS IN CONNECTICUT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE WAITING FAR TOO LONG FOR THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED THROUGH THEIR HARD SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY. WHEN A VETERAN ASKS MY OFFICE FOR HELP, IT'S FRUSTRATING AND EMBARRASSING TO HAVE TO EXPLAIN THAT THE PROCESS COULD TAKE MORE THAN FIVE YEARS. THE BACKLOG WILL ONLY GET WORSE IF WE DO NOT REFORM THE PROCESS. SOME VETERANS COULD BE WAITING AS LONG AS 10 YEARS, AS WE HEARD FROM CHAIRMAN ROE AND FROM RANKING MEMBER WALZ IF WE DON'T REFORM THINGS NOW. WITH THE NEW PROCESS CREATED UNDER THIS BILL, IF IT'S PROPERLY IMPLEMENTED, MANY VETERANS WOULD SEE A CLEARER, DEFINITIVE APPEALS DECISION IN AS LITTLE AS A YEAR. I'VE SEEN IN CONNECTICUT WHEN AN APPEALS IS GRANTED, IT CAN CHANGE THE WAY A VETERAN LIVES, BUT IT IS ALSO PROOF TO THAT VETERAN THAT THEIR SERVICE IS BEING HONORED AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO UNACCEPTABLE THAT THE CURRENT PROCESS IS FAILING SO MANY VETERANS. IT FORCES THEM TO NAVIGATE LAYERS OF RED TAPE AND DUPLICATIVE REVIEW. THE SLOW GRINDING OF THE APPEALS PROCESS CHIPS AWAY AT OUR VETERANS' FAITH THAT THEY WILL EVER FAIRLY BE COMPENSATED FOR INJURIES THEY SUSTAINED IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. OUR GOAL IS TO ESTABLISH A NEW PROCESS THAT'S SIMPLE, FAIR, TRANSPARENT AND WHEREVER POSSIBLE SPEEDY. AS WE'VE HEARD, THERE ARE 470,000 -- YES, 470,000 VETERANS WITH DISABILITY APPEALS PENDING RIGHT NOW, AND THAT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO ADDRESS, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, WITHOUT REGARD TO PARTY. WE OWE A FASTER, BETTER APPEALS PROCESS, NOT ONLY TO OUR VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED BUT TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM RIGHT NOW. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DESERVE TO KNOW THAT THE BENEFITS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PROMISED WHEN THEY SIGNED UP WILL BE THERE FOR THEM IF GOD FORBID SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THEM AND THEY'RE INJURED IN SERVING OUR COUNTRY. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE VETERANS AND VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WHO SHARE THEIR IDEAS AND THEIR CONCERNS WITH US AS WE WORKED HARD TO CRAFT THIS LEGISLATION. VOICES FROM THE VETERANS COMMUNITY WERE INVALUABLE AS WE DEVELOPED THIS BILL AND WILL BE ESSENTIAL AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW PROCESS WORKS WELL, AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE V.A. ITSELF FOR HAVING BEEN SUCH A GOOD PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS REFORMING THE APPEALS PROCESS. IF THIS BILL IS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL, IT WILL REQUIRE A LOT OF WORK FROM OUR COMMITTEE, FROM THE V.A., OVERSIGHT BY CONGRESS AND WE MUST TAKE CARE TO ENSURE THAT LEGACY APPEALS DO NOT GET LOST IN THE PROCESS. CONGRESS MUST ALSO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR THE NEW APPEALS SYSTEM TO WORK WELL FOR OUR VETERANS. I WANT TO THANK, AGAIN, CHAIRMAN ROE AND RANKING MEMBER WALZ FOR MAKING REFORMING THE APPEALS SYSTEM A TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COMMITTEE THIS YEAR AND FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO WORKING TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND TO COMMIT TO KEEP WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THE JOB DONE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROE

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO AN ACTIVE MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE, DR. DUNN, A VETERAN, TO SPEAK.

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    MR. DUNN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017. THIS WILL STREAMLINE THE BUREAUCRATIC NIGHTMARE THAT IS THE DISABILITY APPEALS PROCESS. THIS BILL BREAKS APPEALS DOWN INTO THREE LANES, TO EXPEDITE DETIGS SIGNIFICANCE MAKING AND IMPROVES THE ABILITY TO UPDATE THEIR CONDITION. WILL SHOW THE CRUCIAL CHANGES WHICH ARE SUPPORTED BY BOTH THE V.F.W. AND THE AMERICAN LEGION. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM SERVED WITH THE ASSURANCE THEY WOULD BE WELL TREATED WHEN THEY CAME HOME. THEY EARNED AND THEY DESERVE TIMELY SERVICE FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT. INSTEAD, VETERANS WAIT YEARS TO HEAR FROM AN OUT-OF-DATE BACKLOGGED APPEALS SYSTEM. SOMETIMES THAT PROCESS TAKES FIVE YEARS. FIVE YEARS. THAT'S AN INSULT TO THEIR SERVICE, AND IT'S AN INSULT WE CANNOT TOLERATE. OUR VETERANS FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY ABROAD. NOW IT'S OUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T HAVE ANOTHER FIGHT WHEN THEY COME HOME. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND THE VICE RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS, MR. TAKANO.

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    MR. TAKANO

    I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. WALZ, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I…

    I THANK MY RANKING MEMBER, MR. WALZ, FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017. OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE NUMBER OF PENDING APPEALS AT THE V.A. HAS SKYROCKETED BY 40% AND NOW SITS AT NEARLY HALF A MILLION CASES. THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME FOR AN APPEAL IS THREE YEARS. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AGREE , V.A. AGREES, VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AGREE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY VETERANS AGREE THAT WE NEED TO FIX THIS BROKEN PROCESS. I'M PLEASED THAT MY COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO DEVELOP A BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT REDUCES THE OVERLY COMPLICATED APPEALS PROCESS, SHORTENS THE TIME A VETERAN WILL WAIT FOR A DECISION AND PRESERVES A VETERAN'S FULL LENGTH OF BENEFITS IF THEIR APPEAL IS DECIDED FAVORABLY. THIS LEGISLATION HAS TAKEN A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT. I APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES, MS. TITUS AND MR. MILLER FOR LAYING THE GROUNDWORK IN THE LAST CONGRESS, AND MS. ESTY AND MR. BOST FOR CARRYING THIS LEGISLATION INTO THE 115TH CONGRESS. I'M VERY, VERY PROUD OF ALL THE WORK DONE BY THE COMMITTEE STAFF TO BRING THIS TOGETHER, AND I'M GRATEFUL TO THE DEDICATED V.S.O.'S AND THE V.A. FOR THEIR INPUT. THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN PUT ASIDE OUR PARTISAN DIFFERENCES AND MAKE OUR VETERANS' LIVES BETTER. I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A NEW MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE, THE ONLY REPRESENTATIVE FROM PUERTO RICO, MS. GONZALEZ COLON. -- MISS GONZALEZ COLON.

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    MISS GONZALEZ COLON

    TODAY I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND…

    TODAY I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE TIMELY JUSTICE TO THE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO GAVE THEIR BEST IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM AND THE CONTINUING GREATNESS OF OUR NATION. AS A SOLE REPRESENTATIVE OF MORE THAN 93,000 REGISTERED VETERANS IN PUERTO RICO, I ESTABLISHED A VETERANS AFFAIRS TASK FORCE AND ONE OF THE MAIN COMPLAINTS THEY HAVE -- IS ABOUT THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND THE BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS SLOW PROCESS OF THEIR CLAIMS. I BELIEVE EVERY VETERAN ORGANIZATION HEARS SIMILAR COMPLAINTS. THE STATISTICS REVEALS A 5,000-CASE BACKLOG FOR CLAIMS ORIGINALLY FILED BY PUERTO RICAN VETERANS. ONE SUCH PUERTO RICAN CLAIM HAS GONE ON FOR OVER 12 YEARS. OTHER CLAIMS FOR OVER FIVE YEARS. AT THIS TIME ON THIS DATE THE VETERANS ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE BOARDS OF VETERANS APPEALS DECISIONS. THIS IS NOT THE -- WHAT OUR VETERANS DESERVE. THIS BILL WILL PROVIDE FOR A BETTER SYSTEM THAT WILL ADJUST TO THEIR NEEDS. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND MORE IMPORTANTLY A FRIEND OF ALL VETERANS, A NEW MEMBER OF THE VETERANS' COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. CORREA.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE MY ENTHUSIASTIC…

    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE MY ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2288. ALSO WANT TO THANK MR. BOST AND MS. ESTY FOR THEIR REMARKABLE LEADERSHIP IN GUIDING THIS LEGISLATION TO THE FLOOR AND FOR TAKING THE STEPS TO FINALLY FIX THE APPEALS PROCESS. I STAND HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT. THIS LEGISLATION REFORMS THE V.A. APPEALS PROCESS SO THAT OUR VETERANS CAN BEGIN TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED THROUGH THEIR DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY. VETERANS IN CALIFORNIA AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA, INCLUDING THOSE IN MY DISTRICT, CURRENTLY FACE A BACKLOG OF SOMETIMES MORE THAN FIVE YEARS TO GET THEIR BENEFITS. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, AND THAT'S WHY I AM PLEASED TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. A VETERAN WHO FILES A DISABILITY CLAIM FOR AN INJURY THEY SUSTAINED DURING THEIR MILITARY SERVICE IS ISSUED A V.A. RATING DECISION WHICH IS EITHER GRANTS OR DENIES A CLAIM. IF A VETERAN DISAGREES WITH THE OUTCOME, THEY MAY APPEAL THE V.A.'S DECISION AND THEN WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT. THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE PROCESS BY CREATING A MULTIPLE APPEALS STREAM WHICH WILL ACCELERATE THE PROCESS. OUR VETERANS WHO SUFFERED INJURY DURING THEIR TIME IN SERVICE CAN NOW BE ASSURED THEY WILL BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING THEIR APPEALS CASES REVIEWED AND DECIDED IN A TIMELY MANNER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    FOORMER MEMBER OF OUR

    TO FOORMER MEMBER OF OUR:, MR. -- FORMER MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE,

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    MR. COSTELLO

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE APPEALS PROCESS AT THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE THE APPEALS PROCESS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WHICH IS CURRENTLY OPERATING UNDER A SIGNIFICANT BACKLOG. LAST SESSION WHEN I SERVED ON THE V.A. COMMITTEE, A MAJOR FOCUS WAS REFORMING THE APPEALS PROCESS TO BETTER SERVE VETERANS' APPEALS RIGHTS. MY OFFICE HAS ASSISTED HUNDREDS OF VETERANS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THE APPEALS PROCESS AND SEVERAL OF WHOM HAVE STRUGGLED WITH GETTING THE CARE THEY NEED IN A TIMELY MANNER. . ONE INDIVIDUAL MY OFFICE WORKED WITH ESTIMATED THE ENTIRE PROCESS FROM THE TIME HE FIRST BEGAN SEEKING VETERANS BENEFITS NELL RECENT FAVORABLE DECISION FROM THE BOARD OF APPEALS LASTED 20 YEARS. MR. SPEAKERING IT IS CLEAR A SOLUTION IS NEED -- MR. SPEAKER, IT IS CLEAR A SOLUTION IS NEEDED. THIS LEGISLATION WOULD SET OUT TO IMPROVE THE CLAIMS SERVICE -- PROCESS BY PROVIDING VETERANS WITH THREE LANES, THREE CHOICES OF HOW THEY WANT TO PROCEED WITH THE APPEAL. THESE INCLUDE, ONE, HAVING THE ORIGINAL EVIDENCE REVIEWED AGAIN, OR TWO, INTRODUCING NEW EVIDENCE AND HAVING ANOTHER HEARING, OR THREE, SENDING IT DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD OF VETERANS APPEAL. THE V.A.'S CURRENT FIVE-YEAR APPEAL WAIT TIME IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR OUR VETERANS. I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION WHICH IS AN APPROPRIATE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE IT WILL HELP STREAMLINE MANY CLAIMS AND ALSO ENABLE A MORE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATIVE HANDLING OF THOSE CLAIMS. I WANT TO THANK THE LEADERSHIP OF CHAIRMAN ROE AND THOSE ON THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA…

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

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  • 03:01:44 PM

    MR. WALZ

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR GOOD…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD AS MUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME TO OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM NEVADA, FORMER RANKING MEMBER OF THETIES ABILITY ASSISTANCE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE, SOMEONE WHO WORKED ON THIS LONGER THAN ANYONE IN THE HOUSE, MS. TITUS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS SHE MAY CONSUME.

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    MS. TITUS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. WALZ, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, FOR…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. WALZ, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO STAY INVOLVED EVEN THOUGH I'M NO LONGER ON THE COMMITTEE. AND LIKEWISE, THANK YOU, DR. ROE, FOR YOUR WORK FOR VETERANS. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2288, THE VETERANS APPEALS IMPROVEMENT AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2017. FIXING THIS WAS MY TOP PRIORITY WHEN I SERVED AS THE -- SERVED ON THE V.A. SUBCOMMITTEE. MUCH OF THE FOCUS WAS ON THE BACKLOG WHICH HAD JUST BALLOONED WHICH CAUSED MANY VETERANS TO WAIT ALMOST TWO YEARS FOR AN INITIAL CLAIM DECISION. AFTER THAT BACKLOG WAS ADDRESSED AND REDUCED, THE PROBLEM SHIFTED TO THE APPEALS PROCESS WHERE TODAYS AS YOU HAVE HEARD ALMOST 470,000 VETERANS ARE CURRENTLY WAITING IN AN OVERBURDENED AND OVERCOMPLICATED SYSTEM THAT WAS FIRST DEVELOPED IN THE 1930'S AND LAST UPDATED IN THE 1980'S. I REGULARLY HEAR FROM MY VETERAN CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE STUCK IN THIS APPEALS PROCESS ABOUT THE NEED FOR REFORM. ONE VETERAN WE ARE HELPING IN LAS VEGAS HAS BEEN WORKING SINCE AUGUST OF 2013 TO HAVE HIS APPEAL ADJUDICATED AND ANOTHER NEVADA VETERAN WHO, OUT OF DESPERATION, CAME TO MY OFFICE, TOOK FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE HIS PROCESS. SO OBVIOUSLY THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE. AND IF WE DON'T ACT, IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. WE'VE HEARD STATISTICS THAT SHOW VETERANS MAY BE WAITING MORE THAN A DECADE TO HAVE THEIR APPEALS AD JUDE KATED. LAST YEAR, WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE V.A., WITH THE COMMITTEE, AND WITH MANY OF OUR PARTNERS IN THE V.S.O. COMMUNITY, I INTRODUCED LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THIS OUTDATED PROCESS. AND I AM VERY PROUD THAT MY PROPOSAL IS THE BASIS FOR THE LEGISLATION WE'RE CONSIDERED TODAY. THE CHANGES THAT WERE MADE TO THAT LEGISLATION ARE POSITIVE ADDITIONS AND I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT CHAIRMAN BOST AND RANKING MEMBEREST HAVE DONE TO IMPROVE THE -- RANKING MEMBER ESTY HAVE DONE TO IMPROVE THE BILL. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO COME TOGETHER, TO RECOGNIZE, TO HELP AND ASSIST OUR VETERANS TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. THEN I WANT US TO TELL OUR FRIENDS IN THE SENATE, YOU'VE GOT TO ACT QUICKLY TOO. WE'VE GOT TO GET THIS DONE. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    MR. ROE

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS REPAIR -- IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS REPAIR -- IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:04:50 PM

    MR. WALZ

    AGAIN, I I APPLAUD ALL THE WORK DONE ON THIS, ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS…

    AGAIN, I I APPLAUD ALL THE WORK DONE ON THIS, ON BEHALF OF OUR VETERANS AND THOSE WHO ARE WAIT, THANK YOU, PROFESSIONAL STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THIS HOUSE FOR PROVING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE CAN WORK TOGETHER FOR OUR COMMON GOOD, WE CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND WE CAN MOVE THINGS ALONG AS THEY'RE MEANT TO BE. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 03:05:20 PM

    MR. ROE

    I TOO WANT TO ECHO WHAT MR. WALZ SAYS, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK ON…

    I TOO WANT TO ECHO WHAT MR. WALZ SAYS, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK ON THIS AND WHAT'S BEEN DONE IN THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS WE'VE VOTED ON ON THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS. IT'S THE THING WE HEAR ABOUT, YOU HEAR ABOUT, MR. SPEAKER, BACK HOME, ARE DISABILITY CLAIMS. I THINK THIS ACTUALLY WILL SPEED UP THAT PROCESS AND ADJUDICATE THESE CLAIMS. I WANT TO THANK BOTH STAFFS AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND ONCE AGAIN, I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 2288 AS AMENDED AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2288 AS AMENDED? THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:06:19 PM

    MR. ROE

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS ON THIS BILL.

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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 RISEN, 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 TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:06:47 PM

    MR. ROE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 467.

  • 03:06:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 467 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SEC RETEAR OF VETERANS AFAIRS TO ENSURE THAT…

    H.R. 467 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SEC RETEAR OF VETERANS AFAIRS TO ENSURE THAT EACH MEDICAL FACILITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMPLIES WITH REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO SCHEDULING VETERANS FOR HEALTH CARE APPOINTMENTS TO IMPROVE THE UNIFORM APPLICATION OF DIRECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 03:07:22 PM

    MR. ROE

    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.

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  • 03:07:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. ROE

    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. ROE

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 467, A BILL THAT WOULD CODIFY V.A.'S OWN…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 467, A BILL THAT WOULD CODIFY V.A.'S OWN DIRECTIVES FOR OUTPATIENT SCHEDULING INTO LAW. IN JUNE OF 2010, THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION ISSUED V.H.A. DIRECTIVE 2010-27 TITLED, V.H.A. OUTPATIENT SCHEDULING PROCESSES AND PROCEDURE. THIS REQUIRES V.H.A. FACILITY DIRECTORS TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY THEIR FACILITY IS IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE SCHEDULING PROCEDURES OUTLEANED IN THE DIRECTIVE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS DIRECTIVE WAS ISSUED FOUR YEARS BEFORE THE SCHEDULING SCANDAL AT THE PHOENIX V.A. BROKE WITH NO LESS THAN 40 VETERANS DYING WHILE BEING KEPT ON SECRET LISTS WAITING FOR AN APPOINTMENT. I BELIEVE THIS DIRECT I WAS A RESPONSIBLE WAY FOR V.A. TO ENSURE THAT VETERANS WERE RECEIVING THE CARE THEY CAME TO V.A. FOR AND WERE NOT SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACK. UNFORTUNATELY , IN MAY OF 2013, THEN DEPPKY UNDERSECRETARY FOR HEALTH AT V.A. WAIVED THIS REQUIREMENT FOR MEDICAL FACILITY DIRECTORS TO ADHERE TO THE DIRECTIVE. AS WE NOW KNOW, THIS WAIVER HELPED COVER A PRACTICE OF MALFEASANCE WITHIN V.A. MEDICAL FACILITIES ACROSS THE NATION. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE IN 2014, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFAIRS WITH MY FRIEND AND FORMER CHAIRMAN, JEFF, AT THE HELM, SCORED PROBLEMS. HAD THIS DIRECTIVE STILL BEEN IN PLACE I HONESTLY BELIEVE THE SCANDAL COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. IT'S INCUMBENT UPON US TO ENSURE THAT THESE SCHEDULES PROCESSES DO NOT AND CANNOT BE DISMISSED BY V.A. BUREAUCRATS EVER AGAIN. I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND AND FORMER COMMITTEE MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE JACKIE WALORSKI FROM INDIANA FOR SPON SR.ING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL -- FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I RESERVE THE PLANS OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF…

    THANK YOU, I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH THE COMMENTS OF CHAIRMAN ROE AND SUPPORT H.R. 467. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA, MRS. WALORSKI, FOR CRAFTING THIS. SHE WAS A STAUNCH AND REMAINS A STAUNCH REPORTER OF VETERANS, ALWAYS ADVOCATING FOR THAT. TAUGHT ME MUCH INCLUDING, I THINK, THE DEFINITION OF HOOSIER, I'M STILL A LITTLE CONFUSE ODDEN THAT ONE, BUT WE'RE WORKING IT. BY HOLDING V.A. LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY WE CAN ENSURE THE V.A. IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL VETERANS. WHILE V.A. MADE PROGRESS, WE CAN'T REST ON OUR LAURELS. IF ONE VETERAN'S SHELT COMPROMISED BECAUSE HE OR SHE WAS UNABLE TO RECEIVE TIMELY CARE, WE'VE FAILED IN YOU ARE MISSION. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO STAND IN SUPPORT OF MRS. WALORSKI'S BILL AND YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 03:10:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

  • 03:10:41 PM

    MR. ROE

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MR. BILIRAKIS FROM FLORIDA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:10:48 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE MRS. WALORSKI DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE MRS. WALORSKI DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH THIS BILL. THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER ARE CHAMPIONS FOR VETERANS. AGAIN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 467, THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT, BECAUSE ALL VETERANS DESERVE TIMELY ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTH CARE. IN 2014, THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE UNCOVERED THE USE OF UNAUTHORIZED WAITING LISTS AT THE PHOENIX V.A. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA. AS A RESULT OF THESE WAITING LISTS, NO LESS THAN 40 VETERANS DIED WHILE WAITING FOR CARE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS HEARTBREAKING AND COMPLETELY, AS I SAID, COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. THESE WERE OUR TRUE AMERICAN HEROES AND WE CANNOT ALLOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO EVER HAPPEN AGAIN. OUR INVESTIGATIONS FOUND THAT NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE V.A.'S SCHEDULING POLICIES WAS A WIDESPREAD AND SYSTEMATIC PROBLEM. THIS BILL TODAY REQUIRES THAT ALL V.A. MEDICAL CENTER DIRECTORS CERTIFY EACH YEAR THAT THEIR FACILITY IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH SCHEDULING DIRECTIVE. IF A V.A. MEDICAL CENTER IS FOUND NONCOMPLIANT, H.R. 476 WILL HOLD THOSE LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE. OUR BILL MAKES CERTAIN THAT THOSE WHO FAILED IN THEIR DUTY TO SERVE OUR VETERANS WILL NOT BE RECEIVING BONUSES OR AWARDS ANY TIME SOON. LACK OF OVERSIGHT, LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY, AND LACK OF TRANSPARENCY LEAD -- REALLY LED TO THE 2014 WAIT TIMES CRISIS. THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT WOULD HELP ENSURE THOSE MISTAKES ARE NOT REPEATED AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO TIMELY CARE FOR OUR NATION'S HEROES. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MRS. WALORSKI. IT'S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS WE'LL PASS THIS YEAR IN MY OPINION. I URGE PASSAGE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:12:52 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:12:57 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:13:03 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MRS. WALORSKI A FORMER MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

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  • 03:13:09 PM

    TH SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:13:14 PM

    MRS. WALORSKI

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROE, RANKING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN ROE, RANKING MEMBER WALZ, WHAT AN HONOR TO WORK WITH THESE TWO GENTLEMEN ON VETERANS' ISSUES. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY BILL H.R. 467, THE V.A. SCHEDULING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION CODIFIES AN IMPORTANT MEASURE OF OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT V.A. FACILITIES TO PREVENT SCHEDULING MANIPULATION OR IN VERNACULAR, COOKING THE BOOKS, THAT'S HARMED VETERANS FOR SO LONG. HEARINGS HELD BY THE HOUSE V.A. COMMITTEE AN INVESTIGATIONS BY THE V.A. INSPECTOR GENERAL AND G.A.O. HAVE CONFIRMED MANY OF THE ALLEGATIONS OF COOKING BOOKS AND FALSIFIED WAIT TIME DATA AT V.A. FACILITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE A PROCEDURE FOR SCHEDULES APPOINTMENTS WHICH INCLUDES 19 DIFFERENT ITEMS, SUCH AS EBB SURING A PATIENT'S DESIRED APPOINTMENT IS NOT ALTERED AND THE STAFF IS FULLY TRAINED. THE DIRECTOR REQUIRES -- THE DIRECTORS ARE REQUIRED TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THESE ITEMS EVERY YEAR. HOWEVER IT WAS UNCOVERED THAT IN MAY OF 2013, A SENIOR V.A. OFFICIAL WAIVED THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT THAT YEAR, ESSENTIALLY PUTTING THE FACILITIES ON AN HONOR SYSTEM ALLOWING THEM TO SELF-CERTIFY. WITHOUT THIS CRUCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM, BAD ACTORS WERE GIVEN FREE REIN TO IGNORE THE SCHEDULING PRACTICES. MEANWHILE, VETERANS FACED SIGNIFICANT DELAYS IN GETTING CARE THEY NEEDED WHILE IN SOME EXTREME CASES WE HEARD VETERANS DIED. SINCE THAT TIME, THE V.A. HAS REINSTATED THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS. HOWEVER, SERIOUS PROBLEMS REMAIN AS EVIDENCED BY A RECENT V.A. INVESTIGATION OF A CLINIC IN MY OWN DISTRICT THAT I REQUESTED AFTER SOME BRAVE INDIVIDUALS CAME FORWARD WITH ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGDOING. THE V.A. FOUND THE CLINIC SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS FOR VETERANS WITHOUT THE VETERAN'S KNOWLEDGE AND CANCELED THEM ON THE DAY OF THE APPOINTMENT TO FILL THEIR SCHEDULE FOR THAT DAY. IF THE V.A. HAD CONDUCTED PROPER AUDITS OF THAT FACILITY'S SCHEDULING PRACTICES LAST YEAR THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. THEY RECOMMENDED A REVIEW OF SCHEDULING COMPLIANCE FOR ALL FACILITIES IN THE REGION. THE V.A.'S CONTINUED INABILITY TO REFORM ITSELF FROM WITHIN IS THE REASON WE NEED TO PASS THIS BILL. THIS BILL WILL REQUIRE EACH FACILITY DIRECTOR TO ANNUALLY CERTIFY COMPLIANCE WITH THE CURRENT SCHEDULING DIRECTIVE OR ANY SUCCESSOR DIRECTIVE THAT REPLACE IT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY IT'LL PROHIBIT ANY FUTURE WAIVERS. THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES ACCOUNTABILITY BY MAKING A DIRECTOR INELIGIBLE FOR SALARY BONUSES IF THEIR FACILITIES FAIL TO CERTIFY COMPLIANCE AND IT REQUIRES THE V.A. TO REPORT TO CONGRESS A LIST OF THESE FACILITIES THAT ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE. THIS ENSURE THAT CONGRESS IS AWARE OF NONCOMPLIANT FACILITIES. MR. SPEAKER, OUR VETERANS RISK LIFE AND LIMB FOR OUR FREEDOM. TOO OFTEN, THE V.A. HAS LET THEM DOWN. TIME TO END THE COOKING OF THE BOOKS AND THE FALSE WAIT-TIME DATA. AND FOLLOWING SCHEDULING RULES IS AN IMPORTANT COMMONSENSE STEP TO WORK FOR THE VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 4 7 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO…

    THE GENTLELADY FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE.

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  • 03:16:46 PM

    MR. ROE

    I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

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  • 03:16:57 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND I ENCOURAGE MY…

    I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING THIS TO THE FLOOR AND I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:17:09 PM

    MR. ROE

    I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 467. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR --

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  • 03:17:32 PM

    MR. ROE

    REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS NOW RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:17:39 PM

    MR. ROE

    I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR WILL RISE. AND REMAIN…

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

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  • 03:18:10 PM

    MR. ROE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1005.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1005, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO IMPROVE THE…

    H.R. 1005, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF ADULT HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR VETERANS.

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  • 03:18:27 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 03:18:37 PM

    MR. ROE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:18:42 PM

    MR. ROE

    TODAY, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1005 A BILL TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF…

    TODAY, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1005 A BILL TO IMPROVE THE PROVISION OF ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR VETERANS. LAST YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT TESTIFIED 8.9 MILLION VETERANS WILL BE 65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER IN 20717. GIVEN THAT, THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT VETERANS HAVE READY ACCESS TO A VARIETY OF LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES AS SUPPORT IS INCREASINGLY COMPONENT OF THE V.A.'S MISSION. CURRENT LAW REQUIRES V.A. TO COVER NURSING HOME STATE CARE FOR ANY VETERAN IN NEED OF SUCH CARE DUE TO A SERVICE-SECTED DISABILITY OR RATING OF 70% OR MORE. THE AUTHORITY IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND HELPED OUR VETERANS TO GET NURSING HOME CARE THAT THEY NEED. THERE IS A NEED TO OFFER LONG-TERM PROGRAMS IN NONINSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS THAT WOULD ALLOW AGING VETERANS TO RECEIVE NEEDED SERVICES AND SUPPORT WHILE REMAINING IN THEIR HOMES. TO THAT END, THIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PAY FOR ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE FOR A VETERAN WHO IS NOT RECEIVING NURSING HOME CARE. IT WILL PROVIDE VETERANS IN NEED AND SUPPORTING SERVICES WITH COMPANIONSHIP, PEER SUPPORT, RECREATION AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES. THEY ALSO PROVIDED RESPITE FOR CAREGIVERS BY REQUIRING V.A. TO COVER THE COST OF ADULT HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS WHO WOULD BE OTHERWISE QUALIFIED FOR V. H V.A. NURSING CARE, THIS WOULD EXPAND ACCESS TO THIS TYPE OF CARE WHICH HAS BEEN SHOWN TO MAXIMIZE VETERAN'S INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY OF LIFE AND EXTEND AN AGING VETERAN'S ABILITY TO REMAIN AT HOME, WHICH I THINK WE WOULD ALL WANT TO DO. THIS BILL HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE VETERANS' HOMES, THE AMERICAN LEGION, DISABLED VETERANS AND VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES. I'M GRATEFUL TO MY FRIEND, LEE ZELDIN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION AND BRINGING IT TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM AND OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO SECURE QUICK PASSAGE. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 1005 AND I RESERVE.

