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House Session - June 22, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:08 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:12 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Earl L. "Buddy" Carter to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:13 AM

        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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      • 10:00:21 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 22, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 22, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EARL L. CARTER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:32 AM

    MORNING-HOUR DEBATE

    The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

    • 10:00:38 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

      PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM 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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    • 10:01:12 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, WHICH WE'LL CONSIDER ON THE FLOOR THIS CHAMPION. I PROUDLY CHAMPION -- ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. I'M PROUDLY CHAMPIONING THIS BILL. AMERICA IS READY FOR WAIN. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE HOUSE EDUCATION WORK FORCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER BOBBY SCOTT FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEAD, REPRESENTATIVE RAJA KRYSTAL GRINER, AND MY COLLEAGUE AND C.T. CAUCUS CO-CHAIR JIM LANGEVIN. I ALSO TO THANK CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS, LEADER MCCARTHY AND STEVE SCALISE, WHO REMAINS IN AWFUL OUR PRAYERS FOR A FULL RECOVERY. THIS LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE WRUNGS FROM THE LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOB. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS THE STIGMA AND BIAS AGAINST IT. WE'VE SEEN WRONG-HEADED CLAIMS THAT STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE TRADES LACK AMBITION. THESE MISPLACED ASSUMPTIONS ARE SLOWLY SUBSIDING, BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH. WE'VE ALSO SEEN STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR SOME STUDENTS. C.T.E., OR SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION, HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF A PATH THAT MANY HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS PURSUE IN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND HANDS ON SKILLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND THE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION OR IN COLLEDGE. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS WE'LL BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP THAT EXISTS IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE GOOD JOBS OUT THERE BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED AND TRAINED TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE ALL MET YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN INSPIRED IN CLASSROOM SETTING. WE HAVE ALL KNOWN PEOPLE WHO LOST JOBS AND UNDEREMPLOYED AND ARE LOOKING FOR GOOD-PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE ASPIRING FOR A PROMOTION BUT KEEP FALLING SHORT YEAR AFTER YEAR. AND WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. MAYBE THEIR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN LIVING IN POVERTY FOR GENERATIONS FOR SO LONG THEY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT PUT THEM THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS BILL IS FOR EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE. WE HAVE HEARD THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY NEED TO GET AHEAD, THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. WE HAVE SEEN THEIR FRUSTRATION. MANY ARE STUCK IN A JOB MARKET THAT TRANSFORMED QUICKLY DUE TO ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND THEY'VE BEEN LEFT BEHIND. THIS BILL WILL CHANGE THAT. IT PUTS EMPHASIS ON ADVANCING POLICIES THAT PROMOTE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE HOUSE PASSING IT THIS AFTERNOON. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT SO EVERYONE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:04:55 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:05:04 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE RULING PARTY IN PUERTO RICO STAGED AN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE RULING PARTY IN PUERTO RICO STAGED AN ELECTION AND THEY'RE VERY PROUD OF THE RESULTS. THEY SAY 97% OF THE PUERTO RICANS SUPPORT STATEHOOD AND THE UNITED STATES SHOULD GRANT STATEHOOD RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE OF IT. THEY GOT 97%, THE KIND OF NUMBERS PUTIN JEALOUS AND SADDAM HUSSEIN GREEN WITH ENVY IF HE WASN'T DEAD ALREADY. THE REASON THEY GOT 97% OF THE VOTE IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME REASON, ONLY ONE POLITICAL PARTY PARTICIPATED. OTHERS THOUGHT IT WAS SO RIGGED AND SO PREDETERMINED FOR THE OUTCOME THE SPONSORS WANTED THEY DIDN'T EVEN THINK IT WAS WORTH TAKING AND PARTICIPATING. AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF PUERTO RICANS AGREE, ONLY 23% OF THE PEOPLE VOTED. 77% BOYCOTTED THE ELECTION BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WORTH THEIR TIME. AND THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. BUT I GUESS IN THE ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS AND MADE UP STATISTICS ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND YOUR INAUGURATION YOU CAN TRY TO MAKE A ONE-PARTY VOTE OF 23% OF THE PEOPLE LOOK LIKE A MANDATE FOR STATEHOOD. BUT I'M HERE TO WARN MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS NOT TO BELIEVE THE HYPE FOR ONE SECOND. THOSE WHO ARE PENDLING THE FANTASY OF STATEHOOD SOMETIMES CALL THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS BUT WE SHOULD BE WARE OF AN ELEPHANT IN DONKEY CLOTHING. LET'S LOOK AT THE PARTY HERE IN WASHINGTON. OUR RES. DEPARTMENT COMMISSIONER IS A REPUBLICAN WHO CAUCUSED WITH THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN THE HOUSE. SHE'S A PROUD SUPPORTER OF DONALD TRUMP AND GOES AROUND WITH STEVE KING AND OTHER MEMBERS WHO WE SAY AREN'T TOO FRIENDLY TO LATINO AND LATINO CAUSES, MUCH LESS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LINE. THE GOVERNOR'S WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE IS HEADED BY A REPUBLICAN WHO WAS APPOINTED TO THE POSITION BY THE GOVERNOR AFTER SERVING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIGHT-WING POLITICAL ORGANIZATION CALLED LATINO PARTNERSHIP FOR CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, INFAMOUS FOR ITS CONSTANT BASHING OF, YES, PRESIDENT OBAMA. THAT'S WHO'S PUSHING FOR STATEHOOD IN D.C. WHICH MAKES ME WONDER WHY ANY DEMOCRAT WOULD BE EMBRATESING THEM, ESPECIALLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE D.N.C., UNLESS, OF COURSE, AS THE MEDIA REPORTS, IT'S A PAYBACK FOR D.N.C. CHAIRMANSHIP. AND AS THE LEADER OF THE STATEHOOD PARTY, THE QUOTE-UNQUOTE DEMOCRAT, HIS CONSERVATIVE RECORD SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF EVEN THOUGH HE'S BEEN IN OFFICE FOR LESS THAN A YEAR. HE SIDED FOR THE BONDHOLDERS AND VOTERS OF CAPITAL FUNDS AND OPPOSING ANY DEBT RESTRUCTURING FOR PUERTO RICO SAYING PUERTO RICO SHOULD PAY ITS DEBT IN FULL TO WALL STREET SPECULATORS IN SPITE OF CUTS FOR POLICE, FIRE, PENSIONS, ROADS AND SCHOOLS. HE HOSTED -- HE HOSTED THE G.O.P. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEN CARSON AND THE GOVERNOR OPPOSES LGBT RIGHTS AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND TOWN HALL, THE UBERCONSERVATIVE DEMOCRAT, PRAISES HIM FOR HIS CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO HELPING BONDHOLDERS OVER SCHOOLCHILDREN. AND THE GOVERNOR HAS WITHHELD HIS CRITICISM OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHICH FEW DEMOCRATS ARE ABLE TO RESIST AND FOR LATINO DEMOCRATS IS DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE AND UNLESS HE'S PLAYING THE DEMOCRATIC ROLE TO GET AHEAD. WHEN CONFRONTING THE OBVIOUS, TRUMP DENIGRATED MEXICANS, PROMISED TO BUILD A WALL TO KEEP LATINOS OUT AND THE GOVERNOR RESPONDED SAYING OF THE PRESIDENT, MY VIEW I DON'T KNOW HE'S ANTI-LATINO. OBVIOUSLY I HEARD SOME DEROGATORY REMARKS BUT I DON'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY AND IT DOESN'T DETER ME. INSTEAD OF SPENDING MONEY TO HELP CHILDREN WHOSE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING, TO FIX ROADS THAT ARE FALLING APART OR TO PAY DOCTORS ENOUGH TO PREVENT THEM FROM LEAVING PUERTO RICO AND GOING TO FLORIDA, IT SEEMS THE ENTIRE PUERTO RICAN GOVERNMENT IS NOW DEDICATED TO PURSUING THE UNLIKELY CHANCE OF STATEHOOD. IT IS CERTAINLY USEFUL AS A DISTRACTION FROM WHAT THE GOVERNOR AND HIS D.C. OPERATIVES ARE DOING. MR. SPEAKER, I SAID THIS BEFORE. I HOPE TO BE BURIED ONE DAY ON THAT BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO, BUT WHEN I'M BURIED I HOPE IT HAPPENS IN A FREE, SOVEREIGN NATION THAT'S THROWN OFF THE YOKE OF COLONIALISM AND DEPENDENCE JUST AS THIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE COUNTRY IN WHICH I WAS BORN IN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY. IN THE MEANTIME, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO WARN MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS THAT THEY SHOULD BE -- THEY SHOULD GET NO MORE IN BED WITH THE STATEHOODERS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP OF RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVES WITH AN AGENDA.

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    • 10:09:56 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:10:02 AM

      MR. JONES

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGAIN AM ON THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT A…

      MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGAIN AM ON THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT A WASTE OF LIFE, A WASTE OF MONEY IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE BEEN THERE 16 YEARS AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AGREE WITH ME THAT IT IS TIME TO DEBATE OUR COUNTRY'S LONGEST WAR IN RESPONSE I, ALONG WITH JOHN GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA, INTRODUCED H.R. 1666 IN HOPES OF FORCING THAT DISCUSSION. I'M NOT ASKING FOR MEMBERS OR LEADERSHIP TO AGREE WITH THE BILL ITSELF OR TO VOTE EVEN -- EVEN VOTE FOR IT, BUT I AM ASKING THAT WE BE ABLE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF A DEBATE. WE HAVE NOT DEBATED OUR ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2001. MEMBERS CAN EITHER VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE BILL. JUST GIVE THE HOUSE A DEBATE AFTER 16 YEARS. AFGHANISTAN IS A FAILED POLICY. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A FEW SENTENCES OF AN EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED THIS WEEK FROM A GREAT AMERICAN, MY FRIEND AND UNOFFICIAL ADVISOR. THE 31ST COMMANDANT OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS CHUCK GRULACK, REGARDING HIS THOUGHTS ON AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, I QUOTE. 16 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN AFGHANISTAN. 16 YEARS FIGHTING IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS REALLY NEVER SEEN PEACE. 16 YEARS WITH FLUCTUATING STRENGTHS STRAINED FROM 100,000 TO 5,000. WITH NO DEFINITION TO WHO WE ARE FIGHTING, AL QAEDA, TALIBAN OR ISIS. YOU PICK THEM. WITH NO STRATEGY, NO STRONG REASON FOR ENTERING THE FRAY. NO REAL MEASURE OF EFFECTIVENESS. NO USE OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. NO SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES. A WEAK GOVERNMENT. NO EXIT STRATEGY. AND FIGHTING A WAR THAT IS UNWINNABLE IN ANY REAL SENSE OF THE WORD. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS DISAPPOINTING WHEN THE PRESIDENT, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF INCREASES THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, SECRETARY MATTIS. THERE IS MORE REASON TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. THAT IS THE REASON WHY SPEAKER RYAN SHOULD INSTRUCT COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE TO COME FORWARD WITH A NEW AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE. WHERE IS THE CONGRESS? DON'T WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DEBATE WAR IF WE ARE GOING TO SEND A PARENT'S YOUNG MAN OR WOMAN DIE FOR OUR COUNTRY? I THINK WE DO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. IN CLOSING, I AM GOING TO SHARE ANOTHER QUOTE FROM GENERAL GRULACK, THE FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS. I QUOTE, I GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID YEARS AGO, AFGHANISTAN CANNOT BE VIEWED THROUGH THE SAME LENS OF A TRUE NATION STATE OR A TRUE COUNTRY. IT IS FRAGMENTED, TRIBAL, CONTROLLED BY WARLORDS, ECONOMICALLY A BASKET CASE, NO REAL GOVERNMENT OUTSIDE OF KABUL, AND THAT IS QUESTIONABLE, A POORLY ORGANIZED AND LED ARMY WHO WILL SHOOT AT AMERICANS AS WELL AS THE ENEMY, AND NO SENSE OF WHAT THE COUNTRY WANTS TO BE. NO ONE HAS EVER CONCURRED AFGHANISTAN, AND MANY HAVE -- CONQUERED AFGHANISTAN AND MANY HAVE TRIED. WE WILL JOIN THE LIST OF NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED AND FAILED. AFGHANISTAN IS THE ORIGINALIN OF WHACK-A-MOLE. WHETHER IT'S AL QAEDA, ISIS OR TALIBAN, YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM IN A GEOGRAPHIC AREA. THEY WILL JUST POP UP SOMEWHERE ELSE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY MANY OF US IN THIS CONGRESS IN BOTH PARTIES FEEL WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I HAVE BESIDE ME A FLAG-DRAPED COFFIN BEING TAKEN OFF A PLANE AT DOVER. MY QUESTION IS THIS, HOW MANY MORE FLAG-DRAPED COFFINS ARE WE GOING TO SEE WHEN WE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN? WITHOUT ONE WORD FROM CONGRESS, NOT ONE WORD. MR. SPEAKER, WE DO OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR TAXES. WE OWE IT TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL GO DIE FOR AMERICA. WE DO IT TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, SPEND 16 -- IT'S BEEN 16 YEARS SINCE WE HAD A DEBATE. GOD HELP AMERICA AND PLEASE GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:14:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:14:49 AM

      MR. KENNEDY

      MR. SPEAKER, LIKE IN ANYONE'S OFFICE, THE PHOTOS AND TRINKETS ON DISPLAY…

      MR. SPEAKER, LIKE IN ANYONE'S OFFICE, THE PHOTOS AND TRINKETS ON DISPLAY OF MINE TELL A LITTLE BIT WHO I AM. A WEDDING PHOTO, PICTURE OF ME AND MY FAMILY ON OUR SWEARING IN DAY, A COPY OF THE FIRST BILL I HAD SIGNED INTO LAW. THE MOMENTS THAT I'M PROUD OF, THE PIECES OF ME THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. . THIS BODY, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, IS NO DIFFERENT. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND EVEN PROUDER TO DISPLAY IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. THAT'S WHY WE KEEP THESE CAMERAS ON WHENEVER WE'RE IN SESSION. IT'S WHY EVERY SINGLE WORD THAT IS UTTERED ON THIS FLOOR IS DOCUMENTED AND PRESERVED LONG AFTER THE DAY WE DRAW OUR LAST BREATH. IT'S WHY WE WALK BESIDE AMERICANS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND BELIEFS THROUGH THE ROTUNDA WITH THE SAME AWE OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY, EMBODIED IN BRONZE STATUES AND GOLD PAINTINGS. IT'S WHY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT THIS BUILDING GLOWS THROUGH THE DARKNESS. BECAUSE THE LIGHT OF DEMOCRACY NOT ONLY LAYS BARE OUR DIVISIONS AND DISSENT BUT IT LIGHTS A PATH TO OUR PROUDEST MOMENTS. IN TIMES OF CAR AND PEACE, FIGHTS OVER CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY, OUR DEBATES IN THESE HALLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DRIVEN BY A FIERCE CONVICTION OF OUR BELIEFS AND A SHARED VISION OF A KINDER, STRONGER COUNTRY. DISAGREEMENTS, YES. BUT ENLIGHTENED BY IDEALS, BY VISION, BY A SHARED COMMITMENT TO OUR AMERICAN EXPERIMENT. WHEN YOU STAND BEHIND THOSE PRINCIPLES AND YOUR POLICIES, YOU WELCOME THAT SPOTLIGHT. YOU ENGAGE IN THAT DEBATE. YOU ARE EAGER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. YOU ARE READY TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD ALL BE CONCERNED BY WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED IN THIS CAPITOL OVER DON'T LOCK IT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. YOU DON'T SHIELD IT FROM THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE HURT MOST BY T YOU DON'T TURN OFF THE CAMERAS AND THEN CALL IT MEAN. IT'S A SABOTAGE OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND LEAVE A WAKE OF DEVASTATION AND DESTRUCTION TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. DRAFTING TRUMPCARE UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS IS AN ADMISSION THIS BILL CANNOT, CANNOT WITHSTAND THE SUNLIGHT OF OUR NEIGHBORS. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW WOULD NEVER TURN ITS BACK ON A FRIEND OR A STRANGER IN NEED. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW DOESN'T TELL THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, OR THE FRAIL THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW DOESN'T TELL THE YOUNG WOMAN STRUGGLING THREW AN OPEN ROAD RECOVERY -- OPIOID RECOVERY, YOUR NEXT RELAPSE, THAT WAS ONE TOO MANY. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW UNDERSTANDS OUR GREATNESS COMES FROM OUR GOODNESS. THAT WE LEAN INTO CHALLENGES, YOU DON'T YIELD TO THEM. THAT THE FRUSTRATION WE SEE IN OUR STRAITS AND COMMUNITIES IS A CRY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO BE AS GOOD AND AS DECENT AS THE PEOPLE WE AIM TO SERVE. THEY, WE, DESERVE NOTHING LESS. TRUMPCARE IS NOT THAT CURE. YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:18:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:18:34 AM

      MR. CARTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MR. GUS CARL…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MR. GUS CARL OF GEORGIA WHO PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017. FROM A YOUNG AGE MR. CARL WAS DEEPLY INTERESTED IN TRAINS AND RAILWAYS. IN 1939 HE SKIPPED SCHOOL TO VISIT HIS LOCAL TRAIN STATION WHERE HE LANDED HIS FIRST JOB AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 12 WORKING AS AN ASSISTANT PORTER RESPONSIBLE FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING TRAIN PASSENGERS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM JOB AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 12 WORKING AS AN WABASH COLLEGE IN INDIANA, HE STARTED A CAREER IN RAILROAD INDUSTRY, DESIGNING CONSTRUCTION, WORKING AS AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR 40 YEARS. HIS CAREER WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY OF WAKECROSS, GEORGIA, BY WAIVE HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE DESIGN OF RICE YARD, ONE OF THE BUSIEST C.S.X. RAIL CROSSROADS IN THE NATION. IT SERVES AS A DAILY TRANSFER POINT FOR NEARLY 3,000 RAILCARS AND REMAINS ONE OF THE CITY'S BIGGEST EMPLOYERS, STAFFED BY NEARLY 1,300 PEOPLE. MR. CARL RETIRED FROM C.S.X. RAILROAD IN 2016. LAST YEAR FORMER C.S.X. PRESIDENT, WHO MR. CARL HIRED AND TRAINED IN 1970, PROCLAIMED EVERY NOVEMBER 16, A.A. "GUS" CARL DAY IN COMMEMORATION OF HIS HARD WORK WITH THE COMPANY. HE'S A LEGEND AND I WANT TO THANK HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR EVERYTHING HE DID TO WAKE WAYCROSS WHAT IT IS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MS.MAN MILLER WHO PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, AT THE AGE OF 89 AND LAD TO REST LAST WEEK IN DUBLIN, GEORGIA. SHE WORKED HARD DURING HER LONG LIFE. SELFLESSLY SERVING OTHERS THROUGH A PROFESSION SHE LOVED. AT THE AGE OF 17, MRS. MILLER JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY NURSE CORPS AND ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA NURSING WHERE SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE LAST GRADUATING CLASS TO RECEIVE THEIR R.N. DEGREES. FOLLOWING THE WAR, MRS. MILLER PUT HER TRAINING TO WORK WITH THE NAVAL HOSPITAL IN DUBLIN WHERE SHE EVENTUALLY ROSE TO THE POSITION OF HEAD NURSE BEFORE RETIRING IN 1983. AS A YOUNG NURSE, MRS. MILLER MET THE LATE GEORGE ANDERSON MILLER TO WHOM SHE WAS MARRIED FOR 55 YEARS. THEY WERE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY WHO HELPED FROM THE PINE FORESTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. SHE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE PILOT CLUB OF DUBLIN, ORDER OF THE BLARNEY STONE, AND THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION. TODAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER. I CAN SAY FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE THAT BROOK'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR CONSTITUENTS IS A WONDERFUL TESTAMENT TO THE LEGACY OF HER GRANDMOTHER. I HOPE ALL MEMBERS WOULD JOIN ME, MY WIFE, AND MY STAFF IN SENDING OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE MILLER FAMILY AS THEY REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MS. NAN THOMPSON MILLER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MS. KATHLEEN RUSSELL FROM GEORGIA WHO RECEIVED THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE GEORGIA PRESS ASSOCIATION ON FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017. MISS RUSSELL'S STRONG DEDICATION TO HER ROLE AS LONG TIME EDITOR MAKES HER WORTHY OF SUCH AN HONOR. EACH YEAR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS EXHIBITED OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ABILITIES AND SERVES AS A MEDIATOR IS NAMED AS A RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD. FOR GENERATIONS, MEMBER OF MRS. RUSS SELLS FAMILY HAVE WORKED IN THE PRESS AND IT IS ONLY FIT FIFTHING THAT MS. RUSSELL WOULD FIND HERSELF WORKING AS A JOURNALIST. CONSTITUENTS REMEMBER HER BELOVED FATHER AS A JOURNALIST WHO STOOD UP TO WRONGDOERS IN MACINTOSH COUNTY, EXPOSING CORRUPTION AND THEFT BY A MULTITUDE OF FORMER COUNTY OFFICIALS. AS A CHILD KATHLEEN ASSISTED HER PARENTS IN THE PRODUCTION OF THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. DURING THAT TIME, HER PARENTS NURTURED HER LOVE FOR THE PRESS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IN 1974, MRS. RUSSELL BEGAN A CAREER AS AN EDUCATOR. SHE LEFT EDUCATION IN PURSUIT OF A CAREER AS A JOURNALIST AND ASSUMED THE ROLE OF ASSOCIATE EDITOR. IN 2009 SHE WAS HONORED FOR HER HARD WORK WHEN SHE WAS NAMED PUBLISHER AND EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER. MRS. RUSSELL HAS REMAINED AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF MACINTOSH COUNTY, SERVING ON SEVERAL BOARDS OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES, DARRON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT SHORT AUTHORITY, AND THE COASTAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA FOUNDATION. MRS. RUSSELL, I APPLAUD YOUR EFFORTS TO KEEP THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN TUNE WITH CURRENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT OUR STATE AND CONTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:23:16 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 10:23:23 AM

      MR. DAVIS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:23:28 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 10:23:30 AM

      MR. DAVIS

      I WAS SADDENED TO KNOW THE PASSING OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND…

      I WAS SADDENED TO KNOW THE PASSING OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND PRESIDENT PRO TEM, ROBERT STEELE. WHOM I HAVE KNOWN SINCE HINS CHILDHOOD DAYS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LIVED IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD WITH THE STEELE FAMILY FROM THE YEAR THAT COMMISSIONER ROBERT STEELE WAS BORN. I COUNT MYSELF AS A STEELE FAMILY FRIEND AND HAVE WORKED WITH BOB'S MOTHER, BOBBIE, SINCE THE LATE 1960'S. HIS FATHER, ROBERT, WAS A MENTOR TO MY SON, STACEY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING COMMISSIONER STEELE GROW FROM A CHILD INTO BECOMING AN ADULT. AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEADER. COMMISSIONER STEELE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN A MAN WITH A TITLE. HE WAS PART OF THE GLUE WHICH HELD HIS COMMUNITY TOGETHER. HE WAS A BIG BROTHER TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS WHOM HE OFTEN TOOK WITH HIM TO EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES. HE WAS A MENTOR AND AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE WHO CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HIM. HE WAS A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPORTATION. YOU SEE, HE WAS A RECIPIENT FROM HIS SISTER WHO GAVE HIM A KIDNEY. HE WAS AN OMEGA MAN, A GREAT FRAT BROTHER, AND HE WAS A LEADER OF THE WEST SIDE AND COUNTYWIDE BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS. HE MEANT THE WORLD TO HIS FAMILY AND BROUGHT GREAT PRIDE AND JOY TO HIS PARENTS, ROBERT AND FORMER COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT, BOBBIE STEELE. ROBERT STEELE WAS AN ABSOLUTE LEADER WHO PROVIDED LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE ON A REGULAR BASIS WHEREVER HE WENT. HE WAS ACTIVE IN HIS CHURCH, HIS COMMUNITY, IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD. HE WAS INTELLIGENT, ASTUTE, AND NOT AFRAID. OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN WHO COME FROM THE WEST SIDE OF CHICAGO, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, NONE HAVE BROUGHT MORE TO THE TABLE IT THAN BOB EXCEPT PERHAPS HIS MOTHER, BOBBIE. OUR COMMUNITY WILL LONG REMEMBER THE WORK OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, BOBBY STEELE. PERHAPS THE SONGWRITER WAS CORRECT WHEN HE SAID THAT, THE YOUNG DIE YOUNG. BOB WAS INDEED YOUNG. BUT HE WAS A LEADER AMONG LEADERS AND A MAN AMONG MEN. I SALUTE YOU, COMMISSIONER ROBERT STEELE, AND LONG MAY YOUR LIFE, YOUR WORK, AND YOUR LEGACY CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:26:45 AM

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

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

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    • 10:26:55 AM

      MR. JENKINS

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST ONE YEAR AGO ON JUNE 23, 2016, WE EXPERIENCED ONE OF THE DARKEST DAYS IN WEST VIRGINIA'S HISTORY. FLOODWATERS RACED THROUGH SMALLTOWNS WITHOUT WARNING. WASHING AWAY HOMES, WASHING AWAY BUSINESSES, AND, YES, WASHING AWAY LIVES. 23 SOULS WERE LOST WHILE THOUSANDS WERE LEFT WITHOUT SHELTER AND FOOD. NOW AS WE APPROACH THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT, WE PAUSE TO REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST AND HONOR THEIR LIVES. WE REFLECT ON HOW OUR COMMUNITY HAS CHANGED OVER THIS PAST YEAR. WE PLEDGE TO CONTINUE REBUILDING UNTIL OUR TOWNS AND OUR CITIES ARE BETTER THAN THEY WERE BEFORE THE HOW OUR COMMUNITY RIVERS ROSE. WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY EXAMPLES OF STRENGTH, FAITH, AND HOPE IN THIS PAST YEAR. EXAMPLES THAT CARRY US FORWARD AND INSPIRE US ALL. MORE WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. WE STILL HAVE CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, AND OTHER COMMUNITY CENTERS THAT NEED TO BE REBUILT, REPLACED, AND RESTOCKED. MANY ARE STILL IN TEMPORARY AND RENTAL HOUSING. THE SCARS STILL REMAIN. BUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE SHOULD CARRY FORWARD IS THE ONE THAT CARRIED US THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE EVENT. THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WEST VIRGINIANS WILL ALWAYS HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACK. WE'RE STRONGER WHEN WE STAND UNITED THAN WHEN WE STAND ALONE. THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT LIES AHEAD, WE WILL STAY STRONG. WE WILL THANK THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO HELP RESCUE OTHERS. WE WILL REMEMBER AND HONOR THOSE WHO WE LOST. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER OUR SUPPORT TO THOSE THAT ARE REBUILDING THEIR LIVES. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS NEIGHBORS. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS FRIENDS. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS WEST VIRGINIANS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:29:34 AM

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. AGUILAR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:44 AM

      MR. AGUILAR

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS YEAR WE WATCHED PRESIDENT DONALD…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS YEAR WE WATCHED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND SPEAKER PAUL RYAN RAM THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE IT EVEN HAD A COST ANALYSIS. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR US TO LEARN WHY. IT WILL STRIP OVER 20 MILLION AMERICANS OF AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IT WILL DRIVE UP PREMIUMS AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR OLDER AMERICANS BY AS MUCH AS 25%. IT WILL ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PREGNANT WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND SENIORS. . THIS IS SO DONALD TRUMP CAN GIVE A TAX BREAK TO HIS HEALTHY FRIENDS THIS WILL LITERALLY BE A DEATH SENTENCE TO MANY AMERICANS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAD YEARS -- LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN -- HAD YEARS TO COME UP WITH WAYS TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE, BUT INSTEAD, THEY WOULD RATHER PULL THE PLUG OUT FROM MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WHO PUT THEIR HEALTH CARE IN THE HANDS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. SINCE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, NEARLY 40,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN COVER CALIFORNIA, AND NEARLY 200,000 IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, OUR RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO MEDICAL, FOLLOWING THE A.C.A. EXPANSION. TRUMPCARE WILL END MEDICAID AND LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT COVERAGE. CHILDREN, CHILDREN WILL BE STRIPPED OF THEIR COVERAGE BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS WILL FALL INTO AN INCOME BRACKET THAT DOESN'T SATISFY OUR PRESIDENT. THIS LEGISLATION ISN'T JUST BAD. IT'S DETESTABLE. ACCORDING TO DONALD TRUMP, IT'S EVEN MEAN. THOUGH APPARENTLY IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MEAN IT IS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, AS LONG AS IT GIVES WEALTHY TAX BREAKS TO HIS FRIENDS. AND NOW SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN A PAGE OUT OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK AND ARE WRITING THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL IN SECRET. THIS IS NOT HOW WE GOVERN. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:31:53 AM

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA,…

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:32:07 AM

      MRS. ROBY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2353, THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. PERKINS HAS HELPED SUPPORT CAREER AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATION. THIS LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THAT FUNDING AND MAKES NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO ENSURE PERKINS SCHOLARS ARE EFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN CAREER TECH PROGRAMS FOR THREE SIMPLE REASONS. THEY HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR REWARDING CAREERS. THEY ENSURE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR SKILLED TRADES THAT ARE FOUNDATIONAL TO OUR SOCIETY AND THEY BOOST OUR ECONOMY BY PROVIDING A QUALITY WORK FORCE. WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHER EDUCATION, WE ALL KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A SILENT STIGMA ATTACHED TO NOT COMPLETING AN ACADEMIC DEGREE AT A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY. FOR YEARS WE WERE AFRAID TO SAY COLLEGE ISN'T FOR EVERYBODY WHEN THE TRUTH IS CAREER TECH PROGRAMS CAN ACTUALLY LEAD MANY AMERICANS TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. THANKFULLY I BELIEVE THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. EFFORTS LIKE BUILD AMERICA CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL IN RAISING AWARENESS IN DISPELING MYTHS ABOUT THE JOBS THAT EXIST IN SKILLED TRADES. THIS RISING GENERATION IS SHOWING SIGNS OF BEING MORE ENTREPRENEURIAL WITH A WILLINGNESS TO WORK OUTSIDE THE BOX, AND OUR PROGRAMS HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS TO OFFER TRAINING FOR CAREERS OUR STUDENTS ARE ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN. MR. SPEAKER, MY STATE OF ALABAMA IS BLESSED WITH A STRONG NETWORK OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES OFFERING A WIDE ARRAY OF CAREER TRAINING. ALABAMA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM HAS MORE THAN 79,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND OVER 70 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN ALABAMA ARE NOW OFFERING C.T.E. COURSES. THEY ARE WORKING HAND IN GLOVE WITH INDUSTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRAINING MATCHES THE JOBS THAT WILL BE WAITING FOR STUDENTS WHEN THEY COMPLETE THEIR COURSES. I VISITED ONE SUCH PROGRAM RECENTLY IN A SMALL TOWN IN CENTRAL ALABAMA. THE HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BUILD A PROGRAM THAT SERVES THE GROWING NEEDS OF LOCAL STUDENTS. THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE FACILITIES AND MAKE SURE STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION. UP UNTIL NOW, STUDENTS HAVE HAD TO TAKE A BUS 30 MINUTES AWAY OR AN HOUR AWAY TO MONTGOMERY TO ACCESS THESE CAREER TECH COURSES. NOW, THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF THE LEADERS AND EDUCATORS, STUDENTS ARE BEGINNING TO ACCESS THESE PROGRAMS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN HOMETOWN. I VISITED ANOTHER THRIVING CAREER TECH PROGRAM A FEW MONTHS AGO IN GENEVA, A SMALL TOWN IN ALABAMA'S WIRE GRASS REGION. GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL HAS PARTNERED WITH THE ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD WHOSE LOCAL ARMRY NOW SERVES AS A TRAINING SITE FOR HIGH DEMAND SKILLS SUCH AS AUTOMATIVE TECHNOLOGY, WELDING, AVIATION MAINTENANCE AND HEALTH SCIENCE. STUDENTS FROM CITY AND COUNTY SCHOOLS CAN GET AHEAD ON THEIR COLLEGE COURSE WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THEY ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR COMMITMENT TO THEIR STUDENTS. WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS TRAINING IN 16 HIGH DEMAND CAREER FIELDS. WALLACE TAKES THEIR PROGRAMS TO THE NEXT LEVEL BY COMBINING TRADITIONAL STUDY WITH HANDS ON EXPERIENCE. THEIR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM, FOR EXAMPLE, UTILIZES A VIRTUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING SIMULATOR, THE ONLY OF ITS KIND ON AN ALABAMA COLLEGE CAMPUS. THESE PROGRAMS SERVE AS A MODEL NOT ONLY FOR THE STATE OF ALABAMA BUT FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE. THEIR SUCCESSES DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL CAREER TECH PROGRAMS HOLD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST FUNDING. IT MAKES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR CAREER TECH POLICY, INCLUDING SIMPLIFYING THE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT COMMUNITY AND STATE LEADERS HAVE TO NAVIGATE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS, PROVIDING MORE FLEXIBILITY TO ADMINISTRATORS SO THEY CAN ADJUST TO THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND THE INDUSTRY, IMPROVING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO ENSURE THAT THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE FUNDING ACTUALLY DELIVER RESULTS. AND LASTLY, ENSURING A LIMITED FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION, JUST AS WE DID IN THE NEW K-12 LAW. MR. SPEAKER, WITH A MODERN WORKPLACE CHANGING AT A RAPID PACE, IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT EDUCATORS AND FACILITIES KEEP UP. WITH THIS BILL, THESE PROGRAMS CAN CONTINUE TO SUCCESSFULLY CONNECT TODAY'S STUDENTS WITH THE CAREERS OF TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TODAY. THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WILL HELP EQUIP OUR STUDENTS WITH SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE THEY NEED TO START THEIR CAREERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT OUR FUTURE WORK FORCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:37:26 AM

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      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS,…

      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:37:32 AM

      MS. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A PUBLIC…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A PUBLIC SERVANT TAKEN FROM US TOO SOON, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO THROUGH HIS LIFE AN EXAMPLE INSPIRED OTHERS, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN TO BE RESPECTFUL AND KIND, A MAN WHO LIVED HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO OTHERS, PHILANDO. HIS NAME HAS BEEN BACK IN THE HEADLINES BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A MAN FAILED BY OUR CREED OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. PHILANDO WAS A BELOVED NUTRITION SUPERVISOR AT A MONTESSORI MAGNET SCHOOL WHO WAS SO INVESTED IN THE NAMES THAT HE REMEMBERED THE NAMES AND FOOD ALLERGIES. ONE CO-WORKER SAID KIDS LOVED HIM. HE WAS QUIET, RESPECTFUL AND KIND. I KNEW HIM AS WARM AND FUNNY. ANOTHER SAID HE WAS AS MUCH A TEACHER AS ANY TEACHER IN THAT BUILDING. HIS LIFE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING HONORABLY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FOR MORE THAN THE 500 STUDENTS WHO LOVED HIM. EVEN IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS, HE SHOWED RESPECT AND DIGNITY IN WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN A TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. MR. CASTILLE'S LOSS IS OUR LOSS. HE LIVED LIFE AS WE ALL SHOULD -- LOVING AND RESPECTING THOSE AROUND HIM. WHEN HE WAS TOLD BY AN OFFICER TO GET HIS I.D., HE COMPLIED AND RESPECTFULLY INFORMED THE OFFICER HE WAS LAWFULLY CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM, THAT HE HAD A VALID PERMIT. WHEN HE WENT TO GET HIS I.D. AS ORDERED HE WAS SHOT, NOT ONCE BUT SEVEN TIMES. NOT BECAUSE OF NONCOMPLIANCE, NOT BECAUSE HE WAS VIOLENT, NOT BECAUSE HE WAS A MENACING THREAT. WHAT KILL HIM WAS HIS BLACKNESS OR MORE PRECISELY FEAR OF HIS BLACKNESS KILLED HIM. TRAGICALLY HIS STORY IS NOT UNIQUE. THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY TO BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA. PHILANDO'S STORY ONLY MADE HEADLINES BECAUSE IT WAS SHOWN ON FACEBOOK AND SHOWED THE 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL BEHIND HIM. A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL THAT EVEN HIS MURDERER SAID WAS IN MY LINE OF FIRE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MURDER WAS SO DOWNRIGHT OUT RAGEOUS IT LED THE FEDERALIST, A PUBLICATION THAT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AND ARTICLE ON HOW BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS WERE DESTROYING AMERICA TO CALL THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT AN ABOMINATION. INDEED, THIS IS AN ABOMINATION AND A COMPLETE MISCHARACTER OF JUSTICE. THE FEDERALISTS AND I SEE EYE TO EYE ON THIS ONE THING. GROUPS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT HAVE PUBLICLY AND VOCALLY CONDEMNED HIS MURDER, EXCEPT FOR ONE, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. THE N.R.A.'S SILENCE IS SICKENING, DEAFENING AND VERY HYPOCRITICAL IN THIS TRAGIC AMERICAN HOUR. FOR DECADES THE N.R.A. HAS USED FEAR MONGERING CLAIMING THEY ARE THE SOLE ORGANIZATION FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO CARRY A FIREARM. WHERE WERE THEY FOR PHILANDO, WHERE IS THEIR OUTRAGE, WHERE IS THEIR DEMAND FOR BETTER POLICE TRAINING WHEN DEALING WITH CITIZENS AUTHORIZED TO CARRY A FIREARM? SHAME. THEY HAVE NO OUTRAGE AT THIS VERDICT. SHAME FOR THEIR DOUBLE STANDARD IN SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH VALID CONCEAL CARRY PERMITS. THEY OFFER NOTHING BUT A TEPID FACEBOOK STATEMENT EXPRESSING CONCERN. CONCERN? THE N.R.A. HAS CONCERN FOR PHILANDO? SHAME ON THE INFORM R.A. FOR THEM IT CLEARLY ISN'T RIGHTS FOR ALL. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T FIT THE RIGHT PROFILE, THEY SHOULD GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO EVEN BEING MEMBERS OF THE N.R.A. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:41:21 AM

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      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

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

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  • 10:41:36 AM

    Recess

    The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

    • 12:00:20 PM

      Reconvened

      The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of June 22.

      • 12:00:21 PM

        THE SPEAKER

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

        THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND KEVIN KITRELL ROSS, UNITY OF SACRAMENTO, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.

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      • 12:00:28 PM

        Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Kevin Kitrell Ross, Unity of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA.

        • 12:00:34 PM

          THE CHAPLAIN

          MAY WE TURN WITHIN AND LOOK HIGHER TO THE GOD OF OUR UNDERSTANDING AND…

          MAY WE TURN WITHIN AND LOOK HIGHER TO THE GOD OF OUR UNDERSTANDING AND PRAY. LOVING PRESENCE, WE INVOKE FROM THE CELESTIAL BALCONIES THE WITNESS OF THE PIONEERS OF OUR PROGRESS WHOSE BLOODY JOURNEYS MARSHALED AN UNPRECEDENTED FAITH AND BIRTHED A NEW NATION OF RADICAL INCLUSION. BLESS THESE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PROMISE GATHERED IN THIS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. LET THEM REACH HIGHER FOR CROWNS OF CONSCIENCE TO EXEMPLIFY COME BAGS AND BRING FROM THEIR DISTRICTS TO THEIR DESKS SHARP PENCILS THAT CARVE ON THEIR HEARTS THE FACES OF FREEDOM THAT THEY REPRESENT. LET THIS HOUSE BE AN INCUBATOR FOR OUR BEST IDEAS, AND NOT A PRISON FOR OUR POOREST POLITICS. LET THESE HEROES AND SHEROES OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SUMMON THE INTELLECTUAL IMAGINATION AND INTUITIVE NAVIGATION TO SERVE BOLDER TOGETHER AND BREAK THROUGH IDEOLOGICAL GRIDLOCK THAT ARRESTS THE POTENTIAL OF OUR GREAT REPUBLIC. LET THESE INNOVATORS OF COOPERATION AND BUILDS OF THE BELOVED COMMUNITY REUNITE THESE STATES OF AMERICA AND LEAD THE WAY FOR A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. THIS IS ENOUGH. IN THE THIS IS ENOUGH IN THE NAME OF THE LOVE SUPREME AND SO IT IS, AMEN. AND AMEN.

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        • 12:02:26 PM

          THE SPEAKER

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

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

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      • 12:02:33 PM

        The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.

      • 12:02:36 PM

        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

        The Chair designated Mr. Trott to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

        • 12:02:40 PM

          MR. TROTT

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

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

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        • 12:02:53 PM

          THE SPEAKER

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, IS RECOGNIZED…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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      • 12:02:53 PM

        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

        The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.

        • 12:02:58 PM

          MR. BERA

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE TO…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE TO OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND KEVIN KITRELL ROSS, SENIOR MINISTER OF UNITY OF SACRAMENTO. KEVIN IS REGARDED AS A RESPECTED INTERFAITH SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADER, COMMITTED TO BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION ACROSS RACE, CULTURE, CLASS AND RELIGIOUS LINES. WHETHER IN HIS ROLE LEADING ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST DIVERSE AND INTEGRATED CONGREGATIONS, CONDUCTING DIVERSITY AND COMPLICIT BIAS TRAININGS OR BEING AN ACTIVIST OF HEALING THE CRISIS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, KEVIN IS DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIALOGUE, DIRECT ENCOUNTER AND EDUCATION. A SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO NATIVE, KEVIN IS A MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GRADUATE, A SENIOR FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM, A MEMBER OF THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SACRAMENTO AND A THREE-TIME DELEGATE TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS. KEVIN AND HIS WIFE HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND RESIDE IN ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA. ANITA IS THE FOUNDER OF WOMEN'S EQUALITY. THEY ARE BOTH COMMITTED TO BUILDING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING REVEREND KEVIN ROSS AND THANK HIM FOR OFFERING TODAY'S OPENING PRAYER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:04:14 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

        • 12:04:19 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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        • 12:04:24 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 12:04:25 PM

          MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORA CHILDREN'S…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORA CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN MY HOME CITY OF MIAMI, WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO SERVE KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BY DEPORTATION. I HAVE KNOWN NORA, THE FOUNDER OF THIS ORGANIZATION, FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRUE PASSION FOR ENSURING THE WELL-BEING OF THESE CHILDREN. THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS, THIS ORGANIZATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF FOOD, CLOTHING, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, LEGAL ADVICE AND MANY OTHER VITAL SERVICES. THIS WEEK NORA WILL BE VISITING OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WADDELL GATION OF 50 CHILDREN -- WITH A DELEGATION OF 50 CHILDREN TO HELP RESTRUCTURE OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES FOR THE CHILDREN WHO SHE CARES, WHO IS AS AMERICAN AS YOU AND I, DO NOT HAVE TO GROW UP APART FROM THEIR PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I NATION MUST DO RIGHT FOR THESE CHILDREN, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO WORK TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE AN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT REFLECTS OUR NATION'S COMPASSION AND PROVIDES A SOLUTION THAT IS FAIR AND JUST TO EVERYONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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        • 12:05:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:05:55 PM

          MR. BROWN

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

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

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        • 12:06:01 PM

          TEMPORE WITH

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

        • 12:06:04 PM

          MR. BROWN

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS THE FIRST IN 50 YEARS WITHOUT THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. WHAT WAS THE RESULT, 14 STATES HAD NEW VOTING RESTRICTIONS INCLUDING STRICT VOTER I.D., CUTS TO SAME-DAY REGISTRATION AND EARLY VOTING AND FEWER POLLING PLACES. THIS SUPPRESSED THE VOTE PARTICULARLY AMONG VOTERS OF COLOR AND IN POOR COMMUNITIES AND HAD A MAJOR IMPACT IN CLOSE RACES IN NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PARENAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE. THE VOTING -- BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE. CONGRESS SHOULD ONCE AGAIN TO MODERNIZE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND RESPOND TO THE SUPREME COURT'S OBJECTIONS. YET, DESPITE CALLS TO PASS LEGISLATION FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. VOTING IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE, AND THERE'S NO DEBATING THAT POINT. THE FOUNDERS IN PHILADELPHIA, WOMEN AT SENECA FALLS, AND MARCHERS IN SELMA ALL RECOGNIZE THE POWER OF THE VOTE. WHEN WE PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF VOTERS TO MAKE THEIR CHOICES, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, WE DO OUR PART TO BUILD A MORE PERFECT UNION. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION. CONGRESS MUST RESTORE THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT NOW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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          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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          MR. WILSON

          MR. SPEAKER, OTTO WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES HOPE FOR…

          MR. SPEAKER, OTTO WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES HOPE FOR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS, INTERESTED IN THE WORLD AND BRIGHT. SADLY, OTTO WAS MURDERED BY THE NORTH KOREAN DICTATORSHIP. BY IMPRISONING HIM UNDER SHAM CHARGES, THE COMMUNIST TOTALITARIAN NORTH KOREAN REGIME IS CLEARLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH. OTTO'S STORY HIGHLIGHTS THE BRUTALITY OF THE NORTH KOREAN MURDERS, ONE THAT WRONGFULLY IMPRISONS U.S. CITIZENS AND USES THEM AS BARGAINING CHIPS IN AN EFFORT TO GAIN ATTENTION ON THE WORLD STAGE. IT'S PAST TIME WE STRONGLY RESTRICT TOURIST TRAVEL TO THIS ATROCITY. I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF THAT WILL EP ABLE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REGULATE TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA THROUGH LICENSES AND NO LICENSES WOULD BE ABLE TO BE GRANTED FOR TOURIST TRAVEL. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL FOR LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. WE WILL BE MOST SUCCESSFUL BY DEFEATING BRUTALITY BY DENYING THE DICTATORSHIP ANY SOURCE OF INCOME AND DEPRIVING IT OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE INNOCENT AMERICANS LIKE OTTO. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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

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        • 12:09:07 PM

          MR. KILDEE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MY HOMETOWN OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, THERE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MY HOMETOWN OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, THERE WAS A VIOLENT ATTACK ON A POLICE OFFICER AT FLINT BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AND LIKE MANY IN MY COMMUNITY, I'M SHOCKED, HORRIFIED BY THIS COWARDLY ATTACK. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THIS INJURED OFFICER, LIEUTENANT JEFF NEVILLE, AND HIS FAMILY, AND I AM RELIEVED HE'S IN STABLE CONDITION. HE'S EXPECTED TO RECOVER. I'VE KNOWN JEFF FOR DECADES, DATING BACK TO OUR SERVICE TOGETHER IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT. HE'S A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT, AND HE'S DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY HE SERVES. HIS ACTIONS TO SUBDUE THIS ATTACKER, EVEN WHILE HE WAS UNDER ATTACK, ARE TRULY HEROIC. HE HELPED SAVE OTHERS FROM POTENTIAL HARM. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO HELP LIEUTENANT NEVILLE, INCLUDING THE BISHOP CHIEF OF POLICE CHRIS MILLER, AIRPORT MAINTENANCE WORKER WHO STEPPED IN, RICHARD CRUELL. THEIR ACTIONS SAVED LIVES. I'M THANKFUL THAT THE F.B.I., THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, FLINT POLICE, OTHER AGENCIES ARE INVESTIGATING THIS TERRIBLE ATTACK AS A POTENTIAL INCIDENT OF TERROR. AND I JUST HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN EXTENDING THEIR PRAYERS TO LIEUTENANT NEVILLE AND HIS FAMILY IN HOPES FOR HIS SPEEDY RECOVERY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE OF GARDEN CITY, MICHIGAN. PATRICIA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 31, 2017, AND IS DEARLY MISSED BY HER MANY FAMILY FREANDS, INCLUDING HER HUSBAND OF 55 YEARS, DOUG MCKENZIE, AND HER CHILDREN, PAMELA, BARBARA, PHIL, MARSHA AS WELL AS HER 12 GRANDCHILDREN. IN HER 78 YEARS, PATRICIA WAS DEVOTED TO HER LOVING FAMILY, HER FAITH AND TO HER STRONG BELIEF IN THE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.

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          MR. TROTT

          HER PASSION FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIANS. PATRICIA'S STORY IS THE STORY OF…

          HER PASSION FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIANS. PATRICIA'S STORY IS THE STORY OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS, A HARD WORKING PERSON, A DEDICATED WIFE AND MOTHER. I HOPE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME YOU'LL FIND COMFORT IN THE KNOWLEDGE SHE'S BEEN CALLED HOME IN PEACE AND HARMONY. REMEMBER SCRIPTURE TELLS US THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FRIEND, PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE, WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BUT WE GO ON TO REMEMBER AND HONOR HER LEGACY JUST AS SHE WOULD WANT US TO DO. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:12:16 PM

          MR. HIGGINS

          MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED THIS MORNING, MUCH LIKE THE…

          MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED THIS MORNING, MUCH LIKE THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL, IS A REPULSIVE SCAM PERPETRATED AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON PAGE 30 OF THE BILL, SECTION 120 UNDER EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TAX CUT, UNITED HEALTH CARE WILL GET A TAX CUT UNDER THIS BILL REPRESENTING $15.5 MILLION. IF THAT'S NOT EGREGIOUS ENOUGH, THE FACT IS THAT UNITED HEALTH CARE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR DEFRAUDING THE MEDICARE PROGRAM OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. THIS SHOULD BE REJECTED TODAY AND DECISIVELY BY ALL DECENT MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO BELIEVE THERE IS A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE LEGISLATION PASSED HERE IS FAIR AND JUST. I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:13:26 PM

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        • 12:13:31 PM

          MR. BILIRAKIS

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

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

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        • 12:13:38 PM

          MR. BILIRAKIS

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF ROSE HISTORIC CEMETERY IN TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA. ROSE IS THE OLDEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY IN PINELLAS COUNTY AND IS LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. IT WAS ESPECIALLY MEANINGFUL CEREMONY BECAUSE IT WAS HELD ON JUNETEENTH, THE ANNIVERSARY MARKING THE END OF SLAVERY IN THE U.S. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LAID TO REST AT ROSE REPRESENT A MAJOR PART OF TARPON SPRINGS HISTORY AND CULTURE. CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEERS, VETERANS AND MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING FRIENDS I GREW UP WITH ARE BURIED THERE. I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY TAKE THE MAYOR, CHRIS, ANDY DABS AND MEMBERS OF THE CEMETERY'S BOARD AND DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK TIRELESSLY YEAR ROUND TO PROTECT THE LEGACY OF ROSE CEMETERY. BECAUSE OF THEIR DEDICATION, ROSE CONTINUES TO BE A BEAUTIFUL HISTORICAL SITE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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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 TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MOST CHARLOTTE'S EXEMPLARY INDUSTRY,…

          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MOST CHARLOTTE'S EXEMPLARY INDUSTRY, BABCOCK AND WILLCAULK. BOILERS MADE BY BACKCAULK AND BILL CAULK POWERED THOMAS EDISON'S LABORATORIES AND NEW YORK'S FIRST SUBWAY. DURLED WORLD WAR 2, MUCH WAS POWERED BY THEIR BOILERS AND THEY WERE VITAL IN THE MANHATTAN PROJECT.

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          MR. PITTENGER

          THEY FABRICATED FOR THE U.S. -- THE WORLD'S FIRST NUCLEAR POWERED…

          THEY FABRICATED FOR THE U.S. -- THE WORLD'S FIRST NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINE. MORE RECENTLY, BOB CAULK AND WILCOX HAS -- BOBCAULK AND WILCOX HAS HELPED PROTECT OUR AIR, WATER AND LAND BY CONTROLLING EMISSIONS FROM HUNDREDS OF POWER PLANTS AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES AROUND THE WORLD. IN 2010, BABCOCK AND WILCOX MOVED TO CHARLOTTE AND BECAME PART OF CHARLOTTE'S REGION AND ECONOMY, CLOGE GROWING WITH A CLUSTER OF LEADING ENERGY FIRMS. CONGRATULATIONS TODAY TO BABCOCK AND WILCOX'S 5,000 EMPLOYEES AND ON THIS WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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        • 12:16:09 PM

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          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNIZE SNIGS…

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNIZE SNIGS -- RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

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          I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE TIRELESS DEDICATION OF ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S…

          I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE TIRELESS DEDICATION OF ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S TIRELESS ADVOCATES. SHE SERVED AS CONGRESSIONAL AM WASSDOR FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SINCE 2014 MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, HOLDING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN WHICH I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 7 AND ORGANIZING FUNDRAISERS LIKE THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S.

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        • 12:16:49 PM

          MR. LANCE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE 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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        • 12:17:39 PM

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR 7 1/2 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR 7 1/2 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A JUDGE IN TENNESSEE TRYING FELONY CRIMINAL CASES. I TRIED THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF JAMES EARL RAY AND MANY OTHER HIGH PROFILE CASES. ROBERT MUELLER WORK HIS CLOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH JAMES COMEY, SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN A CASE IN WHICH MR. COMEY IS SUCH A CENTRAL PLAYER.

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          MR. DUNCAN

          MR. MUELLER NEVER SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH A -- AN APPOINTMENT. TO MAKE…

          MR. MUELLER NEVER SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH A -- AN APPOINTMENT. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, HE'S HIRED SEVERAL LAWYERS WHO WERE BIG CONTRIBUTORS TO AND ACTIVE CAMPAIGNERS FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND OTHER DEMOCRATS. MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THERE ARE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST HERE. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LAWYERS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN HIRED WHO HAVE NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY WAY FOR THE PRESIDENT OR MRS. CLINTON THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN TAINTED AND ANY ACTION NOW WILL LOOK LIKE A PARTISAN WITCH HUNT. FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH SAID WHAT WE NOW NEED IS A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:18:48 PM

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          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.…

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- FOR ONE MINUTE.

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        • 12:19:03 PM

          MR. YOUNG

          I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE TECHNICAL AND CAREER EDUCATION ACT.…

          I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE TECHNICAL AND CAREER EDUCATION ACT. IT WILL IMPROVE THE CARL PERKINS TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT SCHOOL IS NOT JUST AND CANNOT BE ONE SIZE FITS ALL. THE CARL PERKINS FUNDING HAS ALLOWED SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOL BOARDS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO DEVELOP INKNOW VATIVE PROGRAMS TO EDUCATE OUR NATION'S YOUTH. I'VE ALWAYS SUPPORTED ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF EDUCATION. EDUCATION NOT ONLY TRAINS THE MIND BUT TRAIN OURS NATION'S YOUTH WITH VALUABLE SKILLS TO SUCCEED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AND INTO IS THE WORK FORCE. MANY STUDENTS IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE NATION RELY ON NONTRADITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS. CARL PERKINS GRANTS HAVE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUTH. THEY HAVE ALLOWED FOR CERTIFICATES AND CREDENTIALS IN MANY INDUSTRIES. THEY INCLUDE CERTIFICATION IN WELDING AND CARPENTRY, PRE-APPRENTICES FOR EELECT TRISS -- ELECTRICIAN, HEAVY MACHINERY AND IRON WORKERS. CERTIFICATION OF OSHA AND HAZMAT AGENCIES. CULINARY ARTS AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE. THESE ARE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HELP THE WORKING PERSON, THE YOUNG PERSON BECOME PREPARED, TO BECOME ONE OWHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE GOOD OF THE STATE AND THE NATION. I STAND PROUDLY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN HONOR OF TWO GEORGIA STATE CORRECTIONS…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN HONOR OF TWO GEORGIA STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, SERGEANT CURTIS BLUE AND CRIMB MONICA WHO WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON JUNE 13 IN PUTNAM COUNTY, GEORGIA. I SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES THE DEEP SORROW, AND I PRAY GOD COMFORTS THE FAMILIES IN THEIR TIME OF GRIEF. DESCRIBED AS HARDWORKING, KIND AND DEVOTED, THE SERGEANTS WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR THEIR LOYALITY AS PUBLIC SERVANTS, AND FOR THEIR LOVE AND DEDICATION TO FAIR FAMILIES.

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        • 12:21:28 PM

          MR. HICE

          STAND ON THAT THIN BUT LINE AND I YIELD BACK.

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          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:23:58 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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          MR. SPEAKERING TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO HAVE…

          MR. SPEAKERING TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO HAVE GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S PIONEER CLASS. IN JUNE OF 1967, IN A TENT ON ITS ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN, CAMPUS, THEY HELD THEIR FIRST COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. ON THAT DAY, 138 SENIORS, INCLUDING 86 MEMBER THEEFS PIONEER CLASS THAT STARTED IN 1963, RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS FROM MICHIGAN'S NEWEST COLLEGE.

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          MR. HUIZENGA

          THE FIRST GRADUATES LAID THE FOUNDATION OF A UNIVERSITY THAT WOULD GROW TO…

          THE FIRST GRADUATES LAID THE FOUNDATION OF A UNIVERSITY THAT WOULD GROW TO OFFER 124 DEGREES, ENROLL STUDENTS FROM 82 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, AND BOAST A 94% PLIMENT RATE FOR ITS GRADUATES. ALWAYS A GOOD THING. AFTER THAT FIRST GRADUATION CEREMONY IN 1967, GBSU HAD 138 ALUMNI. TODAY THE UNIVERSITY HAS OVER 110,000 PROUD ALUMNI THROUGHOUT MICHIGAN AND FRANKLY AROUND THE GLOBE. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS FIRST PRESIDENT, JAMES UM BEHR, FOLLOWED BY CONTINUED GUIDANCE OF OTHER PRESIDENTS INCLUDING CURRENT PRESIDENT THOMAS HAASE THEY'VE BECOME A RENOWNED INSTITUTION AND ONE OF THE 100 LARGEST UNIVERSITIES IN THIS NATION. DURING THE VERY FIRST COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS, A SPEAKER NOTED, QUOTE, NO ONE COULD EVER POSSIBLY CHART YOUR COURSE THROUGH THESE YEARS, END YET, AND IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THE PIONEER CLASS COULD HAVE DREAMED OF THE ROLE THEY WOULD BE PLAYING IN HELPING GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY ACHIEVE SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S PIONEER CLASS OF 1967, THE ORIGINAL LAKERS FOR A LIFETIME. I YIELD BACK.

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

          MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 396 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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        • 12:26:04 PM

          Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 396 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules."

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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            THE CLERK

            THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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        DEBATE

        The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 396.

