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House Session - July 19, 2017

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

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  • 10:00:06 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 10:00:13 AM

      The Speaker designated the Honorable Bruce Westerman to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

      • 10:00:14 AM

        HOST

        NELSON, THANKS FOR CALLING. TIME TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE FOR MORNING…

        NELSON, THANKS FOR CALLING. TIME TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE FOR MORNING HOUR. LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AT NOON TODAY, ENERGY ON THE AGEND A. LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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      • 10:00:26 AM

        THE CLERK

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HA. OUSE A…

        THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HA. OUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER. JULY 19, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BRUCE 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BRUCE WESTERMAN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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  • 10:00:31 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.

    • 10:00:53 AM

      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      PURSUANT TO THE

    • 10:00:54 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 ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:01:20 AM

      MR. GUTIERREZ

      IT LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS…

      IT LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE DOCUMENTS AND TURN THEM INTO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. THEY HAVE WORK PERMITS. PAY THEIR FULL SHARE OF TAXES AND COVERED BY U.S. LABOR LAWS AND THEY ARE NOT UNDERCUTTING THE WAGES WHILE BEING THE LIVELIHOOD OF NATIVE BORN AMERICAN WORKERS. THEY ARE DOCUMENTED WORKERS IN THE U.S. AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. NEVERTHELESS, THE MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE WITH TEMPORARY PLOW TEXTIVE STATUS OR T.P.S. AND 800,000 WITH DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS, DACA, COULD BE COMING IN THE COMING WEEKS AND SEPTEMBER. ONCE CATEGORIZED PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL RELEASE I.C.E. AND HOMELAND SECURITY TO GO AFTER THEM SO THEY CAN BE DEPORTED. THERE ARE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH A THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECK AND HAVE BEEN COMPLYING WITH DACA FOR FIVE YEARS. THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN, GREW UP IN THE UNITED STATES, PLAYED SPORTS WITH OUR KIDS, AND SPEAK ENGLISH PROBABLY AS WELL AS YOU AND I. THEY CAME FORWARD AS THEY WERE TOLD TO. AND WE ACTUALLY REDUCED THE POPULATION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, GOT PEOPLE ON THE BOOKS, AND WERE ABLE TO REDEPLOY OUR RESOURCES ELSEWHERE. NOW IT APPEARS THAT THE LEADERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF SO MANY IMMIGRANTS HAVING LEGAL STATUS ARE GIVING THE PRESIDENT AN ULTIMATUM. DEPORT THE DREAMERS OR WE WILL SUE. THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS WHO IS LEADING THE CHARGE HAS A VERY SYMPATHETIC JUDGE AND IT IS UP TO ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS TO PUT UP A FIGHT. WHEN HE HIMSELF HAS BEEN TRYING TO KILL LEGAL STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS FOR YEARS. SO PRACTICALLY SPEAKING BETWEEN ENDING DACA AND ENDING T.P.S. WE'RE GOING TO DUMP ABOUT 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE INTO THE POOL OF 10 MILLION TO 11 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING HERE UNDER THE RADAR OUTSIDE OF LEGAL PROTECTIONS AND WITHOUT ANY WAY TO BECOME LEGAL. SO THIS SATURDAY IN CHICAGO AT 2:00 P.M. AT LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WE'RE GOING TO GET TOGETHER AND ORGANIZE OURSELVES TO FIGHT BACK. FIGHT BACK. YES, THERE WILL BE LEGISLATION FROM DEMOCRATS AND EVEN REPUBLICANS TO FIGHT BACK. AND THERE WILL BE COURT CASES TO FIGHT BACK EVEN IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOTHING WHICH WE FULLY EXPECT HIM TO DO. BUT FIGHTING FOR DACA AND FIGHTING TO KEEP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE PUT DOWN ROOTS AND BUILT LIVES HERE IS GOING TO BE A PEOPLE'S FIGHT. AND THE EFFORT TO FIND WAYS TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND COPE WITH MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE BEING PUSHED INTO THE BLACK MARKET REQUIRES US TO ORGANIZE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE NATION. IT IS UP TO US TO TEACH EACH OTHER HOW WE WILL RESIST THIS LATEST INSULT IN OUR CONGREGATION, CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, CITIES, AND NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. AND IMMIGRANTS ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE DACA OR T.P.S. CANNOT DO THIS ON THEIR OWN. BUT THEY NEED TO BE PART OF A COALITION THAT FIGHTS BACK. TEACHERS WHO WORK WITH KIDS EVERY DAY AND BEAR WITNESS TO THE FEAR IN STUDENTS' FACE EVERY DAY THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILIES CAN'T DO THIS ALONE BUT THEY NEED TO BE PART OF A COALITION THAT COMES TOGETHER TO RESIST. EMPLOYERS WILL FACE A CHOICE, WHETHER THEY ARE JUST GOING TO ROLL OVER WHILE EMPLOYEES ARE RULED INELIGIBLE AND WORK DOCUMENTS ARE TERMINATED, OR STAND WITH US AND STAND WITH THEIR WORKERS AND FIGHT FOR THEM. SO, IF YOU MARCH WITH YOUR PINK HAT AT THE WOMAN'S MARCH I'M ASKING YOU NOW ON BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS AND THE VERY FUTURE OF IMMIGRATION TO STAND WITH US. IF YOU MARCH FOR SCIENCE OR THE ENVIRONMENT, IF YOU HAVE JOINED US IN PROTESTING BATHROOM LAWS AND DISCRIMINATION IN ALL ITS FORMS, YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED YOU NOW. AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY YOU STOOD UP FOR REFUGEES AND SAID NO TO TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN. WE NEED YOU. WE NEED YOU AND FRANKLY WE NEED EACH OTHER. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PEACEFULLY STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, COMMON SENSE, AND WHAT IS RIGHT. AND WE NEED EVERYONE TO BE THERE WITH US. HELPS US, WALKING WITH US. IN CHICAGO IT STARTS THIS SATURDAY AT 2:00 AT UNITE -- AT THE LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. THE ROAD AHEAD ISN'T GOING TO BE VERY EASY, BUT WE HAVE FOUGHT HARD TO WIN VICTORIES FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND FOR THE DREAMERS WHO ARE THE LEADING EDGE OF OUR MOVEMENT TO MAKE IMMIGRATION LEGAL AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. NOW IS THE TIME WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT. AND WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE.

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    • 10:05:39 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 PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:05:44 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKERER I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP AS THE WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATES MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS, WORKERS, FARMERS, AND INKNOW VETERANS DAY TORS HAVE BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND DRIVE OUR ECONOMY. THEY ARE THE HEART OF THIS NATION AND THEY ENSURE THAT THE MADE IN THE U.S.A. LABEL MEANS QUALITY AND VALUE, WHICH IS SOMETHING WE TREASURE. PENNSYLVANIA HAS A RICH HISTORY OF BEING A MANUFACTURING LEADER, ESPECIALLY OUR STORIED PENNSYLVANIA STEEL. THE COMMONWEALTH HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT COG IN THE WHEEL OF THIS COUNTRY'S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION THANKS TO INDUSTRIES LIKE IRON, COAL, AND LUMBER. IN ADDITION TO STEEL. OUR PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS HAVE FED AND CONTINUE TO FEED GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS. PROVIDING SAFE, NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS. THIS RICH HISTORY CONTINUES TODAY. THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HOME TO NUMEROUS PRODUCERS THAT HAVE MADE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR PROSPERITY. THEY HAVE EMPLOYED AMERICAN WORKERS, PRODUCED AMERICAN PRODUCTS, AND GROWN AMERICAN CROPS. FROM HERITAGE COMPANIES TO NEW OR RISING STARS WE HAVE A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF PRODUCTS PRODUCED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA WIDE CROSS SECTION OF PRODUCTS PRODUCED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION IN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS THE LEADING AMERICAN MANUFACTURER OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES, STREET TROLLEYS, AND MINING MACHINERY FROM BROOKVILLE'S MASS TRANSIT RESUME INCLUDES FULLY REFURBISHING STREETCARS FOR CITIES INCLUDING NEW ORLEANS, PHILADELPHIA, AND SAN FRANCISCO. SINCE 1889, W.R.K. AND SONS CUT LARRY COMPANY HAVE BEEN CRAFTING POCKET KNIVES AND SPORTING KNIVES. ZIPO MANUFACTURING, MAKER OF THE WORLD'S FAMOUS ZIPPO WIND PROOF LIGHTERS OWNS CASE KNIVES TODAY AND THEY ARE ANOTHER FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS BASED IN BRADFORD SINCE 1936. CLARING INDUSTRIES HAS TWO INDUSTRIES IN THE COUNTY, CLARION BOARDS WHICH PRODUCES HIGH QUALITY FIBER BOARD USED FOR PRODUCT SUSS AS FUN TURE, FIXTURES, AND MOLDINGS. AND THE LAM MINUTES, ONLY MADE IN THE U.S.A. LAM NANT FLOORING MANUFACTURER OF ITS KIND. IMPORTANT POWDERED METAL INCORPORATED IN CAMERON COUNTY IS A POWDERED METAL MANUFACTURER STAFFED WITH MORE THAN 120 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE. WELL CHES IN ERIE COUNTY IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS GRAPE JUICES, JAMS, AND JELLIES MADE FROM ITS CONCORD GRAPES. CLEARFIELD MACHINE COMPANY, PRODUCING CUSTOM MACHINING SINCE 1868, IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY. SINCE 1930 -- SINCE 1830, THE WOOLRICH NAME HAS STOOD FOR THE BEST IN SPORTS WEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN AND CONTINUES TO MAKE OUTER WEAR THAT COMBINES COMFORT AND FUNCTION IN WOOLRICH, PENNSYLVANIA. IN CLINTON COUNTY. G TRANSPORTATION IS AMERICAN MANUFACTURING GIANT. THE ORGANIZATION MANUFACTURES EQUIPMENT FOR THE RAILROAD, MARINE, MINING, DRILLING, AND ENERGY GENERATION INDUSTRIES IN ERIE COUNTY. MAJOR LEAGUERS HAVE BEEN SWINGING OUR FINE PENNSYLVANIA HARDWOODS THANKS TO EVERYSTON COUNTY COMPANY BWP BATS. B.W.P.'S SLOGAN IS BUILT WITH PRIDE. HUNTINGTON COUNTY BARNEY FORGE HAS A STATE-OF-THE-ART FORGE FACILITY CAPABLE OF MANUFACTURING OUR ENTIRE LINE OF FORGED STEEL FITTINGS AND FORGED STEEL VAL EVERYBODY PRODUCTS SINCE 1875. DIAMONDBACK TRUCK COVERS IS A COMPANY TWO PENN STATE STUDENTS STARTED IN THE GARAGE IN 2003. THEY HAVE MADE HEAVY DUTY UTILITY ORIENTED DIAMOND PLATE ALUMINUM TRUCK BED COVERS FOR PICKUP TRUCKS IN CENTRE COUNTY. A PAPER COMPANY IN ELK COUNTY IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF UNCOATED FRESH PAPER IN NORTH AMERICA AND SECOND LARGEST IN THE WORLD BASED ON IN THE WORLD BASED ON PRODUCTION CAPACITY. POEL PUMP MANUFACTURERS PORTABLE PUMP PULLING MACHINES FOR THOSE IN NEED OF WATER WELL TECHNOLOGY. WITH UNIQUE DUEL TRACKS, IT'S SECOND TO NONE. A COMPANY DEFINES AND DEVELOPS PRODUCTS FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE LIST OF SAMPLES OF MANUFACTURINGERS THAT EMPLOY OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS IN THE FIFTH PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. THESE COMPANIES AND MANY OTHERS PRODUCE QUALITY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD TO CELEBRATE THEM DURING MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. CONGRATULATIONS AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:10:49 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:10:56 AM

      MR. DEFAZIO

      ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES CAME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING AND SAID IT KIND OF…

      ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES CAME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING AND SAID IT KIND OF SMELLS LIKE BACON IN HERE. WHAT COULD THAT BE? THAT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE COOKING UP THEIR BUDGET JUST OFF THE FLOOR. AND THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THEY ARE COOKING UP A BUDGET WITH COOKED BOOKS. HERE WE'RE, WE HAVE A NATIONAL NATIONAL DEBT OF NEARLY $20 TRILLION. AND THE HIGHEST PRIORITY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE REFLECTED BOTH IN THEIR SO-CALLED HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY TAX CUTS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO EARN OVER $250,000 A YEAR, IS TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE WHO EARN OVER $250,000 A YEAR. PARTICULARLY TARGETED TOWARD THOSE IN THE TOP 1/10 OF 1%, THOSE WHO EARNS MILLIONS A YEAR. THEY SAID THAT IS A CURE FOR ALL OF AMERICA'S ILLS. CUT THEIR TAXES AND THE BENEFITS WILL TRICKLE DOWN ON TO ALL THE REST OF US. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T LIKE MUCH TO BE TRICKLED ON IN THAT MANNER. WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES OTHER THAN TAX CUTS IN THEIR BUDGET? MASSIVE INCREASE IN SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON. REMEMBER, THE PENTAGON IS THE ONLY AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT GOVERNMENT THAT IS UNAUDITABLE. EVERY YEAR, EVERY AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT IS SUBJECT TO AN AUDIT. NOT THE PENTAGON. THEY SAY WE CAN'T BE AUDITED. THE BOOKS ARE A MESS. WE CAN'T BE AUDITED. LAST FALL THERE WAS A REPORT THAT $125 BILLION HAD GONE MISSING OUT OF THE PENTAGON BUDGET. A REPORT THAT. THE WAS ATTEMPTED BY THE PENTAGON TO BE REPRESSED. GOD FORBID WE SHOULD BRING ANY FISCAL KIBBLET TO THE PENTAGON. THEY ARE GOING TO SHOWER MORE MONEY ON THEM IN THE HOPE SOME OF IT GETS SPENT ON THE REAL NEEDS OF THE MILITARY. BUT NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY THERE. BUT THEN HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET TO THEIR ILLUSORY BALANCED BUDGET IF THEY ARE HAVING MASSIVE TAX CUTS KIBBLET TO THE PENTAGON. THEY ARE GOING TO SHOWER MORE MONEY ON THEM IN THE HO FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AND MASSIVE INCREASES FOR SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON WITH NO FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY? WELL, SIMPLE. WE'RE JUST GOING TO CUT THE PROGRAMS THAT AMPLE AND STRUGGLING AMERICANS DEPEND UPON. -- AVERAGE AND STRUGGLING AMERICANS DEPEND ON. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID? THEY DON'T NEED HELP. THOSE PROGRAMS GET CUT. HUNGRY KIDS? THEY HAVE NEVER MET ONE. NEVER MET A HUNGRY KID. LET'S CUT THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. AGAIN. LET'S CUT FOOD STAMPS FOR FAMILIES. THEY ARE BREAKING SOME NEW GROUND HERE AND BREAKING SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISES. THE PRESIDENT PROMISED HE WOULD NOT CUT MEDICARE. WELL, THEIR PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS MEDICARE. YES. IT CUTS MEDICARE. IT WOULD CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE. IT ASSUMES INSTEAD OF GETTING A GUARANTEED BENEFIT AN EARNED BENEFIT THAT EVERYONE AMERICAN OVER 65 CAN HAVE, THAT YOU'LL GET VOUCHERS AND YOU CAN GO INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET AND DO BETTER. SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE FAILING OBAMACARE PLAN THAT THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. NOW THEY WANT TO PUT SENIORS IN THAT SAME BOAT INSTEAD OF GUARANTEED MEDICARE. THEN OF COURSE, $1.5 TRILLION IN CUTS IN MEDICAID. THAT'S WELFARE. WELL, ACTUALLY THE LARGEST RECIPIENTS OF MEDICAID ARE SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SURPRISED WHEN GRANDMA OR GRANDDAD IS OUT IN THE STREET OR COMES HOME AND NEEDS A LOT OF HELP AND ASSISTANCE AND THERE IS NO HELP OR ASSISTANCE TO BE HAD. THAT'S THE LARGEST GROUP. WHAT'S THE SECOND LARGEST GROUP OF FREELOADERS ON MEDICARE? OH -- MEDICAID. IT'S KIDS. GOD FORBID THAT KIDS SHOULD GET MEDICAL HELP WHEN THEY ARE GROWING UP. LET'S HAVE THEM LONG-TERM LIFETIME DISABLED. DENY THEM MEDICAL CARE WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG AND WE'LL WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT LATER. THIS IS QUITE A SET OF PRYORS THEY ARE PUTTING BEFORE US. AND FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. SO AS I HAVE IN PAST YEARS, I'M INTRODUCING A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. NOT LIKE THE REPUBLICAN ONE THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A 2/3 INCREASE TAXES AND ONE VOTE TO CUT TAXES. NO, THIS ONE WOULD SAY YOU HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. BUT YOU DO IT BY PRUDENT REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING AND ALSO YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE SIDE, BY THE WAY, MINE PROTECTS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALLY FROM THESE SORTS OF CUTS. IT MAKES THEM INTO THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO AWAY WITH IN THEIR BUDGET. I THINK THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO GO FORWARD, BUT JUST LIKE IN THEIR FAKE HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH WAS REALLY DISGUISED TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US, THEY ARE NOW GIVING US A SUPPOSEDLY PRUDENT FISCAL BUDGET BLUEPRINT WHICH AGAIN IS HUGE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, MASSIVE INCREASES FOR THE PENTAGON AND CUTS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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    • 10:16:13 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE…

      THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:16:17 AM

      MR. BROOKS

      MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY IS KILLING OUR CONSERVATIVE…

      MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY IS KILLING OUR CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, OUR REPUBLICAN AGENDA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. THE MURDER WEAPON IS THE SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE, AN ARCHAIC ACCIDENT OF HISTORY CREATED DURING THE DAYS OF HORSE AND BUGGY AND SLAVERY. IT DESTROYS THE BASIC DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE OF MAJORITY RULE AND OBSTRUCTS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION UNLESS A 60% SUPERMAJORITY OF SENATORS AGREE. WELL, TODAY'S 52-JOR CAN ABOLISH THE FILIBUSTER RULE SO LONG AS THE FILIBUSTER IS IN PLACE, REPUBLICANS CAN PASS NOTHING, NOTHING WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRATS. THINK ABOUT IT. OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY HAS AND INDICATED CONTROL AND EMPOWERED CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY TO OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE, OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE SENATE MAJORITY AND OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS WHO SENT US TO WASHINGTON. THAT IS POLITICAL SUICIDE AND ABJECT BETRAYAL OF THE MILLIONS OF VOTERS WHO SENT US HERE. THERE WILL BE NO BORDER WALL BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO KILL IT. THERE WILL BE NO OBAMACARE REPEAL BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO STOP US. AMERICA'S OUT-OF-CONTROL DEFICITS AND DEBT WILL CAUSE A DEBILITATING INSOL VENS BANKRUPTCY THAT DESTROYS AMERICA THAT TOOK GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS TO BUILD BECAUSE WE EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO SPEND MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, HAVE TO BORROW TO GET AND CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY BACK. DURING 2015 AND 2016, THE HOUSE WORKED HARD TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S CHALLENGES. OVER 500 OF OUR BILLS NEVER GOT SO MUCH AS A SINGLE SENATE FLOOR VOTE. ALL THAT WORK WASTED. THE SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS NOT A FEDERAL LAW OR STATUTE. IT EXISTS SOLELY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SENATE MAJORITY. PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERSTANDS THE FILIBUSTER RULE AND THAT IT THREATENS THE PRESIDENT'S ENTIRE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. ON MAY 2, PRESIDENT TRUMP URGED OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO END THE FILIBUSTER RULE STATING, QUOTE, CHANGE THE RULES NOW TO 51%, END QUOTE. ON MAY 30, PRESIDENT TRUMP REITERATED, QUOTE, THE U.S. SENATE SHOULD SWITCH TO 51 VOTES IMMEDIATELY AND GET HEALTH CARE AND TAX CUTS APPROVED FAST AND EASY. DEMS WOULD DO IT, NO DOUBT. END QUOTE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PLEAS HAVE FALLEN ON DEAF EARS. EXHIBIT A IN THIS MURDER TRIAL IS AN APRIL 7 LETTER TO CHUCK SCHUMER OF ALL PEOPLE AND MITCH MCCONNELL THAT LISTS THE ACCOMPLICES. THOSE DEATH EARS THAT ARE KILLING THE CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. THE LETTER STATES, WE URGE YOU TO PRESERVE EXISTING RULES, PRACTICES AND TRADITIONS AS THEY PERTAIN TO THE RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN EXTENDED DEBATE ON LEGISLATION BEFORE THE U.S. SENATE. WE ARE UNITED IN OUR DETERMINATION TO PRESERVE THE ABILITY OF MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN EXTENDED DEBATE WHEN BILLS ARE ON THE SENATE FLOOR. EACH SENATOR ON EXHIBIT A EMPOWERS CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRATS TO KILL PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. REMARKABLY, EVEN AN ALABAMA SENATOR SUPPORTS KILLING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICAN SENATORS CLAIM WE NEED THE FILIBUSTER TO PLAY DEFENSE WHEN DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE SENATE. I SUBMIT THAT CAME AS MYOPIC AND -- CLAIM AS MYOPIC AND SHORTSIGHTED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT HAD A FILIBUSTER-PROOF SENATE WHILE DEMOCRATS HAD FILIBUSTER-PROOF SENATES IN THE 1960'S AND IN 2009. IN THOSE YEARS, DEMOCRATS PASSED OBAMACARE AND FORCED GREAT SOCIETY WELFARE PROGRAMS ON US THAT BUSTED OUR BUDGETS, DESTROYED THE WORK ETHIC, BROKE UP AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THREATEN AMERICA WITH A NATIONAL INSOLVENCY. OVER THE LONG HAUL AND BECAUSE THE FILIBUSTER, DEMOCRATS FORCED THEIR LEFTIST, SOCIALIST POLICIES DOWN AMERICA'S THROATS WHILE THEY HAVE NOT HAD THE POWER TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE DONE. THAT'S THE FILIBUSTER LEGACY. MR. SPEAKER, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. AMERICA'S FUTURE IS AT STAKE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY PROCEDURAL GAMES. I AGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, SENATE, END THE FILIBUSTER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:21:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:21:28 AM

      MS. KELLY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN TO BEG THIS HOUSE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN TO BEG THIS HOUSE FOR ACTION. LET US HAVE A VOTE ON LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. JUST THIS WEEKEND, 57 AMERICANS WERE SHOT IN JUST ONE U.S. CITY. TRAGICALLY, 11 OF THEM PASSED AWAY, INCLUDING A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY AND A REVERED COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WHO WORKED TO CREATE JOBS FOR AT-RISK KIDS. THE VIOLENCE DID NOT TAKE ARREST AFTER THE WEEKEND. ON MONDAY, 13 MORE PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND THREE WERE KILLED. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? PEOPLE, AMERICANS, AMERICAN KIDS ARE DYING EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY IN EVERY STATE IN EVERY DISTRICT. YET THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING. WHY, MR. SPEAKER? WHY IS THAT? WELL, I THINK GREED AND DOLLARS. MY 101ST VICTIM I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU IS GUSTAVO GARCIA, 10 YEARS OLD. MR. SPEAKER, GUSTAVO WOULD HAVE TURNED 11 NEXT MONTH. HE WOULD HAVE STARTED FOURTH GRADE AT ARNOLD MORALES ACADEMY NEXT MONTH. INSTEAD HE WAS MURDERED IN AN S.U.V. IN THE BACKSEAT BY AN ASSAULT WEAPON, A WEAPON OF WAR THAT THIS HOUSE HAS ALLOWED TO SPILL BLOOD ON OUR BLOODY STREETS. THEY ARE NOT FOR SPORTSMANSHIP. THEY AREN'T FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE. THEY ARE FOR THEATERS OF WAR. THEY ARE DESIGNED TO DEVASTATE, MAIM, KILL AND DESTROY. THAT'S WHY ASSAULT WEAPONS WERE BANNED FROM OUR STREETS UNTIL THIS HOUSE, POISONED BY N.R.A. DOLLARS, ALLOWED THE BILL TO EXPIRE. MR. SPEAKER, GUSTAVO GARCIA WAS 10 YEARS OLD. HE HAS AN ENTIRE LIFETIME AHEAD OF HIM. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPERATIVE WORD IN THAT SENTENCE IS HAD. NOW HE'S BECOME DOLLAR N.R.A. NUMBER 101. DOLLAR 102, WILLIE COOPER, 52 YEARS OLD. WILLIE WAS WORKING TO CHANGE CHICAGO AND GIVE OUR CHILDREN A FUTURE. HE FOUNDED THE AT REACH WORKERS FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY AND HELPED MEDIATE OVER 50 CONFLICTS THAT WOULD HAVE TURNED DEADLY. WILLIE WAS EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT IN A NEIGHBOR -- A COMMUNITY LEADER AND A FRIEND. HE WAS KIND, CONCERNED ABOUT OTHERS IN HIS COMMUNITY, SOMEONE WHO TRULY LOVED ALL OF HIS FELLOW MEN. NOW HE'S DOLLAR 102. HE WAS ASSASSINATED ALSO WITH AN ASSAULT WEAPON IN FRONT OF THE NONPROFIT HE FOUNDED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE FIND JOBS. TIME AND TIME AGAIN I HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WORK IS TRANSFORMATIVE. IT GIVES PEOPLE PURPOSE AND DIRECTION IN LIFE. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING STOPS A BULLET LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY. WHAT CHICAGO NEEDS IS JOBS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, NOT GUNS FLOODING FROM STATES LIKE WISCONSIN AND EVEN THE VICE PRESIDENT'S HOME STATE OF INDIANA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ABOUT JOBS. SO I JOIN SENATOR DICK DURBIN AND TAMMY DUCKWORTH TO INTRODUCE THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION DIRECTLY TARGETED TO SUPPORT AT-RISK YOUTH AND THE AMAZING BUSINESSES THAT TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES. TO DATE THESE BILLS HAVE SIMPLY BEEN REFERRED TO COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IS THE AGENDA OF THIS HOUSE GOING TO TURN TO THE ACTUAL ISSUES DEVASTATING AMERICAN FAMILIES? THIS CONGRESS HAS VOTED TO ALLOW COMPANIES TO POISON OUR AIR AND WATER. WE PASSED A BILL THAT STRIPPED 23 MILLION AMERICANS OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE EVEN PASSED A BILL THAT LETS DANGEROUSLY MENTAL ILL PEOPLE BUY A FIREARM. SHAMEFUL. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE SINGLE DEBATE, NOT PASS ONE BILL, NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. I GUESS SOME THINGS JUST AREN'T WORTH THE PRICE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:25:04 AM

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

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    • 10:25:11 AM

      MR. CARTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE COLONEL THOMAS KUNCLE WHO RETIRED…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE COLONEL THOMAS KUNCLE WHO RETIRED ON JULY 10, 2017, AS THE WING COMMANDER OF THE 23RD WING AT MOODY AIR FORCE BASE NEAR VALDOSTA, GEORGIA. THE COLONEL SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND HE'S LOGGED NEARLY 3,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT. AS COMMANDER OF THE 23RD WING, HE LED OVER 5,000 AIR MEN SPREAD OVER FOUR BASES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AN EXAMPLE OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND BRAVERY OCCURRED WHEN ONE OF HIS FELLOW AIR MAN WAS SHOT DOWN DURING THE KOSOVO CONFLICT IN 1999. THE COLONEL BRAVELY LED A SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO RESCUE THE MISSING PILOT THAT WAS SHOT DOWN BY A MISSILE. THE COLONEL WAS ALSO A PART OF THE AIR AND JOINT STAFFS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT SERVE AS ADVISORS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE WAS STATIONED ALL OVER AMERICA. IN ADDITION TO HIS TIME ABROAD IN ICELAND AND QATAR DEFENDING THE FREEDOMS WE ALL GREATLY ENJOY. I AM PROUD TO RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE COLONEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS COMMITMENT TO OUR COUNTRY AND HIS COMMITMENT TO OUR AIRMEN. THE COLONEL WILL NOW BEGIN SERVICE IN THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. ERNIE LEE WHO WAS NAMED THE 2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA. MR. LEE IS A DEDICATED U.S. GOVERNMENT CIVICS AND HISTORY STUDENTS TO HIS STUDENTS AT WINDSOR FOREST HIGH SCHOOL IN SAVANNAH'S SOUTH SIDE. MR. LEE WAS A FINALIST FOR NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR. BEFORE BECOMING A TEACHER IN 2008, MR. LEE PRACTICED LAW FOR OVER 20 YEARS. YOU CAN CLEARLY TELL THROUGH HIS DEMEANOR AND PASSION THAT HE DISCOVERED HIS TRUE CALLING WHEN HE BEGAN TEACHING. MR. LEE IS CURRENTLY WORKING AS A FELLOW AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., STUDYING THE STATE OF GEORGIA'S HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIAN NATIONS. SPECIFICALLY THE SUPREME COURT CASE CHEROKEE NATION VS. GEORGIA. HIS RESEARCH DURING THE FELLOWSHIP IS CENTERED AROUND WRITING AND DEVELOPING LESSON PLANS ON THE TOPIC. I CAN'T THANK MR. LEE ENOUGH FOR HIS DEDICATION TO GEORGIA STUDENTS AND HIS ABILITY TO INSPIRE THEM TO LEARN ABOUT HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MR. JAMES P. BURNS OF WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA, WHO PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 31, 2017, SHORTLY AFTER CELEBRATING HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. BURNS USED HIS 100 YEARS TO MAKE HIS COUNTRY AND HIS COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. MR. BURNS SERVED IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FROM 1940 TO 1960, FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. AFTER BEING HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE AIR FORCE, MR. BURNS WORKED ANOTHER 16 YEARS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BEFORE RETIRING AS ROBINS -- AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IN GEORGIA. UPON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE D.O.D., MR. BURNS AND HIS WIFE, LUCILLE, DEDICATED THEIR LIVES HELPING THE GEORGIA COMMUNITY. HE VOLUNTEERED OVER 14,500 HOURS AT THEHOUSEON MEDICAL HOSPITAL. WHEN HE -- AT A MEDICAL HOSPITAL. WHEN HE WASN'T THERE HE COULD FIND SENIORS DO THEIR TAXES OR TRANSPORTING FOOD FOR THE LOCAL FOOD BANK. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE MR. BURNS' LIFE TODAY AND HIS DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY. HE WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:29:07 AM

      MR. GALLAGHER

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DELIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DELIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE ISLAMIC -- THE LIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE WAS GREAT FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THE UNITED STATES WHICH SUPPORTED THE OPERATION. BUT TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN OUR BROADER MISSION OF DESTROYING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM AND KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE, WE MUST CONFRONT SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROAD AHEAD. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE TASK FORCE ON DENYING TERRORIST ENTRY IN THE UNITED STATES, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEGREE TO WHICH JIHADISTS AND FOREIGN FIGHTERS THREATEN OUR HOMELAND AND OUR ABILITY TO MEET THESE THREATS. WE KNOW THAT IRAQI FIGHTERS ARE CONCEALING THEIR IDENTITIES AND FLEEING WITH GROUPS OF REFUGEES, MANY TO EUROPE. THESE ARE TURNING -- THESE FIGHTERS HAVE LEARNED TO MAKE DANGEROUS WEAPONS, HAVE GOTTEN BATTLEFIELD EXPERIENCE AND ARE SUCCESSFULLY TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE SUSCEPTIBLE TO RADICALIZATION. WE KNOW OUR VISA WAIVER PROGRAM PROVIDES A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE DETERMINED TERRORISTS TO EXPLOIT. CONFRONTING THESE THREATS LIES IN OUR ABILITY TO QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY VET AND SCREEN TRAVELERS, SHARE SUFFICIENT INTELLIGENCE WITH OUR ALLIES AND ACT ON CREDIBLE THREATS WHEN IDENTIFIED. AND THE THREATS ARE REAL. . THESE FOR FIGHTERS POSE A GREATER THREAT TO THE WEST THAN EVER BEFORE. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, IT'S A THREAT WE CANNOT OVERLOOK AND IT'S A THREAT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO CONFRONT. NOTHING CAN BE PUT AHEAD OF THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE HOMELAND. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY NOT AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT BUT AS AN AMERICAN. IF WE CAN REALLY FIND A WAY TO CUT THROUGH THE MEDIA CIRCUS SURROUNDING THE DEBATE ABOUT RUSSIA IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I THINK IT WOULD REINFORCE FOR ALL OF US WHATEVER OUR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES, OUR COUNTRY MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST. THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE DO NOT WEAR THE JERSEY OF JUAN POLITICAL PARTY OR ANOTHER. THE ONLY LAUNDRY THEY WEAR IS THE FLAG OF THEIR NATION WHOSE INTEREST THEY WILL ADVANCE REGARDLESS OF DOMESTIC AMERICAN POLITICS. AND MAKE NO MISTAKES, MR. SPEAKER, RUSSIA UNDER PUTIN IS NOT OUR FRIEND. HE IS ON NO ONE'S TEAM BUT HIS OWN. THERE ARE CONCRETE STEPS THAT WE IN CONGRESS CAN TAKE TO PUSH BACK AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION BOTH HERE AT HOME AND OVERSEAS . TO START WITH WE MUST PASS SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND IRAN. THE SENATE PASSED THE SANCTIONS BILL 98-2 JUST ONE MONTH AGO. WE NEED TO DO THE SAME. NO MORE EXCUSES. WE NEED TO VOTE IMMEDIATELY. MOST OF ALL, CONGRESS MUST RECLAIM ITS LONG NEGLECTED ROLE IN FOREIGNPOLICY. RUSSIA -- FOREIGN POLICY. RUSSIA IS NOT AND NEVER BEEN A PARTNER IN SYRIA. IT HAS ENABLED ASSAD'S AGAIN STIDE WAR WHILE FOCUSING MUCH OF ITS AGAIN AGAINST U.S. SUPPORTED REBELS. AT THE SAME TIME THE GROWTH OF IRAN YAIN POWER HAS DEEPENED THE SECTARIAN ATMOSPHERE OFF WHICH ISIS THRIVES. ISIS AND IRAN ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN OF RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM. AND TO ADVANCE OUR LONG-TERM INTEREST IN SYRIA AND NEED NEED MIDDLE EAST, WE MUST CEASE OUTSOURCING OUR FOREIGN POLICY TO OUR ADD ADVERSARIES AND CEDE OUR INFLUENCE IS NOT AND NEVER BEEN A PARTNER IN SYRIA. IT HAS ENABLED ASSAD'S AGAIN TO THE RUSSIANS. WE HERE IN CONGRESS HAVE A ACTUALLY MANDATED ROLE TO PLAY. WE HAVE BEEN DERELICT IN THIS DUTY FOR DECADES, WE NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECLAIM OUR AUTHORITY. AS PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PUSH BACK AGAINST OUR ADVERSARIES, WE SHOULD REVISIT THE UNDERLYING AUTHORITIES THAT ARE ALLOWING US TO CONDUCT LETHAL ACTIVITIES AROUND THE WORRELL. WE NEED TO PASS A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE TO PUT OUR EFFORTS AGAINST ISIS, AGAINST AL QAEDA, AGAINST ALL OF THEIR AFFILIATES AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD SEEK TO CHALLENGE OUR INTEREST ON THE STRONGEST LEGAL FOOTING POSSIBLE. WE CAN'T SIT ON THE SIDELINES. PART OF SPECTATOR IS UNWORTHY OF THIS GREAT BODY. WE MUST LEAD WHEN IT COMES TO BOTH ENHANCING OUR DEFENSES AGAINST ATTACKS AND PUSHING IT BACK AGAINST RUSSIAN OR IRANIAN AGGRESSION ABROAD. TO DO OTHERWISE WOULD BE TO ABDICATE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, TO OUR NATION, AND TO THE OATH WE ALL TOOK TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      FORD MR.

      TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT JOSEPH MURRAY WHO PAID THE…

      TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT JOSEPH MURRAY WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE ON JULY 12, 2017, WHEN A K.C.-130 MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. SERGEANT MURRAY LIVED IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, SINCE HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD AND WAS A MILITARY DEPENDENT. HIS FATHER DELTA. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS IN THE NAVY FOR OVER 20 YEARS. HE WAS A SANDALWOOD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IN THE CLASS OF 2009 AND JOINED THE MARINES THAT SAME YEAR. HE WAS STATIONED AT WAS IN THE NAVY FOR, NORTH CAROLINA. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS CAMP LEJEUNE PROMOTED THREE TIMES IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS HE WAS IN THE MARINE CORPS, AND HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO AFGHANISTAN. HE TOLD HIS FATHER HE WANTED TO BE A GRUNT INSTEAD OF AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER BECAUSE THAT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO. HE DIED AS A MEMBER OF A SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM WHERE HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS WERE THE FELLOW MARINES WHO SERVED NEXT TO HIM. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS A PROUD HUSBAND AND FATHER WITH FOUR CHILDREN, A 5-YEAR-OLD SON, A 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, AND TWO 1-YEAR-OLD TWIN BOYS. HE MET HIS WIFE THE SAME YEAR HE JOINED THE MILITARY, AND HE WAS FAMILY MAN WHO LOVED TO SERVE OTHERS. GALE SAID HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HIS FAMILY, AND LOVED TO PLAY HIS GUITAR FOR THEM. SHE SAID WHAT HE WANTED MOST IN THE WORLD BESIDES HIS FAMILY'S HAPPINESS WAS DESTROY EVIL IN THE WORLD. HIS FATHER SAID THE ONLY THING STRONGER THAN HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY WAS HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS CHURCH. THE FACT HE WAS KNOWN TO HUM PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONGS WHILE ON PATROL AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS LOOKED TO HIM AS A, FAITH LEADER. A FELLOW MARINE MENTIONED THAT WHEN JOSEPH STOPPED THAT HUMMING AND SINGING PRAISES, THEY TOOK THE SAFETIES OFF THEIR WEAPONS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS UP. ALL WAS WELL WHEN JOSEPH WAS WITH THEM. HIS FATHER SAID THE CITY HIM AS A, FAITH LEADER. OF JACKSONVILLE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD TO HAVE HAD HIS SON COME FROM THERE. I CAN ATTEST TODAY FOR THE CITIZENS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA THAT WE'RE VERY PROUD. VERY PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE HAD SERGEANT MURRAY DEFENDING OUR FREEDOMS. SERGEANT MURRAY'S DEDICATION TO HIS FAITH, FAMILY, AND NATION WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SEMPER FI, SERGEANT MURRAY.

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

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      MR. GREEN

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM WITH TRUMPCARE. THE PROBLEM WITH TRUMPCARE IS A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY THAT WOULD CAUSE SOME TO BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE TO GIVE TO THE GREEDY. A TOO MUCH THAT IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY THAT WOULD ALLOW SOME TO ROB THE NEEDY OF HEALTH CARE TO REWARD THE RICH WITH WEALTH CARE. TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. AND THIS TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY EXISTS AT A TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE VERY WEALTHY ARE DOING VERY WELL IN THIS COUNTRY. THE BIG BANKS ARE MAKING BIG BUCKS. THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS QUITE HEALTHY. IN FACT, LAST YEAR THE INDUSTRY'S NET INCOME WAS UP $13.1 BILLION. THAT'S 46%. C.E.O.'S ARE DOING QUITE WELL. THE TOP 10% C.E.O.'S ARE RAKING IN MILLIONS ANNUALLY. LET'S LOOK AT THE NUMBER ONE PERSON ON THE TOP 10. THIS PERSON HAD AN INCOME OF $98 MILLION, UP 499%. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BEGRUDGE PEOPLE FOR MAKING MONEY. I DON'T BEGRUDGE PEOPLE FOR MAKING A LOT OF MONEY. I DO THINK THAT THEY SHOULD ALL PAY A FAIR SHARE OF TAXES ON THAT MONEY, HOWEVER. SOME OF THEM PAY CARRIED INTEREST, WHICH IS NOT THE ORDINARY INCOME TAX THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE PAYING. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY NOT ONLY IMPACTS THE WAY PEOPLE VIEW HEALTH CARE, BUT IT ALSO IMPACTS PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING MINIMUM WAGE. JUXTAPOSE THE PERSON WHO MADE $98 MILLION LAST YEAR WITH THE PERSON WHO IS MAKING $7.25 AN HOUR. BY THE WAY, ALL MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS ARE MAKING $7.25 AN HOUR EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY, AND THEY MAKE EVEN LESS. $7.25 AN HOUR. THE MINIMUM WAGE HAS NOT BEEN RAISED IN A DECADE. MORE THAN 10 YEARS C.E.O.'S GET RAISES OF MILLIONS ANNUALLY. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY IS KEEPING WAGES DOWN, CAUSING THOSE AT THE TOP TO MAKE MORE, AND CREATING A CHASM BETWEEN THE TOP AND BOTTOM. THE MIDDLE AS WELL. AND IN SO DOING WE HAVE CREATED A CLASS CEILING. A CLASS CEILING. THOSE WHO ARE IN THE WORKING CLASS ARE NOT MAKING ENOUGH TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AT $7.25 AN HOUR YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF A FAMILY. AT $7.25 AN HOUR, YOU CAN BARELY MANAGE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS AND YOU CANNOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE. THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE $1 TRILLION UTE OF HEALTH CARE -- OUT OF HEALTH CARE, THOSE WHO WOULD REWARD THE RICH WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AS A RESULT, THOSE WHO WOULD DO IT SO THEY CAN GO ON TO A TAX PLAN WHERE THEY'LL CUT EVEN MORE, THOSE WHO WOULD DO THIS, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. IT SEEMS THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT THE POOR CAN DO MORE WITH LESS. AND THAT THE RICH NEED MORE TO DO MORE. I REFUSE TO SUPPORT TRUMPCARE. I WILL NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING DEVELOPED ALONG THE LINES OF TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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      MR. ZELDIN

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE 103RD RESCUE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE 103RD RESCUE SQUADRON, A UNIT OF THE 106TH RESCUE WING OF THE NEW YORK AIR CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. COMMANDED BY COLONEL MICHAEL BANK THE NATIONAL GUARD. 106 RESCUE WING IS BASED OUT OF DUBRESKY AIRPORT IN WESTAMPTON BEACH LOCATED IN MY HOME DISTRICT T HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY OF SERVICE. IN OCTOBER 1991, DURING THE STORM THAT WAS DEPICTED IN THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, "THE PERFECT STORM." AN H.H. 60 AND TANKER 106 FROM THE 106TH RESCUE WING FLEW TO AN ENDANGERED SAILBOAT ABOUT 250 MILES SOUTH OF ITS BASE. AFTER SURVIVAL GEAR WAS DROPPED ON TO THE VESSEL, THEY BEGAN THEIR RETURN TO BASE. HOWEVER, BRAVING INCREDIBLY SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS THE HH-60 WAS FORCED TO DITCH 60 MILES SOUTH OF BASE IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. ALL BUT ONE MEMBER OF THE CREW WAS RESCUED BY THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD CUTTER TAMAROA. IN ADDITION IN 1988 THE 106 RESCUE WING CARRIED OUT THE LONGEST OVERWATER RESCUE MISSION IN AN HH-60. MEMBERS OF THE WING WERE ALSO ON SCENE AT GROUND ZERO DURING THE 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS. AND THEN MOST RECENTLY THIS PAST APRIL THE HEROIC MEMBERS OF THIS SQUADRON SAVED SEVERAL LIVES WHEN AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED ON A SLOVENIAN CARGO ADDITION IN 1988 SHIP. THESE BRAVE AIRMEN TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION WHEN CALLED UPON TO OFFER DESPERATELY NEEDED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. ON APRIL 24, THE CARGO SHIP TAMARA WAS ROCKED BY AN EXPLOSION IN THE FORWARD ON APRIL BULK HEAD WHICH RESULTED IN THE IMMEDIATE DEATH OF ONE INDIVIDUAL AND SEVERE BURNS FOR THREE OTHER CREW MEMBERS, ONE WHO SADLY PERISHED PRIOR TO THE TEAM'S ARRIVAL. 1,300 MILES OFF THE COAST OF CAPE COD AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, HOLDING A CREW OF OVER 20 MEN, THE SITUATION LOOKED DIRE FOR THE INJURED MEMBERS OF THIS CREW. BOSTON RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR HELP BUT REACHED OUT TO TWO CANADIAN VESSELS IN THE AREA. HOWEVER THESE SHIPS WERE 12 TO 24 HOURS COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR HELP BUT REACHED OUT TO TWO CANADIAN VESSELS IN THE AREA. HOWEVER THESE SHIPS WERE 12 TO 24 HOURS AWAY AT THE VERY LEAST AND DID NOT POSSESS THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CAPABILITY. IT WAS THEN THAT THE ALSO PART OF THE WING TO BEGIN THE SEARCH AND REST CUE. ON THE FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT AND SUPERB AIRMAN SHIP OF THE CREW, THEY EXECUTED A COMPLEX NIGHT PARACHUTE INSERTION OF EQUIPMENT PART OF THE WING TO BEGIN THE SEARCH AND REST CUE. ON THE FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT AND AND PERSONNEL INTO THE WATER AND MADE THEIR WAY TO THE VESSEL. AFTER MAKING IT ONBOARD, THE 10 RD RESCUE SQUADRON TEAM PROVIDED ADVANCED MEDICAL CARE FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. UNTIL A PORTUGUESE RESCUE HELICOPTER COULD HOIST T TEAM OFF AND AIRLIFT THE INJURED SEAMEN WHO HIGHER LEVEL OF MECAL CARE. IF NOT FOR THE BRAVE ACTIONS OF THIS RESCUE WING, IT COULD HAVE VERY WELL BEEN A GREAT LOSS OF LIFE UPON THAT VESSEL. MR. SPEAKER, THESE MEN RISK LIFE AND LIMB TO SAVE THESE CREW MEMBERS HAVE MORE THAN EARNED OUR RESPECT AND ADD MYRRH AFPLGTSE TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR MAJOR EDWARD VOGEL, TECHNICAL SERGEANT JORDAN SINCLAIR, MAJOR MARTY VIERA, SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT ERIC BLUM, MASTER SERGEANT YESTERDAY SMITH, STAFF SERGEANT BRIAN DULLER, AND SENIOR AIRMAN MICHAEL HARTMAN FOR THEIR LIFESAVING EFFORTS ON APRIL 24. NOT ONLY TODAY BUT EVERY DAY. MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THOSE IN THE 106TH RESCUE WING PUT THEMSELVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT US, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR COMMUNITIES. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR SUPPORT TO OUR NATION'S DEFENDERS AND PROVIDE EVERY NEEDED RESOURCE FOR THESE HEROES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE 106TH RESCUE WING AND THEIR CONTINUED HE LEGACY OF REMARKABLY ANSWERING THE CALL TO DUTY. ANSWERING THE CALL TO DUTY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    • 10:45:45 AM

      MR. FITZPATRICK

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE KIDS PEACE WHICH IS A PRIVATE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE KIDS PEACE WHICH IS A PRIVATE CHARITY DEDICATED TO ASSISTING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENCE EXPERIENCING EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES IN PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1882. KIDS PEACE PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMS, ACCREDITED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND A VARIETY OF FOSTER CARE AND COMMUNITY-BASED TREATMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OVERCOME CHALLENGES AND TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES. LAST WEEK I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING DOMINICK DESALVO AND PATRICK SLATTERY,ED A HE VOW INDICATES OF KIDS PEACE IN DOYLESTOWN IN MY DISTRICT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE OVERCOME WITH THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THEY LEARN TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHIER RELATION SHIST WITH ADULTS, EXPERIENCE HEALTHY FAMILY FUNCTIONING, WITNESS POSITIVE PARENTING STYLES, PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY LIFE AND LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH POSITIVE ROLE MODELING. I'M PROUD OF THE EFFORTS OF KIDS PEACE TO HELP BUCKS COUNTY YOUTH RECEIVE THE INFORMATION AND TREATMENT THEY NEED TO BECOME HEALTHY ADULTS. KIDS PEACE REMINDS US THAT WE CAN ALL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:47:01 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. DUNCAN

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I RECEIVED THIS…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE FROM A VERY RESPECTED BUSINESSMAN IN KNOXVILLE, RANDY GRIEVES. HE WROTE, I JUST RECEIVED A LETTER FROM HUMANA STATING THEY ARE LEAVING THE STATE OF TENNESSEE NEXT YEAR. THIS LEAVES NO ONE TO WRITE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH POLICIES IN THE STATE. AETNA ONLY WRITES GROUP POLICIES, AND THEY MAY WITHDRAW AS WELL. PLEASE LET ANYONE WITH A VOTE KNOW THAT FAMILIES ARE BEING FAILED MISERABLY, AS YOU ALREADY KNOW. HUMANA REQUIRED WE PAY THE FIRST $37,000 BETWEEN PREMIUMS AND THE DEDUCTIBLE BEFORE INSURANCE WOULD CONTRIBUTE ONLY 50%. HE SAID IT WAS BASICALLY WORTHLESS AND NOW THEY WON'T EVEN MAKE THAT LOUSY POLICY AVAILABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE ON SUBSIDIES, MOSTLY WITH NO PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH, COST A FORTUNE TO THE REST OF US. OBAMACARE MAY HAVE HELPED 20 MILLION PEOPLE BUT IT'S HURT 200 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS. ABOUT A MONTH AGO, THE IRISH TIMES, THE LARGEST NEWSPAPER IN IRELAND, REPORTED THEY HAD OVER 660,000 PEOPLE ON WAITING LISTS FOR HEALTH CARE. THAT'S IN A COUNTRY OF LESS THAN FIVE MILLION PEOPLE. YOU MULTIPLY THAT TIMES 60 OR 65 AND YOU GOT THE UNITED STATES. MEDICARE, WHEN IT STARTED, WHEN IT WAS FIRST PASSED, THERE WAS AN OFFICIAL C.B.O. PREDICTION IT WOULD COST $9 BILLION AFTER 25 YEARS. INSTEAD IT COST 12 TIMES OF THAT AFTER THE FIRST 25 YEARS AND NOW IT COSTS SIX TIMES MORE THAN THAT, OR ABOUT 70 TIMES MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE. CALIFORNIA, AS LIBERAL AND LEFT WING THAT STATE IS, A FEW DAYS AGO I READ THEY TRIED TO PASS A HEALTH CARE OR MEDICAL CARE FOR EVERYONE BILL. THEY HAD TO WITHDRAW THE BILL BECAUSE THEY FOUND OUT IT WOULD COST $400 BILLION FOR THE FIRST YEAR. YOU MULTIPLY THAT BY 10 OR 11, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES. AND WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE AFFORDING THE MEDICARE WE HAVE NOW FOR 14% OF THE POPULATION. SO MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE IS NOT GOING TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. WE TOOK WHAT WAS A VERY MINOR PROBLEM FOR A VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THE MID 1960'S AND TURNED IT INTO A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR EVERYONE SO THAT NOW ONLY WARREN BUFFETT AND BILL GATES AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT, MULTIBILLIONAIRES, CAN AFFORD HEALTH CARE. AND THE REASON IS IS THAT ANYTHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZES, THE COSTS JUST EXPLODE BECAUSE YOU REMOVE THE INCENTIVES AND PRESSURES TO HOLD COSTS DOWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT A RUSSIAN, CUBAN TYPE OF MEDICAL SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY DON'T WANT A TOTALLY FEDERALLY RUN MEDICAL SYSTEM THEY HAVE IN SO MANY COUNTRIES WITH MEDICAL CARE THAT'S NOT EVEN A FRACTION OF WHAT WE HAVE. WE ARE STILL UNDER OBAMACARE TODAY, AND IT'S NOT WORKING. THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PULL OUT ALL OVER THE WHOLE COUNTRY, AND "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" REPORTED YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE THAT, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, PREMIUMS WENT UP 63% IN TENNESSEE IN 2017 ALONE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING. WE NEED TO MOVE MORE IN THE DIRECTION OF A FREE MARKET MEDICAL SYSTEM IF WE'RE EVER GOING TO BRING DOWN HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE THAT EVERYONE IS DEMANDING AND WANTING AND THAT WE WANT TO GIVE TO THEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 10:50:50 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      MR. FARENTHOLD

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT AMERICAN…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT, CAPTAIN STEVEN BANTA, CALL SIGN SLASH, WHO WILL BE RETIRING THIS WEEK FROM HIS POST AS COMMANDING OFFICER OF NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI. IN 1991, -- A 1991 GRADUATE OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY WHERE HE EARNED A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING, HE COMPLETED NAVAL TRAINING WITH THE VP-27 BOOMERS IN CORPUS CHRISTI AND WAS DESIGNATED A NAVAL AVIATOR ON MARCH 19, 1994. HIS SEA DUTY INCLUDED DEPLOYMENTS ON VARIOUS CRUISERS, DESTROYERS, FRIG OTT, TO THE MED TER ARIAN, GULF, SOUTHEAST PACIFIC AND OTHER AREAS. DURING HIS DEPLOYMENT AS A MAINTENANCE OFFICERS WITH HSL-44 DETACHMENT-4 WHERE THEY WERE THE FIRST IN THE FLEET TO TEST THE HELL FIRE MISSILES. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, HE WAS DEPLOYED WITH THE U.S.S. CAROL VINCENT. DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM HE COORDINATED THE DAILY SCHEDULE OF MORE THAN 40 HELICOPTERS AND 16 DIFFERENT AVIATION UNITS. IN 2009 AND 2010 HE SERVED AS COMMANDING OFFICER AS THE WORLD FAMOUS HSL-44 VIPERS. DURING HIS TENURE THERE THEY ORDERED MULTIPLE AWARDS -- THEY EARNED MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR TACTICAL AND RETENTION EXCELLENCE. CAPTAIN BANTA'S SHORE DUTIES INCLUDED TOURS AS A SEAHAWK HELICOPTER INSTRUCTOR, AS THE LEAD COUNTRY PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR AFGHANISTAN WITH THE DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATIVE AGENCY. HE EARNED A MASTERS DEGREE IN NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AT THE NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE IN 2011. CAPTAIN BANTA ASSUMED COMMAND OF NAVAL COMMAND CORPUS CHRISTI IN JUNE, 2014. DURING THIS TOUR, IMPROVEMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE RESULTED IN NUMEROUS AWARDS INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR, FIRE DEPARTMENT NATIONAL ACADATION, ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT, CNO SHORE SAFETY AWARD, THE BASE WING SPAN NEWSPAPER WAS RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE NAVY AND THE BASE WAS ON THE A LIST FOR OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN FAMILY HOUSING AND MORE. CAPTAIN BANTA HAS BEEN AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE NAVY, SOUTH TEXAS AND THE UNITED STATES. I WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, SARAH, A CORPUS CHRISTI NATIVE, BEST OF LUCK AS HE MOVES INTO CIVILIAN LIFE AND BEGINS HIS NEW JUDGE -- NEW JOB. GOD BLESS AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:53:42 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1,…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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  • 10:53:47 AM

    Recess

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

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      UNTIL

  • 12:00:07 PM

    Reconvened

    The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of July 19.

    • 12:00:17 PM

      Today's prayer was offered by Chaplain Marshall Dunbar, Christian Community Action, Lewisville, TX

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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, CHAPLAIN MARSHALL DUNBAR, CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ACTION, LEWISVILLE, TEXAS.

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        THE CHAPLAIN

        LET US PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE GIVEN…

        LET US PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO STAND BEFORE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS HOUSE. WITH THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING THIS GREAT NATION. HELP THEM TO COME TOGETHER IN UNITY FOR YOUR WORD REMINDS US THAT A HOUSE DIVIDED ITSELF CANNOT STAND. SO BELIEVING YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE NEED OF BEFORE WE EVEN ASK, TOGETHER WE OFFER THIS PRAYER AS TAUGHT BY YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, HALOED BE THY NAME, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE GIVE OUR DEBTORS. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.

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      • 12:01:39 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 THERE OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. PROPS THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL

    The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings poned until later in the legislative day.

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      MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING…

      MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE PROPS THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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      THE SPEAKER

      THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO…

      THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE T THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:02:10 PM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, OBJECT TO THE TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

      MR. SPEAKER, OBJECT TO THE TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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  • 12:02:14 PM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

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

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      THE SPEAKER

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

      PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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      MR. DEUTCH

      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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    • 12:02:36 PM

      THE SPEAKER

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

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

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    • 12:02:41 PM

      MR. BURGESS

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

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

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    • 12:02:50 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. BURGESS

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      THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE MESSENGER

      RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE…

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

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    • 12:04:27 PM

      THE MESSENGER

      STATES. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER.

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      THE SPEAKER

      MADAM SECOND.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE…

      I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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  • 12:04:34 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.

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      THE SPEAKER

      REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT…

      REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:04:51 PM

      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      2345UCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- KNUCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE…

      2345UCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- KNUCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    • 12:04:56 PM

      THE SPEAKER

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN GREAT ADMIRATION OF HARD MOGUL WHO FOR MORE THAN A…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN GREAT ADMIRATION OF HARD MOGUL WHO FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY HAS SERVED AS THE C.E.O. OF MIAMI-DADE. THROUGHOUT ITS MANY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY, AND HELP THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION STRIVES TO CREATE A STRONGER MIAMI. HARV HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE AS A YOUNG AGE SERVING AS A TEACHER IN THE PEACE CORPS AND WORKING AT SEVERAL UNITED WAY CHAPTERS ACROSS THE NATION. IN 1991 HE TOOK ON THE GREAT TASK OF LEADING THE MIAMI CHAPTER WHERE HE WORKED TO BROADEN THE ORGANIZATION'S ADVOCACY AND PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS. THROUGHOUT HIS TENURE, HARV HAS SPEARHEADED MANY CAMPAIGNS INCLUDING A NATIONAL EVENT TO ADVANCE THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM OF WHICH I AM PROUDLY A COUNCILMEMBER. HE'S NOW READY FOR A NEW CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. HE WILL BE STEPPING DOWN FROM HIS THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM OF WHICH I AM C.E.O. POSITION BUT HE WILL CONTINUE TO ADVANCE THE GOALS OF THIS OF THIS NOBLE ORGANIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THE MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MI AMIGO, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL.

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    • 12:06:18 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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

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    • 12:06:28 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. GREEN

      TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE A.C.A. AS THE PRESIDENT…

      TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE A.C.A. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, HEALTH CARE IS HARD. AS DEMOCRATS, WE DIDN'T RECEIVE REPUBLICAN VOTES TO PASS THE A.C.A., BUT IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND. OUR JOB AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO FIX LAWS THAT ARE NOT EFFECTIVE AS EXPECTED. LET'S WORK AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOT TO DO A REPUBLICAN FIX OR A DEMOCRATIC FIX. LET'S WORK TOGETHER AS THE AMERICANS TO FIND THE AMERICAN SOLUTION TO OUR HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS. THAT'S WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT FROM US. WITH HONOR TO THE SPEAKER AND THE CHAIR, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

      SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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    • 12:07:24 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. IN…

      THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. IN 1959, SCONG

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      THANK AUTHORIZED AND REQUESTED THE PRESIDENT PROCLAIM THE THIRD WEEK IN…

      THANK AUTHORIZED AND REQUESTED THE PRESIDENT PROCLAIM THE THIRD WEEK IN JULY AS CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. DURING THIS WEEK WE STAND UNITED WITH THOSE WHO STILL LIVE UNDER THE RULE OF COMMUNIST REGIMES AS THEY CONTINUE FIGHTING AGAINST THE OPPRESSION AND LACK OF HUMAN RIGHTS. YOU HAVE MY WORD THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE WITH YOU. AS A WAY TO EDUCATE CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS ABOUT THE IDEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF COMMUNISM, THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION WAS AUTHORIZED IN 1993 BY A UNANIMOUS ACT OF CONGRESS. IN HONOR OF THIS FOUNDATION I HAVE INTRODUCED HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 57 WHICH EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT ESTABLISHING A MUSEUM IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN EDUCATING AMERICANS ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS COMMITTED BY THESE TOTALITARIAN REGIMES AND TELLING THE WHOLE STORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

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    • 12:08:22 PM

      C ROSS

      THIS MUSEUM WOULD HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE HEROES WHO RESISTED COMMUNIST…

      THIS MUSEUM WOULD HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE HEROES WHO RESISTED COMMUNIST TYRANNY AND COMMEMORATE AMERICA'S MORE THAN HALF CENTURY OF EFFORTS RESISTING SOVIET IMPERIALISM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME DURING AIVE NATIONS WEEK IN RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM BY CO-SPONSORING HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 57 AND BRINGING THE TRUTH TO LIGHT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:08:44 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 12:08:58 PM

      MS. JACKSON LEE

      MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US ARE ENGAGED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TODAY. A BUDGET…

      MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US ARE ENGAGED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TODAY. A BUDGET FOR AMERICANS SHOULD BE SEEK RECOGNITION? REALLY THE PLAYBOOK FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIVES FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT YET THIS DRACONIAN BUDGET THAT IS WORSE THAN THE TRUMP BUDGET CUTS $250 BILLION PLUS OUT OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES FOR AMERICANS. CUTS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, THE ENVIRONMENT. UNDERMINING THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. WHERE IS THE RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? THE PREMISE OF THE FACT THAT WAGES ARE SLOW. MR. SPEAKER, CORPORATE AMERICA IS DOES WELL. AND ALL IS NEEDED AS SOME CORPORATIONS HAVE ALREADY DONE, RAISE THE SALARIES OF AMERICANS. MAKE SURE THE GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED. SHORE UP THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, NOT TO CUT BILLIONS FROM THE AFFORDABLE CARE. TO SHORE UP NATIONAL DEFENSE. NOT TO CUT BILLIONS OR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN PEACEKEEPING ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS USAID. SHORE UP AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY. GIVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SO THAT JOBS ARE CREATED. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? YOU DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, BY ENSURING THAT THE CLIMATE AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES ARE THERE FOR CORPORATIONS TO GROW. GROWTH IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT DRACONIAN CUTS TO LEAVE AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE, GOOD CLIMATE, WITHOUT EDUCATION. WE WANT A BUDGET FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:10:31 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE MY REMARKS.

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    • 12:10:42 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. SPEAKER, SADLY RURAL MAINE IS GROUND SKEER ROW FOR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC…

      MR. SPEAKER, SADLY RURAL MAINE IS GROUND SKEER ROW FOR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. EVERY DAY ON AVERAGE, MR. SPEAKER, ONE FELLOW MAINER DIE FROM AN OVERDOSE.

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    • 12:10:56 PM

      MR. POLIQUIN

      60% OF OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THIS SCOURGE. FOR…

      60% OF OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THIS SCOURGE. FOR YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN MAINE HAVE FOUND ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARDS OR E.B.T. CARDS AT DRUG BUSTS. EVERY MONTH THESE E.B.T. CARDS ARE REPLENISH THE WITH FOOD STAMM AND OTHER WELFARE BENEFITS INFEND TENDED TO HELP DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES. BUT TOO OFTEN THESE VALUABLE CARDS ARE USED TO BUY DRUGS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP AND I FOUND A COMMONSENSE WAY TO DO THAT. MY FOOD STAMP INTEGRITY ACT PERMANENTLY DISQUALIFIES ANYONE CONVICTED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING FROM RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS. THIS WOULD HELP MAKE SURE LIMITED WELFARE BENEFITS ARE SAVED TO COMPASSIONATELY HELP MOMS AND DADS PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR HUNGRY KIDS. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3151 WILL REQUIRE ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS BETWEEN AGES 18 AND 50 TO WORK OOT LEAST -- AT LEAST 20 HOURS A WEEK OR JOB TRAIN OR PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE IN ORDER FOR TAXPAYERS TO HELP THEM OUT WITH FOOD ASSISTANCE. MR. SPEAKER, SIMILAR FORMS IN MAINE HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OUT OF POVERTY AND INTO INDEPENDENCE AND BETTER LIVES THROUGH EMPLOYMENT, AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF JOBS AVAILABLE, SIR. MY BILL WILL HELP SAVE PRECIOUS WELFARE DOLLARS FOR THE DISABLED, ELDERLY, SICK, AND THE POOR. IT WILL ALSO HELP STOP DEADLY DRUG TRAFFICKING AND TREAT TAXPAYERS BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3151 IS A MAINE, COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO A NATIONAL PROBLEM. I ASK EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO VOTE FOR IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      MR. CICILLINE

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      MR. CICILLINE

      SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE THREATENED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE…

      SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE THREATENED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR SEVEN YEARS. BUT EARLIER THIS WEEK THEY FAILED AGAIN TO DELIVER ON THIS THREAT. NEXT WEEK THE SENATE WILL VOTE ON A BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT. IF THIS BILL WERE TO PASS, 32 MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL GO UP. AND INSURANCE MARKETS WILL UNRAVEL. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THIS BILL WILL NOT PASS. MITCH MCCONNELL ANTI-REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ARE GOING TO HAVE A VOTE ANYWAY. WHAT'S THE POINT? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WASHINGTON FAILING TO GET THINGS DONE. IT IS TIME, IN FACT WELL PAST TIME, FOR REPUBLICANS TO STOP GOING IT ALONE. ALL OF US CAME HERE TO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS. BUT THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNLESS REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO WORK IN GOOD FAITH WITH DEMOCRATS. TO MAKE THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE WORK TOGETHER, NONE OF US WILL GET EVERYTHING WE WANT. THAT'S TRUE. OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL FINALLY GET THE PROGRESS THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. AND THAT'S MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

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      MR. BUCSHON

      MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REBOUNDING COMMUNITY IN THE EIGHTH…

      MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REBOUNDING COMMUNITY IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF INDIANA. SULLIVAN COUNTY, INDIANA, IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL WEST INDIANA ALONG THE ROY BASH RIVER. HOME TO ROUGHLY 21,000 PROUD HARDWORKING HOOSIERS. THE LOCAL ECONOMY RELIES ON MANUFACTURING AND THE COAL AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRIES. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION, WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ROLL BACK AGGRESSIVE JOB-KILLING FEDERAL REGULATIONS OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THAT HAVE DEVASTATED THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY. THE AGENDA WE SET FORTH OF LESS REGULATION AND LOWER TAXES IS BREATHING LIFE INTO OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND COMMUNITIES LIKE SULLIVAN, INDIANA. AS OF MAY, 2017, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY IS AT A 27-YEAR LOW, SITTING AT 3.3%. JUST A YEAR AGO THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 7%. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I'M HOPEFUL THIS TREND CONTINUES AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MR. DEUTCH

      MR. SPEAKER, INACTION IN THIS HOUSE, THE NUMBERS TELL THE STORY 16 MONTHS…

      MR. SPEAKER, INACTION IN THIS HOUSE, THE NUMBERS TELL THE STORY 16 MONTHS SINCE RUSSIANS ATTACKED THIS HOUSE, WE STAND MUTE. ALL INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TOLD OF PUTIN'S DIRECT INVOLVEMENT AND WE'VE DONE NOTHING. EIGHT RUSSIAN AND TRUMP ADVISORS TALKED ABOUT RUSSIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. THREE HOURS OF FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PUTIN, ONE OF THOSE HOURS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND 98 OUT OF 100 SENATORS VOTED IN FAVOR OF NEW RUSSIAN SANCTIONS 34 DAYS AGO. AND FINALLY ZERO, ZERO ACTION FROM THIS HOUSE TO FIGHT BACK. ZERO SHOW OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT MIRRORS OR SENATE COUNTERPARTS. ZERO VOTES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO SEND THE SANCTIONS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU ALLOW US TO VOTE ON THIS BILL, IT WILL PASS WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND IF YOU DO NOT ALLOW US TO GET RUSSIA SANCTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIM TO SIGN IT, YOU AND THE REST OF THIS MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE WILL CARRY THE WEIGHT OF OUR FAILURE TO STAND UP TO RUSSIA BACK TO YOUR DISTRICTS IN AUGUST AND NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IT IS THAT YOU SHOW WEAKNESS WHEN IT IS STRENGTH THAT IS REQUIRED IN THE FACE OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA EXPECTS AND DESERVES AND I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. MCKINLEY

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A LITTLE KNOWN ROLE MODEL,…

      MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A LITTLE KNOWN ROLE MODEL, ELI BORACHOV, A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM CEDAR HEARST, NEW YORK. WHILE ON HIS TRIP WITH HIS FAMILY, ELI WAS PRAYING DURING A SERVICE AT THE CAVE OF THE PATRIARCHS IN HEBRON. ELI WAS TARGETED BY A PAIR OF ARAB SNIPERS AND WAS SHOT TWICE IN THE LEG. THANKFULLY AFTER EMERGENCY SURGERY AND A LENGTHY REHABILITATION, ELI HAS RECOVERED. AFTER THE TERRORISTS WERE APPREHENDED AND PUT ON TRIAL, ELI WAS CALLED UPON TO SPEAK IN COURT WHICH MEANT HE HAD TO FACE HIS SHOOTERS IN PERSON. WHILE ADDRESSING THE COURT, ELI DISPLAYED CHARACTER WELL BEYOND HIS YEARS. AS ELI MENTIONED IN HIS STATEMENT, THE ONLY REASON HE WAS TARGETED WAS THE FACT THAT HE WAS PRACTICING HIS JEWISH FAITH. I COMMEND ELI FOR STANDING TALL IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE AND SHOWING GREAT COURAGE. HE'S A ROLE MODEL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      MR. COSTA

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE MOST BASIC RIGHTS THAT SERVES…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE MOST BASIC RIGHTS THAT SERVES AS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND THAT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR ALL AMERICANS. GUARANTEED IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN OUR BILL OF RIGHTS. THE FREEDOM OF PRESS, IT'S THE FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, IT'S THE FREEDOM TO PETITION. THIS MORNING I JOINED MY FELLOW -- WITH SEVERAL FELLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER AMERICANS TO EXERCISE THIS FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOM IN A DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE. THE SAME PLACE WHERE MEMBERS OF TURKISH PRESIDENT'S SECURITY FORCES ATTACKED 11 PEACEFUL AMERICANS WHO WERE EXERCISING THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. ON MAY 16. THIS MORNING WE STOOD TOGETHER TO DEMAND THE PROTECTION OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. WE STOOD TOGETHER TO SAY WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR THOSE BASIC FREEDOMS THAT ARE ENSHRINED IN OUR BILL OF RIGHTS AND PROTECTED BY OUR CONSTITUTION. AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR OVER 241 YEARS AND SHED BLOOD TO PROTECT OUR BASIC FREEDOMS THAT WE HOLD MOST DEARLY. AS JUSTICE CARDOZA SAID IN 1970, FREEDOM OF EXPRESS IS THE INDISPENSIBLE CONDITION OF NEARLY EVERY OTHER FORM OF FREEDOM THAT WE CHERISH IN OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE ST. CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE ST. CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR BEING NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 150 WORKPLACES IN MINNESOTA BY THE "MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE."