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

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    MR. WALZ

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF CONGRESSMAN ZELDIN'S BILL, H.R. 1005. THIS LEGISLATION IS A TIMELY SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT AFFECTS MANY OF OUR AGING VETERAN POPULATION. NURSING HOMES IS A LAST RESORT. BY ALLOWING VETERANS TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE AT A NURSING HOME AND RETURN TO THEIR HOMES, THEY WILL GET THE ATTENTION THEY NEED WITHOUT SACRIFICING THE FAMILY SUPPORT AND INDEPENDENCE THEY WANT. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS REALLY SMART PIECE OF LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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  • 03:22:07 PM

    MR. ROE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A FORMER MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SPONSOR OF…

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO A FORMER MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE AND SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION, MR. ZELDIN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 03:22:14 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:22:16 PM

    MR. ZELDIN

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1005, A BILL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE NO COSTS AT…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1005, A BILL WHICH WOULD PROVIDE NO COSTS AT STATE VETERANS' HOMES WHO VETERANS ARE 70% DISABLED. THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF THE HEALTH CARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACT OF 2006. WHICH CURRENTLY PROVIDES NO COST TO NURSING HOME CARE AT ANY STATE VETERANS' HOME TO VETERANS WHO ARE 70% OR MORE DISABLED. IT PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL NURSING AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES COMBINED WITH ENGAGING SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR PHYSICALLY OR COGNITIVELY IMPAIRED ADULTS. MEDICAL MODEL OFFERS A COMPLETE ARRAY OF REHABILITATIVE THERAPIES INCLUDING OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL AND SPEECH THERAPIES. AND SPIRITUAL AND NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING. THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE SOCIALIZATION AND MAXIMIZE THE PARTICIPANT'S INDEPENDENCE WHILE ENHANCING THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. THE PROGRAM IS STAFFED BY A TEAM OF MULTI DISCIPLINE AREA HEALTH CARE OFFICIALS WHO EVALUATE EACH PARTICIPANT AND CUSTOMIZE A PLAN TO THEIR HEALTH AND SOCIAL NEEDS. IT IS AN ALTERNATIVE CARE SETTING THAT CAN ALLOW SOME VETERANS WHO NEED LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES BE IN THEIR HOMES. SUCH VETERANS TYPICALLY SUPPORT FOR SOME BUT NOT ALL ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING SUCH AS BATHING, DRESSING OR FEEDING. A SPOUSE OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBER MAY PROVIDE THE VETERAN WITH MUCH OF THEIR CARE, BUT THEY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR SOME OF THE VETERAN A.D.L.'S. BY FILLING THESE GAPS, ADULT HEALTH CARE CAN ALLOW VETERANS TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES FOR ADDITIONAL MONTHS AND EVEN YEARS AND LOWER THE FINANCIAL COST FOR CARING FOR THESE HEROES. IT PROVIDES FAMILY CARE DELIVERS SUPPORT AND RELIEF AND THE PROGRAMS CAN HELP CAREGIVERS TO MEET THEIR PROFESSIONAL AND FAMILY OBLIGATIONS OR PROVIDE A WELL-DESERVED RESPITE WHILE THEIR LOVED ONES ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM. I THANK THE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT. AND I THANK THE HOUSE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, THE GREAT STAFF FOR RECOGNIZING THE NEED FOR THIS CRITICAL LEGISLATION. THIS IS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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  • 03:24:53 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:25:00 PM

    MR. ROE

    OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. COSTELLO.

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    MR. COSTELLO

    WOULD ASSIST VETERANS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO…

    WOULD ASSIST VETERANS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S 6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO SUFFER FROM A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY. IT WOULD ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT TO WORK WITH STATE VETERANS' HOMES SUCH AS THE SOUTHEASTERN VETERANS' CENTER IN MY DISTRICT IN CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, TO FUND ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS WHO HAVE A DISABILITY RATING OF 70% OR MORE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. MAKING THIS PROGRAM AVAILABLE THAT NEED HELP WOULD HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES. OUR VETERANS AND THEIR LOVED ONES DESERVE TO RECEIVE HIGH QUALITY HEALTH SERVICES WITH THE FREEDOM AND FLEXIBILITY TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AND AT HOME. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN ZELDIN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND ALL THOSE ON THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND I'M PROUD TO BE A CO-SPONSOR OF THIS BILL. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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  • 03:26:15 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

  • 03:26:18 PM

    MR. ROE

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

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

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  • 03:26:27 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 1005 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ROE

    I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS…

    I ASK ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL. ONCE I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I YIELD BACK.

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    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 ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1005. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 BEING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE BILL IS PASSED AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECK ANYTHING?

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  • 03:27:19 PM

    MR. ROE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1162.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1162 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY OUT…

    H.R. 1162 A BILL TO DIRECT THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS TO CARRY OUT A PILOT PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO MAGNETIC E.E.G.-I.K.G. TO VETERANS.

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES.

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  • 03:27:48 PM

    MR. ROE

    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.

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  • 03:27:57 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. .

  • 03:27:58 PM

    MR. ROE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 03:28:02 PM

    MR. ROE

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1162, A BILL TO EXPAND THE USE OF…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1162, A BILL TO EXPAND THE USE OF E.E.G.-E.K.G. MAGNETIC RESSONANCE THERAPY TO TREAT VETERANS WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA AND OPOID ADDICTION AT V.A. MEDICAL CENTERS. A 2016 REPORT FOUND THAT MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONG VETERANS IS ALARMING HIGH AND STEADILY ON THE RISE UP FROM 27% IN 2001 TO OVER 40% IN 2014. PERHAPS EVEN MORE ALARLING, THE SAME SHOW THAT V.A. INCREASED ITS USE OF OPOIDS BY 259% OVER THE SAME PERIOD TO TREAT THESE INVISIBLE WOUNDS. M.R.T. IS AN EMERGING TECHNOLOGY THAT HAS BEEN USED TO TREAT OVER 400 VETERANS WITH THE SYMPTOMS OF THEIR MENTAL CONDITIONS. M.R.T.'S IS E.E.G.-E.K.G. TECHNOLOGY TO TARGET THE AFFECTED AREAS OF THE BRAIN AND PROVIDE STIMULATION TO RETURN TO NORMAL FUNCTION. M.R.T. HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FOOD AND DRUGS ADMINISTRATION TO TREAT DEPRESSION AND A STUDY FOUND THAT VETERANS WHO UNDERWENT TREATMENT REPORTED AN AVERAGE OF 47.4% REDUCTION IN SYMPTOMS SEVERITY. AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF TREATMENT, VETERAN PARTICIPATION SAW A 64% REDUCTION IN SYMPTOM SEVERITY ON AVERAGE. THE SAME STUDY SHOWED ZERO REPORTS OF WORSENING SYMPTOMS OR ADVERSE EFFECTS FROM THE TREATMENT. H.R. 1162 WOULD CREATE A ONE-YEAR PILOT AT TWO V.A. FACILITIES DURING WHICH 50 VETERANS WOULD BE PROVIDED TREATMENT FOR PTSD, MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA, CHRONIC PAIN AND OPOID ADDICTION. THE SECRETARY OF THE V.A. WOULD ISSUE A REPORT OF THE EFFICACY OF THE PILOT. AND M.R.T. TECHNOLOGY, WE MUST ACT QUICKLY TO MAKE THIS TECHNOLOGY MORE AVAILABLE TO VETERANS SUFFERING FROM THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR. I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE KNIGHT FROM CALIFORNIA FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING H.R. 1162. AND I RESERVE. .

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    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1162. THE V.A. SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPLORE…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1162. THE V.A. SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXPLORE BENEFITS OF ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS. MEDICAL PROVIDERS MUST THINK UDS THE BOX AND FIND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TREAT THE VETERAN'S EXPERIENCE.

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  • 03:31:09 PM

    MR. WALZ

    FOR THIS REASON, I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE…

    FOR THIS REASON, I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND START MOVING IN A DIRECTION THAT SERVES OUR VETERANS TO THEIR BEST -- THE BEST TREATMENT FOR THEM. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:31:22 PM

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:31:25 PM

    MR. ROW

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL,…

    AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS BILL, MR. KNIGHT OF CALIFORNIA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. KNIGHT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. MR. KNIGHT SPD TODAY I RISE IN --

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  • 03:31:42 PM

    MR. KNIGHT

    SUPPORT OF THE NO HERO LEFT UNTREATED ACT. I RISE TO STAND WITH OUR…

    SUPPORT OF THE NO HERO LEFT UNTREATED ACT. I RISE TO STAND WITH OUR VETERANS FOR WHOM THE TRAUMA FROM THE BATTLEFIELD DOES NOT ALWAYS APPEAR. WHETHER IT'S PTSD, CHRONIC PAIN, OR OPIOID ADDICTION, THE PILOT PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE INNOVATIVE, INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT FOR ALL TOO COMMON DIAGNOSES OUR VETERAN FACE TODAY. THE MAGNETIC -- TH THE MERT IS A NONPHARMACEUTICAL AND NONINVASIVE PROCEDURE THAT HAS SHOWN GREAT PROMISE. THIS BILL REQUIRES THE SEC RETEAR OF VETERANS AFAIRS TO ESTABLISH THE PILOT PROGRAM, TREAT 50 VETERANS USING M.R.T. AND COME WITH -- AT TWO DIFFERENT V.A. LOCATIONS AND COME BACK WITH A REPORT. ALREADY AT THE BRAIN CENT FOR THE CALIFORNIA, 98% OF VETERANS IN RECENT TRIES EXPERIENCED A 10-POINT CHANGE IN THEIR MILITARY CHECKLIST OR PCLM WHICH RANGES FROM 17 TO 80678 THE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY HAS ALREADY BEGUN CLINICAL TRIALS USING THE M.R.T. PROCEDURE AT TINKER AIR BASE, CONCLUDING THAT, QUOTE, TRANSCRANIAL M.R.T. IS A ADJEW VANT TREATMENT MO TALL DITO HELP TREATMENTS WITH PTSD. IT REDUCED THE AVERAGE PCLM SCORE FROM 66 TO 37. U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND HAS FOUNDED -- FUNDED THEIR OWN TRIALS USING THE BRAIN TREATMENT CENTER'S TREATMENT MODALITY AND IS CONDUCTING RESEARCH IN FLORIDA AND AT NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE COMMAND IN CALIFORNIA. I ASK FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ENTER FOR THE RECORD LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR H.R. 1162 FROM AMVETS, THE VETERANS HEALTH COUNCIL, THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, THE PATRIOT PROJECT, LINES FOR LIFE, THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR STEADFAST LEADERSHIP AND THE WEST CARE FOUNDATION.

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  • 03:33:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDER.

  • 03:33:53 PM

    MR. KNIGHT

    IN THE TIME THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERIORITY…

    IN THE TIME THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS TECHNOLOGICAL SUPERIORITY OVER OUR ADVERSARIES IN COMMENT, WE MUST CONTINUE TO PUSH THE TECHNOLOGICAL LIMIT TO TREATING OUR SELFLESS SERVICE MEMBERS ONCE THEIR DUTY IS DONE. I'M OPTIMISTIC THAT THIS PILOT PROGRAM FOR OUR VETERAN POPULATION WILL BE A FIRST OF MANY THAT IMPROVE OURS ABILITY TO HEAL WOUNDED VETERANS. MR. SPEAKER, I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH ONE LAST QUOTE THEASMS AMVETS DIRECTOR STATED IN HIS LETTER OF SUPPORT, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE AS A NATION LOOK AT NEW WAYS TO HELP THOSE WHO HAVE STOOD UP AN WAUBED THE WALK AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES DAY AFTER DAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME. SPROIM THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THIS EJULT IS RECOGNIZED.

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    >>

    I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS PREPARED TO CLOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 03:34:53 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH. I ENCOURAGE…

    I'D LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN US IN PASSING H R. 1162 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF OUR TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED IF…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THIS EGENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED IF CLOSE DEBATE ON THE BILL.

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  • 03:35:08 PM

    MR. ROE

    I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE…

    I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:35:12 PM

    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. 1162. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. 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 TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:35:36 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1545.

  • 03:35:40 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1545, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE…

    H.R. 1545, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO CLARIFY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFAIRS TO DISCLOSE CERTAIN PATIENT INFORMATION TO STATE-CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE MONITORING PROGRAMS FOR FOR OTHER PROGRAM PURPOSES.

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  • 03:35:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE MR. ROE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE MR. ROE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES THIS ECHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 03:36:07 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOUING MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE…

    THANK YOUING MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL.

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  • 03:36:16 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, ORDERED.

  • 03:36:18 PM

    MR. ROE

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

  • 03:36:20 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:36:22 PM

    MR. ROE

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1545, THE V.A. PRESCRIPTION DATA…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1545, THE V.A. PRESCRIPTION DATA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2017. H.R. 1545 WOULD REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFAIRS TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY INDIVIDUAL PRESCRIBED MEDICATION BY A V.A. EMPLOYEE OR A PROVIDER AUTHORIZED BY V.A. TO A STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM TO THE EXTENT NECESSARY TO PREVENT MISUSE AND DIVERSION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS ARE STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC DATABASES THAT COLLECT AND DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION TO CERTAIN AUTHORIZED INDIVIDUALS OR ENTITIES. THEY'RE USED TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE, ADDICTION AND DIVERSION. WHILE 90% OF V.A.'S PATIENT POPULATION ARE VETERANS, V.A. TREATS CERTAIN NONVETERANS, INCLUDING ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS WHO RECEIVE V.A. CARE THROUGH SHARING AGREEMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPENDENTS, CARE GIVERS OF VETERANS AND V.A. STAFF TO NAME A FEW. CURRENT LAW AUTHORIZES V.A. TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS AND DEPENDS ON VETERANS ONLY. V.A. IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION FOR OTHER PATIENTS. MOREOVER, TECHNOLOGICAL BARRIERS PREVENT V.A. FROM TRANSMITTING DEPENDENT DATA TO PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS. THAT MEANS THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG INFORMATION FOR NONVETERANS, 10% OF V.A.'S PATIENT POPULATION, WHICH TRANSLATES TO MORE THAN 700,000 VETERANS THIS FISCAL YEAR, IS NOT BEING SHARED WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS TODAY. IN LIGHT OF ONGOING CONCERNS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR MISUSE OR DIVERSION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, PARTICULARLY OPIOID MEDICATIONS IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT V.A. SHARE ABOUT ALL V.A. PATIENT, VETERAN AND NONVETERAN, THE CONSTITUENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS. IT'S A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY. H.R. 1545 IS SUPPORTED BY THE AMERICAN LEE LE JOHN, THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA, THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND BY THE V.A. WHO TESTIFIED BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT THIS AUTHORITY WOULD, QUOTE, ENSURE THAT V.A. IS ABLE TO FULFILL ITS PUBLIC HEALTH ROLE IN SHARING VITAL CLINICAL INFORMATION TO HELP GUIDE TREATMENT DECISIONS, END QUOTE. THIS BILL IS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSWOMAN ANN KUSTER, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS, JOINED BY BRAD WENSTRUP, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, AND CONGRESSWOMAN JULIA BROWNLEY THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH. I'M GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THEM FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION, IT HAS MY FULL SUPPORT AND I URGE ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING IT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. 13R0EU7 THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:39:16 PM

    MR. WALZ

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

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MIGHT CONSUME. I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1545 OFFERED BY CONGRESSWOMAN CUFTER WHO IS THE RANKING MEMBER FOR OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE AND IS IMPORTANTLY A CHAMPION OF POLICIES THAT MAKE SURE THE SCOURGE OF OPIATE ADDICTION IS ADDRESSED IN THIS CONGRESS AND IS THE LEADING EXPERT ON IT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARD CURVING SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS IN OUR VETERAN POPULATION. AS YOU HEARD, CURRENTLY A VETERAN WILL RECEIVE A PRESCRIPTION FAR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE FROM A PROVIDER IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEN RECEIVE A PRESCRIPTION FOR THE SAME SUBSTANCE FROM A V.A. PROVIDER WITHOUT EITHER PROVIDER'S KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT HAPPENED. CONGRESS HAS TRIED TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM BUT DUE TO CONFUSION WITHIN THE V.A. WAS UNSCUFFLE. I BELIEVE CONGRESSWOMAN KUSTER'S BILL WILL CHEER LINEUP -- CLEAR UP THIS PROBLEM AND ALLOW THE V.A. TO CLEAR UP SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER INSTEAD OF CONTRIBUTING TO THEM. I SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:40:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:40:31 PM

    MR. ROE

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MR. COSTELLO OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

  • 03:40:36 PM

    MR. COSTELLO

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESCRIPTION DATA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. WE FACE A…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESCRIPTION DATA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. WE FACE A SERIOUS OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION AND AS WE WORK TO PUT FORTH SOLUTIONS TO THIS CRISIS, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE INCORPORATE THE VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION INTO EXISTING, EFFECTIVE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE MONITORING PROGRAMS. TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE OVERSIGHT OF WHO WAS BEING PRESCRIBED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES THIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE THE V.A. TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL INDIVIDUALS, VETERAN OR DEPENDENT, WHO RECEIVE SUCH PRESCRIPTIONS FROM THE V.H.A. IN MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WE HAVE AN ESTABLISHED COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFECTIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM. INCORPORATING ADECISIONAL DATA FROM THE V.A. IS AN APPROPRIATE STEP TO UTILIZE PROVEN, EXISTING NETWORKS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:41:33 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:41:37 PM

    MR. WALZ

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY…

    AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE AND A CRITICAL PARTNER IN SERVING OUR VETERANS, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:41:52 PM

    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER MR. WALZ AND OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK RANKING MEMBER MR. WALZ AND OUR CHAIR DR. ROE FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK ON MY BILL H.R. 1545, THE V.A. PRESCRIPTION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT. THIS BILL DEMONSTRATES THE POW OVER BIPARTISANSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS, ESPECIALLY ON THE HOUSE V.A. COMMITTEE. I'D LIKE TO THANK DR. WENSTRUP FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO CO-LEAD THIS BILL WITH ME AND ALSO GENERAL BERGMAN AND MS. BROWNLEY FOR CO-SPONSORING THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. THIS BILL IS COMMON SENSE BECAUSE IT IMPROVES UPON THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS ALSO KNOWN AS PDMP'S ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. PDMP'S ARE PROVEN RESOURCES IN COMBATING OUR NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC. PDMP'S IMPROVE THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND OUR GENERAL WELL BEING. IN 2012, THE V.A. WAS FINALLY AUTHORIZED TO CONNECT ITS PATIENT POPULATION TO STATE PDMP'S BUT UNFORTUNATELY AN ISSUE WITH THE V.A.'S ANTIQUATED COMPUTER SYSTEMS MEANT THAT LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NONVETERAN PATIENTS OF THE V.A. WERE LEFT EXCLUDED FROM THE DATA REPORTED TO PDMP'S BY THE V.A. AS RANKING MEMBER OF THE HOUSE VETERANS OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATION SUBCOMMITTEE, I'M ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE CONTINUED ISSUES WITH COMPUTER SYSTEMS ACROSS THE ENTIRETY OF THE V.A. THIS ISSUE UNDERSCORES THE NEED FOR THE V.A. AND THIS CONGRESS TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND RAPID REFORM FOR THE V.A.'S COMPUTER SYSTEMS. WHEN THOSE SYSTEMIC SHORTCOMINGS POTENTIALLY EXACERBATE THE NATION'S OPIOID EPIDEMIC, I SAW THE IMPORTANCE TO TAKE ACTION. THROUGH MY BIPARTISAN HEROIN TASK FORCE, WE IN CONGRESS HAVE LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF ENSURING PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS ARE NOT MISUSED. THE CONSEQUENCES ARE TRULY DIRE. OVER 30,000 AMERICANS DIE IN OPIOID RELATED OVERDOSES EVERY YEAR. THAT NUMBER JUST CONTINUES TO RISE. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A SMALL BUT PRACTICAL STEP FORWARD IN ADDRESSING THIS CRISIS. I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF THIS LOW-COST BILL. IT WILL HELP ENSURE THESE IMPORTANT PROGRAMS WORK AS COMMENDED BY CLOSING THE GAP IN PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION AND I URGE MY SENATE COLLEAGUES TO QUICKLY TAKE UP THE BILL AND PASS IT IN THE SENATE AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:44:26 PM

    MR. ROE

    I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:44:31 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND THE VICE RANKING…

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND THE VICE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFAIRS A TRUE CHAMPION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, MR. TAKANO.

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  • 03:44:44 PM

    MR. TAKANO

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

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA FOR YIELDING. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, MS. KUSTER, AND HER BILL TO IMPROVE INFORMATION SHARING BETWEEN PROVIDERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY'RE ABLE TO FOLLOW SAFE PRESCRIBING PRACTICE -- PRACTICES. THE V.A. PRESCRIPTION DATA ACCOUNTABILITY ACT HELPS CLOSE A LOOPHOLE IN STATUTE THAT LIMITS THE DATA THAT THE V.A. CAN SHARE WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAMS OR PDMP'S. THEY TRACK THE PRESCRIBING AND DISPENSING OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES TO HELP FIND SUSPECTED FRAUD AND INTERVENE WITH PATIENTS WHO ARE AT HIGH RISK FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE. THESE DATA BASES ARE ONLY AS USEFUL AS THE INFORMATION THEY COLLECT. IN 2011, THE V.A. HAS BEEN ABLE TO SHARE PRESCRIPTION DATA WITH PDMP'S BUT IF THE VETERAN AGREES. IT HAS PREVENTED THE DEPARTMENT FROM SHARING DATA FROM NON-VETERAN PATIENTS WITH PDMP'S. 10% OF THE V.A. PATIENTS ARE NONVETERANS, ONLY ABOUT 700,000 PATIENTS EACH YEAR. NOW THE BILL EXPANDS THE AUTHORITY OF THE V.A. TO SHARE ALL PATIENT DATA WITH PDMP'S. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO BETTER MONITOR THE USE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND HELP COMBAT THE GROWING OPOID EPIDEMIC. ON AVERAGE 650,000 OPIOIDS PRESCRIPTIONS ARE DISPENSED DAILY AND 78 PEOPLE DIE FROM RELATED OPIOIDS OVERDOSES. CAREFULLY TRACKING THESE DRUGS IS HELPING US TO STEM THE TIDE ON THIS EPIDEMIC. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:46:48 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 TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:46:52 PM

    MR. ROE

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

  • 03:46:58 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS H.R. 1545 AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE.

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  • 03:47:10 PM

    MR. ROE

    PRACTICE OF MEDICINE I HAVE SEEN GREAT CHANGES, MANY OF THEM TO THE GOOD.…

    PRACTICE OF MEDICINE I HAVE SEEN GREAT CHANGES, MANY OF THEM TO THE GOOD. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS DISTURBED ME GREATLY IS THE OPIOIDS EPIDEMIC WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY. I'M AN OBSTETRICIAN AND DELIVERED A LOT OF BABIES AND IT WAS A RARE EVENT THAT A BABY WAS ADDICTED TO OPIOIDSES. AND 10 YEARS AGO, A FLULL FLEDGED EPIDEMIC AND CARES FOR NOTHING BUT OPIOIDS-ADDICTED BABIES. IN OUR STATE OF TENNESSEE, MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE HAD MORE PEOPLE WHO DIED OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS THAN CAR WRECKS AND EXCEEDS MANY CANCER DEATHS IN THE COUNTRY. THIS BILL HAS MY PURPOSE SUPPORT. AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO THANK MS. KUSTER FOR HER GREAT WORK. WE SHARED A TRIP TO AFGHANISTAN AS WITH MR. TAKANO AND TALKED ABOUT THESE THINGS IN GREAT DETAIL. AND I WANT TO THANK HER AND THE RANKING MEMBER FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN THIS. AND I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:48:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1545. 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 TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 03:48:49 PM

    MR. ROE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED.

  • 03:48:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 03:48:58 PM

    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1725, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO IMPROVE THE…

    H.R. 1725, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO IMPROVE THE TREATMENT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE PROVIDED BY NONDEPARTMENT OF VET RANS AFFAIRS IN SUPPORT OF CLAIMS FOR DISABILITY COMPENSATION OF THE LAWS ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:49:19 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE…

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ WILL EACH CONTROL 20 MINUTES. IT CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 03:49:30 PM

    MR. ROE

    INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD ON H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED.

  • 03:49:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. SO ORDERED.

  • 03:49:44 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. WALZ…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED WAS INTRODUCED BY MR. WALZ AND THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. THIS BILL ADDRESSES A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. WHEN A VETERAN FILES A CLAIM FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS, V.A. MAY NEED A MEDICAL OPINION WHETHER IT IS SERVICE CONNECTED AND THE EXTENT OF THE DISABILITY. THE PROBLEM IS THAT V.A. SCHEDULES A MEDICAL DISABILITY EXAMINATION WHEN ONE MIGHT NOT NEED ONE. MANY TIMES A VETERAN WILL SUBMIT EVIDENCE FROM A PRIVATE DOCTOR WITH ENOUGH INFORMATION BUT WE HEAR ABOUT CASES WHERE V.A. REQUIRES A V.A. EXAMINATION. ORDERING EXAMINATIONS IS A WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES. IT TAKES DOCTORS AWAY FROM TAKING CARE OF THEIR PATIENTS AND CONDUCTING OTHER DISABILITY EXAMINATIONS. H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED WOULD REQUIRE V.A. TO PROVIDE REPORTS TO CONGRESS ABOUT ITS USE OF PRIVATE MEDICAL EVIDENCE. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE USED TO HELP US FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE DISABILITY EXAMINATION MORE EFFICIENT NOR VETERANS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1725 AS AMENDED. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:51:01 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:51:07 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS PIECE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRMAN PERSONALLY FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND BEING ELOQUENT IN HIS WORDS ON WHAT THIS DID. IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT IT IS PART OF THIS BLOCK OF LEGISLATION DEALING WITH REPEAL REFORMS ALSO. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. DENHAM, MS. MCSALLY, MR. COSTELLO, MS. KUSTER, MR. HIGGINS AND MS. SHEA-PORTER. THIS BILL SOUGHT TO CHANGE A CURRENT REQUIREMENT STIPULATING THAT THOSE WILLING TO FILE MUST BE CONDUCTED BY THE V.A. TO ALLOW VETERANS TO SEE A LOCAL DOCTOR. AS THE CHAIRMAN POINTED OUT, IT WAS TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE V.A. WHILE RECOGNIZING WE HAVE QUALITY AND TRUSTWORTHY PHYSICIANS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHO COULD DELIVER SOME OF THESE SERVICES. REQUIRING THE V.A. TO ACCEPT EVIDENCE IT WOULD EASE IT IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES AND REDUCE THE WAIT TIMES AND THE BACK LOGS. THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FOR MANY YEARS. WE INTRODUCED SIMILAR LANGUAGE IN 2013, 2014 AND 2015. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK FELLOW MEMBERS AND THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER IN CONGRESS FOR WORKING TOWARDS THIS. AND WE ARE TIGHTENING THE SCOPE OF THIS BILL TO ADDRESS THE COST THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SCORED IT TO. IT REQUIRES AN ANNUAL REPORT HOW A VETERAN OBTAINS PRIVATE MEDICAL EVIDENCE. AND IT IS MY HOPE WITH THIS DATA WE WILL BUILD OUR CASE FOR MANDATING THAT THE V.A. ACCEPT ALL CREDIBLE PRIVATE MEDICAL EVIDENCE. WE CANNOT BE THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD AND NEED TO GATHER THIS DATA AS POSSIBLE. THEY MAKE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR VETERANS TO GET MEDICAL EVIDENCE. VETERANS WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR CLAIMS FASTER AND START RECEIVING THE BENEFITS THEY EARN AND THE STRESS ON 20 YEARS OF WAITING, MUCH OF THAT TIME SEEING PRIVATE PHYSICIANS AND GATHERING EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE VERY CLAIM THAT'S BEING DENIED, THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION SHOULD MAKE SENSE. I THANK EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THIS. AND I RESERVE.

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  • 03:53:34 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 03:53:39 PM

    MR. ROE

    I RESERVE.

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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 MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:53:44 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 1725 AND I…

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION, H.R. 1725 AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:53:49 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THE BILL.

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  • 03:53:57 PM

    MR. ROE

    I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THIS BILL. SERGEANT MAJOR WALZ SPEAKS WITH GREAT…

    I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THIS BILL. SERGEANT MAJOR WALZ SPEAKS WITH GREAT PASSION ABOUT IT. AND MAYO CLINIC IS IN HIS DISTRICT AND I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT AEVALUATION THAT WOULDN'T BE GREAT FOR THE V.A. I SUPPORT THIS BILL AND URGE ALL MEMBERS TO DO SO AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 03:54:21 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1725 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED.

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  • 03:55:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 03:55:03 PM

    MR. ROE

    I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED.

  • 03:55:09 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 03:55:12 PM

    THE CLERK

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 83, A BILL TO INCREASE EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 1,…

    UNION CALENDAR NUMBER 83, A BILL TO INCREASE EFFECTIVE AS OF DECEMBER 1, 2017, THE RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES AND THE RATES OF DEPENDENCY AND INDEPARTMENT COMPENSATION FOR THE SURVIVORS OF CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS TO AMEND TITLE 38 UNITED STATES CODE TO THE COURT OF APPEALS TO IMPROVE THE PROCESSING OF CLAIMS BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 03:55:41 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    PURN TO THE RULE, SQUASM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    PURN TO THE RULE, SQUASM TENNESSEE, MR. ROWE AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALZ, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE.