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

          MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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          MR. COLE

          OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I…

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

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        • 12:29:23 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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          MR. COLE

          ON WEDNESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR…

          ON WEDNESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. THE RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2842, THE ACCELERATING INDIVIDUALS INTO THE WORK FORCE ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2842 IS A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO HELP TRANSITION WELFARE RECIPIENT INTO STEADY PAYING JOBS. MOVING WELFARE RECIPIENTS INTO WORK IS A CENTRAL GOAL OF TANF, THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE TANF RECIPIENTS AND HELP SUBSIDIZE THESE NEW EMPLOYEES' SALARIES FOR UP TO A YEAR TO ALLOW THEM TO TRANSITION INTO THE WORK FORCE. THE POLICY IDEA BEHIND H.R. 2842 IS SIMPLE. UNDER THIS BILL, STATES CAN ESTABLISH PARTNERSHIPS WITH EMPLOYERS TO HIRE RECIPIENTS OF TANF DOLLARS. THROUGH THESE PARTNERSHIPS, EMPLOYERS WOULD RECEIVE A SUBSIDY OF UP TO 50% OF THE WAGE FOR A TANF RECIPIENT, WHILE THE OTHER 50% WOULD BE PAID BY THE EMPLOYER. BENEFICIARIES WOULD HAVE TO MEET THREE REQUIREMENTS. THEY MUST BE A TANF RECIPIENT, MUST BE UNEMPLOYED, AND THEY MUST HAVE AN INCOME OF 20% OR LESS OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. . THIS BILL WOULD DIRECT THESE WELFARE RECIPIENTS BACK IN THE WORK FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN ONCE NOTED, QUOTE, WE SHOULD MEASURE WELFARE SUCCESS BY HOW MANY PEOPLE LEAVE WELFARE, NOT BY HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ADDED. THE LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION IN TODAY'S RULE IS A FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROMISE. UNDER H.R. 2842, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER UTILIZE THEIR TANF DOLLARS TO HELP MOVING INDIVIDUALS INTO WORK AND HELP THEM TRANSITION OUT OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM ALTOGETHER. HELPING PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK IS A GREAT DEAL FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE HELPED UNDER THE PROGRAM, FOR THE EMPLOYERS, FOR THE ECONOMY AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL AT ITS CORE IS ABOUT HELPING AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE A NATION FILLED WITH HARDWORKING PEOPLE AND I'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOW BADLY MANY OF THE UNEMPLOYED WANT TO RETURN TO WORK. MANY, IF NOT MOST RECIPIENTS OF TANF ARE IN THE PROGRAM NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE, BUT BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN FORCED TO BE BY CIRCUMSTANCES. THESE UNEMPLOYMENT AMERICANS WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO RETURN TO THE DIGNITY OF THE WORK FORCE AS QUICKLY AS THEY'RE ABLE TO DO SO. THIS BILL WILL HELP REMOVE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT AND WILL INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE CURRENT TANF RECIPIENTS. WORKERS RE-ENTERING THE WORK FORCE IS A GOOD THING FOR SOCIETY. NOT ONLY WILL WORKERS WHO RECEIVE JOBS UNDER THIS PROGRAM BE TAKEN OFF THE WELFARE ROLLS, THUS ENSURING THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THAT PROGRAM, BUT THESE NEW WORKERS WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO BETTER LIVES FOR THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WE TOO OFTEN DESCRIBE POLICY SOLUTIONS AS BEING, QUOTE, COMMON SENSE, OR, QUOTE, WIN-WIN. BUT IN THIS CASE, IT'S ACTUALLY TRUE. H.R. 2842 IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION AND A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. THE WORKERS, THE EMPLOYERS, THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION WILL RECEIVE A SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN VOTE TOMORROW. WHATEVER THEIR DIFFERENCES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE WANT TO PUT UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. THIS BILL WILL ACTUALLY SUCCEED IN DOING THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:33:21 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 12:33:26 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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        • 12:33:31 PM

          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          THANK YOU AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, FOR…

          THANK YOU AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. THIS MEASURE IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM, HELP THEM TO FIND GOOD-PAYING JOBS. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, THERE ARE MORE THAN SIX MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL RECORDED SINCE WE STARTED TRACKING THIS DATA. AND YET THE SHARE OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN THE WORK FORCE IS AT A FOUR DECADE LOW. CLEARLY THERE ARE UNDERLYING ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED TO GET MORE PEOPLE PLUGGED INTO THE WORK FORCE. FOR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS, TANF SERVES AS A LIFELINE. TANF IS ADMINISTRATIVE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND IS DESIGNED TO HELP FAMILIES ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. UNDER THE PROGRAM, STATES RECEIVE BLOCK GRANTS TO DESIGN AND OPERATE THEIR OWN PROGRAMS TO FULFILL THE GOALS OF THE TANF PROGRAM. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT STATES ARE AT RISK OF FINANCIAL PENALTY IF TANF PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE MORE THAN A YEAR OF EDUCATION OR IF STATES HAVE MORE THAN 30% OF THE STATE TANF CASELOAD IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. DUE TO THESE LIMITS, STATES HAVE LARGELY ABANDONED EFFORTS TO PROMOTE OR SUPPORT WORK IN THEIR TANF PROGRAMS. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GET MORE PEOPLE EMPLOYED IS THROUGH EMPLOYER-DRIVEN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT PROPERLY STRUCTURED THESE PROGRAMS RESULT IN BETTER AND MORE STABLE EMPLOYMENT, ESPECIALLY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OTHERWISE UNLIKELY TO FIND WORK. ALTHOUGH THE MEASURE WE ARE DEBATING TODAY DOES NOT ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, THIS BILL WILL HELP TIP THE SCALE BACK TOWARD JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. H.R. 2842 ESTABLISHES DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS THAT COMBINE WORK, TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR HARD-TO-EMPLOY TANF RECIPIENTS. THIS BILL PROVIDES A ONE-TIME APPROPRIATION OF $100 MILLION TO SUBSIDIZE THESE PROGRAMS. AFTER THE 12-MONTH PERIOD, STATES ARE GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUBSIDIZING WAGES IN MOVING INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING TANF INTO FULL-TIME JOBS. SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JOBS, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE AS AN INSTITUTION HAVEN'T PROVIDED THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. IF YOU WOULD ASK ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO OUTLINE HIS OR HER TOP PRIORITIES, I GUARANTEE YOU JOB CREATION WOULD BE MENTIONED EVERY SINGLE TIME. WE ALL AGREE ON THE NEED, BUT FROM THERE THE CONVERSATION STOPS. THERE ARE LOTS OF PROPOSALS IN CONGRESS TO CREATE JOBS, BUT WE'VE BEEN UNABLE TO PASS A LARGE-SCALE BIPARTISAN BILL FOR QUITE SOMETIME. THIS REALLY NEEDS TO CHANGE. GIVEN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, IT IS INTERESTING TO ME THAT PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S BUDGET PROPOSAL CUT WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS BY 39%. RATHER THAN PRESENT A JOBS BILL, HE'S PRESENTED A PLAN THAT WOULD ACTUALLY STOP HELPING PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS. THAT, IN MY JUDGMENT, IS PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. IN BRINGING FORWARD THIS LEGISLATION, I THINK IT'S BEING MADE CLEAR THAT THIS BODY DOES NOT SHARE THAT APPROACH, BUT WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN A SINGLE TARGETED BILL. FIVE MONTHS INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP STILL HAS NOT PUT FORWARD A SINGLE LARGE-SCALE PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS OR RAISE THE WAGES OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, BUT ITS LEADERSHIP HAS REJECTED DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS OUT OF HAND. WE SHOULD BE WORKING EVERY DAY ON CREATING JOBS AND RAISING WAGES FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA, BUT INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON JOB CREATION, DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S BUDGET REQUEST WOULD DESTROY APPROXIMATELY 1.4 MILLION JOBS. HIS BUDGET WOULD EVISCERATE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM CRITICAL JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION, DISMANTLE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS LIKE THE ONE WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY AND RANSACK EDUCATION BENEFITS AND LEAVE OUR COUNTRY IN A WEAKENED STATE. INSTEAD OF BRINGING JOBS BACK TO COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES, THE BUDGET WALKS AWAY FROM THEM. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL LEAVE IT AT THIS. THE UNDERLYING MEASURE WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD, BUT ONE STEP IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. WE NEED TO DO MORE, NOT LESS, TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES AND HELP WORKING FAMILIES. JUST AS I URGED DONALD JOHN TRUMP TO MOVE PAST THE CAMPAIGN RHETORIC AND GET SERIOUS, I ALSO URGE THIS BODY TO LEAD WITH MORE BIPARTISAN MEASURES THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM MOST, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:40:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

        • 12:40:07 PM

          MR. COLE

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

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          TEMPORE WITHOUT

          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

        • 12:40:12 PM

          MR. COLE

          I WANT TO BEGIN BY AGREEING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ON MANY OF THE POINTS THAT…

          I WANT TO BEGIN BY AGREEING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ON MANY OF THE POINTS THAT HE MADE. I WAS PARTICULARLY STRUCK BY THE POINT HE MADE ABOUT THE LOW PARTICIPATION RATE IN THE LABOR FORCE. THAT'S BEEN A PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN WITH US, FRANKLY, FOR AS HE POINTED OUT SEVERAL DECADES AND IT'S ONE THAT'S GOTTEN WORSE AND THAT'S ATTRIBUTABLE TO A LARGE POINT THAT ANOTHER POINT MY FRIEND MADE, A THING AROUND HERE WE CALL THE SKILLS GAP. WE HAVE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF JOBS AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT EMPLOYERS ARE READY TO HIRE PEOPLE THAT SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE TRAINING. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THAT ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IS SOMETIMES THE BEST TRAINING. YOU ACTUALLY ACQUIRE THE SKILL YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THE SITUATION OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL ACTUALLY, AGAIN, OFFSET THE COST OF THAT TO THE EMPLOYER, AND BY THE WAY, NOT ADD ANY COST TO THE TAXPAYER. THAT'S SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT AS WELL. WE ARE JUST TAKING MONEY THAT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENDING ANYWAY AND SPENDING IT A LOT MORE PRODUCTIVELY. MY FRIEND'S RIGHT, THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM, A NEW APPROACH. TRYING OUT FOR A YEAR, SPENDING $100 MILLION -- A LOT OF MONEY -- BUT OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD SPEND MORE THIS WAY IF WE KNOW THIS IS SUCCESSFUL. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS BILL IS ACTUALLY, AGAIN, EXCEPTIONALLY BIPARTISAN. I WAS STRUCK, AS I HOPE MY FRIEND WAS YESTERDAY, WHEN WE WERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION, WE'RE USED TO SEEING THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE COME UP AND SORT OF FIGHT IN FRONT OF US. INSTEAD THEY ACTUALLY CAME UP ARM IN ARM WITH A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT THEY HAD AGREED TO THAT, AGAIN, IS AN EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT WORK. IT'S EXACTLY THE WAY THAT CONGRESS SHOULD WORK, QUITE FRANKLY. FIND COMMON GROUND, ADVANCE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT MAKES LIFE BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN THIS CASE, AT LEAST, I THINK WE SUCCEEDED IN DOING THAT. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE RULE AUTHORIZES THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2353, THE SO-CALLED PERKINS GRANT PROGRAM. PERKINS GRANT IS SOMETHING WE'RE PRETTY FAMILIAR WITH IN OKLAHOMA. THIS IS FEDERAL MONEY THAT MOVES INTO A CAREER TECH SYSTEM AND HELPS ACTUALLY, AGAIN, WORKERS ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO BE PRODUCTIVE. QUITE OFTEN, AGAIN, WORKING WITH AN EMPLOYER WHO'S ALREADY GOT THE JOBS AVAILABLE, WE THEN TRAIN THE WORKER AT A CAREER TECH SYSTEM PARTLY FUNDED WITH FEDERAL DOLLARS AND THAT PERSON'S ASSURED A JOB THE DAY THEY WALK OUT. I SUSPECT THAT BILL LIKE THIS BILL WHEN IT FINALLY REACHES THE FLOOR WILL ALSO HAVE SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO I WANT TO PLEDGE TO MY GOOD FRIEND THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THINGS LIKE THIS. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DISAGREES ABOUT PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. I DON'T THINK WORKERS, YOU KNOW, WOULD -- THEY WOULD RATHER BE AT WORK THAN FRANKLY JUST RECEIVING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND NOT ABLE TO GO TO WORK. SO THIS BILL DOES THAT, AND I WANT TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND, AGAIN, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:43:18 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

        • 12:43:22 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

          MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY FRIEND, MS. DELBENE, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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        • 12:45:48 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

        • 12:45:52 PM

          MR. COLE

          LOW-INCOME AMERICANS EARN SUCCESS THROUGH THE DIGNITY OF WORK. STATES…

          LOW-INCOME AMERICANS EARN SUCCESS THROUGH THE DIGNITY OF WORK. STATES ACTUALLY SPEND LITTLE OF THEIR TANF FUNDING ON MOVING PEOPLE INTO JOBS. TODAY HALF OF ALL TANF RECIPIENTS ARE NEITHER WORKING NOR PREPARING FOR WORK THIS BILL ENSURES THAT MONEY ONLY GOES TO THOSE WHO ARE WORKING, PROVIDING INDIVIDUALS WITH PAYCHECKS IN LIEU OF BENEFIT CHECKS THIS PILOT ONLY PROVIDES FUNDING FOR ONE FISCAL YEAR. REPURPOSING MONEY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROPRIATED AND FRANKLY USING IT IN A BETTER WAY THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY APPROPRIATED TO ACHIEVE. THE BILL REQUIRES STATES REPORT ON OUTCOME MEASURES AND PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY EVALUATIONS FOR THE -- SO THAT CONGRESS CAN MAKE APPROPRIATION DECISIONS AFTER WE'VE SEEN THE RESULTS YIELDED BY THE PROGRAM. FINALLY, AS WE'VE BEEN POINTING OUT BUT I THINK AROUND HERE IT'S ALWAYS WORTH POINTING OUT MULTIPLE TIMES, WE'RE ACTUALLY, C.B.O. ESTIMATES THE BILL HAS NO COST. WE'RE DOING SOMETHING GOOD WITHOUT INCREASING EXPENDITURES FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND INDEED WE'RE PROBABLY IN THE PROCESS CREATING NEW TAXPAYERS, PEOPLE THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND ACTIVITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE THAT WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND ACTIVITY AND EMPLOYERS THAT WANT TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE. SO GOOD BILL ALL THE WAY AROUND AND AGAIN, I WILL BE URGING THE PASSAGE OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:47:35 PM

          THE CHAIR

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

        • 12:47:40 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON THE PROMISE OF JOB…

          MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON THE PROMISE OF JOB CREATION. HOWEVER, HIS BUDGET PAINTS A VERY DIFFERENT PICTURE. IT CUTS JOBS TRAINING PROGRAMS BY 39%. AND ITS RADICAL SPENDING CUTS WOULD LEAD TO MASSIVE JOB LOSSES. IN THIS BODY, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT JOBS. BUT WE'RE SIX MONTH INTO THIS CONGRESS AND HAVE FAILED TO PASS ANY MAJOR JOB CREATION BILLS. WHILE THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS INDEED AS MY GOOD FRIEND POINTS OUT A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT WE CAN AND WE MUST DO MORE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT IN MY HAND THAT WILL GENERATE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN JOBS. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE DEFAZIO'S BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2510, THE WATER QUALITY PROTECTION AND JOB CREATION ACT. THIS BILL WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT IN OUR NATION'S WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. HERE'S A CHANCE TO TAKE TODAY'S MOMENTUM A STEP FURTHER AND CONSIDER MR. DEFAZIO'S BILL IN ADDITION TO THE BIPARTISAN TANF BILL. 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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        • 12:49:32 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

        • 12:49:35 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

          PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. DEFAZIO.

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        • 12:49:47 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:49:50 PM

          MR. DEFAZIO

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AS HE NOTED, THE PRESIDENT HAS…

          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AS HE NOTED, THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED AND TWEETED INCESSANTLY ABOUT CREATING JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE ONLY SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL TO COME OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE THAT RELATES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBS IS IN HIS BUDGET AND IT ACTUALLY REDUCES FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH WOULD BASICALLY ELIMINATE JOBS. SO THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, BIPARTISAN BILL, APPRENTICESHIP IS GREAT. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO APPRENTICE FOR SOMETHING THAT'S REAL. A JOB IN THE END. CONSTRUCTION. AMERICA IS FALLING APART AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NOTHING BUT RHETORIC COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND NOW IDEOLOGY. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT PRIVATIZING ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. SO YOU PAY TOLLS EVERYWHERE YOU GO. THEY CALL IT ASSET RECYCLING. THEY'VE COME UP WITH A CATCHY NEW NAME. THAT'S BEEN FLOATED BUT THEY HAVEN'T PUT ANY SUBSTANCE BEHIND IT. SO THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE TO DEBATE AND PASS H.R. 2510, WATER QUALITY PROTECTION AND JOB CREATION ACT, 2017. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE $25 BILLION IN DIRECT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S CRUMBLES WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOCAL WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES. THE STATE OF OUR REPORT CARD OF 2017 IS A D-PLUS. MEANWHILE, MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE A BACK WILLING OF MORE THAN $40 BILLION, B, BILLION, DOLLARS IN CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND ACCORDING TO THE E.P.A. COMMUNITIES NEED CLOSE TO $300 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO BRING THEIR SYSTEMS INTO A STATE OF REPAIR. IT'S CLEAR WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO NEGLECT THE SERIOUS NEEDS OF OUR AGING WATTER INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE SYSTEMS FAIL AND DEGRADE AND POSE A RISK TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS AND OBVIOUSLY THE ENVIRONMENT. 24E PRESIDENT PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN TO MAKE A CLEAN WATER A PRIORITY. AGREE WITH THAT HE PROMISED TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UPGRADE CRITICAL WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER INFRAFRUCK YOU ARE -- INFRASTRUCTURE. HERE'S A CHANCE TO DELIVER ON THAT PROMISE. H.R. 2510 DOES EXACTLY THAT. IT TRIPLES INVESTMENT IN AMERICA'S CRUMBLING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER AT A TIME WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS A GOOD PARTNER. IN THOSE DAYS THEY PUT UP 85% OF THE COST OF OUR WASTEWATER SYSTEM. WE PUT UP THE OTHER 15%. THIS COULD -- BY RENEWING THIS LEGISLATION AND A COMMITMENT TO THE STATE REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAMS AND ADDING IN A GRANT COMPONENT FOR LOWER INCOME AREAS, THAT COULD, YOU KNOW, BE A GREAT STEP IN TERMS OF FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP AND CREATING ACTUAL JOBS FOR THE APPRENTICES THAT THIS BILL WANTS TO CREATE. THERE'S A WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I HAVE HERE ENFORCEMENT FROM 30 SEPARATE GROUPS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THESE LETTERS INTO THE RECORD. AND ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION EVERY BILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR NATION'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CREATES OR SUSTAINED 27,000 REAL JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT MEANS THAT THE $20 BILLION IN FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND, INCLUDING H R. 2550, WOULD CREATE OR SUSTAIN APPROXIMATELY 540,000 JOBS. THIS IS REAL. IT'S REAL. REAL JOBS FOR REAL PEOPLE AND REAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY THIS WOULD BE A GREAT STEP FORWARD AND I URGE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ADOPT THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:53:56 PM

          TEMPORE WEATHER,

          WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

          WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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        • 12:54:03 PM

          MR. COLE

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A WONDERFUL BIPARTISAN…

          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A WONDERFUL BIPARTISAN MOMENT HERE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON INAPPROPRIATELY WANTS TO CHANGE THE THE NOR A LITTLE BIT. LET ME BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON, HE'S A SERIOUS LEGISLATOR, DOES SERIOUS THINGS. I'LL PROBABLY FIND MYSELF ON THE SAME SIDE AS HIM ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. ON THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION, I HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, I DON'T SIT ON MY FRIEND'S COMMITTEE, BUT I SUSPECT THE COMMITTEE HASN'T PICKED IT UP AND DEALT WITH IT EITHER. JUST FROM A PROCESS STANDPOINT, I THINK THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO WOULD BE FOR THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW IT. IT COULD BE AMENDED IN COMMITTEE AS INDEED THIS BILL WAS. AND THEN WE'D HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER ON THE FLOOR. BUT TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR IMMEDIATELY TO ME IS PREMATURE LEGISLATIVELY. ALSO WANT TO TAKE ISSUE WITH MY FRIENDS ON THE RECORD OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF JOB CREATION. I SUSPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS PRIVATE LIFE CREATED MORE JOBS THAN JUST ABOUT ANYBODY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I THINK HE'S LAID FORWARD SOME INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PROPOSALS TO CONTINUE AND BUILD ON HIS PERSONAL RECORD NOW THAT HE'S PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THOSE PROPOSAL -- PROPOSALS, AS MY FRIENDS ARE SURELY AWARE BECAUSE I THINK THEY LARGELY AGREE WITH IT, IS TO ENHANCEMENT THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. ANOTHER ONE MY FRIENDS MAY NOT BE IN AGREEMENT WITH IS THIS HE'S LAID OUT HIS PLANS FOR TAX REFORM. THE GREATEST ENGINE FOR JOB GROWTH IS NEVER GOING TO BE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IF WE COULD AS THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTED LOWER TAX RATES AND INCENTIVIZE PROFITS, TAKE THOSE THAT ARE OVERSEAS AND BRING THEM BACK HERE, I THINK WE CREATE A LOT MORE JOBS A LOT MANUFACTURER QUICKLY, IN A LOT MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHION THAN WE WOULD DO THROUGH ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SPENDING. I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT A LITTLE BIT OF CREDIT FOR EMPHASIZING AND BRINGING HOME AMERICAN COMPANIES. SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY AMERICAN JOBS. SOMETHING HE ACTUALLY BEGAN ONCE HE WAS PRESIDENT-ELECT. WE SAW IT IN INDIANA WITH CARRIER AIR-CONDITIONING. WE'VE SEEN IT IN OTHER CASES WHERE HE'S PROMOTED THE SALE OF AMERICAN ARMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHERE WE'VE GOT SUBSTANTIAL THINGS. I THINK THIS IS A PRESIDENT THAT ACTUALLY GETS UP EACH AND EVERY DAY AND THINKS PROFOUNDLY ABOUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO CREATE AN OVERALL ECOSYSTEM AND ENVIRONMENT, IF YOU WILL THAT WILL INCENTIVIZE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, PRIVES EMPLOYMENT, AMERICAN JOBS AND BRINGING AMERICAN COMPANIES BACK TO THIS COUNTRY. I THINK HE'S ACTUALLY OFF TO AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD START IN THOSE AREAS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM ON THAT. I SUSPECT WE'LL SEE A TAX PROPOSAL ON THIS FLOOR IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. OUR FRIENDS IN WAYS AND MEANS ARE WORKING ON IT NOW, THAT WILL MIRROR MANY OF THE PRINCIPLES THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT IN HIS INITIAL DRAFT DISCUSSION OF WHAT E THINKS WE OUGHT TO DO. THAT ONE CHANGE, CHANGING THE TAX CODE, I THINK WILL DO MORE THAN ALL THE PROGRAMS THAT WE WOULD WORK ON. MANY OF THEM WORTHY PROGRAMS, MANY OF THEM THINGS I THINK WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A ROLE. I WILL AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, I AM DISTURBED ABOUT SOME OF THE CUTS IN TRAINING PROGRAMS. I'VE SEEN THOSE PROGRAMS WORK AND WORK WELL. I SUSPECT PRESIDENT WILL FIND OUT, AS OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE FOUND OUT, WE USED TO ROUTINELY PLACE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET ON THE FLOOR, IT RARELY GOT VERY MANY VOTE, I DON'T THINK GOT DEMOCRATIC VOTE, PRESIDENTSES PROPOSES, AS THEY SHE SHOULD -- PRESIDENTS PROPOSE, AS THEY SHOULD, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE MAKE THE DECISION. I WANT TO ASSURE MY FRIENDS THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DISAPPEAR. AND WE MAY HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DO IN APPROPRIATING DOLLARS. BUT MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I KNOW MY FRIEND CARES ABOUT HAS CHAMPIONED IN HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER ARE GOING TO BE PROTECTED. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IN THOSE AREAS AND KEEP THOSE THINGS GOING. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK THE PRESIDENT'S RECORD ON JOB CREATION WILL BE OUTSTANDING AND I THINK THE ACTIONS THAT HE'S TAKEN IN THE OPENING PART OF HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE A TESTAMENT TO HOW SERIOUSLY HE TAKES THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS A DECENT JOB, A JOB THAT PAYS A GOOD WAGE A JOB THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR HIS OR HER FAMILY, AND A JOB THAT WILL GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE A LIFE OF DIGNITY AND PROSPERITY, SOMETHING WE WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO HAVE A CHANCE AT. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 12:58:46 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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          MR. HASTINGS

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SGRAD VISE THROUGH YOU MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I HAVE NO…

          MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SGRAD VISE THROUGH YOU MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO WHEN HE. IS

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        • 12:58:58 PM

          MR. COLE

          I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS.

        • 12:59:02 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

        • 12:59:06 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

        • 12:59:08 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

          ABOUT THE PRIEST QUESTION AND THE FACT THAT IT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE…

          ABOUT THE PRIEST QUESTION AND THE FACT THAT IT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS. I WILL JUST REMIND HIM THAT THE CHAT FOR THE WASHINGTON TODAY IS ABOUT A HEALTH CARE MEASURE THAT HASN'T BEGUN THROUGH THE PROCESS , AT LEAST TO THE EXTENT THAT MOST OF US WOULD WANT. I ALSO, HAVING GREAT RESPECT FOR MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, I KNOW HE WILL SEE AND GET A CHANCE TO TALK WITH PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP, I'M NOT LIKELY TO DO THAT. BUT I WOULD ASK HIM TO TELL HIM WHEN HE SEES HIM FOR ME THAT I CAME HERE IN 1993 AND THERE WERE 14,000 BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR IN AMERICA. AND LAST YEAR, THE STATISTICS ARE FROM THE SOCIETY THAT DOES THAT ANALYSIS, SHOWED THAT THERE ARE 54,000 BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR IN THIS COUNTRY. THE POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS WE NEED A SERIOUS, SUBSTANTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE MEASURE. MR. SPEAKER, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT JOBS IN THIS CHAMBER, I WAS AT A FORUM ON SATURDAY AND SOMEONE MENTIONED BY GOVERNOR'S MANTRA IS JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. AND THAT PERSON SAID, WELL HE MUST MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THREE JOBS IN ORDER TO GET BY. . I'M GLAD WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS IN SEARCH OF WORK TO FIND A GOOD-PAYING POSITION THAT WILL HELP THEM SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES FACING US AND THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS JUST ONE TINY STEP FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I HOPE THIS MEASURE TRANSLATES INTO MORE BIPARTISAN BILLS. TOO OFTEN FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM, TAX REFORM, FOOTNOTE RIGHT THERE, MY FRIEND MENTIONS THAT WE WILL LIKELY SEE A TAX REFORM MEASURE SOMETIME SOON, I HOPE THAT IT DOESN'T REVERT TO TRICKLE DOWN. WE HAVE SEEN TRICKLE DOWN. IT DID NOT WORK. AND I HOPE WE DON'T DO THAT AGAIN. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY ON OTHER ISSUES AND IN MANY RESPECTS THE MAJORITY HAS SHUT OUT THE MINORITY FROM THE PROCESS JUST LIKE WHAT HAS HAPPENED UNTIL TODAY AT LEAST ON -- IN THE OTHER BODY WITH REFERENCE TO HEALTH CARE. THE BILLS WE HAVE DEBATED AND EVEN PASSED ARE PROJECTED TO ELIMINATE MILLIONS OF JOBS. EVEN AS WE TALK ABOUT JOB CREATION, MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE TOO FREQUENTLY TURN AROUND AND CHAMPION MEASURES THAT WOULD DO JUST THE OPPOSITE. THERE'S SO MUCH LOOM FOR COOPERATION IN THIS AREA, YET -- ROOM FOR COOPERATION IN THIS AREA, YET TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE'RE KEPT OUT OF THE PROCESS. AND THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, IT ALSO SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I MEAN. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE BLOCKED YESTERDAY SIX GERMANE AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL. IT'S A SYMPTOM OF THE CLOSED PROCESS. WHEN WE PREVENT GERMANE AMENDMENTS FROM EVEN BEING DEBATED BY THE HOUSE, IT DOES US ALL A DISSERVICE. AND YET MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE IDENTICAL DO -- AISLE DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. I'LL CLOSE WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS CREDITED FOR CREATING 11.3 MILLION JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY. THE ECONOMY ADDED JOBS FOR 75 STRAIGHT MONTHS. VERY FORTUNATELY THAT CARRYOVER FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS HAS CONTINUED. AND WHILE PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP MAKES UNTENABLE PLEDGE AFTER PLEDGE, I WATCHED EVERY WORD OF HIS SPEECH LAST NIGHT IN IOWA, AND ALL I HEARD WAS PLATITUDES. I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT SUBSTANCE. IT SEEMED LIKE A ROAD TEST FOR SOME NEW IDEAS. HE MAKES THESE UNTENABLE PLEDGES, INCLUDING A VERY HUMBLE PROMISE TO BE, AND I QUOTE HIM, THE GREATEST JOBS PRODUCER THAT GOD EVER CREATED, UNQUOTE. THE RECORD IS CLEAR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS, HAS BEEN, AND WILL BE THE PARTY OF JOB CREATION AND IS READY TO WORK WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE SIGNIFICANT JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY. SO I'LL ASK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, LET US CONTINUE THE TREND OF THE PAST FEW YEARS AND WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE BIPARTISAN MEASURES THAT WILL BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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        • 01:04:41 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CLOSES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

        • 01:04:46 PM

          MR. COLE

          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, WAINTS TO BEGIN BY ADDRESSING A COUPLE OF THE POINTS THAT MY FRIEND MADE. THERE WILL BE PLACES WE AGREE. THERE WILL BE PLACES WE DISAGREE. I THINK TOO OFTEN AROUND HERE WE TALK ABOUT HOW NOTHING GETS DONE WHEN THIS IS THIS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARILY PRODUCTIVE PERIOD IN TERMS OF PASSING LEGISLATION. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DIFFERENCES ON SOME OF THAT LEGISLATION. THERE'S NO QUESTION, THERE IS A REASON WHY GOD CREATE ADD DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND REPUBLICAN PARTY. IT PROBABLY WASN'T TO ALWAYS AGREE ALL THE TIME. BUT IT WAS TO CHALLENGE ONE ANOTHER AND TRY TO WORK TOGETHER WHEN THEY COULD OR DEFINE ALTERNATIVE PATHS WHEN THEY FELT THEY MUST AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAKE THE DECISION. FORTUNATELY WE'RE BLESSED TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THEY GET TO MAKE THAT DECISION ON A REGULAR BASIS LIKE CLOCKWORK. THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING SOME DECISIONS RECENTLY, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD A GOOD RUN IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS. WE'RE PLEASED WITH THE DECISIONS THEY ARE MAKING. AT SOME POINT THEY'LL CHANGE THEIR MIND AND DECIDE SOMEBODY ELSE HAS A BETTER WAY. IN THE INTERIM WE OUGHT TO STRESS OCCASIONALLY SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHEN WE DO WORK TOGETHER. ACTUALLY WAS HOME AFTER WE MANAGED TO PASS HEALTH CARE THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR BODY, AND THAT BILL MOVED THROUGH MULTIPLE COMMITTEES, HAD MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS, LOTS OF NEGOTIATION. OBVIOUSLY IT'S IN THE SENATE NOW. I THINK THAT PROCESS WILL START OVER THERE. BUT THE DAY BEFORE WE PASSED IT, ACTUALLY WE CAME TOGETHER IN A REALLY QUITE REMARKABLE WAY. WE PASSED AN OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL OF OVER $1 TRILLION. THAT BILL HAD WORKED THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES OF EACH HOUSE, 12 DIFFERENT BILLS PUT TOGETHER TO FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THAT PARTICULAR BILL GAVE US THE LARGEST INCREASE IN DEFENSE SPENDING IN ABOUT A DECADE. THE LARGEST INCREASE IN BORDER SECURITY MONEY IN ABOUT A DECADE. GAVE US A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN MONEY AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. AND AT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. AREAS THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER ON AND FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT. THAT BILL ALSO BROKE THE ONE TO ONE RELATIONSHIP, PRETTY ARTIFICIAL RELATIONSHIP IN MY VIEW, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA LAID DOWN THAT IF YOU INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING, YOU HAVE TO AUTOMATICALLY INCREASE DOMESTIC SPENDING, WHETHER YOU NEED TO OR NOT OR WHETHER YOU CAN AFFORD TO OR NOT. AND FRANKLY THAT BILL ACTUALLY PASSED WITH A MAJORITY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE VOTING FOR THE SAME BILL. AND DONALD TRUMP SIGNING A BILL. WHEN I GO HOME AND EXPLAIN THAT TO PEOPLE, THEY LOOK AT ME WITH A BLANK STARE? WHAT? THAT REALLY HAPPENED? $1 TRILLION WITH ALL THOSE DIFFERENT -- -- DIFFERENT ELEMENTS IN THERE AND MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT AND MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT AND DONALD TRUMP SIGNED IT? I SAY YES. THEY ARE AMAZED. THEY NEVER HEARD ABOUT T I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE PRESENT A FALSE NARRATIVE OF CONSTANT CONFLICT. THERE'S CERTAINLY PLENTY OF CONFLICT HERE. I HAVE SOME SYMPATHY WITH THE MINORITY HAVING BEEN IN THE MINORITY MYSELF, YOU ALWAYS FEEL SHUT OUT. BUT THIS IS OCCASION, THIS LEGISLATION, AND FRANKLY THAT SPENDING BILL, MY FRIENDS CERTAINLY WEREN'T SHUT OUT. THEY PARTICIPATED, PARTICIPATED VIGOROUSLY AND CONTRIBUTED IN THE PROCESS. I'M WITH MY FRIEND. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THAT. I THINK YOU'LL SEE IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU GO TO THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE, THEY ARE WORKING ON THEIR AUTHORIZATION BILL. THAT COMMITTEE'S THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE PROBABLY IN CONGRESS. EVERY TIME THEY REPORT SOMETHING OUT ON AN AUTHORIZATION, I THINK THEY HAVE 63 OR 64 MEMBERS, THE VOTE'S ALWAYS LIKE 60-3. THEY CLEARLY PUT ASIDE THEIR PARTISAN DIFFERENCES TO WORK NOFPLGT THIS BILL WE HAVE DONE EXACTLY THE SAME THING. SO WHILE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME POINTS WHERE WE DISAGREE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO AGREE AND COME TOGETHER. I PLEDGE TO MY FRIEND I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM TO TRY AND SEE THAT WE FIND MORE OF THEM. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL THE MEMBERS OBVIOUSLY TO SUPPORT THE RULE, BUT I'M SURE MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE PROBABLY WON'T ACCEPT INVITATION. THAT'S OK. THIS IS A PROCESS VOTE AND THEY HAVE OTHER MATTERS THEY WANT ON THE FLOOR AND I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WILL BE OPPOSING OUR RULE AND TRYING TO OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE. BUT WHEN THE MATTER COUNTS, WHEN THE ACTUAL LEGISLATION REACHES THE FLOOR, I THINK H.R. 2842 WILL DRAW BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS HOUSE IS TAKING STEPS TO HELP WORKERS LEAVE WELFARE ROLLS AND RETURN TO THE WORK FORCE. UNDER THIS BILL EMPLOYERS WILL BE INCENTIVIZED TO HIRE TANF RECIPIENTS AND HELP BRING THE UNEMPLOYED BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE AND THE ECONOMY. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT WILL BENEFIT EVERYONE. THE WORKERS, THE EMPLOYERS, THE COMMUNITY, THE ECONOMY, AND THE NATION. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THE WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I THINK IF WE GET IT THROUGH THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE, I'M SURE THAT MR. TRUMP WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SIGN IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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        • 01:10:04 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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        • 01:10:18 PM

          MR. HASTINGS

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

        • 01:10:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE ON 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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        • 01:34:20 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 01:34:29 PM

        House Vote 316 - On Ordering the Previous Question

        Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.

        Passed (226 - 184)
        Yea
        Nay

        Vote Details: Yea - 226
        Republican - 226

        Vote Details: Nay - 184
        Democratic - 184

        Vote Details: Not Voting - 21
        Republican - 12
        Democratic - 9

        • 01:34:31 PM

          MOMENT OF SILENCE

          The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the sailors involved in the accident on the USS Fizgerald.

          • 01:35:08 PM

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            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE…

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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          • 01:35:12 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            WITHOUT OBJECTION.

          • 01:35:14 PM

            MS. ESTY

          • 01:36:02 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            MR. SPEAKER.

          • 01:36:18 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            MR. SPEAKER.

          • 01:36:20 PM

            MR. HASTINGS

            MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

            A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. RECORDED VOTE WILL [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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          • 01:43:32 PM

            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE RESOLUTION IS…

            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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        • 01:43:50 PM

          House Vote 317 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

          Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.

          Passed (233 - 179)
          Aye
          No

          Vote Details: Aye - 233
          Republican - 228
          Democratic - 5

          Vote Details: No - 179
          Democratic - 179

          Vote Details: Not Voting - 19
          Republican - 10
          Democratic - 9

          • 01:43:52 PM

            Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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              RECOGNITION?

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              RULE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

          • 01:44:14 PM

            Mr. Dent filed a report from the Committee on Appropriations on H.R. 2998.

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              THE CLERK

              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2998, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY…

              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2998, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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            • 01:44:33 PM

              TEMPORE REFERRED

              REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1…

              REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 21, POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES IF A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR IF THE VOTE IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AS A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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          • 01:45:06 PM

            The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.

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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. 2353 AS AMENDED.

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          • 01:46:21 PM

            Mr. Thompson (PA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2353 — "To reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006."

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BULL.

            • 01:46:33 PM

              THE CLERK

              UNION CALENDAR 109, H.R. 2353, A BILL TO AMEND THE CARL E. PERKINS ACT.

          • 01:46:39 PM

            Considered under suspension of the rules.

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            DEBATE

            The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2353.

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              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. MURPHY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, BUT WILL WITHHOLD. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MR. THOMPSON.

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            • 01:47:10 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

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

              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2353.

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            • 01:47:18 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:47:21 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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            • 01:47:31 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

            • 01:47:32 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS, AMERICANS HAVE URGED CONGRESS TO WORK…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS, AMERICANS HAVE URGED CONGRESS TO WORK TOGETHER AND HAVE -- AND ADVANCE POLICIES THAT PROMOTE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WE'VE HEARD THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEED. THEY'VE BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO RECOVER. MANY FEEL STUCK IN A JOB MARKET THAT HAS TRANSFORMED DRAMATICALLY DUE TO ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY. IT'S TIME TO DELIVER THE RESULTS HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN DESPERATELY NEED AND RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT JOBS. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTOPHER MURPHY, INTRODUCED H.R. 2353 TO HELP MORE AMERICANS SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE BY IMPROVING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. TODAY, FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS LACK THE SKILLS AND EDUCATION THEY NEED TO BUILD A PROMISING CAREER AND MANY JOBS ARE GOING UNFILLED AS EMPLOYERS FACE A SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS. PAUL TOMCHUCK, PRESIDENT OF R.H. MARCOM AND A CONSTITUENT OF MINE SAID EDUCATION IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING ROOFERS TODAY. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS I WORKED HARD TO TO COMBAT THIS BY RAISING AWARENESS OF HOW C.T.E. PROGRAMS CAN RAISE AWARENESS. TOO OFTEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE YOU HAVE TO GET A BACHELOR'S DEGREE BUT THAT'S NOT THE REALITY OF TODAY'S DIVERSE ECONOMY. I HAVE MET PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE INTO DEBT FROM ATTENDING A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ONLY TO ENROLL IN A C.T.E. PROGRAM AFTER GRADUATION TO GET THAT GOOD-PAYING JOB. ATTENDING A MORE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SIMPLY ISN'T THE RIGHT FIT FOR EVERYONE. THERE ARE COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS WHO LEARN BEST IN INNOVATIVE WORKPLACE PROGRAMMING WHERE THEY CAN ACQUIRE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AIMED AT A CERTAIN CAREER. C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE PREPARING STATE OF THE UNIONERS IN JOBS OF THE FUTURE. INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, HEALTH CARE, AGRICULTURE AND MORE. HOWEVER, THERE'S MORE THAT CAN BE DONE TO ENSURE THESE PROGRAMS ARE SUCCESSFUL. THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WILL REIN IN THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN C.T.E. AND EMPOWER STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO TAILOR PROGRAMS TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. IT WILL GIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD PROGRAMS ACCOUNTABLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION ENCOURAGES LOCAL EDUCATION LEADERS TO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS. IT IMPROVES ALINEMENT WITH C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND IN-DEMAND JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A WIN FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE DEVELOPED A SET OF BIPARTISAN REFORMS THAT WILL HELP ADDRESS OUR NATION'S SKILLS GAP, BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND HELP MORE INDIVIDUALS CLIMB THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE -- I WANT TO THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORKED TO MOVE H.R. 2353 FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRIS. -- MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              H.R. 2353 IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY MARYLANDMY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN…

              H.R. 2353 IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY MARYLANDMY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON AND MYSELF TO MODERNIZE AND TAKE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO THE 21ST CENTURY. A PERSISTENT COMPLAINT I HEAR FROM EMPLOYERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS THAT C.T.E. PROGRAMS HAVE NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE CHANGING DEMANDS OF INDUSTRY. THIS BILL WOULD ADDRESS THE SKILLS GAP BY ALIGNING C.T.E. PROGRAMS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE LABOR MARKET, GIVING STAKE HOLDERS MORE AUTONOMY IN DEVELOPING CURRICULA WHILE ENSURING ROBUST ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS. I HOPE EVERYBODY WILL SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 2353 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR…

              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR WILLIAM M -- CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE WHO HAS HAD A COMMITMENT TO SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION FOR MANY YEARS. AND I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FOR TWO AND A HALF MINUTES.

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              MS. FOXX

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. THOMPSON, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I'VE BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THIS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MANY AMERICANS THINK OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THEY THINK OF A TRADITIONAL COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ON A SPRAWLING GREEN CAMPUS. THEY THINK OF STUDENTS LEAVING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITH THEIR DEGREE IN HAND, READY FOR A CAREER AND SET FOR LIFE. WHILE MANY AMERICANS CHOOSE THIS PATH, THERE'S A MISCONCEPTION THAT THIS IS THE ONLY PATHWAY TO SUCCESS. FOR MANY HARDWORKING AMERICANS, THE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS DOES NOT REQUIRE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. IN FACT, SKILLS-FOCUSED EDUCATION HAS HELPED COUNTLESS AMERICANS GAIN THE SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE AND BUILD FULFILLING LIVES. SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE FOUND SUCCESS THROUGH WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, WE HAVE COME TO A CRITICAL JUNCTURE WITH THE FUTURE OF THESE PROGRAMS. AND OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE NOT CAUGHT UP. AS A RESULT, AMERICAN BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING ENOUGH WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS AND TALENT THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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              BACK THE BALANCE

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              MS. FOXX

              FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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              MR. LANGEVIN

              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING, HIGH SKILLED…

              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING, HIGH SKILLED JOBS. AT A TIME WHEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN MANUFACTURING, I.T. AND OTHER SKILLED TRADES REMAIN UNFILLED, CONGRESS HAS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO EMPOWER WORK WERS APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING. WE FAIL TO MODERNIZE AND INVEST IN C.T.E., WE'LL BE UNABLE TO BUILD THE SKILLED WORK FORCE AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES WILL PAY THE PRICE. H.R. 2353 ALIGNS C.T.E. PROGRAMS WITH INDUSTRY NEEDS, PROMOTES WORK BASED SUPPORT AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELING.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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              MR. LANGEVIN

              THIS PROMOTES WORK BASED LEARNING AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELORS WHILE…

              THIS PROMOTES WORK BASED LEARNING AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELORS WHILE STRENGTHENING FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. I ENURGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS, BUSINESSES AND THEIR LOCAL ECONOMIES BY SUPPORTING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:01:45 PM

              MR. TOMORROWSON

              I --

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              MR. THOMPSON

              I NOW YIELD TO MR. WALBERG.

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              MR. WALBERG

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SPONSORING THIS…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, H.R. 2353. IN TODAY'S ECONOMY WE KNOW THAT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE SAME PATH INTO THE WORK FORCE. WHETHER A STUDENT WANTS TO PURSUE A JOB IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, HEALTH CARE, ENERGY, OR I.T. THE REFORMS WE'RE ADVANCING WILL HELP ASPIRING WORKERS GET THE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE THEY NEED TO THRIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY WORK FORCE. THIS BILL IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING WHERE HIGH-SKILLED JOBS ARE A VITAL COMPONENT OF OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. I'M ALSO GLAD IT INCLUDES MY BIPARTISAN PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS. AS I MEET WITH EDUCATORS, WORKERS, AND MANUFACTURERS ACROSS MY DISTRICT, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPROVE C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP. LET'S PASS THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND HELP MORE MEN AND WOMEN IN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY SECURE FULFILLING AND GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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              MS. CLARK

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS FOR…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. AND ALSO TO CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO BRING THIS TO WHERE IT IS TODAY. BECAUSE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS AND WORKERS ARE EAGER TO ADVANCE INTO GOOD-PAYING, HIGH SKILLED TECHNICAL CAREERS. FROM CHILDCARE TO MANUFACTURING TO CARPENTRY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE, JOBS THAT REQUIRE TECHNICAL TRAINING ARE IN HIGH DEMAND AND WE WANT TO OR MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO GET HIRED AND DEVELOP THEIR CAREERS. WITH THIS BILL, WE WILL HELP STRENGTHEN THE PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT REACHES OVER 11 MILLION STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. THIS BILL WILL HELP POLICYMAKERS MEASURE WHAT DOES AND DOES NOT WORK IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, ALLOWING US TO BUILD ON PAST SUCCESSES. IT WILL ENSURE OUR C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE NEEDS OF HIGH DEMAND GROWTH INDUSTRIES TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA IS COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY. AND IT WILL SUPPORT WORK-BASE LEARNING AND APPRENTICESHIPS AND OUR EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE WORK FORCE.

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              MS. CLARK

              THANK YOU. AND THIS WILL BRING THE PERKINS PROGRAM INTO THE MODERN 21ST…

              THANK YOU. AND THIS WILL BRING THE PERKINS PROGRAM INTO THE MODERN 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS ACT AND URGE THEM TO ECONOMY FUND THE C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND REJECT THE PROPOSED CUTS OF $168 MILLION. . THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, ONE MINUTE.

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              MR. WILSON

              THANK YOU, SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE JUDGE TED POE. THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN GLEN…

              THANK YOU, SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE JUDGE TED POE. THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN GLEN THOMSON FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP ON STRENGTHENING AMERICA'S WORK FORCE TO CREATE JOBS. I'M GRATEFUL TO SPEAK TODAY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. A CRITICAL TOOL IN CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP AND CREATING JOBS. SOUTH CAROLINA'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN PROMOTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, RECRUITING MICHELIN, B.M.W., BRIDGESTONE, AND NOW VOLVO. I HOPE ALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA CAN EXPERIENCE THE SUCCESS WE ACHIEVED CREATING JOBS, LEADING TO THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN 16 YEARS. THE 21ST CENTURY CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TRAINING ACT WILL REDUCE REGULATIONS AND ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO CREATE C.T.E. PROGRAMS BEST FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING I GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF FEDERAL RESOURCES, ALLOWING STATES TO RESPOND TO THEIR UNIQUE AND EDUCATIONAL ECONOMIC NEEDS TO CREATE JOBS FOR FULFILLING LIVES. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THESE EFFORTS AMPLIFIED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER LAST WEEK EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. EFFORTS TRAINING AMERICA'S MEANINGFUL HE SKILLED JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN.

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              MR. NOLAN

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PERKINS CAREER AND…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE STAFFS WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO BRING THIS REALLY GOOD STRONG, BIPARTISAN MEASURE HERE BEFORE THE CONGRESS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I GOT TO TELL YOU EVERYWHERE I GO BACK IN MINNESOTA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY I HEAR TWO THINGS WHEN I'M TALKING TO BUSINESSPEOPLE. AND THEY SAY, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAINED UNDER THIS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ARE THE BEST EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE. AND THE OTHER THING I HEAR IS THAT WE NEED MORE OF THEM. SO AGAIN, THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. THERE'S SOME GOOD NEW PROVISIONS IN IT THAT GIVE STATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS BETTER ON WHAT THE NEEDS ARE IN THEIR PARTICULAR REGION. THERE ARE OTHER TOOLS THEY HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE PROGRAM ITSELF AND THE BUSINESSES TO FORM PARTNERSHIPS, TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ALL ABOUT CREATING GOOD, STRONG, JOBS WITH LIVING WAGES AND STRONG FUTURES. IT'S ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY AND FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE AT THE HEART OF OUR ECONOMY. AND IT'S ABOUT CREATING A DYNAMIC ECONOMY WHERE PEOPLE CAN GROW AND PROSPER IN THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR WORKERS. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR BUSINESS. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR OUR ECONOMY. AND IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE ITS ADOPTION IN THE STRONGEST LANGUAGE POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, FOR…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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              MS. CHENEY

              I WILL.

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              MS. FOXX

              I WILL.

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              MS. CHENEY

              WYOMING HAS USED THIS TO PROMOTE THE CAREER READINESS OF OUR STUDENTS.…

              WYOMING HAS USED THIS TO PROMOTE THE CAREER READINESS OF OUR STUDENTS. PROTECT THE FUNDING IN WYOMING FOR CUT-EDGE PROGRAMS LIKE THE PATHWAY EDUCATION CENTER IN CSAPR IS CRUCIAL IN PART BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S HARMFUL ENERGY POLICIES THAT DEVASTATED OUR ECONOMY. WE MUST NOW WORK TO ADDRESS A DEPRESSED LABOR MARKET AND HEDGE AGAINST FUTURE ENERGY MARKET DOWNTURNS. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND YOUR COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO REFORM AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE C.T.E. PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, I HAVE CONCERNS THAT THE BILL AS DRAFTED COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY STATE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I CAN'T SUPPORT IT THEREFORE. ADDITIONALLY I KNOW SOME MEMBERS FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND LOUISIANA SHARE MY CONCERNS. THEREFORE, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO WORK WITH US AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD TO HELP ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS SO WE CAN GET A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT WE CAN ALL SUPPORT?

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              MS. FOXX

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR SHARING HER PERSPECTIVE AND LOOK FORWARD TO…

              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR SHARING HER PERSPECTIVE AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TO ADDRESS HER CONCERNS AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS.

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              MS. CHENEY

              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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              THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURT NIFMENT

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              MR. COURTNEY

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF RE-AUTHORIZING THE CARL PERKINS CAREER AN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT WHICH SHOULD BE CALLED THE JOBS ACT. AS WE HEARD FROM MEMBERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE CONTRY, MEMBERS ARE HEARING THE SAME THING FROM THEIR EMPLOYER COMMUNITY WHICH IS JOBS EXIST BUT SKILLS DON'T. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS IT CONNECTS PEOPLE TO THAT JOB MARKET AND RESPONDS TO THE FACT THAT THE 21ST CENTURY MARKET IS DYNAMIC AND CHANGING AND THIS BILL REALLY GETS IT IN TERMS OF GETTING TO THAT POINT. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IN MAY REPORTED THAT THERE ARE 5.9 MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN THE U.S. ECONOMY, A RECORD HIGH SINCE THEY STARTED EVEN COLLECTING THAT DATA. AND REALLY SO OUR JOB AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO UPDATE THE LAW AND UPDATE THESE PROGRAMS, TO ALIGN IT WITH THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT, PASSED IN 2014, AND THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED AGAIN IN THE LAST CONGRESS. AND THIS WILL BE THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PUZZLE WHICH WILL, AGAIN, MAKE SURE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS THAT THEY CAN SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. IN SECTOR AFTER SECTOR, WHETHER IT'S I.T., HEALTH CARE, WHETHER IT'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ARE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS MEASURE. I CONGRATULATE BOTH THEIR SPOPSORS FOR THEIR GREAT WORK. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK.

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              MR. THOMPSON

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

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353.

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              MR. SMUCKER

              THIS BILL WILL REFORM OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM AND…

              THIS BILL WILL REFORM OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM AND STRENGTHEN THE PROGRAMS IN MY DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE JOBS AVAILABLE IN MY DISTRICT RIGHT NOW, BUT THERE AREN'T ENOUGH TRAIN WORKERS. THIS BILL WILL HELP BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS PARTNER TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR JOBS IN TODAY'S IN DEMAND INDUSTRIES. WE NEED TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS LIKE STEVE WHO AT THE AGE OF 47 GRADUATED FROM THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY WITH A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING. C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO TRAINING WORKERS FOR NEW CAREERS. AND THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ARE GOOD, FAMILY SUSTAINING JOBS. SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE READY TO LEARN AND EAGER TO WORK. I'D LIKE TO THANK AGAIN REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON AND KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. I RISE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, RANKING MEMBER OF…

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, MR. POLIS.

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              MR. POLIS

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT OUR NEW PATHWAYS AND TECHNOLOGY EARLY COLLEGE, OR P-TECH PROGRAM AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL IN COLORADO. IT'S A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND I.B.M. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA I.B.M. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN FIVE OR SIX YEARS THROUGH DUAL ENROLLMENT. I SPOKE WITH A NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING AND THEY SHARED WITH ME HOW THE PROGRAM EQUIPS THEM WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO GET A WELL-PAYING RELIABLE JOB AFTER GRADUATION. THAT'S THE KIND OF INNOVATION CONGRESS SHOULD BE SUPPORTING AND I'M PROUD THAT THE PERKINS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL DOES JUST THAT. I URGE THIS BILL'S FINAL PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO TAKE UP THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SHARED WITH ME HOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO MORE STUDENTS CAN ENJOY THE KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE STUDENTS AT THE P-TECH HIGH SCHOOL DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK…

              MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MR. FERGUSON FROM GEORGIA, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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              MR. FERGUSON

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. NOT ONLY DOES THIS…

              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. NOT ONLY DOES THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZE MORE AVAILABLE FUNDING FOR C.T.E. PROGRAMS, IT ALSO GIVES STATES MORE FREEDOM TO SUPPORT C.T.E. ACTIVITIES IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE. THIS BILL ALSO GIVES AUTHORITY BACK TO THE STATES TO APPROVE C.T.E. PLANS RATHER THAN REQUIRING THE FEDERAL APPROVAL. IN THE SHORT TIME I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE UNIQUE DIFFERENCES ACROSS EACH OF OUR STATES AND DISTRICTS. INCREASING FLEXIBILITY WILL ENABLE STATES TO HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO CREATE AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT FIT THEIR UNIQUE WORK FORCE NEEDS. I'M EXCITED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO ITS PASSAGE LATER TODAY. HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL INTO MEANINGFUL CAREERS IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS WE CAN MOVE OUR NATION INTO A VIBRANT 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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              MS. WILSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. WHILE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO CURRENT LAW, DURING COMMITTEE MARKUP I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MORE FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR EX-OFFENDERS WHO NEED A SECOND CHANCE, AN OPPORTUNITY. EX-OFFENDERS WHO ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY YOUNG MEN OF COLOR DUE TO THE BIAS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FACE NUMEROUS HURDLES WHEN THEY TRY TO REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AFTER SERVING THEIR TIME. FINDING A DECENT JOB IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP TOWARDS DEVELOPING SELF-ESTEEM AND JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY AND TOO OFTEN, A PROUD CRIMINAL HISTORY IS A BARRIER TO EX-OFFENDERS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. I WITHDREW MY AMENDMENT BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT WORK. NEVERTHELESS, IT IS MY VIEW THAT MY AMENDMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS THIS BILL ADVANCES TO FUTURE CONFERENCE CONSIDERATION. LET'S HELP STOP RECIDIVISM FOR THIS SPECIAL POPULATION. I YIELD BACK.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN, A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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              MR. ALLEN

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT TRUMP LAID OUT HIS PLAN TO EXPAND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEDICATION TO WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT IS ADMIRAL, AND I'M GLAD -- ADMIRABLE, AND I'M GLAD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT'S MADE THIS A PRIORITY. AS SOMEONE WHO'S WORKED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FOR MY ENTIRE CAREER, I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE TO FIND SKILLED WORKERS. IN FACT, I SPOKE AT THE ASSOCIATION FOR BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST THIS MORNING AND THEY REPORTED THERE WILL BE OVER ONE MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN THE THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. I HAVE MET WITH MANY INDUSTRIES IN MY DISTRICT. THE WORK FORCE IS AGING. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO CURRENTLY HAVE THE SKILLS TO TAKE OVER, AND IT CAN TAKE NEARLY TWO YEARS FOR PEOPLE TO BE FULLY TRAINED FOR THESE POSITIONS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY ARE EQUIPPED FOR THE JOB MARKET OF TOMORROW. GETTING AN EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL, BUT IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT OUR EDUCATION EFFORTS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE IN-DEMAND JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION WHICH IS CRITICAL TO --

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              MR. THOMPSON

              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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              MR. ALLEN

              THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND…

              THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO PREPARE AMERICA'S FUTURE WORK FORCE. I AM HAPPY TO CO-SPONSOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR H.R. 2053, AND I YIELD.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              I NOW RECOGNIZE ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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              MR. GROTHMAN

              WE'RE HEARING FROM THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE DRUMBEAT FROM…

              WE'RE HEARING FROM THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE DRUMBEAT FROM HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, COLLEGE RECRUITERS AND THOSE COWTOWING TO A LOBBY THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR THAT IT'S WISE TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE IS BEGINNING TO COME TO AN END. I AM GLAD UNDER THIS BILL WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO GET A DEGREE FOCUSED ON SKILLS. SOME SAID IT COULD BE ONE YEAR, SOME SAID IT COULD BE TWO YEARS. FREQUENTLY THESE DEGREES LEAD TO JOBS THAT ARE HIGHER PAYING THAN JOBS YOU GET AFTER YOU HAVE A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE. NOW, THEY ARE HIGHER PAYING BUT I THINK THE RESULT IS MORE JOB SECURITY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A GENERALIST WHEN YOU GET LAID OFF AT 45 OR 50, BUT IF YOU HAVE A SKILL THAT SKILL IS SOMETHING WHICH YOU CAN STILL GET A JOB WHEN YOU'RE 50, 55, 60, 65. THEREFORE, I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TODAY. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I LIKE ABOUT EVEN THOUGH IT'S SOMETHING I DISAGREE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON IS THIS BILL WILL RESULT IN LESS --

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              WELL, THAT'S OK. WE CAN MOVE ON. I RESERVE.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DESAULINER.

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              MR. DESAULINER

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS AND…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS AND ALSO MY FRIEND, MR. THOTCHES, FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I'M -- MR. THOMPSON, FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT IT. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEIR NEXT STEP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IS IMMEDIATELY TO JOIN THE WORK FORCE OR TO GO TO COLLEGE. IN MY DISTRICT, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT MANY STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT FROM THE INCLUSION OF CAREER PATHWAYS IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM. ONE STUDENTS CREATES A FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE WHILE IN PITTSBURGH HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN -- THEY DESIGN COMPUTER ANIMATION AS PART OF THE SCHOOL'S GREEN ENGINEERING ACADEMY. AND ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL, IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, THEY RUN AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY FOCUSING ON I.T. CAREER SKILLS WHILE PROVIDING THEIR COMMUNITY I.T. SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE. BY ENACTING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, CONGRESS WILL AFFIRMATIVELY TAKE STEPS TO UPDATE OUR NATION'S EDUCATIONAL VISION AND WILL PROPEL TODAY'S STUDENTS INTO TOMORROW'S WORK FORCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE EDUCATION AND WORK…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE MEMBER MR. BRAT FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA FOR 30 SECONDS.

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              MR. BRAT

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

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. THE ECONOMY IS NOT GROWING AS IT SHOULD BE, ABOUT.7% LAST QUARTER, AND ACCORDING TO MANY OF THE EMPLOYERS IN MY DISTRICT, OUR WORK FORCE IS NOT PREPARED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY, LET ALONE THE FUTURE. THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT RECOGNIZES WE NEED AN EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT BEST PREPARES KIDS FOR THE FUTURE, A FUTURE IN BUSINESS, AS SOON AS THEY HIT THE K-12 AND THEY SHOULD BE READY TO ENTER THE JOB MARKET OR MOVE ON TO ADDITIONAL TRAINING. TRADITIONAL FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CANNOT BE THE ONLY PATHWAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENTS. IN VIRGINIA, THERE WERE NEARLY 110,000 POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN C.T.E. COURSES IN THE 2014 YEAR, AND PROGRAMS I AM PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT IN VIRGINIA'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDING THE CHESTERVILLE GOVERNOR CENTER, CHESTERVILLE GOVERNOR'S HEALTH SCIENCE ACADEMY. WHILE THESE INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE EXCELLED TECHNICAL SKILLS AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING MUST BE INGRAINED IN THE THINKING OF OUR ENTIRE K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM ACROSS THE CURRICULUM IN EVERY CLASS AND I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS A POSITIVE STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. THANK YOU.

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              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS.

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              MR. NORCROSS

              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS. CERTAINLY WE'RE IN THE HOUSE…

              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS. CERTAINLY WE'RE IN THE HOUSE TODAY AND SENDING A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE THAT CAREER AND TECHNICAL SKILLS MATTER AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE, THAT PATHWAY IS CERTAINLY GREAT FOR SOME, BUT NOT ALL. TECHNICAL TRAINING HELPED SHAPE MY LIFE FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AND, YES, HERE TO CONGRESS. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, OR C.T.E., IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND IT SHOULDN'T BE. WE NEED ELECTRICIANS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS. IN MY STATE OF NEW JERSEY, NINE OUT OF 10 OF THE FASTEST GROWING OCCUPATIONS DON'T REQUIRE A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE, BUT THEY DO REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD SKILLS THAT THEY NEED FOR THOSE FAST-GROWING, HIGH-PAYING JOBS. AND I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSORS FOR INCLUDING MY PROVISION THAT WILL ALLOW HIGH SCHOOLS TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THAT CAREER PATH AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. DON, PRESIDENT OF CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE, IN MY STATE SAYS THAT WE HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING THE TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WE NEED TO PROVIDE TO OUR STUDENTS, AND THAT WILL LEAD TO MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT AND CAREERS, TO TRAIN THE STUDENTS ON AVAILABLE CURRICULUM AND AVAILABLE JOBS. I SUPPORT THIS JOBS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              MR. THOTCHES

              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW --

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              MR. THOMPSON

              SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR 30 SECONDS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.…

              SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR 30 SECONDS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES.

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              MR. ESTES

              I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I RISE TODAY IN…

              I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHEN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. I URGE YOU ALL TO VOTE FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ALLOWS OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THE BETTER TO BETTER ADAPT THEIR PROGRAMS TO THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS. THIS BILL WILL GIVE STATES AND LOCALITIES MORE FLEXIBILITY IN HOW TO USE FEDERAL MONEY FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY HELP AMERICANS FIND THE JOBS THEY NEED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:30:47 PM

              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM DELAWARE.

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              I THANK JOT FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE…

              I THANK JOT FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT.

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              MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

              THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO ENTER THE WORK…

              THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO COMMITTEE FOR HIGH SCHOOLED -- COMPETE FOR HIGH-SKILED, IN DEMAND JOBS. EMPLOYERS TELL ME THEY NEED A SKILLED WORK FORCE. C.T.E. SUPPORT IS A VITAL TOOL IN ADDRESSING THE SKILLS GAP IN MANY INDUSTRIES IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR SUPPORT ENSURES THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY C.T.E. PROGRAMS. IT ALLOWS STATES TO STRENGTHEN THESE PROGRAMS, PROVIDING HANDS ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT LEAD TO HIGHER GRADUATION RATES AS WELL AS BETTER POST SECONDARY AND CAREER OPTIONS. IN 2012, DELAWARE STARTED PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY TO GIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AN INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATE, COLLEGE CREDITS, AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE ALL BEFORE THEY GRADUATE. IN TWO YEARS IT HAS GROWN FROM 30 STUDENTS TO OVER 6,000. WHO ARE NOW BETTER SUITED TO DETERMINE THEIR NEXT STEPS AND BUILD A CAREER. I WANT TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND ALSO MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              MR. THOMPSON

              MR. SPEAKER, NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.…

              MR. SPEAKER, NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON, FOR 30 SECONDS.

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              THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

            • 02:32:29 PM

              MR. DAVIDSON

              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR…

              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS A FORMER MANUFACTURER, I HAVE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN PROMOTING MEANINGFUL WORK. IT'S ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR HELPING PEOPLE TRANSITION FROM A SOCIAL SAFETY NET OR A SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM, BUT I HAVE SEEN IT FIRST HAND FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, FOR ADULTS WHO CHANGE CAREERS, IT CAN TRULY CHANGE LIVES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I'M CONFIDENT IT CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT'S DONE IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF OHIO. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:33:06 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUES TO…

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:33:12 PM

              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAN LIPINSKI.

            • 02:33:19 PM

              TEMPORE GENTLEMAN

              GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

            • 02:33:21 PM

              MR. LIPINSKI

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON…

              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL THAT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE A PROGRAM THAT IS CRITICAL TO BOTH AMERICAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES AND THE FUTURE OF OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. I'M CONTINUOUSLY HEARING FROM FAMILY OWNED MANUFACTURERS ACROSS MY DISTRICT SUCH AS ODM THAT THEY CANNOT FIND WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FILL GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I HEAR THIS FROM COMES ALSO LIKE BOEING, INTEL, AND OTHERS. AT THE SAME TIME MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND JOBS BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED. THIS BILL ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM BY SUPPORTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT ARE MATCHED TO REGIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LABOR MARKETS. THESE APPLIED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATH METICS, OR STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS, ARE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE INNOVATION ENGINE THAT DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AS WE WORK TO MOVE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES INTO THE MARKETPLACE, WE NEED A SKILLED WORK FORCE TO BUILD AND IMPLEMENT THEM. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR INNOVATION ECONOMY BENEFITS ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY THE MIDDLE CLASS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THIS BILL AND URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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            • 02:34:51 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FROM ILL NOW FOR 30 SECONDS.

            • 02:34:55 PM

              MR. WILL PIN I ASK

              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AND --

            • 02:35:02 PM

              MR. LIPINSKI

              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A…

              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL AND SOMETHING AMERICA NEEDS TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY AND STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:35:14 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 ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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            • 02:35:19 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

            • 02:35:21 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:35:23 PM

              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:35:26 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS PREPARED TO CLOSE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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            • 02:35:30 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              PREPARED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:35:32 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE.

            • 02:35:34 PM

              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF AND COMMITTEE STAFF…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF AND COMMITTEE STAFF FOR ALL THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK ALEX PAYNE, THE LEAD COMMITTEE STAFFER ON CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION FROM OUR SIDE, WHO UNFORTUNATELY COULDN'T BE HERE WITH US TODAY DUE TO THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN THOMSON -- THOMPSON FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL ALL THESE YEARS. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS BILL IS TO COORDINATE WHAT IS TAUGHT IN C.T.E. CLASSES WITH WORK FORCE DEMANDS. H.R. 2353 REQUIRES STATE PLANS TO SHOW HOW C.T.E. CURRICULA ALIGN WITH IN-DEMAND CAREERS. SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST CONSULT BUSINESS LEADERS, EDUCATORS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS AND OTHERS TO DETERMINE THE MOST PROMISING CAREER FIELDS. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL GIVES EVERYONE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND MAKES SURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL AT A TIME WHEN BIPARTISANSHIP IS SO NEEDED IN THIS TOWN. I URGE THE SENATE TO TAKE UP OUR BILL AND URGE A YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:36:54 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME OF THE…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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            • 02:37:01 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST REMARNEDE OF THE TIME.

            • 02:37:05 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:37:07 PM

              MR. THOMPSON

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2353 HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2353 HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS. BY MODERNIZING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WE CAN HELP PREPARE MORE MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE. I'D LIKE TO NOTE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS AT THE AUTHORIZED LEVELS. SO THE PROGRAMS CAN ADEQUATELY SERVE STUDENTS. OF ALL AGES. WE REALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TODAY AND I COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK THAT WENT IN TO THIS. ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI WELLS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE -- AS WELL AS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO THANK CERTAINLY MY EDUCATION STAFFER ON MY TEAM, KATIE BROWN, EDUCATION WORK FORCE STAFFERS, JAMES REDSTONE AND ALEX PAYNE, AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2353. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:38:09 PM

              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2353, 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.

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          • 02:38:26 PM

            On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

            • 02:38:28 PM

              Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

              • 02:40:05 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

              • 02:40:10 PM

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

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

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              • 02:40:16 PM

                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1654. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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            • 02:40:34 PM

              Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 392. H.R. 1654 — "To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing, and for other purposes."

              • 02:40:39 PM

                Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1873 and 1654, with 1 hour of general debate for each bill. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except a motion to recommit with or without instructions on each bill. Both measures will be considered read and have specified amendments.

                • 02:40:45 PM

                  The Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Poe to act as Chairman of the Committee.

                  • 02:40:45 PM

                    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 392 and Rule XVIII.

                    • 02:40:50 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                      THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1654 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                    • 02:40:58 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL…

                      A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL AND STATE PERMITTING PROCESSES RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SURFACE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS ON LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, AND TO DESIGNATE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR PERMIT PROCESSING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                • 02:41:16 PM

                  GENERAL DEBATE

                  The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1654.

                  • 02:41:21 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE…

                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                  • 02:41:33 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

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

                  • 02:41:36 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                  • 02:41:39 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    TODAY THE HOUSE MEETS FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW TO CONSIDER ANOTHER…

                    TODAY THE HOUSE MEETS FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW TO CONSIDER ANOTHER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THAT HAS COME FROM THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER POWER AND OCEANS, WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF CHAIRING. MY SUBCOMMITTEE HAS A STRONG INFRASTRUCTURE AGENDA. ALREADY HEARING TESTIMONY ON A NUMBER OF BILLS AIMED AN IMPROVING OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ADVANCING AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY AND WATER STRATEGY. MANY OF OUR BILLS INCLUDING H.R. 1654, WHICH WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, APPLY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO EXPEDITE MAINTENANCE OR CONSTRUCTION OF WATER AND POWER INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE NATION. IT IS VITAL TO REBUILD OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST ROADBLOCKS TO DOING THAT IS THE EXCESSIVE REGULATORY RED TAPE THAT APPLICANTS HAVE TO WADE THROUGH BEFORE THEY CAN EVEN MOVE ONE SHOVEL OF DIRT. IN COLORADO WHERE I LIVE, A WATER PROJECT WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED WHERE WATER OWNED BY THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS WAS TAKEN FROM A RESERVOIR 60 MILES TO THE SOUTH, TO THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS FOR TREATMENT AND DISTRIBUTION. THE PROJECT TOOK SIX YEARS TO BUILD. BUT BEFORE THAT COULD HAPPEN, THERE WERE OVER 200 PERMITS AND APPLICATIONS THAT HAD TO BE GRANTED. ANY ONE OF WHICH COULD HAVE STOPPED THE WHOLE THING. AND THAT COST $160 MILLION OF APPLICATION FEES, LAWYERS TIME, AND MITIGATION. AND THAT TOOK EIGHT YEARS. THAT TOOK LONGER THAN THE PROJECT ITSELF. NOW, CONGRESSMAN TOM MCCLINTOCK'S WATER SUPPLY PERMITTING WATER COORDINATION ACT SEEKS TO CUT REGULATORY RED TAPE BY CREATING A ONE-STOP-SHOPPER MITTING PROCESS THROUGH THE BURE OF OF -- BUREAU OF WRECK LA CLATION TO STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR NEW OR EXPANDED NONFEDERAL SURFACE STORAGE FACILITIES. HOWEVER THIS BILL IS NOT A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH. MR. MCCLINTOCK'S BILL ALLOWS WATER STORAGE PROJECT SPONSORS THE FLEXIBILITY TO OPT OUT OF THIS PROCESS AND INSTEAD CHOOSE THE AGENCY PROCESS THAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM. WHILE THE WATER SUPPLY PERMITTING COORDINATION ACT WILL ALLOW FOR MUCH NEEDED RELIEF IN THE SPONSOR'S STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THIS BILL WILL BENEFIT STATES THROUGHOUT THE WEST, INCLUDING MY OWN STATE OF COLORADO. MR. MCCLINTOCK'S BILL GOES HAND IN HAND WITH LANGUAGE IN THE WINN ACT SIGNED INTO LAW THAT IS YEAR THAT SUPPORTS ADDITIONAL WATER STORAGE CAPACITY ACROSS THE WEST. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR BRINGING UP THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT SIMPLY LOOKS TO CUT REGULATORY RED TAPE FOR WATER STORAGE PROJECTS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO SURVIVAL IN THE WEST. AND I URGE ALL OF MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 02:44:33 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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                  • 02:44:41 PM

                    MR. HOUGHMAN

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

                  • 02:44:45 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

                  • 02:44:49 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    USE.

                  • 02:53:09 PM

                    CHRIS

                    OF MY TIME. CHRIS: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

                    OF MY TIME. CHRIS: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED --

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                  • 02:53:17 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                  • 02:53:20 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOLDEN STATE,…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOLDEN STATE, THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY.