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      MR. EMMER

      THE COMPANY SELECTED WAS BASED OFF OF A SURVEY DONE BY WORKPLACE DYNAMICS…

      THE COMPANY SELECTED WAS BASED OFF OF A SURVEY DONE BY WORKPLACE DYNAMICS WHICH MEASURES EMPLOYEE'S ENGAGEMENT, OVERALL SATISFACTION OF THEIR COMPANY. THIS IS A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE SAINT CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AS THEY SURVEYED NEARLY 70,000 EMPLOYEES THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA TO COME UP WITH THESE RESULTS. FOR EVERY COMPANY, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, THE EMPLOYEES ARE THE KEY TO SECURING SUCCESS. THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN EVERY DAY IS CRITICAL SO IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT MANAGEMENT ENSURES THEY FEEL BOTH VALUED AND RESPECTED. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE EVERYONE AT THE SAINT CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ON THEIR INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO CONGRATULATE MANAGEMENT FOR CREATING A GREAT WORKPLACE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. YOUR COMPANY AND EMPLOYEES WILL CONTINUE TO THRIVE DUE TO YOUR LEADERSHIP. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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      MRS. BEATTY

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT MY MESSAGE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT MY MESSAGE IS STANDING UP FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS -- AMERICAN PEOPLE, STANDING UP FOR HARDWORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY DESERVE AND THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THEY CAN HAVE EQUAL VOTING RIGHTS AND NOT HAVE A SHAM VOTING RIGHTS COMMISSION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DEVELOPED. STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THEY CAN HAVE AN INVESTMENT IN JOBS AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST TRUMP'S BUDGET. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO WE CAN KEEP MEDICAID. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE, THAT THEY HAVE JOBS, THAT WE DON'T CUT MEDICAID AND THE SAFETY NET PROGRAMS THAT ALLOWS US TO HAVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE ISSUE OF TYPE 1 DIABETES ACROSS AMERICA. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DIABETES CAUCUS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, DIANA DEGETTE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, THIS IS AN ISSUE I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT.

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      MR. REED

      TO ADDRESS THIS DISEASE TO IMPROVE THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS…

      TO ADDRESS THIS DISEASE TO IMPROVE THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS EACH AND EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, MY FAMILY IS ONE OF THESE FAMILIES. MY SON, WILL, AT 17 YEARS OF AGE, HAS BEEN FIGHTING THIS DISEASE 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR SINCE THE AGE OF 4. THIS YOUNG GIRL, KENNEDY, I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET WITH AND IS REPRESENTING MY DISTRICT HERE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL WORKSHOP BEING PUT ON BY JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION. SHE SHOWED ME THE SCARS ON HER FINGERS WHERE SHE HAS TO POKE HER FINGERS SIX TO SEVEN TIMES A DAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO CONTROL HER BLOOD SUGAR AND MONITOR IT ON A REGULAR BASIS. SHE'S A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ALL THE DIABETICS ACROSS THE NATION AND SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO TACKLE THIS DISEASE IN A WAY THAT WILL IMPROVE LIVES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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      MR. COURTNEY

      MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

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

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      MR. COURTNEY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FEBRUARY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FEBRUARY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD C.E.O.'S FROM AMERICA'S LARGEST MANUFACTURERS TO COME AND TALK ABOUT PRO-GROWTH TAX POLICIES. INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT TAXES, WHAT THEY REALLY TALKED ABOUT IS THE REAL NEED OUT THERE WHICH IS TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN THIS COUNTRY AND GET THE JOB TRAINING OUT THERE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET HIRED. AND "USA TODAY" REPORTED THE NEXT DAY WITH THE HEADLINE, SOWS TO TRUMP, JOBS EXIST, SKILLS DON'T. IN THE 2017 BUDGET, A BIPARTISAN BUDGET, CONGRESS LISTENED AND WE APPROPRIATED ROBUST FUNDING FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, FOR YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS AND FOR ADULT, OLDER INCUMBENT JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. INCREDIBLY, A FEW MINUTES AGO, THE PARTISAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUT APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS TO ZERO, FROM $95 MILLION FROM LAST YEAR TO ZERO. MR. SPEAKER, BETTER SKILLS MEANS BETTER WAGES AND BETTER JOBS. WE SHOULD BE INVESTING STRONGLY IN JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS SO PEOPLE WILL HAVE A FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE BACK HOME AND WE SHOULD REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH INCREDIBLY TURNS THE CLOCK BACK SO WE CAN FILL THE JOB OPENINGS THAT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS NOW TOTALS ALMOST SIX MILLION JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP, INVEST IN JOB TRAINING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE DUNKLY. THEY ARE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE DUNKLY. THEY ARE SERVING OUR NATION'S VETERANS THROUGH PROVIDING GUITAR LESSONS AT THE TRUMAN V.A. HOSPITAL IN COLUMBIA HOSPITAL. THE HEALING BOX PROJECT CAME TO LIFE AT THE V.A. HOSPITAL A FEW DAYS AGO.

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      MRS. HARTZLER

      TO DISABLED VETERANS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM EASE THE WOUNDS THAT SO MANY OF…

      TO DISABLED VETERANS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM EASE THE WOUNDS THAT SO MANY OF THEM ARE FACING. THESE WEEKLY LESSONS PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR VETERANS TO USE THE JOY OF MUSIC TO HEAL THEIR SOULS. WEEKLY THEY PROVIDE THESE LESSONS FOR UP TO 50 VETERANS. C.J. AND DAVE PROVIDE THE FUNDRAISING TO THEIR 503-C. I AM THANKFUL FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR NATION'S HEROES WHO HAVE SO GRACIOUSLY GIVEN SERVICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS. I'M BLESSED TO REPRESENT THEM IN CONGRESS AND WISH THEM CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THIS VERY SPECIAL PROJECT.

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      MR. MCNERNEY

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

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

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      MR. MCNERNEY

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAYOR YUM. SHE WAS…

      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAYOR YUM. SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRAN WHERE SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE ON IRAN'S INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OWE LIMP ADD TEAM WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL IN 1994 AND 1995 AND FIRST IRANIAN WOMAN ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. SHE MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES TO ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND BECAME A 2004 RESEARCH FELLOW OF THE CLAY MATHEMATICS INSTITUTE AND PROFESSOR AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. IN 2008 SHE BECAME A PROFESSOR AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND IN 2014, MARY ANN WAS THE FIRST WOMAN EVER TO HAVE THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS MATHEMATICAL AWARD FOR HER OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DYNAMICS AND GEOMETRY OF MODULAR SPACES. THE MEDALS ARE AWARDED EVERY FOUR YEARS AGED 40 OR YOUNGER. SHE WAS AN AMAZING MATHEMATICIAN, SOCIALLY ENGAGING AND EVOLVED IN THE -- INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. SHE DIED LAST WEEK AT THE AGE OF 40, A TRAGEDY NOT ONLY FOR HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT FOR THE ADDITIONAL BEAUTIFUL AMER EL-MAATIICS SHE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE HUMAN RACE HAD SHE BEEN BLESSED WITH A LONG CAREER.

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

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      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF JOHN SWEENEY, THE PRIEST…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF JOHN SWEENEY, THE PRIEST OF CHARLOTTE ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE LARGEST CATHOLIC PARISH IN AMERICA WHO RETIRES THIS WEEK AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF MINISTRY.

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      MR. PITTENGER

      HE WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PRIEST ORDAINED WHAT WAS THE NEW STHARLT DIOCESE…

      HE WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PRIEST ORDAINED WHAT WAS THE NEW STHARLT DIOCESE BACK IN 1994. HE IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP AND HELPING EACH MEMBER FIND THEIR SPECIAL GOD-GIVEN ROLE IN LIFE AND IN THE CHURCH. DESPITE HIS VERY PUBLIC ROLE, HE OFTEN REMINDS FOLKS THAT JESUS IS THE STAR OF ST. MATTHEW, NOT THE PRIEST. MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY HAS ANOTHER MOTTO, YOU NEVER SAY NO TO JESUS. AND SO STILL LISTENING TO JESUS AT AGE 75, MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY IS RETIRING FROM AMERICA'S LARGEST CATHOLIC PARISH TO MOVE ON TO HAITI OR JAMAICA TO LIVE AMONG THE POOR TO ADMINISTER THEIR NEEDS. MAY GOD BLESS MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE ALL GIRLS…

      THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE ALL GIRLS TEAM FROM AFGHANISTAN FOR TAKING HOME THE FIRST GLOBAL CHALLENGE.

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    • 12:30:02 PM

      MRS. DAVIS

      ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN WHEN I SAY THAT THESE…

      ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN WHEN I SAY THAT THESE GIRLS ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF OUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR COUNTRY. WE HAVE LEARNED ON OUR TRIPS THAT NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR GLOBAL SECURITY THAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CAPITAL, AND WHAT BETTER EXAMPLE COULD THERE BE THAN THESE REMARKABLE GIRLS? I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST LADY AND SAY TO THE GIRLS, LITERALLY, THAT YOU MAKE US HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN THESE GIRLS WERE BORN, WOMEN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GET AN EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN, AND NOW BECAUSE OF THE BRAVERY OF THESE GIRLS AND THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THEIR TEACHERS, THE REST OF THE WORLD CAN NOW SEE HOW REMARKABLE AFGHAN WOMEN TRULY ARE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT. .

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    • 12:31:10 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 12:31:14 PM

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

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

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    • 12:31:18 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A HUMBLE PUBLIC SERVANT AND SOMEONE I'M PROUD TO CALL A FRIEND. CHIEF JAMES CARMODY OF THE WYOMING, MICHIGAN POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO WAS RECENTLY NAMED MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF OF THE YEAR.

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    • 12:31:37 PM

      MR. HUIZENGA

      HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 1973 AS A POLICE OFFICER IN PORT HURON, MICHIGAN,…

      HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 1973 AS A POLICE OFFICER IN PORT HURON, MICHIGAN, WHERE HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF DEPUTY CHIEF. IN 2006, JIM MADE THE DECISION TO JOIN THE WYOMING POLICE DEPARTMENT AS CHIEF AND CALL WEST MICHIGAN HOME. HE HAS LED THE CHARGE TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY SERVE. WHILE PROVIDING THE RESIDENTS OF BYO MIDGE, MICHIGAN -- BY YES MING, MICHIGAN, WITH TOPNOTCH LAW ENFORCEMENT. HIS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY DOESN'T END THERE. HE ALSO CHAIRS THE MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AND WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE SEC DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, I CONGRATULATE CHIEF CARMODY, NAMED THE TOP MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF FOR 2006. HE THANK HIM FOR 42 YEARS OF SERVICE TO MICHIGAN AND OUR NATION W THAT I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:32:30 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:32:37 PM

      MS. PLASKETT

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

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

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    • 12:32:41 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS RECOGNIZED.

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      MS. PLASKETT

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO CONGRATULATE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO CONGRATULATE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ON WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2017 CENTRA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND FINISHING THE TOURNAMENT WITH A 4-1 RECORD. THEY BEAT OUT TEAMS FROM MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO CONGRATULATE NATALIE DAY, WHO WAS NAMED M.V.P. WITH A TOURNAMENT DOUBLE-DOUBLE AVERAGE, 18.6 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS PER GAME. GOOD LUCK TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN TEAM AT THE FIBA WOMEN'S AMERICA CUP 2017? ARGENTINA. WE'RE ROOTING FOR YOU. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE ANOTHER VIRGIN ISLANDSER, JOAQUIN, WHO FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS HAS PLAYED CENTER FOR THE NBA'S INDIANA PACERS. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR RETURNING HOME TO ST. CROIX REPEATEDLY AND HOSTING A SERIES OF YOUTH EVENTS AND OPENED A BASKETBALL COURT FUNDED BY HIS FOUNDATION FOR THE FRED RICKS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. HE AND OTHER ATHLETES WILL COACH BASKETBALL CAMPS ON ST. THOMAS AND ST. CROIX THIS WEEK WITH THE HIGHLIGHT OF ALL STAR COMPETITION ON ST. CROIX'S EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX. FINALLY, TO THE HILLSIDERS WHO HOST THEIR ANNUAL PICNIC THIS WEEKEND, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING TRADITION OF THE HILLSIDERS OF CHRISTIAN SAID. I'LL BE THERE TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AS WE REMEMBER CULTURE AND FAMILY AND UNITED IN PRIDE AND HOPE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:34:12 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT…

      THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK NATION?

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    • 12:34:19 PM

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      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. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 12:34:24 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. DUNCAN

      MR. SPEAKER, TWO DAYS AGO THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" PUBLISHED A CHART FROM…

      MR. SPEAKER, TWO DAYS AGO THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" PUBLISHED A CHART FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SHOWING THE MEDICAL PREMIUMS WENT UP 116% LAST YEAR IN ARIZONA. 69% IN OKLAHOMA. 63% IN MY HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE. 59% IN MINNESOTA. 58% IN ALASKA. AND ON AND ON AND ON. PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED THAT IF WE WOULD PASS HIS HEALTH CARE BILL THAT PEOPLE COULD KEEP THEIR PLANS. YET MILLIONS WERE FORCED ON TO OBAMACARE BECAUSE EITHER THEIR PREMIUMS WENT UP TOO HIGH OR THEY LOST THEIR INSURANCE ALL TOGETHER. HE PROMISED THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY WOULD SAVE $2,500 A YEAR. IT'S BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANY FAMILY THAT SAVED THAT $2,500. OBAMACARE HAS BEEN GREAT. GREAT IN MAKING HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE FOR ALMOST EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR…

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:35:31 PM

      Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 454 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2910) to provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2883) to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 218) to provide for the exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Alaska for the construction of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay; and for other purposes."

      • 12:35:41 PM

        MS. CHENEY

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

        MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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      • 12:35:50 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE RESOLUTION.

      • 12:35:52 PM

        THE CLERK

        P HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 66, HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, RESOLVED. RESOLVED,THAT…

        P HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 66, HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, RESOLVED. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2910, TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-28. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2883, TO ESTABLISH A MORE UNIFORM, TRANSPARENT, AND MODERN PROCESS TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION, CONNECTION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL BORDER-CROSSING FACILITIES FOR THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRINT 115-29. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 3, AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 218, TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF FEDERAL LAND AND NON-FEDERAL LAND IN THE STATE OF ALASKA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROAD BETWEEN KING COVE AND COLD BAY. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-27. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART C OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 4, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 20, 2017, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES, AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15, RELATING TO THE BILL H.R. 2825, TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN THE LAWS ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SECTION 5, THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS MAY, AT ANY TIME BEFORE 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017, FILE PRIVILEGED REPORTS TO ACCOMPANY MEASURES MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.

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  • 12:43:13 PM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 454.

    • 12:43:16 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

    • 12:43:20 PM

      MS. CHENEY

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

      MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    • 12:43:34 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH…

      WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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    • 12:43:38 PM

      MS. CHENEY

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

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

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    • 12:43:44 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WITHOUT OBJECTION.

    • 12:43:46 PM

      MISS CHINAEE

      MR. SPEAKER, I --

    • 12:43:48 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 WHICH PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION…

      IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 WHICH PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. AND H.R. 218, THE KING COVE ROAD LAND EXCHANGE ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY INDUSTRY HAS SUFFERED GREATLY OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS UNDER OUTDATED REGULATIONS AND BURDENSOME BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE PROHIBITING GROWTH AND INNOVATION. TODAY'S RULE ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF TWO VERY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WILL PROVIDE CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT POLICIES FOR OUR PIPELINE PERMITTING PROCESSES. MAKING THEM MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SO THAT WE CAN FULLY REALIZE THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY BOOM, CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, STRENGTHEN OUR RELATION WAS OUR LARGEST ENERGY TRADING PARTNERS, CANADA AND MEXICO. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT, IS SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FLORES OF TEXAS. THIS BILL REINFORCES THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION'S ROLE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR CITING INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES BY DIRECTING IT TO IDENTIFY AND INVITE ALL AGENCIES CONSIDERING AN ASPECT OF AN APPLICATION TO ESTABLISH A SCHEDULE FOR CONCURRENT REVIEWS, AND TO IMPOSE DEADLINES FOR FINAL DECISIONS. . RECENT ADVANCEMENT IN ENERGY EXPLORATION HAVE ALLOWED COMPANIES TO TAP INTO NATURAL GAS RESERVES LEADING TO A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN PRODUCTION. THIS POTENTIAL INCREASE AND THE INCREASE IN SUPPLY HAS LOWERED ENERGY COSTS AND INCREASE THE DEMAND FOR NATURAL GAS. AS A RESULT, CURRENT U.S. PIPELINES ARE NOW OPERATING NEAR CAPACITY, MAKING NEW PIPELINES NECESSARY TO DELIVER GAS TO CONSUMERS ACROSS THE NATION AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE IN THE NORTHEAST AND MIDWEST WHERE DEMAND FOR ENERGY IS HIGH BUT WHERE THEY LACK THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DELIVER DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS. ADDITIONALLY, DUE TO ITS ABUNDANCE AND AFFORDABILITY, MANY MANUFACTURERS ARE BEGINNING TO RELY ON NATURAL GAS AS A PRIMARY FUEL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR NEW PIPELINES IS ARDUOUS AND UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME. CURRENTLY WHEN CITING A PIPELINE PROJECT, MULTIPLE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED. PERMITS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE CLEAN AIR ACT, FOR EXAMPLE SHES AND ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE -- FOR EXAMPLE, AND ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME FROM PREFILING TO CERTIFICATION FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES HAS BEEN 558 DAYS. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT THAT LONG, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE EXPAND AND MONDAYERIZE OUR NATION'S PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE THE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE ENERGY AND AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO DO THIS, WE SIMPLY MUST PROMOTE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS AS WELL AS COORDINATION AMONG FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL REGULATORS. THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES THESE GOALS, AND I SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THE RULE WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN. THIS BILL CREATES A UNIFORM AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION, CONNECTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS OF OIL, NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY IMPORTS AND EXPORTS. THE BILL DIRECTS THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO REVIEW CROSS-BORDER OIL AND NATURAL GAS PIPELINES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO REVIEW CROSS-BORDER ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES, REQUIRING THE RELEVANT OFFICIAL TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF CROSSING UNLESS IT IS FOUND NOT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. RECENT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED OUR ABILITY TO HARNESS OUR VAST NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT THE CURRENT AD HOC PERMITTING PROCESS HAS INHIBITED ENERGY PRODUCERS FROM EXPORTING AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNERS AND HAS SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED RECENT PROPOSALS SUCH AS THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. THE VALUE OF ENERGY TRADED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS NORTH AMERICAN NEIGHBORS EXCEEDED $140 BILLION IN 2015. WITH $100 BILLION IN U.S. ENERGY IMPORTS AND OVER $40 BILLION IN EXPORTS. WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO GAMBLE OUR ENERGY SECURITY AND COMPETITIVENESS ON AN INEFFICIENT PERMITTING PROCESS. TODAY'S RULE, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 218, THE KING COVE ROAD LAND EXCHANGE ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES AN EQUAL VALUE LAND EXCHANGE TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN 11-MILE ROAD LINKING THE REMOTE CITY OF KING COVE AND THE CITY OF COLD BAY WHICH HAS A MODERN AIRPORT. THE STATE OF ALASKA WILL TRANSFER APPROXIMATELY 43,000 ACRES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO ADD TO THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REF UNAL IN RETURN FOR 206 ACRES OF FEDERAL -- REFUGE IN RETURN FOR 206 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND TO MR. THE ROADS. THIS IS CRITICAL BECAUSE HARSH WINTER CONDITIONS MAKES TRANSPORTING INDIVIDUALS DANGEROUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL. GALE FORCE WINDS GROUND PLANES AND PREVENT SEA TRAVELS. EVACUATIONS TAKES DAYS AND THE HOFFER CRAFT TERMINAL THAT WE PROVIDED TEMP TEMP RATHER FUNDS FOR CEASED OPERATION IN 2010. THE KING COULD HAVE BEEN OPERATION HAS BEEN DENIED PROPER HOSPITAL CARE AND ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SINCE THEY BEGAN FIGHTING FOR THIS ROAD 40 YEARS AGO. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS UNACCEPTABLE. ENSURING THESE FOLKS HAVE GROUND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE REGIONAL HOLD AT COLD BAY, ESPECIALLY DURING HARSH WINTER, IS VITAL TO THE SAFETY OF THIS COMMUNITY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE BECAUSE -- FOR THESE IMPORTANT BILLS, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 12:50:23 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO DO THE OPPOSITE SIDE.

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      THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING FOR…

      THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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      THE GENTLELADY MAY USE AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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      WISHES TO CONSUME.

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      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLADY FROM WYOMING…

      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED. CHINECHINE MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE --

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    • 12:56:16 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 218, MR. YOUNG.

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      MR. UNG

      THANK YOU, MADAM, FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I ASK TO REVISE ANDXTEND.

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      MR. YOUNG

      I LISTEN TO PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THIS IS A GOOD LE. I WANT TO…

      I LISTEN TO PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THIS IS A GOOD LE. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE RULES COMMITTEE. IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT MEANS LIVES. 19 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OUT OF THAT COMMUNITY OF KING COVE. MOTHERS, CHILDREN, HUSBANDS, BROTHS, UNCLES AND AUNTS. WE -- BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A ROA THEY DIDN'T HAVE A ROAD. WE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION IN 2009THAT GRANTED THE EXCHANGE AND A MASSIVE LAND EXCHANGE. 43,000 ACRES FOR 260 ACRES FROM THE STATE OF ALASKA TO CONSTRUCT THIS ROAD. I THINK THAT'S A FAIRLY EXCHANGE. FOR 11-MILE ROAD, SINGLE LANE, GRAVEL COVERED JUST SO THEY HAVE ACCESS TO SAVE LIVES. AND THOSE THAT SPEAK AGAINST IT HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THE WIND THAT HOWLS THROUGH THAT AREA. WHEN YOU TRY TO LAND A PLANE AND YOU CRASH OR TAKE OFF YOU HAVE A SICK PERSON WITH YOU AND YOU CRASH. OR GO ACROSS THE BAY WHEN THE WAVES ARE 30 FEET HIGH AND THE EVACUATION OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS, ILL PEOPLE ARE 11 MILES AWAY ON AN UNFINISHED ROAD AND THEY DIE. HUMAN BEINGS, ALASKAN CONSTITUENTS THAT HAVE MEDICAL AID ONLY 600 MILES AWAY AND STOPPED BY 11 MILES. IT'S NOT ALLOWED BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY THERE'S A BETTER WAY. AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY THAN A ROAD. AND THE WEATHER CONDITION I'M SPEAKING OF. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I OFTEN LISTEN TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND VOTING AGAINST SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND YET THEY'LL DEFEND THE RIGHT TO KILL -- NOT THE RIGHT TO KILL BUT TO SAVE CERTAIN ANIMALS BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO SAVE HUMAN LIFE. THAT'S WRONG. THIS IS A GOOD PROJECT. IT SHOULD BE BUILT. I'M HOPING THIS BODY RECOGNIZE LIVES ARE IMPORTANT, RECOGNIZE THE FACT THIS ROAD DOESN'T DISTURB ANY OF THE WILDLIFE. IT'S IRONIC THEY SAY IT WILL DISTURB THE GEESE. THE CLOSEST THE ROAD IS BY THE BAY IS 11 MILES. 11 MILES. AND THE SAME MILE, WHETHER IT'S THIS ROADLESS WILDLIFE RANGE, HAS MILES OF ROAD IN IT ALREADY , MILES OF ROAD ALREADY IN PLACE AND ONE OF THOSE ROADS ALREADY IN PLACE GOES RIGHT BY THE LAGOON WHERE THE TOURISTS GO WATCH THE GEESE. NOW, WHY CAN A TOURIST GO BY AN AREA AND WATCH THE GEESE AND DOESN'T DISTURB THEM BUT IF SOMEONE IS SICK, DYING IN A BUS OR AMBULANCE OR CAR OR TRUCK THAT'S GOING TO DISTURB THE GEESE? THIS IS A NONSENSE ARGUMENT BY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THIS NATION THAT WANT TO PUT A STOP TO ANYTHING THAT BENEFITS MANKIND AND SAVE THE WILDLIFE, SAY, FROM NEW YORK OR SAN FRANCISCO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. MY JOB IS TO PROTECT MY PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT GOING TO COST THE TAXPAYERS A NICKEL. THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROJECT WELL DONE AND IT WILL NOT DISTURB THE WILDLIFE THEY'RE SO-CALLED TRYING TO PROTECT. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS FLOOR TO THINK ABOUT HUMANITY. THINK ABOUT THAT PERSON BE IT YOUR MOTHER, YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR SON, YOUR AUNT, YOUR UNCLE, YOUR BROTHER AND YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE HIM DIE BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING FREE THROW TEXT THE GOOSE? -- TRY TO PROTECT THE GOOSE? SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT I LIVE IN NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA, THIS GOOSE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO -- THAN HUMAN LIFE. I THINK IT'S TIME WE USE A LITTLE SENSE IN THIS BODY. A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING. FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      UNDERSTANDING. LET'S BUILD THIS ROAD, PASS THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLELADY MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THANK YOU,…

      THE GENTLELADY MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WILL I OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY'S BRING JOBS HOME ACT, H.R. 685. THIS BILL WILL CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE THAT REWARDS COMPANIES FOR MOVING JOBS OVERSEAS WHILE PROVIDING A TAX CREDIT TO COMPANIES THAT MOVE JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. 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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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

      TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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      MR. PASCRELL

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. RANKING MINORITY MEMBER -- MR. RANKING…

      THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. RANKING MINORITY MEMBER -- MR. RANKING MEMBER, AND SPOKESMAN FOR THE OTHER SIDE, CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I GIVE MY REMARKS, I DON'T THINK THIS IS AN EITHER-OR PROPOSITION, MR. CHAIRMAN. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY FRIEND FROM ALASKA JUST TALKED ABOUT MAKES SENSE. THERE IS NOTHING MORE ESSENTIAL THAN LIFE. BUT THIS IS A BILL THAT'S PUT WITH OTHER BILLS AS WELL. SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS WEEK THE WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRADE HELD OUR FIRST HEARING OF THE YEAR, WHICH WAS ON NAFTA. YOU WOULD THINK FROM THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC ON TRADE THAT MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE IN CONGRESS WOULD BE FOCUSED ON CREATING GOOD-PAYING, MIDDLE CLASS JOBS AND BOOSTING OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. YOU WOULD THINK THAT. BUT INSTEAD WE'RE HERE DEBATING A BILL, A NUMBER OF BILLS, THAT IS AN ASSAULT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE PROFIT AND EXPEDIENCY. WHAT HAPPENED IN 1923 THAT LED TO A CHANGE IN OUR TAX CODE WHEN WE TRIED TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PUBLIC RESOURCES. THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF THE 20TH CENTURY. WHERE ARE THE JOBS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE COMING BACK FROM OVERSEAS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION? WHERE ARE THE HIGHER MIDDLE CLASS WAGES? WHERE ARE THE POLICIES COMING FROM THIS CONGRESS THAT SUPPORT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES? THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AGREE THAT KEEPING UNITED STATES JOBS FROM MOVING OVERSEAS SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY. YET DESPITE THE EMPTY PROMISES MADE BY THIS PRESIDENT, THE FLOW OF JOBS OVERSEAS HAS NOT STOPPED BY ANY BAROMETER. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS AWARDED GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO COMPANIES THAT CONTINUE TO OFFSHORE OUR JOBS. THINK ABOUT THAT. OUR TAX MONEY IS STILL GOING TO CORPORATE AMERICA THAT SENDS JOBS OVERSEAS TO HELP THOSE COMPANIES SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. NOW, IF THAT MAKES ANY SENSE I'LL LISTEN TO THE RATIONALE. WE DON'T STOP COMPANIES FROM OFFSHORING AMERICAN JOBS BY HOLDING RALLIES. WE DO IT BY MAKING GOOD POLICY. AN EXERCISE THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS MAJORITY-LED CONGRESS HAVE REFUSED TO ENGAGE IN. THEY WANT TO CHANGE THAT, THEY CAN START RIGHT NOW. UNDER CURRENT LAW WHEN COMPANIES MOVE OVERSEAS, WE GIVE THEM A TAX BREAK FOR THE COST. A TAX BREAK. THAT'S THE LAW. WE NEED TO STOP OFFSHORING NOW. THE CONGRESS COULD DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRING UP THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT. THIS BILL ELIMINATES THIS TAX DEDUCTION, GIVES A TAX CREDIT OF UP TO 20% OF THE COST TO UNITED STATES BUSINESSES THAT BRING JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE COMPANIES WOULD HAVE TO ADD JOBS TO CLAIM THE CREDIT. I HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THE JOBS AND TRADE COMPETITIVENESS ACT. THAT BILL'S ON THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT --

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      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

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      MR. PASCRELL

      AND FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT CHEAT OUR TRADE…

      AND FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT CHEAT OUR TRADE LAWS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT IT. SO LET'S STOP SUBSIDIZING COMPANIES THAT SHIFT JOBS OVERSEAS -- SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS AND START BRINGING JOBS BACK TO OUR SHORES. IT DOESN'T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE RAISED THIS BILL FOR YEARS. THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE HAS BLOCKED OUR BILL AT EVERY TURN. SENATOR STABENOW OF MICHIGAN LEADS THIS BILL IN THE SENATE WHERE IT CLEARED A PROCEDURAL VOTE IN 2014, 93-7. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DECLARED THIS WEEK MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. I CHALLENGE YOU TODAY TO STOP THE SMALL TALK AND PUT 2014, 93-7. YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. TAKE UP AND PASS THIS BILL TO STAND UP FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE WORKERS HERE AT HOME WILL NEED -- WHO NEED T I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE -- WHO NEED IT. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING HOME JOBS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESIES.

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      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO JOB CREATION.…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO JOB CREATION. WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THE KIND OF JOB CREATION WE NEED IN THIS NATION CAN ONLY COME WITH ACCESS TO RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. OUR FOSSIL FUELS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. THESE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE TODAY ARE BILLS THAT WOULD HELP TO STREAMLINE THE REGULATORY PROCESS. WE HAVE BEEN, MR. SPEAKER, REALLY FACING A WAR ON FOSSIL FUELS DURING THE COURSE OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WE HAVE SEEN THESE ENERGY -- INDUSTRIES TARGETED. COMPLETELY UNFAIRLY. TARGETED BASED ON SOME NOTION THAT BY SHUTTING DOWN OUR FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY WE'RE SOMEHOW GOING TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE HAVE SEEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION EVEN ADMIT BEFORE THIS BODY THAT THINGS LIKE THE CLEAN POWER PLAN WOULD RESULT IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED IN A NEGLIGIBLE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. SO AGAIN I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS AT THE CENTER OF THE AGENDA THAT WE'RE PUSHING FORWARD, FRANKLY, WITH HISTORIC PROGRESS IN THIS CONGRESS TO BEGIN TO GENERATE THE KIND OF ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK. WE HAVE BEEN STAGNANT NOW FOR EIGHT YEARS. WE HAVE SEEN OVERREACH FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE SEEN A SITUATION IN WHICH COMPANIES, INDUSTRY, INDIVIDUALS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRANGLED BY REGULATORY RED TAPE. AND NO ONE IS SUGGESTING THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE OVERSIGHT. NO ONE IS SUGGESTING THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. WHAT WE KNOW IS WE HAVE TO STREAMLINE T WE CANNOT BE IN A POSITION WHERE BUREAUCRATS AND FRANKLY IT'S OFTEN UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IMPOSE ABSOLUTELY UNATTAINABLE RESTRICTIONS, IMPOSE RULES THAT OUR INDUSTRY CAN'T MEET AND PREVENT US FROM BEING ABLELE TO HAVE ACCESS TO OUR OWN ENERGY SOURCES. AGAIN, IT IS THAT RELIABLE, RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE ENERGY THAT WILL ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO GROW AND BRING BACK THE JOBS THAT THE GENTLEMAN SAYS AND TO WHICH I AGREE ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS.

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      MR. WILLIAMS

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2910,…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON OUR NATION. RIGHT NOW THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, OR FERC, IS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR COORDINATING REQUIRED REVIEWS AND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. IN ORDER TO START A PIPELINE PROJECT, YOU NEED MULTIPLE PERMITS FROM A VARIETY OF PLATFORMS, AS WELL AS COORDINATION FROM FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AS HISTORY HAS SHOWN US, TIME AND TIME AGAIN A MULTISTEP APPROVAL PROCESS JUST DOES NOT WORK. MIXING THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A RECIPE FOR TOTAL DISASTER. IT MAKES FOR UNNECESSARY DELAYS THAT ARE CAUSED BY TOO MANY COOKS IN A KITCHEN. I FULLY SUPPORT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BILL FLORES' BILL, THAT WILL PROMOTE MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE FERC'S ROLE THAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. OVERALL THIS BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE TIMELY AND EFESHENT REVIEWS AND KEEP ENERGY PRICES AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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      THE GENTLELADY FROM BYO MESSAGE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

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    • 01:11:24 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

      I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINEY.

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      MR. CICILLINE

      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND…

      I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN TAKE UP THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN OUTLINED BY MR. PASCRELL. THERE'S NO MORE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE THAN CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THIS IS AFTER ALL ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKE IT IN AMERICA WEEK, WHICH IS A CENTERPIECE OF THE DEMOCRATIC AGENDA. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO HELP REINVIGORATE AND STRENGTHEN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. IT IS SHOCKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO LEARN THAT WE HAVE A TAX CODE, AS MR. PASCRELL OUTLINED, THAT GIVES A TAX BREAK TO COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE IF WE'RE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. AND SO DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION MEANS WE COULD TAKE UP THE END -- THE STOP OFFSHORING NOW LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD GET RID OF THIS NONSENSICAL PROVISION IN OUR TAX CODE. WHEN YOU GO OUT THERE AND TALK TO CONSTITUENTS YOU SAY ONE OF THE REASONS WE CAN'T KEEP GOOD MANUFACTURING JOBS HERE IN AMERICA IS BECAUSE WE INCENTIVIZE, WE USE SOME OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO INCENTIVIZE COMPANIES TO SHIP THOSE JOBS OVERSEAS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. HOW ABOUT DURING MAKE IT IN AMERICA WEEK RATHER THAN JUST USING THAT PHRASE AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, LET'S DO SOMETHING THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP PROMOTE MAKING THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW PROBABLY A CHALLENGING CONCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO DOES HIS MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS NOT IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT LET'S TAKE A BOLD STEP TODAY. WE'LL REMOVE THAT PROVISION OF THE TAX CODE AND HAVE A PROVISION THAT INCENTIVIZES CREATING JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY AND GIVE TAX CREDITS THAT CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION THAT WE CAN TAKE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION UP AND PERHAPS IT WILL THEN ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON A NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC MAKE IT IN AMERICA AGENDA TO HELP REBUILD AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS…

      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:13:39 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ENERGY. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOSSIL FUELS. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THESE ARE TO THE ECONOMY. AND I WOULD PROPOSE, MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS TURN OUT THE LIGHTS IN THIS CHAMBER, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO TURN OFF THE AIR CONDITIONING, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE COULD HAVE THE DEBATE IN THE DARK WHICH IS WHERE WE WOULD BE IF WE FOLLOWED THE ENERGY POLICIES AND APPROACH OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THESE BILLS ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO GET ACCESS TO THE ENERGY THAT WE NEED. AND IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT SKIP OVER THE BURDEN THAT'S BEEN CAUSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BY THE REGULATORY BURDEN WE HAVE BEEN DEALING FEELING AND THAT WE TAKE ACTION AS IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BEGIN TO HELP TO ROLL BACK THAT OVERREACH. TO BEGIN TO HELP TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF SO WE CAN GET THE JOBS BACK THAT OUR COLLEAGUES SAY THEY DESIRE SO MUCH AND THAT WE KNOW WE NEED. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO CONTINUE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KING.

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      MR. KING

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLELADY…

      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMBINED RULE THAT WE HAVE HERE. I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEAK TO SOME OF THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL AND ALSO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NOT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I CHARACTERIZE THIS RULE THAT IS THE RULE FOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. IT'S ACTUALLY THE AUTHORIZATION, IT'S NEVER BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED -- NEVER BEEN AUTHORIZED IN THAT FASHION BEFORE. SO THE AUTHORIZATION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AFTER 15 YEARS. . IT LAYS OUT A DEFINITION AND FRAMES THE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BROADLY AND PRETTY CLOSELY IN THEIR ENTIRETY. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE MISSING FROM THIS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PLUGGED INTO THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THE GOAL WAS TO DRAFT A PIECE OF RE-AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE THAT WOULD BE COMPATIBLE TO BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WITHOUT PARTICULAR DISSENT. WE HAVE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T AS IMPACTFUL AS I WOULD LIKE. AND YET, IT'S HERE ON THE FLOOR UNDER SUSPENSION WITH THE IDEA WE CAN MOVE THIS ALONG AND FRAME THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S DUTIES IN THE FASHION THAT'S HERE. I DON'T OBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN THE AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE THAT EXISTS, BUT I WOULD POINT OUT IT SETS THE STAGE AND NOW THERE IS AN AGREEMENT THAT'S BEEN REACHED THROUGH A NUMBER OF ENTITIES THE WHITE HOUSE AND D.O.J. AND D.H.S. AND LEADERSHIP AND OTHERS THAT SOON THERE WILL BE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE REFER TO AS DAVIS-OLIVER. AND WE HAVE THE ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO RESTORE THE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND ESPECIALLY THE DOMESTIC ENFORCEMENT OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. SO WE ARE SETTING THE STAGE FOR THAT IN CLEARING THE PATH FOR THAT WITH THIS RULE ON THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL PASS I BELIEVE UNDER SUSPENSION.

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    • 01:16:56 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      I YIELD ANOTHER MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

    • 01:16:59 PM

      MR. KING

      SO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY THAT I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE BODY,…

      SO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY THAT I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE BODY, MR. SPEAKER, ARE THIS. THE NUMBER ONE MOST IMPORTANT IS THIS. WE ONLY HAVE 5,000 I.C.E. AGENTS AND SPREAD SO THIN. WE NEED THAT NUMBER TRIPLED AND THAT IS 10,000 I.C.E. AGENTS AND THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT. SECOND THING IS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DETAINER LANGUAGE IS THERE AND IN DAVIS-OLIVER. AND THAT WAS NEUTRALIZED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND NEED TO BE CERTAIN THEY HAVE THE FULL AUTHORITY TO CARRY FIREARMS. I MAKE THESE POINTS SO THE BODY CAN ANTICIPATE WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIKE. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILLS AND WILL BE ADVOCATING FOR THE COMPONENTS OF DAVIS-OLIVER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU. AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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    • 01:18:01 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

    • 01:18:07 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      DOES MY COLLEAGUE HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

    • 01:18:12 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      NO, WE DO NOT.

    • 01:18:15 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      READY TO CLOSE? MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY BE SCRATCHING THEIR…

      READY TO CLOSE? MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY BE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS WHY WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON IN THE WORLD WE ARE PRIORITIZING BILLS THAT PUT OUR ENVIRONMENT AT RISK BILLS THAT THE SENATE MAY NEVER TAKE UP. THE MAJORITY IS DOING THE BIDDING OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS SHOWN A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR AIR, WATER AND LAND. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT WOULD SLASH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BY 32%. THIS WOULD HARM NOT ONLY CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE EFFORTS, BUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS NATIONWIDE. AS A MICRO BIOLOGIST I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE. YET THE MAJORITY HAS REFUSED TO GIVE SCIENCE AND FACTS THE RIGHTFUL PLACE IN POLICY DEBATES THAT WE HAVE. FROM DRASTICALLY REDUCING FUNDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND DISCREDITING CLIMATE CHANGE BY ATTEMPTING TO ELIMINATE SAFEGUARDS FOR OUR GENETIC PRIVACY, THE ADMINISTRATION AND THIS MAJORITY HAVE ROLLED BACK THE SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE. IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY CONSIDERING BILLS THAT WOULD SILENCE EXPERTS AND RISK THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE AND THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:19:44 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS…

      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 01:19:49 PM

      MS. CHENEY

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE AND I'M PROUD OF…

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE AND I'M PROUD OF THE AGENDA WE HAVE TAKEN UP UNDER THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS. WE ARE DOING THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THE PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. A LIST OF SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE, WE HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP IN OUR OBLIGATION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE, A SYSTEM THAT IS FAILING, THAT IS CAUSING RISING PREMIUMS AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE, A SYSTEM THAT WILL COLLAPSE IF WE DON'T FIX AT THIS TIME. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO BEGIN THE REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT OF OBAMACARE. WE PASSED A BILL TO REPEAL AND REPLACE DODD-FRANK, LEGISLATION THAT WAS STRANGLING OUR COMMUNITY BANKS. WE ARE PROVIDING RELIEF. WE HAVE DEALT WITH IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION ISSUES AND TAKEN IMPORTANT ACTION IN TERMS OF PASSING LEGISLATION TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I'M VERY PROUD AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE WORK TO PASS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND GIVE THE MILITARY THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO DEFEND US AGAINST GROWING ARRAY OF THREATS AND ENEMIES. WE HAVE ALSO TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTION PROCESS TO REPEAL REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGING TO OUR INDUSTRY, TO INDIVIDUALS, TO SMALL BUSINESS ALL ACROSS THE NATION. WE HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY PRODUCTIVE AND IT MAY BE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T GEE WITH THE STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN, BUT IT'S NOT ACCURATE TO SAY WE ARE NOT FOCUSING ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT. WE ARE FOCUSED ON ISSUES TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE AND DEFEND OURSELVES AND BEGIN THE POSSESS OF REFORMING OUR OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE AP BRINGING BACK THE ECONOMIC GROWTH WE NEED AND FIXING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THESE BILLS THAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, THE RULES FOR THESE BILLS ARE PART OF THAT PROCESS. I THANK MR. FLORES, MR. MULLIN AND MR. YOUNG FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. IN WYOMING, WHICH IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST ENERGY-PRODUCING STATES WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE WORK TO DEVELOP OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES. WE KNOW THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S BEEN AVAILABLE THAT'S HELPED US DO THAT THAT HAS HELPED US TO HAVE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH WE NEED. BUT WE CANNOT DEPEND ON THAT TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE TO IMPROVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER. IMPROVING THE PIPELINE PERMITTING PROCESS BY PROMOTING THE KIND OF TIMELY REVIEW, SUPPORTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND CREATING A NEW AND STREAMLINE PROCESS FOR SAFETY. AND THEY ARE CRUCIAL STEPS IN OUR ABILITY TO ENSURE AFFORDABLE ENERGY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE OTHER LAW -- THE OTHER BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING UNDER THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 818 WILL PROVIDE A DESPERATELY NEEDED ROAD TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE RESIDENTS OF KING COVE, ALASKA AND SAVE LIVES. I URGE ADOPTION OF BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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    • 01:23:21 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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    • 01:23:32 PM

      MS. SLAUGHTER

      MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

    • 01:23:36 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

      THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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  • 01:23:38 PM

    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

    At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 454, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes prevailed. Ms. Slaughter demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.

    • 01:23:59 PM

      MR. CICILLINE

      I RISE TO QUESTION THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AND OFFER THE RESOLUTION.

    • 01:24:03 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

    • 01:24:07 PM

      THE CLERK

      THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE…

      THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHEREAS ACCORDING TO THE TAX HISTORY PROJECT EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE GERALD FORD HAS DISCLOSED HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986. WHEREAS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, CLAUSE 1 OF THE CONCLUSION, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE ORIGINATION CLAUSE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO INITIATE LEGISLATION THAT RAISES REVENUE FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS IS CONSIDERING A COMPREHENSIVE REFORM OF THE TAX CODE. WHEREAS DONALD J. TRUMP HOLDS INTEREST AS A SOLE OR PRINCIPAL OWNER IN APPROXIMATELY 500 SEPARATE BUSINESS ENTITIES AND THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN PROPOSES TO CUT THE CORPORATE TAX FROM 35% TO 15% APPLICABLE TO MANY OF THESE ENTITIES. WHEREAS AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THE ETHICS ATTORNEYS AND NONPARTISAN OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO DIVEST HIS OWNERSHIP STAKE IN HIS BUSINESSES AND PLACED HIS ASSETS IN A TRUST WHICH IS RUN BY HIS ADULT CHILDREN AND THE PRESIDENT CAN WITHDRAW PROFITS AT ANY TIME OF HIS CHOOSING FROM ANY OF THE COMPANIES HE OWNS. WHEREAS THE DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS RESIGNED ON JULY 6, 2017 STATING THAT, THERE ISN'T MUCH MORE I COULD ACCOMPLISH AT THE OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS GIVEN THE CURRENT SITUATION. O.G.E.'S RECENT EXPERIENCES HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE ETHICS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED. WHEREAS ACCORDING TO THE MEDIA REPORTS, 2005 TAX RETURN HAD HIS OWN TAX PLN WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE HE WOULD HAVE PAID -- INSTEAD OF 24% SAVING 31 OPINION MILLION IN THAT YEAR ALONE. WHEREAS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT DETERMINE HOW MUCH HE WILL PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TAX CODE OR FROM POLICY DECISIONS HE MAKES, NOR CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL INTERESTS AND MOTIVATIONS OF THE PRESIDENT. WHEREAS IN JUNE OF 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP FILED A FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE WHICH SHOWS THAT THE PRESIDENT REPORTED $37.2 MILLION FROM THE MAR-A-LAGO RESORT BETWEEN JANUARY OF 2016 AND APRIL 2017 WHERE HE HOSTED THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA AND ORDERED MISSILE STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA. HE REPORTED $288 MILLION IN INCOME FROM ALL HIS GOLF COURSES INCLUDING $19.7 MILLION AT HIS GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY. HE SENT OUT EIGHT TWEETS PROMOTING HIS CLUB. WHEREAS MAR-A-LAGO ILINGTS FEES TO $200,000 AND PRESIDENT TRUMP BENEFITS FROM NEW MEMBER FEES. WHEREAS DISCLOSURE OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS WOULD HELP THOSE INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN AND IN UNDERSTANDING THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCIAL TIES TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, RUSSIAN BUSINESSES AND RUSSIAN INDIVIDUALS. WHEREAS IN 2013, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID, I'VE DONE A LOT OF BUSINESS WITH THE RUSSIANS. THEY'RE SMART AND THEY'RE TOUGH AND HIS SON SAID RUSSIANS MAKE UP A PRETTY DISPROPORTIONATE CROSS SECTION. WHEREAS PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CHIEF JAMES COMEY WHO WAS OVERSEEING INVESTIGATION INTO THE TIES BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. COMEY TESTIFIED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED HIM TO LET GO OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN'S BUSINESS TIES TO RUSSIA. WHEREAS PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED ON MAY 11, 2017 THAT HE HAD DECIDED THAT HE WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY BECAUSE OF THIS RUSSIA THING. WHEREAS AT THE G-20 HAMBURG SUMMIT ON JULY 7, 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK A MORE THAN TWO-HOUR CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN AFTER WHICH HE CLAIMED THAT HE STRONGLY PRESSED PRESENT PUTIN ON RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN U.S. ELECTIONS AND THAT IT IS TIME TO MOVE FORWARD. WHEREAS ON JUNE 9, 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP'S SON DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR, AND PAUL MANA FOR THE AND CURRENT WHITE HOUSE ADVISER MET WITH A PERSON DESCRIBED AS A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY AND A FORMER RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHO PROMISED TO OFFER INCRIMINATING INFORMATION ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON WHICH HAD BEEN COLLECTED AS PART OF A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO ASSIST PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT. WHEREAS THE WAYS AND MEANS HAVE USED AUTHORITY OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE IN 1986 AND 2014 TO MAKE PUBLIC THE CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION OF 51 TAXPAYERS. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS HAVE VOTED THREE TIMES HAS VOTED TO CONCEAL PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS. WHEREAS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS REFUSED TO ACT 10 TIMES. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HAS FAILED TO CONDUCT BASIC OVERSIGHT ON THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HAS VOTED TWICE ALONG PARTY LINES TO DECLINE TO REQUEST DOCUMENTS DETAILING THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATIONS TIES WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. WHEREAS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNDERMINES ITS DIGNITY WITH THE INTEGRITY OF ITS PROCEEDINGS BY CONTINUING TO COVER UP PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL, ONE, IMMEDIATELY REQUEST THE TAX RETURN AND RETURN INFORMATION OF DONALD J. TRUMP FOR TAX YEARS 2006 THROUGH 2015 AS PROVIDED UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE OF 1986 AS WELLS THE TAX RETURNS AND RETURN INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUSINESSES OF EACH BUSINESS ENTITY DISCLOSED BY DONALD J. TRUMP IN HIS OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS FORM 278-E. EACH CORPORATION AND PARTNERSHIP WITHIN THE MEANING OF CHAPTER ONE OF THE INTERNAL CODE OF 198 WHERE HE IS LISTED AS AN OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EQUIVALENT OR EXERCISING WORKING CONTROL, AND TWO, POSTPONECONSIDERATION OF TAX REFORM LEGISLATION UNTIL THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE HAVE OBTAINED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS AND RETURN INFORMATION TO ASCERTAIN HOW ANY CHANGES TO THE TAX CODE MIGHT FINANCIALLY BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT. . RESPONSIBILITIES AS A CHECK ON THE EXECUTIVE THE FINANCIAL INTERACTIONS. THE INFLUENCE OF THE RUSSIANS AND INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS, THE FIRING OF DIRECTOR COMEY.

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  • 01:24:11 PM

    PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION

    Mr. Cicilline was recognized to offer a privileged resolution subsequent to the foregoing notification. The Clerk reported the privileged resolution.

    • 01:31:29 PM

      Mr. Cicilline was recognized to be heard on the question of whether or not the resolution constituted a point of privilege and the Chair subsequently ruled that the resolution did not constitute a point of privilege.

      • 01:34:23 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED TO KEEP HIS REMARKS CONFINED TO THE QUESTIONS OF…

        THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED TO KEEP HIS REMARKS CONFINED TO THE QUESTIONS OF ORDER.

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      • 01:34:31 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

        I UNDERSTAND THE RULING OF THE CHAIR WITH RESPECT TO CONFINING MY REMARKS.…

        I UNDERSTAND THE RULING OF THE CHAIR WITH RESPECT TO CONFINING MY REMARKS. MY REMARKS RELATE DIRECTLY TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS RESOLUTION. IN ORDER FOR THE HOUSE TO FULFILL ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHECK AND BALANCES AND HONOR OUR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ORIGINATION CLAUSE THAT SAYS THE HOUSE IS WHERE REVENUE GENERATION MUST BEGIN AND CONTEMPLATING TAX CODE FREE FROM THE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE INTERESTS, WHERE ARE HIS INVESTMENTS AND THE TAX POLICIES, WILL IT BENEFIT HIM OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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      • 01:35:28 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR IS READY TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN WILL KEEP IT TO THE QUESTION OF…

        THE CHAIR IS READY TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN WILL KEEP IT TO THE QUESTION OF ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEKS TO OFFER A RESOLUTION TO QUESTION THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. IN EVALUATING WHETHER IT AFFECTS THE RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE, THE SAFETY AND DIGNITY. THE FIRST RESERVING CLAUSE OF THE RESOLUTION SEEKS TAX RETURNS AND TAX RETURN INFORMATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES, SECTION 702. AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BUT ONLY AS THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. AS THE CHAIR HAS RULED ON JUNE 21, ARIES LIKE OFFERED UNDER RULE 9 SEEKING INFORMATION SUCH AS THE PRESIDENT AND CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT MAY BE INVOLVED IS NOT CONCERN WITH THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AS A HOUSE. ACCORDINGLY THE RESOLUTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OR PRIVILEGE UNDER RULE 9. SICESICE I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE QUESTION.

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    • 01:36:31 PM

      Mr. Cicilline moved to appeal the ruling of the Chair.

      • 01:36:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE RULING STAND.

      • 01:36:42 PM

        MS. CHENEY

        I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

      • 01:36:45 PM

        THE CLERK

        MS. CHENEY MOVES THAT THE APPEAL BE LAID ON THE TABLE.

    • 01:36:45 PM

      Ms. Cheney moved to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair.

      • 01:36:49 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE EYE HAVE IT.

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      • 01:36:59 PM

        MR. CICILLINE

        I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

      • 01:37:01 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS…

        THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE MINUTES ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. ADOPTING THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, IF ORDERED. AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. 454, IF ORDERED. AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL [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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      • 02:02:17 PM

        THE SPEAKER PROORE

        THISVOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 THE NAYS ARE 190. WITH ONE VONG PRESENT THMOTION…

        THISVOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 THE NAYS ARE 190. WITH ONE VONG PRESENT THMOTION ISPTED. WITHOUTBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE T UNFINISHED BUSINESS ISE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIO QUESTION ON HOUSE RESUTIO45ON WHH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE DERED. THE CLERK WILL REPOE TIT OF THE RELUTION.

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    • 02:02:30 PM

      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

      The Chair announced that the unfinished question was on ordering the previous question to H. Res. 454, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

      • 02:02:39 PM

        THE CLERK

        THE RELUTION.

      • 02:02:41 PM

        Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 454 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2910) to provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2883) to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 218) to provide for the exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Alaska for the construction of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay; and for other purposes."

        • 02:03:28 PM

          THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE

          PURPO THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE ESTION SON ORDENG THE PREVUS QUESTION.…

          PURPO THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE ESTION SON ORDENG THE PREVUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES Y ELECTRON DEVICTHIS ISIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADEOSSIBLE BYHE NATIONAPTIONING INSTITU, C., INPERATION WITH THE D STES H O PRESENTATIVES Y E OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PREEDINGS FOR POLITICAOR COMMERALURPOSEIS EXPRESS PROHIBED BE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENS.]

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        • 02:11:43 PM

          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 192. OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 192. OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE, ALL MEMBERS PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL, PLEASE CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS AND CEASE THEM AT THIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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    • 02:11:48 PM

      House Vote 393 - On Ordering the Previous Question

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2910) to provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2883) to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 218) to provide for the exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Alaska for the construction of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay; and for other purposes.

      Passed (236 - 192)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 236
      Republican - 236

      Vote Details: Nay - 192
      Democratic - 191
      Republican - 1

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
      Democratic - 3
      Republican - 2

      • 02:12:37 PM

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

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

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      • 02:12:40 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WITHOUT OBJECTION.

      • 02:12:42 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING…

        MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING THE MEMBERS AND FORMER MEMBERS GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT WAR FIGHTERS SPORTS AND TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS TO CHARITIES THAT WORK WITH OUR MOST SEVERELY WOUNDED WARRIORS. THIS YEAR WE HAD OUR BIGGEST TURNOUT EVER, WELL OVER 200 PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING 35 SEVERELY WOUNDED GOLFERS. SOMETIMES WHEN I PLAY GOLF AN AMPUTEE TELL ME HOWDY, IT COULD BE UNBELIEVABLE. IT COULD BE EITHER WAY. THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING HAPPENED IN THIS TOURNAMENT. FINALLY AFTER MANY YEARS OF LOSSES, WE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO LET THE DEMOCRATS WIN ONE YEAR. SO THEY WON, THE DEMOCRATS WON BY FOUR POINTS AND THAT'S OUT OF SEVERAL THOUSAND POINT SYSTEM. IT WAS A VERY CLOSE MATCH. I WANT TO OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY CO-CHAIRMAN, GENE GREEN, AND THANK EVERY MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER WHO PARTICIPATED. WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT. AND I NOW YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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      • 02:13:50 PM

        MR. GREEN

        THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

      • 02:13:55 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        WILL THE GENTLEMAN CEASE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE GIVE YOUR…

        WILL THE GENTLEMAN CEASE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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      • 02:14:00 PM

        MR. GREEN

        THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. WE'RE PROUD TO…

        THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. WE'RE PROUD TO ACCEPT THE SPEAKER'S TROPHY FOR WINNING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AND YOU SAID IT, WE RAISED $144,000 TO GO TO WOUNDED WARRIORS, WAR FIGHTERS PROGRAMS. AND OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS WE RAISED OVER $1 MILLION. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. BUT, JIMMY, I'M GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE THIS TROPHY HOME AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

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      • 02:14:34 PM

        MR. DUNCAN

        MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

      • 02:14:36 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

        THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      • 02:14:41 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I RISE FOR A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, PLEASE.

      • 02:14:43 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        STATE YOUR INQUIRY.

      • 02:14:46 PM

        MS. LEE

        IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE RULES COMMITTEE COMMITTEE HAS POST ADD RULES…

        IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE RULES COMMITTEE COMMITTEE HAS POST ADD RULES COMMITTEE PRINT OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THAT THIS COMMITTEE VERSION DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LANGUAGE ADDED DURING THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS MARKUP ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN COMMITTEE THAT WOULD REPEAL THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE AND GIVE EIGHT MONTHS, MIND YOU, EIGHT MONTHS FOR CONGRESS TO DO WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION REQUIRES AND THAT IS TO DEBATE AND TO COME UP WITH A NEW VOTE AND DECIDE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY. FURTHER INQUIRY, MEMBERS DON'T REALLY QUITE UNDERSTAND THIS. I CAN'T EXPLAIN TO MEMBERS HOW IN THE HECK THIS BODY CAN PRESENT THIS AMENDMENT FROM BEING UNDEMOCRATICALLY STRIPPED FROM THIS BILL. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT, PLEASE?

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      • 02:15:34 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        THE CHAIR APPRECIATES THE GENTLEWOMAN'S INQUIRY BUT IT DOES NOT RELATE TO…

        THE CHAIR APPRECIATES THE GENTLEWOMAN'S INQUIRY BUT IT DOES NOT RELATE TO A PENDING QUESTION OR MATTER AT THIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      • 02:15:54 PM

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        MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

      • 02:15:58 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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      • 02:23:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 194. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

        ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 194. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING OF THE SPEAKER'S JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

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    • 02:23:29 PM

      House Vote 394 - On Agreeing to the Resolution

      Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2910) to provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2883) to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 218) to provide for the exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Alaska for the construction of a road between King Cove and Cold Bay; and for other purposes.

      Passed (234 - 194)
      Yea
      Nay

      Vote Details: Yea - 234
      Republican - 234

      Vote Details: Nay - 194
      Democratic - 192
      Republican - 2

      Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
      Democratic - 2
      Republican - 3

      • 02:23:30 PM

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

      • 02:23:33 PM

        UNFINISHED BUSINESS

        The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's approval of the Journal and put the question de novo.

        • 02:23:46 PM

          On approving the Journal Agreed to by voice vote.

          • 02:23:52 PM

            THE CLERK

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

            TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE ANNIVERSARY DATE, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 OF JULY 24, 2011 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JULY 24, 2017. SILINGT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO THREATEN THE SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS THROUGH THE SCOPE AND GRAVITY OF THEIR ACTIONS. SUCH ORGANIZATIONS DERIVED REVENUE THROUGH WIDESPREAD ILLEGAL CONDUCT AND OVERWHELMINGLY DEMONSTRATE A PLATE ANT RECKLESS DISREGARD OF HUMAN LIFE. THESE ORGANIZATIONS FACILITATE VIOLENT CIVIL CONFLICTS AND FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF OTHER DANGEROUS PERSONS. AS THE SOPHISTICATION OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS INCREASES, IT POSES AN INCREASING THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. THE TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUED TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP.

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        • 02:23:58 PM

          The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification stating that the national emergency with respect to transnational criminal organizations is to continue in effect beyond July 24, 2017 - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-55).

          • 02:25:39 PM

            TEMPORE REFERRED

            REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT…

            REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? UP UP I CALL UP H.R. --

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        • 02:25:42 PM

          Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 454. H.R. 2910 — "To provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes."

          • 02:25:47 PM

            Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2910, H.R. 2883 and H.R. 218. The resolution makes in order at anytime on the legislative day of July 20, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules, relating to the bill H.R. 2825. Also the rule provides that the Committee on Appropriations may at any time before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, file privileged reports to accompany measures making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

            • 02:25:49 PM

              MR. UPTON

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

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

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            • 02:26:02 PM

              TEMPORE PURSUANT

              PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE FOR THE…

              PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2910. THE CHAIR APOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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            • 02:26:25 PM

              THE CHAIR

              A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE…

              A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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          • 02:26:29 PM

            House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 454 and Rule XVIII.

            • 02:26:30 PM

              The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

              • 02:26:33 PM

                THE CLERK

                UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

          • 02:26:38 PM

            GENERAL DEBATE

            The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2910.

            • 02:26:43 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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            • 02:26:56 PM

              MR. UPTON

              I MIGHT ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER.

            • 02:27:04 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

            • 02:27:10 PM

              MR. UPTON

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

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES INTRODUCED BY BILL FLORES OF TEXAS. I CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH WILL STREAMLINE THE PERMIT PROCESS FOR THE BUILDING OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, CREATE THE JOBS WE WANT AND IN FACT, INCREASE OUR ENERGY SECURITY. VERY IMPORTANT. THIS BILL IS GOING TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL NEED TO EXPAND AND MODERNIZE THE NATION'S NATURAL GAS PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE BY PROMOTING A MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEW. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER.

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            • 02:28:03 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE THEIR…

              THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN MAY PROCEED.

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            • 02:28:18 PM

              MR. UPTON

              MY ESTABLISHING FERC AS THE LEAD AGENCY, THIS BILL IS GOING TO BRING…

              MY ESTABLISHING FERC AS THE LEAD AGENCY, THIS BILL IS GOING TO BRING GREATER CERTAINTY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE CITE CITING PROCESS FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. IMPORTANT PROJECTS HAVE BEEN DELAYED UNNECESSARILY WHILE WAITING FOR PERMITS. AND WHEN PERMITS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED. PERMITS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE CLEAN AIR ACT. SO FERC OFTEN COORDINATES WITH A VARIETY OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND INDIAN TRIBES TO BALANCE A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES, LAND USE AND OF COURSE PROPERTY RIGHTS. THIS BILL IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS BY STRENGTHENING THE LEAD AGENCY ROLE OF FERC AND FURTHER DEFINING THE PROCESS FOR PARTICIPATING IN FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES AND THE INTENT OF THESE PROVISIONS IS TO INVOLVE STAKEHOLDERS SOONER SO THEY CAN BE INVOLVED IN SETTING OF THE SCHEDULE AND IDENTIFY ISSUES OF CONCERN EARLIER IN THE PROCESS. FURTHER, THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES AGENCY CONDUCT THEIR REVIEWS CONCURRENTLY AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PROJECT-RELATED REVIEW CONDUCTED BY FERC IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEPA, IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEPA. WE ARE NOT SKIPPING STEPS BUT JUST SAYING ONE PART OF THE PROCESS SHOULDN'T HOLD UP THE ENTIRE PROJECT IF PROGRESS CAN BE MADE ON OTHER REQUIRED PERMITS. SO THIS BILL IS GOING TO ENCOURAGE MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS AND ROBUST ENERGY PIPELINE SYSTEM AND MORE AFFORDABLE ENERGY PRICES FOR EVERY AMERICAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:30:13 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:30:19 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR WHAT?

            • 02:32:11 PM

              THE CHAIR

              FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME HE MIGHT CONSUME.

            • 02:32:17 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME HE MIGHT CONSUME.

            • 02:32:20 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

            • 02:32:22 PM

              MR. RUSH

              I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY WONDERFUL…

              I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY WONDERFUL COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. A MEMBER WHO HAS REALLY SHOWN EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP IN THIS -- ON THIS MATTER AND OTHER MATTERS THAT HAVE APPEARED BEFORE THIS CONGRESS AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 2910. IT'S A BILL THAT OFFERS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. 2910. TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE, JUST THIS PAST MAY, A WHOPPING 88% OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY PROCESSED WITHIN A YEAR. AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR THE DELAYS IN THE APPROVAL PROCESS WAS DUE TO APPLICANT SUBMITTING INCOMPLETE PAPERWORK. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2910 DOES NOTHING TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE REASON BEHIND THE DELAYS, BUT INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALLOW INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED, WILL ALLOW INCOMPLETE DATA FROM AREA SURVEYS TO BE CONSIDERED, AND WOULD MINIMIZE THE INFLUENCE OF STATES AND AGENCIES FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, AND OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS ASPECTS OF THIS BILL IS THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE PIPELINE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN AND SEIZE THE VERY PROPERTY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST AND CONTINUE TO WITNESS TODAY, THE ISSUE OF THIS PIPELINES THROUGH ACK WHICH FIRST, PRIVATE PROPERTY, -- ACK WHICH FURS, PRIVATE PROPERTY, -- ACK WHICH FURS, PRIVATE POCKCY, CAUSES GREAT PUBLIC CONSTERNATION AND PUBLIC CONCERN. CONGRESS SHOULD BE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF THIS EXTREMELY DIVISIVE ISSUE BY LISTENING TO OUR OWN CONSTITUENTS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND GIVING THEM MORE OF A VOICE IN THESE VERY DIFFICULT DECISION RATHER THAN TRYING TO LIMIT THEIR INPUT. TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN COLT OF NEW JERSEY -- WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY AND I HAVE OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO DENY PRIVATE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN UNLESS CONSTRUCTION OF PIPELINE WAS FOUND TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NOT SOLELY IN THE WAY FOR COMPANIES TO TURN A PROFIT. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THOUGH THIS AMENDMENT WAS BROUGHT UP AND VOTED DOWN BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, IT WAS RULED NONGER MAIN. -- NONGERMANE TO THE DISCUSSION FOR SOME VERY ODD BUT ALSO FOR SOME VERY OBVIOUS REASONS. IN OTHER WORDS, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY PARTY HAS DETERMINED THAT ALTHOUGH THEY ARE PUSHING A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO SEIZE LANDS FROM PRIVATE SIT ZENS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE NOT AROUND TO TAKE UP AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THAT ISSUE ON THE FLOOR HERE TODAY. THIS CONGRESS IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HELL NO, YOU WON'T HAVE A VOICE IN THIS. WE'RE HERE OPERATING SOLELY IN THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE COMPANIES FOR THEIR PRIVATE PROFIT. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN ASSURE YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD NOT AGREE WITH THIS DECISION TO PLACE THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE NATURAL GAS COMPANIES AMONG THE RIGHTS AND INTEREST OF PRIVATE LAND OWNERS. -- LANDOWNERS. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN AND POTENTIALLY IMPACT HISTORICAL SITES, RESERVOIRS, AND OTHER PRIVATE PROPERTY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME LIMITING THE ABILITY FOR STATES, TRIBES, AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE INPUT INTO THE PROCESS. WHY ARE WE, MR. SPEAKER, ALLOWING THESE PRIVATE COMPANIES TO HAVE IMMINENT DOMAIN OVER THE PRIVATE PROPERTY, OVER THE LAND OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM STATES ON THIS PARTICULAR MATTER? MR. SPEAKER, FOR THESE REASONS I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:38:29 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:38:35 PM

              >>

              I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BEFORE I YIELD THREE MINUTES.