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  • 03:55:51 PM

    MR. ROE

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS WITHIN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INSERT EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL IN THE RECORD ON H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED.

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  • 03:56:04 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 03:56:05 PM

    MR. ROE

    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.

  • 03:56:15 PM

    MR. ROE

    H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT THE HOUSE…

    H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS THAT THE HOUSE WILL TAKE UP THIS YEAR. THIS BILL WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE BENEFITS PAID TO VETERANS WHO ARE DISABLED AS A RESULT OF THEIR MILITARY SERVICE DO NOT LOSE VALUE BECAUSE OF INFLATION. H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED AUTHORIZES A COST OF LIVING INCREASE FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES NEXT YEAR AS LONG AS SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS RECEIVE AN INCREASE. WE PASS THIS BILL EVERY YEAR AND ALWAYS ENJOYED WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS YEAR'S BILL WAS INTRODUCED BY THE DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING MEMBER. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED AND HELP DISABLED VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES KEEP UP WITH THE RATE OF INFLATION. I RESERVE.

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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 MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 03:57:06 PM

    MR. WALZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TORE SUPPORT H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED, THE VETERANS COST…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TORE SUPPORT H.R. 1329 AS AMENDED, THE VETERANS COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT. AND RATES OF COMPENSATION FOR VETERANS FOR SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITIES AND INDEPARTMENT COMPENSATION FOR SURVIVORS. THIS ADJUSTMENT IS TIED TO THE RATES OF INCREASE IN SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS. THIS IS VITAL TO THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AND THAT SUPPORT SHOULD NEVER BE ERODED. I THANK CHAIRMAN ROE FOR BRINGING THE BILL TO US IN A TOTALLY BIPARTISAN PROCESS. AND CHAIRMAN BOSTON AND RANKING MEMBER ESTY, THEIR NAMES ARE BEING BROUGHT UP A LOT TODAY. IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT IT. THEY ARE TACKLING ISSUES THAT HAVE LASTED YEARS AND BRING UP IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT IMPACT THE WELL-BEING OF VETERANS. THEY DID SO IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER THAT I THINK SERVES THE REPUTATION OF THIS HOUSE COULD SORELY NEED MORE OF IT. WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF OUR 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 TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:58:14 PM

    MR. ROE

    I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN BOSTON.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:58:21 PM

    MR. BOST

    SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION H.R. 1329, THE VETERANS COMPENSATION COST OF…

    SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION H.R. 1329, THE VETERANS COMPENSATION COST OF LICK ADJUSTMENT ACT OF 2017. THIS BILL SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL OF US THIS YEAR. H.R. 1329 SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE VETERANS RECEIVE A COST OF LICK INCREASE NEXT YEAR IF SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS GET ONE. WE KNOW THAT THE PRICE KEEPS GOING UP AND VETERAN BENEFITS DON'T KEEP PACE, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL HAVE A HARD TIME PAYING FOR FOOD, SHELTER AND CLOTHING. THIS BILL IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S VETERANS AND I ASK ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT. I WANT TO THANK THE DISABILITY ASSISTANCE AND MEMORIAL AFFAIRS RANKING MEMBER, MS. ESTY FOR HER SUPPORT OF THIS LEGISLATION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ALSO TO SUPPORT H.R. 1329. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 03:59:20 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 MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:59:24 PM

    MR. WALZ

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 03:59:30 PM

    MR. ROE

    TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. BILIRAKIS, FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 03:59:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 03:59:38 PM

    MR. BILIRAKIS

    THIS TRULY IS A BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE UNDER THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF OUR…

    THIS TRULY IS A BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE UNDER THE ABLE LEADERSHIP OF OUR CHAIRMAN ROE AND OUR RANKING MEMBER, MR. WALZ. SO AGAIN, I'M PROUD TO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE. AND I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1329, THE VETERANS COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT. PASSAGE OF THIS BILL GIVES OUR NATION'S VETERANS THE SAME COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT AS THOSE RECEIVING BENEFITS THROUGH SOCIAL SECURITY. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR THE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES WE ENJOY ON A DAILY BASIS. AS A GRATEFUL NATION, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE. PROVIDING FOR OUR NATION'S TRUE AMERICAN HEROES IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE, BUT SIMPLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MR. SPEAKER, THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA WHERE SO MANY VETERANS CALL HOME, APPROXIMATELY 1.6 MILLION VETERANS RESIDING THERE AFTER SERVING IN THE MILITARY. AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, I'M SO VERY PROUD THAT FLORIDA IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST VETERAN-FRIENDLY STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BOSTON FROM INDIANA, FOR INTRODUCING THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 1329, I URGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT OUR NATION'S HEROES AND PASS THE VETERAN COMPENSATION COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT ACT. AND I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 04:01:20 PM

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  • 04:01:23 PM

    MR. ROE

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM MAINE, MR. BRUCE POLIQUIN, A NEW MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

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  • 04:01:32 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:01:36 PM

    MR. POLIQUIN

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN, TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 1329…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND MR. CHAIRMAN, TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 1329 AND I SALUTE CONGRESSMAN BOST FROM ILLINOIS AND CONGRESSWOMANNESTY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CONNECTICUT FOR THEIR GREAT WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO HELP OUR HEROES. I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS OUR FIRST COMMANDER IN CHIEF, GEORGE WASHINGTON, WHO SAID IN EFFECT THAT WE CAN NEVER EXPECT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TO STEP FORWARD AND SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN UNIFORM UNLESS AND UNTIL WE MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY RETURNED FROM THE BATTLEFIELD. NOW, IN THE STATE OF MAINE, MR. SPEAKER, WE LOVE OUR VETERANS. WE HAVE ABOUT 125,000 OF OUR HEROES IN OUR STATE OF MAINE, MORE THAN HALF OF WHICH IN THE RURAL PART OF OUR STATE, THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF MAINE THAT I'M HONORED TO REPRESENT. AND I THINK IT IS A GREAT IDEA AND ABOUT TIME THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE COME BEFORE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TOGETHER, TO MAKE SURE OUR VETERANS RECEIVE A COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DISABLED AS A RESULT OF THEIR SERVICE FOR OUR COUNTRY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I ASK ALL MEMBERS MY REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ON THIS COMMITTEE, IN THIS BODY TO PLEASE SUPPORT H.R. 1329. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO GIVE A COST OF LIVING INCREASE TO OUR VETERANS.

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  • 04:03:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:03:03 PM

    MR. WALZ

    MR. SPEAKER, I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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  • 04:03:07 PM

    MR. ROE

    MR. SPEAKER, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE. I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

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

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  • 04:03:14 PM

    MR. WALZ

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1329,…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AGAIN, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1329, BUT AS WE GET READY TO CLOSE ON THE FINE PIECE OF -- SEVEN PIECES OF LEGISLATION, SOME THAT HAVE TAKEN YEARS, THAT HAVE INCLUDED DIVERSE GROUPS TO COME TOGETHER TO TRY TO FIND SOLUTIONS, YOU'RE SEEING TODAY ALL SEVEN OF THESE BILLS ARE GOING TO PASS THIS HOUSE. THEY ARE GOING TO PASS WITH OVERWHELMING, IF NOT UNANIMOUS, BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I STOOD ON THIS FLOOR AND EXPRESSED MY DISPLEASURE AND MY DISCOMFORT WHEN WE DON'T WORK TOGETHER. TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE PLEASURES TO STAND HERE AND SAY THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT, THIS IS THE HARD WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND THIS KIND OF THING DOESN'T HAPPEN BY CHANCE AND IT USUALLY TAKES ONE PERSON STANDING AT THE MIDDLE OF THAT IN LEADERSHIP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, DR. ROE, FOR ENSURING THAT VETERANS COME BEFORE POLITICS, VETERANS COME BEFORE PARTISAN DIFFERENCES AND THAT VETERANS' LEGISLATION CAN BE DONE IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER. SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT AND ENCOURAGE SUPPORT OF ALL THESE PIECES OF LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:04:19 PM

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

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

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  • 04:04:24 PM

    MR. ROE

    I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, SERGEANT MAJOR WALZ FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND…

    I WANT TO THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, SERGEANT MAJOR WALZ FOR HIS KIND WORDS AND CERTAINLY WHAT WE TRY TO DO ON THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS LEAVE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT AT THE DOOR OF THE COMMITTEE ROOM AND GO AND DO THE WORK OF THE VETERANS AND WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM. IT'S A TRUE PLEASURE AND HONOR. IF YOU EVER ATTENDED OUR MEETINGS SEE THAT. YOU CAN SEE HERE TODAY WITH SEVEN IMPORTANT PIECES OF LEGISLATION PASS THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR VETERANS. THIS IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR AND I FEEL SURE THAT MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE FEEL THE SAME WAY, FOR ME IT'S ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES OF THE YEAR. IT'S MEMORIAL DAY, AND I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO FORGET THIS COMING MONDAY WHAT THAT MEANS OF ALL OF THOSE WHO DIDN'T MAKE IT HOME AND BACK WHO PROTECTED THIS GREAT COUNTRY. I KNOW MYSELF, I GET SOME GUILT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. I WAS ABLE -- I WAS A DRAFTED SOLDIER, AS MANY OF US WERE. I SERVED MY TIME IN 1973, 1974 IN KOREA, SOUTH OF THE D.M.Z., IT MANY FRIENDS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT HOME FROM VIETNAM. I KNOW I STILL FEEL FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES. I KNOW EVERY MEMORIAL DAY WHEN I GO TO SERVICE, ATTEND A SERVICE FOR VETERANS, IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GET THROUGH THAT DAY BECAUSE I GOT TO COME HOME, AS ALL OF US WHO SERVED DID, WE GOT TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN, SEE OUR GRANDCHILDREN BE BORN. THESE MEN AND FEW WOMEN WHO DIED IN VIETNAM AND OTHER WARS DIDN'T GET TO DO THAT AS YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DOING TODAY. SO I CAN'T SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THE VETERANS OF THIS GREAT NATION WHO SERVE US EVERY DAY AND KEEP US FREE. MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT H.R. 1329, AS AMENDED, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:06:25 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1329, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR WILL SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE, THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE IS AMENDED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 04:07:13 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MERE, I MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2052.

  • 04:07:17 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    TITLE OF THE BILL.

  • 04:07:31 PM

    TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA, MS. MCSALLY, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SPEIER, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:07:41 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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

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  • 04:07:52 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

  • 04:07:53 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 04:07:58 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2052, THE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2052, THE PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS AGAINST TECHNOLOGICAL EXPLOITATION ACT, OR THE PRIVATE ACT. THIS ACT WOULD AMEND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE TO PROHIBIT THE WRONGFUL BROADCAST OR DISTRIBUTION OF INTIMATE VISUAL IMAGES. RECENT REVOLUTIONS OF NUDE PHOTOGRAPHS OF SERVICE MEMBERS THAT WERE POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES LIKE MARINES UNITED IS ABHORRENT. THIS REPUGNANT BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE WE MUST NOT LET THEM DO IT AGAIN. THEY ARE NOT EMBLEMATIC OF THOSE WHO SERVE OUR NATION. HOWEVER, THE NOTION THAT ANY SERVICE MEMBER WOULD THINK IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO UPLOAD, VIEW, COMMENT ON NUDE PHOTOS OF THEIR FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT MUST BE FIXED. THIS BILL WILL HOLD PERPETRATORS OF THESE CRIMES ACCOUNTABLE. IT WILL STRENGTHEN THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE BY ESTABLISHING AN UE NEW MEXICO RATED AND PUNITIVE ARTICLE THAT PREVENTS INTIMATE VISUAL IMAGES EVEN IF THOSE IMAGES WERE GIVEN WITH CONSENSUAL CONSENT. ALTHOUGH IT HAS TWO ARTICLES WHICH THESE CRIMES CAN ALREADY BE PROSECUTED, THIS WOULD GIVE COMMANDERS A SPECIFIC TOOL AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO SERVICE MEMBERS THAT THIS BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE AND IN FACT A CRIME. THE PRIVATE ACT IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND IS SUPPORTED BY 26 DIFFERENT MILITARY AND VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS. WHILE THERE ARE MANY DIVISIVE ISSUES FACING CONGRESS TODAY, AS A RETIRED COLONEL AND 26-YEAR COMBAT VETERAN OF THE AIR FORCE, I'M HEARTENED THIS BILL ENJOYS SUCH STRONG SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WISH TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE, INCLUDING MS. SPEIER, FOR HER LEADERSHIP, CO-SPONSORSHIP AND DEVOTION TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:09:49 PM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:09:53 PM

    MS. SPEIER

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

  • 04:09:59 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    FOUR YEARS AGO, I STOOD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND CONDEMNED THE ONLINE…

    FOUR YEARS AGO, I STOOD ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND CONDEMNED THE ONLINE BULLYING OF U.S. MARINE CORPS SERVICE WOMEN ON FACEBOOK. THESE WEBPAGES CONTAINED OBSCENE AND ABUSIVE PICTURES AND IMPLIED THAT WOMEN ONLY ADVANCE PROFESSIONALLY BY PERFORMING SEXUAL FAVORS. I SENT A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS ASKING THEM TO TAKE ACTION. I GOT A LETTER BACK FROM THE COMMANDANT WHICH SAID, I SHARE YOUR INDIGNATION. I DIDN'T WANT HIM TO SHARE MY INDIGNATION. I WANTED HIM TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. NEITHER HE NOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL DID ANYTHING. LACK OF CONSEQUENCES CAUSED THIS CULTURAL ROT TO SPREAD FURTHER. THE MARINES UNITED PAGE, THROUGH WHICH HUNDREDS OF ACTIVE DUTY AND VETERAN MARINES VIEWED THOUSANDS OF NONCONSENSUALLY DISTRIBUTED INTIMATE IMAGES DAMAGED THE LIVES AND THE CAREERS OF MORE SERVICE MEMBERS THAN I CAN IMAGINE. IN FACT, MANY OF THESE SERVICE MEMBERS WERE IDENTIFIED BY NAME AND THE BASES AT WHICH THEY SERVED. AND DESPITE REPORTS OF THIS VILE SITE, NEW VERSIONS CONTINUED TO CROP UP AND SPREAD MORE DESTRUCTION UNCHECKED BY MILITARY LEADERSHIP. UNTIL NOW, THE LEADERSHIP FAILURES THAT ALLOWED THIS TO GO ON FOR FOUR YEARS ALSO EXTENDED TO CONGRESS. WE DID NOTHING EXCEPT HOLD A SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON -- WAIT. LET ME INDICATE WHAT IT WAS ON. SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY WITHOUT A SINGLE SURVIVOR BROUGHT TO TESTIFY. THIS IS NOT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY. THIS IS ABOUT ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR BY SERVICE MEMBERS AGAINST OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS. TWO MONTHS AGO A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MEMBERS HELD A HEARING ON THIS VERY ISSUE, AND WE HAD VICTIMS WHO TESTIFIED. ONE OF THOSE MEMBERS WHO WAS ACTIVE DUTY SAID HER MARINE CORPS DRILL INSTRUCTOR SAID TO HER AND THE OTHER WOMEN DURING THEIR TRAINING, THE ONLY WOMEN THAT SERVE IN THE MARINES ARE SLUTS, LESBIANS OR A WORD THAT STARTS WITH A B THAT I WON'T MENTION ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. HOW DESTRUCTIVE CAN THAT BE? TODAY, THAT ENDS. MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE TAKING A STAND. TODAY I'M HONORED AND PROUD TO SUPPORT H.R. 2052 WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MS. MCSALLY. THIS BILL WILL ENSURE THAT NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY IS MADE ILLEGAL BY EXPLICITLY FORBIDDING THE SHARING OF INTIMATE IMAGES WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE SUBJECT. RIGHT NOW THE REPREHENSIBLE ACTS OF NONCONS SULELY DISTRIBUTED CONSENSUALLY OBTAINED PHOTOGRAPHS IS NOT CLEARLY DEFINED AS ILLEGAL UNDER THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. THAT IS WHY THIS BILL IS A CRITICAL STEP IN ENSURING THAT OUR FEMALE SERVICE MEMBERS AREN'T DISTRACTED FROM PROTECTING THE COUNTRY BY HAVING TO ALSO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST ONLINE ABUSERS AND COLLEAGUES WITHIN THE SERVICES. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. IF THE CHAIN OF COMMAND CONTINUES TO SEE NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY AS A BOYS WILL BE BOYS JOKE INSTEAD OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. SUCH CONDUCT MUST RESULT IN SEVERE AND IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE PERPETRATORS. THE PRIVATE ACT MUST PASS AND IT MUST BE ENFORCED. I ALSO WANT TO NOTE THAT PASSAGE OF THE PRIVATE ACT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE CIVILIAN PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY. ALTHOUGH 34 STATES HAVE PASSED LAWS TO ADDRESS NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY, THERE ARE APPROACHES VERY WIDELY AND SOME VERY FLAWED. THAT'S WHY A FEDERAL LAW IS NEEDED TO PROVIDE A SINGLE CLEAR ARTICULATION OF THE ELEMENTS OF THIS CRIME AND ENSURE THAT AMERICANS IN EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY, CIVILIAN AND MILITARY, ARE PROTECTED IF THEY ARE SUBJECTED TO THIS HEINOUS ABUSE. THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO CONGRESSWOMAN MCSALLY, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2052. WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN FOUR YEARS SINCE I FOUND THOSE VILE FACEBOOK PAGES. FOUR YEARS FROM NOW I HOPE I'M STANDING HERE COMMANDING US FOR STAMPING OUT THE SCOURGE OF NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:14:41 PM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:14:45 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

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

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:14:51 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MS.…

    I'D LIKE TO NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM, MS. BORDALLO.

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  • 04:15:02 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM GUAM IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:15:05 PM

    MS. BORDALLO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. . TODAY I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2052. PROTECTING…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. . TODAY I RISE TO SUPPORT H.R. 2052. PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF VIDS AGAINST TECHNOLOGICAL EXPLOITATION. OR ALSO KNOWN AS THE PRIVATE ACT. THIS ACT WILL AMEND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE TO PROHIBIT THE WRONGFUL BROADCAST OR DISTRIBUTION OF INTIMATE VISUAL IMAGES. AS TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES, SO TOO MUST OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEMS, AND IT IS CLEAR, A -- CLEAR, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE MARINED UNITED SCANDAL, THAT THERE IS A GAP IN THE UCMJ. THIS BILL ADDRESSES THAT GAP. AND GIVES COMMANDERS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO ADDRESS THIS HORRIFIC CRIME OF POSTING OR SHARING INTIMATE IMAGES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY PRIVATELY SHARED. THE BILL CLEARLY STATES THAT DISTRIBUTING OR BROADCASTING INTIMATE VISUAL IMAGES WITHOUT CONSENT WOULD RESULT IN PUNISHMENT. THIS CHANGE IN THE UCMJ WILL SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO ANY BAD ACTORS IN OUR MILITARY AND REMIND THEM THAT HONOR, TRUST AND RESPECT ARE PARAMOUNT, WHETHER YOU ARE DEPLOYED OR BACK HOME. SERVICE MEMBERS WILL KNOW THAT SHARING, BROADCASTING OR POSTING INTIMATE IMAGES ARE ILLEGAL AND WILL BE PUNISHED UNDER THE UCMJ. SO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM ARIZONA, REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY, FOR INTRODUCING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION AND DILIGENTLY WORKING IT THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. I AM ALSO PLEASED TO SEE SUCH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. ALTHOUGH THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO THIS BILL TO BE WRITTEN ARE APPALLING, IT IS HEARTENING TO SEE SO MANY COLLEAGUES COMING TOGETHER TODAY TO MAKE THE NECESSARY CHANGES. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES, MR. SPEAKER, TO SUPPORT H.R. 2052. THIS AMENDMENT TO THE UCMJ IS VERY NECESSARY AND VERY TIMELY. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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  • 04:17:15 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    YES, MR. SPEAKER. I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:17:19 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW WILL YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. TSONGAS.

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  • 04:17:29 PM

    MS. TSONGAS

    MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR MANY OF US HEARD OF THE MARINES UNITED…

    MR. SPEAKER, EARLIER THIS YEAR MANY OF US HEARD OF THE MARINES UNITED FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME. ON THIS PAGE WOMEN MARINES FOUND THAT THEIR INTIMATE PHOTOS WERE POSTED WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. SOME HAD NO IDEA THESE PHOTOS HAD EVER BEEN TAKEN. BENEATH THE PHOTOS, MARINE MEMBERS OF THE FACEBOOK GROUP WROTE OBSCENE AND ABUSE THIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THEIR COMRADES -- ABUSIVE COMMENTS ABOUT THEIR COMRADES. THIS BETRAYAL OF MARINES BY MARINES DISGRACEFULLY DISRESPECTS FELLOW MEMBERS, SEWS OF SEEDS OF DISTRUST AND UNDERMINES THE UNIT COHESION, PUTTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK. TODAY WE BRING A BILL TO THE FLOOR TO MAKE SURE MILITARY MEMBERS WHO HAVE BROADCAST OR DISTRIBUTED CERTAIN PRIVATE IMAGES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. H.R. 2052 CREATES A SEPARATE ARTICLE UNDER THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE THAT SPECIFICALLY CRIMINALIZES THE WRONGFUL SHARING OF INTIMATE PHOTOS WITHOUT EXPLICIT CON SENT TO DO SO. -- CONSENT TO DO SO. THIS SEND AS CLEAR MESSAGE TO ALL SERVICE MEMBERS AND TO OUR MILITARY LEADERSHIP THAT THIS KIND OF ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR WILL NOT AND MUST NOT BE TOLERATED. MEMBERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE COME TOGETHER AND I THANK REPRESENTATIVES MCSALLY AND SPEIER FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP, IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION, AND I ENCOURAGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA CONTINUE TO RESERVE?

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  • 04:19:01 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    YES,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MINNESOTA -- I MEAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:19:06 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA AND THE CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN WOMAN'S CAUCUS, MS. FRANKEL.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:19:21 PM

    MS. FRANKEL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GREAT COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK MY GREAT COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA AND I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON A SUBJECT OF URGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE STRONGEST TERMS POSSIBLE, I URGE A SUPPORT OF THIS -- I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION CALLED THE PRIVATE ACT, THAT MAKES IT ILLEGAL FOR MILITARY MEMBERS TO SHARE EXPLICIT PHOTOS WITHOUT CONSENT. OUR DEMOCRATIC WORKING WOMEN'S GROUP BRIEFLY HELD A BIPARTISAN HEARING REGARDING THE MARINE UNITED FACEBOOK PAGE, WHERE MALE MARINES POSTED THOUSANDS OF NUDE PHOTOS OF FEMALE SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. AT THIS HEARING WE HEARD THE TESTIMONY OF TWO COURAGEOUS FEMALE MARINES WHOSE PRIVACY WERE VIOLATED WITH THE NONCONSENSUAL POSTING OF INTIMATE PHOTOGRAPHS. THEY DESCRIBED THEIR EMBARRASSMENT AND THEIR ANGER AND THE HARASSMENT BY THEIR MARINE BROTHERS THAT FOLLOWED. WITH THREATS OF RAPE AND VIOLENCE AND STOMACH-SICKENING POSTS LIKE, QUOTE, WE SHOULD THROW FEMALE MARINES INTO A TUB OF ACID AND RIP OFF THEIR EYE LASHES. MR. SPEAKER, I AM THE PROUD MOTHER OF A UNITED STATES MARINE VETERAN. SO I CAN TELL YOU, I UNDERSTAND FIRSTHAND THE SELFLESS SACRIFICE A MARINE MAKES WHEN HE OR SHE PUTS ON THEIR UNIFORM. SO I SAY TO THOSE WARRIORS WHOSE HONOR WERE VIOLATED, WE STAND WITH YOU TODAY TO DECLARE THAT YOU WERE TARGETS OF BEHAVIOR THAT WE WILL NOT TOLERATE. AND WE WILL SEEK TO PUNISH THOSE WHO OFFENDED AND PREVENT SIMILAR CONDUCT IN THE FUTURE. BECAUSE THAT CONDUCT IS NOT ONLY DEGRADING TO BRAVE PATRIOTS, IT THREATENS THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR NATION. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA.

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  • 04:21:37 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    MS. SPEIER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE, AND THE CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE, AND -- TASK FORCE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

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  • 04:21:55 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MS. KUSTER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY AND…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE MCSALLY AND REPRESENTATIVE SPEIER FOR BRINGING US TO THE FLOOR TODAY. I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2052, THE PRIVATE ACT. I WAS DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THE MARINE UNITED PHOTO SHARING SCANDAL. AS WERE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT. OUR ARMED FORCES ARE THE GREATEST FIGHTING FORCES THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT MEMBERS OF THE MARINES SOUGHT OUT INTIMATE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR FELLOW SOLDIERS AND DISTRIBUTED THEM PURPOSEFULLY ONLINE. NOT ONLY WERE THE ACTIONS BY THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE MARINE UNITED SCANDAL MORALLY REPUGNANT, BUT THEY JEOPARDIZED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND ENDANGERED THE SECURITY OF BOTH MALE AND FEMALE MARINES. WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. AND THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE THEIR SAFETY RISKED BY THEIR FELLOW MARINES. I'M PROUD TO SUPPORT THE PRIVATE ACT, WHICH WILL UPDATE THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE TO ENSURE THAT THE TYPE OF EXPLICIT IMAGE SHARING WE SAW IN THE MARINES UNITED SCANDAL IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED. AS THE CO-FOUNDER, WITH MY COLLEAGUE, JACKIE SPEIER, OF THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE, I UNDERSTAND THE PERSISTENT CHALLENGES THAT THE CULTURE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE POSES ON OUR SOCIETY. THE CONVERSATION AROUND SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS BEGINNING TO CHANGE, THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL SUPPORT BROADER CULTURAL REFORM AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEMBERS. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT TRANSCENDS POLITICS. AND I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE PRIVATE ACT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE BILL. THANK YOU, I YIELD THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED -- IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:24:07 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA -- FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:24:14 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING WOMAN ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU. I NOW YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE RANKING WOMAN ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, MY COLLEAGUE FROM CALIFORNIA, SUSAN DAVIS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MY COLLEAGUE, FOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MY COLLEAGUE, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. THE MARINES UNITED WEBSITE WAS A DISGUSTING BREACH OF TRUST. AND I IMMEDIATELY CALLED FOR THE PERPETRATORS TO BE PROSECUTED. I APPRECIATE THE GENERAL COMING TO CONGRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR, TAKING OWNERSHIP OF THE PROBLEM, IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE, AND CONDUCTING MULTIMEDIA AND PERSONAL ENGAGEMENTS ACROSS THE MARINE CORPS. HE SAID HE WOULD DEAL WITH THIS IMMEDIATELY AND DECISIVELY. AND WE DEMAND NOTHING LESS. I TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD AND HE WAS CLEAR IN ASKING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. WHILE THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS HAVE UPDATED POLICIES REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA AND ESTABLISHED NO-TOLERANCE POLICIES FOR NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY, THESE STILL NEED TO APPLY ACROSS ALL THE SERVICES AND MUST BE CODIFIED INTO LAW. FOR THIS REASON, I SUPPORT THE PRIVATE ACT. AND I HOPE THAT WE CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO ENSURE THAT THIS BILL BECOMES LAW. MR. SPEAKER, AS THE SCANDAL UNFOLDED, IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME THAT EVEN FROM INITIAL RECRUITMENT, SERVICE MEMBERS MUST BE HELD TO THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARD ONLINE AND PREVENTED FROM JOINING THE MILITARY SHOULD THEIR BEHAVIOR FAIL TO MEET THAT STANDARD. OUR CHILDREN LIVE THEIR LIVES ONLINE. AND THE LAWS NEED TO BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THAT. THE ISSUE OF NONCONSENSUAL PORNOGRAPHY UNFORTUNATELY IS PREVALENT ACROSS OUR SOCIETY. IT HAS NO PLACE ANYWHERE. BUT ESPECIALLY NOT IN OUR MILITARY RANKS. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:26:15 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS. IF THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS NO FURTHER SPEAKERS, I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE ONCE THE GENTLEWOMAN DOES AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. IS THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. IS THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA PREPARED TO CLOSE FOR THE MINORITY?

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  • 04:26:27 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I AM PREPARED TO CLOSE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND IN SO DOING, I ALSO WANT TO MAKE THE THOINT THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKING SURE -- THE POINT THAT OUR COMMITMENT TO MAKING SURE THE ARMED FORCES HAS THE COHESION AND READINESS TO SERVE REQUIRES US TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 04:26:43 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE ON THIS BILL.

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  • 04:26:49 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A 26-YEAR COMBAT VETERAN, I'M DEEPLY DISTURBED, BUT NOT…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS A 26-YEAR COMBAT VETERAN, I'M DEEPLY DISTURBED, BUT NOT SURPRISED, BY THIS SCANDAL. AS A FORMER COMMANDER, I KNOW THAT YOU NEED TO GIVE COMMANDERS ALL THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD PERPETRATORS ACCOUNTABLE. THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT GOOD ORDER AND DISCIPLINE. THIS IS ABOUT THE MILITARY MISSION. THIS BILL GIVES COMMANDERS AN ADDITIONAL TOOL IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THIS CULTURE AND TO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR. I WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE STRONG SUPPORT ACROSS THE AISLE AND OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE. STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I WOULD URMING ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE -- URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE PRIVATE ACT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    WILL THE GENTLELADY YIELD?