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                  • 02:53:27 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 02:53:30 PM

                    MR. MCCARTHY

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. MR.…

                    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS GET EXCITED WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK ON THE FLOOR, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY COME FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO TELL US WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. IT'S INTERESTING, IN CALIFORNIA WHEN THE LEGISLATURE WAS CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS, THEY DID WAIVE NOT FOR A DAM, IT WASN'T TO PREPARE FOR A DROUGHT WE WERE GOING THROUGH BUT THEY WAIVED IT TWICE, ALL FOR SPORTS. ONE WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ONE WAS IN L.A. IT SEEMS ODD BUT SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PRIORITIES, I GUESS, NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST RECENTLY ENDURED THE WORST DROUGHT IN OUR CENTURY. THOUGH IT WAS THE WORST DROUGHT, THIS WAS NOT OUR FIRST. WE HAVE FACED DROUGHTS FOR GENERATIONS, AND EACH TIME THE RAIN AND SNOW CAME BACK AND DELIVERED THE WATER THAT WE NEEDED TO SURVIVE. JUST LIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, THIS PAST WINTER WAS A GOD SEND TO CALIFORNIANS. THE WETTEST ON RECORD. NOW, LIVING IN A NATURALLY DRY RENAL THAT WE DO, YOU'D THINK -- DRY REGION THAT WE DO, YOU'D THINK IT WOULD BE COMMON PRACTICE BY CAPTURING WATER WHEN MOTHER NATURE BLESSES US WITH THE RAIN AND SNOW, BUT THE FACT IS WE AREN'T DOING ENOUGH TO STORE THE WATER WE DO GET FOR THE TIMES WE DON'T GET IT. SO WHAT CAN WE DO NOW? WHAT WOULD HELP THE PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT AND ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE WEST TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE DROUGHTS THAT WE KNOW ARE COMING? WE SHOULD START BY BUILDING MORE DAMS AND RESERVOIRS. SO WHAT'S STOPPING US? WELL, SOME IS A RIDICULOUS PERMITTING PROCESS THAT FORCES US TO WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT WHEN ACTUALLY WE SHOULD BE ACTING. JUST LOOK AT HISTORY. TAKE THE HIGH SAVERY DAM IN WYOMING. IT -- SAVORY DAM IN WYOMING. IT TOOK 14 YEARS TO PERMIT BUT TWO YEARS TO BUILD. THINK HOW MUCH THE WORLD CHANGE IN THOSE 14 YEARS TIME. IN 1990, SOMEWHERE AROUND FIVE MILLION PEOPLE HAD CELL PHONES, AND ONLY ABOUT 15% OF AMERICANS OWNED A COMPUTER. BY 2004 WHEN THE DAM WAS FINISHED, ABOUT 180 MILLION PEOPLE HAD CELL PHONES, AND 62% OF AMERICANS OWNED A COMPUTER. IN 1990, THE MOST POPULAR MOVIE WAS "TOTAL RECALL." BY 2004, WE WERE ALREADY ON TO "SHREK 2." NOW, LOOKING TO MY HOME STATE, WE CAN'T WAIT 14 YEARS AFTER STARTING THE PERMITTING PROCESS TO FINISH OUR PROJECTS. ONE RESERVOIR, ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, CAN PROVIDE ENOUGH WATER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 172,000 HOUSEHOLDS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. FINISHING THE SITE'S RESERVOIR PROPOSAL COULD PROVIDE TWO MILLION CALIFORNIA HOMES WITH ENOUGH WATER FOR A YEAR. THAT'S AN ASTOUNDING NUMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE ON THIS FLOOR WE'LL HEAR THOSE TWO MILLION SHOULD ACTUAL HE WAIT, BUT I GUESS IT WAS FOR A BASEBALL -- IF IT WAS FOR A BASEBALL STADIUM, NO NEED TO WAIT. FIXING THIS PROBLEM IS NOT SAVING A FEW HEADACHES. IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS AMERICA HAVE THE WATER THEY NEED AND DESERVE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN TOM MCCLINTOCK FOR THIS LEGISLATION. FIXING THIS PERMITTING PROCESS FOR WATER STORAGE IS MORE THAN JUST COMMON SENSE. OF IT'S ABOUT MAKING US A NATION OF DOERS AGAIN, TO GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, MR. MCCLINTOCK HAS WORKED. HE'S TRIED TO WORK WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. HE'S BEEN THROUGH THIS PROCESS, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, MR. MCCLINTOCK HAS BEEN HOME. HE'S BEEN LISTENING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT DON'T HAVE WATER. WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THESE DROUGHTS. WE KNOW THESE DROUGHTS WILL COME AGAIN, AND THEY'VE ONLY BEEN WORSE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. WHY? BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN IMPOSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. EVEN IN THE YEARS WHERE WE HAVE MORE THAN 170% OF SNOWPACK, WE DON'T KEEP THE GUARANTEE OF 100% OF THE WATER. SO AS ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS CONTINUE TO TAKE WATER AWAY AND PUT IT OUT TO THE OCEAN INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR THE FRUITS TO BE GROWN AND THE FIBER ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND PROVIDE THE WATER FOR THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA, WE SHOULD BUILD MORE DAMS AND THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT 14 YEARS WITH ONLY TWO YEARS TO BUILD IT. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER, AND WE WILL DO BETTER WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 02:59:02 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 02:59:09 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE FOR AT LEAST…

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVER BILLS THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER REFERENCED INVOLVING AN NFL STADIUM, AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR HIM CRITICIZE THAT BECAUSE THAT, -- I, TOO, CRITICIZED IT. THERE WAS A BIT OF VINDICATION BECAUSE AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE STADIUMS ENDED UP NOT GETTING BUILT ANYWAY DESPITE THE ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVER AND IT SORT OF EXPOSED THE FACT THESE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS ARE OFTEN PUT FORWARD AS SCAPEGOATS. WE'RE TOLD IF YOU CLEAR AWAY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING WE CAN DO THESE THINGS. THERE WERE MANY OTHER REASONS WHY THAT STADIUM DIDN'T GET BUILT. COMPLICATED ISSUES INVOLVING NFL FRANCHISES AND FINANCING, WHICH IS USUALLY THE REAL SCAPEGOAT WHEN THESE PROJECTS AREN'T MOVING FORWARD. SO IT'S A WORTHY EXAMPLE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:00:03 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

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                  • 03:00:07 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS EXCELLENT PIECE…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA,

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                  • 03:00:15 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MICK COLIN TO BE, IS RECOGNIZED IS…

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MICK COLIN TO BE, IS RECOGNIZED IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:00:28 PM

                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                    DROUGHTS ARE NATURE'S FAULT, THEY HAPPEN. BUT WATER SHORTAGES ARE OUR…

                    DROUGHTS ARE NATURE'S FAULT, THEY HAPPEN. BUT WATER SHORTAGES ARE OUR FAULT. WATER SHORTAGES ARE A CHOICE WE MADE A GENERATION AGO WHEN WE STOPPED BUILDING NEW RESERVOIRS TO MEET OUR NEEDS. THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH IS WE WENT STOP OUR WATER SHORTAGE UNTIL WE BUILD MORE RESERVOIRS AND WE CAN'T BUILD MORE RESERVOIRS UNTIL WE CHANGE THERE. FOR YEARS WE HAVE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM FRUSTRATED WATER DISTRICTS UNABLE TO NAVIGATE THE BYZANTINE MAZE OF REGULATIONS AND THE PHALANX OF COMPETING, OVERLAPPING, DUPLICATIVE FEDERAL AGENCIES. AFTER YEARS SPENT TRYING TO SATISFY ONE AGENCY, ANOTHER POPS UP TO CLAIM JURISDICTION WITH AN ENTIRELY NEW SET OF DEMANDS IN AN OFTEN ENDLESS PERMITTING PROCESS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY'RE STUDYING THE SAME PROJECT, IN THE SAME LOCATION WORK THE SAME DATA. THE BURDEN THIS PLACES ON OUR ABILITY TO DELIVER WATER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION IS CRUSHING. THE LEADER MENTIONED THE HIGH SAVORY DAM IN WYOMING. 14 YEARS TO HER MITT -- PERMIT, ONLY TWO YEARS TO ACTUALLY BUILD. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS LITERALLY -- HAS LITERALLY STUDIED FOUR STORAGE PROJECTS IN KALE NEARLY TO DEATH. ONE PROJECT HAD OVER 50 ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS STUDIED AND THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE FEASIBILITY PROCESS ON THAT POTENTIAL RESERVOIR. SIMILAR DELAYS PREVENTED THE EXPANSION OF SHASTA VEZZVOIR FOR 39 YEARS. MR. HUFFMAN TELLS US NO DAM PERMITS HAVE BEEN DENIED BECAUSE OF THIS THE PROBLEM IS, VERY FEW DAM PERMITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BECAUSE OF THIS. AND THE COSTS ARE CAUSED BY COST PROHIBITIVE DELAYS IN TIME THAT RUN UP MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS UNTIL THE AGENCIES SIMPLY THROW UP THEIR HANDS AND GIVE UP. H.R. 1654 WILL BRING ORDER FROM THIS BUREAUCRATIC CHAOS. IT ESTABLISHES A FRAMEWORK IN WHICH FEDERAL AGENCIES WITH PERMITTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RESERVOIRS MUST WORK TOGETHER, COORDINATE THEIR SCHEDULES, SHARE DATA AND TECHNICAL MATERIALS, AND MAKE THEIR FINDINGS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THE END RESULT WILL BE FEWER DELAYS, MORE EFFICIENT USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND ULTIMATELY MORE ABUNDANT WATER SUPPLIES. IT'S MODELEN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S APPROACH TO CONSTRUCTING NEW ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES TO KAY ACOME DATE ITS RELIANCE ON WIND AND SOLAR GENERATION. THERE'S NOTHING NEW IN THIS PROCESS. IN OCTOBER OF 2009 THE ADMINISTRATION FORMED THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM FOR TRANSMISSION A CONSORTIUM OF FIVE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE A SINGLE, UNIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW DOCUMENT FOR EACH PROJECT ANALYSIS. IT'S ALSO MODELED ON PROVISIONS SPONSORED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS AND EXPEDITED IMPROVEMENTS ON THE DAM SERVING THE SAN FRANCISCO REGION THIS BILL SIMPLY SAYS IF THERE'S A POTENTIAL PROJECT ON INTERIOR OR AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT LANDS, THE AGENCY WILL BE THE COORDINATOR FOR THE PERMITS. IT WILL CALL TOGETHER THE AGENT CIRCUMSTANCES LOCAL AND STATE JURISDICTIONS AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS OF OUR INDIAN NATIONS, ESTABLISH A TIME FRAME FOR STUDY AND DECISION MAKING AND THEN COORDINATE ALL THE REVIEWS ANDAGE CEASE AND OPINIONS AND STATEMENTS AND PERMITS AND LICENSES AND OTHER FEDERAL APPROVALS REQUIRED UNDER FEDERAL LAW. IT ALSO REQUIRES TRANSPARENCY, ASSURING THAT ALL DATA IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ONLINE. SO THE SCIENCE GUIDING THESE DECISIONS CAN BE RIGOROUSLY SCRUTINIZED BY ALL INTERESTED PARTIES. IT ALSO ALLOW WATER AGENCIES TO FUND THE REVIEW PROCESS IF FEDERAL FUNDING ISN'T PROVIDED, REMOVING ONE OF THE EXCUSES FEDERAL AGENCIES MADE IN SLOW WALKING OR STALLING REVIEWS. I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR. IT DOES NOT BY PASS OR ALTER OR WAIVE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL OR SAFETY LAWS. IT DOESN'T WAIVE SEE QUA OR E.S.A. OR ANY OTHER LAW. IT SIMPLY SAYS THE PROCESS NEEDS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD COORDINATE AND COOPERATE WITH EACH OTHER RATHER THAN TALK PAST EACH OTHER AS ISOLATED AND OFTEN INSCRUTABLE FIFE DOMS. FIVE YEARS OF -- FIEF DOMS. FIVE -- FIEFDOMS. FIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT IS NOW FOLLOWED WITH THE WETTEST RECORD ON RECORD. WE HAVE HELPLESSLY WATCHED OUR DAMS SPILLING MILLIONS OF ACRE-FEET TO THE THE OCEANS BECAUSE WE HAVE NO WAY OF SCORING -- STORING FOR THE NEXT DROUGHT. PRATCHES THAT'S NATURE'S WAY OF REMINDING US IF WE DON'T STORE WATER IN WET YEAR, WE WON'T HAVE WATER IN DRY ONES. IF YOU WANT TO MISUSE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS --

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                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:05:49 PM

                    MR. MCCLINTOCK

                    ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS TO BLOCK ANY ENVIRONMENTAL STORAGE, YOU SHOULD VOTE…

                    ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS TO BLOCK ANY ENVIRONMENTAL STORAGE, YOU SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE INCREASINGLY SEVERE WATER SHORTAGES AND SPIRALING WATER AND ELECTRICITY BILLS. IF YOU WANT TO PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, YOU OUGHT TO PRESERVE THESE LAWS BECAUSE IT PLACES THE LAWS BACK WITHIN A WORKABLE, PRACTICAL FRAMEWORK AND IT PLACES OUR SOCIETY BACK ON THE ROAD TO AN ERA OF ABUNDANCE, WHERE OUR CHILDREN CAN ENJOY GREEN LAWNS AND GARDENS, BRIGHTLY LIT HOMES AND ABUNDANT AND AFFORDABLE GROCERIES FROM AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL CORNUCOPIA. I YIELD BACK.

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                  • 03:06:26 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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                  • 03:06:33 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS BEING MENTIONED QUITE A…

                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS BEING MENTIONED QUITE A BIT IN THIS CONVERSATION. IT BEARS NOTING THAT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS NOT ASKING FOR THIS LEGISLATION. AND IN FACT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS CONSISTENTLY OPPOSED THE ROLLING BACK OF ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND IS BUSY PASSING BILL AFTER BILL IN THIS STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO TRY TO BACKFILL FOR ANTICIPATE ROLLBACKS IN FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. SO CERTAINLY IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND WHAT IT WANTS AND IT NEEDS, ITS ELECTED LEADERS ARE TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN POSING THE FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. AGAIN, THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION HAS EMPHASIZED THAT THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS THAT IT IS NOT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW THAT'S STOPPED ANY WATER PROJECTS IN THE WEST. THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE HAS REACHED THE SAME CONCLUSION AND I JUST HEARD FROM MY FRIEND, MR. MCCLINTOCK, THAT WE CAN'T BUILD NEW RESERVOIRS IN THE WE CHANGE THESE LAWS. WELL, I'VE GOT TO POINT OUT THAT CALIFORNIA HAS BUILT NEW RESERVOIRS UNDER CURRENT LAW. YOU CAN ASK THE FOLKS IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ABOUT LAS VACARES RESERVOIR THEY DIDN'T NEED ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVERS OR LEGISLATION, THEY BUILT THEIR DAM. THEY'RE GETTING READY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AN EXPANSION OF THAT SURFACE STORAGE PROJECT. IT SHOULD BE BROADLY SUPPORTED. THEY'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY SPECIAL TWEAKS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. THE SAME WOULD APPLY TO DIAMOND VALLEY RESERVOIR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IN FACT WE ACTUALLY ADDED NEARLY SIX MILLION ACRE-FEET OF NEW SURFACE AN GROUNDWATER STORAGE OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES IN CALIFORNIA, ALL WHILE HONORING BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS LIKE E.S.A. AND NEPA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:08:23 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:08:29 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MY GREAT STATE,…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MY GREAT STATE, THE CENTENNIAL STATE OF COLORADO, MR. TIPTON.

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                  • 03:08:37 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                    MR. TIPTON

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO THANK MY…

                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE MCCLINTOCK, FOR PUTTING FORWARD A VERY SENSIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. COLORADO WATER CONGRESS WHO SUPPORT THIS IS BILL STATED IN THEIR LETTER, THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO IS DEPENDENT ON SAFE AND RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY. RECENT YEARS, THE ABILITY OF WATER MANAGERS TO MEET GROWTH DEMAND AND TO CREATE WATER STORAGE HAS BECOME MORE CHALLENGING. IN COLORADO, THE WINDY GAP PROJECT, WHOSE PERMITTING PROCESS BEGAN IN 2003, WON'T SEE CONSTRUCTION START UNTIL AT LEAST 2019. WITH WATER STORAGE READY BY 2022. 16 YEARS TO PERMIT, THREE YEARS TO BUILD. FOR TOO LONG, FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE FAILED TO PROPERLY COORDINATE AND TIME THEIR REVIEWS OF WATER SUPPLY PROJECT APLYIZATIONSING RESULTING IN MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCREASED WATER STORAGE DURING OUR WETTER SEASONS. WATER IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF WESTERN COMMUNITIES. WITHOUT IT, MOST COMMUNITIES IN WESTERN UNITED STATES COULD NOT SURVIVE. SO IT ONLY MAKES SENSE TO STORE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE REASONABLY CAN DURING THOSE WETTER YEARS. YET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRESENTS ROADBLOCK AFTER ROADBLOCK THAT PREVENTS TIMELY AND COST EFFECTIVE COMPLETION TO MANY OF THESE PROJECTS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESS, INCREASE AGENCY ACCOUNTABILITY, BY PLACING A BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AT THE CENTER OF THE PROCESS AND ENSURING ALL OTHER AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED TO ENACT IT IN A TIMELY FASHION. IT'S AN APPROACH TO A PROBLEM THAT SHOULD NOT EXIST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:10:30 PM

                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:10:35 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE FRESNO AREA, MR. COSTA.

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                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                    MR. COSTA

                    THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS, I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LONG-TERM…

                    THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS, I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LONG-TERM ISSUES THAT WE DEAL WITH, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN STATES BUT REALLY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE THE FACT IS, IS THAT WATER IS A CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF THE SUSTAINABILITY OF ALL OF US. AND IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN. AND WITH THE PLANET CLICKING SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE A COUPLE YEARS AGO, SOON TO BE NINE BILLION PEOPLE BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS CENTURY WORK CLIMATE CHANGE CLEARLY IMPACTING OUR ABILITY TO MANAGE OUR WATER SUPPLIES, WE MUST LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF USING ALL THE WATER TOOLS IN OUR WATER TOOLBOX. AND THIS IS ONE EFFORT TO, IN FACT, LOOK AT HOW WE CAN PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STORAGE CAPACITY, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA BUT ELSEWHERE, SO THAT WHEN WE HAVE THESE PERIODIC TIMES, AND WE MEASURE WATER ON 10-YEAR BASIS AVERAGES, WE HAVE HAD NEAR RECORD RAINFALL AND SNOW IN THE SNOW PACKED MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA WHICH WE'RE BLESSED WITH THE LAST FOUR MONTHS AND AFTER FIVE OF THE MOST EX-TRIALLY DRY PERIODS OF TIME TO HAVE THIS RAIN AND SNOW IS WONDERFUL. BUT WE KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. AND SO IN CASES LIKE CALIFORNIA, WHERE IT'S EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE, HAVING ADDITIONAL WATER RESERVOIR SUPPLY IS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT WATER MANAGEMENT TOOLS IN OUR WATER TOOLBOX, ALONG WITH CONSERVATION, ALONG WITH BETTER IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY, WHICH WE WERE IMPLEMENTING, ALONG WITH CONSERVATION OF ALL SORTS OF KIND, DESALINIZATION, ALL THESE MATTER. AS DOES STORAGE. THIS YEAR, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ACRE-FEET OF WATER HAVE GONE UNUSED. BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STORAGE. THIS MEASURE WILL HELP BUT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO TO FIX THE BROKEN WATER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA, IN THE WEST AND REALLY WE CAN BE A TEMPLATE IF WE BETTER MANAGE OUR WATER RESOURCES FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET IN THE LIGHT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. I ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S HELPFUL AND WE MUST DO MUCH MORE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OIF MY TIME.

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                  • 03:12:56 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN,…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:13:05 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN ALSO FROM THE GOLDEN…

                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN ALSO FROM THE GOLDEN STATE, MR. ROHRABACHER.

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                  • 03:13:11 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER SPRK THANK…

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER SPRK THANK YOU VERY MUCH --

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                  • 03:13:20 PM

                    MR. ROHRABACHER

                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF US IN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED…

                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF US IN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST NONSENSE DETERMINING POLICY. WE HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN OUR HISTORY. YET DURING THAT DROUGHT, THOSE WONDERFUL CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNERS SAW TO IT THAT BILLIONS OF WITH GALLONS OF FRESH WATER WERE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN INSTEAD OF BEING REDIRECTED TOWARD PRODUCING FOOD CROPS IN OUR CENTRAL VALLEY AREA OR PROVIDING WATER TO DRINK OR PROVIDING WATER SO THAT PEOPLE COULD AFFORD TO HAVE WATER THROUGHOUT OUR STATE. SO INSTEAD, IT WAS DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN. NOW WHAT WE NEEDED AND WHAT WE NEED NOW THAT THE DROUGHT IS OVER IS MORE WATER STORAGE. BECAUSE WE ARE IN FAVOR OF PEOPLE, NOT SOME GRANDIOSE CONCEPTS OF WHAT A BETTER VIEW COUNTS, WITHOUT PEOPLE IN IT, THAT IS, OF COURSE. WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT OUR POLICIES WILL IMPACT ON AVERAGE PEOPLE. AND WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH IS OPPOSITION TO STORING WATER NOW THAT WE HAVE SOME EXTRA WATER RIGHT AFTER A DROUGHT. WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? YOU CAN'T TELL ME YOU'RE ON THE SIDE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE BECAUSE WHEN WATER PRICES GO UP AND THERE'S NOT ENOUGH WATER FOR THE CROPS, THE PRICE OF FOOD GOES UP AND THE PRICE OF WATER GOES UP, WHO IS THE WORST HURT? AMERICA'S LOWEST INCOME PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE HURT THE MOST. THE ONES WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THE LITTLE EXTRA FOR FOOD THAT IT COSTS WHEN IT COSTS MORE MONEY TO GROW CROPS IN THE MIDDLE OF A DROUGHT. SO WITH THAT SAID, I DRAMATICALLY SET FORWARD, LET'S DO SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT SOME ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY, NONSENSICAL THEORIES IN MOST CASE, THAT WE ARE FACING DOOM IF WE DON'T STORE, YOU KNOW IF WE STORE WATER, THAT'S GOING TO BE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? I WOULD

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                  • 03:15:33 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                  • 03:15:36 PM

                    MR. ROHRABACHER

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                  • 03:16:53 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ORANGE COUNTY FOR HIS COMMENTS. I HAVE SEEN THE…

                    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ORANGE COUNTY FOR HIS COMMENTS. I HAVE SEEN THE WATER MANAGEMENT WORK TAKING PLACE IN MR. ROHRABACHER'S DISTRICT. THEY ARE DOING AMAZING GROUNDWATER RECHARGE AND WATER RECYCLING AND ONE OF THE MOST CUTTING POTTABLE SYSTEMS. AND IT IS THEIR RELIANCE ON THESE WATER MANAGEMENT TOOLS INSTEAD OF LARGE RESERVOIRS THAT ENABLED THEM TO GET THROUGH THE MOST CRITICAL DROUGHT WE HAVE EVER SEEN AND MUCH BETTER SHAPE. SO KUDOS TO THE FORWARD-LOOKING WATER MANAGERS IN ORANGE COUNTY. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT LOW-INCOME PEOPLE BEING IMPACTED BY WATER SHORTAGE AND WATER MANAGEMENT ISSUES, I HOPE HE WILL VISIT MY DISTRICT. IN MY DISTRICT YOU GET THE OTHER END OF THIS CHALLENGE. THE FISHING COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN HAMMERED BY THE FACT THAT OUR SALMON RUNS ARE TEATERING ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION AND THIS EXACERBATED THE PROBLEM. I'M REPRESENTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEEPLY IMPACTED THAT NEEDS TO BE PART OF THIS CONVERSATION INSTEAD OF WATER WASTING OUT OF THE EASTU AREA. AND THIS HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD. JUST TO INFECT A COUPLE OF FACTS INTO WHAT IS A RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA TA CAUSED WASTE OF WATER DURING THE DROUGHT, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. IN 2014, ONLY 4% OF ALL THE RUNOFF IN THENING TIRE WATERSHED FLOWED TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY SOLELY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IN 2015, 2% FOR THE RUNOFF FOR THE ENTIRE WATERSHED MADE IT OUT TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSES. THE REST OF THE FLOW WAS TO CONTROL SA LYNNITY IN THE DELTA SO YOU COULD SERVE MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL NEEDS. MOST OF THAT WATER WAS DIVERTED AND USED AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE FACTS. I RESERVE.

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                  • 03:19:17 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                  • 03:19:20 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS A SUBCOMMITTEE…

                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON THE COMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES FROM THE GRAND CANYON STATE, MR. GOSAR.

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                  • 03:19:31 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                  • 03:19:34 PM

                    MR. GOSAR

                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1654, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY TOM…

                    I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1654, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY TOM MCCLINTOCK. WESTERN STATES HAVE FOUGHT OVER SCARES WATER SUPPLIES. WE HAVE AN EXPRESSION THAT SAYS WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING AND WATER IS FOR FIGHTING OVER. WE NEED TO BUILD WATER PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WATER, RECREATION, FLOOD CONTROL AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS WHILE ADHERING TO STATE WATER RIGHTS. THESE ARE NONPARTISAN ENDEAVORS AS EVIDENCED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY DEDICATE INA DAM IN CALIFORNIA. WHILE THE CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT CAME AFTER PRESIDENT KENNEDY, IT BRINGS PROSPERITY TO ARIZONA CITIES AND RANCHERS. THE GLEN CANYON DAM AND OTHER PROJECTS PROVIDED THE BACKBONE OF A REGIONAL ECONOMY THAT PRODUCED YEAR-ROUND WATER AND FREE HYDROPOWER. LAKE POWELL, THE RESERVOIR ALLOWS FOR MILLIONS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PROVIDED THE SCENE ERIE IN THE SCIENCE FICTION "THE PLANET OF THE APES." THIS THESE PROJECTS PROVIDE BENEFIT TO A GROWING SOCIETY, BUT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELPED GIVE, IT IS TAKING AWAY. TO CONSTRUCT NEW SURFACE WATER HE STORAGE IS A MAZE FROM A MULTITUDE OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES, CONFLICTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUE TO CAUSE DELAYS, KILL JOBS AND NOT CAPTURING PRECIOUS WATER SUPPLIES, AGRICULTURE AND MUNICIPAL WATER PROVIDERS NEED A CLEAR PROCESS WITHOUT THE BUREAUCRACY. H.R. 1654 ESTABLISHES SUCH A PROCESS BY CREATING A ONE STOP SHOP PERMITTING SHOP. BUT THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION IN CHARGE FOR THESE IMPORTANT WATER PROJECTS IN 17 WESTERN STATES. THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE AS THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION HAS MADE THE WEST WHAT IT IS TODAY. GENERATIONS OF OUR PRIOR LEADERS FOCUSED ON THE NEED TO CAPTURE WATER AND DELIVER TO CITIES AND FIELDS. OUR COMMUNITIES ALWAYS NEED WATER AND WITH THE PROJECTED POPULATION INCREASES, WE ARE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE OF THE LET'S BUILD ON THE GOOD WORK OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS. PASS H.R. 1564 SO WE HAVE A CLEAR PROCESS MOVING FORWARD IN PURSUING WORTH WHILE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY. THIS ACT FACILITATES THAT CONCEPT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR SPONSORING THE NEEDED LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I YILED BACK.

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                  • 03:22:29 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                  • 03:22:36 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                  • 03:22:39 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

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

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                  • 03:22:43 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

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

                  • 03:22:49 PM

                    THE CHAIR

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

                    THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                  • 03:23:01 PM

                    MR. HUFFMAN

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATION, BUT I HOPE ONE THING IS…

                    MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATION, BUT I HOPE ONE THING IS CLEAR, THIS IS NOT AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL DEREGULATION BILL THAT IS MASSACRE AIDING BEHIND THE ISSUE OF INFRASTRUCTURE. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS ARE NOT THE REASON NEW DAMS HAVE NOT BEEN BUILT AND IT'S NOT THE REASON THAT NEW DAMS WILL NOT BE BUILT. ALL THE ANALYSIS IS THEY DON'T GENERATE. THEY ARE RARELY FINANCEABLE. SO LET'S NOT SCAPE GET THE EP TALL LAWS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM. IF MY COLLEAGUES ARE INTERESTED IN AN HONEST INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INCLUDING A WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, THEY'LL FIND A LOT OF WILLING PARTNERS ACROSS THE AISLE INCLUDING MYSELF. WE PUT FORTH ALL SORTS OF IDEAS. SURFACE STORAGE AND NEW DAMS CAN BE PART OF IT, BUT WE HAVE TO PUT REAL DOLLARS ON THE TABLE. AND NOT HIDE BEHIND THISAL TERRIER AGENDA OF GUTTING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REPACK ACKNOWLEDGING THAT AND BEING RESPONSIVE TO OUR NATION'S CRITICAL NEED FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL DOESN'T MEET THAT TEST. I REQUEST MY COLLEAGUES VOTE NO. AND I YIELD.

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                  • 03:24:31 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                  • 03:24:37 PM

                    MR. LAMBORN

                    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED…

                    ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED UNDER AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED 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 FOR DIVISION OF THE DEMAND OF THE QUESTION. IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 03:25:15 PM

                    THE CHAIR

                    GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    An amendment, offered by Mr. LaMalfa, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-186 to enhance federal cooperation in planning and construction of State-led water storage projects by ensuring such projects are eligible for permit streamlining under this bill.

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                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 392, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the LaMalfa amendment No. 1.

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                      MR. LAMALFA

                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                      THE CLERK

                      REPORT 115-1886 OFFERED BY MR. LAMALFA OF CALIFORNIA.

                    • 03:26:38 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      MR. LAMALFA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                      MR. LAMALFA

                      I WANT TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MR. LAMBORN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP…

                      I WANT TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MR. LAMBORN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR BRINGING THE BILL FORWARD. THIS AMENDMENT ASSURES THAT STATE-LED PROJECTS CAN ALSO ENJOY THE COORDINATION THAT THE BILL ITSELF WILL DO. STATE-LED SFORGE PROJECTS SUCH AS SYKES RESERVOIR WILL BE ELIGIBLE UNDER H.R. 15 64. DOING SO ENABLES STATES AT LOWER COSTS TO PARTNER WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON PROJECTS. ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE STATE-LED PROJECTS WILL ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, MORE RAPIDLY AND AT NO ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE VOTERS HAVE APPROVED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS SYKES RESERVOIR, WHICH WILL INCLUDE ENOUGH WATER SFORGE FOR MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE IN MY STATE. IF YOU KNOW THE RESERVOIR, THE LOCALS WILL TELL YOU THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, POKING IT, PRODDING IT FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS. 40 YEARS. BUREAUCRACY PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE. THE BILL IN CHIEF IS NOT LOOKING TO CHANGE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS OR GET RID OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. MY COLLEAGUE TALKED ABOUT HAVING AN HONEST DISCUSSION IN THIS AREA. AN HONEST DISCUSSION WOULD SHOW THAT THE BILL IN CHIEF IS ONE IS MERELY COORDINATING AND NOT CHANGING THE WATER QUALITY ACT OR NEPA OR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN GETTING THESE PEOPLE IN ONE ROOM TO COORDINATE AT ONE TIME. YES, WE HAVE COSTS INVOLVED BECAUSE PEOPLE GIVE UP WHETHER IT IS PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY OR PEOPLE WHO PASS BONDS GIVE UP AFTER A WHILE BECAUSE THEY DON'T THINK MONEY IS GOING TO THE PROJECT WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT ENDLESS DELAYS WHEN WE HAVE KNOCKING ONE IDEA TO ANOTHER. A LAKE IS IN MY OWN BACK YARD. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENED THERE, COORDINATION UNDER AN EMERGENCY WHERE PEOPLE FINALLY RECOGNIZED EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TRYING TO THROW ROD BLOCKS AND WHEN 188,000 PEOPLE HAVE TO EVACUATE AN AREA DUE TO SOME UNKNOWN FACTORS, THEN THEY SAW THE NEED TO FIX IT. AND THE SPILL WAY AT THE LAKE IS GOING TO BE FIXED PRETTY RAPIDLY OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD AND MADE USABLE IN THIS SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. SO THAT'S HOW COORDINATION CAN WORK TO GET A NEEDED PROJECT DONE. WHAT WE NEED TO QUIT DOING IS WAITING FOR EMERGENCIES LIKE THIS WHEN WE KNOW LEVEE PROJECTS, OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS THIS BUREAUCRATIC BADMINTON PLAYED NEED TO BE COORDINATED. MY AMENDMENT ADDS TO IT. AGAIN ABILITY FOR STATE DOLLARS ON STATE-LED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THAT. I THINK IT MAKES A HECK OF A LOT OF SENSE AND HELP OUR VOTERS TO HAVE THIS BEING ENJOYED. I RESERVE. . I'M HAPPY TO YIELD.

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                    • 03:30:39 PM

                      MR. LAMBORN

                      ADOPTION, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                    • 03:30:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FRESNO.

                    • 03:30:51 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      YES.

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                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      YES.

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                      MR. COSTA

                      MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT…

                      MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN LAMALFA. AS I SAID EARLIER, WE NEED TO FIX THE BROKEN WATER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE RELIABILITY IS KEY. WE HAVE A WATER SYSTEM THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR 20 MILLION PEOPLE. TODAY WE HAVE 40 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA. BY THE YEAR 2030, WE'LL HAVE 50 MILLION PEOPLE. IN THE THIS SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WHERE I LIVE, WHICH HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO FOR THE IMPACTS OF AN UNRELIABLE WATER SUPPLY BECAUSE OF THE BROKEN SYSTEM, WE HAVE FELT THE DEVASTATION OF THE DROUGHT THIS LACK OF RELIABILITY IS DUE TO MANY FACTORS THAT HAVE INTENSIFIED AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, IMPACT ON REGULATIONS AND OTHER FACTORS. LUCKILY THIS YEAR, AS I NOTED, IT'S BEEN A DELUGE OF RAIN AND SNOW, AND FOR THAT WE'RE THANKFUL. BUT WE KNOW IN CALIFORNIA THAT IT'S EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE SO SADLY WE MUST PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND THAT MEANS INCLUDING SURFACE STORAGE AND USING SUBSURFACE REPLENISHMENT OF OUR GROUND WATER AND ALL THE OTHER WATER TOOLS THAT ARE PART OF THIS WATER TOOL TOOLBOX THAT IS CRITICAL FOR THE LONG TERM. WE NEED MORE STORAGE, WE NEED UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT THIS PROVIDES WHILE NOT COMPLETELY FIXING OR RESOLVING OUR CHALLENGES IS A SMALL STEP AND IT WAS NOTED BEFORE THIS DOES NOT AMEND NEPA OR SEE QUA, IT SIMPLY PROVIDES A -- OR CEQA. IT SIMPLY PROVIDES A TIMELINE. THIS TIMELINE IS NOT TOO DIFFERENT FROM THE COLLABORATION THAT THE GOVERNOR IS WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ON THE PROPOSAL TO FIX THE PLUMBING SYSTEM IN THE DELTA. THEY HAVE A RECORD OF DECISION THAT HAS A TIMELINE. SO SURFACE STORAGE WATER IS GOING TO RECEIVE FUNDING AND SUPPORT UNDER THE WIND ACT WE PASSED IN DECEMBER. MATCHING STATE FUNDS ALONG WITH THIS EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE TIMELINE WILL BE HELPFUL. LET ME FINALLY SAY THAT SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY, SUSTAINABILITY OF PUTTING FOOD AND FIBER ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT, AND HELPING FEED OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD IS REALLY WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. RELIABILITY IS KEY TO MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE SUSTAINABLE AND THAT THE ADVERSION -- ADVERSE IMPACTS OF A LACK OF FIXED WATER SYSTEM WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS LEGISLATION IS A SMALL STEP IN PROVIDING TIMELINES FOR CERTAINTY FOR THIS COLLABORATION FOR THIS PROCESS TO WORK BETTER. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:33:35 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      I RESERVE.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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                      MR. LAMALFA

                      I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND…

                      I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND EFFORT IN ENSURING WE HAVE A PROACTIVE WAY OF DOING THINGS IN CALIFORNIA ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I APPRECIATE THAT A LOT. SO FOR ANYBODY TO SAY THAT THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT IT TAKES TO GET PAST A BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS, TO SIMPLY GET THE EXISTING PERMITS UNDER EXISTING LAWS, IS NOT BURDENSOME, IS NAIVE. INDEED, WHETHER WE'RE TALKING HI PRGTS, LEVEE PROJECTS, BRIDGE PROJECTS, OR IN THIS BILL WATER STORAGE PROJECTS, WE NEED THIS COORDINATION. SO THE COORDINATION WILL MEAN MORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MORE FOR THE PEOPLE OF MY OWN STATE, WITH LESS DOLLARS, LESS DELAY, AND THEY CAN START ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF THIS PROJECT, THE FRUIT OF THEIR TAX DOLLARS. SO MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY ADDS TO THAT, STATE-LED EFFORTS, WHETHER IT'S BEEN A BOND PASSED BY A STATE OR STATE -- OTHER STATE FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES, THAT THEY TOO CAN ENJOY THAT COORDINATION THAT THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. CHAIRMAN, MY COLLEAGUES, I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 03:34:52 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                    • 03:34:56 PM

                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                    • 03:35:08 PM

                      MR. HUFFMAN

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I'M NOT SURE IF…

                      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I'M NOT SURE IF THIS WAS THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND MR. LAMALFA BUT IT APPEARS THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PRIORITIZE PERMITTING OF SURFACE STORAGE PROJECTS, NOT GROUND WATER STORAGE. THE WYNN ACT AUTHORIZES MONEY FOR SURFACE AND GROUND WATER STORAGE PROJECTS. THESE PROJECTS ARE YET TO BE NAMED AND PRIORITIZED. YET THIS AMENDMENT APPLY THIS IS BILL'S STREAMLINING PROVISIONS TO, QUOTE, STATE-LED PROJECTS FOR NEW SURFACE STORAGE PROJECTS. NOW PROVIDING SURFACE STORAGE IS IN KEEPING WITH SOME OF THE OBSESSION WITH NEW DAMS WE HAVE HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. BUT THE TRUTH IS, THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF OTHER WORTHY PROJECTS THAT ARE NEEDED IF WE'RE GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA AND TO PUT A HIM ON -- THUMB ON THE SCALE FOR ONE PARTICULAR KIND IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. SO MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST A NO VOTE AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:36:12 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. LOWENTHAL.

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                  • 03:36:20 PM

                    On agreeing to the LaMalfa amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 03:36:42 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Lowenthal, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-186 to exempt any dam projects from being fast-tracked by the bill if it could harm commercial fisheries.

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                      DEBATE

                      Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 392, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment No. 2.

                      • 03:36:48 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                      • 03:36:50 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                      • 03:36:52 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186, OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF…

                        PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186, OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:36:59 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL.

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                      • 03:37:10 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LONG-TERM PRSPECTS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND STORAGE IN THE WEST. AS THE WESTERN CLIMATE CONTINUES TO GET HOTTER, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE HOT, DRY, DROUGHT YEARS. THAT'S WHY MANY STATES AND COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE CITIES THAT I REPRESENT, ARE DOING ALL THAT THEY CAN TO MAKE THEIR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE MORE RESILIENT, TO REDUCE UNNEEDED RUNOFF, TO RECYCLE WATER, AND TO STORE AS MUCH GROUND WATER AS POSSIBLE. TO SUPPORT THESE CRITICAL ACTIVITIES, KUOK NEEDS TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY DOES NOT DO ANY OF THESE THINGS. IT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE NEW OR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR WATER PROJECTS. IT'S NOT AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. INSTEAD TO THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY MAKE MISS AMERICANS NERVOUS BECAUSE IT LOOSENS KEY ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND IMPOSES ARBITRARY DEADLINES FOR THE APPROVAL OF DAMS ON OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS. THIS BILL THREATENS THE HEALTH OF OUR STREAMS, OUR RIVERS, AND COASTLINES WHICH COULD HARM OFFICIAL POPULATIONS IMPORTANT TO COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. THEREFORE I'M OFFERING A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT. IT SIMPLY REQUIRES PROPOSED NEW DAMS TO GO THROUGH THE NORMAL PROJECT REVIEW PROCESS IF THEY ARE LIKELY TO HARM COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. THE CONSTRUCTION OF POORLY PERMITTED DAMS HAS BEEN A MAJOR CAUSE OF MORTALITY FOR CALIFORNIA'S FISHERIES. CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY, THEY CURRENTLY BLOCK CHINOOK SALMON AND STEELHEAD FROM MORE THAN 90% OF THE HISTORICAL SPAWNING HABITAT. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP PROTECT MY STATE'S ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT OFFICIALLIES -- FISHERIES FROM FURTHER HARM. COMMERCIAL FISHERIES FROM MY HOME STATE SUSTAIN THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS EAVEL AND -- CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST COAST AND CURRENTLY WE HAVE WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A FISHERIES CRISIS. MANY FISHERIES ARE AT RECORD LOW POPULATION LEVELS. ACCORDING TO SOME ESTIMATES, 7 % OF CALIFORNIA'S NATIVE SALMON WILL BE EXTINCT OR DISAPPEAR WITHIN THE NEXT CENTURY -- IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE. SIMPLY PUT, MANY WEST COAST FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN THAT DEPEND ON CALIFORNIA'S FISH -- FISH RUNS ARE HANGING ON BY A THREAD. THE THOUSANDS OF FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN AND OTHER EMPLOYEES OF RESTAURANTS, HOTELS AND OTHER BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON HEALTHY FISH RUNS HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING MIGHTILY. EVEN NOW MANY FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM THE TOTAL CLOSURE OF THE OCEAN SALMON FISHERY ALONG THE WEST COAST IN 2008 AND 2009. BECAUSE OF POOR CALIFORNIA SALMON RETURNS. THE CLOSURE DEVASTATED THE PACIFIC COAST FISHING INDUSTRY AND ULTIMATELY REQUIRED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DISASTER AID FROM CONGRESS. IN RECENT YEARS, FISHERY MANAGEMENTS -- MANAGERS HAVE ALSO HAD TO SEVERELY RESTRICT COMMERCIAL FISHING SEASON BECAUSE OF LOW POPULATION LEVELS. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP PREVENT FUTURE HARM OPEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO JUST GET BY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON MY AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:40:50 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                        THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 03:41:06 PM

                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST I'D POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA…

                        THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST I'D POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA IF THE CLIMATE CONTINUES TO WARM, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO STORE AS MUCH WATER IN OUR MOUNTAINS AS SNOW AND WE ARE GOING TO NEED MUCH MORE SURFACE WATER STORAGE RESERVOIRS THAN THE LAWS HAVE ALLOWED US TO BUILD BECAUSE OF THE DELAYS THEY'VE IMPOSED IN PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT GIVES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR THE ABILITY TO IGNORE THIS STREAMLINING LAW IF HE DETERMINED IT COULD, QUOTE, CAUSE HARM TO COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. WELL, NOW, REMEMBER, THIS BILL MAKES NO CHANGES TO ANY OF OUR EXISTING LAWS OR REGULATIONS. IT MAKES NO CHANGES TO THE LICENSES AND PERMITS REQUIRED FOR A PROJECT OR THE CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THOSE LICENSES AND PERMITS. IT MAKES NO CHANGES TO ANY LAW OR REGULATION THAT COULD AFFECT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES OR FOR THAT MATTER ANYTHING ELSE. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE AGENCIES AND JURISDICTIONS INVOLVED WITH THESE PROJECTS HAVE TO COOPERATE AND COORDINATE AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND IT REQUIRES THE SCIENCE GUIDING THESE DECISIONS TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW AND SCRUTINIZE. SO WHY THE AMENDMENT? WELL, FOR ONE REASON AND RUN -- AND ONE REASON ONLY, I THINK. BECAUSE FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, WE'VE HAD AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WAS ACTIVELY HOSTILE TO CONSTRUCTING NEW RESERVOIRS THAT ADMINISTRATION HAS USED THE FRAGMENTED NATURE OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS AS A WAY TO DELAY PROJECTS INDEFINITELY. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROPOSAL CORRECTS. MR. LOWENTHAL'S AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW ANY ADMINISTRATION SO INCLINED TO MAKE A SPECIOUS FINDING AS AN EXCUSE TO IGNORE THIS LAW. PROJECT APPLICANTS WOULD NOT KNOW FROM ONE ELECTION TO THE NEXT WHETHER THEIR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF STUDIES AND INVESTMENTS WOULD SUDDENLY COME TO NAUGHT AND PROJECTS ALREADY WELL ALONG IN THE PLANNING AND APPROVAL PROCESS COULD FIND THEIR EFFORTS COMING TO A SCREECHING HALT. FOR OUR LAWS TO WORK, THEY MUST BE PREDICTABLE AND FAIR. MR. LOWENTHAL'S AMENDMENT IS A POISON PILL TO REND THEY ARE LAW UNPREDICTABLE AND CAPRICIOUS. THE IRONY IS THIS. THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAVE THE MOST TO LOSE FROM HIS AMENDMENT. BECAUSE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEPENDS ON SURPLUS WATTER FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR TO THE GENTLEMAN, AND HIS CONSTITUENTS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS FIRST CLAIM ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER. IF WE CAN'T STORE THE EXTRA WATER IN THE NORTH THERE'S NO SURPLUS FOR THE SOUTH. AND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO DEAD LAWNS AND GARDENINGS, BROWN PARKS, EMPTY SWIMMING POOLS, ASTRONOMICAL WATER AND ELECTRICITY PRICE, SPIRALING GROCERY PRICES, AND A FUTURE WHERE THEY WILL HAVE TO RATION AND STRETCH EVERY DROP OF WATER AND EVERY WATT OF ELECTRICITY IN THEIR PARCHED AND SWELTERING HOMES. THEY MIGHT WANT TO ASK HIM ABOUT THAT SOMEDAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                      • 03:44:18 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      • 03:44:25 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?

                      • 03:44:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF.

                      • 03:44:31 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

                      • 03:44:35 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

                      • 03:44:38 PM

                        MR. HUFFMAN

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE…

                        I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE ACROSS THE AISLE JUST ASKED THE RETORICAL QUESTION WHY IS THIS AMENDMENT NEEDED? IT'S NEEDED BECAUSE FISHING JOBS MATTER. THE PEOPLE WHO I REPRESENT ON THE NORTH COAST OF CALIFORNIA AND ALSO OTHER FISHING COMMUNITIES UP AND DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST, INCLUDING IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON, THEIR JOBS MATTER. AND THEIR LIMITED OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR INTERESTS CONSIDERED WHEN A DAM PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD IS WHAT IS SHORTENED BY THE STREAMLINING IN THIS BILL. THEIR INTERESTS ARE ALREADY SUBORDINATED OFTEN TIME BUS THAW GET SUBORDINATED EVEN FURTHER BY THE STREAMLINING IN THIS CASE WHICH PLACES THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, THE PROPONENT OF THE NEW DAM , IN CHARGE OF THE ADMINISTRATIONIVE RECORD WHICH PLACES THE FISH AGENCIES, WHICH OFTEN ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF PROTECTING FISHERIES, IN A SUBORDINATE ROLE TO THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THAT CRIMINALS THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD WHICH IMPOSES SHORTENED TIMELINES TO MAKE IT EVEN HARDER FOR THEIR INTERESTS TO BE CONSIDERED. FISHING JOBS MATTER AND THE TRUTH IS RIGHT NOW IN MY DISTRICT AND IN MANY OTHER FISHING COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE ARE HURTING BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY POORLY OPERATED AND POORLY PERMITTED DAMS. LET'S NOT MAKE THINGS WORSE. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABUE ABSOLUTE -- IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE. .

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                      • 03:46:14 PM

                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                        I WOULD FIRST POINT OUT THAT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ARE CONTROLLED AND…

                        I WOULD FIRST POINT OUT THAT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ARE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, NOT THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. AND YET THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO WHOM THE GENTLEMAN WOULD GIVE THE POWER TO IGNORE THIS STREAMLINING LAW AND IMPOSE ENDLESS AND REPRESENTATIVE DELAYS IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THESE PROJECTS. I WOULD AGAIN POINT OUT THAT ALL OF THE CONSIDERATIONS THAT ARE GIVEN TO FISHERIES, THAT ARE GIVEN TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND ENGINEERING LAWS, EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO THE PLANNING PROCESS IN OUR DAMS UNDER OUR LAWS AND REGULATIONS ARE FULLY RESPECTED UNDER THIS MEASURE. ALL THAT IT DOES IS SAY THAT THE AGENCY -- THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION WHEN AN APPLICATION IS PROVIDED, WILL PULL THESE AGENCIES TOGETHER AND ALL OF THE JURISDICTIONS AND THE AFFECTED PARTIES AND ESTABLISH A TIMETABLE ACCORDING TO THEIR BEST JUDGMENT, HAVE THEM TALK WITH EACH OTHER AND THEN STICK TO THAT PLAN. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES AND WHY IT IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED IN A STATE THAT HASN'T BUILT A MAJOR RESERVOIR SINCE 1979. I RESERVE.

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                      • 03:47:33 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL.

                      • 03:47:38 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        LETTERS, THE LARGEST ORGANIZATION OF COMMERCIAL FISHING FAMILIES ON THE…

                        LETTERS, THE LARGEST ORGANIZATION OF COMMERCIAL FISHING FAMILIES ON THE WEST COAST COLLECTIVELY REPRESENTING THOUSAND OF FAMILY WAGE JOBS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY, STRONGLY OPPOSING THIS BILL, H.R. 1654 AND SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT.

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                      • 03:48:04 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

                      • 03:48:06 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        I YIELD BACK.

                      • 03:48:08 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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                      • 03:48:13 PM

                        MR. MCCLINTOCK

                        INCLUDE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS WELL AS…

                        INCLUDE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS WELL AS THE FAMILY FARM FEDERATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THE JOBS THAT WILL EXPAND AS A RESULT OF ITS ADOPTION.

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                      • 03:48:27 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                        THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                      • 03:48:43 PM

                        MR. LOWENTHAL

                        I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                      • 03:48:47 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                        A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY 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 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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                    • 04:13:29 PM

                      House Vote 318 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                      Failed (179 - 232)
                      Aye
                      No

                      Vote Details: Aye - 179
                      Democratic - 177
                      Republican - 2

                      Vote Details: No - 232
                      Republican - 228
                      Democratic - 4

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 20
                      Democratic - 12
                      Republican - 8

                      • 04:13:30 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ATOPTED. -- ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                      • 04:13:50 PM

                        The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1654.

                        • 04:14:07 PM

                          THE CHAIR

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                          MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1654 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 292 REPORTS THE HOUSE BACK WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                        • 04:14:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MR. SPEAKER.

                      • 04:14:32 PM

                        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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                          MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 04:14:57 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR…

                          THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. .

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                        • 04:15:05 PM

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                          MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 04:15:23 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 04:15:25 PM

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                          CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:15:32 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                        • 04:15:39 PM

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                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW, LAST THURSDAY EVENING WE…

                          I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW, LAST THURSDAY EVENING WE PLAYED THE ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CHARITY BASEBALL GAME. THIS IS NORMALLY THE TIME WHEN THE LOSING MANAGER HAS TO CONGRATULATE THE WINNING MANAGER.

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                        • 04:16:04 PM

                          MR. BARTON

                          OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, I'VE BECOME FAIRLY PROFICIENT AT CONGRATULATING…

                          OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, I'VE BECOME FAIRLY PROFICIENT AT CONGRATULATING MR. DOYLE. BUT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO TELL A LOT OF JOKES. BECAUSE, AS WE ALL KNOW, AT THE PRACTICE WEDNESDAY MORNING BEFORE THE -- MORNING BEFORE, THE REPUBLICAN PRACTICE, AN INDIVIDUAL OPENED FIRE ON THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. AND WOUNDED OUR WHIP, THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. SCALISE. WOUNDED BOTH CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS THAT WERE PART OF MR. SCALISE'S SECURITY DETAIL. AND WOUNDED TWO VOLUNTEERS WHO WERE ASSISTING US IN OUR PRACTICE. SO I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF JOKES TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. DOYLE AND HIS TEAM. THEY PLAYED FAIR AND SQUARE. THEY WERE EXTREMELY GRACIOUS BEFORE THE GAME. WE HAD A UNITY PRAYER, WE HAD A UNITY INTRODUCTION OF THE PLAYERS, THE NIGHT BEFORE MR. DOYLE AND HIS TEAM INVITED THE REPUBLICAN TEAM, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, TO THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL HEADQUARTERS. MYSELF AND MY TWO SONS WENT. AND THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE FELLOWSHIP WAS EVEN BETTER. SO I DO SINCERELY WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND YOUR PLAYERS FOR PLAYING THE BEST GAME, YOU DESERVED TO WIN. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO COMMEND THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. WE HAD APPROXIMATELY 25 OF OUR MEMBERS AT THE PRACTICE. EVERY ONE OF THEM EXHIBITED COURAGE AND COMPOSURE. THEY ALL LOOKED OUT FOR THEIR FELLOW TEAMMATES. WE HAD AN EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS. WE HAD TWO OF THE BEST CAPITOL HILL POLICE THAT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE THAT RISKED THEIR LIVES. AND I WANT TO SAY THIS AND THEN I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. DOYLE. THE SHOOTER THAT ATTACKED THE REPUBLICAN BASEBALL TEAM, MR. SPEAKER, WAS ATTACKING DEMOCRACY . WHEN WE'RE AT FULL STRENGTH ON THIS FLOOR, THERE ARE 435 OF US. EVERY ONE OF US IS A WINNER. WE GET HERE BECAUSE WE'VE WON AN ELECTION. WE GET HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE GOT THE FAITH OF APPROXIMATELY 600,000 OR 700,000 PEOPLE THAT ARE DEPENDING ON US TO BE THEIR VOICE FOR DEMOCRACY. WE ARGUE, WE DEBATE, BUT AS I SAID IN ONE OF MY INTERVIEWS, BEFORE OUR NAME IS UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE. UNITED. AND LAST THURSDAY AT THE BASEBALL GAME WE WERE UNITED. I COULD NOT BE PROUDER OF BEING A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER. I COULD NOT BE PROUDER OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM, OUR M.V.P., RON DESANTIS, OUR HONORARY M.V.P., STEVE SCALISE, AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. WOULD THE MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM STAND AND LET'S ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR HEROISM. AGAIN, I CONGRATULATE YOU, MR. DOYLE, AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MIKE DOYLE.

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                        • 04:20:33 PM

                          MR. DOYLE

                          THANK YOU, JOE. THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER YEARS THAT WE'VE STOOD UP…

                          THANK YOU, JOE. THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER YEARS THAT WE'VE STOOD UP HERE. THIS TROPHY ISN'T FOR EITHER TEAM. THIS TROPHY'S FOR STEVE. I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE GOT THE NEWS AT OUR BASEBALL PRACTICE ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON, THE ONLY THING WE COULD THINK ABOUT IS THAT WE ARE A FAMILY. WHEN WE STOOD IN THE DUGOUT AND PRAYED FOR YOU, THAT YOU WERE SAFE AND THAT NO ONE WAS HURT, WE WEREN'T THINKING ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE WERE THINKING ABOUT OUR FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS. I WAS THINK BEING YOUR SON, JACK. AND ALL THE FUN TIMES I'VE HAD KIDDING HIM. THINKING ABOUT CEDRIC RICHMOND'S 3-YEAR-OLD SON THAT WAS WITH US. AND WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THAT SHOOTER HAD COME OVER TO OUR DUGOUT. IF THERE'S A SILVER LINING TO THAT TERRIBLE DAY, IT WAS REFLECTED IN THE OUTPOURING OF PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP AT OUR GAME. WE NORMALLY GET A CROWD OF 9,000 TO 10,000. 25,000 PEOPLE CAME TO THAT GAME. WE NORMALLY RAISE ABOUT $500,000 FOR THE THREE CHARITIES THAT THE GAME SUPPORTS. I HAVE A CHECK HERE THAT SAYS WE RAISED $1.5 MILLION. THAT'S NOT CORRECT. IT'S $1.7 MILLION. SO SOME WORTHWHILE CHARITIES ARE GOING TO GET A CHECK THEY WEREN'T EXPECTING. AND I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT OUR CAPITOL POLICE. TO HAVE SOMEONE SHOOTING BULLETS AT YOU, THAT'S TERRIFYING ENOUGH. TO MAKE THE DECISION TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE AND CHARGE THAT SHOOTER, TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WASN'T A MASSACRE, THAT TAKES A SPECIAL, SPECIAL KIND OF PERSON. AND THOSE TWO OFFICERS, TO SEE KRYSTAL THROW THAT BALL OUT LAST NIGHT AT THE WOMEN'S SOFTBALL GAME, JUST BROUGHT A LOT OF JOY TO MY HEART. WE OWE A REAL DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THE CAPITOL POLICE THAT PROTECT US HERE ON THESE GROUNDS. BUT, JOE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT ALL OF YOU GUYS. YOU'RE IN OUR PRAYERS, YOU'RE IN OUR THOUGHTS. SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED AND MANY OF YOU, IT MIGHT TAKE DAYS BEFORE IT HITS YOU. AND I'D ENCOURAGE ANYONE THAT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, FEELING THAT TO TALK TO SOMEONE. DON'T BE BASHFUL ABOUT THAT. THIS WAS A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR TEAM ESPECIALLY. BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS AND, AS WE SAID BEFORE, JOE AND I ARE GOING TO WALK THIS STATUE OVER TO STEVE'S OFFICE AND WHEN THE HOSPITAL GIVES US CLEARANCE, WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER TO THE HOSPITAL AND PRESENT IT TO STEVE PERSONALLY. THIS IS FOR HIM RIGHT NOW. AND WE WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT THE ENTIRE CONGRESS THINKS ABOUT HIM EVERY DAY. PRAYS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. AND WE HOPE TO GET HIM BACK HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

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                        • 04:23:57 PM

                          MR. BARTON

                          THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK. I YIELD BACK.

                        • 04:24:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. AS A SEPARATE -- IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED…

                          THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. AS A SEPARATE -- IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON THE AMENDMENT -- TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                      • 04:24:23 PM

                        The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.

                        • 04:24:51 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL…

                          A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL AND STATE PERMITTING PROCESSES RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SURFACE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS ON LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, AND TO DESIGNATE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR PERMIT PROCESSING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 04:25:12 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                          THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                        • 04:25:20 PM

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                          REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                        • 04:25:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                        • 04:32:50 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:33:08 PM

                      House Vote 319 - On Passage

                      Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

                      Passed (233 - 180)
                      Aye
                      No

                      Vote Details: Aye - 233
                      Republican - 225
                      Democratic - 8

                      Vote Details: No - 180
                      Democratic - 175
                      Republican - 5

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 18
                      Democratic - 10
                      Republican - 8

                      • 04:33:10 PM

                        Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

                      • 04:33:24 PM

                        ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                        The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                        • 04:34:10 PM

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

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

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                        • 04:34:14 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:34:18 PM

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

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE DUTYFUL SERVICE OF THE SECRET SERVICE. THEY PROTECT THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THEIR FAMILIES AND FOREIGN DIGNITARIES WHILE ALSO INVESTIGATING CYBERCRIMES AND PREVENTING FRAUD.

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                        • 04:34:37 PM

                          MR. KATKO

                          THEY PLACE THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE DAILY. FURTHER, THEY CONTINUE TO…

                          THEY PLACE THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE DAILY. FURTHER, THEY CONTINUE TO CONDUCT COUNTERFEIT INTERDICTION OPERATIONS DESPITE THE INCREASING NEED FOR DETAILS AND LOW RETENTION NUMBERS. WHILE THE SECRET SERVICE IS OFTEN IN THE NEWS FOR PERSONAL SHORTCOMINGS, THE ORGANIZATION HAS HAD A STORIED HISTORY IN PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A REMARKABLE FACT THAT WITHIN THE LAST YEAR THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTED SECURITY OPERATIONS FOR MULTIPLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY, A VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY BY POPE FRANCIS AND COUNTLESS FOREIGN DIGNITARIES TO OUR SOIL. SO FROM ALL OF US HERE IN CONGRESS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SECRET SERVICE FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND FOR THEIR SACRIFICES. IN THE COMING MONTHS, I PLAN TO ROUTINELY HONOR THIS GREAT EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:35:30 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 04:35:51 PM

                          MR. LANGEVIN

                          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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                        • 04:35:56 PM

                          EMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:35:58 PM

                          MR. LANGEVIN

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE LATEST PLAN TO GUT…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE LATEST PLAN TO GUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SENATE REPUBLICANS, AS BEEN REPORTED, THE BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT WAS DRAFTED ENTIRELY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AN WILL BE RUSHED TO THE VOTE WITHOUT PUBLIC DEBATE. MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THIS BILL WILL NOT PROVIDE AMERICANS ACCESS TO BETTER CARE AND CREATE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. CHANGES TO MEDICARE WILL MEAN PEOPLE WILL LOSE ACCESS TO CRUCIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORTS AND SHRINKING THE PROGRAM WILL FORCE STATES TO CUT SERVICES TO THE POOR, THE SICK AND THE ELDERLY. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN VERSION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE SENATE'S BILL IS AN ATTACK ON THE PRESERVATION OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND WILL NOT ENSURE MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS CAN RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO OBTAIN COVERAGE. THE SENATE REPUBLICAN BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT DOES NOT DEVIATE FROM THE DAMAGE OF THE CORE POLICIES FOUND IN THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE VERSION OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SHES AND I JUST HOPE MY REPUBLICAN -- ACT, AND I JUST HOPE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL KNOW THIS WILL UNDERMINE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                        • 04:37:19 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 04:37:23 PM

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

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

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                        • 04:37:27 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:38:29 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          I YIELD BACK.

                        • 04:38:44 PM

                          MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                          ONE MINUTE. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS…

                          ONE MINUTE. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS NATIONAL HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH AND TO INTRODUCE THREE BILLS TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS, THE FORECLOSURE FAIRNESS ACT, THE NATIONAL BILL OF RIGHTS ACT AND THE KEEPING FAMILIES HOME ACT. THE HOMEOWNERSHIP RATE IN THE U.S. IN 2016 FELL TO 62.9%, THE LOWEST RATE SINCE 1967. BEFORE THE GREAT RECESSION, IT PEAKED AT ABOUT NEARLY 70%. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, NEW MEXICO, MY HOME STATE, HAS NOT SEEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IN FACT, AS OF APRIL, 2017, NEW MEXICO'S FORECLOSURE RATE IS 40% HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. OWNING A HOME IS NOT ONLY THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT ALSO INCREASES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AS WELL AS WEALTH FOR THE OWNERS. THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER HAS A NET WORTH THAT'S 36 TIMES THAT OF THE AVERAGE RENTER. 195,000 COMPARED TO 5,000 -- 5,400. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THE BILL THAT WILL MAKE THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS MORE TRANSPARENT AND FAIR, HELP NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS COMMUNICATE WITH MORTGAGE SERVICERS AND KEEP FAMILIES IN THEIR HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 04:40:04 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 04:40:09 PM

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

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

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                        • 04:40:14 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:40:16 PM

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO A NATIONAL…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO A NATIONAL VICTIMS COMPENSATION ISSUE THAT MUST BE TREATED WITH THE URGENCY IT DESERVES. NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO, BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, $40 MILLION WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS -- VICTIMS COMPENSATION PROGRAM.