            • 02:38:38 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

            • 02:38:41 PM

              MR. UPTON

              MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A REASON WHY THE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S RULE THE…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A REASON WHY THE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S RULE THE AMENDMENTS ON IMMINENT DOMAIN ARE NOT APPLICABLE HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GERMANE. IMMINENT DOMAIN IS NOT PART OF THIS BILL. IN FACT, THE UNDERLYING NATURAL GAS ACT REQUIRES THAT IMMINENT DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS, QUOTE, SHALL CONFORM AS NEARLY AS MAY BE WITH THE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE IN SIMILAR ACTION OR PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURTS OF THE STATE WHERE THE PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS DOESN'T CHANGE THAT. THAT'S WHY THOSE IMMINENT DOMAIN AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL,

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            • 02:39:19 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

            • 02:39:21 PM

              MR. FLORES

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN UPTON THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN UPTON THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2910. THANKS TO THE SHALE REVOLUTION, AMERICA IS THE STOP GLOBAL PRODUCER OF NATURAL GAS. AND IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, NATURAL GAS HAS BECOME THE TOP FUEL CHOICE SHALE REVOLUTION, AMERICA FOR GENERATING ELECH TERRORIST KNIT OUR NATION. MY CONSTITUENTS IN TEXAS HAVE SEEN THE DRAMATIC BENEFITS OF THE SHELL REVOLUTION AND PAY SOME OF THE LOWEST ELECTRICITY COSTS IN THE NATION. FOR EXAMPLE, LAST APRIL THE RESIDENTIAL PRICE FOR ELECTRICITY WAS JUST OVER 11 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR. HOWEVER THE AVERAGE PRICE IN MASSACHUSETTS WAS ALMOST 21 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR. AMERICA'S DOMESTIC ENERGY OUTLOOK AS COMPLETELY FLIPPED FROM SARESITY TO ABUNDANCE, WHY DO SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, PRIMARILY IN THE NORTHEAST, PAY TWICE AS MUCH FOR ELECTRICITY? THERE IS ONE CLEAR REASON. SOME AREAS LIKE THE NEEDED PIPELINE -- LACK THE NEEDED PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING NATURAL GAS TO CONSUMERS. THE REASON FOR THIS IS SOME STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE FAILING TO MAKE TIMELY DECISIONS ON THE NECESSARY PIPELINE PERMITS TO DELIVER NATURAL GAS TO CONSIRMSE. WE CAN AND WE SHOULD MODERNIZE OUR PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO MATCH OUR ABUNDANT NATURAL GAS RESOURCES. MAKING THE PERMITTING PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT ENABLES, ENCOURAGES A MOREAU BUST AND RELIABLE PIPE -- MORE ROBUST AND RELIABLE PIPELINE SITUATION. ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY CAN REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF CLEAN NATURAL GAS. MY BILL, BUILDS ON IMPORTANT PERMIT REFORMS UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 BY BRINGING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY, PREDICTABILITY, AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE PROCESS TO APPROVE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. THIS BILL REQUIRES EARLY NOTIFICATION TO ALL PARTICIPATING AGENCIES, STATES, AND INDIAN TRIBES AND IT REINFORCES FERC STATUS AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR COORDINATION. IT FURTHER ESTABLISHES A CLEAR PROCESS FOR CONSULTATION IN CONCURRENT REVIEWS AMONG FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES AND INDIAN TRIBES AND SETS DEADLINES FOR FINAL DECISIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT REDUCE INTERAGENCY BUREAUCRACY AND I THINK THAT WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT PERMITTING SHOULD BE MORE TRANSPARENT AND MORE ACCOUNTABLE. H.R. 2910 ENHANCES CERTAINTY FOR PIPELINE APPLICANTS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T GUARANTEE AN OUTCOME. IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN APPROVAL ON ANY APPLICATION. IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANY EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. ALL THE RHETORIC WE JUST HEARD OVER THE LAST FEW MINUTES ABOUT CHANGING THE ENVIRONMENT IS ABSOLUTELY 100% FALSE. IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANY IMMINENT DOMAIN LAWS OR ADVERSELY AFFECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. ALL THAT ARGUMENT WE HEARD A FEW MINUTES AGO IS FALSE. WE CAN CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE PRETTY QUICKLY IF THE OTHER SIDE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT WHAT IT THIS BILL DOES AND DOESN'T DO. IT DOES, HOWEVER, ENSURE INVOLVED AGENCIES DO THEIR JOB AND THAT THEY ACT ON APPROPRIATE PROJECTS IN A TIMELY MANNER.

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            • 02:42:32 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE MINUTE…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE MINUTE ADDITIONALLY.

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            • 02:42:36 PM

              MR. FLORES

              SOME PRODIGSES HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE…

              SOME PRODIGSES HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE LAST COFPBLGT ADDITIONALLY H.R. 2910 PASSED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. MY BILL ENABLES MORE RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DELIVER AFFORDABLE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NATURAL GAS TO CONSUMERS. THIS AMERICAN ENERGY RESOURCE SERVES AS AN IMPORTANT ENERGY SOURCE FOR HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND POWERS OUR ECONOMY. ONCE AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2910 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 02:43:07 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:43:11 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE POINT ON IMMINENT DOMAIN IS THE FACT…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE POINT ON IMMINENT DOMAIN IS THE FACT THAT THIS BILL WILL TRAMPLE ON THE RIGHTS OF LANDOWNERS BECAUSE THE CURRENT LAW, MY COLLEAGUE IS CORRECT, CURRENT LAW GIVES NATURAL GAS PIPELINE COMPANIES ACCESS TO FEDERAL IMMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY, ALLOWING THESE CORPORATIONS TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO BUILD THEIR PIPELINES, BUT WHAT THE BILL DOES IT WOULD FURTHER NARROW THE ALREADY FEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT LANDOWNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS HAVE FOR REVIEW OF SAFETY AND IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. IT ALSO WOULD ALLOW SURVEYING WHILE CIRCUMVENTING LOCAL PERMITTING AND WITHOUT PROPERTY OWNER CONSENT. THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE BECAUSE IT WOULD ALLOW FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT AERIAL SURVEY DATA AND PROVIDES THAT THE AGENCIES MAY GRANT CONDITIONAL APPROVALS BASED ON THAT DATA. THAT CAN BE UNWISE AND UNSAFE. WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AS A VERY SIGNIFICANT CONCERN FOR THOSE MEMBERS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IMMINENT DOMAIN AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MS. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY.

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            • 02:44:23 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

            • 02:44:27 PM

              MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

              THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

              THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR MEELING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW AND NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. THIS INDUSTRY BACKED BILL PROVIDES FERC WITH UNNECESSARY AUTHORITIES THAT PUT THE INTEREST OF COMPANIES OVER THAT OF THE PEOPLE AND OF THE ENVIRONMENT. THE CURRENT PROCESS THAT FERC USES TO APPROVE PIPELINES IS INHERENTLY FLAWED. GENUINELY THREATENS OUR GREEN SPACES, OUR WATER RESOURCE, AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS. WE ARE PERMITTING FERC TO EXCLUDE THE INPUT OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED IN EXCHANGE FOR BENEFITING THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE PROCESS THAT CONSIDERS THE EFFECTS OF THESE PIPELINES WILL HAVE ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 2649, THE SAFER PIPELINES ACT OF 2017. MY LEGISLATION IS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS. ENSURING THAT THE VOICE OF COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY A PROPOSED PIPELINE ARE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. I HAVE SEEN THIS PROBLEM UP CLOSE. ONE PROJECT BEFORE FERC IS PROPOSED PENN EAST PIPELINE, WHICH WILL RUN THROUGH MY DISTRICT. IT HAS FRAUGHT WITH COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON ISSUES FROM POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION OF DRINKING WATER AND DESTRUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS. FERC'S IMPACT STATEMENT SAID THAT THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT. THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REJECTED THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL SEVERELY THREATEN CLEAN WATER AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS, IT ALSO TRAMPLES ON THE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS AND COMMUNITIES. JACQUELINE EVANS OF NEW JERSEY HAS SHARED THIS STORY WITH US. THE FARM I BUILT AND I'M QUOTING HER, THE FARM I BELT WITH MY CHILDREN WOULD BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY THE 36-INCH PIPE BUILT THROUGH THE WEAKER STANDARDS AVAILABLE. THE PIPELINE ROUTE IS LESS THAN 200 FEET FROM MY CHILDREN'S BEDROOM, PUTTING THEM IN A DESIGNATED INCINERATION ZONE. OUR WELL THAT PROVIDES WATER FOR OUR FAMILY AND OUR LIVESTOCK IS THREATENED. PENN EAST HAS THREATENED ME BY INSISTING THAT I SIGN A QUOTE, UNQUOTE DEAL OF LESS THAN 4% OF THE VALUE OF OUR HOME OR LOSE IT THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN. PENN EAST INTIMIDATION TACTICS INCLUDING TELLING ME, MS. EVANS, THAT FERC WILL APPROVE THE PIPELINE WITH OR WITHOUT SURVEYS AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES THAT ARE REQUIRED. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I OFFER TWO AMENDMENTS BUT THE RULES COMMITTEE REFUSED TO ALLOW ON THE FLOOR. ONE WOULD HAVE LIMITED THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECTS AND ELIMINATE THE USE OF SURVEYS. WE CAN'T HAVE THIS AT THE EXPENSE OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE OWNERS. SO I STAND HERE TODAY BEGGING MY COLLEAGUE TO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE AND REJECT THIS BILL BY VOTING AGAINST IT. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:48:29 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK.

            • 02:48:32 PM

              MR. UPTON

              I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OF…

              I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CHAIRWOMAN BLACKBURN.

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            • 02:48:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:48:49 PM

              MRS. BLACKBURN

              I THANK

            • 02:48:50 PM

              THE CHAIR

              CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MR. FLORES. MR. FLORES SPOKE TO THE NEED TO DO THIS.…

              CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MR. FLORES. MR. FLORES SPOKE TO THE NEED TO DO THIS. AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO BEGIN TO SIMPLIFY AND CLEAN UP THE RULES AND REGULATION PROCESS SO THAT WE DO PROVIDE CERTAINTY NOT ONLY FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, BUT ALSO FOR INDUSTRY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT WE DO IS TO PROVIDE HOPE TO MILLIONS OF WORKERS WHO WORK IN THE ENERGY SECTOR. I WANT TO READ FROM A LETTER OF SUPPORT. THIS IS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS. THEY SENT A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF MR. FLORES' BILL AND GETS RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE. DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION PROVIDES GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR MEMBERS OF THE IUOE AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION CRAFT WORKERS AND CONTINUES TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF OUR MEMBERS. UNCERTAINTY AND DELAY DURING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, HOWEVER, HINDER THE GROWTH OF JOBS RELATED TO THE NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. CONGRESS SHOULD GIVE FERC ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO KEEP FEDERAL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE AND MAXIMIZE COORDINATION IN THE PERMITTING PROCESS, END QUOTE. THIS IS FROM INDIVIDUALS THAT WORK IN THIS ENERGY SECTOR WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE, THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A SECURE, A SAFE, A STABLE ENERGY SUPPLY. THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT WANT TO SEE GROWTH IN THIS INDUSTRY. THEY ALSO WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE DO THIS IN THE APPROPRIATE WAY AS WE HAVE DONE, AS H.R. 2910 DOES TO RESPECT INDIVIDUAL AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. GIVING FERC THE TOOLS THAT ARE NECESSARY WILL PROVIDE WHAT IS NEEDED. GIVING FERC THE AUTHORITY THAT THEY NEED TO GO IN AND TO CONSOLIDATE AND TO SIMPLIFY THIS ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS FOR THESE INTERSTATE GAS PROJECTS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MANY TIMES WHAT SLOWS THESE PROJECTS DOWN AND CAUSES THE SITUATION THAT THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS SPEAK TO IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PERMITS THAT ARE REQUIRED AND THERE FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND MULTIPLE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. ANY TIME YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THAT, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MISTAKES AND IT IS GOING TO BE MORE COSTLY. SO I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE FOR A JOB WELL DONE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR AND SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2910. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:51:56 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:52:00 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR. I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

              I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR. I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE AND THE DEMOCRATS DO SUPPORT NATURAL GAS PIPELINES, A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. AND AS A REMINDER, THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION APPROVES ALMOST 90% OF ALL PIPELINE APPLICATIONS WITHIN ONE YEAR. AND IF THERE IS ANY HOLDUP RECENTLY IT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE HAS NOT CONFIRMED AN ADDITIONAL FERC APPOINTEE THAT IS HOLDING UP THE PROCESS OF APPROVING MORE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. WHAT WE DON'T APPROVE OF IS THE BILL THAT ATTEMPTS TO SHORT CIRCUIT VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES AND TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AWAY FROM LAND OWNERS. AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO.

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            • 02:52:57 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

            • 02:53:01 PM

              MR. TONKO

              THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO…

              THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. THIS BILL IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. WE HEARD THAT 88% OF PROJECTS ARE CERTIFIED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF DATE OF APPLICATION. IT IS CLEAR UNDER THE PROCESS, THESE PROJECTS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. WE HAVE NOT SEEN GOOD EVIDENCE THAT WE NEED TO FURTHER TILT THE PROCESS IN FAVOR OF PIPELINE COMPANIES, WHICH IS WHAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD DO. WHILE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE SECTION THAT WOULD REQUIRE FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT AERIAL SURVEY DATA SUCH AS DATA COLLECTED BY DRONES AND ALLOW AGENCIES TO GRANT CONDITIONAL APROVALS BASED ON THOSE DATA. AERIAL DATA HAVE LIMITATIONS AND CAN BE INSUFFICIENT. THE DATA MAY NOT ACCOUNT FOR HISTORIC SITES, ENDANGERED SPECIES OR WETLANDS. UNDER THIS BILL, IT WOULD REQUIRE THE AGENCY TO CONSIDER THE PROJECT. THIS WILL ULTIMATELY NOT SPEED UP THE PROCESS, BUT WHAT IT DOES IS CIRCUMVENT THE RIGHTS OF LAND OWNERS. WE SHOULD BE MORE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT CHANGING THIS PROCESS GIVEN THE IMPLICATIONS THAT WILL IMPACT PRIVATE LAND OWNERS' RIGHTS. UNDER THE LAW, PIPELINE COMPANIES ARE ABLE TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY ALLOWING THESE CORPORATIONS TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO BUILD THEIR PIPELINE. THIS BILL WOULD FURTHER RESTRICT THE ALREADY LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES THAT PRIVATE LAND OWNERS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS HAVE TO WEIGH IN ON PROPOSED PROJECTS. STREAMLINING IS FINE. BUT WE ARE CONSIDERING EXPEDITING A PROCESS THAT CAN RESULT IN THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN. THE BAR FOR SEIZING PRIVATE PROPERTY SHOULD BE HIGH. AND LOWERING THAT BAR IS TO THE DETRIMENT OF PRIVATE LAND OWNERS. HISTORICALLY, WHEN CONSIDERING THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN, THE QUESTION HAS BEEN IS IT IN THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST. BUT THIS BILL IS FORCING THE QUESTION TO SHIFT TO, IS IT IN THE COMPANY'S INTEREST. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO ME AND IT CERTAINLY ISN'T ACCEPTABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. IF WE CONTINUE TO EXPEDITE AND RUBBER STAMP THESE PROJECTS, CONSUMERS WILL BE ON THE HOOK FOR UNAVAILABLE AND STRANDED ASSETS. AND WE NEED TO LOOK AT OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE BASED ON REGIONAL NEEDS THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT HOW MANY PROJECTS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION AND HOW IT WOULD IMPACT EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE. WITH THAT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS BILL. AND I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:55:52 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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            • 02:55:58 PM

              MR. UPTON

              AT THIS POINT, I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA.

            • 02:56:03 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED.

            • 02:56:06 PM

              MR. GOSAR

              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2910, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY MY…

              I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2910, LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY MY FRIEND BILL FLORES. ONE AREA BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT IS THE NEED TO SUPPORT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS BILL PRESENTS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO DELIVER ON OUR COMMITMENT TO MODERNIZE INFRASTRUCTURE, GO THE ECONOMY AND SUPPORT SAFE, RELIABLE AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY. WE CAN PROVIDE MORE CERTAINTY REGARDING THE TIME FRAME AND PROCEDURES OF THE PIPELINE REVIEW PROCESS BY MAKING THESE IMPROVEMENTS. WE WILL ENSURE THE ENERGY WE PRODUCE RIGHT HERE CAN BE TRANSPORTED IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE MANNER. IF MY COLLEAGUES ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, WE SHOULD BE PROMOTING AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY WHERE IT WAS PRODUCED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS. THIS BILL DOES EXACTLY THAT, BY MAKING THE IMPROVEMENTS NECESSARY TO MODERNIZE OUR PIPELINE PROCESS. THIS IS NECESSARY TO MATCH THE INVESTMENTS AND INCREASE FOR SAFE, RELIABLE AND DOMESTIC ENERGY. WHILE ROADS AND BRIDGES GET THE MOST ATTENTION, MODERN PIPELINES AND OTHER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURES ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT OUR ECONOMY AND POWER OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES. PROMOTING EFFICIENT AND EFFICIENT COORDINATION IS AN EFFORT THAT IS NOT ONLY BIPARTISAN, BUT PLAIN COMMON SENSE. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FOR TEXAS FOR SPONSORING THIS MUCH NEEDED LEGISLATION AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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            • 02:57:44 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK.

            • 02:57:47 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              A HEARING EARLIER IN THE YEAR IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, I…

              A HEARING EARLIER IN THE YEAR IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, I ASSUMED THERE WAS A BACKLOG OF UNREVIEWED APPLICATIONS THAT SPURRED MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO DRAFT THIS BILL. BUT THEN WE HEARD FROM EXPERTS FROM THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION ABOUT THIS AND THEY TESTIFIED THAT NEARLY 90% OF THESE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS ARE APPROVED IN LESS THAN A YEAR. MANY COMPANIES WORKING TO HAVE OTHER INTERSTATE ENERGY PROJECTS APPROVED CAN ONLY DREAM OF A FEDERAL REVIEW OCCURRING IN LESS THAN A YEAR. THIS IS ALREADY AN EFFICIENT PROCESS. THIS BILL IS UNNECESSARY. IT IS DUPE LICK CATIVE AND WASTEFUL -- DUPLICATIVE AND WASTEFUL. THE CONGRESS HAS ALREADY TAKEN ACTION TO STREAMLINE THE FEDERAL PERMITTING REVIEW PROCESS FOR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. SOMETIMES OUR MEMORIES ARE SHORT. BUT IT WAS JUST THE LAST CONGRESS WHERE THE CONGRESS ADOPTED THE MAJOR TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BILL, THE FAST ACT, WHICH PASSED IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER AND SIGNED INTO LAW AND THE FAST ACT AUTHORIZED THE STEERING COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE TIMELINESS, TRANSPARENCY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR THESE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROPER JECTS. FPISC HAS ESTABLISHED A LEAD AGENCY FOR THE PROJECT, RECOMMENDATION PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES AND PUBLIC PROJECT TIME TABLES AND MANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL HOWEVER SEEM TO BE LARGELY DUPLICATIVE OF FPISC. THE COUNCIL IS COORDINATING PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR 32 MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS INCLUDING SEVEN MAJOR INTERSTATE PIPELINES. JUST TO HIGHLIGHT THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY POWER GRAB THAT IS SHORT CIRCUITING SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES, THERE IS NO PROBLEM ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WITH GETTING YOUR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE APPROVED UNLESS THERE IS A REAL PROBLEM IN THE DETAILS. I USED TO PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN A PREVIOUS LIFETIME AND WHAT I LEARNED IS WHEN YOU PROVIDE THESE SHORT CIRCUITED PROCESSES, WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO IS CAUSE MORE LAWSUITS, MORE DELAY RATHER THAN ADHERING TO ANSWERING QUESTIONS AS YOU GO ALONG, PRESSING AHEAD, ALTERING THE ROUTE WHEN IT NEEDS TO BE REROUTED. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT DETAILS REALLY MATTER HERE AND I WILL RESERVE FOR THE BALANCE. .

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            • 03:00:51 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. EXCUSE ME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED. EXCUSE ME, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED. SORRY.

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            • 03:00:58 PM

              MR. UPTON

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST MIGHT YIELD MYSELF 30…

              THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST MIGHT YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. I JUST WOULD LIKE UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO INSERT A COUPLE LETTERS IN SUPPORT, THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION HAS A LETTER OF SUPPORT, NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION HAS A LETTER OF SUPPORT AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS. I'D LIKE TO INSERT THOSE IN THE RECORD.

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            • 03:01:25 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS APPROVED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

            • 03:01:28 PM

              MR. UPTON

              MIGHT I REQUEST IF THE GENTLELADY HAS ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

            • 03:01:31 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              WE HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS AND SOME SUBMISSIONS FOR THE RECORD.

            • 03:01:36 PM

              MR. UPTON

              SO I'LL -- WE HAVE NO MORE SPEAKERS AT THIS POINT ON OUR SIDE.

            • 03:01:45 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD SOME INFORMATION FROM -- PIPELINE INCIDENTS FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT JUST TO HIGHLIGHT THE FACT IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT THESE PIPELINES UNDERGO SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT FOR THE RECORD THE PIPELINE INCIDENT REPORTS FROM 1997 TO 2016 FOR ALL STATES. AND I'LL JUST A READ A FEW OF THESE STATISTICS HERE. IN 2016, YOU HAD -- YOU HAD 16 FATALITIES FROM NATURAL GAS PIPELINE INCIDENTS, 83 INJURIES. TOTAL COST OF PROPERTY DAMAGE OVER $300 MILLION. IN 2015, 10 FATALITIES, 49 INJURIES, OVER 328 INCIDENTS. IT'S A THREE-YEAR AVERAGE FROM 2014 TO 2016 OF 312 INCIDENTS. THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS 299 INCIDENCE. 10-YEAR -- 299 INCIDENTS. FOR FATALITIES, THE THREE-YEAR AVERAGE, 15 FATALITIES, THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE, 13, 10-YEAR AVERAGE, 13, 20-YEAR AVERAGE, 16. FOR INJURIES THE THREE-YEAR AVERAGE, 75 INJURIES. THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE, 64 INJURIES. THE 10-YEAR AVERAGE, 64 INJURIES. 20-YEAR AVERAGE, 65 INJURIES. AND JUST THE PROPERTY DAMAGE REPORT, JUST THE THREE-YEAR AVERAGE IS ABOUT $315 MILLION.

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            • 03:03:27 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLELADY'S REQUEST IS APPROVED UNDER GENERAL LEAVE.

            • 03:03:32 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE WE DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS, I CAN --…

              THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. SINCE WE DON'T HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS, I CAN -- I'M HAPPY TO CLOSE AT THIS TIME.

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            • 03:03:39 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE FOR THE MINORITY.

            • 03:03:42 PM

              MS. CASTOR

              WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND COLLEAGUES, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT IS…

              WELL, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND COLLEAGUES, I WOULD JUST SAY THAT IT IS INAPPROPRIATE TO SHORT-CIRCUIT THE VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR OUR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. THIS IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. WE KNOW THAT FERC APPROVES THESE GAS LINES -- THESE GAS PIPELINE APPLICATIONS AT ABOUT 90%. THE ONLY REASON A LITTLE DELAY HAS BEEN HAPPENING RECENTLY IS BECAUSE THE SENATE HAS NOT APPROVED A FERC APPOINTEE OVER A MATTER OF MONTHS. IF THEY CAN DO THAT THEY CAN GET BACK ON TRACK AS WELL. THE ONES NOT APPROVED ARE GOING UNDER VERY SIGNIFICANT REVIEW. EVEN IN THE CASE FOR THE MAJOR PROJECTS NOW, WE HAVE A NEW SYSTEM, A COORDINATED EFFORT THROUGH THE FPISC, THE NEW COUNCIL THAT'S OVERSEEING INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES SO IT'S DUPLICATIVE AS WELL. IT'S INAPPROPRIATE FOR A PROCESS THAT ALREADY GRANTS IMNANT DOMAIN RIGHTS TO PIPELINE COMPANIES TO -- EMINENT DOMAIN RIGHTS TO PIPELINE TO NOT GO THROUGH THE ABILITY TO WEIGH IN. OTHERWISE YOU WILL CAUSE MORE LAWSUITS AND MORE DELAYS AT THE VERY END OF THE PROCESS, AND I THINK DO EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE AUTHOR OF THE LEGISLATION INTENDS TO DO. SO AT THIS POINT BASED UPON ALL OF THE EVIDENCE THAT'S BEEN PRESENTED, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS BILL. DON'T ELEVATE CORPORATE PROFITS OVER THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:05:29 PM

              THE CHAIR

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

              THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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            • 03:05:36 PM

              MR. UPTON

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION.…

              MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION. AGAIN, IT STREAMLINES THE PROCESS. THERE'S STILL NO SHORTCUTS THAT ARE HERE. WE REQUIRE THAT THE AGENCIES WORK CONCURRENTLY WITH EACH OTHER, AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE KNOW THAT PIPELINES ARE LITERALLY THE SAFEST WAY TO TRANSPORT WHATEVER IT IS, OIL, GAS TO THE CONSUMERS AT A LOWER COST THAT'S SAFER AND OBVIOUSLY HELPS THE MOST VULNERABLE AND WOULD LOWER COSTS. WE RIT RALERY -- LITERALLY HAVE MILLIONS OF MILES OF PIPELINES AND HAVE PASSED MAJOR LEGISLATION IN SEVERAL CONGRESSES THAT WAS BIPARTISAN, THAT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY BIPARTISAN THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW, INCREASING THE SAFETY STANDARDS AND FINES FOR ANY NEW PIPELINES THAT ARE BUILT. THOSE LAWS OBVIOUSLY STAY ON THE BOOK, AND, AGAIN, I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THE BILL. I LOOK FORWARD TO DEBATE ON A COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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            • 03:06:42 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAVING…

              THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAVING NOW EXPIRED, PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE, AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSUMING -- CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-28. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:07:55 PM

              MS. TSONGAS

              MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 03:07:57 PM

              THE CHAIR

              THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

            • 03:07:59 PM

              THE CLERK

              OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MS. TSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS.

            • 03:08:01 PM

              An amendment, offered by Ms. Tsongas, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-235 to prohibit the application of section 3 if any part of a pipeline facility that is a subject of the application is to be located on lands required under Federal, State, or local law to be managed for purposes of natural resource conservation or recreation.

            • 03:08:02 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tsongas amendment No. 1.

              • 03:08:07 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS.…

                PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MS. TSONGAS, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              • 03:08:20 PM

                MS. TSONGAS

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT PROTECTS A ROBUST PUBLIC REVIEW…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MY AMENDMENT PROTECTS A ROBUST PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS FOR ANY PROPOSED PIPELINE THAT SEEKS TO CROSS PROTECTED CONSERVATION AND RECREATION LANDS. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY, WITH ITS SHORT-CIRCUITED ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, PUTS TREASURED PUBLIC LANDS AT RISK. MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, LIKE MANY AREAS AROUND THE COUNTRY, FACES REAL ENERGY CHALLENGES. WE NEED CAREFUL AND STRATEGIC LONG-TERM PLANNING IN ORDER TO LOWER ENERGY PRICES AND MAINTAIN REAL ESTATE LIABILITY AND RESILIENCY. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN PROPOSALS FOR NEW NATURAL GAS PIPELINES THAT WOULD STRETCH HUNDREDS OF MILES AND CROSS MANY DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES. WE MUST WORK TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO LOWER ENERGY PRICES FOR OUR HOMES AND BUSINESSES AND INCREASING THE SUPPLY OF LOWER COSTS OF NATURAL GAS MAY BE ONE WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT OBJECTIVE WHILE WE TRANSITION TO CLEANER, MORE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVES. WE CANNOT IN THE LONG TERM AFFORD TO BE CARELESS ABOUT OUR OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS AS WE MAKE THAT TRANSITION. THESE MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSALS IN NEW ENGLAND AND ELSEWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY DESERVE CLOSE AND CAREFUL SCRUTINY GIVEN THE POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND THE COSTS BORNE BY RATEPAYERS. REGRETTABLY, THIS LEGISLATION MOVES US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THIS BILL WOULD FORCE FERC TO RUSH DECISIONMAKING, INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE IF PIPELINES WILL HAVE NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON STATE S' FORESTS, PARKS, WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS AND WETLANDS, LANDS EXPRESSLY PUT ASIDE AS A RESULT OF A PUBLIC DECISION TO PROTECT THEM. OUR NATION HAS A LONG STANDING HISTORY OF PRESERVING NATURAL HABITATS AND PROTECTING OPEN SPACES FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFITS, AND WE HAVE INVESTED ENORMOUS PUBLIC RESOURCES TOWARDS THESE GOALS. THESE LANDS AND THE DECISIONS BEHIND THEM DESERVE TO BE HONORED. IN MY DISTRICT WE WENT THROUGH A REVIEW PROCESS FOR A PIPELINE. HUNDREDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE PROJECT. IT COULD HAVE JEOPARDIZED LOCAL WILDLIFE AND IMPACTED BOTH STATE AND FEDERALLY DESIGNATED CONSERVATION LAND AS WELL AS MASSACHUSETTS' SCARCE FARMLAND. THANKS TO A ROBUST REVIEW PROCESS, THE PUBLIC HAD NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES TO QUESTION THE PROJECT AND EXPRESS THESE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS AND THEIR VIEWS WERE ABLE TO BE FULLY CONSIDERED. WHILE I BELIEVE WE MUST PROTECT THAT REVIEW THE PROCESS FOR ALL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, MY AMENDMENT FOCUSES ON PIPELINES THAT CROSSES PROTECTED RECREATION LAND. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT MY AMENDMENT AND PROTECT STATES, TAXPAYERS IN PRESERVING THEIR NATURAL AND HISTORIC RESOURCES. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:11:17 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES -- THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES THE…

                THE GENTLELADY RESERVES -- THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:11:22 PM

                MR. UPTON

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:11:26 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

              • 03:11:28 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST NOTE ALL CURRENT REVIEWS THAT WE DO NOW FOR…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD JUST NOTE ALL CURRENT REVIEWS THAT WE DO NOW FOR PIPELINE SITES, THEY ALL REMAIN IN PLACE. NONE OF IT GOES AWAY. THOSE SAME REVIEWS TAKE PLACE. THE GENTLELADY'S AMENDMENT, IN OUR VIEW, IS UNNECESSARY BECAUSE NOTHING IN THIS LEGISLATION WOULD LIMIT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS OR AFFECT LAWS THAT GOVERN THE MULTIPLE USE OF OUR PUBLIC LANDS. PIPELINES, WE KNOW, AS I SAID EARLIER, ARE THE SAFEST, MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO TRANSPORT ENERGY SUPPLIES. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT MODERNIZING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING PIPELINES, TO ENSURE STABLE, AFFORDABLE SUPPLIES. WE HAVE MILLIONS OF PIPELINES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PIPELINE? WELL, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE AND FRANKLY THE ACCIDENT RECORD IS NOT PERFECT EITHER. IT INCLUDES RAIL OR TRUCK. OFTEN AT A HIGHER COST WHICH THEN IS PASSED ALONG TO THOSE CONSUMERS, IMPACTING THE MOST VULNERABLE THE MOST. INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNIZATION AND JOB GROWTH GO HAND IN HAND WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION. INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS A SMART INVESTMENT. ENERGY SECURITY, JOB GROWTH, MANUFACTURING, CREATING THE JOBS THAT WE WANT, MAINTAINING AND EXPANDING THESE ECONOMICWIDE BENEFITS IS DEPENDENT ON A TRANSPARENT AND A PREDICTABLE REGULATORY APPROVAL OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THAT'S WHAT THE UNDERLYING BILL DOES. THIS AMENDMENT, HOWEVER, WE WOULD VIEW IS A STEP BACKWARD. I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:13:04 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:13:09 PM

                MS. TSONGAS

                WOULD LIKE TO SAY FIRST THAT ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL TO OUR…

                WOULD LIKE TO SAY FIRST THAT ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY. YET, WE CANNOT SIMPLY GIVE THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY A CART BLANCHE TO BUILD PIPELINES WITHOUT PUBLIC REVIEWS. I YIELD 2 1/2 MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER.

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              • 03:13:30 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY HAS ONLY A MINUTE AND 45 SECONDS.

              • 03:13:34 PM

                MS. SEUNGAS

                I YIELD A MINUTE AND 45 --

              • 03:13:37 PM

                MS. TSONGAS

                I YIELD A MINUTE AND 45 SECONDS.

              • 03:13:39 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:13:41 PM

                MR. BEYER

                I'M PROUD TO CO-LEAD THIS AMENDMENT WITH MS. TSONGAS AND MR. MCGOVERN.…

                I'M PROUD TO CO-LEAD THIS AMENDMENT WITH MS. TSONGAS AND MR. MCGOVERN. FERC IS NOT ADEQUATELY PROTECTING OUR MOST VALUED PUBLIC LANDS DESIGNED FOR RECREATION AND CONSERVATION AND THIS PARTICULAR BILL WILL MAKE THE MISMANAGEMENT FIRST. WE'VE WITNESSED THIS FIRSTHAND IN MY STATE OF VIRGINIA. THE APPALACHIA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL AND THE NATIONAL SURROUNDING PARKLAND AND NATIONAL FOREST LANDS, THE A.T. WAS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL NEARLY 50 YEARS AGO AND IT ONE OF THE MOST FEATURED LAND AROUND THE UNITED STATES. IT'S CULTURAL HERITAGE, RECREATIONAL HERITAGE ALL SERVES IN THE CRUCIAL LIVES. IT'S AT RISK. THE ROUTE IMPACTS 19 PROMINENT VIEWS OF OVER NEARLY 100 MILES OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. CLIFFS, THE DRAGON'S TOOTH, ALL WILL BE CORRUPTED BY THIS PIPELINE. I'M NOT ANTI-PIPELINE. I'M NOT ANTI-ENERGY. I'M AN AVID APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKER. I'VE CROSSED ALMOST ALL OF THE 60 PIPELINE ALONG THE TRAIL. BUT THIS DOESN'T TAKE THE LEAST IMPACTFUL. IT DOESN'T CROSS THE TRAIL. IT RUNS ALONGSIDE IT FOR ALMOST 100 MILES. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE THE IMPACT DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE THE DEVELOPERS THOUGHT ABOUT MINIMIZING THEIR IMPACT ON THIS IMPORTANT CULTURAL ICON. IT'S ALSO BECOME CLEAR THAT THE PROPOSED ROUTE WOULD REQUIRE AN AMENDMENT TO THE JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT WAS CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED AN WELL BALANCED. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT AND PROTECT ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST TREASURED NATURAL PLACES. MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:15:24 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:15:27 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST, AGAIN, REMIND MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT.…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I JUST, AGAIN, REMIND MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE AMENDMENT. ALL TIME I THINK IS EXPIRED ONCE I YIELD BACK SO I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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              • 03:15:39 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS -- THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS,…

                THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS -- THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS, YOUR TIME HAS EXPIRED. SO, ALL TIME HAVING NOW EXPIRED ON THIS, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT.

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              • 03:16:00 PM

                MS. TSONGAS

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

              • 03:16:03 PM

                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:16:04 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on the Tsongas amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Tsongas demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

              • 03:16:25 PM

                MR. LYNCH

                GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. CHAIRMAN. I BELIEVE I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

              • 03:16:28 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:16:28 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Lynch, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-235 to direct FERC, in considering an application for an authorization or certificate covered by the bill, to consult with the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration regarding the extent of the applicant's compliance with security guidance and best practice recommendations issued by TSA on pipeline infrastructure security, pipeline cybersecurity, pipeline personnel security, and other pipeline security measures designed to ensure the public safety.

                • 03:16:30 PM

                  THE CLERK

                  REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. LYNCH OF MASSACHUSETTS.

                • 03:16:38 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR.…

                  PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, MR. LYNCH, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                • 03:16:50 PM

                  MR. LYNCH

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

                • 03:16:53 PM

                  THE CHAIR

                  THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

            • 03:16:54 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lynch amendment No. 2.

              • 03:16:55 PM

                MR. LYNCH

                AT THE OUTSET, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MS. CASTOR, THE…

                AT THE OUTSET, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MS. CASTOR, THE RANKING MEMBER FROM FLORIDA, FOR THEIR ARTICULATE DEBATE THIS AFTERNOON ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK CHAIRMAN SESSIONS AND RANKING MEMBER SLAUGHTER AND THE FULL MEMBER OF THE RULES COMMITTEE FOR MAKING THIS AMENDMENT IN ORDER. THIS COMMONSENSE AMENDMENT WILL SIMPLY ENSURE THAT THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY AGENCY, THE FEDERAL AGENCY WITH THE PRIMARY JURISDICTION OVER PIPELINE SECURITY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WILL RETAIN A MEANINGFUL SEAT AT THE TABLE WHEN IT COMES TO DETERMINATIONS MADE BY THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, FERC, ON WHETHER TO APPROVE A PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT. IN PARTICULAR, THIS AMENDMENT PROVIDES THAT IN CONSIDERING A PIPELINE PERMIT APPLICATION, FERC MUST SIMPLY CONSULT WITH T.S.A. ADMINISTRATORS AS TO WHETHER A PIPELINE DEVELOPER IS COMPLIANT WITH EXISTING T.S.A. GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS GOVERNING PIPELINE SECURITY. AND THAT INCLUDES AN EXAMINATION OF FACILITY SECURITY, CYBERSECURITY AND OTHER CRITICAL MEASURES THAT ARE DESIGNED TO SAFEGUARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST THE THREAT OF TERRORISTS AND CYBERATTACKS PERPETRATED ON THE U.S. PIPELINE SYSTEM. WHILE H.R. 2910 SEEKS TO EXPEDITE THE FERC REVIEW PROCESS FOR PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENCY, WE ALSO KNOW THAT RECENTLY TERRORISTS IN CYBERATTACKS LAUNCHED AGAINST PIPELINE FACILITIES NATIONWIDE HAVE MORE THAN DEMONSTRATED THAT WE CANNOT PLACE EXPEDIENCY ABOVE NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY. IN 2015, A DOMESTIC TERRORIST RECEIVED A MAXIMUM 20-YEAR SENTENCE AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES RELATING TO HIS USE OF A HIGHLY VOLATILE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE TO DAMAGE A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN TEXAS. FOUR YEARS EARLIER THAN THAT, A SIMILAR ATTACK WAS PERPETRATED IN OKLAHOMA BY AN INDIVIDUAL ARMED WITH A HOME MADE IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. IN ADDITION, THE TWENT SERIES -- 2017 SERIES ON PIPELINES IN PERIL REPORTED THAT ADVANCED CYBERTHREATS TARGETING U.S. PIPELINES HAVE ONLY INCREASED AND EVOLVED OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. FOLLOWING SO-CALLED PIPELINE HACKING SPREE UNDERTAKEN BY MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE MILITARY. THE THEFT OF SENSITIVE DATA FROM AT LEAST 23 SEPARATE U.S. PIPELINE COMPANIES IN 2011 AND 2012 CONSTITUTE THE SORT OF CYBERBREACH THAT THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE HAS DESCRIBED AS ALLOWING HACKERS THE ABILITY TO, QUOTE, DISRUPT PIPELINE SERVICE AND CAUSE SPILLS, EXPLOSIONS AND FIRES ALL FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS. I'D ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN REGARDING AN ISSUE THAT WAS THE SUBJECT OF AN AMENDMENT OF MINE, WHICH WAS NOT RULED IN ORDER. THAT IS THE ISSUANCE OF PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION PERMITS BY FERC IN AREAS WHERE A PROJECT SITE AND ITS SURROUNDING COMMUNITY IS ALREADY EXPERIENCING PRE-EXISTING UNSAFE LEVELS OF AIR POLLUTANTS. IN MY OWN CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN MASSACHUSETTS, FERC RECENTLY APPROVED A PROPOSAL FOR A GAS COMPRESSER STATION, NATURAL GAS COMPRESSIONER STATION -- COMPRESSER STATION, IN A BEAUTIFUL TOWN IN MASSACHUSETTS. AS EVIDENCED BY THE CERTIFICATE OF INNOCENT AND QUALITY TESTING CONDUCTED BY A DOCTOR AND OTHER COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS, THE AIR QUALITY THERE IS ALREADY AT TOXIC LEVELS OF SO-CALLED CRITERIA AIR POLLUTANTS SUCH AS BENZENE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD HAVE SUSPENDED THE CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY FERC FOR THE COMPRESSER STATION, AND OTHER PROJECTS THAT THE COMMISSION APPROVES FOR CONSTRUCTION IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE UNSAFE AIR QUALITY LEVELS. IN ADDITION TO MY CONCERNS AROUND AIR QUALITY, I HAVE TO HIGHLIGHT THE PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES SURROUNDING THE ROOT OF THE NATIONAL -- ROUTE OF THE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE IN A LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE HEART OF MY DISTRICT. THE PIPELINE RUNS THROUGH A DENSELY POPULATED NEIGHBORHOOD. IT RUNS RIGHT THROUGH AN ACTIVE BLASTING AREA IN A QUARTERY THAT'S LOCATED NEXT TO A RESIDENTIAL AREA. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT HAPPENS, IF PUBLIC SAFETY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ARE CONSIDERATIONS. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, WHERE A PIPELINE IS BLOWN UP BECAUSE OF STUPIDITY, BECAUSE FERC HAS LOCATED IT IN A BLASTING ZONE, OR IT'S BECAUSE OF NEFARIOUS INTENT OF OUTSIDE ACTORS, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT FERC SHOULD SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH T.S.A. WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING AT THESE SITING DECISIONS. AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THIS AMENDMENT, WHAT IT WILL ACCOMPLISH, IT WILL REQUIRE THAT TO HAPPEN. THAT CONSULTATION TO HAPPEN. BETWEEN T.S.A. AND FERC. WITH THAT I ASK MEMBERS TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS AMENDMENT AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:21:57 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

                THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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              • 03:22:02 PM

                MR. UPTON

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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              • 03:22:06 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

              • 03:22:08 PM

                MR. UPTON

                BUT I'D LIKE TO START OFF BY SAYING WE'RE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:22:12 PM

                MR. LYNCH

                I THANK THE CHAIRMAN.

              • 03:22:15 PM

                MR. UPTON

                I KNOW ALL OF US HERE TAKE PIPELINE SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY. CERTAINLY SINCE…

                I KNOW ALL OF US HERE TAKE PIPELINE SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY. CERTAINLY SINCE MY CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, WE PUT SAFETY AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR EFFORTS TO MODERNIZE OUR PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE, WE PASSED TWO MAJOR BILLS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED. AND I THINK THERE MAY HAVE BEEN MAYBE A SINGLE MEMBER THAT OPPOSED THAT LEGISLATION OVER THE YEARS. BUT WE CARE A LOT ABOUT THAT. LAST YEAR I WOULD NOTICE OR IN THE LAST CONGRESS WE PASSED THE PIPES ACT AND THE FAST ACT, AGAIN, MAJOR BIPARTISAN INITIATIVES. MR. PALLONE AND I WORKED IT OUT, THAT GOT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DESK. EACH OF THESE TWO BILLS TOOK IMPORTANT STEPS TO UPDATE OUR LAWS TO PROTECT AGAINST EMERGING PHYSICAL AS WELL AS CYBERATTACKS, THREATS TO THE GRID, IN OUR ENERGY DELIVERY SYSTEMS. INCLUDING PIPELINES. WE KNOW THAT MULTIPLE FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD. WITH THAT EXPERTISE. AND WHILE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IS THE LEAD SECTOR'S SPECIFIC AGENCY FOR CYBER FOR THE ENERGY SECTOR, THE PIPELINE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, PHMSA, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING MINIMUM PIPELINE SAFETY STANDARDS. AND T.S.A., TRANSPORTATION AND SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, DOES MONITOR THREATS TO OUR TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS COMING FROM, WITH THIS AMENDMENT. THE AMENDMENT, I GOT TO SAY, APPEARS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT LAW. ALTHOUGH CONSULTATION REQUIREMENT COULD END UP RESULTING IN DELAYS, IF T.S.A.'S NOT ABLE TO CONSULT IN A TIMELY MANNER. BUT THE LANGUAGE IS CONSULT. I HOPE THAT THAT WOULD HAPPEN. THE AMENDMENT ALSO APPEARS TO ADDRESS PIPELINE FACILITIES, BUT IT'S NOT CLEAR WHETHER IT INCLUDES L.N.G. AS AN EXAMPLE. AND GIVEN THE OVERLAPPING NATURE OF FEDERAL AND STATE JURISDICTION OVER PIPELINE SAFETY, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING IT RIGHT AND THAT WE GOT ALL THE TOOLS IN THE TOOL BOX TO MAKE SURE -- TOOLBOX TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS. WE DON'T WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THIS AMENDMENT. I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT AND WE'RE READY TO WORK WITH HIM. CERTAINLY AT THIS POINT READY TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. BE GLAD TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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              • 03:24:29 PM

                MR. LYNCH

                FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I AGREE,…

                FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT. I AGREE, THERE MAY BE SOME OTHER AREAS THAT ARE NOT PARTICULARLY ADDRESSED SUCH AS THE L.N.G. SITUATION. OBVIOUSLY WE WANT TO MILITATE, INCREASE THE LEVEL OF SAFETY WITH RESPECT TO L.N.G. AS WELL. BUT I UNDERSTAND THOSE QUESTIONS CAN BE THE ANSWER DURING OUR DEBATE WITH THE SENATE AS WELL. AND IN CONFERENCE. BUT BOTTOM LINE, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING THE AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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              • 03:24:58 PM

                MR. UPTON

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, I BELIEVE, THAT A G.A.O. REPORT…

                RECLAIMING MY TIME. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, I BELIEVE, THAT A G.A.O. REPORT HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY SOME OF OUR FRIENDS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. WE WELCOME THAT COMPLETION OF THAT REPORT AND ANXIOUS TO SEE THE RESULT. AGAIN, PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:25:14 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME HAVING EXPIRED ON THIS AMENDMENT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. 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 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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            • 03:25:22 PM

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

              • 03:25:45 PM

                An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, numbered 3 printed in Part A of House Report 115-235 to improve FERC's public comment and transparency process.

                • 03:25:47 PM

                  MR. BEYER

                  MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

            • 03:25:47 PM

              DEBATE

              Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment No. 3.

              • 03:25:51 PM

                THE CLERK

                PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. BRIER OF…

                PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. BRIER OF VIRGINIA. -- MR. BEYER OF VIRGINIA.

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              • 03:26:01 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER, AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA.

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              • 03:26:09 PM

                MR. BEYER

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO COME AFTER THIS BIPARTISAN…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT'S A GREAT HONOR TO COME AFTER THIS BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION OF MR. LYNCH AND MR. UPTON. I HOPE A PRECEDENT HAS BEEN SET, MR. CHAIRMAN. I OFFER THIS AMENDMENT TO IMPROVE THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION'S PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND TRANSPARENCY PROCESS. THIS AMENDMENT WOULD REQUIRE FERC TO ISSUE A SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IF THERE'S CRITICAL NEW INFORMATION RELEVANT TO A PIPELINE PROPOSAL, AND TO REQUIRE MITIGATION PLANS FOR ADVERSE IMPACTS IF NOT ALREADY PROVIDED. THE CASE OF THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE DEMONSTRATED HOW THE CURRENT FERC PROCESS HAS FAILED US AND WHY THIS AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY. I RECENTLY WROTE A LETTER TO FERC ON THIS VERY ISSUE, ASKING THAT THEY INITIATE A SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT BEFORE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY. QUITE SIMPLY, THE PROCESS WAS FLAWED. IN RESPONSE TO A SEPTEMBER, 2016, DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, THEY HAD TO PRESENT MORE INFORMATION AND AN UPDATED ROUTE FOR THE PIPELINE PROPOSAL TO FERC. ORIGINALLY, MR. CHAIRMAN, THEY OFFERED 1,000 PAGES OF COMMENT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. BUT THEN THEIR UPDATES EXTENDED BEYOND THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, WHICH ENDED IN DECEMBER, 2016. AND INCLUDED THOUSANDS OF ADDITIONAL PAGES OF CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION. 20,000 PAGES OF CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT. THINK ABOUT HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO READ 20,000 PAGES. WHAT'S THE MOST EGREGIOUS IS THAT BECAUSE THIS DOCUMENT DUMP CAME AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAD ENDED, EFFECTIVE STAKEHOLDERS WEREN'T -- AFFECTED STAKEHOLDERS WEREN'T ABLE TO OFFER THEIR COMMENTS FOR FERC CONSIDERATION. THEY ALREADY CLOSED THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD. THE PIPELINE COMPANY WAS STILL SUBMITTING THOUSANDS OF PAGES. EVEN MORE RIDICULOUS, THE DEVELOPERS HAVE CONTINUED TO ADD MORE AND MORE DOCUMENTS, EVEN AFTER FERC ISSUED THE FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT. APPARENTLY IT WASN'T FINAL IN THE EYES OF THE DEVELOPERS. SO FOR MANY, FERC'S RECENT DECISION TO ISSUE THIS FINAL STATEMENT FOR THE PROPOSED MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE IS PATENTLY ALARMING. THE APPROPRIATE COURSE WOULD BE TO ISSUE A SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND ALLOW FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THOSE 20,000 PAGES. SO LET'S FIX THIS WOEFULLY INCOMPETENT PROCESS. LOCAL COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY MOST PROPOSED ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS NATIONALLY -- NATURALLY HAVE CONCERNS REGARDING THE PROJECTS NEAR THEM. ON MY EXTENSIVE DISTRICT IN VIRGINIA LAST SUMMER, THERE WERE TWO KINDS OF SIGNS EVERYWHERE, MR. CHAIRMAN. THERE WERE MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, AND THERE WERE NO MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE. AND THEY DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS FULLY AND TO PARTICIPATE IN A ROBUST PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS. ESPECIALLY FOR PROJECTS WHICH USE EMINENT DOMAIN TO SEIZE THEIR PRIVATE LAND FROM THEIR HOMEOWNERS, FROM THEIR FARMS. SO IF THERE ARE MAJOR CHANGES OFFERED AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD IS OPEN, LET'S MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC HAS THE ABILITY TO WEIGH IN WITH THEIR PROPOSALS. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RESERVE.

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              • 03:29:05 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

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

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              • 03:29:09 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD SEEK FIVE MINUTES IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

              • 03:29:13 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT…

                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT -- MINUTES IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT.

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              • 03:29:19 PM

                MR. UPTON

                MR. CHAIRMAN, FERC IS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR SITING PIPELINES. BUT THERE ARE…

                MR. CHAIRMAN, FERC IS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR SITING PIPELINES. BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES THAT ALSO HAVE TO ISSUE ASSOCIATED PERMITS FOR LARGE SCALE PROJECTS. THROUGH THE FERC PREFILE PROCESS, SPONSORS ENGAGE WITH LANDOWNERS, LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO EDUCATE STAKEHOLDERS AND COLLECT THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEST LOCATION FOR SITING THAT PIPELINE. THE BILL, THE UNDERLYING BILL, BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED CERTAINTY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE PROCESS BY ENCOURAGING THE STAKEHOLDERS TO PARTICIPATE IN GOOD FAITH EARLY IN THE PROCESS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS AMENDMENT, THE WAY THAT WE READ IT, WOULD CREATE MORE UNCERTAINTY AND CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAKEHOLDERS TO PARTICIPATE DELAYS. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS STRONGLY SUPPORT EXPANDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE, CREATING THE JOBS, THE PIPELINES, ENSURE STABLE AND AFFORDABLE SUPPLIES, FLECTABILITY, AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY IS IMPORTANT FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES TO THRIVE. I WOULD NOTE AT THIS POINT WE DON'T HAVE A QUORUM WITH FERC AND THAT -- WE WANT THAT TO CHANGE. THAT WILL BE AN ISSUE THAT GOES THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION PROCESS IN THE SENATE. BUT CONSUMERS REALLY ONLY BENEFIT FROM DOMESTIC ENERGY IF WE CAN GET IT TO THEM. INVESTING IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS A SMART INVESTMENT. SO I WOULD URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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              • 03:30:38 PM

                THE CHAIR

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

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAS TWO MINUTES REMAINING. .

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              • 03:30:46 PM

                MR. BEYER

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WELL, I VERY MUCH AGREE WITH THE LEAD SPONSOR OF…

                THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. WELL, I VERY MUCH AGREE WITH THE LEAD SPONSOR OF THE BILL, MR. UPTON, THAT WE DON'T WANT ANY MORE UNCERTAINTY AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT MORE DELAYS. IN FACT, THIS AMENDMENT WAS ORIGINALLY IN A BIPARTISAN BILL SPONSORED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, MORGAN GRIFFITH. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE ALL THE INFORMATION IS ON THE TABLE AT THE BEGINNING. IT'S JUST NOT FAIR TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY A PIPELINE THAT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IS ISSUED THAT THEY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO COMMENT ON IT SO LET'S MAKE SURE THAT THE DEVELOPERS ARE PUTTING ALL THE INFORMATION OUT FIRST AND IF THEY PUT IT OUT AND THEY GIVE YOU THE REST OF THE INFORMATION, THEN THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN COMPLETED -- CHEATED. IT'S JUST NOT FAIR. I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO SUPPORT THIS GOOD BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK.

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              • 03:31:48 PM

                THE CHAIR

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT AGREED TO.

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            • 03:31:56 PM

              POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

              At the conclusion of debate on the Beyer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Beyer demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

              • 03:32:03 PM

                MR. BEYER

                MR. CHAIR, I WOULD ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE, PLEASE.

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                THE CHAIR

                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT…

                PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA WILL BE POSTPONED. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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              • 03:32:28 PM

                MR. UPTON

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

                MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD 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 H.R. 2883.

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              • 03:32:43 PM

                THE CHAIR

                DOES THE GENTLEMAN HAVE A MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE DOES?

              • 03:32:47 PM

                MR. UPTON

                I WOULD GUESS THAT THE COMMITTEE NOW RISE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                Mr. Upton moved that the Committee rise.

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                  THE CHAIR

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR…

                  THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION THAT THE COMMITTEE RISE. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. ALL THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, THE COMMITTEE RISES. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAVING HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2910 DIRECTS ME TO REPORT THAT IT HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON.

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            • 03:32:58 PM

              On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.

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                Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2910 as unfinished business.

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                  Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 454. H.R. 2883 — "To establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity."

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                    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2910, H.R. 2883 and H.R. 218. The resolution makes in order at anytime on the legislative day of July 20, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules, relating to the bill H.R. 2825. Also the rule provides that the Committee on Appropriations may at any time before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, file privileged reports to accompany measures making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.

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                      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                      THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                      THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2910 AND HAS COME TO NO RESOLUTION THEREON. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 03:33:42 PM

                      MR. UPTON

                      REVISE AND EXTEND AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIAL ON THE BILL H.R. 2883.

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                      TEMPORE PURSUANT

                      RESOLUTION 454 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE…

                      RESOLUTION 454 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. 2883. THE CHAIR APPOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                    • 03:34:20 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 THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2883 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                  • 03:34:25 PM

                    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 454 and Rule XVIII.

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                      The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.

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                        THE CLERK

                        EXPORT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY.

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                    GENERAL DEBATE

                    The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2883.

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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 MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN.

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                    • 03:34:58 PM

                      MR. UPTON

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I YIELD MYSELF FOUR MINUTES.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

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                      MR. UPTON

                      SO MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE…

                      SO MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. THIS LEGISLATION CONTINUES THE GREAT TRADITION OF BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION COMING OUT OF THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. OUR FOCUS HAS BEEN AND WILL BE CONTINUING TO BUILD AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE AND CREATING JOBS AND STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUES AND SPONSORS OF THIS BILL, PARTICULARLY MR. MULLIN AND MR. GREEN, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT, FOR THEIR WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. H.R. 2883 WOULD ESTABLISH COORDINATING PROCEDURES TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION, CONNECTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL BORDER CROSSING FACILITIES FOR THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY. THAT'S WHAT THE BILL DOES. THE LEGISLATION WOULD REPLACE THE REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT PERSONS OBTAIN A PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT BEFORE CONSTRUCTING AN OIL OR GAS PIPELINE OR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITY THAT CROSSES THE BORDER BETWEEN THE U.S., MEXICO AND CANADA. TO DATE, CONGRESS HAS NOT ASSERTED ITS AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH PROCEEDINGS FOR PERMITTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. IN THE ABSENCE OF A STATUTORILY DIRECTED PROCESS, AGENCIES HAVE MADE DECISIONS REGARDING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THEIR INTERPRETATION OF A SERIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS DATING BACK TO THE 1950'S. RECENT PROPOSALS, MOST NOTABLY THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE, HAVE FACED SIGNIFICANT AND UNNECESSARY DELAYS AS A RESULT OF POLITICAL INTERFERENCE IN WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A STRAIGHTFORWARD REVIEW. THERE IS BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A FREE FLOW OF ENERGY IN NORTH AMERICA. THIS BILL IS GOING TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROLOCATED AT THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER. THE -- INFRASTRUCTURE LOCATED AT THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER. THE BILL PROVIDES CERTAINTY TO COUNTRIES WHO WE ALREADY HAVE A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH AND BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO CREATE JOBS IN THE U.S. IT'S GOING TO STRENGTHEN OUR EFFORT TO IMPROVE AND UPDATE NAFTA ANDIN ENHANCE OUR TRILATERAL -- AND ENHANCE OUR TRILATERAL RELATIONSHIP. AND REGULATE COMMERCE WITH FOREIGN NATIONS AND REPLACE THE PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT REQUIREMENT WITH A MORE TRANSPARENT, EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE REVIEW PROCESS. ESTABLISHING THE CROSS-BORDER PROCESS INTO LAW WOULD LEAD TO MORE OBJECTIVE AND TIMELY DECISIONS WHICH IN TURN IS GOING TO CREATE THE JOBS, STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S SECURITY AND SUPPORT AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY FOR ALL AMERICANS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR THEIR EFFORT ON THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:37:54 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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

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                    • 03:37:59 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2883,…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2883, PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARGUE THAT WE NEED MORE BILLS LIKE H.R. 2883 TO EXTRACT AND TRANSPORT MORE OIL AND GAS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, BUT BUILDING A MODERN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY REQUIRES A LOT MORE THAN DRILLING WELLS, LAYING MORE PIPELINES, FILLING MORE RAILCARS WITH CRUDE OIL AND PUTTING MORE TANKER TRUCKS ON OUR HIGHWAYS. A MODERN AMERICAN 21ST CENTURY ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN MUST ADDRESS THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. THIS IS THE BIGGEST ENERGY CHALLENGE THAT WE FACE AS A COUNTRY. WE CANNOT HAVE A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION ABOUT AMERICA'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT ALSO HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE AND THE HUGE COST HEAPED ON HARDWORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE. I'M PROUD TO REPRESENT THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT HERE'S WHAT MY NEIGHBORS ARE EXPERIENCING NOW -- HIGHER A.C. BILLS, MORE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS, HEAT WAVES, HIGHER COST IN FLOOD INSURANCE AND PROPERTY INSURANCE. IN PROPERTY TAXES THAT ARE HAVING TO GO TO REPAIR OUR WATER AND WASTE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE COAST. WE HAVE A RAPIDLY DIMINISHING WINDOW TO ACT TO REDUCE OUR CARBON POLLUTION BEFORE THE CATASTROPHIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ARE IRREVERSIBLE. THE ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE TODAY WILL HAVE A REAL IMPACT ON WHETHER WE CAN MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FUTURE, AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS RISK BEFORE WE LOCK IN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL PRODUCE CARBON POLLUTION FOR DECADES TO COME. THIS BILL'S SUPPORTERS DON'T LIKE TO BE REMINDED OF THE DAUNTING CHALLENGES OF THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE. THAT'S REFLECTED IN OUR DISCUSSION TODAY, AND FRANKLY IT'S REFLECTED IN THE GLARING INACTION OF THIS REPUBLICAN CONGRESS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE. IF ENACTED INTO LAW, H.R. 2883 WOULD MOVE US BACKWARDS IN OUR FIGHT FOR THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE. 2883 WOULD RUBBER STAMP PERMITS FOR PIPELINES TO CARRY OIL, NATURAL GAS, EVEN TAR SANDS, CRUDE INTO THE UNITED STATES. TAR SANDS CRUDE IS THE DIRTIEST FUEL ON THE PLANET FROM A CLIMATE PERSPECTIVE, AND THIS BILL CREATES A PERMITTING PROCESS FOR CROSS-BORDER PIPELINES THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SAY NO TO ANY OF THESE PROJECTS. THIS BILL ASSERTS THAT EVERY CROSS-BORDER ENERGY PROJECT IS ALWAYS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. AND IT'S UP TO A PROJECT'S OPPONENT TO TRY TO PROVE OTHERWISE. THE BILL EVEN ALLOWS THE OIL INDUSTRY TO MAKE MAJOR MODIFICATIONS TO ITS PIPELINES WITHOUT GETTING APPROVAL AT ALL. THAT MEANS IF A COMPANY WANTS TO INCREASE ITS PIPELINE CAPACITY OR REVERSE AN EXISTING PIPELINE TO CARRY MORE OIL, NATURAL GAS OR TAR SANDS CRUDE INTO THE UNITED STATES, THE COMPANY CAN DO JUST THAT, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. BUILDING NEW PIPELINES OR EXPANDING EXISTING ONES COULD HAVE A PROFOUND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, BUT THE BILL ALLOWS FOR NO MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. FOR A CROSS-BORDER PIPELINE, THE BILL SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN ONLY EXAMINE THE CROSS-BORDER SEGMENT OF THE PROJECT. WHO THOUGHT THAT UP? CREATIVE. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT THE BILL DOES BUT IT'S TRUE. FOR A PIPELINE SPANNING HUNDREDS OF MILES, THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW WILL FOCUS ON ONLY THAT TINY PART THAT CROSSES THE U.S. BORDER. THAT'S IRRESPONSIBLE. THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY MEANINGFUL EXAMINATION OF THE CARBON POLLUTION IMPACTS OF THESE PIPELINES. WE SHOULD BE EXAMINING THE CARBON IMPACT OF EVERY PIPELINE BEFORE WE APPROVE IT. MANY ARE VERY IMPORTANT, BUT TO DO SO WITHOUT IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS IN THIS DAY AND AGE IS FRIGHTENING. THE FUTURE WILL BELONG TO THE COUNTRY THAT BUILDS AN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT A CLEANER, LOWER CARBON ECONOMY, AND IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD THE COUNTRY IN THE CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE WITH ALL THE JOBS , CONSUMER SAVINGS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT WOULD BE PROVIDED. THIS BILL ALSO PROVIDES MORE PROOF OF WHAT IS PLAIN IN THIS REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS. IT'S UNFORTUNATELY LIKELY TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS HAVING FAILED TO MEET ONE OF ITS GREATEST RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS TIME, THE CHALLENGE OF THE CHANGE IN CLIMATE. OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE POORER FOR IT, AND THEY WILL ASK US, AND ESPECIALLY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, WHY DIDN'T YOU ASK -- WHY DIDN'T YOU ACT WHEN YOU HAD THE CHANCE? I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:43:29 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS…

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:43:33 PM

                      MR. UPTON

                      WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE, BUT I THINK WE WANT TO…

                      WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS ON THIS SIDE, BUT I THINK WE WANT TO RESERVE THE BALANCE AND LET MR. GREEN GO.

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                    • 03:43:42 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      I'M HAPPY TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO

                    • 03:43:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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                      MR. GREEN

                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME THE THREE MINUTES. I RISE IN…

                      I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING ME THE THREE MINUTES. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. THE PRESIDENTIAL PERMITTING PROCESS DATES BACK THROUGH MANY ADMINISTRATIONS, BEGINNING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION OF ULYSSES S. GRANT. THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH HAS TAKEN UNNECESSARY STEPS TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WITH CANADA AND MEXICO WAS CONSTRUCTED. THE PAST ADMINISTRATIONS AND CURRENT ADMINISTRATIONS WERE FORCED TO ISSUE EXECUTIVE ORDERS BECAUSE CONGRESS FAILED TO ACT. CONGRESS HAS THE DUTY TO REGULATE THE COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS FALL WELL WITHIN THAT SPACE. OPPONENTS OF THE BILL WILL ARGUE THE EXECUTIVE PERMITTING PROCESS HAS WORKED WELL IN THE PAST. IT IS TRUE THAT IN THE PAST THE PROCESS HAS BEEN PROVEN EFFECTIVE. UNFORTUNATELY, CROSS-BORDER DECISIONS HAVE NOW FALLEN VICTIM TO ELECTION YEAR CYCLE POLITICS. WE CANNOT BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE IN THIS COUNTRY OR ON THE CONTINENT BASED ON WHO SITS IN THE WHITE HOUSE, WHETHER THEY BE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN. IF CONGRESS' RESPONSIBILITY TO CREATE REGULATORY RULES BY WHICH INFRASTRUCTURE IS CONSTRUCTED. THIS BILL WOULD CREATE A REGULATORY PROCESS IT THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PERMIT CROSS-BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE. IT'S NOT DIFFERENT THAN BUILDING ROADS, BRIDGES OR RAILWAYS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COORDINATES WITH THE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES TO ENSURE A PROJECT IS COMPLETED AND THE ENVIRONMENT'S PROTECTED. WE WILL DO THE SAME THING FOR PIPES AND WIRES. WE NEED TO BUILD ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES, PIPELINES TO MOVE RESOURCES FROM WHERE THEY ARE TO WHERE THEY'RE NEEDED. THE BILL COMPLIES WITH THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT AND REQUIRES A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF ANY CROSS-BORDER FACILITY, INCLUDING AN ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS. MORE SO, THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE PIPELINE OR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE WILL BE REVIEWED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, NOT JUST FOR THE CROSS-BORDER PIPELINE. WHILE THERE ARE SOME CONFUSION ON THIS ISSUE, OPPONENTS OF THE BILL TALK ABOUT HOW WE WILL GUT THE NEPA PROCESS, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT. THIS IS SIMPLY NOT THE CASE. MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS, MR. VEASEY, WILL OFFER A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO THE BILL CLARIFYING THE SCOPE OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT REVIEW SHALL NOT BE LIMITED IN ANY WAY BY THIS ACT. THE BILL IS ABOUT THE FUTURE AND HOW TO MEET ENERGY DEMANDS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. WE SHOULD EMBRACE THE CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN NORTH AMERICA AND HARMONIZE OUR POLICIES WITH THOSE OF OUR NEIGHBORS BOTH TO THE NORTH WITH CANADA AND TO THE SOUTH WITH MEXICO, AND THIS BILL, AS IT BECOMES LAW, WILL DO THAT, AND I THANK MY COLLEAGUE AND YIELD BACK MY TIME. . .

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                    • 03:46:40 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:46:43 PM

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                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO CONTROL THE REMAINDER OF THE MAJORITY'S TIME.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOLDING THIS FOR US. WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT HOW…

                      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HOLDING THIS FOR US. WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO TAKE POLITICS OUT OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE.

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                      MR. MULLIN

                      AS WE JUST HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN GREEN, THIS IS A…

                      AS WE JUST HEARD MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN GREEN, THIS IS A BIPARTISAN BILL. WE HEAR A LOT OF STUFF ABOUT IT DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT, IT DOESN'T. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CROSSING A BORDER AND TAKING A SITUATION THAT WAS HELD UP FOR EIGHT YEARS, WITH THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE, AND MAKING SURE IT HAS A TRANSPARENT AND CONSISTENT APPROACH ON HOW WE REGULATE THESE PERMITS. THE UNITED STATES IS A POWERHOUSE AROUND THE WORLD. WE WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. WE WANT OUR COUNTRY TO COMPETE FREELY IN A GLOBAL MARKET AND CONTINUE TO POSITIVELY BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY. MY BILL, H.R. 2883, PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, SUPPORTS THE CONSTRUCTION OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS OUR NORTH AMERICA BORDERS. SIMPLY PUT, THIS BILL TAKES THE POLITICS OUT OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE BORDER CROSSING FACILITIES SHOULD BE DONE EFFECTIVELY. AND EFFICIENTLY. WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT UP IN OUR NATION'S POLITICS. THESE FACILITIES ARE USED FOR IMPORTING AND EXPORTING OIL, NATURAL GAS, AND ELECTRICITY THAT ENHANCE THE TRADE OF OUR ENERGY PRODUCTS THAT BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY. THIS BIPARTISAN PIECE OF LEGISLATION ALLOWS A TRANSPARENT AND EFFICIENT PROCESS TO BE FOLLOWED THE SAME WAY EVERY TIME AND FOR EVERY PROJECT. MOST IMPORTANTLY IT PROVIDES REGULATORY CERTAINTY TO THOSE CHARGED WITH CARRYING OUT THESE PROJECTS. I WANT TO THANK THIS HOUSE FOR ALLOWING SUCH BILLS TO COME FORTH. AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW THIS BILL TO BE HEARD. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:48:54 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LEST ANYONE BE LEFT WITH THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LEST ANYONE BE LEFT WITH THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH CROSS-BORDER PIPELINE APPROVALS, THE U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION FROM DECEMBER, 2016, REPORT SAYS THAT OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CAPACITY BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MEXICO HAS GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY AND IS PROJECTED TO DOUBLE THROUGH 2018.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. GONE -- TO MR. GONE GAL…

                      WITH THAT I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO MR. GONE -- TO MR. GONE GAL EZZ. -- GONZALEZ.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MR. GONZALEZ

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER…

                      MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. THIS BILL WOULD ENACT CRUCIAL REFORMS, ALLOWING EFFICIENT TRADE OF ENERGY PRODUCTS WITH OUR NORTH AMERICAN FRIENDS AND ALLIES. UNFORTUNATELY THE EXISTING PROCESS HAS POLITICIZED VITAL CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. H.R. 2883 OFFERS A NARROWLY CRAFTED, SENSIBLE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. THE BILL WILL CREATE A PROCESS AT THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO PERMIT CROSS-BORDER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. THIS NEW PROCEDURE WILL BRING REGULATORY CERTAINTY, WHILE ENSURING THESE PROJECTS ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AND WITHIN PUBLIC INTEREST. THESE PROJECTS CREATE JOBS IN MY DISTRICT IN SOUTH TEXAS, AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I CONGRATULATE AND THANK MR. GREEN AND MR. MULLIN FOR THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. ENERGY SECURITY, TARGETED REGULATORY REFORMS AND SMART INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN ALL SUPPORT. AND WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT. I URGE A YES VOTE ON THIS SENSIBLE, BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION , AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:50:46 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

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                    • 03:50:53 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      WE WILL RESERVE AT THIS TIME.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA CONTINUES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      WE WILL RESERVE. WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER WHO IS ABOUT TO ENTER THE CHAMBER AT…

                      WE WILL RESERVE. WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER WHO IS ABOUT TO ENTER THE CHAMBER AT ANY MOMENT.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY HOPES TO RESERVE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MR. MULLIN

                      WELL, I'LL TAKE A COUPLE MINUTES HERE. AS YOU'VE HEARD TWO OF MY…

                      WELL, I'LL TAKE A COUPLE MINUTES HERE. AS YOU'VE HEARD TWO OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS, HAVE JUST COME OUT OBVIOUSLY IN SUPPORTING THIS BILL. THERE'S NOT A LOT TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA AGREES ON, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE ENTER FOOTBALL SEASON. OTHER THAN THAT WE AGREE THAT OKLAHOMA'S BETTER AT FOOTBALL THAN TEXAS.