  • 04:27:37 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    SURE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 04:28:47 PM

    MS. MCSALLY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK CHAIRMAN THORNBERRY FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:28:54 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ARIZONA HAS YIELDED BACK. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 2052. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO.

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  • 04:29:08 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE…

    IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, 2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE -- THE GENTLELADY MAY NOW MAKE HER REQUEST.

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  • 04:29:15 PM

    MS. SPEIER

    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. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED.

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  • 04:30:31 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 04:30:35 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S BILL H.R.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO TAKE FROM THE SPEAKER'S BILL H.R. 366 WITH THE SENATE AMENDMENTS THERETO AND TO CONCUR IN THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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  • 04:30:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 36, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO DIRECT THE…

    H.R. 36, AN ACT TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO DIRECT THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN MANAGING THE DEPARTMENT'S VEHICLE FLEET AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SENATE AMENDMENTS, ONE, ON PAGE 6, LINE 17, INSERT SHALL AND --

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  • 04:31:08 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE SENATE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE SENATE AMENDMENTS.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE READING IS DISPENSED WITH. IS THERE OBJECTION TO THE REQUEST OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE SENATE AMENDMENTS ARE AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNIZE SNIGS

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  • 04:31:36 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 137 -- SUSPEND…

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE PRULLS AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 137 -- SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 1370, AS AMENDED.

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  • 04:31:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 1370, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE…

    H.R. 1370, A BILL TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO REQUIRE THE SECT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO ISSUE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY -WIDE GUIDANCE AND DEVELOP TRAINING PROGRAMS AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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  • 04:32:10 PM

    RE PURSUANT

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

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

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  • 04:32:18 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

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

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

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  • 04:32:27 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    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.

  • 04:32:34 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 1370, TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING.…

    IN STRONG SUPPORT OF MY BILL, H.R. 1370, TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I., HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WHICH INCLUDES FORCED LABOR, DOMESTIC SERVITUDE IS THE THIRD LARGEST CRIMINAL INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD. WE NEED A COLLABORATIVE MULTIAGENCY APPROACH TO COMBAT THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. MY BILL RECOGNIZES AND SUPPORTS THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO JOIN THESE PARTNERS TO COMBAT THIS SCOURGE ON OUR SOCIETY. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES THE VITAL LIFE-SAVING CAMPAIGN AT THE DEPARTMENT TO PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THIS CAMPAIGN IS CALLED THE BLUE CAMPAIGN. IT'S A DEPARTMENTWIDE EFFORT TO CONDUCT OUTREACH AND RAISE AWARENESS OF TRAFFICKING. IT PROVIDES TRAINING AND MATERIALS TO THOSE IN THE BEST POSITION TO IDENTIFY TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. THIS CAMPAIGN WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, GOVERNMENTAL AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS TO IDENTIFY AND SAVE THOSE VICTIMS. THE BLUE CAMPAIGN HAS ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS TO PROVIDE TRAINING, RAISE AWARENESS AND COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. CURRENTLY IT ENLISTS THE HELP OF NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE WITNESSED TRAFFICKING SUCH AS AIRLINES, HOTELS, TRUCK STOPS, CONVENIENT STORES AND PACKAGING DELIVERY SERVICES. THE DEPARTMENT USES THE RESOURCES AND EXPERTISE OF I.C.E., USCIS AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER TO HELP WITH THIS EFFORT. OF NOTE, MY BILL ADDS THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TO THIS FLIGHT -- THIS FIGHT BY TRAINING ITS PERSONNEL TO RECOGNIZE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING AND PULL THESE VICTIMS OUT OF ITS VICIOUS CYCLE. MY BILL ALSO REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT TO SHARE INFORMATION ON PATTERNS OF TRAFFICKING AND POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS WITH TERRORIST ACTIVITY, BOTH INTERNALLY AND WITH THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF FUSION CENTERS. IN 2014, I HELD A FIELD HEARING IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OUR MAJOR CITIES, AND WE HEARD PERSONALLY FROM THE VICTIMS, THEIR STORIES OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THAT HEARING HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN COMBATING THIS TERRIBLE CRIME. THIS DHHS CAMPAIGN FURTHERS THESE COLLABORATION EFFORTS -- THIS D.H.S. CAMPAIGN FURTHERS THESE COLLABORATION EFFORTS. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION AND THE EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING. BEFORE I CLOSE, I'D LIKE TO INSERT A RECORD -- A LETTER OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN MYSELF AND CHAIRMAN GOODLATTE OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND THANK HIM FOR HIS COOPERATION IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:35:29 PM

    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:35:34 PM

    MR. VELA

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1370, THE DEPARTMENT OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1370, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2017, AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 04:35:47 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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    MR. VELA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A $32 BILLION PER YEAR GLOBAL…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A $32 BILLION PER YEAR GLOBAL INDUSTRY, MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST PROFITABLE FORMS OF TRANSNATIONAL CRIME WITH MORE THAN 20 MILLION VICTIMS WORLDWIDE. EACH YEAR AN ESTIMATED 17,500 INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE TRAFFICKING INTO THE UNITED STATES, ALMOST HALF OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE CHILDREN. TRAFFICKING VICTIMS CAN BE OF ANY AGE, RACE, GENDER OR NATIONALITY, AND ARE LARGELY FOUND IN WORKPLACES WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING, AGRICULTURE, HOSPITALITY AND DOMESTIC SERVICE INDUSTRIES. SINCE 2010, THE MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S BLUE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TO BRING D.H.S. COMPONENTS TOGETHER WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND OTHER NONGOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. THE BLUE CAMPAIGN HAS PROVIDED THE DEPARTMENT WITH THE NECESSARY STRUCTURE TO UNIFORM LY TRAIN PERSONNEL TO IDENTIFY AND INVESTIGATE THESE ACTIVITIES. THE BLUE CAMPAIGN HAS PROVEN AN EFFECTIVE MECHANISM THROUGH WHICH D.H.S. AND ITS LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS DISMANTLE THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING NETWORKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BRING PERPETRATORS TO JUSTICE. THE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND OUTREACH EFFORTS LAUNCHED THROUGH THE WHETHER YOU BLUE CAMPAIGN PROVIDE THE GENERAL -- THROUGH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN PROVIDE THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS TO BE PARTNERS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PREVENT OTHERS FROM BEING EXPLOITED. EARLIER THIS YEAR, D.H.S. RECOGNIZED ITS PARTNERS IN THE TRANSPORTATION AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES FOR TRAINING THEIR EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS ABOUT HOW THEY CAN HELP COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING BY IDENTIFYING THE SIGNS AND REPORTING SUSPECTED -- BY REPORTING SUSPECTED INCIDENTS. OVER THE YEARS, THE PROGRAM HAS PROVEN TO BE AN IMPORTANT MULTIFACETED TOOL THAT LEVERAGES BOTH GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES WITH THE GOAL OF ENDING THE EXPLOITATION OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE. H.R. 1370 CODIFIES THE IMPORTANT PROGRAM AND EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR GUIDANCE AND TRAINING FOR ALL BLUE CAMPAIGN PARTNERS. THIS BILL ALSO UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF TIMELY AND ARE YOU TEEN INFORMATION SHARING AMONGST D.H.S. COMPONENTS TO ENSURE ENTITY OF EFFORT AND PREVENTING AND DISRUPTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING. AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 1370, I BELIEVE THAT IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STOP THE ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL SMUGGLING OF INNOCENT PEOPLE INTO THE UNITED STATES BY TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND I ASK MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1370. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 04:38:27 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 04:38:31 PM

    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH CAROLINA,…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MRS. NOEM.

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  • 04:38:39 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY FROM SOUTH DAKOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

  • 04:38:42 PM

    MS. NOEM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE --

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    MRS. NOEM

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFICATION. I RISE IN SUPPORT…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFICATION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 1370, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BLUE CAMPAIGN AUTHORIZATION ACT. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS IN SOUTH DAKOTA PLACED UNDERCOVER ADS ON THE INTERNET AND THEY WEREN'T PRETENDING TO SELL ILLEGAL DRUGS. WHAT THEY WERE PRETENDING TO SELL WAS YOUNG GIRLS. IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS, OVER 100 INDIVIDUALS RESPONDED TO THAT AD. MANY OF THEM WERE HOPING TO BUY CHILDREN FOR SEX. SIMILAR OPERATIONS WERE CONDUCTED ACROSS THE STATE IN FOLLOWING MONTHS AND THEY HAD SIMILAR RESULTS. MANY TIMES WHEN FOLKS THINK OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING, THEY OFTEN PICTURE A PLACE FAR, FAR AWAY OVERSEAS, BUT THE FACT IS THAT IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN OUR BACK YARDS MANY TIMES. THOSE BEING TARGETED ARE OFTEN CHILDREN 12 OR 14 YEARS OLD. SOMETIMES EVEN YOUNGER. THEY'RE FORCED TO TURN TRICKS UP TO 50 TIMES A DAY WHILE THEIR PIMPS WORK HARD TO GET THEM ADDICTED TO ALCOHOL AND DRUGS SO THEY CAN FURTHER CONTROL THEM AND THEIR LIVES. IT ALSO DEEPENS THEIR DEPENDENCE ON THEIR TRAFFICKER. LAST CONGRESS WE PASSED SIGNIFICANT ANTI-TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION, WHICH I'M INCREDIBLY PROUD OF. BUT THERE'S STILL MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. ADVOCATES SAY AWARENESS REMAINS A CHALLENGE BUT A CHALLENGE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO OVERCOME. THAT'S ULTIMATELY THE PURPOSE OF THIS LEGISLATION THAT WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY. THROUGH THE ENHANCED BLUE CAMPAIGN, WE CAN OFFER AMERICANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED TO SPOT TRAFFICKING IN THEIR BACK YARDS. IF MORE PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF DISTRESSED SIGNALS AND HOW TO RESPOND, WE CAN MOVE FASTER TOWARDS ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING TOGETHER. AND FOR THIS REASON I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1370. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS…

    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VELA

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL,…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED -- MR. POE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED -- MR. POE IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. POE

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS…

    I THANK THE SPEAKER, AND I THANK THE CHAIRMAN FOR BRINGING UP THIS LEGISLATION. MR. SPEAKER, THIS PAST FEBRUARY MY HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON, TEXAS, WE HOSTED THE 51ST SUPER BOWL. FOR MOST AMERICANS, THE SUPER BOWL IS A FUN-FILLED DAY SPENT WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CHEERING ON A FAVORITE TEAM. BUT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, THE SUPER BOWL HAS BECOME AN ANNUAL OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND THEIR EVIL CRIMINAL EMPIRE. STUDIES SHOW THAT BIG EVENTS LIKE THE SUPER BOWL CREATE LARGE UPTICKS IN THE TRAFFICKING AND PURCHASING OF SEX TRAFFICKED VICTIMS. IN ORDER TO COUNTERACT THIS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS A PART OF ITS BLUE CAMPAIGN, ITS BLUE INITIATIVE, IT BEGAN PREPARING MONTHS IN ADVANCE BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL IN HOUSTON. THROUGH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN, THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RAISES PUBLIC AWARENESS, IT FORGES ANTI-TRAFFICKING PARTNERSHIPS AND BRINGS SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKERS TO JUSTICE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT RESCUES VICTIMS OF THE SEX TRAFFICKING TRADE. IN ADVANCED OF THE LAST SUPER BOWL, THE BLUE CAMPAIGN WORKED WITH LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ON THE GROUND AS WELL AS PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFINGS. ONE SUCH BRIEFING I HOSTED HERE IN WASHINGTON. AND EVERYBODY WORKING TOGETHER, ALL DIFFERENT LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, STATE, LOCAL AND FEDERAL, HAD A GREAT RESULT IN WHAT OCCURRED IN HOUSTON. OVER 750 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED, AND 86 VICTIMS WERE RESCUED AND MANY MORE WERE LIKELY SPARED BEING FORCED INTO THE TRAFFICKING INDUSTRY. HAVING PERSONALLY WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN ON THIS AND MANY OTHER OPERATIONS, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS IN FIGHTING THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. MR. SPEAKER, AS YOU KNOW, TRAFFICKING IS SECOND ONLY TO THE DRUG TRADE IN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY, CRIMINAL MONEY IT BRINGS IN. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CAMPAIGN AUTHORIZATION ACT WILL ENSURE THAT THE CRITICALLY IMPORTANT PROGRAM CONTINUES TO PROVIDE SAFETY TO VICTIMS AND GETS THEM JUSTICE TO THE TRAFFICKERS AND THOSE WOULD-BE BUYERS OF LITTLE CHILDREN. I COMMEND THE CHAIRMAN FOR THIS LEGISLATION, AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS,…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. VELA

    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL,…

    THE GENTLEMAN CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    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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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE…

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. VELA, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. VELA

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PROPOSED TO CLOSE IF THE…

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND AM PROPOSED TO CLOSE IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE FOR THE MINORITY.

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    MR. VELA

    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. VELA

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1370 WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 1370 WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY EARLIER THIS YEAR. THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT D.H.S. HAS ESTABLISHED THROUGH THE BLUE CAMPAIGN ARE CRITICAL TO STOPPING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT COMES WITH A TRAGICALLY HIGH HUMAN COST. BY LEADING THE CHARGE IN IDENTIFYING AND CLOSING ALL POSSIBLE AVENUES THROUGH WHICH HUMAN TRAFFICKERS SMUGGLE PEOPLE INTO THE UNITED STATES, D.H.S. PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN ENSURING THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN AND OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE. JOINT CONCERTED EFFORTS THAT BRING TOGETHER LAW ENFORCEMENT, NONGOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY AND RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THIS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ARE IMPORTANT TO ENDING THE PRACTICE ALTOGETHER. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT IN ORDER TO AID AND PROTECT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND BRING THOSE WHO EXPLOIT THEM TO JUSTICE, AND I THANK CHAIRMAN MCCAUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN THIS EFFORT AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1370 AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. MCCAUL, IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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    MR. MCCAUL

    MAJORITY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    BACK THE BALANCE OF 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. ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS BILL, THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES -- IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL, H.R. 1370 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 COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON…

    MR. SPEAKER, I SEND TO THE DESK A PRIVILEGED REPORT FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR FILING UNDER THE RULE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 352, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL,…

    HOUSE RESOLUTION 352, RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1973, TO PREVENT THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS AND AMATEUR ATHLETES BY REQUIRING THE PROPER REPORTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL, H.R. 1761, TO AMEND TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, TO CRIMINALIZE THE KNOWING CONSENT OF THE VISUAL DEPICTION OR LIVE TRANSMISSION OF A MINOR ENGAGED IN SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. AND PROVIDING FOR PROCEEDINGS DURING THE PERIOD FROM MAY 26, 2017, THROUGH JUNE 5, 2017.

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    TEMPORE REFE

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

    REFERRED TO THE HOUSE CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. ROE, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 2288 AS AMENDED. ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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    THE CLERK

    H.R. 2288, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REFORM THE…

    H.R. 2288, A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 38, UNITED STATES CODE, TO REFORM THE RIGHTS AND PROCESSES RELATING TO APPEALS OF DECISIONS REGARDING CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS UNDER THE LAWS ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS CO-SPONSOR OF H.J. RESOLUTION…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REMOVE MY NAME AS CO-SPONSOR OF H.J. RESOLUTION 13.

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    TEMPORE WITHOUT

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE WELL, FROM THE AISLES, FROM THE BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    MR. SPEAKER, TO PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A 1 OF RULE 9, I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE…

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

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    MR. PASCRELL

    MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR…

    THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. PLEASE TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE WELL, FROM THE AISLE. THE GENTLEWOMAN MAY PROCEED.

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    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A 1 OF RULE 9, I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-A 1 OF RULE 9, I RISE TO GIVE NOTICE OF MY INTENT TO RAISE A QUESTION OF THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. THE FORM OF THE RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS -- EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY RELEASE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHEREAS IN THE UNITED STATES SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES, CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TO FAIR AND EQUAL STANDARD OF TRANSPARENCY, ENSURING THE PUBLIC INTEREST --

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    CANDIDATES DISCLOSING THEIR

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    PROSECUTION OF TRAFFICKERS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    COMMIT.

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    MASSIVE LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    TEMPORE PURSUANT

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE CLERK

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    RE PURSUANT

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. WAGNER

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MS. BASS

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED

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    MR. POE

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED THAT IT WAS THE…

    LEGISLATION THAT'S EXCELLENT LEGISLATION, I AM CONVINCED THAT IT WAS THE WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT GOT IT DONE. THEY MADE SURE THAT THIS LEGISLATION PASSED AND THEN THEY TROTTED DOWN THE HALLWAY TO THE SENATE -- I'LL USE THE WORD ENCOURAGED -- OUR SENATORS TO TAKE THE BILL UP AND IT PASSED THERE AND PRESIDENT OBAMA DID SIGN THE LEGISLATION. BUT I AM CONVINCED IT IS -- THERE'S NOTHING MORE POWERFUL THAN A WOMAN THAT HAS MADE UP THEIR MIND. AND THE WOMEN IN THIS HOUSE MADE UP THEIR MIND ABOUT HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING. I JUST WANT TO POINT THAT OUT. BUT THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT. THERE ARE MANY STORIES. I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT A 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL THAT LIVED NOT FAR FROM WHERE WE ARE TODAY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL. WHEN ASHLEY'S MOTHER DIED, SHE WAS LEFT ALONE. LIKE ANY LOST AND LONELY CHILD, SHE SOUGHT THE COMFORT THAT SHE NEEDED OF LOVE AND SAFETY. SO A WOMAN CAME INTO ASHLEY'S LIFE OFFERING HER THE CARE THAT ASHLEY WAS LOOKING FOR AS A 9-YEAR-OLD -- COMFORT AND LOVE. WHEN ASHLEY FELT LIKE SHE WAS SAFE, SHE DID FEEL LIKE SHE WAS SAFE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SHE HAD LOST HER MOTHER. SHE WAS AN ORPHAN IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LITTLE DID SHE KNOW THAT THE WOMAN THAT WAS BEING NICE TO HER WAS FAKING IT ALL BECAUSE SHE WAS GROOMING ASHLEY TO BE A SEX SLAVE HERE IN WASHINGTON. YOU SEE, TRAFFICKERS EXPLOIT THE VULNERABILITIES OF VICTIMS, DESTROYING THEIR SELF WORTH AND THEIR HOPE FOR A BETTER LIFE. IN SOME CASES, TRAFFICKERS STEAL THE SOUL OF YOUNG CHILDREN, AND THEY HAVE NO HOPE, THEY HAVE NO SELF-WORTH, AND THAT HAPPENED TO ASHLEY, THIS 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL. SHE WAS TRAFFICKED ON THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C., AND ONLINE FOR FIVE YEARS. AT 16 A PEACE OFFICER HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., ARRESTED HER FOR PROSTITUTION. SHE WAS BROUGHT BEFORE A JUDGE, AND THE JUDGE RECOGNIZED THAT SHE WAS NOT A CRIMINAL. SHE WAS NOT GUILTY OF PROSTITUTION. CHILDREN CANNOT COMMIT THE CRIME OF PROSTITUTION. AND HE RECOGNIZED HER PLIGHT AND HE ORDERED HER INTO A TREATMENT PROGRAM TO HELP HER RECOVER FROM BEING A TRAFFICKED VICTIM. IT'S MY OPINION THAT THAT JUDGE SAVED ASHLEY'S LIFE. AS WAS MENTIONED HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR BY CONGRESSWOMAN BASS, THE AVERAGE AGE OF A TRAFFICKED VICTIM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS BETWEEN 12 AND 13. THAT MEANS SOME GIRLS ARE YOUNGER, LIKE ASHLEY. SHE WAS 9. WHAT A STATISTIC, AND YES, IT IS MOSTLY YOUNG MINOR FEMALES. BOYS ARE TRAFFICKED. ADULT FEMALES ARE TRAFFICKED AS WELL. BUT THE SCOURGE, THE BIGGEST WHEN IT'S OUR CHILDREN. THIS, LIKE THE LAWS OF THE JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING ACT, THEY HAVE INCREASED JUDGE AND PROSECUTOR TRAINING AND GIVING THEM TOOLS TO DEAL WITH THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN MODERN SEX SLAVERY. THAT'S WHAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS. CONGRESSWOMAN WAGNER PUT THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS FIRST ACT CONTINUES TO IMPROVE THE JUSTICE FOR TRAFFICKING ACT AND IMPROVED THE PROCESS BY ENCOURAGING MORE TRAINING AND A FOCUS ON VICTIM-CENTERED APPROACHES IN THE COURTROOM. I WAS A JUDGE FOR 22 YEARS IN HOUSTON. WE HAD NONE OF THIS LEGISLATION TO HELP RESCUE AND RESTORE VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING. AND NOW WE DO. WE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT IN OUR COUNTRY WE TREAT TRAFFICKED VICTIMS LIKE ASHLEY LIKE VICTIMS AND MAKE SURVIVORS OUT OF THEM. GONE ARE THE DAYS WE ARE GOING TO TREAT THEM LIKE CRIMINALS. THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS. THEY ARE VICTIMS OF CRIME. WE MUST STOP THE SALE OF CHILDREN ON THE MARKETPLACE OF SEX SLAVERY. THIS LEGISLATION HELPS DO THAT. VICTIMS LIKE ASHLEY DESERVE TREATMENT AND CARE. I SUPPORT THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE PUTTING TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ACT AND I SUPPORT THE FACT THAT IT WILL HELP VICTIMS. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE VICTIMS RIGHTS CAUCUS, ALONG WITH MY FRIEND, JIM COSTA FROM CALIFORNIA, WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF VICTIMS AND WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS LEGISLATION. NO MORE, MR. SPEAKER. NOT IN OUR CITY, NOT IN OUR STATES AND NOT IN OUR COUNTRY AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I'LL YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU. DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE ONLY MYSELF TO CLOSE. SO I'LL RESERVE.

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    MS. JACKSON LEE

    THANK YOU. THEN I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME. WHAT AN APPROPRIATE…

    THANK YOU. THEN I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME. WHAT AN APPROPRIATE TIME SO THAT I CAN ADD MY APPRECIATION TO THE CHAIRMAN AND THE RANKING MEMBER, MR. CONYERS, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE THAT I AM AND TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, WE HAVE ENJOYED WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS LEGISLATION AND TO THE CO-SPONSORS OF THIS LEGISLATION, MRS. WAGNER, MS. BASS AND THEN TO THE POTENT STATEMENT OF MY FRIEND AND FELLOW TEXAN, CONGRESSMAN TED POE, WHO MODESTLY INDICATED THAT WE AS WOMEN HELP DRIVE THIS AND FRANKLY HE BEAT US TO THE FINISH LINE RIDING HIS HORSE. BUT I WANT TO THANK HIM VERY MUCH FOR HIS GREAT LEADERSHIP AND INTEREST IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT AREA. THIS BILL IS A WONDERFUL COMPLEMENT TO THE IGNITING OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE VILENESS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE NOTE THAT THE HUMAN -- THAT THE HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT HAS TRAINED AIRLINE STEWARDS TO RECOGNIZE MUME TRAFFICKED VICTIMS ON AIRPLANES. MANY OF THEM ARE CHILDREN CAMOUFLAGED AS AN ADULT AND THEIR SPECIAL CHILD, NIECE, NEPHEW, TRAVEL TOGETHER. THIS LEGISLATION IS ALL ABOUT POINTING OUT, FINDING AND SAVING THE VICTIMS, MAKING SURE THEY GET TREATMENT, MAKING SURE THAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS IDENTIFIED. . I'M ALSO PLEASED THIS REQUIRES A REPORT ON STATE SAFE HARBOR LAWS. SAFE HARBOR LAWS KEEP YOUTH FORCED INTO THE SEX TRADE FROM BEING FORCED INTO IT AGAIN, ALMOST SIMILAR TO THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS LOOKING FOR LOVE AND INSTEAD GOT VICTIMIZED AND TURNED INTO A HUMAN TRAFFIC PRODUCT. H.R. 2473 ALSO FOSTERS BETTER COLLABORATION AMONG FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST SEX TRAFFICKING AND ENCOURAGES STATES TO ADOPT PROTECTIONS FOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS BY PROVIDE REGULAR HABILITATION AND RECOVERY SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. ACCORDINGLY, I URGE MY COLLEAGUE TO SUPPORT THIS MEASURE AND AS WELL TO BE REMINDED OF ALL THOSE CHILDREN THAT WILL BE HELPED AND SAVED. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

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

    MR. SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS FINE LEGISLATION AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2473 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. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE TITLE AMENDED. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF A LIFELONG…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF MY HOMETOWN OF TAYLORVILLE, ILLINOIS, MY GOOD FRIEND, MICHAEL WELSH. MIKE WAS A VETERAN, PUBLIC SERVANT, DEVOTED HUSBAND TO HIS WIFE JUDY, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER AND AGAIN, MY FRIEND. MIKE PASSED AWAY ON MAY 4 BUT LEFT A LONG LEGACY OF DEDICATION TO HIS FAMILY, HIS COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY.

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    MR. DAVIS

    AS AN ARMY VETERAN WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY, HE CONTINUED HIS SERVICE TO…

    AS AN ARMY VETERAN WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY, HE CONTINUED HIS SERVICE TO MILITARY MEMBERS AS THE COMMANDER OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 73. MIKE WORKED AT PEABODY MINE NUMBER 10 FOR YEARS BEFORE BEGINNING A 22-YEAR CAREER AT THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HE SERVED AS A MEMBER OF THE TAYLORVILLE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMITTEE FOR 25 YEARS AND WAS A MEMBER OF MANY GROUPS LIKE THE TAYLORVILLE F.F.A. ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN FARM HERITAGE MUSEUM IN GREENVILLE, AND MOOSE LODGE 1516. HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE JUDY, HIS SON, GRANDSON, AND BROTHER. HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM AND I CONTINUE -- I CONSIDER MYSELF BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KNOW MIKE AS A FRIEND. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT…

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

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    MS. KAPTUR

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. BUDGETS ARE ABOUT VALUES. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S BUDGET BREAKS HIS PROMISES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HIS 2018 BUDGET IS A DISGRACE. THE PLAN CUTS PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO BASIC NECESSITY AND RETARDS DECENT STANDARDS OF LIVING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO CREATE JOBS, RAISE WAGES, INVEST IN EDUCATION, PROTECT THEIR PENSIONS, AND GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE AT A BETTER FUTURE. WHAT DOES THE TRUMP BUDGET DO FOR THE HEARTLAND THAT VOTED FOR HIM? GREAT LAKES CLEANUP? ZEROED OUT. SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS? SLASHED. MEDICAID, SLASHED. PUBLIC EDUCATION, SLASHED, WE HAVE SEEN THIS SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS SHELL GAME BEFORE, IT ENDS WHERE A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR MILLIONAIRES AND BILLIONAIRES WHILE LEAVING AMERICANS LIVING ON THE BRINK, PAYCHECK-TO-PAYCHECK, LEAVING THEM BEHIND. LET'S RECAP. THE TRUMP BUDGET HURTS WORKING FAMILIES, WEAKENS SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, HURTS STUDENTS SEEKING TO BETTER THEMSELVES, IT HURTS SENIORS TRYING TO PAY FOR THEIR MEDICINE AN INSURANCE AND WHO DEPEND ON PROGRAMS LIKE MEALS ON WHEELS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERY HEARTLAND FAMILY WITH AN ELDERLY PARENT, INDEBTED GRADUATES OR HUNGRY TODDLER TO LOOK AT WHAT IS BEING HEARD VERSUS WHAT IS BEING DELIVERED. WHAT A SHAME FOR OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WHOSE LIVES HAVE…

    I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN IRREP RAHABLY HARMED BY THE SCOURGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING. TRAGICALLY, HUMAN TRAFFICING IS A $32 BILLION INDUSTRY. THIS HORRIFIC PRACTICE IS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO DETECT YET THERE ARE NEARLY 21 MILLION VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING THROUGHOUT THE WORLD EACH YEAR. IT IS ESTIMATED -- ESTIMATED THAT 55% OF THE VICTIMS ARE WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS. SADLY, MOST INCIDENTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING GO UNREPORTED WHILE THE VICTIMS SUFFER IN SILENT PAIN. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT WE MUST RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS TERRIBLE PRACTICE AND WORK TO COMBAT THE GROWING THREAT AGAINST THESE VULNERABLE PEOPLE. AS A MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY IRK CHAMPIONED BIPARTISAN MEASURES TO COMBAT THIS MODERN DAY FORM OF SLAVERY INCLUDING THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION AND JUSTICE ACT. YESTERDAY, TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT, I WORKED ALONGSIDE MY COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE TO PASS BIPARTISAN MEASURES TO ELIMINATE THE SCOURGE ON HUMANITY AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND ALSO TODAY. MILLIONS OF MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKERS AND SEX ABUSERS. THUS IT IS OUR DUTY TO HOLD THOSE WHO COMMIT THESE VILE ACTS ACCOUNTABLE AND TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR ALL. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    MR. POE

    THIS MONTH, MONDAY, AMERICA HONORS ITS WAR DEAD. WE CALL IT MEMORIAL DAY.…

    THIS MONTH, MONDAY, AMERICA HONORS ITS WAR DEAD. WE CALL IT MEMORIAL DAY. MANY AMERICANS DO NOT REALIZE THAT THERE ARE 25 UNITED STATES CEMETERIES OVERSEAS FOR AMERICA'S WAR DEAD. THE ONE IN LUXEMBOURG IS ONE I HAVE VISITED AND FOUND QUITE UNIQUE. DURING WORLD WAR II, IN 1944, THE GERMANS CRUSHED THROUGH THE AMERICAN LINES IN A SURPRISE ATTACK. IT WAS CALLED THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. MY 92-YEAR-OLD FATHER FOUGHT IN THAT BATTLE WHEN HE WAS 18. THE GERMAN ADVANCE WAS EVENTUALLY HALTED. ONE REASON WAS BECAUSE GENERAL GEORGE PATTON AND HIS ARMY HELPED HALT THE ATTACK BY QUICKLY ADVANCING THROUGH AND SAVING LUXEMBOURG. AFTER THE WAR, THE NATION OF LUXEMBOURG AGREED TO A MEMORIAL THERE. THE MEMORIAL IS UNIQUE BECAUSE THE CEMETERY IS THE BURIAL PLACE FOR MOSTLY YOUNG AMERICANS KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. THERE ARE 5,074 AMERICANS BURIED THAT -- 5,076 AMERICANS BURIED THERE, 22 SETS OF BROTHERS, AN THE AVERAGE AGE OF THOSE BURIED IN LUXEMBOURG IS 19. THIS MEMORIAL DAY, LET US REMEMBER ALL WHO SERVED AND GAVE THEIR LIVES AND ARE BURIED ALL OVER THE WORLD, BECAUSE, MR. SPEAKER, THE WORST CASUALTY OF WAR IS TO BE FORGOTTEN. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 953, THE REDUCING REGULATORY…

    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 953, THE REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS ACT, WHICH ELIMINATES THE NEED TO APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL PERMITS FOR USING PESTICIDES ALREADY APPROVED FOR WIDESPREAD USE UNDER CURRENT LAW.