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                        • 04:40:36 PM

                          MR. BISHOP

                          WHO CONTRACTED FUNGAL MEN GIANTS DUE TO STEROID INJECTIONS DISTRIBUTED IN…

                          WHO CONTRACTED FUNGAL MEN GIANTS DUE TO STEROID INJECTIONS DISTRIBUTED IN 2012 WHICH RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS AND WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE. THAT MONEY WAS DELIVERED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE NINE MONTHS AGO AND YET NOT A SINGLE CLAIM HAS BEEN PAID. MR. SPEAKER, THESE VICTIMS, MANY OF WHOM ARE FROM MY DISTRICT, NEED JUSTICE. WE'RE NEARING THE FIVE-YEAR MARK OF THIS TERRIBLE OUTBREAK AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA NEED THIS CONGRESS CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEM. AGAINST THEIR OWN WILL, THEY BECAME VICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, AND THEY CERTAINLY DO NOT NEED TO ALSO BE VICTIMS OF MORE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME TO USE THESE FUNDS WE SECURED AND START COMPENSATING THESE VICTIMS. I STAND READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN, BUT I URGE THE OFFICIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS TO TREAT THIS MATTER LIKE THE PRIORITY IT TRULY IS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 04:41:38 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 04:41:44 PM

                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                        • 04:41:48 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:41:50 PM

                          MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE NEW JERSEY…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE NEW JERSEY 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I STAND HERE PROUD THAT MAYOR ERIC JACKSON OF TRENTON, MAYOR LIZ LAMPERT OF PRINCETON, MAYOR COLLEEN MARR LED THE CHARGE IN UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY TO COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, IT STARTS AT HOME. BY PASSING RESOLUTIONS THAT PLEDGED THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD, THESE CITIES UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM MEANS RELIEF FROM THE FRONT, NOT FROM THE BACK. I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED MY ENTIRE LIFE IN A STATE THAT HAS SO MANY PROGRESSIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE WORKING EVERY DAY TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. I COMMEND THESE CITIES IN MY DISTRICT AND THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, THE BUSINESS LEADERS AND THE PRIVATE CITIZENS NATIONWIDE WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ENSURE THE CULTIVATION AND PRESERVATION OF THIS EARTH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                        • 04:43:06 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                        • 04:43:12 PM

                          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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                        • 04:43:18 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                        • 04:43:20 PM

                          MR. THOMPSON

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, JUNE IS ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, JUNE IS ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH. ALZHEIMER'S IS THE SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES, AND IT HAS REACHED CRISIS PROPORTIONS. THERE IS NO EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, NO MEANS OF PREVENTION AND NO METHOD FOR SLOWING THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE. SADLY, ONE IN THREE SENIORS WILL DIE WITH THE DISEASE. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, FIVE MILLION AMERICANS WERE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IN THE YEAR 2013. THIS NUMBER'S EXPECTED TO ALMOST TRIPLE TO 14 MILLION BY THE YEAR 2050. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. ALZHEIMER'S IS ALSO HAS A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON CAREGIVERS AND LOVED ONES OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE. MORE THAN 15 MILLION AMERICANS PROVIDE UNPAID CARE TO FAMILY AN FRIENDS LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS. COMPARED WITH CAREGIVERS FOR PEOPLE OUTDEMENTIA, TWICE AS MANY CAREGIVERS WITH DEMENTIA INDICATES SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL STRESS. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S JOIN THE FIGHT AND PLEDGE AWARENESS TO THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND TO NEVER STOP SEARCHING FOR A CURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 04:44:39 PM

                          MS. PINGREE

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MS. PINGREE

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE JUNE IS PTSD AWARENESS MONTH,…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE JUNE IS PTSD AWARENESS MONTH, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN EXTRAORDINARY ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT IS MAKING A HUGE IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF MAINE VETERANS MANAGING THIS CHALLENGING CONDITION. THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN CONGRESS, I PAID CLOSE ATTENTION TO EFFECTIVE ALTERNATE THERAPIES FOR SYMPTOMS OF PTSD, FROM SERVICE DOGS TO EQUINE THERAPY, FROM BOOK AND WRITING GROUPS TO YOGA AND ACUPUNCTURE. A GROUP IN MY HOME STATE OF MAINE, CALLED K-9'S ON THE FRONT LINE, HAVE CREATED AN EXTRAORDINARY MODEL. AT NO COST TO THE VETERAN, VOLUNTEER POLICE DOG HANDLERS TEACH PARTICIPANTS TO TRAIN THEIR OWN DOGS OR DOGS SELECTED FROM SHELTERS TO BE PTSD SERVICE DOGS. . MANY OF THESE VETERANS HAVE HAD -- HAVE HAD YEARS OF THERAPY WITH LIMITED SUCCESS. YET IN SO MANY INSTANCES, THE IMPACT OF THESE SERVICE DOGS ON BOTH VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS. I'M PROUD TO HONOR MY CONSTITUENTS AT K-9'S ON THE FRONT LINE FOR IMPROVING THE LIVES OF MAINE VETERANS WITH PTSD. I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL…

                          MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION. TECHNICAL EDUCATION ALLOWS AMERICANS OF NEARLY ANY AGE TO GAIN PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR THE MODERN ECONOMY. STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH LESS DEBT AND ALSO GREAT CAREER PROSPECTS BECAUSE GROWING INDUSTRIES OFTEN PARTNER WITH LOCAL EDUCATION CENTERS TO FIND THE BEST EMPLOYEES.

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

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                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DARK OF NIGHT POLICYMAKING…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DARK OF NIGHT POLICYMAKING AND EXTREME PARTISANSHIP AND TURN TO WHERE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH CIVILITY ON OUR MOST PRESS ISSUINGS. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON WHAT WE DO NOT AGREE ON, WE MUST WORK TOGETHER, WHERE WE CAN FIND COMMON GROUND ON CUTTING TAXES FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND BUSINESSES OF ALL SIDES -- SIZES, AND INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE. IN NEW JERSEY OUR ROADS ARE THE EIGHTH WORST IN THE COUNTRY, WHILE OUR TAXES ARE WAY TOO HIGH.

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                          MR. GOTTHEIMER

                          AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS, I'VE BEEN WORK…

                          AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS, I'VE BEEN WORK AROUND THE CLOCK WITH BOTH PARTIES SINCE I WAS SWORN IN TO FIX OUR ROADS WHILE LOWERING TAXES AND CUTTING UNNECESSARY REGULATION AND RED TAPE. BY DOING SO, WE CAN INCREASE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN JOBS, IMPROVE SAFETY, FIGHT TERROR, ENSHOWER CLEAN DRINKING WATER, STAND BY OUR VETERAN AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND GIVE OUR COUNTRY AN ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE ON THE WORLD STAGE. THERE'S POLITICAL WILL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THESE ISSUES BUT WE CAN'T BE SPENDING OUR ENERGY ON THE REHASHING THE SAME TIRED PARTISAN DEBATES AND JAMMING THROUGH PARTISAN BILLS. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO GET THESE DONG FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE PASSING AND…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE PASSING AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A GOOD FRIEND TO MANY, MR. STAN MCETCHEN.

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                          MR. LAMALFA

                          HAILING FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE TODAY TO…

                          HAILING FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE ON -- BRITISH COLUMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE AFTER 9 YEEFERS ENRICHING THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND HIM. FOR THE PAST FEW DECADES, THE SMALL TOWN OF PARADISE, CALIFORNIA, HAS KNOWN STAN AS A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY WHOSE SCUPTED METAL ARTWORK DECORATED SHOPS AND HOUSES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTY. BEFORE HIS CREATIVE ARTWORK MADE HIM A LOCAL CELEBRITY, HE SERVED IN WORLD WAR II. IN 1943 HE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE IN THE CANADIAN ARMY, AN ELITE AMERICAN AND CANADIAN COMMANDER UNIT THAT PRECEDED THE MODERN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES WE HAVE TODAY. IN 2014 THE MAN BELOVED FOR HIS ARTWORK AND FOR HIS SERVICE AND FOR HIS CHARITY WAS AWARDED A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR HIS UNIT'S HEROISM IN BATTLE. I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT. AND OUR COUNTRY IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE GAINED SUCH A GOOD MAN FROM OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND HIS MEMORY. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. PAYNE

                          MINUTE.

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

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                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S…

                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S LEGISLATION TO ADVANCE OUR COUNTRY'S CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS HELP STUDENTS LEARN THE SKILLS NEEDED TO BE COMPETITIVE AND SET OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE PATH OF SUCCESS.

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                        • 04:51:47 PM

                          MRS. HARTZLER

                          I VISITED WITH OUR MANUFACTURERS REGULARLY AND THEY HAVE PREETEDLY TOLD ME…

                          I VISITED WITH OUR MANUFACTURERS REGULARLY AND THEY HAVE PREETEDLY TOLD ME THAT MORE SKILLED WORKERS ARE NEEDED. AS A FORMER VOCATIONAL TEACHER, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE FULFILLMENT OF STUDENT -- A STUDENT CAN FIND FROM GETTING REAL WORLD TRAINING IN A USEFUL SKILL. AND I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE POSITIVE STEPS THIS BILL TAKES TO ADDRESS THE SKILL SHORTFALL. THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO SUCCESS. AND THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT HELPS US PAVE THE WAY FOR A HIGH-SKILLED WORK FORCE OF AMERICANS TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL, FULFILLING CAREERS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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

                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                        • 04:52:38 PM

                          MS. JAYAPAL

                          MR. SPEAKER, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING…

                          MR. SPEAKER, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH AND OUR LGBTQIA COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS WEEK I'LL JOIN WASHINGTONIANS AT OUR ANNUAL SEATTLE PRIDE EVENT. WE'LL COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES. WE WILL COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE ADVANCEMENT OF LGBTQ RIGHTS IN OUR COUNTRY, AND WE'LL COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION THAT REAFFIRMED OUR COMMITMENT TO THE PRINCIPLE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT THIS YEAR WE ALSO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'VE SEEN A SPIKE IN HATE CRIMES, AN INCREASING COARSENESS OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE, AND A GREATER FEAR MONGERING FOR POLITICAL GAIN. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. AND WE INTEND TO PROTECT EVERY ADVANCEMENT THAT'S BEEN MADE AND CONTINUE DEMANDING PROGRESS TOWARDS FULL PROTECTIONS IN EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING, SAFETY FOR OUR TRANSGENDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES. THERE'S A LOT TO CELEBRATE BUT MUCH MORE TO DO TO DO TO ENSURE THE PROMISE OF EQUALITY FOR ALL IN OUR NATION. THAT'S WHAT THIS MONTH HAS BEEN ABOUT AND WE CELEBRATE IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                          THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN ISES RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- THE…

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN ISES RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' ONGOING PLANS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE…

                          STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' ONGOING PLANS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SENATE LEADERSHIP UNVEILED THEIR PLAN THIS MORNING AND PLAN TO VOTE AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK. THIS BILL WAS DRAFTED IN SECRECY AND WILL HAVE MASSIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HEALTH CARE OF EVERY AMERICAN.

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                          MR. SCHNEIDER

                          IT WILL AFFECT MORE THAN 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. YET FOR ALL ITS IMPACT, IT…

                          IT WILL AFFECT MORE THAN 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. YET FOR ALL ITS IMPACT, IT WAS WRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH ABSOLUTELY ZERO BIPARTISAN INPUT. I'VE HEARD FROM MORE CONSTITUENTS ON THIS ISSUE THAN ANY OTHER. MORE THAN 5,000 LETTERS, EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS. PEOPLE LIKE THE CANCER SURVIVE WHO ARE IS WORRIED WHETHER SHE'LL HAVE -- SURVIVOR WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER SHE'LL BE ABLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE INSURANCE WITHOUT THE A.C.A.'S PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS PROTECTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO END THIS ILL-CONSIDERED CHARADE, TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR EVERY AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                          MR. GREEN

                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, WE HAVE A COPY OF THE SENATE BILL TO REPEAL…

                          MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, WE HAVE A COPY OF THE SENATE BILL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. AND IT'S NO WONDER THEY DIDN'T WANT TO US SEE IT. LIKE THE MEAN-SPIRITED BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE, IT RIPS INSURANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND ROLLS BACK KEY PROTECTIONS TO PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND ALLOWS INSURERS TO CHARGE OLDER PEOPLE FIVE TIMES MORE THAN OTHERS. DESPITE THE PROMISES THAT THE SENATE BILL WILL MODERATE THE COVERAGE CUTS IN THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL, THE SENATE IS NOT ONLY RETAINING THE HOUSE BILL'S FUNDAMENTAL RESTRUCTURING OF MEDICAID PROGRAM IN A PER CAPITA CAP ON FEDERAL FUNDING, BUT IT'S DEEPENING THE CUTS IN MEDICAID, AFTER A FEW YEARS. THIS WILL NESKTABLEY LEAD TO THE RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE FOR 70 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE BENEFICIARY OF MEDICAID. PREGNANT WOMEN, PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES, CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. IT'S NOT EVEN CLEAR WHAT POLICY GOAL THIS BILL IS TRYING TO SOLVE EXCEPT FOR MAKING INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE OR UNAVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT THE MOST. IT'S ALMOST HARD TO CALL THIS A HEALTH CARE BILL AT ALL. THERE WERE NO HEARINGS, NO PUBLIC DEBATE AND AFTER WEEKS OF BACKROOM DEALS AND OPERATING SECRECY, WE NOW HAVE THIS TERRIBLE PRODUCT THAT THE SENATE PLANS TO VOTE ON NEXT WEEK. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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

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                          MS. KAPTUR

                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT…

                          THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT HAS EMERGED FROM SECRET REPUBLICAN-ONLY NEGOTIATIONS IN THE OTHER BODY. 900,000 PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, NEARLY ONE MILLION, GAINED HEALTH INSURANCE JUST IN OHIO THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT THIS LOP-SIDED REPUBLICAN BILL IS EVEN MORE CRUEL THAN THEIR HOUSE VERSION. IT WILL RIP AWAY CARE FROM MILLIONS, INCLUDING VERY SICK PEOPLE. WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND OPIOID ADDICTION. WE ALL KNOW AMAZING FAMILIES, MANY OF WHOM COME TO OUR OFFICES TELLING STORIES ABOUT THEIR FAMILY MOSS W.H.O. CARE FOR THEIR SICK AND FOR THOSE WHO WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REALIZE THE DREAMS DUE TO ILLNESS AND DISABILITY. TO PUT THEM ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IS UN-AMERICAN AND IT IS ANTI-LIFE. THE REPUBLICAN BILL SLASHES MEDICAID, WHICH IS A LIFE LINE TO WORKING PEOPLE AND PUTS MORE CRUSHING COSTS ON MILLIONS OF SENIORS DEPENDENT ON MEDICAID FOR NURSING HOME CARE. THE REPUBLICAN BILL IS ANTI-LIFE. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL MAKES HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE FOR MANY AMERICANS AND BASICALLY GIVES A TAX CUT TO THOSE WHO MAKE MILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. HOW CRUEL IS THAT? CARING FOR THE MOST, MOST DEPENDENT AND ILL AMONG US CANNOT BE LEFT TO CHANCE. AMERICANS SHOULD RISE UP IN PROTEST FROM COAST-TO-COAST AND OPPOSE THIS ANTI-LIFE REPUBLICAN BILL. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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                          MR. VEASEY

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX…

                          MR. SPEAKER, I'M FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX WHERE A BLEND OF CULTURES SHAPED OUR COMMUNITY FROM THE FOOD WE EAT TO THE TRADITIONS WE CELEBRATE. THE NORTH TEXAS AREA HAS BENEFITED FROM IMMIGRANTS THAT NOW CALL THE DALLAS METROPLEX HOME. IN FACT OVER A THIRD OF THE DISTRICT I SERVE WAS BORN OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS THE RICH DIVERSITY FOUND IN TEXAS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HELP MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT. IMMIGRANTS BRING THEIR SKILLS AND CULTURES AND A BELIEF IN THE AMERICAN DREAM THAT BENEFITS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. THEY WORK ALONGSIDE US, TEACH OUR CHILDREN, WORSHIP IN PARISHES. THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE INNOVATION THAT'S KEPT AMERICA ON THE CUTTING EDGE FOR DECADES. IN HONOR OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF OUR COUNTRY'S LEGACY AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. I URGE EACH OF YOU TO KEEP THESE IDEAS IN MIND AS THE MONTH ENDS AS WE PROMOTE POLICIES THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          MR. WOODALL

                          I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE…

                          I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLY VIBRANT FABRIC OF FOLKS. MY DISTRICT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE HIS DISTRICT AND I APPRECIATE HIM RECOGNIZING US THOSE THINGS THAT BRING US TOGETHER. IT HASN'T BEEN MUCH OVER A WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, SINCE WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO CHANGING THE DISCOURSE HERE AND JUST IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES, LISTENING TO THE SPEAKERS ON THIS FLOOR, I HEARD ABOUT SINISTER ACCUSATIONS OF WHAT OUR HEALTH CARE BILL WILL DO, OF MEAN BILLS AND MEANER BILLS, OF CRUEL BILLS. MY FRIENDS, THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WORK EVERY DAY TO SERVE THEIR CONSTITUENTS BETTER THAN THEY DID YESTERDAY. THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WANT TO GOATER FOR AMERICA TOMORROW THAN WE DID YESTERDAY. I -- WANT TO DO BETTER FOR AMERICA TOMORROW THAN WE DID YESTERDAY. THAT IS NOT PACKED FUEL OF ACCUSATIONS OF MEAN. IT HAS COMMON GOALS AND COMMON OPPORTUNITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REMEMBER OUR COMMITMENT THAT WE MADE TO ONE ANOTHER LAST WEEK. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

                          THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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                        • 05:02:59 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII FOR TODAY.

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                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                      • 05:03:18 PM

                        SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

                        The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

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                          MR. BARR

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

                          THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                        • 05:03:39 PM

                          BARLETTA MR.

                          MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A LEGENDARY…

                          MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A LEGENDARY KENTUCKY STATESMAN. A BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER. A MAN OF THIS HOUSE. AND A DEVOTED HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRANDFATHER, SENATOR JIM BUNNING, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85. THE MEMBERS WHO ARE JOINING US TONIGHT, MANY OF THEM WHO HAIL FROM SENATOR BUNNING'S HOME OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY EXTEND THEIR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS BELOVED WIFE, MARY, HIS BEST FRIEND FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, HIS NINE CHILDREN, HIS 35 GRANDCHILDREN. THOSE WHO MET SENATOR JIM BUNNING WALKED AWAY FROM AN IMPRESSION AND THAT IMPRESSION WAS THAT HAS TO BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET, AND IN A RECENT OP-ED IN THE HERALD, ONE OF HIS VERY BEST FRIENDS, SPORTS MARKETING EXECUTIVE JIM HOST WROTE THAT JIM BUNNING WAS FULL OF INTEGRITY AND, QUOTE, THE STRAIGHTEST ARROW I'VE EVER MET. AND IN THAT OP-ED HE RECOUNTED A STORY WHERE A REPORTER OF THE LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL WROTE THAT FORMER U.S. SENATOR BUNNING WAS, QUOTE, ONE OF A KIND. AND JIM HOST, IN REMEMBERING HIS FRIEND, SAID, I AGREE, BUT MORE THAN THAT, JIM BUNNING WAS AN ORIGINAL. NO ONE IN POLITICS IN KENTUCKY OR FOR THAT MATTER NATIONWIDE HAS BEEN OR EVER WILL BE LIKE HIM. AND AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DEAN OF THE KENTUCKY DELEGATION, CONGRESSMAN HAHL -- HAL ROGERS.

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                        • 05:05:41 PM

                          MR. ROGERS

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME, AND I RISE, LIKE MOST OF…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME, AND I RISE, LIKE MOST OF THE DELEGATION HERE, IN MEMORY OF OUR LONGTIME FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE LATE JIM BUNNING, WHO WAS AN INDOM NABLE FORCE ON THE PITCHER'S MOUND, A STALWART CHAMPION FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE PROUD PATRIARCH OF A REMARKABLE FAMILY. JIM BUNNING IS THE TYPE OF GUY YOU ALWAYS WANTED IN YOUR STARTING LINEUP. WITH HIS MULTILAYERED TALENT, JIM VALUED STRATEGIC OFFENSE AS MUCH AS STAUNCH DEFENSE. NOT ONLY ON THE PITCHER'S MOUND BUT IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS WHERE HE FERVENTLY STOOD FOR CONSERVATIVE VALUES. JIM ONCE SAID, I'VE BEEN BOOED BY 60,000 FANS AT YANKEE STADIUM STANDING ALONE AT THE PITCHER'S MOUND, SO I NEVER REALLY CARED IF I STOOD ALONE HERE IN CONGRESS AS LONG AS I STOOD FOR MY BELIEFS AND MY VALUES. JIM WAS BOLD AND HEAD STRONG BUT ALSO FIERCELESS LOYAL -- FIERCELY LOYAL, A COMBINATION THAT MADE HIM EFFECTIVE IN EVERY ENDEAVOR HE UNDERTOOK. HE LIVED A COURAGEOUS LIFE THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS HALL OF FAME RECORD AND COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. JIM LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON OUR STATE, ON OUR NATION, AND HIS LEGACY WILL ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS. MY WIFE, CYNTHIA, AND I EXTEND OUR HEART-FELT SYMPATHY TO MARY AND THE ENTIRE BUNNING FAMILY. WE'RE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR JIM'S COURAGE OF CONVICTION TO FAITHFULLY SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH JIM IN THE HOUSE BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO THE U.S. SENATE AND MANY TIMES WE WOULD BE ON THIS FLOOR WHEN JIM'S SPIRIT WOULD SURFACE. HE HELD STRONG BELIEFS. HE HAD STRONG OPINIONS. BUT AS JIM HOST SAID, YOU NEVER MET A STRAIGHTER ARROW THAN JIM BUNNING. WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU, BIG RIGHT-HANDER. I YIELD.

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                          MR. BARR

                          THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROGERS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM…

                          THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROGERS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM LOUISVILLE AND THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. A GOOD KENTUCKIAN, JOHN YARMUTH, WHO WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT JIM BUNNING'S APPEAL CROSSED PARTY LINES. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                        • 05:08:42 PM

                          MR. YARMUTH

                          I THANK MY FRIEND AND WANT TO THANK HIM, MY NEIGHBOR FROM JUST DOWN I-64,…

                          I THANK MY FRIEND AND WANT TO THANK HIM, MY NEIGHBOR FROM JUST DOWN I-64, FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HONORING THE LIFE OF SENATOR BUNNING THIS EVENING. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY 11 YEARS OF SERVING IN CONGRESS THAT I'VE SPOKEN FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. IT'S A FITTING OCCASION THAT I DO THAT AND I'M PROUD TO JOIN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS IN THIS EVENING. DURING HIS BASEBALL CAREER, JIM BUNNING WAS ONCE ASKED WHAT HIS PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AND HE RECALLED THE FACT THAT HE WENT NEARLY 11 YEARS WITHOUT EVER MISSING A START. THEY WROTE MY NAME DOWN AND I WENT TO THE POST, HE SAID. I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT'S A FITTING WAY OF ALSO DESCRIBING HIS POLITICAL CAREER AND HIS LOVE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY. KENTUCKIANS WROTE HIS NAME DOWNTIME AFTER TIME AGAIN -- TIME AFTER TIME AGAIN AND HE WENT TO WORK NO QUESTIONS ASKED. JIM AND I DIDN'T SEE EYE TO EYE POLITICALLY AND AS AMAZED OF THE CURVEBALLS HE THREW ON THE FIELD I FOUND MYSELF EQUALLY AMAZED OF SOME OF THE CURVEBALLS HE THREW OFF OF THE FIELD BUT THAT WAS JIM. WHEN SO MUCH WHAT HAPPENS IN CONGRESS IS POLITICAL THEATER, YOU CAN'T DENY THAT HE WAS ALWAYS REAL AND THAT EVERY WORD HE SPOKE HE GENUINELY BELIEVED. I'M SURE JIM'S FAMILY TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN THAT FACT AND I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN OFFERING THEM MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS THEY CONTINUE TO GRIEVE THEIR LOSS. I HOPE THEY FIND COMFORT IN THE LIFETIME OF MEMORIES THEY SHARED TOGETHER. IT'S REPORTED THAT DANIEL BOONE ONCE SAID THAT, QUOTE, HEAVEN MUST BE A KENTUCKY KIND OF PLACE, AND I SURE HOPE THAT'S TRUE. AND AS I SAID AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING, JIM BUNNING CAN NOW THOUGH NO-HITTERS FOREVER ON HIS FIELD OF DREAMS. THANK YOU, AGAIN, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:10:37 PM

                          MR. BARR

                          THANK YOU. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM THE SECOND…

                          THANK YOU. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY, CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE.

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                        • 05:10:45 PM

                          MR. GUTHRIE

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TALK…

                          I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY GOOD FRIEND, SENATOR BUNNING, A MENTOR TO ME. I FIRST CAME ACROSS SENATOR BUNNING WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY WATCHING BASEBALL AND WATCHING HIM PITCH FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS AND FOR THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BUT I REALLY GOT TO KNOW THEM -- AND WHEN I SAY THEM BECAUSE MOST OF US FROM KENTUCKY CAN'T TALK ABOUT JIM WITHOUT SAYING JIM AND MARY. THEY WERE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS. I THINK THE ONLY PEOPLE THEY EVER DATED WERE EACH OTHER AND IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE MARY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES BUT A WONDERFUL LADY. A COUPLE OF STORIES. WHEN I FIRST THOUGHT I MIGHT RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE FOR THE STATE SENATE AND MY 23-YEAR-OLD WAS 5 AND I HAD A 3-YEAR-OLD SON AND I WENT TO MEET JIM BUNNING. OF COURSE YOU SHOW UP THERE'S JIM AND MARY. SHE SAID, ARE YOU GOING TO BE OUR CANDIDATE IN THE 32ND DISTRICT AND I SAID, WELL, I JUST DON'T KNOW. I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT, I GOT A YOUNG FAMILY AND SHE GOES -- SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, YOUNG MAN, I'VE RAISED NINE KIDS. I THINK AT THAT POINT 20-SOMETHING GRANDKIDS. WE'VE DONE POLITICS. WE'VE DONE BASEBALL, CITY COUNCIL. SHE WENT THROUGH A WHOLE LIST OF THING. I'LL NEVER FORGET. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY YOU WON'T BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU WANT AND YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE THE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCES BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY EXPERIENCES. OUR KIDS HAVE GOTTEN TO DO THINGS NO OTHER KID HAS GOTTEN TO DO BECAUSE OF THE POSITIONS THEY'VE DONE AS A FAMILY. I'LL NEVER FORGET GOING BACK HOME -- YOU TRY TO TALK YOURSELF OUT OF IT. GOING HOME CONVINCED -- GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO NOW HAVE MY THIRD CHILD. I GUARANTEE IF I DIDN'T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH MARY BUNNING AND AFTER MY WIFE TELLING ME DURING THE TIME OF THAT DECISION WE WERE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE, NOW OUR 19-YEAR-OLD, I WOULDN'T HAVE MOVE FORWARD. THE OTHER IS SENATOR BUNNING TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING. I WON MY FIRST RACE BY 130 VOTES OUT OF 27,000 CAST. JIM BUNNING WAS RUNNING IN A FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE FOR THE U.S. SENATE. THEY COME TO BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY. BOB DOLE GOES TO BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, FOR A RALLY AND HE WANTED ME TO SPEAK. WE SEE PEOPLE AROUND TOWN THAT ARE OPERATIVES FOR OUR PARTY. THIS ONE GUY COMES, NO STATE, NO LOCAL CANDIDATES, ONLY FEDERAL CANDIDATES CAN SPEAK OUT. I HAD TO LEAVE THE PODIUM. 25, YOUNG GUY SAYS THAT. THEY ARE ALL THERE FOR HIS RALLY. HE SAYS, IF HE'S NOT SPEAKING I'M NOT SPEAKING. AND SO NEXT THING YOU KNOW I GOT ON THE AGENDA. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. THE FINAL THING I WANT TO SAY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE JIM BUNNING STORIES IS, HE DID NOT LINE TO SIGN BASEBALLS MADE IN CHINA. THAT WAS JUST HIS THING. HE DIDN'T WANT TO SIGN A BASEBALL MADE IN CHINA. I HAD TWO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLS. HE WAS GOING TO BE IN BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, TO GET THEM SIGNED. I SHOWED UP THERE. ON THE WAY MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WHICH WE DIDN'T THINK CARED CRIED. TO BUY A BASEBALL IN BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, AT THE LAST MINUTE IS NOT EASY TO DO. WENT TO WAL-MART, PICKED UP AN OFFICIAL LEAGUE BALL AND I WENT TO THE RESTAURANT AND SECOND ONE SIGNS IT. THIRD ONE -- I MAY HAVE THE ONLY ONE, HE PICKS IT UP AND HE POINTS TO THE CHINA ON THE BALL, PRINTED ON THE BALL AND GIVES ME THIS LOOK THAT ONLY HE COULD GIVE AND FORTUNATELY MARY WAS THERE AND SAYS, JIM, YOU'RE SIGNING THAT BALL FOR THAT LITTLE GIRL. AND SO I NOW HAVE IN MY OFFICE IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING A JIM BUNNING BASEBALL THAT SAYS MADE IN CHINA ON IT. IT'S SOMETHING I CHERISH AND HIS GRANDDAUGHTER HAS INTERNED IN MY OFFICE AND SHE'S A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK. BOTH HER GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER. DURING THE SPRING WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF PHONE CALLS BECAUSE OF SOME ACTIONS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. SHE WAS WONDERFUL AND MATURE BEYOND HER YEARS AT 20 OR 21 YEARS OLD. SO THE OLD RIGHT-HANDER, AS MR. -- MR. ROGERS SAID, IS SOMEBODY WE MISS, IS SOMEBODY THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME, SOMEBODY THAT LEAVES A FANTASTIC LEGACY IN WASHINGTON, IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BUT FAR MORE IMPORTANT, IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE FUNERAL HOME JUST LOOKING AT THOSE NINE CHILDREN AND OVER 30-SOMETHING GRANDCHILDREN AND NOW INTO THE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, THAT'S HIS LEGACY. HIS LEGACY IS HIS FAMILY AND THERE'S NO OTHER WAY HE WOULD WANT FROM THAT FIRST FEW DAYS IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL WHEN HE FIRST MET HIS WIFE MARY UNTIL TODAY, IT'S JUST A LEGACY THAT'S WORTH ALL OF US TO STRIVE TO HAVE. SO WE LOVE HIM. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM AND WE CERTAINLY LOVE HIS WIFE, MARY, AND HIS FAMILY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                        • 05:15:30 PM

                          MR. YARMUTH

                          I NOW YIELD TO MR. CORMER.

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                          MR. CORMER

                          I MET SENATOR BUENNING IN 1983, HE WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. AT THE TIME…

                          I MET SENATOR BUENNING IN 1983, HE WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. AT THE TIME HE WAS A STATE SENATOR IN KENTUCKY AND MY GRANDFATHER WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MONROE COUNTY.

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                        • 05:15:56 PM

                          MR. COMBER

                          FOR GOVERNOR, MY GRANDFATHER WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY FOR HIS ELECTION.…

                          FOR GOVERNOR, MY GRANDFATHER WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY FOR HIS ELECTION. I WENT UP TO HIM, A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY, I HAD MY BASEBALL IN MY HAND, THAT'S WHAT YOU DID YOU GAVE HIM A BASEBALL TO SIGN. I SAID, I'M LIKE YOU, WE HAVE TWO THINGS IN COMMON, I'M A FAN OF SPORTS AND A FAN OF POLITICS AND HE LAUGHED AND PATTED ME ON THE HEAD AND SAID, WE'RE GOING TO GET ALONG JUST FINE HE FIGURED OUT WHO I WAS, WHO MY GRANDFATHER WAS, AND WE STAYED CLOSE THROUGH THE YEARS. WHEN I RAN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN 2000, HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO CALL AND ENCOURAGE ME AND OFFER HIS SUPPORT, I WON THAT ELECTION, SERVED IN THE KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, HE WAS ALWAYS A SUPPORTER, ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. RAN FOR COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE IN ANOTHER STATEWIDE OFFICE, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME. I THINK THE WORLD OF JIM BUNNING. JUST BECAUSE I KNEW HIM. AND I KNEW THAT HE CARED AND HE REMEMBERED THINGS. IN 2004 HE WAS RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION FOR THE U.S. SENATE AND IT WAS A TOUGH ELECTION. IT WAS A VERY, VERY CLOSE ELECTION. IN FACT, THERE ARE 120 COUNTIES IN THE STATE WITH 118 COUNTIES IN, HE WAS BEHIND IN THAT ELECTION. AND THERE WERE TWO COUNTIES LEFT. METCALF COUNTY AND MONROE COUNTY TWO COUNTIES IN MY STATE HOUSE DISTRICT. SO HE KNEW HE WAS GOING TO WIN BECAUSE HE WON THOSE COUNTIES BY 4-1 MARGINS. SO EVERY TIME I WOULD SEE HIM HE WOULD REMIND ME THAT HE'S IN THE SENATE BECAUSE OF THOSE COUNTIES IN SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY. MOST POLITICIANS PROBABLY WOULDN'T REMEMBER THAT BUT HE DID. SO I'M HONORED TO STAND HERE TONIGHT WITH REPRESENTATIVE BARR AND SHOW MY SUPPORT AND APPRECIATION FOR JIM BUNNING. KENTUCKY IS A BETTER STATE BECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF U.S. SENATOR JIM BUNNING. THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:17:56 PM

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                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN COMBER. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT U.S. SENATOR JIM…

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN COMBER. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT U.S. SENATOR JIM BUNNING AND YOU THINK ABOUT HIS REMARKABLE BASEBALL CAREER BEFORE POLITICS, JIM BUNNING COULD HAVE GONE ANYWHERE AND HE COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THOSE EARLY DAYS DURING HIS BASEBALL CAREER,VILLE TO RECOUNT A STORY THAT WAS IN THAT TRIBUTE THAT JIM WROTE ABOUT THE HALL OF FAMER, JIM BUNNING. HE SAID THAT AFTER HIS CAREER HAD ENDED, IT HAD BEEN ABOUT 15 YEARS, AND HE HAD NOT YET BEEN NAMED TO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. BY THE BASEBALL WRITERS. SO WHEN HE RETIRED HE WAS SECOND -- THOUGH WHEN HE RETIRED HE WAS SECOND IN STRIKEOUTS TO THE FAMED WALTER JOHNSON AND HAD WON 100 GAMES IN BOTH LEAGUES. AND HE HAD A PERFECT GAME IN ONE OF THOSE LEAGUES, A NO-HITTER IN THE OTHER LEAGUE.

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                        • 05:18:51 PM

                          MR. BARR

                          TIME.

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

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                        • 05:25:17 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                        • 05:25:20 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TONIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE…

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TONIGHT ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS TO MANAGE THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUES WHO I WILL BE INTRODUCE, SEVERAL OF THEM WILL BE JOINING ME TONIGHT TO DISCUSS WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SENATE TODAY WITH THE G.O.P. FINALLY UNVEILING THEIR CLOSELY GUARDED SECRET PLAN TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, A PLAN THEY'RE UNVEILING THAT HAS HAD THE LEGISLATIVE BENEFIT OF NO HEAR, NO WITNESSES, NO EXPERT TESTIMONY, NO TESTIMONY BY THE PUBLIC, AND AGAIN, NO CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SCORE SO FAR, WHICH IS THE SAME WAY THAT THE LEGISLATION PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE SIDE. SO IT IS -- SO DOES ALL THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? IT SHOULD. IT'S THE SAME CLANDESTINE, IN THE DARK PROCESS THAT LED TO THE PLAN WHICH EMERGED HERE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE BAREST OF MARGINS WITH EVERY MANNER OF POWER PLAY AND POWER PLOY ENGAGED BY LEADERSHIP TO PRODUCE THE FINAL RESULT. THAT BILL, BY THE WAY, NOW STANDS AT A WHOPPING 9% IN THE POLLS, WHICH MEANS IT'S EVEN MORE UNPOPULAR THAN CONGRESS ITSELF. AND EVEN THOUGH MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE RENTED BUSES AND VANS TO TAKE THEM OVER TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO GO AND CELEBRATE AND EXULT IN THEIR DUBIOUS VICTORY AND UNCORK THE CHAMPAGNE AND DRINK BEER WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HIS STAFF AFTER THEY PUSHED THE BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE, TODAY, PRESIDENT TRUMP NOW CALLS THE BILL HE CELEBRATED AND HE CAMPAIGNED FOR, MEAN. HE SAYS IT'S A MEAN BILL TODAY. AND THERE'S NO QUESTION HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THAT. WE SAID THAT AT THE TILE. MEAN AS A RATTLESNAKE THAT BILL, WHICH WOULD HAVE THROWN 24 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND DEINDUSTRIED PRE-EXISTING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE, RATHER COVERAGE FOR PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS. THE SENATE VERSION, THOUGH, IS JUST AS MEAN. IT'S DOWN RIGHT MEAN. IT MAY EVEN BE MEANER THAN THE HOUSE VERSION. IT NOT ONLY STRIPS HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF OUR FELLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS, IT NOT ONLY FORCES AMERICAN FAMILIES TO PAY HIGHER PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES, INCREASING OUT OF POCKET COSTS, ALL TO PAY FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST OF OUR CITIZENS. IT FORCES AMERICANS AGES 50 TO 64 TO PAY PREMIUMS FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN EVERYONE ELSE. NO MATTER HOW HEALTHY YOU ARE. THAT'S RIGHT. IF YOU'RE IN THE AGE BRACKET OF 50 TO 64, YOUR PREMIUMS UNDER THEIR BILL WILL BE FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE POPULATION, NO MATTER HOW HEALTHY YOU ARE. IT RETCHICE LIFE OF THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND AND ROBS FUNDS THAT SENIORS DEPEND ON TO GET THE LONG-TERM CARE THAT THEY NEED. IT BLOCK GRANTS MEDICAID TO THE STATES AND ASTONISHINGLY, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, PLACES A PER CAPITA CAP ON MEDICAID PAYMENTS FOR ALL RECIPIENTS, INCLUDING DISABLED AMERICANS AND SENIOR CITIZENS. THAT'S JUST UNCONSCIONABLE. THINK ABOUT IT. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, UNDER MEDICAID, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT COMMIT TO PAY FOR ALL OF ENROLLEES' HEALTH BILLS. IF YOUR ILLNESS OR INJURIES ARE TOO SEVERE OR TOO COMPLICATED, YOUR TREATMENT TOO LONG, TOUGH LUCK FOR YOU, BUDDY. YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN, JACK. THAT'S NEW PROPOSAL THAT IS COMING OUT FROM THE SENATE TODAY. THE PEOPLE THAT RAILED ABOUT DEATH PANELS BEFORE PASSAGE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PANELS THAT NEVER MATERIALIZED AND WERE PROVEN TO BE AN ABSOLUTE FICTION AND FANTASY, NOW SEEK TO THROW MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE, ROLL BACK THE MEDICAID EXPANSION IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH BENEFITED MILLIONS OF OUR COUNTRY MEN AND WOMEN, AN THEN CUT THE HEART OUT OF THE MEDICAID GUARANTEE BY PLACING A PER CAPITA CAP ON PAYMENTS TO BENEFICIARIES. AND THIS PARTICULAR ASSAULT ON THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOESN'T EVEN CLAIM TO BE A RESPONSE TO ANY ALLEGED PROBLEMS WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR WITH OBAMACARE AS THEY CALL IT. IT'S INSTEAD A SWEEPING CHANGE TO MEDICAID THAT SO-CALLED FREE MARKET CONSERVATIVES HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE FOR YEARS. THIS SENATE LEGISLATION COOKED UP IN SECRET AND SEASONED WITH SLASHING CUTS TO MEDICAID IS ONE FINE MESS. IT DOES NOTHING BUT MAKE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM MORE EXPENSIVE, DANGEROUSLY THROW TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF OF THEIR INSURANCE, AND EVISCERATE THE CORE PRODUCTIONS OF -- PROTECTIONS OF MEDICAID. AND WHY? WHY? WHAT IS THE PUBLIC POLICY BEING ADVANCED HERE? ALL FOR A TAX CUT FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS. IT TAKES A SPECIAL KIND OF SINGLE MINDED FOCUS TO TURN A HEALTH CARE BILL INTO A MASSIVE TAX CUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THE LEAST. . NOW, I HEARD SOME OF MY FRIENDS, MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY OTHER COLLEAGUES SHOULD NOT BE TALKING ABOUT HOW THE BILL WAS MEAN OR MEAN-SPIRITED OR MEAN BECAUSE WE HAVE A RENEWED SPIRIT OF CIVILITY IN THIS CHAMBER WHICH WE DO AND I PRAISE IT AND I CELEBRATE IT EVER SINCE THE TERRIBLE ATTACK ON OUR COLLEAGUE, STEVE SCALISE, AND OTHERS AND THE CAPITOL OFFICERS WHO ROSE, WE TRIED TO PUT ASIDE THE PARTISAN RANKER. BUT, MY FRIENDS, WE HAVE TO TALK HONESTLY ABOUT LEGISLATION WHICH IS THREATENING THE WELL-BEING OF OUR OWN CITIZENS AND THE WORD MEAN COMES NOT FROM MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE SPEAKING BEFORE, THE WORD MEAN COMES FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HIMSELF WHO SAID THAT THE LEGISLATION WHICH PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW LOOKING BACK IS MEAN. HE LIKES THE SENATE VERSION INSTEAD BUT WE THINK THAT THE SENATE VERSION IS EVEN MEANER THAN THE BILL THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY DESCRIBED AS MEAN THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE. SO TO DESCRIBE MORE OF THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THIS LEGISLATION AND WHY IT'S A THREAT TO OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, WHY IT'S A THREAT TO THE BASIC VALUES OF SOLIDARITY AND JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY THAT DEFINES US AS AMERICANS, WE INVITED A NUMBER OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO COME UP AND PARTICIPATE. I'M BEGINNING WITH THE CONGRESSWOMAN FROM SEATTLE, PA WASHINGTON, PRACTICE MILA JAY APAL, WHICH -- PRAMILA JAY APAL, WHICH HAS BEEN REPLACED AS CO-CHAIR OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS TO GO ON TO BIGGER THINGS, PLEASE WELCOME PRAMILA JAYAPAL FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.

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                        • 05:32:42 PM

                          MS. JAYAPAL

                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU PRESIDING OVER THE CHAMBER AS WELL. MR.…

                          MR. SPEAKER, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU PRESIDING OVER THE CHAMBER AS WELL. MR. KHANNA, REPRESENTATIVE KHANNA FROM CALIFORNIA, WHO'S GOING TO BE TAKING OVER AS CO-CHAIR OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR FOR THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON. THIS IS A BILL THAT THE SENATE HAS BEEN NEGOTIATING IN PRIVATE. IT'S BEEN 13 MEN DISCUSSING HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IN A SECRET ROOM. THAT'S REALLY WHAT'S BNG HAPPENING. AND TODAY -- THAT'S REALLY WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING. AND TODAY WE SAW A DRAFT OF THIS BILL, AND THE PREVAILING WISDOM, WHEN THE BILL PASSED THE HOUSE, WAS THAT THE SENATE WOULD COMPLETELY REVAMP THE BILL. BUT ACCORDING TO "THE NEW YORK TIMES," I'LL QUOTE "THE NEW YORK TIMES" TODAY, SAID THE SENATE BILL ONCE PROMISED AS A TOP TO BOTTOM REVAMP OF THE HEALTH BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE INSTAINS MAINTAINS ITS STRUCTURE WITH MODEST ADJUSTMENTS. IT'S THE SAME BILL. IT'S THE SAME BILL. AND IN FACT IN SOME WAYS IT'S A LITTLE BIT WORSE BECAUSE THE CUTS TO MEDICAID, WHILE THEY DON'T TAKE EFFECT AS QUICKLY, AND THEY ARE MORE GRADUAL, THEY'RE ACTUALLY DEEPER THAN THE HOUSE CUTS TO MEDICAID. THERE'S OTHER THINGS IN THE BILL THAT HAVE BEEN DONE REALLY IN PART TO EFFECT HOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SEE THE BILL BUT DON'T CHANGE THE BASIC PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL. AND PART OF THE REASON THEY DELAYED THE CUTS TO MEDICAID IS SO THEY HOPE THEY CAN GET A BETTER C.B.O. SCORE, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET SCORE WHICH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW THE LAST TIME AROUND, THE SECOND TIME AROUND AFTER THE FIRST TIME THE BILL WAS ABOUT TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND THEN IT GOT PULLED FROM THE FLOOR BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH VOTES IN THE HOUSE, THE SECOND TIME WHEN IT DID PASS IT PASSED WITHOUT A C.B.O. SCORE. IT WAS NOT SCORED, AND THE REASON IT WAS NOT SCORED WAS BECAUSE THERE WAS A BELIEF THAT THAT VERY NARROW PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE WOULD NOT HAPPEN IF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FOUND OUT THAT THE BILL, AS, QUOTE, REVISED WAS ACTUALLY JUST AS BAD. SO THE BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE STILL TOOK AWAY 23 -- TOOK AWAY HEALTH INSURANCE FROM 23 MILLION AMERICANS. SO THIS IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY, A BILL THAT'S BEEN CRAFTED IN SECRET BUT IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME BILL. AND I HAVE RECEIVED MORE THAN 9,000 CALLS AND LETTERS FROM CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO ALL IT CAN TO PROTECT OUR SENIORS, TO EXPAND MEDICAID AND TO DEFEND THE GAINS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. AND YOU KNOW WHAT'S REALLY IRONIC ABOUT THIS WHOLE SITUATION IS IF YOU THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT REPUBLICANS SAID ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WHEN IT WAS BEING PASSED -- HERE'S A QUOTE. IN 2010, SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAID, AFTER MONTHS OF TWISTING ARMS, DEMOCRATIC LEADERS CONVINCED ENOUGH MEMBERS OF THEIR PARTY TO DEFY THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND SUPPORT THE SENATE BILL WHICH WAS CRAFTED IN SECRET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAID, WHEN IT COMES TO SOLVING PROBLEMS, AMERICANS WANT US TO LISTEN FIRST AND THEN IF NECESSARY OFFER TARGETED STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTIONS, BUT THEY'RE TIRED OF A PROCESS THAT SHUTS THEM OUT. THEY'RE TIRED OF GIANT BILLS NEGOTIATED IN SECRET THEN JAMMED THROUGH ON A PARTY LINE VOTE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. THAT'S WHAT SPEAKER RYAN SAID AND SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL SAID WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS BEING DEBATED, BUT HERE'S THE THING. WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS BEING DEBATED, DEMOCRATS ACTUALLY THREW OPEN THE DOORS IN CONGRESS. THEY HELD OVER 100 SENATE HEARINGS. I WASN'T HERE. THIS IS BASED ON ACTUAL REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS AND FILES FROM CONGRESS. OVER 100 SENATE HEARINGS. 25 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF CONSIDERATION. AND 161 AMENDMENTS FROM REPUBLICANS. MANY OF THOSE AMENDMENTS WERE ACCEPTED INTO THE BILL. THIS IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PROCESS. WE DIDN'T HAVE A SINGLE HEARING ON THIS BILL. THE BILL CAME TO THE HOUSE FLOOR AND THERE WAS SOME DEBATE BUT IT CERTAINLY WASN'T 1 HUNDRED HEARINGS, IT WASN'T 25 DAYS OF CONSIDERATION. THERE WEREN'T 161 AMENDMENTS. THERE WEREN'TEN ANY AMENDMENTS ACCEPTED FROM DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO AMENDMENT PROCESS. AND NOW IN THE SENATE WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS WHERE A BILL THAT IS ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE OF TENS OF -- HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IS ABOUT TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT ANY AMENDMENTS. CERTAINLY NOT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. MAYBE THEY'LL TAKE A FEW AMENDMENTS FROM THE REPUBLICANS BEFORE IT COMES TO THE FLOOR. I DON'T KNOW. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE, BUT THERE'S NO DEBATE ON THIS. AND HOW CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRACY AND EVEN OF CIVILITY AND THE ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER IF WE DON'T OFFER THE OTHER SIDE A CHANCE TO WEIGH IN. THIS BILL WILL TAKE AWAY HEALTH INSURANCE FROM MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, AND IT WILL MAKE IT LESS AFFORDABLE FOR THOSE WHO STILL HAVE INSURANCE. BECAUSE IT'S NOT VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE HOUSE BILL, AND WE ALREADY KNOW THAT THAT'S WHAT THE HOUSE BILL DOES. IT WOULD RAISE OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES WITH HIGHER DEDUCTIBLES AND COST SHARING. IT WOULD ESSENTIALLY DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD BY BLOCKING PEOPLE WITH MEDICAID COVERAGE FROM ACCESSING PREVENTIVE CARE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEALTH CENTERS FOR BIRTH CONTROL, CANCER SCREENINGS AND S.T.D. TREATMENT AND TESTING. AND IT WOULD CUT THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PROTECTIONS. NOW, WHAT IS THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PROTECTIONS? A LOT OF AMERICANS, WE TALK ABOUT THAT PHRASE, BUT A LOT OF AMERICANS DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS SO HERE'S WHAT IT MEANS. IT MEANS THAT IF YOU BUY INSURANCE, THEN YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT THAT INSURANCE IS GOING TO COVER CERTAIN THINGS. IT WILL COVER, FOR EXAMPLE, HOSPITALIZATION. IT WILL COVER, YOU KNOW, IF YOU GET CANCER, IT WILL COVER SOME OF YOUR TREATMENTS THAT YOU NEED FOR CANCER. CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THAT. MENTAL HEALTH CARE IS PART OF THAT ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS COVERAGE. THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS. OTHERWISE AN INSURANCE COMPANY CAN SELL YOU SOMETHING AND CAN EVEN SAY WE COVER, YOU KNOW, X, Y AND Z, BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE HOSPITAL BECAUSE YOU'RE SICK, IT WILL -- YOU'LL FIND OUT THAT IT DOESN'T ACTUALLY COVER HOSPITALIZATION. SO THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO SAY THERE'S SORT OF AN ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDING, AN ESSENTIAL SET OF THINGS THAT WOULD BE COVERED, WE WILL GUARANTEE YOU IT WILL BE COVERED IF YOU HAVE -- IF YOU BUY INSURANCE. NOW, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT MEDICAID FOR A SECOND BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRAVESTIES OF THE BILL THAT IS BEING PROPOSED BY THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. THIS BILL WOULD LITERALLY DECIMATE MEDICAID, AND BETWEEN THE MEDICAID CUT OF OVER $800 BILLION IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL IN THE SENATE AND THE BUDGET CUT THAT'S PROPOSED OF OVER $600 BILLION, LET ME BE CLEAR THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ALMOST A $1.5 TRILLION CUT TO MEDICAID THROUGH THESE TWO MECHANISMS. AND I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MEDICAID IS BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THAT MEDICAID JUST COVERS POOR FOLKS, WHICH FRANKLY I THINK WE SHOULD COVER POOR FOLKS. LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT. BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT MEDICAID ACTUALLY COVERS. IT COVERS HALF OF ALL THE BIRTHS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT COVERS INSURANCE FOR ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS. IT COVERS TREATMENT FOR 220,000 RECOVERING PEOPLE WITH DRUG DISORDERS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM OPIOID ABUSE. IT COVERS 1.6 MILLION PATIENTS, MOSTLY WOMEN, WHO GET CANCER SCREENINGS AND S.T.D. TESTING. MEDICAID COVERS 64% OF ALL NURSING HOME RESIDENTS. IT COVERS 30% OF ALL ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES. IT COVERS 39% OF ALL KIDS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND 60% OF KIDS WITH DISABILITIES. SO IF YOU CUT HALF OF MEDICAID, WHICH IS WHAT $1.5 TRILLION CUT TO MEDICAID WOULD INCLUDE, IT WOULD BE HALF OF WHAT WE SPEND ON MEDICAID TODAY. A PROGRAM THAT COVERS 74 MILLION AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. 38 MILLION AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR COVERAGE. SO NO WONDER, AS MR. RASKIN SAID, THIS HEALTH CARE BILL HAS HAD SUCH LOW APPROVAL RATINGS IN THE HOUSE AND NOW IT'S THE SAME BILL IN THE SENATE, BECAUSE AMERICANS UNDERSTAND THAT WHETHER YOU LIVE IN BLUE AMERICA OR RED AMERICA, WHETHER YOU LIVE IN RURAL AMERICA OR URBAN AMERICA, WHETHER YOU'RE A MAN, WOMAN OR A CHILD, WHETHER YOU'RE YOUNG OR OLD, ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THIS COUNTRY IS THAT WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT BELIEVES IN TRYING TO PROVIDE FOR PEOPLE WHEN THEY GET SICK. NOW, WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO DO THAT FOR A LONG TIME, AND UNTIL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE CONGRESS PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WE WEREN'T DOING THAT. BUT IN WASHINGTON STATE, MY HOME STATE, WHEN WE PASSED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, MEDICAID EXPANSION ALLOWED US TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL 600,000 PEOPLE ACROSS OUR STATE. WE CUT THE UNINSURED RATE IN HALF, AND WE CREATED OVER 22,000 JOBS ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING IN RURAL AREAS. SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW IS TO STOP THIS BILL FROM MOVING FORWARD. BECAUSE IT WOULD BE BAD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. IT'S GOING TO KICK GRANDMA OUT OF HER NURSING HOME. IT'S GOING TO STOP A KID WITH ASTHMA FROM GETTING AN INHALER. IT'S GOING TO PUT A PREMIUM ON BEING AN ELDER AMERICAN. IF YOU ARE AN OLDER AMERICAN, YOU ARE GOING TO PAY FOUR TO FIVE TIMES AS MUCH AS ANYBODY ELSE. WHY? YOU JUST HAVE TO ASK WHY. SO WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS BILL? THIS BILL IS A TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS, CORPORATIONS IN THIS COUNTRY. SO THIS IS ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR THE RICHEST. SHELDON ADELSON, WHO IS A REPUBLICAN DONOR, CASINO MAGNET, HE WILL GET, IF THE SENATE BILL PASSES, HE WILL GET A $44 MILLION TAX CUT IN 2017 ALONE. HOW ARE THEY PAYING FOR THAT? CUTTING MEDICAID, TAKING AWAY PROTECTIONS FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, FOR SENIORS, FOR AVERAGE AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. IT'S NOT RIGHT IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT. IT'S NOT IF YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN. IT'S NOT RIGHT IF YOU'RE AN INDEPENDENT. IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT, AND, YES, THE PRESIDENT IS CORRECT ON THIS POINT. IT'S A MEAN BILL. IT'S MEAN, IT'S CRUEL AND IT'S UNJUST AND I HOPE WE DEFEAT IT AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:44:56 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          THANK YOU, JSJY PAL. -- MS. JAYAPAL. WE HAVE NEXT WITH RUSS RO KHANNA. HE…

                          THANK YOU, JSJY PAL. -- MS. JAYAPAL. WE HAVE NEXT WITH RUSS RO KHANNA. HE WAS DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, HE'S A WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR WHO HAS WRITTEN A VERY GOOD BACK ABOUT MANUFACTURING AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE UNITED STATES AND WE WELCOME CONGRESSMAN KANNA WHO WILL BE TAKING OTHER FOR CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL AS MY CO-CONVENOR OF THIS PROGRESS I CAUCUS HOUR FROM HERE ON IN. CONGRESSMAN?

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                        • 05:45:43 PM

                          MR. CAW IN A

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESS --

                        • 05:45:55 PM

                          MR. KANNA

                          THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. I APPRECIATE…

                          THANK YOU, MR. RASKIN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. I APPRECIATE LIZ AND MY STAFF'S HELP IN ORGANIZING THIS. I WANT TO ECHO WHAT CONGRESSWOMAN JAYAPAL SAID ABOUT THIS BILL AND THE IMPACT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND ON JOBS. BECAUSE HERE'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CONGRESSMAN JAYAPAL SAID THAT FOLKS DON'T UNDERSTAND. THIS BILL IS GOING TO AFFECT ALMOST EVERY FAMILY THAT HAS SOMEONE THAT GOES FOR ELDER CARE, TO A NURSING HOME. THE AVERAGE COST AT A NURSING HOME IS ABOUT $80,000 A YEAR. MOST FAMILIES CAN'T AFFORD THAT. MOST MIDDLE CLASS, MOST UPPER MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES CAN'T AFFORD THAT SO WHAT DO THEY DO WHEN THEIR SAVINGS RUN OUT AND MEDICARE, BY THE WAY, DOESN'T COVER NURSING HOME COSTS. THEY RELY ON MEDICAID. AND WHAT THIS BILL DOES IN A SHOCKING WAY IS SAY, WE ARE GOING TO CUT MEDICAID FUNDING. OF COURSE WE'RE GOING TO CONVENIENTLY CUT IT STARTING SEVEN YEARS FROM NOW, COINCIDENTLY AFTER EVERYONE HAS FACED RE-ELECTION, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THESE PROGRAMS THAT THEY RELY ON, WE'RE GOING TO START THESE CUTS SEVEN YEARS FROM NOW AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO GO FOR ELDER CARE. HERE'S WHAT'S SO PROBLEMATIC ABOUT THIS FROM AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST JOB CREATORS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST JOB CREATORS, ACCORDING TO MCKENZIE, ACCORDING TO EVERY ECONOMIC STUDY IS IN HEALTH CARE. IS FOR ELDERCARE. MEDICAID CREATES MORE JOBS FOR WORKING CLASS FAMILIES AND MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AT A TIME OF GLOBALIZATION AND AUTOMATION THAN PROBABLY ANY OTHER SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. SO NOT ONLY ARE WE HURTING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND THE ELDERLY, WE'RE ELIMINATING THE VERY JOBS THAT WE OUGHT TO BE CREATING AT A TIME OF AUTOMATION. WE'RE ELIMINATING JOBS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO GO WITH -- TO TAKE CARE OF FOLKS THAT ARE SICK, FOLKS THAT ARE ELDERLY, SERVICE JOBS, JOBS THAT SHOULD BE PAYING MORE. AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE'RE COUPLING THIS WITH DRASTIC CUTS IN A BUDGET FOR ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH. FOR RESEARCH OF DISEASES. THAT ARE AFFECTING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. AND CONGRESSMAN RASKIN YOU SAID WHAT THE BILL'S MOTIVATION IS. I MEAN, IT IS TO REALLY SAVE MONEY FOR TAX CUTS. FOR THE WELL OFF. NOT FOR THE WELL OFF TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE MAKING 70 GRAND OR 80 GRAND OR $100,000. THOSE ARE FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO NEED MEDICAID. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING OVER $1 MILLION, OVER $1.5 MILLION. LET'S PUT ASIDE THE PRESIDENT AS HE SAID THAT IT'S MEAN, LET'S JUST SEE WHAT IS THEIR PHILOSOPHY, GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, WHY DO THEY WANT TO DO THIS? THEY THINK GIVING THESE TAX CUTS TO MULTIMILLIONAIRES IS GOING TO SOMEHOW FUEL MORE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, MORE GROWTH. AND I ASK PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING TO THIS, IS THAT THE PROBLEM IN OUR COUNTRY? IS THAT REALLY THE ISSUE? THAT WE THINK MILLIONAIRES AND CORPORATIONS AREN'T MAKING ENOUGH PROFITS, IS THAT REALLY WHAT'S THE ISSUE ABOUT WHY WE AREN'T CREATING JOBS? OR IS THE ISSUE THAT FOR THIS COUNTRY, THEIR WAGES HAVE STAGNATED FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS? THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD, PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE AND COLLEGE AND HEALTH CARE AND THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING JOBS. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE PROBLEM IS CORPORATE -- WE NEED MORE CORPORATE PROFIT WELL, NEED MORE SPECULATION ON WALL STREET, WE NEED MORE ECONOMIC BREAKS FOR THE INVESTOR CLASS, THAT THAT'S REALLY WHAT AMERICA NEEDS AT THIS MOMENT IN OUR ECONOMY, THEN I SUPPOSE YOU COULD LOOK FOR THE REPUBLICAN BILL. BUT IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THE REAL PROBLEM IN OUR ECONOMY IS THAT THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE WORKING CLASS ARE GETTING SQUEEZED BY THE ECONOMIC CONCENTRATION OF POWER, BY THE EXCESS OF WALL STREET, THAT ORDINARY FOLKS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME GETTING JOBS THAT WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE DOING IS PROVIDING MORE JOBS IN HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A DECENT MIDDLE CLASS LIFE, THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE DOING IS PROVIDING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES WITH BASIC ECONOMIC SECURITY SO THEY KNOW THAT WHEN THEY RETIRE THEY WILL HAVE SOME DIGNITY FOR THEM OR THEIR SPOUSES WHEN THEY FALL SICK. THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY WON'T BE BANKRUPT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BEAR THE COST OF THE CARE FOR THEIR PARENTS. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT WE OUGHT TO BE ON THE SIDE OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES, WORKING CLASS FAMILIES, THEN IT'S SUCH A NO BRAINER THAT YOU WOULD OPPOSE THIS BILL. AND I HOPE PEOPLE -- I HOPE -- PEOPLE OFTEN SAY, I'LL JUST END WITH THIS BEFORE YIELDING BACK, PEOPLE SAY WHAT CAN WE DO? I THINK YOU CAN SPEAK OUT. I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD SPEAK OUT AND HOLD EVERY MEMBER IN THIS BODY AND IN THE SENATE ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE THIS BILL IS ABOUT OUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES. IT'S ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF COUNTRY WE WANT TO BE. ARE WE GOING TO BE A COUNTRY THAT GIVES POWER TO THE ELITE AND BELIEVES THAT THAT'S THE TICKET TO AMERICAN SUCCESS? OR ARE WE GOING TO BET ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES AND WORKING CLASS FAMILIES LIKE WE HAVE THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY? THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO CHAIRING THIS -- CO-CHAIRING THIS WITH YOU.

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                        • 05:52:24 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN KHANNA FOR THOSE WISE AND INSIGHTFUL WORDS. I'M…

                          THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN KHANNA FOR THOSE WISE AND INSIGHTFUL WORDS. I'M HAPPY TO YIELD TO OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS, JANUARY SCHAKOWSKY. -- JAN SCHAKOWSKY.

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                        • 05:52:45 PM

                          MS. SCHAKOWSKY

                          THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN, FOR YIELDING TO ME. I'M VERY PROUD…

                          THANK YOU SO MUCH, CONGRESSMAN RASKIN, FOR YIELDING TO ME. I'M VERY PROUD AND EXCITED TO BE HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH AT STAKE RIGHT NOW. I WANTED TO POINT TO THIS INCREDIBLE PHOTO THAT WE BLEW UP FROM TODAY'S NEWS. 50 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WERE FORCIBLY REMOVE AND ARRESTED OUTSIDE SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL'S OFFICE TODAY. THEY WERE THERE TO PROTEST WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO THEM AND THE 10 MILLION AMERICANS WHO RELY ON MEDICAID TO LIVE A LIFE OFTEN STILL STRUGGLING BUT A LIFE WITH MORE DIGNITY BECAUSE THEY HAVE MEDICAID. I WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME TO THANK THEM FOR SO PASSIONATELY BUT PEACEFULLY RESISTING AGAINST THE CRUEL REPUBLICAN BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. PEOPLE WERE PULLED OUT OF THEIR WHEELCHAIRS AND EJECTED AT THE ORDER, I PRESUME, OF THE LEADER OF THE SENATE. TO MAKE SPACE IN FRONT OF HIS OFFICE. THEY WERE EXERCISING THEIR FREEDOM TO PROTEST FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR OTHERS. IN THEIR SITUATION. AS I SAID, 10 MILLION AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES RELIE ON MEDICAID. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INCENTIVIZES STATES TO OFFER HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE UNDER MEDICAID. THE REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD UNDO THAT. IT WOULD MAKE IT VERY LIKELY THAT STATES WOULD ELIMINATE THAT HOME CARE AND COMMUNITY BASED CARE. NOW I HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND I KNOW SOME OF THEM HAVE STRUGGLED TO GET OUT OF NURSING HOMES. AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH BY THE WAY IS ACTUALLY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN THE STATE, THAN TAXPAYERS, PAYING FOR PEOPLE TO BE IN NURSING HOMES. THIS HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS BATTLE FOR THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY, TO BE ABLE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY. AND THAT ABILITY IS THREAT AND BY THE WAY EVEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WOULD GO TO NURSING HOMES WOULD BE CUT DRAMATICALLY OR COULD BE. RIGHT NOW, ONE-HALF OF THE COST OF NURSING HOMES AND HOME CARE AND COMMUNITY-BASED CARE IS PAID FOR BY MEDICAID, AND $800 BILLION WAS CUT OUT OF THE HOUSE BILL AND I HEAR THAT THE SENATE BILL IS EVEN WORSE. SO THIS MONSTROSITY OF A BILL WOULD DO COUNTLESS AMOUNT OF HARM TO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. JUST ABOUT EVERYONE WOULD BE AFFECTED. SO TODAY I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE DAMAGE IT WOULD DO TO TWO GROUPS IN PARTICULAR. AMERICANS AGE 50 TO 64, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WHO SAW REPRESENTED, WHO WE SAW REPRESENTED BY THE COURAGEOUS PROTESTERS TODAY OUTSIDE SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL'S OFFICE. THIS BILL WOULD IMPOSE A CRIPPLING AGE TAX ON PEOPLE 50 TO 64 YEARS OLD. WHICH MEANS THAT THEY WILL BE EITHER UNABLE TO AFFORD INSURANCE ALTOGETHER, OR BE FORCED TO PAY THOUSANDS, THOUSANDS MORE FOR IT EVERY YEAR. THIS IS THE SAME AGE TAX THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE'S VERSION OF THE BILL. THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE GAVE THIS EXAMPLE. IT ESTIMATED THAT A 64-YEAR-OLD WHO MAKES $26,000 A YEAR COULD SEE HIS OR HER PREMIUMS RISE BY OVER 800%. THAT WOULD BE IN THE AREA OF ABOUT $14,000 A YEAR. HUE DOES THAT WORK? THERE'S SIMPLY NO WAY SHE'D BE ABLE TO KEEP HER INSURANCE. THE SENATE BILL WOULD ALLOW INDIVIDUAL STATES TO UNDERMINE THE ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS PACKAGE THAT'S IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT ENSURE OLDER AMERICANS HAVE INSURANCE THAT ACTUALLY COVERS THE SERVICES THEY NEED. WITHOUT THOSE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS, INSURANCE COMPANIES COULD END COVERAGE FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, FOR CANCER CARE, FOR EMERGENCY CARE, AND MUCH MORE. ON TOP OF THOSE ATTACKS ON AMERICANS AGE 50 AND OLDER, THE BILL ALSO GUTS, AS I POINTED OUT, THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. MEDICAID PAYS FOR NEARLY HALF OF ALL LONG-TERM CARE IN OUR COUNTRY, AND THAT INCLUDE TISSUE INCLUDES AS I SAID NOT JUST CARE PROVIDED BY NURSING HOMES BUT HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES THAT ALLOW PEOPLE WITHS ADBLETS TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY. SOMETIMES TO EVEN TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON, D.C. WE FOUGHT REALLY HARD TO PROVIDE THOSE HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES. WE EXPANDED ACCESS TO THEM. IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THIS MEAN BILL NOT ONLY UNDOES THE PROGRESS, IT MOVES US BACKWARDS BY SLASHING MEDICAID FUNDS, TURNING IT INTO A CAPPED PROGRAM, CAPPING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT MAY GO OVER THE PERSON. THE SENATE BILL IS EVEN MEANER THAN THE HOUSE. CAPS WOULD RISE MORE SLOWLY AND CAUSE EVEN MORE DAMAGE. SO IT IS NO WONDER THAT THE AARP, THE ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS, THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVE, THE CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION, REALLY ALL THE PROVIDERS OF HEALTH CARE, SAY NO TO THIS DISASTROUS BILL. IT SPELLS DISASTER FOR ANYONE WHO DEPENDS ON MEDICAID AND THAT INCLUDES PREGNANT WOMEN AND INFANTS AND CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND ADULTS INCLUDING LOW-INCOME SENIORS. THE BILL IS ALSO DEVASTATING FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH. IT DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD. AND LET'S REMEMBER PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS OFTEN THE ONLY CLINIC WITHIN DRIVING DISTANCE OF PEOPLE IN RURAL AREAS. THE THE ONLY CLINIC AVAILABLE FOR THINGS LIKE CANCER SCREENING AND PRIMARY CARE. AND BIRTH CONTROL AND TESTING FOR MEN AND WOMEN, FOR HIV-AIDS, ET CETERA. IT DEFUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND TARGETS PRIVATE INSURANCE PLANS THAT WOULD COVER ABORTIONS. SO WE REALLY HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS BILL? WHO WINS IF TRUMPCARE WERE TO PASS? WELL, THERE IS AN ANSWER. THE ULTRAWEALTHY INDIVIDUALS WHO GET A MASSIVE TAX BREAK FROM THIS BILL, THAT'S WHY THEY WANT TO CUT HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT OF MEDICAID. ULTRAWEALTHY INDIVIDUALS WOULD GET A MASSIVE TAX BREAK, AND THEY ARE THE WINNERS. INSURANCE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG AND MEDICAL DEVICE COMPANIES ALSO GET A HUGE TAX BREAK IN THIS SO-CALLED HEALTH CARE BILL. YES, THEY CALL IT A HEALTH CARE BILL THAT BENEFITS ONLY THE HEALTHY AND THE WEALTHY. AND I KNOW WHICH SIDE AND WHOSE SIDE I'M ON. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING TO ME.