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                      WILL THE GENTLEMAN YIELD?

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                      MR. GREEN

                      I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MULLIN FOR PARTNERING TOGETHER. LIKE HE SAID,…

                      I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSMAN MULLIN FOR PARTNERING TOGETHER. LIKE HE SAID, TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN COMMON. WE BOTH ARE ENERGY STATES. BUT BELIEVE ME, THE RED RIVER DOES DIVIDE US ON FOOTBALL LOYALTYIES. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:52:06 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LETTERS FOR THE RECORD. I…

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I'D LIKE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING LETTERS FOR THE RECORD. I HAVE A LETTER FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, A LETTER OF EDISON ELECTRIC, AND A LETTER FROM IOSA, AND A LETTER FROM THE PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE, ALL IN SUPPORT OF THIS BILL. ONCE AGAIN, I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE'S OPPOSITION TO THE BILL BECAUSE OF A FEAR. BUT THE TRUE FEAR IS, ARE WE WILLING TO HOLD UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF THIS COUNTRY FOR POLITICAL GAIN? AND FOR THE YEARS THAT WE HAD FROM THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED. IT WAS POLITICAL. BUT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WHEN WE TAKE IT OUT OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S HANDS AND PUT IT WITH FERC, IS PUT IT WITH A BIPARTISAN OVERSIGHT AGENCY THAT TAKES AN APPROACH TO LOOKING AT THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS, AND SAYING THAT IT'S IN THE COUNTRY'S BEST INTERESTS. AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING IT AND THEY DO IT WELL. WITH THAT I'LL RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                    • 03:53:09 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 03:53:15 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT INTO THE RECORD A LETTER FROM A NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN OPPOSITION TO THE BILL. THEY WRITE IN PART, ON BEHALF OF THE UNDERSIGNED ORGANIZATIONS AND OUR MILLIONS OF MEMBERERS AND SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE -- MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE WRITE TODAY TO EXPRESS OUR OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL. THIS BILL REPRESENTS A FOURTH IRRESPONSIBLE ATTEMPT TO PASS THE PREVIOUSLY TITLED NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT IN AS MANY YEARS. WE ARE OPPOSED TO THE PASSAGE OF THIS LEGISLATION, IN ITS ATTEMPT TO RAM THROUGH PERMITS FOR NEW CROSS-BORDER OIL AND GAS PIPELINES AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES WITHOUT MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BOTH THE REQUESTS BY MR. MULLIN FOR INCLUSION IN THE RECORD OF THE LETTERS…

                      BOTH THE REQUESTS BY MR. MULLIN FOR INCLUSION IN THE RECORD OF THE LETTERS IN SUPPORT AND THE REQUEST FROM MS. CASS FOR INCLUSION OF LETTERS IN OPPOSITION TO THIS BILL WILL BE COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

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                    • 03:54:24 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      I RESERVE.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. IF THERE'S NO OTHER SPEAKERS,…

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. IF THERE'S NO OTHER SPEAKERS, WE WILL HAVE TO CLOSE OGNJEN DEBATE.

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                    • 03:54:41 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      I'M PREPARED TO CLOSE, MR. SPEAKER.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 2883 ELIMINATES THE CURRENT REQUIREMENT THAT…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. H.R. 2883 ELIMINATES THE CURRENT REQUIREMENT THAT PROPOSED OIL AND NATURAL GAS PIPELINES AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES THAT CROSS THE U.S. BORDER OBTAIN A PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT. THAT ONLY HAPPENS AFTER AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND A DETERMINATION THAT THE PROJECT IS IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST. I KNOW THIS MIGHT BE TEMPTING TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, BUT I ENCOURAGE YOU TO HAVE A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT THIS BILL REALLY DOES. THE BILL REPLACES THIS PROCESS WITH A NEW PROCESS THAT LIMITS ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TO A NARROW PORTION OF THE PROJECT. JUST THE PORTION THAT CROSSES THE BORDER. IT EXEMPTS CERTAIN TYPES OF PROJECTS FROM ANY PERMIT REQUIREMENT AND SHIFTS THE BURDEN OF PROOF TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DISAPPROVE A PROJECT. THE BILL ALSO ALLOWS A PROJECT THAT IS REJECTED UNDER CURRENT LAW TO REAPPLY UNDER THE NEW WEAKER PROCESS, AND EXEMPTS ALL MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING CROSS-BORDER PROJECTS FROM ANY REQUIREMENT FOR FEDERAL REVIEW OR APPROVAL. IN ESSENCE, IT GRANTS A GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. OR ACTUALLY, I GUESS IT'S MORE AKIN TO WHATEVER YOU ROLL, YOU GET TO PASS GO. AND YOU GET TO COLLECT YOUR $200. THAT'S NOT OK. FOR SOME INTERNATIONAL OIL PIPELINE, NATURAL GAS PIPELINE AND ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINES. THESE ARE MAJOR, MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. AND WE'VE GOT TO MAINTAIN THE ABILITY TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL REVIEW. OTHERWISE WE'RE GOING TO SUFFER SIGNIFICANT INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS, FATALITIES AND MORE. AND AT THIS TIME, SINCE MY SPEAKER DID ARRIVE, I'D LIKE TO ASK YOUR INDULGENCE TO YIELD TO MS. KUSTER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, IF THAT'S --

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                    • 03:56:36 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM

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                      THE CHAIR

                      BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      BALANCE OF THE TIME TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME IN…

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE REMAINING TIME IN THE MINORITY.

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                      MS. KUSTER

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MS. CASTOR, FOR YIELDING. I WANTED…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND THANK YOU, MS. CASTOR, FOR YIELDING. I WANTED TO RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILLS WE'RE CONSIDERING TODAY, WHICH WOULD SHORT CIRCUIT THE APPROVAL PROCESS OF FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS. IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, GRANITE STATERS ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH THE PROBLEMS OF CITING NATURAL GAS PROJECTS AND THE DISRUPTION THIS CAN CAUSE FOR SMALL RURAL TOWNS. IN 2015, ENERGY GIANT KINDER MORGAN PROPOSED A LARGE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PROJECT THAT WOULD HAVE CUT THROUGH 17 NEW HAMPSHIRE TOWNS IN MY DISTRICT, WHICH ARE HOME TO NUMEROUS ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT. THROUGHOUT THE REVIEW PROCESS, I HEARD FROM THOUSANDS OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHOSE CONCERNS WERE NOT BEING HEARD BY THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION. THANKS TO THE COMMITMENT AND TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THESE ADVOCATES, KINDER MORGAN EVENTUALLY PULLED THE PLUG ON THIS PROJECT. BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO GIVE AVERAGE CITIZENS A SEAT AT THE TABLE DURING FERC'S REVIEW PROCESS. THE BILLS WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD DO NOTHING TO ELEVATE THE CONCERNS OF IMPACTED COMMUNITIES DURING THE FERC PROCEEDINGS. AND THESE BILLS AIM TO JAM THROUGH RISKY PIPELINE PROJECTS WHILE CONSTRAINING OTHER AGENCIES FROM CONCLUDING IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS. WE ALL KNOW THAT FERC ACTS AS A RUBBER STAMP FOR FOSSIL FUEL PROJECTS AND THE BILLS WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY FURTHER NARROWS THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRIVATE LANDOWNERS TO PUSH BACK AGAINST PROJECTS AND TRY TO PROTECT THEIR LAND FROM EMINENT DOMAIN. AT A TIME WHEN PIPELINE EXPANSION HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY, WE SHOULD BE WORKING ON BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS THAT INCREASE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION DURING FERC PROCEEDINGS. THAT'S WHY I HAVE CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION TO CREATE AN OFFICE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WITHIN THE FERC THAT WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD FOR AVERAGE CITIZENS AND GIVE THEM A SEAT AT THE TABLE. . H.R. 2910, WHICH WE JUST DEBATED, WILL NOT ACHIEVE THIS GOAL AND WILL LEAD TO MORE COMMUNITIES LEFT IN THE DERK DARK DURING FERC PROCEEDINGS. -- IN THE DARK DURING FERC PROCEEDINGS. H.R. 2883 WOULD DRAMATICALLY NARROW THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW TO THE NARROW PORTION OF THE PROJECT THAT CROSSES THE BORDER. THESE CROSS-BORDER PROJECTS ARE OFTENTIMES HUNDREDS OF MILES LONG. IT SIMPLY MAKES NO SENSE TO CONDUCT AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW ON THE SMALL PORTION THAT CROSSES THE BORDER. THAT'S JUST COMMON SENSE. FOR THE GOOD OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR PUBLIC LANDS, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THESE HARMFUL PIECES OF LEGISLATION, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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                    • 04:01:26 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME FOR THE MINORITY AND…

                      THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME FOR THE MINORITY AND GENERAL DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY.

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                    • 04:01:35 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I HAVE A COUPLE MORE SPEAKERS, MR. CHAIRMAN.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      WELL, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY RECLAIM TIME,…

                      WELL, WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA MAY RECLAIM TIME, THEN, IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA CAN YIELD.

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                    • 04:01:59 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      CAN I ASK A QUESTION ON THIS? I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT --

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN WILL STATE YOUR INQUIRY.

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                      MR. MULLIN

                      I HAD THE IMPRESSION THAT THE OTHER SIDE HAD YIELDED THE BALANCE OF THE…

                      I HAD THE IMPRESSION THAT THE OTHER SIDE HAD YIELDED THE BALANCE OF THE TIME.

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                    • 04:02:14 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT BUT WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MINORITY MAY RECLAIM…

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT BUT WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MINORITY MAY RECLAIM THE TIME SINCE THE MAJORITY IS RECOGNIZING ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS. THE CHAIR IS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT BOTH SIDES WERE READY TO CLOSE.

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                    • 04:02:33 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO LET THE MINORITY CLAIM THE BALANCE OF THEIR…

                      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO LET THE MINORITY CLAIM THE BALANCE OF THEIR TIME.

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                    • 04:02:37 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA MAY…

                      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. AND NOW THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA MAY RECOGNIZE HIS NEXT SPEAKER.

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                    • 04:02:46 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      FROM KANSAS FOR TWO MINUTES, CONGRESSMAN MARSHALL.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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                      MR. MARSHALL

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING…

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND AND GREAT PLAINS COLLEAGUE TO THE SOUTH, MARKWAYNE MULLIN. THIS BILL COULD NOT COME AT A BETTER TIME. AS WE CONTINUE TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS IN THIS COUNTRY ABOUT OUR FUTURE AS AN ENERGY LEADER AND OUR TRADING RELATIONSHIP WITH MEXICO AND CANADA, IT'S TIME TO REVIEW BUREAUCRATIC PERMITTING PROCESSES AND CONSTRAIN NEW ENERGY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS. THIS BILL DOES JUST THAT, IMPROVES AND STREAMLINES THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR PIPELINES AND ENERGY TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT WHEN THEY ARE CROSSING U.S. INTERNATIONAL BORDERS. ENERGY TRADE WITHIN NORTH AMERICA IS NEARLY A $150 BILLION BUSINESS THAT PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY AT HOME. THIS BILL SHOWS WE CAN FOCUS ON PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BEING AN ENERGY LEADER. IT MAINTAINS FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS AND CONTINUES COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT. WE SAW HOW BROKEN OUR CURRENT REGULATORY STRUCTURE WAS WHEN POLITICS' PERSONAL INTERESTS STALLED AND NEARLY ENDED THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE WITHOUT ANY REGARD TO SCIENCE, FACTS OR THE LIVELIHOODS OF THE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED THOSE JOBS. THIS LEGISLATION WILL ALLOW AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS TO STOP FIGHTING ENDLESS RED TAPE AND UNCERTAIN TIMELINES TO GET BACK TO WHAT WE DO BEST, MAKING AMERICA A LEADER IN ENERGY PRODUCTION. VOTERS HAVE TOLD US TO GET BIG GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY. THEY HAVE ASKED US TO PROMOTE AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY THAT INCLUDES OIL AND GAS AND ALLOW FREE TRADE AND INNOVATION. I THINK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM -- I THANK MY GOOD FRIEND FROM OKLAHOMA FOR SPONSORING AND YIELDING. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:04:52 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM KANSAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 04:04:55 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

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

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

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                    • 04:05:00 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                      MR. MCNERNEY

                      I THANK MY LADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING A MINUTE, AND I JUST WANT TO…

                      I THANK MY LADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING A MINUTE, AND I JUST WANT TO STAND UP AND OPPOSE 2883. BASICALLY WHAT THIS BILL DOES IS PREAPPROVES BORDER CROSSING ENERGY PRODUCTS BY MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PUT A STOP TO THEM ON ANY GROUNDS. AS A GENERAL MATTER SPECIFICALLY FOR OIL PIPELINES, WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, OIL PIPELINES DON'T NEED FEDERAL APPROVAL. NO FEDERAL REVIEWS OR PERMITS ON THESE PROJECTS ARE REQUIRED IF. IF THE PIPELINE HARMS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES, THE E.S.A. WILL APPLY. A PROJECT MAY BE NEEDED FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS IN THE WETLANDS. CURRENTLY THE ONLY REASON TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR IMPACT FOR CROSS-BORDER PIPELINES OR TRANSMISSION LINES IS BECAUSE THE EXISTING PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT REQUIRES -- REQUIREMENT TRIGGERS A NEPA. UNDER THIS BILL, THERE WOULD BE NO PROJECTWIDE FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR ALL OF THESE PROJECTS. STATE LAWS DON'T SUBSTITUTE FOR NEPA. MANY STATES DON'T HAVE APPROVAL AUTHORITY OVER --

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                    • 04:06:16 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED.

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                      MS. CASTOR

                      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 130EKDS.

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                      MR. MCNERNEY

                      EVEN WITH STATES WITH SOME IN-STATE AUTHORITY DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES OR…

                      EVEN WITH STATES WITH SOME IN-STATE AUTHORITY DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES OR EXPERTISE TO DEVELOP THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY A FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, AND NO STATE HAS PERMITTING AUTHORITY OVER THE PORTIONS OF A PIPELINE IN OTHER STATES. WITHOUT NEPA THERE WOULD BE NO BROAD FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF CROSS-BORDER TRANSMISSION LINES. MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED THESE PROTECTIONS, AND I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE 2883 AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:06:53 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

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                      MR. MULLIN

                      I YIELD TO MY GOOD FRIEND FROM TEXAS, CONGRESSMAN GREEN.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR --

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                      MR. MULLIN

                      FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                      THE CHAIR

                      FOR SUCH TIME AS HE MAY CONSUME.

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                      MR. GREEN

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. SPEAKER, THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME…

                      I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA. MR. SPEAKER, THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME CONFUSION HERE THAT THIS BILL TAKES AWAY THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT ENFORCEMENT. THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE. IN FACT, DURING A COMMITTEE HEARING IN ENERGY AND COMMERCE, WE PRODUCED A CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT THAT SAID NOTHING IN THIS BILL WILL TAKE AWAY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NEPA PROCESS, THE NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY ACT. AND TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY INCH OF THOSE PIPELINES WILL BE STUDIED FOR THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL. THAT IS NOT OUR INTENTION. OUR INTENTION IS JUST TO MOVE PRODUCT, AND WE WILL GO THROUGH ALL THE EFFORTS AND I'D LIKE TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PLACE THIS REPORT FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE THAT WE HAD IN COMMITTEE.

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                    • 04:07:59 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN'S REQUEST IS COVERED BY GENERAL LEAVE.

                    • 04:08:02 PM

                      MR. GREEN

                      THANK YOU. THE OTHER ISSUE, THOUGH, WE ARE GOING TO DO BELTS AND…

                      THANK YOU. THE OTHER ISSUE, THOUGH, WE ARE GOING TO DO BELTS AND SUSPENDERS AND THAT'S AN OLD HEARING I HEARD. WE WILL MAKE SURE IT'S BELTS AND SUSPENDERS THAT THE NATIONAL POLICY ACT IS APPLIED TO THOSE PIPELINES BECAUSE THAT'S NOT OUR INTENT. WE NOT ONLY HAVE THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE SAYING IT IS, WE WILL PUT LANGUAGE IN THIS BILL AND I UNDERSTAND IT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY OUR SIDE TO MAKE SURE THAT'S THERE. WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBORS, CANADA AND MEXICO -- RIGHT NOW MEXICO NEEDS THE NATURAL GAS THAT WE'RE PRODUCING IN TEXAS, LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA, NEW MEXICO . BUT 20 YEARS FROM NOW, OUR WELLS MAY BE DRY FOR NATURAL GAS AND WE WILL NEED THAT NATURAL GAS THAT MEXICO WILL BE PRODUCING WHEN THEY WORK IN NORTHERN MEXICO. SO THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO STRUCTURIZE THIS IF WE WANT A NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY MARKET FOR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LIKE THEY DO IN THE NEW ENGLAND STATES OR ELECTRIC TRANSMISSIONS ALONG THE BORDER IN TEXAS. I KNOW THEY DO THE SAME THING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. WE NEED TO HAVE SOME CERTAINTY THAT OUR CLOSEST NEIGHBORS. WE HAVE A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THESE TWO COUNTRIES. IT IS ALREADY DECIDED IT'S IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST. WHY WOULD WE SET ASIDE ENERGY AS SOMETHING DIFFERENT? THAT'S WHY THIS BILL IS SO IMPORTANT. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND I URGE A VERY YOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION. -- URGE A YES VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION.

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                    • 04:09:44 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      I HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL SPEAKER. I'LL RESERVE.

                    • 04:09:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS…

                      THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 04:09:51 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARIZONA, CONGRESSMAN GOSAR.

                    • 04:09:58 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

                    • 04:10:00 PM

                      MR. GOSAR

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883 INTRODUCED BY MY…

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 2883 INTRODUCED BY MY FRIEND AND WESTERN CAUCUS CHAIRMAN MARK WAIN MULLIN. THIS STREAMLINES THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR PIPELINES AND ELECTRICITY EQUIPMENT THAT CROSS THE UNITED STATES AND INTERNATIONAL BORDERS. ENERGY TRADE BETWEEN U.S., MEXICO AND CANADA IS NEARLY $150 BILLION BUSINESS THAT PROVIDES SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS TO AMERICA. THIS BILL WILL PREVENT ANOTHER KEYSTONE X.L.-LIKE DELAY AND TAKES POLITICS OUT OF THE DECISIONMAKING PROCESS. CROSS BORDER ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES SHOULD NOT BE HELD UP BY BUREAUCRACY. THIS WILL -- TIMELY DECISIONS FOR THE SIFTING AND PERMITTING OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ARE ESSENTIAL TO BUILDING MORE RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ELECTRIC COMPANIES NEED TO DELIVER RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE AND INCREASINGLY CLEAN ENERGY TO AMERICANS. THE TAXPAYER UNION SUPPORTS THE BILL SAYING, THIS BILL WOULD STREAMLINE THE ARCHAIC CROSS-BORDER PERMITTING PROCESS THAT STRETCHES ACROSS THE BORDER WE SHARE WITH MEXICO AND CANADA. THE CURRENT PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT REGIME IS FAR FROM CLEAN -- CLEAR AND CAN LEAVE PROJECTS IN REGULATORY LIMBO FOR YEARS TO COME, CREATING A STANDARDIZED APPROVAL PROCESS WOULD INCREASE THE ACCOUNTABILITY PROVIDED FOR IN ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION. THE BILL REQUIRES A FULL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND COMPLIES WITH NEPA. THIS LEGISLATION MAKES SO MUCH SENSE THAT EVEN LABOR UNIONS SUPPORT IT. LET'S FULFILL OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATION, STREAMLINE IMPORTANT ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND ADVANCE A TRUE ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE ENERGY STRATEGY. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA FOR SPONSORING THIS MUCH-NEEDED LEGISLATION, AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMMONSENSE BILL. I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:12:02 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                    • 04:12:05 PM

                      MS. CASTOR

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO OPPOSE…

                      THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STRONGLY URGE THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY TO OPPOSE THIS MISGUIDED BILL SO THAT THE CONGRESS CAN TURN ITS ATTENTION TO THE MOST DAUPTING CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME -- CLIMATE CHANGE. AND OUR CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE AND THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY AND ALL OF THE JOBS IT ENTAILS. AGAIN, I URGE A NO VOTE.

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                    • 04:12:28 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA NOW YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME FOR…

                      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA NOW YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF THE TIME FOR THE MINORITY DURING GENERAL DEBATE, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED TO CLOSE DEBATE FOR THE MAJORITY IN THE TIME OF GENERAL DEBATE.

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                    • 04:12:42 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      THIS BILL HAS ABSOLUTELY NO AFFECT ON ANY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. THE BILL…

                      THIS BILL HAS ABSOLUTELY NO AFFECT ON ANY ENVIRONMENTAL LAW. THE BILL EXPRESSLY PROVIDES THAT APPROVAL OF A PROJECT UNDER THIS ACT DOES NOT AFFECT THE APPLICATION OF ANY OTHER FEDERAL LAWS THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO THE CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION OR MAINTENANCE OF A PROJECT. THE CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE HAS REVIEWED THE LEGISLATION AS CONFIRMED AND HAS -- AND HAS CONFIRMED THAT FACT. MY POINT, OTHER THAN THE FACT THEY JUST WANT TO BE OPPOSED TO THIS BECAUSE MAYBE PEOPLE OPPOSE FOSSIL FUELS AS A WHOLE, THIS MAKES SENSE. THIS IS A BILL THAT MOVES FORWARD, AS WE STATED EARLIER, IT TAKES POLITICS OUT OF OUR PERMITTING PROCESS. IT BRINGS STRUCTURE AND CERTAINTY TO THOSE THAT ARE PROVIDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:13:38 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME IN…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK THE REMAINDER OF HIS TIME IN GENERAL DEBATE. ALL TIME FOR GENERAL DEBATE HAS NOW EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-29. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION. IT'S NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. ENGRRL MR. CHAIRMAN, I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

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                    • 04:14:55 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Engel, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-235 to ensure that permitting authority for cross- border pipelines remains with the Department of State.

                      • 04:15:02 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF…

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

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                      • 04:15:09 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL,…

                        PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ENGEL, AND A EACH OPPOSED, EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. .

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                  • 04:15:17 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Engel amendment No. 1.

                    • 04:15:24 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, SINCE 1968, OIL PIPELINES THAT CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS…

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, SINCE 1968, OIL PIPELINES THAT CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED AND AUTHORIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, SINCE 1968. THAT'S NEARLY 50 YEARS. THIS IS COMMON SENSE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT HANDLES ITS DIPLOMACY AND MANAGES TREATIES RELATING TO OUR INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARIES AND THE SECURITY OF PATHWAYS FOR OUR PIPELINE. THE BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING TODAY WOULD SHIFT DECISION-MAKING AUTHORITY FOR THOSE PIPELINES FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT WHICH IS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ALL ASPECTS TO THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, WHICH ISN'T EQUIPPED. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME. IT SEEMS QUITE ARBITRARY AND QUITE FOOLISH AND MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THIS IS CHANGE FOR CHANGE'S SAKE. MY AMENDMENT WOULD PREVENT THIS MISTAKE. IT WOULD SIMPLY ENSURE THAT PERMITTING AUTHORITY ACROSS PIPELINES REMAINS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. IN EACH OF THE PAST TWO CONGRESSES, MY FRIENDS IN THE MAJORITY AGREED, THEY PASSED SIMILAR LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THE CROSS BORDER PERMITTING PROCESS, BUT KEPT THE TIME APPROVAL AUTHORITY WHERE IT BE LONGS, WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE. CROSS-BORDER OIL PIPELINES IN MATTERS OF NATIONAL SECURITY, OVERSIGHT SHOULD REMAIN WITH THE STATE OF DEPARTMENT. IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. I URGE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:17:10 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      TIME ON HIS AMENDMENT FROM THE MINORITY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                      TIME ON HIS AMENDMENT FROM THE MINORITY. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                    • 04:17:21 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. H.R. 2883 WAS DESIGNATED THE…

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT. H.R. 2883 WAS DESIGNATED THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION THE LEAD AGENCY. FERC IS AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY MADE UP OF A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION THAT REGULATES INTERSTATE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY, NATURAL GAS AND OIL. FERC CONTROLS INTERSTATE GAS PIPELINES AND CROSS BORDER FACILITIES. FERC HAS A TRACK RECORD OF WORKING WITH A WIDE ARRAY WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO BALANCE THE PUBLIC INTEREST. IT IS CLEAR THE BEST SUITED AGENCY FOR THE JOB. DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, THE STATE DEPARTMENT LACKS THE ABILITY TO PULL OUT POLITICS FROM OUR NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE. THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS BILL THAT WOULD PREVENT THE STATE DEPARTMENT FROM BEING CONSULTED ABOUT AN APPLICATION BUT FERC SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD ON CROSS-BORDER OIL PIPELINES. H.R. 2883 WOULD PROVIDE THE PERMITTING PROCESS WITH MUCH NEEDED CONSISTENCY AND TRANSPARENCY. THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT WOULD RE-INJECT BIPARTISAN POLITICS IN THE PROCESS. I URGE A NO ON THIS AMENDMENT. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:18:48 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THIS…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA YIELDS BACK. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE ON THIS AMENDMENT HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE NOES HAVE IT --

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                    • 04:19:05 PM

                      MR. ENGEL

                      I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                    • 04:19:08 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO…

                      BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-235. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES IF THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                  • 04:19:15 PM

                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                    At the conclusion of debate on the Engel amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Engel demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

                    • 04:19:33 PM

                      MS. TSONGAS

                      I HAVE AN AMENDMENT AT THE DESK.

                    • 04:19:34 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Ms. Tsongas, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-235 to state FERC may not issue a certificate of crossing if any part of the oil or natural gas pipeline project is to be located on lands required under Federal, State, or local law to be managed for purposes of natural resource conservation or recreation.

                      • 04:19:35 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY…

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MS. TSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      • 04:19:45 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        MASSACHUSETTS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE…

                        MASSACHUSETTS AND A MEMBER OPPOSED EACH WILL CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS.

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                      • 04:19:56 PM

                        MS. TSONGAS

                        MY AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS FOR ANY PROPOSED PIPELINE…

                        MY AMENDMENT PROTECTS THE PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS FOR ANY PROPOSED PIPELINE THAT SEEKS TO CROSS PROTECTED CONSERVATION AND RECREATION LANDS. THIS TIME FOR PIPELINES THAT INCLUDE A CROSSING WITH CANADA OR MEXICO. THE LEGISLATION BEFORE US TODAY WITH ITS NARROWLY DEFINED ENVIRONMENTALLY REVIEWS PUTS PUBLIC TREASURED RESOURCES AT RISK. MY HOME STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS, LIKE MANY AREAS AROUND THE COUNTRY, FACES REAL ENERGY CHALLENGES. WE NEED CAREFUL AND STRATEGIC LONG-TERM PLANNING TO LOWER ENERGY PRICES AND INCREASE RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCEY. AS WITH H.R. 2910 THAT WE CONSIDERED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON, H.R. 2883 MOVES US IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. IN FACT, IT DOESN'T ALLOW CAREFUL OR STRATEGIC PLANNING WHEN IT COMES TO FOSSIL FUEL PIPELINES. PIPELINE INTERESTS SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO TREAD ON PUBLIC LANDS, LANDS EXPRESSLY SET ASIDE BY FEDERAL TAXPAYERS, STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR THE BENEFIT OF CONSERVATION AND PUBLIC RECREATION. OUR NATION HAS A LONG STANDING HISTORY OF PRESERVING NATURAL HABITATS AND PROTECTING OPEN SPACES TORE THE PUBLIC BENEFIT AND WE HAVE INVESTED SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC RESOURCES TOWARDS THESE GOALS. THESE LANDS AND THE DECISIONS BEHIND THEM DESERVE TO BE HONORED. THE POTENTIAL NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF AN OIL OR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE ARE TOO DEBATE TO RISK TREASURED INVESTMENTS BY FEDERAL TAXPAYERS AND STATE AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND WE SHOULDN'T QUICKLY FORGO THE PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS. I URGE SUPPORT FOR MY AMENDMENT AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                  • 04:19:59 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tsongas amendment No. 2.

                    • 04:21:50 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLELADY RESERVES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA…

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

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                    • 04:21:55 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I RISE TO CLAIM THE TIME IN OPPOSITION AND RESERVE FOR CLOSING.

                    • 04:22:01 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT…

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED IN OPPOSITION TO THE AMENDMENT FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                    • 04:22:07 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I RESERVE.

                    • 04:22:11 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM MASSACHUSETTS HAVE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS?

                    • 04:22:17 PM

                      MS. TSONGAS

                      ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY, YET WE CANNOT GIVE THE…

                      ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL TO OUR ECONOMY, YET WE CANNOT GIVE THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY A BLANK CARD TO IF BUILD PIPELINES THAT SEVERELY IMPACT CONSERVATION AND RECREATION LANDS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:22:34 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:22:36 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE CONGRESSMAN TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

                    • 04:22:41 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:22:43 PM

                      MR. GREEN

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY, THERE…

                      I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS AMENDMENT. IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY, THERE IS 150 MILLION ACRES OF PROTECTED LAND SET ASIDE IN THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM TO PROTECT FISH AND WILDLIFE AND PLANTS. CONSERVATION EFFORTS LIKE THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM BUILDS UP THE LEGACY THAT BEGAN WITH TEDDY ROOSEVELT. ENSURING AMERICANS HAVE ACCESS MUST BE OUR PRIORITY AS A BODY GOING FORWARD. THIS 150 MILLION ACRES OF NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM LAND CURRENTLY STRETCHES 1,339 MILES OF PIPELINE ALREADY PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND BUILDING NEEDED INFRASTRUCTURE ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. THEY ARE NOT DESTROYING THE LANDS OR PROHIBITING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING ACCESS. COMPANIES MUST PAY THE GOVERNMENT FOR USE OF THE LAND FOR PIPELINES. THAT MONEY GOES INTO ACQUIRING MORE LAND FOR CONSERVATION EFFORTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REVIEWED SAFETY ACCIDENTS CONDUCTED UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION SHOWED TA THIS ADDITION TO PROVIDING A SUBSTANTIAL COST ADVANTAGE, PIPELINES RESULT IN FEWER SPILLAGE INCIDENTS AND PERSONAL INJURIES THAN EITHER ROAD OR RAIL. AS COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS CONTINUE TO SHUT DOWN, THE DEMAND FOR NATURAL GAS IS TO KEEP GOING UP. WHILE THE GAS PRODUCED IN CANADA, ALASKA, NORTH DAKOTA, PENNSYLVANIA OR THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL BE USED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, WE NEED TO ENSURE A REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IS IN PLACE TO GET THE SUPPLY WHERE IT IS NEEDED. THE AMENDMENT IS A BACKHANDED WAY TO PREVENT PIPELINES FROM BEING BUILT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT.

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                    • 04:24:39 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS.

                    • 04:24:43 PM

                      MR. MULIN

                      H.R. 2883 STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE. THE AMENDMENT WOULD UPSET THIS…

                      H.R. 2883 STRIKES THE RIGHT BALANCE. THE AMENDMENT WOULD UPSET THIS CAREFUL BALANCE AND URGE A NO VOTE ON THIS AMENDMENT AND I YIELD BACK THE REMAINDER OF MY TIME.

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                    • 04:25:00 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE…

                      THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED SAY NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE NOES HAVE IT.

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                  • 04:25:11 PM

                    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS

                    At the conclusion of debate on the Tsongas amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Tsongas demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.

                    • 04:25:15 PM

                      MS. TSONGAS

                      MR. CHAIRMAN, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                    • 04:25:18 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMOUNT AMENDMENT OFFERED BY…

                      CLAUSE 6, RULE 18, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THE AMOUNT AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE POSTPONED. IT IS NOW IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN HOUSE REPORT 115-235.

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                    • 04:25:38 PM

                      MR. GREEN

                      I RISE AS THE DESIGNEE AND OFFER MR. VEASEY'S AMENDMENT.

                    • 04:25:43 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

                    • 04:25:46 PM

                      THE CLERK

                      PART B, 115-235 OFFERED BY MR. GENE GREEN OF TEXAS.

                    • 04:25:58 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      MEMBERS WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN…

                      MEMBERS WILL EACH CONTROL FIVE MINUTES. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                    • 04:26:01 PM

                      An amendment, offered by Mr. Green, Gene, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-235 to clarify the applicability of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) to projects affected by the bill.

                      • 04:26:07 PM

                        MR. VEASEY

                        MR. VEASEY COULDN'T BE HERE. OUR INTENT WHEN CRAFTING THE BILL WAS NEVER…

                        MR. VEASEY COULDN'T BE HERE. OUR INTENT WHEN CRAFTING THE BILL WAS NEVER TO REDUCE THE ACT WHEN CONSIDERING WHETHER TO APPROVE A CROSS-BORDER PROJECT. BEFORE A FEDERAL AGENCY CAN MAKE A DETERMINATION ON PROPOSED FEDERAL ACTION, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT REQUIRES THE AGENCY IDENTIFY THE PROPOSAL'S EFFECT ON THE QUALITY OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENT. TO MAKE THIS DETERMINATION, FEDERAL AGENCIES IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT ACCUMULATION OF EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSAL. DIRECT EFFECT ARE THE IMPACTS CAUSED BY THE PROJECT OCCURRING AT THE SAME TIME AND PLACE. INDIRECT IMPACTS ARE LATER IN TIME OR FURTHER REMOVED BUT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE AND IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT THAT RESULT REGARDLESS OF WHAT PERSON OR AGENCY UNDERTAKES THAT ACTION. THE FEDERAL AGENCIES THE REQUIRLTE TO IDENTIFY ALL THREE OF THESE IMPACTS ARE REQUIRED THE ANALYSIS IMPACTS NOT TO INCLUDE JUST CROSS-BORDER PROJECTS BUT NEW CONSTRUCTION WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. OUR OFFICE HAD THE BILL ANALYZED WHO CONFIRMED THAT THE BILL DID NOT LIMIT THE SCOPE OF FUTURE NATIONAL POLICY REVIEWS. IT WILL CONTINUE TO INVOLVE REVIEWS OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT. WITH THAT SAID, I HAVE HEARD CONCERNS FROM MEMBERS WHO ARE WORRIED THAT THE BILL WILL LIMIT NEPA IN SOME WAY. I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. VEASEY WHICH STATES THAT NOTHING IN THIS ACT OR THE AMENDMENTS MADE BY THIS ACT SHALL AFFECT THE SCOPE OF REVIEW TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT OF 1969. I SUPPORT THIS GOOD FAITH AMENDMENT. AND IT'S BELTS AND SUSPENDERS BUT SOMETIMES THEY'RE NEEDED TO PASS LEGISLATION. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE YES.

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                  • 04:26:31 PM

                    DEBATE

                    Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 454, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gene Green (TX) amendment No. 3.

                    • 04:28:17 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I CLAIM THE OPPOSITION TIME.

                    • 04:28:21 PM

                      THE CHAIR

                      THE AMENDMENT -- THE THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                    • 04:28:27 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I'M NOT OPPOSED.

                    • 04:28:30 PM

                      MR. MULLIN

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD CLARIFY THE…

                      I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE GENTLEMAN'S AMENDMENT, WHICH WOULD CLARIFY THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATION NOT TO AFFECT THE APPLICATION OF ANY OR OTHER FEDERAL LAWS THAT ARE APPLICABLE TO THE CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION OR MAINTENANCE OF THE PROJECT. DESPITE THE TALKING POINTS USED BY SOME OF MY FRIENDS, NOTHING IN THIS BILL WOULD EXEMPT A PROJECT FROM COMPLYING WITH APPLICABLE EARN TALL LAWS OR RESTRICT THE SCOPE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS AMENDMENT MAKES THIS CLEAR. H.R. 2883 WOULD LEAD TO A TIMELY DECISION, CREATE JOBS, STRENGTHEN OUR NATION'S ENERGY SECURITY AND SUPPORT AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY FOR ALL AMERICANS. I URGE A YES ON THE VOTE. AND I YIELD BACK.

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                    • 04:29:19 PM

                      THE CHAIR

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

                      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS ON BEHALF OF MR. VEASEY FROM TEXAS. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER ONE BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK. AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 BY MS. TSONGAS OF MASSACHUSETTS. THE CHAIR WILL REDUCE TO TWO MINUTES THE MINIMAL TIME AFTER THE FIRST VOTE IN THIS SERIES. THE UNFINISHED IS IS REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                  • 04:29:47 PM

                    On agreeing to the Green, Gene amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

                    • 04:29:48 PM

                      UNFINISHED BUSINESS

                      The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

                      • 04:30:27 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OFFERED BY MR. ENGEL OF NEW YORK.

                      • 04:30:33 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. 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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                      • 04:59:02 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        THE NAYS ARE 246. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS…

                        THE NAYS ARE 246. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 2 PRINTED IN PART B OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                    • 04:59:14 PM

                      House Vote 395 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                      An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-235 to ensure that permitting authority for cross- border pipelines remains with the Department of State.

                      Failed (182 - 246)
                      Aye
                      No

                      Vote Details: Aye - 182
                      Democratic - 180
                      Republican - 2

                      Vote Details: No - 246
                      Republican - 234
                      Democratic - 12

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
                      Democratic - 2
                      Republican - 3

                      • 04:59:42 PM

                        THE CLERK

                        REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MS. TSONGAS.

                      • 04:59:54 PM

                        THE CHAIR

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

                        A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE, A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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                      • 05:04:09 PM

                        THE CHAIR

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 247. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                        ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 179 AND THE NAYS ARE 247. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, PLEASE SAY NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS AGREED TO. ACCORDINGLY, UNDER THE RULE, THE COMMITTEE RISES. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2883 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 I REPORT THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                    • 05:04:21 PM

                      House Vote 396 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                      An amendment numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-235 to state FERC may not issue a certificate of crossing if any part of the oil or natural gas pipeline project is to be located on lands required under Federal, State, or local law to be managed for purposes of natural resource conservation or recreation.

                      Failed (179 - 247)
                      Aye
                      No

                      Vote Details: Aye - 179
                      Democratic - 179

                      Vote Details: No - 247
                      Republican - 234
                      Democratic - 13

                      Vote Details: Not Voting - 7
                      Democratic - 2
                      Republican - 5

                      • 05:05:06 PM

                        The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2883.

                        • 05:05:24 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                          THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 2883, AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS IS QUESTION IS ORDERED. IS THERE A SEPARATE VOTE REPORTED TO THE AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. IF NOT, THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE. 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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                      • 05:05:34 PM

                        The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                        • 05:05:45 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.

                          • 05:06:11 PM

                            THE CLERK

                            EXPORT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY.

                          • 05:06:36 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR…

                            THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR. STAFF INCLUDED. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR AND OUT OF THE AISLES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                        • 05:07:05 PM

                          Mr. O'Halleran moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

                          • 05:07:06 PM

                            >>

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

                          • 05:07:09 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            IS THE GENTLEMAN OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

                          • 05:07:12 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                          • 05:07:15 PM

                            THE CLERK

                      • 05:07:21 PM

                        DEBATE

                        The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Halleran motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to a requirement that all iron and steel products used in construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the border-crossing facility be produced in the United States.

                        • 05:07:41 PM

                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                          MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 05:07:44 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 05:07:46 PM

                          MR. MULLIN

                          I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUSPEND THE READING OF THE BILL.

                        • 05:07:52 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        • 05:07:58 PM

                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                          THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                        • 05:09:14 PM

                          >>

                          YES AND I YIELD BACK.

                        • 05:09:21 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          YES AND I YIELD BACK.

                        • 05:09:24 PM

                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                          YES AND I YIELD BACK.

                        • 05:11:18 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OKLAHOMA SEEK RECOGNITION?

                        • 05:11:21 PM

                          MR. MULLIN

                          MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION.

                        • 05:11:26 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                        • 05:11:29 PM

                          MR. MULLIN

                          THIS IS JUST A PROCEDURAL MOTION TO DENY THE IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF THIS…

                          THIS IS JUST A PROCEDURAL MOTION TO DENY THE IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF THIS LEGISLATION TO THE AMERICAN WORKERS, BUSINESSES AND OUR COLLECTIVE ENERGY SECURITY. IT FITS THE PATTERN OF DELAY AND OBSTRUCTION THAT SIMPLY WE CANNOT SUPPORT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS MOTION OF RECOMMIT AND VOTE YES ON FINAL PASSAGE. I YIELD BACK.

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                        • 05:11:53 PM

                          TEMPORE WITHOUT

                        • 05:12:06 PM

                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                          MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER.

                        • 05:12:07 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          SPEAKER.

                        • 05:12:09 PM

                          MR. O'HALLERAN

                          ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED…

                          ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED. MR. O'HALLERAN: MR. SPEAKER, I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

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                        • 05:12:11 PM

                          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. 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 PASSAGE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.] EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                        • 05:12:27 PM

                          The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

                          • 05:19:03 PM

                            THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193, THE NAYS ARE 232. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                            ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 193, THE NAYS ARE 232. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION --

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                      • 05:19:09 PM

                        House Vote 397 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                        Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

                        Failed (193 - 232)
                        Aye
                        No

                        Vote Details: Aye - 193
                        Democratic - 191
                        Republican - 2

                        Vote Details: No - 232
                        Republican - 232

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 8
                        Democratic - 3
                        Republican - 5

                        • 05:19:19 PM

                          >>

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

                        • 05:19:22 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                          THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                        • 05:25:16 PM

                          THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 254, THE NAYSES ARE 175 -- THE NAYS ARE 175. THE…

                          ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 254, THE NAYSES ARE 175 -- THE NAYS ARE 175. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 AND RULE 18, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2910. WILL THE GENTLEMAN FROM TICK, MR. WEBER, KINDLY TAKE THE -- TEXAS, MR. WEBER, KINDLY TAKE THE CHAIR.

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                      • 05:25:18 PM

                        House Vote 398 - On Passage

                        Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

                        Passed (254 - 175)
                        Yea
                        Nay

                        Vote Details: Yea - 254
                        Republican - 237
                        Democratic - 17

                        Vote Details: Nay - 175
                        Democratic - 175

                        Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
                        Democratic - 2
                        Republican - 2

                        • 05:25:20 PM

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

                          • 05:25:43 PM

                            Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 2910 — "To provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act, and for other purposes."

                            • 05:25:58 PM

                              The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.

                              • 05:26:14 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 FURTHER CURGS OF H.R. 2910 WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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                              • 05:26:22 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE…

                                A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER NATURAL GAS ACT AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES. -- AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                              • 05:26:32 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, THE BILL OFFERED BY…

                                WHEN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE ROSE EARLIER TODAY, THE BILL OFFERED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA HAD BEEN POSTPONED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 6 OF RULE 18, PROCEEDINGS WILL RESUME ON THOSE AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 BY MS. SONGAILAAS OF MASSACHUSETTS. AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 -- AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 BY MR. BEYER OF VIRGINIA. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT OFFER BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                              • 05:27:19 PM

                                THE CLERK

                                PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MS. SONGAILAAS OF…

                                PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY MS. SONGAILAAS OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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                              • 05:27:32 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. SUPPORT SUPPORT A SUFFICIENT NUMBER…

                                A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. SUPPORT SUPPORT A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED -- IT THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A TWO-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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                              • 05:31:38 PM

                                THE CHAIR

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 180 AND THE NAYS ARE 249. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT…

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 180 AND THE NAYS ARE 249. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE ON AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. BEYER, ON WHICH FURTHER PROCEEDINGS WERE POSTPONED AND ON WHICH THE NOES PREVAILED BY VOICE VOTE. THE CLERK WILL REDESIGNATE THE AMENDMENT.

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                          • 05:31:38 PM

                            House Vote 399 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Failed (180 - 249)
                            Aye
                            No

                            Vote Details: Aye - 180
                            Democratic - 179
                            Republican - 1

                            Vote Details: No - 249
                            Republican - 236
                            Democratic - 13

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 4
                            Democratic - 2
                            Republican - 2

                            • 05:32:06 PM

                              THE CLERK

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY IN…

                              AMENDMENT NUMBER 3 PRINTED IN PART A OF HOUSE REPORT 115-235 OFFERED BY IN BUYER OF VIRGINIA.

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                            • 05:32:10 PM

                              THE CHAIR

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

                              A RECORDED VOTE HAS BEEN REQUESTED. THOSE IN SUPPORT OF THE REQUEST FOR A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE AND BE COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, A RECORDED VOTE IS ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS WILL BE A TWO-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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                            • 05:35:58 PM

                              THE CHAIR

                              ARE 192 AND THE NAYS ARE 236. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION…

                              ARE 192 AND THE NAYS ARE 236. THE AMENDMENT IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE, AS AMENDED. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY, UNDER THE RULE THE COMMITTEE RISES. MR. SPEAKER, THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION -- HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION H.R. 2910 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                          • 05:36:03 PM

                            House Vote 400 - On Agreeing to the Amendment

                            Failed (192 - 236)
                            Aye
                            No

                            Vote Details: Aye - 192
                            Democratic - 189
                            Republican - 3

                            Vote Details: No - 236
                            Republican - 233
                            Democratic - 3

                            Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
                            Republican - 3
                            Democratic - 2

                            • 05:36:15 PM

                              The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2910.

                              • 05:36:23 PM

                                The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

                                • 05:36:47 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION…

                                  THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION REPORTS THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE BILL H.R. 2910 AND PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 REPORTS THE BILL BACK TO THE HOUSE WITH AN AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. UNDER THE RULE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. 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 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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                              • 05:37:07 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.

                                • 05:37:30 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN…

                                  FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES OF THE

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                                • 05:37:40 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY SEEK RECOGNITION?

                              • 05:37:40 PM

                                Mrs. Watson Coleman moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

                                • 05:37:46 PM

                                  >>

                                  I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT AT THE DESK.

                                • 05:37:49 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE…

                                  THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THEIR CONVERSATIONS OFF THE FLOOR AND OUT OF THE AISLES. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. IS THE GENTLELADY OPPOSED TO THE BILL?

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                                • 05:38:06 PM

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  I AM OPPOSED IN THE CURRENT FORM.

                                • 05:38:09 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  THE GENTLEWOMAN QUALIFIES. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE MOTION.

                                • 05:38:12 PM

                                  THE CLERK

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 2910 TO…

                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY MOVES TO RECOMMIT THE BILL H.R. 2910 TO THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE WITH ININSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE -- WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO REPORT THE SAME BACK TO THE HOUSE FORTHWITH WITH THE FOLLOWING AMENDMENT. NO EMINENT DOMAIN. AN APPLICATION --

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                            • 05:38:17 PM

                              DEBATE

                              The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Watson Coleman motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add at the end of the bill a section pertaining to no eminent domain authority under section 7(h) of such Act.

                              • 05:38:29 PM

                                >>

                                THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER.

                              • 05:38:34 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK I RESERVE THE BALANCE…

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME ANYTHING?

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                              • 05:38:38 PM

                                MR. WEBER

                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO DISPENSE WITH THE READING OF THE BILL.

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                              • 05:38:43 PM

                                TEMPORE WITHOUT

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLELADY…

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. THE GENTLELADY WILL SUSPEND. THE GENTLELADY IS CORRECT. THE HOUSE WAS NOT IN ORDER BUT NOW IS SO THE GENTLELADY WILL PROCEED.

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                              • 05:38:53 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THE BILL…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE A MOTION TO RECOMMIT THE BILL WITH ININSTRUCTIONS TO ADD LANGUAGE PRO-- INSTRUCTIONS TO ADD LANGUAGE PROHIBITING THE ABUSE OF FEDERAL EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY BY LARGE GAS PIPELINE COMPANIES. CURRENTLY THE LAW ALLOWS PIPELINE COMPANIES GIVEN AUTHORIZATION BY FERC TO CIRCUMVENT LANDOWNER OPPOSITION AND EXERCISE THE RIGHT OF EMINENT DOMAIN TO ACQUIRE LAND NECESSARY FOR PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION WHICH IS PRIVATELY OWNED SO THAT THE PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION CAN OPERATE AND MAINTAIN. MEANING FOR-PROFIT PIPELINE COMPANIES CAN SEIZE PRIVATE LAND FROM OWNERS WHO ARE UNWILLING TO SELL. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, COMPENSATION PROVIDED TO THE PROPERTY OWNER IS FAR FROM FAIR OR JUST AND THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE RARELY CONDUCTED IN GOOD FAITH. AND IN THE EVENT FAIR COMPENSATION IS PAID, NO ONE SHOULD BE FORCED TO SELL AGAINST THEIR WILL. THE BOTTOM LINE IS SIMPLE. TOO OFTEN EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY IS EXERCISED WITHOUT THE DETERMINATION OF A TRUE --

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                                THE HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER.

                              • 05:40:08 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE HOUSE IS NOW IN ORDER. THE GENTLELADY WILL PROCEED.

                              • 05:40:12 PM

                                MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

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

                                THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? MR. --

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                                MR. SPEAKER, I CLAIM TIME IN OPPOSITION OF THE MOTION.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN QUALIFIES. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

                              • 05:42:51 PM

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                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MOTION TO…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT AND TO VOTE YES ON FINAL PASSAGE. I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS -- EVERYBODY HAPPY BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE REALLY QUICK ABOUT THIS. THIS M.T.R. IS A REHASH THAT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TRIED TO INTRODUCE DURING THE ORIGINAL BILL. THAT AMENDMENT WAS NOT GERMANE. THE REASON IT WASN'T GERMANE IS BECAUSE THIS BILL DOESN'T AFFECT EMINENT DOMAIN WHATSOEVER. SO THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PROCEDURAL MOTION TO DENY THE IMPORTANT BENEFITS OF THIS LEGISLATION TO AMERICAN WORKERS, TO AMERICAN BUSINESSES AND TO OUR COLLECTIVE ENERGY SECURITY. IT FITS A PATTERN OF DELAY AND OBSTRUCTION WE SIMPLY CANNOT SUPPORT. I URGE OUR MEMBERS TO OPPOSE THIS PROCEDURAL MOTION AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 05:43:35 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS…

                                THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO RECOMMIT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE NOES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS --

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                              • 05:43:40 PM

                                The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.

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                                  MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                  MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST A RECORDED VOTE.

                                • 05:43:49 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  A RECORDED IS REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A RECORDED VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE A RECORDED VOTE IS 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 ELECTRON RICK -- ELECTIC -- ELECTRONIC VOTE ON PASSAGE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                                • 05:50:19 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT…

                                  ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 189, THE NAYS ARE 239. THE MOTION IS NOT ADOPTED. THE QUESTION IS ON THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OF TAKING THIS VOTE BY THE YEAS AND NAYS WILL RISE AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL COUNTED. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THIS IS A FIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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                            • 05:50:19 PM

                              House Vote 401 - On Motion to Recommit with Instructions

                              Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act

                              Failed (189 - 239)
                              Aye
                              No

                              Vote Details: Aye - 189
                              Democratic - 188
                              Republican - 1

                              Vote Details: No - 239
                              Republican - 235
                              Democratic - 4

                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 5
                              Democratic - 2
                              Republican - 3

                              • 05:57:26 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 248, THE NAYS ARE 179. THE BILL IS PASSED.…

                                ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 248, THE NAYS ARE 179. THE BILL IS PASSED. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              House Vote 402 - On Passage

                              Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act

                              Passed (248 - 179)
                              Yea
                              Nay

                              Vote Details: Yea - 248
                              Republican - 235
                              Democratic - 13

                              Vote Details: Nay - 179
                              Democratic - 178
                              Republican - 1

                              Vote Details: Not Voting - 6
                              Democratic - 3
                              Republican - 3

                              • 05:57:32 PM

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

                                • 05:57:40 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, ON TUESDAY, JULY 18, I WAS UNAVOIDABLY DETAINED…

                                  MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY, ON TUESDAY, JULY 18, I WAS UNAVOIDABLY DETAINED WITH CONSTITUENCY BUSINESS, ON ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 382, MOTION ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE, IF I'D BEEN PRESENT I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. AS WELL ON ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 383, THE RULE, H.RES. 451, COVERING H.R. 806, IF I WAS PRESENT I WOULD HAVE VOTED NO. AND THEN H.R. 2785, ROLL CALL VOTE NUMBER 384, IF I HAD BEEN PRESENT, REGARDING QUALIFYING CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY BY MR. HUDSON, I WOULD HAVE VOTED YES. I BELIEVE THAT IS H.R. 2786. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT THIS BE APPROPRIATELY PLACED IN THE RECORD.

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                                • 05:58:33 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY'S STATEMENT WILL APPEAR IN THE RECORD.

                                • 05:58:36 PM

                                  MS. JACKSON LEE

                                  THANK YOU. THE CHAIR WILL NOW --

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                              ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

                              The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.

                              • 05:58:50 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                              • 05:58:59 PM

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

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

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                              • 05:59:04 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 05:59:08 PM

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                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ERIE…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO COMMEMORATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ERIE CANAL, CONSTRUCTION FIRST BEGAN IN 1817 IN ROME, NEW YORK, WITH THE FIRST COMPLETED PORTION CONNECTING TWO CITIES IN THE 22ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. ROME AND UTICA. THE ERIE CANAL WAS TRANSFORMATIVE IN ESTABLISHING NEW YORK AS THE EMPIRE STATE. THE CANAL OPENED THE INTERIOR OF OUR NATION, ALLOWING FOR WESTWARD EXPANSION AND THE FREE FLOW OF GOODS.

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                              • 05:59:33 PM

                                MS. TENNEY

                                WITH A DRASTIC 90% REDUCTION OF SHIPPING COSTS, THE CANAL ESTABLISHED OUR…

                                WITH A DRASTIC 90% REDUCTION OF SHIPPING COSTS, THE CANAL ESTABLISHED OUR REGION AS A HUB OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, AND MADE NEW YORK THE BUSIEST PORT IN THE ENTIRE NATION. IN ADDITION TO THE VAST ECONOMIC IMPACT, THE ER IRVING E CANAL HAD AN IMPORTANT -- ERIE CANAL HAD AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL EFFECT. NEARLY 80% OF UPSTATE NEW YORK'S POPULATION LIVES WITHIN 25 MILES OF THE CANAL. FROM ALBANY TO BUFFALO, TODAY THE ERIE CANAL IS DESIGNATED AS A NATIONAL HER INTELLIGENT AREA, CONTINUE -- HERITAGE AREA, CONTINUING ITS RICH LEGACY. THIS SATURDAY, A FIRST DIG CELEBRATION IN ROME, NEW YORK, WILL RECOGNIZE THIS HISTORIC AND MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT IN BOTH NEW YORK'S AND OUR NATION'S HISTORY. AND IN THE WORDS OF THE FAMOUS ERIE CANAL SONG, YOU'LL ALWAYS KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR AND YOU'LL ALWAYS KNOW YOUR PAL, IF YOU'VE AND IN THE WORDS OF THE ERIE CANAL SONG, YOU'LL ALWAYS KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR AND YOU'LL ALWAYS KNOW YOUR PAL, IF YOU EVER NAVIGATED ON THE ERIE CANAL.

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                              • 06:00:35 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN RISE?

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

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

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                              • 06:00:42 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:00:44 PM

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                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY HOMELESS ADVOCATES FROM RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING FROM…

                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY HOMELESS ADVOCATES FROM RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING FROM ROSS CORRODES RHODE ISLAND AND FROM RHODE ISLAND HOUSING CAME TO VISIT MY OFFICE.

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                              • 06:00:55 PM

                                MR. LANGEVIN

                                IT'S DIFFICULT TO EXPRESS IN WORDS HOW DIFFICULT THEIR WORK IS. THEY TAKE…

                                IT'S DIFFICULT TO EXPRESS IN WORDS HOW DIFFICULT THEIR WORK IS. THEY TAKE CARE OF THE LEAST AMONG US. THEY PROVIDE SHELTER FOR THE WORKING POOR AND THEY ASSIST THOSE NOT WORKING BECAUSE OF AGE, INFIRMITY OR DISABILITY. THEY HELP KEEP LIVES TOGETHER. THEY HELP KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER. MR. SPEAKER, WE MUST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE STRONG FUNDING FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN OUR APPROPRIATIONS BILLS. WE STILL HAVE NOT FULLY EMERGED, AS YOU KNOW FROM THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND PEOPLE ARE STILL TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET. FOSTER YOUTH ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE WITH AS MANY AS 40% WHO AGE OUT OF THE SYSTEM BECOMING HOMELESS. SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS AND NONPROFITS CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH ON THEIR OWN. THEY NEED SUPPORT TO KEEP OUR VULNERABLE BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM FALLING OFF A CLIFF. WE CAN DO BETTER AND WE DESERVE TO SUPPORT THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:01:47 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 KENTUCKY SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              • 06:01:58 PM

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                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PADUCAH AREA CHAMBER OF…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE PADUCAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THEIR DESIGNATION AS THE 2017 CHAMBER OF THE YEAR BY THE ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES. THIS NATIONAL HONOR WAS AWARDED AT THE ACCE NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, ON JULY 18. THIS IS THE SECOND WIN FOR THE PADUCAH AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SIX YEARS AND IT IS RECOGNITION FOR THE AREA'S BUSINESS LEADERS WHOSE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS ARE UNPARALLELED. RANKING AMONG THE TOP 10 CHAMBERS NATIONWIDE -- THEY DEVELOPPED WELL-ROUNDED, LIFELONG BUSINESS LEAD WERS THE PRIDE AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THEIR FELLOW COMMUNITY MEMBERS. AS THE LARGEST CITY IN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY, THE CHAMBER'S EFFORTS HAVE BENEFITED NOT ONLY THE PADUCAH AREA BUT POSITIVELY IMPACT COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK PRESIDENT SANDRA WILSON AND BOARD CHAIR TAMMY ZIMMERMAN AS WELL AS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, STAFF AND CHAMBER MEMBERS FOR THEIR UNWEARING DEDICATION TO THE BETTERMENT OF LOCAL INDUSTRY. I LOOK FORWARD TO MANY FUTURE ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THE CHAMBER AND AM PROUD TO REPRESENT THE THRIVING BUSINESS LEADERS OF PADUCAH. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:03:20 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 06:03:35 PM

                                MS. KAPTUR

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DUBBED THIS WEEK…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP DUBBED THIS WEEK MADE IN AMERICA WEEK BUT ONE CAN'T PRETEND ONE O WAYS TO RAISE JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES EVEN IF PRESIDENT. A KEY NUMBER THAT GIVES YOU CLUES ABOUT JOBS IN AMERICA IS THE TRADE DEFICIT, HOW MANY THINGS WE EXPORT RATHER THAN IMPORT. FOR EVERY MONTH OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, THE RED LINE, THE JOBS HOLE FOR AMERICA IS GROWING DEEPER. SEEN HERE, MAY 2017 DEPEFF SIT ON THE SCORECARD CONFIRMS THE FAILING TRUMP TRADE RECORD OF $46 BILLION IN TRADE AND JOBS DEFICIT FOR MAY ALONE, LARGER THAN LAST YEAR, LARGER THAN EVERY OTHER MONTH WITH HIS TRADE DEFICIT HAS GOTTEN WORSE. THE PRESIDENT SPOKE ENDLESSLY ABOUT TRADE DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND PROMISED TURNING NAFTA INTO A GOOD DEAL FOR AMERICANS. WORKING PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST PUT HIM IN THE PRESIDENCY BECAUSE HE PROMISED TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA, THAT BAD DEAL. NOW IT'S HIS TURN TO LIVE UP TO THE BARGAIN. THERE'S AN OLD EXPRESSION, DON'T TELL ME WHAT HE SAYS, SHOW ME WHAT HE DOES. HE COULD START BY ONSHORING ALL THE FOREIGN GOODS HE MAKES ABROAD. FROM TIES, SUTES, BRACELETS AND SO FORTH. I CAN'T SEEN ANY INCLINATION TO DATE BY THIS PRESIDENT RESHORING HIS ITEMS SO WE CREATE JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY AND HE CONTRIBUTES TO A GROWING TRADE SURPLUS NOT DEFICIT. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:05:06 PM

                                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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                              • 06:05:16 PM

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                                SPEAKER, A RECENT WASHINGTON ABC NEWS POLL STATES THAT ONLY 30% OF…

                                SPEAKER, A RECENT WASHINGTON ABC NEWS POLL STATES THAT ONLY 30% OF AMERICANS APPROVE THE JOB PRESIDENT TRUMP IS DOING BUT THE RESULTS OF THIS POLL ARE FLAWED BECAUSE IT DID NOT USE A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPANTS.

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                              • 06:05:35 PM

                                MR. SMITH

                                23% REPUBLICAN, UNDERREPRESENTING REPUBLICAN VOTERS BY ABOUT 10%. AS NOTED…

                                23% REPUBLICAN, UNDERREPRESENTING REPUBLICAN VOTERS BY ABOUT 10%. AS NOTED BY STRATEGIST JIM MCLAUGHLIN, QUOTE IF THE POLL REFLECTED THE ACTUAL ELECTORATE, TRUMP WOULD BE IN THE MID 40'S, WHICH IS WHAT HIS FAVORABILITY RATING WAS ON ELECTION DAY WHEN HE WON AN OVERWHELMING ELECTORAL COLLEGE VICTORY. THE SAME POLLSTERS CONSISTENTLY PREDICTED A CLINTON VICTORY ONLY TO BE PROVED WRONG. THEIR CREDIBILITY IS QUESTIONABLE.

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

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

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                              • 06:06:34 PM

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                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS FRIDAY AS THE 10TH ANNUAL…

                                MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THIS FRIDAY AS THE 10TH ANNUAL NATIONAL COALITION'S H.I.V. AIDS AWARENESS DAY. S THE HARSH REALITY THAT HIV-AIDS TOUCHES EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. THOUGH WE'VE MADE GREAT PROGRESS IN TREATING THE DISEASE, IT IS IMPERATIVE TO CONTINUE STRIVING FOR PREVENTION, EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AND THE CURE THIS PARTICULARLY IS IMPORTANT IN MY HOME STATE OF NEW JERSEY. IN 2013 ALONE, OVER 2,000 ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS WERE DIAGNOSED WITH H.I.V. MAKING NEW JERSEY THE SIXTH HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY OF NEW DIAGNOSES. IN AGES 13 TO 24 DIAGNOSES HAVE INCREASED FROM 10% TO 18% AND IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY RATES ARE ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT TO COMBAT THIS EPIDEMIC THAT CONTINUES TO PLAGUE COMMUNITIES ACROSS OUR NATION. ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE CONTINUED EFFORTS TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND REMOVE INSURANCE PROTECTIONS FOR MILLIONS. WE MUST BE VOCAL AGAINST ALL EFFORTS TO TAKE AWAY THE ABILITY TO RECEIVE ADEQUATE CARE AND DO OUR PART TO FIGHT HIV-AIDS. I ENCOURAGE YOUR LOVED ONES TO GET TESTED. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:08:04 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                              • 06:08:09 PM

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

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

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                              • 06:08:14 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

                              • 06:08:19 PM

                                MR. WILSON

                                TOMORROW MARKS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE. I…

                                TOMORROW MARKS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S FIRST SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE. I APPRECIATE HIS MANY SUCCESSES FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. HIS LEADERSHIP FOR JOBS HAS INSPIRED RECORD HIGHS FOR THE DOW, S&P 500 AND NASDAQ. PRESIDENT TRUMP ADVANCED A DECISIVE FOREIGN POLICY, POSITIVELY ADDRESSING THE MUSLIM WORLD, UPHOLDING THE UNITED STATES' COMMITMENT TO NATO, AND WORKING WITH ALLIES FOR PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH. THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN FIRM ACTION AGAINST ROGUE REGIMES. IN SYRIA HE WAS CLEAR THAT AMERICA WILL NOT TOLERATE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS BY THE ASSAD REGIME AGAINST HIS CITIZENS. IN NORTH KOREA, THE PRESIDENT MADE CLEAR THAT HE WILL CHALLENGE THE CONTINUED PROVOCATION BY THE COMMUNIST TOTALITARIAN REGIME AND THAT THE U.S. WILL EXPOSE IRAN FOR THEIR BALLISTIC MISSILE TESTING AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. AS OF JUNE 30, THE HOUSE PASSED 269 BILLS, THE MOST IN THE LAST FIVE ADMINISTRATIONS, WITH 37 LAWS SIGNED TO DATE, THE MOST OF FIVE ADMINISTRATIONS. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE FOR POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENTS TO PROMOTE AMERICAN FAMILIES. IN CONCLUSION, GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE TPWHROBAL WAR ON TERRORISM.

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY SEEK RECK SNIGS?

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 11 YEARS AGO, I SET OFF ON A LONG SHOT CAMPAIGN…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. 11 YEARS AGO, I SET OFF ON A LONG SHOT CAMPAIGN RUN BY A TALENTED AND PASSIONATE BUT ALSO OVERWORKED AN INEXPERIENCED STAFF, MANY OF WHOM WERE LEARNING ON THE JOB. YET EVERYTHING WENT PRETTY SMOOTHLY, SMOOTHLY ENOUGH, ANYWAY. A BIG REASON FOR THAT WAS AN UNPAID VOLUNTEER WHO JUST SEEMED TO KNOW HOW TO DO EVERYTHING. SHE'D SHOW UP WITH A WARM, EVER-PRESENT SMILE, EAGER TO TACK THEY WILL SMALLEST TASK OR TAKE ON THE MOST CHALLENGING RESPONSIBILITY.

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                              • 06:10:16 PM

                                MR. YARMUTH

                                WHATEVER WAS NEEDED, CAROLYN MADE EVERYTHING EASIER. WHEN IT WAS TIME TO…

                                WHATEVER WAS NEEDED, CAROLYN MADE EVERYTHING EASIER. WHEN IT WAS TIME TO HIRE A DISTRICT DIRECTOR, CAROLYN MADE THAT DECISION EASY TOO. I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD MY FRIEND CAROLYN RUNNING MY LOUISVILLE OFFICE SINCE DAY ONE. THOUGH I'LL MISS HER LEADERSHIP, I'M PROUD SHE'S MOVING ON TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES. I KNOW THE PEOPLE OF LOUISVILLE ARE BETTER OFF BECAUSE OF HERER IS VESS. I SAW IT FIRSTHAND EVERY DAY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. FOR ALL SHE ACCOMPLISHED, HER COMMITMENT AND CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP, I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL. I EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM CAROLYN AND HER AMAZING FAMILY AND WISH THEM NOTHING BUT THE BEST GOING FORWARD. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:10:55 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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

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                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:11:06 PM

                                MR. POE

                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WAS JOINED BY SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ALONG WITH…

                                MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WAS JOINED BY SOME MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ALONG WITH OTHER AMERICANS IN TAKING A STAND FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. WE STOOD ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE TURKISH EMBASSY WHERE A FEW WEEKS AGO TUSHISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN WAS VISITING. WHILE THE PEACEFUL PROTEST WAS TAKING PLACE LAST MAY, DICTATOR ERDOGAN'S SECURITY DETAIL CROSSED THIS ESTREET AND ASSAULTED AND BEAT UP U.S. CITIZENS PROTESTING THE ROGUE REGIME. PEOPLE WERE INJURED, THE OUTLAWS ESCAPED ARREST AND ESCAPED TO TURKEY. NO APOLOGY WAS ISSUE, THE GOVERNMENT JUSTIFIED THE ASSAULT ON AMERICAN. ERDOGAN SHOULD NOT BE WELCOME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES UNTIL HE APOLL JIESES. ALSO THE CULPRITS MUST FACE JUSTICE IN AMERICAN COURT. THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL OUR RIGHTS. NO FOREIGN TYRANT CAN ASSAULT THE FIRST AMENDMENT OR ASSAULT AMERICANS WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES. THIS SHOULD NEVER OCCUR ON OUR SOIL. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:12:18 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? FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION? WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                              • 06:12:37 PM

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                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE YOUNG GUNS AT…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE YOUNG GUNS AT QUAIL CREEK FOR WINNING THE 2017 SCHOLASTIC PLAY TARGET PROGRAM -- CLAY TARGET PROGRAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. BASED OUT OF MY HOMETOWN, OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA, THEY'VE WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. THE WRUNG GUNS HAD THE HIGHEST COMBINED TEAM SCORE OF ALL 38 TEAMS COMPETING, SPECIFICALLY ONE PARTICIPANT, NICK BLANKER, HAD THE HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE IN THE COMPETITION FOR TRAP, SKEET AND SPORTING CLAYS.

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                              • 06:13:14 PM

                                MR. ROONEY

                                SHOT 575 OUT OF 600, ONLY MISSING 25 SHOTS. MR. SPEAKER, I CONGRATULATE…

                                SHOT 575 OUT OF 600, ONLY MISSING 25 SHOTS. MR. SPEAKER, I CONGRATULATE THE WHOLE TEAM ON THEIR SUCCESS AND FOR MAKING OKEECHOBEE PROUD. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                              • 06:13:31 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 CALIFORNIA -- THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA. THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE?

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                              • 06:13:44 PM

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                                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.