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    MR. LAMALFA

    IT PLACES UNNECESSARY COMPLIANCE BURDEN ON FARMERS WHO SIMPLY WANT TO…

    IT PLACES UNNECESSARY COMPLIANCE BURDEN ON FARMERS WHO SIMPLY WANT TO PROTECT THEIR CROPS USING ALREADY AVAILABLE PESTICIDES THAT HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO HAVE MINIMAL OR NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN THEIR ORIGINAL TESTING PROCESS. BUT OF GREATER CONCERN IS THE IMPACT OF DISEASE CONTROL. THIS BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE CAN HAVE SEVERELY UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE OF RAISING THE DIFFICULTY FOR LOCAL MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICTS AND OTHERS AND INCREASE LIKELIHOOD THAT MOSQUITO-TRANSMITTED DISEASES CAN SPREAD. THE ZIKA VIRUS REMAINS A SERIOUS THREAT IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH 119 CASES STILL IN PLACE AND OVER 400 CASES IN U.S. TERRITORIES. WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. THIS DUPLICATIVE PROCESS HAM STRINGS HEALTH OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPRESSING THESE VIRUSES AND MAINTAINING PUBLIC SAFETY. IT PROVIDES CRITICAL PROTECTIONS OF OUR NATION'S FOOD SUPPLY AS WELL AS INCREASING THE COMBAT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CRISES SUCH AS THE ZIKA VIRUS. IT PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR WITH BURN SUPPORT. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO SO ONCE AGAIN. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    ARE THERE OTHER REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES? UNDER THE SPEAKER'S…

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

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    MR. SESSIONS

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

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS IN WHICH TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TONIGHT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WERE EAGLE SCOUTS…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TONIGHT, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO WERE EAGLE SCOUTS ARE TAKING TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO SAY THANK YOU NOT ONLY TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA BUT TO RECOGNIZE AND TO HIGHLIGHT OUR OPPORTUNITY WHILE IN BOY SCOUTS AND NOW AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS TO THE YOUTH, THE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY. ALSO, TO HIGHLIGHT THE LEADERSHIP THAT TAKES PLACE EVERY SINGLING DAY IN THIS COUNTRY -- EVERY SINGLE DAY IN THIS COUNTRY, MEN AND WOMEN WHO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS PREPARED AND READY TO MEET NOT ONLY THE TIMES THAT WE LIVE IN BUT THE ADVANCES OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE. TONIGHT, AS AN EAGLE SCOUT OF EAGLE CLASS OF 1970, IT IS MY OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THEN TO FOLLOW UP AT THE END AS WE TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT SCOUTING IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT TODAY THERE ARE 1,262,311 BOYS IN SCOUTING FROM AGE 6 TO 10 IN CUB SCOUTS. THERE ARE 822,999 BOYS AGED 11-17 IN BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND VARSITY SCOUTS. THERE WERE 119,26 YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN ENGAGED, BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 20, IN EXPLORING BASED UPON PROGRAMS THAT MAY BE STEM OR OTHER SCOUTING PROGRAMS. AS YOU SEE, MR. SPEAKER, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS IMPORTANT TO THE YOUTH OF THIS COUNTRY. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS THE HEAD OF OUR SCOUTING CAUCUS, THE GENTLEMAN, EAGLE CLASS OF 1963, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. COLLINS

    THANK YOU, EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS. I'M VERY HONORED TO BE STANDING WITH…

    THANK YOU, EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS. I'M VERY HONORED TO BE STANDING WITH YOU TODAY AND AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE SCOUT CAUCUS, AS LONG AS ALONG WITH EAGLE SCOUT JIM COOPER OF TENNESSEE, THOSE OF US, AND THERE ARE IN FACT 33 EAGLE SCOUTS, 23 FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND 10 FROM THE SENATE, CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. BUT JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THERE'S 150 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO EXPERIENCED SCOUTING. WHETHER AS A YOUTH, PERHAPS IN THE CASE OF 33 PROGRESSING TO THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT, OR CURRENTLY, AS MYSELF, SERVING AS AN ADULT SCOUT LEADER. SCOUTING IS IMPORTANT TO MANY OF US GROWING UP AND I THINK WHEN A LOT OF US LOOK BACK ON OUR LIVES AND SAY, WHAT WAS ONE OF THE LARGER IMPACTS WE HAD, I CAN TELL YOU IN MY CASE IT WAS SCOUTING. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR MY 24-YEAR-OLD EAGLE SCOUT SON. MY SON AND I, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY DIFFERENT CAMPING TRIPS WE ENJOYED TOGETHER. WHAT A GREAT BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR A FATHER AND A SON CONNELLING RIGHT UP THROUGH CUB SCOUTS. SO FOR ALL OF THOSE SCOUTS TODAY, AS EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS INDICATED, ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN CUB SCOUTS , IN BOY SCOUTS, IN EXPLORERS. SCOUTING IS CHANGING THEIR LIVES. AND IT'S CHANGING THEIR LIVES FOR THE BETTER. WE ALL HEARD THE 12 POINTS OF THE SCOUT LAW. THAT IS A COMPASS FOR THE YOUTH OF AMERICA TODAY WHEN THEY'RE FACED WITH TOUGH DECISIONS, TO LOOK AT THOSE 12 POINTS AND REMIND THEMSELVES THAT A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY, LOYAL, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, OBEDIENT, CHEERFUL, THRIFTY, BRAVE, CLEAN, AND REVERENT. THOSE 12 POINTS OF THE SCOUT LAW ARE A COMPASS FOR THEM TO LIVE THEIR LIFE AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. MANY OCCASIONS I REFER TO THE FIRST THREE WORDS OF THE SCOUT OATH, AND WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT THEM ENOUGH. THOSE FIRST THREE WORDS, ON MY HONOR. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HONOR IS AND SCOUTING INTRODUCES THEM TO THAT. BUT I'LL TELL YOU WHAT SCOUTING IS, IT'S YOUNG MACHINE, YOUNG BOYS HAVING FUN, OUTDOORS. SOME SAY TODAY THE PROBLEM WITH YOUTH IN AMERICA THEY HAVE AND THEY SUFFER FROM NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER AND DON'T GET OUTSIDE ENOUGH. THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO PLAY OUTDOORS AND STUCK WITH THEIR ELECTRONIC DEVICES. SCOUTING GETS THE YOUTH OF AMERICA OUTSIDE, IT'S HEALTHY AND GET TO ENJOY THEMSELVES AND LEARN ALL KINDS OF SKILLS. BUT JUST THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT THEY GET WITHIN SCOUTING THAT OVER A LIFETIME WILL HELP THEM AS THEY BECOME THE FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA. THERE ARE A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF LEADERS IN AMERICA TODAY WHO WERE SCOUTS AND IN FACT EAGLE SCOUTS. IN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CABINET, WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE FOUR EAGLE SCOUTS. REX TILLERSON AND RICK PERRY, JEFF SESSIONS, OUR CURRENT ATTORNEY GENERAL AND RYAN ZINKE, OUR SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR. SCOUTING, I WOULD TELL YOU IN MOST OF THOSE CASES, THEY WOULD IDENTIFY SCOUTING AS A MAJOR PART OF THEM GROWING UP AND MAYBE THEY DIDN'T KNOW IT AT THE TIME, BUT GIVING THEM THE LIFE SKILLS THAT HAVE SERVED THEM TO THE POINT TODAY THEY ARE SERVING OUR NATION. WE HAVE 27 MEMBERS IN THE BIPARTISAN SCOUT CAUCUS. MANY BUT NOT ALL ARE EAGLE SCOUTS. ALL OF US ARE PROUD TO TALK ABOUT OUR PAST AS AN EAGLE SCOUT BUT WE REMIND PEOPLE TO THIS DAY WE ARE EAGLE SCOUTS. ONCE A YEAR, OUR CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE COMES TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO PRESENT A REPORT ON THE SENATE TUESDAY OF SCOUTING IN THE NATION TODAY. WE HAVE A GREAT RECEPTION FOR OUR CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE ONCE A YEAR TO WELCOME HIM AND SCOUTS AROUND THE COUNTRY AS THEY PRESENT TO US THE STATUS OF SCOUTING TODAY. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE, RANDALL STEVENSON IS THE CURRENT C.E.O. OF AT&T. HE FOLLOWED BOB GATES, WHO WAS OUR SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, WAYNE PERRY, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF AT&T AND OUR OWN SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON, WHEN HE WAS C.E.O. OF EXXON WAS PRESIDENT OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. I THINK ALL OF US TODAY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING IN OUR LIVES AND IN MANY CASES JUST REFLECT BACK ON THE FUN THAT WE HAD AS YOUNG KIDS AND YOUNG ADULTS. ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS, ALL THE SCOUTS IN AMERICA GATHER WITH SOME FROM AROUND THE WORLD AS WELL AT OUR NATIONAL SCOUT JAM BORROWEY. WE HAVE A PERMANENT HIGH ADVENTURE SITE IN WEST VIRGINIA, AT THE SUMMIT. AND PETE SESSIONS AND MYSELF AS WELL AS OTHERS FOUR YEARS AGO WENT TO THE SUMMIT. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? WE JUST HAD FUN. WE WENT DOWN THE ZIPLINE AND SOME OF THE OTHER OBSTACLE COURSES. AND EVEN AS ADULTS, WE RELIVED IT. AND WE INTEND TO GO BACK LATER IN JULY AS EVERY FOUR YEARS THEY HAVE THE NATIONAL SCOUT JAM BORROWEY, 40,000 SCOUTS WILL GATHER FOR ONE WEEK AND JUST HAVE A LOT OF FUN. AND GET TO MEET OTHERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHAT SCOUTING IS. I CAN'T THINK OF A MORE HEALTHY ACTIVITY FOR YOUNG MEN TO BE INVOLVED IN. AND I THINK IN MANY CASES, CERTAINLY THE MOMS OF THIS WORLD UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANT VALUES THAT THEIR SONS ARE GETTING AS WELL AS THEIR DADS. AND I'M HAPPY TO STAY INVOLVED IN SCOUTING. AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE EAGLE SCOUT CAUCUS, I'M PROUD TO REMIND PEOPLE I'M AN EAGLE SCOUT AND WE SHAKE HANDS WITH OUR LEFT HAND. I WAS WITH OUR SECRETARY OF STATE IN ALASKA A WEEK AGO AND WENT TO INTRODUCE MYSELF AND HE PUT OUT HIS RIGHT HAND AND I SAID NO, SIR, ONE EAGLE SCOUT TO ANOTHER, WE ARE GOING TO SHAKE HANDS WITH OUR LEFT HANDS. HE GOT A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE. EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS, I THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT SCOUTING TODAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OUR SPECIAL ORDER TONIGHT AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM OUR OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FELLOW EAGLE SCOUTS. I KNOW IT IMPACTED THEIR LIVES AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

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    MR. SESSIONS

    EAGLE SCOUT COLLINS, THANK YOU. ONE OF THOSE WAS ED WHITTAKER AND HE LED…

    EAGLE SCOUT COLLINS, THANK YOU. ONE OF THOSE WAS ED WHITTAKER AND HE LED THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FROM DALLAS, TEXAS IS ALSO AN EAGLE SCOUT. JEB HENSARLING IS NOT ONLY A BRIGHT, THOUGHTFUL LEADER IN CONGRESS, HIS EAGLE CLASS OF 1971. CHAIRMAN HENSARLING AS AN EAGLE SCOUT NOT ONLY DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF TO SCOUTING, BUT ALSO THAT LED HIM TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AND FURTHER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS LAW SCHOOL. HE IS A YOUNG MAN WHO NOT ONLY DEEPLY BELIEVES IN HIS COUNTRY AND HIS GOD, BUT HE BREEVES IN THE THINGS THAT BROUGHT HIM FORWARD TO BECOME A LEADER IN CONGRESS. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD AT THIS TIME TO GENTLEMAN, EAGLE SCOUT JEB HENSARLING. HEBS

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    MR. HENSARLING

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN MY CAREER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN MY CAREER TO COME TO THIS HOUSE FLOOR AND SPEAK ABOUT TOPICS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, BUT FEW ARE AS NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART AS IS SCOUTING. ONE, I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP IN KEEPING SCOUTING ALIVE NOT ONLY IN THEIR HEARTS, BUT IN THE HEART OF THE HOUSE AND TO THE HEARTS OF SO MANY YOUNG MEN IN AMERICA TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, AS I THINK ABOUT MY OWN LIFE, I THINK HOW TERRIBLY BLESSED I HAVE BEEN. AND I THINK ABOUT THE MOLDERS OF MY CHARACTER. AND CERTAINLY, I THANK THE LORD FOR THE BLESSING OF BEING ABLE TO WORSHIP HIM IN THE LAND OF THE FREE. AND I THINK ABOUT THE IMPACT MY CHURCH HAS HAD UPON MY LIFE. I THINK HOW BLESSED I AM TO HAVE PARENTS LIKE CHARLES AND ANN HENSARLING, WHO RAISED ME KNEE COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS AND HOW PROUD I AM TO BE MY MOTHER'S SON AND HOW PROUD I WAS TO BE MY LATE FATHER'S SON. BUT I THINK ABOUT WHAT SCOUTING MEANT AS A MOLDER OF MY CHARACTER. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS NOT WHAT ORIGINALLY DREW ME TO SCOUTING. I WAS DRAWN TO THE FUN OF IT, TO THE HIGH ADVENTURE, TO THE CAMPING TRIPS AND CAPTURE THE FLAG GAMES THAT WENT ONTO THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING. I DON'T KNOW -- I DIDN'T KNOW HOW LONG YOU COULD HUNT FOR A SNIPE. AND SO WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY SCOUTING CAREER, I THINK ABOUT THE FUN I HAD. I THINK ABOUT THE FRIENDSHIPS AND THERE ARE PEOPLE I HAVEN'T SEEN FOR DECADES, BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT A FRIEND BY THE NAME OF DENNIS GARY WHO I HAVEN'T SEEN IN DECADES, BUT IF I SAW HIM TOMORROW, I WOULD KNOW HIM THROUGH HIS HEART BECAUSE WE EXPERIENCED SCOUTING TOGETHER AND SO MANY OTHERS. I THINK ABOUT THE MANY PRACTICAL THINGS I LEARNED IN MY SCOUTING CAREER. I HOPE I NEVER FALL INTO A HOLE AND BREAK AN ARM, BUT IF I DID, EVEN TODAY AT MY RIPE OLD AGE, I COULD STILL TIE A KNOT. I HOPE I'M NEVER LOST IN THE FOREST FOR DAYS ON END, BUT YOU KNOW, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW AS DISTASTEFUL AS IT WOULD BE, I COULD SURVIVE OFF OF CAT TAIL ROOT AND DAN DID HE LYON ROOT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT TAUGHT ME. IT'S ABOUT FUN AND FRIENDSHIP AND PRACK PRACTICAL THINGS THAT I LEARNED. AND THERE IS A FAR MORE FAR MORE IMPORTANT ASPECT TO SCOUTING, AND THAT WAS VALUES. THE VALUES THAT WE LEARNED. AND SO EVEN TODAY AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE PREPARED, TO BE PREPARED BEFORE I COME TO THIS HOUSE FLOOR AND TRY TO CONVINCE FELLOW MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST BODY ON ACTIONS THAT WE SHOULD TAKE IN THE LIFE OF A GREAT NATION. AND AS WE DEAL WITH SO MANY ISSUES ABOUT THE LIVES OF A GREAT NATION, I ALSO REMEMBER, FOR EXAMPLE, SOMEONE WHO WASN'T IN THE BOY SCOUTS, MY WIFE. AND I KNOW BACK IN DALLAS, TEXAS, ALMOST EVERY WEEK OF HER LIFE, SHE IS DRIVING SOME INDIGENT CANCER PATIENT TO THEIR TREATMENTS. AND I REFLECTED THAT, THAT ALTHOUGH AS WE DEAL WITH MATTERS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT IMPACT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU MY WIFE IN DALLAS, TEXAS DOES A GOOD TURN DAILY. AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HELP ONE HUMAN LIFE AT A TIME AND TO DO A GOOD TURN DAILY. WHEN I LOOK UPON MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN CONGRESS HERE TODAY, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT A CERTAIN COLLEAGUE AND I'M NOT GOING TO MENTION HIS NAME, BUT A COLLEAGUE AT ONE TIME WASN'T QUITE KEEPING UP WITH HIS DIET OR EXERCISE. AND ALTHOUGH HE HAD YOUNG CHILDREN, HE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND WE ALMOST THIS COLLEAGUE, BUT HE CAME BACK. AND IT'S A REMINDER HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP OURSELVES PHYSICALLY STRONG FOR OUR CHILDREN, FOR OUR PARENTS, FOR OUR COLLEAGUES AND OUR FRIENDS. THAT'S SOMETHING I LEARNED IN SCOUTING, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK ABOUT ANOTHER FRIEND WHOSE LIFE WAS ALMOST LIFE WAS LOST WHEN SHE WAS DGGET WITH STAGE FOUR CANCER. BUT THERE WAS ANON COALITIONIST HERE IN THIS AREA WHO WAS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF CANCER RESEARCH THAT SAVED HER LIFE AND THE PERCENTAGES AGAINST HER, THERE WAS A 99% CHANCE SHE WOULDN'T MAKE IT, BUT SHE DID, BECAUSE SOMEBODY DECIDED TO BEMAN MEN TALLY AWAKE. HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE MEN TALLLY AWAKE. ONE DAY WHEN I LEAVE THIS INSTITUTION, SOME OF THE FINEST PEOPLE I EVER MET IN LIFE WILL HAVE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, A COUPLE OF THEM REPRESENT THE WORST. A COUPLE OF THEM HAVE TURNED IN THEIR PIN STRIPES FOR PRISON STRIPES BECAUSE SOMEHOW THEY LOST THEIR WAY. AND IN SCOUTING, WE ARE TAUGHT TO ORIENT A MAP WITH A PHYSICAL COMPASS, BUT WE ARE ALSO TAUGHT TO ORIENT THE MAP OF THE LIFE WITH A MORAL COMPASS. AND SO I LEARNED IN SCOUTING HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO BE MORALLY STRAIGHT, TO HAVE THAT INTERNAL COMPASS TO GUIDE US AT ALL TIMES. AND SO I WILL ADMIT, I'M NOT PROUD OF THE FACT, MR. SPEAKER, BUT YOU KNOW, THE WORDS OVER THE YEARS OCCASIONALLY THEY ARE A LITTLE RUSTY TO ME. I DON'T QUITE RECITE THEM AS I ONCE DID AND I DON'T RECITE THE WORDS I WILL DO MY HONOR, TO OBEY THE SCOUT LAW, TO HELP OTHERS AT ALL TIMES TO KEEP MYSELF PHYSICALLY STRONG, MENTALLY AWAKE AND MORALLY STRAIGHT. SO YES, MR. SPEAKER, OCCASIONALLY THE WORDS ARE A LITTLE RUSTY BUT THE PRINCIPLES ARE AS ALIVE TO ME TO ME TOO AS ALMOST A HALF A CENTURY AGO AND FOLLOWED THAT CAREER ALL THE WAY UP TO EAGLE SCOUT, SOMETHING THAT I'M SO, SO VERY PROUD OF TODAY. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I HOPE WHO IS WATCHING THE PROCEEDINGS AT THIS TIME WILL AGAIN UNDERSTAND HOW VALUABLE SCOUTING IS TO ALL OF US. IT IS NOT JUST IMPORTANT TO MY OWN PERSONAL LIFE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE LIFE OF A GREAT NATION. OUR FIRST PRESIDENT, THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY SAID YOU CANNOT HAVE A FREE SOCIETY WHICH IS NOT A MORAL SOCIETY. SCOUTING HELPS MAKES CERTAIN WE HAVE A MORAL SOCIETY. AND SO I THINK OF THE FUN, I THINK OF THE FRIENDSHIPS, I THINK OF THE LESSONS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I THINK ABOUT THAT MORAL COMPASS FOR THE MAP OF LIFE THAT HAS GUIDED ME AND WITH SCOUTING TO COME IN THE FUTURE, WILL GUIDE THE LIFE OF THIS GREAT NATION. I SO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM DALLAS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. I THANK HIM FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP. AND I THANK HIM FOR ALL HE MEANS FOR SCOUTING. I THANK HIM FOR YIELDING TO ME. .

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  • 06:15:19 PM

    MR. POE

    CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  • 06:15:26 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I HOLD THE SCOUT…

    CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, I HOLD THE SCOUT BOOK. THE GOOD BOOK IS THE BIBLE. BUT THE SCOUTER IS ALSO THE GOOD BOOK. SECOND GOOD BOOK IS THE BOY SCOUT HAND BOOK. THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME IN 2010 BY BOB, WHO IS OUR CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE. HE GAVE IT TO ME WITH REALLY A GUIDE TO MY LIFE, TO CONTINUE DOWN THAT PATHWAY OF TALKING ABOUT SCOUTING IN GREAT WAYS. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING TONIGHT. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE NOT ONLY HAVE JOHN GARAMENDI, WHO AN EAGLE SCOUT, CLASS OF 1960, WHOB WILL BE SPEAKING IN A BIT -- WHO WILL BE SPEAKING IN A BIT, BUT ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS, THIS BODY HAS YOUNG PEOPLE, YOUNG MEN WHO UNDERSTOOD WHY THEY GOT INTO SCOUTING, THEY UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THEIR LIFE, THEY CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND NOW. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO BRING FORTH EAGLE SCOUT FRENCH HILL, 1972, FROM ARKANSAS. A RELATIVELY NEW MEMBER OF CONGRESS. BUT NOT ONLY A MATURE MAN, A MAN WHO COMES WITH THE PROXY OF KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT BOY SCOUTING HAS HELPED PROVIDE HIM. I WOULD YIELD NOW TO EAGLE SCOUT CONGRESSMAN FRENCH HILL.