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                        • 06:01:33 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO PAUSE FROM OUR ANALYSIS OF THE SPECIFIC…

                          THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO PAUSE FROM OUR ANALYSIS OF THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED TODAY TO ASK THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS THE VALUE THAT'S REALLY AT STAKE IN HEALTH CARE POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES? AND WHEN WE WERE DEBATING ON THE HOUSE SIDE, I HEARD A COLLEAGUE GET UP ON THE FLOOR AND SAY SOMETHING TO THE EFFECT OF, UNDER OBAMACARE, UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, HEALTHY PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO PAY INSURANCE TO TAKE CARE OF SICK PEOPLE. AND IT TOOK A SECOND FOR THAT TO REGISTER WITH ME, AND THEN I TURNED TO THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO, I SAID YES, THAT IS WHAT INSURANCE IS. THE WHOLE POINT OF INSURANCE IS THAT ALL OF US PAY MONEY IN, KNOWING THAT PEOPLE GET SICK IN THE COURSE OF LIFE. WE HOPE WE AREN'T GOING TO BE ONE OF THEM AND WE HOPE WE WON'T GET INJURED OR GET SICK, ILL OR COME DOWN WITH A TERRIBLE DISEASE, BUT WE KNOW IT CAN HAPPEN, SO WE ALL PAY IN. AND WHEN IT DOES HAPPEN TO SOME PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT INSURANCE IS FOR. SO THE VALUE THERE IS ONE OF SOLIDARITY AMONG EVERYBODY TOGETHER. AND IN THE RICHEST COUNTRY ON EARTH, AT ITS RICHEST MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY, THERE'S ANOTHER VALUE AT STAKE HERE, WHICH IS THE VALUE OF JUSTICE. NOW FORGIVE BUT I WANT TO SPEAK PERSONALLY HERE, BECAUSE I HAVE WHAT I CALL A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. SO THIS ISSUE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY. AND I UNDERSTAND IT'S IMPORTANT FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. BUT IF YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT DAY AND AT THIS POINT, I WAS IN THE MARYLAND STATE SENATE AND YOU'VE GOT NOT ONE, BUT TWO JOBS THAT YOU LOVED, I HAVE BEEN A PROFESSOR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY FOR 27 YEARS. I WAS SERVING IN THE MARYLAND SENATE. AND YOU WAKE UP AND YOU HAVE TWO JOBS YOU LOVE AND A FAMILY YOU LOVE AND GREAT KIDS AND CONSTITUENTS YOU ARE COMMITTED TO AND THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU YOU HAVE STAGE THREE COLON CANCER, THAT'S WHAT I IMMEDIATELY TOOK TO BE A MISFORTUNE. IT IS A TERRIBLE MISFORTUNE. BUT IT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE PEOPLE GET A DIAGNOSIS, COLON CANCER, LUNG CANCER, ALZHEIMER'S, AUTISM, BIPOLAR DISORDER, DEPRESSION, M.S. CYSTIC FILE BROSE CYST. IT IS A MISFORTUNE. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY. IF YOU ARE TOLD THAT YOU HAVE COAL OWN CANCER AND CAN'T -- COLON CANCER, YOU LOVED THE WRONG PERSON AND YOU COULDN'T GET HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH YOUR SPOUSE OR IF YOU CAN'T GET HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE YOU LOST YOUR JOB AND YOU ARE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE OR IF YOU ARE TOO POOR TO AFFORD IT, THAT'S NOT JUST A MISFORTUNE, THAT'S AN INJUSTICE, BECAUSE WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT. AND LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WITH ALL OF THE ILLNESS AND ALL OF THE SICKNESS AND THE INJURIES THAT PEOPLE RECEIVE, WITHOUT GOVERNMENT COMPOUNDING ALL OF THE MISFORTUNE WITH INJUSTICE, LIFE IS HARD ENOUGH WITHOUT GOVERNMENT DOING THE WRONG THING. SO THE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ADDED MORE THAN 20 MILLION AMERICANS TO THE ROLLS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND THE BILL THAT CAME OUT OF THE SENATE TODAY WANTS TO STRIP HEALTH INSURANCE FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND JACK UP EVERYBODY'S PREMIUMS AND MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE INACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE. THEY WANT TO COMPOUND THE NORMAL DIFFICULTIES AND MISFORTUNES OF LIFE WITH THE INJUSTICE OF DISTRIBUTING HEALTH CARE IN A RADICALLY UNEQUAL AND UNJUST WAY. AND WE CAN'T GO BACK. IT'S TOO LATE FOR THAT. THE GREAT TOM PAYNE ONCE SAID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE PEOPLE TO UNTHINK THEIR THOUGHTS OR UNKNOW THEIR KNOWLEDGE. WE HAVE COME TOO FAR TO TURN THE CLOCK BACK. I KNOW RAND PAUL WHO I SAW ON TV TODAY WHO THINK WE SHOULD GET RID OF ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC ATTEMPTS TO GET PEOPLE HEALTH INSURANCE. RAND PAUL TAKES A PRINCIPLED POSITION. HE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE INVOLVED AT ALL. I DON'T KNOW HOW HE FEELS ABOUT MEDICARE OR MEDICAID. HE CERTAINLY HATES THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. HE WANTS TO REPEAL IT, WHICH IS WHAT THE G.O.P. WOULD DO. HE IS GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THAT BILL BECAUSE IT KEEPS THE REMNANTS OF THE SYSTEM WE VOTED IN WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. I UNDERSTAND THAT. I UNDERSTAND HIS POSITION. I DISAGREE WITH IT, BECAUSE AS AMERICANS WE HAVE TO HAVE SOLIDARITY AND WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER WITH INSURANCE BECAUSE THE MISFORTUNES OF LIFE CAN HAPPEN TO ANYBODY. HE SAID THAT'S NOT PART OF THE SOCIAL CONTRACT. OK. THAT'S FINE, I GET. BUT WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND, PEOPLE ARE SAYING, WELL, WE SAID WE WOULD JUST GET RID OF IT BUT GET RID OF PARTS OF IT AND THROW PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE'LL MAKE INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE AND CUT THE HEART OUT OF MEDICAID. WHY? IS WHAT IS THE PUBLIC POLICY BEING ADVANCED HERE? IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE ARRIVED AT THE POINT OF UNIVERSAL SINGLE-PAYER PLANS LIKE IN FRANCE, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA AND THEY HAVE SAID HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE. AND I'M A PROUD CO-SPONSOR OF A BILL WHICH IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, CONGRESSMAN CONYERS' MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR EVERYONE. I'M CONVINCED WE WILL GET THERE. WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID YOU CAN COUNT ON AMERICANS TO DO THE RIGHT THING ONCE THEY TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE FIRST. WE ARE ON THE WAY OF TAKING PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR PEOPLE. AND MY HEALTH CARE IS CONNECTED TO YOUR HEALTH CARE BECAUSE MY HEALTH IS CONNECTED TO YOUR HEALTH. WE WANT THE FAMILIES WHOSE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL WITH OUR KIDS TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR AND WANT THEM TO GET THEIR SHOTS AND DON'T WANT THEM COMING TO SCHOOL SICK. PUBLIC HEALTH DICTATES THAT EVERYBODY BE IN THE SYSTEM. A LOT OF YOUNG MEN, FOR EXAMPLE, THINK THAT THEY ARE TOO TOUGH TO GO SEE DOCTORS. THAT BECOMES A DANGER FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. WE NEED EVERYBODY TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A DOCTOR. WE OWE THAT NOT TO OURSELVES BUT TO EVERYBODY. EVERYBODY IN THE SYSTEM, EVERYBODY COVERED. BUT UNDERSTAND, WHAT IS COMING OUT OF THE SENATE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. THE SENATE PLAN IS ROLLING BACK THE PROGRESS THAT WE MADE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. LIKE THE BAN ON THROWING PEOPLE OFF OF HEALTH CARE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OR DENYING PEOPLE INSURANCE IN THE FIRST PLACE BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. THE FACT THAT SOMEONE HAS A PRE-EXISTING HEALTH CONDITION IS THE REASON THAT THEY NEED HEALTH INSURANCE. IT'S NOT A REASON TO DENY THEM HEALTH INSURANCE. IT'S PERFECTLY BACKWARDS WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SAID THAT YOUNG PEOPLE COULD STAY ON THEIR FAMILY'S PLAN UNTIL AGE 26 AND THANK GOD WE HAVE HAD THAT PROVISION. AND EVEN THE G.O.P. DOESN'T WANT TO MESS WITH THAT AT THIS POINT. AND WE GOT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE INTO RELATIONSHIPS WITH DOCTORS. WE COULD SHOW YOU DOZENS AND DOZENS OF EMAILS AND LETTERS AND CALLS WE ARE GETTING FROM PEOPLE SAYING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SAVED MY LIFE. I WOULD HAVE HAD NO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE WITHOUT IT. SO THE WHOLE IDEA OF TURNING THE CLOCK BACK AND MOVING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION IS COMPLETELY AGAINST TO THE DIRECTION OF AMERICAN HISTORY. WE ARE MOVING FORWARD. WE WANT UNIVERSAL COVERAGE FOR EVERYBODY. AND BY THE WAY, WE SPEND MORE ON HEALTH CARE THAN ALL THOSE COUNTRIES THAT OR MOST OF THOSE COUNTRIES THAT ARE SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE, WE MAY SPEND MORE, BUT WE DON'T GET THE BEST RESULTS BECAUSE WE ARE SPENDING LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY ON INSURANCE. I THINK IT WAS AROUND 31 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR WE ARE SPENDING ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, ON BUREAUCRACY AND RED TAPE, INSTEAD OF GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE HEALTH CARE. THAT'S THE DIRECTION WE NEED TO BE MOVING IN. NOT DISMANTLING AND SAVAGING THE HEALTH CARE PROTECTIONS WE HAVE IN PLACE RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO CLOSE WITH SOME THOUGHTS JUST ABOUT THE PROCESS THAT'S GOING ON. YOU KNOW, BACK WHEN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS BEING DEBATED, MY DEAR FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE COMPLAINED ABOUT HOW FAST THINGS WERE GOING AND HOW THEY THOUGHT THE LEGISLATION WAS BEING RUSHED. AND I DON'T WANT TO EMBARRASS ANYBODY BY CALLING OUT SPECIFIC STATEMENTS MADE, BUT WE HAVE VOLUMINOUS STATEMENTS AND MEMBERS ARE SAYING YOU ARE TRYING TO SNEAK IT THROUGH AND RAM IT DOWN THE THOUGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING TOO FAST. MR. SPEAKER, THE DEBATE OVER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SPANNED MORE THAN 12 MONTHS. IT TOOK MORE THAN A YEAR. THE SENATE BILL WAS UNVEILED TODAY WITH NO HEARINGS, NO WITNESSES, NO PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONY, NO OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO TESTIFY, FOR NURSES OR DOCTORS OR PATIENT ADVOCATES OR ANY OF THE GROUPS THAT ARE INTERESTED. NONE OF THEM. IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THERE WERE 79 HEARINGS THAT I WAS ABLE TO FIND IN CONGRESS. 79 HEARINGS. NOT ZERO HEARINGS, WHICH IS WHAT THEY ARE PROPOSING TO DO NOW. 79 HEARINGS. THERE WERE 181 WITNESSES, BOTH EXPERT WITNESSES AND ORDINARY CITIZENS, WHO CAME TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS IN PUBLIC. SO FAR, THERE HAS BEEN ZERO TESTIMONY ON WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES ARE OF THE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED IN THE SENATE TODAY. WE HAD MULTIPLE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE SCORES THAT ANALYZEDED THE COSTS AND IMPACT OF DIFFERENT PROPOSALS THAT WERE PART OF THE A.C.A. BY CONTRAST, THE HOUSE WAS FORCED TO VOTE ON THE G.O.P. HEALTH CARE REPEAL PLAN IN THIS BODY WITH NO C.B.O. SCORE AT ALL, NO ESTIMATE ON HOW MUCH THE BILL WOULD COST THE TAXPAYERS, NO ESTIMATE OF HOW MANY AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE LEARNED THE ESTIMATE OF 23 MILLION, BUT THAT WAS AFTER WE VOTED ON IT. SO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYING THE DEBATE MOVED TOO FAST BACK THEN, A YEAR OF DEBATE WITH DOZENS AND DOZENS OF HEARINGS AND WITNESSES, NOW SEEM PERFECTLY CONTENT WITH THE PROCESS WHERE A BILL COMES ON THURSDAY AND VOTE ON IT NEXT THURSDAY AND VERY LITTLE PUBLIC DEBATE, NO OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND TESTIFY AND NO REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO PROCESS WHAT'S GOING ON. WHAT'S THE URGENCY. IF IT IS SUCH A GREAT BILL, WE SHOULD BE ADVERTISING IT. AND EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE TOWN MEETING BACK IN THEIR DISTRICTS TO EXPLAIN HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT IT. SO EVERY ONE OF OUR CONSTITUENTS CAN ASK US ABOUT THE BILL AND IS IT GOING TO IMPROVE AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE AND THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR REDUCE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. IS I IT GOING TO BE PAYING MORE? THOSE ARE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD HAVE TO FACE WITH OUR CONSTITUENTS. AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOUR POLITICAL PARTY OR IDEOLOGY IS, EVERYBODY SHOULD TELL THEIR MEMBER OF CONGRESS, HEY, AT THE VERY LEAST, LET'S HAVE PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND TOWN MEETINGS BEFORE WE REWRITE THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE PLAN. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SLOW DOWN AND TAKE A STEP BACK AND WORK ACROSS THE AISLE FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE RESULTS. THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TOGETHER. . I AGREE 100% WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ABOUT THAT. THERE'S BEEN NO ACTION ON THAT BY MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE SENATE. AND I BESEECH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, BEFORE YOU ADVANCE ONE CENTIMETER FURTHER ON THIS EXTREMELY CONTROVERSIAL BILL, WHICH I UNDERSTAND FOUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS HAVE ALREADY ANNOUNCED THEIR OPPOSITION TO TODAY, BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER ON THIS, LET'S GET TO SOMETHING WE CAN AGREE ON FOR ONCE. LET'S FIND THE COMMON GROUND. THE COMMON GROUND HAS GOT TO BE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES ARE OUT OF CONTROL FOR AMERICANS. LET US GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER DRUG PRIS IN MEDICARE. THE WAY THAT WE'VE GOT IT FOR V.A. BENEFITS, FOR MEDICAID PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, 'VE GOT THAT AUTHORITYBUT THERE WAS A SPECIAL INTEREST PROVISION SLIPPED IN TO MEDICARE PART D AND THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. THAT'S AUTHORITY WE SHOULDAVE. MR. PRESIDENT, WE AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THAT. WHYON'T YOU PUT A PAUSE ON TRYING TO DEMOLISH THE A.C.A. AND MEDICAID AND LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME PRESCRIPTION DRUG LEGISLATION THAT WILL BRING PRICES DOWN FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE ARE READY TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT THERE'S SOME EFFORT TO COME UP WITH A PHONY PLAN ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES THAT WOULDN'T ACTUALLY GIVE THE GOVERNMENT THE AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATEOWER PRICES. I HOPE THAT'S NOT TRUE. BUT LET'S HAVE A REAL PLAN TO BRING PEOPLE'S PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES DOWN. THERE ARE THINGS WE CAN DO TOGETHER -- DO TOGETHER ACROSS THE AISLE. IN FACT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE ITED STATES SAID REPEATEDLY DURING THE CAMPAIGN THAT HIS PLAN WOULD BE A MAGNIFICENT PLAN THAT WOULD COV EVERYBODY. HE SAID EVERYBODY WOULD BE PART OF IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING ME, TOOK HIM O BE INVOKING THE SINGLE PAYER UNIVERSAL HEALTH PLANS THAT WORK ALL OVER THE WORLD. THAT WORK IN CANADA AND WORK THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND SO ON. MR. ESIDENT, IS IT POSSIBLE, OR MR. SPEAKER, LET ME ASK, WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT N ORDER TO COME UP WITH A SINGLE PAYER PLAN, THE KIND THAT HE INVOKED OVER THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN? LET'S SEIZE UPON THE NEW SPIRIT OF CIVILITY AND COMMUTY IN THIS BODY AND IN CONGRESS, TO COME UP WITH PLANS THAT BRING US TOGETHER, THAT DON'T DRIVE US APART. THE PLAN THATS PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESS STANDING AT 9% IN THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS. I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT THE SENATE PLAN IS GOING TO BE ANY MORE POPULAR. IF THIS WAS A MEAN PLAN, AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THE SENATE PLAN LOOKS MEANER OR AT LEAST AS MEAN. AS THE HOUSE PLAN IS. BUT EVEN IF YOU DOUBLED IT AND SAID, 1% OF THE PEOPLE WOULD SUPPORT IT, THAT'S STILL A TINY FRACTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE NOT SOLD ON THIS IDEA OF TURNING CLOCKET BACK AND THROWING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE -- THE CLOCK BACK AND THROWING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OFF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. LET US WORK TOGETHER. AND WE CAN DO IT. IN THE SOCIETIES THAT HAVE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE, IT'S ACCEPTED NOW BY PEOPLE ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. IF YOU GO TO FRANCE OR THE UNITED KINGDOM OR CANADA, THE CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT TRYING TO THROW PEOPLE OFF OF HEALTH CARE. THE CONSERVATIVES SUPPORT A UNIVERSAL PAYER PLAN. AND THERE'S LOTS OF CONSERVATIVE ARGUMENTS FOR IT. FOR EXAMPLE, LET'S LIBERATE OUR BUSINESSES, ESPECIALLY OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, FROM THE BURDEN OF HAVING TO FIGURE OUT PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE. LET'S TAKE THAT COMPLETELY OFF OF THE BUSINESS SECTOR AND LET'S MAKE THAT A PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY. THE WAY THEY'VE DONE IN SO MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. WOULDN'T THAT BE GOOD FOR BUSINESS? AND DOESN'T IT ENHANCE FEELINGS OF COMMUNITY, SOLIDARITY AND PATRIOTISM FOR EVERYBODY TO BE COVERED BY THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OF THE COUNTRY THAT THEY LIVE IN? WE CAN DO THIS AS AMERICANS. WE ARE THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY THAT'S EVER EXISTED. THIS IS THE WEALTHIEST MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY. LET'S COME UP WITH A REAL PLAN FOR HEALTH COVERAGE THAT ELIMINATES AS MUCH INSURANCE BUREAUCRACY AND WASTE AS POSSIBLE. AND GETS PEOPLE THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THAT THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THIS SPECIAL ORDER HOUR, ON BEHALF OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS. WHICH HAS ADVANCED THE MEDICARE FOR ALL PLAN. AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO CHECK IT OUT. IN ANY EVENT, WE ARE NOT RETREATING ONE INCH FROM DEFENDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND THE PROGRESS THAT'S BEEN MADE UNDER IT. AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL HAVE MAXIMUM TRANSPARENCY AND SCRUTINY OF WHAT CAME OUT OF THE SENATE TODAY. BECAUSE WE THINK THAT THE ONLY POSSIBLE OUTCOME IS THAT BILL WILL GO DOWN. THEN WE CAN COME TOGETHER, FIND THE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS, FIND THE COMMON GROUND, AND MAKE PROGRESS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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                        • 06:20:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL. RASSRASS MR.…

                          THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING ENROLLED BILL. RASSRASS MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE THE HOUSE --

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                        • 06:20:29 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

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

                        • 06:20:31 PM

                          THE CLERK

                          AN ACT TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO MAKE THE ASSISTANT…

                          AN ACT TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002, TO MAKE THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR HEALTH AFFAIRS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELATED TO FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY DEFENSE AGAINST TERRORISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                        • 06:20:51 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 06:20:54 PM

                          MR. RASKIN

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

                        • 06:20:56 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 06:21:19 PM

                          Mr. Raskin moved that the House do now adjourn.

                        • 06:21:20 PM

                          On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                          • 06:21:21 PM

                            Adjourned

                            The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 23, 2017.

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                              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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                            • 10:00:21 AM

                              THE CLERK

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 22, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE…

                              THE SPEAKER'S ROOM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 22, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE EARL L. CARTER TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                            • 10:00:38 AM

                              TEMPORE PURSUANT

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

                              PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR WILL NOW RECOGNIZE MEMBERS FROM 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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                            • 10:01:12 AM

                              MR. THOMPSON

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, WHICH WE'LL CONSIDER ON THE FLOOR THIS CHAMPION. I PROUDLY CHAMPION -- ON THE FLOOR THIS AFTERNOON. I'M PROUDLY CHAMPIONING THIS BILL. AMERICA IS READY FOR WAIN. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE HOUSE EDUCATION WORK FORCE COMMITTEE CHAIRWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER BOBBY SCOTT FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR. I WANT TO THANK THE DEMOCRATIC LEAD, REPRESENTATIVE RAJA KRYSTAL GRINER, AND MY COLLEAGUE AND C.T. CAUCUS CO-CHAIR JIM LANGEVIN. I ALSO TO THANK CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS, LEADER MCCARTHY AND STEVE SCALISE, WHO REMAINS IN AWFUL OUR PRAYERS FOR A FULL RECOVERY. THIS LEGISLATION AIMS TO RESTORE WRUNGS FROM THE LADDERS OF OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE ALL AMERICANS DESERVE A GOOD PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOB. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS THE STIGMA AND BIAS AGAINST IT. WE'VE SEEN WRONG-HEADED CLAIMS THAT STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE TRADES LACK AMBITION. THESE MISPLACED ASSUMPTIONS ARE SLOWLY SUBSIDING, BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH. WE'VE ALSO SEEN STUDENTS PUSH DOWN THE COLLEGE FOR ALL PATHWAY THAT JUST DOESN'T WORK FOR SOME STUDENTS. C.T.E., OR SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION, HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF A PATH THAT MANY HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS PURSUE IN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND HANDS ON SKILLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND THE SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION OR IN COLLEDGE. BY MODERNIZING THE FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS WE'LL BE ABLE TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP THAT EXISTS IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE ARE GOOD JOBS OUT THERE BUT PEOPLE NEED TO BE QUALIFIED AND TRAINED TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM. MR. SPEAKER, WE'VE ALL MET YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN INSPIRED IN CLASSROOM SETTING. WE HAVE ALL KNOWN PEOPLE WHO LOST JOBS AND UNDEREMPLOYED AND ARE LOOKING FOR GOOD-PAYING FAMILY-SUSTAINING JOBS. WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE ASPIRING FOR A PROMOTION BUT KEEP FALLING SHORT YEAR AFTER YEAR. AND WE ALL KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN POVERTY. MAYBE THEIR FAMILIES HAVE BEEN LIVING IN POVERTY FOR GENERATIONS FOR SO LONG THEY CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT PUT THEM THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS BILL IS FOR EVERY ONE OF THESE PEOPLE. WE HAVE HEARD THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY NEED TO GET AHEAD, THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. WE HAVE SEEN THEIR FRUSTRATION. MANY ARE STUCK IN A JOB MARKET THAT TRANSFORMED QUICKLY DUE TO ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND THEY'VE BEEN LEFT BEHIND. THIS BILL WILL CHANGE THAT. IT PUTS EMPHASIS ON ADVANCING POLICIES THAT PROMOTE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE HOUSE PASSING IT THIS AFTERNOON. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE STRENGTHENING CAREER IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT SO EVERYONE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE CAN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. IT'S THE AMERICAN WAY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 10:04:55 AM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                            • 10:05:04 AM

                              MR. GUTIERREZ

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE RULING PARTY IN PUERTO RICO STAGED AN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SO THE RULING PARTY IN PUERTO RICO STAGED AN ELECTION AND THEY'RE VERY PROUD OF THE RESULTS. THEY SAY 97% OF THE PUERTO RICANS SUPPORT STATEHOOD AND THE UNITED STATES SHOULD GRANT STATEHOOD RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE OF IT. THEY GOT 97%, THE KIND OF NUMBERS PUTIN JEALOUS AND SADDAM HUSSEIN GREEN WITH ENVY IF HE WASN'T DEAD ALREADY. THE REASON THEY GOT 97% OF THE VOTE IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME REASON, ONLY ONE POLITICAL PARTY PARTICIPATED. OTHERS THOUGHT IT WAS SO RIGGED AND SO PREDETERMINED FOR THE OUTCOME THE SPONSORS WANTED THEY DIDN'T EVEN THINK IT WAS WORTH TAKING AND PARTICIPATING. AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF PUERTO RICANS AGREE, ONLY 23% OF THE PEOPLE VOTED. 77% BOYCOTTED THE ELECTION BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WORTH THEIR TIME. AND THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. BUT I GUESS IN THE ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS AND MADE UP STATISTICS ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTEND YOUR INAUGURATION YOU CAN TRY TO MAKE A ONE-PARTY VOTE OF 23% OF THE PEOPLE LOOK LIKE A MANDATE FOR STATEHOOD. BUT I'M HERE TO WARN MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS NOT TO BELIEVE THE HYPE FOR ONE SECOND. THOSE WHO ARE PENDLING THE FANTASY OF STATEHOOD SOMETIMES CALL THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS BUT WE SHOULD BE WARE OF AN ELEPHANT IN DONKEY CLOTHING. LET'S LOOK AT THE PARTY HERE IN WASHINGTON. OUR RES. DEPARTMENT COMMISSIONER IS A REPUBLICAN WHO CAUCUSED WITH THE REPUBLICANS HERE IN THE HOUSE. SHE'S A PROUD SUPPORTER OF DONALD TRUMP AND GOES AROUND WITH STEVE KING AND OTHER MEMBERS WHO WE SAY AREN'T TOO FRIENDLY TO LATINO AND LATINO CAUSES, MUCH LESS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LINE. THE GOVERNOR'S WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE IS HEADED BY A REPUBLICAN WHO WAS APPOINTED TO THE POSITION BY THE GOVERNOR AFTER SERVING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIGHT-WING POLITICAL ORGANIZATION CALLED LATINO PARTNERSHIP FOR CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, INFAMOUS FOR ITS CONSTANT BASHING OF, YES, PRESIDENT OBAMA. THAT'S WHO'S PUSHING FOR STATEHOOD IN D.C. WHICH MAKES ME WONDER WHY ANY DEMOCRAT WOULD BE EMBRATESING THEM, ESPECIALLY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE D.N.C., UNLESS, OF COURSE, AS THE MEDIA REPORTS, IT'S A PAYBACK FOR D.N.C. CHAIRMANSHIP. AND AS THE LEADER OF THE STATEHOOD PARTY, THE QUOTE-UNQUOTE DEMOCRAT, HIS CONSERVATIVE RECORD SPEAKS FOR HIMSELF EVEN THOUGH HE'S BEEN IN OFFICE FOR LESS THAN A YEAR. HE SIDED FOR THE BONDHOLDERS AND VOTERS OF CAPITAL FUNDS AND OPPOSING ANY DEBT RESTRUCTURING FOR PUERTO RICO SAYING PUERTO RICO SHOULD PAY ITS DEBT IN FULL TO WALL STREET SPECULATORS IN SPITE OF CUTS FOR POLICE, FIRE, PENSIONS, ROADS AND SCHOOLS. HE HOSTED -- HE HOSTED THE G.O.P. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEN CARSON AND THE GOVERNOR OPPOSES LGBT RIGHTS AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND TOWN HALL, THE UBERCONSERVATIVE DEMOCRAT, PRAISES HIM FOR HIS CONSERVATIVE APPROACH TO HELPING BONDHOLDERS OVER SCHOOLCHILDREN. AND THE GOVERNOR HAS WITHHELD HIS CRITICISM OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. WHICH FEW DEMOCRATS ARE ABLE TO RESIST AND FOR LATINO DEMOCRATS IS DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE AND UNLESS HE'S PLAYING THE DEMOCRATIC ROLE TO GET AHEAD. WHEN CONFRONTING THE OBVIOUS, TRUMP DENIGRATED MEXICANS, PROMISED TO BUILD A WALL TO KEEP LATINOS OUT AND THE GOVERNOR RESPONDED SAYING OF THE PRESIDENT, MY VIEW I DON'T KNOW HE'S ANTI-LATINO. OBVIOUSLY I HEARD SOME DEROGATORY REMARKS BUT I DON'T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY AND IT DOESN'T DETER ME. INSTEAD OF SPENDING MONEY TO HELP CHILDREN WHOSE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSING, TO FIX ROADS THAT ARE FALLING APART OR TO PAY DOCTORS ENOUGH TO PREVENT THEM FROM LEAVING PUERTO RICO AND GOING TO FLORIDA, IT SEEMS THE ENTIRE PUERTO RICAN GOVERNMENT IS NOW DEDICATED TO PURSUING THE UNLIKELY CHANCE OF STATEHOOD. IT IS CERTAINLY USEFUL AS A DISTRACTION FROM WHAT THE GOVERNOR AND HIS D.C. OPERATIVES ARE DOING. MR. SPEAKER, I SAID THIS BEFORE. I HOPE TO BE BURIED ONE DAY ON THAT BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO, BUT WHEN I'M BURIED I HOPE IT HAPPENS IN A FREE, SOVEREIGN NATION THAT'S THROWN OFF THE YOKE OF COLONIALISM AND DEPENDENCE JUST AS THIS COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE COUNTRY IN WHICH I WAS BORN IN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY. IN THE MEANTIME, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO WARN MY FELLOW DEMOCRATS THAT THEY SHOULD BE -- THEY SHOULD GET NO MORE IN BED WITH THE STATEHOODERS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP OF RIGHT-WING CONSERVATIVES WITH AN AGENDA.

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

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                              MR. JONES

                              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGAIN AM ON THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT A…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I AGAIN AM ON THE FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT A WASTE OF LIFE, A WASTE OF MONEY IN AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE BEEN THERE 16 YEARS AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AGREE WITH ME THAT IT IS TIME TO DEBATE OUR COUNTRY'S LONGEST WAR IN RESPONSE I, ALONG WITH JOHN GARAMENDI FROM CALIFORNIA, INTRODUCED H.R. 1666 IN HOPES OF FORCING THAT DISCUSSION. I'M NOT ASKING FOR MEMBERS OR LEADERSHIP TO AGREE WITH THE BILL ITSELF OR TO VOTE EVEN -- EVEN VOTE FOR IT, BUT I AM ASKING THAT WE BE ABLE TO BRING TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE THE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF A DEBATE. WE HAVE NOT DEBATED OUR ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2001. MEMBERS CAN EITHER VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE BILL. JUST GIVE THE HOUSE A DEBATE AFTER 16 YEARS. AFGHANISTAN IS A FAILED POLICY. I WOULD LIKE TO READ A FEW SENTENCES OF AN EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED THIS WEEK FROM A GREAT AMERICAN, MY FRIEND AND UNOFFICIAL ADVISOR. THE 31ST COMMANDANT OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS CHUCK GRULACK, REGARDING HIS THOUGHTS ON AFGHANISTAN. MR. SPEAKER, I QUOTE. 16 YEARS WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN AFGHANISTAN. 16 YEARS FIGHTING IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS REALLY NEVER SEEN PEACE. 16 YEARS WITH FLUCTUATING STRENGTHS STRAINED FROM 100,000 TO 5,000. WITH NO DEFINITION TO WHO WE ARE FIGHTING, AL QAEDA, TALIBAN OR ISIS. YOU PICK THEM. WITH NO STRATEGY, NO STRONG REASON FOR ENTERING THE FRAY. NO REAL MEASURE OF EFFECTIVENESS. NO USE OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER. NO SUPPORT FROM THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES. A WEAK GOVERNMENT. NO EXIT STRATEGY. AND FIGHTING A WAR THAT IS UNWINNABLE IN ANY REAL SENSE OF THE WORD. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS DISAPPOINTING WHEN THE PRESIDENT, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF INCREASES THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, SECRETARY MATTIS. THERE IS MORE REASON TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FUTURE OF AFGHANISTAN. THAT IS THE REASON WHY SPEAKER RYAN SHOULD INSTRUCT COMMITTEES IN THE HOUSE TO COME FORWARD WITH A NEW AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE. WHERE IS THE CONGRESS? DON'T WE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DEBATE WAR IF WE ARE GOING TO SEND A PARENT'S YOUNG MAN OR WOMAN DIE FOR OUR COUNTRY? I THINK WE DO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. IN CLOSING, I AM GOING TO SHARE ANOTHER QUOTE FROM GENERAL GRULACK, THE FORMER COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS. I QUOTE, I GO BACK TO WHAT I SAID YEARS AGO, AFGHANISTAN CANNOT BE VIEWED THROUGH THE SAME LENS OF A TRUE NATION STATE OR A TRUE COUNTRY. IT IS FRAGMENTED, TRIBAL, CONTROLLED BY WARLORDS, ECONOMICALLY A BASKET CASE, NO REAL GOVERNMENT OUTSIDE OF KABUL, AND THAT IS QUESTIONABLE, A POORLY ORGANIZED AND LED ARMY WHO WILL SHOOT AT AMERICANS AS WELL AS THE ENEMY, AND NO SENSE OF WHAT THE COUNTRY WANTS TO BE. NO ONE HAS EVER CONCURRED AFGHANISTAN, AND MANY HAVE -- CONQUERED AFGHANISTAN AND MANY HAVE TRIED. WE WILL JOIN THE LIST OF NATIONS THAT HAVE TRIED AND FAILED. AFGHANISTAN IS THE ORIGINALIN OF WHACK-A-MOLE. WHETHER IT'S AL QAEDA, ISIS OR TALIBAN, YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM IN A GEOGRAPHIC AREA. THEY WILL JUST POP UP SOMEWHERE ELSE. MR. SPEAKER, THAT IS WHY MANY OF US IN THIS CONGRESS IN BOTH PARTIES FEEL WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I HAVE BESIDE ME A FLAG-DRAPED COFFIN BEING TAKEN OFF A PLANE AT DOVER. MY QUESTION IS THIS, HOW MANY MORE FLAG-DRAPED COFFINS ARE WE GOING TO SEE WHEN WE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN? WITHOUT ONE WORD FROM CONGRESS, NOT ONE WORD. MR. SPEAKER, WE DO OWE IT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR TAXES. WE OWE IT TO THE PARENTS OF YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILL GO DIE FOR AMERICA. WE DO IT TO HAVE A DEBATE ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, SPEND 16 -- IT'S BEEN 16 YEARS SINCE WE HAD A DEBATE. GOD HELP AMERICA AND PLEASE GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. KENNEDY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. KENNEDY

                              MR. SPEAKER, LIKE IN ANYONE'S OFFICE, THE PHOTOS AND TRINKETS ON DISPLAY…

                              MR. SPEAKER, LIKE IN ANYONE'S OFFICE, THE PHOTOS AND TRINKETS ON DISPLAY OF MINE TELL A LITTLE BIT WHO I AM. A WEDDING PHOTO, PICTURE OF ME AND MY FAMILY ON OUR SWEARING IN DAY, A COPY OF THE FIRST BILL I HAD SIGNED INTO LAW. THE MOMENTS THAT I'M PROUD OF, THE PIECES OF ME THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. . THIS BODY, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, IS NO DIFFERENT. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND EVEN PROUDER TO DISPLAY IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. THAT'S WHY WE KEEP THESE CAMERAS ON WHENEVER WE'RE IN SESSION. IT'S WHY EVERY SINGLE WORD THAT IS UTTERED ON THIS FLOOR IS DOCUMENTED AND PRESERVED LONG AFTER THE DAY WE DRAW OUR LAST BREATH. IT'S WHY WE WALK BESIDE AMERICANS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS AND BELIEFS THROUGH THE ROTUNDA WITH THE SAME AWE OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY, EMBODIED IN BRONZE STATUES AND GOLD PAINTINGS. IT'S WHY EVERY SINGLE NIGHT THIS BUILDING GLOWS THROUGH THE DARKNESS. BECAUSE THE LIGHT OF DEMOCRACY NOT ONLY LAYS BARE OUR DIVISIONS AND DISSENT BUT IT LIGHTS A PATH TO OUR PROUDEST MOMENTS. IN TIMES OF CAR AND PEACE, FIGHTS OVER CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUALITY, OUR DEBATES IN THESE HALLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DRIVEN BY A FIERCE CONVICTION OF OUR BELIEFS AND A SHARED VISION OF A KINDER, STRONGER COUNTRY. DISAGREEMENTS, YES. BUT ENLIGHTENED BY IDEALS, BY VISION, BY A SHARED COMMITMENT TO OUR AMERICAN EXPERIMENT. WHEN YOU STAND BEHIND THOSE PRINCIPLES AND YOUR POLICIES, YOU WELCOME THAT SPOTLIGHT. YOU ENGAGE IN THAT DEBATE. YOU ARE EAGER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. YOU ARE READY TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, WE SHOULD ALL BE CONCERNED BY WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED IN THIS CAPITOL OVER DON'T LOCK IT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. YOU DON'T SHIELD IT FROM THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE HURT MOST BY T YOU DON'T TURN OFF THE CAMERAS AND THEN CALL IT MEAN. IT'S A SABOTAGE OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND LEAVE A WAKE OF DEVASTATION AND DESTRUCTION TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS. DRAFTING TRUMPCARE UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS IS AN ADMISSION THIS BILL CANNOT, CANNOT WITHSTAND THE SUNLIGHT OF OUR NEIGHBORS. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW WOULD NEVER TURN ITS BACK ON A FRIEND OR A STRANGER IN NEED. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW DOESN'T TELL THE SICK, THE ELDERLY, OR THE FRAIL THAT YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW DOESN'T TELL THE YOUNG WOMAN STRUGGLING THREW AN OPEN ROAD RECOVERY -- OPIOID RECOVERY, YOUR NEXT RELAPSE, THAT WAS ONE TOO MANY. TRUMPCARE DOES. THE AMERICA THAT I KNOW UNDERSTANDS OUR GREATNESS COMES FROM OUR GOODNESS. THAT WE LEAN INTO CHALLENGES, YOU DON'T YIELD TO THEM. THAT THE FRUSTRATION WE SEE IN OUR STRAITS AND COMMUNITIES IS A CRY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO BE AS GOOD AND AS DECENT AS THE PEOPLE WE AIM TO SERVE. THEY, WE, DESERVE NOTHING LESS. TRUMPCARE IS NOT THAT CURE. YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. CARTER

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MR. GUS CARL…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF MR. GUS CARL OF GEORGIA WHO PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017. FROM A YOUNG AGE MR. CARL WAS DEEPLY INTERESTED IN TRAINS AND RAILWAYS. IN 1939 HE SKIPPED SCHOOL TO VISIT HIS LOCAL TRAIN STATION WHERE HE LANDED HIS FIRST JOB AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 12 WORKING AS AN ASSISTANT PORTER RESPONSIBLE FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING TRAIN PASSENGERS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM JOB AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 12 WORKING AS AN WABASH COLLEGE IN INDIANA, HE STARTED A CAREER IN RAILROAD INDUSTRY, DESIGNING CONSTRUCTION, WORKING AS AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR 40 YEARS. HIS CAREER WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY OF WAKECROSS, GEORGIA, BY WAIVE HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE DESIGN OF RICE YARD, ONE OF THE BUSIEST C.S.X. RAIL CROSSROADS IN THE NATION. IT SERVES AS A DAILY TRANSFER POINT FOR NEARLY 3,000 RAILCARS AND REMAINS ONE OF THE CITY'S BIGGEST EMPLOYERS, STAFFED BY NEARLY 1,300 PEOPLE. MR. CARL RETIRED FROM C.S.X. RAILROAD IN 2016. LAST YEAR FORMER C.S.X. PRESIDENT, WHO MR. CARL HIRED AND TRAINED IN 1970, PROCLAIMED EVERY NOVEMBER 16, A.A. "GUS" CARL DAY IN COMMEMORATION OF HIS HARD WORK WITH THE COMPANY. HE'S A LEGEND AND I WANT TO THANK HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR EVERYTHING HE DID TO WAKE WAYCROSS WHAT IT IS TODAY. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE OF MS.MAN MILLER WHO PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY, JUNE 10, AT THE AGE OF 89 AND LAD TO REST LAST WEEK IN DUBLIN, GEORGIA. SHE WORKED HARD DURING HER LONG LIFE. SELFLESSLY SERVING OTHERS THROUGH A PROFESSION SHE LOVED. AT THE AGE OF 17, MRS. MILLER JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY NURSE CORPS AND ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA NURSING WHERE SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE LAST GRADUATING CLASS TO RECEIVE THEIR R.N. DEGREES. FOLLOWING THE WAR, MRS. MILLER PUT HER TRAINING TO WORK WITH THE NAVAL HOSPITAL IN DUBLIN WHERE SHE EVENTUALLY ROSE TO THE POSITION OF HEAD NURSE BEFORE RETIRING IN 1983. AS A YOUNG NURSE, MRS. MILLER MET THE LATE GEORGE ANDERSON MILLER TO WHOM SHE WAS MARRIED FOR 55 YEARS. THEY WERE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY WHO HELPED FROM THE PINE FORESTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. SHE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE PILOT CLUB OF DUBLIN, ORDER OF THE BLARNEY STONE, AND THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION. TODAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER. I CAN SAY FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE THAT BROOK'S COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR CONSTITUENTS IS A WONDERFUL TESTAMENT TO THE LEGACY OF HER GRANDMOTHER. I HOPE ALL MEMBERS WOULD JOIN ME, MY WIFE, AND MY STAFF IN SENDING OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THE MILLER FAMILY AS THEY REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF MS. NAN THOMPSON MILLER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR MS. KATHLEEN RUSSELL FROM GEORGIA WHO RECEIVED THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD ON BEHALF OF THE GEORGIA PRESS ASSOCIATION ON FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017. MISS RUSSELL'S STRONG DEDICATION TO HER ROLE AS LONG TIME EDITOR MAKES HER WORTHY OF SUCH AN HONOR. EACH YEAR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS EXHIBITED OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP ABILITIES AND SERVES AS A MEDIATOR IS NAMED AS A RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD. FOR GENERATIONS, MEMBER OF MRS. RUSS SELLS FAMILY HAVE WORKED IN THE PRESS AND IT IS ONLY FIT FIFTHING THAT MS. RUSSELL WOULD FIND HERSELF WORKING AS A JOURNALIST. CONSTITUENTS REMEMBER HER BELOVED FATHER AS A JOURNALIST WHO STOOD UP TO WRONGDOERS IN MACINTOSH COUNTY, EXPOSING CORRUPTION AND THEFT BY A MULTITUDE OF FORMER COUNTY OFFICIALS. AS A CHILD KATHLEEN ASSISTED HER PARENTS IN THE PRODUCTION OF THE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. DURING THAT TIME, HER PARENTS NURTURED HER LOVE FOR THE PRESS. AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IN 1974, MRS. RUSSELL BEGAN A CAREER AS AN EDUCATOR. SHE LEFT EDUCATION IN PURSUIT OF A CAREER AS A JOURNALIST AND ASSUMED THE ROLE OF ASSOCIATE EDITOR. IN 2009 SHE WAS HONORED FOR HER HARD WORK WHEN SHE WAS NAMED PUBLISHER AND EDITOR OF THE NEWSPAPER. MRS. RUSSELL HAS REMAINED AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF MACINTOSH COUNTY, SERVING ON SEVERAL BOARDS OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES, DARRON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT SHORT AUTHORITY, AND THE COASTAL COLLEGE OF GEORGIA FOUNDATION. MRS. RUSSELL, I APPLAUD YOUR EFFORTS TO KEEP THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN TUNE WITH CURRENT EVENTS THROUGHOUT OUR STATE AND CONTRY. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. DAVIS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE AND REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                              MR. DAVIS

                              I WAS SADDENED TO KNOW THE PASSING OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND…

                              I WAS SADDENED TO KNOW THE PASSING OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND PRESIDENT PRO TEM, ROBERT STEELE. WHOM I HAVE KNOWN SINCE HINS CHILDHOOD DAYS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LIVED IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD WITH THE STEELE FAMILY FROM THE YEAR THAT COMMISSIONER ROBERT STEELE WAS BORN. I COUNT MYSELF AS A STEELE FAMILY FRIEND AND HAVE WORKED WITH BOB'S MOTHER, BOBBIE, SINCE THE LATE 1960'S. HIS FATHER, ROBERT, WAS A MENTOR TO MY SON, STACEY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING COMMISSIONER STEELE GROW FROM A CHILD INTO BECOMING AN ADULT. AN OUTSTANDING LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEADER. COMMISSIONER STEELE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN A MAN WITH A TITLE. HE WAS PART OF THE GLUE WHICH HELD HIS COMMUNITY TOGETHER. HE WAS A BIG BROTHER TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS WHOM HE OFTEN TOOK WITH HIM TO EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES. HE WAS A MENTOR AND AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE WHO CAME INTO CONTACT WITH HIM. HE WAS A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPORTATION. YOU SEE, HE WAS A RECIPIENT FROM HIS SISTER WHO GAVE HIM A KIDNEY. HE WAS AN OMEGA MAN, A GREAT FRAT BROTHER, AND HE WAS A LEADER OF THE WEST SIDE AND COUNTYWIDE BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS. HE MEANT THE WORLD TO HIS FAMILY AND BROUGHT GREAT PRIDE AND JOY TO HIS PARENTS, ROBERT AND FORMER COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT, BOBBIE STEELE. ROBERT STEELE WAS AN ABSOLUTE LEADER WHO PROVIDED LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE ON A REGULAR BASIS WHEREVER HE WENT. HE WAS ACTIVE IN HIS CHURCH, HIS COMMUNITY, IN HIS NEIGHBORHOOD. HE WAS INTELLIGENT, ASTUTE, AND NOT AFRAID. OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT I HAVE KNOWN WHO COME FROM THE WEST SIDE OF CHICAGO, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS, NONE HAVE BROUGHT MORE TO THE TABLE IT THAN BOB EXCEPT PERHAPS HIS MOTHER, BOBBIE. OUR COMMUNITY WILL LONG REMEMBER THE WORK OF COOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER, BOBBY STEELE. PERHAPS THE SONGWRITER WAS CORRECT WHEN HE SAID THAT, THE YOUNG DIE YOUNG. BOB WAS INDEED YOUNG. BUT HE WAS A LEADER AMONG LEADERS AND A MAN AMONG MEN. I SALUTE YOU, COMMISSIONER ROBERT STEELE, AND LONG MAY YOUR LIFE, YOUR WORK, AND YOUR LEGACY CONTINUE. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. JENKINS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST ONE YEAR AGO ON JUNE 23, 2016, WE EXPERIENCED ONE OF THE DARKEST DAYS IN WEST VIRGINIA'S HISTORY. FLOODWATERS RACED THROUGH SMALLTOWNS WITHOUT WARNING. WASHING AWAY HOMES, WASHING AWAY BUSINESSES, AND, YES, WASHING AWAY LIVES. 23 SOULS WERE LOST WHILE THOUSANDS WERE LEFT WITHOUT SHELTER AND FOOD. NOW AS WE APPROACH THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT, WE PAUSE TO REMEMBER THOSE WE LOST AND HONOR THEIR LIVES. WE REFLECT ON HOW OUR COMMUNITY HAS CHANGED OVER THIS PAST YEAR. WE PLEDGE TO CONTINUE REBUILDING UNTIL OUR TOWNS AND OUR CITIES ARE BETTER THAN THEY WERE BEFORE THE HOW OUR COMMUNITY RIVERS ROSE. WE HAVE SEEN SO MANY EXAMPLES OF STRENGTH, FAITH, AND HOPE IN THIS PAST YEAR. EXAMPLES THAT CARRY US FORWARD AND INSPIRE US ALL. MORE WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. WE STILL HAVE CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES, AND OTHER COMMUNITY CENTERS THAT NEED TO BE REBUILT, REPLACED, AND RESTOCKED. MANY ARE STILL IN TEMPORARY AND RENTAL HOUSING. THE SCARS STILL REMAIN. BUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE SHOULD CARRY FORWARD IS THE ONE THAT CARRIED US THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE EVENT. THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WEST VIRGINIANS WILL ALWAYS HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACK. WE'RE STRONGER WHEN WE STAND UNITED THAN WHEN WE STAND ALONE. THROUGH EVERYTHING THAT LIES AHEAD, WE WILL STAY STRONG. WE WILL THANK THOSE WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO HELP RESCUE OTHERS. WE WILL REMEMBER AND HONOR THOSE WHO WE LOST. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO OFFER OUR SUPPORT TO THOSE THAT ARE REBUILDING THEIR LIVES. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS NEIGHBORS. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS FRIENDS. THAT'S WHAT WE DO AS WEST VIRGINIANS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. AGUILAR, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. AGUILAR

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS YEAR WE WATCHED PRESIDENT DONALD…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. EARLIER THIS YEAR WE WATCHED PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND SPEAKER PAUL RYAN RAM THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL THROUGH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BEFORE IT EVEN HAD A COST ANALYSIS. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR US TO LEARN WHY. IT WILL STRIP OVER 20 MILLION AMERICANS OF AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE. IT WILL DRIVE UP PREMIUMS AND OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR OLDER AMERICANS BY AS MUCH AS 25%. IT WILL ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PREGNANT WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND SENIORS. . THIS IS SO DONALD TRUMP CAN GIVE A TAX BREAK TO HIS HEALTHY FRIENDS THIS WILL LITERALLY BE A DEATH SENTENCE TO MANY AMERICANS. HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAD YEARS -- LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN -- HAD YEARS TO COME UP WITH WAYS TO MAKE HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE, BUT INSTEAD, THEY WOULD RATHER PULL THE PLUG OUT FROM MILLIONS OF FAMILIES WHO PUT THEIR HEALTH CARE IN THE HANDS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. SINCE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW, NEARLY 40,000 OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN COVER CALIFORNIA, AND NEARLY 200,000 IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, OUR RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO MEDICAL, FOLLOWING THE A.C.A. EXPANSION. TRUMPCARE WILL END MEDICAID AND LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITHOUT COVERAGE. CHILDREN, CHILDREN WILL BE STRIPPED OF THEIR COVERAGE BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS WILL FALL INTO AN INCOME BRACKET THAT DOESN'T SATISFY OUR PRESIDENT. THIS LEGISLATION ISN'T JUST BAD. IT'S DETESTABLE. ACCORDING TO DONALD TRUMP, IT'S EVEN MEAN. THOUGH APPARENTLY IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MEAN IT IS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES, AS LONG AS IT GIVES WEALTHY TAX BREAKS TO HIS FRIENDS. AND NOW SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN A PAGE OUT OF THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK AND ARE WRITING THEIR HEALTH CARE BILL IN SECRET. THIS IS NOT HOW WE GOVERN. THIS IS NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EXPECT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ALABAMA, MRS. ROBY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MRS. ROBY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2353, THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. PERKINS HAS HELPED SUPPORT CAREER AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATION. THIS LEGISLATION RE-AUTHORIZES THAT FUNDING AND MAKES NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO ENSURE PERKINS SCHOLARS ARE EFFECTIVE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN CAREER TECH PROGRAMS FOR THREE SIMPLE REASONS. THEY HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR REWARDING CAREERS. THEY ENSURE AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR SKILLED TRADES THAT ARE FOUNDATIONAL TO OUR SOCIETY AND THEY BOOST OUR ECONOMY BY PROVIDING A QUALITY WORK FORCE. WHEN IT COMES TO HIGHER EDUCATION, WE ALL KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A SILENT STIGMA ATTACHED TO NOT COMPLETING AN ACADEMIC DEGREE AT A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY. FOR YEARS WE WERE AFRAID TO SAY COLLEGE ISN'T FOR EVERYBODY WHEN THE TRUTH IS CAREER TECH PROGRAMS CAN ACTUALLY LEAD MANY AMERICANS TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE. THANKFULLY I BELIEVE THOSE DAYS ARE OVER. EFFORTS LIKE BUILD AMERICA CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL IN RAISING AWARENESS IN DISPELING MYTHS ABOUT THE JOBS THAT EXIST IN SKILLED TRADES. THIS RISING GENERATION IS SHOWING SIGNS OF BEING MORE ENTREPRENEURIAL WITH A WILLINGNESS TO WORK OUTSIDE THE BOX, AND OUR PROGRAMS HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS TO OFFER TRAINING FOR CAREERS OUR STUDENTS ARE ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN. MR. SPEAKER, MY STATE OF ALABAMA IS BLESSED WITH A STRONG NETWORK OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES OFFERING A WIDE ARRAY OF CAREER TRAINING. ALABAMA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM HAS MORE THAN 79,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND OVER 70 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN ALABAMA ARE NOW OFFERING C.T.E. COURSES. THEY ARE WORKING HAND IN GLOVE WITH INDUSTRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TRAINING MATCHES THE JOBS THAT WILL BE WAITING FOR STUDENTS WHEN THEY COMPLETE THEIR COURSES. I VISITED ONE SUCH PROGRAM RECENTLY IN A SMALL TOWN IN CENTRAL ALABAMA. THE HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BUILD A PROGRAM THAT SERVES THE GROWING NEEDS OF LOCAL STUDENTS. THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO IMPROVE FACILITIES AND MAKE SURE STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION. UP UNTIL NOW, STUDENTS HAVE HAD TO TAKE A BUS 30 MINUTES AWAY OR AN HOUR AWAY TO MONTGOMERY TO ACCESS THESE CAREER TECH COURSES. NOW, THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF THE LEADERS AND EDUCATORS, STUDENTS ARE BEGINNING TO ACCESS THESE PROGRAMS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN HOMETOWN. I VISITED ANOTHER THRIVING CAREER TECH PROGRAM A FEW MONTHS AGO IN GENEVA, A SMALL TOWN IN ALABAMA'S WIRE GRASS REGION. GENEVA HIGH SCHOOL HAS PARTNERED WITH THE ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD WHOSE LOCAL ARMRY NOW SERVES AS A TRAINING SITE FOR HIGH DEMAND SKILLS SUCH AS AUTOMATIVE TECHNOLOGY, WELDING, AVIATION MAINTENANCE AND HEALTH SCIENCE. STUDENTS FROM CITY AND COUNTY SCHOOLS CAN GET AHEAD ON THEIR COLLEGE COURSE WORK WITH THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THEY ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR COMMITMENT TO THEIR STUDENTS. WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERS TRAINING IN 16 HIGH DEMAND CAREER FIELDS. WALLACE TAKES THEIR PROGRAMS TO THE NEXT LEVEL BY COMBINING TRADITIONAL STUDY WITH HANDS ON EXPERIENCE. THEIR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM, FOR EXAMPLE, UTILIZES A VIRTUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING SIMULATOR, THE ONLY OF ITS KIND ON AN ALABAMA COLLEGE CAMPUS. THESE PROGRAMS SERVE AS A MODEL NOT ONLY FOR THE STATE OF ALABAMA BUT FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE. THEIR SUCCESSES DEMONSTRATE THE POTENTIAL CAREER TECH PROGRAMS HOLD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS BILL IS SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST FUNDING. IT MAKES IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR CAREER TECH POLICY, INCLUDING SIMPLIFYING THE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT COMMUNITY AND STATE LEADERS HAVE TO NAVIGATE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS, PROVIDING MORE FLEXIBILITY TO ADMINISTRATORS SO THEY CAN ADJUST TO THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND THE INDUSTRY, IMPROVING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO ENSURE THAT THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE FUNDING ACTUALLY DELIVER RESULTS. AND LASTLY, ENSURING A LIMITED FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION, JUST AS WE DID IN THE NEW K-12 LAW. MR. SPEAKER, WITH A MODERN WORKPLACE CHANGING AT A RAPID PACE, IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT EDUCATORS AND FACILITIES KEEP UP. WITH THIS BILL, THESE PROGRAMS CAN CONTINUE TO SUCCESSFULLY CONNECT TODAY'S STUDENTS WITH THE CAREERS OF TOMORROW. MR. SPEAKER, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TODAY. THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WILL HELP EQUIP OUR STUDENTS WITH SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE THEY NEED TO START THEIR CAREERS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO PASS THIS LEGISLATION AND SUPPORT OUR FUTURE WORK FORCE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MS. KELLY

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A PUBLIC…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO REMEMBER A PUBLIC SERVANT TAKEN FROM US TOO SOON, AN INDIVIDUAL WHO THROUGH HIS LIFE AN EXAMPLE INSPIRED OTHERS, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN TO BE RESPECTFUL AND KIND, A MAN WHO LIVED HIS LIFE IN SERVICE TO OTHERS, PHILANDO. HIS NAME HAS BEEN BACK IN THE HEADLINES BUT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A MAN FAILED BY OUR CREED OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. PHILANDO WAS A BELOVED NUTRITION SUPERVISOR AT A MONTESSORI MAGNET SCHOOL WHO WAS SO INVESTED IN THE NAMES THAT HE REMEMBERED THE NAMES AND FOOD ALLERGIES. ONE CO-WORKER SAID KIDS LOVED HIM. HE WAS QUIET, RESPECTFUL AND KIND. I KNEW HIM AS WARM AND FUNNY. ANOTHER SAID HE WAS AS MUCH A TEACHER AS ANY TEACHER IN THAT BUILDING. HIS LIFE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF LIVING HONORABLY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FOR MORE THAN THE 500 STUDENTS WHO LOVED HIM. EVEN IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS, HE SHOWED RESPECT AND DIGNITY IN WHAT MUST HAVE BEEN A TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. MR. CASTILLE'S LOSS IS OUR LOSS. HE LIVED LIFE AS WE ALL SHOULD -- LOVING AND RESPECTING THOSE AROUND HIM. WHEN HE WAS TOLD BY AN OFFICER TO GET HIS I.D., HE COMPLIED AND RESPECTFULLY INFORMED THE OFFICER HE WAS LAWFULLY CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM, THAT HE HAD A VALID PERMIT. WHEN HE WENT TO GET HIS I.D. AS ORDERED HE WAS SHOT, NOT ONCE BUT SEVEN TIMES. NOT BECAUSE OF NONCOMPLIANCE, NOT BECAUSE HE WAS VIOLENT, NOT BECAUSE HE WAS A MENACING THREAT. WHAT KILL HIM WAS HIS BLACKNESS OR MORE PRECISELY FEAR OF HIS BLACKNESS KILLED HIM. TRAGICALLY HIS STORY IS NOT UNIQUE. THIS HAPPENS EVERY DAY TO BLACK MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA. PHILANDO'S STORY ONLY MADE HEADLINES BECAUSE IT WAS SHOWN ON FACEBOOK AND SHOWED THE 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL BEHIND HIM. A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL THAT EVEN HIS MURDERER SAID WAS IN MY LINE OF FIRE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS MURDER WAS SO DOWNRIGHT OUT RAGEOUS IT LED THE FEDERALIST, A PUBLICATION THAT PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AND ARTICLE ON HOW BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS WERE DESTROYING AMERICA TO CALL THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT AN ABOMINATION. INDEED, THIS IS AN ABOMINATION AND A COMPLETE MISCHARACTER OF JUSTICE. THE FEDERALISTS AND I SEE EYE TO EYE ON THIS ONE THING. GROUPS ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT HAVE PUBLICLY AND VOCALLY CONDEMNED HIS MURDER, EXCEPT FOR ONE, THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. THE N.R.A.'S SILENCE IS SICKENING, DEAFENING AND VERY HYPOCRITICAL IN THIS TRAGIC AMERICAN HOUR. FOR DECADES THE N.R.A. HAS USED FEAR MONGERING CLAIMING THEY ARE THE SOLE ORGANIZATION FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN TO CARRY A FIREARM. WHERE WERE THEY FOR PHILANDO, WHERE IS THEIR OUTRAGE, WHERE IS THEIR DEMAND FOR BETTER POLICE TRAINING WHEN DEALING WITH CITIZENS AUTHORIZED TO CARRY A FIREARM? SHAME. THEY HAVE NO OUTRAGE AT THIS VERDICT. SHAME FOR THEIR DOUBLE STANDARD IN SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH VALID CONCEAL CARRY PERMITS. THEY OFFER NOTHING BUT A TEPID FACEBOOK STATEMENT EXPRESSING CONCERN. CONCERN? THE N.R.A. HAS CONCERN FOR PHILANDO? SHAME ON THE INFORM R.A. FOR THEM IT CLEARLY ISN'T RIGHTS FOR ALL. FOR THOSE THAT DON'T FIT THE RIGHT PROFILE, THEY SHOULD GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO EVEN BEING MEMBERS OF THE N.R.A. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR…

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

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                              THE SPEAKER

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

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE GUEST CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND KEVIN KITRELL ROSS, UNITY OF SACRAMENTO, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.

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                              THE CHAPLAIN

                              MAY WE TURN WITHIN AND LOOK HIGHER TO THE GOD OF OUR UNDERSTANDING AND…

                              MAY WE TURN WITHIN AND LOOK HIGHER TO THE GOD OF OUR UNDERSTANDING AND PRAY. LOVING PRESENCE, WE INVOKE FROM THE CELESTIAL BALCONIES THE WITNESS OF THE PIONEERS OF OUR PROGRESS WHOSE BLOODY JOURNEYS MARSHALED AN UNPRECEDENTED FAITH AND BIRTHED A NEW NATION OF RADICAL INCLUSION. BLESS THESE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PROMISE GATHERED IN THIS, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. LET THEM REACH HIGHER FOR CROWNS OF CONSCIENCE TO EXEMPLIFY COME BAGS AND BRING FROM THEIR DISTRICTS TO THEIR DESKS SHARP PENCILS THAT CARVE ON THEIR HEARTS THE FACES OF FREEDOM THAT THEY REPRESENT. LET THIS HOUSE BE AN INCUBATOR FOR OUR BEST IDEAS, AND NOT A PRISON FOR OUR POOREST POLITICS. LET THESE HEROES AND SHEROES OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE SUMMON THE INTELLECTUAL IMAGINATION AND INTUITIVE NAVIGATION TO SERVE BOLDER TOGETHER AND BREAK THROUGH IDEOLOGICAL GRIDLOCK THAT ARRESTS THE POTENTIAL OF OUR GREAT REPUBLIC. LET THESE INNOVATORS OF COOPERATION AND BUILDS OF THE BELOVED COMMUNITY REUNITE THESE STATES OF AMERICA AND LEAD THE WAY FOR A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. THIS IS ENOUGH. IN THE THIS IS ENOUGH IN THE NAME OF THE LOVE SUPREME AND SO IT IS, AMEN. AND AMEN.