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                              • 06:13:49 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

                              • 06:13:58 PM

                                MR. THOMPSON

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE I RISE…

                                THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NUTRITION SUBCOMMITTEE I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT AN IMPORTANT PROGRAM THAT GIVES SNAP PARTICIPANTS ACCESS TO MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. SNAP, THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, HELP PROSSVIDE LOW INCOME FAMILIES WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CONSUME MORE NUTRITIOUS FOOD. THE AGRICULTURE ACT OF 2014 CREATED THE FOOD INSECURITY NUTRITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDED $100 MILLION TO SUPPORT PRODUCE INSENT I PROGRAMS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR SNAP PARTICIPANTS. THIS MEANS SNAP BENEFITS COULD BE USED AT FARMERS MARKETS, GROCERY STORES, OR OTHER FARMER TO CONSUMER RETAILERS SERVING URBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. IT IS SUCCESSFUL AT ACHIEVING THE GOAL OF ENCOURAGING SNAP HOUSEHOLDS TO ENCOURAGE FRESH, HEALTHY PRODUCE. MORE THAN 0 PNTH OF SHOPPERS REPORTED THEY WERE EATING MORE PRODUCE. AS THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WORKS TO DEFINE THE NEXT FARM BILL, WE SHOULD SUPPORT THIS IT SUPPORTS AMERICAN FARMERS AND PROVIDES MORE AMERICANS WITH QUALITY FOOD. THAT'S WHAT I CALL MADE IN AMERICA. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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                              • 06:15:15 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE? WITHOUT…

                                FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA RISE? WITHOUT OBJECTION WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE MINUTE.

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

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

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                              • 06:16:49 PM

                                MR. THOMPSON

                                CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURNS TO MEET AT 9:00…

                                CONSENT THAT WHEN THE HOUSE ADJOURNS TODAY IT ADJOURNS TO MEET AT 9:00 A.M. TOMORROW.

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                              • 06:16:56 PM

                                THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF…

                                WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN IS RECOGNIZED AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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                              • 06:17:18 PM

                                MR. RASKIN

                                I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS TIME FROM THE MINORITY LEADER ON BEHALF OF THE…

                                I'M DELIGHTED TO TAKE THIS TIME FROM THE MINORITY LEADER ON BEHALF OF THE CONGRESSIONAL PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND DOING A SPECIAL ORDER HOUR THIS EVENING ON POLICE AND CIVILIAN RELATIONS. WE ARE JOINED BY THE VERY DISTINGUISHED CONGRESSMAN KEITH ELLISON. I YIELD FIRST TO OUR WONDERFUL COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN BRAD SHERMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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                              • 06:17:47 PM

                                MR. SHERMAN

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL SPEAK FOR TWO MINUTES. I…

                                I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND I WILL SPEAK FOR TWO MINUTES. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE OF MY GOOD FRIEND OF 30 YEARS. A LEADER IN THE INDIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY WHO PASSED AWAY ON JULY 3 OF THIS YEAR AT AGE 70 IN LOS ANGELES SURROUNDED BY HIS STEPPEDED FAMILY. HE WAS BORN IN INDIA AND EMGRATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN 1978, ARISK IN AMERICA WITH JUST THE CLOTHES ON HIS BACK, HE POURED HIS ENERGY INTO BUILDING A CAREER INTO BEING A TAX CONSULTANT. HE GUE HIS SANTA MONICA-BASED ACCOUNTING PRACTICE TO A THRIVING FIRM. HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE HINDU TEMPLE, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN THE UNITED STATES AND INVITED ME TO SPEAK THERE AND BE THERE ON MANY OCCASIONS. AS PRESIDENT OF THE TEMPLE, HE WAS REGULARLY INVITED TO SPEAK TO POLITICAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS ACROSS THE WORLD. NATADOR FOUNDED A FOUNDATION, A PIONEERING THINK TANK THAT EMPOWERED AMERICAN-INDIAN POLITICAL ACTIVISM. HE RECEIVED THE ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL OF HONOR. HE PERSONALLY MET WITH MANY U.S. PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA AND OTHER LEGITIMATED FIRST. HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS, MANY OF WHICH I WAS HONORED TO ATTEND, INCLUDING THE WORLD'S HINDU ECONOMIC FORUMS WITH INDIAN AMBASSADORS TO THE UNITED STATES AND EVENTS WITH A WIDE RANGE OF PUBLIC FIGURES. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK THAT ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES JOIN ME IN HONORING HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR NATION AND EXTEND CONDOLENCES TO HIS WIFE, HIS DAUGHTERS, HIS BROTHER, HIS SISTERS AND HIS EXTENDED FAMILY. AND TO ALL WHOSE LIVES HE TOUCHED. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                              • 06:17:49 PM

                                Mr. Thompson (PA) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on July 20. Agreed to without objection.

                              • 06:18:44 PM

                                SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

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                                  MR. RASKIN

                                  AND ITS USES AND ABUSES AND WE ARE GOING TO KICK OFF WITH KEITH ELLISON,…

                                  AND ITS USES AND ABUSES AND WE ARE GOING TO KICK OFF WITH KEITH ELLISON, WHO HAS BEEN THE CHAIR OF THE PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS AND IN ADDITION TO BEING THE CONGRESSMAN FROM MINNESOTA, HE IS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND I YIELD AS MUCH TIME TO HIM, HOPEFULLY NO MORE THAN 20 MINUTES.

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                                • 06:21:12 PM

                                  MR. ELLISON

                                  I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME BEFORE THE…

                                  I APPRECIATE THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I COME BEFORE THE HOUSE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT A TRAGIC SITUATION INVOLVING JUST TEEN DAMON, A YOUNG WOMAN WHO BELIEVED SHE SAW A SEXUAL ASSAULT OUTSIDE HER HOME AND MADE A CALL TO THE POLICE AND ASKED THEM TO COME AND GIVE ASSISTANCE. SHE THEN WENT OUTSIDE TO MEET WITH THE POLICE TO REPORT WHAT SHE SAW AND FOR SOME REASON WHAT NO ONE REALLY KNOWS QUITE YET, SHE WAS SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN AND DIED. MS. DAMON, 40 YEARS OLD AND DUE TO BE MARRIED IN FEW WEEKS. SHE LEAVES HER FIANCE, HER PARENTS AND HERE WE ARE AGAIN DEALING WITH A TRAGIC SITUATION WHICH AN UNARMED CIVILIAN HAS BEEN SHOT BY A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. AS I SPEAK TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. I KNOW MANY POLICE OFFICERS PERSONALLY. I KNOW HOW HARD THEY WORK. I KNOW THE DANGERS THAT THEY INCUR. I KNOW THEY JOIN THE FORCE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE COURAGEOUS AND BRAVE AND WILLING TO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY IN ORDER TO PROTECT OTHER CITIZENS. I HAVE CALLED ON THE POLICE TO STOP CRIMES FROM HAPPENING AND REPORT THEM AND GRATEFUL WHEN THEY REPORT. BUT IT'S ALSO TRUE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS HAPPEN WITH TREMENDOUS FREQUENCY AND IT'S NOT A MATTER OF BLAMING THE OFFICER. WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE SYSTEM OF POLICING, WHICH ALLOWS US TO RETURN TO THIS TRAGIC SCENARIO AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. JUSTINE WAS IN HER PAJAMAS AND TRYING TO HELP ANOTHER PERSON. AND YET SOMEHOW THE OFFICER ON THE PASSENGER SIDE SHOT THROUGH THE DOOR OR THE WINDOW AND THAT'S NOT CLEAR AND SHE SUSTAINED LETHAL INJURIES. ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING THINGS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CASE IS THAT THE OFFICER'S BODY CAMERAS WERE NOT TURNED ON. THE DASH CAM DID NOT CAPTURE THE INTERACTION BETWEEN HER AND THE OFFICERS. AND THE BODY CAMS WERE NOT ON. THIS IS DESPITE THE FACT THAT ALL MINNEAPOLIS POLICE OFFICERS HAVE WORN BODY CAMERAS SINCE THE END OF 2016. WHY THE BODY CAMERAS WERE NOT ON , WE CAN ONLY SPECULATE. BUT I -- I URGE WITH EVERYTHING I HAVE THAT THE MINNESOTA BUREAU OF CRIMINAL APPREHENSION AND MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ANYONE WHO HAS JURISDICTIONAL AUTHORITY INVESTIGATE THE REASON FOR THESE TOOLS TO NOT BE IN USE. JUSTINE IS DEAD AND SHE'S NOT COMING BACK. AND IT'S TRUE INNOCENT PEOPLE GET KILLED BY CRIMINALS ALL DAY AND THAT'S A SAD REALITY OF OUR WORLD. IT DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN IN MY CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS BUT HAPPENS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND HAPPENS ALL OVER THE GLOBE. BUT I THINK THE CITIZENS EXPECT THAT MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO ARE SWORN TO PROTECT US WOULD TAKE DUE CARE TO PROTECT LIFE AND NOT END IT UNLESS THERE WAS A LEGAL BASIS TO DO SO. AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE. NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT CAUSED THE OFFICER TO SOMEHOW REACH OVER HIS PARTNER AND SHOOT MS. DAMON IN THE ABDOMEN AND IN HER PAJAMAS. THE WEEKS AND DAYS AHEAD WILL REVEAL WHAT HAPPENED. BUT I ASSURE THIS ISN'T THE LAST TIME THIS WILL HAPPEN UNLESS WE BEGIN TO ASK OURSELVES WHY THESE THINGS ARE HAPPENING. OUR COMMUNITY IN MINNESOTA, WE'RE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH IT AND COPE WITH THE DEATH OF CASTILLO AND KILLED ON LIVE STREAM TO THE CREDIT OF JOHN CHOY, WHO WAS THE PROSECUTOR AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY, THAT OFFICER WAS CHARGED WITH THE CRIMINAL OFFENSE OF MANSLAUGHTER AND AFTER A JURY TRIAL, THAT OFFICER WAS ACQUITTED. WHEN I LOOKED AT THE DASH CAM AND SAW THE OFFICER DISCHARGE HIS FIREARM INTO THE BODY OF CASTILLO, IT WAS HORRIFYING AND I COULDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS HAPPENED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE JURY SAW AND I SUPPORT THE JURY SYSTEM, BUT CASTILLO WHO DID HAVE A FIREARM SAID OFFICER, I HAVE A FIREARM, I HAVE A LICENSE TO CARRY A FIREARM AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW. BAM. BAM. BAM. BAM. BAM. YOUNG MAN DEAD. CASTEEAO WAS A BELOVED MEMBER OF HIS MEMBER. HE WAS THE LUNCH MANAGER AT HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ST. PAUL. AND THE CHILDREN NEEDED COUNSELING AND THE FAMILIES NEEDED SOMEONE TO SPLAGE WHY CASTILLO WAS TREATED THIS WAY. THEY LOVED HIM. AND THEY COULDN'T RECONCILE WHY THE POLICE WHO THEY RESPECT, WOULD HURT CASTILLO, WHO THEY ALSO RESPECTED HIM AND ADMIRED AND LOVED. GENTLEMAN MARCH CLARK, ANOTHER ONE FROM MINNESOTA, UNARMED, SHOT AND KILLED. TREMENDOUS OUTPOURING OF COMMUNITY FRUSTRATION AROUND THIS, BROUGHT AN 18-DAY PROTEST OUTSIDE OF THE FOURTH PRECINCT IN MINNEAPOLIS AND YOU KNOW, DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT MANY PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ANGRY, UPSET, FRUSTRATED, FEELING VULNERABLE BECAUSE THEY FELT THERE WAS NO ACCOUNTABILITY AND THEIR LIVES DIDN'T MATTER MUCH IN THE EYES OF THOSE SWORN TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THEM. WE HAVE A COMMUNITY PROBLEM. WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AND DEAL WITH IT. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO SAY TO SAY THIS IS THE POLICE FAULT. THIS IS A SOCIAL PROBLEM THAT CALLS FOR A SOCIAL SOLUTION. PART OF IT WILL BE CHANGES IN LAW, PART OF IT WILL BE DEPARTMENTAL CHANGES, BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THESE CHANGES AND IF PEOPLE JUST SAY, IT'S NOT MY FAULT. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. THIS PERSON HAD IT COMING, WE WILL NEVER GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THESE KIND OF THINGS. MR. SPEAKER, IN 1967, THERE WERE A STATE OF CIVIL DISTURBANCES, SOME PEOPLE CALLED RIOTS THROUGHOUT OUR URBAN AREAS AND THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDED BY ISSUING A KERNER COMMISSION REPORT AND ONE OF THE FINDINGS WAS THAT COMMUNICATION WAS IMPORTANT POOR AND POLICE WERE SENT INTO AREAS THAT WERE ISOLATED AND DEPRIVED IN ORDER TO KEEP ORDER ON WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPENING AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTING AND JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION AND WE ASKED THE POLICE TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM WITHOUT MAKING THE INVESTMENTS THAT OUR SOCIETY SHOULD HAVE MADE. I'M SAD TO SAY WE DON'T SEEM TO HAVE ADVANCED VERY FAR. THE FACT IS THAT OFTEN CIVIL DISTURBANCES WHICH ARE REFERRED TO AS RIOTS OCCUR AFTER THESE TRAGIC SHOOTINGS. CIVIL JUDGMENTS ARE PAID OUT. CITIZENS TEND TO DISTRUST THE POLICE AND NOT WILLING TO CALL THEM WHEN THEY NEED THEM. THERE ARE TREMENDOUS SOCIAL COSTS TO NOT ADDRESSING THESE OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS INVOLVING UNARMED CIVILIANS AND WE HAVE TO BE THERE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. . WE'VE SEEN A NUMBER OF TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHETHER IT'S SANDRA BLAND OR WHETHER IT'S WALTER SCOTT IN SOUTH CAROLINA. OR WHETHER IT'S ERIC GARNER WHO DIED BEGGING FOR A BREATH. OR WHETHER IT IS ALL OF THE VICTIMS OF OFFICER HOLDSCLAW WHO ROUTINELY AND SYSTEMATICALLY SEXUALLY ABUSED WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA CITY. THE FACT IS, THERE IS GREAT DISCRETIONARY LATITUDE CONFERRED ON OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS. WE NEED MORE OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY. WE NEED PEOPLE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEY BREAK THE LAW. AND I MEAN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT -- PEOPLE WHO ARE POLICE AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT. WE NEED TO SAY THAT THERE'S ONE STANDARD OF JUSTICE AND THAT EVERYONE HAS TO ADHERE TO IT. WE KNOW THAT MICHAEL BROWN, 17 YEARS OLD, SHOT, 2014. OR WE CAN SAY TAMIR RICE. THERE'S SO MANY CASE THEY GO ON ANDED ON -- AND TISSUE D THEY GO ON AND ON AND ON. WE'RE AT A POINT WHERE WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS. MS. DAMOND IS ONE OF MORE THAN 500 FATAL SHOOTINGS BY POLICE THIS YEAR ALONE. SHE'S ONE OF MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FATALLY KILLED BY THE POLICE THIS YEAR. SOME OF THEM, THE OFFICER MAY HAVE HAD LEGAL JUSTIFICATION. SOME NOT. BUT WHEN YOU'VE GOT 500 PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY BEING SHOT AND KILLED, IT'S A CRISIS THAT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT. THIS YEAR, I CAN SIMPLY TELL YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THAT OFFERING PRAYERS SIMPLY ISN'T GOING TO GET IT DONE. WE HAVE A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM. AND WHETHER WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT ADDRESSING BODY CAMERAS MORE AND INSISTING UPON THEIR USE OR WHETHER WE NEED IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING FOR POLICE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF UNCONSCIOUS OR IMPLICIT BIASES, WHETHER WE NEED TO TRAIN OFFICERS ON THE DE-ESCALATION OF FORCE AND HAVE TRAINING IN THAT REGARD, AND YES, PROSECUTIONS OF PEOPLE WHO JUST COMMIT CRIMES WITH A UNIFORM ON. WE HAVE GOT TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION. WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN JURY SELECTION. WE NEED GRAND JURY REFORM AND WE NEED THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO KEEP ACCOUNT OF ALL THE CASES THAT INVOLVE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTINGS AND ONE THING WE ABSLUTLY TO NOT NEED IS FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD SEGS, TO UNDO CONSENT DEPSYCHIATRY CREES WHICH HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT SOME UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS. WE NEED A PARTNER IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, MR. SPEAKER. WHAT'S AT STAKE IS TOO IMPORTANT. AND WE ALSO NEED QUALITY SCHOOLS , WE NEED INVESTMENT IN NEIGHBORHOODS, WE NEED QUALITY JOBS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WE NEED HEALTH CARE FOR ALL, AND WE NEED TO HAVE A CLEAN -- -- AND WE NEED TO HAVE CLEAN AIR AND WATER FOR EVERYONE. WE NEED THOSE THINGS AS PART OF THE ECOSYSTEM WE LIVE IN. NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE A REPLACEMENT FOR DECENT, RESPECTFUL TREATMENT PEOPLE DESERVE FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT. I'M NOT HERE -- I'M NOT HERE TO GIVE UP AND I'M HERE TO ENGAGE POLICE IN A DIALOGUE ABOUT HOW WE REDUCE THESE SHOOTINGS. HOW WE INCREASE THE TRUST. HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT NO ONE FEELS THAT THEY CAN'T GO TO THE POLICE BECAUSE THEY JUST -- BECAUSE THE TRUST HAS BEEN SO SEVERELY DAMAGED. I BELIEVE WE HAVE GOT TO COME TOGETHER AS A SOCIETY AND RECOGNIZE THAT THIS PROBLEM IS SERIOUS. IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER. IN FACT, IT'S GETTING WORSE. AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT CASES INVOLVING PEOPLE LIKE MAYA HALL OR ALEXA CHRISTIAN, MEGAN HOCKADAY, SANDRA BLAND, NATASHA MCKINNON, ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN KILLED BY OR AFTER ENCOUNTERS WITH POLICE. IT'S NOT JUST MEN, WOMEN TOO. NOT JUST AFRICAN-AMERICANS, IT'S WHITES TOO. MS. DAMOND WAS A WHITE FEMALE. IT'S LATINOS. IT'S PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ECONOMIC STATIONS. IT'S NOT JUST ONE COMMUNITY. IF MS. DAMOND'S CASE PROVES ANYTHING, IT'S THAT SHOOTINGS OF UNARMED CIVILIANS DON'T ONLY OCCUR IN CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS OF CERTAIN PEOPLE. BUT THE TIME IS NOW FOR US TO ACT AND I DO PUT OUT A CALL FOR POLICE AND COMMUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN INTENSIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE RESTORE TRUST, HOW WE INCREASE ACCOUNTABILITY AND HOW WE REALLY MAKE IT TRUE WHEN WE WRITE ON THE SIDE DOORS OF OUR POLICE VEHICLES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY, TO PROTECT AND SERVE. I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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                                  MR. RASKIN

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THOSE INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS. I WANT TO PICK UP THE…

                                  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THOSE INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS. I WANT TO PICK UP THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE POLICE POWER AND THE -- AND EXPAND THE DISCUSSION TO INCLUDE NOT JUST POWER OVER PERSONS, BUT POWER OVER PROPERTY IN AMERICA. YOU KNOW, OUR CONSTITUTION'S FRAMERS WERE DEEPLY INFORMED BY THE SOCIAL CONTRACT THEORISTS OF THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES. AND THOSE THEORISTS BELIEVE THAT WE ENTER INTO A SOCIAL CONTRACT OUT OF A STATE OF NATURE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL MADE BETTER OFF BY VIRTUE OF BEING PART OF A SOCIETY. SO THE FIRST INCARNATION OF IT CAME FROM THOMAS HOBBS IN HIS FAMOUS WORK ON "THE LEVIATHAN," AND HOBBS ARGUED THAT THE STATE OF NATURE WAS NASTY, BRUTISH AND SHORT. BECAUSE ANYBODY COULD KILL ANYBODY. SO WE ENTER INTO SOCIETY TOGETHER, GIVE OUR POWER TO THE LEVIATHAN, THE GOVERNMENT. THE PROBLEM WITH HIS VIEW, THE GOVERNMENT HAD WHATEVER POWERS IT WANTED, UNLIMITED, INFINITE POWERS. AT THAT POINT, AS THE FRAMERS OF OUR CONSTITUTION WOULD SEE, YOU'VE GOT A REAL PROBLEM BECAUSE YOU MIGHT BE SAVED FROM CRIMINALS AND BANDITS AND THIEVES BUT NOW YOU'VE GOT TO DEAL WITH AN ALL-POWERFUL GOVERNMENT AND POLICE WHO CAN TRAMPLE YOUR RIGHTS JUST AS MUCH AS THE THIEVES AND THE BANDITS COULD. SO THE HOBBSIAN THEORY WAS INADEQUATE. JOHN LOCKE IN HIS FAMOUS WORK ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IMPROVED UPON THE PROPOSITION. THE STATE OF NATURE FOR HIM WAS NOT QUITE SO FRIGHTFUL A PLACE. THERE WERE CERTAIN VIRTUES TO A STATE OF NATURE SO PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY GIVING SOMETHING UP BY GOING INTO IT. SO ON HIS VIEW, ENTERING THE SOCIAL CONTRACT MEANT THAT WE WOULD SURRENDER SOME OF OUR POWERS TO GOVERNMENT AND CERTAINLY OUR POWERS TO COMMIT VIOLENCE AND THEFT AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE BUT IN RETURN, WE WOULD BE GUARANTEED RIGHTS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND WE WOULD HAVE RIGHTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. AND THAT WAS THE VIEW THAT DEEPLY INFORMED THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. THE WHOLE POINT OF THE RULE OF LAW IS THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE RIGHTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, GERNS THOSE WHO ARE JUST THE AGENTS OF THE SOVEREIGN, THE SOVEREIGN IS THE PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE ARE THE SLEEPING SOVEREIGNS WHO CAN COME AWAKE IN TIMES OF CONSTITUTION MAKING AND ALSO IN ORDER TO MAKE LAW. NOW, THE WHOLE SOCIAL CONTRACT BECOMES UNRAVELED, HOBSIAN STYLE, IF WE WERE ATTACKED -- HOBBESIAN STYLE, IF WE ARE ATTACKED BY THE POLICE. THE CONGRESSMAN SPOKE ABOUT THE HORRIFIC SPECTACLE OF VIOLENCE WAGED AGAINST US CITIZENS AND OTHERS IN THE STREETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. BY THIS THUGS OF PRIME MINISTER ERDO FWMBINGS AN FROM TURKEY, HE WERE UNLEASHED ON PROTESTERS. WE SAW AS CONGRESSMAN POE SAID, A SCENE OF REALLY SAVAGE VIOLENCE TAKE PLACE RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON AND I'M GLAD THAT WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN CONSENSUS THAT THAT KIND OF POLICE ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, IS UNACCEPTABLE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHETHER IT'S ON CITIZENS OR PERMANENT RESIDENTS OR ON NONCITIZENS. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY. HAVING TO DO WITH THE POLICE POWER. AND THE POLICE POWER IN COMMON LAW TERMS, IN THE AMERICAN VERNACULAR, IS NOT JUST THE POWER THAT POLICE OFFICERS HAVE TO REGULATE PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC ORDER, THE POLICE POWER ALSO HAS TO DO GENERALLY WITH THE GOVERNMENTAL POWER TO REGULATE. THERE ARE SOME VERY TROUBLING THINGS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE IN AMERICA TODAY. AND ONE OF THEM HAS TO DO WITH THE EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. WE ARE SEEING RAMPANT ABUSE OF THE EMINNOCENT DOMAIN POWER ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY WHERE PRIVATE DEVELOPERS USE THEIR POLITICAL POWER AND INFLUENCE AND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS IN ORDER TO GET LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OR STATE GOVERNMENTS TO CONDEMN PRIVATE PROPERTY OF HOMEOWNERS IN ORDER TO OUST THEM FROM THEIR HOMES IN ORDER TO BUILD A PRIVATE PROJECT. NOW, ONE OF THE CHIEF PERPETRATORS OF THIS BUSINESS MODEL IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAPPENS TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. DONALD TRUMP. WHO HAS BRAGGED ABOUT HIS USE OF THE EMINNOCENT DOMAIN POWER AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN A LOT OF LIT NATION RELATED TO EMINENT DOMAIN POWER. I'LL TAKE YOU TO ATLANTA CITY -- TO ATLANTIC CITY AND INTRODUCE YOU TO VERA COKELAND WHO LIVED IN A THEE-STORY HOUSE OFF THE BOARDWALK IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEXT DOOR TO THE 22-STORY TRUMP PLAZA THAT THEN-BUSINESSMAN DONALD TRUMP HAD BUILT, AND TRUMP HAD BUILT THE OHOTEL, BUILT THE CASINO, BUILT A PARKING GARAGE, BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR HIM. HE WANTED A V.I.P. PARKING GARAGE. HE WANTED A PARKING FWRADGE FOR LIMOS. AND MADE AN OFFER WHICH MS. COKELAND REFUSED ON HER HOUSE SO HE COULD DEMOLISH HER HOUSE AND EXPAND HIS GARAGE. SHE SAID NO THANK YOU. HE MADE ANOTHER OFFER, SHE SAID NO THANK YOU, IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF MONEY, MY FAMILY LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR YEN RATIONS AND MY KIDS WENT TO SCHOOL HERE, AND WE BELONG TO THE CHURCH HERE, IT'S NOT FOR SALE. WELL THEN AT THAT POINT, PRESIDENT TRUMP, IN ORDER TO BUILD HIS GOLD-PLATED PARKING GARAGE FOR THE LIMOS WENT TO A GOVERNMENT AGENCY HE KNEW WELL CALLED THE ATLANTIC CITY CASINO REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. TO HELP HIM TAKE AWAY MS. COKELAND'S PROPERTY. AND THEY ENTERED INTO LITIGATION. FORTUNATELY SHE FOUND PRO BONO COUNSEL IN THE LIBERTARIAN PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP, THE INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE, THE LIBERTARIAN THINK TANK, AND LEGAL ACTION CENTER. AND THEY WERE ABLE TO STOP DONALD TRUMP IN COURT IN A CASE CALLED ATLANTIC CITY COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY VERSUS BANEN. UNFORTUNATELY, THAT TOOK PLACE BEFORE THE FAMOUS HELO VERSUS NEW LONDON DECISION IN 2005. THERE WAS A VERY SIMILAR SCENARIO IN KELO A HARD-HIT WORKING CLASS TOWN IN CONNECTICUT CALLED NEW LONDON, WHERE THE PFIZER CORPORATION AND A LOCAL PRIVATE LAND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ONE OF THESE SHADOWY, MIXED, PUBLIC-PRIVATE ENTITIES, DECIDED THEY WANTED TO DISPLACE A WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD IN NEW LONDON SO THEY COULD DESTROY THE BLIGHT AS THEY CALL IT AND PUT IN THEIR NEW DEVELOPMENT. MS. KELO, A VERY SOFT SPECKEN -- SOFT SPOKEN, SINGLE WORKING CLASS WOMAN DECIDED TO FIGHT. SHE ALSO FOUND THE INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE. THEY ORGANIZED THE COMMUNITY TO SAY NO, THEY WERE NOT BLIGHT. THEY HAD TIES TO THIS COMMUNITY AND THEY WERE NOT GOING TO BE FORCED OUT. BY THESE BIG CORPORATIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, -- AND THEY WON ALL THE WAY UP TO THE SUPREME COURT AND THEN A FIVE-JUSTICE MAJORITY IN THE SUPREME COURT IN THE DECISION IN 2005 DETERMINED THAT IT IS PERFECTLY CONSTITUTIONAL AND CONSISTENT WITH THE TAKINGS CLAUSE IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT OF OUR CONSTITUTION FOR A PUBLIC MUNICIPAL CORPORATION TO CONDEMN A PERSON'S PRIVATE HOME OR A PRIVATE SMALL BUSINESS IN ORDER TO TURN IT OVER TO ANOTHER PRIVATE BUSINESS IF IT'S CONSISTENT WITH SOMEONE'S ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT PLAN. AND THIS WAS THE DECISION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE, QUOTE, AGREED WITH 100%. BECAUSE REMEMBER, THAT WAS HIS BUSINESS MODEL. EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE AND IF YOU REFUSE TO SELL TO DONALD TRUMP AND HIS COMPANIES, THEY'LL GET PUBLIC AUTHORITY TO COME IN TO GET YOU OUT OF THE WAY SO THEY CAN CONDEMN YOUR LAND AND TAKE IT OVER. NOW, TURNS OUT, THAT IN THE KILO DECISION, AFTER THE SUPREME COURT'S ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT IN IT, THE LAND WAS CONDEMNED, SUE SETH KILO FORCED OUT OF HER HOUSE AND THINK NEVER EVEN BUILT IT. TODAY IT'S AN URBAN WILDERNESS, TAKEN OVER BY WILDCATS. OK. LET'S LOOK AT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF ABUSE OF THE POLICE POWER IN AMERICA TODAY. I UNDERSTAND THAT EARLIER THIS MORNING THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED A NEW FEDERAL POLICY TO HELP STATE AND LOCAL POLICE OFFICERS TAKE CASH AND PROPERTY FROM ANYBODY SUSPECTED OF A CRIME EVEN WITHOUT ARRESTING THEM, EVEN WITHOUT CHARGING THEM WITH A CRIME, AND EVEN WITHOUT AN ARREST WARRANT. REVERSING AN OBAMA A RULE THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE BECAUSE OF RAM PAPT ABUSE OF PEOPLES' RIGHTS. THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE POLICE SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO STOP PEOPLE ON THE STREET, IN THEIR CARS OR AT THEIR HOMES AND SAY I THINK THE MONEY YOU HAVE DOESN'T REALLY BELONG TO YOU. I THINK THE CONDO YOU HAVE DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU, THE CAR YOU HAVE DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU, WE ARE GOING TO SEIZE IT AND WE'RE GOING TO HOLD IT AND YOU HAVE THE BURDEN TO PROVE THAT YOUR PROPERTY IS INNOCENT WITHOUT CHARGING THEM WITH A CRIME, WITHOUT ARRESTING THEM, WITHOUT USING A SEARCH WARRANT AND THIS IS WHAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WANTS TO DO WITH THE NEW ORDER THAT HE HANDED DOWN TODAY. HE WANTS TO GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BACK INTO THE BUSINESS OF WORKING WITH STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO SIMPLY DECLARE PEOPLE'S PROPERTY AND THEIR MONEY GUILT YOUY. AND THEY HAVE TO GO OUT AND HIRE A LAWYER AND GO TO COURT AND PROVE THAT THEIR PROPERTY OR MONEY IS CLEAN WITHIN THE EYES OF THE GOVERNMENT. BUT WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DUE PROCESS? UNDER OUR CONSTITUTION, WE ARE PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT OF CRIME. AND OUR PROPERTY SHOULD BE PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT OF CRIMES. IF THERE IS NO LEGAL PROCESS AT ALL TO CONDEMN OUR PROPERTY OR TO CAST A SHADOW OF CRIMINAL SUSPICION OVER IT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THIS, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER BARRED STATE AND LOCAL POLICE FROM USING THE FEDERAL LEGAL REGIME TO SEIZE CASH AND OTHER PROPERTY WITHOUT CRIMINAL CHARGES OR WITHOUT CRIMINAL WARRANTS, WHICH IS THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. THAT IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT. IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY, THE PEOPLE ARE PRESUMED TO BE INNOCENT UNTIL THEY ARE PROVEN GUILTY. IT'S NOT AS IF WE ARE WALKING AROUND WITH THE STIGMA THAT WE ARE PRESUMED GUILTY IN THE ICE OF THE STATE. SINCE 2008, THOUSANDS OF POLICE AGENCIES HAVE MADE MORE THAN 55,000 SEIZURES OF CASH AND PROPERTY WORTH $3 BILLION UNDER A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM WHICH ALLOWED POLICE TO MAKE SEIZURES AND SHARE THE PROCEEDS WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES AND ALLOWED THEM TO COOPERATE WITH STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THEN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THEY WERE DISENGAGING FROM IT. THERE WAS A STORY IN THE "WASHINGTON POST" ABOUT THE EXTRAORDINARY ABUSES TAKING PLACE. THERE WAS A SMALL BUSINESSMAN, A CHINESE-AMERICAN CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES WHO WAS TRAVELING WITH A LOT OF MONEY BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO PURCHASE A BUILDING FOR HIS NEW CHINESE RESTAURANT THAT HE WAS GOING TO OPEN UP. HE HAD $25,000 AND HE GOT STOPPED BY THE POLICE AND HE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT THE WHOLE THING AND THEY SAID HE WAS ACTING NERVOUS AND TOOK HIS MONEY FROM HIM, HIS LIFE SAVINGS IN ORDER TOLL PURCHASE A BUILDING FOR A CHINESE RESTAURANT. LUCKILY HE FOUND SOME LAWYERS, BUT TOOK SEVERAL YEARS FOR HIM TO GET THE MONEY BACK. HE LOST THE DEAL AND HE IS IN THE MINORITY, BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE THIS HAPPENS TO NEVER GO TO COURT TO TRY TO GO TO COURT TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK. THEY ARE DEMORALIZED THAT THEIR MONEY WAS TAKEN BY GOVERNMENT AGENTS WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. AND I URGE EVERYONE TO FIND THE ABUSES THAT LED UP TO THE CHANGES THAT WAS PUT INTO PLACE BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER. NOW ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS DOES A U-TURN. THE ADMINISTRATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID HE WANTED TO GIVE POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE IN SENTIVIZING MORE VIOLATIONS OF DUE PROCESS RIGHTS BY ALLOWING SEIZURE OF PROPERTY AND MONEY. WHAT IS THIS GOING TO DO FOR POLICE, CIVILIAN RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN PEOPLE ARE TERRIFIED THAT THEIR PROPERTY CAN BE TAKEN AWAY BY AGENTS OF THE STATE WITHOUT AN ARREST, WITHOUT A CRIMINAL WARRANT, WITHOUT ANY CHARGES AT ALL? THAT'S NOT RIGHT IN OUR COUNTRY. THAT'S NOT RIGHT IN A COUNTRY THAT DOES NOT ALLOW FOR TAKING OF PRIVATE PROPERTY AND NOT RIGHT BASED ON DUE PROCESS OF LAW OR PROBABLE CAUSE AND SEARCH WARRANTS FOR PEOPLE BEING SEARCHED. THAT'S WHERE THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING US WITH THE POLICY THAT WAS ANNOUNCED EARLIER TODAY AND GOING TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES ONLY MORE SUSPICIOUS AND ONLY MORE DANGEROUS. WE HAVE TO STEP BACK FROM THIS OR WELLIAN VISION OF GOVERNMENT. ALL POWERFUL STATE THAT CAN SEIZE YOUR HOME BECAUSE A BIG BUSINESSMAN WANTS YOUR PROPERTY TO BUILD A CASINO FOR HIS V.I.P. GUESTS OR A COMPANY WANTS TO REDEVELOP YOUR LAND OR BECAUSE THE POLICE DECIDE YOU DON'T LOOK THE RIGHT WAY AND WE ARE GOING TO SEIZE WHAT'S IN YOUR WALLET AND TAKE YOUR CAR AND TAKE YOUR BOAT, CONDO OR APARTMENT WITHOUT ANY CRIMINAL CHARGES AT ALL AND YOU GO AND DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WE ARE A LAND OF LAWS. THE GREAT TOM PAYNE SAID THAT IN THE MONARCHIES, THE KING IS LAW, BUT IN THE DEMOCRACIES, THE LAW IS KING. WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE RULE OF LAW HERE. AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, LEFT, RIGHT, WE ALL HAVE TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOTS IN AMERICA TO STAND UP FOR OUR CONSTITUTION. AND I WOULD INVITE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO COME JOIN US HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE AND TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TAKING PEOPLE'S PROPERTY AND THEIR MONEY WITHOUT DUE PROCESS OF LAW, BECAUSE IT'S A SERIOUS THREAT TO EVERYTHING THAT WE BELIEVE IN. AND WHY WE CREATED OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT. ALL OF US HAVE GOT TO BE CONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOTS AND STAND UP FOR THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE COUNTRY. WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INDULGENCE,

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                                • 06:52:46 PM

                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                • 06:53:07 PM

                                  MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACTUALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH YIELDING AS…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. ACTUALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH YIELDING AS MUCH TIME AS HE MIGHT CONSUME, MY FRIEND FROM INDIANA. HOLINGHOLING I PROMISE TO BE -- HOLINGHOLING HOOSIERS ARE BACK HOME TALKING TO ME AND THAT IS TO RISE TO EXPRESS MY SUPPORT FOR THOSE STRUGGLING AGAINST BURDENSOME AND COSTLY REGULATIONS, THOSE REGULATIONS THAT ARE HURTING HOOSIER AND ULTIMATELY BEING ABLE TO HIRE MORE HOOSIERS. WHEN THEY PASSED A DODD-FRANK HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE. WHILE I WAS BACK HOME, I MET WITH TWO BUSINESSES WORKING HARD TO DO RIGHT BY THEIR CUSTOMERS BUT CONFOUNDED BY THE SECTION 5, 1502. IT REQUIRES BUSINESSES TO DISCLOSE DUE DILIGENCE ON THE SOURCE AND CHAIN OF CUSTODY OF CONFLICT MINERALS AS WELL AS HIRE THIRD PARTIES TO AUDIT THEIR DUE DILIGENCE AND SUPPORT A REPORT. ACCORDING TO ITS AUTHORS, THIS PROVISION WOULD AFFECT ONLY THE BIGGEST OF COMPANIES BUT THEY HAVE TO BRING IN ALL OF THEIR SUPPLIERS. ONE OF THOSE FIRMS IS BEST HOME FURNISHINGS, THEY MANUFACTURE QUALITY FURNTUR AND I WAS ASTOUNDED TO LEARN THE LENGTHS THEY MUST GO THROUGH. THEY TRAVEL FAR ABROAD TO MAKE SURE THE WOOD IS CONFLICT-FREE AND AFTER THAT ARE TRAVEL, THEY ARE LEFT WONDERING DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS IF THEY ARE MAKING ANY EFFORTS, THAT ARE FAR FROM THEIR PLANTS, CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES. KEY ELECTRONICS, A MANUFACTURER WHO IS WORKING ON ELECTRONICS IN INDIANA TO GET THROUGH OPIOIDS WITHDRAWALS FOR MANY HOOSIERS. IT IS A LAUDIBLE GOAL BUT HAMSTRUNG BY THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS THEY PAY TO ENSURE THE CUSTOMERS THEY WORK WITH ULTIMATELY GET THIS THIRD-PARTY AUDIT ON THEM AND THEIR VENDORS. THIS CHALLENGING BUSINESS IS BEING LIMITED IN WHAT THEY CAN INVEST IN DESPERATELY NEEDED THERAPY. FOR EVERY DOLLAR AND EVERY MOMENT THAT A BUSINESS OWNER HAS TO SPEND TO COMPLY WITH THIS UNNECESSARY REGULATION, THOSE ARE MINUTES AND DOLLARS THAT ARE NOT DIRECTED TOWARDS JOB CREATION OR AMERICA'S FUTURE AND NOT FULFILLING THEIR AND THEIR EMPLOYEES LEY' DREAM. I WOULD LIKE TO BRING AN END TO THE EXCESSIVE JOB-KILLING REGULATIONS THAT STAND BETWEEN HOOSE YEARS AND THEIR DREAMS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS ARE PREVENTING NEW INNOVATIONS FROM BEING ABLE TO DELIVER BETTER CARE. I MET WITH A LOCAL BUSINESS JUST OUTSIDE OF MY DISTRICT, MAIN STREET HEALTH PARTNERS WHO IS DEVELOPING NEW RAPID RECOVERY CENTERS THAT ARE MATCHING PATIENTS' NEEDS. WHEN A PATIENT HAS KNEE SURGERY, THEY ONLY NEED THE HOSPITAL FOR A LIMITED WINDOW DURING THEIR PERIOD OF ACUTE CARE AND THEY NEED THE HOSPITAL FOR RECOVERY. BUT HOURS AFTER THAT, THEY CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO A DIFFERENT RECOVERY CENTER ONE THAT BETTER MATCHES THEIR NEEDS ENABLING THEM TO RECOVER MUCH MORE QUICKLY AND ENABLING US TO MATCH THAT CARE WITH THE NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE. FRANKLY, I HAVE BEEN AMAZED OF THE QUALITY OF THESE RAPID RECOVERY CENTERS. SUCH THEY CAN DEVELOP AND HAVE PHYSICAL THERAPY LIGHT THERE. INNOVATIONS JUST LIKE THESE RAPID RECOVERY CENTERS THAT WILL DEVELOP BETTER CURES FOR MORE AMERICANS. THIS IS NOT ONLY MORE AFFORDABLE, NOT ONLY MORE ACCESSIBLE, BUT ALSO BETTER FOR PATIENTS IN THE LONG RUN. I WANT TO BE JUST AS EFFECTIVE IN ADDITION TO AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE. WHAT IS STANDING IN THEIR WAY? GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY THAT IS RETARDING THE ABILITY TO GROW AND BUILD MORE OF THESE FACILITIES DESPITE THE DEMONSTRATED NEED AND THE DEM STRAIGHTED BENEFIT. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE REGULATIONS AND HOW THEY STAND IN THE WAY OF HOOSIERS. TRYING TO HELP THEIR FELLOW EMPLOYEES GET AHEAD AND WILL AMERICA GET AHEAD. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. AND I YIELD BACK TO HIM.

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                                  MR. SCHWEIKERT

                                  THANK YOU FOR YIELDING BACK. SOMETHING WE NEVER OFTEN DO IS TO THANK THE…

                                  THANK YOU FOR YIELDING BACK. SOMETHING WE NEVER OFTEN DO IS TO THANK THE SPEAKER. IT'S APPRECIATED. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHEN WE ARE DOING THESE SPECIAL ORDERS, YOU PROBABLY HAVE READING AND OTHER THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE AND ALL BEEN THERE AND IT'S STILL APPRECIATED. IT WAS ONLY ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO, WE ACTUALLY TOOK THE LEADERSHIP HOUR AND WE DID A SERIES OF PRESENTATIONS ON WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN DEBT, IN THE ESSENCE OF SPENDING IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING WITH MANDATORY SPENDING AND THE VERY NEXT MORNING, C.B.O. ISSUED AN UPDATE. AND EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU JUST SPENT ALMOST AN HOUR ON THE FLOOR WALKING THROUGH THE NUMBERS AND YOU GET A DOCUMENT AND YOU START DIGGING INTO IT AND YOU FIND OUT A NUMBER OF THE THINGS YOU PRESENTED JUST 14 HOURS EARLIER WERE WRONG? BUT SADLY, THEY WERE WRONG IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THINK OF THIS. FROM JANUARY'S CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE NUMBER TO JUNE NUMBER, THE U.S. DEBT -- U.S. DEFICIT THIS YEAR GREW BY $134 BILLION. SO WE FUNCTIONALLY, THE DEFICIT FOR 2017, FISCAL YEAR WE'RE IN WILL COME VERY CLOSE TO $700 BILLION THIS YEAR. $693 BILLION IS THE PROJECTION AND IF ANYONE SAW YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE, MILK MULVANEY AT O.M.B. WAS PROJECTING THAT THE DEFICIT THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE $704 BILLION. . TO JUST SORT OF UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON AND TRYING TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. OK. SO WE'RE GOING TO USE THE C.B.O. NUMBER, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. SO $693 BILLION IS GOING TO BE BORROWED FOR 2017. THE YEAR WE'RE IN RIGHT NOW. THINK ABOUT THAT. THAT'S $1.9 BILLION EVERY SINGLE DAY -- $1.89 BILLION EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT'S $79 MILLION EVERY HOUR. $1.3 MILLION EVERY MINUTE. AND, WHAT, $1,900 $1,900 EVERY SECOND. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE BORROWING. IF I TAKE UP AN HOUR HERE, YOU ALL GET TO MAKE A DECISION OF IF MY HOUR HERE WAS WORTH $79 MILLION OF BORROWING. AND WHY IS THIS SORT OF DEVASTATING IN THE NUMBERS? WHEN YOU REALLY START TO DIG INTO THE C.B.O. REPORT. FIRST, LET ME GIVE YOU ONE OF THE THINGS THAT BOTHERSES ME THE MOST. THIS IS A -- BOTHERSES ME THE MOST. THIS IS -- BOTHERS ME THE MOST. THANKS BIG DEAL. WHEN FROM JANUARY TO JUNE OUR EXCESSIVE SPENDING AND BORROWING NUMBER ACTUALLY INCREASES BY 25%, AND IT GOT ALMOST ZERO PRESS. WE'RE LIVING IN A SOCIETY RIGHT NOW WHERE IF THERE'S A SHINY OBJECT, A TWEET, ANOTHER STORY, THE PRESS, EVEN A LOT OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, RUN, TALK ABOUT A SHINY THAT. AND I WILL MAKE THE ARGUMENT, THE GREATEST SYSTEMIC THREAT TO THIS SOCIETY ARE THESE NUMBERS. BECAUSE THE FACT WE'RE GOING TO BORROW $134 BILLION MORE THAN WE WERE ALREADY PROJECTING, THE WORSE THAN THAT. IF YOU WERE TO STEP BACK A YEAR AGO, ONE YEAR AGO, WE THOUGHT THIS YEAR'S DEFICIT WAS GOING TO BE ABOUT $450 BILLION. I MEAN, STILL OUTRAGEOUS. IN A YEAR'S TIME, THAT NUMBER NOW IS KISSING UP TO $700 BILLION. THIS YEAR. TO UNDERSTAND THE SCALE OF THAT, WE'RE GOING TO ACTUALLY DO SOME OF OUR SLIDES. AND THE FIRST ONE WE'RE GOING TO PUPPET IS THE SLIDE FROM THREE WEEKS AGO -- WE'RE GOING TO PUT UP IS THE SLIDE FROM THREE WEEKS AGO. THE NUMBERS ARE WORSE THAN THIS, I JUST WASN'T GOING TO PRINT A NEW ONE. BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND. SO THIS IS WHERE WE THINK WE'RE GOING. THIS IS GOING. THIS IS WHAT'S IN THE C.B.O. REPORT. BUT DO YOU SEE ACTUALLY THE BLUE AREAS? THAT'S SORT OF SPENDING THAT'S ON AUTO PILOT. WHEN WE SAY AUTO PILOT, THE BY FORM LAFMENT YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE -- IT'S BY FORMULA. YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE, YOU GET CERTAIN BENEFITS. YOU FALL BELOW A CERTAIN INCOME, YOU GET CERTAIN BENEFITS. WE BORROW MONEY, WE PAY BACK THE INTEREST. YOU'VE SERVED HONORABLY IN THE MILITARY, YOU QUALIFY FOR CERTAIN BENEFITSES. BUT THIS IS 2026. SO THIS IS FUNCTIONALLY NINE BUDGET YEARS FROM NOW. UNDERSTAND WHERE WE WILL BE. SOCIAL SECURITY. MEDICARE. MEDICAID. OTHER THINGS THAT ARE FORMULA DRIVEN, YOU FALL BELOW A CERTAIN INCOME, YOU GET. INTEREST ON THE DEBT. YOU START TO REALIZE, ONLY 22% OF ALL SPENDING IN NINE YEARS WILL BE THINGS THAT FUNCTIONALLY GET VOTED ON HERE. EVERYTHING ELSE WILL BE BY FORMULA. YOUR GOVERNMENT IS VERY QUICKLY BECOMING A HEALTH INSURER WITH AN ARMY. AN INSURANCE COMPANY WITH AN ARMY. AND WHAT'S FASCINATING IS, THINK ABOUT THIS. THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING TO KISS UP CLOSE TO $700 BILLION IN BORROWING. THAT'S MORE THAN ALL DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. ON NONMILITARY DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. SO THINK ABOUT IT. IF YOU CAME TO ME AND SAID, DAVID, I WANT YOU TO ONLY SPEND EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE TAKING IN RIGHT NOW, YOU GET TO HELP ME MAKE A DECISION. IF I'M NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH MANDATORY SPENDING, THE ENTITLEMENTS, YOU REMOVE THE ENTIRE MILITARY, OR DO YOU REMOVE EVERYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OF AS GOVERNMENT? THE PARK SERVICE, THE F.D.A., THE F.B.I., EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S GOVERNMENT? BECAUSE ALL OF THAT IS LIVING ON BORROWED MONEY. AND SOMEHOW WE DESPERATELY MUST FIND A WAY FOR THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE SCALE AND HOW QUICKLY THESE NUMBERS ARE MOVING AWAY FROM US. IN FIVE YEARS, TO THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE 60 YEARS OLD TODAY, THEY ARE AT THE PEAK WHAT HAVE WE CALL THE BABY BOOM. SO IN FIVE YEARS, WE ACTUALLY HIT THE PEAK OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO WILL RECEIVE THEIR RETIREMENT BENEFITS, IF THEY TAKE THEM AT 65. AND YOU START TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. WE'RE GOING TO -- LET'S SWITCH TO THE NEXT SLIDE. YOU'LL ACTUALLY START TO SEE THAT CURVE STEEPENING, STEEPENING, STEEPENING. WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A SLIDE AND A COUPLE BOARDS FROM HERE THAT START TO SHOW YOU AT WHAT POINT WE'RE RUNNING THESE TRILLION-DOLLAR DEFICITS. THE NEXT POINT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE, THAT WAS HERE IN THE C.B.O. REPORT, IS WHEN WE BORROW AN ADDITIONAL $134 BILLION ON TOP OF WHAT WE ALREADY PROJECTED, SO CLOSE TO $700 BILLION THIS YEAR, THAT'S NOW PART OF THE ROLLING DEBT. THAT'S PART OF, NOW WE'RE GOING TO BE PAYING INTEREST ON THAT FOR GENERATIONS. BECAUSE OUR INFLEXION POINT TO PAY DOWN THE DEBT IS MOVING FARTHER AND FARTHER AND FARTHER AWAY FROM US EVERY DAY. BECAUSE YOU SAW THE PREVIOUS SLIDE. EVERY DAY WE'RE BORROWING PRETTY CLOSE TO $1.9 BILLION, EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO WHY THIS SLIDE'S IMPORTANT IS JUST UNDERSTAND, IN NINE BUDGET YEARS, IF YOU SAID, DAVID, DAVID, I WANT YOU TO DEAL WITH THE DEBT, DON'T WANT YOU TO DO IT TODAY BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO LOSE ANY BENEFITS, I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE COMPLICATION WHAT HAVE HAPPENS IF WE HAD TO DEAL WITH THE REALITY OF TRYING TO MAKE THE COMBINATION OF MAKING THE ECONOMY GROW AND HAVING TO DEAL WITH ENTITLEMENT REFORM. BUT IN NINE YEARS, ONLY 11% OF THE BUDGET WOULD BE NONDEFENSE, NONENTITLEMENT. AND THE AMAZING THING IS THAT NUMBER WILL STAY ALMOST IDENTICAL FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS. SO ALMOST ALL THE GROWTH, $1 TRILLION-PLUS OF GROWTH IN THOSE NINE YEARS IS COMING ALMOST SOLELY FROM MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, INTEREST ON THE DEBT, VETERANS' BENEFITS. BUT MOSTLY MEDICARE. AND IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT TO TALK ABOUT. BUT IF YOU ACTUALLY LOOK IN THE C.B.O. NUMBERS, YOU UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OUR KEY TRUST FUNDS THAT START TO RUN OUT OF MONEY WITHIN THE 10-YEAR WINDOW. SO LET'S SWITCH SLIDES. AND TRY TO -- AND A COUPLE OF THESE ARE GOING TO BE REPETITIVE FOR A POINT. SO IT STARTS TO BECOME MORE ABSORBABLE OF WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THESE UNDERLYING NUMBERS. SO WE PUT THIS ONE TOGETHER JUST TO SORT OF HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. WHAT HAPPENED FROM WHEN WE WERE ESTIMATING IN 2016, CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE GAVE US A NUMBER. SO THIS IS A YEAR AGO. WE WERE BUILDING OUR BUDGETS. WE WERE BUILDING OUR PROJECTIONS. WE WERE BUILDING OUR COST ANALYSIS ON HOW MUCH INTEREST FINANCING, THESE THINGS. THANKS YEAR AGO. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BORROW -- THIS IS A YEAR AGO. WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BORROW $5.4 BILLION. STILL AN OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY. HERE WE ARE A YEAR LATER, WE'RE GOING TO COME CLOSE TO $700 BILLION. THEN JANUARY. FROM A YEAR AGO. SO THIS LAST JANUARY, IT MOVED UP TO, HEY, WE'RE GOING TO BORROW $559 BILLION. NOT A LOT OF MOVEMENT. AND THEN SIX MONTHS LATER IT BLOWS OFF THE CHARTS. AND NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN WE KNOW FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL NUMBER IT'S $693 BILLION OF BORROWING THIS YEAR. THE O.M.B. NUMBER, I KNOW THE CHART OVER HERE I THINK IS SAYING $702 BILLION. I COULD SWEAR I SAW $704 BILLION. BUT LET'S JUST CALL IT $700 BILLION. THIS IS AN INTENSE FRUSTRATION. BECAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN TO MANY OF US AS WE GET BEHIND THESE MIKES, WE WILL ARGUE AND FIGHT AND FUSS, OFTEN ON THINGS THAT, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY ADD THEM UP, ARE PRETTY SMALL. SOMETIMES BORDERING ON PETTY. THAT DON'T REALLY HAVE A MULTIPLIER EFFECT INTO THE FUTURE. AND YET HOW MUCH DISCUSSION YOU HAVE HEARD BEHIND THESE MICROPHONES IN THE LAST THREE WEEKS SINCE THE C.B.O. REPORT CAME OUT, THE UPDATE CAME OUT, THAT, HEY, FROM JANUARY TO JUNE SOMEHOW THE NUMBER JUST GREW BY 25%, WE JUST ADDED ANOTHER $134 BILLION OF BORROWING THIS YEAR? THIS ISN'T WAY OFF IN THE FUTURE, IT'S THIS YEAR. AND GUESS WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO BE FINANCING THAT FOR PROBABLY AS LONG AS ANYONE WATCHING THIS, LISTENING TO THIS IN THIS ROOM IS ALIVE. LET ME GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE. WE ARE HEADING TOWARDS A TIME WHERE THE GROWTH OF THIS DEBT, THE GROWTH OF MANDATORY SPENDING, IS MOVING TO CRUSHING EVERYTHING ELSE WE CARE ABOUT. SO IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE SOMEONE WHO IS A MEMBER OF THIS BODY AND YOU CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT EDUCATION, YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE MANDATORY SPENDING IS GOING TO CRUSH IT. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER PROGRAMS, THE FINDING RESOURCES TO PAY FOR THOSE THINGS IS GONE. IF YOU CARE DESPERATELY ABOUT DEFENSE, DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE COMPETING FOR SCARCER AND SCARCER DOLLARS. BECAUSE THOSE DOLLARS ARE PROMISED IN OUR MANDATORY SPENDING. OUR ENTITLEMENTS. SO THE ONLY REASON I THREW THIS ONE UP WAS JUST GETTING A SENSE THAT JUST THE MOVEMENT FROM JANUARY TO JUNE -- THE CHART MAY NOT LOOK LIKE A BIG DEAL. BUT WE'RE DEALING WITH HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HERE. YOU SEE THAT LITTLE SEPARATION BETWEEN A RED LINE AND A BLUE LINE? THAT SEPARATION IS SIX MONTHS. THIS ISN'T A GAME. IT SHOULDN'T BE PARTISAN. THE NUMBERS ARE THE NUMBERS. AND CONGRESS CANNOT CONTINUE TO EXIST IN A MATH-FREE ZONE. SO -- AND I'M SORRY. AND THIS IS -- ACTUALLY I'VE TONED DOWN MY CHART BECAUSE I WAS GETTING MADE FUN OF ABOUT MAKING TOO MANY OF THEM. I THINK I KILLED ONE OF THE BIG PRINTERS HERE ON CAPITOL HILL. BUT THAT'S ANOTHER DISCUSSION. SO LET'S SORT OF LOOK AT THIS ONE. THIS IS FUNCTIONALLY 2017 TO 2027. SO THE 10-YEAR WINDOW WHICH WE USE CONSTANTLY AROUND HERE. JUST UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS CONSTANT GROWTH OF THE DEBT DOES IN THE MIX OF OUR PRIORITIES, THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PAY FOR. WHERE'S THE MONEY? WHERE DOES IT ULTIMATELY COME FROM? WHERE DOES IT GO? SO IF WE'RE HERE RIGHT NOW, THE FIRST BAR IS SPENDING. THE SECOND BAR IS REVENUES. OR PAY-FORS OR MECHANICS, SOME OF IT'S BORROWING, SOME OF IT'S PAYROLL TAXES, OTHER THINGS. THEN THE SAME THING FOR 2027. SO LET'S FIRST TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE WE'RE AT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS BY GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. SO THEY TELL ME THIS IS A MUCH MORE ELEGANT WAY TO SORT OF UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH OF OUR SOCIETY'S ECONOMY IS GOING INTO FINANCE GOVERNMENT. IS GOING INTO FINANCE GOVERNMENT'S DEBT. AND NONE OF THESE NUMBERS HAVE STATE AND LOCAL. THIS IS JUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL. SO TAKE A LOOK. THIS YEAR, HEY, ABOUT 1.4% OF OUR G.D.P., OF THE ECONOMIC MUSCLE OF OUR SOCIETY, IS GOING INTO FINANCING OUR EXCESSIVE SPENDING, OUR DEBT. IN 10 YEARS, IT'S 2.9%. SO THE ENTIRE ECONOMY, CLOSE TO 3% OF IT IS GOING TO BE GRABBED JUST TO PAY FOR DEBT. BUT WHEN YOU ALSO START TO LOOK AT -- YOU SEE THAT BLACK PORTION ON THE TOP? IN 2017, THE EXCESSIVE SPENDING HERE, WITHOUT REVENUE, SO BORROWING, IS 3.6% OF OUR ENTIRE G.D.P. WENT TO BORROWING. IN 10 YEARS, IT'S 5.2% AND IT KEEPS GROWING AND GROWING AND GROWING AND IT REALLY STARTS TO TAKE OFF. REMEMBER WE HAD THE COMMENT, IN FIVE YEARS WE HIT THE PEAK OF THE BABY BOOM, MOVING INTO RETIREMENT? AND IF YOU SEE THE CURVE, IT STEEPENS AND STEEPENS AND STEEPENS. AND OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DECADES, IT BLOWS OFF THE CHART. SO YOU ACTUALLY START TO LOOK AT THE MIX OF WHAT ARE OUR RESOURCES? WHAT DO WE HAVE? LET'S JUST -- LET'S JUST GO TO THE 2027. SO THAT'S THIS. SO FUNCTIONING 6% OF OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY WILL BE GOING TO SOCIAL SECURITY. 6.9% OF OUR G.D.P. WILL BE GOING TO HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS. ANOTHER 2.5% OF OUR SOCIETY'S G.T.P. WILL BE GOING TO OTHER MANDATORY PROGRAM -- G.D.P. WILL BE GOING TO OTHER MANDATORY PROGRAMS. ONLY 5.4% WILL BE GOING TO EVERYTHING WE CALL DISCRETIONARY AND PART OF THAT IS ALSO DEFENSE. ABOUT HALF THAT WILL BE DEFENSE. HALF THAT WILL BE OTHER DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS. THIS IS WHERE WE'RE MOVING PRIORITY-WISE. THE GROWTH OF THESE PROGRAMS CONSUME EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATH. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO, WHEN WE WERE BEHIND THIS MICROPHONE -- LOOK, THERE'S DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES, BUT WHEN I WAS A KID, $4 WERE SPENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FOR EVERY $1 THAT WAS SPENT FOR OUR -- WE'LL CALL SENIORS. TODAY THAT'S REVERSED. TODAY WE WILL SPEND $4 FOR SENIORS, FOR EVERY $1 SPENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THAT CURVE CONTINUES TO MOVE AWAY FROM US. . THAT'S THE DECISION THIS BODY HAS MADE FOR OUR PRIORITIES. NOW WHY THIS SLIDE IS SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND, IF YOU SEE THE BLUE THERE AND LOOK, I'M BLESSED TO BE ON THE SOCIAL SECURITY COMMITTEE IN WAYS AND MEANS AND WE JUST HAD THE ACTUARY REPORT AND SOCIAL SECURITY HAS PROBLEMS, BUT IT'S NOT A CRISIS. IT IS FIXABLE. WELL-MEANING PEOPLE, A HANDFUL OF THEM COULD GET IN A ROOM AND 60 UNFUNDED LIABILITIES OVER THE 75-YEAR WINDOW FOR SOCIAL SECURITY. WHAT SHOULD TERRIFY YOU ARE NUMBERS WITHIN MEDICARE. LET'S REACH OVER HERE AND FORGIVE ME FOR LEANING OVER. LET'S SAY YOU ARE 50 YEARS OLD TODAY AND WE ARE GOING TO USE 65 AS THE BENCHMARK. YOU WILL BE RETIRING IN 2030. YOU SEE THE GRAY HERE? SO OVER YOUR CAREER, OVER YOUR WORK LIFE, THE AVERAGE PERSON WHO WILL BE RETIRING IN 2030 WILL HAVE PUT IN $179,000 INTO MEDICARE. YOU SEE THIS SIDE? THEY ARE GOING TO RECEIVE $621,000 IN BENEFITS. FOR THE PERSON WHO IS 60 YEARS OLD TODAY AND THESE ARE MEAN, THE PERSON WHO IS 60 TODAY, RETIRING IN FIVE YEARS WILL HAVE PAID $179,000 IN PART OF THEIR FICA TAX GOING TO MEDICARE. AND OVER THEIR YEARS OF RETIREMENT BECAUSE OF LONGEVITY, BECAUSE OF HEALTH CARE COSTS AND SERIES OF DIFFERENT THINGS, THEY WILL TAKE OUT $621,000. I NEED YOU TO START TO MULTIPLY THOSE DIFFERENTIALS WHERE WE ARE TAKING THIS OUT AND MULTIPLY IT TIMES 76 MILLION OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO WE DEFINE AS BABY BOOMERS. YOU SEE THE MATH PROBLEM? AND THIS SLIDE ISN'T FROM SOME CONSERVATIVE GROUP. I BELIEVE IT'S FROM THE URBAN INSTITUTE. THIS IS JUST REALITY. LET'S SAY YOU HAPPEN TO BE MY MOST LIBERAL CONSTITUENT AND YOU CARE DESPERATELY ABOUT THE ENTITLEMENTS AND MEDICARE, YOU SHOULD BE THE FIRST ONE LINING UP WITH ME AND OTHERS AROUND HERE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE SAYING WE MUST DO TWO KEY THINGS, WE MUST ADOPT POLICIES THAT MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH, WHETHER IT BE TAX REFORM OR REGULATORY REFORM OR IMMIGRATION REFORM, ALL THESE THINGS, BUT PRIMARILY TAX REFORM, WE MUST DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH BECAUSE THE GROWING ECONOMY SOLVES A LOT OF PROBLEMS BUT DOESN'T COME CLOSE TO DEALING WITH THESE SHORTFALLS. SO THE SECOND THING IS, IT MUST BE DONE. AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE FAIR-MINDED PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDE OF THE AISLE. IT'S JUST THE MATH. AND WHEN SOMEONE GETS BEHIND ONE OF THESE MICROPHONES AND SAY IF WE GET RID OF FOREIGN AID AND WASTE AND FRAUD, I'M SORRY, THEY NEED TO GO OUT AND INVEST IN A CALCULATOR. THAT'S NOT WHAT THE UNDERLYING NUMBERS SAY. AND TO TRY TO DOUBLE DOWN ON A COUPLE OF THESE POINTS, TO UNDERSTAND HOW FAST THESE NUMBERS ARE MOVING AWAY FROM US. IN 2022, SOUNDS LIKE A LONG TIME FROM NOW. BUT WE ARE WORKING ON THE 2018 BUDGET RIGHT NOW. SO FOUR BUDGET YEARS RIGHT NOW, EVERY YEAR WE WILL BE RUNNING A TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT AND IT GROWS AND GROWS AND DEPROSE AND DEPROSE. THAT HAS TO BE FINANCED. AND WE ARE WORKING ON THIS CHART. IT'S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED AND WON'T GET TO SEE IT FOR ANOTHER MONTH OR SO, AS YOU ARE BORROWING MORE MONEY AND INTEREST RATES GO UP, YOU DO UNDERSTAND IT'S NOT JUST THE MONEY WE ARE BORROWING THIS YEAR, WHEN WE MOVE UP THE INTEREST RATES BECAUSE WE ARE OUT THERE IN THE MARKET SUCKING UP THE CAPITAL, PULLING THE CAPITAL IN, WHEN WE RAISE INTEREST RATES THERE IS $2.5 TRILLION OF OUR $14 TRILLION THAT IS REFINANCED EVERY YEAR. IT'S NOT JUST THE INTEREST WE PAY ON NEW BORROWING LIKE RIGHT NOW, $1.9 BILLION HAD TO BE BOARD TODAY. NOT THE INTEREST WE ARE GOING TO PAY ON THAT, BUT THE EFFECT ON EVERYTHING THAT IS REFINANCED EVERY YEAR, EVERY DAY, EVERY MONTH, EVERY QUARTER, BECAUSE AS THE INTEREST RATES MOVES UP WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE FINANCING. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS CHART. AND THIS IS JUST THE BORROWING NUMBER HOW IT EXPLODES. IN 2027, 10 YEARS FROM NOW. ANNUAL DEFICITS, $1.463 BILLION OF JUST BORROWING AND THAT IS NINE BUDGET YEARS FROM NOW. YOU REALIZE IF YOU ADD THAT UP, I BELIEVE THAT'S MORE THAN ALL MILITARY AND ALL OF THE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING WE ARE SPENDING TODAY. PLEASE UNDERSTAND HOW FAST THESE NUMBERS ARE MOVING AWAY FROM US AND START DEMANDING THAT WE AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TOUGHEN UP AND DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY DIFFICULT AND REALLY HARD AND THE WILLINGNESS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT IS DRIVING THESE DEBTS AND DEFICITS. MY PRIMARY REASON FOR PUTTING UP THIS CHART IS I AM A HUGE FAN THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS APPROACH THAT IS NOW INCUMBENT UPON US TO DO EVERYTHING AND DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE. YOU CAN'T JUST HAVE US SAY, WE NEED TO DO HEALTH CARE REFORM BECAUSE ALMOST NO ONE IN THE COUNTRY WHO IS OUTSIDE THAT WORLD IS PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS DOING TO THE DEBT AND DEFICIT. AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE FOCUSED ON DOING TAX REFORM. WE TALK ABOUT OUR BOOK OF SPECIALTY. PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IMMIGRATION. WE HAVE TO DO IT ALL AT THE SAME TIME TO MAXIMIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE G.D.P. INDICATOR TODAY FROM THE ATLANTA FED, A WONDERFUL WEBSITE, A GREAT APP, HAS US AT 2.5% G.D.P. THE NEW C.B.O. BASELINE IS SAYING 1.9% G.D.P. GROWTH. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. BECAUSE THESE NUMBERS CONTINUE TO REMAIN INCREDIBLY UGLY. BUT IF WE WERE TO BE AT 3, 3.5, THE NUMBERS GET MUCH, MUCH EASIER TO DEAL WITH. BUT THIS CHART IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND A LITTLE TOUGH TO ABSORB, BUT IT DEMONSTRATES EVEN WITH ADDITIONAL GROWTH, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO ENTITLEMENT REFORM AND ON A FAIRLY LARGE SCALE. GROWTH MAKES IT JUST A LOT EASIER AND MAKES IT SO WE CAN DO MUCH LONGER ON-RAMP FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT OR OTHER BENEFIT PROGRAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE. SO -- AND THIS NEXT SLIDE, I WANT TO THROW UP BECAUSE I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT -- I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF CONSTERNATION IN REGARDS TO HEALTH CARE AND THERE IS A LOT OF MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILL WE DID IN THE HOUSE. WHAT I HAVE READ OF WHAT HAS BEEN WORKED ON IN THE SENATE. LET'S GET A COUPLE OF THINGS VERY, VERY CLEAR. IF YOU HERE A COMMENTATOR TALK ABOUT WELL, IT'S 1/6 OF THE ECONOMY AND THAT'S WHAT IS IN THIS BILL, THEY DIDN'T READ THE BILL. THE A.C.A. REPLACEMENT IS ALMOST ABOUT THE SMALL PORTION OF OUR SOCIETY THAT IS IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET. THEY DON'T GET THEIR HEALTH CARE FROM AN EMPLOYER OR MEDICARE OR THE V.A. OR INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES OR TRICARE. THEY BASICALLY -- THERE IS A PLUMBER. MY WIFE AND I WHEN WE WERE RUNNING OUR OWN BUSINESS, IN MY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, ONLY 2% OF MY POPULATION, ONLY 4% OF MY POPULATION, THAT WAS THE POPULATION THAT WAS HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTIES IF THEY HAD A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. WE ARE GUARANTEED ISSUES IN SOCIETY. THAT WAS IN OUR BILL WHEN IT PASSED. BUT THAT IS A TINY PORTION OF THE SOCIETY THAT'S IN THAT INDIVIDUAL MARKET. AND IN ARIZONA, YOU HAVE A SINGLE CHOICE, SINGLE CHOICE, HUGE PRICE HIKE, NONE OF THAT WAS PROMISED. AND WHEN YOU START TO LOOK AT THE MATH ON THE DEDUCTIBLES AND IN THE PRICE, SO MANY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OUT THERE WHO SHOULD BE IN THAT INDIVIDUAL MARKET ARE BASICALLY SAYING, I WOULD RATHER PAY THE FINE. LET THEM TRY TO CATCH ME, BECAUSE WE HAVE TALKED -- AND WE DID A PRESENTATION TWO MONTHS AGO THAT WERE IN THIS RATCHETING PROBLEM. HALF OF OUR POPULATION THAT SHOULD BE IN THAT INDIVIDUAL MARKET, LET'S CALL THEM THE HEALTHY. 50% OF THAT POPULATION ONLY USED 3% OF THE HEALTH CARE DOLLARS AND SAID IT'S TOO EXPENSIVE. BUT SOMEONE WHO IS PART OF THAT HEALTHY PORTION OF THE CURVE SAYS, YEAH YOU HAVE MANDATORY PURCHASE AND I'M NOT GOING TO BUY, YOU END UP IN THIS RATCHETING EFFECT. AND IT GETS MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE DROP OUT. AND THAT'S BEEN THE CRISIS THAT IS THE A.C.A. MOST PEOPLE KNOW IT AS OBAMACARE. TO BE RESPECTFUL, LET'S CALL IT THE A.C.A. IT HAS AN ACKTUE I CAN'T RECALL -- ACKTU ARTICLE DEATH SPIRAL. CAN YOU LOWER THE PREMIUMS ENOUGH FOR THAT 50% OF THE POPULATION THAT USES 3% OF THE HEALTH CARE DOLLARS TO BUY -- MANDATORY HASN'T WORKED -- MAYBE LOW-PRICED COVERAGE WILL WORK. WHEN THEY PARTICIPATE, THE CURVE FLATTENS OUT. AND WE KNOW A TINY PERCENT OF OUR POPULATION, LIKE 5% OF THE POPULATION EQUALS ALMOST 50% OF ALL THE SPENDING. SO THE REASON THIS CHART WAS UP HERE. WE WERE TRYING TO FIND AN ELEGANT WAY, I HAVE FAIRLY SEVERE ASTHMA, BUT FOLKS WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS, DIABETES, PARTICULARLY IF IT IS NOT MANAGED, THAT'S ACTUALLY 84% OF ALL HEALTH CARE COSTS. AND WHEN WE DID THE RISK-SHARING AMENDMENT FOR THE HOUSE HEALTH CARE REPLACEMENT OR A.C.A. REPLACEMENT BILL, WE WERE TRYING TO FIXATE ON THAT CONTINUITY OF CARE WHERE DO YOU FIND THAT FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE CHRONIC CONDITIONS TO MAKE SURE THERE IS CONTINUITY OF CARE BETWEEN THEMSELVES AND THE DOCTORS. AND I THOUGHT WE DID A FAIRLY ELEGANT JOB AND PUTTING REAL RESOURCES BEHIND IT. BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE OUTLIAR THAT OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OUT THERE, THOSE OF US WHO HAVE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OR CHRONIC CONDITIONS, END UP BEING THE COST DRIVERS IN OUR HEALTH CARE. SO OUR ABILITY TO BE CREATIVE, OUR ABILITY TO SAY, TO HAVE ONE OF THESE IN YOUR POCKET AND THIS COULD BE PART OF YOUR HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT, ARE WE GOING TO ACCEPT THE REALITY THAT SOMEONE WITH A CHRONIC CONDITION SHOULD BE ABLE TO PICK UP THEIR PHONE AND TALK TO THEIR PHONE. SHOULD A POOR PERSON BE ALLOWED TO WEAR CRENSORS AND OTHER THINGS. THERE ARE INCREDIBLE THINGS ROLLING OUT IN THE MARKET TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS. HERE'S THE PUNCH LINE, WHETHER IT WAS THE A.C.A. OR REPLACEMENT, ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE BUT WHO PAYS. THIS IS ABOUT IF THE MONEY. WHO PAYS, WHO GETS THE MONEY. BECAUSE REMEMBER, IT WAS IN 1986 , 31 YEARS AGO, THIS LEGISLATION WAS PASSED BASICALLY SAYING YOU CANNOT DENY SOMEONE MEDICAL SERVICES. YOU SHOW UP IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR THE HOSPITAL AND GETTING YOUR MEDICAL SERVICES AND SEE IT FROM THE DATA. THE LAST 0 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF PROCEDURES, STAYED PRETTY MUCH THE SAME. . WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE SAYING, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO GET HEALTH CARE. WE'VE BEEN A SOCIETY FOR 30-PLUS YEARS THAT HAS A GUARANTEE OF DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES. THE GREAT BATTLE IS WHO PAYS. DO YOU REMEMBER A FEW YEARS WHAG WE HAD THE GREAT CONSTERNATION OF UNCOMPENSATED CARE? I WORKED ON THOSE ISSUES. NOW ALL THESE YEARS LATER, WE'RE BASICALLY TRYING TO MAKE AN ARGUMENT OF WHO PAYS, HOW DO WE PAY, HOW DO WE GET MORE HEALTHY, THAT'S 20-YEAR-OLDS, 30-YEAR-OLDS, 40-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE HEALTHY, HOW DO WE GET MORE OF THEM, PARTICULARLY IN THE INDIVIDUAL MARKETS, TO PARTICIPATE? THEN THE SECOND HALF IS MEDICAID. THIS IS A STRANGE CITY. BECAUSE IT'S ONE OF THOSE CITIES, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE DOLLARS, EVEN THOUGH THE DOLLARS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND GROW AND GROW, SO MANY PEOPLE DEFINE THAT AS A CUT. BUT YOU REMEMBER WE WERE LOOKING AT THE EXPLODING DEFICIT-DEBT NUMBERS. WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE REALITY . WE'RE IN REAL TROUBLE. AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO STEP UP AND START BEING HONEST WITH EACH OTHER ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THESE -- IN THE UNDERLYING MATH HERE. SO I KNOW THIS IS A LITTLE DIVERSION FROM WHAT WAS IN THE C.B.O. REPORT. BUT ONCE AGAIN YOU SAW ON THE CHART THAT THE HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE ENTITLEMENT NUMBERS WERE SUBSTANTIALLY DRIVING THE DEFICIT. NOW YOU ACTUALLY SORT OF SEE WHAT'S IN THE UNDERLYING PART OF THAT POPULATION. SORELY ABOUT THAT. SO WE GO -- SORRY ABOUT THAT. SO WE GET G BACK TO THE BEGINNING AGAIN -- SO WE GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING AGAIN. HOPEFULLY I HAVEN'T SPOKE FOR A HOLE HOUR, FOR YOUR SAKE AND MINE, BUT ONE MORE TIME. THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO C.B.O., THREE WEEKS AGO, AND YOU'VE HEARD LOTS OF TALK ABOUT IT, RIGHT? THAT WAS ME BEING SARCASTIC. $193 BILLION OF BORROWING THIS YEAR. WE'RE GOING TO BORROW ALMOST $1.9 BILLION EVERY DAY, $79 MILLION EVERY HOUR, I'VE BEEN HERE AN HOUR. HAS THIS BEEN WORTH D 79 MILLION -- WORTH $79 MILLION TO YOU? THINK ABOUT IT. I KNOW I MIS-SAID THIS EARLIER, SO THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS I WANT TO PUT THIS BOARD UP. THS $21,900 -- IT'S $21,900 EVERY SECOND OF BORROWING. I HAVE A 21-MONTH-OLD. GREATEST GIFT THE DEAR LORD'S EVER GIVEN MY WIFE AND I. I PRAY FOR THE BIRTH MOTHER EVERY NIGHT SAYING THANK YOU. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHARTS, WHEN SHE HIT HER PEAK EARNING YEARS, HER TAX RATES ARE GOING TO BE DOUBLE, MAYBE EVEN MORE, WHAT HAVE I WOULD PAY TODAY -- OF WHAT I WOULD PAY TODAY. THE ECONOMIC GROWTH IS PROBABLY CRUSHED BY THE AMOUNT OF DEBT. AND A LOT OF THE CALCULATIONS, IF WE STEP OUT 30 YEARS, THE COMPUTERS CAN'T EVEN MODEL THEM ANYMORE. BECAUSE, UNDERSTAND, THERE'S THIS AMAZING NUMBER IN HERE. THAT FUNCTIONALLY IN NINE BUDGET YEARS, WE'RE AT $9 -- 91% DEBT TO G.D.P. ON PUBLICLY HELD DEBT. THAT'S NOT THE MONEY WE BORROWED FROM THE TRUST FUND. THE QUESTION I ASK -- I LOVE MY LITTLE GIRL. HOW MANY OF YOU LOVE YOUR KID? HOW MANY OF YOU LOVE YOUR GRANDKID? HOW MANY OF YOU LOVE THIS COUNTRY? HOW MANY OF YOU WANT THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE AN AMAZING FUTURE? BECAUSE IT CAN. THIS IS ALL FIXABLE. JUST EVERY SINGLE DAY WE WAIT, WE MAKE IT SO MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. WITH THAT, MR. SPEAKER, I WILL YIELD BACK.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                  THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. UNDER THE SPEAKER'S ANNOUNCED POLICY OF JANUARY 3, 2017, THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM VIRGINIA, MR. GARRETT, FOR 30 MINUTES.