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  • 06:16:47 PM

    MR. HILL

    THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. IT MEANS, I THINK,…

    THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS FOR HOLDING THIS SPECIAL ORDER. IT MEANS, I THINK, A LOT, NOT ONLY TO THE SCOUTS THAT ARE HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN THE SENATE, TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING TO OUR COUNTRY, BUT TO ALL THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND SCOUTS THAT ARE SEEING THIS PROCEEDING ON C-SPAN OR WILL HEAR ABOUT IT, TO REALIZE THAT THEY ARE PARTICIPATING IN SOMETHING THAT'S VERY SPECIAL. I THINK OF SCOUTING REALLY, MR. SPEAKER, AS A GIFT TO THE COUNTRY. FOR ALL THE REASONS THAT THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE NOTED. AND I CAN'T THINK ABOUT SCOUTING WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT WHAT IT'S MEANT TO ME, CHAIRMAN SESSIONS. AND INFLUENCING ON MY YOUNG LIFE. ROLE MODELS IS THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND. WITH SCOUTING. I THINK ABOUT MY DAD WHO WAS NOT AN EAGLE SCOUT. HE WAS A SEA SCOUT. HE ENDED UP BEING A LIFE SCOUT FOR LIFE, AS PEOPLE HAVE -- SAY IN SCOUTING. BUT NOBODY WAS MORE INFLUENTIAL TO ME IN MY YOUTH THAN MY DAD. CURRENTLY 91 YEARS OLD. A SCOUT STILL AT HEART. AND ALL THE EXPERIENCES WE HAD TOGETHER, HOW WE BONDED AS FATHER AND SON. AND HOW WHEN I WENT OFF TO COLLEGE, MR. SPEAKER, HE CONTINUED TO BE A ROLE MODEL AND ADULT LEADER FOR YOUNG MEN FOR YEARS TO COME. SO THAT'S THE KIND OF PERSON THAT'S IN EVERY ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, HELPING MOLD OUR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH THE SCOUTING PROGRAM. SCOUTING WAS MY FIRST PAID JOB, MR. SESSIONS. I WORKED AT A SCOUT CAMP. I EARNED, I BELIEVE, SOMETHING LIKE $10 A WEEK, PLUS ROOM AND BOARD, OF COURSE. AND IT'S WHEN I FIRST LEARNED WHO FICA WAS. BECAUSE AT $10 A WEEK, I WANTED TO KNOW WHO TOOK THIS $2 OUT OF MY $10 CHECK. SO I LEARNED MY FIRST LESSON ABOUT FEDERAL ECONOMIC POLICY AND WHO FICA WAS. AS A BOY SCOUT. WORKING AT THE END OF A VERY DUSTY PARKING LOT FOR SEVEN WEEKS IN THE HOT SUMMER OF ARKANSAS, TEACHING PIONEERING, COOKING AND CAMPING MERIT BADGES. BUT I THINK OF OTHER ADULTS BESIDES MY DAD. I THINK ABOUT ANGLO AND FRED, BOTH CONSTITUENTS OF MINE, NOW THAT I SERVE THE PEOPLE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THEY WERE CAMP DIRECTORS THAT CAMP WHERE I WAS -- AT THAT CAMP WHERE I WAS. A VERY HAPPY EMPLOYEE AND SCOUT FOR THOSE SUMMERS IN THE EARLY 1970'S. SO SCOUTING IS ABOUT ROLE MODELS. SCOUTING IS ABOUT CHARACTER BUILDING. AND THAT STARTS WITH THAT RELATIONSHIP, I THINK, BETWEEN OUR MOMS AND OUR DADS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE SCOUTING PROGRAM, AND WHAT WE GIVE TO KIDS TODAY. AND, BOY, DO WE NEED THAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA WAS FORMED IN 1910 AND WAS INSPIRED BY BRITISH WAR HERO ROBERT S.S. BAITEN POWELL OF THE SCOUTING PROGRAM STARTED BACK IN THE U.K. A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY INVOLVED IN SCOUTING, EVEN AT THIS MOMENT, MR. SPEAKER, DON'T KNOW THAT THE U.S. CONGRESS SIGNED A -- PRESENTED A LAW TO WOODROW WILSON WHO SIGNED IT IN 1916 CHARTERING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. WE ARE CHARTERED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. AND WHAT A SPECIAL FEELING IT IS FOR ALL OF US WHO ARE SCOUTS IN CONGRESS TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO OUR YOUTH WAS IN FACT CHARTERED BY THE BODY THAT WE SERVE IN TODAY. IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, POWELL WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW TO EXPAND ARMY YOUTH TRAINING WITH A PLACE FOR ALL BOYS TO DEDICATE THEIR EFFORTS TO PEACE, NOT WAR. AND HE WANTED SCOUTING TO IMPROVE BOYS' LIVES BY BUILDING THEIR CHARACTER, PHYSICAL FITNESS, AND OUTDOOR SKILLS. HE PUT A PREMIUM ON BRINGING BOYS TOGETHER FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. MIXING BOYS FROM THE ELITE PREP SCHOOLS AND BOARDING SCHOOLS WITH THOSE FROM WORKING CLASS HOMES. WE DO THAT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. WE BRING BOYS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS INTO THE CHARACTER BUILDING EXERCISES OF SCOUTING. MR. COLLINS OF A -- MR. COLLINS A FEW MINUTES AGO TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF OUTDOOR RECREATION. THAT WAS CERTAINLY WHAT BROUGHT ME AND MY INTEREST IN SCOUTING WAS OUTDOOR RECREATION. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT IN 1910, PEOPLE WERE MOVING OFF THE FARM. PEOPLE WERE URBANIZING. AND WE WERE PASSING LAWS ON CHILD LABOR. WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE SURE OUR BOYS COMING OFF THE FARM AWAY FROM HOME WOULD HAVE A GOOD SET OF ROLE MODELS. SO SCOUTING WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THAT URBAN YOUTH, THAT THEY GET CHARACTER AND THAT OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE. WHILE THAT WAS A BIG DEAL BACK IN 1910, I'D ARGUE AS CHRIS COLLINS DID TODAY THAT IT'S A BIG DEAL NOW. HE TALKED ABOUT A NATURE DEFICIT . THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WE HAVE THAT TODAY. JUST AS WE DID, FOR IN SOME PEOPLE'S VIEWS, BACK IN 1910. IN 2005 LEONARD SACKS WROTE A BOOK THAT I URGE NOT ONLY ALL OF OUR MEMBERS TO READ BUT PEOPLE WATCHING THESE PROCEEDINGS TO READ, "BOYS ADRIFT." WHERE HE ARGUED THAT THE LACK OF LEARNING AND FREE PLAY TIME, PARTICULARLY OUTDOORS, IN OUR CHILDHOOD IS DIMINISHING OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN LEARNING. AS MANAGERS, IN OUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. IN 2008 RICHARD LOVE WROTE A BOOK CALLED "LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS" WHERE HE ARGUED UNSTRUCTURED OUTDOOR PLAY TIME IS CRITICAL TO CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT. WELL, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT SCOUTING DOES. IT PROVIDES OUTDOOR RECREATION, SOMETHING I THINK IS ESSENTIAL TO CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT. SOMETHING THAT WE'VE LOST BECAUSE OF NOT ONLY URBANIZATION, BUT OUR CHANGING BEHAVIOR. ONE RECENT NATURE POLL FOUND THAT ONLY 10% OF AMERICAN TEENS SPEND TIME OUTSIDE EVERY DAY. I CAN'T IMAGINE ON A DAY WHERE THE SUN WAS SHINING WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER THAT I EVER SPENT ANY TIME INDOORS. MY PARENTS WERE ALWAYS ON THE HUNT, WHERE IS HE? HE'S OUTSIDE SOMEWHERE. ACCORDING TO RESEARCH BY THE HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AMERICAN ADULTS SPEND LESS TIME OUTDOORS THAN THEY DO INSIDE VEHICLES. LESS THAN 5% OF THEIR DAY. SO I THINK THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SAYS OUR BOYS AND OUR GIRLS NEED OUTDOOR RECREATION. THEY NEED LEARNING. THIS IS WHAT IS THE CORE OF THE SCOUTING PROGRAM. LIKE AIR AND WATER, OUR WILD PLACES, OUR NATIONAL PARKS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND HAVE GREATLY BENEFITED THE BOY SCOUTS AND THE SCOUTING EXPERIENCE. I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT MY LIFE WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT THAT SCOUTING EXPERIENCE. IN TERMS OF MY LOVE OF THE OUTDOORS. THE SECOND THING THAT ATTRACTED ME TO SCOUTING WAS THE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. POWELL SAID HE WANTED TO BE BOY DRIVEN. AND HERE 101 YEARS AFTER PRESIDENT WILSON SIGNED THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA INTO LAW, SCOUTING PRIDES ITSELF, MR. SPEAKER, ON BEING BOY DRIVEN. KID DRIVEN. THAT'S HOW WE TEACH RESPONSIBILITY, CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP. AND SO I LIKE THIS FAMOUS LIST, MR. SESSIONS, THAT WE USE, AT SO MANY EAGLE SCOUT CEREMONIES, CALLED 100 SCOUTS. MR. SPEAKER, OF 100 SCOUTS, PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATE IN SCOUTING, 30 WILL DROP OUT THEIR FIRST YEAR. BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER THE PROGRAM FONDLY. 12 WILL BE FROM A FAMILY THAT HAS NO RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION OR RELIGIOUS MEMBERSHIP. AN MANY WILL BEGIN THEIR FIRST CONTACT WITH THE NEED TO BE MORALLY STRAIGHT AND HAVE AT THEIR HEART A BELIEF IN GOD. WILL BE 12 WILL BE TOUCHED BY THE -- 12 WILL BE TOUCHED BY THE SCOUTING PROGRAM. FIVE WILL GO ON TO EARN THEIR RELIGIOUS AWARD. FROM WHATEVER FAITH TRADITION THEY HAVE. ONE WILL USE THEIR SCOUTING SKILLS TO SAVE A LIFE. ONE WILL CREDIT SCOUTING SKILLS FOR SAVING THEIR OWN LIFE. 18 WILL DEVELOP A LIFE LONG HOBBY. EIGHT WILL FIND THEIR VOCATION THROUGH THE EXPLORATION OF THE MERIT BADGE WORK THEY DID AS A SCOUT. 17 WILL LATER BECOME SCOUT LEADERS. LIKE ALL OF OUR MEMBERS HERE ON THIS FLOOR TONIGHT. AND FOUR WILL BECOME AN EAGLE SCOUT. FOUR OUT OF THAT 100, MR. SPEAKER, WILL EARN THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT. AND AT LEAST ONE WILL SAY THEY VALUE EARNING THAT EAGLE AWARD MORE THAN THEIR COLLEGE DEGREE. AND WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROLE THAT THANK SCOUTING PLAYS -- ROLE THAT SCOUTING PLAYS, SOMETHING I'M SO PROUD OF BECAUSE I IS HAVE A SCOUT IN TROOP -- BECAUSE I HAVE A SCOUT IN TROOP 30, I'M SO PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HE'S DONE ON THAT TRAIL TOWARD EAGLE. HE'S IN THE MID OF PLANNING HIS PROJECT -- MIDDLE OF PLANNING HIS PROJECT NOW TO COMBINE HIS LOVE OF GOLF AND SCOUTING. IT'S A SERVICE PROJECT AT THE FIRST TEE OF LITTLE ROCK. AND I REFLECTED ON THE VALUE OF THESE EAGLE PROJECTS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES, IN ALL 50 OF OUR STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. JUST IN AMERICA, USING 2014 DATA, ABOUT 140 PEOPLE EARN THEIR EAGLE RANK A DAY. IN THE UNITED STATES. IN 2014 THEY SPENT 8.1 MILLION HOURS, MR. SPEAKER, ON THEIR EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT, BENEFITING OUR TOWNS, OUR COMMUNITIES, ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY. AND IN THE NONPROFIT WORLD, IF YOU APPLIED A TYPICAL RATE, PAY RATE TO THAT, A PROJECT RATE, THAT THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR USES, OF ABOUT $23 AN HOUR, THAT'S $188 MILLION IN PUBLIC SERVICE VALUE OUR EAGLE SCOUTS HAVE CONTRIBUTED ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. SO, MR. SESSIONS, I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME TO HIGHLIGHT SCOUTING AND THE VALUE OF SCOUTING TO OUR TOWNS, OUR COMMUNITIES. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO OUR FAMILIES. AT CREATING THAT SENSE OF CHARACTER THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT. I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT VALUES MY EAGLE SCOUT AWARD, DATING BACK TO 1972, FROM TROUPE 27 IN LITTLE ROCK. AND I'M SO PROUD THAT THIS MANY YEARS LATER I STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO SUPPORT MY SON WHO IS ON THAT EAGLE TRAIL. AND HAVE THE SUPPORT OF MY DAD THAT MANY LONG YEARS AFTER 1972 AND MY EAGLE AWARD. BECAUSE IN OUR FAMILY, WE BELIEVE IN A GOOD TURN DAILY. WE BELIEVE IN THE SCOUT LAW, WE BELIEVE IN THE SCOUT OATH. AND IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO TO SURVIVE IN CONGRESS, IS YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED. MR. SESSIONS, I THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME. APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THESE COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF SCOUTING AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION AND YOUR LONG SERVICE TO CIRCLE 10 COUNCIL IN DALLAS, TICK. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:29:07 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT IS WITH GREAT DISTINCTION NOW THAT I RECOGNIZE…

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT IS WITH GREAT DISTINCTION NOW THAT I RECOGNIZE CONGRESSMAN EAGLE SCOUT JIM BRIDENSTINE, 1991. IT WAS ABOUT A WEEK AGO THAT EAGLE SCOUT BRIDENSTINE CAME UP TO ME AND SAID, PETE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY SON IS INVOLVED IN SCOUTING AND I DEEPLY BELIEVE IN IT. BUT I THINK WE OUGHT TO GET TOGETHER HERE. SO IT ACTUALLY IS AN EAGLE SCOUT JIM BRIDENSTINE WHO SAID, LET'S GET TOGETHER OUR EAGLE SCOUTS AND TALK ABOUT IT. AND I HOPE, JIM, THAT JEWEL A CHANCE TO COME -- THAT YOU'LL HAVE A CHANCE TO COME IN JULY, THE 24TH OR SO, AS WE, AS EAGLE SCOUT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ALONG WITH OTHERS, MY DOWN SYNDROME SCOUT, EAGLE SCOUT SON, WILL JOIN ME, THAT YOU TOO WITH YOUR SON MAY BE ABLE TO GO WITH US TO THE RESERVE AND DO THAT. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, EAGLE SCOUT JIM BRIDENSTINE. .

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  • 06:30:27 PM

    MR. BRIDENSTINE

    THANK YOU EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS, THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT INTRODUCTION.…

    THANK YOU EAGLE SCOUT PETE SESSIONS, THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT INTRODUCTION. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE HONORER TO BE HERE. I SAID I WOULD LIKE TO GET THE EAGLE SCOUTS HERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE EAGLE SCOUTS AND REFLECT ON OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION AND HOW GREAT THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HOW WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT THIS INSTITUTION STAYS STRONG FOR YEARS TO COME. WHEN I BROUGHT THAT TO YOUR ATTENTION, YOU SAID ABSOLUTELY, WE'LL DO IT. I DIDN'T TALK TO YOU AGAIN AND WE ARE DOING IT. I DIDN'T HAVE TO ASK TWICE. YOU AS CHAIRMAN OF THIS CAUCUS, THE SCOUTING CAUCUS HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, YOU HAVE LED, YOU HAVE LED IN A TREMENDOUS WAY WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY EAGLE SCOUTS COME TO THE CAPITOL AND YOU GET ALL OF US TOGETHER AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE US TALK FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE SCOUTS, NOT JUST EAGLE SCOUTS, BUT ENCOURAGE THEM FROM THE EARLIEST DAYS OF THEIR SCOUTING CAREERS. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE COULD CHAIR THIS COMMITTEE, YOU HAVEN'T JUST CHAIRED IT BUT YOU HAVE LED IT AND THAT REFLECTS GREAT ON YOU. THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN. WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY DAYS, I GO BACK TO MY CUB SCOUT DAYS AND EVEN BEFORE I WAS A SCOUT, MY BROTHER WHO WAS A YEAR OLDER RN ME AND HE GOT TO BE A CUB SCOUT BEFORE I WAS A CUB SCOUT AND HE GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS NEW THING THAT WAS GOING ON IN THE LIBES OF THE BRIDENSTINES AND CALLED THE PINEWOOD DERBY AND HAD THIS LITTLE CAR, BLOCK OF WOOD WITH NAILS AND WHEELS AND WE WATCHED THAT CAR STREAK FROM THE VERY TOP OF THE TRACK AND COME TO A SCREECHING HALT WHERE THE TRACK LEVELED OUT. IN FACT, THIS LITTLE BLUE CAR DIDN'T EVEN MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE TRACK. AND ALL OF THESE OTHER EXECUTES WITH THEIR FANCY CARS, THEY HAD ROUNDED WHEELS AND GRAPHITED THE WHEELS AND HAD THE WATHES. MY BROTHER WHO WAS A CUB SCOUT BEFORE I WAS A CUB SCOUT HAD TO ENDURE THIS PAIN OF -- HE WAS A SCOUT AND WANTED TO HAVE THE FASTEST CAR AND DIDN'T MAKE IT UNTIL THE END OF THE TRACK. THERE WAS A SCOUT, OUR DAD, AND WASN'T GOING TO ALLOW OUR CARS NEVER AND WE GEARED WHAT I THINK ARE THE GREATEST CARS IN AMERICAN SCOUTING HISTORY AND THE BRIDENSTINE BOYS WON FIRST AND SECOND PLACE GOING FORWARD AND WON FIRST AND SECOND PLACE AND REVERSED IT GOING BACKWARDS AND WE WENT FROM HAVING A CAR THAT DIDN'T REACH THE END OF THE TRACK TO WINNING THE PINEWOOD DERBY. AND MY SON IS IN CUB SCOUTS AND HE DOES THE PINEWOOD DERBY AND WE ARE GOING TO WIN THE PINEWOOD DERBY AND THE FIRST YEAR WE DID IT, WE HAD GREAT SUCCESS. AND SECOND YEAR, DAD GOT OVERAGGRESSIVE IN HIS ENGINEERING AND THE CAR WOBBLED AND A COUPLE OF TIMES IT MADE IT TO THE END OF THE TRACK. THE RELATIONSHIP THAT I HAD WITH MY BROTHER AND I HAD THAT WAS NECESSARY TO WINNING THE RACE AND NOW THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SON, WALKER BRIDENSTINE, THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IN OUR FAMILY AND WILL BE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. CUB SCOUTS, MY FIRST THOUGHT OF SCOUTS, CUB SCOUTS LED TO THE ERA OF LIGHT AND VERY NEXT PROGRESSION WAS TO BECOME A BOY SCOUT. WE SEARCHED CUB SCOUTS. WE WERE IN THE LONGHORN COUNCIL AND SETTLED ON TROOP 83. SOME OF THE SEVERAL LEADERS, COACH WATSON WAS A FOOTBALL COACH AT A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL AND HE WAS INTENSE AND HE WAS SERIOUS ABOUT SCOUTS. AND BOY IF YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE UP IN RANKS YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT WAS REQUIRED. MERIT BADGES WERE IMPORTANT TO US. I'LL NEVER FORGET THE FIRST SUMMER CAMP. MY BROTHER AND I WERE NOT ABLE TO GO THAT OUR TROOP WENT ON. WE WENT TO THE MAVERICK CAMP AND BUNCH OF SCOUTS THAT WE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW. IT WAS A CHALLENGE. I WAS IN FIFTH GRADE AND MY BROTHER WAS IN SIXTH GRADE AND IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST IN TEXAS. IT WAS -- WE'LL SEE THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST IN TEXAS AND JUST AS HOT AT MIDNIGHT AS THE NOON HOUR. WE SWEATED A LOT. WE GOT SEVEN MERIT BADGES. WE DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GET THAT MANY. AND PEOPLE WERE SHOCKED THAT WE GOT SEVEN. NO WONDER IT WAS SO HARD AND NOBODY TOLD US NOT TO GET SEVEN MERIT BADGES. MY BROTHER AND I WERE REALLY CHALLENGED AND GOT THAT DONE AND FROM THERE, THE NEXT SUMMER CAMP, WE GOT THREE, FOUR MERIT BADGES AND HAD A LOT MORE FUN. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MEMORIES. MY BROTHER, I TELL YOU, CHAPLAIN DAYS, ONE OF THE THINGS I PRAYED FOR MOST, THE CHAPLAIN WOULD SHOW UP SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO SHOW UP. AS A MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO PUBLICLY SPEAKS FOR A LIVING. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA GAVE ME THE ABILITY TO STAND BEFORE AN AUDIENCE AND TELL PEOPLE WHAT WAS ON MY MIND. THAT WAS MY LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE. MY BROTHER WAS A SENIOR PATROL LEADER FOR TROOP 83. HE WAS IN THE ERA OF LIGHT AND I WAS IN THE BISON PATROL AND HE WAS THE SENIOR PATROL LEADER. BUT SUMMER CAMP AFTER SUMMER CAMP. HERE'S ONE OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER, THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TRANSSENDS LEADERS AND YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE IT BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE HAVING FUN. BUT MOMENTS IN LIFE WHERE YOU NEED TO LEAN ON THE THINGS THAT YOU LEARNED AS A BOY SCOUT AND DOESN'T EVEN DAWN ON YOU UNTIL LATER THAT YOU ACTUALLY LEARNED THESE THINGS AS A BOY SCOUT. I JOINED THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND BECAME A PILOT AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO IS SURVIVAL TRAINING. AND IN THIS PROCESS, WE HAVE TO LIVE IN THE WOODS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO SURVIVE FOR A WEEK AND EVADE. AND DURING THIS TIME, YOU HAVE TO LIVE BASED ON THE THINGS THAT YOU SEE AROUND YOU AND YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO START A FIRE. SOME OF THE BASIC THINGS THAT I WAS ABLE TO DO THAT ALL THE PEERS AROUND ME HAD NO ABILITY TO DO BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. WE HAD TO BE ABLE TO COOK A RABBIT. SOMETHING I HAD DONE BEFORE. SOMETHING THAT MY PEERS, ALSO NAVY PILOTS, HAD NOT DONE. WE HAD TO LAND AND NAVIGATE WITH A MAP AND COMPASS, WHICH TO ME WAS SECOND NATURE BECAUSE I HAD DONE IT FOR YEARS. BUT FOR SO MANY PEOPLE, IT WAS A FOREIGN CONCEPT TO USE A MAP AND COMPASS. I REMEMBER ONE GROUP NAVIGATED POINT-TO-POINT AND WE SAID IF WE MISS THE POINT, WE WON'T KNOW IF WE MISS THE POINT. WE WILL KNOW WHERE WE ARE AND WE DIDN'T MISS THE POINT. WE KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING AND GOT THERE. SOME OF MY PEERS, WHO DIDN'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCES I HAD WENT WELL BEYOND THE POINT AND HAD TO COME BACK. AND I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO ME PREVIOUSLY AS SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. THESE ARE VERY LIFE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU LOOK BACK ON AND YOU SAY, WHY I WAS ABLE TO DO THIS? I WAS ABLE TO DO IT BECAUSE I WAS IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE INFANG I BELIEVE, THINGS THAT ARE NOT SPECIFIC. I HEARD REPRESENTATIVE HENSARLING TYING A KNOT IN ONE HAND AND DOESN'T FIND HIMSELF AT THE BOTTOM OF A CLIFF BUT HE COULD TIE A ONE-HANDED KNOT AND PULL HIM OUT. THAT IS THE SAME THING THAT I LEARNED GOING THROUGH THE SAME PROGRAM. AND A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, MY SON HAD TO TIE A BOWLING. AND I WAS TRYING TO TEACH HIM AND I COULDN'T DO IT. WHEN I TRIED TO TIE IT, I WAS ABLE TO DO IT. IT STUCK WITH ME ALL OF THESE YEARS. THESE ARE SPECIFIC SKILLS. BUT THE LEADERSHIP, THE ABILITY TO LEAD PEOPLE, THESE ARE THINGS THAT THE BOY SCOUTS TEACHES YOU AND APPLY THESE THINGS AND DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU ARE DOING IT. I WILL ALSO SAY THAT AS EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR LEADERS WHEN THEY ARE TRYING TO FIND WHO THEY ARE GOING TO HIRE. AND WE SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN EMPLOYERS LOOKING TO HIRE EAGLE SCOUTS FROM THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. MAYBE YOU ARE WATCHING IT ON C-SPAN OR THE INTERNET AND MAYBE YOU ARE A BOY SCOUT OR CUB SCOUT OR MAYBE YOU AREN'T GOING TO STICK IT OUT. EVERY INTERVIEW I HAVE EVER GONE ON AND I HAD A RESUME AND IT INCLUDED THE FACT THAT I WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT. WHEN I APPLIED FOR COLLEGE, I PUT ON MY RESUME, I PUT ON THERE THAT I WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT. I WOULD HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ANYBODY WHO IS AT THE LOWER RANK BUT WORKING HARD TO ATTAIN THAT EAGLE, FINISH IT. MY DAD WAS A LIFE SCOUT. HE MOVED WHEN HE WAS A LIFE SCOUT. HE NEVER FINISHED HIS EAGLE SCOUT. MY UNCLE DID FINISH. MY BROTHER AND I BOTH FINISHED AND NOW OUR KIDS ARE IN SCOUTS AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP THEM FINISH THEIR EAGLE SCOUT. NOT ONLY DID I PUT IT ON MY RESUME AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS, I RAN FOR FEDERAL OFFICE AND THE FIRST THING I DID IN MY CAMPAIGN COMMISSIONERS I TOLD THEM I'M JIM BRIDENSTINE AND I'M AN EAGLE SCOUT. BEFORE I TOLD THEM I WAS A NAVY PILOT, I TOLD THEM I WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT SOME FOLKS AT AN EARLY AGE HAVE THE PROGRESS TO ACHIEVE. THERE WAS SOMEBODY WHO CAME INTO MY OFFICE WANTING A JOB. AND I HAD A NUMBER OF GREAT CANDIDATES. AND IT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO PICK WHICH ONE AND YOU GUYS KNOW THIS WHEN YOU GET TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS YOU GET HUNDREDS OF RESUME AND I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE. AND I GOT DOWN TO THREE. ONE OF THE THREE SAID THIS, ONE OTHER THING I'M AN EAGLE SCOUT AND THAT DID IT FOR ME BECAUSE I KNEW AT THAT POINT THAT THIS YOUNG MAN HAD COMMITTED HIMSELF TO SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER THAN HIMSELF AT AN EARLY STAGE. AND THAT PERSON WORKS IN MY OFFICE. AND EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR THAT. BECAUSE IT SPEAKS VOLUME TO THE CHARACTER AND TRAINING OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THAT WILL CONTINUE. AND I WILL TELL YOU, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE ASTRONAUTS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 316 OR SO OF THEM IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 40 OF THEM WERE EAGLE SCOUTS. THAT'S NOT BY ACCIDENT. AND THAT IS A MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE. AND IT IS A MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAN THE NUMBER OF EAGLE SCOUTS THARM EXIST IN THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EMPLOYERS LOOK TO. I TOOK MY SON TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND I TOOK SOME BROCHURE OF WHAT IT TAKES TO GET INTO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND IT IS ABOUT BEING AN ATHLETE AND A GREAT STUDENT. AND ARE YOU AN EAGLE SCOUT. AT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY AND THEY PROBABLY LOOK AT THE SAME THING AT WEST POINT AND THE NAVAL ACADEMY. BUT THESE ARE THINGS THAT EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR AND THESE ARE THE CHARACTER ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT. SO IF YOU ARE IN SCOUTING TODAY, MY EBB COURAGEMENT TO YOU IS FINISH. IF YOU ARE NOT IN SCOUTING AND BELOW THE AGE OF 18, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN AND GET YOUR EAGLE SCOUT. IT'S BEEN IMPORTANT FOR ME AND MY BROTHER. IT'S BEEN IMPORTANT FOR MY FAMILY. UNCLE JIM, HIS SON, THIS IS A TRADITION OF THE BRIDENSTINE FAMILY AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE IT A TRADITION OF YOURS. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:44:54 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    EAGLE CLASS OF 1991, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SCOUTING STORIES, SCOUTING…

    EAGLE CLASS OF 1991, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SCOUTING STORIES, SCOUTING STORIES OF LEADERSHIP, OF CHARACTER, OF OPPORTUNITY BEGAN IN MY LIFE WHEN MY FATHER WAS AN EAGLE SCOUT. HIS FATHER DR. WILL A. SESSIONS GOT THE AWARD. I WANTED TO BE AN EAGLE SCOUT BECAUSE OF MY DAD. I HAVE TWO YOUNG SONS, WILLIAM STEEL EX-SESSIONS AND EX DEER GREGORY SESSIONS, DOWN SIN DROM YOUNG MAN, YOUNG MAN, WHO IS AGE 23. IT IS ALSO IN FAMILY'S BLOOD. JIM BRIDENSTINE SPOKE ABOUT IT. CHRIS COLLINS SPOKE BILLION CLASS OF 1963. THIS NEXT YOUNG MAN WHO IS TO TALK ABOUT SCOUTING AND HE HAS 10 MINUTES LEFT AND I WISH WE HAD HOURS, MR. SPEAKER, BUT THE RULES ALLOW ONE HOUR, IS A YOUNG MAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, EAGLE SCOUT G.T. GLEN THOMPSON WHO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO PENNSYLVANIA WITH THE CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE AND GIVE G.T. THOMPSON HIS DISTINGUISHED AWARD AND HIS WIFE IS A SCOUTING WIDOW. ALTHOUGH PROUD OF HURRYING WILL SCOUT SONS BUT KNOWING THE WEEKENDS ARE MADE FOR SCOUTING, WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN AND A MAN WHO WILL BE WITH ME AGAIN AT THE SUMMIT, THE RESERVE THIS YEAR FOR THE SCOUTING JAMBOREE, REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON. .