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                              THE SPEAKER

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

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

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                              MR. TROTT

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, IS RECOGNIZED…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. BERA, IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. BERA

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE TO…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE THE HOUSE TO OUR GUEST CHAPLAIN, REVEREND KEVIN KITRELL ROSS, SENIOR MINISTER OF UNITY OF SACRAMENTO. KEVIN IS REGARDED AS A RESPECTED INTERFAITH SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADER, COMMITTED TO BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION ACROSS RACE, CULTURE, CLASS AND RELIGIOUS LINES. WHETHER IN HIS ROLE LEADING ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST DIVERSE AND INTEGRATED CONGREGATIONS, CONDUCTING DIVERSITY AND COMPLICIT BIAS TRAININGS OR BEING AN ACTIVIST OF HEALING THE CRISIS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, KEVIN IS DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIALOGUE, DIRECT ENCOUNTER AND EDUCATION. A SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO NATIVE, KEVIN IS A MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GRADUATE, A SENIOR FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FORUM, A MEMBER OF THE INTERFAITH COUNCIL OF SACRAMENTO AND A THREE-TIME DELEGATE TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS. KEVIN AND HIS WIFE HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND RESIDE IN ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA. ANITA IS THE FOUNDER OF WOMEN'S EQUALITY. THEY ARE BOTH COMMITTED TO BUILDING A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN WELCOMING REVEREND KEVIN ROSS AND THANK HIM FOR OFFERING TODAY'S OPENING PRAYER IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

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

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORA CHILDREN'S…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NORA CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION, A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN MY HOME CITY OF MIAMI, WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO SERVE KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR PARENTS BY DEPORTATION. I HAVE KNOWN NORA, THE FOUNDER OF THIS ORGANIZATION, FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE TRUE PASSION FOR ENSURING THE WELL-BEING OF THESE CHILDREN. THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS, THIS ORGANIZATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF FOOD, CLOTHING, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, LEGAL ADVICE AND MANY OTHER VITAL SERVICES. THIS WEEK NORA WILL BE VISITING OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WADDELL GATION OF 50 CHILDREN -- WITH A DELEGATION OF 50 CHILDREN TO HELP RESTRUCTURE OUR IMMIGRATION POLICIES FOR THE CHILDREN WHO SHE CARES, WHO IS AS AMERICAN AS YOU AND I, DO NOT HAVE TO GROW UP APART FROM THEIR PARENTS. MR. SPEAKER, I NATION MUST DO RIGHT FOR THESE CHILDREN, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES IN CONGRESS AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO WORK TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE AN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM THAT REFLECTS OUR NATION'S COMPASSION AND PROVIDES A SOLUTION THAT IS FAIR AND JUST TO EVERYONE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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                              MR. BROWN

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

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. BROWN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS THE FIRST IN 50 YEARS WITHOUT THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT. WHAT WAS THE RESULT, 14 STATES HAD NEW VOTING RESTRICTIONS INCLUDING STRICT VOTER I.D., CUTS TO SAME-DAY REGISTRATION AND EARLY VOTING AND FEWER POLLING PLACES. THIS SUPPRESSED THE VOTE PARTICULARLY AMONG VOTERS OF COLOR AND IN POOR COMMUNITIES AND HAD A MAJOR IMPACT IN CLOSE RACES IN NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PARENAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE. THE VOTING -- BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE. CONGRESS SHOULD ONCE AGAIN TO MODERNIZE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND RESPOND TO THE SUPREME COURT'S OBJECTIONS. YET, DESPITE CALLS TO PASS LEGISLATION FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. VOTING IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE, AND THERE'S NO DEBATING THAT POINT. THE FOUNDERS IN PHILADELPHIA, WOMEN AT SENECA FALLS, AND MARCHERS IN SELMA ALL RECOGNIZE THE POWER OF THE VOTE. WHEN WE PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF VOTERS TO MAKE THEIR CHOICES, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE, WE DO OUR PART TO BUILD A MORE PERFECT UNION. WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION. CONGRESS MUST RESTORE THE FULL PROTECTIONS OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT NOW. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              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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                              MR. WILSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, OTTO WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES HOPE FOR…

                              MR. SPEAKER, OTTO WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF WHAT AMERICAN FAMILIES HOPE FOR SONS AND DAUGHTERS. INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS, INTERESTED IN THE WORLD AND BRIGHT. SADLY, OTTO WAS MURDERED BY THE NORTH KOREAN DICTATORSHIP. BY IMPRISONING HIM UNDER SHAM CHARGES, THE COMMUNIST TOTALITARIAN NORTH KOREAN REGIME IS CLEARLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH. OTTO'S STORY HIGHLIGHTS THE BRUTALITY OF THE NORTH KOREAN MURDERS, ONE THAT WRONGFULLY IMPRISONS U.S. CITIZENS AND USES THEM AS BARGAINING CHIPS IN AN EFFORT TO GAIN ATTENTION ON THE WORLD STAGE. IT'S PAST TIME WE STRONGLY RESTRICT TOURIST TRAVEL TO THIS ATROCITY. I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE INTRODUCED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION WITH CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF THAT WILL EP ABLE THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT TO REGULATE TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA THROUGH LICENSES AND NO LICENSES WOULD BE ABLE TO BE GRANTED FOR TOURIST TRAVEL. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ED ROYCE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL FOR LEGISLATIVE SUCCESS. WE WILL BE MOST SUCCESSFUL BY DEFEATING BRUTALITY BY DENYING THE DICTATORSHIP ANY SOURCE OF INCOME AND DEPRIVING IT OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE INNOCENT AMERICANS LIKE OTTO. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. KILDEE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MY HOMETOWN OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, THERE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY IN MY HOMETOWN OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, THERE WAS A VIOLENT ATTACK ON A POLICE OFFICER AT FLINT BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AND LIKE MANY IN MY COMMUNITY, I'M SHOCKED, HORRIFIED BY THIS COWARDLY ATTACK. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH THIS INJURED OFFICER, LIEUTENANT JEFF NEVILLE, AND HIS FAMILY, AND I AM RELIEVED HE'S IN STABLE CONDITION. HE'S EXPECTED TO RECOVER. I'VE KNOWN JEFF FOR DECADES, DATING BACK TO OUR SERVICE TOGETHER IN COUNTY GOVERNMENT. HE'S A TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT, AND HE'S DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THE COMMUNITY HE SERVES. HIS ACTIONS TO SUBDUE THIS ATTACKER, EVEN WHILE HE WAS UNDER ATTACK, ARE TRULY HEROIC. HE HELPED SAVE OTHERS FROM POTENTIAL HARM. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY TO HELP LIEUTENANT NEVILLE, INCLUDING THE BISHOP CHIEF OF POLICE CHRIS MILLER, AIRPORT MAINTENANCE WORKER WHO STEPPED IN, RICHARD CRUELL. THEIR ACTIONS SAVED LIVES. I'M THANKFUL THAT THE F.B.I., THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE, FLINT POLICE, OTHER AGENCIES ARE INVESTIGATING THIS TERRIBLE ATTACK AS A POTENTIAL INCIDENT OF TERROR. AND I JUST HOPE ALL MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN EXTENDING THEIR PRAYERS TO LIEUTENANT NEVILLE AND HIS FAMILY IN HOPES FOR HIS SPEEDY RECOVERY. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE OF GARDEN CITY, MICHIGAN. PATRICIA PASSED AWAY ON MAY 31, 2017, AND IS DEARLY MISSED BY HER MANY FAMILY FREANDS, INCLUDING HER HUSBAND OF 55 YEARS, DOUG MCKENZIE, AND HER CHILDREN, PAMELA, BARBARA, PHIL, MARSHA AS WELL AS HER 12 GRANDCHILDREN. IN HER 78 YEARS, PATRICIA WAS DEVOTED TO HER LOVING FAMILY, HER FAITH AND TO HER STRONG BELIEF IN THE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.

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                              MR. TROTT

                              HER PASSION FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIANS. PATRICIA'S STORY IS THE STORY OF…

                              HER PASSION FOR THE MONTREAL CANADIANS. PATRICIA'S STORY IS THE STORY OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS, A HARD WORKING PERSON, A DEDICATED WIFE AND MOTHER. I HOPE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME YOU'LL FIND COMFORT IN THE KNOWLEDGE SHE'S BEEN CALLED HOME IN PEACE AND HARMONY. REMEMBER SCRIPTURE TELLS US THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS. MR. SPEAKER, OUR FRIEND, PATRICIA LUCILLE MCKENZIE, WILL BE DEARLY MISSED BUT WE GO ON TO REMEMBER AND HONOR HER LEGACY JUST AS SHE WOULD WANT US TO DO. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. HIGGINS

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED THIS MORNING, MUCH LIKE THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE SENATE BILL THAT WAS UNVEILED THIS MORNING, MUCH LIKE THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN HEALTH CARE BILL, IS A REPULSIVE SCAM PERPETRATED AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ON PAGE 30 OF THE BILL, SECTION 120 UNDER EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TAX CUT, UNITED HEALTH CARE WILL GET A TAX CUT UNDER THIS BILL REPRESENTING $15.5 MILLION. IF THAT'S NOT EGREGIOUS ENOUGH, THE FACT IS THAT UNITED HEALTH CARE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION TODAY BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR DEFRAUDING THE MEDICARE PROGRAM OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. THIS SHOULD BE REJECTED TODAY AND DECISIVELY BY ALL DECENT MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO BELIEVE THERE IS A MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE LEGISLATION PASSED HERE IS FAIR AND JUST. I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. BILIRAKIS

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

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

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                              MR. BILIRAKIS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LAST WEEKEND I HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATION OF ROSE HISTORIC CEMETERY IN TARPON SPRINGS, FLORIDA. ROSE IS THE OLDEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY IN PINELLAS COUNTY AND IS LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. IT WAS ESPECIALLY MEANINGFUL CEREMONY BECAUSE IT WAS HELD ON JUNETEENTH, THE ANNIVERSARY MARKING THE END OF SLAVERY IN THE U.S. THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN LAID TO REST AT ROSE REPRESENT A MAJOR PART OF TARPON SPRINGS HISTORY AND CULTURE. CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEERS, VETERANS AND MANY OTHERS, INCLUDING FRIENDS I GREW UP WITH ARE BURIED THERE. I'D LIKE TO ESPECIALLY TAKE THE MAYOR, CHRIS, ANDY DABS AND MEMBERS OF THE CEMETERY'S BOARD AND DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK TIRELESSLY YEAR ROUND TO PROTECT THE LEGACY OF ROSE CEMETERY. BECAUSE OF THEIR DEDICATION, ROSE CONTINUES TO BE A BEAUTIFUL HISTORICAL SITE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I YIELD BACK. THANK YOU.

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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 TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MOST CHARLOTTE'S EXEMPLARY INDUSTRY,…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN HONOR OF MOST CHARLOTTE'S EXEMPLARY INDUSTRY, BABCOCK AND WILLCAULK. BOILERS MADE BY BACKCAULK AND BILL CAULK POWERED THOMAS EDISON'S LABORATORIES AND NEW YORK'S FIRST SUBWAY. DURLED WORLD WAR 2, MUCH WAS POWERED BY THEIR BOILERS AND THEY WERE VITAL IN THE MANHATTAN PROJECT.

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                              MR. PITTENGER

                              THEY FABRICATED FOR THE U.S. -- THE WORLD'S FIRST NUCLEAR POWERED…

                              THEY FABRICATED FOR THE U.S. -- THE WORLD'S FIRST NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINE. MORE RECENTLY, BOB CAULK AND WILCOX HAS -- BOBCAULK AND WILCOX HAS HELPED PROTECT OUR AIR, WATER AND LAND BY CONTROLLING EMISSIONS FROM HUNDREDS OF POWER PLANTS AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES AROUND THE WORLD. IN 2010, BABCOCK AND WILCOX MOVED TO CHARLOTTE AND BECAME PART OF CHARLOTTE'S REGION AND ECONOMY, CLOGE GROWING WITH A CLUSTER OF LEADING ENERGY FIRMS. CONGRATULATIONS TODAY TO BABCOCK AND WILCOX'S 5,000 EMPLOYEES AND ON THIS WONDERFUL ANNIVERSARY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNIZE SNIGS…

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNIZE SNIGS -- RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. .

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                              I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE TIRELESS DEDICATION OF ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S…

                              I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE TIRELESS DEDICATION OF ONE OF NEW JERSEY'S TIRELESS ADVOCATES. SHE SERVED AS CONGRESSIONAL AM WASSDOR FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SINCE 2014 MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL, HOLDING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN WHICH I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 7 AND ORGANIZING FUNDRAISERS LIKE THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S.

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                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE 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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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR 7 1/2 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR 7 1/2 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO CONGRESS I WAS A JUDGE IN TENNESSEE TRYING FELONY CRIMINAL CASES. I TRIED THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF JAMES EARL RAY AND MANY OTHER HIGH PROFILE CASES. ROBERT MUELLER WORK HIS CLOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH JAMES COMEY, SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS SPECIAL PROSECUTOR IN A CASE IN WHICH MR. COMEY IS SUCH A CENTRAL PLAYER.

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                              MR. DUNCAN

                              MR. MUELLER NEVER SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH A -- AN APPOINTMENT. TO MAKE…

                              MR. MUELLER NEVER SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED SUCH A -- AN APPOINTMENT. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, HE'S HIRED SEVERAL LAWYERS WHO WERE BIG CONTRIBUTORS TO AND ACTIVE CAMPAIGNERS FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND OTHER DEMOCRATS. MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THERE ARE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST HERE. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LAWYERS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN HIRED WHO HAVE NOT BEEN INVOLVED IN ANY WAY FOR THE PRESIDENT OR MRS. CLINTON THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN TAINTED AND ANY ACTION NOW WILL LOOK LIKE A PARTISAN WITCH HUNT. FORMER SPEAKER GINGRICH SAID WHAT WE NOW NEED IS A SPECIAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE SPECIAL COUNSEL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. YOUNG

                              I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE TECHNICAL AND CAREER EDUCATION ACT.…

                              I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE TECHNICAL AND CAREER EDUCATION ACT. IT WILL IMPROVE THE CARL PERKINS TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT SCHOOL IS NOT JUST AND CANNOT BE ONE SIZE FITS ALL. THE CARL PERKINS FUNDING HAS ALLOWED SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOL BOARDS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO DEVELOP INKNOW VATIVE PROGRAMS TO EDUCATE OUR NATION'S YOUTH. I'VE ALWAYS SUPPORTED ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF EDUCATION. EDUCATION NOT ONLY TRAINS THE MIND BUT TRAIN OURS NATION'S YOUTH WITH VALUABLE SKILLS TO SUCCEED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AND INTO IS THE WORK FORCE. MANY STUDENTS IN MY STATE AND ACROSS THE NATION RELY ON NONTRADITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS. CARL PERKINS GRANTS HAVE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR YOUTH. THEY HAVE ALLOWED FOR CERTIFICATES AND CREDENTIALS IN MANY INDUSTRIES. THEY INCLUDE CERTIFICATION IN WELDING AND CARPENTRY, PRE-APPRENTICES FOR EELECT TRISS -- ELECTRICIAN, HEAVY MACHINERY AND IRON WORKERS. CERTIFICATION OF OSHA AND HAZMAT AGENCIES. CULINARY ARTS AND BUILDING MAINTENANCE. THESE ARE VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT HELP THE WORKING PERSON, THE YOUNG PERSON BECOME PREPARED, TO BECOME ONE OWHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE GOOD OF THE STATE AND THE NATION. I STAND PROUDLY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN HONOR OF TWO GEORGIA STATE CORRECTIONS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN HONOR OF TWO GEORGIA STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, SERGEANT CURTIS BLUE AND CRIMB MONICA WHO WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON JUNE 13 IN PUTNAM COUNTY, GEORGIA. I SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES THE DEEP SORROW, AND I PRAY GOD COMFORTS THE FAMILIES IN THEIR TIME OF GRIEF. DESCRIBED AS HARDWORKING, KIND AND DEVOTED, THE SERGEANTS WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE FOR THEIR LOYALITY AS PUBLIC SERVANTS, AND FOR THEIR LOVE AND DEDICATION TO FAIR FAMILIES.

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                              MR. HICE

                              STAND ON THAT THIN BUT LINE AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                              UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SPEAKERING TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO HAVE…

                              MR. SPEAKERING TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO HAVE GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S PIONEER CLASS. IN JUNE OF 1967, IN A TENT ON ITS ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN, CAMPUS, THEY HELD THEIR FIRST COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. ON THAT DAY, 138 SENIORS, INCLUDING 86 MEMBER THEEFS PIONEER CLASS THAT STARTED IN 1963, RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS FROM MICHIGAN'S NEWEST COLLEGE.

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                              MR. HUIZENGA

                              THE FIRST GRADUATES LAID THE FOUNDATION OF A UNIVERSITY THAT WOULD GROW TO…

                              THE FIRST GRADUATES LAID THE FOUNDATION OF A UNIVERSITY THAT WOULD GROW TO OFFER 124 DEGREES, ENROLL STUDENTS FROM 82 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, AND BOAST A 94% PLIMENT RATE FOR ITS GRADUATES. ALWAYS A GOOD THING. AFTER THAT FIRST GRADUATION CEREMONY IN 1967, GBSU HAD 138 ALUMNI. TODAY THE UNIVERSITY HAS OVER 110,000 PROUD ALUMNI THROUGHOUT MICHIGAN AND FRANKLY AROUND THE GLOBE. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ITS FIRST PRESIDENT, JAMES UM BEHR, FOLLOWED BY CONTINUED GUIDANCE OF OTHER PRESIDENTS INCLUDING CURRENT PRESIDENT THOMAS HAASE THEY'VE BECOME A RENOWNED INSTITUTION AND ONE OF THE 100 LARGEST UNIVERSITIES IN THIS NATION. DURING THE VERY FIRST COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS, A SPEAKER NOTED, QUOTE, NO ONE COULD EVER POSSIBLY CHART YOUR COURSE THROUGH THESE YEARS, END YET, AND IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT THE PIONEER CLASS COULD HAVE DREAMED OF THE ROLE THEY WOULD BE PLAYING IN HELPING GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY ACHIEVE SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN HONORING GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S PIONEER CLASS OF 1967, THE ORIGINAL LAKERS FOR A LIFETIME. I YIELD BACK.

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

                              MR. SPEAKER, BY DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 396 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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

                              MR. SPEAKER, FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY I YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. HASTINGS, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                              MR. COLE

                              OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME IS YIELDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE ONLY. I…

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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                              MR. COLE

                              ON WEDNESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR…

                              ON WEDNESDAY, THE RULES COMMITTEE MET AND REPORTED A RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE. THE RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2842, THE ACCELERATING INDIVIDUALS INTO THE WORK FORCE ACT. THE RULE PROVIDES FOR ONE HOUR OF DEBATE EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2842 IS A COMMONSENSE PROPOSAL TO HELP TRANSITION WELFARE RECIPIENT INTO STEADY PAYING JOBS. MOVING WELFARE RECIPIENTS INTO WORK IS A CENTRAL GOAL OF TANF, THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE TANF RECIPIENTS AND HELP SUBSIDIZE THESE NEW EMPLOYEES' SALARIES FOR UP TO A YEAR TO ALLOW THEM TO TRANSITION INTO THE WORK FORCE. THE POLICY IDEA BEHIND H.R. 2842 IS SIMPLE. UNDER THIS BILL, STATES CAN ESTABLISH PARTNERSHIPS WITH EMPLOYERS TO HIRE RECIPIENTS OF TANF DOLLARS. THROUGH THESE PARTNERSHIPS, EMPLOYERS WOULD RECEIVE A SUBSIDY OF UP TO 50% OF THE WAGE FOR A TANF RECIPIENT, WHILE THE OTHER 50% WOULD BE PAID BY THE EMPLOYER. BENEFICIARIES WOULD HAVE TO MEET THREE REQUIREMENTS. THEY MUST BE A TANF RECIPIENT, MUST BE UNEMPLOYED, AND THEY MUST HAVE AN INCOME OF 20% OR LESS OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. . THIS BILL WOULD DIRECT THESE WELFARE RECIPIENTS BACK IN THE WORK FORCE. MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN ONCE NOTED, QUOTE, WE SHOULD MEASURE WELFARE SUCCESS BY HOW MANY PEOPLE LEAVE WELFARE, NOT BY HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ADDED. THE LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION IN TODAY'S RULE IS A FULFILLMENT OF THAT PROMISE. UNDER H.R. 2842, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER UTILIZE THEIR TANF DOLLARS TO HELP MOVING INDIVIDUALS INTO WORK AND HELP THEM TRANSITION OUT OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM ALTOGETHER. HELPING PEOPLE GET BACK TO WORK IS A GREAT DEAL FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL BE HELPED UNDER THE PROGRAM, FOR THE EMPLOYERS, FOR THE ECONOMY AND FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS BILL AT ITS CORE IS ABOUT HELPING AMERICANS GET BACK TO WORK. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE A NATION FILLED WITH HARDWORKING PEOPLE AND I'VE SEEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN HOW BADLY MANY OF THE UNEMPLOYED WANT TO RETURN TO WORK. MANY, IF NOT MOST RECIPIENTS OF TANF ARE IN THE PROGRAM NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE, BUT BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN FORCED TO BE BY CIRCUMSTANCES. THESE UNEMPLOYMENT AMERICANS WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO RETURN TO THE DIGNITY OF THE WORK FORCE AS QUICKLY AS THEY'RE ABLE TO DO SO. THIS BILL WILL HELP REMOVE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT AND WILL INCENTIVIZE EMPLOYERS TO HIRE CURRENT TANF RECIPIENTS. WORKERS RE-ENTERING THE WORK FORCE IS A GOOD THING FOR SOCIETY. NOT ONLY WILL WORKERS WHO RECEIVE JOBS UNDER THIS PROGRAM BE TAKEN OFF THE WELFARE ROLLS, THUS ENSURING THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THAT PROGRAM, BUT THESE NEW WORKERS WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO BETTER LIVES FOR THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WE TOO OFTEN DESCRIBE POLICY SOLUTIONS AS BEING, QUOTE, COMMON SENSE, OR, QUOTE, WIN-WIN. BUT IN THIS CASE, IT'S ACTUALLY TRUE. H.R. 2842 IS A COMMONSENSE SOLUTION AND A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. THE WORKERS, THE EMPLOYERS, THE COMMUNITY AND THE COUNTRY. THAT'S WHY THIS LEGISLATION WILL RECEIVE A SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN VOTE TOMORROW. WHATEVER THEIR DIFFERENCES, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE WANT TO PUT UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. THIS BILL WILL ACTUALLY SUCCEED IN DOING THAT. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                            • 12:33:26 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

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

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

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                              THANK YOU AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, FOR…

                              THANK YOU AND I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA, FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES FOR DEBATE. THIS MEASURE IS A BIPARTISAN BILL THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM THE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES PROGRAM, HELP THEM TO FIND GOOD-PAYING JOBS. ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, THERE ARE MORE THAN SIX MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL RECORDED SINCE WE STARTED TRACKING THIS DATA. AND YET THE SHARE OF AMERICANS PARTICIPATING IN THE WORK FORCE IS AT A FOUR DECADE LOW. CLEARLY THERE ARE UNDERLYING ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED TO GET MORE PEOPLE PLUGGED INTO THE WORK FORCE. FOR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS, TANF SERVES AS A LIFELINE. TANF IS ADMINISTRATIVE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND IS DESIGNED TO HELP FAMILIES ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. UNDER THE PROGRAM, STATES RECEIVE BLOCK GRANTS TO DESIGN AND OPERATE THEIR OWN PROGRAMS TO FULFILL THE GOALS OF THE TANF PROGRAM. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT STATES ARE AT RISK OF FINANCIAL PENALTY IF TANF PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE MORE THAN A YEAR OF EDUCATION OR IF STATES HAVE MORE THAN 30% OF THE STATE TANF CASELOAD IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS. DUE TO THESE LIMITS, STATES HAVE LARGELY ABANDONED EFFORTS TO PROMOTE OR SUPPORT WORK IN THEIR TANF PROGRAMS. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GET MORE PEOPLE EMPLOYED IS THROUGH EMPLOYER-DRIVEN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT PROPERLY STRUCTURED THESE PROGRAMS RESULT IN BETTER AND MORE STABLE EMPLOYMENT, ESPECIALLY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OTHERWISE UNLIKELY TO FIND WORK. ALTHOUGH THE MEASURE WE ARE DEBATING TODAY DOES NOT ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, THIS BILL WILL HELP TIP THE SCALE BACK TOWARD JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. H.R. 2842 ESTABLISHES DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS THAT COMBINE WORK, TRAINING AND SUPPORT FOR HARD-TO-EMPLOY TANF RECIPIENTS. THIS BILL PROVIDES A ONE-TIME APPROPRIATION OF $100 MILLION TO SUBSIDIZE THESE PROGRAMS. AFTER THE 12-MONTH PERIOD, STATES ARE GOING TO BE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUBSIDIZING WAGES IN MOVING INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING TANF INTO FULL-TIME JOBS. SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JOBS, WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE AS AN INSTITUTION HAVEN'T PROVIDED THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO GET PEOPLE BACK TO WORK. IF YOU WOULD ASK ANY MEMBER OF THIS BODY TO OUTLINE HIS OR HER TOP PRIORITIES, I GUARANTEE YOU JOB CREATION WOULD BE MENTIONED EVERY SINGLE TIME. WE ALL AGREE ON THE NEED, BUT FROM THERE THE CONVERSATION STOPS. THERE ARE LOTS OF PROPOSALS IN CONGRESS TO CREATE JOBS, BUT WE'VE BEEN UNABLE TO PASS A LARGE-SCALE BIPARTISAN BILL FOR QUITE SOMETIME. THIS REALLY NEEDS TO CHANGE. GIVEN THE LEGISLATION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, IT IS INTERESTING TO ME THAT PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S BUDGET PROPOSAL CUT WORK FORCE TRAINING PROGRAMS BY 39%. RATHER THAN PRESENT A JOBS BILL, HE'S PRESENTED A PLAN THAT WOULD ACTUALLY STOP HELPING PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS. THAT, IN MY JUDGMENT, IS PENNY-WISE AND POUND FOOLISH. IN BRINGING FORWARD THIS LEGISLATION, I THINK IT'S BEING MADE CLEAR THAT THIS BODY DOES NOT SHARE THAT APPROACH, BUT WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN A SINGLE TARGETED BILL. FIVE MONTHS INTO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP STILL HAS NOT PUT FORWARD A SINGLE LARGE-SCALE PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS OR RAISE THE WAGES OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS, BUT ITS LEADERSHIP HAS REJECTED DEMOCRATIC PROPOSALS OUT OF HAND. WE SHOULD BE WORKING EVERY DAY ON CREATING JOBS AND RAISING WAGES FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA, BUT INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON JOB CREATION, DONALD JOHN TRUMP'S BUDGET REQUEST WOULD DESTROY APPROXIMATELY 1.4 MILLION JOBS. HIS BUDGET WOULD EVISCERATE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM CRITICAL JOB-CREATING INVESTMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION, DISMANTLE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS LIKE THE ONE WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY AND RANSACK EDUCATION BENEFITS AND LEAVE OUR COUNTRY IN A WEAKENED STATE. INSTEAD OF BRINGING JOBS BACK TO COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES, THE BUDGET WALKS AWAY FROM THEM. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I'LL LEAVE IT AT THIS. THE UNDERLYING MEASURE WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS A GOOD STEP FORWARD, BUT ONE STEP IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. WE NEED TO DO MORE, NOT LESS, TO STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITIES AND HELP WORKING FAMILIES. JUST AS I URGED DONALD JOHN TRUMP TO MOVE PAST THE CAMPAIGN RHETORIC AND GET SERIOUS, I ALSO URGE THIS BODY TO LEAD WITH MORE BIPARTISAN MEASURES THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR NECESSARY RESOURCES FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM MOST, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:40:04 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                              MR. COLE

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. COLE

                              I WANT TO BEGIN BY AGREEING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ON MANY OF THE POINTS THAT…

                              I WANT TO BEGIN BY AGREEING WITH MY GOOD FRIEND ON MANY OF THE POINTS THAT HE MADE. I WAS PARTICULARLY STRUCK BY THE POINT HE MADE ABOUT THE LOW PARTICIPATION RATE IN THE LABOR FORCE. THAT'S BEEN A PROBLEM THAT HAS BEEN WITH US, FRANKLY, FOR AS HE POINTED OUT SEVERAL DECADES AND IT'S ONE THAT'S GOTTEN WORSE AND THAT'S ATTRIBUTABLE TO A LARGE POINT THAT ANOTHER POINT MY FRIEND MADE, A THING AROUND HERE WE CALL THE SKILLS GAP. WE HAVE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF JOBS AVAILABLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT EMPLOYERS ARE READY TO HIRE PEOPLE THAT SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE TRAINING. I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND THAT ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IS SOMETIMES THE BEST TRAINING. YOU ACTUALLY ACQUIRE THE SKILL YOU NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THE SITUATION OF THIS LEGISLATION WILL ACTUALLY, AGAIN, OFFSET THE COST OF THAT TO THE EMPLOYER, AND BY THE WAY, NOT ADD ANY COST TO THE TAXPAYER. THAT'S SOMETHING WE OUGHT TO TALK ABOUT AS WELL. WE ARE JUST TAKING MONEY THAT WE WOULD HAVE BEEN SPENDING ANYWAY AND SPENDING IT A LOT MORE PRODUCTIVELY. MY FRIEND'S RIGHT, THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM, A NEW APPROACH. TRYING OUT FOR A YEAR, SPENDING $100 MILLION -- A LOT OF MONEY -- BUT OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD SPEND MORE THIS WAY IF WE KNOW THIS IS SUCCESSFUL. BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THIS BILL IS ACTUALLY, AGAIN, EXCEPTIONALLY BIPARTISAN. I WAS STRUCK, AS I HOPE MY FRIEND WAS YESTERDAY, WHEN WE WERE IN THE RULES COMMITTEE CONSIDERING THIS LEGISLATION, WE'RE USED TO SEEING THE MEMBERS OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE COME UP AND SORT OF FIGHT IN FRONT OF US. INSTEAD THEY ACTUALLY CAME UP ARM IN ARM WITH A BIPARTISAN PROPOSAL THAT THEY HAD AGREED TO THAT, AGAIN, IS AN EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT WORK. IT'S EXACTLY THE WAY THAT CONGRESS SHOULD WORK, QUITE FRANKLY. FIND COMMON GROUND, ADVANCE COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS THAT MAKES LIFE BETTER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IN THIS CASE, AT LEAST, I THINK WE SUCCEEDED IN DOING THAT. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE RULE AUTHORIZES THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2353, THE SO-CALLED PERKINS GRANT PROGRAM. PERKINS GRANT IS SOMETHING WE'RE PRETTY FAMILIAR WITH IN OKLAHOMA. THIS IS FEDERAL MONEY THAT MOVES INTO A CAREER TECH SYSTEM AND HELPS ACTUALLY, AGAIN, WORKERS ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO BE PRODUCTIVE. QUITE OFTEN, AGAIN, WORKING WITH AN EMPLOYER WHO'S ALREADY GOT THE JOBS AVAILABLE, WE THEN TRAIN THE WORKER AT A CAREER TECH SYSTEM PARTLY FUNDED WITH FEDERAL DOLLARS AND THAT PERSON'S ASSURED A JOB THE DAY THEY WALK OUT. I SUSPECT THAT BILL LIKE THIS BILL WHEN IT FINALLY REACHES THE FLOOR WILL ALSO HAVE SUBSTANTIAL BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. SO I WANT TO PLEDGE TO MY GOOD FRIEND THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THINGS LIKE THIS. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DISAGREES ABOUT PUTTING AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. I DON'T THINK WORKERS, YOU KNOW, WOULD -- THEY WOULD RATHER BE AT WORK THAN FRANKLY JUST RECEIVING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE AND NOT ABLE TO GO TO WORK. SO THIS BILL DOES THAT, AND I WANT TO URGE SUPPORT OF THE RULE AND, AGAIN, THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION AND WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:43:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED AT THIS TIME TO YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MY FRIEND, MS. DELBENE, A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                              MR. COLE

                              LOW-INCOME AMERICANS EARN SUCCESS THROUGH THE DIGNITY OF WORK. STATES…

                              LOW-INCOME AMERICANS EARN SUCCESS THROUGH THE DIGNITY OF WORK. STATES ACTUALLY SPEND LITTLE OF THEIR TANF FUNDING ON MOVING PEOPLE INTO JOBS. TODAY HALF OF ALL TANF RECIPIENTS ARE NEITHER WORKING NOR PREPARING FOR WORK THIS BILL ENSURES THAT MONEY ONLY GOES TO THOSE WHO ARE WORKING, PROVIDING INDIVIDUALS WITH PAYCHECKS IN LIEU OF BENEFIT CHECKS THIS PILOT ONLY PROVIDES FUNDING FOR ONE FISCAL YEAR. REPURPOSING MONEY THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROPRIATED AND FRANKLY USING IT IN A BETTER WAY THAN IT WAS ORIGINALLY APPROPRIATED TO ACHIEVE. THE BILL REQUIRES STATES REPORT ON OUTCOME MEASURES AND PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY EVALUATIONS FOR THE -- SO THAT CONGRESS CAN MAKE APPROPRIATION DECISIONS AFTER WE'VE SEEN THE RESULTS YIELDED BY THE PROGRAM. FINALLY, AS WE'VE BEEN POINTING OUT BUT I THINK AROUND HERE IT'S ALWAYS WORTH POINTING OUT MULTIPLE TIMES, WE'RE ACTUALLY, C.B.O. ESTIMATES THE BILL HAS NO COST. WE'RE DOING SOMETHING GOOD WITHOUT INCREASING EXPENDITURES FOR THE TAXPAYERS AND INDEED WE'RE PROBABLY IN THE PROCESS CREATING NEW TAXPAYERS, PEOPLE THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND ACTIVITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE THAT WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WEALTH AND ACTIVITY AND EMPLOYERS THAT WANT TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES AND BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE. SO GOOD BILL ALL THE WAY AROUND AND AGAIN, I WILL BE URGING THE PASSAGE OF THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING LEGISLATION. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON THE PROMISE OF JOB…

                              MR. SPEAKER, PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON THE PROMISE OF JOB CREATION. HOWEVER, HIS BUDGET PAINTS A VERY DIFFERENT PICTURE. IT CUTS JOBS TRAINING PROGRAMS BY 39%. AND ITS RADICAL SPENDING CUTS WOULD LEAD TO MASSIVE JOB LOSSES. IN THIS BODY, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT JOBS. BUT WE'RE SIX MONTH INTO THIS CONGRESS AND HAVE FAILED TO PASS ANY MAJOR JOB CREATION BILLS. WHILE THE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY IS INDEED AS MY GOOD FRIEND POINTS OUT A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT WE CAN AND WE MUST DO MORE. WELL, MR. SPEAKER, I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT I HAVE AN AMENDMENT IN MY HAND THAT WILL GENERATE THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN JOBS. IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, I'M GOING TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE DEFAZIO'S BIPARTISAN BILL, H.R. 2510, THE WATER QUALITY PROTECTION AND JOB CREATION ACT. THIS BILL WILL CREATE THOUSANDS OF NEW AMERICAN JOBS THROUGH INCREASED INVESTMENT IN OUR NATION'S WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE. HERE'S A CHANCE TO TAKE TODAY'S MOMENTUM A STEP FURTHER AND CONSIDER MR. DEFAZIO'S BILL IN ADDITION TO THE BIPARTISAN TANF BILL. 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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                            • 12:49:32 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

                            • 12:49:35 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY VERY GOOD FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, THE DISTINGUISHED RANKING MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE, MR. DEFAZIO.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. DEFAZIO

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AS HE NOTED, THE PRESIDENT HAS…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AS HE NOTED, THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED AND TWEETED INCESSANTLY ABOUT CREATING JOBS AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE ONLY SUBSTANTIVE PROPOSAL TO COME OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE THAT RELATES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT AND JOBS IS IN HIS BUDGET AND IT ACTUALLY REDUCES FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH WOULD BASICALLY ELIMINATE JOBS. SO THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY, BIPARTISAN BILL, APPRENTICESHIP IS GREAT. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO APPRENTICE FOR SOMETHING THAT'S REAL. A JOB IN THE END. CONSTRUCTION. AMERICA IS FALLING APART AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE NOTHING BUT RHETORIC COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND NOW IDEOLOGY. THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT PRIVATIZING ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. SO YOU PAY TOLLS EVERYWHERE YOU GO. THEY CALL IT ASSET RECYCLING. THEY'VE COME UP WITH A CATCHY NEW NAME. THAT'S BEEN FLOATED BUT THEY HAVEN'T PUT ANY SUBSTANCE BEHIND IT. SO THIS AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW THE HOUSE TO DEBATE AND PASS H.R. 2510, WATER QUALITY PROTECTION AND JOB CREATION ACT, 2017. THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE $25 BILLION IN DIRECT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S CRUMBLES WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND LOCAL WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES. THE STATE OF OUR REPORT CARD OF 2017 IS A D-PLUS. MEANWHILE, MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE A BACK WILLING OF MORE THAN $40 BILLION, B, BILLION, DOLLARS IN CLEAN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND ACCORDING TO THE E.P.A. COMMUNITIES NEED CLOSE TO $300 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO BRING THEIR SYSTEMS INTO A STATE OF REPAIR. IT'S CLEAR WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO NEGLECT THE SERIOUS NEEDS OF OUR AGING WATTER INFRASTRUCTURE. THESE SYSTEMS FAIL AND DEGRADE AND POSE A RISK TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS AND OBVIOUSLY THE ENVIRONMENT. 24E PRESIDENT PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN TO MAKE A CLEAN WATER A PRIORITY. AGREE WITH THAT HE PROMISED TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UPGRADE CRITICAL WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER INFRAFRUCK YOU ARE -- INFRASTRUCTURE. HERE'S A CHANCE TO DELIVER ON THAT PROMISE. H.R. 2510 DOES EXACTLY THAT. IT TRIPLES INVESTMENT IN AMERICA'S CRUMBLING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I WAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER AT A TIME WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS A GOOD PARTNER. IN THOSE DAYS THEY PUT UP 85% OF THE COST OF OUR WASTEWATER SYSTEM. WE PUT UP THE OTHER 15%. THIS COULD -- BY RENEWING THIS LEGISLATION AND A COMMITMENT TO THE STATE REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAMS AND ADDING IN A GRANT COMPONENT FOR LOWER INCOME AREAS, THAT COULD, YOU KNOW, BE A GREAT STEP IN TERMS OF FEDERAL PARTNERSHIP AND CREATING ACTUAL JOBS FOR THE APPRENTICES THAT THIS BILL WANTS TO CREATE. THERE'S A WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR THIS LEGISLATION. I HAVE HERE ENFORCEMENT FROM 30 SEPARATE GROUPS AND I WOULD ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT THESE LETTERS INTO THE RECORD. AND ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION EVERY BILLION DOLLARS INVESTED IN OUR NATION'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CREATES OR SUSTAINED 27,000 REAL JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR THAT MEANS THAT THE $20 BILLION IN FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND, INCLUDING H R. 2550, WOULD CREATE OR SUSTAIN APPROXIMATELY 540,000 JOBS. THIS IS REAL. IT'S REAL. REAL JOBS FOR REAL PEOPLE AND REAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THIS COUNTRY THIS WOULD BE A GREAT STEP FORWARD AND I URGE THAT MY COLLEAGUES ADOPT THE AMENDMENT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:53:56 PM

                              TEMPORE WEATHER,

                              WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA…

                              WEATHER, THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS GRANTED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                            • 12:54:03 PM

                              MR. COLE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A WONDERFUL BIPARTISAN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WE'VE BEEN HAVING SUCH A WONDERFUL BIPARTISAN MOMENT HERE, MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON INAPPROPRIATELY WANTS TO CHANGE THE THE NOR A LITTLE BIT. LET ME BEGIN BY CONGRATULATING MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON, HE'S A SERIOUS LEGISLATOR, DOES SERIOUS THINGS. I'LL PROBABLY FIND MYSELF ON THE SAME SIDE AS HIM ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. ON THIS PARTICULAR PIECE OF LEGISLATION, I HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, I DON'T SIT ON MY FRIEND'S COMMITTEE, BUT I SUSPECT THE COMMITTEE HASN'T PICKED IT UP AND DEALT WITH IT EITHER. JUST FROM A PROCESS STANDPOINT, I THINK THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO WOULD BE FOR THE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW IT. IT COULD BE AMENDED IN COMMITTEE AS INDEED THIS BILL WAS. AND THEN WE'D HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER ON THE FLOOR. BUT TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR IMMEDIATELY TO ME IS PREMATURE LEGISLATIVELY. ALSO WANT TO TAKE ISSUE WITH MY FRIENDS ON THE RECORD OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN TERMS OF JOB CREATION. I SUSPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS PRIVATE LIFE CREATED MORE JOBS THAN JUST ABOUT ANYBODY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. AND I THINK HE'S LAID FORWARD SOME INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT PROPOSALS TO CONTINUE AND BUILD ON HIS PERSONAL RECORD NOW THAT HE'S PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. ONE OF THOSE PROPOSAL -- PROPOSALS, AS MY FRIENDS ARE SURELY AWARE BECAUSE I THINK THEY LARGELY AGREE WITH IT, IS TO ENHANCEMENT THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. ANOTHER ONE MY FRIENDS MAY NOT BE IN AGREEMENT WITH IS THIS HE'S LAID OUT HIS PLANS FOR TAX REFORM. THE GREATEST ENGINE FOR JOB GROWTH IS NEVER GOING TO BE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THE PRIVATE SECTOR. IF WE COULD AS THE PRESIDENT SUGGESTED LOWER TAX RATES AND INCENTIVIZE PROFITS, TAKE THOSE THAT ARE OVERSEAS AND BRING THEM BACK HERE, I THINK WE CREATE A LOT MORE JOBS A LOT MANUFACTURER QUICKLY, IN A LOT MORE SUSTAINABLE FASHION THAN WE WOULD DO THROUGH ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SPENDING. I THINK WE OUGHT TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT A LITTLE BIT OF CREDIT FOR EMPHASIZING AND BRINGING HOME AMERICAN COMPANIES. SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY AMERICAN JOBS. SOMETHING HE ACTUALLY BEGAN ONCE HE WAS PRESIDENT-ELECT. WE SAW IT IN INDIANA WITH CARRIER AIR-CONDITIONING. WE'VE SEEN IT IN OTHER CASES WHERE HE'S PROMOTED THE SALE OF AMERICAN ARMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WHERE WE'VE GOT SUBSTANTIAL THINGS. I THINK THIS IS A PRESIDENT THAT ACTUALLY GETS UP EACH AND EVERY DAY AND THINKS PROFOUNDLY ABOUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO CREATE AN OVERALL ECOSYSTEM AND ENVIRONMENT, IF YOU WILL THAT WILL INCENTIVIZE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, PRIVES EMPLOYMENT, AMERICAN JOBS AND BRINGING AMERICAN COMPANIES BACK TO THIS COUNTRY. I THINK HE'S ACTUALLY OFF TO AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD START IN THOSE AREAS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM ON THAT. I SUSPECT WE'LL SEE A TAX PROPOSAL ON THIS FLOOR IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. OUR FRIENDS IN WAYS AND MEANS ARE WORKING ON IT NOW, THAT WILL MIRROR MANY OF THE PRINCIPLES THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT IN HIS INITIAL DRAFT DISCUSSION OF WHAT E THINKS WE OUGHT TO DO. THAT ONE CHANGE, CHANGING THE TAX CODE, I THINK WILL DO MORE THAN ALL THE PROGRAMS THAT WE WOULD WORK ON. MANY OF THEM WORTHY PROGRAMS, MANY OF THEM THINGS I THINK WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A ROLE. I WILL AGREE WITH MY FRIEND FROM FLORIDA, I AM DISTURBED ABOUT SOME OF THE CUTS IN TRAINING PROGRAMS. I'VE SEEN THOSE PROGRAMS WORK AND WORK WELL. I SUSPECT PRESIDENT WILL FIND OUT, AS OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVE FOUND OUT, WE USED TO ROUTINELY PLACE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET ON THE FLOOR, IT RARELY GOT VERY MANY VOTE, I DON'T THINK GOT DEMOCRATIC VOTE, PRESIDENTSES PROPOSES, AS THEY SHE SHOULD -- PRESIDENTS PROPOSE, AS THEY SHOULD, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE MAKE THE DECISION. I WANT TO ASSURE MY FRIENDS THEY'RE NOT GOING TO DISAPPEAR. AND WE MAY HAVE TO MAKE SOME TOUGH CHOICES, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DO IN APPROPRIATING DOLLARS. BUT MANY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I KNOW MY FRIEND CARES ABOUT HAS CHAMPIONED IN HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER ARE GOING TO BE PROTECTED. WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION IN THOSE AREAS AND KEEP THOSE THINGS GOING. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK THE PRESIDENT'S RECORD ON JOB CREATION WILL BE OUTSTANDING AND I THINK THE ACTIONS THAT HE'S TAKEN IN THE OPENING PART OF HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE A TESTAMENT TO HOW SERIOUSLY HE TAKES THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING SURE THAT EVERY AMERICAN HAS A DECENT JOB, A JOB THAT PAYS A GOOD WAGE A JOB THAT WILL PROVIDE FOR HIS OR HER FAMILY, AND A JOB THAT WILL GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE A LIFE OF DIGNITY AND PROSPERITY, SOMETHING WE WANT EVERY AMERICAN TO HAVE A CHANCE AT. SO WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 12:58:46 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA.

                            • 12:58:49 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SGRAD VISE THROUGH YOU MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I HAVE NO…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD SGRAD VISE THROUGH YOU MY GOOD FRIEND THAT I HAVE NO FURTHER SPEAKERS AND I'M PREPARED TO WHEN HE. IS

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                            • 12:58:58 PM

                              MR. COLE

                              I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE WHENEVER MY FRIEND IS.

                            • 12:59:02 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I YIELD MYSELF THE REMAINING TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 12:59:08 PM

                              MR. HASTINGS

                              ABOUT THE PRIEST QUESTION AND THE FACT THAT IT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE…

                              ABOUT THE PRIEST QUESTION AND THE FACT THAT IT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS. I WILL JUST REMIND HIM THAT THE CHAT FOR THE WASHINGTON TODAY IS ABOUT A HEALTH CARE MEASURE THAT HASN'T BEGUN THROUGH THE PROCESS , AT LEAST TO THE EXTENT THAT MOST OF US WOULD WANT. I ALSO, HAVING GREAT RESPECT FOR MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA, I KNOW HE WILL SEE AND GET A CHANCE TO TALK WITH PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP, I'M NOT LIKELY TO DO THAT. BUT I WOULD ASK HIM TO TELL HIM WHEN HE SEES HIM FOR ME THAT I CAME HERE IN 1993 AND THERE WERE 14,000 BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR IN AMERICA. AND LAST YEAR, THE STATISTICS ARE FROM THE SOCIETY THAT DOES THAT ANALYSIS, SHOWED THAT THERE ARE 54,000 BRIDGES IN NEED OF REPAIR IN THIS COUNTRY. THE POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS WE NEED A SERIOUS, SUBSTANTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE MEASURE. MR. SPEAKER, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT JOBS IN THIS CHAMBER, I WAS AT A FORUM ON SATURDAY AND SOMEONE MENTIONED BY GOVERNOR'S MANTRA IS JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. AND THAT PERSON SAID, WELL HE MUST MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THREE JOBS IN ORDER TO GET BY. . I'M GLAD WE'RE CONSIDERING A BILL THAT WILL HELP AMERICANS IN SEARCH OF WORK TO FIND A GOOD-PAYING POSITION THAT WILL HELP THEM SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES FACING US AND THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IS JUST ONE TINY STEP FORWARD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I HOPE THIS MEASURE TRANSLATES INTO MORE BIPARTISAN BILLS. TOO OFTEN FROM HEALTH CARE REFORM, TAX REFORM, FOOTNOTE RIGHT THERE, MY FRIEND MENTIONS THAT WE WILL LIKELY SEE A TAX REFORM MEASURE SOMETIME SOON, I HOPE THAT IT DOESN'T REVERT TO TRICKLE DOWN. WE HAVE SEEN TRICKLE DOWN. IT DID NOT WORK. AND I HOPE WE DON'T DO THAT AGAIN. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY ON OTHER ISSUES AND IN MANY RESPECTS THE MAJORITY HAS SHUT OUT THE MINORITY FROM THE PROCESS JUST LIKE WHAT HAS HAPPENED UNTIL TODAY AT LEAST ON -- IN THE OTHER BODY WITH REFERENCE TO HEALTH CARE. THE BILLS WE HAVE DEBATED AND EVEN PASSED ARE PROJECTED TO ELIMINATE MILLIONS OF JOBS. EVEN AS WE TALK ABOUT JOB CREATION, MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE TOO FREQUENTLY TURN AROUND AND CHAMPION MEASURES THAT WOULD DO JUST THE OPPOSITE. THERE'S SO MUCH LOOM FOR COOPERATION IN THIS AREA, YET -- ROOM FOR COOPERATION IN THIS AREA, YET TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE'RE KEPT OUT OF THE PROCESS. AND THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE. EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL, IT ALSO SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I MEAN. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE RULES COMMITTEE BLOCKED YESTERDAY SIX GERMANE AMENDMENTS TO THIS BILL. IT'S A SYMPTOM OF THE CLOSED PROCESS. WHEN WE PREVENT GERMANE AMENDMENTS FROM EVEN BEING DEBATED BY THE HOUSE, IT DOES US ALL A DISSERVICE. AND YET MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE IDENTICAL DO -- AISLE DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. I'LL CLOSE WITH THIS, MR. SPEAKER. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS CREDITED FOR CREATING 11.3 MILLION JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY. THE ECONOMY ADDED JOBS FOR 75 STRAIGHT MONTHS. VERY FORTUNATELY THAT CARRYOVER FOR THE LAST FIVE MONTHS HAS CONTINUED. AND WHILE PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP MAKES UNTENABLE PLEDGE AFTER PLEDGE, I WATCHED EVERY WORD OF HIS SPEECH LAST NIGHT IN IOWA, AND ALL I HEARD WAS PLATITUDES. I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT SUBSTANCE. IT SEEMED LIKE A ROAD TEST FOR SOME NEW IDEAS. HE MAKES THESE UNTENABLE PLEDGES, INCLUDING A VERY HUMBLE PROMISE TO BE, AND I QUOTE HIM, THE GREATEST JOBS PRODUCER THAT GOD EVER CREATED, UNQUOTE. THE RECORD IS CLEAR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS, HAS BEEN, AND WILL BE THE PARTY OF JOB CREATION AND IS READY TO WORK WITH MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TO CONTINUE SIGNIFICANT JOB CREATION IN THIS COUNTRY. SO I'LL ASK MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, LET US CONTINUE THE TREND OF THE PAST FEW YEARS AND WORK TOGETHER TO PRODUCE BIPARTISAN MEASURES THAT WILL BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE RULE AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA CLOSES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA.

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                              MR. COLE

                              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, WAINTS TO BEGIN BY ADDRESSING A COUPLE OF THE POINTS THAT MY FRIEND MADE. THERE WILL BE PLACES WE AGREE. THERE WILL BE PLACES WE DISAGREE. I THINK TOO OFTEN AROUND HERE WE TALK ABOUT HOW NOTHING GETS DONE WHEN THIS IS THIS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARILY PRODUCTIVE PERIOD IN TERMS OF PASSING LEGISLATION. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE DIFFERENCES ON SOME OF THAT LEGISLATION. THERE'S NO QUESTION, THERE IS A REASON WHY GOD CREATE ADD DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND REPUBLICAN PARTY. IT PROBABLY WASN'T TO ALWAYS AGREE ALL THE TIME. BUT IT WAS TO CHALLENGE ONE ANOTHER AND TRY TO WORK TOGETHER WHEN THEY COULD OR DEFINE ALTERNATIVE PATHS WHEN THEY FELT THEY MUST AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAKE THE DECISION. FORTUNATELY WE'RE BLESSED TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY THEY GET TO MAKE THAT DECISION ON A REGULAR BASIS LIKE CLOCKWORK. THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING SOME DECISIONS RECENTLY, I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD A GOOD RUN IN SPECIAL ELECTIONS. WE'RE PLEASED WITH THE DECISIONS THEY ARE MAKING. AT SOME POINT THEY'LL CHANGE THEIR MIND AND DECIDE SOMEBODY ELSE HAS A BETTER WAY. IN THE INTERIM WE OUGHT TO STRESS OCCASIONALLY SO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW WHEN WE DO WORK TOGETHER. ACTUALLY WAS HOME AFTER WE MANAGED TO PASS HEALTH CARE THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR BODY, AND THAT BILL MOVED THROUGH MULTIPLE COMMITTEES, HAD MULTIPLE AMENDMENTS, LOTS OF NEGOTIATION. OBVIOUSLY IT'S IN THE SENATE NOW. I THINK THAT PROCESS WILL START OVER THERE. BUT THE DAY BEFORE WE PASSED IT, ACTUALLY WE CAME TOGETHER IN A REALLY QUITE REMARKABLE WAY. WE PASSED AN OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL OF OVER $1 TRILLION. THAT BILL HAD WORKED THROUGH THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES OF EACH HOUSE, 12 DIFFERENT BILLS PUT TOGETHER TO FUND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND THAT PARTICULAR BILL GAVE US THE LARGEST INCREASE IN DEFENSE SPENDING IN ABOUT A DECADE. THE LARGEST INCREASE IN BORDER SECURITY MONEY IN ABOUT A DECADE. GAVE US A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN MONEY AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. AND AT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL. AREAS THAT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER ON AND FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT. THAT BILL ALSO BROKE THE ONE TO ONE RELATIONSHIP, PRETTY ARTIFICIAL RELATIONSHIP IN MY VIEW, THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA LAID DOWN THAT IF YOU INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING, YOU HAVE TO AUTOMATICALLY INCREASE DOMESTIC SPENDING, WHETHER YOU NEED TO OR NOT OR WHETHER YOU CAN AFFORD TO OR NOT. AND FRANKLY THAT BILL ACTUALLY PASSED WITH A MAJORITY OF MY FRIENDS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, AND A MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE VOTING FOR THE SAME BILL. AND DONALD TRUMP SIGNING A BILL. WHEN I GO HOME AND EXPLAIN THAT TO PEOPLE, THEY LOOK AT ME WITH A BLANK STARE? WHAT? THAT REALLY HAPPENED? $1 TRILLION WITH ALL THOSE DIFFERENT -- -- DIFFERENT ELEMENTS IN THERE AND MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT AND MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR IT AND DONALD TRUMP SIGNED IT? I SAY YES. THEY ARE AMAZED. THEY NEVER HEARD ABOUT T I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE PRESENT A FALSE NARRATIVE OF CONSTANT CONFLICT. THERE'S CERTAINLY PLENTY OF CONFLICT HERE. I HAVE SOME SYMPATHY WITH THE MINORITY HAVING BEEN IN THE MINORITY MYSELF, YOU ALWAYS FEEL SHUT OUT. BUT THIS IS OCCASION, THIS LEGISLATION, AND FRANKLY THAT SPENDING BILL, MY FRIENDS CERTAINLY WEREN'T SHUT OUT. THEY PARTICIPATED, PARTICIPATED VIGOROUSLY AND CONTRIBUTED IN THE PROCESS. I'M WITH MY FRIEND. WE NEED TO DO MORE OF THAT. I THINK YOU'LL SEE IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU GO TO THE DEFENSE COMMITTEE, THEY ARE WORKING ON THEIR AUTHORIZATION BILL. THAT COMMITTEE'S THE MOST BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE PROBABLY IN CONGRESS. EVERY TIME THEY REPORT SOMETHING OUT ON AN AUTHORIZATION, I THINK THEY HAVE 63 OR 64 MEMBERS, THE VOTE'S ALWAYS LIKE 60-3. THEY CLEARLY PUT ASIDE THEIR PARTISAN DIFFERENCES TO WORK NOFPLGT THIS BILL WE HAVE DONE EXACTLY THE SAME THING. SO WHILE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME POINTS WHERE WE DISAGREE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO AGREE AND COME TOGETHER. I PLEDGE TO MY FRIEND I'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH HIM TO TRY AND SEE THAT WE FIND MORE OF THEM. MR. SPEAKER, IN CLOSING, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL THE MEMBERS OBVIOUSLY TO SUPPORT THE RULE, BUT I'M SURE MY GOOD FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE PROBABLY WON'T ACCEPT INVITATION. THAT'S OK. THIS IS A PROCESS VOTE AND THEY HAVE OTHER MATTERS THEY WANT ON THE FLOOR AND I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WILL BE OPPOSING OUR RULE AND TRYING TO OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE. BUT WHEN THE MATTER COUNTS, WHEN THE ACTUAL LEGISLATION REACHES THE FLOOR, I THINK H.R. 2842 WILL DRAW BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. THIS HOUSE IS TAKING STEPS TO HELP WORKERS LEAVE WELFARE ROLLS AND RETURN TO THE WORK FORCE. UNDER THIS BILL EMPLOYERS WILL BE INCENTIVIZED TO HIRE TANF RECIPIENTS AND HELP BRING THE UNEMPLOYED BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE AND THE ECONOMY. THIS BILL IS A COMMONSENSE, BIPARTISAN SOLUTION THAT WILL BENEFIT EVERYONE. THE WORKERS, THE EMPLOYERS, THE COMMUNITY, THE ECONOMY, AND THE NATION. I WANT TO APPLAUD MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THE WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I THINK IF WE GET IT THROUGH THIS HOUSE AND THE SENATE, I'M SURE THAT MR. TRUMP WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SIGN IT. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. HASTINGS

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE ON 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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                            • 01:34:20 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 226. THE NAYS ARE 184. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CONNECTICUT SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE.

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                            • 01:35:12 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MS. ESTY

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              MR. HASTINGS

                              MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. RECORDED VOTE WILL [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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                            • 01:43:32 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE RESOLUTION IS…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 179. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED, WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              RECOGNITION?

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              RULE. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2998, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY…

                              REPORT TO ACCOMPANY H.R. 2998, A BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              TEMPORE REFERRED

                              REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1…

                              REFERRED TO THE UNION CALENDAR AND ORDERED PRINTED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 21, POINTS OF ORDER ARE RESERVED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE CHAIR WILL POSTPONE FURTHER PROCEEDINGS TODAY ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES IF A RECORDED VOTE OR THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED, OR IF THE VOTE IS OBJECTED TO UNDER CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 20. THE HOUSE WILL RESUME PROCEEDINGS ON THE POSTPONED QUESTIONS AS A LATER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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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. 2353 AS AMENDED.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BULL.

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                              THE CLERK

                              UNION CALENDAR 109, H.R. 2353, A BILL TO AMEND THE CARL E. PERKINS ACT.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. MURPHY, EACH WILL CONTROL 20 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, BUT WILL WITHHOLD. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MR. THOMPSON.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

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

                              I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON H.R. 2353.

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                            • 01:47:18 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. I YIELD MYSELF AS MUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                            • 01:47:31 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS, AMERICANS HAVE URGED CONGRESS TO WORK…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOR YEARS, AMERICANS HAVE URGED CONGRESS TO WORK TOGETHER AND HAVE -- AND ADVANCE POLICIES THAT PROMOTE GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WE'VE HEARD THE VOICES OF THOSE STRUGGLING TO FIND THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY NEED. THEY'VE BEEN FRUSTRATED THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO RECOVER. MANY FEEL STUCK IN A JOB MARKET THAT HAS TRANSFORMED DRAMATICALLY DUE TO ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE GLOBAL ECONOMY. IT'S TIME TO DELIVER THE RESULTS HARDWORKING MEN AND WOMEN DESPERATELY NEED AND RESTORE RUNGS ON THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE ARE HERE TODAY. THIS LEGISLATION IS ABOUT JOBS. ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTOPHER MURPHY, INTRODUCED H.R. 2353 TO HELP MORE AMERICANS SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE BY IMPROVING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. TODAY, FAR TOO MANY AMERICANS LACK THE SKILLS AND EDUCATION THEY NEED TO BUILD A PROMISING CAREER AND MANY JOBS ARE GOING UNFILLED AS EMPLOYERS FACE A SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS. PAUL TOMCHUCK, PRESIDENT OF R.H. MARCOM AND A CONSTITUENT OF MINE SAID EDUCATION IS THE BIGGEST PROBLEM FACING ROOFERS TODAY. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAUCUS I WORKED HARD TO TO COMBAT THIS BY RAISING AWARENESS OF HOW C.T.E. PROGRAMS CAN RAISE AWARENESS. TOO OFTEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE YOU HAVE TO GET A BACHELOR'S DEGREE BUT THAT'S NOT THE REALITY OF TODAY'S DIVERSE ECONOMY. I HAVE MET PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE INTO DEBT FROM ATTENDING A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ONLY TO ENROLL IN A C.T.E. PROGRAM AFTER GRADUATION TO GET THAT GOOD-PAYING JOB. ATTENDING A MORE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SIMPLY ISN'T THE RIGHT FIT FOR EVERYONE. THERE ARE COUNTLESS INDIVIDUALS WHO LEARN BEST IN INNOVATIVE WORKPLACE PROGRAMMING WHERE THEY CAN ACQUIRE HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AIMED AT A CERTAIN CAREER. C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE PREPARING STATE OF THE UNIONERS IN JOBS OF THE FUTURE. INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, HEALTH CARE, AGRICULTURE AND MORE. HOWEVER, THERE'S MORE THAT CAN BE DONE TO ENSURE THESE PROGRAMS ARE SUCCESSFUL. THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT WILL REIN IN THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN C.T.E. AND EMPOWER STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO TAILOR PROGRAMS TO MEET THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. IT WILL GIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO HOLD PROGRAMS ACCOUNTABLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY, THIS LEGISLATION ENCOURAGES LOCAL EDUCATION LEADERS TO COLLABORATE WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS. IT IMPROVES ALINEMENT WITH C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND IN-DEMAND JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION IS A WIN FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. BY WORKING TOGETHER, WE DEVELOPED A SET OF BIPARTISAN REFORMS THAT WILL HELP ADDRESS OUR NATION'S SKILLS GAP, BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY AND HELP MORE INDIVIDUALS CLIMB THE LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE -- I WANT TO THANK ALL MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORKED TO MOVE H.R. 2353 FORWARD. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. KRIS. -- MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI.

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              H.R. 2353 IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY MARYLANDMY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN…

                              H.R. 2353 IS A BILL INTRODUCED BY MARYLANDMY GOOD FRIEND CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON AND MYSELF TO MODERNIZE AND TAKE CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO THE 21ST CENTURY. A PERSISTENT COMPLAINT I HEAR FROM EMPLOYERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS THAT C.T.E. PROGRAMS HAVE NOT KEPT PACE WITH THE CHANGING DEMANDS OF INDUSTRY. THIS BILL WOULD ADDRESS THE SKILLS GAP BY ALIGNING C.T.E. PROGRAMS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE LABOR MARKET, GIVING STAKE HOLDERS MORE AUTONOMY IN DEVELOPING CURRICULA WHILE ENSURING ROBUST ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS. I HOPE EVERYBODY WILL SUPPORT PASSAGE OF H.R. 2353 AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            • 01:51:56 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR…

                              MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIR WILLIAM M -- CHAIRWOMAN OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE WHO HAS HAD A COMMITMENT TO SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION FOR MANY YEARS. AND I RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FOR TWO AND A HALF MINUTES.

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                            • 01:52:25 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MS. FOXX

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I THANK MY COLLEAGUE, MR. THOMPSON, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. I'VE BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THIS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN MANY AMERICANS THINK OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THEY THINK OF A TRADITIONAL COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ON A SPRAWLING GREEN CAMPUS. THEY THINK OF STUDENTS LEAVING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WITH THEIR DEGREE IN HAND, READY FOR A CAREER AND SET FOR LIFE. WHILE MANY AMERICANS CHOOSE THIS PATH, THERE'S A MISCONCEPTION THAT THIS IS THE ONLY PATHWAY TO SUCCESS. FOR MANY HARDWORKING AMERICANS, THE PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS DOES NOT REQUIRE A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. IN FACT, SKILLS-FOCUSED EDUCATION HAS HELPED COUNTLESS AMERICANS GAIN THE SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS THEY NEED TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE AND BUILD FULFILLING LIVES. SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE FOUND SUCCESS THROUGH WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, WE HAVE COME TO A CRITICAL JUNCTURE WITH THE FUTURE OF THESE PROGRAMS. AND OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS HAVE NOT CAUGHT UP. AS A RESULT, AMERICAN BUSINESSES LARGE AND SMALL ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING ENOUGH WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS AND TALENT THEY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              BACK THE BALANCE

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                              MS. FOXX

                              FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. SCOTT

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. BURNS

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING,

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                              MR. LANGEVIN

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING, HIGH SKILLED…

                              THE SKILLS THEY NEED SUCCEED IN A HIGH DEMAND, HIGH PAYING, HIGH SKILLED JOBS. AT A TIME WHEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN MANUFACTURING, I.T. AND OTHER SKILLED TRADES REMAIN UNFILLED, CONGRESS HAS HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO EMPOWER WORK WERS APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING. WE FAIL TO MODERNIZE AND INVEST IN C.T.E., WE'LL BE UNABLE TO BUILD THE SKILLED WORK FORCE AND AMERICAN BUSINESSES WILL PAY THE PRICE. H.R. 2353 ALIGNS C.T.E. PROGRAMS WITH INDUSTRY NEEDS, PROMOTES WORK BASED SUPPORT AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELING.

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              I'D LIKE TO YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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                              MR. LANGEVIN

                              THIS PROMOTES WORK BASED LEARNING AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELORS WHILE…

                              THIS PROMOTES WORK BASED LEARNING AND SUPPORTS CAREER COUNSELORS WHILE STRENGTHENING FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN C.T.E. I ENURGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS, BUSINESSES AND THEIR LOCAL ECONOMIES BY SUPPORTING THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA. .

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                              MR. TOMORROWSON

                              I --

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              I NOW YIELD TO MR. WALBERG.

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                              MR. WALBERG

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SPONSORING THIS…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR SPONSORING THIS LEGISLATION. I RISE TODAY TO VOICE MY STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT, H.R. 2353. IN TODAY'S ECONOMY WE KNOW THAT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THE SAME PATH INTO THE WORK FORCE. WHETHER A STUDENT WANTS TO PURSUE A JOB IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY, HEALTH CARE, ENERGY, OR I.T. THE REFORMS WE'RE ADVANCING WILL HELP ASPIRING WORKERS GET THE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE THEY NEED TO THRIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY WORK FORCE. THIS BILL IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR MY HOME STATE OF MICHIGAN. THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING WHERE HIGH-SKILLED JOBS ARE A VITAL COMPONENT OF OUR STATE'S ECONOMY. I'M ALSO GLAD IT INCLUDES MY BIPARTISAN PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS. AS I MEET WITH EDUCATORS, WORKERS, AND MANUFACTURERS ACROSS MY DISTRICT, I CONSISTENTLY HEAR ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPROVE C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP. LET'S PASS THIS BIPARTISAN BILL AND HELP MORE MEN AND WOMEN IN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY SECURE FULFILLING AND GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            • 02:03:11 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS,

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                              MS. CLARK

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS FOR…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. AND ALSO TO CONGRESSMAN THOMPSON FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO BRING THIS TO WHERE IT IS TODAY. BECAUSE MILLIONS OF STUDENTS AND WORKERS ARE EAGER TO ADVANCE INTO GOOD-PAYING, HIGH SKILLED TECHNICAL CAREERS. FROM CHILDCARE TO MANUFACTURING TO CARPENTRY OR COMPUTER SCIENCE, JOBS THAT REQUIRE TECHNICAL TRAINING ARE IN HIGH DEMAND AND WE WANT TO OR MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO GET HIRED AND DEVELOP THEIR CAREERS. WITH THIS BILL, WE WILL HELP STRENGTHEN THE PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT REACHES OVER 11 MILLION STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. THIS BILL WILL HELP POLICYMAKERS MEASURE WHAT DOES AND DOES NOT WORK IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, ALLOWING US TO BUILD ON PAST SUCCESSES. IT WILL ENSURE OUR C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE NEEDS OF HIGH DEMAND GROWTH INDUSTRIES TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA IS COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY. AND IT WILL SUPPORT WORK-BASE LEARNING AND APPRENTICESHIPS AND OUR EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE WORK FORCE.