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                                  MR. GARRETT

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN…

                                  THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN SCHWEIKERT, FROM ARIZONA. I HADN'T INTENDED TO BUT I'LL BEGIN MY REMARKS BY ADDRESSING HIS REMARKS. AND I'LL DO SOMETHING THAT I RARELY DO, AND THAT IS TO QUOTE A FRENCH HISTORIAN, POLITICAL SCIENTIST AND DIPLOMAT, WHO STATED, THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC WILL ENDURE UNTIL THE DAY THAT CONGRESS DISCOVERS THAT IT CAN BRIBE THE PUBLIC WITH THE PUBLIC'S OWN MONEY. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WAS LED BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL SAID THAT $7 TRILLION IN DEBT WAS UNPATRIOTIC. NOW WE SIT AT THE PRECIPICE OF $0 MILLION IN DEBT AFTER -- $20 MILLION IN DEBT AFTER TWO TERMS AND I WOULD SUBMIT THAT PERHAPS THAT'S UNPATRIOTIC MULTIPLIED BY THREE. OR NEARLY THAT. AND ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MR. SCHWEIKERT, THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY UNSUSTAINABLE. NOW, THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN CERTAINLY DEAL WITH RUNAWAY DEBT. ONE WAY WOULD BE TO COMPLETELY DEVAL THE CURRENCY. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO STEP AWAY FROM THE HYPERBOLLIC BARBS THAT IS ARE THROWN BY MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE AS IT RELATES TO THE MOTIVES FOR THE LEGISLATION THAT WE CARRY AND FIND OUT WHO WOULD REALLY BE HARMING SENIORS AND CHILDREN, IT WOULD BE THOSE WHO WE CONTINUE TO SPEND, UNTIL THE ONLY WAY TO COVER THE TAB WAS TO DEFLATE THE VALUE OF THE VERY MONEYS SET ASIDE TO CARE FOR THOSE LEAST ABLE TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES. SO I THANK CONGRESSMAN SCHWEIKERT. NOT ONLY FOR HIS WISE REMARKS, BUT ALSO FOR REMINDING ME JUST HOW MUCH I MISS BEING A MEMBER OF THE STATE HOUSE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. WHERE THERE IS ACTUAL BACK AND FORTH DEBATE ON THE MERITS OF ISSUES, WHERE IN THOSE SMALL PERCENTAGE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CHOOSE TO INFORM THEMSELVES MIGHT SHAPE THEIR OPINIONS BASED ON A DISCOURSE RATHER THAN PEOPLE STANDING AT THIS MICROPHONE UNCHECKED. WHICH LEADS ME TO MY NEXT POINT. WHICH IS ALSO NOT ON THE SUBJECT THAT I ORIGINALLY INTENDED TO ADDRESS. AND THAT IS THE STATEMENT OF MY DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUE FROM MARYLAND, MR. RASKIN, WHO SPOKE ON THIS FLOOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES AGO, ON A SUBJECT THAT'S IMPORTANT NOT JUST TO HIM, AND NOT JUST TO ME, BUT TO AMERICA. AND THAT IS ON THE SUBJECT OF ASSET FORFEITURE. HIS COMMENTS WERE INDICATIVE OF THE TONE THAT THIS BODY HAS DEVOLVED INTO. ONE OF THE MANY DEMOCRATS WHO I ADMIRE, DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN, WHO SAW THE VALUE IN WORKING WITH REPUBLICANS, WHERE IS HE TODAY? ONCE SAID, YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINIONS, BUT YOU'RE NOT ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN FACTS. MR. RASKIN SAID THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WAS BURDENING AMERICANS BY VIRTUE OF AN ASSET FORFEITURE POLICY AND IE CITED THE CASE OF A CHINESE RESTAURANT. AN ENTREPRENEUR HE SAID HAD AMAZED $25,000 -- AMASSED 25DS,000 SO HE COULD BUY A BUILDING BUT HE WAS GOING OVER THE SPEED LIMIT SO HE WAS PULLED OVER BY POLICE AND WITHOUT CAUSE THEY TOOK HIS MONEY AND IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS TO RECOUP HIS MONEY AND THE OPPORTUNITY WAS LOST AND THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH MR. TRUMP'S POLICY. WOW. AND HE IMPLORED LISTENERS TO PLEASE LOOK UP THIS CASE. SO I DID. IN FACT, THERE WAS A MAN WHO HAD SAVED MONEY TO PURCHASE A CHINESE RESTAURANT, WHO WAS GOING 10 MILES PER HOUR OVER THE SPEED LIMIT. WHO WAS PULLED OVER BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT WHO HAD $75,000 FOR FITTED. IT TOOK HIM NOT SEVEN YEARS BUT 10 MONTHS TO GET IT BACK. AND IT HAPPENED IN 2014. AND I'M NOT TERRIBLY SURE WHO WAS PRESIDENT THEN BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS DONALD TRUMP. SO I WILL JOIN MY COLLEAGUE IN SUGGESTING THAT WE NEED ASSET FORFEITURE REVIEW AND REFORM IN THIS COUNTRY, BUT PLEASE, YOU'RE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINIONS, YOU'RE NOT ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN FACTS. WHY AM I HERE TONIGHT? WHY AM I HERE AT ALL? WHO ARE WE AS A NATION? I TELL MY CHILDREN, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO IN LIFE WHEN YOU'RE CONFRONTED WITH TOUGH CHALLENGES, WHEN YOU HAVE A DILEMMA, ASK YOURSELF, WHO DO I WANT TO BE, NOT WHO AM I, WHO DO I WANT TO BE? BECAUSE I HOPE I NEVER REACH MY ASPIRATIONAL GOALS, BUT I KEEP TRYING AS LONG AS I'M HERE. I DON'T THINK, IF YOU REACH ALL YOUR GOALS FOR WHO YOU WANT TO BE, THAT YOU'VE AIMED HIGH ENOUGH. IF YOU ASK YOURSELF, WHO DO I WANT TO BE, WHEN YOU FACE THAT ETHICAL OR MORAL DILEMMA, YOU WILL ALWAYS THEN COME UP WITH THE RIGHT ANSWER. WHEN YOU ANSWER WHAT THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE WOULD DO. SO I GREW UP WITH A FATHER WHO ACTUALLY HAD A NAME FOR THE BELT THAT HE WORE AROUND HIS WAIST, IT WAS THE ENFORCER. I HAD A MOTHER WHO THOUGHT I COULD DO ANYTHING I WANTED TO DO AND A FATHER WHO WOULD KICK MY TAIL IF I DIDN'T GIVE IT MY BEST EFFORT. I SPENT 10 YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I LOOKED AT THE CRIMINAL DEFENDANT AND THOUGHT, I WONDER BUT THERE FOR THE GRACE OF GOD -- BUT FOR THE FACT THAT SPENT 10 YEARS AS A I WAS BLESSED WITH AMAZING PARENTS, WHO ENCOURAGED ME AND LOVED ME AND DISCIPLINED ME AND TOLD ME THE THINGS I COULD DO, UNLIKE SO MANY IN POLITICAL OFFICE TODAY WHO GARNER VOTES AND SUPPORT BY TELLING PEOPLE WHAT THEY CAN'T DO. WHAT THEY NEED DONE FOR THEM. BY GOSH THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON A GOVERNMENT DEPENDENT UPON PEOPLE, NOT A PEOPLE DEPENDENT UPON GOVERNMENT. AND THAT'S WHO WE ARE. NOW, WHO ARE WE GOING TO BE? WHERE ARE WE GOING? A WISER PERSON THAN I ONCE SAID, IF YOU WANT KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU SHOULD LOOK WHERE YOU'VE BEEN. IT'S THE RELATIVELY HUMBLING THING TO DO. REPRESENTING THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. BECAUSE THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA WAS FIRST REPRESENTED IN THIS INSTITUTION BY JAMES MADISON. I TELL PEOPLE THOSE ARE SOME VERY SMALL BIG SHOES TO FILL. VERY SMALL BIG SHOES TO FILL. JAMES MADISON WON THE CONGRESSIONAL SEAT WHEN HE RAN IN AN ELECTION AGAINST A PILLAR OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY NAMED MONROE. THEY WERE SO COLLEGIAL DURING THEIR CAMPAIGN THAT THEY OFTEN TRAVELED TOGETHER. AND WHEN MADISON WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS PRIOR TO THE 17TH AMENDMENT, HE WENT TO THE VIRGINIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY, THE LONGEST SERVING DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEGISLATIVE BODY ON THE PLANET EARTH, AND SUGGESTED THAT JAMES MONROE SHOULD BE THE SENATOR AND INDEED HE WAS MADE THE SENATOR. SO WE HAVE MADISON, WE HAVE MONROE. THE DRAFTER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE THOMAS JEFFERSON, LIVED IN VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. THE FATHER OF THE POWER OF THE ARTICLE III BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT, THE SUPREME COURT, JOHN MARSHALL, RETIRED IN VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. PATRICK HENRY RETIRED IN VIRGINIA'S FIFTH DISTRICT. LEE AND GRANT SAT AT A TABLE AND ENDED THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA. AND A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED BARBARA JOHNS STOOD UP IN THE FACE OF POSSIBLE INJURY OR DEATH TO START THE VIRGINIA CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT. SO IT'S PRETTY HUMBLING. BUT IT GIVES ME A GOOD LESSON IN WHO WE ARE. SO MANY ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE CRITICIZE PRESIDENT OBAMA WHEN HE SAID, YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS, YOU DIDN'T DO THAT. SOMEBODY ELSE DID THAT FOR YOU. I'LL DEFEND HIM. I'LL DEFEND HIM. DID YOU IT WITH BLOOD AND SWEAT AND TEARS AND HARD WORK AND PERSISTENCE AND THE WILLING TONS STAND UP TIME AND AGAIN AFTER FAILING. YOU DID IT. BUT YOU DID IT BECAUSE YOU STOOD ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS WHO GAVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT. THAT IMPERFECT PEOPLE, THOMAS JEFFERSON, A SLAVE OWNER, WHO GAVE US NEAR PERFECT DOCUMENTS. JAMES MADISON, DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN REVISED, OH, I DON'T KNOW, 27 TIMES IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS. THAT WE CONSTANTLY SHOULD STRIVE TO BE A MORE PERFECT UNION. THAT WE WILL NEVER ACHIEVE THAT STATUS OF A PERFECT UNION SO LONG AS INSTITUTIONS ON EARTH ARE GOVERNED BY MERE MORTAL MEN. BUT THAT WE HAVE A DUTY IN THIS NATION TO TRY TO CONTINUE TO. SO THAT'S WHY I'M HERE. I'M NOT HERE TO PERPETUATE MY OWN POWER. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE MOST INDISPENSABLE PERSON IS THE PERSON WHO RECOGNIZES THAT THEY ARE NOT INDISPENSABLE. FOLKS DRIVE PAST THE GRAVEYARD AND LOOK AT THE HEADSTONES, BECAUSE I CAN PROMISE YOU, THERE'S PILES OF FOLKS BURIED THERE WHO THOUGHT THE WORLD JUST COULDN'T GO ON WITHOUT THEM. AND THE BAND PLAYED ON. THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA WAS HERE BEFORE I GOT HERE, IT WILL BE HERE AFTER I LEAVE. I'M NOT HERE TO PERPETUATE MY OWN NAME OR MY OWN LEGACY OR ANY SORT OF POWER. I'M HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING DO I IS POINTED TOWARD GIVING THE POSTERITY THAT WILL FOLLOW US, MY CHILDREN, SCHWEIKERT'S CHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDREN, EVERY BIT AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER OPPORTUNITIES THAN THOSE WHICH WE HAD. I BELIEVE THERE ARE TWO FUNDAMENTAL INDICTMENTS TO BIRTH OF AMERICANISM. FIRST, THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AN TUFPBLETE WE SHOULD ALWAYS STRIVING TO MAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY MORE OF AN EQUAL STUDENT -- OPPORTUNITY. IN A WORLD WHERE IF YOUR LAST NAME IS CLINTON OR TRUMP OR OBAMA OR BUSH YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING INTO HARVARD. WE'RE NOT THERE YET. BUT EVERYONE, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO AN OPPORTUNITY. AND EVERYONE WITHIN THE JEFFERSONIAN CONSTRUCT OF LIBERTY THATHES MY FREEDOM EXTENDS TO THE POINT WHERE YOURS STARTS, SO LONG AS YOU DON'T HARM ANOTHER, YOU SHOULD BE FREE TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOURSELF, HAS AN ENTITLEMENT TO DEFINE SUCCESS FOR THEMSELVES. IF YOU WANT TO BE THE WORLD'S BEST BEE KEEPER, GO BE THE WORLD'S BEST BEE KEEPER. IF YOU WANT TO BE A GREAT STAY AT HOME DAD, DO THAT. IF YOU'D LIKE TO WORK TO CURE CANCER, PLEASE DO. . IF YOU WANT PROSPERITY, PLEASE DO. AND PERPETRATE OUR OWN POWER, PLEASE DON'T. THIS BRINGS ME TO THE POINT OF WHY I STAND HERE TODAY. I HAVE BEEN HERE SIX MONTHS, NOT TERRIBLY LONG, THANK GOD, I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO SHAKE MY VIEW. SO AS I WALK INTO THIS CHAMBER, AS I STAND NEXT TO THESE WOMEN AND MEN, I'M A LITTLE HUMBLED. WHEN I WALK DOWN THE STAIRCASE OF THE ORIGINAL HOUSE CHAMBER THAT HAS BEEN WORN BY TIME BY THE LIKES OF KENNEDY AND MADISON AND MONROE AND EISENHOWER AND LINCOLN, I'M HUMBLED. BUT I WOULD REVERT BACK TO THE WORD OVER 150 YEARS AGO, AND THAT IS WE WILL DELIVE TO ATTEMPT THE TAXPAYERS WITH THEIR MONEY AND SOME POINT SOME THINGS BECOME UNSUSTAINABLE AND WE ARE ABOUT FREEDOM OF INDIVIDUALS TO VENTURE AND FAIL AND VENTURE AND GAIN. AND THAT WE ARE A NATION WHOSE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEPEND UPON PEOPLE, NOT WHOSE PEOPLE SHOULD DEPEND UPON GOVERNMENT. I STOOD ON THIS VERY FLOOR AND I DROPPED AT THE CLERK'S DESK H.RES. 458. IT IS A VEHICLE THAT WOULD MOVE TO DISCHARGE PASS THE NORMAL PROCEDURES HOUSE RESOLUTION 1436 . IT'S A BILL THAT WAS VOTED FOR BY EVERY REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THIS BODY WHICH WOULD PROVIDE FOR REPEAL OF THE BROKEN PROMISES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. JUST YESTERDAY IN CONFERENCE THEY SHOWED US POLLING THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TRUST THE REPUBLICANS MORE ON NATIONAL DEFENSE, BORDER SECURITY, JOBS AND THE ECONOMY, BUT WE WERE SKETCHY ON HEALTH CARE. I CAN READ A POLL. BUT I CAME HERE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. I CAME HERE TO DO WHAT I SAID I WOULD DO. AND THIS PLAN THAT I THINK COULD REASONABLY BE CALLED MANAGED HEALTH CARE BAILOUT PROGRAM, THE HEALTH INSURANCE ENHANCEMENT PROFITS ACT HAS FAILED AND THE PARADIGM WHICH WE HAVE DEBATED IT HAS FAILED TO BE AN HONEST ONE. SO IF I'M HERE NOT TO ENHANCE MYSELF OR MY LEGACY, IF I'M HERE TO DO WHAT I SAID WHAT I WOULD DO WHEN I RAN FOR OFFICE, THEN I NEED TO STAND UP AND SAY WHAT I'M GOING TO DO AND THAT WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE DECISIONS OF AMERICANS WERE LEFT TO AMERICANS THAT WE MINIMIZE OF THE INTERFERENCE OF INDIVIDUALS' LIVES AND MR. JEFFERSON WAS CORRECT WHEN HE SAID THE FRUITS OF THE WHEN THE LEGISLATURE IS NOT IN SESSION. I BELIEVE IT WAS WILL ROGERS WHO SAID THEY SAY THE ONLY CERTAIN THINGS IN LIFE ARE DEATH AND TAXES, DEATH DOESN'T GET ANY WORSE WHEN CONGRESS MEETS. WE HEARD ABOUT A C.B.O. SCORE THAT SAID X MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE COVERAGE. WELL, THE LAST TIME I LOOKED, THIS WAS CALLED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND IF IT WERE THE AFFORDABLE COVERAGE ACT. A STORY PUBLISHED THAT TWIRD OF AMERICANS COULDN'T FIND $1,000 IN CASE OF A FINANCIAL CRISIS, BUT DEDUCTIBLES HAVE GONE UP TO $5,000 FOR THE AVERAGE FAMILY OF FOUR AND I ASK YOU IF YOUR DEDUCTIBLE IS $5,000 AND CAN'T FIND $1,000 IN TIMES OF CRISIS, DO YOU HAVE HEALTH CARE? YOU HAVE COVERAGE? YOU HAVE COVERAGE, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE HEALTH CARE. YOU ARE STILL INDIG GENT. BUT DON'T WORRY. IF YOU LIKE YOUR PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN. IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR. AND SEE A DECREASE, TURNS OUT THAT WASN'T TRUE. DON'T WORRY THESE INSURERS WHO SUPPORTED THE PLAN, THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY ARE DOING THIS OUT OF THIS. I HAVE A AN ARTICLE FROM THE "NEW YORK POST" AND WITH THE COST SPIRAL IS UPWARD. IF YOU BOUGHT 100 AND SOLD IT IN THE LAST TIME I LOOKED, YOU WOULD HAVE $580. THAT'S A HECK OF AN INVESTMENT. THE ONLY PEOPLE MAKING OUT ARE BIG INSURERS AND AMERICANS ARE LIED TO BY FOLKS WHO SAY WHO DON'T CARE. WE DO. WE AREN'T TRYING TO PERPETRATE OUR OWN POWER BY TAKING FROM ONE GROUP AND GIVING IT TO ANOTHER AND ROBBING OUR CHILDREN BLIND. AND SO I HAVE ONLY BEEN HERE FOR SIX MONTHS. AND I SAID HOW ABOUT DISCHARGING THIS BILL. I'M FRUSTRATED. AND THEY SAID, IT'S NOT TIME FOR THAT. I SAID OK, I WANT TO BE A TEAM PLAYER. I'M FRUSTRATED. AND THE PRESIDENT IS FRUSTRATED. THE SENATE IS FRUSTRATED. I CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO I SERVE AND THEY ARE FRUSTRATED. AND NOBODY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WILL TALK ABOUT A PLAN THAT THE NAMESAKE OF THE PLAN PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID AND I QUOTE HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS. THAT MINNESOTA GOVERNOR SAID IT IS UNSUSTAINABLE. THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON IS THE CRAZIEST THING, WE HAVE ZEROOVE SUGGESTIONS FOR HEALTH. BECAUSE BY GOSH, WE CAN SCORE POLITICAL POINTS, SHAME ON YOU ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IF YOU ARE TRYING TO SCORE PLIG POINTS. WE OUGHT TO BE DOING THIS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FUNDAMENTAL BIRTHRIGHT OF OPPORTUNITY IS PERPETRATED FOR PERPETUITY AND DOESN'T DIE IN THE HANDS OF THE POLITICAL CLASS WHO SAYS THIS WILL GET ME POINTS AT HOME. IT MIGHT NOT HELP YOU. YOUR DISTRICT IS NOT THAT SAFE. I'M GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I NEVER HAD A JOB IN MY LIFE THAT I WASN'T WILLING TO LOSE IF IT MEANT DOING THE RIGHT THING. I WANT THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS CHAMBER TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE RANK AND FILE MEMBERS SUPPORT THEM THAT'S CORRECT WE GOT THEIR BACKS AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR BEST EFFORTS AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. LET'S KEEP GOING AND KEEP THAT DARN PROMISE. I GOT A FEELING IF YOU KEEP THAT PROMISE AND WORRIED ABOUT ELECTIONS YOUR REWARD WILL COME. SO I WANT TO SUPPORT LEADERSHIP AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE OTHER CHAMBER AND MAYBE EMBOLDEN THEM AND WE HAVEN'T QUIT ON THEM. I WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SOME PEOPLE IN D.C. MEAN WHAT THEY SAY. WHOA. THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF VOTES FOR REPEAL BY MEMBERS WHO KNEW THAT THE REPEAL WOULD NEVER HAPPEN BECAUSE IT CAME ACROSS THE DESK FOR THE PERSON FOR WHOM THE BILL WAS NAMED. IT WAS A THEORETICAL ABSTRACT. SURE, I SUPPORT IT. WE'RE PLAYING WITH LIFE AMMUNITION, FOLKS. LET'S SEE WHAT THEY SAID. COME TO THIS DESK AND IF YOU ARE WATCHING AND TELL YOUR MEMBER COME TO THIS DESK AND SIGN ON TO H.RES. 458. MAYBE YOU DIDN'T MEAN IT. BUT LET US KNOW. SHOOT STRAIGHT WITH FOLKS. DOZENS OF VOTES FOR REPEAL. LET HE ME BE STRAIGHT. THE BILL THAT WOULD BE DISCHARGED BY THIS RESOLUTION WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY END OBAMACARE. INSTEAD, IT WOULD GIVE US A TWO-YEAR WINDOW, A TWO-YEAR WINDOW AND I'LL BERTSCHA, THE REPLACEMENT WE MIGHT GET INPUT FROM PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. I KNOW TO A CERTAINTY NO SIDE HAS GOOD IDEA. SOME MEMBERS WILL SAY, THERE ARE MEMBERS WE SHOULD HAVE SINGLE PAIR. WE ARE STUCK IN A BROKEN SYSTEM BECAUSE OF THE POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP AND BURNED ME WHEN I WAS ON THE OUTSIDE AND BURNS ME ON THE INSIDE. WHAT ARE THE FACTS? WHAT ARE THE REAL FACTS? THE INDIVIDUAL PREMIUM HAS GONE UP 39%. AND THAT MEANS IF YOU ARE AN INDIVIDUAL AND PREMIUM WAS 1 THUNDERSHOWERS A MONTH AND NOW $1,300. IF YOU ARE A FAMILY AND PAYING 500 A MONTH AND THAT IS IN TWO YEARS, THE AVERAGE INDIVIDUAL PLAN IS UP 147% FROM 2008. THE AVERAGE FAMILY PLAN IS UP 177%. MOST AMERICANS PAY HASN'T INCREASED. THE AVERAGE IS UP 25% AND THAT IS UP OF DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. IF YOU WERE PAYING 2,000. 25% IN ONE YEAR. AND CANDIDLY ALL THE ARGUMENTS ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL DIE IF WE MOVE TO A SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS CHOICES ARE NOT HOLLOW AND BENEATH THE DIGNITY OF THIS BODY BY THEIR VIRTUE BUT ALSO FOLKS. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE MORTALITY RATE ROSE IN 2015. U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY DROPPED FROM 2014 TO 2015 FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1990'S AND IT DROPPED MORE IN STATES THAT EXPANDED MEDICAID. SO I'M NOT ONLY DISTRUSTED WITH AND SICKENED WITH HARSH RHETORIC BUT IT'S NOW BEEN PROVEN FALSE. WE TALK WHO WILL BE KICKED OFF THEIR PLAN. ACCORDING TO THE C.B.O., 10 MILLION PEOPLE LOST THEIR EMPLOYER PLANS. THOSE WHO LIKED THE PLANS, THEY COULD KEEP. 15 MILLION PEOPLE ARE INSURED ASAL RESULT OF AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. WE HAVE COMPELLED AMERICAN CITIZENS TO PURCHASE A GOODER SERVICE AT THE RISK OF FORFEITURE OF THEIR MONEY OR THEIR FREEDOM. WE LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE YOU CAN CHOOSE IN MANY PLACES TO BUY MARIJUANA OR BUNK GEE JUMP. IN SOME PLACES, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO VISIT A PROSTITUTE BUT CAN'T CHOOSE A HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT DOESN'T HAVE MENTAL HEALTH. YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THAT'S AGAINST THE LAW. THIS IS ABOUT CHOICE. I SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AS A FIRE SUPPORT OFFICER AND WHEN I LEFT THE ARMY I ATTENDED LAW SCHOOL AND WHEN I DID THAT, I CHOSE NOT TO HAVE HEALTH CARE BECAUSE AS I LOOKED AT WHAT I WAS ABLE TO DO ON THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT MY FAMILY HAD AND DID A CROSS-BENEFIT ANALYSIS AND I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND YOUNG, THAT OUR FAMILY'S BEST INTEREST WAS SERVED BY NOT SPENDING THAT MONEY. IT PAID OFF. BUT IT SHOULD BE WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF DECISIONS THAT AMERICANS MAKE. AND RIGHT NOW, IT'S NOT. I'M FRUSTRATED, BUT I'M FIGHTING. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED, BUT THEY'RE FIGHTING. I WANT TO SEE OUR LEADERSHIP SUCCEED. I WANT TO SEE THIS NATION CONTINUE TO BE UNEQUIVOCALLY, THE GREATEST EXPERIMENT IN FREEDOM THAT THE EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN. IF WE TRY TO PAR LAY LARGESSE AND PROGRAMS INTO POLITICAL POWER, WE WON'T, WE WON'T. AND THE TIME TO MEASURE THINGS BASED NOT ONLY ON INTENTIONS AND RESULTS IS NEY. IN OREGON THEY SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CREATE A EXCHANGE AND NOBODY WAS FIRED AND NOBODY WAS PRISON. I WAS A PROSECUTOR. AND IF YOU WASTE OR DEFRAUD PEOPLE $300 MILLION YOU EITHER LOSE YOUR JOB OR GO TO PRISON. BUT IN OREGON, YOU ARE REWARDED. LET'S JUDGE THESE THINGS NOT BY THEIR INTENTIONS BUT THEIR OUTCOMES. BUT WHO HAS ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE. LET'S SUPPORT PROVISION THAT DRIVES DOWN PREMIUMS AND DOWN DEDUCTIBLES AND LET'S TRUMPET OUR VICTORIES OF WHO WE HELP AND NO NOT WHO WE INTENDED TO HELP. I STAND UNITED WITH THE BULK OF MY COLLEAGUES. THIS IS AN AVENUE WHO WE MIGHT FIND HOW TALL WHO WE ARE. I DON'T QUESTION THE INDIVIDUAL MOTIVES OF MEMBERS. THEY CAN SIGN ON TO THIS RESOLUTION. I ASK YOU IF YOU ARE WATCHING AT HOME TO CONTACT YOUR MEMBER AND ASK THEM IF THEY'LL COME TO THIS BAR WHEN WE'RE IN SESSION AND SIGN THEIR NAME TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 458 AND DEMONSTRATE THEY ARE WILLING TO DO THE EXACT SAME THING WHEN IT COUNTS WHEN THEY DID DOZENS AND DOZENS OF TIMES. . . I DON'T DO THIS TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS OR TO MAKE MY NAME BIGGER, I DO THIS BECAUSE WE OWE IT TO THE GIANTS WHOSE SHOULDERS WE STAND UPON, TO PATRICK HENRY AND THOMAS JEFFERSON AND MARTIN LUTHER KING AND JOHN F. KENNEDY AND RONALD REAGAN, THE PEOPLE WHO GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL AND GREAT AS WE ARE. DON'T PIDDLE IT AWAY. BE RESPONSIBLE. BE WILLING TO STAY CEY NO WHEN NO IS THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER, AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK MY TIME AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT THAT ALL MEMBERS HAVE FIVE LEGISLATIVE DAYS TO REVISE AND EXTEND THEIR REMARKS AND INCLUDE EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE TOPIC OF THIS SPECIAL ORDER.

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                                  THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                  WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                • 08:01:41 PM

                                  MR. GARRETT

                                  THANK YOU.

                                • 08:01:41 PM

                                  Mr. Garrett moved that the House do now adjourn.

                                  • 08:01:42 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR WILL…

                                    MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO ADDRESS THEIR REMARKS TO THE CHAIR. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO ADJOURN.

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                                  • 08:01:50 PM

                                    MR. GARRETT

                                    MR. SPEAKER, AT THIS TIME I MAKE THAT MOTION.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    MOTION.

                              • 08:01:54 PM

                                On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

                                • 08:01:55 PM

                                  Adjourned

                                  The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 20, 2017.

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                                    HOST

                                    NELSON, THANKS FOR CALLING. TIME TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE FOR MORNING…

                                    NELSON, THANKS FOR CALLING. TIME TO GO LIVE TO THE U.S. HOUSE FOR MORNING HOUR. LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS AT NOON TODAY, ENERGY ON THE AGEND A. LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HA. OUSE A…

                                    THE SPEAKER'S ROOMS, WASHINGTON, D.C. LAYS BEFORE THE HA. OUSE A COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPEAKER. JULY 19, 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BRUCE 2017. I HEREBY APPOINT THE HONORABLE BRUCE WESTERMAN TO ACT AS SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE ON THIS DAY. SIGNED, PAUL D. RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    PURSUANT TO THE

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                                    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 ILLINOIS, MR. GUTIERREZ, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. GUTIERREZ

                                    IT LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS…

                                    IT LOOKS LIKE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE DOCUMENTS AND TURN THEM INTO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS. THEY HAVE WORK PERMITS. PAY THEIR FULL SHARE OF TAXES AND COVERED BY U.S. LABOR LAWS AND THEY ARE NOT UNDERCUTTING THE WAGES WHILE BEING THE LIVELIHOOD OF NATIVE BORN AMERICAN WORKERS. THEY ARE DOCUMENTED WORKERS IN THE U.S. AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. NEVERTHELESS, THE MORE THAN 400,000 PEOPLE WITH TEMPORARY PLOW TEXTIVE STATUS OR T.P.S. AND 800,000 WITH DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS, DACA, COULD BE COMING IN THE COMING WEEKS AND SEPTEMBER. ONCE CATEGORIZED PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL RELEASE I.C.E. AND HOMELAND SECURITY TO GO AFTER THEM SO THEY CAN BE DEPORTED. THERE ARE 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH A THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECK AND HAVE BEEN COMPLYING WITH DACA FOR FIVE YEARS. THEY WERE BROUGHT HERE AS CHILDREN, GREW UP IN THE UNITED STATES, PLAYED SPORTS WITH OUR KIDS, AND SPEAK ENGLISH PROBABLY AS WELL AS YOU AND I. THEY CAME FORWARD AS THEY WERE TOLD TO. AND WE ACTUALLY REDUCED THE POPULATION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, GOT PEOPLE ON THE BOOKS, AND WERE ABLE TO REDEPLOY OUR RESOURCES ELSEWHERE. NOW IT APPEARS THAT THE LEADERS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHO DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF SO MANY IMMIGRANTS HAVING LEGAL STATUS ARE GIVING THE PRESIDENT AN ULTIMATUM. DEPORT THE DREAMERS OR WE WILL SUE. THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS WHO IS LEADING THE CHARGE HAS A VERY SYMPATHETIC JUDGE AND IT IS UP TO ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS TO PUT UP A FIGHT. WHEN HE HIMSELF HAS BEEN TRYING TO KILL LEGAL STATUS FOR IMMIGRANTS FOR YEARS. SO PRACTICALLY SPEAKING BETWEEN ENDING DACA AND ENDING T.P.S. WE'RE GOING TO DUMP ABOUT 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE INTO THE POOL OF 10 MILLION TO 11 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING AND WORKING HERE UNDER THE RADAR OUTSIDE OF LEGAL PROTECTIONS AND WITHOUT ANY WAY TO BECOME LEGAL. SO THIS SATURDAY IN CHICAGO AT 2:00 P.M. AT LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WE'RE GOING TO GET TOGETHER AND ORGANIZE OURSELVES TO FIGHT BACK. FIGHT BACK. YES, THERE WILL BE LEGISLATION FROM DEMOCRATS AND EVEN REPUBLICANS TO FIGHT BACK. AND THERE WILL BE COURT CASES TO FIGHT BACK EVEN IF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOTHING WHICH WE FULLY EXPECT HIM TO DO. BUT FIGHTING FOR DACA AND FIGHTING TO KEEP MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO HAVE PUT DOWN ROOTS AND BUILT LIVES HERE IS GOING TO BE A PEOPLE'S FIGHT. AND THE EFFORT TO FIND WAYS TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND COPE WITH MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE BEING PUSHED INTO THE BLACK MARKET REQUIRES US TO ORGANIZE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE NATION. IT IS UP TO US TO TEACH EACH OTHER HOW WE WILL RESIST THIS LATEST INSULT IN OUR CONGREGATION, CHURCHES, UNIVERSITIES, CITIES, AND NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. AND IMMIGRANTS ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE DACA OR T.P.S. CANNOT DO THIS ON THEIR OWN. BUT THEY NEED TO BE PART OF A COALITION THAT FIGHTS BACK. TEACHERS WHO WORK WITH KIDS EVERY DAY AND BEAR WITNESS TO THE FEAR IN STUDENTS' FACE EVERY DAY THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILIES CAN'T DO THIS ALONE BUT THEY NEED TO BE PART OF A COALITION THAT COMES TOGETHER TO RESIST. EMPLOYERS WILL FACE A CHOICE, WHETHER THEY ARE JUST GOING TO ROLL OVER WHILE EMPLOYEES ARE RULED INELIGIBLE AND WORK DOCUMENTS ARE TERMINATED, OR STAND WITH US AND STAND WITH THEIR WORKERS AND FIGHT FOR THEM. SO, IF YOU MARCH WITH YOUR PINK HAT AT THE WOMAN'S MARCH I'M ASKING YOU NOW ON BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS AND THE VERY FUTURE OF IMMIGRATION TO STAND WITH US. IF YOU MARCH FOR SCIENCE OR THE ENVIRONMENT, IF YOU HAVE JOINED US IN PROTESTING BATHROOM LAWS AND DISCRIMINATION IN ALL ITS FORMS, YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS NEED YOU NOW. AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY YOU STOOD UP FOR REFUGEES AND SAID NO TO TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN. WE NEED YOU. WE NEED YOU AND FRANKLY WE NEED EACH OTHER. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PEACEFULLY STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, COMMON SENSE, AND WHAT IS RIGHT. AND WE NEED EVERYONE TO BE THERE WITH US. HELPS US, WALKING WITH US. IN CHICAGO IT STARTS THIS SATURDAY AT 2:00 AT UNITE -- AT THE LINCOLN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. THE ROAD AHEAD ISN'T GOING TO BE VERY EASY, BUT WE HAVE FOUGHT HARD TO WIN VICTORIES FOR OUR COUNTRY. AND FOR THE DREAMERS WHO ARE THE LEADING EDGE OF OUR MOVEMENT TO MAKE IMMIGRATION LEGAL AGAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. NOW IS THE TIME WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AND DO WHAT IS RIGHT. AND WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE.

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                                  • 10:05:39 AM

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. THOMPSON, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. THOMPSON

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKERER I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE AMERICAN CRAFTSMANSHIP AS THE WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATES MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS, WORKERS, FARMERS, AND INKNOW VETERANS DAY TORS HAVE BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND DRIVE OUR ECONOMY. THEY ARE THE HEART OF THIS NATION AND THEY ENSURE THAT THE MADE IN THE U.S.A. LABEL MEANS QUALITY AND VALUE, WHICH IS SOMETHING WE TREASURE. PENNSYLVANIA HAS A RICH HISTORY OF BEING A MANUFACTURING LEADER, ESPECIALLY OUR STORIED PENNSYLVANIA STEEL. THE COMMONWEALTH HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT COG IN THE WHEEL OF THIS COUNTRY'S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION THANKS TO INDUSTRIES LIKE IRON, COAL, AND LUMBER. IN ADDITION TO STEEL. OUR PENNSYLVANIA FARMERS HAVE FED AND CONTINUE TO FEED GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS. PROVIDING SAFE, NUTRITIOUS FOOD FOR ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS. THIS RICH HISTORY CONTINUES TODAY. THE FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IS HOME TO NUMEROUS PRODUCERS THAT HAVE MADE VITAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR PROSPERITY. THEY HAVE EMPLOYED AMERICAN WORKERS, PRODUCED AMERICAN PRODUCTS, AND GROWN AMERICAN CROPS. FROM HERITAGE COMPANIES TO NEW OR RISING STARS WE HAVE A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF PRODUCTS PRODUCED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA WIDE CROSS SECTION OF PRODUCTS PRODUCED IN THE PENNSYLVANIA FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. BROOKVILLE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION IN JEFFERSON COUNTY IS THE LEADING AMERICAN MANUFACTURER OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES, STREET TROLLEYS, AND MINING MACHINERY FROM BROOKVILLE'S MASS TRANSIT RESUME INCLUDES FULLY REFURBISHING STREETCARS FOR CITIES INCLUDING NEW ORLEANS, PHILADELPHIA, AND SAN FRANCISCO. SINCE 1889, W.R.K. AND SONS CUT LARRY COMPANY HAVE BEEN CRAFTING POCKET KNIVES AND SPORTING KNIVES. ZIPO MANUFACTURING, MAKER OF THE WORLD'S FAMOUS ZIPPO WIND PROOF LIGHTERS OWNS CASE KNIVES TODAY AND THEY ARE ANOTHER FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS BASED IN BRADFORD SINCE 1936. CLARING INDUSTRIES HAS TWO INDUSTRIES IN THE COUNTY, CLARION BOARDS WHICH PRODUCES HIGH QUALITY FIBER BOARD USED FOR PRODUCT SUSS AS FUN TURE, FIXTURES, AND MOLDINGS. AND THE LAM MINUTES, ONLY MADE IN THE U.S.A. LAM NANT FLOORING MANUFACTURER OF ITS KIND. IMPORTANT POWDERED METAL INCORPORATED IN CAMERON COUNTY IS A POWDERED METAL MANUFACTURER STAFFED WITH MORE THAN 120 YEARS OF COMBINED EXPERIENCE. WELL CHES IN ERIE COUNTY IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS GRAPE JUICES, JAMS, AND JELLIES MADE FROM ITS CONCORD GRAPES. CLEARFIELD MACHINE COMPANY, PRODUCING CUSTOM MACHINING SINCE 1868, IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY. SINCE 1930 -- SINCE 1830, THE WOOLRICH NAME HAS STOOD FOR THE BEST IN SPORTS WEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN AND CONTINUES TO MAKE OUTER WEAR THAT COMBINES COMFORT AND FUNCTION IN WOOLRICH, PENNSYLVANIA. IN CLINTON COUNTY. G TRANSPORTATION IS AMERICAN MANUFACTURING GIANT. THE ORGANIZATION MANUFACTURES EQUIPMENT FOR THE RAILROAD, MARINE, MINING, DRILLING, AND ENERGY GENERATION INDUSTRIES IN ERIE COUNTY. MAJOR LEAGUERS HAVE BEEN SWINGING OUR FINE PENNSYLVANIA HARDWOODS THANKS TO EVERYSTON COUNTY COMPANY BWP BATS. B.W.P.'S SLOGAN IS BUILT WITH PRIDE. HUNTINGTON COUNTY BARNEY FORGE HAS A STATE-OF-THE-ART FORGE FACILITY CAPABLE OF MANUFACTURING OUR ENTIRE LINE OF FORGED STEEL FITTINGS AND FORGED STEEL VAL EVERYBODY PRODUCTS SINCE 1875. DIAMONDBACK TRUCK COVERS IS A COMPANY TWO PENN STATE STUDENTS STARTED IN THE GARAGE IN 2003. THEY HAVE MADE HEAVY DUTY UTILITY ORIENTED DIAMOND PLATE ALUMINUM TRUCK BED COVERS FOR PICKUP TRUCKS IN CENTRE COUNTY. A PAPER COMPANY IN ELK COUNTY IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF UNCOATED FRESH PAPER IN NORTH AMERICA AND SECOND LARGEST IN THE WORLD BASED ON IN THE WORLD BASED ON PRODUCTION CAPACITY. POEL PUMP MANUFACTURERS PORTABLE PUMP PULLING MACHINES FOR THOSE IN NEED OF WATER WELL TECHNOLOGY. WITH UNIQUE DUEL TRACKS, IT'S SECOND TO NONE. A COMPANY DEFINES AND DEVELOPS PRODUCTS FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE LIST OF SAMPLES OF MANUFACTURINGERS THAT EMPLOY OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS IN THE FIFTH PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. THESE COMPANIES AND MANY OTHERS PRODUCE QUALITY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD TO CELEBRATE THEM DURING MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. CONGRATULATIONS AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. DEFAZIO, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. DEFAZIO

                                    ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES CAME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING AND SAID IT KIND OF…

                                    ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES CAME TO THE FLOOR THIS MORNING AND SAID IT KIND OF SMELLS LIKE BACON IN HERE. WHAT COULD THAT BE? THAT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE COOKING UP THEIR BUDGET JUST OFF THE FLOOR. AND THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THEY ARE COOKING UP A BUDGET WITH COOKED BOOKS. HERE WE'RE, WE HAVE A NATIONAL NATIONAL DEBT OF NEARLY $20 TRILLION. AND THE HIGHEST PRIORITY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF THE AISLE REFLECTED BOTH IN THEIR SO-CALLED HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY TAX CUTS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO EARN OVER $250,000 A YEAR, IS TAX CUTS FOR PEOPLE WHO EARN OVER $250,000 A YEAR. PARTICULARLY TARGETED TOWARD THOSE IN THE TOP 1/10 OF 1%, THOSE WHO EARNS MILLIONS A YEAR. THEY SAID THAT IS A CURE FOR ALL OF AMERICA'S ILLS. CUT THEIR TAXES AND THE BENEFITS WILL TRICKLE DOWN ON TO ALL THE REST OF US. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T LIKE MUCH TO BE TRICKLED ON IN THAT MANNER. WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES OTHER THAN TAX CUTS IN THEIR BUDGET? MASSIVE INCREASE IN SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON. REMEMBER, THE PENTAGON IS THE ONLY AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT GOVERNMENT THAT IS UNAUDITABLE. EVERY YEAR, EVERY AGENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT IS SUBJECT TO AN AUDIT. NOT THE PENTAGON. THEY SAY WE CAN'T BE AUDITED. THE BOOKS ARE A MESS. WE CAN'T BE AUDITED. LAST FALL THERE WAS A REPORT THAT $125 BILLION HAD GONE MISSING OUT OF THE PENTAGON BUDGET. A REPORT THAT. THE WAS ATTEMPTED BY THE PENTAGON TO BE REPRESSED. GOD FORBID WE SHOULD BRING ANY FISCAL KIBBLET TO THE PENTAGON. THEY ARE GOING TO SHOWER MORE MONEY ON THEM IN THE HOPE SOME OF IT GETS SPENT ON THE REAL NEEDS OF THE MILITARY. BUT NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY THERE. BUT THEN HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET TO THEIR ILLUSORY BALANCED BUDGET IF THEY ARE HAVING MASSIVE TAX CUTS KIBBLET TO THE PENTAGON. THEY ARE GOING TO SHOWER MORE MONEY ON THEM IN THE HO FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US AND MASSIVE INCREASES FOR SPENDING AT THE PENTAGON WITH NO FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY? WELL, SIMPLE. WE'RE JUST GOING TO CUT THE PROGRAMS THAT AMPLE AND STRUGGLING AMERICANS DEPEND UPON. -- AVERAGE AND STRUGGLING AMERICANS DEPEND ON. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID? THEY DON'T NEED HELP. THOSE PROGRAMS GET CUT. HUNGRY KIDS? THEY HAVE NEVER MET ONE. NEVER MET A HUNGRY KID. LET'S CUT THE SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM. AGAIN. LET'S CUT FOOD STAMPS FOR FAMILIES. THEY ARE BREAKING SOME NEW GROUND HERE AND BREAKING SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISES. THE PRESIDENT PROMISED HE WOULD NOT CUT MEDICARE. WELL, THEIR PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS MEDICARE. YES. IT CUTS MEDICARE. IT WOULD CUT $500 BILLION OUT OF MEDICARE. IT ASSUMES INSTEAD OF GETTING A GUARANTEED BENEFIT AN EARNED BENEFIT THAT EVERYONE AMERICAN OVER 65 CAN HAVE, THAT YOU'LL GET VOUCHERS AND YOU CAN GO INTO THE PRIVATE INSURANCE MARKET AND DO BETTER. SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE FAILING OBAMACARE PLAN THAT THEY TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. NOW THEY WANT TO PUT SENIORS IN THAT SAME BOAT INSTEAD OF GUARANTEED MEDICARE. THEN OF COURSE, $1.5 TRILLION IN CUTS IN MEDICAID. THAT'S WELFARE. WELL, ACTUALLY THE LARGEST RECIPIENTS OF MEDICAID ARE SENIORS IN LONG-TERM CARE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE SURPRISED WHEN GRANDMA OR GRANDDAD IS OUT IN THE STREET OR COMES HOME AND NEEDS A LOT OF HELP AND ASSISTANCE AND THERE IS NO HELP OR ASSISTANCE TO BE HAD. THAT'S THE LARGEST GROUP. WHAT'S THE SECOND LARGEST GROUP OF FREELOADERS ON MEDICARE? OH -- MEDICAID. IT'S KIDS. GOD FORBID THAT KIDS SHOULD GET MEDICAL HELP WHEN THEY ARE GROWING UP. LET'S HAVE THEM LONG-TERM LIFETIME DISABLED. DENY THEM MEDICAL CARE WHEN THEY ARE YOUNG AND WE'LL WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT LATER. THIS IS QUITE A SET OF PRYORS THEY ARE PUTTING BEFORE US. AND FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE. SO AS I HAVE IN PAST YEARS, I'M INTRODUCING A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. NOT LIKE THE REPUBLICAN ONE THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A 2/3 INCREASE TAXES AND ONE VOTE TO CUT TAXES. NO, THIS ONE WOULD SAY YOU HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. BUT YOU DO IT BY PRUDENT REDUCTIONS IN SPENDING AND ALSO YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE REVENUE SIDE, BY THE WAY, MINE PROTECTS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY TOTALLY FROM THESE SORTS OF CUTS. IT MAKES THEM INTO THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO AWAY WITH IN THEIR BUDGET. I THINK THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO GO FORWARD, BUT JUST LIKE IN THEIR FAKE HEALTH CARE BILL, WHICH WAS REALLY DISGUISED TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST AMONG US, THEY ARE NOW GIVING US A SUPPOSEDLY PRUDENT FISCAL BUDGET BLUEPRINT WHICH AGAIN IS HUGE TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY, MASSIVE INCREASES FOR THE PENTAGON AND CUTS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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                                  • 10:16:13 AM

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                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE…

                                    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. BROOKS, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. BROOKS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY IS KILLING OUR CONSERVATIVE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY IS KILLING OUR CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, OUR REPUBLICAN AGENDA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. THE MURDER WEAPON IS THE SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE, AN ARCHAIC ACCIDENT OF HISTORY CREATED DURING THE DAYS OF HORSE AND BUGGY AND SLAVERY. IT DESTROYS THE BASIC DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLE OF MAJORITY RULE AND OBSTRUCTS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION UNLESS A 60% SUPERMAJORITY OF SENATORS AGREE. WELL, TODAY'S 52-JOR CAN ABOLISH THE FILIBUSTER RULE SO LONG AS THE FILIBUSTER IS IN PLACE, REPUBLICANS CAN PASS NOTHING, NOTHING WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRATS. THINK ABOUT IT. OUR REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY HAS AND INDICATED CONTROL AND EMPOWERED CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY TO OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE, OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE SENATE MAJORITY AND OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND OBSTRUCT THE WILL OF THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICAN VOTERS WHO SENT US TO WASHINGTON. THAT IS POLITICAL SUICIDE AND ABJECT BETRAYAL OF THE MILLIONS OF VOTERS WHO SENT US HERE. THERE WILL BE NO BORDER WALL BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO KILL IT. THERE WILL BE NO OBAMACARE REPEAL BECAUSE OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO STOP US. AMERICA'S OUT-OF-CONTROL DEFICITS AND DEBT WILL CAUSE A DEBILITATING INSOL VENS BANKRUPTCY THAT DESTROYS AMERICA THAT TOOK GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS TO BUILD BECAUSE WE EMPOWER DEMOCRATS TO SPEND MONEY WE DON'T HAVE, HAVE TO BORROW TO GET AND CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY BACK. DURING 2015 AND 2016, THE HOUSE WORKED HARD TO ADDRESS AMERICA'S CHALLENGES. OVER 500 OF OUR BILLS NEVER GOT SO MUCH AS A SINGLE SENATE FLOOR VOTE. ALL THAT WORK WASTED. THE SENATE FILIBUSTER RULE IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS NOT A FEDERAL LAW OR STATUTE. IT EXISTS SOLELY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SENATE MAJORITY. PRESIDENT TRUMP UNDERSTANDS THE FILIBUSTER RULE AND THAT IT THREATENS THE PRESIDENT'S ENTIRE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. ON MAY 2, PRESIDENT TRUMP URGED OUR REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO END THE FILIBUSTER RULE STATING, QUOTE, CHANGE THE RULES NOW TO 51%, END QUOTE. ON MAY 30, PRESIDENT TRUMP REITERATED, QUOTE, THE U.S. SENATE SHOULD SWITCH TO 51 VOTES IMMEDIATELY AND GET HEALTH CARE AND TAX CUTS APPROVED FAST AND EASY. DEMS WOULD DO IT, NO DOUBT. END QUOTE. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PLEAS HAVE FALLEN ON DEAF EARS. EXHIBIT A IN THIS MURDER TRIAL IS AN APRIL 7 LETTER TO CHUCK SCHUMER OF ALL PEOPLE AND MITCH MCCONNELL THAT LISTS THE ACCOMPLICES. THOSE DEATH EARS THAT ARE KILLING THE CONSERVATIVE AGENDA, THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA AND PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. THE LETTER STATES, WE URGE YOU TO PRESERVE EXISTING RULES, PRACTICES AND TRADITIONS AS THEY PERTAIN TO THE RIGHT OF MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN EXTENDED DEBATE ON LEGISLATION BEFORE THE U.S. SENATE. WE ARE UNITED IN OUR DETERMINATION TO PRESERVE THE ABILITY OF MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN EXTENDED DEBATE WHEN BILLS ARE ON THE SENATE FLOOR. EACH SENATOR ON EXHIBIT A EMPOWERS CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE DEMOCRATS TO KILL PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. REMARKABLY, EVEN AN ALABAMA SENATOR SUPPORTS KILLING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA. MR. SPEAKER, REPUBLICAN SENATORS CLAIM WE NEED THE FILIBUSTER TO PLAY DEFENSE WHEN DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE SENATE. I SUBMIT THAT CAME AS MYOPIC AND -- CLAIM AS MYOPIC AND SHORTSIGHTED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOT HAD A FILIBUSTER-PROOF SENATE WHILE DEMOCRATS HAD FILIBUSTER-PROOF SENATES IN THE 1960'S AND IN 2009. IN THOSE YEARS, DEMOCRATS PASSED OBAMACARE AND FORCED GREAT SOCIETY WELFARE PROGRAMS ON US THAT BUSTED OUR BUDGETS, DESTROYED THE WORK ETHIC, BROKE UP AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THREATEN AMERICA WITH A NATIONAL INSOLVENCY. OVER THE LONG HAUL AND BECAUSE THE FILIBUSTER, DEMOCRATS FORCED THEIR LEFTIST, SOCIALIST POLICIES DOWN AMERICA'S THROATS WHILE THEY HAVE NOT HAD THE POWER TO REVERSE THE DAMAGE DONE. THAT'S THE FILIBUSTER LEGACY. MR. SPEAKER, TIME IS RUNNING OUT. AMERICA'S FUTURE IS AT STAKE. NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PLAY PROCEDURAL GAMES. I AGREE WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP, SENATE, END THE FILIBUSTER. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 10:21:22 AM

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM ILLINOIS, MS. KELLY, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MS. KELLY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN TO BEG THIS HOUSE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE YET AGAIN TO BEG THIS HOUSE FOR ACTION. LET US HAVE A VOTE ON LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION. JUST THIS WEEKEND, 57 AMERICANS WERE SHOT IN JUST ONE U.S. CITY. TRAGICALLY, 11 OF THEM PASSED AWAY, INCLUDING A 10-YEAR-OLD BOY AND A REVERED COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WHO WORKED TO CREATE JOBS FOR AT-RISK KIDS. THE VIOLENCE DID NOT TAKE ARREST AFTER THE WEEKEND. ON MONDAY, 13 MORE PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND THREE WERE KILLED. MR. SPEAKER, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? PEOPLE, AMERICANS, AMERICAN KIDS ARE DYING EVERY DAY IN EVERY COMMUNITY IN EVERY STATE IN EVERY DISTRICT. YET THIS HOUSE, THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE, CONTINUES TO DO NOTHING. WHY, MR. SPEAKER? WHY IS THAT? WELL, I THINK GREED AND DOLLARS. MY 101ST VICTIM I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU IS GUSTAVO GARCIA, 10 YEARS OLD. MR. SPEAKER, GUSTAVO WOULD HAVE TURNED 11 NEXT MONTH. HE WOULD HAVE STARTED FOURTH GRADE AT ARNOLD MORALES ACADEMY NEXT MONTH. INSTEAD HE WAS MURDERED IN AN S.U.V. IN THE BACKSEAT BY AN ASSAULT WEAPON, A WEAPON OF WAR THAT THIS HOUSE HAS ALLOWED TO SPILL BLOOD ON OUR BLOODY STREETS. THEY ARE NOT FOR SPORTSMANSHIP. THEY AREN'T FOR PERSONAL DEFENSE. THEY ARE FOR THEATERS OF WAR. THEY ARE DESIGNED TO DEVASTATE, MAIM, KILL AND DESTROY. THAT'S WHY ASSAULT WEAPONS WERE BANNED FROM OUR STREETS UNTIL THIS HOUSE, POISONED BY N.R.A. DOLLARS, ALLOWED THE BILL TO EXPIRE. MR. SPEAKER, GUSTAVO GARCIA WAS 10 YEARS OLD. HE HAS AN ENTIRE LIFETIME AHEAD OF HIM. MR. SPEAKER, THE OPERATIVE WORD IN THAT SENTENCE IS HAD. NOW HE'S BECOME DOLLAR N.R.A. NUMBER 101. DOLLAR 102, WILLIE COOPER, 52 YEARS OLD. WILLIE WAS WORKING TO CHANGE CHICAGO AND GIVE OUR CHILDREN A FUTURE. HE FOUNDED THE AT REACH WORKERS FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY AND HELPED MEDIATE OVER 50 CONFLICTS THAT WOULD HAVE TURNED DEADLY. WILLIE WAS EVERYTHING YOU COULD WANT IN A NEIGHBOR -- A COMMUNITY LEADER AND A FRIEND. HE WAS KIND, CONCERNED ABOUT OTHERS IN HIS COMMUNITY, SOMEONE WHO TRULY LOVED ALL OF HIS FELLOW MEN. NOW HE'S DOLLAR 102. HE WAS ASSASSINATED ALSO WITH AN ASSAULT WEAPON IN FRONT OF THE NONPROFIT HE FOUNDED TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE FIND JOBS. TIME AND TIME AGAIN I HEAR FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT WORK IS TRANSFORMATIVE. IT GIVES PEOPLE PURPOSE AND DIRECTION IN LIFE. I COULD NOT AGREE MORE. MR. SPEAKER, NOTHING STOPS A BULLET LIKE AN OPPORTUNITY. WHAT CHICAGO NEEDS IS JOBS FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, NOT GUNS FLOODING FROM STATES LIKE WISCONSIN AND EVEN THE VICE PRESIDENT'S HOME STATE OF INDIANA. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S ABOUT JOBS. SO I JOIN SENATOR DICK DURBIN AND TAMMY DUCKWORTH TO INTRODUCE THREE PIECES OF LEGISLATION DIRECTLY TARGETED TO SUPPORT AT-RISK YOUTH AND THE AMAZING BUSINESSES THAT TAKE A CHANCE ON THEM TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES. TO DATE THESE BILLS HAVE SIMPLY BEEN REFERRED TO COMMITTEE. MR. SPEAKER, WHEN IS THE AGENDA OF THIS HOUSE GOING TO TURN TO THE ACTUAL ISSUES DEVASTATING AMERICAN FAMILIES? THIS CONGRESS HAS VOTED TO ALLOW COMPANIES TO POISON OUR AIR AND WATER. WE PASSED A BILL THAT STRIPPED 23 MILLION AMERICANS OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. WE EVEN PASSED A BILL THAT LETS DANGEROUSLY MENTAL ILL PEOPLE BUY A FIREARM. SHAMEFUL. WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE SINGLE DEBATE, NOT PASS ONE BILL, NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. I GUESS SOME THINGS JUST AREN'T WORTH THE PRICE. I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                    MR. CARTER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE COLONEL THOMAS KUNCLE WHO RETIRED…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE COLONEL THOMAS KUNCLE WHO RETIRED ON JULY 10, 2017, AS THE WING COMMANDER OF THE 23RD WING AT MOODY AIR FORCE BASE NEAR VALDOSTA, GEORGIA. THE COLONEL SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND HE'S LOGGED NEARLY 3,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT. AS COMMANDER OF THE 23RD WING, HE LED OVER 5,000 AIR MEN SPREAD OVER FOUR BASES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. AN EXAMPLE OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND BRAVERY OCCURRED WHEN ONE OF HIS FELLOW AIR MAN WAS SHOT DOWN DURING THE KOSOVO CONFLICT IN 1999. THE COLONEL BRAVELY LED A SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO RESCUE THE MISSING PILOT THAT WAS SHOT DOWN BY A MISSILE. THE COLONEL WAS ALSO A PART OF THE AIR AND JOINT STAFFS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THAT SERVE AS ADVISORS TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HE WAS STATIONED ALL OVER AMERICA. IN ADDITION TO HIS TIME ABROAD IN ICELAND AND QATAR DEFENDING THE FREEDOMS WE ALL GREATLY ENJOY. I AM PROUD TO RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE COLONEL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS COMMITMENT TO OUR COUNTRY AND HIS COMMITMENT TO OUR AIRMEN. THE COLONEL WILL NOW BEGIN SERVICE IN THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE LEGISLATIVE LIAISON OFFICE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MR. ERNIE LEE WHO WAS NAMED THE 2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA. MR. LEE IS A DEDICATED U.S. GOVERNMENT CIVICS AND HISTORY STUDENTS TO HIS STUDENTS AT WINDSOR FOREST HIGH SCHOOL IN SAVANNAH'S SOUTH SIDE. MR. LEE WAS A FINALIST FOR NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR. BEFORE BECOMING A TEACHER IN 2008, MR. LEE PRACTICED LAW FOR OVER 20 YEARS. YOU CAN CLEARLY TELL THROUGH HIS DEMEANOR AND PASSION THAT HE DISCOVERED HIS TRUE CALLING WHEN HE BEGAN TEACHING. MR. LEE IS CURRENTLY WORKING AS A FELLOW AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., STUDYING THE STATE OF GEORGIA'S HISTORICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIAN NATIONS. SPECIFICALLY THE SUPREME COURT CASE CHEROKEE NATION VS. GEORGIA. HIS RESEARCH DURING THE FELLOWSHIP IS CENTERED AROUND WRITING AND DEVELOPING LESSON PLANS ON THE TOPIC. I CAN'T THANK MR. LEE ENOUGH FOR HIS DEDICATION TO GEORGIA STUDENTS AND HIS ABILITY TO INSPIRE THEM TO LEARN ABOUT HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE THE LIFE OF MR. JAMES P. BURNS OF WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA, WHO PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 31, 2017, SHORTLY AFTER CELEBRATING HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY. MR. BURNS USED HIS 100 YEARS TO MAKE HIS COUNTRY AND HIS COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. MR. BURNS SERVED IN THE ARMY AIR CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE FROM 1940 TO 1960, FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY DURING WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. AFTER BEING HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE AIR FORCE, MR. BURNS WORKED ANOTHER 16 YEARS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BEFORE RETIRING AS ROBINS -- AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IN GEORGIA. UPON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE D.O.D., MR. BURNS AND HIS WIFE, LUCILLE, DEDICATED THEIR LIVES HELPING THE GEORGIA COMMUNITY. HE VOLUNTEERED OVER 14,500 HOURS AT THEHOUSEON MEDICAL HOSPITAL. WHEN HE -- AT A MEDICAL HOSPITAL. WHEN HE WASN'T THERE HE COULD FIND SENIORS DO THEIR TAXES OR TRANSPORTING FOOD FOR THE LOCAL FOOD BANK. I'M PROUD TO RECOGNIZE MR. BURNS' LIFE TODAY AND HIS DEDICATION TO THE COMMUNITY. HE WILL CERTAINLY BE MISSED. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM GEORGIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR WILL RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. GALLAGHER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. GALLAGHER

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DELIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, DELIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE ISLAMIC -- THE LIBERATION OF MOSUL FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE WAS GREAT FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THE UNITED STATES WHICH SUPPORTED THE OPERATION. BUT TO ACHIEVE VICTORY IN OUR BROADER MISSION OF DESTROYING RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM AND KEEPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE, WE MUST CONFRONT SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROAD AHEAD. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE TASK FORCE ON DENYING TERRORIST ENTRY IN THE UNITED STATES, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEGREE TO WHICH JIHADISTS AND FOREIGN FIGHTERS THREATEN OUR HOMELAND AND OUR ABILITY TO MEET THESE THREATS. WE KNOW THAT IRAQI FIGHTERS ARE CONCEALING THEIR IDENTITIES AND FLEEING WITH GROUPS OF REFUGEES, MANY TO EUROPE. THESE ARE TURNING -- THESE FIGHTERS HAVE LEARNED TO MAKE DANGEROUS WEAPONS, HAVE GOTTEN BATTLEFIELD EXPERIENCE AND ARE SUCCESSFULLY TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE SUSCEPTIBLE TO RADICALIZATION. WE KNOW OUR VISA WAIVER PROGRAM PROVIDES A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE DETERMINED TERRORISTS TO EXPLOIT. CONFRONTING THESE THREATS LIES IN OUR ABILITY TO QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY VET AND SCREEN TRAVELERS, SHARE SUFFICIENT INTELLIGENCE WITH OUR ALLIES AND ACT ON CREDIBLE THREATS WHEN IDENTIFIED. AND THE THREATS ARE REAL. . THESE FOR FIGHTERS POSE A GREATER THREAT TO THE WEST THAN EVER BEFORE. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY, IT'S A THREAT WE CANNOT OVERLOOK AND IT'S A THREAT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO CONFRONT. NOTHING CAN BE PUT AHEAD OF THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THE HOMELAND. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY NOT AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT BUT AS AN AMERICAN. IF WE CAN REALLY FIND A WAY TO CUT THROUGH THE MEDIA CIRCUS SURROUNDING THE DEBATE ABOUT RUSSIA IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, I THINK IT WOULD REINFORCE FOR ALL OF US WHATEVER OUR POLITICAL DIFFERENCES, OUR COUNTRY MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST. THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE DO NOT WEAR THE JERSEY OF JUAN POLITICAL PARTY OR ANOTHER. THE ONLY LAUNDRY THEY WEAR IS THE FLAG OF THEIR NATION WHOSE INTEREST THEY WILL ADVANCE REGARDLESS OF DOMESTIC AMERICAN POLITICS. AND MAKE NO MISTAKES, MR. SPEAKER, RUSSIA UNDER PUTIN IS NOT OUR FRIEND. HE IS ON NO ONE'S TEAM BUT HIS OWN. THERE ARE CONCRETE STEPS THAT WE IN CONGRESS CAN TAKE TO PUSH BACK AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION BOTH HERE AT HOME AND OVERSEAS . TO START WITH WE MUST PASS SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND IRAN. THE SENATE PASSED THE SANCTIONS BILL 98-2 JUST ONE MONTH AGO. WE NEED TO DO THE SAME. NO MORE EXCUSES. WE NEED TO VOTE IMMEDIATELY. MOST OF ALL, CONGRESS MUST RECLAIM ITS LONG NEGLECTED ROLE IN FOREIGNPOLICY. RUSSIA -- FOREIGN POLICY. RUSSIA IS NOT AND NEVER BEEN A PARTNER IN SYRIA. IT HAS ENABLED ASSAD'S AGAIN STIDE WAR WHILE FOCUSING MUCH OF ITS AGAIN AGAINST U.S. SUPPORTED REBELS. AT THE SAME TIME THE GROWTH OF IRAN YAIN POWER HAS DEEPENED THE SECTARIAN ATMOSPHERE OFF WHICH ISIS THRIVES. ISIS AND IRAN ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN OF RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM. AND TO ADVANCE OUR LONG-TERM INTEREST IN SYRIA AND NEED NEED MIDDLE EAST, WE MUST CEASE OUTSOURCING OUR FOREIGN POLICY TO OUR ADD ADVERSARIES AND CEDE OUR INFLUENCE IS NOT AND NEVER BEEN A PARTNER IN SYRIA. IT HAS ENABLED ASSAD'S AGAIN TO THE RUSSIANS. WE HERE IN CONGRESS HAVE A ACTUALLY MANDATED ROLE TO PLAY. WE HAVE BEEN DERELICT IN THIS DUTY FOR DECADES, WE NOW HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECLAIM OUR AUTHORITY. AS PART OF A CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PUSH BACK AGAINST OUR ADVERSARIES, WE SHOULD REVISIT THE UNDERLYING AUTHORITIES THAT ARE ALLOWING US TO CONDUCT LETHAL ACTIVITIES AROUND THE WORRELL. WE NEED TO PASS A NEW AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE TO PUT OUR EFFORTS AGAINST ISIS, AGAINST AL QAEDA, AGAINST ALL OF THEIR AFFILIATES AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WOULD SEEK TO CHALLENGE OUR INTEREST ON THE STRONGEST LEGAL FOOTING POSSIBLE. WE CAN'T SIT ON THE SIDELINES. PART OF SPECTATOR IS UNWORTHY OF THIS GREAT BODY. WE MUST LEAD WHEN IT COMES TO BOTH ENHANCING OUR DEFENSES AGAINST ATTACKS AND PUSHING IT BACK AGAINST RUSSIAN OR IRANIAN AGGRESSION ABROAD. TO DO OTHERWISE WOULD BE TO ABDICATE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, TO OUR NATION, AND TO THE OATH WE ALL TOOK TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. RUTHERFORD, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    FORD MR.