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  • 06:47:05 PM

    MR. THOMPSON

    MR. SPEAKER, SCOUTING'S BEEN A PART OF MY FAMILY OR I'VE BEEN A PART OF…

    MR. SPEAKER, SCOUTING'S BEEN A PART OF MY FAMILY OR I'VE BEEN A PART OF THE SCOUTING FAMILY ACTUALLY SINCE I WAS 11 YEARS OLD. WHEN I WAS 11 YEARS OLD, MY MOM AND DAD DID AN AMAZING THING. THEY DID WHAT TODAY I WOULD CALL A GOOD TERM. IT WAS -- TURN. IT WAS REALLY AN AMAZING TURN. THEY OPENED THEIR HOME UP, THIS IS APPROPRIATE, SINCE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF FOSTER YOUTH THIS WEEK, KIDS WHO GREW UP IN FOSTER FAMILIES, THEY OPENED OUR FAMILY UP TO A BOY THAT WAS JUST TWO YEARS OLDER THAN I, BOB. AND BOB CAME AS A FOSTER BROTHER. HE'S STILL MY BROTHER TODAY. BOB HAD SOME SPECIAL NEEDS. BUT BOB HAD BEEN BOUNCING AROUND FOSTER CARE HOMES HIS WHOLE LIFE. WHEN HE CAME TO OUR HOUSE, HE DIDN'T BOUNCE ANYMORE. HE STUCK. HE BECAME MY BROTHER AND MY BROTHER TODAY. MY MOM AND DAD MADE A PROMISE TO HIM THAT HE COULD -- ONE OF THE THINGS, POSITIVE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO BOB IN THE HOME HE'D BEEN LIVING IN PRIOR TO COMING TO OUR HOME WAS THAT HE GOT INVOLVED IN THE BOY SCOUT TROUPE. THAT BOY SCOUT TROUPE, THAT EXPERIENCE DID AING THINGS FOR BOB -- DID AMAZING THINGS FOR BOB. IT REALLY DID. IT ALLOWED HIM TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCES AND TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AND TO FLOURISH WITH THINGS THAT HE DEVELOPED A PASSION FOR. AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD YOUNGER BROTHER, I LUCKED OUT. MOM AND DAD WOULD TAKE BOB BACK OVER TO THE SCOUT TROUPE WHERE W.H.O. HE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH -- WHO HE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH, I GOT TO TAG ALONG. 11 YEARS OLD. I NEVER LOOKED BACK. I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SCOUTING SINCE I'VE BEEN 11 YEARS OLD. I WENT ON TO ACHIEVE AND EARN MY EAGLE SCOUT AWARD. I SERVED AS A CHAPTER CHIEF AND A LODGE CHIEF AND COUNCIL WITH THE ORDER OF THE ARROW. WENT ON TO BE A SCOUT MASTER FOR 30 YEARS. ONLY HAD ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS -- ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS ABOUT COMING TO CONGRESS IS I WASN'T GOING TO BE HOME TO BE ABLE TO DO -- TO WORK WITH THOSE YOUTH LEADERS WHO WERE LEADING THE TROUPE FOR SCOUT MEETINGS AND CAMPOUTS AND EVENTS ON THE WEEKEND. THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT TAKING THIS JOB. BECAUSE I HAD BEEN A SCOUT MASTER FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS. I'D TRAINED SCOUT MASTERS AS A -- I WAS A WOOD BADGE SCOUT MASTER, COURSE DIRECTOR. AND HAD SERVED MY COUNCIL AS A COUNCIL PRESIDENT. I'M STILL INVOLVED IN THE SCOUTING. I WAS BACK AT MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS, AT THE SCOUT CAMP IN SPRING MILLS, PENNSYLVANIA, ON SUNDAY FOR AN EAGLE SCOUT CODE OF HONOR. HERE'S THE COOL PART OF THAT. AT THAT SITE, OVER 70 YEARS AGO, MY FATHER-IN-LAW RECEIVED HIS EAGLE SCOUT AWARD. I'M NOT SAYING IT'S -- IT SHOULD BE A PREREQUISITE FOR PICKING OUT A WIFE, THAT HER DAD IS AN EAGLE SCOUT, BUT IT WORKED OUT OK FOR ME. IT WASN'T A BAD THING. SCOUTING HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF OUR FAMILY. WITH THREE -- MY WIFE, PENNY, WHO HAS BEEN A CUB SCOUT LEADER AND A COMMITTEE MEMBER AND, YES, A SCOUTING WIDOW, WHEN I AND OUR THREE SONS AT DIFFERENT TIMES WOULD PACK UP AND GO OFF TO CAMP AND ADVENTURE. SOMETIMES SHE'D COME ALONG, ACTUALLY. A LOT OF TIMES SHE WAS LEFT AT HOME. UNFORTUNATELY WAS THERE TO ACCEPT ALL THE DIRTY LAUNDRY AT THE END OF THE WEEKEND OR THE WEEK. BUT SHE'S AS MUCH A SCOUTING LEADER -- WHEN I THINK OF A GREAT SCOUTING LEADER, MY WIFE PENNY COMES TO MIND WITH WHAT SHE'S DONE. SCOUTING -- I ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO OUT TO EAGLE SCOUT COURTS OF HONOR. IT REALLY IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO RECONNECT AND TO BE A PART OF THE SCOUTING. I ENJOY GOING TO GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDS AS WELL. WHEN I GO THERE, I NORMALLY GIVE -- I'LL LOOK AT THE EAGLE SCOUT, THE NEW EAGLE SCOUT, AND I'LL TALK ABOUT HOW WE'RE THERE TO CELEBRATE ALL THE MERIT BADGES THEY'VE EARNED, THE CITIZENSHIP THAT'S BEEN REFLECTED IN THEIR ACTIONS, THE CHARACTER THAT WE'VE SEEN, THE SERVICE THAT THEY'VE PROVIDED, THAT NOW ENTITLES THEM TO HAVE THAT RED, WHITE AND BLUE PIECE OF ARE INON WITH A PIECE OF MET -- RIBBON WITH A PIECE OF A MEDAL IN THE SHAPE OF AN EAGLE ON THEIR CHEST. I SAY, IT'S BEEN OVER 100 YEARS SINCE SCOUTING CAME TO THESE SHORES FROM ENGLAND. WHERE SCOUTING WAS FIRST ORIGINATED. I SAID, SO THE QUESTION I GIVE THEM IN OVER 100 YEARS, HOW MANY EAGLE SCOUT AWARDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AWAY? YOU CAN SEE THESE KIDS ARE REALLY SMART. SOMEHOW THEY'RE TRYING TO DO THE MATH IN THEIR HEAD. I STOP THEM AND SAY, WHOA, STOP, THANKS TRICK QUESTION -- THIS IS A TRICK QUESTION. THE ANSWER IS ZERO. THEY'VE ALL BEEN EARNED. NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN AWAY. NOW AS NEW EAGLE SCOUTS, THEY HAVE THIS CHEST THAT THEY CARRY WITH THEM. THEY DON'T CARRY IT PHYSICALLY IN THEIR HANDS. THEY CARRY IT HERE AND HERE. THIS REALLY IS THE PRINCIPLE OF SCOUTING. BECAUSE WE START AND STOP OUR MEETINGS, WE START OUR MEETINGS AND END OUR MEETINGS, WE DO OUR CAMPOUTS AND SCOUT ZONE, WORSHIP SERVICES. WE'RE ALWAYS USING, REPEATING THE 12 POINTS OF THE SCOUT LAW. AND THE THREE PARTS TO THE SCOUT PROMISE. WE DO THAT BECAUSE WE WANT THESE YOUNG -- THESE BOYS, WHO START OUT AS YOUNG BOYS AND BECOME MEN, WE WANT THEM TO HAVE MUSCLE MEMORY. MUSCLE MEMORY, NOT JUST ON THE GOOD DAYS, WHERE IT'S EASY, WHERE THINGS ARE GOING WELL AND WE'RE ALL CELEBRATING, HIGH FIVING EACH OTHER AND LIFE IS GOOD, BUT ON THE BAD DAYS. BAD DAYS DO COME. LIFE WILL BE HARD AT TIMES. WE WANT THEM ESPECIALLY IN THOSE TIMES TO BE ABLE TO RELY ON THAT MUSCLE MEMORY OF THOSE PRINCIPLES OF SCOUTING. I TALK ABOUT HOW IN THIS CHAMBER, WHEN WE'RE HERE VOTING, YOU KNOW, AND THE CHAIRMAN KNOWS THIS, THERE'S 435 OF US, IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING IF YOU WATCH HOW PEOPLE MAKE UP THEIR MIND TO VOTE. IT'S PRETTY DIVERSE SOMETIMES. BUT FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF AND, I'LL TAKE THE LIBERTY, I KNOW THIS MAN WELL, THIS GENTLEMAN RIGHT HERE, MR. SESSIONS, AN EAGLE SCOUT, I FALL BACK ON THE PRINCIPLES OF SCOUTING. I ASK MYSELF FOUR QUESTIONSES WHEN IT COMES TIME TO VOTE. THE FIRST QUESTION IS, WHAT IS MY DUTY TO GOD? IS THE DECISION RIGHTEOUS ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD AND MY FAITH? I SAID THERE'S FOUR QUESTIONS. IF THE ANSWER IS NO ON FIRST ONE, I DON'T GO ON TO TWO, THREE AND FOUR. I STOP RIGHT THERE. THE ANSWER IS YES, THE NEXT QUESTION IS, WHAT IS MY DUTY TO COUNTRY? WHAT DOES THE CONSTITUTION HAVE TO SAY THIS DECISION THAT'S BEFORE NEWS IS THE THIRD IS, WHAT -- BEFORE US? AND THE THIRD IS, WHAT IS MY DUTY TO OTHERS? THAT ONE'S A LITTLE HARDER. HOW DOES THIS IMPACT THE MORE THAN 730,000 CITIZENS THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO REPRESENT IN 16 NTHS, 24% OF THE LAND MASS OF PENNSYLVANIA? FINALLY, THE LAST QUESTION IS, WHAT IS MY DUTY TO SELF? FOR THOSE WHO -- MAYBE IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SCOUTING FAMILY OR MAYBE YOU'VE JUST NEVER HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY AND THERE'S STILL TIME FOR EVERYBODY TO GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT SCOUTING, A LOT OF VOLUNTEER JOBS OUT THERE THAT CAN BE FILLED, WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY DUTY TO SELF, IT'S NOT SELF-SERVING, IT'S WHAT -- WE DEFINE THAT BY, AND EVERY ACTION WE TAKE AND EVERY DECISION WE MAKE, WE ARE PREPARED TO DO OUR BEST. THAT'S A REFLECTION OF THE SCOUT MOTTO AND SCOUT SLOGANS. SO I JUST -- THOSE ARE PRINCIPLES, AS EAGLE SCOUTS, I REALLY DO BELIEVE BY THAT POINT IT BECOMES MUSCLE MEMORY. ANY YOUTH, FOR WHATEVER PERIOD OF TIME, THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN SCOUTING, WE KNOW BASED ON THE RESEARCH DIVISION OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA THAT IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES. I'LL FINISH UP WITH THIS. I'VE SAID AS A SCOUT MASTER FOR 30 YEARS I'VE SEEN SEEN THIS WORK ITS WAY OUT COUNTLESS TIMES. BUT I'LL JUST -- LET ME TAKE THE PERSONAL PRIVILEGE AND JUST MENTION THREE PARTICULAR EAGLE SCOUTS. PARKER, LOGAN AND KALE THOMPSON. MY THREE SONS. PARKER, ALL THREE EAGLE SCOUTS. THEY'RE ALL ADULTS NOW. THEY'RE SCATTERED. IF ANYTHING, MAYBE ONE FLAW, WE MADE THEM TOO INDEPENDENT. THEY ARE NOW FLOURISHING. ONE IN ELGIN, ILLINOIS. ONE IN -- ONE IN SNOW, TEXAS, AND ONE IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY. INDEPENDENT. SCOUTING WILL DO THAT. YOU LEARN TO FLY AS AN EAGLE SCOUT. I LIKE THAT. PARKER TODAY, I'VE SEEN HE'S JUST A GREAT DAD. WHAT HE DOES WITH HIS TWO LITTLE GUYS, I SEE THE LESSONS HE LEARNED IN SCOUTING FOR THAT. JUST COME THROUGH. AND HOW HE NOURISHES. LOGAN, MY SECOND SON, IS A SOLDIER. ALTHOUGH I WORRY ABOUT HIM, I DIDN'T WORRY AS MUCH WHEN HE WAS DEPLOYED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE I KNEW THAT AS AN EAGLE SCOUT HE COULD HANDLE WHATEVER CAME TO HIM. MY YOUNGEST WAS A MUSIC TEACHER TODAY WHO NOURISHES AND JUST SERVES YOUTH, KIDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES. IN THE LIVES OF MY THREE SONS, I SEE HOW BEING A BOY SCOUT AND AN EAGLE SCOUT HAS MADE THEM BETTER MEN. AND MADE THEM BETTER IN ALL THE ROLES THAT THEY SERVE.

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  • 06:56:32 PM

    MR. SESSIONS

    I WANT TO THANK EAGLE SCOUT GLENN THOMPSON, EAGLE SCOUT 1977. AND ON…

    I WANT TO THANK EAGLE SCOUT GLENN THOMPSON, EAGLE SCOUT 1977. AND ON BEHALF OF THE CHIEF SCOUT EXECUTIVE, THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO GATHERED TOGETHER THIS EVENING TO TELL ANOTHER STORY. I INTEND TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT MONTH. I INTEND TO GET JOHN GARAMENDI, WHO IS ONE OF OUR DEAR FRIENDS FROM CALIFORNIA, EAGLE CLASS OF 1960. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE EAGLE SCOUTS OF CONGRESS WHO HAD TIME TO COME TONIGHT, MYSELF, CHRIS COLLINS, JEB HENSARLING, FRENCH HILL, MR. BRIDENSTINE, G.T. THOMPSON, WE'RE GOING TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE HOUR THAT YOU HAVE ALLOWED US, TO TELL A STORY ABOUT THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, ABOUT EXCEPTIONALISM, ABOUT ORDER OF THE ARROW. AND ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHARACTER TO LEAD A GREAT NATION. WE THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. WE'LL BE BACK. WE HOPE THAT WE LEAVE OUR CAMPSITE BETTER THAN THE WAY WE FOUND IT. THAT'S WHAT WE TRY AND DO EVERY DAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 06:57:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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  • 06:57:52 PM

    MR. GARAMENDI

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THE LAST…

    MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES, FOR THE LAST HOUR, HAVE TALKED ABOUT AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF AMERICA'S SOCIAL FABRIC. THE SCOUTING PROGRAMS OF AMERICA. I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR BRINGING TO THE CONGRESS AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THE IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING AT ALL LEVELS AND FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT, MUCH WAS DISCUSSED. EQUALLY IMPORTANT ARE THE MEN THAT ENTER AND ONLY SPEND A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND DO NOT PASS BEYOND THE TENDER FOOT LEVEL. BECAUSE THEY TOO HAVE ACHIEVED AT LEAST IN PART THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SCOUTING PRESENTS. WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT MORE IN THE FUTURE. AND I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DISCUSSION. SO IN THE MEANTIME, LET'S SEE IF WE CAN NOW TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS THAT ARE BEFORE THE CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. ALMOST UNNOTICED, MR. SPEAKER, AS A RESULT OF ALL OF THE ISSUES, ALL OF THE CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE PRESIDENT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE CONTROVERSIES OF RUSSIA AND RUSSIA INVOLVEMENT IN THE ELECTION, AND THE FIRING OF COMEY AND THE INVESTIGATIONS NOW CONDUCTED BY A NEW SPECIAL COUNSEL, AND OF COURSE THE PRESIDENT'S FOREIGN TRAVELS, WITH ALL OF THAT WE BASICALLY HAVE NOT HEARD MUCH ABOUT ANOTHER EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND QUITE POSSIBLY MUCH LONGER-LASTING THING THAT'S HAPPENED. TODAY THE PRESIDENT PRESENTED HIS BUDGET. A BUDGET PRESENTED BY THE PRESIDENT IS OFTEN JUST WAVED ASIDE BY THE CONGRESS, CONSIDERED TO BE DEAD ON ARRIVAL. AND SURELY THIS ONE SHOULD BE. BUT I WANT TO BACK UP FOR A MOMENT. I WANT US ALL TO PONDER EXACTLY WHAT IS IT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED. BECAUSE YOU THE BUDGET WHETHER REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT OR OBAMA OR TRUMP OR GEORGE BUSH BUDGETS, THOSE BUDGETS ARE A STATEMENT OF PRIORITIES. THEY ARE A STATEMENT OF THE VALUE -- VALUES THAT WHAT IT IS THAT THE PRESIDENT THINKS IS IMPORTANT AND HOW THAT FITS INTO THE AMERICAN SOCIETY. AND WE NEED TO REALLY UNDERSTAND AND VALUE A STATEMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS MADE IN PRESENTING TO US HIS PRIORITIES. WE OUGHT NOT TO WAVE IT ASIDE AND SAID IT IS OF NO CONSEQUENCE AND REJECT IT AND WRITE OUR OWN, WHICH IS THE TRADITION. HOWEVER, IT WOULD BE A GROSS MISTAKE NOT TO ANALYZE WHAT IT IS THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE STRONGEST, THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAS PROPOSED. SO TAKE A LOOK, AMERICA. DON'T JUST BRUSH IT ASIDE. THIS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS. THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS US TO BE. THIS IS HIS VISION OF AMERICA. AND I MUST TELL YOU, IT IS AWFUL. NOT MY WORDS ONLY. THE WORDS OF MANY REPUBLICAN LEADERS OF OBVIOUSLY THE DEMOCRATS. TAKE A LOOK, AMERICA. AND WHAT IS HE PROPOSING? WE ARE GOING TO RUN THROUGH SOME OF THIS, BECAUSE WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WE AMERICANS NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT THIS PRESIDENT WANTS US TO BE. WHAT IT IS HE SEES AS AMERICA. I'M GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME THINGS VERY, VERY QUICKLY. AND THEN GO INTO IT IN PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE DETAIL. MEDICAID, THE PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR SOME 60-PLUS YEARS. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES HEALTH CARE TO THE POOR. IT IS A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES CARE TO SENIORS. IT IS A PROGRAM THAT IS RELIED UPON ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BY FAMILIES SO THAT THE CHILDREN AND ADULTS CAN GET MEDICAL CARE. THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED IN HIS BUDGET A $610 BILLION REDUCTION IN MEDICARE ON TOP OF IN ADDITION TO AN $800 BILLION CUT IN WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS TRUMP AND RYANCARE, THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. $1.5 TRILLION REDUCTION IN MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE POOR. AND THEY ARE NOT ALL KIDS. THEY ARE NOT ALL FAMILIES. MORE THAN HALF OF THAT MONEY GOES TO SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. THIS IS THE VISION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. $1.5 TRILLION REDUCTION IN MEDICAL SERVICES OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, JUST ABOVE THE POVERTY LEVEL, TO SENIORS WHO ARE IN NURSING HOMES, AND TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN -- EXCUSE ME, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WHO ARE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. THIS IS HIS VISION OF HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA. AND THAT'S NOT ALL. THAT'S NOT THE END OF THIS STORY. IN THE 1990'S, WE KNEW THAT CHILDREN NOT COVERED BY MEDICAID OR IN CALIFORNIA, MED I CAL WERE NOT GETTING MEDICAL SERVICES. AND THEY CREATED WHAT WE NOW KNOW AS THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. SO WHAT IS THE VISION? WHAT IS THE VALUE? WHAT IS THE MORAL PURPOSE OF OUR PRESIDENT? HE WOULD CUT $3.2 BILLION OUT OF THAT PROGRAM AND EFFECTIVELY DENY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE SIX MILLION CHILDREN THAT ARE CURRENTLY COVERED BY THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. FOR THE AGED, BLIND AND DISABLED, THE AGED, BLIND AND DISABLED AMERICANS THAT RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMS, $6 BILLION WILL BE CUT FROM THOSE AGED, BLIND, DISABLED WHO RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL SOCIAL SECURITY INSURANCE. STUDENTS, HOW MUCH -- HOW MANY TIMES ON THIS FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE WE HEARD DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TALK ABOUT THE TERRIBLE PROBLEM OF STUDENT LOANS, THE HUGE COST OF PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. SO, WHAT IS THIS IN THIS BUDGET? STUDENT LOANS, FINANCIAL AID AND REPAYMENT, $143 BILLION REDUCTION. HOW DOES THAT HELP OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM? HOW DOES THAT HELP STUDENTS? THEY ARE SUFFERING UNDER THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS EXCEPT IT DOES NOT. FOR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE WORKING AT MINIMUM WAGE OR BELOW MINIMUM WAGE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, THERE IS A PROGRAM THAT WAS ESTABLISHED BY RICHARD NIXON CALLED THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WORK. MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE OUT THERE WORKING BUT AT A LOW WAGE, MINIMUM WAGE. AND SO THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT WAS ESTABLISHED TO LIFT THEM UP TO A LIVEABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO WORK. WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT PROPOSE? WELL, LET'S CUT BY $40 BILLION THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT AND THE CHILD TAX CREDIT. IT GOES ON AND ON. THIS IS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STATEMENT OF WHAT HE VALUES IN AMERICA. I THINK IT'S IMMORAL. I THINK IT IS TERRIBLE PUBLIC POLICY. AND WHEN COUPLED WITH THE REST OF THE STORY, IT BECOMES AN ABOMINATION. THE REST OF THE STORY. THE REST OF THE STORY IS THE MOST MASSIVE TAX CUT EVER FOR THE WEALTHY IN THE UNITED STATES. IF IF YOU TAKE THAT TAX CUT THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED IN THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE AND YOU COUPLE IT WITH THE TAX CUTS THAT ARE EMBEDDED IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET AND WE'RE TALKING SOMEWHERE NORTHWARD OF $3 TRILLION TAX CUTS, 380% OF WHICH OF THOSE GOES TO THE TOP 20% OF AMERICA'S INCOME EARNERS. ALL THE DISCUSSION LAST YEAR ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP, FROM HILLARY CLINTON FROM EVERYBODY ELSE ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY AND THE PROBLEM IT PRESENTS TO AMERICA WAS SOMEHOW FORGOTTEN. BECAUSE WHEN YOU TAKE THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH SOME CALL THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT NOW AND YOU COUPLE IT WITH THIS BUDGET, THE TAX CUTS THAT ARE EMBEDDED IN BOTH OF THEM AMOUNT TO THE LARGEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH EVER IN TAX POLICY. FROM THE POOR, FROM THE WORKING AMERICANS, TO THE TOP EARNERS IN AMERICA, TO THE SUPERWEALTHY. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT INCOME INEQUALITY, THIS IS EXACTLY BACKWARDS. IT IS FROM THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN, WORKING MIDDLE CLASS OF AMERICA AND THE POOR TO THE WEALTHY. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. IS THAT A RATIONAL VISION OF AMERICA? IS THIS A SENSE OF VALUE OF WAR AMERICA IS ALL ABOUT? MORE FOR THE WEALTHY? LESS FOR THE WEALTHY, FOR THE FAMILIES WHO PRESUMABLY WERE AT THE HEART OF LAST YEAR'S ELECTION SNR YES, WE HEARD MR. TRUMP AND WE HEARD MRS. CLINTON GO AROUND THE NATION TALK ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO RAISE UP THE MIDDLE CLASS, HOW WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS INCOME INEQUALITY, WHAT A PROBLEM IT WAS FOR OUR SOCIETY AND OUR ECONOMY. MONTHS AND MONTHS OF POLITICAL RHETORIC AND NOW WE SEE -- NOW WE SEE WHAT IS ACTUALLY, ACTUALLY TAKING PLACE. THE GREATEST TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR TO THE WEALTHY THAT HAS EVER BEEN FOUND IN ANY PIECE OF LEGISLATION PROPOSED. GOD HELP US IF IT IS ENACTED. WATCH CARFULLY, AMERICA. THIS BUDGET, THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, TOGETHER WITH THE PROPOSED TAX CUTS WILL DEVASTATE SERIOUSLY HARM PERSONAL LIVES IN AMERICA BY TAKING AWAY THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, BY TAKING AWAY THE MONEY THEY DEPEND UPON TO PAY THEIR RENT. TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE, TO CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS NOT AMERICA THAT I WANT TO SEE. AND I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE AMERICA THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC VOTED FOR WHETHER THEY WERE A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, WHETHER THEY VOTED FOR TRUMP OR HILLARY. THEY DID NOT ENVISION AN AMERICA THAT WOULD TAKE $1.5 TRILLION OUT OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM WHICH GOES TO SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES. I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND WHEN THEY VOTED LAST NOVEMBER. THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY WERE PROMISED. THAT'S NOT WHAT EITHER OF THE TWO CANDIDATES PROMISED. THEY PROMISED TO DEAL WITH THIS INCOME INEQUALITY ISSUE. THEY PROMISED TO PROVIDE MORE HEALTH CARE, NOT LESS. THAT'S JUST ON THIS ONE SIDE OF IT. NEITHER PROMISED MASSIVE TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPERWEALTHY. IN FACT BOTH RAILED AGAINST THE WAY IN WHICH WE HAVE SEEN THOSE AT THE TOP OF THE HEAP BENEFIT THE REST WERE STAGNATED. BOTH CANDIDATES DID THAT. AND YET THE PROPOSAL THAT HAS BEEN BEEN PUT BEFORE THIS CONGRESS IN THE LAST 127 DAYS HAS BEEN QUITE THE OPPOSITE. THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, RIPPING AWAY HEALTH CARE BENEFITS FOR 248 MILLION AMERICANS AND NOW ON TOP OF IT, THIS BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN TO US. I WANT TO TAKE ANOTHER MOMENT, BECAUSE THIS ONE -- THIS ONE OUGHT TO BE CLOSE TO EVERY AMERICAN. IN THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PROPOSAL THERE IS A $7 BILLION REDUCTION FOR RESEARCH IN THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH. SO WHAT DOES THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH DO? IT DOES RESEARCH. IT DOES RESEARCH ON DISEASE. AND OVER THE YEARS, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS, BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, HAVE PUT FORTH PROPOSALS TO ADVANCE AND INCREASE THE RESEARCH IN HEALTH CARE. AND THE RESULT, THE RESULT OF THAT IS THIS. . AS I LOOKED AT THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL TO CUT $7 BILLION OUT OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH I THOUGHT WE OUGHT TO COME BACK TO THIS. DEATHS FROM MAJOR DISEASES OVER THE YEARS, BECAUSE WE HAVE INVESTED IN RESEARCH, WE HAVE SEEN BREAST CANCER DEATH DECEMBER CLINE BY 2%. PROSTATE CANCER, DECLINE BY 11%. HEART DISEASE, DECLINE BY 14%. STROKE, BY 23%. H.I.V. -- HIV-AIDS BY 22%. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU INVEST IN RESEARCH. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE TAKE THE TAXPAYER MONEY AND WE PUT IT INTO RESEARCH ON HEALTH AND MEDICAL ISSUES. TODAY, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH HAS $5 BILLION OF VALUABLE RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT CANNOT BE FUNDED. RESEARCH PROJECTS ON ALL OF THESE. AND SO THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES INSTEAD OF ADDING AN ADDITIONAL $5 BILLION, HE PROPOSES TO GIVE THAT $5 BILLION TO THE WEALTHIEST OF AMERICANS. THE TOP 40 FAMILIES IN AMERICA UNDER HIS PROPOSALS WOULD RECEIVE A $7 MILLION REDUCTION IN THEIR TAXES. AND I DARE SAY THAT FOUR OR FIVE OF THOSE FAMILIES ARE EITHER THE PRESIDENT'S FAMILY OR IN THE CABINET. THIS PURPLE LINE HERE, THIS ONE, OVER THE LAST YEAR WE'VE INCREASED THE FUNDING FOR ALZHEIMER'S FROM JUST OVER $500 MILLION TO JUST UNDER $1 BILLION. THIS ONE IS OUT OF CONTROL. EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA IS EXPERIENCING THE EFFECTS OF DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S. MY FAMILY. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW SPENT HER LAST THREE YEARS IN OUR HOME, AND DIED OF ALZHEIMER'S. NOT UNUSUAL. IN FACT, IT'S COMMON. WE KNOW THAT IF WE WERE TO SPEND, COINCIDENTLY, CANCER IS SOME $6 BILLION A YEAR FOR RESEARCH. HEART DISEASE, $5 BILLION. HIV-AIDS, ABOUT THREE. ALZHEIMER'S, ABOUT $900 MILLION. WE KNOW THAT IF WE WERE TO SPEND THE MONEY, WE COULD DELAY THE ONSET, DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE LIVES OF NOT ONLY INDIVIDUALS BUT OF THE FAMILIES, SO WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT PROPOSE. NOT ADDING $5 BILLION FOR RESEARCH THAT WE KNOW WOULD PROVIDE BENEFITS, EXTEND THE LIVES OF AMERICANS. HE PROPOSED A CUT BY $7 BILLION. IS THIS A STATEMENT OF HIS VALUES? OF WHAT HE THINKS IS IMPORTANT? OF HIS MORALITY? OF HIS ADMINISTRATION? ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, IN THE CLOAKROOMS, IT IS ARGUED AND OFTEN SAID IS THAT EACH AND EVERY BILL THAT PASSES HERE, EACH AND EVERY PROPOSAL THAT WE INTRODUCE, IS A STATEMENT OF OUR OWN PERSONAL SENSE OF MORALITY. OF WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG. OF VALUES. TODAY, I LOOKED AT THE HILL PAPERS, WHAT WE FONDLY CALL THE HILL RAGS, THREE OF THEM. THE TOP STORY IS NOT THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET. THE TOP STORY IS THE PRESIDENT'S SCANDALS. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS. THIS BUDGET IS THE REAL STORY. BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO LIVE ON. THIS IS WHAT WE WILL BE FIGHTING ABOUT, ALL THE ISSUES OF THE CAN DAL AND RUSSIA AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE DEALT BY OTHERS AND SOME OF OUR COMMITTEES. BUT THIS IS WHAT IS GOING TO AFFECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. IN THEIR HOMES, IN THEIR LIVES, IN THEIR HEALTH CARE, IN THEIR EDUCATION, AND IN THEIR JOBS. THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A BUDGET. AND IT IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT HE BELIEVES TO BE IMPORTANT. AND THAT IS A SCANDAL. JOINING ME TODAY IS ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM A NEARBY STATE. DEWPOINT TO JUMP INTO THIS -- DO YOU WANT TO JUMP INTO THIS? NEXT HOUR. OK. I COULD GO ON AND ON HERE. I SUPPOSE I PROMISED SOME THAT I WOULDN'T. THERE'S MUCH THAT WE CAN DO. THERE'S MUCH THAT WE NEED TO DO. WE HAVE GREAT NEEDS IN THE UNITED STATES. WE NEED AN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM. WE NEED A HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THAT PROVIDES BENEFIT OS ALL AND IN WHICH COSTS ARE CONTROLLED. WE HAVE A MILITARY, WE HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY. AND WE'LL DEBATE THESE THINGS, BUT I CANNOT LET A DAY GO BY WITHOUT CONTEMPLATING WHAT IT IS THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED TO AMERICA. NOT TO US, BUT TO AMERICA. AND IT'S NOT GOOD. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:21:58 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. ROS-LEHTINEN, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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  • 07:22:11 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. AND I'M SO GRATEFUL TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. ALBIO SIRES, THE RANKING MEMBER OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON WESTERN HEMISPHERE IN THE COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR JOINING ME TONIGHT FOR THIS SPECIAL ORDER WHICH IS REGARDING THE DETERIORATING SITUATION IN VENEZUELA. DEMONSTRATING NOT ONLY THE BIPARTISAN NATURE OF THIS ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER, BUT ALSO THE NEED FOR THE UNITED STATES AND SPECIFICALLY THE CONGRESS TO BE EVEN MORE ENGAGED. AS MR. SIRES KNOWS, WE WILL HEAR FROM HIM IN JUST A FEW MINUTES, THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA, AS YOU CAN SEE HERE, IS BECOMING MORE DESPERATE BY THE DAY. THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IS GETTING WORSE. IF ONE CAN IMAGINE THAT. THE MA DURO REGIME CONTINUES ITS -- THE MA DURE RAH REGIME CONTINUES -- THE MADURA REGIME CONTINUES ITS FLAY GRANT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND DESPITE THE LATEST ROUND OF SANCTIONS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS IMPOSED BY OUR EXCELLENT TREASURY DEPARTMENT, THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO TAKE MORE DECISIVE STEPS IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. MR. SPEAKER, AT LEAST 48 VENEZUELANS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN ALMOST TWO MONTHS OF PROTESTS, NONSTOP PROTESTS, AGAINST THE DICTATORSHIP RESPONSIBLE FOR A LITANY OF CRIMES. YOU CANNOT ENUMERATE THEM. HORRIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, DRUG TRAFFICKING, A RAPIDLY WORSENING HUMANITARIAN SITUATION, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON, MR. SPEAKER. VENEZUELANS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EVEN THE MOST BASIC OF NECESSITIES. WHICH MEANS WATER, FOOD, AND MEDICINE. NONE OF THAT EXISTS IN VENEZUELA. VENS LAY -- VENEZUELAN HUMANITARIAN SHORTAGES OF FOOD AND MEDICINE. PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE TO GET NOTHING. THE VENEZUELAN PHARMACEUTICAL FED CASE ESTIMATES THAT THE COUNTRY IS RUNNING SHORTAGES ON NEARLY EVERY NECESSARY MEDICAL ITEM. FOR THOSE FEW VENEZUELANS WHO COULD AFFORD TO PURCHASE MEDICINE, THEY ARE FORCED TO PAY EXORBITANT PRICES FOR SUPPLIES LIKE GAUZE. PAIN RELIEVERS. BAND-AIDS, AND THAT'S ONLY IF THEY'RE AVAILABLE IN THE FIRST PLACE, MR. SPEAKER. HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE TOLD US THAT THE SUPPLIES ARE BEING RAIDED, AND THEY'RE BEING SOLD ON THE BLACK MARKET. THE SITUATION IS NO BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD. LAST WEEK, A 46-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS KILLED BY SOLDIERS AS HE WAS ON HIS WAY HOME FROM BUYING DIAPERS FOR HIS BABY. KILLED. WHILE BUYING DIAPERS FOR HIS BABIES. WHY? BECAUSE DIAPERS ARE SCARCE COMMODITY. THEY'VE BEEN A SCARCE COMMODITY FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. IN VENEZUELA, A COUNTRY THAT WAS ABUNDANT IN NATURAL RESOURCES. EARLIER THIS WEEK, THIS VERY WEEK, A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SHOT AND KILLED FOR THE CRIME OF BUYING FLOUR. ONE STUDY REPORTS THAT 5% -- THAT 75% OF THE POPULATION OF VENEZUELA, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE, HAS LOST AN AVERAGE OF 19 POUNDS DUE TO FOOD SHORTAGES. EVEN OBTAINING WATER CAN BE AN EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION FOR THOSE WITHOUT RUNNING WATER AT HOME. THE SHORTAGES OF BASIC GOODS HAS LED TO MASSIVE LINES, HAS LED TO VIOLENCE, HAS LED TO LOOTING, AS PEOPLE HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY DESPERATE FOR THE BASIC MEAGER MEANS TO SURVIVE. WE'RE JUST TALKING ABOUT BASIC NECESSITIES, MR. SPEAKER. THIS TRAGIC HUMANITARIAN SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED, MR. SPEAKER, AND NO ONE IS MORE RESPONSIBLE THAN THE THUG WHO RULES VENEZUELA WITH AN IRON FIST, NICHOLAS MADURO AND HIS DESPOTIC REGIME. THE MADURO DICTATORSHIP PRESIDES OVER THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL RESERVES, YET HAS MANAGED TO RUN THE STATE OIL COMPANY AND THE ENTIRE ECONOMY INTO THE GROUND. SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK. COMMUNISM DOES NOT WORK. ONE NEED ONLY LOOK AT VENEZUELA. INSTEAD OF ALLOWING HUMANITARIAN RELIEF, THE REGIME HAS NATIONALIZED THE FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND PUT CORRUPT OFFICIALS IN CHARGE. WHAT COULD GO WRONG. EARLIER THIS MONTH, I LED A LETTER, ALONG WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ALBEE YO SIRES, AS WELL AS ELIOT ENGEL, THE RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND 12 OTHER CONGRESSIONAL COLLEAGUES JOINED MR. SIRES, MR. ENGEL, AND MYSELF, URGING THE ADMINISTRATION TO USE ITS VOICE, TO USE OUR VOTE, TO USE OUR INFLUENCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL TO DEMAND THAT VENEZUELAN AUTHORITIES ALLOW THE DELIVERY AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF HUMANITARIAN AID. WE WERE GIVING THEM WHAT THEY NEED. MADURO WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT. BUT I APPLAUD OUR U.S. AMBASSADOR AT THE U.N., NIKKI HALEY, FOR ORGANIZING A SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON VENEZUELA LAST WEEK, BUT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE, MR. SPEAKER. AS AMBASSADOR HALEY BRAVELY SAID, VENEZUELA IS ON THE EDGE OF A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. RIGHT HERE IN OUR HEMISPHERE. HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES MUST BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY IN VENEZUELA, WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM THE THUGGISH MADURO REGIME, AND DELIVER THE AID THAT THE PEOPLE SO DESPERATELY NEED. THE WORLD IS READY TO HELP VENEZUELA. NICHOLAS MADURO REFUSE THIS IS HELP. AND HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES MUST SAY TO MADURO, IF THEY ARE HINDERED IN ANY WAY, THEN THOSE RESPONSIBLE MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT. AND BEFORE I CONTINUE, MR. SPEAKER, TO ADDRESS THE MADURO REGIME'S ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN GREATER DETAIL, AND HOW THE UNITED STATES CAN BE A FORCE FOR GOOD IN VENEZUELA, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM NEW JERSEY, ALBIO SIRES, FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:29:28 PM

    MR. SIRES

    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. I WANT TO…

    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR PASSION AND YOUR COMMITMENT TO HELPING THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME PART OF THIS HOUR. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE ONGOING CRISIS IN VENEZUELA. WITH EVERY WEEK THAT PASSES WE SEE THE SITUATION IN VENEZUELA BECOME MANAGER CRITICAL. A COUNTRY WITH THE LARGEST KNOWN OIL RESERVES IS SPIRALING INTO A COLLAPSED STATE WHERE PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING JUST TO SURVIVE. JOURGISTS AND CITIZENS REPORT WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE SEE THE TENSION ARE GROWING AND GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES SHOOT FIRST AND DON'T BOTHER TO ASK QUESTIONS LATER. AND PRISONERS LIKE LOPEZ UNDER LOCK AND KEY TO SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THOSE TRYING TO QUESTION HIS ACTIONS. JUST YESTERDAY, WE SAW REPORTS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN WESTERN VENEZUELA BEING SET ABLAZE. MAKE NO MISTAKE, IT IS THE FAILED POLICY AND THE AUTHORITARIAN ACTION THAT HAS BROUGHT THIS PAIN AND SUFFERING UPON THE VEN WAIL AN PEOPLE. PRESS REPORTS SHOW THAT 800,000 BUSINESSES THAT OPENED DURING THE CHAVEZ REGIME, NEARLY 600,000 HAVE SHUT DOWN. BOTH THE OBAMA AND TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONS VRSAMPINGSED THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE ASSOCIATIONS WITH MICRO TRAFFICKING, MONEY LAUNDERING AND OTHER ILLICIT ACTIVITIES. JUST TODAY, THERE WAS AN REPORT THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS IN POSSESSION OF 5,000 SHOULDER LAUNCHED MISSILES THAT ARE TYPICALLY TO SHUT DOWN LOW-FLYING PLANES AND HELICOPTERS. LAST WEEK, SPANISH AUTHORITIES INTERDIFFICULTED A SHIPMENT OF SIX TONS OF COCAINE ENROUTE TO THEIR SHORES. WITH THE RECENT REVELATIONS, IT HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT ARE VEN WAILA'S GOVERNMENT IS A NARC OOF STATE AND FACILITATING THE SHIPMENT OF NARCOTICS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THESE SANCTIONS ARE NOT AGAINST THE THE PEOPLE BUT I CAREFULLY CRAFTED AND TARGETED TOWARDS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMMITTED TO DESTROYING THE LIVES OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY AND POWER. LAST WEEK, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY SANCTIONED MEMBERS OF THE VENEZUELA SUPREME COURT FOR THE RULING THAT STRIPPED POWER AWAY FROM THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. FURTHER SON SOLE DATING THE REGIME. HIS CRONIES CONTINUE TO GET RICH AS THEY TRAFFIC MONEY AND DRUGS WHILE DOING NOTHING TO HELP THE MILLIONS OF SUFRLING OF THE PEOPLE IN VENEZUELA. THEY LOOT THE PEOPLE AND THEY CONTINUE TO MAKE FRONT-PAGE NEWS THROUGHOUT THE REGION. HIS TACTICS ARE MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SURVIVE. MULTIPLE NEWS REPORTS CONFIRM A GROWING HEALTH CRISIS AS PEOPLE LACK CRISIS TO THE BASIC MEDICINE AND INFANT MORTALITY RIGHTS SUCH AS MALARIA AND THE ZIKA VIRUS ARE ALL ON THE RISE. IN ADDITION, NEARLY EVERY DAY, WE HEAR A -- WE HEAR YOUNG CHILDREN WHOSE LIVES ARE CUT SHOT WHETHER IT IS FROM A BULLET OR THE LACK OF ACCESS TO FOOD, WATER AND BASIC SERVICES. THAT IS WHY I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE EFFORTS OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE TONIGHT WHO HAVE SUPPORTED SEVERAL INITIATIVES IN CONGRESS WHO WORK TO HOLD THESE THUGS ACCOUNTABLE. MY COLLEAGUES AND I HAVE HELD HEARINGS AND SENT LETTERS AND MET WITH OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION TO WORK TOGETHER TO BRING SOUND RELIEF TO THE VENEZUELA WEAL AN PEOPLE. AND THEY ARE SPREADING PROPAGANDA. THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM IS CLEAR AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS STARTING TO UNIFY AGAINST HIM. THE SECRETARY GENERAL HAS WISELY CALL FOR HIS SUSPENSION FROM THE O.I.S. UNLESS PRISONERS AND HOILED ELECTIONS WITHOUT DELAY. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD AND CONTINUE TO INSIST THAT HE ABIDES BY INTERNATIONAL NORMS AND GIVE THE PEOPLE THE FREEDOM THEY DESERVE. I THANK MY DEAR FRIEND FROM FLORIDA AND THE OTHER MEMBERS HERE TONIGHT FOR THEIR RELENTLESS COMMITMENT TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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  • 07:35:31 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU, MR. SIRES AND THANK YOU FOR ELOQUENT STATEMENTS ON BEHALF OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SIRES AND THANK YOU FOR ELOQUENT STATEMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE EMBATTLED PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. AND BEFORE I YIELD TO ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR WESTERN HEMISPHERE MEMBER, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE CONTINUING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES AND THE DETERIORATING SITUATION IN VENEZUELA. AS WE HEARD FROM MR. SIR RESS, WE ARE DEALING WITH A CORRUPT DICTATORSHIP. AT LEAST 42 DEAD, 90 ARRESTED SINCE MARCH 2017. YOU CAN SEE IT IN THIS POSTER. AND THIS IS A DICTATORSHIP THAT WILL GO TO LENGTHS TO MAINTAIN ITS TIGHT GRIP ON POWER AND SILENCE THE OPPOSITION BY TEAR GAS, BY REAL BULLETS, BY INTIMIDATION. THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE DYING ON THE STREETS FROM THE VIOLENCE OF THE REGIME. THEY ARE DYING ON THE STREETS FROM STARVATION AND LACK OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES, YET THEY STILL RISK THEIR LIVES. THIS GOES ON EACH AND EVERY DAY IN VENEZUELA THEY GO OUT ONTO THE STREETS AND DEMONSTRATE TO THE WORLD THEY WILL NOT BE SILENCED AND WHAT THEY DESIRE IS FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AND WHAT THEY DESIRE IS NOTHING LESS AND NOTHING MORE THAN THEIR GOD-GIVEN HUMAN RIGHTS. THE VERY SAME INTANGIBLES THAT MANY HERE TAKE FOR GRANTED BECAUSE WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. BUT THE IDEALS THAT WE ESPOUSE, OUR ALIVE AND WELL IN THE STREETS OF VENEZUELA. THEY ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE REGIME'S ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL AND DEMOCRATIC ORDER. LIKE CHAVEZ BEFORE HIM, HE HAS A HORRIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD INCLUDING RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, RESTRICTIONS ON THE PRESS, WIDESPREAD ARBITRARY DETENTIONS AND KILLINGS, TORTURE, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ON VENEZUELA OUR OWN STATE DEPARTMENT NOTED HOW THE REGIME HAS MISUSED THE JUDICIARY TO UNDERMINE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, A BODY OVERWHELMING MANIPULATED BY THE OPPOSITION. SINCE DECEMBER OF 2015 AND THIS OPPOSITION HAS RISEN TO POWER, THANKS TO THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE , SO WHAT DID HE SAY? WELL, HIS SUPREME COURT NULLIFIED ALMOST EVERY ACTION TAKEN BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY INCLUDING REFUSING TO ALLOW LAWMAKERS TO TAKE THEIR STREETS IN THE LEGISLATURE TO OVERTURN LAWS. AND WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON WESTERN HEMISPHERE, MR. DUNCAN TONIGHT, BUT THIMPINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE SINCE THAT TIME. IN MARCH, THE REGIME CONTROLLED SUPREME TRIBUNAL OF JUSTICE, A SAD NAME, RULED THAT IT WOL RULE THE AND SAID WE ARE THE STATE. WHO NEEDS THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THAT IS MANIPULATED. WE NULLIFY ITS ACTIONS AND WE WILL ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITY AND WHAT THE TRIBUNAL SAID, THEY HAD TO BACK TRACK ALMOST IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THE ASSEMBLY WAS SO LOUD. IT PARTIALLY REVERSED ITS LEGISLATION BUT THE DAMAGE WAS ALREADY DONE. THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA HAD A PROOF IN THE BREAK OF THE ORDER. PROTESTS HAVE BEEN BEEN GOING ON DAY AFTER DAY, DAY AFTER DAY AS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS TO DEMAND RELIEF FROM THE REPRESSION. ACCORDING TO THE "NEW YORK TIMES," BEFORE THESE PROTESTS BEGAN, THEY ARRESTED 6,8 THE 93 PEOPLE, JAILED 433 FOR POLITICAL REASONS, JUST IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. AND THERE ARE AT LEAST 175 POLITICAL PRISONERS BEHIND BARS TODAY INCLUDING LOPEZ AND SAVAREZ. A UNITED STATES CITIZEN IS BEING UNJUSTLY HELD FOR NEARLY A YEAR. I WROTE A LETTER TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT ABOUT JOSHUA'S CASE. HIS HEALTH HAS DETERIORATED OVER THE LAST MONTH. I URGE THE STATE DEPARTMENT TO SECURE HIS UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE. WE WERE HUMBLED TO MEET WITH JOSHUA HOLTZ'S MOM. DESPITE THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, THE BEATINGS, THE VIOLENCE, THE MURDERS AND REPRESSION AND POLITICAL PRISONERS, DESPITE ALL OF THIS, THE PEOPLE ARE REFUSING TO BE SILENT AND THEY ARE RISING UP AND PROTESTING. THIS IS JUST AMAZING. AND WITH THAT, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD AND HONORED TO YIELD SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME TO MY GOOD FRND, MR. CASTRO OF TEXAS. WELCOME, MR. CASTRO.

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  • 07:41:43 PM

    MR. CASTRO

    SEE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DUNCAN. THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE IN DIRE NEED…

    SEE SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DUNCAN. THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE IN DIRE NEED OF HUMIDITY ASSISTANCE TO ENDIRE CRITICAL FOOD AND THE VIOLENCE IN THE VENEZUELA ARE REACHING A BREAKING POINT. THREE OUT OF FOUR HAVE LOST SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT IN THE LAST YEAR DUE TO FOOD SHORTAGES. IN 2016, THE NATION SUFFERED A HOMICIDE RATE OF 91.8 OF 100,000 PEOPLE MAKING IT THE MOST SECOND VIOLENT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE THE REASON TO BELIEVE MORE OF THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA WANT TO LEAVE. LAST YEAR, THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES SAID COLOMBIA SHOULD EXPECT AN INFLUX THAT COULD COMPLICATE THIS CRITICAL TIME. MEANWHILE, THE PRESIDENT'S GOVERNMENT IS TAKING ACTION IN VIOLATION OF VENEZUELA WALL A'S OWN CONSTITUTION. SINCE IT ATTEMPTED TO DISSOLUTIONED THE CONSTITUTION. THERE IS A BRUTAL CRACKDOWN FROM GOVERNMENT SECURITY FORCES. THE BEST OUTCOME IS THE PEACEFUL RETURN TO FREE AND FREE ELECTIONS. THE UNITED STATES IS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO WORK ALONG SIDE OUR ALLIES IN THE UNITED NATIONS TO HOLD THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE AND PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. PRESIDENT TRUMP AUTHORIZED SANCTIONS WHO ATTEMPTED TO SHUT DOWN THE LEGISLATURE. WHILE U.S. SANCTIONS IN THE REGIME ARE JUSTIFIED, SANCTIONS WORK BEST WHEN IMPLEMENTED MULTI LATERALLY. UNILATERAL ACTIONS ARE NOL SUBSTITUTE FOR PRESSURE. THEY HAVE SCHEDULED AR MEETING IN VENEZUELA WALLA TO TAKE PLACE ON MAY 31 HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,. THIS MEETING PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AND THE NEIGHBORS TO RETURN TO DEMOCRACY AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. I HOPE REX TILLERSON WILL REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES AND DEMONSTRATE OUR SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I CHOSE TO JOIN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE COMMITTEE IS BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN LATIN AMERICA THAT DON'T GET THE ATTENTION THAT DESERVES IN THE UNITED STATES. AND THERE IS A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN WESTERN HEMISPHERE. AND THERE ARE MANY CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD. WE KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF THE WAR IN SYRIA AND UNREST IN THE REGION, EUROPE, HAS FACED ITS LARGEST MIGRATION CRISIS IN WORLD WAR I 1. AND BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ATTEND TO THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR OWN BACK YARD, SO TO SPEAK. THANK EACH OF YOU BEING HERE TO SPEAK UP ON THIS ISSUE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN VENEZUELA AND THE CRISIS THEY ARE GOING THROUGH. I YIELD BACK. .

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  • 07:45:46 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE PLEASED MR. CASTRO HAS JOINED US IN…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE PLEASED MR. CASTRO HAS JOINED US IN THIS BATTLE FOR DEMOCRACY, FOR THE RULE OF LAW, IN OUR HEMISPHERE. HIS VOICE IS A VALIANT ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE HEARD AND IS ALWAYS PRESENT WHENEVER THE STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS MENTIONED. SO THANK YOU, MR. CASTRO, FOR THIS STANCE TODAY AND FOR THE STANCE THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN ON BEHALF OF BELEAGUERED PEOPLE IN OUR HEMISPHERE EVERY DAY. AND NOW, MR. SIRES AND I ARE SO THANKFUL THAT OUR SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, MR. DUNCAN OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HAS JOINED US. AS I MENTIONED, MR. SPEAKER, MR. SIRES IS THE RANKING MEMBER OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE, AND MR. DUNCAN IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THAT SUBCOMMITTEE. A VALIANT VOICE FOR FREEDOM THAT MUST BE HEARD. MR. DUNCAN, AS MUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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  • 07:46:40 PM

    MR. DUNCAN

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN. FORMER CHAIRMAN DOCTOR CHAIRWOMAN OF THE…

    I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN. FORMER CHAIRMAN DOCTOR CHAIRWOMAN OF THE FULL COMMITTEE WHEN I FIRST CAME TO CONGRESS. A REAL LEADER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISSUES, FOCUSED ON CUBA AND VENEZUELA. BEEN A REAL MENTOR TO ME. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER WORK ON THIS, GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TONIGHT. AGAIN, RANKING MEMBER SIRES HAS BEEN A CHAMPION ON OUR SUBCOMMITTEE. I WANT TO ECHO THE WORDS ABOUT MR. COST ROW AS WELL. WE'VE GOT A GREAT SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE FOCUSING ON FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. AND WHAT WE SEE IN VENEZUELA IS ALARMING AS WELL AS IT IS SADDENING. WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT VENEZUELANS WHO ARE SCROUNGING FOR FOOD IN THE DUMPSTERS, EATING DOMESTICATED ANIMALS, EVEN FLAMINGOS. PEOPLE THAT ARE HUNGRY BECAUSE THE SOCIALISTIC POLICIES OF THE MADURO AND THE PREVIOUS CHAVEZ REGIME HAS NOT WORKED IN VENEZUELA. A COUNTRY THAT HAS BOUNTIFUL NATURAL RESOURCES. MORE OIL THAN SAUDI ARABIA OR AMERICA. SHOULD BE LEADING THIS HEMISPHERE IN ECONOMICS. BUT YET BECAUSE OF THE POLICIES OF THE CHAVEZ AND MADURO GOVERNMENTS THIS EPEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE CONTINUING TO BE OPPRESSED. THIS WEEKEND, MORE THAN 2,000 VENEZUELANS TOOK TO THE STREETS MARK, I THINK, THE 50TH DAY OF PROTESTS AGAINST THIS REGIME. YANG OF ANY OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE THIS FOE DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA, OTHER THAN A REGIME. BECAUSE THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE ARE STANDING UP AND CALLING FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT. THEY'RE CALLING FOR MORE DEMOCRACY. TRUE DEMOCRACY. REPRESENTATION. IN THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. FREEDOMS THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. FREEDOMS OF SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE. THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY. THE RIGHT TO PETITION THEIR GOVERNMENT FOR GRIEVANCES. AND THEY'VE GOT SOME GRIEVANCES AGAINST THE MADUR OH REGIME. YET MADUR CONTINUES TO OPPRESS THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE. IT'S NOT UNLIKE WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN CUBA. FOLKS, SOCIALISM DOESN'T WORK, IT'S NOT WORKING IN VENEZUELA RKS AND THEY'RE A PRIME EXAMPLE. BUT MADURO DOESN'T WANT TO LISTEN TO HIS OWN PEOPLE IN VENEZUELA AND CALL FOR NEW, DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS, WHERE THE PEOPLE ELECT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO CONGRESS AND TO THE PRESIDENCY. BUT HE HAS CALLED FOR ELECTIONS, AND HE SAID JUST RECENTLY, VOTES ARE BULLETS. WHAT DO THE PEOPLE WANT, MADURO ASKED A CRUD OF RED-SHIRTED SUPPORTERS WAVING VENEZUELA FLAGS AT THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. VOTES OR BULLETS. IS THAT HOW WE TALK ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN A TRUE DEMOCRACY? I SAY NO. I TELL THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE, AMERICA STANDS WITH YOU AS YOU APPROACH DEMOCRACY. IT'S TIME FOR MORE PEOPLE IN THIS HEMISPHERE AND THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, ALL THE MEMBER COUNTRIES, TO STAND WITH THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE AND CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT IN VENEZUELA THROUGH PEACEFUL MEANS, DEMOCRATIC MEANS, THAT THEIR CONSTITUTION CALLS FOR. BUT YET MADURO IS IGNORING THE CONSTITUTION HE GOT THE SUPREME COURT TO GO ALONG WITH HIM TO DISCOUNT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THERE. AND LUCKILY THEY REVERSED COURSE ON THAT BECAUSE THEY REALIZED THE WORLD WAS WATCHING. AN THE WORLD WAS SAYING THAT'S NOT HOW DEMOCRACIES OPERATE. THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE NEED THE SUPPORT OF THE WORLD. AND I CALL ON THE WORLD TODAY TO COME TO THE BACK, STANDING WITH, WATCHING THE BACKS OF THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE. BECAUSE MADURO HAS TOLD HIS SNIPERS TO GET READY. TOLD HIS SNIPERS TO GET READY TO ATTACK THE PROTESTERS THAT ARE PROTESTING THE SUPPOSED DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENT. WOW. WOW. SO I WANT TO THANK THE CHAIRWOMAN, I WANT TO THANK AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY, FORMER GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHO HAS STOOD STRONG AS AM LASS DOR -- AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N. FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, I WANT TO THANK HER FOR STANDING WITH THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE, FOR DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES. I WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE IN THIS CHAMBER, INCLUDING MY RANKING MEMBER, FOR HAVING STERN AND DIRECT CONVERSATIONS WITH THE O.A.S. ABOUT VENEZUELA. I WANT TO THANK ARGENTINA FOR WHAT THEY DONE STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE. THESE ARE COUNTRIES THAT UNDERSTAND THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. I WANT TO THANK BRAZIL FOR ACTUALLY ALLOWING THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS TO WORK IN THE COUNTRY OF BRAZIL THROUGH AN IMPEACHMENT OF THEIR PRESIDENT AND ALLOWING THE DEMOCRATIC FORCES TO WORK TO RETURN BACK TO A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO STAND WITH OUR FRIENDS ABOUT DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES HERE. SNIPERS? THAT'S NOT HOW WE OPERATE. THANKS FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND I YIELD BACK, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

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  • 07:52:26 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SIRES IS RECOGNIZED PURSUANT TO THE…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. MR. SIRES IS RECOGNIZED PURSUANT TO THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. SIRES, FOR MINUTES.

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  • 07:52:41 PM

    MR. SIRES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND MY CHAIRMAN OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE FOR ALWAYS BEING PRESENT ON ALL THE IMPORTANT ISSUES, HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. AND OF COURSE I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN FOR HER PASSION AND DETERMINATION TO BRING DEMOCRACY TO VENEZUELA. BEFORE I RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, MARIO DIAZ-BALART, I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT VENEZUELA BASICALLY HAS TAKEN A PAGE OUT OF THE CASTRO BROTHERS. THIS IS HOW THE PROCESS IN CUBA STARTED. 55 YEARS LATER, THERE'S NOTHING BUT OPPRESSION, NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, NO ELECTION. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY ABOUT 30,000 CUBANS IN VENEZUELA RUNNING THE SECURITY APPARATUS. BUT I WANT THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE FIGHTING ALONG WITH THEM. WE ARE TALKING TO ALL THE PRESIDENTS, ALL THE LEADERS IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE TO PUT PRESSURE ON VENEZUELA TO DEVELOP THEIR DEMOCRACY AND STOP THE ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN VENEZUELA. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND FROM FLORIDA WHO IS ALSO A FIGHTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, WHO HAS BEEN ALWAYS IN THE FOREFRONT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, MARIO DIAZ-BALART.

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  • 07:54:34 PM

    MR. DIAZ-BALART

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME FIRST START BY THANKING THE LEADERSHIP,…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. LET ME FIRST START BY THANKING THE LEADERSHIP, THE STEADFAST, NEVER CONFUSED LEADERSHIP OF CONGRESSMAN ALBIO SIRES, HE'S A MAN WHO I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TRAVELING WITH THIS MAN TO EASTERN EUROPE, WHERE HE IS KNOWN THERE, AS HE IS IN THE UNITED STATES, AS ONE WHO IS ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR THOSE WHO ARE REPRESSED, OPPRESSED, AROUND THE WORLD. WHICH IS WHY THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA KNOW THEY CAN COUNT ON CONGRESSMAN SIRES FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND THANK YOU, SIR, FOR NEVER GIVING UP, NEVER FIGHTING, NEVER FORGETTING THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING UNDER REPRESSION. YOU MENTIONED CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, SHE'S A GIANT A GIANT IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS, A GIANT FOR NOT ONLY THINGS OBVIOUSLY AFFECT US HERE DEMOASTCALLY BECAUSE THESE FIGHTING FOR THOSE, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE THE LEAST FORTUNATE IN OUR SOCIETY. BUT IF THERE'S SOMEBODY WHO IS KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY AS A FIGHTER FOR THOSE WHO AGAIN ARE STRUGGLING FOR FREEDOM, IT'S ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN. I THANK YOU ALSO, MR. SIRES, FOR MENTIONING THE CHAIR OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. WE JUST HEARD FROM HIM, A PERSON WHO AGAIN IS ON THE SAME TRACK OF ALWAYS MAKING SURE THAT -- HE MAKES THE UNITED STATES LOOK GOOD. BY NEVER FORGETTING HUMAN RIGHTS AS A FUNDAMENTAL PILLAR OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY. THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA ARE DEMONSTRATING WHY THEY ARE -- THAT THEY ARE IN FACT THE HEIRS OF SIMON BOLIVAR. THEY ARE SHOWING WITH 50 KAY DAYS OF CONSECUTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE STREETS THAT THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO ACCEPT REPRESSION. THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO ACCEPT ANY MORE OF THIS DICTATORSHIP. THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO ACCEPT AS MR. SIRES MENTIONED, IN ESSENCE, A TAKEOVER FROM THE CUBAN REGIME OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY OF VENEZUELA. AND THEY ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF THAT ACTIVISM, OF THAT BRAVERY OF HITTING THE STREETS. ALMOST 50 OF THEM HAVE BEEN MURDERED SINCE THIS LAST NUMBER OF DEMONSTRATIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE. NOT TO MENTION THE DOZENS UPON DOZENS OF POLITICAL PRISONERS, WHETHER IT'S POLITICAL LEADERS, MAYORS, WHO ARE IN PRISON BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT WILLING TO STAND BY WHILE THEIR COUNTRY IS -- HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THIS HORRENDOUS NARCOTERRORIST, MURDEROUS, DICTATORSHIP. FRANKLY, I'M HERE TO COMMEND THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE AND LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE NOT ALONE. THAT WE STAND WITH THEM. THAT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS STANDS WITH THEM. BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T END AS I STARTED, MR. SPEAKER, BY THANKING THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SPOKEN ALREADY. THE GIANT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE WHO NEVER GETS CONFUSED AND WHO IS ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO REGAIN OR GAIN THEIR FREEDOM, AND YES, ALBIO SIRES WHO I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING NOT ONLY HOW HE IS RECOGNIZED HERE IN THIS CONGRESS BY HIS COLLEAGUES AS A TRUE FREEDOM FIGHTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, BUT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO TRAVEL WITH HIM AND SEE THAT WHENEVER YOU GO ANYWHERE WITH ALBIO SIRES, HE IS ALSO RECOGNIZED AROUND THE WORLD AS THE CHAMPION FOR FREEDOM. SO WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO SPEND THIS TIME WITH YOU. THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR NOT FORGETTING THE STRUGGLE OF VENEZUELA. I KNOW THAT YOU'VE DONE IT IN YOUR COMMITTEE, YOU'VE DONE IT IN YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE, AND THIS CONGRESS IS GRATEFUL AND THIS MEMBER OF CONGRESS IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND I KNOW THAT THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE WHO ARE SHOWING INCREDIBLE BRAVERY KNOW, AND HISTORY WILL RECORD, THAT IN THEIR TOUGHEST MOMENT, WHEN THEY WERE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE, ALL OF YOU AND THIS CONGRESS STOOD WITH THEM. SO WITH THAT, THANK YOU, MR. SIRES FOR YIELDING ME PART OF YOUR TIME, AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK TO YOU. THANK YOU, SIR.

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  • 07:58:49 PM

    MR. SIRES

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PASSION AND ALL YOUR EFFORT…

    THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PASSION AND ALL YOUR EFFORT ON BEHALF OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT THE MOST, THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA. I'D JUST LIKE TO END BY SAYING, I REMEMBER YEARS AGO WHEN SPAIN WENT THROUGH A 39-YEAR -- WENT THROUGH 39 YEARS OF DICTATORSHIP. IN THE FRANCO ERA. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED, THEY WERE ABLE TO DEVELOP DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN WAS THE FACT THAT ALL THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES GOT TOGETHER AND HELPED, AND ASSISTED IN DEVELOPING A DEMOCRACY IN SPAIN. I THINK THE SAME THING NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THIS REGION. THE COUNTRIES OF -- AROUND VENEZUELA HAVE TO DEMAND THAT VENEZUELA RELEASE ITS POLITICAL PRISONERS THAT IT -- PRISONERS, THAT IT HAS ELECTIONS, FREE ELECTIONS, AND STOP THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. AFTER ALL, IT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST THAT A STABLE VENEZUELA IS GOOD FOR A STABLE REGION. AND WITH THAT, I'D LIKE WITH THAT I'D LIKE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MS. ROSS LET. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ALWAYS FOR YOUR PASSION. YOU ARE THE LITTLE GIANT OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THIS CONGRESS. I THANK YOU. AND MY COLLEAGUE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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  • 08:00:36 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEWOMAN --

  • 08:02:00 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

  • 08:02:10 PM

    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

    MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THAT THE HOUSE DO ADJOURN NOW.

  • 08:02:13 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    DO ADJOURN NOW.

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