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                              MS. CLARK

                              THANK YOU. AND THIS WILL BRING THE PERKINS PROGRAM INTO THE MODERN 21ST…

                              THANK YOU. AND THIS WILL BRING THE PERKINS PROGRAM INTO THE MODERN 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL ECONOMY. THIS HAS BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON THIS ACT AND URGE THEM TO ECONOMY FUND THE C.T.E. PROGRAMS AND REJECT THE PROPOSED CUTS OF $168 MILLION. . THANK YOU, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:05:13 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. WILSON, MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. WILSON

                              THANK YOU, SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE JUDGE TED POE. THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN GLEN…

                              THANK YOU, SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE JUDGE TED POE. THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN GLEN THOMSON FOR YIELDING. I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP ON STRENGTHENING AMERICA'S WORK FORCE TO CREATE JOBS. I'M GRATEFUL TO SPEAK TODAY ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. A CRITICAL TOOL IN CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP AND CREATING JOBS. SOUTH CAROLINA'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN PROMOTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, RECRUITING MICHELIN, B.M.W., BRIDGESTONE, AND NOW VOLVO. I HOPE ALL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA CAN EXPERIENCE THE SUCCESS WE ACHIEVED CREATING JOBS, LEADING TO THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN 16 YEARS. THE 21ST CENTURY CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TRAINING ACT WILL REDUCE REGULATIONS AND ALLOW STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS TO CREATE C.T.E. PROGRAMS BEST FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING I GREATER FLEXIBILITY OF FEDERAL RESOURCES, ALLOWING STATES TO RESPOND TO THEIR UNIQUE AND EDUCATIONAL ECONOMIC NEEDS TO CREATE JOBS FOR FULFILLING LIVES. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AND ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PASS THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THESE EFFORTS AMPLIFIED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDER LAST WEEK EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. EFFORTS TRAINING AMERICA'S MEANINGFUL HE SKILLED JOBS. 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 PENNSYLVANIA CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP AND RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:06:49 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. NOLAN.

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                              MR. NOLAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PERKINS CAREER AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I, TOO, RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE PERKINS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T COMPLIMENT MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND ALL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE STAFFS WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO BRING THIS REALLY GOOD STRONG, BIPARTISAN MEASURE HERE BEFORE THE CONGRESS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I GOT TO TELL YOU EVERYWHERE I GO BACK IN MINNESOTA AND AROUND THE COUNTRY I HEAR TWO THINGS WHEN I'M TALKING TO BUSINESSPEOPLE. AND THEY SAY, YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAINED UNDER THIS CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ARE THE BEST EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE. AND THE OTHER THING I HEAR IS THAT WE NEED MORE OF THEM. SO AGAIN, THANKS TO MY COLLEAGUES FOR BRINGING THIS BILL FORWARD. THERE'S SOME GOOD NEW PROVISIONS IN IT THAT GIVE STATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS BETTER ON WHAT THE NEEDS ARE IN THEIR PARTICULAR REGION. THERE ARE OTHER TOOLS THEY HELP COMMUNITIES AND THE PROGRAM ITSELF AND THE BUSINESSES TO FORM PARTNERSHIPS, TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ALL ABOUT CREATING GOOD, STRONG, JOBS WITH LIVING WAGES AND STRONG FUTURES. IT'S ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY AND FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT ARE AT THE HEART OF OUR ECONOMY. AND IT'S ABOUT CREATING A DYNAMIC ECONOMY WHERE PEOPLE CAN GROW AND PROSPER IN THE 21ST CENTURY. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR WORKERS. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR BUSINESS. IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR OUR ECONOMY. AND IT'S A GOOD BILL FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. I URGE ITS ADOPTION IN THE STRONGEST LANGUAGE POSSIBLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, FOR…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING, MS. CHENEY, FOR A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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                              MS. CHENEY

                              I WILL.

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                              MS. FOXX

                              I WILL.

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                              MS. CHENEY

                              WYOMING HAS USED THIS TO PROMOTE THE CAREER READINESS OF OUR STUDENTS.…

                              WYOMING HAS USED THIS TO PROMOTE THE CAREER READINESS OF OUR STUDENTS. PROTECT THE FUNDING IN WYOMING FOR CUT-EDGE PROGRAMS LIKE THE PATHWAY EDUCATION CENTER IN CSAPR IS CRUCIAL IN PART BECAUSE THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION'S HARMFUL ENERGY POLICIES THAT DEVASTATED OUR ECONOMY. WE MUST NOW WORK TO ADDRESS A DEPRESSED LABOR MARKET AND HEDGE AGAINST FUTURE ENERGY MARKET DOWNTURNS. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND YOUR COMMITTEE COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AND ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE FOR YOUR EFFORTS TO REFORM AND RE-AUTHORIZE THE C.T.E. PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, I HAVE CONCERNS THAT THE BILL AS DRAFTED COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT MY STATE IN ITS CURRENT FORM. I CAN'T SUPPORT IT THEREFORE. ADDITIONALLY I KNOW SOME MEMBERS FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND LOUISIANA SHARE MY CONCERNS. THEREFORE, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO WORK WITH US AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD TO HELP ADDRESS THESE CONCERNS SO WE CAN GET A BILL TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK THAT WE CAN ALL SUPPORT?

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                              MS. FOXX

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR SHARING HER PERSPECTIVE AND LOOK FORWARD TO…

                              I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR SHARING HER PERSPECTIVE AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TO ADDRESS HER CONCERNS AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS.

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                              MS. CHENEY

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING YIELDS BACK HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS.

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                            • 02:10:04 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CONNECTICUT, MR. COURT NIFMENT

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                              MR. COURTNEY

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF RE-AUTHORIZING THE CARL PERKINS CAREER AN TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT WHICH SHOULD BE CALLED THE JOBS ACT. AS WE HEARD FROM MEMBERS FROM ALL ACROSS THE CONTRY, MEMBERS ARE HEARING THE SAME THING FROM THEIR EMPLOYER COMMUNITY WHICH IS JOBS EXIST BUT SKILLS DON'T. WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS IT CONNECTS PEOPLE TO THAT JOB MARKET AND RESPONDS TO THE FACT THAT THE 21ST CENTURY MARKET IS DYNAMIC AND CHANGING AND THIS BILL REALLY GETS IT IN TERMS OF GETTING TO THAT POINT. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IN MAY REPORTED THAT THERE ARE 5.9 MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN THE U.S. ECONOMY, A RECORD HIGH SINCE THEY STARTED EVEN COLLECTING THAT DATA. AND REALLY SO OUR JOB AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO UPDATE THE LAW AND UPDATE THESE PROGRAMS, TO ALIGN IT WITH THE WORK FORCE INVESTMENT ACT, PASSED IN 2014, AND THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED AGAIN IN THE LAST CONGRESS. AND THIS WILL BE THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PUZZLE WHICH WILL, AGAIN, MAKE SURE THAT MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE GOOD-PAYING JOBS THAT THEY CAN SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. IN SECTOR AFTER SECTOR, WHETHER IT'S I.T., HEALTH CARE, WHETHER IT'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ARE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS MEASURE. I CONGRATULATE BOTH THEIR SPOPSORS FOR THEIR GREAT WORK. I URGE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT AND YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            • 02:11:37 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M PLEASED TO NOW RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353.

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                              MR. SMUCKER

                              THIS BILL WILL REFORM OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM AND…

                              THIS BILL WILL REFORM OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION SYSTEM AND STRENGTHEN THE PROGRAMS IN MY DISTRICT IN PENNSYLVANIA. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE JOBS AVAILABLE IN MY DISTRICT RIGHT NOW, BUT THERE AREN'T ENOUGH TRAIN WORKERS. THIS BILL WILL HELP BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS PARTNER TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR JOBS IN TODAY'S IN DEMAND INDUSTRIES. WE NEED TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS LIKE STEVE WHO AT THE AGE OF 47 GRADUATED FROM THADDEUS STEVENS COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY WITH A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING. C.T.E. PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO TRAINING WORKERS FOR NEW CAREERS. AND THE JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ARE GOOD, FAMILY SUSTAINING JOBS. SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE READY TO LEARN AND EAGER TO WORK. I'D LIKE TO THANK AGAIN REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON AND KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP. I RISE TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON,…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, RESERVES HIS TIME. GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 02:12:56 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, RANKING MEMBER OF…

                              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, RANKING MEMBER OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, MR. POLIS.

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                              MR. POLIS

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT. I RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT OUR NEW PATHWAYS AND TECHNOLOGY EARLY COLLEGE, OR P-TECH PROGRAM AT SKYLINE HIGH SCHOOL IN COLORADO. IT'S A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND I.B.M. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA I.B.M. IT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN FIVE OR SIX YEARS THROUGH DUAL ENROLLMENT. I SPOKE WITH A NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING AND THEY SHARED WITH ME HOW THE PROGRAM EQUIPS THEM WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO GET A WELL-PAYING RELIABLE JOB AFTER GRADUATION. THAT'S THE KIND OF INNOVATION CONGRESS SHOULD BE SUPPORTING AND I'M PROUD THAT THE PERKINS RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL DOES JUST THAT. I URGE THIS BILL'S FINAL PASSAGE IN THE HOUSE AND I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES IN THE SENATE TO TAKE UP THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION SHARED WITH ME HOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO MORE STUDENTS CAN ENJOY THE KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT THE STUDENTS AT THE P-TECH HIGH SCHOOL DO. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA,

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                            • 02:14:16 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK…

                              MR. SPEAKER, PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE, MR. FERGUSON FROM GEORGIA, FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. FERGUSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. NOT ONLY DOES THIS…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353. NOT ONLY DOES THIS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZE MORE AVAILABLE FUNDING FOR C.T.E. PROGRAMS, IT ALSO GIVES STATES MORE FREEDOM TO SUPPORT C.T.E. ACTIVITIES IN RURAL DISTRICTS LIKE MINE. THIS BILL ALSO GIVES AUTHORITY BACK TO THE STATES TO APPROVE C.T.E. PLANS RATHER THAN REQUIRING THE FEDERAL APPROVAL. IN THE SHORT TIME I HAVE BEEN IN CONGRESS, I HAVE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE UNIQUE DIFFERENCES ACROSS EACH OF OUR STATES AND DISTRICTS. INCREASING FLEXIBILITY WILL ENABLE STATES TO HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO CREATE AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT FIT THEIR UNIQUE WORK FORCE NEEDS. I'M EXCITED TO BE AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR OF THIS LEGISLATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO ITS PASSAGE LATER TODAY. HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL INTO MEANINGFUL CAREERS IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS WE CAN MOVE OUR NATION INTO A VIBRANT 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED. . THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            • 02:15:32 PM

                              MS. WILSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M A STRONG SUPPORTER OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. WHILE THIS BIPARTISAN BILL MAKES NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO CURRENT LAW, DURING COMMITTEE MARKUP I OFFERED AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE MORE FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR EX-OFFENDERS WHO NEED A SECOND CHANCE, AN OPPORTUNITY. EX-OFFENDERS WHO ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY YOUNG MEN OF COLOR DUE TO THE BIAS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FACE NUMEROUS HURDLES WHEN THEY TRY TO REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY AFTER SERVING THEIR TIME. FINDING A DECENT JOB IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP TOWARDS DEVELOPING SELF-ESTEEM AND JOBS. UNFORTUNATELY AND TOO OFTEN, A PROUD CRIMINAL HISTORY IS A BARRIER TO EX-OFFENDERS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. I WITHDREW MY AMENDMENT BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANT WORK. NEVERTHELESS, IT IS MY VIEW THAT MY AMENDMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS THIS BILL ADVANCES TO FUTURE CONFERENCE CONSIDERATION. LET'S HELP STOP RECIDIVISM FOR THIS SPECIAL POPULATION. I YIELD BACK.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA, MR. ALLEN, A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE.

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                              MR. ALLEN

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. LAST WEEK PRESIDENT TRUMP LAID OUT HIS PLAN TO EXPAND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S DEDICATION TO WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT IS ADMIRAL, AND I'M GLAD -- ADMIRABLE, AND I'M GLAD WE HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT'S MADE THIS A PRIORITY. AS SOMEONE WHO'S WORKED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FOR MY ENTIRE CAREER, I KNOW FIRSTHAND HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE TO FIND SKILLED WORKERS. IN FACT, I SPOKE AT THE ASSOCIATION FOR BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS BREAKFAST THIS MORNING AND THEY REPORTED THERE WILL BE OVER ONE MILLION JOB OPENINGS IN THE THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. I HAVE MET WITH MANY INDUSTRIES IN MY DISTRICT. THE WORK FORCE IS AGING. THERE AREN'T ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO CURRENTLY HAVE THE SKILLS TO TAKE OVER, AND IT CAN TAKE NEARLY TWO YEARS FOR PEOPLE TO BE FULLY TRAINED FOR THESE POSITIONS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY ARE EQUIPPED FOR THE JOB MARKET OF TOMORROW. GETTING AN EDUCATION IS ESSENTIAL, BUT IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT OUR EDUCATION EFFORTS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE IN-DEMAND JOBS IN OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION WHICH IS CRITICAL TO --

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 15 SECONDS.

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                              MR. ALLEN

                              THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND…

                              THIS BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION, WHICH IS CRITICAL TO PREPARE AMERICA'S FUTURE WORK FORCE. I AM HAPPY TO CO-SPONSOR THIS IMPORTANT BILL AND I HOPE THAT MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR H.R. 2053, AND I YIELD.

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                              YIELD.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              I NOW RECOGNIZE ONE MINUTE THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN.

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                              MR. GROTHMAN

                              WE'RE HEARING FROM THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE DRUMBEAT FROM…

                              WE'RE HEARING FROM THIS CHAMBER TODAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE DRUMBEAT FROM HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, COLLEGE RECRUITERS AND THOSE COWTOWING TO A LOBBY THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE OR THAT IT'S WISE TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE IS BEGINNING TO COME TO AN END. I AM GLAD UNDER THIS BILL WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO GET A DEGREE FOCUSED ON SKILLS. SOME SAID IT COULD BE ONE YEAR, SOME SAID IT COULD BE TWO YEARS. FREQUENTLY THESE DEGREES LEAD TO JOBS THAT ARE HIGHER PAYING THAN JOBS YOU GET AFTER YOU HAVE A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE. NOW, THEY ARE HIGHER PAYING BUT I THINK THE RESULT IS MORE JOB SECURITY BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT A GENERALIST WHEN YOU GET LAID OFF AT 45 OR 50, BUT IF YOU HAVE A SKILL THAT SKILL IS SOMETHING WHICH YOU CAN STILL GET A JOB WHEN YOU'RE 50, 55, 60, 65. THEREFORE, I AM PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS BILL TODAY. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I LIKE ABOUT EVEN THOUGH IT'S SOMETHING I DISAGREE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OREGON IS THIS BILL WILL RESULT IN LESS --

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              WELL, THAT'S OK. WE CAN MOVE ON. I RESERVE.

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. DESAULINER.

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                              MR. DESAULINER

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND FROM ILLINOIS AND ALSO MY FRIEND, MR. THOTCHES, FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I'M -- MR. THOMPSON, FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT IT. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEIR NEXT STEP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IS IMMEDIATELY TO JOIN THE WORK FORCE OR TO GO TO COLLEGE. IN MY DISTRICT, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT MANY STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT FROM THE INCLUSION OF CAREER PATHWAYS IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM. ONE STUDENTS CREATES A FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE WHILE IN PITTSBURGH HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN -- THEY DESIGN COMPUTER ANIMATION AS PART OF THE SCHOOL'S GREEN ENGINEERING ACADEMY. AND ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL, IN RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, THEY RUN AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY FOCUSING ON I.T. CAREER SKILLS WHILE PROVIDING THEIR COMMUNITY I.T. SERVICES FREE OF CHARGE. BY ENACTING THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION, CONGRESS WILL AFFIRMATIVELY TAKE STEPS TO UPDATE OUR NATION'S EDUCATIONAL VISION AND WILL PROPEL TODAY'S STUDENTS INTO TOMORROW'S WORK FORCE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE EDUCATION AND WORK…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I AM NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE COMMITTEE MEMBER MR. BRAT FROM THE STATE OF VIRGINIA FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                              MR. BRAT

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. THE ECONOMY IS NOT GROWING AS IT SHOULD BE, ABOUT.7% LAST QUARTER, AND ACCORDING TO MANY OF THE EMPLOYERS IN MY DISTRICT, OUR WORK FORCE IS NOT PREPARED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY, LET ALONE THE FUTURE. THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT RECOGNIZES WE NEED AN EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT BEST PREPARES KIDS FOR THE FUTURE, A FUTURE IN BUSINESS, AS SOON AS THEY HIT THE K-12 AND THEY SHOULD BE READY TO ENTER THE JOB MARKET OR MOVE ON TO ADDITIONAL TRAINING. TRADITIONAL FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CANNOT BE THE ONLY PATHWAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENTS. IN VIRGINIA, THERE WERE NEARLY 110,000 POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN C.T.E. COURSES IN THE 2014 YEAR, AND PROGRAMS I AM PRIVILEGED TO REPRESENT IN VIRGINIA'S SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INCLUDING THE CHESTERVILLE GOVERNOR CENTER, CHESTERVILLE GOVERNOR'S HEALTH SCIENCE ACADEMY. WHILE THESE INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS IN MY DISTRICT HAVE EXCELLED TECHNICAL SKILLS AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING MUST BE INGRAINED IN THE THINKING OF OUR ENTIRE K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM ACROSS THE CURRICULUM IN EVERY CLASS AND I BELIEVE THIS BILL IS A POSITIVE STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. THANK YOU.

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                            • 02:28:00 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS TO THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. NORCROSS.

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                              MR. NORCROSS

                              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS. CERTAINLY WE'RE IN THE HOUSE…

                              THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ILLINOIS. CERTAINLY WE'RE IN THE HOUSE TODAY AND SENDING A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE THAT CAREER AND TECHNICAL SKILLS MATTER AND I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE, THAT PATHWAY IS CERTAINLY GREAT FOR SOME, BUT NOT ALL. TECHNICAL TRAINING HELPED SHAPE MY LIFE FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE AND, YES, HERE TO CONGRESS. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, OR C.T.E., IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND IT SHOULDN'T BE. WE NEED ELECTRICIANS AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS JUST AS MUCH AS WE NEED DOCTORS AND ENGINEERS. IN MY STATE OF NEW JERSEY, NINE OUT OF 10 OF THE FASTEST GROWING OCCUPATIONS DON'T REQUIRE A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE, BUT THEY DO REQUIRE A CERTIFICATE OR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RE-AUTHORIZATION BILL THAT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD SKILLS THAT THEY NEED FOR THOSE FAST-GROWING, HIGH-PAYING JOBS. AND I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSORS FOR INCLUDING MY PROVISION THAT WILL ALLOW HIGH SCHOOLS TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THAT CAREER PATH AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. DON, PRESIDENT OF CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE, IN MY STATE SAYS THAT WE HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING THE TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WE NEED TO PROVIDE TO OUR STUDENTS, AND THAT WILL LEAD TO MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS ABOUT EMPLOYMENT AND CAREERS, TO TRAIN THE STUDENTS ON AVAILABLE CURRICULUM AND AVAILABLE JOBS. I SUPPORT THIS JOBS BILL. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:29:55 PM

                              MR. THOTCHES

                              MR. SPEAKER, I NOW --

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR 30 SECONDS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR.…

                              SPEAKER, I NOW RECOGNIZE FOR 30 SECONDS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS, MR. ESTES.

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                              MR. ESTES

                              I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I RISE TODAY IN…

                              I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND CHAIRWOMAN FOXX. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHEN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION ACT. I URGE YOU ALL TO VOTE FOR THIS BIPARTISAN BILL THAT ALLOWS OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THE BETTER TO BETTER ADAPT THEIR PROGRAMS TO THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS. THIS BILL WILL GIVE STATES AND LOCALITIES MORE FLEXIBILITY IN HOW TO USE FEDERAL MONEY FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS WHICH WILL ULTIMATELY HELP AMERICANS FIND THE JOBS THEY NEED. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:30:47 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              I NOW YIELD TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FROM DELAWARE.

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                              I THANK JOT FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE…

                              I THANK JOT FOR YIELDING. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2353, THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT.

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                              MS. BLUNT ROCHESTER

                              THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO ENTER THE WORK…

                              THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW MORE AMERICANS TO ENTER THE WORK FORCE WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO COMMITTEE FOR HIGH SCHOOLED -- COMPETE FOR HIGH-SKILED, IN DEMAND JOBS. EMPLOYERS TELL ME THEY NEED A SKILLED WORK FORCE. C.T.E. SUPPORT IS A VITAL TOOL IN ADDRESSING THE SKILLS GAP IN MANY INDUSTRIES IN OUR COUNTRY. OUR SUPPORT ENSURES THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY C.T.E. PROGRAMS. IT ALLOWS STATES TO STRENGTHEN THESE PROGRAMS, PROVIDING HANDS ON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT LEAD TO HIGHER GRADUATION RATES AS WELL AS BETTER POST SECONDARY AND CAREER OPTIONS. IN 2012, DELAWARE STARTED PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY TO GIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AN INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATE, COLLEGE CREDITS, AND RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE ALL BEFORE THEY GRADUATE. IN TWO YEARS IT HAS GROWN FROM 30 STUDENTS TO OVER 6,000. WHO ARE NOW BETTER SUITED TO DETERMINE THEIR NEXT STEPS AND BUILD A CAREER. I WANT TO THANK MR. THOMPSON AND ALSO MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND I WANT TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              MR. SPEAKER, NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR.…

                              MR. SPEAKER, NOW PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. DAVIDSON, FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                              MR. DAVIDSON

                              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR…

                              THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA FOR YIELDING TO ME. AS A FORMER MANUFACTURER, I HAVE EXPERIENCED FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN PROMOTING MEANINGFUL WORK. IT'S ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR HELPING PEOPLE TRANSITION FROM A SOCIAL SAFETY NET OR A SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM, BUT I HAVE SEEN IT FIRST HAND FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, FOR ADULTS WHO CHANGE CAREERS, IT CAN TRULY CHANGE LIVES. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION. I'M CONFIDENT IT CAN DO FOR OUR COUNTRY WHAT IT'S DONE IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF OHIO. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 02:33:12 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              I NOW YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MR. DAN LIPINSKI.

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                              MR. LIPINSKI

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND THANK HIM FOR HIS GREAT WORK ON THIS BILL THAT WOULD RE-AUTHORIZE A PROGRAM THAT IS CRITICAL TO BOTH AMERICAN WORKERS AND BUSINESSES AND THE FUTURE OF OUR AMERICAN ECONOMY. I'M CONTINUOUSLY HEARING FROM FAMILY OWNED MANUFACTURERS ACROSS MY DISTRICT SUCH AS ODM THAT THEY CANNOT FIND WORKERS WITH THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO FILL GOOD-PAYING JOBS. I HEAR THIS FROM COMES ALSO LIKE BOEING, INTEL, AND OTHERS. AT THE SAME TIME MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND JOBS BUT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED. THIS BILL ADDRESSES THIS PROBLEM BY SUPPORTING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT ARE MATCHED TO REGIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LABOR MARKETS. THESE APPLIED SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATH METICS, OR STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS, ARE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF THE INNOVATION ENGINE THAT DRIVES OUR ECONOMY. AS WE WORK TO MOVE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES INTO THE MARKETPLACE, WE NEED A SKILLED WORK FORCE TO BUILD AND IMPLEMENT THEM. WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR INNOVATION ECONOMY BENEFITS ALL AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY THE MIDDLE CLASS. I THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THIS BILL AND URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT IT.

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                              MR. WILL PIN I ASK

                              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. AND --

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                              MR. LIPINSKI

                              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A…

                              I WANT TO THANK MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI FOR HIS WORK ON THIS BILL. IT'S A BIPARTISAN BILL AND SOMETHING AMERICA NEEDS TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY AND STRENGTHEN AMERICA'S MIDDLE CLASS. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA.

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                            • 02:35:19 PM

                              MR. THOMPSON

                              CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

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                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              WE'RE PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            • 02:35:34 PM

                              MR. KRISHNAMOORTHI

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF AND COMMITTEE STAFF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY STAFF AND COMMITTEE STAFF FOR ALL THEIR WORK ON THIS BILL. I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK ALEX PAYNE, THE LEAD COMMITTEE STAFFER ON CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION FROM OUR SIDE, WHO UNFORTUNATELY COULDN'T BE HERE WITH US TODAY DUE TO THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN THOMSON -- THOMPSON FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL ALL THESE YEARS. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS BILL IS TO COORDINATE WHAT IS TAUGHT IN C.T.E. CLASSES WITH WORK FORCE DEMANDS. H.R. 2353 REQUIRES STATE PLANS TO SHOW HOW C.T.E. CURRICULA ALIGN WITH IN-DEMAND CAREERS. SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST CONSULT BUSINESS LEADERS, EDUCATORS, PARENTS, COMMUNITY LEADERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS AND OTHERS TO DETERMINE THE MOST PROMISING CAREER FIELDS. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL GIVES EVERYONE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND MAKES SURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND. I ALSO WANT TO THANK CHAIRWOMAN FOXX AND RANKING MEMBER SCOTT FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THIS BILL. I ALSO WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL AT A TIME WHEN BIPARTISANSHIP IS SO NEEDED IN THIS TOWN. I URGE THE SENATE TO TAKE UP OUR BILL AND URGE A YES VOTE. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME OF THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME OF THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MY SOUTHWEST REMARNEDE OF THE TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2353 HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2353 HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS. BY MODERNIZING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WE CAN HELP PREPARE MORE MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO SUCCEED IN THE WORK FORCE. I'D LIKE TO NOTE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT WE CONTINUE TO FUND THESE PROGRAMS AT THE AUTHORIZED LEVELS. SO THE PROGRAMS CAN ADEQUATELY SERVE STUDENTS. OF ALL AGES. WE REALLY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TODAY AND I COULDN'T BE PROUDER OF THE BIPARTISAN WORK THAT WENT IN TO THIS. ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE KRISHNAMOORTHI WELLS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE -- AS WELL AS ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE EDUCATION AND WORK FORCE. I WOULD BE REMISS NOT TO THANK CERTAINLY MY EDUCATION STAFFER ON MY TEAM, KATIE BROWN, EDUCATION WORK FORCE STAFFERS, JAMES REDSTONE AND ALEX PAYNE, AND ALL OUR COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR DILIGENT WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF H.R. 2353. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 02:38:09 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. ALL TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS, WILL THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL H.R. 2353, 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.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                            • 02:40:16 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1654. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. POE, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                              THE HOUSE IS IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 1654 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL…

                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL AND STATE PERMITTING PROCESSES RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SURFACE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS ON LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, AND TO DESIGNATE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR PERMIT PROCESSING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE…

                              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED AS READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMBORN, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                            • 02:41:33 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

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

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                              MR. LAMBORN

                              TODAY THE HOUSE MEETS FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW TO CONSIDER ANOTHER…

                              TODAY THE HOUSE MEETS FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW TO CONSIDER ANOTHER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL THAT HAS COME FROM THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE AND ITS SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER POWER AND OCEANS, WHICH I HAVE THE HONOR OF CHAIRING. MY SUBCOMMITTEE HAS A STRONG INFRASTRUCTURE AGENDA. ALREADY HEARING TESTIMONY ON A NUMBER OF BILLS AIMED AN IMPROVING OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ADVANCING AN ALL OF THE ABOVE ENERGY AND WATER STRATEGY. MANY OF OUR BILLS INCLUDING H.R. 1654, WHICH WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, APPLY SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO EXPEDITE MAINTENANCE OR CONSTRUCTION OF WATER AND POWER INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT THE NATION. IT IS VITAL TO REBUILD OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST ROADBLOCKS TO DOING THAT IS THE EXCESSIVE REGULATORY RED TAPE THAT APPLICANTS HAVE TO WADE THROUGH BEFORE THEY CAN EVEN MOVE ONE SHOVEL OF DIRT. IN COLORADO WHERE I LIVE, A WATER PROJECT WAS RECENTLY COMPLETED WHERE WATER OWNED BY THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS WAS TAKEN FROM A RESERVOIR 60 MILES TO THE SOUTH, TO THE CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS FOR TREATMENT AND DISTRIBUTION. THE PROJECT TOOK SIX YEARS TO BUILD. BUT BEFORE THAT COULD HAPPEN, THERE WERE OVER 200 PERMITS AND APPLICATIONS THAT HAD TO BE GRANTED. ANY ONE OF WHICH COULD HAVE STOPPED THE WHOLE THING. AND THAT COST $160 MILLION OF APPLICATION FEES, LAWYERS TIME, AND MITIGATION. AND THAT TOOK EIGHT YEARS. THAT TOOK LONGER THAN THE PROJECT ITSELF. NOW, CONGRESSMAN TOM MCCLINTOCK'S WATER SUPPLY PERMITTING WATER COORDINATION ACT SEEKS TO CUT REGULATORY RED TAPE BY CREATING A ONE-STOP-SHOPPER MITTING PROCESS THROUGH THE BURE OF OF -- BUREAU OF WRECK LA CLATION TO STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR NEW OR EXPANDED NONFEDERAL SURFACE STORAGE FACILITIES. HOWEVER THIS BILL IS NOT A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH. MR. MCCLINTOCK'S BILL ALLOWS WATER STORAGE PROJECT SPONSORS THE FLEXIBILITY TO OPT OUT OF THIS PROCESS AND INSTEAD CHOOSE THE AGENCY PROCESS THAT WORKS BEST FOR THEM. WHILE THE WATER SUPPLY PERMITTING COORDINATION ACT WILL ALLOW FOR MUCH NEEDED RELIEF IN THE SPONSOR'S STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THIS BILL WILL BENEFIT STATES THROUGHOUT THE WEST, INCLUDING MY OWN STATE OF COLORADO. MR. MCCLINTOCK'S BILL GOES HAND IN HAND WITH LANGUAGE IN THE WINN ACT SIGNED INTO LAW THAT IS YEAR THAT SUPPORTS ADDITIONAL WATER STORAGE CAPACITY ACROSS THE WEST. I COMMEND MY COLLEAGUE, MR. MCCLINTOCK, FOR BRINGING UP THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION THAT SIMPLY LOOKS TO CUT REGULATORY RED TAPE FOR WATER STORAGE PROJECTS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL TO SURVIVAL IN THE WEST. AND I URGE ALL OF MY HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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                              MR. HOUGHMAN

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

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS HE WISHES TO USE.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              USE.

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                              CHRIS

                              OF MY TIME. CHRIS: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME.…

                              OF MY TIME. CHRIS: THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. MEMBERS ARE ADVISED --

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RESERVES HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                            • 02:53:20 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOLDEN STATE,…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I AM VERY PLEASED TO YIELD ONE MINUTE TO THE GOLDEN STATE, THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA, OUR MAJORITY LEADER, MR. MCCARTHY.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. MCCARTHY

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. MR.…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I THANK HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS. MR. SPEAKER, I ALWAYS GET EXCITED WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK ON THE FLOOR, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY COME FROM CALIFORNIA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ALWAYS INTERESTING WHEN PEOPLE WANT TO TELL US WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. IT'S INTERESTING, IN CALIFORNIA WHEN THE LEGISLATURE WAS CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS, THEY DID WAIVE NOT FOR A DAM, IT WASN'T TO PREPARE FOR A DROUGHT WE WERE GOING THROUGH BUT THEY WAIVED IT TWICE, ALL FOR SPORTS. ONE WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND ONE WAS IN L.A. IT SEEMS ODD BUT SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PRIORITIES, I GUESS, NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST RECENTLY ENDURED THE WORST DROUGHT IN OUR CENTURY. THOUGH IT WAS THE WORST DROUGHT, THIS WAS NOT OUR FIRST. WE HAVE FACED DROUGHTS FOR GENERATIONS, AND EACH TIME THE RAIN AND SNOW CAME BACK AND DELIVERED THE WATER THAT WE NEEDED TO SURVIVE. JUST LIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, THIS PAST WINTER WAS A GOD SEND TO CALIFORNIANS. THE WETTEST ON RECORD. NOW, LIVING IN A NATURALLY DRY RENAL THAT WE DO, YOU'D THINK -- DRY REGION THAT WE DO, YOU'D THINK IT WOULD BE COMMON PRACTICE BY CAPTURING WATER WHEN MOTHER NATURE BLESSES US WITH THE RAIN AND SNOW, BUT THE FACT IS WE AREN'T DOING ENOUGH TO STORE THE WATER WE DO GET FOR THE TIMES WE DON'T GET IT. SO WHAT CAN WE DO NOW? WHAT WOULD HELP THE PEOPLE IN OUR DISTRICT AND ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS THE WEST TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE DROUGHTS THAT WE KNOW ARE COMING? WE SHOULD START BY BUILDING MORE DAMS AND RESERVOIRS. SO WHAT'S STOPPING US? WELL, SOME IS A RIDICULOUS PERMITTING PROCESS THAT FORCES US TO WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT WHEN ACTUALLY WE SHOULD BE ACTING. JUST LOOK AT HISTORY. TAKE THE HIGH SAVERY DAM IN WYOMING. IT -- SAVORY DAM IN WYOMING. IT TOOK 14 YEARS TO PERMIT BUT TWO YEARS TO BUILD. THINK HOW MUCH THE WORLD CHANGE IN THOSE 14 YEARS TIME. IN 1990, SOMEWHERE AROUND FIVE MILLION PEOPLE HAD CELL PHONES, AND ONLY ABOUT 15% OF AMERICANS OWNED A COMPUTER. BY 2004 WHEN THE DAM WAS FINISHED, ABOUT 180 MILLION PEOPLE HAD CELL PHONES, AND 62% OF AMERICANS OWNED A COMPUTER. IN 1990, THE MOST POPULAR MOVIE WAS "TOTAL RECALL." BY 2004, WE WERE ALREADY ON TO "SHREK 2." NOW, LOOKING TO MY HOME STATE, WE CAN'T WAIT 14 YEARS AFTER STARTING THE PERMITTING PROCESS TO FINISH OUR PROJECTS. ONE RESERVOIR, ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, CAN PROVIDE ENOUGH WATER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF 172,000 HOUSEHOLDS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. FINISHING THE SITE'S RESERVOIR PROPOSAL COULD PROVIDE TWO MILLION CALIFORNIA HOMES WITH ENOUGH WATER FOR A YEAR. THAT'S AN ASTOUNDING NUMBER. MR. SPEAKER, I'M SURE ON THIS FLOOR WE'LL HEAR THOSE TWO MILLION SHOULD ACTUAL HE WAIT, BUT I GUESS IT WAS FOR A BASEBALL -- IF IT WAS FOR A BASEBALL STADIUM, NO NEED TO WAIT. FIXING THIS PROBLEM IS NOT SAVING A FEW HEADACHES. IT'S ABOUT MAKING SURE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA AND ACROSS AMERICA HAVE THE WATER THEY NEED AND DESERVE. MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN TOM MCCLINTOCK FOR THIS LEGISLATION. FIXING THIS PERMITTING PROCESS FOR WATER STORAGE IS MORE THAN JUST COMMON SENSE. OF IT'S ABOUT MAKING US A NATION OF DOERS AGAIN, TO GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY NEED. MR. SPEAKER, MR. MCCLINTOCK HAS WORKED. HE'S TRIED TO WORK WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. HE'S BEEN THROUGH THIS PROCESS, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, MR. MCCLINTOCK HAS BEEN HOME. HE'S BEEN LISTENING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE THAT DON'T HAVE WATER. WE'VE BEEN THROUGH THESE DROUGHTS. WE KNOW THESE DROUGHTS WILL COME AGAIN, AND THEY'VE ONLY BEEN WORSE IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. WHY? BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN IMPOSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. EVEN IN THE YEARS WHERE WE HAVE MORE THAN 170% OF SNOWPACK, WE DON'T KEEP THE GUARANTEE OF 100% OF THE WATER. SO AS ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS CONTINUE TO TAKE WATER AWAY AND PUT IT OUT TO THE OCEAN INSTEAD OF PROVIDING FOR THE FRUITS TO BE GROWN AND THE FIBER ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND PROVIDE THE WATER FOR THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA, WE SHOULD BUILD MORE DAMS AND THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT 14 YEARS WITH ONLY TWO YEARS TO BUILD IT. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER, AND WE WILL DO BETTER WHEN WE PASS THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 02:59:02 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE FOR AT LEAST…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WAS IN THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVER BILLS THAT THE MAJORITY LEADER REFERENCED INVOLVING AN NFL STADIUM, AND I'M GLAD TO HEAR HIM CRITICIZE THAT BECAUSE THAT, -- I, TOO, CRITICIZED IT. THERE WAS A BIT OF VINDICATION BECAUSE AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE STADIUMS ENDED UP NOT GETTING BUILT ANYWAY DESPITE THE ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVER AND IT SORT OF EXPOSED THE FACT THESE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS ARE OFTEN PUT FORWARD AS SCAPEGOATS. WE'RE TOLD IF YOU CLEAR AWAY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING WE CAN DO THESE THINGS. THERE WERE MANY OTHER REASONS WHY THAT STADIUM DIDN'T GET BUILT. COMPLICATED ISSUES INVOLVING NFL FRANCHISES AND FINANCING, WHICH IS USUALLY THE REAL SCAPEGOAT WHEN THESE PROJECTS AREN'T MOVING FORWARD. SO IT'S A WORTHY EXAMPLE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS BILL. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO,

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                              MR. LAMBORN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS EXCELLENT PIECE…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF THIS EXCELLENT PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE GENTLEMAN FROM THE GREAT STATE OF CALIFORNIA,

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MICK COLIN TO BE, IS RECOGNIZED IS…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MICK COLIN TO BE, IS RECOGNIZED IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              DROUGHTS ARE NATURE'S FAULT, THEY HAPPEN. BUT WATER SHORTAGES ARE OUR…

                              DROUGHTS ARE NATURE'S FAULT, THEY HAPPEN. BUT WATER SHORTAGES ARE OUR FAULT. WATER SHORTAGES ARE A CHOICE WE MADE A GENERATION AGO WHEN WE STOPPED BUILDING NEW RESERVOIRS TO MEET OUR NEEDS. THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH IS WE WENT STOP OUR WATER SHORTAGE UNTIL WE BUILD MORE RESERVOIRS AND WE CAN'T BUILD MORE RESERVOIRS UNTIL WE CHANGE THERE. FOR YEARS WE HAVE HEARD TESTIMONY FROM FRUSTRATED WATER DISTRICTS UNABLE TO NAVIGATE THE BYZANTINE MAZE OF REGULATIONS AND THE PHALANX OF COMPETING, OVERLAPPING, DUPLICATIVE FEDERAL AGENCIES. AFTER YEARS SPENT TRYING TO SATISFY ONE AGENCY, ANOTHER POPS UP TO CLAIM JURISDICTION WITH AN ENTIRELY NEW SET OF DEMANDS IN AN OFTEN ENDLESS PERMITTING PROCESS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT THEY'RE STUDYING THE SAME PROJECT, IN THE SAME LOCATION WORK THE SAME DATA. THE BURDEN THIS PLACES ON OUR ABILITY TO DELIVER WATER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION IS CRUSHING. THE LEADER MENTIONED THE HIGH SAVORY DAM IN WYOMING. 14 YEARS TO HER MITT -- PERMIT, ONLY TWO YEARS TO ACTUALLY BUILD. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS LITERALLY -- HAS LITERALLY STUDIED FOUR STORAGE PROJECTS IN KALE NEARLY TO DEATH. ONE PROJECT HAD OVER 50 ALTERNATIVE LOCATIONS STUDIED AND THERE'S NO END IN SIGHT FOR THE FEASIBILITY PROCESS ON THAT POTENTIAL RESERVOIR. SIMILAR DELAYS PREVENTED THE EXPANSION OF SHASTA VEZZVOIR FOR 39 YEARS. MR. HUFFMAN TELLS US NO DAM PERMITS HAVE BEEN DENIED BECAUSE OF THIS THE PROBLEM IS, VERY FEW DAM PERMITS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BECAUSE OF THIS. AND THE COSTS ARE CAUSED BY COST PROHIBITIVE DELAYS IN TIME THAT RUN UP MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN COSTS UNTIL THE AGENCIES SIMPLY THROW UP THEIR HANDS AND GIVE UP. H.R. 1654 WILL BRING ORDER FROM THIS BUREAUCRATIC CHAOS. IT ESTABLISHES A FRAMEWORK IN WHICH FEDERAL AGENCIES WITH PERMITTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW RESERVOIRS MUST WORK TOGETHER, COORDINATE THEIR SCHEDULES, SHARE DATA AND TECHNICAL MATERIALS, AND MAKE THEIR FINDINGS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE. THE END RESULT WILL BE FEWER DELAYS, MORE EFFICIENT USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND ULTIMATELY MORE ABUNDANT WATER SUPPLIES. IT'S MODELEN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S APPROACH TO CONSTRUCTING NEW ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES TO KAY ACOME DATE ITS RELIANCE ON WIND AND SOLAR GENERATION. THERE'S NOTHING NEW IN THIS PROCESS. IN OCTOBER OF 2009 THE ADMINISTRATION FORMED THE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM FOR TRANSMISSION A CONSORTIUM OF FIVE FEDERAL AGENCIES TO COORDINATE A SINGLE, UNIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW DOCUMENT FOR EACH PROJECT ANALYSIS. IT'S ALSO MODELED ON PROVISIONS SPONSORED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS AND EXPEDITED IMPROVEMENTS ON THE DAM SERVING THE SAN FRANCISCO REGION THIS BILL SIMPLY SAYS IF THERE'S A POTENTIAL PROJECT ON INTERIOR OR AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT LANDS, THE AGENCY WILL BE THE COORDINATOR FOR THE PERMITS. IT WILL CALL TOGETHER THE AGENT CIRCUMSTANCES LOCAL AND STATE JURISDICTIONS AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS OF OUR INDIAN NATIONS, ESTABLISH A TIME FRAME FOR STUDY AND DECISION MAKING AND THEN COORDINATE ALL THE REVIEWS ANDAGE CEASE AND OPINIONS AND STATEMENTS AND PERMITS AND LICENSES AND OTHER FEDERAL APPROVALS REQUIRED UNDER FEDERAL LAW. IT ALSO REQUIRES TRANSPARENCY, ASSURING THAT ALL DATA IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ONLINE. SO THE SCIENCE GUIDING THESE DECISIONS CAN BE RIGOROUSLY SCRUTINIZED BY ALL INTERESTED PARTIES. IT ALSO ALLOW WATER AGENCIES TO FUND THE REVIEW PROCESS IF FEDERAL FUNDING ISN'T PROVIDED, REMOVING ONE OF THE EXCUSES FEDERAL AGENCIES MADE IN SLOW WALKING OR STALLING REVIEWS. I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR. IT DOES NOT BY PASS OR ALTER OR WAIVE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL OR SAFETY LAWS. IT DOESN'T WAIVE SEE QUA OR E.S.A. OR ANY OTHER LAW. IT SIMPLY SAYS THE PROCESS NEEDS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD COORDINATE AND COOPERATE WITH EACH OTHER RATHER THAN TALK PAST EACH OTHER AS ISOLATED AND OFTEN INSCRUTABLE FIFE DOMS. FIVE YEARS OF -- FIEF DOMS. FIVE -- FIEFDOMS. FIVE YEARS OF DROUGHT IS NOW FOLLOWED WITH THE WETTEST RECORD ON RECORD. WE HAVE HELPLESSLY WATCHED OUR DAMS SPILLING MILLIONS OF ACRE-FEET TO THE THE OCEANS BECAUSE WE HAVE NO WAY OF SCORING -- STORING FOR THE NEXT DROUGHT. PRATCHES THAT'S NATURE'S WAY OF REMINDING US IF WE DON'T STORE WATER IN WET YEAR, WE WON'T HAVE WATER IN DRY ONES. IF YOU WANT TO MISUSE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS --

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                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS TO BLOCK ANY ENVIRONMENTAL STORAGE, YOU SHOULD VOTE…

                              ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS TO BLOCK ANY ENVIRONMENTAL STORAGE, YOU SHOULD VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE INCREASINGLY SEVERE WATER SHORTAGES AND SPIRALING WATER AND ELECTRICITY BILLS. IF YOU WANT TO PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, YOU OUGHT TO PRESERVE THESE LAWS BECAUSE IT PLACES THE LAWS BACK WITHIN A WORKABLE, PRACTICAL FRAMEWORK AND IT PLACES OUR SOCIETY BACK ON THE ROAD TO AN ERA OF ABUNDANCE, WHERE OUR CHILDREN CAN ENJOY GREEN LAWNS AND GARDENS, BRIGHTLY LIT HOMES AND ABUNDANT AND AFFORDABLE GROCERIES FROM AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL CORNUCOPIA. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS BEING MENTIONED QUITE A…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS BEING MENTIONED QUITE A BIT IN THIS CONVERSATION. IT BEARS NOTING THAT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IS NOT ASKING FOR THIS LEGISLATION. AND IN FACT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS CONSISTENTLY OPPOSED THE ROLLING BACK OF ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND IS BUSY PASSING BILL AFTER BILL IN THIS STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO TRY TO BACKFILL FOR ANTICIPATE ROLLBACKS IN FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. SO CERTAINLY IF WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND WHAT IT WANTS AND IT NEEDS, ITS ELECTED LEADERS ARE TAKING A VERY DIFFERENT DIRECTION THAN POSING THE FALSE CHOICE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS AND INFRASTRUCTURE. AGAIN, THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION HAS EMPHASIZED THAT THERE ARE OTHER FACTORS THAT IT IS NOT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW THAT'S STOPPED ANY WATER PROJECTS IN THE WEST. THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE HAS REACHED THE SAME CONCLUSION AND I JUST HEARD FROM MY FRIEND, MR. MCCLINTOCK, THAT WE CAN'T BUILD NEW RESERVOIRS IN THE WE CHANGE THESE LAWS. WELL, I'VE GOT TO POINT OUT THAT CALIFORNIA HAS BUILT NEW RESERVOIRS UNDER CURRENT LAW. YOU CAN ASK THE FOLKS IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ABOUT LAS VACARES RESERVOIR THEY DIDN'T NEED ENVIRONMENTAL WAIVERS OR LEGISLATION, THEY BUILT THEIR DAM. THEY'RE GETTING READY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AN EXPANSION OF THAT SURFACE STORAGE PROJECT. IT SHOULD BE BROADLY SUPPORTED. THEY'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANY SPECIAL TWEAKS TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. THE SAME WOULD APPLY TO DIAMOND VALLEY RESERVOIR IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IN FACT WE ACTUALLY ADDED NEARLY SIX MILLION ACRE-FEET OF NEW SURFACE AN GROUNDWATER STORAGE OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES IN CALIFORNIA, ALL WHILE HONORING BEDROCK ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS LIKE E.S.A. AND NEPA. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:08:23 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:08:29 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MY GREAT STATE,…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MY GREAT STATE, THE CENTENNIAL STATE OF COLORADO, MR. TIPTON.

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                            • 03:08:37 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                            • 03:08:41 PM

                              MR. TIPTON

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO THANK MY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE MCCLINTOCK, FOR PUTTING FORWARD A VERY SENSIBLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION. COLORADO WATER CONGRESS WHO SUPPORT THIS IS BILL STATED IN THEIR LETTER, THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE STATE OF COLORADO IS DEPENDENT ON SAFE AND RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY. RECENT YEARS, THE ABILITY OF WATER MANAGERS TO MEET GROWTH DEMAND AND TO CREATE WATER STORAGE HAS BECOME MORE CHALLENGING. IN COLORADO, THE WINDY GAP PROJECT, WHOSE PERMITTING PROCESS BEGAN IN 2003, WON'T SEE CONSTRUCTION START UNTIL AT LEAST 2019. WITH WATER STORAGE READY BY 2022. 16 YEARS TO PERMIT, THREE YEARS TO BUILD. FOR TOO LONG, FEDERAL AGENCIES HAVE FAILED TO PROPERLY COORDINATE AND TIME THEIR REVIEWS OF WATER SUPPLY PROJECT APLYIZATIONSING RESULTING IN MISSED OPPORTUNITIES FOR INCREASED WATER STORAGE DURING OUR WETTER SEASONS. WATER IS THE LIFE BLOOD OF WESTERN COMMUNITIES. WITHOUT IT, MOST COMMUNITIES IN WESTERN UNITED STATES COULD NOT SURVIVE. SO IT ONLY MAKES SENSE TO STORE AS MUCH OF IT AS WE REASONABLY CAN DURING THOSE WETTER YEARS. YET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRESENTS ROADBLOCK AFTER ROADBLOCK THAT PREVENTS TIMELY AND COST EFFECTIVE COMPLETION TO MANY OF THESE PROJECTS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL STREAMLINE THE PERMITTING PROCESS, INCREASE AGENCY ACCOUNTABILITY, BY PLACING A BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AT THE CENTER OF THE PROCESS AND ENSURING ALL OTHER AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED TO ENACT IT IN A TIMELY FASHION. IT'S AN APPROACH TO A PROBLEM THAT SHOULD NOT EXIST. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AND YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:10:30 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:10:35 PM

                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              MY COLLEAGUE FROM THE FRESNO AREA, MR. COSTA.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                            • 03:10:46 PM

                              MR. COSTA

                              THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS, I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LONG-TERM…

                              THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT IS, I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LONG-TERM ISSUES THAT WE DEAL WITH, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN STATES BUT REALLY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE THE FACT IS, IS THAT WATER IS A CRUCIAL ELEMENT OF THE SUSTAINABILITY OF ALL OF US. AND IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN. AND WITH THE PLANET CLICKING SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE A COUPLE YEARS AGO, SOON TO BE NINE BILLION PEOPLE BY THE MIDDLE OF THIS CENTURY WORK CLIMATE CHANGE CLEARLY IMPACTING OUR ABILITY TO MANAGE OUR WATER SUPPLIES, WE MUST LOOK AT THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OF USING ALL THE WATER TOOLS IN OUR WATER TOOLBOX. AND THIS IS ONE EFFORT TO, IN FACT, LOOK AT HOW WE CAN PROVIDE ADDITIONAL STORAGE CAPACITY, NOT ONLY IN CALIFORNIA BUT ELSEWHERE, SO THAT WHEN WE HAVE THESE PERIODIC TIMES, AND WE MEASURE WATER ON 10-YEAR BASIS AVERAGES, WE HAVE HAD NEAR RECORD RAINFALL AND SNOW IN THE SNOW PACKED MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA WHICH WE'RE BLESSED WITH THE LAST FOUR MONTHS AND AFTER FIVE OF THE MOST EX-TRIALLY DRY PERIODS OF TIME TO HAVE THIS RAIN AND SNOW IS WONDERFUL. BUT WE KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. AND SO IN CASES LIKE CALIFORNIA, WHERE IT'S EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE, HAVING ADDITIONAL WATER RESERVOIR SUPPLY IS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT WATER MANAGEMENT TOOLS IN OUR WATER TOOLBOX, ALONG WITH CONSERVATION, ALONG WITH BETTER IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY, WHICH WE WERE IMPLEMENTING, ALONG WITH CONSERVATION OF ALL SORTS OF KIND, DESALINIZATION, ALL THESE MATTER. AS DOES STORAGE. THIS YEAR, MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ACRE-FEET OF WATER HAVE GONE UNUSED. BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STORAGE. THIS MEASURE WILL HELP BUT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO TO FIX THE BROKEN WATER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA, IN THE WEST AND REALLY WE CAN BE A TEMPLATE IF WE BETTER MANAGE OUR WATER RESOURCES FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET IN THE LIGHT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. I ASK THAT WE SUPPORT THIS LEGISLATION, IT'S HELPFUL AND WE MUST DO MUCH MORE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OIF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:12:56 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN,…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN, RESERVES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO, MR. LAMB BORN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:13:05 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN ALSO FROM THE GOLDEN…

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN ALSO FROM THE GOLDEN STATE, MR. ROHRABACHER.

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                            • 03:13:11 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER SPRK THANK…

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES. MR. ROHRABACHER SPRK THANK YOU VERY MUCH --

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                            • 03:13:20 PM

                              MR. ROHRABACHER

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF US IN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED…

                              THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. ALL OF US IN CALIFORNIA HAVE EXPERIENCED WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST NONSENSE DETERMINING POLICY. WE HAVE JUST GONE THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST DROUGHTS IN OUR HISTORY. YET DURING THAT DROUGHT, THOSE WONDERFUL CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNERS SAW TO IT THAT BILLIONS OF WITH GALLONS OF FRESH WATER WERE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN INSTEAD OF BEING REDIRECTED TOWARD PRODUCING FOOD CROPS IN OUR CENTRAL VALLEY AREA OR PROVIDING WATER TO DRINK OR PROVIDING WATER SO THAT PEOPLE COULD AFFORD TO HAVE WATER THROUGHOUT OUR STATE. SO INSTEAD, IT WAS DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN. NOW WHAT WE NEEDED AND WHAT WE NEED NOW THAT THE DROUGHT IS OVER IS MORE WATER STORAGE. BECAUSE WE ARE IN FAVOR OF PEOPLE, NOT SOME GRANDIOSE CONCEPTS OF WHAT A BETTER VIEW COUNTS, WITHOUT PEOPLE IN IT, THAT IS, OF COURSE. WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT OUR POLICIES WILL IMPACT ON AVERAGE PEOPLE. AND WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH IS OPPOSITION TO STORING WATER NOW THAT WE HAVE SOME EXTRA WATER RIGHT AFTER A DROUGHT. WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? YOU CAN'T TELL ME YOU'RE ON THE SIDE OF ORDINARY PEOPLE BECAUSE WHEN WATER PRICES GO UP AND THERE'S NOT ENOUGH WATER FOR THE CROPS, THE PRICE OF FOOD GOES UP AND THE PRICE OF WATER GOES UP, WHO IS THE WORST HURT? AMERICA'S LOWEST INCOME PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE HURT THE MOST. THE ONES WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THE LITTLE EXTRA FOR FOOD THAT IT COSTS WHEN IT COSTS MORE MONEY TO GROW CROPS IN THE MIDDLE OF A DROUGHT. SO WITH THAT SAID, I DRAMATICALLY SET FORWARD, LET'S DO SOMETHING FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT SOME ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY, NONSENSICAL THEORIES IN MOST CASE, THAT WE ARE FACING DOOM IF WE DON'T STORE, YOU KNOW IF WE STORE WATER, THAT'S GOING TO BE BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? I WOULD

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                            • 03:15:33 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

                            • 03:15:36 PM

                              MR. ROHRABACHER

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:16:53 PM

                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ORANGE COUNTY FOR HIS COMMENTS. I HAVE SEEN THE…

                              I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ORANGE COUNTY FOR HIS COMMENTS. I HAVE SEEN THE WATER MANAGEMENT WORK TAKING PLACE IN MR. ROHRABACHER'S DISTRICT. THEY ARE DOING AMAZING GROUNDWATER RECHARGE AND WATER RECYCLING AND ONE OF THE MOST CUTTING POTTABLE SYSTEMS. AND IT IS THEIR RELIANCE ON THESE WATER MANAGEMENT TOOLS INSTEAD OF LARGE RESERVOIRS THAT ENABLED THEM TO GET THROUGH THE MOST CRITICAL DROUGHT WE HAVE EVER SEEN AND MUCH BETTER SHAPE. SO KUDOS TO THE FORWARD-LOOKING WATER MANAGERS IN ORANGE COUNTY. IF THE GENTLEMAN IS CONCERNED ABOUT LOW-INCOME PEOPLE BEING IMPACTED BY WATER SHORTAGE AND WATER MANAGEMENT ISSUES, I HOPE HE WILL VISIT MY DISTRICT. IN MY DISTRICT YOU GET THE OTHER END OF THIS CHALLENGE. THE FISHING COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN HAMMERED BY THE FACT THAT OUR SALMON RUNS ARE TEATERING ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION AND THIS EXACERBATED THE PROBLEM. I'M REPRESENTING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEEPLY IMPACTED THAT NEEDS TO BE PART OF THIS CONVERSATION INSTEAD OF WATER WASTING OUT OF THE EASTU AREA. AND THIS HAS BEEN THE LIFEBLOOD. JUST TO INFECT A COUPLE OF FACTS INTO WHAT IS A RADICAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA TA CAUSED WASTE OF WATER DURING THE DROUGHT, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. IN 2014, ONLY 4% OF ALL THE RUNOFF IN THENING TIRE WATERSHED FLOWED TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY SOLELY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. IN 2015, 2% FOR THE RUNOFF FOR THE ENTIRE WATERSHED MADE IT OUT TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PURPOSES. THE REST OF THE FLOW WAS TO CONTROL SA LYNNITY IN THE DELTA SO YOU COULD SERVE MUNICIPAL AND INDUSTRIAL NEEDS. MOST OF THAT WATER WAS DIVERTED AND USED AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE FACTS. I RESERVE.

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                            • 03:19:17 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:19:20 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS A SUBCOMMITTEE…

                              I'M PLEASED TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN WHO IS A SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON THE COMMITTEE OF NATURAL RESOURCES FROM THE GRAND CANYON STATE, MR. GOSAR.

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                            • 03:19:31 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                            • 03:19:34 PM

                              MR. GOSAR

                              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1654, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY TOM…

                              I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 1654, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY TOM MCCLINTOCK. WESTERN STATES HAVE FOUGHT OVER SCARES WATER SUPPLIES. WE HAVE AN EXPRESSION THAT SAYS WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING AND WATER IS FOR FIGHTING OVER. WE NEED TO BUILD WATER PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WATER, RECREATION, FLOOD CONTROL AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS WHILE ADHERING TO STATE WATER RIGHTS. THESE ARE NONPARTISAN ENDEAVORS AS EVIDENCED BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY DEDICATE INA DAM IN CALIFORNIA. WHILE THE CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT CAME AFTER PRESIDENT KENNEDY, IT BRINGS PROSPERITY TO ARIZONA CITIES AND RANCHERS. THE GLEN CANYON DAM AND OTHER PROJECTS PROVIDED THE BACKBONE OF A REGIONAL ECONOMY THAT PRODUCED YEAR-ROUND WATER AND FREE HYDROPOWER. LAKE POWELL, THE RESERVOIR ALLOWS FOR MILLIONS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PROVIDED THE SCENE ERIE IN THE SCIENCE FICTION "THE PLANET OF THE APES." THIS THESE PROJECTS PROVIDE BENEFIT TO A GROWING SOCIETY, BUT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELPED GIVE, IT IS TAKING AWAY. TO CONSTRUCT NEW SURFACE WATER HE STORAGE IS A MAZE FROM A MULTITUDE OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES, CONFLICTING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUE TO CAUSE DELAYS, KILL JOBS AND NOT CAPTURING PRECIOUS WATER SUPPLIES, AGRICULTURE AND MUNICIPAL WATER PROVIDERS NEED A CLEAR PROCESS WITHOUT THE BUREAUCRACY. H.R. 1654 ESTABLISHES SUCH A PROCESS BY CREATING A ONE STOP SHOP PERMITTING SHOP. BUT THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION IN CHARGE FOR THESE IMPORTANT WATER PROJECTS IN 17 WESTERN STATES. THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE AS THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION HAS MADE THE WEST WHAT IT IS TODAY. GENERATIONS OF OUR PRIOR LEADERS FOCUSED ON THE NEED TO CAPTURE WATER AND DELIVER TO CITIES AND FIELDS. OUR COMMUNITIES ALWAYS NEED WATER AND WITH THE PROJECTED POPULATION INCREASES, WE ARE GOING TO NEED A LOT MORE OF THE LET'S BUILD ON THE GOOD WORK OF PREVIOUS GENERATIONS. PASS H.R. 1564 SO WE HAVE A CLEAR PROCESS MOVING FORWARD IN PURSUING WORTH WHILE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY. THIS ACT FACILITATES THAT CONCEPT. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA FOR SPONSORING THE NEEDED LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. I YILED BACK.

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                            • 03:22:29 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 03:22:36 PM

                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              I CONTINUE TO RESERVE.

                            • 03:22:39 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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

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                            • 03:22:43 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

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

                            • 03:22:49 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS PREPARED TO CLOSE.

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                            • 03:23:01 PM

                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATION, BUT I HOPE ONE THING IS…

                              MR. CHAIRMAN, IT'S BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATION, BUT I HOPE ONE THING IS CLEAR, THIS IS NOT AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL DEREGULATION BILL THAT IS MASSACRE AIDING BEHIND THE ISSUE OF INFRASTRUCTURE. ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS ARE NOT THE REASON NEW DAMS HAVE NOT BEEN BUILT AND IT'S NOT THE REASON THAT NEW DAMS WILL NOT BE BUILT. ALL THE ANALYSIS IS THEY DON'T GENERATE. THEY ARE RARELY FINANCEABLE. SO LET'S NOT SCAPE GET THE EP TALL LAWS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM. IF MY COLLEAGUES ARE INTERESTED IN AN HONEST INFRASTRUCTURE BILL INCLUDING A WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, THEY'LL FIND A LOT OF WILLING PARTNERS ACROSS THE AISLE INCLUDING MYSELF. WE PUT FORTH ALL SORTS OF IDEAS. SURFACE STORAGE AND NEW DAMS CAN BE PART OF IT, BUT WE HAVE TO PUT REAL DOLLARS ON THE TABLE. AND NOT HIDE BEHIND THISAL TERRIER AGENDA OF GUTTING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REPACK ACKNOWLEDGING THAT AND BEING RESPONSIVE TO OUR NATION'S CRITICAL NEED FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS BILL DOESN'T MEET THAT TEST. I REQUEST MY COLLEAGUES VOTE NO. AND I YIELD.

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                            • 03:24:31 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM COLORADO.

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                            • 03:24:37 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED…

                              ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED UNDER AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AND SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES PRINTED IN THE BILL. THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED 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 FOR DIVISION OF THE DEMAND OF THE QUESTION. IT IS IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 03:25:15 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                            • 03:26:22 PM

                              MR. LAMALFA

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CLERK

                              REPORT 115-1886 OFFERED BY MR. LAMALFA OF CALIFORNIA.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              MR. LAMALFA AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES.

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                              MR. LAMALFA

                              I WANT TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MR. LAMBORN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP…

                              I WANT TO THANK MY SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MR. LAMBORN FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS AND MR. MCCLINTOCK FOR BRINGING THE BILL FORWARD. THIS AMENDMENT ASSURES THAT STATE-LED PROJECTS CAN ALSO ENJOY THE COORDINATION THAT THE BILL ITSELF WILL DO. STATE-LED SFORGE PROJECTS SUCH AS SYKES RESERVOIR WILL BE ELIGIBLE UNDER H.R. 15 64. DOING SO ENABLES STATES AT LOWER COSTS TO PARTNER WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON PROJECTS. ADOPTING THIS AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE STATE-LED PROJECTS WILL ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE, MORE RAPIDLY AND AT NO ADDITIONAL COSTS TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN MY HOME STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE VOTERS HAVE APPROVED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TOWARDS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS SYKES RESERVOIR, WHICH WILL INCLUDE ENOUGH WATER SFORGE FOR MILLIONS MORE PEOPLE IN MY STATE. IF YOU KNOW THE RESERVOIR, THE LOCALS WILL TELL YOU THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT, POKING IT, PRODDING IT FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS. 40 YEARS. BUREAUCRACY PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE. THE BILL IN CHIEF IS NOT LOOKING TO CHANGE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS OR GET RID OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. MY COLLEAGUE TALKED ABOUT HAVING AN HONEST DISCUSSION IN THIS AREA. AN HONEST DISCUSSION WOULD SHOW THAT THE BILL IN CHIEF IS ONE IS MERELY COORDINATING AND NOT CHANGING THE WATER QUALITY ACT OR NEPA OR ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN GETTING THESE PEOPLE IN ONE ROOM TO COORDINATE AT ONE TIME. YES, WE HAVE COSTS INVOLVED BECAUSE PEOPLE GIVE UP WHETHER IT IS PRIVATE SECTOR MONEY OR PEOPLE WHO PASS BONDS GIVE UP AFTER A WHILE BECAUSE THEY DON'T THINK MONEY IS GOING TO THE PROJECT WHEN THEY HEAR ABOUT ENDLESS DELAYS WHEN WE HAVE KNOCKING ONE IDEA TO ANOTHER. A LAKE IS IN MY OWN BACK YARD. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WHAT HAPPENED THERE, COORDINATION UNDER AN EMERGENCY WHERE PEOPLE FINALLY RECOGNIZED EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TRYING TO THROW ROD BLOCKS AND WHEN 188,000 PEOPLE HAVE TO EVACUATE AN AREA DUE TO SOME UNKNOWN FACTORS, THEN THEY SAW THE NEED TO FIX IT. AND THE SPILL WAY AT THE LAKE IS GOING TO BE FIXED PRETTY RAPIDLY OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD AND MADE USABLE IN THIS SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. SO THAT'S HOW COORDINATION CAN WORK TO GET A NEEDED PROJECT DONE. WHAT WE NEED TO QUIT DOING IS WAITING FOR EMERGENCIES LIKE THIS WHEN WE KNOW LEVEE PROJECTS, OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS THIS BUREAUCRATIC BADMINTON PLAYED NEED TO BE COORDINATED. MY AMENDMENT ADDS TO IT. AGAIN ABILITY FOR STATE DOLLARS ON STATE-LED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THAT. I THINK IT MAKES A HECK OF A LOT OF SENSE AND HELP OUR VOTERS TO HAVE THIS BEING ENJOYED. I RESERVE. . I'M HAPPY TO YIELD.

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                            • 03:30:39 PM

                              MR. LAMBORN

                              ADOPTION, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

                            • 03:30:48 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FRESNO.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              YES.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              YES.

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                              MR. COSTA

                              MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT…

                              MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS OF THE HOUSE, I RISE TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN LAMALFA. AS I SAID EARLIER, WE NEED TO FIX THE BROKEN WATER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE RELIABILITY IS KEY. WE HAVE A WATER SYSTEM THAT WAS DESIGNED FOR 20 MILLION PEOPLE. TODAY WE HAVE 40 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING IN CALIFORNIA. BY THE YEAR 2030, WE'LL HAVE 50 MILLION PEOPLE. IN THE THIS SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WHERE I LIVE, WHICH HAS BEEN GROUND ZERO FOR THE IMPACTS OF AN UNRELIABLE WATER SUPPLY BECAUSE OF THE BROKEN SYSTEM, WE HAVE FELT THE DEVASTATION OF THE DROUGHT THIS LACK OF RELIABILITY IS DUE TO MANY FACTORS THAT HAVE INTENSIFIED AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, IMPACT ON REGULATIONS AND OTHER FACTORS. LUCKILY THIS YEAR, AS I NOTED, IT'S BEEN A DELUGE OF RAIN AND SNOW, AND FOR THAT WE'RE THANKFUL. BUT WE KNOW IN CALIFORNIA THAT IT'S EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE SO SADLY WE MUST PLAN FOR THE FUTURE AND THAT MEANS INCLUDING SURFACE STORAGE AND USING SUBSURFACE REPLENISHMENT OF OUR GROUND WATER AND ALL THE OTHER WATER TOOLS THAT ARE PART OF THIS WATER TOOL TOOLBOX THAT IS CRITICAL FOR THE LONG TERM. WE NEED MORE STORAGE, WE NEED UNDERLYING LEGISLATION THAT THIS PROVIDES WHILE NOT COMPLETELY FIXING OR RESOLVING OUR CHALLENGES IS A SMALL STEP AND IT WAS NOTED BEFORE THIS DOES NOT AMEND NEPA OR SEE QUA, IT SIMPLY PROVIDES A -- OR CEQA. IT SIMPLY PROVIDES A TIMELINE. THIS TIMELINE IS NOT TOO DIFFERENT FROM THE COLLABORATION THAT THE GOVERNOR IS WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ON THE PROPOSAL TO FIX THE PLUMBING SYSTEM IN THE DELTA. THEY HAVE A RECORD OF DECISION THAT HAS A TIMELINE. SO SURFACE STORAGE WATER IS GOING TO RECEIVE FUNDING AND SUPPORT UNDER THE WIND ACT WE PASSED IN DECEMBER. MATCHING STATE FUNDS ALONG WITH THIS EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE TIMELINE WILL BE HELPFUL. LET ME FINALLY SAY THAT SUSTAINABILITY OF OUR AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY, SUSTAINABILITY OF PUTTING FOOD AND FIBER ON AMERICA'S DINNER TABLE EVERY NIGHT, AND HELPING FEED OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD IS REALLY WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT HERE. RELIABILITY IS KEY TO MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE SUSTAINABLE AND THAT THE ADVERSION -- ADVERSE IMPACTS OF A LACK OF FIXED WATER SYSTEM WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS LEGISLATION IS A SMALL STEP IN PROVIDING TIMELINES FOR CERTAINTY FOR THIS COLLABORATION FOR THIS PROCESS TO WORK BETTER. I URGE THE SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:33:35 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              I RESERVE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA.

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                              MR. LAMALFA

                              I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND…

                              I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE, MR. COSTA, FOR HIS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND EFFORT IN ENSURING WE HAVE A PROACTIVE WAY OF DOING THINGS IN CALIFORNIA ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. I APPRECIATE THAT A LOT. SO FOR ANYBODY TO SAY THAT THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT IT TAKES TO GET PAST A BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS, TO SIMPLY GET THE EXISTING PERMITS UNDER EXISTING LAWS, IS NOT BURDENSOME, IS NAIVE. INDEED, WHETHER WE'RE TALKING HI PRGTS, LEVEE PROJECTS, BRIDGE PROJECTS, OR IN THIS BILL WATER STORAGE PROJECTS, WE NEED THIS COORDINATION. SO THE COORDINATION WILL MEAN MORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, MORE FOR THE PEOPLE OF MY OWN STATE, WITH LESS DOLLARS, LESS DELAY, AND THEY CAN START ENJOYING THE FRUITS OF THIS PROJECT, THE FRUIT OF THEIR TAX DOLLARS. SO MY AMENDMENT SIMPLY ADDS TO THAT, STATE-LED EFFORTS, WHETHER IT'S BEEN A BOND PASSED BY A STATE OR STATE -- OTHER STATE FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA AND OTHER STATES, THAT THEY TOO CAN ENJOY THAT COORDINATION THAT THIS BILL WOULD PROVIDE. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, -- MR. CHAIRMAN, MY COLLEAGUES, I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 03:34:52 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I'M NOT SURE IF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I MUST OPPOSE THIS AMENDMENT. I'M NOT SURE IF THIS WAS THE INTENT OF MY FRIEND MR. LAMALFA BUT IT APPEARS THIS AMENDMENT WOULD PRIORITIZE PERMITTING OF SURFACE STORAGE PROJECTS, NOT GROUND WATER STORAGE. THE WYNN ACT AUTHORIZES MONEY FOR SURFACE AND GROUND WATER STORAGE PROJECTS. THESE PROJECTS ARE YET TO BE NAMED AND PRIORITIZED. YET THIS AMENDMENT APPLY THIS IS BILL'S STREAMLINING PROVISIONS TO, QUOTE, STATE-LED PROJECTS FOR NEW SURFACE STORAGE PROJECTS. NOW PROVIDING SURFACE STORAGE IS IN KEEPING WITH SOME OF THE OBSESSION WITH NEW DAMS WE HAVE HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE. BUT THE TRUTH IS, THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF OTHER WORTHY PROJECTS THAT ARE NEEDED IF WE'RE GOING TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN CALIFORNIA AND TO PUT A HIM ON -- THUMB ON THE SCALE FOR ONE PARTICULAR KIND IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. SO MR. SPEAKER, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST A NO VOTE AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:36:12 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LAMALFA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. LOWENTHAL.

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                            • 03:36:48 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                              THE CLERK

                              PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186, OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF…

                              PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-186, OFFERED BY MR. LOWENTHAL OF CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 03:36:59 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR.…

                              PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 392, THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL.

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                            • 03:37:10 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I, LIKE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LONG-TERM PRSPECTS FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND STORAGE IN THE WEST. AS THE WESTERN CLIMATE CONTINUES TO GET HOTTER, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE HOT, DRY, DROUGHT YEARS. THAT'S WHY MANY STATES AND COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE CITIES THAT I REPRESENT, ARE DOING ALL THAT THEY CAN TO MAKE THEIR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE MORE RESILIENT, TO REDUCE UNNEEDED RUNOFF, TO RECYCLE WATER, AND TO STORE AS MUCH GROUND WATER AS POSSIBLE. TO SUPPORT THESE CRITICAL ACTIVITIES, KUOK NEEDS TO INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE. THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY DOES NOT DO ANY OF THESE THINGS. IT DOES NOT AUTHORIZE NEW OR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR WATER PROJECTS. IT'S NOT AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. INSTEAD TO THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY MAKE MISS AMERICANS NERVOUS BECAUSE IT LOOSENS KEY ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS AND IMPOSES ARBITRARY DEADLINES FOR THE APPROVAL OF DAMS ON OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS. THIS BILL THREATENS THE HEALTH OF OUR STREAMS, OUR RIVERS, AND COASTLINES WHICH COULD HARM OFFICIAL POPULATIONS IMPORTANT TO COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. THEREFORE I'M OFFERING A STRAIGHTFORWARD AMENDMENT. IT SIMPLY REQUIRES PROPOSED NEW DAMS TO GO THROUGH THE NORMAL PROJECT REVIEW PROCESS IF THEY ARE LIKELY TO HARM COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. THE CONSTRUCTION OF POORLY PERMITTED DAMS HAS BEEN A MAJOR CAUSE OF MORTALITY FOR CALIFORNIA'S FISHERIES. CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY, THEY CURRENTLY BLOCK CHINOOK SALMON AND STEELHEAD FROM MORE THAN 90% OF THE HISTORICAL SPAWNING HABITAT. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP PROTECT MY STATE'S ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT OFFICIALLIES -- FISHERIES FROM FURTHER HARM. COMMERCIAL FISHERIES FROM MY HOME STATE SUSTAIN THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACROSS EAVEL AND -- CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST COAST AND CURRENTLY WE HAVE WHAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A FISHERIES CRISIS. MANY FISHERIES ARE AT RECORD LOW POPULATION LEVELS. ACCORDING TO SOME ESTIMATES, 7 % OF CALIFORNIA'S NATIVE SALMON WILL BE EXTINCT OR DISAPPEAR WITHIN THE NEXT CENTURY -- IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE. SIMPLY PUT, MANY WEST COAST FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN THAT DEPEND ON CALIFORNIA'S FISH -- FISH RUNS ARE HANGING ON BY A THREAD. THE THOUSANDS OF FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN AND OTHER EMPLOYEES OF RESTAURANTS, HOTELS AND OTHER BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON HEALTHY FISH RUNS HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING MIGHTILY. EVEN NOW MANY FISHERMEN AND FISHERWOMEN ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM THE TOTAL CLOSURE OF THE OCEAN SALMON FISHERY ALONG THE WEST COAST IN 2008 AND 2009. BECAUSE OF POOR CALIFORNIA SALMON RETURNS. THE CLOSURE DEVASTATED THE PACIFIC COAST FISHING INDUSTRY AND ULTIMATELY REQUIRED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DISASTER AID FROM CONGRESS. IN RECENT YEARS, FISHERY MANAGEMENTS -- MANAGERS HAVE ALSO HAD TO SEVERELY RESTRICT COMMERCIAL FISHING SEASON BECAUSE OF LOW POPULATION LEVELS. MY AMENDMENT WILL HELP PREVENT FUTURE HARM OPEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING TO JUST GET BY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES ON MY AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:40:50 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

                              THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES HIS TIME. WHO SEEKS RECOGNITION? DOES THE GENTLEMAN WISH TO CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:41:06 PM

                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST I'D POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA…

                              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. FIRST I'D POINT OUT TO MY FRIEND FROM CALIFORNIA IF THE CLIMATE CONTINUES TO WARM, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO STORE AS MUCH WATER IN OUR MOUNTAINS AS SNOW AND WE ARE GOING TO NEED MUCH MORE SURFACE WATER STORAGE RESERVOIRS THAN THE LAWS HAVE ALLOWED US TO BUILD BECAUSE OF THE DELAYS THEY'VE IMPOSED IN PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT GIVES THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR THE ABILITY TO IGNORE THIS STREAMLINING LAW IF HE DETERMINED IT COULD, QUOTE, CAUSE HARM TO COMMERCIAL FISHERIES. WELL, NOW, REMEMBER, THIS BILL MAKES NO CHANGES TO ANY OF OUR EXISTING LAWS OR REGULATIONS. IT MAKES NO CHANGES TO THE LICENSES AND PERMITS REQUIRED FOR A PROJECT OR THE CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THOSE LICENSES AND PERMITS. IT MAKES NO CHANGES TO ANY LAW OR REGULATION THAT COULD AFFECT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES OR FOR THAT MATTER ANYTHING ELSE. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT THE AGENCIES AND JURISDICTIONS INVOLVED WITH THESE PROJECTS HAVE TO COOPERATE AND COORDINATE AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND IT REQUIRES THE SCIENCE GUIDING THESE DECISIONS TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW AND SCRUTINIZE. SO WHY THE AMENDMENT? WELL, FOR ONE REASON AND RUN -- AND ONE REASON ONLY, I THINK. BECAUSE FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, WE'VE HAD AN ADMINISTRATION THAT WAS ACTIVELY HOSTILE TO CONSTRUCTING NEW RESERVOIRS THAT ADMINISTRATION HAS USED THE FRAGMENTED NATURE OF THE APPROVAL PROCESS AS A WAY TO DELAY PROJECTS INDEFINITELY. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROPOSAL CORRECTS. MR. LOWENTHAL'S AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW ANY ADMINISTRATION SO INCLINED TO MAKE A SPECIOUS FINDING AS AN EXCUSE TO IGNORE THIS LAW. PROJECT APPLICANTS WOULD NOT KNOW FROM ONE ELECTION TO THE NEXT WHETHER THEIR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF STUDIES AND INVESTMENTS WOULD SUDDENLY COME TO NAUGHT AND PROJECTS ALREADY WELL ALONG IN THE PLANNING AND APPROVAL PROCESS COULD FIND THEIR EFFORTS COMING TO A SCREECHING HALT. FOR OUR LAWS TO WORK, THEY MUST BE PREDICTABLE AND FAIR. MR. LOWENTHAL'S AMENDMENT IS A POISON PILL TO REND THEY ARE LAW UNPREDICTABLE AND CAPRICIOUS. THE IRONY IS THIS. THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HAVE THE MOST TO LOSE FROM HIS AMENDMENT. BECAUSE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEPENDS ON SURPLUS WATTER FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR TO THE GENTLEMAN, AND HIS CONSTITUENTS, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAS FIRST CLAIM ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WATER. IF WE CAN'T STORE THE EXTRA WATER IN THE NORTH THERE'S NO SURPLUS FOR THE SOUTH. AND THE GENTLEMAN'S CONSTITUENTS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO DEAD LAWNS AND GARDENINGS, BROWN PARKS, EMPTY SWIMMING POOLS, ASTRONOMICAL WATER AND ELECTRICITY PRICE, SPIRALING GROCERY PRICES, AND A FUTURE WHERE THEY WILL HAVE TO RATION AND STRETCH EVERY DROP OF WATER AND EVERY WATT OF ELECTRICITY IN THEIR PARCHED AND SWELTERING HOMES. THEY MIGHT WANT TO ASK HIM ABOUT THAT SOMEDAY. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                            • 03:44:18 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL IS RECOGNIZED.

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                            • 03:44:25 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE LEFT?

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS A MINUTE AND A HALF.

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                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, MR. HUFFMAN.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR A MINUTE.

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                              MR. HUFFMAN

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT. MY COLLEAGUE ACROSS THE AISLE JUST ASKED THE RETORICAL QUESTION WHY IS THIS AMENDMENT NEEDED? IT'S NEEDED BECAUSE FISHING JOBS MATTER. THE PEOPLE WHO I REPRESENT ON THE NORTH COAST OF CALIFORNIA AND ALSO OTHER FISHING COMMUNITIES UP AND DOWN THE PACIFIC COAST, INCLUDING IN OREGON AND WASHINGTON, THEIR JOBS MATTER. AND THEIR LIMITED OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR INTERESTS CONSIDERED WHEN A DAM PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD IS WHAT IS SHORTENED BY THE STREAMLINING IN THIS BILL. THEIR INTERESTS ARE ALREADY SUBORDINATED OFTEN TIME BUS THAW GET SUBORDINATED EVEN FURTHER BY THE STREAMLINING IN THIS CASE WHICH PLACES THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, THE PROPONENT OF THE NEW DAM , IN CHARGE OF THE ADMINISTRATIONIVE RECORD WHICH PLACES THE FISH AGENCIES, WHICH OFTEN ADVANCE THE INTERESTS OF PROTECTING FISHERIES, IN A SUBORDINATE ROLE TO THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THAT CRIMINALS THE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD WHICH IMPOSES SHORTENED TIMELINES TO MAKE IT EVEN HARDER FOR THEIR INTERESTS TO BE CONSIDERED. FISHING JOBS MATTER AND THE TRUTH IS RIGHT NOW IN MY DISTRICT AND IN MANY OTHER FISHING COMMUNITIES, PEOPLE ARE HURTING BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY POORLY OPERATED AND POORLY PERMITTED DAMS. LET'S NOT MAKE THINGS WORSE. THIS AMENDMENT IS ABUE ABSOLUTE -- IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY AND I URGE AN AYE VOTE. .

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                            • 03:46:14 PM

                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              I WOULD FIRST POINT OUT THAT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ARE CONTROLLED AND…

                              I WOULD FIRST POINT OUT THAT COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ARE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, NOT THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR. AND YET THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR TO WHOM THE GENTLEMAN WOULD GIVE THE POWER TO IGNORE THIS STREAMLINING LAW AND IMPOSE ENDLESS AND REPRESENTATIVE DELAYS IN THE CONSIDERATION OF THESE PROJECTS. I WOULD AGAIN POINT OUT THAT ALL OF THE CONSIDERATIONS THAT ARE GIVEN TO FISHERIES, THAT ARE GIVEN TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND ENGINEERING LAWS, EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO THE PLANNING PROCESS IN OUR DAMS UNDER OUR LAWS AND REGULATIONS ARE FULLY RESPECTED UNDER THIS MEASURE. ALL THAT IT DOES IS SAY THAT THE AGENCY -- THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION WHEN AN APPLICATION IS PROVIDED, WILL PULL THESE AGENCIES TOGETHER AND ALL OF THE JURISDICTIONS AND THE AFFECTED PARTIES AND ESTABLISH A TIMETABLE ACCORDING TO THEIR BEST JUDGMENT, HAVE THEM TALK WITH EACH OTHER AND THEN STICK TO THAT PLAN. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES AND WHY IT IS SO DESPERATELY NEEDED IN A STATE THAT HASN'T BUILT A MAJOR RESERVOIR SINCE 1979. I RESERVE.

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                            • 03:47:33 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL.

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                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              LETTERS, THE LARGEST ORGANIZATION OF COMMERCIAL FISHING FAMILIES ON THE…

                              LETTERS, THE LARGEST ORGANIZATION OF COMMERCIAL FISHING FAMILIES ON THE WEST COAST COLLECTIVELY REPRESENTING THOUSAND OF FAMILY WAGE JOBS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY, STRONGLY OPPOSING THIS BILL, H.R. 1654 AND SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT.

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                            • 03:48:04 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE CHAIR

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. MCCLINTOCK.

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                            • 03:48:13 PM

                              MR. MCCLINTOCK

                              INCLUDE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS WELL AS…

                              INCLUDE THE SUPPORT OF THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AS WELL AS THE FAMILY FARM FEDERATION IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND THE JOBS THAT WILL EXPAND AS A RESULT OF ITS ADOPTION.

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                            • 03:48:27 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE…

                              THAT WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. LOWENTHAL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                            • 03:48:43 PM

                              MR. LOWENTHAL

                              I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE CHAIR

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY…

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY 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 15-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                              THE CHAIR

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 232. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ATOPTED. -- ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. ACCORDINGLY UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES.

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                            • 04:14:07 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                              MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 1654 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 292 REPORTS THE HOUSE BACK WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                            • 04:14:22 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR…

                              THE MEMBER WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. .

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                              MR. SPEAKER.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS, TAKE YOUR SEATS. TAKE YOUR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                              I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW, LAST THURSDAY EVENING WE…

                              I THANK THE SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE ALL KNOW, LAST THURSDAY EVENING WE PLAYED THE ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL CHARITY BASEBALL GAME. THIS IS NORMALLY THE TIME WHEN THE LOSING MANAGER HAS TO CONGRATULATE THE WINNING MANAGER.

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                            • 04:16:04 PM

                              MR. BARTON

                              OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, I'VE BECOME FAIRLY PROFICIENT AT CONGRATULATING…

                              OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, I'VE BECOME FAIRLY PROFICIENT AT CONGRATULATING MR. DOYLE. BUT TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I'M NOT GOING TO TELL A LOT OF JOKES. BECAUSE, AS WE ALL KNOW, AT THE PRACTICE WEDNESDAY MORNING BEFORE THE -- MORNING BEFORE, THE REPUBLICAN PRACTICE, AN INDIVIDUAL OPENED FIRE ON THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. AND WOUNDED OUR WHIP, THE MAJORITY WHIP, MR. SCALISE. WOUNDED BOTH CAPITOL POLICE OFFICERS THAT WERE PART OF MR. SCALISE'S SECURITY DETAIL. AND WOUNDED TWO VOLUNTEERS WHO WERE ASSISTING US IN OUR PRACTICE. SO I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF JOKES TODAY, MR. SPEAKER. I DO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. DOYLE AND HIS TEAM. THEY PLAYED FAIR AND SQUARE. THEY WERE EXTREMELY GRACIOUS BEFORE THE GAME. WE HAD A UNITY PRAYER, WE HAD A UNITY INTRODUCTION OF THE PLAYERS, THE NIGHT BEFORE MR. DOYLE AND HIS TEAM INVITED THE REPUBLICAN TEAM, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, TO THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL HEADQUARTERS. MYSELF AND MY TWO SONS WENT. AND THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE FELLOWSHIP WAS EVEN BETTER. SO I DO SINCERELY WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND YOUR PLAYERS FOR PLAYING THE BEST GAME, YOU DESERVED TO WIN. BUT, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO COMMEND THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. WE HAD APPROXIMATELY 25 OF OUR MEMBERS AT THE PRACTICE. EVERY ONE OF THEM EXHIBITED COURAGE AND COMPOSURE. THEY ALL LOOKED OUT FOR THEIR FELLOW TEAMMATES. WE HAD AN EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS. WE HAD TWO OF THE BEST CAPITOL HILL POLICE THAT WAS POSSIBLE TO HAVE THAT RISKED THEIR LIVES. AND I WANT TO SAY THIS AND THEN I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. DOYLE. THE SHOOTER THAT ATTACKED THE REPUBLICAN BASEBALL TEAM, MR. SPEAKER, WAS ATTACKING DEMOCRACY . WHEN WE'RE AT FULL STRENGTH ON THIS FLOOR, THERE ARE 435 OF US. EVERY ONE OF US IS A WINNER. WE GET HERE BECAUSE WE'VE WON AN ELECTION. WE GET HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE GOT THE FAITH OF APPROXIMATELY 600,000 OR 700,000 PEOPLE THAT ARE DEPENDING ON US TO BE THEIR VOICE FOR DEMOCRACY. WE ARGUE, WE DEBATE, BUT AS I SAID IN ONE OF MY INTERVIEWS, BEFORE OUR NAME IS UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE. UNITED. AND LAST THURSDAY AT THE BASEBALL GAME WE WERE UNITED. I COULD NOT BE PROUDER OF BEING A MEMBER OF THIS BODY, MR. SPEAKER. I COULD NOT BE PROUDER OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM, OUR M.V.P., RON DESANTIS, OUR HONORARY M.V.P., STEVE SCALISE, AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM. WOULD THE MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN TEAM STAND AND LET'S ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR HEROISM. AGAIN, I CONGRATULATE YOU, MR. DOYLE, AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF THE TIME TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. MIKE DOYLE.

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                              MR. DOYLE

                              THANK YOU, JOE. THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER YEARS THAT WE'VE STOOD UP…

                              THANK YOU, JOE. THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER YEARS THAT WE'VE STOOD UP HERE. THIS TROPHY ISN'T FOR EITHER TEAM. THIS TROPHY'S FOR STEVE. I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT WHEN WE GOT THE NEWS AT OUR BASEBALL PRACTICE ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON, THE ONLY THING WE COULD THINK ABOUT IS THAT WE ARE A FAMILY. WHEN WE STOOD IN THE DUGOUT AND PRAYED FOR YOU, THAT YOU WERE SAFE AND THAT NO ONE WAS HURT, WE WEREN'T THINKING ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. WE WERE THINKING ABOUT OUR FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS. I WAS THINK BEING YOUR SON, JACK. AND ALL THE FUN TIMES I'VE HAD KIDDING HIM. THINKING ABOUT CEDRIC RICHMOND'S 3-YEAR-OLD SON THAT WAS WITH US. AND WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THAT SHOOTER HAD COME OVER TO OUR DUGOUT. IF THERE'S A SILVER LINING TO THAT TERRIBLE DAY, IT WAS REFLECTED IN THE OUTPOURING OF PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP AT OUR GAME. WE NORMALLY GET A CROWD OF 9,000 TO 10,000. 25,000 PEOPLE CAME TO THAT GAME. WE NORMALLY RAISE ABOUT $500,000 FOR THE THREE CHARITIES THAT THE GAME SUPPORTS. I HAVE A CHECK HERE THAT SAYS WE RAISED $1.5 MILLION. THAT'S NOT CORRECT. IT'S $1.7 MILLION. SO SOME WORTHWHILE CHARITIES ARE GOING TO GET A CHECK THEY WEREN'T EXPECTING. AND I WANT TO REITERATE WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT OUR CAPITOL POLICE. TO HAVE SOMEONE SHOOTING BULLETS AT YOU, THAT'S TERRIFYING ENOUGH. TO MAKE THE DECISION TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE AND CHARGE THAT SHOOTER, TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WASN'T A MASSACRE, THAT TAKES A SPECIAL, SPECIAL KIND OF PERSON. AND THOSE TWO OFFICERS, TO SEE KRYSTAL THROW THAT BALL OUT LAST NIGHT AT THE WOMEN'S SOFTBALL GAME, JUST BROUGHT A LOT OF JOY TO MY HEART. WE OWE A REAL DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THE CAPITOL POLICE THAT PROTECT US HERE ON THESE GROUNDS. BUT, JOE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT ALL OF YOU GUYS. YOU'RE IN OUR PRAYERS, YOU'RE IN OUR THOUGHTS. SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED AND MANY OF YOU, IT MIGHT TAKE DAYS BEFORE IT HITS YOU. AND I'D ENCOURAGE ANYONE THAT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, FEELING THAT TO TALK TO SOMEONE. DON'T BE BASHFUL ABOUT THAT. THIS WAS A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR TEAM ESPECIALLY. BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR PRAYERS AND, AS WE SAID BEFORE, JOE AND I ARE GOING TO WALK THIS STATUE OVER TO STEVE'S OFFICE AND WHEN THE HOSPITAL GIVES US CLEARANCE, WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER TO THE HOSPITAL AND PRESENT IT TO STEVE PERSONALLY. THIS IS FOR HIM RIGHT NOW. AND WE WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT THE ENTIRE CONGRESS THINKS ABOUT HIM EVERY DAY. PRAYS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. AND WE HOPE TO GET HIM BACK HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

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                              MR. BARTON

                              THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. AS A SEPARATE -- IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED…

                              THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. AS A SEPARATE -- IS A SEPARATE VOTE DEMANDED ON THE AMENDMENT -- TO THE AMENDMENT REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE? IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. THE QUESTION IS ON ENGROSSMENT AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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                            • 04:24:51 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL…

                              A BILL TO AUTHORIZE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR TO COORDINATE FEDERAL AND STATE PERMITTING PROCESSES RELATED TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SURFACE WATER STORAGE PROJECTS ON LANDS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, AND THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, AND TO DESIGNATE THE BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR PERMIT PROCESSING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE…

                              THE QUESTION IS ON PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              A RECORDED VOTE IS REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THIS WILL BE A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                              ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 233. THE NAYS ARE 180. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS WILL CLEAR THE WELL. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE DUTYFUL SERVICE OF THE SECRET SERVICE. THEY PROTECT THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, THEIR FAMILIES AND FOREIGN DIGNITARIES WHILE ALSO INVESTIGATING CYBERCRIMES AND PREVENTING FRAUD.

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                              MR. KATKO

                              THEY PLACE THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE DAILY. FURTHER, THEY CONTINUE TO…

                              THEY PLACE THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE DAILY. FURTHER, THEY CONTINUE TO CONDUCT COUNTERFEIT INTERDICTION OPERATIONS DESPITE THE INCREASING NEED FOR DETAILS AND LOW RETENTION NUMBERS. WHILE THE SECRET SERVICE IS OFTEN IN THE NEWS FOR PERSONAL SHORTCOMINGS, THE ORGANIZATION HAS HAD A STORIED HISTORY IN PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES. IT IS A REMARKABLE FACT THAT WITHIN THE LAST YEAR THEY HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTED SECURITY OPERATIONS FOR MULTIPLE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY, A VISIT TO NEW YORK CITY BY POPE FRANCIS AND COUNTLESS FOREIGN DIGNITARIES TO OUR SOIL. SO FROM ALL OF US HERE IN CONGRESS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SECRET SERVICE FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR NATION AND FOR THEIR SACRIFICES. IN THE COMING MONTHS, I PLAN TO ROUTINELY HONOR THIS GREAT EXAMPLE OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 04:35:51 PM

                              MR. LANGEVIN

                              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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                              EMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 04:35:58 PM

                              MR. LANGEVIN

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE LATEST PLAN TO GUT…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE LATEST PLAN TO GUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SENATE REPUBLICANS, AS BEEN REPORTED, THE BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT WAS DRAFTED ENTIRELY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AN WILL BE RUSHED TO THE VOTE WITHOUT PUBLIC DEBATE. MR. SPEAKER, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THIS BILL WILL NOT PROVIDE AMERICANS ACCESS TO BETTER CARE AND CREATE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE. CHANGES TO MEDICARE WILL MEAN PEOPLE WILL LOSE ACCESS TO CRUCIAL SERVICES AND SUPPORTS AND SHRINKING THE PROGRAM WILL FORCE STATES TO CUT SERVICES TO THE POOR, THE SICK AND THE ELDERLY. THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN VERSION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE SENATE'S BILL IS AN ATTACK ON THE PRESERVATION OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND WILL NOT ENSURE MIDDLE-INCOME AMERICANS CAN RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO OBTAIN COVERAGE. THE SENATE REPUBLICAN BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT DOES NOT DEVIATE FROM THE DAMAGE OF THE CORE POLICIES FOUND IN THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE VERSION OF THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT SHES AND I JUST HOPE MY REPUBLICAN -- ACT, AND I JUST HOPE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WILL KNOW THIS WILL UNDERMINE HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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

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

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                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 04:38:29 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              I YIELD BACK.

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                              MS. LUJAN GRISHAM

                              ONE MINUTE. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS…

                              ONE MINUTE. MS. LUJAN GRISHAM: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO RECOGNIZE JUNE AS NATIONAL HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH AND TO INTRODUCE THREE BILLS TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS, THE FORECLOSURE FAIRNESS ACT, THE NATIONAL BILL OF RIGHTS ACT AND THE KEEPING FAMILIES HOME ACT. THE HOMEOWNERSHIP RATE IN THE U.S. IN 2016 FELL TO 62.9%, THE LOWEST RATE SINCE 1967. BEFORE THE GREAT RECESSION, IT PEAKED AT ABOUT NEARLY 70%. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, NEW MEXICO, MY HOME STATE, HAS NOT SEEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY. IN FACT, AS OF APRIL, 2017, NEW MEXICO'S FORECLOSURE RATE IS 40% HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. OWNING A HOME IS NOT ONLY THE AMERICAN DREAM, IT ALSO INCREASES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AS WELL AS WEALTH FOR THE OWNERS. THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER HAS A NET WORTH THAT'S 36 TIMES THAT OF THE AVERAGE RENTER. 195,000 COMPARED TO 5,000 -- 5,400. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK MY COLLEAGUES SUPPORT THE BILL THAT WILL MAKE THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS MORE TRANSPARENT AND FAIR, HELP NON-ENGLISH SPEAKERS COMMUNICATE WITH MORTGAGE SERVICERS AND KEEP FAMILIES IN THEIR HOME. I YIELD BACK.

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

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO A NATIONAL…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CALL ATTENTION TO A NATIONAL VICTIMS COMPENSATION ISSUE THAT MUST BE TREATED WITH THE URGENCY IT DESERVES. NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO, BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, $40 MILLION WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO VICTIMS -- VICTIMS COMPENSATION PROGRAM.

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                              MR. BISHOP

                              WHO CONTRACTED FUNGAL MEN GIANTS DUE TO STEROID INJECTIONS DISTRIBUTED IN…

                              WHO CONTRACTED FUNGAL MEN GIANTS DUE TO STEROID INJECTIONS DISTRIBUTED IN 2012 WHICH RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS AND WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE. THAT MONEY WAS DELIVERED TO THE MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE NINE MONTHS AGO AND YET NOT A SINGLE CLAIM HAS BEEN PAID. MR. SPEAKER, THESE VICTIMS, MANY OF WHOM ARE FROM MY DISTRICT, NEED JUSTICE. WE'RE NEARING THE FIVE-YEAR MARK OF THIS TERRIBLE OUTBREAK AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA NEED THIS CONGRESS CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEM. AGAINST THEIR OWN WILL, THEY BECAME VICTIMS OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, AND THEY CERTAINLY DO NOT NEED TO ALSO BE VICTIMS OF MORE BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IT'S TIME TO USE THESE FUNDS WE SECURED AND START COMPENSATING THESE VICTIMS. I STAND READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN, BUT I URGE THE OFFICIALS IN MASSACHUSETTS TO TREAT THIS MATTER LIKE THE PRIORITY IT TRULY IS. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                            • 04:41:44 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 04:41:50 PM

                              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE NEW JERSEY…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND HERE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE NEW JERSEY 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. I STAND HERE PROUD THAT MAYOR ERIC JACKSON OF TRENTON, MAYOR LIZ LAMPERT OF PRINCETON, MAYOR COLLEEN MARR LED THE CHARGE IN UNDERSTANDING THAT OUR GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY TO COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE, IT STARTS AT HOME. BY PASSING RESOLUTIONS THAT PLEDGED THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD, THESE CITIES UNDERSTAND THAT AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM MEANS RELIEF FROM THE FRONT, NOT FROM THE BACK. I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED MY ENTIRE LIFE IN A STATE THAT HAS SO MANY PROGRESSIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE WORKING EVERY DAY TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR QUALITY OF LIFE. I COMMEND THESE CITIES IN MY DISTRICT AND THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, THE BUSINESS LEADERS AND THE PRIVATE CITIZENS NATIONWIDE WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO ENSURE THE CULTIVATION AND PRESERVATION OF THIS EARTH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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

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

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                            • 04:43:12 PM

                              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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                              TEMPORE WITHOUT

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. THOMPSON

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, JUNE IS ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, JUNE IS ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH. ALZHEIMER'S IS THE SIXTH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES, AND IT HAS REACHED CRISIS PROPORTIONS. THERE IS NO EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, NO MEANS OF PREVENTION AND NO METHOD FOR SLOWING THE PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE. SADLY, ONE IN THREE SENIORS WILL DIE WITH THE DISEASE. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, FIVE MILLION AMERICANS WERE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE IN THE YEAR 2013. THIS NUMBER'S EXPECTED TO ALMOST TRIPLE TO 14 MILLION BY THE YEAR 2050. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. ALZHEIMER'S IS ALSO HAS A DEVASTATING IMPACT ON CAREGIVERS AND LOVED ONES OF THOSE DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE. MORE THAN 15 MILLION AMERICANS PROVIDE UNPAID CARE TO FAMILY AN FRIENDS LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER DEMENTIAS. COMPARED WITH CAREGIVERS FOR PEOPLE OUTDEMENTIA, TWICE AS MANY CAREGIVERS WITH DEMENTIA INDICATES SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL STRESS. MR. SPEAKER, LET'S JOIN THE FIGHT AND PLEDGE AWARENESS TO THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND TO NEVER STOP SEARCHING FOR A CURE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MAINE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                            • 04:44:39 PM

                              MS. PINGREE

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MS. PINGREE

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE JUNE IS PTSD AWARENESS MONTH,…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE JUNE IS PTSD AWARENESS MONTH, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE AN EXTRAORDINARY ORGANIZATION IN MY DISTRICT THAT IS MAKING A HUGE IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF MAINE VETERANS MANAGING THIS CHALLENGING CONDITION. THROUGHOUT MY TIME IN CONGRESS, I PAID CLOSE ATTENTION TO EFFECTIVE ALTERNATE THERAPIES FOR SYMPTOMS OF PTSD, FROM SERVICE DOGS TO EQUINE THERAPY, FROM BOOK AND WRITING GROUPS TO YOGA AND ACUPUNCTURE. A GROUP IN MY HOME STATE OF MAINE, CALLED K-9'S ON THE FRONT LINE, HAVE CREATED AN EXTRAORDINARY MODEL. AT NO COST TO THE VETERAN, VOLUNTEER POLICE DOG HANDLERS TEACH PARTICIPANTS TO TRAIN THEIR OWN DOGS OR DOGS SELECTED FROM SHELTERS TO BE PTSD SERVICE DOGS. . MANY OF THESE VETERANS HAVE HAD -- HAVE HAD YEARS OF THERAPY WITH LIMITED SUCCESS. YET IN SO MANY INSTANCES, THE IMPACT OF THESE SERVICE DOGS ON BOTH VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS. I'M PROUD TO HONOR MY CONSTITUENTS AT K-9'S ON THE FRONT LINE FOR IMPROVING THE LIVES OF MAINE VETERANS WITH PTSD. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN…

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL…

                              MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I RISE TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION. TECHNICAL EDUCATION ALLOWS AMERICANS OF NEARLY ANY AGE TO GAIN PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR THE MODERN ECONOMY. STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH LESS DEBT AND ALSO GREAT CAREER PROSPECTS BECAUSE GROWING INDUSTRIES OFTEN PARTNER WITH LOCAL EDUCATION CENTERS TO FIND THE BEST EMPLOYEES.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DARK OF NIGHT POLICYMAKING…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DARK OF NIGHT POLICYMAKING AND EXTREME PARTISANSHIP AND TURN TO WHERE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH CIVILITY ON OUR MOST PRESS ISSUINGS. INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON WHAT WE DO NOT AGREE ON, WE MUST WORK TOGETHER, WHERE WE CAN FIND COMMON GROUND ON CUTTING TAXES FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS, AND BUSINESSES OF ALL SIDES -- SIZES, AND INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE. IN NEW JERSEY OUR ROADS ARE THE EIGHTH WORST IN THE COUNTRY, WHILE OUR TAXES ARE WAY TOO HIGH.

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                              MR. GOTTHEIMER

                              AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS, I'VE BEEN WORK…

                              AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BIPARTISAN PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS, I'VE BEEN WORK AROUND THE CLOCK WITH BOTH PARTIES SINCE I WAS SWORN IN TO FIX OUR ROADS WHILE LOWERING TAXES AND CUTTING UNNECESSARY REGULATION AND RED TAPE. BY DOING SO, WE CAN INCREASE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN JOBS, IMPROVE SAFETY, FIGHT TERROR, ENSHOWER CLEAN DRINKING WATER, STAND BY OUR VETERAN AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND GIVE OUR COUNTRY AN ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE ON THE WORLD STAGE. THERE'S POLITICAL WILL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE ON THESE ISSUES BUT WE CAN'T BE SPENDING OUR ENERGY ON THE REHASHING THE SAME TIRED PARTISAN DEBATES AND JAMMING THROUGH PARTISAN BILLS. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO GET THESE DONG FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE PASSING AND…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE PASSING AND CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A GOOD FRIEND TO MANY, MR. STAN MCETCHEN.

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                              MR. LAMALFA

                              HAILING FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE TODAY TO…

                              HAILING FROM VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE ON -- BRITISH COLUMBIA, STAN PASSED AWAY HERE AFTER 9 YEEFERS ENRICHING THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND HIM. FOR THE PAST FEW DECADES, THE SMALL TOWN OF PARADISE, CALIFORNIA, HAS KNOWN STAN AS A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY WHOSE SCUPTED METAL ARTWORK DECORATED SHOPS AND HOUSES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTY. BEFORE HIS CREATIVE ARTWORK MADE HIM A LOCAL CELEBRITY, HE SERVED IN WORLD WAR II. IN 1943 HE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE IN THE CANADIAN ARMY, AN ELITE AMERICAN AND CANADIAN COMMANDER UNIT THAT PRECEDED THE MODERN SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES WE HAVE TODAY. IN 2014 THE MAN BELOVED FOR HIS ARTWORK AND FOR HIS SERVICE AND FOR HIS CHARITY WAS AWARDED A CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR HIS UNIT'S HEROISM IN BATTLE. I CONSIDER MYSELF FORTUNATE TO HAVE KNOWN HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT. AND OUR COUNTRY IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE GAINED SUCH A GOOD MAN FROM OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND HIS MEMORY. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              MR. PAYNE

                              MINUTE.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S…

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF TODAY'S LEGISLATION TO ADVANCE OUR COUNTRY'S CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS HELP STUDENTS LEARN THE SKILLS NEEDED TO BE COMPETITIVE AND SET OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE PATH OF SUCCESS.

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                            • 04:51:47 PM

                              MRS. HARTZLER

                              I VISITED WITH OUR MANUFACTURERS REGULARLY AND THEY HAVE PREETEDLY TOLD ME…

                              I VISITED WITH OUR MANUFACTURERS REGULARLY AND THEY HAVE PREETEDLY TOLD ME THAT MORE SKILLED WORKERS ARE NEEDED. AS A FORMER VOCATIONAL TEACHER, I'VE SEEN FIRSTHAND THE FULFILLMENT OF STUDENT -- A STUDENT CAN FIND FROM GETTING REAL WORLD TRAINING IN A USEFUL SKILL. AND I'M ENCOURAGED BY THE POSITIVE STEPS THIS BILL TAKES TO ADDRESS THE SKILL SHORTFALL. THERE ARE MANY PATHS TO SUCCESS. AND THE STRENGTHENING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ACT HELPS US PAVE THE WAY FOR A HIGH-SKILLED WORK FORCE OF AMERICANS TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL, FULFILLING CAREERS. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WASHINGTON SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                            • 04:52:38 PM

                              MS. JAYAPAL

                              MR. SPEAKER, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING…

                              MR. SPEAKER, ALL OVER THE COUNTRY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH AND OUR LGBTQIA COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THIS WEEK I'LL JOIN WASHINGTONIANS AT OUR ANNUAL SEATTLE PRIDE EVENT. WE'LL COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES. WE WILL COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE ADVANCEMENT OF LGBTQ RIGHTS IN OUR COUNTRY, AND WE'LL COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE LANDMARK SUPREME COURT DECISION THAT REAFFIRMED OUR COMMITMENT TO THE PRINCIPLE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT THIS YEAR WE ALSO COME TOGETHER TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'VE SEEN A SPIKE IN HATE CRIMES, AN INCREASING COARSENESS OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE, AND A GREATER FEAR MONGERING FOR POLITICAL GAIN. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. AND WE INTEND TO PROTECT EVERY ADVANCEMENT THAT'S BEEN MADE AND CONTINUE DEMANDING PROGRESS TOWARDS FULL PROTECTIONS IN EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING, SAFETY FOR OUR TRANSGENDER BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES. THERE'S A LOT TO CELEBRATE BUT MUCH MORE TO DO TO DO TO ENSURE THE PROMISE OF EQUALITY FOR ALL IN OUR NATION. THAT'S WHAT THIS MONTH HAS BEEN ABOUT AND WE CELEBRATE IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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

                              THE GENTLEWOMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN ISES RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- THE…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN ISES RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE -- THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' ONGOING PLANS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE…

                              STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE REPUBLICANS' ONGOING PLANS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. SENATE LEADERSHIP UNVEILED THEIR PLAN THIS MORNING AND PLAN TO VOTE AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK. THIS BILL WAS DRAFTED IN SECRECY AND WILL HAVE MASSIVE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE HEALTH CARE OF EVERY AMERICAN.

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                              MR. SCHNEIDER

                              IT WILL AFFECT MORE THAN 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. YET FOR ALL ITS IMPACT, IT…

                              IT WILL AFFECT MORE THAN 1/6 OF OUR ECONOMY. YET FOR ALL ITS IMPACT, IT WAS WRITTEN BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH ABSOLUTELY ZERO BIPARTISAN INPUT. I'VE HEARD FROM MORE CONSTITUENTS ON THIS ISSUE THAN ANY OTHER. MORE THAN 5,000 LETTERS, EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS. PEOPLE LIKE THE CANCER SURVIVE WHO ARE IS WORRIED WHETHER SHE'LL HAVE -- SURVIVOR WHO IS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER SHE'LL BE ABLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE INSURANCE WITHOUT THE A.C.A.'S PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS PROTECTIONS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LISTEN TO THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S TIME TO END THIS ILL-CONSIDERED CHARADE, TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AND WORK TOGETHER IN A BIPARTISAN WAY TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM FOR EVERY AMERICAN. I YIELD BACK.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                            • 04:55:31 PM

                              MR. GREEN

                              MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, WE HAVE A COPY OF THE SENATE BILL TO REPEAL…

                              MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS, WE HAVE A COPY OF THE SENATE BILL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. AND IT'S NO WONDER THEY DIDN'T WANT TO US SEE IT. LIKE THE MEAN-SPIRITED BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE, IT RIPS INSURANCE AWAY FROM MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND ROLLS BACK KEY PROTECTIONS TO PATIENTS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. AND ALLOWS INSURERS TO CHARGE OLDER PEOPLE FIVE TIMES MORE THAN OTHERS. DESPITE THE PROMISES THAT THE SENATE BILL WILL MODERATE THE COVERAGE CUTS IN THE HOUSE-PASSED BILL, THE SENATE IS NOT ONLY RETAINING THE HOUSE BILL'S FUNDAMENTAL RESTRUCTURING OF MEDICAID PROGRAM IN A PER CAPITA CAP ON FEDERAL FUNDING, BUT IT'S DEEPENING THE CUTS IN MEDICAID, AFTER A FEW YEARS. THIS WILL NESKTABLEY LEAD TO THE RATIONING OF HEALTH CARE FOR 70 MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE BENEFICIARY OF MEDICAID. PREGNANT WOMEN, PEOPLE IN NURSING HOMES, CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. IT'S NOT EVEN CLEAR WHAT POLICY GOAL THIS BILL IS TRYING TO SOLVE EXCEPT FOR MAKING INSURANCE MORE EXPENSIVE OR UNAVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED IT THE MOST. IT'S ALMOST HARD TO CALL THIS A HEALTH CARE BILL AT ALL. THERE WERE NO HEARINGS, NO PUBLIC DEBATE AND AFTER WEEKS OF BACKROOM DEALS AND OPERATING SECRECY, WE NOW HAVE THIS TERRIBLE PRODUCT THAT THE SENATE PLANS TO VOTE ON NEXT WEEK. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MS. KAPTUR

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT…

                              THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO OPPOSE THE HEALTH CARE BILL THAT HAS EMERGED FROM SECRET REPUBLICAN-ONLY NEGOTIATIONS IN THE OTHER BODY. 900,000 PEOPLE, MR. SPEAKER, NEARLY ONE MILLION, GAINED HEALTH INSURANCE JUST IN OHIO THROUGH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. BUT THIS LOP-SIDED REPUBLICAN BILL IS EVEN MORE CRUEL THAN THEIR HOUSE VERSION. IT WILL RIP AWAY CARE FROM MILLIONS, INCLUDING VERY SICK PEOPLE. WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS AND OPIOID ADDICTION. WE ALL KNOW AMAZING FAMILIES, MANY OF WHOM COME TO OUR OFFICES TELLING STORIES ABOUT THEIR FAMILY MOSS W.H.O. CARE FOR THEIR SICK AND FOR THOSE WHO WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REALIZE THE DREAMS DUE TO ILLNESS AND DISABILITY. TO PUT THEM ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IS UN-AMERICAN AND IT IS ANTI-LIFE. THE REPUBLICAN BILL SLASHES MEDICAID, WHICH IS A LIFE LINE TO WORKING PEOPLE AND PUTS MORE CRUSHING COSTS ON MILLIONS OF SENIORS DEPENDENT ON MEDICAID FOR NURSING HOME CARE. THE REPUBLICAN BILL IS ANTI-LIFE. THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL MAKES HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE FOR MANY AMERICANS AND BASICALLY GIVES A TAX CUT TO THOSE WHO MAKE MILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. HOW CRUEL IS THAT? CARING FOR THE MOST, MOST DEPENDENT AND ILL AMONG US CANNOT BE LEFT TO CHANCE. AMERICANS SHOULD RISE UP IN PROTEST FROM COAST-TO-COAST AND OPPOSE THIS ANTI-LIFE REPUBLICAN BILL. I YIELD BACK MY REMAINING TIME.

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                            • 04:58:33 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              MR. VEASEY

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX…

                              MR. SPEAKER, I'M FORTUNATE TO REPRESENT THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH METROPLEX WHERE A BLEND OF CULTURES SHAPED OUR COMMUNITY FROM THE FOOD WE EAT TO THE TRADITIONS WE CELEBRATE. THE NORTH TEXAS AREA HAS BENEFITED FROM IMMIGRANTS THAT NOW CALL THE DALLAS METROPLEX HOME. IN FACT OVER A THIRD OF THE DISTRICT I SERVE WAS BORN OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES. IT IS THE RICH DIVERSITY FOUND IN TEXAS AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT HELP MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT. IMMIGRANTS BRING THEIR SKILLS AND CULTURES AND A BELIEF IN THE AMERICAN DREAM THAT BENEFITS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. THEY WORK ALONGSIDE US, TEACH OUR CHILDREN, WORSHIP IN PARISHES. THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE INNOVATION THAT'S KEPT AMERICA ON THE CUTTING EDGE FOR DECADES. IN HONOR OF IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH, I REMIND MY COLLEAGUES OF OUR COUNTRY'S LEGACY AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS. I URGE EACH OF YOU TO KEEP THESE IDEAS IN MIND AS THE MONTH ENDS AS WE PROMOTE POLICIES THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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

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                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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                              MR. WOODALL

                              I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE…

                              I'M PLEASED TO SPEAK AFTER MY FRIEND FROM TEXAS. HE'S ABSOLUTELY. WE HAVE AN INCREDIBLY VIBRANT FABRIC OF FOLKS. MY DISTRICT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE HIS DISTRICT AND I APPRECIATE HIM RECOGNIZING US THOSE THINGS THAT BRING US TOGETHER. IT HASN'T BEEN MUCH OVER A WEEK, MR. SPEAKER, SINCE WE COMMITTED OURSELVES TO CHANGING THE DISCOURSE HERE AND JUST IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES, LISTENING TO THE SPEAKERS ON THIS FLOOR, I HEARD ABOUT SINISTER ACCUSATIONS OF WHAT OUR HEALTH CARE BILL WILL DO, OF MEAN BILLS AND MEANER BILLS, OF CRUEL BILLS. MY FRIENDS, THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WORK EVERY DAY TO SERVE THEIR CONSTITUENTS BETTER THAN THEY DID YESTERDAY. THERE'S NOT A MAN OR WOMAN IN THIS CHAMBER THAT DOESN'T WANT TO GOATER FOR AMERICA TOMORROW THAN WE DID YESTERDAY. I -- WANT TO DO BETTER FOR AMERICA TOMORROW THAN WE DID YESTERDAY. THAT IS NOT PACKED FUEL OF ACCUSATIONS OF MEAN. IT HAS COMMON GOALS AND COMMON OPPORTUNITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO REMEMBER OUR COMMITMENT THAT WE MADE TO ONE ANOTHER LAST WEEK. I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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                            • 05:02:54 PM

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                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING…

                              THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL REQUEST.

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                            • 05:02:59 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTED FOR MS. GABBARD OF HAWAII FOR TODAY.

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                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED…

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE REQUEST IS GRANTED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, MR. BARR, IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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                            • 05:03:22 PM

                              MR. BARR

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT…

                              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS MAY HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF MY SPECIAL ORDER.

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                            • 05:03:37 PM

                              THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                              WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                              BARLETTA MR.

                              MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A LEGENDARY…

                              MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF A LEGENDARY KENTUCKY STATESMAN. A BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER. A MAN OF THIS HOUSE. AND A DEVOTED HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER AND GREAT GRANDFATHER, SENATOR JIM BUNNING, WHO RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 85. THE MEMBERS WHO ARE JOINING US TONIGHT, MANY OF THEM WHO HAIL FROM SENATOR BUNNING'S HOME OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY EXTEND THEIR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS BELOVED WIFE, MARY, HIS BEST FRIEND FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, HIS NINE CHILDREN, HIS 35 GRANDCHILDREN. THOSE WHO MET SENATOR JIM BUNNING WALKED AWAY FROM AN IMPRESSION AND THAT IMPRESSION WAS THAT HAS TO BE THE MOST COMPETITIVE PERSON I HAVE EVER MET, AND IN A RECENT OP-ED IN THE HERALD, ONE OF HIS VERY BEST FRIENDS, SPORTS MARKETING EXECUTIVE JIM HOST WROTE THAT JIM BUNNING WAS FULL OF INTEGRITY AND, QUOTE, THE STRAIGHTEST ARROW I'VE EVER MET. AND IN THAT OP-ED HE RECOUNTED A STORY WHERE A REPORTER OF THE LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL WROTE THAT FORMER U.S. SENATOR BUNNING WAS, QUOTE, ONE OF A KIND. AND JIM HOST, IN REMEMBERING HIS FRIEND, SAID, I AGREE, BUT MORE THAN THAT, JIM BUNNING WAS AN ORIGINAL. NO ONE IN POLITICS IN KENTUCKY OR FOR THAT MATTER NATIONWIDE HAS BEEN OR EVER WILL BE LIKE HIM. AND AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE DEAN OF THE KENTUCKY DELEGATION, CONGRESSMAN HAHL -- HAL ROGERS.

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                              MR. ROGERS

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME, AND I RISE, LIKE MOST OF…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THIS TIME, AND I RISE, LIKE MOST OF THE DELEGATION HERE, IN MEMORY OF OUR LONGTIME FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, THE LATE JIM BUNNING, WHO WAS AN INDOM NABLE FORCE ON THE PITCHER'S MOUND, A STALWART CHAMPION FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE PROUD PATRIARCH OF A REMARKABLE FAMILY. JIM BUNNING IS THE TYPE OF GUY YOU ALWAYS WANTED IN YOUR STARTING LINEUP. WITH HIS MULTILAYERED TALENT, JIM VALUED STRATEGIC OFFENSE AS MUCH AS STAUNCH DEFENSE. NOT ONLY ON THE PITCHER'S MOUND BUT IN THE HALLS OF CONGRESS WHERE HE FERVENTLY STOOD FOR CONSERVATIVE VALUES. JIM ONCE SAID, I'VE BEEN BOOED BY 60,000 FANS AT YANKEE STADIUM STANDING ALONE AT THE PITCHER'S MOUND, SO I NEVER REALLY CARED IF I STOOD ALONE HERE IN CONGRESS AS LONG AS I STOOD FOR MY BELIEFS AND MY VALUES. JIM WAS BOLD AND HEAD STRONG BUT ALSO FIERCELESS LOYAL -- FIERCELY LOYAL, A COMBINATION THAT MADE HIM EFFECTIVE IN EVERY ENDEAVOR HE UNDERTOOK. HE LIVED A COURAGEOUS LIFE THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY HIS HALL OF FAME RECORD AND COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE. JIM LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON OUR STATE, ON OUR NATION, AND HIS LEGACY WILL ENDURE FOR GENERATIONS. MY WIFE, CYNTHIA, AND I EXTEND OUR HEART-FELT SYMPATHY TO MARY AND THE ENTIRE BUNNING FAMILY. WE'RE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR JIM'S COURAGE OF CONVICTION TO FAITHFULLY SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING WITH JIM IN THE HOUSE BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO THE U.S. SENATE AND MANY TIMES WE WOULD BE ON THIS FLOOR WHEN JIM'S SPIRIT WOULD SURFACE. HE HELD STRONG BELIEFS. HE HAD STRONG OPINIONS. BUT AS JIM HOST SAID, YOU NEVER MET A STRAIGHTER ARROW THAN JIM BUNNING. WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU, BIG RIGHT-HANDER. I YIELD.

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                              MR. BARR

                              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROGERS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM…

                              THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN ROGERS. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM LOUISVILLE AND THE THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY. A GOOD KENTUCKIAN, JOHN YARMUTH, WHO WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT JIM BUNNING'S APPEAL CROSSED PARTY LINES. I YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                              MR. YARMUTH

                              I THANK MY FRIEND AND WANT TO THANK HIM, MY NEIGHBOR FROM JUST DOWN I-64,…

                              I THANK MY FRIEND AND WANT TO THANK HIM, MY NEIGHBOR FROM JUST DOWN I-64, FOR ORGANIZING THIS SPECIAL ORDER HONORING THE LIFE OF SENATOR BUNNING THIS EVENING. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY 11 YEARS OF SERVING IN CONGRESS THAT I'VE SPOKEN FROM THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE. IT'S A FITTING OCCASION THAT I DO THAT AND I'M PROUD TO JOIN MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS IN THIS EVENING. DURING HIS BASEBALL CAREER, JIM BUNNING WAS ONCE ASKED WHAT HIS PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AND HE RECALLED THE FACT THAT HE WENT NEARLY 11 YEARS WITHOUT EVER MISSING A START. THEY WROTE MY NAME DOWN AND I WENT TO THE POST, HE SAID. I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT'S A FITTING WAY OF ALSO DESCRIBING HIS POLITICAL CAREER AND HIS LOVE OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY. KENTUCKIANS WROTE HIS NAME DOWNTIME AFTER TIME AGAIN -- TIME AFTER TIME AGAIN AND HE WENT TO WORK NO QUESTIONS ASKED. JIM AND I DIDN'T SEE EYE TO EYE POLITICALLY AND AS AMAZED OF THE CURVEBALLS HE THREW ON THE FIELD I FOUND MYSELF EQUALLY AMAZED OF SOME OF THE CURVEBALLS HE THREW OFF OF THE FIELD BUT THAT WAS JIM. WHEN SO MUCH WHAT HAPPENS IN CONGRESS IS POLITICAL THEATER, YOU CAN'T DENY THAT HE WAS ALWAYS REAL AND THAT EVERY WORD HE SPOKE HE GENUINELY BELIEVED. I'M SURE JIM'S FAMILY TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN THAT FACT AND I JOIN WITH MY COLLEAGUES IN OFFERING THEM MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AS THEY CONTINUE TO GRIEVE THEIR LOSS. I HOPE THEY FIND COMFORT IN THE LIFETIME OF MEMORIES THEY SHARED TOGETHER. IT'S REPORTED THAT DANIEL BOONE ONCE SAID THAT, QUOTE, HEAVEN MUST BE A KENTUCKY KIND OF PLACE, AND I SURE HOPE THAT'S TRUE. AND AS I SAID AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING, JIM BUNNING CAN NOW THOUGH NO-HITTERS FOREVER ON HIS FIELD OF DREAMS. THANK YOU, AGAIN, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                            • 05:10:37 PM

                              MR. BARR

                              THANK YOU. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM THE SECOND…

                              THANK YOU. NOW I'D LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO MY FRIEND FROM THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY, CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE.

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                            • 05:10:45 PM

                              MR. GUTHRIE

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TALK…

                              I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND MR. SPEAKER, I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT MY GOOD FRIEND, SENATOR BUNNING, A MENTOR TO ME. I FIRST CAME ACROSS SENATOR BUNNING WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY WATCHING BASEBALL AND WATCHING HIM PITCH FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS AND FOR THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BUT I REALLY GOT TO KNOW THEM -- AND WHEN I SAY THEM BECAUSE MOST OF US FROM KENTUCKY CAN'T TALK ABOUT JIM WITHOUT SAYING JIM AND MARY. THEY WERE GRAMMAR SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS. I THINK THE ONLY PEOPLE THEY EVER DATED WERE EACH OTHER AND IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE MARY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES BUT A WONDERFUL LADY. A COUPLE OF STORIES. WHEN I FIRST THOUGHT I MIGHT RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE FOR THE STATE SENATE AND MY 23-YEAR-OLD WAS 5 AND I HAD A 3-YEAR-OLD SON AND I WENT TO MEET JIM BUNNING. OF COURSE YOU SHOW UP THERE'S JIM AND MARY. SHE SAID, ARE YOU GOING TO BE OUR CANDIDATE IN THE 32ND DISTRICT AND I SAID, WELL, I JUST DON'T KNOW. I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT, I GOT A YOUNG FAMILY AND SHE GOES -- SHE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, YOUNG MAN, I'VE RAISED NINE KIDS. I THINK AT THAT POINT 20-SOMETHING GRANDKIDS. WE'VE DONE POLITICS. WE'VE DONE BASEBALL, CITY COUNCIL. SHE WENT THROUGH A WHOLE LIST OF THING. I'LL NEVER FORGET. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY YOU WON'T BECAUSE OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU WANT AND YOU WANT THEM TO HAVE THE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCES BUT YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY EXPERIENCES. OUR KIDS HAVE GOTTEN TO DO THINGS NO OTHER KID HAS GOTTEN TO DO BECAUSE OF THE POSITIONS THEY'VE DONE AS A FAMILY. I'LL NEVER FORGET GOING BACK HOME -- YOU TRY TO TALK YOURSELF OUT OF IT. GOING HOME CONVINCED -- GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO NOW HAVE MY THIRD CHILD. I GUARANTEE IF I DIDN'T HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH MARY BUNNING AND AFTER MY WIFE TELLING ME DURING THE TIME OF THAT DECISION WE WERE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER ONE, NOW OUR 19-YEAR-OLD, I WOULDN'T HAVE MOVE FORWARD. THE OTHER IS SENATOR BUNNING TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING. I WON MY FIRST RACE BY 130 VOTES OUT OF 27,000 CAST. JIM BUNNING WAS RUNNING IN A FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE FOR THE U.S. SENATE. THEY COME TO BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY. BOB DOLE GOES TO BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, FOR A RALLY AND HE WANTED ME TO SPEAK. WE SEE PEOPLE AROUND TOWN THAT ARE OPERATIVES FOR OUR PARTY. THIS ONE GUY COMES, NO STATE, NO LOCAL CANDIDATES, ONLY FEDERAL CANDIDATES CAN SPEAK OUT. I HAD TO LEAVE THE PODIUM. 25, YOUNG GUY SAYS THAT. THEY ARE ALL THERE FOR HIS RALLY. HE SAYS, IF HE'S NOT SPEAKING I'M NOT SPEAKING. AND SO NEXT THING YOU KNOW I GOT ON THE AGENDA. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. THE FINAL THING I WANT TO SAY, ONE OF MY FAVORITE JIM BUNNING STORIES IS, HE DID NOT LINE TO SIGN BASEBALLS MADE IN CHINA. THAT WAS JUST HIS THING. HE DIDN'T WANT TO SIGN A BASEBALL MADE IN CHINA. I HAD TWO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLS. HE WAS GOING TO BE IN BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, TO GET THEM SIGNED. I SHOWED UP THERE. ON THE WAY MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WHICH WE DIDN'T THINK CARED CRIED. TO BUY A BASEBALL IN BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY, AT THE LAST MINUTE IS NOT EASY TO DO. WENT TO WAL-MART, PICKED UP AN OFFICIAL LEAGUE BALL AND I WENT TO THE RESTAURANT AND SECOND ONE SIGNS IT. THIRD ONE -- I MAY HAVE THE ONLY ONE, HE PICKS IT UP AND HE POINTS TO THE CHINA ON THE BALL, PRINTED ON THE BALL AND GIVES ME THIS LOOK THAT ONLY HE COULD GIVE AND FORTUNATELY MARY WAS THERE AND SAYS, JIM, YOU'RE SIGNING THAT BALL FOR THAT LITTLE GIRL. AND SO I NOW HAVE IN MY OFFICE IN THE RAYBURN BUILDING A JIM BUNNING BASEBALL THAT SAYS MADE IN CHINA ON IT. IT'S SOMETHING I CHERISH AND HIS GRANDDAUGHTER HAS INTERNED IN MY OFFICE AND SHE'S A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK. BOTH HER GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER. DURING THE SPRING WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF PHONE CALLS BECAUSE OF SOME ACTIONS HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. SHE WAS WONDERFUL AND MATURE BEYOND HER YEARS AT 20 OR 21 YEARS OLD. SO THE OLD RIGHT-HANDER, AS MR. -- MR. ROGERS SAID, IS SOMEBODY WE MISS, IS SOMEBODY THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME, SOMEBODY THAT LEAVES A FANTASTIC LEGACY IN WASHINGTON, IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL BUT FAR MORE IMPORTANT, IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE FUNERAL HOME JUST LOOKING AT THOSE NINE CHILDREN AND OVER 30-SOMETHING GRANDCHILDREN AND NOW INTO THE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, THAT'S HIS LEGACY. HIS LEGACY IS HIS FAMILY AND THERE'S NO OTHER WAY HE WOULD WANT FROM THAT FIRST FEW DAYS IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL WHEN HE FIRST MET HIS WIFE MARY UNTIL TODAY, IT'S JUST A LEGACY THAT'S WORTH ALL OF US TO STRIVE TO HAVE. SO WE LOVE HIM. WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM AND WE CERTAINLY LOVE HIS WIFE, MARY, AND HIS FAMILY. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK. .

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                            • 05:15:30 PM

                              MR. YARMUTH

                              I NOW YIELD TO MR. CORMER.

                            • 05:15:41 PM

                              MR. CORMER

                              I MET SENATOR BUENNING IN 1983, HE WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. AT THE TIME…

                              I MET SENATOR BUENNING IN 1983, HE WAS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. AT THE TIME HE WAS A STATE SENATOR IN KENTUCKY AND MY GRANDFATHER WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF MONROE COUNTY.

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                            • 05:15:56 PM