                                    TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT JOSEPH MURRAY WHO PAID THE…

                                    TODAY I RISE IN MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT JOSEPH MURRAY WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE ON JULY 12, 2017, WHEN A K.C.-130 MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE CRASHED IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA. SERGEANT MURRAY LIVED IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, SINCE HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD AND WAS A MILITARY DEPENDENT. HIS FATHER DELTA. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS IN THE NAVY FOR OVER 20 YEARS. HE WAS A SANDALWOOD HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IN THE CLASS OF 2009 AND JOINED THE MARINES THAT SAME YEAR. HE WAS STATIONED AT WAS IN THE NAVY FOR, NORTH CAROLINA. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS CAMP LEJEUNE PROMOTED THREE TIMES IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS HE WAS IN THE MARINE CORPS, AND HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS TWO DEPLOYMENTS TO AFGHANISTAN. HE TOLD HIS FATHER HE WANTED TO BE A GRUNT INSTEAD OF AN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER BECAUSE THAT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO. HE DIED AS A MEMBER OF A SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM WHERE HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS WERE THE FELLOW MARINES WHO SERVED NEXT TO HIM. SERGEANT MURRAY WAS A PROUD HUSBAND AND FATHER WITH FOUR CHILDREN, A 5-YEAR-OLD SON, A 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, AND TWO 1-YEAR-OLD TWIN BOYS. HE MET HIS WIFE THE SAME YEAR HE JOINED THE MILITARY, AND HE WAS FAMILY MAN WHO LOVED TO SERVE OTHERS. GALE SAID HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR HIS FAMILY, AND LOVED TO PLAY HIS GUITAR FOR THEM. SHE SAID WHAT HE WANTED MOST IN THE WORLD BESIDES HIS FAMILY'S HAPPINESS WAS DESTROY EVIL IN THE WORLD. HIS FATHER SAID THE ONLY THING STRONGER THAN HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS FAMILY WAS HIS COMMITMENT TO HIS CHURCH. THE FACT HE WAS KNOWN TO HUM PRAISE AND WORSHIP SONGS WHILE ON PATROL AND HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS LOOKED TO HIM AS A, FAITH LEADER. A FELLOW MARINE MENTIONED THAT WHEN JOSEPH STOPPED THAT HUMMING AND SINGING PRAISES, THEY TOOK THE SAFETIES OFF THEIR WEAPONS BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS UP. ALL WAS WELL WHEN JOSEPH WAS WITH THEM. HIS FATHER SAID THE CITY HIM AS A, FAITH LEADER. OF JACKSONVILLE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD TO HAVE HAD HIS SON COME FROM THERE. I CAN ATTEST TODAY FOR THE CITIZENS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA THAT WE'RE VERY PROUD. VERY PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE HAD SERGEANT MURRAY DEFENDING OUR FREEDOMS. SERGEANT MURRAY'S DEDICATION TO HIS FAITH, FAMILY, AND NATION WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SEMPER FI, SERGEANT MURRAY.

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

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                                    MR. GREEN

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM WITH TRUMPCARE. THE PROBLEM WITH TRUMPCARE IS A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY THAT WOULD CAUSE SOME TO BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE TO GIVE TO THE GREEDY. A TOO MUCH THAT IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY THAT WOULD ALLOW SOME TO ROB THE NEEDY OF HEALTH CARE TO REWARD THE RICH WITH WEALTH CARE. TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. AND THIS TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY EXISTS AT A TIME, MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THE VERY WEALTHY ARE DOING VERY WELL IN THIS COUNTRY. THE BIG BANKS ARE MAKING BIG BUCKS. THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS QUITE HEALTHY. IN FACT, LAST YEAR THE INDUSTRY'S NET INCOME WAS UP $13.1 BILLION. THAT'S 46%. C.E.O.'S ARE DOING QUITE WELL. THE TOP 10% C.E.O.'S ARE RAKING IN MILLIONS ANNUALLY. LET'S LOOK AT THE NUMBER ONE PERSON ON THE TOP 10. THIS PERSON HAD AN INCOME OF $98 MILLION, UP 499%. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T BEGRUDGE PEOPLE FOR MAKING MONEY. I DON'T BEGRUDGE PEOPLE FOR MAKING A LOT OF MONEY. I DO THINK THAT THEY SHOULD ALL PAY A FAIR SHARE OF TAXES ON THAT MONEY, HOWEVER. SOME OF THEM PAY CARRIED INTEREST, WHICH IS NOT THE ORDINARY INCOME TAX THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE PAYING. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY NOT ONLY IMPACTS THE WAY PEOPLE VIEW HEALTH CARE, BUT IT ALSO IMPACTS PEOPLE WHO ARE MAKING MINIMUM WAGE. JUXTAPOSE THE PERSON WHO MADE $98 MILLION LAST YEAR WITH THE PERSON WHO IS MAKING $7.25 AN HOUR. BY THE WAY, ALL MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS ARE MAKING $7.25 AN HOUR EXCEPT THOSE WHO ARE IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY, AND THEY MAKE EVEN LESS. $7.25 AN HOUR. THE MINIMUM WAGE HAS NOT BEEN RAISED IN A DECADE. MORE THAN 10 YEARS C.E.O.'S GET RAISES OF MILLIONS ANNUALLY. MR. SPEAKER, THE TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY IS KEEPING WAGES DOWN, CAUSING THOSE AT THE TOP TO MAKE MORE, AND CREATING A CHASM BETWEEN THE TOP AND BOTTOM. THE MIDDLE AS WELL. AND IN SO DOING WE HAVE CREATED A CLASS CEILING. A CLASS CEILING. THOSE WHO ARE IN THE WORKING CLASS ARE NOT MAKING ENOUGH TO MAKE ENDS MEET. AT $7.25 AN HOUR YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF A FAMILY. AT $7.25 AN HOUR, YOU CAN BARELY MANAGE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS AND YOU CANNOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE. THOSE WHO WOULD TAKE $1 TRILLION UTE OF HEALTH CARE -- OUT OF HEALTH CARE, THOSE WHO WOULD REWARD THE RICH WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AS A RESULT, THOSE WHO WOULD DO IT SO THEY CAN GO ON TO A TAX PLAN WHERE THEY'LL CUT EVEN MORE, THOSE WHO WOULD DO THIS, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE A TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH MENTALITY. IT SEEMS THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT THE POOR CAN DO MORE WITH LESS. AND THAT THE RICH NEED MORE TO DO MORE. I REFUSE TO SUPPORT TRUMPCARE. I WILL NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING DEVELOPED ALONG THE LINES OF TOO MUCH IS NOT ENOUGH. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                    MR. ZELDIN

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE 103RD RESCUE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF THE 103RD RESCUE SQUADRON, A UNIT OF THE 106TH RESCUE WING OF THE NEW YORK AIR CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. ZELDIN, FOR FIVE MINUTES. COMMANDED BY COLONEL MICHAEL BANK THE NATIONAL GUARD. 106 RESCUE WING IS BASED OUT OF DUBRESKY AIRPORT IN WESTAMPTON BEACH LOCATED IN MY HOME DISTRICT T HAS A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED HISTORY OF SERVICE. IN OCTOBER 1991, DURING THE STORM THAT WAS DEPICTED IN THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, "THE PERFECT STORM." AN H.H. 60 AND TANKER 106 FROM THE 106TH RESCUE WING FLEW TO AN ENDANGERED SAILBOAT ABOUT 250 MILES SOUTH OF ITS BASE. AFTER SURVIVAL GEAR WAS DROPPED ON TO THE VESSEL, THEY BEGAN THEIR RETURN TO BASE. HOWEVER, BRAVING INCREDIBLY SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS THE HH-60 WAS FORCED TO DITCH 60 MILES SOUTH OF BASE IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. ALL BUT ONE MEMBER OF THE CREW WAS RESCUED BY THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD CUTTER TAMAROA. IN ADDITION IN 1988 THE 106 RESCUE WING CARRIED OUT THE LONGEST OVERWATER RESCUE MISSION IN AN HH-60. MEMBERS OF THE WING WERE ALSO ON SCENE AT GROUND ZERO DURING THE 9/11 TERROR ATTACKS. AND THEN MOST RECENTLY THIS PAST APRIL THE HEROIC MEMBERS OF THIS SQUADRON SAVED SEVERAL LIVES WHEN AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED ON A SLOVENIAN CARGO ADDITION IN 1988 SHIP. THESE BRAVE AIRMEN TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION WHEN CALLED UPON TO OFFER DESPERATELY NEEDED MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. ON APRIL 24, THE CARGO SHIP TAMARA WAS ROCKED BY AN EXPLOSION IN THE FORWARD ON APRIL BULK HEAD WHICH RESULTED IN THE IMMEDIATE DEATH OF ONE INDIVIDUAL AND SEVERE BURNS FOR THREE OTHER CREW MEMBERS, ONE WHO SADLY PERISHED PRIOR TO THE TEAM'S ARRIVAL. 1,300 MILES OFF THE COAST OF CAPE COD AT THE TIME OF THE EXPLOSION, HOLDING A CREW OF OVER 20 MEN, THE SITUATION LOOKED DIRE FOR THE INJURED MEMBERS OF THIS CREW. BOSTON RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR HELP BUT REACHED OUT TO TWO CANADIAN VESSELS IN THE AREA. HOWEVER THESE SHIPS WERE 12 TO 24 HOURS COORDINATION CENTER WAS INITIALLY CONTRACT TAKTED FOR HELP BUT REACHED OUT TO TWO CANADIAN VESSELS IN THE AREA. HOWEVER THESE SHIPS WERE 12 TO 24 HOURS AWAY AT THE VERY LEAST AND DID NOT POSSESS THE NECESSARY MEDICAL CAPABILITY. IT WAS THEN THAT THE ALSO PART OF THE WING TO BEGIN THE SEARCH AND REST CUE. ON THE FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT AND SUPERB AIRMAN SHIP OF THE CREW, THEY EXECUTED A COMPLEX NIGHT PARACHUTE INSERTION OF EQUIPMENT PART OF THE WING TO BEGIN THE SEARCH AND REST CUE. ON THE FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT AND AND PERSONNEL INTO THE WATER AND MADE THEIR WAY TO THE VESSEL. AFTER MAKING IT ONBOARD, THE 10 RD RESCUE SQUADRON TEAM PROVIDED ADVANCED MEDICAL CARE FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS. UNTIL A PORTUGUESE RESCUE HELICOPTER COULD HOIST T TEAM OFF AND AIRLIFT THE INJURED SEAMEN WHO HIGHER LEVEL OF MECAL CARE. IF NOT FOR THE BRAVE ACTIONS OF THIS RESCUE WING, IT COULD HAVE VERY WELL BEEN A GREAT LOSS OF LIFE UPON THAT VESSEL. MR. SPEAKER, THESE MEN RISK LIFE AND LIMB TO SAVE THESE CREW MEMBERS HAVE MORE THAN EARNED OUR RESPECT AND ADD MYRRH AFPLGTSE TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR MAJOR EDWARD VOGEL, TECHNICAL SERGEANT JORDAN SINCLAIR, MAJOR MARTY VIERA, SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT ERIC BLUM, MASTER SERGEANT YESTERDAY SMITH, STAFF SERGEANT BRIAN DULLER, AND SENIOR AIRMAN MICHAEL HARTMAN FOR THEIR LIFESAVING EFFORTS ON APRIL 24. NOT ONLY TODAY BUT EVERY DAY. MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THOSE IN THE 106TH RESCUE WING PUT THEMSELVES ON THE LINE TO PROTECT US, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR COMMUNITIES. IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR SUPPORT TO OUR NATION'S DEFENDERS AND PROVIDE EVERY NEEDED RESOURCE FOR THESE HEROES. ALL AMERICANS SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE 106TH RESCUE WING AND THEIR CONTINUED HE LEGACY OF REMARKABLY ANSWERING THE CALL TO DUTY. ANSWERING THE CALL TO DUTY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. .

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MR. FITZPATRICK, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. FITZPATRICK

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE KIDS PEACE WHICH IS A PRIVATE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE KIDS PEACE WHICH IS A PRIVATE CHARITY DEDICATED TO ASSISTING CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENCE EXPERIENCING EMOTIONAL, BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES IN PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1882. KIDS PEACE PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT PROGRAMS, ACCREDITED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND A VARIETY OF FOSTER CARE AND COMMUNITY-BASED TREATMENT PROGRAMS TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED OVERCOME CHALLENGES AND TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES. LAST WEEK I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING DOMINICK DESALVO AND PATRICK SLATTERY,ED A HE VOW INDICATES OF KIDS PEACE IN DOYLESTOWN IN MY DISTRICT TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE OVERCOME WITH THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC. THEY LEARN TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHIER RELATION SHIST WITH ADULTS, EXPERIENCE HEALTHY FAMILY FUNCTIONING, WITNESS POSITIVE PARENTING STYLES, PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY LIFE AND LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH POSITIVE ROLE MODELING. I'M PROUD OF THE EFFORTS OF KIDS PEACE TO HELP BUCKS COUNTY YOUTH RECEIVE THE INFORMATION AND TREATMENT THEY NEED TO BECOME HEALTHY ADULTS. KIDS PEACE REMINDS US THAT WE CAN ALL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA YIELDS BACK. THE CHAIR NOW RECOGNIZES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MR. DUNCAN

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I RECEIVED THIS…

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, YESTERDAY I RECEIVED THIS MESSAGE FROM A VERY RESPECTED BUSINESSMAN IN KNOXVILLE, RANDY GRIEVES. HE WROTE, I JUST RECEIVED A LETTER FROM HUMANA STATING THEY ARE LEAVING THE STATE OF TENNESSEE NEXT YEAR. THIS LEAVES NO ONE TO WRITE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH POLICIES IN THE STATE. AETNA ONLY WRITES GROUP POLICIES, AND THEY MAY WITHDRAW AS WELL. PLEASE LET ANYONE WITH A VOTE KNOW THAT FAMILIES ARE BEING FAILED MISERABLY, AS YOU ALREADY KNOW. HUMANA REQUIRED WE PAY THE FIRST $37,000 BETWEEN PREMIUMS AND THE DEDUCTIBLE BEFORE INSURANCE WOULD CONTRIBUTE ONLY 50%. HE SAID IT WAS BASICALLY WORTHLESS AND NOW THEY WON'T EVEN MAKE THAT LOUSY POLICY AVAILABLE BECAUSE PEOPLE ON SUBSIDIES, MOSTLY WITH NO PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH, COST A FORTUNE TO THE REST OF US. OBAMACARE MAY HAVE HELPED 20 MILLION PEOPLE BUT IT'S HURT 200 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE PROCESS. ABOUT A MONTH AGO, THE IRISH TIMES, THE LARGEST NEWSPAPER IN IRELAND, REPORTED THEY HAD OVER 660,000 PEOPLE ON WAITING LISTS FOR HEALTH CARE. THAT'S IN A COUNTRY OF LESS THAN FIVE MILLION PEOPLE. YOU MULTIPLY THAT TIMES 60 OR 65 AND YOU GOT THE UNITED STATES. MEDICARE, WHEN IT STARTED, WHEN IT WAS FIRST PASSED, THERE WAS AN OFFICIAL C.B.O. PREDICTION IT WOULD COST $9 BILLION AFTER 25 YEARS. INSTEAD IT COST 12 TIMES OF THAT AFTER THE FIRST 25 YEARS AND NOW IT COSTS SIX TIMES MORE THAN THAT, OR ABOUT 70 TIMES MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE. CALIFORNIA, AS LIBERAL AND LEFT WING THAT STATE IS, A FEW DAYS AGO I READ THEY TRIED TO PASS A HEALTH CARE OR MEDICAL CARE FOR EVERYONE BILL. THEY HAD TO WITHDRAW THE BILL BECAUSE THEY FOUND OUT IT WOULD COST $400 BILLION FOR THE FIRST YEAR. YOU MULTIPLY THAT BY 10 OR 11, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE WHOLE UNITED STATES. AND WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE AFFORDING THE MEDICARE WE HAVE NOW FOR 14% OF THE POPULATION. SO MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE IS NOT GOING TO WORK IN THIS COUNTRY. WE TOOK WHAT WAS A VERY MINOR PROBLEM FOR A VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THE MID 1960'S AND TURNED IT INTO A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR EVERYONE SO THAT NOW ONLY WARREN BUFFETT AND BILL GATES AND PEOPLE LIKE THAT, MULTIBILLIONAIRES, CAN AFFORD HEALTH CARE. AND THE REASON IS IS THAT ANYTHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZES, THE COSTS JUST EXPLODE BECAUSE YOU REMOVE THE INCENTIVES AND PRESSURES TO HOLD COSTS DOWN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT A RUSSIAN, CUBAN TYPE OF MEDICAL SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY DON'T WANT A TOTALLY FEDERALLY RUN MEDICAL SYSTEM THEY HAVE IN SO MANY COUNTRIES WITH MEDICAL CARE THAT'S NOT EVEN A FRACTION OF WHAT WE HAVE. WE ARE STILL UNDER OBAMACARE TODAY, AND IT'S NOT WORKING. THESE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PULL OUT ALL OVER THE WHOLE COUNTRY, AND "THE WASHINGTON TIMES" REPORTED YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE THAT, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, PREMIUMS WENT UP 63% IN TENNESSEE IN 2017 ALONE. MR. SPEAKER, THIS SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING. WE NEED TO MOVE MORE IN THE DIRECTION OF A FREE MARKET MEDICAL SYSTEM IF WE'RE EVER GOING TO BRING DOWN HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE THAT EVERYONE IS DEMANDING AND WANTING AND THAT WE WANT TO GIVE TO THEM. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    MR. FARENTHOLD

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT AMERICAN…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HERE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT, CAPTAIN STEVEN BANTA, CALL SIGN SLASH, WHO WILL BE RETIRING THIS WEEK FROM HIS POST AS COMMANDING OFFICER OF NAVAL AIR STATION CORPUS CHRISTI. IN 1991, -- A 1991 GRADUATE OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY WHERE HE EARNED A DEGREE IN ENGINEERING, HE COMPLETED NAVAL TRAINING WITH THE VP-27 BOOMERS IN CORPUS CHRISTI AND WAS DESIGNATED A NAVAL AVIATOR ON MARCH 19, 1994. HIS SEA DUTY INCLUDED DEPLOYMENTS ON VARIOUS CRUISERS, DESTROYERS, FRIG OTT, TO THE MED TER ARIAN, GULF, SOUTHEAST PACIFIC AND OTHER AREAS. DURING HIS DEPLOYMENT AS A MAINTENANCE OFFICERS WITH HSL-44 DETACHMENT-4 WHERE THEY WERE THE FIRST IN THE FLEET TO TEST THE HELL FIRE MISSILES. ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, HE WAS DEPLOYED WITH THE U.S.S. CAROL VINCENT. DURING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS DURING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM HE COORDINATED THE DAILY SCHEDULE OF MORE THAN 40 HELICOPTERS AND 16 DIFFERENT AVIATION UNITS. IN 2009 AND 2010 HE SERVED AS COMMANDING OFFICER AS THE WORLD FAMOUS HSL-44 VIPERS. DURING HIS TENURE THERE THEY ORDERED MULTIPLE AWARDS -- THEY EARNED MULTIPLE AWARDS FOR TACTICAL AND RETENTION EXCELLENCE. CAPTAIN BANTA'S SHORE DUTIES INCLUDED TOURS AS A SEAHAWK HELICOPTER INSTRUCTOR, AS THE LEAD COUNTRY PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR AFGHANISTAN WITH THE DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATIVE AGENCY. HE EARNED A MASTERS DEGREE IN NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AT THE NATIONAL WAR COLLEGE IN 2011. CAPTAIN BANTA ASSUMED COMMAND OF NAVAL COMMAND CORPUS CHRISTI IN JUNE, 2014. DURING THIS TOUR, IMPROVEMENTS IN INFRASTRUCTURE, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE RESULTED IN NUMEROUS AWARDS INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE YEAR, FIRE DEPARTMENT NATIONAL ACADATION, ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT, CNO SHORE SAFETY AWARD, THE BASE WING SPAN NEWSPAPER WAS RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE NAVY AND THE BASE WAS ON THE A LIST FOR OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN FAMILY HOUSING AND MORE. CAPTAIN BANTA HAS BEEN AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE NAVY, SOUTH TEXAS AND THE UNITED STATES. I WISH HIM AND HIS WIFE, SARAH, A CORPUS CHRISTI NATIVE, BEST OF LUCK AS HE MOVES INTO CIVILIAN LIFE AND BEGINS HIS NEW JUDGE -- NEW JOB. GOD BLESS AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1,…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 12-A OF RULE 1, THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE IN RECESS UNTIL

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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, CHAPLAIN MARSHALL DUNBAR, CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ACTION, LEWISVILLE, TEXAS.

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                                    THE CHAPLAIN

                                    LET US PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE GIVEN…

                                    LET US PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO STAND BEFORE THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS HOUSE. WITH THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNING THIS GREAT NATION. HELP THEM TO COME TOGETHER IN UNITY FOR YOUR WORD REMINDS US THAT A HOUSE DIVIDED ITSELF CANNOT STAND. SO BELIEVING YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVE NEED OF BEFORE WE EVEN ASK, TOGETHER WE OFFER THIS PRAYER AS TAUGHT BY YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. OUR FATHER, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN, HALOED BE THY NAME, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE GIVE OUR DEBTORS. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL. FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER. 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 THERE OF. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. PROPS THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, I DEMAND A VOTE ON AGREEING TO THE PROPS THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL.

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO…

                                    THE QUESTION SON AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL. SO MANY AS ARE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE T THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, OBJECT TO THE TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, OBJECT TO THE TO THE VOTE ON THE GROUNDS THAT A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT AND MAKE A POINT OF ORDER A QUORUM IS NOT PRESENT.

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE…

                                    PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION ARE POSTPONED. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. DEUTCH.

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                                    MR. DEUTCH

                                    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 TEXAS, MR. BURGESS, IS RECOGNIZED…

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

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                                    MR. BURGESS

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. BURGESS

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                                    THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE MESSENGER

                                    RECEIVE A MESSAGE. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER, A MESSAGE FROM THE…

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

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                                    THE MESSENGER

                                    STATES. THE MESSENGER: MR. SPEAKER.

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    MADAM SECOND.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE…

                                    I AM DIRECTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO DELIVER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A MESSAGE IN WRITING.

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT…

                                    REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON EACH SIDE OF THE AISLE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                    2345UCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- KNUCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE…

                                    2345UCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE -- KNUCK TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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                                    THE SPEAKER

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. ROS-LEHTINEN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN GREAT ADMIRATION OF HARD MOGUL WHO FOR MORE THAN A…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE IN GREAT ADMIRATION OF HARD MOGUL WHO FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER CENTURY HAS SERVED AS THE C.E.O. OF MIAMI-DADE. THROUGHOUT ITS MANY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION, FINANCIAL STABILITY, AND HELP THIS WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION STRIVES TO CREATE A STRONGER MIAMI. HARV HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO PUBLIC SERVICE AS A YOUNG AGE SERVING AS A TEACHER IN THE PEACE CORPS AND WORKING AT SEVERAL UNITED WAY CHAPTERS ACROSS THE NATION. IN 1991 HE TOOK ON THE GREAT TASK OF LEADING THE MIAMI CHAPTER WHERE HE WORKED TO BROADEN THE ORGANIZATION'S ADVOCACY AND PHILANTHROPIC EFFORTS. THROUGHOUT HIS TENURE, HARV HAS SPEARHEADED MANY CAMPAIGNS INCLUDING A NATIONAL EVENT TO ADVANCE THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM OF WHICH I AM PROUDLY A COUNCILMEMBER. HE'S NOW READY FOR A NEW CHAPTER IN HIS LIFE. HE WILL BE STEPPING DOWN FROM HIS THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM OF WHICH I AM C.E.O. POSITION BUT HE WILL CONTINUE TO ADVANCE THE GOALS OF THIS OF THIS NOBLE ORGANIZATION. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMUNITY AND THE MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MI AMIGO, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL.

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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 GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. GREEN

                                    TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE A.C.A. AS THE PRESIDENT…

                                    TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE A.C.A. AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, HEALTH CARE IS HARD. AS DEMOCRATS, WE DIDN'T RECEIVE REPUBLICAN VOTES TO PASS THE A.C.A., BUT IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND. OUR JOB AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IS TO FIX LAWS THAT ARE NOT EFFECTIVE AS EXPECTED. LET'S WORK AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS NOT TO DO A REPUBLICAN FIX OR A DEMOCRATIC FIX. LET'S WORK TOGETHER AS THE AMERICANS TO FIND THE AMERICAN SOLUTION TO OUR HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS. THAT'S WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS EXPECT FROM US. WITH HONOR TO THE SPEAKER AND THE CHAIR, THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK…

                                    SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. IN…

                                    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. IN 1959, SCONG

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                                    THANK AUTHORIZED AND REQUESTED THE PRESIDENT PROCLAIM THE THIRD WEEK IN…

                                    THANK AUTHORIZED AND REQUESTED THE PRESIDENT PROCLAIM THE THIRD WEEK IN JULY AS CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK. DURING THIS WEEK WE STAND UNITED WITH THOSE WHO STILL LIVE UNDER THE RULE OF COMMUNIST REGIMES AS THEY CONTINUE FIGHTING AGAINST THE OPPRESSION AND LACK OF HUMAN RIGHTS. YOU HAVE MY WORD THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE WITH YOU. AS A WAY TO EDUCATE CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS ABOUT THE IDEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF COMMUNISM, THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION WAS AUTHORIZED IN 1993 BY A UNANIMOUS ACT OF CONGRESS. IN HONOR OF THIS FOUNDATION I HAVE INTRODUCED HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 57 WHICH EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT ESTABLISHING A MUSEUM IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN EDUCATING AMERICANS ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS COMMITTED BY THESE TOTALITARIAN REGIMES AND TELLING THE WHOLE STORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

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                                    C ROSS

                                    THIS MUSEUM WOULD HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE HEROES WHO RESISTED COMMUNIST…

                                    THIS MUSEUM WOULD HONOR THE MEMORY OF THE HEROES WHO RESISTED COMMUNIST TYRANNY AND COMMEMORATE AMERICA'S MORE THAN HALF CENTURY OF EFFORTS RESISTING SOVIET IMPERIALISM. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME DURING AIVE NATIONS WEEK IN RECOGNIZING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM BY CO-SPONSORING HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 57 AND BRINGING THE TRUTH TO LIGHT. THANK YOU. 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 GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. JACKSON LEE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US ARE ENGAGED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TODAY. A BUDGET…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, MANY OF US ARE ENGAGED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS TODAY. A BUDGET FOR AMERICANS SHOULD BE SEEK RECOGNITION? REALLY THE PLAYBOOK FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIVES FOR ALL AMERICANS. BUT YET THIS DRACONIAN BUDGET THAT IS WORSE THAN THE TRUMP BUDGET CUTS $250 BILLION PLUS OUT OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES FOR AMERICANS. CUTS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID, MEDICARE, THE ENVIRONMENT. UNDERMINING THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE. WHERE IS THE RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? THE PREMISE OF THE FACT THAT WAGES ARE SLOW. MR. SPEAKER, CORPORATE AMERICA IS DOES WELL. AND ALL IS NEEDED AS SOME CORPORATIONS HAVE ALREADY DONE, RAISE THE SALARIES OF AMERICANS. MAKE SURE THE GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED. SHORE UP THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, NOT TO CUT BILLIONS FROM THE AFFORDABLE CARE. TO SHORE UP NATIONAL DEFENSE. NOT TO CUT BILLIONS OR MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN PEACEKEEPING ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS USAID. SHORE UP AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY. GIVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SO THAT JOBS ARE CREATED. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? YOU DO THAT, MR. SPEAKER, BY ENSURING THAT THE CLIMATE AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES ARE THERE FOR CORPORATIONS TO GROW. GROWTH IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOT DRACONIAN CUTS TO LEAVE AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH CARE, GOOD CLIMATE, WITHOUT EDUCATION. WE WANT A BUDGET FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE MY REMARKS.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, SADLY RURAL MAINE IS GROUND SKEER ROW FOR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, SADLY RURAL MAINE IS GROUND SKEER ROW FOR THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. EVERY DAY ON AVERAGE, MR. SPEAKER, ONE FELLOW MAINER DIE FROM AN OVERDOSE.

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                                    MR. POLIQUIN

                                    60% OF OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THIS SCOURGE. FOR…

                                    60% OF OUR FAMILIES ARE IMPACTED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THIS SCOURGE. FOR YEARS, MR. SPEAKER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN MAINE HAVE FOUND ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER CARDS OR E.B.T. CARDS AT DRUG BUSTS. EVERY MONTH THESE E.B.T. CARDS ARE REPLENISH THE WITH FOOD STAMM AND OTHER WELFARE BENEFITS INFEND TENDED TO HELP DISADVANTAGED FAMILIES. BUT TOO OFTEN THESE VALUABLE CARDS ARE USED TO BUY DRUGS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP AND I FOUND A COMMONSENSE WAY TO DO THAT. MY FOOD STAMP INTEGRITY ACT PERMANENTLY DISQUALIFIES ANYONE CONVICTED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING FROM RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS. THIS WOULD HELP MAKE SURE LIMITED WELFARE BENEFITS ARE SAVED TO COMPASSIONATELY HELP MOMS AND DADS PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR HUNGRY KIDS. ADDITIONALLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3151 WILL REQUIRE ABLE-BODIED ADULTS WITHOUT DEPENDENTS BETWEEN AGES 18 AND 50 TO WORK OOT LEAST -- AT LEAST 20 HOURS A WEEK OR JOB TRAIN OR PERFORM COMMUNITY SERVICE IN ORDER FOR TAXPAYERS TO HELP THEM OUT WITH FOOD ASSISTANCE. MR. SPEAKER, SIMILAR FORMS IN MAINE HAVE HELPED THOUSANDS OUT OF POVERTY AND INTO INDEPENDENCE AND BETTER LIVES THROUGH EMPLOYMENT, AND WE HAVE PLENTY OF JOBS AVAILABLE, SIR. MY BILL WILL HELP SAVE PRECIOUS WELFARE DOLLARS FOR THE DISABLED, ELDERLY, SICK, AND THE POOR. IT WILL ALSO HELP STOP DEADLY DRUG TRAFFICKING AND TREAT TAXPAYERS BETTER. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 3151 IS A MAINE, COMMONSENSE SOLUTION TO A NATIONAL PROBLEM. I ASK EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, TO VOTE FOR IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                    MR. CICILLINE

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

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE THREATENED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE…

                                    SPEAKER, REPUBLICANS HAVE THREATENED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FOR SEVEN YEARS. BUT EARLIER THIS WEEK THEY FAILED AGAIN TO DELIVER ON THIS THREAT. NEXT WEEK THE SENATE WILL VOTE ON A BILL TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT. IF THIS BILL WERE TO PASS, 32 MILLION PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE. INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL GO UP. AND INSURANCE MARKETS WILL UNRAVEL. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THIS BILL WILL NOT PASS. MITCH MCCONNELL ANTI-REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ARE GOING TO HAVE A VOTE ANYWAY. WHAT'S THE POINT? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF WASHINGTON FAILING TO GET THINGS DONE. IT IS TIME, IN FACT WELL PAST TIME, FOR REPUBLICANS TO STOP GOING IT ALONE. ALL OF US CAME HERE TO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS. BUT THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNLESS REPUBLICANS ARE WILLING TO WORK IN GOOD FAITH WITH DEMOCRATS. TO MAKE THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE WORK TOGETHER, NONE OF US WILL GET EVERYTHING WE WANT. THAT'S TRUE. OUR CONSTITUENTS WILL FINALLY GET THE PROGRESS THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. AND THAT'S MUCH MORE IMPORTANT. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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                                    MR. BUCSHON

                                    MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REBOUNDING COMMUNITY IN THE EIGHTH…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE A REBOUNDING COMMUNITY IN THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF INDIANA. SULLIVAN COUNTY, INDIANA, IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL WEST INDIANA ALONG THE ROY BASH RIVER. HOME TO ROUGHLY 21,000 PROUD HARDWORKING HOOSIERS. THE LOCAL ECONOMY RELIES ON MANUFACTURING AND THE COAL AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRIES. IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION, WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ROLL BACK AGGRESSIVE JOB-KILLING FEDERAL REGULATIONS OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THAT HAVE DEVASTATED THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY. THE AGENDA WE SET FORTH OF LESS REGULATION AND LOWER TAXES IS BREATHING LIFE INTO OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES AND COMMUNITIES LIKE SULLIVAN, INDIANA. AS OF MAY, 2017, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY IS AT A 27-YEAR LOW, SITTING AT 3.3%. JUST A YEAR AGO THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 7%. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, I'M HOPEFUL THIS TREND CONTINUES AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                    MR. DEUTCH

                                    MR. SPEAKER, INACTION IN THIS HOUSE, THE NUMBERS TELL THE STORY 16 MONTHS…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, INACTION IN THIS HOUSE, THE NUMBERS TELL THE STORY 16 MONTHS SINCE RUSSIANS ATTACKED THIS HOUSE, WE STAND MUTE. ALL INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TOLD OF PUTIN'S DIRECT INVOLVEMENT AND WE'VE DONE NOTHING. EIGHT RUSSIAN AND TRUMP ADVISORS TALKED ABOUT RUSSIAN ASSISTANCE TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. THREE HOURS OF FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PUTIN, ONE OF THOSE HOURS WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND 98 OUT OF 100 SENATORS VOTED IN FAVOR OF NEW RUSSIAN SANCTIONS 34 DAYS AGO. AND FINALLY ZERO, ZERO ACTION FROM THIS HOUSE TO FIGHT BACK. ZERO SHOW OF BIPARTISANSHIP THAT MIRRORS OR SENATE COUNTERPARTS. ZERO VOTES ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO SEND THE SANCTIONS BILL TO THE PRESIDENT. MR. SPEAKER, IF YOU ALLOW US TO VOTE ON THIS BILL, IT WILL PASS WITH OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, AND IF YOU DO NOT ALLOW US TO GET RUSSIA SANCTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK AND PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIM TO SIGN IT, YOU AND THE REST OF THIS MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE WILL CARRY THE WEIGHT OF OUR FAILURE TO STAND UP TO RUSSIA BACK TO YOUR DISTRICTS IN AUGUST AND NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW IT IS THAT YOU SHOW WEAKNESS WHEN IT IS STRENGTH THAT IS REQUIRED IN THE FACE OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA EXPECTS AND DESERVES AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR.

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                                    MR. MCKINLEY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A LITTLE KNOWN ROLE MODEL,…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A LITTLE KNOWN ROLE MODEL, ELI BORACHOV, A 22-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM CEDAR HEARST, NEW YORK. WHILE ON HIS TRIP WITH HIS FAMILY, ELI WAS PRAYING DURING A SERVICE AT THE CAVE OF THE PATRIARCHS IN HEBRON. ELI WAS TARGETED BY A PAIR OF ARAB SNIPERS AND WAS SHOT TWICE IN THE LEG. THANKFULLY AFTER EMERGENCY SURGERY AND A LENGTHY REHABILITATION, ELI HAS RECOVERED. AFTER THE TERRORISTS WERE APPREHENDED AND PUT ON TRIAL, ELI WAS CALLED UPON TO SPEAK IN COURT WHICH MEANT HE HAD TO FACE HIS SHOOTERS IN PERSON. WHILE ADDRESSING THE COURT, ELI DISPLAYED CHARACTER WELL BEYOND HIS YEARS. AS ELI MENTIONED IN HIS STATEMENT, THE ONLY REASON HE WAS TARGETED WAS THE FACT THAT HE WAS PRACTICING HIS JEWISH FAITH. I COMMEND ELI FOR STANDING TALL IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE AND SHOWING GREAT COURAGE. HE'S A ROLE MODEL. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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

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                                    MR. COSTA

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE MOST BASIC RIGHTS THAT SERVES…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE MOST BASIC RIGHTS THAT SERVES AS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND THAT IS FREEDOM OF SPEECH. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION FOR ALL AMERICANS. GUARANTEED IN THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN OUR BILL OF RIGHTS. THE FREEDOM OF PRESS, IT'S THE FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, IT'S THE FREEDOM TO PETITION. THIS MORNING I JOINED MY FELLOW -- WITH SEVERAL FELLOW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND OTHER AMERICANS TO EXERCISE THIS FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOM IN A DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE TURKISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE. THE SAME PLACE WHERE MEMBERS OF TURKISH PRESIDENT'S SECURITY FORCES ATTACKED 11 PEACEFUL AMERICANS WHO WERE EXERCISING THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. ON MAY 16. THIS MORNING WE STOOD TOGETHER TO DEMAND THE PROTECTION OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. WE STOOD TOGETHER TO SAY WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR THOSE BASIC FREEDOMS THAT ARE ENSHRINED IN OUR BILL OF RIGHTS AND PROTECTED BY OUR CONSTITUTION. AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR OVER 241 YEARS AND SHED BLOOD TO PROTECT OUR BASIC FREEDOMS THAT WE HOLD MOST DEARLY. AS JUSTICE CARDOZA SAID IN 1970, FREEDOM OF EXPRESS IS THE INDISPENSIBLE CONDITION OF NEARLY EVERY OTHER FORM OF FREEDOM THAT WE CHERISH IN OUR COUNTRY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE ST. CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE ST. CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR BEING NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 150 WORKPLACES IN MINNESOTA BY THE "MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE."

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                                    MR. EMMER

                                    THE COMPANY SELECTED WAS BASED OFF OF A SURVEY DONE BY WORKPLACE DYNAMICS…

                                    THE COMPANY SELECTED WAS BASED OFF OF A SURVEY DONE BY WORKPLACE DYNAMICS WHICH MEASURES EMPLOYEE'S ENGAGEMENT, OVERALL SATISFACTION OF THEIR COMPANY. THIS IS A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE SAINT CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AS THEY SURVEYED NEARLY 70,000 EMPLOYEES THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA TO COME UP WITH THESE RESULTS. FOR EVERY COMPANY, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, THE EMPLOYEES ARE THE KEY TO SECURING SUCCESS. THE HARD WORK THEY PUT IN EVERY DAY IS CRITICAL SO IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT MANAGEMENT ENSURES THEY FEEL BOTH VALUED AND RESPECTED. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE EVERYONE AT THE SAINT CLOUD FEDERAL CREDIT UNION ON THEIR INCREDIBLE TEAMWORK AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO CONGRATULATE MANAGEMENT FOR CREATING A GREAT WORKPLACE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. YOUR COMPANY AND EMPLOYEES WILL CONTINUE TO THRIVE DUE TO YOUR LEADERSHIP. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MRS. BEATTY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT MY MESSAGE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT MY MESSAGE IS STANDING UP FOR HARDWORKING AMERICANS -- AMERICAN PEOPLE, STANDING UP FOR HARDWORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE TO HAVE THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY DESERVE AND THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THEY CAN HAVE EQUAL VOTING RIGHTS AND NOT HAVE A SHAM VOTING RIGHTS COMMISSION THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DEVELOPED. STANDING UP FOR AMERICAN PEOPLE SO THEY CAN HAVE AN INVESTMENT IN JOBS AND IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AGAINST TRUMP'S BUDGET. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO WE CAN KEEP MEDICAID. STANDING UP FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE, THAT THEY HAVE JOBS, THAT WE DON'T CUT MEDICAID AND THE SAFETY NET PROGRAMS THAT ALLOWS US TO HAVE HARDWORKING AMERICANS SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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

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

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

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE ISSUE OF TYPE 1 DIABETES ACROSS AMERICA. AS CO-CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DIABETES CAUCUS ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, DIANA DEGETTE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, THIS IS AN ISSUE I CARE DEEPLY ABOUT.

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                                    MR. REED

                                    TO ADDRESS THIS DISEASE TO IMPROVE THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS…

                                    TO ADDRESS THIS DISEASE TO IMPROVE THE FAMILIES THAT ARE DEALING WITH THIS EACH AND EVERY DAY. MR. SPEAKER, MY FAMILY IS ONE OF THESE FAMILIES. MY SON, WILL, AT 17 YEARS OF AGE, HAS BEEN FIGHTING THIS DISEASE 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR SINCE THE AGE OF 4. THIS YOUNG GIRL, KENNEDY, I HAD THE HONOR TO MEET WITH AND IS REPRESENTING MY DISTRICT HERE IN THE CONGRESSIONAL WORKSHOP BEING PUT ON BY JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION. SHE SHOWED ME THE SCARS ON HER FINGERS WHERE SHE HAS TO POKE HER FINGERS SIX TO SEVEN TIMES A DAY, MR. SPEAKER, TO CONTROL HER BLOOD SUGAR AND MONITOR IT ON A REGULAR BASIS. SHE'S A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ALL THE DIABETICS ACROSS THE NATION AND SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO TACKLE THIS DISEASE IN A WAY THAT WILL IMPROVE LIVES FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. AND WITH THAT I YIELD BACK, MR. SPEAKER.

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

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                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE AND…

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

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                                    MR. COURTNEY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FEBRUARY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, LAST FEBRUARY, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD C.E.O.'S FROM AMERICA'S LARGEST MANUFACTURERS TO COME AND TALK ABOUT PRO-GROWTH TAX POLICIES. INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT TAXES, WHAT THEY REALLY TALKED ABOUT IS THE REAL NEED OUT THERE WHICH IS TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP IN THIS COUNTRY AND GET THE JOB TRAINING OUT THERE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN GET HIRED. AND "USA TODAY" REPORTED THE NEXT DAY WITH THE HEADLINE, SOWS TO TRUMP, JOBS EXIST, SKILLS DON'T. IN THE 2017 BUDGET, A BIPARTISAN BUDGET, CONGRESS LISTENED AND WE APPROPRIATED ROBUST FUNDING FOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS, FOR YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS AND FOR ADULT, OLDER INCUMBENT JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS. INCREDIBLY, A FEW MINUTES AGO, THE PARTISAN REPUBLICAN BUDGET CUT APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS TO ZERO, FROM $95 MILLION FROM LAST YEAR TO ZERO. MR. SPEAKER, BETTER SKILLS MEANS BETTER WAGES AND BETTER JOBS. WE SHOULD BE INVESTING STRONGLY IN JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS SO PEOPLE WILL HAVE A FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE JOB CREATORS IN THIS COUNTRY. WE SHOULD LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE BACK HOME AND WE SHOULD REJECT THIS REPUBLICAN BUDGET WHICH INCREDIBLY TURNS THE CLOCK BACK SO WE CAN FILL THE JOB OPENINGS THAT THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS NOW TOTALS ALMOST SIX MILLION JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY. CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP, INVEST IN JOB TRAINING. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE DUNKLY. THEY ARE…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE DUNKLY. THEY ARE SERVING OUR NATION'S VETERANS THROUGH PROVIDING GUITAR LESSONS AT THE TRUMAN V.A. HOSPITAL IN COLUMBIA HOSPITAL. THE HEALING BOX PROJECT CAME TO LIFE AT THE V.A. HOSPITAL A FEW DAYS AGO.

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                                    MRS. HARTZLER

                                    TO DISABLED VETERANS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM EASE THE WOUNDS THAT SO MANY OF…

                                    TO DISABLED VETERANS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM EASE THE WOUNDS THAT SO MANY OF THEM ARE FACING. THESE WEEKLY LESSONS PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR VETERANS TO USE THE JOY OF MUSIC TO HEAL THEIR SOULS. WEEKLY THEY PROVIDE THESE LESSONS FOR UP TO 50 VETERANS. C.J. AND DAVE PROVIDE THE FUNDRAISING TO THEIR 503-C. I AM THANKFUL FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR NATION'S HEROES WHO HAVE SO GRACIOUSLY GIVEN SERVICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S AN HONOR TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE C.J. AND DAVE FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION'S VETERANS. I'M BLESSED TO REPRESENT THEM IN CONGRESS AND WISH THEM CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THIS VERY SPECIAL PROJECT.

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

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                                    MR. MCNERNEY

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

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

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                                  • 12:27:05 PM

                                    MR. MCNERNEY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAYOR YUM. SHE WAS…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THE LIFE AND WORK OF MAYOR YUM. SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRAN WHERE SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE ON IRAN'S INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OWE LIMP ADD TEAM WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL IN 1994 AND 1995 AND FIRST IRANIAN WOMAN ELECTED TO THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. SHE MOVED TO THE UNITED STATES TO ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND BECAME A 2004 RESEARCH FELLOW OF THE CLAY MATHEMATICS INSTITUTE AND PROFESSOR AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY. IN 2008 SHE BECAME A PROFESSOR AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND IN 2014, MARY ANN WAS THE FIRST WOMAN EVER TO HAVE THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS MATHEMATICAL AWARD FOR HER OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DYNAMICS AND GEOMETRY OF MODULAR SPACES. THE MEDALS ARE AWARDED EVERY FOUR YEARS AGED 40 OR YOUNGER. SHE WAS AN AMAZING MATHEMATICIAN, SOCIALLY ENGAGING AND EVOLVED IN THE -- INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. SHE DIED LAST WEEK AT THE AGE OF 40, A TRAGEDY NOT ONLY FOR HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS BUT FOR THE ADDITIONAL BEAUTIFUL AMER EL-MAATIICS SHE WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE HUMAN RACE HAD SHE BEEN BLESSED WITH A LONG CAREER.

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

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

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

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                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF JOHN SWEENEY, THE PRIEST…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN HONOR OF JOHN SWEENEY, THE PRIEST OF CHARLOTTE ST. MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE LARGEST CATHOLIC PARISH IN AMERICA WHO RETIRES THIS WEEK AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF MINISTRY.

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                                    MR. PITTENGER

                                    HE WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PRIEST ORDAINED WHAT WAS THE NEW STHARLT DIOCESE…

                                    HE WAS ACTUALLY THE FIRST PRIEST ORDAINED WHAT WAS THE NEW STHARLT DIOCESE BACK IN 1994. HE IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP AND HELPING EACH MEMBER FIND THEIR SPECIAL GOD-GIVEN ROLE IN LIFE AND IN THE CHURCH. DESPITE HIS VERY PUBLIC ROLE, HE OFTEN REMINDS FOLKS THAT JESUS IS THE STAR OF ST. MATTHEW, NOT THE PRIEST. MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY HAS ANOTHER MOTTO, YOU NEVER SAY NO TO JESUS. AND SO STILL LISTENING TO JESUS AT AGE 75, MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY IS RETIRING FROM AMERICA'S LARGEST CATHOLIC PARISH TO MOVE ON TO HAITI OR JAMAICA TO LIVE AMONG THE POOR TO ADMINISTER THEIR NEEDS. MAY GOD BLESS MONSIGNOR MCSWEENEY. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION? THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE ALL GIRLS…

                                    THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TO CONGRATULATE THE ALL GIRLS TEAM FROM AFGHANISTAN FOR TAKING HOME THE FIRST GLOBAL CHALLENGE.

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                                  • 12:30:02 PM

                                    MRS. DAVIS

                                    ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN WHEN I SAY THAT THESE…

                                    ON BEHALF OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO TRAVEL TO AFGHANISTAN WHEN I SAY THAT THESE GIRLS ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF OUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR COUNTRY. WE HAVE LEARNED ON OUR TRIPS THAT NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR GLOBAL SECURITY THAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CAPITAL, AND WHAT BETTER EXAMPLE COULD THERE BE THAN THESE REMARKABLE GIRLS? I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST LADY AND SAY TO THE GIRLS, LITERALLY, THAT YOU MAKE US HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN THESE GIRLS WERE BORN, WOMEN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO GET AN EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN, AND NOW BECAUSE OF THE BRAVERY OF THESE GIRLS AND THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF THEIR TEACHERS, THE REST OF THE WORLD CAN NOW SEE HOW REMARKABLE AFGHAN WOMEN TRULY ARE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT. .

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

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

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

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

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE A HUMBLE PUBLIC SERVANT AND SOMEONE I'M PROUD TO CALL A FRIEND. CHIEF JAMES CARMODY OF THE WYOMING, MICHIGAN POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO WAS RECENTLY NAMED MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF OF THE YEAR.

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                                    MR. HUIZENGA

                                    HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 1973 AS A POLICE OFFICER IN PORT HURON, MICHIGAN,…

                                    HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 1973 AS A POLICE OFFICER IN PORT HURON, MICHIGAN, WHERE HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF DEPUTY CHIEF. IN 2006, JIM MADE THE DECISION TO JOIN THE WYOMING POLICE DEPARTMENT AS CHIEF AND CALL WEST MICHIGAN HOME. HE HAS LED THE CHARGE TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY SERVE. WHILE PROVIDING THE RESIDENTS OF BYO MIDGE, MICHIGAN -- BY YES MING, MICHIGAN, WITH TOPNOTCH LAW ENFORCEMENT. HIS COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY DOESN'T END THERE. HE ALSO CHAIRS THE MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AND WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO SERVE ON THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION. MR. SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF THE SEC DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, I CONGRATULATE CHIEF CARMODY, NAMED THE TOP MICHIGAN POLICE CHIEF FOR 2006. HE THANK HIM FOR 42 YEARS OF SERVICE TO MICHIGAN AND OUR NATION W THAT I YIELD BACK.

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MS. PLASKETT

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

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

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. PLASKETT

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO CONGRATULATE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M HAPPY TO CONGRATULATE THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ON WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL AT THE 2017 CENTRA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AND FINISHING THE TOURNAMENT WITH A 4-1 RECORD. THEY BEAT OUT TEAMS FROM MEXICO, CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE CARIBBEAN. I PARTICULARLY WANT TO CONGRATULATE NATALIE DAY, WHO WAS NAMED M.V.P. WITH A TOURNAMENT DOUBLE-DOUBLE AVERAGE, 18.6 POINTS AND 11 REBOUNDS PER GAME. GOOD LUCK TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WOMEN TEAM AT THE FIBA WOMEN'S AMERICA CUP 2017? ARGENTINA. WE'RE ROOTING FOR YOU. I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE ANOTHER VIRGIN ISLANDSER, JOAQUIN, WHO FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS HAS PLAYED CENTER FOR THE NBA'S INDIANA PACERS. I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR RETURNING HOME TO ST. CROIX REPEATEDLY AND HOSTING A SERIES OF YOUTH EVENTS AND OPENED A BASKETBALL COURT FUNDED BY HIS FOUNDATION FOR THE FRED RICKS BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. HE AND OTHER ATHLETES WILL COACH BASKETBALL CAMPS ON ST. THOMAS AND ST. CROIX THIS WEEK WITH THE HIGHLIGHT OF ALL STAR COMPETITION ON ST. CROIX'S EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX. FINALLY, TO THE HILLSIDERS WHO HOST THEIR ANNUAL PICNIC THIS WEEKEND, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING TRADITION OF THE HILLSIDERS OF CHRISTIAN SAID. I'LL BE THERE TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AS WE REMEMBER CULTURE AND FAMILY AND UNITED IN PRIDE AND HOPE. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS YIELDS BACK HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK NATION?

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                                    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. REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MR. DUNCAN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, TWO DAYS AGO THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" PUBLISHED A CHART FROM…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, TWO DAYS AGO THE "WASHINGTON TIMES" PUBLISHED A CHART FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SHOWING THE MEDICAL PREMIUMS WENT UP 116% LAST YEAR IN ARIZONA. 69% IN OKLAHOMA. 63% IN MY HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE. 59% IN MINNESOTA. 58% IN ALASKA. AND ON AND ON AND ON. PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED THAT IF WE WOULD PASS HIS HEALTH CARE BILL THAT PEOPLE COULD KEEP THEIR PLANS. YET MILLIONS WERE FORCED ON TO OBAMACARE BECAUSE EITHER THEIR PREMIUMS WENT UP TOO HIGH OR THEY LOST THEIR INSURANCE ALL TOGETHER. HE PROMISED THAT THE AVERAGE FAMILY WOULD SAVE $2,500 A YEAR. IT'S BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ANY FAMILY THAT SAVED THAT $2,500. OBAMACARE HAS BEEN GREAT. GREAT IN MAKING HEALTH CARE UNAFFORDABLE FOR ALMOST EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA. I YIELD BACK.

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 12:35:41 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

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

                                    MR. SPEAKER, BY THE DIRECTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES I CALL UP HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 AND ASK FOR ITS IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION.

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                                    THE CLERK WILL DESIGNATE THE RESOLUTION.

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                                    THE CLERK

                                    P HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 66, HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, RESOLVED. RESOLVED,THAT…

                                    P HOUSE CALENDAR NUMBER 66, HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, RESOLVED. RESOLVED,THAT AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2910, TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-28. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART A OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 2, AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 2883, TO ESTABLISH A MORE UNIFORM, TRANSPARENT, AND MODERN PROCESS TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION, CONNECTION, OPERATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL BORDER-CROSSING FACILITIES FOR THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF OIL AND NATURAL GAS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IN LIEU OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE NOW PRINTED IN THE BILL, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRINT 115-29. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART B OF THE REPORT OF THE POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 3, AT ANY TIME AFTER ADOPTION OF THIS RESOLUTION THE SPEAKER MAY, PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 2-B OF RULE 18, DECLARE THE HOUSE RESOLVED INTO THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE ON THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL H.R. 218, TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF FEDERAL LAND AND NON-FEDERAL LAND IN THE STATE OF ALASKA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROAD BETWEEN KING COVE AND COLD BAY. THE FIRST READING OF THE BILL SHALL BE DISPENSED WITH. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL ARE WAIVED. GENERAL DEBATE SHALL BE CONFINED TO THE BILL AND SHALL NOT EXCEED ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES. AFTER GENERAL DEBATE THE BILL SHALL BE CONSIDERED FOR AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE. IT SHALL BE IN ORDER TO CONSIDER AS AN ORIGINAL BILL FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT UNDER THE FIVE-MINUTE RULE AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE CONSISTING OF THE TEXT OF RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 115-27. THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE ARE WAIVED. NO AMENDMENT TO THAT AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE SHALL BE IN ORDER EXCEPT THOSE PRINTED IN PART C OF THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES ACCOMPANYING THIS RESOLUTION. EACH SUCH AMENDMENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLY IN THE ORDER PRINTED IN THE REPORT, MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY A MEMBER DESIGNATED IN THE REPORT, SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS READ, SHALL BE DEBATABLE FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN THE REPORT EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE PROPONENT AND AN OPPONENT, SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT, AND SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DEMAND FOR DIVISION OF THE QUESTION IN THE HOUSE OR IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. ALL POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST SUCH AMENDMENTS ARE WAIVED. AT THE CONCLUSION OF CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL FOR AMENDMENT THE COMMITTEE SHALL RISE AND REPORT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE WITH SUCH AMENDMENTS AS MAY HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. ANY MEMBER MAY DEMAND A SEPARATE VOTE IN THE HOUSE ON ANY AMENDMENT ADOPTED IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE TO THE BILL OR TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT. THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SHALL BE CONSIDERED AS ORDERED ON THE BILL AND AMENDMENTS THERETO TO FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT INTERVENING MOTION EXCEPT ONE MOTION TO RECOMMIT WITH OR WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS. SECTION 4, IT SHALL BE IN ORDER AT ANY TIME ON THE LEGISLATIVE DAY OF JULY 20, 2017, FOR THE SPEAKER TO ENTERTAIN MOTIONS THAT THE HOUSE SUSPEND THE RULES, AS THOUGH UNDER CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 15, RELATING TO THE BILL H.R. 2825, TO AMEND THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002 TO MAKE CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN THE LAWS ADMINISTERED BY THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. SECTION 5, THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS MAY, AT ANY TIME BEFORE 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017, FILE PRIVILEGED REPORTS TO ACCOMPANY MEASURES MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018.

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE HOUR.

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                                    MS. CHENEY

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

                                    MR. SPEAKER, DURING CONSIDERATION OF THIS RESOLUTION, ALL TIME YIELDED IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEBATE ONLY. I NOW YIELD THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK, PENDING WHICH I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  • 12:43:34 PM

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH…

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED FOR AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO USE.

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                                  • 12:43:38 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

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

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

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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                    MISS CHINAEE

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I --

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                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 WHICH PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION…

                                    IN HOUSE RESOLUTION 454 WHICH PROVIDES A STRUCTURED RULE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT. AND H.R. 218, THE KING COVE ROAD LAND EXCHANGE ACT. MR. SPEAKER, OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY INDUSTRY HAS SUFFERED GREATLY OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS UNDER OUTDATED REGULATIONS AND BURDENSOME BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE PROHIBITING GROWTH AND INNOVATION. TODAY'S RULE ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF TWO VERY IMPORTANT BILLS THAT WILL PROVIDE CLEAR AND TRANSPARENT POLICIES FOR OUR PIPELINE PERMITTING PROCESSES. MAKING THEM MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SO THAT WE CAN FULLY REALIZE THE NORTH AMERICAN ENERGY BOOM, CREATE AMERICAN JOBS, GROW OUR ECONOMY, STRENGTHEN OUR RELATION WAS OUR LARGEST ENERGY TRADING PARTNERS, CANADA AND MEXICO. THE FIRST BILL, H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT, IS SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE, MR. FLORES OF TEXAS. THIS BILL REINFORCES THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION'S ROLE AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR CITING INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES BY DIRECTING IT TO IDENTIFY AND INVITE ALL AGENCIES CONSIDERING AN ASPECT OF AN APPLICATION TO ESTABLISH A SCHEDULE FOR CONCURRENT REVIEWS, AND TO IMPOSE DEADLINES FOR FINAL DECISIONS. . RECENT ADVANCEMENT IN ENERGY EXPLORATION HAVE ALLOWED COMPANIES TO TAP INTO NATURAL GAS RESERVES LEADING TO A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN PRODUCTION. THIS POTENTIAL INCREASE AND THE INCREASE IN SUPPLY HAS LOWERED ENERGY COSTS AND INCREASE THE DEMAND FOR NATURAL GAS. AS A RESULT, CURRENT U.S. PIPELINES ARE NOW OPERATING NEAR CAPACITY, MAKING NEW PIPELINES NECESSARY TO DELIVER GAS TO CONSUMERS ACROSS THE NATION AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE IN THE NORTHEAST AND MIDWEST WHERE DEMAND FOR ENERGY IS HIGH BUT WHERE THEY LACK THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DELIVER DOMESTIC NATURAL GAS. ADDITIONALLY, DUE TO ITS ABUNDANCE AND AFFORDABILITY, MANY MANUFACTURERS ARE BEGINNING TO RELY ON NATURAL GAS AS A PRIMARY FUEL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PERMITTING PROCESS FOR NEW PIPELINES IS ARDUOUS AND UNNECESSARILY BURDENSOME. CURRENTLY WHEN CITING A PIPELINE PROJECT, MULTIPLE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED. PERMITS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND THE CLEAN AIR ACT, FOR EXAMPLE SHES AND ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE -- FOR EXAMPLE, AND ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE, THE AVERAGE PROCESSING TIME FROM PREFILING TO CERTIFICATION FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES HAS BEEN 558 DAYS. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT THAT LONG, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE EXPAND AND MONDAYERIZE OUR NATION'S PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE THE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE ENERGY AND AFFORDABLE PRICES FOR CONSUMERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN ORDER TO DO THIS, WE SIMPLY MUST PROMOTE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS AS WELL AS COORDINATION AMONG FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL REGULATORS. THIS BILL ACCOMPLISHES THESE GOALS, AND I SUPPORT ITS PASSAGE. THE RULE WE ARE DISCUSSING TODAY ALSO PROVIDES FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2883, THE PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OKLAHOMA, MR. MULLIN. THIS BILL CREATES A UNIFORM AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS TO AUTHORIZE THE CONSTRUCTION, CONNECTION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS OF OIL, NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRICITY IMPORTS AND EXPORTS. THE BILL DIRECTS THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO REVIEW CROSS-BORDER OIL AND NATURAL GAS PIPELINES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY TO REVIEW CROSS-BORDER ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION FACILITIES, REQUIRING THE RELEVANT OFFICIAL TO ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF CROSSING UNLESS IT IS FOUND NOT TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. RECENT ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, MR. SPEAKER, HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED OUR ABILITY TO HARNESS OUR VAST NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT THE CURRENT AD HOC PERMITTING PROCESS HAS INHIBITED ENERGY PRODUCERS FROM EXPORTING AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNERS AND HAS SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED RECENT PROPOSALS SUCH AS THE KEYSTONE X.L. PIPELINE. THE VALUE OF ENERGY TRADED BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS NORTH AMERICAN NEIGHBORS EXCEEDED $140 BILLION IN 2015. WITH $100 BILLION IN U.S. ENERGY IMPORTS AND OVER $40 BILLION IN EXPORTS. WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO GAMBLE OUR ENERGY SECURITY AND COMPETITIVENESS ON AN INEFFICIENT PERMITTING PROCESS. TODAY'S RULE, MR. SPEAKER, ALSO ALLOWS FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 218, THE KING COVE ROAD LAND EXCHANGE ACT, SPONSORED BY MY COLLEAGUE FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG. THIS BILL AUTHORIZES AN EQUAL VALUE LAND EXCHANGE TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN 11-MILE ROAD LINKING THE REMOTE CITY OF KING COVE AND THE CITY OF COLD BAY WHICH HAS A MODERN AIRPORT. THE STATE OF ALASKA WILL TRANSFER APPROXIMATELY 43,000 ACRES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR TO ADD TO THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REF UNAL IN RETURN FOR 206 ACRES OF FEDERAL -- REFUGE IN RETURN FOR 206 ACRES OF FEDERAL LAND TO MR. THE ROADS. THIS IS CRITICAL BECAUSE HARSH WINTER CONDITIONS MAKES TRANSPORTING INDIVIDUALS DANGEROUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL. GALE FORCE WINDS GROUND PLANES AND PREVENT SEA TRAVELS. EVACUATIONS TAKES DAYS AND THE HOFFER CRAFT TERMINAL THAT WE PROVIDED TEMP TEMP RATHER FUNDS FOR CEASED OPERATION IN 2010. THE KING COULD HAVE BEEN OPERATION HAS BEEN DENIED PROPER HOSPITAL CARE AND ACCESS TO ESSENTIAL EMERGENCY SERVICES SINCE THEY BEGAN FIGHTING FOR THIS ROAD 40 YEARS AGO. AND THAT, MR. SPEAKER, IS UNACCEPTABLE. ENSURING THESE FOLKS HAVE GROUND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE REGIONAL HOLD AT COLD BAY, ESPECIALLY DURING HARSH WINTER, IS VITAL TO THE SAFETY OF THIS COMMUNITY IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THEREFORE, MR. SPEAKER, I ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR THE RULE BECAUSE -- FOR THESE IMPORTANT BILLS, AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE…

                                    THE GENTLELADY RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 12:50:23 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO DO THE OPPOSITE SIDE.

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                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING FOR…

                                    THANK YOU MR. SPEAKER. AND I THANK THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM WYOMING FOR YIELDING ME THE CUSTOMARY 30 MINUTES AND I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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                                  • 12:50:38 PM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY MAY USE AS MUCH TIME AS SHE WISHES TO CONSUME.

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                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    WISHES TO CONSUME.

                                  • 12:56:10 PM

                                    THEPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLADY FROM WYOMING…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES HER TIME. THE GENTLADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED. CHINECHINE MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE --

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                                  • 12:56:16 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE SPONSOR OF H.R. 218, MR. YOUNG.

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                                  • 12:56:25 PM

                                    MR. UNG

                                    THANK YOU, MADAM, FOR YIELDING TO ME AND I ASK TO REVISE ANDXTEND.

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                                  • 12:56:31 PM

                                    MR. YOUNG

                                    I LISTEN TO PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THIS IS A GOOD LE. I WANT TO…

                                    I LISTEN TO PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE, THIS IS A GOOD LE. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT THE RULES COMMITTEE. IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT MEANS LIVES. 19 PEOPLE HAVE DIED OUT OF THAT COMMUNITY OF KING COVE. MOTHERS, CHILDREN, HUSBANDS, BROTHS, UNCLES AND AUNTS. WE -- BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE A ROA THEY DIDN'T HAVE A ROAD. WE PASSED THIS LEGISLATION IN 2009THAT GRANTED THE EXCHANGE AND A MASSIVE LAND EXCHANGE. 43,000 ACRES FOR 260 ACRES FROM THE STATE OF ALASKA TO CONSTRUCT THIS ROAD. I THINK THAT'S A FAIRLY EXCHANGE. FOR 11-MILE ROAD, SINGLE LANE, GRAVEL COVERED JUST SO THEY HAVE ACCESS TO SAVE LIVES. AND THOSE THAT SPEAK AGAINST IT HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THE WIND THAT HOWLS THROUGH THAT AREA. WHEN YOU TRY TO LAND A PLANE AND YOU CRASH OR TAKE OFF YOU HAVE A SICK PERSON WITH YOU AND YOU CRASH. OR GO ACROSS THE BAY WHEN THE WAVES ARE 30 FEET HIGH AND THE EVACUATION OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS, ILL PEOPLE ARE 11 MILES AWAY ON AN UNFINISHED ROAD AND THEY DIE. HUMAN BEINGS, ALASKAN CONSTITUENTS THAT HAVE MEDICAL AID ONLY 600 MILES AWAY AND STOPPED BY 11 MILES. IT'S NOT ALLOWED BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY THERE'S A BETTER WAY. AND THERE IS NO BETTER WAY THAN A ROAD. AND THE WEATHER CONDITION I'M SPEAKING OF. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I OFTEN LISTEN TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE AND VOTING AGAINST SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND YET THEY'LL DEFEND THE RIGHT TO KILL -- NOT THE RIGHT TO KILL BUT TO SAVE CERTAIN ANIMALS BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO SAVE HUMAN LIFE. THAT'S WRONG. THIS IS A GOOD PROJECT. IT SHOULD BE BUILT. I'M HOPING THIS BODY RECOGNIZE LIVES ARE IMPORTANT, RECOGNIZE THE FACT THIS ROAD DOESN'T DISTURB ANY OF THE WILDLIFE. IT'S IRONIC THEY SAY IT WILL DISTURB THE GEESE. THE CLOSEST THE ROAD IS BY THE BAY IS 11 MILES. 11 MILES. AND THE SAME MILE, WHETHER IT'S THIS ROADLESS WILDLIFE RANGE, HAS MILES OF ROAD IN IT ALREADY , MILES OF ROAD ALREADY IN PLACE AND ONE OF THOSE ROADS ALREADY IN PLACE GOES RIGHT BY THE LAGOON WHERE THE TOURISTS GO WATCH THE GEESE. NOW, WHY CAN A TOURIST GO BY AN AREA AND WATCH THE GEESE AND DOESN'T DISTURB THEM BUT IF SOMEONE IS SICK, DYING IN A BUS OR AMBULANCE OR CAR OR TRUCK THAT'S GOING TO DISTURB THE GEESE? THIS IS A NONSENSE ARGUMENT BY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THIS NATION THAT WANT TO PUT A STOP TO ANYTHING THAT BENEFITS MANKIND AND SAVE THE WILDLIFE, SAY, FROM NEW YORK OR SAN FRANCISCO DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. MY JOB IS TO PROTECT MY PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT GOING TO COST THE TAXPAYERS A NICKEL. THIS IS GOING TO BE A PROJECT WELL DONE AND IT WILL NOT DISTURB THE WILDLIFE THEY'RE SO-CALLED TRYING TO PROTECT. . I ASK MY COLLEAGUES ON THIS FLOOR TO THINK ABOUT HUMANITY. THINK ABOUT THAT PERSON BE IT YOUR MOTHER, YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR SON, YOUR AUNT, YOUR UNCLE, YOUR BROTHER AND YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE HIM DIE BECAUSE THEY ARE TRYING FREE THROW TEXT THE GOOSE? -- TRY TO PROTECT THE GOOSE? SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON THOSE THAT VOTE AGAINST THIS BILL AND THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT I LIVE IN NEW YORK OR CALIFORNIA, THIS GOOSE IS MORE IMPORTANT TO -- THAN HUMAN LIFE. I THINK IT'S TIME WE USE A LITTLE SENSE IN THIS BODY. A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING. FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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                                  • 01:01:18 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    UNDERSTANDING. LET'S BUILD THIS ROAD, PASS THIS BILL. I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 01:01:21 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLELADY MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THANK YOU,…

                                    THE GENTLELADY MR. SPEAKER, IF WE DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. WILL I OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO THE RULE TO BRING UP REPRESENTATIVE PASCRELL OF NEW JERSEY'S BRING JOBS HOME ACT, H.R. 685. THIS BILL WILL CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE THAT REWARDS COMPANIES FOR MOVING JOBS OVERSEAS WHILE PROVIDING A TAX CREDIT TO COMPANIES THAT MOVE JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. 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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                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

                                    TO DISCUSS OUR PROPOSAL, I YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY, MR. PASCRELL.

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                                    MR. PASCRELL

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. RANKING MINORITY MEMBER -- MR. RANKING…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. RANKING MINORITY MEMBER -- MR. RANKING MEMBER, AND SPOKESMAN FOR THE OTHER SIDE, CHAIRMAN. BEFORE I GIVE MY REMARKS, I DON'T THINK THIS IS AN EITHER-OR PROPOSITION, MR. CHAIRMAN. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MY FRIEND FROM ALASKA JUST TALKED ABOUT MAKES SENSE. THERE IS NOTHING MORE ESSENTIAL THAN LIFE. BUT THIS IS A BILL THAT'S PUT WITH OTHER BILLS AS WELL. SO I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS WEEK THE WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEE ON TRADE HELD OUR FIRST HEARING OF THE YEAR, WHICH WAS ON NAFTA. YOU WOULD THINK FROM THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC ON TRADE THAT MANY ON THE OTHER SIDE IN CONGRESS WOULD BE FOCUSED ON CREATING GOOD-PAYING, MIDDLE CLASS JOBS AND BOOSTING OUR MANUFACTURING BASE. YOU WOULD THINK THAT. BUT INSTEAD WE'RE HERE DEBATING A BILL, A NUMBER OF BILLS, THAT IS AN ASSAULT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NAME OF CORPORATE PROFIT AND EXPEDIENCY. WHAT HAPPENED IN 1923 THAT LED TO A CHANGE IN OUR TAX CODE WHEN WE TRIED TO PRIVATIZE PUBLIC PROPERTY AND PUBLIC RESOURCES. THE BIGGEST SCANDAL OF THE 20TH CENTURY. WHERE ARE THE JOBS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE COMING BACK FROM OVERSEAS UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION? WHERE ARE THE HIGHER MIDDLE CLASS WAGES? WHERE ARE THE POLICIES COMING FROM THIS CONGRESS THAT SUPPORT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES? THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, MR. SPEAKER, MR. CHAIRMAN, AGREE THAT KEEPING UNITED STATES JOBS FROM MOVING OVERSEAS SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY. YET DESPITE THE EMPTY PROMISES MADE BY THIS PRESIDENT, THE FLOW OF JOBS OVERSEAS HAS NOT STOPPED BY ANY BAROMETER. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS AWARDED GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS TO COMPANIES THAT CONTINUE TO OFFSHORE OUR JOBS. THINK ABOUT THAT. OUR TAX MONEY IS STILL GOING TO CORPORATE AMERICA THAT SENDS JOBS OVERSEAS TO HELP THOSE COMPANIES SEND JOBS OVERSEAS. NOW, IF THAT MAKES ANY SENSE I'LL LISTEN TO THE RATIONALE. WE DON'T STOP COMPANIES FROM OFFSHORING AMERICAN JOBS BY HOLDING RALLIES. WE DO IT BY MAKING GOOD POLICY. AN EXERCISE THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THIS MAJORITY-LED CONGRESS HAVE REFUSED TO ENGAGE IN. THEY WANT TO CHANGE THAT, THEY CAN START RIGHT NOW. UNDER CURRENT LAW WHEN COMPANIES MOVE OVERSEAS, WE GIVE THEM A TAX BREAK FOR THE COST. A TAX BREAK. THAT'S THE LAW. WE NEED TO STOP OFFSHORING NOW. THE CONGRESS COULD DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION AND BRING UP THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT. THIS BILL ELIMINATES THIS TAX DEDUCTION, GIVES A TAX CREDIT OF UP TO 20% OF THE COST TO UNITED STATES BUSINESSES THAT BRING JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE COMPANIES WOULD HAVE TO ADD JOBS TO CLAIM THE CREDIT. I HAVE ALSO INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THE JOBS AND TRADE COMPETITIVENESS ACT. THAT BILL'S ON THE BRING JOBS HOME ACT FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT --

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                                  • 01:06:20 PM

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                                    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

                                  • 01:06:24 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    I YIELD AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

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                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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                                    MR. PASCRELL

                                    AND FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT CHEAT OUR TRADE…

                                    AND FURTHER STRENGTHENS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST COUNTRIES THAT CHEAT OUR TRADE LAWS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO LOOK AT IT. SO LET'S STOP SUBSIDIZING COMPANIES THAT SHIFT JOBS OVERSEAS -- SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS AND START BRINGING JOBS BACK TO OUR SHORES. IT DOESN'T GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN. THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA. PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE RAISED THIS BILL FOR YEARS. THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE HAS BLOCKED OUR BILL AT EVERY TURN. SENATOR STABENOW OF MICHIGAN LEADS THIS BILL IN THE SENATE WHERE IT CLEARED A PROCEDURAL VOTE IN 2014, 93-7. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DECLARED THIS WEEK MADE IN AMERICA WEEK. I CHALLENGE YOU TODAY TO STOP THE SMALL TALK AND PUT 2014, 93-7. YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. TAKE UP AND PASS THIS BILL TO STAND UP FOR AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE WORKERS HERE AT HOME WILL NEED -- WHO NEED T I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE -- WHO NEED IT. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO WE CAN BRING HOME JOBS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURTESIES.

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                                  • 01:07:45 PM

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                                  • 01:07:47 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO JOB CREATION.…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I SHARE MY COLLEAGUE'S DEDICATION TO JOB CREATION. WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT THE KIND OF JOB CREATION WE NEED IN THIS NATION CAN ONLY COME WITH ACCESS TO RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY. OUR FOSSIL FUELS IN THIS COUNTRY ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. THESE BILLS BEING CONSIDERED UNDER THIS RULE TODAY ARE BILLS THAT WOULD HELP TO STREAMLINE THE REGULATORY PROCESS. WE HAVE BEEN, MR. SPEAKER, REALLY FACING A WAR ON FOSSIL FUELS DURING THE COURSE OF THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. WE HAVE SEEN THESE ENERGY -- INDUSTRIES TARGETED. COMPLETELY UNFAIRLY. TARGETED BASED ON SOME NOTION THAT BY SHUTTING DOWN OUR FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY WE'RE SOMEHOW GOING TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE ECONOMIC GROWTH. WE HAVE SEEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION EVEN ADMIT BEFORE THIS BODY THAT THINGS LIKE THE CLEAN POWER PLAN WOULD RESULT IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED IN A NEGLIGIBLE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. SO AGAIN I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS AT THE CENTER OF THE AGENDA THAT WE'RE PUSHING FORWARD, FRANKLY, WITH HISTORIC PROGRESS IN THIS CONGRESS TO BEGIN TO GENERATE THE KIND OF ECONOMIC GROWTH THAT WE REALLY NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK. WE HAVE BEEN STAGNANT NOW FOR EIGHT YEARS. WE HAVE SEEN OVERREACH FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE SEEN A SITUATION IN WHICH COMPANIES, INDUSTRY, INDIVIDUALS, SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRANGLED BY REGULATORY RED TAPE. AND NO ONE IS SUGGESTING THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE OVERSIGHT. NO ONE IS SUGGESTING THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. WHAT WE KNOW IS WE HAVE TO STREAMLINE T WE CANNOT BE IN A POSITION WHERE BUREAUCRATS AND FRANKLY IT'S OFTEN UN-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IMPOSE ABSOLUTELY UNATTAINABLE RESTRICTIONS, IMPOSE RULES THAT OUR INDUSTRY CAN'T MEET AND PREVENT US FROM BEING ABLELE TO HAVE ACCESS TO OUR OWN ENERGY SOURCES. AGAIN, IT IS THAT RELIABLE, RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE ENERGY THAT WILL ALLOW OUR ECONOMY TO GROW AND BRING BACK THE JOBS THAT THE GENTLEMAN SAYS AND TO WHICH I AGREE ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR THIS NATION. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I YIELD ONE MINUTE TO MY COLLEAGUE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. WILLIAMS.

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                                  • 01:10:04 PM

                                    MR. WILLIAMS

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2910,…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF H.R. 2910, PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT IT COULD HAVE ON OUR NATION. RIGHT NOW THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, OR FERC, IS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR COORDINATING REQUIRED REVIEWS AND AUTHORIZATIONS FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. IN ORDER TO START A PIPELINE PROJECT, YOU NEED MULTIPLE PERMITS FROM A VARIETY OF PLATFORMS, AS WELL AS COORDINATION FROM FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. AS HISTORY HAS SHOWN US, TIME AND TIME AGAIN A MULTISTEP APPROVAL PROCESS JUST DOES NOT WORK. MIXING THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT HAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A RECIPE FOR TOTAL DISASTER. IT MAKES FOR UNNECESSARY DELAYS THAT ARE CAUSED BY TOO MANY COOKS IN A KITCHEN. I FULLY SUPPORT MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, REPRESENTATIVE BILL FLORES' BILL, THAT WILL PROMOTE MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE FERC'S ROLE THAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. OVERALL THIS BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE TIMELY AND EFESHENT REVIEWS AND KEEP ENERGY PRICES AFFORDABLE FOR ALL AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILL. IN GOD WE TRUST. I YIELD MY TIME BACK.

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                                  • 01:11:19 PM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM BYO MESSAGE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM BYO MESSAGE RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 01:11:24 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR.…

                                    I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND, MR. CICILLINEY.

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                                  • 01:11:28 PM

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                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND…

                                    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RULE AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION SO THAT WE CAN TAKE UP THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN OUTLINED BY MR. PASCRELL. THERE'S NO MORE IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE THAN CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND THIS IS AFTER ALL ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKE IT IN AMERICA WEEK, WHICH IS A CENTERPIECE OF THE DEMOCRATIC AGENDA. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO HELP REINVIGORATE AND STRENGTHEN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. IT IS SHOCKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO LEARN THAT WE HAVE A TAX CODE, AS MR. PASCRELL OUTLINED, THAT GIVES A TAX BREAK TO COMPANIES THAT SHIP AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS. EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT IT SHOULD BE IF WE'RE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT CREATING GOOD-PAYING JOBS HERE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY. AND SO DEFEATING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION MEANS WE COULD TAKE UP THE END -- THE STOP OFFSHORING NOW LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD GET RID OF THIS NONSENSICAL PROVISION IN OUR TAX CODE. WHEN YOU GO OUT THERE AND TALK TO CONSTITUENTS YOU SAY ONE OF THE REASONS WE CAN'T KEEP GOOD MANUFACTURING JOBS HERE IN AMERICA IS BECAUSE WE INCENTIVIZE, WE USE SOME OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO INCENTIVIZE COMPANIES TO SHIP THOSE JOBS OVERSEAS. IT MAKES NO SENSE. HOW ABOUT DURING MAKE IT IN AMERICA WEEK RATHER THAN JUST USING THAT PHRASE AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, LET'S DO SOMETHING THAT WILL ACTUALLY HELP PROMOTE MAKING THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY. I KNOW PROBABLY A CHALLENGING CONCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO DOES HIS MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS NOT IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT LET'S TAKE A BOLD STEP TODAY. WE'LL REMOVE THAT PROVISION OF THE TAX CODE AND HAVE A PROVISION THAT INCENTIVIZES CREATING JOBS IN OUR COUNTRY AND GIVE TAX CREDITS THAT CREATE JOBS IN AMERICA. WHAT A NOVEL IDEA. SO I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DEFEAT THE PREVIOUS QUESTION THAT WE CAN TAKE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION UP AND PERHAPS IT WILL THEN ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE TO MOVE FORWARD ON A NUMBER OF BILLS THAT ARE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC MAKE IT IN AMERICA AGENDA TO HELP REBUILD AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN GOOD-PAYING JOBS. WITH THAT I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 01:13:35 PM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 01:13:39 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I UNDERSTAND MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ENERGY. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT FOSSIL FUELS. THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THESE ARE TO THE ECONOMY. AND I WOULD PROPOSE, MR. SPEAKER, MAYBE WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS TURN OUT THE LIGHTS IN THIS CHAMBER, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO TURN OFF THE AIR CONDITIONING, MR. SPEAKER, AND WE COULD HAVE THE DEBATE IN THE DARK WHICH IS WHERE WE WOULD BE IF WE FOLLOWED THE ENERGY POLICIES AND APPROACH OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. THESE BILLS ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO GET ACCESS TO THE ENERGY THAT WE NEED. AND IT'S CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE NOT SKIP OVER THE BURDEN THAT'S BEEN CAUSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BY THE REGULATORY BURDEN WE HAVE BEEN DEALING FEELING AND THAT WE TAKE ACTION AS IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BEGIN TO HELP TO ROLL BACK THAT OVERREACH. TO BEGIN TO HELP TO PROVIDE SOME RELIEF SO WE CAN GET THE JOBS BACK THAT OUR COLLEAGUES SAY THEY DESIRE SO MUCH AND THAT WE KNOW WE NEED. MR. SPEAKER, WITH THAT I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TWO MINUTES TO ARE HUGELY IMPORTANT, MR. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO CONTINUE THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MY COLLEAGUE, MR. KING.

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                                  • 01:14:42 PM

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                                  • 01:14:44 PM

                                    MR. KING

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLELADY…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PRIVILEGED TO BE RECOGNIZED BY THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS COMBINED RULE THAT WE HAVE HERE. I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEAK TO SOME OF THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN THE UNDERLYING BILL AND ALSO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NOT IN THE UNDERLYING BILL. AND I CHARACTERIZE THIS RULE THAT IS THE RULE FOR THE RE-AUTHORIZATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. IT'S ACTUALLY THE AUTHORIZATION, IT'S NEVER BEEN RE-AUTHORIZED -- NEVER BEEN AUTHORIZED IN THAT FASHION BEFORE. SO THE AUTHORIZATION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AFTER 15 YEARS. . IT LAYS OUT A DEFINITION AND FRAMES THE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BROADLY AND PRETTY CLOSELY IN THEIR ENTIRETY. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE MISSING FROM THIS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PLUGGED INTO THIS RE-AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE THE GOAL WAS TO DRAFT A PIECE OF RE-AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE THAT WOULD BE COMPATIBLE TO BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE AND WITHOUT PARTICULAR DISSENT. WE HAVE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT ISN'T AS IMPACTFUL AS I WOULD LIKE. AND YET, IT'S HERE ON THE FLOOR UNDER SUSPENSION WITH THE IDEA WE CAN MOVE THIS ALONG AND FRAME THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY'S DUTIES IN THE FASHION THAT'S HERE. I DON'T OBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE IN THE AUTHORIZATION LANGUAGE THAT EXISTS, BUT I WOULD POINT OUT IT SETS THE STAGE AND NOW THERE IS AN AGREEMENT THAT'S BEEN REACHED THROUGH A NUMBER OF ENTITIES THE WHITE HOUSE AND D.O.J. AND D.H.S. AND LEADERSHIP AND OTHERS THAT SOON THERE WILL BE A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT WE REFER TO AS DAVIS-OLIVER. AND WE HAVE THE ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO RESTORE THE RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW AND ESPECIALLY THE DOMESTIC ENFORCEMENT OF OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS. SO WE ARE SETTING THE STAGE FOR THAT IN CLEARING THE PATH FOR THAT WITH THIS RULE ON THE LEGISLATION THAT WILL PASS I BELIEVE UNDER SUSPENSION.

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                                  • 01:16:56 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    I YIELD ANOTHER MINUTE TO THE GENTLEMAN.

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                                    MR. KING

                                    SO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY THAT I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE BODY,…

                                    SO THE PROVISIONS THAT ARE NECESSARY THAT I WOULD POINT OUT TO THE BODY, MR. SPEAKER, ARE THIS. THE NUMBER ONE MOST IMPORTANT IS THIS. WE ONLY HAVE 5,000 I.C.E. AGENTS AND SPREAD SO THIN. WE NEED THAT NUMBER TRIPLED AND THAT IS 10,000 I.C.E. AGENTS AND THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT. SECOND THING IS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DETAINER LANGUAGE IS THERE AND IN DAVIS-OLIVER. AND THAT WAS NEUTRALIZED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND NEED TO BE CERTAIN THEY HAVE THE FULL AUTHORITY TO CARRY FIREARMS. I MAKE THESE POINTS SO THE BODY CAN ANTICIPATE WHAT IS COMING DOWN THE PIKE. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THE RULE AND UNDERLYING BILLS AND WILL BE ADVOCATING FOR THE COMPONENTS OF DAVIS-OLIVER. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS YOU. AND I YIELD BACK TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING.

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                                  • 01:18:01 PM

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                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING RESERVES. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK.

                                  • 01:18:07 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    DOES MY COLLEAGUE HAVE ANY FURTHER SPEAKERS?

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                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    NO, WE DO NOT.

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                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    READY TO CLOSE? MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY BE SCRATCHING THEIR…

                                    READY TO CLOSE? MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MAY BE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS WHY WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON IN THE WORLD WE ARE PRIORITIZING BILLS THAT PUT OUR ENVIRONMENT AT RISK BILLS THAT THE SENATE MAY NEVER TAKE UP. THE MAJORITY IS DOING THE BIDDING OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS SHOWN A COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR AIR, WATER AND LAND. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY PROPOSED A BUDGET THAT WOULD SLASH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BY 32%. THIS WOULD HARM NOT ONLY CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE EFFORTS, BUT THOUSANDS OF JOBS NATIONWIDE. AS A MICRO BIOLOGIST I KNOW FIRSTHAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENCE. YET THE MAJORITY HAS REFUSED TO GIVE SCIENCE AND FACTS THE RIGHTFUL PLACE IN POLICY DEBATES THAT WE HAVE. FROM DRASTICALLY REDUCING FUNDING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND DISCREDITING CLIMATE CHANGE BY ATTEMPTING TO ELIMINATE SAFEGUARDS FOR OUR GENETIC PRIVACY, THE ADMINISTRATION AND THIS MAJORITY HAVE ROLLED BACK THE SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE. IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY CONSIDERING BILLS THAT WOULD SILENCE EXPERTS AND RISK THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITIES. I URGE A NO VOTE ON THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RULE AND THE BILL AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 01:19:44 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS…

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK YIELDS. THE GENTLELADY FROM WYOMING IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 01:19:49 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE AND I'M PROUD OF…

                                    THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PROUD TO BE HERE AND I'M PROUD OF THE AGENDA WE HAVE TAKEN UP UNDER THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THIS CONGRESS. WE ARE DOING THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT THE PEOPLE SENT US HERE TO DO. A LIST OF SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE, WE HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP IN OUR OBLIGATION TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE, A SYSTEM THAT IS FAILING, THAT IS CAUSING RISING PREMIUMS AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR INSURANCE, A SYSTEM THAT WILL COLLAPSE IF WE DON'T FIX AT THIS TIME. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS TO BEGIN THE REPEAL AND REPLACEMENT OF OBAMACARE. WE PASSED A BILL TO REPEAL AND REPLACE DODD-FRANK, LEGISLATION THAT WAS STRANGLING OUR COMMUNITY BANKS. WE ARE PROVIDING RELIEF. WE HAVE DEALT WITH IMPORTANT IMMIGRATION ISSUES AND TAKEN IMPORTANT ACTION IN TERMS OF PASSING LEGISLATION TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I'M VERY PROUD AS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE WORK TO PASS THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND GIVE THE MILITARY THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO DEFEND US AGAINST GROWING ARRAY OF THREATS AND ENEMIES. WE HAVE ALSO TAKEN IMPORTANT STEPS USING THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACTION PROCESS TO REPEAL REGULATIONS PUT IN PLACE OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THAT HAVE BEEN DAMAGING TO OUR INDUSTRY, TO INDIVIDUALS, TO SMALL BUSINESS ALL ACROSS THE NATION. WE HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY PRODUCTIVE AND IT MAY BE THAT OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE DON'T GEE WITH THE STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN, BUT IT'S NOT ACCURATE TO SAY WE ARE NOT FOCUSING ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT. WE ARE FOCUSED ON ISSUES TO KEEP EVERYBODY SAFE AND DEFEND OURSELVES AND BEGIN THE POSSESS OF REFORMING OUR OUTDATED AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE AP BRINGING BACK THE ECONOMIC GROWTH WE NEED AND FIXING OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THESE BILLS THAT WE ARE DEBATING TODAY, THE RULES FOR THESE BILLS ARE PART OF THAT PROCESS. I THANK MR. FLORES, MR. MULLIN AND MR. YOUNG FOR THEIR HARD WORK ON THIS LEGISLATION. IN WYOMING, WHICH IS ONE OF OUR LARGEST ENERGY-PRODUCING STATES WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE WORK TO DEVELOP OUR DOMESTIC ENERGY RESOURCES. WE KNOW THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S BEEN AVAILABLE THAT'S HELPED US DO THAT THAT HAS HELPED US TO HAVE THE ECONOMIC GROWTH WE NEED. BUT WE CANNOT DEPEND ON THAT TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVE TO IMPROVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS, MR. SPEAKER. IMPROVING THE PIPELINE PERMITTING PROCESS BY PROMOTING THE KIND OF TIMELY REVIEW, SUPPORTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND CREATING A NEW AND STREAMLINE PROCESS FOR SAFETY. AND THEY ARE CRUCIAL STEPS IN OUR ABILITY TO ENSURE AFFORDABLE ENERGY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE OTHER LAW -- THE OTHER BILL WE ARE CONSIDERING UNDER THIS RULE, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 818 WILL PROVIDE A DESPERATELY NEEDED ROAD TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF THE RESIDENTS OF KING COVE, ALASKA AND SAVE LIVES. I URGE ADOPTION OF BOTH THE RULE AND THE UNDERLYING BILLS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME AND MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE RESOLUTION.

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                                  • 01:23:21 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 01:23:32 PM

                                    MS. SLAUGHTER

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                  • 01:23:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE YEAS AND NAYS ARE REQUESTED. THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS QUESTION WILL BE POSTPONED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 01:23:59 PM

                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I RISE TO QUESTION THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AND OFFER THE RESOLUTION.

                                  • 01:24:03 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

                                  • 01:24:07 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE…

                                    THE PRESIDENT SHALL IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WHEREAS ACCORDING TO THE TAX HISTORY PROJECT EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE GERALD FORD HAS DISCLOSED HIS TAX RETURN INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC. JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION AND THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REQUEST THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986. WHEREAS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 7, CLAUSE 1 OF THE CONCLUSION, OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE ORIGINATION CLAUSE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS THE SOLE AUTHORITY TO INITIATE LEGISLATION THAT RAISES REVENUE FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS IS CONSIDERING A COMPREHENSIVE REFORM OF THE TAX CODE. WHEREAS DONALD J. TRUMP HOLDS INTEREST AS A SOLE OR PRINCIPAL OWNER IN APPROXIMATELY 500 SEPARATE BUSINESS ENTITIES AND THE PRESIDENT'S TAX PLAN PROPOSES TO CUT THE CORPORATE TAX FROM 35% TO 15% APPLICABLE TO MANY OF THESE ENTITIES. WHEREAS AGAINST THE ADVICE OF THE ETHICS ATTORNEYS AND NONPARTISAN OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS, THE PRESIDENT HAS REFUSED TO DIVEST HIS OWNERSHIP STAKE IN HIS BUSINESSES AND PLACED HIS ASSETS IN A TRUST WHICH IS RUN BY HIS ADULT CHILDREN AND THE PRESIDENT CAN WITHDRAW PROFITS AT ANY TIME OF HIS CHOOSING FROM ANY OF THE COMPANIES HE OWNS. WHEREAS THE DIRECTOR OF OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS RESIGNED ON JULY 6, 2017 STATING THAT, THERE ISN'T MUCH MORE I COULD ACCOMPLISH AT THE OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS GIVEN THE CURRENT SITUATION. O.G.E.'S RECENT EXPERIENCES HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE ETHICS PROGRAM NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED. WHEREAS ACCORDING TO THE MEDIA REPORTS, 2005 TAX RETURN HAD HIS OWN TAX PLN WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE HE WOULD HAVE PAID -- INSTEAD OF 24% SAVING 31 OPINION MILLION IN THAT YEAR ALONE. WHEREAS WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CANNOT DETERMINE HOW MUCH HE WILL PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TAX CODE OR FROM POLICY DECISIONS HE MAKES, NOR CAN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FULLY UNDERSTAND THE FINANCIAL INTERESTS AND MOTIVATIONS OF THE PRESIDENT. WHEREAS IN JUNE OF 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP FILED A FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE WHICH SHOWS THAT THE PRESIDENT REPORTED $37.2 MILLION FROM THE MAR-A-LAGO RESORT BETWEEN JANUARY OF 2016 AND APRIL 2017 WHERE HE HOSTED THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA AND ORDERED MISSILE STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA. HE REPORTED $288 MILLION IN INCOME FROM ALL HIS GOLF COURSES INCLUDING $19.7 MILLION AT HIS GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY. HE SENT OUT EIGHT TWEETS PROMOTING HIS CLUB. WHEREAS MAR-A-LAGO ILINGTS FEES TO $200,000 AND PRESIDENT TRUMP BENEFITS FROM NEW MEMBER FEES. WHEREAS DISCLOSURE OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX RETURNS WOULD HELP THOSE INVESTIGATING RUSSIAN AND IN UNDERSTANDING THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCIAL TIES TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, RUSSIAN BUSINESSES AND RUSSIAN INDIVIDUALS. WHEREAS IN 2013, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID, I'VE DONE A LOT OF BUSINESS WITH THE RUSSIANS. THEY'RE SMART AND THEY'RE TOUGH AND HIS SON SAID RUSSIANS MAKE UP A PRETTY DISPROPORTIONATE CROSS SECTION. WHEREAS PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CHIEF JAMES COMEY WHO WAS OVERSEEING INVESTIGATION INTO THE TIES BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA. COMEY TESTIFIED THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED HIM TO LET GO OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN'S BUSINESS TIES TO RUSSIA. WHEREAS PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED ON MAY 11, 2017 THAT HE HAD DECIDED THAT HE WAS GOING TO FIRE COMEY BECAUSE OF THIS RUSSIA THING. WHEREAS AT THE G-20 HAMBURG SUMMIT ON JULY 7, 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK A MORE THAN TWO-HOUR CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN AFTER WHICH HE CLAIMED THAT HE STRONGLY PRESSED PRESENT PUTIN ON RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN U.S. ELECTIONS AND THAT IT IS TIME TO MOVE FORWARD. WHEREAS ON JUNE 9, 2016, THEN CANDIDATE TRUMP'S SON DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR, AND PAUL MANA FOR THE AND CURRENT WHITE HOUSE ADVISER MET WITH A PERSON DESCRIBED AS A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY AND A FORMER RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHO PROMISED TO OFFER INCRIMINATING INFORMATION ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON WHICH HAD BEEN COLLECTED AS PART OF A RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO ASSIST PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT. WHEREAS THE WAYS AND MEANS HAVE USED AUTHORITY OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE IN 1986 AND 2014 TO MAKE PUBLIC THE CONFIDENTIAL TAX INFORMATION OF 51 TAXPAYERS. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE OF WAYS AND MEANS HAVE VOTED THREE TIMES HAS VOTED TO CONCEAL PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS. WHEREAS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS REFUSED TO ACT 10 TIMES. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HAS FAILED TO CONDUCT BASIC OVERSIGHT ON THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN. WHEREAS THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY HAS VOTED TWICE ALONG PARTY LINES TO DECLINE TO REQUEST DOCUMENTS DETAILING THE TRUMP'S ADMINISTRATIONS TIES WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS. WHEREAS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES UNDERMINES ITS DIGNITY WITH THE INTEGRITY OF ITS PROCEEDINGS BY CONTINUING TO COVER UP PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL, ONE, IMMEDIATELY REQUEST THE TAX RETURN AND RETURN INFORMATION OF DONALD J. TRUMP FOR TAX YEARS 2006 THROUGH 2015 AS PROVIDED UNDER THE INTERNAL REVENUE OF 1986 AS WELLS THE TAX RETURNS AND RETURN INFORMATION WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESIDENT'S BUSINESSES OF EACH BUSINESS ENTITY DISCLOSED BY DONALD J. TRUMP IN HIS OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS FORM 278-E. EACH CORPORATION AND PARTNERSHIP WITHIN THE MEANING OF CHAPTER ONE OF THE INTERNAL CODE OF 198 WHERE HE IS LISTED AS AN OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EQUIVALENT OR EXERCISING WORKING CONTROL, AND TWO, POSTPONECONSIDERATION OF TAX REFORM LEGISLATION UNTIL THE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THIS HOUSE HAVE OBTAINED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS AND RETURN INFORMATION TO ASCERTAIN HOW ANY CHANGES TO THE TAX CODE MIGHT FINANCIALLY BENEFIT THE PRESIDENT. . RESPONSIBILITIES AS A CHECK ON THE EXECUTIVE THE FINANCIAL INTERACTIONS. THE INFLUENCE OF THE RUSSIANS AND INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS, THE FIRING OF DIRECTOR COMEY.

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                                  • 01:34:23 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED TO KEEP HIS REMARKS CONFINED TO THE QUESTIONS OF…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN IS REMINDED TO KEEP HIS REMARKS CONFINED TO THE QUESTIONS OF ORDER.

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                                  • 01:34:31 PM

                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I UNDERSTAND THE RULING OF THE CHAIR WITH RESPECT TO CONFINING MY REMARKS.…

                                    I UNDERSTAND THE RULING OF THE CHAIR WITH RESPECT TO CONFINING MY REMARKS. MY REMARKS RELATE DIRECTLY TO WHETHER OR NOT THIS RESOLUTION. IN ORDER FOR THE HOUSE TO FULFILL ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF CHECK AND BALANCES AND HONOR OUR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ORIGINATION CLAUSE THAT SAYS THE HOUSE IS WHERE REVENUE GENERATION MUST BEGIN AND CONTEMPLATING TAX CODE FREE FROM THE POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE INTERESTS, WHERE ARE HIS INVESTMENTS AND THE TAX POLICIES, WILL IT BENEFIT HIM OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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                                  • 01:35:28 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CHAIR IS READY TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN WILL KEEP IT TO THE QUESTION OF…

                                    THE CHAIR IS READY TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN WILL KEEP IT TO THE QUESTION OF ORDER. THE CHAIR IS PREPARED TO RULE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND SEEKS TO OFFER A RESOLUTION TO QUESTION THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. IN EVALUATING WHETHER IT AFFECTS THE RIGHTS OF THE HOUSE, THE SAFETY AND DIGNITY. THE FIRST RESERVING CLAUSE OF THE RESOLUTION SEEKS TAX RETURNS AND TAX RETURN INFORMATION OF THE PRESIDENT AND CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES, SECTION 702. AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH BUT ONLY AS THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE. AS THE CHAIR HAS RULED ON JUNE 21, ARIES LIKE OFFERED UNDER RULE 9 SEEKING INFORMATION SUCH AS THE PRESIDENT AND CERTAIN BUSINESS ENTITIES IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT MAY BE INVOLVED IS NOT CONCERN WITH THE PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AS A HOUSE. ACCORDINGLY THE RESOLUTION BY THE GENTLEMAN FROM RHODE ISLAND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A QUESTION OR PRIVILEGE UNDER RULE 9. SICESICE I APPEAL THE RULING OF THE QUESTION.

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                                  • 01:36:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE QUESTION IS SHALL THE RULING STAND.

                                  • 01:36:42 PM

                                    MS. CHENEY

                                    I HAVE A MOTION AT THE DESK.

                                  • 01:36:45 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    MS. CHENEY MOVES THAT THE APPEAL BE LAID ON THE TABLE.

                                  • 01:36:49 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE QUESTION IS ON THE MOTION TO TABLE. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. . IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE EYE HAVE IT.

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                                  • 01:36:59 PM

                                    MR. CICILLINE

                                    I ASK FOR A RECORDED VOTE.

                                  • 01:37:01 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS…

                                    THOSE FAVORING A VOTE WILL RISE. A SUFFICIENT NUMBER HAVING ARISEN, YEAS AND NAYS ARE ORDERED. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES BY ELECTRONIC DEVICE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8 OF RULE 20, THE 15-MINUTE VOTE ON THE MOTION TO TABLE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE MINUTES ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. ADOPTING THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454, IF ORDERED. AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL, IF ORDERED. THIS IS A 15-MINUTE VOTE. 454, IF ORDERED. AND AGREEING TO THE SPEAKER'S APPROVAL [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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                                  • 02:02:17 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PROORE

                                    THISVOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 THE NAYS ARE 190. WITH ONE VONG PRESENT THMOTION…

                                    THISVOTE THE YEAS ARE 235 THE NAYS ARE 190. WITH ONE VONG PRESENT THMOTION ISPTED. WITHOUTBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE T UNFINISHED BUSINESS ISE VOTE ON ORDERING THE PREVIO QUESTION ON HOUSE RESUTIO45ON WHH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE DERED. THE CLERK WILL REPOE TIT OF THE RELUTION.

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                                  • 02:02:39 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    THE RELUTION.

                                  • 02:03:28 PM

                                    THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    PURPO THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE ESTION SON ORDENG THE PREVUS QUESTION.…

                                    PURPO THE SPKER PRO TEMPORE: THE ESTION SON ORDENG THE PREVUS QUESTION. MEMBERS WILL RECORD THEIR VOTES Y ELECTRON DEVICTHIS ISIVE-MINUTE VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADEOSSIBLE BYHE NATIONAPTIONING INSTITU, C., INPERATION WITH THE D STES H O PRESENTATIVES Y E OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PREEDINGS FOR POLITICAOR COMMERALURPOSEIS EXPRESS PROHIBED BE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENS.]

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                                  • 02:11:43 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 192. OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION…

                                    ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 236. THE NAYS ARE 192. OF THE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE, ALL MEMBERS PLEASE CLEAR THE WELL, PLEASE CLEAR THE AISLES, TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS AND CEASE THEM AT THIS TIME. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                  • 02:12:37 PM

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

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

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                                  • 02:12:40 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

                                  • 02:12:42 PM

                                    MR. DUNCAN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING…

                                    MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CHAIRING THE MEMBERS AND FORMER MEMBERS GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT WAR FIGHTERS SPORTS AND TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS TO CHARITIES THAT WORK WITH OUR MOST SEVERELY WOUNDED WARRIORS. THIS YEAR WE HAD OUR BIGGEST TURNOUT EVER, WELL OVER 200 PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING 35 SEVERELY WOUNDED GOLFERS. SOMETIMES WHEN I PLAY GOLF AN AMPUTEE TELL ME HOWDY, IT COULD BE UNBELIEVABLE. IT COULD BE EITHER WAY. THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE THING HAPPENED IN THIS TOURNAMENT. FINALLY AFTER MANY YEARS OF LOSSES, WE REPUBLICANS DECIDED TO LET THE DEMOCRATS WIN ONE YEAR. SO THEY WON, THE DEMOCRATS WON BY FOUR POINTS AND THAT'S OUT OF SEVERAL THOUSAND POINT SYSTEM. IT WAS A VERY CLOSE MATCH. I WANT TO OFFER MY CONGRATULATIONS TO MY CO-CHAIRMAN, GENE GREEN, AND THANK EVERY MEMBER AND FORMER MEMBER WHO PARTICIPATED. WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT. AND I NOW YIELD TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. GREEN.

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                                  • 02:13:50 PM

                                    MR. GREEN

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

                                  • 02:13:55 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    WILL THE GENTLEMAN CEASE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE GIVE YOUR…

                                    WILL THE GENTLEMAN CEASE. THE HOUSE WILL COME TO ORDER. PLEASE GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO THESE MEMBERS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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                                  • 02:14:00 PM

                                    MR. GREEN

                                    THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. WE'RE PROUD TO…

                                    THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE FOR YIELDING TO ME. WE'RE PROUD TO ACCEPT THE SPEAKER'S TROPHY FOR WINNING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AND YOU SAID IT, WE RAISED $144,000 TO GO TO WOUNDED WARRIORS, WAR FIGHTERS PROGRAMS. AND OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS WE RAISED OVER $1 MILLION. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS. BUT, JIMMY, I'M GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE THIS TROPHY HOME AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

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                                  • 02:14:34 PM

                                    MR. DUNCAN

                                    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

                                  • 02:14:36 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

                                    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA -- GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA SEEK RECOGNITION?

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I RISE FOR A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY, PLEASE.

                                  • 02:14:43 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    STATE YOUR INQUIRY.

                                  • 02:14:46 PM

                                    MS. LEE

                                    IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE RULES COMMITTEE COMMITTEE HAS POST ADD RULES…

                                    IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THE RULES COMMITTEE COMMITTEE HAS POST ADD RULES COMMITTEE PRINT OF THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL AND THAT THIS COMMITTEE VERSION DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LANGUAGE ADDED DURING THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS MARKUP ON A BIPARTISAN BASIS IN COMMITTEE THAT WOULD REPEAL THE 2001 AUTHORIZATION TO USE FORCE AND GIVE EIGHT MONTHS, MIND YOU, EIGHT MONTHS FOR CONGRESS TO DO WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION REQUIRES AND THAT IS TO DEBATE AND TO COME UP WITH A NEW VOTE AND DECIDE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO ON BEHALF OF OUR COUNTRY. FURTHER INQUIRY, MEMBERS DON'T REALLY QUITE UNDERSTAND THIS. I CAN'T EXPLAIN TO MEMBERS HOW IN THE HECK THIS BODY CAN PRESENT THIS AMENDMENT FROM BEING UNDEMOCRATICALLY STRIPPED FROM THIS BILL. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT, PLEASE?

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                                  • 02:15:34 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    THE CHAIR APPRECIATES THE GENTLEWOMAN'S INQUIRY BUT IT DOES NOT RELATE TO…

                                    THE CHAIR APPRECIATES THE GENTLEWOMAN'S INQUIRY BUT IT DOES NOT RELATE TO A PENDING QUESTION OR MATTER AT THIS TIME. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE QUESTION IS ON ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. THE AYES HAVE IT.

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                                    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST THE YEAS AND NAYS.

                                  • 02:15:58 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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

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                                  • 02:23:20 PM

                                    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 194. WITHOUT OBJECTION,…

                                    ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 234 AND THE NAYS ARE 194. WITHOUT OBJECTION, THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 8, RULE 20, THE QUESTION IS ON AGREEING OF THE SPEAKER'S JOURNAL WHICH THE CHAIR WILL PUT DE NOVO. THOSE IN FAVOR SAY AYE. THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR, THE AYES HAVE IT AND THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A MESSAGE.

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                                  • 02:23:52 PM

                                    THE CLERK

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

                                    TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, SECTION 202-D OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES ACT PROVIDES FOR THE AUTOMATIC TERMINATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY UNLESS WITHIN 90 DAYS OF THE ANNIVERSARY DATE, THE PRESIDENT PUBLISHES IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER AND TRANSMITS TO THE CONGRESS A NOTICE STATING THAT THE EMERGENCY IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND THE ANNIVERSARY DATE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PROVISION I HAVE SENT TO THE FEDERAL REGISTER THE ENCLOSED NOTICE STATING THAT THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 OF JULY 24, 2011 IS TO CONTINUE IN EFFECT BEYOND JULY 24, 2017. SILINGT TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUE TO THREATEN THE SAFETY OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS CITIZENS THROUGH THE SCOPE AND GRAVITY OF THEIR ACTIONS. SUCH ORGANIZATIONS DERIVED REVENUE THROUGH WIDESPREAD ILLEGAL CONDUCT AND OVERWHELMINGLY DEMONSTRATE A PLATE ANT RECKLESS DISREGARD OF HUMAN LIFE. THESE ORGANIZATIONS FACILITATE VIOLENT CIVIL CONFLICTS AND FACILITATE THE ACTIVITIES OF OTHER DANGEROUS PERSONS. AS THE SOPHISTICATION OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS INCREASES, IT POSES AN INCREASING THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. THE TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS CONTINUED TO POSE AN UNUSUAL AND EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN POLICY AND ECONOMY OF THE UNITED STATES. THEREFORE, I HAVE DETERMINED THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 13581 WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS. SIGNED DONALD J. TRUMP.

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                                  • 02:25:39 PM

                                    TEMPORE REFERRED

                                    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT…

                                    REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND ORDERED PRINTED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION? UP UP I CALL UP H.R. --

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                                  • 02:25:49 PM

                                    MR. UPTON

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

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

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                                  • 02:26:02 PM

                                    TEMPORE PURSUANT

                                    PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE FOR THE…

                                    PURSUANT TO THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 454. THE CHAIR DECLARES THE HOUSE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2910. THE CHAIR APOINTS THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. DUNCAN TO PRESIDE OVER THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

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                                  • 02:26:25 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE…

                                    A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCY COORDINATION IN THE APPROVAL OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZATIONS UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                  • 02:26:33 PM

                                    THE CLERK

                                    UNDER THE NATURAL GAS ACT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    PURSUANT TO THE RULE, THE BILL IS CONSIDERED READ THE FIRST TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. UPTON, AND THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA, MS. CASTOR, EACH WILL CONTROL 30 MINUTES.

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                                  • 02:26:56 PM

                                    MR. UPTON

                                    I MIGHT ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. THE GENTLEMAN MAY PROCEED.

                                  • 02:27:10 PM

                                    MR. UPTON

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

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, I WOULD YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES INTRODUCED BY BILL FLORES OF TEXAS. I CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS WORK ON THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION WHICH WILL STREAMLINE THE PERMIT PROCESS FOR THE BUILDING OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN OUR ECONOMY, CREATE THE JOBS WE WANT AND IN FACT, INCREASE OUR ENERGY SECURITY. VERY IMPORTANT. THIS BILL IS GOING TO ADDRESS THE CRITICAL NEED TO EXPAND AND MODERNIZE THE NATION'S NATURAL GAS PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE BY PROMOTING A MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEW. MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD ASK FOR REGULAR ORDER.

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                                  • 02:28:03 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE THEIR…

                                    THE HOUSE WILL PLEASE COME TO ORDER. MEMBERS, PLEASE REMOVE THEIR CONVERSATIONS FROM THE FLOOR. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN MAY PROCEED.

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                                  • 02:28:18 PM

                                    MR. UPTON

                                    MY ESTABLISHING FERC AS THE LEAD AGENCY, THIS BILL IS GOING TO BRING…

                                    MY ESTABLISHING FERC AS THE LEAD AGENCY, THIS BILL IS GOING TO BRING GREATER CERTAINTY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE CITE CITING PROCESS FOR INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. IMPORTANT PROJECTS HAVE BEEN DELAYED UNNECESSARILY WHILE WAITING FOR PERMITS. AND WHEN PERMITS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED. PERMITS UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, THE CLEAN AIR ACT. SO FERC OFTEN COORDINATES WITH A VARIETY OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND INDIAN TRIBES TO BALANCE A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES, LAND USE AND OF COURSE PROPERTY RIGHTS. THIS BILL IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE PERMITTING PROCESS BY STRENGTHENING THE LEAD AGENCY ROLE OF FERC AND FURTHER DEFINING THE PROCESS FOR PARTICIPATING IN FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES AND THE INTENT OF THESE PROVISIONS IS TO INVOLVE STAKEHOLDERS SOONER SO THEY CAN BE INVOLVED IN SETTING OF THE SCHEDULE AND IDENTIFY ISSUES OF CONCERN EARLIER IN THE PROCESS. FURTHER, THE LEGISLATION REQUIRES AGENCY CONDUCT THEIR REVIEWS CONCURRENTLY AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PROJECT-RELATED REVIEW CONDUCTED BY FERC IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEPA, IN COMPLIANCE WITH NEPA. WE ARE NOT SKIPPING STEPS BUT JUST SAYING ONE PART OF THE PROCESS SHOULDN'T HOLD UP THE ENTIRE PROJECT IF PROGRESS CAN BE MADE ON OTHER REQUIRED PERMITS. SO THIS BILL IS GOING TO ENCOURAGE MORE TIMELY AND EFFICIENT REVIEWS AND ROBUST ENERGY PIPELINE SYSTEM AND MORE AFFORDABLE ENERGY PRICES FOR EVERY AMERICAN. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. AND I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:30:13 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MS. CASTOR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR WHAT?

                                  • 02:32:11 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME HE MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                    MS. CASTOR

                                    FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME HE MIGHT CONSUME.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS IS RECOGNIZED FOR SUCH TIME.

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                                    MR. RUSH

                                    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY WONDERFUL…

                                    I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY WONDERFUL COLLEAGUE FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. A MEMBER WHO HAS REALLY SHOWN EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP IN THIS -- ON THIS MATTER AND OTHER MATTERS THAT HAVE APPEARED BEFORE THIS CONGRESS AND THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. MS. CASTOR OF FLORIDA. MR. SPEAKER, I STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 2910. IT'S A BILL THAT OFFERS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. 2910. TESTIFIED BEFORE THE ENERGY SUBCOMMITTEE, JUST THIS PAST MAY, A WHOPPING 88% OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY PROCESSED WITHIN A YEAR. AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR THE DELAYS IN THE APPROVAL PROCESS WAS DUE TO APPLICANT SUBMITTING INCOMPLETE PAPERWORK. MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 2910 DOES NOTHING TO ACTUALLY ADDRESS THE REASON BEHIND THE DELAYS, BUT INSTEAD, MR. SPEAKER, WILL ALLOW INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED, WILL ALLOW INCOMPLETE DATA FROM AREA SURVEYS TO BE CONSIDERED, AND WOULD MINIMIZE THE INFLUENCE OF STATES AND AGENCIES FOR PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT, AND OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES. HOWEVER, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SAID ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS ASPECTS OF THIS BILL IS THAT IT WOULD ACTUALLY MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE PIPELINE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN AND SEIZE THE VERY PROPERTY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST AND CONTINUE TO WITNESS TODAY, THE ISSUE OF THIS PIPELINES THROUGH ACK WHICH FIRST, PRIVATE PROPERTY, -- ACK WHICH FURS, PRIVATE PROPERTY, -- ACK WHICH FURS, PRIVATE POCKCY, CAUSES GREAT PUBLIC CONSTERNATION AND PUBLIC CONCERN. CONGRESS SHOULD BE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF THIS EXTREMELY DIVISIVE ISSUE BY LISTENING TO OUR OWN CONSTITUENTS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND GIVING THEM MORE OF A VOICE IN THESE VERY DIFFICULT DECISION RATHER THAN TRYING TO LIMIT THEIR INPUT. TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL ISSUE, MR. SPEAKER, RANKING MEMBER PALLONE AS WELL AS MY COLLEAGUE, CONGRESSMAN COLT OF NEW JERSEY -- WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY AND I HAVE OFFERED AMENDMENTS TO DENY PRIVATE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN UNLESS CONSTRUCTION OF PIPELINE WAS FOUND TO BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND NOT SOLELY IN THE WAY FOR COMPANIES TO TURN A PROFIT. MR. SPEAKER, EVEN THOUGH THIS AMENDMENT WAS BROUGHT UP AND VOTED DOWN BY MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES IN THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, IT WAS RULED NONGER MAIN. -- NONGERMANE TO THE DISCUSSION FOR SOME VERY ODD BUT ALSO FOR SOME VERY OBVIOUS REASONS. IN OTHER WORDS, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY PARTY HAS DETERMINED THAT ALTHOUGH THEY ARE PUSHING A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO SEIZE LANDS FROM PRIVATE SIT ZENS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE NOT AROUND TO TAKE UP AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THAT ISSUE ON THE FLOOR HERE TODAY. THIS CONGRESS IS TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HELL NO, YOU WON'T HAVE A VOICE IN THIS. WE'RE HERE OPERATING SOLELY IN THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE COMPANIES FOR THEIR PRIVATE PROFIT. MR. SPEAKER, I CAN ASSURE YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WOULD NOT AGREE WITH THIS DECISION TO PLACE THE INTEREST OF PRIVATE NATURAL GAS COMPANIES AMONG THE RIGHTS AND INTEREST OF PRIVATE LAND OWNERS. -- LANDOWNERS. CONGRESS SHOULD NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR PRIVATE COMPANIES TO CLAIM IMMINENT DOMAIN AND POTENTIALLY IMPACT HISTORICAL SITES, RESERVOIRS, AND OTHER PRIVATE PROPERTY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME LIMITING THE ABILITY FOR STATES, TRIBES, AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROVIDE INPUT INTO THE PROCESS. WHY ARE WE, MR. SPEAKER, ALLOWING THESE PRIVATE COMPANIES TO HAVE IMMINENT DOMAIN OVER THE PRIVATE PROPERTY, OVER THE LAND OF AMERICAN CITIZENS WITHOUT ANY INPUT FROM STATES ON THIS PARTICULAR MATTER? MR. SPEAKER, FOR THESE REASONS I STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE IT AS WELL. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:38:29 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

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

                                    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 02:38:35 PM

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                                    I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS BEFORE I YIELD THREE MINUTES.

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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                                    MR. UPTON

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A REASON WHY THE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S RULE THE…

                                    MR. CHAIRMAN, THERE IS A REASON WHY THE PARLIAMENTARIAN'S RULE THE AMENDMENTS ON IMMINENT DOMAIN ARE NOT APPLICABLE HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GERMANE. IMMINENT DOMAIN IS NOT PART OF THIS BILL. IN FACT, THE UNDERLYING NATURAL GAS ACT REQUIRES THAT IMMINENT DOMAIN PROCEEDINGS, QUOTE, SHALL CONFORM AS NEARLY AS MAY BE WITH THE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE IN SIMILAR ACTION OR PROCEEDINGS IN THE COURTS OF THE STATE WHERE THE PROPERTY IS SITUATED. THIS DOESN'T CHANGE THAT. THAT'S WHY THOSE IMMINENT DOMAIN AMENDMENTS WERE NOT MADE IN ORDER. I NOW YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE SPONSOR OF THE BILL,

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                                  • 02:39:19 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

                                  • 02:39:21 PM

                                    MR. FLORES

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN UPTON THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. CHAIRMAN UPTON THANK YOU FOR YIELDING ME TIME AND EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS BILL TO THE FLOOR TODAY. MR. CHAIRMAN, I RISE TODAY TO URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2910. THANKS TO THE SHALE REVOLUTION, AMERICA IS THE STOP GLOBAL PRODUCER OF NATURAL GAS. AND IN THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, NATURAL GAS HAS BECOME THE TOP FUEL CHOICE SHALE REVOLUTION, AMERICA FOR GENERATING ELECH TERRORIST KNIT OUR NATION. MY CONSTITUENTS IN TEXAS HAVE SEEN THE DRAMATIC BENEFITS OF THE SHELL REVOLUTION AND PAY SOME OF THE LOWEST ELECTRICITY COSTS IN THE NATION. FOR EXAMPLE, LAST APRIL THE RESIDENTIAL PRICE FOR ELECTRICITY WAS JUST OVER 11 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR. HOWEVER THE AVERAGE PRICE IN MASSACHUSETTS WAS ALMOST 21 CENTS PER KILOWATT HOUR. AMERICA'S DOMESTIC ENERGY OUTLOOK AS COMPLETELY FLIPPED FROM SARESITY TO ABUNDANCE, WHY DO SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, PRIMARILY IN THE NORTHEAST, PAY TWICE AS MUCH FOR ELECTRICITY? THERE IS ONE CLEAR REASON. SOME AREAS LIKE THE NEEDED PIPELINE -- LACK THE NEEDED PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BRING NATURAL GAS TO CONSUMERS. THE REASON FOR THIS IS SOME STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE FAILING TO MAKE TIMELY DECISIONS ON THE NECESSARY PIPELINE PERMITS TO DELIVER NATURAL GAS TO CONSIRMSE. WE CAN AND WE SHOULD MODERNIZE OUR PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE TO MATCH OUR ABUNDANT NATURAL GAS RESOURCES. MAKING THE PERMITTING PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT ENABLES, ENCOURAGES A MOREAU BUST AND RELIABLE PIPE -- MORE ROBUST AND RELIABLE PIPELINE SITUATION. ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY CAN REALIZE THE BENEFITS OF CLEAN NATURAL GAS. MY BILL, BUILDS ON IMPORTANT PERMIT REFORMS UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 BY BRINGING GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY, PREDICTABILITY, AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE PROCESS TO APPROVE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. THIS BILL REQUIRES EARLY NOTIFICATION TO ALL PARTICIPATING AGENCIES, STATES, AND INDIAN TRIBES AND IT REINFORCES FERC STATUS AS THE LEAD AGENCY FOR COORDINATION. IT FURTHER ESTABLISHES A CLEAR PROCESS FOR CONSULTATION IN CONCURRENT REVIEWS AMONG FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES AND INDIAN TRIBES AND SETS DEADLINES FOR FINAL DECISIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN, THESE ARE COMMONSENSE REFORMS THAT REDUCE INTERAGENCY BUREAUCRACY AND I THINK THAT WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT PERMITTING SHOULD BE MORE TRANSPARENT AND MORE ACCOUNTABLE. H.R. 2910 ENHANCES CERTAINTY FOR PIPELINE APPLICANTS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS BILL DOESN'T GUARANTEE AN OUTCOME. IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN APPROVAL ON ANY APPLICATION. IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANY EXISTING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. ALL THE RHETORIC WE JUST HEARD OVER THE LAST FEW MINUTES ABOUT CHANGING THE ENVIRONMENT IS ABSOLUTELY 100% FALSE. IT DOES NOT CHANGE ANY IMMINENT DOMAIN LAWS OR ADVERSELY AFFECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. ALL THAT ARGUMENT WE HEARD A FEW MINUTES AGO IS FALSE. WE CAN CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE PRETTY QUICKLY IF THE OTHER SIDE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT WHAT IT THIS BILL DOES AND DOESN'T DO. IT DOES, HOWEVER, ENSURE INVOLVED AGENCIES DO THEIR JOB AND THAT THEY ACT ON APPROPRIATE PROJECTS IN A TIMELY MANNER.

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                                  • 02:42:32 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE MINUTE…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR ONE CONCLUDE THIS DEBATE MINUTE ADDITIONALLY.

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                                  • 02:42:36 PM

                                    MR. FLORES

                                    SOME PRODIGSES HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE…

                                    SOME PRODIGSES HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL THAT PASSED THE HOUSE LAST COFPBLGT ADDITIONALLY H.R. 2910 PASSED OUT OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON A BIPARTISAN VOTE. MY BILL ENABLES MORE RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DELIVER AFFORDABLE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY NATURAL GAS TO CONSUMERS. THIS AMERICAN ENERGY RESOURCE SERVES AS AN IMPORTANT ENERGY SOURCE FOR HARDWORKING FAMILIES AND POWERS OUR ECONOMY. ONCE AGAIN I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 2910 AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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                                  • 02:43:07 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS…

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                  • 02:43:11 PM

                                    MS. CASTOR

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE POINT ON IMMINENT DOMAIN IS THE FACT…

                                    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK THE POINT ON IMMINENT DOMAIN IS THE FACT THAT THIS BILL WILL TRAMPLE ON THE RIGHTS OF LANDOWNERS BECAUSE THE CURRENT LAW, MY COLLEAGUE IS CORRECT, CURRENT LAW GIVES NATURAL GAS PIPELINE COMPANIES ACCESS TO FEDERAL IMMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY, ALLOWING THESE CORPORATIONS TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO BUILD THEIR PIPELINES, BUT WHAT THE BILL DOES IT WOULD FURTHER NARROW THE ALREADY FEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT LANDOWNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS HAVE FOR REVIEW OF SAFETY AND IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. IT ALSO WOULD ALLOW SURVEYING WHILE CIRCUMVENTING LOCAL PERMITTING AND WITHOUT PROPERTY OWNER CONSENT. THAT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE BECAUSE IT WOULD ALLOW FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT AERIAL SURVEY DATA AND PROVIDES THAT THE AGENCIES MAY GRANT CONDITIONAL APPROVALS BASED ON THAT DATA. THAT CAN BE UNWISE AND UNSAFE. WE WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT AS A VERY SIGNIFICANT CONCERN FOR THOSE MEMBERS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IMMINENT DOMAIN AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. AT THIS TIME I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MS. BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN OF NEW JERSEY.

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                                  • 02:44:23 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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                                    MRS. WATSON COLEMAN

                                    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE…

                                    THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM FLORIDA FOR MEELING ME TIME TO SPEAK ON WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW AND NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. THIS INDUSTRY BACKED BILL PROVIDES FERC WITH UNNECESSARY AUTHORITIES THAT PUT THE INTEREST OF COMPANIES OVER THAT OF THE PEOPLE AND OF THE ENVIRONMENT. THE CURRENT PROCESS THAT FERC USES TO APPROVE PIPELINES IS INHERENTLY FLAWED. GENUINELY THREATENS OUR GREEN SPACES, OUR WATER RESOURCE, AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS. WE ARE PERMITTING FERC TO EXCLUDE THE INPUT OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE DIRECTLY IMPACTED IN EXCHANGE FOR BENEFITING THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE PROCESS THAT CONSIDERS THE EFFECTS OF THESE PIPELINES WILL HAVE ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES, WHICH IS WHY I INTRODUCED H.R. 2649, THE SAFER PIPELINES ACT OF 2017. MY LEGISLATION IS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS. ENSURING THAT THE VOICE OF COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY A PROPOSED PIPELINE ARE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR. I HAVE SEEN THIS PROBLEM UP CLOSE. ONE PROJECT BEFORE FERC IS PROPOSED PENN EAST PIPELINE, WHICH WILL RUN THROUGH MY DISTRICT. IT HAS FRAUGHT WITH COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON ISSUES FROM POTENTIAL CONTAMINATION OF DRINKING WATER AND DESTRUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS. FERC'S IMPACT STATEMENT SAID THAT THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT. THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REJECTED THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BILL SEVERELY THREATEN CLEAN WATER AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS, IT ALSO TRAMPLES ON THE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS AND COMMUNITIES. JACQUELINE EVANS OF NEW JERSEY HAS SHARED THIS STORY WITH US. THE FARM I BUILT AND I'M QUOTING HER, THE FARM I BELT WITH MY CHILDREN WOULD BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY THE 36-INCH PIPE BUILT THROUGH THE WEAKER STANDARDS AVAILABLE. THE PIPELINE ROUTE IS LESS THAN 200 FEET FROM MY CHILDREN'S BEDROOM, PUTTING THEM IN A DESIGNATED INCINERATION ZONE. OUR WELL THAT PROVIDES WATER FOR OUR FAMILY AND OUR LIVESTOCK IS THREATENED. PENN EAST HAS THREATENED ME BY INSISTING THAT I SIGN A QUOTE, UNQUOTE DEAL OF LESS THAN 4% OF THE VALUE OF OUR HOME OR LOSE IT THROUGH EMINENT DOMAIN. PENN EAST INTIMIDATION TACTICS INCLUDING TELLING ME, MS. EVANS, THAT FERC WILL APPROVE THE PIPELINE WITH OR WITHOUT SURVEYS AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES THAT ARE REQUIRED. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I OFFER TWO AMENDMENTS BUT THE RULES COMMITTEE REFUSED TO ALLOW ON THE FLOOR. ONE WOULD HAVE LIMITED THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECTS AND ELIMINATE THE USE OF SURVEYS. WE CAN'T HAVE THIS AT THE EXPENSE OF CLEAN DRINKING WATER, OUR ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE RIGHTS OF PRIVATE OWNERS. SO I STAND HERE TODAY BEGGING MY COLLEAGUE TO VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE AND REJECT THIS BILL BY VOTING AGAINST IT. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:48:29 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW JERSEY YIELDS BACK.

                                  • 02:48:32 PM

                                    MR. UPTON

                                    I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OF…

                                    I WOULD YIELD TWO MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TENNESSEE AND A MEMBER OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, CHAIRWOMAN BLACKBURN.

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                                  • 02:48:44 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY IS RECOGNIZED.

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                                    MRS. BLACKBURN

                                    I THANK

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                                    THE CHAIR

                                    CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MR. FLORES. MR. FLORES SPOKE TO THE NEED TO DO THIS.…

                                    CHAIRMAN UPTON AND MR. FLORES. MR. FLORES SPOKE TO THE NEED TO DO THIS. AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO BEGIN TO SIMPLIFY AND CLEAN UP THE RULES AND REGULATION PROCESS SO THAT WE DO PROVIDE CERTAINTY NOT ONLY FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS, BUT ALSO FOR INDUSTRY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, MR. CHAIRMAN, WHAT WE DO IS TO PROVIDE HOPE TO MILLIONS OF WORKERS WHO WORK IN THE ENERGY SECTOR. I WANT TO READ FROM A LETTER OF SUPPORT. THIS IS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS. THEY SENT A LETTER IN SUPPORT OF MR. FLORES' BILL AND GETS RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE. DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION PROVIDES GOOD-PAYING JOBS FOR MEMBERS OF THE IUOE AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION CRAFT WORKERS AND CONTINUES TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF OUR MEMBERS. UNCERTAINTY AND DELAY DURING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS, HOWEVER, HINDER THE GROWTH OF JOBS RELATED TO THE NATION'S ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. CONGRESS SHOULD GIVE FERC ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO KEEP FEDERAL AGENCIES ACCOUNTABLE AND MAXIMIZE COORDINATION IN THE PERMITTING PROCESS, END QUOTE. THIS IS FROM INDIVIDUALS THAT WORK IN THIS ENERGY SECTOR WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE, THE VITAL IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A SECURE, A SAFE, A STABLE ENERGY SUPPLY. THEY ARE INDIVIDUALS THAT WANT TO SEE GROWTH IN THIS INDUSTRY. THEY ALSO WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE DO THIS IN THE APPROPRIATE WAY AS WE HAVE DONE, AS H.R. 2910 DOES TO RESPECT INDIVIDUAL AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS. GIVING FERC THE TOOLS THAT ARE NECESSARY WILL PROVIDE WHAT IS NEEDED. GIVING FERC THE AUTHORITY THAT THEY NEED TO GO IN AND TO CONSOLIDATE AND TO SIMPLIFY THIS ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS FOR THESE INTERSTATE GAS PROJECTS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. MANY TIMES WHAT SLOWS THESE PROJECTS DOWN AND CAUSES THE SITUATION THAT THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS SPEAK TO IS THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PERMITS THAT ARE REQUIRED AND THERE FROM MULTIPLE AGENCIES AND MULTIPLE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT. ANY TIME YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THAT, THERE ARE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MISTAKES AND IT IS GOING TO BE MORE COSTLY. SO I CONGRATULATE MY COLLEAGUE FOR A JOB WELL DONE. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR AND SUPPORT FOR H.R. 2910. I YIELD BACK.

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                                  • 02:51:56 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED.

                                  • 02:52:00 PM

                                    MS. CASTOR

                                    I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR. I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM…

                                    I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR. I HEARD THE COMMENTS OF MY COLLEAGUE FROM TENNESSEE AND THE DEMOCRATS DO SUPPORT NATURAL GAS PIPELINES, A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE. AND AS A REMINDER, THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION APPROVES ALMOST 90% OF ALL PIPELINE APPLICATIONS WITHIN ONE YEAR. AND IF THERE IS ANY HOLDUP RECENTLY IT'S BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE HAS NOT CONFIRMED AN ADDITIONAL FERC APPOINTEE THAT IS HOLDING UP THE PROCESS OF APPROVING MORE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES. WHAT WE DON'T APPROVE OF IS THE BILL THAT ATTEMPTS TO SHORT CIRCUIT VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESSES AND TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS AWAY FROM LAND OWNERS. AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. TONKO.

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                                  • 02:52:57 PM

                                    THE CHAIR

                                    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES.

                                  • 02:53:01 PM

                                    MR. TONKO

                                    THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO…

                                    THANK THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA FOR YIELDING. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 2910, THE PROMOTING INTERAGENCY COORDINATION FOR REVIEW OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINES ACT. THIS BILL IS A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM. WE HEARD THAT 88% OF PROJECTS ARE CERTIFIED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF DATE OF APPLICATION. IT IS CLEAR UNDER THE PROCESS, THESE PROJECTS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. WE HAVE NOT SEEN GOOD EVIDENCE THAT WE NEED TO FURTHER TILT THE PROCESS IN FAVOR OF PIPELINE COMPANIES, WHICH IS WHAT THE BILL BEFORE US TODAY WOULD DO. WHILE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT A NUMBER OF PROVISIONS IN THIS BILL, I SPECIFICALLY WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE SECTION THAT WOULD REQUIRE FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES TO ACCEPT AERIAL SURVEY DATA SUCH AS DATA COLLECTED BY DRONES AND ALLOW AGENCIES TO GRANT CONDITIONAL APROVALS BASED ON THOSE DATA. AERIAL DATA HAVE LIMITATIONS AND CAN BE INSUFFICIENT. THE DATA MAY NOT ACCOUNT FOR HISTORIC SITES, ENDANGERED SPECIES OR WETLANDS. UNDER THIS BILL, IT WOULD REQUIRE THE AGENCY TO CONSIDER THE PROJECT. THIS WILL ULTIMATELY NOT SPEED UP THE PROCESS, BUT WHAT IT DOES IS CIRCUMVENT THE RIGHTS OF LAND OWNERS. WE SHOULD BE MORE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT CHANGING THIS PROCESS GIVEN THE IMPLICATIONS THAT WILL IMPACT PRIVATE LAND OWNERS' RIGHTS. UNDER THE LAW, PIPELINE COMPANIES ARE ABLE TO USE EMINENT DOMAIN AUTHORITY ALLOWING THESE CORPORATIONS TO TAKE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO